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THTJRSDAY, DEC. 24. 1914
NOTICE TO TEACHERS
All country schools except those
which were a month late in starting
are ordered by the Board of Education
to close at least by Thursday, Dec. 24.
The county superintendent will be In
ffice Monday, Dec. 28, to Issue war
rants for last ffonth. All registers
and abstracts properly filled out must
be returned to this office before war
rant is issued. If you mail register
be sure to put on sufficient postage,
They are first class man matter.
J. M. HATFIELD, Co. Supt
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
HEAR along cm otreet
Pat the mlmtrtl throng;
Hatkt They play to motet.
On theft hautboy. Uuittma
Let a ty the fire
Sing them MI the night expbej
As I got a letter from one of my
good fi lends last week asking me to
write to the Herald, I thought I would
try a few lines. '
My friend whom I got the letter
from lives at Pilot Point, Txeas, but
the letter did ntxt have any name to I
it, signed 'Guess Who? and whoever
if was sent me a beautiful birthday
card which was highly appreciated
by me. I would like very much Co
know who it was from. Hope they
will write to the Herald or to me, and
sign their real name.
The weather has been real cold
here for the last week or two. We have
had six inchs of snow.
Hoalth is not very good in this vl-
Mr. W. M Fields has been very bad
for the last week or two. Also, Mrs.
Campbell has been very sick, but is
reported somo better.
Mrs. Li P Vaughn, why don't you
write to the Herald. I enjoy reading
Mollie Dahuff's letters. ,
Mr. Luther Klmes come on with
There has been sevral wddlngs in
this Community this fall. ,
Tillman A. Smith, I enjoy reading
about the Spanish American War,
which you have been writing about.
Mr. Fred Scarlett has gone to school
this time every day except on.
Miss Ruth Jackson, I will be out to
see you all soon. ,
Willie Jackson have you been to
Gainesboro lately. How are you and
A. L. S getting along by now. Have
you talked any to R Lately.
Mr. Thurman Jared from Hartsville
was up in this part, the other day on
Mrs. 'Ava Campbell of Arkansas,
why don't you write to. the Herald.
We would all enjoy reading a letter
Mr Ponnie Thompson is coins to
school at Barter Se Inary and says
they are having a good school under
the new management. ,
Mr. -Henry Mebroom. I am coming
over to see you all, griht away.
Eoery day the chime;
Load the tleemen ting
In the ttreet their many rhyo
Let u bo the fir
Sing them till the right expbtl
5HEPHERDS ml 'he grange.
When the Beit root horn.
Sang with many e change
ChrUtma carol until Mini.
Let m by the fire
Sing them till the night exphtl
'THESE goad people tang
Song devout and tweet;
While the rafter rang.
There they ttood with rooting foal.
Lot a by the fire
' Eoer higher
Sing them till the night expire)
JNS In frigid cell
At ihU holy tide.
For want of tomelhing elte,
ChrUtma long at time haoe Moot.
Let u hy (ho fin
Eoer higher .
Sing them till the night expire!
ytHO by the fireside ttond.
rr Stamp hi feet and ting;
But fie who blow hit hand
Not to gay a carol bring.
Let u by the fire
Sing them till the night expire!
Mah mammy say dat Sandy Claua com
Ter food lt'1 toys. -En
bring er ho'if en er bit red drum, ,
Bn yuther toys.
But why white chllluns (eta dem new
I caJn on'stan'.
t guess I knows whut Sandy Claua do
He aec'a han' man!
Origin of Custom Associated
With Christmas Festivities.
Las' yeah he clomb down ouah atoveplpe
W'enat I s ersleep,
En fotch some oynges bout half ripe-
En th ee toy sheep,
En one dese Jomp' jacks broken, dough
But den, my lan !
Bout dishyere Sandy Claua I des know
He sec'n han' man!
J A face wreathed in smiles Is
better than a mansion wreathed
4 Better broken toys than broken
J Never look a gift object la the
Santa Claua by any other name
would cost as much and be
Do not be satisfied with wishing
people a "Merry Christmas;" help
make it one.,
J Lots of men put on long white
whiskers and think they look like
me when they look more like a
goal and perhaps they are.
J If Willie wants to see what la
Inside the drum, for goodness
sake let htm.
4 You are lWng In Cod's own
country. What more do you want
J It Is a wise Santa who keeps his
t hUkers away from the candles.
