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D.—PHYSI- JLL CI AN AND SURGEON. Office -LOCAL TIME-TABLE.- CIAN and residence, No. 17 rhompsonville, Conn. Prospect street, DR. E. S. WARREN, Cancer Specialist. Cures Cancers, also treats all other diseases successfully. No. 30 Bliss St., Spriugfleld, Mass. JOHN KOPLITZ, M. D., German Physician, No. 11, Foot's Block, Springfield, Mass. Office hours, 9 to 11 a. m. and 1 to 5 and 7 to 9 o'clock p. m. Dentistry. DENTIST.—OFFICE ipsonville, 8.30 tc 9.00 p. m.—Satur- EO. WILBUR, DEI • Hours at Thompsonville, to 11.30 a. m. and 7.00 to days all day. At 26 Pratt St., Hartford, 1.00 to 4.30 p. m., Saturdays excepted. Artificial Crowns a Specialty. BH. THORNTON, • DENTIST, Mansley's Block, Main street, Thompsonville, Conn. FIRST-CLASS WORK—LOWEST PRICES. Hair Dressing Shaving. MICHAEL DONLON, HAIR DRESSER. Fred. F. Smith's old stand, under Thompsonville Hotel, Thompsonville, Ct. All branches of the business done in an artistic manner. Please give me a call. i Dry Goods, Etc. WILLIAM FINLAY, Dealer in Imported and Domestic Dry Goods and Notions. 53 Main street, Mrs. Simpson's block, Thompsonville, Ct. Attorney at Law. JOHN HAMLIN, Attorney and Counselor at Law. Mrs. Simpson's block, Main St,, ThompsonrillejCt. ggp- Collections made in all parts of the United States, Canada, England and France. Pensions obtained and Government Claims prosecuted. gggp* Iowa Mortgages sold. Hotels, Halls, and Lirery. THOMPSONVILLE HOTEL, BENJ. F. Lord, Proprietor. Also, proprietor of Franklin Hall. Good Livery and Feeding Stable connected with hotel. • Main istreet, Thompsonville, Conn. GOING NORTH. Leave 6.41, 8.52,10.08 a. m.; 12.14, 2.19, 5.22,7.01,10.09,11.53 p. m. ENFIELD BRIDGE—Deduct five minutes from above time. GOING SOUTH. Leave 6.01, 7.18, 9.43, a. m. ; 12.09, 2.43, 4.48, 6.21, 8.18 p. m. ENFIELD BRIDGE—Add five minutes to above time. SUFFIELD BRANCH. SUFFIELD TO WINDSOR LOCKS. 7.10 9.30 a. m.; 1.40, 4.20, 6.10 p. m. WINDSOR LOCKS TO SUFFIELD. 8.15, 10.12 a. m.; 2.04, 5.06, 6.48 p. m. ggj** For connections see posters at stations. JOHN-W. MARTIN, Teacher of Yiolin and Cornet, On and after Sept. 15th will be pleased to see former pupils and all others wishing THOROUGH INSTRUCTION on either oi the above-named instruments. J. W. MARTIN, Formerly Teacher of Thompsonville Cornet Band. Lincoln street, - Thompsonville, Conn. Post-office box, 227. 16-tf Printers am ^HE PARSONS PRINTING pany, Steam-Power Publishers of THE THOMPSONVILLE opposite the depot, Thompsonville, Conn, COM-and N. P. PALMER, PHOTOGRAPHER, Thompsonville, - Conn. PI0TUBE FRAMES OF ALL KINDS. Views of Residences made to order. Copying, Enlarging and Finishing in Ink, "Water Colors and Crayons a specialty. Lightning, and later processes used daily at my studio. Sittings made in cloudy or rainy weather iOOK TheEleventhuomm AZARDVILLE HOTEL, WILLIAM WILLIAMS Proprietor. This hotel renovat^aand ^re- MM ar: make if. in aU respects ft nrst-asstiotcL - The hotel is located on Main street, Hazardville, Conn Furm Sr * Meat and Fish Markets; BENJAMIN BRIGHT, DEALER .Beef, Pork, Mutton, Lamb, Poultry, Tripe, Ham, Lard, &c. German Sausage, from the best New York makers, kept constantly on hand. All kinds of Meats in their season at lowest cash priees. Main street, Thompsonville, Conn. Music, Etc. ?. A TiXJEKT, TTesiclier of* IMiTisic, ENFIELD, CONN. The latest and most approved methods used, and careful attention given to forming the technique. I am agent for several First-class Piano and Organ makers, and offer their nstrnments on favorable terms.. DENSLOW KING, —TEACHER OF— Piano-forte, Organ Playing & Harmony. Address P. O. Box 462, Thompsonville, ----- Conn. L. P. ABBE $ SON, DEALERS IN—_ Pianos, Organs, Music Books, Organ and Piano Stools, Sheet Music, Etc. Agent for several first-class Pianos. Lessons given on the Organ. Thompsonville, - - - - Conn. j^LBERT G. KRETSCHMAR, TEACHER OF VIOLIN. Address P. O. box 535, - Thompsonville, Conn. Miscellaneous. Si'i" it V; ^ .i • /CHARLES E. PRICE, AGENT.