The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 17, 1954 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, July 17, 1954
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SATURDAY, JULY 17/1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THRE1 PUZZLES THINGS TO DO STORIES Our World | Rot That Jumps Like Kangaroo Makes Unusual Pet Old Jesse James, Bear BY IDA SMITH WHISKERS was a big kangaroo rat with shiny black ^yes, 9. long tufted tail, and hind 2gs that could stamp on the floor of his cage when he was angry. And he was angry whenever Polly, the green and red parrot, !came near his cage, because Polly made ugly dives at him and squawked something in parrot language which he sensed as nothing complimentary. But many evenings after Polly •had gone to sleep Whiskers' young friends would turn him loose in the kitchen and they had a riotous time. At first he did not quite understand the hide and seek game which the children tried to teach him. but soon he got the gist of . it. It was great fun to hide behind the stove and when the chil- idren found him, he would jump i : out at them. Sometimes he would jump clear over their heads. One morning after such an evening of fun, Polly strutted by his cage and made a dive at him. With his great hind legs he gleefully kicked a shower of sand in her face. The shock of it upset her balance. She fell and rolled over. Picking herself up, she made a hurried and humiliated retreat, leaving Whiskers in smug command of the situation. Whiskers had been dug out of his desert home when a baby by a mischievous dog. The children found him shivering and hungry and took him home. Soon he was drinking warm milk from a doll's | nursing bottle and sleeping in a ' snug box by the fire. BACK TO DESERT HOME i TV/HEN the baby rat grew big ! enough to eat solid food, he was fed on .Polly's sunflower seeds and fresh vegetables. Due to his good care he became larger than the average wild kangaroo rat of his species'. The children's mother was afraid of mice and the great rat was a constant source of (oftentimes mock) 1 terror to her. Once i when she accidentally met Whis; kers at the kitchen door she screamed and climbed wildly up in a chair. The children pre! tended .great bravery as .they i i shooed Whiskers back into his cage, and helped tHeir mother \ j down. j One week-end the family went i on a visit to grandmother's. Upon returning home they found their pet's cage empty. He had worked his way out near some loose wires and had gone back to the desert. Whiskers' relatives are all natives of the western deserts. They tunnel under the ground where they make their homes. Whiskers belonged to the large species that sometimes measure 14 inches from tip of tail to nose. A smaller species weighs only a half ounce but has the same kangaroo-type hind legs and long tufted tail. Over his home the large rat kicks up a big .mound of dirt. The little fellow is content to just tunnel a home because he can't kick as hard as his big relative. Sometimes he steals food from the big rat's pantry, and thus has incurred the distrust and animosity of the big fellow. The large rats are not as sociable among themselves as the smaller ones, living a]one most Let's Hove o Forty Try These Gomes TF you can swim, you will like i water games. So will your friends. Round them up for a .rwimminf party and a picnic [ lunch afterwards. Everyone is sure to enjoy that. BALLOON RACE: Have as many balloons as you have swimmers. Inflate each balloon to ; capacity and toss into the water. Swimmers must push the balloon ahead with their heads and advance to a given line in the water, then return. The first swimmer whose balloon reaches the finish- goal i« the winner. RHINOCEROS RELAY: Swimmers float for this one and, since they have -no horn on their snouts like a rhinoceros, they must hold one leg up. Any hand stroke may b9 used to paddle the swimmer forward. If th« "snout" drops, the rhinoceros is "'out/' First one to the goal is the winner. PUSS IN THE CORNER: Foul- inner tubes are needed, to be arranged four-corner fashion. The game is played just as you played it in kindergarten, a player at each tube and one in the middle of the square, the swimmers at the tubes exchanging places and the center player trying to get to a corner. FOLLOW THE LEADER: An- The tagged swimmer becomes BALLOON BALL: Balloon is passed among a team of three. The other three-member team try to snatch the balloon away. Interesting Facts Have you a "lead" pencil? Of course, only the "lead r " in your modern pencil isn't really lead, but graphite, a kind of carbon other kindergarten game that makes for excitement in the' carbon water. Swimmers must follow anything the leader does—walk on all fours in shallow water, that is mixed with clay because by itself is too soft. 1.NAIL 3 narrow strip of WOOD across one side of an ORANGE CRATE like 2.Nail a wicfe BOARD in the center of the bottom. Years ago. pieces of lead were used for marking—possibly why j the name "lead" pencil is still j submerge, somersault, swim,! usecu jump, float. SEAWEED TAG: A long strip The Polar Star (North Star) cannot be seen anywhere on of seaweed for this one.