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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 24, 1911)
THM OMAHA SUNDAY WV.K : PKCEMRKI? 24. 1011.
OST of the letters to the Children's page today are about Christ
mas. And, of course, this is the thing in y-hich the Busy I?ece
are most Interested Just now. This evening they will probably
all hang up their stockings to be filled by good St. Nick, who
Is the patron saint of boys and girls In Christian countries tho
Do the Busy Bees know the customs of children In other
countries at this time?
In Holland, for eoks before St. Nicholas' eve, the confectioners shops
'are gar with candles and cakes. The linen drapers' shops show figures of
Rt Nicholas with ruddy face and white beard; he Is clad In a red robe lined
with white fur and rides a fiery white horse. With hlra Is his Bervant Jan.
On the night of December C St. Nicholas rides over the roofs of the houses
of the Dutch children, dropping candles down the chimneys, For good boys
and girls he leaves presents; for bad ones birch rods.
In Belgium children give their shoes an extra polish Chrlatmas ere, fill
them with hay, oats and carrots for Santa Kalaus' white horse and put them
on the table, or near the fireplace. In tho morning the fodder Is gone. The
shoes of good children are filled with goodies, those of naughty children with
birch rods and bits of coal.
In France the children range their little sabots before the mantelpiece
to be filled with fruits and bonbons by "le bon petit Jesus," which means
the good little Jesus. In Catholic homes In Austria and Germany the win
dows are lighted on Christmas eve to enable the Christ child to find His way
from house to house. In these same countries, earlier in December, St.
Nicholas calls at the homes where young folks' partis are being held and
visits the nurseries, where the children place their boots and shoes by the
frearth or hang up their stockings, Just as the Busy Bees do.
The Children's page editor wishes the Busy Bees the merriest Christmas
that they have ever had. He also wants to remind them that after Christ
mas is over we will still have our Children's page. So, Busy Bees, when
you have a minute to spare from your Christmas good times, send In your
votes for king and queen to lead the Red and Blue sides for the next four
luonths. Many votes are in, but there should be more.
The new Bees are:
Blue Side Harriet C. Savage, Mary Elias, Ruth Cooper, Violet Miller.
Red Side Victor Ellas, Otokar Prlbyl.
Told by Little Folk
My Christmas Tree.
Everything was white and the snow
wa falling fast when a boy rushed
through our yard carrying- my Christ
inas tree. The white ground, -the snow
covered boy and the tree, which he bore
upon his right shoulder, reminded me
' The next day I fixed the tree a stand,
after which 1 placed It In front of our
bay window. Under and around its
foundation spread a carpet on which
were pictures of Santa with his reindeers
pulling heavy loads of toys.
In the evening we decorated the tree.
On the central and uppermost branon we
fastened a cross of golden tinsel. From
thN, downward, extended strings of gol
den, greenish and Bilver bells. Strings
of golden and silver tinsel extended from
the same place. Artificial oranges, pears,
peaches and birds were scattered through
out the branches. Here and there were
candles of various color. ' Holly branches
with, red berries on them showed
through the rent of the things. Sticks
of candy In the shape of canes and candy
baskets hung, from many a branch.
Christmas morning came. I went to
church mid on returning learned that
Santa had made his round. The tree
was now- almost too full. Kven around
Its trunk many a present had been laid.
After the dinner was over every mem
ber of our family but me seated him or
herself In the parlor. I walked to the
heavily loaded tree where I began to
relieve It from its heavy burden. I took
the presents and delivered them to the
different members of the family for
whom they were Intended.
! (Second Prise.)
A Pleasant Christmas.
ay Koee Murray. Aged 7 Years.
JNel. Ulue tilde.
Laat Christmas we had a Christmas
tiee. My mother and sisters decorated It.
We let the door unlocked. When the
bouse waa dark and still Santa came and
placed our gifts by the tree.
I was awake early Christmas morning
and as soon as it was. light I ran down
stairs to aee what Santa had left me.
I found that he had given ma several
nice things. After breakfast I had all
day to play with the dollies and games
and to look at my new picture books. I
thought it a pleasant Christmas.
j (Honorable Mention.)
The Ugly Orphan.
,By Mary Eleas, 10M William Street
Omaha. Aged U Years. Blue Bide.
