Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on December 24, 1898 · Page 6
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 6

Alton, Illinois
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Saturday, December 24, 1898
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W 17KIK HE American soldiers do'iig camp and car- rlson d n t y may not be nhlo to celebrate this Christmas just as they would like, but most nf them will not make a mournful time of it. They have become accuslomei] to sol- •lier life n-ml Indur- ated to slrnnce cll- .rnatc. Tliis is one of tlie first requisites in the Wi-slt Indies towards the enjoyment of rnrc- truits, rnn; scenery, nnd festivities tliat Olwnys crowd the Christinas season. Christmas trees, the American Santn ClnttR, nnd RloektmM, cut comparatively little figure in the celebration*; at llnvann and in the other Cuban cities, still bnlls. parties nml masquerades follow "lie another ill bewlhlcringly rapid succession, and it is not to be assumed that tin? soldier hoys will remain In camp all of the time thr.t this fun nml variety Is going. This mnrdi-grns cbiss of celebration, particularly prominent In Porto Rico, is. however, bound to pall on the true American taste, and while It cxtomls over n Trcefc or more, the one especial day will be remomhcrcd nud slgnnli'.'d. In the Philippines our soldier boys _ find European tastes quite in evidence, with n fair representation of residents from the United States. Manila is n progressive city—cosmopolitan enough to Include the energy nnd variety Hint mnkr- tho holiday season quite n cay round of entertainments and celebrations. In the tented field proper the soldier hns occasion to feel joyous nnd hopeful. Another Chrlstmns tide, nnd nearly every regulnr nnd volunteer on soil now foreign will have returned to where the home Btars nnd Stripes wave In peaceful grandeur. The pnlm tree will be n memory, the Christmas tree—renl nnd generous- will bear n double gift for tho soldier nnd the hero! tn-o children. No wonder Will is (retting sriiy; it must he n strain »n him lo provide for such a household. I wonder if Hannah remembered to put frilled pillow CUSPS on her bed. 1 shall be annoyed if she hns forgotten, for it is junt one of the things Emily would notice. She hns nil her sheets hemstitched. The children are beauties! Kric Is the picture of hin fnther lit the same lit", nnd what 1 spirit! Cecil takes after Ids mother's futility. I line them oViirly, but It's n good thing children eonn- while one is young—I couldn't Ktnnd the racket for ionr; nowadays. F.rnest looks thin. II" doesn't iret on, poor boy. It would have been wiser if we bad given him his own wny and let him go abroad, but we did it for the best, Father snys we cannot do more (linn net upon the light of the moment, nnd that it is useless grieving over what is irretrievable, hut I can't help grieving. Amy has had a hard time! N« one would think, t" look at her now, vlml n pivtfy girl she was when they were nmrried. She hns no nurse girl for bnby, Mini thnt Is the same dress she wore list year, with new trimmings to freshen It up. We must give them n check with their Christmas present, hut not before the others-they would not like thnt Just quietly when we are alone. Minottc and Charlie en me InM. though they live nearest of all. She planned that. ALMOST TIME TO GO. the little rogue I know her tricks. Shi 1 IN THE CIVIL WAR. Holidays Were Not Notably Different from Other UnyB. N the nrinles during the civil war holidays were not notably dif- I forc.nt from other (days. This mny be accounted for on the ground thnt every dny with nrmlcs in netivo service, llnble / nt any moment to be ordered to engage in dnugcrous undertakings, nil had nenr- ly enough to think about without spending days or weeks In preparing for a proper celebration of holiduys. Of nil of the day's that attracted unusual attention on the part of the Yankee soldiers, Christmas stood nt the head, however. With most of the young fellow* Chrlst- jnns, 18(11. was tht'ir first nwny from home. Many of tbe.m had hnrd work to appear happy as -they looked nt presents from dear ones find ntc the good things Bent them. But great changes had taken place before Cbristnins, 18(12. At least 60.000 of the Army of the Potomac'had fallen out of line—dend, wounded or prisoners. The trnck of its march was red— red from Yorktown to Richmond and from Richmond to Mnlvern Hill; from Cedar Mountain to Manassns; South Mountain to Antletnm, and the reddest spot was Fredericksburs. Whiit a gloomy Christinas it was for the Northerners. They bad, only a few days before, been badly defeated In their attempt to drive Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia from the heights of Frcdericksburg. The people nt homo may have started n Christmas dinner to the boys, but it did not reach them. On Christinas, 1803, the army wns shivering along the Ilappnhnnnock nnd Hnpl- dnn, and as far out as Cijlpeper Court House. It wns too cold, nnd the men were too poorly housed to enjoy the day. Christmas dinners were the order of the day in 1804. The army wiis strung along behind fortifications from Richmond to lelow Yellow House, on