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FOUR IM.liH. CUMLU'JHtANJX AID., I'MUUAY. DID C IE M Wilt ^J JUDO For * WANT AD Evening & Sunday Times Bridge Kvflry Afternoon (except Sunday) and Sunday Morning. Published by The Tlracu and Allciunlan Company, 1-> South Mechanic Strcot. Cumberland, Md, % at thi. PostolIIce at Cumberland. Md.. u Second ^ Class Matter. Member of the Audit Bureau o( Circulation Member ol the Associated Press Telephone 4GOO Weridy inbscrlptloa rate bj Carricri: One wot* Eve. only. 3Qc; Evening .Times per copy, 5o; Kvo. S: Sun. • Tlmei, 40o pet week; Sunday Times only, loo per copy. Mall lubaerlptloa rates on application. TSe Erealne Tlmra and Sundny Tlmcj msumo no Jinan- cUl responsibility lor typographical errors in advertise- menu but will reprint that part ol an advertisement in, »hich the typographical error occurs. Errors must bo reported &6 once, . • , Friday Afternoon, December 24, 1948. OUR COUNTRY The union of hearts, tho union'of Jiondi and <ne Flag of our Union iortvtr—Momi. The Christ7nas Story AT THAT TIME there went out a. decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world thould be enrolled. This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria. And att'went to.be enrolled, every-' one into his own city I - And Joseph also v>ent up from Galilee out of the city -of Nazareth, into Judea to the city of David, •which is called Bethlehem: "because he was of the house and family .of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his espoused urife, who was.\-nth child. -And it came to pass, that when they were : there her days were accomplished-that .she should be delivered. ' And she brought forth her first born Son • and wrapped Him up in swaddling clothes, '* and laid Sim in a msnger: because there ; was no room for them .in the inn. And • • there were in the same country shepherds ' watching and keeping the night watches over their flock. And behold an Angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them, and they-feared with a great fear. And the Angel said to them, Fear not, for behold I bring, you tidings of great joy, that,shall be to • all the people, for this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the • city of of David. And this shall be a sign ' unto you: you shall find.the Infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will. —St. Luke II: 1-U. By H. T. WEBSTER 'fris. Coffin Thomas L. Stokes President Hopes To Banish Roadblocks r A T&lessed Christmas • . TOMORROW will be Christmas, the Christian festival of peace and good will. —In Cumberland and "throughout our entire country it will be observed by many in the proper spirit. It is sad, however, to reflect that in so many places' of the world .there is neither peace nor. good will.. We had hoped that with the'close of .the war the spirit of Christmas would be restored among .all peoples, but this has not. been the case. We 'do not hesitate to say that 'this lamentable -condition exists because greed, and especially the greed for power, is rampant. Too many men have -forgotten the first Christmas. They have forgotten why the- Babe of Bethlehem came into the world. They Ignore the fact that His first message to mankind, delivered to the simple shepherds of the Judean hills by an angel choir, was a message of peace. It promised peace to men. of good will. CHRISTMAS Is. a festival- of Joy, as Easter is a festival -of glory. Here in .America where we .have reason for abund- . ant joy, we should mingle that joy with gratitude. We should be grateful • that we live in a land of plenty and that out of the surplus with which we are blessed, we are able to help those of other nations who" are less fortunate than ourselves. We should be equally grateful that here in our own beloved land, we .enjoy the blessing of peace, although not so long, ago we -were in • the midst of a cruel war. God.grant that ••we may continue to enjoy this peace.' In jnillions of American homes tonight families Twill gather about the Christmas trees. • To- morrow'they will observe the holiday safe to the knowledge that no invading army Is at'their door, no insurrection is brewing- in their midst. For this peace we should, offer