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As Wotan, in similar perplexities, consults The die is cast; even the sun must die in the west to rise again in greater glory in the east. Long strings of that their year is movable and ours fixed, these fire-crackers are hung from the But it is obviously improper to compare eaves of the house and lighted from the calendars on any other than the numeri- lower end. In a large and general way the people who say this are superficial, and they are mistaken, al- though in the matter of detail they may be perfectly right.The Chaldaic canon explicitly declares the Kherubim male and female, but this is sufficiently suggested in the sense of contrast which is maintained throughout the entii'e series of life-tree guardians. The entire length is soon • The twenty-fourth day of the twelfth month (if ablaze, spluttering, crackling, and wrig- we except the twenty-fourth of the sixth) is about the gling like the ** fiery dragon " himself, ^^^y ^»y Chinese housewives are at liberty to "clean Any devil who can pass this cordon of "P/; although they do not go to extrem^^^ -•'.., . »,, J ancient Mexicans, who destroyed the entire furni- flame is thought very clever. It is very easy, at Digitized by Google 676 HARPER'S NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE. least not at all difficult, to mistake a change of customs for a change of people — a development of methods for a revolu- tion. There are more people there, and some of them belong to strange species, but the interest remains the same, the in- terest of a capital to people of leisure who are blessed with intellects that need some- thing that will add spice and agreeable flavor to their ceremonial functions.This is a digital copy of a book that was preserved for generations on library shelves before it was carefully scanned by Google as part of a project to make the world's books discoverable online. It has been said of us New-Yorkers that if we travel at all, it is only to go to Eu- rope.It has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain. And it is certainly true, and of my life-long knowledge, that most New-York- ers see Brooklyn only when a funeral takes them to the cemeteries in and be- yond it. to be called the *' Shore Drive," and to fol- low the edge of our Upper Bay— a road not equalled in scenic attractiveness by any that we now have in New York.
But the Chaldaic Eherub hesitates before the li Todlike mien of Gidzubar, the hero. But, as it is, unremitting war upon the unlucky de- the 24th and 25th of December never co- mons of the night with the powerful aid incide with the 24th and 26th of the Chi- of gong, drum, cymbal, fire, candle, and nese twelfth month, owing to the fact noisy fire - crackers. Not many years ago, according to the veracious wit of a clever woman, Wash- ington relapsed into a village when Con- gress adjourned, and there are those who have lingered on in the growing city who will tell you that all this is changed, and that the Washington you knew once has departed forever, has been swallowed up by the inrushing tide of new people, who have discovered there attractions that are not to be met with elsewhere.Now in the Yi- King the animal attributed to Khien, the Heaven or All-Father, is the Solar Horse; to Kwan, the Earth or All Mother, the Lunar Cow. Gidi^ubar, the ^ar hero, sinking slowly to his death t Kneath the dark winter clouds in the north, wanders vainly in seareli of the secret of immortality. This day is called in the calendar the day when the * ' spir- its are seen out,^^ and for obvious reasons. If a man of the set is in public life, either it is by accident, or he is a social acquisition for purposes of stim- ulating entertainment. Tlie day has gone by when life was dominated by the fii*st South- ern families, whose pride and aifeetions were shared between their genealogical importance and their old madeira.A cuneiform cylinder re- * It was by a very gradual process that these huge and massive peach-wood figures gave way to the little fluttering pieces of red paper now used to represent the "spirits of the door." *'0n New- Year's day," says King Chu, "the people make planks of peach- wood and fasten them to the door- way. He comes at last to Mount Masu in the E^ast, where the ** Pine-Tree " grows; there he encoun- ters the **two guardians of the gate," de- Erda at the foot of the tree Yggdrasil, so he also turns to his better half for ad- vice. For at midniglit of the twenty -third day the household gods ascend to heaven to report up Kn the conduct of the family, and do not return until New-Year s eve, leaving their paintino lanterns for the cmincs B new- year. The time has gone by, too, when the circle of the Supreme Court was the innermost of the seven social circles, and when the ponderous anecdotes of the bar, interlard- ed with law-Latin, furnished Attic salt for heavy feasts.Maintain attribution The Google "watermark" you see on each file is essential for informing people about this project and helping them find additional materials through Google Book Search. Keep it legal Whatever your use, remember that you are responsible for ensuring that what you are doing is legal. The woman who has made the home, and has not only kept her hearth clean, but has main- tained her faith in her husband as in her church, may be untrained in the finer arts of life, may be ignorant of etiquette, of letters, of arts, of all that is deemed essential to the appropriate furnishing of a polite mind, but there is a sweet purity in her heart which forbids us to say that she is unrefined, and which compels us to acknowledge that her spotlessness is more beautiful than the polish of many a wo- man who considers hei^self vastly her superior.Do not assume that just because we believe a book is in the public domain for users in the United States, that the work is also in the public domain for users in other countries. 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The most re- fined and delicate morality in the world is that of the American woman— of the woman who has never departed from American traditions, and who has not permitted French innuendo to stimulate her Anglo-Saxon nature.For we are entitled to recognize our friends Cow-Head and Horse-Head in the doughty athletes Castor and Pollux, and in those patron saints of the gymnasia- - when athletics meant everything in Greece — Eros and Anteros. These dem- tu^e of their houses before the beginning of every onstrations cease shortly after midnight, new year. The city has spread out wonderfully towards the hills of the northwest, where Mr.As Fafner and Fa- sol t they stalk in dire disgrace through the ''Niebelun gen -Lied"; they appear in Digitized by Google HARPER'S NEW MON'J ♦ILY MAGAZINE. Digitized by V300QIC 14 HARPER'S NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE. Hence, for the 25 th of Decem- ber read the 25tli of tlie twelfth month. Cleveland set his home amid the oaks, on a slope from which the monuments of the city can be seen over the tops of trees.The Inquirer, continuing, states that "the district magistrates have for this reason now always peach- wood fig- ures at their doors, and suspend ropes of reed and painted images of a tiger there, in memory and imitation of this past event, and in order to guard against evil.* We gain a still clearer idea of the two brothers from the constitution of the Chi- nese hell. nor fire- crackers, ^ut • the un- folded beauty of the lo- tus and the glory of the chrysanthemum. The men and women of Washington who are beings apart in the crowded assem- blages of the White House and its kin- dred dwelling-places, and who look on their fellow - beings with whom they are officially thrown into social contact as strange personalities of comparatively small importance in the universal scheme, Digitized by Google WASHINGTON SOCIETY. — these are the people who make the in- most life of the capital.There they are known as "Horse Head" and "Cow Head," and they are the executive officers of the Chi- nese judge of the dead. Indeed, it is signifi- cant that although in some parts of the Mid- dle Kingdom the cus- tom of hanging greens over the lintel on the twenty- fourth day of the sixth month is still observed — here show- ing a rudimentary sym- pathy with the more beautiful religious Stan d- poin t — they re- serve their full energies for the twenty-fourth day of the twelfth month. They are of the world of American society, and like their kind elsewhere.