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VOL. XVIII -NO. 36.
COLUMBUS, NEB., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1887.
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NEW YEAR'S EVE.
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky.
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
Thf year is dytnjr In the night;
Eintr out, wild belU, and let him die.
Ring out the oM, riig in the new;
Pji!?, liappy Iell9. across the snow;
The year is going, let hltn go;
Riug out the false, ring iu the true.
r.iva out the old ruNO is ran xew.
llinz out the grief that saps the mind
Pur those that hem w e see no more;
lting out the feud of rich and poor,
lUug iu redress to all mankind.
Ring in the valiant man and free.
The larger heart, t!w kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land.
Ring iu the Christ that is to bo.
EGBERTS NEW YEAR'S.
BY OLIVE HARPER.
This day Egbert had been down to tho
very end of the garden, to tlio little house
that stood by tho edge of tho woods on their
neighbor's land, and he looked with childish
curiosity tlirongh tho palings, to where he
heard voices. A boy of about his own ase,
a joorly dressed and not very pretty Ixy,
stood uith a woe begone look while a sweet
faced woman bound up a cut linger, and then
hen it was done he parsed her plump arm
around the child's neck and drew the curly
brown head to her breast, and with the other
she patted his check, and then caressed his
curling hair, and finally ki&svd him two or
three times very tenderly.
Suddenly Egbert's heart swelled and liis
throat pained with the effort to keep back
the tears. No one leved him like that.
"Mother," said the Iwy on the other side
of the fence, "'mother, it doesn't hurt a bit
now. Shall I go on choppingf'
"Yes, dear, but be a little more carcfuL I
don't want to find you in a hospital New
Year "s day.
''Don't you be scared. You best little
mother in the whole v.orld."
So the "bet little mother"' went into tho
cottage, giving her boy one more beaming
glauce of love as she entered the door, and
tho lK)y returned to his job of splitting kin
NO ONE LOVED HOI LIKE THAT.
Egbert stood a little while and then went
slowly toward tho house, his brain filled with
thoughts and his heart with a vague sense of
grief and almost anger.
He wanted a mother. lie had none ; no one
to love him in that precious fashion that he
hod just beheld.
His nurse had always been good to him, his
father more than good, but why had be no
Where was she, or had he never had one?
His father gave him everything that
money could bny or affection devise, but ho
had never known a mother, nover heard the
name even, at least as applied to himself, but
now he suddenly felt that be had needed a
mother always and he had never had one.
V.'hat was tho reason?
Did everybody have mothers, or only tho
poor, for ho realized that theso people were
poorer than others, and yet as so remem
bered that sweet comforting smile and that
tender caress ho felt wronged and defrauded.
"I will have a mother, too," said ho, "even
if 1 havo to live in a cottage and wear old
clothes and have no playthings like that
boy; I'll ask father right away."
Egbert Fallon would be 10 years old on
3few Year's day and he had never known any
other home than this, which was in a suburb
of New York and closed against intrusion.
Ho saw no children, except when ho rodo
on his pony beside his father in their excur
sions, and no visitors came there, nor did Mr.
Fallon visit any person.
The servants were the same that had come
there when he did, and no ono of them ever
said a word that could give this little fellow
tho idea that life had ever held any other ties
f cr him than those he now had.
Egbert returned to the house slowly and
thoughtfully and went to the study, where ho
expected to find his father; but he found no
one, and so he went on up stairs, but there ho
did not find him cither; so almost mechani
cally he went on until he reached the garret,
where he went over to tho east window and
looked out toward the little cottage, all the
while with his heart full of this new longing.
After a little he began to look about and
notice the quaint old broken furniture that
was stored here, and finally his glance fell
upon a queer, old fashioned little hair trunk
bound with iron bands, studded with brass
He thought what a pretty place this would
be to store his smaller playthings in, and
knowing that everything there would will
ingly be given to him, he tried to open it and
see what it would look like on the inside.
The trunk was locked, but he soon found
means to open it, and he found it filled with
He tossed them out impatiently, and then
at the very bottom of the trunk he found a
portfolio full of papers.
