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THE CELINA DEMOCHAT, CEUNA, OIIIO
UNWELCOME PLANT ARRIVALS BARRED Uncle Sam Spends Thousands of Dollars to Keep Out One Little Moth Egg. ARCTIC CIRCLE GIRL A DREAM "Unspoiled Child of Alaska" Came Fresh From a Chicago Beanery. ' AMERICAN AMBULANCE FOR RUSSIA SORCERERS TAKE TOLL 1 0 Collect $750,000 a Year From r Koreans for Services. 7 . r. Interesting Report Mads to Unci Sam's Museum Regarding People's Warfare Against Evil Demons. White House Is a Most Desirable Residence WASHINGTON. Tho White House In fur and away the most desirable residence In the national ctilttil. (This In spit of the nobility of rice presidents, which, of course, obliges them to tho generous tradition of Fill more, who said, when he whs called to tho executive mansion, "This In my llrst misfortune.") It la the most per- pflf fonal, most picturesque of the govern- emii ment's possessions. Its history Is tho Wy uisiory ui muiiy 01 our American thkm 45, ideals, says Hurrlson Rhodes In liar- Myj per's Magazine. The While House, as Is natural, 1s the constant theater of the conflict to be observed everywhere, lu Ameri can life between our wish to have an aristocracy and our wish not to. Hut, on tho whole, the disinterested observer must adjudge victory to our deep- xeated democracy which makes It really unsuitable that the White House should ever be exactly fashionable. We never forget not only that the presidential residence la our home, but that the president In It Is our num. The almost Utopian democracy of public receptions tit tho White House Is both engaging and picturesque. In the early days congressmen used to come to them with bowle knives lu their high cowhide boots, and In Jackson's time, guards with stout sticks bent buck the fruests while the food was being fetched from the kitchens. Then an eve ning party had nil the charm of a riot. A diplomat complained not no long ago that even at the exclusive receptions for the corps, the American young ladies surreptitiously cut nil the buttons off his clothes for souvenirs. Another diplomat, new to these democratic shores, arriving late for a New Year's reception, was astonished to tind that the negro liaclJnun who had driven him to the White House had flipped In aheud of him and was the first to grasp the presidential hand ! Funny Letters Received by Members of Congress MEMBERS of congress continue to receive letters In which the writers dis play unconscious humor. Here is one that reached Representative Rolney of Illinois: "All the old winmiln' I know are getting a pension, but I don't get none. I have ruised five Idiot children, and think I oughtter have a pension. 1 'tense send one at once." And here Is another, which Rep resentative Jacoway ' of Arkansas found In his mall: "Iiez send me a pensun by return mall.' I wuzent in the army, but my father wuz. And I could prove It, but the captain lost the mustard role." This is an extract from an affi davit submitted to a Missouri con gressman by a country doctor, who examined a third pension applicant: "The soldier, as a result of his active (service in the Civil war, has contracted valvular heart disease, anj there is a very bad regurgitation of the mitral valve, giving n loud murmur on oscu lation." v A West Virginia congressman has a constituent of venerable age who Is not in sympathy with modern progress. Recently the congressman received n letter from the old man and dictated a courteous reply to his stenographer. The lawmaker's surprise may be imagined when he got this answer: "You don't Deed to print your letters to me; I can reud writing." KEY YORK HAILED QUEEN Beautiful Elghteen-YearOld Maiden's Triumph Harks Back to Kansas City, Mo. Laborer Claims Her aa His Daughter. New York. Tho swift trail over which Miss Louise Snellen hud been "mushing" after her arrival In New York some time ago announcing she was from the wilds of Alaska, seeking tho delights of civilization, slowed up materially a week later when "Nick" 8nchen, laborer of Kansas City, Mo., claimed her as his daughter. Fur from being a plucer miner In an Ice-girded gulch, the man who says he Is her father Is an honest day worklngmnn In Kansas City, where the only Ice attainable comes from tho refrigerating plant, and where the stockyards provide the chief touch of real nature. Ho said that his daughter. Louise, had Indeed been in Alaska. She had passed two years up there, he said, working In a boarding house and get ting her exercise on the runways be tween kitchens and dining rooms and not the dog trails over the hills. Of "Jurk" Malouey, the somewhat aston ished Mr. Sachen said he had heard also. "Jack." according to this evi dence. Is a salooukeeper In Fairbanks, Alaska, who gave Miss Sachen the dla- 1l tl V ft .-Ml . j J W.