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JACKSON COUNTY JOURNAL, SYLVA. N. C.
Mr. Bowser's Memory He Finds That He Has Forgotten Many Things (Copyright, 1917, by the McClure Newspa per Syndicate.) The Bowser family were resting in contentment. Mr. Bowser had smoked his cigar and read the evening paper and was half asleep in his rocking chair. Then there came a sudden in terruption. The front-door bell rang as if a fireman had pressed a button. "Good Lord, but what is that!" ex claimed Mr. Bowser as he jumped up and went down the hall. "I'll bet that fellow won't come here again!' he exclaimed as he re- "The Confounded Loafer Wanted to Sell Me a Book." sumed his chair. "What gall ! What impudence! Why, the confounded loafer wanted to sell me a book that tells how to get your memory back If you have lost it !" "I believe there are books which tell you," carelessly replied Mrs. Bowser. "Why, I can remember back to when I swallowed a spool of thread, and I wasn't twenty months old at that time. Mrs. Bowser, do you think I am losing my memory?" "I have sometimes puzzled over It," Was the reply. "Puzzled ! What in the Old Harry Is there to puzzle about !" "Well, we might call it carelessness. "Did You You have often admitted that you are a very careless man." "I never admitted it never In my life ! You may test my memory back to my babyhood, and you'll find that I have forgotten nothing. Go ahead and question me." "Very well, Mr. Bowser. What happened to you when you were three years old?" "I fell into the cistern and was nearly drowned." "Yes, your mother told me so. And what happened when you were five years old?" "A horse kicked me and broke two of my ribs." "And at ten years old, Mr. Bow ser?" "I went out into the woods to get hickory nuts and got lost and they did not find me until the next day." "Well, we'll say at fifteen? Did anything happen on your fifteenth birthday?" - "Not a thing," replied Mr. Bowser, after some thought. "Are you sure?" " As sure as death !" "And didn't I come to your birth day party, along with other girls and boys, and didn't you faU in love with roe?" "Never! You have got things all mixed up!" -Didn't you and I go out into the orchard, and didn't you try to steal a kiss from me? You said I was the handsomest girt In the whole state. Don't you remember it now?" "Woman, what are you driving atT f 'l,mWW'l,,IW shouted Mr.. Bowser. . Id yon mean to say that I was a perfect donkey at fifteen!" "We will let that' pass," replied Mrs. Bowser, "and go on to your eighteenth year. You were not quite eighteen when you wanted me to elope with you. We were to go to some island in the sad, South Seas and live forever more. You had a dollar and a half to go on. I should think you would remember that?" "By George! By George!" growled Mr. Bowser, as he got up and walked to and fro. "Insulted in my own house and by my own wife !" "No one has insulted you. You asked me to-test you and I am do ing so. Shortly after the elopement, which didn't come off, you began to write me love letters. You called me 'your dove,' 'your angel,' 'your popsy wopsy' and lots of other names. I have got some of your old love let ters to show that you did." "I never, never ' wrote any such darned stuff as that!" howled Mr. Bowser, as he flourished' his arms about. , "You often wrote me as many as three times a day, and hired a cross eyed boy for two cents a letter to bring them over to me. If you" could sit down with that cross-eyed boy for three minutes he would bring your memory back better than any book." "More Insults! More insults!" gasp ed Mr. Bowser. "I was reading one f your old letters today," continued Mrs-, Bow ser. "You must have written it by candlelight, for there are three or four spots of grease on every page, and there are just sixteen pages. In it you said that if I died you would go out and drown yourself, for this world would be nothing to you if I left it." "Mr. Bowser couldn't say a word. He just stood with his mouth open and his fingers clenched and looked at Mrs. Bowser as if he longed to toma hawk her on the spot. Mrs. Bowser, I command you not to say another word!" said Mr. Bow ser, in a low, tense voice. "Just a word and I am through, Mr. Bowser. You were so grateful to me for saving your life that you sent the cross-eyed boy over two or three hours later with a half-pound box of candy. It was glorious candy. It must have cost you all of ten cents. My heart went out to you as I munched that candy. I realized that I was about to marry a big-hearted, noble young man, and mother said you would always dote on me. Can't you possibly remember these things, Mr. Bowser? If you can't, you should try and find that man and buy his book on memory." Mr. Bowser made no reply to this. He simply gasped in his throat and turned and went down the hall to the hat rack and put on his hat Ever Love?" 