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Stuffed with sweet surprisea Down from top to toe. Skates and balls and trumpets.. Dishes, tops, and drums, Books and dolls and candies, Nuts and sugar plums. Little sleepers waking; Bless me, what a. noise I Wish you merry Chriltmae, Happy girls and boys. V, HOW DELIGHTED YOU WEBB. Oh, yes! Of coarse you hung up your ■tookings on Christmas Eve and then jumped into bed and went to sleep. Soma of yon, Perhaps, covered your heads in the blankets, in pleased fear of Santa Claus. But the fear "as needless, lie came-the kind dear friend "^noiselessly, down the chimney or tnrongn the door, and did what he wanted without waking you. When you did open your eyes and get a light, how your heart danced with Joy. The stockings were orammed full—even the long stockings, which properly belonged to the father, but which young Ernest hung ^ear his head as his own, the little rogue. ■Perhaps Santa Claus found the trick out, for whip was at the top of the 8tockmg as if to remind the youngster that that was what be deserved. UNCLE HLI.ÁM" can see you all even its he writes, scampering about with bare feet and incomplete apparel, diving your hands Into the well-filled stockings and wondering what toys, knives, tops, sweets, or fruits you might bring forth next. As the writers in our newspapers often say, The scene is more easily imagined than described." » TJ WHAT SANTA CLAUS BROUGHT UNCUS BOB. Strange things sometimes find their way into the stockings which are hung upon Christmas Eve. X- The ZMle One' <hm 'here i. an amusing story, ifhioh I will repeat here:— Well," I said to myself on f dontsee why the children should have all the goo thing,, and so I'll tie my stoc-kmg to the bedpost LTbS ,i. £ «««"<• »"»IJ h8 MUl,i see whfre I had placed ly nnnhews and Now I don't mind telling my nephews ana now, uncle is somewhat bald, ana.1 nieces tha just the top of my head, think- covered up a" J mistake me for a baby, for, bSfes lave but littl. talr.« tou As to my stockings being large, I hoped lie would not notice it, or would, perhaps, thmk rt belonged to a Christmas prize tiaby. Wrt'i, .I wmiiea »«ia ."TO F«„„ H»y ae I saw You may f*nc> Q_ takG thluffs out him walk to the sjockmg lhere wa9 a beauti- ui8 bag and put them in. rue tlipn ful tobacco pouch and a eil vf r-motari p a pair of gold-rimmed mPd Ohfcof a handsome penholder, and, it » things besides. Oh! ho«-I ^nged to get up Jj^ shake the good fellow by the hand.. g S0en for his kindness, but I know that if «»• or thought he was, he and all the £ o^»nS would vanish. So 1 shut my eyes and went to morning „l,e„ I wok. up how soon I jumped out of bed an all my beautiful present. OTIJ; of W .r } .its? sar vrrioiv^ Still there was nothing until I §° » th;nk I the very toe; and then, what do found ? Why, a little guinea pig 1 Not a guinea, toind you, but a guinea pig. Well, I was that vexed, my dear?, I c°u,° cried, but I »»id .0 myself, » Dncl. Bob, »< £ don't crv. vou're too big for that, and your nephews and nieces would all laugh ft^ y°u heard of it!" But what had become of all the beautiful presents I saw Santa, p Why, as no doubt you guess by this, asleep and dreamt it all But who put that guinea P»g iu ? Ah I that's the question. But I can make a good guess, for my nephew T '««■>! oftmlve, was .be oulj oe to Wy proj. ct, and the only one I kno when I guinea pigs. Well, but it came all right whe^ went down to breakfasf, for 'here Tom laughing all over his face, and li beautiful pipe and tobacco pouch for me. •han't try Santa Claus Bg«in, for it is dear he only likes boys and girls, and not old fellows like Uncle Bob. THE CAROL SINGBKS. About Scarborough and dowH in Cornwan the boys and girls go about ^ging caroU Wore Christmas. No doa thil in much the same in Wales. wiiioH they order to eet a little money, whioh tney usually expend in buying someth^g nu^fo* themselves but here is a story whioh been sent to UNCLE WILLIAM, «f dearly shows that oarol singers can vnii others, and can wisely expend the money given to them. Here is the story :— Onn flvening, about a week before Christmas, a One evening, |jave been seen group of boys andgi" w,lich seemed to eagerly talking over a J attended the same interest tliem greatly. Ffed Amy had Sunday school m the v g » invifca bjg friends asked his parents peruai unfold to home cn this evening, so that K d< Q{ tbem a grand scheme he 1 ad m course, Fred was the first^>p • Christ- Who would like to go out «roi» g mas Eve ?" he asked the otlieis. (| ]d „ A cry of delight met this que 'xc]airaed Tom cried his sist er Flossie.. fc. g me effect, Benson. The others chimed m to the same and nil thought the idea a_c p the party were laid, a programme drawn P. peop(e broke up in high spirits. „n/,he following obtained their parents' c0"se^,8 hom0 busily evenings found tlieua at Wea beautiful engaged in learning to ei"g .8001.