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Richard Lebherz Two Adventurous Books For Summer Reading (Note: Two very interesting books have been published recently, both dealing with the desire of man to find adventure in the world. Geoffrey Bibby, an archaeologist, searched for his adventure in the past, but he had to look for it deep in the earth of Saudi Arabia. Per Olof Sundman, a Swedish novelist, recounts the voyage of Salomon August Andree, and his two companions who searched for adventure in the air. They took off in a balloon, the Eagle, in order to reach the North Pole. They never reached it, nor were they ever seen alive again . . . Both of these books make fascinating reading, especially for summer time.) ADVENTURE AND DEATH IN A BALLOON The Flight of the Eagle, a no\el, by Per Olof Sundman, Pantheon price S6.95 "On Sunday, July llth, 1897," says Swedish novelist Per Olof Sundman in an introduction, "at 13.33 G M.T. the balloon, the Eagle, took off from Danes Island, Spitzbergen. In the car were Salomon August Andree, the chief engineer from the Patent Office in Stockholm, and his two young companions, Nils Stnndberg, an assistant lecturer at the Technical College, and Knut Fraenkel, a civil engineer." "The object," he says, "of their journey was, if possible, to reach the North Pole. A strong southerly wind carried the Eagle off in the right direction, and it disappeared." "Thirty-three years later, in the summer of 1930, a small Norwegian scientific expedition was in the Arctic Ocean east of Spitzbergen. The leader of the expedition was the geologist Dr. Gunnar Horn . . . On August 5th, they reached the island which the Norwegians called White Island . . . Very few people, -- perhaps no more than a hundred to date -- have ever had any excuse for landing on it. Usually it is almost entirely covered by ice for the whole year. Only in warm summers is anything more than the extreme edge of its shore of rocks, stones, and gravel exposed. The summer of 1897 was a warm summer." "The summer of 1930 was also a warm summer. Peder Eliassen (the skipper) dropped anchor just before midnight. A herd of walrus were sighted, and the following morning two parties were sent out in small boats to hunt them. "Gunnar Horn tells us that when one party went ashore to pollert the two walrus that had been shot -- two young men went farther inland to look for drinking water, and in their search they saw a tiny stream. "When they reached it they saw a dark object close beside a snowdrift. They immediately went up to it and saw that it was a boat protruding through the snow. In the boat they saw the tip of a boathook, on which words were engraved. These words were: Andree's polar exp. 1896. They had found Andree's last camp. And the mystery of what had happened to the three men in the Eagle, who had disappeared on that llth of July 1897, was suddenly answered. The froten bodies of the three explorers were found, along with photographs that were still preserved and later developed. There was also a diary of Andree's whicn was later published by the Geographical Society in Stockholm along with photos and other documents. It was obvious that Strindberg had died first, because he was buried by the other two. Then Andree must have died next, leaving Fraenkel behind and alone. Pinning a black mourning ribbon on his chest, Fraenkei died last, next to the body of .Andree. For years, after this discovery there was speculation on why these men had died at all, because there was food and there was enough clothing lying about. i In 1952;" However, a Danish doctor, E. A. Tryde, published a book on the Andree expedition; "The Dead Men on White Island." In this book, he put forth the supposition that all three men had died from trichinosis. Tryde had carefully noted the various symptoms that were described in Andree's diary, fever, cramps, diarrhea, trouble with their eyes, stomach pains, muscular pains in their chest and legs, rashes and small It was the doctor's belief that they had contacted trichinosis by eating infected bear meat. Tryde went so far as to obtain remnants of the two bears (the men had shot them on their expedition) which had been preserved by the cold. The meat was in the Andree Museum at Granna, Sweden. A microscopic examination found that both pieces of bear were indeed infected with trichinosis. What Per Olof Sundman has done is written a fictional account of what happened to these three men from the tune they left the earth in a balloon heading for the North Pole until they ended up on the island where they were found. He has done an extraordinary job. ,, J Using both his imagination and Andree s diaries, he otters us a vivid account of what these men felt, did, and said as they hung suspended in a balloon that was no more capable of the task Andree had set for it, than it would have been if they had set sail for South Africa. Because the balloon becomes too heavy with coatings of ice, they must leave it and continue their trip on sledges by traveling over floes of ice. The novelist has been able to present his