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EVENING LEDGER-PHJLADELPftlA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 3 914.
OLI0E WILL BRING
JOY TO MAM POOR
ON CHRISTMAS DAY
ood and Gifts Will Be Dis
tributed to Needy From
Station Houses in Many
Christmas .dinners for hundreds of poor
amlllcs and tojs to bring Joy to thou
nds of children will ho distributed bj'
the police at the sta-
"J lion houses through
out tho city this aft
ernoon and tonight.
The potlco havo
been working for a
number of weeks to
ralso tho funds for
tho food and cloth
ing for the worthy
families In their re
and they nre enthu
siastic todny over
their success. in
many caBes they say
hat they have not only raised enough
honey for today's distribution, which will
squirt several thousands pf dollars, out
hey expect to be able to provide for sev
eral of tho more dostltuto families
tirouchout tho winter.
(The nlan has not been backed by nny,
pity appropriation, and their success Is
Sua entirely to their own efforts, -niey
finnfi to hn nbln to snnlv nil tho Worthy
families In their respective districts with
Bnough food to last them for a. numbor
if days. An exhaustive Investigation
Has been made, bo that no family In
actual need Is overlooked.
MERCHANTS LEND HELP.
Thn police have been assisted In their
torts by donations of money, food and
iys by merchants throughout tho city
id by contributions from Individuals.
many enses, however, the money "has
ion raised by benoflt performances at
ie moving picture- houses and by liberal
ntrlbutlons from the policemen them
ilves. .ou Wolven, tho big Jolly turnkey at
Uth and "Winter streets, station, wilt
,y Santa Claus for tho tenderloin
dron and will distribute toys at 4
lock this afternoon. Lieutenant
lley has obtained a monster ChrUtmas
o which has been placed on the third
ir .of the station houso and will be
pt there until these "tenderloin kids"
it tired of plajlng with It.
TO DISTRIBUTE ICO BASKETS.
Ono hundred and fifty baskets of food
HI be distributed at tho. station 'house.
l tho same time, "Santa Claus" Wol-
n, Miss Mary Gallagher, the mat ion,
id Miss Matilda Silverman, superln-
indent of tho Evangelistic Association.
nd representative of tho Volunteers of
morlca, will distribute to and
ndles to tho boys and girls. '
AT 20TII AND BERKS.
Baskets of food and toys will be given
th.o poor of the 32d Ward by the police
the 20th and Berks sticets station
u tonight. Somo time ago tno police
ild a benefit performance In a moving
iture theatre to ralso money for the
rlstmas fund. Fopular subscriptions
tho sale of tickets for benefits to be
fd In the Norrls street and Susquehan-
avenue moving "picture theatres this
ternoon and tonight will suppement tlie
ind to such an etent that the police
111 be able to distribute 0 baskets of
iod and several hundred toys. It Is be-
eved, that enough money wl)l bo left
enable the police of the district to
.re for several needy families through-
it the winter. Lieutenant Samuel Little
id Sergeant Lawrence Johnson are the
Iglnators of the plan. The station hourc
III be decorated with a large Christmas
ee, and Policemen David Hubbs and
'twain Wlson vlll act as Santa Claus
AT PARK AND LEHIGH.
At the Park and Lehigh, avenues police
iatlon Lieutenant Charles Bojer and S3
illcemcu conducted an Investigation of
ndltlona In their district. They will
-.tribute baskets of food to 13 families.
hrough the efforts of Patrolman Slck-
ger and Turnkey Oscar Ritchie a large
Ihrlstmas tree, has been put In the roll-
lom. It will be electrically Illuminated
AT MANA.YUNK BTATION.
'he police of the Manayuuk station will
sy Santa Claus to the poor of their
Ighborhood for the flrat time. Lieu-
inapt Frank Zlnn Is In charge of the
strlbutlon of food, clothing and coal.
Ills Moore and members of ths Amer-
n Kescue Workers will superintend
e distribution of food and toys at the
h and Buttonwood streets station
Lieutenant Andrew Hamilton, of the
iejgrado and Clearfield streets station,
as Instructed his men to aid the various
heritable organisations and Mrs.
etchum in their work. Magistrate Wll.
itani Campbell Jls said to be greatly In-
ti"ii in ner worn in jvensington.
WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD INVITED.
An Invitation has been extended to
he whole neighborhood to visit the
hi 1st mas tree in the station house at
13th street and Lancaster avenue. The
loifce have been working; on this tree
'or several weeks. It will be electrically
.fghted and will be one of the most
naoorately decorated in the city.
-OTS OF PUN 3?Oa KIDDIES
PLANNED AT RIDLEY PARK
RIDLEY PARK, DeaW.-Neariy lOOchll
litn of all ages In the Mlllmont section.
mar litre. Are expected to have the time
or tntir lives at the
tion in the Chestnut
Grove Inn this, aft
ernoon Hushed and
quiet, no doubt as
children are wbtp.
