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CONNECTICUT WESTERN NEWS, Thurs., AUGUST 26, 1920 "
0 JONAH MERELY A MOUTHFUL Monster Fish Recently Caught at Mi- ami, Fla.. Could Have Accommo dated Twenty Prophets. T Was Jonah swallowed by a whale? . ... , , . ,. -wi.vi..Lug iu uie uiuicui siorjr 11 waa fish of this nature that entertained the prophet In Its Interior for three flays and nights, but the limited size of the whale's throat precludes the possi bility of its swallowing a man. However, there was caught at Mi ami, Fla., recently, a fish that could have lunched on 20 Jonahs without offering the slightest pang of Indiges tion, and among the many persons who have seen the fish are clergymen who have formulated the theory that It wa9 really a fish of this species that swal lowed Jonah. Here Is the way this denizen of the Veep shapes up in the way of dlmep- fdonal figures : The net weight of the fish, when caught, not including its last meal, was 30,000 pounds. Its liver alone touched the beam at 1,700 pounds, which la about the weight of hefty, bullock. From end to end it measures 45 feet, which is equal to the eombined length of eight normal men. 'At the (thickest part the circumfer ence Is 23 feet 9 Inches. , One of the most Impressive features jaf the fish is its month, which is 50 laches wide and 43 Inches deep. In j aide of the mouth la a tongue 40 inches, and it has a. multitude of teeth much j amaller than a baby's. Nobody has I aver attempted to count these molars. lEThe tail resembles the caudal append ace of an airplane and measures 10 . feet from tip to tip.',. , But big as the fish la, it died In in fancy. Scientists, who have measured tts cartilaginous formations say they are far from developed and that had this monster attained full growth it would have been two and a half times as large as it is now. According to the scientists of the Smithsonian institution the animal is a whale-shark, and is the first speci men of its kind that has been captured. They state further that it Is an Inhabi tant' of water of 1,500 feet depth, its hide of sufficient thickness to with stand the most enormous water pres jsure, and its eyes, which have no lids ( and consequently were never closed, ; Indicating that It dwelt as a depth ! where eyes are of no avail. f The Smithsonian scientists believe that it was thrown up by some subter ranean volcanic disturbance, which in jured its diving apparatus so that It was unable to return to Its natural levels and that thus disabled It strayed beyond , confines fixed for the mon sters of the deep. Capt Charles H. Thompson of Mi ami, caught the fish while cruising for tarpon off Knight's key, Florida. New York Independent. - Sunset Colors. The gorgeous sunset colors are due to the red light which is transmitted through the cloudy sky and is the re- i v .rti va su va, iuc oaji it atvi " fla apparently blue In itself when one loois through a sufficiently long layer. If, however, there were nothing to re ject the light back, the water would. 1 course, look black, and certain lakes do show exactly this Dhenomenon. If ' there is a small amount of reflecting particles tne water iooks oiue. witn - -1 - A J 1 A . more suspended parucies a certain 1 water becomes green. In the tropics the water is an Intense blue, except near the shore, where it becomes an ' almost equally intense green. The water of the Rhone where it flows out of the Lake of Geneva is blue, while the Rhine of Strasbourg Is green, and we find that the Rhine contains 70 per cent more suspended calcium carbonate than the Rhone. ,-nmi-i iiiikm nit; w tt Lcr ill u o w liiiLliLiig tank will be green. This is due to sus pended solids in the water. The same effect can occasionally be obtained in a porcelain-lined bathtub. The clear brown brooks that one finds in many places in New England owe their color fVio nrcepnffl nf n hrnwn mntprinl nf 'the nature of tannin, so this would ' really be a pigment color and not a structural one. Scientific American. Measuring Our Universe. Astronomers are inclined to believe that our universe with Its 3,000,000 stars is after all but a part of space and that other universes may lie be yond. Attempts have been made to measure the size of the so-called uni verse, but opinions differ very widely as to Its dimensions. It is difficult to measure it by using so small a unit ef measure as a mile. If we take the speed of light which travels 186,000 miles' in a single second, for compari son we will begin to gain some faint Idea of the dimensions.; Light speed ing along at this rate will travel in an hour 669,660,000 miles. It is estimated that It would take light 30,000 years to travel across this space. Some as tronomers even believe that it would 1 take ten times as long or 300,000 light years. The mind can scarcely grasp the idea that beyond this universe