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Poltstown Mercury t.d THE POTTSTOWN NEWS Published tT«r» moroini fotutown Cteiij N«w« Pubilahlnji Ud King Street*. Phone 2263 WILLIAM M. HIESTEB. PreeWetrt SHANDY HXLU OenetsJ Uanagw OHABLM D TBELEVBti Newt Editor """""" SUBSCRIPTION RATES _ By Carter - 15 cente per week. $7 JO pe* fee*. », Mall (pmbl. "trlctlT to^^ce).^ ^ Month. Month* Month Within 190 milee *7-»0 *390 il» .« All other ....... »X «·» 3 25 "*._ Entered tit Pottetown Pottoftlc* a» and clw matter The Awoclated Preie I* ·idualvely ·ntttt»d j» fee u»e for publication of »U n«ws dl«p»tchee »«wiifi! to it or not otherwise credited In tnle psSe^Bd °*£o thS local new. D ubUtbed herein All rtfhta of eoeclU dUpatche. herein are alao reserved. __ _________ _ _ SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 1947 Most of the critical things in life, which become the starting points of human destiny, are little things. --R. Smith Help for the 111 PENNSYLVANIA'S leading medical, psychia- » trie and social agencies are cooperating to support two new legislative bills designed to correct existing evils in the State's administration of mental hospitals and improve the care and treatment of~the mentally ill. The bills, recently introduced in the legislature at Harrisburg, provide for: (1) A separate Department of Mental Health, divorced from the Department of Welfare, and (t) Authorization of a 85,000,000 Eastern State Psychiatric institute to be located in Philadelphia. Proponents of the bills maintain they will go far to improve shameful conditions now existing In the State's mental hospitals, and which have, received such wide publicity. TtLfey- are appealing for public support for passage of the measures. The first bill (House Bill 1062), introduced by our own Montgomery county Representative, Charles H. Brunner Jr., will have a public hearing Wednesday before the Committee on State Government in Harrisburg. It provides that administration of all institutions for the mentally ill and defective, other than defective delinquents, be placed under a Secretary of Mental Health, a member of the Governor's cabinet. The secretary, whose salary Is to be 112,000, must be a doctor of medicine with at least 10 years' experience in treatment of mental . diseases and administration of mental hospitals and mental health programs, and eligible for certification as a diplomats of th'e American Board of Psychiatry. · * * The bill's sponsors maintain that the kind of vital, aggressive mental health program which la imperative today to meet the growing problem of mental illness, can be achieved only through a separate department with full responsibility for the administration of an mental health facilities. They insist that the high requirements for a secretary limit the selection to men of such professional standing that they would not consent to serve in » subordinate position within another department. A man of that type, they point out, would be likely to resist political pressure. If given full responsibility for the conduct ef his department, he would be functioning in the full light of publicity, without the chance to pass the buck to some superior officer, as is possible today. An advisory board, provided under the bill, will also act as a check on the department's performance, by advising on improvements, recommending changes in existing laws or new legislation where necessary. Among the most important functions of the proposed "department will be the establishment of psychiatric clinics; provision for in-service training programs for officers and employes df the department and of institutions; a program of research and study relating to the cause and cure of mental illness, and investigation of children excluded from school because of mental defect. * · * The second bill (Senate 544) provides for an Eastern institute similar to that established in Pittsburgh in 1942, which has been characterized as "the greatest advance in the battle against mental diseases since the first mentally ill patient was admitted to Pennsylvania hospital in 1751." Some of the provisions contained in both bills were included in a legislative program drawn up by the National Mental Health Foundation, of which former Supreme Court Justice Owen J. Roberts, is president. The program -a-as prepared by Stephen Thierman and Willard Hetzel of the Foundation's legal division. Their campaign has so effectively publicized the inhuman treatment of the mentally ill which they witnessed, that they have succeeded in enlisting some of the country's leading citizens in their battle for better conditions. Moreover, cooperating with other interested organizations, they have been instrumental in introducing re'orm legislation. Man's inhumanity *o man never was better ill-js'rated "han in Pennsylvania's neglect or its mentally :3L Heform is 9 necessity. Paf.a::» of tbe.se two o:i'a~ is urcec on Penn- ?yj- an:? t. ;esi?la'!