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THE HOLT COUNTY SENTINEL, Friday, December 31, 1920.
' 'I II 5 The Old Year and the New A Sermon for Ntw Yr Eva by REV. STEPHEN PAULSON Mr Times are In Thy l.mnl.-1'Mlm 31.lt SAD anil boN-mii are lint Inai hour of tlic d)liie ji'iir. Only it few luontln ago n New Ycnr u ctvrn unto uh, fresh ami pun- from Ood'a great Morehouse of llmo. It has spent l(i life upon the enrth. nnd It footprint will never In- effaced. The departing jour has brought to ii flod'a numberless blessings; It bus seen mnii) nolle deeds done, nml It ha keen progress In tinny depart ments of life. Tin- pasting nf iin4lir i'nr must . mphutlzc tn nvcry lhou;htful person I ftp awtfl flight of llmo. linking t.nckword over the pust yenrs nf mir life tln'y mtiii in shrink in tin aire of bends strum: nronml n child's nock. Si-cklng nn lltitt of mini's curii-r, the prophet mth til iI.i)n swifter tlinti'n Werner's shuttle: his jciii swifter itibti nn nrmw. curving ns It rln-a to IH full. Wlmt l man's lift'? lie HKkx. It It. n cl'iiiO dissolving In the sun shine. It Is ii summer liro.U swollen tiy Hidden rnlna, lull soon running out nml Icnilug tin1 stones Intro- again, li Is ii Uili' Hint Is soon tulil. Those IiikI da) a or tin' nlil )ear urge us tn husband vm II the Mine that In silll given hi To ii klinili n j tiir mean only a leaf; I" the vltt". 11 clna. tor; to tlii' tree, 11 now rlnc of wood. Hut to a mini n yi'iir mentis u lure' iHirtlnn of III' lift which lint been livil or wualrd. youth ofti'ii unthliik. Ingly throws nil responsibilities on the .vonra to coin.'. To lilm I'vcrytlilne liiHMim pimlhlo In tlx future TIicii In llilnUn to lmo tlmo for i'iIwiiII'hi. Thi'li lio will pmctliv mummy nml Hii'lft. let tln piwnt In pro-llirnl ni li imi. 'I In niornnv will millliv t' ilii- funning of liulll nml tin InilMliik' of rliiirnclir. .So ilurzliil Ii) tin' fn turo llio oiilli nllni tlic oiiri to tluoiuli IiIh tm inl-. nml ri'nlt n mini ulni u nn Ititi'HiH'luul liifntit nml n iiioiiiI fivlilliiu'. At nu pinim' now nml think ovw tin p'Ki. " t,int ii-iilli' Unit llio inortow liolit nn hiirM! wlilili tin' Inlmri'i- mllwl yivli-nlii)" illil nut ww nml -nl 1 1 ,il . ThPro wiik nn nni'lcnt riintom of pin lliiK nn I'niirKln Into tho rnlllii of the iIcikI tn Hlirnlfy tlmt tliclr llmo liinl run out-n u('lcn nntlllrntlou to thi'in. Ilcttcr put Urn linuri:l.i"s Inln 'ho linuil of rvory llvln mini tn !inv him how swiflly tho kiimU of life ili How, Ittil, lifter all. tlnm l of miIiio only nt wo iiiiiLh Hip hpl nfl of It. v live In dMi, not yt'rj In thouglita. not breuthf. In fMllna-a, not In tleur" on dial. Wo hould count tlnm hy titarMhroba. Ha mom llvri H'ho thinks mmt, tl th nohlett, acta the btiL The old year may hold our mnny failure?, many illsnppolutments, ninny hitter recrets. The New Your holds out to na hope and promise, for my times nre In Thy hand, O Lord. It should comfort va hen we think nf the brevity of our jonra, to renllo hy contrast tho length nf God'n yenrs. Ve have hut n short tlmo tn work, unci It Is woll to remember that In order Hint wo niny be illlllijent. Hut flod has n whole eternity In which in work, unrt It la well to remember that alw, o thnt may cease from fretftilnesa and Impatience at tho alow lirogroM of III klnedom nmoni; in. .Ipsus Christ baa not cenai'd from HI leileraptlon of the world, nor baa find been defeated In Ills plans for hu manity, for the