up our prayers of thanksgiving. But there is one thing-we must remember. A peace based upon .political expediency alone is -not likely to be lasting. What we need, •what every nation needs, is that peace •which the world cannot give. It was of such a peace that the angel chorus sang on that first Christmas Eve when the Child, Who was to be the Prince of Peace, was bom in a stable at Bethlehem. Such peace has Its origin in'good will; in the love of ' neighbor because of the love of God. Only when, the world learns this—and' It must learn it from the lesson of Christmas—will ' men and nations know that tranquility which will bring a real and lasting joy. WASHINGTON — Having ,.een a'member of Congress himself for 10 .years, President Truman is thoroughly aware of the devices arid techniques by which measures ostensibly favored by a majority of the people and of Congress can "be pigeonholed or sidetracked or, in the case of the-Senate, talked to death by. filibusters. This Is a matter of intimate concern now to the- Chief. Executive because, for the. first time, he is not only President in his own right but he also has a Congress elected with him, a Democratic Congress, .which a majority of the people expect to carry out the program he pledged in his successful ampaign. Consequently, he now is disposed to encourage his. leaders in Congress to do something about some of the roadblocks. • These roadblocks affect, in particular, two phases of the President's program that are highly controversial. • • . . One is the so-called social welfare program embodying housing, health and educaticn and an/increase in. the statutory minimum wage of 40 cents an hour, among others. The other is his civil-rights program, including anti-poll tax, anti- lynching and anti-discrimination bills, tlie last the F.EP.C. THE CHIEF STUMBLING block, . as affects social v;elfare measures, is the House of Representatives. There the blockades are raised at two points, initially in legislative committees, themselves, where • 'a coalition of Southern conservative Democrats. and Republicans has prevented approval, and, finally, at the last staged in the House Rules Committee, likewise controlled now for some time by a coalition of Southern Democrats and Republl- 'cans. ' The House Rules Committee, consisting .of veteran members, is supposedly a procedural committee to determine the "rule" under which bills previously approved by legislative committees shall be considered by the House, as to time for debate, amendments, and the like. But this committee has come to arrogate to itself legislative powers and, on occasion, has shelved measures approved by the .proper legislative committee, as, for example, the ' Taft-Ellender-Wagner housing bill in the last Congress. As for civil-rights bills, they -have been stopped cold it. the Senate always in the past by Soulhern filibusters. over with both Vice President-elect Barkley and Rep. Haybuni ' Texas . who will be Speaker in the next House. . THE VETO POWER of the Rules Committee would be removed by requiring that committee to report to the House within 30 days, either favorably or adversely, bins sub' mitted to it by legislative committees, ar.d let the House then decide by majority vote whether to take up the bill or lay it aside. This proposal now is being actively, promoted by a group of House members leu by Rep. Eberharter (D,, Pa,). ' It is also the plan to modify the unlimited debate permitted under present Senate rif.es. IN EACH CASE, it is the dictates of a few members that paralyze the legislative process. The seniority rule plays its part by bringing .to the top as chairmen o' important committees a prepo. - dorance of Southern conservatives because of the long tenure guaranteed by the one-party system in the South. • ' •• .. .;: , That gives a conservative cast to Congress out of proportion to the South's numerical strength, 'so that Congress does not reflect recurring mandates by the people such as, for instance, that of the recent election. . President Truman's aim is to strike directly at the Rules Committee blockade and the filibuster and indirectly at : the seniority system without abolishing it. ' He has talked the whole