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(Copyright, 1919, by the McClure News
Granulated tobacco shows up on a
dark blue rug likewell, as a khaki
clad "buddie" did out in No Man's
Land not so many months ago when,
in broad daylight he set out to find
his bunkie who had failed to return
with the scouting party--but I'm an
Picture to yourself a sleepy New
Hampshire town so old that it was a
thriving county seat even before the
Revolutionary war, and now, at the
end of the world war, remains practi
cally unchanged. Thn try to imagine
a square, red brick house facing a
broad, elm-shaded street, with a fan
lighted doorway squarely in the cen
ter of its facade.
Walk with me through that door into
a long hall, turn into a big living room
to the right and see if we do not find
Betty .Splnny standing there on this
April morning gazing ruefully at the
blue rug which harmonizes so well
with the colonial mahogany furnish
ings. For little Mrs,, Spinny has joined
the ranks of the housekeepers whose
men folks roll their own cigarettes.
The door has just closed behind the
young husband. He is off to the shop
early, for this afternoon the local chap
ter of the Red Gross meets in this
charming old room where, long ago,
colonial dames stripped their linen
sheets in a similar cause and Steve
has promised to relate his experiences
in that indefinite land of Over There.
It had always seemed an indefinite
,VWas His Bunkie, Tjiey et
pla'cre to Betty, for she lacked a vivid
imagination and the power of visualiz
Just now, though* ^dmething very
definitely is bothering the little wife
and that something consistFof sundry
little trails and sprinklings of a gran
ulated brown substance which be
smirches the surface of that same blue
.\"0-", dear," she soliloquized, "that's
the c:ie fly in the ointment of having
Steve home again, safe and sound. Why
did*he have to pick up that detestable
habit of smoking cigarettes? And if he
just has to smoke them, why doesn't
he smoke the ready-made kindthey
aren't so messy!"
The neatness of that house was a
family tradition handed down to Berty
along with the heirlooms, artel that to
bacco, eternally scattered over the
floors, was a bugbear. She sighed and
started to clean the room for the after
When at12:30 Steve's whistle sound
d a rather disheveled Betty was plac
ing a hurried lunch on the kitchen ta
ble. The house "was spotless. Now,
if she could only keep Steve in the
kitchen till he went upstairs to
dresshere Betty's thoughts were In
terrupted. Not one man, but two, fol
lowed the whistle into the house.
"Hello, Betty!" Steve cried joyfully,
"'here's my old bunkie, Fred Cranfield,
on his way to Manchester and stopped
over to surprise us."
A little chagrined for housewifely
reasons, Betty nevertheless greeted her
husband's chum brightly. Had she
known of his coming she would have
had lunch in the dining room, of course,
with the family china and plate. Steve
read her thoughts, so continued: "Oft,
never mind any lack of style this noon,
dear I've told Fred about the doings
this afternoon and he'll say a word,
too. Why, this is Delmonico's after
Avhat we were up against most of the
+imehey, Fred? Come on, Buddie,
I'll show you the house while the wife
lays an extra plate."
Betty's housekeeping was on inspec
tion, she felt, and so the resolve to
keep Steve and his messy tobacco
from' those^'immaculate rooms was
crowded out of her mind. With some
help from the preserve closet the meal
passed off very creditably. Then
Steve announced that he must return
\o the shop for an hour or so and if
be should be a little late, why, Fred
would fifths the gap.
While the young husband was ex
plaining to his rather annoyed wife
necessary Canfield strolled into vie
next room but he heard plainly the
-mall lecture that followed. Betty's
voice grew a trifle sharp as the ex
soldier was given to understand just
'.off plainly that tobacco showed up on
the blue rug, and if he just had to
-moke any of the nasty things that
alternoon she wished to goodness-he'd
at least come out in the kitchen to
The husband's low-voiced reply riid
not reach the next room, but Canfield
fra\e a low whistle. "M-m!" he
thought to himself, "so that's the way
the land lies! Doesn't that child real
ise what rolling and smoking those
ji.yarettes means to Stevehow it
helps to calm nerves still raw from
that awful din? Of course notbut
I'll make her."
Steven was late, so the visitor help
'ed receive the guests and acquiesced
readily when they begged that he ad
"There's something, called by some
folks Chance and by others Provi
dence," Canfield began, "but call it
what you will, it is responsible for both
Spinney's and my presence here to-
day." The soldier, looking straight at
Betty, continued: "It was daylight
when Steve discovered that I had not
returned with the patrol from No. Man's
Land. He volunteered to go out alone,
under the eye of the enemy, in a
search for me or my body. Because
i was his bunkie they let him go. I
hud been hit and lying for hours In a
shell hole, helpless from, a piece of
shrapnel in my hip, when Steve, who
had been crawling from cover to cover
with his life in his hands, found me.
