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TeUin the $tory of His Life
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CBy REV. P.. B. FITZWATER. D. V.,
Teacher of English Bible In the Mooay
Bible Institute of Chicago:) . , .
(Copyright. 1919. Weatern Newspaper Union)
LESSON FOR DECEMBER 21
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Is There a
Classic Answer of a New
York Journalist Affirming
a Little Girl's Belief
JE of the finest things ever
written about Christmas was
the editorial printed 20 years
ago try the New York Sun In
answer to the earnest appeal of a little
New York girl to be told whether
Santa Claus really exists. Its author,
Frank P. Church, was an accomplished
Journalist and wrote much on many
subjects, but his fame will rest chiefly
on this beautiful setting forth of an
-eternal truth. With Dr. Clement Clarke
.Moore's "A Visit From St. Nicholas,"
It Isone of the great classics of the
- Christmas season.
The answer to the eternal question
i -.as printed in the Sun follows :
We take pleasure in answering at
-once, and thus prominently, the com
, municatJon below, expressing at the
fame' time our great gratification that
its faithful author is numbered among
. the friends of the Sun:
"Dear Editor I am eight years old.
:8ome of my little friends say there is
no ganta Claus. Papa says: If you
ee it in the Sun it's so. Please tell
jme the truth; is there a Santa Claus?
" 'VIRGINIA O'HANLON,
"116 West Ninety-flrst Street.'
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-"Virginia, your little friends are
wrong. They have been affected by
the skepticism of a skeptical age. They
da not believe except they see. They
think that nothing can be which is not
comprehensible by their little minds.
All minds, Virginia, whether they be
men's or children's, are little. In this
.great universe of ours man is a mere
Insect, an ant, in his intellect, as com
pared with the boundless world about
'flilm, as measured by the intelligence
capable of grasping the whole truth
"Yes, Virginia, there Is a Santa
-Claus. He exists as certainly as love
rand generosity and devotion exist, and
jf on know that they abound and give
to your life Its highest beauty and joy.
Alas! How dreary would be the world
it there were no Santa Claus ! It would
Je as dreary as If there were no Vlr
ginlas. There would be no childlike
faith then, no poetry, "no romance, to
make tolerable this existence. We
should have no enjoyment except in
aense and sight. The eternal light with
'which childhood fills the world would
-Not believe In Santa Claus! You
msht as well not hoiiavA in fairiaat
- Tou might get your papa to hire men
to watch in all the chimneys on Christ
mas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even
if they did not see Santa Claus com
ing down, what would that prove? No
body sees Santa Claus, but that is no
sign that there is no Santa Claus. The
most real things in the world are those
that neither children nor men can see
Did you ever see fairies dancing on the
lawn? Of course not: but that's no
proof that they are not there. Nobody
can conceive or, imagine all the won
ders that are unseen and unseeable in
"You may tear apart the baby's rat
tle and see what makes the noise in
side, but there is a veil covering the
unseen world which not the strongest
man, nor even the united strength of
all the strongest inen that ever lived,
could tear apart. Only faith, fancy,
poetry, love, romance, can push aside
that curtain and view and picture the
supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is
it all real? Ah, Virginia, In all this
world there , Is nothing else real and
abiding. , t - ; . .
"No Santa . Clans 1 . Thank ?od, he
uvea ana he lives forever. A thousand
years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times
10,000 years from now, he will con
tinue to make glad the heart of child
Christ Is Bom
Louise F. Elmendorf
The world, late rathed with pain
through bloody years,
Has climbed its weary long-pathed
Where millions died, as Christ,
' that they might free
Others from wrong, and black op
Once more now through the world
comes to our ears
The song of all the ages, "Christ
Mute tongued to notes of joy have
been the bells,
And only childhood and old age
To sing, so near the threatening
The song that told, though dulled
by shrieking shells
Whose bursting turned a thousand
homes to hells,
The wonder of the ages, "Christ
Our faith in God has brought to us
War-weary lands have peace on
And in the scarred and fire
purged hearts of men,
Made sweet and strong by suffering
of the soul,
Through travail of a world once more
Anew in human hearts the Christ
Dear God, the Christmas songs ate
fraught with prayer
. That Thou wilt be with those
whose tears still pay
That we may have the glory of
this day; -That
men may live their thanks;
that lives may bear
Eternal witness for Thee, every-:,-v7:
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Proclaiming that in us the Christ
Changed His Mind. '
Doris I thought you and George
were going skating?
