Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, November 16, 1928, Image 6

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Bellefonte, Pa., November 16, 1928.
The First Concern.
—Favorite spots for these invad-
ers are the mouth, nose, and throat.
These are open doors through which
bacteria gain easy entrance. They
should always be objects of suspicion
and carefully examined to see wheth-
er the suspicion is justified.
Very often they are found respon-
sible for apparently remote condi-
tions. For example, a middle-aged
woman came to us complaining of
heart symptoms. She had very low
blood pressure and sensations of heart
failure. A medical man had express-
ed the opinion that the heart muscle
was weakened; and it looked as if
the woman might be condemned to in-
An X-ray of the teeth, however,
showed several infected roots; and the
clearing up of this infection was fol-
lowed by a disappearance of the heart
symptoms and a complete return to
normal blood pressure. The woman
is now in active, vigorous health.
The same thing is true of other
focal infections—chronic plague spots
whch develop in the head cavities or
in the intestinal regon. The presence
of any of these infections is a danger
signal. And it may be there at any
age—at ten years, twenty, thirty.
“Old age” is not a matter of years.
It is a matter of health. of the con-
ditions of the body mechanism. Grow-
ing old is simply a process of physi-
cal deterioration. It may come at
any period of life. I have known a
youth of twenty and a man of sev-
enty to die of the same kind of “old
age.” That is to say, they died be-
cause of ithe same degenerative
There is much evidence that the!
mortality from diseases of the heart,
blood vessels, and kidneys, has in-
creased during the past thirty years.
These diseases are those of old age.
By that, I mean that they are due to
physical degeneration.
Infection helps to bring on the dis-
eases of old age; therefore, the pres-
ence of any infection is a danger sig-
nal. Whether or not anything seems
to be “the matter with you,” I advise
thorough periodical examinations to
discover whether these danger signals
are present.
This question of danger signals is
not a simple one. In many cases
there seems to be a complex code of
signals, which must be analyzed and
interpreted. It would be impos-
sible for you to read such a code.
Even a physician with a one track
mind misinterprets it, because he
would see only the one thing he was
looking for. A complete grouping of
all the signals is advisable because
they may be a combination of trou.
bles to be cleared up.
The factors in destroying the tis-
sues of the body are infections, poi-
sons, overwork (rather, mental or
physical strain), laziness—either
physical or mental; too much food,
or poorly selected food. Under these
headings may be grouped all possible
causes of physical deterioration and
death. And it is the presence in your
own case of any one or more of these
causes which should be recognized by
you as your danger signal.
Traces of albumin, high blood pres-
sure, low blood pressure, and thick-
ening cof the arteries, are examples of
danger signals which may not be reec-
ognized by you, but which a physical
examination would reveal. They
warn you to take preventive measures
against the organic discases which
are responsible for the increasing
mortality in this country during mid-
dle life and later. In mary cases
where these measures are taken, the
term of life can be prolonged ten or
fiften years.
Thickening of the arteries is com-
mon in middle age and later life, but
it is also present in many young per-
sons. The process being a slow one,
these young people may have no ap-
parent trouble until they reach middle
life. But it is the part of wisdom to
find out, at any age, whether these
conditions are present; for if they are
allowed to progress, they will lower
efficiency and increase the suscepti-
bility to disease.
People of excessive weight fre-
quently have high blood pressure.
Life Insurance records show a high
mortality among heavy-weights. Yet,
with a very simple regulation of diet,
both weight and blood pressure come
down, Such people are often the vie-
tims of ignorant physical culturists,
who attempt to train them down too
rapidly by exercise and thus damage
an already overburdened circulation.
A very simple but faithful regulation
of diet and gradually increased exer-
cise does wonders for such people. In
some cases there is gladular disturb-
ances, and the adjustment of weight
and blood pressure is more than a
matter of diet.
We have to deal,
| ¢ also, with mind
poisons, psychic
strain, and fault
mental attitude—conditions whic
need to be sought for just as care-
fully as physical impairments. The
further these examinations are carried,
however, the smaller becomes the pro-
portion of people whose mental state
is the fundamental cause of ill health,
and the larger becomes the proportion
of those who are shown to have a
Physical basis for such troubles.
It is true, however, that there is a
fair number of cases in which health
derangerment is purely psychic. A
through physical overhauling and a
through ventilation of the mental and
physical state of such an individual is
often strikingly beneficial.
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—Subscribe for the Watchman.
| Sharpness of Shark’s
Teeth Accounted For
The proverbial sharpness of & sar-
pent’s tooth is declared to be wrous;
it should have been a shark’s toora.
