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Tho Rolls Across the Snow.
0 I liii-tinus, iiuin 1 liri-tiiuia!
Ii it 1 1 rnmo tiitin,
With its incniitrif's mid greeting,
Willi ils joy ninl with its pain?
There', ii niiiuir in tho enrol,
Ami a -iia.lnw in tho lijdit,
Ami ii .prny tit' i ypte.-s twining
Willi thr lioily-wrrnth to night.
And the hush is iiiivit broken
lly laughter light ninl low,
A-t we It-ten iii tin; slui h'tjht
To I li ''hells hcioss the snow,"
li rhii.timts, merry I'hiistnuial
l is not so vriy long
-illel' other voids llli'llili'il
In thr enrol mill tin- .ong'
It We I'Mlll hut l' tlu'ln -inking
s they hit miiiiii; now.
II v eenhl hut mii th' shining
I it tho clow ii on C'Ui'li ih'iit brow.
Then, wonl I hi' no sigh lu nuioiIu'V.
No hiilih'ii tt'ur to ll.iw,
A- t h-tun in thn sun light
To tho "hells iirioss the .now."
CM hri.tiuiis, merry ( hristtuii!
"Ilii. it nitvi'i moiT run be;
W'r i-titnto! hi hie, fiuiii tho ilny$
HI our itii-liitilowi.il glee.
Hut t hi i liu:r, hn iy Christum,
Sweet hcrnlil ill p..l will,
W ilh holy -olis ol glnry ,
Hi nig- holy c.ln-hii- .till.
1 o .raci' ninl hope limy briglitrn,
An-l i lirnt lov iinty glow.
A. h i'ii in thi' stm-light
To n. i 'lulu nrin-s thr .now."
Mr. Chirrup's Christmas,
Mr. Chirrup was glum. Any one '
else, any one with a le.s amiable dis
position, that is, would have been
vrusi" under the same provocation.
Hut Mr. Chirrup was never cross,
and he was seldom "glum."
However, when it comes to the day
before Christmas and you hae no
m mi y to buy your wile a Chiitina
gilt, or anything to put in the children's
Si'ockings ami no pne-pret' ve turkey,
or mince-pic and plum-pudding for
your Christmas dinner, yon are excus
able for being glum.
So, at least, thought Mr. Chirrup, as
he sat looking out of the window of
Lawyer l.edgerlv's oilice, where
he was employed at a hy-no-means-evtravugunt
l.edgerly was ill -"too ill to bn seen"
hi mother-in-law said. So there was
no hope of anticipating his next quar
ter's salary, as he bad sometimes done
on similar pressing occasions.
For Mr. Chirrup's salary was so
small ami his family so large, it was
not mii' h wonder there was usually
some ilillieulty in making the salary
stretch from one quarter's end to
All these things Mr. Chirrup ponder
ed rts he sat looking on', of the window
in Lawyer I. edgerly's oilice, which was
on Fifth sheet, just opposito L'niou
Market. Anil our hero - if little Mr.
( 'liirrup can be called anybody's hero -grew
glummer than ever, and beat the
i V il's tattoo" on the w in. low -i:l, as
glum people generally do. For the
si;;lit of Cue market Mails crowded w Mb
Cl.ristuiiis luxuries, was m
calculated to ehe, r up a man in Mr,
t 'hirrup's circumstances.
