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The Colfax ChronicIe
Published by Chronicle Ptg. Co.. Ltd.
H. G. GOODWYN, Managing Editor.
The greatest happiness of all is
that which comes from making others
If you happen to be from Wisconsin
this is one of the finest football years
on record.
A Seattle boy of twelve has a crop
of whiskers. A precocious little shaver,
as it were.
Rabbits experimented upon with
coffee died. Now try oysters and
ham and eggs.
Science has yet to devise a way to
close the railroad switch that ought
not to be letf open.
The ancient Egyptians used para
sols. But that had nothing to do
with their complexions.
We suspected a long time ago that
those Turkish cigarettes would get
the Turks, sooner or later.
Emperor William of Germany has
a clock that speaks the time. Time
is money, and money talks.
Another aviator killed showq that
the lure of the air is as potent as
before its tragedies began.
"Be a Bulgarian," said a housewife,
as she sent her husband out in the
yard to beat a Turkish rug.
A New York physician says there
are several varieties of death. Most
people are satisfied with one.
Physicians are aiding an anti-noise
crusade in Baltimore. And Balti
more is the home of the oyster.
With irreproachable eggs selling at
six cents each in New York it might
be cheaper to buy the whole hen.
A New York man, whose salary is
$5 a week, has been sued for $100,000
by an actress. He must be her Ins
Beef, evidently, is soaring in Eng
land. An aviator uhas been fined
there for running into a cow and kill.
aing it.
Angels may fly but they cannot fly
Unless their wings are 15 feet long.
We have the word of a great aviator
for this.
Aeronauts are known in Ching as
the "sons of Heaven." In the sense,
probably, that they may be angels be
fore long,
A Brooklyn man of eighty-two mar
tied again a week after being left a
widower. Evidently figured he had no
time to lose.
Germany reports that the stork is
fast disappearing. Perhaps that as
counts for the reason why Berlin leads
in race suicide.
A Chicago Judge has decided that $1
a day is not enough for a man to give
to his wife. Probably 99 cents would
look better to her.
A Mississippi editor, when he put
on his winter suit found a roll of bills
amounting to $50. Wonder if any of
them had been paid.
In Tldahom. Sweden, 8,300 people
are employed in making matches. A
matrimonial agency would stand no
show at all in Tidahom.
A Loneisana farmer killed a cow last
week and found a darning needle in
its stomach. Evidently, the cow foand
the needle in the hay stack.
Unmarried men are more prone to
Insanity than married men, according
to a government report. And they
haven't half the worry, at that
Chafing dishes have been found in
the ruins of Pompeii. Now we know
why the people of that city failed to
be alarmed by volcanic upheavals.
"The finest fur coat in the world,
worth $35,000, is owned by the wife
of a tobacco magnate." And per
haps this isn't a pipe dream, either.
An East Orange divine got the
brides mixed when performing a don
ble wedding and caused no end of a
row. A case of being double crssed.
"A St. Paul man became intolxicat
ed on $2." The odor and appearance
of some $2 bills are enough to lndi
cate that they can do worse than
Speaking of military aviation there
can be no doubt that the unexpected
success of the allies put the whole
concert of Europe up in the air for a
That elector who proposes to es
tablish a precedent by voting for a
woman as the Republican candidate
for vice-president may be paying her
a dubious compliment. Does he know
that to be eligible she must confess
she is thirty-five years of age?
A man arrested in New York for
theft claimed to be a grandson of
Commodore Perry. Men who plead
for clemency on the ground of belong
lag to families of heroes should be
palsshed all the more for disglracing
lustrious names.
NFWret osiP.
WE ··i~nm~i~~;~ I tt`
Supreme Court's Little Suits Make Big Problems
, oS nAIg
W ASHINGTON.-From small begin
nings have arisen some of the
most perplexing questions to be pass
ed upon by the Supreme court this
fall and winter.
Thomas W. McComb had splendid
luck duck hunting in Tinicum town
ship, Delaware county, Pennsylvania,
a year or so ago. Probably to his
surprise that day's outing will bring
him to the Supreme court. He was
prosecuted for using an automatic
gun in the hunt. In defense he at
tacked the constitutionality of the
Pennsylvania law against the use of
that type of weapon.
