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Allowing the data assumed 'as cor- rect by that small' proportion of the world's inhabitants , who wear stove pipe hats once a week and call them- selves Christians, the end of the year one closed the first year of the Christian era, the close of the year one hundred ended the first century of the same comparative ¬ępoch, consequently the last day of the forthcoming year,

1900 A.D., closes the nineteenth cen- tury, and January 1st next does not begin a new century. One year hence, ' January 1st, 1901, commences the beginning of the twentieth century, though most men, many churches, and several logical minds will tell yon the : contrary. We are just entering the last year of an old century, and not

the first of a new one. If eur very j

earliest Christians, including the twelve depostles, had only waited a few centuries till plum pudding, snap- dragon, yule logs, crackers, roast turkey, and other stomachaches were discovered, and had then come along and invented Christmas, what a blamed sight better Christmas they might have bad' than they did, as they shivered in their bare calves on the in-

hospitable shores of barren Lake Galilee before the Greeks had entirely monopolised the fish and oyster trade of the world. Which things are an allegory.

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