He wai still g.iing moodily at the
w ll-iilled market stalls, at the crowds
of people, jostling and elbowing each
other, when he suddenly started ai d
peered sharply from under his cye
I rows, as if he had seen some one he
That short, sleek-looking gentleman
in the nobby hat and overcoat, with a
huge market basket in one hand, and a
gold-headed can.' In the other, surely leaded cane and all' "Merry Christ- for agricultural purposes in the south,
that was Mr. Chirrup's elder brother, '"'i. brother Caleb," he repeated, cx- and when the war broke out he had a
li'oihschild! tending a wt'll-k"pt hand. "I've been large amount of money owing to him
As ho made the disc ivery, Mr. Chir- '"',, waiting all these years for you to i that he was not able to collect. He
nip Mr. liothschild Chirrup that is make some advances towards a truce, was therefore obliged to go into bank
was evidently pricing a turkey; a Ibit since you still remain adamant, I rnptcy. From iMi'd to Issn he was in
monster turkey it was, too, the biggest conclude I to make them myself. ni extreme poverty, w ith a large family,
t'uil Mr. Chirrup --either of tho Mr. let l.y-gunes be by gones, if you are and his only source of income was
Chirrups -had seen in the market. , willing, and let us be friends hereafter, i payment for the doing of old mechan
Aml tho would-be purchaser held it ! as well as brother.." ' ieal work in the houses and on the
up, punched it, turned it around and Tlu n turning to the table, he held fa.mis of his neighbors. The latter
helil it up again for all the world as if "P tbe fat turkey, turning it round ' said ol him that his hobby was cl ce
de were'exhibiting it for the benefit of ami round, just as he had done on the triclty, and that he was a man of
his brother, looking glumly down from market. great inventive genious, but it was
the window opposite. "A ,i"p lvl'ow, isn't he? I got the frcuiientiv very hard work tor him to
.... .... .... . l.i.,..it 1 1,1 1I...1 tt 1.... ... . '. .
nui in reality no was deeming only
in his own mind that this was really
the biggest, the plumpest, the tender-
est and most tempting looking fowl he
had'seen yet, and therefore he would j
take it. And plump it went, forth
with into Mr. Hothsi'hihl f liii-rno'i
. 1.11, . , ,
ini(f market liasket which Qeeom.l
yaw ning to receive it.
Mr. Chirrup our Mr. Chirrup this
time, came as near sneering as he had
.vpr ilonii In hi.4 Ufa u-lwin thn turl-av
disappeared in his brother's basket 1
For a bitter estrangement had existed I
. .,-,... 1., ,., r, !
immemorial or thereabouts.
"No doubt he can buy turkeys,"
thought Mr. Chirrup Calob his name
was. "No doubt he can buy turkeys,
and celery, too." For a big bunch of
celery, large enough for a winter j hl maid. Clans does not seem to be specially
bouquet, had followed the mammoth i And when Lawyer l.edgerly grew connected with it by name. The truth
turkey ti its hiding-place. I well enough "to be seen" again, "he of this original ' bclicl is plainly
.,Vnd if there's one thing I l.ko ; 'f I-.n;-; enough indicated by the words .vlans"
better than another, its celery, ' j int(( IMirtni.rshi,, wlth ,lis br(lthtrr jn ! which, in the gothic or am ient tier
ihought Mr. Caleb Chirrup, trying the mercantile business. Ihlen Whit- j man. means "child" and son." s.mta
eiy hard to look crabbed nd revenge-; '".V Clark. J rUua ft,rlue,iv m,.anl ttie llyly t liUl.
fill, lltlt not Succeeding MTV well.
However, lm did manage lo lank quite
savage and resentful lor liiiu, which is
saying ;i good deal.
Mr. Rothschild, in the meantime,
pursued tho even, though pompous,
tenor of his way through the crowd
which jostled him nn every side. Now
and then ho stopped at the best-tilled
stalls, and added relays of vegetable.'
and other articles to tho contents of
his roomy liasket.
Hunches of ri .e 1 matins, doens of
golden-nuded unrig-M and lemons,
"sends" of camlie and cakes, u:id
other indigestible coin)oimds, also dis
appeared in the. same ample receptacle.
"Humph! I trust the lit t In ll ilhs
childs have well-seasoned stomachs to
dispose of nil that trash." thought Mr.
Caleb, sarcastically. Though in real
ity he colli I not have told whether his
hrot her was a bachelor or a llonediel,
so long had tn.cn the feud l.etwit'ii
them. And then, Mr. Caleb Cuirrup's
humble abode was man v. many blocks
removed from the aristocratic precincts
of "West Fnd." where his brother re-
The elder Chirrup for Mr. lioths
child was the elder- seemed at last to
have completed his purc'i tse of edibles,
and . 1 1 1 --it i i front of a tlower-tall,
where lm s le.'ted a pot of crimson and
"The very pot," thought Mr. Caleb.
,,milv, -that nicked out over a
month ago. as a Christmas present for
"I'oor I'atty" was Mr. Caleb's wife.
Mr. I it list hil I, howivcr, deposited
bis purchase ;n the ba.l.et, and trudged
away, in blis.liil ignorance nf the
shabbily dressed brother, glowering at
him from the window acrnMhe street.
