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December 13, 1988

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8A The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, December 13, 1988 By SHAWN O. AUSTIN The North Pole may not seem like a very good place for a mouse to live. In fact, it was once a pretty tough residence for mice. Of course, all that changed once Christmas was saved by Ludwig the Mouse. Ludwig lived a perilous life in his younger days. He would often won- der why his mother named him Ludwig. A love of Beethoven's mu- sic had doomed Ludwig from the day he entered the world. These musings were one of the few things that eased the monotony of his daily fight to survive in the barren north. It could have been worse. His mother could have been fascinated by the music of Liberace! Finding food at the North Pole was no easy task. Even living in the castle of one Santa Claus did not guarantee a full belly. Despite his kindness, Santa was far too busy to notice the plight of the mice in his home. Ludwig greatly admired that "right jolly old elf" in spite of this seeming indifference. After all, with- out St. Nick, there would be no Christmas. You see, Christmas was the only MAJOR MEDICAL COVERAGE For information, contact: JIM McCUTCHEON HEALTH INSURANCE SERVICES 112 E. WASHINGTON ST. LEWISBURG, WV 24901 645-3666 (Part I) time of year a mouse could feast. The elves who built the toys would always leave a cookie or two for the mice at this time of year. Ludwig appreciated this simple but heartfelt charity. It was this special relationship between the mice and the elves which enabled Ludwig to save Christmas. But, it was a dark chap- ter in the lore of Santa Claus. Finding food was not the only problem for a mouse in Santa's castle. There were also the rats. You see, Santa also did not notice the rats. These unruly citizens of Christmastown Iorded over the mice, extorting huge food payments in re- turn for leaving the mice colony alone. Seventy-five percent of what meager food the mice could obtain went to keep the rats at bay. It was a constant struggle for subsistence. Late that fateful year, as Christ- mas was nearing, the rats mysteri- ously did not come by for their weekly payment. This was the cause of much celebrating among the mice, who felt certain some just reward had befallen the bullying rats. Ludwig, for one, was not satis- fied that the menace was over and decided to penetrate rat territory and discover the reason for their good luck. Stealing carefully along the tun- nels the rats frequented, Ludwig nervously approached the rat's do- main. It was a dirty, smelly, gar- bage-strewn area that pointed out the unhealthy nature of rats in gen- eral. Fortunately for Ludwig, the rats were so scornful of the timid mice that no guards or defenses were in place. As he crept between the rat hov- els, he was mystified by the lack of any life. The place seem deserted. Faintly, though, Ludwig could hear sounds of revelry in the distance. With a firm resolve to be brave. Ludwig forged ahead. The scene that met his startled eyes was fright- ening. There, in low candlelight, the en- tire rate populace was dancing and singing around a huge pile of grain. Here was enough grain to feed the rats for yearsl Ludwig was over- whelmed at the prospect of such a vast array of food. He also won- dered where the rats had found such a cache of grain. Suddenly, he realized it must be the grain Santa kept for his reindeer. But he had to be certainl Crawling closer, he picked up a handful of the grain. He must try to bring this evidence to the attention of the elves. He nibbled a small mouthful to determine if it was in- deed the magic grain. It was at this point that the rats spied Ludwig. Raising an angry shout, dozens of rats came lunging at the terrified mouse. It looked like the end for Ludwig. He began running for his life. He could hear the murderous mob of rats fast upon his heels. Knowing that only he could tell the elves of the theft, Ludwig ran as he had never run before. 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Valerle Hanson Valerie Lynn Henson won the Interscholastic Academic Achieve- ment Award for the West Virginia Junior High Female Athletic for the 1987-88 school year. This award was given by the West Virginia Secondary School Ac- tivities Commission. Valerie received her award at the half time of the Class AAA football championships at Mountaineer Field at Morgantown, November 26, 1988. To receive this award she kept a 4.0 grade average, perfect school attendance and most points scored in her junior high basketball season at Crichton Junior High. She led Crichton to the Western Championship and the Greenbrier County Junior High Girls Basketball Championships for the 1987-88 year. This victory was a first ever for Crichton Junior High. Valerie is now a sophomore at Greenbrier West High School. 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