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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, December 21, 1947, Image 26

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Longer Planning Bill to Permit
Santa Claus to Reply to Letters
Senator Langer plans to see to it
that every letter youngsters write
to Santa Claus is answered.
The North Dakotan said last night
he will introduce legislation which
“will permit old Santa Claus" to
reply personally to each of the thou
sands and thousands of kiddies who
communicate with the North Pole
around this time of the year.
! Probably remembering his own
disappointment as a boy when his
letters to Santa went unanswered,
Senator Langer said his bill would
provide that all letters mailed to
Santa Claus be sent to the real town
I of Santa Claus, Ind.
Senator Langer, who is chairman
of the Senate Civil Service and Post
I Office Committee, said that the post- >
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office department during the Christ
mas mail rush would assign a group
of clerks to the Indiana town to
handle the thousands of Santa Claus
letters.
Under terms of the bill, Santa
Claus would be given franking
privileges, a privilege presently en
joyed only by members of Congress.
Franked post cards, with a message
from Santa, would then be sent to
each boy and girl who has written
to the jolly fat man.
And what youngster could dispute
the validity of Santa's answer, when
the card would be postmarked
Santa Claus, Ind.?, Senator Langer
asks
To get his project underway—it!
ti0HENGRIN
will be too late to do anything about
it this Christmas—Senator ganger
plans to confer soon with Post
Office officials. The senator pointed
out that thousands of letters are
addressed each year to Santa Claus,
Ind., the North Pole and other
places, but that the letters have to
be dsetroyed.
The city post office in Washing
ton receives about 50 letters to Santa
each day during the Christmas
rush. As in Santa Claus, Ind.,
Postmaster Vincent Burke and his
assistants reluctantly have to de
stroy the letters.
Most of the letters, of course, are
filled with breathless requests for
all sorts of toys.
\
Some kiddies, however, realize
that old Santa also has to take care
of less fortunate children all over
the world and they don't ask for
very much. Like the little Wash
ington girl who addressed a sim
ple appeal- for medical help for
her doll. ‘‘Get Janie repaired,” was
her brief message to Santa.
Another little girl, employing a
subtle personal touch, appended
after her request for numerous toys,
this message to Santa:
‘‘I hope this little letter finds you
and your little helper in the very
best of health."
From 1860 to 1890, the Pennsyl
vania oil fields were the chief source
of petroleum in the United States.
Kenneth Fry to Quit Post
As Voice of America Head
Kenneth Pry, chief of the State
Department's International Broad
cast Division, will leave his Job as
head of the Voice of America pro
grams to return to private radio
work next January 16.
Mr. Pry came to Washington five
years ago from NBC in Chicago to
work with the Office of War In
formation. He was head of the
Alaska broadcast operations early
in the war, then was in charge of
the Pacific Division, operating from
San Francisco, When OWI was
dissolved he went to the State De
partment along with others engaged
in overseas broadcasting
He said last night th' he felt he
had "done my stint” he Gov
ernment and was retu: ; to pri
vate industry for flnan reasons.
Bolivia Plans Irrigation
The government of Bolivia has
taken over 250,000 acres in the
country and expects to have 50 per
cent of the land Irrigated within
four years.
The great majority of sharks eat j
other fishes, but some feed chiefly
on minute organisms in the sea.
Guard Kills Prisoner
At Army Air Base
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said Porter was shot by Corpl.
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quit work on a woodpile and
threatened the corporal with a
sl-rige hammer.
^rter went AWOL after drawing
iment overseas, officials said.
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