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About The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 22, 1920)
SALEM BOYS AND
GIRLS LISTEN TO PRETTY
CHRISTMAS STORY AT CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
It was Saturday morning, and
therefore story-telling time at the
Salem public library. The shades
at.the windows ot the big 'edu
cational room had been drawn,
the open fire made a cheerful
splotch of I color, and the little
Christmas tree stood valiantly on
the big round table, scintillating
with its myriad of stars and gar
lands of tinsel.
The room was full or little.
, girls . and boys who crowded to
the utmost; corners, clustered In
groups upon the floor around the
fireplace, and found a place close
- "to the center of things under
neath the table.
C- "Standing in the doorway and
looking, over the mass of heads
".one thought of a June-time gar-
Sden. for, there were heads blue-
' dark, that; were like nothing so
: much as . j violets; others like
bronze pansies: some that were
coppery-red like tiger lilies;
beads the color of daffodils and
heat ahd light
. INSTANT HEAT '
i WHEN AND
beads of tow, like pale aneinon
And they .swayed and bobbed
very much as blossoms in a June
time garden, responsive to a vag
lant summer breeze.
Then a door opened somewhere
and the story-lady passed softly
down an aisle. Suddenly nod-
dings and whisperings seased, for
the story-lady had begun her
'His mother named him Sojo-
mon because, when he was a baby
he looked so wise; , and then he
called him Crow because he was
His twin brother, -who died
when he was a day old, -his moth
er had called Grundy just be
cause, as she said, 'Solomon an'
Grundy b'longs together 4n de
books " ' i
; The story-lady went on, telling
of Crow's mother. Tempest, who
had been a worker in her young
er days, but who had grown old
and fat and lazy and dishonest.
She had not intended for her lit
tle son to learn of this dishon
esty, but Crow was wide awake.
I and so he knew.
"Crow's, mother thought she
loved him very much." continued
the. story-lady. , "but if he was
awkward or forgot anything her
abuse was worse than a mother
"One of her worst taunts on
such occasions was like this!
'Well, you is a low down niggerr
I must say. Nobody, to look, at
ycu, would blieve you was twin
to a angel!;
"But for all the boy's poor
rearing he knew right from
wrong. He knew- that it was
wrong to get thing dishonestly:
, , "When fig season came, he
happened to notice that -ripe fifjs
were drying on the tip-tops of
nome. trees in the yard where
stout old man and his old wife
lived alone, and he began to re
flect: Mf I could les git a-holt
o some o' dem fine lis dal's a
swivellin up on top o' dem tree?.
I'd meek a heap o money ned-
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"On the next morning after
this Crown rang the front gate
bell of the yard where the figs
"'Want a boy to pick figs on
"Old Mr. Cary was red in the
fi.ee and panting from trying .to
gather a dishful for breaktast.
and so Crow was put to work.
"lie proved a great success as
a fig picker. The oid man and
his wife were delighted, and the
boy was engaged to come every
"They noticed that he always
turned in which basket, child
ren?" interrogated the story-
"The littlest one!" came from
under the table.
"No, the largest one! Rut the
so-called 'generous are not al
"Poor little Solomon Crow! In
the fig business ripe ones sold
well; but when one of Crow's
customers offered to buy all he
would bring of, green ones for
preserving. Crow began filling hi
basket, with them and distribut
ing a top layer of ripe ones. His
lawful share of ripe ones he also
carried away in his little bread
"And then this shows how
ere sin leads to another one
day he noticed that there were
fresh eggs in the hen house. Now,
if there was anything Crow liked
it was a fried , egg two fried
eggs looking up at him like a
pair of round eyes, an when dey
recognizes me. he would say.
Make Big Expenditure
on Clackamas Road
The Gift Problem
: i Wants Soriora
A'OU can't think of any
. . A thing that will give as
much pleasure as the won
dexful Sonora. Sonora's
: tone is wonderfully pure,
j rich and natural and has
a charm that's all its own.
Sonora's graceful cabinet . ;
is of the, very highest :
quality of workmanship
and for imrtant.and. .ex
elusive f eahires Sonora is
If you want the best in".
phonographs, you will be
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sausnea oniy wiin ine i
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. $75 to $1600 : ,f
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"One day he took some. He
stopped at the dining room door
and was handing in the larger
basket, when old Mr. Cary said:
'No, give me the smaller basket
today. It's our turn to be gen
"Ooooo-Ooooo!" chorused a
The story-lady didn't mind the
Interruption. "Crow," she went
on, "tried to answer, but he roul.1
not. Finally he stammered: I
ain't p-p-p-ertic'lar b-b-bout , de
"Crow's appearance was conTic
tion itself. Mr. Cary grasped his
arm and lifted him into the room.