4 Keep up the "Good will to man"
art of ft right through until next
Q It Is more blessed to give than
to receive, except in th matter of
Fortunately for most of us, we
won't get what we deserve on
9 When Christmas giving becomes
a necessity It ceases to be a virtue.
4 There Is more joy In heaven
over a ton of coal given to the poor
than a ton of diamonds given to
" The Thinkers of the
Country Are the
said one of the greatest thinkers
this country ever produced.
Says the Engineer :
" Did you ever think what it
means to run a train signals jumping
hy every minute and several hundred
lives depending on you not missing one
"Well, maybe you can guess what a
help it is to an engineer to find a tobacco that sharpens you up
and steadies you just right without any 'rebound'."
PICNIC TWIST is made of the mild,
s mellow part of the leaf. You get real satis
faction out of this mild, naturally sweet, long
lasting chew, without a dark, heavy tobacco's
Plant Is Surrounded With Many Su-
perstltlono In European Countries
Sign of III Omen In Some
Parts of Ireland.
Song of the
By Gene Morgan
All who are' indebted to the estate
of W. J. (Jas) Terry, deceased; and
tv"r who Lave claims asninst ,;n
estate, are hereby notified to make
settlement or file claims at once. ,
' B. P. Pointer, Adm.
Farmers are busy. Some are gath
ering corn, some plowing, some thresh
ing kaffer corn. This has been a pret
ty fall. We haven't had any snow
yet and very little ,rain, I got my
shoes muddy last Wednesday first
this fall. What are you Tennessee
people going to do Christmas.
Jim Stamps helped Eddie Bright kill
Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Andrews fam
ily, Sarah and Myrtle Andrews visit
ed the writer and family Saturday and
Jay Thomas and Clarence Renfro
spent the night with Willis and Milo
Mr. and Mrs. Quitman Andrews' old
est child has been very sick with ty
phoid fever. Last report she was gett
ing (long fine.
C. A. Jones, I got your letter. I
know you are quite lonesome.
Yes Becoa has betn over to see me
since she came home.
Well, Mother Stamps, Jim says he
can't come home this time. He is
plowing nlone gathering corn, made
over 800 bushel and a nice lot of kaffir
corn has 8 fat hogs for market. Cat
tle and hogs are high.' Wheat 96c,
corn 66c, oats 36c per bushel.
I reckon Cal Andrews is .going to
live in town as he has bought some
lots In Foyil. , ,
Dow Andrews married Miss Minnie
Ward and has gone to Kansas City to
stay awhile. He is conductor on a
Cousin Art Tudor of Obey City, Joe
Andrews got homt alright with his lit
tle poke of beans. Mother was proud
of them. ,
Mrs. Swack I will answer your let
ter soon. Lottie Stamps'.
HE good old custom of hang
ing mistletoe from the ceil
ing at the Christmas festivi
ties is Bald to have its origin
in the idea that since the
plant did not have its roots in the
ground no part of it should ever be
permitted to touch the earth.
Among the Saxons the fact that mis
tletoe was suspended from the roof
of a dwelling intimated to the way
farer that the hospitality of the house
was at his disposal, and beneath Its
branches friend and stranger, vassal
and lord, gathered in comradeship and
The religious aspect of the mistle
toe tradition, which had its origin in
the Druidical rites and the gathering
of it by the archdruid with his gold
en sickle, merged later Into a purely
social symbol, and the Idea of simple
hospitality developed Into one of mer
rymaking and a somewhat riotous entertainment.
The kiss of the Scandinavian god
dess expanded into the custom of a
kiss given for every berry that grew
on the bough. Small wonder that, in
spite of the mistletoe having origin
ally existed in the odor of the sanctu
ary, the church came to regard it as
an entirely pagan symbol and refused
to allow it to participate with the
lily and the evergreen in the Yuletide
There is an ancient belief that the
mistletoe was the tree from which the
holy cross was hewn and that after
this was made the plant withered and
ever afterward became a mere para
sitic growth, clinging for support to
other and sturdier trees.
Other stories, however, credit it
with divine gifts in the healing of dis
eases and the expulsion of evil spirits.
Ram, the high priest of the Celts, re
ceived In a dream the Intimation that
by means of the plant he would be
enabled to save his people from the
plague which was decimating them.
