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s. 4%% fau -V I?- ?-.'•'••.*' :x\-vwmM^ i. E iV $ I itfm*- 1 ••••. !^v«' I 'r w*- 'j iv.. $h*vU-v •'.:« it, w. U» fee. &>*-'•• k"-.V fe' r-iP£:V' flte •'sLA5,.'•' i»kai, :,:••• ®mz--A v'"1 (Copy for This Department Supplied the American Legion News Senrloe.) LEGION OFFICER KNOWS NAVY Edwaid Stafford, Chairman of Corn* roittee on Naval Affair*, Ha* Climbed the Ladder. I'idwnrd Eiwell Spafford, newly ap pointed chairman of the American Legion's commit tee on naval af faire, kuows the When the American navy became active In the Straits of Otranto, Mr. Spafford was sent to establish a sub marine chaser base at Corfu, Greece^ anfl later became chief of staff of titai station. He was in charge of all operations and was on the first Amer lean submarine chaser which de stroyed ah enemy ship after locating It by the process of sound contact. When the Austrlans surrendered two battleships aud two destroyers to the United States, Lieutenant Commander Spafford took them over. Later, he Investigated the situation along the Dalmatian coast and made a special report on Flume to the American peace delegation at Paris. He re ceived the Distinguished Service Med al.. Mr. Spa.Tord Is a member of Manhattan naval post of the Amer ica* Legion In New York city. SAYS NO MAN HER SUPERIOR Bright-Eyed Sergeant and Vice Com mander of Post Bluffed Mr. 8iiver-Eagles. Who else but a bright-eyed, smiling American girl could have gotten away with it? Sergeant Minnie Arthur of the Uni ted States marine corps was on duty In a recruiting of fice In Indianapo lis, Jad., during the war. The ma jor in charge was nervous acolonei from Washington was coming to in spect everyone brushed up on rules of military conduct, in walked the austere colonel. Sergeant Arthur remained working at her desk. Silver eagles walked over to her desk ax.4 frowned. "j,7' "Um—-ever get up when an oiucer comes, in the room, sergeant?" he growled. "Yes, sir, sometimes," Mis» Three Stripes replied. "Um—and I suppose you salute your superiors, too, eh?" tlepgeant Arthur smiled sweetly— andjthen her eyes snapped. "Sir, I've never seen a man yet who was my superior!" And the colonel passed it off with out a reprimand. Miss Arthur, now vice-commander of Robert B. Kennlngton post of the American Legion in Indianapolis, en listed for four years and served 18 mouths. She is still in the reserve, drawing $1 a month with which she buys hair nets. She is authority on Liberian golf and plays a good hand at "blackjack." On the Square. "We had quite a game up to the boarding bouse last night." "Poker?" "No. The landlady was going to lick one of the boys fof not paying his board. I tried to check ber, she jumped me, crowned htm and told both to move." "Did you do it?" •Chess.' 1 United States employment navy on land nnd on sea as- few other men do. Naval academy In 1901. Assigned to the ship Washington, he became gun nery officer at that time he was the youngest officer in the navy to hold this ^position. While the Washington was lying off Cape Hatteras a sailor was washed overboard in a heavy sea. Risking his life in the waves, Mr. Spafford plunged overboard nnd succeeded in rescuing the seaman. His bravery was recognized in a letter of com mendation from the secretary of the navy. He rose to the rank of lieu tenant commander. In 1914 Mr. Spafford resigned from the navy to study law at Columbia university. With the start of the war Mr. Spaf ford offered his services to his coun try and he was made a lieutenant commander in the navy reserve corps. He served for a time as a member of the board of Inspection and survey, which was in charge of the selection of ships to be purchased by the government. He directed the fit ting out of the llrst 25 110-foot sub marine chasers built for distant ?e s°rv ice and .established a submarine chaser base at New London, Conn. us IS BUST LEGION ORGANIZER Vic* Command* of Cody In Now York Perfects On* of th* Meat Powerful Unite. Believing that the county organize tlon Is a vltul part the American Legion, William F. of Born in Spring field, Vt., Mr. Spafford was edu cated In the pub lic schools. He received an ap pointment to the it States Deegan, first vice commander of the Legion in New Tcjc^, has perfect ed in Bronx coun ty one of the most powerful Legion units in the coun try. Among the ac complishments of the Bronx coun ty organization is the placing of bronze plaques on 950 trees as a memorial to the World war dead provided for hundreds ex-service men by the em ployment committee, and relief to sick and wounded veterans in New York city hospitals from the Legion's wel fare committee. Mr. Deegan, when asked to give some of his working principles, said: "I insist upon every post being rep resented at a county meeting held once a month. I visit every post at least once or twice a month and for the benefit of Legionnaires have arranged for a legal committee to take up the principal troubles of the boys, without cost. I find that Legion men have absolute confidence in their officers, provided they know that they do not seek political office at their expense. To that end I make every effort to keep the organization free from men holding appointive offices. 