story so objectively and yet so sympathetically, that there is no doubt in Degrees Received At Rebekahs Meet The Degree of Rebekah was conferred at a well attended meeting of Samaritan Rebekah Lodge N. 51, May 22, at the Lodge Hall, West Seventh Street, Frederick. Those receiving the degree were Nellie Elizabeth Bauer, M. Catherine Young, Miriam S. Miller, Kathryn E. Bauer of Samaritan Rebekah Lodge and Anna Sheppard of Oak Grove Lodge. Mrs. Mary Wortman, Noble Grand, presided. The flag of The United States was presented by Mrs. Ethel Renn, escorted by Mrs. Hallie Harvey and Mrs. Celeste Brown, Charles' Delosier, Grand Master of the State of Maryland; Leroy Schlemme, Deputy Grand Master; Miss Pearl Skeggs, Vice-President of the Rebekah Assembly of Maryland, Mrs. Hattie Norwood, District Deputy President, Mrs. Jennie Sue Pearson, Past President, and Mrs. Gladys Snyder, Inside Guardian of the Assembly were introduced and welcomed. Also Mrs. Dunn, of Lady Hogue Lodge of Washington, Pa; Mrs. Delosier, Vice Grand of Bethel Lodge No. 40 of Ellicott City, and members of Oak Grove No. 34, Centennial No. 46 and Dorsey No. 68 were welcomed. A communication was read from the president of the Rebekah Assembly, Mrs. Katherine Kohan, giving us her program for the year, and advising her special project for the year would be the "Eye Bank and Eye Research." The local committee in charge of this will be Mrs. Edith Pearl. The IOOF Home Committee will be under the leadership of Miss Doris Jean Ramsburg. The president will make her official visit to Samaritan Lodge Sept. 11. The members voted to make a contribution to the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Float which will be in the Tournament of Roses Parade Jan. 1, 1971. This will be the 17th year the Odd F ellows and Rebekahs have participated by having a float, and they have taken 14 prizes out of the 16 entries in the past. Grand Master Delosier asked Samaritan Rebekah Lodge to sponsor a Girls' Club in Frederick, stating Frederick City Lodge is sponsoring a Junior Odd Fellows Club. This challenge was accepted and Mrs. Ruth Akers, Mrs. Celeste Brown and Mrs. Frances Jones were appointed to carry out the request of the Grand Master. An invitation was read to attend a picture of "The Peace Garden," which has been dedicated to peace between the Dominion of Canada and the United States. This will be held June 3 at Pythian Castle at 8 p.m., and is open to all Odd Fellows and Rebekahs and their families. The next regular meeting will be held Friday June 12. POLLY'S POINTERS Her Simple Method To Sharpen Shears By POLLY CRAMER DEAR POLLY-My Pointer is for the reader who wanted to know how to sharpen her pinking shears. Take a coarse sheet of sandpaper, cut it in strips, then cut through with the shears. This also works on regular scissors. I sew professionally and this has helped me many times.-MRS. N.P. DEAR GIRLS - There are those who think pinking shears should only be sharpened by a professional but I have always used the same "cure" as Mrs. N.P. suggested and do not see that it has damaged mine. -POLLY DEAR POLLY - When you have a blistered heel and the friction of a shoe rubs it, fold a small handkerchief or even a facial tissue a few times and place it in the shoe. This will raise the blistered part of the heel high enough so that the shoe will not rub the sore place.-P.Z.B. DEAR POLLY-Everyone at our house used to yell and ask if the dishes in the dishwasher were clean or not I solved that little problem by making a double - faced sign that says ,"Yes, we are clean" on one side and "Sorry, we are dirty" on the other. This hangs on the handle with the proper side out-JEFF DEAR POLLY-My 3-year- old suddenly refused to drink soup, so I told him we would count the spoonfuls. This method appealed to him and we accomplished two things - he learned to like soup and he learned to coumV-MRS. R.B. DEAR POLLY-Isuggestthat those who wash and clean a lot of silverware wear white cotton gloves. The gloves clean better than a rag and there is no stabbing at fingers with forks. Wash the gloves and hang them away to dry and be ready to use again.-LORETTA DEAR POLLY - I use my French-fry basket for boiling potatoes. When they are ready -to be mashed, all I have to do is lift the basket out of the boiling water and they are quickly drained without any burned fingers.-MRS. G.J. DEAR POLLY- Spring is here and it is time to be planning a new flower arrangement for the center of the dining room table. How tall should it be? Place your elbow on the table in front of the arrangement and clench your fist. The flowers should be no higher than your fist, so as to permit cross- table conversation.