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The Truth Out. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
The Truth Out. Great difliculty has recently pre vailed amongst publicans in obtain ing their full supply of beverage. I working man after a shopping excur sion with his spouse, entreated and cajoled her, after several protests, into entering a local hotel, with the idea of quenching their thirsts. Despite her protests, he ordered a pint and a glass. The barman return ed with one glass only, and placing it pointedly in front of the lady, he re marked, "Sorry, sir, but we only have enough to supply our regular cus tomers."
He Lost His Sixpence. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
He Lost Hirs Sixpence. Brag was boasting of his will-power and defied anybody to influence him against his wish. "Put your cap on," exclaimed his friend; "go out of the room, and I'll bet you sixpgence I'll whistle you in bareheaded." "Right you are-rll take it on," re plied Brag, as he put on his cap and departed. When his friend whistled he Jauntily returned-with his cap still on. "There you are, old sport. Where's your sixpence?" he asked. "Half a minute," replied his friend, smiling. "It's you who must pay upi I whistled you in bare-headed right enough, for I never had my hat oni"
WONDERFUL STEEL HANDS. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
WONDERFUL STEEL HANDS. Sir Henry Norman, M.P.. after pay ing a visit recently to Professor Jules Amar, the eminent French surgeon. who is "repairing" thousands of bro ken soldiers, stated that there were three one-armed men in the doctor's laboratory who were earning 6/6 a day as fitters. One of them, in his spare moments. amused himself by turning on a lathe little brass shells, as souvenirs, as well as any turner could have done. Professor Amar offered a cigarette to one man whose arm had been am polted just below the shoulder. Sir Henry Norman was about to take a cigarette from his own case in order to hand .t to the man, who, saying. "Pardon me, I can help myself," pro ceeded to take one with his steel hand. Placing the cigarette in his mouth, he selected a match from a box. struck it on the box In his sound hand, and lighted the cigarette, hold ing the lighted match in his steel hand. A second man, using his artificial hand, grasped the hand of Sir Henry Norman and shook it war...
Man and His Buttons. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
Man and His Buttons. By Ashley Sterne. In the course of nearly every man's career there comes a time when, if not his very life, then at least a high ly strategic button hangs upon a thread. It is then that a man wishes he were a girl, and had received an education that included instruction in practical buttonry, instead of being stuffed up with a lot of nonsense about square roots and watersheds and the ablative absolute and the Gulf Stream and the Habeas Corpus Act, and isosceles triangles, and the tributaries of the Murrumbidgee. Every man, as soon as he is short coated, should be taught the elemen tary principles of alffixing buttons. In fact, it is much more important that a man should possess this knowledge than girl, because a girl consists principally of pins and little bows of tape. She is rarely perplexed and harassed by buttons as a man so often Is; and if she ever is, she knows at once where to put her hand on a button that Is similar to the one that is misting, and know...
Those Dreadful Children. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
Those Dreadful Children. The rich maiden aunt was calling on her poor relations. "And where is little Tommy?" she inquired looking round for her fav orite. Little Tommy was brought in carry ing a large tumbler, from which he re fused to be parted. "Do drink this, auntie." he said. "And why should I drink it, dear?" "Because I want to see you." "And why do you want to see me drink it?" "Because papa says you drink like a fish."
A QUEER CONVERSATION. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
A QUEER CONVERSATION. Hlow many of our readers have heard of a blind man and a dumb man engaging I conversation? The truth of the following incident, however, is vouched for by the blind man con cerned, who was formerly a patient at St. Dunstan's. the Regent's Park iuhtitutihn. where war heroes who have sacrificed their sight in the great fight for freedom are cared for and taught trades which they can suitably adopt in spite of their sad affliction. "The Incident happened," says the blind hero, "shortly after I arrived home from St. Dunstan's last year. I was out with some friends one even ing, and after a walk we made our way to a plaice of refreshment. A vacant seat was found for me next to a deaf and dumb man. I had known him for some years previous to my blindness, and, naturally enough, he wanted to communicate with me. "It was useless for him to write on paper, as he generally did when he wished to 'converse' with those who could see. but we both rose to the oc casion. I happ...
