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About The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930 | View Entire Issue (May 14, 1915)
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Verda Matteson Joyce
(Copyright, 1916. by W. G. Chapman.)
"Hello yourself" suspiciously.
Thus two young men of Irvlngton,
meeting, almost collided at a hedge
and tree-environed corner of the
country village. -
"New tennis racket?" projected the
first speaker, Albion Merkle, after a
critical stare at the paper-enveloped
parcel the other carried and clearly
outlined as to shape.
"Oh, yes," was carelessly nodded,
with a free swing of the article In
question. "Yours a golf club?"
"That's it," acquiesced Merkle, cas
ually. "See here, aren't we working
at cross purposes?"
"What do you mean?" questioned
"Nellie MIbs Warren. Oh, come
now, Dallas!, you're thinking of a
igame at tennis with that charming
"I am going to her home this after
"So am I," coolly asserted Merkle.
"You see, It comes to a problem of
precedent. I'm the oldest. I've known
her longest, and her venerable father
pleasantly told me that my company
"Why!" flared out Dallas, "he said
exactly that same thing to me."
"Yes, he is a liberal minded old
fossil and wants to give his lovely
daughter a chance. Here's three of
us, and the best man wins."
"Three?" questioned Dallas.
"I'm including Roy Elston."
"You needn't. His cake Is dough."
"How do you know?"
"Old Warren told me so. That Is,
ie entertains a suspicion that Elston
Is a fighter. Those scars on his face
He Produced One.
make the old fellow Buspect he was
a prize fighter once. You know Mr.
Warren Is almost Quakerish in his
dislike for fighting."
"H'm!" muttered Merkle. "Then
it's between you and I. See here, we
both want to see the charming Nellie
this afternoon. I'll tose you to see
"Done!" acquiesced Dallas.
The shrewd eyes of his companion
twinkled cunningly as he thrust his
band Into his pocket. He fumbled
(two coins there.
"One guess," he Bald. "Heads or
Merkle smiled to himself as he
Angered those ready coins under
cover. He produced one. Dallas
"Lost," announced Merkle cheerily
M It came down "tails."
' As the precious twain who had
risked their chances If it ever came
to the ears of Nellie Warren that her
company had been bargained tor as
If she were a prize package went
their way, Just behind the hedge there
arose In view a smiling, bright-faced
It was Roy Elston, to whom the
would-be lovers bad alluded. His face
was, Indeed, scarred on one side. He
was athletie. There was too much
manhood In the clear open counte
nance, however, to suggest the
"So, Mr. Warren has taken an
antipathy to me?" mused Roy. "I
must disabuse the impression," and
going home he wrote to a certain
General Revere, as follows:
"Dear Old Friend:
"Mr. Robort Warren, whose daugh
ter I know, and who seems to be an
old acquaintance of yours, has formed
a prejudice against me. Won't you
write him assuring him as to my In
tentions as a peaceable, respectable
Then Roy took a photograph from
bis pocket, smiled upon It, pressed It
to bis Hps and murmured softly:
"Dear, sweet Nellie!'
For Roy In bis quiet earnest way
bad weeks since outstripped Albion
and Ned in the estimation of Miss
Warren. In fact, there was a clear
understanding between them. Mr.
Warren treated Roy with rather scant
courtesy, but Roy hoped to soon re
move this unfounded prejudice.
That evening Roy called at the War
ren home. Its dignified proprietor
bestowed a rather cool nod upon him,
as he passed him walking in the gar
den with his daughter. Then, the
lovers once alone, Nellie indignantly
told her favored suitor some things
he had not heard of.
It seems that there was no danger
of Roy fearing his rivals, at least for
some time to come. Both were laid
up at home, badly battered and dis
"The Idea of tossing a penny to see
which should call upon me first!"
fluttered Nellie. "The idea of it!"
"Why, where did you hear of that?"
voiced the discreet and astonished
"It Is all over town," and Nellie
gave the facts of the case. It seemed
that Merkle after leaving Dallas had
boasted of his two trick coins, loaded
to come up beads or tails, as he
chose. Of this the duped Dallas had
heard. He sought out his rival. Re
BUlt: a fist fight bitter and to a finish,
and neither would be presentable for
some time to come.
Some girl friends had come to spend
a week with Nellie and a grand pro
gram for outing and pleasure had
been formulated. In their beds the
wounded rivals groaned and writhed
as they heard of the great doings of
the happy group, where modest unpre
tentious Roy Elston was the prized
chevalier of the occasion.
Mr. Warren did not welcome his
daughter's suitor with any warmth at
any time. In fact, his chlllness was
constantly on the Increase.
