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PRESENCE OF MIND
May Make Heroes of Physical
Cowards In Time of Danger.
NOT A MATTER OF COURAGE.
It Is the Sudden Impulse That Moves
One to Do the Right Thing In an Un
expected Emergency A Soldier and
a Shell and a Man and a Murder.
There Is a distinction to be drawn
between presence of mind and cour
age. Persons who naturally are timid
and nervous will In circumstances of
Kreat danger and excitement perform
nets of heroism that would be beyond
I heir powers on ordinary occasions.
We spenk of these as Instances of
presence of mind. But if you ask
(hem they would tell you that an In
voluntary impulse rather than any
premeditated course of actldn guided
their will on the occasion. Had they
time for reflection when all the threat
ening danger to themselves had be
come clear to their minds their nat
ural timidity of character would have
asserted itself and deprived them of
It is absence of fear that prompts
the soldier under a heavy fire from
the enemy's guns to go to the assist
ance of a wounded comrade and bring
him to a place of safety, and nothing
in human nature can compare with
such self sacrifice. Dut In times of
sudden emergency it is not always
the bravest who act with promptitude.
The following story is an Instance of
One of our transports was returning
from the Philippines with invalided
men. and one mornina at sea a erouD
of officers on the decK discussed the
subject of firing shells. A "soldier was
told by the colonel to bring nn empty
shell with a fuse. The colonel took
the shell in his hands and. striking a
match, lighted the fuse. As this slow
ly burned and the colonel proceeded
with Ills address to the other officers
another soldier passed the group, and
the moment he caught sight of the
shell he rushed forward, exclaiming,
"Look out. sir; the shell is a live one!"
Then he did what never seemed to
have come Into the minds of any in the
group of officers. lie seized the shell
out of the hands of the colonel and
threw It Into the sea. For this service
he was promoted. The soldier who
had been told to bring an empty shell
had gone to the wrong magazine.
Those who talked with the man touch
Ing tlil Incident say that he repudi
ated any idea of having done a brave
thing. "I don't kuow," he said, "what
made me seize the shell out of the
colonel's hand, but it came suddenly
into my mind, and I did it." It is this
wave of unconscious thought which
constitutes true presence of mind. This
will come to people of nervous and
even cowardly natures.
There Is of authentic record the case
of a man known to be utterly deficient
of courage who saved himself from a
very awkward situation by an exhibi
tion of real presence of mind. He was
an Englishman and lived in a town in
the midlands, where he was an organ
ist. Late one evening he was returning
home through some of the back streets,
which at that hour wore more or less
empty of people. As he went along,
however, lie noticed some distance
ahead of him n man and a woman
walking side by side, the man's arm
being around the woman's neck. Just
under a street lamp the couple stop
ped for a moment, when the organist
heard n piercing scream and saw the
woman slowly falling from (he man's
..rms Almost ln'fore she had reached
.' i' -ro'::i(l .(lie. man (liiried away
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down a Bide street and disappeared.
When the organist came tip to the
woman he found, to his horror, that
she was lying In a pool of blood. His
first Impulse was to run away and get
clear of the terrible scene, but his bet
ter feelings prevailed, and he knelt
down beside the poor woman to see If
he could do anything for her. When
he raised her head he found she was
quite dead, with her throat cut from
ear to ear. Beside her on the pave
ment lay a blood stained razor.
Tho organist was overwhelmed with
horror. Before he could collect him
self a group of people had gathered,
and presently he heard expressions
such as "He did it," "I tell you I saw
him," "There is the razor," "The fiend!
Where are the police?" "Hand him
over!" It was certainly a very awk
ward position, as the rough character
of the people might tempt them to
take the law into their own hands and
use him very badly. The arrival of a
policeman seemed to steady bis nerves
for a moment, and then came a wave
of Inspiration that might truly be call
ed presence of mind. He seized the
dead woman's wrist and. pulling out
his watch, went through the form of
feeling her pulse. Then he put bis
hand over her heart and, turning to
the policeman, said as calmly as he
could: "I am sorry to say that I can
tie of no further service here. The
poor woman Is quite dead. There is
no action in the heart or the pulse."
