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THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1941
Of course you don’t believe a dog
can read—and Menno Badertscher,
Bluffton grocer will agree—but how
are you going to explain the fact
that Badertscher’s little terrier
knows whenever his master brings
home a can of dog food? The
canine unerringly spots the dog food
before being opened, when placed on
a table among other cans of peas,
beans, tomatoes, etc. Thinking that
perhaps the dog had become familiar
with the label of one particular
brand, Badertscher tried other
brands with different labels, but the
dog continues to recognize them.
Badertscher says that he intends to
put a dog food label on a can of
peas and see what happens.
A large illuminated sign is being
erected this week by C. F. Nis
wander, at the south end of the
business district. Bluffton’s fine
system of boulevard lighting the
length of Main street together with
an ever increasing number of illum
innated signs in the business area
gives the town a real metropolitan
air at night.
James West, town clerk, par ex
cellance, closed his books for the
last time after the council meeting
Monday night. Jim is leaving next
Tuesday for a year’s army life and
the city administration will miss
him—as will the bank where his un
failing courtesy made him a host
of friends.
There’s the old song about being
al) dressed up and no place to go—
well that wasn’t what happened to
Jesse Bracy, Triplett plant employe.
J^ss was dressed up, had a place to
go, but didn’t have anything to do
when he got there. It all happened
the other day when he was sum
moned for jury duty at the federal
court in Toledo. Not until after he
had arrived at the courtroom in
Toledo did he learn that a second
notice, which failed to reach him,
had excused him from jury duty.
It’s a long way home when you
happen to get on the wrong road—
so thinks Joann Clark, pupil in the
sixth grade and youngest daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clark of Grove
street. Joann, on a bicycle trip to
the home of a classmate, Virginia
Klingler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Amos Klingler in Orange township,
Sunday afternoon, took the wrong
road on her return trip and even
tually found herself on the Dixie
highway at Swiss Inn, some three
miles south of town where she got
her bearings and headed in the
right direction for home after an
hour and a half of pedaling.
Evan Soash, one of Coach
Burcky’s track luminaries, had some
(Minimum Cost $1.00)
Sidney’s Drug Shop
129 N. Main
Phone 170-W
Cincinnati & Lake Erie
Transportation Company
painful body scratches following the
track meet with Ohio Northern at
Ada, Saturday. Soash running the
440 dash in competition with Shoe
maker of Northern came down the
home stretch neck and neck. Both
dived at the finish line tape hitting
the cinder track full length. Judges
ruled the race a tie.
Comes a copy of The Virginia
Gazette from Williamsburg, Va.,
sent by Forrest Steinman who with
Mrs. Steinman spent the past week
in Washington and vicinity. The
Gazette, one of America’s oldest
newspapers was founded in 1736 and
still retains in its front page make
up some of the quaint colonial air,
containing as it says “freshest
advices foreign and domestick’’.
Two old laws still on the town
statute books were unearthed this
week by Menno Badertscher, town
councilman. Here they are: Horses
dare not remain more than half an
hour at the Main street watering
troughs. Swimming in Riley Creek
without swimming suits will not be
permitted any more.
After a fight with a ground hog
Saturday the pet dog belonging to
Dick Berky of West College avenue
came out of the melee with a badly
damaged ear.
Following a visit by Ferol Alt
haus, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Win.
Althaus west of town, at the home
of her grandmother, Mrs. D. H.
Burkholder, the dog belonging at
the Burkholder farm ran away and
never returned.
Faithful always, the pet mongrel
dog belonging to Miss Theola
Steiner, followed her all the way to
Pandora as she rode her bike with
the high school Girls Athletic as
sociation girls last week. Arriving
in Pandora the girls took pity on
the dog and bought him some cold
milk to drink.
