Republican news item. (Laport, Pa.) 1896-19??, April 07, 1898, Image 8

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liy Easter-lilies, pure and fair and
I know that bidden in your hearts of
Still lies the secret you each year re
An oft-told story that can ne'er
grow old—
Of birds that sing,
Of bells that ring,
As o'er the earth now steals the
( know not why It is, but.pvery year
The story seems more wondrous
strange and new;
I bend above my lily-buds to hear
Them whisper softly what I know Is
true; —
, That Winter's past;
That Spring comes fast;
That life and Joy are here at last!
The story that the Easter-lilies tell
Brings light and peace to the whole
world to-day;
And hearts bowed down by grief and
sadness swell
II suugs of praise, and even doubt
ers pray.
l.len can be brave.
For, strong to save,
Our King has triumphed o'er the
Alng out, O lily-bells! Gone is all
All nature sings at this glad Easter
(Ve see no more the shadow of the
To us the pearly gates swing open
Past Is the pain;
Death is in vain;
He who was dead now lives again!
" Hoke Day."
A custom that has existed for sev
eral centuries is still maintained in
some towns on the Lower Rhine. On
Easter Monday the Town Crier calls
All the young people together, and to
the highest bidder sells the privilege
of dancing with a chosen girl, and her
only, during the entire year that fol
lows. The fees flow into the public
poor-box. In many country districts
of England the second day after Eas
ter is known as Hoke Day, and is no
ticeable for a curious custom which
existed in some villages until compar
atively recently, and was certainly
practiced as far back as the thirteenth
jentury. This practice, known as
hoking or hocking, consisted In lift
ing a person oft the ground. It was
usual for the men to lift the women
on the Monday, and the women to re
turn the compliment on the following
San Dunce on Eaater Morn.
There were formerly numerous rites
and ceremonies connected with Easter
eve, which was sometimes called Holy
Saturday, but these have nearly all
passed away. In some parts of Ire
land, however, the finishing of Lent is
still celebrated by a huge feast. At
midnight the air is filled with the cry
"Out with the' Lenc."Then there are
feasting and merrymaking for a cou
ple of hours, and the people retire to
bed in order to rise early and see the
sun dance on Easter morning, this be
ing a common superstition among the
Irish peasantry. This Is a very an
cient belief, a poet of the Elizabethan
period writing:
"And, oh! she dances such a way
No sun upon an Easter Day
Is half so fine a Jlght!"
Tell the Joyful tidings:
Christ the Lord is risen.
Garden chamber, rock hewn,
Could not be His prison—
But a quiet dwelling
Where He, sleeping, lay
Waiting for the dawning
Of the Easier Day.
, FcaCaio of Fcatlial and Vv lint II
Rrlngra to All.
Of al) the festivals celebrated by the
i Christian Church none'is more JoyfaJ
' Kan that commemorating the resur
ection of the Son of Man, Easter!
That means light out of darkness;
ivilization over barbarism. It is sig
lificant of the triumph of humanity,
if the new world of brighter sunshine
nd happier lives, which began upon
he message and meaning of the first
faster morning, sweeping away the
ild world—the world of Pagan gods,
112 darkness, of hopeless sin. Above
ill it means Christ; the resurrection
nd the life.
The history of the observance of
faster is in a measure the history of
'.he Church.
Among the early Christians the res
irrectlon was an Idea for which men
ind women gave up their bodies, but
he sanctity of special places or sea
sons was wholly alien to their lives
ind methods of thought. In the wrlt
ngs of the New Testament or of the
Vpostolic fathers there is to be found
10 trace of the celebration of Easter
is a Christian festival. Early in the
second century the observance of the
seriod began among the Christians,
lhe diversity of usage between the
Jewish Christians and the Gentile
Christians was gradually brought to
in end by the Church of Rome, and
the point was finally settled at the
Council of Nice in 325.
Discrepancies in the time of observ
ing Easter existed, however, until the
eighth century. During the latter
part of the fourth century the
churches of Gaul kept Easter on March
21, those of Italy four weeks later, on
April 18, while those of Egypt did not
celebrate the festival until April 25.
tn the ancient church the celebration
of Easter lasted eight days. After the
eleventh century, however, it was lim
ited to three days and afterward to
The origin of the Easter egg, one
of the most delightful of the customs
of the season, is of great antiquity.
It is supposed to typify the bursting
of the spring into life. A peculiar
custom, for many years in vogue in
certain rural districts of Scotland, was
that of seeking the eggs of wild fowl
on Eastern morning. Success in the
search was a good omen.
