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Vol. III.—Ho. M.v>
ROSSLAND, B.C., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1895.
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J'. W. K15M.IK, in.r.r., AT ROSSLAND.
When the representative of this
district entered the hall of the
Opera House Monday evening he
was greeted hy a large and intelligent audience, composed of prospectors, miners and business men.
The assembly was called to order
by Judge Newton, who, in a few
well chosen words, introduced Mr.
Kellie.
After remarking that it gave him
great pleasure to meet the people
of llossland, Mr. Kellie said that
be was here not for the purpose of
making an address, but to hear
what others had to say; to receive
pointers that might guide him in
framing legislation; to hear the
p'' varices, if there were any, and
u> listen to suggestions as to the
way in which they may he remedied. He felt that as a mining man
he should he in touch with the
mining people, and he desired to
try to perfect the mining laws. He
knew what the intention of the
Legislature was in framing the
laws now upon the Stiitute Books,
but he did not know what construction the courts might put upon them.
Naturely enough, the first question that came from the audience
related to the subject that has for
some time held lirst place in the
minds of the people of Rossland—
viz: tho Nelson <& Fort Shepard
land grant and the action of Mr.
Corbin in adversing mineral
claims.
"Mr. Corbin," said Mr. Kellie,
"has no right to hamper mining in
any way. If any differences arise
the mine owners have but   to go to
th ' Commissio] : I hold that
rbimhas no rigit to cut one
. oi take in.. ■ k from the land
grant. The
Crown reserves ail right to the
minerals and all rights to the timber. If Mr. Corbin has been collecting timber dues I would like to
know by what right he has done
so. If he thinks he can come into
British Colurrfbiu and play a high
hand, and compel people to pay
tribute so him, he will he brought
down very quickly."
Regarding claim jumpers, Mr.
Kellie said: •■When the Act of '91
was formed I was one of the committee. We diil not think there
would be in British Columbia any
man who would take advantage of
technicalities." lie said he would
endeavor to have tiie law amended
so as to prevent claim jumping.
He thought the law should be that
the locator should be required to
make affidavit that there are no
Stakes on the bind and no oilier
claimants for it.
MeNally, Keefe, Chambers and
Others stated their views on the
claim-jumping anil mineral laws,
Mr. Jackson gave the first public
expression to an opinion that prevails extensively in this camp
when he said that it was ihe decision of Judge Spinks at the Augusl
term of tiie County Court tl»at
caused a great deal of claim-jumping.
Mr. Kellie: "I am deeply grieved that a judge of British Columbia should decide against a man
on a technicality; but the people
should bear in mind that there is
• higher tribunal. We want no
claim-jumping. Wo want to say to
capital that there will be no cloud
on the title. We must make it
impossible in British Columbia for
a man to put a cloud on another
man's rights."
Mr. Chambers defended Judge
Spinks' decision*. He and others
in the audience also argued for a
COO hy 1500-ft. location law. On
the question of vertical side lines
the audience was unanimous in
maintaining them, and was unanimous, also, in retaining the section
giving 15 days in which to record.
After the mining laws had been
pretty thoroughly discussed the
question of appropriations came up
and Mr. Kellie was instructed as to
What llossland needs and expects.
Dr. Bowes said he thought lie ex
that all approved the spirit of legislation of the Provincial Government—all thought it intended well.
Mr. Jackson and others thought
we should have appropriations for
a courthouse and a graded school.
An interrogator who sat in the
front row wanted to learn whether
Mr. Kellie favored an export duty
on ore. The reply was that we
seemed to be getting smelters fast
enough without it.
On motion of Dr. Bowes a vote of
thanks was tendered Mr. Kellie for
his patient hearing of our grievances.       _ 	
MINING   NOTES.
A new and promising lead has
been found on the Tiner, a south
belt property under bond to J. A.
Finch.
State Senator lde, superintendent of the R. E. Lee, says that, beginning next month; a larger force
of men will be employed on thai
property.
Le Roi ore is begining to move
again, the recent fall of snow
having made it possible for freighting to be resumed betweed Rossland and Trail,
Another shaft is being sunk on
the Homestake at the upper end ol
the open cut that attracted s>
much attention. The shaft is
down about 12- feet and is in solid
ore,
The machinery for the Center
Star mine is all in place; the air
pipe has been tested, and today
live of the seven drills driven bv
compressed air are battering away
in the tunnel.
About 10 bet a week is the progress made on the 1,800-ft. tunnel
which the War LaJe Mining Qflpi
puny has siaried in Center Star
gulch. It should not he inferred
from this that it wiil take over
three years to complete ihe tunnel.
for greater speed wili he attained
when machinery now ordered arrives.
ICxplosiou al the Southern Cross,
Aii explosion of twenty sticks of
dynamite occured at the Southern
Cross mineral claim Monday. The
Southern Cross is near the Crown
Point. It is being developed by
four men who were sinking a shall
which is down about 40 feet.
When the explosion occurred twi
men were in ihe shall, tht; olhei
two were working in an open cut
about 80 feel from the shaft house.
The dynamite sticks were thawing
by a lire near the shaft house. The
explosion blew Ihe shaft house,
windlass and bucket into fragments, some of which were carried
a great distance, The men almost
miraculously escaped unhurt.
The Catholic Fair.
For woeks the CathuliO fair has been
looked forward Io as one of the great
events of the season, and it, is proving
io lie all that was expected. It is held
in tlid lower room of I ho Opera House,
mill was ciomniBiiood yesterday, The
hall is tastefully decorated, the decorating having been doco the day previous by .). ./. Hand, Mrs. Saucier,
Mrs. Flaherty and Miss II iley. Tliu
fancy table was presided over by Mes-
dutnea Saucier, Brodier, Flaherty, O'-
Connull and Atorin, the Uih pond by
Miss Jones and the cigar and oandy
si and by Missu Haley and Steve Bud-
din. There wcr« refreshments for the
hungry, ami music by an •rclieslra.
Many articles were rallied. Auctioneer Ringer's gentle voice was often
heard above Ihe din. 1. J. Hand and
Prank Uauthier euimled the votes, the
Interest of the evening centering on
the voting for the most popular yotiag
lady. At the close ef the eveeing the
vote stood: Mjis McCarthy 819, Miss
Haley 21)1. and Miss Nellie Panuclly
2-16*. Vatmg will be resumed early
this evening-. The proceeds of tho drat
night were 190 dollars.
1 imi.su'3nuw   j.m ilOw   nan iu  »*o^
Utft.Vs,
Smelter and Tramway.
The smeller at Trail is so near completion that it is thought tires will be
lighted iu Mia furnaces the lirst wetk iu
January. Grading on the tramway—
or narrow gauge railway—commenced
last Monday.    About 80  men are em
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ployed   and as the difficulty regardiug
im. i.owe.. i-iiiu ne n vni, no ca- tLt right-of-way has beon adjusted, the
tossed the'sentimepta of the people force will be largely i»«reased next week
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CHRISTMAS WITH PPft mgOBl
Hunter Brothers. Kondrlolc, & Co.,
One of the first firms to commence
business in Rossland, and at pres-
ent carrying the largest stock of
general merchandise in Kootenay,
are showing goods suitable for the
season, in the way of groceries, dry
goods, boots and shoes of every
sort, shape arid size; winter hats
and caps in fur and felt, furnishing
goods, crockery, hardware, of all
kinds, a very extensive variety of
stoves and a vast stock of tinware.
They have everything in the line
of miners' supplies and prospectors' outfits. Under the management of Mr. Robert Hunter, the
business of his firm has been very
successful and is constantly increasing.
The While House Tradlug Co,
carries a very large stock of winter
clothing, underwear, cardigans,
overshoes, snowshoes, Jersey arctics, and everything needed to keep
ihe body in warmth during the
snowy season. The White House
Co. is noted for first-class tailoring
and a suit made by them is not
only fashionably cut, but guaranteed to fit like a glove. As an in-
stance of the excellent work done
by this firm we may state that orders for suits are now being filled
for several of the leading men of
Trail and this city, and the order*
are so far ahead of their ability to
till them that they have been obliged to increase their staff of workman, and three additional tailor,
have been ei gaged in Toronto ano
are on their way here.
Campbell Bros.
have the largest stock of furniture
in Kootenay. and a visit to their
warehouses will convince'one of
that fact. Two large rooms art
filled with mattresses and pillows,
while another room contains several
hundred sets of bedroom furniture.
They can furnish the largest hole!
from cellar to garret in twenty four
hours. They also carry an extensive stock of crockery and glassware, a large consignment of the
iatter being now at Trail, en route.
Some very large sales have been
made by ibis linn, as much as$700
worth having been disposed of in a
day, and business is slill brisk
with them. 11. MoCutcheon is the
affable manager.
H. S.  Wallace
has a stock of Christmas toys in his
handsome and commodious store
that would do credit to a much
larger city than Rossland. It
would require a column or more to
enumerate the articles he has on his
shelves and counters, and if parents wish to give the juveniles the
maximum of pleasure with a minimum of expenditure, just take
them up for a look at Wallace's
toys, story-books, oranges and
Christmas candies.
Thomas ,t Smith
trust that the public will not go
hungry during this festive season,
even if they (the public) have to
fill up on oats. Thomas & Smith
carry in stock such eatables as
(lour, and good (lour, too, bran, oats,
hay, and vegetables of all kinds.
The horses appreciate the kindness
shown them by this firm, and it
is a common sight to see three or
four outside the store eating the
oats thrown out to them on the
snow. A man that will show
kindness to dumb animals is sure
to be a good man to deal with.
J. K.  Burwell
puts up an excellent meal for 25c,
and his place is becoming quite a
resort for the hungry. His specialty is "waffles," which may not,
perhaps, be classed as Christmas
cheer, but they are fine eating the
way he makes 'em. He intends to
outdo himself on Christmas day,
and those who have not already
been invited out to dine will do
well to drop in at the Waffle House.
The lialfoui'Trading Co..
corner of Reserve and Washington
streets, carries every article to be
found in a well furnished store,
and every requisite in gents' furnishing goods. They make close
prices on everything, and are sell
ing groceries "cheaper for rash than
any house in Rossland." They
have a big stock of winter boots
and everything in the line of warm
underwear,
J. ii. Robinson
advertises his as the cheapest store
on Columbia avenue, and a business man cannot afford to advertise anything but the truth, lie
has some cheap lines in overshoes,
rubbers, cardigan jackets, socks,
shirts, quilts, and especially in
men's furnishing goods   and   hats.
Tne Pnat-Offlee Stationery store
presents a very neat and tasteful
appearance, and being in what is
termed the best business local ion
in the town, is largely patronized.
Mere can be obtained every variety
of stationery that maybe desired;
Christmas books, and a varied selection of reading matter.
Thos.  Wilson * Co.
one of Rossland's oldest firms, are
still doing business at their original
stand on Spokane street. They
carry a large stock of groceries,
boots and shoes, clothing, tinware
and shelf hardware, making miners' supplies a specialty. Everything needed for the Christmas
pudding can be bought at Thomas
Wilson & Co's.
M. H. Dolun   & Co.
are showing the largest assortment
. f boots and shoes north of Spokane. Their line store on Spokane
street  is   certainly   stocked   from
I floor to ceiling, and   the  excellent
I iitisiness they are doing proves thai
their  prices   are  satisfactory.    W.
| Ij. Lawry is a most obliging niana-
i >>6r.
Mrs. 1). McKellar
' has a good display of Christmas
ii.ifts in the line of dolls and various toys, ladies' furnishing goods,
ribbons, silks, etc.
Cowper-Coles & Johnson,
mining brokers, real estate and insurance agents, are trustworthy
ind upright men of business.
They have large and influential
connections among the capitalists
of the coast cities, eastern Canada,
and London, Eng., and are working up a prosperous business   here.
rfeir.r & Webster,
builders and contractors, have just
completed the handsome building
occupied by the People's General
Supply Store. An builders of the
Rossland Opera House, their work
may be said to speak for itself.
A. Nelson,
cabinet-maker and turner, Washington street, has turned out some
very fine specimens of his workmanship recently, and is able to
supply ornamental and fancy articles in woodwork.
The Red star Stables
are so well known as   providers  of
first-class   saddle horses  that   the
mention   of   the    name    will   be
enough.
Win. K. Beatty and B, B. White
are the undertakers in Rossland,
and while we must admit that
their business is a most necessary
one, we cannot express much sorrow at their having so little to do
as undertakers; but we are glad to
say that in the other branches of
their business they are doing well.
Hotels.
Shaw's Hotel is iirst-class in every
respect, and is fast becoming the
headquarters for mining capitalists and others who are Interested
in Trail Creek mines. The International has recently been reopened, and under the, able management of Messrs. Manly & Dueber
is receiving a great deal of patronage. The proprietors are certainly
making it one of the best hostelries
in the district.
Pining   lliii'ins,
The Cliff Hotel dining room is under the management of Mr3. Kepkey, and boarders are loud in their
praises of the good table she provides. The dining room of the
Hotel Windsor has recently passed
into new hands, and the meals are
all first-class, while the bedrooms
present the acme of comfort. The
Leland dining room is very largely
patronized, a circumstance that
speaks for itself. The dining room
and lunch counter of the Mountain
View Hotel is under the manage
ment of Geo, McGaughey, who puts
on the table everything in season
that the market affords.
In the Slums or British Cities,
A most interesting lecture entitled "Mission Work in the Slums
of British Cities," will be delivered
at the Presbyterian church on
Sunday evening next by liev. J'
E. Wallace, who has had considerable experience in mission work
in the poorer quarters of Glasgow,
Edinburgh and London. Mr. Wallace is well known to Rossland audiences as the possessor of considerable histrionic and elocutionary
abilities, and there is little doubt
that his lecture will be exceedingly
interesting. A collection will In
taken for the church building fund.
The service commences at 7.30.
Christmas Tree.
There is to he a Christmas Tree
and entertainment in the Methodist
church on Christmas night, Dec. 25.
An excellent program is being prepared. Any wdio may wish to give
presents to children and friends
are invited to bring them in during
the afternoon, as every care will be
taken to secure their safe delivery
to the proper recipient. Entertainment begins at 7.30sharp and will
probably be through  hy 9.30.
Looks Like War.
The correspondence between Lord
Salisbury and Mr. Olney, followed
by a message from President Cleveland to Congress on the application
of the Monroe doctrine to the Venezuela boundary dispute, is exciting
considerable commotion on both
sides of the Atlantic, and the situation is looking very threatening.
ABOUND   Til 10   CITY.
The People's General Supply
Store announces that every calJei
on Christmas Eve will receive a
present of some sort.
$2.75 in silver buys a nice pail
of blankets at Robinson's.
The self-denial collections for thi
social weak of the Saltation Army
in this district were $41, R< island
contributing $32 60 and Trail $.S,40.
Good cigars in boxes of 25, suitable for 'Xmns presents at Wallace's stationery store.
The drawing for that m ignili-
eer.t. pyramid cake at Decker &
Knight's bakery takes place tomorrow (Saturday) morning at
ten o'clock.
Lots, lot?, lots of pretty Christmas cards at Mrs. D. McKellar's,
Reserve street.
The ball at Trail on Christmas1
night promises to be a big affair.
Several of Rossland's prominent
young men intend  to he present.
Robinson carries a splendid line
of all wool blankets in white, scarlet and navy hi tie.
The People's General Supply
Store is now open for business, but
the opening celebration will not
take place until about the end of
the month, when a public dance
will be given on the upper floor.
Hooks, children's dishes, dolls,
and Christmas cards at Mrs. 1).
McKellar's, Reserve  street.
Remember the International
Bakery when you want holiday
cakes and mince pies.
The committee sent to Spokane
to confer with Mr. Corbin will return to Rossland this evening, and
will have only a short report to
make, as they found Mr. Corbin
not disposed to make concessions.
Turkey dinner at Geo. McGaug-
hey's, Christmas Day.
Some of the shop windows present avery handsome appearance,
but the majority have yet to be
dressed for Christmas week.
Among those which are most noticeable are tho windows of the
People's General Supply Store, the
White House Trading Co., the
Rossland Fruit Market, II. S. Wallace's and the Post-oflice Stationery
Store.
Fancy stationery makes a nice
Christmas present. Mrs. D. McKellar keeps it in her store on Rer
serve street.
Midnight dinner at Geo. Mo
Gaughey's, Christmas Eve.
Call at the International Bakery
and get the finest assorted holiday
cakes and mince pies in Rossland,
Tom and Jerry are becoming
quite popular in Rossland, espec*
hilly during the cold weather. They
are to he found at the Windsor,
and our genial friend Smith is
nothing loth to introduce these
worthies to all callers.
Tiddley-winks, lotto and three
blind mice and other nice games
at Mrs. D. McKellar's, Reserve
street.
The latest and freshest holiday
cakes and mince pies at the International Bakery.
Society is in a flutter of excitement over the Social Club ball,
which takes place on Tuesday night
(Christmas Eve), and for which
extensive preparations are being
made. The proceeds are in aid of
the tire brigade.
A new supply of 'Xmas goods
received at Wallace's stationery
store this week.
.1. F. Ritcnie has purhased for
$1,500 Brig Atkinson's half interest in the lot and luiilding on Co-
iinnhia avenue, occupied.'by R. J,
Bealey efc Co. and the Dominion
Express Co. As Mr. Ritchie already owned the other half interest,
lie is now the sole owner.
One.of tin! most beautiful cakes
made by any baker in Rossland
eras exhibited this week in the window of the International bakery,
and was last evening donated by
Mrs. Wakefield to the Catholic
lair.
Rossland Sign Co, Lightning
Sign writers. Quick, expeditious
and lirst-elass work, Allen G.
While, proprietor. Cilice in Nel-
s Hi's cabinet shop, Washington
street.
In another column will be seen
i notie'e that application is to be
made to the Provincial Assembly
for an .Vet to incorporate a com-
pany fur the purpose of constructor.! railway from Trail, on the
Columbia river, ihrough Rossland
and Midway Io a point on Okanagan Lake near the town of Penile!., n. This mail will go through
ihe range of mountains that the
Miner terms impassable. When
the Crow's Nest road reaches the
Columbia the ('. 1'. R. will probably join with this section and carry
their main line westward by it.
The Drama \ext Week. .   „ ..
Carlton's company of players is bill-
eel Io appear at linssbiiid Opera House
next week, commencing Monday, ilia
•>;)n|, and oinilliag Tuesday niglit,
tvliun tliu Suebd Chin's beUt will occupy Ihii.Ii rooms. This is a strong eastern
company, which has been performing
i:i California, ilregon, Washington and
Malm. Thev will opein here with ("lay
M. (ireen's celeliruleel play "Destiny.*
••Ola Olesini" is also included in their
ri'pei toire. The press speak)) highly
of this company, nnd Howl and era will
no iloiililfiniiisli appreciative audiunans.
APPLICATION F0K PHIVATE BILL.
■NTOTICK Is hereby given, that nt tho next
j\J se.-ion nl I lie Li'Klsliiiiw Assembly of
liriilsli .lelumtilii application will be ramie for
tlir pus-age ui ii I'rmile Hill to iiii'iirporate *
i',mi mi io fur tin' purpose of constructing, main-
, i*'i lipping nml operating clcctrlellgiit
nml power mill will it w "iks fit or near Hit; towu
nl Itiis.-lmnl, in the Province of Uritish Colutn-
bin, iiinl i"i I in- purposes thereof granting to
on'S'ii-l' nupini TivUcgo eif lukiiiR and
['...ivciit," vvjikt l'r ivntro Sim creek,Stony
cm',   nml   Slurp  creek,   nnd   other  creekH,
kireiuns,   lake*  or  riwn  within   twetity-Bve
lnih'. of ilie -iilit iowii of Rossland, with power
in il"' company  lo make (Miches, Humes ana
iK|ueiliieis, lo lay pipes, creel  dams, acquire
bonis by expropriation, purchase or otherwise,
inol to do all things necessary for the purpose*
aforesaid,
Daieil the Ilth day of December, 1895.
r. M. McI.KOD,
Solii iior for the Applicants
Certificate of Improvements.
" NORTH STAIt" MINERAL CLAIM.
Situated in the Trail Crock Mining Dlvlsloa
of Wcsi Kooieute. P: tiicl. VV he re located:'Oa
Ihe mirth of and adjoining the Columbia mineral claim.
Take notice Hint I, .1. P. Ritchie, acttnr aa
agent for K. .1. Kelly, t'.M.C. 01,528; Olans Jcid-
ncss, I'.M.C. ii 1,577, and Thomas W. Stack F M O
111,11'J, intend, sixty days from tho dato hereof,
to apply to i lie Hold Commissioner foraocrllfl-
cnlc of Improyemeiils for Ihe purpose of obtaining a Crown grant of Hie abovo Claim.
And further tnl<e notice that adverse claim*
mu-t he sent to ihe Oold Commissioner an*
action commenced before the Issuance of sunt*
eertiliiiite of improvements.
J. P. BITCIllK,
Puled at Rossland lhl,lfith DattomO .—ifin* BILLY'S RIDE WITH SANTA!
•' Tben I want in and  began to
tell him what I came down for.
I'm in a terrible hurry,' said
THE FIRST CHRISTMAS  EVE.
Stir up thy might, 0 Lord, and come I
The world is sick for thee,
EEING the glance Santa   Claus,    'I   just   meant   to Sorrow and sin have reached their sum,
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at the striking dump a whole lot of things down
clock, Billy remon- here and skip, but if you've got any-
strated : " No- thing very important to say I'll you
body should go you what you can do. Come ..long I
to bed before 9 with me and say it in my sleigh
o'clock on Christ- Never mind if your costume is airy,
mas Eve !" I've got plenty of fur robes aboard!'
"On the con-j "And before I could get my
trary, Billy ! breath he took hold of my hand
Christmas Eve is and, presto ! we whisked up the
the time of all chimney before you could say 'Jack
others that children should go to Robinson !' I d'idn't want to say
bed specially early. Santa Claus Jack Robinson,' but I did say
won't h ; f.od chance to do hist' Gracious !' for there was the pret-
work you know." tie.st sleigh I ever saw and all the
Then   Billy smiled  with the su- eight reindeer, too !
periopfy of a man of the world—!     " ' Hop in ! shouted Santa Claus.
aged twelve. I And I  hopped.    And off we went.
