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day*'Vh6« the little ones b|Ileve';irnpliditly invSanta Claus aft; a.;r§al Jjfej jlittle H old' geritle- irfan afe,happy ones. Who gets this nibst:pleasure from the Santa Claus" game—the kids who rc- c6ive the loot or the parents who engineer the myth is * debatable qtiestitih .but T do .think it's the parents who are the most disappointed when the youngsters ask the inevitable question, "Is there really HjSanta Glaus?.! 1 ' > At our house, all the kids, even the 'youngest one, affe all wised up. Somebody gave Bill the facts' of Christmas when he was 1 ; about six and it wasn't top. long after that he told the girls about it also. It has taken ,dome of .the fiin out of it for Father and me but it, hasn't seemed to ,mar Christmas for the youngsters-one little bit. . y-'.:/ -v ',*"..* ',*.,'•'•''' •'"'•''' '' .Children are realists, Either Santa is a -real flesh and blood creature .who brings 'all the toys or there just, "alnt no such" animal." And'at our house, 'at least, they don't buy my explanation of Santa Claus given in the manner of the "Dear Virginia" letter. The abstract ideas' about the Spirit of Christmas are, listened to politely but they are treated with/the same amount of cred- ulity'given to' my stories of Queen Mab and the fairies. When they get .older and more .able to appreciate the intangible, I think they'll believe in 'Santa Claus again. I know I do, Santa Claus is real to me and I'm not going to let my sophisticated youngsters talk,me out of it! * , !• ' . * Santa Claus is known by many names—Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Bonhomma Noel or Knecht Globes. He is found all over the world wherever there is kindness and love. He is a champion housebreaker. Right-'here in Algorta, Police Chief BoekeU man knows that Santa invades every home'and he doesn't even try to stop him.. Sheriff Lindhorst is usually very stern with people who try to« climb down chimneys and Fire Chief Kohl Says people who'do this ate de finitely inflamable. • But on Christmas S,anta Claus has access tor.all -the chimneys in £6$suth County and; the front doors,; too, in case'there's no fireplace. They never see Santa;at : work for the fact is, he's" a ghost! . ,-.',' *'.; • .-.'*'..- . ,* • ..'" He is the ghost of a very real man who lived 'in Asia Minor in .the fourth century aftep the .birth 'of Jesus.,. :He;.was a/rich young man and very much ^admired the kind and gentle'- character .of -the Lord Jesus -whose birthday ,we celebrate at Christmas: He used his fortune to give other people happiness and went placing gifts and coins in the homes of poor people. He /always did this in secret and he made many Homes happy without letting anyone know, how it Happened. '•' '. '•' . , « ( f'V - • ' V, •'After this good, kind Nicholas had given away all his gold and silver he entered a monastery to pray and lead a /'/good life. He became a Bishop,; and by and by 1 , a Saint. Children and grownups have loved St. Nicholas ever since. Long ago people started giving secret gifts on ^Christmas Eve saying that they came fromi St. Nicholas. Already the ghost or spirit of the good Saint was at work though the real man had died; , • > » - * * In America people started calling St. Nicholas, Santa Claus be- cau»e that's the*way it sounds if you say it real fast. Instead of setting out the little wooden shoes foi ;Sti Nicholas to fill 63 the lidr/te 1 : do in France, American Uftgltets tbok t6 Hanging up* theft-staekingt'tef SatUa ciftus. WHeh:%S weteiKids .we" Usefl:to weir! lolig black ot tan cbtton stockings > and Santa could really get "quit! a bit in, them'. Ntfwd- days, its ankle length socks so Santa has to-put just'a little of the Ido't in the socks and leave the ?est.'6ti 'the; fleet.. For quite Sdme .time no W, Santa has fldt orily.fteen filling the; stockings, he 4 : also -has been bringing the dolls, trlkfiff, games and in sonie places, the whole Christmas tred complete with ornaments. . ; : ').',-'' '. '*/. .;''*..-•"••' SMnli Claus sooft found out he was badly dybrwqrke'd. He , has to" go all ovef the world-^billiohs and billions of good children'to visit.' Children", being . Children, will wake up so dreadfully early Christmas morning so 'it makes Christmas Eve a very short night-~-far too short for even a Ve?y efficient ghosit to get all around,- So the ••'-. ghost "\ of Str Nicholas' splits himself up : into little atoms of •kindness, and the'se atoms, like seed, take root in the hearts, of. fathers and motheES; uncles and .aunts, grandpas and grandmas -and friends and turns them all, on Christinas Eve, into Santa Clauses. • r • ' . '. ;. >,V. ;.