'Personal contact with your post Is absolutely necessary telling them what is going on, listening to com plaints and abolishing wherever pos sible parliamentary procedure, because delegates oftentimes will come to meet ings and fear to speak on a subject which is vital to the interests of the organization, because they do not know whether they are in order." During the war Mr. Deegan was at tached to the staff of Gen. George W. Goetlials and was assigned to inspect the army bases along the Atlantic coast and inland army depots. He was discharged a major in 1919. LEGION MAN ON LONG HIKE Sergeant 8ylve*ter of Indiana I* Scheduled to Walk 737 Mile* to Boost Training, Camp*. Former doughboys will reflect long upon the sad case of Sergt. Harley C. S 1 ter, who. likes the walking branch of the service so well that he volun tarily agreed to hike an average of 18% miles a day! for 40 days tb tell the peace ful citizenry why they should learn to fight. When officials of Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., looked about for the representative type of American sol dier to advertise the citizens' military training camps to be held during the summer, they found Sergeant Sylves ter, overseas veteran and member of the American Legion at the military post, still In the service. Sergeant Sylvester Is scheduled to cover 737 miles during the 40 days. He Is visiting towns and cities In In diana, Ohio and Kentucky. He car ries light marching equipment and is the guest of his buddies In the Legion posts along the dusty route. The American Legion will assUt In obtaining recruits for the cttteens' military training camps, according to a resolution adopted by the military policy committee of the ex-service men's organization. TRANSFERS PAY TO LEGION Permanently Disabled Yank, Propped Up in Bed, Signs Over Bonus Check to Post. A striking example of the gratitude of the nation's disabled veterans for those who have a id in their hours of suffering has come to the at tention of Lee C. Prentice post of the American Le in a mount, Minn. Cletus jLiappin, a young soldier severely wounded on the battlefields "of France and now in hospital, rated totally and per manently disabled, received a check In payment for the state bonus while taking treatment in a sanitarium at Fairmount. Asking to be propped up in bed, Lappln indorsed the slip, good for sev eral hundred dollars, to the Prentice post of the Legion. "When I needed help," said the boy who had given the best of his life to his country, "the Le gion boys stood by me. Now I'm go tog to do my little bit to help them get those clubrooms they are after." Where Ignorance le Bliss. "If you read -more you would know more." ")^s, and miss all the sensational cases by getting rejected for Jury -American Legion Weekly, duty."—American Legion Weekly. Oue always feels with the approach of each new spring and summed season that the smart Parisienne this time may place the stamp of her approval on the truly summer dress of lingerie material or a novelty cotton. A well dressed French woman, notes ia, fashion writer, can only consider her frocks made of these light and summery fab rics as suitable to be worn at the races at Deauville In August, on the tennis court, or around the tea table on the lively lawns. surrounding her chateau, where she spends a few weeks and a slightly larger number of week ends that can he spared from pressing social duties elsewhere. .. Despite the limited number bf Wom en who wear such dresses on these hardly frequent occasions every spring, in all the big collections a de cided number of this type of dress Is shown. The Frenchwoman seems to consider any summer event and all sports from a peculiarly social angle, so she has not great use for this sim ple summer frock so beloved by her American sisters. Costumes Vie With Simple Dresses. When she does find a real summer dress, which she considers fitting for one of her complicated mid-summer afternoons, one can rest assured that it Is very beautiful with a distinct cachet and truly Freuch charm a charm perhaps in Intricacy of cut or detail or in a daring and successful ly mannish simplicity. And like a paradox the more fancy dyes will most likely be seen fluttering under a par asol on the shady side of a tennis court while the simpler frock will stalk bold ly into a busy group around a tea table at Deauville. Dresses of this type made by the greatest French dressmakers have met with the complete approval of their designers and makers. They already have had most successful outings, thanks to the American woman, who has