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THE BRATTLEBORO DAILY REFORMER; THURSDAY; APRIL 7; 1921."
Long Standing Desire to See Sahara Desert Is Realized David Willard Also Tells of yisit to Weird Relig ious Service Experiences in a religious service near the Tripolitanean border ami of travels to the Sahara desert are vividly told bv David Willard, formerly of T'.ratt leboro, in a recent letter to a Itrattleboro friend, which is reprinted herewith: I am again moving on, which of course makes writing difficult, but some of the experiences now becoming mine are worth chronicling for you. Since my early days in Irattlelon, i those very early days when ".Marsh and I'.allard" made all the ladies' bonnets and Orion Clark did the town barbering from Elliot street, I have dreamed about and wanted to set: the Sahara. Previous visits to Tangiers and Algiers did not seem to afford the opportunity, but a six weeks' stay in Tunis did. . So I started off at (' o'clock one morn ing on a long trip into the south near the Tripolitanean border. I stopped, as advised, at Kairorian, one of the sacred' cities of Islam, to see an unrivalled mosque and then I had the good fortune; to see much else. There is a certain! lieiber tribe akin to what we know as! dervishes which has extraordinary relig-j ions ceremonies and I happened upon tln-i celebration of their rites. It was late one Friday afternoon that the affair took place in a large rooted court belonging to the sect. Thirty or 40 men were seated huddled together on mats and practically surrounding them was an equally large milliner siamimg hand-in-hand, chanting and swaying ward and backward. Several here there beat tom-toms. At tirst it was impressive. I was taken quite near and .flered a stool and sat quite uncon cerned. Hut after a while the music and the motion began to exert a mesmeric influence quite perceptible. Over me it had only a moderate effect but the men who took part became dominated by it. little by little, until one young fellow, with long hair broke from, the swaying1 line and staggered onto the mats, shak ing bis head and long hair backward and forward. Two or three jumped up to guide him and he went over to .the wall where swords were hanging, took! two of them and placed the oints be tween his neck and shoulders. Then the little group swayed and staggered along till it arrived directly in front of. me, and before I realized what would) take place a maiv witn hammered the swords as if stalled in motion and then sudden Iv stiffened. One marvelled that it didn't move. It gave the appearance of a perfect model in yellow plaster. What it reaily was it didn't in any way seem to be. The sensation produced on me was must curious and I am sure will be enduring. 1 :u greatly enjoying the Arabs. They are quiet, kind and polite. Their speech is harsh, their clothing beautiful. The f.MMl t have been having is largely Eu ropean though of course one wouldn't find camel steak or roast of ga.ejle in Talis. I found them down here. The r-iff re is splendid. Each cup made indi vidually and heated to the boiling point three times but not allowed to boil. I am bringing back one of the contrivances in which it is made on the coals. They eat quantities of sweet cakes made of 'lmou.-l rtm.p mid honev. and generally these are fried as we fry doughnut well know what we call "Turki: liwlit " It is nerfectly delicious freshlv made in the real Arab way. I want to iret back to Europe now f ir a change of view piint and then come down again and do the same things a second time. Myerv kindest regards to atl of you. Most fll'lv. IAV1D WII.EAIM. HARDIN (; WON'T IIl'KKY DISARMAMENT POLICY. WASHINGTON. April 7. Presi dent Harding told u delegation of the Women's Peace society yesterday Jliat although he was carefully con sidering the problem of a reduction of armaments, he had not yet fully canvassed the situation and did not proiHse to take any precipitate ac tion. The delegation, headed by Mrs. Charles E. Kus-cii f New York, asked 1 e Pros .!rt to call an inter naticnu! ci;:uVr.',,ue on disarmament. You -h Ie- w hen WEST BRATTLEBORO the for and not ! Miss Kahev. nurse, is rooming home of Mrs' E. A. Knight. Miss Marv lUanchard went yesterday to At hoi. Mass., where she will visit rela tives. E. E. White of P.elmont came yesterday to visit in the home of his son, Harold P. White. Praver meeting in the Congregational vestry this evening at t.'M. Subject, the Congregational World Movement. I