Hours and hours of tramping
through the woods early Saturday
morning in search of mushrooms
yielded but a pheasant egg to Arden
Baker, personnel manager of the
Triplett plant and Jesse Yoakam,
shipping clerk. Two large buckets
carried- by Baker for the expected
harvest of mushrooms collected only
water from the heavy rain that was
pouring down and had to be emptied
frequently when the weight began
to bear down too heavily. And then
to top it off, the boys were made
the object of joking at the plant
when they admitted their failure
after boasting the day before of the
certain harvest of mushrooms avail
able to those who really knew the
secrets of nature.
First lightning bug of the year
was seen by Harley Steiner and
Robert Stratton Friday night.
A nestful of pheasant eggs found
by Clayton Bixel, local automobile
dealer, near Beaverdam about three
weeks ago, were hatched into nice
healthy chicks this week by the
Bluffton Hatchery Co. on Water
street. Bixel says that he plans to
raise them to a size sufficient to
release them on their own.
The pet kitten belonging to Lois
Albro, 12 year old daughter of Rev.
and Mrs. A. F. Albro living on the
Dixie north of town, fell into the
milk pail Saturday morning and
but for the vigilance of Lois would
have drowned.
An English walnut tree planted on
the yard at the residence of Edgar
Hauenstein is flowering for the first
time this year.
David Stearns, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph Stearns of Spring street,
During the cold winter months your coal dealer
was one of your best friends. When you needed coal
he was always ready to serve you and regardless of
temperature or weather, he delivered coal to keep you
and your family warm, comfortable and healthy.
Your coal dealer is required to pay for coal he
receives from the mines and to pay cash for the
freight charges and each week he pays his employees.
These expenses constitute most of the price he
charges you.
He was willing to grant you credit even when it
was necessary for him to borrow money to operate.
You can be a good friend of his by paying your coal
bill now. All delinquent accounts are reported to the
Jones Credit Bureau, Lima, 0.
“Treat Your Credit as a Sacred Trust”
The Bluffton Milling Co.
The Farmers Grain Co.
The Bluffton Stone Co.
Steiner Coal Co.
said he never blew up so many bal
loons in his life as he did Saturday
morning. Assisting his sister Mary
Elizabeth who was on the program
committee for the junior-senior
banquet at the high school, David
was given 150 balloons and told to
blow them up so in a spirit of ser
vice David blew for the juniors and
blew for the seniors.
The hunting dog belong to Reese
Huber south of town had 8 pups this
week. All of them are black and
white except one which is snow
The first day school is out will
see five enthusiastic baseball fans
ranging all the way from a 6th
grader to a senior in high school in
Cleveland watching the Indians play
the New York Yankees. Planning
to make the trip in an old Model
Ford are: Kenneth and Harold
Hartman, sons of Mrs. Mildred
Hartman James Clark, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Paul Clark Robert Fisher,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Fisher and
Otto Klassen, son of Prof, and Mrs.
Jacob Klassen.
Not having much luck in their
search for mushrooms, Clarence
Stonehill and his son Elmer decided
to separate for the search. Elmer
got by far the best of the bargain,
finding a large group of 8-inch
School bus No. 4, driven by Aaron
Messinger, cuts across the lane and
plowed field of Melvin Hilty in order
to get to the Gid Garmatter resi
dence in a shorter time.
Robert Ramseyer’s pet dog, Bus
ter, evidently considers turtle soup
a delicacy too, as Robert, son of Dr.
and Mrs. Lloyd Ramseyer, found the
dog carrying a big turtle out of the
college lagoon. Although bearing
the marks of some chewing the
turtle was apparently unharmed and
placed back in his habitat.
There is no chance of boredom at
Camp Grant, 111., according to a let
ter written to the machine shop
“gang” at The Triplett Electrical
Instrument Co. by Don Berry, a
former employe in that department.
