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Barbara Hauenstein Writes Of Trip From Beirut to Eng land Via France Boats And Trains Overcrowded Delays In Customs And Money Exchange (Continued from page 1) enroute to Bluffton college as a stu dent, upon recommendation of the Board of the American university at Beirut Her letter, written from London, follows: “Last night at 9:30 I arrived in London. It hardly seems possible that the struggle is over. I left the mission house in Beirut about 12:3!) noon Friday, August 5. Arrange ments had been made there with a porter to get my four bags, but as is true of everything out here he never came altho we phoned to see what was the trouble. Rigors Of Traveling In Post-War Europe Described By Bluffton Woman As a last resort I went out in that just such a frcm pvprv nore to sitting here and bcir cool—wear ing my fur coat a arrival in London nd st last night! upon When I finally got down to the travel agency the in charge had gone thru customs—tney close at 1 o’clock and I was out of luck until they returned at 3 and the boat was supposed to leave Beirint at 4 as my heart ever in my mouth When we finally got to cus1toms it was a virtual madhouse—taking out of money was the principal worry and I was forced to go through the indignity of taking off my under clothes to let some girl see whether or not I had money secluded under my girdle. Then she went thru my purse with a fine tooth comb. In my statement of money of 1000 francs, worth about $9.00, $150 in traveller’s checks, and 10 pounds sterling, the only thing they questioned was the English money,—and then when I tried to cash it last night found it no good—it was withdrawn from circulation here in England at the beginning of the War. Then I finally got myself and bag gage on board, keeping an eagle eye out so that none of it was miss ing. Never again will I travel with more than I can carry, two is the limit. As a going away present young Mitti of travel agency, gave me a Trap Shoot Sunday, Sept. 1 1:00 P. M. Merchandise Prizes, All Shooters Eligible. 12 and 16 gauge shells available on grounds. Bluffton Gun Club 2 miles north of Bluffton on Dixie highway at Gosfcard Filling Station and Store. Lloyd Hardwick, President C. V. Stonehili, Sec.-Treas. HOUSE hint WHITE i Outside House Paint .. and other colors C.O.D. ORDERS FILLED! HOUSEHOLD CO. 419 Dorr S|., Toledo 2, Ohio w ill bi A box of 25 Milky Way bars—quite valuable in Lebanon, and unobtain able on the Continent and here in England, which I have had occasion to appreciate. My luck was running strong when I found I was bunked as the fourth in with Mrs. Koch and her two daughters. Alice Magarin, on her way to Bluffton College was on the same boat, and she was put as a fourth in a cabin with a “Genuwine Bedowine A-rab” and her eight year-old daughter who had bugs in her hair, on their way to Dakar via Marseilles. You never saw such a conglomera people—and the way they them in. The boat had s arted at A exandria and there ./ere many on board going home to Greece after 7 years away in Egypt. At Pitaeus huiidreds more got on to go to France. We had 300 below deck and 300 more sleeping on the decks—no one lowed o n the top deck. Tuecsday was uneventful, but Wed nesaay passed by numerous Greek Islands on our way to Pira eus w landed just at dusk. Wednesday afternoon we had got ten piisses in our passports to go at Pinjaus—then the money raised its ugly head again. Mrs. Koch had a few dollar bills, three of whijh she changed into Greek money—-she was afraid to do more for fear she wouldn’t have enougli money in France if forced to stay over in Marseilles—I had nothing at all for I was in the same fix and was afraid to cash a Trav eller’s check for I didn’t want $20 in Greek money. Pireaus was quite badly bombed and looked decided the worse for wear—and the heat! I’ve never been so hot! A Piraeus Armenian family met one of the Armenian girls on our boat going to Yale School of Music, and the young man took us under his wing into Athens via the elec tric train—there we were nearly run down by UNRRA trucks. The store windows were filled with food stuffs and other commodities but the prices were such that only the rich could buy. The unit of exchange is the drach ma and it takes 5900 drachmas to make a dollar. In the heat wre wanted to take a taxi back to the ship, but the taximan would have charged 35,000 drachmas—finally got down to 20,000 and we still could not afford it! Before the war the drachma was worth more than a cent—you can ask Alice about it when she gets to Bluffton—she speaks Greek as she is an Armenian from Cyrus. In Athens we took a street car to the base of Acropolis and walked up to the top. It is just exactly like I had it pictured in my mind’s eye from studying History