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About The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930 | View Entire Issue (April 30, 1915)
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Face to face (or the first time In fif
teen years with his almost forgotten
early love, Mr. Archibald Newton
raised his hat politely and his face be
came pleasant. The lady shook hands
with him and smiled with a genuine
greeting for an old-time friend.
"A happy surprise," remarked Arch
ibald. "Some changes since you and
I last met. Married, of course?"
"With two children," and the lady's
face saddened as she murmured soft
"Widower," explained Archibald.
"Two children also girls."
"And I have two boys," supple
mented Mrs. Burton. "You do not
live here, surely?"
"But I do," replied he, with a rath
er proud wave of his hand, including
within Its scope fair acres enclosed
by the fence against which he bad
"How strange!" observed Mrs. Bur
ton, with a slight flutter in her voice
"I have Just bought the place ad
Joining." "You don't say so!" exclaimed Mr.
Newton. "Then we shall be neigh
bors." "And friends, I hope, as we always
were," added his companion. "Those
dear old days!" and she lowered her
eyes and he Blghed.
"I declare! Mary has made a fine
looking woman," commented Archi
bald as they parted for the time be
ing. "I always thought Archibald hand
some," Mrs. Burton communed with
herself. "He's more so than ever
And Archibald smiled with warmth
and Mrs. Burton simpered, and It
brightened the moment for both in a
pleasing happy way.
In about a week the Burtons moved
Into their new home. Mrs. Burton ex
plained that she had Been It adver
tised and had purchased It on the rec
ommendation of a lawyer friend. She
had never dreamed of the good fop
tune of getting next door to a helpful
accommodating old friend.
It was when for the first time
Archibald got sight of the two boys
that he seemed to get a new life Im
pulse. They were bright, lively, up-to-date
urelilna, eight and ten years old
respectively. Such lads! It made
Archibald chuckle over his own early
boyhood as he wntched them up to
all kinds of fun and mischief.
They climbed trees to the topmost
branch. They hitched up the cow to
a dog cart and had a runaway. They
"How Strange!" Observed Mrs. Bur
slid down the barn roof with Indian'
like yells that set their mother In a
"1 declare, Mary," exuberated Archi
bald, "I never saw smarter lads!
They've got activity and brains. How
I'd like to own them!"
"What! With those two little angel
girls of yours? Archibald, they're bo
eweet, I feel like hugging and kissing
them all the time."
Certainly the little girls were very
ladylike and well-behaved. They had
a somewhat subdued air about them,
however, and Archibald spoke of It.
"You can't expect an old fossil like
mo to bring them up cheerful and hap
py like a mother," sighed Archibald
' They need a woman's direction and
company. See lota of them, Mary, It
will do them good."
"And Archibald, do try and tune
down those rude boisterous boys of
"You don't give tiem work and they
like It," explained Archibald. "Mary,
I've an idea."
"What is that, Archibald?" Inquired
Mrs. Burton sweetly.
"I mean for a time. See here, give
those girls the advantage of your kind
motherly gentleness and lore for a
month or two. Meantime trust the
boys to me. I'll show you the real
merit there Is In them."
The bargain was really made. Ot
course every day the families visited
to and fro. The girls began to lose
their shyness and reserve. The boys
became interested in everything about
the Newton place. They loved prac
tical work, and the cheery helpful old
man was constantly with them, for
the time being a boy at heart and
chirpy as a lark.
One day there was quite a row at
the Newton home. The hired man had
got Intoxicated and had a runaway.
The boys were with him and both
were slightly . bruised. This angered
Archibald. He discharged the man.
"I'll get even with you!" threatened
"Don't show your face around here
again," ordered Archibald.
"Yah!" retorted the Insolent fellow.
"Mighty loving about those two mis
chievous brats, ain't yer? Huh! guess
It's the mother you're after."
"You wretched scoundrel!" raved
Archibald, and made for the man, but
the latter darted away and back to
his cups at the village tavern.
A week later one morning the
younger of the boys startled Archi
bald with a quick alarming cry.
"Fire see, it's our house!"
They all ran for the Burton home.
The girls were outside on the lawn,
weeping. They had been carried to
safety by Mrs. Burton.
"Where Is she?" shouted Archibald
"She went back to get the bird you
gave her," replied one of the little
"Why, she's hemmed In with the
flames!" cried Archibald.