the Wehlon Hail- road, a distance of nearly forty miles. The Sanitary and Christ inn Commissions hud arranged to supply the nrniy with n Christmas dinner. Few men were overlooked. Except that in 18111, it was the bnppiost Christinas for the Yankee army glncc tho trouble Vjegan. Tliero were many signs that the next Christmas would bo enjoyed'at home, nnd so it was by all who «grnpcd from the hot times from March L'H to the evening of April 1), after Grant and Lee had met nt Appomattox. A MOTHEIl'S MUSINGS, was not going to arrive In the character of bride without making sure of her audience; nnd how pretty she was—a perfect picture In those lovely furs, Father snys she is exactly what 1 was ris n girl, but my hair wns never so golden. And Charlie" adores her. I ought to be thankful for tint marriage. Her house is prettier than any of the others, but I don't know how she will manage. She uses the best things every day, nnd never draws tho blinds for the sun. When I say anything she pulls my cap on one side nnd asks it I remember Aunt Christina's soft blanket. They all Inngh nt me about that, but I can't sec the joke. It was far too grand for our room, nnd the red and green stripes made tho furniture look shabby, so I put it aside for one of the children, and now Tione of them will have it. It can't be soiled, for It is wrapped up In the samu paper in which It arrived ten years ago, nnd it's n beautiful thing—there must be pounds of wool in it, not to mention the silk. Charlie sits uest to Emily. 1 wonder what she will wenr! I wonder which cnp I should put on! The one with the pcnrl drops Is the most becoming, but the Incc Is not renl. I'll wenr tho new one. nnd let her see thnt my Brussels is ns good us hers. I think I'll give Amy the old Koni- ton. She hns brought presents for everyone, the kind little thing, though she is so shabby herself. She showed me Nell's to-night. 1'ink silk covers for cushions! She IH going to sew them on in the morning, and they will be on the couch ns n surprise for Nell when she in carried down to dinner. The pink will make her look less pale. My precious Iambi A week ago I thought she would not be able to come down, but she Ins stayed in bed and taken every core. She knew It would spoil our Christmas If she were not among us. All! what wns I saying? Last year she walked down; this year she must be carried—next year, perhaps My baby! The last of them all! 1 can't fncc it, I can't let her gol I have nursed her night nnd day for nineteen years, I should have, nothing to do if Nellie were not here. And yet to see her grow more nnd more helpless; to suffer worse pain! She would bo well nnd strong, nnd she hns had nothing but suffering here—never any enjoyment like other girls. There are worse troubles than death—much worse. If I could think of Hobble in heaven! Ah! my boy, where arc you to-night? What nre you doing? Have you forgotten me, Robbie, altogether? Twelve o'clock striking! Father In heaven, Thy Son's birthday t Hear n mother's prayer. My children! Remember uiy children! puddings were like UET, three-quurlers of a pound, bread crumbs, three-iiunr- ters, eight eggs, told her to lie careful in weighing, lint you can never tell. List year it fell to pieees before it cairn, to table, and spoiled uiy pleasure for the rest of the ( ner. Father used to nay that nobody's ours, but that was when I made my own. I wisli 1 could IN LIEU OF THE TREE. have nmdu them this yenr, but I dared not luggest it. They arc so Highly nowadays, these fine servants. Mnri.i would have, taken offense at once, and it would never linve done to be without her now with a IIOUHC full of visitors. It felt like old times to-night, nml how happy father looked welcoming them all! He will ruin those boys before the hull- days nre over. It was the mime with our own children; if In; was obliged In ilis- *l)polnt them, he was miserable for tin rent of thi! d'ly. Such a tender heart a.- he hnn! 1 never knew a man like him. .He lias never lost patience with me in all thine years, and I have been sharp witli hlui n'tatiy u time—about .such little things! When I have, freited nbulit the children going away nud leaving ns, niic by one. I Juve remembered his faithful love and been comforted. Four children, three grandchildren, all at them buck beneath thu old roof, except —oh, my boy! where nre you to-night? Whiit a I'D you doing? You can't pi to •let p on Christmas eve without rcmeni- lil-rlng the old home, ami your mother, JKohblc—the old mother who tried to make 'four ChristmiiHi'S happy years ago! Father doesn't *•*>' anything, but I here is a look on hi* face I know well, lie in gel- I1 lltf an old man, and be dependeil on Rob lo help 1 him. lie wan our first. None of the otlll'ru were (jullc the mime. 1 remeni- _ i __JUM'Uliiius Lfter lie VMIH bum an itfero yesterday. Eleven mouths old, '..iwi be Bat on bin high chair like a prince. <y>'<r Kfkte him u Punchinello on the end of ".