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MOPSY by GLADYS PARKER
THAT INSTRUCTOR MUST HAVE A GRUDGE AGAINST ME. LOOK WHAT> GOT ME INTO/ M s. n<W ‘‘Any of you going to call Main 764? I got that number by mistake.” DIFFICULT DECISIONS by Gluyas Williams -Mm A DEPARTING feUEST IS ' LN BETWEEN HISDESIRE 10 CAtH HIS BUS AND t- i ■. W BALL WITH IHE parents WHO ARE TRYIN6 To E> ■■ -FCE DISCIPLINE AND MAKE JUNIOR b; ,’vKE HPiNDS PROPERLV rlUlekaM The y fMieate. m.i SAY IT AGAIN Jones—Bill offered to lend me the money. Smith—Did you take it? Jones—No, that sort of friend ship is too good to lose. Vice Versa Brown—l hear your wife just had twins. Boys girls? Blue—l think one is a girL and one is a boy, but it may be the other way around. Skip It Wit—l’D bet you don’t get that rabbit. Nit—What makes you think so? Wit—Your gun Isn’t loaded. Nit—That’s all right. The rabbit doesn’t know it. On the Bawl Customer Do you have some thing that will wake me early in the morning? Storekeeper Well, we have at home but I'm- not sure his mother would part with him. BYE BYE She—Has anyone died lately in your family? He—No, why? She—Well, go home and break the monotony. Back Seat Sarge—My wife would like driving here in England. Private—Why? Sarge—She’s always on the wrong side of the road. Weak Mind Brawny Back—Say, Coach, did you see me cross the goal five times this last quarter? Coach—Yeah, nitwit. But it only counts when you have the ball. Brawny Back—Gee, every year dey make new rules. Watch Your Hat! s Diner Hey, waiter, I ordered pumpkin pie and you brought me i t apple. r Waiter—That’s okay, all the pies I are punk in here. 1 MIDLAND JOURNAL, RISING flUft, MD. Clfrißtmaa Cdarb loots (grout Srrp ' ’ '■‘S,;-/ ~" |g||| | - , , ife < sm mm •v'.- -MB */ Wu&P'--' ,;,M r ■ ■ ?,'' /■ ■ ■ ■''•?'*•• , . , - i , /V ■ •'• -'• ' . E; :; |fj/ ! ' && '■ rVERY year the Christmas card custom sends its roots deeper into *- J American social and family life. What Is there about these gay, dec orative greetings that makes millions of people compile long lists of friends and relatives with whom they want to share the Christmas spirit? It isn’t ancient tradition, because less than eighty years ago there were no Christ mas cards in America. The tremendous growth of this friendly custom came in relatively recent years, as more and more Christmas cards be gan to reflect emotional, real-life situations, close to people’s hearts and homes. n n n at the Christmas cards you receive this year. Notice how many I of them are designed to capture something of our family happiness at Christmas, when we are all at home or thinking about those far away. The family scene on the card in the center, above, will be duplicated Christmas morning in American homes everywhere, and since it is so heartwarming a scene we select it too for our family Christmas cards and, thereby, ask all our friends to share in it. H £ £. CBHRISTMAS card designers look everywhere for the true-to-life things I which bring the cards we receive right into the family circle. We pass our village church every day in the year, but it never is more beautiful than on Christmas Eve. So the church, too, becomes a Christmas card symbol. Church, home, family—the things we recognize at once and love always—these are what make a Christmas card. The Twelve Days Of Christmas “On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me A partridge in a pear tree." According to the traditional carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” a certain young lady received, from her true love, appropriate gifts on each day of the Christmas season. The young man proceeded cau tiously, at first: a partridge, two turtle doves, three French hens; not until the eighth, ninth and tenth days, did he really plunge into the spirit, sending: “Eight maids a-milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords a-leaping.” Epiphany brought the grand finale: “Twelve pipers piping, eleven drummers drumming, ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five gold rings, four colly birds, three French hens, two tur tle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.” Many Superstitions Mistletoe was connected with many superstitions of the ancient Germans and the British Druids. The custom of kissing under the mis tletoe at Christmas is probably traceable to the high esteem in which the plant was held by the an cients. I Legend has it that mistletoe was | considered a remedy for epilepsy I and convulsions, but the plant seems I to have no medical properties, de spite its present use in Brittany. Massacre of the Holy Innocents Childermas, on December 28, com memorates the massacre of the Holy Innocents. King Herod, directing the Wise Men to Bethlehem, asked them to re turn to him after they had found the Holy Child. When the Magi, hav ing been warned in a dream, de parted from Judea without revisit ing Herod, the King considered him self to have been mocked and, in anger, ordered that all the boys in Bethlehem under two years old should be put to death. Greek liturgy sets the number of children slain at 14,000; the Syr- i ians estimate 64,000 were murdered, and medieval literature reports 144,000; modern writers have re duced the estimates to coincide with possibilities and one author, basing his conjecture upon the fact that Bethlehem was a small town, says the total number probably did not exceed 10 or 12. North Berries Best i There is an insignificant member ; of the mistletoe family which lives in the north and uses the spruce tree - as a L st. It is very small and a dull brown in color. The mistletoe i used for Christmas decorations ■ grows no farther north than New Jersey and Pennsylvania, i In Brittany the mistletoe is still ' called “herbe de la croix” and its i berries are crashed and strained - into oil and taken as a cure for fewer and for imparting vigor. News/Ik BEHINMBI THB'Naii By PaulMalixmQ^ Released by Western Newspaper Union. STATE DEPARTMENT NEEDS REORGANIZATION WASHINGTON.