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» ti, mi. «M», t»>MMSi, ftftfett AT*., Attoona, Pa. ft. 61.SP 1L JWfJMTON Managing SHIlor •i: t Ctf* StmSCRlPtlON RATES: copy ., 9 cent* (payable monthly) 80 cent* MAIL SUBSCRIPTION RATES: t^lt month (In advance) 60 Sfik months (In advance) $3.60 out ytw (in advance) J7.00 TELEPHONES: Ben Photic 7171. The AJtobna Mirror is a member of the Audit Bufean of Circulation and the American Newspaper Publishers' Association and Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association. X. - . Tht Altoona Mirror assumes no financial responsibility for typographical errors In advertisements, but will reprint that part of an advertisement In which the typo- imphleal error occurs. Advertiser* will please notify the management Immediately of any error which may occur. Entered as second class matter at Altoona nostofflce. AVERAGE DAILY PAID CIRCULATION DURING APRIL. 29,279 SATURDAY. MAY 3, 1930. A THOUGHT FOR TODAY. If I sin. then tliou markcsl me, and thoti wilt not acquit me from mine Iniquity.—Job 10:14. L ET GUILTY MEN remember their black deeds do lean on slender reeds.—John Webster. CLOTHING NEEDED. *TttlE ALTOONA MIRROR directs y the attention of its readers to tne recent appeal of the Central Bureau of Charities for clothing suitable for boys and girls. Doubtless many of our readers have on hand garments of one sort or an„. other which they will gladly donate for the use of the destitute. An old-time writer once remarked that "it is more blessed to give than to receive." There is' every reason to believe that he was a very close observer and an excellent judge of average human nature. Those who make a practice of giving systematically and liberally arc certain to be specially Interested in the causes and the individuals they have found both the inclination and the ability to assist. There are probably households in which divers garments have been discarded and where others still in use, perhapSjXmay be dispensed with. If su/h garments or any other useful anpcles are lying about, no longer in use and- possibly regarded by the head of the' house as rather in the way and undesired by members of the family, their bestowal upon the needy, through the agency of the Central Bureau of Charities, would be a commendable act. Among other stories told of Oliver Cromwell this is related: Entering one of the most stately cathedrals 5 of England one day he saw statutes of the twelve apostles standing in there appropriate niches. Looking at these massive silver representations he asked: "Who are these?" Upon being told that they represented the twelve apostles he exclaimed: "Take them down and send them about the country doing good." In other words he wanted them converted into money. It should be a pleasure to be able to send our discarded yet serviceable belongings into the homes of the unfortunate and the deutinate. WKT PROPAGANDA. E VER SINCE the nation outlawed the liquor business a desperate effort has been in progress upon the part of the former liquor profiteers and their allies—many of wljom are honest but deceived citizens—to bring about a return of former conditions. Those were the days when the government of the state and the distillers, brewers and retailers of liquor were conducting a partnership in which the former was the victim and the latter the profiteers. So far as our county was concerned we had a fine law. No citizen of Blair county could obtain a license to sell ardent spirits unless twelve reputable citizens endorsed his petition and declared under oath that he was a person of good repute ay a citizen and that the house occupied by him contained four rooms and eight beds for the exclusive accommodation of the traveling public. Under the law the landlord was bound by diverb apparent restriction*. The sale of intoxicants wan Buppoued to be incidental. The Uouse wa.» supposed to be maintained for the accommodation ot the traveling public. The law forbade the Bale of liquor on Sundays and cm certain holidays. Drink \vas to be rttused any applicant who Betuitd to be under the influence Of Uquur. Continued drunkards; were not. to be tolerated or given liquor. The law was an admirable (me, apparently. Under it liquor waw to Uu turiiifched tu temperate men only, and even to them in moderation. No letter law could liavt bttji devised. And yet uuw did it happen thai tb« American people wcic led to outlaw (he liquor tralfi<;7 Was it not bttaubc the lavou had become * BUlkaiKt, a peril, tile eucUJJ of tn« Xftf «f f6W« 6«*1ft 'Art *6t «mr friends llffe atiVotatei tit a rv turn to tne protected arid guarded site of liquor disclaiming any desire to bring about a return of th« old-fashioned, state-protected hotel? Who, possessing experience of the past aM with practical knowledge of the persistence ot the evils for which th» old-fashioned tavern %a* responsible, believes that the liquor traffic in the United States will ever be anything but a criminal and a violator of law? Elfca Me&rdle