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Fad By R. RAY BAKER 1921, toy McClure Newepaeer Syndicate.! The psychology of tho trouble be tween Grace Gardner und Ralph Por ter was psychology. To be more defi nite, it was spooks. When he was in Chicago on a busi ness trip Ralph attended a lecture by Sir Oliver Lodge. When he returned to Dodson he was convinced, and en thusiastically be set out to convince every one else. With some he may have succeeded, but with the majority be failed. Included In the majority was Grace. "All nonsenRe I" Grace told him. "If yon believe that stuff you've reverted to the belief of our uncivilized ances tors. If everybody believed It the world would have taken a big step backward." "On the contrary," Ralph persisted, "It would mean the world had taken a step forward. It's only the stubborn mnterlallst who closes his ears and re fuses to be convinced. You wait and you'll see." The more serious Ralph became, the more heartily Grace laughed at him. Boon, however, she ceased to laugh and became vexed. You'll land In the Insane asylum she warned. ; I If you keep this up, "You'd better drop the foolish stufT before It's too late." But Ralph refused to drop It. He bought books on the subject, and every time he called on Grace he effused psychic phenomena. Before long they found themselves engaged In verbal combats that were rather bitter. The climax came one Friday evening. Like all respectable small cities, Dodson boasted a haunted house. It was In reality a ruin of a veritable castle that had been erected In the woods by ,a wealthy family several generations ago. The window glasses had all been shattered, due to the ex cellent aim of youthful stone throw ers, and weeds had grown In profusion abont the dilapidated structure. The interior was barren except for a few pieces of antique furniture which the last tenant had left. Three violent deaths at the place gave It Its reputation, and this reputation had been handed down from generation to generation among the citizens. On this Friday night Ralph ap peared at Grace's home with bulging eyes. A path that ran through the woods, passing close by the haunted house, was a short cut between his home and hers, and usually he made use of It "There's a disembodied entity In the old haunted house," he Informed Grace earnestly. "I heard It prowling around when I passed. Let us investigate If we see a materialization It surely ought to convince you of the soundness ef the survival theory." "Not I," Grace objected. "I don't believe In your newly acquired Ideas, but Just the same, I have no desire to visit that old ruin In the woods, es pecially at night. Personally, I think yon've dwelt too much on your foolish notions, and you're beginning to 6ee things." Ralph was In no mood for criticism of this kind. He took himself se riously with his new hobby, or what ever It might be called, and while he had not hitherto very earnestly resent ed Grace's censuring, he did not relish being told that he was seeing things, or hearing things, which would have been a better way of phrasing It. He believed there was a spirit roaming In the haunted house, and when he of fered Grace an opportunity to become convinced he wanted her to consider the proposition In a more agreeable manner. The consequence was that a regular battle of words ensued, and terminated In a breach In relations. Ralph left In j the grip of anger and started home along the path. However, he changed I his mind and decided to skirt the I woods. It was rather lonely In the I woods at night. Of course, he was I not afraid, but—well the lnvestlga- I tlon could wait. I The breach put Grace In a far from I enviable frame of mind. She loved I Ralph, for all of his "foolish fad," as j she called It, and was morose all I the next day. Early Sunday evening Beth Stark came to see her, and they went for a walk, wandering Into the woods. Suddenly Grace appeared to have | an Inspiration. 