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THE SUN, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1914.
r' j SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS IS SHOWN IN MANY ACTIVITIES THOUSAND IN BREAD LINE GET TOBACCO Simla Pressed s Onlijimy New Yorker Provides Smokes. rec VISITOR AIDS 01,1) WOMAN From some place nmong the Icebergs nnd tlio snowdrifts, or mavhe It im Hi,- West Slilc, Santa Claus. dlsguis-d s an ordlnnry New Yorker, came to Tiik Sfs'K frco lirc.id depot yestetdny anil veiy much astonished Tom Merry uml Pu'k Hrlght with the single woril, "To bneco!" "Yes, sir," said Merry. beaming lit tlie iil'.i, "but )(u don't mean to say, sir, th.v's otir name." Iia, lint" chuckled thU particular Mr Clans, "bless out heart, no: though It might as well be for all you're going to flml out about It." And Tob.uco went off Into nnolhtr ripple of inerrltnent. "Rut you sec." Merry went on, rlk Inr another guess, "It's lueatl we give mvay here, not tobacco." "Well, my man. Just to show ou how much j on know about It, therms going to ie tobacco Riven a way to-day anil lots of It, too." With that tho ordinary New Aorker opined the door and ushered 'n tno nun, each with his arms full of piihiigcj. At the spectacle Merry and Hrlght both diposesed a long whlMlc of astonish metit Hut the ordinary Now Yorker, who was In his usual hurry, had no time for nstotitshnK-nt. nnd seizing, one. of the packages and bidding his two men to do likewise, he started out of the door with M much rapidity as he had come In. Thoiisnnil WiiIIIiik la I.I nr. It was a little before 2 o'clock and there I a line of nearly l.uon hungry in r ons. each mantled and cowled with new- fallen snow. The ordinary New Yorker wrilKeil out a package of tobacco, a book ef cigarette papers and a box of matches, and. handing them to the flrtt man tit life said, "for the first six of ou." Purpie fingers were drawn from emptv roikitd. the men danced n sort of chil blain step, not yet Introduced on llroad way. in accompaniment to the twirling nun. clR.irettes were rolled; pipes were filled, quids weie stowed uwav beuc.ith huncry toiiRiifs, and In ten minutes ;nn men weie puffing out smoke. In as modi more time Ion other men hail Joined them in aicrry (.nristmns .smoker, and Lx tr Place, n blind alley where the line Is formed, looked very much as If It needed the immediate attention of Chief Kcnlon. As the last package of tobacco was handed out somebody'" natch announced thsl - p'clcch hat! arrived. The risers ( the bread doiot were thrown open and the creat throiiK of smoking. chewliiR. v.vtrlng mid starvltiR men began to mark time and slowly to press forward toward the loaves for which many of them had been waiting an hour. "Wouldn't have believed It." said nn f'ther caller who came In soon. "This is really terrible, sir. And the way they tat It like starved wolves." TrIU of Needs Mother, "Now you're right," said Merry. In emulating tills gentleman with his smile as Is his custom. "I wish more of 'em like )ou would come and see for them telves. It's grub these, bojs need, (irub. er how are they to keep strength In their bodies to go on looking for work or performing that work when they do Ret It? Just a moment, excuse me." As he spoke Merry stepped over to the line nnd drew a sickly-looking woman mlrfe to the radiator. She wan hatless except for a heavy layer of melting snow ) ,ier Iron-gray hair. "Stand here by the radiator a moment, mother," he said, "and thaw home of that f'CM out of yourself." "Hut it ain't for myself that I'm coin ing, if j on please. It's for a poor woman In the ame house. She's nctuilly starv ing sir," ' What s her address?" asked Merry. 'Its Second avenue. IAS. mIiv 'aim ). f,... .,,,, .I,!.. , v , ii .ii tuner t irguua nnu hem ner la i u ; lo T e s . (r ,U hei; ",u";kiio- how Haby Virginia would spend her Jr, elr or"-T-l out of workt Christmas? Iv. nt uiumita, .iir. ijikoh ner , Jiame Thank ou. thank ou." This. ..TiIP s virulnlH last as Merry slipped a couple of loaves irKliilit. under the wnman'H arm and told her to I ''" Is w hy a reporter was sent j ester ra!' agam to-day. 