Who Will Win. THE QUESTION OF THE WAR AND THE CUP. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
Who Will Win. THE QUESTION OF THE WAR ANC THE CUP. By "Returned." We are at present living in a world of excitement. On one hand we have a great world war, a titanic struggle for freedom, a struggle that involves lives, money and the devastation beautiful countries. That war is being waged twelve thousand miles away. we are represented in it, our men ar, there. eo we will temporarily forget i and throw ourselves into the excite ment of a racing carnival. That Australia's position to-day. We are so far away from the actual scene of battle that we can afford to let an other obsession surmount our own heart interest. Our Melbourne Cup Day is our nat ional holiday, we all look forward to it with anticipatory gladness. Before the war, he who did not take even a cursory interest in the event was re garded as having a very narrow mind. Then we had three hundred and eighty thousand extra Australian citi zens, young men in the prime of life who also took a great interest in the spring racing...
Reproved [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
Reproved There was a rumpus at the chil dren's breakfast table and on coming down to see what it was all about, the mistress of the house found the little ones crying out for spoons to eat their eggs with. She rang the bell sharply, and when the maid, who was fresh to the service, appeared, she re proved her thus: "Mary, Mary, when you lay egge in future, be careful to lay egg-spoons also."
PHANTOM GOLD. Published by Special Arrangement. (Copyright.) CHAPTER XV. Lilian's Discovery. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
PHANTOM GOLD. By EMMA M. MORTIMER, Author of "Second Lady Evesham," "Cords of Sin," "Robert Wynstan's Ward," Etc., Etc. Published by Special Arrangement. (Copyright.) CILHAPTER XV. Lilian's Discovery. Lilian Hiamilton's first impulse was to ring for aid, but as she drewnearer the couch, she saw that the blood which stained the woman's apron was issuing from her parted lips, and did not, as she had at first thought, spring from another and more ghastly cause. Lilian dropped on her knees by the side of the couch and lightly touched the unconscious woman's wrist, for a tinge of color beneath the sweeping black lashes remained to tell her that this was not death. Lottie responded to the touch, her lids fluttered, elowly lifted, then fell again. "Inm so sorry," she murmured thick ly as she groped for a handkerchief to wipe the blood from her mouth and chin. "but I couldn't help it. This at tack came on me unawares, and some how I must have fallen asleep." The girl looked grave. It was no...
LANGUAGES OF THE WORLD. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
LANGUAGES OF THE WORLD. How many men, if asked how many languages there were in the world, could give anything like an accurate answer ? The average man's know ledge or ability to speak languages rarely exceeds two besides his native tongue. The Emperor Francis Joseph when visiting a Red Cross hospital, Sspoke with the patients in their own languages, which showed, the aged Emperor to be master of six. It may appear strange, but it is nevertheless true, that there are over 4,000 languages spoken by mankind, while the number of dialects eiceeds this. There are more than sixty vo cabularies in Brazil, and in Mexico the Nahna is broken up into some 700 dialects. There are hundreds in Borneo, while in Australia there is no classifying the complexities. Let us assume that fifty dialects, on an average, belong to each language, and we have the colossal total of a quarter of a milllion linguistic abili ties. A century hence the probability is that there will he only four languages of impor...
His Beard Grew Too Fast. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
His Beard Grew Too Fast. One morning one of twin brothers went to a barber's ehop to get shaved, and a new barber shaved him. In the afternoon the other twin went to the same shop and placed himself in the new barber's chair. The barber look ed at the man and then went over to the cwner of the shop, "Boss," he said, "I think I'll go home. I guess there's something the matter with me." "What's the matter?" Inquired the boos. "Well," replied the barber, "see that man in my chair? I shaved him only this morning, and here he is with two days' growth of beard. My nerves must be wrong." "Look here, Mr. Consumer, every time I go to your house to read your gas-meter, that dog of yours goes for me." "Yes, he's a capital watch-dog. Sa gacious, too. Knows a robber at first sight every time." It is much easier to find the man you owe to than the one who owes to you.
