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tf I CHRISTMAS ON SHIP OF ICE.
IN THE DAYS OF '64 't Ring Out the Ring in tbe New new goods, new fixtures, new and improved grapbopbouee, new music to play on them in our new quarters in tbe new Fraternal Building. And new friends as well as old ones are invited to visit our store. We appreciate the generous custom given ua during 1907, and will endeavor to merit as well in 1908. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Next door to R. B. 4 Z. E. B. WHEAT. R. I. LONG CIVIL ENGINEERING and GENERAL LAND SURVEYING Hydraulic and Irrigation Engineer ENTERPRISE, Second-Hand Store RODGERS BROS. Proprietors Dealers in Now and Second-hand goods, Bicycles and Bicycle Repairs. Furniture Repaired, Upholstering done. Counters, Show Cases, Storo 'fixtures and Old Mission Furniture made to order. All goods called for and delivered any place in town. We are locked in ihe Enterprise Restaurant Building, west side of the city square.. Call in and see us. Enterprise Joseph h Elgin Stage Co., Incorporated Tariff and Rata Sheet of FaresTrom Enterprise: Effective on and after September 1. 1907. One Way Enterprise to Joseph $ .75 " " Lostine 1 00 " " Wallowa 1.75 ' " " Canyon House 2.50 " " Elgin 4.00 Baggage allowance 40 pounds for rates vanie as old taritt. Makes connections witli stages at Thursdays and Saturdays ' For Flyra, Paradise and Aimtone, Wash., mi Mondays, .Wednesdays and Fridays. ' Carries U.8. Mall and Express. ' Connect with Stages at Vnterprlse for Imnaba on regular days. Stopover privileges given on round trip rates. ( ' . F. D. McCULLY, Pres! E. W RUMBLE. Mgrr IP OREGON SHOT LINE and mion Pacific Dally Kx unmlay. Depart for Time echedule, KlKln. Dully Ex. Sunday, Ar- from No. 81 S:46 p. m. miller: A Mod, Inland City, I.n Urinific, con nect lr.fi ;ir La aranile with trnlnH for all . points euot and went. No. 82 11:80 a. m Low Rates. Through Tickets To and From All Parts of tho Country. FOtt FURTHER PARTICULARS, ADDRESS, H. H. Weatberspoon, Agent. Elgin, Oregon. ' ENTERPRISE OPERA HOUSE Watch for Next . Announcement Old j THE F.NTKRPRISK JEWELEtt OREGON. jj Oregon Round Trip $125 1 75 . 3 00 4.75 7.50 Excess baggage each full paid fare. Wallowa for Promise on Tuesdays, QUEER CHRISTMAS PRESENTS- Some of the Things Found by th British Dead Letter Office. Daring the ten days preceding Christ mas about 100,000 parceis are handled every twenty-four hours by British postoffloe officials, or approximately 1,750,000 for the entire ten days diving which the rush lasts. Tbe contents of many of the parcels are, to say tbe least, somewhat curl- oub, says the Pictorial Magazine. A hamper of live leeches, for instance. seems a strange sort of Christmas gift So does an artificial leg. Yet both of these were among the parcels "treated" last Christmas. Another long coffin shaped box excited suspicion on account of the odor emanating there- from. On opening it however, nothing ouer articles, ail tne best of their more dreadful was found than a young kind. I saw a young man who re- I alligator in a dormant condition. An- clTed an all leather suit case. This other evil smelling hamper was found!11 ltem seem strange on a ranch, to contain, no fewer than 800 dead DUt there are many polished gentle mice, while yet a third Inclosed a do- men among the employees who would funct puppy consigned for postmortem consider suit cases very necessary purposes to an eminent sursreon. i should they have occasion to visit tbe , Christmas presents of live animals . ctty are constantly being sent through the 1 MAU thls whUe mn8,c wns to be post notwithstanding the fact that the beard from a band stationed on the practice la strictly prohibited. Pigeons, ! tront P0. where many of the visit rabbits, white mice, rats, ferrets, silk-! 018 were seated. After the Santa Claus worms, lizards, snakes, guinea pigs ' of the Christmas tree had retired and., and even on one occasion a per" lamb . the Presents to the grownups had been have all been dealt with at some pe-1 distributed all repaired to the porch riod or other. . and front yard to see again tbe glee- No longer ago than last Christmas ! ,ul cnUdren and the tree, and surely It eve a box was Intercepted containing vm thm of beauty and, with its 150 live frogs, and a short time before mlta and flowers, looked as though it twelve healthy young adders were dls- j nad t11 transplanted from fairyland, covered in an Innocent looking hamper ' "Tne people that came from a dls which was supposed