It was fortunate that be entered
the burning house, for In one of the
upper rooms he stumbled acrosa Mrs.
Burton. She had fainted away. He
lifted her In his arms. She partially
recovered sensibility. Her arms en
circled his neck. He felt quite the
hero as he got her safely out of the
"The house was set on fire, Archi
bald," declared Mrs. Burton that eve
ning. They were all housed comfort
ably now In the Newton home. "The
flames started In the cellar where no
one had been for two days."
The village marshal was advised.
He started a still hunt for the Incen
diary. Archibald and Mrs. Burton were dis
cussing her plans for rebuilding the
next evening when the marshal ap
peared. The dismissed hired man was
in his charge.
"I've found the person who set that
fire," said the official.
The hired man looked reckless and
"What shall I do with him?" in
quired the marshal.
Archibald hesitated. It seemed so
nice and homelike to see Mrs. Burton
under his roof that he almost forgave
"Make htm sign the pledge and send
him away. I don't want to start any
man on the way to the penitentiary,"
"But why did he set fire to my
house?" Inquired Mrs. Burton in an
"Revenge, ma'am," muttered the In
"Why, I never harmed you."
"No, ma'am, but I was mad with
drink and down on Mr. Newton for
discharging me from his service."
"What had I to do with that?1
asked the lady.
"Well, I knew It would hurt him
worse to have you suffer than him
"I don't understand"
"Because well, because he was In
love with you!" blurted out the man
Mrs. Burton looked at Archibald.
Both blushed. The officer and his
prisoner departed. Archibald crossed
over to the woman's chair.
"Mary," he said softly, "we don't
need two houses. One will do, if '
"Oh, my!" fluttered Mrs. Burton,
"If we bring up the boys and girls
under one roof. Make me happy,
Mary," and Archibald was eloquent
and earnest as a young lover of twenty-one.
"I wish I could," responded Mrs,
Burton "as happy as I am myself aft
er what that man said."
"It's true, Mary every word of it!"
declared the ardent swain thrilllngly.
And then he kissed her, Just as he
had In the far past when she was a
blushing girl of sixteen.
During the early period of the work
on the Tanama canal many persous
were Injured by Jumping on and off
trains In motion ou the Panama rail
road. There were on the zone police
force many West Indians, who were
trained and capable men, but incura
bly literal. An order was Issued to the
force to arrest any person found Jump
ing on or off a train In motion, and
the next day two West Indian police
men brought Into a police station a
white man who was struggling fiercely
to break away from them.
"What have you arrested him for?"
asked the police Bergeant who was on
"For Jumping on and oft the rear of
a train, sah," one ot the policemen re
"The blamed fools!" cried the ar
rested man. "I'm the brakeman!"
First Shall Be Last
Miss Gushlngton I think your nor-
el has a perfect ending, Mr. Scrib
Scribbler How do you like the
Miss Gushlngton Oh, I hare not
come to that yet! Judge.
THE Argonne region Is a most
Important portion ot the long
line of conflict now raging all
the way from the inundated
territory between Dlxmude and
Nleuport on the North sea, down to
the southeast at Muelhausen and Alt-
klrch, near the Swiss frontier. The
ralleyg of the Aire extend longitudi
nally through the Argonne district,
which Is a fact of the utmost Impor
tance, as the region forms a natural
bulwark for the protection of north
Many forestB clothe the rocky Ar
gonne plateau, which extends along
the borders of Lorraine and Cham
pagne, and forms part of the depart
ment of Ardennes. Strictly speaking,
the Argonne region Is about sixty-three
miles In length and between nineteen
and twenty miles wide. It stretches
In a southeasterly direction between
the Alsne and Meuse rivers, forming
the connecting link between the pla
teau of Haute Marne and Ardennes.
Its average elevation Is estimated to
be about 1,150 feet. Among Its num
erous forests the beautiful forest of
Argonne Is especially well known. The
region contains many steep and dif
ficult defiles which materially In
crease their strategic Importance.
These defiles lead from the basins of
the Meuse to that of the Seine, a dis
trict already famous from the Argonne
campaign of Dumourlez in 1792.
