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NATURE'S WEATHER PROPHETS
8lon of Flower and Animal That
Wore Followed Closely, by
Our Grandparents. I
Mon bavo mod. some very wonder
ful Inatrumenta whicl. foretell what
the weather will be, but old Mother
.Nature has given ua meenengora
which toll about tho weather If wa
watch tho signs which they show. Tho
little daisies wato watched by our'
Ernndparents, who hollered that
spring had not come until 12 daisies
woro blooming on a foot of ground.
The chlckwoeda' starry flowers tell
when heavy winds or rains aro com
ing by closing their tiny blossoms.
The dandqllonB have tfio same habit.
,l.lkely tho golden flowers do not want
to uncover tholr curly heads unless
'thoy can look up to tho sun. If you
jlfttch dandelions you will seo that
jthey do uo$ open. pn. the mornings of
'the days when rain falls.
t Marigolds are such particular little
bldsscms that they will not even show
a ray of their atendor If a storm la
approaching or thunder la heard In
me distance, tuo morning glories may
'Wke early to beauty the garden, but
wuen they suddenly wrap tholr silky
Bcarfs about their facos you may bo
euro that rain Is In the air. ifonie
trees, such as the locust, close their
leaves when a storm Is coming. If you
have a garden you might look to seo
what prophets are near to warn you of
cnanges in the weather. Our grand
mothers aald that even poaceful old
tabby know when to exnect either rain
or snow. When tho cat sat with her
Iback to the lire our grandparents
Hookey, to 'have use for their overshoes
Who Is Alice? II
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IBILL NYE ON FOX HUNTING
Ho Considered It a Most Thrilling
Pastime for Sono of the Ameri
"Fox-hunting Is one of tho most
jtnriuing pastimes or which I know,"
iaald Bill Nye, "and for young men
'whose parents have amassed largo
sums of money In tho intellectual pur
suit of hides and tallow, tho meet, tho
chase, the scamper, the full cry, tho
'cover, tho stellated fracture, the yelp
'of the pack, the yip, the yell of trl
'umph, the confusion, the whoon. thn
holla, tho haloos, the hurrah, tho abra
'alon, tho snort of the hunter, the con
Icusslon, the Bward, the open, the earth-
topper, the strangulated hernia, the
glad cry of the hound an hn lnvs a
his master's feet the strawberry mark
or mo rustic, all, all are exhilarating
'to tha sons of the American nobility.
Fox-hunting combines the danger and
tu wua tumultuous Joy of the skatln;
rluk, the toboeitan slide, thn mimh.anri
mlik sociable and tho straw rldo. For
tho young American nobleman whoio
ducal father made his money by in-
rununs a nuent pin. or who galnod
hla Treat wealth 'thrcueh
inanity by means of a lung-pad, a llvcr-
pai, a Kidney-pad or a foot-pad, fox
hunting Is first rate."
Miracle of a Bath Sponge.
Honry Savage Landor, nt one time
a captive of the Lamae In Tibet, tells
'the following adventure:
"The Lamas had got hold of my
bath Bponge, which was dry and
(pressed to great thinness by a heavy
'weight which had rested upon It
Tl rowing It from them, It fell In a
little pool of water. I addressed the
sponge in English and with any word3
'that came Into my head, pretending
to utter incantations.
"Tho attention of the Lamas and
jsoldlers was quickly drawn to this un
usual behavior on my part. They
could not conceal their terror when,
as I spoke louder and louder to the
sponge, it gradually swelled to its nor
mal Bize. The Tibetans, who at first
could hardly beliove their eyes, be
came panic-stricken. There was a
Had Become Matter of Habit.
When Elisha decided to take unto
himself a sixth helpmeet, he repaired
to the house of a Baptist minister,
a venerablo man who had officiated
at several of Biggs' previous wed
dings, to make arrangements to be
married there the next day. The min
ister reflected a moment. "Elisha,"
said ho, "I shall, of course, be glad
to marry you again. This will bo
the third or fourth time, will it not?
If you don't mind telllno- m TOw i.
it that you never havo a minister of
your own race tie tho knot for you?"
Elisha seemed hurt for a moment, but
finally a broad smile Illumine-? his
features. "Well, sah," he explained,
"I hab kinder got de habit ob gettln'
a white man' to do my marryln', an'
I reckon I'll alius do It."
