The Training School
Entered March 14, 1904, at Vineland,
+» a8 second-class matter,
under act of mn en 2 July 16, 1894.
No. 35. JANUARY 1907.
25e. per Annum.
The parents of our children and
many of our other friends have ex-
pressed a wish to hear a fuller account
of our doings at Christmas time than
is found in letters, programs, ete. It
is a pleasure to describe what we do
for it is often said: ‘If only ———’s
mother could see him now,” or ‘‘if the
parents could) only look in on this
The Christmas leaven really began
to work right after Thanksgiving Day.
From then on the ery was ‘‘How many
days yet until Christmas?”
About the tenth of December the
letter writing began. Every child who
was able to do so wrote a letter to
Santa Claus telling him just what he
would like to have in his stocking on
Christmas morning. Those who eould
not write themselves told either their
companions or their teachers, and for
those who were unable to tell, the at-
tendant wrote what seemed most suit-
able. In this way every child in the
school had a note sent to Santa.
These notes were all carefully cheek-
ed off and the contents noted on the
ehildren’s individual ‘‘eards’* which
are kept from year to year, so that
Santa will be sure not to give a child
the same kind of a present every year:
forit must be remembered that our
children do not grow up very rapidly.
Many of these. *‘letters’™ were sent
home, and some letters of children who
have no parents were sent by request
to other friends of the School and the
returns were most generous.
About the twentieth the big farm
wagons went out after the greens and
trees. What grown up ean feel the
thrill and joy that makes a little child
jump and scream with pleasure at the
sight of the great pile of Christmas
green. Whata foretaste it is of hap-
piness to come!
When the wagons were unloaded the
carpenters came to set up the trees.
As each was finished from some child
would come: ‘*Oo-oo0, that’s for Robi-
son’’ or ‘*That’s for our cottage, isn’t
Then came the trimming of the cot-
tages. Great garlands and wreaths
were made up and strung from corner
to corner and post to post. Wreaths
were made for the windows and every
where were the symbols of everlasting
life. As each room was completed
there might be heard some such ex-
pression as: ‘*Won’t Santa think this
is fine when he sees it?”
Did you ever get a “box from
home?” If you did not you have
missed one of the greatest joys of life.
In response to the ‘*Santa’’ letters
packages began arriving about Tues-
day. They came large and small,
wood and pastehoard, wrapped, mailed
and sealed. Each package was opened
checked with the list whieh accom pan-
ied it, part of the contents (when toys,
ete.) put back for the child to unpack
himself. In many we found some ex-
tra thing with a loving little note, say
ing: **These are for some other little
child who has no pare nts.”°
THE TRAINING SCHOOL
Many parents and friends sent money
and we purchased presents for the
children’s stockings or made up boxes
containing nuts, wafers, fruits, ete. as
requested, telling the children that the
home folks had provided for these
The services were very beautiful
this year and were thoroly appreciated
by the children. Coming after a week
of rush and hurry, Sunday was indeed
a day of rest for all. The Christmas
spirit was inthe air and ‘‘Happy
Christmas Day’ and ‘Joy to the
World”’ were sung most heartily.
The Program was as follows:
Choral “The Glory.”
The Children’s Prayer.
Carol “Happy Christmas Day.”
Hymn “Joy tothe World.”
Remarks PRESIDENT BAKER.
The Christmas Story
Anthem ‘Come Sound His Praise
Remarks MR. DAVIDSON.
Vocal Solo C. EMERSON NASH.
Songs THE KINDERGARTEN.
Hymn “Lead us Heavenly Father.”
The Lord’s Prayer.
“Grant Us Thy Peace.”
This is the greatest party of the
year. It is the time when Santa Claus
himself appears and spends a little
while with us. This year we fixed up
an immense fireplace, so large that
even Santa Claus with his great pack-
age on his back was able to get down
The children assembled at seven-
thirty, each one having a stocking
which was later hung in the big
assembly-room where there is plenty
of space for 350 stockings to hang.
Each hook had a child’s name so that
Santa would make no mistake and it
was rather a pathetic sight to see all
of these stockings hanging side by
side, flat and empty, in mute appeal to
the bounty of the world.
Soon a jingle was heard outside and
all thought was given to the shouting
and ringing going on overhead. Santa
seemed to be in trouble for he kept
asking for the chimney. The curtain
was raised on the stage and as the
children saw the massive chimney,
directions were shouted to Santa in
excited voices of all tones and pitches.
At last he called ‘‘Ha! Here it is.’’
and in a moment he came jumping
down the chimney with a shout and a
laugh and a Merry Christmas for
everybody. Around his neck was a
pair of rubber boots for Warren and
in his bag were toys, dolls, balls.
horns, ete. untill it seemed as tho it
would burst. Then he told of all of
the other things he had—too many to
carry in one load—and that later when
all were in bed he would return and
fill the stockings.
Then he turned to the fire-place and
lo—it was piled high with candy
boxes, one for each one in the Hall.
About 4.30 on Christmas morning
the sound of musie was heard,
gradually coming nearer and nearer.
Some of the band boys were out
giving their serenade. The music
was very pretty and no one seemed to
mind being awakened.
The children were all excited.
Breakfast was only half eaten—the
morning work was rushed thru and
then—oh how the minutes did d-r-a-g
until 10 o’cloek. Then off to the Hall.
Christmas time means a great deal of
very hard work indeed. It means
long hours and tired people, but it is
all made up an hundred fold by the
sight of the children entering the hall
on Christmas morning. There hang
the stockings with all sorts of lumps
and bumps inthem aud on the floor
THE TRAINING SCHOOL
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The School was founded and incor-
porated as a public charitable institu-
tion in 1888 by a number ofthe philan-
thropic citizens ofthe State. It is built
upon the cottage plan, sothat close class-
ification is possible, and is intended to
give care and training to those children
whose mental condition prevents their
attending the public schools.