"I used to believe in Santa Claus But I never wondered after that
—many years ago, when I was a be was in a hurry. Why, he had
small child. 1 used to dream about to dash down the chimneys and up
him for weeks before Christmas again as fast a lightening ! And as.
came, and lie awake listening for fast as the bag on his back got
his coming on the night he was ex- empty he filled it up again from his
pected. That is many years ago,"jsleigh, and somehow the stock ot
repeated Billy solemnly. toys and things he had there never
" And did you ever see him ?" I seemed to get any smaller, no mat-
inquired, iter how much he carried down each
" I   had  an adventure with him chimney !
once, when I   was   a   very  small      " And   he  began to  fly  so fast
child asserted   Billy   nodding   his,from   house    to   house and   from
head at me
The night goes wearily.
For every Cae3ar at his wine
Are myriad slaves undone.
Light of the World, arise and shine
From the eyes of Mary's Son I
Stir up thy might, O Lord, and come I
0 Lord, make no delay I
For Faith is faint, and Hope is dumb,
And Love hath lost his way.
0 Earth, put forth the Saviour meek I
Clouds, rain the holy one I
Hope of tho world, arise and speak
With the lips of Mary's Son I
Come, come and save the lowly, Lord,
For whom no joy remains.
Thy poor ones, ravaged by the sword
Or done to death in chains,
The. chiding mot her piteous,
The sad child life begun—
0 God-love, man-love, feel for us
In the heart o£ Mary's Son I
Come, just  one,  come,  and  with  thoe
bring
Or recompense or doom.
Lo, fountains in the desert spring,
The wildernesses bloom I
Thy   foes   crouch   down  with   banners
furled,
Thou dav, nest—night is done—
Light of t his world and every world,
The maiden Mary's Son I
—Boston Pilot
What Happened Last Christmas
" Indeed, Billy ! Let's hear it. I
confess that Christmas Eve is a
good time to listen to a Santa Claus
story, told by you !"
" I couldn't have been more than
four or five at the time,' began
Billy, " probably about four. And
I had been thinking for a long time
before Christmas about the few little trifles I expected Santa Claus to
put into my stocking. I wanted a
bicycle and a new wheelbarrow,
and skates, and a steam engine,
and a printing press, and of course
a dozen or so of tools, besides the
candy, fruit and sweets I always
got. I was afraid that Santa Claus
would forget somfc of them. I
made out a list, blew it up the
chimney, as some one told me to
do, but still I thought he might be
in a hurry and not stop long
enough to read it all through, for
he had a lot of other houses to go
to as well as this, although of
course ours was the most important !
" So I thought  perhaps the best
wav would be to keep awake and chimney to   chimney  that I really
remind him when he came, in case wondered he didn't drop down, for
" i'm  in a terrible hurry" said
santa claus.
he should forget one or two things
For if Santa Claus is as rich as
they   say,   why shouldn't he give
just think how many houses he had
to go to !
" I   didn't   have   much  time  to
von everything you want ? What I speak. I tried to shout out the
difference does it make to him if he things I wanted, but I only had a
(fivesyoi n en things or twenty? If he] chance to say one  thing at a time
before  off he'd go popping down
another chimney.      And each thing
is able to do it, why shouldn't he be
willing to do it, too ? It must be
just because he is in a hurry and he
forgets, sometimes. I thought that
—when I was four !"
" And have you found out the
answer yet, Billy ?"
" Part of it I have, and part of it
I haven't" replied Billy. "But I
can tell you about that now, it's the
little adventure with Santa Claus
that I want to tell you about tonight.
" I lay awake a long time that
night listening. Sometimes I'd tall
asleep for a few minutes, but I knew
Santa Claus never came in those
times, because each time I crept
downstairs after I woke up to look
at my stocking and it was always
empty.
" And at last I heard, far off, a
sound like a stamping in the snow,
that was thick all over the roof.
Then I heard a bounce and then a
sort of shuffling, scraping sound,
as if some one was coming down
the chimney. So I crept softly
downstairs and peeped into the
door, and there stood Santa Claus
on the hearth-rug.
" He looked just like all the pictures and the poems tell about
him, so I   know  they  must all  be .
true.    That   is,   that people   who
wrote the stories and made the pic-
I say I wanted he'd say : ' Certain
ly of course  you shall   have it  in
time ! Be a good boy and wait, and
you'll   get   'em   all.      Everything
comes to the boy that wai^s for it.'
"And I said : 'Well, I guess
I'd better begin waiting right away,
for I want every one t>f those
things, and, as long as you've
promised 'em to me, I'll go home
and wait now, Mr. Santa Clause 1"
" I had to shout even that much
between the times he was popping
down each chimney. And Santa
Claus laughed, and laughed, and
he had a tunny twinkle in his eyes
when I said it. ' All right 1* he
cried : ' I'm a man of my word, if
you're a boy of yours.  Presto! Oh !'
" And at that the sleigh gave a
terrible jump from one set of houses
to another, and somehow the shock
bounced me straight home and
landed me straight into the middle
of my own bed, for when I looked
around there I was !"
" And did you find all the things
Santa Claus promised you in your
stocking, Billy ?"
" One or two of 'em," said Billy,
and a  few since.    And the rest
m  waiting for   just   as   1
pro
mised. But Santa Claus promised
too, you know, so I'm sure they'll
certainly come !" and he nodded at
me so solemnly that I laughed.
" Billy, Billy, my dear go to bed
Santa Claus is surely a man of his
word !"
THE MISTLETOE.
With Christmas cheer the hall is bright,
At friendly feud with winter's eo'd;
There's many a merry game to-night
ot-maids and men and young and old;
An I winter sends for their delight
The holly with its crimson glow,
An I paler than the glistening snow
Th - mistletoe, the mistletoe.
The mistletoe I The mistletoe I
The wan and wanton mistletoe I
AST Christmas was
tho jolliest one I
ever saw. I guess
what makes me
think so is because it was such
a good one to
Aunt Mildred and
TJnole George —
though he was not
my uncle yet,
.£■<*. Q&3n*lfiam' then,—and they
say if it hadn't been for me they
wouldn't have had such a good Christmas. And I reckon if. I hadn't been
so anxious to work and earn something,
things never would have happened just
as they did. My pa died when I was
just a little fellow, and my Aunt Mildred earned nearly everything we had
after that, teaching music, for my ma
was sick nearly all the time. While
my pa lived we had plenty, but everything he had was invested in a bank,
and the bank failed soon after he died.
People said that if he had lived the
bank wouldn't have failed; and they
think that the man that was in with
him cheated my ma out of what ought
to have been hers.
For the last three or four years I
have been earning a nickel whenever I
could by carrying parcels or running
errands, or something of that sort; but
last winter I made up my mind that a
great big boy eleven years old could
do something harder than that; so
when a big snow fell a week or two
before Christmas I started out to
shovel snow for people. There was a
Mrs. Bronson living up on Fourth
street that had always been mighty
good about giving me little iobs to do,
and I went to her first. She let me
shovel the snow off all the walks for
her, and paid mo a good price for it;
and then she went and brought out
an overcoat of Mr. Bronson's that she
said he would not wear any more,
though it was real good, all but on the
slee.es and on the edge of it, and wanted to know if my ma could not cut It
down for me. I knew ma could do it,
for she had made lots of things for me
out of pa's old clothes, and I needed an
overcoat, too; but. I hated to take such
a I hing from a stranger, and my face
burned like fire. But she offered it
in such a nice way, like she was afraid
of hurting my feelings, and her face
looked like it was burning, too, so I
thought maybe I'd better take it, and
told her I would take it If she would
let me do something to pay for it—I
didn't feel like I could take it for nothing, it seemed so much like a beggar
—and she told me all right, I might
go down cellar and rick up the stove
wood that had been hauled and thrown
in there, so it would not be so much
in the way. I went and piled up tho
wood, and she wrapped up the coat in
not a burglar, but a man that is going
to be your unole before long.
You see it was this way: They got
to be sweethearts five years ago when
Aunt Mildred was at boarding school,
and Mr. Bronson—Uncle George it is
now—was 'tending law school in the
same place. They wanted to marry,
but grandpa said Aunt Mildred was
100 young to marry, but he let her oor-
1 j ipond with Uncle George after they
both left school. But when Uncle
George's brother forgot to give him
that letter he waited and waited, and
then he thought Aunt Mildred had
quit writing to him and he went off
out West. He had never told his
folks anything about having a sweetheart, and they didn't know what was
the matter with him. His brother had
taken the letter out of the office and
put it in his pocket with other letters,
and when it slipped down out of sight
ho never thought of it again.
Aunt Mildred was just like Uncle
George; she thought he had quit writing to her, and she never said anything
about him. Grandpa died about that
time, and she came to live with us, and
all the money she had was put into
the bank with pa's, and lost the same
way.
Well, you see when Mrs. Bronson got
hold of that letter she sent it to her
brother-in-law—that's Uncle George,
you know— and told him how a boy
nameel Harry Floyd had found it in
her husband's old coat; and when ho
got tho letter ho saw just how it all
was, and as my name is Floyd, he
t bought I must lie some kin to Aunt
Mildred; so he came back here as quick
as lie could and found out where we
lived, and came and found Aunt Mildred here. And that's how I happened to be the cause of him and Aunt
Mildred having such a merry Christmas last year.
Uncle George is a pretty sharp lawyer, I tell you, and he has brought
some sort of suit again3t the man that
cheated us out of our money, and he
thinks he is pretty sure of getting it
back for us.
—Martha Sperbeck White.
Christmas at tiie Holy Manger
How the Christmas World's Great Festival   is Celebrated at the Birthplace.
QUAINT   ENGLISH   SUPERSTITION.
a big paper so no one could see what
it was—I thought it was nice of her—
and I took it homo with me. When I
took it to ma and told  her about  it
In some districts of Northumberland
and Durham, and also in Scotland, the
country folk are extremely superstitious as to who first enters the house
on Christmas morn. 16 a fair haired
person crosses the threshold first, mis-
tortune will attend the family. If a
dark haired person is the first visitor,
all may be well. The explanation
vouchsafed for this queer belief is that
the hair of Judas is supposed to have
been red.
In some countries, if on Christmas
morn you ask a man to oblige you with
a wax vesta to light your pipe, he will
politely but resolutely decline. The
giving of a match out of doors on
Christmas day is supposed to be accompanied by dire results.
Many old country people still adhere
to the preposterous uelief that a loaf
baked on Christmas Eve never gets
moldy. It can only be supposed that
healthy appetites have been the cause
of this effort of the imagination not
having been exploded long ago.
An individual who dies on Christmas
eve is, paradoxical as it may seem, both
pitied and congratulated. He is pitied
on account of his lease of life having
expired and congratulated because folk
who shake off this mortal coil on
Christmas eve are supposed to be sure
of eternal happiness.
In several parts of Devonshire and
Cornwall the people are exceedingly superstitious. On the evening preceding
Christmas day cattle are commonly believed to fall down on their knees in
adoration of the infant Saviour. A
visit to the meadows would, of course,
at once disprove this strange assumption, but considering that in the eyes
of these folks the very act of going
out for the purpose of witnessing the
spectacle is an unpardonable crime, the
rash perpetrator of which brings down
upon himself and the animals the wrath
of the Almighty, the superstition appears in no way likely to die out.
Christmas eve was regarded as the
holiest night in the year, in which the
Wandering Jew slept once every year,
and when Pilate, whose spirit haunted
Mount Pilatus, in Switzerland, in the
vain endeavor to wash its hands olean,
had a  brief  rest.
On this night the quivering aspen
tree ceases the motion of its leaves,
which  have  continued  since  its  wood
At this season of the year, probably
no city of the ancient world presents a
more picturesque or attractive aspect
than Bethlehem, whose population is
many times multiplied by the presence
of a vast army of pilgrims from every
part of the globe. Mecca, in the height
of the great annual Moslem influx, or
Hudwar in Upper India, at the season
of the sacred festival, may have much
greater, but they cannot be said to have
more devout or more cosmopolitan
crowds than those that flock to the city
of David in the Christmas week. Shaped wonderfully like a crescent, yet the
only thoroughly Christian town in all
Syria, Bethlehem puts on its gayest
garb as Christmas approaches. At all
times a pretty and attractive place, it
is then a thousnd-fold more so. The
thrifty towns-people, their handsome
wives and dark-eyed daughters, prepare
for the festivities weeks in advance, and
are ready to welcome the first arrivals.
Presently the advance guard of   the
Eilgrims, who for many weeks, it may
e months, have been on the road-
comes in sight on the long dusty five-
mile highway that leads up hill from
Jerusalem to Bethlehem. At first a
few scattering groups, wayworn and
tired enough, who immediately make
for the convent refectories and afterward put up their tents, for they must
either sleep under canvas or be at the
cost of hiring quarters at the convents
—a thing hardly thought of by a majority of the travelers. Soon the highway is crowded with all sorts of vehicles, bearing more visitors to the manger-shrine, while thousands of others
are strung along the aidepaths, or come
ambling on camels or asses, or trudging on foot.
Where they all expect to be accommodated is a question that might well
puzzle an observer were it not explained that the distance being so short, a
majority of them return to Jerusalem
the same day. Soon every available
space in the oity is dotted with tents,
capable of accommodating two travelers. From within comes the chatter of
conversation in varied tongues, and the
odor of cooking. Some pilgrims, who
have presumably come only a short distance, bring beds, tables, chairs, and
even carpets for tent use, and parties
of Europeans and Americans from Jerusalem, who have come up to David's
City to spend Christmas, usually bring
on baggage mules or wagons such conveniences as greatly mitigate the hardships of tent life and make the outing
a more rxfreeable one for both sexes.
Good tare is easily procurable from
the tonwspeople (there is no hotel), and
the only drawback to comfort is when
a swift and violent Syrian storm descends from the hills and sweeps past
Bethlehem and down through the valleys below. But the good people of
Bethlehem are quite hospitable, and the
far-famed matrons and maidens of the
old Crusader town ("they are all visibly
proud of their blue-blooded descent
from the warriors of the Cross) will
not permit any pilgrim to go unrefresh-
ed—especially if he has a well-filled wallet.
It makes little difference whether the
stranger be Russian, Copt, Greek, English or American, the Christmas cheer
is equally free to all—who pay. Some
of the thousands who come to worship
at the Grotto of the Manger are pit
excite their cupidity. Among thotsi
thousands that are living temporarily
in tents, or, it may be. quartered in the
more comfortable convent, there are
many rich who can be easily persuaded
into generosity, when under the supernatural influence that seems to prevail*
everything at Bethlehem,
MOTLEY CROWDS.
They are a strange-looking lot, thos*
pilgrims, the greater part of whom have
come by the Jaffa gates from Jerusalem
and will return by the same route at
sundown. Some few wear the silk hat
of western civilization but the turban
and fez predominate. Camped on the
stony ground of the hillside, among the
few scattering olive trees, gnarled and
twisted with age, they frequently have
a time of it fighting the fierce sun, eves
in December.
As the hour for striking tents approaches, the scene grows more exciting.
Arabs on camels or horseback, with long
Damascus guns and shot-pouches, sore-
eyed Syrian natives on donkeys or afoot,
men and women in European dress; Russians, long-coated and invariably bearded ; smart Germans with a military
bearing ; Greek Priests from the Volga j
self-complacent English and easy-gping
Americans, all mingle iu the bright,
moving kaleidoscope. Having seen the
sights, listened to the music with ohap-
el and the prayers at the Manger, and
paid their reverent homage, they now
regard their pilgrimage as accomplished
and are eager to return.
Among the crowds who visit Bethlehem at the Christmas-tide are many
who make the pilgrimage every year,
coming from comparatively short distances. Others—and they are in the majority—make it but once in a life-time,
Every spot of sacred or historical interest in and around Bethlehem is scan-
neel by those far-away devotees; the
plain of Rephaim, where David scattered the Philistines; the "well at the
gate," for a draught from whose sparkling waters the minstrel king sighed
when he was a fugitive; the renowned
cave of Adullam ; the well ot the Magio,
the Milk Grotto the Shepherd's Grotto,
the tomb of Michel and a score of others
more or less aprocryphal sites, some of
them dependent upon the flimsiest traditions.
As a rule, however, these places have
merely a passing interest, the manger-
shrine itself practically absorbing the
attention of the pious pilgrim who hopes
for a blessing as the reward of his fidelity and perseverance.
MENDICANT MAIDENS.
Such a one has little time for dalliance with the bevies of Bethlehem girls
who come to the city gate to look at the
strangers. Some of these maidens—who
would be attractive enough if it were
not for their weak eyes—have no hesitation in asking for alms. Their little
cottage caps, some with rows of coins
that jingle as the owners walk, give
them quite a coy and debonair appearance, the whole dress being more after
the fashion of the fanciful characters o(
a play than anything else. Christians aa
the Bethlehemites are, they care little
for Christmas save for the gain it brings
them. Indeed, strange as it may seem,
Christmas has but little honor in the
land that gave it birth, for outside of
Jerusalem and Bethlehem, it is only remembered by little groups of faithful
believers in a few scattered localities.
These are the days of popular pilgrimage, and what was once almost the unattainable wish of a lifetime has now
become comparatively easy of realization. Starting from any part of the
civilized world on a pilgrimage which
will include almost all the notable
places of the East, one can be reasonably sure of accomplishing the journey
within a very short time, and at limited
expense. It is no longer a matter of
many weary months by slow boat across
grims who have traveled over Europe'sea' or ^   mule', camel f and ?25?y¥2
to Alexandria    and thence    to Joppa! 1"*X J^t-^^fS^t^Jh
while others have    taken    the  longer T0*1 eVthMtJJ? ^   y     /     •
route across the Egyptian desert from Iplace of -the- Saviour.   Americans   can
Cairo  to Bethlehem,  over .the  precise
road followed by Mary and Joseph when
they fled into Egypt to escape Herod.
IMPRESSIVE SERVICES.
No words can adequately describe the
grandeur of the Christmas services at
the Church of the Nativity, which is
the centre of interest for the pilgrims.
These services are kept up the entire
week. On the way to church, the visitors are beset by peddlers, who insist on
pushing under their very noses little
ornaments of olive wood and mother-
of-pearl. The Church of the Nativity is
one of the oldest structures in existence, and although it has been repeat
was used for the cross, the respite given edly repaired, it still retains much of
because from the sime wood was made its original form and character.   In the
the cradle in which the Holy Child was
rocked,
BURNING THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE
side aisles, at different altars, priests
chant the service in tones that swell
and die amid the tall columns that support the roof.
At the shrines, groups of pilgrims
kneel in reverent adoration, while still
Wo are inclined to pity the Puritan other groups are guided around the
little one of New England who knows church by monks, who point out to
nothing about merry Christmastide,1 them the noh relios and sacred places,
with its rollicking games of blindman's the most venerated of all being the
buff, hunt the slipper, snapdragon and Shrine of the Manger,   beneath     the
    ...  the like, but so:ne of them enjoyed the church,   which it   is claimed,   encloses
she  cried a  little,  but  she said I  did practice which they called "burning the the actual birthplace of   the   Saviour,
right  to take it, and she  went  right Christmas e:anelle."     Thi 1 taper was aiDur'ng the Christmas festivities,  this
lo work ripping it, up to make over for  ' 	
me. She was ripping away on it when
all at once she said, " Why, Harry,
here is a letter, aeldressoel to Mr.
George  Bronson,   that  has  worked  it
A BIT OF PATHOS AT CHRISTMAS-
TIDE.
There is a little   girl of 6 who   has
proved herself one of the   ministering
children    not  in  name    only.   A   few
weeks ago the baby of a family died.
The children as well as the mother had
looked forward to hanging up the baby's
stocking   at Christmas   with  a   great
deal of pleasure.   But  the   loss of the
baby brought such anguish to the moth-
     1-  ,   . ,   ,  , . 1 er that she decided to have no Christ-
homemade affair and differed from oth- manger-shrine is resorted to by great |mas oelebration of any kind.   LastSun-
er tallow dips only in being larger and multitudes, who orowd each other in day evening, as the family sat in par-
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now reach Jerusalem almost as quick
as, 20 years ago, they reached Paris or
Berlin. Large pilgrimages, some of them
organized by different religious denominations, others purely of the nature of
excursions or for sight-seeing and pleasure, are organized on this side of the
Atlantic. The East is no longer a closed book to the civilized world and the
rapid railroad building now going on in
Palestine will soon make us as familiar
with Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem and
Bethany as we now are with Rome and
Vienna. If one may judge of the future by the progress ol tho past decade,
a Christmas pilgrimage to Palestine will
soon become one of the regular winter
delights of a very large portion of the
civilized .Christian world.
having tho wick divided at the lower their pious eagerness to kiss the marble
end  to form  three legs, while  at   its "Jab on the floor  with a silver star in
 _  heart was concealed a quill   well filled the centre.
way down out, of the pocket, between j with gunpower. On Christmas eve it i So fervid and enthusiastic are these
(he lining and the outside. You must | was lighted, and the quaint little Puri- worshippers that the marble slab has
go right Back to Mrs. Bronson and take tan folk sat around telling stories and been repeatedly kissed away in places,
tho   letter  to  her,  and  tell   her   how ] riddles until suddenly the candle wont rendering anew slab necessary.      The
we founel it."
off with a tremendous explosion, mak- same experience has occurred with the I there>
tial darkness recounting their loss
with all its sad circumstances, a tender little voice pierced the gloom:
" Mamma, isn't there any Christmas
in heaven ?"
" Yes, darling," answered the weeping mother.   "It  is always Christmas
We ta'kod a 'ittlo more about it and  ing a delightful excltoment and giving stone   covering   of   tho   <
hen 1 hurrioel back with it, though it  the children of the colonies their   only Church of the Holy. Sepul
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crypt  in   tho
Then why don't you keep it here?"
,    chre m Jeru-'persisted   the  little girl.   "Jus'    •„
salem,  which  has  had to  be  renewed b'lievo baby isn't deael, an hang up her
several tames in consequcneie of its outer  liule stoekin', mamma, an l'es all have
tho same an' be happy,
did not look as though it could Iks of tasto of uproarious holiday fun
much import anoe, for it seemed to have 	
been written years ago, ami didn't look  ORIGIN   OF   CHRISTMAS   GllFFNS ,8U,face. bein* lilf^Ui ki,?9?d away by ' Christmas jus
like a business  loiter eilhor.      It was UM1"lJN   UJ!    UttiUHlMAB   liHi«,EJNS. pious devotees.   Tho tradition   is  that  like she is."
in a worn m's handwriting, and mn nnd I    mu <   i—     .■ %.      u Christ was once laid in this manger.   A      	
I both  thought  it  looked a  little  like'      ,h(l c,,s,'om  <!f  decorating   churches few feet distant is tho Chapel of   the
a «m   «     wa. ■. . -i t\ 11       nriiitiiiu      until      rx\it\ i*rrrArtn a I.DntiAknn «i . . * * ■* 11)1*1
Aunt Mildred's writing, only smaller,
But 1 thiik all women's and girls'
handwriting looks a good doal alike.
