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Programs Throughout City
Include White House, Mission
Home Observances.
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leave their desks tomorrow tftemoor*
the oors of all Government buildings
will be closed until Thursday morning, j
Santa Visit Premature.
S' ‘ Santa Claus made a premature visit j
in arious parts of the city during the l
past two days, but nowhere will he re- 1
ceive a more hearty welcome than at I
the parties arranged in advance of j
Christmas by the workers of the Central j
Union Mission and the Salvation Army.
Mrs. Hoover has consented to take part
in both celebrations.
The Central Union Mission will hold
its Christmas party tomorrow morning
at 10:30 o’clock at the Fox Theater,
when Mrs. Hoover will assist in dis
tributing bags of toys and Christmas
good things to hundreds of boys and
giilo whose Christmas otherwise would
be cheerless. Supt. John S. Ben
nett will be the official Santa Claus
and Mrs. Bennett has seen to it that
no child on the long list of names will
be forgotten.
There will be a lofty Christmas tree,
and it is expect'd that approximately
2,000 children will be made happy on
this occasion. Mrs. Coolidge always
took part In these annual affairs of
the Central Union Mission, and Mrs.
Hoover agreed to continue the custom
established by the former First Lady.
She will tak? part the following aft
ernoon at the Christmas party of the
Salvation Army and pass out the first
of 500 baskets of food to be distrib
uted at 2 o’clock at Temple Corps, 606
E street. Maj. James Asher, in charge
of the Army for this section, has ar
ranged a program.
The Navy Band Orchestra will fur
nish music during the festivities, and
officials of the Salvation Army w’ill be
present in honor of Mrs. Hoover, as
they were last year for Mrs. Coolidge.
In addition to the dinners for poor
families, the agency will have a Christ
mas tree entertainment Tuesday night,
and toys will be distributed to about
1.000 children. Through its connection
with the Community Chest, the facili
ties of the Army are greater this year
than ever before.
Dinners to Be Given.
Scores of “down and outers” will be
ttven free Christmas dinners at the
Central Union Mission headquarters.
613 C street, on Christmas day and
there will be a special treat also for
the little inmates of the Children’s
Emergency Home, of which Mrs. Ben
nett is in charge. Volunteer workers
have been supplying the “kiddie bags”
for tomorrow ’s party, and in addition to
the dinners to be supplied at the mis
sion. many baskets ladened with food
will be sent to poor homes throughout
the city. George D. Homing will this
Christmas present shoes and stockings
to 125 poor children of the city, to be
selected by the Central Union Mission.
Each child, the recipient of a ticket
supplied by the mission, will receive
one pair of shoes and two pairs of
stockings upon presenting the ticket at
Saks & Co.’s store. This custom has ;
been followed by Mr. Horning for many !
years and has always been of great ben- j
efit to lots of poor families.
Saks & Co. will play Santa Claus on (
Its own account to 100 boys on Christ- i
mas morning. Each youngster supplied
with a ticket from the Associated Char- j
lties. will be presented with a warm,
new overcoat. Isaac Gans. who inau
gurated this custom years ago. has,
made arrangements so that every bov
will get a perfect fit.
Potomac Heights will enjoy Its first j
community tree this year, as a beauti- j
ful tree will be planted at the corner j
of Cathedral avenue and Sherrler place ;
by the Potomac Garden and Landscape ,
Club. It will be lighted at 8 o'clock on
Christmas eve, with appropriate cere- :
monies. Carols will be sung by the
members of the Palisades Chorus.
Carols for Press Club.
The National Press Club, along with
nearly every’ other club in the city.
Will hold forth on Christmas eve.
v Carols and other songs appropriate to
the season will be sung for members
and guests of the National Press Club 1
in the club lounge at 1:15 p.m. Tues- I
day by the National Capital Choir, un-'
der the direction of Dr. Albert W.!