Among them was a letter sealed and ad
dressed to his father, and a picture painted
on porcelain of a lovely woman, who some
bow looked familiar to him, but he knew he
had never seen her, yet he loved her, and ho
put the picture in his pocket and took up the
old portfolio and went back down stairs.
He scarcely knew what he was about or
what he was thinking of, and his little brain
was as confused as his heart was fulL
He entered the study and found his father
there talking with the nurse, who seemed to
hide something; tinder her apron.
. Egbert smiled a little contemptuously as
lie ut ouco understood that it naa something
j to do with New Year's some new gift.
I "Father," said he, "were yon thinking of
giving me anything to-morrow;"'
I "Why, yes. It is New Year's, and your
birthday. Is there anything you would like
. to have particularly J"
jigoerr. oebitatea ana grew red.
"Father, I dont know as I could, but if I
j could have ono, I should like to have a
If a knife had pierced that father's heart,
ho could not have grown more pale than did
Mr. Fallon when his boy stammered out that
He groaned in agony as he staggered for
ward and stretched his arms across the table,
and hid his face upon them, while he trembled
in every limb.
Egbert camo close to his father wonder
ingly, but he could not understand this sud
den dispday of emotion, and he laid tho port
folio down on the table with the picture, and
finally seeing that his father seemed so
grieved, ho put out his hand instinctively,
and tried to caress his father's hair, as he had
Been that poor woman do.
This light touch brought Mr. Fallon's mind
back to his child, and he slowly lifted his
face from the tablo, and then drew the boy
to his knee, a very unusual demonstration for
him to make.
"What rnado you ask that question, Egbert I
Who has been talking to your
"No one, father, only I saw that poor
children had mothers, and today I somehow
felt that if I had a mother of my very own,
I should feel so contented and happy, and I
felt, too, that I had always wanted one, only
I never knew it until today, and I thought
you could get me one, iwrhaps, instead of any
play toys. I am tired of all kinds of toys,
and when I saw that boy's mother love him
o tenderly, I made up my mind to ask you.
I should lovo you just tho same. Father,
why is it I have no mother, or don't rich
people have themf
"My boy, I havo tried to keep this sorrow
from you, and to so till a mother's place that
you would never miss her, but it is useless.
Nature has spoken. You had a mother once,
but you have none now. You can never
"But-whero is sh, father! Is she dead?"
"Yes, child, dead to us alL"
"Lut when did she dier
"Eight years ago, Egbert Now, my boj',
listen. You must not speak of her again,
never, never. I cannot bear it, to me nor to
iny one else. You must think no more about
it, and bo as happy as you can with me. Am
I not good to you?"
"Oh, yes, and I will try," said the boy, try
ing to struggle against the tears; and then
he rose and went out of the study and up to
his room, where he went to bed to think and
try to understand this first sorrow and first
mystery of his young life.
Mr. Fallon remained iu his study a prey to
This child, whom ho had surrounded with
$uch tenderness, and who hud nil that was
left of bis broken heart, found that not
mough, and his innocent nature cried out
for mother love, not even knowing what it
And that mother, weak, unworthy, sinful
ind abandoned, what did she care if the little
heart broke tor want of a mother's tender
Hot tears forced themselves through his
yelids, nnd obs racked his breast us he
;iiought it all over.
He had taken his young bride to his heart
u J home, with pride and love, deep and
true, and in two short years she had proved
unworthy of his name.
Even while her first born lay upon her
breast she was a guilty wretch, and then,
when his cousin had discovered all tho wrong,
ind had proved it to him, she dared deny it
aud so mako it all the deeper.
Then he had driven her forth, torn from
her false arms the pretty baby, and she had
gone out of his home and life forever, leav
ing tho blight of her sin upon them both.
Then he had made a recluse of himself for
the sake of his child, and had tried to so fill
this little heart that it should never need an
other love, and yet that little heart missed
something. Ah, well, he would havo to know
it some day. Perhaps it was best that he learn
it now, while too young to understand.
The bweet, innocent face that she bad!
How could guilt have lodged in that heart?
How could she have sacrificed husband,
child, good name, all?
