Bluffton High and Bluffton College
cagers will open the 1939-40 season
in games this week, the collegians
playing at home against Bowling
Green and the high school tackling
Vaughnsville on the oppents’ floor.
Bluffton college will meet a strong
Bee Gee outfit in the game here Sat
urday night, the opening contest of
the season for both schools.
Bolwing Green has 16 lettermen, in
cluding all of last year’s regulars, but
Bluffton hopes to at least partially
match this display of strength with
College Cagers Play Here Saturday
High School Team At Vaughnsville
Reichenbach and Radulovich are
looking unusually finished this season
and Bluffton’s attack likely will be
built around them.
Others from last year who likely
will see action include McLaughlin,
Warren and Backensto, guards and
Santa Clas will miss the Nazis this
year so far as the United States post
office department is concerned.
Postal authorities this week an
nounced Christmas packages will not
be accepted for mail delivery to Ger
many and the former countries of
Czecho-Slovakia and Poland.
Altho the delivery of parcel post is
suspended regular mail will be ac
cepted and delivered by way of Italy,
it was announced.
Postal authorities said they believed
parcel post to other countries in Eu
rope had a good chance of being de
livered, but they felt the time re
quired for a parcel to reach its des
tination might be longer than under
As a reminder that Christmas is
not far away, the post office depart
ment urged an early mailing of all
cards and packages to foreign coun
Mailing dates for various destina
tions about the world were announced
Argentina, Dec. 1 Bahamas, Dec.
18 Barbados, Dec. 15 Bermuda, Dec.
16 Bolivia, Dec. 2 Brazil Dec. 8
Canal Zone, Dec. 15 Chili, Dec. 2
Columbia, Dec. 15 Costa Rica, Dec.
16 Cuba, Dec. 21 Dominican Repub
lic, Dec. 14 Ecuador, Dec. 8 Guate
mala, Dec. 16 Guinas, Dec. 8 Haiti,
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CUSTOMERS tell us
they are getting the non
skid performance of new
tires after having their
old tires re-capped here.
Have your tires re-cap
ped now before winter
comes. The cost is small.
Complete servicing for
Bluffton Tire Shop
Elmer Burkholder, Prop.
Opposite Town Hall
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Steiner's Home Store
West and Holcomb, forwards.
Smoker and Sommer are other up
per-classmen who look promising
and among new candidates the out
standing are Crow, Heiks and Truax.
Santa Will Miss Nazis This Year No
Parcel Post Accepted For Germany
Bluffton High will open its season
at Vaughnsville on Friday night, and
altho Coach Dwight Diller has had
little time to whip his team into shape
he expects a promising showing.
Vaughnsville-Bluffton games in the
past always have been closely contest
ed, and this year’s title is not expect
ed to be an exception.
The Bluffton coach has several vet
erans around whom his playing squad
likely will be built, but it is still a
little early to determine the starters.
Bluffton will play at Lima South,
December 8, and it will be Dec. 9 be
fore the Pirates appear at home
Dec. 15 Jamica, Dec. 16 Newfound
land, Dec. 16 Nicaragua, Dec. 8 Pan
ama, Dec. 15 Peru, Dec. 8 Puerto
Rico, Dec. 16 Salvador, Dec. 11 Ven
ezula, Dec. 15 Virgin Islands, Dec.
Australia, Nov. 25 China, Dec. 1
Japan, Dec. 4 New Zealand, Dec. 6
Phillipines, Dec. 1 Hawaii, Dec. 18.
Boy Scout News
An American flag was presented to
Troop 56 of Bluffton Monday night
by the Bluffton American Legion
post. A candlelight ceremony was
held in connection with the presenta
tion, with the Wolf Patrol, directed
by Roger Howe, in charge.
Second class compass tests were
passed last week by Gordon Bixel,
Jr., and Maurice Kohli, Jr.
Dec. 1—Allen county district round
table at Lima.
Dec. 4—Scout Meeting, 7:80 p. m.
at First Mennonite church.
Dec. 5—Troop Committeemen
Dec. 5—Board of Review, 7:30 p. m.
at First Mennonite church.
Dec. 14—Court of Honor at Lima.
Ping pong tournaments are being
conducted at the recreation center
this week as a part of the Bluffton
observance of National Recreation
week. The program was planned and
play is being supervised by Dale Dav
idson, Bluffton recreation director.
In boys play Tuesday night, Elmer
Stonehill won the championship in the
tournament for the first six grades.
He defeated James Lewis in the final
match, 21 to 11, and 21 to 13. Ten
picked boys competed
Robert Watkins is the champion in
the senior boys class, by virtue of his
victory over James Clark in the final
round of a tournament in which 12
played. Watkins bested Clark 21 to
14. 19 to 21 and 34 to 32.
