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About The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 17, 1915)
When Jane Fixes the
I LIKE to loaf In tho kitchen wlillo
Jano In tier wifely way
la puttln' tli o flnlah on knickknacks
for tho dinner on ChrlstmuB day.
Say, tolllblo early o' mornln'8, when
tho coffeepot's itlmmorln' low,
An' tho roosters Is crowln' for daybreak
llko nobody olsa didn't know
An' out through tho whlto curtained win
der tho stars Is bOKlnnln' to fade,
An' tho JMb thut was lild In darkness Is
fttf&t comln' out o' tho shndo.
Dlrco'ly a sllcnco settles, bo plain It Is
mighty nigh seen,
An' mo an' tho past stand together, with
scurcely a intnlt between,
Tor I fed unusually tender In n gtad,
half sad Bort o' way
Whllo Jano Is llxln' tho knickknacks for
tho dinner on Chrlstmus day.
'A person don't novor, I reckon, dlsrcmcm-
ber tho old folks at home,
No matter how feeblo ho grows an' no
matter Jest whoro ho may roam,
An' thoy show protty clear nt uuch mlnltz,
truo un' brnvo uh In days gone by,
Till I push my chair In tho shndders
n-hUlin' tho mist In my oye.
I ceo tho grnvo fuco of my father as ho
roads by tho candlestick there,
An I hear somo hymn of my mother ns
eho rockH In tho hickory chair:
Then tho firelight falls on tho cellin' with
tho rose o' tho old tlmo glow
Ah I dream only dreams o' tho futuro 'otld
o' dreams o' tho long ago.
llclgh ho! What a world o' changes from
tho lad to tho man now gray,
Wutchln' Jane uh eho Uxoh knlckkuackH
for tho dinner on Chrlstmus day!
Then my thoughts travels on nn' onward
from mints whoro tho old folks be,
An' I wonder If our own children Is think
In' o' Jano an' mo;
If they heard coiuu organ sendln' tho
song. "Bo Thoy Mlts Mo at Homo?"
Through tho holy Chrlstmus morula',
through tho holy Chrlstmus glo.im,
If they heard th'olr children shoutln' In
plenBuro beslrio their toys,
Would they think onco moro o' tho home
stead, whoro thoy lived when girls
Tho young has tho world before 'em, but
for us It lieu bohlnd
A dim, dear land o' memories, whero oven
I keep In mind
Wee, faded clothes In tho nttlc, broken
toys long laid away,
As I watch Jano llxln' knickknacks for
tho dinner on Chrlstmus day.
Will T. Halo.
ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS GIFTS.
Still Now Enough to Havo Novelty
Elomont Doar to Americana.
Electric Christmas gifts still possess
that clement of novelty dear to tho
American heart ami thus solve tho
problom of giving Christmas gifts that
aro "different." liuaglno how pleased
most men would ho to receive an elec
tric shaving cup or electric cigar light
er Instead of neckties, socks and hand
kerchiefs "as usual."
A teakettle for grandmother, n sam
ovar for mother's 5 o'clock tens, a
chafiug dish for tho college girl, a disk
stovo for tho bachelor, a tlatlron or
sowing machine motor for tho prac
tical housewife nil theso novel and
useful gffts will bo appreciated by the
It should not bo forgotten that theso
electric Christmas gifts aro all useful
gifts. Each of theso devices Is de
signed to do somo one thing bettor
than It can -bo done any other way,
whether It Is to percolate coffee, toast
broad or furnish tho power for run
ning a sewing machine.
Tho presence of an electric perco
lator on any tablo adds a touch of
something different and something
better. Tho electric tea samovar Is
rapidly becoming quite the thing for
the modern tea table.
The wassail bowl, which Is still used
hi somo old European families at
Christmas, succeeded tho skull of the
Norseman's foe as a drinking vessel.
In theso old wassail bowls, somo speci
mens of which aro of brown waro and
others of masslvo sllvor, wero placed
the ale, tho ginger, tho sugar, tho nut
meg and the roasted crab apples.
Where the old custom still prevails tho
alo Is served spiced and sweetened In
tho wassail howl, but tho apples aro
Still Bring In tho Boar's Head.
