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THE PHAROS-TRIBUNE and LOGANSPORT PRESS, LOGANSPOET, INDIANA FOLKS ^-* ^ Fun of All Kinds £ Puzzle*-—Stories— 1 ^Things to Do—Pen PoUj —Amazing Ghostly Tricks Are Their Business MAYBE YOU HAVE written to 335 S. High St., in Columbus, Ohio, to ask the Kelson Brothers for help either to play a joke on someone or else to impress someone with your ability to prophesy or do some mind reading. Would you care for a ghost %vho v.-ill appear and disappear in your home Like the famous spooks who haunt European castles? Bob Nelson will furnish one with trimmings or just "as is." One cf the trimmings may be a penetrating scream from a night table that is guaranteed to awaken the soundest sleeper. Or you may prefer, a whole group of ghosts which will amble about the room. Mr. Nelson can summon a skeleton from the family closet no matter where that closet is located. He can make ghastly hob-nailed boots go up and down stairs, pause at doors, amble about a room all night back and forth under the bed. Perhaps it is just a ghostly tapping you want. If so, Nelson's Little Joe Spook Spirit will work so well it will amaze dyed-in-the-wool mediums. Maybe you'd like an Egyptian mummy that will do a disappearing act right before your bulging eyes. Or some billiard balls "guaranteed to multiply or your money back." Or perhaps you just yearn for a spirit message. Any of such "trifles" the Kel- sons can provide—for a fee. There is this little stumbling block, however. You will have to sign a written promise not to disclose how the "secret haunt" operates. "I've no supernatural powers," Bob insists. "There are many things of a psychic nature which I can not explain, but they are not related to the gadgets I create and sell. These are made of earthly materials of the best quality I can obtain. Wire recorders, electrical timing devices, ultraviolet light, ghost- gio paints are all 'musts' to me. Without them, my ghosts would never materialize." Want a house or an attic haunted? There is an organization in this country that will supply all you need to do this trick. One of the questions most frequently asked Mr. Nelson is, "How do you get your ideas for these tricks?" "That's my secret," he'll reply. "But I will admit this much—I keep a notebook near jne even when I go to bed so that I can jot down ideas i work on later. I've found some o£ the most baffling tricks unravel just as I think I'm going to sleep. If I couldn't write down the pointers quickly— --ChristmasThank-You Letter ilAVE YOU WRITTEN your "thank-you" letters to Aunt Eilen for the dress she sent for Christmas? Have you written Uncle Jim in Boston to let him know how much, you like the books? It's time to write a note of thanks to anyone xvho remembered you -at Christmas who lives too far away for you to thank them in person. There are many pretty designs in stationery, and it's really fun to choose writing paper. Some sheets have red roses in sprays across the top, while others have comic designs intended to add a humorous touch. Or, try to find a sketch ivhich emphasizes your hobby, your pot, or some other special interest as music or art. After you have the stationery and a fountain pen, you may sit at your table wondering what to write. If this happens, then try the trick of "make- believe." Close your eyes and imagine that Aunt Ellen or Uncle Jim are sitting across the table from you, and that you're talking with them instead of writing. What would you say? If you will write as .tf you were talking, your letters will be interesting. That's the kind of letter everyone likes to receive. But if you still can't think of what to say, here's a pattern to.follow. Be sure to change it to meet your need. "Dear Aunt Ellen: The blue dress you sent is so pretty. I just love it. How did you know that I have a coat almost the same color? They go together so well. Mother let me wear them to church the first Sunday after Christmas. Thank you so very much. Love, Susan" Remember to always name the gift and say something about it, such as how well Jhe color fits in with tha rest of your wardrobe. Write your letters as soon as possible after a gift is received. It lets the giver know that you are a thoughtful boy or girl. It helps you to form the habit of promptness, a valuable trait to have for as long as you live. —By Violet M. Roberta Is Fun—But Ploy It Safe LUCKY IS THE boy or girl who has received a pair of skis for a Christmas gift. With more state parks and city parks opening ski