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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 JJage of Wyt ALFRED HARREljI« EDITOR Atorf PROPRIETOR Entered In post office nt Bakorsfteld, California, as second class mall matter under the Act of Congresrt March 8, 1870. MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press Is exclusively entitled to the use for publication of nil news dispatches credited to It or not otherwise credited In this paper, and also tho local news published therein. Tho Callfornlan Is also a client of the United Press and •.!»• United News and receives the complete leased, wire service of both. EASTERN REPRESENTATIVES Bryant, Griffith & Brunson, Inc. New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta i dlaliftttftlian. u ' t ' mntc vtmie t° tne community. That is !***M1HHWM*U f or the citizens themselves to determine, but Issued Every Evening Except Sunday In Bakcrsfleld, .... , . . ., . ., . . ... item county, California it is timely to suggesjt that the problems with which it is concerned are pressing for solution, and that there can be no real solution without co-operation from the people generally. . WELL CONSIDERED MEASURE I WASHINGTON CD. C.) BUREAU Frederic J. Hnskln, Director, Washington, D. C. SUBSCRIPTION PRICE Delivered.by carrier or mall In postal zones, one, two, three, per month, 6Bc By mall In postal zones four to eight, per month, 85a THIS PAPER IS MADE IN THE U. 8. A. THE GRAND JURY REPORT HPHE current Grand Jury report, which 1 has been carried at length in the news columns of this paper, presents results of an exhaustive survey of governmental conditions existing in the community, together with a critical analysis of coincident economic and social problems, for the thoughtful consideration of citizens as well as those who are charged with official responsibilities in the operation of all local departments. It is not of primary importance that those who study the presentments shall be in entire agreement upon the varied items nor with the conclusions which have been drawn; the first essential is that the report as. submitted to the court and to the people shall have community-wide examination, to the end that public opinion may be accurately formed and applied to the conditions now demanding correction. At a time when every citizen is vitally affected by mounting costs of government, when diminished incomes and even lack of any incomes are the rule, and when added burdens of taxation are the certain alternative of failure to take such action as is necessary to adjust the difference between expenditures and revenues, the broad outline of the present emergency and the specific recommendations to meet it contained in the report provide, we think, a satisfactory foundation for co-operation and procedure toward relief. On the fundamental premise —that the cost of local government must be reduced—there can be no disagreement among thoughtful people. However we may individually view the definite steps proposed in relation thereto, it is beyond dispute that many things once regarded as desirable in government cannot be so considered when public treasuries are depleted and communities face the threat of actual bankruptcy. Wherever such facts have not been recognized and resolutely met with sound business programs of readjustment, the results have been shockingly disastrous. Convincing reference to that has been made in the Grand Jury report, and it is perfectly obvious that if Kern is to avoid a similar fate there must be decisive and immediate action to avert it. * In the several departments of government, including education, the Grand Jury finds that large savings can be effected, the estimates running as high as $750,000 to $1,000,000 annually. In that connection it is suggested that while a general reduction in the salaries of public employes would contribute to that saving, even larger and less objectionable retrenchment can be made by drastic revision of departmental budgets. Quoting the report: "Also essential to any real economy and the only justification for the salary cuts recommended, is .that every economy possible by elimination, consolidation and rearrangement be made in every department. We have designated certain departments where it seems obvious that large savings can be made, our recommendations being that severe budget slashes be made, and that the adjustment to these decreased appropriations be required of the officials in charge of their administration." There is, however, another side to the picture, and it is presented