-What Pat Hur ley said was true. For many months, evidence has been leaking from the state depart ment suggesting the permanent un derlying clique was unsympathetic with top policy, and undermining it in subtle little ways. Yet there was nothing sufficiently provable to warrant printing. The men within the department who have noticed the condition have been so frightened they dared not apeak, even privately, outside of the department. Because of the stands they have taken within the depart ment they knew they were sus pect to the reigning group, and occasionally thought they were being followed or their tele phone conversations tapped. Even business men dealing there have noticed the condi tion, compared notes about it among themselves, and won dered its extent. But until the retiring ambassador to China spoke out with direct charges, the matter never reached the public eye. State Secretary Byrnes, my in formants say, does not know the facts, nor did his predecessor, Mr. I Stettinius. Byrnes promised a de | partmental reorganization and brought in a few top men, but this was as far as his reorganization went. And today, more men are being taken into the clique than are leav ing it. The various bureaucratic holdovers of the Roosevelt regime, losing their war jobs in other de partments, have been seeking couches In state. It is a peculiar condition and has never been accurately defined, not I even by Mr. Hurley in his restrict | ed charges. The men of the clique do not hold meetings and agree to undermine this or that. They are merely of one mind on some basic ideas. For one thing, they are unsym pathetic with American foreign pol icy today. For another, they agree in their distrust of anyone who would question Russia in the slight est upon any subject. They are not Communists but their minds are guided by the Communist grooves of thought. FASCISTS OBJECTED TO BY STATE CLIQUE Objectionable things are to them "fascistic.” Hence Chiang Kai-shek is a Fascist; Russia, a democracy. But they branch off from Commu nist grooves to others strangely enough. The British have the best diplo macy, they think; hence Britain like wise can do no wrong. They are known also as "the striped trousers set," affecting the uniform of the Downing street diplomats beyond necessities. To define what specific under mining they do is difficult. They are an invisible wall of resist ance. Hurley had two men in the far eastern division in nrind in Ms charges. These two, he apparently caught telling the Chinese to pay no attention to him, and spreading around at cocktail parties the notion that the American foreign policy was temporary, that H would net back Chungking fa postwar. Be yond this apparently he had no convincing evidence. His purpose in reversing himself abruptly and deciding to quit with a | challenging public statement, was to force a congressional investiga tion. A thorough one no doubt would force a reorganization which not even a secretary of state has been able to effect in his own de partment. Before Byrnes and Stettinius, Mr. Hull knew very well what was going on. He could read in the papers daily, the planted news leaked from his depart ment against him, and he thought Sumner Welles, his as sistant, was doing it, but Welles was only the temporary outlet for the clique within. Not even Hull could do much. Mr. Byrnes has indicated his in tention to smile away the matter, and there is danger that the Dem ocratic administration will treat it politically. Hurley is a Republican, and his efforts for a congressional inquiry may be shunted off as a po litical attack. If the inquiry fails to develop, the Americanization of the state depart ment may await a future genera tion. There is talk that Byrnes will quietly start housecleaning to fore stall an inquiry, but he must neces sarily use a whiskbroom where DDT is called for. | Unless something is done, Mr. Byrnes will find it increasingly dif ! ficult to effectuate his foreign pol icy which is sufficiently popular with the country to have passed be yond public or congressional criti cism, except from this one clique, and a few nanera of like mind 1 Harmonize the Odd Pieces for Nursery H 'T'HERE Is no trick In matching yp an ill-assorted lot of furni ture for the children's room. The set shown here is typical. An old chiffonier, a cut-down chair, a nondescript bed and an old wash stand were painted cream color and then decorated with a gay painting design. This, with his Scottle and wooden sword. Is one of half a dozen appealing children to be painted on drawer fronts and panels. All you have to do Is to trace the fig ures, Sowers and ribbons as Indicated on the pattern; then follow the color guide, filling In Hat tones without any shading. • * • NOTE—Painting Pattern 288 with large and small bow knots, flowers and figures of marching children—all different, la 15 cents. Send request direct to: MRS. RUTH WYETH SPEARS Bedford Hills New York Drawer 10 Enclose IS cents for Pattern No. 288. Name ■■ Address Mimy doctor* recommend good tasting Scott’s Emulsion bo cauae it's rich hi natural AAD Vitamins and energy-building oil children need for proper growth, strong bones, sound teeth, sturdy bodies. Help s build up reeietanno to eolde too It diet Is AAD deficient. Boy Scott’s today I AH druggists. MAGIC! MAGIC! MAGIC! i Four fine magic trick® and FREE catalogue for only SI.OO. Don't delay —send, one danr at once to: — Vltt CARETS MAGIC SHOP 302 CIA* STRICT SAITIMOtf 1, MO. CANT YOU SLEEP? 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