The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 13, 1899 · Page 23
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 23

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 13, 1899
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ff-cf^' ; :J*> : •.-•••••":;" '•.,.' '-""I ''"?, JiKrGEST OF HOLIDAY * - "7 do » e «" tb * *&• flre th»tj as ^ en put *•« ««* - '<>«* «»d ea«ft preparation . to EVERYTHING that's fit to setf/n tie fflu ftft a d es o/AMcy arf,We£ etc., rtrfta. to re pfetyo«. AvtMvorfwrf «nr*», our hoMay stock ™,, be held *t your A books sfecular, books of science, of art, of fiction and of '; books for children and books for adults; books exquisite in stiort, and books with none at all; books in evety variety and horn tht* plainest to the handsomest. AN KODAKS, '-•Hi Horn list piices during the IONS unlimited at lowest evei shown in the city can't be beat. PERFUMES All the choicest of odors. Dressing Gases, Toilet Sets, Comb and Brush Trays, Pocket Books, and hundreds of other fancy fancy articles too numerous to mention, t Ehlers & Adams. a 20 " filled WatCh ; the movement is gold- Our buyer personally visited the eastern markets iti September, and secured first choice on all the latnnt £? Kd nn P " t °« d ! Ue , "o^ 11168 ln Sterlln* Silver, Rich Outclass, Hampshire Pottery? (German Art MadalHons 60o S $16.00, positively the newest thing on the market), Quo Vadls Vases, Royal Saxe ! Vases, Rich Cu t Glass Vase i and ' *«'«*» **•*•»«* bhJelng Dishes and it. Thanking you fo The Mammoth Watch House., Algoha and Whittemore, Iowa. Diiigley & Pugh. o-o-o-o—o—o—o , r *1 TOYS 1 ______ I 31 uy ISo Made | CM fill When 4 '%< *>*-HP. Old, cMt 1 > ovt-r and J f wk Hof- tt 'i trom too much plume or < -V< '! to icliool there is ' um ol debiis and what " ° th« Qiiobtion. To buih I'urVitD.mi tit'e seemfa a >l 'Hit moving, or the outgrowth "t ; of time— to throw them • nijpov H)le fuid ^ o store <•' i 1 -, cio-et- or spate rooms i • B')t a cm umstance to r" nrmoace thai fill tlie .tnie-, suito «acl ones > rv f ot life's possei sions v 'u. 1 -*-roa> be made a joy n^ of beauty often, some iawsgiiiaiion, a aa Sour of effort pjav toff mother keepsakes i, t' iiJV '' (W 1 "*" t, Jteljf t>f (nro'ifKJ 'K'f' «,Ji$i£-*i'f BJ or ^^W^ v r/aeTi,,<fS»," wiper for some other aosent one. dressed up. Brother at college would like a '"tea coeey" of a little silk flag converted into a liberty cap and waa- ded and lined. Two more flags would make a pretty sofa cushion or head rest, tied with "bunting ribbon." Dozens of suggestions are at hand, but given the idea, every one will use it at pleasure. One article I will describe Whioh gave a 'happy day to the chil- 1 dren and promises success for time to come. Baby broke open hie first drum to see where the sound came from and his drum has been made Into a, work basket. Lined with the silk of' a. little flrst bonnet and tied with ribbons from baby belongings, it is a delight to see, a tiny, inexpensive drum of beaten or pressed brass, it is very pretty. Polish the drumsticks wit- sandpaper and use one of them t.. mend gloves on. Tie a skein of glove cotton on one end and it is ready and ornamental. On the other drmustick tie loops of ribbon slipped from little dress Backs or cut from anything not in use. l'i may be of one color or in many colors. On one loop fasten an emery bag, on another a little bower-like bag for a thimble, etc. Baby slippers will make a spool case and a scissors case with the addition of tapes or rib- Itons. The "stitch in time that saved nine" will surely be less irksome if Che implements come to hand ready with a thousand pictures of happy, dear children. With a resourceful mother or another's help ennui may never enter the nursery and rainy days will be as ifruitfuj of joy and pleasure in the kindergarten as out of doors to other flowers. What tlie Englishmen Got, 6 of the returned sailors from Mai —a gunner's mate and much sworn afloat, a gentleman and a wheel- IB ashore—was sipping amber rein a roadhouee two tables from the agent of the brewing V •" \*-x aet? you wear the cap ribbon of > f f !» McCulloch on your handle bars," 1 , 5,s,Kl,fiit- agent, coming over. "Were to December, for the mat* Hui •w-nt fifty barrels of this beer - iipaio to you fellows right after *i«r tight Got there about the 1st 'i,u.;wst, 1 gueiis." \vs. 1 think I remember," 'io« <Hrt>ou like it?" ••••w stuff, I'm told." st'/v good in that hot country?" •\&.'i know. You see—-" t... ytm mean to pay you didn't get of th*t bis shipment?" 