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THE TACOMA TIMES Every Evening Except Sunday by The Tacoma Times Pub. Co. 1 818 Till. S< Klir>M RAX TELKGRAPHIC NEWS SERVICE. INDEPENDENT IN ALJL. THINGS OFFICE, 788 COMMERCE STREET TELEPHONE MAIN 733. One Cent a Copy, Six Cent* a 25 Cent* a Month, |3 a Year, Week, by Carrier or by Mail. by Carrier or by Mail. A RARE YOUNG MAN 1. Make somethingi the people are obliged to buy. 2. Be ■ honest. That is the recipe of Russell E. Gardner of St. Louis, who says making money is the easiest thing in the world. In eleven years Gardner made $250,000, beginning when he was 21, on a bor rowed capital of $1,200. i And when be had made hi* quarter of a million, although he wag only 32 years old, he said it was enough! . Unique Juliow, sure! Gardner saw very early that many of the great fortunes had been made by fur nishing people with something they, really need. He selected buggies. His idea was to make an honest buggy at a low price and sell it directly to the man who lode in it. it wa. v "d« ea«y," «ud Gardner. '.^*iLw^^^Oi'^iiiL-J When he had made his 1250,000 he made a statement saying he did not want any more money, lie was too young to retire. So he gave "the boys" who helped him build up hia immense business a chance to net rich. True 'to his declaration that he had enough money, he quit trying to • make more, lie kept an eye on the business, which he still owns, and proceeded to enjoy his earnings. , \ u^ma , in the summer time Gardner lives in his steam yacht, which is known all alnog the Mississippi river from New Orleans to St. Paul. Usually he has a party of friends with him. Sometimes lie takes a whole Sunday school of boyg and girls. Laal summer, during the great flood, he turned his boat over to the relief work jit St. Louis. ■. ■ ; He live* up to his creed,*has a good time, helps those who need it, and says a n«an is a fool for piling up money he doernol need. Pi This young man of. thirty-two has demonstrated some things: lie has showni that • the young man still has a chance in this country. Hi' has shown that the old-fashioned virtues of industry and honesty are even | >-! ; large factors in business success. IMiU And Ma rare decision to - quit < businets when he has a 'Sufficiency has its les hon. He might go on and work himself into a millionaire's grave. He does not think the game m worth the candle. Ho prefers to give other young men an opportunity. His siiiie conclusion is a standing rebuke to the men who have long since accu niuiatid fi.itunca and who go oa piling up dollar* for fear some other person will get some of them. THE MYSTERY OF THE HEN For years the credulous public have been regaled with statistics from the agri cultural department seeming to show that great fortunes lie in hens and eggs. In genious experts have demonstrated again and again that the humble hen, if given half a. chaJiee, would noon pay off the national debt. I'oultry journals, supported largely by hen-food advertising, have been discour sing their readers from going to Cape Nome and tiring them with enthusiasm tor "joiaf into the busincsw of growing eggs for the market scientifically," with great cniphaMs on Urn MJffltilU pint, which generally imcuih large purchases of some body's preparation for making hens lay whether they want to or not. Glowing pictures have been painted in print of dut.ful hens working overtime with eggs at 45 MBta a do/in ' Thousands of householders have believed every word of it. For several years there has been a boom in hciilioute building, in the making of incubators and in the sale of egg-producing foods. Hut Hoiiichow or other nobody has gotten rich out of it except the people who make the foods and incubators. The bMI have consistently refused to be either bribed or bullied into working uMitime. When the price of eggs has soared high, the hene, with complete accord, ham dei lined to settle down to laying. It may be possible for the people to overcome the trusts, by and by, and bring pines of many products down to the point where they should be, but the hen trust is a mine difficult thing to handle, and the chances are that Tacoma people, as well as all others in this wide land, will continue to pay from 115 to 45 cents a dozen for I'Htw until the end of time. The new name, "brain fag," covers a multitude of ailments. But it is to be ob served that for the most port they are ailments of people who use their brains the least. Possibly there is a limit t'» the brain's endurance. But no man hag ever yet found it. i The brain may be likened to a carpenter's chisel: While he has it in constant use it is bright and keen, and it is only in the hands of an idle fellow that it be comes rusty,' dull and hard to work with. People who do heavy intellectual work are not the ones who complain of "brain fag." Their bodies may run down; their stomachs give out, and their livera become recalcitrant, but the brain, like the much-used chisel, is ever ready and equal to all demands upon it. - "Brain fag" is the new complaint of the idle rich \of London and New York. No doubt it will spread to other cities. People who are always looking for new ail ments. People who are always looking for new ailments to complain of generally do not have far to look. Hut brain fag, if it is to reach the highest, possible limit of popularity among the swell set. must be given a more exclusive name, such as "cerebral fatigue," or some thing of that