The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 25, 1954 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, September 25, 1954
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWI PAGE HVI PUZZLES THINGS TO DO STORIES I Long Ago -Four Cannon in the School Woodbox BY CLARENCE M. LINDSAY IT WAS a crisp day to the autumn of 1774 that two lively ladi —Joel Pretcott and Ebea Taleott —met at a corner of the Common in old Boston. They were on their way to the Writing School On Mason Street where lame Master Sam Holbrook taught the three "Rs. w For a long time British troops had been stationed in Boston to overawe the patriots. Both sides knew that open rebellion was not far off. "Look at those lobster-backs!" exclaimed Joel, pointing at some ef the redcoats whose tents were pitched on tb,e Common. Eben laughed as the two hurried on, soon coming in sight of the gunhouse on West Street which only a vacant yard divided from the Writing School. There were a number of redcoats in the vicinity, for in the gunhouse were four brass three- pounder cannon, and they feared the patriots might try to steal them. i "I say, Joel! I near General Gage intends taking the cannon to camp. What say you and I slip Into the gunhouse when the redcoats art answering rolicall, and carry 'em off?" "They're pretty heavy—-and where could be hide 'em?* -In the schoolhouse! Well tell Master Holbrook about our plan, and rm sure he'll help us!" The master and all the other scholars were let into the secret, and It was decided to make the attempt that very noon. Some of the 'scholars drew the attention of the lone sentinel, Jeering at him. Eben and Joel and some of their mates got the guns into the schoolroom. "Where wffl be hide 'em?" asked Eben. "In the woodbox!" suggested JoeL "As gc*d a place as any," agreed Master Holbrook; and into the woodbox they went and the cover slimmed shut It wasn't long before the loss wa* discovered. A file of soldiers was seen heading for the school. What was to be done now? Joel noted that the woodbox was close by the master's desk, and he suggested that the teacher rest his lame foot atop of the box. Master Holbrook laughed and hoisted his foot Just as the soldiers burst in. "We're going to search this schoolhouse!" said a sergeant "Go right ahead!" said Master Holbrook, amiably. The redcoats looked nere and there. Each time they came near the woodbox Master Holbrook gave a groan and began rubbing his lame foot Finally the search was called ofl. The boys all burst out laughing. '"' .'-: ; ' " : : : For two long weeks the cannon lay in the woodbox—and not a single lad breathed a word about it to anyone. Then, one dark night, Eben and Joel helped trundle them to a blacksmith shop. In time they reached the American camp- and helped in the fight for freedom. Two were captured by the enemy—but -the other two now belong to the Bunker Hill Monument Association and bear the patriotic names of "Hancock' and "Adams." Rodeos Can Cost Cowboys Lots of Money BY BUSS -MAKE A LOT ot noist lor that young fellow," yelled a •ympathetic announcer over his mike at a recent National Western Stock Show out in Denver, "because that's all this plucky kid is going to get." He was referring, as everybody in the crowd well knew, to • chap who'd been trying for the biggest purse, and lost—by Just about a fraction of a second. This, incidentally, is a usual •ccurrence in rodeo, where thousands are relinquished in even less time, when a youngster takes a chance at bulldogging or calf roping. But relinquishing cash that you've only, after all, ALMOST won, is the easiest thing to have to give up. There art other losses. No man can even get a chance to compete unless he puts down an entry fee that fluctuates around $100 for each of a series of events. (There are generally five: bareback riding, saddleback riding, bulldogging, calf-roping and bull riding.) Sometimes it rises to $1,000, as at the annual steer-roping contest at Laramie, Wyoming. And there are 700 independent rodeos. The idea is to try out at as many as you can. Add also carfare, and the expense of your horse. Dow a real rodeoist worry? Not very much: What's to keep him from winning? BUI Linderman, from out in Montana, re- cently piled up $30,700. Jerry Ambler, of Glenwood, Wash., picked up $12,000. Al Garrett, the all-around cowboy from Alliance, Neb., worked in 61 shows one year, at a cost to himself of almost $3,000. He won in some, but lost in so many others .that, "I had to sell my dogies to get back home." A loss of this sort is really nothing compared with the risk of parting with even more personal possessions, like an arm, a finger or a foot. Dick Griffith, Number 1 bull rider, has broken bones in both feet, both ankles, a thigh, a hip, shoulder and collarbone. Such "incidents" are no re- spectors of sex, as pretty tanned Tad Lucas, the riding lady, can tell you. She can't bend her wrist. Her left arm is two inches shorter than her right But none of these things hold the rodeo performers back. Tad has trick-ridden so ably with the bum arm