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By ELMO SCOTT WATSON
«NCE upon a time a Danish news
paper man wrote a magazine story
about some queer little stamps
that were pasted on a letter which
he had received from his native
country. That was more than a
quarter of a century ago but as a
result of his story there was
launched a nation-wide campaign
of mercy which is still being carried on and
which, during the years, has been increasingly
effective in combating one of the most dread
diseases that ever afflicted mankind.
The man was Jacob A. Itiis whose work as a
reporter took him into one of the worst slum dis
tricts in New York City, the terrible Five Points,
who became famous as a social welfare worker
and whose autobiography, “The Making of an
American," is one of the classics of modern liter
ature. The story which he wrote was published in
the Outlook magazine on July 6, 1907, and ap
peared under the title of “The Christmas Stamp.’
It read as follows:
“In my Christmas mail, three years ago, there
came a letter with a story to tell that was queer
In this, that it was all on the outside of it, where
no postmaster, not even Uncle Sam himself, could
prevent everybody from reading and telling of
It. And I guess everybody who saw it did just
that and was heartily welcome. For, in truth,
that was the intention, or part of it. And yet
there was but a single word to read, the word
Christmas—Jul, as they still call it where they
speak Santa Claus’ own tongue. At least that
is the way It sounds to me when I think of my
chilhood under those northern skies. Ever since,
the holiday mail from Denmark has rehearsed to
me that story with the clear intent that I should
pass it on. And here it is now, at last. I did not
mean to w T ait so long.
“It was in October, 15)04, that a Committee of
Fifteen met in Copenhagen to devise ways of
putting in practice the idea of a Christmas stamp,
advanced by a postal official, Mr. Holboell. I do
not know how much of it was original with him.
There had been charity stamps before. They
are used in Australia, and in Holland whence
there came recently a wail begging people to
buy them for stamp collections. And I know that
they were considered in Germany, but for some
reason, I believe, did not find favor. I think I
can guess the reason. They didn't have the right
spokesman. It remained for Ilans Christian
Andersen’s countryman to enlist Santa Claus.
With him as their companion they don’t have to
ask anybody to buy the stamps in Denmark.
Their only trouble is how to print enough. The
people, the king, and the post office —think of
nothing else than how they can best help along
the cause.
"This was the upshot of the committee’s work:
that two million stamps were to be printed, and
sold through the post offices at two oere each
(about half a cent) during the Christmas season
—to be exact, from December 9to January G—
the proceeds to be used in building a hospital for
tuberculous children, something like our Sea
Breeze in New York. The government stipu
lated only that the stamps should be different in
size and shape from the ordinary postage stamps,
so as to be easily distinguished from them. The
Christmas stamp is not good for postage; every
other way it is good, for the man who buys it and
puts it on his letter; for the clerk who cancels it
with a glad thought for the little waifs with
every whack; for the postman who delivers the
letter with a smile as broad and as good as
Christmas itself. The proof that they like it is this:
That they refused to a man to take anything for
their work. In the plan of the committee there
was provided a small profit of ten oere on each
sheet of fifty stamps, for the local post offices
but it was refused. They all wanted to help.
“The newspapers joined hands; that was an
other part of the plan. Posters telling of it were
put up everywhere. Denmark is a small country,
and a thing gets quickly to be talked of from one
end of it to the other. There was a run on the
post office as soon as the stamps were out. The
two million became four, then six. Business
houses asked the privilege of retailing the
stamps; but that was refused. They were told to
buy them at the post offices, and they did. Many
business houses let no letter or package pass out
in the holiday season without the Christmas
stamp. The executive committee of four that was
appointed to manage things had their hands full
giving out stamps. They were not allowed to
give out much else. Labor, office rent, furniture
—everything outside of the actual printing of the
uUmips—was given to them.
“When it was all over, it was shown that
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4,113,000 stamps had been sold and paid for—
about two for every man, woman and child in
the country. The children’s hospital had to its
account in the savings bank 68,000 kroner through
this penny subscription?
“That was the first year’s showing, when the
matter had been talked of only a month or two.
I saw in the Danish papers that last year’s re
ceipts—the third season’s —were nearly four
times as big. The hospital is built, I suppose, by
this time, or under way, and out of a small be
ginning has grown a great benefaction. But that
is not the greatest thing about it, to my mind.