.m.aa aaaa,j uvvu AUiyuBBIUlO lOi
him to look a particlo moro dovoted I
man he did. Ills attitudo as ho walkod
beside her waa perfectly satisfactory,
for she know that everybody could
aeo he belonged to hor. Beinir a
woman, this made her hnppy.
it s been so lonesome during all
tho months you havo been away," ho
told hor for tho eleventh time.
"HaB it, truly?" sho inqulrod ten
derly, also for tho oleventh time.
"You never can know," he procood
?d ."nwie.8olate I was with nothing
to do. Why, ATlco, t
"Alice!" she i ntorrunted iharnlr.
For hor name was Mabel. I
"Er Mabel, I mean, of couraol"
said the young man hnstlly, "I "
"Who Is Alice?" demanded tho
young woman frigidly, adding a footj
to tne space between thorn.
"Allco? Ha! Ha! Why, there Isn't
any!" declared tho young man viva
ciously. "It certainly is a Joke for mo
to call you Allco when It isn't your
namo! I "
"She must bo pretty much on your
mind," Insisted the young woman
coldly, "when you go around calling
overy other girl by her namo! You
never mentioned any Alice to me In
"Now, Mabel!" pleaded tho younfr
man, "why mako a fuss over a mere
slip of the tonguo? Just as I Bpoko
an automobile went by with a girl
in It who reminded me of a girl I
used to know in school whose namo j
was Alice, anu
"Your mind works quickly!" scoffed
the young woman. "But I can always
tell a mercerized excuse from one
that's all-wool and the regulation
width! You might Just as well oh,
you have been going around with
Alice Speckerson while I was away?
I'd forzotten all about her and shu
was crazy about you when she met
you at that dance. If "
'No!" insisted the younc man. "It
was not Alice Speckerson. for she was
"Then what Alice waa It?" the young
woman demanded, sternlr. "You
have practically admitted that there
was an Alice. You neoun't try to de
ceive me! You might as well tell mo
first an lnt harmian '
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Our Job Department has been
very luiny during- the past two
months, hut we wantyour busi
ness. When in need of print
ing give U8 n chance to figure
on your work.
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DRINKS OF THE FAR EAST
Sake In Japan, and Samthu and
Hocshu In China Are National
. Sako Is the national beverage of Ja
pan. It has a peculiar flavor not com
parable to" any European drink. Is
'made from fermented rice by an In
tricate process In winter timo and '
contains from eleven to fourteen per I
It Is a necessary constituent of '
overy ceremonial Japanese dinner, Is i
tlAM.A.1 U f t(Al- ( M
,, ..,.,. .. " iitiia umpuiia-iiue jarB
Mabel, said the vountr man. rath-1 a.,. iu u ..a .
. u rum uiucu iormaiity irom
erlng all his forces and speaking re- squat, earless sake cups containing
proachfully. "I hate to Bee you got- approximately two ounces.
ting all worked ud about somethlnrr t, i.o t7- .a a a. !
that Is purely laag.nary. Lot's go in , S0Ur at first, but a preference for it
here and get some candy , s readily acaulred. nurlnnlv onn,i-h
"Harry Pandlll!" cried the vountr H hoo a .i.
(( f -"" a auwau IJUtvcllU! CliCUU UU tli3
.yuiuuu, uuu l vry 10 uiairnci me irom Japanese than on Europeans.
the subject! I guess I'm more than
sixteen years old "
"You don't look It." lnterrunted th
young man hastily, seeing his chance.
anc merely held her nose higher In
The. Chinese have two alcoholic.
drinks samsbu and hocshu. Samshu
Is simply another name for wrack', '
but hocshu Is a much moro aristocrat- '
ic drink. We cannot descrlhn It ht. i
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- 1 wiuuui UCOUIIUO lb Ut?t
the air. "I am waiting." she remind-1 ter than In tha nnrj. k-
ed him in a tragedy voice. "Who Is , itable old buccaneer. Damnler:
Don't imagine next timo you see In
weather promising storm that a
"heavy" stratum of air is forcing the
smoke of your chimney to the ground.
Instead the condition Is the opposito
and the atmosphere is too light to al
low tho smoke to rise. To prove this
fact in this vacation season fill your
mouth full of tobacco smoke and diva
In 20 feet of water, releasing tha
smoke. "Tho omoke appears from tho
water almost instantly. You may say
It comes up In air bubbles, but this
aooo no more than to prove tho theory.
