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ROM tiie rush and hustle of busy
America! Hty streets, alive at
this .season of the year with
Christmas shoppers, hark to old
Nuremberg, in Germanv. where
he Christmas spirit lasts the
vear around where Santa Claus
spends hi.1- working months for
the joy of the world's children
surely th- step is not too gicat
lor the imagination nor its goal
uninteresting as a studv Come
out of onr crowded streets.
tur people-packed stores. leave
off for th Tiiie lieiutr your
breathless chase after that
troublesome last present." and
'urn .I,-- i.'.e ,iiiot winding st.-et.-, the irregular
hill pa, ,i s dovetai'e-i bv houses o'der than an
thing u the oldest pans of ih- I'niied States
House rises above house full of a history as ronian
tic a. t'- proudest in: :i-iou of our city streets,
mid vt mail e,i hy a simplici( and single hearted
n s.s - lion pi-sent in ihlngs modern It is here
that tin i',js are made which m leu in our home
jtcross ihe sea. Hr in tin ot.ietncss uf the un
Tj-odeif iii pl'iv thing"- . lixni-d ami perfected
fir vim r"-.Uess. bin. ..mi -hi!.!t- You read
'.Mul in Germany" wiih .t skeptiral til! of lto
.-. hou t.in Hie fact le.n.-uiis t.;a bv far the
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'M4ky surely the step is not too t at L'4m- . 3Pf ''' . 4" I . - - :,4 r jrifT'll
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Kio.it r imi'iber of all the toys manufactured
euiiK fn-ii' Niiremberi;
Thy ancient feudal city, around which cluster
the irrlm traditions of the inquisition and the
thrilling .j ! of the times of Charles V.. has for
four hundred ears or more been the center of
the children's fairyland. It has been and la the
nucleus of Christmas happiness for the outh
of everj place In the Occident, and its charm
Is tin perpetual one of jojous creation which de
lights I: planning the amusement of little pcoplo.
In tne factories the will tell you that 72.000.
OOo mark- $lS.OOo.nt)0 worth of pleasure is
sent out lrom Nuremberg een jear. and that
$3.r,00 000 of this export Is for the benefit of
Vounsr Am rica Onlj" a few ears ago all of the
necessary labor for this Immense production was
done , hand, and much of the finishing and fine
last touches nie performed b special artists.
Even now in tin- factories the old spirit of an
almost consecrated enthusiasm lives and Is evi
dent in the interest of the village artisans for
their craft Not ineielv the reason of broad and
butter poes toward the making of those marvel
Vis walking dolls, those phenomenal speaking
picture books, thoe thousand and one games that
hae rilled for all the Imaginative as well as
practiiol genius of these honest Herman peasant
folk Hat her has their unique industry called for
and de eloped in them a romance, a sensitiveness
of perception which is remarkable
Follow the lurching, worn curves of the Al-bri-eht
Murerstrasse. and ou come to one of the
manj homes of this Nuremberg spii it In a min
iatuie red roofed houce. wedged in among a hun
dred squat brown huts, lhe two old men broth
ers, of siu five and seent whose white
headc are constantly bent over small circles of
wood -shaping, paring, carving, painting.
Al. da thev sit there, sometimes all night,
toiling oer the delicatel ornament, d dolls'
dishes which perhaps you have bought, as a small
Insignificant thing, just this afternoon for your
small daughter's tree.
You looked at them carelessly; they were not
esi cially original or attractive, and von shoved
them into our bag with a half hesitating accept
ance, thinking that inaybv- the would please ca
pricuiis Poroth. How could ou know that back
In tin Hinge of Alwas Christmas old haudo had
fa-hio:i d those triial pla.ts and pitchers, old
eje? hr. 1 strained with loing .tnv'et over those
line tracerie.-. of columbine, and old hearts had
warmed oer these completed trilles with the
sanif thrill of the master painter ot his best?
