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Bellefonte, Pa. March 25, 1927.
Our First Glimpse of Italy.
By Rev. L. M. Colfelt D. D.
There are three sublimities in Na-
ture, Niagara Falls, the Ocean, and
the Alps! The Falls of Niagara im-
press one with the sublimity of power,
the Ocean with its infinitude, but the
Alps leave forever the recollection of
towering and restful grandeur. The
passage of the Alps from Switzerland
to Italy epitomizes the progress of
civilization. At Mt. Cenis we read
the record of the several steps in this
advance, graven as they are inefface-
ably on the mountain side. At no very
remote period Mt. Cenis was ascend-
ed only by chairmen and mules. The
ramasse was used in descending from
the highest point to Lanslebourg. The
traveler was compelled to submit him-
self to the skili of a guide whose feet
acted as a helm in guiding the light
ramasse along the snow, which, by
one false movement, might be pre-
cipitated into the abyss. The journey
of five miles was thus made in seven
minutes. Afterwards came Napoleon
1, who required better roads for his
military movements. It was neces-
sary to make a way through these
mountains, not only for foot passen-
gers but for every sort of carriage.
The Simplon surpasses the greatest
works of the Romans, The chain of
Alps was burst with gunpowder. Han-
nibal and Bernard, the uncle of
Charlemagne, had crossed the Alps
before Napoleon but none of these
great conquerors imitated him in unit-
ing Italy and Switzerland. In the
palace of Napoleon at Paris, we noted
that every article was removed by the
Republican authorities, which could
recall the great Emperor. Europe
would have to be blotted out of exis-
tence as well as France to efface the
veminisences of Napoleon. Not only
on the bloody battlefields of Europe,
but on the legal codes, the art treas-
ures, the civil, the internal improve-
ments, yea, on the Alps themselves he
has left the eternal impress of his
name. After the Simplon came the
Mont Cenis Tunnel by which the Alps
were pierced and Italy was forever
linked to France. We accomplished
the distance (27 kilometers) in 30
minutes. Tame enough is the travel-
ers passage through this, then the
wonder of the world. Begun in Au-
gust, 1857, it was opened for use Sep-
tember, 1871, just fourteen years and
fifteen millions of dollars having been
consumed in its construction. Issuing
from the tunnel our conductor, the
nearest resemblance we had to
Achates, called “Italia! Italia!” It
was not without something of the
emotion felt by the companions of
Aeneas that we caught the first sight
of this classic land. Our first im-
pression of Italy does the reader im-
patiently inquire? We answer that
our first impression of Italy was a
very small donkey with outrageously
big and stuffy paniers on each side
of his back and the driver trudging
behind. We fear this was an insight
into the condition of Italy at that per-
iod and not merely an impression.
When other nations were entering
definitely upon the electrical era, Italy
had but arrived at the dawn of steam.
Emerging from the mountain country,
which is less wooded and picturesque
on the Italian side, we traversed the
beautiful plain ‘of Piedmont. The
change from mountain cliff, silent
woods and rushing torrents was very
‘absolute, there is not a spot of avail-
able land uncultivated. Orchards are
mingled with vines and meadows with
cornlands. Yet on every hand is the
token that Italy has sacrce begun to
shake off the grave clothes with which
the tyranny of ages has bound her,
hand and foot. Agriculture is of the
most primitive kind. Thin catile,
twelve in number, with a driver to
each two, draw the plow, an antiquat-
ed instrument unchanged apparently
from the dawn of creation. A single
handle, at least ten feet in length,
served to guide it and with such an
instrument one might well be amazed
at the perfection with which the work
was done. From the car window we
saw threshing done in the ancient
manner with animals treading the cir-
cular heaps of straw and the laborers
casting the residue up in the air for
the wind to blow the chaff away an
leave the winnowed grain fall to the
ground. Not a modern machine for
the simplification of agriculture was
to be seen. The two horse carts with
solid wooden wheels of the same pat-
tern as those described by Homer, were
unchanged since the rustics drove them
with hoarse shoutings along the
Trojan fields. Trees abound in Italy
serving the double purpose of fruit
and shade from the fierce rays of the
Ttalian sun. Magnificent avenues
lead to the gates of the city of Trojan.
