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flWtrot, i ,mne IS, J8M. M tttftttMkTRIflTtltU COMPA.Vt, MIRROR BUILDING. M60-100S OrtVti AV*.. Mtoona, Pa. N. SLRP ' It U JOHNSTON President Managing Editor SUBSCRIPTION RATES. month'(payable monthly) ... 2 cent!" SO cents sl V t ," * MAIL SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Ott* month (In advance) .......... S» months (In advance) Oft« year (In advance) .80 M.50 J'-OO Bell Phone TELEPHONES: 7171. The Altoona Mirror is a member of the Audit Bureau of Circulation and the American Newspaper Publishers' Association and Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association. Iftflufeftte fevfcfr tii& men and wotneh whom we meet from day to day, we must show ourselves friendly In every possible way. The grouch has never yet been a success; there ta not the slightest reason to believe he ever will be. Usually we ar* always specially glad to fall Into the company of the Commercial Traveler. He has trained himself to be agreeable to all comers. He realizes how important it is to make a good impression upon all with whom he passes a little time. No person who studies to please the person with whom he is in momentary contact makes a mistake. To study to please in the most insignificant of those one meets from time to time Is to obey the admonitions of wisdom. Rose Elizabeth Cleveland THE SCMOOLS OVER The Altoona Mirror assumes no financial responsibility for typographical errors In advertisements hut will reprint that part of an advertisement In which the typographical error occurs. Advertisers will please notify the management immediately of any error which may occur. Entered as second class matter at Altoona postoffice. AVERAGE DAItT PAID CIRCtl- LATrON DURING MAT 29,077 SATURDAY, JVXE 7. 1030. A THOUGHT FOR TODAY. Wntrh nnd prny that ye enter not Into temptation.— Matthew 26:41. E VERY CHRISTIAN is endued with a power whereby he is enabled to resist temptations.—Tillotson. ADVICE TO GRADUATES. O UR YOUNG FRIENDS WHO arc just graduating from the various institutions of learning with which the country abounds arc probably vaguely conscious of the fact that there is a wonderful amount of advice in evidence all around them about this time of year. Its value varies in accordance with its appropriateness or with the attitude of those into whose cars it. ia poured. Generally speaking, it often assails sluggish or heedless / ears. A considerable amount of the wisdom of our elders reaches us after we have come,to think we are wise enough in our own right to dispense with it. Or our minds are filled with other thoughts or our ambitions centered on enterprises which seem insignificant or strange to our good friends. Probably the best advisor any graduate can have is his own inner consciousness. Each human being is a law unto himself. In the end he stands or falls to himself and to himself alone. While it is true that many persons are quite incapable of measuring accurately their own strength or their own endowments, and while undue self-assurance frequently results in downfall, it also remains true that practically all men and women are ,«eif-made. Whatever ability we may have to help our friends to higher levels should be exercised with a modest discretion. True, most of us seem to consider ourselves far better qualified to give Judlcio'us and valuable advice to others than to receive it for our own betterment. We do not always possess the humble spirit or the earnest desire to strengthen our own characters by Imitating the virtues or Implicitly following the advice of our friends. We feel quite self-reliant, as a rule and cherish no misgivings concerning the eventual outcome. This self-confidence may be a good thing, but it should not be carried to excess. It is a good rule to let another praise thee and not thy own lips. V i THE COMMERCIAL TRAVELERS. T HE PEOPLE OF ALTOONA cherish a very friendly feeling toward the United Commercial Travelers of Pennsylvania who inaugurated their annual meeting last Thursday evening with a banquet. The members and their guests seldom participated in a more thoroughly enjoyable feast of reason and flow of soul. The people of Altoona are always glad to welcome this sprightly body of business men to their midst. The Commercial Travelers are invariably representatives of the best sort of humor and the kindliest disposition that is BO abundant in our country. They are enemies of moroseness and usually represent the muni practical thoughtfulness, coupled with unfailing good nature. We have long thought that the representatives of other callings in lUe might profit by observing and imitating the perennial good nature exhibited by tlie Commercial Travelers of the country. Quite early in life they learn that good nature and geniality are inaespensible to the belt »uccebs in life. H is a fundamental fact that he who would achieve the very best success must be able to command the interest and win the good will of those v. ith whom iie comes la contact. Indeed, not lite least valuable part Ol our contact with tht Cummei' ial Traveler Is the vital lesson we . ouli Icurn of ma nil eating a lnen'li\ altitude towaiij UiOiiC with whom .