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   The Cambridge Jeffersonian (Newspaper) - December 25, 1890, Cambridge, Ohio                        '.NICHOLAS was rcst'nt? From his Carist- mas work (it last. 'he Rifts had all The holidays 9! ivero past, And dozllif.' In bis arm-clmlr, With his cut up on his knees, The good Saint smoked h i .s honest pipe. And took his honest case. But something routed liiia quickly, lie started from his scat, A solilior bold, a maiden fair, Were- kneeling at hla feet. St. tho maiden cried, Behold, my fearful plight! wounds have been Inflicted Sl-ico that dreadful, dreadful niyht When you left mo in tho stocking Of a bolng I dare not She paused, the bolditr raised bis voice Aiulsuid: "I blush v.'lth shame To str.ncl boforo your Siiintship In tho you now behold, liut Iho v.-ay I luivo been treated my very bloournn cold. I'vo been nursed nnd kisacd nnd coddled, I've been rocked and to sleep; Oh I were I not iv soldier still, I'd almost llko to weep." "Thero, toll mo about it. know you had any children." I didn't Sho hoard a simple story of tho bravo littlo mother's struggle to mako a nest for her birds; and how, at last, finding a position in tho city, sbo had placed thorn in a boarding-school whoro they would bo well cared for, and where sho could visit them every Sunday. "Wo try to mako that do for all tho the httlo woman added, with a smile, "and when a holiday comes wo spend tho whole of it together. And I thought, Miss Hopkins, perhaps you would let Marjory sleep with you'to- night." Five minutes later Miss Triscilla was standing alono before tho fire, wrinkling her forehead anxiously; for, somewhat to her own surprise, she had consented to care for a six-year-old child all night. .Sho! who had never held one in her arms, who looked upon children as be- wildering mysteries! "What shall I do if it sho mur- mured, "or has tho croup, or falls out of bod. or wants a doll, a fool, Priscilla But when Mrs. Clark appeared at the door that evening, with a lil.tlo, curly- headed, white-robed figure half hidden In tho gray dawn of the early morn- ing, Marjory, cuddled closo within the protecting circle of her new friend's arm, reached up a timid, little hand and touched her cheek. sho whispered, shyly, think he's corno 'do you asked' her bewildered bed- fellow. "Why, Santa Claus. I don't think I can wait much longer to don't think I "Try and wait till mammacomcs with Tot. Lie down and I'll tell you a story." coaxed Miss Priscilla. Luckily for tho success of tho story, Mrs. Clark tapped at the door jusl then, and with a bound Marjory was standing upright in bed, her eyes fixed on the liroplace. tho child cried softly, moment tho littlo voice burst out into tho happiest ripploof a song, without words or tune, but it seemed as if anyone would know it was a Christ- mas carol. "I said Miss PrisMlla, wip- ing her eyes on tho pillow-case, "I de- clare, it makes mo think of that hymn, 'Break Forth into Tho chubby fingers were already diving-into their stockings, and unty- knots, and each now ANT> DOZING IN HIS ARM-CIIAIK. mined the good St. I tl-in'c I umlei'staiul And l.y a.uil'Hl a merry Httlo smik1. co'.: ;hcd behind his liaiul, 41 tluit Christmas eve lion u whirl, TliU doll v, A-i tfhcn to a boy, This to a girl." And then aloud ho fjruvcly said: I fvicvc to hcc j our pain, Hut if you'll .stay v. ith me a year All v.'oll again. Clmstvnas eve, my children, "When, you uro well and strong, I vill put you in tho stockings "Where you do belong." JlcUcrmolt, in Youth's Companion, A REAL CHEISTMAS. Bow Misa Hopkins Enjoyed Her First Merry Holiday. QOI1! I wish it was all over for another whispered Miss Priscilla Hop- kins to a spar- row on tho tolo- p h on o w i re. Just why shr1 should wish the merry Christ- mas day passed, IMiss Hopkins i herself could j h ardly have told. Tho biff New York boarding-bouse was almost deserted. All of tho thirty boarders had boa tiered for the holidays, except Iho invalid on tho parlor floor, the crusty German professor, old Mr. and Mrs. Jirov. n, and tho pretty, pover- ty-pinched youiiff widow on tho fourth floor. Evtn the little music-teacher was off for a holiday trip, and Miss Hop- kins could hear tho chamber-maid call- ing blithely to tho grocer boy, that "sno'd bo by seven o'clock, Miss Hopkins pressed her wrinkled ohn-k the window pane, and looked down into the dull, city street, with its patches of dirty snow. Aharcl, bitter f'Tliiiij- crept into her heart. There v.or'i many {food times and she- "not in Tho lodger on thofoiirlli floor b.iok was loaning aqaiiiht tho win- tto'.v-pano, too, but her cheek was pink and smooth, tho room very tiny and and tiie view from the window limitt d to a row of back-yards. Per- haps lir-r heart was quite as'heavy, for a tear splashed .suddenly 071 tho window- sill. "1 don't ser- any other said Mrs. Clark, looking at it, mi'di'tatively. '-I asking is so .stiff and si- lent, and we've- hardly exchanged a doz- en words. But my babied shan't bo dis- .appointed it I can help it, so cheer up, my have a merry Christinas and she nodded brightly at tho tear-stained face in the mirror. Then, running-down the long flights of stairs, she knocked at Miss Hopkins' door. "Como called Miss Priscilla, turn- ing with a surprised air, aa the door vpcnetl "1 is, I want to ask a, great favor, Mi'is stammered her visitor. "I have prom- ised my that they iihall spend Ciu-i.stmas with me, and that Santa Clans will visit them here; but there is only room fjr baby in my single bed; it is too cold for Slarjory to sleep on the floor and Clark faltered, but tho elder woman gave her no help and sho finished abruptly, v. ith a little trem- ble in her voice. Misa Hopkins watched her in a puz- zled way, till her near-sighted eyes caught tiio glimmer of a teardrop; then she pushed forward a chair, saying, r.ot unkindly: cilia h all' forgave her folly. And when sho had awkwardly taken tho warm, little body in her arms, and A rosy cheek, .soft as, sal hi, just brushed her Miss Pris- cilla thought she was almost w iso! Hut when the litllo girl was tucked in bed, and Mrs. Clark had left the room, timidly, in her quavering old voice, Miss Vriscilla sang a lullaby, till the long lashes drooped and tho pink lips parted and then tho rich, lonely old maid was certain i hat sho had novor done -so wise a thing in hor life! sho said softly, as Marjory's mother entered the room, then flushed over such weakness and slraijrh teiied into her usual rigid attitude. ;May wo borrow your lire-place, too, -Miss Mrs. Chirk, with growing cour- "To-morrow would hardly be Christmas if Santa Claus couldn't como down tho chimney, you thrro is only a register in my room. I will try and keep the child- ren from being very noisy in tho morn- ing, if you'll let me and then each autumn tho winds sweep it all away. But tho birds sit there and sing, the cattle gather under it on sultry days, and children collect about it to picnic on their holidays. Thero is, nothing of all that there now, but what a help has tho old tree boon, and how many pleasant things could bo told about noble an object it is, also, in tho wintry landscape." The parable was not without its moaning. Tho good mother returned tho smile of tho be- nignant father, and together they sang .it their family worship of tho 'loving kindness of the Presby- terian. IN EUROPE. I.lUlo People Across tho Ocean Who Hllvo tiEintli Cluim. England is by no means tho only European country to enter inlothe cele- bration of tho Christmas festival with a nc.st. In Germany, in Sweden and Nor- way, in Russia, in Franco, and, in fact, all over Europe, wherever the Christian religion obtained a foothold, tho anni- versary of tho Nativity is observed with rejoicing and feasting. The ceremonies ai-o not greatly unlike those of tho Kn- glisli-'ipcaking people, though, ot course, modified by the traditions and usages of each country. St. Nicholas under a dozen aliases has become known to the littlo ones from the Medi- terranean to tho North sea. In Holland he i.s .Santa Clnus, i n ijuKt-Li iii, biie IKJV or Switzerland girl who starts a diary on the lirs'i, ot Klaus, in Iloligo- land, Sonner Klas, and in Austria, Kik- lo, or Niglo. Everywhere he is tho same pleas- NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS. Many Are Mailo, Hut 1'ow Arc Kept-Yct It Is n Guucl Haljii. Looked at in a philosophical light, there is no special reason why tho lirst day of January should bo different from any other day. It is not the actual be- ginning of tho year; tho