Brazospdrt «M NOTES: a l y > Sept. 27, 1959 TUB BRAZOSPOET FACT3 Page 5 By DOROTHY SMITH Autumn hat been flirting with Brazorl* county tor several week* now. Most gar- L, n «r« have been sharpening the nhovel and hoe , replacing warped and broken handles on tools, end viewing • the homestead with , speculative eye tor change* or additions. free* •** tnrub* will soon be going to , le( ,p, »nd mtny will aw»k*n next spring , 0 (md themtelve* In n*w surroundings. Let's begin to plan which one* w«'d like to have awAken in our y*rd*. Will your yard dlstppolnt you this fall because It leekt barren? Plan now to add a • tew evergreen* to your pl«ntln«. Many of us (all P»ey to tprlng flowering ihrubs, many fatf^&V •*»*'*«"•• Lack of evergreen pUntlngs htt been one of the problem* et the Smith abode, and the writer hat decided to remedy the situation Aiwayt teteretted In trying something new ;reen Holly Finds Many Unique Uses During Holiday Season Ing on the holly family this week, and cam* U P with tome interesting discoveries. The holly family remains in full dreli throughout the year, and besides offering • wide variety of Interesting foliage to select' from, provldei a bonui of very festive berries during the holiday season. Further, we find that thete shrub* may be pruned around thanksgiving and Christmastime, and the Jeweled cutting! may o* taken Indoors to add Interest and accent te milady's home decoration*. What mot* could the gardener aik for? Nurseries In our area *tock the fluford Holly <a variety of Chines* Holly), and thtl type It unique among hollies In the respect that It will bear fruit* even though It* flowers do not receive pollen from male plant*. (All holllei art not lelf-pollinating you know, although the writer has never d»tf» nately discovered which varltle* ar* which, as sex can get to b« a rather complicated to us, we decided to do * little "ttteerth- subject even la plant life.) The Butord Holly 1» a compact growing shrub With deep green ova) foliage. It Is tall growing, but like most hollies, trows slowly* It* bright trad berries often re* main for months, and the shrub may be grown either in sun or shadt. The American Holly Is another shrub that lives happily In Brasorla County. To tave worry on the iex of the plant, Ui« gardener might well watt until the plants show fruit before purchase. , , fills shrub hat Interesting tplny leaves, whleh are also glossy green. Don't place this fellow in full tun, as he would surely develop an ulcer. Heavy ; to ; light shade keep* thlt plant happy. • «. »£i • , Th* English (or Christmas) -Holly Is an-, other ahtuta with spiny true holly foliage, and bears heavy crop* of bright red berries lit the tall and winter. , - • • He too grow* tall, but take* hit time about It, and wlU alsft tubmlt to the pruning shear* If you decide to keep him short. The Vaupon Holly is smaller than the American Holly, and is a native to the south. It's leaves are small, circular and smooth, and If you want to try something different, you might "spot" a female yaupon during the berrying season, root prune, and move the plant next fall. Brazoria'a Mrs. H. c. Haysiip tells us that this plant Is often confused with "Swamp holly", so be sure and wait until the plant Shows berries before deciding its type. Hollies like light, sandy soil. Our clay soil provide! very poor drainage, and makes it difficult for the feeder roots to find air, to either take a trip to the Brazos 'or the lumberyard for tana, and prepare the home for Addition ahead of time. . Never put a $2 plant In a 15 cent home. . You can fool Other gardeners, but never the plant. Add Sand for drainage and because the holly prefer* it, and then make sure you have enough well rotted leaf mold to make the soil of suitable consistency. Our researching divulged that it is unwise to fertilize the holly family for the first year or two after transplanting, and cautions the gardener to keep the soil moist. Let's all plan to add one of these beautiful evergreens to our garden plot this fall. After admiring the Pampas grass hedge and other plantings of It irt the Jones Creek area for the past couple of years, We decided to explore the advantages of this plant. Taking It's disadvantage* first, we find that the long, spike-like foliage of this plant 's