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    ST. NICHOLAS FLEW 60 MILES ACROSS AUSTRIA IN A BALLOON LAST SUNDAY TO HELP THE?

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    ST. NICHOLAS FLEW 60 MILES ACROSS AUSTRIA IN A BALLOON LAST SUNDAY TO HELP THE CHILDREN IN THE PESTALOZZI VILLAGES.

    THE BEARDED SAINT, WHO IS KNOWN THE WORLD OVER AS THE BRINGER OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS, CLIMBED INTO THE GONDOLA AT KREMSMUENSTER, SHOWERED CHEERING CHILDREN WITH TOFFEES, AND WAS AWAY ON HIS JOURNEY TO THE VILLAGE OF CHRISTKINDL NEAR STEYR.

    HE TOOK WITH HIM SEVERAL SACKS OF CHRISTMAS MAIL, CONVEYED IN THIS UNUSUAL WAY AT A SPECIAL RATE, WITH THE PROCEEDS GOING TO THE PESTALOZZI CHILDREN'S VILLAGES.

    AT THE VILLAGE OF CHRISTKINDL, THE BALLOON WAS SOON MOORED AND ST. NICHOLAS SAFELY BROUGHT BACK TO FIRM GROUND. HE HAD HIS FIRST WELCOME FROM LOCAL CHILDREN WHO HAD RUN OUT WITH THE MOORING PARTY.

    THERE WERE MORE CHILDREN WAITING FOR HIM IN THE VILLAGE, AND HE HAD SWEETS AND A KING WORD FOR ALL OF THEM.

    THE "BALLOON MAIL" WAS SENT ON FROM THE CHRISTKINDL POST OFFICE. THIS IS OPEN ONLY AROUND CHRISTMAS, BY ARRANGEMENT WITH THE AUSTRIAN POSTAL SERVICES. FOR A SMALL FEE, ANY AUSTRIAN CAN HAVE HIS CHRISTMAS MAIL DIRECTED VIA CHRISTKINDL, WHERE IT IS FRANKED WITH A SPECIAL CANCELLING STAMP SHOWING A CHRISTMAS SCENE AND DISPLAYING IN LARGE LETTERS THE NAME OF THE VILLAGE, WHICH MEANS "CHRIST CHILD".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA48QNDE29XHEU56QZW5GJ4H50C
    Media URN:
    VLVA48QNDE29XHEU56QZW5GJ4H50C
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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