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The Sandusky Register from Sandusky, Ohio · Page 12

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PUZZLES THINGS 10D0 STORIES —Make These for Tree, Friends TWO TWroiL wrappers from ttickH of chewing gum will mak* • silvery cross to hang en the Christmais tree. Open each wrapper flat. Then fold It In half lengthwise, twice. Snip an Inch off the end of one itrip. This will serve as the crosspiece. Lay It across the longer piece, so it forms a cross. Scotch tape the two pieces together both back and front. Punch a small hole in the top (if the cross. Thread a 6" piece of Christmas twine or yarn tlirough the hole and tie ends to make a loop, so the cross can be hung over a tree branch. FOR A REALLY Christmasy bookmark, tie a single jingle bell to the center of a 20" length of elastic thread. Tie the thread ends in a good knot. To use, the loop of thread is slipped over the book, to the page you wish marked, with the jingle bell at the top. Why not make s e v er a 1 of the !5e bookm&rks as Christmas presents for people on your gift list? * * • SCRAPS OF red or green cloth from Mom's scrap bag make these gay coasters tor someone on your gift list. -E FCLO A^JO TAPEr TO FOI^M BOOMMARfC AAADB PROM B-LA67/C 7?//?£y1£> Ah/O B '/.Tch coaster is a three-inch square piece ot gingham, Indian head or any kind of cloth which is easy to fringe. Pull the threads on all 4 sides until the fringe is '/i" deep. Tlicse coasters are nice enough just as they are. But you can decorate each with a lasting design, if desired. Draw a star, bell, tree, or any design, in the center of each square, with crayons. Lay the coaster face down on a piece of brown paper and press lightly over the back with a warm iron. 'I'his sets the color so it will not wash out or rub off. Six coasters make a nice set. You Should Know -Injuns' Just 'Don't Tell' ALTHOUGH THE full- blooded Indian is a familiar figure to anyone who lives west of the Mississippi, some of his customs are absolutely inexplicable to the native white. For example, everybody in .•\rizona knows about the annual snake dance of the Moqui in vv*uch live rattlesnakes play a prominent part. The creatures aren't doped and havent had their poison fangs removed. Yet the Indians confidently permit them to crawl all over their bodies — and even put them in their mouths. Are they bitten? asks the Easterner. The answer is "sometimes" — but not so often as one might logically expect. And for some strange reason, the bitten dancers seem to suffer no ill effects later. Some Westerners try to explain this by saying, "They develop an immunity by accustoming themselves to the snake venom." Others claim that they inject a very small portion of it into their veins and gradually increase the amount until they are proof against it. Another therory is that the dancers prepare themselves by taking some medicine which prevents the snake poison from being effective. Still others feci sure that the medicine men or snake priests know the secret of a mysterious antitoxin which is used upon the snakes. But no one knows for sure— and there's no way of finding out. — • * • ANOTHER Indian mystery involves the specially decorated drums which are used in the Peyote ceremonies that are held in the Dakotas by the Sioux. These instruments have an important role, for should a member be far from the spot where it takes place, he will be present in spirit through the medium of the tightly stretched skins, the Sioux believe. The Sioux who is loo far away to attend the ritual in person takes out his own drum and beats the cadence softly. A rapt expression can be observed upon his face, and he very obviously is concentrating on the ceremonial. No matter whether he's a mile or a hundred miles away from the place where it is being held, he sends what he calls his "drum messages" — and afterwards insists that he's actually taken pai't in the colorful activities. He explains this by saying. "My spirit has been carried to Dakota by the vibrations of my drum." Moreover, he declares that not only has he sent a message, but that he's received another in return. He can relate what his friends have said to him. He can tell what they've been doing, and he knows for a fact whether they happen to be ill or well. And incredible as it may seem, many of such reports will prove true when checked later by either telephone or letter. No white man