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VOL.. liIJI. NO. 47.
EOCK ISLAND, IliXi., SATURDAY, DECEMBEK 12 1903.
PAGES TO 16.
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A Yuletide Sketch by
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A Poem of Christmas
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A CHRISTMAS DINNER
The wife of the proprietor of the
Levant Times in Constantinople, Mrs.
Laffan-nanly, wishing not long ago to
Bhow to some of the inhabitants of
that city what an old fashioned Eng
lish Christmas was like and incidental
ly to cement valuable friendships for
her husband in certain influential quar
ters, sent out invitations for fifty per
sons. There was a curious mingling of
nationalities in the guests responding.
Greek, . Persian, Turkish, French, Ar
menian, Russian, English, American,
Spanish, Hebrew, German, Italian, Al
banian and one Japanese. Possibly
there may have been more nationalities
represented, .but only thirteen different
languages were spoken. , .
Mr. Laffan-Uanlys house was situat
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ed in Fera, directly opposite the konaH
of Fuad Pasha. As the guests arrived,
some on horseback, a few on foot, a
few in coupes, but more in sedan
chairs, the faces of the women in the
konak opposite could be faintly seen
Dressed against the kafass. for Fuad
Pasha was one of the guests and none
of his wives could accompany him.
Hadji Rassiin Effendl was another.
There were two Hebrew bank direct
ors, the Persian ambassador and the
The house was built originally for a
Turkish residence, and three rooms
were decorated with holly and mistle
toe brought all the way from England.
The Greek and Armenian ladies were
richly dressed in heavy silks and vel
vets under their fur lined wraps. They
wore a profusion of jewels of barbaric
design. These ladies riot in bright colors
and dazzling effects, and on this occa
sion were painted red and white and
had their eyebrows blackened. The
other ladies' were hlinuVo'ihcly dressed,
but it remained for the" two Jewish la
dies to exhibit "fine diamonds in ex
In such a mixed assemblage it was
almost impossible to establish anything
like sociability, and the pom -hostess
grew haggard with the effort. The
Turks looked on with preternatural
gravity and bowed with exceeding po
liteness oti all occasions. The Persian
ambassador might have been a wooden
image for all the expression ou his
face. The Albanian stood in a corner
in solitary grandeur, his stiffly starched
fustanelle standing out like a ballet
dancer's skirt. The Japanese consul
smiled and bowed right and left with
praiseworthy impartiality. The Eng
lishmen stood in a group, while the
Greek, Freueh and Armenian got -together
and were soon talking with ani
mation, while the word "parades" fell
from their lips as if money was the
only thing worth mention. The Rus
sian. Spanish', Italian and German gen
tlemen paid strict attention to the la
dies, who sat in the two upper parlors,
while the men appropriated the main
Miss LafTan-IIanly, the very pretty
daughter of the host and hostess, play
ed Christmas carols on the piano, but
nobody listened, and it was a relief
when dinner was announced. It was
understood that this dinner was to be
representative of the Christmas in Eng
land, and so there was a roast of beef
of astonishing proportions following an
enormous boiled fish on a wooden tray.
Two monstrous turkeys and a chicken
pie tilled the table, with the vegetables
and small things, such as pickles,
olives, etc. Everything was put on to
gether save the dessert. Wines there
were and pure water for the Turks and
At last everybody was seated. The
service was well done by three men
from. the big hotel. The Greeks and
Armenians had come to dinner, and
they did'full justice to it- The rest of
the guests were more circumspect or
had smaller appetites. The amount of
bread they consumed was astounding.
The Fersian ambassador was the
guest of honor, with Hadji Rasslm
Etfendi opposite. The hadji was an
orthodox Turk of the old school. Fuad
Pasha was the same, but he was in
some ways not so strict in his observ
ances, so he took a little wine. As the
first hunger passed, the wine began to
loosen tongues, and one would have
imagined oneself in a new Babel. Jests
and couplets were made and toasts
passed back and forth in all the thir
teen languages spoken.
The dinner lasted nearly three hours.
The dessert consisted of a great plum
pudding covered with blazing rum and
several fine mince pies. The Turks
seemed to have an instinctive fear of a
pudding blazicg with Satanic blue
lights and took mince pie or fruits.
As so much of Turkish cookery is
based on minced meats the Turks
thought the mince pies were safe. The
Greeks and Armenians managed both
pie and fruits and ate with a "good
coming appetite" everything offered
them. Then came coffee and cigars,
and the ladies went back upstairs.
Mr. Laffan-Hanly had his cue to
bring the gentlemen all up as soon as
he ciuld, so that they might have some
Christmas games. They had become a
little more sociable among themselves,
but as soon as they were back among
the women the different elements sep
arated again into their component
parts, and it was desperate work to get
them Interested in snapdragon. The
Turks seemed to fear the flames of al
cohol and would not even try to pull
out the plums.
