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fc--------------------- ----------------------Lg——■ Public Transportation Too In adequate To Handle Travel, Driving Curbs Few Contrasts In Our Southwestern Neighboring State Are Many, Writer Says Editor’s Note: The folloicing is another interesting letter on impressions of Mexico, written by Homer Moser, Bluffton area native, who is engaged in agri cultural mission work in that land while on furough from his station in Brazil, In many ways, war has not made much of an impression on Mexico as yet. There is no gas nor tire rationing. As a gesture, however, the government has declared a so called “rest day” in each week when cars are not permitted to drive. All the cars that have the letter “A” on their license plate can not drive on Monday. A “B” makes Tuesday your rest day, etc. Of course, everyone can drive on Sunday. Mexico would not be Mexico any more if they were prohibited from driving on Sunday. Never in all my life have I seen so many people travel. There is apparently an urge that they think they must go and “go” they do—by burro, a foot, by bus, by train, by car and by plane. Last week I sought a reservation for Yucatan and the first reservation I could get was in five weeks from then, and there is a twenty-one pas senger plane every day of the week. I never saw so many buses nor cabs nor have I ever seen busses so crowded. Just last night 1 entered a bus and as usual it was full. It just occurred to me that it would be in teresting to see how many passeng ers there were in the bus. ThereI were thirty-eight sitting and forty three standing. The benches are ar ranged on the side of the bus so that there is a maximum amount of space in the middle for passengers to stand and I assure you they use the space to advantage. I have always heard it said that there was room for one more and now I am sure that it is true. The other day I was waiting for a bus and while I waited there for a few minutes ten taxis passed looking for passengers. Few Restrictions So Far On Auto Driving In Mexico, Moser Writes There are very few taxi stations here but instead they keep cruising expecting to find passengers. There does seem to be a shortage of gas right now due to transportation facilities. If automobile transportation is cut off here it will cause a terrible up heaval as they are actually more dependent on auto transportation than we are since railroad facilities are much more inadequate. Products Available I do not know what, and what not, you are able to buy in the States but if you can get everything that is on the market here you are not being deprived of much. Radios, Bendix washing machines, aluminum cooking utensils, thermos bottles, etc. are in evidence everywhere. Perhaps its old stock, but if it is, they surely must have known there was a long war ahead. Naturally prices have more than doubled in many cases. On the other hand, it is ikewisc hard to Understand some of the things that happen here. In one of the southern states of Mexico last year they lost 70G of their banana crop due to the lack of transportation. This year the pro duction is double and transportation facilities are no better. The growers have appealed to the War Shipping Administration in the States but without success. Money still talks. There are transportation facilities to export millions of gallons of “Tequila” (Mexican brandy) to the U. S. but bananas are rotting by the car loads while I suppose you people can hardly get them at almost any price. Here in Mexico City bananas are cheap, judging by the purchasing power of the American dollar, about ten cents a dozen. They are how ever not so cheap for the common man who can only get four dozen bananas for a whole day’s wage. If cooperatives are feasible, this is one place where they ought to be fostered. 1 doubt if the grower gets over ten cents for a bunch while here in town they cost about two dollars a bunch. Cooperatives to work properly, presuppose honesty and I have my doubts if it would work here for honesty is not a coveted virtue. Arrangements Differ It is not at all unnatural that we think the way we were taught to do a thing is the best way. I suppose that is true the world over. I could not help but smile and reflect for a moment while I was in Vera Cruz last December. When I registered in the hotel I was given the key to the room and found it for myself. I opened the door and was almost scared when I saw the size of the room. It must have been at least twenty feet high and looked still higher. As I entered the room I turned on the switch back of the door and to my surprise there was no light, instead I noticed a large electric fan in the middle of the room starting to revolve. After passing two beds, three chairs and a large table in the middle of the room I came to the light switch on the other side. As I turned it on I could not help but smile to myself and thought just what every other American would think. I was not there long before I looked at the revolving fan again and again smiled and thought to myself, not so dumb, after all, be tween the two, I think the fan was more necessary or at least much to be desired. If it was that hot in December, what must it be in July! In the States we are given more to