A WOMAN'S THOUGHTS ON UNAFFECTED GOODNESS. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
A WOMAN'S THOUGHTS ON UNAFFECTED GOODNESS. There is a silent but felt force about some lives which marks them off from the commonplace, anti lifts them into the world of inspiration and influence. Unobtrusive and unknown these lives are often, and least of all do they imagine themselves to be among the great ones of the earth. Their Influence is not so much seen as felt; often not consciously ac knowledged by others, yet it is an in fluence which - eautifies, controls, elevates those whom they touch. It is the influence of an unaffected good ness. eLord Lytton, in describing "Eu gene Aram," said: "On the altar of science he kindled no light, but the fragrant oil in the lamps of his more pious brethren was largely borrowed from his store." We may take this away from the realm of science, and with a slight transposition fit it on to the lives of some women we have known. For no special philanthropy are they praised, yet the force of their inspiration is felt by many mov ers in good wo...
A COSTLY MAP. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
A COSTLY MAP. Among the wonderful treasures gathered together at the Paris exposi tion was a map rivalling in all its intrinsic value the contents of many notable jewel cases. This map of France is not drawn or painted like ordinary maps, but is made up of costly metals and studded with prec ious stones. The chief towns of France, to the number of 106, are re presented by costly gems set in gold, Paris naturally taking the premier position with a fine rubeflite. The colours of the mineral kingdom are as rich and diversified as those found in flowers, and thus it is not difficult, when expense is no object, to find in stones tints of all hues. In this unique map of France variety is secured by the employment of such minerals as the emerald, its paler sister-the beryl, the sapphire, tour maline, amethystt, and many more whose names are less familiar. In this wonderful map the rivers are made of platinum.
WILL THE JEWS RETURN ? [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
WILL THE JEWS RETURN ? It is one of the romances of history which will be noted more particularly when the hurly-burly of the war has ceased, and the advance of the Brit ish Force which took the town of Gaza was across the very wilderness in which the Children of Israel so journed for forty years ere they reached the Promised l.and. It is not improbable that the world will learn some morning of the fall of Jerusalem, the accomplishment of a task which has been in hand, off and on, for seven hundred years. The present derelict state of the Holy Land must not be regared an its natural aspect. There can be no doubt that In the Bible days it was one of the most fertile lands in the world. That was when primitive im plements were used in agriculture. How much more fruitful might It be to-day under the stimulus of modern methods ? Ancient prophecy says that after Armageddon the Holy Land shall be restored to its ancient people, the Jews, and it certainly looks as if the fulfilment of this...
A CHANCE FOR THE COUNTRY ! [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
A CHANCE FOR THE COUNTRY! In one sense-financially-the ubi quitous motorcar rejuvenated rural England ; in another, it ruined it. The extent of the ruin can be esti mated by comparison, now that pet rol restrictions have cleared the motors from the roads. The "green lanes of Englarnd" will be . green, and not dust-laden. Bee keepers will have a good year with their honey, for there will be flowers for the bees to "suck," and the mor tality among the bees will be greatly reduced. Thousands of bees have fat len and perished in the thick dust clouds raised by the rushing motors. Wayside and hedge flowers will have a chance of life. Pollen will be able to do its fructifying work. For a welcome change, blackberries will be blackberries, and fit to pick and eat, and not, as in the past summers, brown-berries, and unpick able and uneatable. The wear and tear on the roads will be vastly lessened, and already local authorities are rejoicing in the prospective fall in rates. Cyclists will he ...