port, which dot's not sound common. "Cerebral decay" would be more exactly exprefsive, but it is too much so. It leaves nothing to the imagination, and, to the ailments of the idle, nation is most important. Busy people who have nothing to do but earn their own living have no idea, of course, of the enormous strain put upon people who have constantly to amuse them selves. The unceasing tusk of making one's self agreeable to one's self is one which people who have their pleasures largely supplied for them in their daily labor cannot appreciate. People who have to work hard have their recreations and enjoy, them. The busy,brains find rest in wholesome slumber. The brains of these are as clear and sweet, an brooks that run from never failing springs. ' Hut the brain. of the idler is a stagnant pool. It has no purposes to give it out let, 110 sympathies to feed it afresh. It is confined in a sank of selfishness and breeds malarial imaginings. And stimulants come to the assista'nee of idleness. The brain dulled by doing nothing mustibe.brightened by liquor. And in the reaction comes "brain fag" in its worst form. Then more liquor and more "brain fag." It is an ailment that science can do little to remedy. Only common sense can cure it, and common sense can suggest nothing but purposeful employment of the fagged brain. V, . DO WOMEN WANT TO VOTE? liters is no suppressing the old question: Do women want to vote? ,At Springfield, Mam., : the other day, a school election was held, and of *<3 women who had registered, and were therefore entitled to vote, only 51 displayed enough interest in-the event to go to the polls. It is hardly to be supposed that the other 212 women were all too much engaged with 'their household duties to snatch a few minutes and go to the polling booths. So the old question stands unanswered: Do women want to vote? Certainly the most ardent advocates of women'suffrage must be ready to admit that wherever the suffrage has been extended no appreciable ■ percentage of women have seemed to care anything about it. . -, It is unfortunate that it should be so, for if the majority of women would, interest themselves thoroughly the results of their balloting would unquestionably b« very beneficial. , The greatest barrier to woman suffrage is the apathy of the women themselves concerning the matter. A tew reformers have spent their lives in securing to women certain rights at the. voting booths, but it is evident that many more live* must be «H>eiit in inducing women to appreciate and make use of their blessing. In the final analysis, the right to the ballot is to be judged by the use made of it. | The reason women don't have the ballot more generally seems to be simply that they don't want it. * The Times wishes its readers a Merry, Xmas. • ■;.. iAUi '■:£ -\ ..:>! ; 'VE^ BRAIN "FAG" THE TACOMA TIMES CHRISTMAS BAY IN MANY LANDS Some of the Curious Customs Followed by the People in the Various Countries Throughout the World The celebration of Christmas ia well rngh worldwide and uuvernal. In almost every mmar ot lh<; world on thin d.iy aie wlabiaUooi of joy, and throughout all Ihi! world it is the great children's day. Ami VTWtJ country under the sun haa its own wuy of celebrating the day,. IN ENGLAND. England is the home of Christmas- cele bration. The celebration is more elabor ate there than in ■ any other quarter of the .globe. 'The celebration <lasts tor ti. days, ending in a blaze of glory on the twellth night. Of course the celebration doe* not last during all these days, al though a few centuries ago it-did, but elaborate ceremonies are carried, out throughout the time. .Before retiring for the night on Christ mas eve the stockings of the children are hung by the fireplace in expectation of the visit of St. .Nicholas, .barly in the morning the little ones are awakened by the waifs who sing under the windows of the rich. After the gifts are found and breakfast is over, comes church and a round of friendly visits. In the evening comes the crowning feature of the day, the dinner. The boar's head, the good old English roast beef and last of all the plum pudding, combine to form a feast which must be eaten to be appreciated. In the evening comes the lighting of the yule log and all sorts of Christmas games, end ing with the dancing of the "Sir .Roger de Covcrly," in which all, from the oldest to the youngest, join, •■ IN SCOTLAND. In Scotland little attention is paid to Christmas as v festival except in the large cities, where celebrations much the same an those in England are held. IN IRELAND. Ireland celebrates Christinas in an elab orate manner. There is feasting and gaye ty and masqueraders; both men and wo men till the streets of the cities and towns. Religious services are held Christ mas eve and all Chriatnuui morning. The afternoon and evening are given over to fun. IN GERMANY. Next to England, Germany celebrates Christmas more elaborately than any other country. "VVeihnachten" it is called in Germany, and it is the one great day of the year. Two weeks before Christ mas the "Christmarkt" is established, in r\<>> city and village. This is a Christ mas market where in small booths toys and Christmas goodies are laid out for sale. The booths are trimmed with ever greens and lighted with candles and make a very curious and interesting night. Long before Christmas the German housewife begins her Christmas preparations. The little round ginger nuts are baked and gilded and the