The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 30, 1954 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, October 30, 1954
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THRE1 PUZZLES THINGS TO DO STORIES Peficil Fun |~-Two Skill Testers, Get Right to Work DOTS W ORD&f? TO FMD J „ HI6H H.VE-R... d."" WHICH I FOOT \ 0C-LOU6S TO m/.i^,-/r,-^-.^:'* h " m Short Story --The Bullfrog and Bennie the Catfish BY HELEN PAULINE WEIRICH THE BULLFROG sat on the water lily leaf and croaked his deep song all night long. Bennie the catfish was very tired. He could not sleep when the Bullfrog croaked. Willie the turtle was very tired. He, too, could not ileep when the Bullfrog croaked. "What are we going to do?" asked Bennie the catfish. "I am so tired I must get some sleep." Willie the turtle declared, "I am going to the Bullfrog and tell him to shut up. I don't like his singing all night long." But the Bullfrog got angry when Willie the turtle asked him to be quiet. "I can sing better than anyone else," he declared, "and I am going to sing all night long if I want to." And the Bullfrog croaked his song louder than before. Bennie tried to sleep and Willie tried to sleep but it was no use. The Bullfrog still kept them awake. Willie said, "I know what I will do. I am going to grab him by his leg and pull him under water. Then he will have to stop singing." So Willie went under the lily leaf, grabbed the Bullfrog by the leg and pulled him way under the water. But the Bullfrog was very strong. He kicked Willie in the face and hopped back on the lily leaf and laughed and laughed. "I am much faster and stronger than a turtle," he exclaimed, "and I can sing much better, too!" So he sang and he sang. Bennie said, "I know what I will do. I will jump out of the water over bis head and frighten him away." So Bennie jumped out of the water, over the Bullfrog and back into the water again and again. He was all out of breath. But the Bullfrog only laughed and laughed. "Fish can't scare me," he said. Then he sang and he sang so much louder. Bennie the catfish and Willie the turtle got together once more. 'We have to make him shut up," said Willie. He looked very sad. Then Bennie had a wonderful idea. "I know what we can do!" he exclaimed. "Let's gnaw the Hfy leaf from its stem and then he will float down the stream." So Bennie and Willie gnawed and gnawed and the Bullfrog sang and sang. Finally the stem broke and away went the leaf down the stream. But the Bullfrog did not even notice it for he was singing as loud as he could. As the frog went further and further away Bennie and Willie laughed and laughed. The joke was on the Bullfrog and now they could go to sleep. Our World -Cleopatra Needle a Wonder of World ONE OF THE SIGHTS of New York City is the Egyptian obelisk in Central Park—just in the rear of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are five of these obelisks In the world. Cleopatra had nothing to do with these ancient structures. They were quarried, transported and placed in their original positions long before the Queen of Egypt knew Julius Caesar. In fact, they were more accurately called "Pharoah's Needles." The great structure here in America is supposed to repre- «ent stone sunbeams. And the obelisk In London is also a tow- tririg sunbeam. These obelisks stood for cen- turiM in Egypt. They were moved by Augustus Caesar about 13 B. C. and erected at the ancient city of Alexandria. An earthquake brought one down in 1301 A. D., and there it lay until the British paid for its transportation to London. The one presented to the United States by Egypt in 1882 is thought to be 3500 years old. This obelisk is so hard that modern stone-cutters cannot dent it with our cutting instruments. One side is worn smooth from wind and rain and 'sand. Its height is 69 !