"What -what's thi..?"
Mr. Caleb Chirrup had a.cemled to
he two seciind-sti ry rooms he called
honi'.li.i l kissed his wile and babies,
shook hainN with hissister-iu-law, anil
had hung up his hat and overcoat,
preparatory to eating his supper.
Tli.'re were no signs of glnmncss
here, for Mrs. I'atty ami her sister.
Miss Melissa, looked cl eerful ami smil
ing, and wore their faded print dresses
as if they had crime from the richest
silk-looms of the Fast.
And the young Chirrups had clean
faces and pinafores, and looked as
happy as if -Santa Clans" w as not in-
tending to give their stockings the
.go by" on that particular Christmas
i'.ui Mr. Chirrup still felt a little
glum, as he thought of the empty
stockings and other vexations, and he
turned to the tca-tao'e in some im
patience. Put - "What's this?" he de
manded, starting back as if a snake
had bitten him. And no wonder ho
started, for on the table lav a mam- .
moth turkey, plump and yellow-breast-
ed, squads of vegetables, bunches of
1 elery. doens of ripe bananas, golden-
r'n,',',' oranges and lemons, piles of
fragrant and blooming, a pot of crim
son and white chyrsantlicuiuins; a
familiar-looking market basket also
sto.nl on a chair by the table,
Mr. Chirrup was about to pinch him
self, to see if he wa- awake, when
'Merrv Chris' mas, brother (abb,"
sounded in his ear. and turtti from
some mysterious corner came Mr.
Ib'thschild Chirrup himself, sleek and
"i ll-kept looking -nobby hat. gold-
' " """ '" "" o""ci, on
1""T"S fl,r ' added. "And
the pot of Mow ers a peace-olfering to my :
sister-in-law. if she will a-cent it." he j
iM"tl' w,,,,p l'M s,l!1 ,""k,'1 . half j
And the children's stockings were
not destined to hanc empty after all
I 'J no.
that Christmas Kve,
Ami a beU r Christmas dinner, or a
I party to eat it, was not found anyw here
that Christmas Pay. For Mr. lioths-
t'hirrup proved to bo an old
T '', ." wiIlinK'-v
cd an invitation to dine at his brother's.
'And Miss Chirrup's si-ter. Mi,s i
Melissa, being an old maid, she a, g' od t linstians 1 11 tlie eve of his an
Mr. liothschild very romantically fell 1 niversary. and brought with him gifts
in love a it h each other, and 'when I and blessings for the children. This
another ' Christmas Pay came around ; ,,oautiflll trai,,tin is stlll , ,,p f,ln,,
Mr. Itothschild was no longer a bach- , ...
elor. nil Mis Mi.iivs. .... i... : lingering in l.erii.ativ, thoitRh Santa
i.iitin;s roit in i : t thiol's.
Tho blind seldom smoke.
In Mexico it is unmannerly to eat
anything outside of a house, even
Tlio latest triumph is photograph,
ing a bullet in its Might from a gun
A single Japanese hairpin costs as
much as half a doen boxes of Amer-
. ) an manufacture.
An isolated mountain, .lobel Naiba,
near ISona, in Algeria, is rapidly de
creasing in height, and around its base
a considerable c.ivi y lias funned.
strictly speaking, no individual is
independent. Sin h is the ilivision of
pibor in Hie hive that a single bee, re
moved from the community, will soon
die, for ils lift; is bound up with the
Certain butterilies on the Amazon
have such a strong color that the birds
let them alone, and butterflies of
another family in the saiuo region
have assumed for protection the same
form and color of wing.
' hie of the greatest vegetable curi-ositie-,
in existence is on exhibition in
Nevada. It is a potato vine lillel
with well developed potatoes, which
grow in the open air like tomatoes.
They differ from the tubers, which
grow underground, according to the
established rule, by bearing a slight,
The ancients put dead bodies into
honey to pri'strve them from putre
faction. The body of Agesiolis, King
of fspara. who died in Maeo'oiiia. was
scut home i,i honey. The faithless
Cleomenes caused the head of Arehon
ides to lie put ju hum y, and had
it always placed near him when ho
was ilcliberat ing upon any affair of
great import nice, in order to fulfil the
oath he had made to undertake not hing
without consulting the head. The
body ol the Fmpcrur .hist in II. was
embalmed in honey. The wish of
le Titus to I t- buried in honey is a
coniiriiiat ion of the practice.