Hamed, a member of the club. Thei
choir numbers 22 voices. Soloists will:
be Alicegene Graves and Irene Koehl, !
sopranos; Jessie Masters, contralto, and
Sugene Dahl, tenor. The following will !
be Included in the 30-minute program: ’
•*0 God, Say Once Again Let There
Be Light"; "Martin Luther’s Carol,”
“The First Nowel,” “Die HeUige
Nacht.” “God Rest You, Merrv Gentle
men”: “The Holy Mother Sings,” “Holv
Night” and ’O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
The Friendship Citizens’ Association,
m co-operation with the business men
along Wisconsin avenue from Van Ness
street to the District line and the
Parent-Teacher Association of Janney j
School, has arranged an elaborate
community tree celebration Christmas i
eve at 6 o’clock. It will be held on 1
the grounds at Wisconsin avenue and j
Albemarle street. The Elks' Club Boys’ j
Band will accompany the singing ofi
A living tree will be dedicated on this
occasion to the boys of the community'
who lost their lives during the World!
War. Rev. William W. Shearer of Co- j
lumbla Episcopal Church will be mas
ter of ceremonies. The committee of!
the Friendship Citizens’ Association 1
W’hich made possible the placement and j
lighting of the tree comprises A. G.!
Seiler, chairman; Mrs. May Lightfoot,
Rankin H. Rice, president of the asso
ciation; Miss B. L. Pulizzi. principal of
Janney School: J. J. Calvin and Ran
dolph Poore. Mrs. Lightfoot is chair
man of the committee on arrangements
for the progrem.
Elaborate Christmas plana also are
bei n g made by a number of organiza
tions connected with the Community
1 f riendship House, which started its
festivities with a tree celebration for !
children of the pre-school group Friday j
afternoon, and a supper for the staff 1
and volunteer workers last night, will
have a program of Christmas carols
this afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. There
also will be a party for the children of
the day home at 12:30 o’clock Tuesday
and caroling from 6 to 8 o’clock in the
Candle Llrht Carol Service.
A candle light carol service will be
held by combined glee clubs at the
Y. W. C. A., Seventeenth and K streets,
at 4 o’clock this afternoon. Practically
every day of the entire holldav week
will be given over to some kind of
. activity.
Among other features, 40 Girl Re
serve Clubs will give parties and gifts
to children in the following institu
tions: HiUcrest, St. John’s Orphanage.
Baptist Orphanage, Neighborhood
House, Noel House, Friendship House,
Galllnger Hospital, Children’s Hospital,
District School for Feeble Minded Chil
dren, Associated Charities. Juvenile.
Protective Association, Central Union'
Mission, Gospel Mission. Foundling
Hospital and Blue Ridge Preventorium.
At Children’s Hospital there will be
14 Christmas trees, some of which will
be located in the dispensary and wel
fare sections, while others will adorn
the wards. Students of public and pri
vate schools are co-operating to give
the little patient* at the hospital this
i Christmas treat'.
At Neighborhood House the program
Will begin tomorrow night with songs
and stories and on Tuesday night Santa
Claus will visit the day nursery chil
'dren. Neighborhood House will send
■SO children to the Walter Reed Hospital
J party Wednesday.
Baskets will be distributed by the
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Associated Charities Act on
Advice of Chest Budget
, There will be no appeal for the “It
i Christinas Opportunities" of the Asso-
I ciated Charities and Citizens’ Relief
; Association this year. Walter S. Ufford.
general secretary, announced yesterday.
“Acting under the official advice of
the budget committee of the Community
Chest,” said Mr. Ufford. “the Associated
1 Charities has abandoned the Christmas
! opportunity appeal for a group of 14
I specially selected families needing relief,
j The board of managers of the society
accept without question the opinion of
; the budget committee that the appeal
| at this time would seem to interfere
; with the principle of immunity of
1 Community Chest contributors from
i further solicitation from its member
i agencies. The society hopes, however,
; that any persons who have been inter -
I ested in particular families, but who
are not contributors to the Community
; Chest, will still remember without solici
tation the family needs of the society's
When the Civitan Club learned that
this Christmas opportunity appeal was
not to be renewed, it expressed its dis- i
appointment, as its members had plan
ned this year to take under its care
one of the 14 needy families. The club
then invited M%s Louise O. Brail, ar
i sistant secretary of the Associated
I Charities and in charge of its family
! work, to tell them at their last luncheon
, meeting about the needs of particular
i families. After Miss Beall’s talk the
i Civitan Club voted an appropriation oi
j SSOO, and this amount has since been
j received by the society, with instruc
| tions to have it distributed among five
i families who would otherwise have been
] included in the Christmas appeal, or
! SIOO for each family.
