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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THBE1 PUZZLES THINGS TO DO STORIES An Editorial for Boys and Girls-Bob and Ginny Get a Lesson in Thankfulness BY VENUS INGLISH "I DON'T SEE much io be thankful for," said Bob. His sister (jinny agreed. "\Ye don't have a television set and we don't have a new car or anything." The family had'been discussing Thanksgiving Day which was only two weeks away. Mother looked at Dad. and Dad looked at Mother, hut they didn't answer the children directly. Instead, Dad said: "I have to make a trip Io the Jones' farm Ibis week. You kids have never been there. How would you like to come along? We might find something to be thankful for." It was a crisp November Saturday morning when they started out, hut by noon both children had lost interest in the day. It had been a tiring trip. The train was not a modern streamliner, and it didn't go fast. \Vlien Ihov had arrived in the town, there was no fast car to lake them to the farm. Instead, they were met by Mr. Jones in an old-fashioned buggy with one tired horse. They had never seen anything like it before except in pictures. It might have been fun, but the seats were luo high, the road was rough and everything smelled of horse. They went into the kilcben, and it was hoi there because Mrs. Jones was cooking on a big cookstove that took up nearly half of the kitchen. The smell of bread was good, but when it was put on the table, it wasn't cut into uniform, neat slices. The slices were too big to eat easily. After dinner, Dud suggested that Ginny help Mrs. Jones with Ihe dishes, and she found thai there was no Fun Project -How to Build Your Own Boomerang WHY' NOT make a boomerang? Your father no doubt knew how to make them. This gadget came to America from Australia about 100 years ago. Either of the simple boomerangs described here, when thrown into the wind, can travel up to 100 feet along the ground, then gracefully rise to a height of 70 to 100 feet, and return to the vicinity of the thrower. | You will need two pieces of | light, tough wood. Spruce is best! if you can get it. It must be | around one-quarter of an inch j thick. I Tile one made in the form of a ' letter "T" is called the "straightaway" boomerang, because it travels its greatest distance along the ground, then rises in the air, I but does not always return to, the thrower. I The longer arm is 17 inches in j AMOH6 OTH£K THM0S, AUSTRALIA HAS &IVEU THt gOOMEKA/JiS TO n/£ WORt-P,,, TfJ/6 WEAPOH/S /JOT' S-M£!£> TO MJXS- AMP Pf?OV/D£& LOTS OF F/C3 / length, the shorter 12 inches, and I wfiich are bent over and ham- each is 2U inches wide, with a! mered down to make a very quarter-inch bevel on the top j strong joint, edges. The two pieces are glued j To throw the "straightaway" together, and then nailed with j boomerang, grasp it by the end brads, three quarters of an inch lot the marked "T" With the short long, the projecting ends of j piece pointing backward. Hold it in a horizontal position, and throw it with all your strength, j giving it a whirling motion as it leaves your hand. Throw it just as you would throw a piece of cardboard or a Hat stone. The boomerang in the form of letter "X" is called the "circler," ! because it often flies completely round the thrower in a circle about 60 feet in diameter. The two pieces are each 18 inches long, 2',i inches wide, and taper at the ends to 1 !-i inches. i and have a quarter-inch bevel on ! the top side. The two pieces are ' glued and bradded together. ! To throw the "circular," grasp it by any one of the arms, and ; throw it vertically. It will travel j straight forward to about 40 feet, then whirl off to the left, and usually it will come to the ground behind the thrower. Boomerangs always work best when a moderate wind is blow- I nig. You can get interesting results by tin-owing them against, j across, or with the wind. iiol water failed! In fuel, there was no real sink—jusl a siirl nf lull with a lillle pump at Ihe side. "It's nitc," explained Mrs. Jcmes. "Before, we Imil to curry all of the water froln onlsiile. \Ve slill don't have a iKilhruoiii, but maybe Ihis year crops will be good and we eau have some plunibinK-" Dad's business was finished about 3 o'clock in Ihe al'lernoun, anil Bob and (iinny wore filntl to start back lo town so they wouldn't _miss the 5 o'clock train lo the city. When they were finally settled in their scats on Ihe train. Dad grinned across at them. "Well," he said, "that's Ihe way everyone lived not so many years ago. A lot of thinga besides television and cars weren't heard of then. By Ihe way, did you find