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VfTf:"W,1-"Wi p5t,jr'uTy t u (i(Ji9W'o'i JfJwssgFr "Tj . EVENING LEDGEB-PHIIiMJ'BLl'HIA', THURSDAY, DSOBMBEB 2, .101-C. s if l..i-r 'JIPllUlllLrtl & 1 . . lIuMi .. m CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE CHURCHES; BELLS RING EARLY Special Services and Pro grams of Music Planned for Tomorrow Morning, Afternoon and Night. As dawn approaches tomorrow morn ing nnd the morning star creeps to rest In the rny shy, Christian Philadelphia will arise with thanks to God (or the birth of the Child Jesus UK years ngo In the little town of Both lehem, nnd thou sands will fro to places of warship to sing praises nnd to hear sermons appro prints to Christmas Day. From early In the morning until lato Into the night there wilt be special serv- M Ices and sermons, Mubscs. musical pro- in celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace. Even before the first gleam of the morning sunshine sheds Its wel come rays on the eastern horizon, the chimes will gladden the hearts of Christ's followers with their cheerful music, and the great bells in tha belfries of edifices of every Christian creed will reawaken ID inq ncnris or. uou s cunurcn uicir grai ltudo and love. The earliest services, as usual, will be In the Catholic and High Episcopal churches. In nil of which there .will be special Masses n( the break of day. In most of the other churches thera will be special musical programs nnd, sermons nt 10:30 or 11 o'clock: and In not a few the Sunday schools will hold special exercises nnd entertainments In the evening, when the children will take part In songs, drills end recitations. Holly and nit kinds of evergreen havo been used extensively In the decorations, and the fragranco of pine, cedar and hemlock will greet the worshipers. In many churches large trees havo been put Into piece, bearing gifts for the children, and these will be brightly illuminated "with electric lights of many colors. AT THE CATHEDRAL. In the Cathedral on Logan Square the day's obscrvanco will be opened with a ront Ideal Mass. Archbishop Prcndergast Wilt celebrate the Mass, the Rev. Dr. Ed mund J. FItzmaurlce, the chancellor, wilt bo assistant priest, and the Revs. "Rich ard Kelly nnd Joseph O'Hara. will bo deacons of honor. The Rev. Doctor Oil day, of the Catholic University, 'Wash ington, will preach the sermon. There wilt bo Masses every half hour following tho 5 o'clock service, until 10.30 o'clock, at which time the Rev. Henry Schuyler will preach. In tho nfternoon at 3.30 o'clock Pontifical vespers will bo sung. At St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 10th 'and Locust streets, there will bo pro grama of music at tho C and 11 a. m. Solemn High Mass. In the choir are 23 boy sopranos and altos and a chorus of 19 men. The soloists are Charles Slegler, Samuel Carpenter, Frederick Rlemann and Ftllx Addis. Miss Norn. M. Burke la the director and organist. The Christmas celebration In the Epis copal Church of the Incarnation, Broad and Jefferson streets, wilK open tonight with n carol service by the Sunday school. Tomorrow morning there will be Holy Communion at 8, and again nt 10:30, when there will be morning prayer and a ser mon by the rector, the Rev. Norman V. V. Levis. Thera will be Holy Communion at the Church of St. Judo and tha Nativity, 11th and Mt Vernon streets, nt 0:30 -o'clock tomorrow mernlng; at. 10:30 in Old Kwedea' Church, Bwanson street below Christian; at 8 and 10:20 In Grace Church, qirard avenue, above 41st street: 6:30, 8 and 11 in Old St. Peter's Church, 3d and Plrfa streets; at 10:30 o'clock In St. An drew's, fth and Spruce streets; at 8:10 anrt 10:30 in St. Matthew's Church, 18th and Qirard avenue.' Elaborate arrangements have been made for tha observance in BU James Church, Sd and Walnut streets. There wilt be Holy Communion at 6:30, 8 and 11 o'clock. At tha 11 o'clock services tha Itlght Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Garland, blehop suffragan of the Diocese of Penn sylvania, will preach. At BL SUpben's Church, 10th street abovo Chestnut, there will be Holy Com munion at 8 and 11 o'clock, and