Johnson TH6 SAUNtltEft E L12A McCARDLE JTOHNS6N, . THE DRfiAD TOBNAOO. W E HAVE every reason to be thankful for bur encircling hills. Occasionally — very occasionally—one intrusive storm manages to break through, but even these are only mildly destructive, having their deadliest fangs drawn before they reach us. Sometimes one of- our citizens — moved by temporary discontent—longs for the monotony and the sameness of the prairie, but, generally speaking, the people are reasonably well satisfied. The wires have recently brought us the news of destructive storms in certain- sections of our western country — tornados, In fact — which have ravaged certain sections of our middle western section, destroying propertju and taking heavy, toll in human life. Certain districts in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska have been roughly handled by the mighty elements and perhaps a full score of lives taken during recent periods of high winds. There is no possible way in which our prairie friends can be protected from the destructive forces which sweep over the level lands of the west. Even the moderately hilly east gets an occasional cyclone which does considerable damage as it sweeps along. But we are comparatively safe from such catastrophes. DISTURBING THE PEACK. _ 'T-1HE OTHER day a company of JL riotous youngsters, students of the University of Pennsylvania, created a scene of near-terror in the city of Philadelphia. In accordance with his duty Director Scholleld of the department of public safety undertook to preserve the peace and caused the arrest of a number of students who were prominent jn the disgraceful proceedings. Thus order was restored. Later on some friends of the young folks whose conduct had been brought to a summary end by the energetic action of Director Sch6lield, undertook to procure the arrest and Imprisonment of the director. Their idea was to railroad him to prison without giving him an opportunity to procure bail, an unfriendly magistrate having llxed the required baiT at 56,000. This attempt to humiliate a faithful officer, who had merely undertaken to restore order and to protect reputable women from annoyance and insult, was happily foiled by the activity of the friends of law and order. PRESIDENT HOOVER SPEAKS. P RESIDENT HOOVER took advantage of the annual meeting of the United States Chamber of Commerce, which .was held in Washington this week, to take the country in general and the business interests of the land into his confidence. He spoke very frankly and unreservedly concerning the business interests and prospects of the nation both now and in the immediate future. There was nothing in what the president said to alarm the most timid. On the other hand there was much to create cheerfulness. Probably the greatest-curse of our country today, originates in the disposition of so many persons to indulge in reckless speculation. That section of the stock market which is avowedly and purely speculative has been largely responsible for the financial panics and the business depressions of the past. The recent slump, as everybody knows, was caused by reckless speculation. Legitimate business never brings harm to the nation. The trouble is with the speculators who are usually both mischievous and busy. THE RESPONSIBILITY. A S THE ALTOONA MIRROR has remarked upon various occasions the condition of the several institutions for the care of the poor and the insane in the state at large and in our own county is outrageous and has long been both a disgrace and a menace. We are guilty of cruel and shameful neglect. Most of us have our reason and are sheltered in comfortable homes. The poor and the insane are seldom in our thoughts. Our officials are reluctant to increase taxation. Every day danger threatens. This business of providing sufficient and comfortable quarters for our helpless fellow citizens rests upon the taxpayers. Put the officials are the responsible agents of the people. If some horror should overtake us—which God forbid—we would all be responsible, but the burden would rest upon our officials. Is there no way in which responsibility may be shifted to the shoulders of the taxpayers? A Frenchman has invented a car that will jump Into the air and travel considerable distance. With roads as they are, such an invention teems unnecessary. MIRRORGRAMS Half-hearted efforts never set new records. Jog along routinely and you will remain where you are. L'jiless you heart is in your work >ou cannot make a success of it. It you arc- not true to yourself you aie likely to be talse to others. Thi.' man who is wasting time di'ruiuiiig about what he could tlo were !)