in an accompanying paragraph: "But the taxpayer must realize that to obtain any such highly desirable goal, lie, himself, must co-operate and must accept less detailed and elaborate service from the government. He cannot enjoy present paternalistic coddling, ask government to do for him much that he formerly did and should now do for himself, without paying for such service. Elaborate service, high taxes; less service, lower taxes. There is no alternative, and the law of supply (taxes) and demand (services),is in force." ' The report in its entirety represents a public duty imposed upon the members of the Grand Jury by law, and it is not the purpose here to pass judgment as to its merits nor its N THE absence of any well considered plan to bring about a reduction in the cost of state and local government, the Legislature may well give attention to the program formulated by. the State Chamber of Commerce to which reference has already been made in these columns. Briefly, the measure sponsored by the State Chamber includes a school budget review to bring about centralized control over an expenditure of $57,000,000; recommendation is made for a consolidation into 300 districts of the management of 3600 school districts and there would be a limitation of school bond issues. The measure would centralize control of special districts through a series of acts to simplify about 100 laws which are now a part of the code of the state. Among others, it is proposed that there be a central administration of road work providing a county engineer system with central planning and with large executive authority. Uniform accounting and budget control is recommended, 1 the salaries of county officials to be established by the Board of Supervisors, likewise the determination of the number of deputies to be employed. It is a question of wide import with which the State Chamber of Commerce is dealing, and the measures it now proposes have had careful and intelligent consideration. That consideration should be continued in the Legislature and may well form the basis of action designed to reduce state and local governmental costs. TEN YEARS AQO (The California, thli dite, 1038) Supervisor J., OJ Hart has demanded an Investigation Into the Increases In county administrative expenses during the last four years. Tho light opera season here has been closed with the presentation of the "Mikado." Traffic over the Santa Fe crossings from Sumner to D streets Is being checked In a count which was begun early this morning. Someone stole F. C. West's army revolver and his pet brassle. Captain W. K Sncll, of the highway patrol captured two bandits after a thrilling auto chase over the Ridge route. Bakersfleld Drillers defeated Marl- copa 52 to 5 In a basketball route. TWENTY YEARS AQO' (Tlio Cilirornlin. Hill dite. 1013) "Gypsy Love" will be presented at the Opera house here on February 9. Supervisor L. F. Bennett and Mrs. Bennett returned to their home at Callente today. The Wednesday Five Hundred Club mot with Mrs. F. E. Blair. Harry Gates of Mojave was In town yesterday. Mr. and Mrs. John Stroud have returned to Oakland after visiting Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Stroud. Superintendent Rlpley of the Chnns- lor-Canflcld-Mldway OH Company Is visiting In Bakersfleld. Mrs. a. R. I'eckham entertained the Ebell club. THIRTY YEARS AQO (Tlie Cilll'ornlin. tlili iltte. 1903) J. K. Cox, the poundmaster Is warning all dog owners that licenses for their hounds are now In order. The Supervisors are considering the appointment of an agricultural commissioner. Heavy rains last night falling here left .21 of an Inch of water. A. T. Llghtner Is In San Francisco attending a meeting of city clerks. Joe P. Carroll Is suffering from a cold. Captain W. H. McKlttrlck was here yesterday. The athletic team of the high school will Journey to Hanford today. l • COIN Hlfel TODAY Shilli SKtym, <MH«r, ti tflMhirii* *>»• • ne* iliy kttMN MirlM Rinttlpli, Ik* itar, It jMlMii tf tar< . ttiellt Mirihei fer wtrk mi finally Mtiirti t Mrt I* • mmllil »tnw iMrf te it en l«ir. ' DUk StMlw. rlih tat iMltlljr vrtnlMiit,. uki Mr It tin u» Hilt Jik Me) Rmrry him kill ihelU nhntt. H«r Idti if mtrrlM* It • •>•">• In HIM llttti tewti fir tram Brutoty. , ahtlli It frlintfly wllli llm BlalM, mllnr •eler In th« t>mM"y fr*m »hl«ti ilii WM dlieflirietf. But Jim Mil hir •«• Oy Ihtt fie hu unlnlwillMdly tffMded Ml« ««n«el»h, Shell* wirni him hi rniy IIM hli )»» u ihi did. NOW 00 ON WITH THK STORV ' CHAPTER XIX The gentleman whose money was backing the play In