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Ghosts and Near Ghosts
"nýnýnýn n a w . ""H H"MM * *-L AAA * w * a a I am just relating these anecdotes. You may or may not believe them. Your opinion (or mine) has nothing jdo with the stern fact. We are on this side of the curtain bh is not drawn aside. We catch Secho. We see the shadow; th6 sic is down far distant halls. And these are strange experiences .*or what, no man knows, unless it M for the uplifting of the soul; but a would be impossible to many and o vague to others. ;$y friend, whom I have no reason 0doubt, told me that she was spend l the summer in a village where was an eccentric and very re qld lady. The old lady took dislike to me, I thought, and in ed many subtle ways of annoying which she did very sweetly and y, but the climax came after this e, -e had a claim on the house in I was staying and on one oc decided to come there and stay night, .and horror to occupy my . Of course, my mind instantly ted a visit which was planned jlas! a violent storm kept me at so I prepared to give up with grace, made my sanctum as ua possible and retired early that ldd soul might enjoy herself. room was furnished in this two windows on the east, one the north. The bed sat in that with the head to the north and aneof the east windows. The bu was on the other side of the window with the lighted lamp a bit the lady came in gig ; she was dominant, she paltered 1 and sat by the fire a while, and went'to the window to brush her ly long black hair. was in bed with my back to the window half apleep, when I t some one was standing by I roused up, there was no one but the hideously contorted re of the lady in the window The lady was rather good '. The reflection was like her r7et hideous. felt pretty uncanny but remem that the bad glass of a window would probably make an ugly re and as much as I hated for s. her to know I was awake, I must gel n. up to see her. 'g The lady always struck me as be. ing a bit too religious, soft spoken n and affable. I never believed in her I got up and spoke to ter and as she 16 turned to answer me-The Thing Her Thought-Her Second-self turn. ,s ed also and both looked me squarely it in the face. I I was struck silly with fright and d never before or since have I ever ha ted so dreadfully to sleep with any n one. 1- I saw her, my eyes saw what my 'e intuition had told me. But the sight of her soul has nev k er done you or I any good. 1 g I had an experience of that kind myself. I knew a man that lived in such a small world that no one thought anything of him. If he had ever done anything worth while it was lost in the oblivion of his noth y ingness. Y At last when he came to die he did Y a noble deed. It was long drawn d out and patiently borne. The thing set him up considerably in public h opinion. He died. The afternoon of his burial, I went to Spend the night it with his sisters. We sat in the gloaming on the s long gallery; near us was a hammock e that he always used. t Suddenly, I KNEW that he was in i the swing as of yore. I was afraid to turn around and could not say e anything of course. P In a few minutes or an aeon of time, I know not which, he hopped out of the hammock, and ran from i behind me into the house, and up the d stairs. He had been a bulky man of r about five feet eight inches tall. The next morning I saw his room e for the first time. The beautiful old mahogany table 7 and chest of drawers were loaded e with every old buckle, strap, screw, - nail, horse shoe and broken iron that ' could be thought of. Under the "pine - apple" bed were boxes loaded with r the same. Around the walls were cracker and soap boxes filled with the - same. I saw his soul seeking its level, but - at least the neighborhood must have r been clean. Aren't you glad when you "see the new moon over your left shoulder" so that your wish will come true, "And a golden shallop in the sky", riding high above church steeples, chimney stacks and tree tops, for Good Luck for your next 21 days. What bride does not "put a piece of silver in her shoe," or put left foot first in the church door? Friday the 13th-If the stork brings you on that day, see what the constellation will do for you. We are not looking for 13 in hotel rooms, steamboat cabins, money to lend, or the 13th guest. "Star light, star bright, First star I've seen to-night. Let me see my Love Before to-morrow night." Mammy always wore "the left hind foot of a grave yard rabbit and two black bone rings to sheer dem spir its." A rabbit crossing your path is "good luck." And if a black snake crosses your road you'd better turn back as a shiny snake "is a 'tice ment of the debbel." Inately, every man has his super stitions-Scotch, Irish, Swede, Nor man, Indian, African-w hatever bidthright we have. Where does understanding come from? Spoken or written words do you think? If so we would be gulled by every hypocrite. Why, when we meet two men do we like one better than