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THE PENSACOLA JOURNAL, SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 3, 1916.
Peopl e m Events By CELIA MYROVER ROBINSON DKrt, ft ( 1 1 a. m. to 3 p. m. Phone 38 V. 5 p. m. to 9 p. mJ JOHN JAMES AUDUBON. By Mrs. Kingsmill Marrs. A decided impetus was given the interest in bird preservation through the visit of Miss Isabel Goodhue, field agent of the Florida Audubon Soc iety, to Pensacola, and a number of branch soieties have been organized in the various grades of the public schools. The pupils and others who wish to lend their aid in preserving the bird life of Florida, will read th following story with the greatest in terest: It will naturally be most interest ing to those who live in the South to know that Audubon was born about 1780, in the state of Louisiana, twenty miles from New Orleans. Al though he was of French parentage, he always called America his home, "his own beloved country." He scarcely remembered his own mother, for his childhood was spent in France with his stepmother, whom he fondly loved, who so indulged his love of nature that finally it became the one absorbing pleasure of his life. Audubon, in writing to his children says, "Instead of applying to my studies, I preferred spending the day in the woods, fishing and shooting." Admiral Audubon, his father, was during these years in America, where in the revolutionary war, he served under General Lafayette and became anmit Nicholas Qirl Christmas Tree tVOirOt K)INI! GONE HI I WAS wedged in VEX A nnSne os ray WAY I50&SE last night CUT TK woman fast ahead Cf IS was well groomed, AKD T?2 Terr tight of her itAHl KTSTED xny tired nerves. SIZ HAD ftEtttegfrt EXSHX! KER and when the I & CALLED ICR 'Grandma" I ALMOST fainted. I DTUrVT YCT that it was A PET name because aha LOOKED SO IT SIIT does not tzm I AM a poor goeeser. Years far beaatirul hair. a friend of George Washington. In 1774 Admiral Audubon purchased "Mill Grove," a charming residence on the Schuylkll river, Ja Pennsyl vania, which became the home of bis son, John James Audubon (for whom this society is named) when he was 17 years old. Here young Audubon led a most enjoyable and congenial life, hunting, fishing, drawing or music occupied every moment. He Bays, "Mill Grove was ever a blessed spot to me. I seldom pass a day without drawing a bird or noting something of its habits." Ey so do ing he was preparing Mm self for what finally developed into his great and world-renowned book, the "Birds -of America." Soon after coming to Mill Grove, Audubon met Miss Lucy Bakewell (the daughter of an English gentle man owning the adjoining estate), whom he married April 8, 1808. Soon after, they left Mill Grove for Louis ville, Ky., to there establish a home and business. After some two years this was abandoned, for as Audubon says, "I could not bear to gJve the attention to my business it required, therefore it abandoned me: I was al ways intent on the study af birds, but all about me were impressed with the value of dollars. All I cared for in my business were the journeys I could take, as they gave me, time to study birds and their habits in the forests of Ohio, Kentucky and Penn sylvania." "Were I to tell you that once, when traveling and driving sev eral horses before me, laden with goods and dollars, I lost sight of the pack saddles and the cash they bore, to watch the motions of a warbler, I should only repeat what happened a hundred times and more in those days." Disappointments and busi ness failures followed Audubon, but his lovely wife, bravely fiharirg his misfortunes, helped by teaching, to provide for themselves and their two children always having faith in his talents, his wonderful bird pic tures, and of his ultimate success. Audubon drew portraits in crayon, taught drawing, painting and danc ing, meanwhile journeying as far as the Great Lakes, studying and paint ing birds. From a most successful dancing class in the winter of 1825, he realized two thousand dollars; with this and the savings of his wife, Audubon left America for England, in April, 1826, carrying with him his portfolio of drawings, hoping in that foreign, land to find encouragement and financial aid sufficient for him to begin the publication of his life work. Nothing is more interesting than to read the . European journals of Audubon, which ' cover a period of According to her beautiful annual custom, the St. Nicholas Girl, with the help of the generous Pensacola public which has made her work pos sible during the past few years, will have a large Christmas