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8 AtTOQ$A Hitoona flRitror. established June 13. 1874. Httity Rlep rounder, MIItrtOK I'UI.NTI.NO COMPAMt, PllbllahCM, MIRROU BU1LU1NO, 1000-1002 Qreen Ave.. Altoona. Pa. DANIEL N. SLEh ^resident H. L. JOHNSTON ManaslnR Editor CITY SUBSCRIPTION RATKS: Single copy 2 cents Per month (payable monthly) .... 50 cent* MAIL SUBSCRIPTION RATES: One month (In advance) .60 Six months (In advnnce) $3..10 One year (In advance) $7.00 TELEPHONES: Bell Phone 7171. The Altoona Mirror is n mrmner of the Audit Bureau of Circulation nnd the American Newspaper Publishers' Assoclntlon and Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association. The Altoona Mirror nKsumes no financial responsibility for typographic^ errors In ad vertlsoments, but will reprint lhal pnrt of an advertisement In which the typographical error occurs. Advertisers will please nollfy the management Immediately of any error which miy occur. Entered a» second class matter at Altoona postofflce. SUSTAIN tN NATIONAL 1999 EDITORIAL 1929 ASSOCIATION AVERAGE DAILY PAID CIRCULATION DURINU OCTOBER. 28,987 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, I»2I). A THOUGHT FOR TODAY. But foolish nnd unlearned questions avoided, knowing that they do Render strifes. —II TlmoUiy 2:23. I N LOVE QUARRELS the party that loves tho most is always willing to acknowledge tho greater fault.—Sir Walter Scott. VOT^FOR THE LOAN. P ERHAPS THE most important question to bo decided by tho voters of the city of Altoona at tomorrow'* election concerns tho proposed loan of $2,000,000 for school purposes, The importance of this matter has been clearly presented during the past few weeks and every citizen ought to be reasonably well- informed by this time. No other interest In which the people of Altoona are concerned is of morq vital importance than the adequate education of our children. There never was a time In the history of the people when a liberal education was of more Importance than It la today. The state requires us to care for this matter. Its will should bo supplemented by genuine concern for the proper equipment of the coming men and women. The rapid expansion of thn local educational system, duo to the continued Increase of population, has caused our representatives on successive school boards much thought. All the facts In connection with this important and complex problem have been presented to our readers from time to time. Wo must take care of the education of the children. To do this adequately wo must enlarge our school facilities. When we' go to the voting places tomorrow—and we should all turn out —we should be properly informed concerning the problems by which our school directors arc confronted and should vote to give them tho means to provide for the proper education of the coming generations. This Is our duty. Its recognition and performance Hhould prove a pleasure. NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS. O N THE DAY the hunting season opened thousands of men and boys entered the wooded arena of our state, Intent upon bagging small game. It was an certain as anything human could bo that before nightfall some of these ardent seekers after game would be injured. Every year brings a hideous crop of wounds and other mishaps. Aa a result of the day's advi'iitures ono man Is dead, at least three men each lost an eye, while other mishap.i occurred. We are also told that two hunters dropped dead, the results of over-excitement or of over-exertion. Of course the victims took chances, just as their more fortunate prcdwes- aors of other years did. These misfortunes will no', diminis! the number of hunters that will plunp- into adventure next year. So long u.s bunting wild animals is a passion or the human breast men will die or suffer grievous injury in the hunting Held. What has been will be for many years to come. Indeed one may expect such tragedies to continue as long an wild upimala or birds survive. The human animal is the most reckless and daring creature on eartl\, as the history of the past and present conclusively proves. and mind, the defendant was wheeled into court from day to day and retained a reclining position throughout. Moved by his mental distress and his physical prostration, both the Jury and the court treated the guilty man very tenderly. The evidence, however, was conclusive and the jury was obliged, in accordance with the weight of tho evidence to return a' verdict of guilty, with an appeal to tho mercy of the court. It seems probable that the defendant has already suffered keenly from mental distress, and while this belated repentance could not mitigate his guilt, It did appeal to both the court and the Jury. This is the first instance in the history of our government wherein a member of the president's cabinet has been shown to have betrayed the high trust reposed in him by the chief executive. Let us hope It may prove the last. Rascality