-«r« Th- Mercury irei? its readers to write :ht-:r lccu.Iat.ors *o insure th« bf.'.,~ READERS SAY: Age Misunderstood; Work for Progress L«ttert HUM not to fliort tB*B tM word« tone, ol current topic* and must ·ot InrolT* nertnoiUtie*. Nam* »nd address of writer mutt be tubmlttrd as evidence ol cood raitb bat will b* withheld from publication oo requett. Poetry, and communication* advocating the election of political candidate* ar« not acceptable B? MERCURY READERS Let Old Persons Live To the Editor: I cannot resist the temptation to say that people generally-including doctors-- misinterpret the problem of old age completely. The common benedictions--"A peaceful old age," "Resting gracefully while the sun is gradually sinking," "Relieved of all care and responsibility by loving children and friends that he may rest and enjoy the last years of an active life," etc., etc., are all poppycock. It is not disease, it ia not work and responsibility tihat wear the life out of old people. It is the fact of being coddled and constantly reminded bhat they are old: that they cannot expect to live long; that they must take great care of themselves. When a man has been active all his life and you house him up like a pet turtle you" kill all that is in him. Is life, even the ability to breathe and keep up heart beats, so sweet as to be purchased at the price of mental torture and horror? It is true that the old have diseases-more often weaknesses due to the wearing out of parts, like an old automobile. They should be treated, not to prolong lile but to prevent pain and inconvenience. Finally, let old people work or play a* they wish, encourage their activities without everlastingly reminding them that they are old and must not do things lest they overstrain their hearts. Blessed is the old man who dies in the midst of his work and his interests. WASHINGTON Strike Outlaw Invades Rights UNEASY STREET By RAY TUCKER Pottstown W. H. C. Back the Airport To the Editor: I am certainly glad to see that there are a few far-sighted persons in Pottstown who have the vision and courage to go ahead with a municipal airport even though some stuck-in-the-rut old fogeys can't see beyond their noses. After what the railroad and the automobile have done for the progress of a cpmmunity and the welfare of its people, it is difficult to see how anybody can say that air travel isn't going to help too. There are certain people who don't want to see Pottstown advance but rather stick in a horse-and-buggy condition. Let them keep this up and soon our industries will dry up. Then where will the people earn their bread? We should all get behind the airport movement with all we can. What's good for industry is good for the pocketbooks of its workers. So let's move ahead, Pottstown, or we'll find ourselves pushed off the map, Pottstown JAKE WASHINGTON, April 18--"Why would it not be proper to outlaw all strikes?" asks R. S. of Douglas., Wyo. "Then, if labor and management could not agree on a settlement of their own accord, they would have to take their differences to court instead of calling a strike." Answer: It would be possible for Congress to ban all strikes affecting interstate commerce, but such an invasion of a man's right to sell his productive capacity in a free market, and to resort to the only method open to him to obtain his price, would never get by on Capitol Hill. It smacks too much of Stalin's slave labor system. It packs political dynamite. The federal government may yet have to ban all strikes which paralyze such key industries as power, transportation, food, communications, etc. Such a provision is contained in the H4rtley Bill on the House side. Several states, notably New Jersey, are trying this experiment. VETO: It is not possible now to forecast the form which the final draft of a labor bill will assume, or whether a possible veto by President Truman will be upheld 01 overridden. ""' Both sides are playing partisan politics in a polite way, although the recent renewal of labor difficulties in the telephone, rubber, steel, coal and automobile industries may force the legislators to adopt a drastic measure. However, the proposed use of the injunctive process, establishment of a Federal Mediation Board, the ban on closed shops and jnrisdictional