to contain poultry. Itance departed before nightfall, but Some of the lnclosures are decidedly tao8e ttat llved near b remained for sarcastic. Of this class was a two foot an nlngof music and good cheer, long cane bearing the indorsement: "A thus endcd a haPP7 Christmas Christmas present for Johnny. For outward application only. To be well rubbed in." LOST PRAIRIE. Umt Prairie, Deo, 21-R. L. and Jack Cole and families went to Flora literary last night ami report a grand time. C. H. Allen Is a rustler when It in liner m fth fUhrmi work. The Cole Bros.' big barn is Bearing oompletioi. - Miss M'lory clfwd ber school with a r.lesmt eittrla'n ncnt. . James Jo!e aim wlf- were blensrd with a fine boy tbe 18th inst Jim says it's just like Its pa. The north" country would like to I represented by one elective o'Bcer.'n June. Don't you valley folks think go? Onr choice is an assessor. The mumps afflict tbe family of G. M. Connor. Bubsckibeb. ECRETARY OF WAR TAFT is part owner of one of the largest ranches In Texas, the Coleman Fulton ranch, so called, a 1T5.000 acre "farm" eleven miles from Corpus Chrlstt on the San Autoulo Rnd Aran sas Pass railroad. One hundred men are always and 250 meu - sometimes employed on It. "I was so fortunate as to have the pleasure of seeing a unique Christmas tree on this ranch," writes 3fery Elise Muncey In the St Louis Globe-Democrat "Christmas morning, though warm, was foggy, and a slow rain fell, but by 12 o'clock tie sun came out and the people at tbe ranch house be gan to make their preparations. Ever since early morning the employees from the different farms had been com ing In. All kinds of vehicles were pressed Into service. Some came"bn horseback and some ou foot There were many children. "I saw what I had never seen be fore, a growing Chrlstiuus tree. Just In front of the house was a largo inul- I BAW WHAT I BAD NEVER SEKN BEFOBH, A OBOWIMQ CHHIBTMAS THEE. j berry tree. The ladles of tbe house came out about 2 o'clock and . deco rated the tree, with the assistance of' some of the men. Even the men re-. 1 quired stepladders to reach the top most boughs. First the ladles gave them some artificial Icicles, which they bung on tbe branches In great profu sion. ' As tbe son was shining brightly by this time. It gave tbe Icicles a very glittering appearance, and the wind, commencing to blow, shook them gen-' tly, making the illusion more perfect Then long bright ribbons of many col ors were suspended from tbe topmost limbs and fruit and candles tied on with ribbons of the same color or anges with orange ribbon, apples with red ribbon, limes, with green ' ribbon. etc. Small toys were suspended from the tree; large ones were at the base. It presented a very gorgeous spectacle, ' and tbe sight of the happy children 'surrounded it made one wish to i be a child again to enjoy it to the ut-1 termost But the best was yet to come, "In tbe front yard were the presents Intended for the grown people, and eacn mBn received one. One was a fine surrey. Five were each given fifty and seventy-five dollar saddles. Several married men got handsome metal bed- "toads, with springs and mattresses, Twenty or thirty fine hats, costing f apiece, were distributed and many "The Queen's Christmas Card." . Queen Alexandra has not given up ber Interest in behalf of the unemploy ed. Last Christmas she sanctioned a unique plan to raise more funds for them. This was In the shape of tbe Issue of a Christmas book, consisting of poems, stories, sketches, drawings and music, which was entitled "Tbe Queen's Christmas Card." Algernon YVT w'u" "i? " . w"i T F'' - Mukvcw, auvuh uatuj, OIUIIV Corelli, Hall Caine, George Meredith, Arthur Wing Plnero, Sir Laurence Alma-Tadema, Edwin A. Abbey, Wil liam Holraan Hunt Sir Edward John Poynter and Sir Edward Elgar 'are among the boat of those who contrib uted. The production of the book waa practically gratuitous. It sold for half a crown, and tbe proceeds were devoted to tbe queen's unemployed fond. Strange Story of Skipper Shlpwreoked oh the Pacific Captain S. A. Iloyt secrctnry. of tho Masters and Pilots' association of Seat tle, Wash., and possibly one of the most widely kuawn seafaring men on tie Pacific coast, has a fund of expe riences to draw from when he wishes to while away on hour. Up in' the big, I pleasant rooms of the association the ! captain recently told the' following 1 tale: j "The approach of Christmas alwaya I reminds uie of tho December that I spent on an Ice ship. Never heard of one? Well, tly are unusual. I