When I gave the letter to Mrs. Bronson  she  said George was her  brother-
and houses with
and flowoi
Jews usod
naclos and  the  heathens in several of
their ceremonies, and they were adopt
M with evergreens,  branches Magi, where the wise men of
rs is of very early date.    Ihe chior, Caspar and Balthazar, ci
them at their feast of taber- sniping with rare gifts from th
I ha       ho'i       Liiij     in    111111..1'" 1     ,.f *
I  BLEW   THE. LIST   UP THE  CHIMNEY.
tures must have caught a glimpse
of him somehow, to be able to get
him so straight.
» 1 Merry Christmas !" I
Chance romer to our festal eyes,
Oar crimson breasted holly-sprite t
Th •", Fobin, too. the hall receives.
Unbidden, whom our hearts invito.
And perched upon the crumpled leaves,
IIi corks his head and sings, Hullo I
Th" mistletoe, the mistletoe,
Hnn^s u-i above, but what's below ?
Oh I what's below the mistletoe?
The mistletoe I The mistletoe I
A kindly custom sanctions bliss
The child's wisdom prevailed against
the unreasoning sorrow of the mother,
and the little ones are happy and busy
filling the stoe'king of the baby who
will keep Christinas in heaven.
or five years, George Bronson left their
house and went off to some Western
city to practice law before they left
Palmville, and that was over three
She said she would send
ORIGIN OP THE CHRISTMAS TREE.
The old Teutonic and Saxton races in
Central and Northern Europe, before
tho  spread and introduction of  Chris-
e'aine wor-
the East
A RICH EFFECT.
n-iaw"thatUus^d'to board" wl/h^T^ ed by lhe c'h™tians. Chfist permitted A subdued, rich light is diffused
whenTthev livedit PahnvHe and she branches to be used as a token of rejoic- throughout the grotto, by the softly
reckoned that her husband mn«l t,,™ lm? u'lon his triumphal entry into Jeru- glowing lamps over the Star, and the
nut the letter in his Docket fnd fortn? sa'em'. lt was natural, therefore, that swinging censers lend an agreeable odor
to give it to his brother       H!,r2M  at Christmas time, when his birth was to an otherwise close and musty atmos-,
fori, must haveheen in i^,er„ t,Z ?,. celebrated,    this  symbol  of    rejoicing Phere    All wordly thoughts are banish- tiamty, had a great veneration for trees.
,,r f!™mv««  ^™nn™n™™iX*fej: stould  be  resorted"   to.   Some of  thi  ed as the kneeling pilgrfms listen spell-! They   would  never   willingly    damage
early councils, however, considering bound to the melodious chant of the them. Under large trees, especially old
that the practice somewhat savored of sacred office or the full, sturdy, noble oaks, the great councils were held and
paganism, endeavored to abolish it, and singing of the grand looking, bearded judgment given; and the graves of
at one time it was enacted that it was priests. The low roof, the " living 'his people were found in groves,—they
■   ■  --  -   •             .......      1. .■ ,...:.,      un(ier      the
was a result of
there appears to the moist eyes of the  the superstition that their gods lived in
fhTleS' t30,hVTnd8nfi\,ZiUnanS not "lawful" to begirt or" adorn" houses rock," tho censers, the music, the lights always ' being     buried
tho  letter  to  him and explain  about  with laurel or    *   n bouKns, all seem to dissolve, and in their stead  roots of a tree.   This all i
The evening before Christmas I was
helping around in Mr. Baton's store
and didn't get home till about eight
o'clock.   I went up to the kitchen win
THE BIRTH OF CHRIST.
The observance of the 25th of Decem-
adoring" pilgrims,    the Manger-Cradle, those trees.   In the linden tree Berchta
with the Babe, the Virgin-mother and dwelt, a benign spirit who took charge .
Joseph, the mean surroundings, the ox- of the babies, and rocked their cradles
en and their litter of straw and the when the nurses fell asleep; in the oak,
wondering sheep. Donar, tho thunder god; in the willows,
igh the mists of centuries, there all sorts of spirits; in the elder trees.
.,,,.,,.,,                 ■..   .     ■•■                           ■       ■-■     ,-;v"flLi.~i~'r-      rises up before them the old khan, then tho dwarfs.   Whenever the festivals of
the little front room wp called thp par- previously observed the 0th of January  known as "the house of Chim  Ham," these gods were celebrated, their trees
L°i anl gr" Au?k TM»»r°rt to. help me  in pommemoration both of the baptism over which the star hung in Heaven, were decorated with lights, wreaths and
hide the presents I had got for them,  "•"'   l"'"'   "'   '''"■■»e     ti...  »»•«*   .1  .     .     :. ..H»_"*..*"•"'"•     .    . ,,. ._ . -_.P   _«__:  	
till tho next morning.      when I i
in, there was a great big, tall man ....,.  ,   .,
lfcl^JffllT«W wafr™? aroll4h„ Jil6 „  'rW' h"1iiin? ?a.nno- i'.T r'n ,letermined:     J3et^e,e.n ar^"not" confined toTlio ChurciToTthe was"over, the"godVbelng"supposed-only
Who laurhs so low?   Why, here it is I      her fast.       She gave a little sort  of  tho middle of December and the middle  Nativity    The week is aconeral festi- to appropriate the best.
Look, Jenny, where I have you now 1  a scream and tried to get away  from of February there is generally in Pal-  KL town and a season of finan
Dear bashful eves I sweet, lips-nkissl      him when I came in, and I yelled out estine an interval of Comparatively dry It,  harveslTS X e^itt/ens    T ike n i
A h!.ch-eks can mock the holly's glow! ."Burglars I Help I " end picked up the  wea her, preceded and followed by the  (Jknliuih 4 fj-e thriftv roavarieio
dow and peeped in and saw that ma ber as the birthday of our Saviour is gentle  won
and Elsie—that's my little sister—wore ascribed to Julius, bishop ot Rome, A. Through
in there, so I thought I'd go around to D.  337-52.      The  eastern  church   had rises up bef
i par- previously observed the flth of January known as '
p me in pommeimoration both of the baptism  over which »„.   .,.,. ,„,  ...   .„,..»„..,    ,	
,hem, and  birth  of  Christ.   The exact  date and in a nook of which the Saviour was questen    (tassels,) and   offerings were
went p£ Ch-ist s birth appears not to  have born, there being "no room at the inn."  hung   in the branches, which, however,
with been   known in the early  ohurch and The Christmas    festivities,   however   were plundered again when the festival
RATHER TART.
m ■AT CHRISTMAS TIME.
At Christmas time last year
So many  friends that  now are  gone
were here I
So many hopes were glowing then unspoken,
So many faiths were strong that now
lie broken,
And loving hearts that trusted without
fear;
At Christmas time last year.
At Christmas time this year
So many of us find the world a drear
And barren desert wherein blooms no
rose,
With mountain peaks surrounding it,
whose snows
Have chilled   our hearts, and   turned
life's foliage sere
At Christmas time this year.
At Christmas time next year,
Who knows   what changing   fortunes
may be near ?
Take courage,  then I   For night  shall
turn to day,
From brightening skies the clouds must
roll  away,
'And faith and hope and love shall all
be here
At Christmas time next year.
A KJOELKE RIDE.
T was Christmas
Eve, and a merry
house party was assembled in a beautiful old Norwegian
homestead on the
Skougum mountain.
The married sons
and their families
always gathered at
the ancestral home
to enjoy the festivities of the day. Great excitement on
this occasion, therefore, prevailed at the
'->Hval-stad station, when the parents,
children, and bundles descended from
the train, which had been heralded by
the little engine with its snow plow.
The old station master shook hands
with each in turn, and packed them,
rolled up in bearskin rugs, into the
sledges for the long and snowy drive
which lay before them.
Standing at the door of the house
itself to welcome the arrivals was the
old coachman, a Swede, as all good
coachmen are in Norway, and the housekeeper. She was a severe looking personage, spare and yellow, but with as
soft a heart for the family in whose
service she had been for twenty years
as she was hard and austere in appearance. She looked upon the two unmarried daughters as her own particular young ladies, and was much grieved
that she had not been asked to prepare a wedding " remember " for them,
such as she had given to each of the
sons when they had taken unto them
wives.
" Yes," she remarked to the coachman. " it is just dredful. There are
those two young ladies still unmarried I "
" Well," he replied, " I don't see why
they should be married. They have got
a moo home, kind parents, and everything that girls can want."
" Aye," she replied, " but a man is
a man, be he no bigger than a flee, and
even the ugliest ' Frue ' (married lady)
comes before the most beautiful ' Froken ' (Miss)."
" I know that," replied the man, " but
I don't think Froken Astrid will ever
marry. You see, she is not so young
as she was, and now she is quite satisfied with her success as a professional
painter."
" She is dreadful with her art ideas,"
replied the housekeeper. " To-day she
is dressed in a velvet skirt and bodice
that simply refuse to keep together at
the waist, in spite of pins, and I do believe that she has even tried to fasten
them with a hairpin I She makes me
despair, and the only way to keep her
tidy will bo to get her married; hut
no one will marry her, I fear, although
she is clever, for she not only paints,
, but sings well."
" She has a beautiful voice, and sink's
our songs gloriously," replied the coachman.
" Yes, but that is another trouble.
She won't sing—she scorns her mother
silently when she even ventures to ask
her."
" Ah I there is Froken Gunhild," ex-
•laimed the Swede. " She is a dear
young lady. She has on her ski dress,
so must have been out on snow-shoes,
and why—that is Olaf Kalbenstvedt
walking beside her dragging his kjoelke
(Norwegian toboggan). Splendid young
fellow that. What a handsome pair
they make I "
" Will you come on my kjoelke,
then ? " the young man was asking Gunhild as they neared the door.
" Yes; but you must promise not to
upset me, or I will never forgive you,"
answered the pretty girl, who was
small, and neat, and bright complex-
ioned.
" It is just tho day for ' aking,'" he
said. " I will take every care of you,
If you will only trust mo," and Olaf
gazeel down lovingly at his companion.
Aking is one of t he national sports
of Norway. It is tobogganing, but the
toboggan being mounted on runners ten
or twelve inches high, it is very dan-
?;erous amusement; so dangerous, in
net, that the government has several
times suggested prohibiting tho pas-
" time.
Olaf, who was devoted to the sport
and an adopt, was a fine young fellow,
tall and well knit, with that fair hair
so particularly Scandinavian, which he
wore aftor the fashion of his country,
brushed straight up on end, like an
angry cat's fur; but somehow it suited
the square forehead and massive jaw
of his raoe. A pair of merry blue eyes
were eagerly watching his companion
as he asked—
" Are you ready, Froken Brock ? "
" Yes," she repiied, as she returned
from the house, where she had been to
fetch her furs; for although the grey
ski dress was sufficiently warm for the
tremendous exercise of skilobning, it
was not warm enough for sitting still
on a kjoolke.
The little kjoolke and Olaf were waiting at tho door, and Gunhild immediately stepped forward, and taking »
seat astride in the front part of the
toboggan, and tucking her reindeer fur-
booted feet on the runners, laughingly
haid:
" I am ready, Herr Olaf; but mine!
you are careful; I know how fool-hardy
you are, sir."
" Have no fear ;.my kjoelke has never
borne so precious a burden before, and
I must show you how well it behaves,"
LEADING THE OLD YEAR TO HIS LAST FEAST.
the hill, much the same as one pushes
a boat off from the shore. His steering
pole, some eighteen feet long, was in
his hand. As they reached the brow of
the hill, Olaf bounded to his seat, behind his pretty companion, and with a
shriek of triumph most carefully steered the kjoelke with his pole, which acted like a rudder behind.
" This is splendid," cried the girl, as
the pace during their descent became
quicker and quicker, and the crisp air
fanned her cheeks.
Round the bend of the road they
swerved, only to increase their pace at
the next corner.
It was gloriously cold, just that sunny bright cold, without wind or damp
that is worth a midwinter journey to
Norway to enjoy. Some three feet of
snow carpeted the land, beautiful white
snow which had fallen in crisp, featherlike flakes an inoh long and more, a
species of snow utterly incomprehensible in England, where a half-frozen
watery stuff descends from leaden
clouds, and makes muddy puddles as
soon as it reaches the earth.
The sun was shining brilliantly, making the land sparkle, and the snow-clad
pines glisten like myriads of diamonds,
as its beams flitted here and there over
the landscape.
" No wonder you like * aking,' " exclaimed Gunhild. " I love it—but you
know I have never been with any one
on a kjoelke before, except the brothers."
" Why not, Froken ? "
" Because I have never trusted myself—you see I think so much of my
precious neck I"
" Quite right, too. The prettiest
neck in Christiana, but you will come
again with me; won't  you?"
" Yes—perhaps—oh," as they went
over a hardly-frozen bit of snow, " I
love it I "
" Froken, will you come with me always—will you give me the right ? "
and the nervous tension of his face
spoke more than his words.
He was in love—madly in love, and
although he had not intended to speak
just yet, something in the air that
Christmastide spurred  him on.
" Froken—Gunhild—may I call you
Gunhild—will you—will you be my
wife ? " The handsome young fellow
bent forward to catch her reply.
The blue veins throbbed in his temples, as he waited for her answer, which
she had not time to give, beforo the
steering pole, in his excitement, dropped from his hand, and the kjoelke, like
a mad thing was flying down the road
at a wildly quickening speed. Over
everything it flew in its wild career,
tearing on furiously to tho bottom of
tho mountain, on, on it rushed. Like
a flash of lightning the kjoelke jumped
into a huge snow heap at the bend of
tho road. Olaf realized tho danger,
but ho could not avert it, and both he
and his passenger were precipil ateei on
lo the frozen mass.
Extricating himself with difficulty
from t ho broken woodwork, Olaf saw
tho white form of Gunhild prostrate in
I ho snow, a little stream of blood trickling from her mouth.
Good God! he had killed her, the one
thing he oherished most on earth ?
Tenderly ho lifted the broken spars
of tho kjoelke from where she lay, and
raising nor head against his manly
breast, he listened awestruck for her
breathing. He heard not hing—the
white face lay silent against him.
He trembled from head to foot. Was
sho dead?
Fool, wicked fool that he was, so to
have lost command of myself at such
a time when his only thoughts should
have been to steer his kjoelke safely.
He bent his face over iicrs—put his
cheek against her lips, and listened—
no, she was not breathing I It was
more than he could bear, and putting
his face still closer, in an agony of reproach he listened again.
Then he felt the warm breath of
life!
His joy was too great, he drew her
o him, he pressed impassioned kisses
>n her face, he murmured words of
love into her unheeding ears.
How long he stayed so, only the lit-
lo yellow hammers on the frozen brandies of the trees could say, but at last,
he slowly opened her eyes, and looking
ii]) at him smiled.
" Can you forgive me ? Are you bet-
er ? " ho whispered.
" Olaf, is that you ?" she gasped.
It was tho first time she had called
Ii m Olaf, and the word seemed as balm
o his disturbed soul.
" Are    you hurt,  tell    me,    are  you
hurt ? "
" Not much, I think, only a little
shaken. Perhaps I fainted. Thanks,
Olaf," as he wiped the bloodstained
cheek.
"Darling," he murmured, raising her
gently, " you must not stay here, the
cold is dangerous. Will you let me
carry you to Peterson's cottage, yonder J "
" I think I can walk," she said, " I
feel so much better," and a little color
mounted to her cheeks.
" Can you forgive me—forgive me
everyting ? "  he pleaded.
" Yes—everything."
" Will you—oh I my darling, will you
lie my wife ? "
She lowered her head and nestled up
to him as she murmured, " Yes."
It was a moment of supreme happiness for both. Were they not in love;
all the world to one another? Even
the little yellow hammers felt their joy
and burst forth into exultant song.
• • • •
That Christmas Eve the family party
assembled for middag (dinner) at three
o'clock. The host had welcomed them
in the usual Norwegian custom " Vel-
commen til Bordet," to which all had
bowed as they took their seats. They
had enjoyed rice, porridge, fish pudding, pork, rype, and delicious homemade cakes; and the sweet champagne
had arrived.
Every one was in the best of spirits,
looking forward to the Christmas tree,
and the distribution of presents to follow. The glasses were all filled hy
(he daughter of the house to drink
healths, the servants even partaking in
this oonvivial ceremony.
" Wait a moment," said the host,
" before you ' skaal' (drink the health)
absent friends. I want you to ' skaal'
a young couple dining with us tonight."
Every one looked surprised, and the
old housekeeper nearly let her glass
drop at the suggestion of an engagement I
" Yes," he continued, " I announce
the lietrothal of my daughter Gunhild
and Olaf Kalbenstevdt."
" There," said the coachman to his
housekeeper friend, " there, now, what
do you say—one of your young ladies
is engaged, and to a right good gentleman too."
" Well, well, I never I " and off she
rushed to kiss her young lady, muttering to herself, " Well, I never. Who
would have thought it 1 "
Intense was the excitement—the
glasses clinked, and amid kisses, handshaking, and laughter, the dinner ended
t hat Christmas Eve, but not before
the newly engaged oouple were tremendously chaffed, and asked endless
questions about their kjoelke ride.
Every detail was dragged from them
bit by bit while the eiderly gontlemcn
drank " toddy " in the drawing-room,
and the ladies enjoyed Swedish punch
with  their apples' and nuts.
Suddenly some one noticeel that the
older sister Astrid was absent, and
every one naturally wondered where
she was.
Just as her father put his hand on
the handle of the door to go and look
for her in oase she were ill—for otherwise surely she would not be absent
while such an important story was in
progress—the door opened.
In walked Astrid, all radiant with
smiles, a little more untidy than ever,
followed by Dr. Hoe, tho family medico and  honored  friend.
Engagements are infectious diseases,
and they had followed suit.
How the unexpected always happens I
The old housekeeper prepared her
" remembers" in due course, and has
never ceased to bless that Christmas
Eve, neither is she ever tired of retailing the stories of the engagements
to the village gossips, who look upon
her as a very great, dame.
THE WAY  IT WAS ACCEPTED.
Clara's Sister—Oh.this must be Arthur's present 1
Clara—Open it, quick! I'm so afrai'
it won't bo from Tiffany.
Clara's Sister—Well, it is I
Ciara (critically!—Yes, so it is. It
isn't a case, though; only a box. That's
awfully shabby I
Clara's Sister—But see what's inside!
A lovely necklace I
Clara (coldly)—I don't call that very
lovely.   A last year's   design, not hab
CHRISTMAS PARAGRAPHS.
The eves of the different ecclesiastical festivals are, according to the strict
letter, times of fasting and penance,
but in the cases of Christmas eve and
All Souls eve (Halloween) mirth and
jollity have routed every shadow of asceticism.
The true Christmas season is said by
many authorities to commence with
Christmas eve and terminate on the 1st
of February. The commonly accepted
length of festival time is from Christmas eve until Twelfth Night.
The hanging of the mistletoe is a survival of a custom of the ancient Druids,
who regarded the plant with the utmost veneration, especially when it was
found growing on the oak, the favorite tree of their divinity, Tutanes. At
the period of the winter solstice a festival was celebrated in his honor, and
the Druids, with pomp and rejoicing,
gathered great quantities of the parasitic plant.
The burning of the Yule log is transmitted to us from our ancient Scandinavian ancestors, who, at their feast of
Juul, at the winter solstice, kindled
huge bonfires in honor of Thor. When
this became a Christmas eve custom in
England, the bringing in of the Yule
log was attended with much pomp and
circumstance. Every wayfarer raised
his hat as he passed it, for it was
thought to be full of good promises.
It was the custom, also, to lay aside
the part of the log which was not consumed after it had served its purpose
on Christams eve. It was carefully preserved in the cellar until the next
Christmastime, when it was used to
light the new log. It was a sign of
bad luck if a squinting person entered
the room when the log was burning.
A barefooted person and a flatfooted
woman were equally bad omens.
As an accompaniment to the Yule log,
a candle of "monstrous" size, called the
Yule candle, or Christmas candle, shed
its light on the festive board during
the evening. This was kept burning every one of the twelve nights of
the festival. In Devonshire, the Yule
log takes the form of a great fagot made
of ask sticks and bound with bands
of the same tree.
Another Devonshire custom is for the
farmer, with his family and friends, to
partake of hot cakes and cider, the cake
being dipped into the cider before being
eaten, and then  to proceed to the orchard, one of    the party  bearing  hot
cakes and cider as an offering to the
principal apple tree.   The cake is placed in the fork of the tree and the rider
thrown over it, while the men fire guns
and pistols, and the women shout:
Hear blue, apples and pears snow,
Barn fulls, l>ag  fulls, sack fulls,
Hurrah !  hurrah I  hurrah I
A belief was long curront in Oevon
and Cornwall, and is said to still linger
in remote parts of the country, that at
midnight on Christmas eve the cattle
in their stalls fell on their knees in
adoration of the Saviour, as they are
said to have done in the stable at Bethlehem. Bees were also believed to sing
in their hives at the same time, and
bread baked on Christmas eve, it was
averred,  never  became  mouldy.
The custom of having a Christmas
I ree is said to have originated in Germany. In America, quite naturally,the
(German customs are more prevalent in
Pennsylvania than elsewhere. The children of German settlers there used to
hang up there stockings at night, and
if they had been good children during
the year, they found sweetmeats in the
morning. But if there record had been
a bad one, a birch rod was sure to be
sticking threateningly out of their
stockings.
It is considered particularly lucky
when Christmas falls on Sunday and the
reverse when it comes on Saturday.
The intermediate days are, for the most
part, propitious. It is believed in Devonshire that if the sun shines bright at
noon on Christmas, there will be a good
tion to the effect that a green Christmas will make a full graveyard.
People used to be rather more particular than they are now as to what
greens tbey used for church decoration.
The favorite plants were holly, bay,
rosemary, and laurel. Ivy was objectionable because it was formerly sacred
to Bacchus. Cypress was sometimes
used, but its funereal associations made
it out of place at so festive a season as
Christmas. Mistletoe was excluded because it was sacred to the Druidic religion, and perhaps because it was considered too frivolous in its suggestions.
The decorations should rightly remain in
the church till the end of January, but
must be cleared away before Feb. 2, Candlemas Day. The same is true of private dwellings, for superstition regards
it as a fatal omen if this period is overstepped.
It was an old custom in Oxfordshire
for the maid servants to ask the men
servants to    bring  in  ivy and    other
freens with which to decorate the house,
f any man refused, the maids stole a
pair of his trousers and nailed them on
the gateway. As a still greater punishment, the uncomplying men were debarred from the privileges of the mistletoe.
