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THE CELINA DEMOCRAT, CELINA, OHIO
VKat tke American TKaiIcsivit Day MEans ta Surf Erinj5 LvimpE Our army in France will cele brate the occasion fittingly and tell their French comrades its significance This 44 Yankee Feast Day" wilt be adopted by nations our great Red Cross organization is help ing to fight starvation, disease and exposure rf i N milling Lee 0i llll! dilV In lli.p cnl Imp- r II IH'W I'l'USl -Thanks giving Ji.i.v. All along llic line behind tin- tin r 1 1 front where the French mid British tnv luiimncrlng back tin- Invading Cermiiii mul (ii'iu'i'iii I'itnIiIuk'n Imys nre begin ning tu "go to It;" nil 11 1 mill down their lines of communication ; lit nil their training camps; ut their iiuvnl buses n tul depots; wherever there lire Americans in uiilfuriii there Uncle Sum's boys will bo outing turkey ami cranberry sauce, mul listening to ser mons by their chaplains mi tho last Thursday of November this year. France has never before been In close toiuh with this, thi' most chnr acterlstlcully American of nil our hol idays, of course th.'lr Christmas, their Kasf.T, their New Year's Day, ami their various church festivals, corre spond to our ow ii. They have nn nde- .! .If St-. - - This was once a picturesque mill and village beside a beautify? forest in France. The picture shows what the Germans did to it; not a house, not a tree left The enemy soldiers are doing their best to follow the orders of their great Bismarck: "Leave them nothing but their eyes to weep with." The American Red Cross has under way gigantic plans for co-operation in residing devastated sections of France, Belgium and Serbia. danger of (ionium livi'ivd i mm the conquest. Vi.l U. 1.. l... ut.FU f,..,ctft,ir Imt qunte understanilhm' even of our i . ,i. ,....,'. esieeially in the religious asjiect we Fourth of July, for it is close nkin to their own Fourteenth of July, the an niversary of the fall of the ISastile and the dawn of real liberty In France. Hut ThanksKivliiK lay has always been I'nele Sam's own private and per sonal feast day, in which nobody else bad a part. It had its origin In no (treut international, nor even national, event. At first it was not really Amer ican in scope, but was confined to the 5ew hundreds of religious enthusiasts who fixed a day of public devotion anil thanksgiving for deliverance from In dians and cold ai.d hunger. Kveu the materials for the feast were indigenous to America. Iesplte bis name, which would seem to indicate mi oriental origin, t he turkey Is a na tive of America, and was unknown In the domain of the sultan until Import ed there. The potato, which plays n minor but very important part ut the feast, though later adopted by Ire land, was discovered in America. So was coin, which in one of Its many forms usually makes a part of the meal. And even the tobacco which follows the meal in most homes, was not known outside of America until Sir Walter Italelgh and his compeers took it back to Kngland. Further, the American manner of celebriitlne this most American of all days has never been of a nature to call the attention of other nations, or of their citizens visiting here. On this day of all days the American has been wont to retire from public gaze, to refrain from any great public demon stration, and to give tjjanks in his own way and eat the meal in the privacy of his own family. The only notable seeming exception to this is the Insti tution culled the Thanksgiving Day games of the college football teams. 7!ut this is no real exception. The games themselves are always nmnteur ifairs, primarily for the students themselves, and after the game every student who can possibly get home goes into retirement with his family for the great and solemn feast. This yenr war has brought a change. Young Americans to the number of 20, (Hlfi or is It HIW.OOO? Nobody knows, or Is permitted to say if he does know , are In France, 3,(HK) miles from the family circle and the nccustomed tur key. Most Americnns had little hope that the day could be observed at the front, hut General Pershing thought otherwise. , "The boys slinll have their Thanks giving Day," said the general. That was all, but it was enough. It showed that the general had thought It all out beforehand, and that turkeys and cranberry sauce and all the "fix Ins' " for the feast, had been provided months before. Without doubt there will lie football games, for many of the country's famous gridiron stars are wearing the khaki. And Uncle Sam's boys will sit down to their Thanksgiv ing Day feast, their bodies in France, but their spirits in the old home cir cle, with those whom they have gone forth to defend. And France what of her? It Is her first experience with the Yankee hol iday. Hut It will fit her case exactly. Thanksgiving Day had its origin In the religious spirit of gratitude for dellv- may expect the French to Join Ufnrt H.v with the Americans in giving thanks, and we need not be surprised If they take Thanksgiving Day to their