times of men and Muttons are In Ills hand, Tor mum of n the memory of the pnn I- n rliumhiT of ilNconli'iit. Lot llierofori' tho nhl Jorir bury from U'hl Ita rlor nf ln nml Morrow nml dilluri'. I'l tboro lo Klncvtv n-'iit unit' for the follli'i of Hie p.til, mid 1 1 1 . -I I let it new mini "lop fortli to Mini 'villi Iioh' nml iloloriiilnntloii the kIihI New Yeur wbleh Hod ileln hall he n blri.Mil M-nr f-r i-M'iy rlillil o' cm rib. Wbi'ii H.ul fnrulii"!. Ho fnt clii'K ulterly. lie cnalt miin'a lni ''Intii tho ib'ptha of tlio xen." Why ihi'ii khouhl iiieuiory thriiKt ll Imoliil polo Into the M'li to ilrflk'" llio bol tom nml brluK up by tbo Im-ka Miino pulo mi'iunry wblrtt Hml linn plunKiM liilo the oitiiii nf forp'tfulncra) lliin' life la not In the p:il. but In tho 'l.i) to roino. for our 1 1 1 ti uro In Ilia hhiiil. Ami lion iiiuii) of li nro milltiiR for the oppiirltiulllt of Hi- inniliii: ji'iirf Willi how ninny nf ua bt It tint utiiitleri'il hope Unit tomorrow tuny bo froo from the lna 11 nil the nils liikm of ji'Htenlny? I prny find tlmt for jo'l It 111:1 bo 10. Your tliuea lire III llli hiiliil, 11ml let our I'lillor Muipo the lo'M j ii r for 3011; let lilm 1 11I0 It, nml Mrlto "lib Ibo help of tbo Spirit tn wiill. the Muy of Ilia roioiuuii'liui.it. "l-'urRellliit: tho llilims thnt nre bi'blml. b-t tit preva on for the prlo of the hlub riitlltii; In tbrl,t Jomih." The piinoliu; )enr 11 1 so nuut icuillnl in. Unit tliori' will i'oiiio 11 Iiiki i'iir for nib olio of IK. I'i'ili'ipH tills romlliK jour l our lnt. Are you ilicn'fori' mnly to ce the eiirtnln rlne upon I'ternliyJ Are ou now reinly in henr tho lublnlk'ht cry, und to enter Into Ibo murrhiso kiip.r of tho KhiL-'a Sou? Our tliniw nro In tlodV hnml, nml no mini kiioni'lh what dny or hour be limy bo mlleil from lil bibor. TIioiikIi we llvo to bo counted iiuioiir the oblet InhiibllnulN we 11111M ilepiirt tit liikt. (II hers bne riiiip before iih nml nro kiiIiik every dny, nml yrt we seem M eiiRor to forget our own mor tality. Nny, let us rntber look for word wllli iiutk'lpiitbin, hollcilui: thin (bid will then Rle n 11 Now Year which khiilt bo wllliout Kin i.ml tears 1. ml sorrow und pain, wbero Imo luill rule, nml where hiiilnesH kluill be coiiiplvlo In the fiillest kertlco to our ;.). Tbo New Your bella will anon be rluuliiR. Do not full to imtkn aoiuo piTsumil prepuiiitliiliH for Ha coiiiIiir. Mnkn losnlutloiik for the fill 111 e on Ibo biisln of jour expeileiice nf the pii'l. l!eO" bonrt knows Ita own iii'OiR nml Ita own weuknesscM He mil ileounii;eil by past failures, but piny to Hod earnestly to help tn fu ture kunv!ies, Tnkn tills New Yeur na 11 hoi) Klfl from 11 Kinclous rather und begin to lite It cnrefiilly nml prnjerfiilly. On not atrlve to carry the burdeiia nf future month, but llvo ench dny la If It were the last am) tlm heat. lit splto of all the 111 which wo ace In the world today, let tia be lieve that the New Year will be n bleated year lo all mankind, and lot euch one of lis do our uttermost tn make It so. liny God look upon us nil In mercy, and may II11 let this New Year , Itlnaj out old thapta of foul dlxana, nina out tha narronlnc luit ot Kuld; Ulna out tlm thonnnd wara ot old, ItlnK tn the thoji,nd yoara of ptare. 5jfr1 tljr ttrm jirar bt a flrar ill of frrr&am from Bin. u tirar of nrrulrr, a ywr of trust In (tnfi. aiin it mill bt a Ijaupji urar from first taluL Jt may lirtljrriarnrst yrar wr (jaur knuunt, but It will br tijr rfajifllrdt a..Smklrt),S.l. AV WW.' V.V.V ... ; v WWHMWWWi Our Superstitious Vein Endrding Wtealh of Fancy Dcdeclu New Year's Day P?. ;!.'