lie stfcen greater voids. Boy's Life. Maiden Lane's Fame'7In Peril. ' , Maiden lane, in the heart of the New York business district, may lose its identity if the diamond and jewel ry and allied trades there decide to move uptown. Great increase in rents recently caused the tradesmen to appoint a ommlttee to consider a proposal to shift the entire trade center. This committee, it was learned, has recom mended several new sites and a can vass will soon be taken on the propo sition. More than 75 leading firms, including . large manufacturers, afs Said to be considering moving. AMERICAN RED GROSS TO GIVE RURAL HELP Program for Public Health and Community Welfare Is Now Well Under Way. Rural communities and towns of lese than 8,000 population benefit in a very large part by the public health and community welfare work of the Ameri can Red Cross. Almost all of the 3,600 Red Cross chapters have some rural sections in their territory. There fore the Red Cross Rural Service. Briefly, the purpose of Rural Serv ice is to assist people to get out of life more health, wealth and happiness. In this purpose public health instruction and general educational progress . of both children and adults play a big part Recreation is found to be one of the biggest needs in rural life. There is lack of sufficient play-life for the chil dren and social life for the adults. Picnics, pageants, debating clubs, baseball leagues, community, singing and other social events which bring the people of surrounding communities together have been organized and car ried on under the guidance of Red Cross rural workers to great advan tage. , In many Instances solving rec reational problems and getting people together proves to be the awakening of the community to other conditions which may be Improved by united action. As a result of community organiza tion, townships in which there had been 1 neither plans nor Interest in community progress have been organ ized to work together with the unified purpose of bringing their community up to the most enlightened standards. Lecture and musical entertainment courses have been started as a result of community meetings, as well as cir culating libraries, Red Cross schools of Instruction in Home Nursing, Care of the Sick and First Aid. In the larger towns the need for restrooms and pub lic comfort stations Is being met Play grounds for the children have been established and recreational activities worked out for the year In order that there may be concerted effort in carrying on the programs of the various welfare agencies in the rural districts. Red Cross Rural Serv ice helps the organizations already on the ground. The main object of the service is to lend a hand everywhere and take the lead only where neces sary. 1 JUNIOR RED CROSS ACTIVE IN EUROPE Garden seeds for Polish orphans, milk for anaemic Greek babies, car penters' tools for Czecho-Slovaklan cripples these are only a few of the gifts that young Americans are send ing to the war-crushed children of the Old World. Through the Junior Red Cross the boys and girls of the United States i are giving a fresh start in life to little war orphans scattered all over Europe. They have set up orphans' homes in France, school colonies In Belgium and Montenegro, and day schools in Al bania. They are sending dozens of young Syrians, Montenegrins, and Albanians to' American colleges In Constantinople and Beirut and maintaining more than a hundred orphans of French soldiers at colleges and trade schools. In or phanages and farm schools up and down the peninsula of Italy there are nearly 500 wards of American Juniors. Last winter a thousand French chil dren from the Inadequate shelters of the devasted regions were sent by the Junior Red Cross to spend the cold months in warmer parts of France. At the same time five thousand little Belgians were having a hot lunch every day at Junior Red Cross school can teens. American school children have' al ready rasped something like a million dollars for these enterprises, and they are still hard at work. In China, through campaigns of ed ucation, the Junior Red Cross is help ing to combat widely prevalent blind ness and cholera. RED CROSS RELIEF IN CENTRAL EUROPE . But for timely assistance of the American Red Cross during the last year, a large proportion of the 20,000, 000 population of the Balkan States might have starved or perished from disease or exposure. Six million dol lars worth of food, clothing and medi cal supplies have been sent to the Bal kans Roumania, Bulgaria, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Greece since the beginning of Red Cross re lief operations ,in Central Europe, while millions of dollars worth of food alone has been sent to the needy in these states. The money expended by the Red Cross In this stricken portion of Eu rope has been used to set up