Your chimney smoke won't rise, be
cause there isn't buoyancy enough In
the air stratum to raise It
the firlrl nampri Alfni that vmi nca an
.Al V. nil.!, IIKAI JUU L lUlAAAl Ul
anybody else and that you have to
talk about to every one whether anv
one is interested or not? And when
you were writing me that you wero
worrying yournolf thin because I was
away. And you were running around
instead with somebody named Allco,
"A fellow cannot sit In hla room anrl
stare at the wall every night for two
months!" protested the young man.
"He's Kot to do aomethlntr not that
I wns running around with any Allco!
I read lota while, you were away
and the last book was that ancient
one, 'Alice of Old Vlncennes.' It al
ways was a favorite of mlne"and I'vo
had It in mind bo much it's no won
"Pooh!" cried the young woman vio
lently. "You never can make ma be
"Mabel!" cried tha young man ear
nestly, "you don't mean to Bay that
you doubt me? Don't you believe
What I tell you?"
tie tooKea bo stern mat me young
woman faltered a bit "Well." she
saldt "it's kind of funny when vou ro
around calling mo by some other girl's
name. Do you mean to say, Harry
Pandlll, that there really wasn't any
"You heard what I said!" remarked
the young man In a pained voice.
"Really. I can't tell vou how It nntu
to have you, of all the world, think for
a mlnuto that I was trying to conceal
"Why, Harry!." said the young wo
man, "of course I didn't mean to hurt
your feelings! I had no idea you'd
take it- like this I I believe I was
excited and nervous. I I've done It
myself. I remember calling a man by
my poodle's name oijce, absent-mindedly.
Only I thought for a minute "
"Don't say any more about It," In
terrupted the young man with Impres
sive kindness. "I'll forgive it, Mabel.
Only I hope in future you'll trust me!"
"I'll never doubt you again, Harry."
said the young woman. "You've al
ways shown" me how silly I was!"
"I'm glad you see It that way," said
the young man, magnanimously. Then
he said to himself: "Gee! That was
a close ' calll"
"This is a strong Hauor. mads of
wheat, as I have been. told. It looks ,
like mum (a peculiar kind of beer I
made from wheat malt), and tastes i
much llko It, and is very pleasant 1
and hearty. Our seamen lovo it i
mightily and will lick their lips with j
it, for scarce a ship goes to China j
but the men come home fat with soak'- i
ing the liquor and bring stores of jars
ot it home with them." '
It Is put up in small squat white
Jars, sealed with a wooden plug, cov
ered with a thick mass of prepared
clay,, extending half way down tho
BKOOtch. the notorious TTrnoVlirn
has devoloned rrnn talari t
A rolling pin he whittled out of a bed
leg ror tho warden's wife shows a high
aegree of art craft skill. Actlvo moaa
nres aro being taken to Interest the
governor in Joe.' behalf. Convict
Mulky Sludge, the kidnapper, has
mado a monkey wrench out of a hit
of Iron hoop from a wnter pail and two.
yaras or wire from a broom. Tho fact
that ho tried to brain (lnni-H TnmVln
with this ingenious tool will not weak
en a determined effort to secure tho
governor's recognition of Mulkys re
markable mechanical skill. Convict
Jerry Twiggs, who poisoned the loo
cream at the Methodist church picnic
in Sklnkle's woods in the suburbs of
Weehawken last May, has developed
a, iteen Interest in line engraving. En
tirely unaided, his only tools being a
unoemnKern awl and a bit of sandpa
per, he mado a plate for a 2 bank hill
which was so well done that ho had
no trouble in selling it to a visitor fqr
two pounds of cut plug, a box of
knockout drops, three flies and a bot
tle of sulphuric acid. Convict Twiggs
birthday comes next Monday, and his
leading birthday gift will bo an uncon
REASON FOR CHURCH EXODUS
When Pastor Hears Why Men Are
teavlng, He Stops Sermon
and Goes Also.
Hicks BJohnson is a sanguine man.
Wicks Yes. He was saying tho
rlfrr rhv Mint th "ftit-ptrt gradunto
I-' 'nvi on-rtMjiy nw in ficr
va'(.lJif ry nxt yrv
Officer Must Be Able to 8yvlm.
While It may be true, as has, been
assorted since the disaster in the
North river, in which a score or more
pf the New Hampshire's crew were
drowned, that 20 per cent, of the en
listed mon of the navy cannot swim,
their officers without exception canv
At tho naval academy midshipmen
who cannot show a certain degree of
proficiency In Bwijnmlm? are copj
relied to take 4 rcnirsa -. ?esltQ.!a.