--MRS. L. JM. M« Portrait of Strtndbcng Knut Fracnk Stockholm. May 3, Nils 3fcftD0-|ta0i Page A-e Wednesday, June 3, 1970 Family Section Fashions-Clubs-Society-Home News these three men. The novel never sags nor flounders but has authority every bit of the way. There is^ something almost Grecian about this tragic trip. The fates, the ice. the snow, the cold and cracking floes, slip around them like waiting fiends. The three men represent man against the elements. Against fate. Yet, their courage sees them through to the end. "The Flight of the Eagle" narrates an adventure story that has all the elements of any adventure worth its salt. It has heroism, and stupidity, and wisdom and curiosity. It has fear and bravery. . . and along with all the rest, it tells the story of three men who knew they were doomed, but who were courageous enough not to break down under that awareness. ADVENTURE IN THE EARTH Looking for Dilmun by Geofferey Bibby, price $10.00, pub. Alfred Knopf I don't know exactly what it is, Taut any book about an archaeological expedition to me has all the excitement and thrills of a good murder mystery. After all, there is a body hidden and it is the archaeologist's mission to find where it is. Luckily, Geofferey Bibby has an irresistible thirst for uncovering the past. Along with it, he has a detective's instinct for searching in the right area. He also happens to have a wonderful narrative instinct and he tells his story well. "Four thousand years ago," explains the author in a foreword, "the 'Lost Civilization' of Dilmun dominated the routes to the Indies, the trade-ways between Mesopotamia and the civilization of the Indrus Valley. And for fifteen years it has dominated my life. "The search for Dilmun began as a fairly lighthearted archaeological adventure in 1953.1 looked on it then, I think, more as an opportunity for a nostalgic return to Bahrain, to which island chance had brought me just after the Second World War" In 1950, Bibby was working with an oil company there. His chief was called suddenly to London, and when one of the Arab feast-days occurred, Bibby knew it was the custom for the heads of the European firms in Bahrain to call upon its ruler and to offer him their congratulations. He set off for the palace, and as they came to the edge of the town, Bibby was suddenly confronted with the desert. In his words -"For a moment my eyes have been dazzled by the white glare of the sun on sand . . and then, as I became ·**--v-":^.--* ,·-_ lieht I saw the mounds. On both sides 01 tne rS we're groups of small *f*f«* hillocks six to ten feet ic height, ana very nearly circular. They grew more n"" 6 TM"And larger. And closer togeUier. Soon they began to blot out the horizon. In front and behind, to right and to left, there was now nothing to be seen but mounds, some of them up to twenty feet high ... I had heaJd that there were burial mounds on Bahrain, and I had intended - archaeologist as I prided myself on being -- to visit them some day " The book itself begins during the summer of 1953 up in Denmark. Bibby is deep in the heart of Jutland uncovering one of the major military roads that ran thousands of years ago across the Danish valley. A telephone call comes through from a Copenhagen daily announcing that The Scientific Foundation has published its list of grants for the next twelve months and among them was a grant from the Prehistoric Museum at Aarhus to the island of Bahrain. The correspondent calling wondered if Bibby could tell them anything about it. Not only could he, but in the end, Bibby is sent to head the expedition. Often times, Bibby must make calls upon the Sheikhs of the various provinces he is working in and certainly his encounters with these very wealthy rulers makes fascinating reading. . For instance, when he goes to visit Sheikh Zayid of Buraimi, this is what occurs: "For half an hour we were questioned by Zayid on our results (archaeological) . . . and then we ate. I was now fairly accustomed to the dinner of the desert sheikhs . . . I had first seen the mountain of rice on its metal dish on the floor mats, surrounded by the whole sheep, roasted and steaming. But I had not feasted this way so often that I ceased to be surprised, each time, by the fragrance of the rice, and its dry heat as one dug into the mound with the fingers of the right hand, nor the tenderness of the meat as it tore away from the bone. And here for the first time, I sampled what the Arab considers the best part of the feast, the sheep's brain. For there is a trick of opening the skull of the sheep, using the lower jawbone as the key, which every Arab knows of but few have mastered. I had seen it attempted, unsuccessfully, before, but now Zayid took the head and the jawbone, and inserted the end of the jaw at some point in the skull. He twisted sharply and the skull broke open, and he leaned over to offer the contents to me. . ." Bibby also makes an interesting observation on the camel, which is used throughout Saudi Arabia. "I had always associated camels with the open desert, and with domesticity. And indeed the long strings which we occasionally passed on our way to Umm-an- Nar, swinging along loaded with bundles of brushwood for Abu Dhabi town, had accorded exactly with my preconceptions. But here, where I saw them free and untethered, grazing in droves among the trees, I realized that the camel in truth is an animal of the savannah, a tree-grazer by nature, with in fact the same disability of