CHRISTMAS  AT  THE GROCERS'.
Tho grocers'! Oh, the grocers'! Nearly
close.., with perhaps two shutters down,
or one; but through those gaps such
glimpses I It was not alone that the
scales descending on the counter made
a merry sound, or that the twine and
roller parted company so briskly, or
that the oanisters were rattled up and
down like juggling tricks, or even that
the blended scents of tea and coffee were
so grateful to the nose, or even that
the raisins were so plentiful and rare,
the almonds so extremely white, the
sticks of cinnamon so long and straight
the other spices so delicious, the candied
fruits so caked and spotted with molten
sugar 'is to make the coldest lookers-on
feel faint and subsequently bilious. Nor
was it that the figs were moist and
pulpy, or that the French plums blush-
pd in modest tartness from their highly decorated boxes, or that everything
was good to eat and in its Christmas
dress; but the customers were all so
hurried and so eager in the hopeful
promise of the day that they tumbled
up against each other at the door,
crashing their wicker baskets wildly,
and left their purchases upon the
counter and came running back to fetch
them, and committed hundreds of the
like mistakes in the best of humor possible ; while the grocer and his people
were so frank and fresh that the polished hearts with which they fastened
their aprons behind might have been
their own, worn outside for general inspection and for Christmas daws to
peck at if they chose.
THE GAME OF SNAPDRAGON.
Players Must be Quick and Not Mind
Burned Fingers
Few "Christmas gambols" exist in
their original form. But the old games
modified to suit modern taste as well
as the new ones are just as full of fun
and arc entered into by the young folks
nowadays with as much zest as were
the rougher gambols over which in old
England the "Lord of Misrule" presided. Although the authority of this
lord was generally acknowledged at
Christmas merrymakings 200 or 300
years ago, and he made things very
lively, such disorders finally crept into
his brief burlesque reign that he was
suppressed.
One of the most quiet and genial of
the gambols over which he was master
has been handed down under the name
of "Snapdragon." Raisins are put into
a largo bowl, covered with spirit,which
is ignited. Lights in the room are extinguished, and each one attempts in
turn to grasp a raisin, a foat requiring
some skill and courage. Meanwhile nn
appropriate accompaniment is the
"Song of tho Snapdragon," beginning
thus:
Here he comes with flaming bowl.
Don't he mean to take his toll ?
Snip ! Snap ! Dragon 1
Take care you don't take too much,
Be not greedy in your clutch,
Snip I Snap ! Dragon !
With his blue and lapping tongue
FOR THE GIRLS.
Here is a hint for those who are making Christmas presents, and who do not
feel that they can afford to pay for having things stamped. You can make very
pretty patterns by taking a cent and a
quarter, or a dollar for larger pieces of
work, and drawing circles with them,
letting them overlap one another.
Practice on paper, and when you have
made a design which pleases you, measure carefully so that you will be sure
to get it in the right place on your
good material.
A pretty brush pocket may be made
by cutting two strips of white duck or
colored linen about eight or nine inches
long ; the length should be proportioned
to the brush for which it is intended.
The piece which you use for the back
should be nearly square, the other
should be about six inches wide. Stitch
the narrow piece upon the other so as
to form a pocket, and bind all rough
cnigea wUli xlboon bo match the sua
with which you have worked the pattern.
The same design may be used on the
end of bureau scarfs, all over sofa pillows and on anything upon which a little embroidery is an addition.
The girl who is old enough to replace
the buttons on her shoes will appreciate
th1 quaint little combination of threads,
needles and buttons called "Miss
Piper." Take a common clay pipe and
insert the handle in a spool of coarse
black linen thread. Make a cap, dress,
shawl and white apron to cover the
spool and pipe skeleton. Paint the eyes
and mouth on the bottom of the bowl
of the pipe, the little projection there
furnishing the nose. Hang by her side
from under the shawl a little bag filled
with shoa Lu tons. Pin h^r shiwl with
a coarse needle. On her apron writ*
these words:—
My name is  Miss Piper;
I'm not a pen wiper
But if from your shoes
Your buttons you lose,
Just bring them to me,
And quickly you'll see
With what delight
I'll sew them on tight.
Dissected Maps.—These may be mads
by pasting a map upon cardboard and
cutting upon the boundary lines between states or counties; or paste the
map upon thin board, cutting with a
scroll saw. Maps are usually given
away at railway stations. B;ss.ected
animals and birds are made in the sam*-
way, cutting them • into odd-shaped
pieces.
CHRISTMAS COOKIES.
The good New-Amsterdam house>
wives always made cookies for Christmas and l he New Year. These wore a
sort of raised cake, not over sweet, and
filled wit h caraway seed. The recipe
for Christmas cookies here is an English one, and contains fruit and citron.
The cakes are prepared several days be«
fore Christmas,and in large quantities,
as they will keep an indefinite time.
Beat to a cream three pounds of butter, add three and a half pounds of
sugar, nine eggs, a quart of luke-warm
milk anil six pounds of flour. Heat the
batter well and put in two cupfuls of
yeast. Let the mass rise over night,
and in the morning add four and a half
pounds of raisins, chopped fine, one
pound of citron and a grated nutmeg,
Let tho cookies then continue to rise
till the next afternoon, when they
should be thoroughly light. Roll t hem
out, something less than half an inch
thick, and cut them in the form desired with a cooky cutter. They are very
Eret ty cut in the shape of diamonds and
earts. By the time all the cookies
have been rolled and cut out those
first cut will have risen enough to be
baked. Bake I hem in a moderately hot
oven (or about fifteen minutes, and
continue to bake them ifi the order in
which they have >»en tut. They are
very nice with c soft-boiled icing.
PROGRAMME FOR   CHRISTMAS
DINNER.
The table center a circular mat, with
sprays of holly and berries embroidered
around its circle, and doilies to match.
The shade of the candles cleverly made
of Christmas greens, the sorbet to be
eaten from miniature yule logs; with
individual plum puddings, ana a bunch
ot mistletoe at each cover. The crowning surprise of the feast will be the ices
served from a small and perfect Christ-
miAa..fcree. made of ccmlectumarv.    Vrnm §08
TEE  fEOSrECm
Friday, December 20th, 1895.
W. D. PRATT.
it. W. NOBTHEY,
0H1USTMAS GUlSliTING.
The Prospkctob wishes all its
readers, both far and near, a merry
Christmas, and hopes that in the
pbservance of the day each and all
will find new inspiration to press
on towards the higher, purer and
more ennobling attainments of life;
that Peace and Prosperity may be
abiding guests at their firesides, and
that Charity will not be shut out in
the cold at this joyous season of
festivity.	
A GOVKKNMUNT ON TRIAL.
Though there has been no change
of the party in control of the government, it is not the same as it
was under the able and aggressive
leadership of' Theodore Davie.
Whether the new men in control
will grow in strength and make
anienels for the weaknesses already
exhibited, or whether they are
I' riding to a fall," the events of the
next half year will disclose.
mtmmmmaamwr ■■ii.q——rjmmmm^™ii.ap.imi	
Government expend some of the
large revenue it has received from
the town jn putting the streets in a
decent condition. After that is
done we can begin to think about
incorporation. Mr. Kellie is of
opinion that an appropriation will
be made for this purpose in the
forthcoming estimates, and probably next summer Rossland, with
wide, level streets, will be a fat-
more desirable place of residence
than the Rossland of to-day. We
have already capable men. to fill
all the civic offices, and when the
town is ripe for incorporation it
will be accomplished under more
favorable conditions than in the
case of any other oity in British
Columbia,
AN INEVITABLE) KK8ULT.
Mr. Corbin's organ in this city
was very quick to come to his defence and to abandon the interests
of the mine-owners as soon as they
were seen to conflict with those of
Mr. Corbin. Mr. Corbin's organ
Was quite successful in carrying
water on both shoulders so Jong as
there were no obstructions in the
way, but it has at last run against
ft, "circumstance" which has caused
a very bad "spill." Mr. Corbin's
organ is now in something of a
plight.        	
MB.    KISLLIK'S    VISIT.
Mr. Kellie has shown commendable interest in this community by
visting   us at this time, just before
the meeting of the Provincial Parliament.    He is thoroughly sincere
in his efforts to learn the needs  of
the people, and to legislate in their
interest as far as it  is  possible  to
T"e showed a greater know-
trie  mining   laws of the
than  that  possessed   by
ti j • person who has address
ed an audience in Rossland. A
volley of questions were fired at
him by prospectors and miners in
the audience. The most important
part of his address related to the
Kelson & Fort Sheppard Railway
Company land grant, which he
Said did not convey the timber on
tiie land any more than it did the
mineral beneath the surface. In
this statement Mr. Kellie is. at is-
Btie not only with Mr. Corbin, hut
with some high officials of (,he Government, and if he is right in his
contention he will have established a principle of law generally
thought to he obsolete, but which,
if not obsolete, is far reaching in
its amplications, and will have won
io/ Mr. Kellie a right to higher
honors than he has yet attained.
INOOBPOKATION.
We have been requested on more
than one occasion to state our views
on incorporation. As that is a
matter of such importance—in fact
the most important that will come
up in the town's future history, and
one that will hardly be occupying
the attention of the citizens and the
columns of the local papers for
some time—we can have very little
to say until the proper moment
arrives for its discussion. The rate
of taxation under a municipality
must necessarily be higher than
under the present order of things;
hut, on the other hand, the progress
of the town will be slow and unsatisfactory until it is incorporated.
At present Rossland is not ready
for incorporation. The Provincial
Government must do its duty by
the town before the thought of incorporation should be entertained.
The roadways and streets are in a
disgraceful condition, and the taxation for grading work alone would
be a heavy burden for a young city
•o taby at th* itart. let the
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A   '•MICHItY"   CHKISTMAS.
Diogi'iii's as a Cynic.
It is customary at this season to
wish our friends (real and apparent) and even very slight acquaintances, "A Merry Christmas." Bit
1 am cf the opinion that "merry"
Christmases belong to. the past.
That past—familiar to most of us
by booklore—when Christmas was
Christmas; when the festivites were
kept up for a whole week, with all
the etceteras pertaining thereto—
the boar's head and wassail howl
in the baronial hall and the roast
ox and flagons of foamy ale in the
kitchen; later, when the Christmas-
tree was set up in the great hall nl
the manor house and loaded with
toys and sweetmeats for the village
children; when the "waits" played
from house to house, and the caf'il
singers trudged through the snow
to outlaying fann-housco on Christmas Eve to usher in the Christmas
morn with song; when the Christmas cheer in every house in mer-
rie England, from squire's mansion
to laborer's cottage, was the customary roast goose and plum pudding, the latter comestible being
brought in all ablaze nnd bedecked
with sprigs of holly; when mastei
and man met on a common fooling
in the kitchen and danced "Sii
Roger'? with roRVjcheekod muirlcand
high-bred dames while the yule log
was blazing on the hearth, and the
mistletoe over all. That was
Christmas! We know not Christmas as our fathers knew it. This
festive season has not the power to
expand men's hearts as of yore.
The struggle for existence, which is
becoming more terrible every year,
has blunted the finer sensibilities
of the working classes, while in the
eager chase after the Almighty
Dollar the broader sentiment of a
common humanity which formerly
prevailed at Chri«tmastide seems
to be entirely wanting in those who
"finance" and " manipulate," but
do no manual work. The fact, so
often commented upon, that" {he
poor are growing poorer and the
rich are getting richer," may not
be so ohservable in this country as
in the older settled centers of civilization, but even here the rule
holds good in its small way, and
men who have but recently Jeft the
ranks of the workers to take up a
line that pays better, do not hesitate to use their petty power for
their own aggrandizement, heedless
of the wounds they cause by
trampling upon finer sensibilities
than they ever possessed. Successful selfishness is now so puffed up
that not even the memories which
Christmas brings can pierce its
hide-bound armor of self-esteem, or
in western phraseology " swelled-
head." The words written years
ago are still true to-day:
" Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless millions mourn."
But to-day the inhumanity is hidden behind the smiling mask and
oustretched hand. Not the inhumanity of the lash, or the prison,
or the torture, but of deceit, backbiting, two-facedness and many
otherfin-du-siecle accomplishments.
" Do unto all men as you would
they should do unto you" was
the command of Him whose nativ-
mand has been twisted into something more suitable to the age of
pretence in which we live—" Love
thy neighbor to his face, but jeer
and ridicule him behind his
back." But, thank heaven, ail
men are nof liars, neither are they
aU hypocrites, and the genuine
ness and sincerity one meets with
now and then goes far to reconcile
one to living oUt his brief span
here below, And what will it matter in a few years' time? When
the tenement is 'laid away in the
ground and the sentiont being stopi
into the presence of its Maker,
where all men are equal; what will
it matter then whether its life  here
on this planet had been one of suc-
• i
cess and duplicity or one of uprightness and failure? All the' events
eif this existence will sink into utter
insignificance. Christmas as a
time of festivity may be a tiling of
the past to the great majority of
people ceimposing the Christian (?)
nations, but Christmas, as the accepted birthday of. the world's Savior, should not be a time for melancholy, even for a man who stands
entirely alone in the world. While
to many of my rentiers mirth may
take no part in the celebration of
this time-honored festival, I sincerely hope that some little ray eif
happiness will illumine the dav, so
i      i, ; 1
that it may not be a  misnomer  to
call it a " Merry Christmas."
Tliu I'iiimmi'r little Joke.
A c]ergyman, a widower, recently created quite a sensation in his
household, which consists of seven
grown-up daughters. The reverend
gentleman was absent from home
for a number of days in an adjoining county. The daughters received a letter from their father, which
stated that he had " married a wid-
eiw with six ohildren," and that he
might he expected home at a certain time.
The effect of the newB was a great
shock to the happy family. There
was weeping and wailing and all
manner of naughty things said,
The house was neglected and when
the day of arrival came it was anything but inviting.
At last the Rev. Mr. X. came,
but he was alone. He greeted his
daughters as usual, and as he
viewed the neglected apartments
there was a merry twinkle in his
eye. The daughters were nervous
and evidently anxious. At last the
elder mustered courage and asked:
" Where is our mother?"
"In heaven," said the good man,
"But where is the widow with
six children whom you married?"
" Why I married her to another
man, my dears," he replied.
Miners' heavy   boots, $2.50   at
ity We celebrate.    But this Com* I Robinson's.
Attacked by Angler Fish.
Divers employed in removing
rocks on the. north side of Douglas
landing pier have just had a remarkable experience. They were
attacked by two monster angler
lish, one of which grippeel a diver
by the leg. The divers went for
their finny assailants with crow-
liars and killed them, and sent
them to the surface. The mouth of
one was nearly two feet \yide, and
was furnished with three rows of
formidable teeth. The lish itself
was five feet long, three feet jn circumference, and 200 pounds in
weight.
Hi.. First Cumulated.
One of her Majesty's vessels was
laying off the const of Gibraltar
and permission was given to some
eif the men to go ashore, for the
day. The sailors amused them
selves among other ways by riding
about on donkeys, and their experience, or rather want of experience in this line, caused much
merriment. An officer observed
one of the men sitting very far
back on an animal and called put:
' I say, Jack, get up more amid
ships." With an injured air he
replied : " Well, sir, this is the
lirst craft I ever commanded in my
life, and its hard indeed if I can't
ride on the quarter-deck if I like."
WHEN I WAS A BOY,
•«-=;
Up in the at tie where I slept
When I was a boy, a little boy.
In through tho lattice the moonlight crept,
Bringing a tide of drciviris (bat swept      . ;
Over (he low, red trundle bed,
iliilhing the tangled curly head,
While the moonbeams played nt hide-and-seek.
With the dimples on each sun-browned cheek-
When I was a boy, a little boy,
And oh I thediciims—the dreams I dreamed
When I was a boy, a little boy!
For the rays that through the lattice streamed
Over my folded eyelids seemed
To have a gift of prophecy.
And to bring me glimpses of times to be,
Where manhood's clarion seemed to call~
Ah! that was the sweetest dream of all,
.  Wlion I was a boy, a little boyl
I'd like to sleep where I used to sleep,
When I was a boy, a little boy!
For in the lattice the moon would peep,
Bplnglllg her lide ;>i dreams to sweop
The orosjes aiid griei'fs of year* awayi
From the heart that is weary and faint to-day;
And those dreams should give me back again
The peace I have never known since then
When I was a boy, u little boy.
CONTKMPOKAHY    FUN.
The man that wants the earth
doesn't seem satisfied when the
grocer gives it to him in the sugtu.
;      "        : It i !'.{ !   ,      r      .il'
Laundrymen are the most humble and forgiving beings on earth.
The more cuffs you give them the
more they do for you!
He I "Great heavens, woman!
Do yoii think I'm made of money?"
She: "I wish you were, I could
get you changed then."
A recent writer on natural history
says a giraffe has a tongue seventeen inches long. Good gracious !
how some women must envy him.
There are lots of people who mix
their religion with business, hut
forget to stir it up well. The business invariably rises to the top as
a result.
Teacher: If your father was to
hear of your, bad conduct it would
make his hair turn grey. Bobby :
I beg your pardon, sir, my father
hasn't any hair left.
A recent temperance lecturer
propounded the theory that the bicycle is a means of grace, since no
one but a perfectly sober man can
ride one successfully.
" But, surely," urged Barlow,
seeing is believing?" "Not necessarily," responded Dodson, " for
instance, I see you every day, but
as to believing you—" He never
finished that sentence.
Her head dropped on his shoulder. " If only," he whimpered, " thy
cheek could remain there forever."
Little thought he what was to be.
Little thought he until he got home
and tried to remove her cheek from
his dress coat with ammonia and
alcohol.
May: "It is strange you have
never learned to waltz. Have you
tried?" Japk : !'Oh yes; but I
could nevergdt past the first stage."
May: "The first stage? What is
that?" Jack: "To put my arm
around the girl's waist." May
(coyly): "I think I could teach
you."
NOTICE.
NOTICE Is hereby given that application
will iie made to the I^'gUhitivo Assembly of the
Province ol Urltlsb Columbia at lis next session, for an Act to incorporate a company for
the purpose ol constructing, equipping, maintaining nnd operating a railway from u point
al or near tho mouth of Trail Creek on the Columbia river, extending through or near the
towns of ltossiuud and Midway, to a point of
Ihe Okiiniigau lake at or near the lown of I'entic-
lon, In the Districts of West Kootenay and Osoy-
oos, Uritish Columbia, witli powers to construct,
equip,maintain and operate brunch lines there-
from to all mines lying in the vicinity thereof, and also to Construct! equip, maintain and
operate telegraph and telephone lilies and to
build wharves and docks in coiiuecllon therewith, together with the powers of acquiring lauds, privileges, bonuses or other aids
from any Government. Municipal Corporation,
or other persons or bodies, and to make trafllo
orothcr arrangements with railway, steamboat
or oilier companies, and for all oilier usual,
necessary or incidental rights, powers and privileges In that behalf.
Y. E. WARD,
Agent for Applicants.
Dec. 17th, 1895.
Church mill Sunday-School.
Presbyterian services will be held
on Sunday as follows: Morning at
11, evening 7.30; Sunday-school 12
noon.   J. E. Wallace, pastor.
Methodist Church.—Morning
service, 10.30; Sabbath-school, 2.30
p.m.; evening service, 7. Prayer
meeting Wednesday evenings at
7.30 standard time.   T. Gee, pastor.
Robinson's is the cheapest store
on Columbia Avenue.—Adv.
Headquarters for Santa Claus—
Wallace's Stationery Store.
.. Go to the Leland for a first-class
25c. luncheon. *
The Post-Office Stationery Store
etnd Circulating Library
is the BEST PLACE in Rossland to get your
STATIONERY and HEADING MATTER,
WADDS & GRANT,
Qowper-Qoles& Johnson,
Mining Brokers and Agents,
REAL ESTATE AND  INSURANCE,
46 COLUMBIA AVENUE, ROSSLAND.
!
Don't waste your money by
paying high prices, t^ut buy all
your men's clothing at the cheap*
est store on Columbia Avenue.
J. H. ROBINSON, Proprieto*.
OLIDAY
**************   ****
*********
Stationery, Wall Paper, Notions,
Confectionery,
TOBACCO # & * CIGARS.
\
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H. S. WALLACE,
COLUMBIA AVENUE -   -   -   -   ROSSLAND, B.C.
Don't go Hungry
YOURSELF, or LET YOUR E IUFFEB
FOB  WE  HAVE
FOOD FOR, MAN AND BEAST.
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FLOUR OATS VEGETABLES
BRAN HAY OF ALL KINDS
THOMAS & SMITH, Columbia Ave., Rossland.
Thos. Wilson & Co.,.
GENERAL MERCHANTS.
FULL STOCK OF
GROCERIES, CLOTHING, BOOTS AND SHOES,
TINWARE & SHELF HARDWARE.
MINERS' OUTFITS * SPECIALTY
SPOKANE  STREET,   ROSSLAND.
Mrs. D. McKellar.
Ladies' Furnishing Goods.
A full line of Finishing Goods for Dressmakers.
> MILLINERY, RIBBONS AND SILKS.
POULTRY, live or dressed, always on hand.
Reserve Street, Rossland, B.C.
IF YOU WANT
Good Saddle or Pack Horses
CALL UP THE
Red Star Stables.
DELIVERiNG & TRANSFERRING ANYWHERE IN THE CAM!1. THE FUEL COMBINE.
VA/E, the undersigned, Wood
" Dealers of the City and District of Rossland, do hereby agree
to establish and maintain the following schedule of prices of wood
during the winter of 95-96:
Tamarack and Fir, all sizes 2ft.
and under, per cord of 2 ricks, $5;
oyer 2ft., per cord of 1 rick, $4.50;
Hemlock, all sizes 2ft. and under,
per cord of 2 ricks, $4.50; over 2ft.,
per cord of 1 rick, $4; Pine and
Spruce, all sizes 2ft. and under,
per cord of 2 ricks, $4; over 2ft.,
$3.50; Cedar, all sizes 2t. and under,
per curd of 2 ricks, $3.50; over 2ft.,
per cord of 1 rick, $3.
A. FlTZPATRICK,     J, J. JJpKlNNON,
James Smith,       J. A- Bphqess'j
Gu9. Leanhart, Jas. Summkiis,
Frank Couth,     George Adams,
J. C. Catlktt,     W. A. Young,
S. F. Carver,      S. D. Monk,
W.J. Mulkony,  Erik Kki.and,
J. F. Castle,      L. 0. Carter-,
S. M. Smaiit,       Ai.ex. Johnson.
J. C. McDowell,
NOTICE.
