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THK SHOPPING CENTER OP TACOMA Starting Tomorrow, Great Half Price Sales Women's Suits, Coats, Dresses —Real winter just starting—wardrobes need renewing for midwinter so cial seas..n and general wear. The opportunity now at hand that so many women have been waiting for—the Stone-Fisher Half Price Sales. Come Tuesday for first choice. , «*Lrbr«V C~y. Ai fS***^^\. T'i** r _> J* ■ M^ >-*». j- ,**s]P^S^ ALL COATS HALF DRESSES HALF PRICE PRICE $15.00 to $69.50 $15.00 to $65.00 —Every ('oat in the Store, fine broadcloth, velour, mixture!, plush nnd novelty weaves; plain and fur trimmed; sizes from 1") years to 44 butt —$1.'.n0 Coats now. . . .ft 7.."0 —$19.50 Coats n0w.... ft ».7."> •—525.00 Coats now. . . 1jt12..->(» — $:15.00 Coats now. $17."ill —$45.00 Coats now... .(*22..-ii» i—141.56 Coats now. . . .824.75 — $69.50 Coats now . . . $31.7.5 All Girl's Coats —Sizes (J to 14 years; | tl PfsiAo were $3.50 to $15.00 l"fl II ILC Women's Bath Robes —Heavy Beacon Robes, beautiful designs; worth $7.50 to |13.50; now 1-4 OFF —CHILDREN'S FURS - Worth $2.50 to |15, at FOURTH OFF SON OF TOLSTOI BRINGS AMERICA HOLIDAY MESSAGE NEW YORK, Dec. IS.—"All wars are aril! Patriotism pro-l duces war, thel patriotism is self ishness, egotism! World peace can come only when we v n iversully accept In act as well as in faith the true Christ teaching of NON RESISTANCE! That would be the IDlti Christ mas message to the warring world of Leo Tol- COUNT TOLSIW s,(,v- ""8 » ' a's greatest imvt-iist, the past cen tury's most famous Interpreter of the Christ spirit, and the man whose amazing prophecy of the present European conflict has won Dim the name of seer of prophet. This message which the igt'eat Leo Tolstoy would have given to the world this Christmas, were he still alive, was voiced by his fa toous son, Count Ilya Tolstoy, who lias just arrived In America to be gin a nation-wide lecture tour In which he will explain his father's life and doctrines. Count Ilya Tolstoy shares ar dently his father's striking form of Christianity, and in a Christ- Bias day interview he told how he would apply It to the world crisis of today. Revival Coming. "1 am an anarchist." he said, "but not an anarchist as you un derstand It here. I mean by the "word simply that I am opposed to nationalism. I believe further, BB did ray father, that Christ's -greatest teaching was NON-RE SISTANCE, and that we should follow that doctrine not only ln our individual lives, but in inter astional relations as well. "I BKI.IEVE THAT ALREADY ■THE WORLD IS .SWINGING BACK TOWARD A MORE PRO FOUND ACCEPTANCE OP THE OREATEST IDEALS OK CHRIS TIANITY! I have seen In Europe unmistakable signs of this new spiritual awakening. "But even had 1 not seen these signs, I would know that a religl . ©us revival must surely follow the war. A few years ago I saw ma terialism sweeping Europe. Im- Biorallty bad tainted art, liters for*, even music and the dance! Hpshologically, a spiritual reac tion was Inevitable." "Wait is Christmas like at the laat?" 1 asksd. "Christmas at the front is a sad and solemn day!" said Tolstoy. "I sfBB with th* 'Wild Division,' un- Sor Oraad Duke Michael, last Christmas, In the Carpathians, and VBW vivid recollections of that ex- B*ri*nce can easily describe how aglrsliy th* soldier's Christmas atraots with your merry Christ* ■—Kvery Dress in stock between these prices. Wool, silk and wool, nil silk. Dresses for street, nfteriioon and evening wear. $15.00 1 u-csses now..ft 7.50 —$19.50 Dresses now. .ft ».7."> --$25.00 Dresses now. $12.50 —$:15.()0 Dresses now. $17..">0 —$45.00 Dresses now ..$22.00 —$49.50 Dresses n0w.524.75 — $65.00 Dresses now. . $:i2..">0 Children's Coats —Sizes 2 to (> years; | A Umlno were P&6 to f&95 l"**rllWs Fine Silk Kimonas —Kimono Silks and Crepe de Chine, all colors; worth $7.50 to |29.50; now 1-4 OFF WOMEN'S FURS—Worth $15.00 to $89.80, at THIRD OFF mem. All the day before Christ mas we worked with the wounded in the hospital. On Christmas eve I and a few of my fellow officers rode through the night to a neigh boring village, where Grand Duke Michael held Christmas service in a little church. It was a grave ceremony. "Then we returned to our own quarters, and there we actually had a little Christmas tree! But |BO gifts. THERE WERE NONE [IN THE LAND! Everything had | been destroyed, for the Russians and Germans had fought back and forth over that territory. And our I Christmas dinner was the dinner of every other day — BLACK | DREAD!" NOVEL