Dear Editor: I am sending this story
to you In order that you may put it in
(the paper. I would be very glad to win
one of your beautiful prizes. This is the
Once upon a time there - was a little
girl who was very ugly and poor. Her
I mother and father were dead and, she
had to go to the orphan home. She did
iiiot like to go. but she had to go.
One day li's little girl was sitting
and crying and another little orphan
We& Farnam Boys' and Girls' Dancing Club
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Two Good "Pals"
DOROTHY W ATKINS
came Into the place where xhe was and
said that she was adopted.
The poor little girl grew sad and
ugly and no onewould adopt her and one
day a rich lady came in and adopted her
and so tho little girl went with her. '
This little girl had everything that
she wanted. She also had a room for
herself and she had many books to read.
Soon as the girl was growing sho be
came Just as pretty and the was ever
after a kind-hearted child.
P. fc. I will thank yoj very much If
you will peae put It in The Bee paper.
A Christmas Story.
By Helen Q. More, 2211 'Maple Street,
Omaha, Agod 11 Yearn.
Little Annie sat In her mother'a lap
the night before Christ nyls. With eager
eyes she looked at the pretty Chrlutmua
tree before her.
"Oh, isn't it beautiful, mamma, dear!"
ho cried. "Do you really think dear old
Santa will Visit me this year?','
"Why, yes. Indeed he will, dear," an
swered her mother; "why shouldn't he?"
"Oh, well, never mind, only he didn't
Mrs. Wcitoii sighed, for only last year
a few days before Chr.stmas her hus
band had died and times had been very
hard clnce then. It was all she could
do to pay tne rent for the little house
and send Annlo to echool,
Bums kind file-.id had left the Christ
mas troe, but they did not know who It
was. ilrs. Weaton felt that If somebody
had been k nd e:iojgli t- give them the
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tree she ought to try and get some
presents to put on it. She got some cloth
and some straw and wet to work to make
a rag doll while Annie was at school.
When she had made this and a few other
things she put them away until Christ
mas. Tomorrow would be Christmas and
how happy Annlo would be.
"Are you asleep, Annie?" said her
"No, mamma, but I will go to bed
right away If Santa Claus will como any
"Bless her." said Mrs. Weston -to her
self. Then aloud, "Yes he will child, so
Annie went to sleep that night with a
smile on her facei. nut I believe Annie
was the happiest girl. In the tnwn next
morning for she got many pretty presents
from tho one that gave her tho Christmas
Victor Ellas, 150 Wlllam Street,
Omaha. Aged years. Kea Mae.
Santa Claus comes to good little chil
dren at Christmas time and brings them
AND HER DOQ.
many nice presents; but does not srtve
anything; to hud littlo children.
It was getting dark and two little chil
dren were playing In the house, when
noon their mother came In and said:
"It's time for bed, children."
"The children said, "Mamma, Is Santa
Claus going to bring us any toys?"
'i'lio mother said that they should hang
up their stockings and then go to bed,
and when they would gut up In the morn
ing they would find out.
So the children did aa they were told
and tho next morning they saw theli
stocklngit piled with toys.
In a little while their mother came In
and hald: "eo what good little children
get when they are good." ' Ever after
the' children were kind and happy, I
wish the Busy Bees a very happy and
I am a new Bee.
Marion's Xmas Present.
By Florence Hootthome, Aged It Years,
715 fecond Street, Fairbury, Neb.
Marlon had neither father nor mother,
She stayed with the landlady In a large
hotel, who was very cross to-her.
On Christmas night as she stood wash
ing a large pan of dirty dishes, she Was
longing for a mother as she had often
Suddenly a thought came to her, and
she decldtd to find a mother. She stole
softly out of the hotel and went south
ward. She went quietly Into the first house
Fho came to. Slio found no one at home
.1 4 af1
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THE BIV3 JUNIOR BIRTHDAY EOOK
This is fheDay
Zl'Si Ma!on St.
