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HEADLINES FROM THE LIVES OF PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF! “Danger on the Rails'’ Hello everybody! I’m still learning what a terrific beating the human mind and body can take and still survive. The latest one to impress this lesson on me is today’s Adventurer —Patrick J. | LafTev of Trenton, New Jersey. Pat LafTey, as a boy in Ireland, crawled under a locomotive and was hanging to the undercarriage when the engineer started his train. His description of the heavy steel rods as they started to move, picking up speed, shoving him, battering him—well, read the story! Pat was just, as he puts it, “a broth of a boy” in 1915, living in Galway, Ireland. On this particular autumn after noon, he and two companions set out blackberrving. So lovely was the scenery, that they traveled farther from home than they had ever before ventured —some ten miles. “We dared go no further,” Pat says, “lest we get lost in our home ward journey. We were all tired now, so we started home, bringing our collection of berries along.” The boys crossed a few fields, when suddenly they came to a double railroad track. Rather than cross any more fences, or fall into any more ditches, they started home along the track. They had walked about half a mile when their attention was attracted by a huge engine which lay on the sidetracks nearby. “To me,” Pat says, “who had never seen one before, this huge mass of steel presented one of life’s mysteries.” The boys watched the aged engineer as he pushed and pulled levers. “How that thing did Whistle and shriek,” Pat recalls. “I think I hear it now." Mystified, Pat Climbs Under the Locomotive. A little later, the engineer left his position and walked down amongst other cars on the track. The engine was still steaming and hissing. “This,” Pat says, “was our chance for a final analysis of our mystery— was this huge thing really alive?” The more they looked at it, the more confused the boys became. They walked around it, saw its dirty, greasy iron bars, its large, shiny wheels. “And now,” Pat says, “my race with death occurred. K feel a cold shiver right down my spine now. “I myself set the trap for the grim jaws of eternity. It was a ■ foolish act on my part, as I learned later. Now, boys, don’t get a fainting spell when you read this, but consider yourself in my position. What would you have done?” Well, here is the incredible thing Pat did. Being greatly interested in the engine, he examined it as best he eould; so did his chums. Rather than miss anything, he crept underneath the huge structure. He was just in there, when the engineer returned. He rebuked Pat’s two chums for their presence on the property of tie railroad. The boys took to their heels as fast as they could, but Pat’s battered body was on the ground under the engine. Pat, rather than face the engineer’s scolding, tucked himself under the engine, never aware of his life being in the other’s hands, listening for every breath, hoping the engineer would soon go away. He did decide finally to go away, but, as Pat puts it, “not without the engine.” Smoke blew around, irons clattered, brakes shrieked and groaned— 1 and there was Pat, gasping for dear life itself. He clung on with his j hands and feet until a huge iron compelled him to lose his foothold. He now tried to save his head and arms from being ground to pieces. The engine pulled along. Pat expected any minute to be mashed to pieces. A thousand thoughts flashed through his mind —how far was he going—would the engineer ever stop—how long could he hold on? Soaked With Blood, He Sinks Into Unconsciousness. To Pat death was inevitable; he could see no possible way to avert It. no means of attracting the attention of the engineer. He remembered he began to shout for help, but his cries were only drowned out by that ever-increasing rattle of the engine. He remembers, too, getting a •evere blow on his left side —the cuts of which he bears to this day. He felt himself getting weak . . . wet with blood ... he sank into unconsciousness . . . Days passed, days for which he can give no account, days with life in the balance. Then finally, on the fifth day, Pat again gained con sciousness. There, beside his bed, stood Pat’s parents, friends and neigh bors. and, in the middle of the group, the unfortunate engineer himself. Needless to say, all were overjoyed to see this response to medical attention in a boy they had literally given up for dead. Pat afterward learned how it came about that his life had been spared. And again, it was just one of those almost incredible flashes of good fortune —or Providence. The engineer had occasion to throw a sw'itch, and while he was on the ground he chanced to look down at the engine’s running gear. Imagine his horror to see Pat’s tattered body lying on the ground under the engine. He signaled the fireman in the cab, the fireman’s hand shot to the levers and the immense monster of snorting steel screeched to a stop. The engineer lifted out the unconscious form from beneath the undercarriage. If any of you adventurers ever want a ride on an engine, take Pat’S advice, and be sure you get IN one, and not on the rods, because the odds, Pat says, “are against you.” Copyright.