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The Best Gift of All
tain packages. This puled him, for
his mamma had told him there would
he no gifts this year and he did not
expect any except what Santa Clans
would bring. Bobby asked his moth
er if what she brought in was Intend
ed for Christmas, but she gave him
no satisfaction, though she took him
In her arms and gave him a bear huir
and a dozen kisses. She seemed as
happy as if sho expected Santa Claus
to bring everything she wanted for
The day before Christmas a mes
senger boy came with a telegram for
Mrs. Sawyer. She tore off the envel
ope and read It, and looked very hap
py, giving the messenger a half dol
lar. Bobby asked what the telegram
was about She told him it was about
a Christmas gift she and all the rest
of the family were to receive, and
when Bobby kept asking again and
again "What is it mamma?" she gave
him another bear hug and smothered
him with kisses.
Bobby had a sister, Edith, twelve
years old, and a brother Jim, ten. Both
of them were too old to sympathize
with Bobby in his faith in Santa Claus
bringing him the gift he had promised
him in his letter. Indeed they didn't
believe Santa Claus really wrote let
ters to children. Bobby tried his best
to get out of Edith or Jim what made
their mother so happy, but they would
not tell. Indeed they seemed almost
as happy as she. Having failed with
them Bobby tried Peter the postman.
Toter said he suspected Santa Claus
had something to do with the family
happiness, but he was not sure. So
poor Bobby was obliged to swallow his
curiosity and wait for Christmas morn
J l. A
'M GOING to write
Santa Clans a let
ter asking him to
bring me the
things for Christ
mas I want," said
that because papa
won't ever come
home any more
we can't have any
Christmas gift. I
don't see why, be-
cause papa was
lost at sea, Santa
Claus won't come as he used to. I
hear of children writing to Santa for
what they want arid I'm going to write
to him, too."
So Bobby sat down and wrote his
ietter. He spelled bugle, bugel, and
Christmas, Crismus, and some of the
-fc-ords were so bungled that the old
fellow must have had a hard time de
ciphering them; but uli the things
Bob wanted were named iii the letter
and he did not doubt for a moment
that Santa Claus would respond gen
erously. One morning shortly before Christ
mas, Peter the postman left a letter
at the door addressed to Boberfc Saw
yer. Peter who had long delivered the
letters of the Sawyer family would not
Bobby went to bed on Christmas eve
determined to resist the sandman and
keep his eyes open all night, so that
lie might get a glimpse of Santa Claus
and see what his remarkable gift was.
But the sandman soon began to drop
sand in Bobby's lids, and he was asleep
in ten minutes after his head struck
When Bobby awoke the sun was
quite high in the heavens. He heard
the word "Bobby !" shouted in his ears
and at the same time felt himself gent
ly shaken. He did not awaken by de
grees, but all at once. And there
standing before him and looking down
upon him, smiling, was his papa.
"Why, papa!" he exclaimed, "I
thought you were never going to come
home any more."
"Santa Claus told me that he was
to bring me home to my little boy for
a Christmas gift."
Bobby threw his arms around his fa
ther's neck and hugged and hugged,
and it seemed that he would never
ay tke C WjimcLr season bring
joys pi" 1 eace toibu; and. m the;
comma near mau there lie no
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part be iorgotten,anÖL the Jiugle;
call lead uou on to lover nnp. r
mho love you, and. watch over you.
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"Why, Papal" He Exclaimed.
let go. Mamma, and Edith and Jim
came in and so great was the excite
ment that Bobby forgot to look for
what .was in his stocking.
That was certainly the happiest
Christmas tho Sawyer family evec
spent or ever would spend. Bobby
was too young to have it all explained
to him, but when he Is older his mother
intends to tell him that 1 s father was
on a vessel that was torpedoed and
sunk. Mr. Sawyer was reported miss
ing, but he was picked up out of tho
water by an American cruiser and in
time managed to get home. xVfter word
came that he was saved tho letter was
written to Bobby by his sister as from
Santa Claus, and afterwards a tele
gram came saying that his father
would be home on Christmas morning
Wrote His Letter.
give It to anybody but Bobby, saying
that Santa Claus required him to give
any letters marked "from Kris .Krin
gle" to the child to whom it was ad
dreßsed and to no one else. Bobby
opened it and read:
"I have received your letter and will
bring you the finest Christmas present
you ever received in your life.
