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, Bedtime Stories
Winsome Bluebird is Upset. BT THORNTON W. BURGESS. The things we do tod»y tomorrow we _ forget. But over yesterdays there Is no use to fret, —Winsome Bluebird. ERHAPS you remember that Winsome Bluebird and Wel come Robin did not go to the Sunny South for the Winter. They managed to live very comfort ably on the berries of the cedar trees In a certain swamp, and on the food that Farmer Brown's Boy took care to see was provided for them every day through the Winter. When it was almost time for Sweet Mistress Spring to arrive both Winsome and Welcome became very impatient. You know, the Bluebird and Robin folk are * among the very first to come back lrom the Sunny South. Usually they come just a little ahead of Mistress Spring. So it was that Winsome Bluebird began to whistle. He began to whistle earlier than he would have ordinarily. This was because he was so lonesome and so eager for the return of Mrs. Winsome. Welcome Robin was just as eager for the return of Mrs. Robin, w "I suppose," said he, “that Mrs. Robin is coming up with a lot of other Robins. I suppose it is the wise —1imi~v h i »*- # • • “I FEEL THE SAME WAY,” SAID WINSOME BLUEBIRD. thing to do to come together, but were she half as anxious to get here as I am to have her get here she wouldn’t wait for the rest of them.” “I feel the same way,” said Win some Bluebird. "Just the same, there is no question but that it is the wise » thing to travel in company rather than alone. I do hope that nothing has happened to Mrs. Winsome. I don’t know what I’d do if she didn't return. No, sir, I don’t know what I'd do.” “I’ve heard you whistling a lot lately,” said Welcome Robin. Winsome Bluebird nodded. “It is so that she will be sure to hear me just as soon as she gets near enough,” he * explained. “Listen! I believe I hear a Bluebird now! It must be that some of my friends have arrived.” Winsome whistled and then listened. Oh, how eagerly he listened. Sure enough, there was a reply. In fact there were two or three replies. It wasn’t easy to know just where they came from, for, like his own soft whistle, they seemed to come from nowhere in particular. They were mc»t elusive, which means hard to place, were those soft notes. Anyway, that is how it would have been with us had we been in Winsome’s place, j It was different with Winsome. He j spread his blue wings and went away across the Green Meadows. How beau tiful he was! The sky at its bluest was never a deeper or more beauti ful blue than Winsome’s back and wings. Perhaps you can guess how eagerly Winsome flew to join the little flock i of Bluebirds that had arrived up in j 6 the Green Pasture. Would Mrs. Win- j some be among them? How he did j hope she would. As he approached he could see a dozen Bluebirds, but he had eyes for only one. At last he saw her. With her was another Blue bird, a handsome fellow. He was quite as handsome as was Winsome him self, and he was paying a lot of at-; tention to Mrs. Winsome. In fact, Mrs. Winsome didn't even notice Win some's approach. It was a shock to Winsome. He stopped at a little distance and watched. There was no doubt about it. Mrs. Winsome was admiring that stranger, and that stranger was show ing off In order to win her admira tion. Winsome whistled the old love notes with which he had so often wooed Mrs. Winsome. For Just an in stant she turned her head as if to listen, but it was only for an instant. The stranger was whistling, too, and she was listening to him. Winsome felt a great anger growing and grow ing within him. Had he got to win Mrs. Winsome all over again? Had he got to fight for her affections? It looked that way. Yes, sir, it locked that way very much. Winsome had never dreamed of such a thing. Per haps. after all, it was a mistake not to have gone to the Sunny South with Mrs. Winsome last Fall when she had wanted him to. Do you wonder that Winsome Bluebird was upset? (Copyright, 1836.) Sonnysayings .— ■ —-=”i I think maybe ya better hab Rag Anna hab somethin' besides house maid’s knee ... I don’t beliebe a real doctor could tell where at her knee was ... Winning Contract BY THE FOUR ACES. (David Burnstine. Michael Gottlieb, Oswald Jacoby, Howard Schenken. world's leadini team-of-iour, inventors of the system that has beaten every other system in existence.) Overenthusiasm. IT IS nice to hold 150 aces, and we shouldn't mind having them every fourth hand the rest of our lives. However, there is one draw back in possessing them, namely, everybody, from the veriest tyro to the greatest expert, overbids practically every hand which includes them. For example, consider the following hand, taken from the recent masters’ team-of-our championship. At both tables at which it was played, the player with all four aces overbid his hand, and as a result the final con tract became six no trump. A fortu nate break in cards resulted in its being fulfilled, but as a matter of strict mathematics it should not have been bid. South, dealer. Both sides vulnerable. A K 10 6 3 ¥ 9 7 ♦ K J 10 5 3 2 A 5 A J 7 4 N. A Q 8 5 ¥ Q J 6 2 W. + E. ¥543 ♦ Q 9 6 S. ♦ 7 4 A J 7 3 A K 10 6 4 2 A A 9 2 ¥ A K 10 8 ♦ A 8 A A Q 9 8 The bidding at both tables: South West North East 2 N. T. Pass 3 ♦ Pass 3 N. T. Pass 4 N. T. Pass 6 N. T. Pass Pass Pass North’s bidding is absolutely correct. With a workable six-card suit, a high card value of four and one half, and two tens, he knows that four no trump will be absolutely safe, and is inter | ested in playing a slam, in the event | that his partner's opening bid should | be a maximum. However. South’s opening two no trump, with a high card vaue of 15 and only seven honors, was a minimum, and therefore he should liave passed to four no trump. But at each table he was carried away by the 150 aces, and jumped to the slam. With both the diamond and club finesses right. 