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About The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930 | View Entire Issue (May 19, 1916)
THE ENCHANTED MOUSE.
One day the wife of a poor man
caught a mouse In a wire trap. She
took it to a pail of water to drown it,
when, to her surprise, the mouse spoke
"Good madam," it said, "I am an
enchanted mouse and have in days
gone by been a prince. I hope some
day to come into my own again. Give
me life and you will never regret It."
"If you will promise never to take
the bread and cheese in my pantry
again," said the wife, "I will grant
"That I will," said the mouse, "and
promise to keop the other mice away
So the wife opened the trap and the
mouse ran Into a big hole in the
"What are you doing?" asked her
husband, who came in at that moment.
When the wife told him what the
mouse had said he was very angry.
"Why did you not make a wish?" he
said. "If it is an enchanted mouse he
can grant anything, and here we are
living in this old hut and I never in
all my lifo had enough tobacco to fill
my pipe. Call him back and wish that
I may have a comfortable home and a
So the wife went to the hole and
"Mouse, mouse, pray come to me,
I have a favor to ask of thee."
The mouse put its head out of the
hole and asked: "What do you want
"I caught you in a trap," said the
wife, "and let you go without wishing,
My husband says I should have wished
and that he is tired of living in this
hut. He wishes a comfortable home
and a full pipe."
"Very well," said the mouse; "close
your eyes, turn around three times and
then open your eyes and you will have
The wife did as the mouse said, and
when she opened her eyes there was
her husband sitting In a large easy
chair smoking a pipe.
"See," he said; "isn't this better
than the poorly furnished hut we lived
in, and I have a full pipe, too?"
"Yes," replied the wife; "we should
be content now, for we shall be warm
In the winter in a house so well built."
But one day later the husband said:
"Wife, go to the mouse and tell htm if
he is a prince in disguise he can Just
as well build us a handsome castle."
"But, huBband," pleaded the wife,
"we are comfortable here, what more
do we need ?"
"Do as I tell you," said the husband,
i So the wife went to the hole in the
pantry wall and called
"Mouse, mouse, pray come to me,
I have a favor to ask of thee." .
"What is it?" asked the mouse, put
ting his head out.
"My husband wishes a castle," she
said; "he is tired of living in a small
"Close your eyes, turn around three
times, and then open your eyes," said
the mouse, "and you will have your
The wife did so, and when she
opened her eyes Bhe did not know
"What Do You Want of Me?"
where she was; everything was so
beautiful, but her husband came and
took her by the hand and led her
through the largo rooms. I
"Isn't this better than the small
house?" he ask ml her.
"I shall never be comfortable here,"
said the wife, "it is for too grand for
Hut even this did not satisfy the
husband, and one day he Bald: "I
should like to be an emperor and rule
a country; go to the mouse and ask
him to grant It."
"But I do not want to be an em
press," said the wife; "pray do not
nsk It, and, botildos, the mouse is only
a prince in his own right; he could
not grant such a wish."
"Do as I tell you," said the husband,
and the poor wife obeyed.
"Mouse, motiBo, pray come to me,
I have a favor to ask of thee."
"What do you want now?" asked
the mouse, putting his head out of the
"Alas," answered the poor woman,
"my husband wished to be an em
peror and rule a country,"
"Do you wish to be an empress?"
Asked the mouse.
"Oh, no!" replied the wife. "I'd far
rather live in the comfortable home
you first gave us, but my husband is
ambitious, and would rule."
"Close your eyes," the mouse said
to the wife, "turn round three times
and then open your eyes."
When she opened her eyes there in
a comfortable chair sat her husband
smoking his pipe.
The wife told her husband what the
mouse had said and as he was afraid
of being without a full pipe, he never
bothered his wife again and lived
peaceably ever after.
MECHANIC CHOKES A HAMMER
Half-Hearted Artisan May Be Sized Up
by Grip on Handle Be Positive
You may tell a good deal about a
mechanic's efforts and purposes by
the way In which he handles his tools.
You may size up a half-hearted ar
tisan by the grip on his hammer han
dle. If he takes it near the extreme
end he means business and hits the
nail a substantial blow; if he grips it
up near the hammer head, making you
half expect the poor thing will open
its iron jaws and gasp, why then you
may be sure of a tyro and a shirker.
Little things of the kind indicate clear
ly the manner and determination with
which a boy or man tackles any Job
or hobby. Go to it with a grip on
everything that means a positive and
TEACH POULTRY IN SCHOOLS
Younger Generation Kept Interested
and More Efficient Poultrymen
Are Brought Forth.
