The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, December 17, 1915, Image 11
I When Jane Fixes the Knickknacks 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 an' boys. 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 recipients. 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. "Wassail! Drlnkaoll" 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 omitted. 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. Christmas In The Farmhouse 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 ! mnn- 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. Youth's Companion. D02SEY 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 good wish. 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, the legend: 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 postage. 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 tho donor. 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., 5llDewey St. The Nurse Brown Memorial Hospital 1008 WEST 5th ST. NORTH PLATTE, NEB. PHONE 110. 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 LIERK-SANDALL CO. NURSES REGISTRY CITY HOSPITAL NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA. PHONE 82 GRADUATE NURSES Wo nre in short notice 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. CITY HOSPITAL 607 LOCUST STREET NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA. PHONE 82 Sanitary Newly Furnished Fireproof uJiSWf Reception and Treatment of Surg- I llf L. L. WALKER, Mgr. DOMESTIC NURSES competent nursei for physicians, on J. H. ItEDFIELD. PHYSICIAN & SUKGEON Succcasor to HYSIGIAN & SURQEOtf'k HOSPITAL Drs. Rcdflold & UedHcld Olllco Phone 642 Res. Phono G76 BERYL HAHN, TEACHER OF PIANO 112 East Third Street. Phone Ited lOi. Geo. B. Dent, Physician and Surgeon. Special Attention given (o Surgery and Obstetrics. 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 NORTH PLATTE ..General Hospital.. (Incorporated) 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, Osteopathic Physician. North Platte, - - Nebrasku. McDonald Bank Building. Hospital Phone Black 633. House Phono Black 633. IV. T. PIMTCHAED, Graduate Veterinarian Eight years a Government Veterinar ian. Hospital 218 south Locust St, one-half block southwest of the Court Housb. I Am Paying More for HIDES than anyone else. Before vou sell come and see me. We are paying $10 Per ton lor iiry Hones. North Platte Junk House Lock's Old Barn. Cigars in the Home For the next ft VA TtimtHio oninl'Ara - - " ' V imiiiio DlllnVAi3 will spend their evenings Indoors, nnd Yvhnt is moro convenient nnd moro plcnsurcnblo than n box of cigars nt """'"i t-uouj uuccssjuie wnen you nnyo nn Inclination to smoke. Try n box of onr homo-nindo nnd hnnd-mndo el pars, tho kind that nro ft Httlo better than you buy elsewhere for tho samo price "N'o also carry n full lino of to bncco nnd smokers' articles. J. F. Schmalzried. H0M1M Bought and highest market pricei paid PHONES ue8iuenceiKed63G Olllce 459 I J I Wti fit I 7? m ? m$ 1 Hi C. H. WALTERS.