PAGE EIGIIT. THE POSTVILLE HERALD, POSTVILLE, IOWA. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER J6, 1 MJ> Marginal Notes-- Bg Bill There .ire numerous proofs llu>'. do;:s air intelligent, but Mrs. John J. Martins posed a question Friday that we were unable to answer. It seems their young pedigreed Shepherd Aon strayed from the farm home and after an absence of several days Mr. Martins placed a want nil in the Herald seeking to locale the highly prized animal. "An hour or two after ihe Herald carrying the ad was out." Mrs. Martins told vis. "wir dog came strolling into the yard. T>o you suppose he too reads the Herald Wan! Ads.'" Could be. a • * . • Here are a couple of quips taken from Rich Strauch's "Pipe Dreams" in She Elgin Echo: There's a back-lo-the-farm trend, as shown by this ad in a Kentucky newspaper: "Wanted—Wife with tractor. If interested, please send picture of tractor. 4 ' • * * . • When it comes to salesmanship you can't beat our barber. The other day J watched him sell a bottle of hair restorer to a balci-hcaded man. The customer was so convinced by the sales talk that right then and there he bought a new brush and comb and a bottle of Staycomb. Now that restrictions on outdoor lighting for Christmas have been lifted, a number of homes have done some artistic holiday decorating. A trip around town to see them at night i.s well worth while. By next year when colored bulbs are to be more plentiful, we should see more of this outdoors trimming by householders, We have enjoyed receiving mtmcr- our holiday greeting cards from near -md far. among them any number from people still in the service. One comes from Ensign L<>u:s Hill Jr., who is serving aboard the 1*. S. Coast Guard's LST 7t>3 which Alien lass heard of was in Pearl Harbor. Then th.'re was the "ne from Lt. Eileen Hofer. yrmy nurse in the UTtst Station Hospital in Agra. India, which showed several views of the famous Taj Mahal, the ti.motis As the Shadows fall on the close of another year, I desire to express my deep appreciation of your good will and friendship, and to wish for you during the Christmas season of all of the better things that life affords. Joseph B. Steele Attorney-At-Law mausoleum bifilt by nn ancient empor- er of Agra, on which Eileen writes, "I'd like to express both Christmas greetings and my appreciation for all the copies of the Herald sent to me. It would be a little hard to put into words how much the home town newspaper means on the other side of the world. I miss seeing a "white Christmas" and we hope that we will be U, S. bound before Easter. Thanks again and a very merry Christmas and a happier New Year for all, especially for those boys who are returning home." • • • » • THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS! (The following Christmas classic first appeared as an editorial in the New- York Sun in 1897. The little girl who wrote the letter referred to below is still living in upper New York state and has children of her own. While we have reproduced this classic on several occasions, we feel that it is as new and refreshing today as it ever was.) "We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great 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 Clans. 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.' "Dear Virginia: Your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skepital age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible to their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's arc 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. and measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole truth and knowledge. "Yes. Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas ! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus.' lt 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 should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would i be extinguished. I "Not believe in Santa Claus! You I might as well not 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 coming down, what would that prove? j Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is j no sign there is no Santa Claus, The j most real things in the world are.those ! that neither children nor men can see. j Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not. but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders that are unseen and unseeable in the world. "You tear apart a baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, or 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 real? Ah. Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. "No Santa Clans! Thank God he lives, and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia nay, ten times ten thousand years from now. he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood." » * * • • To all our friends we send hearty good wishes for a very merry Christmas and the hope that you will get in abundance everything you desire. TRY SOME CAULIFLOWER ON THE NIPPY WINTER DAYS For mealtime variety try cauliflower. The fall crop is the largest in history and the quality is reported good generally. The homemakcr will have no trouble finding firm, compact heads of white or creamy white surrounded by fresh green leaves. The sauce to pour over that cooked vegetable can be the usual white sauce or cheese sauce, mustard sauce or sour cream sauce. Try cauliflower served with salt, pepper and a dot of butter. A 2 or 2'n pound head will be enough for six servings. Trim oil tough leaves and wash thoroughly. Leave the head whole or break into clusters for quicker cooking. Have water in kettle slightly salted and boiling before putting in the cauliflower. If a lid is used on the kettle, very little water is needed: if not, have enough water io cover the head. LET HOME-GROWN WOOD SEASON BEFORE USING IT You may not be planning to start building that new livestock shed, corncrib or barn right away. But you can be thinking about lumber. Richard Campbell, extension forester at Iowa State College, says native lumber can supply many a farm building and repair need—if it's properly seasoned.' Campbell offers these figures on seasoning requirements of common Iowa woods to give some indication of about how long ahead of time wood should be cut before it is used: Oak, 180 to 400 days; maple. 