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8 You Can't Think of One Without the Other. ()
0 HUSELTON §
2 Dispenses these comforts for every member of the family-not one was 0
§ Bkipl ,ed when he panned away back in the summer for your s-Uiafac-
0 tion in Christmas buying. Eveiybody knows what the RO^OS^
O Dolge-felt—are! If not, there are two sure ways to find out- WbAt.
0 'EM! Buy a pair for SOMEONE ELSE and you'll never hear the last
of their praises.
g 35c to $1.50 g
(| For the Christmas ball there are Slippers to suit the taste of everyom O
a Patents and those dainty creations with beaded fronts, with or wit.. 0
5| out straps. Pumps for t>ie gentlemen.
8 Wool Boots, Stockings, Arctica O
All the warm comforts of life. Get a pair.
| B. C. HUSELTON f
8 102 N. Main St., Butler. Penn'a 0
Extremely Large Stock of Winter rootwear
At Away Down Prices.
We are showing a large stock, of Holiday Slippers. Many
styles in fine leather, felt and embroideried slippers. We wish
to close out our entire stock of Holiday slippers before Chris.rnas
and in order to do so we will sell them at extremely low prices.
1 i* iP' "Sorosis" Shoes. The
L3UI6S rine v)ilo6S masterpiece of the shoe
•makers art and standard of the world. High or medium cut,
box-calf, fine dongola, enamel and patent leather. BuUon or
lace in light or heavy soles.
ft! ' All the latest styles in men's fine
men S OIIOGS shoes. Large stock of Gokey's high
cut, hand-pegged, box-toe and plain toe shoes.
Gokey's Copper Tipped Shoes for the Boys.
Complete Stock of Men's and Boys' Heavy Stocking and Overs
Ladies', Gents', Misses' and Children's Felt Boots and Overs
Leggins and Overgaiters in all sizes.
Lambs wool in soles all sizes.
Sole Leather and Shoemakers Supplies.
Repairing Promptly Done.
■ 8188 Merchant Tailor. |1
■ Fall and Winter Suitings |j
■ p JUST ARRIVED. ( ) ||
■ 142 North Main St. w M
COOPER CO., I
Are r\ow occupying their
old locatior\ at corner of
Suits from sls to SSO.
Cohn's s ar 9 a i n Store,
The Place with no Handsome Front.
We want you to come to our store and look around
for your Xmas shopping. We can't expect you to ap
preciate the vast superiority of this store as regards
varieties, qualities, styles and low prices unless you see
what other stores are offering. We have the goods you
want; we sell at absolutely the lowest prices.
We are doing a big business simply because we merit
it. Look round, you simply can't help being convinced
that this is the
Lowest priced store in the county
We desire to impress you particularly with the
thorough manner in which we are prepared to fill your
wants for your holiday buying.
If you are looking after your own best interests you will
buy here. When you come to this store you will forcibly
realize the truth of this statement.
We Handle Everything Ready to Wear for Men,
Women and Children.
Cohn's Bargain Store,
150 Main and Cunningham Sts.
THE BUTLER CITIZEN.
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| Useful Gifts are Best |
5 Even the most liberal giver should remember that useful gifrs are W
S most appreciated If you find it necessary to practice economy, a.I
.jpr the more reason for buying useful gifts. V
g Coats and Furs. $
5 A stylish coat or fine fnr neck-piece is a desirable gtft._ They dan t
W. cost much now, as prices are very low. Stylish coat*, $-J.OO up. Furs.
jj| SI.OO up. <£]
6 Linens »#
fR Are always appreciated. Lowest prices and choice
<9 fine table linens, napkins, towels, Mexican drawn woik, hem-stit he
and embroider* d doilies, squires and scarfs. Ot
in Fancy Pillow and Pillow Tops. -V
jp| Always room for another pillow Fancy pillows, 39c to $3 50. I'il-
X low tops, 100 up. Down pillows, 25c up, according to size. Uh
§ Handkerchiefs. £
# Greatest line of fine handkerchiefs we haye ever shown Always £
Uk safe to buy handkerchiefs when you can t think of anything e.se. £$
S Practical Presents. &
® A pair of fine blankets or a nice wliits bedspread would be a pl'-asmtr
«ift Dress goods, siiks and waist materials are attractive A fane am- m
*5 brella is handy. Underwear, hosiery and gloves are all r , £§
You are sure to be pleased with fancy collars, Sterling and Loon}
S3 goods, purses, bags, ribbons, or any of the numerous, usefr.l articles to
gv be found in our stock. J (r
S Always best values— Always lowest prices.