hearts as they have taken the Ameri can soldier, and make it their own for the rest of their national life. Not the American army alone Is giv ing the French reason to he thankful to that Providence which has raised up a powerful ally, but the American lied Cross, which stands ever back of the army and navy, helps to care for them, and takes on Its shoulders the burden of feeding and sheltering and clothing the pitiful thousands of ref ugees. Hack of the French fighting lines are now these homeless, shelterless, wom en, old men nnd little children, in num bers almost unbelievable. On October 1 the American Ited Cross was caring for N.'iO.ihki of them, and more were coming at the rate of 1,000 a day through one city alone, and no one has estimated how many others. The Ger mans, who had held them prisoner In the lines for three years, were driving them across the lines that the French government might have to feed them. It was not possible for the Ked Cross to provide a Thanksgiving Day feast for tills multitude, even if they had known what it was. Rut the help giv en them the portable houses lu which reunited families might find shelter; the little furniture and few tools sup plied them that they might begin the family life anew; the food to keep them alive nnd the clothing to keep them from freezing to death such services as these have aroused in the volatile and emotional French heart a love for the American and his Ited Cross which may easily encompass al so the American feast day. In the one little corner of Belgium which is free from the German heel, there also is the spirit of thanksgiving, though the Belgians know nothing of the American holiday. For there has come the American Ited Cross, and only a few days ago it voted $589,930 for the relief of the Belgian refugees crowded behind their army In the little strip of soil still held by King Albert nnd Queen Elizabeth. This fund will be used especially to care for Belgian children, anil to run a Belgian hospital for wounded soldiers, because the Bel gian government hospital Is now over taxed For the feeding of the refugee, warehouses are built along the many canals, and supplies will be sent by boat all over that comer of the little kingdom into which are huddled the helpless ones who have fled from the German Invader. Serbia, too, has cause to be thank ful for what the American Red Cross is doing. Serbian war prisoners In Austro-German camps are on the verge of starvation, and only the Red Cross could reach them. The Serbian gov ernment has placed $500,000 to the credit of the American Red Cross, and It has already bought 5,000 sacks of flour and shipped them through Swit zerland and Austria, to be furnished the starving prisoners. But of all the nations the Red Cross has befriended, France alone Is prlv the Idea of a day set apart on which to express their gratitude for blessings received. And if the war lasts another yenr, and the next Thanksgiving Day finds the American army still on French soil, watch the whole French people seize upon the great American feast day, and celebrate it as enthusiastically U8 if it had originated In I'a r Is. THE WONDERFUL BOOK. It Has the Power to Speak to People of Every Race, Condition and Every Age. The Bible Is the universal Book of the wide world. In hundreds of lan guages nnd dialects, heathen countries are today reading Its pages, and a great army of missionaries Is expound ing its truths. When Doctor I'atori was printing his first New Testament in the Anlwan language. Chief Namakel, an old man, eagerly watched the missionary, and one day he said: "Does it speak?" "Yes," said Baton. "It can talk now in your own language." "Oh, let It speak to me let me hear It speak." Baton then read a few lines, when the old man cried : "It does spenk ! Oh, give it to me !" Grasping the book, he turned it round and round. Then, pressing It to his heart, he shouted: "Oh, make It speak to me again 1" Is not this the greatest work of the mis sionary, making the Bible speak to men? It is said that more than five hun dred thousand sermons are preached every Sunday from texts tnkeu from the Holy Scriptures. Any but a divine book would have been worn out ages ago, but the more the Bible Is used, the better It Is liked. The cry every where today Is, "Come over and help us!" All the gates are open to the Christian soldier sent of God, carry ing with him the World of Power and preaching Christ to every creature. Christian Herald. FARM EFFICIENCY MAY BE INCREASED Several Methods Are Suggested by Uncle Sam's Agricul tural Experts. LARGER IMPLEMENTS URGED eranee f nvtn very real and pressing lleged to witness a real American cel- danger. France today Is full of that same spirit of thankfulness, for the presence of those clean-limbed, square jawed, clear-eyed young Americans Is the guarantee that France will be de- WHEN WE LOOK FOR FEELING A Stumbling Block to the Christian Is to Worry Over Inner Emo tions. Feelings nre n very delightful part of our experience. But they may be a very dangerous