saber sharp. After It attains some hetghth, approach must be made at the gardener's risk. It also provides ft haven for snakes, and would require no small amount 6t scheming to remove once It get* established. However, Pampas grass It evergreen, and produces beautiful white "flower" plumes during the fall. It make* an excellent accent plant, and Is used enthusiastically by those .ueky people who know nuw io arrange flow* ers. A native of Argentina, it has adapted Itself to the Texas coast quite well. : The plant grows in clumps, and could probably be divided and re-divided from dne original clump until a unique screening hedge . gave you privacy from the neighbors. A blow torch might be required to remove it, so be real SURE you'd like such a hedge before planting onei , As th« dormant season approaches, many of our plants are' beginning to look a little uncertain of themselves, and soon we will have vacant place* In the garden. Nurserymen have a nice stock of petunias, snapdragons, verbena, stock'and allysum by now, and the all time favorites, Miss calendula and the Wft velvety pansy should go into the ground In the next couple of weeks. If you didn't sow seed for fall bloom, be sure and plan to buy several flats of bedding plants to k-eo your garden looking lovely durlngMhe fall. _ (To* In MeMeit' liHllvUvel Chtma-lamMn Hey) Tour rtgftt hand opponent dtal* tad H* Ot» Heart, both •ides vnmerebl*. Whet would you BOW bM with **ch of the foliowta* four bander 3. +V «MH 4»T« *AK 8. tKQJMM ft *0 +AK8S i, *Att f QJM +AQ 4KMS L Doubt*. Am mrtatt la th* ena l*T*t gw*ttfy IndlCtU* • hand eonUlBlBCt to II high- card pelttt*. BTM&T *ptaWnr, the on* JWrt ovewall den!** th* strength «»«nlnf Wd. It would tfctftflir* M highly improper to bid on* md* over th* op«nlngi hMft Md MMUM part- n«r oouM Mrotly b» «tp«cUd to reaUM Out th* or*rc*U was based on *uoh a *tnw luuid. The la** of a gm«« might w*ult from a (pad* Md, - . If th* to* of diamond* w*r* chang*d to a d«uct, w« would have th* tjrpleal *p*d* Ud. Tin main porpo** of th* bid 1* to show that th* OY*rcaU«r ha* suffldtnt talua* te Jiutlfy competing, ma if on!y tot a part score, 2. MM, It 1* too dang*rooB to bid two diamond*, The ovtreall In th* two Uv*!, sine* It contract* for eight trick* IntUad of tevta, B**d* gnattB i atnncth than • on* kval ovtreatt Oen- eraUy, th» ovtrcallcr wtU hav* a htad with, which h* would ha.v« op«Md th* Wd4ln» had h* been th* d*al*r. Home Building.,, But thlt alone Is ,not tnough. The suit In which th* overcatl U nad* should be a good on*. Th* number of taking trick* th* ovtrcaller oan point to U mor* important than th* number of high-card point* h* ha* Th* dla. rnond *ult I* much too f etbte to risk being mentioned. A heavy penalty might mtue. 3. Pour tptd**. Thl* i* a tire* edged bid. Th«r* i* a reawnabte prospMt four spade* can M mad*, and to that *xt*nt V* bid tern* ** u offenstv* m*a*> ur*. Partner need* llttl* mot* than a club flt for t*n tricks to bemad*. But th* IMP to four ipadti a1*o MTV** another importtnt purpON. PartMr may hay* e poor hand, I* which ca** th* oppotiebt* can probabty ra»k* ten or *l«v*n trick* la th* lult of thalr choosing. Th* pr**ap» ttv* caU thmfor*. acte.H an early tacrlflc* bid and ma*** it tough for th* advtnarie* to g*t together *vta when they c*u make eleven trick*. ' 4. On* notrunp. Tb* notramp overcaU In th* tao* ot an opening bid show* mor* or Its* th* tun* value* at It would U It wen th* first bid mad*. Th* point count U th* s»m* (16 to 18), tht dUtributlon U balanced, and there I* itrength la all lultt, particularly th* on* n*m*d hy th* opening- Wddtr. Partnw »• spend* la th* Mm* way at h* would to an opening ont DO* trump Md.' Intergrate Patio, Living Room B T HEHRY J. BECKTOLD Unittd Pr«s Inttrattional • i N~W YORK (UPlc-Today's advice I* tor do-it-yourselfers and for thos* husband* who will be put In this-dais after their wive* read it. With housing coits continually rising builders and remod- tiers »*• giving mor* and mort emphasis to th* effective use with th* top *dge* even and level with Ui* top of th* planned patio. Th* excavation il then filled with th* crushed stone to a point within four inches, plus the stone'* thickness of the top ot Integrated living (pace. outdoor-lndoot Rake Stamp level, firm. Wet down