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Ht5 Christmas season brings to mind
tho many Christmas (lays gono by,
with their four great features tur
key, cranborry sauce, pluiu pudding
and mliico plo.
It wan n good old English cus
tom, not to bo rojectcd by tho
American colonists, although modi
fications were necessary to suit tbo
rollglon ind conditions of living
In tho colonies, tho Christ-spirit
being substituted for tho pagan
yuletldo, tho famous "hoar's head"
tvno nmlltml nml , I. . .
"""'""I ""U llio 'VIIIIUIIIIUS piO
nocaroo known as mlnco plo. Howovor, many old
observances wcro kept. Including tho mlBtletoo
and holly, nnd Christmas was n day for family
gatherings, with a feast prepared by tho women
ft tho house.
ihlVl lUl poss,bI tIint wo would not llko
Ihnlr flavorings today. They used n variety of
,W "Ca. nnd 80aHonnR8 in oven their plain
st dishes; but as everything was prepared In
ho homo, cither under tho supervision of tho
;vhoTc8omer W" ,,nnd8' th m,XtUros wuro
KSmS: th0 hol,dny K0I"K K
inn?101?'1"0' n SU,)p,y Wlfl carortilly packed
In hay nnd kopt for Christmas.
in7i',LChr,8lra,nB, C00k,cs' wlth rlandor seed
n them, wcro baked six months before and Kent
In an earthenwnro jar In tho cellnr.
Mince Meat Recipe.
Tho rich plum pudding and cakes wore made
Em U,Ul PUt ttWay 10 ",Cll0w d
The mincemeat was then made, tho recipe for
which was recently found In an old Philadelphia
tookbook. Wo copy all but tho spelling: "Four
pounds veal, four pounds snot, two pounds rais
ins, ono pound currants, six apples, some roso
wator and sack half a pound, no more of sugar,
threo-fourtha pound cloves, mace, nutmeg and
cinnamon, somo candled orango peel, lomon pool
citron and blanched almonds."
Thoy made a puff pasto for tholr pics differ
cnt from ours. Ono roclpo cnllcd for Hour, ono
pound butter, ten eggs and somo milk or wator
Somo housewives mado their winter supply rf
mlnco pics boforo Thanksgiving and rohented
tneni boforo using.
For tho lomon tarts, tho lomons had to bo first
noaked In salt wator for two days. Then overy
tlay for fourtoen dnys thoy worn mit inn frai.
cold water. When thoy wero mado. apples, or
unges and sugar wcro added.
A fow days boforo ChrUtmas tho mistress wont
to market, tho maid carrying tho basket. Sho
would get her turkoy, cranberries, colory, oystors
tind a llttlo pig for roasting wholo.
Tho day boforo Christmas tho real excitement
began. Tho Btufllng was mado, nnd such stuffing!
Broad crumbs, boof suot, liver, lemon peels, nut
meg, savory, peppor, salt, croam nnd eggs. Tho
llttlo pig, only four or flvo weeks old, was filled
to his utmost capacity with mashed potatoes or
Not tho least to bo consldored wore tho green
decorations. Ground plno for festoons and
wreaths, mlstlotoo to hung, nnd holly ovorywhero
wero tho necessities.
When Christmas morning camo tho oxcltcment
was at tho highest pitch. Tho housowlfo, her
daughters and hor maids wero up early. Tho
brick oven was heated nnd tho mlnco pies put In.
Tho turkoy was dredged with flour and put on
tho spit, with a small unwilling child to watch
and turn it as It browned.
Another child was set to cracking nuts and
Roastlno the Little Pig.
Tho llttlo pig was put boforo tho Hro to roast
In tho dripping pan, in which woro throe bottles
of red wlno for basting.