•• the big bust is rarely selected lor u job higher up. M** wife ot Andrew Johnstth, Snteenth president of the U States, was born In 1810 and died in 1878. She WAS teaching school m * mountain village in Tennessee when she met Johnson, then a ydung tal- • lor who had moved from North Cart• Una. She had just reached 1ier l?th year and Johnson was 21 when they were married. Johnson never had the benefit of one day's school routine In. his life and he Was just learning to read a«d write when he. was married. The in» centlve to acquire mental.attainment grew when he felt the superiority of her acquirements and from that time his heroic nature began to discover Itself. In the silent watches 6f the night, while sleep rested upon the village, the youthful couple studied together. The young wife, thrifty and Industrious all day, punctually completed her household duties that she might be ready to instruct her husband- pupil at night. Much he owed to her indefatigable zeal and encouragement, and he never forgot those evening hours when the scintillations of natural genius first began to dawn, which ultimately converted the tailor boy into the senator, the governor and subsequently Into the president of his country. The later years of Mrs. Johnson's life were crowned with the honors her husband's successes had won, but the story of her younger days Is fraught with most Interest to all who can appreciate true worth and genuine greatness of soul. In her girlhood she was the purest type of a southern beauty and most graceful and agreeable in her manners. Upon the entry of her husband in public life, Mrs. Johnson whose health was long impaired was usually obliged on that account to remain at their home at Greenville. During his service in the senate, she would occasionally go to Washington for brief intervals, »but most of the time she spent at'her home in the Tennessee mountains. When Johnson was elected vice president in 1864 It was not their in- . tention to take up a permanent residence In Washington. But fate ordained otherwise. Six weeks later her husband took the oath of office as vice president, he succeeded to the presidency through the tragic death . of Abraham Lincoln and the Johnsons moved Into the White House. Mrs. Johnson at this time was a confirmed invalid and she never appeared in society in Washington. The woman who taught the president to read and write and who throughout his life was his counsellor, assistant and guide was unable to any considerable extent to share the honors that came to him because of the condition of her health. Upon her retirement she lived quietly^ at their Tennessee home. Johnson "died on July 31, 1875. She had nev,er entertained the slightest thought of outliving him and she did not recover from the shock his death gave her. She lived for six months and died on Jan. 13, 1876. Mrs. Johnson was one of those sainted women who lived for others and she. was called upon to bear many sore trials and tribulations. One of her sons met a tragic death and another died under circumstances that were most distressing. She, however, was a woman of heroic mould and her life-example was a noble one to her family, to her friends and to the world. During the greater part of the period of President Johnson's occupancy of the White House the duties of hostess devolved upon their daughter, Mrs. Martha Johnson Patterson. She bore a marked resemblance to her father and inherited his executive ability, his courage and other qualities. She was educated at Georgetown, attending there while her father was a member of congress, there developing her native strength of mind. She was often a guest at the White House during this period, little thinking that the day would come when she as the substitute for her invalid mother would be the presiding mistress there. She was married to Judge David T. Patterson on Dec. 13, 1856. Simpls but elegant in her apparel, never carried away by the follies of fashion, Mrs. Patterson conducted the White House In a manner that reflected the highest encomiums upon her taste and judgment, for upon her the whole responsibility rested. During the latter part of the term Mrs. Patterson was assisted by her sister, Mary, widow of Daniel Stover. Both Mrs. Patterson and Mrs. Stover/ had children and there were never so many children In 'the White House as during the Johnson regime. WHAT OTHERS SAY Watching Haiti. Dusky President Borno of Haiti put over what must have seemed to him a swift one, when as soon as President Hoover's commissioners had left the island he dismissed the Haitian council of state and announced his own political program, which wasn't a bit like that left him by the Forbes commission. But It is an easy matter these days, with all our new contraptions for travel and communication, for Washington to keep an eye on Port-au-Prince. Borno hasn't kept In step with the march of progress. He didn't expect to be caught so soon. But almost before the ink on the decree had dried, his trick was known and he heard from Washington, to the effect that his term was about to expire and that Eugene Roy would take his job in ' the presidential palace, by selection of the council of state, which forthwith must be reconvened. It sounds a bit high-handed, but since we assumed responsibility for our neighbors, it is necessary to hold some control over them.