V the little owes first
IV win gamer around
ijv the Christmas tree
' K mnt ln.nA SU - L
...... ? IMS U-
J ribboned treasure
vqxe woion toania
taaus -wttl distribute
Lh ktfc"la lS&VA fllJ WHI MUn
foast k, sweats, eoektea aAd other
oelKcte wilt he enjoyed In a wax kssmi
jeniy to children Gauss and aft Mpr-
il::nuii U) follow At the end the ebll-
sutn win o. a no wa 10 ttlow l(T tottr
ktmru contact toe imi kornj widen u
at nrvtiuea (r ir.eoj
ITMr. eri H IitaB,ii wiih U assist-.
l V u)j sniu; HWtiey Fart
., i . tutkugb. a at
ii - ,yM ru. etomiin
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
IN A STATION HOUSE
How Officer Mcdee Got fdr Klda a
Christmas Tree, i
On Xmas Eve llttlo Jakle Kraiue Into
the 12th street station house whs brought
by Officer McGce for copping a big
Jake's toes were peeping through his
shoe, his quivering lips were cold and
blue; no ultra-fashion tagged his ctdlhcs
Jake loked an heir to nil earth's woes.
The stern-faced Judge gave Jake a
squint, which to tho coppers meant a
hint that Justice sure would get her due
before tho Irate Judge was through,
"What has the prisoner got to say?
Why did you drag that tree away? Don't
you know It Is a crime to steal a tree
at Christmas tlmo?"
The frightened victim of the slums,
huddled there nmlct the bums, tearfully
looked up and said:
"Please, Judge, me muddcr she is dead,
an' pop gone off Upon a spree, an' sister
Mnme nln't got no tree; so I Jcs knew
how sis would feel, nn' dat's what made
me up an' steal. It didn't seem Jes right
to me dat Mamie couldn't have a tree.
I knew that mudder up above was
Watchln' me wld ocs of love, an' dat
she'd know Jes wot I meant ouso can't
buy trees wldout a cent. So, Judge, ur
Honor, dat's mo case, an' I don't think
It's a disgrace to cop a trco for sister
Mamc, because do kid Is sick an lame."
The fnt-faccd Judge, a sou of graft,
behind his pudgy fingers laughed. He
plnccd poor Jako upon the "rack," then
gavfi nn order: "Take Mm back! And
look here, Officer McGeo, you go and
get that kid a treo and trim It to tho
Kaiser's taste, or elio consider jou're
disgraced. And say, McGoc, Just' pass
the hat we'll seo tho Krauses through
WILL BREAK PRISON
Men and Women at Penal
Institutions of City Will
Have Day of Gladness on
Christmas In a prison! How desolate
tho words sound! And yet a lBlt to any
of the penal Institutions of Philadelphia
would show that even tho cold, Gray con
fines of a Jail can be penetrated by the
Christmas Is a day of rest at the East
ern Penitentiary. There Is no work and
there is no school, and not oven visitors
are permitted. This, according to War
den "Bob" McKenty, Is In entire accord
with the wishes of the prisoners, who. If
the real truth were known, are not as
keen about visiting das as the avcrngo
pel son might Imagine.
In keeping with tho principles of dem
ocracy which prevail at the penitentiary,
no gifts but those of the Blmplest and
most useful character will be distributed,
and no presents will be permitted to en
ter from the outside. "Share and sharo
alike Is the guiding rulo hore," said tho
warden. . ,
However, the favorite dishes of the
prison menu will bo served at tomorrow's
dinner, and in tho afternoon tho prison
band will furnisn a musical entertain
ment. Many of the men and women confined
at the penitentiary aro some dollnrs rich
er than they were before the holiday
season, due to the fact that thero nra
skilful workmen among them, the prod
uct of whose labors made Ideal gifts. It
did not take Phlladelphlans long to real
ize this, and many did their Christmas
shopping at the penitentiary exclusively.
PRISONERS DELIGHT CHILDREN.
The day will bo made happier for the
prisoners, too, because of the knowledge
that through their efforts 113 llttlo chil
dren aio going to have a merry Christmas.
Beveral weeks ago the. men and women
contributed voluntarily to a fund for tho
children of tho prisoners, and almost J20O
vas collected. AVlth tho money Warden
MoKenty has purchased sweater and
toys and dresses and d"'"es. and they
havo ben sent here, tnere and everywhere
throughout the State.
AT MOYAMEN81NG PRISON.
Although no gifts of any kind will be
received at the Moyamenslng County
Prison, Superintendent Fred A. Cooke has
given orders for the preparation of a
dinner extraordinaire,'" and Mrs. E. T.
Stotesbury has sent the women prisoners
a'large vlctrola with many choice records,
tho muela from which will resound
throughout the corridors during the day.
More than a dozen Christmas trees will
be erected at Blockley, and Superinten
dent Daniel W. Sqltzer and an army of
volunteer assistants are having all that
mortal men can do making ready for the
big feast. Beginning at 5 IK the morning,
the nurses of the Philadelphia Oeneral
Hospital will sing Christmas carols, and
from then on the day Is to be given
over to merriment.
OIFTS FOR ALL.
There will be wonderful dinners and
gifts for all. In addition, several plillanr
thropio candy merchants have donated
rrlnny boxes of candy, which wilt be dis
tributed. Another patron has promised
a nice new 8Q-cent piece for every blind
man In the Institution.
