The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 22, 1897 · Page 8
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 8

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 22, 1897
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n- : ALGON*, IOWA WEDNEffPAY DECEMBER 22. HRISTMAS bells are ringing, Ringing glad and Voices sweet are singing Songs of Christmas Day. Heart, what joyous music, For thy part dost bring? Hast thou filled sad places With love's carolling? Christmas bells are ringing, Heart, what gift of thine Marks the day's sweet meaning Purposes divine? How dost tell the story Of the heavenly birth With Its streaming glory J Filling all the earth? -> Christmas bells are ringing, Ringing joyfully, Heart, a holy helpei Thou thyself must be; Thou must follow, follow Him who is the way- Be love's advent angel Bringing Christmas Day. eheeked apples served for dessert, and out only sorrow was that we coald eat to little. After diimer we children played games in the kitchen, around the fireplace that was used when there was no fire In the cook stove. Here we popped corn, cracked nuts, Jtold fairy stories and played blind-man's buff while the older ones "visited" in the "keepin'-room" until the time came to return home. - THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. One of the greatest blessings that Christmastlde brings to us is the Christmas spirit—the fulfilment to the letter of the Christian law embodied In the Golden Rule. This is not invariably the case, but it is fortunately the rule In a great number of cases. For a little while— a month—during the Christmas season, we are turned away from all spirit of avarice and selfishness. From the tiny toddler, who has for the first time begun to realize her responsibilities aa a member o'f the family, to the grandmother In her snowy kerchief and cap, we are all plotting and plann'ng ior others. Going to the greatest pains to conceal all our doings in order that our gifts may be genuine surprises. If we are members of Cnrtotian churches, we have the poor with us at this season, as at no other. We think out their needs. It has been the rule In Christian churches of late years to devote the offerings of the Christmas fee to the mission school. Loving bands of King's Daughters go about and gather all manner of gifts for those who are less fortunate, for those to whom Christmas otherwise brings only empty larders and threadbare clothing. The most sordid among us, like Old Scrooge, is sure finally to have an awakening of his better nature, to find a drawing at his heart strings more powerful than the tight drawn strings of the money bags. REOINA COELt. AY, did hfs wonder Whit could J o a « p fc see In a mild, silent little maid like thee? And was it awful in that narrow house, With God fof bab» and Spouse? Nay, like\hy simple, female sort, each one Apt to find Him in Husband and In Son, Nothing to thee came strange in this Thy wonder was but wondrous bliss; Wondrous, for though True Virgin lives not but does know (Howbeit none ever yet confessed) That God lies really in her breast, Of thine he made his specialmest And so, All mothers worship little feet And kiss the very ground they've trod. But, ah, thy little Baby Sweet, Who was indeed thy God! —Coventry Patmore. FOR WOMEN AND HOME «TEMS OF INTEREST FOR MAIDS AND MATRONS. A Gown of Gray Cashmere—A Bctom- Ine Skirt for a Tall FJ K nre—Women of the Orient—Some Notes About Tea Uown». Christmas in the country forty years ago was a different affair from what it is now. I never think of Christmas in those days without thinking of a lovely winter day, bright with sunshine, and snow everywhere; large drifts, through which the horses floundered as they drew the stout sled, on which was the wagon-bed filled with hay, and covered with blankets and buffalo-robes, where we cuddled down, as we rode merrily away to spend Christmas at grandpa's. We could hardly wait till the horses stopped, so eager were we to wish grandpa a merry Christmas; but he was generally ahead of us with his greeting of "Christmas gift." That entitled him to a present instead of us; but a kiss all around was usually the way we paid off our indebtedness, while some striped sticks of peppermint candy, laid up tor the occasion, were given us. Our aunts, uucles and cousins came next for their share of good wishes and merry jokes. A bright fire burned in the fireplace, and there, suspended by a stout string from the ceiling, was a great turkey packed full of dressing, and sending forth a most delicious odor as it turned round and round, gradually browning before the fire, the juice dripping into a great pan on the brick hearth; and from this pan grandma occasionally dipped the, juice with a huge iron spoon and poured it over the crisp sides of the turkey. Other