-•. * *, :.> / . : . ••;"•• Even children pan be Santa Clauses., It would be expecting the impossible for' them to think more of giving than'receiving at Christmas but if they give a gift no matter how small or'do anything to make apother person happy for Christmas, remembering Jesus, they are really being a Santa Claus. Grownups too, tend to forget in the midst of the tiltfeel and trappings 6f Christmas that th& /first great gift to the iwoirld cslrne to us in the form 6f 'a ti'hy' baby who brought a new concept of love, kindness and human decency. 'It still seems to me a miracle, how . even the meanest, most practical, least religious people somehow seem to soften up during the Christmas season. We have our present-day Scrooges c a 11 i n g Christmas, "humbug", "too commerical", and;"childish nonsense" but : by L December 25 most of them have managed to contribute to the happiness of others at Christmas. .. ; .-"*.' * , • • •The spirit' of thai; one man DIAMONDS AT CHRISTMAS • Precious gems have characterized man's joyous giving spirjt since the .First Christmas. It has been the custom since the ancients, loo, that the gem of gems, the enduring diamond, be selected to give joy to the closest love. If you have been searching for the one gift to remember your loved one, consider a beautiful Orange Blossom diamond ring. It's the one she will, temember always. Guaranteed fine quality lias been traditional with Orange Blossom for many, many Christmases. Take time soon to see our broad selection of appealing styles. REGISTERED JEWELEP AMERICAN GEM Sooien ALGONA, IOWA WITH EVERY PORTABLE TYPEWRITER ' SOLD FROM NOW TO CHRISTMAS F Q M M • I C" ' Bi ONE *7II TYPEWRITER STAND A PORTABLE TYPEWRITER IS AN IDEAL (SIFT SMITH-CORONA REMINGTON ROYAL UPPER DES MOINES PUB. C0. OFFICE SUPPIY DEPT. AWQNA,IQWA called St. Nicholas who did good in the name of Jesus has for hundreds M : years Watered-the sftoV-gUftelfdus oft: GltfistMfis^He w^aSjfitit' tt Wighty; waltio1^;but He* klftdness .and gobd humor 0f the. World'than Caesar, Napblebh Or Hitler, That's ft greater mastery, to me' ithan Santa QlatiSt; thf* North Pjle and the reindeer, that, "Dear Virginia", < ga'fld beloved little skeptics, Bill/ Anh atid Jean, is why I lie^e in-Santa Claus. v-? ( •":,*.. ' - ; : ,* •.:.':' * :•'.-*'. ,':"•..'• Mrs Jesse Grubb sent me a clipping from her scrap bobk,,re* cently. ~ It was sent; to her by her son, Donald Qrubbr ;when";KeSwas statiohed 'With, the, aif vfofc'l 'in Alaska. Mrs Grubbi/spid'f'her grandchildren got quite agkick out of the story for its dateline is .North Pole, Alaska', 8 14 miles out of Fairbanks, and it says that Santa has officially established residence ther,e. A woman,' Mrs Ethel Granite, has . received a donation of flyfe acres of land to be called'Saritd Land.and a.cor- poration has'been set up to build and maintain Santa's workshop there. Letters qoming from children all over the world are sent there' and the first year, 'Santa was in business, he was greeted with glee by Eskimo, .Japanese, white vand negro children.,'i.So the> fire' 'constructing an' interdenominational chapel .and-v'a Workshop shaped in the form of a,fairy, tale symbol and they are dedicating:; it '•• to children the' wMd over; 'regardless of creed, nationality or religion. . . r •;•-.. .'.V;';- -.::• '*'•..•.-.*' •••• .-•-.• Am6n£f! the.entries in the Yeast Bread category .of the recipe con- .tes't is :! thls.holiday item called Rosy "Ring 'Bt£ad,. sent, in by Mrs C. JH, •SujnpspnV • .So it's this week's, recipe. '. ,, • % cup' milk : ,-•.,. -. 4 1 'cup shortening : , 4 cup sugar ',','. k teasp. salt I .cake compressed' yeast or 1. pkg..granular yeast 1 :egg •'-••• ••• • •-•-.';• 2 V4 1 cups (about) sifted floiir Scald . milk and pour over sugar, shortening and salt which haye been placed in a mixing bowl. Dissolve yeast in cooled mixture. Add 1- cup of the flpjir and beat until smooth,, Add egg and beat again, then add re-* mainder of .the. .flour. .Allow doilgh' to rest,; covered, on slightly floured board, then knead for, about five minutes. Place dough in greased bowl, cover and allow to 'rise in a warm place until doubled .in bulk. Punch down and flatten dough on bread board. Let rest for five minutes. Cut dough in small pieces, size of w.a.1- nut, and roll into small balls. Sugar Mixture '/4 cup brown sugar % cup white sugar 1 teasp, cinnamon l k cup chopped nuts .. .; ^ cup raisins • '; .i l k