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THB FULTON COUNTY NEWS, McCONNELLSBURO, PA.
By LINCOLN ROTHBLUM
(Copyright, 1U1S, by McClure Mewiipuper
Mirandy Jenkins folded her checked
Ingham npron triangle fiiKlilon, and,
tucking the corner In nt the belt, rent
ed her arms on the fence nillliiR.
It was summer time In the outlying
farm districts' of the town of Carroll
ton nnd the nlr wns redolent with the
green odor of ulfnlfa. Mlrnndy din
tended her nostrils to get the diffusing
fragrance. On the crest of the hill,
topping the rond which led pnst the
house, uppenred a nono too strong
horse. It dragged with lugging feet a
rig of doubtful origin. It would have
been dllllcult to tell the occupation of
the driver who sat beneath the ragged
nnd sagging top If not for the sack
which lay nt his feet labeled In letters
of warning size, "U. S. Mull." As the
outfit started down grade the man
raised his crushed hat and mndo an
effort to brush the upstanding hairs
into place. A "ribbon" tie was next
Adjusted and to Its already numerous
stains were added a few more from
the dusty hands. When these oflices
hurt been performed, he shifted the
reins from his right to left baud and
waved In recognition of Mirnndy's
"Mornln Mandy," was his greeting,
ns lie drew up before the gnte.
"Mornln', Seth. Any mall for me?"
"Nothln, 'cept the county newspa
per. How's y'r grnndpuw?"
"Poorly, poorly, Seth. The doc says
be won't last much longer."
"Then we'll get married. Mandy, and
no puttln' It off ngaln. Kh?"
Mlrnndy blushed as If this were the
first time the subject bnd been
broached to her. "Ln, Seth, how you
do talk," was the lllrtutlous response;
"but It Just seems like we'll never get
there. First It wns grandnmw who
kept us from getting married, what
with being so sick and cantankerous,
and then you lost y'r Job nnd of
course we couldn't get married 'MI you
was appointed this route, nnd now It
be my grandpnw sick and ailln' nnd
eatln' up the revenue."
Seth spat out n generous quid of to-
bacco and after replacing It with a
fresh supply, shook his head resigned
ly. "Well. I'll be 'round tomorrow.
Mundy so long."
"So long Seth. I'll be expectln'
And Mirnndy's workworn figure
drooped ns her eyes followed the de
parting buggy. Sentenced to the hard,
manual drudgery of a badly managed
farm before securing even such ele
mental education as the village of
fered; saddled with aged grandpar
ents who fought oti every innovation
which might have lightened her ln
bors, nnd forced by eternally present
financial straits to forego any pleasure
which Involved the expenditure of
money, Mirnndy's youth had slipped
awny almost without her knowledge,
until she found herself well on the
rond to forty with a vapid complexion
and toll-hardened hands ns her only
asset 9. 4
But In this sacrificing and'unher-
nlded martyrdom, to which she had
given herself with neither complaint
nor hope for reward, there were two
pinnacles of Joy. One wns Seth, to
whose everlasting credit must be said
that nono of the obstacles which hnd
delayed bis wedding to Mirandy had
lessened his fidelity.
Mirandy crept Into bed, where des
pite the straw tick she soon fell asleep.
She nrose unrested. The morning sun,
scarcely awake, suggested another
round of toilsome tasks. Perhaps
every morning It was the thought of
Seth which hastened the always rapid
dressing and the chores were well
completed ns she retreated to her bed
room to "fuss up" before waiting nt
But this morning Seth wns destined
to wait himself Into impatience, for
no nproned figure leaned ngalnst the
gate ns he drew up. So he walked to
meet her. .
"Mornln', Seth. Any mull for me?"
"Nothln' 'cept the county newspa
per. But I got n letter, nn' secln' ns
you might as well get used to openln'
my mall now, I brought It to you."
Mlrnndy smiled at the subtle com
pliment In a style Seth dubbed "prlt-
"Why, It's from the government,"
Mlrnndy exclaimed as she took the
envelope with Its frnnklng privilege
stamp. Anything official frightened
her, but perhaps It was woman's In
tuitive premonition which foretold the
bad news her face so patently reflect
ed. "It snys, Seth," she muttered, "It
says you got to got you got to get nn
auto If you want to keep y'r Job."
And so to meet the government's
changes for efficiency went Seth's en
tire savings. And though the new sys
tem augmented his salary, he soon
Floyd Gibbons' Story.