While tho things woro cooking a long tablo,
tho length of tho room, was spread with tho
white linen cloth, napkin, china and sllvor or
In tho middle of tho table was tho famod
CliristmaB bowl. Hero aro tho quaint directions
for making it:
4 "Break nlno spongo cukes nnd half n pound of
macaroons In a doep dish; pour over ono pint
raisin wlno, half pint shorry. Lcavo them to
Boak. Sweeten with two ouncos of powdered
sugar candy and pour over ono pint and a hair
of custard. Stick with two ounces sliced almonds.
Place on a Htand and oruamont with ChrlHtmns
Tho tankard with the Chrlslinas brow wns put
on tho table, und all tho sillabubs. Jellies, plcklos.
lemon tarts, rod applos, nuts, the cookies and tho
cherries fresh from tho hay.
The fireplaces woro now blazing, and tho red
lerrlos and green leaves of tho holly wero shin
ing In the light.
Tho mlstlotoo was waiting for tho unwary, und
the good smell of tho brown turkey, savory stuf
fing and applesauce was everywhere.
Don Their Oeit Frock.
i After the housewlfo and her daughters bad
teen to everything thoy hurried to put on tholr
1CBt flowered silks, with whlto whims around
tholr uccks and tho most secret beautllloru on
Then the dinner being nearly cooked, thoy took
the llttlo browned pig. raised him gently and put
two small loaves of broad under him, and added
more wlno; an anchovy, n bundlo of sweet herbs
nnd h hair n lemon was put Into tho sauce, which
-wan poured over him hot. They bad him Bitting
on his haunches looking lifelike Then thoy put
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a rod apple In his mouth, .which, alas! ho could
never cat, nnd garnished him with holly.
At Inst the company camo, tho mistress pre
serving a calm extorlor, hut with an Inward
anxiety lest somothlng ho burned or spilled at tho
( When all is ready the beaming host says,
Friends, will theo Join us in tho Christmas
roast? And with great dignity ho loads them,
with tho guest of honor on Ills arm. followod by
tho older pcoplo and tho children.
The Table Decorated.
Tho tablo Ib a picture to choor tho hungry.
Tho largo turkoy is at cno end nnd tho pig at
tho other ond of tho long tablo, with ovcrythlng
thoy nro to oat between, oxcoptlng tho plum
After tho sllont graco, which stills tho nolso
for a moment, tho carver takes his knifo, and
with a deliberation born or steady norveB carvos
under tho flro of twenty pairs of eyes.
Tho directions in "Gontlowoman's Houso
wltory" says: "Itaiso tho log fairly of tho tur
koy and opon tho Joint with tho point of tho
knifo, but do not take off tho leg.
"Then laco down both sides of tho brent bono
nnd opon tho breast pinion, but do not take it
ofT. Then xx lao tho Morry Thought botween tho
breast bono and tho top of it." and so on till
tho turkoy is bonod. While this is being dono
tho "Christmas howl" Is passed.
After thoy aro holpod to turkoy and pig thoy
pass tho vegetables and delicacies, and oven tho
mlnco plo is eaten when thoy have tho dcslro
Tha Correct Manners.
Tho proper conventions aro strictly adhered
to. Tho hook of otlquotto says: "A gontlowom
an must not lean hor elbows on tho tablo, nor by
a ravonous gesture discover a voracious appe
tito, nor talk with her mouth full, nor smack her
lips llko a pig."
Tho children woro kept In order. In all tlio
feast was decorous, but morry for all that.
At last, when thoy have eaten to tho cxtont of
tholr capacity, tho plum pudding, blazing and
with n ploco of holly stuck In tho top, is brought
in and oaten with brandy sauco. Then tho toasts
aro drunk with tho good homo-hrcwed wlno. and
tho feast Is ilino.
HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS
Christmas, originally Crlstes masso ("tho mass
or church festival of Christ"), Is tho English
namo for tho season in which tho birth of Christ
Is commomoratod. It Is apparont, however, that
a fcstlvnl wns colebrntod at this season long bo
fore it was held sacred ns tho birthday of Jesus
of Nnznrcth. Tho Satumnlla or tho Homans and
tho winter rcstivnl of tho heathen Urltons wcro
both celebrated about December 25; and later,
tho Roman festival In honor or tho sun god.
