We all know Scrooge's ghost when we see it, and the more we see it the better we like it. Scrooge's ghost is not nearly so empty and formal and cold as an ordinary ghost; on the contrary, it is very amiable and warm and merry, and improves on acquaintance. Nor does Scrooge's ghost come slyly down the chimney and pass on like a shadow, for after all it wants to make friends and is always ready to go more than half way in doing so. And it always feels that it has a particular claim on the Yule-tide season.

The CRIMSON wishes there were more ghosts like that of Scrooge, although it believes that it could find a good many among its readers. It is not going to preach at all, and while it is going to wish its readers a merry Christmas and happy New Year, it knows of what small worth are mere wishes. It knows further how its readers and all other readers can have both a merry Christmas and a happy New Year,--and that is by listening to the Christmas Carol and so becoming excellent friends with Scrooge's ghost.