of Art at O. S. U. However, the mountains sur rounding the city are as barren as the mountains of Moab near the Dead Sea. That part was a sur prise. We all would have enjoyed the ex peditions in the late morning if the heat hadn’t been so unbearable. On our way back to the ship our train broke down for 45 minutes, and we didn’t get back until too late for lunch. The next days after pulling out of Piraeus, at sunset Thursday, were uneventful until Saturday morning when we passed thru the Straits of Messina and alongside of a real for sure island volcano puff ing out smoke. Sunday morning we skirted along the eastern and north ern sides of Corsica where the mountains were quite high—a sur prise to me. About 5:30 Monday morning we docked at Marseilles and then the fun began! Fortunately Mrs. Koch and I got in line early to pass thru the French passport control, officers who came aboard ship and checked our passports and stamped out money declaration slips. Finally we found a Cook’s man who took charge of getting us thru REAL MONEY/$ customs which was not nearly as difficult as I supposed for the crowd was not as large as the thousands who pour through N. Y. customs each day. The food on the Greek boat was excellent—lunch was always four courses, and supper five courses and we could help ourselves to as much as we wanted. However, the serv ice was dreadful and the dirt and filth was terrific. The people in first class were a mixture, from rich Iraqui, Irani, Egyptians, Lebonese, Greeks to the poor who slept on deck—I don’t know who all they were for I had no chance to talk with them. Hard ly any English was spoken, although a great many of this group were making their way to America via LaHavre. Alice and the other students paid a travel agency in Beirut $500 to get them across France and on to the ship to America. The Greek ship charged black market prices. The terrible accommodations we had, which wouldn't have been so bad if the boat hadn’t been so crowded, cost $225. Altogether including my baggage, trip expense, etc., I spent approximately $600, including living expenses for July in Lebanon. In Marseilles we took a taxi trip around the city for an hour—very fascinating place, and much cleaner port town than I had expected—we saw the Chateau d’Ue of Count of Monte Cristo fame. After a very meager lunch in a good hotel we went to see a movie of Sgt. York and all the mountaineers and Yanks speaking French! We thought the picture would be in English with French sub-titles but this was the real McCoy. Naturally we didn’t get much out of it for they all talked so fast. After a more meager supper Mon day night the Cook’s man came with my ticket to London, via Paris, 2nd class, and I was off into the great unknown again! I had to sit up all night, 8 in the compartment, on wooden seats, but somehow I man aged to catnap it. Back in Beirut some in the mission had nearly scared the daylights out of me by saying what a hazardous undertak ing crossing France would be—no food, no accommodations, etc., how ever, breakfast was served, includ ing beautiful ripe peaches. In Paris I had a stroke of luck for there are about 8 railway sta tions and I was going to have to get a porter and then a taxi to go from one station to another with no assurance that I could catch and get reservations on the Boat Train for Calais once I found my way to the Gare du Nord! Out of the hundreds and hundreds of people getting off the Marseilles train I found a porter who asked if I wanted to get the boat train to Calais! Finally I got all my pieces of baggage together, but that w’as where I wished I’d only had two that I could carry—it was all con fusion. As soon as I got on the boat train it pulled out for the Gare du Nord. While we were waiting one of the Greek business men from the boat asked me to dinner on the diner. The food was plentiful and excellent and I ate heartily for which I was thankful for I didn’t have another meal for 24 hours. At Calais we boarded the English Channel boat, run by British, not French, and in all my foreign travel experience I never yet had seen any thing more poorly organized! “Mud dling through’’ certainly does apply to the British. (Unless I’m married within two months and have reported to the police immediately after the cere mony I shall be sent to prison!) Your Separator Is the As soon as the boat docked at Dover the worst blow’ of all fell! I had no English change with w’hich to tip the porter and it was a physi cal impossibility to carry the bags myself! While standing in passport line I had approached an American man, 35 years or so, of the American Friends Service Committee (he wore a grey uniform and arm band which identified him) with my problem of baggage and no small money, and he definitely gave me the brush-off! Key