1ni this was true. Indeed, nearlj all of the
simple wooden tos are contructed b hand, in
some humble '.olkshatise which goes to make up
On aggregate creative force of Santa Claus'
workshi-p Take the tin sets of soldiers, the
doll's chairs and tables, tbt pal'ited wooden ani
mals whose realism is a delight to all children,
actual or grov n up. These are fashioned in
home.- sometimes li the efforts of whoio fam
ilies, but most often by children themselves.
sivtii is me age limit tor child labor in the
factories but no young person it- prohibited from
assisting his parents at home, provided he spends
tho required period of time at school. So that
man of those playthings which give mostahap
piness to tr.e children of America hae Tieen
made h the children of Nuremberg And if
babies must work, what work could one find for
them more appropriate or more p'casurable than
this business of toy
making. They grow
up in the midst of It.
all their hereditary
Ideas are colored by It,
the history of the city
speaks of it
Inside of half a doz
en blocks you have
trains, up-to-date ho
tels, electricity, motor
cars, Parisian frocks,
primitive carts drawn
by hugs mastiffs, funny
tucked-away Inns near
the market place full
of peasant women In
wide black silk aprons
and snowy white caps crumbly Jouutains and a
castle with a secret passage. All the elements of the
fascinating past and the strangely progressive
present within a stone's throw of each oOier. The
realization of all that Nuremberg has been and
has undergone comes to oue most vividly as one
stands looking down Into the Schloss well CO
feet dftep. where prisoners u.ea to come to fetch
water. Underground their passage led from the
dungeons to this unlit circular pool, for state pris
oners were never permitted to see the light, and
the hollow splash of the water which the attend
ant drops Into the well seems to re-echo, after an
interminable half-minute, the hopeless pilgrim
age of those countless victims of medieval fanat
icism. Such Is the potency of the ended. While
the vitality of the occurring emphasizes Itself, not
far off, in one of the dozens of toy factories,
whose very machinerv whirs modernity, men.
women and children that is. children over Fif
teen are massed into this building, all intent on
the one Idea, the creation of better and newer and
more wonderful toys for everyone's children, in
It Is be'dom the industrial planet can boast of
a broader ambition than this of the craftsmen of
Nuremberg. To bring the greatest possible amount
of pleasure, legitimate and often educative pleas
ure, to growing, active minds is surely an aim
worthy of the finest art In the world. It even
seems as though the thought back of the toys
should surround them with a deeper meaning as
gifts this Chrlstmastide. since the added gift the
biggest, gift lies In the patient Interested inven
tion and accomplishment of which the-y are the
As for the inventors, strictly speaking, their
icward seems infinitesimal according to our stand
ards. The "boss" controls ideas as well as mate
rials cf output, and it is chiefly to his profit that
new Inventions in toyland redound. The man or
woman who first thinks of or Improves upon sonif
plaything gels a very small per cent, of the in
come from it. To our new world standards of
commerce it seems strange that the originator
should receive such scant recognition and that
Very, very few Nuremberg toymakers have
ever grown rich over their ingeniousness. It is
true that Ideas as well as toys in Germany sell
for double what they sold for eight years ago.
een! On the other hand the price of living has
gone up appreciably, and what would have seemed
a large purchase price then is only moderate now.
The staff of artists employed by tie Nurem
berg factory boss is in Itself a cot inconsiderable
expense, and many a quiet charity is undertaken
b these men who at home would be absorbed
in gating rich. In the shop of Fritz Muller are
various small kitchen gardens, carved and painted
by a poor man and his sister after their regular
working hours, and bought by Mr. Muller at high
raUx as his pel philanthropy. In this shop, now
!0' Years old. are seen all of the most novel of
the toy-i!lage playthings. The store was crowded
with n,jre hildren over thirty than under thir
teen, and absorbed for hours over the clever and
The doll's house of Nuremberg leaves nothing
to be desired. Not culy the usual rooms of a con
ventional menage are found in if. but conserva
tories with miniature orchids, fountains and wa
tering cans, school rooms with tiny desks, a
schoolmaster, very stern, with goggles and ruler,
and children in aprons and carrying slates, tho
latt r a sivtei nth of an inch big: fields of flowers
for t'e bu'-k yam and a swing for the smallest
Iu all German art. of which to making is by
no means ?n insignificant department, perfection
of detail has alwa'.s been the salient feature Kv
ery phsre of home life is reproduced in micro
scopic form in German toyland. "ven down to the
wee pairs of hand-knitted stockings and sweaters
the hobnailed shoes and blue blouses which make
up the wardrobe of the volks boy and girl.