Christine, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Martin, who is se riouslv ill with pneumonia, remains about the same. Mrs. Charlotte Thrower, nurse, is caring for her. I Mrs. Dexter L. Stone and daughter. Miss Florence Stone, returned yesterday from Philadelphia, where they accompa nied the body of Mr. Stone for burial in Mount Vernon cemetery. ! Prof. E. A. llnttertield has returned from New Yoik. where lie spent several months with his daughter, during which time he was seriously ill with influenza. lie is boarding at Purle Stoekwell's. Misses Iiona'da and Gertrude Locke. a wooden mallet v, i10 are attending school at Arlington into him. TlMan,i Winchester. Mass.. are expected Mon- dusk of the room, the swaying, shriek'! (iav to spend n week's vacation with their parents. Mr. and Mrs. . It. Locke. mg figures, tne monotonous music. 11115 chanting sitters, produced a most ex traordinary and wierd effect far too 'much for me to endure, and I 'broke through the group and ran out of the room. I was not an eye witness to what occurred afterward but a man who ac companied me remained and when lie joined me half an hour later he said the devotee with the swords was lead every where about the room, that shortly an other man joined him with a sword through each cheek, the handles hanging down, and that two other men and a boy ate spoonfuls of broken glass, bleed ing but apparently mesmerized into im munity from suffering. The claim of these Assiewans is that a proof is thus afforded of Allah's protecting enre and that all joining them can avail them- I IL P.. Hid well, clerk in .L L. Stockweil's store, is confined to his home with an at tack of indigestion and is being ntfended by a physician. Walter H. Cheney is working at the store during his illness. I Itaptist church. Rev. E. P.. Cornell pas tor. Sunday morning worship at lO.IJti with sermon by the pastor. Sunday school (at 11.4.1. Young people's meeting at li.UO in the vestry. Evening service at 7. Mid-week prayer meeting Thursday eve ning at 7.'!" o'clock in the vestry. j First Congrega;Miia; church. Rev. A. V. jWoodworth minister. Sunday morning worship at lO.JJO With sermon by the pas tor. Sunday school at 11.4.". Junior Christian Endeavor meeting at 4 o'clock. 'Christian Endeavor meeting at 7 o'clock selves ot it. Kaironan Is a large inland city and formerly a great market place for cara vans. The one train a day nut of it is little more than a tramway. I took it to go back to Sousse and after an hour out on the perfectly arid plains it came to a stop and the water all ran rut of the tank in the engine. Kaironan could be seen dimly in the distance and after a while a man started off on foot to go to a telegraph station there and summon help from far away. There was every prospect of spending the night oil the plains without food, fire or drink. w heu a hand-car came along in the direc tion of Kaironan and an arrangement' was made for myself and two others to go back. I wAsn t tremendously upset as the city is known in Islam as one of "the four gates of Paradise," and there fore very fitting for a prolonged so journ. The next day, however, I was able to continue my journey and by difiiculf stages got down to the end of the rail way line where I found accommodations in a military currion doing conrrier serv ice, going south and further inland from w here I was at Gabes. There was plenty of queer country, deserted but not desert. Onses and camels and dusty plains and mud huts and wandering tribes of Arabs were in abundance, but the Sahara was ever elusive. Finally after an interview with the French military authorities at one of the outposts, a miserable Arab settle ment in an almost barren plain; ' I learned that the real yellow desert of sand dunes and sand storms could onlv be reached by the greatest difficulty and that I had better retrace my steps, cross over into Algiers and no on bv wav of Itiskra. So this is what I have finally done. I need hardly describe Biskra to you. ' Hitchens lias done that in the "Garden of Allah." But it is a delightful little place, very much tourist haunted and very much fixed up to meet tourists' needs. However, I didn't stay long. I used it as a base and moved on south again. I was surprised to find how cold the weather could be in the near tropics. At noon it is hot but at night it is very chilly and a strong wind blows from somewhere all the time. Tonggourt was my final destination. lp to a few years ago it could only be reached by horse or camel conveyance. But