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THE OWOSSO TIMES
SUBSCRIPTION' 8 1 .OO YEAH Entered at tbe Poitoffloe In Owom) for tranamUaioa m saooad-elasa matter Published every Friday noon. OWOSSO. MICH., MAY 28, 1920. Mark Twain's Imagination. ,Mark Twain had such a vivid Imaz Inatlon, such a brain for embroider, that It was a difficult task for him to tell a straight story Just as It Ttap. pcned he could- make up one that was so much better. We all know that Albert Blgelow Paine, working on .Mark Twain's "Life," found It neces sary to discard much of the autoblo graphic material Mark Twain had writ ten. Investigation, talks with men still living who knew tbe facts, simply proved that the tales were not so. And Mark Twain was no liar, lie had a glorious, almost superhuman, imag ination. As he approached threescom and ten he said, as quoted In K.e "Life," "When I was younger I could remember anything, whether It hap pened or not; but I am getting old, and soon I shall remember only the facts." William W. -Ellsworth, "A Golden Age of Authors." The Groundhog. Nobody knows where the groundhog 'got Its "rep" as a weather forecaster, but belief In Its powers In this regard seems to be very ancient. It Is a kind of marmot (therefore related to the prairie dog) and makes Its home In a burrow 20 or 30 feet long, which descends obliquely four or five feet, and then gradually rises to a large round chamber, where the groundhog family sleeps and brings up the young ones. In the daytime the woodchuck (as It Is otherwise called) never gets far from Its burrow. When angry or alarmed It makes a chattering noise, or sometimes utters a shrill whistle. Its bite is severe, and it will make a desperate flgls against a dog. Fetishes of Riksha Pullers. Although the diffusion of education among the Zulus and other natives of Natal Is removing many fetish customs from their social life, some practices are held tenaciously by the children of bigoted natives. At one curio es tablishment in Durban, Ndtni, It Is said that on rare occasions natives ask for Jokelosi "muti," or magic medi cine made from the flesh of native children. This "muti" (which, it Is be lieved, was once used by the warriors of Tshaka find Dingaan), is supposed to convey the virtues of youth and strength. It Is occasionally asked for In Natal by ricksha boys. The rick sha pullers have a firm faith in the fat of lions, tigers, crocodiles and hip pos. These are stored In Jars for sale to Kaffir clients. Snake muti Is also a favorite decoction for those desiring cunning. "A' good deal of the fat for these medicines Is Imported by u!," said a well-known curio dealer, "from Central Africa: and we are supplied by firms In Livingstone." Other Men's Affairs. "Every roan should mind his own business," remarked the severely In dustrious citizen. "But what are you going to do," pro tested Senator Sorghum, "when you've tot a whole lot of constituents, every one of whom thinks his business U four business 1" CASTOR I A For Infants and Children In Use For Over 30 Years Always bears the Signature of WANTED FARM Wanted, to hear from owner of farm or good land for sale. Price and description. Fall de livery. L. Jones, box 551, Olney, 111. OWOSSO MARKETS. Owosso, Micb., May 28, 1920 QRAINS Wheat, white I 2 88 Wheat, red 2 12 Oats 1 10 Rye 2 05 Barley 3 10 Corn 1 65 Beans 7 00 Clover seed, Aleyke 30.00 to 32.00 Cloverseed, June 30 00 to 32.00 Clover seed, Mammoth., f 30.00 to 32.00 Hay 23 to 124.00 DRE35ED MEATS 'icoted by Bowers & Metz.ger. Beef, dieted 15 to 10 Calves, dressed 25-26 Pork dressed 20 Tallow 5 HIDES Beef hides, irreen 20 cored 20 Calf hides 50 Horse hides, each 1 1 1 0. 00 PRODUCE, VEGETABLES. PRUIT5 Batter c0 Eggs 40 Potatoes 00 L1VB POULTRY Qootedby Randall Bios. Hens, fat 30 Butter Fat 63 E&gf 8 WHY Underground Workers Are Superstitious Underground workers in coal and other mines are full of superstitions, some of which are extremely weird. Darkness means mystery, and imag ination has created various hobgoblins that are commonly believed to lurk In such subterranean places. For instance, there is the "ladder dwarf," a hunchbacked demon with a large head and enormously long and powerful arm. His favorite trick is to climb the ladders in mines and, as he passes the rungs, to kick them out one by one. In Germany th'e mines are haunted by two supernatural beings called Nick el and Kobold the former being be nevolently disposed and the latter evil ly mischievous. They are the gnomes who fill or empty the lodes. Nickel, if properly propitiated, will reproduce metal-bearing ores as fast as they are removed. Kobold, on the other hand, will steal away the metal from the lodes. He