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American Government Special Collections Reference Desk


Washington Times-Herald
December 24, 1922

CK's Filling Station

Dec. 25.  Dad announces the glorious news.  In lieu of the customary individual gifts, the family—the whole family—for their mutual use and enjoyment—is presented with a beautiful, shiny, new Blinger sedan.  Dear old dad!  Family comes across with smoking jacket, cigars, Masonic ring, desk set and a half dozen shirts. (By putting off purchase of car six weeks Dad has saved approx. $150 in Christmas gifts.)
Dec. 26.  Dad drives car to office.
Dec. 27.  Sister, age fifteen, is respectfully cautioned that she is still trifle too young to pilot new car.  Dad drives to office.
Dec. 28.  Mother informed that women are not constitutionally fitted for maneuvering big car through crowded streets and heavy traffic.  Dad drives to office.
Dec. 29.  Dad drives to office.  Runs into huckster.  Repairs and damages—$85.38.
Jan. 2.  Dad drives to office.
Jan. 3.  Son sneaks car out half hour in evening—gets slight scratch on fender when dad's fishpole falls down as he is driving into garage.  Dad roars.  Son is warned about recklessness and requested to leave car strictly alone without parental permission.
Jan., Feb., Mar.  Dad drives car to office.
APRIL FIRST.  Family wakes up to fact that this is their day.

The old chap who used to quote "it is more blessed to give than to receive" now has a son who expresses about the same sentiment, in this way: "It is better to use the bumper than the fender."

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