' Tho ancient Christmas ceremony of
bringing In tho boar's head Is regu
larly performed on Christmas after
noon In tho hall of Queen college, Ox
ford, England. The head Is borno In
on a silver dish, shoulder high, at tho
head. of a procession formed by tho col
lego choir augmented for tho occasion
singing "The Hoar's Head Song."
Not only In costly gifts or a
2xf rich rare food Ties Christmas EC
3.5 ,'oy or hlcssliiK. It lies no 'jnS
$2 one can tell another whoro It ?G
M lies. The llndlng must bo for Wt
jS$ one's self alone. I can only vfc
5.5 mi' to all little children, to all 'A?
tf grownup children, to all who ?'
are looking back as well as to jfrj
y.W those who are looking forwnrd,
to them I can sny with Tiny
30 Tim, "God bless you each this
M happy Christmas time," and M
r. If you would he very sure to
M get its meaning best make a jft?
2v real Christmas for somebody y
M who might not linve It but for j&J
AjlJ you. Kato Lnngiey Ilosher.
When as a child you read stories of
Christinas celebrations whero the
houses were decorated with holly and
mistletoe and the people had such Jolly
times putting them up, didn't you look
around your own house and wonder
how that would look If trimmed with
those same greens? And didn't you
long to smell their spicy fragrance and
to havo a hand In putting them up
whero you thought they would look
tho best? And didn't you long to feel
that peculiar Christians spirit that is
In the very air In cities and villages
for moro thnn n week before Chrlsmas
day Itself? And thou did you just
Bottle back and say to yourself: "Well,
It's no use.
"As long as I live on a farm Christ
mas must bo just the same as It ut
ways haH been nn exchange of gifts
and Afterward an unusually big din
ner?" I want to tell you that you are mis
taken that you can havo Just those
very same things, even to bringing In
the old time Yule log, if you nre so
fortunate as to have an open fireplace
In the farmhouse.
City people pay from 35 cents to .$1
for a small house Christmas tree, and
every one who can afford It buys a
tree every year for his children. How
often do fanners' children have trees?
And why not? Because the parents
say, "We haven't gifts enough to make
a pretty tree." Many people never
put a gift on simply inako It a tree of
beauty for the children. Strings of
popcorn, wishbones and canes glided,
gold stars anything bright and shiny
hung on a tree delights a child a bag
of popcorn with n few candles In It
tastes five times ns good If It has only
once hung on a tree. Even If tho gift
must he underwear, shoes and things
actually needed to wear, have them
come as surprises and In as "Chrlst
niasy" looking packages as possible.
It Is well to keep tho Christinas spirit
In the homo.
It seems u pity for us country people,
surrounded by theso beautiful things
deemed luxuries by our city friends,
to make no use whatever of them and
to lot our lives become so common
place. Christinas is not solely a day
for gift glying and receiving and cat
lag. It is a day for doing everything in
your power to add to tho Joy of the
children n day to remember the feeble
nnd lonely old people a day to think
of the strnngers nnd the poor. If you
haven't money to spend for gifts for
them you can give some of yourself
nnd of your own home Christmas
clicor. There aro homes that It Is nn
Inspiration to enter, becnuso of the
Christmas spirit they brentho forth. I
trust tho farm homes will not be lack
ing in Christmas beauty or Christmas
cheer that nil of them will truly
"keep Christmas." Itertha O. Mark
ham In Country Oentlemnn.
V wnen the ilawn creeps up rx
j from the darkly slumbering XX
ocean Christmas morn and
speeds brightly around tho
- world, circling It with a gold-
on glrrtlo of light, myriads of XX
V bells in many lands awake $N
and from steeple to steeple
' ring out tho glad tidings that ty
I "the Messiah is king."- XX
V Elolse Iloorlmek In Crafts- fK
A Happy Troo.
"Oh, look nt mo!"
Sang tho Christmas trco
A Jolly young ovorgreon
"I'm dressed up hero
For a show, that's clear,
And I'm anxious to bo seen.
