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THE ASSOCIATED
SANTA CLAUS
B CM RLt S KRHOKRIC GILLIAM
EIJ.o, Georce, what's the matter
wi'h you?" asked Will James.
v i utui .iiiiiijsiiu iejtiei iiiif
his office in one of the skyscrapers,
an' v-ir.k wearily into a ( hair.
I m char fagged out." was the
reply. ' In you know, this Christmas
busim s is something awful?"
"J.iines laughed. "Are you finding
that out for the first time?"
' No, hut It seems worse than usual
this time. It appears tha my folks
haw marly every little thing they
need, ami. when I find noun' particular
t h i i g thai strikes my fancy, it costs
ho much, hy the time I even up all
around. I can't affonl II "
"Wi 11. if misery loves company,
you've got plenty of it. We're all in
flu- same box. 1 confess !t strains mo
Joy Over a Cherished Toy.
So l La:
it laki all the plea-are away
from
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to ;
n t i
or f.
th'; pi vine,. because the ex
its really preatc.- than I inn af-
i'ai's it exactly. It wouldn't be
.J !f the gifts were restricted to
o family, hut some ivla'ive
cl ni'iKi-i suie of the family
a i-r-lit-nt aud It hah to be int-t in
kin.I. or wvh something a little bet
ter, in order to relieve ouv'o self of
ih. t.i'i:.v of obligation. If these
pr nts were all dictated by affec
tion, a fellow wouldn't object to mak
ing considerable sacrifices, but when
laigo proportion are merely for thai
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purpose of keeping even, it's a horse
of another color."
"Vcs. and our most expensive pres
ents go to those who are better fixed
financially than ourselves, and who
have the least need for them. Why,
Just last week one of my nieces, who
is in very modi-rate circumstances,
and of whom 1 think a cood deal, was
married, and wo sent her a piece of
plaled silverware that cost four dol
lars. At the same time we sent Miss
licForrcst for her wedding present a
i iit class dish that cost $13. and t-he'd
hardly recognize us if we met her on
the strict."
'lm Klad you told me that. Will.
I had a sort of a sneaking id u that
I wa.s abc.ut the MRsst fol in town
in that direction, but I (iiiess you
and your family and 1 and my family
and everybody else and his family
!:re all In the same boat. Hut what's
to be done? Can't make a declar
ation of independence? My wife and
I make resolves i very year, but wt
kcp stretchiiiK the limit a littie, nn
til by the time we get thrutiKh the
list we find we have sent more thar.
the preceding year."
'I'm with you on two thin'.1
tieore; that is. that we eeonoiiiizi
some on our expenditures, and that
what we do spend shall be in a way
to brini; most enjoyment to ourselves,
by Kivins the most enjoyment to oth
e:s. Lei's trive, what we uive out
side our own families, to those who
need it."
"I don't think I follow yivi exactly." i
'Will, trike niylf. for iustatne.
I am very f'uti:naie if I pet off with '
n l.ur.d.ed lo!'a:s. Mow mucli does i
.? cost you'.'"
I can't say definitely, but fully that
:!uth.I should jud'-,e."
"upt se. ilieu, we tak'- our families
:i.!o i he scheuie wi'li us and auree to
: pi. lei only $.",0 for ourselvi-s. Then
Wi- can speiid $.'" ach for a num
ber of wor.hy o'n fan:ilie. who
are ur.ab'.e to p;oi(ie for theniselveg,
oM of the ordinary, et too proud or
hi:ve luo unit Ii seifTespect to avail
themselves of the plllilie hniiliei on
tha. day. In that way we would be
J'.':. nhe;.d, and at the Jtime time be
alii - to linuiih 10 or 13 families with
a turkey and tl-p other necessaries
for a pmd Chiistmas dinner, and
some candies and toys for live chil
dren." "Good for you. Will, that suits me
down to the greund, and I know my
wife will be right In for UV
"I'm glad it strikes you so favor-
ably,
Geoice. Uut If H' a coo4
GVW by Underwood Unfcrwood.
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thin? for us two. why not push It
alonn a little? What's the matter
with getting four or five or a half
fln7on e.t lh,t nthui Vw-i v tt I n t A mat Ot
UUU1 (I A t IJ J 1 0 Ukl.Ul.WUf
"Xothing at all. There's Scott and!
