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atrip V STRICTLY DEMOCRATIC ; ALWAYS CONSISTENT. ] VOL XXXIII NATCHITOCHES. LOUISIANA, THURSDAY; SEPT. 28, 1922 NO. 52 THE SAILOR CATS OF SAN PEDRO By Wynonah Brcazeale Johnson The sunlight shone dazzlingly on the dancing waters of the Pa cific and gleamed along the wharfs, but inside the big recesses of the warehouse of the Admiral Lice there was a restful dimness and' quiet. The whistle had just blown for the noon hour and the scores of stevedores and warehouse men had knocked off for lunch, pour ing through the big doors with their pails in hand or hastening to the coffee rooms near the docks. Crates stamped with foreign marks, bales and barrels and boxes stood as they had left them —and oo every mound was curled a cat! Indeed, the big warehouse was literally full of cats; they had strolled noiselessly from various corners acd recesses and taken up their stations on bales or boxes, were leisurely making midday toilettes or curling up for siestas. Surelv -there had not been a special shipment of cats on one of the big boats and they were park ed in this warehouse, preparatory for delivery? The cats seemed perfectly tamed and merely bored by the astonish ment of the reporters who spied them—and yes, they were bob tailed! Stubby caudle appendages at half-mast and ending with flaunting little spatula effect, they were the oddest looking felines you'd expect to see, and especially swarming in a warehoused ''They must be Manx cats,'' she hasarded the indifferent lounger in blue overalls, who, like the freight near by. *T dunno 'bout Manx," he said, "bat tho Grst bob-tails we got here came from Australia; they were stowaways on a freighter." " rhese all belong'here, then ?" was the query. "You ask Uncle Frank if they belong here—you'll And out," grianed Blue-Overalls. Out of dusky corners lounged several other cats—black and white, Ijro of them amicably pad ding aloog together, but striped like a tiger was the ferocious ani mal accompanying them, who stopped in front of the reporter and glared balefully out of one green eye, the other lamp extin U... Misj ui.. i | i..uma ' i n. .Hi I to a o' in come as kind thftt; us good lose we are call a the tail. many as whole tails. too. riie V. G. Hyams Engineering Company Land Surveys; Estimates on Road Construction; Oil Sites Located; General Engineering. NATCHITOCHES, ■m* m LOUISIANA lAAAAAÎ^Aa AAAAAAAA AÂAAAAAA iAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaAAAAAAI Now That School is Open Do You Know That You Can get EVERYTHING Boys and Girls Need TaUets, Paper, Stationery, Pen Pojftts, Pencils, Erasers, Edison & Waterman Ideal Fountain Pens \AT THE ' Natchitoches, La. CoTMdcnt to Normal and Traiaiag School m*mgm m ■ guished, probably in a recent tight, to judge from the signs. "That's Tiger," observed Blue Overalls—"and say, she was a wild one. Took Uncle Frank four days to get near her with a saucer of milk—but when she did tame, she tamed right, aud adopted a measly little stowaway we unloaded from a cipte of furniture—'bout four days old. Did'nt think it would live, but old .Tiger mothered it and it's a frisky one now. Name o' Buttons," "They're all named?" the re porter wanted to know. "Named? I should say so—all their histories kept, too. So many things happen to these cats— and Uncle Frank keeps the register, you bet." The Cat Boss Promptly we sought Uncle Frank—and found him pouring milk into a shiny pan in the shadow of the Rutfi Alexander, unloading just outside the big doors. Grizzled and gray he was, in name delivery clerk, in reality boss of the wharf, and of the cats —and he stood looking at the three kittens, who lapped up the milk, with a quizzical smile on his kindly old face, "Maybe you'd like to see the catalogue," he said, and pulled it from a drawer inside the railing in his battered desk. His stubby Gnger trailed down the Hit of en tries. "Snowball and Stumpy and Bobtail came in on that Australian freighter; yes, they were born bobtailed. Course, they might o' come from an island near England as you say—anyway, that's the kind o' tails they had, and their families haven't any more than thftt; èîfTrër. us pick up a stray with a perfectly good tail, and blamed if he doesn't lose it! These little electric trucks we move the freight with—they are quick, you know—the boys call 'em jitneys, aud the cats have I 'ütigröiwS SI** a perfect crush on skipping unc)er the wheels, and being shaved of a tail. It's a regular joke, how many of 'em seem to want to-be as stylish as the traveled cats we have—and so you see, we've a whole warehouse full of stump tails. Hat Ninety f dint» "I have ninety registered here -and I'm kind o' back in the list, too. Got to catch up. Gipsy— riie was assassinated. Cottontail he ter ous had recent wild days of she from four it re and the big in the the his the it en o' THE BOLL WEEVIL EXTERMINATOR A short demonstration of catch ing boll weevils, worms and other pests was made near Dallas by the Owens boll weevil exterminator. Apparently no damage