PRIVILEGES FOR INMATB3.
Many special privileges will be allowea
the inmates of the House or Correction at
Holmesburg tomorrow. In the first place,
breakfast, which ordinarily consists of
bread and coffee, will b supplemented on
Christmas morning with a large Dutch
cako with plenty of raisins In it.
Early In the morning many of the Oath'
olio Inmates will leave their cells arul go
to the little chapel on the first floor of the
main building, where Mass will be oel,ot
qraieq ay a. priost irom tit. mod tioman
Catholic, Church, Tacony Later- a serv
ice for the- Protestants will bo held in the
WANAMAKHR TO SPEAK
Arrangements for the religious exercises
have been made by Mrs. Mary W. Fales.
of MOT Spruce street, a sitr of John
Wanamaker. Addresses will b made by
Mr wnamaKer, tne nv, Hugh c Mc
Brlde, pastor of the Tacouy Bresbyterian
Chureh, Mrs. Faies and WlWJaai A, Pat
terson, the superintendent. Member of
the chuir of Bethany Presltj tetlan
Church will sing Christmas hymns Jsr
Ue men A real Christmas iMnntr. m
siatlng of turksy. cranberry saiw, e4iy
and all the other good things that go
with such a. feast will be served.
Aside from selns a. day of big "eats,"
ttM day U of special Unponaoea ta the
InsaatM because, far tfee first tliec im the
bUtory of the tnsUtnttoa, Ue aid strio)
suit will not b worn The san here
after will wear drk brown yoats, trou
sers aad caps. TW Is the Wt saiUfas
try ChrtMouui gift that mhU have been
dvfs4 fox tb.es.
"flood FtlWf" XUm fMiOO
JJiTIKuIT Bm ttAa wjanlsUn of
t.wU Fa4w in ttus. vUy tuur rained
uui K6.SW t ess. teid .uMi
tiB uf tijthiiitf rtnJ luianttnnm mmma o
ti-l to s. 1,4: -lit-'t4 to tfc pear p
rpVAS the night before Chrialmas, when all through the house
-L Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by tho chimney ivith care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds, (
IvVWie visions of sugar'plums danced through their heads;
Ar.d mamma in her kerchief, and I in my can,
Had just settled our brains for a long winters nai 1 -When
out on the lawn, there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to sec what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. ,
The moon, on the breast of the neiv-fallcn snow,
frtltit r III.!... . ....fJ.a J.. .til..i. I.,A, .
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old drivor, so lively and auick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came.
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name:
"Noio, Dasherl now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixent
On, Cometl on, Cupidl on, Bonder and Blitzenl
To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall!
Now, dash away, dash away, dash awayt all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet With an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So, up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With a sleigh full of toys aid St. Nicholas, too.
And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof
me prancing ana pawing oj cacn nine nooj,
Aa I drew in my head and was turning around, , i
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound. '
He was dressed-all in fur from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; .. ,
A bundle of tdys hi had flung on his back, "
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes how theU twinkled! His dimples how merry! ti
His checks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
lurf fie beard ou his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. vrtJ, 1
HV IUU U UIUUU JUL'V, UHU ( lltllli TUIIIIU UCII
That shook, when he laughed, like a bowl full' of jelly.
He was chubby and plump a right jolly old elf
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wtnii of ms eye ana a twist o; ms neaa
Sopn gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with 0 jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney ho rose, 1
Ho sprang to his slciqh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle;
But I heard htm exclaim, ere he drove out of sight:
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"
CLEMENT C. MOORE.
MRS. STOTESBURY AS SANTA
Society Matron Will Entertain Kid- (
dies at Starr Garden.
Mrs E. T. Stotesbury, will net as
hostess to 600 children from the poorest
and most congested section of the city
at a dinner, at which Ice cream, cako
and other delicacies will be served. A
bdx of fruit and nuts and toys will bo
presented to every child by Mrs. Stotes
bury In the gymnasium of the Starr Gar
den Recreation Centre, 7th and Lombani
The elaborately trimmed and electric
lighted Christmas tiee that was ono of
tho nrinclnal decorations at Mrs. Stotes-
bury's ball at tho Rltz-Carlton Hotel on
Tuesday night, will be ono of the Jeatitrca
at ma oiarr unrucn ceii'oriiuoii.
Following the dinner an cntortnlnipent
will bo Klven under tho auspices of tlie
Misses Linda Styer, A. Rwanda Glnder,
Carollno Llvcrlght and Edna Laughlln,
teachers at tho Tecrcatlon centre.
The anangements nro In charge of M.
Gerson Fall, principal of Starr Garden.
He will bo usslstcd by Peter Schmld, Wil
liam R. Mcjcrs and John Harris. Boy
Scouts, Onmpflro Girls, Girl Scouts and
mcinburs of the Theodore Starr Club will
act as ushers.
