Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on December 24, 1971 · Page 4
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ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, FRl, DEC. 24, 1971 By Hal Boyle Santa's On His Wav! Editor's Note: "Where is Santa Claus right now?" millions of children are asking. Here is the reassuring answer to their question-to be read aloud by parents to their kids just before bedtime. V |U the Earth turns again to bring us to the Christmas Season of 1971, Christians throughout the world will find comfort, new hope and strength of purpose in their remembrance of the Lord's birthday. Machines and technology have changed the speed and manner of life so profoundly that our civilization would be virtually incomprehensible to anyone who lived and walked in the footsteps of the Lord, as by word and deed he carried his ministry along the dusty roads and across the hills and valleys of Judea nearly 2,000 years ago. But unlike his surroundings, the human and spiritual needs, the strengths, the weaknesses, and the greatness of mankind have not changed appreciably. As our numbers have grown and the pace and pressures of life have quickened, so has the need increased in each of us for the secure knowledge that the spirit and the power of the Lord moves with us every moment of our lives. The message which he brought was simple, and it was universal to all men. Faith was the essential core of true religion. Each person by his own faith and commitment to the ways and the word of the Lord could find peace with God. Nothing in his past, his racial or national background need bar the way. Religious rites, observances of legal requirements and external actions of various kinds might help. But, the key lies in a deep personal faith that gives the heart and life to God through Christ. Each of us must relate this message of self-commitment to his own life and times. As we come closer in spirit this Christmas Season to Him whose word must guide us, it may be helpful to consider the thought expressed by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians. He speaks of the liberty which faith can bring to the individual. He points out that freedom carries with it the responsibility to live by the word of the Lord — to love and serve Him and one another, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. In this endeavor, we may live in the secure knowledge that we will be rewarded. Peace with God will be ours for it remains true now as on the first Christmas Eve that ". . . whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." t • i !tV Another Week-By SFB BY HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) ~ He's off! Santa Claus is on his way at last! The jolly old saint and his famous reindeer are zooming through the arctic skies right now, heading for the American border. He'll reach it tonight. The Northern Lights switched on to a clear steady green—the "go ahead" signal. And the Royal Canadian Police sent Santa this message: "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 as you like. Good luck!" And Santa Claus needed that wide, clear road in the sky. For his big, red sled was packed so full of gifts it overflowed. "Oh, dear, oh dear," worried Santa, just before the takeoff. "I hope none of those presents falls out and hits some poor innocent down there. I believe this must be the heaviest load Fve had in20years." "What is he fretting about?" whispered Donder to Vixen. "He's only riding in the sled. We have to pull it." Vixen laughed so hard the bells on her harness tinkled in merry music. And all the other reindeer laughed, too. As Santa Claus climbed onto the seat of the sled, puffing 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 Claus 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. "FU drop you off there." Just then Mrs. Santa Claus came running out waving a long piece of paper. "You almost forgot your list of good children," she said. "Never mind," said Santa, "I don't need it. This year I 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." Santa stood up to crack his whip in the s. air—the signal to be off. But then he heard a small voice crying: "Wait, please wait." It was Cluny, Santa's favorite little elf. The other elves gossiped 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?" he grumbled. "You're too late. My pack is already loaded." "It is only my present to the world. I made it at night in my room—all by myself." Santa took the little figure from her hands. It was a beautiful angel with butterfly wings and a robe of purest white. In her hand the angel held a small magic wand. "It is the Angel of Peace," explained Cluny. "Why, Cluny," said Santa, "this is better than all the other gifts put together. FU see that your angel waves her wand for one day at least over every home on earth." And he picked up Cluny and gave her a big whisker-tickly kiss on her cheek. Then he picked up his long whip again— it had a feather on the end— and cracked it sharply