Spring is bursting into life. There
Is an added blueness to the ether; a
greener tint to the grass.
The cold earth is thawing under the
hot glare of the midday sun. And
this is another of the numberless
meanings of the Eastertide. Easter is
the Resurrection; and the Resurrec
tion is life. And she who above all
others is guilty of Easter bonnets is
Dame Nature. The mountain freshets,
far from the throngs of men, are
breaking forth. The early flowers are
raising their heads. The branches of
the trees are taking on a tint of fresh
ness and vigor.
The poetry of Easter: "Let not your
heart be troubled; ye believe in God,
believe also in me. In my father's
house there are many mansions. If it
were not so, I would have told you. 1
goto prepare a place for you."
From the mystery of the Crucifixion
and the Resurrection the greatest
painters and musicians of all times
have drawn their loftiest Inspirations.
Blot out from art and music all per
taining to the divine significance of
the Eastertide and the highest works
of human genius will be lost to the
world. Easter is music. But in the
solemn chants of the earlier centuries
ihere was something Incongruous.
The strains which Issued from with
in the gray cold walls of the monas
tery to greet the world, and to rouse It
to thoughts of the Resurrection were
at best ill-fitting. They loved well
and worshiped well, no doubt those
early zealots. But men behind graj
walls cannot well know the real slgnl
ficance of the Eastertide. For it is e
message of great joy.
See, the chains of death are broken
Earth below and Heaven above,
Joy in each amazing token
Of his rising. Lord of love.
A Pointed Question.
Dolly—l have a changeable silk dress to
wear on Easter Sunday.
Polly—Why, ain't your other dressep
Ancient Ensllali Obaervancea.
Some of the most curious English
observances connected with Eastertide
are those relating to the old tenures
by which certain landed property Is
held throughout the country. Thus
for many years the Manor of Hallator.,
in Leicestershire, fas distinguished
by a singular and whimsical custom.
A piece of land was bequeathed to the
use of the rector for the time being,
who la return was enjoined to provide
"two bare pies, a quantity of ale, and
two dozen of penny loaves, to be
scrambled for on Easter Monday an
nually." The custom IF. still continued
but Instead of hare thi reator provides
two largo pies made of veal and ba
April girl wiLh April eyes,
Gleaming with a sliy surpriso,
We r.ssert
When you pass us laughing by,
! Since you smile and since you sigh,
You're a Uirtl
Lady herald of the spring,
Buds and bees and birds you bring,
», Promise, 100,
Of the shining .summer hours;
April girl of sun and showers,
Hail to youl
She Has Given Her Niinle to One of the
Oreateiit l-Lveut* in t lie Christian Year.
Ostara, the Goddess of Easier and of
Spring, is one of the most attractive
personages in German mythology,
which is also the mythology of what
we are in the habit of calling the An
glo-Saxon race.
This heathen goddess has given her
name to one of the greatest events In
the Christian year. The name is a
form of the modern German "Ostern"
and of the English "Easter." The early
Church found it wise to adapt to Chris
tian purposes many institutions and
customs of a pagan nature which had
become established in the affections of
TfiE licwnr.N GODDESS.
the people. So the observances which
in heathen times honored the advent
of Ostara, the Goddess of Spring, sur
vive to a certain extent in the Chris
tian celebration of the Resurrection. I
Apart from the religious services,
however, those observances with
which the heathen Teutons honored
Ostara still linger in their primitive
form in many parts of Germany and
pessibly of England. In New York
and other centres of Anglo-Saxon civ
ilization they have assumed a more
complex character.
The German rustic's feasting at
Easter time, according to a German
mythologist, repiesents the ancient
sacrifice to the goddess. That sacri
fice is offered by the urban American
in the form of flno raiment and a bon
net, which his wife wears. When he
has to pay the bill for these things he
may console himself by remembering
' that he is helping to perpetuate an ob
| servance of primeval ant.quity.
New clothe 3, however, are not ap
propriate for woman alone at Easter
time. Man also at this season begins
to notice that his winter garments are
shabby and, if he can afford it, replac-
I es them in honor of Cstara.
i Cstara is represented in mythologi
cal art as a dazzling maiden, simply
but beautifully clad. She is surrounded
by winged babies, birds, flowers, rab
bits and other things emblematical of
Easter and the springtime. The sun,
it is reported, used to take three jumps
for joy at the appearance of Ostara on
Easter Day.