'day to the home of nr. Philip K. o'llan- "Now." t..ild the man who hud found I lo"-1,1 121 West1 Ninety-fifth street. The f!i sight of mi many destitute persons L'N'H Virginia, now Mrs. IMwIn Malcolm terrible, "do sou haie many like that?" I'ougbs, Is stnjlug there because Mr. "VeV rsiondeil Merry, "nulto a nutn-1 Douglas's business takes Jilm from New t M.ine ,,f them we can Investigate, ' Vo1 , freguently and keeps him away from but ni'ist of them we can't. Hut there's' tllr ''"' f"r ,on,! l'rr'ds and the home In r'eutt ir. us you see, who proiiounri. t)ra"R('1 w'ul'l be too lonesome for t.iemsees honest through their faces. t1"' wlfe rl"111' " ow, thtn, lool; at this old woman." There couldn't have been a finer sort of I day for the sort of rail. I'pper llrondway Helped lo Her Home. ! a"d ,,l ',ln "tfeets were ciowded with folk who" had the Christmas spirit, who As lie tpokc a ery old and decrepit smiled for the plea sum of smiling, who om.tti, leaning on a stick ns she walked, stopped suddenly for hand grips or tossed ei ruthtr Muitllcd, crept into the place, a "Merry Christina !" to an utter stranger. 1 'her the eold or tile pain which racked i Mother lloose was shaking out her feather tier ,otv, for It was very evident that I bed. or perhaps, as the man who knew It allied her great agony to walk, hail; most about such things said, the ludy brought tears lo her ejes. She took the j angels were moulting. Just ahead In West jeif tuat was handed to her nnd letting Ninety-fifth street was a trim little woman It fsll Into a hag said, "Thank you and ' in short walking skirt and stout boots w ho lion Mem you!" tint as Hiie turned to, gi she was quite overcome for a moment could not summon strength to move. t ne man who had been speaking to lrm stepped ipilckly forward and tak lnr her ,, m helped her out to the street l"'l to lier home two blocks away. relations received vesterdav fur the p'i eh.ise of more free bread from read-' eis .1'iiiiiiiiteil to SHO, 02, They follow J'orntiiv spencer Itrottti, lo; Sirs. Dcx-I Hr Ijliott. S5; H. U .M . V' ; Friend, 1 i . l It W. tin; W J Henderson, $3:! flsrdrer Coruett, J2.1; D. (), D 2S : fir e M 11, firnlinm. J10: II. F. llen ji n n MO. Wall Street, $10; C C. S., s 11 it, w 10. si. s.. ; .1. 11. 1' H32. a friend, $2; II. 1. (loodrlch, J.'n. Chemist, J2; Slontclalr, t" ; '1'i t N. Drown, $2; tichn!dlos Shlc It !l All) CHK ICRS MRS. CLARK. Ininm Mother In Helped by .lu mber "iiiii" Mender. T ngs looked brighter last night for Ms 1 iiherlne, Clark, the young mother v '1 o hables, who had eviction from her " n The Hronx as the only thing to 'nnl fonv.ird to for Christmas eve 11 fe ri . j. fi -rr ' r inothrr vvns able to make room .11 1 1 s 7 Amsterdam avenue, One 'nil already uent through Tiik small hum of money that put tile pa of tolor Into Sirs. Clark's Christ Th.it happened Wednesday, and lav tame i( f," hill suit lo Tiik Spn M C W which niadn Sirs. Clark I' ill nost losp. K'Y FOR SCHMHllWLS. Tilfls nt Hone), To j unit I'ooil Pour In on l'n mil). is lsi if Mlinnidels, who-e search a Claus led them to wilte lo Mit-iiel, iih printed lu Tun Spn . 11 111 happy, l.'d win d has his Paul has a train of cars and a ige .Inkcy has a cowboy and And four-j ear-old Murpiret, le it y rl le r Is There a Santa Claus? Tells Her Own Virginia Kditorial That Renewed Lit 4le Girl's Faith Hiiiis on Itoby's Christinas Tree. MKS. DOUGLAS TKLLS OK II Kit FA310US LKTTKH t.ninn Virginia O'llanlon Douglas, whoso tiny shoulders arc- not yet strong enough to bear (ho weight of even one year, but who has nevertheless come plumply anil happily to the Impressive (anil not to be sneezed at) age of nine months nnd four days, pressed her little dab of a nose to .1 window pane In her grandfather's house at 121 West Ninety. Ilfth street esl?rdny afternoon ami trilled the name of a very particular mutual friend of her mother Virginia' ami of Tim Sc.v's. Santa Onus. If one must render phonetically the words that bubbled from Laura, Vir ginia O'llanlon Douglas's roebud lips oini must tet them down as '(Tan-taw," but Mother Vlrslnla, knowing what a Christmas miracle was there, thrilled with understandlnR, and this reporter calls Tltanla to witness that he too com. prehcndcil perfectly, nnd that not a single, shadowy. Huffy little doubt must be entertained by anybody who reads this story. You must realize, first of all, that l.aura Virginia had never before deigned to clothe her wonderful thought in the language of grownups. AlVii)H before an excellent sort of dumb discourse, had been sutllclenl for l.aura Ire nla's conversational needs. Hit favorite doll. Mollyiinna Mary (whn.e l.f". iL