12 tricks are, of course, ! cold tor North and South. However, j strange as it may seem, the club | finesse was not taken at either table. At table No. 1. West opened the four I of spades. East played the queen, and declarer won with the ace, and was j later able to finesse for the jack, thereby making four spade tricks, two heart tricks, six diamond tricks and one club, for a grand slam. At table No. 2, West opened the queen of hearts. Declarer won with the king, successfully finessed the dia monds, and now, rather than gamble with any play in clubs or spades, simply conceded a trick to the jack of hearts, thereby making two spades, three hearts, six diamonds and one : club for a total of 12. (Copyright. 1836.) The Four Aces will be pleased to answer letters from readers if a stamped <3-cent> self-addressed envelope la inclosed with each communication. Bathing Suits May Be Brief. HAMILTON, Ontario (A>).—Hamil ton’s "neck-to-knees" bathing suit by | law has been renovated so much that | ! only “indecent exposure” this Summer i may cause swimmers to be eyed | askance. City Solicitor A. J. Poison, to whom the Council’s Property and License j Committee came for a definition of | “proper” bathing attire, replied any i garment would do if it prevented in decent exposure. ■;■" ■. . Jolly Polly A Little Chat on English. BY JOS. J. FRISCH. DAD HAS ONE GOOD THING TO SPV FOR HIS CREDITORS- TREV 7— STUCK WITH HIM AU THROUGHOUT /£**& THE DEPRESSION?) W E. C McD.—Say either “all through the depression” or “throughout the depression.” Throughout means all through, therefore “all throughout the depression” is incorrect. Send a return envelope to Jolly Polly for her interesting leaflet. “120 Everyday Words Often Mispro nounced.” PROTECTION without NAPKINS OR BELTS Performing their function safely, efficiently, with new comfort . . jet »o liny that a day's supply can be carried in a handbag. Sold in boxes of 12 nod pstiet* of 3. Nature’s Children Dogwood (Comus florida)’. BY LILLIAN COX ATHEY. PLANTING dogwood trees u ornaments Is an ancient cus tom. We are Just beginning to see what a good one it is. To the people of those days, however, these trees meant commercial value also. The wood was used wherever hard, tough wood was needed, hence its name, cornua from cornu, a horn. So engravers’ blocks, tool handles and wherever wood was a part of machin ery, used up muoh of It. The bark had properties something like quinine and red dye was also made of it. But a decoction was brewed that was claimed to de-mange Fido, hence tts unlovely popular name. We have 18 species in this genus. The tiny member 1s a wee cousin we have met in the woods, the bunch berry. Ours is the only country where dogwoods grow wild At present steps are being taken to protect this lovely outdoor child from those who forget that in order really to enjoy nature's children, they must leave them in their natural haunts. It is true that it helps rather than harms to prune a dogwood. It is best to let an expert do the pruning. There is no time in the year that this tree is not lovely. The time to study it is the day you discover it for yourself. Just now there are ample opportunities to see what a very clever tree it is. For, what to many are petals of white, are really bracts that protected the true flowers all Winter. And, being a true nurse, they have stayed to see that all goes well with their baby. The range of this tree is a wide one—from Massachusetts to Florida, west to Michigan, Missouri and Texas. Cousins continue the march. We will meet them here later. The flowering time is in April and May. That gives us an opportunity to enjoy the tree longer. At this time of the year, when she is arrayed in her bridal gown, she at tracts the attention of all who see her. In the States where she has chosen the redbuds as her brides maids, that Is one sight you can never forget. The flaring white or pink bracts are to attract the attention of the flying hosts. The notches in them are the spots too dry to grow when they folded back to let the small, inconspicuous flowers face the sun. The true flowers are tubular and of greenish hue. You And them in clusters at the ends of the branches. Here you find the scarlet berries in the Autumn. There are two seeds, covered with a crimson ooat, that catch the eye of the ml* grating bird. The leaves are lovely too. They ar rive after the flowers, opposite oval, and about 3 to 5 inches long. They have unusual veining, and In the Au tumn turn a beautiful red. When the seed children are fully matured, the brilliant leaves make their departure, thus exposing the seeds to the world. The distribution is through the assist ance ot the travelers of the air. In the Winter, the bare, gray trees, set with thousands of buds, tell the nature lover there will be an abun dance of leaves, flowers and fruit. The bark is a dark gray or brown, broken Into squarish plates resembling alligator skin. In February or March the tree is fully awake and looks it. See for yourself next Winter. (Copyright. 1938.) A Visiting Elk. OKLAHOMA CITY UP).—A bull elk jumped a 7-foot roo fence, swam a lake and menaced Twin Hills golfers, but when he reached a dairy a mile or so down the road he lo6t all his desperate ideals. He stopped to visit the cows. -.•.— Illegal Sale of Arsenic. Singapore. Malaya, has rounded up 19 Chinese druggists for illegally gell ing a Chinese powder containing a large amount of arsenic. 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