The Choteau Montanan (Choteau, Mont.) 1913-1925, January 11, 1924, Image 2

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T H E W I C K E D W I T C H NCE upon'a time there was a wicked witch who'lived In a cave In the forest because she did not like anyone and wanted to be all by her­ self. She did not like the birds, she dis­ liked the animals, and If anything or anybody ventured near her cave she promptly changed them Into ¿tones. After a while the cave was surrounded by little piles of stones. One day Into the forest there wan­ dered a little girl. When she saw this strange stony looking place in ♦lie midst of the great green trees she wondered who could live In such deso­ lation ; and, being curious, she went to the cave and looked in. \Ha ha!” said the old witch. “So you have dared to come to my cave? You shall pay for this. A black kit­ ten you shall be.” And before the little girl could run away the old witch had chanted her song of enchantment and a little black kitten ran under tbe table. The very wicked witch had long wanted a black cat, but only a pretty girl could be used on which to work •“A Little Black Kitten You Shall Be.” the spell, and a& none had come to the forest before the old witch had been catless until now. The poor little black kitten learned many strange things about the magic arts In the time she lived with the wicked witch, but she had never found the way to break the spell that held her in the form of a cat. One day while she was wandering about near the cave the black kitten heard the sound of a horse’s feet and the next thing she heard was a cherry voice saying, “Hello, Kitty. How did you wander Into this place?” Now at the time the very wicked Has Anyone Laughed At You ---------- - Because— By ETHEL R. PEYSER i You Are Short Over the J J Phone? f * Now short can mean two J J thiugs. Short can mean that 4 * you arc curt and cross or J 4 that you are rapid and brief. If * J the latter you have a good deal J » of right on your side. There Is * J a tremendous amount of time ' 4 wasted talking over nothing on * J the phone. If the former—you 4 4 never have a right to be lmpo- * J llte. Probably If the phone com- 4 t pany didn’t have so much * J nothingness talked over Its 4 4 wires the service would be 100 *t 4 per cent better. Do you remem- 4 * ber that during the war thnt in \ 4 the big centers the telephone * * company asked you only to make 4 4 calls that were “strictly neces- * • * sary.” In other words, If Jen- \ * nle, who has just left you, calls * * up to see how you are since she 4 4 left you 30 minutes ago, why * * shouldn’t yon be brief. Then 4 4 again you have your work to do J * and If you hang all day on the 4 4 wire will your work “go hang”? J *4 SO 4 * Your get-away here Is: J *4 Briefness over the phone 4 * saves time for you and the other J 4 fellow and if they know you to 4 * be brief always, even If they J 4 laugh, they will not call you up * * for foolish reasons. 4 4 (© by M c C lure N e w s p a p e r S y n d icate.) 4 — * — - . — — witch changed the girl into a kitten she forgot to throw oyer hor a spell to make her forget how to talk, and when the black'-kitten looked up and saw the hnndsoine man and heard his kind words she thought of wlmt would happen when the witch saw him. “Go back I” she said, but she had hardly spoken when she saw the old witch coming through the forest. “It Is too late,” said the blnck kit­ ten. “But don’t let her know I can speak. If I can-I will save you.” There was no time to say any more, for by now the wicked witch was chanting her magic song and In an­ other minute the handsome man and his horse had become a pile of stones. The poor little black kitten was now In deeper trouble than ever, for she had fallen in love with the man —who had spoken the first kind words she hnd heard In many a long day— and she wnnted to save him. That night when the old witch held her wild witch dance she took her ket­ tle and the black cat to the place where she had changed the man and horse Into a pile of stones, Instead of dancing by the door of her cave as she nightly did. When all was ready and the fire wns burning under her kettle the wicked witch began to sing and. the black kitten, creeping close* to her, listened harder than ever to what she said. When the wild dance was over she seemed to have forgotten the kitten and, standing before the pile of stones she hnd newly made, she said In a high pitched voice: A prince you n e v e r sh a ll appear. U n til th e s e m a g ic w o rd s you hear. Then the black kitten heard the witch saying softly to herself, “Al- debaron, Maldebaron, change” and again she began her wild dance. But the black kitten held the key to the magic art the witch hnd guard­ ed and she began to chant the song thnt changed the poor victims Into stone and slower and slower the witch danced until she fell a heap of stones upon the ground. Then, running to the stones thnt hnd been the horse and rider, the ---------- - ----------- ; ---- -------------------------- P e g g y S h l w This little \movie\ «tar is » bril­ liant representatl/e of the American girl of today—plucky, talented, am­ bitious. Several years ago Miss Shaw went to New York to study for the stage, and soon afterward became a Follies beauty. Her grace and charm attracted the attention of motion pic­ ture producers. She has been seen in a number of popular productions. black kitten very softly whispered the magic words she had heard the wicked witch repeat and up from the ground sprang the handsome man and the horse, w'hlle beside them no longer stood the black kitten but a pretty blushing girl. Before she went away with the prince the pretty girl had given to all the victims of the wicked witch their forms again. Before they hnd ridden to the edge of the forest the prince had made her promise to be his wife and told her she should be so happy she would soon forget the wicked old witch and all that happened In the forest. (©. 