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Memory of Author of “Night Before Christmas” Honored in New York
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Teach Child
The Value
Of Money
Charge Account
Bad Influence
On Youngster.
QHILDREN should not have the priv
ilege of charge accounts. There
is nothing so demoralizing to their
sense of financial responsibility as the
feeling that all they have to do is to
buy what they want and say, "Charge
it to father.”
Using money is a great responsibility
for grown up people, and they don’t
make any too good a job of it at times.
It is almost too much to put on chil
dren the responsibility of using it
without a check. They know little
enough about money as it is. They do
not understand where it comes from,
or how. Words without experience are
worse than useless. If things come to
them without the sight of money, the
money idea is about ruined.
It is natural for children to want
things. A certain amount of wanting
is necessary for mental health and
character growth. Wanting things has
driven man into creating things and
so increased his power over himself
and the world. But wanting must be
eased by getting through effort,
through hard work. Getting must be
the result of a personal hard-won ex
perience, or it is profitless and useless.
To get without effort is demoralizing.
Children, not knowing about money,
knowing only that they want things,
will buy lavishly. Meaningless pur
chases, bought only for the fun of
buying, extravagant purchases made
without judgment, things bought to be
given to friends to win applause, are
some of the results of charge accounts.
It is a short step from the careless
charging to getting a few dollars cash
for special occasions. Then the end
is inevitable.
uive cnuaren wno are old enougn
to buy things for themselves an allow
ance sufficient to their necessities. Hold
them to account for that spending.
Teach them to get the value of their
money. This training must begin when
the child is old enough to go along with
his mother to the shops and stores.
Training in the use and value and
meaning of money is as important as
teaching the Ten Commandments.
Young people who have the handling
of money without previous training
and experience will need all the
strength of the Commandments be
hind them and some one to gather up
the pieces when they are through.
Young people have no business with
charge accounts. They must be taught
to pay cash for what they get and be
careful about their getting. They
should be taught to shun debts as they
would shun the plague. It Is .iust
about as dangerous for them. The
family accounts can be explained to
them when they are old enough to
know about them. But the children
should not use them, ever.
Borrowing money on allowances is
only another form of charging. It
should not be done by children. They
must pay as they go. This money
training is of vital importance to the
happiness of the young people as they
ere today, and for their future. Train
them to live within their means, to
have no debts, and so insure them
against one source of sorrow.
Mr. Patri will give personal atten
tion to inquiries from parents and
school teachers on the care and de
velopment of children. Write him in
care of this paper, inclosing a 3-cent
•tamped, self-addressed envelope for
(Copyright, 1937.)
My Neighbor Says:
Merry Christmas to all our
A wooden spoon or broad
spatula is suggested to use for
beating taffys and fondants.
Cheese sprinkled over the top
of mince pie before it is heated
for serving gives a glossy top and
delicious flavor.
It is usually economy to pre
pare more foods than are to be
eaten so that leftovers can be
utilized for meals to follow.
(Copyright, 1937.)
Shopping in Washington
What to Do With Gift Checks
A Nice Problem to Solve.
- - - -——————— a
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The Christmas check makes dreams come true.
Which dream will you choose from among them
THE old adage that the best things
come done up in small pack
ages is particularly true of the
inconspicuous envelope that
Santa Claus often places carefully
under the tree among the important
looking gifts and which when finally
opened turns out to be a nice check
or some ‘'greenbacks" of interesting
denominations. This, after all. is one
of the most welcome presents, because
it immediately conjures up a lot of
ideas and wishes that have been
pigeon-holed for a long time due to
the usual reason—lack of funds!
Here is your big opportunity to in
dulge in some whim or fancy that
friends and family do not feel impor
tant enough to include on the gift
list. In many instances it is the
one thing that will make you happier
than anything else, and when all the
gifts are opened and admired there is
still something left to anticipate. Se
lecting your own gift is always a
pleasure, and if you wait until the
other side of 1938 you will find that
those dollars will have almost twice
their present buying power.
January is a slack month in most
shops, and merchandise is slashed in
price immediately. If it is clothes
that you need to see you through the
winter, now is a wonderful chance to
pick up a splendid coat, bearing a
label that you are proud to show, at
a lower price than it would have car
ried at the beginning of the season.
With half the winter already gone, the
coat will be as good next season, and
you will be lucky, indeed, to have
waited so long before buying one. It
is the same story with furs, and you
no doubt will be able to find a mar
velous fur bargain If you do a little
‘‘scouting around.”
J)0 YOU realize how easily your plain linens can be made colorful and
individual? These three simple motifs, that fit guest towel or pillow
slip, can be embroidered in a jiffy, and so attractively they’ll brighten up the
whole room. The designs all come in pairs, for your pillow slips, or to provide
a large towel assortment.
