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THE OWOSSO TIMES
SUBSCRIPTION St.OOYEAR Entered at the Postoffloe In Owoesa for tranamUslon a aeoonl class matter Puollanud every Friday noon. OWOSSO. MICH.. JUNE 11, 1920. WIRATjE' IN " NEVADA DESERT Traveler Relates How Two Coyotes Shared His Astonishment at Strange Sight Witnessed. One morning In a Nevada desert I Bat watching a moving mirage show Its scenes picture after picture. Oc casionally one to right or left In front of or behind the preceding one. Some were retained in place much longer than others; they were brought closer and shown or reshown farther, back. One scene was of two covered wag ons with three or four loose horses. They moved along . two dim wheel tracks, round an arroyo and across two or three typical sand drifts. I stared at the scene In astonishment. They stopped as though to camp by the mirage lake. A camp fire ap peared. I rubbed my fuce; I was awake. I saw objects moving about the wagon and the fire. Two. coyotes came trotting along near me. They saw the camp and after a fexy steps of looking with head to one side they stopped In front of me to watch it' I rose up better to watch them. They had either not seen me or had forgotten my presence in their enger concentration on the camp scene. Another loose horse, as though left behind, came lagging up. The coyotes watched this moving horse; they were seeing what I was peeing. Smoke rose above the camp fire by the wagon, then the picture melted and only the bare desert shim mered before us. Enos A. Mills, In Saturday Evening Tost. BRING GOOD AND BAD LUCK Belief In Power of Various Flowers Is Strongly Held In Eastern and Western Lands. It is good luck to eat the first may flower you see In the spring. If It Is a crocus, let It alone; in Austria they say It draws away one's strength. Nor must you dig up n cuckoo flower or tempt luck by moving a wild daisy Into the garden. In Egypt the anemone Is one of the lucky flowers of spring wrap the first one in red cloth and if not disturbed, It will cure disease On the French coast it is useless to try to catch fish unless the waters are first strewn with flowers by the fisher men's wives and daughters. In Devon Fhlre (England) they regard it as un lucky to plant a bed of lilies In the course of twelve months. The Turk sees misfortune In so light a thing as the fall of a rose petal and will some times guard against such dropping by carefully picking the flowers before they fall apart. In Samoa the head of a corpse is wreathed in flowers to aid the soul to gain admission Into naradlse. NOTICE Beginning May 28, 1920, all in voices against the City of Owosso must be accompanied by a city pur chase order and in order to be passed upon by the City Commissioner on Monday night must be presented at the City Clerk's office not later than 3 p. m. on the preceding Friday. Signed B. K. LUCAS. City Clerk. CASTOR I A For Infants and Children In Use For Over 30 Years Always bears the Signature of OWOSSO MARKETS. Owosso. Micb., June 11, ORAIN8 Wheat, white Wheat, red Oats Bye Barley... Corn Beans 1920 $ 2 8 2 12 1108 2 05 3 10 1 65 00 Cloverseed, Alsyke 30.00 to 32.00 Cloverseed, June 30 00 to 32.00 Cloverseed, Mammoth.. 30. 00 to 32.00 Hay . 22 to 124.00 DRES5BD MBAT5 'icoted by Bowers & Metzger. Beef, dieted 15 to 16 Calves, dressed 25-20 Pock dressed. 20 Tallow 5 HIDES Beef hides, green 20 " cored 20 Calf hides 50 Horse hides, each $10.00 PRODUCE, VBOBTABLES PRUIT3 Batter ' Efgs Potatoes LIVB POULTRY Quoted by Rnndell Bios. Bens, fat Batter Fat 60 40 00 30 62 48 Cl . a WHY Collegiate Gowns Differ in Color and Design Just before the commencement ex erclses of one of our universities two graduates were standing apart from the crowd of gowned men who were assembled ready to march. The men in gowns were of all grades of dls tlnctlon from young bachelors of art to doctors of philosophy. "What is the significance of all those stripes and colors, anyway? asked one. -.' "Really, I don't know," was the re ply, "and I have seen them every year for nine years." . If college men do not know what the various gowns and hoods stand for the person who is not college bred is likely to know less, and the n crease in numDer or students in our universities make things academic of wider and wider importance. University gowns are different in different Institutions, but all over the country and Indeed all over the English-speaking world certain distinc tions hold. Most of these fundament al distinctions may be pointed out as follows : The ordinary bachelor's gown, the first that the college youth owns, Is of unadorned black with pointed sieeves anu is usually or serge or some other simple black stuff. The master's gown Is like It In that It Is plain black, but the sleeves are differ ent, being made with long pendants shaped not unlike fishtails and hang lng from the elbow nearly to the bot tom of the gown. It may be made of silk, as also may be the bachelor's gown. It may be worn by a man of long academic standing who has hap pened to receive no higher degree; but the ordinary youth would not display himself In silk. Most doctor's gowns, especially In England and Scotland, have hoods which give them distinction and mark In the difference of color one kind of doctorate from another. Some years ago a commission was formed to establish a regular system In American universities. Their ef fort was somewhat successful, and this in general is the result of their attempt to codify the different hoods. The department of faculty of learn ing is shown by a trimming of color round the hood, arts and letters are represented by white, theology by scarlet, law by purple, philosophy by blue, science by gold-yellow, fine arts by brown, music by pink, and medicine by green. In some Institu tions these colors are displayed in bars across the sleeve. This is true at Harvard, where few of the gowns yave hoods. New York Sun and Her ald. PLEA FOR THE HOME GARDEN Why Every Citizen Should Grow His Own Vegetables, If It Is at All Possible. Food prices are high, but food grown In home gardens costs comparatively little more than before prices began to ascend. The additional reason for home gardening In 1920 is put forward by specialists of the United States de partment of agriculture. They quote a letter from a New York business man. He wrote: "Food costs today are practically double those of 1914, but the cost to plant and care for a home garden has not Increased to any considerable ex tent. The clerk, salesman or profes sional man who grows his own vege tables and small fruits reduces the fam ily food bill. More Important still, he increases the total food supply of the country. He enters the producing class. To a very appreciable extent the home gardener can solve the high cost of living. V How can the man who never gar dened learn to garden? One good way is to write to the United States de par tin ent of agriculture, Washington, or to his state college of agriculture for a bulletin that describes every step In making a back yard or vacant lot help feed his family. Hew Wind Spread Seeds. If all the seed 8 carried about by the wind were to find favorable sur roundings and grow to maturity, in a surprisingly short time the earth would be overwhelmed with certain forms of plant life. It has been estimated, for Instance, that a single frond of a cer tain fern turns loose to the wind four thousand million spores. Each spore floats with the slightest breeze, and will produce a whole plant If condi tions are favorable. These are enough to cover 2,000,000 acres of land. Few of us realize the productivity of the common mushroom. A thousand acres could be covered by the spores of one single fungus. Why Birds Should Be Protected. Human life on this planet is one unending war with the insect world. In this war the birds are our allies. Without their help the Insects would win In a very few campaigns. Wher ever bird life Is diminished a swarm of Insect iests arises at once, which all man's sprays and powders can barely hold in check. Cut the birds off altogether and it is virtually cer tain that all our protective devices would not save our crops. When we kill an Insect-eating bird and that includes nine-tenths of all those we know we are guilty of base folly and baser Ingratitude. How Aut la Displacing Horse. It has been computed that during the past three years the number of farm horses which have been displaced bj tractors foots up at 8,740,000. . A CHANGE OF HEART By CAROLINE LOCKIIART J (Copyright) "I hates kids ; I despises kids," said Dad Walker querulously, as he rubbed a clean place on the window-pane and looked at the household goods of Doody, the squawman, going into the log shack across the street. "There's eight of them Doody young uns, if I got the right count on them. They mill round so fast it's like countin' sheep." "Some folks Is all-same pigeons," ob served Bacon-IUnd Dick, who was mix ing baking-powder biscuit In the dish pan. "Er Belgian hares, er French Cana dians, er field-mice, er " "He's come up off the