Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, August 04, 1922, Image 6

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"Bellefonte, Pa., August 4, 1922.
Building Well Described as a “Places
From Which Emanates Shudder-
ing, Creepy Horror.
It is a gray building nestling along
the bleak and dreary water front of
the East river at the foot of Twenty-
ninth street—a building from which
emanates shuddering, creepy horror.
Black wagons come and go, leaving
their grewsome loads, writes O. O. Mc-
Intyre in the Kansas City Star. At
night vagrant bats from nearby ware-
houses beat against the walls. And
off in the river the soft swish of a
lonely paddle or the sound of a boat-
man’s night song.
The building is the depository for
the city's unidentified dead—the
morgue. In the gloomy interior, as
forbidding as the tomb, are rows upon
rows of drawers, to each one of which
is thumb tacked a white card bear-
ing an almost illegible scrawl and
Perhaps a girl of the cabarets
washed up from the ever-flowing wa-
ters. The gangster pistoled through
the skull. A woman in silks and sat-
ins with acid seared lips and all iden-
tification marks removed. The dis-
illusioned from all walks of life. All
are there in the numbered:drawers.
Into the waiting rooms, feebly light-
ed, come searchers with faces of
ghastly pallor—the aristocrat and
bourgeois. All hoping against hope.
Sullen, phlegmatic attendants take
them one by one into the hall of
death to gaze upon the human flotsam
of a great city.
Veteran reporters, lured to the sor-
did and tragic, never go to the morgue
without an inward shudder. But they
must go, for the morgue is the first
step in unraveling many or New
York's murder mysteries. And many
times the steps lead to the grilled
doors of Fifth avenue’s most palatial
Wonder How This Idea of lIdentifica-
tion Would Work With Sus-
picious Bank Cashiers.
A rule was recently established In
one of Chicago's stores to the effect
that any customer wishing to charge
and at the same time take purchases
must show the floor walker something
for identification.
One day a stout woman bustled up
to the glove counter, selected a pair
of gloves, and said to the clerk: “I'll
Just take these with me. Charge
them, please.” The clerk filled out
‘the necessary slip and called the floor
“Have you anything by which you
«an be identified?” he asked.
The customer flushed uncomfort-
ably. “Why—I—I never heard of
such a thing!”
“It's a new rule, madam. Every
customer is required to show some
mark of identification. I'm sorry, but
none of our other customers have
taken offense.”
The woman looked about her doubt-
fully. “Well,” she said reluctantly,
“if I've got to, I suppose I must.”
Then quickly unfastening her collar
and pointing to a large brown mole
on her neck, she said: “Thig"'is the
only mark I've got. I've had it all my
life. If you think it’s going to do
your store any possible good you're
welcome to look at it!”"—Judge. -
eo The Telescope.
" Tradition has it that about the be-
ginning of the Seventeenth century one
Jansen, a spectacle maker of Middie-
burg, Holland, constructed a telescope
about 16 inches in length, which he ex-
hibited to Prince Maurice and -the
Archduke Albert, who, appreciating the
importance of the discovery, pald him
a sum of money to keep it concealed.
Another spectacle maker, Lippershey
made application in 1608 to the states
general for a patent for a telescope,
as also did Metius, a professor of math-
-ematics, but in the former instance, at
Jeast, it was refused, as the apparatus
It seems certain
~that the instrument was known more
. or less about Europe, but the honor of
its invention usually is given to Galileo,
who was the first to describe the in-
strument and exhibit it in complete
form in May, 1609.
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Instinct of Prairie Dogs.
i “Prairie dogs seem to have some
"kind of foreknowledge of the weath-
er, if observers at the New York Zoo-
logical park are right. Now and then
the large members of the colony loosen
the earth round their mounas with
their forefeet, then shovel the soil up-
ward with their hind feet. Other
members work inside the burrow,
throwing out earth to aid in the build-
ing. When a dyke has been built, the
animals tamp the earth down with
their heads—an amusing sight. As
these operations invariably take place
pefore a storm, the obvious purpose is
to build a dam that will keep the wa-
ter from running into the burrow.
No Standard of Weight.