- K f ' J France Is not the only gainer by American generosity, but Itussln ulso comes in for her share. An American ambulance division has been sent to KusnIs and has gained great praise for its valiant and ellUient service. The photograph show one of the American ambulances that lias been chosen by tho Grand Duchess Tatlana. daughter of tho czar, for her owu and Is here seen In uctuul service In the Curputhluns. 'it One-Legged Men to Convene in National Capital FIFTY one-leeeed men will arrive In this city next June, will be welcomed by a onelcgged hotel man, and will settle down to a three-day organization convention of the most extraordinary character ever started in the Capital ;CIty. The one-legged men will be ..... .mostly salesmen for artificial limb firms in the United States. They pro pose to organize socially and to dis cuss ways and means of increasing their firms' business with European countries. Gustuv Gumpert will bid them welcome. Gumpert is prominently counted on to become president of the One-Legged Men's Association of America." He lost his limb ten years ago in the service of his country, when he was gunner's mate aboard one of Uncle Sam's battleships. A bland smile curled the lips of Mr. Gumpert when he told of plans for this odd con vention. "You bet we'll have a bully time, the bunch of us," he said. "Ever notice that one-legged men are the best fellows In the world? "We're going to organize an association that every mother's son of us will be proud to be a member of. Aud you can see we're going to he 'some exclusive. "Anybody that's a good fellow can be a member, but they've got to measure up to pretty rigid standards. No ordinary bipeds can belong to our clan." Valuable Government Maps Offered at Low Price TTIE project of covering the 3.000,000 square miles of the United States with accurate land surveys was niiopted by the government as fur back as 1882, but the work is even now less than half completed, according to experts of the geological survey. It is said that the standards of accuracy and refinement in this work have been constantly raised by the engineers carrying it on, with the view of meet ing adequately every use to which the resulting maps can be put. The law provides for the sale of these maps by the survey at the cost of printing, which is interesting when it is taken into account that this cost Is only a small percentage of the cost of sur veying the area it represents. The federal government itself is making a large and increasing use of these topographic maps, but the' expenditure of public funds for these surveys is otherwise fully warranted, the officials of the geological survey think, only as the public uses the maps. To promote this use, the survey has recently given more attention to the wider distribution of the maps. According to those who have been at work on this plan and are most in terested in its success the distribution of a government map is largely a problem of publicity, though the necessity of adopting commercial business methods In -handling orders for the maps when once a demand Is created is not overlooked. In informing the public of the existence of authoritative maps published by the government a special effort Is now made to- reach the communities ia each area covered by the map, and to this end every map, as Issued, is brought to the attention of the local and state press, as well as to postmasters and schoolteachers. Other methods of promoting wider distribution involve the co-operation ')f Roy Scout masters, schoolboys and hotel managers, as well as of a large number of book stores as local agents. POSTSCRIPTS More than 5,000.000 bushels of flax seed were grown last year in the Ar gentine. A combined dishpc.n and draining board for dishes is covered by a recent patent. In proportion to Its size a fly walks 13 times as fust as a man can run. A rough estimate of the power that can be developed from the rivers of Alabama places the total at 1,378,000 horse power. Glass is now made so as to be prac tically unbreakable. More than 30,000 government civil employees are puid less than $820 a year each. l'enslon funds for municipal em ployees have been established In 159 cities in this country. A Hungarian inventor has succeed'; ed in perfecting a wooden-soled shoe that is flexible. Before the wnr Germany's annual production of matches was valued at S.'12.000,000. Mi S.tchn In Bear Skin Clothes. I monds she exhibits in New York, and whom, Mr. Sachen said earnestly, he advised her to marry "while the going was good." Instead of matrimony, Miss Sachen chose to go to New York "to see the high buildings and big places," and she went, he snys, us she can go any place "If she can raise the dough to bum nrotind on," Tips Herself to Paper, When she blew into New York, Miss (Snellen took a suite in the furthest north of one of the leading hotels. Not many hours later a voice culled up the city editor of one