and Four ready-mln On* of tht mort dtcorativ* and practical way* to achltv* th* Illusion of mor* spacious living artat Is to us* th* same type of natural stone flooring In th* living and dining treat as' th* adjoining patio. A room get* that look of bigness when the stone floor* appear to extend through th* wall to outside ston* paved are**. Even on small lot*, rooms ar*' enhanced by facing on • landscaped private view. '"'••t rtoor Itvtnn ' a.t it* best In the rear ot th* hout* wher* street tight* 'and nolle* ar* locked off. (61JW, King rataret SynfllaU. be.) Letters from Mamma dill Arquelle D«*r RockKt (Mamma »lw»y* wanted me to leave my pad and ttku off,) Thing* are fin* in Mount Idy (sh* ym on). Your f»th*r 1* going to thedentlttuhave hit head extracted. H* got It caught In t public mailbox yetttrdiy. You know, ton, bow your ftthcr lovei to read. Elite Krtck wat in t beauty contett that wat run by her father and teven brother*, and th* won first prize. We.wat all amtted. For • wbUe we thought her father father wat going to win It. Eltte looked lovely in a red Bikini bathing suit and she palmed her toentiU r*d--*U 13 of them. Her hair was done In a very pretty uytweep vlth tiny rinalets of curls all around her bald toot. Sht't elreedy had an offer, to star in* Hollywood movie. It's called, "HowtodMnASepticTank." Probably* war picture. Crtodma Oex had to go to the doctor and he told her to drink t olatt of hucWeberry wine after abotbtth. However, she never got to the wine--the couldn't finish drinking the hot bath; . Then I ttw her yetterdty and ah* had a rope, and the was going, down the tldewtlk. skipping like mad. So I says, "What you oW, Orandna?" and the says, "Well, the doctor give me tome pill* 'and told me to take them for two days, then skip t day 1" Poor old toul wt* Just about worn out. Well, ton. I've tot to close now and jo help your father. He's been up on t ladder po<mtng the chimney, and he just stepped back to admi'e his v?r':. Love, Mamma (From ths^ook. C.^.iLEY WEAVER'S BETTERS FROM MAK1MA. published by the John C, Winttoo Oomptny, Copyright, 1989, by Cliff Arquette.) Tht* Is especially so It th* lots are narrow and loag. On shallow, wide lots, a side area may be th* best choice for the outdoor living area, with screens or planting achieving privacy from th* next door neighbor): ..As for patio, location, the east side of the' house Is pre^ ferred over the west because of the positioning of th* sun, and south is preferable to north. Many new home* have the patio in the center ot th* structure. And, according to th* Building Stone Institute, Installing Indoor-outdoor- quarried' Ston* floo-'-- »re**4s well with the talents of do-it-yourselfers. Modern quarrying methods not only have mad* lighter weight stone* available, they also have developed pre-pack(«• r-.'VnJ. "-Vlrh m*V* flnor laying netrly u easy tor tht amateur to follow as children's na'nt-bv -mber kits. There t* wide rang* ot texture* and color* in quarried stone available at local stone yards In pre-cut rite's and d«;l«n*. Fletttone U on* of the most widely used for out door flooring materials. Other favorites with modern deslm ers Include limestone, travertine, qutrtsite, tlttc, blueston* •nd sandstone, a* well at mtr- »Brt mrantte. . Ready-mix cement and a trowel are all th* equipment needed to set textured "tone nermtnenlly -In dace as flooring l«v --*. For nevinn • matchln« Dttlo. a wet rnnstmr- •lon mctthod will gtv* the moat harmonious effect. Crushed f tone, or cinders, form boards, sand, cement, halls, and two wooden stakes for each corner are needed. The first'step in this new patio project is to excavate an area slightly larger than th* pr.tio and deep enough to go below the frost line, Form board* are th«n put In place concrete over the (ton* to within on* Inch plus the fl*g. stona's thickness. Level with e re and allow concrete to set for 48 hour*. After your two-day rest, mix dry three part* of sand to one part ot cement Add sufflden Water to hold mix together and spread over the concrete slab to within 1/4-inch of the top of the form about two square at a time, The last maneuver is to cov er the bottom of each slate o stone thinly with a mixture o pure cement and water anc place firmly in place. Tap with a wooden block to insure