runs, skiing is enjoying a wide popularity. Certainly no sport provides more healthy exercise and fun. Cartoons and jokes to the contrary, skiing' can be safe. Any beginner who slips into his first skis feels as ii he had ac- Straighten the body as the leg "goes back. Never lift your sk'is but keep them flat on the snow in e narrow track. Practice, practice, practice until you get that sliding rhythmic motion and overcome any muscle stiffness. Stopping 'is called "braking" and a snow plow brake or "stem" can be learned on level quired a pair of mile-long feet j ground. Crouch and bring the The trick is to become accus- \ tips of your skis together in a tonied to skis. Learn to walk in : V while you dig your heels them before you do anything down hard. Watch your knees else. Use your poles, the thumb on the outside of the strap, the fingers clasping the pole. The arms should be slightly I legs, your knees will be in the bent and the hands held fairly \ proper position, close to the chest. Lower the ! Turns should be made slowly body forward as you stride out '. in the beginning. Lift the poles, but be sure that you are not. shift your weight to the ski bending at the waist. making the turn, slide in that It is the knee alone that direction, keeping your body and see that they aren't knocking together. If you keep your ! weight evenly divided on both • should weight bent with your I forward and avoiding stepping this forward leg. j on the backs of your skis. The You must learn to fall as you learn to ski. left leg slides in the same manner until both skis are in a parallel position. A small incline can be mounted by the walking step if the steps are kept short. You can also side-step up an incline, lilting first one ski, then the other so that your snow tracks look like a ladder. Coming down the. incline you might take that first spill. Every skier expects to get his quota of falls and he learns at the outset how to fall. If you feel yourself falling, crouch forward and be sure your squat is forward or your skis are going to slip out from under you. Keep your knees together and never let one knee shoot up and the other one down—that's how sprains and breaks occur. The crouch usually restores your balance. If it shouldn't, it will still make your spill a harmless side or back flop. Learn the fine points under a qualified ski instructor if it is at all possible. Only a few safety tips have been touched here. Even a book on skiing, and there are many, cannot tell you all you need to know. Trained instruction, practice and experience are what counts. — By Irma Hegel IT WAS ON A FINE DAY in the Imperial Gardens of China nearly five thousand years ago. The Empress Si-li-shi walked among the flowers with her ladies. There were not many days when the imperial court could go comfortably abroad, for in those days even emperors and empresses had only leaves and gviisscs and the skins oE birds to wear ns clctr.ing. So the Empress Si-li-shi walked slowly in the v.-arm sun, enjoying the morning and the flowers and birds and insects that made it beautiful. Her giance happened to fall upon a mulberry tree near the —The Mulberry's Strange Fruit Job Seeker Once when Abraham Lincoln was president, a delegation called upon him and asked him to appoint a certain man as commissioner to the Sandwich Islands. They stated his merits and also added that he'was in poor health and needed the job in that climate. To this, Lincoln replied: "Gentiemc-n, I am sorry to say that there are eight other applicants lor that job and they are your man." all sicker than path. "How beautiful!" exclaimed the Empress. "See, the tree is filled with silvery fruits that sway in the breeze—" She paused, her slanting oriental eyes growing round with astonishment. From one of the silvery ovals that she had thought were fruits a shining butterfly had emerged. As she watched, another and another biitterfly popped out, dried their gleaming wings in the sunshine and then flew away. "I must see this curious thing," said the Empress to her ladies. "Bring me some of the small shining ovals." The ovals were sleek and cool to the touch. Soon the Empress' fingers found a tiny projecting thread. Carefully she began to unwind the shining fibers and found them surprisingly strong. The web became a heap of shining filaments. The Empress wound the threads on the outstretched hands of her ladies The Empress thought, "These fruits of the mulberry, could be woven into a magnificent coat for the emperor." these 'fruits' of the mulberry