\ *• eoui« Ui vuutttU. if v.c would have TUB WET ISSUE. IS AN impression extant JL in our state nnd throughout the Union generally, that a majority of the voters in Pennsylvania would Jine up on the wet side In any trial of strength between the wets and the drys. This is largely owing to the existence of several cities—including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh —in its boundaries. And yet many thoughtful citizens nre of the opinion that the recent declaration of the Democratic state committee in favor of abolition of prohibition and a return to conditions as they existed before the prohibitory amendment to the federal Constitution became the law of the land was a political blunder of the first magnitude. They regard it as an unnecessary invitation to trouble and revolt. It is true that the disposition to drink intoxicating liquor seems to be deeply rooted in human nature. Few realize that appetite is easily formed. Yet all but the thoughtless and unobservant must have perceived on the right hand and the left abundant evidence of the dangerous qualities lurking in liquor. Generation after generation has seen the promise of youth lost in the weakness of age. Men know but heed not the warning of wisdom. There is probably not a single poison in the world that is destitute of beneficial uses under certain conditions. There is no slower or deadlier poison than alcohol If its use is persisted in. As everybody knows it is a habit-forming drug, very much more pernicious in its influence upon the human body than the average attack of ordinary disease. Persisted in, its continued use produces a truly deplorable condition of body and mind. We think the state is justified in imposing severe restrictions upon the manufacture and sale of so dangerous a drug. We think the man or woman of ordinary intelligence and strength of will is justified in avoiding its use and in aiding in the imposition of restrictions which the experience of the past renders justifiable and very judicious. The history of the human race shows conclusively that the average human being is quite unable to resist the strange and fascinating appeal of this foe of the race. HONORING DR. ROBB. D R. G. D. ROBB was the recipient last evening of honors from representatives of the thirty-seven classes that have graduated from the AHoona High school during his principalship. He has witnessed truly amazing changes in that period. They are substantial evidences of his service to the cause of education in this community. And we think it can be said with absolute confidence that these changes have invariably been for the better. Our public school system is still imperfect in certain respects, but it has undergone some very radical changes since Dr. Robb entered upon his extended and fruitful term of service here. And the future presents quite a promising outlook. The honors paid Dr. Robb have been earned,. It must be a very agreeable sensation of which he is conscious as he comes to the period of completion. Looking over the years he is conscious of the benefits that have come to the educational situation in this city, the field of his labors. When he assumed the prin- cipalship of the Altoona High school our educational outlook was far from being splendid. Now the situation is very different and distinctly encouraging. Dr. Robb and his associates in the local field have labored energetically and faithfully. The result of their efforts is very gratifying. Progress has "been constant and rapid. Conditions are much nearer perfection than they were thirty-seven years ago. The workers deserve the hearty and sincere congratulations of old and young upon the very creditable results of their labors. W HEN GROVER CLEVELAND entered the White House as president on March 4, 1885, he was a bachelor. James Buchanan was the only other unmarried president. Mr. Cleveland, however, did not remain a bachelor, as did Buchanan, for in the second year of his term he was married. During the period of his bachelorhood the mistress of the White House was his accomplished sister, Miss Rose Elizabeth Cleveland. Like her predecessor, Mrs. McElroy, the sister of President Arthur, she was the daughter of a minister, Rev. Richard F. Cleveland. Her birthplace was at Fayetteville, N. Y. She was the youngest of a number of children and her father died when she was but 7 years of age, leaving her mother and the children to face the hardships of poverty. They lived near Utlca. Her mother was a woman of unusual force of character and she kept the children together and reinforced poverty with such fortitude as disarmed it. Under the guidance of such a mother the little Rose imbibed her teachings. She was a studious girl with a strong original mind and a taste for books which her father's well-stored library enabled her to gratify. She then went to Houghton