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The Naturalist’s Column
By Frazer G. Poole Oddities of the Bird World Nature’s truths are often hard to believe and those found in the realm of birds are no exception. You need look no further than the crimson blossoms of the trumpet vine outside your door in order to sec one of its many oddities. Ffere, on any bright summer day, you may see the brilliant flash of ruby and the whir of wings of the hum mingbird that drinks the nectar of your flowers. Watch them closely, see them hpng hovering before some flower, push forward to drink the wine offered then, and then< with the swiftness or an arrow, back-up and fly to the next blos som. Odd—ves. for the humming bird is the only bird known to man who possesses the ability to fly backward. Now we jump to the tropical forests of South America and visit the home of the Toucan. Here we find the female bird sitting on her eggs, which are laid in the hollow of some large tree. Odd—yes, for she cannot get out. Her mate has sealed the opening with clay and. except for a small hole, she is com pletely imprisoned. Through this hole she is fed by the male and only -when the eggs are hatched does ne chisel away the clay and allow hei and her young their freedom. Every year thousands upon thousands of Chimney Swifts mass together in Georgia and Florida and then head southward; to b< seen no more by civilized man unti they return to us in the spring There have been, however, a few records of occurrence, during mi grations, in Cuba and Centra America. After that they disap pear and no man knows where the} go. Probably they spend theii 70RK . ' . Mm Alicia a de Errazuriz (above), is the only wo man city official in South America. She is mayoress of Provlbenda, Chile, the most exclusive residen tial city in that country. She is here on a visit. time in the great rain-forest area of the Amazon valley in Brazil, but no one has ever seen them. Odd— yes, that such a vast number of birds should disappear so complete ly In Australia and the East In dies there lives j class of birds somewhat closely allied to our chicken. To the scientist they are known as the Megapodes (great feet) to the inhabitants and na tives as brush, turkeys or mound builders. Odd—yes, for these birds _ 1_T _ ^ 1* 1 _ • _ the sand or some decaying matter and there deposit their eggs. The parents, after the eggs are laid, have nothing to do with them and the young scratch their way up through the sand or debris in order to reach the surface. Returning to our own continent for our next example we remember the Water Ouzel of the western states. Odd—yes, because this bird often feeds under water. Reputable authorities hav« seen them feeding on the bottom of streams more1 than five feet deep. They seem to love water, for often their nests are found hidden on the damp rocks behind waterfalls and catar acts. So we could go on—nature’s od dities are never ending. Always we can see and learn something new and different. SHIFT OF EMPHASIS - - The preacher’s small son was be ing quizzed by an elderly visitor one day. "Does your father ever preach the same sermon twice?” he was asked. "Sure he does,” the small boy re plied, "but he hollers in differ ent places.” “Boys Are Slow” Says Miss Fowler By Leonie Fowler Campus Problems I Are the boys bashful, backward, selfish, or haven’t they been around much? After years and years of struggle, Catawba College has at last succeeded in establish ing dancing as another social acti vity. And what a response! There are over four hundred students in school, half of them girls, and yet there are probably not over fifty who do not dance. Yet how many show up for a dance? Whose fault is it? The boys! There are practi cally two girls for every boy and one of the two should surely be sufficiently appealing to escort to n "R nt n mnla wnpf - — J 3 ' — *** — come alone, if he comes. If it’s bashfulness—remember the gal wants to go (and you should be over bashfulness by now). If it’s backwardness—read Emily Post! If it’s selfishness (meaning, of course, that the boy doesn’t want to be' responsible for anyone but himself) —take a tip, girls still prefer pro tection. Dancing has been left up to the students. If tye want it, we must support it, and that means the boys have got to break down, ask a girl, and go. Many of the boys won’t go because they can’t take the Belle of the Ball. If you would look around you might find some very good prospects for the Belle-to-be. There have been quite a few complaints about "these Southern i_ ern boys. Judging from this, we would expect all of them to have dates. But, no, at the last dance, two-fifths of the stags were Northern boys. We must admit, however, that the poorest co-operation comes from our Southern Beau Brummels. If a few of them were not going with a girl regularly, they might all come stag. You males now know your short comings. If the girls have any where dancing is concerned, let us have a little retaliation. We want dancing in the school; we think the dances are swell. If it is up to us in any way, let us have it, and we will meet you three-fourths of the way. WANTED NEW TEETH Little Mary Ellen was suffering from toothache and her father, hoping to cheer her up, asked: 'What would you like me to give you for your birthday next week?” "You might give me some teeth [ike mamma’s so I can take them Dut when they ache,” answered the child. Candy Hall’s Cafe 131 NORTH MAIN ST. I "Good Place To Eat” Club Breakfast Blue Plate Lunches —- 25c HOME-MADE BRUNSWICK STEW Pit Barbecue 1 Sandwiches now*''*' WHY PAY MORE? Courteous Service Always. October is the Month ... 