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Looking Back: Two Little Girls with Very Generous Hearts 

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Click here to read the full front page of the Saturday, December 17, 1892, issue of The Moon.

Excerpt from The Moon, Saturday, December 17, 1892

A letter to Santa Claus from Edna and Venia Miner of Adelaide

Adelaide, Dec. 13, 1892

Santa Claus — I and my little sister thought we would write you a letter and tell you how much we thank you for the many presents you have brought to us every year, and hope you will not forget any poor little children this year; so if you have not enough presents to give to all the poor little children, you will give the presents you have for us to them, for we know our papa and mamma and sisters will give us some, as they always do. But, if you have more than enough to go all around, we will be very glad and thankful for them, but we would feel sorry if we knew of a poor little girl or boy that did not get a Christmas present.

I am 8 years old and go to school. My sister is 6. She studies at home. We asked mamma where Santa Claus lived. She told us we would have to send our letter to The Moon, and as we do not know where cars are that go to The Moon, we thought we would send it to the editor of The Moon, and we think he must love little girls and will send this letter to Santa Claus and oblige to little Adelaide girls.

My little sister and I are going to give some presents to some poor little girls and boys we know.

Edna and Venia Miner

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