—WNU Service. Greek Law of 25 Centuries Ago Provides Fundamentals of Present Day Patent System “The grant of patents for inven tions began long before the Chris 'tian era, Frank E. Barrows of New York says in a symposium of the American Chemical Society on American Patent Practice and Pro cedure. “The earliest patent system of Which we have authentic record was sci the Greek province of Sybaris and related to inventions of new foods," It is pointed out. "Sybaris was de stroyed in 510 B. C., and with it the record of its experience with a pat ent system, but the Greek historian Phylarchus, writing in the Third century B. C., tells us about the pro visions of the system. It provided that any cook or caterer who in vented an unusual and peculiar dish was entitled to a monopoly of this new invention for a period of one year. "Only the inventor was entitled to the profit to be derived from its manufacture during this period, and the purpose was not only to protect and reward the inventor but to en courage others to labor at excelling in that field. Thus we have in the Sybaris patent law of 25 centuries ago the fundamentals of our modern patent systems. “For practical purposes the ear liest of our modern systems is that of Great Britain, established by the English Statute of Monopolies in 1623, more than three centuries ago. Our own patent system is next in point of time. It was established in 1790, shortly after the adoption of the Federal Constitution. “Even before that time patents had been granted by some of the American colonies. The adoption of patent systems has spread and prac tically all nations have patent sys tems ” ADVENTUROUS AMERICANS By Elmo Scott Watson Historic Footrace AIT'HEN Capt. John Whistler ar * * rived on the shores of Lake Michigan in 1803 to build a military post—Fort Dearborn of tragic mem- ; ory—one of the subalterns in his command was his son, Lieut. Wil liam Whistler. Young Whistler was more than six feet tall and famous for his strength and endurance. A frequent visitor at Fort Dear born was a young Pottawatomie chief, the champion runner of the tribe. Believing that Lieutenant Whistler was just the man to spoil i the Indian's record, the officers at the fort proposed a five-mile foot race between the two men to which they readily agreed. The race was a thriller. At the start the Pottawatomie sprang into the lead and held it for almost the entire distance. But near the end young Whistler managed to close the gap between them and by a ! final burst of speed plunged across : the finish line several yards ahead , of his rival. The race had an exciting sequel. | During the War of 1812 the same Pottawatomie chief, who was now an ally of the British, sent a chal lenge for a hand-to-hand combat with Whistler or any other officer or soldier in the American army. Whistler promptly accepted. It was agreed that no firearms were to be used. The fight began. Whistler dodged the tomahawk that was hurled at him and closed in on his opponent. The Indian stabbed at him with his long hunting knife but missed. Then the lieutenant’s fj/ord finished the duel. • « • An American Mandarin I N 1859 Taiping rebels had almost * overthrown the Manchu dynasty in China. Fifteen of the eighteen ! provinces had been captured when Frederick T. Ward, a 28-year-old ! sailor from Salem, Mass., quit his ship and offered to put down the revolution—if they would pay him | $75,000 for each city recaptured. The rebels were knocking at the gates of Shanghai when the Manchu ; leaders agreed to young Ward’s price and allowed him to train his own army. He recruited his men from among the human derelicts j | around the wharves, but he instilled i in them the discipline he had ! | learned as a soldier in the French j i army during the Crimean war. Then, at the head of 500 men, and with a pistol in each hand, he or- j dered an attack on Sungkiang, held by 5,000 rebels. His men fought hand to hand on the top of the city ; wall and held it by tossing over the j bodies of Taiping soldiers. In 24 • hours Manchu re-enforcements ar- j I rived. When the battle was over, J Ward had only 128 men left and 100 < of them were wounded. But he had j earned his first $75,000 and a wide reputation as a military leader. He continued to fight, successfully ; taking the city of Singpo by outma- ■ neuvering 20,000 Taiping rebels, j When they again threatened Shang- : hai, he drove 10,000 of them back 10 miles with a force of only 2,500. Then he took the city of Quanfuling. I Ward was made a mandarin and j his fame spread throughout the em- ! pire. Soon he was able to increase ! his well-trained army to 6,000 men, besides piling up a huge fortune. He had been wounded five times. ; but in September. 