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Bellefonte, Pa., April 13, 1923.
REFLECTIONS ON THE LIVER.
By Levi A. Miller.
The seat of the soul is the liver, say I,
Tho’ my theory men may dispute;
But in the face of the facts, I think that
Show that my ideas are cute.
When the liver works badly the owner
His spirits are low and depressed ;
His intellect slackens, his character black-
His love for his kind is suppressed;
He maligns his neighbor, he shrinks from
He fancies all sorts of distress;
He makes of life's bubbles the greatest of
He neither will kiss nor caress.
But open the portals of liver-bound mor-
Their gall with their wrath disappears.
With a pill and a smile they get rid of
And banish their worries and fears.
The fellow who wrote these verses
evidently has a liver, and knows what
it is to have that important organ go
off on a spree, take a lazy spell or get
mulish. If there is one organ in the
physical economy of man that can
contribute more to his misery than
another, it is his liver, and if there is
one organ more abused than another
it is this same liver. It is the scape-
goat for more than half the petty
meanness done in the world, and is
dragged in to account for all sorts of
shortcomings; that it has been for ages
past. The ancients were aware of the
bile, and its superabundance was call-
ed choler; from which we got our word
cholera. There is but the difference of
a letter in the words, and scarcely
more in the disorders. A choleric man
is little less miserable, and no less dis-
agreeable to his friends than a choleric
man. The term man in this article
will be used in its generic sense.
thereby including women. They also
have livers, as is very well known.
When the flowers of spring begin to
bloom the liver takes its wildest tan-
trums. It seems to secrete rivers of
bile, and then suddenly pour it out in-
to every avenue of the system, turn-
ing the complexion green, yellow or
splotchy; the whites of the eyes lose
their brightness, the teeth their white-
ness, and above all, the temper its
sweetness. The green humor drives
the angels out of their human taber-
nacles, or causes them to roost high
carnival and impel man to the com-
mission of deeds for which he is hear-
tily ashamed when his complexion has
regained its wonted tinge. Since the
potency of bile has been more accu-
rately determined, it is found that it
will drive men to madness, to suicide,
to murder, and to fancy themselves in
love, and to be great. It rouses the
passions, stimulates the mental fac-
ulties and electrifies the nerves. What
is peculiar about it is that it is capable
of producing precisely the opposite of
these effects, so that one should be
quite sure of the state of his liver
when he feels an inner prompting to
indulge in anything different from his
usual habit. Some may be disposed to
think that this is merely poking fun
at the liver, but such is not the case.
Instead of having charged too much,
a thousand times might be added, and
still not be too much.
The choleric humor traverses every
artery, touches every nerve and pene-
trates every bone. Not a fiber of the
body, or even filament, but responds
to its touch. Why should there be
such a disturbing element in the sys-
tem? For the best of reasons—ne-
cessity. Were it not for the bile, or
something of similar quality, man
would die of laziness, his muscles
would wither for want of use; his
nerves would lose their sensifiyeness,
and he would be nothing more than a
pale and listless thing.
It was held by some in olden times
that the liver was the seat of the devil
in man, and from his throne therein
his impish majesty drove poor wretch-
es to murder, to torture, rob and ruin
their fellow men. It was by using
mercury as a charm against the devil
and other evil spirits that its virtue
as a liver regulator was discovered.
Following this it was used for all dis-
eases affecting the temper or dispo-
sition, such as melancholy, headaches,
dullness, morbidness, irritability, an-
ger, hysteria, and other distempers 4at-
tributable to satanic influences.
Is it not possible that the liver is
the organ through which the spirits
of the air affect mankind so disas-
trously? When one murder, robbery,
outrage or other form of great wrong
occurs, it is almost sure to be quickly
followed by others. This phenomenon
has been a puzzle to the scientists of
all ages, and to this day has not been
satisfactorily answered. May it not
be that an atmosphere of a peculiar
quality so affects the liver as to ex-
cite choler of a peculiar type?
We have bad air—malaria—which
produces fevers, chills, rheums and
various debilitating, as well as fatal
disorders. Why might there not be a
condition of air that would incite a
man to commit murder as well as to
become prostrated with cholera; to
commit suicide as well as to grow
yellow with jaundice; to commit a
great outrage as well as to reel and
stagger with vertigo?