BUSINESS IN XMAS TREES Pour thousand Tacoma Chrlst msa trees were shipped by Her bert R. Freeman to Los Angeles this year, the first shipment of the kind ever made. The idea may develop Into a regular seasonal In dustry. CHRISTMAS EDITORIAL A Merry Christmas to You (i\ MERRY CHRISTMAS!" How many times have you heard ••*■ these words spoken to you today? Saturday, in all the crush of business (and It was a crush), we heard it hundreds of times spoken to us or to each other as friend greeted friend in the store. But is it a Merry Christmas? Yes, we think so. Christ mas In thought Is always merry, always gladsome. It does not matter what our beliefs are about the day. or whether we be lieve in any higher meaning or not (and we do), the dominant thought of all nations, of all peoples, of all times, center around this season as the season to forgive and forget, to wipe the slate clean of all hatred and bitterness and to spread the "Gospel of peace and Goodwill to All Men." Personally we are glad for Christmas: we are glad that there is a season in each year when men come closer together and by "gift-giving" or "card-sending" re-establish their loot friendships or make stronger their existing ones. Christmas in the business world Is not all a season of buying and selling, of getting and getting more, but a time of rejoicing as well. In America today thousands upon thousands of workers have been made happy through the generous Christmas spirit of their employers. It is a happy omen for the future, and we are glad. So today, we wish you all a Marry Christmas. ', "KHIBT A BACHRACH." SUITS HALF PRICE $15.00 to $150.00 —Every Suit in stock — over 2(X) to ■elect from —plain tailored, fur and braid trimmed, in navy, brown, green, gray and black. —$15.00 Suits now. ...» 7.80 — $18.50 Suits now....ft ».7."» —$25.00 Suits now. . . »12..-><l — $35.00 Suits now. . . »17..->0 —$49.50 Buitß now. . . .$2-1.75 —$69.50 Suits now. . . ,(sM.TSJ —$150.00 Suits now. . .ft7.~1.11n JUNIOR GUARD NOW NUMBERS 25 BOYS Tacoma branch of the Junior American Guard now numbers nearly 25 boys. It is a part of the national organization of 100, --000 boys. Lieut. Frederic Shaw or the Coast Artillery Corps ls in charge of the squad, which meets Tuesday evenings at the armory for drill. TACOMA HAVING A WHITE CHRISTMAS In spite of the fact that the f-now melted almost as fast as it fell Sunday night, the ground was white early Christmas morning. The weather forecast was "un certain," hut with a rising bar ometer, and Christmas morning began bright and sunny. MAIDEN VOYAGE The new Norwegian steamer Hannah Nlelson arrived from Se attle Sunda yto load at the Mil waukee docks for her maiden voy age to the Orient. The new steam er Panuca Is expected to load here soon for Cuba. MAILS ARE LATE Eastern mail is 6 to 12 hours late, due to snow in Montana. Railroads say the parcel post and express mall this year Is the big gest ln the last five years. TME TACOMA TIMES. KILLING GOES ON ANYHOW Today isii't C'lirlstmaN day In ICussia. The Itiisslan calendar doesn't bring; Yuletide until Jan. 7, our reckoning. That may account for this buttle news today: Russian atlni-ks on Austro llungariuii forces ueiir Stan islaus. <>iii|io-i assaults by Itus siuu di'tiii'limeiits on the tier man - A list to - II ii nun r i a ii Tin l.i^h- Hiilmirlun troops near ('linbi-oslavii. Two attarks by Ihe czar's forces noiiii of Sosmecoe, In the into/, valley. ii iiii.il Ii ivy I.rimed Wire.) LONDONO, Dec. 2">. —Not even Christmas cheer stopped war's maiming today. Reports from every front dis closed slight let-up in the busi ness of ktlMag. I.niui.m Itself celebrated, but with a cheer otagad with sorrow lor loved one s lost and a reeon secrelation for the future. London's main manifestation of the Christinas spirit was furnished in the elaborate arrangements made to give furloughed Tommies a real taste of cheer and home comforts. Tliere were thousands of khaki clad warriors who came over from France to spend the holidays at horne —or if not at home, in friendly hands. Snow on All Fronts. Snow made real Christmas sur roundings oti nearly every front. It traced a covering of the trenches in the Vosges, on the western front; It Interposed I na tural obstacle to unlimited fight ing on the east. High up In the Carpathians the Russians and Germans were lock ed; and south, ln the dazzling whiteness of the peaks of the Alps the Italians and Auslrians still fought each other from trenches dizzily lpanteil on height and In valley. ln ai-edonla both