150 to 200 days; ash, 70 to 110 days: hickory, 150 to 200 days; elm. 80 to 130 days; basswood. 30 to 69 days, cherry. ISO to 200 days; and walnut. 120 to 170 days. NEWS OF OUR MEN*../WOMEN v IN UNIFORM OBTAIN GRASS SEED SOON YOU WILL NEED FOR litlfi If you plan to seed legumes or grasses this spring—here's a tip: line up your seed soon. Iowa Slate College agronomists say the amount of several legume seeds produced in 1045 was below expected needs. Alfalfa, alsike clover, white clovet and Kentucky blr.eiirass seed are expected to be short. The agronomists point out that it probably will he necessary to import a lot of alfalfa seed again this year. (Continued from page one) to the Carribean area, perhaps Puerto Rica, after his 60-day furlough lit the home of his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Monroe of Postville. is up. Edwin entered the service in May, 1944 and was sent overseas in December of that year. He saw battle action in France. Belgium. Luxembourg. Germany. Czrchn-Sluvnkin and Austria before returning home last week. He wears the Infantry Combat badge, the German occupational medal, the good conduct medal, the E. T. O. ribbon with three combat stars and the Victory medal. Bob Hamilton Home. Lt. Robert Hamilton, husband of the former Anna Mao Swenson of Postville, arrived home last week from the South Pacific where he had been serving the past year. He has been visiting his wife and son at the home of her mother. Mrs. Tillic Swenson, in Clermont and with his mother in Lii- koia. Bob expects to get his discharge in Chicago on December 28. At one time he was appliance salesman here for the Interstate Power Company. Don't miss Danny Kaye's "The Wonder Man." filmed entirely in Technicolor, at the Iris Tuesday and Wednesday, January 1 and 2. It's a scream and lPIS's best musical show. Sell t) rough a Herald Want Ad A dormitory is planned to house • j some 60 boys next year in a building j originally housing the Hyde and Vre- ; ' denburg Bakery in Lamoni. Graceland 1 ! college plans to convert the building j into a boys' dormitorv. } Room temperature is important in determining whether house plants will bloom. Most flowering plants form their buds at 65 degrees F.. says L. s. Grove of Iowa State College, Today, we, even as the wise men of old . . . bring gifts to little children in honor of Htm ... In this way we express our thanks for the blessings we have enjoyed . . ..So our gift to you is the wish that the blessings of happiness •xad joy always attend you. AUGUST MILLER Heating and Plumbing Many (lowering plants suffer from lack of moisture when they go into the winter, according to Larry Grove. Iowa State College extension specialist. He says to water the plants in the fall shortly before the ground freezes up to protect them from this danger. THERE WILL BE A MATINEE ON • CHRISTMAS DAY AT THE IRIS THEATRE, STARTING AT 2:30 P. M. i Santa Claus would never get down the chimney with our load of good wishes for a Merry Christmas to the people of this community, because he just couldn't squeeze through. You've been mighty good to us and we appreciate it beyond words. Wo want you to enjoy Christmas this season of 1945 as never before. Brueckner Drug Store -WIMtltllltflllllMtllt tHIMIIItllllMttllll mm SPIRIT OF CHmSTMA<f^ OUR FOREFATHERS celebrated Christmas sometimes under the greatest of difficulties, to say nothing of danger. Today, in warm, lighted homes we welcome the arrival of Yuletide, without thought of those early hardships. It might make our Christmas a little happier, our hearts a little more thankful, to take thought of these things. /* lh* rtvr*nt tplrlf of thli glorlovi MOM* w« now with each ond avoiy on* of yow th» joy wmltH only Chrittmtat mm *W«S> Fred J. Thoma Jack Sprat Grocer The Thoma Cafe Lunches and Fountain Service MllllliH •K'lHI'UHIIIlilUIHHIIIIUIIIiilUHi,,,,,,,,,,,,,, HOLIDAY SEASON toaM A GOOD WAY lo keep Christmas' , well is to bring joy lo everyone we can. This, we bclicvr, is the spirit of this community . . . one of the important reasons why living here affords such genuine pleasure. To you who have stood by us so faithfully during the year 1945 we wish a whole world of happiness pressed into this Christmas season. Merry Christmas lo you and to every member of your family. Hartwig's TEXACO STATION 1 GREETINGS of the SEASON A CHEERY Merry Christmas to alt as we gather around the festive tree which ia a symbol of the bounty that we have enjoyed through the year. 'T'HEN, as the bells welcome a New Year, let them bring our sincere good wishes for your continued good fortune. Rima Cafe Holiday Happiness I That your Holidays may have that touch of old-time happiness is our earnest wish for you and all of your folk. L. F. Putnam HARNESS STORE ^soivs (jreetii\<s May the light of happmau ahine for you and yours through the Holiday Sea-, jon and carry its beam far into a bright future... This is our fervent with to all of our friends. BOYD B. TURNER GENERAL INSURANCE mi is"'
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