—Dealer in Wood and Coal. Wood a specialty— Chips for sale. Moving and heavy teaming done on reasonable.aterms. Thompsonville, Conn. JAME8 WATSON. GRAIN, MEAL and Feed for sale at reasonable prices. Custom grinding done at the ustlal rates. A itill supply always on hand. Main street, Thdmpsonyitte, Conn. EPHBAIM POTTER, MANUFACTU-rer of Wagons, Sleighs, Trucks; Sleds, Flows, Harrows, Road Scrapers, etc. Horse-Shoeing, General Jobbing, Carriage Fainting and Trimming done at Short, notice. Also, a general assortment GROCERIES. Enfield, Conn. of- . James & Fire Insurance Agents, \ THOMPSONVILLE, CON». Insurance placed at the lowest rates, and - losses promptly paid by the following PH<iNtX, M BRITISH and MEBC ANTILE: FIBE ^ ASSOCIATION ofPhila^elphia; : NlAGARA and CONTINENTAL, of New" York. Tie attention of investors st the Loans of the capet cent. inter^t ffmrant^d)on^&Tm onds in amounts from $800 to M«000. ^^ Also, agent for Capaftd and Allan lifi^ | f steamers, f;,' V UN0LE BEN'S CHRISTMAS DINNEB. 'Tvvas just before a Christmas eve, Old Andrew studied to deceive His neighbor, Uncle Ben. He wanted what most people say Goes well upon a Christmas day— A good, plump turkey-hen. I have no cash to buy, he cried; Must I of turkey be denied While all my neighbors feast ? Egad ? oh no; I must have one. I'll be partaker in the ftin Of helping eat, at least. Then Andrew to the roost repaired, And at the turkeys wildly stared, At loss which one to take. He feared that some among the brood, Would, in their quitting,gobbling.mood, His honest neighbor wake. Old Andrew one expedient tried. Around a turkey's leg he tied A piece of scarlet yarn; Then homeward hied, and went to bed, Well pleased that his flrstchoice was fed, And housed beneath the barn. Next morn he rose with deacon grace, Combed down his hair, washed his face, Concluding all the while, That he should make a decent shift, Without impairing his own thrift, By strategem and guile. So o'er he goes, and thus began, " My good old neighbor—honest man, I've lost my finest fowl! As good as ever warmed a nest; And I am sure the very best,"— Said with an artM scowl. " I thought, for sure, I'd take a look 'Mong yours; perhaps she has forsook Her home, in rambling play With other hens. But now, " I van," I guess the " critter " had a plan To save her head onChristmas day." The turkeys, as they talked, came near, While Andrew, with a knowing leer, Said, with deceitful smile, "Look, Uncle Ben; the same red twine That I tied on her. Yes, she's mine. I thought so, all the while." " Yes, there's the yarn, I see," said Ben; " And yet, she looks like my old hen, As e'er I saw two peas. But then, she's yours; I had no twine Tied round the legs of one of mine. Yes,'take her, if you please." So Andrew took the fowl, well paid, He thought, for all his toil; then said, " Come,Uncle Ben, come o'er and dine With me. To-morrow's Christmas day. Come down, and bring your wife, I say; For that fowl's very fine." There at the dinner, Uncle Ben, With his helpmate, helped eat that hen, Well pleased with turkey-chick; Not even dreaming that could be ^ His own fat fowl but yesterday, Obtained through Yankee Trick. C House-Furnishing O-OODS. Faints and Oils, Hardware, Harnesses, &c. Fainting and Hepairing as Heretofore. C.G. Tiffany & Son, HAZARDVILLE, CONN. ! I am prepared to show a good assortment of Fine Sleighs at prices lower than" ever before. READ THIS OFRER : One Swell Sleigh, One Gray Robe, One Set of Bells* One Whip,—all for $37.50 Cash. - Also a good assortment of Harness, ' Robes, Bells, Whips, etc. JOSEPH BENT, THOMPSONVILLE, CONN. aiur iSranfre MONUMENTS! I Furnished and set up in any cemetery. Marble and Granite Work at as Loir prices as will purchase First-Glass Work. Lettering in Cemeteries on Any Kind of Stone.