was be ing done to this cotton (which was m full bloom) by boil weevils or insects at the time of the demon stration. This machine was worked on about eight rows which were ap proximately Ô00 feet long. Many boll weevils, army worms, spiders, ants and other insects were caught. Punctured squares, damaged bolls and dead blooms were successfully beaten off the stalks acd gathered by the machine. This is a very light, one-horse machine that takes two rows at oDe operation, and should cover at least fifteen acres per day. It is a very simple contraption that has a beater that runs through the cotton, and shakes the insects on a pan that is drag ged between the rows of cotton. These dead blooms, punctured squares and damaged bolls are re moved from the pan from time to time and destroyed. It was remarkable the number of insects it caught from an ap parently clean field.—Farm acd Ranch. went off with the mate of the 'Sly.' I saw him pettin' her, but we don't give 'way our cals. They keep the warehouse free from rats and mice, the pest of most dock storage places, and we need 'em and 'besides, we are fond of the little things, and we aim to keep SI** 'T ' 1 * say. So when this mate lured a a Cottontail off, I was mad, and I wrote him a letter which he got when he made port up north Say, he wrote me a corker in re turn." The catalogue-man chuckled ns he turned the pages, and the let ter slipped out - it was a humor ous epistle, in which tho aforesaid mate indignantly denied that lie had enticed, lured or coaxed said Cottontail cat aboard, but declared that he was doing the warehouse owners a service by Keeping and support said cat, and thereby re during the expenses accruing to such an enormous number of feline-boarders! "They don't cost nothin', " said Uncle Frank, "'cause all the vis iting ships contribute to their support. Everybody up and down the Coast knows about our cats, end they [have extra milk, meat end things reedy for them. AH our men bring things to their fav orites, too, xnd you'd be surprised how many dock and harbor people drop in here to get acquainted with our cattery. A Globe-Trotter Lemon and Carrots — they came off a lumber boat. Must o' been seasick, as they've never crossed a gangplank since- Lots of our cats visit the ships regular ly. Why, we've one rascal— White Socks, his name is—who travels up the Coast regularly, stays over at Santa Barbara every other week, and stops at the Ar lington! Fast!" A glance down the roster of the cat-catalogue showed entries as sensational as the front page of an ifteraoon journal. "Vf histle, divorced," was a la conic summary. "Pug, kidnapped. "Biff, assassinated. "Rags, married. "Peggy, joined the city force." Indeed, the city force I One musev on Peggy, whether she found die heavy tread of the city force personified more fattening and regular as to meals than the dock-life to which she hed been bred, or whether pure love enter ed into her defection! "Mud hen, eloped," said the catalogue, while Smokey, Frisco, Coley and Foxey had only com plimentary annotations anent their rat-charing proclivities and die or —I the a not keep the toed, the ture, as there call was an torn more axle from the be or on at at even tenor of their ways. Pep, Zelma and Mickey, likewise, were noted as extra good mousers and faithful patrols of the docks, and poor Duster had met a sad fate, by too eagerly absorbing offerings of salmon and milk simultaneously, from a generous but misguided Chinese cook on a foreign boat! Tke Six-Toed Ones "I'll call the six-toed tribe and show 'em," offered the genial Uncle Frank." Six-toed Pete landed here one cold night off'n a Swedish vessel loaded with coke. And blessed if wo haven't been overrun with six toed babies since! Lizzie and Rags are the prettiest of the gang, though," and indeed they were, as they lazily came to the old man's cail. "The prettiest we'vo had lately was a big Angora, which caoje here from the Wabash," said the cat-man, "and everybody was sore when she disappeared. I have an idea which boat got her, though, and when next it comes back, I'il make 'em give her back. She was a lady, that cat—registered, I'd bet, by the looks and manner of her, but she set up house keep ing in a corner with the tramps, six-toes and bobtails, anJ seemed perfectly at home, for all her long hair and plumy tail. "Dicky and Dock and Mud lien are these three rascals, asleep there on those bales of cloth frem China—I 'spect they are dreaming of old days on the New York docks, for that's where they can.e from, all the way through -the Canal. They'd had enough of the simple life on the beat, Hough, and once they touched lar.d, they hid here in corners until the ship pulled out. Don't Like Tfctjn "Sensed I'll tell the world that cats have more'n a minute than any other animal, and most foiks. They don't like the sea, most of 'em, and they sure show sense iD reasoning in giving the slip to the people afloat they want to side track. They'll stay in hiding till the boats are gone, and then stalk 'round as bold as you please. 