Xante and Address.
tlllMii iMimaiBlT" Wife. iMfcrt)ftnMi
Joseph Armstrong, 2101 Pinknoy St.... l.othrop 1898
Ned W. Aim. 215 Oak St Vinton 1?99
Millard Boye, 3 807 Miami St Howard Kennedy. . 1901
Stella Bernstein, 203 South Thirtieth St Far nam 1896
Marvel Christopher, 107 South Seventeenth St Central 1900
Ruth Chrlsnian, 2509 South Twentieth Ave Cnstellnr 1895
Robert ,S. Krwln, 1309 South Twenty
Samuel Gordon, 843 South Twenty-second St Mannn 1901
Anna Grelee, 2214 Boulevard '. St. Joseph 1903
Coleman Gordon, 843 South Twenty-second St.... High 1R95
Gertrude Gllmore, 2883 Miami St Howard Kennedy. . 1 897
Ethel Heldebrand, 1006 South Eighteenth St Leavenworth 1900
Frances Hammond, 1830 North Twenty-second St. .Kollom 1901
Alma JackBon, 2218 Leavenworth St Mason 1903
Bertha Jenkins, 3528 Vinton St. Wfndsor 189G
Albert D. Klein, 725 South Thirty-seventh St Columbian 1897
Hannah Kulokofsky, 511 South Twenty-first Ave.. Mason 1896
Milton Kern, 6004 North Thirty-sixth St Monmouth rark...l895
Herman Krelle, 1813 Center St.....: High 1S97
Henry Llndraler, 2439 Ellison Kve... Saratoga 1895
Fanny Lorena, 1115 William St Train 1901
Lester Latham, 5708 North Twenty-fourth St Saratoga , 1896
Phillip Majahed, 1308 Pierce St. Pacific 1901
Frank Mitchell, 4413 North Thirty-first
Waldmlr McCune, 2320 North Twenty-eighth Ave. . Howard Kennedy. . 1896
Lucille MuBgxave, 2415 North Twentieth St Lake 1902
Charlotte McBrlde, 2101 South Central Boulevard .Vinton 1904
Harold McGulre. 1617 Oak St CaMellar 1901
Luciano Radlcla, 1318 Pierce St Pacific , 18.95
La Thelma Rayford, 3114 Maple St Howard Kennedy. . 1898
Gladys Reddan. 4416 North Thirty-first St..., Monmouth Park.. .1904
Mildred Sharp, 3924 North Fortieth Ave Central Park 1903
Charles Smith. 1829tt Ohio St Luke 1899
Marlon J. Staples. 1113 South Thirty-first St Park .1896
Ida Segelman, 1903 South Eleventh St Lincoln .......... 1898
Frances Sohwalenberr. 2102 Leavenworth St Mason . .. . .1901
Arthur Ed Turpln. 3903 Arbor St ..Windsor 1904
Bertha White, 1019 Farnam St ....Pacific 1896
George Willis Welsh. 3310 Dodge St... ; , Farnam 1900
Bertha WHkowskl. 2810 Dupont St. ... '. .Dupont 1903
Dwlght E. Wltherspoon, 34 43 South Fifteenth St. .Erlw. Rose water. ..1902
Irving Zersart, 2232 Mason St............ Mason 1902
nd went over to a bed. which stood In
the corner of the room..- BHe lay tnore
until she fell asleep.
When aha awoka tha people who lived
there had returned and were bending over
her. As they had no children of their
own, they were very glad when they
They decided to keep her it she would
stay. Sha was very glad to do so, and
they all thought they had received a
fine Christmas present. As for Marlon
she had received for her present both a
father and a mother.
By Heater Mallory. Aged S Years. B'.ue
One day many years ago, some people
were traveling to Bethlehem to pay their
taxes. Mary and Joseph were among
them. Mary was tired and could not
When they came to the Inn It was so
crowded they could not get In. Joseph
was obliged to take her and go to a cave
where cattle were sometimes kept. Joseph
made Mary a soft bed of hay. One by
one the oolses In the Inn grew still.
That night a wonderful thing happened.
A little child was born to Mary. She
dressed the child in swaddling bands. A
real bright star shone over his head.
The wise men had heard about this
star and were watching for it. When they
saw this star they took eweet perfumes
and gold and got on their .camels.
When they came to where King Herod
lived they asked him if he knew about
Herod said, "No, but If. you find him,
bring him to me so I can worship him."
So they traveled to Bethlehem.
The shepherds saw an angel and they
were frightened. But the angel suld,
"Fear not, for glad tidings of great Joy
I bring to you and ail mankind. To
you In Bethlehem this flay Is born In the
city of David a Savior, who Is Chrlbt
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the Lord. And this shall be the sign.
You shall find a little child wrapped In
swaddling bands and In a .manger livid."
And suddenly a throng of angols ap
peared and were singing, "Peace on earth,
good will to men.'' . .
When the angel disappeared the shep
herds said to one another, "Let is go
and see this wonderful thing that has
come to pass. They followed the slur
Now the wise men are to Bethlehem
lid are giving him Klfl".