JOB
Printing in all its branches is as
much of an art in Rossland as it is
in Spokane, Vancouver, or other
cities further afield. It will pay
the business men of this city to have
their printing done at home, and
gave the time, trouble and expense
of sending outside for it. The foster
ing of home industries is and always
WAS
the best way to build up a city,
ind it is to be hoped our merchants
-find others requiring anything in
the printing line will see this. We
can supply cards, tickets, letterheads, statements, biH-heads, envelopes, dodgers, poster1?,' bills of
lading, bills of fare, menus, ball
programs, etc., at rales us luvv ;ts
any oflice in Kootenay. Just give us
call when in want of any of the
above, and do not send to s-nine
distant place fur the purpose of
Saving a few cents p'li a ijirgeordpr,
'Just bring your "tinpy" and u .
Us what you want. We'll do the
rest. You'll find qs. at ihe Ot era
House block on WiTshmgio'ii sin-sl,
Where the conspicuous sijin of "Job
Printing" indica-les ihe oliice of the
PROSPECTOR.
NOTICE is hereby Riven that copies of the
plans and book of reference of/The Trail Creek
Tramway have been tiled with tiie Department
f Lands and Works and In the Registry Otliee
for the District of West Kootenay, on the 11th
of Dee., A.D. 1K95, in conformity with the Uritish Columbia Tramway Act.
P. I'. UUTELIUS,
ukn'i,. Sup't.
CERTIFICATE   OF  IMr MOVEMENTS,
'ST. LOUIS" MINERAL CLAIM.
NOTICE.
Applications for services for
Water Supply for individual premises will be received at the office of
this Company,,
Rates and contracts furnished on
application,
ROSSLAND  WATER  & LIGHT
COMPANY.
Certificate of Improvements.
"alberta" mineral claim.
Situate in the Trail Creek Mitring Division of West Kootenay District. Where located; South and
joining the Iron Colt Claim.
Take Notice that I, A. S. Far-
well, as agent for Daniel M. Drum-
heller, No. 61,398, intend, sixty
days from the elate hereof, to apply
to the Gold Commissioner for a
certificate of improvements, for the
purpose of obtainig a Crown grant
of the above claim,
And further take notice, that adverse claims must be sent to the
Gold Commissioner and aotion
commenced before the issuance of
such certificate of improvements.
Dated   this  9th  day of  November, 1895.
14-11-95 A. S. FARWELL.
Certificate of Improvements,
"deer park" mineral claim.
(ifriral and Sipulo cf Kails at Ewlul,
Mails f ,r despatch are closed at this oliice as
follows:
For Spokane—G.S0 a.m. daily.
"   Victoria—0.30 a.m.  Tuesdays,  Thursdays
and Saturdays.
"   Revelstoke and C. P, It. points—7.30 a.m.
Tuesdays and Frjduys.
"   Trail—7.30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
"   Nelson, via Trail—7.30 a.m. Tuesdays and
Fridays.
"   Nelson, via Northport—0 30 a.m. Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Saturdays.
Mails arriving at this oliice are due as follows:
From Spokane—615 p.m. daily.
" Victoria—fi.15 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays
and Saturdays.'
" Revelstoke—7.30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
"   Trail—7.30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
" Kelson, via Trail—7.30 p.m. Tuesdays and
Fridays.
" Nelson, via Northport—7.15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
, Office hours 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m.
to U noon.
W, Wadds, p.m.
Canadian Pacific fL
REVELSTOKE   TIME   TABLE:
Atlantic Express arrives 10:10 dally.
Pacltto " "       U-IO      "
Cheapest, most reliable and safe route lo Montreal, Toronto, St. Paul, Chicago. New York and
Boston. Rates «U lo $10 lower than any other
route.
Specially fitted Colonist cars, in charge of a
porter, (or the accommodation of passengers
holding second-class tickets.
Passengers booked to and from all European
points at lowest rates.
Low freight rates. Quick despatch. Merchants
will save money by having their freight routed
?ia the C.P.R.
Full and reliable information given by applying to
GEO. Mcl„ BROWN, I. T. BREWSTL'R,
Asst. (Jen. passenger agent.       Local agent,
Vancouver. Revelstoke.
fred j. squire,
Merchant Tailor.
Nelson, B. C.
A choice collection of worsteds
serges and tweeds always on hand
Situate in the Trail Creek Mining Division of West Kootenay Listed. Where 'located'; About one
miie southwest from Rossland,
T.\ k e Notice I h at I, A. S. Fa rwel 1.
us rtgefit for Frederipk A. Muihol-
land, No. 69,500, intend, slx'iy days
from ihe dale hereof, to apply to
the Gold Commissioner: fur a certifir
cute of improvements, for the pur-
pi ,-e of obtaining a Crown grant of
the above claim.
And further take notice, that adverse c'iiitns must be sent to the
Go d Commissioner.and action commenced be ure t he issuance of such
cei i ifieale. of improvements,
Daletl   this first day of November, 1895.
7-11-95 A. S. FARWELL.
Certificate of Improvements.
" PILGRIM " MINERAL CLAIM.
Situate in theTrailCreek Mining
Division of West Kootenay District.
Where located : North of and adjoining the War Eagle claim.
Take Notice that I, A. S. Farwell,
as agent for Thomas L. Savnge, No.
57,051) and William Austin, No.
(y,127, intend, sixty days from the
date hereof, to apply to the Go!d
Commissioner for a certificate of
improvements, for the purpose of
obut i ni ng a Crown grant of the above
claim.
And further take notice, that adverse claims must be sent to the Gold
Commissioner and action commenced before the issuance of such
certiticate of improvements.
Datid this fourth day of November, 1895.
7-11-95 A. S. FARWELL.
Situate in Trail Creek Mining Division of
Kootenay District of jtritish Columbia. Where
located: On the north side and adjoining the
Oood Hope mineral claim and the south side of
the Ontario mineral claim.
TAKE NOTICE that I, Finimore Melboum
Mel.eod, free miner's per till pate No. 01,479, intend, sixty days from the date hereof, to apply
to the Gold Commissioner for a certificate of
improvements, for tho purpose of obtaining a
Crown grant of the above claim. ■    ■
And further take notice, that adverse claims
must be sent to tho Gold Commissioner and
action commenced before the issuance of such
certificate of improvements.
Dated this 17th October, A.D. 1895.
F. M. McLEOD.
CERTIFICATE   OF  IMPROVEMENTS.
buckeye" mineral claim.
Situate in the Trail Creek Mining Division
of West Kootenay District and located north
of, and adjoining tho Monte Christo Mineral
O.aiin.
TAKE NOTICE that I, J. .'..Kirk, acting as
agent '"'' I ""il Lionanitin, free Miner's certili
cine No, tin,:?■;'>, and Charles Schmidt, Free
►liner's certlltcate No. tiiyiM, Intend, sixty (60)
davs from the dale hereof, In apply to the Gold
Commissioner for a certificate of Improvements lor tho purpose of obtaining a Crown
Grant of the above Claim.
And fiirllier lake notice, that adverse claims
must be sent to the Gold Commissioner, and,
action commenced before the issuance of such
certiticate of improvements.
Dated this 21th day of October, 1895, at Ross
laud, II. C. J. A..KIRK.   .
Certificate of Improvements.
"defender" mineral claim.
Situate In Trail Creek Mining Division of
Kootenay District of Uritish Columbia. Where
located: On the west side of Red Mountain, in
tiie said mining division.
TAKE NOTICE that I, F. M. McLeod, of the
town of llossland, in Kootenay District of
Uritish Columbia, acting •as-figent for Theodore F. 'Irnsk, free miner's certilicatc No. .r>7"17!,
.toseph AlmoUre, free miner's certilicatc No.
(iU7^, Joseph Brown, free miner's certificate
No. til'-ltl, and Walter L. Lawry, free miner's
certilicatc No. 67*81, all of the said town of
llossland, intend, sixty- days from the date
hereof, to apply to tiie Gold Commissioner for
a certificate oi improvements, for tne*'-ptirp6se
of obtaining a Crown grant of the above claim.
And further take notice, that adverse claims
mii-i be sent fo I he Gn.d Commissioner and
ad.on commenced before the issuance of such
certificate of improvements.
F. M. McLEOD.
Dated lhis 3rd dayol October, li95,      '    •
No. 1G1
Certificate of the 8i|i:'.nti« of a Forsirn
Coxpy,
"Companies Act,"  Part IV., and  Akexoino
Acis.
"BRITISH-AMERICAN  MINING COMPANY"
•  '    • (Foreign).
Registered the 1st day of August, 1895.
Certificate of Improvements.
'RED NECK" MINERAL  CLAIM.
New Fall and Winter
MILLINERY
AT VERY MODERATE TRICES.
LadieB are requested to call and
examine rr.y slock.
OVER BIGELOW'S STORE.
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED.
Mrs, Hclon Vavker,
Situate in the Trail Creek Mining
Division of West Kootenay District.
Where located : Lying west of the
Homestake; east of the Climax;
south o"f the Fire Fly and north of
the Hattie Brown mineral claims.
Take Notice that I, C. K. Brig-
man, free miner's certificate No.
62,285, intend, 9ixty days frotr. the
date hereof, to apply to the Gold
Commissioner for a certificate of improvements, for the purpose of obtaining a Crown grant of the above
claim.
And further take notice, that adverse claims must be sent to the Gold
Commissioner and action commenced before the issuance of such
Cf rtifleate of improvements.
Dated Ibis twentieth day of October, A. D. 181)5.
C. K. BRIG MAN.
Stoves of all kinds at bed-rock
price*. See Hunter Eros., K, &
Co.—Adv.
I hereby certify that I have this day registered
the " Uritish - American Mining Company"
(Foreign) under the "Companies Act," Part
IV., Registration of Foreign Companies, and
Amending Acts.
The head oliice of the said Company is situated iu Ihe city of Butte, Slate of Montana,
U. s. A.
The objeels for Which the Company is estab-
iished pre: To engage in, do and carry on any
and all kinds of mining, milling, reducing, re-
lining and treating of'ores and minerals and
any other commercial business, to purchase or
otherwise acquire, own, hold, rent, mine, develop, improve, work, deal in, lease, sell, convey orolherwise dispose of mines and mineral
lands, townsites or town lots, blocks, or any
subdivisions thereof; electric light or power
plants, roads, tramways, or any other means
of conveyance and transportation; to acquire
by purchase, or otherwise dispose of, stocks or
shares of stocks of other Incorporated companies, and bonds, negotiable instruments, and
other obligations and securities; with power to
the Company to endorse and guarantee any
bonds, negotiable instruments, or other obligations dealt in or sold by it, or which may be or
may have been made or issued by any corporation in which this Company may own a majority of tho stock; to acquire, buy, own, hold,
sell, exchange and deal in any and all kinds of
merchandise, personal property and real estate
wheresoever within the State of Montana or
elsewhere without said state; to lend money
for profit and to take, hold and realize upon
securities therefor; to borrow money for the
businessof the Company and to give security
therefor; and for the purpose of raising money
necessary for iho transaction of the business of
the Company or of any of its business or the
acquisition of property [ to Execute bonds, debentures, promissory notes or o;her evidences
of indebtedness, and to secure tho same by
mortgage or pledge of all or any part of the
property of the Company real or personal; to do
business on commission and to act as agent or
attorney of or for other persons or corporal ions
in the doing or transacting of any business
Which this Company may or can do or carry on
for itself; to carry on any other business or to
do any other thing in connection with tho objects and purposes above mentioned that may
be necessary or proper lo successfully acoorn-
pllsh or protnotQ said objects and purposes;
to construct and operate ditches, canals, dams,
and other means of conveying and utilizing
water for irrigation purposes; to purchase,
hold, develop, Improve, use, lease, sell or convey, or otherwise dispose of, water powers and
the sites thereof and lands necessary or useful
therefor or for the Industries and habitations
arising or growing up or to arise orgrow up in
connection with or about the same. The capital stock of the said Company Is live hundred
thousand dollars, divided into five hundred
thousand shares of the par value of one dollar
each.
Given under my hand and seal of oflice at Victoria, Province of British Columbia, this
first day of August, one thousand eight
hundred and ninety-five.
(L.s,] S. Y.' WOOTON,
Registrar of Joiut Stock Companies.
Cerlificate of Improvements.
"PIICENIX" MINERAL CLAIM.
Situate in the Trail Creek Mining Division of West Kootenay
District. Where located: Northwest of, and adjoining the claim
recorded as the Nest Egg and
northwest of the Homestake claim.
Take Notice that I, J. A. Kirk,
acting as agent for the Phoenix
Gold Mining Company (foreign),
free miner's certificate No. 64,467,
intend, sixty days from the date
hereof-, to apply to the Gold Commissioner for a certificate of improvements for the purpose of obtaining a Crown grant of the
above claim.
And further take notice, that adverse claims must be sent to the
Gold Commissioner and action
commenced before the issuance of
such' certificate of improvements.
Dated this 25th day of November, 1895, •  •
• ■ J. A. KIRK,
WM. R. BEATTY,
UNDERTAKER
Shipping Work a Specialty.
Reserve Street, Rossland.
Rossland Water Supply
The One and Only
Pure Water Supply
in this City.
1.00 per tank, 25c. per barrel, 5c.
per bucket. Delivered to any part
of the town.
Ordeb at 0. K. Bakkuy or Hunter Bros.
J. F. Castle.
A. Nelson.
Cabinetmaker & Turner.
FURNITURE  REPAIRED.
Shaw's Hotel,
ROSSLAND, B.C.
— :o:—
STRICTLY   FIRST   CLASS,
— :o:—■
Rates $2.50 Per Day.
DANIEL SHAW, Manager.
Certificate of Improvements.
NOTICE.
"GOLDEN QUEEN  MINERAL CLAIM.
Situate in the Trail Creek Mining Division of West Kootenay
District. Where located : On Red
Mountain, lying south of the "St.
Elmo" and "Mountain View"
mineral claims.
Take Notice that I, J. F.
Ritchie, acting as agent for James
Garrison, F.M.C. 61,342, intend,
sixty days from the'd.tte hereof, to
apply to the Gold Commissioner
for a certificate of improvements
for the purpose of obtaining a
Crown grant of the above claim.
And further take notice that adverse claims must be sent to the
Gold Commissioner and action
commenced before the issuance of
such certificate of improvements.
Dated this 28th clay of November, 18(J5.
J. F. RITCHIE.
Certificate of Improvements.
N OTICE.
"MONDAY"   MINERAL  CLAIM.
C. & K. 8. N.
limited.
time  taijlu no.  8.
Taking effect Monday, November 11,189.r>.
Nelson-Kaslo route—Str. Nelson.
LV. NELSON. LV. KASLO
 Monday 3 a. ni.'.
5'30 p.m Tuesday	
2 HO p.m... Wednesday ... .3 a. in,
5'30 p.m,.. . Thursday 8 a. m ■
530 p.in Friday 3 a. m.
5'30 p.m..., Saturday 8a.m.
Connecting on Tuesdays, Thursday; and Salnr.
days with N 4KS railway for Kaslo' and lake
points. Conneoting on Mondays, Wednes;
days and Fridays with N &F S r'y for Spokane
Close connections with Columbia & Kooteuaj'
r'y ut Nelson lor points north A south.
Bonner's Ferry route—Str. Nelson
Leaves Kaslo for lionner'^ terry at II a. m. oi*
Mondays K
Leaves Nelson (or llonner's Furry at 8 a. m. or.
Mondays.
Leaves Bonner's Ferry at 2 a. m. on Tuesdays
for Pilot liny, Kelson, Alnsworth and Kaslo;
Connects with east and west-bound trains ou
the Great Northern Hailway.
Revelstoke route—Str. Nakusp.
Leaves Wigwam for Nnkijsp and Uobson, Mon
days and Thursdays at 7 p. m.
Leaves ft'obson for Nakusp, Wigwam and Can
adii in Pacific Kail way points (eustand west)
on Tuesdays and Fridays at (i p. m. ,
Connection is made at uobson with C*K
R'y [or Nelson and with Steamer "Lytton" for'
trail Oreek and Northport,
Trail Creek-Robsnn route—Lytton,
Leaves Trail creek for Kobson on Tuesdays and
Fridays at 10 a. in.
Leave- Kobson (or Trail creek on Tuesdays find
Fridays at 4p. m. i
Connects at Robson with Steamer "Nakusp1
for Nakusp and Revelstoke, and with C. & K
K'y for Nelson and Kooienay Lake points.
Northport-Trail Creek—Str. Lytton
Leaves Trail oreek (or Northport on Mondays;
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at
6 u. in.
Leaves Northport for Trail creek on Mondays,
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at
1 p. m.
Connects, at Notthport with S. F. & N. R'y (ot
Spokane.  I
Carpentering
and Job Work.
Cor. WASHINGTON and RESERVE STS.,
ROSSLAND, B.C.
Spokane Falls
& NORTHERN RAILWAY.
Nelson & Fort Sheppard Railway,
ALL RAIL TO 5MAE WASHINGTON,
Daily    [except   Sunday]   between
Spokane and Northport.
Tri-Weekly between Northport and
Nelson.
I/ve 8-43 a.m. NKI.SOX Ait. 5-85 p. m.
ON Mon.'s Wpdne-.'s nnd Frr"'" trains will run
through to spoKrtne n ■ ■ v.ng there same
day. Keturnlngwi: e.ive ?>pnkane at 7
ft. rn, on Tuen's Thurs's andsatnr's, arriving at
N eI*on ut 6:^5p.m.same day, making close con;
neclions witu steamer Ne.jou for al ooKlenny
hike points.
Passengers for ! i River nod Boundary
Creek connect a, Marpus with stage in Moil-
days, Wednesdays, Thursdays ami Fridays.
Passengers for Trail Creek mines connect at
Northport Willi stage Daily,
Situate in the Trail Mining Division of West' Kootenay District.
Where located : Adjoining the
"Homestake" mineral claim on
the west.
Take Notice that I, J. F. Ritchie,
acting as ajrent for Norman A.
MacKeniie, F.M.C. 57,101; H. F.
McLean, F.M.C. (i'VioP; A. rl\ R.
Blackwood, F.M.C. oH.-llS; Eiie
La Valley, F.M.C. 61,-157, intend.
sixty days from the date hereof, to
apply to the Gold Commissioner
for a certificate .if improvements
for the purpose of obtaining a
Crown grant'of ihe above claim.
And further dike notice that adverse cluinis must lie tent to ihe
Gold Commissioner and action
commenced before the issuance of
such certificate of improvements,
J. F. RITCHIE;
Rossland, B.C., Nov. 28, 1895.,
The company reserves the right to change
this schedule at any lime without notice.
For full information as to tickets, rates, et*,
apply at the company's offices', Nelson.
T.ALLAN, J. W. TKOUP,
Seertiary. Manager.
Great Northern
.Rail-waY....
The Shirt Fast Scenic Routs,
, TO ,
Seattle,     Victoria,
Vancouver &  Puget
Sound, and all Pacific Coast Points, St.
Paul, Chicago and Points Beyond
Modern Equipment.    Rock-ballast
Road-bed.
Attractive tours via Duluth and the Great
Lukes in connection with exclusively passenger boats of Northern S. s. Co.
Direct connection via Nelson A Fort  Sheppard
railway at Spokane'; and via 0. A; K. S. N Co.
at Bonnet's Ferry	
For maps, tickets, nnd complete information
call on Agents C. it. S. Nav. Co ; N.»k F.S. r'y
or   C. G. Diyox, Gen. Agent, Spokane, Wash.
F. I. Whitney, g. v.&'r. a., st. Paul, Minn.
F. T. Abbott, Travelling Freight & Passengei
Agent, Spokane, Wash.
Northern
Pacific R. R,
Runs
PULLMAN SLEEPING CARS
ELEGANT  DINING CARS
TOURIST SLEEPING CARS
To
St. Paul, Minneapolis Dulu+U
Fargo, Grand Forks, Crook:!'
Winnipeg,
Helena and Butte.
THROUGH TICKETS
To
Chicago, Washington,
Philadelphia,   New York,
Boston and all Points  east,  west
and south.
TIME SCHEDULE.
For information, time cards, maps
and tickets, call on or write
II. G. Stimmet,, T. P. agent,
Nelson, B.C.
F. D. Gibbs, General agent,
Spokane, Wash.
or A. D. Charlton, V \
asst. Gen. Pass, agent,
Portland, Oregon.
HUNTER BROS., K. & CO.
HAVE  THE
COLUMBIA & KOOTENAY RY.
TIME  TABLE  NO.   5.
Taking effect Friday, July 26, 1895,
cancelling all former time tables.
Trains le tva Nelson fur Ttoli^nn Tue-dnys and
F lays at 11 : '. tnd Wednesdays and Saturdays
at is:). Leave kobsen for Ne'.son Tuesdays and
11 . - in 14,00, and W eilnesUays and Saturdays
al 20    i.
(". .' connections made at Pohson vith boats
for KeveMlobe and Trail Creek, and at Nelson
with Si ..'. u« .a.
■In" company i lerves the right to change
the time t..b,.c without not.ee.
Paciflc standard and 'Jl-hour system adopted.
J, iiAMlLTON, Trainmaster and Agent,
NeUoh.
Largest and most complete Stock of General
Merchandise in West Kootenay,
Dry Goods
Hardware
Boots & Shoes
CONSISTING  OF
Groceries
Stoves
Hats & Cap3
Furnishing Goods
Crockery
Etc., etc.,"
AND  EVERYTHING  IN  THE   LIST X)F j
MINERS' SUPPLIES. ;
HUNTER BROS., K. & CO,
RtfUlaiii, 5'Ci THE FIRST CHRISTMAS.
Like small curled feathers;
soft,
The little clouds went by,
Across the moon, and past the stars,
And down the western sky.
In upland pastures, where the grass
With frosted dew was white,
| the handsomest and most honorable of
men ?"
white and j There wa3 no reply. The clock, as
though glad of a chance to make itself
heard, ticked musically and a cheerful
fire in the grate glowed brightly.
Grace slipped an affectionate, impatient arm around her friend's shoulders
and drew the hands away from a face
Like snowy clouds, the young sheep lay grown suddenly very white. Under the
shook she had just received an ordinary
woman would have fainted or given
way to tearra
That first blest  Christmas night.
slept,   and  glimmering
The  shepherds
faint,
With twist of thin blue smoke,
Only their fire's crackling flames
The tender silence broke,
Bave when a young lamb raised his head,
Or, when the night wind blew,
A nestling bird would softly stirr
Where dusky olives grew I
With finger on her solemn lip
Night hushed the shady earth,
And only stars and angels saw
The little Saviour's birth.