Mlthra (instituted 273 A, D.) From tho lattor tho
day bocamo to bo known nu tho "Illrthday or tho
Unconnuorod Sun;" and after Its adoption by the
Christian church In tho fourth century as tho
nnnlvoisury of Christ's birth, this immo was
given a symbolic Interpretation.
A study of the customs associated with thlH
period also roveals a heathen, If not Invariably
n solar, origin. 'Tho lighting or tho Yulo log (la
bncho do Nool) on Christmas ovo. onco a wide
uproad European custom, Is or wus a function of
such predominant Importance among tho Li
thuanians and Letts that their words for Christ
mas ovo lltcrully signify "Log evening." Tho
sports of tho "Ixmls of Mlsrulo" In England aro
thought to bo an Inhcritnnco from tho Saturnalia.
Tho decoration or churches with the onco sacred
mlstlctoo and holly Is a pagan survival.
LL gifts, carefully marked, should be
consigned tho day beforo to tho one
in charge, and she must purchaso n
quanlty of clothcsllno and clothespins.
I ho lino should ho stretched back
and forth across tho living room, and
each girt, wrapped In tlssuo paper
and tied with red ribbons, should bo
rastcned to tho lino by a clothespin,
decorated with wings of red and green
In tho bay window a tablo should
oo arranged on which Is placed a
"Jack Homer" plo, containing a
Christinas EOllVenlr fnr onrh mnmhnr
ot the family. Tho ribbons attached to tho pack
ages In the nio should hn pnrrlnd n n in n lirtllt
decorated hoon susnended
ribbon tagged with tho namo of tho ono ror whom
u is intended. When tho "family wash" has been
taken down each person seoklnir bin nr hor mvn
gift thoy gather around tho pie, and at a signal
pun out tnoir plums."
Hidden In Eon Shells.
When tho family is all present at breakfast
start to serve the meal of coffee broad and but
ter, ham and soft-cooked eggs without any men
lion or girts.
At each place havo an eggcup or saucer, on
Which VOU nut nn orrrr. Mm rnnfonfn tinvlncr Imnn
removed previously through a small hole In tho
end; partly nil with sand, and let each contain
n smau paper witn a suggestion in poetry of
where or how to find tholr cifts.
As each person thinks he- is cracking his egg
ne unds the puzzle Inside.
Much merriment and good cheer will be tho
Servo original content- of eggshells In omelet
witn tiio ham.
Hide ono person's glft3 in bookcase, paper In
egg to read:
ir you are cither wise or smart
You'll find mo In a hurry.
Among gifted pcoplo I now dwell;
So hunt, don't sit and worry.
Frost King and Snowballs.
As this is tho tlmo ror tho clover woman ol
the ramfly to devise somo unlnun wnv nf hu
trlbutlng ChriBtmas girts, sho may decorate the
nving room witn evergreens, holly and mlstlo
too, nnd then placo In ono corner a tablo covered
with a whlto cloth, hidden from view by a screen
or generous size. On this tablo is Dlaccd snow
balls. Those snowballs, mado of whlto cotton
batting and tied with white robbon, contain each
designated present, and aro heaped in a nyra
mid, thus obtaining a mass of Bnowballs of
varied size. Tho pllo Is scattered freely with
diamond dust, in order to civo It an attraetlvo
sparklo. If thero Is a small boy In tho houso ho
may oo urossed as a Frost King, In a costumo of
whlto wadding, sprinkled with diamond dust;
leaves and holly berries can bo sowed hero and
more upon tlio robo. At a given signal tho screen
Is removed, dlscloslnc tho tinv Front Kin wm
with a fow words of Christmas greeting, gathers
uio snowoaus into a protty basket, and as each
ball bears a small tag ho finds no difficulty In
HiHiriouung tno girts to those assembled.
