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SEEK HELP OF RICH WOMAN
Begging Letter· Innumerable Com· In Every Mail to the Possessor of Great Wealth. A correspondent of Leslie's Weekly eends these juicy bits from the corre spondence of one of our wealthiest and most charitable ladies: One supplicant writes: "You are far above men in a social and monetary way, but I fly to thee for aid. I would! like to go visiting and would like some clothes or a hat. One that comes over the face is more becoming to me." Others are: "I have a moral charac ter, and some thinks I am very bright. I am blessed with many friends who "will testify to my ladyehip." "For a long time I have wanted to feel the pleasure of being even with the world, and when I saw your pic ture in the paper your eye· seemed to look into mine and say, Ί will help you if you will ask me.' " "I have long been looking for a per son to whom I could make my wants known. Little I ask—some stationery, » good timepiece, one pair of spec tacles (good, strong lense) or the ex· change of a railway pass for a good parrot." "I have sometimes wished that Qod would give me some money to start me in the chicken business. Perhaps he would start me in the business to sell the pure food of horseradish." 1 am a uatuciui tuatu v*. vnv end have to look out for myself, as I have neither pa nor ma. Think over this letter and don't disappoint me. Your loving friend." These letters are plainly from ig norant people, and probably somewhat -weak-minded. In fact, it is almost an Infallible sign of weak-mindedness to send any sort of an appeal for per eonal help to the very rich. VALUE THE ACORN AS FOOD Mission Indians of California Find Sustenance in and Apparently Enjoy the Nut·. Among the mission Indians of Cali fornia acorns form a staple article of food. They gather these lnduetrious ly in the autumn, dry them thoroughly In the sun and store them for winter use in huge bine, which hold ten bush· els or more. These bins are of wick er work and look like Inverted bas kets. Very often they are covered ■with canvas to protect the contents from rain and snow and are placed upon elevated platforms to prevent the dampness of the ground affect ing them. When used for food purposes the equaws pound the acorn kernels Into u coarse meal. Sometimes they bake this into a cake, but generally it is anade into mush. To make the mush they first mix it with water so as to form a thin itmtter. This is boiled by allowing tvery hot stones to fall into and cook lit. When the stones in the vessel ihave lost their heat they are taken «ut with s long ladle and are replaced Iby freshly heated ones. When the mixture has been well icooked the bowl is placed on the jground and the mush allowed to cool. The entire family gathers about to ■enjoy the feast, and one and all con vey the food to their mouths with the [palms of their hands. Was Hard to Please. A good story is told of Provost Hawkins, an old don of Oriel college, Oxford, who was never happy unless he could find some fault to criticize Jn the undergraduates who came be fore him. Among other things the irecord of chapel attendance was al ways on Hawkin's table ready to be [referred to for praise or blame. One day^vhen a student, who was an Oriel man, was before bim, the provost consulted the record. "I observe, Mr. King," said he, j "that you have never missed a single ι chapel, morning or evening, during the whole term." He paused, but instead of a word of praise, which might reasonably Slave been expected, he continued se verely: "I must warn you, Mr. King, that «ven too regular attendance at chapel 1 may degenerate into formalism."— Ixradon Telegraph. Historic Parrot. An older and more historical bird than the octogenarian cockatoo of St. Ives is the famous parrot "Ducky," which was one of Queen Alexandra's pets until its death. This bird be- I longed to the younger Pitt, who pre- ; «ented it to George II., from whom it j passed in turn to George IV., William : TV. and Queen Victoria, who present- j «d It to her daughter-in-law, the prin cess of WalfeB. All parrots are long-: .lived, and if they could only speak with intelligence what reminiscences : this royal bird could have given— | from the time it first looked knowing· j Jy at Pitt, learned how to imitate the j Invariable "What? WhatT'^of George \ III., was scandalized by the revels of the regent and attempted to acquire the nautical vocabulary of Williaor IV. Job's Turkey. Of course, Job never had a turkey, for this fowl is a native of the lagd of the stars and stripes, and was never heard of until this country was settled by travelers oversea. Nevertheless, Job's turkey is de scribed by the author of "Sam Slick" as so poor that it had only one lonely feather in its tail and had to lean •gainst a fence to gobble. Since the «ppearance of that book Job's turkey represents the last extreme of poor MM and forlornness. STUTTERER IN HARD LUCK1 Cur· May Be Effected, but the Procesa It a Slow One, and Uncertain in Ita Effect. There is no cure for stuttering. This does not mean that no stutterer can be cured—far from it.