Tiie tourist season is a second Christmas for
Nuremberg people. .;nd they sell as many play
things ii the oue rerir.il as the other. An inter
esting point bn -jght to light by this fact is the
early differentia'ion of the American and Euro
pean itidiir!ali?. which shows itself in choice of i
games an.! pastimes. The ay in the shops that
an America ii chM:' i? invariably fascinated over
the mechanical and complicated, that he finds In
tense inter";. In mattering the technicalities even
of playing, while the Kuropear. child likes a sim
pler but briiii'intii colored toy. cherishing often a
curious s. ntlment for innlitiona! objects such as
typify old world conservatism
They are Vessed with iinag.'natio", thes. il
lage peoplt . and they are not ashamed of show
ing their simplicity of spirit. Their souls are
bound up ii the heritage of centuries. Th trag
edies of their cltj's history wind about the to a
the make, breathing into the wood a characters
tic vitalit.. the iitalit that conie.s of centuries
of striving, of centuries or pati'-nt achievement.
As you sit In a swirl of rod ribbnn and foamy
pap r. " lolng up" your Christmas presents, re
member that many of them have co-re trom this
quaint little Village of Alwas ''hristmas. It '
may add to our holiday happiness to know that
no iliaure which the toys may bring can be
greater than the pleasure et those who made them,
and that no good will oi yours can outdo the quiet
sincerity of purpose with which the simple people
of Nuremberg ha- given their part toward this
season of the universal gilt
Nomads of the Cranberry I ogs
It iit- fails to surpn.-e tourists
who isi: Cape Cod for the first time
to fine this large foreign population,
which h..s no parallel auywhtre else
in the country and most of whom
speak little or no English. Many of
the Cape Verde Islanders are true no
mads in their visits to the cranberry
countr. arriving In the spring when
cultivation on the bogs opens and re
maining until Oie end of tiie picking
i season late in the autumn, making the
, trip both ways in sailing vessels that
j are engaged during the winter months
in the coasting trade on tiie coast of
Africa. A skillful cranberry picker
can earn from $3 to $5 a day, so tiiat
1 the "oravas." as Oiese invaders are
called can wlUiin a few years save
enough to live in affluence in Oieir isl
and home. Under Oie new conditions
not only Is Oie picking of Oie cranber
ries done by the aid of machines, but
other machines separate and sort the
berries. Christian Herald.
Hark Back to History.
In the good old days of story, Bos
ton women had spinning wheels and
were encouraged to make the material
for their own clothes in order Oiat
the colony might not have to depend
to such a great extent upon the im
ports from Great Britain. Consequent
ly there were often contests on the
Common, with prizes offered, and
some of the daintiest ladies of the
old days sat down with the humblest,
by way of example. Five hundred
Boston girls are now scouring the
country for spinning wheels, and they
will take part in the pageant of 1915.
They have made Oieir own cloOiei
after the pattern of those worn by
Felicity and Priscllla. in a contest In
The hairs of cur haeds are num
bered. But then so are the automo
biles and trolley cars.
ALL OVER NEBRASKA
The Midwest Life.
On December lat of this year The
Midwest Life had written as much
insurance as it did in the year 1909.
The gain over laft year, therefore,
will be the amount placed in Decem
ber. The Midwest Life now has over
two and one-half millions of insurance
in force on the lives of Nebraska men
and women and un income amounting
to one hundred thousand dollars a
year. This has been accomplished in
less than live years. When solicited
by an agent of an eastern company
for life insurance stop and think the
situation over. Weigh the advantages
and disadvantages of the transaction.
