Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, December 07, 1923, Image 6

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Bellefonte, Pa,, December 7, 1923.
Lord help me to live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray
My prayer shall be for—others.
Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true
And know that all I'd do for you
Must needs be done for—others.
Let “Self” be crucified and slain
And buried deep; and all in vain
May efforts be to rise again
Unless to live for—others.
And when my work on earth is done
And my new work in heaven's begun
May I forget the crown I've won
‘While thinking still of—others.
Others, Lord, yes, others
Let this my motto be
Help to live for others
That I may live like Thee.
—C. D. Meigs.
By L. A. Miller.
Is school teaching a healthy busi-
ness? Few teachers grow fat and few
become fresher or fairer as the years
go by. Whether it is the fault of the
business or a natural development
of the teachers is not so easy to de-
termine. Scholars—that is special-
ists or, as more commonly called,
cranks on special topics—are almost
universally thin, lank and angular.
Are they thus because they are schol-
ars, or are they scholars because they
are thus? A fat philosopher is a
freak, a rara avis.
The old-time pedagogue was thin,
crabbed and cranky. He believed that
soberness, austerity and dignity were
the chief attributes of a good teach-
er. To smile was to lose his grip on
the school; to perpetrate a joke was
to become undignified, or to yield a
point, even if fairly beaten, meant
nothing less than the surrender of
his supremacy. He wore a solemn
face and a long, solemn coat, kept his
hair combed behind his ears, usually
wore glasses, and invariably carried a
stout rod of correction under his arm.
The school house in those days was
a solemn place, except when the mas-
ter’s back was turned. He intended
it should be so all the time. If there
‘was a smile or a whisper during stu-
«dy hours and the master got wind of
it, the culprit had to suffer. To suffer
in those days meant something more
than being taken into a private room
:and talked to until tears flowed free-
ly. Instead thereof the Master ap-
plied a tear starter that for efficiency
:and promptness will double discount
‘the most pathetic talker in the Com-
School masters—they were called
masters because they were masters—
usually had the dyspepsia or were
bilious. They blamed it on having to
‘board around; one week at one place
and another at another. In so doing
they necessarily struck some humble
homes and very humble fare. How-
ever, it was generally found they had
the dyspepsia when they commenced
teaching; which led to the conclusion
‘that dyspepsia and biliousness were
as much a part of the school master’s
outfit as his knowledge of reading,
writing and cyphering.
There is scarcely positive evidence
enough to justify the assertion that
ladies and gentlemen become teach-
«1s because they are dyspeptic or bil-
ious; while investigation has not gone
far enough to warrant the broad state-
‘ment that teaching makes them dys-
peptic, bilious and cranky. It leaves
one in quandary, as there is not only
«danger of falling into error by decid-
ing either way, but also of doing great
injustice to some very worthy people.
"The disposition, however, is to find a
verdict of not guilty and divide the
Since womankind has invaded the
«domain of the schoolmaster and driv-
en him out, lug and luggage, there
has been less “hickory oil” adminis-
‘tered, but the question is an open one,
‘whether the tougher classes are as
‘well served as under the old style of
treatment. The new style is decided-
1y homeopathic. The doses are small
and generally heavily sugar-coated.
Think of being sent home an hour
before the usual time, or being kept
in for twenty minutes after school is
out, for placing a “Johnny-jump-up-
quick” on Bill Gramley’s seat. An
hour’s extra play on the street or
twenty minutes’ pleasant conversation
with a pretty teacher! Where is the
boy who would not cry for more?
"Twere not so under the master.
The festive youth was made to stand
up in the middle of the floor, take off
his coat and submit to a good thrash-
ing. None of your dainty paddlings,
but a dozen or more sound, ringing
‘cuts with a hickory switch, leaving
welts which would not disappear for
a week. The whipped would yell like
a good fellow, while the whipper
would wipe the sweat from his brow,
conscious that he had made an im-
pression that would last.