Contributions Received.
Meanwhile District visitors of the As
i sociated Charities received a variety
i of unsolicited contributions yesterday,
to be used to brighten the homes of
needy families.
Miss Helen P. Story, supervisor of the
society's family work in the Eastern j
district, was advised by the Worac Club, 1
composed of wives of the men at the I
Red Crass headquarters, that they would i
lend their cars to distribute the things j
thus provided. This motor service will
be available all day Monday and Tues
Among the groups contributing for
dinners, toys, clothing and other use
| ful articles in this section were Miss
j Madeira's School for Girls, sending toys;
i St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, giving S3O;
St. Mark's Episcopal Church and the
Ninth Street Christian Church, giving
Christmas dinners to Associated Chari-
Catholic Charities as usual this Christ- i
mas. Through gifts from Trinity Col- |
lege students and other individuals, !
the Catholic Charities takes care of j
foster children in its charge and
wherever there is any doubt the child
will receive a toy. its name is turned 1
into the Christ Child Society which
sees that the child is not forgotten.
The Christ Child Society has been
busy for some weeks in preparation for
Christmas. It will provide baskets of
Christmas dinners as well as toys to
those on its rolls. This year in ad
dition to its regular activities, the or
ganization will have a Christmas tree
and party at its Fresh Air Camp and
Convalescent Home in Rockville.
St. Ann's Orphanage will have a
* tree for each group of its children on
Tuesday evening. There will also be
parties during the week.
Club Breakfast 50c
Special 65c Luncheon
Table d Hote Dinner $1.50
Alto A La Carto. No Covor Charge
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ties families in addition to those of their
own circle; classes of the Edmonds
School providing toys for 30 children.
Miss Louise W. Harlow, visitor for the
Georgetown district, reported a number
of Christmas givers in her section,
among which W’ere the following: $25
by the Parkway Motor Co. to be used
for fruit distributed to 68 families,
which is to be distributed by a commtt
] tee of which Mrs. Frederick Mcßeynolds
! is the chairman: canned goods from the
Washington Alumni Chapter of the
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority; 68 Christ
mas stockings given by the Friends'
Sunday school; 11 overcoats from Saks
& Co.. $6 from the “En Avant” Club of
the Western High School, toys by the
Girls’ Reserve. 20 dolls by the Girl
Scouts, Troop No. 26. Western High; a
Christmas tree and trimmings from the
Northminster Presbyterian Chapel and
also one from the Fillmore School, a
community tree from Mrs. Fred Dubois,
chairman of the Georgetown district
conference of the Associated Charities
and numerous individual gifts of shoes
and articles of necessity.
Toys and Money Donated.
In the central section of the city, of
which Miss Elizabeth Northcutt is the
visitor of the Associated Charities, con
tributions were recevied from the fol
lowing: Toys from the Girl Reserves of
the Y. W. C. A.; money, clothing and
food from various organizations, in
dividuals and churches. The donors In
cluded the Social Service Society of the
Chevy Chase School, from the Gamma
Chapter of the gigma Epsilon Society,
the Wesley Methodist Church. Girl
Scout Troop 35. and Gunton Temple
Memorial Church.
In the Southwest office of the Asso
ciated Charities, where Miss Rosa Brown
is the visitor, the Southwest. Citizens’
Association gave $25 for dinners for
families known to the visitor. The
Randall Junior High School Is sending
22 baskets and toys in addition to half
a ton of coal each for tw’o families.
Epiphany Church is also sending a bas
ket. In addition toys are being pro
vided by the Girl Reserves of the Y. W.
C. A.
In the two districts of which Mrs.