In every school district in Okla
homa there has been a poultry asso
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Hen and Chicks.
elation organized through the efforts
of the State Poultry association.
The teacher gets information regu
larly from the central body, and poul
try topics and poultry literature are
furnished the school through the cen
tral organization. By this means the
younger generation is kept interested
and more efficient poultrymen brought
forth each year. This is all done in a
state that Is far behind our Missouri
valley states In production of farm
products. This idea might work out
for good results In many of our own
rural school districts. Twentieth Cen
WEED WATER PIPE MATERIAL
Large, Hollow, Straight Stalks of Com
mon Cow Weed Used by Boy on
West Virginia Farm.
A boy of fourteen, on a West Vir
ginia farm, has piped water from a
hillside spring to the house a hundred
yards away and the total expense was
less than 50 cents. He used the large,
hollow, straight stalks of common wild
cow weed, over an Inch In diameter
and each five and six feet long, fitting
the little ends tightly Into the big ends
after wrapping the latter with twine
to keep them from splltlng and also
wrapping the centers and painting the
outsldes with asbestos black. The
pipes are supported on forked sticks,
overhead high for a part of the dis
tance and for the rest are put just un
der the stony ground.
CR0KIN0LE IS SKILLFUL GAME
Soreness of Finger May Be Entirely
Overcome by Putting Propelling
Digit Against Carom.
A great many persons do not thor
oughly enjoy the skillful game of
croklnole for the reason that their fin
gers become sore from shooting. To
overcome this entirely put the propel
ling bent finger gently against the
carom, or nearly bo, and there will not
only be no sting to the finger in sud
den contact with the carom, but the
direction of the shot may be far better
controlled. Let the finger nail meet
tho exact center of tho carom edge for
"I don't see why horses are afraid
of automobiles," said Dick.
"Well, I do," replied his ten-year-old
companion. "They look like bug
gies a-golng without horses."
"What if they do? That is no rea
son," replied Dick.
"Now look here, Dick! You know
you'd get scared If you saw my Butt
a-walklng down the street and me not
along to make it go."
Something Like It.
Bobby was rehearsing the patriotlo
lines he was to speak at, the Sunday
school Fourth of July celebration.
"'It It oh, yes it glmleted well
for our great and glorious'"
"Glmleted? GImloted?' Why, Boo
by!" the teacher interrupted. "'Au
gured,' Bobby. 'Augured.' "
"Oh, yes; augured! I knew it was
something they bored with."
MOSLEM "HOLY CITY"
MECCA ONE OF THE WONDERS
OF THE WORLD.
Remarkable Spot to Which Every Mo
hammedan Is Supposed to Make at
Least One Pilgrimage During
Not far from where Arabian lands
now form a battleground for Turk and
Briton stands tho Mohammedan holy
city of Mecca, toward which turn
countlesB thousands of Moslems every
day at the time for prayer, says a bul
letin of the National Geographic soci
ety. Mecca, the native place of Mahomet,
Is the principal city of the Turkish
vilayet of the Hejaz in Arabia and Is
located a few miles back from the
coast of the Red sea, Jidda being its
Beaport and the landing place of near
ly all its pilgrims who come by sea.
its population Is difficult to determine
because of its great number of visitors
and at the height of the pilgrimage sea
son it is usually much overcrowded.
To this holy city of Islam, Mecca,
every good Moslem should make at
least one pilgrimage during his life
time. He must arrange his affairs so
that his family will be taken care of
In his absence and the money he uses
for his Journey, it is stipulated In his
religion, must have been obtained by
The more devout of Moslems usually
transact no business either along the
way or after arrival at Mecca, although
the rules which prescribe conduct on
this devout errand do not forbid such
a thing. There are, however, many of
the pilgrims who must combine reli
gion with business, otherwise they
could never find means to accomplish
the journey. These, it would seem,
have always been In the majority, for
Mecca Itself has, besides its religious
standing, a location as an important
Mecca is surrounded by a great area
of uncultivated land, called the haram,
or sacred territory, where not even
date palms grow, and the city is said
by historians to have been founded to
carry on trade with AbyBsinla in win
ter and Syria in summer. Its bazaars
at pilgrimage time are filled with the
finest products of the East and a sin
gle one of Its caravans has represented
an investment of as much as $100,000.
Arriving at the edge o the haram,
the pilgrim changes his ordinary
clothes for the ihram, the ancient pil
grimage dress, consisting of two cloths
wrapped around himself in a certain
prescribed manner. Thus attired he
proceeds to the city and after the end
of his devotions begins the return Jour
ney with the honorary title of hajl,
which Is conferred upon all who have
made the pilgrimage.