Turin or Torino, situated at the
extremity of the plain of Piedmont,
near the junction of the Po and Doira
rivers, is a very ancient and beauti-
ful city, consisting of an old part re-
sembling any other antique and Gothic
town and a new part with all the ele-
gance of modern cities. The city is
cleaner than any other Italian city,
its reservoir of Suza serving the dou-
ble purpose of furnishing pure water
in abundance and of flushing the
streets with its torrents which carry
away the filth in summer and the
snows in winter. Many of the streets
of Turin are adorned with porticos,
affording shelter from the heat of
summer and the inclemency of the
winter. On traversing these streets
with their beautiful overhanging ar-
cades, protecting the shoppers by day
and affording the populace a delight-
ful promenade by night, one might
properly wonder that no imitation of
this architecture exists in America.
That it is not homely is abundantly
witnessed by the Palais Royal in Paris
and the grandest street in Turin. Can
any cities in the world match the sum-
mer’s heat of Richmond, Baltimore,
Philadelphia and New York? A dou-
ble arcade on many of the streets of
enhance comfort and provide needed
promenades. Are slushy footways the
rule or the exception in all these cities
in the winter season? Architecture
such as that of Turin would do away
with half the summer exodus to re-
sorts of doubtful benefit. The sight
of the Turinese populace, a handsome
people with many fair women and a
vast number of fine looking men, with
olive complexioned women of the low-
er classes in their brilliant costumes,
a la Egyptienne, with numbers of
smartly uniformed young military of-
ficers, all besworded and bespurred
and promenading of an evening in a
perpetual double stream under the
broad arches, lighted at intervals with
swinging lamps from the vaulted roof,
is a spectacle unmatched anywhere
save in these northern cities of Italy.
If appearances count for anything we
would designate the northern Italian
as superior in type to the French and
as a peculiarly fine race, destined to
play an important part in the regen-
eration of Italy. They bear the stamp
of intelligence combined with vigor-
ous physique. Once remove the limi-
tations of material development and
such a people will undoubtedly leap
forward in the race of progress, ac-
celerated by the long period of
repression. The finer streets of Turin
converge at the Palazzo Castello, the
royal castle. The palace is a sort of
Hermes in architecture, exhibiting on
one side a Gothic front and on the
other, the elegance of Grecian archi-
tecture. The staircase that leads to
the interior of the building is finer
than any in Italy, surpassing those at
Caserta and in the Palazzo Reale of
Naples. It would require a week for
examination of the one hundred and
fifty churches and chapels of the city.
The most commonly admired is the
Church of San Lorenzo. The interior
is covered with black marble, and
chains hanging from the ceiling are
pointed out as having sustained lamps
and candelebras of massive silver
which were taken away by the French.
These conquerors however, respected
the Saen Suaire, or winding sheet of
the Saviour, an object of popular rev-
erence and supposed to be a true relic.
Crossing the bridge that spans the
Po, you ascend the hill of the Con-
vent of the Capucines. It wears 2
deserted and melancholy air. Yet
nothing will ever rob it or its grand
position commanding the glorious
spectacle of the Po, flowing at its
feet, the busy city and the Piedmont
vale, stretching far away to the Sar-
dinean mountains. Nothing on the
other side of the Atlantic matches it
unless it be the spectacle of the Carse
of Stirling, with its serpentine river
from the parapet of Stirling Castle.
The monks had a fine eye indeed for
commanding sites, of which, this Con-
vent Hill with its winding way lead-
ing to the once fine building on its
summit, is a good illustration. The
building, though simple in outline,
presents a picturesque and almost
theatrical effect. Like all the sup-
pressed religious houses in Italy it has
been converted into a museum.