at the last service a special program of music will be given and there will be a sermon. At St Clement's Church, th .and Cberry streets, there will be Masses at e, T, 8:16 and 11 o clock tomorrraw morn Ins. St Mark's Church, lith and Wal nut streets, the Rev. Elliott White, rec tor, will have celebrations of the Holy Communion at T, S and 9 o'clock, and at M:S, following a procession, a Choral KueharUt will be observed. '-" miilOP RHINELANDBR AT SERVICES Button Rhtnelander will officiate at tha Gferlstmaa cervices in St Michael's EpU- 4al unuren, liermantown. tomorrow worulnr. An elaborate program of music. s.j.UrtudJng tho cantata, "Cradlo of Christ," :; -wm e given unatr Mia aireellon of :- 3iinit& E. Corneal, the choirmaster. t, tae LAimeran t--nuren oc the Holy Communion, Sit and Chestnut streets, there will be services tomorrow rawnins at 11 o'clock. In tha Lutheran Cburah Af St Mark, lMh and Seriwr Oarden tracts; and St Matthew Cburoa, Broad nad. Ht Vernon streets, Vkn wJU be social aerrtcas, with aa aiaborato sausi 10,1 program, at Jwclocfc, and at Twnjrta Ltfeui CfeurcH tha Rev Dr. A. Poht mau, th pastor, iuuunces thera will be . servles at il Ctofc- in tha morning. Mr Calvary iitotriaa Churah, ISta and Leeuat sttt. aad Ncrtegbistfr ywrurl r.e. 9Hh and Baring MtrwM, tsMtre wW 1 speetaj aerrteaa at 10 o'clock, nnd announcement has been made of programs of muslo to be given In St. Paul's Presbyterian Church. Mth street nnd Baltimore avenue, and services morning and evening. Miss May Porter Is the director In chnrge. The Rev. F. A. Tagllalatela will preach In Italian In tho First Unitarian Church, 22d nnd Chestnut streets, at special serv ices at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning . Tlie "Billy" Sunday prayer meetings will bo continued In tho evening In homes throughout the city, and because oT tha great Interest In blocks S, C nnd 18 of the 20th District, In tho southwestern part at tho city, a meeting will bo held In the evening nt '8 o'clock In a lnrgc storerqom nt 67th street nnd Woodland avenue. Ono of tho largest Christmas celebra tions in tho city will be tho annual re union of the A. J. Drcxcl Middle Blblo Classes In the winter home, at 1917 Mt. Vernon street, tomorrow afternoon. Ar rangements hnvo been made to cntortaln about i;,000 members. DAY OF GREAT JOY AWAITS NEEDY AT MISSIONS OF CITY Religious and Church Or ganizations Have Provided Christmas Dinners and En tertainments. No person need to go through Christ mas hungry In Philadelphia. True to her name of tho City of Brotherly Love, tho church and religious organizations have prepared bountifully to feed tho poor and unfortunate. Scores of institutions and societies will keep open house during tho day, and In addition to providing tasteful dinners will permit tho unfortunates the shelter and warmth of their buildings and will seo to it that there. Is plenty of entertainment for them while they wait. At the Inasmuch Mission, Superintend ent and Mrs. George W. Long anticipate tho greatest Christmas dinner they have ever served. Dinners of turkey nnd all the good things that go with It will be prepared for 1300 guests, besides the hun dreds that will be fed in the bread line in tho early morning. The line will start nt 4 o'clock nnd nt 10 o'clock tho auditorium will bo opened, so that all who linger for their dinners may crowd Into" It nnd keep warm. An elaborate entertainment program has been arranged. Bishop Rhtnelander will bo present at 1 o'clock, and other speakers will Include A. J". Drcxel BIddle and the Rev. George S. Gassncr, of the Seamen's Church Institute. A. II. uranger, one of tho directors, will have as special guests some of the soloists of the Orpheus So ciety, yho will render musical selections. Each of the poor men will get a bag of tobacco after his dinner, through the kindness of Mrs. Hampton L. Carson. In the evening tho Rev. John Grant Newman, of the Chambers-wyllo Presbyterian Church, will preach. At the Galilee Mission, 823 Vine street, Superintendent Hall plans to give dlnnei to 400 to 500 men. Previous to the feast there will be special music, speaking and