In the center of Mecca Is located the
great mosque which is really not much
more than a great columned wall with
seven minarets and is built around the
most sacred relics. Inside this wall is
called the haram, or sacred spot, and
there stands the Kaba, the "holy of
holies" of the Moslem, a rude stone
building about forty feet square, the
original of which is Bald to have been
built by Abraham and his son Ishmael.
It was the religious center of Mecca
long before the time of Mahomet, who
threw out its idols and made of it the
sacred place of Islam. Many times it
has been destroyed by fire and flood,
but it has always bees rebuilt approx
imately In the original design. The
Ka'ba has no windows and its door is
several feet above the surrounding
level, entrance being effected by means
of portable steps. Inside its walls are
covered with silver, the gift of wealthy
Mahommedans, Its floor is a mosaic of
varicolored marbles and its ceiling is
hung with silks of wondrous hue and
texture. Outside, much of the time its
walls are covered with rich brocade,
on the borders of which is embroidered
In gold thread quotations from the
In the wall of the Ka'ba, near its
southeast corner and at a convenient
height, is the famous black stone said
to have been given to Abraham by the
angel Gabriel. In performing the
tawaf, which is the custom of seven
times circuiting the Ka'ba, this great
stone Is kissed by the pilgrims each
time it is passed.
Within the walls of the mosque Is
found what is supposed to be the tomb
of Abraham and Btone slabs mark
what Moslems believe to be the graves
of Hagar and Ishmael. All these are
holy spots and must be visited in mak-
ing the tawaf.
Among the other holy relics Inside
the city is the famous Zamzam well,
said to have been used by Hagar In se
curing water for her son, Ishmael. The
waters of this well are supposed to
have wonderful curative values and a
brisk traffic is driven with the pilgrims
In the sale of jars and bottles for tak
ing away the water. The well is be
lieved to have been lost after the days
of Hagar and found later by the grand
father of the prophet, Mahomet.
Bus Conductors' French.
Bus conductors In town really are
acquiring some knowledge of the
French language. One was heard re
cently addressing a somewhat startled
French passenger somewhat thus:
"Piccadilly-circus? Doo pennies, ice-ee
moosoo, tray byang." It seemed to
give him honest pleasure. London
Madam Have you any references?
The French Maid Zee husband ol
lee lady where I last worked he give
me an automobile. Lite.
OCCULT AIDS FOR SALESMEN
"Inspirational" System of Today May
Be Well Said to Suggest Hindu
A vast amount of "inspirational" lit
erature for business men is appearing
nowadays. It takes the form of
treatises and leaflets, series of articles
In newspapers, publications by
"schools" of Bupersalesmanshlp, and
so on. It 1b addressed to agents and
commission men and commercial trav
elersto anybody, In short, who has
anything to sell. But the surprising
thing about it all la its method, re
marks the New York Evening Post.
Instead of being exhorted in the old
crude way to hustle and "git thar,"
he is taught how to release the dyna
mic energies hidden in his breast, how
to make selling shirts or hats an ex
ercise in transcendental philosophy.
Specimens of the sort of mystic pro
ductions we mean have been appear
ing In a Philadelphia newspaper. They
seek to convey, not advice, but stimu
lus. They are not Instruction, but thrill
ing messages. The goal is not merely
moneymaklng, but "man building."
The man is to be built very much after
the fashion of a Hindu ascetic wrapped
In contemplation of his inner self ex
cept that here the concentration of his
gaze upon his own faculties is to bi
under expert direction. His mentoi
stands at his elbow to shout in his ear
from time to time:
"Live in the 'I will' atmosphere;"
"Eliminate doubt and 'It can't b
done';" "Keep a true focus on the
world!" "Sell to yourself first;" "Keej
your dynamo working."
We have no wish to decry these sol
emn views of business. Earnest and
even fierce preaching of energy and
determination may serve to Btlr uf
those qualities in some laggards. And
it has always been true that exalted
motives are a good thing for even
But there is, clearly, a novel ele
ment in all this modern injunction to
salesmen to lift themselves by their
own moral bootstraps. It links itsell
with the vague ideas current about oc
cult, psychic powers dormant in man.