- Specifications, plans: and estimates ftir-nished promptly and gratuitously. WHY WE EMPLOY NO AGENTS! BECAUSE the custom of soliciting has been abused by certain parties, under the impression that their peculiar methods were enterprising, until the system has become so annoying that the public regards and treats them with as little ; consideration as they extend to other. -? peddling nuisances. i BECAUSE we have learned by experience' ; that eyerybody is better satisfied when they pay their own expenses to go and inspect and select from a large stock of finished workr and negotiate directly With the principals of a drm upon whose representations -they can rely, than to pay the e£$enses of some .p«3dI6r of whose telWbllity they fcriotf nothing, to .come anditease.sn,4>*der for something • *'they trduld'bot hive cbutd -tEey 'see the article itself. . ' BECAUSE, finally, by persistent and careful attention to the interest of our customers, by careful execntion of every order entrusted to us, and by the enviable reputation we have attained for ^fboo^'tas^e in ^esig%j and honorable business ^tiBelf iffotegendcht W any % netfesslfeir to ^fiploy,-methods SO: offen- • Yard on 7PEARL;. S' Thompsonville,. , < 1^1 Itwasone of 'those unequal 'balances which we are always fitfdiiigiboth in the world of architecture and the world of humanity, a great, splendid residence upon one corner, and a poor, shiftless, tumbledown dwelling on the other, which the law protected from the covetous eyes of the rich speculator, and reserved for minor heirs. Meanwhile it was rented, for what it would bring, to a class of people who were always either moving in or out and in the summer time, when the windows of the great mansion were open, and the cream of society holding its revels, such hilarities as these would be tobacco-wafted through the India mull curtains: - "Whack de fldel? Pass the cratur this waj, an' don't be kapin' the bottle idle." "Sure yees hev had mor'n's good for yez now." "Sthand oop and foight like a man!" "MurtheH don't interrupt whilst I'm injoyin' myself!" And similar dialogues of a domestic character. But for some month's preceding Christmas there had been a new family in the old house—two young people who lived alone and were out of sorts. The man had nothing to do. He was a slim, pale, sickly-looking young fellbw and some one had -found out that he was a southerner, well educated and of good family, but poor as poverty: itself and likely to starve %death a? he was proud as well as poor. Every day he went out looking' for work in that aimless, way.a man gets into when his Overcoat is gone and he has to button his. other coat to the chi^jj and every day he came back empty-handed or with something. that had been acqiti,red(oii the border- land between respectability and vagabondage— ar turkey won (af #; raffle of a measure of potatoes that he had acquired at a guessing match. /, T jfvf Life was at this low ebb when Christmas came—Christmas, bringing cheer and light, music, warmth, presents, hope and jollity to nearly everybody, but certainly not to to the poopfiuhily in th« tqmtile-down .house on one corner, nor to the patriciah people who lived in splendid misery on the other. What was the matter with them? Everything. In the first place there were only two people ijp the great house; they had neither chick nor child, nor bird, nor any living thing about them, except their own two ^ry-as-dast selves, and they got mighty tired of each other sometimes. Then they both had indigestion, and lived on a diet of hot water and graham toast. Next, their servants tobbed and deceived them systematically, and finally their chil-cljen—• happy little ones?—were adl dead* ^heir young lives .had been smothered out under the cap^frills , embroidered stoinafeheri, and they hid'^tne to a place where there were no yelvet carpets, or if there were, they were not too good to play o«. _ - ^ This Christmas morning when the mil-, lionaire got up he looked out of his plate gConn soft white fall of snow, ^hich had wrapped its beneficent arms about the upsight-l^ pfle, ibd;it was now transfigured iothe silver flood. "This frost each tiny pao& of j^as r^s castle and turret and feathery palms, and the rich man acknowledged to himself grudgingly that it was a pretty sight; he wanted to buy that spot, tear down the old house and do what he chose with the lot; his