blows out the miners' lamps and. If he catches a man alone he may drag hlui about by the nose or hair. If he has a special grouch against an indi vidual miner he will throw him down a ladder or crush him beneath a down fall of rock. To fain the good-will of these formidable goblins tbe miners leave bread, cake and even money In odd places. And as a special means of ap peasing them, two metals, nickel and cobalt, have been named after them. HAVE NO BUSINESS SCRUPLES Why Firms That Have Dealings With the Vily Jap Must Be Keenly Alert and Watchful. A British firm once contracted to de liver a piece of machinery in Tokyo, but because of some, unavoidable de lay was unable to live up to Its con tract. Fearing lest the Japanese con signees should make efforts to collect the money indemnity due them for nondelivery, according to the Living Age, the Japanese agent of the Hrltlsh firm sent to the home office a sugges tion for avoiding payment. Mr. E is the English agent of the same firm, also stationed in Japan: "Regarding the matter of escaping penalty for nondelivery of machine, there is a way to creep around same by diplomat. We must make a state ment of big strike occur in our factory (of course big untrue). Tlease ad dress my firm in Inclosed form of let ter and believe this will avoid pen alty of case. As Mr. E is a most religious and competent man and also heavily upright and godly, it fears me that useless apply for his signature. Please attach name by Yokohama of fice making forge, but no cause to fear prison happening, as this Is often open ated by other merchants of highest in tegrity. "It is highest unfortunate Mr. E so godlike and excessive awkward for business purpose. I think much better add little serpentlike wisdom to up right manhood and so found a good business edifice." In these few sentences, concludes the Living Age. lies all the wisdom of the East applied to all the wisdom ot the West. Why Few Travel In Afghanistan. Even In recent years there have never averaged annually more than five to ten Europeans In Afghanistan. A European or American who wishes to enter the country must have a per mit, or firman, signed by the army, as serting that the bearer be allowed to proceed through the country unmolest ed, and that a bodyguard, pack anl- firman to tbe secretary of state for India, a permit is granted allowing the bearer to pass the frontier, but at the same time the recipient Is re quired to sign a paper stating that he understands that the British Indian government takes no responsibility either for him or his business. A Brit ish subject receives no more protec tion than any other national, A. C. Jewett writes in Asia. Why Introspection Is Good. When you build to endure you must do it In the light of your limitations. Only the few are satisfied that they know It all. There are more who need the prod of circumstances to force them Into a use of their pow ers. The wise man knows better than anyone else the limits of his power Accordingly he husbands his resources and measures well his possibilities bt fore he attempts the Impossible. Yet he Is ever ready to acknowledge the great when he sees it. It's better far to acknowledge your own shortcom ings and then strive to rise above them. Grit. Hew Merchant Marine Has Grown. According to figures made public by the National Marine league, the American merchant marine has ex panded from four ships in deep-sea commerce before the war to a fleet of 9.773,000 tons in ocean service, says the Nation's Business. Hew Electricity May be Used. South African gold mines are expe rimenting with blasting by electricity, with a view to minimizing the fine dust, which is thought to be the chief cause of miners' phthisis. Hew Dittance-Camera Works. With a French Inventor's reincra leas for long distance wrk It Is pos sible to get a picture of a man 600 yards away large enough to fill a plate. DANIEL WADE AS CUPID Br LATIMER J. WILSON (. 1120, by McClur Ntwap&per 8yndlcatO The great Interior court of Electric Square resounded with the unharmonl ous music of typewriters. When their "click-clicking" ceased to pour frop the hundreds of windows at noon and at five o'clock, the numerous elevators filled to overflowing and crowds of girls and men swarmed out of the massive deors of the skyscraper. Streams of humanity they flowed down from the lofty heights to swell the al ready flooded current of downtown Broadway. It was barely one hour before the opening of the noontide flood gate. The anteroom office boy, that Individ ual In uniform and buttons who de mands your name and your business, had grown restless. During a lull In business be poked his head Into the room of No. 22, where Miss Maybelle Kinney performed the duties of stenographer. In years she was less than twenty-two, while the office boy, heralded merely as Dan, though his name was Daniel Howard Wade, tipped the scale of years at fifteen. "Z-z-z-s-tl" he significantly sounded in a kind of tongue whistle. "Has Mapes asked you to lunch with him today?" "(Jet out of here and mind your own business!" commanded the girl threat eningly. 