of the newspapers, and said: "Registered nt the hotel is a very pretty girl, daughter of a wealthy miner of Alaska, who has come out of the wilds for the first time since she was an infant. Her name is Miss Louise Sachen. Her views on the wom en of New York, the trolley cars which she Is seeing for the first time, etc., should be Interesting. She has bear skin clothes In her trunk, gold nug gets In her handbag, and everything. Hurry, hurry, hurry !" Whltefaced, the star sob reporter slid down a brass pole and with one jump he was inside the hotel. Sure enough, there wns Miss Sachen, a de mure, pretty girl with soft brown eyes. And she had the bear-skin clothes and nuggets and everything. The newspaper columns were opened to her not only the next morn ing, but every morning since. A day hadn't passed until morning mail of the unspoiled child of the frozen north had begun to mount high er than any stack of wheats a hard working girl in a beanery ever saw. There were letters from kindly men and women all over the city telling her that they had read of her and had seen her pictures in the newspapers and advising her "not to let the great dreadful city spoil her beautifully fresh views." Her Dreams Shattered. Her dreams of being a "lady among swell people" shattered, Miss Louise Sachen, who captivated New York by posing as "the queen of Alaska," ad mitted here that she could not "put it across" in Ciiicago, where she got her inspiration. When she went to Chlcngo from Kansas City, Miss Sachen said, she just "played the piano" and "ran downtown for the lady I was with, who was run ning a beauty parlor." On her way down State street, said Miss Sachen. she envied the dazzling ladles of 'society who passed her in .he!r limousines. She wunted furs PRISON IS "HOME" TO HIM After Serving 27 Years In the Peni tentiary Indiana Man Wants to Go Back. Alamosa, Colo. There is no place like home, even if It is only the peni tentiary. "I want to get back home again as soon as I cnn,"jjald Juan Medina, a half-breed Pueblo Indian, when baled Into a justice court here pn a charge of burglary. like theirs and diamonds like they wore. So she took her savings, $2,000, and left for New York, where her dreams were realized, until Nick Sa chen, her father, of Kansas City, broke them up. Miss Sachen was the 1017 sensation In New York. She "put it across," as she phrased it, on newspapers, society, and the Jaded Jongleurs of the cab urets who welcomed her novelty and innocence ns they would a fresh sum mer breeze. They had laughed Joyously when Miss Sachen, "the girl who grew up with sledge dogs and could mush the trull like an Eskimo," told them: "Town Stacks Up Pretty Well." "Daddy promised me I should see the States when I grew up. This town stacks up pretty well beside Kuyukuk." "Queen of the snows," the writers dubbed the wondering young girl as they opened her eyes to the marvels of New Y'ork. "What impresses you most In New York-?" a reporter had asked her. "The women, of course," she had replied. "The vast number of pretty women who look like fairy pictures. But I am astonished at the way .they rouge?" "Do they not rouge in Alaska?" she wus asked. Why paint roses in your cheeks when you can put them there by bet ter means," the little "beauty of the 1 frozen uorth" replied. "Out with us, now, when a woman wnnts a touch of red In her cheeks she goes out be hind the dog sledge and takes a mush down the trail." Pioneers In Alaska, she told the city nnbobs who clustered about her and Invited her to their homes, had given her the name of "Queen" when she wns born. Her name began to travel, and finally one day an immigrant Austrian jani tor In Kansas City saw her picture in the paper. "Why, shucks," he said. "That ain't no Alaska inn. That's uiy daugh ter." "Sure, She's My Daughter." When "Nick" Sachen was asked nbout Miss Sachen he said: "Louise? Sure, she's my daughter. She came home from Alaska last June. Ueen up there over two years workln' in PIGG SAYS HE CAN'T STAND NAME LONGER Portland, Ore. James Avernl Iigg of this city, Is so sure that bis name Is a haudlcap to his life that ho has asked the coun ty court to changu It. Mr. I'lgg says in his petition that his name Is a constant source of annoyance and humiliation both to him and his wife. He de clares friends and others com menting ob his cognomen have cnused a nervous strain which be is unable to bear. "A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM" Mrs. Diamond Brown became recon ciled to her wealthy husband in a New York court through the efforts of their little curly-huired six-year-old daugh ter, Dudley. f ' Mrs. Brown, who is a native of Louisville, Ky., had been suing her husband for a separation, and for the custody of their little daughter. While awaiting the hearing before Judge Cohalan, little Dudley maneu vered the hands of her papa and mam