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THE PERRYSfeURG j6pMhL' faWMWWWXUWUWAi&iMUlAW Odd Christmas Beliefs 1 at 0l..WtWWtWf.tK I NDIANS say that tho best tlmo to entch n deer is on Christmas night n, 12 o'clock, when they belicvo tho deer kneels. J In the Sl Shop Ja m ik. Some of tbo Germans belicvo thnt those born on Christmas' day hnvo the power of seeing spirits and even com manding them. A populnr saying in Spain for Christ mas day Is, "Tho bird of dawning sing eth all night long to frighten away all evil things." In Roumanla it is tho custom to bless tho Danube nt Christmas, and n procession consisting of priests nnd people dressed to represent Blbllenl characters moves through tho streets singing chants, nnd so to the bnnks of tho river. Tho lco is broken nnd n small wooden cross thrown Into the wafer. Any one who enn recover the cross Is regarded ns extremely fortu nate and sure of good luck for tho re mainder of tho year. Christmas celebrations in Mexico bo gin Dec. 17 nnd continue until Dec. 24. Each night n festival is held, nine In nil, nn invitation being sent out to these "posadas." "Posada" means "Inn," typifying tho way tho holy trav elers, Joseph nnd Mary, sought in vain for rest nnd shelter. I On the Trail PEEKED around a bit last night. I thought I'd liko to get a sight Of old man Santa Claus. I como a-sneakln' down the stair And hid bohino the. parlor chairs, As still as two small baby boars With buttor on their paws. I sot, and sot, and sot, and sot, All scrunched up liko a Hottontot, And skursely breathed at all. Twas awful dark and kind o' woird, And as tho hours disappeared I felt myself a-gettin' skcered At noises in the hall. And ncn old Sandy hove In vlow. He woro a shaggy coat and two Big gogglos on his eyes. Ho woro a pair of motor mitts As fuzzy as a pussy kit's And wool cap liko my mother knits For daddykin's surprise He whispered once or twice, and nen He cackled like a sottln' hen Or like a rooster does. "He'll never know mo nowl" said ho Whilo fixin' up tho Christmas treo. But old man Sandy can't fool me I knew just who he wasl Carlyle Smith in Denver Republican. WW & 2 i A Christmas 1 Church - I 0tttttttKttHtltttfcitKHHl0 GIVE mo a snug littlo church, dressed for tho holidays In greens, wreaths of holly, long hanging garlands of ground plno and laurel, perhaps rather awkward ly, but nono tho less lovingly, arranged by interested church members, not by n hired florist, nnd filling tho building with tho breath of outdoors. I want some trees on tho pulpit nnd high overhead n blazing star of Ore, shining out into tho semi-twilight of tho building. I want to rise in tho stnrllgbted darkness of n proprIy frosty Christmas morning and in ct eryilay clothes, wenring mittens, if I choose, nnd my second best hat, walk briskly through quiet streets to tho church and Join tbo waiting congregation. There won't bo n crowd. There will bo no displny. Only a few scoro of tboso to whom Christmas menus a wonderful reality will bo there. And there will bo congregntlonal singing, lots of it, nnd we'll run tho gamut of tho hymns of tho Nativity. We'll rend tho appropriate Scrlpturo rcsponsively and listen to' tho Christmas story told onco again by tho kindly volco of tho unpretentious clergyman. Now York Evening Post THE POWERS INSURANCE AGENCY AETNA HOME HARTFORD FIRE ASSN. REPRESENTING NIAGARA NORTH AMERICA " NATIONAL NORTH BRITISH & MERC. NORWICH UNION PENNSYLVANIA PHOENIX SUN OF ENG. FIDELITY & CASUALTY CO. METROPOLITAN PLATE GLASS INS. CO. AMERICAN SURETY CO, NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL LIFE CONNECTICUT MUTUAL LIFE As strong a line up of InsuranceCompanies as is represented by any agency in Northwestern Ohio FOR ANYTHING IN THE INSURANCE LINE, SEE US R, R. HARTSHORN, Agent PERRYSBURG, OHIO. 66 OH. SANTA, GIVE ML THAT!" Turkey Not an Ancient Christmas Dish. Tho turkey ns a Christmas dish was Introduced into England in tho six teenth century nnd is thereforo of less antiquity than tbo huge sirloin of beef or tho mince pic. Mlnco pics wcro first shaped liko n manger, as wcro tho Yule cakes given out by tho bakers to their customers. The plum porridge Inter developed into tho plum pudding, which dates from 107G. At tho old Christmas feasts peacocks nnd cranes formed some of tfio dishes. Beforo be ing roasted tho peacock was carefully skinned, and after leaving tbo oven tbo bird was reclotbcd with its old plumage. 