Four tournaments will be held at
the Center this Thursday night. Two
girls tourneys will be held one for the
first six grades, and the other for
those in the senior division. In ad
dition, men’s and women’s tournament
will be played.
Plans are practically completed for
men’s volleyball play during the win
ter season, and competition in all
probability will be started within the
next week or so, Davidson announced.
Boys are now working on small
handicraft projects at the recreation
center ,and others are invited to avail
themselves of the facilities. Most of
the youths are working on Christmas
presents at this time.
Fire Call Turned
In As Auto Burns
A parked automobile discovered on
fire resulted in the turning in of a
fire alarm Tuesday evening at 6:30
o’clock. The car, parked in front
of the Albert Benroth residence on
North Main street, belonged to Don
Gundy, Bluffton college student.
The fire department was sum
moned when efforts of bystanders
failed to extinguish the flames. The
car was considerably damaged.
Origin of the first was undeter
Store Opens Here
The Western Auto Associate store,
owned and operated by Millen C.
Geiger opened for business the first
of the week in the George Carmack
building on South Main street.
Mr. and Mrs. Geiger and daugh
ter who arrived last week from Me
dina, their former home, expect to
locate here permanently as soon as
housing accommodations can be
found. Mr. Geiger, a native of Pan
dora, is well known in this vicinity.
Peace Speaker At
John Nevin Sayre, chairman of the
American Fellowship of Reconcilia
tion, will be the speaker at vesper
services in the Bluffton college
chapel, at 3 p. m. next Sunday.
Sayre will be one of the speakers
at an inter-collegiate peace confer
ence on the Bluffton campus Friday
and Saturday, and will remain to ad
dress the vesper service on Sunday.
His address will be on peace activi
ties in this country and abroad.
Special music will be presented by
the Bluffton college vesper choir di
rected by Prof. Russell A. Lantz.
To Be Staged Again
Second presentation of “Robinson
Crusoe”, a play based on the adven
tures of the story-book character,
will be given at 8 p. m. this Wed
nesday night in the Bluffton high
In the opening offering Tuesday
night, a distinct dramatic success
was scored by the cast. Members
of the speech classes at the high
school are producing the dramatiza
P. W. Stauffer is the director.
Holds Opening Here
The Caramel Crisp shop, confec
tionary establishment, opened for
business here Wednesday in quarters
in the Mrs. Fred Zehrbach block at
North Main and Vine streets.
The store is under management of
Henry Ruhl who arrived here from
Marion recently to take charge of
the place. The store is located in
the room formerly occupied by the
Midway Fountain. A number of
changes have been made preparatory
to the opening.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thank the neighbors
and friends for their aid and sym
pathy so generously extended in the
death and burial of our beloved
daughter and sister, Miss Hazel Mc
Cune also Rev. Weed who officiated
at the funeral services, the singers
and all those sending flowers.
Mr. and Mrs. A. S. McCune
H. B. McCune
Mrs. G. B. Stratton
SURPRISE BIRTHDAY DINNER
Marking his sixteenth birthday an
niversary, Charles Lora was the
guest of honor at a surprise dinner
at the home of his father Chas.
Lora, Sr., west of Bluffton, Sunday.
Present for the occasion were:
Mr. and Mrs. Wade Lora, Bliss
field, Mich. Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Staley and family, Ada Mr. and
Mrs. Andrew Gratz and Mrs. Walter
Deppler and family of this place.
The Board of Education at its reg
ular meeting November 13 passed a
resolution prohibiting smoking in the
school buildings. This is in con
formity with the orders of the state
fire marshal and affects particularly
all use of the buildings by outside
organizations, for athletic events in
the gymnasium, evening trade ex
tension classes, etc.
By action of the board, enforce
ment of this prohibition was placed
in the custodians having charge of
the school plant, together with the
cooperation of the sponsor of each
By Order of the Board
SHORTS AND MIDDLINGS
The New Philadelphia Rotary club
and agricultural agent Lester A.
Cronin teamed up to plan a tree
planting project as a screen for some
abandoned coal mines. Interest in
this planting started a discussion of
the advantages of a community for
Short courses in agricultural sub-
THE BLUFFTON NEWS. BLUFFTON, OHIO
Prepared by National Geographic Society,
Washington. D. C.- WNU Service.
What an eventful day when
man first found that a floating
log would bear his weight!
What trial and error, what
wreck and tragedy intervened
even before the first dugout, or
raft with clumsy sails of skins
or plaited grass actually put to
sea and finally reached a neigh
boring shore safely!