'Are you coiner out. 1mi.v .ovt Mrs. Bowser. "I am going out to look for my lost memory," he replied, and two seconds later he slammed the door behind him and was walking down to the gate. There was only one pedestrian In sight. It was an old man with a cane coming along with a bad limp on him. Mr. Bowser stepped outside the gate and waited for him. When the old man came limping Up, he was caught by the lapels of his coat and backed up to the fence, and Mr Bowser yelled at him: "Did you ever lovfe?" Police! Police!" shouted the old man, who thought he was being held up for his money. "Did you ever make a fool of your self?" was shouted at him. "Fire! Fire! Help! Help!" "Did your wife preserve your love letters and bring them up fortv years later to insult and humiliate you I Tell me, you eld sinner, or I will shake you out of your coat!" "Murder ! Help !" Then some men came running and Mr. Bowser walked away. He walked for two blocks and then leaned np against a shade tree to mutter to him self: . "Bowser, you are the darndest old donkey In Europe, Asia and America! Yes, sir, you are the bigger don key, and I dont blame Mrs. jwssr one little bit!" -Jwsr BUIHJM06 HIGHWAYS m PACIFIC COAST Interesting Figures Secured by Call, fornia Experts on Pull Required to Move Wagon. A ,. , . , An energetic and influential organ- Izatiou on the Pacific coast, the Call- fornia State Automobile association, has carried on some investigations af- fording definite figures of the value of souu roaus. jx securea tne neip or rroi. J. B. Davidson of the Universitv of California and Austin B. Fletcher, state highway engineer, in carrying on a largs number of tests of the pull re quired to move a standard farm wagon loaded to make the gross weight 6,000 pounds. This wagon was hauled in some cases by a two-ton truck and in other cases by a team of good draft horses, weighing about 1,600 pounds each. Tests have shown that a pull of 27 to 30 pounds per ton of gross load was needed to haul the wagon on unsur faced concrete roads. When the ; con crete Was Slirfftnafi "n-lfh exit anA gokuiii. ings the pull was increased to about 50 w. A ... J a 1 a sf yuuuus. adouc oo pounas were neeaea ror nauiing on water-oound macadam and on bituminous concrete laid on top of cement concrete. On good gravel roads a pull of 65 to 82 pounds was needed, while on loose gravel the pull was 263 pounds, the highest record in any of the tests. About 80 pounds were required for hauling on bitumin ous macadam. On earth roads 92 pounds were required for hauling over a good surface covered with 1 inches of loose dust, 99 pounds over an ordi- Road Through California Forest. nary dirt road with dust 3 inches deep in places, and 218 pounds over a muddy earth road. The significance of these figures lies In the fact that on a good earth road it is necessary to exert three times the pull that is required on a con crete road, and nearly twice the pull required on a macadam road. Fur thermore, when the earth road be comes muddy, a condition which does not affect traffic on good pavements, the pull is more than doubled. ROADS INDEX OF CHARACTER Determine Importance of Country, Limiting or Aiding Its Advance ' Should Be Built. The roads are an index of the char, acter of any country, determining its Importance and limiting or aiding Its advance. A country that Isn't worth a good road isn't worth what its land sells for and soon won't be worth liv ing in. No community that has ever improved its roads, has ever regretted it, for road improvement is a good in vestment for any community. Since the roads are for all the people, they should be built by all the people with state and federal aid. MOTOR TRAFFIC IS GREATER Significant Feature of Road Develop ment Is Construction of Bet ter Surfaces. A