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MAKING TOYS FOR KIDDIES, OLD MEN, STAVE
OFF POOR FARM AND END DAYS AMID
CHILDISH SPATS (
The Old Men of the Toy Shop Making Animal Toys for Children.
BY B. J. O'DONNELL
New York, Xiec. 19. Come with
me for a Christmas visit to the Old
Men's Toy Shop down on Mott street
and 111 show you the close relation
ship that exists between the First,!
and i Seventh age of Man.!
Here, in an oldNbuilding where the
children of the lower east side once
were instructed in the three R's,
more than 40 men past the prescribed
three score years and ten are mak
ing Christmas toys so they won't
Have to go to the por farm.
. The Old Men's Toy Shop is a port
..i which rtiany human vessels, bat
tered and torn on life's voyage, are
seeking refuge from bitter winter
winds. Here the world's oddest
Christmas toys are being made.
The old men of the toy shop are
a Btrange crowd. Too old to do a
man's work, too proud to solicit char
ity, ambitious unto the end, they
come to pasB the evening of their
lives making playthings for children.
They earn 60 cents a day.
There's "The Captain," whd for 40
years piloted ships from the seven
seas into the New York harbor. The
taptaih is 75 now.
Next to- him sits "Brownie," who
boasts of a romantic past before the
footlights. Of course, he will tell you,
he was not a star, but well he re
members the days and nights when
he was one of the jury in "The Le
gend, of . Leonora," when Maude
.Adams-played the lead.
"I shook hands with Miss Adams
one night!" Brownie will tell you,
proudly, as he paints sppts on the
wooden leopards that are passed to
him by "The Professor."
"The Professor" is a book worm.
And because he- is and always has
been a book-worm, the professor is
one of the old men of the toy shop.
When he was younger and able to do
a full day's work in the little book