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The News presents another in the series of important but lesser known aspects of South Amer ica,—Editor. In the fanciful days of childhood the adventures of Robinson Crusoe, as he ruled over his island domain in solitary splendor, challenged the imagination of youth. Inwardly there was an urge to wander off in search of this isolated realm. The search would have ended right here in the Western Hemisphere, at Juan Fernandez Island, located about 360 miles off the coast of Chile in the Pacific, for it was there that Alexander Selkirk, a member of a pirate crew, remained in exile for more than four years, from 1704 to 1709, laying the foundation of De foe’s immortal story. Three islands make up the Juan Fernandez group Mas a Tierra, meaning ‘’nearer land” and the one closest to Chile’s coast Santa Clara in the middle, and Mas a Fuera, lit erally “further away”. It was on Mas a Tierra, twelve miles long and four miles across at the widest point, that Selkirk was stranded. Discovered by a Spanish navigator, Juan Fernandez, ,in 1372, the is lands became the haunt of pirates who preyed on Spain’s commerce with her Pacific coast colonies. The buccaneers met on Mas a Tierra to divide their loot and to provision with fresh water and meat provided by herds of goats which roamed the island. Robinson Crusoe In Real Life Lived Four Years On Lonely Isle Early in the 18th century the no torious pirate, Dampier, put in with several ships at Mas a Tierra. Dur ing the stay, Alexander Selkirk, a member of the crew, quarreled with the captain of his vessel and was marooned on the island, some say voluntarily and others that he was forced to watch forlornly as his shipmates disappeared over the hor izon. Selkirk remained there alone for four years and four months, until he was rescued in 1709 by Captain Woodes Rogers of the Eng lish privateer Duke. By a strange turn of fate, Dampier was Captain Rogers’ pilot at the time. The story of Selkirk’s life on Mas a Tierra, his struggle to live, the clothes he fashioned from goat skins, and his home in a cave overlooking the sea where he daily read the psalms, found its way to the British Isles. It remained for Defoe’s fer tile mind to weave the novel which grips the attention of all boys. A tablet now marks the spot of Selkirk’s lookout, on the island which very often is called Robinson Crusoe Island. When the days of marauding pi rates came to an end, Spain at tempted unsuccessfully to colonize Juan Fernandez. During the revo 1. The Government has set the day when this ra tioning will start. On or after that day, take your War Ration Book Two with you w hen you go to buy any kind of these processed foods. 14 POINTS YOU GIVE MANY POINTS FOR SCARCE FOODS 2. lutionary period, when Chile was fighting for independence from Spain, patriots who were captured by the Spaniards were banished to the islands, confined in coves until Chile became free and liberated them. The Juan Fernandez islands are famous not only as the abode of Rib inson Crusoe. Isolated from the mainland, they are inhabited by strangely different plants and ani mals, by means of which scientists have studied evolution. And today, fishing companies are established there, fish of many types abounding in the surrounding W’aters. The gian Juan Fernandez dobsters, fre quently reaching a length of from two to three feet, have become fa mous the world over for their tasty meat. Since the days of “Robinson Cru soe” the Juan Fernandez have known a checkered and interesting history. No longer are they the desolate rocks jutting from the blue Pacific that Selkirk chose for his exile. In a world at war, the is lands occupy a strategic position as outposts for the defense of the con tinent in the Pacific area. College Notes The Vesper choir will appear in sacred concert at the Rawson United Brethren church, Sunday evening. This will be the first of a series of scheduled concerts given by the choir this spring. The concert will be di rected by Professor Russell A. Lantz. President Lloyd L. Ramseyer left Friday for a ten-iay trip through central Indiana and Illinois. He is contacting friends of the college, and prospective students. He will return to Bluffton next Monday. Thirteen students have volunteered to help in the local ration registration program this week. They will give their time and services at the high school during all four days of regis tration, in an effort to lighten the load of public school teachers. M'iss M’Della Moon, professor of biological sciences presented a paper on the relationship of science and re ligion, at the monthly faculty discus sion meeting, Friday evening. Fol lowing the presentation, a discussion period was held. NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT The State of Ohio, AUen County, sb. Estate