Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, March 03, 1922, Image 6

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    Bellefonte, Pa., March 3, 1922.
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Many Animals and Birds Make Food
of Insects and Reptiles That Are
Usually Avoided.
There are many animals and birds
which are quite unharmed by the
stings of insects, or even the poison
of the most deadly snakes.
Ducks love to feed on bees, which
they will swallow in dozens without
any ill-effects. The same immunity
is shared by another bird—the bee-
eater, and apparently by the death’s-
head moth.
The South American ant-eater
makes tasty meals off ants of the most
poisonous kinds. He goes to a hill
and proceeds to scratch a hole in it
with his powerful fore-claws; then,
lying down, he pushes his long tongue
into the breach. The ants swarm on
the waiting tongue, and as soon as it
is nicely covered its owner draws it
The badger’s thick fur seems to pro-
tect him completely against the at-
tacks of wasps. His 1ondness for
honey often induces him to dig out
a wasp's nest. Most curious of all
are certain birds which delight in eat-
ing deadly snakes. The stork lunches
contentedly on an adder or two, though
he has swallowed poison enough to
kill a man. ;
“Do you think this hat is toe big,
“Not for the money it cost.”
Read Forty Pages an Hour.
How fast can you read? President
R. M. Hughes of Miami university, af-
ter an investigation states that in the
case of ordinary reading the average
college student should be able to glean
the thought from the printed page at
the rate of 40 pages an hour. He also
says that there are several students
at Miami able to read intelligently
at the rate of 120 pages an hour.
Tests were made with regular read-
ing assignments made by the profes-
sors and not with light reading such
as fiction, It is sometimes erroneous-
ly thought that the rapid reader skims
over his text, not comprehending com-
pletely what he reads. However, it
has been definitely proved that the
efficient reader is the rapid reader
and as the result of his investigation,
President Hughes is requiring all Mi-
ami freshmen to attend a series of
lectures given by the faculty men on
the subject of efficient reading.
Ancient Myth of the Forgst-Me-Not.
How the forget-me-not was named
goes back to an old, old myth, A
knight and his love were walking by
a lake when she saw at the other
shore some beautiful blue flowers and
expressed her wish for some of them.
I'or her to wish was for him to obey.
He dashed into the lake, swam to the
opposite bank, plucked the flowers
and was returning to his love. Near
the shore his strength gave out. He
threw the flowers to his beloved, cry-
ing, “Forget me not,” and then sank.—
Cleveland News-Leader.
Bees Faster Than Pigeons.
Which fly the faster; bees or
pigeons? Two rival fanciers in Eng-
land decided to put the speed of their
pets to the test over a distance of
three miles. Twelve bees and twelve
pigeons being selected to cover the
course. The first bee romped home an
easy winner, arriving a whole minute
sooner than the earliest pigeon to
appear. Then came three more bees,
followed by the second pigeon. The
remainder of the contestants reached
the winning post more or less to-
Deaf People Enjoyed Singing.
A majority of nearly two hundred
persons with defective hearing heard
vocal music for the first time when
they gathered in the specially wired
auditorium of the New York League
for Hard of Hearing, to hear Miss
Amelia Donovan, a concert contralto.
The singer's voice was heard by all
through a device that magnified the
voice to coincide with various degrees
of deafness.
stork Had Busy Day.
The stork arrived at the home of
Isaac Devons, Kansas City, Mo, in
Leavy marching order, one morning
last month. He left behind one new
citizen, Isaac, Jr., in the Devon home,
fn the woodshed and barns, he left:
Five new terrier puppies; six new Bel-
gian hares; one new calf, and three
new maltese kittens.
——Subscribe for the “Watchman.”
For tne wintry aays in the big car
this warm outfit has been designed.
‘The coat is of gray astrakhan, with a
Cossack cap of same material and
high Russian
Hats Are Perishable and Judgment
Should Be Used in Putting
On and Removing.
boots of fine blacit
Choosing a hat suited to one’s par-
ticular style of beauty and which
harmonizes with the entire wardrobe
end will be suitable for any occasion
will help reduce the annual millinery
Oftentimes we fail to realize that
fiats are perishable articles of wear-
ing apparel and should be handled
with care when putting on or when
removing from the head. Without
(nestion, intelligent care prolongs
their life. Like other garments, they
should be aired and brushed, and it
is well even for those worn daily to
be put into boxes when removed from
the head. A soft brush or a piece of
silk or velvet is excellent to use for
cleaning felt, silk beaver, silk, satin
or velvet hats. Care should be given
when brushing to get the dust out
from under the edges of bands, folds |
and trimmings. Silk or satin hats are
the most inexpensive in the long run,
for they can be worn the year round.