seminary and the autumn after graduation she went there as a teacher, .remaining in that position for two years. Her next venture in her profession was at Lafayette, Ind., where for a year she held the posistlon of principal of the Collegiate institute. Then she taught in a private school in Pennsylvania, her life as a teacher covering four and a half years. Teaching was irksome to her: she did not like the. confinement or the routine and she embraced it only as a sense of duty to her mother. She then took up lecturing before schools, producing a series of lectures on medieval history and other historical subjects, which were given to post-graduate classes at Houghton, Elmira and other seminaries for girls. She was thus engaged until she went with her brother to the White House. She had a finely modulated voice and she swayed her audiences by the charms of truths presented picturesquely and with singular brightness and force. She had a remarkable knowledge of history, but she sifted the chaff from the wheat and presented her themes In an original way that proved most entertaining. Miss Cleveland was frequently invited to serve as commencement orator at various institutions of learning. She became the social head of ,the president's home in obedience to a sense of duty, relinquishing her chosen work and widening field, to help with willing hand her brother's administration. Miss. Cleveland was a representative woman in a sense that no other woman who preceded her in the White House had been. She came from the ranks of the self-educated workers and she did practical work in the field where thousands of her ulster-women are making noble records. While her true place was the professor's' chair, she nevertheless made an admirable mistress of the White House during the period of a little over a year which preceded her brother's marriage. She was a conspicuous leader in that cultured class in America which advocates the higher education of women and her rank as a woman was such that her influence in this direction was very great. She made no pretensions of social leadership while in the White House, but nevertheless her individuality was a positive element of strength and popularity to the administration. Sincere and direct, she was affable and agreeable to all, and her charm of manner invested her with peculiar interest to strangers. She was the scholar, the poet, the thinker, a superior and high-bred woman; and being such, she was a factor in American social life of which not only her countrywomen, but all women, were justly proud. .Scientists say that 60,000,000 years ago the New York climate resembled that of Florida today. And with Al Capone prone to bask in the warmer climes pel-imps New York is grateful for the change. WHAT OTHERS SAY Safety In Industry. The campaign for a greater industrial safety in Pennsylvania is bearing fruit. During the first four months of 1930 the number of accidents was 50,041 compared with 52,733 during the same period a year ago. and deaths decreased from 644 in the first one-third of 1929 to 622 in 1930. The month of April, however, shows an increase in fatal accidents over March, with 168 deaths last month, compared with 116 the month before. An increase in accidents in April would be normal. Building operations were opening up and other hazardous seasonal occupations were getting under way. But the April accident total—11,477—was 728 less than for March. The greatest reduction in accidents during the first four months Of this year was in the coal-mining industry, one point where safety campaigns have been centered. Safety in industry, as everywhere else, is achieved only by eternal vigilance. Laxity anywhere along the line means eventual loss of labor or life. At Devon, it meant tremendous damage as well. The speed wit which tighter restrictions were placed on explosives by the state after the Devon explosion was commendable; but the laxity of provisions that made possible such a disastrous explosion shows that Pennsylvania's industrial safety campaign cannot be allowed to rest. —Philadelphia Ledger. + * * Getting Crowded Out. Preliminary census reports are that American villages are doomed. There is no longer room for them between the filling stations.—Dallas News. * * * Looking Forward. One of these days we may expect the Russian soviet government to be broadcasting its alleged successes with a Volga boast song.