the other? Elec tric currents, wireless messages, what difference what form we catch them in, since they are flung out. I believe every outraged nun in the convents of France, with her bleeding heart and soul merged in prayer, stood in human shape at the horses heads of the allied armies and lead them on to victory. What other Interpretation can you give? Thou sands of soldiers saw them, "A nun at every bridal rein." The soldiers' blood of other faith cried out for're venge and the "code ofj blood" had come down with the ages-so their guardian angels carried on the mes sage that the soldiers could "read as they ran." And again Joane D'Are, the mailed maiden rode her great war horse with the allied armies to victory. It was the spirit of France making soldiers of her men. A mes sage flung out and the armies read it. - . S.T.S. RAKE A CAWARSON h do you decry, belittle uýs ie the the plumber and plumber business? r`-Do you know right now of in your home that - essential to your health, and cleanliness as bath room? -Do you know of anything our home that costs so to maintain in first srvlceable condition ? up how much in re your plumbing has act cost you during a of years-not the cost from abuse and mis the cost arising Inferior work, or parts jthe system wearing out. compare that to the of your other upkeep your furnace, your Srug replacements, g, draperies, au , etc. find that you have that has cost you so And given you so much dr plumbing. effort of the plumbing sday as Individuals a whole is to give you sterial and good serv .mWi convince you of on any work -.y entrust to us. Work can be attend Pow better than later pemson. Kennedy SConvention St. Phone 1665 Plumbing Co. 4Louisana Avenue ~ hone 711 Plurmbing Co. t and East Streets D. Thomas boe 1118 Plumbing Co. SL...Phone 2089.J lams Tin Shop Plumbing Co 1 Street 858 L. Key Boulevard 496 of the above Plumbers REVIEW OF BOOKS NEW AND OLD t (The following book reviews were submitted as assignments in Fresh man English by students of the Lou isiana State University, Misses Ga rig's classes.) e "The GOLDEN AGE," by Kenneth _ Grahame. Reviewed by Robbin - Coons. y The most hardened and callous book reviewer should be stirred to j enthusiasm by Kenneth Grahame's - "The Golden Age," for it is far dif y ferent from the conventional type of story with which that over-worked in y dividual usually has to deal. The book is, to say the least, delightful, _ and in view of the fact that there is no organized plot, surprisingly inter esting. In relating a number of ifl cidents in the everyday lives of' a group of chilren in old England, Mr. Grahame has succeeded in portraying all the glamour and the wonder of the golden age-that time in the lives of mortal when the most common place and ordinary occurrences be come transformed into marvelous and perilous adventures, to be undertaken by hardy knights seeking the favor of fair ladies; when, for instance, humble and unobtrusive house-cats in a clump of weeds become in a mo ment prowling panthers in tropical jungles; when all things are enchant ed by the magic glow of "make be live." For those who like psychology, the book is an interesting study of the t child mind and its workings; but the chief charm of the story lies in its refreshing simplicity and its sympa thetic understanding of the child heart. A book such as this, read with the proper spirit, should do more than all the cheap musical shows in the world to rejuvenate the tired business man; for if not too far gone in in difference to all but worldly affairs, he may even re-live in its pages his own Golden Age, when he too possess Ied an Aladdin's lamp that could in a moment transport him from this workaday world into the fairy realms of fancy; and in appreciation of those golden days of his lost childhood, may say with the poet, "When I was a beggarly boy, And lived in a cellar damp, I had not a friend nor a toy, But I had Aladdin's lamp. 1 When I could not sleep for cold, I had fire enough in my brain, t And builded, with roofs of gold, t My beautiful castles in Spain." g "JANE EYRE," by Charlotte a Bronte. Reviewed by Eva Clare Cox. M For the booklover who, for what- s ever reason, has not read "Jane Eyre" 14 there are happy hours in store. There he will find thrilling romance and sensation mystery so skilfully record ed that he feels no strain upon his credulity. h The scene of the story is laid in S England. Jane Eyre, the heroine, a i shy and unattractive orphan girl, is c sent by a cruel aunt to a miserly char- s ity school. After four bitter years i. there she secures a position as gov- a erness to the protegee of a wealthy h bachelor, Edward Fairfax Rochester, a who lives alone except for the little a protegee, a housekeeper, and several , servants, in his gloomy ancestral tl home. p The inevitable happens. Rochester, whose name has become a synonym li for dark browed and forbidding type , of lover, finds in the quiet and unob- s trusive