To celebrate their delivery he insti
tuted the feast of Noel (new health),
a midwinter holiday, which has come
to be considered coincident with the
In many parts of the United King
dom the silver berries and the ray
green leaves of the mistletoe are)
looked upon as anything but an em
blem of good cheer; on the contrary,
the plant is regarded with dread as be
ing the bringer of ill luck and the sign
of ill omen. This superstition exists
both in Devonshire and in Ireland,
and, strange to say, in neither of these
places does the plant flourish, owing,
report has it, to the fact that both
incurred the displeasure of the Druids '
and were In consequence cursed in
such a way that their soil became in
capable of nourishing the sacred
In the sixth book of Aeneld a
lengthy description of the mistletoe i
Is given by Virgil, who makes the I
Sybil describe to his hero the exact i
spot in hades where he will find it
growing. There is little doubt that j
the strange ethereal appearance of '
the little opaque berry is largely re- :
sponsible for the mystic character it )
has enjoyed among the people of di- j
vers nations from the earliest hlstor- '
I come from northern forest lands
Where men would tarry never.
The seasons come, the seasons go.
But I am green forever.
The flowers of spring bloom at my feet.
The shadows always spreading.
Near by there runs a forest path
Where watchful deer are treading.
The summer passes all too soon.
And autumn winds are chilly.
oor flowers, they wither, droop and die
Amid tbe woodland hilly.
"The Thinker of the Country Are the Tobacco Chewen"
It comes, also, in economical, freshness-preserving
drums of 11 twists for 50c.
I as' my mammy ef Sandy Claua aln'
Done know des how
Ter men' dem toys, en' fix dey paint.
En she say: "Now,
Don' worry, chile, 'bout de white folks,
Hit's de good Lawd's plan."
So I guess dat man Mlstah Sandy Claiis
He sec'n han' man!
REFUSED TO RECOGNIZE DAY
Puritans of England Made Christmas
Illegal and Declared It a Mis
' demeanor to Be Gay.
English Puritans of the seventeenth
century guai Ued against looking upon
the rosy side of life.
Because Christmas' Is really a sur
vival of the Celts' Yule, and is not
the actual anniversary of the birth of
Christ, they refused to countenance !
Christmas festivities. Not only did !
they refuse to recognize the day, but
tney made laws to that effect i
The parliament of 1644 passed an
act ordering all law abiding citizens
to observe December 25 as a solemn
fast, to be spent in silent atonement
for previous Christmas days that had
passed in riotous living and merry
making. Naturally the community did not
share In these hard and fast rules,
and many a turkey was surreptitious
ly killed, and many a plum pudding
quietly boiled. But woe betide the
unfortunate offender against the act
were he luckless enough to be dis
covered. Soldiers were sent to search the
houses of those suspected of harbor
ing such delicacies as mince pies,
el., and many were the pitched bat
tles between disagreeing sections of j
'he public. ' I
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UNDER THE MISTLETOE
To ask a girl if you may kiss her
before doing it is an insulting way
of laying all the responsibility on
In a man's opinion a kiss is an end
that Justifies any means.
You needn't be afraid of a mere
kiss. Thousands are exchanged daily
by people of the highest reputation.
The kissed girl fears no mistletoe.
A kiss is as good as a smile and
a good deal better, too!
The ideal kiss is the kiss that Is
A kiss too soon may be a full stop
In the tale of love. -
From every branch, sad tears I drip
In rainstorm's fierce endeavor.
The flowers may come, the flowers may
But I am green forever.
Now hark! the woodman's ax is heard!
A sister tree he's felling.
What can this cruel destruction meant
The winter wind is telling:
"Do not bemoan thy mournful fate,
Tho' axmen wield with madness.
Bedecked In tinsel, bright and fine,
You'll soon bring children gladness.
"Thou canst not die, although thy trunk,
Harsh hatchet blows may sever.
Within the little children's hearts
Thou wilt be green forevet1!"
Origin of Christmas Tree.
The Christmas tree Is supposed by
great numbers of people to have orig
inated in Germany, but from a re
liable source we learn that the Christ
mas tree came In the first instance
from Egypt, and its origin dates from
a period much earlier than the Chris
tian era. The palm tree is known
to put forth a branch every month,
and a spray of this tree with 13
shoots on it was used in Egypt at the
time of the winter solstice as a sym
bol of the completed year.
j The child who doubts about Santa
I Claus has insomnia. The child who
believes has a good night's rest.
Now doth the Christmas shopper ,
With happiness elate.
Buy something that was fortv-nlne,
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