Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, August 01, 1919, Image 7

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    Bellefonte, Pa., August 1, 1919.
Two Neat Explanations of Train
Schedules That Are About the
Best of Thelr Kind.
Railways have had their troubles
during these amazing years of world
war and continental congestion; so,
consequently, have passengers. On a
rickety-rackety, half-forgotten little
branch line to nowhere in particular,
not long ago, a long, lank, lazy Yan-
kee station master, with an Uncle
Sam goatee, mentioned those mighty
and historic obstacles in excuse for
the lateness of a certain two-car train,
for which an impatient salesman of
agricultural implements was waiting.
But although he offered an excuse,
he did not enjoy doing so, and con-
cluded his remarks by announcing re-
sentfully :
“She'll be in before long, and be
fore long oughter be soon enough for |
reasonable folks. Ef she’s in ‘at’ now-
no feller with a grain of common
sense nor patience has any call to
growl ef she’s ‘thereabouts.’ ”
In the amiable South a world war
is not necessary to evoke an even
greater superiority to petty uncertain-
ties of time. The colored man in
charge of a southern waiting room,
in a place by no means a village, was
heard explaining the local electric car
connections with the nearest city.
“Cars run on de hour, gen’lemen,”
he told two inquirers, with a beam-
ing smile; and added confidentially,
“Co’se dey’s times ’‘tain’t on de hour
jes’ perzackly to de minute. Some
times dey starts a li'l’ bit after, and
sometimes, wen dey’s a hot box, dey’s
so much after dey's de same as a
1i'’ bit befo’; but mos’ ginerally,
gen’lemen, dey gits away jes’ about.”
—Youth’s Companion.
Impressive Tribute Paid by English
Poet to the Giant Redwoods
of California.
John Masefield, the English poet,
contributed the following impression
of the glant trees of California to the
Reveille, a new paper devoted to dis-
abled sailors and soldiers: “They are
not like trees: they are like spirits.
The glens in which they grow are not
like places; they are like haunts of
centaurs or of the gods. The trees
rise up with dignity, power and maj-
esty, as though they had been there
forever. They are the oldest living
two thousand or three thousand years
old, and many of these grew from the
visible ruins of others, which may
have been saplings seven thousand
years ago. Sometimes in cathedrals
Even the young ones were
one feels the awe and the majesty of |
These columns were more
impressive than anything of stone; '
these columns were alive.
more like gods than anything I have
They were
ever seen. They seemed to be think-
ei march to wipe out everything
mean or base or petty here on earth.
The stars shone about their heads like
er ———————————
Eves are bold as lions—roving, run-
ning, leaping, here and there, far and
One felt that presently they:
near. They speak all languages. They |
wait for no introduction; they are no
Englishmen; ask no leave of age or
rank; they respect neither poverty nor
riches, neither learning nor power, nor
virtue, nor sex, but intrude, and come
again, and go through and through
you, in a moment of time. What in-
undation of life and thought is dis-
charged from one soul into another,
through them! The glance is natural
magic. The mysterious communica-
tion established across a house be-
tween two entire strangers moves all
the springs of wonder. The communi-
cation by the glance is in the greatest
part not subject to the control of the
will.-~William Ware.
Dresses in Spanish Style.
In his distinguishing black on the
forehead and yellow on the throat, the
Maryland yellow-throat is one of the
most beautifully marked of any mem-
ber of his tribe and gives an appear-
ance of Spanish grandeur, says the
‘American Forestry association of
Washington. There is no mistaking
the song of this bird, and it is rendered
in a variety of ways which make it
sound like any one of the following:
“Which-is-it? which-is-it?” or “What-g.
pity, what-a-pity;” or “Which-way-sir?
which-way-sir?” or “I-beseech you, I-be-
seech-you;” or “Witchery, witchery,
witchery.” The bird is particularly
fond of thickets by the side of running
Whisky Term.
The mixture called 100 per cent
proof is less than 50 per cent of spir-
its. The volume of water is about
57.16. The origin of the term “proof
spirit” is interesting. Formerly it was
customary to test the strength of spir-
its by pouring a sample on gunpowder.
If, when a light was applied, the al-
cohol burned away and left the pow-
der so damp that it could not be set
on fire the spirit was declared to be
under-proof. A sample just strong
enough to ignite the powder was called
——Incompetency and mismanage-
ment have kept up food prices all over
the world.
Abundant Evidence That Qualities of
the Plant Were Appreciated
Many Centuries Ago.