the oases near are so productive that it has been found profitable to construct a half tram, half trolley line which in 10 hours leads to the very edge of the Sahara. A short distance south of Biskra vege tation became scarce and fr the next hundred miles seemed to be fighting against the influences of unproductive ness, until about five miles south of Tonggourt it gave up the struggle en tirely. Not a vestige of it appeared fur ther. The yellow sand had won. Every thing was sand, bright, glistening and tawny yellow the real Sahara. . Toner gourt is a small well-kept town bui't around springs of water, some artificial, that is, artesian, and with a stream that ruis several miles. Close to the str . a n are luxuriant gardens and plentv of palms. But beyond the influence of the water, which at some places extend-! -vdv a few rods, unless artificially carried in. canals, the sand holds swav again. Car-! avans come in across the dunes brin'ng dates principally, and from long dis tances, and they are just what the im-(" agination pictures a caravan to be. Time, didn't permit nie to go out very far. but j before sunrise I got un and went to a j mosque where I was allowed to climb to s the top of a minaret' that gave a most) wonderful view as far as the eve could 1 reach. I had heard that the Sahara to- sembled the sea but I was not prepared for so striking a likeness. I appeared to be on the edge of a vast yellow lake so much stirred by the wind that great billows were coming in to the shore only they never moved. The whole thing was I in the vestry. V 1s.i1 111s l'ay Subject. How to lie Spent Woul Chri SEYKN KILLED; SO III RT. Royal Palm Limited Train Wrecked : Many Are Fatally Injured. SOMERSET, Ivy., April 7. Seven per sons art desii ami .tu are injured as tne result of a. wreck of the Royal Palm Lim ited, north bound, on the Southern railway at New River. Tenn., jesterday afternoon. A special train, bearing the dead and in- jured arrived here nt S.'M) o'clock last evening, rour (Ilea on tne train ami in a hospital here, A number of the injured are pected to live. not ex Gl ILI'ORD CENTER. A. G. Middle he-tin work for W. 1) Thayer Monday. George Wilder who is in t ho Mentor ial hospital is gaining Miss Marv Chirk is Ralph l!od. Mrs. Boyd is gaining slowly. About of) attended the ladies' circle (Iovly. earing lor Mrs. last W'ednesdiiy Thomas'. The ladies circle will meet rooms Thursday, April 14. served at 1100:1. Mr. and Mrs. Aithur Yeaw their daughter in Greenfield from day .until Tuesday. Mrs. Fred Shaw of Brat t leboro came Sunday for a visit with her parents, Mr. mid Mrs. George Scbsions at Mrs. Clarence in their Dinner visited Satur- 52. 66. t3 X ( " 51. 67 jA fS" I 34. . '4i5 S3 32 V Can,. you. finish-this picture? Draw from one to two and so on to the end. SOI TH NEWFANK. Death of Former Pastor's Wife. Nettie Elizabeth (Turner) Clarke, wife of Rev. Elmore C. Clarke, after an illness of about 11 years entered in to rest on the morning of March 31, from the Baptist parsonage at Slmshan, N. V. Mrs. I laike was New Hampshire born. 1'i ior to going to New ork state she, with Mr. Clarke, hail lived in Vermont 17 years, about seven ears of that time heiu.it spent in this village where he was pat-tor of the Baptist church. Eur twenty-tive years previous to her sick ness, Mrs. Clarke had been a faithful' helpmeet in 'the different parishes in! winch tl:ey were loented. 111 modest, un assuming, and eJheicnt ways doing what ever tasks fell to her lot to liei form. and was In-loved by all who knew her.J Resides her husimnd she leaves a latigh- ter, Mrs. Ray L. Ri ooks of Pratt leboro.! together with grandchildren, all ofj whom will ever revere her memory audi ieei ner loss. r uncial services were nlrserved at tiie home Sunday after noon conducted by Row Thomas Cull, assisted by Revs. Robbins and Patter son. Interment was in Woodland cemetery, Cambridge. BROOKS RESIGNS HIS HIGHWAY JOB Keene, X. H.. Man Gives Fp Position as Division Engineer in New Hampshire. (Special to The Reformer.) " KEEXE. X. II., April 7. Clarence M. Brooks, engineer of divi sion 4 of the state highway department and in charge of state roads hereabouts since RM.". has tendered his resignation to . take effect April 15, and the resigna tion has been accepted. Elwin S. Hast ings and Alfred E. White, his assistants for several years, have been designated as acting division engineers and Mr. P. rooks has sent letters to all the men un der him in the department ordering them