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WiH War Force
By Nixola Greeley-Smith,
t»» * child I* born; unto us a *on I* Klven *
I J Into the world come* this messa*e on Christmas morn-
W In*. Itll
The message la universal To many the
child la born of the fle*h —to othera, In the
spirit. But. whether of the *oul or of the
body, on Christmas morning childhood trail*
lt» cloud* of glory over the earth.
In many home* flari'a < lau* will leave his
rarest, moat exquisite gift — the rosy wonder
of life, the perfumed flower of love —a HAHY.
But In Europe, writhing under the red
reign of war, there I* a ghost at the
baby's feast—there are many ghosts,. In
fact—the pitiful pale ghosts, the wee
wistful wraiths of all the babiee that will
NOT BE BORN next Christmas time.
On Christmas day, 1915, there will be no
baby crop In Europe The man-at-arms has
doomed the babe —In arm*
A million men In the trenches means a
million empty cradle* next year. Thai 1*
why In Europe today, as Rama of old, 1*
there "a voice heard, lamentation and weep.
In* and great mourning Rachel weeping for
h«-r children, because they ARE not" —AND
WILL, NEVER BE!
There we have th<- most terrible and last-
In* effect of the world-war — Its influence on
the already declining birth rate of Europe!
,r-Think of what It mea-.s, not only to the
numbers, but to the quality of the ra.'cs of
Europe, for the flower of It* manhood to
klv« their ener*v and vitallt'. to the DEATH
fEORf'E lim'cad of the LIFE-FORCE.
There 1* woman's grievance in the world-
ww. To realize how great l» In. let iih examine the blrtn Htatlstlca ofl
European countries before war wan declared.
Birth*. Deaths. Increase
Hungary 37.0 15 1 U.»'
Ane'. M* ... ...
Primula . 81.8 17.0 14.8
fierroan Empire .... ....
Hcotland, 20 4 15.3 11.1
Enffland and Wilm 25.8 H.I 11,2
Ireland 2.15 17.2 18
France 1H IS <1 0.3
After studying thl* table we mu*t realize that It I* not the baby crop
fit 1915 alone whlrh will be blighted by the world-war, but the human
harvest for year* to come.
lleraUK of the *urplu* women in England and on continent, a
great many bablea are condemned even In the piping time* of peace to
go unborn, to dwell forever In the Never Never-Land of woman's aoul.
At the end of the war thl* turplu*. already numbered In million*,
will be enormously Increaned. What will be the anawet to Uie Kirnit
social problem presented by that fact?
Will It be an accepted and realgned polygamy?
Many atudent* of mjclal condition* believe *o. < For the problem the
irometi of Europe rnuat nolve at the end of the war I* thl*
Muat we 00 on forever without children bacauae it ia nu
merically impoaelble to give them a father apiece? Muat the
race pariah or morality be made over to the aharp need of
(he time*? Shall we be perpetual vaatala or plural wive*'
ARE REDUCED RY
ORDER OF STATE
Placing the Everett Interurban
lln» on a basis of 2 cent* a mile, the
prevailing rate on the Taroma In
terurban and the Everett-Hno
homlah line, the state public wt
v|c» rommlMlnn ha* issued an orde?
reducing the fares S3 per rent
This mean* the present one-war
fare between Seattle anil Everett
of "5 rent* will come dn«n to f>o
rent*, and the present round-trip
fare of $1.30 will he reduced to le*r
Proportionate redurtlon* will br
made for the way station* Thf
Everett Interurban rate* h>. ve here
tofore been fixed on a 3-cents-a mile
According to Chairman C A. Rey
nold* of the commission the com
pany ha* been earning more than
13 per cent on $1,150,000.
The n*w rate* will reduce the
earning* to *>4 per cent. The order
will not be effective for 30 days.
The company probably will ap
peal to the court*
Cover* were laid for 1,000 at the
Hotel l.lbertv Christmas afternoon.
The bl* feed was served at 2:30.
And ft wa* *ome feed.