The pattern envelope contains hot iron transfer for six motifs averaging
Sxl4 inches each; also complete, easy-to-understand illustrated directions,
also what material and how much you will need.
To obtain this pattern, send for No. 500 and enclose 15 cents in stamps
Dr coin to cover service and postage. Address orders to the Needlework Editor
af The Evening Star.
(Cwrlght, 1987.)
a i
' pERHAPS you have a home that
absorbs most of your time and
interest. Furniture and linens appeal
to you and need replenishing or addi
tions. January is noted for its white
goods sales each year, and is the finest
time to stock up the linen closet with
sheets and towels and whatever is
needed along this line. Watch for
the sales and buy accordingly. Then
along comes February with its furni
ture and rug sales. Prices are so
much lower than before Christmas
that you can easily add an occa
sional chair or lamp table or some
thing much larger and not feel the
strain. It is such a pleasure to build
up your interior scheme gradually,
studying it out and taking time to
get the right piece for the right space.
Maybe it is antiques that prove
your “undoing" in times when you
have had to count the pennies! That
is a grand hobby and can take as
much time and money as you care
to put into it. It is so fascinating
that you start by getting books on
the subject from the library and follow
that up by extensive trips down into
Virginia, and even further afield, to
make some discoveries of your own.
Some women just cannot pass by a
sign indicating that there are antiques
inside! A Christmas check may be
the nucleus of a lot of fun in this
PefKps you would like to be a col
lector of china figures of some spe
cial type—dogs or cats, or our own
favorite—birds. Sometimes it is hard
to make much headway against the
practical advice of the household.
Gift money gives you a loophole, and
you can sail gaily forth and look for
the most enchanting little figure to
be found and treat yourself to it. Or,
having already made a small collec
tion, you may be in need of a suitable
place in which to show the pieces to
best advantage. So much the better.
Now you can call in a carpenter and
see what can be done to modernize an
old cabinet, or have some new shelves
built that are suitable for the pur
pose. Half the fun is planning it all
out and watching your ideas take form.
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TC/ORTHY of consideration is the
” matter of clearing up 1937 debts
with any extra money that comes your
way at Christmas. It is a wonderful
feeling to start out on the New Year
with a clean slate, and then make your
resolutions not to get in so deep as
you have in the past. That is not so
glamorous a thing to do with extra
money, as far as immediate pleasure
is concerned, but it will give a lasting
satisfaction and a peace of mind that
will never be regretted. Or again,
there in still time to start a Christ
mas savings account for next year to
provide against that panicky feeling
that comes with the realization that
everything is going to cost so much
more than you expected and how can
you do it! You can make the back
payments already due for this month
on your savings, and then continue
with the weekly or monthly payments,
which you will hardly notice. This
makes a grand present to yourself!
Of course, some will say, “easy come,
easy go." And if you have no debts,
and no long-suppressed desire for
china birds or antiques or rare first
editions, or a trip to Timbuctoo, you
might get reckless and treat your
friends and yourself to a real party
that they would remember on and on
into the New Year and bless you for,
each time they think of it! It’s just
a toss-up what you will do with that
check, but whatever it is we hope you
will enjoy it. So we will “sign off,”
wishing you a very, very Merry Christ
Impressive Celebration
At Site of Moore Home
Is Held Every Year
, Immortal Words Are Read
To Assembled Children
By Chosen Celebrity.
" 'Twin the night before Christmas when all through the houst
Not a creature was stirring—not even a mouse • •
LAST Christmas Eve, Freddie Bartholomew, speaking from Hollywood,
broadcast the dear familiar words to 1,000 children assembled In the
mammoth apartment building that now occupies the site of the farm
house in which Clement Clarke Moore wrote “A Visit From St.
Nicholas” 115 years ago.
The story of the writing of this poem has grown familiar through many
repetitions. TTie night before Christ—>— -*—
mas of 1822, Dr. Clement Clarice
Moore, learned professor of Hebrew
in the General Theological Seminary,
New York City, went out to buy a
turkey for the last of the baskets
which his good wife was preparing for
the neighborhood's poor.
It was as he came home through the
snowy streets that the verses began
to take shape in his thoughts, so
shutting himself into his study he
wrote the poem and read it, as an
after-supper surprise, to his delighted
family seated round the living room
Dr Moore thought so little of his
“jingle" that when word of it en
evitably “got out,” he was at first un
willing to admit authorship; yet it was
to bring him a fame that has far
overshadowed his scholarly reputation.