Laura B. Glenn and Mrs. Ethel C. Wil
liams are the visitors, the District con
ferences have been planning for weeks
to see that every family in these dis
tricts are provided with the things neces
sary for Christmas, including a toy for
each child. In addition to the members
of the conferences, donations of toys,
food and clothing have been sent bv the
Minor Normal School, the Dunbar High
School, the Phyllis Wheatley Y. W.
C. A. and many individuals.
The Woodlothian Chorus, consisting
I of 50 members, will present its first
program oi the season Tuesday morn
[ ing at 9:20 o’clock from the balcony of
i Woodward & Lothrop’s Department
i Store. Solo ports will be taken by Mrs
Emma Embrey, soprano; Mrs. Helen
Lancaster, contralto; Horatio Rench and
Granville Lecf. tenors: Charles Moore
base, and Howard Moore, baritone.
Raymond Rapp will accompany on the
piano with William Starnell directing.
An old-fashioned Christmas celebra- !
I tion, with field operators now in the
city Joining with all of the Washing
, ton staff, was held yesterday afternoon
| in the lobby of the Coast and Geodetic
I Survey Building. A large, brilliantly
| arrayed Christmas tree added atmos-
I phere. and a Santa Claus In the person
of Joseph G. Deckelman distributed
I presents among the personnel.
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Left: The municipal Christmas tree
in Sherman Square before the Treasury.
The first tree lighted hv President Cool
idge in 1925 was killed by the heat
from the electric light bulbs used to il
luminate it. This n«w tree has been
donated by the American Forestry As
sociation. The lights this year will be
of a different type. Right: Christmas
party yesterday at the Bureau of En
graving. William Wolf as Santa and
Miss Anna Murphy with Dickie Now
Gifts Repaired in Shop to Be
Distributed After Display
at Y. W. C. A.
Christmas toys, dolls, books and other
gifts that the Girl Reserves of Wash
ington have been repairing in their toy
shop in the last three months will be
exhibited in Barker Hall of the Young
Women’s Christian Association, Seven
teenth and K streets, this afternoon.
The gifts will be on display following
the annual candle light service in which
the various departments of the associa
tion will take part and then will be
distributed among under-privileged chil
dren in 11 institutions in the city.
The candle light service is an annual
event for the Girl Reserves and will be
presented at 4 o'clock, ushered in by
the colorful "procession of candles" and
followed by a carol tableau in five
groups that will sing the carols of
Bohemia, Holland, Spain, Austria and
Poland in the costume native to the
The Elizabeth Somers Glee Club will
participate in the service with two
groups of Czech and French carols.
Misses Dorothea McDowell, Katherine
Moritz and Mabel Cook will serve with
the Girl Reserves as hostesses. Thirty
members will represent the association
at the lighting of the community
Christmas tree at Sherman Square on
Christmas eve night and later in the
evening, under, the direction of Miss
Lucy Street, national secretary for
music, will sing in several of the city's
Christmas parlies and carol singing
exercises have been planned at the
several Y. W. C. A. centers during the
week. Christmas music will be sung
dally at the centers at Twentieth and B
streets, and at. 614 E street at. 12:30
o'clock from December 22 to 24. in
clusive. and at the headquarters build
ing. at Seventeenth and K streets, at
6:30 o'clock on the same days. Carols
also will be sung at the Elizabeth
Somers residence.
More than 100 crippled children will |
be entertained with a Christmas party
and tree from 3 to 5 p.m. today in the
Chestnut Farms Auditorium at Twenty
sixth and Pennsylvania avenue, as
guests of the Kiwanis Club.
A number of visitors will be present,
including Senator Capper of Kansas,
who attended a similar party last year,
fn accepting the invitation for today's
party, he said. “I would not miss it for
anything " Miss Gertrude H. Bowling,
director, Instructive Visiting Nurse So
ciety, members of her staff and the
wives of Kiwanis members will also be
This party has been arranged by the
newer members of the club —that is,
the men who have joined during 1928
and 1929. Charles R. Huff is general
chairman, and A. B. Van Voorhees will
be in charge of the entertainment fea
Edgar Morris, president of the club,
will make an address of welcome. A
large Christmas tree has been provided,
from which Santa Claus himself will
distribute presents to each child. Re
freshments will be served.
