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2 The Glenville Democrat/ Pathfinder December 23, 1976 Make the best of'it Many of us had hoped to give the children of Gilmer County a special Christmas present this year with the passage of the school bond proposal. Unfortunately there were enough scrooges in the county to deprive the children of the safe, comfortable and modern schools they deserve. We must accept the fact that for the time being there will be no improvements in our county schools. It is not likely that a bond will ever pass as long as the organization of its opponents remain stronger and more influential than that of its supporters. We must make the best of the situation. Get involved in PTA groups, provide volunteer maintenance at the schools and conduct fund raisers. We can 0nly hope that something happens tO break this vicious circle of poor educational opportunities which leads to poor economic opportunities whicL leads to the short-sighted need to pinch pennies wherever possible and this always means a vote against the bond. Burke's witholding unfair Dear Editor:. Since many of my friends and supporters have come to me voicing great satisfaction with the removal of Delegate Bill Burke as House Finance (hairman. I woulfl like, to comment briefly. :: :To begin'ith.'because Burke defeated me by a 70% to 30/0 margin in November. I cannot conclude that the majority of our voters approve of the House Democrats' decision. Obviously, the people would have preferred to have Burke ontinue in hfs position, t wouldnot attempt to force my opinion or ,thai of a 30o/0 minority of this district's people upon the majority. However, I do feel compelled to mention Burke's remarks as reported by Richard Grimes of the Charleston DAILY MAIL. Burke, according, to the state's largest daily newspaper, said that hehad worked off a certain;peB, t,0f his anatomy in an effort to keep money from our present Governor. Arch A. Moore, Jr. Thereaso he gae far,doing this was not, according to the paper, that he fettlthe mo=Iso't be spent or was unnecessary. He withheld it,} the story says, so tha 6vimore|ect Rockefeller would have extra money" come lanuary. I was at first upset that our deeply religious delegate would use the word he re)ortedlv did in referring to that part of his body. Had such a word been uttered on educational television. I would have expected Burke to attack the station management in righteous indignation, and perhaps have even gone to the point of broadcast t( |p" the studio aport. .Sadly, the most obvi0us onclusion which may be drawn from Bprke's remarks is that he was soUpolitically partisan that he would attefllpt to withhold state money from the chief executive simply because he is a Republican. Oe is forced to wonder if Burke considered that the money our Governor requested was to benefit the people of this state. Obviously, if the noney is good enough :for Rockefeller to use, it should Section A FOOD FOR THE FARMERS--Gflmer County Farm Bureau members serve themselves during the annual Kickoff Dinner meeting at the Recreation Center last Fridy night. President Larch McCartney served as Master of Ceremonies for the program that included introduction of William Aiken of Buckhmmon, new Field Services Director for the State FB, and Lyndall Jones of Parkersburg, Wood County 4-H agent. Jones presented a narrated slide show entitled, "Why I Love America." CALEN DAR sat,ThedeC.usual25 thurs, dec. 23 The Crooked Run Methodist Church will stage a Christmas play at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.  : } The new Mt. Olive Church at Burnt House will hold their Chi'istmasip,ogram:, at 7 p.m. Thd public i nvited'. fri, dec. Glenville's Trinity United Methodist ChurCh will hold a ,Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Sun, dec. 26 A revival will begin at the sing at the Crooked Run Church will be canceled for Christmas. but will continue on the fourth Saturday night in January. men, dec. 27 Gilmer County Lodge No. 118 A.F. and A.M. will hold their regular meeting at 7 p.m. There will be work in the third degree preceeded by a covered dish dinner. sat, jan. 1 There will be a gospel sing at the Hyers Run Church featuring the Harminaires from Webster Springs and the Gospel Messengers from Craigsville at 7:30 p,m. tues, jan. 11 The Blue Ridge Quartette have been available to our present Gdvernor also. ,is is partisan poliUcs at its worst and a' sad'refleL'tion of the thinking of Delegate Bur_ ke. , i p,m. Rev. Alonzo Wilson s i i I I ..... Annie's and Willie's Prayer Editor's Note: The following poem is a very aid oae whivh Rv. ia has beenrecltin$ since J:as ten years old. She learned it h'mn un older friend who had learned 1 when she was a young llrl. So in allompt to reard some of Gflmer County's aral raditit we've agreed to print tha poem. 