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WRITERS TRAVEL HARD ROAD
BARNUM NOT FIRST IN FIELD
Even the Best Generally Have to Walt
Long Before Their Work I Read
and Appreciated. !
Magazine articles submitted for
publication ore commonly referred
to professional readers f or approval.
Most of them suffer from eye-strain
and avoid all unnecessary labor, j
They give preference to known
writers. An unknown one is very
fortunate to get his story read at
all. Generally he must wait until .
chance leads to the reading of his
story. Many of the professional j
readers also suffer from literary
dyspepsia and do not know a really j
good story when they see it. 0. j
Henry, Morgan Robertson and many
others of our best story writers, in-
eluding Edgar Allan Poe, nearly ;
starved to death while magazines I
anread, with polite notes of declina
tion. Presently accident caused one
story of 0. Henry to be published
'because there happened to be little
topy of known writers on hand. Im
mediately the reading public recog
nized its merit. From that time for
several years after there was a
story from 0. Henry in every maga
tine in the country every mqjith.
People wondered how any living
man could be so prolific, but Sidney
Porter was merely unloading two
trunkfuls of declined manuscripts
upon publishers Mho had previously
turned them down.
TROTZKY THE MAN.
He is tall, strong, angular; his
appearance as well as his speech
.gives the" impression of boldness and
"vigor. His voice is a high tenor ring
ing with mettle. And even in his
quiet moments he resembles a com
pressed spring. '
He is always on the aggressive. He
is full of passion that white-haired,
vibrating mental passion that char
acterizes the intellectual Jew. On the
platform, as well as in private life,
lie bears an air of peculiar impor
tance, an indefinable something that
says very distinctly: "Here is a man
-who knows his value and feels him
self chosen for superior aims." Yet
Trotzky is not imposing. He is
modest. He is detached. Back in
the depths of his dark eyes there is
a lingering sadness. Asia.
SPIRIT OF RESOLUTION.
"You don't complain about the
"weather as much as you used to."
"Xo," replied Mr. Groucher;
""with friends an' relatives lined up
against all kinds of war machinery
in France, I guess I can look a little
thing like a thermometer in the face
WHERE THE DIFFICULTY LIES.
"Do you object to having German
taught in the schools?"
'. "I don't exactly object," answered
the man of mild inclinations. "But
it doesn't seem exactly practical.
How is a student going to keep his
mind on his lesson instead of losing
his temper ?" . "
"What's this?" he asked.
"That's my war bread," she re
plied. "You know food will win the
"This certainly would," he retort
ed, "if you could find a way to feed
it to the Germans."
CROPS AND POETRY.
"There's no such word as fail,"
quoted the resolute citizen.
"I've heard that," replied Farmer
3orntos6el. "I reckon the man who
said that never had to sit up watchin'
a young peach orchard."
Some one with an eye to business
lias bad the good idea of establishing,
outside a munition factory in Great
Britain, a milliner's shop with the lat
st in hats and blouses for girls. After
long hours of work, it is easy to im
agine how attractive such a shop win
dow would appear to the girls; the
difficulty is, probably, to find sufficient
shop attendants at the busy hours to
sell hats and blouses to eager buyers.
The idea is the same, of course, as
the tuck shop outside the school gates.
Chrlstlun Science, Monitor.
HOW THEY HELP TO WIN WAR
Country's Youngsters More Than "Do
ing Their Bit" for the Country
We All Love.
More than 2,400,000 boys and girls
were reached through club work last
year, according to a compilation re
cently made by the United States de
partment of agriculture, which super
vises this work In co-operation with
the State Agricultural colleges. Of
this number approximately 3."0,030
made complete reports, which show
that they produced and conserved
products amounting to $10,000,000. In
the 33 Northern and Western states
840,000 boys and girls were enrolled.
Of this number 160,025 had reported
products valued t $3,700,000. In the
South there were 115,745 boys enrolled
in the regular work, who produced
products valued at $4,500,000, and 74,
306 girls who produced and conserved
products valued at $1,500,000. In the
emergency club work in the South the
club lenders reached over 400,000 boys
and approximately 1,000,000 girls who
produced and conserved products val
ued at more than $4,000,000. .
Between Air Raids.
This is a thrilling and true' story of
two women who kept a "posto dl con
forto" at Trevlso, Italy, for traveling
sick and wounded soldiers:
Having done some very good ter
rorizing by the six o'clock raids, the
Huns kept them up. It was such a
pestiferous nuisance, because we were
always in the middle of cooking the
evening meul ! With your soldier cook
and servant safe down in the cellar,
it becomes your pleasing duty to run
out between rnidsto stir the soup oi
put another stick of wood on the fire.