| L. Stein & Son, |
103 N MAIN STREET, QUTLER. PA §
| Typhoid fever Wis! Never 1
! as long as you coutiuue to drink wat^r
polluted with Typhoid Fever germs. |g
r ■ Why endanger your health and life by gjg
" driuking impare wat-»r—when
iSparkiing Crystal Waterl
I.s within the reach of every person Baa
"jr:.. CRYSTAL WATER l- gnaranted to be
absolutely free from germ life, free from
miuerai impurities and free from
jjir. organic matter that so naturally enters
into spring and well water. . £
ALL DRUCTGISTS AND FIRST CLASS GROCERS,
t?. Write for bo >ket on pure water and health. y
t/ Crystal Water Co. of Pittsburg, Pa.
CARL H LEIGHNER. ...
* JEWELER & OPTICIAN, *
No. 209 S Main Street,
BUTLEH PA W
WISHES YOU A
Li Merry Christmas
* AND A - W
* Happy New Year. *
CAMPBELL'S GOOD FURNITURE J
1 Useful I
8 The kind your friends will appreciate, jfe
of them here to select from.
Ipg When in doubt give a Rocking Chair. The most complete assort- cS
ment we have ever shown to select from. Upholstered seat RockinK
*§| Chairs s:i 50. Fine polished golden oak Rocking Chair $5.00 and
dozens of the higher priced kind, RS
Tliero is no mistake iD giving a Picture, for every home has a place jlfls
JjSSrf for them. Pretty Medallions at 25c. Framed Pictures at 50c, 75c and fcSg
S Most any woman would appreciate a Writing Desk. Here are p.
S twenty-three patterns to select from in oak or mahogany finish. $25 S3
for the best one, and $(5,00 for the cheapest. egS
52j|j A Parlor Table makes a useful present. Some cost $1.50, others fcgs»
ggf S-i.OO, s:i.so and $5.00. Then we have the solid mahogany ones at J&t
)g| A Corner Chair for the parlor. Not many would refuse one. A
beauty in mahogany finish and highly polished $5.00; finer ones up to
COME IN AND LOOK AROUND.
1 Alfred A. Campbell I
%5?l Formerly Campbell & Templeton.
Xmas Goods Sacrificed.
20 PER CENT. OFF.
On all Holiday Goods.
Owing to the scarcity of money in Butler, caused by the fever epidemic,
we have decided to give 20 per cent, off on all holiday goods; including toys,
toilet cases, military brushes, brush and comb sets, manicure sets, smoking
sets, shaving sets, tobacco jars, albums, gift books, bibles, calendars, fancy
writing paper, glove boxes, fan boxes, candelftbras, brass novelties. Rock
wood ware, framed pictures, a»d in fast everything ia the line of holiday
BUTLER, PA., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1903.
u For Rheumatism,
Cold in Chest, |
Sore Muscles, ft
Stifi Joints. I
B "IM USE OVER FIFTY YEABB." |S
B AT ALL DRUGGISTS. 25a. 60c, (1.00. B
That's what you need - some
thing to cure your cilious
ness. You need Ayer's Pills.
Want your noustaclie cr fccarJ a
beautiful brown or ricli black? Use
j 50ctt of drvggistscr R P Ksil&Co.,
In all Its etageg.
c'.eanses, soothes and heals M
the diseased membrane- 1
It curee catarrh and drives M
away a cold In the head
Cream Halm Is placed info the nostr.ls, spreads
over the membrane and la absorbed. Relief is im
mediate and a cure follows. It is not drying—does
not produce sneezing. Large Size, 50 cents at Drug
gists cr by mail; Trial Size, 10 cents.