—Chicago News. T HE SAUNTERER HAS not been out of his home since the existing "spell" over took him,' but he has kept his ear to the ground pretty constantly while ,his imagination has been rather busy as he confronts his generally silent typewriter. He has a theory which is strenuously antagonized by the daughter who keeps his house for him and by other friends and sympathizers, that a little exercise of his memory or his Imagination will do his physical frame ho harm. Indeed he is disposed to believe that exercise of a not too violent sort, calling into play merely memory and imagination, may benefit him rather than do him any particular harm. It may really prove a good thing. It is his settled conviction that an Indoor life of the best type should be a voluntary one. Many of those who spend almost all their time indoors are apt to become a bit grouchy if they are deprived of the privilege of taking a possible outdoor jaunt. The Saunterer freely admits that he is very much of an indoor person as a general rule. The out-door world has few attractions for him unless his indoor hours are the result of compulsion. It is only after one hears the voice of authority saying: "You must stay indoors and content yourself with twiddling your fingers for the next week," that out-of-doors becomes attractive. Yet it is no less true that the Invalid who refuses to act upon the mature advice of the experienced friend is a very reckless as well as a very foolish individual. It is unfair to your experienced friends as well as to yourself and your medical advisor to disregard their advice. Once you are dead you are very likely to stay dead for a decidedly protracted period. The wise person calls all his patience into requisition and probably calls in the aid of his best friends when confronted by a disagreeable experience. Unfortunately few of us are as wise as we ought to be. If trouble comes it's easily blamed on others. The man or woman who has a fairly lino childhood to look back toward is seldom much distressed if summoned to fold his hands, close his eyes and consider the days of the past. In any event one's past is apt to demand a goodly share of one's thoughts, especially if one is halted and laid up for repairs. He Is a very fortunate representative of the human family who had a happy and an innocent childhood. As he sits with folded hands and permits his memory to wander back among the incidents of his past life he has great reason to thank God if he finds that he was delivered from the perils which beset childish ignorance and curiosity. The child's closest comrades, his most intimate friends should be his parents. The father and the mother —especially the latter—should invite the most "confidential relations and withhold no needful knowledge from the children. There should be no reticences between the mother and her daughter, between the father and his son. There are important bits of knowledge concerning the mysteries of human association which a wise parent imparts tenderly and delicately to the,younger generation at the proper time. This can be dons in such a way as to impart knowledge in a proper way, thus making an end of mystery and curiosity. A child's closest and most confidential frineds, we repeat, ought to be found in the parent!?. The boy should be taught from the very beginning to go to his father with everpl puzzle. The girl should find In her mother a loving and trustworthy advisor. It is greatly to bo feared that the average child's parents are too busy or too reticent to guide that child in the path of essential knowledge. The probability is that essential truths are concealed from the knowledge of the average child, often to the serious injury of that unfortunate heir of humanity. Parental reticence is well meant, but sometimes very harmful. My good friend Tommy has developed a somewhat fragile temper during the recent warm period. I believe the weather has affected hl» bodily comfort to such an extent an to impair his health. At all events he has been unusually silent during the warm period, irresponsive to friendly overtures, seldom contented to remain in one spot for any length of time. I am led to suspect that his fine fur overcoat which furnishes substantial protection during midwinter is rather uncomfortable at this season. Nor do I greatly wonder. Of course I have been told that, whatever keeps out the cold is likely to exclude heat, also, but I doubt it. I understand that there are sections of our very interesting planet, in which the temperature is just right all the year around. As my experience as a traveler has been extremely limited I cannot decide concerning the truth of the .statement from personal experience. I am persuaded, however, that few sections of our planet possess more varieties of weather than does the one which those who were born and have lived all their lives in this county have the fortune to experience. Our weather is as changeable in its several appearances as are the words in our dictionary. The seasons hear a general resemblance to each other, but it's usually somewhat vague. Discontent with human life and its varied accompaniments Is a very foolish and ungrateful emotion. Even the longest life is insignificant when contrasted with the length of oter- nity. Yet every month—nay, almost every day—we hear of some rash mortal who rushes into pternity, too impatient of human life to endure it. The Saunterer belongs to that class who have occupied a comparatively insignificant place in human life, but who have enjoyed its varied episodes and are not impatient for the end. Quite the contrary. W. H. S. 23 YEARS AGO TODAY Jack Sharkey says it is his patriotic duty to defeat Schmeling for the heavyweight title. His motto very likely is "For gob, for country, and for kale." Wasp waists, a fashion note says, will soon be the mode. .Styles will then follow the bee line, as it were. MIRRORGRAMS Trouble is,always plural. Character ia built by discipline of fcelf. Thiie never was a grouch who wasn't a failure. Tin- iiion.