... 4Ai.t,..f!t ft Si V,VV. ,V, i -V. . EVKIt slm c III'' il.iwu of llmo llio bu'P''nlni,' of Now iitrV ibi lint,- been snhl In foreli'll tbo luck of tbo i-ouiiiitf uioiitbs, I'or Micro Is 11 1I11 of superstition lii tbo human nico. nml nil of us share In Us ilclu Ions. Tlieri Is no d.i.v In the join wlihout II inelriHiii: urea Hi of fiinc) ; '. - It. I 1I111 of ibem nil Is womlroils I) lii'ile, kul Nol cU'll t'hrlstinus Is so iiiirlcni, nml mi worbl ri'iiowueil, nml Ii Mauds tlrnt In tho folklore of t-U'ry lnnpuii:o. tin .Vow YiiirV day In nnelenl KKypl. when na il the P nimbi wero unhiillt, there worn Riiind pro ckiloiis and aiuoklui; r-rllh-cti. In ypuru It wan iclchriltoil by the ci'iiccrntl(iii nf youths tn mill tnry n'rlce. Anions the Saxons mid old (loiinnns wcie kTonl rejoicings, fenatlnRs uml caroinlni:a 011 this dny, and tint n Mill bowl paused merrily itrouml, This was 11 grout vessel tilled with ule. augur, fruits, mitineg itud apices. There was enough for tho whole I'ouiniiiiilt) ami tho gnat bowl ran freely nil dny In Nil countries tboro lane hoou I harms nml devotions peculiar to the opening jenr, for n desire to peer Into Ibo future Is leally 111111111111 tn na nil. no matter how. wo aftitt to deride the Idea, The Illhle charm was one faiull lur to our grandfathcra, and wna unci by rellglniik people even down In the preaeut generation. It la solemn cml lutrivatlug, und well worth recording. "When the clock alrlkea 111 on New Ycur'a eve, pick up Jour Whir und open It at random, nml walking buck ward to n table, lay tint hook down, face open, upon It. Turn nrnund three tlincx, Hike up the hook, rrr.d the tern' upon which your thumb falls. It will tell your fate for tho coming year. Kor Instance, If It lnnld he! "And He will love thee nml Ideas thee nml multiply thee." or "If 1 tnke Mo wings of the morning nml dwell In tin lltlcriuovt purlH of the enrlh," wo ex pect 11 very pleasant yeur. Hut conceive the horror of one who should open tn theso wnrda; "So he tiled, cud wan gathered lo his fathers," or "In hell he lifted up hi eyen, being In tor ment," In Swltrerlnml the innblcn borrow a her mother'H wedding ring, Ilea It with II hair from hrr own head, then ms penda It Jitkt over tho rim of n ten cup, all tho while counting rapidly the years of her own age. Of course the hair-hung ring tremble and knocks against the cup, nml each little tap counts one your before alio will wed: so she must count very fast, or be shocked nt tho number nf tops. In Norway tho kind nf fish caught on tho day foretells "flHhcnnnn'a luck" for the coining year. In rural New England nlmoat tlvery locality hua some apeclnl charm of fortune-telling of Ita own for this dny of fate. The Chinese have used cards for thou annds nf ytnra, mid the queerest thing lu tho world Is n Clilneao New Yccr's card. It gives nil the complimentary titles of the owner, and Is almost its largo as a wall mnp. In olden times It was the custom, for tennnts to give New Year's gifts tn their landlords, and every loyal subject owed n gift to his sovereign, Wo rcud how good Queen Kllxubeth wna such a favorite that her glfta were marvels nf taste nnd ev "gulice, In our country we give 1 la 011 Christmas day, hut In Frnio. 1 hey are reserved for the Orst of the year, .