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roundings and very unimaginative not to
wonder what the place was like on that
= night the anniversary of which we are cele-
Bellefonte, Pa., Dec. 25, 1896. rating,
— — We know that then, as on this Decem-
A CHRISTMAS STOCKING. ber 24, it was filled with people. But those
people had come for a different purpose.
Augustus Caesar, the master of the then
known world, had issued an imperial de-
cree ordering a general registration of all
his subjects. This was for the purpose of
revising or completing the tax-lists. Ac-
cording to Roman law, people were to regis-
ter in their own cities—that is, the city in
which they lived, or to which their vil-
lage or town was attached. According to
Jewish methods they would register by
tribes, families, and the houses of their
fathers. Joseph and Mary were Jews,
“Dear Santa Claus,” wrote little Will,
In letters truly shocking,
“I'ze been a good hoy,
So please fill a heapin’ this stockin’.
I want a drum to make pa sick
And drive my mamma crazy.
I want a doggie I can kick,
So he will not get lazy.
I want a powder gun to shoot
Right at my sister Annie,
And a big trumpet I can toot
Just awful loud at granny.
I want a dreadful big false face
To scare in fits our baby.
I want a pony I can race
Round the parlor maybe,
I want a little hatchet, too,
So I can do some choppin
Upon our grand piano new
When mamma goes a-shoppin.
I want a nice hard rubber ball
To smash all into flinders
The great big mirror in the hall
And lots and lots of winders,
And candy that'll make me sick
So ma all night will hold me,
And make pa get the doctor quick
And never try to scold me.
And, Santa Claus, if papa says
I am naughty, it’s a story.
Just say, if he whips me I'll
Die and go to kingdom glory.”
It was well known that he and Mary
were of the tribe of Judah and
family of David, and that Bethle-
hem was their ancestral home. Accord-
ingly, they left the Nazareth home, in the
territory of Zebulum and came to David’s
own city in the territory of Judah.
They came down the east bank of the
Jordan’ crossed the river at Jericho’ and
came up among the Judean hills and val-
leys till they reached Bethlehem. It was
a long journey, and a wearisome one ; and
on arriving, a place of rest was the first
thing sought. Evidently they had no
friends living in the place ; or, if they had,
their houses were already filled. It was
necessary that shelter be had, and imme-
diately. In the khan, or inn’ there was no
cupy a part of the space provided for cat-
The City Bethlehem. tle. It was not an unusual thing to do,
and is often done to-day in these Eastern
, hi oi
Yoom + So there way Nothing 4 dolms oo; pears an effigy of a boy bishop from Sal-
It is a small and Unattractive City at the Pres-
It isa little city, and does not take
many people to crowd it ; but, besides being
the birthplace of Jesus, itis the birthplace
of Israel’s great warrior-king David.
Bethlehem to-day has barely eight thou-
sand inhabitants, and in appearance is not
attractive. The streets are too narrow for
vehicles ; in fact, there is but one street
in the town wide enough for carriages, and
it is so very narrow that they cannot pass
each other in it. . The streets were made
for foot travellers, donkeys and camels.
Bethlehem is about five miles south of
Jerusalem. Leaving the larger city by the
Jaffa gate, we take a carriage and ride
rapidly over the fine road built but a few
years ago. The carriage we are in and
those we meet are wretched affairs. The
horses are to be pitied, first beause they
are not well cared for, and second, because
their drivers are regular Jehus who drive
them ‘‘furiously’’ up hill and down. In
less than an hour we are in the market
villages. In fact, they were about as com-
fortable there as is any khan. At a khan
one may procure a cup of coffee and a place
to lie down on the floor ; but each guest
provides his own bed and covering. This
was all Joseph and Mary could have ob-
tained in the inn, had there been room for
them. And here in Bethlehem, in astable,
or a cave used for stabling animals, Jesus
was born, and Mary ‘‘wrapped him in
Him whose earthly life began here. One |
would have to be unmindful of his sur- |
' quite familiarized with all good people.
and conformed to the Jewish custom. !