most significant feature of road development is the construction of bet ter surfaces as a result of automobile trafllc, for it is estimated that there are approximately 2.500.000 nnrns in , ' use On tne roads Of the COUntrv. nr nn forevery mile of roal. The mo- tion (Matt. 3:10-12) of future punlsh tor traffic is greater than traffic of all ment for wrong-doing is only exceeded kinds 12 years ago. by the words of our Lord himself. ii Z 1 I". The Baptism (w. 10, 11). Bap- urges Permanent Roads. tism is always an emblem, a symbol. That road-building along permanent (See Matt. 3:11; Luke 3:6; Mark 1-8-lines should be prosecuted as a part Rom. 6:4.) It is a public identifica or our national war program was tion, a public consecration and confes tne determination of the chamber of sion of faith. Jesus Christ himself commerce of the United States, at Its took the place of sinners (II Cor meeting held at .Atlantic City, N J. 5:21). D . While this lesson Is a lesson of the 7 f P?n " Winter. (herald who preceded our Lord, who . JpoQcrete roads expand most In win- came to prepare the way and to usher ym?ill summcr' ac- in Ms kingdom, still there is the other Tt sndlrLnf ? tCS bttreaa de wWch w and In fJ tocreases pr teaching this lesson we must empha decru in the moisture they con- size, the character of the king whom Ufolin came to herald. IMPROVED mtom INTERNATIONAL SHfSQBRt Lesson ,"By E. O. SELLERS, Acting Director of the Sunday School Course of the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago.) '(Copyright, 1917, Western Newspaper Union.)" LESSON FOR JANUARY 6 JOHN PREPARES THE WAY FOR JESUS. LESSON TEXT Mark 1:1-11. GOLDEN TEXT Behold the Lamb of Sod, that taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29. PRIMARY MEMORY VERSE Thou 3halt call his name Jesus: For it is he that shall save his people from their sins. -Matt. i:2L mediate, SE?R, . AND SrOR TEACHERS Isa. 40:3-5; Mai. 3:1-3; Luke i -. -w; juaiu .-xi-, l.uhb a.i-o; jonn 1:19-42. The first lesson for this year marks the Introduction of The Improved Uni form series of International Sunday School Lessons. This series has grown out of several years of frank discus sion and the presentation of many pro posed lesson svhemes. It is an effort to conserve the benefits of the unl-' form system of lessons with the desire to adapt the lessons as thoroughly as possible to the modern pedagogical Idea of graded instruction for the vari ous aepartments or the school : an attempt to provide for the whole school . - - - as tnorougn ana as teachable a unl form lesson Idea as possible. Special topics and special memory verses and additional scriptural ma terial have been designated wherever It has been deemed possible whereby to make the lessons more helpful to the pupflsof different departments. It is the beginning of an eight-year cycle, chosen with the view first, of Incorporating several shprt topical courses in addition to the usual series on the chronological basis, and sec ond the committee had in mind the desirability of more frequent survey of the entire Bible with varying meth ods of approach than is possible under a six-years cycle. Finally, to har monize in the period of the cycle the newly adopted quadrennial conven tions . of the International Sunday School association. Where no topic, memory verse or additional material is indicated for inter-departments of schools, it is intended ' that uniform material should be employed for such departments. Occasionally the general title and lesson may be found to be more help ful than the special topics or addi tional material as indicated for a giv en department. - Sunday school lead ers frankly acknowledge that this new plan is an experiment. It is hoped, however, that the long continued con troversies over graded lessons, extra biblical material and uniform lessons may find a solution in this newer plan. Mark's Gospel pictures Jesus as the servant; therefore, it makes no refer ence whatever to lfis genealogy. The key-word to this gospel is the word "straightway," which is used more than forty times, and it is a sugges tion as regards the obedience of a servant. I. Introduction (w. 1-3). The be ginning of the gospel is meant the beginning of the blessed story as told by the evangelist, Mark. Note it is a fulfilment of prophecy (Mai. 3:1; Isa. 60:3). Mark