sides were "snowed in." Dispatches from Rumania and Dobrudja did not detail the weather, hut indicated perhaps the most vigorous of all warfare of the day in progress. Kieltl .Marshal yon Mackensen has switched from his drive of the Teutonic troops north from Bucharest to take charge of a new and violent offensive directed lagainst the Russians in Dobrudja. COUSIN OF FRANZ JOSEF IS REGENT OF NEW POLAND Archduke Charles Stephen of Austria may lie tbe first king of new Poland. He ban been chosen regent of the territory held by the Central powers. The archduke is a cousin of Hie lute Kniperor I'rnn ■Ja Joseph und commander of (he Auslriun navy. He is .Mi years old. MAKES DEBUT IN CAPITAL SOCIETY Society at Washington received Mis* Kalmestock recently upon her debut at a brilliant dinner and dance. The debutante is the daughter of Mrs. Olbson Pibiie •tock of Washington and vf:s in troduced to Newport society last summer. Zl!!!!!^** r'm^K^jm!^ Toys* Doll8 ) Game81-2 P*^f* <V_¥_Vlf_vr*)l*ltf/7/*_/% ya/tttf>i__i_T <' '^t&Z*. Manj a person will flml they've overlooked some \JL \ §/§/\AJa ll9\M\^*^l(j' tAfn rmm <J little friend th«j might have- made happy with* small Bb*bb****Jl <^^^t^oma KF^tl look nn the three bargain tables on the third floor. BrtTl^d^ay arxct 15 U> <3 ireetl s"'"""" ""'""' Christmas Is Over-Now Comes a Gigantic Cleanup oi Women's Apparel We broke all records in our Saturday Business-arid we're going to break some more for the five days of this week. f Emphatic Reductions Are Featured on Women's Wear Needs That Show the Most Desirable Styles of the Year—And Our Former Low Prices Are Ruthlessly Slashed. We're Not Marking Every Garment at Half Price—We Can't Our modest profits do not permit us to reduce a garment to half of the former price—nor do we need to do so to have the very best values in town. Another advantage of this way of selling is that you can de cide upon a certain sum to pay for a suit or coat—and you'll find one in these three lots. OUR ENTIRE STOCK-SEE BROADWAY WINDOWS. Our Entire Stock of Women's Suits on Sale, Priced 910, $17.95 & $24.50 Are mostly women's and misses' sizes, best ||i|l||fl»*B*3PA quality materials and well made, suitable for jJiJli^^^il|L, V winter or spring wear. Serges and poplins in <^J^>m^_\!W^L ' plain colors or fancies, <&10 Of. "■ til MM? values to $17.50, for \&l.\Jm\J\J )iW^jW*H| | \ Theie are sizes to 48 bust in this lot made of tjpJm WWwB '■ wool poplins, serges, gabardines, etc., in plain Wm *Mi**%. or fancies. Regular values as high as $32.50, \"jM w^—*L in the big Clean up fij Irr Q£J M HttT** THE $24.50 SUITS J |l^ This lot contains costumes that were matchless values at up to $50.00 - M m_Wk the finest products of master tailors. All sizes to 48 bust and the finest WM MS? serges, wool poplins and broad *£*!^ZL f-'^ißß*B^r«**WF ?^ cloths. Choice of entire lot at qJiii^sUV fcj l.^fUHjfpf COATS AT $5.00 AND UP W\t~ A fine assortment of women's anil misses' Women's Serge anil Silk Dresses, In small Ml Y^f*" Coats—ubout Mm all—that OC sizes—ll years to illi bust only; OC _-^)'l_-i_t~SA formerly sold at up to 810 yJ values to 8H.75 for V*i ilr Size* 10 years to SIH bust only. Women's Dresses, in serge, taffeta or me*- iff Women's Coats, unotlier lot, sizes to 40 OC saline silk, assorted <lark colors, Ol A £*(% |r bust anil values up to Bio, in this sale at $3 values to $22..V>, t'leunup price »J> I'TiUU Christmas Starts Early in the White House tl iilt.-il l'rrs* i.i-aai'il Wire.) WASHINGTON, D. C, Dec. 25. —The golden rays of a gorgeous sunrise today, bursting through the east windows of the White House, cast their light over a magnificent Christmas tree laden with sparkling spangles and wondrous gifts. At tlie same time, little Jose phine Cothran, grandniece of President Wilson, stirred rest lessly, opened her eyes, saw the first sunlight and crawled out from under the warm covers. She coludn't wait any longer. Throughout the night her sleep had been disturbed by dreams of Santa Claus and strange noises in the library near by, which led her to believe he was at work. That is why the executive family was disturbed at an un usual hour today and forced by the stern command of little Jose phine to appear about the Christ mas tree soon ofter dawn. Tlie president, however, didn't mind it a bit. In fact, he had so much fun with the youngster that he stayed at home and played with Josephine about the tree, letting Mrs. Wilson go to church by herself. THE CAPITAL OF HEAVEN The Kingdom of Heaven is here on Earth. It