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V w (Smnm00Ö Batin ülontutxmm^alöf mi PUBLISHED EVERY AFTERNOON EXCEPT SUNDAY J. L. & S. GILLESPIE, Editors and Publishers ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWS SERVICE GREENWOOD, LEFLORE COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, DECEMBER 24, 1919 VOLUME 4—NUMBER 99 SUBSCRIPTION: SINGLE COPY 5c PER PER MONTH YEAR) DEPRECIATION OF FOREIGN PAPER American Importers Now Buying 1 Goods In England, France and Italy For Shipment To United States. ! Associated Press NEW YORK, importers now purchasing goods in England, France and Italy for ship ment to the United States, are wax ing fat as a result of the depreciation of the pound sterling, franc and lira, according to stories now going the rounds of the New York wholesale dis-l trict. I the American buyers abroad is the fact that, by a Presidential order sev eral weeks ago, United States con suis are required to keep tab on big purchases, ascertain the selling price and cable these facts to the United States customs authorities. Then, by figuring the rate of exchange on the date of purchase, the government is enabled to set a proper value upon the goods for the collection of import du ties. A Court of Claims passes upon what ai'e alleged to be unfair apprai sals. Dec. 24—American The only "fly in the ointment" for The situation is said to be some what like this: An American buying pound sterling say, on December 12, needed to pay in American money on ly $3.66 for British currency normal ly worth about $4.87. Now he goes to a factory in Nottingham, Eng., to! buy laces and there, although prices of course are higher than before the war, he pays for them in this depre ciated British money and makes a ! "handsome" profit. Then he ships the laces to the United States where, by reason of the inflation of the Ameri- j can dollar .they are retailed for from 100 to 150 per cent, above pre-war prices. The same importer, on the same date, we will say, goes to France. In Paris he has exchanged his American dollars for francs. Normally there are 5.18 1-8 francs to the dollar but now he finds one yankee "simoleon" will buy 11.25 francs over 100 per cent more than before the war. The price j of silks has gone up but he goes to Lyons and there ,with his depreciated French money, he buys more than he has ever bought before at "bargain" The silkf reach New York prices. where they are sold to the consumer at double their former retail price. Next this importer visits Italy: where he finds the lira. 5.18 1-8 of ! which like the franc before the w ar could be bought for one American dol lar, now at a vast discount. In fact, he receives 13.47 lira for one Ameri can dollar and, well financed, goes to Naples where he negotiates the pur-1 chase of tapestries costing, of course more than in 1914 but in reality chea- ; per when purchased with the present | Italian currency. The same finaneial conditions exist all over Europe and in the former Central Empires, of course, they are reported much worse, countries, however, where there is na-j tional stability and greater ability to pay, the depreciated money is effect ing some strange changes. A dinner j which, before the war, in Paris could be had for a nominal sum, now costs j from 20 to 60 francs. American manufacturers, mean j j I ! ! In the Allied j I while, who desire to sell their P™- ! ducts abroad are demanding payment, in American dollars at par Recently j the Belgian government it is said, j bought twenty American locomotives, I for which payment instead of being j in Belgian money was demanded in j American dollars ,thus adding from 15 to 20 per cent, to the manufactur er's normal profit. Naturally this dis courages foreign buying. j ; O Poor Not Forgotten At Christmas Season _ i ■ The poor of Greenwood were not for- j gotten at this happy Christmas time | and through the King's Daughters Associated Charity, every needy per- j son in Greenwood was supplied with j gifts and food. Great truck loads ofj provisions and toys were distributed through Greenwood today. Never before was the response so great to this worthy cause as this year. Among the donations were tur- keys, dressed hogs, chickens, etc. Ev- ery family in the city who was in need was supplied with a box con. taining, clothing, provisions, nuts, fruit, candies and toys. Many of the citizens aided the King's Daughters Associated Charity by sending liberal checks which, enabled the organiza- tion to buy the articles needed and send Christmas joy to many homes. -p-e A heavy concentration on ages end in five and zero are always re i ported at a census. The Census Bur has Blade many efforts to over » this inaccurate tendency on the ' when stating ages ' v , 3; I THE NATIONAL ORANGESHOW More Than One Million Oranges Will 1 Be