of Thomas Daniel McKee, Deceased. Mary Sophia Martin of 30 Wyoming Street, Newark, Ohio, has been appointed and qual ified as Administratrix of the estate of Thom as Daniel McKee, late of Allen County, Ohio, deceased Dated this 11th day of February, 1943. RAYMOND P. SMITH, 45 Probate Judre 8 POINTS Your OLD Ration Book for SUGAR and COFFEE HOW TO USE YOUR NEW RATION BOOK 10 BUY CANNED OR BOTTLED FRUITS, VEGETABLES, SOUPS, AND JUICES FROZEN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES DRIED FRUITS YOU GIVE LESS POINTS FOR FOODS THAT ARE NOT SO SCARCE Before you buy, find out how many points to give for the kind of processed foods you want. Prices do not set the points. The Government will set different points for each kind and size no matter what the price. Your grocer will put up the official list of points where you can see it. It will also be in the newspapers. The points will not change just because the prices do. 3. When you buy, take the right. amount of blue stamps out of the book. Do this in front of your grocer or delivery man and hand them to him. The grocer must collect a ration stamp, or stamps, for all the rationed processed foods he sells. Every rationed processed food will take points as well as money. SHOW YOUR BOOK PLEASE 4. Do not use more stamps than you need to make up the right amount. For example, if the food you buy calls for 13 points it is better to tear out an 8-point and a 5-point stamp than two 5 point stamps and a 2- and a 1-point stamp. Save your smaller point stamps for low point foods. You can take the stamps from more than one book belonging to your house hold if you need to. !3 fPjintS” k •. a aovuiuuNT muntin* orncc JO—2340-1 Here is the OPA’s consumer instruction sheet on point rationing. This leaflet will be given to consumers when they receive Mar Ration Book Two this week. The leaflet explains how point rationing works and how to buy canned and other processed foods with the new point ration stamps. Maltdq, PeAA&ncd And now comes more rationing bringing relief to that long over worked household accessory—the can opener another example how topsy turvy this old world has be come just the other day the can opener did all the work—and the bread knife was forgotten—and now it’s the other way who knows maybe some day^ they’ll be showing can openers in museums as an interesting relic of a by-gone era the use of which no one remembers for certain something like shav ing mugs in barbershops in the gay nineties remember those mugs with bright gilt letters back in the days of handlebar moustaches and high starched collars when the boys all dropped in at Soapy Swer lein’s and Tine McGriff’s for their weekly Saturday shave—if you got shaved more than once a week you were putting on airs and the customers read the Enquirer and the Police Gazette while waiting their turn in the barber chair or at the bath house at the rear of the shop and no one ever heard of a safety razor and when you went to Lima it was by train and took a whole day over in the morning on the L. E. & W, and back in the afternoon ... no automobiles no paved highways ... no buses no airplanes and speaking of air planes here’s a little reminder to boys in the army parachute corps “It don’t mean a thing, if you don’t pull that string.” Between registering for the new’ ration book and turning our alarm clock back and fonvard we’re becom ing more and more convinced that life is real and life is earnest yeah and time is fleeting—at least the right time anyway who knows what time is the right time there were a lot of folks Sun day morning who thought they did— but they found out they didn’t when the church bells rang on fast time as usual first came the an nouncement last Wednesday that clocks will be turned back one hour w’hich wras duly chronicled in these columns—then councilmen took a poll of local industries and retailers and decided Friday night to keep clocks on fast time ’cause we need the extra hour for victory gardens this summer—you see the boys are lay ing aw’ay their golf clubs for the duration and learning all over again how to swung a hoe and they say they’ll be ready to help the farmers this summer and Hiz zoner the Mayor says he can still handle a pitchfork in the hayfield with any of them but the farm ers don’t like it anyway army draft and war industries taking their help and now’ fast time which they don’t want produce more food 5. Even* person in your house hold, including children of any age, has a total of 48 points to use for all these processed foods for one ration period. USE THE BLUE STAMPS WITH A-B-C ON THEM This means that you may use ALL the blue stamps marked A, B, and from all the books during the first period. You may use as many of the blue A, B, and etamps as you wish at one time. hen they are used up you will not be able to buy any more of