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OF all tho holliluyn on tho calendnr, St.
Valentino's ilny Ih, of course, tho least
conspicuous. IJnllko ChtlntninH, Bust
er, iiiq i'ourui or .niiy or Memorial
lay. It makes no direct nppenl for our
HorloiiH coiiHldcrntlon. tiiutond, It 1.4
closely nkln to Halloween a clay of
!ranlR and larks. It In, mora or loss of
u phantasmagoria of sentiment nnd
nonsense combined. It Is, preomlnont
ly, tlie day when Cupid reigns supremo and ovory
form of celebration ncccnsiirlly harks hack, In ono
way or another, to tho little cheruh with tho how and
Tho nttltudo of tho average grownup toward St.
Valentino's day lu ono of good-natured tolerance nnd
endurance. In tho light of maturor years, tho wholo
huslncBs of tho celebration Is apt to look mighty
foolish. When ho was younger well, perhaps It wns
dlfferont then hut ho has long slnco put aside child
ish things. It Is all right for tho youngsters, who
consider tho giving nnd receiving of valentines in
much tho samo light as they regard Christmas pres
ents from Santa Clous. Hut not for him, a grown-up.
A modern celebration of St. Valentine's day, con
sidered from various standpoints, really makes a
difference In tho day's work of n surprising number
of people. And not all of these so affected aro Inter
ested In Cupid or tho ran
dom shots from his bow.
In fact, many brentho as
when Uio day Is ovor as
they do ufter Chrlstmns,
tho Fourth of July, or any
of tho rush-season holi
days. If St. Valentino himself
wero alive today, or If, by
chanco Eusapla Palladlno
could bo persuaded to
coax the old man back
from tho other sldo of tho
Styx, ho would, In all
probability, throw up his
hands In astonishment and
lady of tho Red Skirt In
tho fable: "Land sukes!
Can this be I?"
In tho old days It was
a most serious occasion
attended by all sorts of
superstition and painstak
ing observance of quoor
formulas and customs
that BOoin moro llko fic
tion than fact. Young
men and young maidens
paraded nil ovor country churchyards, by tho light
of tho moon, nnd hold serious convcrso with owIb
and hobgoblins, in splrjt at least If not In letter.
In fact, It was qulto tho propor thing In England
for a lovelorn lass to hlo herself Into tho church
yard at midnight and ns tho clock struck 12 run
around tho church and play tag with herself
among tho tombstones, repeating nnon tho en
lightening nnd touching llttlo doggerel: "I sow
homp seed, hemp seed I sow; ho that loves mo
bost co mo after mo now."
Imagine Just imnglno If you can a certalu
typo of twentieth century maid conducting hersolf
In a fashion so violently at varlnnco with tho In
structions of tho Ladles' Hum Journal and other
Anthony Comstocks of femlnlno propriety! It
cannot be Imagined not oven In ono's wildest
It might have boom all right for her ancestors
slmplo folk at best but not for hor! Nothing of
that sort In hor family! Instead, It's flowers and
bonbons nnd "real grown-up" presents for hers
tho aforesaid flowers at one dollnr per, tho bon
bons dono up In a fancy, sltkllned box and tho
presents nnythlng thnt poor William can bo por
uaded Into coming across with, from a Jabot to an
It would bo pleasant, Indeed, to picture a cer
tain Miss St. Valentino of tho present nil in a
flutter over what tho patron saint of tho day will
bring her. It appeals to tho mental nppotlto to
picture all tho fair sex as tho samo gentle, shy, re
tiring creatures of former days. Ab a mattor of
fact, however, bucIi Is by no means tho case.
Of courso, tho average wholosomo, mentally
healthy girl Is Interested In St. Valentino's day.
Of course, sho believes In It. Hut thoro are, It
must bo confessed, many who find but llttlo mys
tery about It for them, It Alfred sends u girl of
this sort a five-pound box of bonbons, you can bot
your last dollar ho Is going to let her know In
soma wny that it camo from his, not from Tom or
from Will. And If sho, In turn, bonds him a tlo or
a package of shaving papers Inclosed In u vnlcu
tlno cover you may bo equally euro uho will Inad
vertently seo to It that tho young man Is nwaro of
tho proper person to thank.
