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(Copyright. 1316, by W. G. Chapman.)
The last time I had seen father was
in the court. He was standing up in
one place and mother in another, and
I was between them. The judge was
at the top, on a high seat, and he
looked at father so angrily that I
didn’t feel like doing anything but
cry.
Before that father had been away
for a long time, and mother and Mr.
Griggs told me he was never coming
back, and I must forget him. How
could I forget him when he used to
play soldiers with me and we’d go
fishing together and have such lots of
fun?
The judge told me I’d have to go
home with mother and forget him,
too. I guess I was only a kid then —
I’m nine now, and that was a long
time ago. Anyway, I forgot what hap
pened for some time after that, but
I didn’t forget father.
I remembered him all the time, es
pecially when Mr. Griggs was at our
house. One day mother asked me how
I’d like Mr. Griggs for anew father,
and I said if he were my father I’d
run away, I guess mother didn’t like
that, and she told me Mr. Griggs would
be a far nicer father to me. But Mr,
Griggs never played anything with me,
and he didn’t know a fly from a worm.
Then came the time when I saw
father. I’d been to the store at the
end of the lane, and I heard a noise
In the bushes, and who should step out
but father? He was all roughly
dressed, but I guess I didn’t think
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Father Looked as Black as Thunder.
about that. I just ran to him and he
kissed me as if he w T as never going
to stop.
*T thought you weren’t coming
back,” I said.
“Well, I don’t know that I am,” said
father. “But I’ve come to see you,
anyway. How’s mother?”
“She’s all right,” I said, “but I wish
Mr. Griggs wouldn’t come so often.”
Father looked as black as thunder.
“How 7 often does he come?” he asked.
“Every evening,” I answered. “And
I guess he’s going to be my father
now. Mother says so, anyway.”
Father looked blacker than ever.
“3ee here, Roddy, can you keep a se
cret?” he said.
“Sure.” said I. Father and I had
always had our secrets together.
“But this is a real one,” said fa
ther. “You mustn’t even let mother
know. How would you like to come
for a week’s tramp with me? Fishing
and fun in the woods?”
“I’d love to,” I answered. “Mayn't
I tell mother, though?”
“No," answered father. “You must
promise. That’s the secret. Suppose
I was to be here with an auto tomor
row 7 night at twelve, do you think you
could slip out of the house and meet
me?”
I told father I could, and I prom
ised faithfully not to say a word about
It. But it was hard work not letting
mother know, especially as she looked
so kind when she kissed me good
night
Mr. Griggs was there as usual, and
I heard him say, when I was out of
the room. “Thank heaven the kid’s
gone, Minna. Now you and I can talk
sense.”
“You mustn’t take too much for
granted, Lionel,” I heard mother an
swer.
“How about a little moonlight ride?
I can get my auto here In a jiffy,” said
Mr. Griggs.
I thought mother said no. but that
was all I heard. I waited hours, until
I thought mother was gone to bed. and
Mr. Griggs away, and then I slipped
out. It was a bright moonlight night,
and I walked hurriedly up the lane.
And there stood father, waiting for me,
with his little car in the roadway. • It
wasn’t half as big as Mr. Griggs’, but
somehow it seemed much nicer to me.
Father took me in his arms and
kissed me again, and then I hopped in.
And father got down to crank.
Just then a big car came along in
the other direction, and, as it slowed
down to pass us, I caught sight of
Mr. Griggs, and mother at his side.
They would have passed without
recognizing me, I think, because they
seemed to be whispering to each oth
er, but I was so overcome I couldn’t
help shouting to mother. She knew
my voice, and the car slowed down
and came back toward us, and 1 heard
mother scream.
“Mother! Here’s fatherl” I shout
ed. You see, I was a kid then, and I
hadn’t been told not to tell that. And
I thought how nice it would be to have
father home again in place of that
horrid Mr. Griggs.
Mother screamed at the top of hear
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voice, and just then father got the car
cranked and jumped in. And all he
said to me was, “You've went and
bust the show. kid. However, we'll
see what my own little jitney can do.”
