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-. TOSS I cab. Tr f'H WTirfir Wf'll vf , ' ' II Hill lllfll vlllag greatest drama In the formam 6 if ii solemn their ancestors SOn yes poor fi to the fen r I ehurch ihould pass Would devob reaentatlon on , Rgi tin holHT. ,i . !!,:, franco I'ruai mal stayed (III Hi" ni xt y. in The play begins In Mai till the end of Set I formance commences at I ami lasts mi s (... ,, , ImImwI i , " iwn noun, and the weal er is not allowed to Intel re in Way ii makei no dlfferi m t the coatuni i Retting wet nH t arc mo complett player The P: life, death and resurrectlot Chrlat There ! r- it seta aa of the acts preceded by a tableau Illustrative of an Old Testament in eldent, and pointing prophetically to t1' of the acl The i: acta nr.- divided Into three part. Tea first, from the entrance of Christ Into Jerusalem until the hour of hli Being lasen prisoner on the M of Ollvea; the second, from than to Ms i ond mnatloa by Pilate; and the third, from tha condemnation until tna glorious resurrect Ion of I.ori; the whole ending Ith i Iciin showing tha ascension Acted, us it is, on a huge atage, with the background of tha noun Ulna, Ith the i llmai al the myit rions tinif of avenfall, perbapi with the thunder and lightning ol nature In tho crucifixion acene, u is mora HMO the tirt of tho stage; It Is convincing expression of gi ami j in !! faith. Then ara 700 persona in tho p or wiunti 170 an- children, peaking parts nro given out 1 cm. lata of the community and Ho rn Ib DO rivalry or Jealousy shown. mere naa aiwaya been a Lang uio pwy, iinii this year Anton I win repeal hi Chrlatua of 1900 is me bigbeat ambition of lha Ober ammergau youth Tna honor of on acting the Saviour Ii mora than any thing you can offer htm, ami nasi to that lha pari of one of tha dlaclplai bo itii tin. unmarried maidens tho nl,. I he at Tho tho In ag it the hlgheat aaplratlon is to be foun worthy to he cboaefl for Mary, th in other of Jeaua, or Mary Magdl They nro no skilled actors The! art Is nature's own Tiny ar humbta woodcarv imitha, art sans. Anton Lang Is n potter, years of ape. Is tail and llthi speaks English fluently, in choaeo for the part became of the extraordinary ratemblance be beara to the accepted Idea of Cbriat as pictured by the old masters one critic snys of him: Then- has been no nu ii typical and truly Oerman i mbodlmenl of the Naxarene during the whole of tho century ai in An it n Lang when he is banging on the 'Tosh It Is just ns If the wonder- ful picture of the crucifixion by Overbeck at B trass were before us Tbougti he is the central figure ol tha play ami is honor d and al most revered by the whole , . Dlty, he Is In no way apollod and csrrlea Massif with simplicity and humility which Is characteristic Ha la essentially g m r h), ' ami this Is only fitting the part ho lakes. Ha seeks to f- , ample he has ever before him and Is quit untainted by the lprj, f that l omuien lallsm which Is creep Ing Into the conduct of the village. While every scene in lha play centeri on Chris tus, the role Is not long In comparison with oilier Speaking parts It Is tho spirit ual tranquillity of Chrlatua which pervades the whole play ami Is BON potent than Ihn spoken word In stirring the audience to a I realisation of the teaching of the play. Among the peoples of the earth, except thoae of Australasia, the American! are the moal lllieral meal caters. no more joyous day than resurrection of our Lord Is ga It should he; for vital and fundamental fact of (he life of Christ Had BO remained in the tomb, hti birth would have boon forgotten long ago, lind Christinas greetings and joya WOUld not exist. Had he remained Under tha power of death, his death on Calvary would have been consid ered nothing BJOre than that of a mert man. like Hint of Socrates and others, who have given their lives In attempts to uplift mankind against the forces Hint ninke for evil and that destroy the good Hut when BO lnirsl tho hands of death asunder, bo gave I he crowning proof of hla Deity, and added to Bethlehem and Calvary a significance and luster that will never grow dim. There la little Wonder, therefore, that the Christian world has laid especial em phasis t.opn the day upon which the Saviour arose. If we take Baiter Babbath as nn Illustration of how wo should ob serve every Babbath of the year, It may he mOBl profitable to us. Easter Babbath ll a day of worship. No other day III tbu year attracts bc many people ns Raster Sabbath. People who seldom ever darken the doors ol a church are present in glial multitudes on the Easter day. Hut tlod should he worshiped every Babbath day. Kor this especially QOd set the Knbhath aside. And to worahlD him wo must rest from worldly employments and pleasures. Easter Sabbath l a day of Joy- Organs peal It forth, Ubllme music emphase s It. .. rinnns repeat the strain. :1 multitude! fed the joyous thrill that comes Iron, ho fact ot cl.rUfB resurrection