-(', . L.tt,.fl:l IDIIT font rnrHnl, left foot back, double shuttle Zip I" Thus Hal Uiirtoii, with lioylMi 11 1 lu 11 1 1 on, wllb nuthfiil longing, too, as be ,'lunrol through lie os'ii window rommniidlng n tlcnr Mew of Ibe river, fnueli olid, pinked with a git) throng, lie could lax-h Hie hiplrlng clung and wbllb- of (be bright llyltiit skhles. The fii' t lusplieil lilm lo redouble his preset' efforts, "parlor skiillng." for a Hint), for Hal bail been set the ihsk 1 lolMiIng the parlor llnnra. lie wore a lair of big felt boots und wits 'Xtvii'ii-ir nn unr.tlul) daiice. When he piiiiM-d It whs to ki'lul flying from n bug at bis aide n sprliikle of wax. Mien l.e h'siiuictl Ida vigorous gym tlniis. whirling, alnalng, barely paus ing for breath. "Illght foot, left fiHit, nny foot at nil. Ikuie' Now for half n glorious dny on real skates, Jut n alaler Mar cln protnis.si " "Sister Mnrela" ciilcr.d the iipnrt. tnent ns Hal una removing Ills Im promptu sknlos from his Itred feet. She roiuutcmliMl his work and told him there were freshly conked dough nuts in 1 ho klicui'ii, uml Hal darted nwii) with 11 Joyous shout. Kin was 11 fair chnlehiltie nml lady hntilitlrttl. this loicly Mnrcht lliirton. I'crh.ips n kiibibie.1 siiduesa In her eyes. 11 allgbl llruiliess iihout the lips betnned blildiu emotion, hut well un der rnrb. II wns Iwo da) a before New Year's und fr.tal oivastoua always lirolltlii tneiuoili's of the past, of one a ml passiii-,. In ber life where li'io bid ilaincil for n ib) to tlleker 011I) w..:itet,. ilNircssiiigi) Hirongh Ibe Intel yours. If sin- hud li.ime sis'ret diiiipolnl nt'iil. her gi'titlo wlnnluic ni -, 1 ia-illi'1 It. Tholo weiv two .Mntclit woulil uils her liltlnl- who li.nl -i.,-,l illirll'C the )tur; Hie other one w!in bail droppisl 0111 of her life Hni" vonrs ago ui)ii'rlousy, with an nn riipliie,. to ibis dny Ineatilli-nbto Itrtui- Telfiiid. At ibnt ten hour. In Hie ill) one hundred miles dlnmut. thl selfsamo ImlUlilnnl was thinking of her I'er Imps It was Mime M'livuinl telepnthlo tnuuctico, perhaps imronsebiui.li Ids Ihotlghla were nlwii)s llxeil uhu MI-i llurti.ii. There was reason wh) Ibis should bo ko. Their llws ii ii I loveshnd lii-'li mure llitluialol) eoiiitiiluglivl lu the past Ih.'iu Ibe iiiauiil world kits. iM'ctod, Murrlii had hei-n 11 frlrnd nf Tilford for over a .tear. Km-li reiog. Hired a closer tie ns tlmt went on. Olio otcutfill nl:ht nt 11 hhIiiI fumllnti ho There Were Two Marcla Would Mfta. tut I been in ill nine by her lale 1'iiiul) and kindly coiisbb-iutloti. At they purled ho bail wbbperisl Into lur tar that ho wished lo wrllo her some ihlng of Interest, somrHilug Unit hm! been In hU heurl for 11 lung lime The letter wus illspntlbiil, One 1I11) Iwo days no reply III anul was stricken, not only with bitter dlup l-olntment, but wllh Injured pride nnd rhngrln, All womniiMiid foresnoru, llruce Telford bad left the lown nnd had plunged Into business cold, ex art, systematic, to assungo the horrnw that had crushed Ids spirit tu the ground, He had proapcrcd beyond hi fond est dreams, but at what n sacrifice! He bad allowed business tn absorb biro, fancying he was forgetting the post. This particular nfternoon, to close to the end of a year. It seemed ns though 'he revlewitd hi old life, Just as his busy bookkeeper, bent over Ida di-sk, wna hulking up the twelve, months' brokerage operations. 