Yet she did. The proofs were too strong
Those letters, their touch withered his
heart and life at once, eight years ago when
Amy was driven forth a wanderer and an
outcast, weeping and declaring her innocence
to tho last, in spite of the proofs in his pos
session. Then she had taken her shattered life
homo to her parents, and they had sheltered
They believed in her innocence. Well,
sho was their child, and they ought to be
"Oh, Amy, little Amy, I loved you so!" ho
murmured. "I could lovo you now, God
help mo! I believe I do yet, in spite of nil,
and I forgive j-ou, for you were so j-oung!"'
"FATHER, WHY IS IT I HAVE SO MOTHER?"
At this moment his eyes fell upon the port
folio rying upon the table, and mechanically
he opened it, only to start, hold his breath
and strain, his eyes to the utmost as he ex
amined one by one the papers which proved
ujxm their face that the poor wife, so wrong
fully accused, had been driven away, the in
nocent victim of his cousin.
It did not need the letter which she had
written on her dying bed to him, confessing
her crime and begging forgiveness, to provo
that Amy was as pure as an angel; and now
he sprang to his feet, with new life in his
veins, new hope in his heart, new light in hi
For six long years that latter and tho port
folio, with the rough copies of the falso let
ters which had condemned an innocent
woman, bad lain almost under bis hand aud
he had never known it.
When Lydia died her little trunk had been
sent to him, but he never looked beyond the
-top, and he never knew that her hopeless
love for him had been the motive for this
He closed the portfolio, saying:
"She is dead now; I will forgive her when
Amy forgives me."
And as he moved the book the picture lay
exposed. He grasped it, and through blind
ing tears he kissed the face of his poor wife,
and then ho rose with a new energy, saying:
"I will start this hour, and if they will let
me see her I will pray her forgiveness on my
knees, Mv ooor. Dersecuted wifA"
A soft rustle of garments, a breath of per
fume sweet as a clover field, then a low, ten
der voice whispered:
"Clarence, she has long ago forgiven yon,
and baa loved you always."
"Amy, oh, my wife!"
After awhllav whaa they oold talk. Amv
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MOTHER AND CHILD WERE IS KACH OTHEB'S
told him that her longing to JenoiG fter csiiu
had been so great, that bho had stolen then
liko a thief, and had managed to gain en
trance, and then sho had hidden behind the
curtain as her husband came in, and so had
been a silent spectator of all.
Morning dawned aud Egbert dressed and
went downstairs, feeling :is if something un
usual was about to happen.
Tho remembrance of the conversation with
his father weighed upon his young heart, aud
chocked the curiosity aa to hU expected pres
ents. Tho door opened and his father camo in
leading the lady of tho portrait. One look at
that face wax enough, and mother and child
wero in each ocher's arms.
Tho little heart had nothing left to long
for, ho hail hu mother, and yet two pearly
tear.; swam in his eyes, and his lips quivered,
but it was with puro joy.
GIVING NEW YEAR'S GIFTS.
Tho giving of New Year's gifts is a custom
that has long been practically obsolete, but
in tho olden days gift giving on New Year's
was us strictly observed as on Christmas.
Like many of the Christmas customs, it was
derived from the Romans, among whom, at
one time, tho day possessed tho proud distinc
tion of being the only one in tho whole year
on which gifts could be legally demanded.
Among common New Year's gifts in the
early days of England's history wero oranges
stuck with cloves oranges and cloves were
great rarities then gloves and pins to the
ladies, etc. The common gift from a tenant
to his landlord was a capon, and Cowley, an
early English poet, recognized this custom
when he wrote the lines:
When v. Itli low legs un J in an humble guise
He oifered up a capon sacrifice
Unto his worship at the New Year's tide.