Which Marlon Randolph was starred was Craig Abbott. Att It happened, Abbott was feeling weary. He was weary of financial responsibilities bringing practically no 'returns. Ho was weary, too, of Miss Randolph's pouting and petty tyranles. When wrong—and they did Mnrlon was quick to know It. things went frequently- let everyone Craig Abbott had begun to think of sailing dates and ocean liners. A long leisurely cruise, alone and unhampered, to parts unknown. For an Indefinite period. That would be delightful! He was rather new to this business of "angeling" plays. He was rather young. He was unfamiliar with the tempestuous whims of lead- Ing ladles but during the past week* he had been learning rapidly. What he had learned had considerably changed his viewpoint. Abbott realized now that he had been making mistakes. Numerous mistakes. There was that girl he had seen the other evening! Clever youngster. Talented. And he had allowed Mandrake to put her out of the show simply because Miss Randolph so desired. Yes, dropping Sheila Shayne from "When Lights Are Low" had been a serious mistake. All this was In Abbott's mind as Marlon Randolph spoke. He sat on a divan In the living room of her apartment. Marlon, nearby, was standing because the lines of her teatime pajamas were better when she stood. Marlon might take little thought for the morrow but she took' thought constantly for her appearance. • ' ."Elaine's no good In that part," she repeated. "Get rid of him, Craig, and find someone else." Abbott looked up from the book ho. had been reading. He said, "Well, If you want him fired, fire him. Why not?" She pouted. "I can't do It, Craig. Ton know that. But I'm warning you right now there Isn't a show In town big enough for both of us!" The man eyed her. "Then why not fire .yourself for a change? You've already gotten rid of a good comedian; a cute little dancer, and half the chorus." He counted them off on slim fingers. "You ruined two expensive costumes for no reason at all. Spike heels," he paused to allow his change of tone to sink In, "aren't awfully good -for velvet frocks, are they?" "But I'want'Blalne fired!" "Darling, why didn't you say that before? I'll go and see him right away. Where does he live? It would be too hard to drag him way down to the theater tonight when ho won't be needed." • • • He rose" and was half-way to the door before Marlon- stopped him With a hand on his arm. 'do back and sit down," she begged, trying to laugh. The venom had drained from her eyes and at that moment she looked Innocuous. Her skin,, as she well knew and frequently announced, was flawless. Her hair, without that last gold rinse, would have been lovely. Its curl was fairly natural. And the tilt of her head was superb. Even at that moment Abbott would have agreed to all this. None of these facts, however, Interested him. He was thoroughly tired of Marlon and Marlon's petty 'Til call him," the man was saying, "and take hlin out to dinner." . 'But 1 thought'you Were having dinner with me7" For answer Abbott gave the operator the number.' A moment more and he was asking for Jim Blalne. There was a pause and then he said, "Blalne? This Is Craig Abbott speaking. You don't know me but I'm Interested In 'When Lights Are Low.' Wonder If you'd dine with me. this evening? I'd like to suggest a few changes." * * .*. He winked at Marlon who quickly recovered her composure. This was going to be all right. How "Blalne would writhe. Still—hadn't he a-contract? She wrinkled her forehead a moment over this, then decided that he was probably too now to .the show business ito think of a detail such as that. In that case everything would be fine! "Well, It's settled," Craig remarked as he replaced the telephone. He did not return to his seat. Instead, he closed tho book he had been holding and replaced It on the table. "I'll leave this—or have ' you . a book?" he asked dryly. "Do you know any .more old Jokes?" Marlon retorted. But she flushed. The old story of tho book and the chorus girl had never amused her. Craig smiled as he let himself out whims. "What Is the chap's number? We'll get the business over," Abbott went on. • Marlon 'named Elaine's hotel. She was looking worried. Somehow she didn't like this mood of Craig's. She had never seen him quite llke^hls before. of the apartment. "And now, 1 he By FREDERIC J. HASKIN Mwiy nidoii' lend. In qutltloni. limed' Mir • with InltleJi, uklni (hit Hie iniwtn intmr In the newipiiMir. T1i» mice U limited ind would not imrnimixUte « friction at iiich re- qumti, The umnri pubUihud »r* onn'thil miny Intereit many reuleri, rtUur Ihin lh» one who uki the quwtlon only. All <lUMtlon» ihoulcl he icconipinUd br the wrltet'i niift.