is to be f cured, has Iwen pretty strenuous, a :ries of tips nnd downs und hard bumps), never was at u lots to catch her meaning, nnd the same nw true of nil the rest of the O'llanloiw. Hut yesterday, with all the things around her that Santa Claus had left, with the house fairly plowing with Christmas splr't, with n very happy mother at lv r fldj. Uiur.i Virginia tai.kkd: I'nllli In tintitn ( Inns. Of nil the things she might have said the words she really spoke were the nicest, the most appropriate. Tor Lama Viiglnla Is the daughter of the little girl who was troubled many years ago by the doubt that perhaps Santa Claus didn't exist and who wrote to Tin: Sun about It and whose heart sang with Joy when Tun Sl'.n pub linked an editorial for her and all doubt ers, big and small, and made It plain thnt in all the world there was nothing so real and abiding as Santa Claus. That was before Christmas In lS'.i;, when Mother Virginia was S years old. A good many Christ mases have come nnd gone since then, nnd Virginia O'llanlon will bo 2! on her next birthday, but the most Im portant thing In the world to her, except for her marriage and her baby, has been Her faith in the realness of Santa Claus. The first Virginia will be a true believer long after the second Virginia grows up and marries and has habits. TltK Sl'N has never uulte lost sight of Virginia Newspaper are kept pretty busy telling the world the things that should or should not be done and in win nowing the doings of the great and of the Hvll One, but It is impossible to forget the sort of little girl who wrote so sincerely and trustfully as Vltglnln did. Tub Sun knew when she left school, knew when she was married, knew when l.aura Virginia first opened her blue eyes, and remembered jcstciday that Laura Virginia was on the eve of her first Christmas. Truly could nnytlilng be more Impottant than to learn If Mother Virginia had kept her faith; to made pare briskly and wlioe arms were filled with parcels tied with red ribbon She turned in at the door of III, and when tho leporter rang the bell a minute or two later she answered it herself. "I am Mrs. Douglas," she said. "Are you still Tub Si'N'h Vligmla?" aiiked the rcorter. The lady stared for a breath, then ' laughed gayly. 1 "Indeed I am !" the said. "Hut tlirrr'n a far more Important Virginia In this house than I. Don't von warn (n Inter. I view her" Certainly ou do, IIxciisd me tor one minwe. ' In that minute or so It was very ease to eee that here was a house where . Istmns win kept In proper spirit. Thtero were wreaths of holly In the win- dows, There weie wiea'ths of holly In . the 1 lit 1 1 and drawiiu room. Piled on eihalrs and tables wero fascinating little 1 heaps or nertniioneii parcels, and a faint, I odor of balsam revealed tlie Keeret that a uiiriHtmas treo was somewhere In hid- Ing. , Tlie door opened and Mother Virginia appeared carrying l.auia Virginia. Now there, arc bomu people who maintain that whose curly hair and shining face mndo her a delight to tlie eye. was '"landing a new dolly on 'er head," or holding It prldofully nt nrin's length by one leg, .Mamma Sclime uel alternately bei.ined cm them till and wiped her ejes, for " , x'"K!i""a.. , ever had, I'eisons who tend Tiik Scn'h story sent money to tho .Mayor's olllco uiitll his secretary, I heodnre Itoussoaii, ; tnteateiieu io navo ino city aiimimstrn-. ! ." "a'',.w,", "' "', ""lis ever lacking iignln she will see that Scliineldel s mid played Santa Claus. In i,n uttto SchmelilelH have something toent nil be scut nr. thorn by messenger nnd 1 besides luvail, And thorn weto others Jin ili.it wus received nt 1m: M;.w nlllcHwl, hionght fond, so Hint the hudcr Is was added to It. , w,, u,,.,,,) for c.H,mH, So the Schmeidels will have thlr. Those who sent inoney to Tiik Spn wote ChrlHtinits dinner ufler all, nnd the land. ..!. ,,,,,1 willhim. f M c v Jr.. lonrd will b paid, nnd the irrneer, and I'apu hchtneldel, who stood by wa Idling all tho Jollity lu h lather ilnzcd nninuer, will bavn now heart to start nut looking for work, lln may not have lo look far, for a man who rend nbout them In Tun Al'N stopped nt the tittle house at Oil ft 44 III ,fM Mii Mtmtmam Virginia O'Hanlon as she was, jr A , . in 1897, when she wrote to "The v, . ' ' ' Sun," asking, "Is there a Santa H MjKt V all babies look alike, that all are modelled from tlif same uninteresting patte