Among the characters in Ben Jouson's
"Masque of Christmas" is "New Year's Gift
in a blue coat, serving man like, with an
orange, and a sprig of rosemary on his head,
his hat full of brooches, with a collar of
gingerbread, his torch lieaver, carrying a
marchpane with a bottle of wine on either
arm." Sometimes in the placo of gloves or
pins, dearer then to the feminine heart, even,
than now, for they were costly and used only
by tho rich, sums of money were given; hence
the terms, still in common use, of "glove
money" nnd "pin money." The bribing of
judges was not at all uncommon in those
days, and money paid to the administrators
of the law was often concealed iu handsome
gloves presented as polite offerings of friend
bhip. Once when a lady of tho name of
Croaker sent a pair of gloves to Sir Thomas
More lined with forty golden sovereigns that
judge returned the gold with a note in which,
"since it were against good manners to re
fuse," her New Year's gift was accepted,
"but as for tho lining," ho went on, "I ut
terly refuse it" It was the custom then to
make New Year's gifts in profusion to the
reigning sovereign, and lists of such gifts are
still religiously preserved.
Queen Elizabeth received more New Year's
gifts than any previous ruler of England,
and among the articles named on her lists
wero necklaces, petticoats, looking glasses,
bracelets, silk stockings, etc. It is believed
that the famous silk stockings given to this
queen by Mrs. Montague wero New Year's
gifts, and it is recorded that Elizabeth liked
them mightily, ami thenceforth sho never
wore cloth hoso any more. The giving of
New Year's presents to superiors was a cus
tom generally observed, and, of course, be
came a cloak for all sorts of jobbery.
Tho Banquet of Jests, published in 1634,
tells a tale of a New Year's gift made by
one of the noblemen of tho reign of King
Charles I to the court jester, which it terms
a "pleasant story." It seems that the jester
was not satisfied with the number of pieces
of money he had received, so ho shook the
coins discontentedly in his hand, whereat
the nobleman begged tho return of them for
a moment, "and by tho wa3V ho added,
"there is one of them which I would bo loath
to part with." The coins were returned and
the jester waited patiently for a larger gift
But tho nobleman pocketed tiie cash, re
marking with givat brilliancy:
"1 once gave my money into tho hands of
a fool, who had not the wit to keep it."
The fact that this story has,been preserved
from oblivion for more than 00 years by
means of constant republications in England,
and that all the wits of that island havo
doubtless laughed heartily at it, may per
hais be considered sufficient exeue for its
There is a father with twice six sons; these
sons havo thirty daughters apiece, partly
colored, having one cheek white and the other
black, who never see each other's face nor
live nbove twenty-four hours. Chambers'
Book of Days.
AN OLD POEM ON TIME.
Why sit'st thou by that ruined wall.
Thou aged carle, so ftern and grayf
Dost thou its former prido recall.
Or ponder how it passed away?
Enow'st thou not meJ the deep voice cried.
So long enjoyed, so oft misused
Alternate in thy fickle pride,
Desired, neglected and accused? 4,
Before my breath, like Mazing flax, 5
Man and his marvels pass away; L'
And changing empires wane and war.
Are founded, flourish and decay.
Redeem mine hours the space is brief
While in my glass the sand grains shiver.
And measureless thy Joy or grief.
When time and thou shalt part forever.
THE DIVINING HORSE.
BT ACRELIE.V SCHOLL.
The Count X has in his stables six horses
of all styles of beauty, and beside them, in a
stall which touches the wall, stands an old
horse covered with scars and with great cal
louses upon his knees. This frightful speci
men of the equine race is treated like a son
of the family, and is caressed and cherished.
They make him a soft bed; they serve him
with hay from tho Maison Doree and oats
from Bignon's. They exercise him every
morning for a short time, and when it is
ever so slightly cold or foggy they cover him
with a warm blanket. He lives like one who
is enjoying his revenue.
"Where the devil did you find that horse?"
asked a friend ono morning while they were
harnessing the break.
"It is a very simple story," answered
X "In the most dolorous circumstance
Of mv life this animal vraa thn nnltr hoinff
who could understand me. In a voyage to
iuuy x naa encountered at capri a woman
for whom I conceived a erand rawrinn. or,
t more truly, the only passion that ever in
vaded my heart She wiScither English or
! American, and I was destined never to see
j her again. Remembrance tortured me. I
, paced tho streets of Paris, in EH tho senses of
the word, m order to forget her or distract
my mind. I had but one imago in my heart,
one name upon my lips. My friends, whom
my melancholy saddened, drew away one by
one, and when ono day I wanted to confide
in one, and I named to him my mysterious
passion, he began to laugh, saying that those
sentiments were not for our days. I quit
him brusquely and recommenced my vaga
"Last New Year's day, re-entering Paris, I
hoard the rolling of a drum. A saltini
banquo was gathering a crowd and a clown
was ranging them in a cirelo. I pushed my
way to the first row of the crowd.