There ws* roast young pork and
Jelly, and cold slaw, and potatoe*.
and tea. and orange* The orang»s
were contributed by "Commission
Row." on Western are
Christmas night religious serv
ices will be conducted
The weather bureau at Waiihtnf
ton. I» C.. today predict* * hi*
■nowatorm. poaalbjy a billiard, for
the Kaat liefore tomorrow
Weatherman rtillabury naja i>o»
•tbly a few aprlnkler. will hit Heat-
U# Saturday, but that th«y will not
continue long, and If the weather
I continue* to *et warmer we will be
able to hock our orercnata aoon
and kick the coal man out of the
SANTA FOR HIS
WASHINGTON. Dae. 25.—
Anna Cothran, President Wll
aon'a favorlta grand nlaca, wai
the cental- of attraction at the
White Houaa today. Glfta from
a huge Chrletmae traa wara
dtatrlbutad by tha prealdant.
The party at tln» White Houaa
was compound of FYnncla It. Havre
and Mra. Hayre, Secretary of the
Treasury McAdoo and Mra. Mc-
Adoo and Mlaa Margaret Wllaon.
The capital thla Chrlatma* waa
not as gay aa uaual. the ahadow of
Europe's war helri* plainly appar
ent The atmoaphere nbout the
various embassies wa« particularly
THE ONLY PAPER IN SEATTLE THAT DARES TO PRINT THE NEWS
SOLDERS TAKE DAY OFF FROM
KILLING AND SWAP CHRISTMAS
GIFTS WITH THEIR OKIES
German Soldiers in France
Trade Beer Rations to
French for Champagne
Dealt Out by Govern
ment —Men Smoke To
gether and Drink Each
Other's Health— Belgian
King Gives Each of His
Soldiers Box of Cigars.
THE HAGUE. D«c. 25 — Sol
d'ara who, In a law hour*, may
ba firing deadly miaaiiaa at .
each ott-ar. today ara anjoying
a tacit truce In tne war tone in
Northern Franca In many In
stances where the trenehee of
tha anamlaa ara cloaa ta each
other, the eoldier* ara avan hob
nobbing and exchanging glfta
Although no formal agreement
waa made, ther# waa a general
■ eaaatlou of hoatllltlea alone the
100-tulle battle line today In North
ern France, aoldlara from both
aide* receiving present* from lovad
<>tu>a at home of < igare, wine*.
<*»•. nod fiib'r d»lk*uaf
Man O'lnk Together
At varUma polnta whera the
trenches are r|o»* the French and
' (iermana frttorftlr.a. exchanging
• Igare and drinking together The
ciermtn eoldier* were permitted
eitra ratlona of beer This the)" ,
eichanged with the Franch. many
of whom had received champagne
and other wine* («ood-natured
liadln»*e marked the day In the
The French government aent ev-1
ery man on the firing line a quar-1
ler hot Ila of champagne Clothing
and tobacco ware frealv distributed.
I'arle reports lhat laat night *»«
a quiet one and that all cafea
rloaad at 11 o'clock, aa us'inl To
day President and Mme. Polncare
distributed hundred* of pre*ent* to
children made fatherlea* by the
Belgian King In England
An attempt waa made to main
tain the old-time Christmas aplrlt I
of ' Merrle England," and It auc
reeded fairly well.
The royal family apent the day
at Sandrlngham. after seeing to It
thnt every wounded man In 1-on j
don hospitals received a Chrlatmaa
remembrance of aome kind, and
thnt the thousands of llelglan id
ugee* In the city were well fed
King Albert of Helgtnm arrived
In Folk atone. Incognito, yesterday, j
and today 1a a guest of lx>ril and j
l,ady Curson. with whom hla queen |
and her children have l>een living |
alnca Helglum ha* been torn by
Sende Clgara to Soldlera
Hefore leaving llelgium. King Al
bert aent a ho* of 25 cigar* to ev
ery Belgian aoldler In the trenrhe*
Kuaalan aoldlera In the vicinity
of Mlawa today are enjoying
"stolen a wee I a." A Rus*lan bat
tallon i aided a transport and cap
tured a great quantity of Chrlst
maa glfta which they dlatributed
among the aoldlera.
According to reports, the Ru*
alan troopa are the only onea puah- |
Ing hostilities today They report
the repulae of Turklah ontpost*
ulong the entire front with heavy
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WHEN A MAN'S MARRIED
S! Mll I, \\ ASH., I fcIDAY, DEC 25, 1914.
SOPHIE TUCKER, EMPRESS HEADUNER,
SINGS RAGTIME SONGS FOR "LITTLE
CHIMNEY" KIDS AT DREAMLAND RINK
Sophia Tucker, headllnar at the!