Invetilor's Hani l.uck.
of Daniel Prawbaugh, who
claims to be the original inventor of
' telephone, UKe that 01 many men
of his class, is a story of poverty, of
h irilship. ami a constant battle for
for. line, lie was born in lJ", In the
il!age of Fherley's Mills, Milltown,
Cumberland county. Pa. He attended
school a part of live winters, up to the
time h" w as Id years old. When he
was about twelve years old he made a
clock and an automatic machine for
sawing wngmi felloes, and continued
throughi il his life to manifest a ge-
nious for mechanical inventions.
Purftig tho yeais ls.V.t and (1n'i he
conceived the idea of transmitting ar-
ticulate sp-eclt electrically through a
telegraph wire, ami he started to make.
a machine through which, it is alleged,
conversation could be carried on at a
distance of t weiity miles. This was
done by t he use of w hat is known as
the '-ciibon telescope," w hu h is con
st CMi-t i'ii on t he .same principle as the
P.laUe transmitter. Some of these in
N ruiiieats, counsel .said, were made as
early as m'i7.
Prior to tin. war Mrawbatigh invent
ed a machine that was largely used
i.orrow n dollar troui any one.
Sant Clans was ono of tho oldest
i(,,,.ls ,,,,. w,.. in ti
as he was of the pagan east hefon
ln Christian times he was still regard,
ed with religious reverence, sitting, a
he had set for ages in Fgypt and else
whero, in the arms of his mother.
Sauta Clans was, in fact, tho child
.lesus in th middle ages; and through
out that period the festive creed of
(iermany and all Celtic Furope was
t IIMdlKi: .' i ill. I' 'IN,
Til" ' - v.
IWrnr.-i. null- it mil tit . el',
li ii in- I :if .1 u:; :". i! .-I i 'Cl
W ii. ii i, I'le I. .11,- .ire I i I ..-I .-',
Sli.l -t-.eKci::- nil it.- N'.:t:
All litiih-.l iloiin with c iv i! in-.,
With uii mi I iloli .nil .I; inn-,
SO lid sine mi I llMIIU Mi ll -li.i-rti'i-i
Where he'll see Yin uliin hi un't
Yon In uhl '""O him .wit'tU i nij;,
on I li- " ililel I-1 .-1,
III- reill'leer le on n j'li.-.I.M
All.l Iheil hool-licil. I li. li fist
III. I': If Mil' I'iilCK w.lh rlllllilll.y soot.
Hi. lii-iiul i. w hile ia illi -now,
Hi. .leiuh is lull ol j . i . t v ti.ys.
'i on i m Ii I to hem linn o'
Ho lihl. upon the -leeiv i,,of
All.l lines n't ist' 'l iil.ilte.
Me.lltllis I1M1II llie I'hiiuni'y to
Anil ilown hn 1 14 1 1 1 1 ivilhin .t,
lie :iii-i's on the licmlli-toiio
Au.l he t iki s 11 illlie n'i
To sci' if nil lint curly hii It
All' wife ill he. I n.el'i.
m'l'. ilhoul oil ti lot',
Nor ncil.e. 11 hit ol iniiso,
He fills ii nil Hie -lorkii,--.
ilh hi. sii.-ii I'lnnis ninl loif ;
Aii'l I lit -it he :m :i hole 1 -inyli,
T'ois up the clil;t In y ijilh'K.
AihI nil' he im-S- - "ii the wiii'l.
ilic jolly . -1.1 - .,-,1 Ni, l, .
I lii-l.t nini Clim-.
One of our is cry happily pul -
It that -
' tn ? 1 11 - i ..in. !i;t euro n yr;ir.
tlui hen it 1 11 luiii'. a., ml I'hfpr;"
ami, 11s the Fngij.h are noted ns n
1 11 o lie who are fond of the good
things of this world, it is to be expect
ed that at the s. iison ol the year, when
there is the greatest rejoicing in fami
lies, that there should bo not nuh
an abundance "i gnml things, but tha'
tl.ere should be special dishes set asidi
forth eadoi1. In Hi" way of eat.
ing, the iiioit ii-il H c;.l.e are naturally
the-liuast I'.eef ,. old Fngland" and
the ( hrishnas )iuiu-piidding.
