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Bellefonte, Pa., June 25, 1920.
NOT TRUE ‘GENIUS’
“Wonder Children” Merely Intel-
In Most Cases They Are Possessors of
an Abnormally Retentive Memory
—Do Not Necessarily Die
A few days ago there appeared an
account of the doings of Samuel Resch-
evski, a wonderful chess player, eight
years old, who is confounding Berlin
with his uncanny knowledge and skill.
These “wonder children” always
arouse especial interest, and, as many
explanations are put forward to ac-
count for their apparent genius, there
are gloomy forebodings as to their
meeting with an early death.
There have been many “wonder chil-
dren” in the past, and it is strange,
though true, that quite a large propor-
tion have lived to the average age.
In recent years there have been a
number of child evangelists who have
startled the world by their eloquence
and theology. In the United States a
few years ago a boy nine years old at-
tempted to convert the whole country.
and when ten years old he was actual
ly appointed minister of a church in
In Great Britain there are records of
a child twelve years old who preached
in a Baptist church at Portheawl, and
a small boy who, at the tender age of
three, began preaching to crowded au-
diences and continued to do so until
well after ten years old.
In the case of such prodigies, their
talents consist chiefly in an abnormal,
retentive memory and, provided that
their temperaments are not emofrional,
they stand the mental strain exceed-
ingly well, though there is, of course,
the danger attached to the excessive
physical strain which they frequently
To this type belong those children
who learn rapidly by heart such things
as the tunes, words and numbers of all
hymns in the ancient and modern
hymn-book. It is such children. with
a high development of one faculty, who
most often meet with early death, and
maybe it was in such cases that old
saving, “The wise die young” had its
But the child chess player in Berlin
belongs rather to the type of intellect-
ual precocities, such as the learned
child of Lubeck of the early part of
the eighteenth century. This child
could recite the whole of the Old and
New Testaments before he was two
years old, and a little later he was an
authority on religious history and dog-
ma. He mastered also ancient and
modern geography and history and sev-
eral languages before his death at the
age of four years.
A contemporary of this wonderful
child was fluent in five languages be-
fore he was five, and translated the
Hebrew Bible into Latin and French
at the age of eight. He survived un-
til he was nineteen.
Historical and clinical evidence are
both definite in showing that “wonder-
children” are no more liable than other
children to die young, nor is it found
that children who assimilate knowl-
edge readily and retain it show any un-
due signs of fatigue.
The great point in the case of chil-
dren marked by special brilliance is to
avoid any attempt at making the bril-
liance apply to everything, for in so
doing the existing brilliance in the one
special direction may tend to disap-
pear. In the same way those who are
intellectually brilliant must not be
forced to become industrious in a
practical way, for such interference in-
variably brings on over-strain and
How’s This, “Pedestrians?”
It was an inky black night and we
were riding along a country road,
when we saw a railroad crossing
ahead. We stopped about a hundred
feet from the tracks and peered
through the brush and trees that lined
the roac. There up the track we saw
a light moving toward us. The driv-
er wished to move on, but I, being
very nervous, objected loudly, so we
waited at least five minutes. The
light kept drawing nearer, but the
driver in disgust insisted upon cross-
ing. saying it was probably a slow
freight. But again I shrieked loudiy,
for 1 knew train lights were so de-
ceiving at night and it must be nearly
upon us by now. We continued wait-
ing in the darkness for the train to
pass, and as the light drew nearer
we discovered our locomotive to be
nothing more than a man coming
down the track with a lantern.—Chi-
The “Lion D’Arras.”
A Paris dispatch announces the dis-
appearance of one of the last of the
war newspapers—the Lion d’Arras,
These war area sheets, which did so
much to cheer and encourage the in-
habitants of the stricken towns and
countryside, will be looked upon in
the future as one of the most inter-
esting products of the war years. The
Lion d’Arras appeared in the city at a
time when the enemy was within a
few hundred yards from the walls.