preparations were going on meanwhile in the kitchen, where a cooking stove held the place of honor, as cooking-stoves were very rare in those days. The neighbors had come miles to see it, and express their fears as to the probability of its "blow- Ing up." This cook-stove, however, was not equal to cooking such a large turkey in its small oven. A coffee- boiler sent out an odor of coffee strong The Childlike Mind. Christmas is not only the mile mark of another year moving us to thought of self-examination, it is a season, from all its association*, whether domestic or religious, suggesting thoughts of joy. A ma» dissatisfied with his endeavors is a man tempted to sadness. And in the midst of the winter, when his life runs lowest and he is reminded of the empty chairs of his beloved, It is well he should be condemned to this fashion of the smiling face. Noble disappointment, noble self-denial are not to be admired, not even to be pardoned, if they bring bitterness. It is one thing to enter the Kingdom of Heaven malm; another to maim yourself and stay without. And the Kingdom of Heaven is like the child-like, of those who are easy to please, who love and who give pleasure. Mighty men of their hands, the smiters and the builders and the judges, have lived long and done sternly, and yet preserved this lovely character; and among our carpet interests and two- penny concerns, the shame were indelible if we should lose it.—From a Christmas Sermon by Robert Louis Stevenson. LEGEND OF THE MAGI. The legend of the Wise Men of the East, or as they are styled in the original Greek, "the three Magi," became, under monkish influence, one of the most popular during the middle ages. The Scripture nowhere informs us that these individuals were kings, or their number restricted to three. The legend converts the magi into their names and a minute account of their stature and the nature of their gifts. Melchlor, we are thus told, was king of Nubie, the smallest man of the triad, and he gave the Savior a gift of gold. Balthazar was king of Chaldea, and he offered incense; he was a man of ordinary stature. But the third. Jasper, king of Tarshish, was of high stature, "a black Ethiope," and he gave myrrh. All came with "many rich ornaments belonging to king's array, and with a multitude of people to do homage to the Savior, then a little child 13 days old." The barbaric pomp Involved in this legend made it a favorite with artists during the middle ages. The picture of "The Offering of the Magi," which we publish, is from a circular plate of silver chased in high relief and partly gilt, which is supposed to have formed the center of a morse or large brooch, used to fasten the decorated cope of an ecclesiastic in the latter part of the fourteenth century. The Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, found what she considered the burial place of the three kings, and their remains were removed to Constantinople and Interred in the church of St. Sophia. Later they wore removed to the Cathedral of Milan, and in the twelfth century to Cologne.whoro they still lie, in a magnificent reliquary, enriched with gems and enamels. These relics are enveloped in velvet and dec- »ntl Friendship. HE birds, when win, tcr shades the sky. Fly o'er the seas away, Where laughing isles in sunshine He. And summer breezes play. And thus the friends that flutter near While fortune's sun Is warm. Are startled If a cloud appeal, And fly before the storm. But when from winter's howling plains Each other warbler's past. The little snow-bird still remains, And chirrups midst the blast. Love, like that bird, when friendship's throng With fortune's sun depart, Still lingers with Its. cheerful song. And nestles on the heart. their dress," said a married man recently. "No mattei- how much of a dandy the man may have been before marriage, as a rule he begins to show unmistakable signs, shortly afterward, that he cares nothing about his personal appearance. It has been popularly supposed that the reason for this is because a man, once he is married, thinks that his mission in life as a good dresser is ended, and that he can wear soiled linen and old clothes to his heart's content, or because the wife does not think to have clean collars and cuffs laid on hand for him. This idea Is all wrong, for all women like to have their husbands look well, and at least clean, for they well know it is a reflection upon themselves if the husband looks otherwise, and they are too selfish to want any such notion to gain credence. The real reason, however, is jealousy. A friend of mine, when I asked him why he always wore the same necktie, told me that if he changed liis tie or clothes or shirt, and often if he shaved himself, his wife thought it was because he wanted to look nice for some other woman's