-•;•''"• stick, ninl when he turned It round It "'" i'tune, His little face of nston- t, how sweet It wan! How we luv- ff. rou bud died. Hob, It >vould ,, _„... ea»|er; but to kuuvv that you » alive, and don't cnru—tbat's five hard I U U that that breaks my heart! houldn't like (o die before Hob comes ji>'-*lljf brothers might bo harsh with w i» n'ry bitter. He has nl- , dutiful boy himself, and he Utiiud KucU buuovlor, How when he arrived to- Hu unnit be (inw, I nhoul'l say, by thu "hti was (dways dune, * • »lnc9 ill* uwr I O O O, O O O Of Ml I if. -,00 XMAS LN KLONDIKE. ONE DAY OF GOOD CHEER DURING A DREARY WINTER. At SO Denrcca Below Xcrn, and Wbllc tho Hitter Winds Were Hourlnir. Diiwson City Cclelirnted la u Crude but Joyons Manner. Joyinent for Those Who Hnve Out- the Buntn CliitiH Idea. All he it from any one's intention to attempt nbolishing tile tinip-lionorot! custom of celebrating the holidays with a good old Christmas tree. It would Indeed be n cruel, heartless person that would sug- g e H t abandoning anything so dear t a child's heart as a tree laden witli pretty gifts. Hut tlie time e o in e s when the juvenile members o'f every family have outgrown the Christmas trees, nnd the ijucstion Is sometimes asked, "Is there no new, novel way we can have our gifts';" So perhaps at this time of a little suggestion might be iiuite apropos. Have each one wrnp up nnd mark his gifts for other members of the family as carefully as if they were to be sent out of the house. If put in boxes the disguise will be so much the heller, then place in some good hiding pluce, in Home drawer or underneath a piece; of furniture, attach a Hiring to the package, then wind the string around through I lie different rooms in the most intricate manner possible. On the other end of the siring [int. a tug bearing the name of the one for whom it is intended. A chandelier is n line starting place for all the strings, or cobwebs, for it can lie easily Keen thai this is nothing more nor less than n cobweb party— -mi old idea in new liresH, utili/.ed for (.'hrlslinns gifts. The strings may lie contiued to the IVHMIS on one Hour, but. according lo the old saying, "the mS'e, the merrier." if tin- Mriugi nre curried In nnnther limn 1 , winding in mid out the balustrade, through grilles, keyholes, around chnirs. pictures, gns ti.\- IIIIV.M, potilN and door knobs, it is nil iln: mure fun. In fact, the idei mny be elnb- ornlcd tu almost any cMenl, ninl made i betiiniful sight MN well iih no end nf merriment. AN ench one renches the end ol' his Mrs! string he tnUes his package and places it unopened on tin- extension table in tile dining room and proceeds to wind up IMS iic.xt string, .mil so on, When every string has been wound np all repair to the dining room and proi ...... I to open their packages. Tills Is quite n.i exciting as winding the strings. 1'erliaps one linds that the piickagc he worked the hardest tu gel, made the most trips up and down stairs, and wound up the biggiwt ball of twine before reaching the end, runt linn only a live-cent Joke, and the rest may have eniiHc lo laugh nt him; but lie U consoled when, on opening his next package, he beholds a valuable gift. To contemplate arranging perhaps n du/.i'ii or fifty HI rings so that no two will follow the same course; may wem unite an mdcrUklng, but it Is not an formidable UH it seeiiin. Anyway, IK anything u Hiiccesa without Nome effort V If con! is imed, the all white eottou cord looks the prettiest, giving a misty, cloudy, "cobwebby" effect, while baby ribbons in nil the colors of the rainbow ntv %a,t« fcougUt a nuw yenr we worn a s - - Tliu lliiuhelor'u Hang up the lini'livlur'H Ve linpu that tly by nl And ilunt.'') urnuml It nmcklnu Ira KMII and i-iaply nlliihl. 1'or Ului in> ifhuliuwi urliiB ye— Tliu iilatilu, nclllsh ttuul; In It au (IH'»IMI|H liliik' ye, Tln'v'U all Urup tllioufti the hulo. Tliu Now /\rruu«i'iiuMit. "I tmppoiw you're gointf tu have another o!d-fu»hloni'd Chilstmau at your huuno tuU year, lloply V" "Can't uoBtflbly arrnuBu It. Hired girl coes to inatWe lu the uf toriioou, rcceptiuu Ip tl»» wea'ai and » (lance later o»" nE December days and nights, according to one of the miners who came back from the Yukon diggings with plenty of gold, nre the most trying oJ the yenr In the Klondike region, especinl- lynt Christmas time. "If I live to the nee of Methusnleh," he says, "1 don't be Hove I shall ever forget Christmas. It was Dnwson City's first. Dawsou wns three months and n half old, and hud settled down to he n permanent town. All the miners who hnd mnde Rood locations had by this time housed themselves in pine-board shanties. A few had built shanty frames about tents to secure greater warmth within. All of us who mnde nny strikes of cold at nil Imd done so by October, so we were well along with our gold digging: but we could do less in December thnn in nny month in the yenr. From the hitter pnrt of November to enrly in January there Is only four hours of practical daylight in nny day. Many days, when the wind blew hardest—in fact, it blows a cole there nil the winter long, nnd snow nnd pellets of ice were blown along—caudles were kept lighted nil dny lone. In winter, candles nnd lamps were always lighted between 1 nnd 2 In the nfternoon. The mercury ranged from 20 degrees below zero to 05 decrees below. So we could not make sntlsfnetory headway oven in the richest of the diggings. All through December