In an instant the murmurs of the
crowd changed, and he heard "He's
the doctor" on all sides. This was his
opportunity, and. slowly rising and
affecting to be in no hurry, he passed
through the crowd, who made way for
him. But when he got clear of the
street and came to the first turning he
took to his heels and ran for all he
was worth. The cowardly spirit got
the better of him in the end. He
heard the nest day tfcat the murderer
had gone straight to the poUce station
and given himaeli . up. New York
NOTICE OP FINAL ACCOUNT.
Iu the Gonnty Conrt of the State of
Oregon, C'unoty of Umatilla.
Id the matter of the Estate of L. A.
Notice is hereby given that J. Dill
on Plamondon, administrator of the
estate of L. A. Gitbens, deoeased has
filed his final aooonnt and report in
said estate in the ahove entitled Conrt,
and the said Court has appointed Sat
urday, July 1st, at the County Conrt
house at 2 p. m., as the time and plaoe
when any and all objections may be
beard upon said final account and re
port, and that at said time the admin
istrator will apply to said Court for a
disobarge of himself and bondsmen
from any further obligation in said
estate. J- DiCon Plamondon,
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Odd Word Survivals.
Far away back in the days when the
English language was in its Infancy
there were, poets who wrote of the
blossoms on the trees in the spring.
They didn't write "blossom," however,
but used the word "blow" and made,
it rhyme with snow and flow. When
they wished to sing of the beautiful
mass of apple or hawthorn flowers
they called it the "blowth." This
word is found in the dictionaries,
which assert that it is obselete, but it
is very much alive in Rockingham
county, N. H., and York county, Me.
The orchardlst thereabout speaks of a
'full blowth" or "light blowth" on his
trees in May and predicts a good or
poor "set" of the fruit in consequence.
"Orts" are supposed to be refuse of
some kind, but in the valley where the
Piscataqua river mingles with the sea
"orts" is the name for "swill." Exchange.
Tricking t Bobby.
A Dublin r.'.?.'fjr. a short time ago
entered a r,irr7vrs f Lop and bought a
ham. jA1 for b:s purchase,
he req,:w1 ii.it St stould be hung
outside tt ti 4yr. taying that he
would eaZl ttlr I'jt I?. The customer
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shop ti'I a r!:cmaD came In sight,
and Jsst as tfc man In bloe caught
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hauled him back to the hop. Flaring
explained the nature of the alleged
crime to the shop nwls'ant. he asked
the latter to charge the offender.
"But," said the assi'aiit n h real
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In the Cirouit Court of toe state oi
Oregon for Umatilla County.
Ida Wittman, Plaintiff,
John E. Wittman, Defendant.
To John E. Wittman, the atove
In the name of the State of Oregon,
yon are hereby summoned and requir
ed to appear in the above entitled
oourt and cause within six weeks
from the date of the first publioation
of this summons, to-wit: on or before
Friday, the 80th day of June, 1011,
and answer the complaint oi the
plaintiff filed herein against you; and
yon will take notice that unless you
appear within said time and acswer
the said oomplaint, or otherwise plead
thereto, the plaintiff, for want thereoi
will apply to the oourt for the relief
prayed for and demanded therein
for a deoree forever dissolving the
bonds of matrimony now and hereto
fore existing between plaintiff and de
fendant and for a obange of plaintiff's
name restoring to her the name of
Ida Haworth; and for such equitable
relief as may appear to the oourt prop
This summons is published pursuant
to the order of Hon. G. W. Phelps,
judge of the above entitled oourt, duly
made and entered on the loth day oi
May, 1911, and the first publication
hereof will be made in the Athena
Press newspaper on Friday, the 19th
day of May, 1911.
Peterson as Wilson,
Attorneys for Plaintiff.
S. F. Sharp
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Calls answered promptly night or day".
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In the County Court of the State of
Orefiou, iu and for the County of
In the matter of the Estate of Charles
Notice is hereby given that Maggie
Wilsou of Athena, Oregon, was on the
1st day of June, 1911, appointed ad
mioistratrix of the estate of Charles
Wilson, deoeased, by the atove en
titled oourt, aud that all persons hav
ing claims against ssid estate are
hereby notified to present said claims
with proper vouohers thereto, to said
administratrix or to Ler attorney,
Homer I. Watts, at his ofllce in Atb-
Administratrix nf the Kstate of Charles
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