•> feet. It weighs 48,000 tons. The cost o[ transportation was over a hundred thousand dollars. How do you think this great "needle" was brought here? A cylindrical ship, like a huge cigar pointed at one end, was built at an American iron works. Several times the ship carrying the obelisk nearly sank. Finally it was towed across the Atlantic by another ship. This Week's Brain Teasers Variety with Indians! CROSSWORD ACROSS Unit of energy Greek market place Large Indian tents Bitter kind of bean Baseball stick DOWN Siouan Indian Hen products Snatch Ventilate Euchari.stic wine vessel Pronoun Street (nb.) It was an engineering triumph all around. How do you think the obelisk was taken from the ship? The ship was broken up and the stone shaft deposited horizontally on great wooden beams. Hydraulic jacks, placed under these beams, carried the mighty mass up Broiidway, then to Fifth j Avenue until it reached Central Park- It took days and days to do this job. "It will topple over," people said, but the engineers saw that it did not. It was an expensive gift, but now we have one of the ancient 'sunbeams" in stone from Hcli- opolis in America. It is one of the "wonders" of the world. SCRAMBLEGRAM Scramble "a girl's name" and have "thin"; scramble this and have "a narrow way"; repeat and have "a boy's name." INDIAN SQUARE Pur/.le Pete hns hidden eight Indian tribes in this square. You'll find them all in rotation U you slarl right and then read each letter either up, down, across, or backward (never diagonally): Lordly, Robust Moose An Impressive Creature r *'Adventure —Wild Mustangs of Romantic West BY M. L. HOPCRAFT THERE ARE STILL bands of mustangs, the wild horses that range the western plains and mountains, that afford plenty of sport in trying to catch them. Sometimes, a cowboy spots one he likes and succeeds in roping and gentling it to add to his string of ponies. More often, a group of "mustangers" round up a bunch and drive them into a box canyon or a hastily-constructed corral. Fifty years ago, these wild horses could be counted by the thousands, and they ranged from the plains of Texas to the Canadian border. Although they are fast disappearing, bands of mustangs may slill be found in Wyoming, Idaho, and the Southwest. Unlike the buffalo, the horse Is not a native of America. The first horses on this continent were brought here by the Span- ish conquerors, and the wild mustangs of the west are the descendants of those Spanish horses. No one will ever know how many horses the Indians owned in the days of the Old West, but A W KJ k W A H O M E& $ A C & M S M 1 EM & E R tr E- KJ <B 0 W & C 0 K C H C A 1 X R Er H o C T O U BY JULIA W. WOLFE WE WISH «very boy and girl could see a moose running in the wilds as we did In upper Ontario, Canada, on the shore of Georgian Bay. To those who saw it this full-grown moose with full antlers was just as odd and wonderful as any prehistoric monster. No one could describe those antlers so that a man from Mars could imagine whnl they look like. Their wonderful "palma- tion" is an enormous basin-like expansion, studded with prongs along one edge of solid bone. In many museums are antlers weighing 92 pounds. They spread at least 75 Inches. Those great wide slabs of 20 and often more rough bone projections are at least two inches thick, and often the palmittions are so cuplike that they can hold a gallon of water. The moose we saw must have been seven feet high at the shoulders, and he had at least seven interesting points. They were: (1) his enormous tail and big legs; (2) his lofty shoulder humps; (3) his huge bill short- coupled body; (4) his huge head and "bell"; (5) his flabby, convoluted and far-overhanging nose; (6) his thatch of long coarse and grass-like brown hair; (7) his great shovel-antler just described. Under his big throat hangs a rope-like strip of hair-covered skin, probably one foot long. This nature students call the 'bell." Go the world over il you will, and you will /Ind nowhere a land animal so outlandish in form. Sea creatures, yes; but even the girnfTe is not a competitor as a strange land animal. THE ANCESTORS of the North American moose came to us across the bridge of land that ont-e Iny between Alaska and Asia, From Alaska the immigrants .spread eastward us far as I he Mackenzie River, southward to Bristol Bay, to th« Kcnai Peninsula. Then they came down to the Hockies, Oregon, Idaho and Montana and on to northern New York, Maine and Nova Scotia. The Mohawk Valley Is