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Friday, June 10, 1932 BREWSTER HERALD HiT. ETNA'S Sicilian Boys Pressing the Essencs From Lemon Rind& (Prepared by National Geographic Soloty. Wemhlngton, D C.)WNU Service. ICILY goes back to work as the summit of Mt. Etna, famous landmark of the Mediterranean island, resumes its peaceful, eter- nal steaming. Recent rumblings and explosions within the mountain have preceded devastating lava flows in the past. The present "threat" recalls the eruption of the huge volcano in 1928 whe a lava stream, flowing like a 2,500-f0o-t ribbon from one of Its cra- ters, flooded tile eastern slope, one of the island's most fertile regions. Or.chards, vineyards and forests werd destroyed; also tile villages and towns that thrived on their products. More than a quarter million people live on the slopes of Mount Etna. The eastern slope is tile most thickly pop- ulated with one town almost adjoin- ing another. Almost every foot of grotrnd not used for dwellings is cul- tivated, yielding abundant crops. Etna has terrorized this district many times before. Whether the trav- eler goes by train or automobile down the east coast of Sicily, he passes flow after flow of lava. Some of them are centuries old; others more recently de- poslt:ed from some of tile two hundred craters that pepper the side of tile cone-shaped mountain. Tile town of Acireale perches on a 300-foot cliff fro'reed of seven distinct layers of lava, Within the Christian era, Mount Etna has boiled over its crater rims more than a hundred times. It has wiped out cities, towns and villages and spelled doom to thousands of homes. Ahnost daily Mount Etna rumbles, and its summit constantly emits steam, but it takes more than these "suggestions" of action even to arouse tile SIcillan's curiosity. Tile homes of their ancestors are sand- wiched between two of tile lava flows, and many of the present generation, like those of Mascall and Nunzlata, chief sufferers of tile last decade, have watched their homes sink beneath a new molten bed. Catanla, Birthplace of Bellini. Catanta, lying at the foot of the mountain, Ires been destroyed and re- built many times. Catanians know Mount Etna so well that the famous volcano has to spit fire anti boll over its rhn before they seek shelter. To tile Catantan who hives his rood. era city, Etna has been a benefactor. To the traveler in search of antiquities it has been a despoiler, for ancient Catania of Greek, Rmnan, Saracen" and Norman days is buried, alive for a Greek theater, a Roman amphlthea. ter, some baths and a few unimportant monuments. Catanta is more interested in its wide thoroughfitres, public squares and parks, and In horn)ring her illus. trious sons tilan In digging up ancient relics of a restless past. Bellini tile composer was born there In 1802., aml Catanians are not allowed to forget it. A statue of the conlposer adorns villa Bellini, one of the city's finest parks where on summer evenings one can sit and listen to Italian melodies played by a fine Sicilian band. The vine-clad slopes and the white Ilead of Mount Etna form a maguificent background. Another statue of the composer adorns the Piazza Steslcoro througll which rnns the Via Etnae, Catanla's main street from the southern part of the city to the foot of the great incus. tain. A third statue stands among those of kings and great Italian and Sicilian patriots in the cathedral. There is also a Bellini timater, once the finest in Italy, and the Catanla guides point with pride to tile tablet which marks the house In which the composer was born Tim cathedral, and a lava elephant atop a tall marble base at its front door, are two of the most popular monu- ments of early Catanla. The elephant's origin is unknown but tile catlmdral Is credited to tile prosperous reign of tlt Norman King Roger. Built in 1.901, '@,t was badly damaged by successive earthquakes and eruptions of Mount Etna. but each time it has been re. stored and used. Agatha. the Patron Saint. More honored than even tile kings' monunlents in the cathedral is that of SL Agatha, Catanla's patron saint. The bead of her statue Is said to con lain the head 0f the saint who In de lense of her virtue was tortured by a Roman pra0tor in the Thh'd century. Among her