* * * *
TT IS to preserve the spirit in which
Dr. Moore wrote this Christmas
classic that the children of a great
New York apartment house unit are
hosts to the less fortunate kiddies in
the district of Old Chelsea at a gala
gift celebration.
The setting for the event is the very
essence of theater. An immense,
decorated tree in the center—ropes of
laurel swung between the “Old Lon
don” lampposts—floodlights outlining
the large tablet to Dr. Moore's
memory—turn an acre of secluded
garden into a faerie scene upon which
1,000 candles blink down from 1.000
casement windows of the apartment
The chatter of the excited children
is suddenly stopped. It is the sound
of sleigh belts—and there is Santa
Claus—a spotlight playing upon him
19 stories above 1,000 upturned faces!
Calling to the assembled group that
he'll be "right down,” he reappears
with the magic of immediacy in the
garden. From the sparkling gift
laden tree he gives something to each
child, and then the youngsters troop
indoors at his heels for the remain
der of the program, more presents,
and, of course, ice cream and cake.
The highlight of the affair is the
reading of “The Night Before Christ
mas." always by a celebrity. Last year
the honor went to Freddie Bartholo
mew’. He was to have come to New
York, but when it wras found that he
could not be spared from the set of
"Captains Courageous,” last-minute
arrangements were made for him to
speak from Hollywood. The year be
fore the reading was beautifully done
by the well-known actress, Cecilia
Loftus, one of the 5,000 residents of
the apartment-city that stands on
the storied site of the Moore home.
* * * *
V/fUSIC and singing follow, and an
interesting feature of the en
tertainment is a number by the ‘‘Bob
by Chorus.” This is composed of the
door attendants, who are uniformed,
even to pith helmets, after the man
ner of London’s famous ‘ bobbies,” as
the policemen there are known.
In many other ways the district
clings to names and customs that are
a legacy from old Chelsea, across the
sea, after which Dr. Moore’s grand
father, Thomas Clarke, named the
home that he built on Manhattan
Island in 1750. Old .Chelsea was then
a separate village as was Greenwich
Village to the south. In course of
time, as the city spread northward,
these communities became districts
of the metropolis of New York, re
taining, however, the individuality of
their names and boundaries.
It was about 1845 that Dr. Moore
was persuaded to sell the family prop
erty which he had inherited through
his mother, so that city streets could
be cut through. New houses—notably
a row of aristocratic brownstones
named "London Terrace”—attracted
people of artistic tastes to the new
neighborhood, which was then ‘way
Some of the bygone great whc
brought a further meed of fame tc
old Chelsea, and whose shadows per
haps still haunt the spot, are Ray
mond Hitchcock and Edwin Forest
famed in the world of dramp; Horace
Greeley, the distinguished euitor. and
Lily Langtry, who lived in this neigh
borhood while in New York. Edna
St. Vincent Millay is said to have
written some of her poems in one ol
these Chelsea cottages, and Josie
Mansfield, recently recreated on the
screen, in “The Toast of New’ York,'
held court in an old Chelsea brown
The district is steeped in a host ol
traditions which old Chelseans revere
and are determined to preserve, bul
Dr. Moore’s memory is the best-loved
Dorothy Dix Says—

Here Are a Few Good Pointers
On How to Keep Friends.
A YOUNG girl asks me if I will
tell her how to keep friends.
Well, daughter, if you wrould
keep friends you must culti
vate them. Just because people like
you at one time of your life is no
indication that they are going to con
tinue to like you unless you do some
thing to stimulate their interest and
affection and make them keep on lik
ing you.
Most friendships are killed by neg
lect, and if you want to keep yours
alive you must never cease nourishing
them with love. There is no place in
a friendship where you can sit down
a^d take it easy and let things slide.
You have to be continually on the job
if you want to keep it a going con
Many a friendship has been lost
for lack of a letter or a telephone call.
So if you want to keep your friends
you must keep in touch with them.
You must keep your image fresh in
their hearts. You must do something
to make life pleasanter for them. You
must send the telegram of congratu
lation; write the letter of sympathy;
visit the sick, so that they will always
feel that you are rejoicing with them
in their good luck and grieving with
them in their misfortune.
* * * *
VOU mustn’t expect too much of
your friends. Many people lose
their friends because they are too
critical. They demand perfection of
them. They drop this friend because
she is faddy; another because she gads
too much; another because she doesn’t
get along with her husband; others
because they don’t like their tastes,
and they soon find themselves friend
less. Whereas the wise thing to do
is to take the best that people have
to give and like that and ignore the
rest. All of us have qualities that grate
on other people's nerves.
If you want to keep friends you
must never make friendship a racket.