ma together and pulled them side by side until they were smiling into each other's faces. Smiles led to speech over the little girl's curly hair. Let's talk it over," said Mr. Brown, and Mrs. Brown consented. And the little girlie sobbed, "I want to be with both of you." "I have served 27 years in $ix terms within the penitentiary," said he in good English. "They always treat me well there and I want to get buck." Medina, fifty-six years old, has face furrowetl and shriveled with time, with straight black hair and every appear ance of a criminal indifferent to his fate, was bound over to the March term of the district court. Be Fearless. Fearless minds cJlaib soonest Into crowns. Shakespeare. boardin' houses, I believe. No, I don't know nothln' about Kuyukuk. She played the big towns for the best Jobs, I guess." "Diamond?" added the parent claim ant, and there was a note of pride In his voice. "Yes, she sure has 'em. Got 'em savin' her wages, she said. "Jack? Y'es, I heard o' him, too. Jack's her feller up there. He runs a saloon up In Alaska. I .wanted her to marry him while the goln' was gowd, but she wouldn't promise to." Last June, so Sachen says, his daugh ter wearied of Kansas City and yearned for wider fields. "So," he added, "she bent It to Chl cngo, because she could get $8 a week there. Now I seen nil those pieces in the New York papers, but someone has got things twisted." It was recounted to him that Louise spoke lovingly of her "dogs." who whirled her through the vastness of nortlK-rn Alaska on her sled. Knew Dogs All Right. "She went as a witness In a dog case to court last summer," said the alleged parent. Here a young man, who was listen ing impatiently to Snchen, Indignantly announced that Miss Snellen's old friends didn't want to be called "sledge dogs," and added scornfully that when she went to court to testify in favor of a dog accused of biting a person, she' "was nil dolled up." She wore, among other things, some silk stockings, a bird of paradise feather and a white dress "which was some short," ended the chronicler. All of this, of course, is contrary to Miss Sachen. She said when she ar rived here that she was a-child of na ture who knew naught of civilization save that garnered from fleeting trains as she sped to New York, and during a short pause in Kansas City, where she stayed with a half sister. She told of her log cabin, of the men-folks laboring in their chill tenthouse, and of "the spring clean-up" which gave her gold in "her poke" to come to New York. Admits She Is Impostor. With eyes reddened from weeping Miss Sachen admitted in the hotel that she was an Impostor. "Chicago was too wise for me," she wept, "but it was easy to 'put It across here in New York. And I'd have kept it up, too, if pa hadn't 'spilled the beans' in Kansas City." Miss Sachen snld she got tired of be ing "just nobody" in Chlcngo. She had visited Alnska once with her aunt, nnd one day she mentioned Juneau and Fairbanks to a friend. She noticed It made a difference. Her other friends soon began calling her "the girl from Alaska." Miss Sachen determined to be a real sensation. She took all her savings nnd "blew" into New York with a rush, and registered from Kuyukuk, Alaska. Says She Is "Done" With Father. When she was finally caught after her discovery. Miss Sachen had this to say of her futher, Nick : "And here's me makin' him an Alaska miner and stringin' gold nug gets around his neck, when he's only an owl watchman'out there, and he throws me down. Well, I'm done with hlra. I'm goin' to keep on being the 'Girl from Alaska,' I don't care what happens. "Just being Nick Snellen's daughter never got me nothln', and when I come here and said I was the daughter of an Alaska miner alj the swell people of New York I never Imagined would speak to me took me up und I had a chance to get some real money. "Why, I was golnf: to bring him here and make him my secretary. Now I suppose I got to go back to puslilu' plugs." 'Tushin' plugs," Miss Snchen ex plained was the work of a telephone operator. A fascinating report has been made to Uncle Sam's National Museum at Washington by Dr. L M. Cusunowicx on tho sorcery of Koreu. He describes the superstitions of the people regard lug evil demons, which they believe constantly beset them. The Koreans believe the air, their dwellings, tho forests lu short, every thing aud every place is the ubidlng place of spirits. These spirits are all evil aud have for their sole purpose the annoy a nee of the people of tho earth. All bad luck, all Illness, all privation and hardship is due to the malevolence of the demons. They have two classes of persons to exercise these spirits. One is com posed of men called 1'onsus, the other of women culled Mutangs. The l'ansus are necessarily blind men. The, Koreuns share with other peoples the belief that persons de prived of