80 wraiths of tho far past flitted through Telford's mind, with Marcla ever n lonely though distracting pres ence. The memory disturbed blin. He arose and paced tho floor. Then his glunce became tlxed ou old John Orn ham, his, bookkeeper. Working dili gently, drahaui was humming softly nn old familiar tune. nrucei Telford felt ashamed as he considered his own aelHah self-centered three years and the man before him. Within six months Graham had lost hi wlfo and child. Ills bravo spirit had not sunk, lie had adopted two little orphans, sent for Ida sister Ring Out the Old! Ring in the New! AND now we hear the tolling belt, That sound the Old Year'a dying; knell, And safe within the fleeinf past Ita good and evil wilt be cast, To oft return, in future hour, Brought by retentive memory' power. And what the New Year, ere its close, May have in store, no mortal know. Out if all men were good and true, And would their Christian duly do, The world would seem to hear again "Sweet peace on earth, good will to men!" Then all could shout, the whole world through, "Ring out the Oldt Ring in the Newt" QH, THINK of those bound down by sorrow, Now longing for aome glad tomorrow To lighten up the heavy load, That they mutt bear upon life's road, Who journey an from clay to day, Along life' cold and rugged way, Still longing, a they onward tread, For deed undone or word unsaid, Though friendly smile or kindly hand Two thing at every one's command Would help to soothe the gnawing patn, Or break the links of sorrow' chain. So, Christian friends, your duty do Ring out the Old! Ring in the Newt w ITHIN a learned land like thi Some think that ignorance it bliss, While ruthlctt handt and tcheming fools Make rule or ruin their vicious tooltt With no retpect for God or man, Destructive methodt are their plan Not uting reason for defente, Retort they to fool's violence! ; Imaginary wrongs they'd right, By senseless torch or dynamite. Oh, ruler of our mighty land, Check thi vile tcourge with firmer hand I Then tranquil peace will come in lieu Ring out the Oldt Ring in the Newt DEAR thi in mind, what e'er befall, The hand Divine rules over all. And when we greet the glad New Year, With all Its joy and social cheer, Let each resolve hit bett to give, That this old world may better live. And at we go but once thit way, Let's shed tweet tunthine't golden ray, And bring good cheer to henrtt bowed down By advertity't cold, sullen frown. Then when the tandt of life are run, We'll henr the welcome, "Well, well done! Come, renp the joyt prepared for you!" Ring out the Oldt Ring in the Newt George W. Armstrong. ami wna making life radiant for nth era, despite bis sore nllllillon Telford followed a quirk tmpui'c. lie ri-lurncd to his desk nml wrote mil it cheek for one hiliiilted dollar,-. Then he trpa'd beside bis luihulrl oils oinplnj'i e "Make a luippy New Ycnr for )our folks at home, llrnh.itii." he said with akstiiiied Ugliness ot lone. "And by the win, we'll I'lov up for Hie am I ili'n'. I II ' " 1 II"1'- nut to tn down Into tho oiiinlt)." ltruco Telfoi'l left tbo city with 11 Aelbsloivd sultonn' The next after noon nw Mai ringing Ibo doorbell of tbo old mansion when- he hud spent so many happy hours. The servant rc.inilM'd lilm with 11 Mart nnd showed htm Into Hm patter. Thelo wen' old fuiiilllnr aK':ts to the room, und there In tho nlcoto was tho kpeelnl coiner alwuja git en to ileinl Mr. Iturlon. The cnller oven rccogiiln-d Ida di-i-k, his urmchiilr, Ida fuvurlto I ka. It