QUEER "BANKS." [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
QUEER "BANKS." It is a curious fact that people who distrust bankers are singularly lack ing in ingenuity in the devising of hiding places for their money. A year or two ago a woman admit ted that she hid her savings beneath her mother's tombstone, and. not long since it seems to have occured to a number of hoarders that disused can non made a secure hiding-place, for some children found £100 in one, of the Crimean cannons in Liverpool. This reminds one that some time ago a bag containing seventy sovreigns was taken from another old gun in Peel Park, Bradford, while a. parcel containing jewellery was discovered in a cannon near Shoreham. A parcel of bank-notes was found some time ago in a hole in the belfry of Ely, but one of the most extraor dinary methods adopted was that of a vault keeper in one of England's largest cities. Within the folds of ancient documents, seldom if ever re ferred to, was discovered 7,00 bank notes.
FUNERAL CUSTOMS IN FOREIGN ARMIES. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
FUNERAL CUSTOMS IN FOREIGN ARMIES. The recent ghastly disclosures re garding the German disposal of dead bodies recall the weird burial rites practised in foreign countries. When the famous Li Hung Chang was buried all his umbrellas, vest ments, scrolls of titles, etc., accom panied him to the grave, and promi nent among these was a white cock, in a cage, which was to lead the de parted statesman's spirit to the heavenly destination. The graves of Ashanti have always at their head a bowl of bread and a chafti of water, and Field-Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood once remarked to a Fanti chief, "Do you, an intelligent Man, really believe that your dead eat the bread and drink the water ?" I The man smiled. "Of course not," She replied. "The birds eat the one Sand the sun dries up the other. But the spirit of the dead eats the spirit of the bread and drinks the spirit of the water." The Siberian Yakuts and the Can adian Siccanees both observe the curious custom of placing their dead in a covere...
WHERE YOU CAN'T CATCH COLD. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
WHERE YOU CAN'T CATCH COLD. If you want to avoid all likelihood of catching cold in future, you had better turn explorer and trot o@ to the Arctic regions. There sneezes are unknown, and a cough would probab ly scare a Polar bear out of its life. Although the clothes of explorers in these regione are often saturated with prespiration, and are a mass of ice when they retire for the night, and despite the fact that they often have to sleep out in the open in their sleeping bags, and that this is their only means of thawing them selves, their health does not suffer in the least. Then there is the classical, and' somewhat mythical, instance of the St. Kilda cold. On the rocky island, lying some forty miles beyond the Western Hebrides, there are about one hundred inhabitants, access to whom. tis practically impossible dur ing eight months out of the twelve, owing to the stormy seas. Oddly enough, however, whenever a steamer touches at this Island, all the inhabi tants, including the very...
A Welcome Social. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 16 November 1917
A Welcome Social. SA welcome social to Mr McMeekin, the newly-appointed missioner to this district in connection with the Presby terian chur-h, was held ont Thursday evening last and was well attended. .Mr A. Greenwood, J.P., occupied the chair, and the evening's programme consisted of short addresses, musical items, etc. Mr Thewlis, who was the first speaker for the evening, said it always gave him pleasure to welcome any Christian man or woman to the district. He was pleased to welcome Mr Me Meekin and he hoped that he would have a good time, that his church would increase in spirituality and that his stay in Pakenham would be bene ficial to himself and to all with whom he was brought into contact. Mr J. Ferguson ha pl a:ure in w I welcoming Mr MeMeekin. The church, he said, had seen many changes of Missioners, but if they lost one good one another was sent along. Mr McMeekin had made a good corn mencement, and he was sure that his work amongst them would be a success. He gave the...
THE LEGEND OF JOHN DORY. [Newspaper Article] — Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News — 23 November 1917
THE LEGEND OF JOHN DORY. A "Daily Mail" writer who went in the early morning to Bllingsgate Market noted the dark single spot on either side of the John Dory fish, and asks--Do you know the legend of these spots? The John Dory, it is said, is the only fish Christ ever touched. It has kept the marks of the Saviour's lingers about it ever since. .A good fish John Dory, but little caten in England. It needs keeping a few days and it needs cook ing with skill. Fresh, it has little flavour, the flesh is hard. After threci or four days it becomes tender and delicious.