Then came such flash of silver light
Across ihe bending skies
The wondering shepherds woke and hid
Their frightened, dazzled eyes.
tho
But all their gentle, sleepy flock
Looked up, then slept again,
Nor knew the light that dimmed
slars
Brought endless peace to men,
Nor even heard  tho gracious words
That down the ages ring:
"The Christ is born, the Lord has come,
Good will on earth to bring I"
Then o'er the moonlit, misty fields,
Dumb with the world's great joy,
The shepherds sought the white walled
town
Where lay the baby boy.
And, oh, the gladness of the world,
. The glory of the skies,
Because t he longed for Christ had smiled
In Mary's happy eyes I
—Margaret Deland.
Mabel Denning was not an ordinary
woman.
"Why, what is the matter?" exclaimed Grace, " are you ill?"
" It is nothing—that is, only an attack of neuralgia—do not mind me,
Grace, I shall be better presently."
Then, with a wan little smile and an effort to speak naturally, " I suppose he
writes very often when he is away ?"
Inwardly she was saying to herself: "It
might bo some hallucination, it I could
only see the writing I"
" Oh, yes," answered the girl, " the
last letter was ritten three days ago
—here it is. He says he will be so
pleased to meet my friend—I told him
that a dear schoolmate was coming to
visit me—and he will be here to visit
me to-morrow night, Christmas Eve.
You may read it if you wish."
The open letter dropped from Mabel's
fingers.
The same—even to the little terms
of endearment of which she bad been so
fond; Ihe tell-tale signature—the same.
She controlled herself by a great, effort
and a heroic resolve not to let one
word of suffering escape her lips. The
shaded light shone softly on the other's
upturned face.
" Yes, he is very handsome, dear
Grace," she said, anil it seemed to her
that some one else was speaking—some
one who had died, yet who still had the
power of speech; " I don't blame you.
As to his being the most honorable of
men, how can 1 judge? I hope you will
be as happy as you deserve."
She tried to smile again, as the girl
looked up anxiously.
" Papa has some chloral in his medicine chest; I will ge^ '* for you. He
uses it for neuralgia. Do you know
how much to take, Mabel ? It is dangerous "
" Yes,  I understand ;  get  it  by    all
means, Grace.   I am a doctor's daughter, you know, and there is no danger
whatever.   And I think, if you do not
,,,,       . ,  , mind, I will go right to bed ; so   bid me
HE   mid-day    train ■ good-night, like a good girl."
had just left Euston
Station, on its way      A ray of light   from   Grace.s   room
across the hallway gleamed for a little
while, then a door shut softly, and the
house was still.   Mabel laid an  aching
, ,      ,    ,   .   i head upon her   pillow.   She    thought,
r, n e e n a o i tneir | with a keen sense o£ her pregent mis-
journey, began thejery, how happy she had been an hour
little      preparations : since.   An hour I   It seemed a lifetime.
MABEL'S RESOLVE.
By Lillian Plunkett.
I.
t o Liverpool. En
route, the passengers, as they neared
customary to the average traveller who
is fearful of leaving something behind
him in the rush for the platform. There
was a gathering together of sundry parcels, tightening of shawl straps, tucking away of reading matter, and fastening outside wrappings, for the advancing evening promised to be a cool one,
and a Londoner regards Christmas
weather in the North with about the
same friendliness as a cat does rain.
As the train sped on towards Liverpool, a young girl in a second-class carriage turned her face to the window.
It was an interesting rather than a
beautiful face, made attractive more by
its sweet expression than regularity of
features—a face that couid be trusted.
She drew a letter from her pocket and
re-read its    contents.   The writer was
If she could only sleep 1 The pain at her
heart grew almost unbearable as the
night wore on.
" Ho is coming to-morrow," she said
over and over to herself—then sat up
suddenly, as a thought (whence come
these winged messengers ?) flashed into
her brain.
" Why should there be any to-morrow?"
She rose, found her way unsteadily
across the landing and leaned over a
bed.
" Grade, are you awake ?"
The girl stirred sleepily.
" Is the pain any bttter, Mabel ?"
" No, it is still there. I am going to
take the chloral; and if-1 should sleep a
little late in the morning you won't disturb me ?"
"Sleep all day if you like, for I want
you to look your prettiest in the evening when Ernest comes. I am sorry
about the pain.   Kiss me, Mahel."
She touched Grade's soft cheek lightly, then shivered violently as she wondered how many times his lips had
done the same.   Alone again once more
her friend,  and  the letter,  which  *„-     , , ,, ,,.
„i„,i„ i „_ : si.f      t     T,r i   i i ,  she opened a small travelling bag.took
eluded an invitation for Mabel to spend  from it a packet of letters and a pic-
Christmas    in Liverpool,  just such an
epistle as a bright and loving girl would
ture, a duplicate of the ono in Grade's
possession.   The  dying  coals   devoured
indite.   It touched upon various topics,  *hem greedUy-   A little later and the
... .  . , house was very,
and then, in true feminine style, plunged with charming abruptness into the
subject of the fair writer's engagement.
" Apart from the pleasure of having
you to myself, dear Mabel, for the first
time since our school days, I anticipate °f
happiness in making known to you the
man whom I am to marry.   I feel sure  u , i ■ , ,      ,-
you will approve of my choice.   I will  haW hom,erland ?    yery amiable   dis-
-   position.     The   friend with  whom she
i very, very still.
Extract from a morning paper:
" The Coroner's jury in the case of
Mabel Denning, the young lady whose
ultimate demise was noticed in these
columns yesterday, returned a verdict
accidental death. There is not
even a suspicion of suicide, as the deceased was in excellent health,  had    a
not attempt a description of my capt i
vat or for fear you may think I have de-
fenerated into  a gushing  damsel,  and |
abhor the type.   You shall soon see;
him and judge for yourself."
Mabel Denning folded the letter, a
smile lingering at the corners of her i
pretty mouth. Her friend, no doubt,'
was very happy, but surely no woman
could be as happy as herself. Mabel
smiled again as she pictured Grace's
surprise when she should listen to her
confession of surrender, which was the
more complete because until now, at
twenty-two, she had remained heart-
whole.
The engine slowed up at Lime-street
station, and there was a general exodus
in the direction of the turnstiles. Ma-
b«A moved   with
was visiting testified that she was in
the best of spirits all the previous
evening, only complaining of a slight
attack of neuralgia just before retiring
to ease which she unfortunately took
an overdose of chloral. The affair is
particularly sad, as the girl was to have
been married shortly to a young man
who was  devotedly  attached to her."
COOKING A TURKEY.
A rather elaborate, but delicious way
of preparing a turkey is the following
one:   The bird ought to be nice    and
plump.   When   drawn    and washed   it
the crowd, a   graceful must be soaked for twenty-four hours
figure just above medium height. A in a marinade composed of a quart of
half-hour later she ran the gauntlet of old, brown sherry, to which has been
a mot, of vociferous hackmeu at the added a pint of filtered water, the juice
landing, and a moment after was clasp- of a lemon, some grains of block pepper,
ed in her friend's arms. three cloves,   a spoonful of   essence of
i truffles and two spoonfuls of mushroom
sauce.   Care,  must be   taken   that   the
II.
A handsomely furnished, cosy apart-
/nent on the, first floor of an old-fashioned residence at Dingle. The prlvl-
Ld'je I observer would have pronounced
it a charming picture hail he been permitted to glance within.
Eleven o'clock chimed from a French
turkey be turned every two hours in
this fragrant mixture in order that it
be equally well flavored by it in all
parts. When the, time has come to
cook the turkey, it is filled with a paste
mado of chopped mushrooms, minced
truffles  and boiled   French   chestnuts.
WHY  CHILDREN   HANG  THEIR
STOCKINGS.
The custom of hanging stockings   on
Christmas eve,  like  that  of preparing
timepiece on the mantel, where a pretty Thin slices of truffles are slipped  bo-
g|rl leaned, her dainty dressing   gown nonth the loose skin on the crop   and
disclosing t he shapely whiteness of   her breast, and then  the turkey  is trussed,
arms and I hroat. wrapped in  sheets of thickly buttered
" No, Grace,'' she was saying to her paper, and roasted    on a spit before a
younger    companion,    with    a  teasing bright coal fire. Currant jelly is served
smile and an affectionate patting of her with it,    and a   glassful   of   sherry is
rounded cheek, " you must tell me your mixed with the gravy which is sent to
story first; mine will keep very well. I the table with this toothsome dish.
want to know all aboutthe paragon of ( 	
masculinity that has laid such sue-1
cessful siege to my little girl's heart." i
Grace sprang from the ottoman j
where she had been sitting for two l
whole minutes. She seldom kept still
for 120 seconds, and was a decided contrast to her stately friend. .,.,-,,,
" 1 will get his photograph," she said, the Christmas tree, is derived from the
and paused on the threshold, a prettv Germans, who have a fable that while
pi'lure in pile blue, as she glan"e 1 back the stockings of good children are filled
at her guet with toys and sweetmeats by Kbrts
" Mabel, if'you were not already safe- Kingle-a corruption of Christ Kindlin'
ly in love yourself I should be almost or Christ Child—those of bad ones re-
iealous-for-fear—" then both girls ccive nothing but a small rod or switch,
laughed so merrily that the dignified which is placed in them by another per-
Pld servant, locking the great door be- smrige, known as Pelsnichol, literally
Jew, stopped to listen. "It does my Nicholas, with fur meaning St. Nicholas
heart good to hear 'em, bless their dressed in fur. It is a rare sight on
pretty faces," she said to Grace's pet Christmas morning in a German house-
spaniel, who blinked back wisely and bold to see the expression of abject mis-
wagged his tail in hearty endorsement. cry a"d broken heartedness on the face
Grace trinned back with both hands of some poor little wight who, having
held behind her "Now Mabel "she been disobedient or otherwise naughty
said in her little'authoritative way. "I on Christmas eve, finds in his stocking
want you to sit here at the table-so- only a small birch rod, while the hosiery
where the light is stronger, and shade ?f his brothers and sisters is filled with
your eyes this way," playfully resting bonbons and playthings. The dread of
Mabel's head in her hands, " study his getting the rod from old Pelsnichol on
face well and give me your honest'onin- Christmas keeps many a Uerman child
'                      < -              -*_-.....      i . im „r.ior i.nn.iiffhmil, the entire ve.ar.
CHRISTMAS AT THE EMPEROR'S
PALACE.
At the Kaiser Schloss, Christmas Eve,
or Heiliger Abend as the Germans call
it, begins at 6 p.m. At the moment
the old clock in the tower of the ramshackle cathedral opposite calls out the
sixth hour, the electric lights are turned on in every outside room of the castle with its thousand windows, the
guards in the inner court draw up in
line for inspection, and the Empress'
body-guard, clad in uniform of Frederick the Great's time, who are stationed
about the corridors and vestibules,
draw their swords, and assemble for
the grand procession.
Five minutes later the buglar's corps
chant the great choral, " Nun Lobt
Gott den Herrn," " Now Praise Ye God
the Lord," on their silver cornets and
place themselves at the head of the
proud column, composed of the Imperial
family and their household which
moves slowly and with stately gait over
the sloping terrace toward the chapel
erected over the triumphal arch forming the western portals of the castle.
The military is followed by a bevy of
pretty young pages, the offspring of
the highest nobility in the realm. These
boys are clad in red and silver doublets, velvet breeches, silk stockings, patent leather pumps, and white-powdered wigs. The Imperial youngsters
march behind their playmates, preceded
by the Grand Marshal in his showy
seventeenth century costume and armed with a gold staff, blazing with diamonds and precious stones like the
shepherd's erook of a bishop.
The Crown Prince heads the group
of lusty boys with all the dignity a
lieutenant of the First Guards is capable of expressing. His thoughtful face
looms up brightly under the carmine
helmet with the high gold shield in
front, and his well-developed chest
heaves proudly under the insignia of
exalted orders and decorations. The
eye of his brother, Eitel Frederick, who
as the second son, wears the conventional sailor suit, follow the elder brother with undisguised admiration.
The next pair of boys are dressed in
Eton suits. Then follow Prince Oscar
in white and laces, and the youngest
boy, Joachim, who is carried by a nurse.
Now comes the baby Princess, a bundle
of laces and pink and white with face
and arms as soft as swansdown, borne
in right royal fashion on a cushion of
silver cloth by a stalwart nurse.
" Immediately behind her daughter
walks the Empress on the arm of her
lord, who, on this occasion, as at all
family festivals ,wears the uniform of
the Body Hussars, blue and gold, and
fur-trimmed shoulder coat of carmine
red. The Empress is in full Court costume.
Displaying the Christmas Gifts.—The
religious ceremony over.the procession
again forms itself and quickly the
Knights' Hall is reached, which, in the
interval, has been turned into a verit-
le Christmas  bazaar.
In this room, filled with light and
fragrant flowers, a profusion of small
tables has been plaoed, whereon the
higher Court officials, ladies and gentlemen, including the various preceptors of the Imperial children, find their
Christmas gifts. There are bronze
statues and groups of military objects
for the gentlemen, trinkets and jewel-
cases for the ladies, photographs, with
a few kind words of remembrance scribbled in one corner, silver watches for
the pages, and pretty scarfs and laces
for the daughters of the courtiers. Their
Majesties accept the thanks of their servants in their own hearty manner.
Meanwhile a small army of lackeys
is busy about the buffet filling tulip-
shaped crystal tumblers with "Heidsieck
Royal" under the observing eye of the
Kaiser's cellar master and cup bearer.
Now it strikes eight, and Her Majesty observing that her younger children are getting rather sleepy and the
elder ones becoming tired of waiting,
whispers to the "gentlemen of the bedchamber" behind her to command the
court marshal that the assemblage be
dissolved. Three times that dignitary
taps the marble floor with his metal
stick and at once the conversation turns
to leave-taking, the great doors are
thrown open and those not on duty retire, the line of body-guards presenting
arms.
The Family Part or Christmas.—When
all have gone the Kaiserin beckons the
nurses to her side, and with them and
t he rest of the children makes off for
her boudoir, where she is divested of
the tiresome State costume and the
insignia of royalty. When, a quarter
of an hour later, Her Majesty appears
in the. yellow room in the private quarters of tho castle, she wears a short
evening dress of Indian silk, and the
simple silver ornaments of her childhood. The Kaiser likewise has donned
undress uniform and his youngsters are
playing hobby-horse with his sword.
Suddenly the silvery tones of a bell
in the adjoining  hall i3 heard.
"The Christkind! the Christkind I"
cry the children, clapping their hands
arid making a break for the door that
is instantly opened upon a scene of light
and beauty. In the corners of the hall
made gay by garlands of greens, flowers
and bunting, seven Christ mas trees have
,been erected in beds of moss and rocks
descriptive of scenes in the Holy Land,
and dotted with statues of the Virgin
antl other images. The, Crown Prince's
tree is fully 10 feet high, and the others
grow smaller in proportion to the ages
of tho recipients.
Gifts For Tho Little Ones.—There are
toys and toys, but the practical gifts
predominate. It seems almost incredible that the sons of royalty should receive as special bounty such necessaries
as fur collars, gloves and sets of handkerchiefs wit h their embroidered initials
but the Kaiser's children are brought up
in the strictest economy and with a view
of impressing upon them profound grati
tude for the smallest of favours and advantages. They are indeed less used to
elegance in personal attire than the
children of the moderately rich, and as
a consequence are easily pleased.
After a joyous interchange of thanks-
saying and embraces, the Crown Prince
starts off taking his mother by the
hand, while the other boys drag the
Emperor toward the nursery hall, where
(hey have arranged their modest Christmas gifts for papa and mamma. All
have done their best, and are duly rewarded for their zeal and devotion.
Serving The State Supper.—At 9.30,
when the children are safely tucked
away in their little brass beds, the State
supper is Berved in the Empress's salon.
The Kaiserin has it all her own way on
Heiliger Abend, and therefore only
Miembers of the immediate family have
been invited.
The   auDDer    ia    m»lt.« inffrl,aal.   In
spite of the splendour of toilet and plate
a few old and trusted servants have
been selected to wait at table, and as
the family has no secrets before them
the conversation is animated, and all
titles are thrown to the winds. A
single toast is drunk: "To the Kaiserin and her baby daughter."
At midnight a curious deputation is
announcced: the seniors of the lackeys
and of the maid servants respectively
appear to invite their gracious master
and mistress to the servant's hall. The
petition is granted as a matter of course
and the whole party descends to the hall
below, where 200 or 300 couples trip the
stately waltz and polka to the music
of a military band.
The Kaiser and the Princes immediately make off for their maids, selecting
their partners after tho rule of seniority, while the Kaiserin and young
ladies beckon their favorite servants to
their sides. Carriages are ordered for
1 o'clock, but only the older folk consent to final leave-taking at this early
hour. The younger people, always including the Kaiser, prepare for a clandestine stroll to the Christmas market
held in the Lustgarten, in front and
around the Schloss.
The young ladies have brought heavy
shoes, great coats, and hoods for the
lark that is to be, and His Majesty's
Garderobier disguises the gentleman in
conventional citizens' dioss. Before
they start on foot through the servants' gate the Imperial host invites all to take a few handfuls of
thalers and marks brought in on a salver, for one must have plenty 9ot
change on an errand like that intended.
Tho Emperor's Incognito Outings.—
The Christmas market is conducted in
small booths by the very poorest of per-
ambulant dealers, who stand behind
their counters day and night shivering
in the cold and imploring the passers-
by to purchase "a pennyworth." To
them the Royal visit is a godsend, a
veritable Queen Anne's bounty for
augmenting their mean living. It was
probably one of these seoret visits to
the Christmas mart that, some time
ago, caused the silly report of the
Kaiser's Haroun Al Raschid slumming
expeditions.
It is early morning when these
young people, who in the family council weigh the fates of the world on
their tongues' end, return to the castle
arm in arm like so many truant children, talking with supressed boister-
ousness of the adventures they enjoyed, and of those they might have enjoyed if "William" was not so excessively strict.
A glass of stiff " grog " awaits them
in the vestibule, they don their sables
and ermine cloaks, a last farewell and
half a score of gilded coaches thunder
Unter Den Linden to scatter in various directions at the crossing of Fried-
richstrasse.
THE COMING CHRISTMAS.
Here comes old Father Christmas,
With sound of fife and drums;
With mistletoe about his brows,
So merrily he comes I
His arms are full of all good cheer.
His face with laughter glows;;
He shines like any household fire
Amid the cruel snows.
He is the old folks' Christmas,
He warms their hearts like wine,
He thaws their winter into spring
And makes their faces shine.
Hurrah for Father Christmas I
Ring all the merry bells I
And bring the grandsires all around
To hear the tale he tells.
Here comes the Christmas angel,
So gentle and so calm,
As softly as the falling flakes,
He comes with flute and psalm.
All in a cloud of glory,
As once upon the plain,
To shepherd boys in Jewry,
He brings good news again.
He is the young folks' Christmas;
He makes their eyes grow bright
With words of hope and tender tho't
And visions of delight.
Hail to the Christmas angel I
All peace on earth he brings;
He gathers all the youths and maids
Beneath his shining wings.
Here comes the little Christ-child,
All innocence and joy,
And bearing gifts in either hand
For every girl and boy.
He tells the tender story
About the Holy Maid,
And Jesus in the manger,
Before the oxen laid,
Like any little winter bird,
He sings this sweetest song,
Till all the cherubs in the sky
To hear his carol throng.
He is the children's Christmas;
They come without a call
To gather around the grac:ous Child
Who bringelh joy to all.
But who shall bring their Christmas
Who wrestle still with life 1
Not grandsires, youths nor little folks,
Rut, t hey who wage the strife;
The fathers and the mothers
Who fight for homes and bread,
Who watch and ward the living,
And bury all the dead.
Ah ! by t heir sides at Christmas-tide;
The Lord of Christinas stands;
He. smooths  the furrows    from    the
brows
With strong and tender hands,
"I lake my Christmas gift," He salth,
"From thee, tired soul, and thee;
Who glveth to My little ones
Oiveth also unlo Mel"
THE CHRISTMAS PUDDING.
A good housekeeper serves at Christmas a pudding made from a recipe
which she has formulated after much
experimentation, it combinos the elements of simplicity and richness, and
makes a highly enjoyable whole. Here
is the recipe: Crumble ten butter
crackers into a quart of milk and let
them stand over night. In the morning
rub the crackers through a colander nnd
add six well-beaten eggs, one and one-
half cupfuls of sugar, one-half cupful of
molasses, one-halt cupful of butter, one
teaspoonful of salt, one-half teaspoonful
of nutmeg, one-half teaspoonful of mace,
one teaspoonful of allspice, the grated
rind of one. lemon, one-quarter pound of
citron (sliced thin), one-half pound each
of currants and raisins; flavor with a
teaspoonful of vanilla and a little rose-
water. Ilake two hours slowly. Ferv-
ed with nn appropriate sauce, this pudding is so delicate and delicious that
Christmas diners will not refuse a
fruity slice, though pies and whipped
cream and other dainties are on the
board to tempt the palate.
THEY FELT BADLY.
Susie—Papa, did you get mamma a
new pair of slippers for Christmas ?
Papa—No, my dear, but why do you
ask that question ?
Susie—Well, Tommy said that the
old ones wore sick.
Papa—Sick ? How do you make that
nut?
Susie—That's   what   he meant   any-
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LOU'S CLARIONET.
It was a Christmas eve service in the
Second Westcock Churoh.
The churoh of Second Westcook was
quaint and old-fashioned, like the village over which it presided. Its shingles were gray with the beating of
many winters; its little square tower
was surmounted by four spindling posts,
liko the legs of a table turned heavenward ; its staring windows were adorned with ourtains of yellow cotton; its
uneven and desolate churchyard strewn
with graves and snow-drifts, occupied a
bleak hillside looking out across the bay
to the lonely height of Shepody Mountain.
Down the long slope below the church
straggled the village, half-lost in the
snow, and whistled over by the winds
of the Bay of Fundy.
Second Westcock was an outlying corner of the rector's expansive parish,
and a Christmas eve service there was
an event almost unparalleled. To give
Second Westcock this service, the rector had forsaken his prosperous congregations at Westcock, Sackville and Dor-
ohester, driving some eight or ten miles
through the snows and solitude of the
deep Dorchester woods.
And because the choir at Second
Westcock was not remarkable even for
willingness, much less for strength or
skill, he had brought with him his fifteen-year-old niece, Lou Allison, to
swell the Christmas praises with the
notes of her clarionet.
The little ohuroh was lighted with
oil lamps ranged along the white wall
between the windows. The poor, bare
ohancel—a red-cloth covered kitchen table in a semicircle of paintless railing
—was flanked by two towering pulpits
of white pine. On either side the narrow, .carpetless aisle were rows of un-
painted benches.
