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,THE CHRISTMAS OF THE HUNDRED. MILLION DOLLAR
BABY AND THE CHRISTMAS OF, PERCY SGOTT
Washington, Dec. 23, Never
since the far away day when the
.wise men came out of the East
has the contrast in the varied
meanings of Christmas been
drawn more sharply than today
in the capital of the greatest re
public in Christendom the seat
of government .of the most en
lightened of the nations.
While Santa Claus was being
pressed into service at the great
celebration in honor of three
year old Vinson Walsh McLean,
the "hundred million dollar" baby
he was handed a crumpled, dirty,
badly written note.
The note read: "Dear Santa:
Do you or your wife need any
- planer washing? My mother's
poore, but she don't want no
charity.- And then i kin help her.
,We are reel good at plane swash
ing. And if you kin put some
work in our way, pleas do so, for
we need the money bad. Yours,
Percy Scitt, 334 G. Street, N. W"
There was a great celebration
in the barbie palace of the Mc
Leans last night In honor of
Christmas or was" it honor of
the McLean millions?
'This millionaire baby, heir to
the millions of Thomas F. Walsh
and John R. McLean, was hdst
U at a Christmas tree celebration.
The least estimate of theiortunes
of the child guests is $500,000,
Gifts worth thousands of dol
lars were distributed from a mam
moth pine tree, brought all the
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way from Maine. Skilled decora
tors had wrought miracles with'
the. tree in tinselled, effulgent
And then there was a minia
ture Santa Claus with reindeers
that galloped over the table pro
pelled by hidden electric devices.
The celebration probably cost
And while it was in progress,
little Percy Scott, his face shin
ning with hope and faith in the
'Lord Bountiful of Christmas, was
nestling at "his mother's knee in
the gloomy little shack of G
He had written his letter to
Santa Claus, asking not for great
gifts, but for work-for his moth
erland he was hoping Santa
Claus would grant this favor. -
And his, letter It went
through Santa Claus agencies,
and at last arrived at the desk of
Miss Julia Murdock, his chief rep
Miss Murdock wiped her eyes
after reading the letter, and
"It's almost beyond belief," she
said. "But it's true, bitterly true.
We get no help from the rich.
Only the poor and.fairly comfort
able know the meaning of Christ
mas. Our only offer to aid "from
the rich was from1 a debutante.
She offered her automobile. And
then it raine'd, and she telephoned
withdrawing her offer, because
she did not want the automobile
tOv be 'muddied. ' s
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