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THURSDAY DECEMBER 23, 1943 THE $AGUACHE CRESCENT, SAGUACHE, COLORADO WHY NOT A MERRY CHRISTMAS One of the most beautiful of all Christmas Legends is the story of the blind beggar who gave Mary his manger bed, in which the Christ Child was born, and who gave his cloak to the Babe, thus fulfilling the prophesies that Jesus would be of lowly birth and would be wrapped in "Swaddling Clothes" when visitors from the heavens and the earth first paid Him homage. As the Legend recalls the story, Joseph and Mary, weak and weary from having tramped the streets of Bethlehem, searching for shelter, sought rest on a litter of straw just without an inn. While they were lamenting their situation, a blind beggar, overhearing their conversation, came close and offered Mary the humble comforts of his near-by manger bed. Soon the first cry of the Son of God broke the stillness of that Judean night. It was then that the beggar offered his tattered cloak . to his guests and the garment became the "Swaddling Clothes" in which the Babe of Galilee was wrapped. A Star appeared above the crib: The harmony of music from heaven filled the air: Voices sang Glory to God in the highest: Three groups of traveling pilgrims from the then known corners of the world stopped to pray and to give gifts. Mary, realizing that a world-wide event was transpiring, resolved to present her First Born to those about her. In so doing she gave Him to the world. In her hour of joy she did nob forget the kindness of her beggar friend. She held the infant in .front of the one who had been so gracious with his gifts. Immediately the scales fell from the eyes of the beggar and he was the first to behold the glories of the Christ. Thus was wrought a rewarding miracle. Through the intervening years miracles have fully repaid unselfish giving, by each of us, to the world-wide cause the Babe represents. Today, America, one of the mighty fulfillments of that cause, "is giving her all to maintain its Truths in the minds of men. We, of this nation, using the restored eyes of the beggar, still enjoy the glories of that event. The light from the Star always brightens Golgotha's Hill: The Wise Men, the Shepherds and the Kings, are once again making their pilgrimages to that sacred alter. They are offering their straw-filled mangers to that same Mother, and their tattered cloaks to that same Babe. The fearful night filled darkness of Herodism is receding. Truths, as always, is still triumphant. So, why not a 1943, Merry Christmas Just Alva Swain His RATIONING BOARD List Of Certificates 444948--J. G. Martinez 444949--H. Glover 444950--T. Phillips 444951--It. Solomon 444952--T. Torrez 444953--W. Turner 444954---I. McDaniel 444955--T. Torrez 444956--C. J. Slater 444957--C. J. Slater 444958--D. R. Kepley 444959---F. Hoffmann 444960O. W. Albert 444961--Baca Grant 444962--C. Davis 444963--Gotthelf Inv. Co. 444964--Gotthelf Inv. Co. 444965Gotthelf Inv. Co. 444966--J. Marquez 444967---J. J. Toole I Robert R. Tarbel00 LAWYER Saguache Colorad ! W. F. BOYD | Notary Public ] Safruache County National Bank Saguache, Col0. Howard E. Burress Safuacha,  Colorado ROCK OF AGES MEMORIALS m .at t Make ,it a thrifty CHRIST- MAS give WAR BONDS. Keap on BACKING THE ATTACK. GUMDROPS MAKE SUGARPLUM CAKE Who hasn't hunted for a sugar- plum tree when she was very very young and then one day discovered the delicious confections in a candy shop, only instead of hanging from magic branches, the fruits appeared as all shapes and varieties of gum- drops ! Gumdrops---or if you prefer to call them by the fairybook name of sugarplumswmake a delightful fruit cake, and a very economical one too. There's the fruit flavor, the crunchy sweetness, and yet not the heavy soggy middle sometimes associated with overrich holiday cookery. A sugarplum cake in fancy wrap- pings as a gift would delight your friends, that is if you have a chance to give it away after the family has seen and sniffed the results of the baking. Here is a recipe, which has been tested Sor 5,000 feet altitude. SUGARPLUM C.KE 1 Cup of shortening 2 cups of sugar 2 eggs, well beaten cups of unsweatened applesauce 4 cups flour 1 tablespoon hot water 1% pounds fruit-flavor gumdrops (omit licorice) 1 teaspoon cinnamon % teaspoon nutmeg teaspoon cloves teaspoon salt 1 cup pecans or other nuts 1 pound raisins 1 teaspoon vanilla Cream shortening and sugar thor- oughly; add vanilla and well-beaten