ELY BROTHERS. 56 Warren Street. New York
cas be cared by j
Try it and if it j
doesn't help you we J
| nl! pay back your j
1 money. 1
j Johnston's |
| PHARMACY, j
j 106 N. Main St. |
1 RUINED |
Many a fine piece of
jr silver,watch or locket T
V is spoiled by machine W
•I? or poor hand engrav- w
ing, we engrave with
•Jj out extra charge on
iji all goods sold by us,
6 and when we say i?i
;?• engraved we mean jsj
TST engraving that you 31
Tr will not be ashamed 31
to send anywhere. &
| Ralston & Smith, |j
$ "No Fancy Prices," jgl
|i JEWELERS, |
Engravers and Watchmakers,
•f? 110 W. Jefferson Street. jj?
THE GOLDEN RULC
i ©" ■■ [lii
Things you would like to have, but
do not want to buy for yonrself—that is
what you would appreciate for a Christ
We have many such things, so come
to us, and get for your friends a treat
in the way you would be treated,
We have novelties for everybody—
toys for the children; china for the la
dies; useful thine* for the men, and
fancy articles and books for all classes.
Inducements for holiday buyers at
241 S. Main St.
By MARY WINTHP.OP
[Copyright, 1902, by T. C. HcClure.]
man who said that a big
I apartment house was a vil
lage in itself didn't know a
thing about it, or else he had
never been in a village. Lord! I would
say it was a collection of hostile camps,
with a Janitor as the only means of
By way of emphasis for his words
Frank Lane threw across the room the
gayly illustrated magazine he had been
pretending to read. It landed with a
crash, bringing with it to the floor a
small vase which stood on the corner
of the mantel. Broken bits of porce
lain rolled iu all directions.
The young man started to his feet.
The vase was one of his childish rel
ics. Every bit was precious. But he
sank back with a groan. lie had for
gotten his sprained nnkle.
The pain in it made him remember.
It was almost intolerable for a few mo
ments. But that was not what brought
the tears to his eyes—tears of weak
ness and loneliness. He was remem
bering that it was the day before
Christmas and that he was shut up in
liis bachelor apartments with a sprain
ed ankle. A solitary dinner at the club
"I WISH YOU WOULD LET ME KEEP IT."
was never wildly festive for Christ
mas, but even that was to be denied
him this year.
There was a rattling at the hall door.
Lane hastily brushed aside the tears as
the wife of the Janitor came in. Wom
anlike, she was compassionate. Her
face beamed as she cried: "A package
for ye, Mester Lane. Th' postman jest
left it, an' I hurried it up, thinkin' it
might cheer ye a bit. It's sure some
prisint a lady fren's been a-sendin' ye."
The Invalid laughed shortly. From
a lady friend! He had been raised in
an orphan asylum and as far as
his knowledge went had not a living
relation. Ills position in the business
world was entirely due to his own
pluck and energy. He had not had
time to make lady friends.
When the woman had gone, he still
looked curiously at the package In his
lap. It was in bad order. The string
was loosened and the enveloping paper
torn. The address was blurred, but ho
could still make out faintly the In
scription "F. E. Lane" and the name
of the apartment house. It was really
His lingers trembled with eagerness
as he slipped off the outside wrapper
and disclosed dainty tissue paper and
ribbons. It must surely be from a girl,
Inside was a creation of violet silk,
ne eyed it dubiously, but then his face
cleared. He had seen similar curios in
shop windows. It must be a handker
But the name of the sender? He
took hold of the case gingerly and
shook It. ne carefully turned it inside
out. No card appeared. It must have
slipped out on the way. He sniffed
appreciatively. The case was strongly
scented with violets. It almost seemed
as If the fair donor herself was glorify
ing his room with her presence.
'Yet the question of who had eent it
still remained unsolved. He knew whom
he wished had sent it—the girl in the
flat above. She was the girl who,
when she came in from the office of an
evening, sat down at the piano and
rattled off a jolly twostep—that was
when things had gone well—or crept
in quietly and sang soothing lullabies—
that was when the day's work had left
her wornout and blue. Lane sympa
thized, for he had felt Just that way
"B-r-r-r" rang the electric bell. Lane
frowned as he reached his hand back
for the button. Why need common
place realities In the shape of the jan
itor break In upon his day dream?