Hut every Sahhath day should he observed In joy. The Sabbath should not he looked upon o,s a dreary and tiresome day. Moreover, It will not be If we will enter Into the service and wor ship Cod as sincerely and heartily as wo do on Easier day. Rot. s. ii Doyle, I) D. The man you dislike dislike vou nearly always likes those EASTER CEREMONIAL IN VENICE -"XOt'RIBTB hnv been rushing from all gj I ' Europe to Venice in the last I month to gel there In time for the Easter 1 eli i ration I Those who plan to go to the beautiful I I cltj or canals and venerable architecture j make i peclal efforts to reach there at tho t"-m ibe Eastertide, for th.. most romantic and Picturesque celebration of the great spting holiday takes place In tho city of the doges. Easter In Venice Is unlike Easter In any oilier city In the world, and once to have txperletucd the day there Is never to forget It Easter. St. Mark's nnd tho pigeons This Is the com bination that makes Hie spring holiday specially Inter esting. At all seasons of the year the famous pigeons that stuff and stuff the food down their fatted crops till they can hardly waddle are u magnet to tho crowd of sightseers, but especially do they main their appeal at Easter time, for they are genuine Easter birds. Years and years ago they bold tho name relation to the Easter cuisine that eggs do In the new World, but that was before the populace came to tha point of regarding them as something almost sacred. Now no ouo would think of putting u linger on their smooth plumage. Kor more generations than anybody knows tho ad mired plgeono have Hut len d from point to point on tho sacred architecture of St. Mark's They have made their homes In nooks and crannies of the basilica; they have built Comfortable nests ut the feet of thf famous bronia horses over the portico. In fact, there Is hardly a placo In tho whole Impressive pile that, has escaped their keen little eyes and been tufhed Into account, pro viding It promised to afford a hospice. Vtulce loves these pigeons with n devotion that would bo amttalag to the outBldo world were It not honest. And especially does II warm up to them at Easier tltme, for It was then, according to the nncii at tradition, that they first came to St. Mark's. According to the ancient story. It was Palm Sunday that the great dogo made a formal visit to tho I'iazza 6nn Marco. With aim came his entire brilliant suite of Official a, Including the foreign ambassadors residing in Vcnhv. The presence of this host of dignitaries, the blare of tho silver trumpets that heralded their arrival and tho I tho accommodated r.'.led get H. magnlflci lice of the procession deeply Impn mwpie, so that nil who could In - ... micei onu uuililings The doge was so delighted by the welcome the popu lace accorded that ha determined to show bis bounty In B manner tlmt should he remembered, so he had a largo number of pigeons, each one weighted hy having a piece of paper attached to its legs, released from the gallery of St Mark's, over the portiio where the bronze In .ses rear their gigantic bodies The crowd made a rush on the pigeons, eager t. the choice meal they afforded, and the unfortunate I nampered by the weights on Hie legs, were caught in large numbers and taken homo to form the feat nr. of many a succulent repast. Hut not all wore caught Pome of them escaped and .ought rerug.. high up In the dome of the church, where none could come near them The r.;i t that tho birds found tliclr boeplce In the very dome of the tomb of St Mark was not without tta effect on Ibis highly superstitious populace and they at once ib elded this to be B token from the good saint that his sheltering mantle was spread over the birds and that bono of bis truo Worshipers would do ti.em harm Thus lids early number of pig. tins Buttering In fright to the top of the temple became the forerunners of the multitude thai files around the church today. Now they are : acred from the profane hand of man and as on extra tribute it is the habit at Eastertide Hi,, annlvgf sitry of their recognition by the saint, to give them extra food and attention. It Is for this reason that everybody who Is In Venice on Easter Sunday provides an extra supply of food for the pigeons of St. Mark's. This does not mean that they lack In povender the remainder of the year. It simply means that tho coming of the bolidny brings nu extra supply. And tha birds enjoy it. None can say that thev fall to enter Into the spirit of the holiday, They gorge :in(i stuff until It Is a mnrvel that the air Is not filled ith feathers from the exploding bodies of the birds. It Is not tho first ceremonial of tho day, this feeding of the pigeons. Not until the great morning servku in St. Mark's has been held does the church permit the holiday (un to begin. In the morning everybody goes to St. Mark's; that Is, everybody "ho can get In, which Is quite n distinction! for residents nnd visitors niikc all think only of