A Holly Pie.
A novel way of distributing Christmas gifts
on Christmas morning Is to mako a big plo in
tho centor of tho tablo of holly branches, and ar
rango It so tho gifts can bo easily drawn from
under it. Each gift must bo tied with u narrow
red ribbon and ono end lead to each placo at
uiu moio. mis is great run. and or courso every
ono Is anxious to see who enta h mm -n.
bona, tho lucky ono being declnred tho most popu-
iur. mo pio is not -opened" until end or break
A ChrlatmaB Trail.
Ono raoinbor of tho family should tako charge
of tho gifts, and when tho rnnut u -ion- i,..i.i
lay tho "trail" with them In all of tho available
uownainira rooms, start from a tiny Christmas
treo on tho living room tablo by fastening to It
a enrd for each porson, marked, for example
thus: "Card No. 1, fathor. Loo': for card No 2
In umbrella stand In hall." In tho stand ho will
find a package tagged In this manner; "Card No,
2. rather. Look for card No. 3 In your hat In hall
closet." The third card will bo found on a gift
in tho spot designated, -1th further Instructions
which nro followed on to Uio next, until all hit)
presents como to light. Everyouo pursues hjs or
her trail at onco, and a morry scene of concision
Is tho result. Thoso cards may bo preparod bo
forehand, and no difficulty will bo experienced If
In placing tho gifts, each trail Is finished before
starting to lay nnother Tho last cards Bhould
direct tho ramily to their places at tlw dining
room table, whoro they will Und nmuslng souve
nirs of the occasion.
A rather novel and entirely inexpensive wav
ot distributing Christmas gifts is to employ tho
"cobweb" method. Suspond a ropo dlagonallr
across tho room, over which tho strings ma
croBS, each string to bo labeled at Its source with
tho namo of tho member of tho ramily or thb
friend for whom It Is intonded. A sheet can bo
hung across ono end or tho roam, hiding tho girt
from vlow until tlmo for winding tho strings. Lot
oil begin tho quest at onco, It being necessary to
llnd tho beginnings of tho strings whero tho
names aro attached. This will afford consldo
able nmusoment, ns tho strings should be run
through keyholes, undor beds, ovor transom
and oven out or doors, if posslblo.
Aflido from tho element of mystot;- contVned
in this method, thero Is tho added value which
attaches to thoso things which havo boen really
earned through ono's own efforts.
Throughout tho poorer sections of
tho tenement districts of tho East
sldo in Now York city Mrs. Clarice
Margoles-Dariglit is known as tho
"Lady Angel." For a dpcado sho has
given legal ndvlco gratuitously to tho
poor residents of that part of tho
metropolis when thoy havo been In
volved in trouble with landlords or po
lice, and in tho samo timo sho has
mnrried, brought up a fnmlly and dono
a great deal of social work.
A little moro thnn ten years ago,
as Miss Clarlco Margoles, sho tucked
hor legal degrco under hor arm and
marched forth from tho graduation
exercises of Now York University
Law school, ready to undertako tho
batllo in tho Now York courts, which
up to then fow women had essayed.
Only a brief tlmo later sho went to
tho court of speclnl sessions ns tho
guest of ono of tho Justices nnd
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left sho reinnrked thnt so innny of tho prisoners wcro Juveniles, or at
icnst first offenders, that tho pnmMrHnr, - t.
inoro helpful tL-an tho stern methods by which men approached tho admin-
This idea stuck in her mind thrnnHi mnra of i i.. i .i.