benefit, until, out of sheer desperation, he preferred to go about looking almost unkempt rather than have his wife nag him." Rheumatism "I was troubled with hftd miming sores on my face, _ friends advised me to try Hood's BtfuSS^ rilla, which I did, Alter taking &L&X ties 1 was cured. Hood's B also cured the of catarrh." EtmBB, 4408 Moffitt Ave., Hood's Is the best— the One True Blood OP CURRENT INtERESt. Justice Gray now occupies the tutt a 1 ' the left of the chief Justlea w ! t United States supreme court bencfi recognition of the fact that he and j«£* tice Harlan, who sits on the cht«1««.' lice's right, are now the two senior JM!" tlces of that court. And yet Juste* S Gray was appointed to that bench 1881, and all the other members court, with the exception of I Smoke Justice,'I TFH Gowns. There is a wonderful fascination In a tea gown, and quite exquisite was one In a coarse-ribbed cream silk flounced and appliqued with lace, and tiny bor- derings of mink to simulate an upper skirt. It was draped on to the shoulders in the form of a peplum over a front of cream velvet insertioned with lace and soft waterfalls of lace fell from neck to waist to be tucked into a folded belt of cerise velvet. Charmingly pretty was another !n maize cloth slashed with guipure lace and drawn into the waist with mandarin orange velvet fastened by a quaint old turquoise clasp, while the sleeves were of finely tucked white lisse and guipure. A very smart tea or theater jacket fs of green brocade, turned back in front to show a vest of cream satin finely tucked and crossed by frills and narrow insertions of palest yellow lace. The tucked waistband is also of cream satin, prettily trimmed with lace; while the coat is finished on the shoulders with cascade draperies of fine lace to correspond. , Very pretty also is a tea gown of black accordion-plaited silk, the sunray plaitings being arranged to start from a yoke of cerise velvet, which is ornamented with a narrow applique design in cream guipure. Long ends of black satin ribbon float away from this yoke in front and add not a little to the graceful appearance of the gown vs a whole. A Becoming Skirt. ' This model shows one of the newest and most becoming skirts of the season, and is designed for a tall figure. The cloth is one of the new bluets, having a bodice of the cut-out or pierced work over while satin, which is well bloused in the front at the waist line. The rovers are white satin edged with narrow frills of the cloth which have no finish, but are simply cut with clean, close edges. The same frills are appled with graceful effect on the skirt, while the tie is blue chiffon. White wool and broad-cloth cos- every spire on Christmas eve, The Christmas bells ring clearly out Their message of good will and peace, With many a call and silver shout. For faithful hearts, the angels' song Still echoes in the frosty air, And by the altar low they bow In adoration and in prayer. A thousand blessed mem'ries throng, The stars are holy signs to them, And from the eyes of every child Looks forth the Babe of Bethlehem. But there are others, not like these", Whose brows are sad, whose hopes are crossed, To whom the season brings no cheer, And life's most gracious charm ia lost. To whom that story, old and sweet. Is but a fable at the best; The Christmas music mocks their ears, And life has naught of joy or rest. Oh! for an angel's voice to pierce The clouds of grief that o'er them rise, The mists of doubt and unbelief That veil the blue of Christmas skies. That they, at last, may see the light Which shines from Bethlehem and unfolds For Christ the treasures of their hearts Richer than splcery or gold. Hope of the ages, draw Thou near, Till all the earth shall own Thy sway, And when Thou reign'st in every heart, It will indeed be Christmas day, —Eleanor A. Hunter. OFFERING OF THE MAGIS. orated with embroidery and jewels, so that only the upper part of each skull Is seen. i A BRIGJJT FIRE PURNED. and fragrant, while a long table cover- e4 with snowy Unen (the work of grsndma'8 own hands) stood at the farther end of the long kitchen, eson as the turkey was pro* ced '4cme «*»4 tbe gravy »adR in dripping-pan, the chairs were plac T ' near $<? table ana we were called W»B left to w^t, Alter gr^dpa had £8tced a blessing on, tb.e food, be In ExoelBls Gloria. (A hyma dating from the 13th century.) Christ IB born of maiden fair; Hark! the heralds in the air! Thus adorlpg hear them there, "In §*&}W gjorlfi!" Shepherds saw those angele prlgbt, carping in BiprJQua ugbtj 0,04, HJs gpn, fc boro tonight, Ift ta P°«M» to The Custom of Carol Singing. The practice of singing carols appears to be as ancient as the celebration of Christmas. itself. T}ie word "carol" is believed to be derived from the Latin "cantare," to sing, and "rola," an