Covina Argus from Covina, California on December 7, 1907 · Page 3
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Covina Argus from Covina, California · Page 3

Covina, California
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Saturday, December 7, 1907
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THE HERCULES BEETLE. Thii South American Giant Is the Big* Best Bug ' n the World. To the Hercules beetle, a ginnt ninong Insects, which Is found In certain portions of Centnil and South America ns Well ns in the island of Dominion, one of the British Went Indies, belongs the distinction of hoing the biggest bug In the world. In nppearnnce this creature Is anything but: prepossessing and looks as If it hnlonged with pink snakes, purple spiders niul other creatures of I ho imaginiition. It Is a common trait of torrlsts and travelers to make little of anything fipon in. foreign lands, especially In the lift!,- West Indian Islands, and to declare that similar things of vastly greater nixe or better (]rality occur in '•Hod's country." When tli'\v run n<TOSS the Hercules beetle, however, ! they are obliged to acknowledge them- pelves beaten. Although .so formidable in appear- mice, this insect is perfectly harmless. It lives in the heavy forests and fcedn on the sweetish sap or gum of native trees. The larva, or grub, is about four inches long and ns thick ns o man's thumb and looks like a htij<e white maggot. It Is considered a dell- racy by the native negroes nnd oaribs, who roast it in hot ashes and sny that It tastes like roasted nuts. Clumsy in appearance, the Hercules beetle possesses great powers of flight, nnd in the outlying villages it is not uncommon for one of these lingo creatures to enter the native houses, being attracted thereto by the lights. The Invariable result is a prompt extinguishing of the candle by the wind created by the beetle's buzzing wings, accompanied by screams from the inmates of the house, who imagine n jumble, or evil spirt, has invaded their dwelling. A popular belief among the natives is that the Hercules beetle saws off limbs of trees by grasping them between the two hornlike appendages find flying round nnd round. Tills Is a manifest impossibility, as the Insect has but little power in the horns, and, moreover, the upper one Is lined with a soft, velvety hair, which would be rubbed off at once by any friction. TABLECLOTHS. The "Doublets" and' the "Bubbles" of Olden Times. In the twelfth century the table- <-loths were very large nnd were always laid on the table double. For a long time they were called "doublers" for that reason. The cloth was first placed so as to touch the.floor on the Bide of the table at which the guests sat. Then all the cloth that remained •was folded so that it just covered the table. Charles V. had sixty-seven tablecloths which were from fifteen to twenty yards lorfg and two yards wide. He had one cloth which was thirty- two yards long, and that had the arms of France embroidered on It in silk. All of these were fringed. In the sixteenth century "doublers," or double cloths, were replaced by two tablecloths, one of which was small and was laid just as we lay ours today. The other, which was put on over it, was large and of beautifully figured linen. It was skillfully folded in such a way that, as n book of that time says, "It resembled a winding river, gently ruffled by a little breeze, for among very many little folds were here and there great bubbles." It must have required much art and care to make dishes, plates, saltcellars, sauce dishes and glasses stand steadily in,' the midst of this undulating sea and among those "bubbles" and puffy folds. However, the fashion had only a short existence, as Is apt to be the case with unpractical fashions, and toward the latter part of the century a single cloth, laid flat and touching the floor on nil sides of the tnble, came into general use. Not the Same Bill. After much per.suaslon Sir John Astley allowed himself to be put forward some yearn ago as a Conservative candidate for parliament from IJncoln- shire. lie knew little about politics, but entered Into the campaign as rare sport. One day ho addressed a meeting of electors at a village in tho i*lc of Axholme, nnd when he had finished Homebody challenged his hcururs to fire questions at him. Presently there came the query, "What do yon think of Sir Wilfrid Lawson's liquor bill'/" Fur a moment Sir John was nonplused, but only for a moment. Pulling himself together, he replied, "1 cannot answer for Sir Wilfrid Lawson's liquor bill, hut I do know that last year my own was a deuced sij;lH t-i'i bix!" The Holly. The bully In < >rmi'ii.v is called ! f'liristdorii. ur Cliri.