is the widest of earth's empires, and the most beautiful. It has 52 states, which arc the weeks of the year. It has 365 glorious cities. And Christmas is its capital! * * * From the capital of Heaven no guns frown; no bastions bulwark its gold paved streets against the armies of other kingdoms. The gates are open ever, and in spacious par liament all languages are spoken, which the necromancy of the edifice transforms into a common tongue called Love. The avenues of this capital are lined with evergreen, emblem of that which is eternal; and silver stars sparkle from the shining tow ers that pierce the gentle sky. In these towers dwell those happy mortals for whom the capital of Heaven was builded — the rulers of the kingdom's capital—they of whom Jesus said: "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for such is the Kingdom of Heaven." a a a So brilliant are the stars in the towers of the capita] of Heaven that their gleams illumine the most distant states of the kingdom; so that Relutives at Dinner. Ellen McAdoo, granddaughter of the president, had her own tree at the McAdoo home, but It was not long before she decided to join her granddaddy and Jose phine at the White House. It was This afternoon tin: White House automobiles were packed with toys, candy and other good things a big day for the youngsters. SANTA GREETS ORPHAN KIDDIES Santa Claus visited the Chll- dren's Industrial Home at Oak land Saturday, and brought each of the 55 children two or three presents. Frank B. Cole was be hind Santa's white whiskers. Mem bers of the committee were Mrs. C. T. Muehlenbruch and Mrs. H. G. Winßor. Mrs. George Ames drilled the children for their pro gram. INHALES FLAMES CENTRALIA, Dec. 25.—As the result of inhaling flame while kindling a fire In her cook stove, Mrs. Michael Sbinko is dead at | her homo near Pc Ell. She leaves a husband and five children. to eat and President and Mrs. Wilson sallied forth from the White House to do a little Santa Clans work of their own. They took the door leading out toward the Washingtn Country club where the president frequently plays plays golf. There are many little houses out this way where children oonio ELKS PLAY SANTA FOR MANY KIDS Several dozen awe-struck little boys and girls stood In line in the auditorium of the Elks temple Christmas morning and accepted with trembling hands great bun dles of clothing and toys and can dies that Santa Claus handed out. Santa (Impersonated by Frank B. Cole) sat in a sure-enough I sleigh. Instead of the conventional I reindeer, he had a couple of state- every dweller therein, if he but look sharply, may distinguish the capital's beauties from afar. And through all the states and cities of the kingdom the best used roads lead ever toward the capital. As the ways approach they grow more beau tiful and wider; they are inlaid with pearls which were tears of joy, and they echo with youthful laughter. At the doors of the capital, sweet music is heard, and every traveler enters its portals to the accompaniment of children's carols. * * * The roads from the capital are noted for kindly deeds, and are filled with travelers sharing their means, and helping one another. These roads are suffused with a gentle glow, and in the heart of each wayfarer abides tho desire to help bear another's burden. The glories of retrospect are slow to fade, and often the good-will implanted by a sojourn in the shining city remains with the traveler in the farthest regions of the kingdom, until it is again time to make the pilgrimage to the capital. • • a The Kingdom of Heaven is here on Earth. And Christmas is its capital Monday, Pec. 26, 1918, out to greet the president whea he passes. Each Christmas he sends out a stack of remembrances to his lit- tle friends. This year he deliv ered them himself. Tonight the president and Mrs. Wilson will have with them their immediate relatives at an old fashioned Christmas dinner In tha White House. ly elks hitched to the cutter. But elks look enough like rein deer so tliat the excited kiddies didn't notice the difference. Music was furnished by the Shriners' baud. Every child who appeared at the temple was given enough warm clothes lo last un til summer, and plenty of toys and candy to keep him busy for many un hour. NEW PUBLIC PARK C.ENTRALIA, Dec. 25.—A pub lic park is to be established on city-owned property on the Skook umchuck river. HOLD SERVICES All churches gave Christmas eve services Sunday evening. Spe cial music and Christmas decora tions brought out big crowds.