th bond. Now all you have to do is s«t up plans for matching th living and dining areas wit! the patio—no easy job, but th should well worth BOOKS: TAKE DAUGHTER HOME—Bing Crosby and Wife Kathy Grant take their daughter home from Queen of Angel* hospital, Lo* Angeles. Stag's first daughter wat bora ther* «^>t. li. fDUCATION, USA: US Children Lag In Math By LOUIS CASSELS Prus International American children, by the Urn* they finish elementary school, are a full two years behind their European counterparts in the study of arithmetic. .This shocking assertion is made—and documented—in a report Just published by the Council for Baste Education. The council is a non-profit I organization devoted to strong- entag the academic curriculum of American schools. It's eport, entitled 'Teaching the rd R,"ls based on a compara- ve Study ot arithmetic textbooks used in American and uropean elementary schools. Th* report reveals that Euro- MOTORIZED SKATES — Janet Slaughter rolls along in Chicago on her motortied roller skatea, which hav* power enough to push her and her baby brother In his pram, coo. One skate 1* powered by a 16-pound power pack on the back. It consist* ot a 1-hp. air-cooled engine with a one-quart gas tank, enough tor a' '(5-mlle run. The skates, made in Detroit, nave a top speed et 80-mph. A hand control optratM th* clutch, accelerator, cutoff FARM BUREAU CANDIDATE! representing (*»*» *eun- Htl el Dish-lei 1) competed in ih* recent district mtMiug la K*iy. Second <rom left is Btasorit County's entry. Miss Judith P*te»oa of Danbury. Left to tight above tie Barbat* Fruead, ft. Bind County; Miss Peterson; Penny Qosler. Austin County (ruanw «s> la the contest)} Elsie Swandsea. Wharton County (wlnn«i of tk* t)lit -til contest)! Qenelda HobraUchk. Fa; Ut Co- '.f. Ktihy Beke. Harris Ceuntyt and LuciUe PehL Waller County. schools, beginning with i" flr»t grade, "spend signi- cantly more time on arithme C than do American schools.' The study also shows that European schools introduce mathematical concepts and processes much sooner han do American schools. For example, the multiplication able* ar* usually taught in le 4th grade in this countrj Children in France, Germany }re*c* t Holland, Poland ant Weden master them in the second grade. American children as a rule lont take up fractions until the fth grade. • Most Euronein children learn fractions in the ourth grade, and English hbols introduce them in the bird grade. Decimals, * sixth grade sub- ect in America, are taken up the fourth and fifth grades n Europe. European children, oy the time they finish the sixth «T»de, have covered as much geometry'is the average American child gets in the 8th or th grade, Behind these specific differ mces, the authors believe, i fundamental divergence ducatlonal philosophy. Euro< lean schools value mathematii u'ghly as a means of sharpen ng a child's intellect an caching him to think logically dearly and quickly. American educators tend egard this "mental discipline' concept as old-fashioned an osbolete. They emphasize th 'usefulness" of mathematics n dealing with practical problems of business, science or engineering. The report argue* that Am •rican children are not inherently stupid, and that they could jrasp (and delight in) the exciting concepts ot mathematics as early as European Television Now Taking The Place Of Thinking By CATHERINE FOSTER Brsiorlt Couaty Library "Books are quiet. They do ot dissolve into wavy lines or nowstorm effects. They do of pause to deliver commer- als. They are three-dimen- onal, having length, breadth and depth. They are convenient o handle and completely port- table. 1 The above quotation came to from the University of V?is- onsin library, via the Header's ligest, and it hit us in a very irulneiabl* spot. For one thing, when we read It we had just listened to the vocal reaction t a West Columbia sprout when another lid of about the same age returned a stack Oi xraks to the Bookmobile. •Gosh", he Mia, "did you cad all those?" The/i, turning to a friend, he continued in a somewhat scornful aside, "He must not have a television." It saddened us—this instinctive reaction to a devoted reader on the part of one of his contemporaries. It saddened u: jecause we thought it wai probably true. We have tried to encouragi