Is bad enough In any event; when the guilty principal Is a government official he adds treason to tho meanest kind of theft. fj ' : -' * THE COMING KI..ECTION. T OMORROW'S election will bring the culmination of ono of tho mo.it tranquil campaigns ever carried on In our state or city. Yet it should prove a matter of considerable moment to the voters of Altoonu, because we are to choose some city of- Ilcials whose official conduct is likely to be of vital moment to the taxpayers. It should, be a matter of quite special interest to Blair county folks that tho state ticket contains the name of ono of our own citizens, Hon. Thornas J. Baldrlgc, member of the superior court, who is a candidate for election for the full term. It would bo a just recognition of his merits If men and women of all parties should give Judge Baldrlgo their support. The office Is non-partisan and tho judge is one of us. Elsewhere reference Is made to the proposed loan and to the importance of authorizing It. We owe a duty to tho coming men and women that can best be performed by authorizing the negotiation of the proposed loan. We serve ourselves, also, by supporting tho proposition to borrow the money, since it can be negotiated and eventually liquidated without any increase In taxation. No citizen of Blair county should permit himself to 'be rendered careless and Indifferent by the belief that tho coming election is not an important one. All elections possess a certain importance. Those which chooao local officials arc usually the most important of all, although some thoughtless persons are likely to persuade themselves that only presidential or gubernatorial elections are of any special value. Suppose, then, that we determine to Interest ourselves in tomorrow's election. Suppose we go to the polls conscientiously and make a genuine effort to benefit the city, the county, the state by voting for candidates in whose ability and competence we have the utmost confidence. That Is really tho duty of every patriotic American citizen of both sexes. THE REST AMERICAN. T HE BEST American may be either a man or a woman. In this article the masculine pronoun is used for both sexos. What wo say about him is also meant to Include her. What a pity it is that some competent authority has not Invented a pronoun which includes both sexes. For conditions have come to such a pass In our great country that the obligations of tho American woman are identical with those of the American man, so far as citizenship is concerned.' There is really no distinction between the obligations and the privileged of the sexes In our ^country. The best American is grateful for tho privileges of tho franchise. Ho regards it an both a high privilege and an Imperative duty to exercise tho opportunity of participating In all political campaigns and particularly In all elections. Ho acquaints himself with the nature of the offices to be filled and likewise, so far as possible, with the qualifications of the several candidates. And he never falls to vote. Tho best citizen Is quite willing to listen to his neighbors and to follow their advice when It seems good. But ho draws the lino at arbitrary dictation. He doesn't think much of party regularity. II u Is rnoro vitally concerned for the public welfaro. Of eourso if it should ever happen that great principles are involved the slt- uution grows different. In mich an event principle Is more Important than candidates. On the surt'acu nothing of any great importance seems Involved in tho election which comes off tomorrow. And yet the futuro progress and welfare of our city might bo involved. Wo should strive to put first class business men in office- and keep them there. In the recent past we have been exceptionally fortunate. We can not afford to become careless or indifferent, l^it us keep eyes and tars open until the polls close tomorrow. THE FAM, SENTENCE. A S OUR READERS learned last week, thu prolonged effort to bring Albert B. Fall, former secretary of. the interior, to Justice culminated last Friday. The jury judged him guilty. The court sentenced him to pay a line of $100,000 and to undergo imprisonment for the term of one year. Harassed by tiie conditions which have surrounded him for many dis- j; months, and bick in both body Julius Rosoiuvald expresses the- belief that success is 95 per cent luck. That's u touxh break for the "aell- miiilu" men. This la the time of year when many a college football coach discovers that what he thought was a set-up is really an upset. MIRRORGRAMS Saving is success. It's better to lift than iuan. No salary la largo enough fur tho spendthrift. Chronic late arrivals eventually be- comua too late. You can keep your outgo within yuur inuomo if you roally try. JAMESJC. POLK J AMES KNOX POLK was ono of the war presidents of the United States. He served throughout the period of the war with Mexico, which resulted In tho acquisition of a large territory to the United States. Polk