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For$y'egh THE GUARDIAN THE ORPHAN'S CHRISTMAS (Continued from page 41) rows and rows of small, white beds; the'bell for perfect silence; the but- tons to push if one were ill. I began I to fumble 'for my handkerchief andj wish desperately for a screen to shutl off those eyes, accusing me through I their mist. Somehow I felt as if I were responsible to God and Mr. Crow- ley for all the loved orphans in the world. "They can't really laugh, and they can't really play," he went on relent- lessly. "They can't really play with- out somebody to take an interest in them. You 'know' they can'tl Your children can't, nor mine. And can they play without to/s ? Do you know I went into a room and saw  hun- who has no one to visit it, and go 'regularly' and call for that child by its name and take to it, make it feel that it had a really true friend in the world outside. See if you can't find a child with your own name. It makes it seem more personal. What would such a friend mean to a 'no-record' girl, whose card in the file showsthat nothing whatever is known, of her family or her friends, when she has to leave the orphanage at sixteen and face the world alone?" Silence for a moment, while I made fervent resolutions. Then, "Tell me about the Santa Claus thing," I beg- ged. "Simply enlarged on my friend's idea of letters: Started out to see dred and fifty little girls playing with that every orphanage kid in my own five old dolls? 'Five!'1 counted 'em-- county had a Christmas. It's spread 'five!' Passing them around, each lit- a good bit now. Last year we had tle girl cuddling a dolly for a few 3,200 Christmas boxes to give out. Do minute, s, then giving it to the next' you know some of those kids never one." I had any candy before ? Some of them "Oh, 'no!' " I cried desperately, never had a Christmas present before. white beds, and every window-pane has a face pressed against it, watch- ing, round-eyed, in a fever of breath- less hope, till at last as day breaks fully a red-suited, white-whiskered figure comes striding, bulging pack on his back, a hand upflung to answer the roar of greeting. You who all your lives have known GOVERNOI; DENOUNCE CREED AND CONDUCT ' O KU KLUX KLAN (Continued fro,'-- page 44) "such as the Ku Klux Klan obtains a foothold in our State." Marriage and Divorce, Legislation provld|ng uniform mar- the thrill of Christmas cheer, do you think you can even faintly surmise riage and divorce laws throughout the .............. United States was urged by Governor wnar 1 means to mese lkue waiIs oI .... ............. , - - ,^lHardee of lorida in a brief aaaress iorune o snake nls ana s nana, ,, .. . . ..... on me opening "da of the conIerence ;receive m qmvermg httle hands a box H ""  " marked with one's very own name, I e expressed me opinion that such containing one's dearest dream come" matters could best be handled through true ? , THE BEST BETTER. At a Western post, a lieutenant, transferred from Texas, reported for duty. Upon his arrival, the command- ing officer said: o "Mr. Bush, I have a letter from your former colonel. He tells me that you have one weakness, and that is for betting. You mus cu that out in this regiment. I won'tstand for it. Look "Why, I'd be glad to give an orphan a doll. 'Anybody' would be glad to, if he knew." "Exactly," he agreed. "And if my friends don't know it's no my fault." ("I'll say it's not!" I thought, slang- ily.) "Most folks are generous, once you wake them up. They just don't stop to think what life is like for a kid in an institution. Tell me, what] are some of the happy memories of your childhood?" "Going to meet my father every night. Making little pies and cookies on baking day. Visiting my married sister. Trips to the city with" "Of course," he snapped in. "Well, now, there's not one of those things that a child in an orphanage 'ever' does. Go down the street and ask every grown-up you meet for his pleasant memory of childhood. No matter what he tells you, it will be something that the orphanage child to one orphan grows and grows. For just naturally can't have. ]weeks before Christmas two floors of "We can't make up for the real I Mr. Crwley's place look like a Christ- home, things, but there are some mas shop. Mrs. Crowley herself sees to it that every child gets the gift 'Who'd give it to them?'" The plan, as Mr. Crowley outlined it to me, is very simple. A few weeks before Christmas, he writes some let- ters on sheets of paper that have a jolly Santa Claus pictured at the top. These letters are sen to a list of in- stitutions to be read to the Children. Each child is asked to write a letter co Santa Claus and tell what he wishes him to bring. A short time after another letter goes out, telling the children their letters have been re- ceived and that Santa Claus will sure- ly come. Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and negro institutions are on the list im- partially. The children's letters as they come in' are distributed among Mr. Crow- ley's friends. One friend tells an- other and he tells some one else. The list of persons willing to play Santa at me; you couldn't hire me to make a wager now. What do you bet about, anyway ?" "1 wl bet on anything," said the youngster. "For example, Colonol, I'll bet you twenty-five dollars you have a wart on your left shoulder." "What?" said the colonel. "I'll just take that bet." He pulled off his blouse and his top shirt and displayed a shoulder without a blemish. "There is no wart there," he said. "You lose; give me the money. I hope this will a lesson for you." bThen he put on his shirt, buttomed up his blouse and dismissed the young I officer. Whereupon he sat down and] wrote a letter to the colonel in Texas. ] "Just as you wrote,me, this young-] ter wasn't in my office two minutes  before he bet me twenty-five dollars that I had a wart on my left shoulder. Of course he lost. I hope it will be a lesson to him." In a couple of weeks a reply came from San Antonio. "The youngster wins. Before he left, he bet me one hundred dollars he would have your shirt off in five things we can do. I'd like them all to have motion pictures ;egularly, not just once in a while. I want to give them Punch and Judy shows and ma- gicians that bring rabbits out of a hat. I want a story-teller to tell them the fairy-tles my mother told me. I want to take them to the circus and the Hippodrome, the beach and base- ball games. I want to cultivate their laugh-cords. 