to communicate with Mr. Hastings for further orders and hereafter to send all reports to him. Mr. Brooks has not announced his plans. His name, it will be remembered, was sent to the Vermont senate by Gov ernor Haitness as state highway commis sioner but the appointment was not confirmed. to by has moved into Mrs. Mattie Ingram her house in the village lhvight E. Railey came Mass., and spent a few last week. Frank Churchill of Brat t leboro from Agawam, davs in town BRATTLEBORO LOCAL A spring -151: appearance was given the town hull building this r.renoou the removal ot the storm vestibule. Mrs. Edwin l. Whitnev is entertain ing a tew tneiids this afternoon at auction bridge in her home on Green! street. I A meeting ot the Woman's guild of St.' Michael's Episcopal church xwill be held in the parish house tomorrow afternoon at ."! o'clock. j Bratt IcImu o branch. Red Cross, moved yesterday from the Federal building to the .,Ui iters recent lv leased of Carl A. Mitchell in the Booker house on Main street. j Fred Hale Boy 00 of Elliot street. a locomotive engineer, and Mrs. Florence Webber Ch:ise of Waverly, Mass.. were j married yesterday in Bellows Falls by Rev. Rodney F. Johonnot. nastor of the church. county in the state camp, which will convene in Burlington, .May 4. E. J. Tavlor waa elected. It van voted to hold -the next county camp meeting in lira u tenor o. PAY CUT REJECTED. Railroad Labor Board Denies Company's Request to Reduce Wages. CHICAGO. April 7. Permission to make a provisional reduction of the wages of unskilled labor on iha New York Central railroad was denied by the railroad labor board today. The railroad recently requested per mission to put cuts of from 10 to 31 per cent into effect on April 1. The dispute between the road ami un skilled employes over a permanent reduc tion in wages will be heard on April 18. An unwritten law requires the first year girl students at Oregon Agricultural college to wear green hair ribbons every Wednesday. , .- s J I'niversali t ot 1. rat t leboro was a' s;. ..,,.1 .i. m- i i- 1,-., 1 ,,,,1 , : . ,. i 11 i j on. 1 in"- umui;iii n iiciiei .".y.o.i ..sitoi .t, ...s. j.ucna r. corps are invile.l to meet in Grand Armv l.inglauns. j hall tomorrow afternoon. Supper will be .Mis. C. H. Hutchinson has gone to served at ."i..".u. tfter which there will be New ork. Mr. Hutchinson remains an entertainment in observance of Grand here for the present. j Army day. All members of the pas and Miss Edith M. I-andman of South, ,,"'I'S ui'Ked to he present. Londonderry was a guest at Mrs. Abbie' The funeral of Thomas E. Martin will M. Keisey s liiui'sdav. lie held Saturday afternoon nt ' 'Ai oVI.n-l.- Keene of .Mr Mr. and Mrs. licit Shepurd of N. IL, were over Sunday guests an.t .Mrs. . Miepard. The Marlboro lhancli school for the spring- term 0ened Monday. Mrs. Ralph Thaver as teacher. Mrs. Erwin C. Sparks hist week spent several days in Bratt leboro. 011 account. 1, ner 11 1 1 :e. A. Cooke ' home of She is Vileo. of the illness of Mrs. Edward ioiisK ill at tin Frank Earmim. her nurse. Mis. Miss IIiMIe ploed at the voini f women Easter vac;;t; l.oa Dunton. 'I here i'l be no preaching service at the Baptist church next Stindav morn ing. The I'.ible school will meet, and the evening service will be held as usual. Kev. and Mrs. E. K llackett ami two sons. Gordon and Paul, left morning bv automobile to visit in and near Boston. A. E. At wood. has been "-it-her aunt, Mrs. improving and !eit luesilav. M. Feelers. ho is cm Emm.i illard school for in Troy. . v.. -pent the 11 with her con-in. Miss in lus late home at .i Pine street. Rev. W. C. Bernard, reefer of Sr. Michael's Episcopal church, will officiate. The burial will he in Morningsj),. cemetery. Friends are asked to omit Howers, All member.- of the American and Woman's auxiliary corps ouested to meet with the G. A. , Woman's Relief corps at the G ,11011 Saturday afternoon at '2 , I Ins is a get -iicipia infed meeting and it is earne-tly requested tkat all members be present. An-- Miriam "I. Spaiilding, !' Mr. and Mis. E. .1. Sp.uilding ingion. who had bad a tosition keeper in the W'oolworth -tore two v ca r Urattl "bo tor tne New York Life In Legion are re R. and . A. R o'clock. - 'r of of Burl as look- the pa't ui'i .p'ne . 