‘Never allow trimmings, bows, bands
or linings to become loosened; as soon
gs you discover broken or loose
threads put in fresh stitches and keep
ornaments tacked in place. If you
have an opportunity to take a few les-
gons in millinery avail yourself of this
privilege and see if you can’t learn
the art of manufacturing attractive
“headgear.” This is by far the easiest
way to reduce the millinery budget.
Satins are most popular in such
ghades as purple, red and rust.
The long, fur-trimmed blouse wort.
with the suit is usually high-necked
and long-sleeved.
With light frocks is worn a hat of
biack velvet, with a low crown and a
very wide, softly roiling brim.
Ribbon rosettes, big ones, really
more in the nature of cocardes, made
of stiff-corded ribbon, are held in place
on evening slippers by flaring buckles
of metal or beads.
Four definite features make the |
winter modes; a very long waistline,
longer circular skirts with full sides.
eccentric sleeves of gay colors and
the famous Bateau neckline.
Green and white, either in com-
bination or singly, are very much to
the fore in the season's evening ap-
parel, and not for a long time have
so many all-white evening gowns been
Some of the little toques of the sea-
son are converted into the quaintest
and most becoming little bonnets by
the addition of chin straps of ribbon
or bands of roses mounted on ribbon.
They frame the face most enticingly.
Peltry May Be Cleaned With Gasoline
or in Suds Made With
Castile Soap.
Furs may be cleaned by
gasoline or in suds made
soap and a little borax, followed by
geveral rinsings in clear water, is a
suggestion that comes from the biolog-
fecal survey, United States Department
of Agriculture. It is best to hang
them out of doors to dry. When dry
or nearly so they require to be
stretched and rubbed on the flesh side
to make them pliable again.
Fur garments may be brightened by
sponging them with gasoline and then
robbing cornmeal into the fur while it
is still damp to take up the particles
of dirt that have been loosened. Gaso-
line should never be used, of course,
where its fumes can come in contact
with fire.
washing in
with castile
This is the second of a series of articles
that will be published in the “Watch-
man” from time to time.
When it became certain in the sum-
mer of 1920, that women would vote
at the approaching election, they be-
gan to register as voters and were
asked to express their political pref-
erence. Speculation was very com-
have done? Or will they show the
men of the nation how the right of
suffrage should be esteemed and used,
according to our American ideals?
I If women voters simply slip into
| some political party, and vote year
after year for a party name, their en-
trance into the electorate will accom-
plish no good at all. It will simply
increase the trouble and expense of
“holding elections.
mon as to how women would register, | There should always be in the elec-
For example, if a woman’s father be- | torate a large body of voters who
longed to one political party, and her would have to be represented by X, in
husband to another, would she regis- | the political equation, before an elec-
ter with the party of her father or of tion; voters who cannot be counted
her husband? It did not seem to be
taken into consideration, at all, that
she might have an opinion of her own.
Surprise, and even indignation, were
expressed, when a widow failed to
register with the party of her deceas-
ed husband. In some cases, the fath-
er had been dead so long that no one
remembered to which party he had be-
longed; yet an effort was made to re-
call whether he had been a Republican
or a Democrat, in order to determine
how his daughter would vote. He had
died probably before the candidates to
be voted for were born, yet his polit-
ical party was supposed to determine
that of his daughters.
It was amusing, on the face of it,
but it was also saddening, as it re-
vealed the genius, the evil genius, of
American politics, the tendency to
vote thoughtlessly and carelessly,
year after year, for the candidates of
certain party name; the tendency to
vote as the voter’s father or grand-
father had voted, and for no better
reason. Women were supposed to
vote in this thoughtless way because
their fathers and mothers voted in the
same careless fashion,—they would be
following a well-established prece-
How strong is the disposition of
voters to vote year after year for the
candidates of a certain party name, is
shown by the remarks ferquently
made before elections, as to the
chances of the various candidates. A
certain man, who is a Republican, will
be elected, because the district is
strongly Republican. Elsewhere, it is
said, a Democrat will be elected, be-
cause the district is Democratic. A
moments’ reflection will convince any
one what an opportunity such condi-
tions give to political “bosses” to
“boss,” how they enable the few to
control the many. If political parties
| knew that their policies and candi-
| dates would be studied, and the result
i registered by the election returns,
' they would be more careful in regard
| to both than they have been in the
' past. If a public official knew that his
chance of re-election depended on his
| official record, rather than on hig par-
'ty’s name, he would be more careful
than some office-holders have been.
There may have been times when
| voters could be told to “vote for prin-
| ciples, not men,” but very many times
i the men on the ticket, their character
| and ability, are the chief things to be
: considered.