part. There are times when our fellowship with Christ floods us with an overwhelming feeling of his power and presence. There are other times when we feel dead and cold ; all consciousness of his presence FINDS A FIELD FOR MUSIC Fair Young Teacher Who Inquires of Rural Gentleman Is Directed to Forty-Acre Plot. The conversation at a social affair took a musical turn, when this story was fittingly recalled by Representa tive William S. Bennett of New York, relates the Philadelphia Telegraph. One day there came to a small town In the representative's state a young Imt- i city, carrying a Boston ebratlon of Thanksgiving Day, and of all those peoples the French are most likely to catch the American point of view. It Is a safe prediction that the French will take enthusiastically to Is gone. Has he changed? Is he less loving or faithful to us? He Is "the same yesterday and today, yea and forever." Therefore we are to re joice, always, not In our feelings, but In Christ. Dr. W. I. Mackay has spoken a needed word of warning: "I hnve had to do with many anxious In quirers, and I find the greatest stumb ling block of all Is this : They wish to be able to feel faith. Even the tele phone cannot let us see a sound; It can let us hear a sound. You might as well speak of hearing a sight as bag and a confident air. The first per son she chanced to see on debarking from the train was a party named Josh, prosperous farmer, and a member of the township committee. "Excuse me, sir," said the fair one, halting the farmer, "but could you di rect me to some one in authority in this town?" "I kind o' guess I kin, miss," an swered Josh. "I'm one o' the commit tee." "Good!" responded the young wom an. "I have come to this town with TAKE TIME TO MEDITATE Quiet Hours to Act as a Spiritual Dl rectory to Put One in Right Direction. Not long ago I had on experience that set me to thinking about the use of prayer and periods of medita tion. I had an Important conference to attend and realized that my time was limited In which to reach the place of my engagement. I found I had somehow mistaken the ad dress, and knowing that I was get ting late, I thought to save time by Inquiring. Several persons whom I met and asked were Ignorant of the building I wanted. Finally I became fretted and ran Into a grocery store to Inquire if they knew the name of the person I was seeking. The grocery clerk did not seem to know, but he said, "Have you looked Into the directory?" He handed me the book, and very soon I located my party and went off wondering why I had not thought to save my time by consulting the directory before. When one thinks about It, Jesus seemed to use the quiet times of prayer as a spiritual directory. He realized evidently that, despite the needs that pressed upon him from the people whom he came to serve, it saved time to send them away occasionally and betake himself to the still air of the mountain for meditation and prayer. Christian Herald. feeling faith. 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." So. let us believe without feeling and without seeing, praising God that his perfect suffi ciency In meeting all our needs all the time Is not dependent upon what we feel, but upon what he says. S. S. Times. Charity. How white are the fair robes of charity as she walketh amid the low ly habitations of the poor. the intention of opening a singing school. Do you think that I can find u field here?" "I kalkerlate ye kin, little girl," said Josh, turning half around and pointing toward the east. "Over back o' that woods Is a field o' forty acres, an' ye won't disturb nothln' but rabbits, bugs an" grasshoppers." Difference In Cost Often Paid for In One Season by the Saving That Is Made In Labor, It Is Declared. Agricultural cfllclency, In this nn tlonnl emergency, It Is pointed out by experts of Uncle Sum's department of agriculture, Is In considerable measure a mutter of efllclency In the use of farm machinery. Man labor Is scarce. Tho lack must bo made up largely by better ulltlzatlon of men. horses and tractors now on farms, There are three Important ways, the experts point out. In which the more efllclent farmers Improve on tradition al methods of using labor for field operations, namely, (1) they Increase the horse power per man by increasing tho size of teams; (2) they increase the area covered per man nnd per team by substituting larger-sized Imple ments for smaller ones, and (3) they increase the area covered In a given time by lncrenslng the size of fields, Larger Horse Power Per Man. To Increase horse power per man the farmer merely drives a three- horse team, where before he drove but two horses, or a four-horse or five horse team Instead of a three-horse team. This Is perhaps the simplest expedient, It is urged, for increasing labor efficiency on the farm, and one which Is already very generally prac ticed by our farmers. Where horse labor is abundant and man labor scarce doubling up teams effects a material saving of labor, even without any In crease in the size of Implements