cup sliced maraschino ' . ' cherries ; • . : melted butter ' '"'• Mjx first lour ingredients"*together. Butter, raisins and cherries should be kept in separate bowls. Roll the balls of dough in melted butter, then in sugar mixture. Place the cherries in bottom of well greased 9 inch ring mold. Place one layer of balls on cherries, then sprinkle with raisins until dough is used, placing dough balls slighty apart. Sprinkle remaining sugar mixture and butter over";top,- 'Cover and let rise until very'light; Bake in a 375 degree oven'for 35 to'40 minutes. Invert pan on serving plates, let stand a few minutes so sugar mixture covers rolls. , ' —GRACE. Swea City Rural Phone Line Sold To Central Iowa The Central Iowa Telephone Co, has completed purchase of (The Swea City Rural Telephone Co., the Swea City Herald reported last week, In a meeting called at Swea City, stpckholders voted to sell to the Central Iowa firm for a sum of $21,600. Cecil Thoreson, secretary - treasurer, accepted the check for that amount from J. J. Mclntosh, vice-president and general manager of the Central Iowa Co. Those on the present board are Otto Kelly, Mancil Hurlburt, Jrvjn Bathe, Mclntosh, Thoreson, W. R. Clasen, Swea City Central Iowa manager; P. C. Bakker, engineer from Toledo; and Harold Carr. The Central Iowa Co. plans to go to the dial system as soon as feasible. Work is underway at the present time on construction of a new building in Swea City to hoijse the dial equipment. Some of the materials necessary for the dial system are extremely difficult to obtain, and even though the schedule calls for completion in May, in all like- Ijrioud that date will be pushed back 3 few months. Clasen said that before dial goes into Swe^ City, they intend to hold schools on the use of the cjjal system. They hope to acquaint people who are not familiar with dial as to its advantages and mannner in which it is used. After the equipment is installed, it is but a matter of seconds to cyt over to the new sy.st.em. ""HPNEY* "" Fh*e in a honey-shied at Nora Springs caused the loss of five tons of honey recently. The fi restarted in the boiler-room, just as owner John Eggers was getting ready to extract the honey. THROUGH WINDOW Escaping from a hunter, a pheasant flew right through the glass of a living room window at the P, |t, Bsartmarj h,p.ijic ucgj; Sipy* Center. The bird was uninjured. Hi Jinks petoied lo "Behind fhe Scenes" Item* Ftoqi Algona H10H School. ', Dick Vipond and Sandra Shum- Way survived the preliminary screening test- and became semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. They are how going on to'better things. The next and final test will bring » trip tO a testing center find oossibly another Souvenir pencil ipiece. . / This year the annual Christmas pageant by the high school vocal department will not be held. In its place on December U, the seventh and eighth grade choruses are singing, and the Art Club is staging the scenes as backgrounds for the mUsic., f / * • *' • ; Algona's stalwart debaters still have an unblemished record this season,\as they, were snowed out before reaching their first tournament at Worthington, Minn, last Saturday. . . - / * . * * The physics class demonstrated its- literary -ability by coming up with ''this p6em about Safe Driving Day: • "Slip-stick, slide-rule, B. T. U., . The cars.are.safe. ... t Are the drivers, too? , The roads are glazed; . The wind is strong! . Drive like you're crazed— You won't last long." ' How true. SS. First Solo Foi' : Lt. (jg) Lashbrook ', MILTON, FLA. — A first solo flight Has been made by'NaVy Lt. (jg) Durwood E. Lashbrook, Son of Mr and Mrs Jesse Lashbrook of 619 S. Moore St., and hugband of the former 1 Miss. Lutile I. Loesch of 607 E. Elm st., all of Algona, Iowa. • : '• i Before entering the service he was graduated from Iowa 'State •Teachers College. ' ' ' Before leaving the Whiting Field Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Milton, Fla., for more 'Advanced training, he will receive instruction in precision air Work along with his regular *solo ffights. . • j • ' i i .1 .i i. —i— Join Plum Creek 4-H >' The November meeting of th^' Plum Creek Boys 4-H club was held at the home of Dick I3avis. j Three* new members have joined the club.. They are Linda Bode, John Scuffham and Mike Kaitt. Bob Johnson, Youth Extension Director, showed two movies. Thursday, Dyambar fl, 1»55 Alfdna (ja.) Uppar D(Mi Mdlrw-7 Mr Hill started his route with a horse and buggy, back in 1916. 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