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The Training School sends to all of
its friends sincerest wishes for a very
Happy, Prosperous and Satisfactory
The Announcements of our Vineland
Summer Sehool for Teachers for 1907
will be ready in about two weeks.
We shal be glad to send them to any
Mr. Howard Branson, of Vineland,
gave a pretty and very interesting
stereopticon entertainment to the
The views were particularly fine and
the children enjoyed the whole even-
ing thoroly. That fun, laughter and
beauty may well go together was ex-
emplified thruout the entertainment.
After the children were safely in
bed there was held a social for the
employes in Garrison Hall. A num-
ber remained up to see the New Year.
and hanging from the hooks are pack-
ages too large to go in a stocking. On
the platform were a lot of the very
large things—some express wagons
and sleds, some rocking and wheeled
horses, some Teddy bears, and even a
live goat for Keller Cottage, with his
neck and tail and horns tied with
pretty red ribbons.
After the singing of a number of
Christmas songs and ‘‘ Praise God from
whom all Blessings Flow’’ the stoek-
ings were distributed. Many packages
were opened right there and so every
one shared in the pleasure of the gifts
as dolls and dishes, games and tricks,
balls and tops, horns and harmonicas,
indeed almost every kind of book,
game ortoy that is likely to come at
Christmas seemed to be represented.
Next came dinner, and the fact that
hardly anyone wanted: supper seemed
to show that all had had plenty of the
chicken, cranberry sauce and other
**fixin’s’’ that are served on Christmas
Each cottage had a prettily decorat-
ed tree which remained until after
New Year’s Day—a source of great
pleasure to all.
THE OTHER WISE MAN.
In the years past we have given for
our Christmas entertainment some
thing rather light and jolly such as
“The Crystal Ball,’’ *‘Aladdin or the
Wonderful Gamp,” ‘‘Little Lord
Fauntleroy,’’ ‘*The Old Homestead,’’
‘*Cinderella,’’ ete., but this year we
attempted something more solid and
suitable to the season. The entertain-
ment was based upon Henry Van
Dyke’s beautiful story of "The Other
Wise Man”’ one scene being taken from
a chapter in Ben Hur.
In Part ], Artaban, a magian, ealls
a meeting of some of his friends to
meet the three wise men, in hopes that
all may go together to greet the king
who, according to the prophesies is
soon to be born in the city of David
The others refuse to go, but Artaban
and the Three see the Star and decide
to start at once, Artaban remaining
only long enough to sell his goods and
purehase gifts for the little King.
Part II shows Artaban on his jour-
ney bearing a sapphire, a ruby and a
pearl, all beautiful stones of great
value. He is hurrying to keep his ap-
pointment with The Three when he
comes upon a dying Hebrew. After
several hours work he restores him
sufficiently to send him on his way,
giving him the sapphire to keep him
until his strength returns enough to
enable him to earn his living.
Artaban, a few minutes later, meets
some shepherds who have a note for
him from the others saying they have
waited until past sunrise and then pro-
ceeded on their journey. He then fol-
Part III is in Bethlehem. Artaban
finds Miriam in front of her house
singing to her babe. To his inquiries
she replies that Joseph of Nazareth
has been visited by strangers and his
child worshipped and that the night
before they had gone into Egypt. A
few moments later the Roman soldiers
enter carrying out their bloody order
to kill the children of Bethlehem.
They perform a number of evolutions
to gratify their captain and then he
attempts to enter the house of Miriam.
Artaban stands in the door way. He
gives the captain the ruby and the
latter orders his soldiers on. Artaban
thus sacrifices the second of the King’s
jewels to save the life of a child.
The fourth part is thirty-three years
later. Balthasar and Simonides meet
with Ben Hur who, with the legions,
which they have sold all of their pos-
sessions to raise, hopes to reseue the
Messiah from the erucifixion to which
he has been condemned. Artaban is
found and comes to the meeting only
to find that the legions have deserted.
This seems to be his long sought op-
portunity and he offers his wonderful
pearl as the ransom. At this moment
Esther, pursued by Roman soldiers,
throws herself at his feet and implores
his help to save her from being sold
as a slave for her father’s debts. Ar-
trban gives his last jewel to purchase
Itis the hour of the Crucifixion. An
earthquake and darkness come and all
flee but Esther and Artaban, who falls
dying of a broken heart because he has
given the king’s gifts to man and has
not seen Him. Then he hears a voice
and sees the Great Vision. His journey
is ended. His treasures were accepted.
The Other Wise Man finds the King.
Immediately following the fourth
part is a beautiful tableau. Artaban
lies with his head on Esther’s knee
and all around are little children in
white who pantomine while soft voices
without sing: ‘‘Nearer My God to
The entertainment was repeated on
Thursday evening for the children and
again for the publie on Wednesday,
We never give an entertainment of
any character without being profound-
ly impressed with the training ob-
tained from such _ things. Many
children go thru the year showing
little or no improvement. Then comes
the Christmas entertainment and the
“taking a part’? and immediately there
is positive advancement.
The child is now in the midst of a
spirit of interest, encouragement and
happiness. There is a most pleasant
outlook for the future, all are working
in harmony; indeed, everything that
goes to make up an ideal environment
for learning is at hand and the child
learns. It is not merely the drill or
the speech or the song that is learned,
it is the power to make hand, foot and
voice do the will of the brain that is
of value, for the edueated child is that
one who ean best control and direct
himself in every way.