Already Down Eighty Feet Not oniy is the shark's asserted to
and Still Going.
Honolulu.—For more than 100 years
the uplifting force of civilization has
been felt in these islands. The first
missionaries reached Hawaii in 182)
and their example and their teaching
placed an early curb upon supersti-
tion and “kahunaism,” as the witch-
craft of the old natives was known.
Through the influence of these church
workers and through the education
provided by the school system of the
territory, men and women of [Polyne-
sian ‘ancestry mounted to high places,
gauged even by the while man's
standard of measurement.
But in spite of all the progress made
in the century those of native blood
living here today occasionally sink
back into the mental night which ea-
veloped the peoples ruled by the kings
of old. The latest example of this
primitive ignorance is embodied in a
treasure hunt which a group of Ha-
waiians have undertaken in the east-
ern section of the city upon the au-
thority of a dream experienced by a
ninety-nine-year-old woman, Mrs. Kea-
Fire Goddess Appears.
To her appeared the fire goddess,
sele, like a pillar of flame standing
aliove a certain spot in the yard that
surrounds the ancient’s home. “Be-
low,” the deity spoke, pointing to the |
earth, “is the body of a man buried
with his canoe and his money. Dig
and you shall find it.”
These supernatural instructions
assed on to four Hawaiian men, pro-
vided the spur which has caused them
to labor for the last three months,
digging a shaft 20 feet in circuinfer-
ence and SO feet deep in the calm con-
viction that eventually they will come
upon the “treasure,” said to amount
to $25,600 in “five cornered coins of
the old monarchy.”
So well had they kept their secre
o themselves, working after dark,
that their quest came to light obly
Each member of the quarteite is
.mployed during the day. In the late
evening they adorn themselves with
turbans of blue cloth and drape a sash
abeut their hips to warn away the
“evil spirits.” Two and two they then
descend their shaft and take turns
with the digging, the pair on the sur-
face hauling up the material excavated
by the confederates and dumping it.
Ukulele music and incantations,
uiouthed by the daughter of the aged
woman of the dream, accompany thelr
The scekers have removed tons oi
debris, but so far have found nothing :
out of the ordinary with the excep
tion of a smooth, spherically shaped
stone which they devoutly believed to
be an omen of good fortune.
Digging Continues.
The canoe and the money, they con
ded to newspaper men, can be but a
little farther down now that this rock
has been uncovered.
An added ramification was disclosea
.a the District court with the trial of
another woman, the owner of the land
upon which the shaft is being sunk.
‘I'estimeny disclosed, after her arrest
by a Hawaiian police officer, that she
went to the Moanalua section of Hon:
olulu and there invoked the goddess
I'ele, pleading for good fortune for
those who are engaged in the search
for the “treasure.” She further sacri-
ficed a live, black chicken in the hope
«f winning the favor of the lady of
Testifying herself, she asserted tha:
«umonds as well as “vast quantities :
ef Hawaiian coins” will be uncovered
in the very near future. :
The magistrate dismissed her case
aolding that a plea for help to spirits
was not unlawful,
The digging, meanwhile, goes on,
Mud Balls Formed as
Rain Hits Dusty Air
Washington.—Mud rain drops, sim-
dar to hailstones, are described in a
report received by the geological sur
vey of the Department of the Interior
from Dr. RB. B. Hodges, in charge of
the Hawaiian volcano observatory.
The mud balls, Doctor Hodges said
are extremely hard and formed in lay-
ers. It is believed they are produced
by rain drops falling through dust
inden atmosphere and collecting so
much dust that they fall as mud pel-
lets. They vary somewhat in size, the
largest being comparable to a marble
or large pea.
Doctor Hodges says that althougl,
¢hey are probably an accompaniment
of every great volcanic eruption in
any part of the world where dust with
large quantities of water vapor is be-
ing ejected, the references to their
occurrence In literature are remark
ubly few.
He'll Tell Em
Paris.—A gentleman in the Rue
Condorcet has placed the following
sien ih a baker's window: “Distin-
guished gentleman will give lessons In
German, Russian, Latin and Persian;
will teach scales, plano and vioiln,
and inst ‘uct a young man how to ride
horseback and to conduct himself
properly in the best society.”
Paper in Egg
London.—A Sunderland
«ho bought an imported egg, found
upon breaking it that it was full of
sand and small pleces of paper print-
ed in a foreign tongue. She maintains
that when she bought the egg the
shell seemed quite intact,
| be the sharpest tooth In the world,
it appears also to be both the sharp-
est and the hardest of all animal sub
| stances.
| One can even use the cutting sur-
face of a shark’s tooth, says O. W.