Imagine the daring sailors’
return from that first of all
voyages. Shoutinc fellow tribesmen
crowd about as they beach their
craft, excited over the strange fruits
and weapons the dusky Argonauts
have brought back, and gaze curi
ously at the lone woman captive,
snatched from her coral-beach shel
ter as the invaders retreated to the
Till then that distant shore, its
peak dimly visible only on clear
days, had been a region of mystery
now they had landed upon it, had
tasted its dangers and delights.
“Let us return for more wealth,”
the excited welcomers urge.
“Nay brothers,” reply the sailors.
“The winds are evil and the waves
run high. We must make a bigger
raft and take more fighting men, for
yonder they have mighty warriors
to give us battle."
Contrast pirate pistol and cutlass,
hand-to-hand sea-fighting technique
with the World war Battle of Jut
land, when armored giants hurled
tons of projectiles at each other with
lightninglike rapidity over leagues
of intervening blue water.
Man Becomes Restless
Fighting on the water, perhaps,
had less to do with the development
of ships than did man’s peacetime
pursuits, his restless urge always to
find and see new lands, and to gain
wealth by barter with faraway peo
ple for salt, amber, and slaves.
One primitive craft, in use to this
day, is the Polynesian catamaran.
Anyone who has lived in the Philip
pines or cruised the waters of the
South Pacific know this outrigger
sailing canoe and its age-old use in
Aboard this catamaran, long cen
turies ago, dusky adventurers from
Asiatic coasts, guided only by stars,
the flight of birds, or instinct, sailed
for countless watery miles out into
the Pacific. Hawaii, Easter island,
and( New Zealand were all colonized
by these daring sailors. There is
some evidence that a few of them
even reached the coasts of Mexico
and South America.
Egypt Started It
Though history records no famous
voyages made by Egyptian naviga
tors, it was from early Egypt that
shipbuilding ideas spread to Phoe
nicia, Greece, and later to Rome—
even through the Red sea to the
The Chinese junk bears a strong
resemblance to pictures of ancient
Egyptian craft, especially in the
shape of the hill. Although sea
going ships grew up in the Mediter
ranean, early Chinese used the com
pass. Their junks, trading between
Canton and the Persian gulf in the
Third century, had magnetic iron
needles also, their junks used a
rudder mounted on the stempost.
Beyond the junk, however, Chinese
shipmakers progressed little. On
canals, rivers, and along coasts,
myriad junks and sampans continue
to haul much of China’s colossal do
Phoenicia, to ay, is a forgotten
land. Yet “merchants of Tyre” cor
nered the world trade of their day.
They sent dried fruit and wine to
the then remote British isles, and
brought back tin and cloth. They
are even believed to have sailed
around Africa centuries before
Vasco da Gama.
Floating Log Bore His Weight,
So Man Developed a Curiosity
Vikings, bold sailors in their day,
ravaged the coasts of Gaul and
Spain in their stout oaken vessels
centuries before Columbus was
born. Living on dried fish and such
little grain as they could carry, they
later explored the northwest Atlan
tic abobt 1000 A. D., Leif Ericsson
voyaged to North America through
In each passing century, after
Egypt supplied a pattern for sea
going merchant craft, first the sea
farers of one nation, then of another,
made improvements. Columbus’
flagship, for example, was a “mod
ern” boat, compared with Leif’s
open ‘‘long ship.” His crew had bet
ter sleeping quarters, bigger yvatcr
casks, more i -'tier
jects at Ohio State University are
planned to give the greatest amount
of practical information in the least
possible time. Information can be
secured by writing Dean John F.
Cunningham, Ohio State University,
Field reports indicate a good Ohio
beet crop which is high in sugar
content and will bring a better price
Old as water transportation
itself, but still modern! This is
a gufa, water transport on the
Tigris river, which goes forward
by twirling in a circle. Slightly
round-about, perhaps, but it gets
arms and clothes, and better navi
gation charts and instruments.
The Venetian galley was the fight
ing craft when Christian allies un
der Don John of Austria defeated
the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto
in 1571. In that battle larger ves
sels carried 100 crossbowmen, 40
cannon, and catapults for throwing
stones. Power came from 150 gal
ley slaves, chained to their long
sweeps and whipped savagely upon
their naked backs to make them
pull hard, in steady rhythm.
In Greek and Roman galleys oars
were arranged in two or more tiers.
The Venetians abolished this sys
tem, installing all oars on the same
level. The rowers, however, sat on
two or three different levels, with
the benches inclined in such a
way as to leave each man’s motions
If it floats, it's a boat. With
canvas unfurled, Miami bathing
girls lake advantage of both wind
and waves in a new sport, surf
free from interference by the others.