'Twos the night before Christmas. good night had been said. And Annie and Wil'  had crept into bed. There were tears on their pillows, and tears in their eyes. And each little bgsom was heavi_g with sighs. For tonigh| their stern fathers command had bean given. That. "they should reti(e precisely at seven, instead of at eight" For they troubled him mqre. with questions unheard of than ever before. He told them ha thought this delusion a sin. no such person as Santa Claus ever had been. And he hoped after this he would never more hear How he scrambled down chunneys with presents each year. And this was the Yehson that two little heads So restlessly tossed On teir oft downy beds. Eight. nine and the clock in the steeple tolled ten. Not a word had been said by either" ill then. When Willies sad.faca from the blankets did peep And he whispered ,Dear Annie. is oo fas' asleep?" , "Why no brother Willie. "a sweet voice replied. "[ have long tried in vain, but can't shut my eyes. For somehow it makes me so sorry because Dear Papa has said there was no Santa Claus. Now we know there is, and it can't be denied For he came every year before Mama died, But then I've been thinking that she used to pray. And God would hear everything Mama would say. And maybe she asked him to send Santa Claus here With the sacks full of presents he brought every year." "Wash, wy tan't we pway dust as Mama did den And ast Dad to send him wif pwesents adain." "I've been thinking so too." and without a word more. Four little bare feet bounded out on the floor. Four little knees tllt soft carpet pressed, And two little hands were clasped close to each breast. "'Now Willie you know we must firmly believe That the presents we ask for we are sure to receive. You must wait just as still until I say "Amen". And by that you will know that your turn has come then. Dear Jesus look down on my brother and me, 4nd grant us the favor we're asking of Thee. I want a wax dolly, a tea set and a ring And an ebony work box. that shuts with a spring. Bless Papa. dear Jesus. and help him to see That Santa Claus loves us as well as does he. Don't let him get fretful and angry again At dear brother Willie. and Annie. Amen." "'Pwease Desus. et Santy Taus turn down tonight. And bwiug us some pwesents, afo' it is wight. I want he should die me a nice wittow awed. Wif bwight shining wunneahs, and aw painted wed. A box fu of tandy, a book and a toy Amen. and den Desus. ah be a deed boy. Their prayers being ended they lifted their heads And with hearts light and cheerful again sought their beds. They wore soon lost in slumber, beth peaceful and deep And with fairies in dreamland, were roaming in sleep. Eight, nine and the little French clock struck tan, Ere the father had thought of his children again. He seems now to hear Annie's half suppressed sigh. And to see the big tear. standing in Willies blue eye. "I was harsh with my darlings." he inwardly said. "'And should not hbve sent them so early to bed. Rosedale Bapfis.tCJaurch at 7, will appear in, the Cedarville the, Community Club building at But then I Was troubled," my feelings found vent For bank Stock today want down ten percent. But just to make sure I'll steal up to their door. For ! never spoke harsh to my darlings before" So saying he softl 'ascended the stairs And arrived at the door to hear both of their prayers. His Annie's "bless Papa" drew forth a big tear. And Willie's grave promise fell sweet, on his ear. "'Strange, strange I'd forgotten", he Said with a sigh. "How I longed when a child to have Christmas draw nigh." "I'll atone for my harshness". :-he inwardly said. "By answering their prayers, ere I sleep in my bed. Then turning to the stairs he softly, went down. Threw off velvet slippers and silk dressing gown. Donned hat. coat, and boots, and was out in the street, A millionaire facing the cold driving sleet. Nor stopped he until he had bought everything, From the box full of candy to the tiny gold ring. Then homeward he turned with his holiday load Which with Aunt Mary's help 'in the nursery was stowed. Miss Dolly was seated beneath a pine tree By the side of a table spread out for her tea. A work box well filled in the center was laid, And upon it the ring for which Annie had prayed. A soldier in uniform stood by a sled "With bright shining runners, and all painted red." There were balls, dogs. and horses, books pleasing to see While birds of all colors were perched in the tree. And Santa Claus laughing stood up in the top As if getting ready more presents to drop. As the fond father the picture surveyed He thought for his trouble he had been amply paid. And he said to himself as he brushed off a tear. I'm happier tonight than I've been for a year. I've enjoyed more true pleasure