"'Turn your basket out!'
"Old Mrs. Cary had come In
ji'st in time to see the eKKs roll
out, but when she spoke her voice
was very gentle
'Let me take him into the
."And then' Solomon Crow, .who
lived in a Christian land, hjeard
for the first time that God loved
him-When they came out of'th
library Mrs. Cary said: 'Are you
willing to try him again. WI1-
"Old Mr. Cary laid down his
paper. 'Don't deserve it. Dirty
ittle thief! What have you got
" 'X-n-nothin only but des my
b-b-briches an jacket an" an
" 'How many pockets?
"'Two.' . '
"Turn em out!
A few old nails and a bit of
twine fell out.
"You're a dirty little thief as
said before, and I'm eoins to
treat, you as one You're to rip
out your pockets, and. empty out
your basket before vou eo. until
I'm satisfied vou'll dn hotter
"The next few weeks were not
without trial. Fig-time was soon
nearly over, but in place of dis
missal, Mr. Cary proposed that
Crow was to come daily to black
en his boota. But he warn m!
'Don't you show your face here
with a pocket on vou!
"At last It was Christmas eve-
Crow was putting a final polish
on a pair of boots, when th nM
lady came out and stood near. I
wonder what our little shoe
black, who has been trvine so
hard to be good, would like for
"The boy wriggled nervously.
And then he said: 4 You knows,
lady. . Xeedle-an' thrade-an' an
you knows, lady! Pockets!
"And pockets it was, for when
Crow went into the house there'
was a brand new suit coat, cest
and breeches and pockets?
'Three in de ves' two in de pants
and fou, no five, no six in de
: "'Bet you,' said Crow, 'my an
gel . twin ain't ashamed ef he's
a-lookin down on me today!" '
v. impij-iauj was inrougn,
and as she went softly down a
narrow aisle, a roomful or little
girls and boys rose to their feet.
"We thank you. Miss Walton."
they piped In shrill unison. for
the story-lady was Miss Lulil
Rosamonde, Walton of the Salem
school ot expression.
At its February meeting the
state highway commission expects
to ask for bids to the grading of
the Clackamas county section of
Mount Hood Loop highway if ar
rangements can be made to fi
nance the project. The project
extends from tlie Multnomah
county line through Sandy to the
forest boundary, a distance of
The section between Sandy and
Firwood. a distance of two miles,
is now being improved as a mar
ket road by Clackamas county.
Multnomah county has agreed to
build its portion of the highway
between the Multnomah .county
line and Gresham. 5.12 miles, and
also to appropriate $X5,0i0 for
the cost of the section in Clacka
"In view of the recent favorable
decision bv the supreme court in
the Clackamas county road bond j
rase," says a statement by the
highway department today,
"there will also be some Clacka
mas county bond money available
for this project." It is estimated
that the total cost of grading,
with permanent concrete bridges,
will approximate $450,000 for
the Clackamas county end of thw
project. , In addition there will
latr follow the cost of surfacing.
"During the past two years the
forest service, in co-operation with
the state, has improved the sec
tion of the Monnt Hood loop
from the forest boundary to Oov
ernment camp at a total expendi
ture of $223,678.81, which is di
vided equally between the state
and the federal government. The
improvement of the section be
tween the Multnomah county
line and the forest boundary will
provide a more ready access to
Portland markets to the farmers
in that section of Clackamas
county, as well as provide an im
proved highway the entire dis
tance between Portland and Gov
ernment camp, which is expeeted
will greatly stimulate tourist tra
vel to this "resort."
f ; TA - 'S. : 1
415 1 Court! Street
riiOVKItl.I.K xkws ,
Elmer Ilennls of Salem spent
the week-end at the home of I.
Mr. and Mrs. .Will Farr were
Salem visitors Saturday.
Mrs. F. A. Wood and Mr. and
?.Irs. W. Jones visited Aumsvilla
Mrs. James Craig and daughter
Hazel were shopping in Salem
Mrs. Anna Kunke spent twt
days in Salem the first of the
Boyd Wilson, an employe or the
Southern Pacific company in Port
land spent the week-end here at
the home of his father, W. .1 I.
Wilson. F. A. Wood and family were In
M. Fliflet and family and Mr.
and Mrs. Arthur Kunke were in
Salem Friday visiting relatives.
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