See if it does not appeal to you as a
rational business proposition to pat
ronize a Nebraska company. ,You
know the reason why. The money
stays in Nebraska not only in good
times, but in panics and financial de
pressions as well. The Midwest Lift
issues all the standard forms of life
insurance policies at reasonable rates.
Call or write the home office, 11U
South Tenth street. Lincoln, for an
agency, or a sample policy.
McCook Engineer Falls from Train.
Red Willow County. Engineer Wil
liam Deere of McCook lies at his
home in serious condition, caused by
tailing from his engine near Perry
station. i tew miles west of .McCook.
It is thought he we'iit out on the run
ning board to turn on the steam on
the steam heater pipes, the night be
ing cold. Not returning, his fireman
finally investigated and learned his
chief had fallen off the engine. Hack
ing the train into the siding at Perry
and detaching the way car. search
was made by Oie crews, resulting in
finding Deere in the ditch near the
track in an unconscious condition.
He is in delirium with brain compli
cations, and his condition is serious.
Poultry Show at Hastings.
Adams County. Secretary A. H.
Smith of the Nebraska Poultry asso
ciation has announced that a num
ber of chickens valued at from 2.'i0
to $50n t.icli will be exhibited in
Hastings at the state poultry show.
January ft. to i. Iist January the
state show was held in Hastings for
the first time in many years, and the
attendance broke all former records.
A large number of entries are ex
pected for the forthcoming event,
which is expected to bring chicken
fanciers from Iowa. Kansas and other
Abbott Wants to Trade Jobs.
Otoe County Superintendent N. C.
Abbott of the institute for the blind,
who retires on the appointment of
the new superintendent. H. C. King,
has announced his candidacy for
county superintendent, which will be
left, vacant by Mr. King resigning to
take his new position. Prof. Charles
K. Morse of the Auburn public school
is also a candidate, but Mr. Abbott
has received the indorsement of all
the democratic organizations of the
Disappointed Over Census.
Jefferson County. A number of
Jefferson county people are disap
pointed at the fact that Jefferson
county failed to reach the I.S.nftii
mark in the last census. In that
case it would have been necessary to
divide the county clerks into two of
ficesthat of clerk and recorder.
The returns show Jefferson county
now has a population of 15.196. and
in the ten years the county has made
a gain of over 1.500.
Ban Placed on Cigarets.
Buffalo County. The board of edu
cation of Kearney has launched itself
into a campaign to abolish the cig
aret habit among the school hoys.
The city superintendent and the
teachers will lay their plan of action,
which may be the organization of an
anti-cigaret association among the
Fair Managers' Meeting.
I.aiieaster County. . W. Hervey,
of ' Omaha, president, and W. II.
Smith, secretary of the Nebraska
State Association of County. District
and State Pair Managers, met with .
Secretary Mellor and C. II Budge oi
the state lair board and fixed Jan
uarv 17 as the date on which the fair
managers would hold their second an- !
uual convention. A banquet will be
given at the Lincoln Commercial club
and the business meeting will be held
Approve the Appointment.
York County. The appoint mem oi
Daniel W. Hoyt oi York lo the posi
tion of commniitiaiit ot the soldiers'
home a. Grand Island. Neb., meets
with the tiearty approval ot every cit
izen there. Mr. Hint was command-'
ant of the home for a short term and
gave the best of satisfaction. .Many
members of the Grand Army of Hie
Republic are sending congratulations
to Mr. Hoyt.
m?Mr C5flSi. WflKmll I
(The "inot!ior-in-law- Joke" lias
lie-en barret from the theaters of
an eastern vnuduvlllu circuit.)
I have stood for tlireo-a-.lay, and helns
put in supper shows;
I have klilvil 'em- simply klllod Vm!
when I fell upon my nose:
T have tal.l tni out In Oshkosh. simply
laid Via told an dca.l
Wlion my partner stuck a hatchet with a
"Woof:" right in my head
Hut when this tierce Mow is struck
against the temple of my art
Then tho time has conic for me un good
old VHudevillu to part.
Not .1 word, an out a whimper, when
they hasted up my team
Hv a-cuttin out the patter that would al
ways innkc ein scream.