antertainment. Ttiero wilt also be exer cises in the evening. Superintendent John R. Mclntyre. of the Whosoever Mission, 101 East Chelten ave nue, Germantown. Is preparing a big feast for 250 men. In the evening there will be an elaborate Christmas entertainment. The Rev. J. M. Bennetts will participate In tha program. Among other institutions that will serve dinners and bring Christmas cheer to the poor and needy are the Bethany Anchor age, 9th street abovo Vine; the Episcopal City Mission, the Cathedral Day Nursery. Mth street above Cherry: Our Mother of Sorrows Day Nursery, 471S Lancaster ave nue; St Vincent's Homo and the auxiliary of the Children's Homeopathic Hospital. "MERRY CHRISTMAS" RULES ON CHANGE, AS OF YORE Brokers Celebrate Season With Zest That Scorns. Business Depression. .i0Ur ,","th' uspenIon, during which time alt the money was going out and nothing coming In, combined with the general business depressslon of the last year, did not stand in the way of the annual Christmas celebration of the members at the Philadelphia Stock Ex change today. Promptly at 13 o'clock business was suspended, and until the regular closing a.m!fct JLLd?cU ,h, afternoon thi spirit of the Christmas season will reign su preme, and business troubles and cares will be forgotten, or at least nut aside for the time. Not a slngla feature Qf the celebration i ?""5r ?ears WB" omitted. Tho floor of the Exchange was decorated with sea. aonablft greens, thera was a band to con- )!. A.,1",."1' BeneraI wyety. and a buffet luncheon was served in tho smok ing room for the members and their frlenda among the brokerage houses throughout tha city. Even employes, who received their full pay during the entire time the Exchange was closed, wera not forgotten, and they have to divide among themselves con siderable aum. whleb has aeoumulated during several days past In a speoial box hung fop the purpose In tha office of Secretary Horace IL Lea "Tnero was some Idea at first," said T. C. Matthews, bead of tha Committee on Arrangements, "that It would b bet ter on aeaount of the bad year not to have the celebration. But when tha members wera appreaahed Individually tt was found that a very large majority were sot ealjr la favor of It, but felt it would be a great mUUke If it wera not held. So we got up a petition to the beard of governors, and they gay the Meuwy pernslwlon." sv. .ipwj . i tKttet&L mri0::-em-?: ' sr vmwxjtfmtts&vsgm&m. - vESm wa yMmfflSKSffltvra' 'Wnm ! 1 (Info vi HfuHvM. v7i 'al. w i rt'i ' i1 at" wm iij. -l -L. 'it j wy " xv are v CHRISTMAS JOYS l WILL FILL THE CITY Continued from Page One It was hardly necessary, but neverthe less the cumpolgn was carried on. Thou sands of shoppers, the majority of whom probably didn't have the necessary funds earlier, left their shopping until today, but there Is no doubt that tho shop-early movement got results. CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS. Christmas for tho children at home this year will bo moro enjcyable than ever, anil there Is nlso the prospect, not defi nite, of course, but something to hope for, of a white Christmas, the joy of young and old nllke. It will give more fun to tho llttlo ones because that good old quality, Yankee ingenuity, has been called on to do more at this Christmas time than for many years, German toy makers heretofore have sent their products to Philadelphia and other ports of this country In fleets of ships, starting often ns early as Octo ber. The sign "Made in Germany" has been everywhere in toyland. This year It Is rarely seen. Germany has been busy making war and the United States has had to make its own toys, and it has made them. More than this. It has made n shipload to send abroad to the little children of Belgium, not to mention the toys that went In various other shipments, suffi cient perhaps to fill another vessel. And the toys made by tha United States this year surpass in every way hose of the foreign makers. Prices are little or no higher than in former years. The toymakcrs have surprised the coun try with some of the new inventions this year. All the old Ideas have been Im proved upon until they