used, i!nee naturally the large team works more easily and more rapidly than a smaller one. When the doubling of teams Is ac companied by the Introduction of larger Implements, a further saving of man labor nnd of time is effected. For example, one mnn with a two-row cultivator will cultivate twice the crop area per day covered by the man with a one-row cultivator. Thus, too, un der favorable conditions, nn eight-foot mower or binder will cover much more ground In a day than will a elx-foot machine. Similur economies may be effected with other machines, where small-sized Implements are the rule. In general, the larger-sized machines cost but little more than the smaller ones ; Indeed, the difference is eo small that one season's saving in man lnbor through the use of a big machine will often pay the excess in cost over that of one of the smaller size, it is de clared. Large Fields Ai Sct. Resort to t'ae third expedient, it Is suggested, for increasing labor effi ciency in field operations, namely, en larging fields, depends in great meas ure on the lay of the land. Where the lnnd Is level or rolling, and two ad- Joining fields to be plowed can be plowed as one If a fence between is removed, it is often worth while to tear away the fence and throw the two fields into one. Farm-management studies by ex perts of the department have 6hown that the size of a farm is the controll ing factor as regards efficiency In the use of human labor, horse labor and machinery on farms. That Is to eay, other things being equal, the larger tJie farm the more crop acres worked per man. It Is not possible, of course, for the average farmer to Increase the size of his farm at will to meet an emergency, but many will find It pos sible to gain at once a measure of the advantage of a large farm by making their fields as large and as few In number as Is possible under the con dltlons of topography and rotation. WILL AID CITY WOMEN Uncle Sam to Promote Food Pro duction and Conservation. Werk of Demonstration Agents of Ap rlcultural Department Extended to Urban Communities. While the United States department of agriculture has for a long time been conducting work of benefit to city folk. It is now undertaking, directly and for the first time, to help the city woman la the work of promoting food production, food conservation nnd household thrift. To enrry on this work through demonstrations and through other educational methods, congress made appropriations for womnn city agents of the department. The cities through their various or ganisations help to support the move ment, which Is carried on by the de partment in co-operation with the stnte colleges of agriculture. Tho work of the bureau of chemis try and of the office of home econom ics has been of benefit, In respect to foods, to city women, though not more so than to country women. The bu reau of markets, through Its city mar ket work, affects both the country pro-1 of registrants foll.iw : NINE MILLION MEN ' LISTED FOR DRAFT UNCLE SAM BEGINS Bid INVEN TORY OF MAN POWER. Registrants Will Be Allowed Seven Days to Maks Return Rules Are Laid Down by the Provost Marshal General. Washington. Nov. 15. The five clauses Into w hich 0,0(K),(HIO men regis tered for military duty and those who are registered hereafter are defined and the order In which they will be culled for service were officially an nounced In the provost marshal gen eral's questionnaire which every regis tered man munt llll out and file. The order shows itomo change from the tentative draft published some time a Bo. Contrary to some published reports, It does not exempt married men as a class, but It does place married men with dependent wives ami children far down on the lis of llables. In fact, the questionnaire Indicates that only men of the first class will be called to (he colors, except In the gravest emer gency. Tlie five official classifications ducer and tho city consumer. Those In charge of the home demon stration work In the various states welcome the authority and the oppor tunity to work . directly with urban dwellers. In former years they have often held extension schools, meetings, and demonstrations In canning, pre serving, cooking and other lines ol food conservation In towns and cities, for country women, on account of the convenience of holding them there, and the town and city women have Incidentally derived much benefit from such meetings. The plnns for the city demonstration agents call for tho employment of workers who will co-operate with nnd work through organizations already In existence or help to form new ones where none exists. They will assist the city women In their problems con cerning food production, prevention of wnste, and the conservation of food. The actual lines of work Include home gardening, poultry raising, canning, drying, pickling, preserving and brin ing of fruits and vegetables, proper methods of storage In the homes to prevent loss, utilization of left-overs, economic methods of buying, preven tion of unnecessary waste In