worn them in Florida, in Cali fornia and at the Country club, weath er permitting. In spite of the fact that the well dressed woman on the Riviera wears summery dresses and sports clothes, they are considered more indicative of the transition period between sea sons than they are of a positive an- The Charming Apricot Cotton Voile Frock With Wide Bands of Navy Blue Voile. nouncement of the themes and varia tions for the forthcoming season. Cotton Novelties in Countless Shades. Every spring brings out new and wonderful cotton materials, wonderful in the fact that they are so sheer— having much the appearance of chiffon —and that the designs are so intricate ly and beautifully woven into the ma terial in color or self tone, with per haps here and there a scattered mo tif embroidered In the most pleasing of color combinations. Or again the falric is dyed In the most delicate of pastel shades, embroidered In self tones or left perfectly plain, as In the case of many cotton voiles. Itodier, the most artistic creator and producer of novelty fabrics, is show ing materials of this character Ir. the sheerest of cotton voiles, embroidered mousseilnes and a lovely new material in a sort of basket weave called flo canna. This comes in the season's most prominent shades—orange, beige Jade green, cerise, pink, nattier blue and also in the darker shades—tete de nlgre, navy blue and black. The most popular form of decora tion noted on cotton dresses is fil-tlre, or drawn thread work, this being due to the fact that the dresses of this character enter the United States at a much lower rate of duty than those carrying embroidery and lace. Then, too. the cotton materials lend them selves well to this form of decoration. Voile Dress in Tailored Effect. But the Paris dressmakers and man ufacturers do not confine their lines entirely to this type of dress. Many lovely hand-embroidered models are be ing shown, also, voile or moussellne dresses trimmed with applique motifs THE 'HQNEER EXPRESS of colored organdie in scroll designs or In the form of large fruits or flow ers of a contrasting color. It Is unusual to see cotton voile made up In tailored effect, and upon first thought -this seems almost im possible. One clever French design er," however, has achieved a charm ing model of voile which has all the severity of a tailored serge frock, but is, at the same time, as feminine as a dress can be. Beige flocanna Is used to develop it. and the embroidery is in rust red Model of Geranium Red and Whit* Cotton Crepon Trimmed with a Fil tlre Design. mercerized' cotton thread, while the trimming bands and inset fan-like panels are of rust red flocanna. The skirt has a front and hack panel which are joined to the body of the skirt by means of small fan-shaped pieces of rust red flocanna. This same material trims the front of the bodice and the high collar, the little breast pocket, the narrow wrist bands and lines the tie belt. The embroidered motifs appear on the skirt only, on the back and front panels, and on each side at the bottom of the skirt. Flocanna Used in Contrasting Shades. Dresses of both light and dark col ored flocanna, embroidered or trimmed In contrasting shades are very much seen In the newest collections of clothes for summer. A model Is made from this material In an orange hue. embroidered In black, with a deep sash girdle of black satin ribbon. A fur ther trimming is the black buttons which extend from the V-neck to the hip-line down the front of the bodice and form a puff-like trimming on the short sleeves. It is a very simple dress, but, because of the color com bination, Is extremely striking. The same material in a more modest hue appears in another dress. Navy blue Is the color chosen In this In stance. It is elaborately embroidered on both the bodice and skirt. .The latter is straight and rather scant and is formed of wide box plaits, each plait being embroidered at the top and through the center with beige mer cerized cottony On the bodice the em broidery is in the form of a broad vest extending to the shoulder seams. The embroidered motif at the top of each plait extends onto the bodice and entirely encircles the figure. Cotton voile is as popular as ever for the midsummer chemise dress. Since there is so little change In the outline of these frocks designers have set lo work to produce beautifuj color combinations. Fil-Tire Stitching on Cotton Crepe. An evidence of tlielr success ap pears In a dress of cotton voile of an apricot shade trimmed with bands of the same material in navy blue. These bunds are about an inch and one-half in width and are set onto the body of the dress with the fil-tlre stitch. At the front the bands extend below the. skirt about two inches and then loop lack to the bottom of the dress. At the back they form a deep, hip-like yoke and extend up on the bodice, trimming an otherwise plain back. A band of the same width