Fhen he straightened up suddenly.
?'he figure standing In the doorway
was not to be confused with the Jan
itor. It was a girl with rebellious
brown curls wandering down to ob
struct a pair of serious dark eyes. It
was the girl of the flat above.
The girl stood uncertainly a moment
in the gathering dusk, then stepped
forward with sudden decision. "I beg
your pardon for intruding on you,"
Bhe said apologetically. "I don't be
lieve you can even see who I am In
this semidarkness. Won't you let me
light up? I am the girl from tbe flut
übovo." As she spoke she turned to
the switch. In a moment the room
flashed into a blaze of light.
Lane stitl stared at her as if at a
vision, but the years of business train-
Jug came to his aid. "Won't you sit
down, Miss Fane?" he said courteous
ly. "I can't rise—a little trifle of a
"Yes, I know," the girl interrupted
sympathetically. "The janitor told me.
I am so sorry." The man found her
pity very sweet.
"I don't want to trouble you," she
went on, "but I am looking for one of
my Christmas presents which is lost,
btrayed or stolen. It must have come,
for my cousin writes that it was mailed
some days ago."
Instinctively Lane spread his hands
over the dainty trille lying In his lap.
Yes, the pillow hid it from view.
"It is a handkerchief case made of
purple silk. As our names look some
thing alike, I thought it might have
come to you by mistake." She looked
at him expectantly.
Now, Lane had been mentally plan
ning how he keep that handker
chief case. He was a thief iu every
tUiWi but Ui© tked. But Uc could uut
answer those searching brown eyes
with a lie. "Yes. I have it. I thought
it was mine." And he held it out weak
ly. Then sudden inspiration came to
him. "I wish you would let me keep
it." he said pleadingly. "I will buy you
anything else in its place that you like."
Miss Lane's color deepened. "Why?"
she asked wonileringiy.
"Because," he said vehemently, "it's
the only Christmas present I shall have.
I have been lying here in the dusk im
agining who might have sent it to me,
and I can't bear to give it up. I would
not care so much if I was up and
around. You don't know how blue a
fellow gets shut up here all alone. Lit
tle things come to count a lot."
He looked so helpless lying there on
the couch that the girl's heart went out
to him, and she had a fashion of fol
lowing her heart more readily than her
head. "You poor fellow!" she said gen
tly. "I know just how you feel. You
shall keep the handkerchief case. Cous
in Laura will never know, and I have
several others. And you must count it
as a real Christmas present from me.
Only don't give me anything in its place
except to wish me a merry Christmas
when I come down to see you in the
morning. I will bring some of the good
ies l'roui my home box. They will make
you forget ail al>out the ankle."
She hurried away. Lane did not know
that it was because she wished to hide
tears brought to her eyes by the dumb
look of gratitude on his face. And he
lay back and wished that the morrow
Before another Christmas the two
flats were empty. Mr. and Mrs. Lane
were keeping house in a large flat on
the grouud-floor, 'llis wife always de
clares that he stole her heart and the
handkerchief ease at one and the same
time on that memorable Christinas eve.
XMAS WITH THE GERMANS.
Semen In the Shops and In the Re
tirement of Home.
As the handsome shops reveal the
Christmas of the rich Germans, also
we see the Christmas joys of the other,
the peasant class. The toy stores —the
dolls in alt the national costumes of
the world, and windows all bristling
with combating soldiers. Candy shops!
Candy is distinctively American. In
Germany and France it is bonbons; in
England sweets. The Germans do not
eat candy as a habit, as we do, but on
Christmas time, according to their
idiom, "it goes loose." But it is the
"pfefferkuchen" that is the great dis
tinguishing delicacy of Christmastide.
Not a house, family or person in Ger
many is without it. It is a sort of hard
spice cake, made In all sorts of shapes.
The writer spent last Christmas in
the home of Baron von Shlerbrant.