An angel comes to them and tells them
to go home another way, because Herod
does not want to worship him, but to
kill him, so they went home another way.
By Ruth hooper. Aged 10 Years. 2218 South
Thlrty-nrxt Mreut, Omaha.
It was two days before Christmas as
Dorothy Clifford sat up In the nursery
playing with Jennie, her favorite doll,
when Mrs. Clifford called and told her
that Margaret wanted icr.
Dorothy put on her hat and coat and
went out. Dorothy and Margaret were
going to do their Christmas shopping.
They roon reached the stores and got
all their presents.
on tneir way homo they saw a poor
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Utile girl looking sadly at tho toys In one
cf (he shrfp wlndoiM". They looked at
li'-r and went on 'lit t-llrnce for two or
There ws among the things they had
nought a dull which lorothy Pked ever
.o much, and even although rtulstmns
whs yo near. he hnd boutht It because
Hnc afraid If she akei! for It for
t'liHMhias her mother oiifd say she had
Huddenly lorothv said: "Margaret. 'I
am going back and give this to that lit
Jt lo girl we saw."
They went hark and gave It to her.
(ha thanked them and skipped merrily
Thut year Dorothy hud a very happy
Christmas, Happier than usual, because
she hnd given the doll to tho little girl.
An Unexpected Visit.
AlBtKiH'rllr Johnson. Aged 10 years.
vy oriii i wentv-nnh Avenue.
Mine Side. '
There wao once a rich man who In some
nay wanted to help poor people at
Christmas. One day, as that holiday was
npproachlng. he dlxgulxed lilnmelf an a
poor man. He put on some old clothes
und went around from door to door sell
All the busy houxenivc refunel him
hai-Htily except one. When ho came to a
forsuken little old house, there waa a
rhringe. ' TlrM Hnd discouraged, he
knocked at the door. When the lady
aiwwered, he said, "Won't you please
buy some hominy? Please buy It to
help me out, for I have sold nothing nil
day and my wife Is an Invalid at our
tiny home and my feet are s swollen
from rheumatism I can hardly walk any
"Wo have no money," the woman sadly
said, "hut you look cold. Come In, get
wnrtit from the littlo heat wo hove to
He accepted and It was not long before
thn two were talking like old friends, lie
told the sad history of his poverty and
then she told hers as follows:
"Seo my dear children. I am afraid
Hint they'll hove a very sad Christinas
this year. Last year It was so different.
Hut since then something has happened.
One day when the father was working
on the skyscraper, he fell down and was
Instantly killed, and the company refused
to pay me a cent. Alas!"
Now the vender tried to comfort her.
He said, "You and your little family
come over to our humble cottage on
Christinas day, and let us make the best
of It." He then handed her his address,
and the mother gladly accepted.
When Christmas morning came, the
family were making preparations for
going. Suddenly a "toot-toot" was heard
The children ran to the window, thinking
it wns Santa Claus, when to their as
tonishment , they beheld a bright red
The man Jumped out and rushing Into
the littlo brown cottage said: "I'm sent
to give the poor, free auto tides this
morning. It's our turn next. Jump
Astounded, they all got In. after a few
minutes' of getting ready. They enjoyed
It Immensely. But, after having ridden
an hour, the mother said they'd have to
go home and get' ready for going to the
The chauffeur smiled, saying, "Never
mind, I'll bring you there," and In a few
momenta they stopped In front of a grand
Then thn chauffeur Introduced himself
and said,' "The beggar to whom you were
so kind last week. Is none other than the
Joint owner of the nkysoraper which Is
Jurt completed. I am hla chauffeur and
he. has ordered me to convey you to his
house. I hear the 'servant ringing the
dinner . bell, so hurry Into the house,
By Alfred Mayer, WW Georgia Avenue,
Omaha. Age 11 Years. Bed Hide. .
Mr. Jones wan walking very slowly that
winter day. He was wondering how he
could help somebody. Every year he had
hcilped someone, but this yoar he had not
thought of anything. As he waa walking
he met a friend of his.
Ills friend, seeing his downcast look,
asked him what was the trouble. Mr.
Jones told htm he had not thought of
helping anybody and his conscience hurt
Then Mr. Simpson said: "I know what
we will do right now. We will go and
see the minister."
8o they went and asked the minister If
they could be two Santa Clauses.