CHORUS GIBXS WAIT EOR- SANTA
Sixty Stockings Decorate Stage of
Sixty silk stockings u're hanging in a
row on the Lyrlo Theatre stage, waiting
for Santo Claims. Thoy belong to the
chorus girls of "The Peasant Olrl" com.
pany, who have taken this method of
announcing that they expect to be given
a Christmas party,
Emma Trentlnl and Clifton Crawford,
stars of the company, havo commissioned
Manager Slumbers to buy a big Christ
mas tree, and suspecting that Santu
Claus is not very familiar with theatres,
they are going to play the part them
selves. The regular Christmas celebra
tion will be held tonight after the per
formance. SANTA OIiAUS COMING.
' TO JERSEY PINE BELT
NEW LISBON. N. J., Dec. Si.-Santa
Claus Is coming to many of the chlldrsn
in the pine belt here this year for the
ill at time. It seems hardly believable,
but It Is a fact that many of the little
ones In the pine belt have never heard
of Christmas. Mr,and Mrs, Frank Ma
comber, social service workers, who have
charge pf the odlony of feeble-minded,
near here, have arranged to have a com
munity Christmas tree, which will be the
first that has ever been trimmed In the
pine belt, and many children here will
receive their first Christmas gifts.
CITIZEN GIVES ?500 EOR
POOR KIDDIES' CHRISTMAS
WILMINGTON. Del . pec. U -Wilmlng.
ton's biggest and prettiest Christmas tree
is iu place and beautifully decorated with
colored lights and other electrical effects.
I la not a community Christmas tree, but
it stands in the olty court room at the
Ulty Hall and Is for the poor children
of the elty.
On Christmas morning, following the
uwial custom tba -poor children, who are
furnished tickets by the police, will be
taken into the courtroom given a sight
of the tree and then furnished with. lwtw
of candy, fruit and some useful gift,
probably stocking arid caps. For the
bys and girls there also will be some
The Chrtajtuss tree and gifts for the
poor Ghfldreo arc ghen t)U year by a,
DrumlnentT rejldent who refuse to allow
hU name to be used. TVje axpeasea of the
celebration are MVrod by a, ohecfc flf
MM, which be baa give? o CbW of I
Uee George Black; for that purpose.
SANTA CXATJS WILL 0ALL
AT BOftSjgQNT HOSPITAL
ROSKMOAT. pc. U afcau Claus wilt
not be too UtKf to gay mil i tl haw
sd hoaoilsJ of the Ooe4 sUiaoherJ here.
H is epclti to arrive some time late
tonight or ecrb tomorrow aad the chll
drsn of the lostitutWo bv been wait
ing vKb. eager ears tot the teu-tJ belts.
TkMWsai .! maauMM m waio" proa
rffigfnt t SifU;loM ' the
AS NEVER BEFORE
"Melly Clistmas5-' -Is Favor
ite Greeting Among Celes
tials Who Will Celebrate
With Turkey Dinners.
"Melly Christmas," laughingly Bhouted
Moy Duck as he greeted Potlcoman
Burns, familiarly known as the "China
town Cop," when that Individual strolled
down llaco street on his first round of
"Merrj Christmas to you, Moy," an
swered the bluecoat as he extended his
hand to accept the proffered cigar.
"Gee whiz, these Chinamen are cer
tainly becoming more civilized etery
ear," said Burns, tujnlng to his com
panion. "I remember the time when
Christmas was nothing more to these
Celestials than a 'Blue Monday1 is to Us.
"But things have changed. Look at
thoso restaurants. Every one Is deco
rated with holly and other Christmas
greens. Turkey dinners are on tho
menus and all the establishments are
giving away souvenirs of the- occasion.
This year will see the biggest Christmas
celebration In Chinatown,"
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT PREVAILS.
Truly Chinatown has changed. Five
years ago a visitor to the Celestial
quarter on Christmas Day would hate
found the Inhabitants standing on door
stops and squatted In dark basements
smoking, but nowhere would he find any
sign of a holiday.
Let him tetraco his steps tomorrow.
He will be greeted on etery side with a
salutation, and. If he be known, a small
remembrance In the way of a silk hand
Uerohlet or perhaps a cigar or a package
of fine tea. Chinatown has awakened to
the teallzatlon that Christmas Is a time
for rejoicing, a time for gift-giving and a
time for feasting.
Nor is Chinatown without Us happy
children. There are more than a dozen
little tots-full-blooded Chlnese-who
would be Just as disappointed as other
children were they to awaken on the
moirow to find that Kris Kingle had not
filled their stockings with goodies. It Is
no unusual sight nowadays to see a
Chinese acting; in the role of Santa Claus
and carrying on his bapk a Christmas
TURKBV DlNNHR B8CAPK8.
Big doings are looked for la Chinatown
tonight. Throe big turkeys purehased by
Lee Uit, which, were to havo occupied
a principal part of the dinner menu t a
love feast tomorrow, broke out of a coop
lit which they had becsj eonfintd for ftt
teAios purposes last night, and led Chi
nese awl policemen a lively chase on
At mmm we awns 1049c U the wings
susd outnued those who pursued thaa.