problem THE MATTER Of giving more recognition to newer members and thus reflecting the m,->st recent mandate of the poop 1 lies in the Democratic Committee on Committees, which makes assignments to committees ar.d which consists of the Democratic members of the Ways ar.d Means Committee. . In the new Congress Democrats will have 15 nu-.iibers on the Ways and Mear.s Committee; Republicans, 10. There are, therefore, five •vacancies to be filled by Democrats, since they had only 10 members in the SOth Congress. ' 1 The aim of the President is to fill these vacancies with members sympathetic to his program to outweigh the present preponderance of Southern Democrats so that, acting as a committc on committees, • it will give adequate representation on important committees to new members elected IK November. (United Pen Lure Snydtente, Inc.) Peter Edson i ' U. S. May Own Railroads If Trend Continues. ON THIS VIGIL ol Christmas.it-is well to pause and ask ourselves .a-simple question. What does Christmas really mean to.us? It will mean just as much as we bring to it. _ If we are men of goodwill, if we are at peace with-our neighbor, if we have eradicated self from our hearts and have. done something to bring happiness Into the hearts of others, most especially those who are in need, 'than Christmas will make us 'an abundant return and we will observe the day and the Reason—as it should be observed. If we do not approach it In .this way, If for us it is nothing more than' the occasion of a pagan revel, then it •will have no meaning whatsoever. To- morrow, when "Merry Christmas" comes to • our lips, let It have more significance than the '. utterance of a conventional formula. Let the words we speak be a true echo or the sentiment that fills our hearts. And at . this time The Evening. Times taker occasion in Its own behalf and that of all Its workers, to extend to you the season's greetings. . May all the joys of Christmas be yours and may you experience In full measure that blessed peace .which Is not of this world. With the beloved Tiny .Tim we say,. "God bless us, every one." WASHINGTON— (NBA) — Government ownership oS railroads may be. what ultimately lies ahead if the transportation industry continues its present cycle of wage and.rate increases. • This hard conclusion is the ofl- the-record opinion . of Washington transportation authorities not connected with either railroad management or railroad labor. Probably no official, would allow himself to be quoted on this trend at this time. • .• But private observations to this effect were made freely following announcement of the special Presidential Mediation Board's recommendations that on Sept. 1, 1949, non - operating railroad • employes should be granted a. 40-hour week in place of the 48-hour week, with sev-' en cents an hour wage increase. Recommendations of this board are not binding on either management or labor. Either or both may turn down the findings, as unacceptable. The recommendations were intended to head off threat'of a strike next January, but a strike is still possible. Another possibility Is that if the board's recommendations should be accepted by both sides as a basis for negotiations, there, will be 'nine months of arguing over how to put the 40-hour week into : effect. THE RAILROAD industr.y is practically the only big industry in the country which is not now on the five-day 40-hour week. It will be recalled that when this schedule was being generally adopted during the 1930's, there was much argument that steel and other basic industries 'couldn't operate that way, and would be ruined. They weren't. Transition In the railroad" industry may therefore be a lot smoother than is now anticipated. .