He had acted several times as
though inclined to call Roy to an in
terview, probably to ask him to dis
continue his attentions to his daughter,
This rather depressed Roy, and one
afternoon aB he and Nellie sat resting
on a bench after a game at tennis,
he rather covertly watched Mr. War
ren, who was pacing up and down a
near path in a manifest state of un
easiness or excitement.
"It's coming," murmured Roy ap
prehensively, as Mr. Warren after a
thoughtful pause advanced directly
towards the spot where he and' Nellie
"Ahem!" observed her father.
"Young man, I hope to be considered
a fair-dealing and truthful individual."
"I have never heard that disputed,"
averred Roy promptly, wondering
what his unusual and mystifying dec
laration might preface.
"Just so Just so," floundered Mr.
Warren. "Well, as you know I am a
man of peace. I don't see how I got
the impression, perhaps the influence
of an idle remark, but somehow I
fancied you were of a belligerent dis
position." "Why, papa!" piped in the indig
nant Nellie "he is a a perfect
"At all events I was unjustly preju
diced," went on Mr. Warren, "and I
wish to make amends. I have Just
received a letter from an old friend
of mine who knows you very well."
"Perhaps you mean General Re-,
vere?" intimated Roy deftly.
"Exactly, and and I wish to apolo
gize for my mistaken opinion of you,"
broke out Mr. Warren, impetuously.
Roy gladly and eagerly clasped the
extended hand of the man who held
his fate In his power.
"And, by the way," pronounced Mr.
Warren, "I I think Nellie will be in
terested in- reading the general's
With glowing eyes Nellie perused
the epistle that had come In answer
to the request of her lover. It ex
plained those tell tale scars. It re
cited a deed heroic In the collapse
of a small theater building, where Roy
had risked his life, but had saved
some twenty imperiled women and
Mr. Warren watched her face for a
moment, remembered that he was
once young himself, and discreetly
Nellie sprang to her feet, her whole
being breathing out soulfulness. She
threw her arm around Roy's neck,
"Oh! you brave, modest hero!" she
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Napoleon at Waterloo.
The rumors that Napoleon was
drugged or intoxicated at Waterloo
are absolutely without foundation. He
was a temperate man in all ways,
man ot Judgment and lightning-like
deductions. He was In no sense
man dominated by passion. It is,
however, true that at Waterloo he
was showing the effects of age, ill
health, and too strenuous labor. He
had been in the saddle for IS hours,
and was somewhat sluggish, but he
still gave his commands. Yet It Is
true that he did not command his
army with the clear and brilliant Judg
ment of his more youthful period.
CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER AND WREN
Brown Thrasher Above, Bright Reddish Brown; Below, White; Breast and
Flanks Spotted With Brown.
(Prepared by the United Slates Depart
ment of Agriculture.)
According to a "hew bulletin Issued
by the department of agriculture, en
titled "Some Common Birds Useful to
the Farmer" (farmers' bulletin No.
630), the wren, brown thrasher and
catbird are three very useful neigh
bors to the grower of crops or fruits.
The diminutive house wren fre
quents barns and gardens, and particu
larly old orchards in which the trees
are partially decayed. He makes his
nest in a hollow where perhaps a
woodpecker had a domicile the year
before, but he is a pugnacious char
acter, and If he happens to fancy one
of the boxes put up for bluebirds
he does not hesitate to take it. He is
usually not slow to avail himself of
boxes, gourds, tin cans, or empty Jars
placed for his accommodation.
In food habits the house wren is en
tirely beneficial. He may be said to
Uve upon animal food alone, for an
House Wren Above, Reddish Brown
Below, Soiled White Wings and Tall
examination of 88 stomachs showed
that 98 per cent of the contents was
made up of insects or their allies, and
only 2 per cent was vegetable food,
Including bits of grass and similar
matter, evidently taken by accident
with the Insects. Half of this food
consisted of grasshoppers and beetles;
the remainder of caterpillars, bugs and
spiders. As the wren is a prolific
breeder, frequently rearing in a season
from 12 to 16 young, a family of these
birds must cause considerable reduc
tion in the number of Insects in a
garden. Wrens are industrious for
agers, searching every tree, shrub and
vine for caterpillars, and examining
every post and rail of the fence and
every cranny in the wall for Insects
The house wren is only one of a
numerous group of small birds of simi
lar habits. There are within the limits
Catbird Slate Color, Pale
of the United States "34 species and
subspecies of wrens, occupying more
or less completely the whole country
from the Atlantic to the Pacific. With
the exception of the marsh wrens, they
all appear to prefer some cozy nook
for nesting site, and, as it happens,
the farm buildings afford Just the place
desired. This has led several ot the
wrens to seek out the habitation ot
man, and he is benefited, by their de
struction of noxious insects. No spe
cies of wren has been accused of harm,
and their presence should be encour
aged about every farm, ranch, village
or suburban residence.
