Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus.
piano. me a old. like size a I it in "We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently prominently the comniuniciiticii below, expressing at the same time our gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun: Dear Editor—I am 8 years old. • Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? VIRGINIA O'HANLON. 115 West Ninety-first Street. . "Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been atfccted by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe e.xcepti they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, Virginia, whether they be men's or little children's are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the>. boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole o£ truth and knowledge. "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Ho exists as certainly certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your lite its highest beauty and joy. A!as! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as. if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We shculd have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. "Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch. Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coining down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can sec. Did you ever see fairies dancing 1 on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they arc not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there .ire unseen and unseeable in the world. "You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is) a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? jAh, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. "No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the hearts o£ childhood."