will stand the battering by which childhood shows its affection for Its playthings, and the new ones will do all manner of curious stunts. Not only the children are Impatient to day for tha dawn of tho morrow. The adults also are counting on the thrill of pleasure' that iv)ll be theirs In the morning when the patter of little feet dawn the stairway is followed by shouts of happi ness over stockings bulging with good things and toys piled in neat array about the decorated fir or cedar. DAY OP JOY FOR ALL. There Ij another class or citizens in Philadelphia, men and women who go forth on the day of days to bring cheer to others, visiting the sick and tho crip pled In hospitals and homes, with flowers and small gifts, that mean a- world of pleasure to the recipients. No one will be forgotten today In the general effort to make the city happier, Oruanlted plans have been made, to provide a special Christmas dinner to the Inmates of Insti tutions, and In nearly ertry Instanee there will be musical entertainments. vEvsn In the jails the rigid discipline of confinement wUl relax somewhat In Its severity. Prisoners will get something better than the usual plain prison, fare at noon today, and the usual special service and cntertalnmenta will be given at tha Saatera Penitentiary At Christ mas time tha always popular Warden. "Bob" McKenty. of the penitentiary, se cure a stronger bold upon the affections of the men he U appointed to govern. At Christmas time more than ever, by that subtle democracy of whleh b,e Is toas ter, he mans bis convfet charges feel that thy are geod sen, and aseordlngly they aat as attab. PORT'S CHRISTMAS JOY IS MELLOWED BY WAR'S SHADOW Crews of Interned Ships Be set by Fears for Loved Ones Engaged in Titanic Conflict. Christmas will not be superlatively joy ous on tho steamships and sailing vessels in port tomorrow. An effort will be made to make the day a happy one. But among the 200 odd followers of the sea Interned on board the various German and Austrian craft there will be a thin thread of sorrow to moderate the. Joy. Their families and friends are engaged n the titanic strug gle involving the 10 nations of Europe. Some of them have not heard from their loved ones since the beginning of hostilities in August. Thoy know not whether they are living or dead. This dread uncertainty has produced an air of gloom, which It will be difficult to dispel. The greatest Christmas gift these exiles could receive would be good news from those near and dear to them at home. There are four steamships Interned here. They are the Prlnz Oskar and Rhaetla, of the Hamburg-American Line, flying the red, white and black of Germany; the tank steamship Ems, under the same colors, and the Austrian steam ship Fronconla. The two Hamburg-American vessels are docked at the new city pier at the foot of Catharine street, the Ems la at Point Breeze, on the Schuylkill River, and the Franconia Is at Port Riohmond. The skeleton erews these vessels are compelled ta carry number In the aggre gate about 200 men. The German and Austrian Consul and German and Aus trian societies and. citizens are going to see that the proper Christmas spirit is diffused through the vessels to cheer up the prisoners ot hope. Captain Maas, pf the Prlnz Oskar, has a 19-year-old son, a prisoner of' war In England. For many months the veteran master was In doubts as to the treatment accorded to- the boy, but ha recently re ceived a letter which has reassured him. Other vessels In port will be gaily decorated and the master of the galley will use every effort to give the crews a meal that they will remember for weeks. Vessels which left here during the last few days put an unusual amount pf good thing la the pantries to be dispensed at sea. Qther tft are hastening here with all speed p5lbla to stock the larder for the Christmas feast Christmas carol will be sung by various religious and charitable organisations early tomorrow morutflg alsna the wharves, awl presents, eMWMtlng.of w. ig rag sua useiui hkmtm, win be given.