Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, March 19, 1926, Image 6

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Bellefonte, Pa., March 19, 1926
When the Lincoln highway was laid
out across the continent 12 years ago,
motor vehicle traffic was not a prob-
lem. Heavy through passenger traffic
was then foreseen by but a few and
interurban freight transportation was
a dream.
But the founders of the Lincoln
highway, with a vision of the present
marvelous development of highway
transportation, endeavored to set an
example in the routing of the Lincoln
highway by leading it around or near,
instead of through large centers along
the line.
This policy, far from meeting with
the approval of the authorities or the
business men of the communities near
the projected route, raised a storm of
Every community between New
York and San Francisco near the line
selected for the first transcontinental
highway fought with avidity to have
the route marked to follow through
its main streets—through the heart
of its downtown district.
In later years, as realignment on the
route became possible and the orig-
inal location was slightly revised here
and there in the process of shortening,
many communities originally incorpo-
rated on the route were by-passed, and
in each instance the association’s
board was deluged with protestations,
visited by committees and strongly
censured when it held to its original
policy of missing every community
It is difficult to estimate to what
extent the progress of improvement on
the Lincoln highway has been delayed
in some States through the antagon-
ism or apathy developed in certain in-
fluential centers of population because
the route did not exactly bisect the
business communities of such centers
and pass the doors of the business es-
It is interesting to note how the
passage of years and the development
of American highways and highway
transport have changed the munici-
pal attitude toward through-route con-
struction and alignment. There is
hardly a metropolitan centre along
the Lincoln highway now which is not
making a strenuous effort to provide
adequate by-passes for the tremen-
dous volume of travel which it is now
recognized should not be allowed to
.add to the growing congestion of busy
business streets.
City planning commissioners every-
where are urging the opening and
broadening of through arteries tra-
versing the edges rather than the
centers of metropolitan areas. Amer-
ican cities have had a tendency to cen-
tralize along a first main business
street and later along a few such
streets. Few of them are laid out
with an eye toward decentralization
of traffic and a great problem lies be-
fore American communities in taking
steps now to take care of the still
greater coming traffic.
Now is not to early to plan for the
accommodation of the traffic of 1950.
The development of American roads is
just beginning to reach the point
where the fullest use and efficiency of
the motor vehicle can be realized. As
our interurban roads are improved the
problem of providing by-passes or ade-
quate city avenues of traffic for the
through transport which will develop
in the future will become more and
more pressing and its solution more
and more expensive.
Steps taken now in the planning of
the future development of American
cities and with an eye on the provision
of through transport arteries will pay
big dividends to the next generation.
White House Roof is Declared Dan-
gerous; President is Said To Op-
pose $500,000 Outlay.
The White House rcof is in a dan-
gerous condition and becomes more
dangerous every year, according to
Major N. S. Grant 3rd, the army of-
ficer in charge of public buildings in
Major Grant believes it would cost
$500,000 to repair the roof and re-
build the attic and upper story ceil-
ings, but he says President Coolidge
disapproves of such a large expendi-
-ture, and does not see how he could
get away for the length of time that
the work would require.
Eight tons was taken off the weight
of the roof by the removal of a 2,000
gallon water tank last year, but this
has not entirely removed the danger
of collapse. The roof has settled in
marked degree since 1912, when it
was overhauled by act of Congress.
Discussing the subject with the
House Appropriations Committee dur-
ing consideration for the Independent
Officers Supply bill, which was report-
«ed Monday, Major Grant said the
trusses of the White House roof have
slipped and that a large part of the
weight now rests on interior parti-
tions. This condition has continued
for ten years. :
“I do not know whether it is much
worse now than it was then, and there
have been some pretty big snow
storms since that time,” said Major
For the maintenance of the White
House and Executive Office a total
appropriation of $441,960 is author-
ized as against an appropriation for
the current year of $480,960.—Reform-
atory Record.