Ooe fH a vtstJm to a vaMsJjrealed stow
ftoju a poMeswiaa's Ub Wt the other
will BrohaWv decorate a table other than
QHSI8TMAS 8HQOT A$ &WN OLUB
The South WimillhUi Him dh has
urrgcd tfcMt tVt CfcrMtoW-s Dayi be
giBoijuc at t at a. u U tho sJiwmob
th will bo a Uv. bird shoot with
prises fur the wlnaets The voniaiitue to
eluue of the affair Include Andrew
aa "5 ""ft. -
Wtiliaw Wchpr, (Uora Hu sud
JusejA ftakmtx Tk hfcui tr uf tst
KRIS MUST GO FAST
TO VISIT ALL TOWNS
THAT EXPECT HIM
"Eight Tiny Reindeer" and
Well-filled Sleigh All in
Readiness for Their Great
Santa Clau has announced that he Is
all reads to start. There Is plenty of
hard noik In store for htm both todny
and tonight. He has
to seo to his rein
deer, their harness
and Jingle bells; nnd
then ho will spend
setcral hours look
ing over the mon
ster sleigh which
has been Btored 5t"i
days or rather 301,
lo bo exact.
Then we must nut
forgot the tosj they
have been ull packed
nnd sorted In fact,
nil Its In readiness for tonlght-lhe big
Santa Clatis wns up bright and early
this morning. He combed his snow-white
beard nnd filled his clay plpo several
times, and yet thero seemed to be a shade
of sadness tut king In his kindly gray
ojes. It may be that he was thinking
of tho children of Belgium He fingered
the pages of his ledger thoughtfully and
suddenly rays-of hope brightened his
"Mnn children abroad," sold he, think
ing aloud, "may miss mo this year, bless
their little hearts, I'll make them happy
sooner or later and I'll repay thorn for
somo of their suffering. Tho children In
nnd about Philadelphia have been tfen
erous nnd kind-hearted, and I will soon
ho on my way to wish thorn a hearty,
though silent, 'Merry Christmas. "
Tonight Rnntn Claus will start on his
round. It Is whispered that ho loves the
open country, where his reindeer cart
have full swny At any rate, ho Is likely
to visit the towns and cities outside of
Philadelphia before turning rein for this
Christmas trees, In many cases commu
nity trees, all illuminated, and the sing
ing of beautiful Christmas carols will be
features of Christmas celebrations held
in many towns and cities. Pennsylvania
nnd New Jersey resldenta have been un
tiring in their efforts to make the cele
bration this year a great success. In
ilrtunlly all localities festivities have
been planned for the poor and the sick,
nnd few children will miss the warmth
of meiry Christmas cheer.
"Listen, my children, and you shall
hear" how some of the cities and towns
are prepared to receive Santa Claus:
GOVERNOR TENER IN ROLE
OF SANTA CLAUS AT, CAPITAL
II.YRItlSIIL'HG. Dec. 2i -Christmas
spirit pre-. alls among many of the Har
tlshurg school children. Grace Methodist
Church hero has sent word to tlie Harrls
burg Home and War ltcllef Committee,
which recently sent funds to France for
tho purchase of ambulances, that the
usual Christmas entertainment for Sunday
school children lias been abandoned as
tho children wish to send tho expense
money to buy milk for tho Belgian poor.
Many other celebrations hato been plan
ned, howovcr. Toilght moro than 10,000
are expected to greet the municipal
Christmas Tree nt Front nnd Market
streets. Many will Join In singing Christ
mas carols and Ma) or John K. BCyal will
deliver a short address.
Governor Tener will net as Santa Claus
tomorrow morning at the executive man
sion and distribute candy to the poor
children who call there at 8 o'clock. Many
of the poor families will be looked after
by the local charity associations.
COMMUNITY XMAS TREE
GIVES JOY TO NORRISTOWN
NOnniSTOWN. Dec. 21,-Kor tho first
tlino In its history Norrls town will have
a community Chrlstmns tree. A pine
tree CO feet high has been erected near
Ilia courthouse, and will be lighted with
hundreds of electric lights. The trimming
of tlie tree Is In charge of President
Jamison, of Town Council, father of the
project, and other prominent members
of Town Council and prominent business
At least ISO poor families will receive
Christmas baskets, and one pf the most
welcomo gifts is the carload of coal
which will bo distributed to the poor. At
no time, perhaps, in tlie history of Nor
rUtown has there been sut.li an Inclination
to charity at Christinas time. The spirit
of charity seems to permeate the air,
and organizations and Indlt (duals are
trying to outdo each other In giving and
making Christmas cheer. Many gifts will
be distributed to the poor children by
the Perot Club, at Carney's cigar store.
The Norrlstown churches, public schools,
the Salvation Army and other organiza
tions and Individuals have been untiring
In their efforts to have tho Christmas
celebration here this year a great suc
cess. MAYOR M'CLAIN AS SANTA AT
LANCASTER, Dec 2".-Lancaster will
have its first community Christmas ob
servance this year There will be 110
Christmas tree, but Christmas celebra
tions and entertainments have been ar
ranged for both today and tomorrow.