- CHRISTMAS SPORTS WILL COVER A WIDE RANGE Basketball, Soccer, Pugilism and Cross-country Buns on Program. Tha Phlldelphla athletic world will cele brate Christmas Day by Indulging in all forms' of printer sports. On tho day's program are four boxing contests, a host of basketball games, soccer nnd cross country runs. Most of these events come under the well-known heading of "Indoor sports." Consequently they will be well attended, no matter what vintage of weather Mr. Bliss uncorks on the glad some, expectant public. All ot the fight bills are on the docket for 2:30 o'clock In. the aftornoon. At the Olympla Harry Edwards has arranged a program of unusual merit. In the wind up Kid Vagncr, of WIlkes-Barre, will meet Buck Crouse, of Pittsburgh, Thera will be four other bouts In the Droad arid Balnbridgo streets ring. Jack McGulgan has contracted with enough fighters for Christmas to In crease the number of performances to six Instead of five, the number generally pre scribed. The feature attraction will 'be a six-round go between Ted Lewis, welter weight champion of England, and Young Jack O'Brien, of "West Philadelphia. Tho Quaker City Boxlpg Club will enter the. lighting field for the first time, stag ing flvo fights. The final go will be p. bat tle between Joe Borrell, of Kensington, nnd Frank Mantell, o'f Pawtucket. At the Nonpareil A. C. Tommy Coleman and Ralph Erno will meet In the wlndup. There will be four games In the Eastern Basketball League. In the afternoon Greystock will entertain Trenton at Cooper Battalion Hall, loth and Christian streets. This game is scheduled to begin at 3 o'clock. In the evening Oreystock will play the second half of the double header, with Camden as the opponent. This contest will be played at Alpha Hall. De Nerl and Reading will meet twice. Both nmes wilt be staged up State, the first in the alternoon and the second In the evening. In scholastic circles the game of chief Interest In the cage will be played by the Camden High School quintet and the alumni five of the same school. That 10 mlnute contest is to be played at the p. R. R. Y. M. C. A., Sd and Mlckle streets, Camden. On Christmas morning, at 10:30 o'clock, tho members of the Northwest Boys' Club will hold a closed, handicap, cross-country run. The runners w)i traverse the 3U mile course over Falrmount Park, known as the scholastic route. Several other clubs In Philadelphia will hold close runs. The A. A. U recently decided that only one open run could, be pulled off In the same city. KAHINO STATIONS OPEN XWAS Parcel Post Deliveries WJH Be Made All Day. Postofflee stations throughout the city will be open until It o'clock Christmas morning for the sale of stamps, money orders and registered mall business. At the Central PosUfflee stamps wH be sold retail from 1 a, m. until noon. The money order department, the Inquiry division and the tegistry sestlon will be open from 1 a. m. untllH a. ra. The postal savings department wltt be closed aH day. Throughout the city there will be. one dsMvery o( tetters, Farcal Post deU?riea wig be mads, ail dsy. CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR POOR KIDDIES AT HOTEL ADELPHIA Boosters Club Finns to Entertain 113 Children. Christmas Is so distinctly a home oc cnslon that the day Is a rather dull ono throughout tho hotels In tho city. Be yond decorating tho lobbies and dining rooms with Christmas greens, llttlo ef fort will bo made by fho various manage ments to Introduco special features to morrow. For those, however, who cannot get home for Christmas many of tho houses will servo special tnblo d'hote dinners nnd Yulctldo muslo will feature tho or chestra programs. " An exception will bo made nt the Hotel Adelphla, There (he Boosters' Club, an organization of the employes of tho house, will entertain 112 poor children at a Christmas dinner In tho Gold Room. , Tho names of tho deserving youngsters havo been obtained from Mrs. E. T. Stotesbury through tho "Homo Relief Committee. YULETIDE SPIRIT FILLS CORRIDORS OF CITY HALL Many Employes Given" Spe cial Christmas Vacation by Mayor Officials Will Spend Day at Home. Tho spjrlt of Christmas pervades every corridor and office at City Hall. From tho evergreen nnd holly border that fringes tho pavement of