ti 1 Isn't true. After one glance at l.aura Virginia this tepoi er will tuauitin to tlie end of his days that she Is charmingly different, with an oiigluallty, fo se, an 'amiability dlstincthe and peculiar to lier self. Undoubtedly her first Itnpiesslon was that her caller was a bear, a furry, 'nor mous bear who must make giowl noiset and dance. This she Insls.ed iiion, and It was no le.w than polite to bow to the lady's plain deiire. That nccompr shed, l.aura Virginia turned her attei.t'nn to the much ruttlcd and rather d'.mal MolI anna Mar'. .'What do you -h.nk of her" asked Mother Virginia. I "On the Instant." said the, leporter. "I observe that utie is a duck of a baby, that she Is iih plump as a partridge and as happy as a lark: that her e- ate quite tlie bluest blue In the world of color , that she Is thoroughly good tempered and that she Is prettier thn any child of her ngc has a light to be. She looks l,k. lit r mother." Mother Virginia couitesled vcr prettily and "Thank you. kind sir." she said. It was then that I -111 r a Virginia, with her face close to thew Indow, decided that the time had come for her to make a bold venture Into the language of her country. When that surprise was over and thoroughly dlscused. Mother Virginia explained what a fine Christmas the baby will iiaie. She snowed the reporter it Christmas tree of Juit the right tdr.e, which was hidden behind a .lapanee hcreen. At the foot of the tree were the presents that l.aura Virginia will Ret this morning when lier father Jumps her out of bed and carries her to the drawing 100m. And here Is the list: A gorgeous big doll, n lady of fashion. A middle sized doll, for knockabout pur poses. A ery small doll, for general use. A woolly dog. Chow, apparently, which w nines. A kitten (sawdust Insldes) which 1111 ows. And. A TCH WITH TH1NOS TO SWIM IN IT. Her I'lillh llestoreil. "Her father will be home to-night or early In the morning," said .Mis. Douglas, "and we will have a lovely Christmas, Of course. I.nura Virginia Is pretty young for Christmas celebrations, but I believe sho already feels the fplrlt of It and can understand don't von think so?" T1,m" J8"'1 ",e !,h-1llow "f ,l (,oubt of 1 ' 111." tlj'ill IV, ll'!.l-!!U, I think," said .Mother Virginia pres. eiilly, "that 1 have never been so happ 111 my lire as when tub scn told me that there was a Santa Claus and that he would live forever. I was e.Ight years old then, Just at the age when doubts creep In and when most children get their first touch of cynicism. Father and mother had always told ine that Santa Claus was real, even If you couldn't always see him, but the children at school tensed me and said, 'Virginia, that Isn't so at all They are Just fooling you. Tlie only Santa Claus there Is Is your father, who dresses up and flips presents In the house when you are not looking.' "That made mo very unhappy. 1 went home tiitil thought and thought what I bud better do. Then I remembered that) father was always talking about The Srs- " i"" juu ilium null llitl joil wanted In Tiik Sun, and how mother, who loved whlM, wrote letters to the whist editor, 1 said to father: "I am going to write to Tiik Spn and ask It to tell me the truth, the hon est to goodness truth, about Santa Claus, If Tiin Sf.v says there Isn't any I'll be. lievfl it ; If It tells me Santa Claus is real I'll make those girls at school sorry they ever teased me." "Father laughed. 'Tiik Spn Is too busy writing about Presidents and Governor's nnd lmpoitant people. Virginia,' he said. 'A newspaper has no tiuio to waste on a little girl. Write if you want to, but don't be disappointed If you never hear from your letter." Hon She lleenme I'niiioiis. Well, I sat down and wrote a sliorr letter, trying lo say Just what was In niy heart. Day after day I looked for n lttft" In reply. I never thought for a moment that Tun Sf.v would print a long editorial mentioning me bv name 11ml using my whole letter. Father teased me "" men, mil 1 nept Hoping mid linitUV one day a Sir. .Matthews called father 011 the phone and said: Doctor, did you know that Viiglnla "ns become 11 famous person? No" Well, 'fun Sl'N has a whole, editorial alxiut her Santa Chum letter, and It's the most wondeifiil piece of writing 1 ever saw.' Slayue you think theie wasn't excite. tnent In this fainll.v. Father hustled out and came back landed down with Si-NH until he looked like a pack mule. llo scattered them all he was so pioud, And me? Well. It spoiled mo for a while until I was big Vainbrbllt n venue, nnd left a card, which I'npa Scliineldel hopes will mean cm- ptoymcm, A ye,e,dnv Home,, win. .hei- l lns full of bundles dropped In to lenvoi KOOi cheer and to pat little Mnigaiell '""I 1,1,111 "' t'hnbby eheel,.