The Independent. (Cashion, Okla.), Vol. 15, No. 32, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 14, 1922 Page: 6 of 8
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—— )I(\i 14 lut< I always loved
H Hilda. In the old days
they had written letters t"
Santa Claus together. For
they had been children to-
T>£ jJ Ketlnr and Hilda was only
KCwmip' eleven when Horace first
proposed to her.
Hilda promised to marry
Horace when she grew up if he'd give
her plenty of hot buttered popcorn and
Christmas candy elephants In the
meantime. It was a strain on Hor-
ace's slender allowance and It was not
always easy to get candy elephants,
but he succeeded on the whole.
There was something so nice about
Hilda. She never made remarks as
some girls did, and men too, for that
matter, which were so annoying.
When she rang up on the telephone
she did not say "Guess who's talking,
now, Just guess," and disguise her
voice. She always considered wheth-
er a person might not very easily be
Had Written Santa Letters Together.
busy, and so did not have what some
considered a little joke.
There were some kinds of people
Horace couldn't endure. There were
those who said, for example: "If the
lightning Is going to strike you, it's
going to sirlke you. It's absurd to
say you're afraid of It."
Then there were those who would
say In answer to a query about tho
temperature of the ocean and Its con-
dition for swimming:
"The water? Why, the water's wet."
And then—expected him to laugh.
There were those who would sny
"How come," nnd expected to be put
In a bright class, as though they'd said
something startllngly original.
Then there were those who sent pic-
ture postcards of foreign places when
they really posted them from New
York and Chicago and Seattle and
Hohokus, New Jersey, and hoped that
they could fool the receiver of the
postcards that these cards had not
been at one time gifts to them.
And he did dislike those who would
say to him after he had had his last
year's suit nicely sponged and pressed,
"How that has worn! It has certain-
ly done you good service, nnd It doesn't
look bad at that I"
But especially he disliked and felt
as though he could almost choke those
who were given to telling others to
count their blessings, while they
moaned and groaned nnd whined and
whimpered themselves at all times
and about all things.
These were his special aversions,
but Hilda was different. Hilda never
Jarred. Hilda wns always Buret.
Chicken Fat Improves Flavor.
If chicken fat Is added to the lard
for frying doughnuts the flavor will be
SANTA'S SPECIAL DELIVERY SERVICE
Though Hilda did not, or hail not al
yet agreed to, marry him, and he had
asked her many a time.
The second time Horace had pro-
posed had been when Hilda was six-
teen and they were sitting out the sup-
per dance at one of the Christmas hol-
iday parties. Horace was two years
older than Hilda.
"I couldn't marry you," Hilda had
said, "as you are really nothing but a
child. I need a man more my own
"itut you're two years younger than
I am," Horace had protested.
"True," Hilda had admitted, "but a
woman Is always so much older than
a man." Hilda called herself a wom-
an from the time she was sixteen until
she was twenty-one.
Again and again Horace proposed.
Hilda always put him off, but she al-
ways seemed to come back to him af-
ter each worrisome llirtatlon. Per-
sistency and devotion were Horace's
strong points, and every Christmas aa
he took her thj yellow rosebuds, which
was his choice of a Christmas bouquet,
he proposed anew. It was Horace's
Hilda loved the flowers—the rose-
buds were always so pretty nnd Hor-
ace hail so much taste. Always in the
center was 11 spray of holly, and they
were tied with gay red ribbon. And
Hilda cared for Horace, too. But not
enough, not quite enough.
When Hilda was twenty-five she al-
most yielded. Someone had that day
asked Hilda her age. She had caudld-
ly admitted she was twenty-five.
Later In the afternoon she had
heard that "If Hilda admitted to twen-
ty-five she must at least be thirty-two."
Hilda felt old then, discouraged. But
she didn't quite accept Horace.
From then on Hilda's ago was very
uncertain. Horace was fearful, lest
at first Hilda drop a year every year.
She could never claim eighteen, or
even twenty, even though she was very
young In appearance, baffllngiy so.
Hilda had been thirty for the past
three years now, and still Horace was
around, admiring her, loving her, more
and more all the time.
