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Uncle Ray's Corner
By RAMON COFFMAN. Yesterday we were speaking about the com and wheat crops of the United States and Canada. Added together, they amounted last year to about 3.950,000,000 bushels. This Is almost enough to give two bushels of grain to every man, woman and child on earth. Of that amount, more than two thirds was made up of corn. The com crop of the United States is the largest grain crop raised by any nation in the world. Only about one-fifth of the corn crop is used as food for human be ings. The rest is fed to livestock. The one-fifth used for human food is extremely important. It goes Into millions of cans of corn snd millions of boxes of corn flakes, also Into popcorn and corn meal. Com starch and corn airup are other food products. Every part of the corn plant has value of one kind or another. The eobs can be turned into a pulp for stuffing mattresses. Another use of the cobs is for fuel. Three tons of cobs produce about as much heat as one ton of hard wood The leaves and stalks supply fodder for livestock. A high-grade paper is obtained from the pith of cornstalks. The pith also plays a part in making smokeless powder. Com, or maize, is a product of the New World, but it has been planted glAsrw * rumtm wt A .0tt—Mxu w with mt atm *“ 4X ,ili At wunotw =£■■ mmm mm HMU>vonK»maMt> -' MOMUUtDADMg ODTID Utt TDACTOng I JO DULL. Mowing. euTTiND gWATHlt I gDOOAj* srvtnAL YAnog wiot I In every continent. Southern and Central Europe grow a great deal of it. and it is a common crop in the rich valley of the Nile Rivcf. Large corn crops are raised in the eastern and western ends of Aus tralia. and in valleys of Burma and Northeastern India. We do not know where American Indians first raised corn, but most likely it was in Mexico. At least 2,000 years ago the natives of Mex ico had fields of corn. Wandering tribesmen probably carried the seeds northward into the United States. Popcorn is a special'kind of In dian corn. The kernels have a hard coating which does not let out moisture. The leak-proof coating makes it possible for the corn to be popped. The small amount of water inside each kernel Is heated until it turns into steam. The steam at length becomes so strong that the kernel explodes. The explosion turns the kernels inside out and may make it from IS to 20 times as large. •Dor central interest section of your ' •ertobook.) If you wish a copy of the leaflet “Flying Machine Pioneers,” just send a self-addressed (3-cent), stamped envelope to Uncle Ray, in care of The Evening Star. Read Uncle Ray in The Junior Star Every Sunday. Take My Word for It By FRANK COLBY. Signs of the Zodiac Zodiac is from the Greek word eodiakos, meaning “a circle of ani mals.” The zodiac is symbolic of an imaginary zone in the heavens in which move the sun, moon and planets. The signs of the zodiac are named for these 12 major constella tions: Aries, the ram, pronounced AY- I ri-eez. Taurus, the bull, pronounced ' TAW-russ. Gemini, the twins, pronounced I JEM-i-ny, the third syllable rhymes with by, my. •Cancer, the crab, pronounced ; KAN-ser. Leo, the lion, pronounced LEE-oh. Virgo, the virgin, pronounced VER-goe. Libra, the balance or scales, pro nounced LY-bruh. Scorpio, the scorpion, pronounced 6KAWR-pee-oh. Sagittarius, the arches. The first syllable rhymes with badge, thus: i 6ADGE-i-TAY’ree-uss. Capricornus, the goat, pronounced KAP-ree-KAWR'nuss. Aquarius, the water carrier, pro nounced uh-KWAIR-uss. Pisces, the fishes, pronounced PIS8-eez. •The Latin word for crab is "can cer.” A malignant tumor or swell mg was cBiicu a uaiiuci uccau&c me ancients imagined that the radial ! growth resembled a crab. It's Hard to Believe Memphis: Please give the origin of the word stf ward. MRS. D. Answer—Steward is the modem form of the Anglo-Saxon word stiweard, meaning (hold your breath!) "warden of the sty!” Its hard to believe that a steward lit erally is “the keeper of the pigs,” j but it’s true! Send for my exciting and in formative "Grammar Test.” Send a stamped (3-cent), self-ad addressed envelope to Frank Colby, In care of The Evening Star.' (Releated by the Bell Syndicate, Ine.) To keep our independence, in stead of being kept in dependence, start a regular bond-buying pro gram right now. Answer to Yesterday's Puzzle i I UNTIED —By Gluyas Williams mm* HUN* ON. 