1 ohiig!i, fit who i- emploed as agent urance com Monda re'at i if pan. were married in Northampton, Match ."ji. Delegate- from the Windham county amps of Modern Woodmen of America met -terd.y .ifteriioon at 2 o'clock in Grand Army hall for the miroose of pring Demands Now Ready Box Kites Baseballs. Jumping Ropes Rubber Balls Garden Sets Pails and Shovels Sprinkling Cans Aeroplanes ELBERT SIMONS THE SHOP UNIQUE Bring Your Prescriptions .dectin . one ..p'vV'ifate. .to represent the Here If you want them 61Ied with the purest and freshest drills and with the Rieat est care and accuracy Cited precisely as your physician orders lliern filled, to produce the evact effect he desires. We are proud of the record we have made in our prescription department And jet we Gil prescriptions ery reasonable prices and fill tbeu quietly, too. C- F. TUomas, Ph G. MMmMMMm series 21 bsix-. teMTMtgimMl! """- rmim im n L SERIES 21 BIG Six power. 126-inch ivhcslbasa $2150 f.o.b. Detroit TN design, performance and quality of JL materials, Studebaker cars are first grade and the prices at which they are sold, when figured on a basis of price per pound of car weight, will compare favor ably with the prices of heavier cars, which, because of heavy weight, fre quently sell at much" higher prices. This is a Studebaker Year ? j ' j ' ; ' : : - i t Manley Brothers Co., Inc. BRATTLEBORO, VT. spfIa. IJv T"VTl ?CA.? - $I7S0 SPECIAUSIX COUPE ...$2650 LIGHT-SIX TOURING CAR $1485 pp.-iai 1,5 ?"Ao?' 5SIFR 1750 SPEOAUSIX SEDAN 27SO LIGHT-SIX LANDAU-ROADSTER. 1650 SPEUAISIX 4 PASS. ROADSTER 1750 BIG-SIX TOURING CAR 2150 LIGHT-SIX SEDAN 21S0 P. O. B. Detroit . F. O. B. South Bead AtL STUDEBAKER CARS ARE EQUIPPED WITH CORD TIRES -t Houghton & Shnonds Among the Arrivals This WeeK In the Garment Shop Are New Waists New Middies New Sweaters New Children's Dresses ALL OFFERED AT SPECIAL PRICES FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY New Lot of Splendid Crepe de Chine Waists in the sea son's newest shades, including Honeydew,. Rattan, Bisque, Maize, White and Flesh. All attractive styles, long or short sleeves; many lace trimmed, Special for Friday and Saturday at $3.98 Good Quality Pongee Waists in two styles; one has long roll collar, tucked; the other features the new Buster Brown collar, edged with tiny plaited ruffle, buttoned down the front. Special for Friday and Saturday, at ?S.9S Fine Quality Duretta Cloth Middy, all white with black tie, sizes 6 to 42, Special for Friday and Saturday, at 98 New Tie-Back Sweaters in the season's most popular shades. Regular. $3.98 values, Special for Friday and Saturday at $1.9S Children's Gingham Dresses in a good assortment of pretty plaids, collars, cuffs and pockets and belts of contrasting materials. Vest effects trimmed with pearl buttons. Sizes from 6 to 14, Very Special for Friday and Saturday at $1.50 New Arrivals This Week In Silks and Wash Goods "Mallison's" Pussy Willow Taffeta, the finest, highest grade silk of its kind on the market. In all the wanted shades $3.75 yd. "Mallison's" Tricolette in brown, ,nayy ,and black, $1.69 and S2.9S yd. "Mallison's" Khaki Kool in natural tan $3.75 yd. New Canton Crepes in navy, brown and black, $3.9S yd. N ew Hand-Embroidered 44-in. Voiles with dots that are embroidered by hand. Xavy with henna, Harding blue with white, tan with blue, white with black, navy with white, gray with red. The newest and most wanted summer fabric $1.75 yd. . New "Anderson's" Beach Cloth, 36 inches. All wanted colors 4S yd. Voiles in New Patterns and Colorings have arrived this week and here is now an extraordinary showing in a wide price range, 25e, 35S 39S 50, 69 up to $1.79 yd. A Special Sale of Towels For Friday and Saturday "60 Per Cent Linen" Huck Towels in full size. Were 65c and 69c the first of January, , Now Marked at 45 and 48 y The 45c Towels, For Friday and Saturday at 29 The 48c Towels, For Friday and Saturday at 35 Regular Size 25c Cotton Huck Towels, L Friday and Saturday at 15 Regular Size 19c Cotton Huck Towels, Friday and Saturday at 12j 17c to 19c Individual Size Huck Towels, Friday and Saturday at 12 Individual Size Cotton Huck Towels at Only 10$ 39c White Turkish Towels, Friday and Saturday at 22 50c White Turkish Towels, 20x45 inches, very heavy, Friday and Saturday at 29 59c White Turkish Towels, extra heavy, 22x45 inches, Friday and Saturday at 42 "Martex" Brand Full Size : - ' Colored Border Towels V , , ' AT HALF PRICE . ... .. -. ; $1.00 Colored Border Turkish Towels, A 'j T : : Friday and Saturday at 50' $1.39 Colored Border Turkish Towels, Friday and Saturday at 69 $1.98 Colored Border Turkish Towels, extra large size, Friday and' Saturday at 99 Stores at Brattleboro, Springfield, and Newport, N, H. J