the con sumption of food, Introduction of new foods as partial substitutes for meat ml wheat flour, proper diet, and other activities. In general, these city agents are or ganized es a part of the extension work for women In the state. In some states this work is mode a special dl- Islon while in others it is a verj Intimate part of the regular home demonstration work. In other coses city agents nre appointed as assist ants to the regular county home demon stration agqnts, who already have Influ ence In the city. In other cases city gents are appointed Independently. Where there Is a strong farm organi zation or county form bureau the gent may be officially associated ith the work of that organization. i United States. CLASS I. (A) Single man wliliout dependent rela tive. H) Mnrrloit mnn, with or without chil dren, or father of .uotherlns children, who hai huliltuully fulled to aupport hli fnnilly. (f') Married man dependent on wife for support. (D) -Marrlod man, with or without rhtl dren, or father of motherlem children; man not usefully ensaired family mp ported by Income Independent of hl la hor. (E) t'nKkllled farm laborer. ( K fiiKkllled Iniluatrliil laborer. Registrant by or In respect of whom no deferred claHHlnratlon la claimed or made. Reentrant who fall to auhmlt question palre and In respect of whom no deferred clanHlnVatlon la rlnltned or made. All reKlatrunta not Inrluded In any other division In this schedule. CLASS II. (A)-Marrled man with children or fath er of motherless children, where such wife or children or such motherless chil dren are not mainly dependent upon his labor for support for the reason that there are other reasonably certain sources of adequate support (excluding; earnings or possible earnings from the labor of the wife) available, and that the removal of the registrant will not deprive such de pendents of support. fM)-Marrled men, wlthofrt children, whose wife, although the registrant is en K.iifed in a useful occupation, Is not mainly dependent upon his lnbor for sup port, for the-reason that the wife Is skilled In some special class of work which she Is physically able to perform and In which she Is employed or In which there Is an Immediate opening; for nor under conditions that win enable her to support herself decently and without suf fering or hardship. ((INecessary skilled farm laborer in necessary agricultural et terprlse. (PiNecessary skilled Industrial laborer In necessary Industrial enterprise. CLASS III. (A) Man with dependent children (not his own but toward whom he stands In relation of p;ircntl. IB) Man with dependent helpless broth ers or sisters. (D) County or municipal officer. (K) Highly trained fireman or police man, at least three years in service of municipality. Necessary custom house clerk. lNecesary employee of United States In transmission of the malls. dl) Necessary artificer or workman in United States armory or arsenal. m Necessary employe In service of WINS AND LOSES AKUUMENT Persistent Irishman Bragging of Lighting Pipe With Last Match, Puts It Out With Oratory. rhilosophy may ho a wonderful thing for the cluHsnioin, but there's at Irish foreman on tho subway work who will tell you in emphatic subway vernacular that It la wusted in con struction work, muses a Now York 'r respondent. , It wus after tho dlu uer pull period when the foreman trammed his llttlo old Joy box full.ol torbaccy nnd reached In his pocket for a match. There was none there. A canvass of his crew revealed one box of matches the kind thut occasional ly light. There were Just seven, mutches In the box, and the foreman knew that he must tot a light or do wn bout his dessert Curefuliy he shielded the first match with his coat as he struck. It fizzled. The second failed to give a spurk. The third and fourth were equally futile, and tho fifth and sixth sputtered only long enough to wring forth profane protests from the foreman. With excessive care he drew the seventh from tho box. To his delight It blazed up strong mid, with a gratified grunt, he lighted his pipe. "I was afraid I wasn't going to get (ho light at all," he told his men. "That all goes to show that perslst unce Is the thing, boys; stick to it Is my motto. You see, if I had got mad" (and he gestured with his pipe to show what ho meant), "I wouldn't have been smoking now from the best little pipe in the world. Take It from mo, boys, you'll always win out if yer fol low nie." And then, while the crew sniggered meunly, he put his pipe back In his mouth to discover that It was jut. SQUID AND CARP AS FOOD In Frankfort, Germany, household waste Is collected and burned in a plant that provides steam to dynamos which produce about 1,000 horse power. Uncle Sam's Bureau of Fisheries Un dertakes to Promote Their Use In Certain Sections. In connection with experiments In the drying of squid as an article of food, the United States bureau of fish eries, at its Woods Hole laboratory, has made several determinations of the water, nitrogen, ash and fat, and ascertained the time of