December 1, 1921
Harold Teen by Carl Ed: “The Great Sacrifice”
[Harold stands in the dining room and argues with his mother.]
Mrs. Teen: Twenty-five dollars for one Christmas present. You must be out of your mind, Harold!
Harold: Heck! You’d think I was still a child!
[Behind a fence, Harold talks to his friend Buck.]
Harold: Buck! I’m down in the dumps. I don’t see how I’m gonna raise $25 to buy Lillums as good a Christmas present as Tubby’s gonna buy her!
Buck: Why not get a job in a department store, helping out during the Xmas rush, after school hours and Saturdays!
[Harold is interviewed by a school-marm-looking woman behind a desk.]
Boss: You will report on Saturday, to Mr. Hobbs. Your salary will be ten dollars per week!
[Later that night, Harold serenades “A VERY RECENT PHOTO OF LILLUMS” “SOFTLY AND TENDERLY” under the light of a lamp while he sits in an armchair.]
Harold: Little girl! Little girl! I am doing all this for you.