Berry was drafted in April and was
sent to Camp Grant for training in
the army medical corps. He wrote
that draftees are kept busy from
morning until nightfall with their
duties, and have little time for any
thing, including the writing of let
If you noticed a yellow airplnae
circling over Bluffton Sunday after
noon, it was Dave Carr, northwest
of town, and Jess Yoakam, W. Elm
street, trying their hands at aerial
photography. The plane is owned
by Carr, and Yoakam went along as
the photographer.
Quarantined in his home for four
weeks by whooping cough, Charles
Hilty, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Hilty, of South Main street,
had a chance to get posted on his
presidents. The six-year-old not
only can recite in order every presi
dent of the United States, but he
also can name the 12th, 15th or any
other you may ask him for, in the
wink of an eye.
Apologies are offered A. E.
Lichtenwalter by this column for
missing his trip to Chicago, a week
ago Saturday. “Lich” acquired a
new daughter-in-law at the marriage
of his youngest son, George, on that
If you want to get that “rusty
feeling” out of your system, buy,
beg or borrow a set of golf clubs
and get ready for the gala official
opening of the Bluffton Golf course
on Memorial Day. Greens ^nd fair
ways at the club are in excellent
shape and a fine season of outdoor
recreation is available for exercise
minded men and women of the dis
A rabbit’s nest skillfully conceal
ed under a large dandelion stalk at
the base of a monument in Maple
Grove cemetery was discovered by
A. L. Baumgartner, caretaker, last
week. Several baby bunnies found
in the nest have been attracting
much attention.
Dallas “Jack” Berry, employe of
the local postoffice found the first
and only mushroom he ever found
in his life with a flashlight last
Friday evening. He had hunted
them for hours and not wanting to
give up when darkness overtook him
he continued to hunt them with a
Service has its rewards, Harold
Beals has learned. Beals not only
serves as Superintendent and a
teacher at the Lutheran Sunday
school but for the last couple of
Sundays when the Emerson Stultz
family was out of town, he took
over the janitor duties at the church,
and even rang the bell. An unex
pected reward, from Mrs. Stultz,
was a present of four large boxes
of honey.
Heat for Biscuits
Biscuits need a hot (450 degrees)
preheated oven. Baking takes from
10 to 12 minutes.
The senior women at Bluffton
college will provide the Y.W.C.A.
program this Wednesday evening.
An informal gathering, planned by
Miss Josephine Mohr, will be held
in the “Y” room. Musical numbers
and college memories will be in
cluded. Mrs. A. C. Burcky,
Y.W.C.A. advisor, addressed the “Y”
installation services held in the
Chapel last Wednesday evening.
The athletic department recently
purchased some archery equipment
for use in the freshman women’s
physical training class. Two bows,
one 514 feet, and the other 5 feet,
a supply of arrows, and arm and
finger guards arrived at the college,
Saturday. They will be put into
immediate use by the present fresh
man women. Miss Della Krehbeil,
instructor, will direct the sport.
Ray Holcomb, junior from Wads
worth, was recently chosen to act
as student council president for the
coming year. He will be assisted in
his duties by Mark Househower from
Bowmansville, Pennsylvania, as vice
president, and Miss Marcille Steiner
from Bluffton, as secretary. They
are also juniors at the present time.
Dale Francis, senior, addressed
the student body of the Beaverdam
High School, Friday afternoon. He
China Rendered Un
stable by Communists
and Japanese
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country due to mounting tensions
and difficulties of the Orient.
The Communists are active in the
whole China. Even though the north
ern part of the country is supposed
to be under the control of the Jap
anese, the communists dominate life
of the rural areas. They are con
tinually harrassing both the Japan
ese and the peace loving farmers in
the vast Chinese countryside.
The communistic movement has
grown by leaps and bounds in China,
due largely to the influence of Rus
sian agents. Communists force the
people of the villages and the farms
to pay exhorbitant taxes, provide
food and even make the clothing for
the communistic armies.
Good Fighters
The communists are excellent
fighters fanatically devoted to their
cause. None of the soldiers receives
any salary whatsoever as they force
the people of the occupied area to
support them. Sometimes the fann
ers are forced to pay taxes many
years ahead of time.