could be woven into cloth—" she said thoughtfully. She and her ladies experi- m e n t e d. When they were through the threads from the mulberry "fruit" had become a until the 4,400 yards of sills that tiny bit of cloth. can be secured from the cocoon ] Other ladies were set to work of a single silk worm filled those unwinding more of the "fruits." hands with beautiful fibers. The Empress stared from the fibers to the leaves and bird skins that weie her clothing, "Ii All the servants were set to work at weaving. Soon there was a length of a beautiful strong cloth that was worthy of clothing the Emperor himself. The first silk had been woven. The Emperor Hwang-ti was impressed by the gift of cloth. It was made into a magnificent coat. Then he issued an imperial edict ordering the people to learn the art of silk spinning and weaving. "Let enough be woven," he ordered, "so the people shall have such clothing." Grateful to the Empress Si- li-shi who had first noticed the "fruits" of the mulberry, the Chinese named her "the Ancestress of the Thread" and gave her name to one of the stars in the sky. Color Changes Like to sing? Even singing your loudest never made you change color did it? The frog is different that way! He changes color when he sings! The green tree frog turns yellow when he sings, the brown peeper turns tan, and the green barking frog changes to brown. Aren't you glad you aren't a frog? Imagine singing your favorite tune and finding yourself turning a different color, green for instance! well, the chances are they might never become anything but ideas and unworkable ones at that." "What was one of your most unusual orders?" "They're all a bit special," he replied. "But the other day a man on an island in the South Pacific wanted a haunt for a palm tree. He wrote it was needed because! the natives were having wild parties on his beach and he wanted them to stay on their own." "What did you do?"' . "I sent him a ghost that would perch on the tree and give oS flashes of light. It worked so well he wrote to thank me." "Do many professional mys- tifiers use your products?" "All of them. Sometimes they tell me the stunt they want and leave me to work out the details. More often they order from my catalogue a crystal ball, a haunted table or anything else that will amaze and baffle." —By Eleanor M. Marshall Her Slippers Weren't Glass DID YOU KNOW that Cinderella's slippers were really mads of velvet or soft' fur? They weren't glass at all! You see, the story of Cinderella is very, very old. In the days when it was written, ladies wore slippers of soft fabric, so naturally the author had his heroine, Cinderella, wear slippers of the same sort as other ladies and princesses were wearing. When the story was translated from the French into English, the person who translated it made' a little mistake that gave us Cinderella's lovely ^lass slipper. He mistook the French word "vair," meaning fine, soft fur, for the French word "verre," meaning glass. That's how the famous glass slipper came into our lives. I'm rather glad the mistake was made, aren't you? Surely anyone might wear a fur or velvet slipper, but only a princess could wear a glass slipper. Cinderella without her tiny glass slipper wouldn't be Cinderella! Puzzle Answers a aaa HHV1S aovosvo 1.PUNCHAHOLEINEACHEND OF THE BOTTOM Of A5HOE BOX. THREAD A P/EC£ OF YARN "-THROUGH THEM. SVd SIOVTSTA jo siaqumu ^ sn!H :>PE[g oq; > Ut jo Here's a dog that's a cool cat when it comes to the piano. Her name is Dixie Belle and she Is an English pointer. She lives in Detroit at the home of her owner, Herman Park. Mr. Park has taught her to do 30 tricks. Among the most popular is her singing act at the piano. The accompaniment is only incidental and must be "dog harmony" rather than human. To the people in the audience the music sounds more like thumping on the keys. After all, the voice is the thing and no ohe can deny that Dixie Belle has a powerful contralto voice with tremendous range. Some say it is more powerful than contralto. TheseReaders Want Letters Dear Captain Hal: I am 11 years old and would like a pen pal from the west. I am interested in baseball and making model planes and boats. Richard Koons 48.1 E. 329 St. Willowick, Ohio * * » Dear Captain Hal: I am 12 years old and would like a pen pal from anywhere in the U.S. My hobbies are bike riding, horseback riding, and baseball. Matthias Schaft Huff, North Dakota * * * Dear Captain Hal: I would like to have a pen pal from any state but Ohio. My hobbies are models, electric trains and baseball. Eric William Hughes 724 Rudolph Ave. Cuyahoga Falls, O. * * * Dear Captain Hal: I would like to have several English speaking pen pals from all over the world. I will be 13 in December. Ronald G. Ozio 1101 Woodlawn Drive Corpus Chrisli, Texas Dear Captain Hal: I would like a pen pal from a foreign country to help me earn siourqsna lunora am I a pen pal badge in Girl Scouts. Sharon L. Ribbens 825 Wisconsin Ave. Apt No. 1 Racine, Wis. Age: 10 5 V <;> 0 3 IN 5 i. 1 e ^ a ^3 "a o *a V 1 s >t 0 a h y 3 M 3 L O j_ O a V IN O 1 a Ja •3UIO(S !