Because people give you their affection
does not entitle you to graft upon
them, or to expect them to support
you, or to regard their belongings as
your own. The quickest way in the
world to lose friends is by borrowing
and paying uninvited visits.
If you want to keep friends don’t
get too intimate with them. Don’t
pry into their private affairs. Never
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ask questions. They will tell you vol
untarily all they want you to know
And don’t unlock your own skeleton
closet and rattle the bonfs in it foi
their entertainment. We never forgive
others for our own indiscretions
Many a friendship has ended when
two women let down their hair anc
told each other things that thej
should have cut out their tongue!
rather than reveal.
If you want to keep friends don’l
t.y to boss them. Because a woman
is your friend is no reason why you
should try to impose your religion and
politics on her, make her join youi
clubs, go to your doctor and dentist am
dressmaker, or supervise the way she
rears her children and treats hei
husband. Friendship has to be free
to last.
* * * *
TF YOU want to keep friends never
tell them of their faults or the
things they would rather die than
hear. Leave that to their enemies
Nothing is more common than for a
woman to make friendship an alibi
for telling another woman the cruel
and catty things that wound her pride
or break her heart. Nothing could be
more fatal, for no friendship ever sur
vived a dose of home truths.
And finally, if you want to keep
friends don't put too great a strain
on friendship. It Is the flower and
grace of life, not a meal ticket. It is
a silken cord with golden threads that
binds us lightly together, but it is noi
a hempen hawser to haul us out oi
the ditches we have fallen into.
It is a great art to know how to
keep friends. It calls for exercising
all the major and minor virtues, but
it is worth all the trouble and work
it costs. For, when all is said and
done, life without friends, even though
they borrow our automobiles and tele
phone us from the station that they
are in town and tell us our faults and
shortcoming for our own good, is
cinders, ashes and dust.
(Coryrisht, 1937.)
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Spend Xmas
With Your
Christmas Letter
That Every One
Should Read.
P<>R today I have saved this letter:
"Christmas to me brings nostalgic
remembrances from which I shall
probably never completely be able to
escape. But if I can perhaps impress
you, dear Mrs. Post, with my story,
so that you will print it, I know I
shall find some relief in the thought
that others who have homes are read
ing this.
“To go back as far as I can remem
ber, which was when my sister and I
were very young children, Christmas
in our house was a time of elaborate
preparation. For days before the 25th
the house was spicy with the mixing
of mince meat and the baking of fruit
cake and cookies, mingled with the
aroma of evergreens. Then there was
tense excitement when the time came
for our many relatives to arrive.
“As we grew' older, and more know
ing, we shared, of course, in more of
the Christmas Eve preparations. And
as more years passed, the cousins from
far away stopped coming to spend
Christmas with us. They had school
parties at home, and some of the aunts
and uncles were not well. But even
when we were to be alone, the house
was just as fragrant as ever with the
evergreens and the browning cakes.
And now, instead of waiting for
Christmas Day, we always gathered
together on Christmas Eve and as the
clock struck 12, exchanged greetings
and presents.
“When the sister, who was -ny twin,
and I had begun to take more inter
est in beaux, we more or less belittled
mother's and father’s continuance of
this ritual, since we had been more
than once reluctant to leave a gay
holiday dance in order to be home be
fore the stroke of 12. 1
"Then finally, the year we were 19,
my sister became engaged, so on
Christmas eve I went to a dance
alone. As usual, like Cinderella, as
12 o’clock drew near, I did not want
to go home. But unlike Cinderella, I <
knew very well that it was time to go.
There was a man at the party whom
I wanted so much to impress and 1
couldn’t ask him home to a family
fireside ceremony. And neither did
I want to leave him to discover some
other girl’s attractiveness. So I
'When I arrived home an hour
later the lights in the sitting room
were out, but by the embers in the
fireplace I could see the unopened
gifts under the tree. In our room mv
sister was undressing She had spent
the evening with the family of her
fiance and had only just come in too.
Before we turned out our light,
mother came to wish us a Merry
Christmas and good night. After sha
left, neither of us felt like going into
further raptures over what had ear
lier seemed such a heavenly evening.
"Next day mother was as busy as
she always was at Christmas, and as
gay. But father didn't mince mat
ters in telling us that with 364 eve
nings in the year to go out. it was
little enough to save the remaining
one for mother and himself.
"Before the next Christmas mother
and father had met with a fatal ac
cident. My sister and her husband
had moved to South America, and in
deepest mourning I spent my Christ
mas alone. In fact, Christmas is the
one day in the year which I usually
spend alone.
"If you have space to print this let
ter, I don’t believe any more need
be said to those who have a mother .
and father."
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