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THE ROCK TSLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY,' DECEMBER 9, 1911.
GEORGE W. KEWBXB&Y. J. W. BBINN. J. G. HUNTOON. MAJOB, C. W. HA WES. H. S. CABLE. B. D. Connelly. H. E. GUBTIS. a - t ft at.' ! CD I - y . v .9 3T: Vis: '''-v ,U - w Christmaa spirit It mahet the cele bration ao mysterious and ao delight ful. When later knowledge of tha reality come, the children hare a glorious past remembrance upon which to hark hack. The fact that Santa Is, at this sea eon, the patron saint In ao many coun tries, renders this subtle belief possi ble, and It Is universally accepted. It la ao generally granted that children have a right to this faith In Santa, and that up to the proper time adults should not deny them this delightful privilege. . 1 8, M'CABE. MADE BY TRADITION. ... I believe in Santa Claua, because tradition haa given the salat to us tor generstlona past, but mostly in hie wonderful power of apreading Joy and happiness to the little ones, and The Argua Fund reaches those whose chil dren would otherwise be cheerless. GEORGE WAGNER Won, LOVING MEMORIES. What la life without sweet, loving memories, which soften the sterner realities of the later years? Santa Claua la a delightful, expect ant reality of childhood. It ia a perennial source of pleasure to those of older years. It is a precious, fragrant memory of happy, care-free childhood. It helps keep alive the unselfish spirit, the desire to make othera happy, Of course, there's a Santa Claua, and there will be as long as human nature la human nature. I want to be lieve in 8anta Claua. I do believe In Santa Claus. Why shouldn't I? WILLIAM M. RECK. ALWATI Olf BUCHT SIDE. Do I believe in Santa Claua? Sure. I do. Wasn't it he that taught me to get about In a quiet manner without being detected, and Isn't he the king when it comes to finding out those who have been bad? Surely, sad I am ready to take lea sons from him any time he finds time to give a few. I have alwaya been one of hU moat ardent admirers, and I'm strong for Santa Claua. He is on the right side, always. JAMES BRINK. TUB REAL PLEASURE. It ia the pleaaure that ia given chil dren la looking forward to the coming of Santa Claua, and even more ao the pleasure of giving presents to aome less fortunate ones, that makes the be lief in Santa Claus to desirable. 1 Some of the happiest faces that I have ever seen were those of children who had taken Senta Claus' nlace in giving some small gift Grownups aiso get real pleasure in using, in s sensi ble way, the spirit of Santa Claua and giving something to those who really are In need, and thereby exemplifying the principle of Lowell's "Vision of Sir LaunCall." in which is said. "He that gives himself with his alms, feeds three himself, his hungry neighbor, and me." S. J. FERGUSON. FAITH KEVF.H WAVE1ED. My faith and confidence, when a lit tle boy (which was a long, long time ago), in Santa Claua never wavered. When the daya rew ahort and the nights were cold and the glistening Trinity Episcopal church. Nineteenth it root and Sixth avenue. Rev. Gran vlllo II. Sherwood, rector. Sunday school at 9:30 a. m. Servicea at :S0 a. m. and 10:45 at m. and 7:30 p. m. Z'.cu Swciish Lutheran, Forty-fifth errvei and Seventh avenue. . Rev. N. J. Forsberg. pator. Sunday school at 9: CO a. m. Services at 10.30 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. German Evangelical. Ninth street Ix'twepn Fifth and Sixth avenufe. Rev. I .1. Holf, pat-tor. .Sunday school at 0:li a. m. Services at 10:30 a. u. and 7:30 p. m. G.-r.re English Ithfran church, cor rcr Seventh sveuue and Forty-fourth 6-1 cot. IUv. Ira O. NcthEtein, pastor. Scnday arhcol at 9:15. Services at 10:43 a. m. and 7:45 p.. ra. Luther !ta?:o at C:45 p. ci. Morning theme, "The Klrgdom of Gcd." Evening long service with the following program: frost in the early morning gave us am ple warning that Christmas was near; then our plans and pleasures for the happy day were laid. The expectancy of old Santa's visit, the longing for that Christmas morning, the pleasures of the day when it at last arrived, are memories never to be forgotten. And, at last, when the day closed, and happy and contented youngsters were put to bed by a loved mother, the scenes and pleasures of the day were lived over again In childhood dreams. Those days with Santa were real, and course there is a Santa Claus. J. G. HUNTOON. BRINGS REAL JOT. Isnt it grand to look back and reflect on the days that have gone, when we knew of neither care nor worry, and when every wish was granted, end when we looked forward with great an ticipation for the coming of Dear Old Santa Claus with his eight fleet-footed reindeer and a beautiful, well filled sleigh, with all kinds of dolls, drums and toys Imaginable, and his majesty, old Santa, with that happy smile