this one church on the most important fhrUUun holiday. In fact, the whole scene is a rioting panorama of flowers As in every other city of the civilized world where the Christian religion Is supreme, efforts have been concentrated to getting flowera Into the city for tho great day. hut under these southern skies It Is not a question of forcing hothouse plants the natural growth In the open air supplies all that could be asked and everybody, rich and poor, huyu liberally of the luscious blooms In no other country In the world do the blooms attain such magnificence ami it is not an uncommon sight to see a gondola literally laden with violets, which can bo bought so cheaply here that for the price of an ordinary bouquet In nn American city nn armload can be pur chased. AgsJaSt Ihe perfect blue ot lbs Venetian spring sky St .Mark s Is outlined The whole city Is going there The wealth and aristocracy of a City that was ancient when the new world was In swaddling clothes Is making Its way to worship, reclining against the black etedsioDS of the gondola and lolling In tho exquisite comfort that comes from this most lulling form of transportation. Tho perfume of (lowers Is In the air, the beauty of the dark skinned, brown eyed and black eyed daughters of tho city of Doadeaapna helps the picture richly. Everything Is comfortable, romantic, inspiring The service Is a wonderful display of rich raiment, of gorgeous processional, of richest music, of most bril liant coloring Easter hymns peal forth In most enchanting tones und the lover of the beautiful ffnds every sense cajoled. At two o'clock in the afternoon the yearly tribute of food Is paid to tho pigeons and in some mysterious manner they Boom to know the coming of the day that sees so much of honor done to them. Hut It Is nt night, on Easter evening, that tho full beauty of tho Venetian life and Venetian charm Is felt. Every part of tho city appears In a new guise; every palace, monument and church takes on u glory that is not to be described. villding past the gondolas filled with holiday pleasure seekers, listening to Hie rlpplo of the waters under tho bows of tho boats, making calls on those living in the beautiful palaces fronting on the canals and reveling In tho atmosphere of romance that Bocms to surround cverj' detail of the life of this ancient city, Is to get Impressions not to bo duplicated elsewhere Impressions that explain the eagerness of tourists to spend an Easter day In Venice. EASTER The term "Easter" Is supposed to have been derived from Ostern. or Eastro. tho goddesa of spring, and Ihe peraonlficatlon of the morning, The feast of tins god doas wa.i celebrated by tha ancient Saxons in tna spring Of the year. This ancient pngan festival was utilized by the early Chriatian fathers and hy them turned Into the Christina Observance now know n throughout Christendom as "Eas ter." There was n difference among the eastern and western churches ns to the date of this observance, but In 32fi A. I. the council of Nice declared that I!"' BSStW celebration should be held on the first Sunday following the full moon, on or after March 21. If the full moon should happen on tho Sabbath, then Easter should fall on the following Babbath. Tho Christian Easter commemorate! the most vital fact In Christianity. In these days It lias been mndc an occasion for the display of flowers nnd millinery, but underlying all elso Is tho basal fact that Easier cum nieniorati'S the resurrection of Christianity's founder Christianity, ns B divine revelation, stands or falls with the establishment er overthrow of this fact. If the resurrection of the prophet of Cnlllee was not an nctual and accomplished fact, then bis claims to the spiritual leadership Of mankind nr.. spurious lie based the suc cess of his mission on the fact of his resurrection If ho did not rise from the grnvo. he wns n blasphemer or nu ignorant fnnntic. If no did rise, ns ho predicted he would, then tho seal of dlvlno truth was upon all he taught and all he wrought. There are many who cannot believe In the mitaclo of tho resurrection Kor them the Easter celebration Is all foolishness. Hut multitudes believe with unfaltering faith in this triumph of the Clod man over death and the grave. To them Easier Is a day or cheer, hopo and Joy. The basal fact of Christianity gives foundation and force to their faith and their hope. More Joy bells will peal forth their notes of victory to-day. moro glorious nnthems and oratories will break forth from human hearts und voices, more human tongues Will speak and sing tho praises of humanity's Christ than at any tlmo since tho angels said to tho affrighted women nt tho gateway of the tomb: "Ho is not here, ho Is risen, as he said; come, see the place where they laid blui." The Christian faith Is too deeply rooted In tho heart of humanity ever to die away and the annual Easter celebrations serve to streugtben that faith. . V "1 " i am I """ " "" "" '