these processed foods till the next stamps are good. The Government will announce the date when the next stamps are good. 6. Use your household's points carefully so that you will not run out of stamps. And buy with care to make your points come out even, because the grocer M’ill not be able to give you change in stamps. Use high-point stamps first, if you can. IMPORTANT You may use ALL the books of the household to buy processed foods for the household. Anyone you wish can take the ration books to the store to do the buying for you or your household. A FAIR SHARE FOR AU e cannot afford to waste food or give some people more than their fair share. That is why canned fruits and vegetables are rationed and that is why meat is going to be rationed. Rationing of some foods is the best and fairest 9Ure t^iat everV American gets enough THE BLUFFTON NEWS. BLUFFTON. OHIO to win the war—that’s a touchy I subject right now as far as the I farmer is concerned. I I A certain farmer north of town I wants to know who it is that smokes I Old Golds and accidentally dropped I a package of the smokes in the I farmer’s garage while draining the I gas tank of his car the other night. I The farmer found the cigarettes I lying on the garage floor beside the I empty gas tank the next morning. I The fanner is ready to return the I package of Old Golds if the smoker I will return the gasoline. I I Six degrees below zero which was I experienced in Bluffton last week I was mild compared to 38 degrees be-1 low zero which was registered ini Rome, N. Y., writes Mrs. F. S. Mad-1 den (Besse Patrick). Rome is a de-1 lightful place—only drawback is the I extremely cold weather, she says. I Incidentally her husband, in army I engineering senice was promoted re-1 cently to the rank of first lieutenant. I I Troubles come not singly—but ini batallions—and you can take that I as coming from high school athletic! coach George Swank. With the I basketball tournament season at hand! George has a full time job of re-1 organizing his team riddled by in-1 eligibility and in juries—but that’s I only part of it. George who recent-1 ly applied for enlistment in the navy I has had no reply to his application! —and now he has notice from the I draft board to report for physical I examination on next Wednesday—I the day of the opening of the sec-1 tional tournament. I I Altho he is a grandfather, Alvin I Whisler of Oceanside, Calif., native I of Bluffton, is still an ardent football I fan, we learn from the house organ I published by the San Diego Gas & I Electric company with which Whis-1 ler is connected. I It all dates way back to the days I when he was a student at Purdue I university and played on the foot-1 ball team when “Doc” Holloway was captain. I I Whisler’s enthusiasm has carried I over into other fields as well—he has I twice served as president of the I Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, headed the tennis club of that city, and is also an active Rotarian and ardent church worker. Whisler and his wife, both from this vicinity, have a married daughter and two grandchildren. Another demonstration of the fact that there are plenty of generous Bluffton peopk ready to respond to a call for help when needed. Last week this column called attention to the plight of a Bluffton baby because of lack of syrup in its feeding formula. The response has provided a sufficient supply of the syrup for all present needs. Two unusual events Saturday morning—an eclipse of the moon shortly after midnight and a rainI bow some hours later soon after dayI break. The eclipse was a treat to local amateur sky-gazers with the full moon shining from a cloudless sky, about three-fourths obscured by the earth’s shadow. And the rainI bow was unusually vivid for FebI ruary. eral weeks ago found the way of the road a hard one and was enroute home when he was picked up here Sunday night. The youth seeking rest and shelter in a local restau rant was taken to the Mayor’s office by police here and authorities in his home town contacted. His father came here for him Sunday night. The boy gave no reason as to why he had run away from home. The father, however, attributed it to the influence of older companions. I Donald Leiber, eight-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Leiber, asked his teacher, Miss Levada Balm er, to be excused from class for a short time one day last week. Ques tioned as to why he wanted the time off he informed Miss Balmer that he was about to realize an ambition of long standing—his Dad was going to let him shoot a beef that they were about to butcher. His dad drove him out to the farm, three miles south of town, and with unerring ac curacy Donald felled the animal with one shot Last Friday we were awakened in the middle of the night by what we thought was a prowler trying to get in our