"By the side of the drum stood a horse
curiously accoutcrcd. On his head was a
bunch of three colored feather-, faded and
stringy, and on his bock a mando, once red
but now a dull brick color, and with fringe
which may have been gilded the first year of
Duqucsners direction of the Odcon.
"Thin and rough of coat, trembling on his
fogs, the "poor animal contemplated
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crowd with an air of tad resignation.
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THE DIVIXIXG HORSE
"Evidently ho was hungry, and death alone
could put an end to his sufferings.
"The clown blow a trumpet, while the
other man continued to beat the drum.
"Tho music ceased nt last and tho clown
commenced his harangue.
" 'This horse, ladies and gentlemen, is the
one which bore tho duke of Orleans the day
of the execution of Louis XVI. Later he
became tho intimate friend of Robespierre's
pack mule. This horse, pupil of Mile. Lenor
mand, can count up to a hundred, only we
stop him at twelve, so as not to tiro tho pub
lic He divines the character, the faults and
the good qualities of the spectators. The
price of the consultation is fixed at ten
"The old rnck-o-bones on four legs desig
nated successively tho most lazy person, the
most gluttonous and tho most obstinate.
" 'Now, gentlemen,' added tho clown, 'this
surprising animal will designate the person
f you all who is most in lovo. He fixes no
prico for that exercise and relies upon the
generosity of the public'
"A few pennies fell upon tho carpet and
the horse made the circuit of the crowd
twice, looking each cue in the eyes and hav
ing a reflective air. Then he seemed to take
his resolution aud came straight to me and
took his stand teforc me.
" 'Is it this j'oung ladyr asked the clown,
pointing to n pretty little washerwoman,
who blushed as red as a cherry.
"The horse shook his head for
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"'It is this gentleman, thenf asked the
clown, nnd from head to foot the horso an
"The idiotic crowd began to laugh, whilo
tho girls looked at mo with mischievous
glances of sympathy.
"I caressed tho old "horse; I offered him
even a fat gingerbread man, and slowly
withdrew. The poor beast threw mo a inel
archoly look and went on to another part of
tho crowd to continue his business of saltim
bauque. "It was not until uieht, in a feverish in
somnia, that a feeling of remorse oppressed
my heart. One being had understood
me; one alone; and Iliad let that friend de
part forever. Poor animal I Artist of tho
ring! With what sympathetic attention he
had looked at me!
"And I dreamed that I went back to Capri,
guided by tlutt old horso. How he had tra
versed tho gulf of Naples is not explained,
but he was there with mo, searching for tho
"And the next day I hastened to tho Place
of the Throne. I found the saltimbanque
nnd proposed that he should sell me his horse.
At first he rejected my proposition. That
horso supported three persons; they would
havo to teach another, and it would take too
"At last, however, tho saltimbanque con
sented to cede him in exchange for a second
hand merry-go-round, which happened to be
for sale on account of death.
"I brought my friend proudly homo; proud
ly, though' at a walk and behind a cab. Ho
has seen hard times, no doubt, during his
long career, but I give him a happy old age,
and ho shall sleep in his luxury affectionately
watched by him whom he alone could under
stand." NEW YEAR'S IN MANY LANDS.
In China New Year's Day is tho chief
festival of the year. It comes, by tho un
certain calendar of our antipodes, late in
January or tho beginning of February. It is
celebrated with many of the observances
peculiar to Now York. Visits are exchanged,
presents made; the Chinese, clothed in their
finest dress, hasten from house to house to
call upon their nearest friends. Winen,
cakes and confectioneries are offered; con
gratulations are exchanged and good wishes
for the new year pass from guest to host It
is not said that the Chinese ladies share in
the festivities', but they probably consumo
their sweetened balls of rice and their sugared
fruits in the inner rooms of their dwellings.