The poppy plant was originally in- |
digenous to the valley of the Nile, and
many centuries before Christ it was
imported into Persia. There it was
grown with even greater success than |
in its natural haunts, and for many
years there was a great discussion as
to the merits of Persian and Thebafc !
poppy from the city of Thebes. There |
are several ancient references which
clearly indicate the important position
which poppy leaves occupied in an-
cient times. Homer knew all about
it, for in: the fourth book of the Odys-
sey he relates the story of a present
of poppy sent by the wife of Thop,
gan Egyptian king, to Helen. Hippo-
crates first recommended its use as a
medicine and sent out with it a warn-
ing that it was dangerous. Morphine,
the alkaloid crystallizable extract of
opium, which contains its medicinal
and narcotic properties, was first
made by Seguin, in 1808, and later
Serturner gave it its name after the
Latin derivative meaning “to sleep.”
It was about this time that Dr. John
adays she'd oughter be cheered, and | Leigh delivered a prize essay before
the Harveian society of England on
opium and its derivatives, calling at-
tention to the dangers of forming a
habit, and publishing this essay, later
dedicating it to George Washington.
Author's Best Sayings Should Be
Transferred to the Storehouse
of the Memory.
A view of reading, which, though it
1s obvious enough, is seldom taken, I
imagine, or at least acted upon is,
that, in the course of our reading,
we should lay up in our minds a store
of goodly thoughts In well-wrought
words, which should be a living treas-
ure of knowledge always with us, and
from which at various times, and
amidst all the shifting of circum-
stance, we might be sure of drawing
some comfort, guidance and sympathy.
We see this with regard to the sacred
writings. “A word spoken in due
season, how good is it!” But there is
a similar comfort on a lower level to |
be obtalned from other sources than
sacred ones. In any work that is
worth carefully reading there is gen-
erally something that is worth re-
membering accurately.
of the poets of his own country is a
more independent man, walks
country, with far more delight than he
otherwise would have; and is taught,
by wise observers of man and nature,
to examine for himself. Sancho Panza |
with his proverbs is a great deal bet- |
ter than he would have been without
them.—Sir Arthur Helps.
Look Over Your Bills.
Now that somebody has taken the
trouble to count them, it appears that
there are in circulation in the currency |
A man whose i
mind is enriched with the best sayings |
the |
streets in a town, or the lanes in the |
. But Even at That, the Mound Is Justly
i Appreciated in That Flat
| Country.
It seems absurd to speak of a hill
in Holland, but if the best guessers
are right the name of the country is
| from our word “hollow,” meaning a
| depression in the land. An American,
. however, found at Gronigan a hill that
| was the showplace of the town. It
was artificial.
“There is a fine hill in the Plan-
taage,” said his companion, a Hol-
lander, “and from the summit of it you
will be able to see the country for a
great distance around.”
It interested the American greatly
to hear that there was such a thing as
a hill in Holland.
“But where is it?” he asked, looking
around the interminable plain. *I can
see no hill.”
“It is just over there, but you can-
not see it, for it is hidden by that
The American ascended this fine hill,
which proved to be an artificial mound
not 20 feet in height, but the natives
are very proud of it and speak of it
' as if it were some huge mountain. As
| an instance of how successfully a
Groningener is deceived by his admi-
ration for the town hill, it may be
. mentioned that the American's com-
: panion heaved a deep sigh, mopped his
face and dropped as if exhausted in
a chair, thoughtfully placed there by
the corporation for this object, when
| he reached the summit.
| But to do this eminence justice it
| must be admitted that the hill is be-
yond dispute above the level of the
But at Least She Had Done Her Best
to Master That Memory
Little Dorothy, who is eight years
old, dearly loves her school and teach-
er, and when at home talks a good
deal of the work in the classrooms.
“Lots of the boys and girls hate ‘quo-
| tations,” but T like it awf’ly.” she once
| said. “And what do you mean by ‘quo-
tations? ” asked an inquisitive elder.
“Why, don’t you know? It’s something
| the teacher tells us on Monday, and
! we have to remember it all the week;
then on Friday we go to the platform
i and say it.” “Oh, well, make believe
| this is Friday, and do it for us now!”
, Charmed, Dorothy rose, mounted an
imaginary platform, gripped her little
dress, gave a serious curtsey. and said.
with perfect distinctness. “Susie Adam
forgets Susie Adam.” *What if she
does? Give us the quotation.” “That’s
the quotation!” “What! Say it again.”