1 "Let's visit the haunted house," Bhe I suggested. "Maybe we'll get a look at j a spook. I don't take any stock lr. I such things, but we can have some I fun prowling over the ruin. It's Just ! growing dusk, and It isn't as bad as If It were real dark." Beth agreed. She was a sensible 1 girl and braver than many of her sex. I and she was ready for a diversion. So I the two girls made their way to the j haunted house. I Testing Atmospheric Pollution. atmospheric pollution are kept In England by means of an air filter which at the end of every fifteen minutes draws a known volume of air through a piece of fine blotting paper. The darkness of the circle of deposit left on the paper Indicates tie amount of pended matter In the air. The Ready Answer. A schoolboy answering the question, "What was the Sherman actî" plied, "Marching through Georgia." Automatic records of su*» re Grace hesitated when they stood before the ancient structure. Every thing looked so gloomy and silent— and foreboding. But she could not draw back now. especially when Beth was manifesting anxiety to begin the erploration. So Into the haunted house they went, gaining access through a win dow, because the doors were boarded up. Inside It was quite dark, for foliage covered most of the windows. Grace felt herself trembling. The girls went through several rooms, feeling their way along dun geon-like passages. In one of these hallways Betli stumbled upon a board leaning aguinst a wall, and It fell with a clatter. At the same Instant, it seemed, they heard a step resound on the floor above. "What's that?" quavered Grace, shivering. She pluced a hand on Beth's shoulder and felt the latter trembling, too. "Don't ask me," whispered Belli. "Maybe It's the spook." They stood still, listening, and the noise above was repeated. "Let's—let's go" suggested Grace. "I'm willing," her chum agreed. They retraced their steps toward the room they had Just left. It w-as the room in which a staircase mounted to the upper story. As they moved along the passage, the girls heard a step on the stairs—a perfectly distinct step. They stopped again, wondering what to do next ; for certainly they did not want to meet the spook or whatever It was. I: There It was again—the step, and It was repeated consistently. Somebody or something was descending the stairs. The girls turned again and moved swiftly In the other direction. But they could not find a door. Evidently the hall had only one means of egress. They crouched close against the wall, while their hearts beat loudly. Tap, tap, tap. The noise was grow ing nearer. Grace's foot touched the board that had fallen, and it moved with a scrap ing sound. The footsteps ceased for a moment, then were renewed. Chills coursed up and down Grace's back, and her teeth chattered. The steps were on the floor now. Evidently the spook had descended the stairs and was walking across the floor. Yes, and—horrors! It was making for the hallway. Grace was convinced now. Her ex perience was having more weight than all of Ralph's arguments. Why did she make fun of him? He was right In his Ideas, and she only wished he was with ier now. Tap, tap, tap. The noise became more distinct, then right at the hall door It ceased. Grace tried to make herself believe she had Imagined the sound, but It was renewed while her mind was following that trend. Yes, there it was, right at the door way. She looked with fascinated eyes, and watched a tall shape appear in I the passage. She wanted to scream, but her tongue clung to the roof of her mouth. Beth was shaking violently. Then the spook spoke, In a hollow, wavering voice: "Who's there? Answer me, I say Who's there?" The spook advanced along the hall, moving slowly and making right for the girls. Finally Grace mastered her vocal powers. "It's—It's Just us," she said weakly. The spook stopped, and scraped something against the wall. A match flared In Its hand and illuminated Its countenance. Ralph Porter stood there, looking very lifelike but pale. "You startled me," he said shakily. "I came to Investigate and I heard you down here, and came down to find out what was going on. thought you were a spook, and frank ly, I was scared to death, I guess I'm through with this spook business. Let's go to your bouse and talk about —about the weather or something." "That suits me," said Grace. ! j I additional Inch of distance between I the Ups of the speaker and the month I piece of the telephone Is equivalent I to adding 120 miles of wire to the I Hue over which one Is talking. The I proper distance Is about one Inch ; if I farther than that, such sounds as "b. I P. t, f. z" are transmitted poorly. j H closer than one-half Inch, nasal I sounds like "m" and "n" do not enter the transmitter properly To Talk Through Telephone. Scientific tests show that every A Cate for Silence. "Josh," said Farme Corntossel. | "did you tell the new summer hoard 1 ers there are no mosquitoes worth I mentioning?'' j "Yes. The language that has been I used about those mosquitoes has got I so free that the less they are men ! tloned the better." Style. 1 8tyle Is the result or the artist's I efforts to say something, not prettily, I or showily, or grandly, but clearly, j completely, decisively.