Do female teachers impress boys
“with many ideas? Can it be that the
«decline of manliness complained of by
‘the strong-minded sisterhood is due to
effeminate ideas inculcated by lady
The thought is shocking, yet it bobs
up every time the effeminacy of the
rising man is broached. Banished be
the thought! That was what Sady
Macteith said to the blood spot, but
that was all the good it did. If a boy
grows up among thieves he is likely
to be a thief; if raised among In-
dians he will partake largely of the
Indian nature, or if nurtured among
dudes he. will naturally be dudish--
what is to hinder him from being soft
and womanish if his rudimentary ed-
ucation -is obtained from women
What a field is opened here for the
speculative, philosophical woman hat-
er. School teachers are not more
prone to die than other folks, yet as a
class, they complain a great deal -of
their killing duties. They say they
pick up like everything during vaca-
tion; sometimes gaining as much as
twenty pounds in weight, but one
month in the school-room reduces
them to their former state of wan-
ness. Whether it is the expenditure
of vital energy in moulding the youth-
ful mind, or its waste in scheming to
get invitations to the opera, oyster
suppers, or moonlight drives, is a
question that none but an expert dare
tackle; and he had better have his
hammock swing high.
If many of our lady teachers are
not unhealthy it is due more to good
luck than good management. They
starve themselves. No wonder they
lose their plumpness, and no wonder
their blood is thin, eyes either droopy
or starey. It is almost a miracle they
are not tortured with dolereux and
neuralgia. Blotched faces, smoked
complexions and shriveled skin should
not be complained of, because they
come in obedience to their bidding.
All these are results of starvation.
The interior of the average teacher’s
lunch basket is a curiosity. There are
a few cookies, a piece of pie, a slice
of cake, a taste of cheese and an ap-
ple or an orange. Anything would
grow sickly, thin and pimpled on such
a diet. There is searcely any nour-
ishment in it, particularly of the kind
necessary to repair nerve waste.
School teaching may be unhealthy
work for some women, but a major-
ity of those who become debilitated
have no one to blame but themselves.
They are either too proud, too prud-
ish or too finnicky to eat food such as
is necessary to supply the waste ‘of
vitality caused in the discharge of
their duties, and to take proper care
of themselves in the matter of dress
and habits of life. School teachers
need more muscle. A flabby muscle
is indicative of a flabby brain.
The fad or fashion of wearing furs
in summer is hastening the doom of
many kinds of animals. How to
awaken the devotees of this cruel and
senseless craze for fur to the reali-
ties of the present day situation, is a
problem calling for the most serious
consideration and concerted action by
statesmen, economists, humanitarians
and wild-life conservators. It requir-
ed the combined efforts of the Nation-
al Association of Audubon societies
and their allied sympathizers and sup-
porters, and years of strenuous activ-
ity to educate our people in the value
and importance of the living birds.
The obliteration of entire species of
fur-bearing animals is near. Nothing
but a complete cessation of that cru-
el and hysterical habit of buying and
wearing the costliest of animal pelts
will ever repair the ravages already
committed. Here are some facts and
figures, furnished by the San Diego
Sun that are little short of appalling:
The pelts of fur-bearing animals
taken by the fur trade in 1919, 1920
and 1921, numbered 95,745,437. The
winter auctions of 1921 added enough
more to make the grand total of 106,-
000,000. Even this does not tell the
whole and awful story of ruthless
blood-letting that the fashion de-
manded, because the auction sales
represented only a proportion of the
animals destroyed.
The sea-otter, whose fur is the most
beautiful known to the trade, is very
close to extinction. A few years ago
it crowded its habitat. Today the few
that remain are being given tardy
and, probably, ineffective protection.
In three years only 76 of these ani-
mals gave their pelts to the market.
Trappers should secure no more.
Siberia, Australia, Canada and the
United States are being swept clean
of fur-bearing mammals at the pres-
ent time. The finer animals already
are so near extermination that trap-
pers and furriers are now seeking and
taking the lesser animals that four
years ago were considered valueless
as fur bearers. Thousands of squir-
rels are being slaughtered. Over 50,-
000,000 mole skins found their way to
market from 1919 to 1921, inclusive.
Muskrat skins, once worthless,
brought $7.50 a piece in 1920. Some
7,000,000 skunks and 4,500,000 ermine
gave up their lives and hides in the
three years mentioned. The peak of
the killings was in 1919, but the pres-
ent destruction is only 10 per cent.
below the highest point. If the devo-
tees of fashion do not relent, and that
soon, fur-bearing animals the world
over, will disappear entirely.—Ex.
Night Prowling Rabbits Elude Penn-
sylvania Hunters.