eggs. Mix and sift flour, salt, and spices reserving cup flour to dut gum- drops, raisins and nuts, Add dry ingredients alternately with applesauce, dissolve soda in hot water, and add to mixture. Next add gumdrops, nuts, and raisins which have been floured. Mix well. Bake in oven at 300 to 325 degrees for 2 hours. PILGRIM CHURCH NOTE5 Sunday School 1O:O0 A. M. Young People's Society 7:15 P. M "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3 : 16:. Joe Vavak, Sunday-School Superintendent NO CHRISTMAS TRAVELING FROM DECEMBER 17 THROUGH JANUARY 10 Civilians were urgently requested by the Office of Defense Transpor- tation today to give up all pleasure trips on trains or intercity buses from December 17 through January 10. Civilians also were asked to de- fer even necessary travel, whenever possible, until after January 10. The ponit to remember, he said, is that civilians who take pleasure trips, particularly over the holiday period make it harder, or even im- possible, for railroads and bus lines to provide transportation for all members of the armed forces and for business men who must travel re- gardless of holidays. "The request applies to every civilian," Mr. Eastman, ODT Director, said. "I must add that I do not see how any civilian can ignore it in good conscience, when all travel fa- cilities are so badly needed to ac- comodate our men and women in uniform and those who must ;Lravel on war business, holiday or no holiday. MINERAL HOT SPRINGS D. R. Kepley was a Salida business caller Monday. S.Sgt. and Mrs. Wm. Hoffman. Mrs. Fred Hoffman and Lula Mae were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Amor Gilder Thursday evening. Mrs. Lonnie Peek is improved in health this week after having the flu for several days. S. Sgt. and Mrs. Wm. Hoffman and Lula Mae of Taft, California spent the past week visiting their parents Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hoffman and friends and relatives in the commun- ity. They left Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miller were in Mineral Hot Springs Sunday morn- ing having been called to the Jacob Barsch home as Mr. Barch was very ill. Mr. and Mrs. Jay White were Sa- guache business callers Monday. Mrs. Mary Noland, Mr. and Mrs. Amor Gilder were called to the Jacob Barsch home Sunday. Mrs. Noland remained for a few days. VILLA GROVE S.Sgt. Clifford Meister of Buck- ley Field is spending a few days visiting friends and relatives here. He is home on a 14 day furlough. Wayne Madison left Tuesday with several others to be inducted in the army. Rose Marie Cavlaiere is helping at the postoffice during the holiday: rush. Mrs. Ed O'Hara of Salida is help- ing with the school program. She is a sister of Mrs. Beatrice Bird. F. L. Moore, Courtney Moore and S. Sgt. Clifford Meister were in Sa- guache Tuesday. Mrs. John Bird and Mrs. Cope were transacting business in Salida Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. George McClure were in Salida Friday. NO SHORTAGE OF MIDNIGHT OIL Funny thinq. Shortaqes in manpower, rubber, qasolino, equipment, most everythinq else. But Rio Granda isn't short on one vital wcano need. Late Into the night, drivers, maintenance men, station crews are working to qet the service men a4 farmers and war workers where they're ndl whoa they're needed. Pourlnq on the "midnqht otl" that keeps Amertca'i war ef fort rollinq. They are dolnq a grand Jab.We know you shas our pride in them. MARTIN'S GARAGE Phone 121 Opinions Differ By DOROTHY DOUGLAS (McClure Syndicate--WNU Service.) st 0," insisted Connie firmly and her generous mouth set in lines tl:at boded ill for Tom Par- sons, "if .you can't find a certain amount of interest in the friends whom I think so much of then I think we will call our engagement off. We would never be happy tnar- ried--if our friends are not to be mutual ones." "Well, you don't exactly rave over my friends and just because they are sensible, well-balanced people. I think you might admit anyway that the people with whom I associate are at least paying their way in the world." Connie had not intended to flare up as she did, but her loyalty to her friends and Tom's words with their only slightly veiled contempt roused her. "My temperamental friends, as you call them, have a little of interest in their brains anyway and we don't sit round for a whole eve- ning at a time and talk of nothing but how Jenny does her special onion and tomato soup or just what soap is best to wash