The Prussians under the duke of
Brunswick were disastrously repulsed
at Valmy, a little village 36 miles
southeast of Reims. The battle of
Valmy, fought September 20, 1792, Is
often classed as one of the most de
cisive battles of the world.
Reims Great Commercial Center.
While Reims is principally noted for
Its famous cathedral, It is also one ot
the most Important cities of France.
It lies on the Vesle, in the department
of the Marne, and was originally the
Gallic town of Durocortorum, the
chief city of Reml, from which Its
name Is derived. It Is one of the lead
ing commercial cities of the republic,
and the principal center ot the man
ufacture and export of champagne.
It Is Interesting to visit one of the
"chateaux de commerce" in Reims, as
the French Btyle the caves or wine
cellars In which the golden beverage
Is stored. They are chill and damp
underground warehouses often seventy-five
feet below the street. The long
lines of cavernous labyrinths are
weird and gloomy In spite ot their
neatly kept whitewashed walls and
the scrupulous care bestowed upon
svery bottle of the precious liquid in
the endless rows and rows ot long
lark vaults. .
Every Bit of Good Ground Tilled.
Before the war the Argonne region
had the well cultivated look so typl
sally French. Long lines of fruit trees
sordered the well-tilled fields each side
Jt the beautifully kept roads, which
ire such a constant surprise and de
,lght to American autoists. In Ar
tonne almost every field has a his
tory, and every acre shows the inti
mate association of generations ot
Arlfty French peasants with their na
tive soil. Wherever It is possible to
raise a crop, a crop Is raised, and
svery particle of tillable ground Is
All the little French towns and Til
ages seem akin. The relationship ot
)ne to the other Is evident, exactly as
m the great cities ot France. Even in
Um metropolis ot Reims there are
quaint bits ot old France that are de
lightfully reminiscent of medieval
times, and seem a portion of soma
Nancy a Fine City.
Across the plateau of the Argonne to
the southwest lies another charming
city, Nancy, the capital of the depart
ment of the Meurthe et Moselle. It Is
the seat of a bishop and was the for
mer capital of Lorraine. It was once
the residence of the dukes, of whom
Stanislaus Leczynskl, the ex-klng ot
Poland, was the last. It Is considered
one of the most picturesque and best
built cities of France, the surrounding
vineyards adding greatly to the beauty
of Its situation.
Since Strassburg was taken by Ger
many, Nancy has risen in importance,
and now her academy is of high re
pute. Nancy's Ecole Forestiere, or
forest school, Is the only nursery of
the kind In all Europe. Until a few
years ago the British government sent
pupils regularly to this school of for
estry, under the charge of an officer.
Nancy boasts a fine hotel de vllle,
which was built in the seventeenth
century, and It Is hoped this will es
cape the fate of Louvaln.
In the Grande rue is the Palais
Ducal. Its handsome porch dates from
the beginning of the sixteenth century.
The building Illustrates the best form
of late Gothic In France. Within the
ducal palace is another museum, the
Musee Lorraine, but the larger part
of the fine collection was burned by
the Germans when they invaded Nancy
Other Famous Towns.
Ecouen, beyond the forest of Mont
morency, is noted for Its splendid
chateau, which was built In the six
teenth century, and is typical of the
period. It la now utilized by the
French government as a school for
the daughters of the members of the
Legion of Honor of lower rank than
those who are educated at St. Denis.
St. Die, between the Vosges moun
tains and Nancy, was wiped out
months ago. It was a picturesque
town of about twenty thousand In
habitants. The pride of St. Die was
once the famous old monastery, said
to have been built by St. Deodatus or
Dledonne (God-given) In the sixth
century. It In time became a famous
Bar-le-Duc lies exactly south of the
great forest of Argonne, and it Is also
south of Verdun, which has already
been the scene of repeated hostilities
between the intrenched foes. Bar-le-Duc
is the ancient capital of the dukes
of Bar, and before the preaent wai
was estimated to have a population
of over twenty thousand. It Is beauti
fully situated on the heights of the
Ornaln, and is an odd and quaint little
French town. The principal building
is Its fourteenth century Church of
St Pierre. The portal, flanked by a
tall tower, was not erected until the
next century. But St Pierre's is most
renowned for its sepulchral monument
ot Rene de Chalons, prince of Orange,
who fell In the siege of St Dizier In
1544. The marble statue on the monu
ment is the work of Ligier Richer of
St Mlhlel, who was a pupil ot Michael
St Mlhlel Is a little town whose
name the present war has put upon
the map. It has been the center of re
peated engagements. The town grew
up around the ancient abbey ot St
Michael, which nvw Is utilised far
ASPIC JELLY BY OLD METHOD
Flavor Universally Acknowledged at
Far 8uperlor to That Made In the
Easier Way. -
Old-fashioned housekeepers cling to
the old way of making aspic, claiming
that its flavor Is far superior to the
easier made product. It is Indeed ex
cellent and In cold weather keeps
Its form quite as well aB where gelatin
Is used to stiffen.