The day before Christmas the drawing
rooms were closed. No one dare enter
except the baron and baroness, who
came in and out of those rooms very
quietly and mysteriously. On Christ
mas eve the first event of interest Is
the Christmas eve dinner, which Is
characterized by the serving of "karp
fen in bier" and the bringing forth from
their secret hiding places of the fa
mous Christmas cakes, marzipan, pfef
fernuesse and pfefferkuchen. Dinner
ends with the joining of hands and all
saying, "Gesegnete mahlzeit."—Wash
A Juvenile lmpreailon.
"I'll be glad when I'm a grownup
man," said the thoughtful youngster.
"Because then I can get my Christ
mas presents without having to bo
good beforehand."—Washington Star.
HUM Been There Himself*
"Chris'mus kin be made so much
fdeasanter ef the stern parunt will on'y
let his mill' wander back tew the time
when he made a dash fur the ole cliim
neyplece himself," says Ole Nutmeg.
Bnllads of Yule.
Though some are dead and some are fled
To lands of summer over sea,
The holly berry keeps his red.
The merry children keep their glee.
They hoard with artless secrecy
Thl3 gift for Maude and that for Molly,
And Santa Claus he turns the key
On Christmas eve. Heigh-ho, the holly!
Amid the snow the birds are fled;
The snow lies deep on land and lea;
The skies are shining overhead;
The robin's tame that was so free.
Far north at home the "barley bree"
They brew; they give the hour to folly.
How "Rab and Allen cam' to pree,"
They sing: we sing, Heigh-ho, the holly!
Friends, let us pay the wonted fee.
The yearly tithe of mirth, be Jolly!
It is a duty so to be.
Though half wo sigh. Heigh-ho, the
A Quaint Old Custom.
A quaint but almost forgotten cus
tom was revived when the mizzenmast
was being stepped in a schooner
launched in Maine recently. Mr. Stone,
Captain Charles Trask and Mr. Mul
vaney all put new quarters on top of
the keelson, so that when the heavy
stick came down it closed over it for
good and ail. "It's so the vessel will
never be without money," said Mr.
A LONG CHRISTMASTIDE.
ftolidays Thai Extend Into tlie N«w
While in this country, as in England,
Germany and other parts of Europe,
the joyous spirit of the Christmas fes
tival is by no means limited to Dec.
25, but finds expression iu many ways
in the life and amusement of the peo
ple both before and after that day it
self, comparatively little attention is
paid here to the observance of the
numerous designated holidays which
in other lands go to make up Christ
mastide. The period opens with St.
Thomas' day, which falls on Dec. 21,
and closes with St. Distaff's day, on
Jan. 7. The first named festival is
known in some parts of England as
"Doling day," on account of the dis
tribution of the bounty of charitable
individuals, and in most English cities
at the present time the day is given up
largely to the anniversaries of chari
table societies and the distribution of
benefits among the poor and needy. It
Is also the day chosen for the election
of church officers, a custom adopted
here in some denominations, and it
appears also from the old rhyme that
certain public officials were elected at
the same time:
My masters all, this la St. Thomas' day.
And Chrlstme.a now can't be far off, you'll
And when you to the ward motes do re-
I hope such good men will be chosen there
As constables for the ensuing year
As will not grudge the watchman good
As for St. Distaff's day, which closed
the merry round of Chrlstinastlde, that
anniversary is now rarely observed
anywhere, but in the good old times in
England it was not the least among the
happy festivals of the year- It takes
its name from the fact that on this day
it was the custom for women to re
sume for a few hours their labors at
the distaff or the spinning wheel. It
was sometimes called "Rock day" in
honor of the rock, which Is another
came for distaff,—l*esUo's Weekly.
Tnis la In substance the story of
liny Lambertsou, a Nova Scotia
lad of eighteen, who was taken
off an iceberg at sea by a pass
ing ship and treated in Kellevue hos
"Father and I went out fishing on
Christmas eve last from Clark's har
bor. We were after mackerel and
were doing well, but had not been long
out when a bay of Fnndy fog sur
rounded us, and we concluded to put
back. After groping our way east for
half an hour we struck against some
thing, or something struck against us,
and I was thrown clean overboard. I
know now that the keel of our boat col
lided with the spur of an iceberg.