house. About two o’clock in the morning we heard someone walk up to the front door, open it and as we went to the window, quickly run away. As we looked out the door we discovered that it was only a handbill. I And speaking of a rainbow* SaturI day—of course there was the usual Saturday rain. Local observers say that this winter has established an unusual record of rain or snow nearly every Saturday since Thanks giving. Word that Dwight Worthington was not seriously injured in an army airplane accident at Columbia, South Carolina, was welcomed by his friends here—but occasioned no sur prise. “Tang” has something of a charmed life when it comes to acci dents—he has been in several ser ious automobile accidents but escaped with minor injuries and his luck is still with him apparently when it comes to airplane crackups. War is hell—especially since it’ll resulted in a whiskey shortage. I That’s evidently what an expensively! dressed couple thought when they I stopped in town Friday in a big Referring to Clair Fett’s hobby of cleaning the snow off the neighbors’ walks in the Grove street-Campus drive area one of the neighbors writes the following note to this column, “Clair made his own snow plow and after every snowfall makes it his business to see that between three-quarters and a mile of walks are cleaned for all families living in his and the adjoining blocks ... It has often occurred to me that if each of us would find something sim ilar we could do to help out friends, that the world would be a much bet ter place in which to live and our neighbors would surely learn to know and like each other better.” Little David Detwiler, two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Detwiler, is learning the dairy business from the ground up. He has been going I with his Dad on the Hi-Grade milk I route and Paul tells us that the I youngster looks forward every day I to the jaunt about town. This week is proving to be a ban I ner one for the school pupils. With I all day Monday I off and school dis- missed every afternoon on account of I rationing, the youngsters are walking I around town afflicted with what I seems to be a mild form of spring I fever. I Congratulations to George Barnes, I Bluffton grocer, who will celebrate I his I limousine and inquired where one! could buy a bottle of Scotch. They! explained frankly that the supply ini their city had been exhausted and I they thought there might be some ini “these little towns”. With none! available they left in further searchi of liquid cheer. vessel enroute to New Caledonia I I Robert Beemer, Beaverdam youth,! who attended school in Bluffton is I now in New Caledonia, an island ini the South Seas, instead of back ini this country—all because he went to I one side of a torpedoed vessel in-1 stead of the other. That’s the story I told by his buddies who were on the I same boat, fl happened when the I boys were being taken off the sink-1 ing ship by vessels which had cornel to its aid. Beemer, who became sep-l arated from his buddies was taken I off one side of the boat by another while the rest of his group were I taken off the other side by a boat I bound for United States. Beemer is I reported to have been landed safely on the South Seas island. I I James Richard Kitchen, 13-year-l old Sylvania youth who ran off sev-| I I I 88th birthday anniversary on I Thursday. Still active and vigorous he can be seen waiting on trade at his store every day of the week. In I cidentally he’s been in business here for some thirty-five years. I I Roger Howe had his wings clipped because of a mistaken allusion in dealings with a young lady at the I Triplett plant the other day. She I turned in a written form at the plant for Roger to inspect and as the I young I light of I the man was examining it by the the sun he complained that light was hurting his eyes and Many of the delays or losing of mail addressed to members of the armed forces are due to factors over which the postal service has no con trol, it was explained by Bluffton postal officials this week. Mail for members of the armed forces is delivered by the postal serv ice to Army and Navy authorities at post offices convenient to camps or stations in this country or to the ports of embarkation when ad dressed to persons overseas. Likewise the Army and Navy handle mail from members of the armed forces until it is deilvered to civilian post offices in this country. The postal service has no jurisdiction over the mail until so received. Combination Of Factors Explains Loss And Delay In Mail To Overseas Forces Military Personnel The Army and Navy post offices are manned entirely by military and naval personnel. Directory service, through which improperly addressed mail is re-addressed and forwarded is provided by the Army and Navy. A variety of factors is responsible for delays