325,000 Drivers Fail to Get 1926 Li-
Approximately 825,000 Pennsyl-
vania operators of motor vehicles
failed to apply for their 1926 drivers’
licenses, State Highway Department
officials announced last week. Use
of the 1926 licenses was prohibited
after March 1st and members of the
motor patrol have been instructed to
see that drivers have their new
license. :
Clothes Fatal to Residents
of Tropical Jungles.
Bushnegro children of the Dutch
colony of Suriname (South America)
go totally unclothed until they are
seven or eight years old. Then a sol-
itary cotton string is tied about their
walsts—to get them used to clothes
—such is the theory.
An adult is fully dressed if he wears
a bit of bright cloth slightly smaller
than a pocket handkerchief, though
each man has a more pretentious toga
of pied cotton cloth to wear on visits
to Paramaribo, the capital. But this is
discarded at the first opportunity.
Long ages have taught the Bushne-
groes that one of the surest ways to
commit suicide in the jungle is to
wear clothes, John W. Vandercool’
writes, in Harper's Magazine.
This is not an exaggeration. A
young English mercenary soldier, who
spent five years in Suriname in the
latter part of the Eighteenth century,
boasted in the book he subsequently
wrote that he was the only man in
his regiment who never suffered »
serious illness.
Their experience was superlatively
trying. The troops had been imported
by the Dutch government to help put
down one of the slave rebellions that
subsequently resulted in the forma-
tion of the independent Bushnegro so-
ciety. Their equipment was inade-
quate and their search for the elusive
rebels took them into the most ur
healthy districts of the colony.
Nearly all of the soldiers died. But
Capt. John Stedman, the author, soon
observed that the Suriname negroes
were never ill and he asked the reason
why. Then he adopted as best he
could the negro mode of life. He left
off nearly all his clothes, he accus-
tomed himself to going barefoot, he
bathed four or five times a day in the
river, heedless of sharks, and he
drank quantities of water without be-
ing too particular as to its purity. Sv
he lived to tell his tale, a story
crammed with admiration and affee-
tion for the negroes who were ted
aically his enemies.
Stedman’s adopted way of life is 1a
detail the practice of all present-day
Bushnegroes. They know that in 4d
tropical climate the body must per-
spire continually and without inter-
ruption. They replace this evapora-
tion by drinking incredible quantities
of water. They bathe in the river nev-
er less than five times a day. They
vigorously clean their teeth severai
times daily with sand and granulated
tobacco. When the sun comes out
after rain it promptly dries thei+
naked skin.
Clothes, under these circumstances,
white travelers learn to their distress,
produce a soggy steam bath that is an
almost certain guarantee of virulent :
pneumonia, or, at best, of a severe
cold. Even the missionaries who have
invaded one Bushnegro village learnel
by continued disaster to their littl 3
flock that here was no place to insist ,
upon the Nordic morality of calico.
Yet you will find few persons in
Suriname, or any other tropical cour:
try, who are willing to relinquish tha
stubborn theory that the nakedness of
forest peoples is anything but positives
proof of a state of pitiable barbarism. !
World’s Large Cities
Lhe following cities reported at the
last official censuses—1919 to 1923—as
having more than 1,000,000 popula-
tion: London (county), 4,483,249; Lon-
don (greater), 7,476,168; Berlin, 1,-
902,505; Berlin (greater), 3,803,770;
Paris, 2,902,509; Vienna, 1,866,147;
Moscow, 1,511,045; Leningrad, 1,067,-
328; Glasgow, 1,034,174. Several oth-
er cities had close to 1,000,000 each,
and perhaps exceed that number now.
These were Hamburg (985,779
1919); Warsaw (936,046 in 1921);
Budapest (928,996 in 1920), and Bir-
mingham (919,438 in 1921). Constan-
tinople was formerly considered to
have a population in excess of 1,000,-
000, but has lost considerably in late
years, and after a canvass in 1924 was
reported to have 880,998.