was the eleventh president of tho United States. He wris born In Mecklenburg county, N. C., Nov. 2, 1705, of Scotch-Irish ancestry and he wns reared near the North Carolina frontier amid the hard, simple surroundings of plain farmers. He, however, was an ambitious youth find ho battled his way through college, graduating at the University of North Carolina in 1818, whereupon ho settled in Tennessee, where ho studied law under Felix Grundy, then ono of the foremost public men of that section of the country. Ho was admitted to tho bar In 1820 and ho began tho practice of Ills profession at Columbia in middle Tennessee. His public career began early In his life. Hn was but 27 years of age when lli'Ht elected to congress in 1822 and he continued as a member of the house of representatives for a period of fourteen yenr.s. Ho became one of the recognized leaders of tho Jackson Democrats and ho served two terms as speaker of tho house. In 1839 ho was tho nominee of tho Democratic parly for governor of Tennessee and lio was elected, serving two years. Ho was renomlnated In 1841 and again in 1843, but despite all tho efforts of Jackson and himself, lio was defeated at both these elections and it seemed as if his political career was at an end. Ho had been suggested as a possible candidate for Lhe vice presidency in 1844, but under Lheso adverse circumstances his candidacy was not pressed. It was generally anticipated that iho nomination that year would go to Martin Van Buren who had retired from tho presidency In 1841. Some Lime before tho convention assembled, liowevcr, Van Buren gave put. a pub- "lc statement, opposing the annexation of Texas, which had previously won its independence from Mexico. His ac- Llon created an intense excitement all over the south where sentiment was strong for annexation and tho southern states withdrew their support of Van Buren and Polk was brought out as a "dark horse." Ho was an ardent Texas man and after some maneuver- ng ho was nominated. His opponent, the nominee of the Whig party, was Henry Clay, long one of tho country's outstanding statesmen. The campaign was bitter- y waged. Polk was an ardent expansionist, favoring not only the annexation of Texas but likewise th» annexation of a large area in tho (Continued on Page 12) WHAT OTHERS SAY Helping People Day. The importance of play in the life of persons of all ages is recognized ind there is hardly a community worthy of being called progressive which is not providing facilities for play for the use of its people. Supervised -play for. children and recreation for adults are accorded )laces among essential community activities. Usually, however, such provisions are made only in the summer months. This is a period of the year when jooplo have time to play, it is true, jut it Is also a period when most of them would be out of doors, getting the benefit of some form of recreation, regardless of public provision. There are other times of the year when play is also needed, but when parks and playgrounds are closed. Most communities make no provision for such periods. An interesting experiment is being made In Altoona along the line of providing facilities for play during the "Indoor months." Under the supervision of tho same department which directs summer playground activities, a bureau has been set up to stage a program of party service for the icoplo of the community. This bureau may bo called upon for advice or assistance in arranging parties, for suggested programs, ideas for games, and even for equipment for stunts, ijames and contests. Planning parties either on a small scale for homo af- airs or on a large scale for schools, Sunday schools, clubs or association, s often a trying job. Most persons laving responsibility for such affairs would bo grateful for the assistance of a trained consultant.—Williamsport Sun. Solved. Senator Bleaso states that Washington Is honey-combed with opium dons. Now we know where the political dope comes from.—Atlanta Constitution. • * • I<at«Nt Discovery. Carraway and Welsh have discovered' what is meant when the hunted turns hunter. Joseph R. Grundy demon-, strated,—Harrisburg Telegraph. A Now Discovery. The golden light jubilee was another Edisonian miracle. Did it not turn ho light on the hitherto hidden fact hat President Hoover is n humorist?— Chicago News. Export Airport Advlco. The department of commerce- has performed a useful service in tho interests of aviation by the establishment of an airport advisory service to aid in the creation of tho best possible airport system in the United States. Communities contemplating tho establishment of airports will llnd available the services of experts who Imvu been studying the practical and theoretical phases of tho best existing airports. These experts will be sent Into the communities that want advlco on their airport problems. They are authorized not only to give advisory service where it is wanted but also to grant class ratings of existing airports on the federal air map. They do not undertake to provide engineering layouts or superintend the construction, but they will help to select sites and indicate the best general line of development. In this way tho government hopes to enable ambitious communities to get the greatest possible results from tho money they put into airport facilities. Cities with airport problems to solve will iind the service a big help, un- doubtedly.