The founder of the paper was the
Abbe Guerrin, who continued its ed-
itor during the 172 weeks of its ex-
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Pennsylvania State Department
1. Why is drinking from springs
or running streams or wells un-
2. How can water which may
be contaminated with typhoid
germs, be made safe for drinking
3. Why is it important that
every one should wash their hands
before handling milk or any other
September 9, 1919.
The Department of Heaith,
15 cases of typhoid fever reported
in city yesterday.
September 9. 1919.
Memo Division Iingineering:
Detail sanitary engineer and assist-
ants to report immediately to Dr. .
Health Officer, — City. Typhoid epi-
September 9, 1919.
1225 P. M,
Memo Division Nursing:
Detail 4 nurses to report immedi-
ately “o Dr. , Health Officer, —}
Two days later the Sanitary Kn-
gineer telephoned his chief that the
epider’e was milk borne, its source |
discovered and conditions corrected. |
Looks easy, doesn’t it? This is what
Immediately upon their arrival, the
department’s representatives rep ried
to the city authorities who called a
meeting of local physicians, nurses, tie
city engineer and other officials, A
city map dotted ‘o indicate the loca-
tions of the typhoid houses, showed
that they were not grouped, but scat
The water supply came from three |
different reservoirs, each independent-
ly supplying a separate section of tha
city. The typhoid houses weig nat
grouped in any one of these; more-
over laboratory examinations had
shown no pollutior for weeks,
A study of the milk routes showed
+hat the same milk man supplied every :
typhoid house. i
Inspection of the dairy farm failed |
to show evidence of typhoid—present |
or past—or any association with it,
on the pdr: of the dairyman, his fam-
ily or any of his help.
The milkers washed their hands be-
fore milking; had soap, water and |
towels conveniently placed to prove.
ity and an inspection of one milking
indicated that ‘he hand-washing was |
a habit and not a special perform- |
ance to cheer the inspector. |
“Where do you wash your milk
cans?’ asked the Health Officer. “At
that pump,” replied the farmer. The
well seemed properly placed and was |
protected by a closely fitting cement |
platform. An attempt to pump failed
to raise water because the leather
sucker had dried. “It often does that,”
said the dairyman. “I'll prime it for
you.” He took a bucket of water
from a small pond near at hand and
poured it down the pump stalk. The |
pond was made by a mountain stream !
which formed a bend and resultant
pool near the dairy house. This pond
water suggested a possible source of
Typhoid germs always come from i
typhoid patient, An up-stream search
for such a patient was made, each
house being investigated. The first,
second and third miles were passed
without result. On the fourth mile
of this section, a Health Officer found |
in a shack half a mile from the stream
a pale, wasted man who had been sick
for weeks. He had no doctor because
he “knowed it was malarey and would
git well with spring.” His excreta had
been thrown upon the frozen ground,
had accumulated for weeks, and had |
been washed down by the freshets of
early spring to the still water of the
pond near the dairy house.
All milk at this dairy was boiled
and fed to hogs, until the dairyman’s
well had heen cleaned and limed and |
he had installed a plant for sterilizing |
his milk vessels with live steam or:
In a similar milk borne outbreak, a
recently employed milker had, within
a few months, nursed her husband who
had died from typhoid fever. Though
she had not been :ick herself, the ty-
phoid germs flourished in her system,
were discharged by way of the bladder
and bowels, and, through the medium
of her unwashed hands were planted
in the milk.
«rpyphoid Mary” is a carrier so de-
termined to cook for others, that she
has caused at least three outbreaks
and several deaths.
'yphoid fever is caused by swallow-
ing ‘germs which were one time in the
intestines of a typhoid patient or a
carrier. In typhoid outbreaks, the
germs are carried to the stomach by
water, milk, or raw food (oysters,
water cress, celery, lettuce, radishes).
Open Springs, streams and wells are
sources of danger. Boiling or chlorin-
ation destroys the germs of typhoid ;
milk is safe if certified, if pasteurized
or boiled, and if protected from flies.
The state law requires that food shall
be protected against flies, and shall
be handled by healthy people.