uniformity too. Here you can never tell which is the hot water faucet nor in which direction you have to turn it to turn it on or off. There is generally a “C” on one of the faucets but you never know if that “C” means “cold” or “caliente” (hot). In a Mexican restaurant it would be easier to know what the “C” stood for, for I assure you that it is generally hot with chili. Mexico is rich in mineral deposits but I agree with Stewart Chase that its richness is not in its minerals I but in its beauty—natural beauty. Important Notice Its mountains, its valleys, its hot springs, the ever present flowers, the almost indomitable Bougainvilleas, the poinsettias, the long rows of palm trees in the middle of the beautiful avenues with one way traf fic on either side, and the beautiful residential district, all these are en chanting. It’s too bad that the beautiful can not hide the ugly. The other day a Mexican college student invited me to see his athletic club. I do not remember of ever seeing a more beautiful club, modern in every respect and judging from appear ances, the best of everything. I should julge that twenty tennis courts were being used at the time I was there. None of the players chased the stray balls for small boys were being paid to do that for them. A large and magnificent swimming pool, bowling alleys, etc., all well arranged and well kept up. With due respect to Mexican courtesy, I spoke very highly of the club. On our way home, however, I must have shown my disappointment for all of a sudden the young man asked me why I was so sad. I gave him a true answer but I did not tell him al! the inner thoughts I had. I did not tell him how I had been in the hinterland of Mexico and all the poverty I saw and the terrible con trast. I suppose it is an eternal problem and perhaps it can never be solved. I suppose I unwillingly showed my concern as we left the club. I know not the solution but sincerely hope I shall never be so calloused as not to be concerned. The new yearly telephone directory for Bluffton is now in the hands of the printer. Persons desiring changes, additional or new list ings must notify our business office at once. 500-W Bluffton Telephone Co. A serious drought affecting Ohio and other midwestern states from Pennsylvania to Indiana and from Michigan to Tennessee should be an ticipated for the latter half of 1946 and throughout the greater part of 1947. This long-range prediction was made last week by Dr. E. L. Mose ley, professor emeritus of biology at Bowling Green State university, who bases his forecast on the study of the growth of tree rings. In his prediction, Dr. Moseley ex pects rainfall to be much above Allied Commanders In France It 11111 A HISTORIC WAR CONLEKfcNCE taLinj la.i in f.u« jl-.u.c. Britain's General Montgomery, commanding the Allied crmies in Normandy, is having his meeting on French soil uith his invasion army commander, America's Lt. .^ncral Omar Bradley. They arc poring over maps in a field the American, British and Canadian trumps f-gut their way relentlessly for ward within gun-range of the scene. During June there were 3.61 inches of rain, compared to the average of 3.88 inches. However, practically all the rain came early in the month, with more than a third falling on June 2 when there was a downpour of 1.67 inches. Weather reports also show that the maximum temperature of 102 degrees set on June 27 equalled the all-time high mark of June. On two other July 3rd, 1919 Ten trucks, originally’ built for army service in France passed thru town early Saturday evening. The machines which were completed about the time of the signing of the armistice, have been converted into mail trucks and will be used in con nection with the Cleveland postoffice. The trucks were built by the Garford Co. at Lima. Gerhart Fett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Fett arrived home from overseas, honorably discharged from the service. Word has been received that Wal ter Klay is home from overseas and is now stationed at Camp Mills, New York. Walter served as a mechanic in France near the front lines during his sixteen months of service. Gordon Bixel who was a member of the hospital service in France, arrived in Newport News, Va. He was sent with a hospital unit to assist in the carring for the wounded who were to be sent home from rance. Ezra Moser who served in the Army medical corps in France re turned home honorably discharged. Noah and Muses Messinger and Hiram Welty who were stationed in Camp Sherman for over a year and a half returned home last Thursday honorably’ discharged. A German machine gun brought from France by’ Edward 1’lattner is on exhibition in the Fett Hardware window. The Austrian rifle captured by Sgt. A. D. Painter, Oct. 25, 1918 is now on exhibition in the News window. Sgt. Robert Dally of Camp Sher man recently returned from overseas is spending a 30 day furlough with friends here. Dr. J. C. Wetherill of Weston, a former Blufft on boy who served as I a lieutenent in the medical service at Hoboken, N. J. during the war has been dischaged from the service and will resume his practice in Weston. Lt. J. S. Steiner who is stationed at camp Merritt is expecting to spend the Fourth of July with his family. ee Rings Indicate Severe Drought