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Bellefonte, Pa., November 20, 1925.
FIRST LOVE AFFAIR
IS TURNING POINT
Struggle of the Adolescent
Mind a Severe One.
Calf-love is the easiest thing In the
world to laugh at.
That it is less easy to endure was
revealed by a boy criminal in a strange
letter to the magistrates who tried
him. In that document he described
the stages of his downfall from the
moment when he realized that his first
love could not be reciprocated.
Happily, most boys and girls recover
from the shock of their first love af-
fair without ruining themselves In
the process. Yet no one who has
studied the adolescent mind can doubt
for a moment that, as a rule, the
struggle is a severe one.
The first love affair is far more seri-
ous, far more anxious, than people
who have grown up are ready to ad-
Nor are its dangers made less, or its
burdens lightened by the attitude com-
monly adopted toward the victim by
those who should be his friends. Al-
most invariably they laugh and deride
when a word of sympathy is most
eagerly desired and most urgently
The wretched boy or girl is shamed
into silence about an event ¢f the
emotional life which, after all, is per-
fectly natural, and must, in any case,
exercise a profound influence on his or
her whole attitude to life.
Thousands of marriages are ulti-
mately spoiled by cynicism which
brands first love as a joke or dilates
on its grotesque and silly character.
The wild freshness of the dawn is but
seldom recovered once it has been lost.
This does not mean, of course, that
boys and girls are to be encouraged in
But their feelings, however exag:
gerated, must be accepted as genuine
for the moment and honored as such.
They must be taken, if not seriously,
at least respectfully.
If they feel that thelr strange emo
tional experience is being understood
and regarded sympathetically their
own common sense becomes the ally of
emotionalism and the enemy of their
Thus, instead of being “laughed om
of” their folly, they are very effectual-
ly laughed into it. Their best weapon
of defense is struck, as it were, from
It is a good sign of the present gen
eration that it is beginning to take
emotions seriously and to grant them
their rightful place in the business of |-
This attitude has certainly made life
happier and easier for many people.
There is no reason in the world why
it should not be extended to those
earnest but inexperienced mariners,
our growing lads and lasses.
Either this powerful force can be
used to ennoble and glorify life or it
can be turned aside by cheap laughter
into channels of shame and misery.—
Giant Bones in Mexico
One of the most interesting of re-
cent discoveries in Mexico is that re-
ported by prospecting miners operating
a new gold and silver mining district
in the state of Chihuahua. According
to one of the engineers, who has
reached Mexico City from the Sierra
Madre range of mountains where the
operations are being carried on, there
have been discovered seVeral human
skeletons measuring from ten to
twelve feet in length. They were all
found in one cave, being quite intact.
The average length of the feet was
from 18 to 20 inches. . The anthropo-
logical department of the Mexican gov-
ernment is planning to send a commis-
sion to investigate the discoveries. The
investigation is expected to clear up
the origin of the wonderful Indians of
the state of Chihuahua. The skeletons
were all found in a sitting posture,
shoulders bent forward and arms rest-
ing on upraised knees.
British Patents in 1924
Applications for patents in Great
Britain totaled more than 80,000 last
year, according to the New York
World, and although the number is
1,000 less than was received in 1928,
there was an increase during the later
months. Radio developments were the
most numerous subjects of the patents,
more than 800 being granted, an in-
The World Court---A Creature of the
Written for the Watchman by Mary A. Willcox, Ph. D., Prof. emeritus Wellesley
The fifth objection to the Court is that it is not properly a World
Court since it was proposed by the League of Nations; the judges are
elected by the League; the expenses are paid through the League; and
the League may ask advisory opinions of the Court. Therefore if we
should join the Court we should become entangled with the League. We
take up these points in order. :
1. The Court was not proposed by the League but is the outcome of
efforts made, chiefly by Americans, at the Hague Conference of 1907. No
final result of these efforts had been achieved when the outbreak of war
necessitated a new beginning. In 1919 the Preliminary Peace Confer-
ence established the League of Nations and as the pressure for peace did
- not admit of taking time for constructing a new scheme for a court, the
League was directed to formulate plans for one. It acted thus not on its
own initiative but as the agent of the Allied Powers.
