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The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS Pa.ge Sixty-Fi-e Only Four Days Left - By ANN FRANCES HALL ECEMBER 25 was coming in only four days, but Christmas wasn&apos;t. Jean walked swiftly through gray rain, never glancing at the brightly decorated windows of the big department store. At the employee's entrance she snapped her umbrella shut, shook it vig- orously and stepped into the small, damp entry. "Rain," she thought with a dis- gusted backward glance. "Rain in De- cember !" Snow scenes from her New England home focused clear and brilliant in her mind. Snow gleaming on the ground, the Season's Greetings Bill Rounds CilOCOLATE SIIOP BROWN & HALEY CHOCOLATES DISTINCTIVE CANDLES FOOD FOUNTAIN 304 E. Yakima Phone 6744 Season's Greetings "Let's Get Associated" FREETH DISTRIBUTOR of PETROLEUM PRODUCTS Associated Oil Distributors Phone 3920 DIAMONDS -- WATCHES Villaume Jewelers (Next to Yakima Theatre) 13 Rollth Second i S|LVER -- JEWELRY HOME FURNISHINGS Furniture---Appliances Ranges and Radios. PHONE 4187 6 N. 3rd at Yalcima Ave. CITY MEAT MARKET Quality Gov't Inspected Meats All Types of Poultry FOR FINE FOODS Phone 5666 9 North 1st Street STODDARDS 221 E. Yakima Ave. Ph. 4631 G. B. STODDARD C. B. STODDARD J. H, STODDARD OPTOMETRISTS B. &, T. FEED CO. FARMERS' HARDWARE Feeds and Seeds -- Hay and Straw Poultry Supplies Custom Grinding and Mixing 1408 Fruitvale Blvd. Phone 5045 RRUSH B||OS. Auto Repair Automotive Ilectric Service - Batteries Gas Oil and Lubrication 901 North 5th Phone  7061 SEASON'S GREETINGS Dan F. G=Hagher Concrete Work - Sidewalks - Patios Basements - Pipe Laying- Etc. EXCAVATING &, CONCRETE C:ONTRACTORS 407 So. 9th Phone 22102 roofs, the tall firs. Snow piled high be- side the shoveled-out path leading to the white door with its shiny knocker and huge wreath. The store sold Christmas cards with scenes like that. And people came in out of the rain or the soggy Southern sunshine and bought those cards. Twenty in a box for one dollar. Jean slipped her raincoat off, blinked the raindrops from her eyelashes. She paused then, taking a few deep breaths before she went out on the floor and the tidal wave of customers bore down. She had thought -- heaven help her ignorance---that she would enjoy working in the toy department at Christmas time. That's the job she asked for when she applied for work as a Christmas "extra." The personnel manager's eyebrows shot up and Jean, thinking of the little broth- ers and sisters she wouldn't be with this Christmas, had explained serf-consciously, "I like children." "You do'?" The woman was grim. "All right." And she wrote down: Toy De- partment. Later' Jean understood the grimness. There ws only one apt word for the toy department that week before Christmgs. BEDLAM! Children on scooters running over everyone's feet. Children on tri- cycles screaming, "I want this one!" Chil- dren being sent to talk to Santa Claus while their harassed mothers quickly bought doll carriages or erector sets or trains. Children lost and wailing in the crowd. Jean's feet hurt and her back ached and she didn't like children so much after all. Still a Job was a job and she had already sent a nice Christmas box home an the strength of it. So now she stood in the locker room taking deep, slow breaths until the clock hands pushed her out to her second day of work. "Don't look so woeful! You're the gal who likes children, remember?" Jean turned at the sound of the mock- ing drawl and recognized the "extra" who had stood behind her in line waiting