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GO-AHEAD VILLAGE. [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
GO-AHEAD VILLAGE. As a result of the hobby of a young resident in Hurstmonceaux, this pretty Sussex village now enjoys all the advantages of an electric light in stallation. Mr. C. W. Von Roemer, son of Baron Von Roemer, took up electrical engineering as a hobby a few years ago. fitting up his father's house with electric light. To-day, as the result of this early hobby, the vil lage at night resembles a patch of Piccadilly, and housewives turn on a switch to cook their husbands' din ners and heat their rooms. When I visited this "electric vil lage," says a writer, I found that nearly everybody, including the blacksmith,' butcher and baker, were ? using electric power to lielp them in tlieir work. Mr. Von Itoemer explained how the "miracle" had been brought about. "After fitting up my father's house with electric light," he said, "I though it would be a good idea to ex tend the plant to the village. "At first the villagers objected. They had never known any other light except candle...
Books and Bacon. [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
Books and Bacon. - A miner, who was proud of his boy's attainments at school, one even ing picked up a home-lesson book and read from it a quotation which ran like this: "Some books should" be^ tasted, some swallowed, and some^ chewed and digested.—Bacon." Turn ing to his boy, he said:— "What's this, Bonnie? Thou doesn't eat books at school, does tha? I know you are very clever, but you cannot do those nannygoat tricks, I'm sure. I'll warrant that'll be one of those printer's errors,^sonnie." "Oh, no, father," said the boy. "Me taphorically speaking, we eat books." "Now, you cannot diddle me like that," said the father. "I didn't go to school very long, 'but I ken that's one of those printer's errors. "Why, son nie, can thou not see? Hg's put the word 'Bacon' in the wrong place. It should be, 'Some bacon should be tasted, some swallowed, and some chewed and digested.' " The higher a man climbs in the world, the more people will scoff if he should lose his grip upon the rungs and tum...
Ain't It Fine To-Day? [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
Ain't It Fine To-Day? What's de use o' always weepin', Makin' trouble last? What's de use o' always, keepin' Thlnkin' o' de past? Each must hab his tribulation; Watah with his wine. Life! it am no celebration. * Trouble! Ah've had mine; But to-day am fine. It's to-day dat Ali'm .liviny . Not a month ago; Havln', losin', takin', givin', As time wills it so. Yesterday a cloud o' sorrow Pell across de -way; It may rain—'but, say, . Ain't it fine to-day?
IMPROVING THE MEMORY. [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
IMPROVING THE MEMORY. Notebooks are the worst enemies of a good memory. If you don't use your legs, theTftuscles get flabby and are unable to stand any sudden strain imposed upon. them. The same thing happens with the memory. When you form the habit of jotting down in a notebook every trifling item you wish to remember, you cannot reasonably expect the neglected memory to do its work efficiently. You liuve, perhaps, heard that the best , way to malce sure of awaking at a particular hour in the morning is to say the hour aloud to yourself sev eral times just 'before nestling down to sleep. Should you Intend to rise at Bix o'clock you impress this hour upon the mind so firmly that you are almost sure to awake somewhere! near it. By extending this system you can obtain a quite serviceiable memory. Associate things together. Make an assertion like, "After I have cleaned my 'bicycle to-morrow I must do so and-so," and let the command sink in. The two duties may be totally dissim ilar, ye...
GUARDING STATE SECRETS. [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
GUARDING STATE SECRETS.. Every Foreign Office in Europe acts on the theory that an army of spies is constantly on the alert to steal'.its secrets, and infinite precautions 'are taken to 'baffle their efforts. Very shortly after the first use of blotting-paper it was discovered that it was quite possible to cause blotting-pads to' give up jealously guarded secrets by simply holding It in front of a mirror. Long after all the commercial world had forgotten the existence of such a thing, the British Foreign Office used a sand shaker to dry its important written documents. Then specially manufactured ink blotting-paper was used. !»j: this was not found to be absolutely vyy-proof. and a return to the sand-shakor vs>s contemplated, when someone suggest ed the simple expedient of a small ab sorbent roller. These rollers l-; ve ■ since been "used for drying dip'"rrntH . documents. When such a roller has been run up and down a document once or twice, the cleverest spy in the world is at l...
