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The Eunice News from Eunice, Louisiana • 2

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Page 2 The Eunice (La.) News Thursday, Feb. 17, 1964 day has kepi planners as Edward Toler, Tommy Ter-hune, David Courville, Gary-Dale Williams and Joe Ed Beil-stein. Invited guests were; Tina Ba-ham, -Marie Fruge, Sally. Ashy, Nancy Debby Boyd, Teresa Terhune, Timmy Ter-hune, and Stevie Bielstein. Others present for the party were: Mrs.

W. E. O'Neal from DeQuincy, Mmes. W. O.

Toler. Dale Williams, Milton Courville and Cynthia, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bielstein. Assisting Mrs.

Bielstein was Mrs. Bob Terhune. confused fair many centuries ic. l. V-N DORIS DAY in a mad, merry marital mix-up "Move Orer, Darling," with JAMES GARNER, a 20th Century-Fox release in color.

'Move Over Darling' opens af Queen Theaf re Friday his wife and Doris insists he tell Polly before the honeymoon starts. Here is where the fun starts and the merry mixups that follow' are hilarious. error In the Julian calendar. It was fairly accurate; it accumulated one extra day only every 123 years. By .1477, the error was so great that the" Church calendar became confused, and feast days were being celebrated out of season, Pope Gregory, then abolished the Julian calendar and instituted the Gregorian calendar which we use today.

Our present method of keeping track of time is so accurate that it will accumulate an error of only one day in 3,000 years. Indians Other calendars are of interest, also. The Mayan Indians devised a calendar which was adopted by the Aztecs. It is carved on rock and is known as. the Stone of the Sun.

The Jewish calendar, loo, is of interest, since it does not date time from the birth of Christ, but from 3761 B. C. Moslems date their calendar from the Hejira, the flight of Mohammed from Mecca. It is a lunar calendar that has no seasons. There is today a movement a-foot to establish a World Calendar, also known as a perpetual calendar.

It would consist of 12 morths of four identical 91 day quarters. The calendar is so arranged that dates of the months would always fall on the same days of the week, thus giving holidays, for example, a fixed place in the week. In 1954, the United Nations Economic and Social Council adopted a resolution calling for calendar re-from and of the plan of reform sponsored by the Word Calendar Association. Even if the new calendar is adopted, Leap year day will still be observed, because it will be inserted between Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1. So the ancient custom which gives "the weaker sex" an opportunity every four years to take the initiative in courtship will not die out.

Those maidens who do not take advantage of 1964 have many more to look forward to, but they should heed the advice of the 17th century poet who said to giris: "While you may, go marry For having once lost your prime, You may forever tarry." Doris Day, one of the top ten movie stars and handsome James Gainer star in this mad-. cap comedy. In glowing color, the story tells of James Garner who goes before adjudge to have his loog-missing wife, Doris Day, declared legally dead after five years in order that he can marry Polly Bergen. However, Doris is rescued from a desert island, just about this time. Landing in San Pedro she is unable to phone her home and she speeds there-only to hear the news about Garner's marriage from his astonished mother, Thelma Ritter.

Doris then goes to the honeymoon hotel, just as he arrives there with Polly. Garner still loves ENJOY THE vantage of the law. According to "Love, Courtship, and a book published in London in 1606, England did not enact the leap year, but allowed it to become part of the common law. "Albeit it nowe become a part of the common lawe in regard to social relations of life that as every leap yeare returns, ladies have the sole privilege during the time it continueth of making love either by words of looks as to them it seems proper and moreover no man will be entitled to benefit of clergy who hath in any way treat her proposal with slight or contumly." Up until a century ago, it was another unwritten law of leap year that if a man should decline a proposal, he should present a silk dress to his unsuc- cessful suitor to soften the di-appointment. In New England where quaint cutoms prevail, it is believed that during leap year, "The beans grow on the wrong side of the Gregorian calendar When Pope Gregory discarded the Julian 1582 in favor of what is now known as the Gregorian Calendar, he probably took no heed of the difficulties this would present to those born on Feb.

29. These fortunte or unfortunate souls, depending on how you look at it, must either celebrate their birthdays every four years on Feb. 29, or every year on Feb. 28. Rossini, the famous composer, was born on Feb.

29, 1792. On Feb. 29, 1864, when he was 72, he celebrated his 18th birthday. To the friends assembled for the celebration, he declared that he planned to "turn over a new leaf and disregard the frivolities of youth and the indes- cretiens of his teens." Rossini was a better musician than mathematician. Even if hp chose to celebrate orly every four years, he failed to take into account that in the Gregorian Calendar, years ending a century are not leap years unless the century number is exactly divisible by 400.

He was born in 1792, and celebrated his first birthday in 1796. His next birthday should have been in 1800. but because of the Gregorian Calendar, he was not 2 years old until 1804. This prob-cbly made Rossini the only 12 year old two year oid around. Leap year as we know it is the result of both historic and present day of dividing time into an orderly arrangement of periods.