--'•_ Increased operating costs imposed' by the recommended wage rate ar.d rule .changes would be something else again. Estimates vary, but the total increased-costs to the railroads if all the'board's recommendations ,are adopted will be $450,000,000 to $650,000,000 a. year. obviously oan't go on forever. Sooner or later it must reach a vanishing point of increasing return. The railroads will simply price themselves out of business. THESE INCREASES cannot be absorbed by any 'freight or passenger rate boosts which the railroads have received or still have in sight from Interstate Commerce Commission. Petitions for a 13 per cent increase in freight rates now being considered by ICC would be the "sixth round." Pour increases in freight- rates have been received since the end of the war. In addition, passenger fares, mail pay and express rates have been raised. Railway labor has received three full rounds of . wage increases for both operating and non-operating personnel, and is now starting on its fourth round. In addition, the carriers claim that- coal and oil costs are up nearly 100 per cent above prewar, while a'.l material and supply costs have gone up about 70 per cent. This spiraling of wages and rates PASSENGER PARE increases granted this year have already the effect of cutting total ''passenger- miles traveled. In ICC freight rate" hearings lust concluded, many shippers of coal, lumber, fruits and vegetables, livestock and other commodities claimed freight rates were now as high as they could go. If passenger and freight rates are forced still higher, more traffic will' simply have to be diverted to competing services. This has happened to some degree in railway express business, ' . If the railroads are headed toward government' ownership, it will apparently have to be this kind of an operation. Rates will be kept low enough by law so that people can afford to travel ar.d ship by rail. Government subsidies will take care of losses. History From The Times Files TEN YEARS AGO December 24, 1038 Deaths Mrs. Minnie M. Junkins, 75, Altamont, Garrett county; Mrs. Lloyd D. Volk. Braddock Road; Mrs. Marfcwood Chancy. 25, Ridgeley; Charles Robincttc, 73, Iron's Mountain. Duncan Gillum, 58, Bedford Road, fatally injured when he fell from barn loft on the King Anderson farm. Cumberland covered by an eight- inch snowfall.-. ':' Cecil Neupert, 38, Bedford Road, hurt, when his car skidded against a pole. Oldtown Road, ready for use Christmas momir.g. TIIIKTY YEARS AGO December 24, 1918 Salvation Army planned to serve Christmas dinner-to 50 prisoners in City Jail. Deaths Mrs. Sarah E, Rice and Miss Mildred E. Davis, 24. this city; Norval J. Diiley, 19, local student attending school at College Park. Ohr Lodge No. 131. .A.P. and A.M.. named LloytT RawlinEs wor- .shipiul mnsl.er. ESCAPES FROM this eventual outcome are considered limited under present trends. The railroads might possibly change their operation so as to cut'down overhead. Unprofitable services would be dropped. Railroad passenger service for all Class' One railroads is now operating at a loss of $400,000,000 a year. Trains and even routes that do not pay expenses might linve to be taken off if deficits rise. The other alternative, of course, is to let the railroads go bankrupt. That might bring on another depression.. ' • ' But it would enable them to write off their indebtedness and start all over again at a lower capital valuation and lower .'•.arrying charges. It would tf course mean the ruin of many investors. The sovernm'ent would probably be asked ;o step in nnd take over to prevent that. Cochranls Barbs Slippery days are here again and people who' drive at breakneck speed are liable to. TWENTY YliAJft-8 AGO l>M:cmlicV M, 1!)28 Mayor appointed committee ^lo judge homes and yards decorated i'or Christmas. Deaths Miss Eleanor May Stickley, 21; Paul Ervin Shobe. 21, and Mrs. Emily S. Gordon,' all of Cumberland; George H. Longerbeam, 59, •this city.' . • New St. Mary's Catholic Church, YEAKS AGO Anfienibur 2-1, JilUS Forest and Strewn Club of LOJIII- coning held a fox hunt. Roy George, 25, local B. and O. trackman, struck and killed by an engine near Deer Park. . Herman D. Billmyer wa_s elected worshipful master of Olir Lodge No. 131, A.P. and A.M. Other officers' were Dr. Guy G. Shoemaker, Benjamin Biscr, William P. Rizcr and Virgil T. Wolford. 'iilnusx is :< viruie only Wlie^ri you con riiiflc.'iiUei' i.lid right things k) towel.. ruun'lr.'fj Hum's |iny i.