Fatal Dust Explosions
Dust explosions caused a loss or
133 lives, injury to 130 employees and
a property damage amounting to more
than $12,000,000 in the period from
1919 to 1925. More than one-fourth of
the logs in life and more than one-half
of the property damage occurred in
grain elevators, however, which has
led the dust-explosion experts of the
United States Department of Agricul-
ture to turn their attention primarily
to the elimination of the dust-exple-
sion hazard in the grain-harndling in-
WVorld’s Food Consumption
A German scientist, Rubner, de
Jlares that Americans are the great-
est food consumers in the world. Ac-
cording to his figures, Americans de-
vour 3,308 caloric units daily; Eng-
land, 2,997; France, 2,973; Austrians,
2,825; Germans, 2,770; South Amert-
cans, 2,764: Russians, 2,666; Italians,
2,612, and the Japanese, 2,553. Rub-
ner places the English at the head of
the meat consumers of Europe and
the Italians last.
On Its Way
“Last night,” said the blonde cash
ter, “I had a dream that my watch
was gore, and the shock tvoke me
“Did you find the watch gone?
asked the delivery boy.
“No,” giggled the cashier. “But I
was going !”—The Progressive Grocer
black one below.
‘When the correct letters are placed im the white spaces this puzzle will
spell words both vertically and horizontally.
indicated by a number, which refers to the definition listed below the puzzle.
Thus No. 1 under the column headed “horizontal” defines a word which will
fill the white spaces up to the first black square to the right, and a number
under “vertical” defines a word which will fill the white squares to the next
No letters go in the black spaces. y
dictionary words, except proper names. Abbreviations, slang, initials, technical
terms and obsolete forms are indicated im the definitions.
The first letter in each word is
All words used are
as a devotee
7—A tooth 8—Bed
10—A sphere 11—T'0 merit
13-—To plunge 14—Eggs
16—To thrive 18—Skill
19—An appointment to meet
21—Young sheep
j22—Part of “to be”
{28—To lift with a lever
25—Each (abbr.) 26—Gay
28—Periods of time
29—Printing measure
{80—Set up (abbr.)
82—Donkey 83—Carmine
85—An appointed place of meeting
86—Pine tree
88—Fiaky precipitation
40—Affirz ative answer
41—Established price
45—Cow’s ululation
46—To elevate
48—To diminish
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An Eventful Day in New Orleans,
Mardi Gras in New Orleans! The
pavements were lined with Pierrots
and Peter Pans, pirates and pixies,
Pandoras and princesses, harlequin
and heroes, tourists and spectators
from every State in the Union. For
that one day all business had been
suspended, banks and schools and of-
fices and factories had been closed.
From the mayor to the little pick-
aninnies in their shacks beside the
levee, everyone was out to play. In
the balconies of the great clubs, up
above the packed laughing street, this
year’s debutantes were thinking about
the mysterious summons that had bid-
den them tosome masked ball that
night. Tony, the iceman, drove
proudly by in his truck, gay with
bunting and ribbons. Beside him sat
i two hundred pounds of Mamma, who
! today was Cleopatra, Serpent of the
' Nile, while behind her swarmed six
i little Tonies and ’Tonietts decked
bravely out as cowboys, policemen,
and miniature trained nurses, down
even to the baby, in the full regalia,
we blush to admit it, of Madame Du
' Barry, favorite of Louis XV.
From the dawn of the Shrove Tues-
, day till that morning when the bells
. of Ash Wednesday should call to early
mass, all of fairyland had been let
. loose on St. Charles and Canal Streets,
where dwarfs chatted amiably with
dragons, Pierrettes with Santa Claus-
es and where great cats and pop-eyed
dogs consumed candy fluff and all-day
suckers above the heads of the mask-
That morning Rex, the King of the
Carnival, had made gorgeous entry
at the head of his parade, looking for
all the world like the King on a pack
of cards, with his square cut beard.
his gold doublet and hose and his
scepter and crown of real jewels.
Down Canal Street and up St. Charles
he had taken his time-honored route
to the City Hall, where the mayor had
duly presented him with the keys of
the city—From Everybody’s Maga-
zine for March.
Build the Garage Large Enough for
One of the greatest faults of ga-
rages today is that, while they are
built large enough to house the auto-
mobile properly, no provision is made
for a man to work around his car.