ONE ON THE POMPOUS JUDGE
Sarcastic Denunciation of Sleeping
Juror Brlngo Startling and Dis
The lawyer for the prosecution had
finished his closing argument and the
judge, a pompous and long-winded in
dividual, was charging the Jury:
He waa In the midst of an unusually
long and tedious address whon he
suddenly noticed that one of tha lurv.
men had fallen asleep. The lndlgna
tion of his honor was boundless. Rap
ping sharply on his desk he awak
ened the slumborer. who seamed not
at all abashed at being thus caught
napping. After glaring at him angrily
ior a tew moments, the magistrate in
his .most sarcastic tone said:
"So that's the way you attend to
your uuty, is It? You're a flnto sped
men to have on a Jury. Do you think
your opinion will be of any value
wnen I send you out to determine the
fate of this prisoner?"
"Yes, sir," said the Juryman quleUy,
"I think bo."
"Oh, you do, do you?" nhouled the
exasperated Judge. "Pray tell me, sir,
how long have you been sleeping?"
"I don't know, your honor," was the
reply. "How long have you been
TALENTED CONVICTS GO FREE
Song and Poetry Brlno Pardon to
Two; Cartoon Work
A PriSOnOr han dint tiAan n'lAA.A4
from Jail because ho sang well. Only
a, little while
doned because he wrote poetry, This
sort of thing can bo prolonged Indefin
itely, the Cleveland, Plaindealer re
marks. Convict mil Trvr?nntr mill
pardoned next month because ho is a
uanoouisc with a bit of plum
bago and a WhltnWnahaH wall mil
.'J " VM TV WAA UtU
drew a striking likeness of banker
Swoop, who is hla seatroate in tho
prison dJr'ntt -"rfo:-. Convict :to
More than' a hundred years ago,
when the stone steps of the old house
wero in front of tho meoting hoiiBe In
tho village and worshipful feet went
up them and along the uncarpeted
aisles to the stralghtbaeked pews,
each with a wooden door hold shut
with a wooden button one Sunday
morning after the "Jong prayer," while
tho clargyman was in, the midst of his
discourse, OHO Of tho mernhnrs nf thA
congregation was seen to rise from his
pew ana tip-toe quietly out of the
cnurch. Soon a neighbor followed and
then another and another, slowly and
with reverent regard for the sanctity
of the place they wero so unwontedly
leaving during the sermon. The min
ister, noticing this, says Richard
Wlghtman in the Metropolitan, stop
pod In the midst of his discourse and
said: "May I be nennltted to lnm.ir
the reason for this exodus V At this
one of the few remaining men stood
up in his pew and answered thus:
"Since the sorrice began word has
been sent us that a large school of
Bhad has been pocketed In the Oyster
river. The tide has gone out and the
meadows are covered with live flsh.
Thousands of them aro flopping there
In th? sun, and we have thought best,
3lr, to lmprovo the opportunity and go
down there and secure winter food for
our families." Then he sat down, and
after a moment's pause tho clergyman
gathered up his manuscript and said;
"I think that Is n very good Idea. I
will dismiss the congregation and go
and get some mxself." ,
AND GET THAT
IS THE NAME THAT STANDS FOR
THE REST READY ROOFING MADE
K II ILL the COUCH
and QURE the L6ltTv.CS
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li.-a resisting, will not rot, blow oft, nor taint or color
rain water. Will outlast tin or iron whiah will ruat
Hud aro very noisy during hall and wiud Htormg.
For proof of Buperior Qualities of Mica-Noid Roofing.
See 15 Buildings on Culver Stock
Farm covered with MICA-NOID
and many other buildings in this city and county.
Also thousands of testinionlala from users of MIOA
NOID Roofing throughout the United States.
MARSHAL WASHINGTON, Ag't
I Montgomery City, Mo.
"Tho best Painters. ContraotoV
and Architects of tho country use
Mound Oitar. "Horse Shoe" nrnnri
House Paint exclusively. Crump
AT THE BAPTIST CHUECH ,
Dr.? O.' P. Miles of St. Charles and Rev.
Percy G. Carter of this city,
Meeting begins Sunday January 8th,
Remember the date January 8tti. A
large Chorus Choir is expected to assist in
these meetings. Everybody invited to help
xou can't atiord to miss these meetings,.
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