1 have to laugh." The stevedores were strolling back into the big warehouse, the noon hour being almost gone, Burly men stooped to stroke a cat, or roll a sleepy animal over, for a romp. "Uncle Frank's a wiz with ani mals," one told the reporter, "a dog will follow him home, or any other animal. He has some kind power over 'e,m. Don't ask me —I don't know what it is. But the meanest stray will come to him and follow at his heels. He's been here—oh, I don't know how many years. Tbo whole harbor knows him, and his cats. He keeps the record of the whole brigade—there's been as many as ninety in this warehouse—and he's a peaceable man, but just let any body ill-treat any animal 'round these docks, especially a cat! They'll see*'' Uncle Frank was cleaning bis 'catalogue,' for the whistle was sounding for work again. "It's not much like the register they keep in cat shows, with the ani mals," he grinned, "but it's the record ol some real live ones, just the same—bobtails, strays, six toed, alley-cats or angora stow aways, whatever they be! " The "China" telephone ex change of San Francisco is unique the building of Chinese architec ture, operators all of that nation as are the subscribers r who call by name instead of numbers, and there are between 7000 and 8000 call daily. Tho famous Ferris wheel that was built in 1900 for the Paris Exhibition from plans of Ferris, an American engineer, is being torn down to make room fora more profitable investment. The axle of the structure alone weighs 72,000 pounds and is set 164 feet from the ground. of go of he It I to hill ple not self you mal for and ing of and dent bag Pep, were and and fate, and Pete a to the an I'il She of iD 1 a TO THE PEOPLE OF NATCHITOCHES As a student of the State Nor mal College entering the last term of my two-year course, I desire to express to the citizens of Natch itoches my feelings in regard to them. In the year and a half I have been here, I have observed the treatment acccorded not only to me, but also to my fellow students, by the people of this city. The results of my observation have shown me that we never receive from you anything except the most kindly, courteous, and. gen uinely hospitable treatment at your places of business, in the public streets, in your churches, and wJieu we have opportunity to visit you in your homes. In my work as an officer of the Apostle ship of Praver, I have occasion to meet the Catholic women of the town, and I must say cannot ex press my deep appreciation of their kindly interest in the work of our school organization. Pro testants and Jews, I have observed, have shown the same interest in tho members of their respective Hocks. At I he opening of school this fall, the business men accorded us a corJial welcome that could well make every Normal student feel at home in the community. As a crowniLg token, however, of the hospitable spirit pervading every nook and correr of your town, last Saturday evening at a social meeting conducted by your various religious organizations, you met us, and ;f there existed anv doubt of the high esteem in which we ought to hold you, this was sufficient to dispel it. It was ohé of tfio most praise worth v demonstrations of true American fellowship which Louisiana has ever witnessed. It manifested to the students of out college com ing from all parts of the state that they were attending a college in a neighborhood whero one's 'creed did not count, aud where religious dissent was unknown. This show of harmony and good will among tho various denominations is cer tainly highly complimentary to your citizenship and shows that Americanism reigns supreme in your town. It is always somewhat hard for the college student to leave home, but it is doubly hard it he must go into an atmosphere where there are no friendly, homelike ele ments. However, if he enters an institution like our Normal where both school authorities and people of the community present him with the most profound manifesta tions of friendship and welcome, he is prone to forget the unpleas antness of being away from home. It certainly is sweet to me to feel I actually have friends here eager to offer me any of the many things friend mav offer! How can a Normal' student take the blues when such an air of friendship pervades the very atmosphere of hill and town! I am so impressed with senti ments of esteem for you, the peo ple of Natchitoches, that I could not refrain from expressing my self through the press. I feel that you deserve to know what a Nor mal student thinks of you. I feel that everything you do for be loved L. S. N. C. you do for me for I am a loyal Normalité, heart and soul, a part of the institution. May we Normalités repay you by going forth into the State spread ing high ideals among the' youth of Louisiana! I think we shall, and that we shall make you feel prouder of us each year. Thanking you as a Normal stu dent for your most cordial wel come to us this term, and all past demonstrations of friendship, I bag to remain, Yours for the L. S.'N. C., Roberta Young, State Normal