But the strain had almost been too
much. Horace had loved Hilda a very
long time. Hilda had taken a long
time alone to become thirty. He
would ask her once more to marry
him, then he would go away, never to
return he told himself dramatically.
"Hilda," he said to her as he gave
her the Christmas bouquet for the—
well, he wouldn't keep track of the
number of tluies even in his mind—-
"I've told you how it is. I must know
finally, tonight. I can't bear this any
"Won't you mnrry me, my darling?
Iilght away, without any more wait-
ing? Can't we start out the new year
"Can't we—my darling?"
And at last Horace knew bliss.
Shyly, sweetly, clingingly, and with
such slow yielding awakening Hilda
was in his arms, and as she lifted her
lips to his she murmured:
"And you'll take care of me, won't
you, Horace? And always be good to
me? For I'm only a child, Horace
dear, and I mustn't, I mustn't ever be
And Horace wns filled with Christ-
mas charity. Ho did not tell her of
the time—a good many years back
now—when she had told him he was
too young for her I
For one thing, he wns too hnppy.
And for anothei^-he didn't think
ages amounted to anything anyway.
Everyone was as old or as young as
they wanted to be I
Besides, at Inst Hilda had consented
to marry him. He could ufford Christ-
For I10 wns filled with Christmas
cheer and a great and wonderful hap-
OUTLINE OF BIG ROAD-BUILDING
PROGRAM FOR UNITED STATES
Fifteen to twenty years of building
good roads lie ahead of the United
States. Under the program which the
country has adopted there will be
built, during that time, 180,000 miles of
i Improved highways which will consti-
tute the federal aid highway system and
j an equal or greater mileage of state
j and local roads. When the great Job
' Is done, the transportation facilities
of the country will far exceed those
of any other nation, past or present, In
the world. The highways of the an-
cient Itomans, whose fame has come
down through the centuries, will pale
Details of this vast road-building
program were placed before the High-
way Education board at Its recent con-
ways of the country will be borne in
mind In the construction of the coun-
try's new highways. There will be
main lines of highway communication
between centers anil thousands of
miles of feeder roads, reaching back
into the more sparsely settled regions
and Into the rich agricultural sections,
to tap areas whose population and
products will flow over the new system.
New roads will be planned and built
—thousands of miles of them—wnere
tliey will tit In most advantageously
with the entire program. The bureau
Is continuing Its research work Into
most efficient methods of road build-
ing, Including the character and wear-
ing power of materials, resisting qual-
ities of varying sub-soils, etc., and has
amassed a considerable store of valu-
able Information all of which will be
' '' *'' ^ V 1 .
rvn Improved Highway In Muskingum County, Ohio.
ference in Washington by state high-
way engineers and officials of the
bureau of public roads, United States
Department of Agriculture, to whom
has been entrusted the work of plan-
ning and supervising the construction
of federal-aid highways. The plan
was presented to enable the board to
proceed authoritatively with Its work
of devising aids for schools and col-
leges to which nwd-builders of the
country nre turning for competent
Aggregate Cost $3,000,000,000.
Officials of the bureau place the ag-
gregate cost of the federal-aid program
alone at about $3,000,000,000, spread
over the twenty-year period. They
base this estimate on an average cost
of $17,000 per mile. The average cost,
in turn, takes Into consideration all
classes of Improved roadways from
the cheapest to the most expensive
types. Approximately one-third of the
proposed system, or (50,000 miles of
Improved highways, already nre either
built or building.
The program is a new one. Up to
comparatively recent years, rond-bulld-
lng in the United States had been con-
ducted without special regard to a na-
tional system. Highways had been
constructed where needed without con- |
siderlng whether they would link up
In the most effective manner with the
whole network of roads to be spread
over the nation. Engineers had sought
more to meet Immediate and local
demands than the broader require-
ments of the states and nation.
Roads Fit National System.
The present federal-aid road-build-
ing program, officials of the bureau
state, will contemplate the construc-
tion of only such roads as tit Into the
national program and contribute to the
national system. At the same time
the roads will be so selected as to
serve the most important local require-
ments. With marked modifications, the
system adopted in building the rail-
available for the highway engineer of
tomorrow, whom the board la seek-
ing to have educated in practical and
PLAN TO STORE VEGETABLES
Proper Arrangement Means Saving of
Much Money for Farmer—
Cleanliness Is First.