The thought itself, with its power of setting
everybody to thinking of a great wrong that can
only be righted through everybody’s thinking of
it deserves that place. What else is the tubercu
losis scourge than such a wrong?
"Nothing in all the world is better proven
today than that it is a preventable disease, and
therefore needless. And yet in our owm country,
to bring the matter home, it goes on year after
year killing an army of one hundred and fifty
thousand persons, and desolating countless homes
in which half a million men and women are al
ways wearily dragging themselves to graves dug
by this single enemy. Perhaps I feel strongly
about it, and no wonder. It killed six of my
brothers, and I guess I know. That was in the
days when there was no help for it. There is now.
“What I want to know is why we cannot bor
row a leaf from Santa Claus’ Danish year-book,
and do as they have done. Why should we not
have a Christmas stamp, printed by a tubercu
losis association, not for the purpose of building
a hospital—let each state or town build its own
—but for the purpose of rousing up and educat
ing the people on this most important matter?
"Look at the photograph of the three-year-old
letter here. It is just as it came to me, except
that in the upper row, whence collectors had
pirated three stamps, three of last year’s have
been pasted in instead, w’hile in the lower right
hand corner I have placed one of the 15)05 kind,
so that all the three years are there represented.
"Assume that the practice became general of
putting on letters even one or two Christmas
stamps and think of Uncle Sam’s mail in the
same breath! What might it not mean in reve
nue to finance the cause that creeps along where
it ought to run? But, much more than that, what
might it not be made to mean as an educating
medium in fighting the white plague?
“Practically every man who saw this stamp on
a letter, or on a postal card—it is pasted on both
in Denmark —would want to know what it meant
And when people want to know, half the fight is
w r on. It is because they do not know a few amaz
ingly simple things that people die of tuberculosis.
“Why should it not be done? Is the country
too big? The bigger the mortality from this
pestilence, the .digger the results to be got from
that kind of education. Are the mails too heavy?
There would not be any more letters because of
it, and even if the number of stamps per letter
were limited to save labor in canceling, the ob
ject would be attained. Would there be a rush
on the government by all the charities in the
land for a like privilege? That could be pre
vented by giving notice at the outset that per
mission to use the mails for this purpose was
only for the one cause because its appeal is in
comparably the greatest. The object attained,
it should be dropped. At any time it might be
revived in the face of a national emergency, for
which alone it should be used.
“At the very time, three years ago, when the
Christmas stamp was invented in Denmark to
provide a hospital for tuberculous children, the
National Association for the Study and Preven
tion of Tuberculosis was formed in New York.
Upon basis of careful and conservative computa
tion, its president estimated that the mere loss
of revenue to the country in nursing and bury
ing tuberculosis victims was three hundred and
thirty millions of dollars.
“The society often spoken of as ‘the Tubercu
losis Committee,’ has today 1,400 members, doc
tors and laymen. Education is its shibboleth.
The three points it tries early and late to im
press upon the consciousness of the people are:
(1) that tuberculosis is infectious; (2) that, if
infectious, it is preventable; and (3) that, in
the early stages, it is, as a rule, curable.
“It has organized associations in 15 states and
74 towns and maintains a tuberculosis exhibition
that travels about the country, from city to city,
leaving a wave of aroused, intelligent interest
in its wake. A campaign is now being planned
for the SoutL, where it is badly needed, but
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money is lacking. The secretary tells me that
if instead of one there were a dozen, two dozen,
such exhibitions, the country might be aroused
from one end to the other to action that would
result in the passing of proper sanitary laws
and the building of sanatoria and dispensaries
for the sufferers, and so speed a greatly dimin
ished mortality from this cause. Last year the
funds at the disposition of the association aggre
gated $12,000, no more. It might have spent
SIOO,OOO to advantage, but no millionaire came
forth to endow it.
“No millionaire is wanted to do it. It were
far better done by the people themselves, for
only in doing it will they learn that which is of
more value than preaching and doctoring—name
ly, how to help themselves. Why not try the
Danish plan next Christmas? Or at any other
season, if it were thought best, though I do not
think tnat would be best. The season of good
will opens hearts and minds and pocketbooks as
nothing else can, and takes the growl out of it,
if there is any. Five years of that sort of cam
paigning, and we ought to be on the home
stretch.
