V OOCOAJ SOHMINGK MKWRIAL MUCSia LAKEVIEW, OREGON 57630 VOL. XXII. LAKE VIEW, LAKE COUNT V, OREGON, THURSDAY, DEC. 2b, 1901. NO. ol. 1M o ' o 0 'i LEC 0 ISTLETOE ..TALES en:s about t;;e, I LORAL CM CLEM . oooooooooooooooooooooooo o o' o o o o o o o St c cOoooo:ooooooooooooooofo 'iSTI.F.TOK. associated with l.oili comedy aud tragedy, owes its elevation to the glory of a p.ounucut Christ mas decora: . n tu ilie r lies of Druid leal supcisl.tiun .".nd aziiin. even fur ther lack, in traditions of Norse my thology, in which it played an impor tant part Long before ke-siim was invented or ballads were made and sung the mis tletoe was a sort of fetich ami is as capricious as most heaihon deities, in asmuch as ii has a marked preference In the choice of a tree to grow upon, the oak. the larch ami I lie pear being the least favored, while it loves the poplar, hawthorn, lime, maple, moun tain ash and, lirst and foremost of all, the apple tree. It roots firmly, grows slowly, gradually stifles the tree item braces aud then dies Itself I In ancient lore It had rare medicinal virtues, but these have found oblivion with the lapse of time. Norse fables tell us that Raldur, the bright and the beautiful, the' god of light, was regarded with jealousy by some of the other deities, aud Frlga, to protect him, made everything In heav en and earth swear to do him no harm. Rut disregarding the mistletoe as being so' slight and weak she omit ted her precaution In Us case. . LokL. the malevolent Are god, seizing this chance, bewitched a twig of mistletoe till It swelled to the size of a spear and. slyly giving it to blind Hodnr, told Ii'm to throw it among the gods when they were s ' t piny. It struck P.aldur and killed him. bijt Kri-.r..' mir.-vidoiisl., restored him to life mid thereafter guarded the mistletoe, which the gods at her pleading decided should be t:uable lo do any mischief n ir:; ' ti unless it touched the earth, For lliis reason it always humron high, and the vigilant goddess was propitiated by a sign of amity and good will. Many of the most important riles of the Druids were performed in connec tion witli it. and today men and maid ens hold tlrat il constitutes a sanction for salutes that might otherwise be too daring. Yet the old mysterious glamour of its power fo harm still clings to It and imparts a touch of su perstitious witchery to the tragic fate if the gay young bride who, mad with merriment, hid in the oak chest that ;roved her tomb. Ye, In more man olden heiuty. Are like angel guards returned. Sharers in this holy duty. Children with their banners, sec. In the chapel alcoves gather; Happy they with him to be Children of s common Father. Hear the organ's prelude ring With the welcome to the morning. While the ieatal censers swing And the altar lights are burning. Lovely Yule, though shadows steal Unawares o'er all thy brightness. Though yon naked boughs reveal Marble mounds of inowy whiteness. Yet the wreath of Christmas day Green and fragrant ever liveth, For the Hand that took away Is the Hand that once more giveth. William B. Chisholm. Tbe Christmas Tree. Of all the Christmas greens the tree Is the aristocratic monarch. Used not so much as an actual decoration itself as a background for decoration. It figures as the central ornament In the Christmas festivities. Its trimming is a matter of mystery. Its burden o lights, tinsel and finery the rarest spectacle that juvenile eyes ever look upon, and Its brief but triumphant career an epoch In home life to be long ttniernbered. Philadelphia Times. HOW TO CARVE A TURKEY. CHRISTMAS GREEN. C HHIsTMAS preen in hearts we keep, lleeiiii-ss 'f t he etoulitit; weather, ll.etlless (f (he mists that sweep o'er tlic oiiillatuls ami the heather. Mji in the nilit we sing Hv 1 1 io siile ,-f floral inntiner. While the uii kets widely swing Kit the pilirrttn and the M ranker. Cellars with the me twine KihiiiiI tiu- i liancel's inner railing, While tlie and waves combine ( 'uruiui I. .i rut threes wailing; While I In irnwn if drifted snuw C'liirt ri u'er tiie marble's whiteness. Then. nife- ms, Ilie sretir flue tiliiiiiiitTs viith a summer brightness. lit i The Art Made Plnln For the Pres ident of the Feast, USTOM has made It usual here abouts