- ind tililreii «ml 3 nnti In coin or .Hindi' fof reply. Do not uio poeteirdi. Send your nuet- ; Mon to The IfukmfleM Calirornlin Information nureiu, Frtderlo J. Hukln, Director, With- • Initoh, 0. c. , ••• ' Q. Should Franklin D. Roosevelt b« called the thirty-second' President ot the thirty-first?—W. F. A. This question arises because , Orover Cleveland served two terms as president which were not consecutive. Cleveland was • tho . twenty-second president and also the twenty-fourth. Therefore, Franklin D. Roosevelt Will be the thirty-second presidential- . though only thirty other , men have been presidents of 'the United '.States. Q. How mnny patents were .Issued by the United States -patent office last year?—M. W. A. During tho year ending Decent-. • her 31, 1932, 53,473 patents were Issued by the patent office. NEWS BEHIND THE NEWS -(Ce»yrliM McClun NtwtMier 8y««Utt«) • said to himself, "I wonder Just what Inducement I can offer to get an In' troductlon to that little girl who looked as though she liked red geraniums. Let's see—when was It I saw her—?" Four hours later they were seated at' a dinner table. There were places for three at the table but Jim Blalne had had to leave early -to reach the theater. Abbott leaned forward. look- Ing directly Into Sheila Shayne's eyes. "To think," he was saying, "that Jim and I have been friends all these years and I didn't recognize him In the show!" "It was nice of you to let him bring me," Sheila said. "I'm afraid you and Jim had a great deal to talk about." She hadn't been told that Craig Abbott was interested In "When Lights Are Low." "So have you and I." "Bvit we're to meet Jim after the show. And—" "Just a minute! How would you like a drive around the park until Jim can Join us?" "In one of those funny old carriages?" Q. Under whose administration la the National Zoological Park In Washington?—R. O. • • < • A. It Is one of'the. seven branches under the charge of the Smithsonian Institution. • ' • • TO REDEEM A PLEDGE T HE platform of the Democratic party pledged a reduction in governmental costs of 25 per cent, but it is obvious that unless some definite plan for a revision of appropriations connected with the pensioning of soldiers is agreed upon, there will be not a little difficulty in redeeming the pledge, inasmuch as veterans' relief calls for an expenditure of about one-third of the entire outlay of government. No patriotic citizen would wish to see any recession of the relief which is now afforded to disabled veterans, to those whose disabilities may be connected with the war. But the regret is that out of $900,000,000 being spent each year in the way of relief, fully half of it goes to those whose disabilities are not traceable to their service. We are not encouraged to hope that this present Congress will give fair consideration to the issue involved. Its proposal to increase the $900,000,000 appropriation by $18,000,000 is discouraging and leaves the whole matter open to adjustment by the incoming administration. The major number of people of the country who are in sympathy with every just claim for aid to disabled veterans, are, none the less, in favor of such eliminations as are called for under a system which provides nearly a half billion dollars yearly for those who cannot claim that their demand for assistance is predicated upon their service to their country. WASHINGTON By PAUL MALLON T EQISLATION-i-Those who pull the •I-' strings In Congress are very well satisfied to let most pending legislation go to the bow-wows In the remaining days of this session. There Is no one here who will club the boys Into action. The long distance telephone connections with Warm Springs do not bring direct results. The situation of Important legislation In the stretch 'can be thumbnalled as follows: The , LnGunrd la-Hastings bankruptcy bill appears to have a better chance than anything else. Its fate Is somewhat doubtful In Senate. The Glass the leaderless banking bill should slip through during the closing days of the session, although that cannot be counted as certain. The beer bill will pass the Senate, be voted, fall of passage over a veto and then hang around until the special session. The same thing Is scheduled for the allotment farm bill. The resolution for prohibition repeal has no chance. Mr. Hoover's economy plan dead. There will be already general economy legislation before the special session. That menns also