—Los Angeles Express. 23 YEARS AGO TODAY Prom the Mirror Files. The Thropp furnaces at Saxton resumed operations after an idleness of four years. Homer H. Foutz of 715 Willow avenue died in Cleveland, O., where he was superintending some construction work. Luther R. Dinninger resigned a clerkship in the division freight agent's office to become a real estate sales agent. Joseph T. Brown, retired engineer, died at his home at 1711 Eighth avenue. Other deaths in the county were Mrs. Rebecca Ferry, aged 65, Flowing Spring, and Charles Nepper. aged 81, Clappertown. Mrs. Sarah A. Boyles, Altoona'B oldest resident, celebrated her 96th birthday at her home at 119 Fourth avenue. Practically her entire life was spent in Altoona and vicin.ity and she could remember when Indians inhabited this region. Commencement exercises were held by the Bellwood High school. Graduates participating were Norris Q. louver. Louis A. Sieber, Stanley Buid, Howard Myers. George Given iind Miss Currenee Beurd. Dr. N. C. Schaefler, state superintendent, delivered an HB BUSINESS of selfltng for fish should never have been permitted," affirmed tMs Octdfena- rlah, "i recall that ohe tlttrt in my USJftdWI dftys, daring »• furled wften t fittf. scarcely any semB1a«cig df eom- Dense, I chanced to Be out at when my grownup uncle and severa-1 other of the adult rest* dents bf the vicinity arranged t6t A seining party. Th«jr_*atKe<t *«w» the road about a mile to the point where Cloyer creek flows Ittta tfi* JuAlata. Men and boys engaged In. the mad pursuit of fish. We 'enter* ed Clover creek at Its mouth ' and slowly proceeded up' the stream for a mile or more. When wfc qult'Sve had' 104 'good-sized fish to divide ' among the members of the seining party." . /' : "YOu may know that 1 was still quite 'young and lacked common sense when I tell you that 1 walked Into Clover creek as a member of that fishing party fully clad, Wearing my usual garments as well as my shoes and stockings. The singular thing about this transaction is that I do not recall that my mother made a single observation upon my conduct. Either the warm sun of the later afternoon dried my garments before I reached home, or the big string of fish I carried home with me distracted her attention and mollified her anger. Providence kindly interfered In my behalf. At all events I do''not recollect that she scolded me, and I am positive she didn't use the rod. . "Some years later the fish disappeared from that section- of Clover creek passing through Rochdale. Whether they have remained strangers to the entire body of water or not, I cannot say. More than two generations have passed since Will Kennedy, George McGunigal and I used to persuade some pretty flne fish to leave the creek. I have' not been in that vicinity for several years. But, as I have just intimated, strange as it may appear, there was a period when the fish vanished. If any of our readers know what the situation now Is from Weaver's bridge down I should be glad to be informed." The Saunterer used to accompany the Octogenarian in his various excursions to Clover creek and the Juniata canal and river which flowed through the town that was the home of his boyhood, If there is any fishing down there no.wadays it must be of a very ordinary sort. During the boyhood of the Saunterer both the Juniata river and the canal were well supplied with eels, catfish, fallfish, suckers, sunflsh, chubs, mullets and minnows. The last named were always ,in evidence and were worthless except as bait to be used on our outline hooks which we set of an evening and lifted about dawn each morning. •I imagine that the incident which follows has been related already. Veteran readers may skip it. On a night in June, 1860, I accompanied my Uncle John on a little fishing excursion to Brown's dam, a section of the Juniata canal below Williamsburg and terminating at Cove Forge. It was about a mile from Rochdale, over a decidedly stony road. I was barefooted. We reached the fishing ground about dusk and remained until midnight or later. During the earlier part of the evening the moon shone rather brilliantly, but when we started home it had vanished. . You may not realize how a barefooted boy relished walking on a rocky road in a gloom that was almost sensible to the touch. But we reached my grandfather's home eventually. Somebody had been to town and brought the mail. The Democratic Standard, O. A. Traugh's Hollidaysburg weekly, Jay on the table. Picking it up and open- Ing it, I saw flying at its masthead the names of Stephen A. Douglass and Benjamin Fitzpatrick as the Democratic nominees for president and vice president. A few lines below informed the reader that some of the delegates had bolted and named a rival ticket headed by John C. Br'ecklnridge, then vice president. No doubt, the editor said, the rival candidates would withdraw. In that hour my uncle and I separated, he for Brecklnridge, I for Douglass. Of course I was too young to have any clear conception of the existing