Mathias Schmidinfer, a Chicago
baker, is said to have made his loaves
of bread a trifle to small one day and
was fined $100 for violating a city or
dinance regulating the size of loaves.
He will ask the Supreme court to de
clare the ordinance a violation of the
Fourteenth Amendment to the Con
stitution of the Uuited States.
A burn on the back Of Anne Swee
ney of the District of Columbia forms
Postmaster General Hitchcock a Night Worker
I T took one man, from a western
city, nearly a week to find out
something about Frank H. Hitchcock,
the postmastergeneral, that many
Washingtonlans acquainted with the
inner workings of the postoeie de
partment knew.
This man went day after day at 9
o'clock in the morning to Mr. Hitch
cock's omoe and waited patiently to
see the postmaster-general. He be
gan to have set ideas about the post
master-general and what he consid
ered the necessity of making cabinet
ofcers do more work, or at least main
tain s~he sort of regular office hours.
On the night of the fifth day the
man dropped into the posetomce build
ing. He did not know just why, but
he thought he might get some "tip"
from the watchman. The only person
in sight was the elevator man.
"I want to see Mr. Hitchcock," he
said. "Can you-"
"Have you an appointment with
him?" interrupted the elevator man,
with his hand on the lever ready to
start the car.
The visitor had a brilliant idea.
"Yes," he quickly replied.
"All right," the elevator operator
Society Formed at Capital to Study Spanish
SI IaT E l'E
1" e CRmAT
bsDY A
tR the purpose of promoting the
I international study of the Spanish
language and literature there has just
been organized here a society to be
known as the Spanish-American
Athenaeum. At its first meeting, held
a few nights ago, the speakers includ
ed Senor Riano, Spanish minister
here; John Barrett. director general
of the Pan-American union; Rev. Dr.
Charles W. Currier, specialist on
Spanish-American literature, and Mme.
Blanche de Baralt of Cuba.
The Spanish minister and all the
Latin-American ministers here were
made honorary vice-presidents of the
Some Good Things Left for the Hungry Ones
T HERE are in the entire government
service an army of more than 400,.
000 men and women. Of these more
than 300,000 are protected by the civil
service, some by law and some by
executive order. Of the remaining
100,000 or so only 10,582 are direct
presidential appointees. The remain
der are appointed by the heads of de
partments, but will, of course, be sub
ject to removal by the incoming ad
Of the 16,582 direct presidential ap
pointments, 9,949 muste confirmed
by the senate.
In addition to this large army of
office holders an government employ
es, all under the executive branch of
the government, there are more than
1,000 appointments under the control
of congress. Part of these the Demo
crats now have, but they will gain
more through the control of the Unit
ed States senate.
President Wilson's available patron
age disbursements will be much larg
the basis of another suit. on its out
come will depend whether aysicians
are liable for burns by X-rays in
photographing patients.
Over the meaning of the word "auc
tion" comes a case from the Hawaiian
islands. Arrests were made there for
the alleged violation of a law requir
ing a license for sales at auction. The
sales in question were made to retail
fish dealers. The point is raised
whether this was an auction, and if
so, if there is a distinction between
"public" and "private" auctions.
Whether the government must pay
for the forage for two horses for the
late Maj. Nathaniel H. McLean of Cin
cinnati and for two servants is Involv
ed in another case{ The point arises
as a result of his reinstatement in the
army. The horses and servants were
employed after he retired from' the
army and before he was reinstated
by congress.
The shipment of a wedding ring by
Edward H. Croninger, a Cincinnati
jeweler, to Atlanta, Ga., by the Adams
Express, precipitated a case which
will determine whether express com
panies, since the passage of the Hep
burn rate law, may limit their liabil
itles for loss of articles.
Whether the back of a bay win
dow may form a "party wall" is the
basis of a dispute between Lewis E.
Smoot and the Hoyl heirs of the Dis
trict of Columbia, to come before the
court for decision.
D] D
said, as they shot up to the fifth floor.
"I suppose you know where his offce
"You bet I do."
There he found several clerks work
ing busily. His request to see the
postmaster-general was taken in a
most matter of fact way, and in two
minutes he saw Mr. Hitchcock, com
pleted his business and left for home
on the midnight train.