about bnlf the miners used to spend dnys in lonflng about McCarthy's saloon nt Dawson. The other hnlf puttered about their cnbius, dug a little now and then, mended their fur suits nnd mnde shoes from walrus hide. "At McCarthy's sometimes 1EO or more men would gather around the roaring fire nnd n Htrangu scene it wns. Imagine nn assemblage of men in a rough, barn-like structure, furnished with board benches, and illuminated by n dozen flickering cnn- dloH. Some men an; dressed in baggy garments of fur, others In several conrse, heavy overcoats over heavy woolen clothes. All have cups of half-cured. sh:ic- gy, rancid-smelling fur, so that only the face appears. Kvery man has a prodigious growth of whiskers, sometimes a foot long, and hair thnt reaches below the rim of the caps anil lies across the shoulders. "There were lint n do'/.en calendars in nil that region nnd very few men had nny idea 'of dates. Koine did not even know what month it was. One day. .in we sat at McCarthy's, some one suggested that Christmas was approaching and we thought of observing the occasion. A week before Christmas we all agreed upon n celebration, nml. entile though It was, we had a day that none of us will ever forget. It was more remarkable from tin- fact that there were In and about the little hamlet of Dawson City over 1.100 men. No one en rued less than .fill n day, and tho larger part hnd each risen from poverty to possessions worth several thousand dollars in a period <>', three months. I suppose the combined wealth In actual gold in the district then was nearly $1,000,000, and a clear prospect of increasing it to twice or thrice that sum lu .mother live months. I don't believe that a community richer per capita has existed in (Ills world than that was at Dawson City. Yet we hnd a mockery of clvili/ution nnd hardly any of the comforts of life of a lot of paupers. "Mvery one w;is informed on Dec. lit of (lie fact thill next day would be Christmas. Some 11.10 of u.s went down to McCarthy's to celebrate the holiday. Darkness set lu at that period at nboiil 1 :i!o p. in., but we had become accustomed to the HO-hour nights. When it n»t nlong lo about ll:,"ii> p. m. we got our watches out and waited. At eviclly 1-tin-signal was given. Tin- whistle at Joe l.uduc's sawmill MMvcchcil for n half hour, and over ;i()(l sholguns, rillcs nnd pistols were dis- ch.'irgcil, in volleys, singly, lu ijuiu'tcts ami in trios, for hours. lOvcry one shook liaihis. Some danced about the room, nnd bit:, burly miners hugged one another, while '.Merry Christmas' w is shouted again and again. It was the lirst lime in the whoh experience of the Klondike that we felt in sympathy with the outside world. "On Christmas morning we brushed up a bit, ami putting on our riililicr hoots went and called on our best friends In th mining cabins nud settlemcntx, ami re ccivcd our friends from tlie mining cabins scattered up ami down the frozen creeks. "At " p. in., when the darkness was set tllng down In the valleys, several hundred miners met by agreement at McCarthy's. It wns (lie only building In linwKon thnt could comfortably hold a large imsemblage of people. Mac bad prepared a program of events for the day and we had encli chipped lu nn ounce of dust toward defraying (hi; expenses. The Niwdimt had been removed from the lloor nnd n score of caudles and lumps were arranged ah nit the room. McCarthy lilmnrlf wore n boll cd shirt In honor of the occasion. On a broad bo uxl table nlong one wall of the room a luncheon hid been urrnngud for the Christinas cclchrntors. For n half hour after arriving nt Mac's we were busy Ntamping Know from our rubber boots anil wulrim hide shoes, peeling off eitra coverings nnd In general hand-shakings ami more 'Merry Uhrlstinaslngs.' " 'Now, boys, full right In and Hckli your gizzards over there,' shouted Mac urbanely to the crowd. "Then; was mom for only fifty to eat at n time, so while one siinad was standing up and eating al the table, thu rent were sitting about on tin; lieiichi'N. We tobl stories of other ('hrMmiih days in oilier camps, talked nhoul what Ilie people down lit thu Stales were doing, wondered what hud transpired since we. last hcai'd from there (five months bcforej, woiuUVred wilt waii Ik-ad, bow election Uad sous, and what the people would say when we go back with our heaps of gold nnd stories of bow rich we hnd struck it. "At last the last man In the crowd of Christmas celebrators hud been to the long table and had filled np on baked beans, fried pork nnd bacon, codfish balls, macaroni and coffee. Then Mac read the program and the entertainment proceeded. A dozen men mnde speeches—a few of them genuinely humorous—appropriate to the occasion. 'America' nnd 'God Save the Queen' were sung nnd resting. The Norwegians nml Swedes snug their national songs, nnd the Rounds of the first Christmas celebration in the Klondike were carried on the wind down among the Icy crags of the lonely, frozen Yukon. 