honey cakes are made. I Ihsc cakes are in the shape of chickens sheep, horses, stars and beasts. They are cooked in fancy pans that have been passed down in the family for genera tions. At sunset on the day before Christmas the church bells ring and everyone goes to church. Even in the country the peas ants walk miles to attend this Christmas service. Meanwhile the Christmas tree, which, by the way, originated in Ger many, has been trimmed and lighted, and on the return from church the children arc admitted to the room where it stands, brave in its decorations and its lights. I lie presents are arranged about the room and at the foot of the tree is a miniature representation of the manger at Uetlile ill • 111 with the Christ child, the holy thor, the shepherds and the wise men. In the celebration which follows the li^ht inK of the tree the servants and all mem bers ot the household are included. In southern tlermany a quaint and pa ■thetic custom prevails. On the night be fore Christmas the graves of the little ones who have gone are decorated with wreaths of holly and greens and tiny Christmas trees lighted with candles are placed on the graves. Other little chil dren liny carols and the whole scene 1* a beautiful one. IN FRANCE. French children do not look forward to Christmas witli the pleasure of their Eng lish and (iernian cousins. Save for the re ligions services there is little celebration except in some of the border provinces and in Paris, the gayest cily in the world. All over France the children the nijrht before Christmas place their highly polished shoes in rows before the fireplace, where they may be tilled by "Jesus Bam bin," who is supposed to come in the night attended by ■ host of angels bear ing books and toys for the good chil dren. Christinas eve in Paris is a sight long to be renumbered. Pram the. Church of the Madeline to Port St. Martin the boulevards are brilliantly lighted and lined with little booths where everything imag inable is sold. It is the custom of all Parisians to spend an hour or two in this fair on Christmas eve, and the jostling crowd is a very interesting sight. At midnight mass is held in all the great churches, attended by thousands of wor shipers. As the clock strikes 12 the host is elevated, the hundreds of bells burst out into joyous peals, the organs roll forth bursts of music and the altars be come masses of light and flowers. On Christmas day the theaters are open after noon and evening, and great merry crowds attend them. The Latin quarter lias its own celebration on Christmas night. Knormous dinners are served in the student quarters and these are usu ally followed by balls. IN ALSACE. The simple-minded peasants of the pro vince- of Alsace have a Christmas custom which is followed nowhere else. The day \s a religious festival, and mass is attend ed by everybody. Later in the day the children are given presents, which usually roi rfat of nothing more than fruits, nuts and sweetmeat*. All day the children eagtvly await the coming of the Christ chilil. i young girl dressed in white and wearing a gilt paper crown set round with burning tapers. In one hand she swings I silver i~t»ll and in the other she bears a basket Riled with all sorts of iweet meats. Closely following her comes the devil—"Ham Trapp" he is called by the children. He frightens the children nnd asks in a gruff voice for all those who hw,> been bad during the year. Hut the Christ eliild intercedes for the bad ihil WASHINGTON TRUCK CO.. J. C. Hew itt & Co. General freighting, household iroods. safes and pin nag removed Office lf« Tenth Bt. Office telephone, John 2341. Uarn telephone. J&maa 2MI. dren and finally distributes the gifts to all alike. IN AUSTRIA AND RUSSIA. In Austria and in Russia Christmas is a religious holiday, but the children are not forgotten, and presents are always prepared for them. There is also the < linstmas (Mat, which is an occasion of joy and hilarity. In Austria particularly the celebration is very similar to that in Germany, alhtough not so elaborate. In both of these countries, particularly in the Tyrol, a strange belief exists that on Christmas eve all animals art given the power of speech and know that the Too Much Christmas Reproduced by the special pc rmission of Harper's Weekly from a copy righted drawing by Smedley. celebration of the nativity is at hand. In the southern country people believe that the bees sing in honor ot Christ's coming. IN NORWAY AND SWEDEN. Jn the Scandinavian country Christmas tide is a time of great rejoicing and true "good will to men." There is little pub lic celebration, but in the home the day is a great one. On Christinas eve every member of the household bathes to, be ready for the coming of Christ. The bible is read and prayers are said. In the window is placed a candle to guide Kristine, who corresponds with our Santa Clause, to the house. At bedtime tLe en tire family, great and small, place their ahoea in a row before the fireplace. They are not only to receive the presents which Krisline is to bring, but it is believed that they bring peace and harmony dur ing the year. Christmas day is usually spent in outdoor sports, and the evening il devoted to feasting, dancing and a gen eral good time. IN SERVIA. In Servia one of the peculiar customs observed is the roasting of the Christian* pig. Every householder invites his fam ily and friends to assist in this opera tion. A large pig is placed on a spit over an