The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 13, 1899 · Page 25
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MOINE8: ALdlONA. JftWA. ' . , DlClMBJEE 13, 1899. O 3S?»O*Eg 1 3D .A. departments that. has ever been put upon this market. do the BIGGEST SELLING OF HOLIDAY rnnnl fT^ ^ *7 "^ ^f^ KOM? ^W/?4F mUtfAB. We Aave utac/e a long and careful preparation to blefor holiday boying^din^^f^ 0 ^ ^before done m the city. WB HAVE EVERYTHING that's fit to sell in the multitudes of fancy articles, etc., suit* option and ^vc^^e^rTsSs assortments are overflowing to repletion. Anything ordered now from our holiday stock will be held at your BOOKS ? \ ' ^ nd , bo ° ks fecular, books of science, of art, of fiction and of =======:======= poetry; books for children and books for adulcs; books exquisite in form of hinrfi™ Jr ra fi° n> i a " S With none at all; books in ever ^ variet y and lorm ot bindin from the plainest to the handsomest. PERFUMES All the choicest of odors. Dressing Oases, Toilet Sets, Comb and Brush Trays, Pocket Books, and hundreds of other fancy fancy articles too numerous to mention. EASTMAN KODAKS; 33? per cent, from list prices during the holidays. ALBUMS The choice is almost unlimited at lowest prices. MEDALIONS Largest assortment ever shown in the city at prices that can't'be beat. Ehlers & Adams. 510 Buys a 20 - year solid gold- filled Watch ; the movement is a fine jeweled American movement and fully guaranteed In every respect, This Is positively the greatest watch bargains we ar 8 e Jflaring Sis ye™ *** '" K ° 88UtU OOU " ty ' ™* remetnbep that thls ^°^ ™ of the many Our buyer personally visited the eastern markets In September, and secured first choice on all the latest *lfinn P n°"mv°i n ?r Ule8 1" Sterling Silver, Rich Cut Glass, Hampshire Pottery, (German Art Madallonf, 60o to $15.00, positively the newest thing on the market), Quo Vadis Vases, Royal Saxe Vases, Rich Cut Glass Vases and ™™™"*' *"«»••*» **• « * W. ChaUg Dishes and B.ke«.° Settings by" n-H ,1 R ° me . mbelt ' we duplicate any catalogue price on earth and if there Is a man, woman or child that has an article that was bought of us and It is not satisfactory your money Is waiting for you. This means that the D. & P. guarantee Is a guarantee worth having. We don't toll you wo can't make it good because our clerk sold It. Thanking you for past favors, we cordially Invite you to call and In spool our Mammoth Holiday Assortment The Mammoth Watch House. Algona and Whittemore, Iowa. Dingley & Pugh. P, HBISTMAS When Xmas Is over and Jack Horner is in bed from too much plumes or Happily escaped to school there is sometimes a van of debris, and what to do with it is the question. To bum it with the Christmas tree seems a sort of holocaust. Then, in moving, or the outgrowth and changing of time—to throw them away seems impossible, and to store tn f, m , ln chests, closets or spare rooms — n ante" are not a circumstance to the crowd of memories that fill tne place—sometimes sucto'sad ones. These happiest of life's possessione —children's toys—may be made a joy forever and things of beauty often, and fun. With some imagination, a little ingenuity and an hour of effort that may be called play for mother and children, many useful keepsakes for the immediate family and intimate friends may be made of old toys or nursery books outgrown. Given a box of tools the Christmas tree itself will be a source of amusement for many rainy days. With a hint now and then many pretty presents may be made from the smaller branches. A key rod, a pen rack, etc. —some screw with^loaps and hook's. An old linen "Cinderella" will make a .prcitty gift! for the sister away ati echool. Make an outeide cover of (brown holland, either new or of an outgrown child's apron. If old, do it up new and paint on it in picturesque letters. "A thing of shieds and patches." Add a leaf of pretty flannel, and on this stick threaded nee- dlee in various colors of silk arid cotton. This will come in ^very handy when sister is in a hurry. If leaves are added to her school dresses for rents these may be useful. An old racket cover painted "Stage snow" in fancy letters-nthis to hold drifts of paper and scrape that somehow -will fan i n the nursery or elsewhere. wiper for some otner absent one. dressed up. Brother at college would like a "tea cosey" of a little silk flag converted into a liberty cap and waa- ded and lined. Two more flags would make a pretty sofa dushlon or bead 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 which gave a 'happy day to the chil-' dren and promises success for time to come. Baby broke open his 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 first 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 verv pretty. Polish the drumsticks wit- sandpaper and use one of them u 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 sacks or cut from anything not in use. r, 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 ribbons. 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 daye will be as fruitful of joy and pleasure in the home kindergarten as out of doors to the other flowers. The "merry thought" of, t'be Christmas dinner turkey will make a pen- What the Bngllauiuen Got. One of the returned sailors from Manila—a gunner's mate and much sworn at afloat, a gentleman and a wheelman ashore—was sipping amber refreshment In a roadhouse two tables over from, the agent of the brewing company. "I see you wear the cap ribbon of the McCulloch on your handle bars," gald the agent, coming over. "Were you at Manila?" "Yes." "May 1?" "Yes—and to December, for the matter of that." "We sent fifty barrels of this beer over there to you fellows right after the big flght. Got there about the 1st of August, I guess." "Yes, I think I remember." "How did you like It?" "Fine stuff, I'm told." "Taste good in that hot country?" "I don't know. You see '! "Do you mean to say xou didn't get any good of that big shipment?" "Oh, yes, I got good of It. You see, in every barrel were two pictures- lithographs of a pretty girl sitting on earth and looking down, for she was ashamed of her shirt waist. The officers sent one of those pictures forward and we enlisted men were allowed to look at tt." /. 2". Chrischilles, &. 0. Hudson, T. H, Lantry, James Patterson, President. Vice president. . Treasurer. Secretary. ALGONA MILLING COMPANY. [INOOBPOKATEP.]