1 It must have been below 50 degrees below zero when we pulled our fur caps on and strapped our heavy garments about us late thnt arctic night and went trudging home through the snow to our cabins along the creeks." A Mean Man. Iloosler—Did you ever say anything rude to the cook? Turkey—No. Why? Booster—He snys he's going to cut you dend when he sees you Christmas Eve. A BUSINESS STROKE. Mr*. Grumpy In Her Christmas Dny in a: Adopts Orumpy'a Methods. Grumpy always has u fhmncint spasm when tlie Christmas returns come in, and this year his spell was an unusually bad one. "Thunder nnd lightning, woman!" he begun 1 , "look at these bills. Do you take me for n coal trust or u sub-treasury of tho United States'/" Glaring more fiercely ns account after account was examined, lie broke out again: "I'm not a profane man, Mrs. Grumpy, but ripity rip my buttons, if tiiis don't beat a financial panic. Five hats! We have one daughter, madam, and she's not n two-honded freak! And eleven dresses! Have you gone cra/y? Do you think of appearing on tlie stage at your time of life, or has sonic dressmaker hypnotized you? Hut just cast your eye over this one. All kinds of enpes, sacks, jackets, circulars, shawls and ulsters. Are yon planning n Polar expedition, or are yon under tho delusion Hint we are going to camp out this wilder? Now, 1 ilo throw up tbe sponge! Nine pairs of shoes and hosiery by the gross. Going to open up an emporium, or iliil you yield to thu fascinations of u bargain counter? "I'd like to have you take enough interest in our Impending bankruptcy to invoice the balance uf these traps and cn- lamilies—candles, toys, collars, cuffs, corsets, gloves, handkerchiefs, bices, jewelry, skirts, nml what's this? S-h-i-e-l-d-s. Now, what in the rip-snorting creation does nn antlipialcil veteran like you want with shields? Where's the bill for javelins anil dynamite guns? If it's not a state secret, I'd like to know whether you intern! to take (lie lield in South Africa or Culm. Woman, have yon any c.v plunation to offer for this brazen attempt to ruin me?" "Only this. You have always sought to impress upon me that I should adopt your business methods. You declared that you were going to make the money fly provided the election went your way, and I made all these orders subject to the same condition." "Oh, I comprehend. Your extravagant scheme includes n plot to place the entire Ida me upon me. 1 will not exchange criminations or refer to the viper thnt stings after it has been warmed in one's breast. I simply nnd nbsolutely repudiate. You mnj* work out your own salvation in your own devious wny."—Detroit Free Press. CHRISTMAS SUPERSTITIONS. TliIn K s That One Mint Not Do Under Penalty of Had Luck. In North Germany you must not spin during the twelve uights of Christmas, lest you should walk after your death, nor after sunset on Saturday, for then mice will ent your work. Speaking of eating, if you want to have money nnd luck all the yenr round, yon must not fall to eat herrings on New Year's day. nor, if you wish to be lucky, must you rock nn empty .cradle or spill salt wantonly or cross knives or point nt the stars. If you leave a dirty cloth on the table over night yon will make the angels weep; if j'ou point upward to the rainbow yon will make the angels' feet bleed, and if you talk of cabbages while looking nt the moon yon will hurt the feelings of I lie man in it, who was n cabbage stcalcr in his salad days. Christmas In Russia. The Russian Christmas is ten dnys Inter than the English oue, but is celebrated very much in English fashion. Families all meet upon thnt day nnd country house parties arc ninny. The tree is n Christmas yew and is beautifully decorated. The gifts are placed on smnll tables near the tree. The churches nre decorated with greens nnd so nre the houses, but no mistletoe hi used. Two or three days arc public holidays at Christmas time, and the people greet each other with "Happy feast to you." A huge pyramid of rice with rnisins in it, which hns been blessed nt the church, is served nt the Christmas dinner, nml the meats nre goose, duck and sucking pig. A great delicacy nt n Russian Christmas dinner is veal which hns been fed entirely upon milk for that special day. Journal of tho Year. How fair Into our hands It came. SuoH'-whlte wns every separate page, Whereon each ilay we were to keep Tin; record of our pllgrlumge. Our hearts were tender with regrets Over failures; eyes were dim With winching out thi> dying Yenr; We sorely grieved to part with him. Ami grlercil still more bocause the book Of life lie brimgtit anil bure aivny, Our li.imls had blotted carelessly And sudly uiiirred from day tu ilay. Anil so \ve took the New Year's book With naught of bunstlng, much of prnyer That when complete, the Judge might and A cleaner, purer record there. And yot-~nml yet—o!i, heedless hearts! How have your (irmalsea bei-n kept? How many enmked lines wore penned And errors nnult; while cunselunci; slept? And anjv the Haul pnge is turnoil; And, la UK- milcmii midnight tryst, This one lust line we humbly mlit: "Forgive! fnrget! fur tovu uf (Jurist!" —The Interior. OIRUS IN BOXING GLOVES, TrnlHiMl nl Their IIo.u,-, l.v n frofc*- fllonnl of Illcli StniiillMK, professional uf worhl wldi- peleh rll'v teaches I he nrl "f boxing I" '"'wl 1 swells nl Ilio N«'W York Athletic Cl,,h About n year n.go I here was n "i'ldl'cK 1 ilM.v" nt the club