Latter Half Of 1946 And Into 1947 June Rainfall Slightly Less Than Average Last Of Month Hot, Dry June rainfall in the Bluffton area was slightly less than average, but not as much as the final hot and dry days of the month might indi cate, according to weather observer statistics announced this week. Bluffton In First World War What Happened Here Twenty-five Years Ago This Week THE BLVFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO It V'W1 Jh# jX*®* Wk. as average during the latter part of 1945 and the early part of 1946. However, the severe drought affect ing many states should be anticipat ed the latter half of 1946 and the greater part of 1947. After that, this section of the country will not experience so ser ious a drought for many years, ac cording to his forecast. Probability of the drought predic tion being a reality is based on the fact that there has been a drought at every corresponding period as far back as we have any tree record, the Bowling Green educator said. days the thermometer stood at 101 degrees to make the closing week of June the hottest on record. Despite the extreme heat of the month, with the maximum tempera ture 90 degrees or higher on 10 days, the minimum dropped to 70 or lower every night except Sunday, June 18. The coolest weather of the month was on June 27, when there was a reading of 42 degrees. Nine days had precipitation of .01 inch or more four had .25 inch or more, and one was over one inch. Nine days were clear, 14 partly cloudy and seven cloudy. Howard Stauffer who was in camp near San Antonio, Texas, since last September, was honorably’ discharged and returned home Friday. Will Ryan, who lost his leg in France, passed through another severe operation oo the amputated limb in the Walter Reed hospital in Washington. The young man is recovering nicely’. Edmund Hawk landed in New York from overseas and expects to be discharged in the near future. Sylvan Herrman is home from Camp Sherman on an extended fur lough. The young man who was in jured in action in France, losing the sight of his eye is recovering. He will return to Camp Sherman in several months for further treat ment. Entertain Visitors Visitors and callers at the P. P. Badertscher home the past week in cluded Mrs. Fred Urich and daughter Su san of Arlington, Va. Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Badertscher of Bloomington, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bader tscher, Anderson, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Rettig and son Allen of Jenera. Mrs. Willis Badertscher, daughter Donna and son LeRoy, Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Campbell, Clifton Urich of Lima: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Urich, son Joey and daughter Patty of Wapak oneta, Miss Nancy’ Cotner of Dayton. Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Urich, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Badertscher and son Kenneth, Lafayette Mr. and Mrs. Harry .ugabill and son Rolland, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Badertscher, Miss Badertscher, Bluffton. Mrs. Francis Stevens, son Dale and daughter Joyce Ann and Mr. and Mrs. Clair Ballinger. MAGICIANS Perform breakfast magic with new cereal combination —Post’s Raisin Bran. Golden wheat and bran flakes plus seedless raisins. It’s new! Today money may not go as far as it used to, but it sure goes faster. “Merry Widow" Opera On Stage This Week “The Merry WiAow”, top-flight mu sical show, in attracting large audi ences at the Zoo amphitheatre in To ledo. It is being staged at 8:45 p. m. every night this week and also next Sunday and is proving one of the outstanding numbers of the sum mer light opera season. Written by Franz Lehar, Viennese composer, the production’s lilting melodies have captured much of the atmosphere which made old Vienna the traditional center of a world of carefree gaiety. Alonzo Price of Hollywood is di recting the production with New York and Hollywood stars singing the leading roles. Victor Herbert operas will be the attractions for the last two of the series, “The Red Mill” starting a week’s run on Monday night, July 17 and “Naughty Marietta” scheduled for the week of July 24. The attractions are staged under sponsorship of the Toledo Civic Light Opera Guild. Convenient bus con nections make it possible for Bluff ton people to attend. Mail orders for tickets may be ad dressed to B. R. Baker’s Toledo or obtained at the Zoo box office. BOY SCOUT NOTES The boy scouts of Troop 56 wish to thank everyone who assisted in making the ice cream social a success Saturday evening. The regular meeting was held on the College Campus, Monday night. John Bauman, Gene Hankish and Billy Burcky were taken into the troop. Camp craft was# supervised by Eagle Scouts Ramseyer and Augs burger. The program was completed by remarks by Robert Graham, former athletic star of Bluffton college who is now in the navy. Graham gave the boys some valuable information regarding swimming, which included the advice that 20 feet was the limit for navy men to jump into the water and belts had to be worn for this jump to assure safety. Troop 56 will attend Camp Shaw nee, Aug. 6-13. Last report on crop prospects in dicates a larger than average total fruit production