Floyd Gibbons, the famous corre
spondent of the Chicago Tribune, who
lost nn eye nt the front, tells a good
story of an American:
"I met a Kansas boy," said Mr. Gib
bons, "nmong troops fighting In the
Vlllers Cotteret forest, July 19. He
was Interviewing German prisoners.
To one who nppenred to be a rather
Buperlor type he addressed the ques
tion In German:
"What outfit do you belong to?"
The answer came proudly-ond In
"I am of the storm troops."
The Kansan In khaki laughed and
"Storm troops, hell. We come from
Kansas. We're cyclones."
Oldest Chinese Holiday.
What Is probably the oldest "living"
anniversary still Is celebrated in
China. It Is that of the birth of Con
fucius, and fulls on the dny known
to occidentals as October 1. The Can
ton Times of that date says:
"Canton streets are In their holiday
attire today In honor of the annlver-
found that the price of gasoline ran
higher than thut of oats.
It was again summer In Cnrrolton.
Mirandy wns very hnppy this morning,
for bad not the wedding date been set
Just six months off? Six months Is a
very short time when one has been
waiting nigh on twenty years.
"Mornln', Seth. Any mnll for me?"
"Nothln 'cept the county newspa
per," nnd then with a mock air of sur
prise, "I declare, why here's a letter
for you," Just as If he had not nearly
yielded to the temptation to open It
ever since It had been placed In his
mall sack nt six o'clock that morning.
"A letter for me!" echoed Mirandy.
But Mirnndy's astonishment at get
ting a letter did not equal her amaze
ment as she read Its contents. On
the letterhead of an attorney, It ran:
"Tour uncle, Ezvklel Barrett, has
died Intestate. As sol surviving
heir, you are entitled to the $500 he
has left. Our solicitor will visit you
shortly to secure the ijecessury signa
ture." Them Mirandy did a thing unheard
of. She kissed Seth. "We can get
married right off now," sho gurgled,
"get married, Seth, don't you hear?"
For Seth wns already chiigchugglng
down the road. Mirandy stared nt
The next morning the customary ex
change of greetings was omitted im
Mirandy abruptly asked, "Now we got
the money, won't you want to be get
Seth looked up as ho rolled a stone
with the toe of his boot. His answer
came hesitatingly. "Can't you see,
Mandy, If I was to marry you now,
without n cent of my own, folks'll bo
sayln' I wns marryln' you for y'r
"Huve you got a mind?" Mirandy
asked sarcastically. Seth stood
aghast. This wus their final quarrel.
Then one morning Seth did not find
Mirandy nt the gale. She wns sick.
The doctor had ordered nn alarming
array of pills and medicines and al
though Seth faithfully sat at her bed
side every evening, Mirandy refused
to get well. Seth went about like a
shadow of bis former self. Never be
fore had be realized Just how very
much Mlrnndy meant In his life. And
then came the relapse! Mirandy was
dying. The doctor confessed he could
do nothing. Seth sat by the bed nnd
held the worn hnnds In his own wurty,
calloused ones. What could he do?
Oh, if he could snve her!
"Mandy," he called suddenly, "let's
Mirandy stirred. "I heard the doc
tellln' you," came In a wenk, faraway
voice, "that I be dyln'."
Tears unchecked traced grimy
routes down Seth's tnnned cheeks,
Mlrnndy went on. "Folks'll think If
you married me now you'll be wnntln'
to Inherit my money."
"Oh, Mandy," Seth choked, "what
do we care 'bout folks 'round here? I
want to 'tend you like a husband
while y're here."
Mirandy turned over at the unusual
sentimentality of Seth's speech. "All
right, Seth, then we'll get mnrrled,"
she answered with a smile.
And Mirandy seemed to Improve nt
once. Perhaps It wns Seth's husband
ly care, or perhnps It wns Just some
thing else, but Mlrnndy got well with
It wns after the wedding. Miran
dy, seated on the arm of Seth' chair,
nervously straightened the edge of the
lace dolly pinned on the coarse, horse
"I got a confession to make," she
Seth looked up nnd took the clay
pipe from his mouth. He thought In
twenty years he had learned every
thing In Mirnndy's life.
"I wnsn't dyln' thnt time, Seth," she
smiled, "the doc helped to make y' see
you needed me. I wns Just nctln' up,
And then Seth did a thing unheard
of. He kissed Mirandy.
Bagpipes Are English.
It wns actually n Scotsman, nnd no
less a man than the lord advocate of
the time, who publicly declared 50
years ngo thnt "the bagpipe Is an Eng
lish Instrument, essentially English;
tho English were the original bag
pipers." He pointed out that, while
Shakespeare often speaks of bagpipes,
he never does so in "Macbeth," nnd
thnt It Is In Lincolnshire nnd York-
jshlre that he localizes the pipes.