Barrett of the Department of Agricul-
| ture of Porto Rico, to scratch glass
| a8 glaziers scratch it with a diamond.
| Shark’s teeth are now collected.
| says Mr. Barrett in describing in the
| Scientific Monthly of New York city,
| the growing commercial importance of
| the shark-fishing industry, and ore
| used for watch fobs and other jewelry,
i for which purpose their extreme hara.
| ness is declared to make them expe
cially suitable.
This hardness 1s due, the Porto
Rican expert reporis, to the fact that
shark teeth are unique in the world
in being composed of almost pure en-
amel, without the softer inner por-
tions, which make human teeth, for
example, so subject to decay.
In many anclent rocks of the earth
geologists find millions of scattered
teeth from ancient representatives o’
the shark family.
Even millions of years ago sharks
evidently had such hard and inde-
structible teeth that even when =all
other bones and body partly dacayed
the teetii lasied and were preserved
in the rocks.
Evil Reputation of
Sergasso Sea NMyth
The Sargasso soa is a region of the
Atlantic ocean lying off the Amerfean
coast ahout the latitude of Florida.
It is composed of floating maszes of
brown seaweed. characterized by
numerous small berry-like bladders.
This dense gulf weed (Sargassum bae-
ciferum) is the home of many small
marine animals, crabs, prawns, etc.
It is supposed that the wecd grows
on the American coast, is torn away
by the waves and washed by the cur
into the comparatively still waters
where it floats In accumulated masses.
The older masses of weed slowly loge
their power to float and then sink and
perish. Columbus was becalmed in
the Sargasso sea, and this made his
men despair of ever reaching land.
Por a long time this sea had an :n-
enviable reputation, as it was thought
that the ship which was forced into
it was doomed. Recent scientific ex-
peditions have demonstrated that
ships need have little fear of the
masses of weed.
! Vindication
| A dignified-looking man stopped at
| a news-stand and purchased two very
i conservative newspapers and an ex-
tremely liberal literary monthly,
He paid for then, but after a mo
gqent's hesitation asked in addition
for a certain monthly bearing a de
cidedly zippy title. 3
He must have sensed something o1
che inconsistency of his purchase, and
felt that some. kind of explanation
was due, even to so unliterary a fel-
low as the particular news dealer in
question :
“BEr—I hope,” he said, as he laid
azine, “that you don’t think I read
this paper. I am just a contributor.”
—Kansas City Times.
A Classic
! fhe following is told by an Ameri-
canization teacher whose class of el-
derly ladies meets two afternoons a
! week. The teacher, after a number
an original letter. This was one of
those written:
“N. Y. C.,, April 23, 1928.
“Standderte Gas Co.
“dear Sire
“I risived a letter 1 shell pay my
.ast month bill, I hope you are mis-
takin please find out.
“Very truly yours,
“Ch. kK.”
Awful Waste of Food
“With only 55 per cent of the 28,
150,000 American homes having re
frigerators, and with only 20 per cent
of these using refrigeration all the
year, housewives in the United States
waste $700,000,000 in food annually
through spoilage,” according to an
engineering official, who figures spoil:
age at 10 cents per day for most fam-
ilies. Were it possible to check the
needless waste it would be found that
of the major nations of western
Ancient Industry
an the village of Parson Drove, in
bridgeshire, England, a wood mill is
still in seasonal operation, and its
processes differ little probably from
those in vogue in prehistoric times,
Huge cumbrous wooden rollers drawn
by horses are still used to crush the
plants, and the dye extracted now has
its uses in newer industries. In faet,
for certain purposes its value still re-
mains superior to all modern substi-
| Self-Created Slavery
{ Man has made so many and such
marvelous machines, thinks a modern
: bbilosopher writing in the American
rents round the North Atlantic ocean .
down the necessary sum for the mag- |
of lessons on the correct form for let- | 1
ters, asked her adult pupils to write | Ould bring approximately $5.000,000
ro tna me ri——— a ————
Last Surviving Member Passes
Away in Ohio.
Lebanon, Ohio.—The once famous
and prosperous Shaker colony at New
Union, near here, has passed into his-
tory with the death of its director and
last survivor, James F. Fennessey.
Organized in 1805, the colony of re-
ligious communists prospered and grew
to an enrollment of 3,000 members
owning 4,500 acres of land in the lat-
ter part of the last century. Since
then, however, membership bas stead-
ily dwindled.
Marriage did not exist in the rolony.