In the mid lie ages the baron of beef,
consist i r.g of two -irloius, was one ol
the eh 0 attractions of the festivt
boards, and the legend of Iho Knight
hood ot the l.oin by Cha' lcs II., how
ever apocryphal as a ma'tet-i f fa
has siillicient aiiilientici'y to make om
riot loo un-Msy in accepting the tra
dition. Plum-pudding wa. not known till
toward the latter put of the seven
teenth century, lie. ugh something
very much like it had 1 1 a favorite
dish for a h ngt hene.l period.
In addition to thee s'aple dishes
I be boar's hea I is a very annient
Christmas repast, and at tiuien's Col
lege, Oxford, is or wa-. uniil ery re.
ceiitly, brought to the table viih great
pomp and ci reioony. being areoin
panied by the singing ol an ancient
Latin carol announcing its arival.
(Jami! pies were abo a favorite ad
dition, and tho pea 'i.ck was brought
Into re piisition as being not only ran
but toothsome, as well as ornaini ntal.
Stripped of his skin with the feathers
011, he was convene I by culinerv art
into a succulent pie, which was cover
ed wi h the skin and bathers, the tai
being spread out an 1 the beak gihhd.
Minn, or mure properly, shred pies,
hac o ig been associated with Christina-,
an-l wen-originally much l irgn
t ian at pns ', Tin keys. .. nc 1 their
introduction during the lir-t hall ol
the sixteenth century, g.cse, ducks,
and even swans liae also formed
relishubb' additions to I hristma.
fare; brawn tuny abo be mentioned,
though not at present m request, and
of course poultry in the shape of "good
The drinking customs of Christmas
originated with our Anglo Saxon fore
fathers, with whom . .. or
wassail" answerei to the present
"good health." The story which
attributes the origin of the wassail
bowl to the fair Lady Poweiia. the
daughter of Prince Vortigern, w he
by her winning ways took captive her
proud lonqiteror is graceful enough to
be true, and has. perhaps, some inun
dation, in fact, but the custom Ma
lting anterior. soine o these was
sail bowls or loving cups
ouslv wrought in the mi. Ml
are still extant, and when bit tig
ward on grand occasions a' tin
qllt'ts of city cniip tliions or college, at
thoold universities ale the tin lii of
general admiration for their Jn ai.tv
and splendor. ..- Inn ,'. ,..
What lo Talk tbnnl.
Keep clear of er-onalities in gen
eral conversation. Talk ol tlings,
objtets. thoughts. The smalle-l mile's
occupy theinsoh es with personalities
Personalities must sunn timos l e ta Ked
because w e have to learn and liml ou(
men's characteristics for legitimated!,
jectst but it is to l e with coiiiidctitia'.
persons, pi not needlessly report ill
of others. There are times when wo
are compt lied to say, "I do not think
Botinn r a true and honest man." l!ui
w hen there is no need to express an
opinion, let poor Mutineer swagger
ttwav. - I '. lltll.
MI'K IY CHRISTMAS TIMK.
Thr Sens, ni of Devotion, Mer
riment nncl Sm if-ibility.
Origin of Some of tho Customs Oonnoctpfl
with tho Ancient festival.
Our early Knglisli ancestors consid
: ered Christmas in the double light of
1 a holy conimeinnratioii and a cheerful
festival, and accordingly distinguished
, it by devotion, by vacation from busi
1 ness, by merriment and sociability.
They were eagerly bent upon making
. themselves, and everybody about them
I happy. Their ilesceiidants in a meas
ure imitate their example.
The custom of singing carols ori
ginated In tho services of the church,
' and is to-day the pre ailing custom
: throughout I iermany and Fngland.
1 The 1 anticlc cluhs begin their rounds
its the midnight bells chime in the new
born day and continue until the ap
proach of daylight.
'i 111 ( In Mum- isi'. Hip I 'ill- h-itk runi;,
1 111 I In i. inn. 1 e tin, .0111; vmi. siin ,
'I I111I 1.11U niht in :ill the i 111 .
S.11W the slolfil I't'ic-t the eliii i. e leur.