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Now the arch Republican New York Sun, one of the most violent anti-Roosevelt Old Gualrd news papers, has solemnly "cautioned” its readers to "disregard the Digest poll.” In a leading editorial label ed "Imperfect Samples,” the Sun says: "The fourth weekly instalment of the Literary Digest’s poll covers 503,000 voters from 21 states and gives Gov. Landon 13 of them and a 3 to 2 lead over President Roose velt. Republicans should not be misled by these figures, however, for an examination of the detailed figures indicates clearly that the sampling so far is unrepresented. "The returns from New York State, for example, include votes from 53,905 persons who voted the Republican ticket in 1932 and only 28,605 who voted the De mocratic ticket. The vote for Roosevelt in New York in 1932 was 2,534,000 and for Hoover 1, 937,000. The sample represents less than three per cent of the 1932 vote and that small percent age not in the proper mixture. "Similar discrepancies can be found in other states represented in the Digest poll. Indiana went Democratic four years ago by ap proximately 9 to 7, but the Digest poll so far has produced ballots from 22,700 Republican voters of 1932 and only 18,000 Democratic voters of that year. California was Democratic by more than 470,000 votes in 1932, but the Re publican voters of 1932 represent ed in the straw vote equal the Democratic voters of 1932. These examples are enough to indicate t why tendencies in the poll are more significant than totals.” In polite language, the Sun indi cates its belief that the Digest ef fort is a little less than unwelcome. It states in its lengthy analysis that decidedly too many who are listed as having supported Roosevelt in 1932 are recorded as favoring Landon this year. To the Sun, with its intimate relationship with the Old Guard headquarters, this "tendency” is all but disgusting, as is also another to make it appear that Lemke "will win three times as many Republican votes as Democratic votes in Republican states.” To the Sun this seems little short of absurd. The same editorial treats dis paragingly still another sampling which the Republican high com mand and its columnists have been praising very highly and frequent ly. Of it the Sun says: "The so called grass roots straw vote has brought in almost 670*000 votes of which Landon received 58.3 per cent, or almost exactly the same proportion as in the Literary Digest poll.” To the Sun this seems a remarkable coincidence, as it had seemed previously to less biased observers. NOT WORTH IT Lawyer to colored client: "Well, Hank, I can probably get you a di vorce, but it will cost you $50.” Hank: "Fifty dollars, boss?” Lawyer: "Yes, that includes court fees and other expenses.” Hank: "Well, boss, I guess J don’t want no deevorce. There ain’t $50 difference between dem two svimmen.” STATEMENT OF THE OWNERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, CIRCU LATION, Etc., REQUIRED BY THE ACT OF CONGRESS OF AUGUST 24, 1912. Of The Carolina Watchman, published weekly at Salisbury, North Carolina, for October, 1936 STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, COUNTY OF ROWAN, SS. Before me, a Notary Public in and for the State and county afore said, personally appeared E. W. G. Huffman, who, having been duly sworn recording to law, deposes and says that he is the Business Man ager of The Carolina Watchman and that the following is, to the best of his knowledge and belief, a true statement. 1. That the names and addresses of the publisher, editor, managing editor, and business managers are: The Carolina Watchman Publishing Company, publisher; E. W. G. Hu ffman, Editor and Business Manag er, of Salisbury, N. C. 2. That the owners are: The Carolina Watchman Publishing Com pany, Salisbury, North Carolina. 3. That the known bondholder, mortgagee, and other security holder owning or holding 1 per cent or more of the total amount of bonds, mortgages, or other securities is: E. W. G. Huffman, Salisbury, N. C. E. W. G. Huffman, Business Manager. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 24th day of October, 1936. Ira R. Swicegood, Notary Public. = ' " I .."Wf Wefesfe^resideiit~j i-J WEUjESLEY, Mass. .... Whs Mil dred H. McAfee (above), is the new president of Wellesley College here. She was Introduced, official ly, to die faculty and student body by Dean Mary L. CooHdge. Pioneer Contract Awarded Watchman (From The Pioneer) The printing contract of the Pioneer has again been awarded to The Carolina Watchman... This company printed the paper last year, and has done so for many years in the past. One of the best printing companies in the South, The Watchman has always given the greatest satisfaction to Ca tawba by it’s work on the Pioneer Co-operation, personal interest, and eood iudement are the traits exemplified by the company in it’s work with the members of the Pioneer staff. Particularly well done has been the wotk of Mr. Leach, who has had special charge of printing the paper for a number of years. Consequently, the staff members feel the Pioneer to be in competent and trustworthy hands this year. It is expected that ev eryone will be satisfied with the printing of the publication for the coming term.