that is only seen on the man who gives and does his best to make othera happy. It was the sweet Jingle of the sleigh- bells then, but the up-to-date Santa comes in an automobile or an aero plane with the toot of the horn. I hope Santa Claus will be just as good and have a much happier smile thia Christmas and do even more good than in the days of ray youth. FRANK G. YOUNG. ORTAIHLT BELIEVES IN HIM. Do I believe in Santa Claus? I cer tainly do. I believe In anything that brlnga happiness, and we all know that there is no time in the year that brings Joy to young and old alike as doea Christmas time. Have you ever witnessed on Christmas morning the children gathered around the fire place or chimney to see how well old Santa has remembered them? In the radiance of their sweet, happy faces we may feel more than repaid for our faith In Santa Claus. Why. certainly I believe In him, for to disbelieve would be robbing child hood c4 its greatest charm. Long live Santa Claus. JOHN P. DOLLY. ALWAYS KNOWN HIM. "Why I believe in Santa Claus." why, thanks to a kind Providence, I have known him from my earliest childhood, and my children have al ways known him. Furthermore, I can prove it by every good little boy and girl In Rock Island. No, I am not quite right, here, unfortunately, there are aome poor little walfa and orphans, and children of the poor, who are de nied even this happy occasion, and it Is the hope of the writer that through The Argus Santa Claus Fund this ray of sunshine may reach and warm ev ery such little heart In Rock Island. With the greatest love and admira tion for Dear Old Santa. I beg still to subscribe myself his most loyal be liever and friend. C. J. SEARLE. LIKE GARDEN WITHOUT FLOWERS. Christmaatide without Santa Claua would be aa a garden without flowers. The aweeteat, tenderest aesociationa of childhood are ao closely allied with the annua! visit of the jolly old elf that Organ prelude. Hymn. Scripture lesson and prayer. Hymn. Vocal solo Misa Minnie Johnson Selection by male quartet Peter Johnson, Marcus Skarstedt, A. W, Johnson and C. G. Anderson. Address Ernest Magnussoa of An- gustana seminary. Hymn. Vocal solo Miss Caroline Carl- atedt. Selection Male quartet Offertory. Doxology. Benediction. First Swedish Lutheran, corner Four teenth street and Fourth avenue. Rev. S. G. Hagglund, pastor. Services at 10:45 a. m. and 7:45 p. m. German Lutheran, corner Twentieth street and Fifth avenue. Rev. Ph. Wa helm, paster. Services at 10 a. m. Memorial Christian, corner Third BOBEBT WAGNEB. to deny his existence would be to de stroy one of the fountains' of youthful happiness. The trustful and confiding innocence of the little ones looking forward fo the time when their own particular friend "St. Nick" with his pack on his back comes down the chim ney constitutes one of the most beau tiful fairy tales known to the Christian world. Sure, I believe in Santa Claus. BERNARD D. CONNELLY. THE WAT TO KEEP CHRISTMAS. One day just before Christmas, some little adopted Americans were going borne from school. They were talking eagerly. Karl Schmidt said: "My mamma promised me a Christmas tree, and Santa Claus Is going to bring me a ball and a sled and a lot of candy." "That isn't the way to have Yule fred," cried Swan Swanson, "you must make your shoes all clean and shiny, and put them before the fireplace; then you mustn't get mad at anybody, but be good, and Santa Claus will fill your shoes full of good things." "But you must put some carrots and beans into your, shoes for the good saint's horse," chimed in little Leopold, the Belgian, "or he won't give yon any fruit or candy or toys." "My mamma takes me up to the church to see the pretty little Bam bino," broke in Guiseppe Mazzini, "and I know he will give me ever so many nice things." "That is right, Guiseppe," said a voice just behind the boys. "Don't forget that it was the Christ-child who was born on Christmas day, who fills the world with the love that gives you all your gifts and good times." WILLIAM S. MARQUIS. FOIl HIM STRONG. I believe in Santa Claus because I have never had reason to do other wise. He believed in me and counted me among his charges when I was young and never failed me. He doesn't visit me as regularly now as he did in the past, but he is just aa busy avenue and Fifteenth street Rev. E. T. McFarland, pastor.