Finally one of the Greeks sang one
of the native seesaw caterwauling
songs, and after 'that the games were
given up in favor of an impromptu
dance. The Persian and the Turk
looked on gravely while the rest dancrt
They maintained their impassible grar
ity until Hadji Rassim. Effendi signi-v.'
fied that he wanted to go home. HtfloJ fountain on the t-orner seat of a
was ill. He had, secure in Ins belief
of the innocence of the pie, eaten three
big pieces. And the crust was short
ened with the fat of the "unutterable
His departure broke up the party.
Not one of them had understood any
thing of the object lesson on an Eng
glish Christmas in spite of all the lan
The poor hostess' hair turned white
that night, and next week her hus
band's newspaper type was distributed
in the Bosporus Hadji Rassim was
the press censor.
GLADYS GEORGE JAMES.
A Trees or? Tree.
One of the mst famous Christmas
trees in history was erected at Wind
sor castle in the early forties. It was
not so very remarkable for its height,
which was forty feet, but for the fact
that in the aggregate its crop of pres
ents amounted in value to $45,000. or
the value of the product of 0,000 acres
ef forest laud.
A Chritma 5lory by
ZOE ANDERSON NORRIS
Copyright, 1903, by Zoe Anderson Norrls.
Christmas' night, and the
nthropists' club was holding
ual celebration of the fes
tival. The Christinas dinner had
arrived at the stage of the demi tasse
Naturally the president was the first
"Reynolds," said he, iudicating by
the gesture of a'massive hand the
member of the club situated on his
left, "you may relate, your experience
last night in helping the poor. Accord
ing to our agreement, if you remember,
we were to expend a certain amount in
charity on Christmas eve, not only for
the purpose of giving immediate relief
so far as our funds went, but in order
to ascertain something of the extent of
the poverty existing in this great city
of New York, in which we live."
The club members, among whom
was an artist rendered somewhat con-
"MY GOOI HOW COME YOU TO BB
spicuous by the length of his locks and
the exceeding breadth of his soft black
tie, lit their cigars as Reynolds rose.
"It was snowing" he began.
"Skip all that," hastily put in a news
paper man. "Of course, if it was
Christmas eve, it was snowing."
"The hapless outcasts in the park
had ranged themselves as nearly as
possible according to the tree branches;
but, being large in number, they over
lapped them, some to the length of two
branches or more, so that these sat
unprotected from the snow, which soft
ly soaked them." '
The newspaper, man raised his hand
"Will you permit me, Mr. President,"
interrupted he, "to suggest that all
description be eliminated? Otherwise
we'll be sitting heri in broad day
light - -f
"It may be as well," assented the
president suavely, ;tuiiit descriptions
of scenery, for, as the gentleman has
just stated, it may h'&ve the effect of
detaining us longer tjaan is absolutely
Reynolds, reaching for a glass of
water, wet his lips itefore he began
"I buttoned niv Lverco.it to the
ij.,. be gaid the ..for tue wmd
-was raw and keen, and walked up to
vl first tramp I cujmp to. He sat near
long bench. I touched him gently on
the sleeve aud said to him:
" 'My good man, hojtv come you to be
The newspaper man leaned forward
absorbedly, his eyes agleam.
"Were those your exact words?" he
inquired in so rapt aJ manner that the
president once more let fall the fork.
.Reynolds, disdaining the question,
sought in several poolets for a pocket
handkerchief, . and,' finding one at
length, delicately mopped his lids.
"The story he told," be stammered,
"would have brought tears to the eyes
of the coldest hearted.
"It was not so different from the usu
al run of smell stories," faltered Reyn
olds. "He had seen better days; he
had not always been obliged to sleep In
a park, etc.; he had a wife and two
children; he had bfen unable to sup
port them; they were all three with his
wife's mother. As I say, it was not so
much the story as his manner of telling
it. It affected you beyond description.
It covJun't help bet affect you. I took
a five dollar bill' from" my vest' pocket
and thrust it into his hand."
"And then," queried the president,
"what did he do?"
"He became so deeply affected," re
turned Reynolds, "that I whirled about
and left him, unwilling to witness the
overwhelming nature of his gratitude."
He sat down. The artist coughed
slightly, covered his mouth with his
hand a moment, relit his cigar, which
had gone quite out, and blew the
smoke to the ceiling.
The president motioned to his neigh
bor to rise. His name was Caruthers.
He scanned his listeners attentively,
frowning as he talked.
"My experience," said he, "resembled
to a certain degree that of my friend
Reynolds there. I must have visited
the same park. Union park, was It?"
with a nod to Reynolds.