1923. by M c C lure N e w s p a p e r S y n d icate.) ^ MILDRED MARSHALL FACTS about y)our name; it’s history); meaning; whence it vJas derWed; signifi­ cance; your lucky) dey) and lucky) jewel £ H I L D A O F SPLENDID old Norse lineage is rilldn. The chief of the Vnlkyrur wns Hlldur and the names of Hild and Ililllu were given to other war maidens. Hilda Is said to signify “battle” by a literal translation, which probably means “wnr-llke spirit” under a broader Interpretation. The Teutonic world claims the name nnd insists that it means “support,” giving It to one of their principal war maidens. The real origin seems diffi­ cult to settle upon, but h Is generally conceded that Hilda and peace are not s.vnonomous. For a time Hilda was one of the commonest terminations to feminine names In the Teutonic world nnd grad­ ually the word came to mean “maiden” and v/us used Interchangeably. It was (C o p y right, by M cClure Syndicate.) I QheWhy 1 i o ! | | Superstitions | | By H . I R D t U q K I N Q | •*^ ♦*•*•*•*•*•%*•*»•••»•**♦*•*•*•*•*•*♦*♦*♦*•*»*»*•*«*♦*»**%*♦*•*•%*•*♦*♦*•*•*•*•*•*•*•*«*•*•*•*»*• »*i, »V»Y«**V*V*V«V*V«V*‘tY»VtV«V«V«V»V«V«V«V»,«V«V BABY AND THE LOOKING-GLASS *\pilAT It is bad luck to allow a A child to look Into a mirror before It is a yeur old Is a superstition com­ mon all over the country. In some sections It Is believed that It will cause the child’s death before It com­ pletes its first year and In other sec­ tions the evils which will follow range nil the way from severe Illness to trouble in teething. This superstition Is based on the same Idea as the many others which exist with regard to mirrors—the con- Mption of primitive man of the re­ flection of a person ns something par­ taking of his own physical and spirit­ ual personality; a sort of exterior soul nnd “astral body” combined. The conditions which surrounded the life of primitive mnn must have rendered Infant mortality extremely high. Ob­ serving that fact and Ignornnt of the real cause thereof primitive man con­ cluded thnt the Infant’s soul wns but loosely fixed. In the body which It had so recently come to occupy. Also the general helplessness of infants with respect to physical things led to the conclusion thnt the young child wns equally helpless In ghostly mat­ ters—an easy prey to malign spir­ its. The many hundreds of current superstitions with regard to children which survive today from a remote past all prove this. Therefore n ten­ der Infant looking Into a mirror runs the risk of having his “external 'soul or astral body” stolen from it or of losing It through lack of power to draw It back into himself, or at least of having It “hoodooed” by some evil spirit. //Q tur Me Cl lira NawioaDer Syndicate.) much used In the north of England also, where the Deiran princess, Hll­ dur, became the holy abbess, Hilda of Whitby, succeeding , Sr. Beggn and -leaving a reputation for sanctity. Though Clara de Clare could not see It, a vision of the holy ubbess can be seen under certuln conditions of light in the Whitby clmnel today; the ammonifies which are believed to have been seipgnts turned to stone at the prayer of the abbess are also there. Around Whitby, Hilda Is still the most popular of feminine names, in honor of the holy woman who bore it. The mother of Rolf Ganger was the Norwegian Hildr. Indeed the name has confine! Itself largely to the peo­ ples of the North. It suggests the splendid strength of the Vulkyrles; the romance of the land of the mid­ night sun ; the haunting melancholy of the Gothic races. It is one of the few numes without diminutives or deriva­ tives. Coral Is the jewel assigned to those who bear the name of Hilda, if they would have health and prosperity. The deep pink stone shares the vitality of the wearer to such an extent that It is supposed to pale or grow more vivid, accordingly as Its owner is pos­ sessed by weakness or good health. It Is also used to stop the flow of blood from wounds. Safety for trav­ eler Is the promise of coral. Tuesday Is the lucky day for Its wearer and 3 the lucky number. (© bv W h e o lor Syndlcato, Inc.) -------- o -------- Two Rugs Valued at $50,000 Stolen. Two silk Oriental rugs valued at .$50,000 were stolen from the home of Frnnk B. Cnrpenter of Cleveland while the family wns spending the week-end out of the city. Silverwa're and other valuables were not taken by the thieves -------- O -------- To Pipe Ore to Mill. A Montana mining company Is j building n pipeline to the top of a mountain In which It plans to bring down copper nnd silver ore to the mill. -------- O -------- A LINE O’ CHEER By John Kendrick Bangs. SHEER WASTE O U R te a r s w e w a s te on th a t w h ich m ig h t have been. A n d In the m id s t of useless m iseries F o r g o t to selzo th e prize w e may w in ‘ If w e b u t m a k e the best of th a t w h icl. Is. (© by M c C lure N o w spnper Syndicate ) IMPROVED UNIFORM INTERNATIONAL I î ) « O m T (By R E V . P. B. F1TZW ATER, D.D., D ean of the Evening, School, Moody Blblo In s titu te of Chicago.) 