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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 25, 1913)
RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA, CHIEF
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mony moan more than In tho land
of tlio little peoplo whoso faces
hnvo becomo fumlllar to uu on pa
pur funs. Indued, from a national
point of view, this Benson la the
grcatoat occasion of the year.
Elaborato preparations aro mndo
long In advanco. Houbcs nro
cleaned insldo and out. Doorways
aro decorated with rlco ropes and
fori loaves and evergreen. Every
houBOwlfo buys a not or two of
"prosperous ngo plant," a miniature plno troo,
somo bamboo, and nomo plum twigs, to win for
hor homo by ornaments llko theso tho favor of tho
Jealous doltlca that guard tho future
Tho city Btroeta resound with tho mallet blows
or tho dough pounders making "mochl," tho Jap
anese equivalent of plum pudding. All debts aro
paid. Now clothes nro bought Thcro aro toys
for tho children, and plcturo cards that bring good
fortune nnd aro good to dream on when tied se
curely to tho wooden pillow,
t O, happy Now Yearl Day will hardly dawn be
foro each town nnd vlllngo will bo stirring. Thero
la so much to do In celebration. First thoro will
como tho ceremonial breakfast, whon tho health
of nil tho family must bo drunk In that rlco wlno
called "ront." Then vIsltH must bo paid to nil
acquaintance Father will wear no moro tho tra
ditional costume, fantastic and peculiar. For him
tho frock coat now. of European manufacture. Hut
mother, In hor quaint kimono nnd elaborato hoad
dress, will look Just as she has looked on Now
Yoar'fl day slnco tlmo Immomorlnl.
Tho children will bo decked out In gorgeous
colont ; thoy will throng tho streets, cfatterlng
long on tholr wooden clogs In pigeon toed but
Joyful haBte, and shouting "Datval!" to friends
and foreigners. In tho streets clowns will per
form straugo antics, exclaiming loudly mean
while: "Hall, hall, ye gods of heaven and earth! Slg.
niflcant onions aro In tho air, and the unlverso Is
full ot lucky signs."
To accompaniment of fluto and drum, two
legged lions will give the "lions danco" In
masque, fltrange masquerades will dart hither
and tblther through streots and toruplo gardens.
It will be a hnppy tlmo for Japanese children,
for throe glad days every llttlo girl will expect
to play her favorite gamo of ehuttlecock nnd bat
Uedoro. Tho boys will fly tholr brand new kites.
Tho children will play games with brightly col
ored balls, chanting countless rhymes. Grown
peoplo will play Now Year's card gamcB. Tho
flremon will glvo acrobatic exhibitions on their
ladders. Bvory nook nnd corner of Japan will bo
In gala dress and gala mood.
Northern France Is not far behind Jnpan in op
proclatlon of tho significance of tho Now Year.
Thoro Chrlstmus, bo Important on our cnlondar, la
acarcoly colobratod, excopt by nttendanco nt mid
night mass and by a festal supper. Dut tho hm
night ot the yoar, tho "Vigil ot St. Sllvcstro," culls
for observance and tho first day of thu now year,
"le Jour do l'an," or "lo Jour d'etrono," Is dedicated
to tho renewal of friendship and to gonoral gift
So universal, in fact, has tho custom becomo of
giving proBonts and pretty llttlo Bouvenlrs that the
expression "bonne otrouo" means good fortuno
and "mal otronno" misfortune Candy nnd flow
era aro acceptable gifts in France, but thoro Is
only ono real rule in tho mattor a Now Year's
gift must not bo useful,
In most Scotch households, as in Franco, Now
Yoar'fl day takes tho placo of Christmas, on ovi
donco of ancient sympathy whon both countries
regarded England as a mutual enomy. On tho last
night of tho year, In rural district, groups of men
and boys go dlsgulshed from house to house sing
ing curious eongs, suchvaa this:
Rise up, good wife, and shak' yor feathers.
Dinna think that wo aro boggars;
Wo nro bairnlcs como to play.
Rlso up und glvo us hogmanay.
When thoy have recolved tho cakes and coins
thoy expect they go on to tho noxt plnco, first,
however, having chalked tho houso, In tokon of
good luck. Next morning all tho children get up
early and vJuw with wldo and Interested oyos tho
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ing In tho village.