'Til bet you're going to lunch with him. Gee I Won't you look fine when you're Mrs. Mapes I You'll get along without a looking glass every time Mapes takes off his lid. Why, May! You can curl your hair and paint your lipyln the reflection from his shiny top whenever his hat's off! Ouch!" he screamed In a whisper when the han dle of her paper knife rapped his knuckles. Steps were heard approach ing the door from the adjoining office, and the boy quickly ducked back into his own room. The door opened and a tall, slende young man, somewhat older than May belle, came in with a handful of let ters. He was not at all bad looking, but the top of his head, the very top was shockingly bare. "Here, Miss Maybelle, you can look after some of these " Mr. Mapes was about to say more when he sud denly discovered that he had left some thing important in his office. Just as the door closed behind him, Maybelle was summoned to another office by the little call button Indicator at her desk. As she started out of the door Daniel poked his head into the room. "Ta-ta! You're going to lunch with Mapes, I'll bet!" he whispered loudly. The girl reddened and scowled at him. When she came back into her room, about half an hour later, she brought more letters and found upon her desk the one Mapes had gone back to bring. There was also a little note from him. asking her to lunch today. He said he would come by for her at noon. Maybelle could think of no plaus ible excuse for not going to lunch with her fellow employee of the office staff. She had not thought enough of him personally even to dislike him un til young Wade began to tease hr. Then she could see nothing but Mr. Mope's depleted summit every time she sat opposite him at the crowded table of the restaurant. His fiery gaze of affection was futile In its attempt to melt the Icy unconcern of her manner. He was hopelessly In love, though she had not Imagined It until Wade mals and tents will be supplied for the road. Upon the presentation of thisTpointed the direction of the wind Now Mapes' attention Irritated her and she wanted some polite excuse for refusing him. She walked over and looked out at the maze of windows In the wall opposite. In her dust-dry garden of business routine the girl longed for a breath of youth and companionship, but Mapes fell short of the mark. She decided that whatever happened she wouldn't go another time with him to a picture theater or a restaurant. Absently her gaze fell upon a win dow directly opposite her own, but on the floor below. A young man stood in plain view, looking straight at her and smiling. In his eyes at that moment she thought she read the romance of moonlight, springtime, youth nnd adventure. There was no mistake. He was looking all of those things right at her. Ills hair was roached back In the most genteel style. His brows were arched exquisitely above his dark eyes, which now sparkled with merri ment. He was surely smiling at her, and she looked away abashed at first; then back at him with an answering but Inquisitive expression. She saw him reach across his desk for a sheet of letter paper, upon which he printed In large, clear letters with a pen: "EAST DOOR AT NOON." She had never seen him before, but from that moment he was a new and Intense Interest In the routine of Elec tric Square. Maybelle decided that she might as well trust her noon hour with him as with Mapes, and he was so much better looking than the lat ter. So she nodded "Yes," and ad justed her pearl-bead necklace while she smiled and blushed. Just then the door opened and Mr. Mapes came In. "Ml Maybelle you read my i.ote, 1 suppose. Well, here I've roi for you. Will you let me have the pleas ure?" Ue seemed to take it for (rant ed that she would go out with hlmJ "Thank you very much, blr. Mapes. I have other plans for my noon hour today, and cannot accept your invi tation," was her businesslike refusal. He was plainly surprised, and with the instinct of Jealous natures at once suspected the cause. , "I'm sorry, Miss Maybelle," was all he said. Following her a few minutes later he saw her hurrying toward the east ern doorway of the great building, ' where she met and timidly shook hands with a young man. Mapes lost . trace of them in the swift current of the crowd.. "Don't