- Graded bible school at 9:30 a. m. Junior Christian Endeavor at 2:30 p. m. and Senior and Intermediate Christian Endeavor at 6:80 p. m. Services at 10:45 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Second Christian, corner Sixth street and Thirteenth avenue. Sunday achool at 9:15 a. m.; Ross B. Rlchhart, super intendent. Services at 10.15 a. m. Third Christian, Fourteenth avenue and Thirty-ninth street Sunday school at 9:30 a. m.; Dr. J. H. Nichols, super intendent Bible school at 9:30 a. m. Services at 7:30 p. m. Central Presbyterian, corner of Twelfth etreet and Eleventh avenue. Rev. Marlon Humphreys, pastor. Sun day school session, 9:30 a. ra. Preach ing services at 10:45 a. m. Christian Endeavor, 6:30 p. m. Preaching at 7.30 p. m. Aiken Street chapel. Aiken street South Rock Island. Sunday achool at 2:30 p. m. J. H. Cleland, superintend ent emeritus. J. M. Bond, superin tendent Broadway Preshyterlan, corner of Twenty-third street and Seventh ave nue. Rev. W. S. Marquis, pastor; Rev. W. a. Ogleree, assistant Bible school S. J. FEBGTJSON. as ever making the young happy, and I am for him strong. GEORGE W. NEWBERRY. THE SPIRIT OF SANTA CLAUS. I believe in Santa Claus, not so much for what he is and does, as for what he means. It is the spirit of Santa Claus that I cling to. I never had a clear, concise view of him, but he seemed to represent cheerfulness, hopefulness and charity. The great est lesson he teaches is that good brings a reward. But aside from that, the tender mem ories which are associated with him and which bring reminiscences of bright eyed, happy, youngsters and lit tle inexpensive toys, are such that I would not give them up or refuse to share them with posterity for anything in the world. HARRY M. SCHRIVER. m ' 1 1 t BRINGS GOOD CHEER. Why do I believe in Santa Claua? It is the season of the year for good cheer, when all whose hearts are in the. right place are thinking more about the happiness they may be able to give to some loved ones, than about the troubles that are standing juBt outside their own door. As a child I was taught to look for Old Santa Claus and would always look forward to the time when he might come again and I was never disappointed in what I wanted him to bring me. It 1b the brightest time (or should be) of the whole year and it is my sincere wish that no little ones will be missed by Old Santa Claus, through the generosity of The Argus. W. S. McCOMBS. THE MESSAGE OF GOOD CHEER. It is with great pleasure that I respond to the invitation to write a few lines about Dear Old Santa Claus. Much could be written but I will confine myself to a few words. How happy we all are, young and old, when Christmas time comes around, and when Santa Claus invades our homes with his remembrances from mysterious realms. Christmas means to m a warmer spirit in all our human relations, for it is the day when we rejoice in giving and when we think of other people's wants and happiness. at 9:15 a m. Services at 11:45 a. m. and 7:45 p. m. " South Park Presbyterian, corner of Thirtieth street and Fifteenth avenue, in connection with Broadway Presby terian church. Rev. W. G. Oglevee, pastor. Bible school 2:30 p. m.; S. D. Cleland, superintendent Young Peo ple's meeting at 6:45 p. m. Services at 7:45 p. m. United Presbyterian, Third avenue and Fourteenth street Rev. J. L. Vance, pastor. Bible school at 9:30 a. m. Morning service at 10:45. Young People's meeting at 6:45. Evening service at 7:30. First Methodist corner Fifth ave nue and Nineteenth street Rev. T. E. Newland, pastor. Sunday school st 9:30 a. m. Epworth league at 6:45 p. m. Services at 10:45 a. no. and 7:30 p. m. Spencer Memorial Methodist corner Forty-third street and Seventh avenue. Sunday school at 9:30 a. m, Preaching at 10:45 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Rev. L. E. Dodson will preach at the morning service. Rev. J. F. Cummlnga will preach In the evening. Wayman African M. E. church, cor ner Fifth-and-a-half avenue and Thir teenth street W. H. Saunders, pastor. Services at 11 a. m. and 7:45 p. m. 7 W. B. MTNTYBE. V It is the brotherhood feeling brought to a realization. I sincerely hope that The Argus through Its efforts and the contribu tions that may be made to its Santa Claus Fund will be able to send Santa Claus into every home in the city of Rock Island, bringing Joy to every child that might otherwise be over looked, and carrying the message of good cheer to all. ROBERT WAGNER. WHAT LIFTS UP IS RIGHT. At first blush I would say you have set me a dickens of a task, that is to say, literally speaking, "Why do I be lieve in Santa Claus?" And yet,, upon reflection 1 do not see how I could fail to attest my approval of any prop osition that has for its object the bringing of happiness Into the lives of children. I sometimes think that we old codgers who have traveled the rugged road do not stop often enough to give thought to those who are com ing after us. We should all dwell in retrospection, more or less, and as we look back to those other days, when, care free, we failed to even dream of the sterner realities of life, we look with envy al most to the boy or girl of today who lives in pleasant anticipation. I be lieve, therefore, in the innocent as well as the sacred Joys of Christmas. "Whether in myth or reality, that which lifts up the hearts at such a gladsome time is right Bring to the boy or girl all that will give them hap piness when all the world Is Inspired by the spirit of good will. I would that every child in the land, however humble the surroundings, might ses at least one ray of light at the season of year when we all feel better and happier, and if in our own beautiful city the gleam of joy is to be sent into every child's heart I shall feel very grateful. , M. H. SEXTON. ALWATS KNEW HIM. I have always believed in Santa Claus and always will because I saw him. When I was a little boy he called Sunday school at 1:15 p. m. Morning subject "Peace." Evening subject Joy of Giving." 