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"Goog-a-room," said Grandpa Frog.
"What u flue day It Is, to be sure."
be sure, to be
Btlro," said old
Grandpa Fro g's
He was giving a
birthday party at
his home in the
swamp, and he
was sitting on his
The little frogs
along and said,
returns of the day,
Grandpa Frog Was
Fond of Speech
"Now, my dears," said their grand
father, "I am very grateful to you all
for hopping along and telling me that
you wish me those kind wishes. But
you don't wish me many happy returns
of the day, do you? It's Just a silly
thing to say."
"Oh, Grundpa, Grandpa," gurgled the
little frogs. "We do mean It. It's not
silly to say. It's been 8dd for years
"Well," said Grandpa Frog, puffing
and panting, for he had spent the morn
ing In search of bugs and other deli
cacies to give the grandchildren at
his party. "Well," he continued after
n pause, ,4maybe It has been said for
years and years. I don't know. I was
never told. If It has been said all
these years, It has been kept from me.
But It's a very silly thing to say."
"Why, Grandpa?" asked the little
"Because," said Grandpa Frog, stick
ing out his chest and rolling his great
bulging eyes, "it Is Impossible to say
such a thing."
"It can't be," said the little frogs.
"We all said It!"
"That was not Just what I meant,"
said Grandpa Frog In rather severe
tone. The little frogs were worried.
They were afraid they had said too
much. They didn't want to annoy
Grandpa Frog, for they were very
anxious to have some of the bugs that
they were quite certain he must have
"What did you mean?" asked the lit
tle Frogs. "We are often so stupid.
But we are young, dear Grandfather,
we are not old and wise like you."
Grandpa Frog panted for breath.
He was so excited at henrlng such
Bice things from the little frogs.
"Goog-a-room, goog-a-room," he said.
"Of course you could say It without
choking, I suppose. Because of course
you did say it. But at the same time,
it is a senseless thing to say."
"Won't you tell us why, dear Grand
pa?" all the little frogs asked.
Grandpa Frog was rather fond of
upeechmaklng, so he got up on the
stump, sat on his back legs, and be
"I nm so pleased you all come to
my birthday party and I appreciate
your good wishes. But it is impossi
ble for me to have many happy returns
of the day."
He paused for breath, and all the
little frogs said, "Google, google,
gOogle, we hope this isn't going to be
a sad speech and that Oarndpo won't
cry. If he did he might let the bugs
float away down the pond." This last
?Ley whispered to each other.
"But how can this day ever come
back?" 8 aid Grandpa. There will be
?ther days. Yes, other ones, They
will be different. They may be rainy
days, or winshlny days, or days when
the sun and rain are bofh here and
there Is a rain
bow. No, I cannot
have many happy
returns of thl9
day, because this
day will never re*
great eyes filled
with water. One
tear trickled down
and he swallowed
1M And then he
swallowed quite a
few. **I am get
ting to drink tear
water," he said. "It's not very good/'
"Then don't cry," said little Mr. Hop
ping Toad, aa he called from the side
of the pond In his queer grunting voice.
*1 heard your speech and it was very
sad. But dear Grandpa Frog, you have
nade a mistake. That saying does
not mean that you are to have many
lfappy returns of this very day, but
that you are to have many happy re?
tforns of your blrthdayl See!"
"Oh, Joy," blinked Grandpa Fro?,
"Is that what It means? Oh, hurrah,
And so the birthday party ended
Happily owing to the kind Mr. Toad;
and the delicious birthday party sup
per of bugs was not washed away by
the tears of Grandpa Frog.
Where Fleas Originate.
Marjorle had Just come from Sunday
gchool. She rushed to her mother.
"Mother, did you know It says In the
Bible that fleas come from rats?" she
"Why, no, dearie. That Is news to
me. Who told you ?hat?" said her
"It's right In the lesson today," sai l
the little girl, handing her mother her
Sunday echool paper. And the mother
smiled when she rend this line, "Flee
from the wrath to come."
Laugh and Sing and Hope.
Laugh ? it will come all right.
Sing ? it will soon be light,
Hope ? it is not in cain.
Trust- ? there is peace for pain.
Be brave ? and the creed will prove
Life is worth while to love,
Toil is worth while to do,
Joy, in the distance, too,
Waits, and the heart that sings
Wears loveliest wings. ? Baltimore
TRAINING A GOOD THING.