Thé Real Orighwil Santa Claus.
Santa Claus is for the time being, the
chief of saints, for as certain German and
Scandinavian customs have acquired root
in this country, Santa Claus has become
ets and sweetmeats. We have transferred
all these interesting ceremonies to the night
before, Christmas and to Christmas Day,
but their spirit remains the same.—From
the Baltimore Sun.
But they are so engrossed with the little ——The Philippine Islands promise soon
ones, whom the saint blesses, that they al- [ to furnish-as much interesting contempo-
low the holy man to linger outside as a | Tary history as Cuba has done. There are
convenient myth. This very useful per- |8aid to be one hundred thousand active in-
sonage is no other than St. Nicholas, who | Surgents, and the capital, Manila, is virtu-
was archbishop of Myra in 342, and the |3lly ina State of siege. Meanwhile the
name by which he has of late become pop- Spaniards announce that their policy is to
ular in this country is the German custom | 8Wait re-enforcements before ‘‘crushing the
of the Christmas tree and all the rest of it. } rebellion.” It is likely to he the story of
That we should take up the customs of the Cuba over again.
Fatherland is but proper, seeing that we
are to a large extent a people owning,
via England, Teutonic origin through | who now holds the world’s long distance
Schleswig and Holstein and the Northern | bicycle record, is worthy of his name, hav-
Netherlands and the brokegp coast line be- | ing ridden 1910 miles in 142 hours and
yond, where the prevailing tone of the peo- | eaten 153} pounds of food during the jour-
ple is thoroughly English. ney. The world has never had a more im-
St. Nicholas is a great saint with all the | pressive demonstration that food is the
Teutonic and Scandinavian peoples. It | foundation of human energy, and that
——*“‘Teddy’’ Hale, the Irish wheelman,
was his prerogative to manifest his piety | stimulants, even in the performance of the
i observance from early times until 1542,
swaddling clothes, and laid him in a man-
ger.”’—by Edwin S. Wallace, in St.
——A lawyer of the City of Mexico, now
in Washington, is thus quoted in the
Washington Post: At present there is a
great inclination among our people and
among those who come from other
countries to settle in Mexico to invest in
coffee plantations. Just a few days ago I
made a sale of a very fine coffee farm to
parties in New York for $700,000 in silver.
The demand for such investments is active
and constantly growing. The reason is
that the production of coffee is a highly
profitable business, and a great many citi-
zens of the United States are prospecting
in Mexico with a view to engaging in the
cultivation of a crop that is always in de-
mand at good prices.”’
place of Bethlehem, in front of the Church
of the Nativity.
Let us suppose we have arrived on Christ-
mas eve, in time to wander about and to
become acquainted with the little city.
Of course it has changed in appearance
since the birth of Christ. It is larger, and
better built. Now, as then, the houses are
of stone, and, as cities and customs change
but little in the East, we may safely infer
that modern Bethlehem houses are much
like those of nineteen hundred years ago.
Perhaps some of the old buildings that
were in existence so long ago may still be
standing. Of course the great Nativity was
not then erected, nor were any of the large
religious buildings we see. These are the
memorials of a later date, built in honor of
——He—‘*Will you love me- when I am
She—' ‘Well, George, I love you now ;
and you are pretty far gone, aren’t you ?”’
——DMaine furnished Christmas trees by
the car load, this year for the large cities
in other parts of the country.
when at his mother’s breast, for even then | most exhaustive and continuous work, are
tradition says that he fasted on Wednes- | superfluities.
days and Fridays. Asa matter of course, a
he soon became famous in working mira-| ——First Clerk—*“I came in late this
cles, and here again he appeared to seek fa- | morning and was nearly frozen.” Second
vor with young people. Many interesting | Clerk—*‘Then I suppose the boss made it
stories are told in connection. warm for you.” First Clerk—‘‘Well, he
The guardianship of the young by Santa did haul me over the coals.”’— Record.