Bob of course was delighted with
this, and ho noticed that from the
time of its receipt everything about
tha house seemed to take on a certain
cheeriness. Bobby laid In wait for Pe
ter when he .came again and asked him
a lot of questions as to how and where
Santa Claus gave him the letter. Pe
ter said that he was not permitted to
tell children anything about Santa
Claus. They must hang up their stock
ings and wait for him to fill them.
This was three days before Christ
mas. Bobby who was very watchful
eteeted his mother smuggling In cer-
OBSERVING THE PROPRIETIES
The message, of Christmas is love.
Its emblem is radiant, thankful, con
tented childhood. Without love and
without children there could be no
real Christmas. The form might sur
vive but the substance would be lack
Unhappy must be the adult who can
not make himself a child again in
spirit at the Yuletide. For Christmas
is the universal children's dav. Men
and women are superfluous except as
tney make themselves partners with
those whom the day glorifies.
Let us, then, lay aside the affecta
tion and arrogance of manhood and
womanhood and be children again.
Let us adopt their point of view an4
put ourselves in their places In the
places of these sons and daughters of
ours and of the sons and daughters of
our neighbors. It was only a year or
two ago, as it seems, when we hung
our well-worn stockings in a row along
the mantel shelf, while our fathers
and mothers looked on with unfeigned
pleasure at the innocent confidence we
showed in what the morrow would
Even as yon and I. It all comes
back In a flood of memories. Life
was simpler then. Our desires were
less pretentious than those our chil
dren voice now. Modest remembrances
they were that bulged toe ,and heel of
the stockings mother knit.
Life and Its circumstances chance.
but the essence of Christmas never.
The same happy childhood, the same
restlessness, the same snail-like creep
ing of time as the holiday approaches.
The same parenthood, too the same
planning across the reading table after
the boys and girls are abed, the same
loving consideration of what this or
.that child most desires and how far
the family purse can properly be
stretched to permit some further pur
chase. Every home is assured a Christmas
if it has a great, warm heart nulsatino-
in tune with the hopes and joys of
A Christmas Wireless.
To you and yours a wireless
Along the Good-will line
It brings a Christmas greeting
With love from me and mine.
"Who was it said 'to him that hath
shall be given? "
"I don't remember, but I nrest,
It was some fellow who had o!hf-
or nine necktie holders and had lust
received four more or Christmas."
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There once was a doll on a Christmas
"Who signed to the angel that hung
"Oh. how I do wish they would Jcccp
A sweet little, neat little girl to love;
"A dear little mother to curl my locks.
To rock me to sleep, and to wake rac
To dress mc in cute little gowns arxf
And feed me with m3k from "her
A kind little mother, who'd never say
that anSI7' nor let me fal;
Who d always be ready to let me play
With bright little friends who should
come to call"
And, strange though the wonderful fact
That iktle wax dot's fittle wish came
They picked her right off the Christmar
And gave her, my dear little gH to youl
One story of the origin of the green
tree as the Christinas tree among the
people of northern Europe is given in
a legend of St. Winnifred. It is one
of the many thousands of those sim
ple and beautiful beliefs that have at
tached themselves to the midwinter
festival and which generally pass now
under the name of "Christmas mvths."
It is related that St. Winnifred, a great
Christian missionary, began cutting
down a "sacred" oak which had been
the object of worship by the northern
pagans whom he was seekincr to lead
aright. While he was hewing down the
huge tree it was blasted by a sudden
whirlwind. Close beside It was a
young fir tree, which was not harmed
either by the whirlwind or by the fall
of the giant oak. Then St. Winnifred
is reported to have spoken as follows
to the pagans:
"This little tree, a young child of
the forest, shall be your holy tree to
night. It is the wood of peace, for
your homes are built of it. It is the
sign of an endless life, for its leaves
are always green. See how it points
toward heaven I Let this bn mliori th
tree of the Christ Child. Gather about
it; not in the wild woods, but in your
homes; there it will shelter no deeds
of blood, but loving gifts and acts of
The fir tree, the common evergreen
of the northern regions, became the
holy tree of the converted pagans, and
in its honor or i
- v- w j vy jl. in
thoughts it stood for tlioy decorated it
with lights and gifts at Christmas.
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