From all the angles of improved
self-respect, physical development,
recognition of authority, and a bet
ter rounded-out young manhood, the
military training has everything to
commend it. There is a great differ
ence between the three consecutive
years required in some European
countries and what is contemplated"
here. Nor is there any probability
that the American spirit would ever
lead our officers to assume or tol
erate that arrogance and personal
abuse of their inferiors in rank which
has existed for years in the army
life of Germany. This is illustrated
in a story told me a few days ago
by a private in the national guard
of a southern State, which had just
returned from several months on the
border. When they first reached
Texas not a few of the members
were fresh volunteers, with consider
able to learn. Their commander, a
regular-army man who had been
many years in the service, when
making an inspection at two o'clock
in the morning, found one of the new
men, who was on sentry duty, asleep.
Next morning, the offender was
called before the officer, who read
him the regulations and the punish
ment prescribed in such cases. He
did so in a firm but not unkindly
manner. Then he said to the boy:
"Do you realize that when on sentry
duty you occupied not only a place of
utmost responsibility, but the high
est position in the country?"
Inasmuch as the camp was many
miles from the border, with thou
sands of troops between himself and
Mexico, the private admitted it had
not occurred to him. "But you did,"
continued the officer, "for as sentinel
you had authority to stop and chal
lenge the President of the United
States." The young man accepted the
light punishment imposed with a
grateful heart and became one of the
best soldiers in his company. The
incident, however, not only illus
trates the need of proper training,
but of that spirit of personal inter
est on the part of the officer in a
well-meaning but very raw recruit,
which marks the difference between
Americanism and Prussianism.
While the military training will do
great things for the young man of
good family and sterling principle, it
will do vastly more for thousands of
young men who have drifted into a
more or less purposeless mode of
life, a class from which the great
army of young criminals aro enlisted.
It will make men of these. A Chicago
judge, who sat for years on the
bench of both the city and county
criminal courts, says: "If every idle
young man in Chicago between 1 'I
and 25 were put into a military-train
ing camp today, the criminal cases
would decrease 80 per cent tomor
row. And when they finish their train
ing, thousands would have been trans
formed into real men with respect for
themselves, who now respect neither
themselves nor anything else." ? H.
H. Windsor, in the June Popular Me
WHEN CROWS GET TOGETHER.
"Roosts" in Groves of Trees Have
Harbored 200,000 Birds.
Writing in the yearbook of the
United States department of agricul
ture, E. R. Kalmbach of the biological
survey describes "one of the most
wonderful of bird phenomena still ex
isting in close proximity to large
cities" in this country; viz., the
"roosts" at which crows gather night
ly in enormous numbers during the
colder months of the year.
A roost is usually a stand of trees,
especially pines and other evergreens;
though one of the most populous of
the earlier known roosts was a low,
reed covered island in the Delaware
river, entirely destitute of trees,
known as the Pea Patch. Crow9 have
also been observed roosting in open
fields and on exposed sand bars.
Roost9 are often in the immediate vi
cinity of cities. One at Arlington,
Va., just across the Potomac river
from Washington, was supposed to
have contained at the height of its
occupancy from 150,000 to 200,000
Several other equally populous
roosts have been recorded, while
some observers have estimated the
population of individual roosts at
millions. Fortunately the birds that
eather in one spot in such numbers
at night feed over a wide area, as a
rule, by day, so that the roost is not
so serious a menace to crops in its
vicinity as might be expected. ? Sci
The Right Man for the Place.
New York Times.
There is neither politics nor favor
itism in the selection of Mr. Hoover ;
to take charge of the food interests I
of this country. The President has
approached this appointment in pre
cisely the spirit suited to a war emer
gency. The opposition manifiested in
some quarters shows a childV per
versity in refusing to profit by the
experience of its elders. England tells
us all the time: "Begin where we
leave off. Don't commit our blunders
over again. Let our experience be a
lamp to your feet." And yet we want
to learn for ourselves and pay the
If there is another man in all the
country as good as Mr. Hoover for
this indispensable work, he would
still lack Mr. Hoover's nearly three
years of experience. And if a special
school of experience had been estab
lished solely to train such a man, it
couldn't have been better than that
from which he has graduated with i
the highest honors. Mr. Hoover was
a very successful mining engineer
when the war broke out. He dropped
everything to take up the Belgian re
lief work. He plunged into it with
such energy that he jarred the red
tape traditions of the European
Chancelleries a good deal. But he
won his way by sound sense and
Yankee push, and long ago his ac
ceptance was complete. He was per
haps the only man who had the con
fidence of both belligerents. Not only
London and Paris hold him high, but
Berlin respects him, while in Belgium
his and Whitlock's are names to con
Mr. Hoover would make a mistake
to refuse the salary that goes with
the office for which he is named. It
is no doubt from a generous and
public-spirited motive, but others are
not so placed as to maintain a like
attitude, and would therefore suffer
unfairly in the comparison; and the
element of compensation is necessary
in order to stabilize the relationship
between the Government and the
All Must Register.