The resemblance between the Chineso cele
bration of New Year's Day and that of eur
ancestors Is so alike as ulmostto prove that
tho one is borrowed from the other.
For thousands of years tho Chinese havo
exchanged visits and good wishes on New
Year's Day when Casar penetrated the
Belgic marshes, and when the errant Gauls
descended to the sack of Rome. We may be
sure that the custom has never changed. One
of its peculiar traits may well be borrowed in
other lands. On New Year's Eve every
Chinaman pays his debts, and is freed from
every liability. For ten days before tho new
year business ceases, accounts are balanced,
books written up. Honesty is a Chineso vir
tue, and the unlucky bankrupt in bis remorse
is often driven to suicide. The Chiaew
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among themselves are a contentea, cneerrui,
. uncomplaining people. Family Iifu among
them is usually happy and united; the teach
ings of Conf uciu3 and Monclus are full of
! But the intense superstition of tho race fills
' China with a constant disquietude. On New
i Year's Day it is supposed that the "Spirit of
tho Hearth" makes his annual visit to the
skies. If he should go away in anger the
' good fortune of tho family would be lost for
ever. He is followed with incessant prayers
and a farewell from each member of the
I household. A peculiar kind of sweetmeats is
' offered him to clone his lips together, and
some beans to feed tha horsa on which ho is
supposed to ride. Even the educated Chineso
share these ideal fears. In a recent inunda
tion of the Yellow river, that was followed
( by a wide devastation, one of tho most
learned and powerful of the Chinese officials
' fell on his knees before a water snake that
had crept out of the flood, beseeching it to
save tho country from any further danger.
' On our own continent, long before Eng-
land and Holland had adopted the eastern
i custom, New Year's Day was celebrated with
' btrange and fanciful ceremonies in the splcn
J!J .?.l T1 i.- iWt .
uiu ciuw oi lucatan. xne story or aiaynn
, civilization is as yet only imperfectly known.
But wo may still wander amidst the ruins
j of its great capitals, along highways onco
j trodden by countless travelers, and lift in
part tho veil tliat hides its fallen splendor.
! Fifty cities, it is said, covered the penin-
sula of Yucatan. Thoy were joined by fine
! roads paved with stone. Their temples and
I public buildings wero of enormous size.
; They wero not far behind the Chineso in
many of tho refinements of a civilized life,
i To tho Mayan the new year came as to all
other races the symbol of a new existence
! The temples were swept and decorated anew
perfect cleanliness was a part of their
' faith. Tho huge idols wero carefully freed
I from dust. The children of the schools, the
; priests and noble3 joined in tho work of puri
; flcation. Many persons fasted for thirty
j days before the new year's ceremonial. But
: when tho morning dawned all was joy and
J congratulation. Tho women of Yucatan,
j like those of China, took little part in the
ceremony. But tho princes, nobles and
l priests, clad in fine robes, filled the courts of
the temples. A banquet of Mayan delicacies
: was provided, wine and intoxicating liquors
flowed freely, tho people drank madly, and
the barbaric sceno usually closed in aficrco
and bloody contest.
! In their wild superstitions tho Mayan!? sur
j passed even the lowest savages. They fed on
I tho bodies of their captives and slaves; their
j temples rang with the shrieks of their vie-
i Roman, Egyptian, Hebrew, Greek rejoiced
j with tho new year. At Rome an imago of
t tho golden ago was imagined. Tho slave bo
i camo for a moment free; perfect equality
ruled in the Roman home; gay sports and
i laughter filled up tho fleeting moments of tho
Saturnalia. The Roman celebration passed
down through the Middle Ages, andsome
I thing of the license that had prevailed iu the
houses of Casar and Sail ust was adopted in
' tho homes of our European ancestors. But
to tho modern the conception of the new year
and its duties is of a higher and happier na
, turc. It is not tho Mayan, tho Chinese, or
even the Romun festival. It is tho opening
I of a new ieriod, in which bettor thoughts end
purer motives may have freer play. Wo re
! joiee, visits are exchanged, good wishes
shared, the hopes of the future rekindled, the
J new pago of life surveyed
with no desoud
In the new year that opens upon us we
havo much to do. We are to rememlei
more than ever that we are but men. W.
are to study more than ever how to help each
other. Eugene Lawrer..-" iu Harpers
Superstitions ItegartSJcjr New Year' Day.