reservation to put his kids in school, I reckon." "He furnishes the school and we furnish the teacher. Personally my self," declared Dad, sourly "I don't aim to educate eight Doodys after this year. I've paid school taxes and, packed schoolmarms back and forth from the railroad as long as I'm go- In' to." Still, them Doodys ought to be company ror us tnis winter, witn everybody movin' out of the camp." "Company 1 I won't have nothin' to do with 'em. I hates half-breeds worse nor p'izen, nnd I don't want them kids to git In the habit of runnin' over here. They're liable to pick up some thing." "That's so," Bacon-Ttind replied dry ly. "They might steal the stove, or the bunk, or that thirty-pound bear trap." "Makes no dlfTrunce; and If they start visltln' here, I'll tell em where to get off at." I By dwelling upon the Doodys nnd the manner in which they would over run him during the winter, Dad be came a kind of monomaniac upon the ubject, and each morning when he looked through the window-pane he demanded with the same regularity with which some people comment upon the weather: Whatever kin a man think of his- self to marry a blanket squaw?" To his surprise, he was not molested by the Doodys. When the days grew short and 'the towering mountains surrounding the abandoned copper-camp of Swift Wa ter made them even shorter, the long evenings seemed Interminable. Bacon- Bind thought wistfully of the Doody family, whose shrieks of exuberant laughter frequently penetrated the si lence which lay between the two part ners, long since talked out. These snows ought to have brought the sheep down." he said one day, re garding the white mountains specu latively. "I h'leeve I'll get Billy Upton and take a hunt. I hankers for sheep- meat. You won't be lonesome?" 'Lonesome I Me?" Dad snorted. "I was seven months nione onct, wnar the timber was so thick you had to lay on your back to see the sun." So Bacon-IUnd packed his camp out fit on n cayuse and started with Billy Upton for the hills. Bacon-IUnd was a pinhead Dad never had thought of hlni as anything else; yet he missed his partner un commonly. He had to admit that. Late one afternoon he washed, a place on the window, lower down, where lie could sit and look at the injun outfit" across the way. He was lonely; he had to admit that, too, and It looked kind of sociable to see the black heads bobbing behind the win dows of the log house opposite. Dad oiled his boots with bear grease and darned his socks; then, when he coul4 think of nothing else to do which would enable him to kill time, he took his ax out to the grindstone, although it was already so sharp he could al most cut hair with it. "If Bacon-Bind ain't back pretty soon," he said peevishly, "I'll git worse nor the wild man I knowed in Wiscon sin, who lived in a holler tree and et a deer at a slttinV II. "dee, hut you're a nnwful big man 1" Startled, Dad dropped the can and turned to look at the owner of the shrill but friendly voice. Recovering from the slight embar rassment caused by the steady gaze of a pair of black eyes, he replied: "And I'm the runt of the family. Father was twenty-two Inches between the eyes, and they fed him with a shovel. What might your name be?" "Maudle Doody. I got a nnwful splin ter Id my foot, an ma's washln and won't take It out, so I runned away." Mls.1 Doody stood like a chicken on a cold day, holding up a bare foot which she had thrust into an old moccasin. "I bmng a pin for you to get it out with." she added. "Do you want to p'lzen yourself, usln' pins?" demanded Dad sternly. "Gee, you pot awful blue eyesi" ob served Miss Doody, quite unmoved. Slue followed Dad Into the house, and. pulling up a chair, thrust her bare foot Into hlit lap. She was so entranced and fascinated hy Dad's unconscious grimace n he pulled at the splinter with a needle that she forgot the pain of it, and sa'd flatteringly when he had flnlnhed : Ton don't hurt half as much as ma. Yen don't like lo hurt roe, nuther, do your "I hates ryln' and yllln'.H "Yon don't like Injuns, 'anther, do your 1 "Some Injuns," Dad replied evasive ly "good Injups." "I'm good. I never talk Injun talk. My brother, he's bad. I got my sleeve tored out flghtln' him, 'cause he was bad and talked Injun talk. Can you sing?" "Like a markin'-bird," Dad said grimly. "What can you sing?" inquired Miss Doody pointedly. "Well, I can sing Whar the Silver Colorady Wends Its Way,' an' I can sing 'Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairee,' an I can sing 'Away to the Baraboo-boo-boo, an' I can