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THE'CROSS VILLE CHRONICLE
Mexia Typical Mushroom Texas Town Grows From Sleepy Place of 3,000 to 30,000 In habitants Over Night OIL BOOM IS RESPONSIBLE Hundreds Are Forced to Sleep Out. Doors and There Is but One Bathhouse in ths Place Prices Are High. - Alexia, Texas. Mexta. which lias ct'Uie into so much notoriety through the sending of state troops here to put un tml to out lu wry, the sule of Illicit booze and restore order. Is a typical mushroom city. Overnight a tented city arose. From an apparency sleepy litlle town of 3.1MH) population in October, VXll, where old settlers farmed for a living unit eked out a bare existence from their lands to a bustling city of 30. 000 people, and all in u few months, this is the recent record of Alexia, an old-time Texas town, which is feel ing the effects of one of the numer ous oil developments in the South west. The population now consists of an assortment of oil field followers nnd thousands of men and women seeking employment. Consequently because of the exhorbitant prices charged for a room, if one .'ere lucky enough to secure one, hundreds of men, favored by the long continued mild winter, are sleeping on the grass along railroad tracks, public parking places and, in fact, anywhere they can. Beds in Tents Costly. Overnight a bed In n tent marked "A idace to flop" soared from 50 rents a night to $3. A night In a crude plank structure where one didn't know his bed-fellow or the hundreds of others in the single room cost $5. Kail traffic Jumped hundreds of per cent. There are two trunk lines, the Houston & Texas Central and the Trinity & Brazos Valley, leading through here, and passenger truffle is very heavy, while, freight trains are frequently seen running three abreast, so heavy is the demand for oil ma chinery.' One road is said to have spent $600,000 in enlarging Its facilities. , The water situation Is not alto Skating Tourney General view of the rink at f'lnttsburg, N. outdoor speed-skating championship. FIND A NEW USE FOR PIGEONS iii- Forest Fire FigTiters Find Them Efficient Assistants. As Means of Quick Communication Between Ranger on Fire Line and Headquarters Carrier Pigeon Has No Equal. (Prepared by the United States Department of Agriculture.) The carrier pigeon has found a place for Itself In the fire-lighting forces of the forest service. It demonstrated Its worth tills year In the Idaho na tional forest, and will he Installed next year at all protective camps In that district. As a means of quick and certnin communication between the ranger out on the fire Hue and head quarters, the carrier pigeon lias no competition, reports from Idaho to the Department of Agriculture state. One bird, after a preliminary course of training, was taken a rough trip by City gether what could be desired. (letting a bath here Is quite an experience. If indeed not a task. The old saying, "If jou want to do something big wash an elephant," certainly bus found parallel in Alexia. But One Bathhouse. This luxury may be found, outside the woodland creeks, only in a down town barber shop. The bathhouse is a stall In a wooden-floored, planked-ln indosure. The pluin, pine planks are slippery, but the proprietors of the house have found that it is not neces sary to maintain first-aid kits because the board floors are warped enough to allow the bather a foothold. Hut as for oil. There are a solid six miles of new derricks, drillers, out tits, tents, wooden buildings and people where once there was , the open prairie. A survey of all local lumber men shows that buildings completed or contracted for since October 1 total between $3,500,000 and $5,000, OOt' Gambling nnd drinking halls filled Love Mellows Prize Fighter Girl Brings Desire for Education to Former Terror of the Boxing Ring. IS SEEKING ANOTHER DEGREE "Kid" Wedge, at 41, Enters Harvard Almost Penniless, to Obtain Ph.D. Degree Left Lumber Camps to Be Pugilist. Boston. A story of great love, of a career of hard battles In the ring, and of a winning fight against tuberculosis came to light at Harvard university a few days ago when Frederick "Kid" Wedge, forty-one years old. of Arizona registered In the Harvard graduate at Plattsburg puck horse, kept overnight at Its desti nation, and released the next day. This carrier was back at Its coop, at headquarters, 30 minutes after It was released, having covered 18 miles, air line, and flown over a high mountain. Its mate equaled the performance. Another, released at dusk from the bottom of a canyon, rose abruptly, crossed two high ranges an was at its coop before dark. A third, carried In a back pack Into high peaks of the Buckhorn country, flew home within an hour, covering In that time a good day's jouruey for a man on horseback. In the face of fire, this performance was equaled. The ranger took two birds to the spot where smoke had been located. The first bird carried instructions to send help. Not long thereafter the