was master of the Utile brig Holly, and along about tho 1st of November we were wrecked away down south of the Born. Tbe ship went on an Ice floo and was battered nil to pieces. We did manago to save some tools and food and part of the cargo. "I put the crew to work to cut off a large pinnacle of the berg. Then I set them all to work with axes, and we shaped It into a graceful ship's bull. After that we hollowed It out Inside, makjng cabins and everything like a regular ship, and with some of the timber saved from our vessel we rig ged her as a bark, side light" and ev erything, even going so far as to paint her and name her tho Holly. She was a fine craft and floated like a duck When finally launched. We spent Christmas on board of her and had a great time. I loaded part of the wreck ed Holly's cargo In her, and we then started for Callao, which was our des tination. "The ice ship sailed fine and was as good a sea boat as any In which I sail ed. This was only, however, when we were down south In cold water. The nearer we got. to the equator the light er became our vessel, and I finally dis covered that our ship was melting be neath ua. Another two days and we would have been In the water when a steamer picked us up and also saved the cargo. This paid for the loss of the vessel, which was also insured, so the owners come out ahead in tbe end." OUTDID UNCLE SAM. How an Old Lady Found a Parson the ' National Poitoffice Couldn't "The fates call and mortals obey." The speaker was a small, precise and elegant old lady whose diminutive stat ure wng quite forgotten by ber bearers in the realization of her force and dig nity. She bad gone to the dead letter sale under protest and was narrating an experience which grew out of tbe purchase she bad made. "I went to that sale not because I wanted to or was Interested or expected to buy any thing, but because I've an Impertinent grandnlece who hinted I was too old to be in such a crowd. "After awhile the auctioneer offered a package as big as a sack of flour, and I bought it for 85 cents. Then when I brought It home I found it contained nothing but a lot of worn, threadbare clothing mended almost to death. I was Just about to force it on that grandnlece of mine and make her distribute It to some poor families when I found a letter In tbe pocket of the coat I've kept that letter. The writer was a young girl from down east In Massachusetts. She was send ing that clothing as the only Christ mas gift she could make for ber broth er Ben, who lived in a city iu Wis consin. . "Well, when I rend that tetter I Jupt sat down and cried to think that poor girl's sewing bad all gone astray. I made up my mind that If the postal authorities could not find that girl's brother I could. So 1 did up the bun dle again, put a letter outside asking tbe postman to return the puckage to me if be couldn't deliver it and then addressed tho whole thing to 'Mary Burgess' Brother Ben. . Wis.' Would you believe that that postmnn in that Wisconsin town really found that poor boy and gave him the bun dle? And now I've n letter from tho girl in which she tells me both she and her brother are In much Improved cir cumstances, that Ben has a fine posi tion in- a furniture factory and that they are soon to bo together for good." Washington Star. THE ACTOR'S CHRISTMAS. Life on the Boards Is Not All a Happy Holiday. "I like ChrlKtmas," said an actor. "No two are ever alike In my busi ness. Last year, for instance; the com pany I was with was four weeks be hind in salaries, and we were simply banging on with the hope of tbe big houses Christmas day pulling us out a little. We were playing one night stands and left some little town in New York state for Wheeling. W. Va., right after the performance. It was a trip that called for three changes of cars, and there were no sleepers In any of them. "Every car on every train was loaded with holiday excursionists, and every male excursionist was loaded with rye and brimstone There were fights fresh every half hour, and constable's met as with open arms and clubs at every station. No eating stations were honored by us, and we arrived at Wheeling too late to give a matinee performance, our manager bad two black eyes and a broken wrist, and our star had lost a new set of teeth, without which be refused to play at night The report had It that we were all In Jail, and there would have been no bouse anyway. We bad to get up three benefit performances before we could get money enough to buy tickets to New York, but