On the left were gathered solemnly
the men of the congregation, each looking straight ahead. On the right were
the women, whispering and scanning
each othsrs' bonnets, till the appearance of tLe rector from the little vestry
room by the door should bring silence
and reverent attention.
In from of the women's row stood
the melodeon, and the two benohes behind it we e oocupied by the choir, the
male mere jers of which sat blushlngly
self-conscious, proud of their office, but
deeply abashed at the necessity of sitting among the women.
There was no attempt at Christmas
decoration, for Second Westcock had
never been awakened to the delioious
exoitements of the church greening.
At last the rector appeared in his voluminous white surplice. He moved
slowly up the aisle, and mounted the
winding steps of the right-hand pulpit,
and as he did so his five-year-old son,
forsaking his place by Lou's side, marched forward and seated himself resolutely on the pulpit steps. Ho did not feel
quite at home in Second Westcock
Church.
The sweet old carol, " While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night,"
rose rather doubtfully from the little
choir, who looked and listened askance
at the glittering clarionet, into which
Lou was now blowing softly. Lou was
afraid to make herself distinctly heard
at first, lest she should startle the
singers; but in the second verse the
pure vibrant notes came out with confidence, and then for two lines the song
was little more than a duet between
Lou and the rector's vigorous baritone.
In the third verse, however, it all oame
right. The choir felt and responded to
the strong support and thrilling stimulus of the instrument, and at length
ceased to dread their own voices. The
naked little ohurch was glorified with
the sweep of triumphal song pulsating
through it.
Never before had such music been
heard there. Men, women and ohildren
sang from their very souls, and when
the hymn was ended the whole congregation stood for some seconds as in a
dream, with quivering throats, till the
rector's calm voice, repeating the opening words of the liturgy, brought
back their self-control in some measure.
Thereafter every hymn and chant and
carol was like an inspiration, and Lou's
eyes sparkled with exaltation.
When the service was over the people gathered round the stove by the
door, praising Lou's olarionet and petting little Ted, who had by this time
come down from the pulpit steps. One
old lady gave the ohild two or three
brown sugar biscuits which she had
brought in her pocket, and a pair of
red mittens whioh she had knitted for
him as a Christmas present.
Turning to Lou the old lady said,
" I novbr heerd nothing like that
trumpet of yourn, miss. I felt liko it
jist drawed the angels down from heaven to sing with us to-night. Ther
voices was all swimming in a smoke,
liko, right up in the hollow of the ceiling."
"'Taint a trumpet I" interrupted Toddy, shyly. -"It's aolar'onet. I got a
trumpet home I"
"To be sure I" replied the old lady,
indulgently. " But miss, as I was a-
saying, that musio of yourn would jest
soften the hardest heart as over wits."
The rector had just come from the
vestry-room, well wrapped up in his
furs, and was shaking hands and wishing every one a Merry Christinas while
tho sexton brought tho horse to the
door. He overheard the old lady's last
remark, as she was bundling Teddy up
in a huge woollen muffler.
" It cortainly did," said he, " make
the singing go magnificently to-night,
didn't it, Mrs. Tait ? But I wonder,
now, what sort of an effect it would
produce on a hard-hearted bear, if such
a creature should come out at us while
we are going through the Dorchester
woods ?"
This mild pleasantry was very delicately adapted to the rector's audience,
and the group about the stove smiled
with a reverent air befitting the place
they were in ; but the old lady exclaimed in haste:
" My, land sakes, parson, a bear'd be
jest scared to deth I"
" I wonder if it would frighten a
Dear?" thought Lou to herself, as they
were getting snugly bundled into the
warm, deep "pung," as the low box-
sleigh with movable seats is called.
Soon the crest of the hill was passed,
and the four-poster on tho top of Second Westcock Church sank out of sight.
For a mile or more the road led through
half-cleared pasture lands, where the
black stumps stuck up so strangely
through the drifts that Teddy discovered bears on every hand. He was not
at, all alarmed, however, for he was
sure his father was a match for a
thousand bears.
By and by the road entered the ouri-
ous inverted dark of Dorchester woods,
where all the light seemod to come from
the white snow under the trees rather
than from tho dark sky above them.
At, this stage of the journey Teddy retired under the buffalo-robes, and went
The horse jogged slowly along the
somewhat heavy i.ad. The bells Jingled drowsily amid the soft, pushing
whisper of the runners. Lou and the
rector talked in quiet voices, attuned to
the solemn hush of the great forest.
"What's that?"
Lou shivered up closer to the rector as
she spoke, and glanced nervously into
the dark woods whence a sound had
come. The rector did not answer at
once, but instinctively seized the whip,
and tightened the reins as a signal to
Old Jerry to move on faster.
The horse needed no signal, but awoke
into an eager trot which would have
become a gallop had the rector permitted.
Again came the sound, this time a
little nearer, and still apparently just
abreast of the pung, but deep in the
woods. It was a bitter, long, wailing
cry, blended with a harshly grating undertone, like the rasping of a saw.
| " What is it ?" again asked Lou, her
teeth chattering.
The rector let Old Jerry out into a
gallop, as he answered, " I'm afraid it's
a panther—what they call around hare
. an 'Indian Devil.' But 1 don't think
| there is any real danger. It is a ferocious beast, but will probably give us a
wide berth."
1    " Why   won't  it  attack  us ?"  asked
Lou.
'' Oh, it prefers solitary viotims," replied the rector. " It is ordinarily a
cautious beast, and does not understand
the combination of man and horse and
vehicle. Only on rare occasions has it
been known to attack people driving,
and this one will probably keep well out
of our sight. However, it's just as well
to get beyond its neighborhood ai
quickly as possible. Steady, Jerry, old
boy I Steady—don't use yourself up too
fast I"
i The rector kept the horse well in
hand; but in a short time it was plain
that the panther was not avoiding the
party. The cries came nearer and near-
er, and Lou's breath came quicker and
quicker, and the rector's teeth began
; to set themselves grimly, while hi*
[brows gathered in anxious thought,
I If it should come to a struggle, what
was there in the sleigh, he was wonder-
1 ing, that could serve as a weapon ?
Nothing, absolutely nothing but his
I heavy pocket-knife.
I ' A poor weapon," thought he, rue^'
fully, " with which to fight a panther."
But he felt in his pocket with one
hand, and opened the knife, and slipped
it under the edge of the cushion beside
him.
i    At this instant he caught sight of the
panther, bounding along through   the
low underbrush, keeping parallel with
j the road, and not forty yards away.
" There it is I" oame in a terrified
! whisper from Lou's lips ; and just then
; Teddy lifted his head from under the
, robes. Frightened at the speed, and at
I the set look on his father's face, he began to cry. The panther hoard him,
and turned at once toward the sleigh.
Old Jerry stretched himself out into
a burst of speed while the rector grasped his poor knife fiercely; and the
panther came with a long leap right into the road, not ten paces behind the
flying sleigh I
Teddy stared in amazement then
cowered down in fresh terror as there
came an ear-splitting screech, wild and
high and long from Lou's olarionet.
. Lou had turned, and over the back of
[ tho seat was blowing this peal of desperate defiance in the brute's very face.
The astonished animal shrank back in
his tracks, and sprang again Into the
underbrush.
Lou turned to the rector with a
flushed face of triumph; and the rector
exclaimed in a husky voice, " Thank
God I" But Teddy, between his sobs,
complained, "What did you do that for,
Lou ?"
Lou jumped to the conclusion that her
victory was complete and final: but the
rector kept Jerry at his top speed, and
scrutinized the underwood apprehensively.
The panther appeared again in four
or five minutes, returning to the road,
and leaping along some forty or fifty
feet behind the sleigh. His pace was a
very ourious disjointed, india-rubbery
spring, which rapidly closed up on the
fugitives.
Then round swung Lou's long instrument again, and at its piercing cry the
animal again shrank back. This time,
however, he kept to the road, and the
moment Lou paused for breath he resumed the chase.
" Save your breath, child," exclaimed
the reotor, as Lou again put the slender
tube to her lips. " Save your breath,
and let him have it ferociously when
he begins to get too near."
The animal came within twenty or
thirty feet again, and then Lou greeted
him with an ear-splitting blast, and he
fell back. Again and again tho tactics
were repeated. Lou tried a thrilling
cadenza; it was too muoh for the
brute's nerves. He could not comprehend a girl with suoh a penetrating
voice, and he oould not screw up his
courage to a closer investigation of the
marvel.
At -last the animal seemed to resolve
on a change of procedure. Plunging
into the woods he made an effort to get
ahead of the sleigh. Old Jerry was
showing signs of exhaustion, but the
rector roused him to an extra spurt—
and there, just ahead, was the opening
of Fillmore's settlement.
" Blow, Lou, blow I" shouted the roo-
I tor; and as the panther made a dash
to intercept the sleigh, it found itself in
too close proximity to the strange-voiced phenomenon in the pung, and sprang
backward with an augry snarl.
As Lou's breath failed from her dry
lips, the sleigh dashed out into tho open.
A dog bayed angrily from the nearest
farm-houso, and the panther stopped
short on the edge of the wood. The
rector drove into the farm-yard, and
Old Jerry stopped, shivering as if he
would fall between the shafts.
After the story had been told, and
Jerry had been stabletl and rubbed
down, the reotor resumed his journey
with a fresh horse, having no fear that
the panther would venture aoross cleared lands. Three of the settlers start od
out forthwith, and following the tracks
in the new snow, succeeded in shooting
the wild beast after a chase of two or
three hours.
The adventure supplied tho countryside a'l that winter with a theme for
conversation, and about Lou's clarionet
there gathered a halo of romance that
drew rousing congregations to the parish church, where its music was to be
heard every alternate Sunday evening.
THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE.
Rebel, my stomach, fret mo if you will,
O'erloaded with your'usual Christmas
fill.
Anguish,    remorse,  repentance all are
vain,
Sincere as is my grief, the aches remain
To warn me that the fool's reward is
pain.
Groat guns I   Has my digestion ceased
to work ?
Or did some poison in the viands lurk?
Of Christmas dinners this shall be the
last;
So sure as this dire illness shah have
passed
Each Christmas Day I'll celobvato the TWO STOCKINGS.
i her little stocking
Betty Baby found,
irst, a tiny gold ring
Set wit h rubies round,
hen a lovely dolly,
Beautiful to see,
ionnuns, cakes and sugar toys,
Happy Baby she I
her little stocking
Polly Baby found,
rst, a  stick  of  candy,
Then an apple round,
hen a pair of  mittens,
Fitting perfectly;
hat was all but none the less,
Happy Baby she I
SANTA  LAUS CAME,
was tho afternoon
before Christinas,
and the air was
full of big, feathery snow-flakes.
Ted and Trudie
stood at the window watohing
them, and baby
Belle sat on the
floor.
" See how pretty
are!" cried Ted, clapping his
' They're just like fairies
to a Christmas party."
lie clapped her hands, too, and
Belle thumped her rattle on the
and crowed; but Mrs. Burnham
out of the window rather anx-
The store was a mile away,
he snow seemed to come thicker
tster every minute.
>w do yo s'pose Santa Claus can
ire in such a storm ? " asked Ted ;
Joh Trudie's bright little face
d up, too.
laps this thought was troubling
Burnham.   She didn't answer for
than a    minute—not  until  Ted
again.
he said.   " This
I could go in it
asked  his mo-
oh 'n' nonsense I
much of a snow
f, well's not."
uld you, dear ?
quickly. "I'm afraid it's a chance
pa gets home before to-morrow,
rood-road will be blocked, and 1
some things from the store to-
Do you suppose you can go
your sled, Teddy ? "
/hy, yes I" cried Teddy, delight-
ough; and in a very few minutes
s ready to start, looking as much
'om  Thumb    as    possible in  his
little great-coat, with his cap
ver his ears and his red muffler
d his neck. The box on his sled,
he had fixed for baby Belle to
n, proved to be just the thing,
ve this note to Mr. Briggs," said
other, " and then you won't have
ling to remember. And be care-
lear, and hurry home as fast as
an."
Briggs's eyes twinkled when he
hat note. It was a busy day, and
was a good many in the store,
ribbled something on a bit of
_ p'tper.
can't attend to you right away,"
id to Teddy, " and I wish you'd
un over to the house with a line
s. Briggs for me."
is, sir," answered Teddy.
n Mr. Briggs didn't wait on other
jiers    first.   He    went   right   to
filling Mrs. Burnham's order,
vith a twinkle in his eyes. In-
I rather think he put in some
I which Mrs. Burnham didn't
but he had all the bundles
d away in the sled-box and cover-
th thick brown paper, that the
couldn't get through, when Ted
back.
ird night for Santa Claus to get
d," he said, pinching the boy's red
" Do you suppose you'll see him
r house?"
hope he'll come," answered Ted,
y ; " but I don't guess I'll see him,
saw him once," Mr. Briggs said,
', " when he was a little boy,
your size. He looked a good
ke you, too."
nybody laughed at that, and Ted
,od with the rest, though he didn't
know what about. Then he said,
i day," in his very best manner.
s harder going home than it had
coming to the store, he found,
ir was colder, and the wind was
The Christmas party had be-
a earnest, and the snowflakes
lancing like live things. But Ted
{led on bravely, knowing every
if the way. When he got home
r had a plate of hot oatmeal pud-
vith sugar and real cream waiting
m, and she whisked the bundles
the sled-box and into the pantry
urry.
this time the snow kept falling,
r, and the wind blew until the
i house fairly shook. If it had
bet on a hill there is no saying
Vnight have happened. Teddy felt
; deal troubled. . He told his mo-
lvhat Mr. Briggs had said about
j Claus, when she was tucking
Ho bed for the night,
/l 'fraid he can't get here," said
;md then Trudio'll be so disap-
Jl."
< his    mother    laughed,  stooping
"for tho good-night kiss.   " Don't
dear," said she,  " Santa Claus
mind this little storm."
sure enough, when morning
the three little stockings hang-
sido the chimney were stuffed as
they oould hold. There were
| and nuts and raisins in each,
riree big, sweet oranges on the
1-shelf.
Santa Claus did come," said Mrs.
am, laugh ng at the children's an-
looked thoughtful a minute.
bs danced. He put his lips olose
mother's ear.
lo b'lieve I know what Mr. Briggs
he said, " but I sha'n't tell
And it's lots of fun, just the
CHRISTMAS RECIPES.
Cream of Celery Soup.—Twelve stalks
of celery, cut in sjnall pieces, boiled one-
half hour in three pints of water. Add
half an onion and two blades of mace.
Pass through a sieve. Mix one table-
spoonful of flour and a heaping table-
spoonful of butter, add to soup with a
pint of milk. Season with pepper and
salt. Add a cupful of cream just before
serving.
Tomato Soup.—To one quart of canned
tomatoes add a pint of water, teaspoon-
ful of sugar, three or four cloves, a slice
of onion and a little parsley. Boil fifteen minutes. Adda small teaspoonful
of soda, and in a few moments strain.
Take one quart of milk, thicken with
a tablespoonful of cornstarch, season
with salt and pepper, add a tablespoonful of butter. Put all with the tomatoes ; heat thoroughly, but do not boil.
Roast Duck.—Great care must be taken if roast duck is to be nice. Use same
dressing as for goose, but cook it before filling duck. When done, put in
duck while hot, salt and pepper, place
in hot oven and roast thirty minutes.
Roast Goose.—The flesh of the goose
gelatine in another pan of cracked ice,
stir till it begins to thicken, then stir
in a pint of thick oream, turn in a mold
and stand away to harden.
Steamed Pudding.—Take a cup of molasses, a cup of butter, a cup of milk,
and mix well. Add a cup of raisins and
three cups of flour into which a teaspoonful of saleratus has been stirred. Steam
for three hours. Sauce: Beat three eggs
to a froth, add a cup of sugar, and season with vanilla.
Apple Pudding.—Bake large apples, as
many as you need, and remove the inside. Beat to a stiff froth the whites of
half as many eggs as you have apples,
stir into the apple, and serve with this
sauce: The yolks of the eggs and one
cup of sugar; add half a cup of boiling
milk, and flavor with lemon.
. Flaky Pie Crust.—For puff paste take
one cup of butter packed solidly, and
work it with the hand under cold water
till it is waxey. Then spread or "Boat"
it out flat on the hand, lay in a clean
napkin and lay in a pan which should
be set on ice, with a second pan of ice
on top. Take one-half pound of pastry
flour, and work into it one-third of the
cold butter. Mix carefully, and add
water very slowly so as not to put in A
spoonful too much. Lay this on ice for
a while, then roll out in a rectangular
Roast Uoose.—Ihe tlesh ot cne goose snape and spread on the second part of
is the sweetest and most tender of any i tue buUer, fold over from four sides,
fowl in the barnyard. Select one say j roll in in ft long narrow str;-/ add.
four or six months old, and kill it ii I jn„ tne remainaer of the butter, then
I
A CHRISTMAS SERMON.
e are two sweet things in human
o be happy oneself and to make
sr so.   When tho first is gone, the
thank God, is always left.
ot lock yourself in your room too
oo often or too long.   Dash away
ears.   Play  the  waltzes  for the
•en.        Put   away     your    crape.
a white dress and a  high mien
H .smile of those who conquer the
1     is of pain on Christmas day.
jfst friends of the tempted, of
-dng, of the erring and the ovor-
V, are those who have known the
anguish and have achieved the
hours before cooking. After dressing,
cut the neck close to the breast, flatten
the breastbone, and skewer the legs and
wings. Bake an hour and a half.
Baste frequently. Serve with brown
gravy and apple sauce in side dishes.
The dressing is made as follows: Four
large chopped onions, a tablespoonful of
sage, one pint bread crumbs, two ounces
butter, one beaten egg, pepper and salt.
Drumsticks of Fowls.—Do not put
fowls before the fire without first removing the tendons of the legs or drumsticks. To do this, cut the skin at the
joint where the feet unite with the
drumstick, and twist the two pieces a
little to bring out the white tendons.
There are a few in front and a large
bunch at the back of the legs inclosed in
a thin layer of muscle-like membrane
that makes them look like one large
muscle. Scrape off the layer and divide the tendon into its smaller parts
and they may be drawn out, one by one,
by passing a skewer under them and
pulling vigorously. The despised drumstick is now a dainty piece of dark but
tender meat, which may even be breaded and cooked by itself as a specially
choice dish in various ways. Even
whena it is served with other cuts, fric-
assoe, stew, roast, or broil, tho sinews
should always bo removed.
Roast Turkey.—Select a fat hen weighing from ten to thirteen pounds. Singe,
draw, and wipe with a damp cloth. In
cutting to remove the crop, cut the
skin on the back of live nock, tako out
the crop and cut tho neck off as near
the breastbone as possible. In this cavity put two tablospoontuls of dressing.
Sew up the skin on the back of tho .. . ,. . ..
neck    and    fold    it    over    that      the I 8ent t0 the t,lble
fold over three times—like a letter—and
turning the end toward you, roll again.
Date Pudding.—Add one-third cup of
melted butter to one cup of milk and
one cup of molasses. Add to this three
cups of flour minus a tablespoonful,
three teaspoonfuls of baking powder, one
half level teaspoonful each of salt, clove,
allspice, and nutmeg well mixed, and
then sifted together. Add to the batter
three-quarters of a pound of dates that
have been stoned, cut in pieces and rolled in the tablespoonful of flour reserved.
Put into a buttered mould and tie cover
on securely. Steam two and one-half
hours. Serve with this sauce: Beat the
yolks of two eggs until light, add one-
half cup of powdered sugar. Beat the
whites of two eggs until stiff, add one-
half cup of powdered sugar. Combine
the two mixtures, and add a quarter of
a cup of hot milk and two tablespoon-
fuls of wine.
The Christmas Dinner In England.
CHRISTMAS FEASTING IN OLD
TIMES.
There are certain dishes which are peculiarly dedicated by oustom and tra-
dil ion to the Christmas feast. The plum
pudding is almost the sole survivor of a
long list of equally savory ones. There
was the boars' head, always tho herald
of tho feast, and always seasoned with
mustard. Next in importance was tho
peacock. Tho skin was carofully Stripped
off, with the plumage adhering; the hird
was then roasted; when it was done and
had cooled, it was served up again in its
feathers, and, with gilded beak, was
Sometimes the whole
PuTfheTrn'^, rP!S &Xftft&' tt TS^J*T^Al
h„ i*   £» ^"Yi '   i ?  In i1    tut  Placed 'n its beak and lighted as it made
bodv, sew up the vent, and truss the  fta mraplmlt Bntrv    Thg ,,„,,,„ hirA WM
turkey.   Lard the breast and legs,  or
put the surplus fat takon from the inside of the turkey over them. Have
the oven very hat at first, put in the
turkey, and when it has cooked for fifteen minutes, put one cupful of boiling
water in the pan.   Roast ten minutes
its gorgeous entry. The noble bird was
not served by common hands; that
privilege was reserved for the ladies
most distinguished by birth and beauty.
Geese, capons, pheasants, and pies of
carps' tongues also helped to set out the
Christmas table in days gone by.   But
♦ nth. „ „^  hV ?•'   T. riff „»n ^i.V    white Christmas, as far as its eat ng was
to the pound, basting every fifteen mm- ■ „nn,.nrnfi(,  nlwft '   h„,, iu ,,,,„,,;,.Hie* It.
utes. Do not add any more water un
loss absolutely necessary, as the turkey
should be basted with its own dripping.
Cranberries—Are at their best for the
next two months, and appetizingly suggest the holiday dinners now almost in
sight. Few housekeepers view this tart
and toothsome berry in any other light
than that of a relish for the Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey, but its flavor
is equally acceptable in a dessert sweet.
Mrs. Rorer's recipe for cranberry oream
calls for a pint of cranberries, which
must be put in a saucepan with about a
teaspoonful of water, just enough
to keep them from scorching. Cover the saucepan and as
soon as the cranberries pop press them
through a colander. Add one cup of sugar and two tablespoonfuls of gelatine
concerned, always had its specialties, its
liquor carte was unlimited.
THE BIRDS'  CHRISTMAS.
