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CLEARS UP ANCIENT MYSTERY
Dloslstlan's Action In Dealing With Bgyptlan Metallurgy Satisfactorily Explained by Now Yorker. Not very relevant to the news of the day, perhaps, bat not without a certain interest, la the fact that new light has been cast on a problem that haa puttied many hlatorlans—a prob lem for which even such an Ingenious and perspicacious student ns Gibbon could give only a solution that now seems to have been entirely and amus ingly wrong. When Emperor Diocletian, late In the Third century, ordered the de struction of all the books of the Egyp tians relating to the manipulation of the precious metals, he referred to “tbelr admirable art of making silver and gold.” As he considered It, “ad mirable,” the mystery has been why he did not try to utilize the art In rem edying the deplorable state Into which the finances of the empire had fallen at that time. Gibbon’s theory was that Diocletian realized "the folly of such magnificent pretentions and was dealroua of preserving the reason and the property of hla subjects from the mischievous pursuit.” The fact is. ac cording to a learned article on the philosopher Theophrastoe, contributed to the Scientific Monthly by Dr. C. .A. Browne of New York, while the em peror admired the skill of the Egyp tian metallurgists, he knew that their art was simply that of making alloys that looked like gold and silver and could be turned with profit Into coun terfeit coins. Therefore, and not to keep people from wasting their time In vain ef forts at the transmutation of metals, did the emperor order the destruction of the precious books! Egyptian pa pyri deciphered In recent years prove clearly that the original “alchemists” were a very practical and equally dis honest folk, consciously engaged In fraudulent practices, though possibly, now and then, they achieved successes In their alloys that almost or quite deceived themselves into believing that they really had produced gold or silver from lead, copper and tin In combination. The Night Before Christmas. Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house not a crea ture was stirring—except Lily, the cook, preparing to take the 10 a. m. aa a holiday surprise. And Uncle Hor ace, In the guest room, who has Just discovered that sprig of holly that the hoys put between (he sheets. And the boys, who, having surreptitiously opened their presents and found them all “useful,” are contemplating sabot age. And sister Maybelle. who lias saved her dud gifts of the year before and Is trying to redistribute them. And mother, who la going to get that red ball on top of the tree or tile in the attempt. And father, sitting up with a sick check book and a sheaf of newly arrived bills. And Florence, the cat. somewhat the worse for having sam pled the Christmas punch to which father consecrated bis last bottle of Scotch.—From Life. X-Ray In Industry. The Industrial Importance of X-rays la not yet fully appreciated. Address ing an English business club MaJ. .1. H. Edwards pointed out that uses for X-rays now Include the testing for blow-holes and cracks of aluminum, oteel and iron up to a thickness of five or six Inches, and of brass anil copper np to one inch; and one of ith most Important applications may be the examination of ferro-concrete. De fee ive brazing, the Interior of watches nml < locks, flash lamps, tires, cricket and golf balls, and electric cables can all be Investigated with the apparatus. Its Fault “Hon. Dlsmukes Dirge Is objecting strenuously to the government enn non In the square,” related a resident of Pettyvllle to a fellow townsman who had been away for some time. “That so?" returned the other. "Does he think the sight of It will have a harmful effect on the rising genera tion?” "That Is what he saya. But the gen eral opinion Is that he Is Jealous of the weapon because It Is a bigger bore than he la.” —Kansas City Star. China Turns to Powsr. As regards power, Is believed thnt China is on the threshold of a big de velopment. The cheap power rales of Shanghai, the reliability of electricity aa a driving medium and the expan sion of the port in recent years have been a great object lesson to the Chi nese, and enterprising firms through out the country are considering the possibility of following suit. Tha Bur* Way. “There’s one sure way to get you out of this scrape.” “What is It?" “Confess your guilt” “But I don’t see how that 14 going to help me.” “Then I'll go into court and Insist that the confession was forced out of you.” Flying In England. Figures Reported for the first year of civil flying In England reveal a total air mileage of 784,200, made In 88,954 flights, carrying 70,000 passengers with but one fatal accident. Machines numbering 510 were registered. Discriminates. Scene —Little Mary taking a huge mouthful of orange. Mother (horrified) —Why. Mary, don't swallow that whole. Little Mary— What hole?