- you admire in yourself the less others will admire you. Some folks arc never happly un- h-.-s they aru malting things unplcus- aul lor othci'ii. From the Mirror files. Joseph Reed of Hollidaysburg graduated in mechanical engineering at Purdue university. Middle division locomotive engineers erected a clubhouse along the Juniata river, west of Mill Creek. Charles Sweet of 1121 Eighth avenue, an assistant foreman engaged in the erection of the new lathe shop, lost his left leg when it was crushed by a falling girder. The commencement exercises of the Hollidaysburg High school were neld, the graduates being Ethel if. Krepps, Blanche Mae Davis, Kathleen B. Brown, Margaret Hartsock and J. Lee Plurnmer, jr. The state convention of the United Commercial Travelers convened in the Schenk block. Joseph Burgart presided and Mayor S. H. Walker delivered an address of welcome, to which E. M. Brash of Lancaster responded. Obituary notices included the following: Rev. Jacob Koonlz, aged 78, Loysburg; Charlotte A. Kcribner. . 3225 .Sixth avenue: Miss Carrie K. (Jeesey. aged 35, 15<)7 Eighth street, and Aliss Helen A. Baronc-r, aged 25, Blair township. IT'S COMING. (Worcester Telegram.) The people of a remote district of .Siberia have been frightened at the sight of a modern locomotive. If railroads in America continue to give way to motor busses it will not he long before people over here will be frightened at the sight of a locomotive too. By GRACE K. J UNE) 4TH HAS COMB and gone, and the school term for this year is ended. Not all children are glad when school is over. There are some who really like school and who are sorry when their daily associations with the pupils and teachers must come to an end. This closing school term marks an event in Jane's school life. Our schools are in the city now, and next year Jane will £ake eighth grade work In the Roosevelt High, where associations, teachers, class work and class equipment will all be widely different from her previous school- Ing. She will have many advantages that she never knew before in the schoolroom; she will begin an altogether new phase of schooling from which her later high school worlt will be but a step. The big transition is now. The association with the boys and girls with whom she Has been chumming for six winte'rs will be naturally changed and readjusted. She may have but a few of her former pals in her future classes. I think that is why she was just a little sadder than usual to know that the present term was ending. She and Esther took their kodaks along to school the last morning and snapped some pictures to treasure in memory in the 'years to come. Phyllis brought her little sister Jane— our Jane's namesake — along to school on the last morning, then the girls brought Janie up for me to see. My how, she Is growing, and not yet 3 years old. She is and always was a darling baby. She has flower-blue eyes and yellow hair, worn straight and smooth, her face is like apple blossoms, so pink and white. She wore a pretty pink dress, and she proudly showed mo a penny ring one o£ the boys had given her at school. Miss McN., Phyllis' teacher, had asked her where she lived and Janle replied, "In my own house." The girls had her turn somersaults on the lawn, when they brought her to visit me, and once when she did a real stunt she asked us, "See dat?" She knew she had done something pretty good for her age. Phyllis called their mother on the . telephone and Janle talked to her, hut her conversation was just one "Uh-huh" after another— her modern way of saying "Yes." She Is almost as fond of Lois, (Phyllis' nearby chum.) as she is of her own brothers and sisters. When they were leaving, as the girls were saying goodbye to Jane and me, Janle called out, "So 'ong!" No doubt she has heard the girls say "So long" to each other in their goodbyes. Coming home from the store later on, I met Ann and her small son. Kenneth, coming home to spend the day. The girls of the S. family have the nicest custom. They so arrange their domestic schedules that all of them con take one day ofC each week to be together. They are all married now but Mame, who keeps house for their only single brother, and the girls take turns with the entertaining, meeting at each other's house in turn. • Wednesday was Ella's day to have the family and they were making a birthday party of it for Jen, whose birthday came last week, but too many pressing engagements and duties had compelled the family party to be passed up then. It seemed good to see the girls all together again. All of them looking so well, and the three little boys growing up