A Talisman for All
Following is a clipping sent us by
Mrs. J. W. ‘Saxton, of Fleming. It is
an old version of the Ten Command-
ments which Mrs. Saxton’s mother
kept in her home for years.
“Blessed is the one that turneth me
over.” Many persons viewed it but
did not attempt to turn it over. Fin-
ally there came a little child about
seven years old and turned the stone
over to the surprise of all who stood
by. Under the stone was found a let-
ter written by Jesus Christ which was
carried to the city of Iconium and
published by a person belonging to
Lady Cuba’s family and in this letter
was written the commandinents of
Jesus Christ and signed by the Angel
Gabriel 28 years after our Saviour’s
“Whoever worketh on the Sabbath
“day shall be cursed. I command you
“to go to church and keep the Lord’s
“day Holy without doing any manner
“of work. You shall not idly spend
“your time in bedecking yourselves
“with superfluities of loose apparel
“and dresses. For I have ordained
“this as a day of rest. I will have
this “day kept holy that your sins be
forgiven. You shall not break com-
“mandments. You shall finish your
“work by sunset on every day preced-
“ing the Sabbath. :
“I advise you to fast five Fridays
“every year, and do this in remem-
“prance of the five bloody wounds I re-
d | “ceived from mankind. You shall dili-
“gently and faithfully labor in your
“respective vocations wherein it hath
“pleased God to call you. You shall
“Jove one another with brotherly love
“and those who are not baptised shall
“come to church and receive the holy
“sacrament of baptism. In so doing I
“will give you long life and many
“blessings and your land shall be re-
“plenished and bring forth in great
“ybundance. I will comfort you in
“the greatest temptations. He who
“hath a copy of this letter which is
written by my own hand and spoken
“py my own mouth and keep it with-
“out publishing it to other shall not
“prosper, but he that publisheth it to
“others shall be blessed of me, though
“his sins be as numerous as the stars
“of the sky. And he that believeth in
“this shall be pardoned and if he be-
“lieves not this writing and my com-
“mandments, I will send fire upon him
“and consume both he and his chil-
“dren and his cattle.
“Whosoever hath a copy of this in
“his house shall not be hurt, neither
“shall pestilence, lightning, nor thun-
“der do him any harm. You shall have
“no news of me only by the Holy
“Spirit until the day of judgment.
“All goodness and prosperity shall
“be in the house of those who have
“this letter.
The grocer’s daughter went to a
masquerade ball and met her father
“Hullo, dad!” she said. “How do
you like my costume? I'm a salad.”
“It’s nice my dear,” replied her fa-
ther. “But haven’t you forgotten the
dressing?” —Progressive Grocer.
Mrs. Boyd Kapp, who has been quite
ill, is now improving slowly.
C. M. Dale has installed an electric
milking machine in his dairy.
Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Ewing motored
to Yemingion the latter part of the
Mr. and Mrs. James Lytle are
spending two weeks with relatives in
Mrs. Miller, of Lewistown, was a
guest at the Fred Robinson home on
Fred Bender, of Centre Hall, was
here on a business trip the early part
of the week.
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Musser motor-
ed to Altoona, on Saturday, on a busi-
ness mission.
George Wieland will be J. H. Mec-
Cracken’s right hand man on the farm
this summer.
: Alvin Breon, who is a surgical pa-
tient in the Huntingdon hospital, is
slowly recovering.
William Brenneman was taken to
the Clearfield hospital, last Thursday,
as a surgical patient.
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Fleming motored
to Ailsworth and spent Sunday among
their former neighbors.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Strayer and
family, of Gatesburg, were recent vis-
itors at the Melvin Davis home.
W. A. Reish and family, of Rock
Springs, have moved to Wilkinsburg,
where Mr. Reish has secured a good
Mr. Spicher, our new tonsorial art-
ist holding forth at the old stand, will
be at his chair every afternoon and
all day on Saturdays.
Norman Dale, county farm agent
in Monroe county, was here last week
packing up his belongings to go to
housekeeping on April first.