In England there u a iopular idea thut if
an. unmarried person trips accidentally
whilo going upstairs on New Year's day,
that person will be married before the year
In Bulgaria it is believed that the child
born on Now Year's will never have to work
for a living. Also, if any one, while eating
a New Year's dinner, lets fall a piece of
breed upon the floor, that person will come
to want before the end of tho year.
Among the Oriental races in. general all
tho grown jKople endeavor to have in their
pocket silver, gold and copper at the dawn
ing of that day to insure abundance of money
during the year.
Some of the eminent people who were lorn
Jau. 1 wero Baron Von Trenck, 1710; Ed
mund Burke, 1730, and Maria Edgoworth,
TIME'S DARLING IS DEAD.
From out the crystal snow,
A year ago, "
The angels made her; ST
And the sentinel stars of night
Gave his blue eyed darling light;
Then they pillaged the moon of her crown
To fashion a pure white gown;
And they circled her waist amain
With the wisp of a comet's train.
From out of the eastern gray
Of a new born day
They took a strand;
And they bound the silver line
With a ray of the sun's decline:
And they wove them well in a loom,
Tho threads of hope and of doom.
Till they formed a beautiful car
Made fast to a meteor star.
Than down from the gates above.
A bit to love.
She came to his band;
But the crimson and silver were one.
And his hopes but a mist in the sun.
The clouds in their sorrow may weep.
While the stars no more vigilance keep,
Aa they search on planet and sphere
For his darling, the dying year;
But they wander and weary in vain
To restore tho living again;
For under the crystal snow,
A nigbt ago.
The angels laid her.
Curlnns Old Alnmuacs.
With the New Year we all betake ourselves
to new almanacs. And these almanacs of
ours are very different from those of the
Fifteenth and Sixteenth century. Hero is
the title page of one of them:
"A Prognossicacion and an Almanack fast
ened together, declaring the Dispocision of
tho People and also of tho Wethor, with cer
tain Electyons and Tyines choacn both for
Phi&ike and Surgerye, and for the husband
men. And also for Hawekyng, Huutyng,
Fishyng and Foulynge, according to tho
Science of Astronomy, mado for the Ycaroof
our Lord God M.D.L., Colculed for the
Merydyan of Yorko, and practiced by
Anthony Askham." At tho end, "Imprynted
at London, in Flete Strete, at the Signe of
the George, next to Sol t Dunstan's Churchy
by Wyilyam PowelL cum privilegio ad im
Then follows the Prognostication, the title
page to which is as follows:
. "A ProansoasicaeioB for the Yer ef eur
Lord M.CCCCC.U, Cnlouled upon the
Merydyan of tho Towne of Auwarpe and the
Country thereabout, by Master Teter of
Moorbeeko, Doctour in PJiysieko of the suine
Towne, whereuato is added tho Judgment of
M. Cornelius Sehute, Doctour in Physicke of
the Towno of BrugvS in Flanders, upon
and concerning the Disposiciou, Estate,
aud Condiciou of certaino Prynces.
Coutreys, and Regions, for the present
Yere, gathered ouU of his lYognossiui
cion for tho sauit Yere. Translated
outo of Duch into Englyshu by William Har
rys." At the end, "Imprynted ut I)udon by
John Daye, dwellyne over Aldersgate, and
Wyilyam Sores, dwellyno in Peter CoMcdge.
These Bokes are to bo sold at tho News Shop
by the Lytle Cunduyto iu Chepcsyde."
And hero another:
"An Almanacko nnd Prognostication for
the Yeare of our Lonlo MDLL, practystxl by
Simon Henringius and Lodowdyke- Boyard,
Doctors in Physike and Astronoraye, &c. At
Worcester in tho Hygh Strete."
"A Nowo Almanacko and Prognostication,
Collected for tho Yere of our Ixml
MDLVIIL, wherein i3 exprcssod tho Change
and Full of tho Moonc, with their Quartcra.