It is reasonably clear that the craze
for painting things red is due to the
same cause as the recent phenomenal
red sunsets. This would indicate that
there is a marked similarity in the
physical and psychical effects produc-
ed by the same cause. It may be only
sympathetic or reflex, but it is as it
_ The alchemist, or scientist of olden
times, noticed the fact that crime and
disorder went in waves or tides. They
attributed it to the influence of the
planets, probably from the fact that
the tides of the ocean were regulated
by the moon.
Their conclusion, though wrong, is
very creditable to them considering
their limited knowledge of malaria
and the human liver. Early Scandi-
navian scientists had a theory, how-
ever, which was fully as ingenious as
the other. Although it was entirely
different from the planetary plan, it
was no less philosophical and equally
as near the truth. They attributed
these outbursts of crime and disaster
to spirits in the air.
They evidently had no idea of ma-
laria as we understand it, but they
understood a spirit to be merely a spe-
cific agent or potency; and they were
as near the truth as we are, except
they had no microscope to reveal the
form and character of this agent.
They never dreamed that these spir-
its of the air had bodies and well de-
fined forms. Friends, take my ad-
vice and keep a close tab on that
The following from an American
paper published in Turkey, was sent
to Charles F. Cook, by his daughter,
that the true pact might be known to
the readers of the “Watchman.”
_ Thousands of examples of the Turk-
ish Economical National Pact, which
has been drawn up at the Smyrna Ee-
onomic Congress, have been printed
and are to be distributed throughout
It has also been decided to put this
Economic Pact as a preface to all
works published in Turkey in the fu-
ture. It is as follows:
(1) Turkey is completely inde-
pendent within her national frontiers
and is an element of peace and prog-
ress in the world.
(2) The Turkish people, having
won its national sovereignty at the
price of its blood, will no longer per-
mit the smallest sacrifice thereof. It
will always support the Assembly and
Government, which are based on the
(3) The Turkish people is not a
factor of destruction but of construec-
tion, and its labor tends to the eco-
nomic revival of the country.
(4) The Turkish people will try to
produce as far as possible all articles
necessary for home consumption. It
will be hard-working and avoid waste
of time and resources. Its motto will
be “work if necssary day and night to
the prosperity of national production.”
(5) The Turkish people is aware
that it possesses great natural re-
sources. It cherishes its forests like
children. That is why it celebrates
the festival for the Planting of Trees
and will proceed to reafforestation.
It will exploit its mines with its own
hands and will take care to learn and
explore the natural resources of the
country better than any one else.
(6) Theft, lying, hypocrisy and
idleness are our mortal enemies. Sol-
id faith without fanaticism is the es-
sential principle in the guidance of
our life. We shall always adopt use-
All propaganda or activities direct- |
ed against our sacred traditions or |
our territory or our goods or our fel-
low-citizens will be rejected with hor-
ror by the Turkish people, who will
fight against such manoeuvres.
(7) The Turk is the ardent admir-
er of enlightenment and science. He
will organize in order to gain his live-
lihood wherever he is but, above all,
the Turk feels that he is the child of
The importance which he gives to
public instruction is proved by the
Festival of the Book, which is cele-
brated on the anniversary of the Con-
ception of the Prophet.
(8) Our ideal is to assure the in-
crease of our population which has
been decimated by war and privations
of all kinds, and to guarantee our
health against disease.
The Turk will avoid microbes, con-
taminated air, uncleanliness and epi-
demics. He will love pure air and
He will employ himself in develop-
ing his physical strength and with this
in view he will practice riding, hunt-
ing and shooting, which were the fa-
vorite exercises of his ancestors. He
will take great care of the animals he
possesses and will occupy himself
with the amelioration of their race
and with breeding from them.
(9) The Turk is friendly to all
peoples who respect his religion, life
and institutions. He is not the ene-
my of foreign capital, but he will en-
tertain no relations with economic in-
stitutions in his country which do not
use his language and obey his laws.
Everywhere he will go to the sourc-
es of science and art and in all eco-
nomic relations he will have no in-
(10) The Turks reject all monop-
olies and desire free industry and
(11) The Turks will live in com-
plete accord with their compatriots in
every class and profession.
Excursions to get to know the coun-
try better will be organized.
(12) Turkish women and teach-
ers will bring up their children in ac-
cordance with the prescriptions of the
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of the kitchen.
Almost immediately there was a
patter of feet outside, and the kitchen
door opened to admit Jane’s mistress.
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the mass of debris on the floor.
“Oh, Jane,” she cried, “how did it
“Lack of co-ordination between
mind and muscle, madam,” replied
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