It was 500 yards to our nearest tempo
rary trench. In all that distance there
wasn't cover for a rabbit, save one big
shell hole half way to the line. I had
bled a lot and was in a bad way. It
was a case for quick treatment. So
Steve hoisted me on his shoulder and
started. Only a couple of shots were
nred at us, and they missed. But when
we came-to the shell hole Steve was
breathing hard and the pain from my
wound was intolerable. I begged for
i rest, and above all things for a
smoke. Steve slid down into the shell
hole with me. Then he rolled us each
fag. I remember he spilled a few
grains of tobacco and of hearing him
ay 'Buddie, there's a lot of that stuff
mixed with Yankee Wood in the soil of
this man's land.' Just then hell broke
loose. The Huns had laid down a roll
ing barrage, and there wasn't a foot of
the 200 yards between us and the
American line that wasn't full of. flame
und metal for the next ten minutes.
Our stopping to make and light the
smokes was all that saved us from the
absolute certainty of being blown to
The faces of the listeners were tense
as Canfield paused, but Betty didn't
wait to listen to another word. She
rushed into the kitchen as she heard
the door open and Steve come in.
Flinging herself into her husband's
arms, she cried: "Oh, why didn't you
tell me yourself, Steve, that you saved
Mr. Canfield's life? And to think
of my scolding you about your to
"You see, darling," her husband ex
plained, "I was afraid you would think
I hadn't taken you into consideration
when I took that chance that day."
Betty's flashing black eyes looked
back at him reproachfully. "Have
you-forgotten that I am a descendant
of Corporal Allen, who saved the life
of his captain at Monmouth, at the
sacrifice of an arm? Do you think
American womanhood? has degenerated
since that time,-Steve?"
Laughing into her glorified -eyes,
Steve couldn't say It had.
And when a little later, in the course
of Steve's talk to the Red Cross ladies,
the nerve habit of those awful days as
serted itself, and Steve unconsciously
took from his pocket the "makinV" and
proceeded then and there to roll a ciga
rette, Betty only gazed at him with
Opportunity Belongs to All.
You will find time and money If the
inclination is with youopportunity
is everywhere. It is chiefly a matter
erf your own determination. If you'de
sire to succeed everything will help
you. If you wish to fall, you may
do so, and you will itave no one to
blame but yourself. "This is a great
day of specialists. It is, a great day
of business enterprise. Everything
that is worth doing at all is worth do
ing so very well that each important
factor in success of your life, and each
line of activity that you follow, should
be given the benefit of specific study
and concentrated thdught and energy.
Eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius, a
volcano near the eastern shore of the
Bay of Naples, on April 22, 1872, re
calls to mind other eruptions of this
mountain, and especially the one
which occurred in the year 79 A. D.,
and by which the cities of Pompeii
and Heculaneum were practically de
stroyed. An explosion occurred, pre
ceded by a cloud of black smoke,
which blew off the top of the moun
tain and rained a mass of ashes, lapilli
and mud on the towns and cities in
that region, and "which is so graph
ically described by Bulwer-Lytton in
"The Last Days of Pompeii.*'
For the first time now it was
brought home to me that two men
may be as sincere, as faithful, as un
compromising, and yet hold opinions
far asunder as the poles.. I have be
fore said that I think the moment of
rhis conviction Is the most perilous
^risls of our lives for myself it threw
ne at once on nry own responsibility.
blige me to look for myself at what
nen said instead of simply accepting
all because they said it James
COMBAT WITH THEIR HEADS
Giraffes Have Distinctly Peculiar
Method of Settling Differences That
\Ji Arise Among Themselves.
"While the giraffe can hardly be
classed among the fierce duelists of
the animal world, yet animals Of this
species are known to have their, com
bats like their more ferocious fellows.
The long-necked beast has an original
and curidus method of. fighting. It has
neither claws nor beak nor sharp teeth
with which to defend or attack, so
when it is out of temper with one of
its kind it does not fly in the face of
Providence by trying to disembowel its
adversary, as a rhinoceros might, or
tear it, as a tiger would. On the con
trary, the giraffe, knowing that it has
been provided by nature with a long
and pliable neck, terminating in a very
solid head, uses the upper part of
Itself like a flail, and, swinging its
neck around and around in a way that
does Immense credit to its organiza
tion, brings its head down at each
swing with a thump on its antagonist.