there will be no veterans' cuts. All taxation or tnrlff legislation Is also off until the special session, although the' House committee Is playing around with a depreciated currency tariff bill. It Is very doubtful whether all the regular governmental appropriations bills will be passed. What makes things so uncertain Is that any group of two or three senators can control legislation. Less than 30 sitting days remain before March 4. Some senators could talk for 30 days without breathing hard. It will he different In the special session. There will be a definite program, heavy Democratic majorities In both Houses and a President of the same party to lay down his demands and wield his power over flllbusterers and Just plain wlldmen. • * • /CONGRESS—Mr. Roosevelt whispered L< to some of his boys when he was here, that he wanted the special session of Congress cut to six weeks—no more. They protested It takes that long for Congress to make up Its mind about a single thing. He told them he would Insist on six weeks. He would calb another special session In the fall, if necessary. What was In his mind apparently was the sad experience of Mr. Hoover- whose special session ran away with him after Inauguration. Nevertheless the special session will last a lot longer than six weeks. Mr. Roosevelt can call sessions but only God or the Constitution can terminate them. The boys adjourn when they-run out of wind which Is usually D EBTS—The United States has Jockeyed the world economic conference Into another delay, apparently for the purpose of permitting Mr. Roosevelt to wheedle out a few economic deals with our debtors first. That Is the confidential explanation given for postponement of the conference until May. The British debt delegates are due here In mid-March. Mr. Roosevelt's whole International program will be thoroughly sifted. In conferences with them before the subject of the world 'economic conference comes up again. • • * B IRTHDAY—A' revolutionary new national magazine will make Its appearance In Washington about the time Mr. Roosevelt comes In. It will fight nearly' everybody—Republicans, Democrats and possibly the capital system. Two former newspaper men of some prominence are Interested In the venture. They are trying to keep It a Q. Has the convention form of ratification to a constitutional.amend- ment ever been used? How are the delegates to these conventions chosen? —H. R. A, The convention form of. the ratification of a constitutional amendment has never been used. The Constitution provides that an amendment.nmy be ratified by the Legislature of three- fourth, of the states, or. by conventions In three-fourth of the states as the one or the other made of ratification may be propbsed J>y Congress. If Congress should suggest the convention method of ratification, the law •would provide for tho selection of delegates to the convention, for the time of meeting, and everything In connection with the assembling.. deep secret until the first Issue explodes on the world. Substantial backing Is supposed to have been obtained. The source will not be known. • • * EXPENSES—President Hoover dug *-* down Into his own pocket for most of the expenses for his last campaign trip to Polo Alto. s Tho total cost was around $6000. It was okeyed by the Republican national committee and part of It was paid by the committee. The President decided he should bear part of the expense In view of the depleted condition of the committee treasury. He shelled out the rest. None of It camo from the traveling allowance furnished Presidents by the government. . T OBBIES—The lobbying business Lt has suffered from the depression much more than business generally. A woman who made It pay $100,000 a year has closed up shop and gone to Europe. A former utilities lobbyist was let out.' He went over to the bankers at a sharp salary reduction. The bankers have cut down expenses dismissing several former employes. The experts expect the business to pick up when the Democrats arrive. NEW YORK By JAMES McMULLIN /COPPER—Something like $60,000,000 v-< owed by Anaconda to National City Is apparently secured by a Hen on the mine's copper stocks. No one dreamed In happier days that copper could sell at 5 cents a pound. There's a gap between loan and collateral now EDITOR'S NOTE—The Ctllforatin will be plctitd to print letteri from nmMt reidtn who hm I raeiiiii. Such letten mutt bo ronflned to 190 wordi. written leilblr uid on oni ilcle of ttw piper. The? muit be illined by the writer. No inonynoui communlMtloni printed. The Ctllforntui rueriel