The Mayor, Frank B. McClaln, will be
the Santa Claus at the festivities for poor
children which will be held at the Home
for Friendless Children Toie, sweets,
and other sifts wilt be distributed. The
d Ward Republican C)ib will entertain
the poor children of the ward at its head
quarters. Next Tuesday Charles M How
ell, manager of the Colonial Theatre, will
give a vaudeville performance foi all the
poor children of the city
SANTA WILL BE ON HAND
AT COMMUNITY GATHERING
r.on.x-ur -,,777 7"", -r, j,
DR8M5L HILL. Dec W -Regardless
of snow, but balking at rain. Santa Claus
has promised to appear at the community
.Christmas tree at Oarrett and Runny-)
wade avenues here tonight for ekitdrejt
of Adtoghauj. OarielUord aad Prexel
Hill Tte hour lias been wt st lit aud
old Santa, has Brosalted ou ttte faith of
bis asww-nUiU beard that all "!'4aW
present will receive a present: that Is.
w wither permitting, if It ratuf Santa
Claus will keen the. najsf, (air night open
on nut cngMenent dook.
The tw 111 b lUuwinau twawtftully
and tiasMg It uay porsooj wtU WfcUa to
sisvalng the old carols. The stegteg wW
be by adult and sol eUMres, of the
cojnuiuslly and music will be ftirsUibsd
lay the GarretUord Band. Tho D!
HUI Civic Association bats charge of the
aiTsatESjWtAta and U aWug all ra.sjilwgt-i
to o-orate by illuminating their hosnes
OHSI8TMA8 0H1BR APLMfY
PO WBST CHBfiTSR-S POOR
WftisrT L'HaUWHH Dec it -The pooi
people her are suxTerius; more this sea
son Uumi ever befoie ait-ordlas; to nou
af the oldest reetdeuu The cluelug uf
the uiy Stum!., uiui 1 Brew hundtsjdsj
uien tliarUy Uo bad ivr known waul
bofone, The Cbrtatraoj, vjswi iil fedias;
nivi-h djt rcjHef h.r nd wm
A GREAT MYSTIC STORT BY HAROLD MacGRATH
Xudora l lft an orphan at sn ttrty est.
Iter father la killed In a sold mine lie
hai dltered Half an hour after learn
ing at Hie death of her husband, Zudorft a
mother a tlsht-rope walker with a circus
la eelietl with vertleo. falla nnd It killed,
Zudora ami the fortune from. the mine,
which later grow a to be worth 20,o0,00O,
are nil to me suaroiananip 01 r iim
circui man, ana me uniuw m
nother. Zudors, slvln premtae
lieuu 1. rcacnet the age of IB.
The nnrle. who haa att hlmielf UP
Hindu myatln and la known ae Ilaeeant
All, decides In his sreed that Zudom mut
die before he cornea into noealon.of ner
great fortune, eo that It may ha left to
him. Ilia nett of kin. and he prevalla upon
tho girl to leave her money In hla handa
three yeara longer and to aay nothing to
nny one about tha fortune. .
Hatiam All eeea an obstacle to Ma
nchtine In the person of John storm, a
oino; lawyer, for whom Zudora has taken
a fancy, and lie commanda the girl to put
tho man out of her mind. Btorm comei
to nak ItSMtni ll for, the hand of ht
niece. At nrst the cr)tal gaier will not
llatrn to the proposal, but urtora. inaleta
that If me ennrot marry Storm the will
marry no one 3 ....
"Well, well." tali! llaiUm All. "If you
lake audi a stand, I'll compromise. SoIa
.ny neit SO cases and nu can marry hlmi
fall In a single case and )ou must re
nomiro him'' . . .
Sudors, uslnir the knowledge sained from
nssnclatlon with her uncle, unraol tjo
baffllnK cases, both at the risk of her life.
Storm receives n letter from hie, mother,
who Uvea In the South, Informing- mm
that her colored help was fleeing from ner
estates hecsuse on n hill back of her house,
night after night, there appenrcd the hero!;
form of a skeleton hand Willi a black spot
In the P'lm as If mnd by an enormous
bullet Storm goes home to unravel the
mystery and writes to y.udora to come 10
Ills aid. Ilaistm emleatora to dissuade her
Zudom goes and becomes nearly con
Mnced that liassam Is at tho bottom of
tho rmstcry. Tho hand appears suddsnly
in the sido of the house. Ail the help
leate but a housemaid and a chore-boj.
WHKN the spectral hand appeared the
next night, old man Storm seized his
Miitgun nnd started out with blood In his
eye. The result of Mb rage and excite
ment was a badly lacernted arm for the
housemaid. The old man accused her, but
John Intervened, Tho poor girl had only
been curious to see how near she could
get to the spectre. She was fortunate to
hnve escaped with her life.
Later, John began to show preoccupa
tion, and when questioned by Zudora he
admitted that there had been an episode
of hln younger days that he hnd nil but
forgotten. The dark spot In the palm of
the hnnd had finally brought back the
"I used to come home during college
days to hunt a little. There's quail nnd
partridge galore In November. I used to
take young Jimmy Bolton along to carry
tho game. Ho was only a kid. Well, to
the city's poor long after Christmas Day
has passed. Already thousands of dol
lars havo been spent, but there Is still
much to be done.