8panlsh Muslo at Christmas. Weird music In tho homo 1b n part of tho Christmas festivities in Spain. In northern Andalusia tho people play tbo zambomba, u flowerpot perforated by n hollow reed. which wotted and cubbed with tho finger gives out a hol .ow. scraping, monotonous sound, In, (onlUeni Andnlusln tho pnndotita of mnbourlflo to tli? cb,if iMtnwwjfj SHE wns six If sho was n day. Sho had n littlo fat back in a littlo black coat, nnd her wisps of red hair matched hor red tam-o'-shanter. In her firm hand sho held n struggling boy nbout a year younger, and thoy wero getting into tho olovator at a big department storo and making for tbo toys. Tho Woman Who Saw had n liko des tination, and when tho floor was reach ed they got out together. Children aro not allowed unaccompanied by guard ians in most largo shops, but such was her air of responsibility, of decorum, that it would havo been a bold floor walker who dared to question her. Nor evidently was it her first visit Tho boy, still held in leash, ran in front nnd made straight for tho spaco do voted to Santa Claus, his reindeer nnd his sleigh piled with toys. Thero was n background of fir and cedar and n hugo Christmas tree, but tho pair sat down beforo tho fascinat ing old fellow in his red robe, bis long 111b V mL Tp " i i nl 1 1 i i i i i ii i i ii i ' ii n i ii in THEX SAT DOWN BEFOUD TIIX1 rASOINAT INQ OLD EXLLOW. whlto beard, holding his big whip, and from bis faco tbo small boy did not turn. Across tho room -was n creche; also a 'wonderful and beautiful thing tho infant Jesus in tho manger, tho mother in her blue robes, St Joseph with his staff, tho thrco kings resplendent Tho children had been perfectly still for fifteen minutes looking at Santa Claus -when tho littlo girl whispered to tho boy. Uo squirmed, struggled, but sho wns too much for him. Sho dis lodged him from his Bent, dragged him to tho crecho and with motherly Irish piety pressed him on his knees. Iteverently sho described tho holy group, then would incite devotion from I a moro human motive. "Seo tbo cow, 1 Takmv 7.. .ln.V 41. a ntv im i.tm! in. AyOlUJi JLULl UtUIUL LUU WW T U IUVU W seo last summer at tho farm when wo went on tho fresh nir? Seo tbo goat, Denny. You mind tho gont in our nl ley? It's his pitcher." But Denny whined and pulled nnd pulled to bo back again to his idol. Tho littlo girl looked up and mot tho eyes of tho Womnu Who Saw. Her sigh was that given by every womnn since tho beginning, for every man for whoso soul sho holds herself responsible. "I'm nfrnld," sho said, "Denny likes Santa Claus better than ho likes God." Now York Evening Sun. Healing Virtue In Christmas Coins. In certain parts of Worcestershire nnd Staffordshire tbo Idea prevails that a silver coin from tho Christmas morn ing offertory is n sovereign remedy for any ill that human flesh is heir to. Ac cordingly any householder who hap pens to havo an ailing child or other person In his houso hies him to tho clergymnn of tho parish on Christmas morning and asksas n favor a sacra ment shilling, ns tho coin is called. Tho coin given in exclmngo has to bo obtained by collecting a dozen pennies from as many different maldons nnd then changing tho coppers for n. silver shilling. For this coin tbo applicant rocoives tho coveted sacrament shill ing, which on being taken homo is hung round tho nlllng ono's neck and is popularly supposed to effect a rapid and complcto euro of tho complaint, no matter what it may bo. Provide For Christmas. Provldo for Christmas ovo that It do como To feast thy neighbor good cheor to have some). Good bread and drink, a flro In tho hall, Brawn, pudding-, souso and good mustard withal; Beef, mutton, pork and shred pics of tho best; PlB, voal, gooso, capon and turkey well drest; Apples and nuts to throw about tho hall, That boys and girls may ncramblo for them all. Blntt Jolly carols, mako the fiddli "a iilay Lot scrupulous fanatics Itocp nwny, For oftontlmcs Is seen no arranter knave Than somo who do counterfeit most to liu Bravo. -Poor Robin's Almanac, iwj.