astonishingly. Jackie and his cousin Kennie are near one size, both of them hearty, healthy little lads; and Jackie's baby brother, Gene, who is only 6 months old, is quite a big boy already, and has three teeth. Wouldn't it be nice if more families had these pleasant little holidays together, and would make it a custom to meet often to spend the day. The trouble with most families is that, as they marry and drift into new relationships, they often form entirely new associations and friendships, to the exclusion and neglect of the dear home ties. Sometimes I think that the larger the family, the closer the ties that bind each one of them to that family. The S. family is a very large onu. But they cling to each other through the changing years, and senm to find a greater joy and eomlort in each other than they do in other,, associations, though they are not at all selfish either. Wednesday evening Sally's lolks surprised us, when it was almost dusk. I had just returned from a brief visit over at Donnie'a place, to see the lovely iris blooms about which Jane had been talking in raptures all evening; and Donnie's mother came along back with me, to see our perennial bed, how nicely it Is growing. It was then almost dark. But not loo clarlc to recognize the car that drove up as Sara, and out skipped Sally, looking very pale and thin, but in ever so much better spirits than when we had last seen her. She is starting to regain her lost appetite now and will soon be herself again. They brouglit Sally'n neighbor Virginia along, and it did lib all good to hear Sally laughing again, when I hey weje playing games: tor it has been almost a week sinca she has felt like laughing. It waj too dark for Sully to enjoy the sight of tho arbor oi American Beauty roses, brought oul. to its full and raai.ir.t bloom by the intense heat of the aun, the pust few days. MOKUS AN EXPLANATION. (Wtlllamsport Sun.) A specialist of the United States Public Health Service declares that the hearing of boys ia inferior to girls. Wonder if he has carried his research far enough to discover why a girl's hearing is so variable that .she can identify the tone of her boy friend's automobile horn immediately, but can't hear her mother call her to wasli the dishes? QUOTATIONS "Out of every live children who die, one is killed by accident."—Dr. a. Josephine Baker. "Heat, moisture, oxygen-soil! These arc the big four of the gardener's peace conference." — Alex .Laurie. "There is too much desire nowadays to amuse everyone, and too little realization of the need lor more contemplation at home." —Sir Arthur Ballour. "Ju arriving at executive positions 1 believe that young women have as good if not better chances of early jM'umotion and oppm tunity as young inc-u'."—Lucy A. Goldsmith. ANNIVERSARIES KKCII'KOCITY TllKATY. On June 7, 1854, the Marcy-Klgiu treaty between the United States and Ureat Britain, which regulated reciprocal I'oiniiujrcial relations witli Canada and Newfoundland, was wigued. Under terms of the treaty the natural products of earl', country were to be exchanged without duty. The articles exchanged were to be the produce of the farm, forest, mine and fisheries. The treaty also provided for tiie liberal fishing privileges for American fishermen and mutual transportation rights. Although the treaty was to remain in force for 10 years it was actually in operation for 11. At the outset it wa.s benelii-'ial to bnth contracting parties but as time progressed the preponderance of commercial advantage was heavily in favor of Canada. One of the reasons why the United States abrogated the Irc-aty way tha. Canada extended sympathy and assistance to Confederate refugees in their hostile movements along the border during the Civil War. THAT BODY OF YOURS RIPPLING RHYMES JAPANESE TRADITION By JAMES W. BARTON, M. D. P ERHAPS YOU have met one of these raw food enthusiasts. He Is able, so able to prove by figures, statistics, calorics, vitamins, minerals, salts, proteins, starches, fats, and so forth, that he is right, that you may begin to wonder If there isn't something in this raw food diet. Now there isn't any question but that without the use of cooked foods it would be "possible" for you to get an all round diet that would keep your body in good condition, providing of course "there are sufficient oil, fat, sugar containing fruits, and your digestive tract has the capacity to adapt itself to such a, great change In your diet." The argument that raw foods contain more vitamins and minerals is absolutely true, and cannot be disregarded, because the cooking process does deprive vegetables and other foods of some of their mineral salts and vitamins. And yet does the nation as' a whole really suffer from any deficiency diseases because of cooked foods? No. Even if these foods do lose a percentage, even as high as CO per cent of their vitamins and salts during cooking, there still seems to be ample for our needs. Besides most raw foods—vegetables and fruits—are deficient in proteins, the body building food, and