is here more particular ly referring to Isaiah. This is the period in the life of Christ between his temple experience and the day of his baptism, when he first entered publically into the real history of Israel. Jesus must needs have a her ald, even as an earthly king is an nounced before his arrival. Christ himself Is the living word (John 1:1), though the voice which announces him is the voice of a man John the Bap tizer. The baptism of John was unto repentance and the remission of sins. It must not be confused with Christian baptism. Some interesting questions arise as to the life of Jesus before this event his religious habits (Luke 4:16); his attitude toward the word of God and its prophecies (Luke 4 :17 21) ; the work he had been doing in Nazareth (Mark 6:3). II. The Baptizer. (w. 4-9). To know what kind of a man John was, we must look up Mark 1:6 and Matt. 3:4. His religious convictions are in teresting also. They were a matter of his heart (Luke 3:8), a thing of his daily life (Luke 3:10). He was a man who held to a strict moral stand ard (Mark 6:18). His method and his message were a protest and a warn ing as well as a preparation. Repent ance is not remission of sin (I John 1:9). John demanded "fruit" which should accompany repentance (Matt. ' - ""voouv nuo UUl UU- tinnnl hut frwlivirirml oi v,i o;o, y j. message was not na The Publican By REV. L. W..GOSNELL Assistant Dean. Moody Bible Institute. Chicago TEXT And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast saying. God be merciful to me a sin ner I tell you this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. Luke 18:13. 14. The Pharisee thanked God he was not as "otlvr men," or as the Revised Version reads, "the rest of men:" he thought he was the best man in the world. But. the publican prayed, "God be merciful to me a sinner, or, as the Revision has It. "the sinner : he thought he was the worst man in the world. Yet. our Lord declares this "man went down to his house justified rather than the other. Certainly, our Lord was not blind to the sins of the publican any more than he was to the excellencies of the Pharisee. The publicans were a hard lot, unjust, rapacious, cruel. A story Is told of a publican who restored a necklace to a merchant from whom he had taken It by fraud. A Rabbi, com menting on the Incident said we tmight now expect wolves to drop from their mouths the Iambs taken from the flock ; yet, the man in the parable took such an attitude toward God that, ' spite of his sin, he was justified. i The prayer he prayed has probably crossed more lips, of dying men than any other prayer. It Is so direct, so brief, that it has been called "a holy j telegram." ! The story of a man belonging to such a class, feeling his own sinfulness and praying such a prayer, will always be of interest to saints and sinners. How It illustrates the beauty of pen itence! True, a man's repentance does not commend him to God. Even the publican seemed to feel that. "God be merciful" means, literally, "God be propitiated." The publican felt he needed a sacrifice of blood even though his heart was broken and his eyes tear stained. This is always the case. Again, the appropriateness of deep feeling on a sinner's part Is illustrated In the publican's cry, "God be merciful to me the sinner." The very fact that some who have heard the Gospel many times are still unmoved should lead them to feel deeply. Heathen people, have been moved to cry with the pub lican for mercy, the very first time the message of the cross has been pre sented to them. ; Conversion of a Cannibal. The son of John G. Paton, the fa mous missionary to the New Hebrides, tells a story which illustrates this , point. He came unexpectedly one night upon a group of cannibals. His fellow missionaries advised that he re- I tire, for their lives were in imminent ' danger. But Mr. Paton argued that the missionary should tell the story of the cross, danger or no danger. He took his place before the cannibal chief and told of the coming of God's son to the world, of his life and his death. As he spoke, the Spirit of God wrought and the heart of the savage before him was broken. When the story was finished, the chieftain raised a wooden knife and said. "Missionary, this knife has entered the bodies of a i thousand men of whom I have eaten at