to Your Profits Few farmers will question the value of skim milk in feeding pigs, calves or chickens. With supplements so scarce, it becomes still more profitable to keep that skim milk right on the farm and sell the cream to The Page Dairy Co. We always pay the highest price and our truck picks up the cream right at the farm. (’all or Write Field Representative: Yem Dardio The Page Dairy Co. Bluffton, Ohio Phone 489-W THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON/ OHIO Why, I don’t know’, unless he was afraid I’d take advantage of him when we got to London. Then in desperation I asked a younger man, 27 or so, and he turned out to be a French Knight! Truly chivalrous and certainly one of the nicest, kindest people I have ever met! He got a porter for our bags (he only had one) and we w’ent through customs quite slick, and then dn the train to London. He w’as French from Paris—medical stu dent W’hose education had been in terrupted by 6 years in the French Army in France, England, Egypt and Syria. When w’e got in the Victoria Sta tion he went to look for his friend w’ho turned out to be a blonde Eng lish girl as nice as he. They check ed my baggage for me and he went w’ith me to the hotel in the station to see if I could get a room. After saying they had nothing, they did say I might be able to get a double at the Mayfair. When I asked the cashier to change the Eng lish money it was the last straw’ w’hen he said it was no good! He did change a $20 traveller’s check and I set out for Mayfair after the nice English girl had called up to see if I could get a room. We had no wal er on the boat, ex cept a slow cold cold trickle with out a stopper fol the bowl, so that for 8 days I had ft even washed de cently, and had n o clean underthings with my bag in he hold, and before that I hadn’t ha 1 a hot bath since I left Tripoli Ju y 26th! This morning sent the wire to Willie and then went down to the station for my other three bags, not being able to find a bite to eat there, only a cup of tc■a, and hungry! I came back, unpa ked my much mus sed brown suit and new blouse which I gave to the val et to be pressed so that now I don’t feel too unkempt. Later this morrling I walked down to Picadiily Cir?us—to Trafralgar Square—the park in front of White hall—past Houses of Parliament and in to Westminstsr Abbey where a Bach organ concert was in progress. There is some ei idence of bombing but they’ve cleaned up the w’orst here in the center of tow’n. The problem of English money gets me dowrn! And w’hen I ask about it from anyone who changes it for me they act like I wras demented to ask such stupid questions! Any question I seem to ask is stupid to them! Funeral Wednesday For Beaverdam Man Funeral services were held at the Paul Diller funeral home Wednes day afternoon for John Troxel, 86, of Beaverdam. Rev. Paul Cramer of the Bluffton Methodist church of ficiated and interment w*as in the Woodland cemetery at Beaverdam. Mr. Troxel died Monday morning at the Lyle convalescent home in Ada from infirmities of age. He had been ill since last October. Troxel, retired section hand and well driller, was born in Allen county Dec. 23, 1859, a son of George and Sarah (Weaver) Troxel. He was married to Clariana Eliza beth Ransbottom and she died July 18, 1934. In 193 Mr. Troxel married Mary Frazier, who survives. There are no children. He wras the last sur vivor of a family of 11 children. Mr. Troxel was a member of the Beaverdam Methodist church. Breakfast Sets Sturdily constructed in the latest, beautiful styles. Come early and select yours. $69.50 Couple Is Married At Pandora Church Miss Clorinda Luginbill, former nurse at Bluffton hospital and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Luginbill, of Pandora, became the bride of Bernard C. Green, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milford Green, of Mt. Cory, in the Grace Mennonite church of Pandora at 7 o’clock Saturday evening. Rev. Ernest J. Bohn heard the exchange of vows before a setting of w’hite gladioli, mixed garden flowers, palms, and tw’o seven-branch candel abra. Miss Sara Jane Schutz presided at the organ for the musical num bers preceding and during the cere mony. Mrs. Charles Lemley sang and violin numbers w’ere player by the Misses Esther and Ruth Schumach er, cousins of the bride. The bridal chorus from “Lohengrin” was used for the processional and Mendel ssohn’s w’edding march for the re cessional. The bride, given in marriage by hei’ father, wore a gown of w’hite satin fashtoned with a fitted bodice. of honor, Mrs. Paul The ma iron L. Bodey, of I.ima, wore a goivn of blue taffet i wr an overskirt of net, fitted bodi id short sleeves. Janice nt, niece of the bride, as ring-bearer, carried the rinors on a white eart shaped pillow. Her floor lengt