To grow In a wood
Is very good
Of nlr you'vo a trlllo moro
Hut I declare
It cannot eompnro
To u block on tho parlor floor!
You may stand In tho cold
Till a century old,
Not a bloneom to epenk of conies,
Hut horo In an hour
I'm all In llower
With mittens and dolls and drums.
I know ho well
And daren't to tell
So union that I'm llko to burst;
There's a mystery hung
Or a secret bwuur
On eneh branch from last to first
How I'd love to shout
All my feellngB outl
Hut I daren't oven cough;
And Just tho half
Of a great big laugh
Would shuko all my candles off,
Eo I havo to hide
All the' fun Insldo
Till I'm full as I can be.
Whotovcr folks say,
I'm king of tho day!"
Sang tlio Jolly Christmas tree.
EVEUV year the little green bay
berry candles aro sent as luck
1 bringing gifts to an even
greater extent than during
the past few holiday seasons. . The ren
son for this Is that the people who re
ceived them tile past year or two and
who did not? thought that they really
did seem to bring them good fortune;
hence this Increasingly rapid growth of
tho candle's popularity as a substitute
for tho conventional Christmas card
or as constituting In itself an unpre
tentious little gift symbolizing every
Hut. while n great many people both
send and receive bayberry candles as
gifts, thero aro but few who know
whence they come or why the luck su
perstition is Inseparable from them.
Tho candles, or "dips," as they were
first called, aro tho product of a re
vived industry started a few years ago
in the old Massachusetts towns of Deer
field and Illugham and In tho kitchens
of tho Cape Cod people, all of them
using the old pewter or tin molds that
havo descended in tho families from
colonial (lines. Old southern villages
havo not ns yet realized tho opportuni
ty offered Its women In this revived in
dustry, although tho bayberry candles
wero mndo by tho early settlers In all
tho coast colonies where the berries
grew, never being found inland.
As to the origin of tho good luck
Idea, wo seek It In vain among colonial
chronicles as applied to tho candle
Itself. Yet from times far earlier tho
bay trco and tho laurel wero consider
ed sacred to good fortune, and It Is
IiimiTINa TUB BAYDEltltY CANDLE.
from this immemorial belief that wo
must traco the present day faith in the
virtues of tho bayberry caudle.
Tho bay is a species of laurol, nnd as
poets and victors wero crowned with
tho laurel or tho bay, wishing them long
llfo and happiness, so Is tho same wish
conveyed in tho bestowal of n candle
made of tho waxen berries borno by
tho sacred tree.
Hayberry dips aro also made as well
as tho molded candles. Theso dips are
smaller and less oven In shnpo and
show us how candles wero made by re
peatedly dipping tho wicks In tho melt
ed wax of tho bayborrles and drying
each layer till the dip was of proper
Blze. That was before molds wero in
troduced, early In the eighteenth cen
tury. To nccompany a bayberry candle one
should send In tho little box in which
It Is daintily wrapped a card on which
Is printed, In red and green lettering,
ON CHRISTMAS EVE.
A bayberry cnndlo burnt to tho socket
Urhigu luck to tho house,
Food to tho larder
And gold to tho pocket.
When theso cards aro not to bo found
tho luck rime may bo written on tho
back of one's visiting card and wrap
ped with n candle, but in that case It
must not bo forgotten that the In
closure of writing necessitates extra
Their color, u soft ollvo green, blends
beautifully with other Christmas
decorations, and they burn with a
steady tlame, emitting a delightfully
pungent fragrance, and they aro con
sumed evenly all around without mak
ing unsightly gutters or ridges of wax
down tho sides as ordlnnry candles do.
From New England comes the tradi
tion that If lovers separated by dis
tanco each lights a bayberry cnndlo In
honor of tho other at the samo hour
tho aroma or incenso arising from tho
burning wick will drift In tho direc
tion of tho absent one; hence tho
candles make n strong uppenl to young
peoplo of romnutlc temperament.