- "It 7 ' j earth as some people believe, j must lasso another swimmer with .I Ybu have to live north of the j it, either his arm, foot or head, j Equator \.o be able to see it. j of the year except at mating time when they rear their tast- growing youngsters. The small species live in groups, perhaps because there is more safety in numbers. Kangaroo rats are vegetarians, living off the seeds and roots of the desert, and can go a long time without water. In fact their stomachs convert the starches oi their food into water. These little animals are very neat and tidy in their habits and are actually not rats at all. They are a kind of ground squirrel, but their fur-lined, pockets for carrying food are on the outside of their cheeks. The kangaroo rat, the pocket gopher, and the pocket mouse are the only three mammals that have external fur- lined cheek pockets. In the spring a mother kangaroo rat will raise from three to five babies in her underground home, if it isn't invaded or destroyed, by prowlers. 4. Put your BRUSHES in a argeCAN and mix your POWDER PAINT in clean SEA FOOD CANS. 5. TAPE A PIECE OF THL CLASSIFIED AD SECTION" OF YOUR NEWSPAPER TO THE BOARD WITH That Begs on Frightens Park Roadside Tourist 3.WEDGE A PLYWOOD BOARD BETWEEN THE STRIPS- True Adventure! Fate Led Fremont to K4eeting With Kit Carson are many people who believe in fate. Call it what you wish—luck, chance opportunity, or the lucky break. It do«* happen for some people. Sometimes it comes to the wrong man. Sometimes to the right man. And tragically enough, it even skips the right man. It was in the spring of 1842 and Kit Carson decided to do something that seemed sensible t« him. He took his little girl, Adeline, away from her Indian home. He had decided to give her a good education. He made arrangements to take her East with Bent's caravan. He arrived safely at his destination and left his daughter in good hands. Then he «pent t few days in St. Louis and finally landed on a steamer bound for the upper Missouri. On that very boat was a young army officer, Lieutenant John Charles Fremont, a man who dreamed of building an empire, or making a fortune, of becoming famous. In his ov/n little world, Kit Carson was a happy and a famous man. He had been employed as a hunter by Bent for the magnificent salary of one dollar a day. Fremont was looking for Captain Drips, an experienced mountaineer. He failed to get him. A small unassuming man walked up to Fremont and remarked, "I understand you are looking for a guide. I can fill the post." Kit looked anything but the tough hardened seasoned man needed for the work. Fremont was polite. He remarked he | would make an inquiry regarding Carson's qualifications. As Kit later remarked, "I presume the reports he received were favorable, for he told me he would engage me. paying me one hundred dollars per month/' The two men became lifelong friends. Of their first meeting, Fremont writes, "On the boat I ! met Kit Carson. He was return- i ing from putting his little daugh- ; ter in a convent school at St. i Louis. I was pleased with him ! and his manner of address at this j first meeting. He was a man of | medium height, broad shouldered ! and deep chested, with clear J steady blue eye and frank speech | and address; quiet and unassum- ; ing." i Of their first meeting, Kit ' remarks. "As luck would have it, ; Colonel Fremont, then a lieuten- ; ant. was aboard the same boat, | He had been in search of Captain I Drips, an experienced rnoun- i taineer. but had failed in getting j him. I told Colonel Fremont that ! I had been some time in the | mountains and thought I could i guide him to any point he would j wish to go." j Call it luck, but it had a strange | result. The fame that Fremont ! wanted, missed him. The fame •that the small man. Kit Carson, j didn't xvant, pursued him. Fre- jmont could never figure out to his | dying day, what he lacked so that fame just passed him by. And Kit Carson could never figure out to his dying day, why people thought he was famous. So goes j life, and so goes Lady Luck. i BY JAMES ALDRET>GE : TpVER hear of how "Jesse | James" would tangle with ; the travelers in the Yellowstone? | Don't get things wrong. This I "Jesse James" was not the no- jtorious highwayman, but a hun-. Igry mother bear who would plant I herself with her cub at a narrow i point on the Continental Divide i road and there hold up all tour: ist cars for a hand-out. | • It did not matter whether you [ i drdve the most luxurious limbii- \ ! sine or a broken-down old jalopy, i I Sooner or later you would have! i to slow to a halt while "Jesse"! {gave you the '"'once-over.' 1 "f you ! I had any delicious tidbit in sight, i | she'd be almost certain to claim | jit for herself and her child. ! i Ordinarily, travelers would j I look -upon her panhandling as a; huge joke and would muster up j some tempting sweetmeats. But i {one day a big Tennessee car with ' ' a chauffeur was caught in the j i bear's line-uo. Either because i * i these folks looked rich or else because "Jesse" smelled a box of chocolates in the back seat, she proceeded to give this party a special "going-over." The chauffeur was hardly prepared, that is certain. When the bear's big head came nosing in through the window. I he could hardly believe his eyes. The' fact is, he had never had i any social introductions to bears outside of cages in a zoo, so he let out a yell and bolted out of the opposite door. This was too much for "Jesse." She was not used to having her advances snubbed in this loud manner. She was so shocked and upset, indeed, that she fell over backwards and landed ker-blam on her cub. The cub then yipped like a licked pup and crawled under the car. That really made the mother mad. Blaming that chauffeur for everything, she took after him Tourists who visit Yellow - She made friends with most of the park's visitors, since she never meant to scare anybody with her quiet alms-seeking. All the bears in the Yellowstone are under pretty close supervision. To tell the truth, Uncle Sam has a soft spot in his heart for these shaggy creatures. If bruin were an orphan child, be couldn't be watched over with more care than he is by the park attendants. There are more than 300 b-eart there, and they roam around, quite free and unmolested. When they do forget their manners. 1* is usually the fault of thoughtless humans. One day a bus load of visitor! i stopped en the Continental Di! vide hill to let everybody watch j the antics of a mother bear and • her child. Pictures were snapped, i and all but one man were satis-; ified. He was determined to get •' photo of the cub alone. Paying there. Park officials warn not to get too close. ' stone National Park gret a j n ° h ^ed to the driver's warning, I thrill from the bears they see j ne stepped out of the bus to stand between the mother and her cub. The mother bear, thinking that | lickety-split. Fortunately, he had ! her child was in danger, came up I a head start, so he was able to; with a rush, and with one sweep •slide into another sedan where'of her paw, took the seat out of ithe driver opened the door just |the man's light flannel slacks. ! in time and then closed it as the | It was a pretty embarrassing ! bear came running up. ; situation and the man had to go ! "Je<se' r waited outside for a '\ back to his hotel wrapped in a i while, perhaps thinking she had \ blanket, but perhaps he was j''treed''that man who was so im-| lucky to get off with nothing polite. But then, seeing he was i worse than a sizable tailor's bill. !quite unwilling to come out and '• Nobody blamed the mother , apologize, she went back to beg- • bear. Until then she had been ging food. : very peaceful and obliging about When the chauffeur finally did posing, but when her cub was slip back to his own car, he | threatened, as she supposed, shs ! looked badly shaken. He was i simply took matters in her own : heard to mutter that he did not • hands. i care to stay in "this zoo" any ' longer than he had to. One meeting with "Jesse James"* and ! her cub had been quite enough All of which proves that when the Yellowstone Park bears "act up." investigation usually shows that they were provoked to mis- ' in his social experience. i behavior by tourists who forgot j His rudeness was an excep-:that these animals are really j tion in the mother bear's routine, j wild! Puzzle Pete's Corner Puzzle Answers CROSSWORD: Sports Baseball's BY J. W. WOLFE TRUE OR FALSE?: 1—TRUE, made in Ecuador; 2—FALSE, a ;projecting layer of masonry on ithe side of a building; 3—FALSE, 'a man who digs- tunnels; 4— ; TRUE. ! WACKY COMPASS: Believe not all you hear and tell not all you know. TRIANGLE: M MA WAN BARN WASTE MARTYR MANNERS Boiling Point Varies "Water boils tt 212 degrees Fahrenheit." Be careful about that statement. It is true only tt sea level, the higher the altitude, the lower th* boiling point. In Mexico City, which is 7000 feet above sw level, water boili tt 200 degrees Fahrenheit. It takei much longer to "boil" potatoes t>"-e than it does in New York City. is a lovely village in England called Chipping Norton and the enthusiastic | people of that town with its charming name, have told the world that baseball originated there. They say that Abner Double- i day, the man who has been called the "father of baseball," got his idea at Chipping Norton. But we know that is not the fact of the matter. Baseball was never played anywhere before it was played in the United States. The game of rounders, was played for hundreds of years in England. But in our country rounders passed through the intermediate stages of town-ball. three old-cat and scrub, and eventually developed