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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Abilene, Texas WITHOUT OR WifH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TH YEAR, NO. 188 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, TUESDAY -MORNING, DECEMBER 24, PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Price 15 Cents Auocimted Prut Finishing the Story Tie last line was dropped off the Monday morning col- umn. That item concerned young David Kout's recital to his- parents of the Christmas story: ..and three real wealthy people came wiltrgifls for the Baby Jesus, gold, silver and sugar..." _______ So it is Christmas Eve at last and tonight all through the house not a Creature will be stirring, not even a mouse II is a day, on the eve of a sacred day, to keep lo.ti-adi- .tions. And one we have tol-. lowed lor years Is repetition at this time ot one of journal- ism's great pieces for children and for those who lave chil- dren. it is the editorial Francis P, Church of the New- York Sun wrote in 1897 in reply to question put to him by little Virginia O'Hanlon, now de- ceased. Virginia was troubled by a concern._which troubles chil- dren of a certain age. Friends had scoffed at the idea of San- ta Claus. So she wrote the Sun for an answer. That reply, by Church, is one ot tlie classics of Christmas. Here, at another Christmas Eve, it is: Virginia, your lilile friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of skeptical age. They do not be- lieve except they see. They think that nothing "can be- which is noti comprehensible by their little ininds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or'children's, are little. In this great uni- verse of ours, man i.s a mere inscd, an ant in his intellect, as compared to the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there Is a Santa Claus'. He exists as cer- tainly as love and generosity and devotion exist and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas, how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith, (hen, no poetry-, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should nave no enjoyment except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which child- hood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus? You might as well not believe in sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign there Is no Santa Claus. The most teal things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Ot course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imag- ine all the wonders that arc unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart Ihe baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest nun. not even the united strength of all tlie strongest men 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. No Santa Claus! Thank God he lives and he lives forever. 'A thousand years from now, .Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad Ihe heart of childhood.-. Wet Day for Santa? Santa should have come to Abilene two days earlier. But he didn't, so he'll just have to bear the wet, misera- ble, cold weather with the rest of us. Forecasters are calling for considerable cloudiness and cold temperatures Christmas Day, with highs around 40. Holiday Spirit U.S. Steel Heeds to Ford's PITTSBURGH, Pa. U.S. Steel said Monda'y it was rolling back its new price hikes by about 20 per cent and pledged 1o try'and hold the lid on prices for the 'next six months. The announcement came six days after President Ford crit- icized the increases as infla- tionary. U.S. Steel, the. na- tion's largest producer, said the rollback on the price hikes .announced Dec...16 would be effective immediately. Steel is taking this ac- tion because of its sincere de- sire to aid the nation in its- fight against double digit in- said E. B. Speer. the Sirica Soys Nixon Pardon Shouldn't Affect Trial Outcome WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. District Judge. John..T. Sirica said Monday that- while the pardon granted former Presi- dent Nixon' is 'too it should not affect the outcome of the Watergate cover-up Sirica said his acceptance of a medical opinion that Nixon should not testify at the trial does not give defense lawyers license to use the former Pre- sident's absence as an argu- ment for acquittal. Goodfellow Donations Latest Goodfellow dona- tions: In lieu of Christmas cards, Mr. Sirs. Arthur T. Blair. Ill 10.09 Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Roberts 10.00 In memory of Eltidn Forbus 10.00 In memory of Arthur Hohertz IO.CT Irene. Crawford 20.00 Mary H. Harper 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. Fred RaUiff, Jr. 25.00 TSgt. and Mrs. Jake W. Roddy, Jr. In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. W.N. Wofford 25.00 Louise Craig Bledsoe 20.00 Kiwanis Club of South Abilene 50.00 In Memory of: Gran Irene and Grandfather Baker from Stacey and Kelley 10.00 Total 245.60 Previously AcknowMged Total to dale "I don't think' the fact that he is not here makes any dif- said the judge. John N. Mitchell's lawyer said the evidence in the Watergate cover-up trial has shown his client's mis- guided .loyally to