Marjorle So we were, but when he
saw I had my hat trimmed with mis
tletoe he asked me to go for a walk.
THE KINGDOM OF THE PRINCE
' OF PEACE.
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LESSON TEXT Isaiah U. ;
GOLDEN TEXT Thou shalt call ; his
name Jesus; for he shall save his people
from their sins. Mat. 1:21. '
PRIMARY TOPIC The Wise Men Visit
the Baby Jesus. i
: JUNIOR TOPIC Bringing '"Gifts to" Je
sus. " "'.-' ' " '' V;m:v-. ;
INTERMEDIATE TOPIC The Reign of
the Prince of Peace. . ,
SENIOR AND ADULT TOPIC Perma
nent World Peace When the Prince of
Peace Shall Reign. ; . ' .
On this Christmas occasion let us
take a forward look into the golden
age which is ahead of us. It is the
.time of which the . wise of all ages
have spoken and the poets .have sung.
It will not ' be brought about through
improved social . conditions or - even a
League of Nations! but by the per
sonal coming and reign of the Prince
of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ. It
is the kingdom which Daniel said the
God of heaven should set up (Dan.
2:44. 45; 7:13. 14).
I. The Lineage of the King (v. 1).
He Is of royal v stock, the seed of
David. His birth took place nearly
2,000 years ago. This Christmas sea
son is a memorial of it.
II. The Gifts and Power of the King
These result from the resting upon
him of the Spirit, of the Lord. Because
of this endowment he Is equipped to
administer the affairs of the kingdom.
A sixfold characterization of the Spir
it's gifts shows the completeness of the
1. The Spirit of the Lord. This
title shows that he Is to be qualified
for his work by divine Inspiration.
2. The spirit of wisdom. He Is om
niscient. Only a king of such wisdom
can rule over the whole earth.
3. The spirit of understanding. This
understanding, coupled with wisdom,
gives discernment and discrimination.
4. The spirit of counsel. This means,
doubtless, the gift. of making decisions.
5. The spirit of might. This means
the ability to execute his decisions. De
cisions would be of little value with
out the ability to execute them.
6. The spirit of knowledge. This
refers to his reverent attitude toward
III. The Nature or Character of the
King's Rule (vv 3-5). ' i
1. A quick understanding In the fear
of the Lord. He will have ability
quickly to discern Godly fear In the
human heart. -
2. An unerring Judgment. He will
not Judge after appearances.
3. Ability to render decisions ac
cording to the merits of the case. Hl9
decisions will not be based on hearsay,
nor on plausibility, but on first-hand
4. Impartial Judgment of the poor.
The time is coming when the poor will
5. Reproof with equity for the meek.
Jesus said that the meek shall Inher
it the earth.
6. He shall smite the earth with the
rod of his mouth. When he comes
the earth will be utterly wicked. Apos
tasy will be manifest on every hand.
His blessed feign will be ushered In
by the judgment of the nations (Matt.
IV. The Harmony and Peace of the
Kingdom (vv. 6-9).
This harmony will prevail In the
relationship of tmen and will be ex
tended to the animal kingdom. War
will be no more. The cow and the
bear will feed together; the lion will
eat straw, not flesh. The sucking child
will sport with the most deadly ser
pent. Paradise will Indeed be restored.
This wlH be made possible through
the personal reign of the Messiah In
Jerusalem, (v. 9). .
V. How the Kingdom Will Be Set Up
1. The elevation of the King (v. 10).
His f leyatlon will be a sign to the na
tions; to this sign they will respond.
The only way to bring unity among
the nations Is to exalt Jesus Christ.
' 2. The regatherlng of Israel (w. 11,
12). Out from the nations of the fcarth
Israel will be gathered. Israel and
Judah will unite under the one king in
the city of Jerusalem.
3. Envy will disappear from"Ephralm
and Judah (v. 13). When they see him
and are joined to him the tribal . an
tipathy will disappear.
4. There will be physical changes
which will alter the surface of the
earth (w. 15, 16). When redemption
will have been completed not only the
spirits of men will be In accord, but
there will be harmony In the animal
world, and changes will be brought
about in the earth Itself which will
make it fit for the conditions under
which men will then live, v
Blessings. y. ".
No' man can get a blessing and keep
It all to himself without having it
like stagnant water In his soul ; but
If it overflows to others It shall become
a perennial spring to , himself and to
the world. Wilton Merle Smith.;
Opportunities, approach- only those
who use them. -Emerson. :
The Broad . Hat. ,
. A broad ' hat does not always covet
a venerable head.'