The oars of each group of two or
three rowers projected through the
same opening or “rowlock.” The
high bench was nearest the center
of the vessel and its occupant pulled
the longest oar—sometimes meas
uring nearly 50 feet in length. The
galleys themselves were about 150
We look now at models of the
tiny caravels of Columbus, and are
amazed that in craft so frail he
dared so much. We might set his
whole fleet, the Pinta, Nina, and
Santa Maria, upon the decks of
the new Queen Mary and still have
room to drill a regiment of infan
try. Yet, in their day, these were
stout little ships, developed by man
after centuries of experience with
Egyptian Nile and coastal craft, Chi
nese junks, Phoenician traders,
Arab dhows, and Roman galleys,
successive rungs of man’s maritime
Despite their small size, often less
than 100 tons, caravels became fa
mous for seaworthiness on long voy
ages Vasco da Gama used one in
rounding the Cape of Good Hope
so did Magellan.
Opening the doors of a new world
wide era of exploration, commerce,
wealth,.and.empire, the little cara
vel poked its bows into harbors pre
viously unfurrowed by white men’s
ships, and fled safely from unfriend
ly shores, easily escaping from the
canoes of warlike native tribes.
Among heroic pioneer navigators
in this age of exciting discovery
was Sir Francis Drake. This Eng
lish sea hawk sailed around the
globe in the Golden Hind at the end
of the Sixteenth century, and was
the first Englishman to pass through
the Strait of Magellan and to explore
the west coasts of South and North
America. Drake scraped his ship’s
bottom hard by what is now San
Francisco bay, crossed the Pacific
to the East Indies, and sailed home
around the Cape of Good Hope.
Rich with spoils from Spanish ships,
he reached England after an ab
sence of nearly thro:' years.
than has been obtained recently.
The income from the crop added to
benefit payments made by the AAA
will tend to stabilize future produc
tion in the state.
Found on a postcard:
Dear Son, this is the cliff from
which the Spartans threw their de
fective children. Wi$h you were
here. Love, Dad. —Bored Walk
Bluffton’s three basketball teams
will swing into action this week, but
only home appearance is scheduled
...JBluffton Boosters, an independent
outfit, will play in Lima league play
at Lima, Thursday night, meeting
Bradfield Center Bluffton High will
open its season at Vaughnsville Fri
day night The only home presen
tation will be Bluffton college’s game
with Bowling Green, Saturday night
on the high school floor.
Basketball play is under way in
earnest in the territory.-... Mt. Cory
opened last week, but lost to Lima
St. John’s, 53 to 21.......Sciranka, who
defeated Bluffton almost single hand
ed three years ago, got 14 of St.
Johns’ points ......Spencerville defeat
ed Lafayette at Lafayette by a score
of 29 to 26, after the score had been
tied 18-18 at the close of the third
Beaverdam cagers won their third
victory with a 31 conquest over
Rawson, last Friday- '.Bktffton col
lege’s second hpme appearance of
Puppet Shows To Be
New Fair Feature
As a new feature in connection
with Bluffton’s annual agricultural
fair, fifth and sixth grade pupils in
the Bluffton public schools will pre
sent puppet shows next Wednesday
and Thursday nights in the high
Four shows will be presented
nightly by the puppeteers, and the
offerings promise to be one of the
most attractive features of the fair
Pupils in the fifth and sixth grades
have made the puppets as a part of
their regular class work, and two of
the three plays which will be pre
sented were written by them.
Miss Theola Steiner, sixth grade
teacher, has been in charge of ar
rangements and will direct the pre
sentations next week.
Pupils will work the puppets and
THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 1939
You get it in a
the season, against Tri-State on Dec.
14, will find the local Lions club
sponsoring the contest...... Four vet
erans, Ramseyer, Nurmi, Tetlow and
Detwiler, will be missed from the
Beaver outfit this year.
Bixel Motor Sales
Authorized Ford Dealers
To avoid a conflict with Easter
Holy week, dates of the state high
school basketball tournament at Co
lumbus will be March 14-15-16----
County tournaments will be Feb. 16
17 and 23-24 sectionals Feb. 29,
March 1 and 2 and district meets,
March 7, 8 and 9.
Bluffton college’s football schedule
for next fall includes three home
games and four on foreign fields----
The Beavers will play Defiance, Ash
land and Findlay at home-----Con
tests away from home will be played
at Kent, Otterbein, Kenyon, Assump
tion and Grand Rapids----- Coach A.
C. Burcky, of Bluffton college, will
be the speaker at the Ada High
school football banquet this Wednes
read the lines of the three plays.
“Pandora’s Box” and “The King’s
Toothache” will be dramatized by the
sixth graders, and the fifth and
sixth grade pupils will collaborate in
offering “Old Pipes and the Driads”.
The puppet shows on Wednesday
and Thursday nights will be staged
at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 and 8:80 o’clock.
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