1 (©,-1924, W e s tern N e w a p u p e r Union.) LESSON FOR JANUARY 13 THE LONG SOJOURN IN EGYPT LESSON T E X T —Gen. 47:1-12. GOLDEN TEX T —T h e L o rd sh a ll p r e ­ serv e th e e from all evil: he sh a ll pro­ serv e th y soul.— F s. 121:7. IN T E R M E D IA T E AND SENIOR TO P ­ IC— F ro m Siave to P rim e M inister. YOUNG PEO P L E AND ADULT TO P ­ IC—Jo s e p h an d the M igration to E g y p t. The seed promised Abraham, through which the world was to be blessed, was fulfilled in the giving of Isuuc. Of Isaac’s two 'sons, Jacob, the younger, was chosen. To Jacob was given twelve sons. They became th e . heads of the Twelve Tribes of IsraeL Joseph, a son of Rachel, Ja­ cob’s beloved wife, was especially loved by his father. Because of the purtiality shown by Jacob, Joseph’s brethren hated him. This hatred was fanned Into flame by his making known to his brethren certain dreams. There­ fore, when his father sent him to In­ quire after the welfare of his brethren, they sold him a slave to Midianlte merchantmen who in turn sold him to the Egyptians. Under a false charge,' made by Potlphar’s wicked wife, lie was cast Into prison. Through tlio interpretation of a dream of one of Phuraoh’s servants, and later Pharuoh’s dream, Joseph was provi­ dentially exalted to be Prime Minister of Egypt. He put on a great conserva­ tion scheme, which provided against the bitter famine which came upon all that country. This sojourn In Egypt tuuglit Israel In a new way to trust God, welded them Into a nation, trans­ formed them from a nomadic to a set­ tled life, and gave them acquaintance with the material advancement of their time. I. Joseph Presents His Father and Five Brethren to Pharaoh (Gen. 17:1-6). 1. Pharaoh’s Invitation (Gen. 45:- 10-10). Jacob and his sons were in Egypt by Plmraoh’-s invitation. Joseph went out to the land of Goshen to meet them. Though now occupying un exalted position, Joseph was not ashamed of his father even though he was u plain country man. 2. Joseph’s Tact (vv. 1, 2; c f . 46:30- 34). (1) In Introducing his father .and brethren In a personal way, thus capitalizing his own Influence In favor of his k}n. Paraoh had high regurd for Joseph ; therefore would do much for them for Joseph’s sake. God does much for us for Jesus* sake. (2) In having his father and breth­ ren come to Goshen (Gen. 45:10). Since possession Is “nine points of the luw,” they were already in Goshen before asking Pharaoh for permission to occupy It (v. 4). (3) In coaching his brethren (Gén. 46:34). He taught them beforehand what to say, because' he knew how awkward they would be In the pres­ ence of the great king. Our Joseph, Jesus Christ, teaches us how to pray and what to pray for.' (4) In choosing five, not all (v. 2). In all probability he chose the five who would make the best appearance. He knew the great importance of first Impressions. 3. Their Request to Pharaoh (vv. \ 4). Joseph anticipated Pharaoh’s questions and put the proper words Into their mouths to use In making their desires known to Phnrnoh: “Let thy servants dwell In Goshen.\ 4. Pharaoh’s Response (vv. 5, 6). (1) His gracious offer. They were to enjoy the best of the land accord­ ing to their choice. He dealt with ihem very liberally. (2) Positions of trust offered'to cap­ able men among them. He knew how cupable Joseph was and surmised that some of his brethren might be like­ wise gifted. This grnclous offer was because they were related to Joseph. II. Jacob Blessing Pharaoh (vv. 7-10). Though Pharaoh was the great king and Jacob now a supplicant at bis feet receiving natural blessings, yet moral­ ly Jacob was above Pharaoh and therefore conferred blessings upon him. This humble saint of God Is higher in dignity than earth’s greatest king. Jacob discloses his own estimate of the earthly life of the believer. He calls It a pilgrimage of short duration. III. Joseph Nourishes His Father and Brethren (vv. 11, 12). 1. He placed them In the best of the land, according as Pharaoh had commanded (v. 11). 2. He nourished them (v. 12). Since there was no bread In all the land to he obtained except as dispensed by Joseph, he distributed to them ac­ cording to their needs. Our Joseph, Jesus Christ, supplies all our needs ac­ cording to his riches In glory. Need of Prayer. Deeper than the need of men, deep­ er than the need of money, aye, deep down within tills spiritless life of ours is the need of world-wide prevailing prayer.—Robert E. Speer. Steadfast. What men may think or say or do ennnot silence him who Is filled with the grace of God.—S. J. Patton. A Means of Escape. A lie is always the coward’s way out of difficulty.—Christian Cynosure. ¡¿-¡dm , * - , N '-ÏÎ* -1 ìc V s ° T 6 IV oerrewTSitB. Espili «> ■sÆf r i g i o S u p r e m e in t h e i r cla s s . A s S m o o th a s V e lv e t. 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The Choteau Montanan (Choteau, Mont.), 11 Jan. 1924, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.