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<C. IfII, Weitern Newepmper Union.)
f LD SANTA CLAUS is omis'
to oùr hoàaf. HI* owft twfr
self. Here. Tonight"
This Hft* »**1 f&J
screamed to her little cous
ins, Faith and Jenny, wb
they came te spend the day
before Christmas with her.
•* m kg ow ft/* said ruth. "I'm te
V ..
^ & I," eried Polly. "Come to
my »Uyroom, anjl Py sjhow you my
xß fUcE » lltöe bft
te get to such à strange
■ U
"-• a,, fh fib ï nd Jenny had brought thair
3je partj and the little girls
iSr tha *
a new loff dn
i virf sober ._
ÿifi io Santa Càtif abont it But
I Should be afraid to, wouldn't your*
i. *T don't know,^ replied F altig
ktod, th^rnvr. yKJSjßS-**
— 'Teal ehd when he'i homin' right
p'raps 1 might. Just see. Betsy
ink's heir le all cornin' ont and
Miss Muffet'* ayes won't ahnt
' 1
any mors.'
Td ask him," said Faith, encour
■arly in th* «veiling a number of
ether little children came with their
mothers, and no house ever held a
merrier Christmas Bve party than that
waa. As it got a little later some of
the papas quietly stole into the front
parlor and looked on, which mude
everybody more anxious than ever
that things go on well.
It was great fan getting reedy for
the dolls' tableau.
-i'My doll won't de," said little Bee
ile Plummer. She was looking at the
fine dresses of the other dolls, and
Polly saw that Bessie's doll was very
poor-looking and shabbily dressed.
"Oh, yes, deer," said Polly's mamma.
"She'll do for a nurse,
a very nice nurse."
"Why didn't you bring some other
doll 7" asked Polly.
"I haven't any other," replied Bessie.
Polly looked around at her dolls, say
ing to herself: "I do believe I'll give
one of my dolls to Bessie. I shan't
need all my old ones If Santa Claus
brings me a new one."
The dolls' tableau was a great suc
e _oJ jhe actors in it
» limb." • * -
i if i^y'spac« was bigger, I might take
pore lime to tell about the other tab
leaux, and of the dance with songs and
laughter around the daiatmas tree, at
the end of which Santa CUauf hi mself
stood behind it, and in kindly, gruff
tones invited each little hoy and girl
to come und receive a Christmas gift.
The last tableau was the very thing
She'll make
to wind up a Christmas Bve. It was
a picture of a room at (hlduight. Even
the hands of the clock were fixed to
show half-past twelve. One or two
small white beds were In the room, on
the pillows of which could he seen
little curly heads and closed eyes.
Rut one pair of blue eyes were »till
watching for Sants Claus. At a half
open door stood a cunning white
robed little figure peeping out as the
dear old fellow knelt before the fire
place. Some stockings hung above It,
and lie was in the very act rtf filling
some he had taken down.
And then—what do you think that
darling, funny Polly did?
All the evening her head had been
full of the doll she had been wishing
to ask for.
poor Bessie Plummer's shabby doll—
well !
• L
But since she had seen
.die peeped through the door, still
r ng if she dared, she saw that
Claus had laid aside his long
There was something In the
head above the fur-trimmed
jacket that looked very familiar,
getting all about being in the tableau,
and all the people looking at it, out
bounded the little bare, dimpled feet
"Oh, Cousin Phil !" she shouted, run
ning up to him, "won't you give the
very nicest doll you're got to Bessie
"Oh-h-h-h!" exclaimed
Jenny In a shocked whisper.
She's spoiled the tubclo."
Faith and
But the papas and mammas said, as
deni of
the party broke up with a
laughter :
"It was the sweetest, prettiest thins
We Itnve spen "
/ Jr «
I Eleanor
t(&. i Weatirn N«wapap«r Union >
T WAS early Christmas
morning. The shadow of a
tall gray form cast Itself
upon the wall of the adjoin
ing building, then followed
around until its ghastly
shape was cast upon the
door. It moved slightly, then
remained there for several minutes. The
boards of the small porch creaked un
der the heavy weight upon them. A
sudden whirl of the cutting Decem
ber wind brought the door knob from
its dangling position on the battered
deer to an Immediate reckoning with
the fleer. It took the full course,
roUlag down the flight of stairs into
the street
Jhs gray specter started, giving a
lijtle grant, as it rearranged some
h#ap * of
something hardly
discernible & the
S iyed atmosphere.
e figure then
picked its way over
the creaky boards
to a window near
by. Long thin
wan {Ml
up to the window
çnqble the ob
jets inside to be
b a t t.e r viewed
Seemingly satisfied
the phantom moved
off down the stain.