walkouts, and the provision that no strike j may be called until after a majority has approved it in a secret ballot--all these restrictions will make it increasingly difficult for a few union leaders to shove their membership around. In the last analysis, It is probable that Congress will have to enact a law, as R.S. suggests, forbidding strikes in the basic industries on which the everyday operation of our economic machine depends. * · * BOOM: T.R.F. of Oakland. Calif., wants to know what has happened to the expected postwar building boom. Answer: All kinds of construction increased in 1946. but the high costs of labor and materials have combined to thwart the roseate predictions of former Housing Expediter Wilson Wyatt. Building- material prices have gone up by 74.1 percent since the death of OPA last June 30. Privately financed residential construction in 1946 totaled $3,300.000.000, a 50 percent gain over 1939. Largest percentage gains were regist.ereri by. In Retrospect 50 Years Ago April 19, 1891 HAND CUT--Norman Leister, about 12, son of William H. Leister. 848 Queen street, accidentally got his right hand m a fodder cutter on the farm of his grandfather, Joseph Leister, in Lower Pottsgrove, and the hand was painfully cut. TAKES FARM--John Saltzer, brother to Messrs. Rufus and Howard Saltzer, of this borough, has taken possession of the farm lately occupied by Isaac Kurtz in Upper Pottsgrove. TO WED--J. P. Schaeffer, a Pottstown job printer, will leave this morning for Harrisburg where he will take out a marriage license and then continue his journey to Elizabethville, where he will wed Catharine A. Collyer, of that place, at the home of her parents. 25 Years Ago April 19, 1922 .LOST--Mrs. C. H. Sneed, of the McCarthy apartments, King and Hanover streets, lost her pocketbook containing more than $200 in cash, and a $20 mileage book on the Reading Railway, in the Reading Railway station. Hustle Bustle... Aid to Recreation. E PIC -- Mr. and Mrs. Edwin L. Smith. 312 High street, put in a busy day Thursday, preparing for a big dinner date. First of all, ,Mr«. Smith had to scurry round to get a baby sitter for their six-year-old son, Edwin Jr. The Smiths haven't been in town very long because Edwin Sr. just brought his family her* from Akron, Ohio, to take an executive position with the Firestone Tire and Rubber company. So getting a baby sitter wasn't too easy. Then there was the matter of laying out the man of the house's evening clothes and making certain he'd get the tie straight. And Smith Sr. had corsage worries. But finally the couple was all dressed up and ready to go to the Brookside Country club for Wyndcroft school's annual dinner . . « » « * THE SMITHS were a little late arriving for the party. It muc after 8:30 o'clock. There was so much running to do to get there, both were a little excited. But something looked strange. There were so few automobiles on the parking lot. "You'd bet- »t the invitation again,! In Hollywood By JIMMIE FTDLER HOLLYWOOD, April 18--Eddie Cantor is trying to enlist screen stars for an entertainment tour of Palestine, come Summer, to direct public sympathy to the plight of displaced persons there. . . In shoal water: The year-old marriage of Joy Barlow, Warner Brothers starlet, and Lt. Herbert Arens . . - The resl reason for Gene Kelly's p. a. to pay back income taxes . . . The stranger-than-fiction story of the Collyer brothers, New York's eccen- Bridge FOR THE LIVING OF THESE DAYS by VICTOR F. PATTERSON General Secretary YJM.C.A. "THY GENTLENESS HATH MADE ME GREAT." Psalm 18:35 YOU SHOW LACK OF GENTLENESS AND REFINED CONSIDERATION IN JUDGING OTHERS WHEN YOU:-Are easily influenced and without understanding or discipline. Do not make love the heart of true goodness and the guide of your conduct. Do not realize that refusal to forgive destroys fellowship and defeats love. Cannot maintain smooth, pleasant, and charitable relations with your fellowmen. FaO to realize gentleness is the test of gianthood, and fine considerateness the measure of manhood and the gauge of personal worth. Are harsh when you judge, brutal when you blame. , By your harshness break another's heart, scorn and fatally wound his genius. By your cruel criticism slowly kill your fellowmen. Allow, your wife, for want of affection, to freeze and starve to death within your own home. Allow your supreme gifts and rare talents to be marred by harshness. Fail to realize that there is nothing that blights happiness and breeds discord like unlovingness and severity of judgment. Fail to realize a lesson easy for one mind may. be a torture for another. Fail to realize that he that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love. YOU ARE A "HAPPNESS-MAKER" AND STREW ALL LIFE WITH HOPE AND GOOD CHEER WHEN YOU:-Have learned the art of livinc together in peace with all God's children. Know the joy of Christian Service and the discipline of self-denial. Can talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person Can c:ve the other pcr^m a fine reputation :o 3re UP to. Car. make other.