as far south as they ever came. They could not live south of it. Zoos below this line have tried to keep them, but they always die. The moose Is n browsing nnlrnnl, a grass enter. He I >ves to cat small twigs, bulbs and great quantities of moss. He oals moss the year around. It grows plentifully in cool regions. In tho charming forests and lakes of Maine and New Brunswick the moose .spends his summer vacation. You would be delighted to watch one wade far out and pull tip llly-bulba. Birch trees are best liked for browsing, also the hemlock, alder, willow and maple. They can soon "strip" a tree and consume n whole bush. Naturalists have watched them bring clown saplings by marching astride them arid "riding thc-m down" to earth. In winter the moose travel in herd.s and they move into a small area, packing down the snow; this is called "a mooae yard." THE WILD MOOSK displays much of what naturalists call "character." The Individual manifests more original thought than any other member of the deer family. In the fall when the new antlers aro fully grown and free from "velvet," the big bull moos« begins to utter long and resonant bawls that go pealing through forests and over lakes, rising and falling In great waves and ending In low grunts. Hunters mak« birch-bark megaphones and imitate this bawl. The big moose will answer. Ho may come within easy range of the hunter's rifle. Hut tho m o o s « gometlmei adopts genuine strategy that betokens reasoning of a high order. The moose will awing off th» trail, lie down In concealment near his own trail in n position to get the pursuer down the wind. Ho then steals away In a new direction. Clever work. Hunters tell of fierce battle* among the herds; the biggest bull moose, with the mighty nntleri, wins out and then is chosen leader. Often nntleri become Interlocked and cannot be separated by the fighters. So the two animals dio miserably. Many museums have sets ol locked horns. There are strict laws In the United States and Canada to snvo tho lives of remaining moose. Even in Alaska the hunt- Ing season ia very short. The moose must not become extlnrt! Many horses, left riderless in Indian skirmishes, ran o/T to join the bands of wild mustangs, and they increased and thrived on the rich grazing lands. Each group usually has a leader, whose place was won by fighting other stallions. There was one such stallion that has become a legend. "The White Ghost of the Plains," the Indians call him. He was a big, beautiful creature, milk-white, with black ears, a long white, flowing mane, and a tail that swept the ground. White Horse Plain in Colorado was named for him. Sometimes, he would run with a band, but j more often he was seen alone, islanding on some high spot. at the lime of Ouster's last stand i Hundreds of hunters, cowboys, at Big Horn, it is estimated \ and sportsmen tried vainly to that the Cheyennes and Sioux \ catch him. Large sums of money between them had as many as 30,000. One tribe, the Cayuse of Idaho, had so many that we still use their name, Cayuse, for a cow pony. that he was more than a mere horse, that he was a supernatural creature. They told how a prairie fire had burned everything in its path, but the Ghost Horse of the Plains came through without even scorching his white tail. What was the end of the great King of the Mustangs? No one knows. One story is that he was finally captured in Arizona, where he was driven into a corral. There he stood, refusing to eat or drink, with his head turned toward the mountains he loved, for 10 days, then lay do\vn and died. Old-timers and Indians, however, refuse to believe it, claiming it was another, younger, white horse, perhaps a son or grandson of the great stallion. They say that still today the White Ghost of the Plains may '• sometimes be seen, standing on some lonely peak, or racing be- ADU-A-GRAM Add a letter to "an article" and have "a social insect"; add another It'ttcr ;mcl scramble for "fight browns"; repent for "sparse"; and once ni(jre tor "a golfer's term." TRIANGLE Puzzle Pute's triangle is hung from CAPABLE. The second word is "mountain crehts"; third, "a Martinique mountain"; fourth, "solar -disk"; fifth, "honey- maker"; anrl sixth, an abbreviation for "left si'le." CAPABLE A P A B I, Exotic American Indian Foods May Resemble BrillLnt Cigars BY BESS HITTER SOME OF THE foods that today's American Indian enjoys can | be found only in our own Soulh- i west. And they certainly do sound exotic! Take "piki," which • is a form of bread, but doesn't look like it. It's made from corn by the Hopis. but it's as thin as paper and its color might range from a beautiful blue to vivid red or yellow. Squaws make it by baking finely ground meul on a flat stone by an open fire. Then it's rolled into a scroll resembling a loose cigar. Although jou'd like to take it home to show your friends, you have to eat it on the spot piki is too fragile to travel. A cake for which the Apache squaw of New Mexico and Arizona is famous comes from the fat leaves of the maguey or cen- were offered for him but no one ever collected the reward. He outran tbe swiftest ponies end if ore them, jumping across chasms eluded snares, (and canyons, to disappear into The Indians came to believe | the mists of the night. Pen Pals -Make New Friends Through Capt. Hal Dear Captain Hal, I am 13 Vi years old. I have dirty blond hair and brown eyes. My hobbies are swimming and playing tennis. Ann Stankewich 156 West Thames St. Norwich, Conn. * * • Dear Captain Ha], I am a girl 12 years old. I would like girls 11 to 13 years eld to write to me. I will try to answer all the letters I receive. Barbara Osburn 1203 Primrose Terrace Selma, Ala. Dear Captain Hal, I would very much like to have a pen pal in a foreign country, preferably a girl. I love to do arts and crafts. I also enjoy sports. I am 11 years old; can my pen pal be about my age? Iris Stringing 10001 San Anselmo Ave. South Gate, Calif. • * * Dear Captain Hal, I am a girl II years old and would like someone to write to in one of the \\ostcrn ^Mnr,. T\vo things I like to do are: go horse- Iback riding and swim. Mary Lou Bengivengo 601 First Ave. Karitan.'N. J. • * * Dear Captain Hal, I am a girl of 15, and like music, horseback riding and animals. I will exchange snapshots and promise to answer all letters. Dolly Murray 112 Midway Oval Poquonnoch Br. t Conn. * • • Dear Captain Hal, I am 12 yc:irs old, have dark auburn hair, • light complexion and blue eyes. My hobbies are photography, skating, reading, and I also play the piano. Mary Sue Goller 2926 David St. Corpus Christ!, Tex. • • • Dear Captain Hal, I am 14 years old, and have a twin sister. My hobbies arc sports, especially football, baseball, basketball, swimming, skating, tennis and p^ng-pong. I also play the cornet. Mary Ann Nov;ik 1653 Thurston A_ve Racint, Wii, F/-SH HAVE POOR HEAK- NG,?U.TA KEEN SENSg OP THE KIWI 8 OF NEW ZEALAND HAS ON LV VESTIGIAL Of WIWSS AND TAIL. "IKE WLD CATTLE OF PARAGUAY ARE SAID -ro zt ALMOST IMMUNE tury plant. A Jarfjc rock-lined pit is built, a fire made inside?. When the rocks are very hot, the nshc.s are replaced by chopped maguey leaves, covered with rocks and o.'irtb anrl left to simmer. Two tiays later, when the hiss of escaping steam is heard, accompanied by a spicy-sweet fragrance which will drift for miles, the pit is opened, revealing a f.;oo(.-y substance. This is worked into a gum and shaped into cnkes. Nicest treat of all is a jelly which desert Indian women fix every June from the ripe red fruit of the sngiiaro. H rescm- #les a pomegranate, and i.s called the "cactus apple." U you like, you cnn eat it "in the raw." .lust borrow a native tool—a hook attached to a long pole--and pull down as many as you think you can manage! Puzzle Answers l.Cut 1 pieces from the end of an APPLE BOX. this size.—' SCRAMBLEGRAM: Lena, lean, lane, Ncal. INDIAN SQUARE: Cherokee, Shawnce, Mingo, Choctaw, Sioux, Cree, Mohawk, Seneca. ADD-A-GRAM: An, ant, tans, scant, stance. TRIANGLE: CAPABLE ARETES PELEE ATEN BEE LS 3.Stain the boards with GREEN WATER COLOR PAINT. 4.WEI6HT POWW WITH A WICK ...DECORATE A CLEAN FISH CAN WITH OIL PAINT..;. FILL IT WITH DIRTArJD, CROW A SMALL HOUSE PLANT W IT/ How nboiit maklnc this for 4 ChrUlmu ftM CM Inur a*w| i

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