A candlo must bo presented to you,
not bought by yoursolf, in order to In
sure good luck, and you must not light
your own; that must bo dono for you
by somo other person, not necessarily
Christmas eve Is tho tlmo for burn
ing, either at dinner or later, and to
follow out the old idea of tho laurels
and tho bays to tho victor a candle
should surely be bestowed on tho rela
tlvo or friend who has recently
nchloved Borne success or won u dis
tinction. Philadelphia Tress.
f a iHH'pij
Have You a Piano
in Your Home?
A home is not complete without a Piano. It gives
the girls and boys pleasure, and keeps them at
home and fits them for a better life. Don't say you can
not afford to buy a Piano, but come in and talk with
us, and we will make it so easy you can not afford to
be without one.
We handle the best makes, Knabe, A. B. Chase,
McPhail, Price & Teeple, Smith & Barnes, Kimball,'
R. S. Howard, and several others.
Gaston Music Co.,
The Nurse Brown Memorial Hospital
1008 WEST 5th ST.
NORTH PLATTE, NEB.
Ethical. Moral. Efficient.
This hospital is open for tho reception and treat
ment ot Medical, Surgical, and Ohstetrical cases.
This institution is modern, sanitary and well situated
away from the noises and discomfort which are attendant on
the city's center.
MRS. MARGARET HALL, Supt.
J. S. TWINEM, Physician and Surgeon.
I A DAINTY fi55a Jm
christmas Sif m
I REMEMBRANCE IglF"
FOR LOVERS mnffflr
NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
Wo nre in
position to furnish
Call Phono 82 and stnte whether you want graduate or domestic nunc
and w will complete all the arrangements for you without charge.
607 LOCUST STREET
NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
Sanitary Newly Furnished Fireproof
uJiSWf Reception and Treatment of Surg-
L. L. WALKER, Mgr.
competent nursei for physicians, on
J. H. ItEDFIELD.
PHYSICIAN & SUKGEON
HYSIGIAN & SURQEOtf'k HOSPITAL
Drs. Rcdflold & UedHcld
Olllco Phone 642 Res. Phono G76
TEACHER OF PIANO
112 East Third Street.
Phone Ited lOi.
Geo. B. Dent,
Physician and Surgeon.
Special Attention given (o Surgery
Office: Building and , Loan Building
Phones t Office 130
i nones Residence 115
john s. sejois, ar. d.,
Physician nnd Surgeon
Office B. & L. Building, Second Floor.
Phono, Olllco, 83; Residence 38.
DR. j. S. TWINEM,
Physician and Surgeon.
Spoolal Attention Given to Gynecology
Obstetrics and Children's Diseases.
Offlco McDonald State Bank Building.
uorncr smn ana Dewey Streets.
Phones, Offlco 183, Residence 283
Phone 58 723 Locust Street
A modern institution for the
scientific treatmont of medical,
surgical and confinement cases.
Completely equipped X-Ray
and diagnostic laboratories.
Geo. B. Dent, M. D. Y. Lucas, M. D.
J.B. RedfieldJLD. J. S. Simms, M.D.
Miss Elise Sieman, Supt.
Office phone 241. Res. phone 217
L. C . D R O S T,
North Platte, - - Nebrasku.
McDonald Bank Building.
Hospital Phone Black 633.
House Phono Black 633.
IV. T. PIMTCHAED,
Eight years a Government Veterinar
ian. Hospital 218 south Locust St,
one-half block southwest of the
I Am Paying More for
than anyone else. Before vou
sell come and see me.
We are paying $10 Per ton
lor iiry Hones.
North Platte Junk House
Lock's Old Barn.
Cigars in the Home
For the next ft VA TtimtHio oninl'Ara
- - " ' V imiiiio DlllnVAi3
will spend their evenings Indoors, nnd
Yvhnt is moro convenient nnd moro
plcnsurcnblo than n box of cigars nt
"""'"i t-uouj uuccssjuie wnen you nnyo
nn Inclination to smoke. Try n box
of onr homo-nindo nnd hnnd-mndo el
pars, tho kind that nro ft Httlo better
than you buy elsewhere for tho samo
"N'o also carry n full lino of to
bncco nnd smokers' articles.
J. F. Schmalzried.
Bought and highest market
ue8iuenceiKed63G Olllce 459
I J I Wti fit I
7? m ? m$
C. H. WALTERS.
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