When I rose to the surface I heard the
old man shouting, but I couldn't an
swer him, and it seems to me that the
spur got between ns in the first place
and then we were separated altogether
by the entire berg. I managed to get
on a ledge of the berg and maintain
myself there by bracing my shoulder
against a (slight projection overhead.
When I thonght I trna on tOD the bprjf
.would keel over until I found myself
on the side, and at one time it turned
a complete somersault and threw me
once more into the water. I had a
good mind to give up then and accept
what seemed my fate, but I thought of
the folks at home and that my father
being probably drowned tlie family
would have to depend on me. So I
made another effort. The berg was
rolling and presented many sharp
points here and there, one of which I
seized and by its means lifted myself
to the ledge from which I had been
"Realizing that I could not maintain
myself in that position, I climbed once
more to the topi jind this time found
myself in a saucer shaped cavity.
Whipping out my knife, I hacked away
for dear life until I had scooped out a
"EVEN AT THE TIME I WAS IN DANOKB OP
still deeper hollow, and after much
bard work I succeeded In gathering
quite a pile of pebbles and sea weed,
on which I rested my feet. Meantime
my body from the waist up was ex
posed. Even at this I was in danger
of falling out or off when the berg
rolled over, as it frequently did. I was
therefore obliged to be constantly on
the alert. Exhausted from my exer
tions and though fearing that sleep
might mean death, I could not resist
the drowsiness that came over me; so
I fell asleep. When I awoke after a
few hours it was night and the stars
were in the sky. Though my hands
and feet were numbed, I did not feel
as cold as one might imagine. It Is
useless describing my sensations. I
thought of the sad Christmas mother
and the kids would pass without me
and, perhaps, without the old man, and
I prayed to God to save me. I was
glad when the morning came—Christ
mas morning—but I suffered fearfully
from hunger and thirst, especially from
thirst. Christmas day passed over me
like Christmas eve, and at the dawn
of the 20th I gave up hope. But one
should never despair even though hun
dreds of miles out at sea on an ice
berg. for that evening I was taken off
the berg by a boat from the barkentlne
Sea Serpent, commanded by Captain
Ferguson, and bound for the Azores.
The captain treated me well, and after
Btaying on the Azores a few weeks I
came to New York in a Liverpool brlg
"That is about all," concluded the
young fisherman from Nova Scotia.
"And, say, doctor, I don't want to
spend no more Christmas days on a
Klttr'a rhrlitman Speech.
The church was beautifully decorat
ed with Christmas greens and the air
was laden with their odor. As the
service was about to begin little Kitty
pulled her mother's sleeve and said in
an awe stricken tone, "Oh, don't it .smell
solemnT' —Christian Work.
The Dimn of Chrl»tm««.
Christmas day begins in the middle
of the Pacific ocean on the one hun
dred nnd eightieth parallel of latitude,
and there Is where Santa Claus starts
and ends his great and only journey of
Chrl*tma» In the Wnt
Deadshot Dick Any fun in B'ar
Creek on Christinas, Bill?
Grizzly Bill—Waal, we had a purty
big Christmas tree.
Deadshot Dick—Anything of much
account hangln' on It?
Grizzly Bill—Three boss thieves and
Suitable Gifts For Women.
Silver or silver and glass toilet arti
cles are always acceptable to women.
Some of them are brush, comb, powder
box, cold cream jar, buttonhook, curl
ing iron, glove stretcher, atomizer, per
fume jar, vaseline holder and hairpin
A southern editor says this in praise
of the apple: "The apple is the most
democratic of nil fruits. The pome
granate is priestly, the grape is royal,
the orange is luxurious, the peach and
pear are plutocratic, but the apple be
longs to the populace. It Is symbolic
of the country store and the corner gro
cery. It breathes the free spirit of the
American township and village. It
has a flavor of old New England and
yet a pungency as of the south and
middle west. It is mild, palatable,
nourishing and promotive of good fel
lowship and loiui lite."