the big munici pal building, where the merchants cry their wares, to the rim of tho hat of William Penn, whero new clusters of .lights glow In honor or the Yuletlde, thero Is evidence of Christmas. MAYOR'S SPECIAL GIFT. Mayor Blankenburg gave the holiday spirit encouragement on Monday, when he bestowed presents on several thousand workers In the city's service. His re membranco was an extra holiday to every person that can possibly bo spared from duty on Saturday. By tho Mayor's orders tho Christmas holiday will begin tonight and continue until Monday morning. Thero havo been all sorts of mysterious whisperings and quiet conferences In the City Hall offices during tho last few days. It Is more certain than mere rumor that In at least one or two departments 'there havo been Christmas baskets packed with turkeys and cranberry sauce and other substantial, distributed among families where otherwise stockings would not have been tho only things empty tomorrow, CHRISTMAS AT HOME. There will bo no difficulty In locating tho head of any municipal department to morrow, provided you know his homo ad dress. To the question, "Where will you Bpcnd Christmas?" every city official gave tho same reply, "Home." ' Mayor Blankenburg will watch the Yule log burn In his residence on West Logan square. Director Taylor, of the Department of City Transit, Is hoping for n" white Christmas, with 'snow to brighten the brown, weather-beaten fields about -his country placo at Wayne. Director Cooke, of the Department ot Public Works, and Director Porter, of the Department ot public Safety, will ciarv turkeys In their- respective residences In Germantown, Director Loeb. ot the Department -of Supplies; Director Norrls, of the Depart ment of Wharves, 'Docks and Ferries, and Director Harte, of the Department ot Health and Charities, will also "bo found at their homes all day tomorrow. POLITICAL LEADERS PLAN "OLD-FASHIONED" XMAS All Will Spend the Day With Their Pamllles. Governor-elect Brumbaugh and the po litical leaders have planned to spend an old-fashioned Christmas with their fami lies. The Governor-elect will share his Christmas turkey with his aged father, the Rev, George M.. Brumbaugh, who Is expected to come here from his Jiome In Marklesburg, Huntingdon County, to spend the day at Doctor Brumbaugh's home, 351 West Walnut lane. Senator Penrose will spend a quiet day In Philadelphia. He expects to eat his Christmas dinner at his home, 1331 Spruce street and will, of course, visit the Union League during the day. Senator Edwin H. Vara will have a Chrhtm&A trA nt hi Miintn. v... Ambler, and will spend the day there with his family. Representative William S. Vare will probably visit his brother. Senator James I McNIohol planned his Christmas many weeks ago. He went to St Lucie, Fla., last Friday, accompanied by hi family. "Brother Dan" and the letter's family. The Senator is never so happy as when he Is taking gifts from a Christmas tree or presiding over a Christ mas dinner, with his entire family seated around the table, and he has planned to spend what he sailed before his departure a "perfect day." BO.UDA-x- HUSH AT T. M. 0. A. The holiday rush Is a( Its height at tha Central Y. M. C. A. today, where many boys. Interested U oarpentry and cabinet work, are completing Christmas gifts far parents and friend. The work Is under the direction of lad la maklM bak-raeks, desks. Me-U asS'raeSr"" WH' NO SANTA? NOTHII ELSE SO REAL AS DEAR OLD SAN Thank God! He Lives arU Lives Forever, and Is Pip of Beautiful Mystery;! Life. Disbelief In Santa Cln.ua by sutler! Bkeptlcal persons who make bold to djay the existence, of this deity of tho nurtSJ can always ,'S! counted on to sprGJ up nt this season!? the year. Sometimes ehll. dren are affected tl it and their little minds go, wanderini off through a l&bjr: rintu ot doubt &M speculation, TtU mental Journey gen: orally ends exactly, whero it began, and the child Is no rvlierl If anything thn youthful thinker cxoe-J rlcnces n feeling akin to that accompany- ing the loss or a treasured possession, This Is very sad, for to loso one's Santa Claus Is to' bo bereft of a irlowln boiler of childhood that ranks far above In value to the fairies which dance about.'