ami lwi> of Hi" „„,,„,„,,•* gave nit ..xhll.HI'>" nf Bimr- hng None nf the fair visitors I'.nil cvfiJ seen anything nf tho klml l.r-fm'e. Mild ,,|. weiv ilelighlcd. A sister of one contestant wns present Mini nt one.' di-tor- ni | m .,l to learn "to box." WUli 'Jila end In view sho snught and ronsiiltiv! the Instructor, saying thnt she could I,,,,,! her l.rolher at golf nml Icniils nnd now wjiliti'.l ID surprise him 1>.V It-urn|,, K to ns.; tin.! gloves. Tin- Instructor Ilnln't they told you uns the rulu That has come ter Ueiieon Chase. An' the big church row that's brewln* Seuse he iliinecil nil' fell from grace! Will, on Chrlft'mng alght tils Unrtoc Hetscy run off ter tbe dnuee. An' the Ut'iicoti straightway nrter Ttuit most u-nywnrd gal did prance. Whoa he reached the Chrls'mna puny An' seen [tetst-y on the floor Dancln' with Jerome McCnrty, What nu ugly scowl ho wore. Hetsey growcd a right suinrt paler When tier pop come Inter sight, An' big. Imxoni Flarncr Sbnlor 'Lowed shc'tl try tor set tilings right. As hu stood aroiiu' him glancla 1 HiirniT spoke up mighty peart, "Did you aim ter jlnt> the dnncln'? Come along nn' don't be skecrt." Then slip grabbed him, an' the fiddle Kinder drowned the Deacon's squeal As she flunked him down the middle In the ol' Virginia reel. Now tho gnlt they went gyratln' Spat the ol' man's stagnant blood Thro' bis veins n-clrcnlntln' I.lko n riiehla'. springtime flooil; An' before he hnrdly Unowpd It He hnd Jlncd Ilio sinful fun, .An' the way ho heeled nn 1 tood It Shnuiod the boys of twenty-one. It was wnth n kng o" elder Jes' ter si-o him hoe her down. An' all night that ol' backslider Bowed an' scraped an' skipped nroun'. Now you've hporrt'the talo o' horror. How from off the bights o' grace Ter the depths o' s\n an' sorrer, Burner yanked of Deacon Chnse. 'VKACIIINO TIIK SOC-IKTY oiiii, TO mix. ngiwil to give lessons ivt her home, unknown to Mil but hot- mother. lie found nn apt pupil .mil In n couple, of monthf wns delighted to hcnr the brother toll n fellow member thnt "«i3 picked up o wholo lot about iHixing, don't yof. know. Jly Jove, she actually landed on me to-tiny In tho gymnasium nt home." So much success could not bo kept secret. Tho young woman tokl one or two of her girl friends, nnd now the club Instructor hns a number of female pupils belonging to the most exclusive circles of the. 400. lie limls thnt tlu-y li-nrn tho various positions readily and are wonderfully quick with tljelr hands. The costume required Is nn ordinary fencing dress with the regulation athletic shield for women. No bodyguard , or shield is necessary, for In teaching j women to box tho Idea of striking hnrd Wows IB eliminated. At the sumo time a woman who becomes expert as n spnrrer would always be ablo to do- fond herself against nn attack. Slie would have the physical confidence which comes from trained hands and wrists. A special style of boxing glove Is required, for women. It is a large, soft glove, exactly lll;o a man's, except that It hns a padded arm or gauntlet which extends up the arm from the wrist to the elbow. This protects the arm from any bruise or knock without Incuuiberlng the wearer's motions In any way. Female pupils are first taught to defend themselves and then to attack. One of tho first results obscrvalilo from a series of lemons Is that the pupil shows greater courage. She does not fear even a smart tap, being chiefly concerned lu endeavoring to rcthrn It. BELIEF IN SANTA GLAUS. A Hcmlnilor. "Why. Mr. Goslin, how good it is of you to call on Christinas day," sniil Miss Gns- kett, extending her hand lo the newcomer. "I wish you the compliments of—aw— the season, Miss Unskett," replied the yonng man. "Do you know, Mr. Gosliu. that I can scarcely ever sec n Christmas tree without thinking of you?" "How kind of you lo associate me with —aw—.something so bwigiit ami inlewest- ing. Is Hint—aw—why you think of me at such a time, aw?" "Well. I don't think that is it, exactly, Mr. tioslin. 1 suppose I think of you when I see a Christmas tree because it is nn evergreen." nv vvot<\com«. 'Ounf pi Ker-condition, But I'll'lung ifub ri6k Where, hefc *ure fo \\n& \\' On m& ole brohe rcfeMi An III Wttiht belVmditT It Will Give nienslnics Heaped Up to fay You for Your Fnltb. WOULD once contained n father nud mother who did not believe in Kantn Clans. They were afraid, too, to let their children be- liove in tllc ulesa- <*! "Id myth, fearing that the fancy would make them credulous, or that it would have the effect of teaching them deceit. Facts which could lie proved nnd verified these excellent people insisted upon, nnd when town nnd country were rejoicing. Christmas bells ringing. Christinas tapers twinkling and Christmas carols thrilling, their homo wns robbed of half its rightful cheer in their strenuous determination not to tie imposed upon by Suntn Cluus or any of ills train. Hut to turn to our original thought. Did the parents who would have none of Hnntu Clans gain anything by their resolution to bo rigidly true to n tangible nnd material order, or, clinging to the husk, did they lose the fruit which was growing within for the healing of the nations? Many things not susceptlhle of