Sometimes, it is believed, they may be
wakened and used for healing disease,
sometimes for unrolling the book ol
fate, sometimes for piercing the veil ol
death. The singular thing is to find
all this order of thought or emotion
seized upon in the endeavor to en
able people to sell more buttons and
Golf for the Insane. 1
Much amusement has been created
by paragraphers and others over the
use of the game of golf as a means ol
quieting Insane patients. It Is a fact,
however, that excellent results are: ob
tained in this fashion. Swinging golt
clubs against an innocent little rub
ber ball apparently takes care of the
energy that might be expressed in vi
olence that not only does serious dam
age to property but retards recovery
on the part of patients. Here is the
testimony of Dr. Gahagan, superintend
ent of the state hospital for the In
sane at Elgin. It is an excerpt from
a letter written to Doctor Zeller of the
stats board of administration:
"I wish to report excellent results
on the golf links. Several of the moat
disturbed caaes on the C wards who
are principally engaged in personal as
saults, breaking windows, etc. hava
been taken out and have fairly quiet
ed down as the result of fresh air
and diversion gained on the golf links.
I wish especially to report our friend.
Eddie Maxwell, who has written you
on many occasions. Since Eddie has
had access to the links he has been
very docile and thankful for the lib
erties given him. While Eddie was
In the ward you will remember thai
on various occasions he was guilty ot
most violent conduct."
Dinner Cost $150 a Plate.
' A dinner, costing 150 a plate, it It
said, was given in the presidential
suit of the Biltmore one night recent
ly In honor of Louis C. Walllck by
John McE. Bowman and other hotel
men, to mark the close of the suoess
ful winter season. Mr, Bowman sent
the Invitations out several days ago,
It was said, and many ot the 25 diners
came from other cities.
Saying that the dinner was private,
Mr. Bowman refused to give out
menu, nor would he give out a com
plete list of the guests. It was said
that when a dinner costB $150 a plate
only a small part of that amount is
spent for things to eat. A dinner cost
ing more than $250 a plate was served
nn the Savoy in London a few years
ago, one roan said in speaking of the
Biltmore party, but the proportion
spent for food was small.
At the end of the dinner a silver
punch bowl, inscribed with his name,
was presented to Mr. Walllck, and 25
woman guests came in to hear the
speeches. New York World.
When the Dean Remonstrated.
The Manchester Guardian says this
is a true Btory from the front: Two
Tommies wandering on a part of the
line with which they were not famil
lar found on many of the trenches
nearly painted signs displaying the
names with which their occupants had
labeled them. They came to a trench
marked "The Deanery." '"Ello," ex
claimed one of the Tommies, "hit 'ere
ain't a d deanery!" At that in
stant a head popped out of the trench
ana the chaplain retorted: . "Yes, my
man, and I'm the d dean, so please
moderate your language."
Women Now Belong.
For the first time in its history the
British Royal Astronomical society has
admitted women to membership.
HER IDEAL AT LAST
MODERN MAIDEN'S SEARCH FOR
"TRUE MAN" REWARDED.
Willing to Delight In Any Foolish Fad
or Frenzied Fancy She Might
Want to Pursue Drew
Line at One Thing.
The modern young woman
critically at the modorn young man.
"You are sure," Bhe said, "that you
wish to marry me? Nothing could al
ter your decision?"
"In case I should accept you, would
you be willing to fill in at any time at
one of my dinner or bridge parties I
mean, of course, when I really need
"I should be delighted."
"You will, I presume, permit me to
go away in the summer time and
spend as much money as I please at
any place which my fancy dictates?
"In case I should desire to roam
over Europe alone, you would have no
"It is necessary for me, in order to
maintain my position in metropolitan
circles, to become hysterical over all
the latest fads. This means that I
will probably have literary freaks, bo
hemlan impossibilities, suffragette
caucuses and other highbrow functions
in our house at any time. You would
welcome all of these, would you?"
"With open armB, for your sake.'
"I shall, of course, have to indulge
in the latest and smartest effects In
clothes, no matter what the extremes
may lead to. I trust that this would
not disturb your serenity or make
you express in any way any feeling of
"Impossible! You can go as far as
"Suppose that I should become eu-
It would be my great pleasure to
praise your efforts."
The young woman moved a trine
"Just one more question," she said.
"Will you go to the opera with me at
the matinees every Saturday after
noon?" Then the young man got up, folded
his arms sternly and replied:
Never! I love you dearly, I am
willing to make all kinds of a fool of
myself and to do anything that any
metropolitan husband is obliged to do
in these halcyon days, but I'll be
eternally frizzled if I lose my self-respect
to the extent of attending the
opera with any grown woman in day
light." Answered like a hero!" she ex
claimed, clasping him fondly in her
arms. "It is the one thing that I didn't
want you to do. Oh, how grand it is
to feel at least that I am marrying a
true man." New York Sun.
Activities of Women.
The women of Japan are generally
Woman school teachers in Germany
number over 30,000.
Japanese drama Was founded by a
woman, a priestess of the Temple of
France now has more than a million
more women and girls than men and
A large auto truck concern in the
West employs a woman to run their
demonstrating truck, which has a ca
pacity of five tons.