hospitals, orphanages, dispensaries, mobile medi cal units and to help in the. general re construction of devastated areas., Amer lican tractors and other farming Imple ments have been sent to the agricul tural regions where aid has been giv en In plowing the land. By the last of this year probably all American Red Cross agencies ad ministering relief In Central Europe will have withdrawn. By that time, It is believed, the people will have ap proached a aormal state of living and will be able through their own agencies which the Red Cross has helped set 3 for themselves. B0VE WISDOM OF SOLOMON Sreat Secrets of Nature Hidden From the Eyes of Even the Keen est of Mankind. The queen of Sheba came to ask Solomon questions to test his wisdom, j Dne question, tradition says, was as follows: "Here is a large diamond ahich I wish to put on a necklace. On j ne side a straight hole is drilled to j lie center of the stone on another jlde a straight hole Is drilled to the renter at right angles to the first low shall I string the diamond?" Solomon took the gem, sent a serv int to bring him a little slender worm Jrom a bush near by, attached a silk :hread to the worm and let It crawl ihrough the crooked hole, handed back ie diamond with a salaam and said: 'Shucks, how easy I" Mrs. Sheba then said. "I have here vial which I wish filled with water, jut the liquid milst not be taken from iie waters that are upon the earth, aor under the earth, nor In the flrma neat above the earth." Solomon turned to a servant and ivhispered a command. The servant nounted a horse standing near, rode iim two miles at full run, brought him jack reeking with sweat Solomon took the vial, caught the sweat In it handed it to the queen with a bow ind said, "Come again." She then said, "I have a goose at dome, and when it eats grass, the rrass turn's to feathers on Its back, I have a sheep and the grass It eats turns to wool on Its back. I have a cow and when she eats grass, It turns to hair on her back how do you ex plain that Mr. Solomon?" And Mr. Solomon could only strike the table with his fist and shout This meetih Is adjourned." Charles D. Merrill. Important Discovery. For many years Mr. William W. Ellsworth was connected with the Century Magazine, and that brought him Into contact with many interest ing people. In his book of reminis cences, "A1 Golden Age of Authors," he tells an amusing anecdote of Tim othy Cole, the engraver. Cole Is a simple man, says Mr. Ells worth, of great kindliness, who has had at various times some Interesting notions about food. Years ago, when Horace Fletcher was just beginning to publish his theories, I made some good-natured fun of them, and de scribed the visit of guests to my house while my family was endeavoring to Fletcherize and the Impatience of the guests when they did not have enough to eat Some friend sent my screed to Cole, then In Belgium, who took It very seriously. He wrote me of his great interest in food and gravely In formed me of a discovery that he had made that the color of the skin was affected by food. He was accustomed to eat for a long time only one kind of food, and once he went swimming with his son, who suddenly cried out "Why, father, you're turning green!" "Sure enough," wrote Mr. Cole. "I looked at my bodv and observed a green tinge. 'The spinach, I said, for I had been making my sole diet of spinach for six months. I must change my food!'" Whereupon he ate beets, and at the end of another six months found his body in a healthy, ruddy state, which he felt was owing to the beets. Sheep on the Hillside. Sometimes as you ride along through the mountains, you will see a whole side of the hill covered with what looks like gray rocks. But after you watch It awhile you see that It Is moving, and everyone knows that rocks would be pretty funny things If they started to move around all by themselves. These "rocks" are really sheep and they are having a fine time eating little grass hidden in among the sagebrush. Over at one side of the flock is usually a splendid shepherd dog, who Is always smiling. At least he seems to be smiling, because he has his mouth open Just as though he were. He Is watching to see that the little lambs and larger sheep do not wander too far away from the flock. Christian Science Monitor. Valuable Motion Pictures. Motion pictures of construction work in which a large public build ing appears to arise from the ground like magic, being completed In the ten minutes' duration of the film, are being shown before various engineer ing societies by government repre sentatives. The structure is the In dustrial building of the United States bureau of standards, and the' pictures were made by exposing a short leng;l of film every day durum the teu months of work on the building. The effect of running these short exposures together In a singlo picture is an amaz