to eat turkey for our Christmas dinner, and accord ingly the festive bird will grace many a table. But it Is not ev erybody who knows how to carve a turkey, and the hints given here may help many a bewildered man to so de mean himself that the ordeal may not disgrace him in the eyes of the wife of his bosom, as well as of those guests who may be present at his board. Have the turkey resting upon his back. Put the two titled fork in about an inch in front of the peak of the breastbone, where it will sink into a hollow formed by the peculiar con l.irmatiou of the breastbone. The bird I' then held lirm.ly while the carving is hoi.g done. Thi first thing lo do is to t;ke off the legs at the second r joint. lut dow:i alongside the leg and bear outward a little, with the knife set well in. The knife is inserted above the leg. and after making an incision it is pressed outward. The second joint then parts easily from the body er both legs are removed in this man tier the wings should be cut off. the knife being used on practically the same principle as that employed hi re moving the legs. The next point for the skillful carve'' Is to separate the "drumstick," or i'u'st joint, from the rest of the leg. This is done by fixing the fork in the second Joint of the turkey. Then an incision Is made at the joint, and the end of the leg is then pressed down wllh th" knife. The breast of white meat is now .it tacked. The fork is again placed over the breastbone in the original position. anl slices are removed from I lie breast. The slicing should commence near ilie peak of the breast bone, the cuts beim; taken thinly, the knife held horizontal ly and the cuts extending downward toward the wings. After the meat has been taken from both sides of the tur key's breast In this fashion the knife is Inserted transversely behind the lit tle projection on the breast between the peak and the neck. This Is formed by the "wishbone." or "merry thought." The knife slips easily between this and the breastbone, so that the "wishbone" Is easily removed, carrying with It a liberal portion of white meat. The re moval of the "wishbone" makes a con venlent opening Into the Interior of the turkey, through which a spoon may be inserted for the removal of the tasty dressing. Nothing now remains but the car cass of the turkey, and the only task is to disjoint It. This Is done by first re moving the breastbone. By means ol the fork tin peak of the bone is raised and swung over toward the neck, dis jointing it near the base of the latter. The neck, if desired, can be removed, leaving only one more portion of tin bird to be dealt w ith. This is the back bone. The hiickhoue Is broken about three Inches nUive the tail, and there you are. Ilie dismemberment of your tur key is now i-oinplete. PRESIDENT r. W. WAQBIf EH. I kite inJmmm tw$4 THE NHJ.IO U.tnl'.'. , UUOl 1NTI.RSTATK AND WEST INDIAN EXPOSITION. The .outii ( iinil:i:a lutemtue awl AYest Indian exposition, at ( hail s .m. was oih-h-cI with u;m riaie ci-rc.m liies on Jfecamb.-r 2. The ill s i.t i ni shows a portr.-i: of tnc presi dent of tiie exposition, F. W. Wageiier, and two emblematic groups ct mama. . on the envelopes. Variations were. "Mr. Santa Claus. Joyiand Co., N. Y.. 911 Happiness Ave.." and "Mr. Santa Claus, Toy and Candy Palace, Christ Uiasrille, Joyiand." Another child, perhaps of Ilihcruhm ancestry, had addressed his petition to the saint's residence In "Fairyland. Ireland." One young writer, with a somewhat hazy knowledge of geo graphical names, had sent his letter to 'Mr. Saint NIckerlls. to the North Pole., Mexico." Another, with a be lief In the power and Influence of nurse, had addressi-ii ftiij missive to "7!) Bedford Ave.. Knar Meaty." which, being deciphered, is found to tuean "Care of Mary." "1 am sorry I cannot allow you to ipen any of the letters. It's as much 'i criminal offense to tamper with them as with any other letters." said the tlerk to a reporter of The Commercial Advertiser. There were, however, two postal cards ami one open letter, which were fair specimens. The hitler was o modest request for the relief of the n ore pressing wants of the writer II read: Hear Santa C lans- Von say that coin tn pet the tiest presents. I have