THE TRAVELLER. [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
THE TRAVELLER. A reply to Rudyard Kipling's "Ho Travels Fastest Who Travels Alone." Who travels alone with his eye on the heights, Though he laughs in the daytime, oft weeps through the nights For courage goes down with the set of the sun, When the toil of the journey is all borne by one. He speeds but to grief, though full gaily he ride, Who travels alone without Love by his side. Who travels alone, without lover or friend, But hurries from nothing, to nought at the end; Though great be his winnings, and high ibe his goal,-. He is bankrupt in wisdom, and beg gared in soul. Life's one gift of value to him is de nied Who travels alone without Love at his side. It is easy enough ;in,„thiB .world "to —- malce Haste II. we live for that purpose; but think of the waste! For life is a poem to leisurely read, And the joy of a journey lies not in its speed. Oh! vain his achievement, and petty his pride, Who. travels alone without Love at his side.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
WELSBACH THE WORLD'S BEST FOR COUNTRY LIGHTING. Air Gas R/3achines. The Welsbach Air Gas Ma cliino Is so elm plo that a child can work it with impunity, Suitablo for Lighting, Heat ing and Cook ing. Wo guar antee satisfac tion with all our Machines, and to provo this wo will put a machino in for one month free of charge, and if not suit able, will remove same free of all cost to you. Write for Catalogue. WELSBACH LIGHT COMPANY OF AUSTRALASIA LIMITED, 380 LONSDALE ST.. MELBOURNE.
GLAD-EYE MEN. [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
GLAD-EYE MEN. Forty Chicago septuagenarians have formed themselves into a "Club of Borrowed Time." With the ob ject of outwitting Father Time, the following rules were drafted for the guidance of members by their presi dent, Mr. A. T. Hemingway, himself a man of seventy-five:— "Remain a boy till the end of time. "Be marvied. "Be moderate and temperate in all things. "Read your Bible. "Smile when you retire, smile when ycu awake, smile • when things go wrong, and keep on smiling." No person under seventy is eligible for membership, and every new mem ber must pledge himself "to keep young and to cultivate the glad eye" for tlie rest of the time that he re mains on earth.
LIFE'S AIMS AND REWARDS. [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
LIFE'S AIMS AND REWARDS. Riches, whatever their charm and their value, are not a panacea for the evils of life. . . . Happiness depends on work, health, character, disposi tion, training, and a great many other things besides income, and so far as happiness is concerned, enough money, or somewhat less than enough, puts us in just about as. good a case to achieve it as though we were rich. To live our/lives, to get out what is in us, to do our share of the world's work and live brotherly with our fel lows—that is what we are here for. If riches are a" incident of that course of life, they are a good inci dent. If the chase after them lures,, -us away from the fulfilment of our pri mary obligations to our Maker, our neighbor, and ourselves, we are cer tainly losers by it, losers not less if, succeeding, we lose the Christmas out of our year, the Christmas spirit out of our lives. •
THE LADIES' COLUMN PHILOSOPHY OF FURNITURE. [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
THE LADIES' COLUMN PHILOSOPHY OF FURNITURE. Anybody with money in hand can select and purchase furniture, and any hands can place said furniture around the four walls of a parlor, boudoir, or bedroom; but there is furniture and furniture, furnishing and furnishing, and therein lies the philosophy we write of; not that inanimate wood has this of itself, but the . maker of each piece of furniture, be it of sim ple pine or walnut, the'old-time ma hogany, or the much-prized oaken fur niture of today, has wrought into it, with each planing and chiselling, each twist and curve, the mind of the mas ter who controls its shapeliness; as hi eye is artistic and delights itself in the beautiful, bo he wills the block of raw material shall acquire a like symmetry and chasteness. Yet, granted all this prepared in or der for .the purchaser, the household er is not by this assured a tastefully furnished home. A taste to fashion is one thing, and a taste to select and arrange another. The buyer shou...
LORD STRATHCONA AND THE "WHITE WASH." [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
LORD STRATHCONA AND THE "WHITE WASH." From the time he emigrated to Can ada, at the age of eighteen, until lie was forty-eight, the late Lord Strath-" cona spent all his time at various posts of the Hudson Bay Company, newly located on the Labrador. In all those thirty years among the northern Indians and the Eskimos, Donald Smith, as .he then was, held h'mself strictly to the niceties of life; so that when, as a man of middle age, he returned to civilised life and the liighest office in the gift of the Hud son Bay Company,. there were no rough edges of either speech or man ner to 'he overcome. - . . Nothing Bhows this better than a story told on the Labrador while he was governor of the company. It is a rule of the Hudson Bay Company that no woman shall 'be allowed pass age on its boats. One day, as a steam er of the company neared one of the northernmost-ports, a string of white garments was seen stretched across deck. The watchers were amazed; for to them the wash-line suggested ...