relics Is a veil which Is said to have mlraeuhmsly diverted a lava stream that menaced Catanla In 1609. ()lice a year. in Feoruary, Catanla turns out en masse to honor lier. The statue, mounted on two hmg poles, Is borne through the streets from church to, church by white-robed men. The route of the procession is Jammed to suffocation, old balconies groan under the weight of humanity and every roof has its quota Of spectators. At night there are torchlight processions which brilliantly ligilt up the city, and in nearly every window a candle or two throws feeble beams. The yelling and whistling and confusion of the day continue, augmented by the booming of colorful fireworks, the toll of church bells and tile occasional roar of a can. non Tile St. Agatha celebration is only once a year. Before and after, Ca- tania Is busy with its commerce and Industry. Tile harbor is filled with eomtnerelal craft wiiose flags add a colorful touch to the view from the Flora della Marina, a narrow but beau- tiful parkway near the water's edge. Catanla is not only the second larg- est city in Sicily but one of tile is- land's chief gates of export through which souls 600,000 tons of merchan- dise pass annually. Sulphur, fruit and wine have made fortunes for Catan- lans, and these and other industries keep many of the city's 271,000 hi- habitants employed. Attractive to TravelerL Interest in Mount Etna's moods is not entirely confined to tim volcano's immediate neighborhood. All Sicily feels the death-deallng blows of lava flows as much as all America feels the lash of a hurricane sweeping Florida. Normally, however, Sicily Is an is- land garden spot whlcil nature has endowed with a warm sunny climate and all tim charm that might go with it. Its wild mountain scenery, ancient history, ahd picturesque inhabitants make it a mecca of European winter tourists. Travel In the interior was formerly considered unsafe because of brigandage. Such conditions, however, have long since been eliminated. Now the visitor Is safe, and in addition to native inns, conlfortable pensions are conducted by French, German and English landlords of many years' resi- dence in the country. Provincial towns of Sicily are 'fa. incus for their situation, high up on p!cturesque hillsides or on rocky pro- montories Jutting into the blue waters of tile Mediterranean. Many of these towns are built on Greek foundations and contain ruins of Roman, Saracen, and Norman origin. A few Greek tern- pies nnd theaters are practically in. tact. Natives Are a Cheerful Lot. Racial types among the peasantry vary from classic Greek and swarthy Artb to blond Norman and haughty Sp,mlsh. In spite of his mixed an- cestry, however, the Sicilian of today is distinctly a Latin product in matters of disposition, culture and religion. Travelers unite in testifying to ills cheerfulness, quickness of perception, and hospitality. Stable govermuent and education are sahl to be doing much to stamp out superstition and secret vengeance and terrorism. Thin movement for better conditions Is ex- emplified hy wholesale prosecutions against outlaw gangs now taking place at the old Rolnan bathing resort of Termini lmerese. In Roman times the Island of Sicily was called the granary of Italy, and, while no longer specializing In wheat it is one of Europe's nminstays in the production of citrus fruits. Only Calf fornla rivals Sicily as a grower ot lemons. A part of tile lemon crop lu marketed in the form of citrate of lime and lemon extract. For thousands of years this football at tile toe of Italy ilas been the melt. Ing pot of many races. Its early in. habitants, tle SIkeis, who gave the island its name, were conquered by Greeks,.whose great cities such as Sy. racuse dominated the land for firs hundred years. Next came the rising power of Rome, during whose heyday Sicily was given over to the plunder of successive governors. Roman op. pression grew so cruel that gangs el plantation slaves twice rose in revo- luthm. Succeeding centuries saw Sar. aeen conquests, Norlnan kingdoms, and Bourbon misrule. Finally, freed by Garibaldi, Sicily became a part of the kingdom of Italy. I)urlng the last half century indus. trial condithms and political relations have not always been to the liking of the Slcilhuls, so that