sight are given furalliar spirits which enuble them to see with un inward eye more than the normul person enn envision. The Mutangs are outcasts. These women belong to the lowest stratum of Korean society, and although despised socially to the extent that they ire not even per mitted to enter cities, they are feured end respected because of their powers, These women go Into their business because thev declare ther feel a call They usually pair with the I'ansu men, 'sorcerers and sorceresses going about together. Their chief business consists In healing the sick. The re port says thut the people of Korea pay these exorcists annually approxi mately $7"j0,000 for their services. The blind l'ansus are believed to have attained a mastery over the evil spirits and therefore can control them. The Mutangs have influence with thera because they are reputed to be on friendly terms with the spir its and can cajole and wheedle them. Between the l'ansus and the Mutangs the people feel confident of salvation from bodily evils. The National Museum has come Into possession, through the agency of W. W. Itockhlll, formerly minister to China, of some of the costumes nnd paraphernalia worn by Mutangs at their iucnntntlons. They nre extreme ly rich. These women go to the houses of sick persons and there 6ing and dance for hours on end until the evil spirits depart from the afflicted one. Their attendants beat constantly upon drums shaped like hour glasses. QUARANTINE IS lUHTJUKED Bars Are Put Up Against Infested Cot ton From Egypt, Diseased Pota toes, Trees, Shrubs and Other Plants. . STOCK OF POTATOES SHORT Lives With Brain Exposed. McKlttrlck, Wis. Bernnrd Archer of this city Is still living after part of his skull was blown away by the disc-barge of his shotgun. The move ment of his brain can plulnly be seen. Archer was returning from a clay bird shooting event when . a rabbit ran across the road in front of him. In going through the brush his gun was knocked from his hand and was dis charged as it struck the ground. He was still able to walk Into town after the accident and has never been ur conscious. Uncle Sam Finds That Supply on Hand for Market Is Far Below That of Previous Years. Supplies of potatoes on hnnd Janu ary 1, 1917, for mnrket in 10 import ant northern potato-growing states, were estimated by Uncle Sam's bu reau f crop estimates to be about 44 per cent smaller than a year ngo, C5 per cent smaller than two years ago, and 54 per cent smaller than the aver age holdings on January 1 of the pre ceding five years. If, for the purpose of comparison, the estimates In percentages of mar ketable stocks of potatoes on hnnd January 1 be applied to the estimates of total production, It shows, In the ID states Included (which produced 61 per cent of the total 1916 crop, and CO per cent of the 1915 crop), a total of 59,038,000 bushels on January 1, 1917, compared with 100,225,000 a yenr ago, 100,554,000 two yenrs ago, nnd 120, 941,000 bushels the nvernge holdings of the preceding five years on Janu ary 1. Awful Thought Favorite foods that mother used to make were the topic of conversation at the boarding house tnble. After nu merous Interchanges came a lull. Then a callow youth whom bashfulness usu ally kept silent broke It with this bombshell : "D-d-d-dld any of you ever eat sauer kraut with whipped cream on it?" Uncle Sam's Soldiers of Sea Are Expert Riflemen Declarations that since the dys of frontier life have passed Americans are no longer entitled to their former fame us riflemen are completely refuted by statis tics, say officers of Uncle Sam's marines. These olllcers recently 3 compiled duta showing that P splendid shooting qualities are G still characteristic of American c troops. f More than 73 per cent of the 6,- U 141 members of the United p States Marine corps who fired U during 1916, on the '14 marine 3 TP corps rifle ranees, are qualified 3 a SKiuea rmcnien, uccoruing 10 me table just compiled. Of these a sea-soldlers, 021, or 15 per cent, are expert riflemen; 1,044, or 17 o per cent, are sharpshooters, and ot " 2,518, or 41 per cent, are niarks ' men. 3 It is doubtful If Leatherstock 0 lng himself could outshoot them, o say the marines. kfl-g.0.0 0 0.0 0 tASJLSLiJLSiSLSLSLSJIJLSJLS Lines' of the New Hats. Spring models in hats show radical changes from those of the winter, such as low, rolled brims; medium high, soft, unllned crowns and a continuance of the marked tendency to substitute curves for angles. Brims turned abruptly back from the face are still featured by many of the houses, but these, unlike the winter models. In practically all cases show un even bulge or curve from front to back. Often the severity of the line Although It may seem ridiculous to spend thousands of dollars annually to prevent one little moth egg that could pass through tho eye of a cambric needle from entering