Emprcaa theatre, who "cut" one ■
her appaarancaa at tha theatre to
day to be praaent at Dreamland
rink and alng ragtime to tha little
Hours before the scheduled time
for the opening of Ureamland rink,
where the "little-chimney" kids
hold forth Christina* afternoon,
crowds of little children, In tow of
parents and grown-up brothers and
sisters, waited eagerly for admit
Many grown-ups csms without
children to see ths show.
• • •
Bophle Tucker, known the world
over for her ragtime singing, whs
one of the first arrivals.
Sophie got a special leave of ab
sence from l/oew's Empress the
atre, where she Is headlining this
week, just to sing for the kiddles
She said she never saw anything
like It before.
The firemen's band, and the
wives of the players were there.
OLD SANTA REAL
SWEET TO LARRY
Santa Claua dropped Into po
lie* headquartera Friday
morning. He waa Invltad by
th* offlcere to pay hi* compli
ment* to *w*et Larry Willi*
ton, th« charming *ocl*ty bud
who ha* been Introducing folk*
to ctilafa of police for *ev*ral
year*. He I* the chief* or
Larry I* richer now by one
powder puff and * pair of dre**
f At 1:30 sharp the firemen got
Into action They played all aorta
of popular tunas to the delight of
the youthful audience
• * *
Towering far above the mass of
bobbing heads of children, who
crowded around him and squeezed
him something frightful, was Santa
I'lsus, successfully Impersonated
by Crawford E. White, the mam
moth deputy prosecuting attorney.
Crawford got his garb through
the courtesy of the Costume Shop.
1.121 Fifth ave. The whole stock
of Santa Claim togs was rum
maged through before a suit of
White's dimensions was procured.
At that It was a wee bit tight.
• • «
A Joyous shout went up when the
children were called Into line to
get ready for the distribution of
Utile eyes popped way out when
the big sacks were opened and the
contents disclosed. Every sack
had something different.
Three thousnnd sacks were given
away. ' I
The six big Christmas trees were
decked out In a thousand incandes
cent lampa and other decorations
The Star wants to thank those of
its readers who heljwd by contri
butions of money and toys or candy.
Ito make today's Christmas tree
possible. We wish to acknowledge
a check today from the Ooodyear
Raincoat Co., Second ave at Madi
son st„ for $5. and ffi.6o sent us
! yesterday liv the boys at No. 19
ONE CENT ViV^Y^n^"
At the Providence hospital,
Patrolman A. R. Ruckart of
Ballard station, Has in a cari
ous condition, with a bullet
wound In hie aide, suffering
from loaa of blood.
At the city hospital, Wilfred Bait
ley, 38. manager of the log depart
ment of the Seattle Cedar lumber
Manufacturing i;o, Jle», with a
bullet wound In bis nose.
Ruckart and Ragley shot each
other early Thursday evening,
when Ragley mistook Ruckart for a
Ruckart had l>een detailed to
West 63rd St.. to look for prowlers.
When he got near the Ragley
residence. 2039 West 63rd St., Bag
ley was standing in the front : srd,
with a shotgun in Ills hands.
According to Ruckart. Ragley
ojiened fire at once, though there
was plenty of light, the officer siys,
to distinguish his uniform. Bar
ley asserts he had been on the look
out for prowlers for some time
Ragle.v fired twice, one shot tak
Ruckart. wounded, then opened
fire on Uaglev,
The shots attracted Patrolman R.
J. Persho. and he disarmed Bflglcy.
Persho also claims that there w -s
plenty of light for Rigley to fee
that Ruckart was a uniformed of
At the hospital, it Is stated Ruck
art is not In any Immediate danger.
His wound, however, is extremely
CHICAGO. Deo. 25—As the lust
of the Christmas shoppers were
leaving the Julius Oppenhelmer de
partment store early today a boiler
explosion occurred In the basement,
setting fire to the building. The
structure was destroyed Several
firemen were hurt by falling walls.
Two apartment houses also
caught fire and 10 families were
8 HURT IN WRECK
RENO, Nev., Dec. 23. —Eight per
sons were Injured, none seriously,
at Imlay, Nev., when the second
section of Southern Pacific train
No. 1!> crashed Into the first sec