The only additions to the men:bership
were by conversion to the faith. The
belief was said to have originated in
England, though the parent organiza-
tion in the United States was the
Shaker colony at Lebanon, N. Y.
Fenncssey, born in Cincinnati in
1832, joined the colony in 1882. At
that time the colony was extraordi-
narily prosperous, but later came into
desperate straits. Officers eame from
the parent colony and placed Fennes-
sey at the helm as director. He took
the leadership at a time when the
colony faced an indebtedness of ap-
proximately $160,000. He brought the
colony out of debt and established re
sources well over $500,000.
Fennessey continued at the head of
“Ancient Mariner” Had
Counterpart in Life
Many of the literary classics which
the world accepts as fiction are based
on solid fact. A striking example is
brcught out in the Golden Book, which
the colony, but members tired of the
life and drified away. He himself, in
the latter years of his life, said the
communist idea had many disadvan-
tages, especially because of the Shak-
ers’ belief in regard to marriage. The
greatest «.sadvantage of the life was
the lack of any incentive for individ-
ual attainment, he said.
In 1912 the United Brethren church
sought the property for approximately
$350,000 and established a children’s
and old people's home. The provision
was made, however, that any Shakers
residing there at the time might live
at the coleny the remainder of their
lives. By 1920 all but five had left,
, and all except Fennessey departed in
eet a————————— tn
values would be suficient to feed one |
che fen country, near Wisbech, on the :
borders of Lincolnshire and Cam- :
Magazine, that he has become en- !
slaved to them In thought as well ge !
in action.
that year.
“Twas Custom in Ur for
Queen to Die With King
Cleveland, Ohio.—The queen of an
cient Ur, whose body was dug up re-
cently, was only twenty-seven years
old wLin she was slain so that she
could be buried with her husband, ae-
cording to Dr. T. Wingate Todd of
thority on the age of skeletons.
The king himself, Doctor Todd said
#as forty-five, when he died. The
bodies of the king, the queen and one
of the nobles of the court were recov-
ered in excavations in Chaldea.
“The skulls of the queen und the
10ble of the court had been crushed,”
said Doctor Todd. “Evidently they
had been beaten with some sort of
club. It was the custom when the
king died for his queen and court to
be buried with him.
The scientist made the examination
of the skeletons in LCurope this sum-
mer at the request of Sir Arthur Kent
of the college of surgeons of the Brit-
ish museum,
Guard Against Injury
of Washington Statue
tells how Coleridge came to write his
immortal “Rime of the Ancien
The poem was inspired by George
Shelvocke, a shipmaster who spent
three years in a voyage around the
world, from 1719 to 1722, Returning
to England, he wrote an account of
the trip, telling how the ship had been
becalmed for many days near Cape
Horn. The one sign of life was a
black albatross, which hovered over
the vessel, until the second officer,
Hatley, taking it for an ill omen, sho*
t down.
There followed six miscrable weeks,
in which the ship was in constant
peril, before the coast of Chile was
It was In 1707 that Coleridge's
friend, William Wordsworth, sugoest- |!
ed to the poet that he make Shel-
vocke's story into a poem. Words-
worth incidentally suggested such of
the eerie details as the navigation of
the ship by dead men, and also fur-
niched several lines of the poem it-
Grass Knots Convey
Message to Gypsies
Close observers may have noticed
in the neighborhood of country cross-
roads, or where roads diverge, a tuft
+ of grass which has been tied into a
knot at the top, and probably con:
sidered it the casual act of some idles
Sut such was not the case.
Since time immemorial the grass-
| knot has been used by the gypsies as
. or alcatraz, he says:
a signal and sign. Usually it is in-
tended merely as a guide for a see-
ond division of a party, indicating
which road has been taken by the first
section, but, if necessary, quite elab-
orate messages may be conveyed, a
particular meaning being indicated by
the character of the knot and its po-
sition with regard to the road—
whether close to or some distance
from the wheel tracks, whether on the
right or left of the right of way.
The second party is even able to tell
with considerable accuracy how long
it has been since the first party tied
the knot. This is accomplished by
the breaking of a handful of grass
stems when the knot is tied—the de-
gree to which broken stems are dried
being a pretty clear indication of the
Western Reserve university, an au- Yims thas, hiss elapsed.
Wrong Idea About Birds
The habits of some Porto Rican birds
glve rise to rather curious beliefs
among the natives, writes Doctor
Wetmore of the Smithsonian institu-
tion. Discussing the brown pelican
“Native fisher-
men relate gravely that, when the
alcatraz grows old and feeble, rather
, than suffer death by starvation it
commits suicide by hanging itself by
the head from the fork of a mangrove
. or a crevice between two stones.