We were off In a moment, with the
little car going llcketysplit, and the
big car going rackety-rack behind us,
and mother screaming; and then it
began to dawn on me that mother was
angry. And somehow I saw that fa
ther was taking me away from moth
er, because, just as the judge had said,
they couldn’t both have me, and so I
had to go to the injured party. Though
I am sure father never injured moth
er in his life.
“They’ve got us,” said father, and
just then we came to a bend in the
road, and father wheeled the little car
sidewise and stopped and jumped out.
And the big car came snorting up to
us and crashed into it just as father
pulled me to the ground.
“Give me back my boy, Charlie!”
screamed mother. Then, as father
pushed me behind him toward the
wrecked car, she cried to Mr. Griggs,
“Knock him down, Lionel. Take the
boy!”
Mr. Griggs looked so funny. He
came up to father in a weak sort of
way, and father doubled his fists, and
then Mr, Griggs suddenly turned and
bolted like a deer.
Father went after him, and mother
caught me and began kissing me and
crying over me. And I think she
would have run away with me, but
just then father came back, dragging
Mr. Griggs by the scruff of the neck.
It looked so peculiar, because Mr.
Griggs was quite as big as father, and
fatter, and there he was crying like a
baby. “I’ll have you arrested for as
sault. Let me go. Let me go.”
Father marched Mr. Griggs straight
up to mother.
“Here’s your new beau, Minna,” he
said. “A fine sort of chap you’re go
ing to take for the boy’s second fa
ther. I guess this deal’s mine.”
Mother's face was perfectly white;
and then, all at once, looking at Mr.
Griggs moaning and cursing, and at
father, with that humorous look he
always had when things went wrong,
she suddenly burst out laughing hys
terically. And father put his arm
round her.
“Beat it!” he said to Mr, Griggs.
Mr. Griggs took one last look at the
situation, as the saying goes, and took
to his heels. And father and mother
began kissing each other.
“I guess your taste in beaus isn’t
much better than your taste in hus
bands, old girl,” said father. “Hap
pily we have the same taste in boys.
Eh?”
So we all walked home arm In arm
and never thought about the machines.
And father is still father, but Mr.
Griggs left town next day and hasn't
come back yet.
Emerson as an Essayist.
Emerson’s essays constitute his
continuously popular writings. Virtual
ly all his prose consists of essays.
Their point of view is uniquely unitary
and self-consistent. They form pleas
for freedom of personality. All set
forth enthusiastip and constant faith
In the worth of every individual, be
cause Emerson believed in the inner
goodness of all men, and the necessity
of each of us standing immovably in
himself. He taught the eternal truth
that men have founts of joy in them
selves, and quickened faith In the soul.
He stood for the large attitude toward
life. He regarded the whole world as
an expanded circle of brothers. Hia
message was that of Keats: “Beauty
is truth, truth beauty;” and he cared
equally for each. He exemplified the*
highest function the essayist can per
form. His interpretation of life, con
duct and character is the spiritual and
Idealist interpretation. His judgment
of men was so nearly Infallible, that it
seemed that of fate, and proved again
that the man of ideas judges the man
of action more wisely and justly than
the man of action the man of ideas. —
Frederic Perry Noble in the Spokane
(Wash.) Spokesman-Review.
The New Poet and His Poetry.
You may not like the way the new
poet is solving his problems as com
pared with the way Tennyson and
Browning solved theirs, but, after all,
poetry is poetry. Even when it is not
poetry to those who read, if it has
been poetry to those who wrote it, it
Is not worthless, for it has fulfilled to
ward at least one human creature Its
true function of freeing the spirit.
The genuine thing in poetry, under
any guise, is forever justified, forever
triumphant. Open-mindedness toward
the new poetry, then, benefits us. We
cannot afford to patronize or ignore
any possible source of poetry, because
poetry, like art, has become too much
an exotic in modem life. It is today
completely detached from our affairs..
The new poets specifically recognize
this condition and offer rather pitiful
ly, different remedies, so much less
deep-seated than the disease that one
can hardly expect their success.—Cor
nelia A. P. Comber, in Atlantic.
Wanted Another Arrangement.
It had been an unusally hard day
for little Theo, who was visiting her
great-grandmother, at whose house
lived her grandmother and her Uncle
Wallle also. This uncle, who Indulged
her with a fine disregard of conse
quences, was a great favorite of little
Theo. On this particular day she had
been naughty, calling forth many re
proofs from her two grandmothers.