Even early man tried to bring order inot his life with the rising and setting of the sun, the phases of the moon, and the changing of the seasons serving as a natural calendar. Calendars -As civilization developed, it became necessary to have some sort of framework on which past and future events could be recorded, and the natural calendar of the rythym of the earth provided this frame. Three types of calendars developed, a solar calendar based on the movements of the sun, a lunar calendar based on the movements of the moon, and a luni-solar calendar that tried to keep track of both. Over 4,000 years before the birth of Christ, the Egyptians had a fairly exact calendar based on the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. Measuring the time between the two consecutive risings of this star, the Egyptians arrived at a year of 365.256 solar days.

Accurate measurements today set the year at 365.242 solar days, an error of only .014 of one day by the Egyptians. Even with such remarkable calculations, the Egyptians didn't know what to do with the left over .256 or one fourth of a day, so they just ignored it. With the passing of time, the beginning of the Egpytian year actually backed 'up through the seasons, until it was back where it started, coinciding with the rising of Sirius. The Babylonians, too, had this difficulty, but their calendar was five and one-iourth days too short. Thus the month designated as the "plowing month" moved into the dead of winter.

Eventually the Babylonians just inserted an extra month. The Greeks, too had their problems, for they attempted a lunisolar calendar. To dispose of the extra days accrued, they inserted an extra month every third, sixth, and eighth year. Derivation The present day calendar- is derived from the Roman calendar. Even the names of many of our months come to us from this time.

Februarius, for example, was a Roman month. The extra days were usually left to the prbsts to dispose, but eventually the calendar fell into the hands of the politicians who juggled the calendar to extend or shorten the terms of office holders. Eventually this calendar was three months off, and spring begun in December. Julius Caosar was the next to reform the calendar, but even the conqueror of the world could not cope with the twelve minute tion? Both myth and history give us a clue. One old legend implicates no less a personage than St.

Patrick. As he was strolling by the shores of Lough Neagh, "after having driven the frogs out of the bogs, and the snakes out of the he was accosted by St. Bridget. She, with much weeping and wailing, informed him the ladies in her nunnery were much distressed over" the fact that they were deprived of the privilege, of proposing. In Bridiget's day, celibacy, the vow to remain unmarried, was approved by the church and enforced on those who made it a private vow, but it was not mandatory for the clergy.

St. Patrick was so moved by her tears, that he extended to the ladies the privilege of proposing once every seven years. Still not appeased, she threw her arms about his neck, crying, "Arrah! Patrick, jewel. I dawrn't go back to the gurls wid such a proposal. Mek it wan year in four!" To which Patrick replied, "Biddy, acushla.

Squeese me that way again, and I'll give vou leap year, the longest one of the lot." St. Bridget, quick to take advantage of the situation, proposed to the first available man, who happened to be St. Patrick himself. St. Patrick, like many a man since him, found a graceful way out, by giving her a kiss and a silk gown.

And ever since then, the man who refuses a proposal must pay the penalty of giving a kiss and a silk gown. (This legend, by the way, is not found in any theological authority on the lives of the saints.) Scottish Law In 1288, the following law is said to have passed in Scotland. "It is statet and ordaint that during the reign of her mMst blissit megeste, for ilke year known as lepe ye are, ilk may-den ladye of bothe highe and lowe estait shail hae liberate to bespike ye man she likes, albeit he refuses to take his to be his lawful wyfe. he shall be mulcted ine-sum ane pondes or as his estate may be, Excepte awes gif he can make it appeare that he is betrothit ane other woman, he then shall be et free," according to '-Curiousi-ties of Popular Customs" by William S. Walsh.

A similar law ot this was approved by the King and passed in France. The privilege was also granted to maidens of Genoa and Florence. No records exist of any fines imposed under the Scotch law. Nor is there any trace of the number of spinsters who took ad- By Charlene Leake' Saturday is that extra day that crops up every four years to make the needed correction in keeping up with slow moving Old man time will skip- a step to keep the record straight. Calendars throughout centuries of man's attempt to make workable and accurate system to calculate time have never been able to.

get around the extra day every four years. Our forefathers should be commended on improvements. In earlier days, the calendar, not being able to adjust for the odd period of the year, forced holidays to be celebrated out of season. Imagine, having to wipe the sweat off your brow on a summer day during Christmas dinner and a White Christmas in Argentina. However, this problem was overcome by our.

present day system. origin of the term "leap year" is uncertain. Many theories have been formed, but none have proved satisfactory. In England leap year was known as Bisextile -year in the time of Roman occupation. From 55 B.

C. when Ceasar invaded Britain, and in the three-hundred years that Roman troops occupied the country, the Julian Calendar was used. This calendar, based on a 365 and one-fourth day year was derived from the Egyptians. An intercalary day was added every fourth year to account for the accumulated days. Exactly where the term "leap" came from can not be but it is likely Anglo- Saxun in Some historians speculate that it may be a reference to Old Man Time himself that be takes an extraordinary leap to the extent of one day more.

Another hypothesis is that it is the three short years which are really leap years, since it is then that we "leap" over February 29. Another supposition is that the term "leap" derives from the timet fcat jH tfaey ef the taw in early daya both Feb. 28 and 29 were treated as one day. Though a separate twenty four hour period actually existed, legally it was skipped, or "leaped" over. Legends "Though the history of leap year is interesting, it is the legends which have grown up a-bout it that keep the interest in leap year alive.

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