also forms the collar, edging the top portions of the revers. The bodice closes in sur plice form. All sorts of crepe materials In vivid colors are being made up. Into one piece frocks for midsummer. A dress of geranium red and white cotton crepon is very elaborately trimmed with a fll-tife design, which on the white portions Is worked In the. red and just the reverse on the colored ground. The blouse is of white, In kimono cut, with Incrustations of the red front and buck on the sleeves. The skirt Is entirely of white crepon and fs straight and rather narrow, with fil-tlre motifs In red. Over this are hung side panels of the geranium red. which extend two Inches below the edge of the'skirt 1 eUESSING —... to Understand How Profeaaop Could Hav* Known tyhat Those, Chlifikon* Would Do. An expedition was sent from the capital to one of the southern states to observe the re lucent eclipse of .the !'i,sun. The day ber £/'fore the event one of Its members said to an old dark belonging to the house where Jfffhe was staying: "Tom, If you will watch your chickens tomorrow they'll all to go to roost at 11 o'clock." torn was skeptical, but,- sure enough, at the time predicted the sky dark ened and -the chickens retired to roost. The negro, amazed beyond measure, sought out the scientist "Professor," he said, "how long ago did you know dem chickens would go to roost?" "About a year ago," he replied with a smile. "Well, If dat don't beat all. Why, professor, a year ago dem chicken* wa'n't even hatched!" AWARDED PRIZE FOR VIRTUE Picturesque and. Ancient Ceremony That Is Annually Performed in French Municipality. Every year. In the week following Pentecost, the municipal council Of Fareinoutiers, following a tradition three centuries old, solemnly awards the prize for virtue established by M. Lambert of Mee, a civic benefactor, ita the year 1664. The presentation follows an original and charming ceremony, every detail of which was arranged by the foun-. der. Thirteen maidens, chosen as the most virtuous in the community* pre sent themselves before the municipal council which selected them. In aii urn are twelve blank ballots and a thir teenth bearing the following words: "God has chosen me." Each candi date, with eyes Closed draws a ballot, and she who draws the ballot with the jmotto is forthwith declared winner of the rose of virtue. This year Destiny chose Madeleine Thomas, a dressmaker, sixteen years old. Amidst general acclamation, the happy winner Was escorted on the arm' of the mayor, who'presented her with a sheaf of flower*, to the home of her parents, while a musical society, es pecially organized for the occasion, played appropriate aifs.—From Le Pe tit I'arisien. French Amazon*. The French, transferring some sol diers fro® Wrangel's army to their own foreign legion, have discovered one of them to be a woman. They have engaged her a* a nurse but there have been tpany cases in which they have allowed women to bear arms in their" service. There were, for instance, the Sisters Fernlg, who fought at Jemmappes, and of whom Dumeuriez reported. that "they were even more remarkable for the remark able propriety 'of their" behtiviOur than fdr their reckless daring." One of them saved a Belgian's life, kilting two Uhlans In order to do so and the Belgian, luyrlng recovered from his wounds, vowed that he would seek her out and marry her. It took him years to track her down but the quest was eventually successful. The mar riage was duly celebrated, and two of the children born of it did well In the' world. One of them becoming honorary counselor at the Doual Court of Ap peal, and the other Inspector general of the Belgian prisons. Big Alligator Negroes' Prize. Two negroes were attacked by a huge alligator In West Cnney.«wamps, near Orange, Texas. The big saurian, which measured ten feet, chased one of the negroes up a tree. The. other negro In the meantime placed eight bullets In the center of its head. The negroes, who had encountered the alli gator while fishing, returned to the spot where the, battle occurred next morning, and found it dead. They towed It through the marshes to the northern limlfs of the city. v. ,... Sunspot* in 1920. The last maxhrtum of sunspots was in 1917. During 1920 spottedness con tinued to decline, the mean daily spot-area for the year heing about 700 mllllonths of the sun's visible hemi sphere. or half o( that of 1917.", On a few occasions,especially during Au gust, the solar disk was practically free from spots, while on some days In January and March the total spotted area was more than 2,500 millionth*. —Scientific American. Queer Freak of Nature. Near Bakewell, Derbyshire, England, a tree known as the "Duck" tree, has been cut down. On being cut into hoards It was found to have the mark ing of a duck, the heart, liver and other organs showing a much darker rhade. It is said that several years Ago a duck was shot on the wing and that it fell into the tree and wns never found. The boards are on exhibition in the locnl museum. Nature Lavish to Him. A Vermont youngster was horn vith six toes on each foot, and when lis teeth appeared he had twe rowf on ills lower law. Aad Soiomon coinM! iotomon '(Some*! A 'thousand iuarta afcd a dint of steel, I lv4ta #!toij|r!)t. ln bfc ch^Hot-whaal. A *Uken !stetylard which hides the suki. A mantle Tyrian purple, spun •Bjr the ounnlnrMt hands Ini the %l*e old .. i.