Hut not all our girls aro llko that not by a
great deal. There aro oomo still who onthuso
over tinsel and gnuzo bearing dancing cuplds and
bleeding hearts. Tender verses Btlll appeal to
them, nnd old favorites aro still popular. "Tho
rose Is red, tho violet blue; sugar is sweet and so
aro you," still causes ti fluttering of tho honrt and
a tell-tale blush. "I had a heart and It was true;
It flew from mo and went to you. Treat It as well
ns I havo dono, for you have two, and I have
none," Is still cortaln of eliciting nn ecstatic sigh
from Us fair recipient. But tho lad who will car
ry off tho cundy this St. Valentino's day and put
ono over on tho other chap la tho "broth of a
boy" who manages to sccuro a dnlnty bofloworod
missive beariug tho words "Oh, you kid!" Maybo
tboy havo been manufactured, and may bo Uioy
hnvo not. Thoy ought to bo, at all events.
And don't forget llttlo Jane, tho dear ton-yoar-old
mlto, who won't trust her vnlcntluo oven to
tho postman, but Insists on delivering them hor
solf in porson. Sho Is In somewhat of n quandary
ns to whethor Eho hnd bettor remain lu hor own
homo for tho oxqulslto Joy of flying to tho door
ut tho first ring of tho boll on St. Valentino's ovo,
y er, iiiq I'ourui or .inly or Memorial -Sv I l MU'Av I Sti s A v .'X r ii -a1-! rZr r
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flinging it wide open and rushing wild
ly out to detect, If possible, the' Hoeing
donor of tho whlto missive lying on
tho floor of the vestibule, or whether
to Join her little companions In a sim
ilar crusade to tho doorsteps of others
whose mammas will not let them como
Nor must wo overlook the comic
valentines not because wo aro on
the subject of children, be It under
stood, for, though It does seem evi
dent that thoy aro distributed by the
llttlo lads And lassos, It would nover
do to accuse them of It outright. No,
Indeed, not even for ono slnglo little
minute. These comics havo como to bo an im
portant feature of tho modern celebration of St.
Valentino's day. Some peoplo call them horrible
distortions of clodhopper humor; but that de
pends on tho condition of development of tho
recipient's funny bono. If he's ticklish, ho wilt
most llkoly smllo nnd let It go at that. If ho
doosn't, you havo found a man without a saving
senso of humor.
Watch papa when ho gots his on St. Valentino's
eve. If ho Just grlnB and makes some remark to
tho effect that the manufacturer of the. valentine
Is certainly up-to-dato in placing his caricatured
tlguro In an aeroplane, you may bo suro he's a
pretty good sort of a papa who believes in boys
wearing their stockings out at tho knee. But It he
doesn't, If Instead ho makes a wry face and wryer
remarks ancnt tho unwholesomo Influence of such
hideous atrocities upon the Juvenile mind; he
Isn't well It might not hurt him to be reminded
of tho days when ho was a kid himsolf. Tho real,
good natured, beloved papa isn't apt to mind In
tho least being labeled by the multi-colored carica
ture pushed under tho door a "Nervy Nat," a
"Grim Old Money Bags" or a "Walking Jewolry '
Store." Ho Just grins and sort of says to himself
with a lump in his throat, "Well, I guess boys will
And Sister Lu? It isn't altogether a pleasant
occasion for hor, tho recolpt of a comic portray
ing her as a vain vixen who spends most of tho
day and a good part of tho evening admiring her
solf in her mirror. It's n trlflo trying on one's
dignity. Maidens In tho popular romances of the
day never havo unplcnsant experiences of thnt
sort or, nt least, If thoy do tho author forgets to
But how different It Is when a "really, truly"
Valentino arrives! Sister Lu is all Binlles nnd ex
citement. Who could It have como from? Stop
thnt, you Jane, it isn't yours at all, and you havo
no business opening It. My, how beautiful how
b-e-n-u-t-I-f-u-1! Violets! Um-u-m! Aren't thoy
Papa and mnmma aro called in So boo what a
gorgeous valentine Lu has rccolved. Pa makes
Bomo remarks about being willing to venture a
guess ns to the Identity of tho sender, with tho
added Insltuntlon that the 2 tho violets cost
might help some, at least, in furnishing an apart
ment. But inn Just' smiles and Is pleased.
"1 know who It's froml I know who It's from!"
cries little Juno, dancing up nnd down and tens
ing hor sister, with ono chubby llttlo forefinger
working diligently bnck nnd forth In "Pshaw I
For shame! " fashion upon the othor.
Sister Lu makes a groat show of trying to
think who In tho world could havo scut them.
