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MILLIONAIRE BANKER- PLAYS AS
(A well-known San Francisco mil
lionaire sets a new fashion in apply
ing the holiday spirit to the worka
day world. He does "not call it a
"gift," but "simple justice and hu
manity." In order that he might not
be accused of trying to "advertise"
himself, this Rich-Man-Santa has
asked that neither his name nor his
picture be printed. The story, how
ever, is true not a Christmas par
BY JACK JUNCMEYER.
San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 13. A
dozen faithful old night watchmen
in San Francisco's banking district
know there is a Santa Claus.
Fact is, they're working for him.
Old Jack, guardian of the bank
er's brown-stone mansion, made the
discovery. For over two years he
hadn't missed a single night in stand
ing guard over the Rich Man's home.
Sickness and trouble were not al
lowed to interfere. Thoughts of the
- family, with whom he never gather
ed round the hearth, were put down
sternly. He was mighty thankful to
have the job.
And now Christmas was in the air.
Even rich folk were thinking of
something beside dinners and balls
and gay diversions.
"When is your night off?" asked
the banker, stopping beside Old Jack.
"Why, I never get a night off," re
plied the watchman, saluting.
"Do you mean to tell me you've
never had a respite since you've been
"Oh, I'm not kicking sir," the old
guardian informed the banker with
alacrity. "I need the job, and I'm
thankful to be working."
"Hum," ejaculated the Rich Man
and hurried away to his manager's
"I want you to hire another watch
man right away," he ordered, "to act
as relief for our regular night men.
Let him make the rounds so that
every watchman gets one night a
week to spend at home with his fam
ily. "In our own interests and' pleas
ures we've been forgetting these
faithful old souls. It's inhuman!"
Old Jack was given a two-weeks'
vacation on full pay at once.
"My family will be glad to get ac
quainted with me again," he said,
stammering his thanks. "I'm only
sorry the hundreds of other night
watchmen haven't employers "who
think of them occasionally as human
That gave the Rich Man another
And now he's proselyting among
his rich business associates, trying
to persuade them to do likewise.
DIARY OF FATHER TIME
I have often wondered why some
one does not revive the negro min
strel performances so popular about
70 years ago. I mean the refined and
almost classical performances as
those given by the world-famed
Christy Minstrels, not the buffonery,
ragtime and cracked voices of which
we have had enough and to spare, s
It was in 1842 in the city of Buf
falo that the first performance of
the Christy Minstrels was given and
proved such a success that imitations
sprang up all over the country, some
good, and some bad. One of the best
was known as the Congo Minstrels,
inaugurated by Charlie White in 1844
and two years later playing to crowd-,
ed houses in New York. We have no
one to compare nowadays to George
Harrington or George Christy, as he
was billed when he joined the Christy.
Minstrels. He speedily became the
favorite of the footlights arid his say
ings and doings filled the" newspapers
and the jest books of the world.
"Lucy Long" and the "Cachuca" as
rendered by him were masterpieces
and nightly convulsed overflowing
houses with laughter. .
Surely a revival of early minstrelsy