Chrlstmns Day will bring cheer to
many poor children here. All the relief
societies havo combined and a Christmas
banquet will he given to moro than 1000
children, nnd a huge Chrlstmns tree Is
laden with Klfts to dollght their young
hearts. One of the local newspapers has
been a most liberal contributor for the
SOCIETIES WILL DISSEMINATE
CHRISTMAS CHEER AT CHESTER
tiHUS.TC.Il, Dec. 21. Many destitute
families and several thousand needy chil
dren hero, aro assured of Christmas cheer.
Tomorrow morning. toys nnd sweets will
bo slven out to children at the homes
of the Chester Lodge of Elks and the
Chester Nest of Owls. Baskets of pro
visions will be sent to the homes of mem
bers where want stalks.
The Salvation Army will furnish din
ners to at least 1C00 persons. The Chil
dren's Aid Society will decorate a Christ
mas tree. Among the other societies
which will distribute Christmas cheer nra
tho Ladles' Benevolent Society, St, Vin
cent de. raul's Society and the Mercy and
MRS. PARKE SOHOCH WILL BE
WAYNE'S SANTA CLATJS LADY
WAYNE, Dec. 21. Christmas caiols and
Impressive music by many of the school
children will be the feature of the Christ
mas celebration here. The Wayne com
munity Christmas tree has been decorated
elaborately and residents old and young
are anticipating the happy evpnt.
Mrs, Parke Schoch, of Wayne, will be
the "Santa Claus Lady" for the children
of the Radnor township schools. She
has received many contributions, and
these, together with her own donations,
will assure the children a "Merry Christ
mas," EVERY WARD IN BRYN MAWR
HOSPITAL WILL HAVE TREE
BRYN MAWR, Pa., Dec. !i.-Every
ward In the Bryn Mawr Hospital will
have Its Christmas tree so that the sick
will know they are not forgotten.
Through the kindness of Mrs. Effing
ham B. Morris. Santa Claus will be able
to distribute gifts to the poor children
at the brilliant Christmas tree which had
been erected In the chlldten'g home here,
The nurses' house will have Us celebra
tion, and tomorrow the nurses will be
the guests of Dr. George Qerhard, qf
YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN
WILL DISTRIBUTE GIPTS
COLLINGDALB, Pec. 31. There will be
a real Santa Claus In Collingdale. Bright
and early tomorrow morning more than
300 children In the neighborhood will rind
dainty packages containing to a. sweets
and useful articles at their doors or bed
sides; One beauty of the gifts Is that
the children have no Idea from whom
the come Many will close their eyes
tonight with the thought that a real
Santa is grooming his reindeer before
making the rounds of the chimney tops.
The prnt will e distributed through
the- effort of the Children's Christmas
iiheer Association of Delaware County.
They will he sorted In the Cotlingdalo
I Baptist Church, and after 8 o'clock, when
,",,". tat... ara ln bed. the delivery will
begin. More than SO young men and
women, many of them social favorites
In the neighborhood, will help In the
Among those who have taken a leading
part in providing the Christmas cheer are
Mrs William Benson, Mrs. K. A Stephen
son. Ml Martha. Pfcaro asd David
Laupfceltncr. of CoUlnadale, Mrs. H
GreU. Preset HUI. Boy York. AWl
Min KAUh C, SeVirks and Miss Ptor
ense Jordan, Koswood, Miss McAHlsr,
TWO .SANTAS WILL GIVE
PRBSBNTS AT JBNK3NT0WN
JKWKINTOWN. Dee. K
-TU yea for
1 lll bvt a.
tna nrst time leahlrHown
uonuu unity ChrtaWfULa tree. The tree
not ono us H toot huh, but. wonder of
woudeis two distinct Santa Clauses will
distribute prtiessts to more tfcaa em
Th cotnntunlly ChrtesM um a boon
erected Under keM tt OWtl afctrMM
Andrew In Iron o tbe IWMarTown Bor
ough HaJI It will bo UluatiAOMd o
elecuwity early tads event when thou
sand oi fteraoris ore esjsisctei to ehee
ike wku tee.t. Tho tree wilt o
iert standi until nit tho &a-
make at long story short, I was careless In
handling the gun. and some of the charge
wnt Into Bolton's hand. The best thing
we can do, then, Is to locate him. He
wasn't always quite right In the upper
story. But how the dickens he should
come to think tip such a hoax and spring
It after all these years gets me."
Zudora said nothing. Thero was noth
ing for her to sfty,
"So we'll take a look Into Jlmnn's af
fairs," concluded John.
But Jimmy- had not been seen by on
one for several weeks. The spectre sud
denly ceased operations, A week passed,
and both Storm nnd Zudora concluded to
return to town, but to return secretly tho
first tlmo the hnnd made Ha appearance;
Oddly enough. Storm also had Vague
suspicions regarding1 the brain behind Bol
ton, but, and perhaps foolishly, lie re
trained from confiding to Zudora. Ho had
become reasonably suro that I In mam All
was somewhere In the background. Jimmy
Bolton was Incapable of perpetrating a
hoax of this peculiar order without capi
tal. At any rate, he was determined to
put the matter boldly to Hassam All.