the tight to reject inj or ill nunuicrlpti «d It not rtiponilble lor lentlmenu contilned therein. UTOPIA IN KERN RANDOM NOTES There will be no hit and miss plan in the business of formulating a program for government economy at Washington under the new administration. A former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee has been authorized to prepare the way for wholesale slashes in costs, which program it is intended to place in effect imhiediately, as the first step in balancing the budget, This former Congressman is already on the job and will prepare specifications which will be later recommended to Congress by the new President. The program includes a reduction of personnel, consolidation of governmental agencies, and abandonment of nonessential functions. It is believed there will be an elimination of such governmental agencies as the Federal Farm Board, the Inland Waterways Corporation and the Shipping Board. There will be consolidation of agencies that represent many more or less important governmental functions. In the face of the necessity for a drastic reduction in costs in the federal government, it 'will be interesting to observe just what can be accomplished following a painstaking investigation of the situation such as that now set afoot by the President-elect. Editor The Callfornlan: __ After listening to Professor ' Pat- mont on Soviet Russia I feel more convinced that small factory farm homes are our salvation. I did think agricultural mass production would NIIVC Russia, but I now think that their organized effort to destroy the home will neutralize any and all other meritorious endeavors. I would make these factory fnrm homes forever untaxable unless used for commercial purposes. California should apply for our share of the reconstruction furjds and use them for such homes. Fifty million dollars dally • and American manhood are being lost by Retired citizens should form human Interest corporations to establish such homes, in self-defense, otherwise savings will be taxed to feed the Idle until we all are on .tho mime level financially and the Incentive to save gone. This vicinity is Ideal for such factory farm homes. In two years we should have a million more contented self' sustaining consumers around Bakersfield. Wo must strive for mass benefit of machinery rather than mass production. We have the cheapest known fuel belonging to the general government for power, heat and light. Labor Is starving. Our markets and warehouses are glutted with all nee. cNsnry staples and Ford says, "If we had a medium of exchange that would make It eaxy for goods to pans from man to man—all tho factories In the world could not supply one tenth of present human needs." The world Is fast learning that money should have no Intrinsic value. All we havfl to do Is to take the artisans out of the bread row and even tho International bankers are now willing to let the United States loan you the gold, since they see revolution as an alternative. Personally, I think It Is a farce for the United States to -bprrow money Into circulation, as the first Issue of greenbacks (without the exception clause) circulated at par with gold always. , We have unused garden lands with plenty of water for a million of such smalt acre homes where occupants may find part time employment making the comforts of life they are now denied. New England sees the light and Is organizing for placing her surplus factory help part time on tho land, helping them to help themselves.' We have plenty of vacant houses for 'the present and our school busses an transport many until they build esldent shelter. Public- work that can be delayed hould be subrogated to rush this constructive, refuge, next meal pro- ram. One million owners, occupying such homes means 6,000,000 consumers around Bakersfleld. This would give a reason for de- eloplng Morro bay . and building . a 100,000 road from liakcrsfleld straight west to this harbor crossing .he two highways. This prospect of an extra 5,000,000 population- should stimulate Immedl- ite building of another $100,000 fust road from Walkers Pass to Boulder dam nearly east and less than 100 miles. Such a road would make Bakersfield the objective of m.ost transcontinental travelers wishing to cross the greatest dam In the world. This- road would, cross Death Valley and would p»»» near the only road on to the high Sierras. It may not be generally known that this road lands at a point over 8000 feet elevation, near a mine having a dump , g which can be seen from Walkers Pass road, and one can drive