fire fighters at the front had brought the blaze under control. The second bird was released, coun termanding the first order. It reached headquarters just as the summoned assistance was about to start for the fire, and the message It carried not V., during the national amateur AMERICAN FOXES WILL BE RAISED IN GERMANY Ilerlin. American silver foxea and skunks will be cultivated to a large scale by a Herman l'-k coinpanf on n farm In the Aus trian Tyrol, under the direction of Professor de Mill of the nat ural history department of the Munich university. In Germany, where the prices of the higher grade of furs have risen enormously In the last few months, u perfect specimen of silver fox costs 100.000 marks. with dancing girls are open every night, and one may buy oeiily "red" ami "corn" whisky at 50 cents a drink. Fortunes are lost overnight at the dice and roulette tables. Wolves Prowl Streets in Spain. Leon, Spain. Owing to the heavy snowfall in mountain regions, large numbers of wolves have made their way down the slopes Into the plain districts. The villagers of Cordiero and Sopena are unable to leave their homes after dark on account of the large packs of wolves prowling the streets. school of education, where he Is to study for his Ph. D. degree. Fifteen years ago the name of "Kid" Wedge was one to be feared In the timber lands of the Middle West. For years lie had fought In the rings of that region. At twenty he left the woods, where he worked with lumber ing crews, and took up the fighting game for his profession. In the next six years he fought 68 battles and won 65 of them. Romance. Entered Life. Then, when he was twenty-six, came his romance. He met the daughter of a Wisconsin doctor. She was a gradu ate of a Nebraska college, and far re moved from Wedge's station In life. but they were married. Then he realized the great difference In their Intellectual standards, so he gave up the ring to secure an education with the money he had earned as a prize fighter. For six years he attended i preparatory school, where he did 12 years of elementary work to prepare for college. He entered the University of Ne braska, but the war interrupted his work. He went to Camp Grant as a boxing instructor, and there another obstacle appeared. The doctors pro nounced him an Incurable victim of tuberculosis, with but six months to live. He went to El Paso, Tex., to be gin a different battle, and in a year he was a well man. Won Degree of A. B. Then he entered the University of Arizona and finished the work he had begun at the University of Nebraska. He was given his degree of A. B. He was forty years old then, and became principal of the high schol at Benson, Ariz. That was the position he held until the end of last year, when he resigned to go Cast and continue his studies. He made the trip of thousands of miles in freight cars and "on the rods." He started with $10 traveling expenses, and reached Cambridge with 65 cents In his pockets. When the next semester opens at Harvard, after the mid-year examinations, "Kid" Wedge, former boxer, former lumberman, for mer hobo, and former flying consump tive, will open up the books that will make him a doctor of philosophy. only gave welcome assurance of vic tory over the red peril, but saved a number of men from making a long and tedious trip through the forest. URGES BRITISH EMPIRE RADIO Wireless Commission Advocates Build ing of Stations in Colonies and in China. London. The wireless telegraph commission has recommended to the government the construction of sta tions In England, Canada, Australia, South Africa, India, Egypt, East Afri ca, Singapore and Hongkong. A year was devoted to study of the question. The average cost of the stations la estimated at not more than 100,000, normal value $800,000, but those In England, Egypt, Singapore and Hong kong would aggregate about 853,000, or $4,265,000. Recommendation Is made that two wave lengths be fixed for each transmitting station, and that each center be equipped for receiving from several stations In the chain slmultf veusly. TMLT lrl ILnLN DJilCABINETL. Copyright. l2l, vtrn Nrwiapr "The love we give Is the only love we keep. The greatest and noblest men and women are those whose lives and actions are founded upon tender sympathies and who never fall to , show kindness to the helpless who come within the sphere of their Influ ence, whether a human being or an animal." CAKE VARIATIONS; ONE BASE Cream one-third to one-half cupful of fat. add gradually one cupful of sugar, two eggs, two cup fuls of flour sifted with two and one-half tea spoonfuls of baking pow der and one-half tea spoonful of salt, adding one-half cupful of milk alternately whh the dry Ingredients and flavoring to taste. For chocolate cake add one square of chocolate and two tahlespoonfuls less of Hour with a half teaspoonful of cinnamon and vanilla for flavoring. Spanish Bun Use one-half cupful of currants or raisins and cover the top with butter while