ss was of white satin. James Crreen of Mt. Cory, bi■other of the gr was the best man. Paul Lugi i bun brother of the bride and Kenm?th Jreen, brother of the groom, were ushers. A recep :ion of 100 invited guests was held at the home of the bride’s parents, following the ceremony. Janice Hoffman, Rebecca Hoffstetter, Doris Garmatter and Betty Edinger served. After a wedding trip the couple w’ill reside at 503 North Main street, Bowling Green, where the groom w’ill attend college. G. I. Terminal Leave Blanks At Post Office The long-awaited terminal leave pay blanks are now available at the Bluffton post office, according to Postmaster Ed. S. Reichenbach. A claim for settlement with de tailed instructions as how to fill it out and where to mail it for all branches of the service may be se cured at any time. Any discharged enlisted man or officer commissioned from the ranks w’ho has terminal leave coming is eligible for payment. Terminal leave pay is computed by allowing 2% days per month times the total time in the service less actual leave or furlough granted, guard house or brig duty, or delay in orders. Applications may be sent in until September 1, 1947, and payment will be made in $25 bonds. Rubbish Collection Monthly collection of trash and rubbish will start Thursday at noon. Have everything in containers and placed where it may be loaded easily on the truck. W. A. Howe, Mayor APPRECIATED I wish to thank all the friends for the many cards of greeting and goodwill sent to me on the occasion of my 88th birthday anniversary. W. W. Huber' Basinger's Furniture Store Forty-four Years of Dependable Service Boutwell Reunion The Lew’is Boutwell family held their eighth annual reunion Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Romick northeast of Ada. A basket dinner was enjoyed at noon by the following: Mr. and Mrs. John Boutwell, son Billy Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bout w’ell, son Marion and daughter Marilyn, and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Boutw’ell and daughter of Wharton. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Boutw’ell and daughter and Lew’is Ladd of Toledo Mr. and Mrs. Rayle Baughman, son Larry Mrs. Mary Baughman and granddaughters Sharon and Sue of Dayton. Mrs. Helen Pope of Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Westcott, sons Darrell, Ronnie and Russell and daughters Nancy and Linda of Ashtabula. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Schiltz, sons Billy and Tommy and daughters Mary and Martha of Findlay T/5 Merle Romick, Phoenixville, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Donilson, daugh ters Jeanette and Carol, sons Bobbie and Gary Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wol ber, daughters Isabelle, Esther and sons Edw’in and Jerry Mrs. Margar et Boutwell of Lima, and Alvin Der ringer of Ada and the host and FORGET TIRE WORRIES— Bluffton, Ohio 235 W. College Avenue Phone 165-W Mr. Motorist: There’s still time to have your car serviced for that Labor Day Outing-. And here’s the biggest service value in town—done by experienced auto service men. CRANKCASE FLUSHED AND OIL CHANGED CHASSIS LUBRICATION FRONT WHEELS REPACKED TRANSMISSION & DIFFERENTIAL CHANGED SPARK PLUGS CLEANED AND RESET Our factory tire re capping service for farm tractors and cars takes care of that. THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 194g hostess and family. In the afternoon Miss Isabelle Wolber, bride-elect of Sept. 1, was escorted into the living room where she was surprised with a lovely kitchen show-er. Birthday Surprise A birthday’ dinner was enjoyed Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Huber Jennings and family of Clyde, in honor of Mrs. Huber Jen nings. Present w’ere Mr. and Mrs. Kright Klingler and family, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Huber and family, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Montgomery and son, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Montgomery and sons, Mrs. Myron Trippiehorn and daughters, and James Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Jennings,. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Jennings and family. Scrubbing Tip Cut away one side of a grocery carton, then kneel in the box when scrubbing floors to protect knees and skirts. INSURANT Real Estate Broker A. E. KOHLI MUNSON R. BIXEU M. D. Office Homrtf: 1-3 P. M. .Z/-8 P. M. Office, Cherry St. Phone 124^Y Bluffton. Ohio SS.oo Tax Included SHINE AND POLISH You’ll be surprised at the looks of your car when we finish shining it up. Mobile Service Station CORNER MAIN AND JEFFERSON I Phone 333-W k I i i II A variety of beautiful styles. Sofas that in an instant turn into large double beds. Spring-filled. You’ll be delighted with each and every one of them.