Jane so many unusual quali- p ties of head and heart that he falls h in love with her, and finding his love h returned, wins her consent to their F engagement. e In the neantime certain incidents si force Jane to the conclusion that w there is a mystery connected with the ml home of her employer. Several times si she is awakened in tle night by pe- ol culiar and unnatural noises, and a sometimes a mirthless laugh, of tl which she can never learn the source, tl echoes through the old house. Her K love' affair progresses happily, how ever, and the two lovers think only 4s of the time when they shall always o1 be together. Finally the wedding day ti comes, the bride and groom are at t. the altar,-when fate intervenes. The o0 incidents that follow are such as to ii furnish a succession of thrills, andla the most blase of readers will breath- oi lessly follow the story to its con elusion. d The chief interest of the novel lies re in the struggles of two strong char- re acters, who, though widely different, el are essentially complemedtary; and ol who, in spite of their many abnormal aj traits, more logically in their respect- ft ive orbits. The clash of Rochester's t character" against the quiet foreceful- a: ness of Jane Eyres is indeed the prod- w uct of a great pen. t "The COUNT OF MONTE CRIS- u TO," by Alexandre Dumas. Review ed by T. T. Dunn.a "The Count of Monte Cristo," by Alexandre Dumas, is the recital of a stirring romance which occurred in southern Europe between the years 1815 and 1838. The story is written in the most admirable manner, and e though at times it becomes rather dull for lack of action, one cannot afford to skip any part, for each inci dent has a bearing upon something else. The reader who perseveres will h be rewarded by sudden bursts of in- 1 n terest which will more than repay him for his patience. The hero of the story is Edmond Dantes, a lad of humble birth and i little education, who had procured, I through his own merits, the position I of captain on a ship. He was in I love with a pretty Catalane girl, e whom he had planned to marry, but I on his wedding day he was cast into I prison for political reasons. There he remained for eighteen long years. 1 Imprisoned in a cell about fifty feet from that of Dante's was an old monk whom the keeper of the prison con sidered insane, but on account of his docile spirit he was sometimes al lowed privileges which were not ac corded the other prisoners. With 1 the aid of the handles of some kitchen utensils which had been given him he managed to construct, in about five r years, a tunnel leading to Dante's cell. A great friendship grew up be- 1 tween the two prisoners, and through i this, friendship Dante received a I liberal education and also learned the hiding place of an enormous treasure, After several years, the priest died l and his body was put into a canvas bag to be carried out. Dantes ex changed places with the body of the monk and in this way made his es cape. The rest of the book tells of his re- 1 - turn to his native land, and of how, after securing the treasure, he carries 1 1 out his long cherished plans for re warding his friends and punishing his enemies. The plot of the story is well devel- 1 oped and the descriptive passages are very clearly written. The author goes a. little too far in emphasizing i - the power and greatness of the hero, i for though this exaggeration tends l to secure interest, it at the same time[ arouses the suspicion that it 'is un-1 natural for a man to be so perfect , in every respect. "The Count of Monte Cristo" is, on the whole, well , worth reading. "FRANKENSTEIN," by Mrs. Shel ley. Reviewed by Nancy Stumberg. 1 After having read "Frankenstein," by Mrs. Shelley, one has a feeling that nothing is impossible. The gruesomeness of the story is explain ed by the fact that it was written on a wager as to who could write the most blood-curdling tale. Needless to say to readers of the book, Mrs. Shel ley received first honors. The story deals with a scientist whose ruling ambition is to create with his own hands a human being. After years of patient experimenting he begins the task; but though he spares no pains in the hope of creat ing a perfect being, the thing that comes from his hands proves to be a soulless, uncanny monster. Murder ing friends and relatives of his cre ator, this fiend in human shape haunts Frankenstein, the creator, with the hope of securing a mate. Not until Frankenstein realizes his mistake and determines to destroy the evil genius does he realize the power of the satanic, soulless being. Much of the interest of the story lies in the setting. An explorer, on an expedition in the land of ice and snow, meets Frankenstein, who is pursuing the abhored wretch that he has created, and hears the tale from him. Half dead of cold and fatigue, Frankenstein goes aboard the explor er's ship, where, after finishing his story, he dies. Immediately after wards the