we got there. How ever, as I said before, Christinas days are not il alike," Buffalo ews. he Kaiser's Christmas. ROBABLY uo European eoart gives Christmas presents ou so extended a scale as the kaiser's. Every one gives presents to ev- ery one else, and for weeks bafore Christmas secret Inquiries are made about the. most suitable gifts to be stow. The empress and her seveu chil dren mysteriously dnsb about Kerlln and Potsdam, visiting Jewelers, toy shops and other establishments where something new or striking is to be bad, and they hold a levee every morning of tradesmen whom they have no time to visit j Tho kaiser does no shopping him-; self, but he Is the greatest Christmas box giver of all, end his presents lu every case exactly tit the desires of the happy recipient Early in December he makes a list of the persons to Whom he Intends making presents. His wife heads the list and at the foot Is usual ly some old pensioner or invalided housekeeper who has served the Ho henzollerns for half a century. Soon before Christums the royal mint sends the kaiser a bag of bright new HB BEIAOWBS OUT TH1C ONB WORT "MA J JEST AST 1" gold twenty and ten mark pieces and another of silver five murk pieces HW majesty 'fills bis pockets when lie goi'M walking in the parks at Potsdam, und tbe little children 'and old men nml women who are fortunate enough to meet him or soldiers standing sentry, stamping in tbe snow, are certain of u gift accompanied not infrequently by a Joke. The kaiser's best side Is seen at Christmas'. There Is a story current that once near the palace of Sans Souci the kaiser came upon a half frozen sentinel with very red nose and eyes. Tbe sentinel, with stiff fingers, brought bis rifle to the salute. "Cold duy," said his majesty. The sentinel did not reply, but" his teeth chattered. "How loug have you been on duty?" asked the kaiser. Still no reply. "Stupid!" sold his majesty. "Why dou't you speak when 1 address you?" . The sentinel moved his Jaws and lips, but no word escaped. The kaiser bum out laughing and, turning to his ad jntant, said: "Take this chap into the palace, put bim before a fire, thaw hi in out, par ticularly bis Jaws, see be gets a big hot drink and a big feed, and. here," turning to tbe sentry, "take this and drink my health and tbe empress'!" The soldier found voice nt last. He bellowed out tho one word "Majes taet!" The empress Is always practical with her gifts. Every yeur ber majesty grows more popular among the best el ements of the people. Her unasxntutng ways, entire freedom from hauteur, consideration for servants and kindly Interest fei the welfare of the poor and helpless endear ber in ever widening circles of Germans. She Is fond of pre senting ladies with costly lace. The young princes, headed by the crown prince, show little discrimina tion In their gifts scarf pins, rings, dogs, cigarette cases, matchboxes, and so on, being their staple gifts, varied sometimes by a book, a picture or a statuette. Victoria Loutae's gifts of dolls to her friends are numerous. To favored friends she does not mind pre senting kitchen ranges and furnished dolls' houses. She Is In close bxho elation with the matrons' and soldiers' orphanages at Potsdam, and tbe num . ber of little girls wbo receive her gifts Is enormous. Stores of oranges and boney cakes are collected by ber tor distribution on Christmas eve. New York World. An Old Christmas Cuetom. A century or two ago there was a costom lu Germany for all tbe parents in a town or village to send tbe pres ents they designed for their children to one chosen Individual, who called a' each bouse clad In a motley robe, n mask and a huge flaxen wig. Knock ing on the door, be called In a loud voice for all tbe good children to ap pear and receive the gifts which the Christ Child, tbe Chrlst-Klndlelu, bad Rent them. This was the primeval Krlss Krtngle. Coleridge describes this custom and records that tbe bad little children bad a rod left for tbelr cor i rection. Brooklyn Citizen. T The Last Christmas of the Southern. Confederacy. "We bad some memorable Christmas days In tbe south during tbe war," said Mrs. Zebu Ion B. Vance, wife Of the lato United States senator from North Carolina. "That of 1861 was different from any that had preceded it because we were in arms against the Federal government and many of tbe male guests at southern homes that day wore Confederate uniforms. Much of the talk at the Christmas dinner table was of sieges and battles and marches, but we were all full of hope and confidence. "Christmas, 1802, found us but poor ly prepared to celebrate It. Our sup plies were few. and Confederate money was at a heavy discount Then came tbe bitter year of 18G3, with the fall of VIcksburg and the defeat at Gettys burg. With sad faces, harmonizing well with their dresses of coarse black stuff, the women of the south devoted -themselves to picking lint and spinning and weaving for husbands, fathers, brothers and sweethearts In the field. "Christmas. 