To Chaucer nnd Spenser also they
are English. James IV and other
Scottish kings paid for "Inglls pypnr
Is" nt their court, while Edward I, Ed
ward III, Henry IV nnd Henry VIII
seem to hnve had native pipers. The
Highlanders never used the pipes In
war before the fifteenth century; the
harp was Scotland's Instrument.
Eye to Business.
"There nre two sides to every case,
"Some of our expert alienists seem
to be well aware of that fact."
"They hesitate n long tlmo before
taking sides when the bidding for their
services Is lively." Birmingham Age-
snry of the birth of Confucius. Shops
of Dnhtung street, Chnm Mook lane
nnd Sup Sam Hong present the best
nppenrunces. The Chinese schools1
will hnve a holiday, holding the cere
mony of worship In the morning nnd
feasts In the evening. Wnng Ylng col
lege In Honnm, under Principal Chnu
Chung Knl, will have a whole day of
celebration, beginning enrly In the
morning, when they will mnrch to the
Confuclnn temple together."
Rhine Long a Boundary.
The first people who took possession
of the bunks of the Bhlno, wc nre told,
were the hnlf-snvnge Celts, who after
ward received the name Gauls. In the
height of his glory Cnesnr crossed the
Bhlno and shortly afterward took the
entire river under his Jurisdiction. The
river was, In Boman times, a boun
dary between the province of Gaul nnd
the German tribes, nnd nt a Inter date
and until 1871 was the frontier be
tween Germany and France.
What Is ono mnn's automobile Is an
other man's Juggernaut.
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The following news Items, sent nut
by the Bed Cross publicity depart
ment, will gratify every member of
the greatest of organizations In
All ninlo employees nt the Loudon
receiving nnd distributing hendquar
tcrs of the American Red Cross are
ex-soldlers discharged for disability.
In one month they pneked 137,000
separnto articles and shipped 300
bnlcs of supplies to the front.
At the request of officials of the air
service the American Bed Cross Is
providing special comforts for Amer
ican flying men overseas. Uncle Sam
wants his sky sailors to have every
The fact that Uncle Sam Is about
to take Kaiser BUI to the woodshed
has not caused any letup In Bed
Cross activities. Bed Cross workers
won't take a day off until the last
American soldier has been landed on
his own doorstep.
Spcnklng about scraps' of paper, the
American Bed Cross has Just handed
the British Bed Cross a check for $2,
385.000. Mourning brassards as a substitute
for regular mourning for relatives of
men lost In the service hnvo met with
the approval of the bereaved families.
Bed Cross divisions have asked head
quarters for a total of 20,000 of the
brassards. Barents nnd widows of
the men get them free of chnrge and
other relatives at cost.
More thnn one thousand aged and
Infirm Belgians from the front-line
nrens, mnny of whom were under
shellflro for m'onths, nre being cared
for by the American Bed Cross In a
massive old stone building near Mon
treal, France. The place wns for
merly the house of the Cnrthuslan
Three hundred Belgian children nre
now comfortably situated In a ten
barrack colony established near Char
treuso by the American Bed Cross.
Scores of the children were brought
from districts thnt hnve been leveled
by the enemy's guns.
Santa Clans, acting as the ngent of
the American Bed Cross, Is going to
New blouses thnt nsplre to estab
lishing themselves In tho fashions for
spring, nre now passing In review be
fore the buyers of Southern tourists'
apparel. This Is greatly to the ad
vantage of women who are clever
enough with the needle to mnke their
own blouses, since labor Is about the
most expensive Item that enters Into
their cost. Well-made blouses, Includ
ing nil those that Involve hnnd-sew-lug,
are high-priced nn extravagance
for the woman of moderate Income
but euslly within reach If the sewing
Is dono nt I me.
Tho new, fine bntlste nnd voile
blouses will prove nn Inspiration to
the lover of dainty needlework.
There nre some hlgli-ncckcd models
among them In blouses thnt nre airy
Interpretations of the original shirt
waist. Wash sntlns In flesh and
white nppenr nmong blouses of this
type, embellished with rich hnnd
made laces and fine sprays of em
broidery. They nre as elegant ns the
sheerest fabrics. Crepe do . chine
takes Its place among these new mod
els of heavier materials and proves
as practical as any of the cotton
weaves. The blouse shown In the pic-
No More Hems.