Used By Citrus Growers To Build Their Exposition ! Associated Press 24—More than 1,000,000 oranges will be used by citrus fruit growers of California to build their annual expo sition, the National Orange Show, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the planting of one of California's first orange trees, by Padre Dumetz, a I Franciscan. For 10 years the citrus fruit grow ers of California have been entertain ing many thousands of people from many states at their exposition. It w'll be laid out in a great garden of flowers at a park, and citrus fruit communities of the state will vie with each other in the splendor of their work of art created from the golden fruit, the spot where the Franciscan padre planted the first orange tree of the region, SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Dec. The site of the orange show is at Prizes will be awarded to the grow ers who produce the choicest of or anges, grapefruit and lemons, Last year more than 100,000 people attended the exposition, which has be come one of California's most fam ous mid-winter events, Will Not Issue o Paper Tomorrow The Daily Commonwealth will not be issued tomorrow. The entire force is going to take a day off" on ac count of Christmas, but the paper will appear again Friday afternoon. In the maentime, we extend to our friends and patrons the compliments of the holiday season. They have been good to us ,and there's nothing too * ood that we can Possibly wish for them ind-Vidu-lly ar..i cc.kct.veiy ______ i U|Y^y I il»| A v *Avr f f IXaO BE CELEBR ATED during Christmas and the New 7 Yer ; . J. L. & S. CILLE SITU, Editors and Publishers. -O' In Addition To Numbers Of Partie 7 ■j ; | j j Services Will F ? ITeld In .Tome Churches. Chrktma; will be celebrated in; Greenwood with closing of practical*/I every business house in city, the usual j number of turkey dinners, dances and j Yuletide parties. The social calendar I is full and the holiday season prom ises to be a gay one in Greenwood. However, sacred services will be held in some of the churches and ! Christ's birthday will be fittingly ob ! served. at 8:30 Christ . Holy Communion will be held at the Episcopal Church mas morning. At 10:30 a. m. j morning prayer service together with I special music will take place at this ! mass will ^ held at the Cath J ^ church toni ht at midnight) sec - j ond masg christmas mo rning at 8 j & third masg at 10;30 a . m>> fol _ I ]owed the benediction . A beau ti j ^ ^ ^ ^ presented to the j Catholic Church by Mr E Sliman of the this city, and it will be used in the Christmas Christ, the Blessed Virgin, and Saint It represents service. Joseph. j Tonight a Christmas program will be rendered at the Methodist Church ; at 6 o'clock. A prettily decorated tree has been arranged for the children and the program will be an interest i ing one. ■ -o j | j j Germany Still Has Letter Censorship Associated Press BERLIN, Dec. 24—At last the nak i ed truth is out, officially confirmed. Germany still has a censorship with 16 headquarters for testing letters,, and 10 for examining them. Govern-, ment officials say "the activity of thej testing headquarters consists in con- j trolling the foreign correspondence of j German business firms," though the Chambers of Commerce have aready had a chance to see the correspond dhave declared it to be free ence an from any harm. "The postal examination headquart ers have three duties," official circles farther announced. "These are to hin der the fight of capital to see whether the orders of the imperial commissary Tor export and import have been fol lowed, and also to stop the ex change trade with the xed and green «tamped thousand mark notes.'' Telling the Story of His Life Y « 9 & r ! % \ m 10 . :*» m Æ m M ft'tSJSK • Vv % mm mm j' VL m W m M*X mmm ;>Û, 7 * ; ÿsM 'j; $ i * M m M A \ §S:£ \ Wi m * % «ri 1*1 i: 4®; J I j \ ft & f. -y. m ¥ 1 * m W m , mm m? j m il L «Vi X is There a Santa Claus? > Classic Answer of a New ; York Journalist Affirming I a Little Girl's Belief NE of the finest things ever written about Christmas was o the editorial printed 20 years _ ago by the New York Sun in answer to the earnest appeal of a little " New York girl to be told w 7 hether Santa Claus really exists. Its author, Frank P. Church, was an accomplished journalist and wrote much on many subjects, but his fame will rest chiefly on this beautiful setting forth of an eternal truth. With Dr. Clement Clarke Moore's "A Visit From St. Nicholas," it is one of the great classics of the Christmas season. The answer to the eternal question as printed in the Sun follows : We take pleasure in answering at once, and thus prominently, the com munication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of the Sun : «< " 'Dear Editor—I am eight years old. Some of my little friends say there Is no Santa Claus. Papa says: If you ■ee it in the Sun it's so. Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? « ^VIRGINIA O'HANLON, " *116 West Ninety-first Street.* 'Virginia, your little friends are They have been affected by wrong. the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. Thej think that nothing can be which is not their little minds. comprehensible by All minds. Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere* insect, an ant, in his intellect, as com— pared with the boundless world about hlm as measured by the intelligence ca p ab i e of grasping the whole truth and knowledge, Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas ! How dreary would be the world If there were no Santa Glaus ! It would be as dreary as if there were no Vir ginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance, to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment except in ! sense and sight. The eternal light with ; which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. "Not believe in Santa Clans! You night as well not believe in fairies ! *on mlchfc «ret your papa to hire men "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa A couple of dozen stamps bough / > ; I b J T O t tm 1 sen 4 t t m V tkireoy to watch in all the chimneys oh Christ mas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus com ing down, what would that prove? No bo dy sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. y OU ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not; but that's no nrnnf fRqf Hipv are not there Nobodv £ an CO n C eive or imagine all'the won ders that are un seen and unseeable in tbe wor j d abiding. "No Santa Claus! Thank God, he lives and he lives forever. A thousand yearsTrom now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will con tinue tc make glad the heart of child" ' **o d ." "You may tear apart the baby's rat tle and see what makes the noise in side, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived. could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and : a day, helps drive "T. B." sway! Buy Christ Is Born by Louise F. Elmendorf The world, late racked with pair through bloody years, Has climbed its weary long-pathed Calvary, Where millions died, as Christ, that they might free Others from wrong and black op* pression' s tears. Once more now through the world comes to our ears The song of all the ages, ee Christ is born." Mute tongued to notes of joy have been the bells, And only childhood and old age dared try To sing, so near the threatening battle sky, The song that told, though dulled by shrieking shells Whose bursting turned a thousand homes to hells, Tine wonder of the ages, te Christ is born. 9> Our faith in God has brought to us the goal; War-weary lands have peace on earth again; And in the scarred and fire purged hearts of men, Made sweet and strong by suffering of the soul, Through travail of a world once more made whole, Anew in human hearts the Christ is bom. Dear God, the Christmas songs are frauqht with prayer That Thou wilt be with those were going skating? Marjorie—So we were, but when he saw 1 had my hat trimmed with mis tletoe he asked uj<? to go for a walk. That men may live their thanks; whose tears still pay That we may have the glory of this day; that lives may bear j xjiemod witness for Thee, every* ' * where Proclaiming that in its the Christ [ is born. I Changed His Mind. Doris—I thought you and George Christmas seals. OPERATORS WILL ACCEPT DECISION Will Not Block Settlement Under Plan Proposed For Settlement By President Wilson. Associated Press TERRE HAUTE, Ind., Dec. 24—Op erators of the Central competitive fields will not block the coal settle ment under the plan proposed by Piosident Wilson ,but on the contra ry, will abide by the decision of the commission appointed by the Presi dent to work out a settlement, it is indicated in a statement issued by the ! spokesman for the operators in the recent negotiations with the miners. o FAIR WEATHER FHRICTjVI A C 1. v/lX A lflrlkJ Prediction Is That Practically Whole Country Will Enjoy Pretty Day Tomorrow. Associated Press I J WASHINGTON, Dec. 24—General ly fair weather is expected to prevail I throughout the country Christmas, ex j cept the Middle Atlantic, New' Eng- j land and Middle ■ States, i Western where snow 7 flurries are predicted. ! -o Revocation Made Of War Licenses Associated Press effective January 1st, of all licenses 1 issued by the War Trade Board prior to last September 30th for export of^ arms and munitions to Mexico. WASHINGTON, Dec. 24—The State Department anounces the revocation, -o BANQUET FOR S. S. CLASS The members of the Sunday Sihool class of Mr. J. H. Mitchell of the Met hodist Church, enjoyed a pleasant ban quet Tuesday night at the