Scotland Is, us well, tho land of cakes, and at
this season tho bnkers' shops aro filled with
toothsomo dainties, sugar covered and mottoed
Germany observes various customs. Calls are
mado on January 1, and gifts are exchangod;
delicious llttlo cakes aro eaten In honor of tho
feBtal day. Different neighborhoods have char
acteristic rites nnd superstitions.
Thus, in tho Dlack Forest a workman likes to
work a llttlo bit nt his trado the first day of tho
year, to coax luck In business; most picturesque
is tho vender of clocks, who sets out to sell ono at
least of his wares. Munich drinks deep to tho
health of tho season In good Ravnrlan brow.
Jena, whoso peoplo recognlzo descent from those
ancient Germans who believed In a god that
brought light und warmth each year into tho
world to overcomo tho cold and dark of winter,
builds in its public square nt New Year's tlmo u
groat bonfire, which typifies this over now gift
of tho genial old deity that loved warmth and
Thither at midnight the pebplo carry tho things
thoy wish to cnBt out of tlu-ir lives with tho old
Flro as a New Year's symbol Is favored In
Wales, as well. Thero llres nro buined on Now
Year's day to purify tho houso for tho entrance of
a now and glndsomo era; nnd tho ashoH aro kopt
sacredly from year to year, esteemed for special
Tho ringing of bells to announco tlio death of
tho old year and tho birth ot tho now ono Ih
common In England and Scotland nnd In somo
parts of tho United States. In many English
churches Impressive midnight services nro held.
In tho dales of Westmoreland It Is usual to
open tho wost door to lot tho old year out and to
opon tho east door to let tho now year In.
In England It 1b still an onjoyablo prnctlco to
offer a mlnco pio to every cnllor during the last
week of tho old yenr, for every plo eaten undor a
different roof roprcsontB a happy month during
tho yenr to come Often na January 1 draws noar
one hears tho expression:
"Thanks, I havo eaten my twelve, so ploaso ex
What probably 1b tho strangest Now Year's rite
is held In tHo Covonncs mountains, In southern
Franco. At tho last evening mass of tho old
year tho herds nnd flocks of tho peasantry aro
gathered boforo tho portico of tho little stono
church high up on tho mountain Bide and aro
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blessed by the priest nnd sprinkled with holy wa
ter by tho acolyto who follows him, In order that
that this, tho solo wealth of tho countrysldo, may
Increaso and prosper during tho year to come.
Tho sight of the holy hour Is wonderful. As tho
church bell tolls nbovo thorn tho frightened anl
mala bleat nnd bellow nnd try madly to cscapo.
First tho oxen aro bleased, then tho cows, next
tho sheep and lambs, and finally tho goats and
Throughout Europo many delightful customs
prevail. In Scandinavia a feast Is always pre
pared for the llttlo birds, which might otherwise
go hungry, on account of tho deep snows.
In Holland, as In Scotland, tho wind Is noted
with caie. because tho luck of tho year will be
determined by tho direction whence it blows. Tho
south wind brlnga heat and fertility, tho west
wind milk nnd fish, tho north wind cold und
storm, and cast wind a fruitful season.
In Italy tho Now Year Is a day of greeting and
good will nnd special feasting. Sicilian peasants
take advantago of tho feto to drive to town In
their gay carts, so that the country roads aro
morry with tho music of tinkling bells.
And Sw Iss folk, practical, industrious, stop their
work for tho nonce and visit friends, even when
they have to carry their babies down the moun
tain slopes In cradles on their heads.
Bulgaria's heart history is of especial moment
Just now. On happy New Year's day In Bulgarian
villages the small boys run from houso to house
waving branches ot tho cornel tree and shouting
greetings as they tap all they meet with the luck
Bulgarian girls go through an interesting cere
mony In an effort to pry Into tho secrets of the
days to como. On New Year'a eve u queen, chosen
by lot, guards a kettle full of water, in which both
men and maidons havo dropped finger rings or
some personal trinkets. Till dawn she watches. '
Then to an opon place in the center of the vll
Inge alio takes the precious kettle, covered with &
cloth, a dancing, singing crowd following hor. An
oracle, who has been selected for eloquence of
speech, proclaims successlvo fortunes. Ho crlea
"Tho lucky girl whoso ring shnll appear shall
marry tho best man In tho village."