The average size garage is about 12
by 18 feet. This will take care of al-
most any automobile that is not in the
truck class, but it is not large enough
for the man who likes to tinker
around and do his own repairs. A
work-bench fitted with a vise and a
tool rack is a handy thing and ifa
few extra feet are added onto the
structure, there will be ample room
for the bench.
Insulation of garages is also a thing
which the owner should give consid-
eration. It is surprising what a few
rolls of common building, or tar, pa-
per will do to keep a garage warm.
The owner can save considerahbie
money by sheeting the inside of the
garage himself. It can be done by al-
most anyone who can drive a nail
straight and use a saw.
" How to Remove and Prevent Scratch
Scratches on the wood work are
ugly and a cause, often, for slight up-
risings in the home. These marks
produced sometimes by the careless
lighting of a match can be removed
and also prevented. To remove a [introduced in the last half century. Of
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registration and certification of title
2--Sick 3—Note of scale
4—Thick brown sauce for meats
5—Frozen water
6—Canal around a castle
7—Grain steeped in water
9—Woody plant
12—More recent of origin
13—Paternal parents
14—Native metal
19—Same as 20 vertical
20—Same as 19 horizontal
17—A scale
10—To prohibit |
22—To mimic
24—Affirmative answer .
27-—Concerning 31—To attempt
32—Beast of burden 34—Fate
36—Price of transportation
37—Impersonal possessive pronoun
39—Lumber 41—To ascend
43—Having little altitude
44—To affect with pain
47—Commercial announcement
Solution of Cross-word Puzzle No. 4.
tion of a stiff nail-brush. To prevent
them is a more simple matter. Ob-
tain a small quantity of albolene and
rub the woodwork well with it, then
remove surplus with a flannel rag.
You can scratch as much as you will
and no marks will result, neither will
the match light.
35-Mile Auto Speed Limit for U. S.
Thirty-five miles an hour is speedy
enough for any automobile driver, in
the opinion of the committee appoint-
ed by Secretary of Commerce Hoover
to draft model traffic laws for adop-
tion throughout the United States.
In its report, the Committee on Un-
iformity of Laws and Regulations of-
fered provisions of a fifteen-mile limit
when approaching within fifty feet of
a grade crossing where the driver’s
view was obstructed, when within the
same distance of a highway intersec-
tion, when passing around curves or
on grades where there was not an un-
obstructed view for 200 feet ahead,
and in a business district; a twenty-
mile limit when approaching within
and a thirty-five-mile limit under all
conditions. .
The committee was appointed in
order to clear up the confusion arising
from conflicting laws in various
States and municipalities.
The committee has prepared a mo-
tor vehicle code consisting of three
model acts; a uniform motor vehicle
act; a uniform operators’ and chauf-
feurs’ license act, and a uniform act
regulating the operation of vehicles
on the highways.—Exchange.
Bobhed Heads Best for Factory Girls.
Bobhed hair has cut the toll of in-
dustrial accidents among women
workers in factories in the United
States 15 per cent. in the last three
years according to a statement issued
The bob has been one of the great-
est “safety first” measures ever intro-
duced for women workers. Statistics
of industrial accidents show that the
women who wore their hair long were
in constant danger while bending
over machines, coming into contact
with electric fans and working on
mechanical carriers. Even dressing
the hair close to the head did not min-
imize the hazard. Withthe almost
universal adoption of the bob, which
permits the hair to be tucked in out
of harm’s way, accidents to women
factory workers have been reduced
almost one-sixth.
Beauty experts agree that bobbed
hair has been the most practical, com-
mon-gense style innovation for women
scratch mark use soap and applica- | the 2,000,000 women who are employ-
ed in industrial work in factories apd
shops in this country, 95 per cent., or
1,900,000 have bobbed hair.
——An authority on English says
that when compound words become
common through general usage the
hyphen should be dropped. We have
decided to eliminate it from holdup,
bootlegger, guntoter, cakeeater and
exwife. These have become common
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feel so good
but what
will make you
feel better.
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Bellefonte, Pa.
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Now Then
Knowing what we do, we say to
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