flannels. No--thank goodness, my friends have more to talk about during the course of an evening than just what we eat." "Yes, but you and your crowd do mind how much money you spend on vocal lessons and paints. Your voice is lovely. I love your voice just--" Connie almost relented when she heard the break in Tom's angry voice, but remembering the many evenings spent at his side listening to petty neighborhood gossip, inter- spersed with rice puddings, she hardened her heart. "I know I spend money on my voice," she said quietly, "but it is because I want to make the very best of the talent I have in order to give pleasure to others. Some peo- ple are content in their selfishness to sit round like a piece of blotting paper and absorb all the beauty others have to give and give nothing in return--I'm not." "You're beautiful -- beautiful as any picture or song," said Tom stub- bornly, "you don't need anything else." "We don't remain beautiful to look at for a very long span unless we are beautiful inwardly. No, Tom--I want something more lasting than mere food for the body." So Tom said good-by and they went their separate ways over a period of two full years. Tom entered business with a more serious outlook and his face seemed a bit more set, his heart more empty than he would have expected. Connie went deep into the heart of music and art and loved the am-" bitious young souls who were strug- gling to put something of beauty into the world. Sometimes they had not a dime in their pockets but that was of no moment if they had a tube of paint or sheet of music or a plot of a story and the paper to write it on. Full to overflowing with good fellowship and "always ready to share what they had with a needy comrade. Connie loved them. Sometimes she had a deep longing for Tom's strong arms about her and his well-organ- ized thoughts mingling with her plans. But she could not be happy if rooted in the purely domestic gar- den among the cabbages and tur- nips. Tom meantime was having a sur- feit of domestic conversation and with all his heart and soul he longed for the vividly interesting evenings he used to have with Connie. He knew now that mere domestic virtue could never satisfyall sides of a man's nature. Tom could never know with Connie the frightful bore- dom he had been feeling of late. Connie and her interestingly temper- amental friends would see to that. Tom picked up the telephone de- terminedly one day. "Is that you--Connie?" Tom's voice shook a bit. So did Connie's when she heard who it was. "Are you engaged--engaged to anyone--now?" "Why--no Tom--are you?" "Not by a jugful," shouted Tom. "I'm coming up right now." "Oh, I'm so glad, Tom. I've just made some heavenly apricot--" "Connie if you tell me what's in it I'll go potty. I've known every ingredient in everything I've eaten "for the past two years. Spare me. But if you can manage, just get all the old gang together for a good old party--.even that long-haired dub who used to make music on a saw." Then very stumblingly Tom added: "I say, Connie, you're going to marry me--aren't you?" "Of course," said Connie softly. "I am." Peruvian Cavy The Peruvian cavy is the aristo- crat of all cavies. They come in seven distinct colors. Nothing is finer than the solid white, and if given a chance a cavy will keep it- self as white as snow. The cavy should be fed grain and green food, also hay, oats, straw or good concentrated food. When feeding hay, the best variety is clean green alfalfa hay, which con- tains both water and roughage. Most breeders think cavies do better if they have water. It is a very interesting hobby, and young breeders, if they select first stock with care, will derive much enjoymen t from these pets. 0 O0 000 GO00 00000 000o00 0o0o000 00000000 00o000o00 0o000oo0o0 00000oo0000 00o0ooo0o00o 0o0000oo00000 O0000000000OO0 000000o0o000000 00000000oo0000000 000o00o0o0000oo000 000o000000000000000 00000000000o00000o000 oo0000000ooo000oo00ooo0 000000000o000000000000000 00o0 0000 0000 OOOOO OOOOOO BEST WISHES For a Merry Christmas We thank our many friends and customers for their business and extend to all Seasons Greetings. M auloff's At the same location with the best of Groceries - Meats. Fruit- Vegetables Saguache,- Colorado (During the holidays, please 00ong Distance on& if00the call is vital war's in a h u try a nd ii Ca n "f wdit --not even for the holidays ! t .   " '" , , ,, .-.  ..... . 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