Proper storage of vegetables meana
a saving in expense for farmers and
also for town people, but vegetables
will not keep through the winter un-
less some attention is given to the
way and place in which they are stored.
The common storage la the house
The first consideration should bo
cleanliness when storing perishable
foods, and all left-overa from the year
before, rubbish and old sawdust should
be removed and the cellar aired and
scrubbed before putting In new1 vege-
tables. Boots or tubers are better
when kept on slats placed a few Inches
above the basement floor as this al-
lows the air to circulate freely and
prevents early rot,'
USEFUL GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS
Kansas Agriculturist Suggests Sled
Load of Purebred Pigs, Calves
A Kansas agriculturist has suggest-
ed a new kind of Christmas present
for farm boys and girls. He thinks
It would be a good stunt for Santa
Claus to bring a sled load of purebred
pigs, calves and chickens nnd leave
them for children along with tho dolls,
red trains, skates, drums and other
toys. Purebred poultry farms are
often started from a trio of chickens,
and valuable herds of cattle from a
MARKET HOME-GROWN FEEDS! and overhead expenses her owner had
(■nly the manute, skim milk, and calf.
Department of Agriculture Says One r° ^,'t lld of 8uch cow8 ls °"e of the
of Best Methods Is Through principal objects of cow-testing asso-
Good Dairy Cows. ciatlons.
One of the best methods of market-
ing home-grown feeds is through good
dairy cows, says the United States De-
partment of Agriculture. It displays
In a convincing manner the results
tlint collie from giving the feed to
The results show thnt:
If you sell feeds to dairy cows you
have a constant market.
If you sell feeds to high-producing
dairy cows you have a good and con-
If you sell feeds to purebred, hlgh-
pqpduclng dairy cows you have a dou-
ble market—a market for calves and a
market for milk.
That It pays to know whether a cow
Is a good, poor, or high producer Is
shown by records of cow-testing asso-
ciations. In one association the poor-
est cow produced In a year only
enough Income over cost of feed to
buy a 2-cent stamp. To pay for labor
Save Steps on Farm.
Careful arrangement of buildings on
the farm means the saving of many
steps during the year. If you huvo
to walk 100 yards extra distance in
doing chores night and morning, it
makes a total of more than 40 miles
Care of Asparagus.
Cut off and destroy the tops of as-
paragus plants nnd apply barnyard
manure. In this way you'll destroy in,
sects and prepare the field for greate/
Concrete Troughs Favored.
Concrete troughs, tanks and cisterns
do not leak, Inst Indefinitely and are
easy to keep clean.
Protection for Farmer.
A permanent silo protects Its owner
against loss from tire, storm, drouth
and crop failure.
<Sven a little
helps tofree you from that cold
and eases the coughing. See
directions on bottle for relieving
congestion, soothing inflamed,
scratchy throats. Banish that
cold. Now — don't risk your
health through sheer neglect—
ask your druggist for
-a syrup for coughs & colds
Lift Off with Fingers
Doesn't hurt a bit! Drop a little
"Freezone" on nn aching corn, Instant-
ly thnt corn stops hurting, then short-
ly you lift it right off with fingers.
Your druggist sells a tiny bottle of
"Freezone" for a few cents, sufficient
to remove every hard corn, soft corn,
or corn between the toes, and the cal-
luses, without soreness or irritation.
in New York City alone from kid-
ney trouble last year. Don't allow
yourself to become a victim
by neglecting pains and aches.
Guard against trouble by taking
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liver, bladder and uric acid troubles.
Holland's national remedy since 1696.
All druggists, three sizes. Guaranteed.
Look for th. nam. Gold M.dil on every
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quickly relieves the distress-
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65 years ami result of long-
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BOX, Treatise on Asthma, its
causes, treatment, etc., sent
upon request. 25e. and ll.UC.
J. II. GUILD CO., RUPERT, VT.
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^KiNGji Dr. KING'S PILLS
|tiFE^ay "for constipation
SOLD BO YEARS
A FINE GENERAL TONIC
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