-. There, was i.,..i ..1... 1 1.. !.. .iiingii and 11 doll mid nhiviertuiii ii''A""1'' '-"hell of ltiooklyn, who was nr-1 hi ought n train of c.us and 'warm irloves 1 nrni !,,,. ! ii,,. .ni, ,. ,.,.iu.. ,1,.,, ,r . l U. (i :i : X. Y. which la 11 funnv iiHino for Santa Claus, 1, and tlie Spirit of Chi Iftnias, $1, Ami Sir, ItoiiHseau links that no men 0 money he sent direct to thn .Iuoi'h olllco lest city affairs he come all snarled up while b la plllnc ui checks. The Sun 's ' ' Virginia of 1897 That There Is, Mrs. Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas as she is to-day. with her daugh ter, Laura Virginia. IS THERE A SANTA CLAUS? YES, VIRGINIA, THERE I'ripin I III) M', Clirl-tnui. Ha;, inl.t. Kvery Christmas season for sixteen years Tiic Si.s iiaj l.-en uf'urii li.i in.iii.. of Its friends to reprint the editorial article entitled "Is There a Santa Claus?" which first appeared on Sep temlier II. 1?. Sometftnes we have complied with th reipiest: sometimes It has seemed better not to do so. Kvery year also It has given Tut: SfN" pleasure to furnish copies of the Santa Claus article to other Journals all over the land, lo weekly ncw'Hiip;ri, to maga zines, to the prodiuv rs of Christinas cards and somenlrt and limited editions, to the compilers of anthologies, to hun dred of applicants who have wanted tin- text for republication. So It lias I come about that probably no other id tonal article published in an Amerl can newspaper ever won for Itself so extensive a circulation. Perhaps it is not too much to say that It must 1 classed with Lincoln's flettysburg ad dress respecting the number of those who know Its phrases and regard arfevtion'itely Its sentiment and teach jlngs. This y ar the calls for the article ntllrmlng the existence of Satin Claus am unusually numerous. Accordingly wo print again the reply to little Vir ginia O'llnnlon's question. It was writ ten by the lite Francis Fharcellus Church, hastily, in tin- coiitv- of the day work, and w thout the remotest Idol of Its destiny of permanent in terest and value. 1'reni Till: SI'V of September -I. D.0T. We lake pleasure in snswerltig at once und thus prominently the com munlcatlnn below, expressing at the same lime our great gratification that Its faithful nuthor is numbered among the friends of Tiik Si n: n,lir laii,,., s,,lr "," I am jear old. my Utile friends a there Is 1111 Snnln (Inn.. 1'iipH ii)h "If Jim ee It In 'I'll 11 SITX IPs so." I'lense tell 111 e the (rutin Is there 11 Santa Clans f Virginia ll'llanlnii. II.. West Mnet) -Ilfth street. Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by tint scepticism of a sceptical age. They tin not believe except they see. They think thnt nothing can be which is not com prehensible by their little minds. All enough to understand that I. Virgin! t O'llanlon, didn't count for much In tho editorial, but that the lmpoitant thing was the beautiful thoughts expressed by Sir. Church ami the charming ihigllsh In which he put bis philosophy. "It used to make me as proud ns .1 peacock to go along the strict In the nelghlioi hood and hear somebody say, 'Oh. look! Theie' n Virginia O'Hanlon. Did nu see that editorial the New York Si's' bad uboip her'" And father and mother were prouder than I, I think. They still show the editorial to callers and jusl talk people's arms off about It. lln Helped 'I' ho nun nils, "It was a wonderful thing In my life, and I mean It lo be a wondeiful thing in inv baby's. As soon as she masters her A II C's It will be the ilrst tiling sho will tend. I'll help her over tho big words and haul spots, but I want her to get the beautiful spirit of It as quickly as she can. Oh, es, and there's AID MOTHER WHO STOLE. Vlmie) mill Hull Provided for Mrs. Annie l.oliell. I" response to lio stoi v that 'appealed i t1m, ..s, Thursd . v mornlm? ihonl II,-, 111 1 "' M " 1 "ursitav 11101 iimg .1110111 .vti s, rested on a charge of shoplifting, a check for JUG has been received from Sledlll Sic Cormlck of Chicago. Sir. SlrCormlck, who Is lu Washington, after reading the story