proof by the evidence of the physical senses arc really true in that higher realm where the imagination rules. One of these never-dying. never-falling things is Santa Claus, and year by yenr the weeks over which his scepter is extended nre weeks of rare beauty and a time when good-will everywhere shines in men's countenances and is the mainspring of their lives. Children see and feel this wonderful festival of love on the earth, but they cannot enter into it fully, and so those who were wiser than we, in good old day.n fragrant in memory, christened the Christinas season, when the yule-log burns, and the holly gleams, and the world U glad, ns the special gala-time of Santa Chins. Helievo in him all you can and lie will give you blessings heaped up and running over lo pay you for your faith.— Harper's llaznr. An Olil-Tlmo Now Your. The method in vogue in New Vorlc City linlf a century -.igo was for the Indies of the family lo remain at home, much as they do now, while the gentlemen went abroad visiting friends. The visitor entered. shook hands, took n sent, conversed for a few moments, and after partaking of refreshments— of which honed turkey and pickled oysters Were the staple dishes and sherry and whisky the most popular drinks— had another handshaking and terminated the visit. The custom is of Dutch origin. ___ A Proper OlirltitmaH Ull't. She had been reading "Aunt Tabltha's Counsel to Young Society Hilda," and had fallen into u brown study. "Yes," she mused, "Tabby is quite right, It is unbecoming for a young woman tu accept any Christmas present »' value from a young man." Thnt night Algernon Thlnklittlo threw himself prostrate before her. "Take me, Krncntlne," he Implored; "luku this bleeding henrt ns n Yulotiila remembrance— an eurneHt of years of hup- Illness to come," She didn't hesitate. She accepted him HO i|ulckly that his head uwam in a delirium of joy.— New York Herald. A Keiuarkablo Note, "Do you »eo thU live-dollar note, Ten spot ?" "I do, 1'ipp, but what of It?" "1 regard that u» the most wonderful live-dollar note extant," "What is there wonderful iihout It?" "I hnd it left after buying all the Christ present* 1 had to get." The young people are not alni'iiied nt that nnti-Bantn Claiih movement. The)' are prcimrlnK to turn the hose on U. The muu who («el» like o king Christ- u_m» I0v« in ant to (eel like the deuce uest WISCONSIN WOMAN PREACHER, Mrs. Nellie Opdale Fills Unlversnllst Church. After hearing her preach on several occasions, and being more impressed with her ability on each succeeding occasion, the congregation of St. Paul's Unlversallst Church nt La Crotwe, Wis., extended a call to Rev. Nellie Mann Opdalo of Rticlne. This gifted nnd earnest preacher was born at New Lisbon lu 1800. Within .-« year after graduating from the public schools of Hnelne she obtained a position ns teacher, which she held until her marriage four years later to Julius II. Opdale, an attorney of Eau Claire. Her husband died in 1892, nud shortly Awe of (!od.--TlK' greatness of God Is » Hiillli'lcnt reason why man should stand In awe of him.—Hov. A. 10. Myers, Collenlat.', Now York. l'ntlom-c.~ralleiiee Is tho knaclt of getting along comfortably wllli nil uncomfortable things and b<>lngH.-H<;v. Dr. McKlvocti, Cmigregntloimllst,, N. Y. (irciit Things.- Tin- on so with which gi-oMt things can \w do"'. 1 breeds contempt for tbe doing of profit things.— Ui-v. S. I'. Cadm.'in, Congregatlotiallst, New York City. Tim Simplest Jli'llevers.—From every point on en-'lli Ihe simplest I.ellovors lire i'i|iinll.v near lo lioaven and to God. —Nov. IV. Williams, Episcopalian, New York Clly. Tlie Thought fill.—The dlspulatlona of theologians nml tlicology do not com- mnnd the ntti-nlion or hold tlie respect of tho thoughtful.-H''V. J. L. Jones, Unitarian, Chicago. 111. Ulglitoousness.-IllglitoousneHS must lie. rounded upon the character of Uod as n personal being In communication with the children.-Kov. Lester lirad- ner, Jr., Episcopalian, New York City. 1,11'e of Conscience.—Hellgion Is Hot mi opinion about righteousness; it Is the pniclleo of righteousness. Religion Is the life of conscience.—Dr. Abbott, ConuTogatlonnllfit, Brooklyn, N. Y. Sympathy.—It Is l.y syin:«th.v thnt men know each other; heart answers to hoart; we feel the emotions oC other sou'.s when stieh emotions have been out 1 own.—Hov. D. H. I.Sowen, Sweden- liofgiati, San Francisco, California, The Message of the Cross.—Paul protests against philosophizing on the message of the cross. The word of the cross was revelation of power. No one was ever saved by philosophy; uo religions movement can take any hold anywhere where there Is not first a revelation of sin. The different divisions of the church looked nt the cross from different angles of observation.—Rev. Thomas C. Hall, Presbyterian, New York. ("•olden Cords.—Our aspirations are Intended to be golden cords, linking us to heaven, but when sin comes in and snaps the cord the communication ceases and our ambitions become perverted.—Rev. F. C. Hardlns, Congrega- tionallst. New York City. Natural Law.—Tho reign of natural law is acknowledged, but there seems lo be an Impression that moral law may be violated with Impunity. It will bo learned eventually that the consequences of breaking moral-law are not to bo Ignored.