tried vity hard o he a Hi boy. Will you please liriiin ine a fire iia:ml. MERRY X3IAS WAYS. HOW THE ANCIENTS CELEBRATED THE COMING OF YULETIDE. train of cars, a riiie Im.ik, a and a little ;aiilat. candy, Cii.cdby, dear old Santa C'ians. Christmas eve. Kinic. I".X ct tonle oranges and nuts. We will expei t you Ih'DLFY. A few letters were evidently written under the direction of seniors of t lie family and dropped iu the mailbox to please the children. Most of the letters were without stamps. What becomes of the letters after thry reach the dead letter otliee? Most of them are eventually destroyed, as the children sign only their first names and there Is no way of returning them. The Mlnfletoe and the Ynle Log Were In Evidence Keittivitlea Begnn a Week Before Chrlntnin Day Bat There Wn Jio Santa Clan. T Is said that the American cus toms of celebrating the greatest of all festival ilit, CuriHtmiM; are descended from or are sur vivals of the old world customs which existed in England a couple of cen turies ago. Yet when these latter are examined into it requires a wide stretch of an unusually elastic imagination to link the ways of the present day with those of the seventeenth or even the t ighteenth century. It seems probable that the folks of half a dozen generations ago crowdeil more merriment into the Christmas season than we of this age do, aud they went about it with the same prear ranged systematic care that a commer cial prince now devotes to some great f.etoe for the decoration of liotiso anil church was their initial task, aud t was performed by the village en masse, , headed by brave pipers and fiddlers, who filled the forests with the joyfi.l 1 melodies of Christinastide. It vas the pagans who first used holly aud mistle toe for observances, and the practice 1 was adopted by the early Christian cliurcl.es. The Greeks and Komans al.-o ! used them In their religious ceremonies, as did the Druids and the Celtic ami i Cothic nations. So the young maid of today who stands alluringly under a sprig of mistletoe may find satisfaction 1 Iu knowing that she Is following the ! precedent of centuries. In Druidical times the simple peas ants flocked In crowds to join the pio ! cessions, in which the Druidical priest ! were the foremost actors. The train : was headed by the bards singing canti ' cles and hymns. A herald preceded three Druids, furnished with imple tnents for the purpose of cutting the mystic plant upright hatchets of brass, fixed to staves. Then follow ed the prince or chief of the I b inds, accompanied by all his Hock aud followers. The chief mounted the oak. with a golden sickle detach ' ing the mistletoe and presenting it to the priests, who received ami bore the branches away with deep rev erence. Ou the first day of the year the brauches. after resting on the ! Druidical altars in the lutervnl. were distributed among the people as a I sacred and holy plant, the Druids cry ' ing. "The mistletoe for the new year!" Many were the superstitions iiiiach- Ing to this plant. Among Ilie latter i day charms associated with It. w. cu suspended In a bunch In the scrva ::,' hall, was the traditionary and favorite observance of kissing the maids under its branches, the superstition prcvail- i lug that the maiden who missed being heartily kissed under her mistletoe at j Christmas would forfeit her chance of ! early matrimony-aud certainly not be I married iu the ensuing twelve mouths. A medin'vtfl olwervancc which ul i ways followed the gathering of holly and mistletoe was the cutting a.i.l hauling home of the Yule log. The fa vorite Yule log was a cross grained block of elm or the rugged root of u . tree of fantastic and grotesque form. Formerly the members of the fam' y and guests sat down in turn on lie Yule log, the throne of the mastei . i" I the revels, sang n Yule song and il:;;'i ! to a merry Chrlsimas and happy in w 1 year. As part of their feast Vide dough or Yule cakes were consumed. ; These bore Impiessed figures in the shape of an iin.