looked us though Ibis wna 11 spot mioioiI tn the memory of the helmed parent, preserved na of old nml 1101 dIMtirhctl. Involuntarily Telford took up one nf the volume-, He Instantly reeogiili'eil u clnaslciil iitilhor from whom Mr. Hurtoii hud frequently iiiolid. Almost tuioou srlniisly ho lurm'il over thi' h'iivs He smiled in sad lelrospect na he. lulled n Hue Hint hud been n favorite with tlm ileinl man. nnd, following the contoxl. turned over 11 now leaf No marvel thnt he slurled! That voliimo had probably remnlned un opened for enrs There between the pages lay three letters. They were jellow and fuded with time. Kncli one bore nn uncanceled stamp. Un doubted!) given to Mr. Hurtnn to mall, In hla nbseiit'lnludedneas he had placed them temporarily In the book nnd they hud never been mailed. "Mr, HrtH e Telford" one was ad dressed lo blniM-lf. And In .Mnrcbi'a handwriting! HI" henrt began to bent wildly. Could It he-he was Inter rupted. Ha knew not why, but with almost eager baste he closed the book, thrusting the letter Into hla pocket. Marcln entered the room. They became nlmoat Jolly over the picknge nf present he hat) brought for tho little ones. They apoke of old friends, of tho New Year'a evo nnly n few hours distant. Would he atay to tea and later Join her sister nnd her huahnml In n skating partyt Bruce Telford snt In a strange glow as later Marcln left him tn direct preparations for ten. Ills hand stolo ,n ih letter In Ills nnckct. What might It not contain her reply to his . . 1. .... I tthoA lh.nn.li . teller, an unnij ,,,,,ir,v iihuuhu thrco long, bitter years I "No," ho said, checking an Impulse urged by a rare heart of hope "later," It was like a dream, the succeeding hour, si he was greeted by the mem bers of Ibo family, made to feel at linine senteit at the Inhln with Marcla, flushed, radiant, kindly 11s always and more lovely tlian ever. New Year's eve how royally tha old church hells rang! A slide across the safe bound Ice ot the river, n dell, clous moment ns, all equipped, Mar cla's hand tested lu his nnd they glided over Hie smooth, shining sur face as of ore. Half 11 mile from llio other. In a swiit An-p down ibe river, klni stum. Med ini'l I aught her in hla arms ami liisMi'd on her resting on nn old loir. He Mimed In sonic dream ot delirious ilollght. 11 lililgle force Im pelled lilm lo speak nt Inst. "Mlsk Iturtou " be began. "Mirely we are old friends, llruce," thi- Interrupted, with reproachful willfulness. "Yea, Marcla," ho Kirrected himself. "I liae a loiter I found lu 11 book at )our homo. Was It nn answer to my nun In that long ago?' and tho words I hut explained nil came from hla lips lu Impetuous rnplilll) "See, I bno not opened ll," lie udded, He lendcted It lo her. Her fnm hud grown colorless, but only from the sturtllng discovery of the delayed PI tW--iKam it Glided Over the Smooth, Surface. Shlnlnq missive. It fluttered In her clssp fur a moment. Then she' held It out to ward him, her fucc flushing, her eye downcast as sho almost whispered: "It wus yours three years ago; It l.i yours just the same today." "Then then I have come Into my own I" bo cried In surging hope. "Dam 1 hope " "I lime not changed," she said soft ly, "When you read It " Ah I He could rcud It In her tell tale fare now, lu her happy eye. His arm stole round her. She did not draw back. "Through all the years oh, worth; the waiting 1" he cried. f- 10, 111, Wtittra Nswapsver Vsi,) 'i