Fred East and William F. Raymond,
accompanied by Robert S. Thomas,
members, of the club, w ill sing Christ
mas carols. Other entertainment fea
tures Include a dancing doll act di
rected by Miss Beatrice Coles, and a
marionette show. Music will be fur
nished by Sidney Seidenman’s Hotel
Mayflower Orchestra through the cour
tesy of Seidenman, who is a member of
the club.
The children will be transported by
| members of the Kiwanis Club.
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Mr. and Mrs. Hoover to Miss
Older Son, Who Must Stay
in California.
President, and Mrs. Hoover's first
Christmas in th? White House will be
a quiet, simple affair, typical of the
observance in many thousands of
American hom'-s.
Throughout their married life, espe
cially when their boys w r ere young
sters, Mr. and Mrs. Hoover have al
ways made much ov-r Christmas, and
there Is every reason to feel that they
are not going to change their ways just
because the former Is now President
and they happen to b? living in the
Executive Mansion.
This famous old mansion, which has
Iren the scene of Christmas celebra
tions by presidential families for more
than a century, again will witness an
observance which, while dlgnlflrd and
plain, will be a really merry one.
Nevertheless the happiness of Mr.
and Mrs. Hoover, as in many other
homes where absent ones will rob th*
day of some of Its joyousness, Is going
to be tinged with disappointment.
Herbert Hoover, jr„ the older of the
two Hoover boys, and Peggy, his young
wife, and their two children. Herbert.
3d, aged 4, and Peggy, aged 3. will be
spending Christmas at their home
thousands cf miles away In Pasadena,
Despite this keen disappointment
over the absence of thir son Herbert
and his family, the presence of Allan,
the younger of the two boys, will dispel
the gloom on Christmas day. Allan,
who Is studying business administra
tion at Harvard, will .he with his
parents during the holiday period.
Send Presents to Coast.
Although Mr. and Mrs. Hoover are
not going to enjoy the sound of pat
tering grandchildren’s feet up and
down the corridors of the White House,
they have had the fun of packing
presents and toys to send off to H?r
brrt’s family. A great share of this
fun has been Mrs. Hoover’s.
The Christmas season has found the
President unusually busy and he has
been remaining at his desk until well
after dark each afternoon. Mrs. Hoover
has bought all sorts of dolls and other
playthings for the two grandchildren,
and when the big box from the White
House arrives at Herbert’s little home
In far-oq Pasadena there will be much
The Hoovers will have plenty of
company during the holiday season.
Among these will be the old friends
who nsed to frequent the Hoover home
on S street and who drop in uncere
moniously at the White House. They
will be anything but lonely.
Mrs. Jeanne Large of Monterey,
Calif., Mrs. Hoover's sister, and her two
children, Janet, aged 16, and Delano,
aged 14, w’ho have been frequent vis
itors at the White House since last
March, will be house guests over Christ
mas. It Is expected that two or three
other Intimate friends may also be
house guests on this occasion.
Christmas dinner, for a small circle
of the President's friends, will be an
elaborate, though informal one. Nor
ejre the young people going to be for
gotten. To compensate somewhat for
the absence of their own grandchildren,
the President and Mrs. Hoover will
have the children of some of their
friends visit them Christmas afternoon.
Among these will be the families of
Secretary of Labor Davis and George
Akerson and Walter New’ton, of the
President secretariat. Then, of course,
a young folks’ party will follow.
It has not been decided yet whether
or not there will be a carol festival be
neath the front portico of the White
House on Christmas eve. This custom
was adopted by the Coolidges several J
years ago, and drew many hundreds of,
persons to the White House grounds to
join in the singing.
Trees to Be Trimmed.
Mrs. Hoover will personally superin-1
tend the task of placing the greens and
other decorations suggestive of the holi
day, and will help trim the several trees
that will be erected in the house.