— (Jeorge Samp son. Winter Care of Calves. Dairy calves should be given prop er care and attention during the win ter months to Insure normal develop ment. Keep Good Dairy Cows. Keep all your gi«>d dairy cows. The country needs them and they can be kept at a profit. Greatest Expense item. Feed Is the greatest item of expense in producing mlk. and too often cows are underfed. , iiuiimnnirnimiJiuTnniniTiTniminiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiniinnuiiniiiiiiiiii Li SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT = By F. A. Walker iiiiiimiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiimiiniiiniiiiiiiiiimiiiiniiiiiiiiimiiiHiiiiiimiiiiiiiimiiiiiiifE MOT1IK1IS MAKE MEN. _ ÇAMUEL MATTHEWS VAUCLAIN, J head of the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, has hud wide experience in the selection as well as the bundling of men. He admits that he has a method, a secret, in making his selections. HE FINDS OUT WHAT KIND OF I A MOTHER A BOY HAS, and pays j no attention to the father, course of a long business life he has made few exceptions to this rule. In the This theory of Mr. Vauclain has a negative as well as a positive side. It explains not only why so many undistinguished fathers have distin guished sons, but also why so many fathers who are failures have sons who are successful. There are two sides to the question. For one thing there is a tendency on the part of a boy to derive his pre dominant traits from bis mother. For another, the mother is obvious ly more instrumental than the father In creating the environment which plays a large part In the development of the sons. In the average home the problem of providing a minimum of income— which Is the duty of the father—is much less complicated than the prob lem of making both ends meet—which is the problem of the mother. Long before statesmen ever dreamed of a budget system, that method was familiar to the women. In one gen eration after another they have had to pay their way with resources that did not Increase In proportion as the families grew. The carefulness, prudence and fore sight that n woman displays in run ning her house naturally show them- - selves lu the bringing up of her men children. If she is incompetent and shiftless In one direction, she will be the same In the other. • * • The mother, as distinguished from the father, has played a leading part in the formative period of men of con spicuous genius who have lifted them selves "by their bootstraps" Into places of great eminence. The mothers of Abraham Lincoln and Napoleon Bonaparte supply the only available explanations of the rise to leadership of two men who are types of success, under the most dif ficult circumstances. In each case a powerful, dominant character made possible the passage from a log cabin to the White House and from Corsica to the lending place In Europe and an imperial throne. 0 MOTHER'S COOKBOOK t Let the furrows be plowed deeply enough while the brain cells are plastic, then human energies will result In effi ciency and the line of least resistence will be the right line. THE FAMILY FOOD. T AKE one pound of chopped round steak, form Into cakes one inch thick. Make a depression in the cen ter of each, remove to a hot dish and fill the centers with grated onion pulp. Four over and around the meat balls the following sauce : Sift one quart of tomatoes, cook down until thick, add salt to taste, four sweet, green pep pers, steamed and cut into shreds. Serve with a border of finely shïedded cabbage. Banana Cream. Scald one pint of milk, add two well beaten eggs, two cupfuls of sugar and, when cooked until smooth, one tea spoonful of vanilla. Add one pint of cream and partly freeze, then stir in one pint of banana pulp, the Juice of two oranges and one-half of a lemon. Serve In glasses garnished with ba nana balls dipped In lemon juice and rolled In powdered sugar. Melon Lilies. Out small melons In halves after Remove the scrubbing them well, seeds and cut them Into pointed petals ten or n dozen. Arrange on a plate and serve a small ball of vanilla Ice cream in the center of each. A melon leaf or a small leaf from a squash or pumpkin vine will make an appropri ate dolley. A sauce of canton ginger syrup or a dusting with cocoa may be used over the cream If desired. Melon Cream. Choose small nutmeg melons that are fine flavored, after removing the seeds take out the pulp and put through a sieve. To one quart of FROM FAR AND NEAR Sunday Is so called because It was the day on which in olden times wor ship was offered to the sun. The