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The San Francisco Call and Post
F. W. KELLOGG, President and Publisher
JOHN D. SPRECKELS, Vice President and Treasurer
The Joy Which Elders Find
It Is More Exciting to Receive—But More Blessed to Give—
Do You Prefer Excitement to Blessedness?
Christmas day is the feast of receiving.
Christmas eve is the feast of giving.
We need not reiterate the proverb. Neither need we reiterate
the fact that it does not apply particularly to children; they can
not realize the blessedness of giving as transcending the pleasure
of receiving. Some adults can not, either. That is their misfortune.
On the face of the thing, of course, it would seem much more
blessed to receive than to give. There are some, who, fortunately,
and happily, know that it is not so; it is one of nature's paradoxes,
which is homely and not clever. It is more exciting to receive than
to give—that is all. Many, many persons prefer excitement to
blessedness. That is their privilege.
But the pleasure that grownup folk find in Christmas, the joy
which parents and grandparents, uncles and aunts find in Christ
mas, is concentrated on Christmas eve, when they sit about
a great table in the center of the room where the tree is budding
and naturing its fruits. They wrap up mysterious packages, they
talk in whispers, lest the children upstairs may hear and anticipate
the surprise that is coming on the morrow. They smuggle queer
bundles under the ample foliage: they surreptitiously display gifts
for one another; they eat countless pearls of popcorn and casual
nuts and bits of candy.
There the weeks of planning and purchasing and making
comes to a fruition—as fruit of the Christmas tree.
But not the climax of pleasure for the elders.
That comes on Christmas morning (or whenever the family
tradition marks the schedule) when the tree is lighted or the stock
ings are found, and the children feel the excitement of receiving—
and the elders feel the blessedness of giving!
"How Do You Want Your Wife
The Fashion Editor Wants to Know. It Is a Complicated
A gentleman named Haskell edits a newspaper that tells
women how to dress and shows them all the foolish fashions.
Sometimes, presumably, he has remorse, like the gentleman who
manages the bull ring in Madrid.
Now he sends a question, saying, "hundreds of our most
prominent men" have answered it.
The question is: "HOW DO YOU want your wife to
dress?" says that editor.
We will try to answer the question, "How do you want your
wife to dress?" in a general way, as becomes the editor of a news
paper read by several millions of woman-fearing men.
We should like to see women, little girls, young women, mar
ried women of all ages and old maids dress about as follows:
They ought to wear sensible shoes of two kinds. For wear in
doors, soft felt soles that would make no noise and give the wearer
a chance to develop the muscles of the feet and especially of the
toes. With the felt soles could be combined a supporting arch to
prevent the breaking down of the arch of the foot—in cases of in
For use out of doors we would have a broad shoe, with a thick
sole, to protect the feet in walking over rough ground. We wish
that somebody would invent a very thick sole made of cork that
would be light, with an outside covering of steel or some very solid
protecting surface. We would have these walking shoes laced
above the ankle, but not too tightly.
EVERYTHING THAT AN AMERICAN WOMAN
WEARS OUGHT TO BE MADE IN AMERICA.
It should not be necessary to say that.
If a prosperous woman had a poor sister who was a dress
maker she would be ashamed to refuse her sister a chance to make
a living as a dressmaker.
The rich American woman has thousands of poor sisters who
are dressmakers, and she ought to be ashamed to take the work
away from those sisters and give it to women abroad—simply be
cause those women abroad have the knack of making her look a lit
tle more disreputable than she can be made to look at home.
Our ideal picture of an American woman is a woman with
strong, stout shoes, good, sensible socks, light, flimsy underwear
in summer, heavy, substantial underwear from the shoulders to the
ankles in winter. Knickerbockers, light or heavy, in all seasons, a
short skirt coming down to her ankles, a sensible jacket that could
button up tight around the throat in wind and rain, a shirtwaist
preferably of flannel in the day time, and silk or lace in the even
ing, under the jacket.
We don't believe in low neck dresses of any kind—they are
foolish. But for those who must devote time and thought to orna
mentation there might be worn in the evening something a little
more fanciful than what we have described.
If we had our way we should stop all nonsense in the way of
hats. We would persuade women to wear bonnets coming down
over their ears and over the back of the neck to keep away the
draughts in cold weather.
And in warm weather we should order the old-fashioned hat
with a broad brim to keep off the sun. The old-fashioned leghorn
hat with a broad ribbon under the chin is good.
However, it may be that hats and fancy foolishness have a
psychological effect that develops the mind of woman, and while
we are willing to theorize we should not as DICTATOR pass abso
lute laws preventing woman from doing things that seem to us
We can tell women this:
A healthy woman with bright, clear eyes, a good complexion,
straight shoulders, a wide, high forehead with the hair drawn back,'
a very simple hat, good, big shoes and feet, a plain blue skirt and a
blue jacket, is a much more pleasing thing to a man worth while
than a poor creature with a hat on one side, high heels, a skirt slit
up the side with two or three hoops over it, a rope around her
knees, an imitation of a pagoda around her hips and the general
look of a poor, distracted creature trying to be anything on earth
The ideal woman is the healthy woman, dressed about as we
have suggested, with a good forehead, a good complexion, a clear
eye, a reasonable contempt for man and his weaknesses
with willingness to give him a chance.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL AND POST
"ADESTE FIDELES," THE CHRISTMAS HYMN TO
BE SUNG TONIGHT AT LOTTA'S FOUNTAIN
"Mother, please darn my longest stocking!"