(J3IUTE.I) NaaaiH }uoj\[ 8,9:11,1 fseura -irady :Sfl.H3H NIVINflOK Dear Captain Hal: I am 10 years old. I like baseball and swimming best. Danny Lambert 2852 McElwain Rd. Akron 12, O. * * * Dear Captain Hal: I am 12 years old. I like to collect dolls and ice skate. Anna Rombold Box 2236 R.D. No. 1 Sharon, Pa. THE AMERICAN MOOSE GWNT/WONG pEEKnA FULL- GROWN MOOSE ATTAINS A HEIGHT OF fc)TOT P-EET AT THE.5HOUU7ERS,AN[7 WEIGHT OFTHEAMLE OFTEN EXCEEDS 100O POUNPS, RJE& OF A SMKE ARE STATIONARY.. BEFORE THE |Q# CENTUKXAMERICAN WSON RANGEP Kb FAR EAST A3 THE CAROLlNAS,,, INTHEiK. WESTWARD MIGRATIO^THEY POUNDEP OUT TRAILS FOLLOWS V &Y THE INDIANA ANP L ATE P> SETTLE RS, ROUTES NOW FOU-OWEP. Z.'MAKE A FRAME FROM WHITE CARDBOARD TO FIT OVER . FRONT- - ' 3.DRAVV SHAPE OF BOX IN CENTER OF A LARGE PIECE OF WHITE CARDBOARD.. . DRAW A. BORDER 2 IN. OUT FROM THAT AND CUT AWAY REST... DRAW 1 INCH FLAPS INSIDE BOX. LMBS... CUT TO COWERS ~TH£N CUTOUT CENTER. 4:SCORE ALONG BOX LINES, FOLD FLAPS BACK AND6LUE FRAME OVER FACE OF BOX. 5. SET BOX ON EDGE OFA DRESSER-CUTOUT A PICTURE FROM A MAGAZINE" ANDI*ST£ON&ACK...a/r OUT OTHER PICTURES ••• LEA VE TABS AMD PAST£ /M SOX... HAMGBOXOH WALL WHENFIWSffED. COLUMN Let's Go to the Mountains: MOUNTAIN REBUS Puzzle Pete has hidden some mountains in his rebus. You can find them by using th» words and pictures correctly. SPEAK K JONUSHTfe MEETIjAj? HIDDEN MOUNTAINS A mountain is hidden in each of Puzzle's Pete's sentences. Can you locate their names?. We bad never seen a rainier day. Cats kill some small rodents. CROSSWORD As help with Puzzle Pete'i crossword puzzle, Cartoonist Cal has lettered in the name of some mountains: R i •> ii 17 19 •i. 0 M 3 c ij 10 K 4 8 S ^ 4 | 19 " 10- 9 E (<f 6 JkpnxfuctiM lii wfefc tr h part pmhibHtd tntpt if ptrmiufon of NiA Jwv/c* l*t.-frini*l t» VJ.A. How to Play Cowboy Game THIS ROUNDUP doesn't need a big corral or horses. You play it sitting down at a table. You will need a length of stout string about two feet lonij. This is your lariat. Make a loop in one end of the lariat. This loop should measure about six inches across. Twist the other end of the lariat two or more times around your hand, so you have a good grip on it. Hold the string so the loop lies flat on the table. All the players put their forefingers on the table in the loop. The forefingers are the "dogies." When you say "Roundup," you jerk on the lariat. All the other players try to get the "dogies" away by pulling their fingers away. Each "dogie" caught in the lariat counts five for you. You have three tries. Each of the other players have three tries in | turn. The one with the highest jcor» a the champion cowboy. ACROSS 1 Narrow inlet 4 Mountain 7" Hocky crag 8 Exist 9 Repeat appearances ' 11 Pestering 17 Possess 18 Beverage 19 Boy's nicknamt 20 Distress signal DOWN 1 Route (ab.) 2 Charged atom 3 Circle part 4 Sailor 5 Mineral rock 6 Footlike part 10 Endorses 11 Child 12 Female sheep 13 Also 14 Possessive pronoun 15 Recent (comb, form) 16 Aeriform fuel BACKWARD SENTENCE If you have trouble with Puzzle Pete's sentence, try reading it backward: .racy j-reve srotisiv fo sreb- mun taerg stcartta sIliH kcalB eht fo etinarg- eht ni devrae lairomeAI lanoitaN eromhsuR tnuoM ehT DIAMOND The CASCADE mountains provide a center for Puzzlt Pete's word diamond, The second word is "a dance step"; third "a sticky' material"; fifth "a fixed look"; and sixth '*a Dutch city 1 ." Can you completa the diamond from these clues? C A S CASCADE A D E Rivers During, geography class tht teacher asked, "Willie, can you name the principal river in Egypt?" "It's the Nile," replied Willis. "That's right. Now can you name some of its smaller tributaries?" Willie hesitated and answered with a smile, "The Juveniles." * * * Hay, There City Slicker (pointing to a haystack): What kind of a house is that? Farmer: That ain't a hous*, that's a haystack. C. S.: Say, you can't fool me. Hay doesn't grow in • bunch like that.