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a cloudy day! It's because I make
my own sunshine. Everybody else
can do the same!
Prom this "mattress grave" his
bed which he has not left in 20-
years, Charles Noel Douglas, called
"Uncle Charlie," poet, playwright,
song writer and purveyor of sun
shine, sent this message broadcast
today, the shortest day or the year,
and consequently the gloomiest day
of the year because the sun shines
This remarkable man never sees
the bright lights or gayety of Broad
way, but .has written such song hits
,as "The Cozy Corner Girl" and "I'm
Not That Kind of a Girl," written 700
other song lyrics and edited a sun
shine page in a- magazine for 13
, "I'm always cheerful because I
figure I ought to have been dead for
20 years," he says. "I was stricken
with an obscure nervous disease and
they told me 4 was an incurable crip
ple. My first thought was to beat the
"I had been an actor. I knew
what the public wanted. I borrowed
pencil and paper -and between
twitches of jpain wrote a song. I sold
it for $20.
"Prom that day I realized there
was something in the world for me
to do and I've been doing it-
"1 find joy in creating ' stories,
songs and verses that bring sunshine
into' the lives of others.
"I surround myself with beautiful
things. Just look at 'Billy, the goat,'
I turned expecting to see a beauti
"Uncle Charlie" laughed.
"That's the name I've given Miss
Weber, my housekeeper," he said.
He calls his nurse and secretary,
Miss Nellie Rutherford, "Maria" and
has used them in many of his
In connection with his magazine
work. "Uncle Charlie" has or?aniz6d
a league of young folk, every one 1
pledged to do1 "sunshine work."
Through this league, he has bright
ened the lives of thousands of poor,
At 50, still a helpless, hopeless in
valid, Douglas has won success and
brightened the lives of thousands of
shut-ins. The magazine in which he
edits a page reaches 2.000.0Q0 per
sons each month.
And this man has not enjoyed a
painless day or night in 20 years!
PHILOSOPHER OF CHEER FOR
Says "Uricle Charlie" Douglas:
"My greatest happiness is in mak
ing somebody else happy and preach
ing the doctrine of constructive dis
content. I know' what ails human
ity. I have the remedy and am ap
"I don't tell people not to worry; I
tell them to remove the cause of
worry by making themselves eco
nomically independent by hard
"My god is the god of love and he
works overtime every day in the
"Sickness can fetter the body, but
not the mind or soul."
STYLES FOR THE NEW YEAR
By Betty Brow.n
Your Christmas hat will be rather
small and very trim,' and it -will be
satin, surelyr The small tailored hat
in taupe or wisteria, yellow or black,
is the inilliners Christmas gift to us.
A wide-brimmed, low-crowned hat
of taupe malinerbrim stiffened with
delicate ribs of gold and crown
trimmed with tiny roses of gold and
pink ribbdh, is a lovely hat for mat
inee or other afternoon events.
Skirts are gradually losing width.
The skirts we will wear in the sorine'
will be mere tubes, fashion prophets'
The -alluring little "eye veil" is no''
longer a fad, but a respectable fash-'
ion. Stitched to the under' brim of
the hat, it falls Just below the eye. 1