—Penn Bute Froth. HIS HEAVY BURDEN LIFTED Mr. Qosllngton Once More Sees Life Through Spectacles That HaVs Rose-Colored Lenses. I know we're having a war business deflation campaign In this country, Europe is all torn up, there’s trouble all over the world; hut for the lust three weeks the only thing I've thought of has been the callosity on my foot, writes Mr. Gosllugton In the New York Herald. I walk a good deal, three or four miles a day, for health anti pleas ure, and Hint thing has been like a pebble In tuy shoe, pressing on my foot’s tenderest part. Walking, In stead of a pleasure, was a constant misery. I limped with every step I took, nursing that foot as best I could. When I told Inquiring friends what the trouble was they laughed at me. “Why. good gracious!” they said. "Don’t you know that there are men. plenty of them, who have tyiuhles like yours, only vastly worse? Men who have to bestow upon their feet con stant and painful care In order to get along at nil, hut who keep going just the same und never make uuy fuss over it?" But I never lind such an experience as this, and It kept me in constunt wretchedness, physical and menial; I couldn’t move without pain, I found no enjoyment in life whatever. I lived in a state of constant ucute discom fort. And then - after various half hearted elTorts I finally plucked up courage and got that thing off! And whut a blessed relief It was! At first I found myself* Instinctively still limping, fuvorlng thnt foot ull I could with every step, Just as I bad done before; but# speedily I realized that tlie (lebhle was gone; that I could once more plant my foot on the ground freely and firmly. I could scarcely tell you what hap piness that brought ine. For three weeks I had been shut up with noth ing but that distressing foot for com pany, but now swiftly my horizon broadened, the full Joy of living came back to me; and now In this state of restored |iers«mal comfort and seren ity I can once more survey aud take an Interest in the affairs of the world. 0 Very Interesting. Pupils In a primary grade of the Columbus public schools, taught by Mlss Mary Vouch, recently were In structed to develop their--powers of observation, us well as their de scriptive ability, by a series of "Hu man Nature Observations." as the course was called. They were told to keep their eye's oj»en for interest ing happenings of a human nature character and report at school. When they were called on to give tlielr ob servations, Elizabeth nege, six-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norvnl Hege, reported as follows: "Last night I was walking through Com mercial park, und I saw a young man and u girl sitting real close to gether on a bench, aud the roan's head was on the girl’s shoulder, and I thought it won very Interesting."— li.diunnpolis News. V She Meant Well. The orchestra In the grillroom was playing classical music during the lunch hour. A woman was listening with what she probably regarded as the proper attitude to assume when good music is played. After each num ber she applauded, aud murmured to her companion, “I do so adore good music!” She beckoned to a waiter and asked him If the orchestra played any music by request. She was In formed That it did. "Will you please tell them to piny the sextette from ’ltussla' for me?" Auto's Heavy Toll of Death. According to statistics compiled by the Notional Safety council, three times ns many people are being killed by automobiles as *n all the factories, mines, railroads and other Industries in America. The annual toll of auto mobile accidents at grade crossings averages 1,0(10 persona killed and 8,000 injured. Improvement Noted. “I think our son Josh Is showln’ more respect for parental authority than be used to,” remarked Farmer Corntossel. "But he doesn’t do a thing we tell him to,” said Josh’s mother. “Not yet. But you can’t exjiect everything at once. . He hns at least got to where he’s Sufficiently old an’ dignified not to talk bock." Responds to Alarm. Flatbush—That dog of yours looks like a good watchdog. Bensonhurst—Are you Joking? ' "No; of course, I’m not Joking." “Well, I’ll tell you how good he Is. We have put an alarm clock In hi* house so he’ll wake up In time to come over for his breakfast In the tnorulng.”