At last, weary and discouraged, she
sat down indignantly in her little
rocker, and, eying her grandmothers
with evident disgust, remarked with
a loud sigh: “I wish God had not
made me so many grandmas, but had
made me more Uncle Wallies.”
Pony Lacked Avoirdupois.
John had anew pony and spent a
large part of his time feeding it, but
was never seen to ride it. “Why don’t
you ride on your pony?”, asked an in
terested neighbor. “Oh,” John sadly
replied, “I have to wait until he gets
fat enough to fit the saddle.”
Man In the World to Work.
Man is actually here, not to ask
questions, but to work; in this time,
as in all times, it must be the heaviest
evil for him if his faculty of actior
lies dormant — Carlyle.
FLICKS ms CIGAR
AT HALF BILLION
Mew York Boarding House
Lodger Yawns Over Ancient
Castles in Wales.
TAKES IT AS A JOKE
Descendant of Sir John Wynn Refuses
to Get Excited Over the Pros
pect of Inheriting im
mense Wealth.
New York. —Wales Is divided Into
three parts —that part which is under
water, that part which Is England and
that part which belongs to a thin,
slightly bald young man who lives on
the second floor back of a brown
stone structure of West Twenty-third
street’s “boarding house row.”
“Mr. Gegler,” called the housekeep
er of No. 227, “there’s a gentleman
down here to see you. He says it’s
very important.”
From the top hallway floated J.
Oliver Gegler’s sleepy voice. “Com
ing,” he called down. “What time is
It?”
“Two o’clock.”
“In the morning?”
“No; afternoon, Mr. Gegler.”
Half an hour iater he clumped down
the carpeted stairs, a cigar In his
mouth.
Takes Millions as a Joke.
“Mr. Gegler,” began the stranger,
“you are the heir to millions.”
“Quit your kidding,” he said. "Gee!
It’s cold here.”
“Mr. Gegler,” came the insistent in
formation, “you nre the heir to mil
lions.”
“I never use dope,” replied J. Oliver
Gegler. “Who left me the money?”
Into Mr. Gegler’s hand was thrust a
blue-tinted postal card signed by Ed
ward S. Fox, manager of the Mutual
Secret Association of Detectives of
Cleveland. It read:
“J. O. Gegler of 227 West Twenty
third street has fallen heir to many
millions of dollars. Send reporter to
see him for full particulars.”
Gegler calmly handed back the card.
“Doesn’t this surprise you?” he was
asked.
‘T've been expecting something of
the sort,” replied Mr. Gegler. He
flicked the ashes from his cigar.
“Fox has written me about the same
“I Never Use Dope.”
thing. It ali goes back to Sir John
Wynn, who was a somebody back in
Wales. I’m related to him. He left
an estate worth $500,000,000.”
“Who has it now?”
“It’s being held in trust by the Eng
lish court of chancery. Most of It is
land in Wales. Did you ever play
hall?”
“Not much.”
“I did. Rotten weather we’re hav
ing, ain’t It?”
Wynns Form Organization.
J. Oliver Gegler extracted a num
ber of telegrams, clippings and letters
from a well-worn wallet.
“Sixty members of the Wynn fam
ily met In convention la Marlon. 0.,
a few months ago,” he volunteered.
“They came to decide who was to get
the money from the estate. They also
organized the Wynns Genealogical
Historical Society, Incorporated.”
“How are you related to Sir John
Wynn?”
Mr. Gegler replied by tracing the
Wynn genealogy on his fingers. His
mother, he said, was a direct descend
dant of Sir John Wynn. In fact, he
had written her yesterday morning
not to be surprised in case he were
announced heir at any moment
“What’ll you do with the money?”
he was asked.
“Get a drink first,” he replied.
“Then I'd chuck up mv job as solic
itor. Then I’ll start a factory and
share my money with my employees.
Say, pinch me, will you? Are you
sure I’m not dreaming?”
LONG LOST DAUGHTER FOUND
Indiana Woman, After Search of
Thirty Years, Locates Kin at
Hannibal, Mo.
Bedford, Ind. —Mrs. John Whitman,
after a search of more than twenty
four years, has found her daughter,
who, she alleges, was taken from her.