1804 the last Christmas of the wur dawned, and what a gloomy festival It was for the people of the south! Of manufactured prod ucts we bad practically none. Our hairpins were made of long black thorns, with a bait of sealing wax on the end. We bad made Into dresses every scrap of available material, while our feet were incased In home made cloth shoes. The1 slaves, having heard of 'de 'mancipation proclama tion,' knew that they were free and had ail scattered away. Desolation seemed to reign over everything. 'Of all the Christmas days I have known that last Christmus In the south In wartime Is the one of all others that I am most certain never to forget" Pittsburg Dispatch. CANADA'S CHRISTMAS STAMP. The Only Known Postal Memorial of the Deoembar Holiday. Stamp collectors say that the great-" est Christums gift ever made was a postage stamp of the value of 2 cents On 'Christmas, 1808, Great Britain pre sented to all her thirty-seven colonies a Christmas gift In the form of two cent letter postage in place of the rate of C cents, which for decades bad ex isted. In honor of this event Canada placed on sale ou Christmas morning, 1898, a Christmas postage stamp, the only stamp of the kind ever Issued by any country. In many respects it Is unique among all postage stumps. It was larger than our Columbian stamps and showed a map of the world with the possessions of the British em pire printed in bright scarlet. The oceans appeared lu n blultih green and the frame of the design In black. Across the top waa tho inscription "Canada Postage," with a crown rent ing on laurel leaves tucked in bi-twtpu the words. At the extreme lower part of the design is the declaration, "Wo bold a vaster empire than has been;" above this. "Xinas. 1808," und a figure "2" in euch lower corner. It Is worthy of note that this Cana dian stamp was printed by a bank note conipuny In theUnlted Btntes. It marked u new epoch In stamp produc tion, Inning three colors. Blcolored stamps are not uncommon, but up to that time no country hud ever attempt ed a three color stamp. This Christmas stamp was probably the most expuuslve ever Issued, cost ing tbe Canadian government four times as much as the ordinary single color stamp. Although Issued on Christ mas, 1808, the stamp's availability for postage usos Is unlimited. New York Herald. WHEN SANTA WENT ASTRAY. Miraole of the Loaves Repeated For Washington's Poor. The flay of miracles has not passed, according to the firm belief of a hun dred or more poor people in Washing ton. Last Christmas day Almas tem ple of the Shrlners gave its annual din ner to the poor. It was a well planned affair, generously contributed to, and turned out a big success. But tbe most notable thing about it was not ou the programme and made tne hit of the occasion. While tho Shrlners were feeding their guests "there came to their ball 100 loaves of bread. Tho huge six foot Santa Claus was busy cracking Jokes as bo waddled about and took down the gifts from the Christmas tree. In the middle of one of bis sto ries there entered another big, fat San ta Claus, carrying a colossal basket full of bread, and behind him were three or four negroes, also carrying bankets of bread. One of the Shrlner committeemen at once inferred that some one bad sent a gift of bread to be distributed and signed a receipt fer the ICO loaves. In a few minutes they were handed around to the heads of families, and an additional smile of Christmas Joy went around with them. When tbe festivities were nearly over and the crowd, had begun to dis perse a man came running In and ask ed: "Did yon got 150 loaves of bread?" "We did," was the reply. "What did you do with itr ' "Gave it away." "Well, that was an order from tbe Carroll Institute. It came here by mistake. But It is all right. We are glad you gave It away, and If you need more let us know," and the man went away, evidently fully satisfied wltb the incident New York Tune. Grain Market. No change in grain market: Wheat 60c bu., oats 1 owt , rye 90c cwt. barley 85c cwt. Flour la (1.50 bbt.