Our armies were protected against
typhoid, in this country, by (1) filier-
od and chlorinated water; (2) super- |
vision over milk, and over the handi-
ers of food; (3) *he eradication of
flies from cantonments. Since these
measures could not he taken in active
service, all were vaccinated against
typhoid and paratyphoid A and B.
Vaccination against typhoid and
paratyphoid fevers becomes effective
in aboutgthree weeks. It protects for
he establishment of an efficien®
filter plant abolishes typhoid as a
large public health menace.
Work on the state roads has been
delayed by the many recent rains.
Mrs. Charles Geary and interesting
little children, of Newport, are visit-
ing her mother, Mrs. Belle Whiteman.
Miss Helen Sandoe, of Ingram, near
more at the home of Miss Margaret
Prof. W. A. Krise, after an illness
of several year’s duration, was finally
relieved of his sufferings when death
claimed him on Tuesday.
Bruce Arney has been housed up
for several weeks with muscular rheu-
matism. His condition is not greatly
improved at this writing.
The Ladies Aid society of the Meth-
odist church was treated to strawber-
ry shortcake at the home of Mrs.
John Mowery, on Tuesday of this
week. All enjoyed it very much.
Mrs. W. E. Park, formerly of this
place, is spending some time with her
sisters, Mrs. D. A. Boozer and Mrs.
Charles Slack. Mrs. Park came with
her father, Capt. George M. Boal,
when he returned from a visit with his
daughter, Mrs. W. Gross Mingle, of
Philadelphia, last week.
The wheat, oats and corn are doing
Mrs. Benner Walker fell and broke
her right arm.
We had very heavy rains in these
parts last week.
The Methodist festival was quite a
Pittsburgh, is spending a week or to lose a valuable horse one day last
success, as they had a large attend-
Albert Garbrick put a new roof on
his house last week.
Harvey N. Kerns is gradually re-
covering from his recent illness.
Harry F. Houtz had the misfortune
C. D. Houtz and wife returned
home Saturday from their two week’s
visit at Fleming.
Jesse Klinger left last Wednesday
for an officer’s training camp, where
he will spend six weeks.
Mrs. J. Harvey Shuey and two chil-
dren left for Illinois, Friday, where
they will visit their many friends.
By all appearances there wiil be the
largest hay crop this year that the
farmers have had in several years.
A bunch of the members of Lemont
Camp P. O. S. of A. went to Centre
Hall last Thursday evening to confer
Carl Williams and William Mulbar-
ger are both slowly improving, and it
is hoped by their many friends that
they will soon enjoy good health.
Sr ro te nit
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Money back without question
if HUNT'S Salve fails in the
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Try a 75 cent
65-26 C, M. PARRISH, Druggist, Bellefonte
ity. Service. Efficiency.
E.—B. OSBORNE CORN and GRAIN BINDERS
E.—B. OSBORNE MOWERS E.—B MANURE SPREADERS
E.—B. CYLINDER HAY LOADERS
LETZ FEED MILLS CONKLIN WAGONS
E.—B. STANDARD MOWERS—in a class by themselves
MISSOURI GRAIN DRILLS—NEW IDEA MANURE SPREADERS
We are Headquarters for repairs for the E. B. Osborne,
Champion and Moline Machines.
SPECIALS—While they last. Spray Guns, 25, 35 and 50
cents. A-1 Maroon paint for outside use at $2.00 per gallon.
COMBINATION TEDDER and SIDE DELIVERY RAKE
guaranteed to do both well
SHARPLESS CREAM SEPARATOR, the separator with the suc-
tion feed, no discs, top of milk bowl 24 inches from the floor. SHARP-
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to emulate nature.
B.—K., the perfect disinfectant, deodorant and antiseptic. No
dairy farm or home should be without this. NON POISONOUS FLY
SPRAY. Spraying material for every purpose. Dry Lime, Sulphur,
Arsenate of Lead, Bordeaux Mixture, Tuber Tonic destroys Potato
Bugs and prevents Potato Blight.
Dubbs’ Implement and Feed Store
In sandy or hilly coun-
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is apt to be heavy—The
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