ing condensation of time, making in cidentally a highly instructive and intensive study of modern building methods. Popular Mechanics Maga zine. Reasonable Conclusion. "What made you think this man was going to marry you?" "Your honor," replied the stage beauty, who was suing a millionaire for breach of promise. "I accepted a motorcar from him, furs, diamonds, pparla and trifles of that sort as a matter of course. Such gifts didn't necessarily mean that he was In earn est, but when he told me the combina tion to his wine cellar I considered that equivalent to a proposal of mar riage." Birmingham Age-Herald. Women in War Work. It has been estimated that In Eng land the war work for women drew 400,000 recruits from domestic work and dress-making. MARKET INFLUENCED LARGELY BY SUPPLY Lowest Prices Prevail After the Heaviest Earner, ts. With Decreasing Stccks Prices Ad vance, S:metimes Recovering Much of Early D ciine Careful Study Will Assist The man engaged in either selling or buying perishable produce will do well to familiarize himself with the usual course of the market In such lines during a season. The natural market course, according to marketing experts of the United States department of ag riculture, is somewhat as follows: It starts high with active movement even for Inferior stock because the de mand has the sharp edge of novelty and appetite. The price gradually de clines and poor stock becomes harder to sell as the supply increases. Low est prices arrive soon after the heav iest shipments begin, and a glut may occur, especially if many sections are shipping at once and there Is much poor stock. Then, with a decreasing supply, prices advance, sometimes re covering much of the early decline, but usually not reaching the opening prices because demand Is far less keen at the end of a long season. If the last of the shipments are lnferior,vas happens frequently with many perishable crops, the season may close at or near bot tom prices. The common or natural market de velopments do not always take place as might be expected. Quite frequent ly superior quality of the main crop or absence of general competition will bring higher prices In mid season. Un expected shortage may cause the re serve stock In storage to sell at high prices at the close of the season, espe cially the less perishable crops- like potatoes, onions, apples, cabbage,4 etc. Careful study of crop, shortage, sup ply, and shipment should enable a fairly good Judgment to be made of the outcome. ' However, quickly per ishable short season crops like straw berries or melons are very irregular, and so It Is difficult to form a reliable market Judgment of them. BEAUTIFY FARM HOME YARDS Shrubbery, Flower Beds and Good Lawn Involve Comparatively Small Amount of Labor. ' The dwelling Is the headquarters of the farm business. Chores are done before breakfast and often after sup per, the stock need close attention, certain farm seeds are kept In the house, the hired man may sleep there, and the women folks take care of the poultry; thus It Is almost essential that the house be reasonably close to the other buildings. Tlie value of the house constitutes an important part of the real estate vah:o of the farm, says the United Stains department of agriculture. On the higher-priced corn-belt farms and the low-priced cotton-belt farms the vali of the J-.v!ling represents from Modest Farm Home Showing Simple and Effective Beautification by In . expensive Pianting. 5 to 15 per cent of the real estate value of the farm, while In the eastern part of the United States this per centage Is more commonly 20 per cent or over. The beautifying of the yard by shruhbery. flower beds, and a good lawn involves the occasional use of manure, the Introduction of fertile soil, the use of a team and of small farm tools, all of which are available on the average farm. HIGH PRICES FOR EGGS Here are some of the ways : Select pure breeds that lay more or larger eggs, such as the White Leghorns, Wyandottes, Plymouth Uocks, Rhode Island Keds or Orpingtons. Give better care, food and shelter, with dry, clean, vermin proof nests. Confine males except in breed ing season. Collect eggs frequently, espe cially in hot or muggy weather. Store eggs in a dry, clean, cool place. Use small and dirty eggs at home. Market frequently, with pro tection at all times from heat. Sell for cash on a basis of size and quality, "loss off," Instead of "case count." Use an attractive package. Combine shipments as a mat ter, of economy. 