— Yonkers Statesman. Useful Heirloom. “A successful inon of affairs still cherishes the trunk strap with which hla father chastised him Id the old family woodshed.” "A matter of sentiment, eh?” "Sentiment and common sense. He has the best behaved hoys In our Age-Her ald. Poor by Comparison. “Is Mr. Wadlelgb rich?*’ “He’s moderately well off. He’s worth a million or two.” "Good heavens! Any man who has 1 million or two Is rich.” “Not if h** plays poker With multi millionaire*."—Blrmin«li»in Age-Uar aid INDIANS ALL OF SAME RACE Differences in Type No Greater Than Among the Whites, According to Scientist. The American aborigines from the Hudson buy and Alaska to the south ern tip of the continent are all mem bers of the same race, according to Dr. Frederick Monsen of New York and Pasadena, said to be more fa miliar with the American liuliun than any other white man. Doctor Monsen declared the differ ences In type found In Indians of the various purts of the continent are be coming manifest among ua today. He recognizes people from Maine ns typi cal of that section of the country, ami says a southerner or westerner can he easily distinguished by one familiar with the types of American people. "The aborigines of Amerlcu are all red men," Doctor Monsen said. "The Eskimos have llutter noses aud oily skins, due to their diet and the cli mate.” He found corresnondlng differences among the Indians of the Eastern coast, the West, Mexico aud other purts of the country, but other Indica tions prove the distinguishing char acteristics were the product of food, environment and methods of living. Mentioning the treatment the red men have received from the whites. Doctor Monsen said: "The Pilgrims debarked on Plymouth rock and fell upou their knees. Then they fell upon the aborigines and we’ve been falling on them ever since.” RULER HAD PRACTICAL MIND Like Our Own. Politicians, Sultan Pre ferred Any Eventuality to Being .Forgotten. At Treiiggunu (Malay Peninsula) the nut ive sultan welcomed me und 1 spent several days with lilui, telling him whul wus happening in the world and discussing his problems. The problems were largely financial, lie owed Mume money, und, knowing that he hud something in the treasury, 1 usked why lie did not pay his debts. He thought for a time and then re plied : "Well, I’ll tell you. If 1 puy those people, they will forget about the sultan of Trengganu. If I don't pay them, they’ll never forget me.” The conversation turned to the sull ied of prisoners. On my way to the palace 1 had pussed the cages where the prisoners were kept. Many of them were starving to death, for uu less their friends or family cared for them they got no food. "Why don’t you feed them?” 1 asked. "Why should I?” he replica. "If 1 feed them, my whole country will want to go to Jail." —Asia Magazine. Point of Honor. Samuel Untermyer, the brilliant New York lawyer, who probed the building question, said in a discussion about honor: "Business men are honorable; or they don’t get on. Even big business men are honorable. Of course, few business men are as punctilious about a point of honor, though, us Honest John Jones was. "Honest John Jones, you know, once stole on tiptoe, fountain pen in hund, into the empty waiting 4 room of Ills hotel. Hu stepped stealthily up to an inkwell, advauced his fountain pen towards the Ink, then drew back with a start. "‘No!’ he groaned, striking his brow with Ills palm. ‘No, I cannot fill my fountain pen with the hotel’s Ink—it would not be* honorable.’ " War of Science on Diseaeee. Of the diseases of men and animals known to be infectious. Dr. Walter E. King counts up 88 having organisms not yet discovered that are believed to he so small as to pass through the cus tomary filters. These Include clilcken pox. rabies, dengue fever, small-pox. trachoma, measles, poliomyelitis, scarlet fever, typhus and thumps, and yellow fever was in the list until Doc tor Noguchi’s recent discovery of the organism. As In the case of tuliercu losls, knowledge of the organism does not always bring a direct remedy. On the other hand, steps toward eradicat ing yellow fevsr, through the destruc tion of the germ-carrying mosquito, were made possible while the disease organism was still unknown. Wireless Waves Fire Oil Welle. In recent years there have been « number of oil well fires the origin of which has never been explained. The fires started at such times when the sites were deserted and could not have been done through any human agency, and In this connection It. M. McLain of Desdcraonn, Tex., has come to the fore with a remarkable theory that the flrtng Is done by wireless waves gathered by the metal entering Into the construction of the derricks. This gentleman lias observed a num ber of oil well fires which could lie explained In no other way. Reassurance. “Look here," demanded the new pa tron of the Dizzy Hour lunchroom. "When do I get that order?” "Control yourself." snapped Romeo the waiter. "The cooks are on strike, but I think they’ll come to un agree ment ’most any hour now.”--Ameri can Legion Weekly. Probably Not Overdreeeed. "But that woman in the box seems to have no clothes on at all!" "Ah, yes; she’s the tiest-dress**<i woman In Paris.—Le Journal Amus ant (Purls) Uncle Walt's Story Walk Mason THE USE OF SICKNESS ERE is the most wonderful hook over offered tlie public.” said “H tin* agent with enthusiasm. "It Is en titled ‘Psychology and Disease.’ and every page has an astounding revela tion. When this hook Is universally rend and under stood, there won’l be any disease Ir the world." "Which Is equiv alent to saying tlmt when the pigs are dying, a mu n with the rheumatism will get a Job as con tortionist." said Mrs. Curfew. “1 have listened to agents for many years, and have heard all kinds of silly talk, but yours Is the worst yet. You ean’t convlnee me that the day will ever mine when a limn with the jumping rheumatism, such as my hus band is nlllieted with, can sit down and cure himself by rending a book even if the book Is endorsed by con grossmcji und Justices of the pence and other dignitaries without number. "If disease ever Is Imu I sins I Yrom the world. I have no.doubt that some thing worse will mine to take Its place. I believe that everything in this world Is here for a good purpose, even if it doesn’t look that way at first glanee. "Early this spring there was an epi demic of measles in this neighbor hood, and of course my little grand daughter had to come to visit ine. She never comes when the health con ditions lire all that could be desired, but Just as sure as there is smallpox or seven year Itch or some other con tagious disease rampant, that angel child mines to spend a few days with her beloved grandmother, and sh< catches everything there Is going. "She hadn't been here two days be fore she was down sick. She had more measles than I ever saw In one collection before, und her face was a sight to be seen. I was Inclined to murmur mid repine, for I was Just done with my housoelennlng and wus SO tired I felt ns though I’d like to lit’ down and sleep for six months. nn«l there I was with a slek child In the house, and I was to be up night and day seeing that she didn’t catch cold, for if a child catches cold when she Ims that disease, some of the measles are sure to strike In, and then she goes blind or loses her hearing or be comes-an idiot. "I was to Mr. Curfew. ami saying harsh, hitler things, when a boy came to the door with a tele gram. It was from Cousin Susan, and she said*sli<* wus coming on the flight trnln with her three children to spend a week with me. She Invites herself Hint way about one.* a year, and I al ways dread her coming, for her dill •Iren are holy terrors, and there Is ro pence where they are. "I never bad a good excuse for bead ing Com In Susan off before, and alio bud become a night mare to me. But on that occasion I lmd an excuse nil ready made. I sent back a telegram saying flint my granddaughter was In the house with an aggravated attack of measles, nml the house was quar antined. and a policeman with ii sawed-off shotgun was guarding the approaches to tie* house. Of course I didn’t use exactly those words, but tlmt was the meaning of my dispatch, and Cousin Susan had to take her off •firing mid unload them on her Aunt Marla, who had never suffered n vis itation of that sort before. "This shows thnt diseases have their use. mid even n few measles in the house are ii wcllspring of pleas