“The Cheer of Christmas,” from The Farmer and Mechanic newspaper published in Raleigh, N.C., Dec. 28, 1909
It Came in Raleigh to Every Phase of
Life…The Confederate Veterans, the Orphans, the Insane and Afflicted, and Those
Behind Prison Bars All Knew the Day Was Christmas by the Remembrances
There was Christmas all through in Raleigh yesterday and with the pleasures
of home life there also came pleasures to institutional life in the city,
making Christmas a happy day.
First of all there was the Confederate Soldiers’ Home. The dear “old boys”
at it had a jolly Christmas, Johnson Pettigrew Chapter Daughters of the
Confederacy looked after that in fine style. The members sent gifts in brightly
colored bags, and these were arranged and distributed so that every veteran had
a good time, which his special Christmas gifts. There was a big dinner also,
with turkey and trimmings and other things that made a feast.
At the Methodist Orphanage it was also a jolly good day for the 140 or more
orphans there. A Christmas dinner of the right kind was served, and today there
are to be more gifts for the Sunday school at Edenton Street Methodist Church
is to have a book offering this morning, the books to be sent to the orphanage.
The superintendent of the orphanage, Rev. John N. Cole, tells of a happy
event on Christmas eve. He telephoned last night this news: “Mr. and Mrs.
Josephus Daniels and their four sons were here yesterday. The four boys,
Josephus, Worth, Jonathan and Frank, played Santa Claus and brought gifts to
all the children. Every year since the orphanage has been established mr.
Daniels has seen to it that the children had a merry Christmas and so again
this year he and his wife and the boys were here, making the season a delight for
the orphans. This is a matter that is appreciated at the orphanage.”
At the State Hospital there was a happy time yesterday. Every patient
received a present yesterday morning, wearing apparel being distributed to the
men and women. There was a distribution of fruits and candy also, while at
dinner there was turkey, oysters, celery, cranberries, milk and so on. In the
afternoon the Misses Day of Meredith College gave a most delightful
entertainment of vocal and instrumental music which was a delight. There were
gifts which came to the patients from their homes and altogether the day was
one of amusement and good cheer.
Information is that at the Catholic Orphanage at Nazareth there was a day of
good cheer and happiness also those at the orphanage being happily remembered,
making the Christmas day a most happy one in every way.
And last, there is a word to be said about the people at the State’s Prison.
So far as it could be done Christmas was observed there, and the day made as
pleasant as possible for the “barred in.” There was a dinner of good Christmas
cheer, making the season for those whom the law has put in confinement.
Raleigh has had its Christmas, and it was a good one. What more is to be
said of the day and of the time, except to add the words of Tiny Tim. “God
bless us, every one.” That is the Christmas spirit and may it come to pass.