7:30 p. m., minute song service. German Methodist corner Four teenth street and Sixth avenue. Rev. Theodore Kels, pastor. Sunday school at 9:15 a. m. Services at 10:45 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Free Methodist, Ninth avenue and Fifteenth street Rev. H. C. Willing, pastor. , Sunday school at 9:45 a. m. Services at 10:45 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Sacred Heart Roman Catholic, Twenty-eighth street and Fifth avenue. Rev. J. F. Lockney, pastor. Masses at 8:20 and 10:30 am. 8t. Mary's Roman Catholic, corner of Fourth avenue and Twenty-second street Father Adoiph Geyer, pastor. Mass at 8 and 10:30 a. m. St Joseph's Roman Catholic, cor ner Second avenue and Fourteenth street Dean J. J. Quinn, rector; Rev. William P. Cleary, assistant Masses at 7:30, 8:30 and 10:30 a m. Sunday school at 9:10 a. m. . First Baptist, corner Third avenue and Fifteenth street Rev. IL W. Reed, pastor. Sunday school at 9:30 a. m. B. Y. P. U. at 6.30 p. m. Services at 10:45 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Morning at my boms on Chrtstmss ere before I bad gone to bed- He has always been the children's friend and ts the prince of good fel lows. H. A. J. MTDONALD. MVin KEEP THE FAITH. If we do not have faith in Santa Claus bow can we grown-up people expect the children to have faith in him? However, the beBt reason of all for my faith tn him Is because of the faith that the children have; so that both the grown-ups and the children having a belief so firmly founded, how can any of us help but enjoy Santa Claus bounty? H. S. CABLE. BELIEVES IN THE SPIRIT. I believe in the Santa Claus spirit because of the joy that it brings to little children. Every child has a right to be happy at Christmas time and I know of no better way for a grown-up person to get more fun and real enjoyment out of Christmas than by being a Santa Claus for some of the children. H. B. HAY DEN. THE VIRTUE OF GENEROSITT. Deep In the personality of every human being ia implanted a cardinal virtue generosity, or the desire at varying times to give to bis fellow human beings either of bis material, physical or intellectual possessions. The psychlo force of this attribute is so great that few go through life with out feeling its compelling power, the growth of which, however In" the In dividual, depends not only upon the soil upon which It is implanted, but the cultivation It receives. It seems peculiarly apposite, therefore, that at least one season of the year, as it comes around In Its annual cycle, should bring to the surface this In herent virtue, the cannonizatlon of which is Santa Claus. Why then should we not all believe in him and a Merry Christmas time, in which he brings to all both poor and rich, the desire to give. I do. G. I EYSTER. DAT PULL OF SIGNIFICANCE. Due to the teachings of a Christian mother during the impressionable years of childhood, an abiding faith amounting almost to a belief in the personality of Santa Claus, was in stilled into my mindi (Further, the activities of the children's saint oc curring upon Christmas, the generally accepted date of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the Savior of mankind, at tach to the day and event a religious significance not easily obliterated from the mind as we graduate Into matur- er years. Although subsequent readings and Investigation revealed that - St Nich olas, cannonised In or about the fourth century, was the original Santa Claus, the fact did not and has not destroyed or lessened my rerereaoe for the children's saint Santa Clans is the "Spirit of Giving" which inculcated Into the mind of the child will endure In the heart In aft er life: "Love thy neighbor as thy self ia the all Important command that should regulars the conduct of the human family In its relation one toward the other. Selfish and obdur ate indeed, most be the heart of that individual who fails to find a fellow being upon whom to confer a moment theme, Necessity for the New Birth." Evening subject "The Unseen Food." Edgewood Baptist corner Forty- fourth street and Fifth avenue. Rev. J. M. Lloyd, D. D, pastor. Bible school at 9:80; Joseph WTJmer, superintend ent Services at 10:45 a. m. and 7:30 p.m. B. T. P. 1U. at 6:30 p. m. Morn ing subject "The Unity of the Will." Evening subject "Facing the Past and Future." Swedish Baptist, corner Twenty-first street and Fifth avenue. Sunday school at 9:30 a m. Services at 10:45 a m. and 7:45 p. m. West -End Sunday school, 700 Sixth street Sunday school at 2:30 p. m. Prayer meeting Wednesday evening at 7:30. W.