in the frosty air. "Ho, ho, ho, here we go!" he roared. "Ho, ho, ho, here we got" The eight reindeer leaped forward and the big sled began sliding through the snow. Faster, faster, faster, faster—and then they were off the ground and into the air. Santa was on his way, and tonight, if you go to bed, he will come to your house, wherever you are. the small society by Brickman AMP Mofze OF GALE— W«thln«t«n Star Synrflcw*. inc. BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Friday, Dec. 24, the 358th day of 1971. There are seven days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1814, the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium, ending the War of 1812. On this date: In 1524, the Portuguese navigator who discovered the sea route to India, Vasco Da Gama, died. In 1650, Edinburgh Castle in Scotland surrendered to the forces of Oliver Cromwell. In 1865, a secret order called the Ku Klux Klan was organized in Pulaski, Term. In 1942, during World War n, the French administrator of North Africa, Adm. Jean .... i ...i . . Darlan, was assassinated in Algiers. In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower would command Allied forces in the coming invasion of Europe. In 1949, radio stations around the country were playing a new hit song, "Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer." Ten years ago: President John F. Kennedy was conferring in Palm Beach, Fla., with President Arturo Frondizi of Argentina. Five years ago: A U. S. Flying Tiger cargo plane crashed into a populated area near Da Nang air base in South Vietnam, killing the crew of four and more than 100 civilians on the ground. One year ago: A Soviet Court in Leningrad sentenced two persons to death for attempting to hijack an airliner. HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMIII Illlllll I IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMIIIIIIIIIIIIUIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIU To Those Who Share with Others: AILY NEWS An independent newspaper published "Monday through Friday," except principal holidays, excluding February 22 and Veterans Day. Second class postage paid at Estherville, Iowa. Fve kidded a lot about Christmas in these columns recently. But when it comes right down to the nitty-gritty, I'm fond of Christmas and all its traditions and rea­ lisms. Where in the computer storage of your brain are there fonder memories of the years gone by? Yet while Christmases Past may have HI AND LOIS been the best, Christmas Present should be the finest of all for each of us. The present will become the past and we'll remember it fondly. I like the thought expressed in Sgt. Kirchner's letter (see page one) in which he says, "As you exchange gifts in your homes with members of your own families Fm certain that each of you will feel the true meaning of Christmas in realizing that somewhere else on earth someone else was able to realize happiness . . . your gifts made possible." Your "gifts" need not be wrapped in gaudy paper or bright ribbons. Indeed the finest of them are never wrapped, but they are delivered in person. The most insignificant of these gifts are the greatest in hearts of people. Es- TABLECLOTHS ARE GOOD FOR THAT OLD LONELY therville has been alive with giving, from the tiny caroler who shares his tiny voice, smile and enthusiasm with others, to those who provide food for the less fortunate, or loving gifts with Vietnamese children. To those who have in any way taken part in sharing themselves in gifts of such distinction: "Merry Christmas!"— SFB RIP KIRBY Published by the Estherville Daily News, Division of Mid-America Publishing Corp., 10 N. 7th St., Estherville, Iowa 51334. Subscription rates: City of Estherville, Armstrong, Ringsted, T e r r i 1, Graettinger and Superior, delivered by carrier, 60 cents per week; $7.80 for 3 months, $15.60 for 6 months, $29.70year. By mail in Emmet and bordering counties: $15.60 year, Zones 1-8, $19.50 year. Fred E. Williams, Publisher; Stan Brotherton, Managing Editor; Richard Myers, Advertising Director; Gladys Streiff, Business Manager; Donald Stoffel, Production Manager. Member of Associated Press, Iowa Daily Press Association, Iowa Press Association. Photos submitted to this newspaper will not be returned by mail. However, they may be picked up at the Daily News Office. IIHIIIMIIIIIIIIIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIII |||„„| , „,„ ,,,,„ 11 '"""iiiiiiMiiimiii IIIIIIIIII inn iimiiiiin I KIRBY REAPIES HIS SURPRISE fOR EMERSOIY AU7„, PO YOU THINK AULT ACTUALLY PUSHEP HIS PARTNER FROM THE WINDOW, SIR m ARCHIE BEETLE BAILEY I SEE POLLUTION, GRAFT, RACISM, AGITATION, CPlME, AMP INJUSTICE W>UT HAPPENED TO TME ROSE-COLCfcEP WE HAP? u ) Kin, F«., u ,„ Syndic,.. If... 1971. World „&u io ^t W ;ou a go d " 3 bng diSCUSS,on ' and w * decided "I'm not telling you - you'll find out what thev are tomorrow morning." y Esther Grade A Dairy Products Will Brighten Your Day, Too! Warn

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