As t he fatness began to lift a lit
gp |hoagh be carried a
w» ö*ck
ui en again on his arm. Perhaps
this was some destitute person, and
mas dawn In
flyuung for Me chfl
lfg this illegal means
ut if so, wny wee Hè
ptlng to find what he wanted
in homes which looked to unpromising?
Only across the street the buildings
did not appear gälte so dilapidated
and forlorn. Still the gray specter
haunted the doorways along the
seemed to have a certain formula
that he oarried out at each place.
Soon, a door opened across ths
street and very cautiously a man
crosaed to the aids where the figure
was. The man watched the phantom
awhile and after seeing him go through
this performance two or three times
he stole np behind the gray specter
as he was on his way to the next
shack. When he was close enough
to the form larking in the shadow
he said In an uncertain voice:
•»üî a kv r
Upon close observation bs
"Hands np, you low down thief 1
So that's the way you get those fine
clothes 1
Drop that bag!"
flashed the star on his coat.
-as he
To th* poor man's surprise his cap
tive began laughing.
"So It's all a joke with you, la It?
Just tell that to the judge." said the
man opening the
head »merged he
looked at the tall
gray-coated man In
front of him with
a puzzled face.
"You haven't
much ta this bag
for all the places
I watched you visit.
Explain this Idea
gf robbing these
poor people any
When his
''It you had left
me a little longer, the bug would^have
bien empty". Don't you think" you
have been a little hasty in your judg
arms are getting tired
•m up this way.
"Oh, come off. None of this senti
mental staff I"
"Well, come over to this house and
I will show you what I have been
To the man's amazement, he saw a
pile of snow-white bundles before the
door of the house,
them dumfounded and speechless.
"I surely am sorry about what I—"
"That's all right, forget It. Here,
take this along home with you for
the kiddles," and he handed him the
He looked at
The man confused and abashed,
turned without another word and left.
The grayed figure also wheeled
around, chuckling all the while to
himself. Turning the corner he ap
proached an awaiting limousine. Still
chuckling, he opened the door, saying
to the chauffeur:
"Home, James 1"
C HRISTMAS Is especially a
children's day, and one of the
things which a proper Christmas
attitude should bring about is a
firm resolve on the part of each
mother to learn what is best for
her child, and do It irrespective
of the child's whim or desires.
This not only is true of gifts
which the child receives at
Christmas, but of its food and
raiment, its sleeping room and
All of these
Its playroom,
should be as carefully guarded
as the traditions on which the
I Chrlstmns celebration Is founded.
£ Santa Claus Brought Dollÿ [•
./' •
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When Santa Claus
was Late
(©, till. Weitem N«w«p»per Union.)
HERE are a few grown folks
living yet who cab fenJein
ber the yfear they thought
Santa Clfcus had forgotten
the children, for It was a
long time after the midnight
hour before the jingle of his
sleigh bells was heard any
When flhally the
jolly little man did appear
mothers and fathers in the world
heaved a deep breath of relief, for
all the
there Is no mother or father in all the
world that would not feel even more
disappointed than their children If
Santa failed to come at Christmea
Of course, it was not Santa's fault
that he was late that Christmas—it
all due to his reindeers. He had
been a bit Impatient with them that
lay, but his Impatience was all caused
by the amount of work that lay before
him and because of his eagerness to
get to the children. But the reindeers
lid not stop to think about this; ln
■tead. they planned to play a trick
Santa Claus to get even with him
for chiding them. 8o, when they
itarted out to make their trip around
the world, they whispered among
themselves while Santa sat dosing In
the sleigh. He had given them In
fractions to wake him at the very
first stopping place on the list. But,
Instead of doing as they were told and
keeping close to earth, the reindeers
thought It would be a grjat |oke on
§anîa Claus ft they soared upward to
the nearest planet Instead. So upward
thèÿ pluügéd, as fast as their flying
thèÿ as as
feet could carry them, and they had
nearly reached that far-off planet when
Santa woke up with a start. Seeing
the trick that had been played on him
he became very angry and told them
how much unhappiness the little chil
firen would suffer if their plans had
carried. He thfjj gfdered them to make
for eqrth as quickly âs possible, telling
them that there might yet be time to
distribute all the gifts. They were
very frightened now at the thing they
had" done and their hearts were full of
sorrow lest they should be late with
their gifts, so they put on all speed
that it was possible for them to do and
spun dizzily through the air.