1$, I got good °? it- ^ ou flee > ' barr«l were two pictures— 1 pretty girl sitting on. g, down, for jibe w'as f (1 fWrt yai|St|. ,TJje, ^^.iuwnu'yy'H^rBy r-- ti' iS n Little Dorothy said: "I am sure lie \vii. come, • With his sleigh full of toys, and hi reindeer that run. Just as swift as the wind, 'cause thej must get away To take Santa Claus home again 'fore Christmas day. I really can't tell you where the Claus people dwell, But it must be In Fairyland, 'cause wr know well That in bringing such presents, so . many and fine. Our real fairy-god-mothers must work yours and mine. Now when you have grown up into big pa's and ma's, If you think yourselves wise and be lieve there's no Claus. Then he'll steal past your house very quiet and sly. And ihe won't leave a thing so your children will cry. That's what my Mamma says, so 1 know it is true And for that very reason I tell it to you; There is no one so sad on a bright Christmas day As the boy or girl Santa Claus missed on his way, He's a Jolly old fellow, but as shy as can be, And no one e'er saw him hanging gifts* on the tree; But we all know toe does 'cause we find them there soon As the first streaks of daylight creeps Into the room.. And ne'e awfully wise, and It's tru», that,he knows Where the good children live, and the bad children grows; And he knows all ab«ot one-finger- washed faces. So in making his calls he just skips by such places. I suppose where he lives It's so clean and so white, That the least speck of dirt Just gives him a fright; And to please him, of course, you must go off to bed With your faces, as clean as the pillows and spread, | don't too* fpr uure, but I especu Mr*. Claua, 'Rides along .with 8*- Ntqk to remind htm of flaw*. Being careless, \a< ppt,- rewnjng late ' ' pn tte PiWt; Being ruje, ,anij unkind, . 'steitf Pf ' ttWWgbifuJ anfl sweet- ere'i % use .ofe'tnlDf. you can't fool Mr. oiaus, For he knows all about It—he's wise as our pa's But te emlles when he sees us tucked snugly in bed, And 'approvingly nods If our prayers have been said. So when morning light dawns, and the night shadows flee, You can hop out of bed and run straight to your tree, For I'm perfectly sure 'mong the gifts hanging there, You will find a big drum and tft dolls with real hair. rjjfv Would Do in Either Cane. Santa Claus was in a quandry. He thrust his hands into his pockets and gazed despairingly at the stocking suspended In limp suppllqation from the mantel-piece. Then he turned it inside out and inspected It. Next, he idly counted its checks. He looked at the offending stocking this way and that with growing Ire; he pulled it, he pinched it, he turned it, he twisted it, he fingered it in every way in an agony of indecision. When every hope had deeerted him, he stood off and, reckless of discovery, puffed vigorously upon his pipe. And then a bright idea came to hie relief. "Well." he muttered, chuckling at his escape, "bust me if in these days, I can tell whether you're a man's or a woman's, but a bicycle lamp is euro to suit either way." Only Got a Y. Van Ishe—Did you hang up your stocking? Ten Broke—No, my dress eult—and I only got $6 on it. He Knew, Willie—-Santa Claus only brings presents to good little boys. Tom (confidentially)—Yes, but heVi easily fooled. An International Complication. "This Christinas any one would know that Bobbs was a Briton and hi.s wife an American." "For what reason?" "They're having a sealskin dispute and they can't even settle It by arbitration," Christian* Winner in Sight But-- "NQW, els, I got 'tin hypnotized. Clip off 'Js baid, quick. Qplly! I Mn almoir email 'um breff ft^qgkin'," Little Rassetus (in background)—I epeaks fer, de drumstick- .ncestry of "Santy" : "K A go He way li« Jolly God '' ruguu Cele- brutlous. AN any one say l)ow old Santa Olaus is or at what period he made .his first appearance among prehistoric men? The name of Banta Claua l by which he is known in America, is the Dutch pet name for St. Nicholas. The name Crlse Cringle, by which he is known in England, ,1s a corruption of Christ Klndleln, or the Christ child. But the festivities thai distinguish Christmas existed long before Christianity, and a jolly god of good cheer appears as the peraoniflca- ttlon of the period from the earliest .pagan times. Now, the Stnta Claus of to-day is simply .that old jolly god sobered up, washed and purified. Although the central figure of the Christian festival is the child God, the Christ Klndlcin, the Influence of long pagan custom, was too strong within the breasts of the early Christians to be easily superseded. The tradition of hoary age as the true representative of the dying year and its attendant Jollifications still remained smouldering under the ashes of the paat It burst into new flame when the past was too far