2. The League does elect the judges. This is the result of a pro-
posal made by our Mr. Root, one of the committee of distinguished jurists
invited by the League to draft a plan for the Court. All earlier efforts
had met a difficulty that could not be overcome. The smaller and more
numerous States insisted on the principle of equality in elections while
the Great Powers insisted on recognition of their own hegomony. Mr.
Root proposed that each of the nations represented in the Hague Tribu-
nal should nominate four candidates only two of whom should be its own
nationals and that from among these candidates the League should elect.
The League consists of two bodies, the Assembly, composed of repre-
sentatives of all member States, and the council, made up of representa-
tives of the Great Powers and a few elected from other States. If the
judges were elected by a majority vote of each body the rights both of the
small States and of the Great Powers would be preserved. The device
was adopted and has resulted in satisfying both grecups. The League
however can not remove or in any way control the judges after their
38. The expenses of the Court are paid, it is true, by the League.
But it would be perfectly possible for us if we preferred to pay our quo-
ta directly to the Court. Germany, which is not a member of the League °
but is a member of the League’s subsidiary, the International Labor Or-
ganization, pays its contribution directly to that organization.
4. The Court gives advisory opinions to the League when request-
ed, or may do so. In one case, however, it has declined to give an opin-
ion thus showing that its relation to the League is one of entire freedom.
The Court was undoubtedly intended in the first place as a subsidiary
of the League. But as it became evident that not all nations would join
the League, the scope of its subsidiaries was widened. The Court was
made independent, membership in it being obtained by ratification of a
special treaty. Open at first only to members of the League, it was made
accessible to any nations which desired to submit cases. While at pres-
ent it gives advisory opinions only upon request of the League, it is very
possible that in this respect also it may be widened, eventually aiding
such bodies as the Institute of Agriculture and the International Postal
crease of 200 over the year before.
Many applications from inventors in
this field were not pressed, the orig-
inators apparently realizing that their
ideas were In many cases commercially
useless or had become out of date
while the matter was pending because
of the rapid progress in this sclence. .
Many patents were for household Im-
provements and the Inventions were
made by women,
Historical Gala Coach
The management of the zoological
garden in Berlin has recently bought
the gala coach of little Napoleon II,
the great Napoleon's only son, from
the Castans museum of wax works.
The vehicle is still emblazoned with
the imperia! French crown surmount:
ing the date. A. D. 1818. The coach
takes its place in the “Littie Caravan”
at the zoo, a procession of young
aters on the donkeys and camels and
in coaches drawn by goats and ponies,
making hourly rounds of the zoological
Although the Court is thus truly independent of the League, the con-
nection between the two is so close that we should not be willing to join
it without safeguarding our position with reference to the League.
Hughes, while Secretary of State proposed the following reservations
which have been approved by both President Harding and President Cool-
That we joir the World Court without joining the League of Nations.
ave a .oice in electing the judges.
2 ay ou
snare of the expenses.
That the treaty establishing the World Court be not amended with-
out our consent.
The question whether we shall join the Court comes for decision to
the Senate on December 17th.
ONE OF MY OLDEST FRIENDS.
(Continued from page 2, Col. 6.)
one was walking very lightly just
Reaching the stone bridge he sat
down on a rock, his heart beating in
loud exhausted thumps under his drip-
ping shirt. Well, it was hopeless—
Charley was gone, perhaps out of his
range of help forever. Far away be-
yond the station he heard the ap-
proaching siren of the nine-thirty
Michael found himself wandering
suddenly why he was here. He dis-
pised himself for being here. On
what weak chord in his nature had
Charley played in those few minutes,
forcing him into his senseless, fright-
ened run through the pigs? ey
had discussed it all and Charley had
been unable to give a reason why he
should be helped.