total number of standard varie ties of postage 3tamps known today Is between 40,000 and 50,000. The Swiss government Is about to ! obtain power by closing the natural drainage of a great glacier, forming a storage reservoir of 118.000,000 eu blc feet, capacity. In our own time the supreme qual : Itles of Marshal Koch are traceable to ,he Powerful individuality of his 1 mot her. t From the dawn of history to the present day, in sacred and secular affairs, the influence of the mother has always been the greatest factor in the development of ability or ge nius. She has been the source of in spiration as she was the source of being. Sometimes she has pulled the chil dren, handicapped by the father's characteristics up to her own level. Sometimes she has pushed them above both herself and the father by indomitable determination that neither poverty nor ill fortune of kind should interfere with her bltlons. Mr. Vanclnin's plan of selection will serve Its purpose In the great majority of instances. He Is safe in conclud ing that if the boy bad the right kind of a mother he can count on his being the right kind of a boy. (Copyright.) UD any am SCHOOL DAYS y : ' \ I i only — i l<vn vnake tiTie | Swith-wItV hol« • m? : H rV m 'y 'M f m mm ïï w//. L vs? € (G ■« Tli« human. ra.ee cc/°Y.?/crrr whipped cream add one-half cupful of powdered sugar, a teaspoonful of vanilla and one pint of melon pulp. Freeze until stilt and serve with a canton ginger sauce with some of the ginger finely minced sprinkled the cream. A half cupful of orange or pineapple Juice may be added to the above mixture and glace oranges may be used for a garnish. over Frozen Fig Pudding. Wash one pound of figs and let soak over night, add one cupful of sugar and simmer until the figs are very tender, then cool and cut Into small pieces. Place one quart of rich milk In a dou ble boiler, add two well-beaten and cook until smooth, stirring stantly, add the Juice and rind of a lemon. Cool, add figs and one pint of heavy cream and freeze ns usual. Use one pint of water over the figs and cook until tender In the same water, adding the lemon juice and rind to the figs If desired. eggs con (Copyright.) o Biiimmiimimiimiiiiiimiimmiiiiimis I THE GIRL ON THE JOB | E How to Succeed—How to Get 5 — Ahead—How to Make Good E I By JESSIE ROBERTS | ?miiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiR OFFICE JOBS, PENURY. VISITED a womun who I greatly respect ; the sort of womau who is a credit to America and an asset to her neighborhood. She lias three daughters, the oldest just fifteen, and as we sat over our tea she began to discuss her plans in regard to the future of her girls. I thought that It would be well to give them training in some business capacity. I Thirty-nine minor planets w%re dis covered last year. The blue of the sea Is not, as is generally supposed, due to reflection from the sky, but to the saltiness the water. of Australian farmers having agreed raise sufficient flax, to a linen factory with an annual capacity of more than 2,500,000 yards will be Victoria. established In LYRICS OF LIFE By DOUGLAS MALLOCH LADY SEEKING BEAUTY. L ADY seeking beauty, who Beautiful would be, Where is beauty? Near to you Waiting quietly If you will but see. Nature is articulate; Can't you hear her call ? You need only imitate Beauty by your wall, Nature, that Is all. Here Is beauty : 'Tls a rose, 'Tis a rose of red ; Y'et she does not all disclose— Beauty, be it said. Shown too much Is fled. Only dignity may dare Crimson harmonies. Only women wise may wear Colors such as these. Lady, if you please. Here Is beauty: Quietness, Modesty, repose; Beauty is not fair unless Dignity It knows— Lady, here's a rose. (Copyright. ) "Yes. But I don't want then) sim ply to be fit for an office job and penury. And I rule out teaching. The life is too hard—and, again, too poor ly paid. I want them to know how to do something that will lead to free dom, not slavery. And 1 want them to work at something that will grow an Interest, not become a bore." It was quite a large order, and yet reasonable. One of the girls was dis tinctly an artist, and her mother was going to give her a course in com mercial designing. The second daugh ter was to be trained In domestic sci ence and catering, and the oldest girl was to take an agricultural course. For each girl the mother had Invested a sum of money that, while not large, would give the required start in their different professions. If there were a little more of this sort of scheming for girls, things would be a lot easier for them. Most girls are driven to office jobs as the easiest road to follow. Which Is one reason wby they are so poorly paid. (Copyright.) o THE CHLERFUL CHERUß I dit Lenetxtk tk% hig night «ky And wonder witk e* wistful sigh IF from this vest infinity A little to me.. fn*c*"* verse ma»y come 3! All Things Results of Growth. Life Is uot a product, but a growth, and graces are fruits and not the out put of a factory. The soul is not made perfect at u hound.