—Rev. J. II. Beard, Methodist, San Francisco, Gal. Belief.—There are those who belong to the church and yet are not sure whether they lielleve In Christ or not, nnd who have never definitely faced the questions that concern the soul, eternal life, sin, judgment, God.—Rev. J. B. Nles, Episcopalian, 1 Brooklyn, N. Y. Soldiers of Christ.—Mny the soldiers of Christ be ns brave and self-sacrificing as the men who have followed the stars and stripes. Then the plumb- line i!l' God dropped beside us would prove that we come near the standard. —Rev. A. C. DIxon, Baptist, Brooklyn, N. Y. Uniting with the Church.—To-day every consideration that makes for the permanence of society asks that every patriot and citizen should formally and publicly unite with some one of the many churches of our city and country.—Rev. N. D. Uillls, Independent, Chicago, 111. The Catholic Church.—The' Catholic Church does not even think the Bible is a book which Is safo to put Into the hands of. the common i«ople unless the church Is by In order to give correct and safe interpretations to Its teachings.—Dr. 'Miuot Savage, Unitarian, New York City. Tlie Divine and the Human.—There are two natures In Christ, the divine and the human. The flr:it Is worshiped for Itself alone; the second, for its unity with the divine. Surely there Is no object more worthy of love than the heart of tlie Redeemer, and the end of this worship Is tlie acknowledgment of the undying love of Jesus for us.—Rev. John Cottle, Roman Catliollc, San Francisco, Cnl. Great Characters.—The great characters of history have been fashioned out of sorrow and tolls of adverse conditions. The greatest personal achievement of human life Is eharacter-bulldj. ing. It nlono Is Imperlsaable.—Rev. A» C. Smlthers, Los Angeles, Cal. afterward the widow went on the lecture platform on behalf of woman suffrage. While engaged in tills work she appeared before the legislature twice, commiuidlng close attention on both occasions. Meantime she had been licensed to preach by the Unlversallst convention, mnklng her first pulpit appearance at Mukwonago In 1891, Next year she was called to a pastorate there, remaining at Ihnt plare mull she nc- cepteil the charge nt La Orossc. Her regular urdlnnllon as a minister of the Uiilversnllst Church tool; place at t In- State gathering of that denomination In IKKi. Th« QIIKCII'H liig; Kiunlly. The- Queen has had nine children, ot whom seven survive; forty grandchildren, of whom thirty-three survive; thirty great-grandchildren, who are all living. Of the great-grandchildren, ulnoteen nro boys nnd eleven are girls. Five are grandchildren of tho Prince of Wales. Seventeen are grandchildren of the Empress Frederick. Eight are gram], children of the lute Princess Alice. Three are grandchildren of the Duke of Nnxe-Coburg and Gotha. This would tipiMMir to make a total of thirty-three, but two of thoui are grandchildren of both thu Empress Frederick nnd the Princess Alice, while one Is grandchild of both Princess Alice and the Duke of ftaxe-Coburg and Gotha. U will Iw seen that in the course of Nature tbe future rulers of Great Rrlt- alii, Germany, Himsla, Greece and Hou- manla will 1m the descoiidanis of her majesty.—Saturday Evening Post. 1'eriloux Kout of » CO»HMO!C. A perilous feat was performed by n Cossack In a menagerie at .Moscow. Uo was directed lo clean Ihu cages of some of Ilio tame animals, ilnd spotijji! the brute*. Ily mlalaki; ho ,. M - lered the cage of n llgcr with a bucket of water nnd coolly pro. ceeded lo wash llu> anlmul, Thu tiger liked the novel hcnsallon and ijuletly subinltlcd, delightedly tunilng ovcry part of Its body to tho Cossack. x--lt Is tniId that scaslclitiess Is u sure remedy for pittnpoediy, The name U too often but a Urgw tUnu tue wuu behind U. IN AN ELM TREE. Where ^ome Kniisna City Jloys Built n "Nest," Some Kansas City boys, seeking a new vent for (heir ingenuity, have built a hous • in the branches of an elm tree thirty feet from the ground and made their "nest" there. The liouso is 11! by () feet and ha.s three windows and u door. It Is large enough to accommodate probably a dozen boys at a time. The walls are covered with pictures. It look u week of hard work to build thu house. I'rlinu FBI;in Kvldonuo. Old things often take on new Impressions under a new definition. A certain learned Judge, famous fof his brogue and his wit, wns asked by a Juryman what wns prlma fncle evidence. The Judge replied In hU broad- eat Hibernian: "Supposln', me good mnu, you wora poln' along a road an' you saw a man cumin' out of a public IIOIIHO—nn' sup- lioslii'yousaw him dhrawlu 1 tho slileova of bis coat across his mouth, tlmt'» prlma fade evldlns that ho \va» aftef hiivln' a illiritik."-Youth's Camimnioii. A MnlupropoK lloniurfe. Mr. Newlywod (reading) — Nobodjr, ever »mv a dead in tile. MM. Ni'nl.vweil (\vlio Is thinking o* sumcililiig i;U u nml uot llgloulnjj)— Ouii't you think, your )|fo Insurant* premiums, are a (v.islc of money, JohuT —J udyc. It Is fui-iuiiiito for tUu I Uuctou AVU

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