He got to his feet with the idea of
retracing his steps but before turning
he stood for a minute in the moonlight
looking down the road. Across the
track stretched the line of telephone
poles and, as his eyes followed them
as far as he could see, he heard again,
louder now and not far away, the siren
of the New York train which rose and
fell with musical sharpness on the
still night. Suddenly his eyes, which
had been traveling down the tracks,
stopped and were focused suddenly
upon one spot in the line of poles, per-
haps a quarter of a mile away. It
was a pole just like the others and yet
it was different—there was something
about it that was indescribably dif-
And watching it as one might con-
centrate on some figure in the pattern
of a carpet, something curious hap-
pened in his mind and instantly he
saw everything in a completely differ-
ent light. Something had come to
him in a whisper of the breeze, some-
thing that changed the whole com-
plexion of the situation. It was this:
He remembered having read some-
where that at some point back in the
dark ages a man named Gerbert had
all by himself summed up the whole
of European civilization. It became
suddenly plain to Michael that he him-
self had just now been in a position
! like that. For one minute, one spot
in time, all the mercy in the world
had been vested in him.
He realized all this in a space of a
second with a sense of shock and in-
stantly he understood the reason why
he should have helped Charley Hart.
It was because it would be intolerable
to exist in a world where there was no
help =avhare ane hemon toing
be as alone as Charley had been alone
Why, that was it, of course—he had
been trusted with that chance. Some-
‘one had come to him who had no other
place to go—and he had failed.
Ae ay ald :
All this time, this moment, he had
been standing utterly motionless stai-
ing at the telephone pole down the
track, the one that his eye had pickei
out as being different from the others.
The moon was so bright now that near
the top he could see a white bar set
crosswise on the pole and as he looked
the pole and the bar seemed to have
become isolated as if the other poles
had shrunk back and away.
Suddenly a mile down the track he
heard the click and clamor of the elec-
tric train when it left the station, and
as if the sound had startled him into
life he gave a short cry and set off at
a swaying run down the road, in the
Jirection of the pole with the cross
The train whistled again. Click—
click—click—it was nearer now, six
hundred, five hundred yards away and
as it came under the bridge he was
running in the bright beam of its
searchlight. There was no emotion
in his mind but terror—he knew only
that he must reach that pole before
the train, and it was fifty yards away, |
Shuck out sharp as a star against the
There was no path on the other side
of the tracks under the poles but the
train was so close now that he dared
wait no longer or he would be unable
to cross at all. He darted from the
road, cleared the tracks in two strides
and with the sound of the engine at
his heels raced along the rough earth.
Twenty feet, thirty feet—as the sound
of the electric train swelled to a roar
in his ears he reached the pole and
threw himself bodily on a man that
stood there close to the tracks, carry-
ing him heavily to the ground with
the impact of his body.
There was the thunder of steel in
his ear, the heavy clump of the wheels
on the rails, a swift roaring of air,
aud the nine-thirty train had gone
“Charley,” he gasped incoherent]
A white face looked up at him in a
daze. Michael rolled over on his back
and lay panting. The hot night was
quiet now—there was no sound but
Se far-away murmur of the receding
Michael opened his eyes to see that
Charley was sitting up, his face in
“S’all right,” gasped Michael, “s’all :
right, Charley. You can have the |
money. I don’t know what I was
thinking about. Why—why, you're
one of my oldest friends.”
fi A. FAUBLE
Charley shook his head.
“Y don't waa
keniy. “Where did you come from—
how did you get here?”
“I’ve been following you. I was
“I've been here for half an hour.”
“Well, it’s good you chose this pole
rzitand ? ha sid
a a ——
to—to wait under. I've been looking
at it from down by the bridge. I
picked it out on account of the cross-
Charley had risen unsteadily to his
feet and now he walked a few steps
and looked up at the pole in the full
“What did you saw?” he asked after
a minute, in a puzzled voice. “Did
you say this pole had a crossbar ?”
“Why yes. I was looking at it a
long time. That’s how—" :
Charley looked up again and hes-
itated curiously before he spoke.
“There isn’t any crossbar,” he said.
—By F. Scott Fitzgerald, in Woman's
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Who has brought to our shores the
oppressed of other lands and made it
a refuge, a school, a home, for the
needy and the aspiring of all nations.
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——The enthusiastic girl was thril-
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mous author at a dinner party. She
lost no time in starting a conversation
and letting him know that she was one
of the keenest admirers of his latest
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“Indeed,” replied the author. “In
what way, may I ask?”
“Oh, it has taught me to concen-
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Now tell me, what are you concen-
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