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Bluffton residents will be able to see a meteor shower low in the northeastern skies this week. The shower occurs every year about this time from the constellation Perseus. The display will be seen most favorably in the northeastern sky between 1 a. m. and dawn, Saturday morning. Fiery trails of stardust may be viewed, at the best after midnight. Perseids have been seen as far back as the legends of man. They are likely the debris of a comet which once fell into the orbits of the solar systems. Astronomers say they are a con et’s tail left wandering thru the heavens. Utimately they will burn down to cinders. But there is every likelihood that even as our grand fathers have watched them, our own grandchildren will contine to watch them. Meteor Shower Is Visible Here This Week Low In Northeast Skies Fatigue from canning can be materially reduced by three simple canning rules that will greatly ease the burden of those who heretofore have dreaded arrival of the home canning season. One way to reduce the work in volved is to use the day before a canning spree for simple but im portant preparations. Another is to can “sensibly”, and the third is to copy industry’s successful adop tion of mid-morning and mid-after noon “time-out” periods with an energy-giving snack of cool milk and crackers or something similar. In the day-before preparation, the following suggestions are of value: 1—See that jars, covers and rub bers are washed, tested for cracks and matched. 2— See that knives are sharp that the pressure canner or boiling water bath is ready for use. 3—See there is plenty of sugar, salt and other ingredients which will be needed. 4—Plan the meals and prepare a casserole dish for dinner the day of canning. 5—Go to bed early for a good night of rest. Home Canning Can Be Made Easier Many Bluffton Housewives Learn Sensible canning, according to food Mayor’s Notice Payment for garbage collection for the coming year is due August 12. Service will be discontinued after that date unless payment is made. Rate $2 per year for each household. The Mayor’s office will be open in the evenings, August 4 and 11 from 7 to 10 P. M. to receive pay ments. These meteors light up the uni verse at various times of the year and cause men to wonder. But bring one of the meteors down to earth in the form of a meteorite and you see material that is kin to our own rocks and soil which indi cates there is a community of stars and planets that remains one of the great mysteries of the universe. With the sun moving south the days are growing shorter. The meridian altitude of the sun de creases nine degrees this month, shortening the day one hour and six minutes. On August 31 the sun will rise at 6:25 o’clock and set at 7:35 o’clock. Astronomical twilight lasted for an hour and three quarters at the beginning of the month and will list 10 minutes less at the end of the month. preservation specialists, is canning items the family will eat, and can ning so there will be no waste space in the jar. Careful canning is essential but fancy packs are definitely out of the picture during war time, as they are too time-consuming for their worth. On the day of canning, the time to take a short rest with a refresh ing snack is before feeling tired. Industry has learned that such rest periods increase an employe’s out put, yet leave him less tired at the end of the day. Crackers are recommended for the snack because they are always ready for instant use, and need no butter ing and no spreads. Besides they have a lot of energy in each mouth ful. During the “snack period”, leave the kitchen, choose the pleasantest spot in the house and relax in the most comfortable chair. Slip off the shoes, use the next chair as a foot rest, and for 15 minutes forget all canning worries. You’ll find the rest period will pay dividends 100 fold in increased enthusiasm and serenity of disposition, too often lacking at the close of a hard day of canning. W. 0. GEIGER, Clerk WHAT-.’-MESS! Imagine the millions and millions of pounds of food it is taking to fill the mess kits of our fighting boys this year. Of all the “weapons” you can name, from half-tracks to hand grenades, nothing means more to fighting man’s morale than a full mess kit and we know our soldiers and those of our Allies are being well fed. The housewife and her gas range are doing their share by conserving food. She leaves more for the soldiers and by careful food preparation she promotes the health of her family. WEST OHIO GAS CO.’ Team Pull Planned For Ada's Picnic Prizes aggregating §65 and two bushels of hybrid seed corn will be given to winners in the team pulling contest at Ada’s Farmers and Mer chants’ picnic at the Community park on Wednesday of next week. Entries open to all. The team pulling contest which is one of the main attractions will be held at 10 a. m. Teams are re quired to weigh in at a down town scales one hour before the contest begins. No entry fee is required. Headlining the speakers program will be Ohio’s two candidates for governor Frank J. Lausche mayor of Cleveland, Democrat, and James Garfield Stewart, mayor of Cincin nati, Republican. The picnic draws a crowd of ap proximately 5,000 people. It has been held annually for the past 30 years and has never been rained out. Pleasant Hill Recent callers of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Althauser were Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Musser and family of Ada. Thursday afternoon Mrs. Althauser called on Mrs. Cleo Garau. Sunday afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Garau and Mrs. Althauser called on Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Musser and family of Ada. Mr. and Mrs. Lamarr Basinger and daughter called on Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Garau Sunday evening. Mrs. Berdell Huber and little daughter Anita are spending a few days at the Russell Huber home. Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Gleason, Mar lene and Danny attended the wed ding reception Sunday of Miss Maj’ Rodenberger of Alger and Harry D. Shriner of Lima at the First Methodist church of Alger. Mr. and Mrs. Willard Jennings entertained Sunday for Mr. and Mrs. Avery Watt and son of Lima. i Mrs. Donna Barnes and daughter Jo Ann called on Mrs. Paul Faze and children Wednesday afternoon. Recent callers in the C. M. Gleason home were Mrs. Wm. Gleason and daughters of Lima, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Kunert and daughter of Lakeview and Mrs. Paul Faze and children. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Huber and son Dale, Mrs. Berdell Huber, little daughter Anita, Burdette Boyd of Detroit called on Mr. and Mrs. John Huber of Lima, Friday evening. Mrs. Cleo Garau attended a church convention held at Mansfield last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ed Althauser and Waldo Spencer called on Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Scoles, Sunday afternoon. Mickey Gleason is spending two weeks at Red Key, Portland, Ind. Mrs. Hazil Hess and children call ed Saturday on Mrs. Lillie Fett and Nellie Huber. Mary Nell and Billy are spending a week with their grandmother and aunt. Sundaj’ evening visitors in the Dennis Brauen home were Mr. and Mrs. Jess Bracy. Birthday Party Miss Mary Lou Lewis was honor ed with a birthday party last Wed nesday at her home here in honor of her ninth birthday anniversary. Games were enjoyed followed by re freshments, with a beautiful cake centering the table. Many beautiful gifts were received. Guests were: Sharon Fritchie, Sue Conaway, Elise Chamberlain, Kaye Motter, Col leen Cummings, Sue Risser, Bar bara Jean Lewis, Catherine Ann and Ramon Carl Lewis. Hostesses were Mrs. Howard Stauffer and Mrs. Arthur Lewis. Shirley Derringer and Carol Car mack, invited guests, sent regrets. News Want-Ads Bring Results. THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO I The following article is writ ten by Charles Trippiehorn, specialist on reptilia, whose Sat urday night exhibits of native snakes in the Bluffton News window have attracted much at tention.—EDITOR W’ho hasn’t heard of the hoop snake—the snake with the “stinger” in its tail, which rolls along after its victim faster than a man can run This is another of the many false myths concerning snakes that demands explanation. The writer was once told the fol lowing tale: It seems that while out walking one day the narrator came upon a large snake sleeping. When arous ed, the snake took its tail in its mouth and started rolling after the man who pro ptly took to his heels. Steadily, ever, the snake gain ed on him—c ser and closer it came when the man. seeting that flight was useless, dove behind a nearbj’ tree. The snake, all ready’ to sting him was coming v ith such momentum that it thru: its poisonous “sting” into the tree. ^4-fter dispatching the snake with a club, the man went home. Later in the day he happen ed to b- passing the tree and to his amazement all the leaves had fallen and the tree was dead. It’s a god story—but how anyone can imagine he actually witnessed such an occurrence—or how anyone can believe it, the w’riter does not attempt to explain. Just to set the reader’s mind at ease, we are glad to say that no such weird critter exists. Newest War Poster Two well known reptile authori ties, Schmidt and Davis, once offered Wilch Reunion The 37th annual reunion of the Wilch families was held last Sun day at (’range Center school house. Those present were: Charley Mar quart, and Mrs. Wm. Marquart, Mrs. Samuel Brauneller and fam ily, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wilch, Mrs. Elizabeth Bormuth. Elmer Anderson and daughter, Mrs. Raymond Pifer, Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Wilch and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Von Stein and family, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Wiedman and family, Mr. and Mrs. Orvie Frantz and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Brice Main,' Mr. and Mrs. George Marquart and family, Mr. and Mrs. William Mar quart, Mr. and Mrs. Harley Von Stein and family, George Wilch, all of Jenera. Mr. and Mrs. Herman Wilch and son of Findlay Mr. and Mrs. Ed Marquart and daughters of Beaver dam. Mr. and Mrs. Philip Marquart and daughters, Ed Kempf and children, Mr. and Mrs. John Marquart and family, Mrs. Elizabeth Marquart, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Marquart and son Melvin, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mar quart, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marquart and daughter Marilyn Ruth, of this place. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Goss man of near Ada. A basket dinner was held at the noon hour with games and contests in the afternoon. Elrose The Bethesda W. M. S. will present a missionary’ program at the church next Sunday evening, Aug. 13th at 8:00 p. m., commemorating the Sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the Women’s Missionary Society in the Evangelical churches. Come and enjoy the program. Mrs. William Bish and son Wil liam of Jackson, Mich., spent the week end at the E. L. Bish home. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hartman were entertained by Mr. and Mrs. James Watkins, Sunday. Union Prayer services at Bethesda church Thursday evening. Funen.l services were held Friday It’s Not So—That Weird Tale Of Hoop Snakes Chasing Its Terrified Victims V. i -6 §1,000 reward to anyone bringing in a snake that could take its tail in its mouth, and an additional §1,000 if the snake could sting with its tail. Needless to say neither of these rewards was ever claimed, despite the frequency w’ith which the snake is supposed to have been seen. Several southern species—the mud and rainbow snakes—are know’n as hoop snakes because of their habit of lying in a large, loose loop with head and tail near together, instead of a coil as most snakes are found. Lying in the mud in this position, these large snakes so closely lesemble a bicycle tire that the late Dr. R. L. Ditmars nearly stepped on one before it moved. This snake has a sharp, conical spine on the tip of its tail. This is supposed to be the stinger, but in reality is quite harmless. It is entirely possible that these snakes may have formed the basis for the original hoop snake story. Last Saturday night the writer had on exhibit specimens of tw’o species of rat snakes—the fox snake and the pilot snake instead of the hog nose snake as discussed in last Peek’s article. However, a friend in Toledo has obtained several hog nose specimens for us to exhibit as soon as possible. This series of articles will be dis continued temporarily as the next an probably the last article will deal with poisonous serpents and the writer is endeavoring to obtain some copperheads and rattlesnakes to feature in a large window dis play. So those who have been fol lowing this series need not lock for another installment for at least two weeks. for Patricia Ann Burris, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Burris of Alger. Mrs. Burris was formerly Miss Billie Koontz of this place. Those attending from this vicinity were Mrs. Frank Dray and son James, Mrs. M. J. Stratton, Flo Stratton and Mrs. Wright Klingler, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Koontz and Mrs. Arthur Nonnamaker. David, Sharon and Bertha Ann Graham have returned to their home near Dayton after spending several days with Mr. and Mrs. Wade Mar shall and Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Wil liamson. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Marshall and family called Sunday evening at the Lendon Basinger home. Callers at the Ami Nonnamaker home the past week were: Mr. and Mrs. Chas Agin, Henry Koch, John and Feme Koch, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Nonnamaker and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Klingler, daugh ter Marilyn and son Howard, Chas. Nonnamaker, Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Pifer, Mrs. Arthur Nonnamaker and Kaye. Armorsville Mr. and Mrs. Harry Moore and family’ called Sunday’ evening on Mr. and Mrs. A. E. olmes. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Montgomery and daughter Sue were North Balti more callers, Sunday. Week end visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Moore and family were Mr. and Mrs. Homer Syfert and son Ronnie, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Davis and daughter Joann all of Detroit. Mr. and Mrs. Carl McCafferty, Mrs. Bertha Shelly, Miss Margaret Guider, Mary Ellen and Blanche McCafferty were Kenton callers, Sunday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hall and children spent Friday and Friday night with Mr. and Mrs. Harry Moore and family. Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Klingler spent Sunday’ evening with Mi*, and Mrs. C. E. Klingler. The more noise a man or motor makes the less power there is avail able.—W. R. McGeary. The Bluffton News presents another in the series of little known aspects of South Amer ican life.