After spending the winter at the
H. A. Elder home here Mrs. Lydia
Sunday has returned to her own lLiome
on Tadpole for the summer.
Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Musser motored
up from Bellefonte, last Friday, to see
Mr. Musser’s mother, who was quite
ill but is now much improved.
Centre county friends of John B.
Dannley will be pleased to learn that
he is recovering from a recent serious
illness at his home in Wooster, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Shadrack Parsens
have returned to their home near
Fleming after spending several of the
winter months with friends in this
A little daughter was born to Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Holbin, at the hospital
at State College, and the Stork also
brought a little son to the Alvin Hoff-
man home.
Billy Eugene, little son of Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Walls, on the Branch, died
on Sunday, aged 1 year, 3 months and
25 days. Burial was made on Tues-
day morning, in the Pine Hall cem-
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rosenberg
motoed over from Halfmoon, on Sat-
urdoy evening and while Mr. Rosen-
berg attendad his lodge meeting his
wife took in the entertainment in the
town hall.
Samuel E. Fleming and family mov-
ed from Pine Grove Mills to their new
home in Harris township on Wednes-
day. They were good citizens and
kind neighbors and we are sorry to
lose them.
The men’s Bible class of the Presby-
terian church was royally entertained
at a social at the J. H. Bailey home on
Monday cvening. D. F. Kapp, of State
College, was present and made a
splendid talk.
The annual congregational meeting
was held in the Presbyterian church
on Monday evening. Dr. G. F. Woods
presided and Rev. J. Max Kirkpatrick
made some interesting suggestions.
George C. Burwell was re-elected 2
trustee. The report of the treasurer
showed a balance on hand of $139.80.
Quite a delegation of Odd Fellows
from Halfmoon lodge were hare on
Saturday evening to witness the con-
ferring of the second degree on a good
sized class of novitiates.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. J. H.
Neidigh, at Pine Hall, was the scene
of an interesting event, last Saturday
evening, it being the celebration of
Mr. Neidigh’s 82nd birthday anniver-
ary. Only one member of the family
was absent while many friends joined
with the family in showing their love
and respect to the dean of the family.
Refreshments were served during the
evening and Mr. Neidigh received
many congratulations and useful re-
minders of the day. The octogenarian
is a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob
Neidigh and was born in Gregg town-
ship. As a young man he started
farming near Pine Hall, on the farm
now owned by his son D. S. Neidigh.
Later he went west and spent two
years there then returned to Centre
county and located on the farm now
owned by his son J. D. Neidigh, where
he lived until his retirement in 1907
to his present comfortable home. In
1866 he married Saah Ann Kustabord-
er and they had ten children, eight of
whom are living. Mr. Neidigh still en-
joys splendid health and every day
when the weather permits walks to
State College and back home.
em ramps Ap Aenean
Trench Prevents Moist Cellar Walls
and Floor.
A reliable way of preventing wet
cellar walls is described by a reader
who contributes a letter to the series
on home building in Liberty. “Being
a tinsmith, I can give the best remedy
for wet cellar walls and floor,” he
writes. “They cannot be prevented
by gutters, which run over in heavy
“Dig a trench inside the cellar wall
six inches deep and five wide,” he ex-
plains, “Place a four-inch clay tile
in the trench. Start at the point far-
thest from the sewer outlet and make
the pitch one foot each way to the
outlet. Place quarter-inch-mesh gal-
vanized wire over the tile and cement
over it. This will solve the problem.”
—Subscribe for the “Watchman.”
Natue Expert Tells About Deer Ant-
The explanation of C. H. Eldon,
well known Naturalist of Williams-
port, on why deer shed their horns is
quite interesting and will explain a
fact not generally known, even to
sportsmen who have hunted for game
each season since boyhood.
“The shedding of the horns,” Mr.
Eldon says, “indicates the time when
the season of selective attachment
should come. Deer, moose, elk and
caribou shed their horns. Deer and
elk in their wild state shed their horns
some time in January or February,
but in captivity, a little later.