They made the trip to earth In rec
ord time and not a little boy or girl
missed as they went swiftly from
house to house, nor did any of them
know how nearly they came to having
Christmas at all, because of the
trick which the reindeers tried to play
an Santa Claus.
Ancient sun worshipers used to
decorate trees, because they thought a
spreading tree was like the sun ris
ing higher and higher in the heavens.
They used lights to signify the light
ning; apples, nuts and balls to signify
the sun, moon and stars, and figures
of animals to denote the animal sacri
fices which were made to their gods.
The angels, cross, etc., which we add
were put in by Christians to commem
orate Christ. The star at the top is
symbol of the star which led the
Wise Men to Bethlehem.
Mistletoe may be parasitic, as the
botanists claim, but properly festooned
the chandelier with the soft
lights glowing through Its leaves, at
Christmas time, and the girl there un
derneath It, In view of the traditions,
wall suppose it Is parasitic?
New Way to
Trim the Tree
AJ* VISttYBODY wants a Chrlsf
mas tree. It isn't a desire
-w- that comes like an attack Of
XlUF mumps, but one that annual
Sÿ ly takes a definite form about
December 1 and persists
jML until we either hie us to the
Woods and, with due cere
mony, hew a shapely pine
hr spruce. Or, perhapB, if one lives
far from the haunts of the whispering
pines, purchase a fragrant tree from
some ruddy, arm-waving merchant on
a nearby street corner. Not until a
tree is In place does the family get
enthusiastic over Christmas.
If a change Is desired in the usual'
array of ornaments—gorgeous, to be
sure, but whose ensemble causes
weird color harmonies—why not
change and try a one or two color ef
fect ? A red and green tree Is brilliant,
and because it Is a bit different Is one
which you will be sure to like. The
most attractive trimming for this tree
Is made from red Immortelles (dried
llfe-everlastlng flowers dyed red).
Purchase these from the florist. They
come Id large bunches which cost be
tween 25 and 50 cents a bunch. Six
bunches will be ample for a medium
tree. You can purchase cut wires from
the same dealer. Ask him to show you
how to "stem" them. He will show
how to make the small bunches
he makes when making
those relics of the past that are still
When you have your bunches com
pleted all that will be necessary will
be to attach each tiny bunch to the
terminal end of a branch. Thus you
will have a beautiful green spruce
laden with small touches of brilliant
The effect Is truly Chrlstmasy
and very attractive. You can get much
the same effect by using only small
red balls. Instead of stringing them
strings try separating them. Have
each ball by itself.
And for an entirely different ef
fect use a suggestion of the great out
Thls tree Is charming and
costs very little. Select a tapering
tree of spruce or pine. After It Is In
position wrap the base with white cot
Then take small pieces of cotton
and tie them all over the branches,
and along the Inner portion of the
larger branches ; close to the main stem
of the tree, place irregular pieces of
the cotton. Thus you will, when fin
ished, have a realistic snow-laden tree
—very cold and silvery,
be lighted by candles. There Is dan
of the cotton taking fire.
But not to
thought of
I HAVE always
Christmas time, when It has
come around, as a good time, a
kind, forgiving, charitable, pleas
ant time, the only time I know
of, in the long calendar of the
when men and women
seem by one consent to open
their shut-up hearts freely. And,
therefore, though it has never
put a scrap of gold or silver In
my pocket, I believe that It has
done me good, and will do me
good; and I say, God bless it.—
Charles Dickens.
Talking about Christmas oppor
tunities to do good, there's an oppor
tunity for every fellow with a Christ
heart, and alwhys has been. And
It la not always hard to locate, either.