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Here is our smallest mammal— 5 inches long, full of energy and determination, and given to minding its own business. Short-tailed shrews have a range from the Atlan tic States to Nebraska, south to Ohio, Maryland and the mountains of North Carolina. They are re placed in the South by a slightly different species, and in the North we have another species somewhat smaller even than Blarina and of a different color. The shrews resemble mice and have often been mistaken for them, especially in their northern range. ttt They are far from acting like mice, for their manner of living End ob taining their food is that of the despised weasels. Shrews have lithe, supple bodies, very short legs and long pointed snouts. Their flesh is dark, fibrous and strong smelling. This may be accounted for by their carnivorous habits, but many of our meat ani mals have light-colored, tender flesh free from odor. It must be the blood-thirsty disposition, for the shrew is a fearful killer. Because of his intense activity, the shrew is always hungry. He is ravenously fond of all kinds of flesh, even insects. None of the shrews appear to hibernate. They evidently could not endure a fast that would cover months; indeed, a shrew must have food every few hours. ’Sven in the coldest weather, shrews have been seen out on the snow. Many of the small animals have found it wise to take up quarters in old bams —By Lillian Cox Athey and buildings where mice are estab lished. The disagreeable odor which all shrews emit when frightened or angry serves to protect them from many animals, but not from all their foes. Owls appear to be very fond of them. They are responsible for keeping the shrews in check. Weasels do their part and include them as a regular part of their diet. Cats dislike them very much, though they will kill them and even bring them home to their babies to play with. Even a kitten, will not take a nibble of a shrew. Birds of prey, mistaking them for mice, will, upon discovering their blunder, drop them. It is said that foxes also will bring the shrew home fdr the cubs to play with, but thev are too unsavory for them to sample. Shrews lead a partially under ground existence. .They serve the farmer insofar as tney hunt for insects of all kinds. Their shallow burrows are often seen, but they do not have any system to them like those constructed by the moles. The short-tailed shrew is a sooty color, slightly paler below. It has only a very short tall, about one fourth the length of the head and body. The front teeth are chest nut brown at the tips. The sense of smell is very keen—indeed, the shrew is often able to obtain a meal left by another neighbor because of this ability to catch a scent that is some distance away. Bedtime Stories By THORNTON W. BURGESS. Never tay a thins it to Until you really, truly know. Sammy Jay awoke in a bad state of mind. Yes, sir, he was in a bad state of mind. He felt cheap, dread fully cheap. He couldn’t remember when he had felt so cheap. You see, he had discovered that Old Man Coyote had given up his home in the far corner of the Oreen Mead ows. Then he had looked for several days in every place he could think of. *but found no trace of Old Man Coyote. At once he had made up his mind that Old Man Coyote had i | RACE RILEY and Hit COMMANDOS DINKY DINKERTON before the barom LEFT to BOARD THE TUG 'AJAX*, HE “ LEFT THE BOVS INI THE BATH OF CABIN! 705, SCALED W MATH THE WATER TURNED OKIl ri f _jk/ i? a rT\ I LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE ‘' .. **—— ■ I, f WHAT KEPTV f GEE. ITS ( OH. ThttS IS ^ YUH, ANNIE? SURE NICE AN* SAFE ENOUGH- II PEACEFUL-- I (T WAS DOWN >-;-—‘^ IN TH COVE THAT( CANT MAG1NE ANYTHN DANGEROUS HAPPENIN' ROUND MOON MULLINS *" -i ■■ ■ ■ ■' ■ —1 ■■■ ■ »i / UNCLE WILLIE ?-oh\ /tHE WHELPfN / \ «e ALWAYS \ ( ca^l^co^suut 1 ™*EfNMK -THEM TURKISH AND WHAT "TO DO OKI / DANCERS WAS His VACATION. y ^ MORE ^ *TTR*?„%, THE SPIRIT r YOU RAY THt* THAT* Rl*HT.'l ,■/ ANP TONM&HT Hi'S A CROOK OR. FUTURE ^mAhOtht positive 1 J HE prom*** plf AN© A PAKERU PROPW**l*S HCAMAEEtM I TO PORSTCU. HU r KNOW IT!. ‘ MORRltLE ACCMNTS > HAPP*N..0UT I 1 % SOMETHIN* ANO-.I.-EK. AN© 7W*V ACTUALLY* CANT PROVE ITl \ /OHASTLY THAT* 1% THOUGHT YOU V HAPPEN T? IT'S UNCANNY. L / BOIN* TO HAPPEN 7 MKSHT 4 But h**s always\ \ to me i hm.mjh: / stumble onto I AUmf§.J INTEREST* fe"/^SOMC EVIDENCE! FLYIN' JENNY IF WE CAN STALL ANOTHER FEW MINUTES THE SMOKE WILL PREVENT THOSE GEE, I EVEN FORGOT THEV HAD A PLANE — BUT WHERE ? MUTT AND JEFF /VOU HEARD ME! I SAID, CUT OUT THAT NOISE"! Lr\~"XSM \ WAMNA !pA^THEj|^P left the Green Meadows for good, and promptly had flown all over the Green Meadows, to the Smiling Pool, and through the Green Forest, telling every one he met that Old Man Coyote had left. Then, just before he fell asleep that night, what should he hear but the voice of Old Man Coyote