hot nnd sprinkle thickly with cinnamon and powdered sugar well mixed. Spice Cake Add one-half teaspoonful of cloves, one teasnnonful each of cloves, one teaspoonful each of cla namon and nutmeg, with one-half cup ful of raisins if desired. Nut Cake Add one-third of a cup ful of chopped nuts, floured. Italian Cake Use strong coffee In stead of the milk, and one-half cup ful each of nuts chopped and raisins floured. Marble Cake Add one tablespoonful of cocoa and a teaspoonful of cln namon to half the butter, putting it by spoonfuls with the other uncolored batter into the cake tin. Citron Cake Use the yolks of four eggs instead of two whole eggs and one-fourth of a cupful of sliced citron. Molasses Cake. Take one-half cup ful of brown sugar, one-half cupful of New Orleans molasses, one-third of a cupful of cold water, one egg. one- teaspoonful of soda, two tablespoon fuls of butter-and flour to make a bat ter that drops like a veil from the spoon. Bake in layers and use the following for filling: Take one-third of a cupful brown sugar, boll to a sirup with three tablespoonful: of water, pour this when thick over the beaten white of an egg, whip until cool ; add one-half cupful of chopped raisins. I wish I had my neighbor's child for lust six weeks or so; I'd like to try to teach him all the things he ought to know. To guide his little footsteps In the way that he should go. I cannot try my theories out upon my own dear three, For deeply I regret to state that they are "on to me"; They know I'm never quite so fierce as I Intend to be! Marian Van Buren Cleveland. DELICIOUS PINEAPPLE WAYS Prepare the usual cottage pudding, baking in n sheet; the mixture Is a simple, plain cake recipe. Cut in squares while hot and serve with: Pineapple Sauce. Mix to gether one -half cupful sugar and one tablespoonful of flour; when well blended pour over this one cupful of boiling hot pineapple juice and cook long enough to cook the starch in the flour; add a pinch of salt and a generous table spoonful of butter; serve poured over each square- of pudding. Richelieu Sauce. Boll one cupful ot sugar with one cuprul or water five minutes. Add a teaspoonful of corn starch moistened with a bit of water; cook until the starch is well cooked. Remove from the heat, add one-half cupful of grated pineapple and a table spoonful of maraschino. Mix well nnd stir In two tablespoonfuls of chopped maraschino cherries. Peach and Apricot Lollypops. Re move two tabiespoonruis of water from a cupful of boiling water and add to one and three-fourths cupfuls of sugar; add one-half teaspoonful of cream of tartar and cook slowly with out stirring until the sirup becomes a golden brown. Set the pan into cold water at once to stop the boiling and then place in a pan of hot water to stand while dipping. Prepare the dried fruits by pulling them flat, then place in a colander and dip quickly Into boiling water, then Into cold. Dry with a towel and place a wooden meat skewer In each. Dip In the sirup, drain and place on well buttered plates un til cold. Wrap each in waxed paper. 1 A Short Time Ago I Weighed Only 80 Pounds I Now Weigh 112 Pounds and TANLAC is what built mm up so wonderfully, says Mrs. - Barbara Weber, 31S Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. She is but one of thousands simi larly benefited. f f I - if sr you arm unaer weignz, it VAffffV i 1 fwmmt ,'rftn mm mmswvvas it you are weak and unable to enjoy life to the fullest meas ure, you should take Tanlac At all good druggists. 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Then he pays back the dollar he had borrowed the week before. Of course the dollar had to have a name. So now when one needs a dollar he goes to the other nnd says: "Gimme the shuttle .buck." FIFTY YEARS AGO A young man who practiced medicine) In Pennsylvania became famous ana was called in consultation In many towns and cities because of his suc cess In the treatment of disease. This was Dr. Pierce, who finally made up his mind to place some of his medi cines before the public, and moving to Buffalo, N. Y put up what he called his "Favorite Prescription, and placed It with the druggists In every state. Dr. Pierce's Favorite Prescription has long been recognized as a tonic for dis eases peculiar to womankind." After suf fering pain, feeling nervous, dizzy, wealc and dragged-down by weaknesses of her sex a woman is quickly restored to health by Its use. Thousands of women testify that Dr. Pierce's Favor ite Prescription has entirely eradicated their distressing ailments. More recently that wonderful discov ery of Dr. Pierce's, called An-uric (for kidneys and backache), has been suc cessfully used by many thousands wh write Dr. Pierre of the benefits re ceivedthat their backache, rheuma tism, and other symptoms of uric acid deposits In Joints or muscles have beea completely conquered by Its use. Send 10c to Dr. Pierce, Htralo. N. Y. for trial pkg. of any of his remedies, or write for free medical advice.