Once more the winter is with us, though we, in North Devon, can scarcely lay claim to such term, with, as Charles Kingsley describes them, our "soft, warm, sham, winters," for the sunshine remains with us throughout even "dark and dreary November," and while we hear and read of hail, snow and fogs in various parts of the kingdom, we, in beautiful Ilfracombe, are gazing on sunlit landscapes, and sparkling seas, and our gardens are still rich with summer flowers. Indeed, "winter is not in Ilfracombe." Yet we shall soon be wishing one another the compliments of the season, for in spite of our blue skies and brilliant sunshine, Christmas will soon be with us. Let me wish all my readers a Happy Christmas.
It is difficult to realize that the year is so near its close. It has been such a full year. For some happenings it will stand out from all other years in some of our lives, but we would recall, at this time, its many blessings and successes. We have had a glorious summer at "Bryngoleu." Such a gathering of old friends and new! They came until "Bryngoleu" was full, and we overflowed into the next house which, fortunately, was to be let furnished. Such a happy party it was!
How all entered into our rambles over the beautiful hills and cliffs, our luncheons in the dells and valleys, our picnics on the sea—shore and in the woods. The end came all too soon; for even when some had lengthened out their visit to three, six, and nearly seven weeks, it was hard to say goodbye.
During the past year the work of “The Light of Reason" has gone steadily on. The subscribers’ list has been considerably augmented, and four interested readers can do much towards increasing it still more. I am sure the free gift offered by the Editor to all subscribers will be greatly appreciated. It is a beautiful book, and would make a splendid Christmas present, and the price is within the reach of all. Speaking of Christmas gifts reminds me of the many good and seasonable things advertised in our pages this winter. If you want to give your friends something really useful, look through our advertising columns. Take the Moya Type-writer for instance, it is a splendid machine, and as it is used in our own office we can speak with authority. You could not give a more useful present, to a friend who writes for the press, or has a large correspondence, than one of a those useful machines. And look at the price!
The Harrison Knitter too! what more acceptable gift can one imagine for a lady friend who knits the stockings for her family. We advise our readers to send for free price list to Harrison and Co.
I have used McClinton’s toilet soaps for some time now, and a very dainty present would be a box of those pure and exquisite soaps. It is something to know, when applying soap to ones face that one is not using the fat of diseased cattle. A large number of our readers, members of the Brotherhood especially, will be glad to know where they may obtain bloodless and nourishing foods. Let me draw your attention to Hugh Mapleton’s list. The fruit cakes are excellent, and these, with Wallaceite bread (which is made from Artox flour only), make a very substantial meal. Before buying cakes, biscuits, &c., for the Christmas table, let me advise our readers to send 1/6 to the P.R. Bakery for their parcel of samples. On the surface it may appear a more expensive bread than the ordinary baker’s loaf, but this is not so, if we consider how much more nourishing it is, and how much less may be partaken of with much more satisfactory results.
We have received some samples of nuts, and a cake of Cream o’ Nuts from Messrs. Geo. Savage and Sons (see advt.) The latter is a great addition to our foods. One great advantage in ordering from this Firm is, they send all orders over 5/- carriage paid to your door, in any part of the kingdom. We wish them every success, and heartily recommend their goods. Send for their useful and original price list which is really a dainty and useful cookery book.
Many of our correspondents and friends have tried the Universal Digestive Tea, and all are very pleased with it, for while being equal in every way to the very best teas, it will not affect the most delicate nerves.
Plasmon is now a household word and it seems almost superfluous to mention it. We would say, however, if you are not using it, try it at once.
We are constantly being asked by friends and readers of "The Light of Reason," "What shall we use instead of lard for cooking purposes?" We strongly recommend Albene as a pure and wholesome cooking butter, it keeps for any length of time. Send three stamps for a sample tin.
We can also highly recommend "Nutter." It is manufactured by Hugh Mapleton. A 28lb. tin of this excellent cooking butter will be delivered carriage paid to any address on receipt of 13/6. The smallest household need not hesitate at having it in the quantity named, as it keeps good for any length of time. Liverpool readers will find Chapman’s specialties well worth a trial. We speak from experience, for we have found them excellent.
I know of no whole-meal flour to equal Artox. It is so fine and of such excellent quality. We would advise those who have not yet tried it to send for a sample bag or order it from your grocer. We are pleased with Artox food (see advt.) and feel sure that those who try it will appreciate it. It must be invaluable in the sick room. Should any of our Readers require any help in adopting the diet from which the flesh of animals is excluded, we shall be delighted to correspond with them, and answer any questions, giving them the benefit of our nearly nine years experience. We would like to assure the public that all the goods advertised in our journal are pure and reliable. Please do not forget to mention "The Light of Reason” when sending for samples, or ordering goods.