in a cast for a period of three years that nobody knew she was wearing one. Dick won the Brahma bull ride at Chicago immediately a f t e r emerging from the hospital. And that's the way everybody who goes in for rodeo gets to feel about it. Which probably is the reason why, in this age of supersonic marvels and adventures with the atom, the old-time bronc buster still holds his place of importance with the people of today. Fun Project i-Use Clay Process to Create 'Antiques' FEBHAF8 you have seen in museums or homes beautiful old chests or paintings. Or perhaps you have seen ancient Egyptian boxes and frames which were painted three thousand years ago. Do you know this ancient process called "gesso" is now being used in modern "antiques"? Gesso is a preparation of clay and glue, colorless until treated with oils and gilt, then nibbed •with stone to give it a true antique effect. It is so simple that anyone can make a beautiful jewel box •r even picture frames. Get a wooden or tin box, a •mall can of gesso clay, a tube of «il paint, two paint brushes and a bottle of gilt paint Cover the box with clay. Then with the tip of the stiff bristles tap the surface of the clay to roughen or "stipple" it Allow it to dry overnight. The next day open the cover of your box with the edge of a thin 'knife, giving a. quick blow to crack the clay. Now sandpaper the rough stipple points of elay and paint the entire surface with a thin layer of oil paint—blue, green or red are effective. Allow this" to dry overnight, then sprinkle on antique powder. This means just rotten stone powdered fine. Hardware and paint shops carry this product. Rub this in lightly to give the dull antigue effect that you are seeking. You can now paint the inside of the box with gilt—two coats are best—and rub antique powder over it when dry. Treat the bottom of the box in the same way. Presto! Your box is one hundred years old! If your box is a beauty make more elaborate articles such as picture frames, plaques, candlesticks. You can purchase unpainted ones. On elaborate things do not stipple the gesso, but trace designs over the smooth surface. Of course, the clay must be dry. It is best to trace patterns from carbon paper. Build up the design with a small camel's hair brush until it is raised above the surface. Let your work dry overnight, then apply the gilt paint. When the gilt has dried, apply oil paint, rubbing it lightly as before. You, can mount artistic postcards on plaques. Fint sandpaper the surface of the place where the picture is to go and moisten the back of your picture before pasting and press it into its place. Cover the space around the picture with clay, dry it, and then paint with gilt, then with oil, just as lor your box. A raised design around the edge adds to the antique effect The trade name for gesso is Dur-Gesso. and it will stick to any surface—metal, glass, wood and cardboard. And one of the nicest things about an art like this is the fact that you do not have to be a genius or-a skilled craftsman. Try your ingenuity and make something fine. Adventure |-0ddities About Two Unusual People DURING THt WIIK a dad and his two boys went to the outdoor shooting range. It was wonderful because they had the entir* range to themselves. Instead of shooting at their targets they collected all the empty cardboard cartridge boxes. These were arranged at different places on the shooting field. Then they aimed and fired at these targets. They used .21 rim-fire rifles. This sport of shooting at random targets is known to sportsmen as "plinking." Now don't run to your dictionary and look up the word. It isnt there—not yet, anyway. How did the word originate? A very charming fin °y tn « name of Elizabeth Servaty was employed by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Her job •was to load ammunition. One day a very nice young man by, the name of Adolph P. Toepperweln saw her. This man was from way down In Texas. His father had been a gunsmith in the frontier town of Boerne. And young Adolph soon became in txpert sharpshooter. Ht later did • vaudeville act. Then hi waa employed by the Winchester Repeating Arms Com- fany as tbtir exhibition shooter. So Adolph saw Elizabeth. Just like in the fairy tale story, they fell in love and were married. And our hero taught her how to handle a rifle. Whenever she pulled the trigger of her gun she would utter the word "plink." So her nickname became "Plinky" and thus was born the word plinking. And plinking is certain!? a great sport * * * HIRE'f ONI you'll have to guess: Born at Borge, Norway, in 1172, this man studied medicine for twe years at the University of Christiania before entering the Norwegian naval service. In 1817-1899, he was first mate on the Belgica in the Belgian South Pole expedition. In 190M906, after scientific preparation in Germany for his role as an explorer, he negotiated the first and only northwest passage and determined the position ot the magnetic North Pole. Peary having discovered the North Pole in 1907, our hero set out for the South Pole which he