The other combatant uses precisely
the same tactics, and the two animals,
planting themselves as firmly as pos
sible by stretching out on all four legs
to the utmost, stand opposite to each
other hammering away with their
heads until one or the other has had
The head of the giraffe is furnished
with two stumpy, hornlike processes,
so that the animals when at this ham
mer-and-tongs mode of warfare, re*
mind the spectator somewhat of two
ancient warriors thumping each other
with the spiked balls they used to
carry for that purpose at the end of
a chains-New York Herald.
A new oil-burner for the kitchen
stove, announced from Cairo, Egypt, Is
attachable by a special flange to the
grate door, and It neither requires
alteration of the solid fuel stove nor
prevents the use of solid fuel. The
nozzle projects about an inch Into the
grate, the oil tank being mounted on
a suitable rack outside the stove. A
small fire heats the fuel oil to about
180 degrees Fahrenheit, and as the oil
passes from the nozzle, a jet of com
pressed air or steam converts it into a
spray that burns with a continuous
smokeless and odorless flame. In Cai
ro, it is noted, compressed air is sup
plied in pipes to houses.-
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Advance Notices Indicate That Warren
People Are to Hear Excellent
The program outlined! for the War
ren Chautauqua, to be held here July
14th to 18th, indicates that this city is
to tie exceptionally fortunate in the
numbers that have been selected for
The program isa's follows:
Monday, July 14th
2:30 P. M. A Lively OpeningGeo. B.
Tack & Company.
3:00 P. M. Lecture, "Taste the Ap
ples", Jas. Harin Smith.
4:00 P. M. Organization of Juniors
for the Dramatic Play, "The Magic
8:00 P.M. Quartet MusicGeo. B.
Tack & Company.
Tuesday, July 15th
:00 A. Mi Assignment of parts in the
play to the Juniors.
2:30 P. M. Prelude by The Oxford Co.!
3:00 P.M. Recital Entertainment,
"Mister Antonio", M. Beryl Buck
8:00 P.M. Music by The Oxford Co:
Wednesday, July 16th
9:00 A. M. Rehearsal of the "Magic
Piper" by Juniors.
2:30 P.M. Music by The Webers.
8:00 P.M. Prelude by The Webers.
8:30 P.M. Lecture, Opie Read.
Thursday, July 17th
9:00 A. M. Rehearsal of the "Magic
Pipers" by Juniors.
2:30 P.M. Prelude by The Hussars.
3:00 P.M. Lecture, "The Testing of a
Nation", W. E. Wenner.
8:00 P.M. Joy Night SupremeMusic
and Fun, The Hussars.
Friday, July 18th
9:00 A.M. Dress Rehearsal of "Magic
Piper" by Juniors.
2:30 P.M. Prelude by The Pugh Com
3:00 P. M. Lecture, "Americanism
versus Bolshevism", Hon. Harry N.
7:30 P. M. Prelude of the evening
program, "The Magic Piper", pro
educed by the Juniors.
8.00 P.M. Entertainment, Jess Pugh,
platform's greatest laugh-maker.
NoteSeason Ticket $2!00, War Tax
20 cents, which will be collected when
ticket is delivered.
NONPARTISAN LEAGUE PICNIC.
The Nonpartisan League picnic will
be held on Thursday, July 10th, at the
Peterson grove, one ibile west and one
half mile north of Alvarado. Mr. A.
E. Bowen, one of the League's best
speakers in North Dakota, will be the
speaker of the day.
MAKES THIS THE
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WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Our next monthly meeting will be
held July 16th and our Annual Picnic
July 20th in Peterson's Grove, near Al
varado, where we held our picnic last
year. Your attendance requested at
LUMBER? We still have a fairly complete stock and
more coming. We just received a carload of MAPLE
FLOORING. Get yours now.
FENCE POSTS? We've sold twenty-five hundred the
past month but still have some left.
GATES? i#fiave a supply of the Iowa Steel Gates and
Can't Sag steel and wood gates.
ROOFING MATERIAL? Sure! We have a good supply
of clear Cellr Sjiingle, Flex-a-tile diamond point slab
shingle, red aiicfgreen slate surfaced roofing, and building
CEMENT? We have just received two carloads of fresh
cement. Besides we have wood-fibre and cement plaster,
hydrated and quick lime, etc.
SEWER TILE? We have a good stock of sewer and drain
Think of something in the building material line. We-are
pretty sure to have it.
St. Hilaire Retail Lumber Co.
AUGUST I. BYSTROM, Local Manager