^ m on his flute, old hymns, Fred started on Christmas Eve-arrived and the their rounds. Their first visit was to I he ue, *»here the clergyman lived. Bather n they walked up to the door. ur "Now, youngsters," said Fred, el g y loudest and don't be frightened." They did sing loud, and the minister, wn > • seated in his study preparing for his duties on Ch mas Day, called his wife and made arrangements to give the little singers a kindly welcome, iney Were taken in, and cake nnd hot milk were set before them, and after they had partaken of this •hey sang another hymn, and then, wishing -he bolster and his wife a M liappy Christmas," they jet out to visit the schoolmaster and several ot their teacher?. After their round was finished {•ney found that Fred, as the eldest of the party, i!»wM"Ja considerable sum of money in charge r xhem, Mr. Amy proposed that with it they should purchase a nice w.»rm shawl for Widow Edwards. This they did, and the pleasure they hnd derived from their carolling was only equalled by that of the poor widow on receiving their useful present on Christmas Day. A MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS. There lived in Geneva near the close of the fifth century a most beautiful Christian girl. She was called the loveliest girl xn the world She was also beautiful in character, and spent her time in works of charity. clov'9» of the Franks, heard of the beauty of Clotilde. According to the old story, he sent a noble Roman, Aurelian, commissioning him, if be found her loveliness as great as her fame, to woo her for him and bring her to Rheims, the Frankish capital. Aurelian went to Geneva, clothed in rags. He appeared before the fair Clotilde as a beggar. She recened him with pity, and, kneeling, she began to wash his feet.. « Lady, said Aurelian, I would speak to thee: I am no mendicant," said he, I am a king's ambassador. King Clovis desires; to make thee his queen. Wilt thou take and wear this ringP" Clotilde put upon her finger The jewel of Clovis; Md by this. act she mad. the France of the future one of the Christian TnToVl ^German army crossed the Rhine warring upon Clovis. The great battle Cologne was fought. At one stage of the battle the Franks were in much peril. Clovis called upon his gods, but the danger of defeat crew the Franks were hard pressed. Then Aurelian, who had won for Clovis his beautiful wife cried, Caikm the God whom the queen wSomm" queen ealleth the Son of the Living God if Thou wilt help I will proclaim Ihj name and be baptised," prayed the fang. The Germans were beaten; theirk g That was a grand Christmas in 1 heim.^ 496 ^t celebrated the convers.on of"the Franks. The way from the palace tojtha bap- It^pei; and b "d foite bX rneekand beautifulqneen. "hi Wnr-d rV and also an army of 3,000 Franks, and a multitude of women and children. M.0IHBR ISBMUI EVIMI. In tb. ancient cathedra^ LlsSS.^ It is the 'omb of an emperor on. of the greatest who ever wore tte crown of the Cresars—Charlemagne. lle j"f. V „f the Pranks, of the poop« of M'«le h'nrooe and the nations of the i He conquered the Saxons, and in a tremen- H7>ns struggle defeated all foes until at last the Alps, the Rhine, and the hhone were alike parts of his splendid empire, m Tonnuered the Saracens of the South; ne added crown to crown, kingdom to kingdom tilFnrone lay at his feet. At the Easter F««tival in^l4 he visited Kome in splendour. I'teai pro™»i»« headed by the Pope. The people hailed him +h halleluiahs; the children waved green hrancheSt and the clergy, in princely vest- nt« sane Blessed is He that cometh m the name of the Lord." In the year 800 h« las summoned to Kome. The cardinals said, « Let us honour this most powerful defender of the faith with a great Christmas gift-the Crown of the Roman TVorld." The Pope and clergy prepared for Christ- mas ceremonies of the most joyous and imposing character. It was arranged that, though Charlemagne should reach Kome before Christmas, he should have no know- ledge of the coronation that awaited him. J he clergy, nobles, and people were to assemble. When he should come into the church to attend Mass, and should bow his head to roceiv. the water, then h» .ho«M h. andti..nl7 crowned, and hailed "Emperor of the one of the mo«t poetio evtrtrta^fn" history. The Christmas I>ay oame. ine Emperor entered the church in humility, and bowS before the altar. Suddenly Pope Leo uplifted the crown of the Roman world, and ■et it upon his head. There arose then a great shout of joy. Clergy and nob es er- olaimed in unisonLong live Charles Augustus, crowned of God, Emperor of the Romans." m How DIFFERENT. The coronation of William of Normandy. TT defeated the English foroes under Harold, and now hastened to Westminster to be crowned, while the conquered people were helpless through fear. It was a ChnstmM n«ir The English in London had expected to celebrate the festival in the Abbey, but the conqueror demanded the chnrch for his coro- He surrounded ,} Normans. lie entereu and the coronation ntes egatumult outgide mony was interrupted y^ of hia new that ended m a S j tma9 cr0wn »ih°r- lero? H. is "id to have been a most nn- happy and remorseful man. CHRISTMAS RIOTS. rhrUtmas comes but once a y^ar, 25then "comes it brings good cheer. This is as it should be; but there has been at least one. Christmas' ^EngUnd. "It took place in ^any^p pariiament m command that the^day^shoukl^je deplore the great national sin of which they "I'Xd^fp^earo^^he'Uwi;' Christmas Pay it was violently resisted 111 several places. Constables were opposed,magi^ frates were mocked, serious persons had their TThZgrltB^reJ S9S&K SW5? Sr Thus Christmas soon re-ga.ned .to genial character.

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A Walk With a Burglar.


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