from there to Dakorsfleld In less than two hours. From this point you can see the lowest and highest points In the United States. The general government, Arizona and vicinity are hurrying roadp to the dam from the east and there Is a national road fund available for the 1200,000 necessary to take this mighty traffic straight west to tho coast, which will have vant naval and military significance. Merced und Los Angeles people have employed me to build the rondo for a colony resort reached by this Walkers Pass Sierra road. There IH little hope and no excuse In waiting for the next president to remove this depression. We must commence at the bottom. Lay a foundation. Work from the known to the unknown. Building morale surrounded by flowers and fresh air. Create new untaxable homes In this last frontier by 'emulating the .spirit of Los Angeles under Improved methods. H. A. INGALL8. that worry will never fill. A state banking official asked a high government panjandrum what to do about It. "Don't do anything," he said. "What could you do?" /"•"OFFEE—Brazil's coffee briquettes ^t made to absorb the huge surplus—aren't popular an fuel and the cost of educating people to their UKO has been proved prohibitive. Now the National Coffee Council has ordered the briquettes reprocessed Into fertilizer. There's grief In that for American exporters of nitrate to Brazil. P ATENTS—The Gillette razor people are planning a new drive on competitors via patent Infringement suits. They have at least six patents on different features of their b\ade alone arid are aiming at a patent monopoly. If a suit for one Infringement doesn't stick they can always try another and meanwhile the competitor Is enjoined from production. It Is sntd on the Inside that they have a war chest of $4,000.000 for Just such purposes. The applecart may he upse from the patent office end. Officials there are reported T\H getting tired of Issuing patents for nicks and curves and bends. C ITY—Tammany management of the O'Brien administration has been extremely skillful to date. There wan a neat piece of window dressing In appointing a first rate Republican as chief city magistrate. This Is an Important Job but It carries no patronage dispensation. The mayor's hocus pocus about tho budget has also been well handled. Anti-Tammany lenders are already worried that their grip on the public Is slipping. F RAUDS—The .local vote fraud investigation Is destined to wind up In a blaze of magnificent futllltv. Tammany District Attorney Craln will Issue a few Indictments of election officials for "carelessness" which will be dismissed In' court. The U. S. district attorney means business but he will be out of office on March 4 and that will be that. "In anything you say—an airplane or a wheelbarrow. Make your choice, mndame. I nm at your service." They strolled up Fifth avenue together. CralR said, "Remember when I told you that I was sure you liked red geraniums? What's your address? I'll send you a truck load of them tomorrow." She tojd him the house number and ho nodded briefly. "Aren't you going to put it down?" Sheila asked, disappointed. "As If I could forget It!" They drove through the park until 10:30 and then returned to the hotel where they had dined. There Abbott sent a bellboy to Jim's theater with a taxlcab. Ho didn't care to risk meet- Ing Marlon Randolph that evening. Jim met them promptly at 11.. "Now," Craig suggested, "let's go to Harlem. It's my treat." They set out for Harlem In a cab. "Do you know another girl we could add to the party at this highly Impossible hour?" Abbott asked. Sheila shook her head doubtfully. "There are the Samper sisters," she said finally. "They are five of them and they all look alike. When one Is busy you can always ask another." Two of the five Samper sisters were at home. One of thorn would have to remain with Mama but the - other would "be glad to Join them. "Toss a coin and see who stays and who comes," Sheila advised. The Sampers lived on Washington Heights and the cab detoured up Fort Washington avenue. Tessle, radiant, met them nt the door. She was petite and blonde. The other four, sisters were dark, so on the stage Tes- slo wore a wig. Their mother didn't approve of dyed hair but with a wig Tessle looked exactly like the others. In street clothes she was the only one Sheila could distinguish from her sisters. The four "did" Harlem. Tessle had never been there before, she confided, but Mama was willing to let her go with Sheila. They found, a supper club the Q. Please give a formula for library » paste.