- happy about doing North Dakota and Washington -- more than 200 percent. Ten others boosted their totals by more than 100 percent. Declines were shown in such high-cost areas as the District of Columbia, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Vermont and Kentucky. * * · PRICE: Total privately financed construction for 1946 was $7,900,000,000, more than twice the 1939 figure. t - With the automobile, modern mechanical equipment for homes, radios, television, railroads, etc., residential, office and factory expansion can help to maintain oar present level of economic activity for several years, according to all schools of economists. But first, thev insist, the price of piling- one brick upon another 'must come down by at least 50 percent. As evidence of the spiraline of these prices, there is the increase of "the average amount of mortgages on homes under $20.000. For non-farm homes In 1939 it was $2722 as against-$4206 in 1946. On farm houses the average encumbrance was $2190 hi 1939 and more than $3600 in 1946. PREVIEW NIGHTS PIC OF AN UNEXCITING WEEK: "Fun on a Weekend" (Eddie Bracken - Priscilla Lane- Tom Con way-Arthur Treacher). Effervescent nonsense that will leave you with a pleasant laugh-, termath. GOOD: "That's My Man" (Don Ameche- Catherine McLeod-Roscoe Karns). A race track romance that should be a fail* contender for fan approval. RUN-OF-THE-MILL: "Dark Delusion" (Lionel Barrymore- Jatnfes Craig-Lucille Bremer). "Pn Gillespie" administers another average-sized entertainment pilL "Jewels of Brandenburg" (Richard Travis - Micheline Cheirel- Carol Thurston). Class "B" and strictly class-conscious. LOW BRIDGE: "Hard Boiled Mahoney" (Leo Gorcey - Hunts Hall-Bobby Jordan). A test for audience endurance. TOST PERFORMANCE: Arthur Treacher In "Fan ott a Weekend." By SHEPARD BARCLAY Asset May Be Liability THERE IS such a thing as "too much of a good thing.'" Ordinarily, the more cards you possess in your .partner's' suit, the better it is for you, even if that is not the trump, but a side suit. However, when your number of cards in it is too great, then the defenders hold such a small number that one or the other may score a ruff against the contract. There are just two ways to safeguard your'pair against such a defensive ruff in a high contra'ct. One is to put the contract -into that suit in which your pair holds so many cards. The other is to put it intc^No Trumps. A A J 10 8 7 « NEW TRUCK--Zenas Savage, parcel post dehveryman, appeared on the streets with a new Ford delivery truck. Zenas is envied by all the employes at the post- office. ENTERTAINED--Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hane, of 356 Apple street, entertained Mr. and Mrs. Albert Emmett and children, of Philadelphia, over the Easter holidays. ^ 8 7 + A 7 3 *J 9 6 4 *K 3 7 « 54 S 4 9 5 2 9 K J 10 9 6'5 · J 10 8 2 £ None 10 Years Ago April 19, 1937 BLAST--More than 300,000 tons of rock were blasted loose in the John T. Dyer quarry at Monocacy in the first comprehensive test given nitramon, a new high explosive. * * · OPENS--Final one of the series of open house nights at the new vocational training annex to the Senior High school will be conducted tonight from 7 to 9 o'clock. · * * -Z^f WINNER--Detective James V. Gleason was winner of a cake at a supper held by-the American Legion auxiliary in the Post home. N W E S A Q * «- Back in Business The Worry Clinic By DR. GEORGE W. CRANE MARGERY L., 30, is a senior at the university. "Dr. Crane, you keep urging people to control their behavior by their heads ta^ stead of their hearts." she commented. "Isn't it more natural to let our emotions direct our actions? I think a logical plan* of life would be very dry.' "It seems to me that it would be much more fun to live according to the dictates of the heart." tnf ^\^rc:° of piwc7. rn"cct;on of waknpsf. of the mcT2.