College. in The records show that 80,661 tourists visited Yellowstone Na tional Park during 1921. FARMING A COM PLICATED BUSINESS The manufacturer decreases pro duction costs by careful attention to overhead; by perfecting his organization and in the introduc tion of labor-saving machinery which enables him to produce in quantity. The farmer imj' also benefit by doing his work properly at the right time and through a well-managed system save much time and labor. But, even on the best-regulated farms, the cost of production is increasing and on the average farm it is growing much faster than is safe for the agricultural industry of this coun try. Although there are some farm ers who persist in conducting their business much after the mauner of their grandfathers, who in their day were pretty good producers, farming today is entirely different from what it was twenty, thirty or forty years ago. Not only has competition in production forced farmers to purchase and operate expensive machinery, but they are having to produce from over worked soils and against numerous insects unknown to their fathers before them. In early days the farmer also had his troubles. He had his wet and dry years, but j when conditions were right, he produced crops in abundance. The successful f irmer of today ; must combine a knowledge of pr duction with that of marketing j He must recognize plant pests anti I plant diseases and know the renie ; dies therefor. He must under stand soils and how to treat them, i In fact, the amount of knowledge j he should possess is varied and voluminous. If he does not po> sess this knowledge, he must at least recognize the necessity for it and know where and to whom to go for assistance. As a matter of f tet the agricul tural and livestock industries arc requiring a greater degree of; a tience, intelligence and application than ever before, and as our soils grow older the demands of these industries will increase. Farming some day will be considered a highly complicated business in stead of an occupation. The time has already arrived when the shiftless, non-progressive and un read man is having a hard time to support his family on the farm in the same style that the day laborer in town is able to do. Possibility exists that ours is the last big generation for writers. The movies may displace the magazine and novel, especially when movies are broadcasted by' wireless. is It is, , to , J We Are [ Go offer for your Selection FALL FROCKS and COAT SUITS O/ a X/ariety 13hat Kjnobos t\o end R .egardless of/Beauty and Style and pedal Value Prices Are WiUih Easy Reach Jensen &. Barnhill Ole Sell for dash Ole Sell for Em Phones No. 16 0-302 Natchitoches. La. pro his in also a the of on the their of their has are the He but j he ; TEN TIMES BIGGEST CIRCUS HERE SOON World's Greatest Amusement Insti tution Ringling Bros, and Barman & Bailey Headed this Way Ringling Bros, and Barn um A Bailey Day draws near and with it will come a vast circus of "ten thousand wonders" to exhibit m Alexandria, October 6th. This mammoth amusement on terprise of 1922 has been officially recorded as "America's ten tin: s greatest circus." It is a t i d bigger than it was in 192L i in addition to the many inn<> i tions offered then, the present season's program offers ten mi ve trained wild-animal displays— making twenty acts in all—a id the most superb trained horse acts that Europe has yet produced. animal and equine The wild plays of 1921 were introduced merely that the Ringling Brothers might judge of their popular!'.. •. So enthusiastically were t:, se numbers received that the fauuïi s showmen immediately arranmd for the purchase of the world's finest acts of this kind. An en tire equine circus was bought out right and brought to this country last winter. And while the Rn ling Brothers and Barnum A Bailey agents were securing i and the trained tiger, polar h r, lion, leopard and jiguur grtu -, j they had orders to engage tie anti I foremost men and women pi e ; formers of the European capitals, And these stars from city ne t i jungle are all tc be seen with this j wonder -circus of 1922. Every - and thing, including the grea.t ,dou >!e. po> menagerie of more than a thotw at it to arc a a in to in is by' and animals and exhibiting such rariiies as a mite of a baby hippo potamus and its three ton mother, is to bo seen for the price of one admission ticket. And by "every thing" is meant not only the v 2d animal and equine displays, but the entire circus. More than 700 men and women, embracing the world's foremost arenic stars, take part. There are 100 clowns. Aside from the ferocious beasts, the program includes forty trained elephants. There are five com panies of trained seals, many dogs, bears, monkeys, pigs and pigeons. It is tho biggest circus program the world has ever seen, given under the largest tent. The favorite Canadian reply when asked how things are go i ^ is, "not too bad," which she vs that Canadians are full of hop.», courage and confidence, which am mighty fine traits it would be well , to emulate.