! "Yule-Tide"and
the "Yule-Log"
rULE-TIDE is at hand and
we hear a good deal of the
"yule-log." In olden times
they laid stress on "yule
candle" and on "yule-cake."
In very olden times, five
hundred years ago, they
spoke of "yule-dough" or
dough cut out in the form of a little
boy or little girl and baked and which
It was the custom of bakers to present
to their customers at Christmas.
"Yule" is derived either from Scandi
navian or Anglo-Saxon and there are
four tlmea as many explanations or
guesses at the original meaning of the
word as there are letters in it It has
been said that "yule-log" is a corrup
tion of "ale-log," and it is set down in
old chronicles that it was a custom in
England, more especially in the couii
ty of Norfolk gng o&er par# of
North, to allow tenants ana retain
ers of the lorg of the ïgpnar to drink
thé Eeat or strongest jie as long as
the yul$-log burned. * _
e loj'd's iwVantg'VAtf ttffincieft ft
gating thé thickest and fongesi-Stifli
lng log thaï $e ? could find Jg the
lord's forest. It was sW ^ j onf u
the flreplace jaa ^ and knotty oak
es! chosen.
of the yule-lof
■men ci dus propertm
To the ashes
ascribed certain
and they were gathered from the fire
place with care. For one thing they
were mixed with cattle feed to pre
serve the animals from disease and
also to cure them of any disease.
Scattered on the land Hie ashes of the
yule-log protected crops against blight.
There are "autborltlee" who say that
the yule-log was the ceotytr of the bon
' ~ linavlans
Thor, it
■lstmas coming jt Ï&oïl
the winter solstice, tEe
nTe-Toglmrning was continued by tijy
c and inavians after their co£yéÇiîçn
# Christianity, Xnotfluf is lift
Ee Ch ristian ^J^dTiarief, ifter con
IÇffKj the nortfieft pagans, required
lig hted Jn honor
about the time :
ffij" thTii,
Æém to cut down a large tree, hew
from its trunk a heavy log and then
burn that log as a symbol that they
renounced their heathen gods. This for
mal renunciation of paganism and In
duction Into Christianity was often
timed to take place during the Chris
tlan celebration of the birth of Christ,
and it is said that in this way the yule
log came to be a part at the celebra
tion Of Christmas.
"Yule" is spelled in so many ways
by the early writers that it is confus
ing and one cannot always make out
what "yule" ia meant. A dear and
frequent way 6f spelling it in the Mid
dle ages was "ewle.
have hit upon a theory that there is a
connection between the words ''yulff'
and "yowl" or "howl," and that it was
the "yowling time" or the time for
making noiae and being featlv
time of greatest revelry of the year.
Some writers
"I am so glad it is Christmas be
cause I'm going to bave lots of pres
"So am I glad, though I don't ex
pect any presents bat e pair of mtt
"And. so am I, bot I eha'n't have any
presents at alL"
As the three little girls trudged
home from school they said theae
things, and as Tilly spoke, both the
others looked at her with pity and
some surprise, for ehe spoke cheerful
ly, and they wondered how ahe could
be happy when she was so poor she
could have no presents on Christ«
mas.—Louisa M. Alcott.
"Christmas comes but once a year."
"That's good. If it came once a
month we'd never get our business
letters through the malls."
UR forefathers had few of
the opportunities for enjoy
ment we have nowadays,
but what opportunities they
had they made full use of.
The grand time of mirth
and jollity landed round
about Christmas and the
New Year, and for days
they let themselves go with an enthu
siasm that would leave this present age
far behind.
In country districts all work ceased
for three or four days at Yule. This
meant that for a number of weeks pre
vious flails had to be busy early and
late threshing a sufficiency of straw
and grain to last through the holiday
time. The women folk had to be as
busy inside as the men were out. Tne
"Yeel kebback" had been long before
well pressed and "wun," but ale had to
be brewed, cakes, bread, and bannocks
baked, and a supply of smoked fish
bought and stored for the grand oc
In some districts omens were drawn
from the way the wort boiled in the
brewing and the way the cakes be
haved In the baking. "If the wort biles
1' the pot" was an old saying. There
was an oatcake baked for each member
of the household, and If a cake broke
in the baking then death waa to be
the lot of Its owner before the earning
year had run Its ceurae.