Mrs. Laura Brooks, the daughter,
lives at Hannibal, Mo. Thirty years
ago Mrs. Whitman was Mrs, William
H. Turned. She and her husband
lived at Mitchell. She obtained a di
vorce from her husband when the
daughter was four years old. One day
the father, so Mrs. Whitman says,
asked permission to take the child
downtown, and the mother only late
ly discovered what had become of
her, although she had not failed to
search.
THE SEA COAST ECHO, BAT ST. LOUIS, MISSISSIPPI
AUTO STRIKES HOG,
TURNS SOMERSAULT
Miss Hutchinson Was Driving and
She and Father Were Bad
ly Bruised.
Marian, Cal.-—Many complaints are
heard regarding the actions of ‘Toad
hogs” of the human type, but it re
mained for Miss Marie Hutchinson of
Van Nuys to have a disastrous encoun
ter with the real article on the state
highway near here.
The young lady was driving a car,
accompanied by her father, C. M.
Hutchinson. They left home before
daybreak, planning to spend the day
with friends In Nordhoff. As the ma
chine sped swiftly along the smooth
road there suddenly loomed upon the
startled vision of the fair young driv
er a huge black hog. only a few feet
ahead.
It was impossible to stop in time to
avoid a collision, so a sharp turn to
the left was made. Miss Hutchinson
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Auto Turns a Somersault.
misjudged the size of the beast, which
was struck in the head, and the next
instant the auto turned a complete
somersault endwise, then rolled over
on its side in the ditch.
Mr, Hutchinson and his daughter
were badly bruised, but escaped seri
ous injury. The force of the Impact
tore the radiator from the car, demol
ished one wheel and broke several
minor parts.
PAWNS HAT TO PAY PARSON
But Georgia Bridegroom Must Still
Pay One Dollar to Get Marriage
Ceelifisate.
Savannah, Ga. —A pwain whose
name Is Sam Wiikerton spent his last
hard-earned money for a marriage li
cense, concluding the purchase in
January. After considerable conversa
tion with the preacher regarding rates,
he pawned his hat and became united
in marriage. There Is one thing miss
ing from Sam’s nappy life, and that
is the marriage certificate, the offi
cial record of the union bought with
a hat.
Sam pawned his hat, and, securing
a dollar for this bit of haberdashery,
carried the coin and his fiancee to the
altar, leaving the one and becoming
the better half of the other. The 50
cents he reserved for housekeeping,
and in doing so felt that Cupid had
put one over on ministerial shrewd
ness.
Thus the ceremony was performed
and Sam kissed the bride, while his
left hand reached out for the marriage
certificate, but his latter move was
Intercepted.
“That’ll cost you one dollar,” said
the minister.
And that’s the situation.
Sam swapped nls hat for a bride,
but lacks the dollar to prove his
union.
MAN FIGHTS WITH JELLYFISH
In Desperate Struggle He Breaks
Loose From Tentacles, But
Suffers Great Pain.
Santa Barbara. Cal. —G. H. Wilson
lies at the Cottage hospital in a crit
ical condition from as thrilling and
unusual an encounter as has ever
taken place here. He had a life and
death struggle with a huge Jellyfish.
Four hundred feet from shore, off
Serena, Wilson, who Is senior partner
of the firm of ’Wilson & Schwab, auto
mobile men of th:s city, was suddenly
attacked.
He saw before him what he says
looked like a great sheet of butter and
eggs. Suddenly strips of yellow and
white began to separate from the mass
and extend toward him. He turned to
swim out of reach when the creature
threw its tentacles about him and the
mad fight was on. In the struggle
Wilson broke the mass into frag
ments, but reached the shore exhaust
ed, and his face and shoulders sting
ing as though from scalds.
At the hospital it was said that the
patient is getting along favorably. His
pain at times w r as so intense that mor
phine had to be administered. His
shoulders and face resemble one mass
of poison oak burns.
Hazers Broke Bridegroom's Leg.
Hartford City, Ind.—Ora Smith,
twenty-one years old, a farmer living
near here, who was recently married
to Miss Cora Thornburgh, suffered a
broken leg when scuffling with friends
who were attempting to place him in a
calf wagon after the wedding.