« of hjrh -breed - Grampaw Oakley rUNKTX CORNERS. Editor. Thr Mercury. April 1R. Drar Sir 'n' Brother: Wai. I sec bj the pap«r« wh^rr the stricidf of Hitler"* food miniMrr at Nnernbrrj: eliro- *tial«~« another Nan. Anrt *o ibri £o. von hr von. Pftl*Utwn donfh b o T « arc wnlinr homr from Toko. -viMnc things are pr-ofTf^^mt so well -with thr Japxnew it rnipht not tw !f»nc l*forf ther again start manufacturing o a r American fluff. And say Picketint telephone linemen in the news r e e l jtx-tare* apparently eno» bring a u drewd ap and n« wire to GRAMPAW KED OAKLET Have a conviction lha' rvery .toy] is d?sr to God; posses? a consumint; Jo'se for the indnidual Car. meet storm with ra:m ha'e with .ore. «*owL w:*h '-mijr^.. p"o*::r;e* with confidence. -nw arid bittfrr,' 1 ^ wi'h 'Jtt- mffd 4 ranq:i:i1v Can »::nri :r. vhcrs transpors of de- heh* ar.n T.'Jr^M-m Wort; 'T --·=)'· 'r.j'h ar.ri .·· -r.'r ·?*?:,/-· tV- - f = * '.f Chr.vi:sr. Character a r^nt, "!-,·· x nr.r. r. cr,?s. of heart. F L O W E R S ro» THE LIVING *T For fc^j MARGARET SPRAGUE MoJio 31 BECAUSE .- h e w a ? narwd v«3en;r:o::an o.' thr B.ronr.:o H . Obviously, if we didn't receive the thrills and chills which our emotions can give us, our life would certainly not be very exciting. Moreover. Ill admit that it is easier to live according to the dictates of emotion. Like the lower animals, we have their entire repertoire of anger, love, fear, rage. etc. e . Human beings, however, also have a highly developed brain. We are supposed to use it to control our emotions For if we are slaves to our own moods and ·vic- tims of our environment, then we rate scarcely higher than animals. Our brain is a wonderful organ. It is full of magic.' For example, birds must carry wings on their backs, but we can cam- them in our heads in the form of ideas, which later become airplanes. Fish must drag fins around with them in order to swim? But we carry our fins in our head, and use them only when we need to do submarine work. The horse carr.es just one type of shoe or hoof for Summer and Winter. Stone and soft earth If he walks on gravel, lie tears his hoof to pieces. But we carry shoos in our heads. Thus, we ha"c 'in- hmited variety, from French heels to tennis shoes, rubber boots to sandals, oxfords to wooden slippers. We can also line them with fur or coat them with rubber. Indeed, we even improve on nature ar.d shoe the poor horse with iron so his hoofs will not be worn 4 o the Quick. Besides, in our h"ad; we carry ic^ in Summer via our refnnera'ors and we push bark Winter via o-;r f':mare« "A barrAb rush; u-ih our electric ;:ch:,= an-, carTM ra:n irro the desert via we'.x r 'T pitehr-.e of Ti»;er Goi ca-.r ;p ~ir hra.n v TT» coii«d Vf-r c;;r **IP. I'l'^r. 5 . no" '"I'.nv.r.a"** "hrm. Ii.«.*e?.o 'f fa'.r.r.e .n :v,r *vh r o: neighbor'* ·*.'- or mari~. .r.c a dr.riKarc ?r.d sciert *!«]-. a' 'he f a n Then Tie can drop our 3oe:cal '.'..nking and la'er re\el .r. :he delicious "motion of Jove, knowing tfiat we have inIlfttu- a)h sft the svaef. Pf-.pJe ·who "..·.e rhip'h actoru,:*; to emo'H'i,* :-rf r h '.ti;.h ar:a beas*-!«:» In thf xKn':fi'" nil** of conduct B-, ffil'o'air.c 'r»m '-o-i ran st.il have all '!!«· emo'-.ona; ;hr»r..« ir. life but Will uie hcatiacnes afterward*. trie recluses, is already in script form and being peddled to Hollywood studios. Dick Haymes will take over Andy Russell's top spot on The Hit Parade for five weeks, starting July 21 . Altar-bound in July: Jack Oakie and Vickie Home .... Wotzis anent a plague of rattlesnakes infesting Ginny Simm's home in the Hollywood Hills? . . . I hear that Lois Andrews is puhlenty burned at ex-hubby George Jessel for birthday-partying their five-year-old spring-off, Jerilyn, at a nightclub . . . Once more, don't sell that Rita Hayworth - David Niven romance short; pals say they're talking marriage. Kathryn Grayson and Johnny Johnston are nursing bruises sustained when their car overturned on a wet pavementj the other day . . . MGMers want to star Margaret O'Brien in a picture preaching racial tolerance . . . Time out for Sylvia Sidney, under doctor's care with a severe eye infection . . . Fred Astaire's dance schools have given the master minds of an eastern syndicate an idea: they propose back' ' of 9 5 K 10 S (Dealer: South. North-South vulnerable.) South West North ' East 19 Pass 14 Pass 2 + Pass 3 ^ Pass 4 NT Pass 5 A Pas* East led his diamond J against that, and when West satf the Q drop on his A, he decided it was undoubtedly a singleton in North's hand. Hence North must have quite a bunch of clubs. Reviewing the bidding, he recalled that North had not jumped hi spades until he heard Sbuth's club bid. That betokened some large number of clubs in North's hand. Furthermore, North was notoriously a player who liked to take the contract away from his partner, and might seek to play the hand in spades when it ought to be in clubs. After all that