sent the check to Tiik Spn oillce. Sirs. Lnhell's pathetic situation brought quick responses from other readers of TIIK Son, .1. A Judd contributed $1'5, Kvnrt li, Cady of Hrooklyn ?5, the Spirit of Clillstmas ?l, Vwt & Co. J10 and A, .1. S. II, Thanks to these contributions nnd tho kindness of Sirs. Iobcll'H landlord, who appeared early yesterday to offer JCnO ball, .Mrs, Lobell, her sick huaband und their two babies, will have u UhrUtiuas and Proves It IS minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, ate l.ttle. In this great universe of ours man Is a mere lneel. an ant. in his Intellect, ns compared with the bMindless world nbout him, ns measured by lite Intelligence capable of RiMiping the whole of truth nnd knowl edge. Yes. Vlrgln.a, there Is a Santa Claus. Me exists as certainly ns love and gen erosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound nnd give to your life Its highest beauty and Joy. Alas' Ipiw dreary would be the world if there weiv no Santa Claus! It would be n dreary as It there were no Vir ginias. Theie would be no childlike faith then, ni poetry, no romance to j make tolerable this existence. W should have no enjoyment, except in sen' and sight. The eternal light with which childhood tills the world would be e.xtlnilllshcd. Not believe In Sir.ta Clans' You might as well not bol.evv in fairies: You might get vnur papi to hire men to watch in all 'he chimneys on Christ mas Kve to catch Sm:a Claus. but even If they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that Is no sign that there Is no Santa Claus. The iiost real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course pot. but that's no proof that they are not there Noln dy can conceive or Imagine nil the wondrrs there are unseen nnd unseeable in the world. You may tenrjipart the lnbv's rattle and see what makes the noise Inside, but there s a veil covering tlie unseen world which not the strongest man. nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could . 7. . ,' "l""i- "". faith, fancy, poetry. love, romance, can push aside that cur tain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond Is It all real'.' Ah, Virginia. In all this world there Is nothing else real nnd abiding. Xo Santa Claus' Thank Mod' he lives, and 'lie lives forever A thousand years from now, Virg nla, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now. he will continue to unite glad the heart of childhood. number thing I want to sav. Don't be. Ileve that tlie Santa Claus editorial htlped me alone. I Just know thousands, lit erallv thousands, whose lives weie ir.i. eiied by it. That's all I in going to sa.v, because I'm a sentimental pel son anv way, and I don't want jmi to think 1 111 silly." After the repot ter Imwed to the mother and then very formallt shook hands with Laura Virginia lnv leineinliered that the editor of Tin: Si n had entrusted him with a present for l.iur.i Virginia, a little booklet, modestly bound and clearly printed, cnutiillllng III a few pages th edltoilal which brushed away Virginias doubts. I "I won't open It now." said the original Virginia. "Hut It will be saved for the Chiistinas tree, and please tell the' editor of Tiik Spn tli.it I am very puuid and happy to think that Viiglnla O'llan lon Is so well remeiiiheii d. Just say. V Merrj Christmas to I he Sim 11 nil nil Us people from Virginia 11 ml l.niini Virginia.' " dinner to-day and even a few toys, "I don't know what made me do It .Mrs Lobell said to Probation Otlleer Con- j le.v at her home lu the afternoon, "but I wanted a Christmas tiee for the cli.lilien I h ive hud few pleasures since I was mar lied. I never even went to a picture show Sly landlord, Mr .Shied, let us have the rooms for 17 11 month while I was I111I- fens and now he has been so good as 1 1 get me out of Jail when I one him four months lent. The children aie veiy small The llule girl Is only and the baby who clung pathetically to IiIh inolher yeslerday vv hen she was arraigned befoie tin- .Magistrate Is only a year old, lie is a veiy pale little baby but be managed to smile w,iul.v at the reporter and even to hold out his little handa. The baby's father bus been out of uml, four months and docs not look vcr.V HUong, Simeon It. Chittenden of New York has offered to defend Sirs. Lobell and the cimi will come up In tho Court ef Special He uloiis early next, week. WILSON IS SANTA TO POOR