! ono s head at 'night and whisper sweetf"" things In a dream. -' Ono day, a long while ngo, a llttlo girl whoso name was Virginia, had been told there wns no Santa Claus. The Informa tion was furnished by her schoolmates, who should havo known better. Perhaps , they spoke carelessly and later repented, i What thoy said, however, alarmed Vir ginia. She wanted to havo no doubts about the spirit of Christmas. So she wrote a letter to tho editor of the New 3 York Sun. and said: "PIcaso tell me, Is thero n Santa Claus?" And the editor of that paper, because, 5 lie was a. kind man nnd believed nil hl'jj llfo what Virginia had been told to doubt, brushed awny all misgivings from the mind of his little Inquirer. What tha editor wrote has been man times reprinted, but because It Is so fu!19 of that same spirit which told tho Wise Men to follow the star and' tako their. irlfts to a tiny Child lying In a manger, 1 It -wilt nrnhnhlv brt nuoted manv times again. Ho said? " "Virginia, your little friends aro wrong. They have been affected by the skeptl- ( clsm of a skeptical oge. Thoy do not bo- . llevo oxccpr they see. They think that, nothing can bo which is not comprehen sible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or chll- . dren's, are little. In this great universe of ours man Is a mere Insect, an ant, lnj his intellect, as compared with the bound-J less world about him, ns measured by then Intelligence capable of grasping the whole truth and knowledge. "Yes, Virginia, thero Is a Santa Claus. He exists as certalntly ns love and gener osity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and Joy. Alasl how dreary! would be the world If there were no, Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as It, there were no, Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no neotry. no romance to make tolerable this existence Wo should have no enjoyment, except lnj sense ana signt, ine eternal ugnt wltnl which, childhood fills the world would be extinguished. "Not believe In Santa Claus! You might! ns well not believe In fairies. ' You mlghfi get papa to hire men to Watch In all the chimneys on Christmas Xve to catch Santa Claus. but even If they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa ClauslJ 1.(1 41,at la nn ,1m. ,kn. t.-.. ( r. I.3B1 ,,. Mt fiv o.ijii mat mcra in no oamtfcj Claus. The most rest thlnira in the world are those that neither children nor menfl .., sw, 4i wu over och mines nancinsj on the lawn? Of course not. hut thxt'a nol proof that they arrf not there. Nobodai b,aji wutwcivQ ir iiiiuisino an me wonaerss there are unseen and unseeable In the woria. -- "You may tear apart the baby's rattj? mm sea wnai maices wo noise inside, bu' mere is a veil covering the unseen worl wnicn not me strongest man. nor eve the united strength of all the atronml men that ever lived, could tear apart Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance) can pun aside mat curtain and vie ana picture the supernal beauty and gto; ueyona. is u Sll real? Ah, Virginia, all this world thers Is nothing else n ana aoiaing. "No Santa Claus! Thank God! he llvei ana ne lives forever. A thousand vj from now. Virginia, mv. ten timu ui thousand years from now, he will con liiius iu mane giau me neart of catw nooa. ' CHRISTMAS CHEER f AT THE NAVY YARj Fifteen Hundred Marines to Vm Well jind Hear Speeches. Nearly 1500 elaborate Christmas, oj nrs. consisting or turkey and the net Sarv ftrlmmmr ' havA vaA n.ul. by Uncle Sam for the marines at Less; Already the Christmas spirit perv ua.vy yara. rn oarraoks are I deeoratod with hoiiv , &, wa moored to the docks are being poili ua me postman is overloaded with I ems ior toe msripas and sailors- p ubo iMuuaano, muners. under reetlop pf Mess Sergeant James R. Pa Will be fiarvfcl In h n,4n .o sk Colonel L. W. T, Waller, ooremandaat uib ui ang&ae, win make tne cow uiu& utiir inuKArn & ,a 1.10111a Colonel Char!a (1 T-nnir or , lit ' , uuu i4meuant-cotonei w. ..w,,., wt iBB ju nsguneut- rie dred marin tlu. ,vfin uriit eat dtanars to tee stamen's barracks.