-iwelope shown" the L-lfuct or the IVmlnlne touch. ?. It's an ill wii 1 'hat blows a mini's own horn. : Vaiideiiberg Seeks To Bar Taf t From Foreign Relations WASHINGTON — The old fox, Arthur Vandenberg, has a sly scheme to keep Bob Taft from prowling on his preserves. In the Held of foreign relations, Senator Vandenberg; Is "Km? Arthur," and make no mistake about it, sir. Other Senators who dared dispute -this were unhorsed by the noble mien and eloquent words of King Arthur, and they slunk muttering- 'to themselves into the cloakrooms. For two years, Bob Taft, who is •no foolish youth, has been grimly eyeing King Arthur from a distance. A few times, the tall and brainy Obioaa opened ids mouth to take on Vandenberg, thought boiler of it. nnd just growled. Oh, how it rankled! After .the elections Taft made up his mind, for a showdown -with sharp words at ten paces. He left quietly for a, mysterious trip through Europe to get first-hand brush-up on foreign policy. Now, the gentleman from Ohio is back -and wants a seat, on the Senato Foreign Relations Committee, This is an open, blunt challenge to King' Arthur. But Vandenberg hasn't been In politics 32 years for nothing. He has it all fixed up so he'll never have to meet Taft face to face., A PEW DAYS AGO, King Arthur summoned the fiesty, energetic knight, ^enator Wayne Morse, to his chambers. Vandenberg said benignly, "I know you have always wanted, to be on the Foreign Relations Committee, and I believe you are entitled to it. The West is no; rep-' resented on the Committee, and it should 'be." Morse's snappy dark eyes lit up. "But," Vandenberg went on with, a sad look In his eyes, "you have opposition. Bob Taft wants, the Republican vacancy on Foreign Relations and will make a fight for it." Mor$e shot out of Vandnnberg's office like a rocket plane. He was all steamed up for battle. As King Arthur well knew, fe\v people enjoy a scrap more than the independent Senator from Oregon. He can outtalk anyone on Capitol -Hill and wear his opponents do\vn to a nervous frazzle. WAYNE MORSE didn't lose a wink to get going. He .immediately dispatched a. lengthy ar.ci detailed letter to the chairman of the GOP Committee on Committees, stating just why he should be placed on the Foreign Relations Co'iimittC'.-. He put *in a direct challenge to Taft by recounting an. incident of January, 1947. It was after the Republican Senate caucus when Morse demanded a place on Foreign Relations. As the Senators were leaving" the room, Taft put his arm around Morse and said kindly, "I'm sorry you didn't make it." The old fox, Vandenberg, can sit back comfortably on his throne and watch the scuffle on the floor be-, 1 low him. THE MOST FASCINATING- files on Capitol Hill.are the nearly catalogued records kept by Walter Lee, the mild-mannered, drawling clerk of trie House Claims Committee. He keeps tab on all the bills for private claims against Uncle Sam. Some :,300 private bills which would have nicked t;,e Treasury for $69,000,000 were filed in'the 80th Congress. Walter, from his unique store of information, will tell you that low- flying Army planes make silver foxes nervous, and that ; Congress has officially ruled that a fifth ol whisky isn't needed to cure a sprained, ankle. Silver f.oxes are so upse; by strange noises they eat their young. Congress awarded S4.940 to a silver 'fox farm near Moffett Field, California, The low-flying Army planes made the foxes berserk. So did the whine of a government saw mill ir. New England. There .was the case of an old lady of Denver. Her ankle was sprained in an accident involving a government ambulance. Her. itemized bill for $3,500 included a charge, for a. bottle ol' Four .'Roses,, four bottles, of ginger ale, and one bottle, of sparkling water. • Walter Lee, ever tile Southern gallant, commented, "The whisky was probably good .for her nerves, even if Congress couldn't see it that way." THE DIXIECRATS may not know it, but they've got their fingers pinched in a crack.' The tip-off is a quiet, behind-the- scenes deal by the Democratic National Committee to recognize the Truman "loyalists" in Mississippi. This means patronage and prestige will flow through them instead of the fiercely Dixiecrat regulars. The leaders of the loyalists, who stuck by the President despite hell, high water and snubs are: Phillip "Moon" Mullen; a scrappy editor snd state representative; Clarence Hood, 'the Meridian lumber