The Varietie of the Ayre, and also of the
Wiiides throughout the wholo Yere, with In
fortunnto Times to Bio and Sell, take Medi
cine, Sowe, Plant, and Journey, &c Made
for tho Meridian of Norwich and I'oloArc
ticke LII. Degrees, and serving for all Eng
land. By William Kenumgham, Physician.
Imprynted at London by John Dayo," dwell
ing over Alderagate."
Two policemen on sidewalk talking in
"Happy 2qv.- Year's, is it? Nobody's of
fered cie a nip or a tip today !"
The dog does not testifv.
Too Much Tandy.
Hundreds of tons of candy have probably
been bought by parent, tor their children
within the last week. The swei-t but treach
eroiif. compound is a nevossary part of our
civilization. The Nineteenth century holi
days would Iw Iucoiut let..- without it
Whether it is conducive to health in its best
und u rest form is doubtful. Those who
lead a thoroughly vigorous out door life can
probably take a good deal without nny bad
effect But it is not thoM us a rule, who are
the great candy eaters. They crave a more
folid food. It ij generally the stay at homes
who do most execution :i sweet things. A
girl of 15 will sometimes consume an amount
of candy which would make strong men turn
lale. Very young children, when they get
the chance, limit their apatites by their ca
pacity. Moraine; Dew for Her Complexion.
A young woman who claims Augusta
as her home, nnd who oflicinted as maid
to a New York l)elle who spent last sum
mer at Bar Harbor, has just cleared tip
what was regarded, even ut that resort,
used as it is to queer freaks, as mysterious
actions Every morning my lady's maid
was seen to leave the hotel between 5 nnd
(J, and spread on the grass something that
looked very like a fine white handker
chief. Then, having vrnited a few mo
ments, she would gather up the article and
return to her mistress' chamber. She
now explains that it was part of her du
ties to wet a lace monchoir as the lady
called it with the early dew of morning
and then lay it over the face of the New
York belle, who had nn idea that it soft
ened and added leauty nnd freshness to
her complexion. Privately, the maid ad
mitted not expecting to be engaged by
the same damsel another season that the
young lady's ruse was a failure, as her
complexion always looked moist and
rather shiny, instead of having the clear
tint she hoped for. That the first snow
of winter is commonly supposed to remove
freckles is an old conceit, but that the
morning dew enhances the complexion of
city belles is indeed a new "fad." Lewis
Hallway Knterpriae In Turkey.
An important railway enterprise is an
nounced in Turkey, a syndicate of British
financiers having received from the gov
ernment the right to construct a grand
trunk line to traverse the central plateau
of Asia Minor and connect Constantinople
with Bagdad, covering a distance of l,;i30
miles. It is said that for years past this
undertaking ha3 been the goal of rival
speculators. English, French, German and
American companies have all sought to
obtain the franchise. The line to Ada
Bazaar from Ismid Is to be commenced
forthwith and finished in two years. In
four years the line is to be finished to An
gora, and eight years after to Bagdad. It
is estimated to cost some $90,000,000.""
Time for Mariners.
The plan of signaling accurate time
from sea coasts was first adopted by Great
Britain about thirty, years ago. That
country now has on its coasts fourteen
time balls and five other time signals, and
its colonics and dependencies have twenty
slx time balls; Germany has seven time
balls; France, four time balls and two
other time signals; Sweden and Norway,
Austria-Hungary, Holland with Belgium,
and tho United States, have five time balls
each; Denmark has two; Spain and Portu
gal, one each; Italy, none. Arkansaw
Esaniple of Chlnrsu Cruelty.
A Bample of Chinese justice is afforded
by the case of a half witted youth who, in
an attack of epilepsy, fatally injured his
lather, ihe Chinese law decrees that a
son who murders IiIh father, whether he be
sano or insane, shall suffer the lingering
death that is. his body is sliced with
knives and the torture prolonged for
hours. A parallel utrocity was furnished
by the sentence to the same torture of a
young Chinese woman who killed her
father-in-law while he was attempting to
nbsault her. San Francisco Chronicle.
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