Hon. W. W. Thomas, Jr., describes
tho Swodish Christmas thus: " One
wintry afternoon, at jul-tido, I had been
skating on a pretty lake, Dalsjen three
miles from Gottenburg. On my way
home I noticed at every farmer's house
we passed there was erected in the middle of the dooryard a pole, to the top of
which was bound a large, full sheaf of
grain. 'Why is this?' I asked of my
comrade. ' Oh, that's for the birds,
the little wild birds! They must have
a Christmas, too, you know.' There is
not a peasant in all Sweden who will
sit down with his children to a Christ-
" Christmas comes but once a year,
And when  it  comes  it  brings  good
cheer,"
Is a sentiment which is echoed in the
heart of every Englishman, woman and
child about this time of the year. It
is a festive season in more ways than
one, but doubtless the " good cheer"
part of it is looked on as the most important, else why the chopping, the
mixing, the seasoning, the tasting and
the baking which go on unceasingly for
a period of three or four weeks before
the great time arrives? In no country
in the world does the Christmas dinner
come nearer to perfection than in England. It is not a feast of knicknacks
and trifles; the "frills and furbelows
which usually accompany a fashionable
dinner have no place on its bill of fare;
but for rich, solid, satisfying edibles,
carefully put together and perfectly
cooked, it has no equal. It is not the
kind of a dinner that would appeal very
strongly to the inner man in warm
weather; but in winter, when the appetite is whetted by the keen, frosty
air, when the thermometer is at zero
and the snow two feet thick, there
is no fear but that full justice will be
done to the noble spread.
Here is a bill of fare for a dinner such
as will be eaten in thousands of English homes next Christmas day.   It is
as good as it is possible for a dinner to
be, and the person who eats it will feel
that he is at peace with himself and
all the world—for a time at least :—
Ox-Tail Soup.
.Boiled Codfish with Oyster Sauce.
Roast Goose and Savory Pudding.
Roast  Sirloin  of  Beef  and  Yorkshire
Pudding.
Forcemeat Balls.        Potato Pyramid.
Apple Sauce. Red Currant Jelly.
Plum Pudding. Mince Pie.
Lemon Tarts. Floating Island.
Apples. Oranges. Nuts. Cheese.
Coffee.
Ox-Tail Soup.—Two large ox-tails cut
in small pieces, the big joints being divided. Fry a nice brown in butter. In
the same butter fry a cut-up carrot,
half a turnip cut in dice, a sliced Spanish onion, and a slice of ham out in
small pieces. Lay all in a soup kettle,
add two quarts of beef stock, pepper,
salt and a sprinkling of thyme and
sage. Simmer gently for three or four
hours. Strain the soup, skim it carefully to get off the grease, return it
to tho fire, and when it boils, thicken
with two tablespoonfuls of flour mixed
perfectly smooth with two tablespoonfuls of mushroom catsup. Pick tho
meat from the bones and add it to the
soup. Mash the vegetables through a
colander and add thorn also. Boil up
and servo.
Codfish, with Oyster Sauce. — Have
four or five pounds of the middle of the
codfish. Tie it in a cloth, put it in
enough cold water to cover it, add a
tablespoonful of salt, lot, it boil gently
for half an hour. Tako out, remove the
cloth and let the fish drain a few minutes. Serve on a folded napkin and
garnish wilh fried oysters and paisley.
Oyster Sauce.—Take a cupful of
milk or cream, t he liquor from a couple
dozen of oysters, a tablespoonful of butter, a pinch each of grated nutmeg and
cayenne. Bring it to a boil; add a tnble-
spooful and a half of flour mixed smooth
in a little cold milk. Stir carefully, so
it will not be lumpy, Put the oysters
in a frying kettle or strainer, and hold
them for half a minute in boiling water.
Put them in the sauce boat and pour
the sauce over them. The addition of a
little anchovy sauce is a great improvement.
Roast Goose.—Get a young goose, stuff
it with forcemeat, lay a few strips of
bacon across it, put a little boiling
water in the pan and bake in a moderate oven, basting frequently. Care
must bo taken to have it thoroughly
cooked. A goose is usually stuffed with
sage and onions, the onions being boiled,
chopped fine and seasoned with sago,
salt and popper. The giblets of the
goose are to be simmered for an hour
or two and the liquor added to the
grav,/.
The receipt for forcomeat given below makes an excellent stuffing for a
goose, and the same without onions is
Squeeze all the milk out. Add six Mince Pies.—The pies should have pufl
ounces of finely chopped beef suet, three | paste crust, and can be baked either in
onions boiled and .chopped ; season with , large tins for cutting, or in small patty-
salt, sage, marjoram, thyme and a lit- \ pans, in which case one is served to each
tie grated lemon peel. Add three well- , person. They are liberally sprinkled
beaten eggs.     Bake in a   well-greased   with powdered sugar before being sent
flat pudding tin. It will take "almost
an hour to bake and should be nicely
browned on top. It is served with the
goose and eaten with gravy poured over
it.
Sirloin of Beef.—The sirloin should be
roasted in a moderately hot oven and
basted frequently with the fat and
gravy which  drip  from it.   Time  re-
?[Uired will be: a quarter of an hour
or eaoh pound of beef, and a quarter
over. The English always roast their
large joints of beef on a spit before the
fire and in this way an excellent flavor
is obtained. The beef gravy is never
thickened, but served clear and freo
from fat.
Yorkshire Pudding.—Five tablespoonfuls of flour, two eggs, a pinch of salt,
milk enough to make a batter the
thickness of cream (about a pint). Mix
eggs, flour and salt with a little milk
till smooth, adding gradually the rest
of the milk. Pour the batter into a
large dripping pan which has been thoroughly greased with hot beef dripping.
Bake in a hot oven fifteen or twenty
minutes. Serve with the beef, with the
gravy poured over.
Foroemeat Balls.—A cupful of finely
grated, sifted bread crumbs, two tablespoonfuls of boiled chopped onions, a
half-cupful of finely chopped suet, a
little parsley, a pinch of grated lemon
rind, and pepper and salt to taste. Bind
together with an egg, and a tablespoonful of milk, form into little balls, and
bake in a hot oven till brown.
Potato Pyramid.—Well-mashed, boiled potatoes, a piece of butter the size of
an egg, a little hot milk, and two eggs,
well stirred together. Pile the mixture on a plate in a pyramidical shape,
and press all over with a fork, to give
it a rocky appearance. Brush over with
beaten egg, and set in a hot oven till
lightly browned.
Apple Sauoe.—Get some nice tart ap- |
pies, peel, oore and quarter, put in a i
pan with half a cupful of water, cover
closely and cook in  the oven till  the
apples all fall away and no lumps are j
to table. The mince meat is very often
made without any meat, only suet, as
follows: Half a pound of raisins stoned
and chopped, half a pound of well-cleaned currants, half a pound of finely chopped suet, two ounces of candied shredded citron, a pound of sugar, eight large
apples peeled, cored and chopped, half a
teaspoonful of allspice, a pinch of ground
mace, the grated rind of a lemon, the
juice of four oranges and a lemon, and a
wineglassful of rum or brandy; or cider
may be used in place of the fruit juice
and liquor.
Lemon Tarts.—Make them with puff
paste. Roll paste out thin, out in small
circles. Bake in pattypans, with a crust
in the centre of each. When cold
remove the crust and fill with lemon
jelly. This is made by stirring the
juioe of two lemons, the grated rind of
one, three eggs, a lump of butter the
size of an egg, and a cupful of sugar,
over the fire till it thickens, being
careful not to let it boil.
Floating Island.—Lay some whipped
cream, sweetened and flavored, in a
glass dish. Split some macaroons and
lay them on the cream. Put a teaspoonful of raspberry or apricot jam on
each. Beat the whites of three eggs,
two tablespoonfuls of currant jelly and
two of sugar to a stiff froth. Pile on
the macaroons and garnish with crys-
talized fruit.
CHRISTMAS CANDIES.
The choice in wholesome candies lies
between the very expensive bought al
the confectioner's and the homemade.
The latter with a little care may b«
made as tempt ing in appearance as it is
toothsome. The following recipes hava
been contributed:
Butter Scotch.—One cupful of brown
sugar, one half cupful of water, one
tablespoonful of vinegar and a generous teaspoonful of butter. Boil for
thirty minutes or until it threads; pour
■ -,-,      , , , , , ; on square tins buttered and when part-
left.   Add sugar to taste, cover again, ■ ,y Cu\d cut iu S[iuares.
and set in the oven two or three min- !     ,„,.,      „■ „     .      m
utes. Apple sauce cooked in this man- ! , ? hl-te Vinegar Candy.-Two cup-
ner is much superior to that made on Ju s "f granulated sugar one half eup-
I op  of   the  stove,   both  in   color   and   ful of water and four tablespoonfuls of
flavor.
Red Currant Jelly.—This should be
made' in season and a stock kept on
hand for use during the winter. The
day before wanted, melt a pint of jelly
and run it into a fancy mold.    If it is
vinegar. Stir before putting on the
fire but not after. Boil until it threads
when dropped from a spoon. Flavor
with lemon and pour on buttered platters until cool enough to pull. Use a
cool spoon to test with  not the  spoon
not very firm a tablespoonful of gela- i thftt has been in ,he saucepan.
tine may be soaked in cold water, then
dissolved with a little boiling water,
and added to the jelly, which will probably then require a little more sugar.'
Sot in a cool place all night, and turn
out into a glass dish just before serving.
Plum Pudding.—This Is considered the
crowning point of the Christmas feast.
Il is generally made two or three weeks
before it is wanted, and hung up in its
cloth, in a cool, dry place. Then when
it is to be served, all it needs is to be
plunged into boiling water and left
there until thoroughly heated. Brandy
sauce is usually served with it, and
very often it is decorated with holly, a
good dose of brandy poured over it, the
spirits lighted, and the pudding brought
to table, literally in a blaze of glory.
The  pudding    receipt  calls  for  one
?ound of bread crumbs, half a pound of
lour, one pound of finely chopped suet,
one pound of raisins stoned and cut
small, one pound of currants, one pound
of   sugar,   a Quarter-pound   of    finely
Sugared Pop Corn.—In a large kettle put one cupful of granulated sugar, three, tablespoonfuls ot water and
one tablespoonful of butter. Boil until
almost ready to candy, then add throe
quarts popped corn and stir until cold.
Each kernel will bo separate and well
sugared. If preferred the candy may be
ared. If preferred the candy may be
flavored before adding the corn.
Nice Molasses Candy.—This molasses
candy is made by boiling together one
pound CC sugar and two tablespoonful
molasses till it will stand the test before mentioned. If you wish it flavored do this as you pull it by now and
then dropping the tips of the fingers in
the desired extract. This candy made
by it will not grow soft like that of
clear molasses.
Delicious Corn Candy.—This is made
by crushing freshly popped corn with
a rolling pin rejecting all hard parts, if
any, and the packing  in  a greased tin
shredded candfed citron, a tablespoonful !° the deP,th' o£ one half lnch' and P°",r"
of salt, a teaspoonful of allspice and half lng ov?r •1ltJthe,°*,ndJ' made ot l}m c.?
a nutmeg, grated. The ingredients s.usar boiled a little less than when it
must, bo thoroughly mixed while dry, 'Js io •» Pulled, with half a teaspoonful
and then moistened with eight well- dr-v s°da stirred in after it, is taken
beaten eggs and a wineglassful of fro.m th.a fire- Cut "» squares before
brandy. If the pudding is- too stiff a , lt ls 1ulte ^Id-
little milk may be added, but care must ! Peanut Candy.—This candy requires
be taken not to make it too soft. Turn , .the meats from four quails of these
into a well-floured, stout pudding cloth nuts, fresh and but slightly baked, one
and tie, leaving room to swell; plunge pint molasses, one tablespoonful of van-
into boiling water and keep it boiling ilia extract and one teaspoonful soda.
for six or eight hours.   If tho   water   Boil the molasses and test in cold wat-
boils away do not fill up tho pot with
cold, but replenish with boiling water
from the tea-kottle, keeping the pudding well covered.    A. small plate must
er. When of proper consistency, stir in
the vanilla, then the dry soda and lastly the nuts. Pour into shallow buttered pans of such  size   that  the  candy THINGS  IN   GENERAL.
[BY  DIOGENES.]
I am   glad  to see  that the telegraph service is improving in West
Kootenay.     The  improvement  is
Bmall, it is true; but  an   improvement, be it ever so slight, is  better
than    a retrogression.      In   last
weed's Prospector I saw it stated
that   Mrs.  McLean,'on   her  way
from the. coast to join her husband
in Rossland, sent him  a  telegram
from Revelstoke,   probably  telling
him to meet her at the boat  landing or on the arrival  of  the  stage
here; but it was   time  and  money
wasted on her part, as she  arrived
two hours ahead   of  the  telegram.
How sheepish that  telegram  must
have looked when it was opened in
the presence of the party whose arrival it was intended to  announce.
But this  message  was  a  sprinter
compared with  one  that  was  received from Revelstoke last August.
It was dispatched from that place
on a Friday morning, and reached
the person it was   intended   for  in
Rossland at eight o'clock  the  following  Monday   night.     A   reply
was at once sent to Revelstoke, arriving there  on Thursday evening.
Thus a whole week   was  consumed
in the meanderings  of  a  message
and  its reply   between   those  two
,. towns—a    distance  of  about  200
miles.   The proverbial slowness of
the messenger boy is not in it with
telegraphic messages in West Kootenay.   Still, one must be thankful
that the service is   improving.
chance of  danger  is  offered  from
obstructions.    The slide should   be
about  six feet wide and  the  snow
should   be   beaten   as    hard    and
smooth as   possible.     Only toboggans should be used,   as sleds   are
liable to strike the  sides, and   are
not   long   enough.      The   project
would   probably pay as well   as  a
skating rink, but it would be much
more liable to competition, as there
are  so  many  places where  slides
could be made.    It would nisi? create a  demand  for  toboggans, and
give   employment   to   several.     I
like to see young  people  enjoying
these    healthful   winter   pastimes,
and that is partly the reason   why
I am making these suggestions.
People walking on the road to
Le Roi mine have been greatly exercised as to the history of a lone
grave on the mountain side at the
right hand side of the road just
above Niokle Plate Flat. It is surrounded by a rough picket fence,
and looks like an Indian grave.
Many times have I passed it, and
every time it has appealed to the
romantic side of my nature, till J
fully believed that its history
would prove to be a pathetic one.
At last, after seeking outttfany old-
timers, I have found one competent
to give me a true accttnt of this solitary grave, which seems so sadly
out of place on this busy thoroughfare. But there is no romance attained to it. Beneath the sml lies
the body of George Smith, who
some three years ago was working
in Le Roi mine. He died of fever and was buried there when tin
probabilities of a highway between
the mine and a busy, bustling
town half a mile below was not
dreamt of.
Some few years since  there  was
an epidemic of" combines."    There
was the coal oil combine, the binder  twine  combine, the  coal   combine, and even the American hens
combined to put   up   the   price of
eggs. A "combine" must not be confounded with a "columbine."    The
one is a   hardshell   monopoly  and
the other  is a   very pretty, fragile
thing, sometimes seen in  old-fashioned gardens, but  which  appear*
at its best in Christmas pantomimes;
loo pretty, in   fact, for a Canadian
audience to gaze upon.    Hut to return to combines.    It, has been said
that these monopolistic rings   have
caused more sin and misery in the
world than the apple which our oldest ancestors ale   when they owned
ihe earth.    This may be so, but we
have a combine in Rossland which
is doing a great, deal of good.    It is
a foul — beg pardon, a fuel combine;
and its motto is nailed with 7-inch|
-pikes to every tree standing within
a certain radius of the town.    " No
cheap  wood;   no competition;   no
coal to knock  us  out."    This  tines
not seem to lie productive of   luucli
good to  householders ami  others,
who must have lires and must burn
wood.    But nevertheless it is   productive of good, as it enables many
young men who are out of  regular
employment  to  go  out   and   cm
wood   at a  price  remunerative  to
themselves and still   undersell   the
combine.
ITEMS OF INTEREST.
The Leland puts up an excellent
menu for 25c. *
Try our Chicago tailor at the
White House.
For choice groceries go to Hunter
Bros., K. & Co.—Adv.
Buy your gum, rubber and Jersey footwear at Robinson's.
Decker <fe Knight's Bakery for
all kinds of Bread, Cakes and Pies.
Head of Spokane St.
At the Leland all the meals arc
the same price—25c. *
A fine display of lamps at Hunter Bros., K. & Co.    Adv.
Splendid line of Cardigan jackets,
$2, at Robinson's.
Christinas Cards and Photos of
Rossland for sale at Wallace's
Stationery Store.
Wool blankets, quilts and mattresses, at Hunter Bros., K. & Co.
—Adv.
Hurrah for Christmas! Big
Stock of Toys, Novelties, etc., at
Wallace's Stationery Store.
Try Decker & Knight's homemade Bread and be convinced for
yourself.    Head of Spokane St.
See Hunter Bros., K. & Co., for
wool boots, German box and overshoes. Winter foot-wear of all
kinds.—Adv.
Do not postpone sending Xinas
Cards and presents to your distant
friends, Send now and avoid danger of your gifts being lost in the
mails later on. Get your presents
now, and buy at Wallace's Stationery Store.
GOTS AND
W
OLAN & CO.
Headquarters
FOR
FURNITURE
CARPETS M
LINOLEUMS
CURTAINS
GLASSWARE
CROCKERY
LAMPS
DOOR MATS
BLANKETS
COMFORTERS
ART SQUARES
WILTON RUGS
ETC. ETC. ETC.
B. B. WHITE,
ertaker & Embalr
HAS OPENED FIRST-CLASS
Undertaking Parlors
AND
Preparation Room,
Largest Assortment north of
Spokane.
SPOKANE   PRICES.
SPOKANE STREET ROSSLAND, B.C.
  We have just received
UntokerVEmVatajA FULL LINE OF GROCERIES,
which we will sell
Cheaper for Cash
Than ANY HOUSE in Rossland.
—:o:—
Golmlib. Ave, East of Washington Stresi
ROSSLAND, B.C.
nnmm mm a specialty.
Campbell Bros.
Columbia Ave., Rossland.
Pfeifer& Webster
Contractors & Builders.
WE ALSO CARRY
FURNISHING  GOODS,
And make CLOSE PEIOES on EVERYTHING.
Estimates Given
on all kinds of
Contract Work.
OPERA HOUSE BUILDING,
ROSSLAND, B.C.
Balfour Trading Co.,
Cornsr Washington and
■%G3orve Streets.
The Dining Parlor
Is under New Management,
having been secured by Mrs. G. M. KEPKEY.
••I,, uf i in
not able i   ,
this white •.
;e  to  give  n   hint  to
oung  men  w ho are
utf a remunerative  job
A ekatins rink would
be a profitable undertaking to a
couple of young fellows who knew
how to po to work in making it.
"There is a small stream of water
just below the electric light power
house. A three-foot dam might be
constructed further down or further up the click, and the water
dammed till it covered, say half an
Here, or even more, as there is
plenty of room and the land itseli
would not he injured thereby. This
would make an excellent rink, and
the proprietors could sell tickets nl
10 cents apiece or 15 for $1. They
could erect a shack there and provide tea and coffee and light refreshments. This would give employment to two more. So that
four or rive young men at present
out of work might have a lucrative
job if Ihey have enterprise enough
to make a start. That it would be
well patronized goes without saying. Besides, it would create a
large demand for skates, thus benefiting the hardware stores. Of course,
it would have to be looked after,
and the snow brushed off and water laid on to freeze every night.
Another good idea, and a very
healthful one, is the construction
Of a toboggan slide. All that is
deeded is to clear off the brush and
CinniDB from the slide and the run-
It may not be tenerally known
that every tree not on private
land is the property of the Provincial Government, and that those
vvho are cutting wood without a
permit from the Government unliable to be prosecuted for damage.-. Even Mr, Corbin himself,
when he so benevolently allows
claim-owners to cut timber for
mining purposes from tlie surface
of their claims included in his
Crown grant, thinks he is sole
owner of the timber on that land.
But it is a fact that even Crown
grants do not permit the occupier
to cut timber for sale, but only for
use on the premises, whether for
milling or railroad purposes, and
Mr. Corbin has no right to give
away what is not his to give. True,
the Provincial Government has always allowed great latitnd* in this
respect) but the Dominion Government is fully alive to the value of
its timber in the railway belt
through British Columbia, and
often advertises the sale of timber
limits by tender.
MANLY & DUEBER, Prop'rs.
Bsst equipped house in town; open day & night.
It will be Ihe endeavor of the proprietors to make it the finest and most
popular house in the city,
DOLAN & Co
FOR YOUIt
BOOTS, SHOES,
SLIPPERS,
CHRISTMAS
A CHANGE   HAS   BEEN   MADE
IN THE
g Room
Of the
WINDSOR
HOTEL
And under the New Management
First-class Meals will be served.
The White House Trading Co
ARE NOW SHOWING
Ladies' Dress Goods, Trimmings, Underwear
and all kinds of FANCY ARTICLES dear to the ladies' hearts
and
LIGHT ON THE POCKET.
Also Gents' Furnishings of all kinds,
MACKINAWS
CARDIGAN JACKETS
LEGGINGS
JERSEY ARCTICS
INCLUDING
. CHEVIOTS
TWEEDS
GLOVES
FANCY VESTS
n     A    "DAT .T>TXTTXr    Tl/To n acrctv
The guests of this hotel are always pleased with the
First-class Meals and comfortable
Bedrooms.
All Ready;
The Lunch Counter
AT TH
Mountain View Hotel.
Meals at all hours.  Short orders.
Everything in Season that tub Market Affords.
Gso. McGaughey.
Come One, Come All,
Give Burwell a Call.
Try his Clam Chowder, only
10c. a bowl
Pie and Coffee 10 cents.
REGULAR
FR
'••'")
12 To 4 P.,1, 25 CENTS,
SHORT ORDERS AT ALL HOURS.
The Waffle  House,
North End of Spokane Street.
Red Mountain Stage Line*
Stage leaves Rossland at 7 a.m.,
Arriving at Northport at 10.30 "
Leaves NORTHPORT After Arrival of Train.
Arriving at Rossland at 5 p.m.
D.  McKELLAR.
8. 8.   ALI1ISRTA.
OVERSHOES
I l^ave ivrhio ior Ainswonn, ruot linv i
SNOWSHOES   Ll!live Nelson- for Pilot Hay, Alnsworth
'.cave Knslo for Alnsworth, Pilol liny nnd Nelson   -.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
' " ""'       '"" ""* """   '' ' and Knslo  3 p. in |.... 8 p.m. | ... 0 p. ni
Mon., Wed., Snt. | Thursday. I Tues., Frl.
8n. m I ....iln.in. I ... 7 h. in
Close connection is thus mnde between I.nko points and i.ll Incoming and outgoing
trains of tho C. P. R. at Nelson.   Thenbovn m'hetiulu Is in uflectm Muy isj
in phunffp '
In    W L*m    n..--~«

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