man 1 and national committeeman of the non-D;xiecrats; Frank Mize, the brother of a federal district judge: and John Scott, a union man who acted as secretary of the Trumau- ites committee. The loyalists are coming proudly to Washington to receive the official blessing. "Moon" Mullen said with relish, "I'm going to Washington •and get my picture taken with President Truman. If I don't do anything. else in the Capita', the trip will be well worth it." Now the campaign fevers have gone, only, three top elective officials -in Mississippi are likely to be branded as "disloyal" to the Administration. They are Governor Fielding Wright, young Representative John Bell Williams, who was the fall guy for a lot of characters who 'won't show, their faces, and" Senator James Eastland. , . (G-lott) Syndicate) George Dixon The Washington Scene WASHINGTON—Miss Reid came In today looking very distressed. "Do you think," she asked, "that-we ought to'turn in Santa Claus to the House Committee on Un-American Activities?" I am. quite aware that this sentimental season renders the damsel dippier than usual, but this seemed to be overdoing it. I asked why the red probers want to. do anything about Santa Claus. "Because," replied Miss Reid, "he Is the patron saint of Russia'" • "I guess that settles it then," I agreed. "Prepare a dossier and deliver it to chief investigator Robert E. Stripling j n a . cucumber.-'Knowing j-our slipshod way of going about things you probably haven't gathered enough stuff to f.ll a pumpkin. . "But pray tell me. Miss Know-it- all, how'did Santa Claus become involved with the SoViet Union?" THIS WAS THE opening she had been looking for all along. Glibly she began reciting: - , ' "Santa Claus is the American corruption of the Dutch 'San Nicolaas' which was borrowed from the Russian 'St. Nicholas.' The latter was originally Bishop of Myra in Lycia, It was he who started trie practice of giving Christmas presents.'' "That's Interesting," I said, "How did he start it?" . "Well," said Miss Reid, "it seems there was a poor man who was unable to procure fit marriages for his three daughters because he was unable to bestow dowries upon them. He was thinking seriously of-giving them up to a life of shame, But St. Nicholas is supposed to have given the girls surreptitious dowries, thus saving them for respectability.- "Tliis started the idea of givir.K presents secretly in the traditional Santa Clans down - the - chimney . manner." THIS PROMPTED us "to start looking up various references to Christmas ir. the Encs'ciopaecin. Britannica and other work?. We discovered there were large gaps in the fund of knowleSge about this . blessed holiday. We learned, for instar.ee, that. Christmas (the Mass of Christ) was r.ot among the earliest festivals of the Church and before the fifth century there was no agreement as to whether it should be January G, March 25 or December 25. Historians, religious .and profane, have never come to any agreement as to the actual dale -of Christ's nativity. In some way we got off on the subject of reindeer nnd l30\v these particular animals became associated with Santa. About all we could ascertain was that the Christmas idea had its biggest impetus in the northern Scandinavian countries and thnl. rcincU-'.-r just n:il,iir:ii;.v tnn'ikiird inlo 1.1 ir pirl.iire. making a picture Tool's Gold,' which had Lapland as its locale. So the company went* up to Lapland to make exterior shots. • • "-On arrvial at Ostersund, away up in the Lapp country, Mr. Brisson was welcomed by a diminutive Lapp gentleman -who said he would like to have the honor of his company at dinner. "Mr. Brisson asked the Lapp what he did- for a living, but the latter proved shy. Finally, after much prodding, he admitted he herded a few reindeer. " 'How many?' persisted Mr. Brisson. .'A dozen?' The Lapp said he had more than a dozen. Mr. Brisson then guessed at fifty. The Lapp said he had a few more than that. Mr. Brisson kept boosting his guesses and finally elicited the startling information that the little man owned 30,000 head of reindeer. "DURING DINNER, which turned out to be a smorgasbord affair, the Laplander kept. a tight clutch on a large package wrapped