“I hold no brief for the ‘Tuberculosis Commit
tee,’ and I am not pleading for it. But I am
pleading for the half-million poor souls all over
the land whose faces are set today toward an
inevitable grave because of ignorance, heedless
ignorance, and for the friends who grieve with
them and for them.”
Among those who read Itiis’s story was Miss
Emily Bissell, secretary of the Delaware Red
Cross, who was trying to raise money for a tu
berculosis pavilion for children in her state and
who saw in the sale of Christmas seals a solu
tion to her problem. Through the aid of pub
licity in the now-extinct Philadelphia North
American the sale of seals at Christmas time
that year was so successful that $3,000 was
raised, enough to build the pavilion.
As a result of this success. Miss Bissell was
able to induce the authorities of the American
Red Cross to undertake a nation-wide sale of
tuberculosis Christmas stamps in 15)08. Influ
enced by her leadership, women’s clubs, religious
groups, various publications, as well as local Red
Cross chapters gave their support to the sale.
By such united and enthusiastic effort more than
$135,000 was raised in the first national sale.
From 1907 to 1910, the Natiohal Tuberculosis
association had been organizing a nationwide
warfare against tuberculosis. These pioneers
had the support of the foremost scientists, but
very few funds for their work. To strengthen
the organization’s effort, the American Red Cross
and the National Tuberculosis association joined
forces to conduct the Christmas seal sale to
gether.
The partnership between the American Red
Cross and the National Tuberculosis association
lasted 10 years. During that time the scarlet
emblem of the American Red Cross appeared on
the annual issues of Christmas seals. In 1919,
however, the double-barred cross, international
emblem of the anti-tuberculosis campaign and
trade mark of the National Tuberculosis asso
ciation, was also embodied in the design of the
seal. Since 1920, the seals have been “Tuber
culosis Christmas seals.”
The use of these seals has become an accepter
part of the holiday celebration in this country- -
a veritable Christmas tradition. But more im
portant is the fact that the proceeds from the
sale of these seals during the last 27 years have
mounted up into the millions and have become
a vital factor in checking the onslaughts of the
once-dreaded “white plague.” And it all began
in this country when a Danish newspaper man
wrote a magazine story!
© Western Newspaper Union.
Southwestern Briefs
The Arizona Tax Commission se
lected Yuma for the annual meeting of
Arizona county assessors, held Dec. IG.
New Mexico gasoline tax collections
for November totaled $276,30?..41, ac
cording to report from the collection
department.
Revenues from the state sales tax
on sales made in October amounted
to $231,876, according to a report is
sued by the sales tax division.
A 9.8 per cent increase in automo
bile registrations in Arizona during
1935, was anticipated by the state mo
tor vehicle division.
Cases of communicable diseases re
ported in Arizona for the week ending
Nov. 30, were fifty-seven fewer than
for the corresponding period last year.
The American Association of Motor
Vehicle Administrators has been in
cited to meet in annual convention in
1936 in Santa Fe by Gov. Clyde Ting
ley.
Albuquerque Legion Drum and Bu
gle Corps will play host about Dec.
23 to the boys of St. Anthony's Boys
Home at the fourth annual Christmas
party.
Approximately $5,000,000 worth of
cattle, 120,000 head, will have been
pastured and pen fed in Maricopa
county, Ariz., by Jan. 1. Farmers will
receive $2,000,000 this year.
Greenlee county, Ariz., livestock
men shipped 4,838 head of cattle dur
ing the season ended Nov. 1, exceed
ing records of the last ten years, it
was reported by Fred E. Johnson, cat
tle inspector.
Building permits in Phoenix the first
eleven months of 1935 totaled $1,102,-
778, nearly $70,000 more than the Com
bined permits for 1932, 1933, and 1934,
according to report by the Chamber
of Commerce.
The state of Arizona will be nearest
to a cash basis since early in 1931
with the payment of $532,000 worth of
registered warrants. The warrents to
be redeemed were issued in August
and September.