to he interviewed. He had said his name was Ted. Yes, that was it. Ted White. "Well," she said crossly. "You, too?" He grinned. "What's the matter? "Can't you cope with the Age of Inno- cence? Where's your Christmas spirit?" "Rained out," she told him tartly and moved away to meet her first customer. But when Jean stepped out into the rain that night he was right behind her. "Let's get something to eat and discuss our careers. Who sold the more kiddie cars and all that sort of thing." She looked at him cooly but he con- tinued to stride along beside her, chat- tng airily. She wondered where he got the energy. "Don't think I'm trying to pick you up," he said since that obvious- ly was what she thought. "We're practi- cally old friends. We stood in the same line togther; we work in the same toy department, and we have our aching feet in common." She smiled a little, trying to recall what they had talked about while waiting to be interviewed. Like herself, he was a student working during vacatlan--only he lived here in the city. Jean felt a twinge of envy. He was home for Christ- mas. "After all," he persisted now, "you have to eat. Why not with me? There's a fried chicken place around the next cor- ner. Good and cheap. And I won't even ask to take you home." She gave in then. Not because of any- thing he said but because of a nlan she saw waiting at the bus stop. A thin man, very wet, very tired lool<ing. Jean nod- ded to him and Christmas was suddenly so far away, so lost forever that she wanted to cry. "Who's that?" asked Ted. "He looks familiar." Jean's answer was forlorn. "That's the store Santa Claus." "Wow!" Ted glanced back over his shoulder and then laughed abruptly. "He sure looks better with padding. Wouldn't the kids be disillusiolcd?" YAKIMA Boyd's Care 24 S. 2nd St. Phone 21808 BILL BOYD Wally Klingele Signal Service SIGNAL PRODUCTS Lubrication Washing Accessories GREETINGS The Furnace Fire Hand Coal Stoker An Investment in Carefree Home Comfort A Product of DECOTO BROTHERS OII Burners - Air Conditioning Phone 6071 Lincoln & 16th Ave. Season's GreeUngs EARL F RUMMEL 206 Masonic Temple Licensed Public Accountant INCOME TAX SPECIALIST Phone 9183 Tom's Grocery A. L, Campfield W.J. Coffe 1208 Lincoln Ave. Phone 6937 Full Line of Staple & Fancy Groceries Fresh Vegetables - Bakery Goods Fresh and Cured Meats Confections and Tobaccos H. and H. SUPER tSERVICE STATLON L, A. MORIN, Prop General Repairing - Clipper Gas Battery Service. Accessories 1219 Lincoln Ave. Phone 6930 HURD BROS. Commercial and Domestic REFRIGERATION OII Stoves - Washing Machines Water Pumps SALES & ERVICE 1501 Fruitvale Blvd. Phone 25271 DARIGOLD Unsurpassed Dairy Products Milk, Cream, Ice Cream Butter and Cheese 10 N. 5th AVE. PHONE 3143 110 NO. First LEICHNITZ-BIBB, INC. Heating-Plumbing-Air Conditioning CONTRACTORS MODEL CLEANERS AL WISE CURTIS EDWARDS Hat Cleaning and Blocking Fur Cleaning and Storage Drapery and Curtain Cleaning 606 W. Yaklma Phone 7477 OLIVER'S CASH GROCERY 'Quality Groceries -- Bakery Goods Fresh and Cured Meats 1102 E. Moxee Ave. Phone 5054 HILLCREST PHARMACY Prescriptions Postal Sub-Station Rental Library Phone 8323 Summitvtew at Hillcrest BENOITES SEA FOODS Grand Central Market " 16 North Fourth Street Phone 9551 Yaktma IF IT'S FISH. WE HAVE IT 1721 So. 1st YAKIMA TRACTOR SALES AND SERVICE GIBSON TRACTORS FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERV Phone 9063 HARRY WISE AUTO TOP SHOP Painting  Glass Body and Fender Work 227-29 So. 1st St. Phone 5060 HORST REPAIR SHOP CAR & TRUCK REPAIRING' CRANKSHAFT GRINDING ll0tl