back to be looked upon with the fear and antagonism of the Church when there seemed no longer any danger of a relapse into paganism. At first, however, the more dignified representative w£e chosen as more in keeping with 1 the occasion. Saturn was unconsciously rebaptized as St. Nicholas,' the name of the saint whose festival occurs In December, and who, as the patron of young people, is especially fitted for the patronage of the festival which has come to be looked upon as especially that of the young. At first St. Nicholas did not supersede the Christ child, but accompanied >hlm in bis Christmas travels, as, indeed, he still does in certain rural neighborhoods of Europe where the modern spirit has been least felt. St. Nicholas, according to the hag- iologiste, was a bishop of Myra, who flourished early in the fourth century, He is the patron of children and schoolboys. It is strange that everywhere St. Nicholas is most honored and hta feast day most observed the most pious and instructed among the common people know little of the legend of the saint. He is treated with that mixture of ser- ioueneas and frivolity which becomes a dying myth, One masquerades in his dress in the evening and prays to him in the morning, and so fulfils a duty without spoiling the fun. Yet even the mumming has an educational purpose. The Gorman Santa Klaui. In Southern Germany And Austria a youth possessing the necessary religious knowledge Is masKed, dressed in long white vestments, with a silk scarf, and furnished with a mitre and crozier. He is accompanied by two angels and a whole troop of devils. The angele are dressed much like the choir boys in Anglican or Catfaolic churches. Each carries a basket. The devils blacken their faces and add horns of pigs' snouts or such other fantastic devices as the ingenuity of boyhood can devise. They are girt.' wil'h, chains, which they shake or rattle furiously, It is thought much better, fun to be a devil than an angel, hence the 'number of the former Is only limited to the number of boys who are able to command the necessary regalia. In the twilight 'of the evening of December 5 the good bishop and his suite begin their round of vlislts. It is the season for juvenila parties, and almost all the children', of the village are collected in a few separate houses, each of Which St. Nicholas visits in turn. He enters with the two angels, while his swarthy followers are left to play their pranks outside. A great silence falls upon. the children, and one by one they are called up and examined by the saint. This part of the evening's business is carried on with the greatest seriousness and decorum. Simple religious questions suited to the age of each child are propounded, after whicn it has to sing hymns and recite prayers. If the ordeal is successfully passed t'tio angels present It with nuts and apples If it falls It has to stand aside. When the examination is ended the devils are called in. They are not allowed to approach the good children, but .may tease and frighten the naughty ones as much as they like. They do this at first as a matter of duty. Duty is followed by the pleasures whose anticipation had caused them to enlist—pleasure which consist in strange dances and antics, and In pursuing the larger girls with the attempt to blacken their faces. Their whole appearance is intended tc> be grotesque and farcical. For the entire evening they are allowed full license in the villages, though in some of the towns the festival has, for good reasons, been prohibited. For weeks before the eve of St. Nicholas a devil may occasionally be seen at the window of some cottage where the children are supposed to be naughty or their elder sister is known to be particularly attractive. When St. Nicholas has left the children return to their own homes, but they do not believe that the gen- eroslly of the saintly bishop has been exhausted. After saying their praye:.-, and going to bed they place dishes <.••••• baskets upon the windows!!!, with thr • names written within them, and i ' these their parents deposit small prr ente, which their little sons v.y.l daughters fancy he has brought. The man who pleases nobody Is really more lovable than the man who tries to please everybody. mar™ if Co, > with choice! '>*L ~ The New Lumber Yard. We have a large dry she4 and keep our lumber dry and io best possible condition. When in need of any kind of material cedar or pak posts, hard or soft coal, pall vrhat we. egn cjp for you, Being here for business, youy jr^4f and will use you right, :<-V S4f' k'< f A>/\' * : ^afij * F j.l^Si.^ - • 5? **I a 1 .,? 1

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