WITH Polly I chanced to be hanging
With Polly the rogvish. with Polly
" the sly;
With Pvkly, who'i brimming with frolic
A quip cm her lip and a jest In her eye.
The wind It was grieving, and shadows
Their dark web without o'er the face of
Within it was merry with green leaf and
And Polly, close by, with a gleam In her
"This holly. I know, sir, you wish mistle
Cried Polly as o'er us a wreath we hung
I looked at her. laughing, to see were she
And. oh. what a glint there shone out
from her eye!
"THIS HOLLY, I KNOW, SIB. XOU WISH
How like the rose petals on which the bee
Her cheekH were! Her lips were the
holly fruit's dye.
"Be it mistletoe, dear, a minute or 80,
"A minuter 1 breathed Polly, with mirth
in her eye.
So it's, oh, to be handling the holly with
With Polly the mischievous, Polly the
With Polly, tho genius of all that Is Jolly,
A lure on her lip and with love in her,
—Clinton Scollard in Smart Set.
ORIGIN OF XMAS GREENS.
They Were Used »« Christmastime
Five Centuries Ago.
The use of evergreens at Christmas
time is older than the Christmas tree,'
the Christians seeming to havte copied
It from their pagan ancestors. In a
very old book we find this reference to,
the use of evergreens at Christmas
time: "Against the feast of Chrlstmai
every man's house, as also their parish
churches, were decked with holme,'
I vie, bayes and whatsoever the season
of the year afforded to be green. The
conduits and standards of the streets
were likewise gurnlshed, among
which I read that in the year 1414, byj
tempest of thunder and lightning, to
ward the morning of Candlemas day,
at the Leadenhall, in Cornhill, a stand-'
ard of tree, being set up in the midst
of the pavement, fust in the ground,'
nailed full of holme and ivie, for dis
port of Christmas to the people, was
torn up and cast down by the malig
nant spirit, as was thought, and the
stones of the pavement all about were,
cast in the streets and into divers
houses, so that the people were sore
aghast at the great tempest."—Leslie's
On the Chrlitmu Tree.
The old fashioned stockings and
hearts and crosses and animals cut out
of tarlatan outlined with worsted and"
then tilled with flat candles and tied
on the tree are always popular orna-:
ments. Sugar figures bought in the
confectionery store will serve to break
the monotony. The baker at Christmas
time usually has his windows filled
with horses, dogs, cats and men and
women made of delectable cake dough
and artistically ornamented with color
ed sugar curlycues. These are tooth-,
some and attractive to the small boy,
Candles in small candle holdersaarte t
always scattered well over the tree. It
Is a wise precaution to keep a pan of
water in which is a wet sponge in casc (
of accidents. When a spark falls upon
a bough, the sponge quickly applied to,
the spot will check the spread of the
THE FIRST CHRISTMAS.
From the Goiipel According to St.
Luke, Chapter 1», Verses T-SO.
And she brought forth her firstborn
son and wrapped him in swaddling
clothes and laid him In a manger, be
cause there was no room for them in
And there were in the same country
shepherds abiding in the field, keeping
watch over their flock by night.
And, 10, the angel of the Lord came
upon them, and the glory of the Lord
shone round about them, and they were
And the angel said unto them: "Fear
not for, behold, I bring you good tid
ings of great Joy, which shall be to all
"For unto you Is born this day la
the city of David a Saviour, which Is
Christ the Lord.
"And this shall be a sign unto you,
ye shall find the babe wrapped in
swaddling clothes, lying In a manger."
And suddenly there was with the
angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God and saying:
"Glory to God In the highest, and on
earth peace, good will toward men."
And it came to pass as the angels
were gone away from them into heav
en the shepherds said one to another,
"Let us now go even unto Bethlehem
and see this thing which is come to
pass, which the Lord hath made known
And they came wltli haste and found
Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying
In the manger.
And when they had seen It they
made known abroad the saying which
was told them concerning this child.
And tliey that heard it wondered at
those things which were told them by
But Mary kept all these things and
tendered them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorify
ing and praising God for all the things
( that they had heard and seen as It was
told unto them.