anything to be thankful for?" "Yes, sir!" replied Bub. "Just about everything, I guess!" PUZZLES FOR THE WEEK November Nonsense: CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 While 3 Thus 5 Jumbled type 6 Babylonian deity 7 Mineral rock 9 Pieces out 12 Ransom 15 Pronoun 16 Cereal grass 17 Possessive pronoun 19 Edit 23 Go by aircraft 25 Neither 26 Comparative suffix 27 That thing 28 East Side (ab.) 29 Compass point DOWN 1 Mimicked 2 Yes (Sp.) 3 Appeared 4 Sturdy tre« 7 Either Revealing Stories, Things of Beauty In Lowly Stones HobbyCorner]---Button Collecting Growing Fad 7 11 n H i t y *t Ut a •L \i tif w 14- 3 » * l> in 4 » n iff <f n n !1 THERE IS A HOBBY that it\ sweeping America. And it is one : thst every boy and girl can en- j joy. You won't have to spend | lots of money and so that means j your allowance can still be used 1 for all the other things you need.j Many years ago there was a game called, "Button, Button, Who has the Button?" Actually, that game was even played by the Indians and they (.Mainly enjoyed it. But today it has turned into a hobby called, "Button, Button, who isn't collecting Buttons?" I went to visit one of the lead- | Ing experts on button collecting.! She is none other than Dolly' O'Connell, who has a museum • and antique shop in Center Mo- 1 riches, Long Island. I "I started this hobby," ex-, plained Dolly to me, ''when I was rummaging through the trunks in -our attic, which contained things that belonged to my mother, my grandmother, and my great-grdiidmother. "On one of my grandmother's old dresses, there \veve hand-cut, jet buttons. 'In anoher trunk I found a costume that must have belonged to some gentleman who lived in the eighteenth century. I was held spellbound by .the wonderful buttons on that man's costume. "Exactly what happened I will have to leave to your imagination. There was a scissors in our house and somehow (hose buttons vanished from the clothing. They later appeared on white cards. "I made notations about the buttons. Many of my grandfather's friends were soldiers. So all types of soldier buttons wentj into my collection. I have some; that wpre worn by American eol-! diers in Revolutionary days. j "The portraits of famous people j ha\ e appeared on buttons, in bronze, brass, gold and silver, and pewter. 1 have metallic buttons with Sarah Bernhardt, as well as one of Catherine of Russia. "I would suggest that you form a button club in your school. j "And here are some practical j suggestions on how you can get buttons. Go through those old trunks and boxes that mother has, stored either in the cellar attic. "If you have an old sewing j machine with compartments, i peep in and look for buttons. ''There may be an old-time tailor or dressmaker in your j community. Visit them and ask i for some of the old buttons they have in their button boxes. A very good book for you to read is a book called "The Button Collector's History." by Grace Horney Ford. (Springfield, Mass.. 1934)." And may I just add a few more suggestions to the excellent one given by Dolly O'Connell. Mount your buttons on display cards. On the bottom of the cards have notations about these buttons You can tell what period (bey came from; what type of clothing they were on; and what fa- ! mous person, if any, had that clothing. ! If your club wants to hold an exhibition of buttons, the school j library is the best place. And, nf course, you alwsys want to have a swap session in which you can change your extra or surplus buttons for others. 1. Cut. a piece of bright colored CLOTH into this shape... / Z.FOLDOVER INTO THIS SHAPE 8 Musical note 10 Measure of lype 11 Southeast (ab.) IS Mistakes \\ Organ of sight 17 Mother 18 Biblical pronoun 20 Poker slake 21 Symbol for cobalt 22 Transpose (ab.) 24 Scottish sheepfold 27 Preposition BEHEADINGS Behead "a lance" and have "a fruit' 1 ; repeat and have "an organ of hearing"; once more for "a measure of area." BY IDA SMITH NATURE PRESERVES many of her stories in stone and illus- tratei them with curious pictures. Scientists who have learned to interpret these pictures have discovered, many things about the earth's history and a good deal about the science of mineralogy. For instance, thousands of ycai's ago a leaf fell upon a layer of mud. Perhaps near where it fell a strange prehistoric animal walked and left its tracks in (he mud, too. Then the rains or tide washed another layer of mud over them. As time went on the mud slow- hardened into shale. The animal tracks were preserved between the layers. The leaf rotted away, but before the shale had hardened, the leaf had left its impress there, too. * * * THOUSANDS of years