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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. 





CHRISTMAS TIME. 


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 
seene,”’ ete. 


SANTA’S LETTERS. 


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. 


THE TREES. 


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 
it fine?”’ 

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?” 


THE BOXES 


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.”° 





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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 
things. 


SUNDAY SERVICES. 


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: 


Voluntary. 
Choral “The Glory.” 
The Children’s Prayer. 
Carol “Happy Christmas Day.” 
Scripture Reading 
THE SUPERINTENDENT. 
Hymn “Joy tothe World.” 
Remarks PRESIDENT BAKER. 
Cornet Quartette. 
The Christmas Story 
THE SUPERINTENDENT. 
Anthem ‘Come Sound His Praise 


Abroad” 
Remarks MR. DAVIDSON. 
Vocal Solo C. EMERSON NASH. 
Songs THE KINDERGARTEN. 


Hymn “Lead us Heavenly Father.” 
The Lord’s Prayer. 
The Doxology. 
Benediction. 
“Grant Us Thy Peace.” 


CHRISTMAS EVE. 


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 
without difficulty. 

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. 


CHRISTMAS. 


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 











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JANUARY 1907. 


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The Training School sends to all of 
its friends sincerest wishes for a very 
Happy, Prosperous and Satisfactory 
New Year 


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 
one interested. 


Mr. Howard Branson, of Vineland, 
gave a pretty and very interesting 
stereopticon entertainment to the 
children. 

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. 
in. 


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 
Day. 

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 
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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- 
lows alone. 

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 
her freedom. 

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 
Thee.’’ 

The entertainment was repeated on 
Thursday evening for the children and 
again for the publie on Wednesday, 
January 2nd. 


VALUE RECEIVED. 


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. 


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