artificial diges tion. Squid meat consists of about 77 per cent water. Of the solids, about 5 per cent is fat, 7 per cent ash, and 87 per cent protein. The last figure Is exceptionally high. Squid meat di gests more slowly than some other meats, such as herring, mackerel and boiled egg white. This slow digesti bility does not, of course, Indicate any inferiority in food value, but sug gests that it would properly be a part of the heavy meal of the day. "Eat the carp," Is the caption on an attractive poster which has been is sued by the bureau of fisheries. It Is used in a carp campaign which is be ing conducted by the bureau independ ently and also in co-operation with the states' relation service of the de partment of agriculture. Prospective eaters of carp are invited to write for formation and recipes. This cam paign is Intended to promote the fuller utilization of carp in regions In which it occurs as an abundant food fish. Knowledge of Cyclones Grows. Within a few years modern science has done much to increase our knowl edge of cyclones, and the sailor of to day knows not only in what region to expect them, but he has also learned the path In which they move and di rection of the wind. By means of "storm cards," which are somewhat difficult to describe, but the use of which Is comparatively easy, the ma riner knows how to steer his vessel to avoid the violence of a gale, and If he a very skillful may even make the Why the United States Is Greatest of Nations. Here are the rensons why the United States Is the greatest na tion in the world, according to statisticians : The United States has: Six per cent of the world's area. Five per cent of its popula tion. Thirty-three per cent of its wealth. The United States produces : Seventy-six per cent of the corn grown In the world. Seventy per cent of the cot ton. Seventy-two per cent of the oil. Fifty-nine per cent of the cop per. Forty-three per cent of the pig iron. Thirty-seven per cent of the coal. Thirty-five per cent of the to bacco. Twenty-six per cent of the sil ver. Twenty-four per cent of the wheat Twenty-one per cent of the gold. PASS BILLION-DOLLAR MARK Raw Material Imports For Fiscal Year Greater Than At Any Time In History of American Trade. For the first time in the history of American trade the lmpotts of raw materials passed the nllilon-dollar mark during the fiscal year 1917. Ac cording to statistics published by Un cle Sam's Bureau of Foreign and Do mestic Commerce, the exact total was $1,109,655,040, a noteworthy increase over the $948,825,500 in 1916 ond the $632,805,660 in 1914, the last normal year before the war. The raw materials now Imported in the greatest quantities are hides, India rubber, raw silk, wool, raw cotton, copper ore, and flax-seed, ana Import ant increases are recorded for fur- skins, gums, mineral oils, nncut dia monds, manganese ore, nickel oro, else ore, and dyewood cyclone help him on his way. Cyclones are always accompanied with rain, generally so violent as to be called a "cloudburst." When the air Is com pletely saturated with the moisture and a "whirl" is formed, the heated stra tum is not carried to a great height The upward current being strong, a vast mass of partially condensed va por is accumulated In the upper end of the funnel, so to speak, until It finally breaks of Its own weight Probity la the chlefest of all good. (.D Necessary assistant, associate or hired manager of necessary agricultural enterprise. (Kl Necessary highly specialized tech nical or mechanical expert of necessary Industrial enterprise. (Li) Necessary assistant or associate manager of necessary industrial enter prise. CLASS IV. (A) Man whose wife or children are mainly dependent on his labor for iup port. (B) Mariner actually employed on sea service or citizen or merchant in the Unit ed States. (CI Necessary sole managing, con trolling or directing head of necessary agricultural enterprise. (piNecessary sole managing, con trolling or directing head of necessary Industrial enterprise. CLASS V. (A1 Officers Teglslative, executive or Judicial of the United States or of state, territory or District of Columbia. (B) Regular or duly ordained minister of rellclon. (O Student, who on May 18, J!17 was preparing for ministry in recognised school. (D) Persons in military or naval serv ice of United States. (E) Allen enemy. F) Resident alien (not an enemy) who claims exemption. (G) Person totally and permanently physically or mentally unfit for military service. (H) Person morally unfit to be a soldier of the United States. (I) Licensed pilot, actually employed In the pursuit of his vocation. Member of well-recognlzed rellgloue sect or organization, organized and exist ing on May IS, 1017. whose then existing creed or principles forbid Its members to participate In war in any form, and whose religious convictions are against war or participation therein. . The questions on the subject of de pendents are framed to meet every possible circumstance and to draw out every bit of Information that might be of