W here I'd say. "I .seen you walkln with
vour sister yesterday,"
An "Why. that was not my sister, "twas
a lady" he would say
Y.s. I let Vm Trosj that gaglet But I tell
you art la art.
An" the time has cotne for mo an" good
old vaudeville to part.
Why. th;y've cut out stuff that landed
forty years ao, an more.
An I never kicked or grumbled, never
i-vcri acted sore;
When they said the seltzer bottle an
grc. n whiskers had to go.
No one ever heard nie holler, not a squeal
come from me. beau:
Hut they're gnln' too much distance when
they tamper with my art.
An the time has come for me an" good
old vnuuevillo to part.
One by one they've killed the wheezes
that foiever has made ood
All the sags that all the lowbrows an
the others understood:
Why, remember how we held 'cm simply
held 'em to the spot
Whn "What Is your nnme?" hM ask
me, and I'd keep on sayln" "Watt?"
I'm not much for them Ideals, but I'm
loyal to my art.
An" the time has come for mo an good
old vuudevllle to part.
"My fiance Is furious."
'The papers had to devote bo much
space to my trousseau that there was
not room enough to give his name."
What They AH Say.
In one day she was told that ah
(1) Beautiful hair.
(2) Lovely skin.
(3) A perfect figure.
(4) Shapely hands.
(5) Very small feet.
However. It is explained by the fact
that she visited
(1) The hairdresser.
(2) The beauty doctor.
(3) The modiste.
(41 The manicurist.
(5) The shoe store.
"Your watch is away wrong," sayJi
the friend. "Why. we compared time
pieces half an hour ago. and already
your watch has gained a full half,
hour over mine."
"That's all right." says the man
with the business-like face. "I forgot
to wind it night before last, and It
didn't run at all yesterday, so today
I've set It up to the fastest speed, so
that It mny catch up the day it has
TNy Reveal Larger Averaeee al
Wheat and Oats Than An
ticipated. Tae returns from the gram fielder'
of Western Canada aa revealed by thej
work of the Threshers, show much,
larger yields than were expected
the crop was ripening. It la a little
early yet to give an estimate of the
crop aa a whole, but Individual yield
selected from various points through)
out Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Afe
berta show that the farmers there as a,
rule have had reason to be thankful
over the results. Excellent yields are!
reported from many portions of Mani
toba and a large district of Saskatch-1
ewan has turned out well, while the,
central portion of Alberta is splendid
There will be shown at the land ex-.
position at St. Louis a sample of the
Marque's wheat a new variety and
one that appears to be well adapted,
to the soil and climate of Western
Canada that yielded 63 bushels to the
acre. The exhibit and statement will
be supported by affidavits from the
growers. This wheat weighs welL
and being a hard variety will find a
ready market at the highest prices ob-'
tainablo for a first-class article. It is
Interesting to point out that a field
of ono hundred acres of this wheat
would give its producers 5.300 bush
els. Sold at 85 cents a bushel would
give him 45 an acre. Counting all
tho cost of interest on land at $20 an
acre, getting the land ready for crop.
Seed sowing, harvesting and market
ing, tho entire cost of production
would not exceed $S an acre, leaving
the handsome net profit of $37 an
aero. Is there any crop that would
yield a better return than this, with
the same labor and initial expenset
Cotton fields will not do it, apple or
chards with their great expanse of cul
tivation and tho risk to run from the
various enemies of tho fruit cannot
begin to do It. While what is consid
ered an exceptional case just now is
presented, there is no doubt that thia
man's experience may be duplicated
by others who caro to follow his ex
ample. As has been said tho growing;
of this wheat is but in its infancy, and.
wheat growing is still largely con
fined to other older varieties that do
not yield as abundantly. Even with
these wo have records beforo us of
formers who have grown 40 bushels
to the acre., others 35, some 30, and
others again 25 bushels. Taking even
20 bushels, and some farmers report
that amount, it is found that the re
turns from such a yield would be $17
an acre. This wheat will cost to get
to market, including all expenses,
about $S an acre, and the farmers
will still have a net profit of about
$9 an acre. Certainly the provinces
of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Mani
toba are progressing, settlement is in
creasing and there is a general con
tentment all over the country. The
social conditions are splendid, the cli
mate is excellent, and there Is every
condition to make the settler satisfied.