can explain how he happens to know. It might be hypnosis. It might be telepathy. But no white man can say and "Injuns don 't tell." —By Bess Ritter d Bill Hickok Invented West's Tricks of the Trade —Boy Goes Back 5 Billion Years HOW LONG AGO did life begin? And HOW did it begin? These seem to be eternal questions for scientists. And al: hough they are still unsolved, cience continually comes closer tO the answers. James Ellingboe, 17, ot Wili .iington, Delaware, has been interested in science for some time. About a year ago he saw in Scientific American an article that intrigued him: a theory of the "Origin of Life." by S. L. Miller. He was so interested that he decided to do an expeiiment based on that article for the science fair held in his school. The theory is that life began about five billion years ago, by electrical discharges in gase ;3 in the upper atmosphere. These discharges are thought to have James Ellingboe adjusts part of the apparatus in his prize- winning experiment at the Nati^al Science Fair. formed certain acids — called animo acids—which are known to be necessary for life. Jim built an aparatus which circulated hydrogen, methane, amjnonia and water vapor past a spark in a partial vacuum. (This, he thinks, approximates conditions billions of years ago.) After a week, he analyzed the material and found that it contained animo acids. The experiment won a second prize in the national science fair competition. Jim plans to make a career of scientific research. But he has plenty of other interests: hiking, scouting, bowling, church work, band, photography, newspaper and yearbook work. He's even been a paper boy. •Science is certainly not ^for the moles, it seems. OPINION IS equally divided whether James Butler (Wild Bill) Hickok was a courageous and righteous man, or as bad as some of the desperadoes he put out of business. But the fact that Wild Bill was one of the biggest reasons why law ind order came to the West, tips the balance in favor of him being a good man. In Wild Bill's footsteps came Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Pat Garrett, and many other famous law officers, but Wild Bill laid down the rules they followed. Wild Bill invented the tricks of the trade. Nearly every writer of cowboy stories has used the trick of having the hero look past the villain's shoulder while the bad man held a gun. "Don't shoot him!" says the hero, and the villain turns to face his new adversary. At once the hero puts the villain out of action and the reader laughs heartily because nobody was behind the villain at all. On the basis of available records. Wild Bill Hickok pulled this trick first. It was against Bill Mulvey, a notorious gunman, at Hays City in 1869. Mr. Mulvey did not outlive the incident. PEARL HANDLES Cowboy artists have often pictured western gun slingers with two pearl-handled six- guns, one on each hip, with the holster securely tied down. Wild Bill had them, pearl handles and all. The guns were the gift of Senator Henry Wilson (later Vice President under Grant), a reward to Bill after he served as a guide for a government group in Kansas. Wild Bill's methods of taming bad men could not be improv ^d upon, but it took a man of WiLP 0/LL courage to apply them. Bill decided quite simply that guns were dangerous. He said that anbody who wore them in Hays City, and later in Abilene, would find himself in danger. And Wild Bill himself would be the danger. The fact that Wild Bill was an extraordinarily good shot made it possible for him to enforce his rule against guns. It was said that Bill often made a great deal of spending money, possibly more than he made as a peace officer, by shooting at seemingly "impossible" targets. POKER, ANYONE? He could fire two guns, one in each hand, knocking spots out of playing cards tacked to telegraph poles on each side of him. Another feat was to cut a chicken's throat at 30 yards, without breaking its neck or touching its head or body. And still another stunt was to drive the cork through the neck of a bottle with a bullet, without breaking the bottle neck. He could hit a dime nine times out of ten at a distance of 50 paces, firing with either hand. Wild Bill shot from the hip, never from any standard pistol position. It was said his aim was as instinctive as pointing a finger. While he won money betting on his shooting, he soon had to give up this activity, for he discovered that gambling caused