The explanation is that Mr. Hitch
cock does much of his important work
at night, away from the usual inter
ruption of visitors and routine mat
ters which would bother him in the
daytime. He does not always have
clerks with him at night; often he
will drop in unexpectedly and all
alone will peg away at some pausling
matter until nearly dawn.
organization and among those who
already have signified their willing
ness to become corresponding mem
bers are the Princess Teresa of Ba
varia, Sir Clements Markham, K. C
B.; Senor Quesada, former minister
here from Cuba; Senor Rafael Alti
mira, Spain; Senor Jose T. Medina,
Chile; Senor J. Lafone Quevedo, Ar
gentina, and Dr. Rafael Villavicencio,
president of the National Academy of
History of Venezuela.
The society purposes to have fre
quent meetings, when there will be
lectures and discussions on literary,
historical and scientific subjects, and
will issue a journal both in English
and Spanish. While the headquarters
will be here, the organization will be
international in charadter and mem
Honorary members will be chosen
from time to time from people who
have attained distinction in literary,
scientific or historical work in con
nection with Spain and the Spanish
American republics.
er than the list which Grover Cleve
land had at his disposal when he en.
tered office in 1884, after the Demo
crats had been out in the cold for 2S
long years.
In the sixteen years that have
elapsed since Cleveland retired, the
Democrats who were appointed to of
fice by him have almost entirely been
eliminated, except in offices and posts
under the civil service, where many
appointed under the Cleveland admin
istration are still holding on. Some
of these Cleveland appointees are now
filling the highest places in the class
ifaed service.
Chronio Orumblers and Avowed Die.
contented Persons Are Never the
Best of Companions in Life.
The chronic grumbler is not a good
companion nor in any way an admir
able person. We fy from her as from
a contagious disease. Nothing so cer
tainly affects one's spirits as being in
the constant company of a person
who has a grievance.
The cherishing of discontent with
our circumstances, business, dress, or
any other thing in life soon robs as
of beauty and marks the countenance
with the lines of worry and 1. temper
that tell their own unhappy story.
Why anybody who is young shouldin
dulge in grumbling as a pastime is one
of the puzzles that never is solved, yet
such people there are, and we meet
them to our sorrow almost every day.
If they happen to be passengers on
a railway train they pile their bags
and bundles on an extra seat for which
they have not paid, are conveniently
blind to the weariness of other passen
gers who are standing, and assume the
aspect of martyrs when the conductor
courteously but peremptorily informs
them that they must make room.
They object to having the windows
open, although the air may be loaded
with impurities from the congestion
of the crowd; they scoldend fret at the
throng or the conductor and rail at
Providence in general because every
thing in life is not arranged with a
view to their comfort.
Society Can Not ignore its Share of
Blame When the Facts Are
Brought to Light of Day.
Children work out their destiny
along the lines of environment. If
two infants, one born in a slum hovel
and the other in a palace, were ex
changed on the day of birth, each
would work out his destiny in aocor
dance with his surroundings. The
child of the hovel would growup to
the palace. The child of the palace
would remain on the level of the slum
While a noted physician was making
these statements before a body of
learned colleagues, a jury in Chicago
found three boys, aged consecutively
seventeen, eighteen and nineteen
years, guilty of murder and convicted
them to long terms in prison. The
slayers were all slum products. Their
youth saved them from hanging.
Bociety cannot afford to was senti
mental over a murderer because of his
youth. Its duty, in self-preservation,
is to infict punishment. A part of
this self-preservation duty, however,
is to prevent the growth of murderers
In so far as society allows slums to
exist and other degrading influences
to be fostered, it is not without
responsibility for the criminal
For a good many years now all
civilized nations have had the census,
in order to determine scientifcally the
approximate conditions of population
at home and throughout the world.
Some of the statistics relating to the
porportions of the sexes 'in different
parts are interesting.
The total population of the world is
estimated to be 1,700,000,000, and the
proportion is said to be 1,000 men and
990 women.
The proportion varies considerably
according to the region. In Nuropia
there are, for each 1,000 men, 1,027 wo
men; in Africa. 1,045; in America,
964; in Asia, 961; in Australia, 927.