Claus was of old recognized by the custom -_——— :
of choir boys in cathedrals choosing a boy | ——Maybe woman like small waists so
bishop on the day of St. Nicholas, Decem- | they won’t have to wear suspenders to keep
ber 6th. This was a very important event, | their clothes on.—New York Press.
as may be seen by reference to ‘‘Hone’s
Every-Day Book,’’ I, 1559, where there ap-
Wit Is Nir for
“Your Father of Brother
than a nice pair of
The custom was in full
when it was abolished by a proclamation
of Henry VIII. It was afterward revived,
but the day for such things was gone, and
there was no longer any life in the strange
ceremonials. The boy bishop appointed
on December 6th, continued to exercise au-
thority over the choir boys until the 28th,
and one of these bishops, dying while in.
office, was buried in Salisbury cathedral
and honored with a stone monument near
The happy time for the German and Scan-
dinavian children is the vigil of St. Nicho-
las, on the night of December 5th. Then
it is that he glides about, putting good
things into lucky bags and spying out the
merits and demerits of boys and girls and
sometimes unsparingly praising or rebuk-
ing them. The North German custom re-
quires the saint to pay a visit to the house
where the young people are assembled in
festivity on the night of his vigil. He ap-
pears at a moment when all are assembled,
and he has a most venerable and dignified
appearance befitting his age and sanctity i i
and rank. He announces himself by a I 0] | B
loud knock, and having obtained admis- Z__&@ NA __& __________\_
Line of Foot Wear.
sion, speaks in kindly words to the juven-
ile throng, reproving some, perhaps, en-
LOW PRICES WILL PREVAIL.
for them to wear about the
home during the Holidays ? |
You can get exactly what
. you want at Powers. Also
couraging others and proving gentle and
kind to all. If some forward boy should
interrupt the benediction by exclaiming,
‘It is Uncle George !’’ that need not pre-
vent attention to the saint’s counsel or the
acceptance of his gifts. These, indeed, are
more eagerly looked for than the saint him-
self, and so on retiring to rest, each mem-
ber of the party places an empty shoe on
the table and the door of the room is at
once locked ; and, behold, when morning
dawns and the doors are opened in the
presence of all, the shoes are found to be
filled with gifts for those to whom they be-
long, and the table is covered with trink-
POWER’S SHOE STORE,
High Street, Bellefonte, Pa.
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Price $3.00 will be sold while they last for.
Ba¥=Come and see the many fine pieces of Furniture suitable for Gifts.
Ladies’ Desks. Chiffoniers. Fancy Rockers.
Book Cases. Buffet Tables. Tea Tables.
China Closets. On Tables. Tabourettes.
Blackiflg Cases, Etc.
~ Ask to see our Fine Cobbler and Saddle-Seat Rocker - - - - - $2.99.
W. R. BRACHBILL,
| and stood in a group over the cargo, and to
hear their exclamations: ‘‘Hurrah for
hog!” ‘Say that’s not roasted rye, but
genuine coffee. Smell it, you uns.” “And
sugar, t00.”” Then they divided the con-
signment. They laughed and shouted,
‘‘Reckon you uns heen good to we uns this
; Christmas Day, Yanks.”” Then they put
parched corn, tobacco, ripe persimmons,
into the boats, and sent them back to us.
Christmas on the Rappahannock.
The snow still fell ; the keen wind, raw
and fierce, cut to the hone. It was God's
worst weather in God’s forlornest, hleakest
spot of ground, that Christmas day of ’62
on the Rappahannock, a half mile below
the town of Fredericksburg. But come,
pick up your prostrate pluck, you shiver-
ing private. Surely there is enough damp-
G7 Ihout Ys 0 it your tears. And we chewed the parched corn, smoked
te Let’s laugh, 30 . ; real Virginia leaf, ate persimmons, which,
Hello, Jotmyy Y vs | if they weren’t very filling, at least con-
. Hello yourself, ank! Ch i‘tracted our stomachs to the size of our
‘Merry Christmas, dahpny : | Christmas dinner. And so the day passed.