'I hen oe-lie,l wnle llie ,m .oil's h ill
'lo vniil. Ii u.'int, si ll met nil ,
I'owi 1 I ml hi I.,! nile ;i-nK
Vti.l I'l'ienionv it,. Hi-, I hi- .n -In
I lie lieu , wiill rose- in le-.hoes.
Hint niuhl lni;.ht llliue 1 'ii 1 ItU'i . hoii.iB
Ml hml.'.l, with iiiii'iinirohc'l .lehht
tt'l g.-nenil voice llie Iin'(iv inhl
I hilt to till' l ollne. s the I'l'on 11,
lllniuhl tnliii.s ol -iilv :i 1 1, in .lown,
l.lul.llnl i ellv l.ln:l:ill.l. when
I iii I liri.lniin hi ,.u-lit hi. -poll, n.iin,
' 1 Hits I hi-i-liiiuB hiiiiirhe.i Ihi- in i:!il!i--l :ie.
I mi- I Iiii-Iiiii. toil thi' men leu lull-
The ciistoni of decking our habita
tions with evergreen has existed from
the very establishment of Christian
ity. Polydore Virgil says: "With
hangings, Mowers, boughs and gar
lands, was taken of tbe heathen peo
ple w hich iec';ei their houses and idols
' with such arrav."
The Ccl's and the t i.it lis w ere alike
distinguished fur the respect fill vener
aliiin which they entertained for the
! miseltu, anil for the solemnities, with
which they gathered it about that
: period .if theye.tr, when the sun ap
proached the winter solstice. The
i Priiids, at certain seasons of the year,
especially at Vnb tide, or chi i-tuia-,
were accustomed to gather it with
: great solemnity, and at the same time
, sacriiice two unbroken milk-white
bullocks. It was anciently the custom
I in Yorkshire during the Christmas;
holidays, to damn in the church after
prayer-, crying or singing. Yule. Vole.
Yoie. etc.. and at Christmas eve to
, 'iring it Yule log ami set it on tire, lap
their Christinas ale and sing, "Yule,
Yule, a pae. of hew cards aid a
t hrist mas stool."
Piittitighaiii, a writer ot (ucen
F.liabcth's days, speaking of country
customs of keeping Christmas near
that period, tells us "that supper at
Christmas was .succeeded by gambol
of various sorts, and sometimes tin
'squire and bis family would mingle
in the amusements, or retire to the
tapestried parlor, ami lease the hall to
the in ire boisterous ones of his house
hold." In Stevenson's "Twelve Months.''
in the year l'i'il, the author tioti.e
the Christinas customs of that time.
Now" says he, "Capons and bens,
besides turkeys and din ks, with beef
and mutton, must all die; for in twelve
days a multitude ot people will not be
fed with a little. Now plumbs and
spices, sugar and honey, square il
among pies and broth. Now a jour
neyman cares not a rush for his mas
ter, though he begs his plumb porridge
all the twelve days. Now or never
must the music be in tune, for the
young must dame to get t!:' inselves
ahfat, while the aged sit by the hr
The country maiden leaves half tier
market, and must be sent again if she
forgets a pack ol cards on Christmas
even, (ireat is the contention of holly
anil ivy, whether master or dame wi ar
the breeches; and if the cook do not
lack wit. he will sweetly lick his lin
gers." "Poor Iticbard," in his Almanac for
Peceinber 17"l. says, pleasantly
"NnW collie peceinber, after which
January for New Year's gifts; Febru
ary for pancake. and Valentine ;
March for leeks for W elchuicn ; April
fur fools: May lor milkmaids and gar
lands; June for green peas; July for
hay. August for corn; September for
oysters; iV'to'uer for beer: and Novem
ber for drinking it. After all there
comes peceinber. with the barns full
of corn, the larder full of beef and
pork, barrels full of beer, and ovens
full of Christmas pies."
Wassail was the salutation of our
ancestors on occasions ot drinking to !
each other, signifying, "health be to l
you." It is a Saxon word, and is now j
only used at the time ol Christmas, l' 1
anciently signified mirth and tcstivity;
m this sense it is used in Hamlet and
In the reign of Henry VII, wassail
ing took place at tho court on the
Twelfth Night, "when the steward
cometh in at the doors with wassaii he
must cry three limes, was-ail. wa-sai
wassail, and then the chaplain was to
answer with a good -onge."