Get from the butcher a knuckle
bone of ham, a calf's foot and a
knuckle of veal. Put Into two quarts
of cold water, and set over the fire
where it will come slowly to a boll.
Add one onion with four cloves stuck
Into it a large carrot, a bunch ot
soup herbs and a spice bag. Cook
gently for four or five hours until the
water Is reduced about one-half. Strain
and set aside to cool.
When cold remove every suspicion
ot fat and return the thickened Jelly
to a clean saucepan with the crushed
shells and beaten whites ot two eggs,
a tablespoontul of tarragon vinegar,
and lemon Juice or wine as preferred,
to season. Salt and pepper to taste,
and keep stirring until the Jelly near
ly reaches the boiling point and a
thick scum has formed. Remove that,
then draw to one side of the fire and
simmer gently for 15 minutes. Set
back covered, until the Jelly settles,
then strain through a Jelly bag two
or three times until quite clear. Pour
into a mold that has been soaked In
cold wather, then pack In a pan of
Bnow or broken ice until hard. If you
desire to have the Jelly a pretty red
color, add sufficient tomato to color at
the same time and add the lemon or
RECIPE IS AN ANCIENT ONE
Noel Cake for Many Years a Favorite
Both In This Country and
To three cupfuls of sugar add two
and one-halt cupfuls of softened but
ter and whip to a light, white cream.
Add ten eggs, two at a time, beating
for about five minutes. To this mix
ture add four well sifted cupfuls of
flour to which one teaspoonful of bak
ing powder has been added; mix the
whole well and add one-half cupful ot
shredded citron, four cupfuls of
washed and dried currants, one tea
spoonful each of nutmeg and cloves
and one-half cupful of fruit Juice. Mix
well and pour Into a paper-lined tin,
which is also well protected with pa
per on the outside. Bake for two and
one-half hours in a moderate oven.
This should be made at least a week
before serving It When ready to
Berve, wrap each slice in white par
affin paper, tied with a red ribbon and
a sprig of fir tucked under the rib
bon. The Mother's Magazine.
Beef Used In Salad.
Although beef is not at all an ideal
salad meat, surprisingly good meat
salad may be made from a small piece
of boiled beef (bouilll). A half cupful
of such meat cut In small pieces and
mixed with dainty cooked vegetables
and a mayonnaise dressing may be
very tasty and will make an unexpect
edly large salad.
The vinaigrette of beef, a popular
way with the French of using left over
boiled beef, Is practically the same
thing as a beef salad, except that the
meat is cut In as pretty slices as pos
sible and allowed to He in the dressing
for a time before it is served. This is
what is called marinating the beef. It
is good for luncheon with hot vege
tables. Vinaigrette of Beef.
Cut in thin slices some left ovei
boiled beef and let it lie an hour In a
marinating mixture made as follows.
Thin one scant teaspoonful of mustard
with enough oil and vinegar to soak
the meat in. Use half and half oil
and vinegar, or three times as much
oil as vinegar, according to taste. Add
salt and pepper and chopped fine herbs
to taste. A little chopped onion may
be used and the dish in which the
meat is marinated may be rubbed with
a clove of garlic.
Rice and Bacon.
Boll one cupful ot rice in plenty of
boiling salted water until done. Put in
a colander and wash several times in
cold water or hold under faucet and
let plenty of water run over It Then
place in a round casserole with one
fourth cupful hot water. Sprinkle the
top with paprika and cover with very
thin slices of bacon. Cover and bake
30 minutes in a slow oven. Uncover
and brown the bacon and serve at
Spinach With Eggs.