Same to Jou, Yank!’ o 5» | We shouted, “Merry Christmas, Johnny."
Say, Johnny, got anything to trade? ’’ | They shouted, ‘‘Same to you Yank.” And
Parched corn and tobacco—the size of | Ne Cap, the Sine wind, the chilling
S cold ; we forgot those men over there were -
‘‘All right ; you shall have some of our yp Ri in. it might be our duty to
coffee and sugar and pork. Boys, find the gho0t before evening.
boats.”’ , ; oo We had bridged the river—spanned the
Such boats ! Isee the children sailing bloody chasm. We were brothers, not foes,
the small lakes in our Central Park. Some waving salutations of good will in the name of
Yankee, desperately for tobacco, invented | 430 Bape of Bethlehem, on Christmas Day in
them for trading with the Johnnies. They | 62. At the very front of the opposing ariics
bs He dik oy of the river for | ye Christ Child siruck a truce Jor us—broke
success aye > | down the wall of partition, became owr peace.
We got out the boats. An old handker- | pr, a hare We shouted
chief answered for a sail. We loaded them | 3401 qn forth.” We kept Christmas, and our
with coffee, sugar, pork and -set the sail, | joqrts were lighter Jor it and our shivering
and watched them slowly creep to the | 34qi05 were not quite so cold.—From Harper's
other shore. And the Johnnies? To see Weekly.
them crowd the bank, and push and scram- !
ble to be first to seize the boats, going into
the water, and stretching their long arms!
Then when they pulled the boats ashore,
our Chrismas, Yank.”
Cotton snow in a Christmas window
caused the $100,000 fire in Altoona.
The GLOBE'S Great Christmas OFFERING
An offering of both useful and ornamental articles suitable for Holiday Gifts together with an unparalleled Downfall of Prices that has Neves been equalled by any other establishment.
.BELLEFPONTES GREATEST OF ALL HOLIDAY BAZAARS...
comes before you this week with an array of marvelous values that will not only attract customers to the store from this immediate vicinity, but for miles around. We ask you to carefully
consider the items advertised and remember there are hundreds more just like them from one end of the store to the other. It is one vast, stupendous gathering of
“Plums for the Multitudes.”
OUR DOMESTIC STOCK,
Is the Pride of Bellefonte.
Values are shown here in magnificent qualities that would make
even merchants in large cities curious. Our offerings in this depart-
ment are unequalled. Five new cases of Mill Lengths just received
will now add to the down pour of Low Prices.
1400 yards good quality unbleached Canton Flannel going at . sc.
2500 yards extra heavy plain Outing Flannel sold universally at
12Y%cts. now : ; . 8c.
2000 yards Cream Flannellette 7l4cts. a yard is the price asked
every where—this week . ; . . 4c.
3000 yards unbleached Muslin, yard wide good quality and a
big bargain : ‘ . Lo . 4%c.
And Chambrays, everybody buys them at 1octs. and 1z2cts. We
now give you your choice of any color you desire for : gc.
1200 yards good Dress Ginghams, 1octs. a yard would be cheap
for them, they go at our Xmas offering sale at : : 5c.
4500 yards Standard Prints. This season’s styles, best makes
never bought before under scts. a yard. «+ This week . 4c.
1200 yards good bleached Muslin a starchless heavy quality
would be cheap at 7cts. a yard ‘ . . 4%
2800 yards Apron Ginghams, fast colors per yard’ . 4%
800 yds cloth cassimere for men’s and boys Pants, no store in
town shows them under 15 cents, at our Xmas offering per yard : OC
1000 yds Rustle Lining sold everywhere at 15cts. We sell you
all you want per yard . ; . . 8c
650 yds men’s colored checked Shirting heavy, good quality and
full width in all staple colors per yd ‘ . 4c
15 full Bolts of dark Outing Cloth in checks and stripes. They
- say it 1s cheap in other stores atjcts. Our price per yd : 5C
25 Bolts Toweling heavy twilled and a big Bargain, per yard 4Y%c
A Present that every Lady likes to Receive.