later, scientists broke open the layers of shale and found the "fossil" animal tracks and leaf, and were able to tell snmothinR about what kind of animals roamed I tie swamps long ago, and what strange plants grew there. That is one kind of picture that Nn t lire preserves in rocks. An- Top to bottom: fossil leaf, manganese dendrltes, polished slice of agate with mark fur* resembling duck. colors. Sometimes a cavity Is left within the nodule and as tha liquids evaporate, crystals will form. The crystals are not formed accidentally, but in definite patterns according 1 to natural laws governing the kind of mineral or minerals that form them. • * * ONE COLLECTOR sawed t START AT NORTHtta AMD USE EVERV THIRD LETTER other is a picture of a giirdrn of | nodule apart and polished on» tiny black Icrns and trees. These! half. 11 was clear agate with rip- are called mansancsc dominies.' P |M 'ike water. In the center, I Manganese is n dark-colored i round cavily had filled with nilnri-nl, and di'inli lie means riuarlz cry.sl.ils. The saw had jusl lice-like markings on a stone. missed them. The nodule looked In moisture, manganese oxide i like « pond of water with > water cryslallizcs—sometimr.i In prismatic crystals — and o(tcn in hrani'hos resembling liny I reps or ferns. Sometimes H Is fount! as a garden picture mi the hard One nf (ho most beautiful storm pictures made by Natura millions of years ayo was exhibited at n mineral show in Phoe- surtace of rocks; sometimes wilh-]nix, Ariz. A lady sawed and pol- j in translucent and triinsniiretil j Ishcd a thin piece of agate that rocks called anate. Tlic asiile is Ihcn called "Moss" agate. Many of these agates ;ue found in the hat! "dowl" pictures in it. Thess clouds were formed by a whit* sediment in the liquid that ran Rocky Mountains, but Ihe mosl ; into the nodule millions of yean beautiful ones come (rum China 1 ago. Then she used the slice, of and India. Things to Do -Some Ideas for Christmas Color gifts, tie one or more of these perky pretties on the package lop, instead of rm'.king a bow. 1'OU CAN MAKE a very pretty trimming for a gift package with the wrapper, from a package of lifesavers or other candy roll. All you need is a pair of Y 0 V R G R E E T I N G S at scissors. I Christmas mean a lot when the Slip the wrapper from the • postman brings them, but does candy in one piece. Start at one!your family pile them in a tray end of the paper tube and begin in the hurry-hurry of Christmas lo cut, around and around. Cut .activities never to see them as thin a strip as you can. Keep ( again? cutting until you have used up! Why not display them so that all the paper. The result will he; they can be read and enjoyed all a gay. curly bit of paper which during the holiday season? looks like a fancy ribbon. | Here is an idea to try. It can Make a number in advance and ] be done before Christmas, too. when you wrap your Christmas | Cut a bare branch about two feet high with many small limbs. | Nail this to a wooden base about a foot square. Spray or paint the tree and base with bright red paint. j When ready to use, tie tiny bits of holly over the tree to add a touch of color. As the cards arrive, fasten them one by one with small ! pieces of Scotch tape to the limbs of the tree. If they are carefully and tastefully arranged, your Christmas-card tree makes a very : pretty addition to your other 'Christmas decorations. THESE CHRISTMAS partvj place cards double for favors. Each one is a miniature tree ornament—the kind that cnmfis in assorted colors, 12 to a box. for about 25 cents. Write a guest's name across each orn;iment. For the lettering! use white shoe polish and a toothpick, or red nail polish and brush. Thread a six-inch piece of \ Christmas ribbon through ornament hanger and tie ends in a bow. Slip a safety pin In each i bow knot so the balls can be fastened to clothing. 3. Sew sides and bottom with a running stitch. 4. TURN INSIDE OUT AND SLIP OVER YOUR BELT. 1 8CRAMBLEGKAM Add a letter t.a "harden .scramble lor ''pmi.ie"; rope procedure for "a tlxod again for "makes a speech"; and finally for "a legislator." TRIANGLE Pux/le Pete's triangle is baser! on REMORSE. The second uord is "from"; third "upper limb"; fourth "a broad spread"; filth "a sacrificial block"; ami six In, "sleeping visions,' 1 Finish the triangle: n r, M O R S RKMORSE agate .is a film and enlarged Na- lure's storm picture on a photo- 1 1 1 1 1 e 8 '' Hph< Thtire are innn - v ofher kinds of ld) alnx (mo broken ft way and HIP tiny | mineral "trees" removed. These, nro fallen* arborescent manganese and ; Sports --A Football Yarn-Comeback of Century BY JAY WORTHINGTON ANDY PILNEY