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i SOIL OF BESSARABIA j IS PROVEN TEMPTING Province in Southeast Europe Is I Eone of Contention Between i Russia and Rumania. J Bessarabia, Alsace and Lorraine of southeast Europe, continues to be a j bone of contention between Russia Rumania. Russia's recent de mand for a plebiscite in the princi pality was refused by Rumania. "Only a close observer can tell the difference between rural Ohio and In diana and the farm lands of Bessa rabia." says a bulletin of the National Geographic Society from its head quarters here. “Tasseled Indian corn, from seed brought from America, rustles in the breeze, while ripples play over seas of yellow wheat. Earth black as Illi nois ‘gumbo’ lies beneath one’s feet. “When land like this brings from J!00 to S4OO an acre in the United States it is clear why both Russia and Rumania, after five years’ discussion punctuated with armed threats, still make counter-claims to Bessarabia. “Geologically Bessarabia is allied to Russia, including as it does, the tail end of the black earth belt of Russian prairies. But even Russian census figures state that more than half Bessarabia's population is Ru manian. "In feudal days there arose In what now is Rumania the house of Bas sarab. One of the princes is said to have established Moldavia, which, with Wallachia. established by an other prince of the same house, helped make up pre-war Rumania Bessarabia takes its name from the family. This point of history is not forgotten in Rumania's 'lrridenta’ program. Rus sia reminds the world that Bessarabia had been sw Russian principality for more than J hundred years, up to the transfer during the days of the revo lution. and that it is a monument to Russia’s power in stemming the Turk tide in the Balkans. "Kumania, variously considered, is 1.800 years old, 65 years old or 6 years old. Bessarabia was the out post of the Roman dominion, Dacia, which, in the time of Trajan, com prised all of what now is Greater Ru mania. Only Wallachia and Moldavia were included in the familiar Ru manian ‘boot’ which made up the autonomous Rumania carved out of Turkey in Europe in 1859. Inde pendent Greater Rumania, six years old. was bom when the^ Versailles treaty reallotted Transylvania and Bucovina; Bessarabia was annexed after repeated requests from the principality’s peasant council, which first attempted to establish a republic. "Rumania's throe ages are the key to tlie condition of Bessarabia, which has the air of being part of one of the oldest nations of Europe and yet bears the marks of the green pioneer Mage of Nebraska in overland mail days. Like the American pioneer, the Bessarabian, peasant is sufficient unto himself. He builds his own house from materials at hand, his fields sup ply wheat and corn, his stock sup plies his meat and his flax the fiber which his wife and daughter spin, weave and dye. His private still brews corn whisky or “tsulca,*’ a fra grant plum brandy. Only recently have aniline dyes replaced natural herb dyes for the brilliant peasant costumes. Independence is a prime virtue in a country which has only 530 miles of railroad and only sixty miles of improved highway! "The household obeys the pioneer rule that everybody works. Prom the child who drives the geese to the pond to the patriarch who closes the gato after the oxen, each has his duties. Schools command scant at tention where there is work for every hand, and therefore only 40 per cent of Bessarabian men and only 5 per cept of the women are literate. The pioneer influence is further shown in Bucharest, where nearly every house has land around it, un like the wall-to-wall style of many European capitals. "The American tourist in Bessara bia at Easter time would be surprised to find the peasants coloring Easter egga. He would be impressed by the superior color and decoration the Moldavians obtain, for they use no paper patterns, depending alone on their own ingenuity for designs. So remarkaoly original Is much of their work that designs and colors have been used for motifs by great textile concerns.” p n fjl Good to the Last Drop WHAT a delicious, fragrant cup! The gucft who tailcs your coffee and says, “This muit be Maxwell House,” is paying high tribute to your good tailc, # The formula? The finest coffees the world can produce; meticulous cleaning; roafring that develops the finest flavor ,of the berry; blending that takes the bc& of each variety—then the pcrfc&cd flavor is sealed in the can. MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee SOVEREIGNS BALL GUESTS By the A Bead* ted Pres*. LONDON, May 15. —The last state function In honor of the visit of King Ferdinand and Queen Marie of Ru mania to London w’as a brilliant state ball at Buckingham Palace last night. The guests numbered about 2,000 dis tinguished personages of all ranks. The ballroom and other apartments ■were banked with flowers, and the famous gold plate of royal renown was on display in the gorgeous dec orative scheme. It was the first state hall in which the Duchess of York followed In the royal procession. King George and Queen Mary and the Rumanian sovereigns having opened the ball by leading In the formal quadrille d'honneur, much of the evening was given over to danc ing. The dances, however, were con fined largely to waltzes; there were no modern dances, such as the fox trot, in the program, which was ar ranged by Queen Mary herself. According to the government census report, the telephone bells rang 25 billion times in the United States during 1922. The number of mes sages for that year is recorded at 24*4 billions, an increase over 1917 of 13.2 per cent. (bake it best I with miw "WASH DONT SCOUR y-TEETH m Colgate’s Ribbon /ill Dental Cream— I lyk This Dentifrice \ Scratch Enamel ■ THK EVK\TK(T STAR. WASHINGTON. Tt. C, THURSDAY. MAT 15. 1924. 1 FIG NEWTONS r=====rr Z ~ ~ The product of the flf LOW IHp tdlUpmC IT* 20c Mars P t a " ows 15c ed wt Lb. are . unequal ; ■■ V Store Near Your Columbus Peaches, can 20c OPENED TODAY Columbus Peeled Apricots, can .... 20c Our New !W .t Glen, mj. 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