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RED CROSS HOUSE JAMMED
i^EVER in the history of the
U. S. Army Base Hospital
has there been such con
tinued festivity and mer-
„_______ ry-making as the program
for the Red Cross building has fur
nished during the past week.
Sunday evening the building was
crowded with people anxious to hear
and see what the Sunday evening
entertainment h,ad to offer. The musi
cal- and vocal selections were such
that they all agreed that the evening
was well and profitably passed.
Tuesday evening the Christmas Eve
dance was the predominating feature
the happy and carefree dancers filling
the hall with merry laughter until
after 1 A. M. of Christmas day, re
turning to their cots tired but happy.
At four o’clock the caroling party
left the “home” to visit the wards.
Christmas day was the gala occa
sion of the entire week, the building
being open to the public the entire
day. In the evening the pretty cere
mony of lighting the decorating lights
was conducted, Mr. Webb, the camp
electrician officiating. Colonel and
Mrs. Macomb and Lt,-Colonel and Mrs.
Renn were among those present.
Sgt. Sellers made the presentation
of several gifts, among them being
a loving cup to the “house-mother”
Mrs. Theodocia Baldwin, a silk um
brella to Miss Marie Pox Wait, the
librarian, and a pair of gold cuff links
to Mr. Webb on the behalf of the
enlisted personnel of the hospital. The
nurses also presented Mrs. Baldwin
with a beautiful silver meat platter.
She was deeply gratified to find that
her work on their behalf had been so
deeply appreciated and her voice trem
bled with emotion as she accepted the
gifts from her “children” as she loves
to call them. The token from the
nurses bore this inscribed carefully:
“May this little thought bring our
house mother as much cheer as her
hospitality has always brought to us—
your nurses. Dancing followed until
early in the morning.
The dance on New Year’s Eve is to
be a costume affair on the part of
the ladies while the men are to wear-
hats of odd and grotesque shapes
which will lend an air of novelty.
PLENTY TO EAT
There were four sets of big dinners
served at the hospital on Christmals
day. The officer’s, nurses, patients
and enlisted men’s messes were fitted
up in elaborate trimmings and the
bounties delivered to the subjects
were fit for a king.
The detachment mess hall was a
bower of beauty when Sgt. First Class
Laske and his men had finished a day
of diligent labor in trimming the room
on Tuesday. It was the most elabor
ate in it’s Christmas setting of any
of the dining halls.
To prove' that the hospital patients
were not neglected at the yule-tide
the menu for their noon day meal
is here given:
Christmas Menu, Patient’s Mess.
mandery, and an expression of his
lasting gratitude for the many courte
sies shown him while in Charlotte.
PRESENT FOR EVERY ONE
Vanilla Ice Cream
Onions in Cream
a la Romaine
Every soldier, whether an officer or
enlisted man, who is overseas with the
American Expeditionary Forces, will
receive at least, one, and perhaps
more Christmas package on Christmas
day, according to a statement made
by General March this week.
Over two million parcels have been
sent across on six vessels so that
every man whether he is in France,
England or Italy will be remembered,
and there will even be a surplus of
200,000 packages should any one be
Coffee and Chocolate
GAVEL FROM OVERSEAS
A dozen Allied airplanes, that had
soared over the dunes of Flanders, the
trenches of France, the snow-clad
Alps, and the blue waters of the Med
iterranean, contributed to form a gavel
which was presented to Charlotte
Commandery Knights Templar, on
Wednesday night, Dec. 18.
The presentation of the gavel came
as a climax to one of the largest and
most enthusiastic Conclaves ever held
by Knights Templar in this section.
It was the gift of Sir George R. Lipe,
who is now overseas, and who receiv
ed his Templar Degrees while at Camp
The gavel was presented and re
ceived by Em. Sir W. N. Bacon on
behalf of the Commandery, and the
statement was made that it was con
structed of wood from the propeller
blades jot twelve different makes of
Allied airplanes that had borne their
share in the great conflict.
Sir George R. Lips accompanied his
gift with a toast to Charlotte Com-
to each and every
is the wsh of the
“BEST BY TEST”
H Ibawv Hew l^ear to all our patrons
luavvY, -SALES FORCE
THE Dixie Stores Co.
E. M. MURRAY, Mgr.
Candies, Cigars, Cigarettes and Tobacco
COR. TRADE AND MINT STS. Across from Postoffice