in newspaper.. At the conclusion of the meal the little Lapp handed Mr. Brisson the package and asked- him to pay the check out of its contents. The singer tore open the package and found it contained the • staggering sum of 1,000,000 kronon In cash, the equivalent of $250,000 American. "M:-. Brisson asked the. Laplander how he had ever amassed such a fortune up in that frozen waste and the fellow explained that reindeer ranching was extremely profitable. He said he was selling reindeer meat all over northern Europe at top prices', " 'But,' persisted Mr. Brisson, 'why did you bring all that money hero tonight?' " 'Oh,' replied the Lapp solemnly. 'I wasn't too sure how hungry actors could be!'" Miss Reid was silent a moment, probably a lifetime- record. Then she murmured: "No wonder Santa Claus can give away so much. He's "probably profiteering on rdr.deer meat!" ' (Klr.K Features. Inc.) So They Say If our (coal) customers reach a point where they are bankrupt and cannot buy our product, there is not much we can do about that, but where their inability to • use our product is the result of hijjh prices, or poor quality, that problem is ours, and requires solution. —Harry 'M. Moses, president, H. C, Prick Coke Co., subsidiary of U. S. Steel. Space l:ns no limitations, we're tnld—but did you ever sec a woman trying to park in a six-foot opening? "Sr j h.'AlCi.NC OK ftJiTNDEETt," T siiid, "did 1' ever tell you about Cai'l Brl.ssoi 1 ! and the Laplander?" Miss TReld s:)lcl she had .m!.wed that one. "Well," I said, "it's a. fantastic story, but this is what happened: "Mr. Brisson. as you know, is the big sir.Kcr. Kc is the father-in-law ol Rosalind Russell of the movies. Before corning to this country he wns a. movie actor in Sweden.. "The old Swedish biograph was It is my hope that the day may come in American education when less :ir.lenl.io!i.wiJI l)e given to Ki':iCli,'K in si;b.itii;:,-m;ii.i,di' courses and whan aeftrl&nic progress will be recorded in terms of over-all achievement. —Dr. Kilwin S. r.ui'Cleli, director, Cno;jer Union. The Pos't Office Department prints stamps commemorating everything under the sun but Christmas. I see no reason why the spirit of Christmas, Santa Claus. .shouldn't be put on a stamp. I'!] 1 bet we'd do a Innd office busincs. —Postmaster George Purccll of Bloomington, Ir.d. Henry McLemore't The Lighter Side SANTA CLAUS ; has taken off from.' th» North Pole,, but he .was late getting away. , Donner. and Blitzeri and the rest of ,th« 1 reindeer team had a two-Hour'wait in a whirling snowstorm while the old man was- held up for a briefing on world-conditions. / While the' reindeer, pranced -to Keep. from, freezing, and Mrs, Santa toiled to-keep the toys from being snowed under, .they gave him a, big sheet of paper and made him write down the precautions he must take'if. he hoped to'get back alive. i Poor Santa. THEY TOLD HIM all about what he must do when he got near Berlin. "You just can't fly in the way .you used to," " Mar's- said with what seemed-to Santa a smile. "That's out. . ' ,' .. "To reach the -children ,in .the American, and British section you must use a certain 'air corridor.' • ' "And you must stay in it.. "Let Donner or Blitzen swing, a bit to the • right or to the left and-get : your sleigh out of it, and you'll probably get shot down." ' "But it is Christmas-—," .Santa tried to interrupt. • . The briefing team told him never- mind what time it was and went. on. They advised him to stay out ot China, altogether. . . When Santa protested, saying that there were' more little children there 1 than in any other country in the world,, they told him to quit being sentimental—that this was 1948, and he'd -better get wise to aimself. • • Santa muttered something that sounded, like, "Well, I'll go there, anyway," and started. for the door. " '.-..'..; They .called, him back, said they had hardly begun. . , • • "Ever hear of the iron curtain?" they asked. . "... When he said he hadn't, - they told him . about It, and how he was to use super-caution when he was behind it, and- how ae would be wise to sing a song called "The International," instead of "Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem." * AND SPEAKING of Bethlehem, they told, Santa, he would be smart to steer clear of that section altogether. ". • "Never mind the tears," Mars said to him < as Santa brushed at his eyes. ' Santa took another page of notes and then looked -up. .'