sing" "Sing 'Baraboo-boo-boo. Dad hesitated. "It ain't hardly a song," he admitted. "It's more like words set to a noise." "Sing 'Baraboo,'" reiterated Miss Doody. Dad cleared his throat nnd pitched his voice In a key which both amazed and delighted his visitor. "Away to the Baraboo-boo-boo 3" sang Dad lustily. "To the Baraboo, away, away! Away to the Baraboo-boo-boo! To the Baraboo, away, away !" Almost any disinterested listener would have agreed that Dnd had de scribed his song rather well. It sound ed like a hungry coyote howling In a bunch of willows. "Sing it again, and trot me," com manded Miss Doody, sliding from her chair to climb Into Dad's lap. She came the next day after school hours, und the next day, and the day after that, always bursting Into the room in a manner which suggested flight; and each time the same dialogue took place between them. "Sing 'Baraboo.' " "Aw you don't want to hear 'Bara boo.' " " 'Baraboo.' Make a lap. The but tons on your coat hurt my ear. There J" "Away to the Baraboo-boo-boo!" "Trot me J" "To the Baraboo, away, away ! Away to the Baraboo-boo-boo J" It was a ravishing song! III. 'When the snow lays deep like this, nnd it comes off cold and sets In to blow, I feel like bltln myself," he mut tered irritably. It was lonely! Even as Dad groaned, the door of the squawman's house opened, and Maudle Doody, looking over her shoulder like some wild crea ture, to see if she was observed, stepped Into the street. Dad's heart leaped Joyously, but sank again as she turned and began floun dering through the snow toward the i pole bridge. Yes, she was wading through the drifts to the pole bridge! She always stopped there on her way to school to see if that big, black trout was still lying motionless In the pool below. She reached the bridge and stood on the edge, peering Into the water. Dnd reached for his sheepskin coat. In the second that he took his eyes from the swaying little figure on the bridge, it disappeared! His inarticu late cry was like a bellow as he tore open the door and covered the Inter vening drifts In leaps and bounds. When Doody, the squawman, nnd Harrison, from the other side, had reached the bridge, the Icy Maters of the pool already had closed over Dad's head. The widening circles told where he had sunk, and the tense seconds were minute-long before he rose. His face was livid with the terrible cold a cold which numbed like a paralytic shock. "She's ketched to something!" he gasped. "Come out !" yelled Harrison. For reply, Dad sank once more ; nnd when he rose again a calico skirt was gripped In his stiffened fingers. With the last desperate stroke 'of which he was capable, he dragged Maudle Doody to the water's edge. The north wind froze his clothes into an icy sheath as, half unconscious, he staggered with the child in his arms to his own cabin. "It's no use," said Harrison, and he looked at Maudle Doody lying beneath the torn red quilt on Dad's bunk. "She was under too long." "She's dead!" The squaw cried a little In the corner of her shawl and went home, Doody and the seven little Doodys followed her, sniffling. It was hours later that Bacon-Rind approached the cabin, a hind-quarter of sheep-meat upon his back, a beam ing smile of anticipation upon his face. Some sound from within caused him to listen. "Away to the Baraboo-boo-boo! To the Baraboo away away!" Bacon-IUnd grinned and scraped his feet on the step. "He's got lonesome and desp'rlt," he thought. "Dad's drunk." "HI, old man !" he yelled. The door few open ; nnd Dad, with a stick of stovewood in one hand and an I expression upon his face not unlike ; that of a she-bear with cubs, towered anove mm, snouting inreatemngiy as he pointed to the bunk : "What you comtn' In like a cow-ell : for? Can't you see she's asleep?" Snake's Fascination a Myth. Those who have had much experi ence with snakes and have had It their business to observe carefully their habits and ways, both In their ' natural condition in the wild state and in captivity, state that in no Instance have they known a snake to fascinate an animal in the manner In which It is alleged to do. One authority speaks of two species many a time In trees surrounded by a crowd of fluttering, chattering, excited birds. But the birds were not, he says, fascinated by the tnake; theyxwere endeavoring to intimidate it in order to frighten It from their haunts. ' Children Cry II Ml I r-N . -v II I & i i i r i m The Kind You Have Always Bought, and which has been . 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