New Thatch, Sir? [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
New thatch, Sir? . The barber to his victim said, "Our hair-restorer, try. I'm sure if you take my advice, you'll benefit there by." n "it does not recommend itself,' so pray to me don't prate," as scornful ly he gazed upon the barber's shiny pate. The barber said, "I show 'Before,' I solemnly declare; for representing 'After use,' take my assistant's hair!"
AMUSING INCIDENTS. [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
AMUSING INCIDENTS. Teacher—Now, children, can you tell me what are the national flowers of England? Class—RoseB. Teacher—And France? Class—Lilies. Teacher—And Spain? Silenco for a minute—then small voice at back of the schoolroom— Bulrushes; ma'am. "So you are engaged to Tom?" "Yes." "My dear, I congratulate you. Tom is the nicest fiance I ever had." "What is going on?" asked the terrified stranger in Central America. "Revolution," replied the man in the uniform. "Who is the leader of the rebels?" "Don't know yet. That's what this fight is about." "Yes, sir," said Dobbleigh, "horses are ruining my brother Tom. He's crazy about them. Just paid twelve hundred pounds for a pair of trot ters." _ ^--r "Woll, I don't "know," said Blllups. "How about yourself? What did you pay for that touring car of yours?" "Fifteen hundred," said Dobbleigh. "But what "Well, you'd better not criticise the team in your brother's eye until you have cast out the motor that is in your own eye," retorted Billu...
Good for the Quaker. [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
Good for the Quaker. In describing nis own weucnng, tne author of "A Retrospect of Forty Years" records the remark of a guest, of which he says, "For genuine Qua ker wit this will be found hard to match. The bridal couple received a striking salutation from a Quaker client of the bridegroom's, a shrewd dry goods merchant. Presented by an usher, he surveyed the bride, whom he had never seen before, and then, with the utmost deliberation, proceed ed to say:— "William, I think thy bride has shown more judgment in her choice than thon hast." Fortunately, before the newly-mar ried man could turn to resent this strange salutation, ho continued as follows: — "Because it takes some penetration to discover thy good qualities, but hers can be seen at a glance." When a man wishes to depreciate another man he attacks his intelli gence; he calls him a fool or an idiot. But when a woman attacks a woman, she always goes for her face.
A Good Two Miles. [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
A Good Two Miles. After a hard day's work at manoeu vres, a battalion o£ soldiers were marching wearily along a seemingly interminable; country road, when they met a man on horseback. " I say," said the officer in command, "how far is it to the next town?" "About two miles," was the reply. For another hour the soldiers tramped, and then met another stran ger. "How far is it to the next town?" be.was asked. "A good two miles, I should say," was the reply. Another hour passed, and then an other horseman was encountered. "How far?" he repeated, in answer to the same question; "oh, not far, only about two miles." "Well," sighed the optimistic offi cer, "thank goodness, we are holding our own, anyhow."
Correspondence. THE DEFENCE OF AUSTRALIA. TO THE EDITOR. [Newspaper Article] — Birchip Advertiser and Watchem Sentinel — 17 June 1914
Correspondence. THE DEFENCE OF AUSTRA LIA. TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—It is universally ackno v ledged that Australia's weakness from a defence point of view lies in its enormous coast-line, to protect 3 which with battleships would entail an expenditure crippl ing even to a European power. This great coast-line lies abso lutely unprotected, and open for invasion by any hostile power, for in the event of war the units of the Australian fleet would have as much as they eould do to defend the principal sea-ports. It is imperative that means be taken to* guard the coast-line without with drawing the naval fleet from its natural duties. The defence of the seaports and the protection, of shipping. It will be readily ad mitted that a highly effective wav to guard our lonely coast without huge expenditure is to possess a well-organized fleet of up-to-date aeroplanes. There is no method of warfare which is so swift to action, or so easy to mobilise, and in is speed and readiness which will win in ...