reached on December 14,1911,14 days ahead of the ill-fated English explorer, Robert Scott In 1118, he left Norway in the Maud to begin a drift with the ict currant across the Arctic Ocean, completing the northeast passage and landing at Nome, Alaska, in July, 1920. He made another attempt to reach the North Pole by boat and plane in 1922, became bankrupt in 1924, and came to the United States. With Lincoln Ellsworth, he left Spitsbergen in two seaplanes in May, 1925, but was forced to turn back when only 600 miles out Ellsworth and he made a 72-hour flight from Spitzbergen to Teller, Alaska, the following year. After his retirement, he volunteered to search for General Nobile, who had become lost in the Arctic and was last heard from June 18, 1928, a" few hours after he left Tromso, Norway, by airplane in the search. Who was this explorer? ANSWER: R o a 1 d Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer. Get Ready for Football BT JAT WORTHINGTON Each of the phrases listed below has come to be associated .with some tradition in football. See if you can identify who or what is the subject of each. 1. The Indian from Carlisle. 1. The Little Brown Jug. 3. The left-handed dentist who became a coach. 4. The Wheaton Iceman. 3. The Four Horsemen. 1 The Praying Colonels. GRID TRADITIONS: 1—Jim Thorpe, called by many experts the greatest of all football players. 2—Trop»iy traditionally awarded to the wirner of the Minnesota-Michigan ;*me. 3— Lou Little, Columbia University coach, has often joked that he became a coach because nobody made equipment for a left- handed dentist. 4—Red Grange kept himself in condition by working as an iceman in Wheaton, Illinois, during his summer vacations. 5—Notre Dame's most famous backfield, in 1924, made up of Layden, Stuhldreher, Miller and Crowley. 8—The little Centre College (Kentucky) team, which defeated the then mighty Harvard in 1921, 6-0, was known as the Praying Colonels because the players kneeled in prayer before every game. Frtshntst When Dickie said "Hi Jonei* his teacher corrected him. "You should say Mister Jones,-Dickie." "Mister Jones?" triced the I4«S. "I sure didn't know you were married]" Wise Fox Saves His Mate BY IBNBST I. EKLLY THB FOX STOOD silently to the clearing, his body still except for the steady, angry swish-swish of his bushy red tail. Beside him the vixen lay stretched full length on the grass, busy licking a wounded paw. The big male stood over her. He could hear the eager baying of the hounds. The baying grew louder. The dogs had the scent. The big fox prowled around his mate and prodded her with bis nose. The vixen struggled to her feet The injured paw, still dripping blood, she held high against her chest She stood motionless, quietly eyeing her mate. Red, the male, pawed at the grass, then snarled. Slowly Red turned and brushed against his mate. He nuzzled her once, then slid past her and disappeared into the bush. Hopping painfully on three legs, the vixen followed him. Then Red loped off. The vixen stood motionless, watching, then she disappeared into a hiding place. * • • 1BD RAN EASILY, his slim body hardly visible against the autumn-tinted trees. Suddenly he stopped and crouched low in the wild grass. The dogs came into view, five of them, running loosely, low to the ground, long red tongues slapping against wet chests. Baying mournfully, they ran right past him on the earlier traiL The fox waited until they were two hundred yards away, then he pranced into the open and stood there, slim and derisive. Twice he hooted, short jeering barks that brought the dogs to a stiff, bone jolting halt Then the fox did a reckless thing. He walked slowly towards the excited dogs! Baying madly, the dogs gave chase. The fox waited until they were within scant feet of him, Puzzle Answers BOYISH REBUS: Walter; James; Carl; Robert. MIXED-UP BOYS: Michael; Frederick; Thomas; Rudolph. CROSSWORD: HOW MANY?: All, am awl, ai, ail, ill, lam, law, ma, mail, maw, mill, wail, wall, wilL DIAMOND: S ATA ADEPT STEPHEN APHID TED N RIDDLES 1—Because it requires an introduction, two heads and an application. 2—So, la, re (solar ray). I—Because it's always drawn with the drag on. 4—Because he departs from his Sphere of action (fear of action). 5— Because it is a secreter (sea creeter) of great sighs (site). Thonki Not Mych Mother asked: "Did you thank Aunt Mary for that book of arithmetic that she sent you for Christmas, Cap?" "Oh, sure," Cap retorted. "I said, Dear Aunt Mary, Thank you for your present. f l have always wanted a book on arithmetic although not very much." then broke into a fast trot Faster and faster he went, his legs blurred pistons. He ran toward a low, stone wall that divided the woods from a newly plowed field. On and on he ran, coat glistening. The dogs still chased him but were losing ground rapidly. The fox reached the stone wall and in one graceful leap scaled it and disappeared. Baying as if their hearts would break the dogs raced to the wall. Two of them made it at the first try. The other three had to daw their way to the