«Susie Adam forgets Susie Adam,” re-
peated Dorothy. Neither questioning
nor expostulation availed against this
. statement concerning Susie, and not
{until the teacher herself was inter-
| viewed was the mystery solved. The
quotation was “Enthusiasm begets en-
| thusiasm!”
er————— een
of the United States five varieties of |
the $1 note, five different $2 bills, six |
$5 bills, seven $10 bills, seven $20 bills,
six $50 bills, six $100 bills and four
$500 bills. Comparatively few citizens,
to be sure, have the opportunity to
study the differences between $500
bills, but it illustrates the matter-of- |
courseness with which currency is
handled that many will probably be |
surprised to know that the lower de-
nominations are printed in so many
styles. Nor does it often occur to any-
body to realize that he carries in his
pocketbook some fine and interesting
examples of the art of engraving.
“Qld Lute Lathers is a great feller
to always look on the bright side of |
things,” said the gaunt Missourian. |
“He was riding to town on a load of
hay with his son-in-law the other day
when the roads were so muddy. One
wheel dropped into a chuckhole clear
up to the axle, the hay slewed, and
Uncle Lute rolled off and landed on
his head in a puddle a foot and a half
deep. ‘Well, sir,’ says he, when they
had dug him out and mopped him off
some, ‘these ‘ere mud roads don’t
bruise you up like a rock road does.
If that had been a hard-surfaced road,
b'dogged if it wouldn’t have plumb
broke my neck I”—XKansas City Star.
To Temper China.
Many a lover of fine china is heart-
broken to discover her choice dinner
or tea set lined with hair-like cracks.
Hot tea or chocolate poured into
dainty cups cracks them instantly.
A Chinese merchant gave this bit of
information when a rare tea set was
purchased from him: “Before using
delicate China place It in a pan of
cold water. Let it come gradually to
a boil and allow the china to remain
in the water till cold.” This tempers
the china and it is capable of with-
standing the sudden expansion caused
by the heat. There is no need of re-
peating the treatment for a Ing time.
Chinese Fond of Fireworks.
China invented gunpowder and pop-
ularized firecrackers. The cheapest
kind of firecracker is made of gunpow-
der rolled up in coarse bambco paper
with a covering of red paper, red be-
ing regarded by the Chinese as bring-
ing good luck. Alum is used to neu-
tralize the smoke. The Canton dis-
trict is the center of this industry. The
Chinese seem to use firecrackers upon
every occasion—to speed a parting
guest, in wedding celebratidns, om fes~
tivals and birthdays and to dispel evil
and bring good omens. China exports
about $3,000,000 worth a year.
« an ae.
The Buddhist Hymnal.
and a leader in the movement to re-
' vive and reform Buddhism and estab-
lish it as a bulwark against the rapid
encroachment of Christianity.
He decided an excellent way to do
this was to found a high school for
| girls which would be more attractive
i than the Christian women’s. So he
| erected fine buildings and installed
| modern methods. He hired good teach-
Lers. All the paraphernalia of the best
| western schools was taken over. In
| fact, the curriculum was about as close |
| as it could be to that of the Christian
| school not far away. All except as to
| religion. Buddhism was a prominent
i feature of the institution—not the old-
fashioned Buddhism, but the new form
{ which has borrowed freely from Chris-
tianity. even down to the Sunday
school hymns. The girls were taught
to sing the famous old Christian
{ hymns with only the word Buddha
substituted for that of Christ.—The
Christian Herald.
_ Yamanaka was a strong Buddhist
Example of How the Tourist Is Vie.
timized When He Makes Pur-
chases in Foreign Cities.
Some years before the war a resi-
dent of New York voyaged to Venice.
Among his fellow passengers at sea
was a traveling salesman, whom he
got to know quite well. What the
acquaintance what manner of goods
he handled.
steamship companion
Prices were steep, but what of that?
He wanted something to take back
had really been in Venic.. Finally he
settled on a bit of Venetian glass, a
square of gold-embroidered Venetian
cut velvet in a tarnished gilt frame,
and a silver-handled dagger engraved
with the arms of one of the doges. In
the evening at the hotel he displayed
to the traveling salesman.
been very decent to me, and now Ir
‘em around tomorrow to the place
you bought 'em and get your money
back for you.”—New York Herald.
Method by Which Rodents Steal Eggs
Is Admirabie in the Ingenu-
ity Displayed.