Finest Geysers Are In America.
Considerable geysers are found in
only three places—Yellowstone park,
Iceland and New Zealand. Those in
our own wonderland are the fin sat In
the world. { I
HAS WON DESERVED FAVOR
American Cooks More and More Com
ing to Recognize the Advantages
of the Casserole.
Why is this cooking en casserole, 01
In earthenware, so popular In France!
Because in no other way is it possible
to obtain such delicious flavors.
There are three things to remember
in casserole cooking: First, the food
must be entirely prepared before the
baking is begun; second, the oven
should be only moderately hot at first,
then reduced to slow heat; third, th€i
food should not be allowed to boll and
must be given time enough for long
cooking.
A meat casserole of any kind needs
at least an hour and a half to cook,
while many meats, fruit and desserts
require from three hours upward. In
the old French ovens covered crocks
containing beans, or apples, or fruits,
for the cooked compote so beloved by
them, were put in' the oven at night
to cook slowly until the next morning.
This was a part of the frugality, the
putting to account every bit of meat,
which is still the habit of all French
housewives.
For the best results, or I may say
the most striking results, get a cheap
cut of meat, which is not liable to be
tender, and see what a transformation
will be worked by the casserole cook
ing. Cut the meat in pieces suitable
for serving, and add some thickening
agent which will absorb the excess
moisture, leaving the food Just moist
enough to be served attractively.
Rice is good with game, chicken,
lamb and veal; dried bread crumbs
with pork; macaroni and pearl barley
with beef. Sometimes with young
chicken or tender fish potatoes may
be used, but never when long cook
ing is required, for they cook to a
mush. —Pittsburgh Dispatch.
USEFUL SHELF FOR KITCHEN
Device Will Save Housewife Many
Steps in the Preparation of the
Family’s Dainty Meals.
Only four boards, 8 inches wide and
42 inches long, three boards, 8 inches
wide and 24 inches long, and about a
dozen screw hooks, are needed to
make this handy and useful shelf.
Just under the right of the shelf are
small spice boxes, and Just below this
is placed a lid or pan rack. To the
left are screwed into the shelf board
one or two rows of screw hooks for
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spoons, cups and all small utensils.
More screws may be placed in the
back of the shelf boards.
The hooks below are made of No. 9
wire bent in the shape of hooks, run
through a hole bored in the bottom
board and another hook bent this way
can be used for pans with handles,
skillets or other useful articles. I find
this shelf to be very useful and it will
save many steps. —Mrs. W. E. Max
well, in Farm Progress.
For Soiled Towels.
A bag to hang in the bathroom oi
linen closet, for the reception of soiled
towels is made of huckaback. There
is an opening in one front of the bag,
bound with white cotton braid,
through which the soiled towels are
thrust. The top of the bag pulls up
with tapes and the towels are taken
out through the top. The word “Tow
els’’ is embroidered under the open
ing. The w'hole bag is washable and
simple as any soiled linen or clothes
bag should be. This bag, made and
ready to emboider, costs 60 cents.
For the Finicky Cereal Eater.
When my small cousin refused to
eat prepared cereals because, as she
explained, “they get too mushy and
she doesn’t like them that way,” 1
found that putting the cream or milk
into the bowl first and then putting
in the cereal solved the difliculty. The
flakes remained crisp, floating around
in the cream, and this new method Is
now most popular with us.—Good
Housekeeping.
Chicken on Toast.
Chop the pieces of cold chicken
meat into fine morsels. Make a thin
white sauce, using the liquor in which
the chicken was cooked, and stir the
morsels of meat into it. Now prepare
thick pieces to toast, put the meat
on it, pour over the gravy, and with
a ring of cooked rice about the edge,
serve at once, piping hot.
Honey Mousse.
Beat four eggs slightly and slowly
and pour over them one cupful of hot
delicately flavored honey. Cook until
the mixture thickens. When it is
cold add one pint of cream whipped.
Put the mixture into a mold, pack in
salt and ice and let it stand three or
four hours.
Bread and Cheese.
Slice bread one-half inch in thick
ness. Butter dish, lay on slice of
bread spread with butter, salt and
paprika, cover with a layer of cheese
cut thin. Repeat three times. Beat
two eggs, add one pint of milk and
pour over bread and bake half hour.