tree on Christ mas morning, for the children of Pen sacola those little ones whom Santa ClauB loves, but who, in some way, he is not able to reach except through his loving and faithful helper, The St. Nicholas GirL At this season of the year the heart turns naturally to the children, and the sympathies go warmly out to them. Each year now since the win ter of 1913, have the St. Nicholas Girl and her friends given of their time and effort to make Christmas day happy for the children. It is a won derful and a most beautiful work that the St. Nicholas Girl is doing, but it would not be possible for her unless you helped you men and women and little children of Pensacola, who give of your plenty or your penury, in order that Christmas may be a blessed time for the children those little ones who are your wards, because in some way fortune has forgotten to smile upon them, and make life as easy and as happy and as beautiful for them as for your own little brood. Year by year the work of the St. Nicholas girls has grown, until it has come to be a very wide and beau tiful charity. When this Christmas work was planned it was decided that the St. Nicholas GirPs Christmas tree should be just a little different from other trees, in that it should shed its won derful brightness into the lives of the children on the morning of Christ mas, that day of days when the gift is all the dearer to the heart of the child, because it is touched by the magic radiance of the Christmas spirit. So each Christmas morning at ten o'clock the great tree blossoms out for the children, with wonderful colored lights, and there are gay dolls and horns and bats and balls and candies and nuts and apples and oranges, and the many fruits of the Christmas tree, without which no Christmas day would be complete. The first year of the big Christmas tree was held fn the old McHugh store on Garden street, the next year there was a Santa Claus postoffice, and the children's Christmas letters were an swered by a jolly Santa Claus post man, last year the big tree fruited at the armory hall, and it is probable that here again it will be placed this year. In addition to the Christmas tree at the armory hall last year there was the beautiful municipal Christmas tree, which was lighted each evening in Mallory court, and about which carols were sung on Christmas eve. This tree was placed and lighted ,by the Pensacola Elec tric Company, its only object being to add to the brightness of Christ mas, and with its lights and - its Christmas star, to remind the world that Christmas is a season of good will to all men. It is hoped this year not only to have all the gracious features wnich have made the St. Nicholas Girl's Christmas celebration so beautiful and so helpful in the past, but to make it a happier anniversary, if possible, and to bring not only child ish gifts, but much of comfort into the .lives of the children. So far as is compatible with the work, The Journal hopes that the gifts will be voluntary. The big Christmas tree will take care of many children, and the lists of contributors will be published, as in the past. Do not think that because your gift must be small that it is of no account in this work. It is the- small gifts which make the Christmas work what it is a work of love for all of us to do for the children, together. Several entertainments will be giv en for the St. Nicholas fund, and these will be announced later. Fashion demands a bracelet watch for every lady BECAUSE it combines practicability and beauty, aside from being an accurate timepiece. We carry all de sirable makes at prices that "will astonish you, qf"7 cn to CAMEOS, DORINES, PERFUME BALLS, ENAMEL NOVELTIES, VANITY CASES. You will find our catalogue most help ful; we have a copy awaiting your call. Peter Lindenstruth Jeweler and Silversmith, 112 South Palafox Street Here for over a quarter of a century a fact worth your consideration. P. S. Your gifts will be delvered any time you desire in faultless condition. some three years. Everywhere he met with an enthusiastic welcome, and such cordial sympathy, that his untiring efforts met with the success he had hoped. In 1829 he returned to America to gather material to com plete his work, a sufficient number of subscribers having been secured to make its publication assured. It was not, however, until 1838 that the four great volumes, containing 1065 life size portraits of birds were com pleted, and one hundred and seventy five copies printed. In the Florida Journals, we read, that in 1832 Audubon was at St. Au gustine, on the St. Johns