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If Grandpapa Were Santa Claus!
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If Grandpapa were Santa Claus, how happy wo would bo !
When toyshop toil was finished ho would take us on each kneo.
He'd toll us all his secrets and ho'd name tho pretty toys
Ho'd made and kept in hiding for tho other girls and boys.
"Wo have a real, live Grandpapa 1 He visits us each year,
And ho is quite a bosom friend of Santa Claus, I hear.
Although he owns no reindeer, and of playthings no great store
If Grandpapa were Santa Claus, we could not love him moro !
EMOTIONAL VALUE OF DAY
Christmas Spirit Almost Universally
Felt, But What It Is Remains a
Mystery to Many.
Tho cmotionnl vnluo of Christmas
may bo Bald to bo universally folt.
Something hnppono at Christinas Unit,
If only for a dny or two, does tho
whole world good. What Hint Homo
thing la romnlns for ninny a mystery.
A number of persons who fool tho
renewing Impulfio aro llko Faust when
tho notes of tho Easter song arrant
hla Biilcldnl Intent; they tnko mid on
jfoy tho moment's deliverance nnd con
tlnuo to regard tho source of tho boon
dh nothing mora tlmu mythology made
Iiotont through liuninn nssoplntions.
OthorH aro moved through supcrstl
tloiiB fenrB; thoy approach tho great
Honnon with confidences crowded with'
uncomfortablo memories; Murloy'B
IiohI 1b nfter thoui, but, unllUo
Scrooge, Ihelr now henrt 1b only for
CliristmnH week. Another group alin
jily fall In with an ancient custom
and aro surprised, and Indeed pleased,
when tho dry bones or tholr unbeliev
ing minds como together, take on
flesh, nnd begin to live. A vust mul
titude) meet the great day with buoy
nnt oxpectntlon, tako with thanks ItH
now huppliu'BB, roturn to tholr work
In UiIb oxalted mood, and nak no quea
tion3 about causo and effect. A fow
phllosophizo on tho phenomenon, and
thoy nro willing to Htnko tholr lives
on tho substantial truth of tholr In
flight. Goorgo A. Gordon, In Atlantic
Bon't ant Bo
in Holiday Fire Caution
Do not decorate your Christmas
trco with paper, cotton or flimsy
Do not use cotton to represent snow.
Do not permit children to light
Do not leave matches within reach
of tho children.
Do not place Christmas tree near
window curtains or gas fixtures.
Use metallic tinsel and non-inflammable
Use asbestos fiber to represent snow.
Set the tree upon a substantial stand.
A house of merriment Is better than
a house of mourning.
Have an extinguisher or a few
buckets full of water near the
tree, ready for use in an emer
gency. When and Why.
"Do you go to Sunday school now,
Georgia?" Inquired Georglo'a uncle.
"Yep; ChtlRtmaa Is comln'!"
"Don't you go oxcopt Just boforo
"Yon; I go JuBt beforo tho summer
picnic, too." ,
THE 8EMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE.
Gathering of Plant Sacred Rite
in Druidical Religious
Aloo Considered a Potent Remedy for
Ills, a Belief Which Still Exists in
Some of the Remote Places
E decorato our liomcs with
sprays of mistletoe at Christ
mas time, but few of us
know tho history of it as a
Yuletldo symbol. Pretty
girls aro kissed under it and
a great deal of fun nnd nonsenso is
carried on apropos of It, but no ono
stops to think of how ancient a dec
oration It Is or how sacred It was
onco thought to be.
Almost everybody has a vague
knowledge that tho Druids of old had
something to do with tho gathering of
mistletoe, but just what that some
thing was is not clear to tho averago
The fact Is that tho ancient Celts in
their druidical religion had two great
festivals, ono In Juno nnd tho other In
December, tho latter being equivalent
to our Chrlstmns. In both of theso
great festivals tho gathering of the
mistletoe was a sacred rite.
Pliny in his "Naturnl History" de
scribes tho corcmony. Speaking of the
Druids' worship of tho oak, ho says.
"They bollovo that whatever grows on
these trees Is sent from heaven and Is
a sign that tho trco has been chosen
by tho god himself. Tho mlstletoo Is
very raroly to bo met with, but when
It Is found they gather It with solemn
ceremony. This thoy do especially on
tho sixth day of tho moon, because by
tho sixth day tho moon has plenty of
vigor and has not run half Its course.
"After tho preparations liavo been
made for a sacrifice and n feast under
tho trco they hall it as tho universal
healer and bring to tho spot two white
bulls whoso horns havo never been
bound before. A priest clad In a whlto
robo climbs tho tree and with a golden
sickle cuts tho mlstletoo. which Is
caught In a whlto cloth. Then they
sacrlflco tho victims, praying that God
may mako his own gift to prospor
with thoso upon whom ho ha3 be
"They bellcvo that a potion pro
pared from mlstletoo will Increase
their llockB nnd that tho plant Is a
remedy against all poison."