twonty-firstday of March, tho first day of api-ing, more fitly deserves tho honor. Hut iho wis- dom of our ancestors is in tho selection of tho day, and it probably will never be changed in Christendom.' Practically, the dale makes no differ- ence. As a matter of fact, wo used 'to celebrate New Year's day, prior to 1753, thirteen days later than wo do now, on account of the change in tho calendar, which took effect in that year. Tho Russians still preserve the old-stylo calendar, and the Hebrews keep a New Year's day based on the Mosaic chro- nology. The date, therefore, makes lit- tle difference, but tho day is of consider- able importance. As far back as history runs, it has been tho cu itom to mark tho death of tho old yr ar and the birth of tho new by appropriate ceremonies. In ancient times those ceremonies norc of rather a solemn character, but among northern nations it has always been the occasion ior tho highest dem- onstrations merrimont and conviv- iality. Putting a.sido theso features, we may- very appropriately regard New Year's as the day of g-ood intentions. A frral deal of fun lias been poked at the boy or EACH NEW DISCOVERY WAS GREETCD BY A LITTIO JUE.Lr.n FROM THE CHILDREN AND A GRATtTuL GLANCE the friend annary and abandons it on the first of February, but it is a quest ion whether it is not beneficial to keep a diary even but one month out of twelve. What poshiblo harm can there bo in proposing to bo good? In consider- ing crimes we alwajs take into ac- count the intention of tho deed. The intention is the es- K'liee ot the crime, and, therefore, ii must ?io the essence of the good deed. Only loproposelo do bettcria something: if nothing else, it is an acknowledg- ment ol' our need lo be .so, which i.s tho first step toward amendment. liut in fact to propose todowHlisin.somr sort to {lo well, for "ho who is not worse today than ho was yesterday, is belter.'1 Ho there is no there is good propos- ing to break oil' bad and foim good ones. Allseed can not fall on bar- ren soil, somo will bear fruit. There- fore, mako all tho good resolutions you can think of and keep ,is many as yon can. Yon oan'tvery well fail to keep some of them. This is tho value from their mother at Miss Priscilla, who, somehow, seemed always to be looking- out of tho window. Jiut Mar- nevolcnt disposition and invisible move- ments. In some of these countries a dread personage i.s supposed by the chil- dren to follow in his wake, a person, cither male or female, who is prepared ,w. ,tolocluro bad littlo children on their unj.it sing like yours, evil wavs or seine them in his invisible- V tlinnv! AnrJ icm'f- 4 i. i__, jory found something that puzzled hor long, black stocking hanging over the back of a chair. how funny! And any thing [Tum- in Ycth, there lisped Tot. pin round and hard. O-o-h, look, the first ray of sunlight that nto tho room gleamed on a hang the littlo stockings here to-night." With two such pleading eyes shining at her over an armful of packages, Miss Priscilla folt she could hardly refuso. "Jl'm, yes. I don't know that ic would do any barm. AH foolishness, I think-. "Do you'.1'' said Mrs. Clark, brightly, "liut it's such a pleasure to watch thorn when they find tho stockings in the morning! Let me see, here's Noah's ark, that goes in Tot's .stockings and the lit- tlo elephant in Marjory's. Then hero is a toy watch for each of them and a -stick of candy, a pop-corn ball and a big orange to cap the climax. Why, it just reaches the top! How fortunate there isn't any thing laughed Mrs. Clark. But, somehow, Miss Priscilla's spec- tacles grow quite misty, and sho took them oil and wiped them onco or inieo. Tho littlo packages were so very small, and tho littlo mother's way of' laugh- ing at her poverty was so bravo and cheery! tho children any asked Miss Priscilla, pinning tho stockings with hor own fingers to her cherished plush lambrequin. _ __ two i'orlotn, little relics. Tot's And we've all made such begin- j at, homo, teachers likewise a'r'-'o'liTn'tv' has lost its head, 1 believe, and Angoli- j "ing morning that I really think and, with no cure pressing, in'thouiands HEIR MOTHER AT MISS PRISCILLA. arms and spirit them away. The myth regarding this dread lioinjf is probably a survival of the old pagan idea of the haps, of tho legend about the annual conflict between Thor, tho god of the into deep closet and was fumbling round for something, which for some reason could not bo found; perhaps because her nightcap had bobbed down over her eyes. .During tlm Holidays, The best part of tho holiday season, perhaps, is Die opportunity it gives for But Iho next minute two arms j homo gatherings and tho family re- were wound around her and she heard a tearful voice whisper: "You havo boon so good, so good to mo, dear friend! I wish I could thank you." 