•-,'.-.,. "Isn't there anywhere in the world today i that I can visit without 'danger of being shot • at or arrested? "What about tile United States?" • "Better be careful, there, too," they told Him. • '. . ' • . ' "Especially out in'sections of the West. "Testing rockets, you know, and secret'. planes 1 and all that sort.of thing. . "Might' get you In bad trouble." The briefing ended at • last and Santa, took off, but there was a sad look-on his'fact as he reminded himself he must be sure to hide from any of his children who 'might . peck out from under the covers.' •.'.'. ... (Dletributcd by McNauEbt Syndicate. Inc.) Hal Boyle"t i AP Reporter's Notebook^ NORTH POLE—He's off! . Santa Glaus is on Ms way at.last! i. '. The jolly old Saint and his famous .rein-, deer are .zooming through .the-! Arctic 'sties right now, heading lor'the American border. He'll reach it tonight. 1 : The northern-lights switched on to a clear steady, green—the "go ahead" .'signal. .And the Royal Canadian Mounted Police sent Santa this message: . " Y "We are clearing all air lanes in your path, • old boy. There is no • speed limit for you tonight. The sky "Is yours.. Go as fast « 'you like. Good luck!". AS SANTA GLAUS climbed.-up into the Beat., of-the sled, puffing a little because', he'has gained some weight this winter, three .black and white penguins• waddled across.the snow in front of the reindeer., ' ' "Here, here, get out of the way,' please," said Santa Glaus importantly. Then he said, surprised: ..-•••. "Why what are you. penguins doing up.at the North Pole.anyway? You're supposed to -be at the South Pole." ' ..." . .'• "We're on a vacation," said, one' of • the penguins. "We're :looking for Florida.. Have you seen it anywhere?" • . ... "Climb aboard, climb aboard," .boomed. Santa: . "I'll drop you off there.' But I must say this is -the -first time I ever picked up three hitchhikers wearing tuxedoes." ' • Just then Mrs. Santa.Claus came running out waving a Jong piece of paper. •. "You almost forgot, your list of'good'chil- dren," she said. -. ' . . ' • ' "Never mind," said Santa, "I don't.need, it. Tin's year-1 am going to'..give a present to every little-boy and girl, good or bad. The bad ones .will 'feel sorry then, because they know they don't deserve a nice. present.' It'll make 'em try harder, to be good next year." • "That isn't according to Hoyle," said Mrs. Claus, who likes to play .bridge. "But- -It does make sense, you old softie." , SANTA STOOD up to'crack his whip in the air—the signal to be off. But then he beard a small voice crying: , . • ."Wait, please wait." ' It was Cluny, Santa's .favorite little «lf. The other elves, gossipped about Cluny and said she was clumsy at making toys. But Santa knew it was only because she was so young. He liked her because she had a good heart. "Here," said the tiny elf, holding up a small shiny figure. • •' ...... "What's this? What's this?'" grumbled Santa. "You're.too" late. My pack is already .loaded." , - -.. "It is only my present to .the world," said Cluny. "I made it. at night in my room—all by myself." ' . Santa look the IH'Je figure from her ha It was a beautiful angel with- butterfly. wings and a rob6 of purest white. 1 In her hand the angel' held a small maple wand. "It is the 1 Angel of Pence," explained Cluny. "Why, Cluny!" said Santa.,' ."This Is bet-' tcr than all the other gifts put together.. IB see .that your angel waves her wand for one dny at least over every home, in the land." And lie picked up Chiny and Have .her a big- whister-dckly kiss 011 her clieek. Then lie picked "up. his long wlilp.aKiiln nnd cnicked. Jt shurul'y In tlie J.'ro.sl.y nlr. "Ho, iio, ho, huj'e we gol" he roared. "Ho, ho, ho! heru-we go!" • " Sonta was on hi.s way.. (Associated Prcs.il •THERE IS MORE education in" this country -than anywhere .else in the world,' but still there is a considerable amount of it that "ain't so." '.'.'•

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