—J. S. A. Rice starch, 1 ounce; gelatine, 3 drams; .water, H pint. Heat with constant stirring until the milky liquid becomes thick and glassy. Keep paste In tight bottle with a few drops of clove oil. Q. Where Is William Penn burled? S. T. A. land Sir William Penn died In Eng- and was burled at Jourdan's Meeting House near Shalfont St. Giles, In Buckinghamshire. An attempt was made to have his body brought to this country for burial In Philadelphia, but It met with failure. Q. How large Is the man-eating shark?—O. B. A. The typical so-called man-eating shark, rarely exceeds 30 feet and Is usually not more than 20 feet In length. Q. When did the custom of shaving begin?—T. N. A. The custom of shaving can be traced back to antiquity. The Egyptians commonly shaved except when In mourning. In Greece, Alexander the Great ordered his soldiers to shave off their beards so that their enemies might not seize them by them. The custom was Introduced Into Rome about -the panie time. In Europe razors were used In Franco and Spain and In England before the eighteenth century. where the music was gay and entertainers skillful. Abbott's party was a complete success. Sheila slept late next morning. She was not needed at rehearsal until late afternoon. She stirred In bed, hearing a commotion outside the door. Footsteps, Ma's voice, something bumping against the wall. Someone knocked and Sheila opened the door. It was Myrtle who came .bouncing In. "A ton of geraniums!" sho exclaimed. "With your name on .them! Your young man Isn't out of his head, Is he, Sheila?" (Continued Monday) Q. Will coins be minted for the Chicago World's Fair?—T. O. A. The office of the director of the mint says that there has been no authorization for a set of commemorative coins to be used for the Chicago World's Fair this year. Q. Please give a short biography of Howard Scott, advocate of technocracy.—T. W. H. A. Howard'Scott was born In Virginia and Is 42 years of age. His. father was one of the builders of the railroad between Bagdad and Berlin. He attended school In France and .Germany and was graduated from the University of Berlin. He holds the degree of Doctor of'Engineering from this university. During the World War he was In Canada and directed tho building of two Canadian muni- tion plants. He has directed engineering projects In Mexico, Spain, and other countries. After'the war he was technician In charge of the Muscle Shoals project. A THOUGHT For, to, he that formeth the moun. talnsi and createth the wind, and d«- elareth unto man what !• his thought, that maketh the morning darknets, and trtadeth upon the high places of the tarth, The Lord, Th» Ood of hosts, Is his name.—Amos 4:13. • • « Ood Is with the patient.—Koran, Norman Thomas, the country's No. 1 Socialist, says that what this country needs most Is more kibitzers to sit on the sidelines and criticize the way the country's being run. It might bo possible to recruit a few more kibitzers, but finding them room to sit is plainly preposterous. Q. Who selects the speaker of the House of Representatives of the national Congress. • N A. He Is elected by the members of the House of Representatives and Is selected from that body. Q. How many kinds of - food ar* canned commercially?—C. S. A. Dr. Marlon Pfund .of Cornell University says that about 244 are now canned commercially. These foods, include vegetables, .fruits, fish and shell .fish, meats, .soups, and various specialties. .' -*NOT SO SURE Lawyer—Are you ^positive that the prisoner Is the man who stole your car? Witness—I was until you cross-examined •> me. Now I'm not sure whether I ever had a care at all,—The Wheel. British scientists are planning a new attempt to Hash messages to Mars. We don't know what system of* communication the war god uses, but he seems to keep business hump- Ing on old Mother Earth oblivious of static, storms and low visibility. Senator Copeland proposes barring alien actors and chorus girls from our shores. He forgets that chorines always have been among the staunchest supporters of the gold standard. ' American midgets are asking protection against competition by foreign Lilliputians, contending they've felt the depression llko other show people. As much as the circus fat lady, do you suppose? "Ma" Ferguson 1 has everyone's best wishes as she assumes the governorship of Texas again. But It will be Interesting to see what happens if Texas and Oklahoma get to squabbling about oil again and "Alfalfa BUI" tries to tell "Ma" what to do. -First theater mBocton

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