275 pairs of Kid Gloves in all cqlorsand black, match them if
you can for $1.00. Our Xmas offering price per pair : : 6gc
The Fast Growing Department.
All grades, all classes, all styles, all at lower prices than can be
found in any other store in town.
See the childrens mixed suits ages 4yrstojigyrs. Made up in
fine style for ; 87¢
A very handsome cheviot suit as good as any child wants
for school wear for 1.19
© Childrens all wool Cheviot Suits in Blackand Blue only. When
we say all wool we mean all wool. A Big Bargain Xmas offering, price I.
A nice line of Childrens overcoats other stores ask you 1.75 and
2.00 for the same goods. Globe's Price : : . 1.18
Mens heavy overcoats. The heavy kind with wide collar and
storm protector would be cheap at 7.00 our Xmas offered price 4.25
Mens suits in stripes or checks nothing more or less than a plain,
good serviceable, everyday business suit your choice of over 40
different styles . ; ; 3.08
1ox4 White or Gray Blankets per pr. . : 44cC
Gray Blankets extra large size per pr . . ' 75¢
Heavy mixed Grey and Brown Blankets considered a snap at
1.00. Xmas offering price . : . . 8gc
75 good serviceable Bed Comforts never before sold under 1.50
now ; . : a : : 98¢c
oy FEATHER BOAS.
Feather Boas, Ostrich Boas white and black, all kinds the big-
gest assortment in Bellefonte.
This week we will show you a beautiful Feather Boa full length
that cannot be found in Bellefonte short of 1.00 for : I 48c
: BED SPREADS.
60 White crochet quilts hemmed ends, large size, woven in
beautiful patterns Marseilles styles.” Everybody makes this same
quilt a leader at 1.25. We sell this quilt during our Xmas
offering for . ; . ; . 69c
The Mecca for Bellefonte’s underwear buyers—A limitless va-
riety of all that’s good and prices that are right. Our special Xmas
offerings are 700 ladies Fleece Lined vests and Pants bought cheap
of a swamped manufacturer who made them to retail at g4octs
At the unparalleled price of . . 25C
Ladies cream and gray union suits full regular made laced and
taped neck, you cannot buy them elsewhere at near this price 48c
Boys heavy weight vests and pants in gray mixtures. This will
strike you as a remarkable bargain . . . 25C
Childrens underdrawers all sizes in both Cieam and Gray
down to . . : : : IIC
LADIES’ & MISSES’ CLOAKS.
Here in this department you will always find plums. Our Xmas
offerings here can never be equalled again. Everything you may
desire can be had at prices that will astonish you.
125 Ladies Capes beautifully trimmed and considered a bargain
elsewhere at 3.00. We offer you this week at . 1.79
175 Ladies’ Beaver Coats usually sold from 4.00 to 5.00 our
price mow . . . or : 2.98
Your choice of over soo Ladies’ Coats formerly sold from $10
to $15. Pick these plums while they last for 7.98
DRESS GOODS DEPARTMENT.
Our Dress Goods Departmert is always brimful of bargains.
More this week than ever before. Read carefully. =
All Wool French Serge.—In all colors and Black, a firm
smooth weave and elegantly finished. Strictly all wool and a big
snap for you, per yard . . , . 25C
Black Mohair.—A new invoice of three pieces 46 inches
wide, you will find the same fabric priced elsewhere at go to 1.25 per
yard. Special price this week ‘ 57)2c¢
Another Whirl at Storm Serge.—s54 inchés wide in all the
. staple shades, heavy weight and a regular 1.00 quality for 55C
Broad: Cloth.—s54 inches wide in all colors, other stores ask
you 75cts for the same goods : . : 45C.
36 Inch Wide Serge.—A special offering of 20 pieces in
heavy twilled serge any color you may desire, would be cheap at
3oc. Our special prige : : , 2; 17¢:
Remember we also carry the largest assortment of Toys and Games in Bellefonte. Also a full line of Christmas Present
MARE NRS OF LOW PRIC
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for both old and young
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