Although the communists and the
forces represented by Generalissimo
Chiang Kai Shek are temporarily
united against the common enemy of
Japan, many observers in the coun
try fear that at the conclusion of
the Japanese war there may be in
ternal repercussions that may prove
bloodier than the present conflict.
The Chinese farmer is having an
especially difficult time in this period
of unrest. In addition to paying
taxes in advance to communists and
petty officials his land is often taken
from him by Japanese officials. In
road construction the Japanese con
fiscate all the property necessary for
the construction and do not pay the
farmer for the land taken. With
farms averaging only two to five
acres such a confiscation is often
Excellent Farmers
The Chinese are excellent farmers
and are known to exact every ounce
of production possible out of their
limited acreage of land. They make
the land produce two crops every
summer and have profound under
standing of fertilizer and crop ro
With the advance of the Japanese
military forces, the mission com
pounds have been faced with a spe
cial problem. Often a small com
pound would be besieged with as
high as 12,000 refugee women and
children. The mission in Kai Chow,
in which the Pannabeckers are lo
cated, had often as many as 3,000
refugees with actual facilities for
but a fraction of that amount. The
Japanese officials always search the
compounds for the men and if any
were found they would be removed
for military labor.
Upon first entrance of the Japan
ese, a mass hysteria swept over the
country and the paradox was cre
ated in which large sections of the
northern population fled to the south
and large sections of the south fled
to the north. This hysteria, how
ever, has subsided and the Chinese
accept their lot with philosophical
Absorb Culture
Students of the contemporary
scene in the Orient are pointing out
that this may be another case of the
Chinese absorbing a foreign culture.
The Chinese have always absorbed
the invader into their own social
fabric and history may repeat itself
again as was seen in the cases of
the invading Manchus and Mongols
centuries ago.
This together with the ability of
the Chinese to absorb punishment
will make the task of the Japanese
in creating the new order a very
difficult one. The capacity to resist
in the Chinese is amazing and diffi-
was accompanied by Paul Emmert,
baritone, and Miss Esther Nis
wander, pianist, who provided spec
ial music.
“Leap Week”, an annual event at
Bluffton college, was observed on the
campus through May 16, 17, 18 and
19. College women were at the
height of their glory during that
time, as they made the dates and
escorted their men friends around
with real pride and enthusiasm.
The Bluffton college commence
ment season will open Saturday,
June 7, and close Tuesday, June 10,
with the commencement exercises.
Dr. Arthur Holt, Professor of
Social Ethics, Chicago Theological
Seminary will present the com
mencement address.
Bluffton college students and
faculty members will hold their an
nual outing at Indian lake, Satur
day. The group will leave Bluffton
for Avondale about noon and will
return after a day’s activity at 7
p. m.
Swimming and boating will be
included in the program, as well as
such organized activities as badmin
ton, softball, volley ball, and various
contests. Coach A. C. Burcky will
be in charge of the recreation. A
picnic lunch will be provided by the
college during the late afternoon.
cult to understand in the western
The Chinese masses and theii
adored leader Generalissimo Chinag
Kai Shek are great admirers of the
United States. The ultimate aim of
the Generalissimo is to establish a
Christian democracy. The leadership
of the country is very sympathetic
with the political aims and idealism
of the United States.
Christian Leaders
The Generalissimo and his wife
Madame Chiang Kai Shek are both
baptized Christians as is half the
official administrative cabinet. It is
said that the Generalissimo spends
an hour every morning in prayer and
reads his Bible every night.
The missionary enterprise in China
will carry on regardless of whether
the missionaries are excluded or not.
There are enough native workers to
continue the work, Mrs. Pannabecker
pointed out.
Contrary to popular impression
Bluffton College Notes Bluffton High School Notes
Bluffton High school seniors will
conclude all class work this week,
Friday being the last day. Seniors,
who are required to take their final
examinations, will do so on the reg
ular examination schedule next week.