The maximum feminine population
is in Uganda, where there are 1,487
women to each 1,000 men, and the
minimum in the gold countries of
Alaska and in Malaysia, where there
are fond only 891 and 589 women,
respectively to each 1,000 me~-Ha
pars' Weekly.
Encouraging. Geneaeety.
One of the cleverest of Cleveland's
blind newspaper merchants takes his
stand daily at one of the corners of
the public sauare. He's got a sar
castic little sign that reads:
"Don't be ashamed to give me a
penny-I'm blind."
The other day a friend of ours
dropped a nickel in front of lis chap,
just to see if he was fakiag. The
blind never shifted his bla~k use,
but he said:
"Make it a quarter, bor, and rm
likely to forget myself."-Cleveland
Plain Dealer.
One Oan Write in the Dark.
A novelty is a penholder permitting
one to write in the drk, since it is
provided with an electric lighLt. The
tube through which the point of the
pencil goes is fitted with a small a
cumulator and an electric lamp. The
latter throws a disk of light over the
point where the writing is being done.
This luminous pencil has beeja in
vented for the use ofet doetors, re
porters, detectives,, etc., whese work
necessitates the taking of notes in the
streo's and in darkness.-Harper's
Wuas Misquotsed.
The king of the hobos slouched into
the office of The Daily Bread to make
a complaint.
"You th' editor?" he asked.
"In yore paper this mornin' you maid
I made a talk to th' boys last night
on 'How to Be at Work All th' 'rime.' "
"You got it wrong. Th' sabjeck of
my little talk was 'How to Beat Work
All th' Time.' I want it c'ruced,
mister. That's alL"
Popular Diversion May Be Enjoyed by
Any One Uving In Modern Flat
No Burned Hands
Apartment dwellers who have wist
fully recalled the days when they
popped corn in an open fireplace, will
be glad to }nown that they now can
enjoy this diversion in their very
modern dining rooms-or in any room,
for that matter. A New York man
has designed an electric corn popper
that is attached to the electrie light
fxtures in the room for its heat. The
popper, which has a capacity of a
quart of corn, is surmounted by a
wire mesh dome to keep the kernels
Electric Corn Popper.
from hopping out. It is mounted on
rubber tired wheels so that it can
be pushed about On a highly polished
table without damaging the finish
An advantage of this device, even In
homes where there are fireplaces and
coal ranges to pop corn over, is the
comfort with which it can be used-so
scorched taoe and hands.
Experiments Being Made i France
With Apparatus Declgesatd as
"Eletria Niageras."
Assumindg that electrielty in the
clouds is the sole canse of the prodo
ion. of hall, experiments are being
made in Frnsee with apparatus Dsig
nated us "electric Niagaras" to iatn
the clouds Of electricity, sa? Popular
In installing the apparatu6s huge cop.
per' points, bound together by bands
of the same material, are w~aCed on
the summit of a high towes ot chim
ney, very much in the samtnr 'ay as
lightning ods. These are connected
with a copber hand, which lea to the
ground and ends in a reeervalr filled
with water. By this route the atmos
pheric electricity flows down Ito the
earth and "empties the eload4" es to
The experiments with 'electric
Niagaras" have been carried on for
some time, but M. Violle, a hember
of the French Academy of Sciedce, re
ports that it is still too early to esti
mate the practical value. A tWet on a
tar larger scale was considered npees
sary, and quite recently the latllha
tion of an apparatus of ex(sptional
capacity was completed on the WMel
tower. This apparatus, it IL hoped,
will prove the practicability of the
idea, but three or four yeis . will
probably be required before it is pc
rsible to place an exact estimkte on
the trae value of the system.
Apparatus So Arranged That Each
Rodent Drops Out of Sight oon
as Electrocutsd.
The electric rat trap show a Ita the
tlustratna is somewhat complicated
u onstru~otion and operation, but its
constraction is such that each rodent
electrocuted drops out of sight. so
that the bodies will not frighten others
away, says the Popular Mechanics
The electrocuting circuit has one
electrode on a trapdoor, while the sec
ond electrode constitutes a movable
bait-holder. When the rodent steps on
to the trapdoor and nibbles at the balt,
the electrocuting current passes
Elkctrocuting Trap.
thrcgh its body, and at the same time
a motor is set going. This motor
drives a shaft, one revolution of which
causes the trapdoor to first tilt, drop
ping the electrocuted body into the
pit, then restores it to its normal
position, in which eosition it remalns
until another rodent steps upon it and
nibbles the bait.