the country. Uncle Sum is employing the machinery of the department of agriculture, state, treasury and post ofllce t'o keep out thnt little pest, the pink cotton boll- worm. The same agencies are united to ex clude by qunruntlne diseased potatoes, trees, shrubs and plants, and in so do ing are accomplishing far more than one would think toward holding down the cost of living. The "general staff" which conducts the defense against plant disease Is known as the federal horticultural bonrd and is composed of five high offi cials of appropriate bureaus of the de partment of agriculture. All along the fertile valley of the Nile, where the luxuriant Egyptian cot ton grows, planters are more worried over the ruinous work of the pink boll worm in their cotton fields than they are over the greuter devastation of the European war. The pink boll-worm was taken to Egypt from India, where its wretched family billions are still leaving their baleful impress. While the annual yield of American Sea Island cotton, the best in the world. Is by no means enough to make all the spool cotton, automobile tires and other textiles requiring a grade better than that of ordinary upland cotton, It Is- somewhat surprising to learn that 300, 000 bales of Egyptian cotton contwn Innted by the pink boll-worm are Im ported with impunity to the United States. Every Bale Disinfected. This was made possible by a sys tem of fumigation originated by the board and worked out on a commercial scale by its experts, by which every bale is disinfected before distribution. The cotton a couple -of hundred bales at a time Is placed in a great horizontal cylinder of heavy structural steel, hermetically sealed and then the ulr is pumped out until there is almost a vacuum within. Hydrocyanic acid gas Is then admitted, and although the bales are compressed before shipment until they are almost as hard as blocks of wood, it penetrates the cotton so that all animal life, including boll worms in every stage, becomes extinct In less than an hour and the cotton can be sent without possibility of spreading: infection to any mill for manufacture. There nre only four of these fumi gating tanks in the country, one at each of the four ports of entry for cot tonNew Y'ork, Newark, N. J. ; Boston, and San Francisco. Although privately operated, these tanks are under the closest of gov ernment inspection. The bales must be left in the receiving chambers a certain time; the poisonous gas must be of a positive strength; the appli ances and chemicals tested and every precaution must be taken to evacuate the gas without risk of life to the men operating the plant One shipment of the Infested cotton seed and It Is believed to be the only one Is known to have entered this country, and that was before the quar antine was established. This lot was taken to Arizona, where a state quar antine was in force; the infestation was detected nnd the whole lot burned. It Is believed that the pink pest has not succeeded in running the blockade. Guard Potato Crop. One of the most pressing matter now under the board's attention is the oversight of potatoes coming into tho country to make up the 60,000,000- bushel shortage In the American crop. Naturally, our Canadian neighbor wishes to share in the high prices, and ids crop is wanted here ; but the board says : "No diseased stock may be entered." Accordingly, this working plan has been agreed upon between the two countries; Canada may send potatoes free from injurious disease and insect pests to ports of entfy designated by this country. On arrival the tubers ore examined by federal inspectors, nnd If found to be infected are returned to the consignors at their expense. Po tatoes are coming into the country in such quantities that although In the main they are all right, carloads are sen)t bnck almost every day. Another thing which the board Is fighting is the Importation of any nursery stock which carries the white , pine blister rust a tree disease de structive of both ornamental and for est pines. i Cotton seed, except from somo part of Mexico ; the seed of alligator pear from Mexico and Central America, liv ing canes of sugar, oil citrus nursery stock, all Indian corn or maize from oriental countries and some less Im portant plant products may not bo Im- ported at all, because each Is likely to carry some disease which thus far has not broken out la our native plants. lng Or fringe of ostrich feather or by burnt coque fushloned Into bands lint-1 tuting fur. Forerunners of styles that nre to come In the spring show that clothes are to be cut on decidedly youthful lines. Colors are to be cheerful oi even gay, and everything is to hnve an appeurnnce of trlgness Bn(j mmn. ness. At least this is what the for. runners indicate, but sometimes these indications do not verk out of brim at top Is softened by an edg- j pect them. .