—Roanoko Times. 23 YEARS AGO TODAY From Tho Mirror files J. M. Malorey of Greenwood was shot in the right foot and seriously wound ed while hunting. Harry Grove, a former truck foreman In Altoona and Civil war veteran, died at Branchville, S. C., aged 68. The wages of all Pennsylvania railroad employes on the eastern Pennsylvania division were increased 10 pei- cent. James A. Kelly, agtd 67, of 407 East Walton avenue, retired from the railroad service. He was employed in the Juniata shops. Charles Dunsche, aged 16, of Greensburg, an apprentice in the Altoona Times office, died in the Altoona hospital of injuries suffered when he was hit by a street car while he was learning to ride a bicycle. THE SAUNTERER T HE MONTH OP NOVEMBER IS prolific of birthdays among th< ancestors and tho descendants of the Saunterer. His youngest daughter celebrated her birthday on the 2d; his paternal grandmother and two of hi grandchildren were born on the 12th his father's only brother first saw the light of earth on the 14th; his only brother made his appearance on the 18th; his wife, who was the last addition to her father's large family clr cle save one, made her advent on the 28th. Seven birthdays in one short month. Four of them are remember ed on earth but celebrated in the In visible country. His v daughter and the two grandchildren remain. The 28th day of the month figures somewhat extensively In our family history, so far as birthdays are concerned. My. father was born on the 28th day of March, one of my grand- daughtors on the 28th of June, I made my appearance on the 28th day of August, my wife on the 28th day of November. My widest grandson arrived a day In advance, having arrived April 27. My only sister arrived on the 30th of September, two days late. My father and my mother were almost of an age, he having been born March 28 and she April 3 of the same year. She died in September, 1882; he followed her in January, 1894. The eleventh month of the year, 1929, entered into active existence in a somewhat depressed and sulky mood. By 1 o'clock in the afternoon, however, It had assumed a more cheerful aspect and the observer got occasional glimpses of the sun. In this section of the planet November is usually rather cheerful month. Still, the weather it produces is somewhat variable and it is always prudent to be prepared for the worst. Yet England's November must differ from ours In Its lack of cheerfulness, If Tom Hood was a dependable poet. You recall that poem of his beginning: "No sun, no moon, no stars, November." It was In the beginning of November sixty years ago that the Saunterer, having resigned the prlnclpalshlp of the Third ward grammar school, whicli he had taught but two months, started for a certain town in the western part of the state, expecting to make a great name for himself as a newspaper editor and to win fame for the friend who was putting his money Into the enterprise. Singularly enough, both the Saunterer and his * friend have survived, but their newspaper lived only a couple of months and has been dead and practically forgotten these many years. Still It was useful in teaching tho Saunterer his limitations.. About eight years after that bitter experience the Saunterer was visiting a ministerial friend to whom he was warmly attached when the owner of a weekly In that town—a weekly which later on developed into 1 a daily—approached and said: "If you will come to this town and run my paper for a year at the end of that period I will make you a present of the entire plant. In the meantime I will pay you a moderate salary." Did the Saunterer jump at the offer? He did not. He didn't feel the slightest temptation to undertake the business management of a nowspa,per. He had been thoroughly and permanently cured of the notion that he could run the business end of anything. Oh, well; we become acquainted with our limitations chiefly by experience. It is a fact that experience may bring one some bitter hours, but the final result is beneficial. One may be overconfident In the beginning, but as time goes on we are apt to learn at least a little wisdom. The Saunterer has never had the least confidence in his business ability since that drastic and harrowing adventure, now sixty years in the past. But it proved extremely useful in divers ways and it kept him securely out of similar adventures. And In spite of the fact that his business ability Is nil, he Is happy. Coming toward the close of an exceptionally long life, still