"Yes," replied Reynolds; "Union
"I circled the fountain," he went on,
'and proceeded to a long bench, where
I stopped near a seedy looking individ
ual who in spite of the steady fall of
snow sat napping there. I tapped him
on the shoulder, roused him from his
Bleep and asked his history. It was
rambling, as that related by Reynolds.
He had seen better days. Most of us
have. He had not always slept in
parks. Few have. And, like Reynolds
tramp, he had a wife and two children,
whom he had been obliged long before
to send home to the wife's mother.
Like the story of Reynolds' tramp,
there was nothing out of the ordinary
with the exception of the manner in
which he stammered and shook telling
At this point Caruthers appeared to
experience some little difficulty in ar
ticulating. When he had recovered.
"Really," he finished, "it was distress
ing; -most distressing. It grieved me
deeply. I thrust a five dollar b:!l into
his hand and hurried away."
He had hardly time to resume his
seat when three members of the club
"There's some fraud about this!"
they cried. "We went together. We
saw the same man. He had the same
wife and two children who were liv
ing with the same old mother-in-law.
By Jove! We were so distressed we
gave him ?3 apiece, and that made
fifteen good old solid dollars between
They flung themselves back in their
chairs and gazed in an excited and in
dignant way from one face to another
in search of some reasonable explana
tion of the phenomenon.
The newspaper man suddenly stood.
It was as If he had just waked up.
"Was he tall and thin?" he question
ed. "Did he wear a shaggy red beard,
long hair, an old slouch hat and a rag
ged gray overcoat out at the elbows
and fringed with a mighty fringe
around the hem? I say, were his shoes
old, and did he go barehanded in the
"Yes, yes," answered the rest in a
chorus, "all that, and more."
"Then," declared the newspaper man,
"I, too. took out a live dollar bill and
made him a present of it." And, falling
limply back in his chair, he took to
tapping the arm of it with impatient
The artist had slipped out of the
After a period he returned, trans
formed. His board was shaggy and red. his
shoes were worn at the toes and down
at the heels, his hat was one of the
VOICES, "IS THE
slouch variety, and his overcoat was
gray and long and so fringed at the
hem as to assume the appearance of
having been fringed intentionally.
Ten fingers pointed at him.
"That," shouted ten voices, "Is the
The artist bent a humble and apolo
"Yes," acknowledged he, "I am the
"But you are a member of the club,"
they stormed. "You knew all about our
plan of relieving the poor. You had
part of the money yourself. Why did
you take ours?"
The artist shrugged weary shoulders.
He spread out two deprecating hands.
"I am an artist," he explained sim
ply. "I needed it."
MR. PENNY'S YELLOW DOG.
Erastus Penny, who accumulated a
modest fortune years ago in the town
of Bunker by farming and money loan
ing on improved real estate, was not
renowned for his generosity as a giver.
Two years before the great mort
gagee. Death, foreclosed upon him he
was the owner of a yellow dog.
This dog had been a tramp, but one
day while paying an informal call at
the farm it had evidently discovered in
Mr. Penny some agreeable qualities
that had escaped the observation of his
neighbors and promptly adopted him.
The process of getting something for
nothing, even in the case of a yellow
dog. invariably appealed with power to
Partner Penny, and he graciously per
mitted himself to be adopted.
In a few months the yellow dog was
the talk of the neighborhood. He wor
ried ducks, killed chickens, stampeded
salves and even throttled sheep.
On Christmas morning as the Rev.
Abijah Jones, who lived half a mile
away, was shoveling a path through
the snow between the parsonage and
the road Farmer Penny drove up with
the yellow dog tied to his buggy.
"Merry Christmas, Brother Jones!"
he cried cheerily a few moments later
as he led the dog Into the yard.
"The same to you. Brother Penny,"
was the hearty reply.
"Waal, parson," continued Farmer
Fenny, "this bein' Christmas I thought
I'd remember ye. Knowin' ye was
powerful fond of animals, I've brought
ye a dog."
"Thank you, sir; thank you," cried
the astonished and dismayed minister,
who knew the yellow dog by reputa
tion. "This present of yours calls to
my mind more forcibly than ever be
fore the truth of the Biblical saying
that 'it is more blessed to give than
EAIILE HOOKER EATON.
Oh. the happy boy is Hopping
lown the hill with his new sled.
While the humble tramp is chopping
Kindling wood out in the shed.
And the ruffled.
Mu filed. stulHed
Chicklet pecks the frozen corn.
And the golden,
Brandy's looked for ev'ry mornf
The fragile maid is skating
On the pond behind the mill;
The sparrow's masticating
Frozen crumbs upon the sill.
And the bawling-.
Infant's wrapped in flannels hot.
While the zealing.
Goose grease stands beside the cot.
The suburbanite Is skipping
To his snow becovered lair.
And old Boreas is flipping
Merry snowrlakes through the air.