AND CHILDREN His (iifls Include Piirdon Tlmf Convict Mny See His Dvinir Son. So FAMILY ItKCNION TO-DAY N'Aslit.vnTON', Dec 24--Oniel.il duty was laid aside nt tile White House to-day und the Christmas spirit enthroned. Tha principal Incident was the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Krutirls II. Sayre from Williams. town, Mass. They weie welcomed to 'he' White lloue by the President and h: 1 daughters. Miss Margaret and Mr Mi Adoo. Tile President's Cliilstnias f.im lv mrtv ! will lie eoinnletp with the. arrival tii.nii?lit ,or nrlv to-morrow of Miss Anna Cotliian ! j of I'hlliidelplila, grntidnlee of the I 'res I- I uent, lor wnoin a tree was set up to-day and for whose entertainment the I'rcsli en I ami nitinbeis of his lmuudiat famdy I till It-1 themselves. I I'r.sldint Wilson will personally direct the distribution of White llou gif's. of warm clothes null useful gifts among the poorer of the city, carrying out tlie work begun lust year by Mr, Wilson ' Thei White Hon automobile to-day, following the custom of last year, wen; over the route taken by the 1'iesident on his trips to the Virginia Country Club to play golf, mid with Isaac Hoover of tho White House stuff acting as Santa 1 Claus presents were delivered to the ehli- ilien along tlie way, who have become familiar with the I'lesldent's features. T-iese youngsters have lined the road am III. !r,.l,lr ti, li,.u (..,.. a Ir. n.,,t r.n... I his game and waved their salutations. The President regards these chlldtin as his personal friends. This morning they crowded around the White House automobile while toys, candles, books nnd other delights impro priate to the season weie p.issed out to them with the guod wishes and holiday greetings of the I'icsidriit The President distributed 12.". turkeys, weighing on an average fifteen pounds e.v li, among the employees at the White House The President also sent a generous cotitl ibtiMon to the Associated Charities to be Used for g.fis to Washington's needy citizens. One of the bst gifts cmferred by the l'i evident to-day went to Charles K. Sic .Minnies, a convict in I.e.uenworth peril tentlarj To enable Slc.Motinles to reach it dying son and wife severely ill nt Lyons, Neb. on Christmas day Sir Wilson par doned the prisoner. The lieparttuent of Justice did not favor llvrctltlve clemency for the eo..vict, stat ing he would be eligible for parole Janu ary 2 only a week away but the I'resl- j dent's heart was touched bv the plight of me lamiiy nnu ne onieren nis release io tiny . I'ppermost in the holiday spirit of the capital to-day Is tlie thought of the devas tation of l"uruie', i.,n, ,1 iliuii.,iieii 11.. Chri'ltiKis greetings given by prominent oltlcials. "The great need and soi row of the world this Christmas because so many children In l'urope have been orphaned by the war have Increased the Joy of giv ing far beyond the hope of irrelvlng. and I am glad of that." said Secretary of the Navy Daniels. "Thousands of children in American homes--cottagen as well as h:mrtone mar.ion haw made rea' ht.i-itl'.w In we, ul iieitnfi.il iilil !n,l .... fort in this t.me of strtsi to t.,,. ll:tle folks of Kurope and to make them feel that the spirit of Christina. love for them is aglow In our hearts." Secretin v of War Oirr'son eontr. billed his message of Christmas cheer to tlie American people when asked what they could do to restore "jie.icn and good will among men,'' as follows: "All I can .suggest Is that each citizen should do his duty In that sphere of life to which he has been called and 'ttust that in Hod's own good time tlie wisdom of Providence will be made manifest." Secreta-y of Labor Wilson's Christmas greetincs were: "If the true spirit of Chrl-Uanlty could he implanted Into tlie minds of nil men wars lietvvren nntiors would be impossible and industrial strife would er.d. Poverty would no longer exist because all would be rich In material comfort and .n Mori tual happiness. .May e.u 11 reotirtlpg Chr'stmas give us add tlonal 1 ght to lead us t.ie right way " IRELAND SENDS LOVING THANKS. Children of I'.mernlil Isle firnlefnl lo Amerlenii l.lllle lines, W.vstllNr.Tov. Dec 21. Sir Cecil Spring ltlce, the Urltlsh Ambassador received to-day from tlie London Foinsn Office the following "Please eoiivey loving thanks from Irish children for Santa Claus lfts from the children of the I'ni'ed States" Cr .564--S66 sE6a iftlt