- HIGHEST PRICES PAID for all kinds of Grain and Seeds, pealers in Hard and Soft Coal. Manufacturers of Strictly High-giade Flour. Special attention paid to the flW ™ Little Dorothy said: "I am sure he \vi.. come, • With his sleigh full of toys, and hi reindeer that run. Just as swift as the wind, 'cause the\ must get away To take Santa Claus home again 'fore Christmas day. I really can't tell you where the Clam people dwell, But it must be in Fairyland, 'cause wr know well That in bringing such presents, so . many and fine, Our real falry-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 toe 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 gift? on the tree; But we all know 'he does 'cause we find them there soon As the first streaks of daylight creeps into the room.* And he's awfully wise, and it's tru«, that he knows Where the good children live, and the bad children grows; And he knows all abuot 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. I don't know for sure, but I expectt Mrs. Claus, Rides along with St. Nick to remind him of flaws. Being careless is one; romping late on the street; Being; rude and unkind, 'stead of thoughtful and sweet. There's no use of trying, you can't fool E. 3, OILMOVR, President, 0. B. B'VTOffllfs. Vice President, U. HENOK, Secretary, J. W. WADSWORTB, Treasurer. Mr. <Jiaus, For he knows all about it—he's wise as our pa's But -he smiles 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 dolls with real hair. Would Do In Either Cage. Santa Claus was in a quandry. He thrust his hands Into his pockets and gazed despairingly at the stocking suspended in limp suppllcatipn from the mantel-piece. Then he turned It Inside out and Inspected it. Next, he idly counted its checks. He looked at the offending stocklng_ 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 deserted him, he stood off and, reckless of discovery, puffed vigorously upon his pipe. And then a bright idea came to his 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 sure to suit either way." your Only Got a V. Van Ishe—Did you hang up stocking? Ten Broke—No, my dress suit—and I only got ?6 on it. Be 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? wife an American." "For what reason?" "They're having a sealskin dispute and they can't even settle It by arbitration." ChristmHi Dinner In Sight But-- "Now, sis, I got 'im hypnotized. Clip off 'ie bald, quick. Golly! I "kin dimes' Bmell 'um breff a-cookin 1 ." Little Rassetus (in background)—1 epeaks fer de drumstick. DIRECTORS: JAS. NOLAN, H, W, DREYBR, OBAS. WOOSTER, S. STEVSSY, J. 0. KAIN, J. S. STAOT. .ncestry ot "Santy" 'itf Ago Hewn, ho Jolly God ' ruguuCele- Lmitious, AN any one say how old Santa Glaus is or at what period he made his first appearance among prehistoric men? The name of Santa Glaus, by which he ia known in America, is the Dutch pet name for St. Nicholas. The name Crlse Cringle, by which .he is known in England, .Is 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 personification of the period from the earliest, .pagan times. Now, the S*nta Glaus of to-day is simply that old jolly god sobered up, washed and purified. Although the central ngure of the Christian festival is the child Qod, the Christ Kindlcin, 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 past It burst into new flame when the past was too far back to be looked upon with the fear and antagonism of the Church w&en there seemed no longer any danger of a relapse into paganism. At first, however, the more dignified representative was chosen as more in keeping with the occasion. Saturn was unconsciously rebaptlzed 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 8t. Nicholas did not supersede the Christ child, but accompanied .him 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- lologlste, was a bishop of Myra, who flourished early in the fourth century. He is tne patron of children and schoolboys. It is strange that everywhere St. Nicholas is most honored and nig 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 seriousness 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 eveti the mumming has an educational purpose. The German Santa Klaiu. In Southern Germany And Austria a youth possessing the necessary religious knowledge Is masned, 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 angels are dressed much like the choir boys in Anglican or Cafholic 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 with 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 ot boys who are able to command the necessary regalia. In the twilight 'of tne evening of December 5 the good bishop and his suite begin their round of vlisits. It is the season for juvenile, 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, W'hlle 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 It) carried on with the greatest seriousness and decorum. Simple religious questions suited to the age of each child are propounded, after which it has to sing hymns and recite prayers. If the ordeal Is successfully passed the 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 whlclx consist in strange dances and antics, and in pursuing the larger girls with the attempt to blacken their faces. Their whole appearance is intended tt, be grotesque and farcical. For fhe 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 generosity of the saintly bishop has been exhausted. After saying their prayer and going to bed they pluce dishes (:•• baskets upon the windowsUl, with the- • names written within them, and > these their parents deposit small j>rr • ents, which their little sons v.-.i daughters fancy he has brought. The man who pleases nobody Is really more lovable than the man who tries to please everybody. The Farmers' Milling Co, [INCORPORATED.} OWNERS AND OPERATORS OF TUB ALGONA ROLLER MILLS, , O an , f ^ 1 i lel »tUe trade \yjthclioiceflourrrom selected wheat; also bran, shorts, and ,teed in lots to suit purjhaserB, TJ^s is * farmers' CPWWW W W$o Its W*wSs$» SSlt y * ¥ wg&est oasja p«oe paicl foj: good wheat, « 4 pai »y*6t .^wft, Give the new oo|Bji^y ftrtS),' The New Lumber Yard, We have a large dry shed and keep our lumber dry and in the best possible condition, When in need of any kind of building mtemmk $$&$ w pak . • l sf-3-(?r*»' ' } i i i i andi

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