And the creeping.
Trolley car hops through, the mush.
While the rosy.
Butcher's boy slops through the slush.
These wintry scenes I fancy
As I'm snuggled in my bed.
Concealed so thai yod can't seo
E'en the baldness of my head.
And the dashing.
Hailstones rhyme upon my pane.
While I coolly.
Dream that summer's here again.
New York Journal.
A Laundry Lint For Christ man.
For a laundry list obtain n delicate
book slate with two or three leaves and
bound in cloth. From embroidery lin
en cut a piece sufficiently large to face
the front and back and with a margin
a quarter of an inch wide all around.
On one-half of the piece mark the
words "Laundry List" within a frame
at the middle, and to decorate the re
mainder of the piece draw a conven
tional flower design.
When the work is finished, apply the
linen to the slate and cover with glue
by turning the edges over and making
them fast to the inside on a narrow
edge of the cloth binding that Is usual
ly left between the edge of the slate
part and the binding.
At the top. hinge corner attach a ring
with bow and ribbons, by means of
which It can be hung in a convenient
place, and at the knot tie a piece of
string half a yard long, to the end of
which a pencil may be attached.
Be merry all. be merry all!
With holly dress the festive hall:
Prepare the song, the feast, the ball.
To welcome merry Christmas.
XV. I. Soencer.
Copyright. 1903, by C. N. Lurie.
THE Christmas tree for the dis
play of presents Is an evolu
tion. The true origin and sig
nificance of this arboreal fea
ture of Yuletide are uncertain. Appar
ently it is derived from an ancient cus-1
torn. The pagan races of northern Eu
rope had a deep veneration for trees aaj
the abodes of the gods. For instance,1
the linden sheltered Berchta, the spirit
kindly to babes. When celebrating
festivals the chosen tree of the differ-
ent gods were decorated with lightsJ
wreaths and tassels, and offerings tcA
the spirits were suspended in the!
The Romans used greenery in thej
festivals of Saturn, celebrated in De-
cember, and carried the custom among
the Germans. The Egvptians usedl
trees for Interior decoration, their fa
vorite being the palm.
A work of fiction produced in France
over 700 years ago contains a descrip-j
A VEBY EARLY USE OF THE CHRISTMAS!
tion of a tree having its branches from
top to bottom decked with burning can-'
dies, with the figure of a-child at thej
very top sending forth a brilliant light.!
This tree in some way symbolized'
Christianity, the candles representing
souls and the child typifying Christ. ;
It is said that the Christmas tree wa
adopted in France and England
1SJ0. Prince Albert is credited
having introduced it in England thej
first Christmas following his marriage,
which was in 1S10. Within a few yearsj
after that one of the trees. at Windsor
castle bore gifts valued at $43,000. But
more than a century liofore Prince Al-j
bert's advent an improvised Christmas
tree, called a "besant," was carried in)
processions in England at Yuletide. Itj
consisted of a pole decked with holly;
or other evergreens and ribbons, to-j
gether with oranges and apples and!
sometimes a pair, of dolls.
The irrepressible desire for novelty
has led to unique variations in Christ-,
mas trees. A society woman having aj
couple of valuable pet doixs srot up a
dogs' Christmas tree and invited forty,
or more of the neighboring thorough
bred pups to the ovation.
The device by which Santa Claus
is cooped up in the trunk of a portable!
tree, with his head showing out at!
times, is very tsimple. yet very taking
with young folks. It is accomplished
by having two empty barrels without
heads fastened one above the other
and covered with moss, bark and'
lichen. Through a knot hole Santa's
voice is heard. The structure being on
casters, the imp inside can move iti
about the platform to the infinite de-j
light of the children.
Another device for having a voice is
sue from the Christmas tree is accom
plished by the use of the telephone, the
receiver being hunj; In the tree. The
absent ones can then send familiar
tones to those present, and when the'
speakers are very dear and unavoida
bly absent the message Is the best
Christmas present that can be con
ceived of for the occasion. An elec
trical outfit for lighting Christmasi
trees has been invented at small cost.1
One clever boy used it with novel re
sult by applying It to a magnificent.
evercreen st aiming in iront oc m
home. It was liphted on Christmas
eve after a snowstorm which decked
the branches with fleecy garb. The'
heat of the lamps melted the snow, and
then it froze in all manner of shapes.
When lighted up asain on Christmas
night the iendent icicles and Icy armor
glittered like a myriad of gems sus
pended in the glare of shifting lights,
"Mike," said Plodding Pete, "what
would you do if you was to wake up!
an find yourself a railway president?"'
"I dunno," answered Meandering
Mike. "Human nature is human na
ture. I s'pose I'd git mercenary an
begin to worry about all de rides I've
been beatin de company out of."
Washington Star. '