Woman conductors in the London
tramway cars are proving so success
ful that it is a question as to whether
they will be retained indefinitely.
Rev. Ann T. Allenbach, an ordained
minister and a graduate of Columbus
university and the Union Theological
seminary, has formed in New York a
new religious cult, which Is known a
the First Woman's Christian Com
New Ways to Make Money.
When Jkomes to thlnkine un new
ways of mSfing money you have got to
hand It to the people of the East side.
A woman over there has jUBt been
sent to Jail for making fish with aged
and chastened expressions look like
fresh caught. With one paint brush, a
tin of red paint and the skill of her
good right hand the lady can turn the
most discouraged collection of last
year's cod into the lifelike semblance
of fish just pulled out of the river. One
look at the carmine gills would tell
anyone not possessing a keen sense of
smell that the fish were fresh and
wholesome. A board of health inspec
tor who confiscated the woman's mer
chandise declares there are many
modern painters of still life in that
section of town who make It pay.
New York Times.
Mill Saw Reveals Honey.
Escaping the notice of all the camp
hands who fell and bucked the tree,
a hollow white fir yielded more than
fifty pounds of choice honey when cut
into by the sawmill band saw.
The honey was not discovered until
the combs had been severed and a con
siderable quantity had escaped
through the log carriage. Westwood
Dispatch to the Sacramento Bee.
Two Humorous Errors.
The error of the newest Chambers
biographical dictionary in which it is
said that from 1898 to 1900 Roosevelt
was "president of New York" reminds
the Philadelphia Public Ledger of the
fine old typographical error that crept
into one of Horace Greeley's editorials
"There is no barn in Guilford" assert
ed the editorial, Greeley having writ
ten, "There is no balm in Gilead."
At the first sign of trouble
We ought to be contented
With conditions as they come.
Fate can't be circumvented
And you've got to suffer some.
We'll mlsB the wintry blowing
When the sultry sunbeams dance
And July Is fiercely glowing
But I'd like to take a chance.
Every hope is a delusion
When it once Is realized.
Wealth that comes in great profusion
By the prudent Is not prized.
They declare In language pensive
That our sorrow we enhance
By an idleness expensive
But I'd like to take a chance.
When the Worm Turned.
"Your honor," declared Officer Mc
Pherson, "I heard an awful yellin' back
in the wagon yard, and when I got
there this man was beating his wife."
Judge Broyles turned sharply on the
prisoner, a tall, gaunt fanner, with
'Is this true? Were you beating
your wife, sir?" the judge demanded.
Yes, your honor.
s "How did you come to do it?"
"Lord knows, Judge. For 2p years
she alluz wuz th' one what did the
beatin', but I jes' happened ter catch
her when she wasn't feelin' right."
"I used to think I'd like to make a
name for myself," said Mr. Chuggins.
"Then I got interested in an automo
bile." "What difference did that make?"
VHadn't time to think about names.
Was doing well enough to keep track
of my numbers." Washington Star.
Practice and Theory.
"Who wrote that article on how to
support a family of six on $10 a
week?" a friend asked Woggles, the
editor of the Ladles Household Friend.
"Bingham, one of our best men,"
said Woggles without a smile. "We
pay him $5,000 a year." Louisville
"Why do you object to my marrying
"Because you can't support her in
the style to which she has been accus
tomed all her life."
"How do you know I can't? I can
start her on bread and milk, same as
you did." Philadelphia Ledger.
"The ship of state is getting into
"That's so. I only hope it won't
have to be piloted by a tug of war."
"Here's your pill," said Mrs. John to
her husband, who was suffering from
"All right," said John, waking from
a doze. "I'll go you one more game,
but this is positively the last" New
"I DON'T SUFFER
"Feel Like a New Person,"
says Mrs. Hamilton.
New Castle, Ind. "From ths time
I was eleven years old until I was seven
teen I suffered each
month so I had to be
in bed I had head
ache, backache and
such pains I would
cramp double every
month. I did not
know what it was
to be easy a minute.
My health was all
run down and the
doctors did not do
me any rood. A
neighbor told my mother about Lydia
E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound and
I took it, and now I feel like a new
person. I don't suffer any more and I
am regular every month." Mrs. Hazei
Hamilton, 822 South 15th St.
When a remedy has lived for forty
years, steadily growing in popularity
and influence, and thousands upon
thousands of women declare they owe
their health to it, is it not reasona
ble to believe that it is an article of
If yon want special advice write
to Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine
Co. (confidential), Lynn, Mass.
Your letter will be opened, read
and answered by a woman and.
held in strict confidence.
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