A teachers’ picnic was held at
Roadside Park on U. S. Route 30
near New Stark.
Maurice Boyagian, an Armenian
attorney from Detroit, adddressed the
student body at the chapel exercises
Wednesday morning. His subject
was “From Cairo to Baghdad.”
Installation services will be held at
the Blue Triangle meeting Wednes
day night. The following officers
will be installed: President, Alice
Jean Bixel vice-president, Louise
Soldner secretary, Genevieve Buh
ler program chairman, Jean Ann
Steinman. Sixth grade girls will
also attend the meeting.
The pupils and teachers Ohio read
ing circle books for 1941-42 are here,
it was announced by Miss Ocie And
erson, librarian.
The Buccaneer, school annual, will
be ready for distribution, Monday, it
was announced by Charlotte Sant
schi, editor.
Dr. Albert H, Crombie, of the state
missionary work has gained tre
mendously in the last three years.
The largest enrollment in the in
struction classes in the history of
Chinese missions has been flocking to
the compounds. Here they are given
a survey of the Christian religion
and a survey of the Gospel after
which time they are left free to de
cide whether to continue in the work
or not.
Use Motor Bikes
Some of the missionaries used to
drive automobiles but they have been
forced to give up this practice be
cause of the danger of being attacked
by the Chinese who so often mistook
the car for a Japanese official mis
sion. Now many of the missionaries
have gone back to the rickshaw or
in some cases have been using the
motor bike.
The Japanese have forced many
of the teachers and native mission
workers to attend their special in
stitutes of education. This has
placed some of the native workers in
Continuous HOT Wafer
gas Water Heater
health department, will speak to the
boys and girls of the upper four
grades in separate groups Thursday
afternoon. He will speak to the girls
during the fifth period and will ad
dress the boys the sixth period.
The visual aid program has been
discontinued for the year, with the
remaining days being devoted entire
ly to finishing work and reviewing
for the final examinations.
Boys of the 4-H livestock club will
meet in the agriculture room Friday
evening at 7:30 o’clock at which time
plans for the summer will be dis
cussed. The club now has 14 mem
bers. Opportunity for additional
membership is still open, it was
stated by Harry F. Barnes, adviser.
Officers are: President, Ralph Alt
haus vice president, Wesley Som
mers secretary, Ronald Zimmerly
treasurer, Edgar Huber reporter,
Lysle Niswander.
There is considerable sentiment
among the boys of the school to re
establish the model air plaine build
ers club. James Basinger, now a
student at Parks Air college in East
St. Louis, Ill., was advisor of the
club for several years. When he left
for school interest in the club de
clined. Reports indicate, however,
that there are still about 30 model
builders in the high school.
a dangerous position as the com
munists murder all Chinese suspect
ed of pro-Japanese leanings. Jame
Liu, former Bluffton college student,
is fearing for his life as a result of
attending one of the institutes.
Supreme confidence in ultimate
victory is felt by all of China despite
bombings and temporary reversals.
notice of public sale of
The undersigned will offer for sale at nublie
auction at the late residence of Marion
rschiejrjr. deceased, which is located about
«*o and one-hah’ miles North and one-half
nile West of Beaverdam, Richland Township,
Mien County. Ohio, on the 7th day of June.
1941. the persnoal property of said Marian
fschiegg. deceased, consisting in part of:
fanning mill, corn sheller. seed sower, clec
ric fence charger, brooder house, copper ket
Je. washing machine, player piano and stool,
iving room chairs, dining room and other
.-hairs, rugs. Majestic range, kitchen cabinet,
«i stead. dressers, carpet: and all other farm
■nachinery, tools, implements, household goods,
’'urniture and fixtures. Sale to commence at
1:00 o’clock P. M. Terms. Cash.
Executors of the Last Will and Teeta
men« of Marion Tschiegg. deceased.
Attorney for Executors. 6
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