The queen of tho festival dips her hand Into
tho kottlo and brings forth n ring, and Its owner
rocelvea It from hor aequro In tho bollef that good
luck betides hor matrimonially before another
"Why do you Insist on trying to soil mo beef,
steak and beans and buckwheat cakes?" de
manded the bnrber. "I told you nil I -wanted
was two fried ogga."
"Weil, I was In your ahop yesterday," retortod
tho restaurant man. "All I wanted was n shnvn,
but you bulldozed mo Into a shampoo, a foam
tlzz, ami a tonic rub."
A SAD AWAKENING.
"Warden, where ore my flowers? Give me
"Thoso flowers are for nn embezzler in tho
noxt coll "
"Flowers for nn embezzler, with a murderer
In tho aamo Jail? A Ufa of crimo Is not what I
was led to expect."
"I wish I could do something- Btartllng," said
Glndys Gloom, sick unto death with ennui.
"Well, Gladys, that Is easily accomplished,"
Bald her closo frlond, Bella Blazes. "Go back
to that llttlo old-fashlone'd town whoro you wore
born and etnoko a cigarette on the publlo
HONOR EARLY MISSION PAIR
Baptists of Washington Deeply Infer
ested In Judion Centennial at
Now York. Baptists of Washington
aro dfeply interested in tho Judsoo
centennial In India at Rangoon, In
observance of tho centennial anniver
sary of tho inauguration of Baptist
Among those from this country who
sailed for India aro Dr. Robert Stuart
MacArthur, Rov. Henry M. Sanders,
Rov. and Mrs. F. M. Goodchlld of Now
York, Mrs. O. H. Safford, Mrs. A. Ii.
Upham of Boston, Mra. S. A. Scribnor,
Mrs. J. S. Grimths of Chiwigo, Rev. W.
A. Hill, Rev. F. W. Sweet and Irwin
Nichols of Minneapolis, Col. und Mrs.
Charles W. Gale of Norwich, Conn.;
Miss Lena S. Fenner of Provldenco
and Miss Louise N. Robinson of Roch
ester. Among tho first group of mission
aries sent out by the nowly organized
American board in 1813 were Adonl
ram Judson and his wife, Ann Hnssel
tine Judson. Whilo en route to India
they and a fellow-voyager, Luther
Rice, changed their viewB on baptism,
nnd later announced that they wero
Baptists. Mr. Rlco came back to
America to establish a foreign mis
sionary organization and stimulate a
foreign missionary interest among
Baptists. Mr. Judson und his wifo
proceeded to Burmab, nnd were thus
tho first Amerlcnn Baptist mission
aries In tho foreign field.
Tho church which Mr. Judson estab
lished as a fceblo mission in the city
of Rangoon has grown Into tho great
Immanuol Baptist church, ono of tho
largest Christian churches in tho ori
ent. It is hero that Baptists from all
parts ot tho United States will gath
er to celebrate tho achievements ot
Judson and other Baptist mission
aries. Dr. J. Ackerman Coles of Now York
has given a permanent memorial to
celebruto tho Judson centennial. It is
a replica of the colonial tower of old
Tabernacle church in Salem, Mass.,
the church In which Judson and his
companions wero ordaiued and conse
crated their missionary work. The
iron staircaso and everything that
goes into tho campanile, except the
brick, wore assembled in this country.
SON HAS FATHER ARRESTED
Youth Calls Policeman When His Pa
rent Tries to 8pend Dime
New York. As an elderly man laid
a dime on the bar for a drink in a
saloon at Lenox avenue and 130th
street, a younger man ran in from the
street, took the coin, led the other to
the door and passed him to a police
man who stood there.
"You don't mean to say that you
would havo your old father arrested?"
the old man protested, his vole
"That is Just what I am doing," the
younger man replied, curtly. "You
have boon a nuisance long enough,
and I am tired of It. Officer, take lilra
Tho young man, who gave his name
as Richard Hawkins, said his father
had accosted him In tho street nnd
begged a dime That would havo
been the end ot It had not tho elder
headed for a saloon. The act pro
voked tho young man's dUgust, ha
explained, especially as the father had
The father was locked up on
charge of vagrancy.