It was believed to bo a remedy for
innny ills, nnd this bcllof is still to bo
found In many remoto places In Eu
rope. In Holsteln, for example tho
mlstletoo Is regarded as a healing
remedy for wounds., nnd In Lncaune,
Franco, it Is always admlnlstorcd by
tho natlvo pcoplo as an nntldoto for
In tho northeast of Scotland people
used to cut withes of mlatletoo at tho
Mnrch full moon; theso they bent In
circles and kopt for a year to euro hec
tic fevers nnd other troubles In boiiio
pnrtB of Germany tho mlstletoo Is es
pecially esteemed nB a remedy for tho
ailments of children, who sometimes
wear It hung around tho neck na an
In Sweden on Midsummer evo mls
tletoo is diligently Bought after, tho
people bollovlng It to bo possessed of
many mystic qualities, nnd that If a
sprig of it is attached to tho colling
of tho dw oiling house, tho horsu'a stall
or tho cow'b crib, tho trollB will thou
bo powerless to Injuro either man or
benst Branches of tho plant are com
monl seen In furm houses hanging
from tho celling to piotect tho dwell
ings from all harm, but especially from
lire, and persons nfllicted with tho fall
ing Blckness think they can ward off
nil attacks of tho innlmly by carrying
about with thorn a knife which haa a
handle of mistletoe.
I.lko their Swedlah neighbors, many
German peasants consider tho mlstle
too a powerful charm against ovll spir
its. A fllmllar bellof seems to have
llngoied among tho ltomans, whoso re
llglon nt a very early dato was some
what similar to that of tho Druids.
When Aeneas descended Into Hadosho
gathered to protoct hlmsolf from tho
Infernal powors a branch of mUtlotoo,
which Vorgll calls tho golden bough.
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NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
"15 'E GOMIN'
HIT'S do Ins' thing I henh when I .tun
out dp Unlit.
o comln' ternlght
I'n do good I.nwd knows,
dough I bcz
D(v's a-astlri' me still whut dey
Kn I projlek en plan, on I skimp en
1?.. T hurries apas' all do winders I see-!,
'Case dp clillluns espec's dat he'll bring
'cm a lot
Hn dey think he's de same dat do White
"Is 'o romln' ternlght, mnmmy? Comln'
Laud, I wlsht In tnah soul dat 'e would
en ho might!
I wlsht In niah soul dat 'e'd como down
Lak I useter believe dat 'o slioly would
When do clillluns ondrcsa en doy Jump In
En I tuck up do quilt 'roun' each po' U'l
Den I set down en wish, en I wish lak I
Dat 'o And out do place- 'fo' hit com
Why, do clillluns believes' Dey Is sho'
dat hit so,
V.n dey coitntln' on him lak a man dat
Kn dey talk er do things dnt ho sutten
'Twell doy set up In bald en dess holler
Hn I tell 'cm w'y sho' good ole Snnty '11
Wld n doll en a sled en a ralhoad en
Hn dey drir on tor sleep wld a smile on
i:n dey nln' not n cent I kin sp.ilh In de
lilt's de las' thing I hcah when I tun out
do light: '
"Is 'o comln' ternlght, mammy? Comln'
rin I Inughs uld dem nil w'en dey plnli
whut dey do
Wld do things dnt he'll bring en I say
hit's nil truo!
Hn do whlto chlllun up ihnh I'a wukln',
Dat olo Snnty lio'll come, en won't miss
"Is 'o comln' ternlght?" Lnwd, I wlsht
hit 'ud be
Dat bo's com hvuh en tx up ills 'poblem
Except ye become as a
little child ye shall in no
zvlse enter into the joy
of Christmas time.
The Christmas Robin.
In many parts of England the robin
is associated with Chrlatmas-tldo.
There la a bellof that on Christmas
evo thoso birds will sing nonr a houso
whoro u person is dying, to cheer hlra.
Helpful Christmas Present Sug
gestions for Those Who .
Unabridged Dictionary Will Be Appre
ciated by Children of Kindergarten
Age Other Suitable Gifts for
Young and Old.
NUMBER of correspondents
who have requested sugges
tions of books Bultablo for
Christmas gifts will find an
swers to their queries in
Among the many attractive gift
books for ery little boys might be
mentioned Professor Rausmlssen's
"Annlogy Between tho Monogamous
Protoplasm and tho Silurian Mole
cule." We can think of no book that
would bo a greater source of delight
to tho child that is not yet out of
short dresses. It tells in easy words
of eight and ten syllables of tho
sports and pastimes of tho protoplas
mic family and draws beautiful moral
lessons from the corpuscles of tho
carboniferous era. It Is handsomely
Illustrated with representations of tho
agile animalcule and will be sure to
delight the heart of tho little boy or
girl who finds it in his or her stock
ing, as tho caao may be.