—Editor. Although it is true that quaint and picturesque traditions are rapidly dis appearing from the world to give place to a uniform and more or less universal way of living, although gay senoritas in mantillas seldom lean, nowadays, against grilled balconies to hear the strains of serendaing guitars, Latin America still retains some of its old, time-honored courtship and marriage customs which are part of its Spanish heritage. To speak in any way of Latin Amer ica as a whole is difficult, however, and when it comes to local questions even more. In spite of haring a gen erally common background and his tory, it covers a territory’ large enough to have, per force, a thousand and one traditions, all distinctive and influenced by’ different factors. Little remains in present-day Latin America social customs of the Indian influence. Among the interesting marriage traditions that prevailed in pre-Columbian days are those of Mex ico and Peru where, in the refined and organized kingdoms of the Aztec and the Inca respectively, life took place under a rigid and set ceremonial. An Aztec marriage was preceded by a contract which stated that the bride’s dowery would be given back to her in case of divorce. At the wedding itself the girl was led to her husband’s home in a pro cession at which musicians were pre ceded by four women carrying torch es. Upon arrival at the groom’s home, both he and his future wife were seat ed on a mat where a priest tied one end of the bride’s clothing to the pros pective husband’s cloak. Following this ceremony two old men and two matrons proceeded to instruct the young couple on their duties while in cense was burned on the altar of the household gods. The wedding w’as followed by a banquet and four days later the new husband and wife went up to the tem ple to offer to the gods the nuptial mat. In case of divorce the man was responsible for the support of his sons while the wife was bound to take care of the daughters. Remarriage of divorced persons was prohibited under penalty of death. Marriages in Indian Peru were sub ject to the will of the Inca, who veas both ruler and priest. Every’ year, at a time determined by him, the bachelors of his court and the maiden princesses would be sol emnly married in a mass ceremony, whether they liked it or not. The Spanish Influence Seen In Quaint Latin-American Marriage Customs While they last— THURSDAY, AUGUST 10,1941 Quality Ice Refrigerators next day, officers from the Palace would spread through the town and marry, in a similar fashion, all those who were still single. Tradition has it, however, that very often the young couples who were united in this odd way, had been “en gaged” before and that it was just the culmination of many a love-affair. After her marriage, the wife went out very’ little and dedicated her life al most exclusively to spinning and weaving. More recent Latin American mar riage customes are of course of Span ish tradition. Typical of the kind is this description of a New Mexican wedding which could probably’ have been the same in any’ of the Latin American countries. When a young man wishes to mar ry, his parents either called on or dis pensed a very formal letter to the young lady’s family, asking for her hand. If the parents of the girl dis approved of the suitor, a letter of re fusal was sent within a few day’s. This was called ‘giving the calabasas’. If on the contrary the suit was ac ceptable, the necessary preparations were started at once as the wedding followed closely upon the ‘prendorio’ or engagement party. Invitations were sent out, ‘padrinos’ (sponsors} selected, and an elaborate trousseau fitted. On the day appointed for the wed ding, the bride and her parents were met at the church by the groom and his family’. The best man took the bride’s arm and walked up the aisle to the altar, the bridegroom following with the bridesmaids. During the Mass that followed the actual marriage ceremony', the four principals (bride and groom and the sponsors) sat in the sanctuary hold ing lighted candles. This is called “velacion” (nuptial watch), a name which may also have its origin in the fact that a white veil or scarf is ex tended jointly over the head of the bride and the shouders of the bride groom during part of the ceremony. This custom is said to have been in spired by the story of Rebecca who covered her face with a veil upon see ing Isaac. After the wedding a re ception generally took place at the bride’s home w’here traditional dances were often danced. Today, however, it is probably in its marriage traditions that Latin Amer ica has been more deeply influenced by customs of the United States. Weddings in the other republics of the Hemisphere are becoming more and more simlilar to those 4f this country. News Want-Ads Bring Results. Specially Priced Attractively finished in White Enamel generous ice compart ment well built thoroughly insulated. Formerly $59.50. Special closing out price $49.50 Now is the time to get a refrigera tor don’t delay economical to own it saves its cost in food. Basinger Furniture Store TELEPHONE SUBSCRIBERS NOTICE The new Telephone Directories are out—if you failed to receive one, please notify the central office. Read instructions in the direc tory and use numbers when calling. Be sure to destroy your old di rectory. The Bluffton Telephone Co. Eli Deppler, Mgr.