One of the newest forms of conser
vation Is the use of fringe In plnce of
hems. A chnrmlng model from Pnrls
shows long panels hanging from the
shoulders, fringed on all edges nnd
caught In nt will with a fringed gir
dle. The fabric used Is Bcrge, nnd the
effect Is pnrtlculnrly good.
Tassels and fringe both became bo
popular last summer that there was
some doubt about their remaining In
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make a special trip overseas to de
liver Christmas parcels to. those sol
diers who have no one here to re
An nudlcnco of French soldiers
who havo lost arms or legs was re
cently entertained at a movie show
given by the American Bed Cross nt
Nantes, France. A film showing the
wny In which disabled soldiers have
become self-supporting was the fea
ture of the program.
A one-armed soldier pianist, for
whom a successful future Is predicted
by the American Bed Cross Burgeons,
Is shortly to bo discharged from nn
America n Bed Cross hospltnl In Lon
don, and will appear on tho concert
stage in England. He Is Gwllym
Jones, a Welsh private, who lost his
arm nt Ypres.
A Belgian soldier, who evidently
believes that two can starve ns cheap
ly as one, wroto recently to the Amer
ican Bed Cross commissioner for Bel
glum, Invoking matrimonial aid from
tho American Bed Cross, as follows:
"I am on the point of getting mar
ried next month. I have no relatives
to coiiio to my assistance; they nre
nil In Invaded Belgium. You would
render me a great service In granting
me a little 'secour,' for tho only
money I have Is my pay which Is 05
cents a week. With that amount it
l. very dllllcult to save money. My
11a nceo is ns poor ns I am. She Is a
refugee at St. Brleuc."
, The Mantle Coat
The mantle coat Is the coat that has
n separate piece fastened on tho bnck
In cape effect. These capes nro some
times buttoned on nnd sometimes nre
fastened about halfway down the
sleeve. These coats always have
sleeves. The wrap cont may havo a
dolmun sleeve or n deep kimono sleeve.
The sleeves of this type nro nlwnys
cut In one with the main part of the
garment. Theue coats usually have a
belt across the front. Still another
new cont Is Hint one which has no
belt nt nil, has sleeves cut In one with
the garment and Is much wider across
the hip section than. at the feet.
ture Is of tliis materlnl nnd Is typlcnl
of the styles recently presented. It
Is very plain, turned back nt the
throat In wide revers, nnd decidedly
bloused about the waist. Parallel
embroidered hnnds nt the neck and
cuffs nre repented nt ench side, where
they nre extended below the waist
line nnd nre finished with silk fringe.
Batiste and organdie blouses make
opportunities for pretty frills, nnrrow
hand-run tucks nnd embroidery.
There nre n few samples with nar
row borders of the same materials,
In color, hemstitched to the edgeo of
frills. New neck lines nnd bell sleeves
nre noticeable changes In style, and
the slip-over blouse Is destined to
continue Its popularity In several
clever new developments.
High Collars Appear.
When the dress does not resemble
a cont It Is quite likely to resemble
a suit. High collars appear on a num
ber of the models. .
favor with women who dress well. But
they have both been retained, In spite
of their populnrlty, nnd somehow by
using them In new nnd unusunl ways
the designers of smart clothes still
give them distinction. One new way
of using long Jet tassels Is to fasten
one pendnnt on ench side of the brim
of a wide hat.
"Whnt do you want me to do? Bit
on a stool and look pretty?"
"You might alt on a stool"
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; REMEMBERED :
! FORGOTTEN S
By LAURA JEAN LIBBEY 5
"The heart ! hard In nature and unfit
For human fellowship, na being- void
Of sympathy and then-fore dead alike
To love and friendship both, that la not
With slslit of others enjoying life
Nor feels their happiness augment his
At the beginning of the New Year
one should brush the dust off his list
of friends, looking up those who hnve
dropped quietly out of one's everyday
life without a very good reason for
tt. Making new acquaintances Is usu
ally nn ensy mutter. But to nurturo
those acquaintances until they blos
som Into friends, cemented by loyalty
and constancy, Is a different problem.
A man or woman may count ac
quaintances by tho score people who
Invito them to their homes to dine, to
theater party, or merrymaking yet
they nre still acquaintances only.
Friendship means much more than
this, while few actually understand It.
Mnny a one has counted up a hundred
so cnlled friends today. But If adver
sity assails one tomorrow there may
not bo one henrt nmong the many one
could turn to for solace and cheer.