Rocky Mountain Frost.
One way to use buttermilk is as fol
lows: Take two quarts of fresh but
termilk, one pound of pulverized sugar
and the grated rind of a lemon. Place
on the fire and stir until the sugar is
dissolved. Strain in your freezer and
freeze in the usual manner.
Bostonian Sandwiches.
Thin strips of cold bacon, mayon
naise dressing, with little chopped
pickle if desired. Put between one
slice of white bread and one slice of
brown bread.
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This collection of title pages from a few of the many publications of the
government gives some idea of the variety of Uncle Sam's activities in be
half of the citizens of the United States. Below In the center are shown
the storm-warning flags of the weather bureau.
Uncle Sam is not only Big Boss, but
Big Brother, Big Booster and Man
Friday to American business and rap
idly is becoming more so. If the Uncle
Sam machinery in aid of business
were to shut down tomorrow, busi
ness would be in exactly the fix of
Robinson Crusoe minus his faith
ful henchman or of a two-year
old deserted by his eighty-year-old es
cort in the midst of a public play
ground’s hurly-burly.
Scarcely an industry in the whole
field of business can be named to aid
which government bureau is not
constantly at work. Usually each in
dustry is directly served in various
ways by more than half a dozen fed
eral institutions.
For the banker and all who deal
with banks —just about everybody—
there’s the new federal reserve sys
tem. For shippers and for railways
there's the interstate commerce com
mission, For interstate traders, to
stand guard against “unfair competi
tion,” there’s that fledgling product of
the progressive movement —the trade
commission.
All of which merely touches the high
places. If you are a small farmer
and lack a market for a portion of
your output, the department of agri
culture helps you find it. If you are
a manufacturer and you are seeking
new markets at home or abroad, the
department of commerce points you
the best opportunities. The mint serv
ice of the treasury assays the ores
found by thousands of prospectors
every year. Experts test the soil of
thousands of farms every year to de
termine what crops are best adapted
to them. A telegraph and mail news
service operated by the government
for the benefit botlj of the producers
and dealers in perishable crops has
been started by the department of ag
riculture.
The department of labor recently
undertook to provide the American
industrial world with an intelligence
service reflective of labor conditions
the world over and recording the fluc
tuations of supply and demand in vari
ous parts of the United States. The
GREAT POSTAL GAINS SHOWN
Gross Receipts in 1915 About 7,572
Times as Large as in 1790, First
Full Year of Operation.
From $37,935 in 1790 to $287,248,165
In 1915 is the increase in the annual
gross revenue of the post office de
partment since the first full year of
operation of the department, says
Uncle Sam. In other words, the busi
ness In 1915 w r as about $7,5 1 2 times as
large as it was in 1790.
In 1790 the gross expenditures of
the department were $32,140 and the
total compensation paid to postmast
ers was $8,198. In 1915, the gross ex
penditures of the department were
$298,546,026 and the compensation
paid to postmasters amounted to $29,-
143,127.
Other figures on the 1915 business
of the post office department give an
idea of the volume of Uncle Sam’s
mail for one year. These figures in
clude the following: Number of post
.offices, 56.380; miles of mail service
performed, 616,460,121; ordinary post
age stamps issued, 11,226,386,410,
stamped envelopes and wrappers is
sued, 1,793,764,296; postal cards re
ceived, 10,781,927; amount of domestic
money orders issued, $654,139,134,
amount of international money orders
issued, $60,772,073; number of city car
riers, 32,902; annual cost of city car
rier service, $42,038,876; rural delivery
mileage, 1.073,099; cost of rural deliv
ery service, $49,825,000; number of
special delivery pieces delivered. 23,-
486.265; number of postal savings de
positors, 525.414; amount of postal
savings deposits, $65,684,708.
Oid Correspondence Being Saved.
In response to suggestions from
Uncle Sam, many large business
houses are aiding in relieving the
shortage of paper by saving their old
correspondence, which in the past has
been burned. These houses are now
putting old correspondence in with
other waste paper, which finds a ready
sale. One large concern has found a
market in this way for about five hun
dred tons of old correspondence yearly.
