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PAGE FOUR THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 17, 1943 I On Christmas Eve Incident From The Franco-Prussian W ar A beautiful Christmas story, of- t ter to the breastworks and faced ten told, but bearing repetition inl the enemy. It was a reckless these troubled days, has come to thing to do, but he remembered us from the Franco-Prussian war only thaL it was Christmas. Bul- of 1870-71. lets whizzed past him, as he sang Henri Regnault was a young artist, not only brilliant, but of fine and lovable character. A real patriot, he entered the war and there lost his life. It was Christmas eve and young l%gnault was stationed with other soldiers in ditches on the bank of the Seine. On the opposite shore were the Prussians. Snow covered the ground and not a sound could be heard save that of muskets as the Germans fired across the river and the French replied. Suddenly, in a lull of the firing, a church bell rang in the neigh- boring village. Another bell took up the sound, then another and another. It was midnight and in a clear, full voice the hymn beginning, "Midnight, Christians, It is the solemn hour." "His song told that in spite of hatred, in spite of violence, in spite of death, there was still love and beauty on this earth." "ihe firing ceased. Not only had his comrades stopped to lis- ten; even the enemy heard and was silent. Then, as the song was ended another voice broke in. It was that of a German soldier, singing a Christmas hymn of his own land. The French soldiers listen- ed as the Germans had done. Silence followed the song and then the firing began again. But Christmas was being ushered in.l for a brief moment Regnault had A soldier's voice was heard, but I made French and Germans alike there was no Christmas joy in it.I forget the horrors of war and re- "Midnight!" it said. "It's Christ- member the spirit of Christmas rnas, Ah, what a Christmas " with its "peace on earth among Regnault leaped from his shel-rrlen of good will." 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Immaculate Conception Church, Fort Smith Located at the head of Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith, is beautiful Immaculate Conception Church, pastored by the Rev. Paul F. Desmond. The original Church of the Immaculate Con- ception was erected in 1867, and was used until 1898, when a cyclone razed it, and a new Church was built. Midnight Mass I Allowed Afternoon I Of Dec. 24 In Places I In 1940 Pope Plus XlI permitted ] celebration of Christmas Mass on l the afternoon of Christmas Eve / in countries where "black-outs"l were in force. Moreover, he al-[ lowed the faithful to receive Holy/ Communion twice on the same[ day; that is, on the morning of| December 24 and again in the af-| ternoon. They could not, how-/ ever, receive again on Christmas / Day. / In permitting Christmas Mass to be said on the afterno'on of Christmas Eve, the Holy Father declared: "Let us hope and trust that at least during this holy night and that holy day, 'either spontaneous- ly or through reciprocal agree- ment, a truce might be concluded among the belligerents so that the din vf the clash of arms will not surpass the angelic concert of peace which will be repeated 'in the sacred temples and that there will be no shedding of blood to disturb and diminish the heaven- ly joy of that hour." FIRST NATIONAL BANK Member F.D.I.C. FORT SMITH, ARK. I 111 IIIIII rll I IIII h! Make Every Pay Day WAR BOND DAY 907-11 Garrison Ave. Fort Smith, Ark. ; ................................. ........................................... n ......................................................... tmuLuuuultm.tmu REYNOLDS-DAVIS WHOLESALE GROCER Fort Smith Arkansas St. Edward's Hospital i, .... ":' ..................... St. Edward's Hospital is situated on the same plot of ground that Immaculate Conception Church, St. Anne's Academy and St. Anne's Convent occupy. St. Edward's is operated by the Sisters of Mercy. The first building was constructed about 1904, and a new plant erected in 1923. The Very Rev. M. J. Norton, V.F., has been chaplain for nearly 20 years. War Causes Dearth Of Yuletide Trees Local Trees Help Bad news for Christmas tree lovers is the prediction that trees this year will be scarcer than ever. Transportation difficulties have made necessary the restl;ic- lion. of rail and motor shipment of Yuletide trees. Even more ser- ious is the scarcity of laborers to cut trees. British Columbia, which in eacetime supplies 2 1-2 million Christmas trees to Canada and the United States. this year is un- able to find labor and transporta- tion. A similar situation prevails in other areas. But cheer up! perhaps in many localities the shortage will be largely made up, as it was last year, by the use of pines and spruces from nearby reforestation areas. WPB is hopeful that most localities will get enough trees to go around. Holiday Business "Boom" Begins, Stores Cleaned Out The war-time surge of Christ- mas shopping got under way earlier than ever this year with mailing deadlines of October 15 and November 1 on gifts destined for the men and women overseas. Great buying power and re- stricted supplies of many goods have combined to clean the shelves of department stores and gift specialty shops much sooner than usual. Some department stores in Washington and other cities had sold out practically their whole quota of toys by mid- November. 'Give The Boys A Break' Asks Cut In Civilian Travel As in 1942 civilians are urged to abstain from unessential travel during the holiday season from December 17 to January 10, in order to leave trains, planes and buses free for furloughing ser- vicemen. ODT director Joseph B. Eastman has again asked that government employes not be giv- en leave during the period except for reasons which make travel really essential. Season's Greetings Fred Hummel Plumber 20th and Rogers FORT SMITH Kindergarten Children Shown To Handle Tools Possesing infinite tact, a knowledge of child all the attributes of an standing mother plus the skill i the artisan and craftsman teacher of children of age holds a Dreeminently sible position in the whether that community be densely populated city or ly setlled rural area according Mrs. Dorothy Fairchild instructor in Kindergarten ods at Teachers College, St. University. No child's education is without kindergarten, Mrs. laney believes, and cites as the fact that almost the medals won and honors ferred at graduation go to whose schooling began in kindergarten. A recent exhibit of the done at St. John's included Christmas Eve scene, showing Church, perfect even to chimes in the belfry, the Crib, high altar with its lighted --and the home, with Santa sleigh and reindeers. In the exhibit included a toy with perfectly appointed house, furniture large enough suit the little child, and larger toys as wagons, and barrows, and articles which children will make as gifts Mother and benches and door-stops. Season's Greetings FORT SMITH VEHICLE & MACHINERY CO. Hardware, Seeds, Sporting Goods and Paints John Deere Tractors and Implements G. E. Appliances and Radios Phone 5103 Soth Ninth and Rogers FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS CHRISTMAS GREETINGS from the Makers' of 0 WARD'S ICE CREAM "It's a Food - Not a Fad" We are grateful to you for your fiendshlp and your patronage during the past year. To each and all of you, we wish the fulfillment of that great longing of the human heart--Peace and Goodwill, Good Luck and a Merry Christmas. HARRY G. BARR CO. Fort Smith, Arkansas 1943 D. M. BOAL, President 1. R. SMITH. Vice-President R.M. BOAL, Sec'y-Tress. Boal Foundry & Machine Company, Inc. GENERAL MACHINISTS Acetylene and Electric Welders PHONE 8040 South Tenth Street -- Carnal Avenue Fort Smith, Arkansas