figuring. West returned his ctab 2. and the ruff by East set the coHtract. Now take a look at the bidding. North and South were not using Blackwood, or any artificial slam com-ention, so the ,4-No Trumps was in its natural meaning, merely saving South's hand was appreciably too strong for 3-No Trumps. North's correct bid after that, when he held so many of his partner's clubs, was 6-Clubs instead of 5-Spades. South could have left that or could have Sashayed into 6-No Trumps, in which events no tricks could have been taken against him except the diamond A. as a ruff by the defense would have been not just unlikely, but impossible as it developed. By RUTH ETTING -WELL, here I am, back again on T* fM-).u, xiti. c .», ***!, uci-vix, agaui. w»i Broadway after almost nine years in Colorado. f lt's wonderful to be back, but that farm life was wonderful too. After living in a trunk, so to speak, for so many years, you can't imagine h o w much that simple life meant to me. There were early bedtimes a n d early risings' and the clean, beautiful smell of the morning air. Once a week or so there'd be a little social at the Town Hall or gathering at a neighbor's house. M o s t evenings my husband, Myrl Alderman, and I preferred to just sort of hang around our own playroom listening to the radio, or reading or, I must confess, putting on our own little show. . I'd sing for him and he'd play his wonderful piano arrangements for me for hours on end. I had lost all contact with the entertainment world except for the Broadway columns and radio, and it was just what the doctor ordered. I was very happy in my self-imposed exile. Just when I felt show business and I were going to remain strangers forever, an old friend of mine, Irving Berlin, sat down and wrote the musical score for "Annie Get Your Gun." Included in it, as you know, is a little classic called, "There's No Business Like Show Business." At first its effect on my emotions was slightly minor. But each time I replayed the record, I'd get a little something more out of it, call it an urge . . . or what Euth fitting Recently. MGM canceled Gloria de Haven : s contract because she refused to play an assigned role, then over-rode Spencer Tracy's objections and ordered him to co-star with Lana Turner in "Cass Timberlane." It looks like the Metro bosses are determined to be just that -- bosses-and it's about time for studio heads to reach that decision. Lately, contracts have become meaningless, for stars have been telling their em- plovers what they will or won't do. a ·£ LO, i t What are the odds ror ^0 tncks at No trumps ththe ££n6*Z h o n o r s ^re » f the secondary h o n o r s are aneased - _ _____ me. I like Wayne, both as a private citizen and as an actor, but I don't think his phiz will add materially to the God-given granaeur of the California Sierra. It might establish a precedent, movie star egos being as they are-and. off-hand. I cant .think of anything more ndiculous. s s BT t Jvric held ^ much meanuig for me that b - efore long j Mt just Uke a race horse at tne barrier ' The time had C ° me f °5 me to sin? to Uve audiences again and that was all there was to it. So here I am at the Copacabana for that 15-mmute call. fhe-miBute call and the music to my ears of "You're on. Miss fitting. O f you singers have written me for advice To them I have this to say: t B Bv tha?! n_«£. a certain style - ^J "*££ ^^ field ff L* ~TeT Smith suggested, as fie kidded his wife about it probably being the wrong date. He was right! The invitation read for Thursday, April 23, so that the Smiths were just a week too early for the dinner . . . CONSOLATION: Out of the confusion Mr*. Smith got a dinner away from home, at a place she had been taken to before. And the couple rehired the baby sitter for next Thursday. * * · PPRING HOUSECLEANING? -- While "^ you're tearing up those, rooms and getting rid of all that junk stored in the attic, how about helping Pottstown's kiddies? How about dragging out all that athletic equipment you once thought you'd use but which you know you never will? Recall those baseball gloves, badminton equipment, volley balls, soccer balls, basketballs, tennis rackets? You'll never uae 'em, so why not turn 'em over to the kiddies? The Pottstown Recreation commission now has obtained use of the school playgrounds for after school play. But it needs equipment, hasn't the money to buy it. It can use your old gear. How about giving it to The Mercury to make kids happy? The recreation program * going forward fast. Won't you help it along? Drop in your athletic gear *» The Mercury, Hanover and King streets, this