it would mean tho eating of peas or beans every day to keep up this part of the diet. One of the advantages of raw foods with some individuals is their roughage—roughness of tho fibres of the food—which by irritating the lining wall of the intestine tends to keep it active and so prevents constipation. Sometimes however this moves along so fast that food substances do not get a chance to be absorbed into tho blood. On the other hand with the majority of people there is more intestinal disturbance—gas—than with cooked foods. Further just how clean—free from every impurity, insects or the eggs of insects—raw fruit can be made is just a question; certainly not as clean as cooked foods. Professor H. S. Straus, Berlin, after an extensive study of this whole question says, "The Jlnal conclusion is that a medical approval of exclusive raw fruit diet for tho general purposes of the body is impossible; although there is no question that the general diet of the people should comprise more fruits, vegetables and salads, and less meat and meat products." Raw foods are to be recommended then, only as forming a certain part of a mixed diet. CHILD'S PLAY. (Harrl&burg Telegraph.) The Russian government is considering tho adoption of atandard- ized clothes, shoes, houses, furniture, beds and even food for the masses of the people. It is figured that with such a system all would be reduced to a common level. Man could ha^ve no cause for complaint because his neighbor lived In a better house or wore better clothes than himself. It sounds like the reasoning of a defective mind—a mind without understanding of the pull and power and inspiration of ambition. Human progress has come by individual ambition and individual effort. Competition is one of the most stimulating of all forces that have contributed to the rise of mankind. Reduce men to a level, or even ' raise them to a level, so long as it is merely a level, and you destroy the mind and soul. If Russia expects ever to be a power among the nations .she will destroy whatever opportunity she may have by such child's play. IN TOWN. Beyond my window in the night Is but a drab inglorious .street, Yet there the frost and clean starlight As over Warwick woods are sweet. Under the grey drift of the town The crocus works among the mould As eagerly as those that crown The Warwick .spring in (lame and gold. And when the tramway down the hill Across the eobbles moans and rings, There is about my window-sill The tumult of a thousand wings. --JOHN DR1NKWATEH, in "A Town Window." Won't Stay Down By WALT MASON r HE SAYING is of wide renown, "You cannot keep a good man down," and it is largely true; the good • man gets it in the neck, but promptly rises from the wreck, and seems as good as new. We're all acquainted with the wight who, while all things are going right, is genial and serene; he has no patience with the gent who likes to voice his discontent, he is of pleasant mien. He is an optimist, of course, and he will talk until he's hoarse to the admiring crowds; it always gives his soul a thrill to know the sun is shining still behind the lowering clouds. And then some day affairs go wrong, and bleak misfortune comes along and and hands him sundry blows; and, having but a wobbly spine, the only thing he does Is whine about his many woes. Once fallen from his snug estate he soon becomes a wailing skate who bores his fellowmen; misfortune knocked him galley west, ho has no courage in his breast, he'll never rise again. Now there's a man across the block who also got a grievous shock that knocked him off his feet; he sat a moment in the dust, his face expressive of disgust, nis ruin seemed complete. He gathered up his damaged tile and looked around him with a smile, and banished all his fears; ho said, "I've had a bad reverse, but it will do no good to curse, or shed unmanly tears. I have my hands, I have my head, I am not licked until I'm dead, I scorn misfortune's frown; I will regain the place I had, and be a lear in this grad, they cannot keep me down." This sort of man, when badly hipped, is bound to rise, he won't stay whipped, he doesn't moan or bleat; he reels, perchance, beneath a blow, and then comes back, he doesn't know the meaning of defeat. (Copyright, 1930, George M. Adams.) IN HUMOROUS VEIN Teacher—About what time does the sun set In winter? Small boy—When our hens go to roost.—Wheaten News. She—My little brother will tell if he sees you kissing mo. He—Well, I'm not kissing you. She—Anyhow, I thought I'd tell you.—Brooklyn Eagle. Student—"Say, I wanna exchange this textbook." Clerk—"Why, you've had it a whole term." Student—"But I just found out that every other page is missing."—-Jester. Parson—Ah, my boy, you must Indeed have used much patience, much quanimity, to capture such a fine specimen of Hah. Small boy—No, sir, I just used worms.—Capper's Weekly. "Why does a red-headed woman always marry a meek man?" "She doesn't. Ho just gets tlmt way."