Katharine Lee Bates — American Author born on August 12, 1859, died on March 26, 1929

Katharine Lee Bates was an American songwriter. She is remembered as the author of the words to the anthem "America the Beautiful". She popularized "Mrs. Santa Claus" through her poem Goody Santa Claus on a Sleigh Ride... (wikipedia)

Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet.
It is the hour to rend thy chains, the blossom time of souls.
Surely martyrs, irrespective of the special phase of the divine idea for which they gladly give up their bodies to torture and to death, are the truest heroes of history.
A typical Seville shop reaches far along the street front, with many open doors, and a counter running the full length. Here ladies sit in pairs and groups, never singly, to cheapen fans and mantillas, while the smiling salesmen, cigarette in hand, shrug and gesticulate and give back banter for banter as gayly as if it were all a holiday frolic.
The habit of begging, that plague of tourist resorts, is an incessant nuisance on the Alhambra hill.

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