The brown thrasher breeds through
out the United States east ot the
great plains, and winters in the South
Atlantlo and Gulf states. It occaslon-
ally visits the garden or orchard, but
nests in swamps or in groves standing
upon low ground. The thrasher's fa
vorite time for singing Is in early
morning, when, perched on the top
of a tall bush, or low tree, it gives
an exhibition of vocal powers which
would do credit to a mocking bird.
Indeed, in the South, where the latter
bird is abundant, the thrasher is
known as the Bandy mocker.
The food of the brown thrasher
consists of both fruit and insects. An
examination of 636 stomachs showed
36 per cent of vegetable and 64 of
animal food, practically all insects,
and mostly taken in spring before
fruit was ripe. Half the Insects were
beetles and the remainder chiefly
grasshoppers, caterpillars, bugs and
spiders. A few predacious beetles
were eaten, but on the whole the work
of the species as an insect destroyer
may be considered beneficial.
Eight per cent of its food is mads
up of fruits like raspberries or currants
which are or may be cultivated, but
the raspberries at least are as likely
to belong to wild as to cultivated va
rieties. Grain, made up mostly of
scattered kernels of oats and corn, is
merely a trifle, amounting to only
per cent. Though some of the corn
may be taken from newly planted
fields, it is amply paid for by the de
struction of May beetles which are
eaten at the same time. The rest of
the food consists of wild fruit or
seeds. Taken all in all, the brown
thrasher Is a useful bird, and prob
ably does as good work in its se
eluded retreats as it would about the
garden, for the swamps and grooves
are no doubt the breeding, grounds
of many Insects that migrate thence
to attack the crops of the farmer.
The catbird, like the thrasher, is a
lover ot swamps and delights to make
Its home in a tangle of wild grape
vines, greenbrlers, and shrubs, where
it Is safe from attack and can find its
favorite food in abundance. It is
found throughout the United States
west to the Rocky mountains, and ex
tends also from Washington, Idaho
and Utah northward into the prov
inces ot Canada. It winters in the
southern states, Cuba, Mexico and
Reports from the Mississippi valley
Indicate that the catbird Is sometimes
a serious annoyance to fruit growers,
The reason for such reports may pos
sibly be found in the fact that on the
prairies fruit-bearing shrubs, which
afford so large a part of this bird's
food, are conspicuously absent. With
the settlement of this region comes an
extensive planting of orchards, vine
yards and small-fruit gardens, which
furnish shelter and nesting sites for
the catbird as well as for other spe-
Below; Under Rump Chestnut.
cles. There is in consequence a large
increase In the numbers of the birds,
but no corresponding gain in the sup
ply of native fruits upon which they
were accustomed to feed. Under
these circumstances what is more
natural than for the birds to turn to
cultivated fruits for their foodT The
remedy Is obvious: Cultivated fruits
can be protected by the simple expedi
ent of planting the wild species which
are preferred by the birds. Some ex
periments with catbirds In captivity
show that the Russian mulberry Is
preferred to any cultivated fruit
Feed for Balancing Ration.
Every locality in the country can
produce a kind of feed capable ot
balancing no the corn ration.
E HAD AN EXCELLENT ALIBI
ular Town Constable Had Novel
Scheme to Avoid Arrest for Vio
lating the Speed Law.
TTa cnt hlmKplf an automobile of a
standard make last summer and had
good deal of enjoyment out of it.
It should be explained that he is a
man of some nrominence in his com
munity, for he is the town constable
d widely and popularly known for
miles around, says the Brockton
(Mass.) Enterprise. When in his new
auto he was the victim of many re-
mioota tnr ft "lift." and as he is of
the accommodating sort most of the
people of the town have had a ride
in that car.
Tint hin new noHRRBsion broueht an
outbreak in him during the summer
season of that well-known disease,
'onoofl mania." After he had learned
to handle that auto it became his de
Heht to eo careening over the roads
at from forty to fifty miles an hour,
and to whirl down the main street in
a Rwlrl nf dust, startline every horse
in sight and sending modest plodding
teams into the gutter to make way
for him. One day a friend, after wit
nessing his dash down Main street
and SDectacular stop at his omcel
shook his head and remarked:
"What'd ve dew. constable, if they
Bhould try tew arrest ye for speedin .'
"T)nw?" nnlrl tho cnnstahle. "What'i
I dew, cap'n? Why, I'd Jus' pull my
coat back, show em my badge ana
tell 'em I'm tryin' to catch a man
wanted nn a warrant, and the con
stable puffed his cigar contentedly.
"Don't worry. That boy of yours
will be heard from some day."
T don't doubt that," said the fa
ther gloomily. "What I'm afraid of
is that I will be the only person to
hear from him and his greeting will
be followed by some stereotyped re
quest for money."