“It requires about thirteen weeks
for an elk or a deer to grow his horns
and then one month more is required
for the hardening. The horns grow
inside of a tough skin, which in ap-
pearance resembles coarse plush of a
brown color. When in this condition
they are said to be ‘in the velvet.” The
new growth of horns loosens the old
horn and in time causes it to drop off.
“The horns are built up by the
blood. The veins pass through the
burr of the antlers and as the ant-
lers near their full growth the burr
gradually tightens on the veins un-
til the flow of blood is entirely shut
off. Up to this time the velvet is very
sensitive, even to the slightest touch.
“The animal now begins to realize
once more the returning strength and
he will thresh his horns through the
bush, in this way tearing off the velvet
and leaving them bare and keen.
“Should a deer become unsexed be-
fore the horns are shed they will not
be shed or in the event of becoming
unsexed after the horns are shed they
will not be grown. This condition ac-
counts for the male deer either hav-
ing horns throughout the year.
“The shed horns are eaten by wood
mice, porcupines, squirrels and other
knawing animals; and the deer them-
selves aid in consuming their own
horns, chewing them and eating them. |
There is doubtless some substance in
the horns which aids digestion or sat-
isfies a natural craving.
“The abnormal growth of horns is |
caused by the ‘velvet’ being punctured. |
The bone process then grows out of
the punctured places, thus forming |
new points.
“There is dispute as to the location
of the scent that is given out by the |
deer. It is located in the foot. If the |
hoof is separated, a little pocket is |
found containing a pasty substance,
the odor of which resembles that of |
rank cheese.
“This substance works out on the |
hoof and leaves its scent on the |
will be so thoroughly washed out of
the hoof that no scent will be left on
the ground, and consequently the dogs
will be unable to follow.”—Wellsboro
1,194,755 Prescriptions Issued in Year,
An average of one medicinal whisky
prescription for every nine persons in
the State was issued by Pennsylvania
physicians during the fiscal year,
The total, as reported by the in-
ternal revenue bureau, was 1,194.
755. This was 84,000 more prescrip-
tions than were issued in 1925.
For the entire country the number
of prescriptions issued and filled in
1925 under supervision of the prohibi-
tion enforcement bureau was 12,886,
000, while in 1926 the number was
The drop in the use of medicinal
whisky is declared to have resulted
from the surrender by many physi-
cians of their permits to pescribe it and
to harsher restrictions and closer sup-
ervision by the enforcement bureau.
The great bulk of whisky is now be-
ing consumed in the States of Penn-
sylvania, Ohio, Illinois, New York,
Missouri, Wisconsin and California.
Arizona, Idaho, Maine, New Mex-
ico, North Dakota, Georgia, Kansas,
Nebraska, North Carolina, Utah,
Washington and West Virginaa make
no provisions in their State codes
for prescribing medicinal whisky,
while in Alabama, Arkansas, Okla-
homa, Delaware, Oregon, Florida,
South Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee
and Mississippi pure alcohol only may
be prescribed.
It is claimed by Assistant Secre-
tary Andrews, of the treasury depart-
ment, that under the proposal to
create corporations to take over all
whisky now in bond and to manufac-
ture additional supplies the consump-
tion of whisky as medicine will be fur-
ther reduced, even though there is not
' an extension of the movement among
| States to outlaw it entirely.
The legislation which has been
adopted by the house, it is asserted,
gives the treasury department the op-
portunity to trace every pint of whis-
ky from the distillery to the ultimate
consumer, and also to regulate the
conditions of manufacturing and the
price at which whisky may be sold.
Cutting the profit in the medical trade,
in the opirion of Secretary Andrews,
| will go a long way in curtailing the
—Mistress: “Mary you've left fin-
gerprints on every plate.”
ground. If a deer is hard pressed by Mary: “Well, it shows I ain’t got a
hounds he will take to water, and run- | guilty conscience.”—London Tele-
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