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LOTS OF TINY TOTS WILL GET A
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
, Everybody wants a baby at Christ
mas. Sometimes they want tie baby
for "keeps" and sometimes- just to
have in the house at-X!hristmas time.
Miss Mary Vida Clark, acting supt.
of the State Charities Aid Society,
New York, says she wants someone
in the U. S. or Canada to furnish a
home for "Smiling Tom," a brown
haired, brown-eyed little fellow of 9
years. She says he has "beautiful
eyes," big as saucers and he is as
bright as they come. He is a full
Miss Clarke says most of the peo
ple who want "Christmas babies" ask
for little girls, with blue eyes and
curly hair. She declares little boys
are a drug on the market, especially
boys between six and ten.
At the Children's Aid Society in
Philadelphia, Edith, aged 2, was play
ing with a dolly when a financier and
his wife, denied children by nature,
called to find a cheery creature whom
Old White Whiskers could make
happy on Christmas.
The woman looked at little Edith,
then rushed over, clasped the child
to her breast, and cried over her. The
husband, said to be prominent in
Pennsylvania, promised to adopt the
child if his wife grows fond of her.
Edith was found on the steps of a
fashionable church two years ago,
and her parentage has never been
In Cleveland, the orphans' homes
do not allow families to take chil
dren away for the holidays only, but
the rush for little ones has been so-l
great that at two of the biggest in
stitutions there has not been a child
for adoption since the first of the
Zanesville, O. Mrs. Sarah Severs,
aged 106, Caldwell, received her most
sensational Christmas present today,
ier first ride on a railroad train.
Columbus, O. "Please, I am cold
dear Santa XHlaus, won't you bring
us some coal to keep us warm?" was
one of the appeals received by the
"Santa Claus" club. Ton of coal on
its way to the little girl.
New Haven, Conn. Santa Claus.
arrived two days ahead of time in
the home of Mrs. January Hart, and"
brought a pair of twins. Last year
he did not bring the twins until Janu
ary 19 and they lived only a few days.
Four babies in one year is a record
in this city.
LOOK OUT FOR THE "DIPS!"
There promises to be more people
in on the graft that is part of the '
municipal Christmas tree celebration
in Grant Park than just the street
car companies, the "L" roads and the
Illinois Central who have lent their
encouragement in fostering the idea
because of the nickels they will garner-in
from the crowd that is sure to
come from all parts of the city.
Word has passed around among
the fraternity of "dips" hat there
will be rich "pickings" In Grant Park
on Christmas eve, and the "light fin
gered gentry" have come here from
all over the West
A "free show" is the way Chicago
regards the municipal Christmas tree
and the program of entertainment,
but unless each individual exercises
more than unusual care, it may prove
a pretty expensive entertainment to
a lot of people.
NOT HER FAULT
An old man, always very polite to
ladies, was asserting one day that
he had never seen a really ugly wo
man. A lady with a flat nose, over
hearing him, said:
"Sir, look at me and confess that
I'm truly ugly."
"Madam," he replied, "like the rest
of your sex, you are an ahgel fallen
from the skies, but it was your mis
fortune, rather than your fault, that
you happened to alight on your
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