Tcrra(:o llcights load Call 5700 The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS Pa.ge Sixty-Fi-e Only Four Days Left - By ANN FRANCES HALL ECEMBER 25 was coming in only four days, but Christmas wasn't. Jean walked swiftly through gray rain, never glancing at the brightly decorated windows of the big department store. At the employee's entrance she snapped her umbrella shut, shook it vig- orously and stepped into the small, damp entry. "Rain," she thought with a dis- gusted backward glance. "Rain in De- cember !" Snow scenes from her New England home focused clear and brilliant in her mind. Snow gleaming on the ground, the Season's Greetings Bill Rounds CilOCOLATE SIIOP BROWN & HALEY CHOCOLATES DISTINCTIVE CANDLES FOOD FOUNTAIN 304 E. Yakima Phone 6744 Season's Greetings "Let's Get Associated" FREETH DISTRIBUTOR of PETROLEUM PRODUCTS Associated Oil Distributors Phone 3920 DIAMONDS -- WATCHES Villaume Jewelers (Next to Yakima Theatre) 13 Rollth Second i S|LVER -- JEWELRY HOME FURNISHINGS Furniture---Appliances Ranges and Radios. PHONE 4187 6 N. 3rd at Yalcima Ave. CITY MEAT MARKET Quality Gov't Inspected Meats All Types of Poultry FOR FINE FOODS Phone 5666 9 North 1st Street STODDARDS 221 E. Yakima Ave. Ph. 4631 G. B. STODDARD C. B. STODDARD J. H, STODDARD OPTOMETRISTS B. &, T. FEED CO. FARMERS' HARDWARE Feeds and Seeds -- Hay and Straw Poultry Supplies Custom Grinding and Mixing 1408 Fruitvale Blvd. Phone 5045 RRUSH B||OS. Auto Repair Automotive Ilectric Service - Batteries Gas Oil and Lubrication 901 North 5th Phone  7061 SEASON'S GREETINGS Dan F. G=Hagher Concrete Work - Sidewalks - Patios Basements - Pipe Laying- Etc. EXCAVATING &, CONCRETE C:ONTRACTORS 407 So. 9th Phone 22102 roofs, the tall firs. Snow piled high be- side the shoveled-out path leading to the white door with its shiny knocker and huge wreath. The store sold Christmas cards with scenes like that. And people came in out of the rain or the soggy Southern sunshine and bought those cards. Twenty in a box for one dollar. Jean slipped her raincoat off, blinked the raindrops from her eyelashes. She paused then, taking a few deep breaths before she went out on the floor and the tidal wave of customers bore down. She had thought -- heaven help her ignorance---that she would enjoy working in the toy department at Christmas time. That's the job she asked for when she applied for work as a Christmas "extra." The personnel manager's eyebrows shot up and Jean, thinking of the little broth- ers and sisters she wouldn't be with this Christmas, had explained serf-consciously, "I like children." "You do'?" The woman was grim. "All right." And she wrote down: Toy De- partment. Later' Jean understood the grimness. There ws only one apt word for the toy department that week before Christmgs. BEDLAM! Children on scooters running over everyone's feet. Children on tri- cycles screaming, "I want this one!" Chil- dren being sent to talk to Santa Claus while their harassed mothers quickly bought doll carriages or erector sets or trains. Children lost and wailing in the crowd. Jean's feet hurt and her back ached and she didn't like children so much after all. Still a Job was a job and she had already sent a nice Christmas box home an the strength of it. So now she stood in the locker room taking deep, slow breaths until the clock hands pushed her out to her second day of work. "Don't look so woeful! You're the gal who likes children, remember?" Jean turned at the sound of the mock- ing drawl and recognized the "extra" who had stood behind her in line waiting to he interviewed. He had