Tirerning, and the recreation commission will make good use of it. * * * RECIPE -- Those broom eloset blues sung by "J. B." in yeeterday't --column got a quick response from » former sufferer. "Hah- Restorer" write*, "I was a phrenologist's dream until those blankety-blank broom and mop handle* beat some tense into my thick *knll. I would suggest that M. B.' beat hi* broom closet booby trap the came way that I did. All he ha* to do it to' drive some long finishing nails into the wall »t a sl»nt, drill * ·mall hole at the top of each handle, and hang the offending brooms and mops off tfce floor. It serves a doable purpose, toe. It keeps the floor of the broom closet clean and K s*vee the money vent for burge rappfiee of aspirin." G IVE AWAY DEP'lT^ Frank J. Sieb«i Snyder road, Green Lane, has six rabbit pups, five week* old, he'll give away to first callers . . . William 8. Hawley, Perkiomenville RD J, writes that a homing pigeon settled in his yard. Has a leg band numbered AA 46-18447. Owner oan reach Hawley on the Kratz road and Gravel pike. * * * SATURDAY S N I C K ! * -- A youngster asked his fatfeer how wan started. "Well," said -We IWber, "Suppose America «t«*rreied with England and " "Bat," interrupted the mother, "America must never quarrel wHh * England." "I know," agreed the father, "bat I am only taking a hypothetical instance." Tow are misleading the child," she protested. "No. I am not," shouted the fattier. "Never mind, Dad," put m the boy, "I think I know how wars start." of screen star John Wayne on a Cali- of history, has greater men to honor fornia moutam wins no cheers from than any of its actors. Potlslown Skflrhes BSPBILUPS me "«'* Uncle Kelson Voxghan yroctiang tut putting, Lawrenc* Uauger. ^ «« TOB. as an individual, are different from any human beinjf alive. Instead of putting effort and time into a jArle that comes naturally to somebody els*. pat that s«nr effort into perfecting what nature gave Ton. Maybe the going will be a Mttle toueher "in the beginning, but your Tame ·mil last longer once you hit your stride. Of course, there's going to be a little hardship. But believe in yourself and trust a little to luck. In my rase, for instance. I never took a lesson and as a matter of fact started iry professional career as a chorus girl. But. I loved to sing, and I believed with all my heart that some day I would have the opportunity to sine before the public. Backst-ace, I never stopped singine and one day when the specialty sinser took sick I wis put in as a replacement It was indeed an oad bit of luck, for the singer I subbed for was a man. All the arrangements called for a low register voice ar.d I suppose that's how I came to sing in tlie style that was later called torch singing. I never went bach to the chorus aft?r that, because shortly after. Irving Berlin heard a test record I made and brought it to the attention of Flo Ziegfeld. who signed me lor the Follies. So it seems. Irving has really been responsibJt lor two Important steps to YOUR HEALTH Br HERMAN S. BUNDESEV. ML O. THE care of the mother-to-be is of extreme importance, not only to the future of the child, but to the mother herself. A number of the difficulties of the child-bearing time can be avoided by intelligent following of a certain routine. When this is done, the period of waiting need not be one of discomfort but. rather, a time of good health. And good health promotes the good spirits and serene mental attitude which may have a direct bearing on the mother's later attitude toward her child. Certain of these matters, though important, are very simple. For example, the mother-to-be should wear low-heeled shoes and no tight garters. Her clothes should be light and loose fltting. Tub baths should not be taken during the last month, and enemas or injections of fiuid into the lower bowel should not be employed unless the doctor specifically orders them. In regard to exercise, according to Dr. Arthur L- Ravers, of the Medical Collese of South Carolina, activity should de- pond on what is usual for the individual. However, no patient should take part in athletics. Traveling in general should be restricted. The pregnant woman should gain only ·bout. 20 pounds during the nine-month period, not because limiting the weight gain affects the Si»e of the baby but, rather, because St acts as a protection against toxemia or poisoning. With » limited weight gain, there is less likelv f w b* indigestion, bowel elimination _ be more normal «wJ tb«- mothw-to-it win n tecerml to awn eotrdorUbl*. IN FW SPA PERI IF.WSPA.PFJ

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