—but that there is no treatment which is sure to cure. If a stutterer be taken in child hood, where the affliction is first no ticed, and carefully treated, he can sometimes be cured, and generally much improved. Dr. Frank A. Bryant of New York, writing in the Medical Record, says the first thing to do is to make sure that there are no obstructions in ! throat or noee, such as enlarged ton sils or adenoids. The child must be taught to breathe through the nose, I deeply and slowly, as a habit. He must not be allowed to speak when ex cited, nor when laughing or crying or In the paroxysms of whooping cough. He must never be tickled. All causes of excitement must be re moved. Freeh air, scrupulous clean liness, plain, nourishing food, moder ate exercises and plenty of sleep In a dark room are essential. Mental la n# ffvoot imnnpfonnA Any measures that will Increase men tal poise are of incomparable value. The stutterer must be Impressed with a desire to overcome what is only a bad habit He must be persuaded to study the great art of speaking cor rectly. Thus, by careful, patient work on the part of his parents, teachers and physicians, will he gradually cure himself, or at least so improve as to make the affliction cease to be se rious. COTTON TRADE OF ENGLAND Origin of Great Industry Can B· Traced Back to Beginning of Seventeenth Century. The cotton trade of Lancashire, England, dates back tee the very be ginning of the seventeenth century. A petition of 1621, preserved in the state papers, mentioned the infancy of the industry; for there the petition ing London merchants stated that "about 20 years divers people in this kingdom, but chiefly in the county of Lancaster, have found out the trade of making of other fustians made of a kind of bombast or down, being a fruit of the earth, growing upon little shrub· or bushes, brought into this kingdom by the Turkey merchants from Smyrna, Ceyprus, Ocra and 8y don, but commonly called cotton wool." This cotton from Lancashire soon found its way into the foreign market· of the world. Thus the "Treasure of Traffic," 1641, on the industry of the good folk of Manchester: "They buy cotton wool in London that comes first from Cyprus and Smyrna, and at home work the same and perfect it into fustians, vermillions. dimities, and other such stuffs, and then return it to London, where the same is vented and sold, and not seldom sent into foreign parts." And, lockouts per mitting, they do the same thing to day. Put Liszt in Bad Light Among the anecdotes told about the late David Popper is an interest ing one relating to Liszt. It is well known that many of the pages at tributed to Liszt were really written by the Princess Sayn-Wittgenstein. The most flagrant instance was the insertion by her in one of his books of some pages attacking the Jews and advising their deportation in a body to Palestine. Liszt was greatly annoyed at this, for such sentiments were entirely foreign to his character, and many of his best friends were Jews; among them David Popper, the famous violoncellist. Not long ferred to Popper made a call on Liszt, who was delighted to see him, and asked when he came and where he was going. "I am on the way to Palestine, dear master, in accordance with your wishes," was the prompt answer. Wind and Fish. It Is reported that a singular cor· respondence exists between the pre vailing direction of the wind on the coast of New South Wales and the average catch of fish. It appears that the winds which in fluence the ocean currents influence, in turn, the course of the fish. These influences have periods of three or four years. Thus in 1899, there was a general scarcity of fish, but after ward they became more and more abundant up to the year 1902. In 1906 there was another scarcity of fish, but the next year they began to return in Increasing number». The cause of these variations was regarded a· a mystery until the co incidence with the prevailing direc tion of the coastal winds was no ticed. Now it is thought by the study of the winds the prospects of the fish ermen may be predicted two or three year· in advance.—Harper's Weekly Tree· Have Parasols. Huge linen shields, raised high in the air on slender poles, ward oil the sun's rays from the young trees in one of the public squares of Ber lin, Germany. They look like the scenery of an open air stage, but they were set up simply to make a tem porary nursery for the young lindens that have been transplanted into Heidelberg Square. The shadelest park has no protection from the hot sun, and until the little trees get s start they need this artificial shelter to help them grow.—Popular Me chanic·. 'r.tÀ-ί: 1. : ' , . '-.ή ? STOCK PHRASES A MISTAKE Too Many Writer· Un Them to the Ultimate Great Detriment of Their Work. There are writers with something to say whom it is very difficult to read with any attention, because their sense 1b constantly weakened by Btock phrases. They have not learned to fit their thoughts with their own lan guage, and these thoughts are dis guised in language that seems to mean nothing. A writer who can make his own phrases keeps the read er's attention alert. There Is no doubt that he always means some thing, that his thought Is working in every sentence; but in stock phrases thought ceases to work, and the read er's attention ceases with it. He may like this little holiday; indeed, some writers are popular just because their stock phrases are so numerous that the reader's mind can enjoy a com plete idleness among them. But it is not the proper aim of writing to pro toke this kind of unconscious idle ness; and even the writers who do provoke it are probably themselves unconscious of the effect they pro duce. Even they are trying to say something, and failing so pretentious ly that their failure is concealed from themselves as well