Corwin and Wilton and Thompson
and Smith, all of 'cm good, whole
souled fellows, and all here in the
building. Suppose I 'phoned 'cm to
come up. and we'll talk the matter
over. They're all pretty well fixed,
too, and I believe will be glad to take
a hand."
"Just the thins. George. The soon
er we take hold and get It under way.
the better."
Accordingly an urgent message was
telephoned in a half jovial, half mys
terious way, to each one mentioned, to
come to James' office at once on Im
portant business. All responded
promptly, undecided as to whether It
meant a practical joke or business of
pressing importance.
Will called the meeting to order
in a very formal manner and request
ed George to state Its purpose.
Every one seemed to cuter Into the
spirit of the object of the meeting, as
well as into the half jovial, half
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formal, parliamentary manner In
which It was coudiictetd, and they
were soon discussing the various sug
gestions offered with the enthusiasm
and abundon of a lot of school boys.
While thero was no posing as phil
anthropists, thtro was a whole-souled
spirit of consideration shown for the
worthy unfortunate, that gavo them
a much deeper Insight into each oth
ers' characters and drew them Into
closer bonds of sympathy than would
a car of ordinary Intercourse.
It was found that after they had
alt pledged themselves to the fund in
accordance with tha rule laid down,
as to ability and i-ercentago of or
dinary expenditure, there would be
something over a hundred and fifty
dcllnrs available.
It being essential to the carrying
out of their plan thai their families
should lie Interested, a meeting was
called for a su!. sequent evening at
the reshlpnee "f Mr. Corwin, at which
all were r presented.
The ladies und other niembvs of
the famliii s entered Into l'"? ;.iove
merit with even more enthusiasm than
the orl';ii;itit s. tiefore the labor was
completed of Miihlug out the llHt of
those to he aided and the various
thii.gs to be contributed to each one,
s' e:al meeii;m were required. More
: iovnn ;it caii.e from these meetings,
f.siee over, than if the money ex
P"tided had b -n for gKia for them
reives. T!ie in rania' ion was kep! si eret
from 11, e public, but at the hoinhin-;
Hiij-'i'stion of Mr. Scott, djoptcd tho
mum-: "The Associuicd Santa Clans."
With each bucket, delivered late on
Christ mas eve, at th; door of various
homi s. was an envi lope addressed to
the recipient, containing a postal di
rected to "The Assocntcd Santa
Clans." Itox CIO. City; requesting that
the receipt of the bask t be acknowl
edged, so that. It might be known
that it had not pone astray.
It Is not the province of this story
to Ii II of the joy of ihe little children
ia these. UO or 10 homes, over the re
ie!pt of some cherished toy and the
ever welcome candy and nuts, or of
the heart felt gratitude of the parents.
that, for that one day of all others,!
their families had bei n permitted to j
partake of the comfort and luxury of !
a well filled table.
At the final meeting of the year,
held the night after Christmas, at
which the acknowledgments were
read to the association, more than one
woman's eyes were brimming with
tears, and morn than one man had
a lump in his throat that was difficult
to swallow, as he listened to the
burning words of gratitude, for the
joy that had been brought to their
homes. Some were expressed In un-
nnnlh a-wl ennia In Ilia ninO riflnml !
language, but all bore the impress of
sincerity.
There was not a dissenting voice,
when Mr. Wilson presented the fol
lowing resolution:
Resolved, That the Christmas just
passed has been the happiest one of
our lives, and that we continue, as a
permanent organization. "The Asso
ciated Santa Claus." Ohio Magazine.
Christmas Superstitions.
Jhere are many Christmas supersti
tions long held as articles of faith
that are to be recalled, says Country
Life. How that oxen kneel In their
stalls at midnight on Christmas eve,
in adoration of the Nativity, and for
one hour have the power of speech
for that one hour, ton. the lost spirits
have rest. Judas sleeps. Herod ceases
to clank his chains, the daughter of
Herodias may pause in the dance, in
which she is condemned to spin for
ever, and Filate's ghost ceases its
wanderings on Mount Pilatus. It was
believed, too, that the sound of church
bells could be heard wherever a
church had stood, though no trace re
mained, and that, on that pregnant
night, one sleeping in a manger would
sec his future in a vision.
mas
g? BDmess
i ,i't;f -a:
JfW If
Perhaps at no time in the past has
there been greater diversity In styles
and In materials worn at various func
tions. Skirts are trailing, of the short
walking length, or just escape the
floor; they are empire, princess, glove
or loosely fitting princess, with no
suggestion of the empire, or they show
the Louis coats with trailing skirts,
or elaborate coats and skirts, or the
severest of the tailored variety of the
latter combination.