TO BE SURE.
First Suburbanite My new home is
finiBhed at last.
Second Suburbanite So you're sat
isfied, now, eh?
First Suburbanite No? but my wife
and the builder are.
The Long Talk.
"After I got through with my re
marks," said the orator, "the people
T Joined in that applause," replied
"You were interested?"
"Yes, and gratified. I was afraid
for awhile that you had grown ab
sent-minded and thought you were fili
"Don't you know that you have the
wickedest city on earth?"
"No!" exclaimed the old resident.
"How did you get that information?'
"I read it in the papers."
"That's Just press-agent stuff in
tended to make out-of-town people
think that this is the place to spend
money and whoop things up."
Avoid Loan Sharks.
"You never catch me going about
giving people good advice," said the
loan shark," with a superior air.
"That's a fact," answered his client.
"Your business owes Its existence to
the fact that people won't take good
advice when It's offered."
The Hard Part.
"Lazonby says he feels the need of
something to pick him up in the morn
"I know what it is."
"No; a derrick to lift him out ol
'Where do all the people come from
who stand around and watch a new
building going up?"
'They come from nowhere In par
ticular and are apparently bound for
the same place."
All His Creditors, In Fact
"Hello, Dee, where are you bound
"I'm going over to the Jail. There'
a man I want to see there."
"Only one? There's a dozen who
can't get there any too quickly foi
Willing to Divide.
"It's an old maxim that people don't
always vote the way they cheer."
"That's quite true," said the politi
cian. "But let me get their votes
and I care not who gets their cheers."
Mrs. Newlywed I want a cook, but
she must be capable.
Head of Employment Agency
Madam, I have several on my books
capable ot anything. Judge.
PINNED FLY TRAP
Contrivance That Is Both Simple
Will Catch the Summer Pests In
Quantities Materials for Its Con
struction Cost Little and It
la Easily Made.
Now is the time to begin the fight
against files, in homes and stables
and stores. There are other ways of
fighting the disease-bringing pests be-
The Parts of the Fly Trap.
sides swatting them and setting out
By paper, sticky or poisonous. One
of the most effective ways is to trap
them in large quantities. Many fly
traps have been invented, but here is
one to which your Uncle Sam gives
his official approval, for the depart
ment of agriculture issued a special
bulletin describing it and telling how
to make it. Any boy can make one,
It, is so simple.
The trap was either discovered or
invented by one of the department's
agents in South Carolina, where he in
troduced it with great success. It can
be made of any size, but the most gen
erally useful is about 16 inches long,
12 inches high and 8 inches wide. The
materials will cost from 10 to 20 cents.
The trap is in three detachable
parts, lettered A, B and C in the pic
ture. These are held together by
hooks (D) at either end. On the bot
tom section (C) are two pieces of
tin, fastened with tacks. These are
to hold the bait. The top of a black
ing can or a milk or paint tin serves
well for this purpose. The middle
Bectlon (B) is a frame covered with
wire netting. It is like a gable root.
In it are six holes (F) to let the flies
through into the upper section (A).
This Is an oblong cage, also of wire
netting, and is let down over the sec
tions. The flies, attracted by the bait, en-
The Fly Trap Complete.
ter around the bottom (C), and, hav
ing fed, fly upward, seeking an exit.
They go through the holes into the
outer cage, from which there Is no
escape. When enough flies have been
caught the trap is Immersed in water.
The handle (H) will be found conven
ient for carrying the trap.
Fight Unemployment Evil.
In France every city of more than
10,000 population is required to estab
lish a free municipal employment bu
reau. The bureau Is composed of an
equal number of employers and wage
earners, known as a "parity commis
sion." It is appointed by the mayor.
The eystem has worked to great ad
vantage in mitigating the evils of un
employment. In 1912 there were 81,t
657 demands for work, divided among
25 bureaus, and 31,315 offers ot em
ployment were made to meet these de
mands. Of these, 21,520 were accept
ed. By co-operation of the various bu
reaus the floating labor is kept under
supervision and mobilized where
greatest need and opportunity exist
Cannonading Deadly to Fish.
Heavy cannonading by warships In
the North sea is having a peculiar ef
fect on fish. Numerous reports from
Holland say that great shoals of the
finny tribe come up Into the rivers and
canals ot that country, leaping out of
the water as they sometimes do on a
summer's day. Swarms ot fish are to
be seen In places where they had
never been found before. No other
reason than that cannonading is dis
turbing the fish has been advanced.
Resemblances Are Misleading.
A suit over an estate in England
was recently decided by the resem
blance ot a four-year-old boy to his fa
ther. The Lancet casts grave doubt
on such resemblances, saying that un
til all tho permanent teeth have grown
they are misleading.