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INEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS.

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NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS. New Year, which is more generally observed abroad than Christmas, was celebrated with great ceremony on Monday in all the countries of Europe and in the United States. In Japan, where the New Year used to carry with it a week's revel, now reduced to one day, it was observed in the time-honoured fashion. Even old men and women played at battledore and shuttlecock, and the whole of the Mikado's sub- jects gave themselves up to the delights of visiting, eating sticky rice-cakes called Mochi, and drinking sake. In celebrating the New Year they also celebrated the fall of Port Arthur, which took place a year ago. At the White House President Roosevelt shook hands with thousands of people. The President especially ordered lively music, and kept the line of his guests briskly moving at its quick tempo. The reception took two hours and a half. There was a touch of pathos about the reception given by President Loubet, for it will be his last, and the doyen of Parisian Ambassadors, Count Tornielli (Italy), paid a high tribute to the President's services to his country and the world. Characteristically enough, the Kaiser's reception was followed by a great military display. At home the day passed quietly, but one of the most remarkable incidents is reported from Glas- gow. By order of the magistrates, not a single public-house or licensed restaurant was opened there and the suburbs all day. There was a great rush to the theatres, where the bars remained open. The temperance party opened special tea- rooms in the poorer localities.

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