Harrisburg, Pa.—Educated rabbits
which roam forth at nights and lay
low in secluded spots during the day
have proved a great disappointment to
hunters in many sections of the State,
according to Seth E. Gordon, secreta-
ry of the State Game Commission. In
other sections where the rabbits have
neglected their education the hunt-
ing is much better. ;
“In some sections,” said Secretary
Gordon, “rabbit hunting has been dis-
appointing this season. There are
plenty of rabbits, but they are not to
be found during the day, although at
night they venture forth. The only
reason we can ascribe is that the rab-
bits have become educated and are
not venturing forth when the hunters
are about.”
Gordon declared that reports from
game wardens and refuge keepers in-
dicated there were more deer than
ever before in Pennsylvania, and that
there would be plenty of good sport
for the deer hunters during the sea-
son, which opened December 1st and
runs to December 15th. Elk, which
can be shot in Pennsylvania for the
first time in seventy years, also are
reported to be plentiful in the regions
which the commission stocked.
The Intelligent Animal.
Harris prided himself on a thorough
knowledge of horses and their habits
and so he was interested when, on a
visit to the country, he saw a farmer
having some trouble with his mount.
It would start, amble along slowly
for a short distance, and then stop.
Then the farmer would have great
difficulty in getting it started again.
Finally Harris approached the farmer
and asked kindly:
“Is your horse sick?”
“Not as I know of,” was the short
reply. :
“Is he balky?”
“No. But he’s so afraid I'll say
‘Whoa!’ and he won’t hear me that he
stops every once in a while to listen.”
Why Horses Are Shod.
The horses which run at large in
the plains country go barefoot, yet
they have foot-health. It is only un- .
der the artificial conditions imposed
by man that the horse requires shoes.
A good deal of this necessity for
shoes arises from hard pavements and
roads which the horse is worked on.
But there is another reason. The
stabled horse does not get at night a
foot dew-bath.” He needs that dew-
bath. The moisture can be supplied,
and sometimes is, by packing the foot
each night in wet clay, a method so
wasteful of labor that it is only re-
sorted to in exceptional cases, usually
when the need is acutely manifest. To
maintain a healthy condition and dur-
able texture, the horse’s hoof must
have moisture. This the dew-bath en-
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joyed by the pastured horse through-
out the night, effectively supplies.
Night dew is recognized by horsemen
as the best of all medicines for hoofs.
Soaking in, it invigorates the .whole
structure. The hoof becomes much
tougher, more rounded, and better
spread. It is not uncommon for
horses which are pastured at night
through the summer season to stand
ap under daily work without being
shod. The horse which runs constant-
ly in pasture develops sound, tough
hoofs, which, though lacking shoes, do
not chip, or crack.
Time Not Up.
“How long did it take your wife to
learn to drive?”
“It will be ten years this Decem-
customers a wide
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Scenic Theatre..
Week-Ahead Program
Fine All Star Cast in “THE AGE OF DESIRE,” is a wonderful heart throb
feature made by the maker of ‘Humoresque.” A story of a woman who
sacrificed a son on the altar of selfishness in the craving for luxury. An
excellent picture by a big star cast. Also, comedy, “So Long Buddy.”
ALICE BRADY in “THE LESPARDESS,” a six reel interesting tale of the
tropics, with Alice as the tropical belle, and the great climax when a leop-
ard kills his keeper instead of the victim intended. Also, Pathe News and
Topics. :
WILLIAM HART in “THE COLD DECK,” is one of the star’s good ones,
in which he puts one over in a gambling deal in his usual solemn way.
Also, 2 reel Metro Comedy.
All Star Cast in “BRASS BOTTLE,” is a romantic adventure story of a
young man with a Genii imprisoned 1000 years in a brass bottle. Fine
cast, with Harry Myers, Tully Marshall, Barbara LaMarr, Ford Sterling,
etc. Don’t miss it. Also Harkinson Comedy, “The Four Orphans.”
POLA NEGRI in “MAD LOVE,” a foreign-made 6 reel feature of this tragic
actress, in which her acting is superb and the picture entertaining. A
story of flirt who meets a tragic end at hands of a mad lover. Also, Pathe
News and Review.
HOOT GIBSON in “THE RAMBLIN’ KID,” is a spirited action, good west-
ern picture, with roderos and wild riding stunts that thrill with their dar-
ing in his race for girl he loves. Also, the second episode of “THE STEEL
BUCK JONES in “BIG.DAN,” one of this wild west favorite’s best.
2 reel Universal Comedy, “Vamped.”
TOM MIX in “THE LONE STAR RANGER.” Enuf sed. Also, fine Met-
ro Comedy, “When Knights Were Cold.”
The “Watchman” gives all the news, all the time. Read it.
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