situation, but I've always been thankful that I was led to make a wise choice as between these two public men. Equally of course, I had no comprehension of the tragic consequences that were to follow the split which had occurred in the Democratic ranks. I retain a very vivid recollection of the fierce campaign that followed. I do not suppose there was ever a candidate for public office before or since—with the exception of Andrew Jackson— who was villlfled more 'atrociously than Abraham Lincoln, then unknown to the great majority of his countrymen, but the Providential man of the hour. You see I was only a young chap, very Inadequately read either in political history or in anything else. Yet I think it quite within bounds to say that millions of my countrymen, much older that I, were but little If any wiser and only a handful of the political leaders realized that the southern leaders had determined to dissolve the union and create a new nation, one whose corner stone was declared by them to be the institution of slavery. Destiny, which was not on their side, had already decided that they should be foiled and had selected Lincoln and Grant to lead the nation safely through the Red sea of rebellion. Well, it was worth something to be alive during that stirring period of the national life, even if It was only as an immature and ignorant boy. Also to realize that there is an Invisible Power in the world, always working for righteousness. W. H. S. A FINK PICTURE. (Chicago Newa.) An international peace garden of about 1000 acres, half in Canada and half in the United States, is the goal of the National Association of Gardeners. Could anything be more inspiring than the picture this project unfolds? QUOTATIONS "As for opportunities, there are ten today for every one there waa sixty years ago."—John D. Rockefeller. "The curriculum of our life and death is mostly made up of required courses.".—Rev. Henry Sloane Coflin, D. D. "There are people whose minds are so blank you can't even write on them."—Secretary of Interior Ray Lyman Wilbur. "The main cause of social and economic decay is that it has become no longer worth while for anybody to do anything very well."— Dean William Ralph Infc" «y tJ»AC« ft. MJlUtlttT Ipfcrt F»f*>. . W AftSf AND TOd /KflBAftf #0ft wttfrts, W5 neirSd d«r d««n r a« tt6n^t1i« (tquarlum btilldlng. . Jftfst in front of the majestic new Art hiusoutft is a magnificent brofifte fountain of five huge sea horses, plunging sportively amid a thick shower of spray, their sea green bodies most realistically reproduced. "We mustn't stop now to admire them, I* we want to 7 get in the aquarium," advised soft, so we put on an extra spurt of speed and hustled along the glass-paved walk that roofs the underground tanks for- 'the fishes. But, alas and alack! Just as we, came close to the nearest door, a guard Stepped out and, as casualty as could be, locked the door on the aquarium and on our hopes as well. It really does close at 5 o'clock, and not 5.30, as we hoped, x Provoked and disappointed we sank Into one of the conveniently-placed benches that face the building and gazed at our disreputable-looking, feet In dismay. In our across-the-. city hike, by way of the park, and covering some six miles, we had accumulated a lot of real estate in the form of yellow dust. The day was warm. We were carrying our coats, and sitting here in the shade, with a gratefully cool breeze fanning us, we were glad for a brief rest. "We'll have to walk all the way back to the Glrard avenue crossing to get a car," was the dismaying news from Son. And it was answered with a groan. Not having hiked much in the past five years, I was about all In, and dreaded to think of retracing our steps so far. But later, on inquiry of the guard, we learned that we could take one of the trolleys that were crossing the bridge just above us, and trans- • fer to the car we needed. The bridge seemed mountains above us, and the steps up a real task; but Son said we could take the easy-winding stone path that circles the cliff on which the Art museum stands, and get up with less exertion. On the way back, In the trolley, we passed the Union Home for' Old Ladies, and 'I told the children I felt like a candidate, after my afternoon's exhausting experience. Later, on our nearer home trolley, we passed Carroll park, a small green playground, opposite. which lives Son's friend, Joe. Isn't it amazing how quickly one can be refreshed by a hot bath, a change to other clothing and easy shoes after a long -walk? Joe, his mother and little sister, Margie came to spend Saturday eve- • ning with us and Joe's mother is such an interesting talker that the time went very quickly. N We slept late the next morning, which meant a late breakfast and then we went for a walk through OverbrooK. The newer apartment buildings In Overbrook are quite the ' loveliest things imaginable. They are particularly well planned'and well built, and are 'further enhanced with carefully chosen bits of landscaping on