Women Decline Election Clerkships.
Chicago. When a score ot women
(applicants for Jobs as election clerks
'in tho next municipal election learned
Jthat they would bo compelled to work
lat night exploring precincts to check
'up voters, thoy notified Judge Owens
that they did not wnnt tho positions.
Thinks Murphy Is a Big Man.
Ithaca, N. Y. Charles F. Murphy
Is either tho governor of Now York
or president ot the United States, ac
cording to John D. Solomon, a Syrian,
who applied for cltixenshlp.
The priest hud warned Put a num
ber of times of the probable conse
quence of his Intemperate habits and
us many times had secured the Irish
man's promise to reform.
Finding l'at drunk one day, tho rev
erend gentleman began his customary
rebuke by expressing his Borrow at
finding Pat onco more In the condition.
"Aro you really sorry?" asked Pa..
'To bo sure I am," responded ths
"WHI, then," replied Pnt, "If you're
sure you're sorry, then I'll forgive
ERUPTION DISFIGURED FACE
Lock Box 35, Maurice, la. "In the
spring of 1911 our little daughter, age
flvo years, hud a breaking out on her
lip and pnrt of her check that we
took for ringworm. It resembled a
largo ringworm, only It differed in
that it was covered with watery blis
ters that ltchod nnd burned terribly,
mado worse by her scratching It
Then tho blisters would break through
and let out a watery substance She
was very cross nnd fretful while she
had it and had very llttlo reBt at
night. When tho eruption was at its
worst the teacher of tho school sent
her homo and would not allow her to
attend until tho disfigurement of her
face was gone.
"I wrote and received a sample ot
Cutlcura Soap nnd Ointment, which
we used according to directions, and
they gave Instant relief, so wo bought
Bomo more. It gradually grow better.
We kept on using Cutlcura Soap and
Ointment nnd In three or four months
the child was entirely cured."
(Signed) Mr. Henry- Prlns, Oct. 22,
Cutlcura Soap and Ointment sold
throughout tho world. Sample of each
frec.wlth 32-p. Skin Book. Address post
card "Cutlcura, Dept. L, Boston." Adv.
All the world's a Btagc and some
oi us can't oven get a chance to look
at the play from the gallery.
MrB.WInnlow'H Soothing Syrup for Cblldrei
teething, pot (mi the riium, reduce Inflatum
4ou,alluyn palu.cureu wind college a bottled
Your young physician very spcedllj
acquires a wiso look.
This is the season for
good cheer and happi
ness, but YOU know how
hard it is to "be merry"
when Your liver has de
veloped a "lazy spell."
To overcome this trouble
just try a short course of
It will prove very helpful. It
is for Poor Appetite, Nau
sea, Indigestion, Constipa
tion, Biliousness and Grippe.
WESTERN CANADA NOW
Tim nnnnvhintftt n aaf.llrinf tffJI '
tnfnna,Bfll nff 1AA ar Aarh. Andi
the low priced lands of Manitoba. )
aasicatcnewan ana Aiocria, wm
soon have pasted.
Canada offers a hearty wslcome
fn ka CettUr. tn thft man with a
family looking for a home; to the
farmer's 6on, to the renter, to all who
wish to live under better conditions.
r.n.J.1. oraln vli1rl In HI 3 I
the talk of the world. Luxuriant
Grasses give cheap fodder for large
herds; cost of raising and fattening
tor martcet is a trine.
TV., .nm ramMtaA Inr Raf RtlHjir.
Milk and Cheese will pay fifty pec J
cent on tn investment.
Write for literature and partic
ulars as 10 reaucea railway
rates to superintendent
of Immigration, Ottawa, I
uanada, or u
Canadian OoTimment Act.
Is Clogged Up
That' Why You're TiredOut of Sorts
Have No' Appetite.
will put you right
in a tew days.
Biliousness, Indigestion and Sick Headache
SMALL PILL, SMALL DOSE, SMALL PRICK
Genuine must bear Signature
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nmilkll nduhborlicjod. Hood pay.
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