-l.'e. Sometimes they i were made In the form cf an I; Tank I Nor was the nia'.rer overlon! ed. Christmas Feasting. During the middle ages the wl'o!e Christmas season was given up to lev els and jollity. In which eating ami drinking had a prominent part. T1-. Saxon Instinct of our English ancestor led them to make of every holiday a' occasion for feasting. Plenty lo in. and to driuk was their idea of a f" val, no matter how sacred miglii ne i associations. On Christmas il i y i, ; only lined their stomachs w! capon, as did Shakespeare's but Stuffed themselves w'th a!" rich, nourishing fool ti'id strc'i pounded puddings and n'e- J.lsti- I ! MAIL FOR SANTA CLAUS. Some M Ira a ate at Christmas r'ace of the Umd a'Kl :i Thruiif the courts hliri,- awmtilr Muhirnns of ytr are rr AS la Vwlr's lw A ranil'l. Oil, Ike Ori, In. e iim-i iird ! Letters Time. EPF U n mblress I Efrer icticod until this year." said a postorthf clerk, sort ing out nome half dor.cn let ters with "Mr Kama .Claus, Joyiand." WW fW n Oct Into Line. The people of each precinct in Lake county who are most interested in the defeat of the project to lease the public lands are requested to cut from The Ex aminer of December 19th the article, "An appeal to the Congress," attach said article to a petition sheet, and either circulate the same for signatures, or post it in their local postofnees with the request to the postmasters to ask the patrons of their othces'to sign the same. When all signatures possible to be obtained are placed upon thepaper, same should be forwarded to Daniel Boone, Secretary of the North Warner Anti-Land Leasing Association, Plush, Oregon. No time sho'ild'be lost in do ing this, as Secretary BooneKJenires to forward all petitionsjto Congressman Tongue at ibe earlieet possible date. GATHERING THE HOLLY AND MISTLETOE. financial coup, but the fun was of a boisterous kind, quite inconsistent with the crowded way of living these days, says the Washington Post. If one of the old merrymakers could come to life on Christmas day aud celebrate the festival in the way fashion and custom demanded in his time, be would probably find hims'-lf hi the lockup charged with rudely disturbing the peace. Noise, bluster, feasting, drinkiui: and horseplay were the chief features of the eld time Kuglish Christum. Ciii maklng existed as It had for many pre vious centuries, but I hat ii merely an Incidental feature and not nearly so important as the work of the muhviu butler, UMin whom devolved the re sensibility of currying into the dining hall the great Uinr's head. The oldtime Christ ma began a week before the arrival of the day. Just as the shoppers cf today rush out with fat purses to lure Hie holiday bargain, iviu purchasing gifts did not bother t lie head or wury the lxxl.es of the old world folk. The gaiherin; of the holly and UiIk- ; Compelled to Cut it Out. j The publishers of The Examiner re gret to state that it will be impossible j to issue the promised Anniversary Edition of The Examiner at the time ' stated, January 2, 1902. We are coin j pellet! to cut out that which promised to lie the most elaborate edition of a news i puper ever issued in Eastern Oregon, owing to the non-enpport, or evident indifference, of the people from whom we expected the mot support in a financial way to enable us to get up the expensive edition of 5,tXK) copies. A half dozen prominent stockmen of I-ake ccunty, who appreciate The Examiner's stand for their interests against the leasing of the public lands, did con tribute literally, but their contributions in total would scarcely pay for the f ne half-tone cuts with whu-h the edition was to have been embellished. The or der for cuts has been countermanded. At some time in the near future, when all the stockmen return with their flocks from the desert, we will again make an attempt to take up the work and carry it out to perfection. We very much regret that we failed in the pro ject to get out this splendid edition, but had we received the supjiort and encouragement of those who should have been most iuterested in the work we should have carried out our plans. A it is, with a part of the material for the edition already ordered, and for which we had to pay, we are losers lo the extent of about 50 "hog dollars." The eJition was to have len n elabor &u aduilUiiiieat ol the resources and a general write-up of Lake county, with considerable space set apart in the in terest of the small stockmen of this countv.