The bureau of railway economics
says there is no standard for the
weight of a railroad rail. This depends
entirely on the traffic the particular
road is handling. Usually rails are
not measured by the foot, but by the
yard. Formerly railroads used the
80-pound rail per yard, but now most
roads use the 100-pound rail. The Vir- |
ginian railroad is using a 120-pound
cail, as it handles very heavy traffic.
Vacationists With Shelter Tents
and Tin Cow Learning to
walk All Over Again.
Oh! It's not the pack that you carry ot
your back
Nor the rifle- on your shoulder,
Nor the five inch crust of khaki-colored
That makes you feel your limbs are
growing older; -
And it's not the hike on the hard turnpike
That drives away your smile,
Nor the socks of sisters that raise the
I blooms Plistets
t's the ong mile.
—Plattsburgh Marching Song.
Stringing out from the suburban
transit terminals of New York every
Sunday and holiday goes the army of
khaki-clad hikers. There may be an
automobile for every twenty of the
country’s population, but a host of
city folks disprove the theory of a
future leg-enfeebled citizenry and are
learning to walk all over again,
To the more casual minded, the hike
is just exercise, but to those who
catch its real significance the hike
means a great dezi more. It is the
cheapest form of recreation and
therefore appeals to those living in
crowded districts and unable to avail
themselves of tha more expensive
amusements. And these people, be
it noted, are just those the country
is so anxious to have spread out and
settled in the farming sections. The
hike, indeed, has possibilities as a
real starter for the “back to the farm”
Doughboy and Boy Scout Lead Way
Just a brief survey of the rollicking
groups which move off from the out-
lying terminals on holidays estab-
lishes a few general types. There is
the ex-service man and his friends
who will hear from him the story
of more serious excursions on the
muddy roads of France. He tight-
ens a strap here and another there
on the blanket roll adjustment or the
“shelter half,” in which the commis-
sary is packed for the mid-day feast
by the roadside. Expert directions
come from him on the method of
slinging the pack so it will not feel
so heavy or interfere with the free
body movement. He will pass along
the information, gained in his army
days, of how that same pack was
evolved after numerous experiments
to find the easiest way of carrying
the heaviest load. With results he
now compliments, but which he char-
acterized when a doughboy as a
“blankety-blank total failure.”
Then there are the boy scout pas
ties, adept at everything pertaining
to “shanks mare” traveling and wood-
craft. The ex-service man and the
boy scout are pioneers in the hiking
game. Listen to one of them right
off the train and making ready for a
twelve mile jaunt: “Get that can-
teen over to the side, Jimmie, and
it won't keep bouncing off your leg
every step. Is it filled? Well, then,
we drink. How about the eats? Let's
check 'em off. You get the spuds
Bill; the bacon Jimmie, Who has the
coffee and the Borden tin cow?”
“Right here,” announces a freckled
comrade of the road, patting his knap-
sack. “Snitched the mocha and the
can of milk when Sis wasn’t looking.”
“Well, then, let's go!" snaps the
commander of the expedition.
This party is traveling light for real
distance. Another must expect to
make a shorter hitch or else be count-
ing greatly on ite power of endur-
ance. Perhaps the camp is not far
off because the gro2p is equipped for
an over-night stay with heavy blanket
rolls, hatchets, lanterns, canvas wa-
terpails, rubber ponchos, kettles, pots,
new fangled firestand, etc., ete. The
blankets are laid out for a better
packing of the bags and cans of food.
When the party commences to load
up the members bristle all over with
camp tools and equipment.
Back to the Farm
The veteran from the crowded city
tenements has found a new territory
to roam and one almost unknown tq
his associates, He is introducing them
to this newly discovered land and
teaching them how to be independent
of any transportation but their own
good legs and of any subsistence bul
what they can carry and prepare
“Walk, and cook your own,” is his
Who will say the leaven thus fer
menting in the city crowds will not
bear fruit in a keener appreciation of
country delights, especially as these
are added to by increased comforts
on the farm. With his radio hitched
up, the farmer listens in on the best
entertainment the country has fc
offer. Modern home devices wipe oul
many hardships formerly imposed
upon isolated dwellers. There is, in
short, a rapid cutting down of the
differential between farm and city
In the meantime, knowledge must
precede a true appreciation of what
the country holds, and this is what
the hike supplies. There is more ap
peal in one apple tree in biossom thax
in reams of printed matter put out tc
induce the citizen of the city te
change his abode to the country. The
hikers constitute a growing army.
equipped with bacon, spuds, coffee
and tin cow for merely a day's outing
but nevertheless seeing sights that
make them yearn to be among ther
all the time. It is not too much tc
assume that the army may cne day
recruit the open places.