First Electrical Fre Engine.
New York has the first electrically
driven fie egine in use in the
United States.
Thre se t oeee Death KnWt e
oM smu a - d lms aka S) -
Woek is Done Quickly.
Whis the lrst shoe tactweer
emontasted that they could make
boots and shoes better and cheapr
that the best heand obbles thes
bkights of the awl and IRuA e ro.
legated to the past-or they" mnaie
to eke out a meager living re. r
lag worn boots and shoe.
And now comes the electric obble
and the days of the had cobblernld
his bech are umbered. ,aS the
Ilelctrlo News. The electric cobble,
such as can be found in moat large
cities, consists of one s mlong S
whiceh is, In reality, a number or
machines connected on the smane haft
This shaft is trned by atn electr*i
moter. The electric cobbler Sues
shoes while you wait. It will sow
a sole, put on a patch. ii the heels
or reline a shoe in a very few minutes
as all the work is done by mschlaerT
t a high rate of speed. And It Is ot
to be denied that the finished prodaet
s tfully as good as though the beat
cobbler had spent a half day on the
job. It the shoe needs resollng the At
tendant picks up and places a piece
of leather of the right size and the
-machine stitches it fast to the upper
At the next machine an emery wheel
outs down the edge of the sole and
trims It to the right shape. The next
machine finishes and polishes the
edges. From the stitching machine to
the polisher is but a step and the work
Is done long before the old fashioned
shoemaker eUald have the shoe fitted
to the last.
Electrio Device Invented by Idaho
Man Adaptable for Ues In MaI
sage Parlors and by Barbers.
An electrice heating pad so shaped as
to it the contour of the face is the in
vention of Alfred P. Blenkner and Bert
Z. Smith of Mountain Home, Idaho.
says the Popular Electrleity. The
device is adaptable for use in barber
shops, massage parlors and the like.
A wet towel is first applied to the
face and then the heater laid on over
this. gsnerating steam. The heater
Eletrio Face Heater.
has double walls, the beating elements
being located between the warls
Moreover the heater Is adjustable in
size and its arrangement such that an.
air chamber is formed between it and
the face. giving a more even distbeu
tiu of heat.
SLeeen Damage by Ughtning.
Investigations made over Europe
seem to justify .the belief that tho
damage by lightning, in the cities
particularly, has decreased to a very
marked degree in recent years, and it
Is explained by the presence of elec
tric wires, which set as a protection
in diverting the electric bolts. As
the wires are put underground it is:
expect that there will be noticed a
great inerease and a return will be
generally made to the use of lightaaig
An electrically-driven machine to.
splitldndlints wood is a novelty.
SSeve electric motor trucks will be
prrehased by the Manila poetoee.
leetrolytic etching is uased by a
new procus to produce hardened steel
LIberia will be gtren a wireless ta
tion, with 2,500 mlles radius, by a
Preich company.
Motor vehicles worth l10,319 were
brought Into South Afriea at .Port
Elisabeth last year.
Electric power has been adopted by
candy factorles because of its ease of
control and oleanlnea.
Ieg8nning June 1 New York wi pro
hlbit the use eof wooden mouldinSs for
enclosing electric wire.
The first electric plant in Arabtia has
just been Installed in the palaoe oft the
Saltan of Oman, at Maskat
The United States and Canada to
gIther have about 80,000 eleetrie
signs, eontatinins about 8A,0000
In proportion to population Stock.
holm has the greatest number of tele
phones for any European city aad
Madrid the fewdst.
In new electrical steering gear for
vesels hy raulle cylinders protect the
motor from shocks caused by waves
striking the rudder.
A speed exceeding two miles a mlan.
ute has been made by ears on a short
German electde railway built by army
otcers for experimenting.
United States engineers claim that
nearly a mllion-horsepower could be
develeped from the Green river, a
tributary to the Colorado.
A motor, controlled by a swltc
from his house, is used by an Illinois
genius to give Ifelike notions to a
searecrow in his corn field.
To promote the mutual interests of
wireless telegraph operators and their
employers an internatintal opeastor'
union has bees orgaased.

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