ure. when we regard them properly, with u determination to realize our blessings. So I have no use for any hook that shows how to abolish ills eases, and now must disperse, for 1 nave a hundred things to do. Arabs Suffer From Famine. “The Drinkers of Sunshine." us the Arab shepherds rail themselves, ore on .he verge of starvation throughout Al geria, mid unless wheat Is imported troni America it may have nothing but sunshine us a steady diet during the winter. Tlie threatening famine Is the re sult of a year's drougliL Seventy-five per cent of the sheep in Algeria have died ns u result of the drought, and the Arab "Drinkers of Sunshine." dreamers und philoso phers, itmipuble of any work but that of guarding tlielr Hocks, are In dire straits. Out of Date Now. "Did you bear wlint that young n-om an said?" "No. What wuu It?” "She told the young fellow with her that slu* ‘Just loved to cook.’ ' "Ah! An old-fashioned gl.’l. She'* using the ’vamping imrlhods popular twenty years ago." To Be Expected. Bob—" Don't you weigh more,than you dill?" * Kollo—“A lilt. I atiirtcd at due und u half pounds."—Boston Globe. LOCUST LONG POPULAR TREE Has Been a Pronounced Favorite In Thle Country Sines tho Earlleot Colonial Days. There Is a tree, which because of the affectionate regard which old-fash ioned folk linve for It, Is called "the old home tree." It Is the black locust. Before King William’s war, before Queen Anne’s war, before the French and Indian wur and therefore long, long before the American Revolution It would seem that a man could not set up his home In the colonies without surrounding It with these locust trees. The practice continued at least as late as the Civil war, but since then other trees have become the fashion. All around the old homes In the middle At lantic states, and perhaps In many oth er parts of the country, grow these venerable trees, generally rough, gnarled nnd storm broken, and they also mark the site of many a house that long ago passed from earth. A few years ago In building a rall rnnd "fill" across a Virginia creek near Washington the hull of a ship that must have been sunk there In the very early days of the American colonies was exposed. Her timbers were not sound, yet they had not wholly rotted nor had they fallen apart. Her sides and deck were of locust planking nnd the plunks were fastened to her ribs, not by nulls and bolts, but by pins of locust wood, or "dowel pins," ns t bey are called. That was one of the many uses to which the Americans of other times put this locust tree. The locust Is variously called the black locust, the yellow locust and the false ncucln, with Its thorny branches. Its delicate pinnate leaves nnd Its dense clusters of fragrant flowers, which distill perfume along old roads and In the gardens of thousands of homes. The wood is very hard ami strong and has long been used as fence posts, well lining. In many forms of turnery and In making "tree nails" for pinning together ship timbers. tine of the beliefs of the early set tlers was that the locust tree bad the power of protecting a house against lightning. People believed In the Im-ust tree ns lightning Insurance long before Franklin’s original lightning rod made Its appearance In 1752. It may be thnt some trees Hre better conductors of electricity than others and that the numerous prongs and sharp-pointed branches of the locust tree offer some measure of defense against fire from the clouds. The belief In the protect ing power of the locust tree survived notwithstanding that locust trees were often splintered by lightning. Mothers’ Pension Movement Spreads. Forty out of the forty-eight states have now udopted some form of moth ers’ pension. They have recognized the principle that children should not he tuken from their mothers because of poverty alone. The rapid extension of the mothers’ pension movement In dicates the general belief of the coun try In tlie paramount value of home life nnd n mother’s care. However, although large grants have been made In many of our states, the amounts In general have been so small that the increased cost of living has not been met nnd the full purpose of the laws Is not attained. Some of the states are now making careful studies of Increased costs so that allowances may respond to the higher prices. He Drew Conclusions. Jack went to school for the first time Inst September. The little neigh bor boy. who was In the