said his name was Ted. Yes, that was it. Ted White. "Well," she said crossly. "You, too?" He grinned. "What's the matter? "Can't you cope with the Age of Inno- cence? Where's your Christmas spirit?" "Rained out," she told him tartly and moved away to meet her first customer. But when Jean stepped out into the rain that night he was right behind her. "Let's get something to eat and discuss our careers. Who sold the more kiddie cars and all that sort of thing." She looked at him cooly but he con- tinued to stride along beside her, chat- tng airily. She wondered where he got the energy. "Don't think I'm trying to pick you up," he said since that obvious- ly was what she thought. "We're practi- cally old friends. We stood in the same line togther; we work in the same toy department, and we have our aching feet in common." She smiled a little, trying to recall what they had talked about while waiting to be interviewed. Like herself, he was a student working during vacatlan--only he lived here in the city. Jean felt a twinge of envy. He was home for Christ- mas. "After all," he persisted now, "you have to eat. Why not with me? There's a fried chicken place around the next cor- ner. Good and cheap. And I won't even ask to take you home." She gave in then. Not because of any- thing he said but because of a nlan she saw waiting at the bus stop. A thin man, very wet, very tired lool<ing. Jean nod- ded to him and Christmas was suddenly so far away, so lost forever that she wanted to cry. "Who's that?" asked Ted. "He looks familiar." Jean's answer was forlorn. "That's the store Santa Claus." "Wow!" Ted glanced back over his shoulder and then laughed abruptly. "He sure looks better with padding. Wouldn't the kids be disillusiolcd?" YAKIMA Boyd's Care 24 S. 2nd St. Phone 21808 BILL BOYD Wally Klingele Signal Service SIGNAL PRODUCTS Lubrication Washing Accessories GREETINGS The Furnace Fire Hand Coal Stoker An Investment in Carefree Home Comfort A Product of DECOTO BROTHERS OII Burners - Air Conditioning Phone 6071 Lincoln & 16th Ave. Season's GreeUngs EARL F RUMMEL 206 Masonic Temple Licensed Public Accountant INCOME TAX SPECIALIST Phone 9183 Tom's Grocery A. L, Campfield W.J. Coffe 1208 Lincoln Ave. Phone 6937 Full Line of Staple & Fancy Groceries Fresh Vegetables - Bakery Goods Fresh and Cured Meats Confections and Tobaccos H. and H. SUPER tSERVICE STATLON L, A. MORIN, Prop General Repairing - Clipper Gas Battery Service. Accessories 1219 Lincoln Ave. Phone 6930 HURD BROS. Commercial and Domestic REFRIGERATION OII Stoves - Washing Machines Water Pumps SALES & ERVICE 1501 Fruitvale Blvd. Phone 25271 DARIGOLD Unsurpassed Dairy Products Milk, Cream, Ice Cream Butter and Cheese 10 N. 5th AVE. PHONE 3143 110 NO. First LEICHNITZ-BIBB, INC. Heating-Plumbing-Air Conditioning CONTRACTORS MODEL CLEANERS AL WISE CURTIS EDWARDS Hat Cleaning and Blocking Fur Cleaning and Storage Drapery and Curtain Cleaning 606 W. Yaklma Phone 7477 OLIVER'S CASH GROCERY 'Quality Groceries -- Bakery Goods Fresh and Cured Meats 1102 E. Moxee Ave. Phone 5054 HILLCREST PHARMACY Prescriptions Postal Sub-Station Rental Library Phone 8323 Summitvtew at Hillcrest BENOITES SEA FOODS Grand Central Market " 16 North Fourth Street Phone 9551 Yaktma IF IT'S FISH. WE HAVE IT 1721 So. 1st YAKIMA TRACTOR SALES AND SERVICE GIBSON TRACTORS FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERV Phone 9063 HARRY WISE AUTO TOP SHOP Painting  Glass Body and Fender Work 227-29 So. 1st St. Phone 5060 HORST REPAIR SHOP CAR & TRUCK REPAIRING' CRANKSHAFT GRINDING ll0tl Tcrra(:o llcights load Call 5700