PAGE-TWO BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1955 When. Santa Is Eating Beard Goes info Bag By WARD CAN.VEL NEA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NBA) — Honestly: What with Christmas ; Spirit and "Yes Virginia" and sugarplums and all, it was a| shocking sight. There was jolly old Santa Claus sitting in the employes' lunchroom stroking his kindly old beard. And then, without so much as a donder or blitzen, he wrapped ii in tissue paper, put it in a box, and began to eat a peanut butter sandwich. "I sure like peanut butter." he said very slowly, "even if it sticks to the roof of my mouth." He was not Santa Claus at all. He was, instead, one of the hundreds of men In Santa suits and Texas Prison Employe Is Identified as an Imposter HUNTSVniE Tex. ; ,r> - O n. i Ellis said that the man, \vho gave Eli" general m ; uv,> 8 « of the TYxa; l«s ««• as M. has been emptoyed prison system, yesterday ul.wiliert, u, Mav after he presented credent- an employe of the svstem as an im- i late '.tint he he d a doctor of edu- poster Canadian physician who per- | catmn decree from Peabody Uniformed major surgery on the Ko- j v.-vsuy M Nashville, letm. He also i claimed decrees from the University Texas and Georcia Teachers Co! nylon beards who ring their bells between Thanksgiving and Christmas for rhe Volunteers of America. The money they collect in their little chimneys goes into a Christmas fund for the needy. "But." he explained, "you can't keep the beard on when you eat. You might get it dirty." He turned out to be 38 years old. And he had been, at various times, a lumberjack, an otlrigge'r, a short-order cok, a merchant seaman. But for the past several rean battlefront. Ellis said that the employe nad packed his belongings and left his: lece. quarters at the prison after being. The prison manager said another confronted bv Ellis with miuMine employe found a three-year-old articles concerning Ferninand Wai-' magazine article wnich described in do DeMara Jr who as Dr. Joseph detail the activities and showed plc- C. Cyr served as a surgeon in ttiei tures of the Canadian who had Canadian armed forces. "He became '/cry mdu:n;tnt and denied 'hai he was '.he same man," Ellis said. "I am nnt KOinc to stay arCKind here and be in-sulled." Ellis quoted him as sayme. Fellow employes said he packed and left in his Doctor, Wife Plan Big Yule Party WKI.CH. Oklii. iji—Dr. nnd Mrs. tonight. flephant Hurts Kids "YouiiRSters" to the Brnclshiuvsj means any hoy or girl 12 and im-| ELEPHANT HURTS KIDS -12 ... ' CJAHTM.rt II A rj n At} A Ollltf I.I 1 ! dor and nil those ''80 or more. John elnbon Clan Bratslmw ate matins IP plans to play S;mti\ IM:II this year. They t'l/ject rtain hundreds of young- thelr rural home near here Last year they distributed sacks of candy to 776 "youngsters." SANTA BAMAKA. Cllllf. An t'xoiuni. uwnpelinK eU'plwut kicked wo children at n Christmas parly but the youimsU'i'S csciipi'd with only severe brulse». The anj- mal became alarmed 'I'luifsday when sonic of the <00 children at nn Klks Lddne, circus Iwgun shouting and throwing paper nhderi. Henee Lister, 6, and her sister 1'hil- lis, 13. were kicked. Read Courier News Classified Ads Ions record as an imposter in education and other fields before he i-pcfivt'd, a Canadian commission as n 5'jreeon. Ellis said the pictures of the Canadian wre exact likenesses of the about meecinp ndiueht. shortly after •iih Ellis. ! job.' . ile employed by the prison, he ed very alert and did a good Ellis said. Dick Tracy Has Private Mystery ZANESVILLE. Ohio I.-PJ — Dftec- j 1900, and wearing a mustache. live Dick Tn^y had a private uiys- j Tracy said he has a "good lead" tery of his own in solve yesterday. ' nn !ne practical joker. He thinks person, he's so amazed he stops to i Tracy, a detective .sergeant on think before he replies. 'Merry i the Zanesville -police force, found Christmas, Santa,' : a Christmas present on his porch. "And the kids are Retting more ; The present, wrapped in brown pa' and more sophisticated. If they're | per, bore over three, they don'r nian. OUV lOr LUC pilSli »C V CJ S*i | U VCi L-«I cc, im, j m/i- • •••- "••• - — , ^m t.