second grade, took him. And mother anxiously walled for his return. “Did you like It. dour?" she asked the minute he came Into the living room. ••No." he returned shortly. "Why, didn’t you have a nice teach er?” came question No. 2. "She didn’t know nothin’," came the disgusted response. "She asked more questions than Ruby Ruth does.” A Dry Bubtsrfugs. "Have you any of those hollow hook forms that look like the real thing?" asked Colonel Blffklns. "We don’t carry anything of that sort." replied the salesman. "May I ask what you want with them?" "I’m restocking my library. I have Just discovered that some of my choic est volumes leak." —Birmingham Age- Herald. Those Modish Skirts. / Verna May. seeming much fiuxzitd. said to her mother one day: "Mamma, I didn't know that people got gray headed while they were little girls.** "They don’t, dear," mother re turned. . . "Well, I saw a little, bitty, grey headed woman, then, with her dres* as short us mine."—Chicago Tribune. Wouldn’t Stay After That. Billy went over to play at Arthur’s house but returned so soon that his mother was surprised. "Why did you come home so soon?" ahe Inquired. "f>h. Arthur’s father said somefln’ I didn’t like an’ I corned right home.” "What was It he said?” questioned mother. "He said: Tell that noisy kid to go home.’ ’’ - * Maine Sardine Pack Reduced. The 1020 Maine sardine pack Is es timated ht 7G per cent of normal. Since the average pack Is about 2,200.- 000 cases, this season's output Is not much more than 1,500,000 cases. Dad the Washerwoman. A recent survey of farm life condi tions In Arkansas by the stata college of agriculture revealed two homes In which the father did the family wash ing. STOCK BXtA.Bri>o MKB DAVID SMITH •itle branded on left aide Also own brand Horace branded Range, 1* O Meeker, Miller creek Colo ESB II W DOSHA HD. CHICAGO. ILL 'eltic branded ftll ''jtaruuirk Few cowi Bur-Marked jm- brand loft hip b t hinge favors. 11. O. Mosliuro, Foronjun. Axial. Moffat county- colo FHANK M GHKKN Range. Powell Park M*ctlon. P O Meeker. Colorado. BTAHIIIKD k lILISK lilK Heaver Haneb. Meeker. Colo Cattle branded 171 anywhere on animal frith waddle oil the none. Also own YZ ““ HA WRIGHT PO Meeker Kanire. L'ppor Flag creek H 8 HAKP arft horses bra ded as Range. Nlncm'lu hi and Pnstnltb «• Colorado 11 W WELLMAN 11 ft Range. Milk crook. PO Thornburg. Colo L. B. WALRHIIKIK. Cattle ms on cut on Range, Lime Kiln and Miller Creek. O Meeker If II IIRHG Cattle branded same aa cut. Alan own Q 9 B 5 E9 1 Range. Milk creek and W p ForeMt Reserve. -■ - J-F p O Thornburg. Itlo Illation Co., Colo McGinnis A Hitmiikht Baer Dairy Ranch I*. <). Meeker ALICE MAY BAKER y Radge Big Hogback A A I\ O. Meeker, Colo, on left side M. I>. HOPKINS SURVEYOR Homestead Locations. Mud Hiuvcyln*. Mineral claims and Ditch Surveying P o Ilex :p«t Meeker. Colo PIC. K. I>. WITHERS DENTIST ItlMtlll 7 l-i National Rank llblg Phone, VpJ MntKiH, Colo K. A. WII.SOX, Dial. Manager Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company Meeker Hotel Block Meeker. Colo. Real Estate and Loans If you wan*, to buy or soil a Ilanrh see me. 1 can save you time and make you money. If you want to buy orsell'a relinquishment call on me. List your property with tne—either real or personal. T. B. SCOTT MEKKKK COLOMAPO Hall’s Catarrh Medicine Those who are In a "run down” con dition will notice that Catarrh bothers them much more than when they are in good health. This fact proves that while Catarrh Is a local disease. It Is greatly Influenced by constitutional conditions. HALL'S CATARRH MEDICINE is n Tonic and Blood Puri fier, nnd nets through the hi oral upon the mucous surfaces of the body, thus reducing the Inflammation and restor ing normal conditions. All druggists. Circulars free. F. J. Cheney & Co., Toledo, Ohio. Got Her Good Health Out of a Bottle Mrs Edward Rnlfsnlder, Wabash, I ml. says that she owes her good health to Chamtierlain's Tablets* She suffered from distress after eating and constipa tion nnd was completely cured by tho use of these tablets. Improve Your Digestion . If you have weak digestion est spar ingly of meats, let nt least five honrs elapse lietween meals, eat nothing be tween meals. Drink an abundance of wafer. Take one of Chamberlain’s Tab lets Immediately after supper. Do this and you will Improve your digestion. imOMO-FEBRIN will cure your cold. Try It At BTRHLKE’B. Sutwcribe for The Herald.