the outside. Evergreens and boxwood, grass plots and fountains, and flower- bedded courts, stone pottery=—vases, urns and garden benches. We met an adorable little doll of a girl In pink, stepping unsteadily along on fat little bare legs, beside her pretty young mother. Out Sixty- third street, then along Lancaster avenue, admiring .the beautiful . homes whose building, and upkeep must represent a small fortune to their owners. One rambling gray stone -house, set well back in beautiful grounds, was decorated with turquoise blue garden pottery. Odd, but not unlovely. We turned down Sixty-fourth street, and walked along beside the high stone wall enclosing the large grounds of the Overbrook school for the blind. Festooning the large iron gates of the entrance are lovely old wisteria vines, queerly turned and twisted about the bars like a pattern in wrought iron. Lovely, even before it comes Into Its heritage of soft, drooping, cascades of sweet, orchid-colored blossoms. We prepared a delicious noon meal and presently it was time to take our leave. The long wait for a trolley that would take us to the Broad street subway and eventually to North Philadelphia for our train home, had us worried for a little, but presently we were on our way. We passed the Girard college, a wonderful memorial to a great Frenchman, who was a successful- Philadelphia merchant, and when he died, the richest man in America, left his colossal fortune . to public benefactions, chief of them this home for orphan boys, where they receive a splendid training for their rightful place in the world. What a flne example for other millionaires is found in the'bequests of Stephen Girard! Since men cannot take their worldly goods with them when they die, how fine and sensible to leave them as a benefit to thousands of struggling and deserving persons, and no enrich other lives. Past the entrance to the zoo, where venders of balloons and other trinkets catered to the hundreds of visiting children. A hurried goodbye to Son, a last handwave from the train, and we are on our way home. Little Billy D., coming home on the same train with his father, from a visit to Philadelphia, to his_sister, Rosamond, was the liveliest and happiest person on the train; and wakeful and happy /when we arrived In our own city at half past 10 o'clock on Sunday night. ANNIVERSARIES MACIHAVKLLl'S BIRTH. On May 3, 1469, Niccolo Machia- velll, an Italian -historian and statesman, was born in Florence, Italy. At the age of 29 he became first secretary of the Ten—a governing organization—and held the position for 14 years. His experience on errands of diplomacy gave him an excellent opportunity to study the business of government, which was to influence his later writings. When the republic was overthrown ' by the Medici, Muchiavelli was put to torture and banished for a year. On his return to Florence he turned to writing politics. His chief works were "The Prince" and the "Discourses," and what he set forth in them has been adopted, to some extent at least, by political science today. ' He insisted that in politics it was right to deceive to accomplish a purpose. He is wrongly criticized for his cynical maxims in these works, but they represent his deductions from facts actually acquired by close study. He had little faith in aristocracies. He was the lirst to present the Idea of a United Italy and he showed in "The Prince" how that could be broughc about. As one historian has said, Machiavelll has "taught the world to understand political despotism and to bate it." r \ \ V ' REFLECTIONS By THE REFEREE. A LTHOUQH REPORTS from the 4\. Ohio penitentiary continue to be somewhat vague and contradictory, one thing seems rather obvious: there has been, somewhere, a dreadful 1 amount of bungling and inefficiency there at Columbus. The prison itself was fearfully over-crowded and sadly out of date, of course. And the lire in itself was enough to upset the routine of the most carefully-run institution. Those things, to be sure, go without saying. Yet the amazing faet remains that a solid week after the last dead body had been carried out of the prison, discipline was still broken down. More than 1,200 convicts were still utterly . defiant. The state's most dangerous and desperate wards were still telling the state where to get off— and were getting away with it. Somewhere, surely, leadership and executive ability met a test that was just a trifle too much for them. It is hard to see how any other interpretation can be put on the facts. It takes cold figures to make one realize the importance of cutting down America's annual' toll of accidents. Figures issued by the Travelers Insurance company show that American adults last year lost just one and one-half million years because of accidents. These years were lost as a result of occupational accidents, ,on the one hand, and traffic and home accidents on the other. The traffic accidents alone represented a monetary loss of $3,000,000,000, and the other accidents