Take, for example, the Republican
party. It was organized in 1856, and
_its distinguishing characteristics were
| its anti-slavery principles. Those who
{ went into it at that time and later no
! doubt went into it to vote for a prin-
{ ciple. Is there any such vital princi-
. ple dividing the parties now?
In our country, the governmental
| power belongs to the people. Presi-
| dents, Governors, law makers of na-
| tion and State, judges and other pub-
| lic officers, exercise powers delegated
| to them, for a limited time, by the
\ people; in the exercise of the right of
, suffrage. The exercise of the right of
| suffrage is, therefore, a high privi-
lege, a serious duty and responsibil-
(ity. It is the exercise of the highest
' function of citizenship. It is valued
as a privilege, and exercised carefully
i and thoughtfully,—but what are we
| saying? This is the ideal and not the
| reality. New voters are told by those
| who have been voting for years, that
| the process of delegating governmen-
jal powers to the peoples’ representa-
| tives is the “mire and filth of politics,”
and that it is so miry and filthy that
women, gentle souls, should have been
i kept out of it, for their own sweet
sakes. It really shocks the sensibili-
ties of new voters to hear such things.
They had been taught to believe that
our government was the best in the
world, something to respect and love,
and die for, if necessary. They had
been taught to believe that the selec-
tion of executives and Legislators by
the people was the ideal form of gov-
ernment. But instead, the process is
| “mire and filth” according to those
' who ought to know.
The men of the nation have been
voting from its very foundation. The
‘women of the nation have been ac-
| corded the right of suffrage only re-
‘cently, and after a long, hard fight
for it on the part of some of the
| American women. Whether one be-
| lieves in equal suffrage or not, it chal-
| lenges admiration, that long, hard,
| earnest fight against odds that at first
! must have seemed hopeless; a fight
| against opposition on moral and reli-
| gious grounds, as well as on econom-
“ic and political grounds, but a fight
that was, never the less, fought
. through to final victory.
i Now that the women of America
have the long-coveted right, what will
[they do with it? Something, it is to
be hoped, worthy of that long, hard
fight. Will they treat it with indif-
ference, as many men have done?
Will they exercise it thoughtlessly
and carelessly, as many men have
done? Will they make merchandise
of it, as men have done, as men them-
selves, by their own laws, say they
upon to vote merely for a party name,
but who can be counted upon to vote
| for candidates worthy of their suf-
| frage. Women can, if they will, help
| to make up this unknown quantity.
If a man can hold up his hand to
heaven, and say that he has never cut
his party ticket, such a record is gen-
erally pointed to with pride. Such
voters make possible the power of
“The Organization,” and the methods
which men say are “miry and filthy.”
Women are in politics, whether they
want to be or not. They cannot get
out. Even if they never go to the
polls they are exercising the right of
suffrage, they are helping to elect or
defeat some candidate. They are,
perhaps, helping an unworthy cause,
or hindering a worthy one. And since
they are in the “mire and filth,” men’s
term,—it is the part of wisdom to try
to improve conditions. Whenever a
political party finds that miry and
filthy methods are unprofitable, it
will abandon them. Whenever parties
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or candidates find that such methods
are visited with swift defeat at the
polls, other methods will be adopted.
Judge Head, of the Superior court,
says that the Act of 1906, which reg-
ulates election expenses, “Was the
legislative response to a vigorous de-
mand by the people, that a remedy be
found to stop the corruption fast be-
coming an incident of our popular
elections, which, if unchecked, would
soon destroy the free and honest ex-
pression of the will of the people.”
Mark the words, “vigorous demand
by the people;” and let the women re-
member that they are now potently a
part of “The people.”
The business of making men
worse is a very profitable one just
now, but it is quite as mean and dev-
ilish as it ever was.
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ther’s trunk in the attic.
System in the past.
Looking through an old Bell Directory
is as interesting as rummaging through
It is a good way to check up on the progress of the
community. It is surprising to find how often the first
users of the telephone were the men of vision who later
developed into leaders in their respective fields.
The first telephone directory was merely a sheet
of paper with the names of about a dozen subscribers.
In most cases no numbers were printed in the directory
and calls were made by name. You simply said to the
operator “Get me Mrs. Jones.”
Every new telephone directory is a new footprint
in the path of progress. The extension of the service
and your increasing dependence on this means of com-
munication is a tribute to the performance of the Bell
New problems of operation and management de-
velop as fast as the old ones are solved. but we have
faith in our ability to meet the demands of each new
era as we have met those of the past.
And we have the benefit of the experience of others
who are working on similar problems in other parts
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