you think we ought to be introduced?" Maybelle asked' her es cort. "Why, I hadn't thought of that We already know each other's names. I'm Romeo so you're Juliet, don't you know?" he laughed. She did not exactly understand, but persisted In her own way. x "I mean," she said seriously, "It Isn't right for me to be walking with you when we don't even know each other." "Do you mean to say you don't know who I am?" he laughed. "I found out your name a week ago, Mls Maybelle Kinney. Well, anyway, I'm Tom Wendell, alias Romeo, and right here's where I feed every day) at 12:15. Will you step in?" It was one of those restaurants where an orchestra played dreamy melodies and harmonies that suggest ed moonlight, springtime, love and ro mance. In the eyes of the youn,? man she saw these things reflected. So this was the beginning. Mapes never had another chance at the noon hour. The girl and Tom were always together then, and often they met af ter closing hours and on holidays. One day Tom dropped in at her office, where he was clandestinely ad mitted by Daniel. "How do you like this one?" asked Tom when they were alone. Ho slipped a delicate little band of orna- .1 1 ... I i. l.l ...ti. n I pure blue-white diamond upon her finger. It flashed In a thousand hues the brilliant glory of the sunlight slanting through the magic window where he had first seen her. The door behind them stealthily opened nnd the round face of Daniel beamed at the lovers. "Say!" comically whispered young Wade as they wheeled around at him. "Here's where you kids ride on the band wagon 1 Sis told me to take up a hunch from the office and bring them down for a lark next Saturday night. You know Sis!" he addressed Maybelle understanding. "Certainly; did she tell you to In vite me?" she asked. "Yes, she did! She said to tell you to bring along your sign man." "My what?" cried the girl. "This guy here that answered my ad." commented Daniel complacently. The ad, I "mean, that I put on a card in your window when you were out." "What does the crazy kid mean?"' Maybelle asked Tom. The young man seemed to see a new light breaking in the eastern part of his memory. "Why, he means, I guess, the print ed sign in your window which first at tracted my attention there and made me dream of you nights." "Explain !" demanded the girl. "Read It yourself," blatted Daniel, taking from his pocket a worn but neatly-folded sheet of paper. May belle was astounded to see printed In large letters: "HELLO. ROMEO! WHEN' AND WHERE CAN WE MEET?" . "Of course I knew you didn't do it." Tom lied to the girl. "Rut I'm glad somebody started things our way." 3 GEORGE ELIOT ON PEDESTAL Great Novelist May Be Said to Have Been Victim of Her "Fool Friends." The gay world, which forgets every thing, has forgotten what a solemn, what a portentous thing was the con temporary fame of George Eliot, Ed mund Gosse writes In the London Mer cury. It vvas supported by the se rious thinkers of the day. by the peo ple who despised mere novels but re garded her writings as contributions to philosophical literature. On the solitary occasion when I sat In company with Herbert Spencer on the committee of the London li brary he expressed a strong objection to the purchase of fiction and wished that tor the London library no novels should be bought, "except, of course, those pf George Eliot." When she lived critics compared her with Goethe, but to the disadvan tage of the sage of Weimar. People who started controversies about "evo lutionism" a favorite Victorian pas time bowed low at the mention of her name, nnd her own sound good j sense alone prevented her from being made the object of a sort of priggih Idolatry. A bigwig of that day re marked that "In problems of life and thought which baffled Shakespeare her j touch wus unfailing." For Lord Acton at her death "the sun had gone out." and that exceedingly dogmatic historian observed, ex-cathedra, that no writer had "ever lived who had anything like ; her power of manifold but disinterest, ed and Impartial sympathy. If Soph ocles or Cervantes had lived in ihe light of our culture, If Dante had pros pered like Manzonl. George Eliot might have had a rival." It Is very dangerou to write like that. A reaction Is mire to follow, nnd lo the case of the novelist so mod est and strenuous herself but so ridic ulously overpraised by her friends If came with remarkable celerity. Children Cry for Fletcher's 1 TZ, U n V Villi 1 s Ml The Kind You Have Always Bought, and which has been In use for over thirty years, has borne the signature of - and has been made under his per fffl? Ja. 60nal suPerylsion 6lnce its Infancy. 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