- B. Barker, superintendent First Church of Christ, Scientist, 829 Twenty-third street Services Sunday at 10:45 a. m. . Subject of the morning service, "God the Pre server of Man." Sunday school fol lowing morning service. Wednesday evening testimonial service at 7:45. Reading rooms la the church open dally except Sunday from 2 to 4 p. m. ' . ' ' Church - of Jesus Christ Latter " iSi . 1 - S- jf of pleasure or perhaps cause the shed ding of a tear of gratitude during the , yule season, on Xmaa day, and In this maimer assist in the work of the age through the uplift and ennobling of our fellow man. For the foresoing reasons, briefly stated, I believe in Santa Claus and would decry any man who would try to malign or belittle this traditional character whatever may have been its origin. C. W. HA WES. FAITH NEVER SHAKEN. Who haa lived and not believed la Santa Claus has not lived. Men and women are children at Christmas tide. Thouch I emersced from childhood some years ago my faith has not been shaken and I'll be laying Tor tne oia man with the flowing whiskers and the reindeers next Christmas eve. Just as expectantly as I did when I wore Jumpers. W. B. McINTYRE. A WORD TO THE ADULTS. Complying with the request that I write an article giving my views on our old friend, Santa Claus. I wish to say that I would at this time prefer mdeavor to help the cause-or the little ones, whose faith in Santa ia implict by addressing the adults. The press some three or four years ago agitated a sane Fourth of July. In my opinion the press should advocate a sa,n Christmas. The day at the pres ent time Is not what it was In years past or what it should be. There Is too much commercialism connected with it ' The spirit of giving loses its pleasure due to extravagance in the purchase of gifts. "It Is more bles sed to give than to receive," does not mean that in order to give, you shoul-1 incur an indebtednesa that requires three or four months of economy to erase. The spirit of giving should not be governed by the desire at V expecta tion that the recipient is going to "go you one better." The value of gifts should not be the criterion; the most simple gift aocompanled by the spirit of the day and the knowledge that you are remembered Is the most satisfac tory. Curb your extravagances to the older ones, curtail the number on your lift If necessary, tn order that yon may give to the little ones, to the poor and needy and that we may return to the good old fashioned Christmas and San ta Claus. ' H. E. CASTEEL. WORTH ENCOURAGING. I believe In Santa Claus, because tt is the one occasion in which all Chris tian nations join tn celebration and Is productive of more Joy, particularly to children, than any other day tn the year, if not all other holidays put to gether. The German methods of observing this day seem to me the most attract ive and beautiful, as the Joys of the Christmas tree are certainly among the pleaaantest sensations In the lives of those who have been brought up amid such associations. I cannot imagine a person who can be devoid of a kindly desire for Christ mas Indulgences. Many, however, per mlt this feeling to slumber, and L therefore, admire and will encourage your efforts to stimulate to action the Christmas spirit inherent in all peo ple. We are prone to forget how much happiness a little effort will do at this time. OTTO HUBER, Day Saints (Utah Mormons). I. O. O. F. hall in London building. Sun day school at 2 p. m. Preaching service at 3:15 p. m. John Frank, presiding elder. Refuses to Test Law. Springfield, Dec. 9. The consti tutionality of a state law cannot be tested by habeas corpus proceedings, according to a decision handed down in the case of the people ex rel. Karl Jaraslowski against John L. Whit man, superintendent at the house of correction of Cook county. Jaras lowski was found guilty of embez zlement in the Cook county court snd was sentenced to the workhouse for one year and fined $500. The de fendant sought release on a writ of habeas corpus, and alleged that the action of the law under which he was sentenced was unconstitutional. The supreme court, in passing on the case, reiterated its former deci sion that the only matter in which a law can best be tested ia by writ of error. The cause was ordered stricken from the docket. Humane 8oclety to Give Dinner. . The ladies' auxiliary of the Hu mane society will give a 2 5. cent din. ner from 11:30 to 2 p. m. at the Yt JM. C. A. Tuesday, Dec. 12. i