the island has been called the "Ireland of the South." Many thousand sons of the racial melting pot emigrated to America, some dlstrlcts being stripped bare of men of working age. One town wltose present population is 25,000, has sen 15.000 emigrants to the new couatr i INI Funny / SOUNDED SUSPICIOUS The talkative oid man was deliver lag quite a lecture on speedy travel to the young man with whom he slmred a compartnmnt. "Yes, we travel fast these days," he said. "But have you ever thought of the flight of time--of the fleeting hours of youth, the golden days that swiftly pass away? Have you ever counted tile minutes--?" "Look here," said the young man, auspiciously, "l don't quite get the hang of this. Are you trying to selJ me a watch?" As It Looked to Her Three-year-old Helen followed hez father to the barn and stood for awhile watching him oll harness. When she returned to the house her mother said, "What is daddy doing at the barn?" Helen replied In a bored way, "Oh, he's washing the horses' garters."Ex. change. Impetuous Campaigning "Do you think you might appeal to the collegiate vote by making your talk more classical ?' "I'm afraid to try It," answered Senator Sorghum. "My more conserva- tive constituents might be afraid the boys would become so enthusiastic as to go further and start one of these strident riots in my behalf."--Wasa- lagton Star. HARD TO TELL "Don't you think Mrs. Stroagmind'a husband Is naturally a gentle, patient ulan ?*' "Sometimes l think he Is and soln Umes I think he's Jusl plain scared." Late Stayer Again "Virginia, er-what does that young mau do?" "What young man, papa?" "Why. the one that calls three nights a week and never notices the clock." "Oh, papa, he has political asplra- tlons. He really expects to be elected u legislator." "H'm. Well, tell him not to prac- tice any all-night sessions around here." Foul Weather Warnings "Hiram." exclahned Mrs. Cormossel, "that candidate you don't like is corn Ink up the road. What'll I say If he wants to kiss the children?" "Don't sa' anything. Just call 'era 9ack to the kitchen and give 'em ph.nty of bread and bullet and molasses."-- Washhlgton Evening Star. GETTING EVEN i see tile government is estahllsh lag free Imrher shops In the West for the Indians." "It's coming to Ihem. They gave the early settlers many a close shave." No Job for Him Alnt--Do you mean to say thai Sponger who has been out of work for a year actually refused offer of a Job1 Itso--Yes, he says ne gets more froln charity than he would from the Job. Too Obvious Mrs. Gabblns--Ilere Is an Interest lag trth'le on "What a woman should w(lght." Husband--Does it. by any chance, mention her words? Joke Not oa Him Hix--T'hal was a good Joke those Rids putting a hat over a hriek on th q.hiewalk for some passer-by to kick. NIxNot so good--tile first man who came by picked up the hat and put It o- throwing his own away. Knew His Business Bassler--Why does I.elsenrlng era. ploy only hot)bed-haired brunettes rot his stenographers? Rlnnles-- l.eLsenrlng hhnselt has d,'lrk hair and his wife is very suspicious. I Who Was Who?__ UNCLE SAM ALL hat, lean anti genial face, star- spangled frock coat and striped trousers, familiar symbol of the whole U,lted States: what one person would be so bold as to clahn is have been the original Uncle Sam? Yet Ih Troy, N. Y., there was recently erected a monunlent to Just finch a person, one [4amuel Wilson, who flom'lshed In the meat rlacklng I)usiness al the thue of the Wa. of 1812 anti became the name- sake of a whole nation quite by acci- dent. In 1812 EIbert Anderson of New Jersey secured a euntract to furnish "2,000 barrels of prime pork and 300 barrels of prime beef in full bound barrels of white oak" for troops sta tloned at Albany. Sanmei Wilson, more familiarly "Uncle Stun," was ap pointed to see lhat tills meat met specifications and was properly packed. Every barrel thus approved he had stamped "U. S.