in the possession of a good degree of physical and mental vigor and happy in his business and domestic environment, the Saunterer feels that he has been very fortunate in most of his adven- *.ures in living. It is one of the finest things In the life of any human being to possess good friends and fair health and to be busied with certain employments that are both possible and congenial. The Saunterer ought to be perfectly happy and filled with contentment. Well, he is far from unhappy, yet is still aspiring. The older he grows the more does he give up portions of his leisure hours to contemplation. And since he works but half a day, and since his work continues to resemble congenial play, he has a good many hours at his command which are entirely his own. Sometimes he shuts his eyes after seat- Ing himself In his easy chair and contemplates the past, Inevitably arriving in the land of Nod where he has formed the habit of spending an hour or two each afternoon. After that he is burled In the high class weeklies and monthlies, sometimes for hours at a time, winding up the evening by read- Ing aloud for a few hours or receiving and conversing with intimate friends. W. H. S. A FATAL OVERSIGHT. (Kansas Cltl Star.) He brushed his teeth twice a day, wore rubbers in wet weather, did his daily dozen, slept with windows open, was careful with his diet, had a medical examination twice a year, never smoked, drank or indulged in any kind of excesses. He was all set to live to bo 100 years old. The funeral was held last Wednesday He is survived by 18 specialists, four health institutes, six gymnasiums and numerous manufacturers of health foods and antlsoptics. He had forgotten to loc*t out for a train at a grade crossing. LESSON FOll A KING. (Cincinnati Enquirer.) The boy king of Rumania got a few good beatings at school when he took a wallop at some of his schoolmates. The price of aggression Is a good lesson to learn early, particularly for a king. ANNIVERSARIES ARMISTICE WITH AUSTRIA. On Nov. 4, 1918, tho drastic terms of the armistice with Austria, signed on the (U>ld the previous day, wero madu public. At the same time it was announced that the allied governments and the United States had come to complete agreement on the terms Germany musi accept. It soon became apparent that actual peace was near and on Nov. 8 German plenipotentiaries sent to receive the armistice terms from Marshal Foch arrived at allied general headquarters. Tho terms wero delivered to them with a formal demand that they be accepted or refused with Ti hours. The abdication of the kaiser and the revolution in Germany occurred the day following receipt of tho armistice terms. Announcement of the signing of the armioticu wag made at 2.40 a. m. Nov. 11 at Washington by the secretary of state. ' THE END OHM YM By GRACE K. KBttlOttt. W E ARE COMING, gradual, to the end of the year 4 . In the hurry and flurry that always precedes the holidays, we win find that the two months yet remaining will fly amazingly fast. They always do. October's golden days are over, November Is ushered In with a bountiful supply of rain that was withheld all summer. Except for an occasional comeback of mild- nice days, or the proverbial beauty of the brief reign of Indian summer, the glory of the year Is dead and gone. Trees are quite destitute of leaves and that alone gives to the stage of nature a drear and desolate appear-* ance. Shrubs and bushes are brown and sere, the gardens are cleaned up for their winter sleep, bulbs for early spring blooming .are housed in the ground, and a blanket of leaves mulues tho perennials against the hardships of winter freezing. Tho evergreens alone, in Held or woods or gardens, give a» touch of fadeless beauty to the landscape. There Is something so heartening and cheering about evergreens. They survive all tho buffettlng and rigors of winter and are perpetually beautiful. And all the year round they are lovely. In spring their deep, somber coloring is a lovely foil for the lighter, soften green of nature's new growth and leafage; In midsummer they are a lovely background for tho brilliance of flowering trees and shrubs and plants; in autumn they are lovelier still, for the rich, vivid greens serve to set off perfectly, tho bold splashes of coloring worn by tho maple, the oak and the other gay trees, and when the white blankets of winter shuts away all else, how cheering it Is to see, here and there, among the stark naked trees, a cone or peak of bright evergreen, testifying to the sleeping glories of other, and frailer green things In the earth beneath the snows. Each season hag a beauty of its own, and even In tho somber drab of a rainy late autumn, there is beauty and interest. The trouble with many folks Is that they never try to see this beauty. To them autumn Is a drear neason and has no charm. And rainy weather, too has Its charms. Aside from the feeliijg of ;hankfulness that should swell every leart to know