Hut we have already given our read
ers a suH'ciency nf the manner in
which our progenitors 'elcbratil
this day. We must acknowlnlgt;
they en joyed its recurrence as well us
ourselves. With what punctual zeal
did they bid one another a Merry
Christ in is ! The great hall resounded
with the tumultuous joy of servants
and tenants; ami the gambols set vnl
as amusement to the lord of the house
hold and bis family, w ho. by encourag
ing every act conducive to mirth and
entorl jiiuiuetit, endeavored to soften
the rigor of the .eii""n ami mitigate
the hardships of the wintel.
A singular Fxitul ion in l.iMpt.
A singularly piimitive way of carry
ing out a sentence ot capital punish
ment was Wilms. id a few days ago at
Keneh. tin- capital ..f the province
between this and Assimit. According
to the law here the -eiitetii f can be
remitted at the desire. i! the murdered
man's family, the ir lorgivetiess being
probably purchase.1 In thin instance
the prisoner's family had subscribed
fill toward 1. 1 1 " ', w huh would have
been accepted, had the balance
been furthcoming I mm his friends.
However, il was imt, so at '.'a.m. the
cindcinni d mail was b d In some very
rude gallows, under w Inch be sal duw a
in the must unconcerned w ay, drinking
water, and altogether I ehaMlig as if
he was merely a spectator ln-tead ol
the principal actor in the tragedy, lb
put the rope around his ow n neck, the
knot being exactly at the back. An
Fnglish otlicer in the Fgypt ian army
suggested that it would be lunch bet.
ti-r under the car, but Ins interference
w as rejected.
The family of the unfortunate man
then advanced and implored his libera
tion at the feet ol the mother and
brother nf theviciim. The lattci wa
inclined to clem, in v, but the fmincr
was quite ob.luiate. .hunting loudly
that a-ho bad killed I. er son he luu-t
die lor ii. These p,,i-eys lasted over
an hour. It is the cn-tutu tha. the
nearest male relative nf llie inurdt red
mm perforins the oll'n e of executioner,
so at last the prisoner iiict ly stepped
nil to a stool not two feet high, which
the brother pushed away from under
It i l.i. I if course this only cau-ed him
to be strangled, hi- legs dragging on
the ground, so a byst unlet- took hold ol
thrill and lifted the p, w bile the ex
ecutioner, amid the bowls and groan
ol the crowd, shortened the rope and
then bad to escape is bet be could. -.o.
"K M'il -llin;! ''.
ilnvv to kill 11 (raving fur Alcohol.
Wbileitis true I hat many v lm at
one time indulged in ardent .-pints
have abstained later in life, it is not
lieliev ..It hat t here is any real cure for
the thirst created In a!co,mlism, but a
person that claims to have cured Min
sclf gives a remedy th it t here w ould
be no harm in hy ing. Wo reproduce
it in the re-en, si peisoa's ,ivv 11 words:
"I was one ol those iinfm t unities giv
en to strong drin'i. Wle n I left it oft
I felt a horrid want nl something 1
liltl-t have ur gn il'stllli te.l I could
neither eat. work nor sleep, l'.xplain
ing my aill climi to ,1 man of 11111 - h ed
ucation and experience, he advised me
tot ike a dei ml ion of ground .ii,l-la,
a half ounce steeped in a pint of v in
egar, and to put ab ni' a small tea
spootiful of it in a liti le w liter. , to
drink it every time the liquor 'lor-t
came on me violently. I found it
s.itisiied the cravings and i al-iigave
a feeling ol stimuli!- ail l strength I
continued this cure an I p. r-evere.l till
the thirst was 1 on pi' nil. For two
years I h ive iet t i-te, b.pmr, and I
hav e no ile-ile lor it. Lately, to try
my strength. I have handled and smelt
whiskey, but I have no temptation to
take it. I give this i.t tin- considera
tion of the unfortunate, several of
whom have recovered by means which
I no longer require."
leiT? ( hri-tinas.
Christ mas come, to us nidiatit with
love. It is lull of tl e presence of joy.
It h'.lds out to 111,1 III, He 1 1 he most blessed
of In. pes. It Is a n ek for the feet nf the
weary pi'giiin. whereon he may stand,
ami in the memories of the day, be
hold the belli'licem e v hich promises
the universal brotherhood of man.