—Capper's Weekly. HAItDKU CiOINIJ. (Christian Si:lenco Monitor.) Fingerprints successfully exchanged by wireless photography in eight minutes between Berlin and Buenos Aires prove that the way of the transgressor is getting harder. ITALY HAS A GOAL. (Wllllamsport Sun.) Italy announces she will build lit) new war vessels this year in order to attain "parity," which Is further proof that the word "parity" isn't derived from par. NO K.XCUrTIONS. I Jl:tmillun (Out. l OI,Ht'rvi;r. ) Kni'ty-ei^ht boys interviewed in .'; penitentiary said they started (heir careers by playing truant. So did some of i'oremusl and most respected citizens. BJr BRUCE CATTON. W E AMERICANS DON'T seen* to be very gifted at understanding tho mental attitudes of any foreign people; and of all foreigners the Japanese, probably, are the most incomprehensible. Take, for Instance, the Japanese code of honor. It is a thing that is too much for tig to assimilate. Consider the following Incident, and sea if you can grasp the attitude that lay back of it: When the Japanese delegation came home from tho London naval conference recently, some of the naval officers felt that Japan hadn't done so well there. To be sure, Senator Hirlam Johnson of California is sure that Japan put it all over the United States; but these trim little Japanese sailors had other ideas about it. One of them was Lieutenant Commander Eijl Kusaklri. He was a man of considerable prominence in Japan. He very deeply felt that the nval treaty was a disgrace to the Japanese navy. As a devoted officer,, he felt that it was up to him to make some protest. So, while a train was carrying him across Japan to Toklo, Lieutenant Commander Kusakirl locked himself in his compartment, took out his sword and proceeded to commit hara-kari — which, if you're not familiar with Japanese customs, means killed himself by slashing his That was the way he chose toi make known his protest. It was strictly in accordance with the highest Japanese tradition. Now that Japanese tradition of honor is something we Americims can't get at all. It's just naturally; beyond us. Did our American naval officers who disapproved of the treaty disembowel themselves? They did not. Instead they went to the senate and waxed vocal about the mistakes of their nation's diplomats, That's the American tradition. But that Japanese tradition of hon« or— what a queer thing it Is I Under this code, a man feels that his honor is a more important thing; than his life. He trains himself to be ready, at any time, to give up the latter to save the former. Ho would rather die than live with a blot on his record. If he possibly can, he will order his life so that he will never have anything to reproach himself for; but if he fails— whether it is his fault or not— he will kill himserf to make amends. All of that is almost impossible for us even to understand. It seems faintly ridiculous. But whether we understand it or not, wo can at least pay tribute to the spirit that lies back of it. Too strong a . sense of honor is not nearly as bad as one that's too weak. ABE MARTIN CURRENT COMMENTS It begins to -look as though this country never would find out what debenture actually is.—St. Paul Dispatch. Japanese are reported as trying to learn to like pie. Eventually they will learn, but they'll never be the same.—Haverhlll Gazette. Among the hold-outs from last season to appear at this year's early baseball games are the peanuts we got.—Akron Beacon Journal. Television development has taken another step forward and it won't be long now until we are paying for it' in monthly installments.—Toledo Blade. f While tho various uplift organizations are seeking laws to protect the health und morals of the people, why do they start no crusade against the campaign cigar?—Asheville Times. Senator Hastings of Delaware considers that President Hoover Invites too many insurgents to breakfast. Hut it's sound policy—far better than feeding them raw meat.—San Antonio Evening News. If the German university which withdrew a degree after finding that another had duplicated it sets a precedent, an avenue to publicity may bo closed to distinguished citizens.—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He's make a dandy ruducin' vibrator salesman, fer he's jest gray enough lo be trusted an' yit young enough lo be engagin'." said Miss Fawn Lippincut today, spcakln' o' Lilo Kite, out o' work. A smilin' farmer wuz quite a curiosity 'n town today. He'd just sold his fan.'. iCuvj ntht, Jului K IJille Ca.) IT IS TIIU TIIIU'SH. Hark- That rapture in the leafy darkt Who Is it shouts upon the bough a swing, Waking the upland and the valley under? What carols, like the blazon of a king, Fills all tho dawn with wonder? Oil, hush, It is the thrush, In the deep and woody glcu ! Ah, thus the gladness of the gods was aung. When the old Earth was young; That rapture rang, When the tirst morning on the mountains sprang: And now he shouts, iiud the world is young again! --L'Idwin MHrkham, in "The Man with the Hoe and other poems" V

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