--E. A.," stand- Ing for United States and Elbert An. derson. The story goes thal one of his own employees, when asked what tile Initials stood for, replied, "Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam Wilson. He owns near all about here, and he's feeding tile army." The questhmer thougill tile story a good one, spread It, and thus nicknamed a natlonl s $ BLACK MARIA FOR many years was It not the "blue chariot" that carried disturb- era of the peace and petty felons off to Jail; police raided dives and gam- bling Joints, hut they didn't bundle their captives oft In a "cage on wheels." Inslead, they sent for the "Black Maria," and thus paid dubious honor to one of tile most us-Boston- like of our early Bostonians. In old Colonial days a negress named Maria Lee kept apr, osperous sailor's boarding house In Boston. Si , was a woman of gigantic stature and prodigious strength, and used them to good advantage in maintaining qule! and order not only in her own estab- lishment hut all up and down the wa- ter front--and this in a day when ships carried canvas and saHornlen ashore were wont to be a rolsterlng and liberty-taking lot. Such was her repute for Instilling awe and obedl. ence Into the hearts Of tile lawleua that tile police authorltles frequently enlisted her ahl In making arrests. It is said that she once, single-handed. herded Into the Iockup three trembling sailors, lately hold and swaggering seamen on a too-riotous shore leave. Finally, so often did tile strong arm of the law lean for assistance on the Stronger arm of Maria Lee that to "send for Black Maria" became synonymous with "send for help In getting this disorderly person to Jail": and the name "Black Maria" thus passed to /be police wagon or patron to which It has stuck unlll the gang- ster and racketeer have coined for them new terms more In keeping with the modern scene. SHERLOCK HOLMES HERLOCK HOLMES, unique among the detectives of liternture from tile wily Lecoq of Gaborlau, our first detective story writer, to Philo Vanes, has perhaps attained that distinction Prom the very fact that he was only part fiction. When Conan Doyle, creator of tile character as we know hint. was a medical student at Edlntmrgh uulver- slty, he became a pupil and friend of Dr..losepil Bell, then profsor a! tile unlversltv, later memher of the reed ) leal staff of the Royal Infirmary of Edlnbnrgh. Doctor Bell galned his first fame as a diagnostician; througl methods or acute ohserwllhm of detail and keen analysis, he solved Inys|erles of disease tlmt had haUled al| others. Latel he applied shnllar methods to crimes that cimnced to (,onto Is Ills at- tention, and galne'i such a reputation for solving cases that its was rre* quently called In hy the crown pros. eeutors and even hy Scothmd Yard to ahi in unraveling their most Inlrlcate mysteries. Doyle, who often mentloncd his debt to Doctor Bell, described his "sharp, piercing eyes, eagle nose and striking features," and his habit of holdhig Ills hands before him. fingers together, when observing a client, and of making deelshms only after nb- serving ever) inslgulfieanl detail, a method familiar to every admirer of Sherlock flolmes. ((6). t931 Western Newspaper tJnlon. Parisian Life Changing Paris Is said to be becoming a chy of suburbs instead of a haven for cos- mopolltans, latest esthnales showing that every week day nearly 1,9(10,000 persons travel to and from the city on 2,122 trains and thousands on street cars, SO0 Gilt Statues hi tim q_'enlple of the l,'lve Hundred Arrhats, in Canton, China, stand 500 gllt statues. One of them Is supposed to represent Marco Polo, tile famous Venetian traveler nf the Fourteenth century, who, cntnpletely transformed Into a Cillnese, is now worshiped as LET CHILD LEARN PICTURE OF LIFE Newspaper's Great Value in Education. No child's education Is complete without the newspaper, for through It the child can secure a vivid, realls. tic plcture of life, tbe world and its affairs. Children pass over the news of crime and the sordid phases of life, because they are outside their realm of experience; only when they are admonlshed not to read crhne news do they take an active interest in It. Until he is about twelve years of age, the child needs no special dtrec. tlon In his newspaper reading, but after that age the parent should aim to stlmnlate the hlterest of the clllld In current affairs. Through discus- sions of news at the dinner table, the making of scrap books nnd flies of clippings on certain subjects, the child's intel'est can be directed !nto constructive cilannels. Children should early learn the technique