The star that shone tr..ni Pethelem is
becoming tne beacon light of all the
world; fartlu r and farther its rays
are dispelling the darkiie.s, ami from
the orient to the Occident, from the
arctic to the ant ant ie ein le, the day
is coming w hen ,he heavens will be il
luminated with tne intelligence, the
kindness and love which breathe
through the words -"Peat e on Faith
tiood Will to M' - ' Merry Christmas:
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A close race Miseis
Sweet Kt rani--Clear honey.
A grate s-i.ger The tea-kettle.
A ligure hea l Tim lightning '..!
A lung shil-.e Twelve by thf
A strong combination- LimLnrger
A cl'se student I'he tailor's ap
pri nt ice.
A (.im on the finger i? vvoi.o than
1 wo in jail.
liook-keeping ta iglit m one lesson
Poll't lend t . I ' 1 1 1 .
The i'.,i.,n in a bo inling-'iou pol
ling is a is: in tie' desert.
l oll. who live by their wits live
by thi- want ol w its in other folks
Why is a fanner like a chicken V
pectus he del, gbt- ,1 a full crop.
oiin n may imt be deep thinkers'
nut tiny are generally t Idlies observ-"i-.
tt In is a -iicct-sl ul m est merit Hko
in eiiti'it. lining 1 k? liecanse il
giv es great interest.
It i- n, nigh to take away your
breath to hear of a California union
w eighing nearly t w o pounds.
When nun are seen 111 Loots, ir
loesn't always follow that they h-ixe
been cat ing green appl.--.
A man -ays bis wife only half
like a telescope. Me can draw her
mil, but be can't shut her up.
Angelina "The man 1 marry must
be haiid-ome, brave, and clever!''
Tompkins "Pear me! How t for
Innate w e hav e met'"
The first Tliniisaiiil Dollars.
The first thousand dollar- a young
man earns and saves w ill gen-rally
settle thr i tioii of bu-inrss life with
him. U i-thr fruit nt personal indiis
try. lie gi.r- hi-lime ,m I his labor
for it. W hile he j. 1 an- e .1 ruing an I
s,n nig it. he must cam t wo, or three,
or perhaps fmir times as much to pay
hi- current expon-cs. He is conse
quently held teiidy to ttie task of
industry fur a considerable period.
The dii 'ct consequence to him is a
steady, continuous and solid discipline
in thr habit-, of industry, in patient,
persistent, forecast in g and sell denying
clb Tt. bn , iking up all the tendencies
to lnd'.lciii e .iinl frivolity, and making
him an e,:iii"-t an I watchful econo
ini-t ol tun - He 1.01 only learns how
to work: lm' ne also acquires the love
of work ; an ', inureov er, l.o learns thr
Value of the sum which he has saved
out of his earn, tigs, lie has tolled for
it ; ho ha-oh.crvcd its slow increase
from tune to time; and in his estima
tion it repre-etits s any months 01
years ol practi. al labor.
Santa ( hills' SiitUCsjiniis.
1 lean voiir chimneys-.
I'av for the pre. ruts x on bought
"Love those who hate yo.i, and do
good to those that ihspitctully use
and persecute you."
" is better to gi v o than to ri ceiv e."
Pon't dissipate too iiiim it in Christ
mas. Pon't be disci. urage I il you fail to
get a present Next time I'll have a
larger -t..cl, of tin sheep and candy
Klessed is he who giveth generous
ly, but thrice eiir-ed l- he who giveth
beyond his means for the sake of tnak
mg a show.
I I'm getting old.
! New calaiiil's to')er.
1 A writer describing the ew
j Zealand geysers says that the temper
I it ure of many springs is singularly
j .fleeted by the direct inn of ttie wind,
tnd when it blows triitutbe mntl, or
I 'list they rise from pm degrees t.i pill
! legrees. and bathing becomes impi ssi
j de t ill t he vv mil changes. tnetimi s
I northeast wind blows for weeks to.
ether I '"in sunrise till sunset, and 'tie
q.rings daily run h the boiling-point
it about noon, ami so continue till the
'all of the wind at eventide permits
tie temperature to subsido sulticiently
allow bat I itiL'-