than ever before What care I if bank stock falls ten percent morel Hereafter I'll make it a rule I believe To have Santa Claus visit us each Christmas ave." So saying he softy extinguished the light And tripping downstairs, he retired for the night As soon as the light of the bright morning sun Put the darkness to flight, and the stairs one by one, Four little blue eyes out of sleep opened wide And at the same moment their presents espied. They laughed and they cried in their innocent glee And called for Papa to "come quick and see" What presents old Santa had left in the night Just the things that they wanted, and left before light. "And now". added Annie. in a voice soft and low. "You'll believe--here's a Santa Claus Papa, I know" While dear little Willie climbed up on his knee, Determined no secrets between them should be. And told in soft whispers how Annie had said That their dear blessed Mama so lbng ago dead. Used to kneel down and pray by the side of her chair And that God up in heaven had answered her prayer. "Den we dot up and pwayed. ust as weah as we toed And Dad ansewed ou pwayew, now wasn't He deed?" "I should say that He was, if He sent you all those And knew just what presents ny children would please". "Well. well. let him think so. the dear little elf. "Twould be cruel to tell him 1 did it myself." Blind father, who caused your Stern heart to relent' And the hasty words spoken to soon to repent? 'Twos the Being who made you steal softly upstairs And made you His agent to answer their prayers. The Night Before Jesus Came Editor's Note: 11m allow I poem is being distributed i members of Gilmer County Hil0z's Christian Youth Imoplo out in tlm county can read it. Twas the night heft, re Jesus came and all through the No one had been praying, not a soul in the house; Their Bibles were all stuck in the drawers without care In hopes that }osus would not come there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds Not once ever kneeling or bowing their heads; And mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap Had just settled down for a long winters nap. When out of the East there arose such a clatter I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash Tore open the window and threw up the sash! When what to my wondering eyes should appear But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here; With a light like the sun sendin a ray I knew in a moment it must be the day. In the books of life. He held tight in His hand Were written in blood the name of each man-- The deeds of each man were minutely depicted Enough to show that all were convicted; And though I had mountains af the world's wealth I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself. The light of His face made me turn my head It was Jesus of Nazareth. God raised from the deacL He spoke not a word as He searched for my name When He said "It's not written" my head hung in And people whose names had been written in blood He gathered and ascended to His Father above. With those He accepted Ha rose without sound And those He rejected left standing around. I fall to my knees just moments too late I had waited too long and had thus sealed my fate; I heard Him exclaim as they rose out of sight "I only wish you had all been right.." Moral: la telling this version, the meanin is clear....The drawing quite near!HI Published Every Thursday By GILMER COUNTY PUBLISHI NG. I N(:. At 109 E. Main St. Glenvtlle, WV 26381 Phone 4(12-7309 $eoond-Cla postage imid at Glenville lind at additionsl n'mtlin officOS Subeoriptio price $.60 tax included tn Gilmer CountY; reslden tM0 tax included. Out of state sulriptiorm for Im than $ months. (ALL PRICES ROBERT D. ARNOLD PRE: PAUL BROWN JOAN LAYNE qlmI I The month was December. the year 1883 village, Glenville. lay under a covering of snow travelers arriving and departing. The road world outside must have been difficult even fot horseback and almost impossible by other transportation. The Normal School. now was nearing the end of the fall term and the have been in session. Dim kerosene lamps and lanterns provided light coming darkness of deep December and the traveler at the inn on Main Street. One was from a from nearby counties and close communities, a traveling salesman, perhaps an itinerant rider, a judge or lawyer, a tinker, a traveling music teacher, and other people. The Central House Register, H. R. these recorded names, guests during the month: Mauxley and son J B. Campbell Wm. Canawha" -- Meadows Ott Self Joe Hiethe J.w. Matt Joseph Brice Salat. Stalnaker I-Iilery Gregg - Jno. Fling A Stalnaker L. F. McNear ] J. S. Hughes H. Baldwin Camon Seminars J. Spears O. P. Cox Hero, Peter Lamb George Snyder James Varner J. A. Stalnaker Danl. F, McNear E. F. Reed  The charge for meals was 25 cents. From Footnet