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THE TOILER FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 1920 Tie field engineer as well as the traaait man took an interest in him and the work he was doing. And they plated him with many questions re guiding his views on the local species aad their development. The conversation started in earnest when the chief aaked him what school he was from, and the boy replied. "I at from the school of life." "I don't know that I get your Bearing, " observed the chief. "It is sometimes called the school of hard knocks," Jack explained. "Do you mean to tell me that you lave never been to high school or toftege; that you have mastered that vaeabnlary all by yourself t" the chief atxaost exclaimed. Then turning to the transit man who had been brewing the jara over a sage brush fire, he said, "What do you think of thist Here is a kid who says he has never been to shool and who unconsciously uses the oeabualry of a college man." "It is quite true that I never went if an organized school, yet I have act allowed my mentality to atrophy. 1 have managed to take a few grades in the school of life for it contains ovory department of knowledge. Per mit me to illustrate skeletons by the wayside lecture to me on comparative anatomy. That is the sub-division of it commonly known as osteology. It gives me a good deal of pleasure to be able to tell from a chance bone to which species it belongs. In the same way one can study orthology, ento mology, sociology and econmics. T study by direct observation and then check up my conclusios in books, and again I read books and check up by direct observation. Of course I am handicapped by the fact that I do not possess microscopes, test tubes and other necessary laboratory apparatus. But I'll get them some day. For the present I can only say, its hell to be poor. ' ' So it happened that after the lunch was over the chief tried to persuade him to join the party and go with them across the Sierra Nevada3 to the head of Owens river, California. "We'll give you a job as back flag man. Then you can carry your books with you and read all you please." "Yes, and be the mule for the whole party," Jack interrupted, which made the whole crew laugh. For while it. is true that the back flagman has an easy job as far as actual surveying is concerned it also falls to his lot to carry the lunch, and all accessory equipment for the party from one sta tion to another. He had noticed the particularly heavy load with which the rear flagman came forward from his station back on the line at lunch time. Still the chief's offer interested him greatly, and he told him that while he could not accept definitely, that in all probability he would be ready to join the party in a week. This was entirely agreeable to his prospective employer. As the anticipated vacaney in the party would not occur for several days. That afternoon the boy rambled down the gullys and over the plains, taking a series of pictures and making notes, as was his habit so that it was nearly sundown before he returned to his cabin, where a genuine surprise' awaited him. (Concluded next week.) Palmer and the Cost of Living Seeding Mr. Palmer's anti-prof iteer mg stuff leaves us with a deep senso af hnmility. Prior to perusing it we lad ben inclined to agTee with certain nit, coarse persons like Mr. McAdoo who think the campaign a joke. How TW, after examining 31 pages of Mr. Palmer's advice, we are convince! that the Attorney-General is a profound eenomist nnd the unthinking rabble win yet see the strength of his posi ttea. Like most profound plans it is ex tremtly simple. The campaign for afeeaper cuts of meats is Hlustrativo of th whole thoory. Rightly understood, the cheapened meat campaign is a flank ytg Movement that is, it is intended t attack the cow from tho rear. Our aaderstanding of tho theory is roughly as follows: Certain cuts of moat are axpeasivc. Others are moro so. Lot a thorefore cat only tho expensive aa and let the more so ones alono till they como down. Or, to illustrate the idea graphically, let us divide the cow ito two halves. Tho Attorney-Qcaeral would hnve us eat of, say, the hlad end f the cow oxclusivoly until the other mi gets cheapor. Then, having feasted ay the rearmost -.one until tho front ad became cheap as dirt, his idea trauTd be to shift the attack brilliantly From the Knot Hole and rapidly to the anterior section and there focus consumption until the neth ermost cuts are similarly reduced. This scheme would thus loave the entire cow ae cheap as dogmeat. It is plain that the flesh of any quadruped capable of such bisection can be cheapened by like moans. Nay, more; what is to prevent wearing the front or rear end of a suit of clothes exclusively until tho laws of supply and demand oper ate beneficently. Maybe that would bo going too far, for it might be ask ing too much to require a staid attorney-general to sit on a government operated, cane-scatcd chair with a pair of seatlcss trousers. However, we cite the latter example only to indi cate the possibilities. Of course the guileless public are not required to attack the problem" blindly. Mr. Palmer's 31 pages aro packed with good counsel, no advises one, for instanco, not to speculate, not to open numberless charge accounts and not to "lot worry go hand in hand with unpaid bills." On this lat ter point wc agreo with Mr. Palmer, but our printer thinks we ought to worry a little more, ne has done moBt of it so far. There are soaie features of the pro gram that arc somewhat delphic. Just what is meaat by the advice to buy fow well-chosen serviceable garments? Is Mitchell going to advise us to go around in B. V. D. 's this summort If so, we appreciate his further advico not to "let things rip". Mr. Palmer's advice to purchasers of clothing is also enlightening. We quote: "HmIJ the cloth firmly in both hands and pull diagonally back and forth. If the threads soparate the cloth is apt to prove unsatisfactory." If we may paraphrase . this language and make it specific wc should say something like the following: In purchasing a pair of trousers first put them on. Then have a friend grasp them firmly by the seat and pull. If the scat comes awif in the friend's grasp, that part icular pair would be unsatisfactory, and Mr. Palmer would not recommend them for evening wear. Tho best piece of advice in the en tire layout, however, is the sago ob servation that "if means aro taken to prevent perspiration stains the waist will last much longer." We have de cided to take that advice, get a job in the Department of Justice and quit sweating.