-'t's ilium, the l";j- end b.-ing iliai. it \\as •>{ this plant that , the crown ol° tlioiiis was made. In ' France the Iniior is assigned to the hawthorn, \\lheh I-i there called the no- j ble thorn. In Spain the legend assigns i the honor lo the bramble. An old ! Scotch legend makes the crown to con- , Hist of thistle blades, while in the folk- ! lore of Kn-claiid the climbing rose, in said to Lave hi;:;n the plant :ieluct«J by tile per>.ernt<irs. Enthusiasm. Notl.iiiif else is .so contagious as e.n- thu-iia.-m. It is tlie real allet'orv <>t the lute iff Orpheiis It moves stone. It charms r/rntes. Knthusi;ism i.- 1 tin: ffniiis of sincerity, and truth accomplishes h'j victory without it—Bulwer Lyttou. COVINA "A City Among the Orange Groves" above were the words which fell from the lips of Gov. J. N. (iillett of California, when he visited recently this fair gem set in its semi-tropic surroundings. No words more fitting could have been chosen in describing Covina, the chief town of the far-farced San (iabricl Valley. Every boulevard ant, driveway for miles in every direction is tlankcd with peerless groves, and the very atmosphere it: the early springtime is laden with the perfume of the orange blossom and tho trees laden with the golden ripe fruit. Along these lii in, oilod driveways, ornamental vegetation of tho common atui rarer scrts grows in profusion, and withal are the lovely homes set in spacious grounds, where roses thrive in' such varied richness thai they appear voluptuous even amidst indescribable Moral wealth. Sublimely eminent over tlie landscape that blesses the. eye from Covinn is the majestic peak of San Antonio nnd those of lesser altitude, but none the: less beautiful, of the Sierra Madre r.mgo, \vitri their snow crowns sinning' and sparkling like jewels. Covina has no.rival in [,os Angelas county for beat.ty of situation. Enhanced by the markings of civilization, its scenic loveliness, viewed in broad perspective, is hardly surpassed anywhere. There is little danger of incurinp any tourist's resentment by advising him to tarry at C.ivina. for more than a casual glance about him. Many tilings he will treasure in memorv arc to be seen in and about the pretty burg. BIRDSEYE VIEW OF COVINA To the homeseeker Covina extends a standing invitation. The right hand of hospitality is all ways extended to all worthy people to cast their lota with ours and enjoy the grandeur of'mountain the perpetual gladness of vernal life, fruiting 1 and flowering 1 in perennial concert, an atmosphere blending 1 the azone of mountain tops with the tincture of the sea, the conveniences of civilization, and an opportunity of securing handsome returns for their labors in the cultivation of our groves. Covina was incorporated as a city in 1901, and at once took rank as one of the best governed cities of California, which position it holds steadfastly. Our population is estimated at 2500. Covina is located twenty-one miles east of Los Angeles in the upper San Gabriel Valley. It is connected with L<os Angeles and other points by the Southern Pacific railroad and the new line of the Pacific Electric, which furnishes hourly service, with a running time of 35 minutes, through many miles of the finest orange groves. The public schools of Covina are the pride of the people arid the buildings are constructed after the most approved modern plan. lu all respects they are up-to-date. Our high-school certificates are accepted in the leading colleges and universities, East and West, Grammar school graduates accredited in the high schools of California and all other states. ; . ".-,..,, . ....,»,, ' ; f • ' V • » <*.- •-.-,' The people of Covina are, emphatically, church-goers, and each of the six different churches are well attended. The Methodist and Baptist denominations are both building new edifices to accommodate their respective congregations, which had outgrown their present church buildings. No saloons exist in the city, and those who desire to raise families amid good social and mora environments find here an ideal community. Covina boasts of a beautiful Carnegie library, built is 1905, which is largely patronized. An especial feature of the institution is the children's reading room. KANCII Property ol J. II. Adam.- In frw comimi nitie>, i-vu in Southern < -•> li !• ii'iiia, i';iii there !