Two sweaters as tar separated
j'rom one another in style as the North
is from the South are presented fbr
the consideration of the sportswoman
in the picture above. Each Is represent
ative of a type; the first, at the right
of the two.being an example of styles
used where the sweater is called up
on to give actual warmth and free
dom of movement. It is a close-knit,
snug-fitting garment of wool, machine
made, with cap to match, andl is one
of several varieties that the outdoor
girl and the sportswoman find indis
pensable. This model Is in one color,
has patch pockets and a wide turn
over collar with knitted band to hold
It close up about the neck. This is its
novel feature and speaks for itself,
for it assures comfort in the face of
Icy winds. The cap is in two colors.
Sweater coats of brushed wool are
much like this model except that they
are loose and belted. Usually collar,
j cuffs and pockets are bordered with a
j band in contrasting color. Vivid and
! high colors are -well represented, but
do not predominate in the new sweat
ers ; turquoise, rose and purple with
orange appear among them. The
brushed wool sweater coats are very
warm looking. "
A rival of the sweater has arrived
in the very wide scarfs, usually in two
color combinations, having pockets in
the fringed ends and belts to match.
There is as great a variety in these
as In sweaters, suited to as many pur-
Hats That Match Merry Eyes
Life Is made up of a number of
pleasant things. Including pretty hats,
for little misses like those who look
! out at us from the picture above. No
one with existence , overshadowed by
j an unsatisfactory hat, could look so
gay and carefree as this trio. Per
haps it Is because this millinery, with
!' bobbing tassel, pert bow or flying
r ends, Is less plain than the majority of
- hats made for girls. It has velvet
and ribbon and tucks and everything
to make! It a Joy to pretty wearers,
and we must concede that It matches
up well with dancing curls and merry
eyes.' Sv:-V"' .:: -' '- : .''rr.
We just cannot get away from long
napped furry beaver in children's
hats, but It has not a monopoly In
the smart sailor with upward-rolling
brim at .the top of . the picture. Here
a soft beehive crown made of row
after row of narrow grosgrain ribbon,
Is set off by the beaver brim of a con
trasting color. A collar," with a knot
and two outstanding ends of ribbon
at the back puts a. sprightly finishing
touch to - a successful hat. ('
Beaver is again among those present
t ..v. vw.t, a;, Ule CQ ,
which they are destined to feff
or at Ipnet tn ..vst
.-mule iuwrs with
The pretty garment and
cap at tu
left, by contrast with its
panion, is only acting a part it is
sleeveless affair of knitted silUaviw
a cross-bar in a contrasting color, TiJ
sumn lasseis suspended on silk i
of the same color, about the bo
It Is made in the slip-on tfo
opens a little way down the
where a single button and twowrfj
ending in tassels, provide fast
anu iunsn. iot mucii is require
it in the way of warmth and it ml
therefore, affnr j tc- be sleeveless. tin
ciotn, ram, worn with it, is runwili1
stitclies like the cross-bar in ife
sweater in color and a narrow girdle u
the sjilk is knotted loosely about tie I
waist. This is an interpretation of iht
sweater for tourists to lands of the I
sun. Its mission is less practical than !
that of its companion which must face
the snow, but they both belong tn the
category of sports clothes.
Among the very handsome garments
of the same character for Southern !
tourists' wear are the sweaters with
fitted body and ripp.ed skirts, crochet
ed of heavy silk yarn. They have el
bow sleeves ending in a wide ripple,!
and, without pretense to any useful-
ness; other than that of looking lovely, ;
they are the most dignified of all the
offerings for sports wear. The crochet
work is very open, amounting to 1
heavy square mesh, for which the
blouse worn provides a backgronni
when the materials used In the hat
the- right are inventd;t is draP
covers & crown over wnicn u
The brim is quite spl nd
shirred velvet as a rich r t aDJ
crown in a lighter ! ,p
beaver tell the story of in
n- aa n hannv ending a uu ,
"Li. "finis Ir 11 . I
sel of yarn writes finis i
joins the company of many i
Time has added years en(
MStory of the girl atth uch l ,
low her a hat tna hflg a $w
neo tam iruwu -- tDe
velvet inserted about it. v
a loop and. end of velvet are
stand out at a saucy ' angle.
young person has arri
nity of a fur neckpiece ana
of hair over her ears, w flaPf
fore all the earmarks
who Is nearing sixteen.