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By L. A. Miller.
The good die young, it is said, but
it is difficult to see why they should.
If heaven controls the lives of individ-
uals, it would seem more probable
that the vicious would be the first to
The statement is probably not ex-
actly true, although it is apparently
so. Many of those who die young are
accounted good because they lacked
the physical and mental ability to be
bad. They are sickly, morose and
melancholy; prefer sitting in the
house to going out and fighting with
the children from the other side of the
street, and are shocked at coarse lan-
guage and rough actions, their highly
sensitive natures having been im-
pressed with that which is mild and
Another class of children who are
pointed out as models of goodness are
those afflicted with precocity. They
are devoted to books and delight in
listening to the conversation of older
persons, and are known to the com-
munity as little men and women.
Their minds run in moral grooves far
above the average girl or boy. Of
these it may be said, they are mental
cripples. Their precocity is as much
an evidence of mental deformity as a
hump on the back or distorted foot is
of physical deformity. If it does not
amount to a positive deformity, it in-
dicates a feverish brain, or at least an
unequal distribution of the vital en-
The brain is robbing the body of its
life. This being true, it is only a
question of time until the body suc-
cumbs—falls a victim to an over-
grown, over-sensitive brain. Then
the people wonder how heaven
can be so unfeeling, so unjust and so
imprudent as to take away the bright-
est and most promising, and the best
of the flock, instead of the stupid,
boisterous and rough conditioned.
From this standpoint it does seem
odd, but it is not the proper view to
take of it. Heaven has no special use
for precocious children, neither does
it slight the less gifted ones. In fact
it has nothing to do with the case.
The result is just as natural, and is
no more to be wondered at than that
a child should die from eating poke
root or drinking concentrated lye.
The cause is always good and suffi-
cient. Parents are more to blame,
where any blame attaches, than hea-
ven or anything else. They are proud
of the fact that their children are
brighter and less uncouth than the av-
erage, and they take special pains to
encourage their precocious disposi-
tions. By so doing they destroy the
equilibrium that should be maintained
between their mental and physical na-
tures, divert their vital energies to
the brain, and rob the heart, lungs and
body of the vitality necessary to in-
sure healthy development. The result
in many cases is death, but in a ma-
jority is worse.
The brain outgrows the body, the
vital organs lose their tone from over-
work and insufficient nourishment,
and the once brilliant child becomes a
physical wreck. It has neither the |
ability to keep up sufficient vitality to
support the abnormal brain, nor to
give average strength to the body.
Precocious and nervous children
should be kept out of school and away
from study until their physical system
is well developed. They should play
on the ground, in the dirt, run wild,
and become thorough children of na-
ture. Coarse food, plenty of exercise
in the open air and perfect freedom
from mental effort should be insisted
upon until they become physically
strong. Children should be allowed to
freely caress their mother earth. Of
course their clothes will suffer, but
the dear old mother does not care how
scanty or how cheap their clothing is.
From her body they absorb more vi-
tality than can be found in a wooden
or tile floor, and of a quality not pos-
sessed by the most toothsome buns or
cookies ever devised by inventive
French cooks, or old maids of the most
pronounced domestic turn. Feet that
have paddled in the mud, although
somewhat larger and broader, are less
given to bruises and enlarged joints
than those grown in neatly fitting
shoes; and toes that have been stub-
bed and scratched and cracked are not
so prcne to corns and ingrowing nails
as those raised in a hot-house as it
were. Faces that have been burned
brown by the summer sun, chafed by
the winds of autumn, and reddened by
the frosts of winter will hold their
beauty longer, give forth stronger ex-
pression and carry greater force than
those that have been kept in mellow
lights and protected from the caresses
and kisses of the elements. The col-
ors of the rose grown under a glass
may be more delicate than those
blown by the winds and watered by |
the rain, but they are not so lasting.