<<• I'/MIK! a jie</|>lc more mil ver i;«lly imbued with civic, pride than arc. liir citizen* i/l Covina. The * nvina II .n,.- Teh phone Company "i - cupies i IS o'.v i) building .inn t ill ni.-.ii'--, .1 <. .in jih-i e ,i nil ellic.ieut vr 1 . !•.•• '••'> ''< -.• i "I '/< I liav lli>- n e i.l over HI'I'I p'li 11.1 .-,, I !n:iii'!i u;; 11 e. <:,,u nr . t e,n , '.v nil I lie lu'.v n •> ul .•,/:,- .1. < < i • in !' n ri, S,i n I )i in.i -,, ( i;.i i I' I ( Kik, Irv.'iii'l;ii<: and I'IM t.' • . '1 iie I .i. vi i, i (i.i -. ' '• I\H ( <.i n v , a I- > a In 11 11< -.i. i M' :on, i'uroi -Ai>- -, ;'•>-• i<>i l<ot li fuel and il! .1 min.'i ti'.n. '!!.<• S<i n I i a driel I ,i;; li t ,i ii:l i'. .\v: r C<>mi< i .1 , |-i. i. i • Ir", u ' h ! ! • >\ I r,. i n ,i pi i ','•• i >• homes and s: rei-1-., ;\ \\'\. \\ ar.- v. 1 i ii ;• :i »e;| i,y a < (MM plete - ', -,i >->\\ nl 11. • .1 u ••'.>• • '-i: I ! i;; n I -.. 'I i:e < •,', ;\i.. I<;i ml :ind U'at-;!' Comjia ny , i nut rolli-d i.-, II. I 1 ,. 11 iiiil i i.f. ton, in n .. t ..• • i' ', ' '•• i' n .: i-.i r e -•. ,i \>'\ •• n it\,'. y under excelle 'it pi 'i ••> •-. to 1 '-. \\'e !ia ve I .'•» nat i'.n.i i and t '.vo ?-.<t ; tn . K 11,, ' ; n ->i ,i ••-,.> d- o I In ;; ii ••! <'•' i til nl all I cadi n.; line.-, -if l,n ,ine-, >, are re|>i i--,t;ti ted. '1 li.: Vendome i-, i n i .' i ia -, -, i un n i; y h'.t. I. Our cliih.i are of a .^'icia!, liter,ny and nalure. Tlie M'jnd.iy atternoon ( hit), a l.idn--.' literary, federated organisation, owning a lii.iid.vme cl lO-li'in^e on Hie I.'/IIII.T of (iitrin avi-nue and Center street; the l-'urtniK/ttly, a ;M.nt leman'n ii'erary c.lul<; the A in|'lii'<ii, a jnu-> '/!'(;•! ni/.a! ion ; and the Covinii C'»un'ry ( liili, e'juijjiied v. ith a .-, .utaljle and c.liar n;i n j; l>u i Idi i,;- ; t!i»' San 'i.ii/M'-i \',i\\< ,' Auto Chin wi'.ii its M x'y~->ev..-n ;uit«j-> make, tr-'juent delii;hihd i u i/ -> i/. • r t lie n n< road '.v.iy -,; a nd the Covina \'alley Farmer.-> ! Club, deyoto'l t ; iior) r'ultui a! .md publn intr i. -.!-.. ( ovina ha-, a I no it . lull ijiiota of fraternal or.^nii/.niioii.i. ('nvina rank™ .; -. i he le nii ni' i.ram" di.»l ri- ! »f !,'< , A i; •>."''• e-, con n t •/. \',\< v t: i </m plelel y i-ij u ; pjc-d j)a<_kiii)_; house •> are rei (in n d i<, prejia re f i,r ma r r- i-t the I i.'/ii -..i ml ~> '/t e,n , </( m .. ni;i -. /. ni'.h :r< -. hij/ j,e(.l f ri/i;i t ii ifl p'/i n t ;i i i r. p ;a i i y to the ea ^ t«. - r n n,a r '*>• ) -i. I n ,\ n n \i -i '• ii» i j>n M i, f , 1 • • v i r j ,1 i a n i<.--, h i .-. t in !.'•-, An gel e.•> r.oiHlty and third in the world. '1 he r<> i-.'inis, '^t lem' n -. i •, .11 •,'< •-. Jeafli n^; i ndii .1 1 y. l!e-,id>- •, our citnih )jr</duct.i, ijetidu'/us fruits ui d berri'm of evrr> kind arc \<f-i'f< n in abundance. /«, >'i n alt :if ,ii jjfuducti and graiii.i gi'oAii <>n land.-, bouthwcnt oi th'j city also form a lea<!iny v/un,c <;1 ini.oine. GEO. W. GRIFFITHS, Jr. Cement Contractor Sidewalks, Curbs, Coping, Foundations Soc me or ring me up before contracting for any work in my lino. Distributing Assent in the San (Jabricl Valley for Swift's Fertilisers Home plume 70. CD VINA, GAL KERCKHOFF^CUZNER Mill and Lumber Co* Phones: Home. 14S; Sunset 25.^ COVINA, CAL. COVINA MEAT MARKET J. I-. KENDALL, Prop. Orders taken and deliveries made daily. Orders in town will receive prompt attention. Fresh and Tender Beef, Mutton, Pork, Etc. Home Phone 3d F\ E. Proprietor of the COVINA LIVERY STABLES Home Phone 30. Covimi, Cnl, Covina VDalky Savings IBank OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS A. P. Kcrckhoff, Prescient II. M. Houacr, Vice-President W. II. Holliday Marco II. Ilulliiiiin Gco. E. Anderson J. C. HutchiiiBon, Jr., Cashier W. M. Grlswold, Assistant Cashlci Interest Paid on Deposit Money to Loan on First Mortage Real Estate JOHN W. THOMAS Funeral Director and Embalmer GLENDORA, CAL. 18 years practical experience. Satisfaction guaranteed. Calls answered day or night. 1'hones: Office 22. r >:',. Residence 4H.K. Harn IMionc 2-Kl Kcs. Tlione l')8 CITY LIVERY STABLES C. H. S I AN ION, Prop. Feed and Sale Yards in Connection Kiisl ;tti(l (iriitlf llursi"., (',ireful I)rivcp. Stylish Ki<;s W. Ii;idillo St., on tin- now electric, line. COVINA, V dS M «<t * x * a r 111 O R A N E S i Our rrfcr.-n. •<•-,: TI1K < il\'O WI'IK'S v/lio hitvc d<;i«.- bu ,inc-,s V/lili II',. i'H(kill)^ HoU'.»C- .Uld Ollirc, A/.U,,i A 1 , c. 'I'l'lcphoilc 1 1 l.i'j. I. OCA I. I'l.l'l' I :,).:. ']•.'! IV )•;.•> M li A I II li k O .S. COL T R I N

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