With shrapnel falling all around, it
is not altogether wise to go with un
covered head. We had given our two
helmets to American ambulance drlv
ers nnd were without any, so I was
obliged to wear a granite saucepan on
my head for these stirring parties. It
was not our custom to go into a refuge,
We claimed to those who expostulated
that during the raids was when we
were the most needed. Red Cross
It Is possible to have pretty 6hoes
at small expense to match light
dresses, writes a correspondent. Shoes
of delicate colors are hard to find am',
always expensive. One girl wanted u
pair of light gray shoes and this is
how she managed: She had a pair of
white canvas shoes which were some
what soiled. She first scrubbed them
with good white soap and water, using
a small brush, then drying them in the
sunshine. She then mixed a little black
and white'' oil paint until the desired
gray shade was obtained. This she
mixed in a cup half full of turpentine.
Very little puint is needed. Just
enough to color the canvas. Brush the
liquid over the shoes with a small
paint brush and you will be surprised
to find how nice they look. They dry
with no streaks. Match them in rib
bon for ties. Of course any colors
may be made to match any gown. The
artists' paint is not expensive, the
black and white are only a few cents
a tube each.
GOLF COAT COURSE.
Willis Do you wear any insignia
on your golf coat ?
Gill is Yes. During the winter
the moths laid out a complete 18
ho)e course on it. Pittsburgh Press.
COLOSSAL ITALIAN COLONEL
if I If
This massive looking specimen of
man Is big enough to take one's
breath away. The most recent jibe di
rected at tall men, "Aw, you're too big
to fit in the trenches," Is smashed to
smithereens, as this picture shows.
The "giant" is an Italian colonel,
who is paying a visit to the Italian sec
tor in France. The Italians on the
western front have been giving a good
account of themselves and are co
operating with the French on this
front to stop the German drive Just
"Are you going to take any sum
mer boarders this year?"
, "If any come along, I'll take 'em,':
said Mr. Cobbles, "but one thing hat
got to be distinctly understood."
. "Me an' my hired man are goin'
to be powerful busy this summer.
There, ain't goin' to be but one call
f op breakfast, an' that will be at 4 a.
in." Birmingham Age-Herald.
DULL. EVENING SOMEWHERE.
"Excuse this small box of bonbons,
my first and only love. You know
Mr. Hoover advocates the conserva
tion of sweets."
"I agree with Mr. Hoover.
"You get no kiss tonight." Day
"What has become of the dancing
"It went like the roller-skating
craze and the bicycle craze. People
woke up and found they were over
ONLY ON RARE OCCASIONS.
Hub Didn't I hear the cook cali
you by your first name.
Wife Don't Bay a word. She only
does that when she's good natured.
ELECTRICITY GAINS IN JAPAN
Abundance of Streams Makes Power
Cheap, and Big Industry la
Being Built Up. ...
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Because of the high price of kero
sene electrl light is coming into
general use in Japan, according to
Y. Sinjo, a director of the Tokyo
Electric company, who is in Seattle.
He says that an abundance of water
power makes electric light and pov:cr
a very cheap oonimorlit, and every
town with a population of 1,000, or
even less, has its electric light plant.
"In most instances the plants are
owned by the municipality and the
service is furnished to the consumers
at cost," he said. "As Japan is r.
mountainous country, there are
many small rivers with swift cur
rents and waterfalls suitable for
hydro-electric plants. Within the
last few years the number of elec
tricity consumers has been increas
ing about 20 per cent each year. The
high ocean freight rates have made
kerosene too expensive for general
use for lighting purposes.
"Since the war began Japan has
built up a big industry in manufac
turing chemicals that formerly came
from Germany. Hydro-electric pow
er is used in the process."
RECRUIT BALKS AT THE JOB
Declared He Had Only Agreed to Get
Kaiser and Couldn't Take On
"Are you willing to go across nnd
I! -Ill t'.io Germans?" j'.s-ked an Inter-k-.ver
in ilie mustering office In Ar
i.i r !ilV'i-ii: Xn. 2 of a young l'inrlda
::;-gro at Oiv-ip SMx, whose personnel
.Mrd ho v.;;s M::;;.ie:i!i,r. the querv
: Oi;t one of the formal qna-Uoiis put
; every lvcriiit.
"Ah f';:u'l kn iw T.out rtat, "boss!"
.swcivil i I-.i! ci.Iorod boy. "Ah thought
,'r.s' w:ii!U"I r.ie to go got the
: r. i'in u-liuiikerin' to lis that ole
'. . I Far-:-, but ilo. s yu'i mean yuh
v. lit i: t to lick da whole gang?"
-lij hit; rvlower explained the situa
'.'.vi. 'i'hv young "Uegro's home board
':;:d '..ilil lilin they wore going to send
h'la to Europe to "gt the kaiser" and
he came to mii thinking it was a
Inj; "c-hnnded job. Ills fare brightened
v hen he found that in his personal
part he would h:.ve the hacking of
several million allies.
The' personnel Questionnaire made
out in the mustering ollloe brings some
amazing answers from the southern
nojrroes recently brought ther for
training. One couldn't remember where
iiis father was born.
