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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.
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
,"By E. O. SELLERS, Acting Director of
the Sunday School Course of the Moody
Bible Institute, Chicago.)
'(Copyright, 1917, Western Newspaper Union.)"
LESSON TEXT Mark 1:1-11.
GOLDEN TEXT Behold the Lamb of
Sod, that taketh away the sin of the
world. John 1:29.
3halt call his name Jesus: For it is he
that shall save his people from their sins.
-Matt. i:2L
mediate, SE?R, . AND
TEACHERS Isa. 40:3-5; Mai. 3:1-3; Luke
i -. -w; juaiu .-xi-, l.uhb a.i-o; jonn
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
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
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
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
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."
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.
"Some glib talker persuaded me to
go Into the bee business he was sell
lag out, guaranteeing me big profits.
"What bappenedr
1 was xton
' Adt for and Got
The Original Cough
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w Boob rrmoTM awuin -i .
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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
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.
Because Cuticura Quickly Remove
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On rising and retiring gently smear
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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.
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Is a gentle laxative, regulates digestion
both in stomach and intestines, cleans
and sweetens the stomach and alimen
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blood. Sold in all civilized countries.
30 and SO cent bottles. Adv.
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"What is the most pronounced work
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