ourselves with the idea tha television stimulates the youth ful mind and pose* question the answers to which can, only be found in books. To a cer tain extent. this.it -true,, bu that "certain Extent' 1 does no extend very far. For the mos part television does just wha the youngster on the Bookmo bile implied—it.iakes the plac of reading. , And what does this nev medium hav* to give our chll dren to replace-the-, books the never have ttme to .read? presents life at its meat bruta and violent, heroes who ar considered -pure u the drive snow if th«y«onXr "wing" the opponents instead ot klllln I 114 le. The viewer gets something the general idea, stripped of ts true feeling, of the beauty f the original style, of the trength of the original char- ctcrlzation, and often much of ie original plot. Who are these people any- ay who feel so superior that hey can change a "script" that as been ..a loved classic for undreds Of years? But try to get a child to read e book or story titter he has een it. He will dismiss It with n airy and offhand, "No, 'I aven't read It, but I saw It on TV," as if that was the end nd answer to everything. He saw It, he sat with hi* yes glued to the 21-inch creen, he was 'anesthetized e was quiet—and Mamma was lappy, 'But, ladles and gentlemen et us say to .you from this oap-box we .have mounted, il ust Isn't good enough. Let's youngsters it given the chance. them, the glorification of sue cold-blooded murderers as th Infamous Doc Holllday, an "private eyet" who are forev showing up th*< police force as stupid, if not downright crlm minal. On the rare occasions whe television attempts to offe some to the childhood classics the result! it as garbled as throw out the canned an< and old packaged entertainment ;et back to. some, good 'ashloned nourishment. Come on kids, let's read book. A literary guessing game I Mining - around Allen Drury' giant new novel of Washingtoi politics -ADVISE AND CON SENT. Some of the character are easily recognizable, an are often described In a no to complimentary manner Those who are not have caused deal of speculation. Here Is the real answer t what goes on in those smok flllecT"rponis told by one wh knows whereof he speaks. Mr, Drury has covered th United State Senate and na tlonal politics In all Its «spec forever fifteen years for var ous newspaper and news serv Ices. He has all the dope an he presents it, unrelieved an unvarnished—six-hundred an sixteen pastes of it. Freeport Library. 301 East Par Phone: BE 3-302?. Mon.-TiiH.-Wed.-Thur*. 8:00-R:8Q Fit 8:00r5:00 Lake Jackson Library, 10 South Parking Place, Phon Mon.-'l'ues.-Wed.-Thurs. 2:30-8:00 : ri. 10:00-12:00 ookmobile Schedule: Monday, Sept. 28 Sweeny Elementary School 9:30-11:20—12 noon-4:00 , riday, Oct. 9 Jones Creek at Stephen F ustln School 9:00-12:00 Brazoria School 2:00-4:00. /, TODAY'S HOME Br MAtMttEKtXK fJAVtt Volte* Frees IntenutieMt • . ' CHICAGO tupn—Th* interior deeontbr, professional or amt* ' «ur, can expect mar* from a tlmeplec* than lust the time of day, says a clock manufacturer, Howard Miller. A recent display ot Miller clocks Included almost every shape and design that com* to mind. A bubble clock for men i* mounted on a two-drawer walnut chest to be used for storing cufflinks, wallet, handkerchiefs, and small change. It can rest comfortably on an executive'* otto* desk et on a dresser at home. • Other dual purpose clocks la*: elude one with a planter, and another in the shape of a banjo that doubles as a letter holder. The familiar faces hav* changed, too. A modem adaptation of th* grandfather clock .use* tiny told keys for the number*. The key motif Is continued in a.Iarge walnut case with various shaped key* painted behind a bras* penflu- lum. But the Westminster chlmsa- whlch note th* hour* an unchanged. A replica of th* old fashioned school clock is octagon shaped. with large black Arabic numeral*. The clock* com* in a wW* varl~ ety of material! — leather, bratv capper, aluminum, plexltlaat, tortoise shell, steer and mrrtl* burl. "Shopping for a dock should, be fun. If you forget It 1st, naot*- slty. Look for one you will Mley watching,"Idler Mid. • M* • S. *> < the wr ,ot ok »m ah ae es. iar mt nd ith iw .u- by ey iy ie to Bf n fa- t- k.
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