that the long drought is over, there Is a new and resplendent ;lory on the face of the earth, even so late as November, after the com- 'ort of copious rains. The trees wo had transplanted this 'all have taken on a rich new lease of life; and wonder of wonders, the ;rass seed that was sown on a recently levelled and Improved space in ;he yard, Is springing to life—so late n the year. It spreads in luxuriant Ittle patches of that incomparable shade of green seen nowhere else but n young grass. Hardy little forget-me-nots, set o\it around th rose bed last month, are jutting forth new leafage and a few jrave sweet little blossoms. And, speaking of rains—here Is another of those very interesting poems' recently sent to me from the Juniata poeet, E. E. Wilt: When It Rains. 'The summer was long and torrid, with the sun shining hot every day; Great beads of sweat from from our foreheads, we were constantly wiping away. We languished and sought for relief in the shade of the old maple tree; Exertions would add to our grief, from discomforts we longed' to be free. When the water is brackish and nauseaus, and the quaffs produce only pains, { Oh, how every mortal 'rejoices, and rejuvenates then when it rains. When the landscape looks barren and dusty, when the grass on the lawn's sere and brown; When the tree trunks and branches are rusty, and the leafage hangs drooplngly down; When the birds chirrup faintly and sadly, with their wings limply swaying for air; When we walk through the garden place sadly, that we planted with diligent care; When life seems to be only trouble, and nothing but worry .remains, Then how like a gay, brilliant bubble, all nature inflates when it rains. When it rains all the birds begin singing, and ail living creatures are glad; ' When it rains—with its benefits bringing,—we forget all misfortunes we've had; When it rains everything is washed cleanly, the grass and the leaves again green. With a cloud for a background, serenely, a bright, gorgeous rainbow is seen. When it rains, life again is a pleasure, and- everyone confidence gains. A blessing, a Joy and a treasure—Say! Isn't it grand when It rains?" Along with this worthwhile poem came one on seeirig tho Joy Spots of Blair, but that I will hold over for another day. PAYING AS WE GO. (Wllllamuport Sun.) A year ago Pennsylvania refused to endorse a proposed $50,000,000 bond issue for highway Improvement pur- >oses, looking upon such a sum as too mmense to add to the state's indebtedness. It is, as a matter of fact, ess than they are paying each year hrough other sources of highway rev- ^nue. The four-cent per gallon gaso- ine tax alone is yielding a vast amount of money, collections totaling $10,157,602 being reported for the third quarter of the year. The position of opponents of, the bond issue who maintained that the state was well able o finance its highway construction program on a pay-as-you-go basis seems to be fully vindicated. LONELY ROAD. (Chicago News.) A lonely road that lilts a bit Beckons me to follow it Through an orchard; at the bend A woods and cliff; at the end Across the river, hills that fold, And in the twilight gather gold. Oh, revelry and fame may go; God walks this lonely road I know. —B. STIGALL. QUOTATIONS • "Age does not even destroy all dreams and ambitions."—Clarence Darrow. "Modern football is undoubtedly a harder game on the player than the old smash and mass style which ended in 1906."—Grantland Rice. Home-making la an art. It Is the evocation of a beautiful environment of more kinds of elements than are involved in any other form of self-ex- presslon."-Ralph Borsodi. "The cap and gown have a certain decorative value at commencement and similar occasions, but the bulk of the world's work ia done by men and women in shirt sleevuB."-Dean Emeritus Charles R. Brown of Yale. ML THIS aft me REFLECTIONS By THE REFEREE. E IS ONE EXTRMELY important angle of the senate's investigation of Washington's lobbyists :hat has not received much attention n the papers. That concerns the liigh- iressure, sllck-tongued gentlemen who nfest the capital and collect huge urns from various organizations for he favors which they are supposed to ie able to wheedle from government fflclals. In practically all cases these men lave no influence with anybody, and make little or no real effort to exercise any. But they collect fat retainer ees and lead a lot of people to expect hat they are going to accomplish heir ends In a more or less under- landed way. To be sure, if an organization wants o hire such a man for such a pur- ose, if doesn't deserve much sym- iathy if it gets swindled. But the activity of these men has a distressing ffect on the Washington atmosphere. 