neighbor had bought one next to him for a play ground for his children. But heaven had given his own little ones a play-ground on which he bad no title or pre-emptions. While he stood looking, his family physician* a wealthy man, who had almost retired from the profession, came out of the old house. He was walking briskly past, when Mr. Markham threw open the window and called to him: "Good morning, Dr. Farnham. Merry Christmas! if you can find one, ha! ha! Returned to practice, I see," with a contemptuous glance at the old corner. "Yes," said the physician, gravely, "it is rather a sad case. Four mouths to feed and nothing to put in them. However, the same God who sent the ravens to feed Elijah lives to-day." "Doctor," said Mrs. Markham, reaching a lace breakfast-capped head out beside her husband's, I'come in and eat breakfast with us. My.appetite is worse and I want a prescription." "Dyspepsia be blowed!" growled the doctor, who was as gentle as a woman in the sick-room. "If you want to be cured of all the ills of life, observe the eleventh commandment." "Eleventh commandment? Why, there isn't any. Doctor, you roust go to school." , "..J| "Isn't there any?" said the doctor, gruffly. "I thought you didn't know it. Love thy neighbor as thyself. There! A merry Christmas to you both, and no dyspepsia, if you do your whole duty." ' 'Peace—-on—-earth—good—will-—toman !" chimed the bells. There was a conftision of tongues over in the house on the corner. When the good doctor had announced to the young husband in real Christmas phrase, "Unto you a son is born," the news had been-received at first with a natural spasm of delight, and then the dejected query, "What on earth am I going "to do with him?" But when later the doctor Went to him, with his face beaming with mischief, and said, "Unto you two sons are born," the consternation he caused would have been amusing, if it had not been so real. There was a gloomy outlook for the pale young mother and her beautiful babes, even-though the good doctor had left some temporary relief. "Will she live?" "Yes ; care and nourishment are all she needs ; how I can leave her in your hands* Mrs. Markham. The nurse" understands; the casei and is trustworthy." . .alt Mrs. Markhamj the millionaire^, w p An Unreliable Precedent. "Well, now in the name of goodness, David, what are you going to do with that said a newly married to her husband on the day before as she saw him rolling a new cask into the yard.' :"It's to' put the slippers in, my dear," said the good man, as he opened the barrel and leaned upon it. "To put the slippers in—what slippers, hubby?" " Why, the ones I'll get from the congregation to-morrow, my dear. I don't want to have them scattered all over the house. They would be so much in the way." "And did you expect to get a barrel of Slippers, David?" "Certainly, my dear. I got more than that • last year, and being then but a new comer among this people, they were not Of course .so strongly attached to me as now." ;• "David, you're an old goose." "What do you mean, my dear?" "Don't you know, you poor ninny, that you wasn't married then, and that girls don't fool away their time working slippers for-a man after he's out of the mar-of the market, my dear?" "Yesj( out of the market." - "But\l've never been in the market, my dfearA you, though? Why, you poor , every girl in the church was her cap for you, and that's how happened to be snowed under with You'll not get a slipper this you can depend on that; so you t as well roll that barrel into the It will come handy to put sermons in." CHRISTMAS EVE. Happy hearts who dwell in pleasant homes to-night, Think of those homes where gleams no fire, no light, gifts are only want and care, Where the mother sits in sadness and despair, lep the weary night away or a giftlees Christmas day. Go to such homes, speak words of Christian cheer, By goodly gifts, make life to them less drear, Then shall God's love thy sweet soul bless, And crown thy Christmas day with happiness. Little Presents. Make little presents if you cannot make great ones. Many there are who stand on the false pride of not giving at all unless they give largely. A little knick-knack costing little will often fill the heart of the 'receiver with as much pleasure as though fortune had been spent upon it.