Peter Pan wading pool
CetobtHte* AtleM •mporia i* enUrtalalng the Vice President of the United States, the Governor of Kansas (Ad a United State* senator, Judge and congressman today but that's only half of It. It U entertaining also the grandest lot of little prince* and prln- cesees of the realm that ever gathered In one town, and Emporia is a* proud of on* bunch of celebrities a* It is of the other. Boys and girls, accompanied by parents, aunts, uncles and big brothers and elsten, came to Smporla from all over Emporla's trade territory thU morning to see the dedication of the wading pool In Peter Pan park. The pool, the gift of Mr. and Mr*. Frank H. Reed, of Neosho, Mo., wa« surrounded by a solid ma** of humanity from 10 o'clock until noon arid from the pool the crowd spread, thinning gradually, all over the park. The serving of ice cream, another gift to the children from the Reeds, began nearly two hours before the dedication services took place and the youngster* were waiting for it when the serving started. It was a gay and colorful crowd. Children in overalls, in bathing suits, In frilly organdy frocks, children too young to do anything but perch on parents' shoulders and wave dimpled hands, whooping, grinning, ice-cream gorglnj young- FBIZES WILL BE AWARDED TUESDAY. Approximately 8,000 children registered in Peter Pan park today Tor the prizes which the Chamber of commerce is offering to wading pool visitors. A prize of W will bo given to the child in Lyon county and In each of the adjoining counties who came the longest distance in his county to the wading pool dedication, a.nd'n prize of IS will be awarded to the family in each county that brought the largest number of children under 12 years old to tho dedication. Chamber ot Commerce officials will check the registrants carefully and prlw winners probably will be announced Tuesday. Checks win bo mailed to the winners M eoon a* the contest Is decided. sters were the central characters in the pageant and they played their parts whole-henrledly. Nothing so trivial as cloudy skies or rumors of a recent business depression cast a shadow across their spirits. It was the "kid's" day and they swallowed it whole. The Reed* Not Here. Applause that received contributions from the tiniest hands present rippled and crackled through the crowd as the gutsts of honor arrived, walked around the pool and took their places for the brief dedicatory service. In the party were Vice President Curtis, senator capper, Governor Woodrlng, Congressman Homer Hoch, Mrs. Homer Hoch and Congressman Hoch's mother, Mrs. Edward Hoch, Judge George McDcrmott and his children, Jane and Mary, Mrs. Ralph Harri*. of Ottawa, Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Blair and Mr. and Mrs. W. A White.' The only flaw, not counting the weather, in the dedication of the Frank H. fteed pool was the absence of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Reed. Mr. Reed was taken sick, and was not permitted by his doctor to come to Emporia instead of which he sent the following telegram to the donors of the park which was read at the dedication: 'Mrs. R«d ind T runt to «prt.«« to rou and through you to Uto p*opl« of import* our ilucere tppreclfttlon of tho Hot that jou dirt not postpone tho dedication of the wftdlni pool which we- *re todijr flvlnt to the children of Kmporl*. H) phyilctl condition U Imprnvlnc »I- Lhouih 1 am itlll obliged to upend lome Mmn iach day In the hospital but hnoo to rt«.»ll rlfht again In due time,' Mr. and MM. Blair will be there to reprnrnt til and your tolng ahead -vlth the dedication certainly pleafttn me. I am with you and the boyt anti (Irlt of Emporln In iplflt all of today and wlih you to pleane expreia my ilncere appreciation to all wno participate In the dedication of the pool and accept lor youmll my thanVt for belnit permute to aaslfft you In clv- Inr plcaiure to the born and (Irla ot your community." This Is the twenty-ninth pool similar to that in Emporla which Mr. and Mrs. Reed have built. The pool here cost between 14,000 and $5,000 and the others when material was higher cost a little more. Mr. and Mrs. Reed believe thnt thii charity is as - good as libraries or hospitals In that it brings joy to children. It is their manner of building themselves ft monument. Mnyor Btxhop AccepU Pool. Mr. Blair, with a short, informal speech, presented the pool to Em- porla on behalf of the Reeds, and Mayor C. A. Bishop accepted tho pool for the town. Rev. J. H. J Rice pronounced an invocation nnd the climax to the service came when Vice President Curtis placed 7-year- old Sally Lindsay, daughter of Mr, and Mrs. C. B. Lindsay, o( Emporla, In the rippling water and formally opened the pool. Sally Lindsay looking like a traditional bathing beauty In sleek dark hair and a bright red bathing suit, waded to the fountain in the center of the pool and stood smiling beneath its spray while the watching youngsters, one by one at first and then In twos and threes, accepted Mr. While's Invitation to "jump In." Sally Lindsay has just finished the 2-A grade in the Teachers College Training school. Last year she was the Training school's May queen and this year she had the honor of crowning the queen. After the dedication the crowd j scattered once more, the consump- tlon of Ice cream was resumed enthusiastically and the sun blinked a few times through cracks in the clouds. It was a fine large morn- Ing, this children's day in Emporla. "Say, listen I" gurgled a smail boy who sat on the curb at the park's entrance, munching a cone, "If I eat any more Ice cream 111 have to have a pulmotor. F"r gosh sake don't tempt me!"