't leads people to think that our gov- irnment officials are much more venal hen they are. The senate will do the :ountry a good turn if it drives them ml of business. The growing efficiency and skill with which American railroads are being conducted is strikingly shown in sta- Istlcs recently published relative to he country's class one railroad. During the first eight months of 1929 heso roads had-gross earnings of ?4,08,000,000—a bare 5 per cent over the ;orresponding period of 1928. But their net earnings for the same leriod were $827,735,000—20 per cent ver the net earnings of the first eight months of 1928. Contrasted with the small gain in gross earnings, this sharp rise in net arnlngs bespeaks an efficiency In rail- oad operation that is little short of amazing. COURTESY. (Christian Science Monitor.) Courtesy is such a lovely word, \ Vhether it means a graceful little bow, Or, even better as we use it now A gracious act, by love for others stirred. Courtesy is lovely, deed and word! —Anne C. Cheney. PREPAREDNESS. (Detroit News.) Ice which has not melted since the 'lelstocone Age has been found by McMillan in the Arctic. We must get after our Iceman 10 Iea.ve this type on he porch next July. THAT BODY_OF YOURS By JAMES W. BARTON, M. D. PERHAPS YOU often wonder why L physicians are .unable to present an ailment such as the flu from lomlng along every few. years and doing so much damage. As a student I was taught that the lu was due to a certain organism, as the first epidemic was away back n 1889, and this organism had been discovered in the flu patients at that ime. It was not until 1918 that another pidemlc swept over the world and 'ou will remember that thousands of hese cases went on to a broncho- neumonia, then the heart becam.e af- ected, and very many died. This pidemlc started in the summer months, August and September. The form of flu that came along ast year (1928-9) was a little different as it did not spread all over the world. It waa more .like a severe cold n the head, and the results were not very serious although bronchopneumonia, and the regular lobar pneumonia, often followed it. As you know the cause of flu Is Jeing investigated all over the world. That the physical condition of the people in 1918 after four years of war might have been a factor has een the opinion of some research men. However there is no question but hat the "quiet" way that the flu :ame on many individuals in 1918 was me of the real causes of so many deaths. Vigorous young men and women felt a little weak, had a "bit )f a cold," not much appetite, but vere not sick enough to go to bed. This remaining on their feet, and not going to bed, gave broncho- meumonia a chance to develop, and the heart weakened by these three or four days which should have been spent in bed, was not strong enough to do its work against such odds. The flu In mild or severe form, may come again,' and if you wilj get right off your feet and to bed at the first symptom, you've a better chance to avoid broncho-pneumonia and a weakened heart than if you try to "light it off." The lesson of 1818 should never be forgotten. RIPPLINGRHYMES The Giver. By WAIT MASON. O LD CRANKSON THINKS it is a crime to give a cent or dime. His sentiments are widely known and so the old man's let alone. When there's a drive for charity, to help nb"lish old T. B,, to keep the Red Cross lamps alight, men don't approach that grouchy wight. No hoboes journey to his door to ask two crusts of bread or more; no homeless dog would try to snoop around the old man's shabby stoop. And so he misses much of woe that open-handed people know. Now, there's his neighbor, -Easy Mark, who's digging up from dawn to dark. If there's a drive of any sort they first approach that good old.sport; he may havj3 troubles of his own, he may need "coin to pay a loan; the taxes may have hit him hard, he's obligations by the yard; he may not know just how he'll raise the scads he'll need in thirty days. But he forgets such troublous things, and says, "Just put me) down by jlngs. The only thing that makes me sore is that I cannot dig up more." His reputation's gone abroad; men know he has a modest wad, but while he has a blooming cent he'll help out any needy gent. And so he never has a rest; there always is a hungry guest who needs a hot dog or a pie, or else a.couch on which to He. Committees never mlsa his door when they would raise 12 bucks or more to buy the mayor a fountain pen or build a roost for home- is men. He's pestered much from day to day, and asked to give his coin away; but still he has a better time than Crankson, with his hoarded dime. We call him good old Santa Glaus, he hp.s men's love and their applause, while Crankson counts his musty groats and paws his mortgages and notes. (Copyright, 1929, George M. Adams.) IN HUMOROUS VEIN "Ain't that cow got a lovely coat, Ted?" "Yes, it's a Jersey." "There, now! And I thought it was its skin!"—The Cross. "I'd sure like to be like the gas, Mother." "Why?" " 'Cause every time it goes out It gets a quarter." He—I'd die a thousand deaths for you. She—Oh, I assure you, one- would suit me perfectly,—Answers, London, "Mummy, can all angels fly?" "Yes, darling." "But cook can't fly and daddy calls her his little angel." "No, but she will fly, dear."