JWntir. T- to'r .e 7'r sts Begin on Monday, their SEMI-ANNUAL CLEARANCE SALES OfTcrins the most important Reductions of the season tTailleur Suits Evening Gowns Afternoon Gowns Dancing Frocks Fur Coats Fur Sets Blouses and Millinery AT REDUCTIONS OF 0NF-THIRD TO ONE-HALF tIN MANY INSTANCES SALK PKICKS ARK LKSSTHAN HALK) No Reservations. Lxclinnp.es, Credits or Approval Preliminary Sales Saturday Charge purchases will he hilled February 1st I1 Per MONTH UPON PLEDGE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY THE PROVIDENT LOAN SOCIETY OF NEW YORK , ' MANHATTAN ... ,,KON X . Fourth Avenue, cor. 25th Strwt Courtlandt Ac, cor. M8th Street lleAveM,bef i!HwhS Graham Aw!T ltvol St. SSon Ave c'o ? iwhSuert "tkin Avenue, cor, Rockaway Ave. GrSS "r cor?CI nton Street 7 PlTR CnNt. CllA RGEDl7lPQN EaMSt1bet.LexinStonc'3dA's. THl.OANS RP.PAID WITHIN 15 Hmiston SL. cor. Essex St. J'Q WFI KS FROM DATE IT IS NOT GOLD BRAID that insures service. Rather is it posited by the silent, swift, unpre tentious servi'orship so deeply appreciated by the Hotel McAlpin guests, and perhaps the great organization s most commendable feature. McAlpin service is felt rather than seen; it is delightful in its effective ness rather than glorified in blatancy. B HOTEL MCALPIN Herald Square AUnnemrnt ef Ml ltltV A imnMMii - ... CAMP FREED ON BAIL- DEFENDED BY BISHOP .Indue .Miilonc (trnnts Permis sion for Appeal nnd Fixes Itond nt $:). Judge Slalone In fjciier.it Sessions yes terday granted permission to Kugene M, Camp, treasurer of the Seabury Society, an KplM'opal Church 01 ganlzatlon, to appeal from his eonvlctlon ami .sentence of four months (n tin- workhouse tnfter being ,11 tested in .1 retiring room of the subway at the (iriind 'Central station. 'Hie :irret ,is made Jiy special jxillce men. Iilil was He, .it J2;,ii pending the appeal, and former Senator John Qulnn, who appeared In touit for Camp, got a surety coinpaiit to furnish the bond, tt was accepted and Camp was released from prison last evening, his discharge being taken to IllaekwelPs Maud by his counsel. Tlie application for Camp's release on ball pending the determination of the merits of his conviction by .Magistrate Krote was not opposed by Assistant Dis trict Attorney Smith. The appeal will be nlgueil earlv in .lanuarj. Dr. Charles S. liurch, lllshop Suffragan of the diocese of New York, with two clers.vinen or St. Slnrgaret's parish, came to tlie aid of Chihp and signed allldavlts sa.vlng that In their belief the reputation of Camp Is be.vond reproach. The clerg men are the Itev. CImiIcs A. Hamilton, for many years lector of St. Margaret's, and the present rector, the Kev. ltoland C. ormsbee. Others who made allldavlts arc Alexander SI Jladden. a member ttt the ilriind Jury panel; fiuls o. Stnrny, publisher and vice-president of the Sheet Sletnl Publishing Company: Joseph Het tinger of t"it."i I'nlon avenue nnd George II. forev. 11 lawyer at r.! Wall street. All speak lu high terms of ('amp. lllshop llm-ch's afliiUvIt reads: "I am .1 Itisliop of the llpisoopal Chinch In the ipm ev of New York and have ' resided in said city for a period of over I eight .eais f,ni personally acquainted with the above named defendant, Hugene si. 1 .imp, and have known him intimately for a period of over seven ears. The said defendant has worked under me and with me in various church and philan thropic effotts. I have known him as an upilght citizen and .indefatlgablu worker against wltorn I have never heard a bieath of scandal ot a charge of wrongdoing of any kind wlmtcocver. "I have complete coiilldence In his up rightness of character, nnd thoioughly believe In his innocence lu this mutter and have the most i.invlneing reason for this belief. 1 am acquainted with Camp's reputation for uprightness und good morals in tlie community In which he lives and can say without rridtatlon that It Is, of tlie best " TRAVIS SWORN IN. I iiniptroller-Hlfi't lilves .lolls In Tyto Nnssnn lli-iiiilillefiiiN, Comptroller-elect Ihigeiie SI. Travis took the oath "of oft it e vesterdav before Sit- Iptcnie Court Just 'e Luke D. Stapleton or the Appellate Division in Ii s handlers at the Itrooklvn Itur.uicli Hall. SP Tiavis 1 iter aniioain ed tlie appoint ment of James st. liehr.g. a lawyer of Slnnliiieeet. as Transfer Tax Appraiser for Nassau county a"d Isaac It. Coles, a civil engineer of OUn Cove, as Stock Tat Ilva inner. 9"1