N'ixoh was rewarded by a decision to make the former attorney general "the fall guy" of Wat- ergate. Sirica made 'the comments as closing arguments contin- ued in the trial. Mitchell's law- yer William Hundley told the jury that Mitchell "was going to be the fall guy. He was go- ing to take the blame for Watergate." When the Jury left to begin a two-day Christmas holiday, the judge asked William Frates, lawyer for John Ehr- lichman, how far he planned to carry Nixon's absence as part of his closing arguments. Then, the judge asked rhe- torically what if the President SIRICA, Col. 1 Back page this section NEWS INDEX Action firm's board chairman. !le said price reduction means the-over-all increase will-now be about U.S., Steel said the original hike amounted to 4.1 per cent over, two-thirds of its product line. also said that unless forced by unforseen major economic events (lie average level of U.S. Steel prices would not be increased for the next six months. The announcement from U.S. Steel followed by several hours a statement by Bethle- hem Steel Corp., the second- ranked steelmaker, that it was raising its prices about per cent, to "bring them in line wilh the competition." That was an apparent refer- ence to the .price hikes ann- noimced Dec. 16 by U.S. Steel. "I am pleased with the work that was done by. the Council: on Wage and Price Stability and the attitude of U.S. in making this Ford said in from Vail, where he is vacationing. Ford said Dec. 17 the )nr creases left him "concerned and very disappointed" and asked, the wage: and price council to pressure the steel- makers to account for every cent of their increases. Speer said the decision to nsodify the price increases came after a Friday meeting with Dr. Albert liees, director .of the council. In Washington, Kees taid "we are pleased" by the roll- back. "While we would like lo see still lower steel prices, we rec- ognize that U.S. Steel has had substantial cost increases over t he last few months, especi ally in purehaseoVmaterjals includ'- ing coal and iron Kees said in a statement..'. "We hope, that Bethlehem Steel Corp. and Cfil Corp., who have already .announced price increases, mil reconsi- der these recently announced price increases in the light of the U.S. Steel Corp. act'ion of today." Bethlehem refused comment on U.S. Steel's action. U.S. Steel said last week It would not roll back any of its prices because they... still fell short of catching up with high- er costs, On Monday, Speer said the new prices still ''fall far short of covering the higher costs (hat U.S. Steel has incurred in. recent months." Under' lion d ay's U.S.. Steel .said it. would drop'- its previously.-announced S20 ton price plate steel by. bringing its price to ?24Z a with for .Jones t Laughlin. v! Bethlehem had been charg- ing -but announced a price hike of to now a ton more than U.S. Steel. Bethlehem cited the rising costs of fuel, materials and labor in announcing its price hikes. But the (inn said the. increases did not cover rising costs of production, "Tticy cover'only one-third of the cost increases not re- covered by Bethlehem during the. last five s spokesman said. Only One Paper Christmas Eye. j None On Christmas Day. So that" oil of ,our empfoYes may enjoy Christmas with their fam- ilies; we will publish only ont poper Tuesday, Dec. 24, de- livered 1o all subscribers, and no editions en Christmas Doy. Both editions as usual Thuffr day. a Safe and Happy Christmas! Santa Smiles Through Handicap 1.70 Comki 4-9C Dr. Lomk 8B EditorMli 4A 5 A Horoscope SA Form Morfceti Obituaries 7D Cii IOC Sports 1-3C Srfvii Porter 5C Todeir in Hiitary 8t> TV fcour Women's News holiday plans are complete, you can relax. Bat if not, today is your last day for Christwat tbopping, By ANNFLORES Reporter-News Staff Writer Sanla Claus came the .Sears Park Monday leaning on a crutch, but .he didn't let1 it handicap his Yule tide 'lie must have'fallen off his speculated -ll-year-dld. Kicky Chapman, a Fannin F.i- cnwntary fifth grader and one of about 200 children at the party. But, Santa's condition was the result of something Kicky probably would not under- stand, the result of a dread disease which has been nearly wiped out in modern days. Jim.Ussery of 1433 Park, who portrayed SI. Nick at the party, was stricken with polio at age three and has lived with the crippling effects ever since. "They didn't even know what it was back the H-year-old said, his eyes wa- tering slightly as he patted his right leg. Yet, in spile of his rather novel appearance, Ussery played his role as Santa well, taking youngsters upon his left knee and passing out bags of candy and fruit. "I'm on top of cloud he beamed after the mob of children who surrounded him settled down to .playing games among themselves. "This is the' first time I've Sec SANTA, Col. J Back page this Visit with Santa Little Cecilia Movado's visit to Abilene was enriched Monday by a hearl-to-hearl talk with Santa Claus (Jim at the Scars Park Christmas party. Cecilia, 3, of Wheat Ridge, Colo., is spending the holidays in the Henry Davila Sr. home. (Staff Photo hy Jonny Gates)
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