a giraffe, that its neck is better designed for reaching up than for reaching down." What began at the burial mounds of Bahrain, continued from one section of Arabia to another, vhile the expedition uncovered whole villages and market square, temples that went back to Roman and Grecian times, and on into prehistoric eras. If you like adventure and mystery and interesting story telling, read "Looking for Dilmun " Party Given At Montevue The Montevue Home Auxiliary sponsored an Adopt-A- Friend party May 13 for the residents of the Home. Entertainment was provided by the Aristocrat Studio of Dance and the Accents Majorettes, both under the direction of Donna and Sam Buffer. The following girls participated in the various dance numbers: Tena Main, Tammy Buffer, and Terry Beachley, "Sheik of Araby;" Robin Blickenstaff, Ann Pasike, and Pam Magaha, "Hawaiian War Chant;" Tena Main, Tammy Buffer , and Terry Beachley, "Sidewalks of New York;" Robin Blickenstaff, Ann Pasike, and Pam Magaha, " Zorba the Greek;" Diana Eccard, Donna Eccard, and Terry Beachley, "Tequila;" Tena Main, "I Enjoy Being a Girl;" and Terry Beachley, Diana Eccard, Robin Blickenstaff, Ann Pasike, and Pam Magaha, baton revues. Mrs. Norman Gary, chairman of the Adopt-A-Friend Committee, introduced the "friends" and guests who attended. They included Mrs. Mary Sharrer and Mrs. Ralph Cockey, representing the Mothers and Teachers Club of the Calvary United Methodist Church; Mrs. George Lewis Jr., Mount Carmel United Methodist Church; Miss Daisy Darner and Homer C. Gross, Jefferson United Church of Christ; Mrs. Walter Sinn, Zonta Club; Mrs. Roland Willard and Mrs. Harry M. Roderick, Bush Creek Church of the Brethren and UrbanaHcmemakers; Mrs. William Abrecht, leader of Brownie Troop 1485, and the following Brownies: Stephanie Wyand, Wendy Boniface, Beth Cornell, and Pixie Susan Abrecht; Sharon Abrecht, Girl Scout Troop 873. Among the guests attending were Mrs. Walter Worthington, Mrs. Paul Fogle, Mrs. Helen Purdy, Miss Joan Purdy, Mrs. Mary Beach- WW Club To Hear Columnist The Francis Scott Key Hotel will be the meeting place for this month's Welcome Wagon Club luncheon. The luncheon will be on Tuesday, June 9th, beginning promptly at 12:15 p.m. News-Post Columnist Richard Lebherz will be guest speaker for the occasion. Even though Lebherz came to journalism late in life, for he has already had three novels published both here and in England, his column is well-read and certainly controversial. He is Frederick-born, but after World War H, he traveled a great deal, writing his novels in Rome (The Altars of the Heart), Copenhagen (The Man in the White Raincoat), and even utilized his war experiences (The Nazi Overcoat). This latter novel is at present optioned for films in Hollywood. Because Lebherz has such an interest in the theatre, he has been covering new plays both in Baltimore and Washington. He also covers summer stock. Summer stock will be the subject of his talk, entitled "The Disastrous State of Summer Stock in 1970." Hostesses for the meeting will be Mrs. Emma Lou Hoover, and Mrs. Anne Gohegan. Reservations must be made by Friday, June 5th, no later than 3:00 p.m. For reservations, call Mrs. Jean Wright 6628853. UDC Chapter To Give Gavel To Balto. Historical Group The Fitzhugh Lee Chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy recently held a luncheon meeting at the home of Mrs. G. Leicester Thomas Jr., near Buckevstown. A very loyal member, Mrs. Mary Hancock Gregory, was unable to attend because of a previous commitment. Following the luncheon, Mrs. Howard Young, president, conducted a short business meeting. It was decided to present to the Confederate Room of the Baltimore Historical Society a gavel belonging to the chapter. The inscription on the silver band of the gavel reads: "J.E. Caldwell and Co. present this miniature of the gavel used by Secretary Hughes at the Washington Conference, 1921-22." Sec'y. Hughes spoke on "Less of Armament and None of War." The Caldwell Co. made the original gavel for the Secretary. The chapter's gavel was later presented to Mrs. L. Victor Baughman, one of the charter members, president, and honorary president of Fitzhugh Lee Chapter until her death. June 7 is Confederate Memorial Day. Members and friends of the chapter will decorate graves of Confederate soldiers in Mt. Olivet Cemetery at 2 p.m. with flowers and Confederate flags. The invocation, address and benediction will be given by the Rev. Robert F. Woodward. Chaplain of Fitzhugh Lee Chapter is the Rev. Maurice D. Ashbury. The chapter continues to care for Confederate ladies who need assistance, and also sends their sons to college. MANY FACES OF COTTON The same cotton cloth can be finished to appear as chintz, gingham, moire, denim, matel- lasse, or pique. ley, and Mrs. Carree Cook. Following the program, refreshments were served by members of the Auxiliary: Mesdames David Weisburger, Donald Fish, Herman Shelton, William King, Dave Gordon, Norman Gary, Edward Seligrnann, Jr. and Milton Gordon. 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