-smi years he had been drifting back to j Santa Claus. But if they're single I friend." the from message. "Merry an out-of-town play the part of Santa Claus. VOA National Executive Secretary Col. John F. McMahon explained why: , "The Santa Claus job. besides j filling a need in communities, gives ; these men a chanc.e to be some-1 body — at least at Christmas." | Most of the Santas, he said, were | gram for years, trying to get away from a string of bad lucK or poor job orientation. "You ought to hear them in the dressing rooms • before they go out," he said. "They talk like Mr. Claus himself." MacMahon generally trains the women, they believe, because they all ask for a husband Non-Agriculture Employment Up men who had been in the VOA pro- non-agricultural employment leve" Unwrapping it. Tracy found a 500-pound wooden antique coffin. Inside was a "body." , The body was a life-sized dummy of a man dressed in clothes, vintage it might be an out-of-town police chief with whom he has had a iriHKiiy feud the past few years, or one of his fellow officers. The Dean-Ransom Funeral Home took the "body and casket to its chapel until the detetcive completes •'final arrangements." He said he hasn't decided whether to sell the casket to an antique .shop or chop U up for firewood. for November was estimated at 320,700 by the state Employment- Security Division. The figure represents an increase of 8,700 above November of last year, and an increase of 700 over October of this year. Unemployment in mid-November estimated a-t 23,000. up 3,701) initwv.iivii'ji* e^ut'* inij' vf "»..u -•"- was esmae a- ,. up , Santa squad himself. Schooling from m td-October mainly because j j „„.,„,..- *-u« takes about H days and covers the do's and don'ts of being a good sidewalk St. Nick. For example: be courteous, attentive, inconspicuous, well-groomed, patient — clean of breath and trim of whisker. On the other hand: "Do not promise children that what they ask for will be delivered—but send them away hopeful and happy." Take Ui« case of a 23-year-old boy who rushed up to a Santa and said: "I want a sports car." Said Santa — once a steelrnill hand. "You hang up your stocking, sonny. And if I can get the car into it. you'll get it." Underneath hie red suit, the VOA Santa wears a macklnaw. In very cold weather, he stands on a portable grate to keep his feet ott the cement. His workday begins when the stores open and finishes when they close. A relief mun — in civilian clothes — takes over lor three periods during the day. And an official car collects the day's earnings each evening. In return, Santa makes S7.!>0 per day. The money, pouring directly into the Christmas fund, goes to pay for food orders for needy families, meals for unattached persons, nnd clothing and toys. Col. McMahon, who also directs thp Volunteers' activities ~ from Men's Service and mission to workshop and girls' residence — usually takes a yearly trick at being n sidewalk Santa. This year, however, with a 60th Anniversary scheduled for the VOA, he has not had time. But he remembers vividly: "It was an experience. If you say „„, 'Merry Christmas' .to the average religion. harvesting ended, putting temporary agricultural workers out of jobs. Same Tree Goes Back LITTLE ROCK, Ark, i/Pi— Christmas tree salesmen got a yuletide demonstration this week of a woman's right to change her mind. A woman brought back a tree she had bought. She wanted to exchange it, she said, because it somehow just didn't seem to fit into her living room. The salesman told her to take her choice, and she started a tour of the trees. While she was looking, the tree she had returned was replaced among those on display. Circling through the forest of Christmas trees, she finally picked out one she liked— the same one she had brought back for exchange. Reds Arrest Five Priests HONG KONG Wt—The Chinese Catholic bishop of Swntow and four other Chinese Catholic priests have been arrested in a new nntirelit>ion campaign by the Chinese Communist government. Red reports reaching Hong Konft yesterday- said. The reports sflid the Communists had made a sweep through China's large cities, arresting missionaries and Christian laymen who still attend church services despite previous government campaigns agninst To our many friend* at Christmas time . . . We wish to exprtM our •pprteiatfoit »f our long •esociitiofi and *• My. think* for 7««r patronigt! . . . May ywt holUft? ht *•**) laden with bletwingt. . *• NOBLE GILL PONTIAC, Inc. Fifth ft W.lnuf 3-6817 ALL of w. l»we yon, Mir ktyal friend* tn4 customer*, heat wW<« for a happy and Holy Christ »«§, May the glory of this great day enter into yo*r heart* and uplift your Hiou^hte to Him whose birth we honor. W. M. BURNS, Realtor Ev*ryb*4y hi this firm, wHW» tack and every MM • Merry RICHARDSON'S Cash Grocery 501 W. Main Delta Propane Phone For Free Estimates R. C. FARR & SONS Phone 3-4626 Owners 400 Railroad — Phone 3-1567 BUSINESS MACHINES IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS We put aside all thoughts of day-by-day business, and extend to our many loyal patrons, our wishes that the Holy Spirit of Christmas and its blessings, enfold you and your family now, and for all time .... C. M. Smart Furniture Inc.
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