— Already the first steps have been taken. The Southern California Auto mobile club has erected 1,220 metal road signs to make Death valley fool proof to the motoring visitor. This is the largest number of road signs ever erected for a similar purpose. Contrary to what might be expected, this does not remove the romance of the desert, but the story brought out' of Death valley by members of the crew who erected the gignalposts put* an. available romance into the spot which can be plumbed by every auto mobile owner in the United States.-* From Motors. TOOTSY WOOTSY! "What makes it jlgigie around *0?" "Ha! ha! It's a spoony coupieb trying to fish and hold hands at the same time!** Barely Escaped Waterspout More terrible than all the mythical monster^ of the deep sea was a water spout which pursued the steamer E*» peranza in the Caribbean sea ac cording to the captain. The spout was the largest he had ever seen. He said It wus 1X) feet thick and several .hun dred feet high. It appeared a quarter of a mile astern and moved rapidly toward the vessel. Only by clever work with the helm was the cnplnln able to steer the Esperanza clear of the whirling column. Nature in Freakiah Mood. A render at Grand Falls, Newfound land, says that .a lobster was caught in Newfoundland waters with a cu rious front left ciaw. It was a per fect form of a man's bead and face. The eyes, nose and mouth were very distinct also the curling waves of hair and a small pointed beard. If viewed from a different angle the claw presents the features of a laughing girl. The length of the head is about two Inches.—Montreal Herald. Birds Taught Cat a Lesson. People passing along Lower Addis combe road, Craydon, England, saw a cat attacked by two birds. The cat, a large black one, was perched on one of the higher branches of a monkey tree, and the two birds, flying from different trees, pecked the unfortunate animal at every favorable opportunity. The attack lasted for several minutes. Eventually the cat was rescued by a, man with a short ladder and pole: Suicide's Body Long Undiscovered. Disappearing after killing another man in a fit of jealousy two years ago, a young man In Amberoan, near Tou louse, France, was discovered dead In a garret by his father. The body had been hanging from a nail In the garret of a farm house that hud been untenanted from about the time of the, crime. Wonderful. The man who carried off 13.500 worth of radium has returned It with the1 explanation that tie has just' learned its value. So shines an hon est deed in a naughty world.—Boston Transcript. IT •o ^iomon roea to hls mighty feastK.'f^f I The breath of lutes and the twanged ju*en:,.«oeayby| ..'The, "luee».«|m iv ^e_|idy of' Sh«lba in eiittir&cefci.v With Jier hennaed nalla and her &&$$$$»•• eyes bold. '.V- .-..'Asr A peacoolc perche* behind Jier :chalr the Sun IlghtsVdlamdnda'ln h*r^haJr Th« mualo /tfows'like the heart of wtoaT For Sheba goes with the ,King to dine. A Rattling hoofp through the city's, heat 'lf The shepherd passes. along the street! fcVr-M1'#, And his nut-brawn maid is at hie side, He has his pipes and' the: skies are' ^IdeilfefM? His chest Is bare t*. ttt*|tareii»'s kii* ---.'.'?«^5 1 The thought of eating fr-fcbneot. Miss He knows content and hie spirit slng»^LV\. So a flg, 1 say,, for all-your King*! Dale Collins in Sydney Bulletin. MOTORISTS IN DEATH VALLEY*-. "v:V .. iiffftfSlfcl 8ection Which for So Lorig 'l^a"!^!#^^^ ,,, Known as a .Trackless D***rt A-J Now Scenic Spot Death valley, the terror of the ert and the country many believe thal^.V'^* God not only forgot but never heard' of, lias been tamed and made PS! safe for piotnrlsts as a scenic, spot which seriously rivals Yellowstone National park for beauty. t-:' Death valley, scintillating in the sun, will lure motorists of today as it lured, weary prospectors of old, but its sting lias been removed. No longer will the parched traveler seek iii vain for the water hole he cannot find or for the trail he has iost in the roesquite. A message which turns upside down -vC. the popular and nation-wide opinion held of this fabled valley, which In cubated the fame of ''Borax" Smith and "Death Valley" Scotty, Is being sent to -the world by the touring bureau of America's largest motoring or ganization, the Automobile Club of Southern California, for the purpose of removing the curse of the malig nant rumors, which' it says are' un founded. 0'*: *li it fl i'K'