Article about James Riley's book
deepsr for STRING OF PEARLS By Pearl Cochran home guests by 1 to be dnte committed Our Thanksgiving dinners are on the march. A truck load of them go- jng through Mt. Pleasant Thursday morning brought to mind the article of more than usual interest (to me) in the current issue of "The lowan." "The Whole Town Talks Turkey" by James Poster describes a small town | enterprise, Maplecrest Farms, that has reached a large scale industry. James' Foster, this year's* editor- in-chie"f of the ''Daily lowan" at the University of Iowa writes, "Wellman and the surrounding 30 square mile area furnish a very sizable share of the world's turkeys -- over 450,000 for Thanksgiving and Christmas alone." Foster tells the story of Arthur C. Gingerich who ' spectacularly built a million-dollar- a-yenr industry on turkeys. Foster, son of the late Ellery Foster of Well- of Maple- and Mr. crest Packing Plant, be Gingerich were my bosses .when I worked as checker in charge of eighty-five pinners during the 193C- 1937 turkey picking season. Mabel Jackson Foster, James' mother was my algebra, Latin, and Caesar teacher in 'Wellrnan high school, so naturally I am quite interested in the story, i We were just climbing out of .the (Note spelling of desert and unusual English usage of ''oif from." The horrors of the camel trek read thus: "The Arabs had been much amused in 'observing our ficulty in ascending the height, kept up a laugh while they were whipping us forward. Their women and children were on foot as well themselves, and went up without seethe smallest difficulty or inconven- ience, though it was extremely for the camels to mount, and be- fore they got to the top they covered with sweat and froth. footing now selected five camels for purpose, one for each of us, they put us on which we were obliged to cling grasping its long hair with hands. The back bone of I was set on was only skin, and seemed as sharp as the chapter The heavy, edge of an oar's blade. motions of the camel, not unlike that of a small vessel in a heavy | m head-beat sea were so violent; bipod dripped from my heels while i depression in the fall of 1936 and in order to supply the New York j and Chicago markets with turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas, Mr. Gingerich personally asked the pinners and checker to work much longer than the usual day. That meant a 5:30 a.m. to 9 or 9:30 p.m. day with time out only 'for lunch, a brief slipper period, and two ten 1 minute intermissions, so T feel that nad a uttle bit to do . with " Mrs. the intense heat of the s u n scorched and blistered our bodies and the outside of our legs, so we were covered with sores, and without anything to administer fe- lief." , , Â° i i turkey hungry New Yorkers and Chicagoans on two holidays. Reads the article, "Today Maplecrest Maplecrest turkeys are sold in every state including many of the leading restaurants, restaurants, trains and ocean liners. During World Wnr I, more than 150 rail carloads of Maplecrest turkeys to used annually by the govern- ment,alone to provide holiday din- for' month. Women ners ' for members forces." of the armed According to "On Iowa," alumni bulletin of the University of Iowa, a new two-year program for women students interested in becoming dental nurses will be launched by the SUI College of Dentistry this students who complete the two-year program will receive a diploma of dental nurse (DN) and will be qualified for licensing exam- but- inahons to become dental hygien- j ists as provided under Iowa law. This program should be of great interest to a number of 1954 high school graduates. anything A very old, old book Captain James Riley's Narrative of his misfortunes misfortunes and consequent sufferings and observations in Africa was brought to the Mt. Pleasant News office Mondny by Mr Fred Myers. might be that in some areas too many), humanitarian treatment of one's fellowmen has not progressed progressed much in the last two hun- aCC Â°" nt ! 4Â«d yea|-s, and slavery of any has no place in any civilized hlg The Methodist Church Auction will be held Saturday, October 10, the National Guard Armory. Almost any item available in any size, shape, and form will be sold and the proceeds will go toward furnishing furnishing the beautiful First Methodist church. A big, big crowd of ready purchasers is expected to attend event. Our annual not so welcome visitors visitors are with us agnin. Flocks \ of blackbirds by the tens of thousands, I would judge, twitter and Wicker the treetops each evening and again m the mornings begin the cacophony cacophony about five-thirty. Sometimes their sputterings among the drying leaves have the sound of falling rain nnd when I looked out to it, was I disillusioned. Miss Katherine Jones and Mrs. D. Bevington were in Iowa City Thursday to help welcome home and Mrs. Baldwin Maxwell who arrived there a week ago from England. Dr. Maxwell was on a leave of absence from the faculty of the English Department of the University University of Iowa. He has been a lecturer lor Oxford University at Stratford- on-Avon, for the past thirteen months. An authority on IGth century English literature, he gave lectures on Anglo-Saxon English. It was Dr. Maxwell's fifth trip the British Isles. He had studied Capt. Riley who was born Oct. 27, i Oxford and was there several 1777 wrote the account of his ship- ago as a lecturer. Mrs. Maxwell, wreck ofl the coast of Africa and his former Georgia Smith of Mt. being taken as a captive slave ' ant, also had been to England about 1800 The book was published and both love the beauty of in 1815. Mr. Myers has had the book [ Â· ' " " Â·Â· ~ '- Â·-Â·Â·Â·Â·Â·.Â· ' ' ' Â·Â· ;Â· " since he was ten years old. He found it in nn old house that was being torn clown in Burlington. The narrative in Chapter VIII sounds like the tortures meted out to the P.OJVV.'s by their Red captors. captors. The introduction is as follows' "The author and his crew are earned on camel;, into the interior of the Depart of Sahahrnh - The Arabs hold a council - The crew are sold and distributed - The author's remarkable dream - The skin and flesh are literally roasted off fiom his body and from the bones of his companions - Their dreadful sufferings sufferings while naked and wandering about the desert with their masters, subsisting only on a little camel's milk. Two Arab traders arrive."