feasts. But I never heard before of the love of God which sent his son to die for us. It 1ms broken my heart. -Take this knife ns a token that I be come this night a follower of Jesus Christ." Yet some have heard the story many times, but have never cried, "God be merciful to me the sinner." We need not say that a penitent heart is ready to accept a Saviour. As already pointed out, the publican prayer, "God be propitiated to me." (See R. V.) The doctrine of Christ as a substitute is distasteful to many in this age, but is radiant with glory to those who feel their need of a Saviour. Finally, this parable illustrates the blessedness of justification. Many Christians are content to believe their sins are pardoned, for man can con ceive of nothing higher than pardon for the guilty. In human courts only the innocent are justified. But in the court of heaven, the ungodly are justi fied and sent away as if they had never sinned! Through the cross, God is able to be Just and yet the justifier of the believer in Jesus. How marvel ous! Surely, there should be no need tc urge men to accept such a blessing. Rather let us take our places at once with the publican, crying, "God be merciful to me the sinner." Sympathy. Husband (groaning) The rheuma tism In my leg is coming again. Wife (with sympathy)Oh, I an so sorry, John 1 I wanted to do some shopping today, and that ls,a sure sign of rain. (' I r. ; The Result. 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Ma, e14 finery 5c X USE FOUND FOR THE MONOCLE Game of Chance, Where Smile Has No Part, Described as Best Place to Wear Glass. The other day we found a monocle. Not In our own home, but elsewhere. And we Immediately sought a seclud ed spot and tried it on. We never had worn a monocle, but we had al ways experienced a tremendous curi osity about the things. We Inserted in our eye and walked to the mirror. Then we made our discovery, writes Ted Robinson In Cleveland Plain Dealer. If you laugh when you are wearing a monocle, it falls out. If you wrin kle your brow In thought. In fear, in merriment, It falls out. If you twitch a muscle of your face, you cannot re tain the single eyeglass In position. To wear a monocle, your face must be In repose and absolutely expres-. sionless. And the solemn thought struck us what a fine thing the mon ocle would be to cultivate a poker face with! When you come to think of it, you never saw a monocle-wearer whose face was not possessed of an abso lutely vacant expression which is a round-about way of saying that his face Is expressionless. Perhaps we are confusing cause and effect Perhaps only a person with a vacant face would weer a monocle. But, on the other hand, the monocle must produce still further absence of expression. What a camouflage! We shall procure a monocle of our own, and then hunt up a poker game. Look out for us. DONT WORRY ABOUT PIMPLES Because Cuticura Quickly Remove Them Trial Free. On rising and retiring gently smear the face with Cuticura Ointment. Wash off the Ointment in five minutes with Cuticura Soap and hot water, using plenty of Soap. Keep your skin clear by making Cuticura your every-day toilet preparations. Free sample each by mall with Book. Address postcard, Cuticura, Dept. L, Boston. Sold everywhere. Adv. Ugly Human Faces. "What surprised me most when I saw the world after being blind twenty-four years Mas the human faces. I had imagined them much more beau tiful? This is the Yorodzu's report of the statement made by a young woman who lost her sight at the age of two years and then at the age of twenty six had it restored by an operation, says the Tokyo New East. The girl became a shampooer, but found life too hard for her. She was saved from suicide by a policeman. GREEN'S AUGUST FLOWER Has been used for all ailments that are caused by a disordered stomach and Inactive liver, such as sick head ache, constipation, sour stomach, nervous indigestion, fermentation of food, palpitation of the heart caused by gases In the stomach. August Flower Is a gentle laxative, regulates digestion both in stomach and intestines, cleans and sweetens the stomach and alimen tary canal, stimulates the liver to se crete the bile and impurities from the blood. Sold in all civilized countries. 30 and SO cent bottles. Adv. 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