The minister, who was a young man
of about S5 years, after thinking for a
whllo said yes.
Immediately the two friends hurried to
get their costumes ordered, because In
five days Christmas would be here. After
they had ordered their costumes they set
to work, to order presents such as books,
knives, dolls and all sorts) of toy fot
the little children.
la a little cottage on the side of a Mil.
lived a poor widow and her only ton
Hiil. Khe had saved up enough monef-j
so that she could fill hla stocking with a
few simple thins. '
He awoke that Christmas morning and.
was very happy to rind his stocking
brimming full with nuls, apples and ran-
dies. Hut a greater surprise waa In store-
for him, for as he walked Into the church-
he noticed a beautiful Christmas tree. ,i '
nen they were Inside the church ev
erybody was very iulcf. Then the Santa,
Claus. having called iiulte a' few names.
He came forth from hla seat and walked.-
up n the pulpit. What was hla Joy when
Santa Claus gave him a beautiful warm
ci.at and a larre sled.
There was not a happier man or boy In-'
Townsendvllle than Paul Smith and Mr,-
Joins, who had been kind to both rlctt
Dick's Christmas Gift.
Bv Kern Thornton. 1J2 Fifth Street,
Kail-bury, Nrh., Aged 10. Blue Side:.
Dick was a poor little bcKKar boy whs
sold newspapers. IMi k hud no .parehrs.'
Ho had no ono at all except an uncle,
whom ho was trying to find, ,
It was Christmas eve. Poor Dick Wn
trying to sell his papers. He stopped,
and looked Into a window of toys.
'1 wish 1 had a littlo engine." said
poor Dick aloud.
He did not know that someone had
heard him say It. A wealthy merchant
had heard him. The mcrehant came and
asked Dick what his name was.
"My name Is Dick Clayton," answered
"Where do you live?" asked the mer
chant. "Nowhere," promptly answered the
"Haven't you anyone to live With?," ,
"I have an uncle who I would like to
find, but my parents died and never
told me where he lived. His name Is
"My boy, my name Is Henry Scott, 1
am your uncle. Will yon come and live
with me? 1 have one boy who would like
you for his playmate."
"Oh!" gasped Dick. "What a nice
Emily Brown's Christmas.
By Mildred While, Aged 11 Years, cOM
Chicago street, Omaha. i
It was two weeks before Christmas
and the snow was falling fust.: I.lttle
Emily, who was an Invalid, wits looking
out of the window. She thought of the .
many roor children who would not have
as merry a Christmas as she expected to
And as Knilly sat In the window she
also thought of the many Joys her mother
had planned for her. Just then her
mother dime In and asked her what sho
would like for Christmas.
Kmlly said: "OVmnt me ono favor. It -la
this: I would like to have all tha
poor children In tho neighborhood to seo -my
Christmas tree, and eat dinner with.-.
Her wish was granted with pleasure,:'
and the next two weeks were busy onesV
for Emily. She made little bags, fllledr
with good things, to put on the tree ancl'.-i.
put some gift on the tree for each one ,
of the children. Whether Kmlly Was';
happier, .or her company, It Is hard to.
An Unexpected Treat. ri
By Dorothy Williams. Aged Years, 111&-?
, Twenty-first Street, Omaha.
The day before Christmas a little glrl
said: "Mamma, are brother and I going
to get anything for Christmas?"
"They were very poor and her mother,"
sadly said, "No." , -
When night came on they went to the;:,
bed of hay and slept.
Thero was a very loud knock at the
door. Mother went to the door. -
There was a man at the door: with a -big
box, and he said, "Can you carry
this box Into the house?" , . l,
"No, I can't." '
So he carried It In for her. She thanked.-
him. Then she opened it. There waa a '
coat for Nancy, a pair of shoes for both.V
a suit for Robert, a new hat for Nancy, t
a new cap for Robert and some new -
stockings for both. There was a turkey.
and somo other things. There waa a new
suit for mamma, a pair of shoes, some.,
gloves and stockings. And they all had
a Jolly time because they never dreamed,
of getting a thing.
A Christmas Thought. 7
By Cleary Hanlghen, fCT South Thirty'
seventh Street. Blue Side,
One morn heaven's angels released llie
And a babe full of goodness and purity.
Descended to this earth so far ' . .
To teach men, of Ood's country,
With the brightness of that morn
A new world had heaun; .
The bond of Christianity hnd been born
With the rising of that huh.
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