interjection expressive of joy. In the early ages of the church the bishops were accustomed to sing carols on Christmas day among their clergy. In process of time these Christmas hymns became very much secularized, and latterly were nothing more than festal chants sung during the revelries of the Christmas season. In his "History of English Poetry," Warton notices a license granted in 1562 to John Tysdale for printing "Cer- tayne goodly carrowles'to be songe to the glory of God," and again "Christmas corowles, auctorlsshed by my Lord of London." This may be regarded as a specimen of the endeavors made at the time of the Reformation to supplant the old popular carols by compositions of a more devout character, and in Scotland instances of the same policy are found in the famous "Gude and Godly Ballates" and "Ane compendious book of Godly and Spiritual) Songs." The King Smiled. King Rooster—"Kedciomb!" Redcomb—"Yes, sire." K. R.—"What is the cause of this un* usual excitement in the court?" R.—" 'Tis the preparations for the, usual Christmas feast, sire." JC. R.—"The annual feast?" R.T-"Yes, sire." K. R. (anxiously)—"Are we Jn any Immediate danger?" R,—"No, sire. It Is only the females and young mules." K, R.-n"And those 'uprtp.<jate' bens who nave been' the pest of t«e court lately with their {itiemptB to, imitated me,.are they Included?" R.-"AU, sij-e," K. R.'-"I!xceUent! Perhaps this ierve to teach tljem tb|t they only tbejr Grey Cnshmero. The picture shows a gown of gray cashmere, having the ever present bloused front of the same material, which acts as a fine foil for the plastron with epaulets, and bolero fronts of black velvet overlaid with white silk guipure applique and jet, which are edged with a narrow pleating of black liberty satin. The yoke, of the same applique .effects, fits plain all around, and the skirt fulls on in gathers at the back, while the bottom is edged with a band of gray fur flecked with black. It is the details of finish and trimming that constitute the chief element of smartness in the new gowns, and not so much the change of cut and materials; for in truth there is very little change in the shape of gowns or wraps, and, after all, materials are but a rehash of what we have had for years, only dressed up in new colorings, and perhaps given new names that few of us remember five minutes after they have been told us. The question "What is the fashion- Hartan, have received their ments since that date. Miss Julia Neilson Is the tallest ae ; tress, as well as one of the moat classl- ically beautiful women, on the English stage. Alma Tadema considers h«r tha ddeal Greek figure, and ia fond of de." signing her costumes. He has mots than once even suggested various' in which her hair might be worn. A remarkable theft of postage alamos is reported from Athens. The robbers entered the general positofflce and stole 4 not new stamps, but used ones with '* postmarks which the Greek govern' ** ment has been, accustomed to sell to collectors. Among the stolen stamps" are some of great rarity, much sought for by philatelists. Some kind hearted people in Boston are clamoring for the erection of a "lethal chamber" for dogs similar to one now in operation In Philadelphia, which kills in thirty seconds by means of carbonic oxide gas. A Georgia preacher who had decided to leave an unremuneratlve charge, '•* finding it impossible to collect his salary, eald In his farewell sermon: "l ,-$ have little else to add, dear brethren, ''« save this: You were all in favor o£ ' free salvation, and the manner In, which you 'have (treated me is proof positive that you got it!" An Irish ex-sergeant in the army, who died at Whlttington, Eng., left directions that a bottle of Irish whisky should be buried with him. As the sexton objected, a comrade of the dead man sprinkled the whisky over the cot- fin. He was arrested and tried for "ln« decent behavior," but was acquitted, < WITH THE WRITERS tumes are novelties for the winter, but in all instances are trimmed with dark colors, usually black or very dark brown. Many of them are trimmed with tucks of generous width, each one being edged with a tiny band of black velvet, while others have a row of black lace insertion between the tucks. A posthumous work of the late Philip Gilbert Hamerton is on the press. It is entitled "The Quest of Happiness. ' Mr. Maurice Thompson has three , books nearly ready for the printers; "Stories of Indiana," a .novel, and a collection of out-of-door papers. The Chap-Book steps vigorously on Lillian Bell's last book, "From a Girl'a Point of View," which it calls "the servant's handbook to courtship and marriage." able black skirt to wear with the fancy waist?" is perhaps more often asked than any other by the woman Who makes one skirt answer for many occasions. In reply it may