'They don't know how to laughF Do ou know what happens when we give them a comedy picture in the homes where we have put movie machines ? Invariably in the funniest place in the film some kid either faints or goes into hysterics. The poorest kids in the meanest streets of the East Side laugh a lot. I know they do. 'I was one of them.' But these little molded-in-a-groove children  'what would they laugh at?' "You speak of visiting your sister. Do you know there are thousands of children in orphanages who never have a visitor? Visiting-day comes and goes, week after week, year after year, and that child's name is never called on visiting day. She sees oth- ers, more fortunate, called out to the parlor to see an aunty or a cousin or a.friend. They come back with a new hair-ribbon, maybe, or a bit of candy, or a piece of cake. Maybe she can look out and see the lucky one get- ting a hug and a kiss. Maybe that's something she never had in all her little life. 'Who'd kiss her?'" His words were like sledge-ham- mers falling on my heart. ,"Think what it would mean if you, and your friends, and folks all over this ebur- would go to the nearest orphan- age and ask for the name of a child asked for. Usually the donor of the I requested gift sends other things, too. If not, Mrs. Crowley adds to the bun- dle according to the age of the child. All th Crowley childrenthere are four of themhelp, and many friends volunteer. Perhaps the greatest sacri- fice is made by the dozen men who are yanked from their beds at three o'clock of a cold Christmas morning to don Santa Claus suits and reach the orphanages at daybreak. "They grumble a little the first time," chuckled Mr. Crowley. "After that you couldn't keep them out of it." Christmas eve comes, and after the children are safely in bect huge trucks roll up to the orphanages with their load of dreams come true. Dawn, and rules ]relaxed for once, little white forms slip from little minutes after he met you." CITIZENS BANK OF OSCEOLA Capital and Surplus $100,000.00 J. W. Rhodes, President C. L. Moore, Jr., Cashier R. C. Rose, Vice President Osceola, Akansas E.C. BARTON THOMAS HENDERSON OSCEOLA LUMBER COMPANY Everything Pertaining to BUILDING MATERIAL OSCEOLA, ARKANSAS the influence of such meetings as the one then in session "It seems to me that such matters could better be han- dled in that way," he said, "in con- formity with the theory upon which our government was founded, rather than by asking the national govern- ment to handle them." Fire Loss Relief. Governor Olcott called the attention of the conference to the recent fire disaster at Astoria, Ore., and asked the governors to sign a petition to Congress urging adoption of the Me- Nary resolution which would provide $3,000,000 for relief work in the west- ern city. Governors Present. Nineteen governors were in attend- ance at the conference. They are: Governor Kilby of Alabama, Governor Campbell of Arizona, Governor Den- ney of Delaware, Governor Hardee of Florida, Governor Davis of Idaho, Governor McCray of Indiana, Gover- nor Allen of Kansas, Governor Parker of Louisiana, Governor Cox of Massa- chusetts, Governor Ritchie of Mary- land, Governor Preuss of Minnesota, TRADE AT THE BETTER PLACE TO BUY YOUR CLOTHES Osceola, Arkansas Governor Hyde of Missouri, Governor McKelvie of Nebraska, Governor Mor- rison of North Carolina, Governor O1- cott of Ogon, Governor Sproul of Pennsylvania, Governor Hartness of Vermont, Governor Trinkle of Vir- gram, and Governor Morgan of West Virginia. HIS SYSTEM. He was the most down-and-out look- ing specimen of a tramp that had ever applied at the back door of the little country farm-house. The farmer's wife viewed him with disgust. "My goodness," she cried. "I don't believe you have washed yourself for a year." "Just about that," agreed the tramp, not in the least abashed. "You see, I only washes afore I eats."--Farm Life. MUNICIPAL LIGHT AND POWER PLANT Osceola, Ark. S. C. EDRINGTON President Force of will may headway, but stubborness less be an impediment. Rooms With Bath REYNOLD'S CAFI00 F. J. Reynolds, ProprietOr THE G Short Orders Fish and Game Osceola Phone 37 PREWITT ABSTRACT i LOAN CO. ABSTRACTEItS Farm Loans Title OSCEOLA, ARK. Mississippi County Special Record Non-Residents EARL QUINN W. Vice-Prcs. OSCEOLA GIN COMPANY Incorporated GINNERS AND COTTON BUYERS OSCEOLA, A] R. BRICKEY MERCANTILE COMPANY Successors to G. R. Brickey 00--0 DEALERS IN Dry Goods, Boots, Shoes, Hats, Millinery, Groceries, Hardware and Farming Implements. 000 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS A. G. Brickey, President; F. W. Brickey, V.-"Pres. Leon Sullivan, Sec.-Treas.; Mrs. G. R. Brickey. OSCEOLA, ARK. 46 Years in Osceola \\; J. L. Williams, President H. V. Cartwright; Vice President Emma Cox Smith, Cashier Raymond H. Smith, Ass't Cashier Bank of Osceola [y..- Capital, $25,000.00 Surplus and Profits, $25,000.00 OSCEOLA, ARKANSAS t875 1922 THE BRICKEY & AYRES LUMBER AN[} GIN CO. Successors o Brickey & Ayres YOUR GINNING SOLICITED CUSTOM SAWING A SPECIALTY 4 OSCEOLA, OFFICERs AND DIRECTORS A. G. Brickey, President C: D. Ayres, Vice-Pres. and Mgr. Leon Sullivan, Secretary-Treasurer Mrs. G. R. Brickey, Director ARKANSAS