Easter eggs are supposed to be laid
by no common hens, but by Easter
hens. The goddess Ostara was espe
cially favorable to hens, which are us
ually to be seen with many eggs in her
pictures. Easter eggs should be red,
because red was the favorite color of
the Thunder God, and the first thunder
storm of Spring was sacied to Ostara.
| The Easter fire which German peas
ants make is the funeral pyre of the
Winter God. Into it they sometimes
, throw a BtulTed figure containing snow
! shovels and sleds. Thnt once retre-
bat hjiro eoM Cirwt ta slio COD
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are tho seat or the starting point' tf !
many maladies, all of them serious, j
all taore or less painful, and all of
them tendihg, unless cured, to a
fatal end. No organs of the body
are more delicatt or more sensitive
than the kidneys. When symp
toms of disease appear in them net
a moment is to be lost if health i3
to bo restored. Tho best way to
treat the kidneys is through the
blood, cleansing it from the poison
ous matter which is usually at the ;
bottom of kidney complaints. For
this purpose there is no remedy
equal to
: Ssrsspsrllli
"For many years I have been a constant
sufferer from kiJney trouble, ami have
tried a number of largely advertise 1 kidney
cures without benefit. At last a friend r.d
\ued me to try Ayer's Sursaparilla. The
use of eight bottles of this remedy e.itirely
cured my malady."— MAßY MILLER, 12S8
Hancock Street, Brooklyn, N. Y.
I se-.<-u n.o s.aiu of winter,
; but the Church substituted Judas Is
Cnrloti» Fonlm-c of Enater,
A curiois feature in the services of
the Roman Catholic Church on Easter
Sur.dny is the paschal candle, a huge
i wax candle, richly painted and decora-
I ted with flowers. It has, moreover,
: five spikes inserted in it, which are
filled with spice. They represent the
wounds of Christ, and the candle itself
when lighted signifies Uis resurrec
tion. In the Greek and Armenian
churches the paschal candle is divided
into three branch*. \ to represent the
The Kumnn Eniter.
In Rome Easter Day is observed
with much pomp and ceremony. The
day is ushered in by the firing of can
non from the Castle of St. Angelo, and
in the evening the dome of St Peter's
Is Illuminated. After Aiuining mass
tho Pope appears on (be balcony in
front of the Cathedral and bestows his
benediction on the crowds aHnemol«d
Doc tin- Sinightlace (reprov'njlv)—l al
<va\ s t ought you were nne of my most de
cout jui isliie if rs, and ha.l no doubt but
that you would give up ill pleasure duriiip
Lent. Now I hear that you gave a euchre
party last week.
Miss l)e Style—Goo.lness me, Doctor
Do you call "giving"' a euchre party pleas
iiivl It is simply hard wcrk, worry and
j \-non of sn'rit.
"Just as
as Scott's and we sell it much
cheaper," is a statement sometimes
made by the druggist when Scott's
Emulsion is called lor. This shows
that the druggists themselvesregard
of Cod-Liver Oil with Hypophos
phites of Lime and Soda as the
standard, and the purchaser who
desires to procure the "stardard"
j because he knows it has been of
untold benefit, should not for one
instant think of taking the risk of
fusing some untried prepa
ration. The substitution
of something said to be
"just as goo<r' for a stand
ard preparation twenty
five years on the market,
should not be permitted by
the intelligent purchaser.
Be sure von pet SCOTT'S Emulsion. See
thin the man and fi.-h are on tl e wrapper.
;oc. ar.d si.oo, el druggists.:
SCOTT <Sc BOWNK, Chem su, New York.
to know!
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at this place
i am Now Prepared
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Please Give a Trial.
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Respectfully jtouys, W. E. MILL R.
* s %
Our Spring and
Summer stock.
Is now complete
ou are all invited to call and
xamine our stock of
Vlen and Boys Clothing
Lrdics' Upts CoiiiriUs &
Now Skirts, Now, Wrappers, Xew Shirtwaists, New fords,
Now, Now Shirts. and in wo arc r iwiloil in every
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ladies gloves. Wo oarry a hig variety of nor otsai bottom priei
A big lot of men's working pants at oO.r. Men's all wool pan
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kinds of underwear. We carry a hig assortment of evoiy article
we mention and we guarantee to give you tlie lowest prieci
All the winter goods will go at half price, ladies' er
capes, overcoats, underwear and top shirts. This is
chance as we are going to pack them away for suiniuc
and see for yourself as we are positive we ca
40 per cent on every purchase bought from us.
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