And sho appeals to mnmma for hor opinion In the
mattor. Yes, mamma agrees, It might havo been
Alfred, or It might havo been Will, or It might
havo been any ono of a dozen other young men
sho knows. But Tom? Why, Tom's name Is tho
very last of all mentioned, though both sho nnd
mamma know perfoctly well tho violets enmo
from him. Humph! Llttlo Jano know It was
Tom right away!
Just as this moment, porhnpB, tho young hope
ful of tho family comes stamping In. He is a
sight! His stockings nnd trousers aro dlrtstain
ed, whore ho ovldontly fell down, his hair la all
tousled and his bunds and face are uanswer
ablo testimony to the fact that the rising genera
tion occasionally gots back to Mother Earth even
In the private city streets, pessimists to tho con
trary, notwithstanding. He has been having a
great time. St. Valentine's night is almost as
much fun as Halloween! Valentines? Sure, he's
been giving valentines but they aren't exactly
tho' kind Sister Lu or even llttlo Jane received.
Ho's presented the almond-eyed Celestial down
at the corner with a most touching reminder of
how he looks when'ho Irons a shirt and he's hnd
a thrilling, hnlr-brcadtjh escape from the aforesaid
washee-washee, who couldn't see it as a Joke at
all. Pshaw, a Chinaman never eould run anyway!
Then thero waB old Peanut Caruse, who kept tho
fruit stand on tho opposite corner. Poor, ex
cltablo old Dago! If there hadn't have been quite
so many little American devils In the gang he
might have run one of them down and gotten his
revenge. But, If ho did, what would become of
his peanuts and his smooth, sleekly-polished ap
ples In tho meantime, with all those other llttlo
pests swarming around and yelling like Comanche
And grandma uud grandpa. They sit quietly
by In their big armchairs and smile complucently
nt the enthusiasm of tho youngEtors. In their
hearts are memories of other St. Valentino's
eves 'way back In other days, In the dim and dis
tant past, when they both wero young and the
fever of love beat strong In their breasts. Thero
are valentines for them now, for they are old
and gray and their course of life is almost run,
and, somehow, St. Valentine's day Is a day for tho
young. But wait. What Is that on grandma's
lap? Can It be? Yes It Is It's a valentine!
Grandpa has remembered! It is not one of those
gaudily-painted modern ones of elaborate manu
facture; no, but an old-fashioned one of many
layers of carved and curly-cued paper, framing
a tiny picture of the Madonna and bearing the
slmplo message: "Bo my valentine." It Is the
kind grandma knew and learned to love long
years ago when grandpa, then as fine a young
dandy ns was to be found in all the country
round, came sparking her. She smiles happily
and nods across at tho old man, who understands
all that sho feels and remembers.
In tho morning tho mall man comes loaded
down with more valentines. Indeed, It seems Just
llko another Christmas to little Jane, when she
beholds life pouch full to overflowing. But he
can't see It In that light at all, or in any other
light except thnt ho hns been lugging thnt blumed
old pouch for ten squares, leaving something at
almost every door, and tho darned old thing Is
heavier than when ho first started out with it.
Christmas Is bad enough, imd tho people who
mndo those fool holiday stuntB ought to bo satis
fied with plaguelng mail men once n year; but
' Instead, they don't give him tlmo to recover from
tho Christmas avalanche of mall before they Jam
all this crazy Valentine foolishness down his
throat. After that pouch has gotten to a re
spectable, convenient size so thnt It feels moro
llko a mall pouch and less like a ton of coal
tho mall man may appreciate tho sentimental Bide
of the day. Ho may recall tho flushed, eager
faces that fairly hurled themselves almost
through tho door In their eagerness to snatch the
mysterious letters from his hands. Ho may re
call his own boyhood when ho himself both gavo
nnd received valentines with childish gleo and
couldn't understand why In tho world, on this of
all mornings tho mall man was so late. If so ho
smiles good naturcdly and remembers that every
task, however onorous it may bo, has Its own re
ward when viewed in tho right light.
Watch your nowspapors on St. Vnlontlno'H day
for ono particular nows Item eloping couplos
who choso tho day because It Is especially Cupid's.
Some years thoy nro many In numbor, and some
times but few and far between. But thero Is al
ways a half-dozen at least. Cupid soes to that
himself. And to tho lovers themselves, it Is a
day of nil daj-B, for each gives himsolf to tho other
ns a renly truly valentine for life.
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and recognizes in it one of the great
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vaccination Is somewhat comparative
ly new, with which the public ns a
wholo is not familiar. Yet It will be
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results that have been obtained by Its
ubo In tho United States army.
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