of digesting news articles accurately and quickly. They shmlid never dawdle over a paper. But accuracy Is by all means the first requlsll e. And parems can stimulate accurate reading and recall by indulging in current information tests disguised as games. That children do not learn how to read a newspaper intelligently Is evi- denced by the appalling ignorance of high scilool students in current events, l recently sludied the results of a simple test In current lnforma. tion taken by several thousand hlgh school students. Ninety per cent of them failed miserably and ignobly. Another 5 per cent did passably well. :Not more than 5 per cent of the en- tire group had even a reasonabl grasp of ordinary news events. The children Idenllfied George F. Baker, philanthropist, as everything from a prize flgllter to the secretary of war. They were sure that the mayor of Chicago was variously a thug, an outlaw, a fammlS bootlegger and a European statesnlan. Of a thonsand high school students in a southern city only fifteen knew the name of their mayor. Teachers and parents have only themselves to blame for such shoddy Intellectual equipment. AIh,wed to do hlt-or-lnlss readlng, unsupervised and undirected, never drilled to con. centrate, never tralned to he accurate, ch'ildren early acquire these sllpsilod habits and speml the rest of their lives trying to overcome tllem. Intelligent pareuts have a magnlfi- cent opportunity to supldement school training wltll hffornlal and thereby douIHy valuable discussion and study of today's Important news. It would be an Inlnlenseiy.lnteresthlg project for parent aml child. It remains for Intelligent parenls to make the most of the eduealhmal posslhllltles of American newspapers. No one ever llas. Perhaps you wlll.--Prof, Walter B. Pltkln, In Parents' Magazine. Snakes Are Missed The hnl)ortatlon of great numbers of reptile skins Into the United States from French Indo-('hlna Is snhl to I)e responsible for nn ahu-nflng Increase In tho rat populathm or Ihe lerrl tories of the hitter country from whlch the reptlles were taken. Snakes destroy many rats and other rodenl pests, so this con(lithe) does not seeul nnllkely In view of tile ract thal 36, 750 pleces o4' rel)tlle sklus were hn- ported to thls country froln I,'reneh Indo-China tn the final quarter of last year alone. Taking Him Literally Mrs. Catte---Do you know, doetor, I believe that my husband's trouble arises from his nose. Doetor--I guess you've hit It. Mrs. Vattle---Oh, yes, many times. ew Caramel Pop-Corn shops. Making lots of money now. We out- fit you and teach process. Long- Eaklns---(Origlnators) 53 High St., Springfield, Ohio.Adv. Words Word, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul wlthln.--Tenny. S0II, If one doesn't llke to be discussed behhld ills back, he'd better not be a leader. Merc01izedWax Keeps Skin Young remsve wrJnkhm use one ouneo Powdered ont dissolved hi ou.lud/pint witch hlld. At drulg stetS. l-re's One Honest Man A Berlin cabinet marks lad nothing to offer t begg palr of her husbat l's oh which, unknown to ller, c hls entire savings, !,500 marker's wire had nothing to offer a beggar but a imr husband's old shoes, contained marks ($380), The beggar dld not inspect them; sold thenl to a second-hand dealer. 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Many Races in America Of the 122,775,(}46 tot.iI polnlhtlon In the United States on April 1, 1930, white persons nualhered IUS,S(14.2(|7 and negroes 11,8.q1,143, with Mexi- cans, Indians, Japanese, Chinese, Fib Ipinos, Hlndoos and Koreans follow. Ink In order and 780 of other races hlmped together. maybe/ts worm00 When your Ilttle one Is irritable, restless or cross, the chances ure he has worms. Wise mothers glve Dr. Joyne's Vermifuge ot the first symptom of worms. Thls proved remedy has been used for the past 100 years by millions of grateful mothers. Don't punish the tot whon what he really needs is Jayne's Vermifuge. If worms are present your child will have u new lease on life atter Ioklng the first bottle. No other preparation is so efflcient. Get a bottle today from your drug. gist. DR. D. JAYN p & $ON Philadelphi OVER 36 MILLION BO'I'rLES SOLD W. N. U., Portland, No. 24--1932. 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