Another dainty Idea for a child of
three or four years is the Unabridged
Dictionary. Tho simplicity of stylo
observed In this Interesting narrativo
recommends It at onco for children
who havo reached the kindergarten
age. Tho plot is not so complex and
the characters are sufllciently varied
to hold tho unflagging Interest of the
Httlo ones. Wo havo in mind a gen
tleman who gave his little son a dic
tionary last Christmas, and ho as
sures us that the lad simply devoured
A pretty present for a child Ib tho
clinical report of tho county hospital.
This comes nicely printed on clean
white paper, with bizarre illustrations
showing tho rise nnd fall of the tem
perature, amount of protolds eaten,
official count of tho germs, statistics
as to microbes and ninny other amus
ing and entertaining ideas. A rare
source of pleasuro with this book is
to havo tho littlo follows pronounco
tho long words first tho wny thoy are
spoiled nnd then read them backward
and see what difference, If any, there
is in tho sound. Some boys would
rather do this than go skating.
In the lino of puro romance there
is nothing moro entertaining from
Prof. T. L. Escopcx'a "How the Spec
trum Caught On in Saturn." This
highly origlnul historical tale tellB
how the spectrum revealed tho secret
of Saturn's rings, showing that tho
planet was warm and dry and that the
two rings were for Ice water. it
comes in four large volumes, with 22
pagos of logarithmic calculations that
aro sure to delight young nnd old
As a gift book for a member of a
tomperaturo family there Is nothing
pleasanter than "Tho Complete Bar
keeper." This tells exactly what goes
Into tho stuff that men put in their
mouths to steal away tholr brains,
nnd will bo of vnluablo assist nee to
nny person who wishes to npply sat
Isfactory tests and detormlno whether
or not ho has been equipped with
brains and would Inspire larceny.
"Ono Thousnnd Ways to Cure a
Cold," by Burton Bales, Is n beautlful-
ly written book, giving all the reme
dies for cold that were suggested to
Its author in ono day. There nre 89
variations of the quinine and whisky
treatment, and tho other 911 reme
dies consist of tho snmo prescription
without tho oltter quinine. This is
a good book to havo In any house.
"Tho Sorvant Question and Its An
swer" will doccivo many people, but
It might do for a gift to a young mar
ried couple. Tho answer Is quaintly
WILBUR D. NESBIT.
"They nro to bo married on Christ
"Would you call that 'Yule-tled?'"
VALUE OF A CHILD'S GIFTS
Those Made With Their Own Hands
Teach Good Lessons and
If we stop to think about our
Christmas giving wo realize that a
gift means more to the giver than It
does to him who receives. If it is
given in tho proper spirit the donor
finds out to tho full that it is really
"moro blessed to give than to re
ceive," a fact that Is lost sight of In
an age of tho commercial spirit.
With children there is a great edu
cative value in their present giving
If it Is encouraged to be really their
own giving. If tho mother, however,
simply prepares some little remem
brance, and says "Mary, this is your
Chrlstmns present to Aunt Ellen," tho
gift has no meaning in tho thoughts
of tho young giver. And not only
has it no meaning, but it becomes
actually harmful for tho reason it pre
sents the idea to the child that tho
gift without tho giver is really a gift.
And the child has put no thought or
self sacrifice into the giving of that
On the other hand, if tho child bo
given pocket money which It may con
sider its very own, or, better still, if
It Is enabled to earn pocket money and
Is then encouraged to set aside a por
tion of its very own money for pres
ent making the idea of true giving Is
acquired. The sacrifice, tho fore
thought, the love necessary to mako a
gift a real gift are there.
Tho home-made gifts of children
have many valuable lessons to teach
the young givers. Many lessons in
sowing, raffia, bead-woik or painting
may be given under tho guise of mak
ing a gift. In one -family, where tho
elder sister had never made gifts,
and really nevor learned to sow well
until she was eighteen years of age,
tho younger sister, a girl of ten, in
spired by tho example of a small
friend, wished to mako birthday gifts
for her family. Onco she asked her
r mother to teach her how to crochet;
another time to scallop, and beforo
sho was twelve years old sho had be
come is proficient a little seamstress
as one would want to sco.
Thus practical lessons are learned,
whilo tho child Is inspired with tho
Idea that "Not what wo give, but
what we share; the gift without the
giver Is bare."
"Can you suggest something for mo
to get for my wife for Christmas?"
ho asked of the shopkeeper.
"You'd better get her a box of
cigars, 1 expect," said tho shopkeeper.
"She was In here this morning and
bought a lace parasol for ou."
MORE SLIPPERS COMING.
"Tho time Is at hand," Hnld the proacher.
With wrath showing plain on each teach
er, "When slippers will be
Showered down upon me
By every feminine cronohor,"
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