Pi flHE children of our
country would certain
ly be surprised if they
should see Santa
Claus on Christmas
Eve in anything but
his bright rad suit
trimmed with fur.
Imagine Sauta Claus without his
long white whiskers, red nose
and twinkling eyes ! And could
any sound but the musical tink
ling of the bells on his reindeers'
necks accompany his visit?
Yes, it could in Switzerland,
in the quaint little town of 8t.
Gallen. And what a strange
name they have for him there 1
"Father Christmas" is his name
in England, "Kris Kringle" in
Germany, "Noel" In France. But
in Switzerland, St. Nicholas, the
patron saint of our Jolllest and
yet holiest festivals, is called
Wd so g [ ||M11)
||q doeSh't wear long beard or
To begin with, Samiclaus ^oee
not dress in red He dresses in
white—white trousers and a
white shirt. Around bis waist is
a broad leather belt. Over his
shoulders are gay embroidered
1 * buahy white hair. Instead, he
wears a huge fal8e ft*«,, made 5
cardboard, with a high perforat
ed crownlike hat, which resent
! bles the lace in candy boxes.
Samiclaus doesn't pay hie
visit-alone. With him are eleven
men, dressed precisely as be is
\ dressed.
®aeh of these men has a huge
cowbell suspended from bis wide
leather belt. They ring thaoi
loudly as they go around tae
town distributing presents and
< candy to the children.
Our Santa Claus stands for
open chimneys, openly arrived
Pour one cupful of milk into a sauce
pan, add one-quarter cupful of corn
syrup, four tablespoonfuls of creamed
butter and two cupfuls of sugar, bring
to boiling point and cook until it
reaches the soft-ball stage. Take from
the fire, add one cupful of preserved
crenmy .
j au( j W hen cool, cut into neat square*
i or roun ds.
cherries cut in halves and one tea
spoonful rose extract and beat until
Pour Into a buttered pan
Santa Claus, what neckties are conn
mttted In thy name!
Who Loses Faith
Loses All
N AN age that seems more
swift-footed with every re
earring season, few things
escape the hand of change.
QM habit» yield reluctant
place to new Inventions ; old
frame» of mind are sub
merged in new ldeaa born
of modem aaperience. Ho
lngennlty explores the elements at
nature and show* the race how to re
duce mysteries to written symbols;
hurls himself Into the
restlessly man
f*r spaces 111111 Jota down the road for
another generation to ontlfeap him.
But Christmas changes never.
Somewhere In all the adventurous
complexity of human nature there la »
beginning Traced back through experi
it Is found to lie in the cradle, of
life no less than of belief; In .a- superb
simplicity. It is the hour of the dawn
ing child life, when faith Is large and
complete, because helplessness need»
lean on faith, where all 1 . Is Inscrutable. ,
Helplessness begets gratitude, gener
osity, kindliness, the primitive virtue»
which are all of a piece
of sophistication, topped with
a seasonal surface of good-will.
For the child the shepherds ever
watch their flocks by night; for th*
child the star never falls to lead th»
three wise men from the Blast ; for th*
child the heavens open te the choir of
angels, and their golden-voiced herald
at the Prince of Peace; for the child
everything la a miracle and nothing
Incredible. The world la an Illusion of
sweet dreams ; the fairies dance under
the trees; the Indians people the corn
shocks. the birds have voices for other
things than song. Illusion Is the em
broidery of faith ; the liberty of simple
mindedness, In which all men, con
He who ceases to dream, loses the
half of life; but he who loses the ca
pacity for faith loses all of It, and Is
already dead. Christmas, defying the
logic of the times, Ignoring the skep
ticism of the chemical analysts, rests
purely on the faith that In every hu
being there Is a divinity for whose
coming the shepherds watch,
star shines, the wise men pursue tkelr
Journey and the angels sing through
! opening heavens—at Christmas.
Christmas is at hand, that feast
which above all others expresses with
the highest poetic grandeur and the
most Infinite tenderness the genius of
the Christian faith. Whatever our be
liefs may be, we all raise high our
voices In a supreme appeql to the
opinion of the world, that it may heed
us and help our endeavors, and aid us
to fulfill that promise, at once human
and divine. Peace on earth» good-will
-K Mods.

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