into true baseball, a game as unlike its ancient ancestor as a Scotch collie is unlike a Mexican hairless dog. Abner Doubled ay Is honored at Cooperstown in the Baseball Hall of Fame, as the man who first laid out the baseball diamond and of formulating the rules o! the game. He was born at Ballston Spa, N. Y. and if ever ht heard of Chipping Norton that was his closest connection with that lovely town. We know that baseball is American as torn. In this Hall of Fame at Cooperstown are trophies galore; balls and mitts used by all the i great players. Plaques on the ; walls tell us of great victories I won on the diamond. The in' scription above reads: "chosen i on the basis of playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, charac- i ter and their contribution to the jteam on which they played and i to baseball in general". Here we }see mitts worn by the one and ' only Christy Matthevvson: gloves' j worn by Babe Ruth, the ball used by Mickey Mantle when he hit a famous home run over the wall of Washington's Griffith Stadium RULES FAR DIFFERENT Baseball as we know it, goes | back * There were z few organized nines in and around New York in the forties, which played for the enjoyment of spectators. In those days the side that scored twenty-one runs first won games. A man was out if the ball he hit was caught on the first bound, and he was also out if he was hit between bases by a ball thrown by one of the opposing side. Little by little rules were changed. Overhand pitching was permitted, harder, less lively balls were being made and an elaborate technique of playing and hitting was developed. The college boys took up the game as early as 1859 when Amherst and Williams met on ' the diamond. With the close of i ] the Civil War baseball, which seems to have been played a good deal by soldiers in camp, spread like wild fire. But baseball is not the only thing that has brought fame to beautiful Cooperstown, on the shore of Lake Otsego, the lake which was the "Glirhmerglass' 1 of J. Fenimore Cooper's "Leather Stocking Tales". For here are other museums, all within walking distance of Baseballs' Hall of Fame. Right in the center of the town is the Fenimor* Hous*. It stands on the site of the house once 1 occupied by Cooper. Tt contains many fare'Bating rp-rr-cripts, (bookj tad picturM 1M4 «rifi- | nally by the author. It also in- j eludes an exhibit of early Ameri ican masks of celebrities of i Cooper's day. There is also a | fine collection of paintings of the i Hudson Valley. ! HISTORY ALL ABOUT American history is all about one here in Cooperstown. In the I town museum one can see early j tools used by farmers and crafts- i men of the eighteen hundreds. | The homemade forerunner of I the washing machine is here and ; a rocking churn still making I butter. All the early arts and crafts are being kept alive. Here is a j broom-m a k i n j? demonstration j and a cooper turning out a barrel as did the first cooper of an almost extinct vocation. ' Here is a cobbler making a pair i of genuine leather boots. Flax j raised on the grounds near the ' museum is spun and woven in i authentic patterns—those early ! American coverlets, blue ana : white, red and blue, duplicated i before one's eyes. ! Just south of the town museum stands the Corners, a re-creation •' of the beginning of community \ life in rural America. j The country store in this group i is worth a long visit. And the j delicious horehound candy, loved j by our grandfathers, should be ' sampled. All in all Cooperstnwn is & delightful place for all to ACROSS 1 Recompense 6 Idolize 7 Challenge 9 Manufactured 12 High card 13 Hazard 14 Behold: 15 Crimson 16 Negative reply 17 Mistake 19 Energy (coll.) 20 Fillip 21 Unclothed 22 Goddess of vegetation 24 Worms DOWN" 1 Uncommon 2 City in The Netherlands 3 Italian river 4 Provided with weapons ELEPHANTS •RARELY Lie SICK 0£ WOUNDED. ASIATIC £L£PMAMT5 LIE POWM I 5 Period of tims } 7 River valleys I 5 Oak nut I 10 Eater i 11 Run axvay to marry ! 13 Through | 15 Stout cords i 18 Contest of speed j 19 Go by I 21 Honey-maker 23 Right side (ab.) | True or False? Can you decide correctly whether each of the following sentences is true or false? i I. Panama hats are not mad* in Panama, I 2. A water table is a table in I a restaurant where water is kept. 3. A sandhof is a small animal that lives in the sand. I 4. A Navy Captain rank* higher than an Army Major. WACKY COMPASS START AT AMD USc ?AT$ OJCE PE5T«OY€0 A WHOtf TOWM iw TANGANYIKA, A?PJCA, AFTE^FIGST RU- WlWGTHECaTTCWCftCP...TM£Y INVADED THE SUCH vjLWg£C$ THAT THE TCTW£ ft W>$ON ISOLATED S EVENTUALLY S FLK3HT tESSi BECAUSE N'O MAAVM4LS ARE PScSCNT 70 CHASE THEM INTO Triangli Puzzle Pete has based hi* triangle on MAKNERS. The second word is "a parent"; third "pallid"; fourth "farm building"! fifth "refuse"; and sixth "a «real sufferer." Complete th« trianflaf M A If If I R MANNER!

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