was the name of this year's head football coach at Tulane University. Who is Andy Pilney? Millions of fans asked the same question in 1935, as they listened in amazement to their radios while two titans clashed—Notre Dame and Ohio State. Pilney was a Notre Dame back. But, like many other fine players, Pilney's name had been almost lost in the endless galaxy of Notre Dame stars. OP. this day, befor* 81,000 pop-eyed fans in the huge Columbus, Ohio, »ti- dium. Andy Pilney was "discov- eied." BUM WM toio* U-0, in the final quarter. The Fighting Irish had at last met their match, it seemed. They needed something, somebody, to spark a miracle. The miracle was there. A wiry, twisting halfback carried the ball, slashing and fighting the mighty Buckeyes' defense. Notre Dame scored a touchdown, but missed the extra point. The score was now 6-13. The Irish could hope only for a tie, at best, even if they could score a second touchdown in the few remaining minutes. The fiery halfback would not giv» up. Almost tingle-handed, he again inspired a drive to Ohio Slate's goal line. And he was not InJirior rivtk, rtoumber. ', His opponents,were the powerful i Buckeyes, who had pushed the famous Notre Dame team all over the field for three quarters. But the wiry halfback sparked his team to a second touchdown. Notre Dame's kicker again tried for the extra point—and again he missed! Now all was lost, certainly. Ohio State slill led, 13-12. Shadows were creeping across the field. Time was running out, as Notre Dame took over the ball for a last, desperate try. The Irish crossed midfleld. Now their incredible halfback was carrying the ball again, with less than two minutes to pl»y. He was starting behind the 40- yiird line. How could he siami? was his last play. He drove and twisted and staggered 32 yards to the 19-yard line, before he went down. They carried Andy Pilney from the field on a stretcher, then, with one minute to play. Onto the darkening field raced Pilney's substitute, another obscure back named Shakespeare. That's right. William Shakespeare. But this Shakespeare came from Slaten Island. N. Y., whert he had learned how to throw a football. And on the next play, on his leam's last gallant try, Shakespear* hurled i forward pas« to Wayn« Millner in th» end zonr Notre Dame had won, 18-13, one of the d'losl firamalic iast-minulc Victoria IB feotfeaU blifcr* I CAN THROW THE iPv VE MOM TEH FEET... OCCASIONALLY' thr and J black crystals form in crevii os in ' which can; |)ft:lurcs lo lje founfi ln rocks. Some are accidental and soma are formed according lo mathematical patterns, but all tell a ilnry that helps us better to There am" many pictures found ! understand the fascinating world in a«;i(p. Some of the m-ist in-, : arouml us - teres'tiiif? arc those found in "nod- J i lies" (lumps V These were ; once cavities, either in mud or in ; bubble. 11 ; in vnlcanir lava. As the mud or lava hardened, the ravines were, protected with solid wall?; around them. Slowly, as the agpK parsed, Writer seeped inlo the t-a\ itics carrying silica and minerals a little at a time. The silica and mine ra Is h a rde ned. Eventually erosion wore aw.'iy the outer t walls or crusls from tlie nodules ; Puzzle Answers CROSSWORD: BEHEADINGS: .Spear, pear, i ear, ar. I WACKY COMPASS: Never rouble (rouble till troubls ROCK COLLECTORS find ithem and saw them apart with i troubles you. j diamond-edge saws and find j SCRAMBLEGRAM: Set, rest, many t:\iriwis pivtwrcs in them.' s i aie> f, r .ntcs. senator. j Some look like birds, some like i TRIANGLE' squirrels and various other an- j R; ( imals. | DE | These piclures v.'ere formed! ARM j accidentally by Ihe lirimd min- OLEO erals following the line of least ALTAR resistance. Different minerals j DREAMS color the pictures in various REMORSE MILK 150NE OP THE OLDEST KNOWW flDOO&gECORDS EXIST OF <W»1»- WHICH ALLOW THEM WGMILKK? IN9000«,C n AND T0*££ 8EHINO 7 lNFW)MT SANSKRIT WRITINGS fcOCOYWW AMP TO THE SlPt^ OLD TCLL HOW MILK WAS ONE.OF WITHOUT TURNIWG Pen Pals -Send Letters Dear Captain Hal: I am a girl 11 years old. I would like lo have pen pals between the ages of 11 arid 13. I would like to havt a pen pal in a northern state. Beulah Haight Route 2 Box 178AA DC Land, Fla. * * • Dear Captain Hal: I am a girl II year? old. My hobbies aie horseback riding, swimming and Softball. I flm almost a tomboy because T like to climb tretti, I would lika to hear from boys and girls from If) through 12. Linda S trade 1511 East 6th St. OkmulKee, Okl«. Dear Captain Hal: , ( M& i «ri U Mr I favorite sports are baseball, basketball and swimming. 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