as from their con tented readers. No clergyman would wish to All his church because his sermons had the power of putting all his congregation to sleep; and the writer who becomes popular through his use of stock phrases owes his suc cess, if only he knew it, to causer just as unflattering. LIKE THEIR OWN KIND BEST African Cannibal* Said to Be Averse to the Taste of the White Man. That cannibals seldom eat white captives and then without particular zest is the gist of a scientific report on the subject made to Dr. Hofman, for merly a consul in Africa and an au thority on the subject of tribal cus toms. Writing of the recent murder of the German-Ameriean mineralogist, John Henry Warner, by natives of New Guinea, Dr. Hofman asserts that the obstention of cannibals In Africa and of Guinea from the flesh of white men Is not because they fear the spirit of the white victim or his powers ol magic, but because they consider that It has an unpleasant taste due to the sharp spices and condiments and of salted disbee in the diet of the Euro pean. Cannibals in Liberia eat a white man only when be has fallen Into their hands alive. Then the victim is im persed to the neck in a running brook and held there for two or three days; on much the same principle that an oyster Is "floated" in fresh water aftéi being taken from the beds. Man's Best Years. What are a man's "best years" de pends largely on what hie youth was —the time for laying the foundation. It also depends upon the nature of his work and something of his stam ina or staying powers; also, as to whether he has mastered his environ-, ments or allowed them to master him. Hugo Munsterberg places the high water mark at 50 years; Dr. Wiley thinks a man's best work should be done after he ie sixty; while Dr. Osier claims that little original and valuable work is done after the age of forty. As for my own humble opin ion, I am quite thoroughly convinced that a man does not reach his prime of intellectual strength and lucidity until he arrives at the halfway house —threescore and ten. The life Droblem is very much like a marathon, and should be decided accordingly. On the one hand, it is not a question of years, but of condi tion—mentally and physically. How did he pass the seventieth milestone, old and decrepit or vigorously? On the other hand, it is not a question as to the time he made, but what was his condition? Did he collapse or did he finish strong?—Los Angeles Times Studying Problem of Age. The brittle arteries of old age which the doctors call athermotos. and which my many are considered an unavoidable and more or less physi ological accompaniment of advancing years, are responsible directly and Indirectly for a very considerable por tion of the annual death rate. Those sanguine folks who hold that death could and should be postponed to the hither side of one hundred years— that centenarians should be the rule rather than the rare exception—are coming more and more to question the necessity for this early rusting out of the body plumbing. Metchnikoff's fa mous studies which led him to the conclusion that sour milk was the elixir of longevity,- started the ball rolling afresh, and since then the physiological laboratories have been busily at work studying the problem fron*.-all. sorts of angles.—New York Evening Post. Return Address. One small boy of my acquaintance will be careful when he grows up about that business of writing his ad dress legibly, if be retains his present sense of importance of making the point clear. He was saying his pray erβ the other evening, and, after the enumeration of those upon whom he invoked a blessing, concluded: "And make me a good boy"—and then, after a pause, "14, Ladysmith avenue. Amen." There was to be no mis take about the destination of the an swer.—London Chronicle. » It ^ i-.. ' ■ îi $-v Κ .\ ,· COMUS THEATRE BILUNG FOR COMING WEEK Friday Night, December 12 The Society Event of the Season The Arts Club of Aberdeen 40 - VOICES - 40 WILL PRESENT "The Feast of Little Lanterns" A JAPANESE OPERETTA Beautiful Costumes, Tableaux, Stage Settings and Electrical Effects 25, 35, 50 and 75 Cents The Balcony will be reserved exclusively for School Children who will be ad mitted for the small sum of 15 cents Saturday Night, Dec. 13th THE FOURTH RELEASE TO THE PEOPLE OF TUPELO OF THE FAMOUS PLAYERS COMPANY OUTPUT L ILL IΕ LAN G TRY the celebrated Favorite of Two Continents in a tense Dramatic Play "HIS NEIGHBOR'S WIFE" As Presented by Mr. Daniel Frohman, the renowned im pressario of America. This being one of the Famous Players Motion Pictures, no detailed explanation is necessary. We will only say positively it is as good, if not better than the others. PRICES LOWER FLOOR - - 10AND20C BALCONY 5 AND 10C GALLERY ... ου ιο all Thursday Night, Dec. 18th Positively the Greatest Melodramatic Production now on the Road, having passed it's 500th Straight Performance as the Eltinge Theatre in New York City. "WITHIN THE LA Ψ Tupelo Theatre Qoers have never and will never have an opportunity to witness a better Dramatic Attraction than this one. Friday and Saturday Nights, and Matinees December 19th and 20th The Triumphant Return of the World's Greatest Novelty, The Great Edison Talking Pictures ♦ The Program this time will be entirely different from the one seen here before. Just Watch the Comus If its a feature, Its at the Comus, If its at the Comus, Its a Feature • " & "■ . h ' 'Ûiià ν'·>· Λ ■.\.5- as Û-k k, * •·· ' %?.