in 1944 with a favorable outlook for apples in all commercial areas and good conditions for peaches, pears, and grapes. Com mercial truck growers expect to harvest 1,686,060 tons of vegetables, which would be 15 per cent more than were produced in 1943 and per cent more than the average for past years. Ohio poultrymen had an average of $3.61 per hen invested in their 1943 poultry business. They sold an average of $5.51 worth of eggs and $1.47 worth of poultry meat per hen. All the new insecticide DDT is be ing used by the armed forces now, and experts warn farmers not to expect it to be a solution for all insect con trol problems later. ft Kneehole Desks Smartly designed, in mahogany— convenient and attractive something every household needs. Breakfast Sets Sturdy oak construction, handsomely finished consisting of table with two board extension and four leather-seated chairs. $87.50 sets now $79.50 $78.50 sets now $69.50 The Bluffton News presents another in the series of snakes common in the Bluffton area. The article is written by Charles Trippiehorn, Bluffton high school senior and a specialist in rep tilia.—Editor The blue racer, the largest snake to be found in this vicinity, is, like the milk snake, the subject of many widely believed snake stories. The most prevalent of these is that he deliberately goes out of his way to pick fights with members of the human race, and chasing them. Actually few snakes display more willingness to retreat than does the racer. The slightest provocation sends this terrestial rocket streaking for cover with the speed of which few snakes are capable, although during the breeding season in the spring he shows an unusual amount of bold ness, and when cornered or captured proves himself a very worthy adver sary. A snake of this size, however, would avail nothing by attacking man since it is neither poisonous nor does it possess the power of muscular constriction as so many misinformed people seem to think. Allied Wounded Flown From France This writer was twice bitten by blue racers and suffered no ill ef fects. As for constriction, the sci entific name Coluber (Constrictor) Flaviventris seems to have been a misnomer since the snake eats its prey alive. Another myth concerning the blue racer is that it charms birds and animals. As told to the writer by a very imaginative person: “This blue racer, some 10 feet long (it actually reaches a maximum length of 6*4 feet) was after a small bird in a field. As I watched, this bird started circling about the snake’s head as if Some Unusual Summer Specials in Housefiirnishiiigs Basinger’s Furniture Store it 1 PLANES WHICH TAKE SUPPLIES to the Normandy battlefield airstrips return to Britain with battle casualties. This picture shows Corporal Lydia Alford, a nuraing orderly of Britain's Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, helping one of the wounded being loaded on a Douglas Dakota transport plane of the R.A.F. Her job will be to tend the wounded during the flight back. Snakes Cannot “Charm” Birds Blue Racers Help Farmers War On Rodents THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1944 drawn there by an invisible force. The snake, meanwhile opened wide his mouth and the bird completely hypnotized plunged into it.” A story like this puts one of Baron Munchausen’s tall tales to shame, for no snake possesses such mystic powers. A bird or animal may “freeze” when they feel they are in danger but this is a natural means of pro tection used by all wild creatures, even the snakes themselves. Most rabbits and pheasants ‘freeze’ when a hunter approaches, but a hunter is not a hypnotist and neither is a blue racer or any other snake. Most people who first spread these idle tales were themselves afraid of snakes and told them to their child ren to give them a so-called inborn fear of all snakes. Being thus afraid of snakes no one ever dared attempt to investigate if these stories were true or false, hence they were handed down from generation to generation as true. It is a fact that the blue racer is one of the four most valuable rep tiles in the State and the farmer can or should be glad he has some on his farm. Though not a gentle snake as is the milk snake (see last issue of The Bluffton News) the racer rivals it in economic value and if left alone will mind its own business, which is most ly eating. Since the bulk of its diet is mice and other harmful rodents it should never be killed. Many successful farmers realizes this and leave them unmolested. A medium sized blue racer will be placed in the News office window this week from Wednesday to Sat urday. Economy, they say, is spending your money without enjoyment. Floor Coverings’of Quality Pebbletone twist carpet, 9 by 17*2, in rich green specially priced $115. Regis Carved Wilton, all wool carpet in 2-tone green 12 by 17-3, an unusual value $192.50. Axminster carpet—37 yard roll 27 inch width, attractive blue with rust leaf design. Specially priced. Arcola Wilton back rugs, limited num ber, 9 by 12, formerly $88.50 now $75. Armstrong's Congoleum An unusually large selection of Arm strong’s Congoleum Rugs in 9 by 12, 12 by 12 and 12 by 15 sizes. Remember—there is no rationing of these floor coverings and they are still at the pre-war price. See them today.