Amcd was not going- to admit him at
first. Orders were orders! but -when
Storm drclared that ho would come back
with ft policeman, Amed concluded to
accept the lesser of two evils. Storm
found himself in the familiar drawing
room. Zudora seemed everywhere In the
arrangement of the flowers, the pictures,
the music rack.
"Well, sir," said a cold voice from be
hind, "this Is an honor forced upon me.
I hate forbidden you the hospitality of
"I am wotl aware of that," returned
Storm, quite as coldly as Unseam AMI.
"I have not come for hospitality. What
I demand to know Is, what tho devil do
you mean by setting ft half-witted bay
up to such a beastly gamo as that spec
tral hand?" Storm shook his first under
Hassam All's nose.
All the fury against tills young man
bubbled up In Hassam All's heart, and In
cautiously was permitted to overflow the
brim. Ho wanted John Storm dead, dead
nt his feet. He suddenly drew back. Ills
hand: but 8torm was too quick f6r htm.
Amcd, seeing his master In danger,,
seized a vase and stolo up behind Storm.
But from her boudoir above Zudora
had heard the loud voices. She held
In her hand only a book. Bile flung it
with more accuracy than Is generally
credited to the feminine- arm. It hit
Amed squarely on the shoulder, and the
vase clattered to the floor.
Copyright. 1011, by Harold MacGratb
Girl, of Jenklntown, has erected a bis;
tree In the Wilson home on West ave
nue. She has obtained the names of moro
than 100 deserving children or Ablngtort
and Moreland Townships and promises
not to forget them In the Santa Clans
malt list. Many Jenklntown resldenta
have congratulated Miss Wilson on her
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ABOUNDS
AMONG: READING'S PEOPLE
READING. Dec. 21.-More than 60.
Christmas trees havo been erected by
prominent citizens aloiv? the city's main
thoroughfares much to tho delight of ths
poor children. The large community
Christmas tree at Cth and Penn streets
will be brilliantly Illuminated nt thrt
stroke of midnight tonight, while hun
dreds sing carots to the accompaniment
of Impressive band music.
"Self-Denial Day" has already been ob
served here and hundreds of dollars have
been contributed for the purchase of toys,
candy, sweets and clothing for the city
poor. The merchants and Chamber o(
Commerca will act as Santa Claus and
even the wearers of torn and ragged
stockings will not be doomed to disap
pointment. The unfortunate "grown-ups
will also be looked after. Empty coal
bins will be replenished and Christmas
MEDIA SUNDAY SCHOOL
CHILDREN AID WAR VICTIMS
MEDIA, Pa., Dec il.-Many Media Sun
day school children Instead of receiving
presents at tho many Christmas celebra
tions here will glvu to others, who the
feel are more in need, of the welcomo
Christmas cheer The money usually
spent for refreshments nt tho Methodist
Sunday School will be sent to Belsium,
and each pupil will bring an artlclo of
clothing which will be sent to the Deacon
ess' Home In Philadelphia. At all the
other Sunday schools the pupils wilt
bring gifts tor charity There will i)e no
organised effort to relieve the poor of
Media, as no destitute cases have been
The Cittc Association Christmas tree
has been erected In front of the Court
House, and besides the brilliant electric
illumination the combined choirs of all
the Media churches will ting their Christ
mas greetings The Rev. Henry S. Noon,
pastor of the First Methodist Church, will
deliver an appropriate address.
CAMDEN CHARITIES UNITE
TO HELP POOR AND NEEDY
Charity workers and organizations that
dispense charity at Christmas time are
operating under a new system in Cam
den this year. In former years, when
each club or association operated entirely
Independent of one another, it was found
that much of the charity dispensed was
duplicated, ln some Instances one family
being provided for by three anl four
charities, while others, and in some cases
the most worthy ones, received ho help
This tar things are different, a cen
tral organisation has been formed which
Is Known as the Registration. Buieau or
Associated Charities This ortranlsaAton
Is supported by all the clubs alike- and
to it Is left the Investigation and super
vision of all charity at Chrlstmns Un.
as well as throughout the entfro yoa--The
bureau iscelves all applications
through whatever source they may m
and causes an investigation of each cat
to be made. The names investigated ar
turned oVef to the respective clbs, thua
Aniofla the Camden organlxatiuns dis
pensing oharit thts year are the Hlks.
tbe Peter J . the Moos, the Hutaiv Club
and most all of the marches The i
sponsce to apaeals fgr funds this ear
have greatly estedd those of foimer
POOR OP QLpyOB6TSR
TO QBT. XMAS BOUMTXW'
mmv'sT s"j u
aLOUCKaJTKR. J. J.. Dec M---Tb
poor ot Olouosater OUy will be well taho
care of tomorrow. r a Oiauth IHUU..A
of !$ vrt&
efettrjMM hj ha
husy (irep4rtns; to
ton to the uses).
Thy have bjhf
Ut and the sms-b
of eaUt wa vtSStSSJ
to lenta J net wheat
oftoejML 'i vW1M
IhM . Ul start
u ntttiwnhs'as ana
wsaJOttS 4 Uuih
thai dttstrwi lalsine. to ib. th (imum
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