river, at Indian Inlet, Indian Key, Key West, and the various keys south of Flor ida. He laments the wholesale de struction of the live oaks, these mag nificent trees being ruthlessly de stroyed by the woodsmen, who cut down, not only those that can be sold, but hundreds that are left to decay on the ground. He is most enthusiastic about the birds. He sees "pelicans, , cormorants, egrets, herons, gulls and tern all fearlessly happy in the trees, swamps, or on the water." "Flocks of birds, thou sands, everywhere." He writes, "there we were, the nests of four hundred cormorants over our heads' "Rose-colored curlews stalked grace fully beneath mangroves." "Purple herons rose at every step we took, and each cactus supported the nest of a white ibis, while great flocks of birds overhead, as they passed seemed like clouds." "The air was darkened by the whistling wings, while, on the waters, floated beauti ful purple gallinulesl" While on the keys at the very south of Florida, he .writes, "Our boat lay on her side on the sand, looking not unlike a whale reposing, on a mud bank. The birds in myrids were about us. There . great flocks of ibises fed apart from equally large Collections of godwits, and thousands of herons gracefully" paced along, ever and anon, thrusting their jave lin bills into the body of some unfor tunate fish confined in a small pool of water, of fish-chows I could not estimate the number." In all his re searches Audubon allowed no slaugh ter or ruthless killing of the birds; no one more truly loved and protected them, for he always felt that "the love of animals develops the better side of all natures." Sir Walter Scott writing about a visit he had from Audubon in 1827, says, "tie nas great simplicity oz manner and behavior, slight in per son, plainly dressed, wears long hair, which time has not tinged, his coun tenance acute, handsome, interesting. but simplicity is his chief character istic His drawings are of the first order, while the attitude of his birds most animated." Audubon was generous to a fault, while his ready sympathy endeared every one to him. With a child-like, buoyant nature he never brooded over misfortune, as long as he had health and could be in the open air, he could not feel depressed. In 1842 Audu bon moved to New York, where on the shore of the Hudson river, at what is now known as Audubon Park, he lived with his, wife sur rounded by his children and child ren's children until his death in 1851. enjoy the evening, which promises to be one of the most brilliant of the winter. PERSONAL MENTION Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Driver have as their, guest, Mr. A. R. Herren, of Hattiesburg, Miss. Mrs. Ii. R. Hendrix of Chipley is the guest of her daughter, Mrs. dore'Muller. Theo- Mrs. F. J. Lee and daughter, Miss Jessie Lee, who formerly resided in Pensacola, but have recently resided in Minter, Ala., are again located here and are occupying the home re cently vacated by Dr. Charles R. Mit chell, 902 North Palafox street. CHRISTMAS CANDIES Straight from THE very boat of everything In gifts. Cndie show the stancWci of a store. You ean't boy better candict prettier packages, better assortments, anywhere in the world than right here. We have tried to carry this policy of selecting die best throughout our business. Come in and judge for yourself how well we have succeeded TheC rystal Pharmacy TheKoeg Store Phones 921-922 Brent Building Pensacc&i, F!a, PALACE WELEY The Home of Columbia Grafonolas and Columbia Records CO 109 South Palafox Street. ALBERT KLEIN, Manager. Telephone No. 230 jfim? laptop r Your Gift the Best Gift: Wf! 4 wt a COLUMBIA GRAFONOLA 1 1 f 1 T tt HAWAIIAN NIGHT AT THE SAN CARLOS. Saturday, Decemher 9th, will be Hawaiian night at the San Carlos, features of the evening to be Hawai ian dances in costume by Messrs. Treadway and Isbell of Mobile, and the Vautrot sisters, of that city, who have recently been engaged at ths Vinyard, in Mobile. A3 the 'Misses Vautrot and Messrs. Treadway and Isbell are well known HE gift your family will be happ est to get, proudest to own, an most sure to enjoy, is the "One Incom parable Musical Instrument," the one instrument with the "Tone of Life a genuine Columbia Grafonola. There's a Colombia model at ytrar dealer! between the prices of $1$ and $350 that will make an ideal and splendid Christmas gift. Call on yoor Columbia dealer quick and rcscrrc the instrument yon want today. timm Colmwifa lUemnU mi talm ft lOih mf momr month 1121 OILJS if socially, it is expected that a num ber from Mobile will fefe present to