disorder in Hays City. So he outlawed betting in order to make the town lawful, and cut his own salary in the process. After that, when Bill shot at a target, the target was usually shooting back. The only time he ever missed was when he didn't shoot at all—and this was when Jack McCall shot him from behind in Deadwood in 1876. —By Russ Winterbotham Want fo Make Indoor Snowballs? IF YOU HAVE never mad« snowballs in the house, th« Christmas season is a good tim« to start. House-made snowballi and snowmen make the best kind of mantel and table decorations. Take \k cup salt, cup flour, and Vk cup cold water. Place in a pot, mix well, and heat over a slow flre until th« mixture thickens. Cool. Then work the mixture with your hands. You can make little snowballs, sprinkling them with tinsel or pushing in a sprig of holly before they completely harden. You can also make a snowman, though he will be only four inches high. If you want him bigger, double the proportions of salt, flour, and water. For a table decoration, on* 9-year-old girl made a hug« snowman and placed him on a round mirror (the ice pond). Then she cut out little paper doll skaters, dressed in red and green. The dolls were mounted on wooden blocks and put in skating positions on the mirror. The centerpiece added much holiday spirit to the meals. COLUMN Wit Work With Words: CROSSWORD r MAKEACIIRKriMS GIFT IIST £ACHME/M&£ROFT«E FAMILY CAN ^AK£ ONE OF THESEi HANDY GIFT LIST DISPENSERS TO HAN& ONTO THE TREE. HERE'S HOW —Find a Home for Clementina CLEMENTINA knew well enough that she was not a beautiful cat. In fact, the only pretty thing about her was her name and no one else knew that it was Clementina. But that didn't matter too much. She knew it, because she had chosen it herself. Clementina was an orphan and lived at a cat orplianage. There was nothing stranj^e about that because all of the i.ats were orphans. They all lioped to be adopted by some kind family that would put out a large saucer of milk at night and have lots of mice in the basement. That is, all but Clementina. She knew that she was too plain ever to be adopted. Folks who came to the orphanage always chose the prettiest cat m the place. Usually they took a kitten. When the folks came Clementina used to hide under the lilac bush. It was too disap- l)ointing to stand there and l\ave someone say, "1 want a pretty cat. I'll t;ike this yellow kitten." One diiy she saw two cars di'i\'e up at the same time. So she dashed under tlie lilac bush, as usual. A little ijo.s' aiul parents .••teppeii out (,)f tile iihie ear. .'\ little f^lil aiiil liei- mother sti.'|ipeci oLiI el the L;I IH-II ear. .*\ .'^niall ,L;IMV kiiKii was silting on tile poreli. C)ut of tile .Uiceil r.U li apcil a liij; \s liite lio,^. I Ir I an alter llie j-;ray kitten and aliiio:-l eaiiyht it. The caretaker ran to le.^eue the kitten, hut C'lemeiiiina was there tir:-t. -She juiii|Hii on the dog's back just a> he s'.as aliout to eateh the kititii. Tlu' I I OL; yehjed and ran bael-. to the e.u. "I'm afraid \s e can't let you ha\e one ni oin uniin.-," said the laielakii to llir ;.;iil. 'it wouldn't be safe with that dog." Then he turned to the boy and asked, "Which one of our cats would you like? How about this pretty little gray kitten?" The boy shook his head. "No," he said. "1 want the cat tlKd look atlcr the dog. I like a pel with some sjjirit." .So he picked ui) Clcmentma and took her home. There \\eren't many mice in till' basement but she didn't mind that loo much. E\'ery niuhl and every morning she had a saucer of milk that was half cream. And everyone in the tamily lo\'ed her just as miuh as if slie had been beautiful. She was so happy she didn't e\ en mind when they named her (Jinger. After all, a cat can't ha\e e\'i'rything. —H.v iMabel liarmer 1.PRY0PENAWALMUT AND CLEAN OUT THE SHELL... FLAT PART OF I THE LARGE END OF NUTSOAPIECEOF WPER WILL SLIP THROUGH IT WHEN HALVES ARE TOOiTHER. am A 6TRIP OF PAPER , 11IWCHE510N&AND2IMCH WIDE AND WRITE ON IT THE THINGS YOU lVAWTfORCHRI5TAV\S 4R0LL IT TIGHTLY AND WRITE YOL/R NAME 0/^ THE END. Make This Pefticoat for Your Tree -Time to Write Christmas Cards S.PUTTHEROLLIN A HALF SHELL LIKE THIS..." i £T YOUR. AAMB 6GIUE HALVES TOGETHER ON £DG£5 COLOR SHELLS WITH, A DIFFEREMT COLOR OF WATER, COLOR RAINTFOf EACHMEM&ER Of THE FAMILY... TAPE A THREAD:; TO SHELL AND _ Uear Captain Hal, I am 12 years old, \sith iirownish blond haj;. 