Velvet is especially smart In gowns
and In coats, whether tight or loose.
Hats as a rule are prettier than
ever, but some extraordinary effects
are seen.
Although fur is nc'V so much used
as a trimming for evening gowns and
evening mantles, I am of the opin
ion that the latter garments are most
effective and distinguished when made
on very simple lines and left prac
tically untrlmmed. Of course, every
thing depends on the dress with which
the mantle Is to be worn; If that be
exceedingly elaborate the mantle or
wrap can afford to be simple, and vice
versa. Now that our evening cloaks
are always made to accompany some
special gown we find them in many
different materials and styles. Per
haps the graceful burnous is about the
most satisfactory and becoming shape.
The burnous wrap looks best when
made of soft cashmere and lined with
liberty satin or of supple satin, and
lined with a heavy make of crepe de
chine. Beautiful embroideries are ar
ranged on the fronts and hoods of the
cloaks of this genre.
The reign of the three-quarter
length tailor-made coat has com
menced brilliantly, and now this de
lightful garment is almost unbi
qultous. And all the best of the new
tailor-made coats show rounded fronts.
In many cases the back Is longer
than tho front; the sleeves reach al
most to the elbow and are semi-Japanese
in outline.
The white shirt waist can well be
eschewed for the time being and a
shirt of crepe de chine to match the
cloth coat and skirt costume substi
tuted instead. A dark blue serge skirt
and coat would be most effectively
completed with a dark blue crepo de
chine shirt, made with broad tucks
and spotted with white cotton. White
frills at the wrists and down tho cen
ter of the front, and outlining the collar-band,
will, if made of very nar
row and finely hemstitched lawn, give
the finishing touch Justly recognized
ns distinguishing between the blouse
of yesterday and that of to-day.
Perhaps the height of magnificence
In dress Is reached In the evening
gowns. Embroidery appears on every
frock, be it Greek or Louis XVI. There
Is a great craze for what Is known
as Egyptian embroidery copies of
old Egyptian conventional designs.
The Greek keynote pattern is always
effective in rich fabrics.
I should say most of the evening
dresses have sleeves, and although it
has been observed thst there is very
little bodice worn in Paris just now,
there is a good bit of drapery In the
sleeve. The bodice is cut very low
back and front, for -the most part
s(uar-. and filled In with pieces of
heavy embroidery, lace and tulle, and
the sleeve, as 1 have said, is a mass
of drapery, often covering the elbow
but leaving the arm bare at tlu top
or veiled with a transparency. This
draped sleeve Is a pretty fashion,
though crhaps r.ot strictly classical.
Tho two frocks Illustrated In our
j large picture arc simple but elegant in
I design. The first has a distinct Louis
XV. flavor. It is made In apricot yel
low satin shot with pink, while the
draped fichu and center panel be
neath are of gold filet lace, embroid
ered in raised chenille with groups
of autumn-tinted leaveB.
The bodice points down the center
In the front, and is cut short on the
hips, and the little under-sleeves,
which the drawing scarcely shows, are
of very fine net.
Dedicated to the use of the young
girl is figure No. 2, and it is made of
white satin with little pleatings of
tulle peeping beneath broad bands of
Charming Afternoon Frock.
satin, which are held together hy
8t rings of pearls, the skirt trimmed
with the same decoration. The
whole Idea Is expressive of youth, sini-.
pllcity, and perhaps Just a little in
dicative of an expensive tnste. Not
that, when I come to think of it, tho
purchase of a satin evening dress
should be termed expensive, for ex
penses to-day lie as much In the mak
ing as In the material, and undoubt
edly it may be granted that a satin
dress will outlive two chiffon dresses.
And chiffon nowadays insists upon
embroidery as well as a lining of chif
fon, while net, which Is considered a
privilege for the thrifty, win call
aloud for a decoration of ribbons, and
again demands a lining of chiffon and
and underlining of soft satin, so, to bo
really just, the diaphanuus gown, al
though it assumes the virtue of ecun
omj, hao it not. We may, though, ex
cept from tho rulo the frock of niii
on, which cau be made extremely atr
tractive on a slight figuie when it is
trimmed with large tucks, or ribbons,
and allowed to display some dainty
chemisette of tull or lace threaded
with rlbbous.

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