. . o" .r " L Hum ill uiu OIULUO U1IU UIU
:OUrtS. and an n rnncmmnnnn 1 n..
ouijhidcu uiu politicians a iow montns ago
oy making a determined nfmrt in in,iimQ tii.i
Judge of tho court of special sessions. As a lawyer, a mother and a student
or psychology, she felt sho wn ttttmt tn- t, ninnn u
... i . i""- mm min nuu uio Bunpori
of many lawyers, Jurists, social service workers and thoso who call her their
MAN OF FRANCE
Charles Humbert, nonntnr nf
French Lorraine, reenntiv nnmii
Lo Journal, one of the mriRt vlflnlv
read and influential of tho Paris morn
ing papers, with a view to mnWm. w
tho organ par excellence of tho "arms
and ammunition" movement, with
which his name fdcsnlto thp. fimt ho
does not hold a cabinet noslHnn, a
quite as closely identified in Franco
ns IS tliat Of David Llovd-fJenren m
England. But tho Humbert
differs from tho Lloyd-George cam
paign in this, that It was begun nearly
a decade boforo tho war. Fnr mnm
than eight years Charles Humbert un
tiringly Urged Ills COUntrv to hn nHnn.
tivo to the progress in military prepa
ration of her adversary and to create
and develop tho material necessary
for her army; and, from 1911 on, he
boro down especially
tho heavy artillery, whoso absenco
was 10 prove so ser ous n hnmitnnn
in tho first months of tho conflirt whiin .
Charles Humbert in an nY.RnhUnt- h .. . . b
mado man. America a seir-
He was born at Lnlsnn. in Mm .inr...trnt r ,
politics In 1906. iBnea ana became a Journalist. Ho entered
INDIANAMAN GETS PLUM '
To obtain a much-sought-after po
Bition without seoking it to bo ap
pointed solely on merit is tho dis
tinction achieved by Lconidas L.
Bracken of Munclo, Ind. Ho has been
mado secretary of tho federal trade
commission. Mr. Bracken was not one
of the hundred or so candidates who
started after tho position soon after
tho now body waB formed, but It wa3
said at tho commission's offices that
ho was selected purely for his legal
and business qualifications and gen
oral fitness for tho position. It was
tho caso of the position Beoking the
man and not tho man tho position.
Tho position pays $5,000 a year.
Mr. Bracken was born thlrty-slx
years ago at Brookvlllo, Ind. H,o has
been practicing law in Munclo with a
law firm for about twelve years and
is closely allied with business orgwil
zatlons there. Ho was a graduato of
thn w ni,M , u t.-. m """.V u"y oi inoiana and
i 7 . iiiiiiuia vesieyan university, completing his law courso
in tho latter university in 1903.
DIGGER OF SUBWAYS
Robert Rlgway is tho head sub
way builder of tho city of Now York.
Partly becauso of tlrat tho Now York
university gavn him a degrco of mas
tor of sclenco in civil engineering at
Its last commencement.
Ofllclnlly ho is chief engineer in
chnrgo of rapid transit construction
and deputy chlof engineer under Al
fred Craven. Mr. Cravon and anothor
deputy concern thomsolvos mostly
with planning tho subway systoms.
It is Mr. Rldgway's buslnesB to boo
that tho plans are carried out. Ho is
something like tho supervision archi
tect whom one oraploys to boo that
his houso is built honestly. Ho is
tho Colonel Goethnls of tho Now York
A surprising thing about Mr. Rldg
way is that ho hna novor had either
college or technical education. Ho
was born in Brooklyn on Octobor 19,
1802, and lived thero and on a farm
n New Jersey. When ho was ninetoon ho wont out in a surveying ganr In
tho West. Ho helped mako preliminary surveys for tho Northorn Pacific m
Montana; and for tho location of tho railroad between Superior and Ashland
In Wisconsin. Whilo ho was out there, the aqueduct commission ot Ne-v
ork city waa created by tho legislature to construct tho new aqueduct and
additional reser voirs for tho Croton wator system. Young Rldgway's r r ends
got him a place on this work, and ho went back from tho West. His advance
ment was steady, and from March l. 1906. ho was department engineer in
h ? construction of the aqueduct in tho Catskills. including
tho extraordinary alphon under tho Hudson river at Storm KIlS mountaia
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