top. No sooner were they on the other side than the fox bounced back over the wall and after running in an ever narrowing circle three times, jumped back over the wall again. As his tail disappeared, the dogs jumped again, but in the opposite direction! Puzzled, they ran in panic- stricken circles, ehasing dead scent Just a« they seemed about to admit defeat, the fox appeared on top of the wall, barked twice and pranced along the top as graceful as a tightrope walker! The doge couldn't fathom this, and with the fox in full sight, they pawed around below looking for the scent Disgusted, the fox bounded down amongst the dogs, barking his mocking challenge. The dogs picked up the scent again and gave eager chase. Once again the big red fox vaulted the waH and tore off ^across the newly plowed field, zigzagging back and forth, backtracking and running in short circles, leaving a broken scent. Halfway across the freshly turned earth he stopped, crouched down on his haunches and calmly licked his furl The dogs, defeated, were wandering around in blind circles, always on the wrong scent The fox arose and loped lai- ily across the field. No dog could catch him now. Bogged down, they would stay in. the field for aaurs trying to pick up bis scent An Impossible task in a newly plowed field! * *' * • ' •" THE YlXKNr LAY Stretched out on the grass, wounded paw hugged close to her body. A low rustle brought her note up. Teeth bared, she waited. Suddenly Red pushed through the bushes. He stretched, out beside his mate and licked her injured paw. They lay on the cool grass and listened as the baying grew fainter and finally stopped altogether. Then, as the sun sank below the trees, they moved towards the bills, Red leading the way, but stopping every now and then to make sure the vixen was stiH with him* Know What Word 'Petrol v Means to British Autoist? FBBHAPS your family may one day wish to take your automobile abroad and visit England. Will yoa recognize English motoring terms? Best way to find out is to take the following test. In column A you have ten American automobile expressions. In column B you have eleven English automobile expressions. Take out your pencil. Now place the number in column B before an English expression next to the American expression in column A. COLUMN A COLUMNS .... Sedan 1 Wind screen Trunk 2 Caravan Fenders 3 Verge Hood 4 Road division Gasoline 5 Lamps ....Wrench 8 Wings .... Trailer 7 Spanner Detour 8 Petrol ....Lights 9 Bonnet ....Road 10 Boot shoulder 11 Saloon AN8W1KS 11 Sedan 10 Trunk 8 Fenders 9 Hood I Gasoline T Wrench 2 Trailer 4 Detour 5 Light. 1 Road shoulder Score: 10 per cent for each correct answer. 70 per cent to 100 per cent—go to England. 50 per cent to 60 per cent—study English terms. Below 50 per cent— remain at home. National Hockey Ltagut Listed on the 1953-54 roster of the six National Hockey League teams are only two players who were born in the United States. Two more are from Ireland and one from South Wales. The rest of the one-hundred odd players were all bom in Canada. Yet, four of the six teams have their home arenas in the United State*. PUZZLE PETE'S CORNER Boris* Bik BOYISH REBUS Puzzle Pete has hidden four boyi in his rebus. You find them by using the words and picture* to best advantage. ZOO'S WHO c. * ~ IANTIRW PISH CMAT£S ITS OWN DA«Kt*PTH5 0*TH£ OCCAM WHERE IT UVfS PYMEAN* C* PftAfULIKS Of* GANS OR GLAWDS THAT GlVC QPP Ll£HT». MDOED-UPBOYS Here are four met* boys, but this time you have to rearrange the letters in each strange line to find their names* J-AME CHI IRK CD REEF HAM SOT PURL HOD CROSSWORD YouTl find several more boyi in this puzzle; TAKf MOMMIM6tm0f ,„ THROUGH THflftfKlN* MAY**itNOm*Vfl SITTING OXYGEN TMATtSDlf * TOfLY A*FA$TAf 55 «Oi.VSPlNTM< WATSR-.. TCWMMdf* " ACROSS 1 "My son - " 5 — — Bunyan 9 Pen name of Charles Lamb > 10 Domestic slave 11 Wrongdoing 12 Royal Italian family name ••. 13 Waver 18 Correlative of either 1? Garden implement 18 Egyptian sun god 20 Surge 24 Boy named after first man 28 Born / 27 Ship of Columbus 28 Prevaricator 29 Attorneys (ab.) 10 Boy's name DOWN 1 Joke 2 Hodgepodge 3 Clue 4 North America Cab.) 5 Looked curiously 6 Onager 7 Preposition 8 Sidelong look 14 He's a boy 15 Eternity 18 Genus of frogs 19 Mine entrance 21 Distinct part 22 Chair 23 Demigod 25 Social insect 28 Beholdi HOW MANY? Puzzle Pete says he can find 15 other words hidden in the name of. William, How many can you find? DIAMOND STEPHEN provides a good center for Puzzle Pete's diamond this week. The second word is "an Indonesian of Mindanao"; third is "expert"; fifth, "a plant louse"; and sixth, "to scatter, as hay." Finish the diamond: S T X ' STEPHEN H ""••:•'••: E Riddlts I. Why is a kiss like a properly divided sermon? 1 What three notes in Mullah's musical notation would brightest up a drawing-room? I. Why is a coach going down a steep hill like St. George? 4. Wby is a sporting clergyman like a soldier who runs from a fight? 5. Why is a lover'i Heart liht the sea-serpent?

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