— Nebelspalter, Zurich. OUR CONSCRIPT FATHERS. (Detroit Free Press.) "Slow as cold molasses," remarks the Now York Times, referring to the Senate of the United States. But without the same pleasant flavor. CONSERVATION LIMITED. (Bridgeport Telegram.!) What a country! Trying to reforest and rebuffalo, and making no effort to preserve the pedestrian class. ABE MARTIN In the ole days a feller wuz either no good, or he had the stuff in him, but today success seems to depend entirely on gittin' the breaks regardless o' merit or class or anything else. My idea o' bitin' the dust is eatin' roadside hamburger. (Copyright, John F. Dllle Co.) THE CASE OF MR. FALL By BRUCE CATION. I T STILL, MAY BE impossible to con. vict a. million dollars, but the Washington Jury that finally found Albert B. Fall guilty of accepting a bribe has at least demonstrated that good-sized fraction of a. million can be convicted, at any rate. The verdict in this case was both surprising and salutary. Surprising, because in all the years that had elapsed since Tom Walsh ripped the Hd of the oil scandals it had seemed Impossible to find a jury that would believe what practically everybody else in the nation believed. ' Salutary, because it helps to restore our faith in our processes' of law—a faith that the last half dozen years have shaken rather badly. Fall was undoubtedly a pitiable figure when the verdict was announced. There is no denying that he is in ill-health. There Is no denying that his recent years have not been particularly happy. There Is no denying that'bluff old ex-prospector Doheny made an effective gesture in shaking his flsts to heaven and stomping out of the courtroom. Yet the former secretary of the Interior doesn't deserve an over-supply of public sympathy. , The supreme court of the country has branded him as a faithless publio servant, and it has been a long time since anybody Outside of Fall's immediate entourage disagreed with this decision. The Elk Hills oil reserve went to private interests for a price, and so did the Teapot Dome field; and all of Mr. Doheny's ranting about patriotism and the menace of the Japanese'cannot make either of thesa transactions smell sweet. And the ill-health part of it? Well, It is hard to see an aged Invalid facing a possible prison term. But you might cast your mind back a matter of ten years, to the time when Woodrow Wilson lay desperately ill in the White House, and the Senate sent three of its members over to see if by any chance he were too sick to carry on his duties as president. The senators went to the bedroom, you may recall, chatted with Wilson, talked with his doctors and observed the man's mental and physical condition. . But one senator, boorish and savage, was not satisfied. He went' to the bedside and brutally ripped the covers back, exposing the president's wasted body. How much that told him about Wilson's condition is not known; it at least showed the senator to the country in his true light. That senator, if you remember, was Albert B. Fall. Nobody wants to see him persecuted; but he doesn't deserve any too much sympathy, either. His present plight is his own fault. One can only hope that he gets more consideration than he himself once showed to a sick man who was immeasurably his mental and moral superior. CURRENT COMMENTS What American universities need ia a standardized wage scale for star halfbacks.-rTerre Haute Star. Practice flights across the Atlantlo are dangerous. Failure leaves no opportunity for trying again.—Toledo Blade. No pessimist will ever be quite content until he sees an optimist try to jump through a solid brick wall.— Duluth Herald. A man doesn't always reap what he sows. Mr. Edison invented the phonograph and he's mercifully deaf — Los Angeles Times. But for the Carnegie report on football, the Wall I Street crash would probably have attracted considerable notice.—Topeka Daily Capital. The leaves will not take on a deal of color this autumn, but it is under, stood the billboard men are trying to lemedy the deficiency.—Tusla Daily World. ' A professor of "physicology" announces that the efficiency of an airplane pilot depends upon "perfect thyroid condition." Who'll deny the assertion.—Charleaton Daily Mail. The papers have been telling, In recent daya of a mother who kidnaped her son and rode 1,000 miles in a taxi to take him home. We don't believe anyone has so much money.—Lansing State Journal. Author Andre Maurrols of Paris commends the French spoken in the -evant, in Canada, at various capital* and especially in England, but doesn't say a word about our high-school Srench.—St. Louis Globe-Democrat. SOME PERTURBED. (Atlanta Constitution.) Canada ia much disquieted over th« j "eight of the proposed tariff wall, and those on the bprder are equally peri- I turbed about getting into Canada. ,

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