7 v i CONDENSED 9 t rT a cctpc 5: i THE MASTER OF BALLANTRAE Br ROBERT LOUir STEVENSON A ConJtntoOon hi amuAB, Connelfj Robert Lonla S t naoa waa bora of cultured parent, Nov. IS, 1850, la Edin burgh. From in fancy bla health mi delicate. Hla lohoollig raa therefore desul tory, but he early adored the tales and poema read to hint by hla de voted nurse, All oa. Cunntagham, and ao beg-an the linhi for litera ture whleh doaal mated hla 1 "e. HI father, Thomaa Steveaaon, an able errtl engineer, de sired Lovia to follow hla profession,' hat after aaoro than three yearn' atndy be abandoned It, Ho next read law to pJoaao hla father, bat ha seaulnely eared only for writing. Parhapa ao flora r tm literature la mere loved for sheer rallaaeo ef spirit tnna Robert Lenla Stevenson. He eon tended all hla life against disease with high eon rage mad danntleaa gayety. la Prance and California, In the Ad Iron-, dacha and the South Sea Islands, he pursued the will e the wUp, health, which always eluded bias. Front 1884, tm hla death In 1884, his wife was m source of atreagth and inspiration yet exiled front frleada ho Buffered physical pain aad weary disappointment. Much ef his best work waa wrlttea la bed. Nevertheless la 17 years' he produced four volumes of essays, aevea romance, Ave collectloua of fantastic tales, two of South Sea yams, three of poetry, Ave volumes pf travel and topography, oao of political history, aad left ma terial for several posthumous works Treasure Island" Is perhaps the best loved of his romances. Stevenson saldi "It this don't fetch the kids, why, they have gone rotten since my time." And again, as he WTote Itt "It's awful fun, boys' stories you Just Indulge the pleasure of your heart, that's nil." TUB Duries of Ballantrae were a strong family In Scotland from the days of David L Their ups and downs I pass over, to come to that year 1745 when the foundations of this tragedy were laid. There was my lord, studious, tact ful and retired from the world. There was the master (James in baptism) with his father's love of study; but what was tact In the father changed to black dissimulation In him. Though ever in broils, invariably he left his partners in mischief to pay the piper. The second son, Mr. Henry, was neither able nor bad; an out-of-doors, solid sort, who had had an active hand from a boy In the management of the estate. In the house also was Miss Alison Graeme, an orphan, comely and self-willed, heiress to a fortune and, because ' of my lord's necessities, pledged In marriage to the master. Then came the uprising for Prince Charlie. Against the wishes of the other three the master elected to ride wltii the prince ; which left Mr. Ilenry to take King George's side, this being a common policy of great houses In that day. So the master rode to tho North. Then came the word of Culio den and the master's death. After a decent time Mr. Henry, to preserve the estate, married Miss Alison, although he no more than any other doubted her love for the master's memory. But the master was not dead. lie had escaped to sea, his escape being not to his credit At sea he was cap tured by a pirate ship. By the most ingenious deviltry he secured the treasure of the pirate ship as she was about to fall Into the hands of a king's cruiser, and escaped with it to the swamps on the American shore. One ' man he took to guide- him out of the j swamp, and dirked him to death after : they were safely clenr of it. Thonco he continued his march to French Canada, although forced on the way to hide his treasure In the wilderness. Tills we learned from a Colonel Burke, an Irish soldier of fortune, who came in the night to plead uency for tho support of the master, who was then in France. There was a letter from the master which threw Mr. Henry In a passion. "He calls me a niggardly dogl" he cried. "But If I ruin the estate I shall stuff him, the blood-sucker! And all this I foresaw when he elected himself and not me to go with Prince Charlie." The gap made In our accounts by the master's demands became a sore embarrassment. As steward of the es tate I must needs ride to Edinburgh and there raise new loans on hard terms to keep old ones afloat ; and this held for seven years, Mr. Henry shav ing everything to the last farthing to raise more money, and yet more money; winning for himself thereby no better title than miser with the countryside as well as at . home ; for never a word of this business did he even tell to tbe old lord or Mrs. Henry, It being the devilish malice of the mas ter to require this secrecy and the loyal nature of his brother to comply. The odium attaching to Mr. Henry and the knowledge, which came to me, that the master all this time bad also a pension from the Scotch fund In Paris, became too great a burden for me. I took It on myself to tell Mrs. Henry how her husband bad already sent 7,000 to the master. Thereafter no -t ' - Fir : w L further moneys were sent abroad, and the telling did much to check n widen ing restraint between Mr. Henry and my lady, a great Joy to me. This action sesulted In the master return to us, a great curse to the household; for In all matters of con tention, though Mr. Henry might be right, the