memorial Building. The table was prettily de corated in greens appropriate to the 1 Christmas time. A number of stories j w r ere told and speeches made. Those present were George A. Spivey, Hugh-; ey Williford, Lee Mene: s, Stanly Men. ees, William Cooper, Wade Stokes, Will iam Vardaman, William Lomax, Arthur Galle and Mr. and Mrs. E. L. ; Whittington. ï ■o New Year Banquet Chamber Commerce * * Tickets to the Chamber of Commer- j ce Banquet, New Year's Eve are now on sale—to members only, and can bef had by either ing the Secretary, price three dollars. The number of tickets is limited to two hundred—the seating capacity of Memorial Hall, where the banquet will be held. In response to a general de mand the hour of 6:30 p. m. has been calling on or writ agreed upon for the banquet, and guests are urged to be on hand prom ptly. Congressman B. G. Humphreys! will be present and expected to talk upon some matters of vital import ance to us just now, and a number of other out-of-town guests are expect- . ** ************; *# I * COTTON MARKETS* eu. -o 9r ************** . . _ ____ ~ ~ ^H 5 ! 3 1 - 50 31 - 15 ; 33 35 ! 327 - Closed 41 to 72 up. New York Spots unchanged 40.00. NEW YORK COTTON MARKET Prev., Open High Low Close C ose - - 37.20;37.75 37.20 37.55,37.14j Mar. - - j 35.05135.70135.05135.66 ; 34.9 1 j Jan. NEW ORLEANS COTTON MARKET Prev. Open High Low Close C oss Jan. - - 38.60 39.06 38.55 38.99 38.4r ;i Mar. - - I35.69j36.42 35.69 36.34 35.6 May - ' [33.48[34.00j 33.48l33.96|33.3J [ Closed 51 to 71 up. New Orleans Spots unchanged 39.25 # o * ! * * THE WEATHER * * ! fff »p sfc îjc sfc «J» sfc sjc sjc s(s sfc [ MISSISSIPPI — Fair Wednesday j jand probably Thursday; not much j change in temperature. i i I Local Observations. TEMPERATURE—Highest, «0 de grees; lowest, 33 degrees; precipita tion 0.0; river gauge 34.2; rise in 24 hours 0.1. Miss Annie Long Stephens, Local Observer. jNINE INSANE MEN MISSING \ Patients Have Not Been Located Since The Fire Which Occurred Last Night. Associated Press MIDDLETOWN, Conn., Dec. 24— Nine men, who were among the fifty three mildly insane patients, accom modated in the outlying buildings of the Connecticut Hospital for the in sane, are missing today as a result of the fire there last night, O Controversy Over Awarding Of D. S. C. WASHINGTON, Dec. 24—Congres sional investigation indicated today might result from a controversy be Associated Press tween Admiral Sims and Secretary Daniels over awards for distinguished service medals in the navy, which were made public today with the pub lication of a letter written by Admir al Sims, declining to accept his dis tinguished service medal in the navy unless the list awarded was revised to include those recommended by him to receive a decoration. The report awards has been transmitted to the Senate Naval Committee. At the request of Chairman Page, Represen tative Heflin announced, he will ask the House Committee to call for a similar report. -o Striving For Definite Settlement Of Fiume Associated Press Rome, Dec. 24—(Havas) The Pre mier informed the Council of Minis t ers yesterday that he would leave Thursday for Paris and return only after having obtained a definite set tlement of the Fitfme and Adriatic question. i , . u. -o-— Bolsheviki Capture Many Men And Guns 1 Associated Press LONDON, Dec. 24—The Bolsheviki captured fifteen guns and a thousand horses, and three hundred men after defeating the forces of General Mam antoff and Chelnof in the region of Staroniensk, according to wireless dispatches from Moscow. The dispatch says a thousand Cossacks, including Chelnoff were killed. i s Found Guilty Of Seditious Conspiracy o seH, charged with seditious conspiracy in connection with the general strike in Winnipeg last May, was today found guilty on all seven counts in tbe indictment. Associated Press WINNIPEG, Dec. 24— R. B. Rus John Wrîffht * ® Died Last Night . -a Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn., John Wright, rector of the Emeritus St. Poul Episcopal Church and con sidered International authority Egyptology, died here last night. Dec. 24—Rev. on o Wage Increases Big In Chicago Associated Press CHICAGO, 111., Dec. 24—Wage in creases averaging five dollars weekly, was granted thirty five thousand gar ment workers in Chicago today. o CHRISTMAS RUSH ON IN NEW YORK Yesterday Was Record Breaking For Business, But More Trade Ex pected Today. ! Associated Press ! NEW YORK, Dec .24—New York's j final day of Christmas shopping star j ted this morning with a rush that pro i mised to exceed even a record break i ing business of yesterday. Christmas bonuses distributed in the financial district are estimated to aggregate thirty million dollars ,amounts vary ing from fifteen to one hundred per cent of the recipient's salaries. Take The Daily Commonwealth.