'There, there, child. Don't say an- unions that in theso bu.'iy days are all Loo few. Many a young man finds timo to got; back to the old hearthstone and sit down in the dear homo circle who, if the holidays were omitted, would bo other word. I'vo boon a rich, selfish kept strictly at his tasks.' All clio old creature, but I'm going to reform. schools arc dismissed, boys and girls are na's arms are gone, but tho children love them and f couldn't aflord now ones this year. 1 must run back to Tot now. I am ho grateful to you. Miss Hopkins; I hope Marjory won't disturb you. Good- night." answered Miss Priscil- la, and then she wont back to the iiro I and stared hard at the littlo crimson I stockings, glowing in tlio firelight. _ "I'll do sho said at last, de- cidedly. Softly leaving tho room sho called down tho spoaking-tnbc for tho chamber-maid. Good-natured Katie readily promised to "mind the child a and, whilo giving numerous cau- tions, Miss Priseilla arrayed herself in bonnet and eloiik and started out into the night. _ The stores wore dazzling with gas light and tho air was sweet with tho odor of pino branches, but tho gay fes- toons of bunting woro not in half so happy a flutter as Miss Prisoilla's fool- ish old heart. How hard it was to dc- culo between blue eyes and brown, wax and bwquo, and 'blue or goIcT tea sets! AndshoUdshogot niit-jand iv.i- this is going to bo the first merry Christmas I ever had! There, don't any another A. Hall, in Interior. NOT FRUITLESS. A man who has spent a busy year sits down for a littlo retrospect. Ho falls into a moody frame, and in a tone of regret says of places parents and children have liappy timed together for which they may thank the festive season. There aro other unions and reunions, all of them pleasant and helpful, but there is hardly any such joy to a youth in this world as that of getting back to the fire- side where ho was roared. There is rest there for him, a perfection of peace of New Year's day. It is an imaginary milestone on the track of human resting-place and a new starling-place. Be sure you start right, and in iho right direction, if you would have a Happy Now Year. Cast asido.your old enmities as well as your old faults; resolve to be as pood as'you know bow and resist temptation as long as you can. Then, if you do not liava a Happy New Year, it will bo your own Golden Days. expect to find a brown-stone front in your Call. look a gift-horse in tho tooth. It is also wrong to look a Christmas giftin tho who economises Christmas for sake of a Now Year's blow-out take1! timo by tho forelock just a too soon. about oil trusts, rubber trusts, coal trusts, etc., as much as you like, but what wo want about, Christmas is n turkey or goosa Cour- ier. -If Iho man who devised the dumb piano would only invent a dumb horn and drum many of us wouldn't bo so re- signed to having Christmas come only onco a uclgc. sorae men give their wives a liltlo pin money to buy Christinas re- membrances for the children, it seems much larger than wlien they spend twenty dollars raffling to v.in a two- h a d been busy tultdnp, for li o u r s, C h r i fe t m a s eve, Of all the PIT at improvements I fi'it quite dull n d ,y, n n   lhao every day is doomsday." Tho closoof a year is a poor time for good resolutions, hut it i.s timo for good actions. Ic i> latu for planning, but it is just right for per- formance. i.i the tir.ie to bo and to do, evil though tlju Ijoui.i arc too prco- ioii-i to waste in thinking alxiut br-ir.r- ;ir.d S. "i wisn YOU mnituY cnnisinAsl" i THOUGHT i HIM .SAY. But. though they say i dreamed it, T Unoiv we shall iuvo still Our dear, old-fasliioned "Peace 
                            

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