Richmond, Va,—The dome of the
state capitol here, designed by Thom- When Cavanilles, the director of the
as Jefferson, will be strengthened and
made fireproof to assure protection of
the famous Houdoun statue of George
Washington which stands directly un-
der It.
Years ago, connoisseurs gave this
work e monetary value of $1,000,000
and authorities now believe that fit
if placed on the art market today.
In marble, yellow with age, it por-
rays a regal Washingron whose lineg-
ments follow faithfully the features
of the first President of the United
Brighten Up Bridge
to Prevent Suicides
London.—Authorities are trying by
osychology to disuade would-be sui-
cides from jumping into the Thames
from Blackfriars bridge.
Alarmed at the increasing number
of persons taking their lives at this
old Roman river landing, they have
painted the former sember, “sad” black
bridge in a “happy” combination of
light green, trimmed with bright
Modern King Tut's
Tomb Is Gold-Lined
Buenos Aires.—Press reports ;
of a tomb lined with pure gold
and worth $500,000 have aroused
nation-wide interest. It is said
to be one of the family vaults
in .he Chacarita cemetery and
was built by Angel Roverano 19
years ago. :
In addition to the gold ining,
the vault contains a smali statue
of a woman executed by Bitolfi,
for which the sculptor is salg
to have received $30,000. Vari:
ous religious objets d'art in
closed in the vault are believed
te be worth more than $200,000.
The floor is a mosaic of smal!
gold blocks, but it was neve
finished. Senor Roverano’s will
wrovided that the vault should
be sealed after the death of a
brother, his only surviving rela.
tive. This occurred several years
Those familiar with the clumsiness of
the great birds can readily under-
stand that this belief arises from ob-
servation of individuals that slip and
i are caught so that they cannot es-
Dahlia of Mexican Origin
Dahlia history commences in 1791, |
Botanic garden of Madrid, Spain, de-
scribed the flowering of a set of
dahlia roots received in 1789 from
Vicente Cervantes of Mexico. Dahl-
! ias first reached England in 1798
through the agency of the marchioness
of Bute. This had little effect on the
history of the plant, however, as all :
these plants perished from a lack of
proper understanding of their needs.
They were reintroduced successfully
{ in 1804, through the interest of Lady
. Holland.
Quite Different
The golfing novice finished hig first
! game and airily handed his score card
to the secretary, with the remark:
“I'wo below bogey!”
“But,” protested the official, “this
is nowhere near bogey!”
The novice looked hurt.
“Compare the score,” he said, “with
! the figures on the card, and you'll see
The secretary looked.
“Great Scott, man,” he roared,
“that’s the length of the course in
Poor Bandits
At one time when traveling in Tur-
key with Cornelius Vanderbilt, the
late Chauncey M. Depew thought it a
great joke that the train ahead of
theirs was held up by bandits and a
well-to-do farmer captured for $5,000
ransom, while Vanderbilt's train was
not interrupted.
“Brigandage in Turkey needs reor-
4anization,” he wrote home, “It ought !
to be put in the hands of a New York
syndicate and put on a businesslike
That Was Italy
Various are the ways by means of
which European countries made im-
pressions on the minds of Americans
traveling therein. After returning |
bome from a trip to Europe, a Brook-
line woman was asked by a friend, |
“Did you go to Italy?”
“Let me think.”
ftaly, dear?”
“Why, yes, mamma. It was in Italy
that we bought those lovely silk stock. |
Then turning te |
her daughter she said, “Did we go to !
! Safty Strips To Be Developed Along
Railroad Right of Ways.
Development and maintenance of
adequate fire strips along railroad
tracks will be one feature of forest
fire prevention stressed during the
present danger period, George H.
Wirt, chief of the bureau of fire pro-
tection, in the Department of Forest
and Waters, has announced.
Past studies made by the bureau
have convinced officials of the value
of clear strips of land along railroads.
A ceaseless campaign has been waged
urging the railroads to develop such
strips and to make sure that they are
kept free of inflamable material dur-
ing the danger periods. z
In the spring fire season railroads
were responsible for 34 per cent of
the total number of fires in the Forbes
forest district, one which has a
large mileage of railroads. The same
condition was said to have existed in
other sections where it is possible for
sparks from locomotives to start for-
est fires.
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It makes insurance compulsory.
We specialize in placing such in-
surance. We inspect Plants and
recommend Accident Prevention
Safe Guards which Reduce Insur-
ance rates.
It will be to your interest to con-
sult us before placing your Insur-
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