When the good do not die early,
they sometimes turn out badly, which
would seem to indicate that goodness
is not a positive, or at least not a per-
manent, trait. This change was at
one time ascribed to extraordinary ef-
forts of the devil to steal them away
from heaven. Was this not a confes-
sion of weakness on the part of heav-
en? It certainly would be were there
any truth in the statement. It isn't
the devil that steals them away.
Neurasthenia, or nervousness, drives
them forth in search of stimulants,
and excitants. How many brilliant
young fellows have found themselves
thirsting for stimulants long before
their college courses were completed;
and how many more have sought to
quiet the clamor of hungering nerves
with alcohol in order to get through
with the studies pertaining to their
chosen professions? If parents would
be made to understand that by encour-
aging the precocity of their sons, or
by crowding them into mental exer-
cises, they are fitting them for drunk-
ards, rather than for useful men, they
might be more careful.
Brainy boys need careful watching.
The blood supply must be kept up in
quantity and quality, and the first in-
dication of indigestion, or of weari-
ness of the brain should be taken as a
demand for immediate rest.
The headaches that school girls
complain of so much are symptoms of
nervous exhaustion. They are fre-
quently, if not generally, attributed
to indigestion. This is the indirect
cause. A lack of nourishment suffi-
cient to supply the waste of nervous
energy causes nervous exhaustion, or
neurasthenia, of which headaches, fre-
quent yawning, sunken eyes and irri-
tability of temper are the earliest
symptoms. Hysteria and nervous de-
bility follow in the course of time.
From State Health Department.
The State Health Department had
202 calls for tetanus antitoxin be-
cause of July 4th accidents this year.
Roy G. Miller, chief of the division of
supplies, states this is more than they
had in any one of the past five years.
It is not strange that the largest
number occurred in communities
where “old time” celebrations were
the order of the day. The State
Health Commissioner believes that
the many calls were due not only to a
greater number of accidents but be-
cause more people know the value of
this treatment for preventing lock-
jaw. The State furnishes free, pre-
ventive doses—not the curative ones.
The commissioner said: “It is not
yet determined whether tie enormous
doses given after the disease has de-
veloped are of any large service, but
it has been proven that the preven-
tive dose given at once, and repeated
if the wound does not promptly heal,
will surely prevent lockjaw. How-
ever, the only absolute safety lies in
making July 4th accidents impossible
by prohibiting the sale of dangerous
Pittsburgh alone had 15 cases, with
11 more in Allegheny county. Lock
Haven had 25, Williamsport 5, Lan-
caster 9, Allentown 8, Pottstown 7,
Easton 7, Scranton 11, Wilkes-Barre
19, Erie 5, New Castle 5, Westmore-
land county 8. Contrasted with these
are many communities, including
Philadelphia, where the law was ob-
served, and from which there were no
calls for tetanus antitoxin because
there were no accidents.
Radio Popular Course.
The popularity of radio at the pres-
ent time is shown by the enrollment
of 48 students for the course which is
being offered this summer for the first
time by The Pennsylvania State Col-
lege summer school. Included in this
number are eight women. The major-
ity of those taking the course are
teachers in the public schools who de-
sire to become versed in the operation
of radio outfits so that they may be
able to answer questions concerning
the subject in their classes. The
course is of a popular nature and is
under the direction of the regular
wireless operator of the college.
tr sine pee —————
—Blister beetles attack garden
truck and flowers particularly. Dust
the plants with tobacco dust, or with
lead arsenate to drive them away.
Spraying with bordeaux mixture is al-
so effective.
et steep ements.
——Subscribe for the “Watchman.”
If You are
Too Tired to Eat
Take Hood’s Sarsaparilla. A well-
known Justice of the Peace in Indi-
ana says Hood’s Sarsaparilla makes
“food taste good.” After taking
three bottles he eats 3 hearty meals a
day, works hard and sleeps weli.
A grateful woman writes: “I
earnestly recommend all women who
wish to be made new, or who are
troubled with that tired feeling, to
take Hood’s Sarsaparilla. It wonder-
fully relieved me of sour stomach, dis-
tress and belching.”
Get Hood’s, and only Hood’s. 67-30
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positively ending, August 12th,
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