Gratitude as the Real r
Key to Christmas Joy
By "BILLY" SUNDAY
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Jgj?S"-y>rNETEEN hundred years
flAlV ago a star poised above a
C^jjUL3J lowly manger in BethieX^SStS
hem, and above the moonlit
hills of Judea the an.
gels heralded the beginning of the life
of Jesus Christ upon this earth. And
once more the birthday of the Saviour
How fast these festal days follow
one another! Only a few days ago l
was penning a Thanksgiving day message.
Now we are looking forward
with happy hearts and bright anticit H
ipations to Christendom's great giftgiving
Gratitude inspires in us the grace
Gratitude is the great original
source of noble living and service,
just as sin is the original source and
root of aU selfishness. The great allseeing
eye of God, as it surveys this 1
planet, with all its scenes of revelry
and Its riot of sin, beholds but one
festering ulcer?selfishness?and gazes
upon one thing of great beauty?gratitude?which
recognizes in every need
v- of man the voice of God.
The immortal Prances E. Willard
said: "I regard ingratitude as one of J
8^* Y the basest of sins." J
jp The Psalmist said: - "What shall I I
i ? render unto the Lord for all his good- I
ness to me?" Then answers his own I
P? . Question by saying: "I will take the 1
fe cup of salvation and call upon the fl
v name of the Lord."
Never before have we so seriously
fe faced the question of our obligation to
itfj' ' Almighty God. There are thousands
of heavy-hearted, world-worried men
|^; and women who will never find life,
worth living until their lives are
linked with Jesus Christ. ,
Bfe.y, There is no safety save in service.
We must use or lose. The Dead sea
gives nothing out, and that's why it is
Mi dead. Many lives are like the Dead
fe; sea. If you would have the joy of
gjp ^Christmas, you must find it in doing
feJ what Jesus did. He went about doIng
good. No one will ever find the
Christian secret of a happy life save
toy trying to make it easier for others
||j^V to do right and harder to do Wrong,
lifers There is joy in lifting any burdens
of others, as the little girl found it
; who was carrying her baby brother
ttrrckaa thp fitrppt Hft was alm08t SS
ibig as she was. M
/;] "Isn't he heavy?" asked a passer-by. M
p- "Oh, no; he's my brother." 11
h. You cannot be a Christian without I"
being a good fellow in the sense of ?
trying to tyelp others to be good, or,
, as someone has put it, "Except you
erect the cross in your own heart,
r Jesus will profit you nothing."
: O Holy Child of Bethlehem, ,
; ^ . Descend on us, we pray;
; Cast out our sin and enter in; 4
j:'^' v Be born in us today.
ALL READY FOR HIS WORK ^
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v Spirit of Christmas |
The core of Christmas is the truth J
ot unselfishness. This day ot the t
new spirit that irradiates ail the ***
earth, is the day of. lavish pouring
out of seit. "Somebody cares, is
written 1 large over every Christmas J
gift and Christmas plan. It is the ih
day of taking thought for other per- n<
sons. Christ in Christmas means
unselfish love?the love of God for
v man, and of men for one another. j ..
i * i/iet Every Christmas. | ch<
( romwell's long parliament made a ^ei
point of meeting every Christmas day,
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' OF MY CUSTOMERS I
TINUE MY SALE A FI
COUNT OF THEIR N
THEIR MONEY IN TIJ
CLOTHING AND OTHE
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IF YOU NEED ANYTE
PAY YOU TO COME B
I HAVE ORDERED A I
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THE WISDOM OF WAITING. //jf"'?
iour wife tells me you nave given
Ibat s only until' Christmas; i aon t TPT7"
} ner brand." JliV.
A Christmas Prayer. VA
e me the eyes to see my brother's woe;
rant me the vision that perceives hi?
it I, amid my Christmas joys, may go
nd take some touch of mitigation
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1 point the way that I may quickly 1.111
Is acre waiting for the glad relie.., flHI
3 ope my eyes that I may not be blind
o tasks of love that ease the sting of
?John Kendrick Bangs.
Old Custom Still Prevails.
rhe Christmas feeding of the birds
still prevalent in many of the prov-" fl m I
:es of Norway and Sweden. Bunches HK I
oats are placed on the roofs of B B I
uses on trees and fences, to fur- I
;h them with their share of the "
Imprisonment is too good for J
the thief who steals a Christmas * .
The Worst Kicker. /\
it Is -xie rpan who kicks the most'
nut Jis i iinstmas cigars who gives |
ieves> o? nier' <he janitor.
The Bran Pie. \
rhis is an English custom. The I
ts are hidden in a large pan of bran, j
string is tied to each package, and ! ffJlllC
the end ot the string is the name i I #
the one ior whom the package is | I Pjrjpp
ended. When ail have their strings ] B
iy li' ..all. Then comes the tun ot | B
tting the bran oft ana opening tne fi
ckages. ; aSBBKHH
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IAVE ASKED ME TO CON!W
DAYS LONGER, ON AC
OT BEING ABLE TO GET
ME TO PURCHASE THEIR
:r winter needs, i have
[ING IN MY LINE, IT WILL
ETWEEN NOW AND XMAS.
JIG LOT OF
1 Dry Goods
ARRIVE THIS WEEK.
icv net pate
101 ULL UHIL
AND CANDY KITCHEN.
iLL KINDS HOME MADE CANDY.
ULL LINE OF FINE FRUITS, ETC.
LMOND CHOCOLATES, IN BOXES.
ERYTHING SANITARY AND UP-TODATE.
EN AT NIGHT UNTIL ONE O'CLOCK.
FE FOR LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
Your Patronage Will Be Appreciated
C. GREGORY, Prop.
e just received a carload of fin<
s. Come in and see them
is reasonable and terms easy
J. J. SMOAK
rj WHEN YOU ORDER YC
APPRECIATES YOUR BU
| GIVES PROMPT ATTEP
j FILLS ORDERS CAREFI
WANTS YOUR BUSIN
We have a full stock of the best fancy
j ies, fruits, cigars, tobaccos, can
If you are not already a patron, gr
WE WILL SATISFY Y<
J. J. Brab
H "The Live Wire Grocer
JJ 'Phone 96-L.
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When doing your Xmas shopping doi
Santa Claus's headquarters ii
berg. We have
Toys for the little boys and girls ai
boys and girls. Don't fail to see t
5c, 10c, and 25c L
is complete, and in the stock will b<
useful, everyday articles, needed in
at prices everyone can pay.
Dress Goods Depart]
i is full of new. attractive sroods at ve
I prices. Let us show"you what
illl handle several of the best lines
'JJJ I had, and will appreciate you lookii
y I stock. We have a line o
1 Ladies' Underwef
which we are selling at a great redu
I j pay you to buy now. We also hav<
j; of notions, outines and cotton
ml we would like to show yc
ill Price & Joh
. I "The Right Price Ladies' S
BAMBERG, S. C.
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i found many
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of shoes to be |
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ction. It will
3 a nice line
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