Clipped From The New York Times
CHBISTJ11S Vim TEE 8H1KE.1S A Day Spent la the Community at Canterbury, X. II. Ca-NTErbtjrt. Ca-NTErbtjrt. Ca-NTErbtjrt. If. H-. H-. H-. Feb. 1. No fcappier, more merrymaking, laughing, gleeful class of beings exists than the Shakers at this place. Yet arourid .lt all hover that refinement refinement and that culture which so characterize their lives. Their voices in song can of tea be heard irlall directions, humming-, humming-, humming-, some sweet refrain as an axjeompanlment to their daily labor. The men and women do not live apart. .They -mingle -mingle together in brotherly brotherly and sisterly regard, treating each other with & profound respect that calls up enduring-, enduring-, enduring-, enduring-, feal affection.. - ' '. The location of the Canterbury Shakers is far from being out of the way andLse-cluded. andLse-cluded. andLse-cluded. It ia one of the fines t sites fmtt could be selected, and the view Is granf In the extreme. Their buildings hav s.uch modem conveniences as prudence permits and comfort demands, yet they cannot be truthfully termed wealthy by those who know them best. Their neatness, simplicity, simplicity, , and taste for beauty might lead atra-ngers atra-ngers atra-ngers to such an erroneous-conclusion. erroneous-conclusion. erroneous-conclusion. Judging only from outward appearances. In this home the cultured eye sems never lost to beauty nor the hwurt turned, against the lovely objects of nature or art. Their hospital la furniHbed with every reasonable convenience ! make comfortable comfortable their alck and suffnrlng and to cheer their convalescents, wliiio lun-l lun-l lun-l nurses devote devote their time to the work and read the medical works of the day to keep In pace with the times. ' Xlnelr schoolroom is well equipped with school furniture, and bookH. and their teachers teachers are among the first in their profession. They attend tha Teachers' Institute, visit schools of nota, are patrons of educational Journals, and keep themselves conversant with that which pertains to the - best methods of educating and training their children.. The result is a. model school. In music they excel. Voice culture is made a specialty, and every chili and young person person with musical ability Is permitted to practice at the piano ororga.it an allotted time dally. . , , A glimpse of their life Is shown In their celebration of Christmas recently. Neat, golden-edged golden-edged golden-edged cards of Invitation wee sent out to fifty or mote of thjir neighbors and friends to attend their home Christmas entertainment. The chapel was beautifully decorated with evergreens and Illuminated mottoes. On the Interior of the middle entrance entrance was a beautiful green arch, beartna upon it . in massive white, glittering letters letters tha oft-repeated oft-repeated oft-repeated .words. M Merry Christmas! Christmas! " Side by side, the chapel was illled with the sweet-faced sweet-faced sweet-faced slitters and ; dignified brethren of tnis order uutd thir guests of the world. At 6:30 the President of the occasion arose and gave a slmpl signal, in response to which there came floating from the distance a sweet chorus of voices chanting a Christmas carol. Nearer and nearer the 3ingers drew, until there stood before the audience a triple quartet- quartet- that sang beautifully, beautifully, after which there waa a rendition of a well-arranged well-arranged well-arranged programme, in which over forty young people took part. Many of these exertlsee originated In the family, while every theme was such that whatever was memorised would be an addition to the educational storehouse.- storehouse.- The costumes were neatly and tastefully made, showing a great amount of taste and study to perfect them and make them Illustrate, clearly whatever nationality or character they were designed to represent. The ladies quartet, while singing- singing- The Old Oaken Bucket," stood around an old-fashioned old-fashioned old-fashioned well curb with swinging pole.. rope, and bucket, from which they drank the sparkling water. Immediately following following this, a sister gave a poem in German dialect, rather discarding the " bucket that hung in the well." and advocatinar instead the ' Irfing-IIandied Irfing-IIandied Irfing-IIandied Dipper that Hangs by the Sink," which caused much merriment. The "International flag drill " was fine, and would honor an entertainment of Teat-er Teat-er Teat-er pretensions.