A careful student of the rodent
tribe writes: “No single point better
illustrates the sagacity of the rat than
the way in which it eats an egg. It
bites through the shell and chips off
small fragments as neatly as a squir-
rel opens a nut, consumes the en-
tire contents without spilling a drop
and then sits up and licks itself clean
like a cat. Rats will steal the eggs
from under a setting hen. Their
method of handling eggs is also char-
| acteristic. An egg is as large for a
rat as a barrel is for a man, and
much more fragile. Yet there is evi-
dence of the fact that they pass eggs
along from one to another, although
not probably, as has often been re-
ported, by forming long lines, like a
bucket brigade. The operation is nat-
urally a difficult one to observe, but
apparently it takes two rats to each
egg. One holds the egg in its paws,
passes it on to the other, and then
runs ahead to take it once more in its
turn. The same device seems to
be employed to carry an egg down-
stairs, the one that has the egg passing
it to a companion standing on the
step below.”
“Qld King Cole.”
The first reference to “Old King
Cole,” the “merry old soul” of the fa-
mous nursery rhyme, was made in a
book written by Dr. William King, who
was born in 1633. It is probable that
the song was composed in the seven-
teenth century, although some investi-
gators think it much older. Halliwell
identifies the merry monarch with
Cole or Coel, a semi-mythical king of
Britain who 1s supposed to have
| reigned in the third century. The Scots
i also have an “Old King Coul,” said
to have lived in the fifth century.
Freeman and other historians say a
King Cole ruled Britain in the sixth
century. There are many who assert
that the reference to the pipe indicates
that Old King Cole lived at a period
after Raleigh had introduced tobacco
into Europe, but this does not neces-
sarily follow, as a pipe might mean a
musical instrument.
She (relating experience)—Really, for
a time T was quite beside myself.
He—You had a charming companion.
—Boston Evening Transcript.
to go along year after year
not farming at all.
land is going backward.
produce desired results.
as well as the spraying
apply them.
cultivation or lose its fertility.
We have them for every use.
The Man Whe is Content
planting the same land and
dribbling a little cheap fertilizer in the furrow, merely
to get a little more out of the land than he puts in, is
The man who is not improving the
Land must be improved in
Good Fertilizers will
We aim to carry a full line of FIELD SEEDS!
Our SEEDS are the BEST we can BUY
SPRAYING MATERIAL for Every Pest and Blight
machinery with which to
A Full Lise of
Agricultural Implements, Garden Tools, Etc.
Special Feeds; Roofing Etc.
Let us know your wants.
Dubbs’ Implement and Seed Store
New York man liked about the sales-
man was that he did not “talk shop.” =
He had not even told his steamship
The day after they arrived in Venice
the salesman went out on business, his |
sightseeing. |
Among other places the latter visited |
was a fascinating antiquarian shop. |
to show “the folks at Prme” that he |
them, not without a feeling of pride,
“My friend,” said the latter, “you've |
do you a good turn. Say, but your
buying those things is a feather in my |
cap! We make ’em in New York, and |
I'm over here selling ’em. TI take
Shoes. Shoes.
Ue Ue Hef Ue] Uy
Shoe Store
Shoes at.....
Half Price
I have purchased 100 Pairs Men's
Sample Shoes, all of them worth
$10 per pair, and some worth $12
and more, at the price of shoes to-
Sizes 6, 6 1-2, 7, 7 1-2, and a few 8
You can have your choice for
Shoes now on sale. If you can wear
any of these sizes, and need shoes
CS Aans
Come Quick
Yeager’s Shoe Store
Bush Arcade Building 58-27 BELLEFONTE, PA.
Come to the “Watchman” office for High Class Job work.
i Lyon & Co. Lyon & Co.
We offer this month more Sum-
mer merchandise at prices that
will make them sell quickly. Still
a fine assortment of Voiles in
light and dark values; from 35¢. to
85c¢., sale price from 25c. to 60c.
In plain, figured, plaids, stripes, crepe
de chines, satins, habuties, pongees, at
prices less than cost of manufacture
Silk and cotton Parasols for less than
the cost of frames.
Coats and Suits
42 Ladies’ Coats; all this season’s styles,
all sizes, all colors and black; must be
sold now at sacrifice prices.
Ladies’ Suits
All ‘must be sold at less than manufact-
urer’s prices.
Children’s Coats
One Lot of Coats, sizes 45, etc. All at
One Price— $2.00
| Lyon & Co. «=» Lyon & Co.