The Arizona highway department
will call for bids soon on realignment
of the grade crossing at Coldwater,
eighteen miles west of Phoenix where
seven persons have been killed in the
last four years.
Adj. Gen. Oscar F. Temple of the
Arizona National Guard has announced
that Lt. John R. Evans of Gilbert has
been promoted to captain and assigned
to the adjutancy of the 89th brigade,
which has headquarters in Denver.
Earl Chase of Prescott has been
named valuator for the FHA, and
Harry Keffer of Phoenix has been se
lected assistant to Leslie J. Mahoney,
chief architect, according to Thomas
•T. Elliott, director of the FHA in Ari
zona.
Arizona cotton growers have been
issued $552,896 in rental payments on
land contracted to the government
this year, it was announced by Dr.
George W. Barr, acting director of
the University of Arizona extension
service.
C. U. Pickrell, animal husbandman
of the University of Arizona agricul
tural extension service, has announced
that the 1936-37 corn-hog adjustment
contract has been approved and appli
cations will be offered Arizona farm
ers in January.
Planning to make headquarters at
the state college, in New Mexico,
Linus R. Fike, Phoenix attorney, will
soon become assistant attorney for the
federal resettlement administration.
He will have New Mexico and Arizona
under his jurisdiction.
Benefits amounting to $338,148 were
paid to Arizona farmers from the AAA
corn-hog, wheat and cotton programs
during the first quarter of the 1935-36
fiscal year, according to P. H. Ross,
director of the University of Arizona
agricultural extension service.
The Thomas Bate Construction Com
pany of Denver, low bidders on two
PWA projects in Las Vegas, New
Mexico, has received contracts for the
construction of a gymnasium-audi
torium for the high school and a li
brary building for the New Mexico
Normal University.
Dr. Benjamin Sacks of the New
Mexico University history department
will speak at the annual meeting of
the Pacific coast branch of the Amer
ican Historical Association at Santa
Barbara State College, Dec. 27-28. His
subject will be “The Independent La
bor Party and World Peace Objec
tives.’’
Ever since the CCC was first organ
ized two and one-half years ago, the
work accomplished by the boys in the
forest service camps has been done
with only eight to ten forest service
supervising personnel for the average
company of 200 boys in each camp,
was the statement issued by M. M.
Cheney, associate regional forester,
Albuquerque.
Tom C. Foster, state mine inspector,
has approved working conditions on
the Arizona side of the Colorado river
at the Parker dam. Approximately
250 men are engaged in drilling diver
sion tunnels on this side of the river,
in a zone which was placed under mar
tial law by Governor Moeur a year
ago. The martial law decree has not
been lifted, but no effort is made to
enforce it.
“Cattle raising, and the prominent
part it was to play in utilizing the
70,000,000 acres of land that could not
be farmed due to the light rain fall,
was visioned by the early pioneers of
Arizona,” according to B. J. McKinney,
Tucson. “In the fertile valleys where
irrigation was possible, all classes of
crops could be raised from cotton to
citrus fruit. Cattle raising on a large
scale was carried on by the Spaniards
for about 100 years, practically going
out of existence in 1825, due to depre
dations of the Apaches.”
HOJ^RE
/ DR. JAMES W. BARTON
Talks About ©
Rest Before Thyroid Operation
WHEN too much juice is
manufactured by the thy
roid gland of the neck, this
juice hurries all the different
processes of the body, just as
an open draft in the furnace
makes the coal burn fiercely.
Thus the nerves, heart, stomach and
other organs are under stress all
the time.
To lessen the amount of this j
juice in the system, a large part j
of the thyroid gland is now re
moved by surgeons. Should a lit
tle more than is
B necessary be re
moved some thy
tient daily to make
up the necessary
time it was consid
ered a dangerous
operation and pa- |
t i e n t s traveled
many miles to cit-!
Dr. Barton les where this °P' 1
eration was per- j
formed. Today every first-class hos- [
pital has surgeons performing this
operation.
Rest Is Important.
However, more than surgical skill
Is necessar. to bring patients safely
through this operation, and Drs. W.
O. Thompson, S G. Taylor, Third,
and K. A. Meyer, Chicago, believe
that next to surgical skill, the most |
important factor in estimating the |
risk of the operation is the condi- j
tion of the patient before operation.