Less Canned Fish Imported,
United States Consul Dunlap at
Stavanger, Norway, in a dispatch to
the department of commerce, says the
exports of canned fish to the United
States have fallen off 50 per cent with
in a year. This makes a decrease of
practically 75 per cent since 1914. An
Increased European demand for fish
because of the war is given as the
cause for the decrease.
Prices Soar In Switzerland.
Uncle Sam says the prices of all
foods In Switzerland have risen on an
average of 71 per cent since June 1,
1914.
results are compiled In the Monthly
Review Issued by the United States
bureau of labor statistics.
Recently one of the trade scouts of
a big manufacturing concern read
six lines in the Daily Commerce Re
ports of the department of commerce
—and scored orders from a Portu
guese firm aggregating over SIOO,OOO.
There are eight bureaus in the de
partment of commerce. All are con
cerned In some way with industry and
commerce. Largest and most directly
related to business of these eight bu
reaus is the bureau of foreign and
domestic commerce. It gathers trade
information from all over the world
and passes it out to American manu
facturers and exporters. Most of the
information is printed in the Dally
Commerce Reports.
The bureau of mines gave to the
country a process devised by one of
its chemists, Dr. W, F. Rittraan, for
the manufacture from petroleum of
benzol and toluol, used in the manu
facture of dyes and high explosives.
This process has since been demon
strated on a commercial scale. Doctor
Rittman also devised a process which
will enable refiners to increase the
output of gasoline from crude petro
leum 200 per cent or even more, the
patent right to this process to be
dedicated to the public to prevent mo
nopoly.
Grain dealers, bankers, and all busi
ness men who look to the prospect
for crops upon general conditions are
always deeply concerned in the in
formation furnished regularly by the
weather bureau and the bureau of crop
estimates.
If you want to know what’s on the
earth or under the earth or the shape
of the earth in the United States, just
ask the geological survey. There is
constant practical business need for
this information. If anew railway,
electric or steam, is projected, the en
gineers before submitting estimates
of cost first send for the topographic
maps from the geological survey cover
ing the proposed route.
All of which is but a part, and a
small part, of the story.
I Uncle Sam’s Cooks
<x
No, you aren’t the only vie
tim of the servant problem. A
Here Is another sufferer, V
>i Uncle Sam, rich and power- i:
ful, good to his “help,” and the £
surest pay In the world, can’t
** keep his cooks any longer or A
A better than the ordinary sub- $
urban commuter. He offers them £
.3 good pay, easy hours, and lots #
of “nights out," but they simply £
-a will not overlook tho fact that £
A they are cooks, bred and born,
•a and so keep moving on.
United States marine corps
statistics covering the last two A
*3 years show a greater percentage <r
*■* of men deserted who gave occu- A
A patlon prior to entry as “cooks” S
than any other class enlisted $
-a during the period. j*
Desertions from tho marine
-a corps are very light at all v
times, and were It not for the %
1 cooks, marine-corps officials be- A
lieve that the “oldest branch of &
the service” would have an al- *£
most clean slate with regard to -a
desertions.
Iron in Water.
Half a part to the million of iron in
water is detectable by taste, and raor--
than four or five parts make water
unpalatable. In some mineral springs
iron is the constituent which imparts
a medicinal value tr the water, but
ordinarily it is undesirable. More
than 2.5 parts a million in water used
for laundering makes a stain on th
clothes. Iron must be removed from
water from which ice is made, or a
cloudy, discolored product will result.
An iron content of more than two or
three parts a million In water used in
the manufacture of paper will stain
the paper.
Bishop’s Neat Answer.
An enfant terrible, to the great hor
ror of her mother, once climbed up
on the bishop’s knee, and in her shrill,
childish treble piped out: “Mr. Wil
berforce, w T hy do people call you
‘Soapy Sam’?” The bishop was silent
a moment, as if considering the mat
ter, and then replied: “I dqp’t know,
my dear, really, unless it is because,
though I often get into hot water, £
always come out with clean hands!”
—whic£ was decidedly neat.
Use Parcel Post for Books.
Uncle Sam says an investigation has
shown that the parcel post fa,used on
an enormous scale by thf principal
New York book dealers ajd tlmt.the
percentage of damaged sjMpmeiVs la
very small \

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