monster appears on the ship, and, not knowing of Franken stein's death, entreats the explorer to obtain padon for his crimes from his maker. A bit of pathos enters into - the story here as we realize that though the creature is soulless, he has nevertheless suffered in sinning. The weirdness of the story lies not so much in the crimes as in the mind of the scientist. The author has por trayed his feelings in such ; way as to make the blood run cold, and as one reads, more and more is it borne in upon him that torture of the mind is far more unbearable than torture of the body. Though the story fascinated me, I do not think it would appeal to many readers. However, everyone should read the book, for the'name "Frank enstein," which has become a syn onym for rash creators of unman ageable entities, is often met with in familiar allusion. It may be well to add here a word of caution against applying the word "Frankenstein," which is the name of 'the scientist, to the creature, a mistake that is sometimes seen in newspaper col umns. "'CLAYHANGER," by Arnold Ben nett. Reviewed by L. T. Phelan. To a mind saturated with the sen sational literature of to-day, replete as it is with stirrifig adventure and passionate love, it seems incredible that a story devoid of these elements should have any appeal; but Arnold Bennett's "Clayhanger" refutes this supposition. Ths usual type of story projects on our mental screen a se ries of swiftly changing pictures, brightly colored, perhaps, and full of action, yet so ephemeral that they fade with the closing of the book, their mission, the beguilding of an idle hour, accomplished; but in "Clay hanger" the author creates flesh and blood characters and dissects their mental processes with the delicate skill of a surgeon, thereby revealing truths that affect the very nucleus of human relations. The close bond of affection that links mother and son has been the inspiration of poets from time im memorial, but looming darkly beside it is the tragic misunderstanding that only too often separates father and son. Bennett portrays vividly the gulf that divides Clayhanger and his Son, Edwin, and makes it very clear that the existence of this chasm is emphatically not due to the wish of either, but wholly to the lack of mutual understanding. The boy fails entirely to perceive that his father, this middle-aged man with flabby skin and graying hair, in real ity is, in the essence of his being, still the lad of thirty years before a youth at heart, who sees in his son a companion to share the joy of joint enterprises, young blood to in fuse new life into his father's work. And blinded by his high hopes for his son, the elder Olayhanger enforces his will on all occasions, not realiz ing that Edwin, no longer a child, is himself capable of forming opinions and making decisions, and now de sires freedom to follow his inclina tions. The maturing boy, confused by the lack of sympathy with his views and chafing under the yoke of restraint, mutely resents the situa tion. Misled by physical appearances and confused by the decades between them, he fails to discover in his father the hidden boy, his potential friend and confidant, with the tragic result that instead of being affection ate comrades, father and son too often assume the roles of harsh mas ter and cringing slave. When the gulf, ever widening thru the passage of years, seems about to be made impassable by death, the father's mighty love overcomes his restraint, and he tries pitifully and inadequately, to express his affection before his lips are sealed forever. There follows a scene calculated to arouse poignant regrets in the most case-hardened of ingrates, a scene which focuses the misunderstandings of a lifetime in one of those homely, seemingly trivial incidents, which though seldom mentioned in real life, and almost never recorded in print, leave scars that throb and burn as long as life itself exists. To tell in detail the suffering which this piti fully inadequate manifestation of a great love causes the dying parent, and to delineate the varying emotions experienced by the son, would be to rob a future reader of much of the scene's effectiveness. The book clearly shows that if the average father and son could but break down the wall of restraint, the masucline stoicism that shrinks from the expression of feeling, who knows but that their love would become a relation as beautiful as that of son and mother? To the prospective reader I promise that he will find in "Clayhanger" not only a story of wasted, love-hungry lives, but uni versal truths that if recognized and followed will lead him to a deeper understanding not only of others, but of himself as well. WOMEN EXCEL MEN OBREGON AGRICULTURAL COL LEGE.-The girls of 0. A. C. are bet ter shots with rifle than the men. Competition has been keen during the year, with the men holding a slight lead until recently. 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