Thus aside from the care with
which iodine is given, the emotion
al instability, muscular weakness,
rest, body weight and the amount
of infection must be considered;
the two most important of these be
ing the emotional instability and
the muscular weakness.
Therefore, because of the benefi
cial effects of rest, patients should
be prepared for operation in hos- j
pitals.
Gain Is Good Omen.
A gain in body weight Is a good
sign, therefore the amount of food
the patient should try to take
should be just twice the amount his
basal metabolism test (rate at
which his body processes are
working when he Is lying down at
complete rest) shows that he needs.
In cases of colds In the nose and
throat, two weeks should elapse
before operation is performed, and
in cases of bronchitis or pneu
monia, the operation should be
postponed four weeks.
• • •
The Proper Weight for You
THERE are three types of
build in man, and if you
look carefully at yourself you
will likely be able to name the
type to which you belong.
Dr. J. E. Goldthwait, Boston,
whose work on posture and body
mechanics is so well known to all
interested in physical training, in
an address delivered at the Hos
pital for Joint Diseases, New York
city, stated that the three types are:
1. The regular or average type as
described and illustrated In the text
books.
Less Than Normal.
2. The slender type with small
bones, smooth working or flexible
joints, small muscles, and a highly
organized nervous mechanism or
system. This type, adjusted for
quick moving, as well as quick
thinking, should weigh at Its nor
mal from If to 20 pounds less than
the so-called normal. In athletics
this type is the short distance run
ner, .the hurdler, the pole vaulter,
the contortionist—the “Uncle Sam”
type. This type not only has bones,
muscles, joints and nervous system
different from the average type but
his abdominal organs are different
in shape. The stomach is more like
a round tube than the average type
with its “bulges,” the small intes
tine is about five feet shorter than
that of the average, and the large
intestine is also one or two feet
shorter. The liver is smaller, the
skin soft, hair abundant and soft,
the body long in proportion to its
thickness, the neck and waist also
longer than that of the average.
The arms and legs are long and
slender, feet narrow with a high
arch, and fingers long and tapering.
The “John Bull” Type.
8. The stocky or thick-set type
has heavy bones, joints more “set”
or close-knit, large coarse muscles.
This type should weigh from 15 to
20 pounds more than the average
or textbook normal. In athletics
this type is the wrestler, the
weight lifter, the long distance
swimmer—the “John Bull” type.
With this type the stomach is large
and pear-shaped, the small intes
tine?! may be 30 to 40 feet, almost
twice as long as that of the average
type ‘.20 feet), and the large intes
tine is also considerably longer than
in the average or normal type. The
liver is large and heavier, the skin
coarser, and the hair is usually
dropped early. The body is very
thick in proportion to its length,
and the neck Is short and thick.
©—WNU Service.
BR-R-R; THAT’S COLD
The lowest temperature so far ob
tained chemically Is forty-four ten
thousandths of a degree on the Kel
vin scale, which starts at absolute
zero, or approxiinaetly 459.6 degrees
below zero on the Fahrenheit scale,
according to the American Chemical
society.
DOCTORS KNOW
Mothers read this:
THREE STEPS
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A cleansing dose today; a smaller
quantity tomorrow; less each time ,
until bowels need no help al all.
Why do people come home from a
hospital with bowels working like a
well-regulated watch?
The answer i 3 simple, and it’s the
answer to all your bowel worries if
you will only realize it: many doctors
and hospitals use liquid laxatives.
If you knew what a doctor knows,
you would use only the liquid form.
A liquid can always be taken in
gradually reduced doses. Reduced
dosage is the secret of any real relief
from constipation.
Ask a doctor about this. Ask your
druggist how very popular liquid
laxatives have become. They give the
right kind of help, and right amount
of help. The liquid laxative generally
used is Dr. Caldwell’s Syrup Pepsin.
It contains senna and cascara both
natural laxatives that can form no
habit, even in children. So, try Syrup
Pepsin. You just take regulated
doses till Nature restores regularity.
Different View
Youth In the hammock dreams of
the future; old age of the past.
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their work—do not act as nature in
tended-fail to remove impurities that
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