At the farming congress, held at Spo
kane in October, wheat shown by the
Alberta Government, took the' silver
cup, awarded by the Governor of
the State. It completely outclassed
all other specimens on exhibition, and
it was but an ordinary selection,
hundreds of fields in Alberta and Sas
katchewan being able to duplicate it.
There are still available thousands ot
homesteads, as well as large areas of
first-class land that is being offered
for sale at low prices. The agent of
the Canadian Government from whom
the above facts have been learned ex
pects that the rush to Canada will
next year largely exceed the numbers
who have gone this year.
Stranger Is this the nursery?
Host No: that's the bawl?room.
A Way Out.
"I hear that Mr. Poppltt proposed to
ou thinking you were your twin sis
"That's the excuse he made when I
Big Price for Farm Land.
Iicre County. -. reeord-hrea.ring
price wa- paid for J-Jcrce c-oimty land
when George Senif : old hi pi ce of
land adjoining Osmvnd. consist vz 11
twenty-six aero, for J.I.M'ti.
Aged Woman Nearly Frozen.
.Merrick County. Huddled up in
in her lied to keep lrom treeing,
without food for over two d.iy.s, and
with no fuel to build a tire iu the
kitchen .-dove. wa the plight in
which Sheriff Her discovered Mrs. j
Smith. ". years old living in a small
house in Ci rural Ciiy. j
Dead After Fall Under Train. J
Platte County. As- the i'nion I'aci
lie passenger train was pullini: out
oi Platte Center. John Foreman, a
passenger on the train. lell under the
wheels and had both hirs cut off. He
was biouuht to the hospital in Colum
bus, where he died from the shock.
Largest Socialist Vote.
York County. The largest ."-ocial
ist vote -given for one candidate for
state office in this state was cast for
E. E. Olmsted of York, who was a
candidate for land commissioner. He
received 'J.r.'U votes.
"I understand, Mr. Bingo," says the
gentleman with the quizzical air and
the optimistic smile, "that jou are a
man who Is strongly opposed to the
practise some people have of telling
their troubles that, in fact, you will
iiliuo.-t run away from such folk."
Well. ye," replies Mr. Hingo. edg
ing off. "and I'm getting so that I
dodge the man who is always telling
how he never tells his troubles, too.
"She broke her engagement with
"No. Quite the other way about.
He wa so devoted to her that she
said he never got a chance to tlirt
with any other man."
The Retort Courteous.
"And you call this a portrait of me?
Why. I could paint my face better than
"I cannot dispute jou. madam. You
have had so much more experience
than I in painting your face."
SAVED OLD LADY'S HAIR
"My mother used to have a very bad
humor on her head which the doctors
called an eczema, and for it I had two
different doctors. Her head was very
sore and her hair nearly all fell out
In spite of what they both did. One
day her niece came In and thoy were
. speaking or bow her hair was falling
out and the doctors did it no good.
' She says. 'Aunt, why don't you try
Cuticura Soap and Cuticura Olnt-
ment?' Mother did and they helped
' her. In six months' time the itching,
burning and scalding of her head was
J over and her hair began growing. Tc-
. day she feels much in debt tn Cuti.
I cura Soap and Ointment for Lhe flno
t head of hair she has for an old lady
, "My own case was an eczema in my
feeL As soon as the cold weather
came my feet would itch and burn and
then they would crack open and bleed.
Then I thought I would flee to my
mother's friends, Cuticura Soap and
Cuticura Ointment. I did for four o
five winters, and now my feet are as
smooth as any one's. Ellsworth Dun
ham, Hiram. Me., SepL 30, 1909."
Truth has a sliding scale, regard
less of the frank person.
Lewis' Single Binder, extra quality ts
bacoo, coita more than other 5c cigars.
People avoid him because they are
afraid of his tongue.
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