in getting mail to the members of the armed forces. Ur gent need for arms and food often causes a postponement of mail car goes. Altho mails are dispatched at even’ opportunity there are many times when the overburdened ship ping facilities can not take care of mail in addition to the other cargo. Transfer of men in the armed Pre-toumament hopes, running high in Bluffton a few days back, ebbed to a low mark this week as it became apparent that any Bluffton success must depend largely on how substi tutes come thru in filling gaps left by the loss of two veterans thru in elegibility and injuries........The two who will be missing from the lineup in the tough schedule of tournament competition are Fred Herrmann, reg ular center, and Weldon Deppler, first string forward................. Deppler is on the bench with a very bad ankle, and the doctor’s diagnosis shows torn ligaments that will keep him out of action the rest of ithe sea son.... His loss was particularly dis couraging at this time, for Coach Geo. Swank had planned to shift Dep pler from forward to center as a re placement for Fred Herrmann, de clared ineligible last week by State Athletic Commissioner Townsend.... Fred and his brother, James, a member of the undefeated reserve team, both were affected by Town send’s ruling on a complaint filed by Van Wert High school,, charging the two with having played with an in dependent team in Van Wert the last week in November.. .Townsend ruled the two brothers will be inelibigle for SPORTS IN SHORTS said, “This is terrible.” The young lady thinking that Roger was refer ring to her writing on the form flounced out of his office in a huff angrily exclaiming, “If you think you can do better, go ahead.” Roger attempted to explain that he was re ferring to the light of the sun, but seemingly the damage was irrepar able. WATERFALL SUITE .... 4 BEAUTIFUL PIECES I Mattress and springs supplied with each suite if desired. BASINGER’S FURNITURE STORE THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 1943 forces from one point to another also is responsible for delays. Censor ship also may cause delays, altho this is held to a minimum. Ship Sinkings Ship sinkings account for much of the lost mail. Many thousands of letters and packages have been lost by enemy action. Many postal patrons have won dered why there is better service from the foreign destination to this country than from this country to the foreign destination. This is be cause less mail comes from the armed forces than goes to them and that on return trips more space is available on the ships. In addition the location of addresses in this country is more stable than that of the overseas personnel. V-Mail Priority V-mail letters are given priority over other types of mail and general ly are sent by plane. Tlje post office has no facilities to provide the addresses and locations of soldiers, sailors and marines abroad. When it is necessary to ob tain such addresses they must be se cured from the Office of The Adju tant General, War Department, Washington, D. C. or in case of sailors from the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Department, Wash ington and of marines from the Marines Corps Headquarters, Navy Department Building, Washington. further high school athletic partici pation during the remainder of the present school term, altho they may resume play again next fall....... In addition, Townsend forfeited all Bluffton games played since the open ing tilt with Lima St. Johns up to and including the game here with Van Wert on Feb. 12..........It was follow ing that game, won by Bluffton, that Van Wert filed its complaint... .The Lima St. Johns contest was played prior to the independent game at Van Wert, therefore was not affected by the ruling........... With sectional tournament play getting underway March 3 to 7, Coach George Swank has little time to drill the new aggregation that must bear the burden of Bluffton’s championship hopes... .This lineup will find Neil Schmidt, a regular, and David Smuck er or Robert Gratz, both of the re serves, at forwards... .Bob Burkhold er, regular guard, or John Schmidt, reserve center, will be the pivot man of the tournament team... .At guards Coach Sw*ank must use James Gratz, a first-stringer, and if Burkholder is shifted to cent Varden Loganbill, a sub will replace him.... Price supporting loans for 20 kinds of legume and grass seeds were announced by the U. S. De partment of Agriculture, Feb. 15. Loan values on some of those of interest in Ohio are: Alfalfa 28 and 30 cents per pound red clover 25 cents alsike clover 22 cents sweet clover 6 and 7 cents and timothy 4.5 cents. Loans of 6 to 7 cents a pound higher are available on certi fied seeds. & value in bedroom handsome walnut An outstanding furnishings—this suite—it’s a purchase you'll never regret.