—Exchange. Conscienceless Grave Diggers. A dead man In Burma always his fare pays across the mystic river ol death with a small coin which he car rles In his month, rests on grave-diggers ns a class prob ahly comes from the fact that of the men of this trade have scruples about digging the wretches up for their coins. It Is be lleved that this causes the spirits the disturbed ones to return to tlih world to suffer all the Ills that th. Hurmai) Imagination can conjure up for them. The curse that mosi U' po«i IMPROVED ROADS ROAD CONSTRUCTION IN 1920 Cost Was About Twice at Much aa In 1917 on Account of Distinct Shortage of Labor. (Prepared by the U. S. Department of Agriculture.) Every kind of road cost about twice as much to build In 1920 as It did in 1917, according to the chief of the bureau of public roads, United States Department of Agriculture, and high way construction suffered more than any other class of work through rail road congestion, strikes, labor troubles and material shortages. After the war there was a great public demand for improved roads. Many roads had been seriously dam aged by war traffic, and It appeared that the return of men from military service would provide an abundance of labor. The army of laborers which was expected to apply for the work did not. however, materialize. On the contrary, there was a distinct shortage X Am , A.,' V V * > C$2 V y ■■ ■ ■ . •• ■■■ - 'Timm Well Kept Roadside Where Weed* Are Controlled by Frequent Mowing. of labor, and wages reached the high est levels attained In the history of the country. In 1017, competent labor could be secured for from $1.50 to $3 per day, but the corresponding wage» In 1920 were from $3 to $5 for a short er day's work. In proportion to this demand there was also a pronounced scarcity of con struction materials. Sand, gravel, stone, and cement, and materials com monly used in road work increased In price between 1917 and 1920 from 50 to 100 per cent. Naturally, these in creuses in cost were reflected In the prices paid to contractors for road work. Gravel roads increased from $4,535 to $7,250 per mile; concrete from $21,165 to upward of $40,000 per mile, and brick roads from $33,000 to $55,000 per mile. As funds available for road con struction are largely limited by stat ute, or by the returns from taxation, a majority of the states this year have deliberately withheld work, the plans for which had been completed, until they could obtain a greater return for their expenditure. SCOTS USED FIRST MACADAM Resident of Ayrshire Made His First Experiments About 181' Roads Now Common. Macadam roads are so common la America that national pride may well lead us to look upon them as a do mestic product But John MacAdum was a Scot, resi dent In Ayrshire, where he made his first experiments about 1814, accord ing to the New York Sun. Five years later the first public roads were laid with the pavement and a grateful par liament awarded the Inventor a grant of $50.000. In 1827, after the new pavement had been thoroughly tested, MacAdam was made surveyor general of all metropolitan roads In and about Lon don and the use of his method became general throughout the United King dom. HARDING LAUDS GOOD ROADS President in First Message to Con greee Deplores Money Wasted In Improved Highways. In po uncertain terms. Président Harding expressed bis opinion of the automobile, motor transport and good roads in his first message to congress. He said: "The motorcar has become an Indispensable Instrument In oar po litical, social and Industrial life. . . . I know of nothing more shocking than the millions of public funds wasted In Improved highways—wasted because there Is no policy of maintenance. Highways must be patrolled and con stantly repaired/' Highways Are Necessity. Commercial highways are stty for the development of the try as well as for quick transporta tion of materials and for the lower ing of the cost of living. a neeea eoun Pullets for Winter Egge. The pullets are heavier layers dur lng their first year than hens and for that reason should be depended on for the bulk of the winter egg supply. A dairyman la known by tfca air* he keeps.