* A Mother's Idea of Christmas. As everybody likes to turn over a new ljeaf at the commencement of a new year, a good plan is to settle before Christmas all business that one does not care to carry into it.. Debts ought to be paid first of all, money being acceptable to every one at that season. Letters ought to be answered and winter clothing put in perfect order. Garrets and closets Should also be inspected, as many pieces <bf discarded apparel will be found that an be put up in bundles for the poor; ,nd, besides being out of the "way, will ve pleasure and warmth to many^-per-ns who otherwise would be insufficiently clad for the winter. When all these preparations are completed'one can enter the holidays with a feeling of rest and se which can never be experienced with .y^rything pell mejjl and in Confusion. " e softial entertainments of the week can * oFsilken lap. it wdfS'her baby'&.dressi afi&iwas^ Wrapped hf ioft blankets;: winter vcradlei lined with white nkttli ai£&^ed.'With blue ribbons had come down frbm thl dust of the mansard roof to hold the two babies. There were light and warmth and comfort in the old house. When late at night Mrs. Markham returned from a late visit, prior to retiring, she found her husband standing pompously before the open fire on the tiled hearth iA the library. . f ^ ? "And how are they now?" he asked, with more interest than he had shown in' anything for a year.. . "Doing nicely; but, Hiram, they would have died ff I—if—we—had't looked~after them. Two such sweet babies—they remind me—" And then the poor mother broke down and cried. . * Mr. Markham cleared his ^throat. "A-hem! I expect we've got our hands flill," he said. He never thought of hearts; but that was just what it meant. With neither children nor grandchildren of his own, he has two pairs of stockings to fill every Christmas, and this year he makes the same objection to filling them that he did last year. They will not hold half he wants to put in them, and he will not divide, either with his wife or the good doctor, that annual pleasure. There is a shining path worn to the old house, and now when the rich man's covetous eyes watch it, there is no commercial value in its remodeled walls ; he is looking for what gold cannot buy—the smiling faces of tfwo happy Christmas children, who love him just . as much as if he wasn't rich. •, _ The Merry Christmas Time. . . v. ,,. - 5;, V: \ ':':v -t S - Here is what an Old misanthrope says of Christmas. In the olden time he would: have been ducked under the Square pump: The papers are flill of gush over the merry Christmas season. I think there is a good deal of humbug about Christmas. It don't do to say so, but as this is a free country there can be no harm in my thiftkicg so. I sympathize with old Scrooge.- The head of that much maligned ancient old gentleman • was level up to. the time he met the ghost of his late partner. The system of present giving is about as idiotic a custom as ever was-inveflteg. You giver somebody something he don't want and then get from him something you don't want.; How much more sensible it would be for you to buy something for yourself thatyou want and let him do the same." Present 'giving is only excusable when the l-eceivers are children who can only pay you back in kisses. Then it is n delight to both giver and receiver. It tt certainly in that case more blessed to give to them iBan to receive a present from some one of your own size. Present giving-is a relic of the detestable system of tipping. It is an Old World custom that should neVe£,ba*e hegn transplanted? present and ei0ecf^no refcafh, ybu the recipient on- the same level as & part-per f if you get a return, then you merely swap goods witfi him without the excitement of dickering, apd the chances are iristmas morning"s&nild be to attend ohurcli ; it will blf^cdiitfi^st&^ and poor. As during Bchool day# children have little leisure to indulge In amusements, the mother should do all she can to make them happy and joyous during the holiday vacations. Taking«the little ones out to ride or to attend a matinee or a* concert will fill them with delight and prove both recreative and instructive. Those happy moments will be remembered during many months and anticipated for future years. People in moderate circum-h Itonces need not necessarily give costly •Ik to their children; any useful article i »f dress will be just as muctr appreciated, ! f -they do not possess an abundance of < slothes. My heart bleeds for the very ] >oor mother who cannot even fill the ! itockings of her loved ones. Let all who i ire able spare what they can for the needy. A few* pieces of cake, a few i ipples, or oranges, will prove a treat to* t he unfortunate children and brighten t heir little hearts. We mothers should i lever care for our own personal disap- I (Ointments, but feel thankful to God if (Christmas finds our family circle unbrok-f n'; with all our precious children by our s ide, So let all in our power be done to i aake that day one of unalloyed content-i sent for them, so that if God sees fit in I Iis.all-wise providence to transplant any i f our darlings from our hearth stones to a heavenly home above, we can be com-f orted with the remembrance that their 1: ist Christmas on earth was a happy one. 1 'he Christmas joys of my childhood still 1 inger before me. The sparkling tree pre-p ared by my devoted parents, covered a nd surrounded with toys and keepsakes f ar children and friends that assembled in c ur parlors that night. No one was for-g iitten. My brothers disguised as Santa Cllaus.wOuld generally come in with im- Eiense baskets, where, blindfolded, ail had a grab. Later in the week a dinner for t ho poo^ always took place. A number of lags were made days beforehand, each c ne containing provisions and useful articles, for some fifty persons, who carried t btem home, showering blessings for their t ountifal treat. Children can also do n inch to cheer parents' hearts. "* On C ihristmaS day they can present them with s ome little token of their love—a book-t iark, a bit of poetry; even an affectionate letter will bring a ray of sunshine to t lie most troubled. A pair of sweet littler M ases bought by my eldest daughter, with E loney sayed for this object, ^nd given t ie last Christmas day, werfc received with i lexplicable pleasure. I never see them ^ithbht emotion*? s > «•*- as l)onn6lf's Cipher. A'Whatfe in a nanie?" has been a question sufficiently unanswered for centuriSs 12 Still remaiii a subject for discussion, a ad what is in two names should have a double interest. If you don't think so, t ike two names as well knovyn as any in, i merican history aad look at them. They a re Lincoln and Hamlin.. Nothing peculiar about them as they stand, but set them up differently ahd see what they are.' I or instance:— ^' jg Ht4M« ^ ^ . tiefi 'across Sjhere'a something in that^ isn't there? find two other names of two other men whose offlcial lives and whose It is the beauty of the season of gifts that it gives value and vital meaning to a thousand things that in the dull round of the year bear no significance. It may be a ribbon or a trinket, a bit of china or a book; it will become a memory, a link between man and man. If it prove a link between a fair young girl and a brave young man, why, all the better. If from boy to boy, why, it may cement a true friendship for life. , In any case it is an addition to the sum of human happiness, and just now we want all the joy and good-will that the world can hold. Origin of the Christmas Tree. Christmas has come to be regarded,too, as especially a children's festival. The custom of stealthily hiding money and other presents in the stockings of children after they have retired to bed on Christmas Eve—which presents are said to be sent by Santa Claus—is derived from a Continental practice. On St. Nicholas Eve presents are surreptitiously put in children's shoes