would prove fully as expensive. Those figures hardly seem reasonable; yet insurance company statisticians have a way of being accurate. They emphasize anew the great importance of finding some way of conducting our lives In greater safety. THAT BODYOF YOURS By JAMES W. BARTON, M. D. A PHYSICIAN HAD A friend who is likewise a physician call to see him recently. As It was less than three weeks after he had undergone the operation for the removal of most of the thryrold gland in the neck he was astonished to have him walk in looking so. well. He informed him that with, the removal of most of the gland they had removed a growth about tho size of a small orange. He sat up the third day after the operation, was removed to his home on the fourth day, and although he went to bed early and got up late, he had spent most of the day sitting around th<* house for the two weeks after the operation. Now his pulse previous to operation was always betweon 90 and 100 and he had had numerous attacks when the heart beat was uout V10, for hours at a time, together w'th considerable irregularity. With these attacks he had a most uneasy feeling as if something very serious was about to nappen He would lie absolutely quiet in bed but the heart continued this very lapld rate for many hours, after \vhjch it would drop down 02 to 96. ' In addition to this, sugar was found in urine, and the poison from the goitre so affected the intestine that at times he hu,d the diarrhoea that Accompanies any poison that gets into the system. What was the effect of tho operation? Although he had walked several blocks to the office, when the psysl- cian took his pulse it was beating strongly 72 to the minute. There wus no tremor of the hands or body, he was not the least nervous, being as calm and collected as any normal individual. He was not naving any attacks of rapid or unruly heart, urine was free from augur, and no diarrhoea. By the removal of this goitrous condition with its poison being absorbed into the blood, he felt like a new man. • Now why do I write about thia RIPPLING RHYMES WAR DOES NOT PAY "I Trials of Life. By, WALT MASON. WAS LAID "UP FOR SEVEN IN weeks," said Absalom Jim- swinger Freaks, "and while the doctors fed me pills composed of beeswax, nux and squills, and while the nurses 'piled their arts, relieving much afflicted parts, and while tho druggists fed to me tho products of. their chemistry, I found some comfort in the thought that friends of mine would be distraught.on learning I was sick in bed with poultices upon my head. They'd miss me on the street and lawn, and sadly wonder where 'I'd gone until they learned that fell disease had brought mo to my hands and knees. Then they would say, 'It is a crime that Freaks should have so sore a time. We sadly miss his beaming smile, a benediction void of guile; we sadly miss his merry feplels which used to brace us more than meals; his absence from his daily run has brought a cloud across the sun, obscured the brightness of the day, and chased tho Joy of life away.' I pictured friends communtng thus, and so endured the sickroom fuss; endured the nurses while they pressed cold Instruments against my chest, to see all cylinders hit/ true, that all my lungs were good as new; so I endured-the doc's decree that I must live on toast and tea. At last, permitted qnce again to journey In the' haunts of men, I met my friends arid no one knew I'd been laid up three weeks or so. "Hello," they said, and jogged along, and burst Into some snatch of song. By BBUCB CATION. BNTY-ONB YEARS AtiO « young Englishman'named ( Norman Angell wrote a ,book called "The Great Illusion." The book gave him a certain amount of faniej II also drew down on his head a good deal, of very severe criticism., , The thesis of the book was that war docs not pay. You will remember that 21 years ago modern Europe was. moving rapidly toward war- and every student of International politics knew It. Germany and England were having a feverish naval race. Franco and Germany were having a similar race in land armaments. All over Europe > people were getting ready to fight. Angell, sizing up the situation, -declared bluntly that they were all wasting-their efforts. Never again, he' asserted, would It be possible for a victory in war to bring prosperity or security to the nation that won it. This, then, was his "groat illusion" —the theory that any nation stood to gain anything of lasting value by going to war, • . Angell was bitterly criticized, branded an impractical pacifist and an Idealist. A few years later the war that he foresaw came, and'all the world took a hand. The other day he celebrated the . 21st' anniversary of his book—and found high British government officials ready to congratulate him and tell him that he had been right all along. ,. The country that had condemned him two decades ago,; wan ready to admit that there might h*/ •something to his argument. _M For the World war, after all, »n* and burst Into some snatch of song. teach us some thing. it compelled'** My absence from' accustomed scenes to , earn that modern war ls a pro flt> had caused no jolts, had spilled no i Ann u..