1862, in a battle at Tseki, he was hit for the sixth j time and killed. The Chinese mourned him as a national hero and ! buried him in the Temple of Confu- j cius at Sungkiang. * * • Eskimo Heroine IN 1921, science attempted to find j out whether man could live on the otherwise uninhabited islands of the Arctic. The experiment proved » more. It revealed to the world the calm heroism of Ada Blackjack, j who will be remembered as the most courageous woman of the Es kimo race. Four men were landed with a ! year's supplies on Wrangel island, : 110 miles north of Siberia in the Arctic. Ada Blackjack went along as seamstress, cook and servant, j i One year later a relief ship was to | pick them up. The year passed but ice floes blocked the relief ship. Lome | Knight, one of the tour men, became j ill with scurvy. The other three left j on a trek across the ice to Siberia I to send a rescue party. No one ever ! j beard of them again. Left alone with Knight, Ada | Blackjack went through eight I I months more of mental torture. For j j two months she nursed him. Then he died. The relief ship finally came. They found her still keeping the diary that Knight had turned over to her when he could no longer hold a pencil. One entry in the diary read: “God is the only one who will brought me home again.” God did not fail the faith and persistent courage that enabled Ada Blackjack to face a seemingly hopeless situation with out breaking. fc Western Newspaper Union. THE COOLIDGE EXAMINER 6 Ag’ Department, 50 Years Old, Leads Active, Serviceable Life Above, a federal bacleri ologist takes a sample oi canned foods suspected oi bacterial contamination. The federal pure food law is en forced by the agricultural department. Bight, the de partment operates weather bureaus. Here a “radio sonde,'’ new robot weather observer, takes observations \ \\ on upper-air conditions for f j use by forecasters. Below : A marketing specialist samples grain in a freight ear. The . department must certify every lot of wheat. ' >■/.■sss**.':•■' ~~'* .. '* ' Agriculture department headquarters at Washington, L). C. Improved II SUNDAY; International I SCHOOL LESSON By HAROLD L. LUNDQUIST, D. D. Dean of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. ® Western Newspaper Union. Lesson for February 26 Lesson subjects and Scripture texts se lected and copyrighted by International Council of Religious Education; used by permission. PETER IX SAMARIA LESSON TEXT—Acts 8:14-25. GOLDEN TEXT—Come ye. buy, and eat; yea. come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.—lsa iah 55:1. Commercialism certainly should have no place in the Christian Church. But in an age that will even commercialize a man’s love for his mother, it is small wonder that the great holy days of the Church—Christmas and Easter — have become the special object of profit-seeking purveyors of every thing from hats to whisky. New i Year’s day, Thanksgiving day, Mother’s day, Father’s day, any day at all, becomes just another oppor tunity to take a man’s money, waste ' his time, and possibly to destroy his soul. It is high time that intelli gent folk make effective protest against such perversion of sacred : things. The Scripture lesson for today tells of one who went so far as to try to buy the power of God for mon ey, that he might use it to get gain for himself, failing to realize that the power of God is a gift and to be used only for His glory. I. Spiritual Power —the Gift of God (vv. 14-17). The Holy Spirit who is the third person of the blessed Trinity had called Philip, a layman, and sent I him forth to preach in Samaria. Men and women were converted, and when the church at Jerusalem heard of it, they sent Peter and John to give counsel and help to the new converts. Through the laying I on of hands these received the gift of the Holy Spirit even as we now receive Him the moment we believe | on Christ. What a glorious truth it is that the believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 6:19). Thus even the humblest believer has in Him the One who redeems man, gives grace for holy living, and empowers for I service. The greatest power in all the world is consequently available to every true and yielded believer. Gone then are all excuses for weak and careless living. Gone is every ground for claiming that one can- I not serve God. The nower and grace are His, and He gives them | to His followers as a gift. Christian friend, are you giving the Holy Spirit of God liberty to infill and use you as He will? 11. Spiritual Power—Not for Sale (vv. 18-24). Men who put their trust in money are prone to think that one can buy anything. They say with Walpole, “Every man has his price.’’ But they are wrong. There are men and women in the world who can not be bought, and it is even, more certain that the best things that life can give a man have no price tag on mother’s love, friend ship, fellowship with God, the Holy Spirit’s power—these among many others are not for sale. Simon, a professed believer, rec ognized that these followers of Je sus had a great power which he thought to buy for his own business as a magician. His was a very gross and blatant effort to do what many have done in the Church, and are doing today, by more skillful and sometimes by under-cover methods. There are those who by holding the purse strings seek to control the message of the preacher, or who use their financial influence to obtain control of church organizations and institutions. Their efforts are doomed to ultimate failure, but the present harm they do to the cause of Christ is appalling. Many a church and pastor would be far better off if they could rise up and say with : Peter, “Thy money perish with j thee.” | 111. Spiritual Power —for Testi mony (v. 25). Peter and John set the Samari tan believers a good example by permitting the Spirit of God to use them to testify and preach the Word of the Lord in many viKages. The Holy Spirit does “not speak of him self,” but guides the believer “in all truth” (John 16:13), and His primary ministry is to glorify Christ j (John 16:14). It follows that the ! outstanding mark of a Spirit-born and Spirit-filled believer is his de sire to speak of and to glorify Christ. Such a testimony will be “not in words which man’s wisdom teach eth, but which the Holy Ghost teach eth’’ (I Cor. 2:13), and will bear fruit for eternity. A Common Adversary Much contempt and hatred to- I wards erring humanity would be ! averted and instead compassion would be excited—if we kept con stantly in mind the humbling thought that we have the same com mon adversary! Indeed, such real ization w'ould elicit prayer in lieu of caustic criticism. Simple Things There is a sort of wealth in the ability to find happiness in simple things like books, birds, flowers and friends, that cost nothing.—Vinton A. Holbrook. GOLD SEAL SEEDS in seed selection is repaid many fold at harvest time. You can be sure of the finest quality by planting Gold Seal Seeds. 30 years of scientific plant breeding under Western growing conditions are back of this brand. Complete line for garden, field, lawn and orchard. Illustrated catalog shows many attractive savings. At Leading Dealers THE WESTERN SEED CO. 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Serious trouble may be brewing and you cannot afford to take a chance with any remedy less potent than Creomulsion, which goes right to the seat of the trouble and aids nature to soothe and heal the inflamed mucous membranes and to loosen and expel germ laden phlegm. Even if other remedies have failed, don’t be discouraged, try Creomul sion. Your druggist is authorized to refund your money if you are not thoroughly satisfied with the bene fits obtained. Creomulsion is one word, ask for it plainly, see that the name on the bottle is Creomulsion, and you’ll get the genuine product and the relief you want. (Adv.) Effects of Learning Learning makes a good man better and an ill man worse.— Thomas Fuller. A Long Lesson Life is a long lesson in humility. —J. M. Barrie. : I How Women r in Their 40’s Can Attract Men Here’s good advice for a woman during her change (usually from 38 to 62), who fears she’ll lose her appeal to men, who worries about hot flashes, loss of pep, dizzy spells, upset nerves and moody spells. Get more fresh air, 8 hrs. sleep and if you need a good general system tonic take Lydia E. Tinkham’s Vegetable Compound, made especially Jor women. It helps Nature build up physical resistance, thus helps give more vivacity to enjoy life and assist calming jittery nerves and disturbing symptoms that often accompany change of life. WELL WORTH TRYING! Advertisements Best Guides to Value EXPERTS can roughly estimate the value of a product by looking at it; but even experts are sometimes fooled by imperfections. A more certain method for judging the value of any manufactured goods is a knowledge of the maker’s name and what it stands for. 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