and slippers, and the little ones are told that these presents were brought through the windows, though they were shut, by St. Nicholas. The custom is founded upon a tradition, according to Brand, that St. Nicholas, in his lifetime, was in the habit of throwing purses of money in at the windows of poor maidens to be used by them as marriage portions. But whatever the origin of the custom, it is one that is a source of ardent expectation, of great pleasure, and of happy reminiscence to most English children. Then there is the Christmas tree, specially designed for the delectation of children, loaded with its presents, 'which has become a prevailing fashion in England. What can be more eujoyable, even to old people, than to watch the eager expression .on . the faces of the little ones as: they stand around it awaiting the •distribution. Of the prizes! There is a ,Qr: ever^sTno _ fSSP^inHBristmas tfee Is from Egypt, and its orajin dates from a period long anterior to the Christian era. The palm tree is known to put forth a branch every month, and a spray of this tree with twelve shoots on it was used in Egypt at the time of the winter solstice as a symbol of the year completed. Christmas on the Old Plantation. "Bang, snap, fizz, bang!" When first I opened my eyes in the gray December dawn, I almost believed it to be Fourth of July, for surely it could be naught but firecrackers that were thus noisily saluting my ears! But as the cobwebs of sleep passed from my brain, I quickly recalled that this was my first Christmas in the "Sunny South," and that I had been told that in some places it was a custom of the light-hearted Africans to welcome the happy day with the gay and festive Chinese crackers. ~ With considerable curiosity, then, I sprang from my couch and hurried to the window, to gaze down upon the courtyard below, where dozens of black and shining little "pickaninnies" were squabbling and tumbling over each other in a perfect frenzy of delight, and occasionally being brought to order by a well-aimed cuff from some fat, good-natured "Mam-mie," who, however, seemed to enjoy the small fireworks as much as the youngest chocolate-hued shaver there. Suddenly the master appeared bowing and smiling upon the broad veranda, when in an instant arose such a chorus of "Cris'mus glf, massa, Cris'mus gif'l" as speedily brought^ shower of small coins scattering among the crowd. Then what a fran-tio scrambling ensued, while for two hours later, the mistress of the household had her hands Axil, giving out extra rations of butter, sugar, tea and tobacco, to say nothing of gay bandannas, aprons, ribbons, and large gilt pins and earrings for the young and pretty girls. ^ -a, . The whole day, then, was one of feasting and jollification, the men, boys and dogs indulging in that rarest Of sports to the true African, an exciting "'possum hunt," while in the evening the negro quarter was a scene of boisterous revelry, as old and young "tripped the light fantastic toe," to the squeaky strains of. -Uncle Jake's antique fiddle.. Not till the night was tax spent did the ftan subside, and closed with a "Cake Walk," When in stiff and silent pairs the dusky belles and beaux paraded two by two, and in the end Maum Chloe proudly carried off the cake; for, in negro vernacular, "She nev6r bat an eyelid, and wore a deathlike look on her 'face," two peculiarities which the company evidently considered the height of grace and beauty. Certainly she was a "sight for gods or men," o& with shoulders back, and arms akimbo, she marched With the air of a queeu, and vainly conscious of her holiday finery, a low-necked gown, g&gedus ba&dantoa, and glittering beads and eanrSogs^ which aemi-barbaric splendor well accorded with tor dark skin, like polished ebony. And as the .midnight bells proclaimed that another Christmas was past-and goue, the air resounded with hearty cheers, from many For the In a warm barn or cellar a few may be allowed to set in cold and raise a few good winter fries or early spring layers. 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