Emphasis is laid by Provost Mar
shall General Crowder on the fact
that no men within the prescribed
age limit, except those already in
the regular army or navy, the Na
tional Guard, in Federal service, or
the reserve divisions of the naval
service, are excused from registra
tion for military service.
"Even convicts and alien enemies
are required to register," says a
statement issued. It is added, howev
er, that those liable should not con
fuse registration with actual draft
ing for service in the army.
The statement points out also that
the application of the draft and call
ing selected men to colors will fur
nish the opportunity for those who
believe they should be exempted to
submit their claims. The process of
selection will be carried out, it adds,
"by lot, by the fairest system that
can be devised." ? Statesvillo Land
(Hydroch?lidon nigra ?urinameatlt)
Length, ten Inches. In autumn o<>
curs as a migrant on the east coast
of the United States, and then la In
white and gray plumage. During the
breeding season it Is confined to the
Interior, Is chiefly black, and Is the
only dark tern occurring Inland.
Range: Breeds from California,
Colorado, Missouri, and Ohio, north
to central Canada; winters from Mex
ico to South America; migrant In the
eastern United States.
Habits and economic status: This
tern, unlike most of its relatives,
passes much of its life on fresh water
lakes and marshes of the Interior. Its
nests are placed among the tules and
weeds, on floating vegetation, or on
muskrat houses. It lays from two to
four eggs. Its food is more varied
than that of any other tern. So far aa
known it preys upon no food fishes,
but feeds extensively upon such ene
mies of fish as dragonfly nymphs,
fish-eating beetles, and crawfishes.
Unlike most of its family, it devours
a great variety of Insects, many of
which it catches as it flies. Dragon
files. May flies, grasshoppers, predace
ous diving beetles, scarabaeid beetles,
leaf beetles, gnats, and other flies are
the principal kinds preyed upon.
Fishes of little economic value, chiefly
minnows and mummicnt^, were found
to compose only a littl# morv. than 19
per cent of the contents of 145 stom
achs. The great consum#tion of In
sects by the black tern places it among
the beneficial 6pecies worthy of pro
Love says good-night in the gleaming
and dreaming of stars and of
And her music is soft as the silken
susurrous of rose leaves in
Love wakes with the birds in the
morning and wakes the sweet
dream of the night
With the voice of her happiness ca'i
ing the blooms to lift up to the
Love is April morning,
Love is bloom of May;
Love is dew adorning
Lane and woodland way;
Love is thirst and hunger,
Love is sword and song:
Love is life's forever.
Too sweet to be too long!
Love says good-night in a whisper,
love says good-morning in
And the lyric of love is the gladness
that helps the old years roll
Love says good-night, .and tho echo
rings still in the heart when
Of the dawn brings the lips of her
leaning to welcome the world
? Folger McKinsey.
The man who would burn a million
bushels of grain in this time of Na
tional emergency would be branded
as a traitor. But even more a traitor
is the man who makes a million bush
els of grain into beer or whiskey, for
he destroys its usefulness as effec
tively as if it had been burned, and
at the same time lessens the efficien
cy of thousands of men at a time
when the Nation needs the best ef
forts of every one of its citizens. Na
tional prohibition is a necessity in the
face of the present food shortage. It
is one of the most effective war
measures that Congress could take.
? Prairie Farmer.
Senator Overman has secured from
the War Department 3,000 steel cots
and 6,000 blankets for use of the Con
federate veterans at the June reun
ion in Washington.
There is more solid comfort in Dr.
Muns' Piles and Eczema Ointment
than anything you can buy for 50
Cents. ? Advt.
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l ? . . . .
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not later than midnight June 21 ?t, exten
sion of final limit to July 6th, 1917, may
be obtained by deposit with Terminal
Agent and payment of fee of 50 ct?.
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