1 am live feet tall and weigh 94 pounds. promise to answer every letter get Gerald Sales, 222 Hickory st., Farmington, Mo. General Delivery. « « « Dear Captain Hal, I «m 12 years old. I have dark brown hair and blue eyes. My hobUcf art writing letters «nd swuiuuing. Elaine Bust 98 (Jnegar Ave. Portsmouth, Va, • • • Dear Captain Hal, I am eight years old. I have reddiih-brown hair and brown eyes. My hobbies are playing with paper dolls and playing jacks. Linda Sue Hanson, 2320 Sixteenth Ave. Gulf port, Miss. Dear C'aiil.nn ll;d, 1 am 11 \ eai - oil i , I nd would lii-;o to ha\ e |u ii pa'.-- 1 1 iiin all o\er Ihi' \soiiu. 1 In.r ii. ;-U,iti and rule, IJobcrta V\v\ lie- 3;);-) Sniiuii Si. No. And()\ci', I\!ass. * * 9 Dear Caiitam Hal, iii.i;. 1 am lit anil I base a \(iim,i;er brother and an older .•-i.'-tir. 1 al.-M) have a goldtush and iwo cats. Sandy Kalil t),^2 Hank St. New London. Conn. • • • Dear C^sptain Hal, My hobby is collecting sou- IF you WANT to dross up your Christmas tree, make it a felt petticoat. If you want to let your ci'ea- tive imagination run rampant, design sc\eral of these disguises for your tree and gifts for others' trees. P''or the basis of yoiu' design buy white, red, or green felt 36", 54" or 72" wide depending on the size of the tree. Cut it in a*s large a circle as possible. Scallop the edge slightly; then pink it. Cut a hole in the center from one to six inches in diameter, depending on the thickness of the tree trunk you are your friends plan to use. w V 0 9 1 X X V H X o a a a a -1 1 d n It _2 o 1 •^ d X I 0 d y 1 o d V Now you can decorate. Your motifs will probably include stars, deer, balls, minia- tui'e trees, striped canes, holly, Santas and such terms as Greetings, Noel and Merry Christmas. For these decorations use embroidery floss in black and gay tones, rickrack, rhinestones, metallic foil, gilt thread, yarn, sequins, beads, and possibly ribbon bows. You may wish to outline the center hole and the scalloped edge witti gold beads or sequins. You might wish to incorporate tiny plastic animals or m i n i a t u r e Christmas balls. These could perhaps be pinned on from the under side so that they could easily be removed for storage for another time and place. To make sewing less complicated, the Irinuiiings can be sewed onto colored felt pieces and then glued onto the felt background. Perhaps you will want to have a party to make felt petticoats before Christmas. ACROSS 1 Short sleep 4 Supped 6 Tree fluid 7 Decay 9 Scatter, ».'5 hay 10 Ocean vessel 12 Either 13 Relative (ab.) 14 Chaos 15 Heaped 17 Wager 18 Negative word 19 Head covering 20 Weary 22 Upper limb DOWN J Clamp 2 Article 3 Hazard 4 Father 5 Put on 6 European finch 8 Doctrine 9 Spinning toy 10 Conducted 11 Groove 13 Networks 16 Land parcel 17 Wicked 19 Dress edg« 21 Railroad (ab.) STATE SQUARE Puzzle Pete has hidden fix states in this square, but say« you can find them easily if you find the right starting point and then read each letter either up, down, forward, or backward (not diagonally): My hobbies are colUclm,^ veniis from different states and stamps and oil paiiuim;. 1 liki- • coimtnes. 1 am 11 years old. Puzzle Answers •opi!.io|o,^ :oi(i!p[ lujsuoa -si.w leui.iojiiuj :KUU ;.\I.\ SUU>1I1 :umo :a a v n ti s HXVIS OVNVIVIV VCIVIMHV Nva 'iv VIM'IV wav •"IV V :a.':ioNvrdx lo listen to jiapiil.o' sing. 1 like all tji. 't swiuuiiing, ba;.kiti'al r ^ an," eeialiv d ^a.il- IJarbara Raczka •1^ Walnut St. Lawrence, Masj. DAD: When I was a boy, ten ceiUs was big money. JIM: My, how dimes have changed! THECOMWOMBATIWTHE UNIT£PCTAT£S}^AFOPV ONLY TWO iK 'CHtS LfNG AND CAN SPREAD ITS WI. KJ GSTOA Pi3TAK'C £0P0N£ FOOT,.0K'E OF THE LARGEST OP THE WT5 LIV £5 IN 50UTH£A9T£RN A5iA,.iTWA5APOPY0NEFaDT LOMG, ANP A WWG5PPEAP OF AgOUT StVEW F££T, it TERMITES HAVE A UF£ SPAM OF THIRTY YCAW OR MORE- Rcpfoduction in whole or in port prohibited except by permisiiort of NfA Service. Inc—Printed in USA p o 1 O C o B Kl M O L M 9 KJ O A A Y L. V A P D L A C NJ O 1 1 F A 1 1 M 0 W 1 e Kj N) 1 A 5 c O •• ^ THE&ARN,OR e «££Cw,0WL OFTEN IS MOnOW,NOT C^LO;?, PftO.MPrS CAUED THE'FEATHEREP aT"g£aU5E IT 19 A(iR £ATFOeOF WCfc- TKIANGLE ALMANAC provides a base for l^uzzle Pete's word triangle. The second word is "a boy's nickname"; third "upper limb"; fourth "a girl's name"; fifth "• boy's name"; and sixth "an armed fleet." Finish the triangle: A L M A N A ALMANAC

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