C. A. Meeks Publisher
VOL. XXXVI, NO. 52-
CARROLLTON, GA., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1923
SUBSCRIPTION, $1.00 PER YEAR
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A LETTER TO A
GOOD OLD SCOUT
The following unique letter was pub
lished in a New York magazine, and
created much comment because of its
originality as a Christmas letter:
DEAR OLD KRIS KRINGLE:—
It has been a long, long time since I
peeped into the fireplace, expecting you.
How well J remember, it was a verv
small fireplace, and sometimes I almost
doubted that a fat man, with a pack
bigger than a house, getting down a
chimney that would squeeze our old
house cat to get through.
One day, just before Christinas,
brother whispered to me in the barn,
while we wore feeding tlie pigs and
cows, (hat there was no Santa Claus.
Over my heart, and over the whole house
there fell the gloom-born shadow of
knowledge. There was no Santa Claus,
there was no Christmas. There was
only (tie doth day of December.
Then, there were years and years
when 1 was disgusted with you, Santa.
I wondered why you didn’t vanish in
-stt^or shame. 1 wondered why you still
hung about like a ludricious old eariea
■ture doing nobody any good, and realiz
ing that you: were worse than in the
In tin- years that brings wrinkles and
,;Vitinge of gray to the temples I learned
that you were real and always right.
I’ve lived long enough to know that,
the size of the chimney didn’t stop
you. ’Tis true, your park was big, but
—there was nothing heavy in it. You
■tilled it with trifles,’so there never was
i. place so narrow, but that you couldn't
Urop into it a joy-bringing gift.
Now 1 understand. You arc daily
and constant. You are in the faces of
*the folks 1 meet, you are in the little
home-town paper that makes its weekly
visits, you are in the food I eat when I
ttm hungry, whether it be a steaming
steak or a pone of corn bread- You
"Ite in the work that 1 know how to d(},
-*nd enjoy doing.
Youiare in the cup of cool water wheu
I thirst in the glow of the fire, in the
patter of the rain drops, in the soft
arm chair and the downy lied. You are
in the songs that sooth the weary, and
n the story that, leads us into the realms
of romance. You arc in the greeting
and kiss and handclasp of loved ones.
You are in the pictures on memory’s
wull- -summer fields, shady roads,
springtime. You are in the autumn
woods, and in the dear wine of win
ter sunshine, and in the moonlight that
lav like Damascus blades across the
CARROLL LODGE NO. 69
You are in this letter T am writing
to you—in the letters I mailed nil
hour ago, in those 1 send to my fivcd
ones, and to my friends over the land.
You are in each and everything that
makes life more beautiful and you arc
reaching out for every soul which false
ly weeks for happiness in some fancied
state of greatness. Even knowledge can
never take your weather-roughened
hand, nor the beginning reason of •*
child, nor the logic of philosophers.
You are in wisdom the wisdom that
comes with the years, and the years
bring contentment and the Christmas
1 shall never let you leave me, Santa
C'lnus. Henceforth I will travel along
your path. I will not frown if things
don’t suit my petty demands. I will
not eat good bread in Secret, and turn
my glance aside from ttie hungry. I
will not wrap mvs^lf in a mantle of in
difference to those who are weary of the
It shall not matter 1o me whether
Christmas be a sacred occasion or a pa
gan festival, or just u date. But it
almll be a reminder of every meanest
and neglect in the year and a monitor
pointing to a kindlier.course in the days
to come. R. LEE SHARPE.
At its regular communication Decem
ber 18th, Carroll Lodge No. (19, E. & A.
M., elected the following officers:
Harry Moore, W. M.; Solomon L.
Holloway, S. \V.: Lewis S. Sims, ,1. W.;
Goo. F. Cheney, Treusurer, and E. A.
Thu following were appointed: ,los.
(1. Jones, S. 1.).; Ray Earnost, ,1. ]>.; Jos.
A. Chambers, S. S.; Herman Holloway,
J. H.; (Ice. W, Davenport, Chaplain:
Alonzo W. Alexander, Tyler; Dr. Jus.
D. Hamrick, Dr. Morris M. IlalUim
and Judge Eugene T. Steed, Trustees;
Geo. W. Davenport, Lodge Reporter.
The officers wore installed by
Grand Master Hamrick, in his own
happy and inimitable style, and the
occasion was conceded most harmonious
and helpful in 'every respect.
The old mother lodge of Carroll
county starts the new year under most
GEO. W. DAY EXPORT.
WHITE CHRISTMAS AT
Miss Della Helton and Mr. Willie
Smith were happily married December
the Hth. Their many friends wish for
thorn a long and happy life.
The Friday afternoon spelling-match
by Hickory Level and Shady Grove was
enjoyed by a large crowd. Hickory
Level school won.
Hickory Level and Villa Rica played
a-very interesting basket ball game last
Wednesday afternoon. The score being
20 and 2!) in favor of Villa Rica.
l’rof. J. H. Knight attended the Bap
tist convention held at Macon threa
days last week.
Mr. Loyal Bryce came home Wednes
day from Newnnn with a bad arm, hav
ing been vaccinated for small pox.
There will Tie a Christmas tree at
Concord church Christmas Evp. Every
body invited to coine:
All worshipers are privileged to bring
one pound or more wrapped in u white
palter and deposit it in a receplacle at
the front of the church next Sunday at
the morning and evening services.
These gifts will be used to fill the
pantry of those who are unfortunate in
a needy world. PASTOR.
School is progressing nicely nt this
place, though several me out with the
measles. The school will turn out Fri
day for the Christ mas holidays. We
will have a Christmas program and tree
Christians day at 11:00 o’clock in the
afternoon. Everybody is invited.
