Christmas Trees

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I DEMAND FOR CHRISTMAS . TREES LPT THIS YEAR ' ' : . v Many Topeka Kiddies May Not Have Trees.: Only One Carload In the City and . Dealers lAay Not Buy v ' j- More. I . . There, will be few Christmas treestin Topeka this year. The word .went out from Topeka dealers in trees and other holiday decorations yesterday. Not- that Topeka is any less prosperous than in times past; not that the price of the trees 'is to be exorbitant, but simply because there1 will not be many trees to supply the demand. Only one carload of trees has arrived in the city so far, and a careful canvass of the dealers shows that but-side of this one order, none of the others are planning to get in a supply of any consequence. One dealer said yesterday that he was sure he could easily dispose of, another carload of trees'lf :he could secure them but that it would take weeks to get them here. Uncle Sam says luxuries must wait until cars are available, so that food and other necessaries of life may have l right of way over the railroads. That's the secret. ' Conservation In Trees. . ' Several' of the dealers have figured that the demand for trees and other Christmas decoratlohs will be lighter this ' year because of the conservation and saving pleas that have been made by the government. One dealer said that he believed the people could do much better than spend their money for trees; that if they had any money to spend his company believed It to be the duty of everyone to donate that money to the Red Cross or other war activities, so long as the country is in a state of war. Give Money to Poor. Another factor that will enter into the demand for Christmas trees-is the agitation of the last few years to have the children donate their money to the support of the popr, rather than spepd it on themselves' and their friends. There will be fewer Isn-ge trees this year than in any previous season, according to- Frank Cope, a Topeka dealer. Churches, lodges and other organizations do not buy trees as they formerly did. The municipal trees are generally donated by some public-spirited ditizen, and they are displacing the old church, grange and lodge trees to a large extent. Holly Is In Demand. One form of Christmas decorations that Is being used in increasing numbers every year are the holly wreaths. Quoting Frank Cope again, more than 60 per cent of .the homes of Topeka had holly wreaths last year, and the demand probably will be much greater this season. " . ; : Christmas trees received in . Topeka so far. this year are of much better quality than the dealers here have re- celved before, they, say.- This is explained by the fact that the smaller de-mand caused the growers to crrade more closely , and to cut only- the trees P111 wouULs please their trade, rather than . sending everything, as In . years past, when sales - were 'greater. .They came from northern Wisconsin, from a man wno nas supplied Topeka mm for twelve years. . , Little Money in It, The handling of Christmas trees has never been a money-making proposi tion, according to Topeka dealers, who say that the demand is, so- variable and uncertain that a man will" sell thousands one year, and the next 'have as many left- over "after Chsjstmas. la past, inis sort of an experience-last year had a tendency, to curb the desires on the part of the Topeka dealers to handle trees another -season. But whatever the various reasons for the Christmas tree shortage. ; the . fact remains -that if Topeka -kiddies, are to have every complement .of a. happy Christmas. Topeka parents will have to get busy. . i . ; .- V For, the Poor Kiddies. And another thing it will be im possible for ' the people who have the money-to buy trees, to get. them all by buying early, as the Wisconsin grower wno supplies the carload that has ar rived here, put In S00 extra trees as a present for the poor 'children of To peka thru the Goodf ellows. The gift is from the grower and tho Copes, who pay the expenses of . transporting the 3U trees.

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  1. The Topeka Daily Capital,
  2. 10 Dec 1917, Mon,
  3. Page 8

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