Melt two tablespoonfuls of butter;
when bubbling blend In one table
spoonful of flour, than add one quart
of finely chopped spinach and cook and
stir five minutes. Add half cupful of
cream, season with pepper and salt;
cook and stir three minutes longer and
arrange in a mound on a heated dish.
Garnish with slices of hard-boiled eggs
and serve at once.
Soak over night stew and strain the
largest prunes. Sweeten slightly, then
cool thoroughly on ice and chop small.
Add to the prune Juice orange and
lemon Juice to flavor, stir in chopped
fruit and serve In glasses banked with
To Clean Brass Breads.
To clean brass beds that have be
come tarnished, apply a mixture of
olive oil and whiting, then rub clean
with a soft, dry flannel or chamois
CENSUS OF THE SKY
Country's Winged Citizens Have
Interesting Discoveries Made Through
Investigation by the Department
of Agriculture Robins Out
There is a country whose cities are,
never overcrowded, the present census
registering on the average two citi
zens to every acre. This country is
the, land of the sky; Kb citizens, the
The United States department of
agriculture has discovered the facts
and put them safely away In a bul
letin which the public may have for
the asking, though by what methods
the government biologists obtained
and substantiated the numbers this
same public has not yet been advised.
Did they resort to aeroplanes? And
once in the aeroplane did they consult
Mr. and Mrs. Bird as to the number of
their children? We are not yet In
formed, but it can easily be seen that
there might be some confusion.
As a rule statistics only stupefy, but
there's something to be said, for the
robin which may Interest some people.
There is more of him than of any
other bird in the United States Bix
pairs of robins to each farm of 68
acres. The English sparrow Is a close
second, five pairs to each 58 acres.
No other bird Is nearly so abundant as
either the robin or sparrow.
One conclusion which will Interest
mankind chiefly because It concerns
mankind is the preference of breed
ing birds for thickly populated cen
ters. They prefer the Great White
Way to the quiet forest This seems
to indicate the beginnings of human
intelligence oh, well, perhaps not In
telligence, but It's human, whatever
else It may be. And, say the biolo
gists, it seems probable that as our
human population Increases so will
our bird population increase. Thus we
get around to race suicide and it is
inevitable to Roosevelt.
Throughout the United States, tak
ing 100 robins as a unit, other birds
were noted in the following ratio: Cat
birds, 49; house wrens, 28; brown
thrashers, 37; kingbirds, 27; bluebirds,
Chevy Chase, Md., holds the record
for density of population. One hun
dred and sixty-one pairs were found
nesting on 23 acres, 34 species of birds
The department announces that this
census is to be repeated and on a
much larger scale, if bird lovers are
willing to aid. There are no funds to
pay for this work, and It therefore de
pends o volunteers who will con
tribute the facts In the case.
SAFETY DEVICE FOR AVIATOR
Wings and Balloon-Shaped Canopy
Unfold Automatically In the
Event of a Fall.
The parachute is attached to the
body by straps passing around the
"waist and over the shoulders. The
wings as well as the balloon-shaped
canopy are ordinarily folded against
the body, but unfold automatically and
act against the air In case of a fall.
New synthetic resins have been dis
covered recently and are appearing on
the market under many trade names,
says a writer in the Scientific Ameri
can. The resins are used in the pro
duction of materials such as artificial
amber, pipestems, toothbrush handles,
beads, transparent Jewelry, buttons of
all sizes, inlaid work, knife handles,
fountain pens, etc., and take the place
of bone, horn, Ivory, celluloid, amber,
casein (gallolith), ebony and hard
rubber. These artificial resins in their
final conditions do not melt or even
soften, appreciably at all tempera
tures, and do not burn like rubber or
celluloid. When heated in the air to
temperatures well above 500 degrees
Fahrenheit the resins char and burn
slowly without a flame. They are
quite insoluble in all ordinary 'solv
ents, such as gasoline, alcohol, ammo
nia, washing soda and acids.
Winds Favorable to Forest Fires.
The weather bureau has recently
made some study of the meteorolog
ical conditions favoring the occur
rence of forest fires and has tenta
tively established a special service for
Issuing warnings of the hot, dry winds
which seem to be a frequent antece
dent and accompaniment of such fires
In the valuable timbered regions of
the West Scientific American.