"Well, was he born In the United
States?" asked the Interviewer. "No,
indeed, suh, no indeedyi" replied the
recruit "He was born in Virginny I"
The same recruit wanted to show
that be could qualify under every ques
tion. "Are you a member of uny lodge
or fraternity?" was a query put to
lilm. "Good Lawd, boss, I should say
I was I Tse a pallbearer."
New uniforms are being issued to
these Florida recruits and they are
the proudest soldiers in the camp.
They have taken to the military came
like ducks to water, and officers are
amazed at the cleverness they are
showing in learning drill orders In ele
mentary army work. .
French Surgeon, Centuries Ago, Proved
Himself a Genius In the Art of
On January 11, 1613, some ma
sons were digging near the ruins of
the castle near Dauphine, Upper
Burgundy, in a field which by tradi
tion has long been called the Giant's
field. At a depth of 18 feet they dis
covered a brick tomb, 30 feet long
12 feet broad and 9 feet high, heap
ing the inscription, "Theutobochus
Bex." Within was a giant skeleton,
25 feet 6 inches in length, 10 feet
across the shoulders and 5 feet from
the breastbone to the backbone. The
teeth were about the size of an ox's
foot, and the shinbone measured 4
feet Some of the bones were car
ried to Paris and placed on exhibi
tion. They spoke for themselves, tol
disastrous result, as will be seen.
With regard to the story, Parisian'
liad to depend upon the word of th
pelf-alleged organizer of that party'
of masons. He was a 6urgeon named
Muzerein. His ingenuity and energy
in advertising himself and his giant
indicate that he was the Barnum of
his day. Both the pleasure-6eeking
and the scientific world were excited
over the wonderful discovery. Thou
sands flocked to see the bones. Doe
tor Muzerein was on the high road to
fortune when one day an anatomist
announced that the skeleton of King
Theutobochus was nothing more
than a part of the fossil remains of
an elephant, r-. '- - .-.:-.
GIRLS' AND BOYS' CLOTHING-
Simplicity Should Rule Even in Gar
ments for "Dress-Up" Occasions '
Wartime Economy Necessary.
For "dress-up" occasions the girl
will require two or more sets of lin
gerie underwear, notes a correspond
ent. This should be simply made to
save time in making and laundering.
Trimmings may be simple homemade
edgings, feather stitching, rick-rack
braJd or one of the durable torchon
or cluny edges. Sunday frocks will be
of white and may be of poplin or gab
erdine in the severer one-piece styles,
or of muslin in a softer design shewing
gathers and frills.
The "dress-up" needs of the boy of
seven and over are fully met by a two
piece suit of Canadian tweed, with hat
or cap to match. Shirt waists or shirts
of striped niadrns are worn with thia
suit. The younger boy's "Sunday" suit
can be a' shirt-waist one, the panta
loons, which button to the waist, be
ing made of either wnshable materiali
or serge. He will need a separate coat.'
Wartime economy will suggest that
as many as possible of these garments
be made from second-hand material.
The indispensable sweatercoat may be
fashioned from a discarded grown-np
one by redying and cutting It over.
Boys' shirt waists may be made from
the best parts of men's discarded
shirts, which are usually of excellent
material. A woman's cloth skirt will
make knickers for the small boy or
bloomers cr skirt fr,i- the girl.
In buying new materials avoid loose
colors. Lavenders, greens and blues
cannot be relied upon.
PLEASANT WAY ALWAYS BEST
Nothing Ever Lost by Effort to Take
Sting Out of Request That Must
Do you know how to take the sting
out of anything unpleasi.at you have
to do? It is a good plan to learn how
to do this.
"She said she conldn't do it, but yoo
know how Effle would say suoh.a thing.
She tries so hard to m:;l:e everybody
feel pleasant. Now, when I say no,
people understand that 1 mean no."
Marcla looked as we'l pleai'-ed with
herself as if she had announced a more
amiable characteristic. She was a girl
with a peculiarly blunt : nd uncom
promising manner. If she refused a re
quest, her refusal was as downright as
a blow. It was never softened by any
little phrase suggesting regret. And
Slarcia was so well sat'.slled with her
self that she felt something like con
tempt for the way Efw took the sting
out of saying no, and made the people
to whom she refused u favor as gn.te
ful as If she had granted it.
The girl who starts to go through
life with her elbows out is going to
find the road hard to travel. If she
prides herself on being blunt and out
spoken, she may need to ue that as
consolation for her sore heart many a
time. It pays to mnl-.e even a refusal
pleasant. It pays to take out the sting
whenever possible, and drop in the
honey. Oue who starts out as Marcla
did, priding herself on being blunt, and
contemptuous of the little courtesies,
is likely to come to old age friendless
and embittered. Learn to be pleasant
and take out the sting. Exchange.