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All aboard for the big shout tomorrow morning: MERRY CTIRIST
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President Wilson will not take his private secretary with him on his
vacation. He doesn't intend to have a Tumulty-ous holiday
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The little boy who wanted Santa Claus guarded from thugs need
have no fear. There are no thugs where Santa Claus is found
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What is a supreme court decision? An opportunity for a lot of new
lawsuits. What is a lawsuit? An opportunity for a new supreme court
Was it a cloud that burst or only your bankbook that collapsed?
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A British aviator was killed in an automobile accident. He should
have stayed in his element.
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Isn't it curious that all these coal mistakes should benefit the com
pany and not the consumer?
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Little Tommy writes: "Dear Santa Claus, bring me three drumsticks
two for my drum and one for my mouth."
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Sixteen peers want to join the Antarctic expedition being formed in
England. Of course, in the Antarctic there t* no land tax and no
DECEMBER 24, 1913
AIRMEN'S RECENT FEATS
Garros' Crossing of the Mediterranean and Pegoud's
Somersaults in the Air Prove That No Man Can Set
Bounds, Says Garrett P. Serviss, to What His Fel
lowmen May Do
GARRETT P. SERVISS
TWO feats of aviation re
cently achieved in Europe
are worthy of special atten
tion. On September 23 Garros,
one of the most successful of
France's "airmen," started from
Frejus at 5:50 o'clock in the
morning and at 1:45 o'clock in
afternoon of the same day landed
at Biserta, on the coast of
Africa, having traversed the
Mediterranean sea at its widest
place, without stopping, in five
minutes less than eight hours.
The distance traveled was about
496 miles, and the average speed
about 62 miles per hour.
This will be a great source of
encouragement for those who
believe that an aeroplane can
fly across the Atlantic ocean—a
feat that will undoubtedly be
accomplished before many years
have passed. It is only about a
dozen years ago that Lord Kel
vin, the foremost authority in
science in his day, declared em
phatically that human flight by
mechanical means was impossi
ble —and now a man flies, with
double the speed of the swiftest
steamship, across the Mediter
ranean! It is dangerous for any
man's reputation, no matter
what his abilities or his acquire
ments may be. to attempt to fix
bounds to what his fellowmen
Man's Imagination Leads
Him Always Into New
The imagination is man's
greatest faculty, for it alone
leads him into new fields and
stimulates his inventiveness.
The other recent feat to which
I have referred was accomplish
ed by the aviator Pegoud at
the aerodrome of Buc on Sep
tember 21. With a Bleriot
monoplane and a Gnome motor
of 50 horsepower he rose to a
height of about 2,500 feet, and
then caused his machine to
make a complete somersault in
the air, after which it quietly re
sumed its course. The daring
adventurer was fastened by
straps in his seat.
Next he repeated a feat which
he had already performed on
September 2 by describing a
vertical letter S in the air, flying
a part of the time head down
ward. Finally he turned the
machine into a vertical position,
tail uppermost, and made it de
scribe a ring in the air, bring
ing it back again into a normal
These things may, at first
sight, appear to be mere dare
devil feats, without any useful
purpose, but they are not such.
A definite aim guides all these
thrilling experiments, which are
intended not only to develop
the powers and possibilities of
the aeroplane, but to enable the
aviator to acquire control over
his machine under the most ad
THE CITY HORSES
WILLIAM F. KIRK
PATIENT, plodding, bravely toiling,
Slipping on the icy grade
Where the devil's pot is boiling
In the city that he made;
Straining at the thoughtless urging
Of grim men as dumb as they,
Where the traffic's tide is surging,
See them on their weary way.
Sick and sore, but uncomplaining
At their humble, dreary lot;
Wet and cold when it is raining,
Dizzy when the sun is hot;
Over pavements hard and endless
See the city horses go.
Till removed, all still and friendless,
To the graves they welcome so.
PUTTY: He Makes a Find
Copyright. 1013. International News Service.
verse circumstances. Man must
be as free as the birds in the
air before he can become the
master of the new method of
locomotion which he has so re
cently learned. A bird is not
seriously discomposed by a sud
den wind or brought to the
ground by a "hole in the air, - '
and the aeroplane of the future
must not be.
The Aeroplanist Is a Fish
Rather Than a
One great difference between
the navigation of the water and
that of the air must never be
lost sight of —in the first case ,
the navigator travels on the sur
face of the element that bears
him; in the second, he travels
through and in the midst of that
element. The aeroplanist is
rather a fish than a sailor. But
his machine has no buoyant
bladder, like a balloon or fish,
and must depend upon its mo
tion to support it. Possibly if
Sir William Ramsay's reported
discovery of a gas 16 times
lighter'than hydrogen proves to
be a Teality, aeroplanes may
hereafter be furnished with sup
porting bladders, which will not
be too cumbrous for use, like
the gas bags of today, but, in
the meantime, the machine mast
be developed along its original
lines, which exclude any sup
port except that furnished by
the reaction of its planes on the
Therefore, to turn a somer
sault with an aeroplane and to
make it describe vertical curves
and circles in the air is not an
idle amusement for those who
like to risk their lives in hare
brained adventure, but a very
practical method of developing
the art of aerial navigation. The
"air man," unlike the mariner,
is not a navigator in two dimen
sions only, but in three. He has
to deal with cubical space and
his evolutions are performed up
and down as well as to right
He Has to Make the Sur
face in the Air He
He finds no surface in the
air to glide upon except as he
makes it for himself, and his
voyages are made at continually
changing levels. The air is all
around him and its currents
may assail him from any direc
tion; accordingly, he must ren
der himself familiar with all
their vagaries and be prepared
to take advantage of every
peculiarity that they may pre
sent. The man who loses his
life in advancing our knowl
edge of the ways of the air is a
martyr to as worthy a cause as
was ever offered to the spirit