open lire and slowly roasted. When it is done it is eaten with great rejoicing. IN ITALY. In Italy, particularly in the southern cities, Christinas ia very different from the day in northern climes. At Nice, the fashionable winter resort of all Eu rope, the streets axe filled with flowers and blooming plants. The southern sun shines brightly and the scene as the peo ple throng the streets and attend the great churches is one th.it is hardly con sistent with most people's idea of Christ mas. The Italian peasants do not cele brate Christmas laiyely as a holiday, al though it is one of the important festi vals of the year. IN SOUTH AFRICA. In Cape Town. Couth Africa, the streets present an interesting and picturesque ap pearance on Christmas day. It is the day of great masquerade festival for which the tOWB is famous. The streets are lavishly democrated and a great mask parade is held. This parade is headed by the offi cials in uniform and they are followed by thousands of ma-kers. men. women and children. The evening is the time for feasting and dancing. IN MEXICO. The Christmas celebrations in Mexico are unique and last for nine days. Be ginning December 16 and ending on THEATER COMPANY ENJOYS CHRISTMAS The "In Convict Stripes" comi>any, which is billed t.> play ut the Lyceum the ater, did not reach latumii until ] day afternoon, but no time was lost by Manager Frank Whitman and Stage Man ager J. A. West in preparing the rooms in the Donnelly Hotel for Christ mas eve. Determined not to be cheated out of their Lhristin;is activities, a tree was brought in and installed in the center of the rooms, surrounded by foli age-draped walls, while from the chande liers hung festoons ot many colored paper. The tree was illumined with iomu "i candle*, which «hed their light on tmsel, which gave out the glitter of silver anil gold, in another room of the suite was a table loaded with cakes, fruits, nuts and sandwiches, with a huge punch bowl occu pying the place of honor in. the center. On the sideboard were to be found wines, liquors and cigars for the gentlemen. A happier party never stopped at the hotel ( hnstmas eve, the same ceremonies ure ity has gone, Christinas is celebrated In gone through with every night. The mom- Japan, in China, in Africa in the far bora oi the family and the guests assem- sooth and the far north this day is the ble in a large room, in which is a repre- day of days. In many ways and with ■entation ol the nativity. A musical ser- many strange customs the birth of Christ Vice ii then held, which is followed by i. remembered with festival and eelebra all the guest*, headed by a child bearing tin,,, and throughout the world is heard on a tray a.wax image ofJoseph, Maw the great, glad cry—"ON EARTH and the Holy Child, parading through all PEACE, GOOD WILL TO MEN"" the rooms in the house. Finally the chil enters a room alone and the door is closet . Those outside plead for admission and tl child finally opens tin- door, when all en ter, the pleading song changing to on of joy and praise. This ends the r ligious ceremony. The servants are then called in and scramble for nuts and sweetmeats take pkee among them. This is followed b thr scramble of the members of the fan ily and the guests. Ureet figures of me and women arc suspended from the cei ing. Inside these figures are earthen jars filled with sweetmeats. A child is blind folded and given a large stick, with which it is supposed to break the figure or "pl nata," as it is known. When the jar is broken the sweetmeats fall to the floor in a sliower and everybody scrambles on the floor for them. This is repeated until all the "pinatas" are broken. As a part ing gift, the guests are presented with delicate porcelain dishes filled with sweet- IN OTHER LANDS. All over the world, wherever Christian LAST CALL Calendars and Holiday Goods at Half Price and Less GEO. H. BERRY, Stationer 919 Pacific Aye. w. w. w,.. ri , y^.. s^^~~T^£lS££S£ western Detects 1 WeNever^av sleep- O^ Honest, Reliable, Competent and Careful Office, 426-427 California Building, Tacoraa, Washington References Furnished. A] , t>,, • Oi . ronfideatial states Look*! Up. Evidence Traced in Civil and Criminal Cases Office Phone, Black 1625. Lock Box 96- ! than the one last night. 1 lien- Ni no lack of presents. Each member of the company got .something. M >. \\ hiliiKin. manager, received a beau tiful ro"*'-<"ol<>ri'd watch fob. and Stage Manager \\Y*t wm the recipient of a sil mi inniinted cane. THE RAILROADS RAISE RATES Owing to a general agreement reached by roads tunning out of St. Paul, the passen ger rates east will be raised January Ist on the Northern Pacific and Great North ern. The rates are as follows: Boston, $79 and $67; New York, $77.50 and $65.50; Buffalo, $69.70 and $59.70; De troit $67.75 and $57.75; Toronto, $67.75 and $57.75; Montreal, $75.85 and $64.40. This is a raise of from $2 to $4 on all tickets. ' • < ■£$§ STEAMER SOPHIA REPORTED BURNED It is reported that the steamer Sophia, for many years on the Tiieoma-Quarter tnaeter Harbor run, was burned at War slow a few nights ago. The fire is said to have been caused by wood being stowed too close to her boiler. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR Thank you, one and all, for the gener ous patronage given me during the past year, I will continue the daily sales of absolutely fresh home-made candies just as heretofore, and will be found at the Mmc place. JOLLS, 944 Pacific Avenue.