Mrs. Mary Lee, who are glad to say,
is improving and the doctor has dis
Prof. Durrett went to town Tuesday
Miss Mary Howell spent last week
end at home.
Mr. Elbert Traylor had the misfor
tune of getting kicked in the month by
n young mule last Wednesday and was
hurt: very badly. It took six stidles to
sew up the wound, but he is improving
Miss Mary Howell spent last Thurs
day with Miss Inez Jordan,
Don’t forget the Christinas tree and
Santa Claus and a Mouse Paulino
The Shining Dime- Nora Todd.
Tho Christmas Stocking Artie La
History of Christ r s T/ifo TiVor. Jor
A Christinas Carol. Evov Jordan.
, Santa Claus will be here to deliver
Hu* presents. COR.-SEC.
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! A Rich Old Age
TO ALL OUR FRIENDS-
OLD AND NEW:
Your loyalty is the cause
Christmas we’ve ever spent.
of the happiest
If Methuselah had invested one dollar on his
21st birthday, the amount at 6 per cent interest;
compounded annually, would at his death at the
age of 969 years, have grown to $977,157,900,-
We are hoping, as hard as we can hope, that
nothing but joy and cheer and every glad thing
in the world be yours this Christmas—next
Down on Rome street, just off the square you
will find us with a nice line of fresh drugs and
sundries. Come to see us through 1924.
This is not a joke. Those are the actual fig
ures given out by a prominent U. S. Treasury
Official. They show the earning power of the
dollar at compound interest. You will proba
bly not love to be as old as Methuselah, but even
in the shorter lives of modern days there is
plenty of time for the dollar to get in its work
if you give it the chance.
Fitts Drug Store
Bob Fitts, Prop.
Bank of Roopville
LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS
To Our Friends
We: Extend. Our Sincere
of the Season.
in & Sons
With full appreciation of the many
courtesies shown us during the past
year, we extend to you the compli
ments of the season and wish you a
full measure of prosperity in the>
coming year. I, y
!?• c. bass
^ k ^ ind Groceries
AVaco, Gn„ Doc. Hi, l!)2:t.
Christmas is riulil ovor tho bill, ami
I. wonder it’ van’ll think of a now mar-
liod omiplo. I most surely will appro
via to anything dear old Santa brings,
especially a bin sleepy doll that cun
walk ami say mamma. Also, don’t for
not my husband who would appreciate
n toy nun nml a bull dog. living j s jjo-
ian to hann a sack in the coiner of tho
chimney, so that you can put the dog
and gun in it. Remember both of ,ns
with a Idn stick of rod peppermint
MR. AND MRS. CHARLIE AKIN
Boivdoa, (in,, R. 1, Doc. 17, 1921.
Dear Santa Clans:
I 'lease bring mo a doll and doll bod,
lots of apples, oranges, candy, aids and
all oilier things to oat. Also bring Ut
ile sister a rattler and bring papa and
mamma a lot of pretty things, too.
Your little friend,
Mowdon, Ga., li. 1, Dec. 17, 19211.
Dear Santa Glaus:
I’lmise bring me a tricycle and a
climbing money and lots of confection
Your little friend,
Roopvile, On., Dee, IS, 1923.
I am a little boy 3 vaers old, but oh
bow 1 do lovo a doll, dense bring me
a large mamma doll, wagon, A B (1
blocks, dumping tmick, Jack-in-a-box
and all kinds .of confectionaries.
A little friend,
Bowdon, Ga., R. 1, Doe. 17, 1923.
Dear Santa Claims:
dense bring mo u big doll anil a tc.%
set and a doll carriage, oraugOs, ap
ples, candy, eocoanut and popcorn.
Your little friend,
Roopville, Ga., Dec. 18, 192.1.
I am a little boy 7 years old. dense
bring me a stopper gun, whistle, train,,
a toy Kissol car, knife, and all kiuds of
Your little friend
Roopville, Ga., Dec. 18, 1923. ,
1 ain a little boy 9 years old, dense
bring mo a stopper gun, knife, harp,
a Stutz toy auto, a real good story
hook and all kinds of confectionaries.
Your little friend,
I hopo you will think of little brother
and 1 this time. Will you please bring
l ! ll lo brother a suit of clothes, mo n
dress and seme confectionaries. Seems
that you have forgotten sis since father
GDI,SON AND CHRISTINE COLE.
Carrollton, On., R. 8.
Lowell, Ga., Dec. 10, 1911.
Dear Santa Claus:
I will write you a little list, to lot
you know what J want. I tun 13 yearn
old and in tho sixth grade nml go to
school at Lowell and study linnl. I
want you to bring me a big recking
chair and a doll and a doll bod and a
little doll carriage and a little monkey
on a string a four big vases and a big
football nod some candy and a wrist
watch and a manicuring set and some
fruits. I have been good ia studies and
hope you will bring me wluit I ask for.
From vour loving little friend,
Clem, Un., ,R. 2.
LAMAR S. BROWN
HOURS: 10 to 12—2:30 to G.30
39-43 First Nat. Bank Building
Joy To You At
W Sweet Christmastide
May we again sincerely wish you
the compliments of the season, and
assure you of our desire to serve you
efficiently in the new year just a few
W. 5. CAMPBELL
And Happy New Year
From this good old town of Carroll
ton, i -!«•-" mrnm
Where the latcfrtetring’s out for you,
Comes this Merry, Merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year, too.
• ‘A, • t
Charley Fong, Prop.
39 Depot St. Phon£ 3i6