' Not ono pair of hands would be ex
tended to draw ono In from the cold,
the storm and darkness, If ono Is sud
denly bereft of shelter, rust benefits
nre not remembered. Acquaintances
find it ensy to forget. Only friends re
member the pust nnd Its hallowed
- A woman will remember every detail
of her courtshlp-r-where she first met
her lover, their Introduction, tho Im
pression she formed of him nt first
sight. She even remembers whnt her
reveries were nnd her wonderment ns
to whether or not ho thought of her.
She remembers ench call he made ; nil
that was said or done; how she had
delected his growing love for her even
before he guessed It himself. She re
members the hour of their bethrothnl
and the conversation that brought It
quite unexpectedly about.
As for the man she married, not one
man In a hundred can remember what
NAME is Nineteen Nineteen
AVA You see I'nyjust .brand-new;
With a big joyous&out, Daddy Time let me out
To bringjew hope to you.
MOtKaToirve got my number,
A PerJiarjss(OU rather doubt
That I kvecJMe here to scatter good cheer,
And all thW glooms to flout.
says tneowona s gone crazy
.Andthinffs are all dead wrong: '
But aejjttleboy brings a promise of joy,
greet me with a song!
emotion swept across his heart at his
first meeting with her whom he was
to love evermore till death did them
part. Nliiety-nlno men out of a hun
dred will confess to their wives. "I'm
blest If I Just know just how I hap
pened to propose to you." When a
mnn can forget thnt most thrilling of
all moments in his life ho can forget
anything. Such men flud It very easy
to forget their wife's or children'
birthdays, realizing thnt remembrance
would call for presents.
Many wives nro glnd to havo the chil
dren not forgotten. But they nre Just
nn well satisfied thnt he has forgotten
how swiftly time Is running away with
their good looks and aging them.
Last, and by no means least, no man
or woman, no matter how hnpplly mnr
rled, should allow the old folks at home
to Imagine themselves forgotten by
them. It doesn't tnko much tlmo to
write n few lines onco In a fortnight
We should nlwnys remember not to for
get those who have been dear to us.
GOOD NEW YEAR ADVICE.
"The old familiar wish rings true,
A Hnppy New Year, friends, to you."
A man who keeps up tho custom of
sending New Tear cards to his friends
Included this yenr a second card bear
ing these words:
"Instead of returning evil for evil,
try to return evil with good j to sny
nothing 111 of others; to act kindly
even with dumb nnlmnls.
"Live thus one day, two days, or
more, nnd compare the state of your
mind with Its state In former days.
"Make the attempt und you will see
how tho dnrk, evil mood's have passed
away and how the soul's happiness has
"Make the attempt, and you will see
that the gospel of love brtags the
greatest and most desirable of all
On these curds Is written, "This Is
Tolstoy's advice. It Is good to pin on
a calendar where It will be seen every
Only Keep Green Ones.
Don't carry over any old bills Into
tho New Year barring, of course,
A Good Resolve.
Resolve to be better natured during
tho coming year.
NEW YEAR'S DAY
I nood on t tower In the wet
And New Year and Old Year met,
And windi were roaring and blowing
And I laid, "O years that meet in tears.
Have ye aught thai ii worth the knowing I
Science enough and exploring,
Wanderen coming and going,
Matter en) igh for deploring.
But aught that ii worth the knowing?"
Seal at my feel were flowing,
Wavei on the ihingle pouring.
Old Year roaring and blowing,
And New Year blowing and roaring,
-Alfred Lord Tennynn.
NEW YEAR'S DAY.
We step Into a New Yenr. It Is
great opportunity. The sun will rise
and set In the same way, nnd life's
duties 'will come and go much as they
do today, nnd nothing will be very
different or distinctive and yet, w
sny, the dawning of a New Yenr Is a
gerat opportunity. It Is our Imagina
tion surely a God-given faculty that
helps to make It so.- Nature and the
bnre fncts of life do not show nny dif
ference between today and tomorrow,
but something, nevertheless, does come
to us today with a unique nnd a spe
cially hopeful message. It Is the won
derful helpful and alluring Inspiration
thnt comes from tho thought of a new
start. We cannot absolutely begin all
over agnln; the stern experiences of
the dnys to come will soon show us
that we cannot. Yet In a sense w
can. nnd the sense In which we can
does menn a great opportunity. Wa
enn use thnt opportunity so that It
will not too cruelly disappoint us In,
tho end. We can renlly begin to b
tho better thing thnt our Imagination
pictures to us today. We ought not
to miss the opportulty.
Ready for It
"I haven't ordered anything
"No. I hnve missed you," snl
"What would a suit
"Well, clothes arej
"I know thnt Iln
try to break It td