The principal tree will be placed at
the south end of the east room. At its
base will be figures and objects depict
ing the scene at the birth of the Christ
child. There will be another tree in the
room on the second floor used as a liv
ing room, and also a small, trimmed
tree In each bedroom and another on
the front portico, making 16 in all.
The President and his wife will send
no gifts except to members of their
family and very intipiate friends. Mr.
Hoover has so few hobbles, and because
of this and his aversion for jewelry. It'
is always a difficult matter for Mrs.!
Hoover to select a Christmas gift for
him. As usual, therefore, she will make
books serve as the principal part of her j
gifts to her husband. Among these arc
some new travel and mystery stories. I
She knows the President's liking for j
such reading.
The President and Mrs. Hoover will !
not inspect their Christmas packages
until after breakfast, and will attend 1
religious services later in the morning. j
In the meantime, postmen and mes- j
senger boys are making frequent trips j
to the White House, conveying girts l
and greeting cards sent by friends and j
admirers all over the country.
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Turn on Lights at Sherman
Square Christmas Eve.
Arrangements were completed yester
day for the ceremonies on Christmas
eve when President Hoover will touch
the button that will light, the 1929 Na
tional Community Christmas tree In
the presence of thousands of citizens
assembled in the vicinity of Sherman
Square on the Ellipse.
Officials of the Federal and District
Governments will join in singing
Christmas carols around the living tree
and President Hoover will be intro
duced by Secretary of the Interior Ray
Lyman Wilbur, national chairman for
the ceremonies.
A concert by the United States Ma
rine Band at 5:30 o'clock will open the
festivities and the President, accom
panied by Mrs. Hoover and White House
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aides, will arrive at 5:55 o'clock. Mem
bers of the national committee, headed
by Secretary Wllbif, and the execu
tive committee, headed by Miss Sibyl
Baker, director of the Community Cen
ter Department, which has charge of
the festivities, will receive the President
and Mrs. Hoover. Mr. Wilbur will make
a brief address before the President
touches the button that lights the tree
at 6:08 o'clock.
Buglers to Sound Call.
As the great spruce is lighted, a signal
flare will illuminate the sky and
throughout the city buglers of the va
rious Boy Scout troops will sound the
call to announce to the people that the
Christmas tree is lighted.
Carols will be sung by a choir of ap
proximately 500 boys and girls of the
junior high schools of the city, led by
Dr. Edwin N. C. Barnes, music director
in the public schools, a vast audience I
will join in the singing. Then the!
Christmas greetings of the City of
Washington will be presented to Mrs.
Hoover by a Girl and a Boy Scout. The
"Star Spangled Banner,” played by the
Marine Band, will conclude the cere
monies at the tree.
Later in the evening, under the aus
pices of the committee on carol singing,
groups of singers will go to hospitals
and other Institutions in the city to
serenade the patients with carols. Mrs.
Gertrude Lyons, vice president of the
District Federation of Music Clubs, has
charge of this program.
Busses donated by the local trac
tion companies will transport many
groups from the tree ceremonies to
the various Institutions. It Is ex
pected that not less than 25 institu
tions will be visited in this way.
Girl Scouts to Trim Tree.
The national community Christmas
tree will be trimmed by the Girl Scouts
of the city tomorrow afternoon at 2
o'clock. Arrangements for the lighting
are in the hands of the Electric League,
with L. T. Souder as chairman of the
committee in charge. Capt. Ray C.
Montgomery, representing Lieut. Col.
U. S. Grant. 3d. director of the office
of public buildings and public parks,
has completed arrangements for tak
ing care of the large crowd at Sher
man Square, while Mrs. Joseph M.
Stoddard, chairman of the carol sing
ing committee, has likewise completed
arrangements for the music on the
i occasion.
1 It was in 1923 that, the President M
the United States first lighted the
community Christmas tree in Wash
ington. a Vermont fir, sent to Presi
dent Coolldge.
The following year, as part of the
movement for the establishing of a liv
ing community Christmas tree, the
American Forestry Association in co
operation with the Community Center
Depai tment, the Electric League and
the Society for Electrical Development
presented a living tree to the President
for the people. The tree is a 35-foot
spruce and was planted in Sherman

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