«!»««« «n n t.n,tn/i beans. It was the saddest hour I'dj known since my aunts told me I was grown. (Copyright, 1930, George M. Adams.) THAT NINTH P1ANET. '(Louisville Times.) The discovery of that ninth planet proves that it takes astronomers a much longer, time than movie producers to find new stars. - THK RISING OKNERATION. (Utlca Observer-Dispatch.) When the rltilng generation hears Beethoven's moonlight sonata he Is likely to exclaim, "Ah, that's the pink soap piece!" IN HUMOROUSVEIN He—What would you, think If I put my arm around you? She—What would I think If you don't?—Florida Times-Union. Sally—I've been married more than you. Mayme—Yeah, you're two chumps ahead of me.—Capper's Weekly. "Well, I suppose your daughter thinks everything of you, old top." "Oh, she seems to by what she says—when I refuse to lend her my car."—New Bradford Standard. Mother — Gracious, Helen, stop screaming at the top of your voice. What on earth are you trying to do? Helen—Oh, I'm playing with Tommy he's .daddy and I'm you and he's coming home late.—The Pathfinder. HARD ON FAIRWAYS. (ArkVnaas Gazette.) The contacts some players make on the golf courses arc mighty hard on the fairways. less business all around. W\ Germany, beaten In the wars has 1 gone through an uncomfortable ten years. It has experienced nearly every form of hardship that can come to a nation. The war that was to win Germany a "place in the sun" was most assuredly a losing venture. But the conquered always farev poorly. How about the victors? There'Is England; England, which has had a colossal unemployment problem ever since the armistice, which has a tax rate so staggering as to be almost Incomprehensible to Americans, which has seen' her trade and financial supremacy more violently shaken since 1018 than ever before, which has had to grant another nation joint rulershlp of the seas, which skated closer to a revolution, In the 1926 general strike, than any Englishman likes to think, and which has a Socialist prime minister. * That Is what England got out' of the war. , You could go down the line with , the contesting nations and 'get a similar result in nearly every ca.se. Angell's thesis has come close to being proven. If the World war "paid" anyone It Is hard to figure out just how. ABE MARTIN Simply because a number of these goitres are due to some infection, perhaps a lack of the power to absorb enough iodine from the blood which affects the thyroid gland, and there is so much stimulation of the gland that rapid heart, the irregular heart, the nervousness or jumpiness is the result. ' The thyroid juice in these cases can be likened to an unripe or green apple which as you know has the properties of a ripe apple but certainly uverstimulates the intestine. My thought is that this physician underwent this operation, went home in four days, and out of the house in leas than tour weeks, with the remarkable improvement noted above. All goitres do not require opera- lion. Many improve simply with rest, and others by the use of the Xray. However when operation is neces- sury it s gratfyng to know that surgery can give such brilliant results. Miss Tawney Apple is at present unattached, but has several things in view it she kin make the dimensions. The ole time office seeker that wuz ullus proinisln' to reduce taxes is tryin' to come back by protnisin' light wine un' beer. I Copyright, John V. £>Ut> Co.) CURRENT.COMMENTS ^ After all, Is a baok-sea,t driver In an automobile as great a nuisance as one In a card, game?—Louisville Times. In other words, if you know on which side your bread is buttered you will eat more butter.—Des iMolnes Tribune-Capital. Household Hint: The best way preserve fruit is to keep it locked If there are children around home.—Louisville Times. Opportunity Is- always calling, but sometimes Its voice cannot be heard above the roar and din of the constant knocker.—Charlotte News, Somebody remarks that writer* don't have to go far from home to get their material. Some of them • seem to dig it out of the gutter,— Canton Daily News. Nobody ever really endeared himself to the great public If a chemical - analysis of his makeup wouldn't reveal at least 1 per cent of nonsense. —New Castle News. A New York golf club has installed a swimming tank in Ita clubhouse. Probably the bset swimmers will do u length in two strokes under bogey. -Ottawa Journal. . The American public is marking time as patiently as It can while the crime commission Is trying to force its way onto the front page v^(th the commission of crime.—Fort Worth Record-Telegram. SAGE SAYINGS (Forbes Magazine.) Prevision obviates revision. Highest-ups always are looking for comers. To get a toe-hold on the payroll make a dent in the organization. . Don't fool yourself thai suttlcl talk will make up for inaulflcle" results.

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