master had the trick of set ting hlni in the wrong. He still de manded money, and, to satisfy him, the entail was broken and a great piece of land sold; and all the while be ceased not to lay siege to the heart ,of Mrs. Henry, carrying It on so deftly .that I scarce knew if she was aware of it herself, she whom I doubt not still loved him. This brings me to the night when he laid the most unbearable of insults on Mr. Henry. "I never knew a wom an," said the master, "who did not prefer me, nor I thinkwho did not continue to prefer me to you." At which Mr. Henry coldly struck him on the mouth. "A blow 1" cried the master. "I will not take a blow from God Almighty 1 1 must have blood for this!" They fought beyond the shrubbery, I bringing the candles for them. From the first Mr. Henry showed himself the stronger, which so surprised and confused the master that be tried foul play, but got only the length of Mr. Henry's sword through the body. He ,fell, apparently lifeless. Mr. Henry shook with sobs. I led ;nim Into the bouse, and told the old lord and my lady; but going bade to brine in the body, I found It gone. X good riddance. I thought, whether dead or alive, bat the night's work threw Mr, Henry into a fever, and his mind was never again the same clear mind as of old. The old lord died, and to my lady and Mr. Henry, now my lord, was born a boy, and to that boy my lord became a slave, which bad not been so with his first child, Katherine. He would pass by bis wife as though she were a dog before the hearth to come at the boy. Without doubt this was In the nature of a judgment on my lady, she who had been so cold so many years to every mark of bis tenderness; but to me it was monstrous, and I was em boldened much as I loved him, to say so'; but my saying so only served to .send my lord sick to bed and to earn for me from my lord the word that I was no better than an old maid. This brings me to that morning In April 1764, that the master returned to us again, this time with an Indian servant. With his return my lord and lady, I urging them on, took ship for New York, where my lady had prop erty through her father. This voyage, so I thought, will at one stroke rid them of the master and weave them closer together. Twenty days it took the master to learn where they had gone; where upon he also sailed for New York, and I on tho came r,Wr, praying that she would go down, even with myself , with her, if It would but take the master also. I looked forward with woe to the day he should set foot In New York ; but our ship was a slow sailer, and other ships which sailed later arrived before us; so It hap pened that my lord had word of the master's coming and prepared for him. There was suspicion of more than one murder, It seems, to the master's hand during the earlier Etay he made In America, and so now he found it a bet ter business to leave New York and hunt In" the wilderness for that treas ure which he had burled so many years before. At this time all the evil the master had done seemed borne in a flood upon my lord's brain. He became moody and took to drink. There has been talk that he connived with the crew which the master hud hired for his ex pedltlon, bribing the leaders to make way with his brother. There is no evidence of that, but It is true that the master's Indian servant to save his life, as he said, did bury hlni alive, with the Intent to resurrect and re store him later by the agency of some secret oriental tricb. My lord and a party, I being of it, followed the master, and It was when the East Indian was lifting his body frcni the grave that we came upon them. I thought for a moment that the eyelids flattered. Others say that the lips strove to speak, that his teeth showed through his beard, which may have been, for I was busy elsewhere, for at the first disclosure of the dead man's eyes, my lord had fallen to the ground. When I raised him he was a corpse. I burled him there; my lady laid an equal stone to each; and there where they died, side by side, they lie to this day. (Copyright, 1919 by Post Publishing--Co. The Boston Post) Water Telescope Finds Mining xfy. Miss Emily McCarthy, a nurse of Merlden, Conn., disappeared and her hat was found In Black pond, indicat ing that she had drowned, probably by wading into the water In the dark and becoming confused. Every effort to find the body by drag ging failed, so Scout Executive John D. Roberts made a water telescope from a keg, with a glass bottom. Holding this over the side of a boat and peer ing into the depths of the pond, the body of the missing nurse was finally seen and brought ashore. Boy Scout Bulletin. In Ye Stone Age. John Dlonosarus What's that poet fellow Jumping around with so much glee fer? Eddie Stonehatchet He eent a new poem to the editor of the Btone Age Gazette and the letter dropped on the editor's foot