himself. Do you wonder that Sammy Jay felt cheap as he sat in a hemlock tree and thought it all over? Now it is a funny thing how some people feel when they have done something foolish. They get angry, not with themselves, but with some one else who isn’t to blame at all. Sammy Jay did. The more he thought it over the angrier he grew. And whom, do you thing he was angry with? Why, Old Man Coyote! Yes, sir, Sammy Jay was angry i with Old Man Coyote for not having gone away when he, Sammy, had said he had. Of course, that was perfectly silly, but do you know there are lots of people just as silly as that? They do foolish things and then try to put the blame on others. Of course. Old Man Coyote didn't know anything about this. All that time when Sammy Jay had been looking for him and couldn't find him he had been very busy, very busy, indeed. He had been making a new home. You see, he had felt that he could not live with any peace of mind in his old home in the far corner of the Green Mead ows now that Farmer Brown’s Boy knew where it was. He would never feel safe there again. That meant that either he must leave the Green Meadows and the Green irest al ii (Tktrt't rtml WwiMr* to tki Smmdty temict.J (Laugh at Man Mmllimt n Smmirny, tarn, m ika talar*4 comic tteHamJ (Flyin' Jenny else fliet every Sunday in ike entered enmie teiHan.) " 'V.WI r . . .1« (Watch for Mutt aud Jag’s laughable escapades iu the talared comic section of The Sunday Star.) together or else that he must find a very secret place in which to make a new house, a place where no one would think to look tor him. It was just this last that he decided to do, tor he liked the Green Meadows and the Green Forest too well to leave them altogether. Now, on the Green Meadows there was no place so lonely and which had so few visitors as the far corner where he had had his home, so right away he decided that as this had been found he would have to leave the Green Meadows and look for a place close to them. He went straight to the Green Forest and all through it, looking for a place to make a new home. But there he could find no place to please him. Besides, he didn’t care to live in the Green Forest If he could help it. * ii > ■»« » r»—»» IH (Don’t mist Dinktrton's hilarious od van torts hs tka tolortd aomie saction on Smmdsft.) (More of Orphan Annie's thrilling adventures in tka entered semis section of The Sunday Star.) (Kttp up with Tkt Spirit’t mar am trim* tm Tba Smmday Start taatia baah.) a —ly MHbum Rosstr. ■i —By Art Huhto IR WHEN DINKY'S FOOT WAS | 1 TICKLED ME STRAIGHTENED ■ I OUT WITH SUCH FORCE ■ | THAT PRESTO// 1 <£'*5* I # Rw * vCSS .O 1 —By Harold Gray YHAGrcTl [ AN* A REAL AXIS SUB , ALL THOSE MAS G THOSE fl BLEWUP ANSANK.' MEN ON. 1 SCOW FULL O' UJCKY I nr killed! ) gasoline ak accidents I SUPPLIES BLEW I UP. TOO —ly Frank Willard 6««: you shouloOn WARNED ME ABOUT VHER YEARS A60.ZAZ0. I MARRIED THE H 1 —By Will Eisner |_\ % ^ 1 —By Russell Keaton and Glenn Chaffin I LL GET THE SHIP TAW IT BUT AS JlP ATTEMPTS TD REACH OUT HERE-*XJ TAKECARE. THE Hi DOE M PLANE OF THEM DAMES—AND bmr MAKE IT final/getME? vtTf too lATE-ANOjust because I l THAT CLUCK REM0ABERS HE * \USED T> HAVE A SISTER/ stD-J (_j ■ II I I I I I !■_I —By Bud Fisher /how (SET OUT AND STAV OUT/ I'LL SAOWyi ^Vou Wrtcfe BOSS He wanted a more open place, a place that was more like the open country of the great wide west, where he had been born. So he left the Green Forest and went over to the Old Pasture. This was better. To be sure, it was much overgrown with bushes and tangles of vines, but there were open places, and it was not at all like the dark depths of the Green Forest, where the trees were so tall and shut out the sunlight. Then, too, those tangled vines and briers made splendid hid ing places. So Old Man Coyote made up his mind that if he could find just the right spot in the Old Pasture that was the place for a new home. Very carefully he went all over it, and at last he found Just what he was look ing for. In the middle of a great tangle of bushes and vines were some great rocks which formed a very tiny cave. In this Old Man Coyote began to dig, and to his great delight he found that he could dig down and under the rocks. It wasn’t easy digging, but it could be done. So he went to work with might and main, and that is where he was and what he was doing all the time Sammy Jay had been look ing for him. He had finished his new house the very afternoon that Sammy spread the news that he had gone away. Stamp, stamp, stamp the beys are marching—and so are the girb—te the War savings stamp windews ef peet nffices everywhere. Are reu in the parade?