value to the boards In fixing the class to which a man is to be assigned. Seven days are allowed registrants after receipt of the questionnaire to fill it out and return it to the local board. FISH PRODUCE MANY EGGS Scientific Count Shows Perch 10.Z Inches Long Contained 30,480 More in Small Than Large. Information concerning the number of eggs produced by various species of fish has been limited mainly to rather rough estimates. According to the Allgemelne Flsch- erei-Zeltung, some careful counts were made lust year at the Bavarian trout hatchery. The first investigations were In connection with common trout and rainbow trout; 58 specimens of the foruier and 54 of the latter were stripped, and the ova counted. Tho older and heavier fish were found to have the most eggs (ranging up to about 3,000), but the younger fish yielded a decidedly larger number of eggs in proportion to the weight of the fish. The experiments were repeated with perch (1'erca fluviatills), in this case the females Just about to spawn being killed, and the ovaries being removed nnd dissected. The number of eggs In perch ranged from 3,710 for a fish four inches long up to 30,480 for one 10.2 Inches long; but In this species, also, the number of eggs per unit weight of fish is much larger in small than In large fish. Scientific American. Curious School Customs. Mexican schoolmasters show their appreciation of pupil's efforts in a curious manner. The diligent student is allowed to smoke a cigar during the lesson. When the whole class has giv en satisfaction permission is given for a general smoke, nnd even the little Mexlcuns are allowed to light a ciga rette for the occasion. Needless to Bay, the schoolmaster himself smokes a cigar of a size and quality propor tionate to his superior position. But the pupils are not allowed to drink, this privilege being accorded to the. master only. On his desk he alway keeps a bottle of liquor, which, when empty, occasions much dispute among the parents of his scholars, as it I considered an honor to be able to fill the schoolmnster's bottle. Cremation of Hindu. Strange ritual marked the ceremony of the cremation of the body of a fe male Hindu on the bonks of the Zwnrt- kops river (South Africa). The body. In a coffin, was taken to the spot la a hearse, where It was removed from the coffin and placed on a pile of fag gots, which had been built up cradle fashion ready to receive the body. De ceased's daughter then walked round the body three times with a burning torch .and set fire to the pyre in sev eral places. It took three and a half hours to cremate the remains, the ashes of which were thrown in the river. The coffin was also burned. Permission was granted for the carry. Ing out of the above by the towr council and the administrator. Punctuality His Hobby. Punctuality Is a characteristic of M. Pal nl eve, the French premier. It is one of his boasts that he never kept anyone waiting a second who had an appointment with him. He Is a great theater-goer, and at one time was the writer of dramatic criticisms in Le Gaulols. He is a man of marvelous physical and intel lectual energy. "Give me four hours' sleep, three I flays a ween," ne saiu once to a rnena, "and I can work full speed for the rest of the time." Weighing the Meat Pestered by the ever advancing cost of living, and determined to exercise a protective vigilance in the future, even in small matters, the customer picked up a knife from the counter and hand ed It to the butcher with a friendly smile. "1 don't really want It," he said, "but If you will cut It off I will take it with the rest." "Cut what off?" demanded the butcher in blank surprise. "Your hand," was the gen tle reply. "Ton weighed It with the sausage, and 1 like to get what I pay for." China's Great Man Power. Of the 400,000,000 persons in China, It is estimated that at least 40,000,000 ore men capable of carrying arms or doing some sort of labor directly con nected with the war. Of this number, 2,000,000 are living within reasonable distance of transportation facilities and could be mobilized were it neces sary. China has such an abundance of men that millions could be spared to the advantage of those remaining at home. Superiority. "Women are queer." "Yes?" "Mrs. Twobble has'' just returned' from a trip to New York and merely, because she stayed at a hotel with more dining rooms than the hotel usu ally patronized by Mrs. Jlbway on her eastern trips can boast of she's In clined to look down on Mrs. Jlbway." Noted Auctioneers. Probably the two greatest auction eers since the origin of this exciting, method of selling originated were the English George Robins, who presided over the auction block in Bartholo mew lane, London, and the American, Frederick Eees, observes an exchange. These men are remembered for their vivid fancies, their arresting vocabula ries, their personal magnetism, that often Induced a bidder to offer more than he ever intended and, leading all the qualities, the most contagious hu mor, that helped to raise bids.