be asserted that rich black satin is given the preference where only one skirt is found }n the wardrobe of the questioner. But if you already have that, then plain black taffeta, often much trimmed from waist to hem, la the newest dnd most fashionable. Is .Till* Sot Women, are often accused of becoming careless about their dress and style of hair-dressing after marriage, and the reason for this speculated upon, Here is the other side of the "I found out the other day married men, or almost all m fQ slQvenly r<>gw4tnK Women In tlio Orient. Mrs. Slapham Pennington, an American, who has traveled extensively in Turkey, Egypt and the east and has had unusual advantages for observing the women of the harems there, has brought out a little book which she calls "A Key to the Orient," wherein a very different aspect from that generally received is taken of the relations of the sexes there. The western world generally holds that women in all Mohammedan countries are the mere slaves of the men, creatures of pleasure, and are finally denied a soul. Far from this being the case, Mrs. Pennington urges, they are held in the highest honor, and even the work of household drudgery, which makes life so hardly to be borne elsewhere, is there in the hands of men. Another of the notions she overthrows has to-do with the prevalence of polygamy. It Is excedingly rare, she observes, to find a man of more than one wife,' except in the cases of officials, whose rank compels them, as a social duty, to maintain a large Household. Even then it is rather more than likely that the pasha or bey will wed successive wives, divorcing each in turn, with a sufficient settlement to keep her from want, as he marries a successor—a practice which, as Mrs. Pennington points out, does not differ by much from the usage growing in England and America. It is true that there are no love matches, in the American sense of the word, but every girl is given plenty of opportunity to see the candidate for her hand at a distance, as from a lattice window, and if she express the slightest repugnance the matter is not pressed further. All the matrimonial arrangements devolve on the mothers of the young couple, who may safely be presumed to have their interests at heart, and there is very little unhappiness after marriage as a result, When wedded it is considered unsuitable for young wives to take upon themselves the care of housekeeping, so they go to live with their husband's family. As soon as motherhood blesses the young matron she is believed even by the most fanatical nioslems to be endowed with a soul and she is thenceforth held in the highest respect. "Her days run calmly on," saya the writer, "only broken by the rejoicings over the successive babes, and by the excitement of other weddings in her family, and at last she is called to take the place of honpr vacated by $w mother or mother-ln-i^w and to rule A TouKh Suit. Smartfellow (anxious to poke fun at an old maid)—"Let me see. It's a long time since we last met, Is it not, Miss Antique?" Miss Antique—"A very long time, How well that suit of clothes has hunff together!!' How's This? We offer One Hundred Dollars reward for any case oE Catarrh that cannot bfr cured bv Hall's Catarrh Cure. F. J. CHENEY & CO., Toledo, 0. We. the undersigned have known F. J. Cheney for the post fifteen years, and (* lieve him perfectly honorable in all business transactions aud financially able to carry out any obligations made by tpeit; firm: West & Truax, Wholesale DrnggW,! Toledo, O.; Walding, Kinnan & Marvin,' Wholesale Druggifts, Toledo, O. i Hall's Catarrh Cure is taken internal^ acting direcllv on the blood and mu" surf aces of the system. Testimonials t free. Price 75c per bottle- Sold by druggists. Hall's Family Pills are the best. The best bag to use for the Chrltfsj mas pudding is made of unbleacbi muslin. It should be well scalded V fore the pudding goes in. No-To-Bao for Fifty Cents. Guaranieod tolmcoo habit cure, makes weaH» strong, blood pure. 50c, $1. All druggists, In Montenegro they say on Chrl mas eve: "Tonight Earth is with Paradise," blenMJ For Lung aud chest diseases, PJBO'S CnW| is the best medicine we have uBed'-jwM J. L. Northcott, Wmdsor, Out., Canada^! In parts of China hogs are and made to draw small wagons do the Children Drink? Don't givo them tea or coffee. Eavo you tried the new food dr«US called GRAIN-O ? . It Is delicious and nourishing and takes the place. of coffee, . .., The more Grain-O you give uw children the more health you distribute through their systems. Grain-O is made of pure grains, and when properly prepared tastes WW the choice grades of coffee but costs about i as much, AU grocers gett it. 15c. and 85o, Try Qrain-OJ Accept no imitation. No SUlis la tows «**?

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