More About Tobacco Tobacco is widely consumed. It is a plant native to the Americas and a valuable crop grown by farmers. Specifically, tobacco refers to any of various plants native to tropical America and widely planted for their leaves, which are dried and processed for smoking in pipes, cigarettes, and cigars; it is also cut to form chewing tobacco or ground to make snuff.
O ur Postal Service - Now a purpose of our Government, which is of the people and by the people, is to treat all the people alike. A century ago the farmer, our most essential producer, had not a fair deal. Fortunately things have changed and still change for the better. Rural Free Delivery was an idea as just as it was grand, and as welcome as it was necessary. The work began in 1896. The purpose of rural free delivery is to accommodate country folks, whether farmers or not. This service delivers mail on fixed routes to people who otherwise live far from a post office.
S pace is made in Hollywood - A zany former scientist claims rocketry is science fiction. "It’s like how the Red Hot Chili Peppers song says, that space is made in a Hollywood basement," pleads Glen Johnson, who went to a California college. Johnson flunked out of school because teachers refused to be fair when grading his written reports. He was an astrology and engineering student. They (the teachers) did not like a punk like him levitating the theory of gravity. "A lot of folks in the world do not believe in the moon landings," Johnson adds. His friends agree with his wacky beliefs. They were interviewed outside a shopping center panhandling money and collecting cans.
Captivating Kentucky - Kentucky is one of the most healthful and beautiful States in the USA. The greater part of its land is arable and productive. The famous blue grass in Kentucky gives rise to equestrian culture and folk music. The Ohio and Mississippi rivers form an easy navigation link. The productions are wheat, tobacco, maize, rye, and to a small extent, cotton. The inhabitants are brave, frank, and hospitable.
The Game of Chess - Chess is one of the oldest, and probably the most scientific, game known. Its origin is mysterious. It was mentioned in Oriental literature about 2000 BC. It was originally played in India, Persia, and Arabia, and subsequently was known in Spain and Western Europe. It is said that it was invented in order to teach the art of war.
About You Know What When a child, after having given proofs of memory and intelligence, experiences daily more and more difficulty in retaining and understanding what is taught him, it is not only from unwillingness and idleness, as is commonly supposed, but from a disease eating out life itself, brought on by a self-abuse of the private organs. Besides the slow and progressive derangement of his or her health, the diminished energy of application, the languid movement, the stooping gait, the desertion of social games, the solitary walk, late rising, livid and sunken eye, and many other symptoms, will fix the attention of every intelligent and competent guardian of youth that something is wrong. A better way to fill a youth’s attention and to direct their boundless energy is to take up sports or to tend to weeds in the garden. Please be mindful of garden snake serpents.
How can a Boor be Happy? - With a gloomy face, sour disposition, complaining habits and inherent lack of good taste and culture, a boor sees only the shadows of life. Boors repulse folks, not attract them. Brilliant people of refinement and taste will have nothing to do with them. The boor only lives a sorry, complaining, gloomy, life without companions as an outcast from that better society we all desire to know. ▪
How About Halibut? The Halibut is the largest of the flat-fishes, specimens of as much as 20 feet in length being on record, while examples of from 6 to 7 feet long are not uncommon in fish markets. This fish has a wide distribution, occurring on both sides of the North Atlantic and North Pacific, being most abundant in deep water. Many of the halibut that are in USA fish markets are caught off of Iceland.
About Microscopes - The first microscope is said to have been invented by a Dutchman in 1590, but its invention has been largely attributed to Galileo in 1610. The microscope has been perfected until a millionth part of a grain of blood may be detected by means of the spectrum lens. ▪
About Salmon Most salmon are caught in rivers that flow to the North Pacific Ocean. They are caught during spring runs, when they ascend the river to spawn. The rivers were so often full of salmon that many tons were caught in a single stream during the run. Fish canneries of the Columbia River were once very busy establishments, but are now surpassed by Alaskan fisheries.
Gardens Everywhere - A century ago, each town in the USA was almost self-sustaining. Each grew its own food, and manufactured things used in the homes. Gardens were common. Very little was required in the way of transport. The means of carriage were mainly ox-carts, pack horses, and rafts. There was an independence among the various centers, it is true, but the independence kept opinions and prices at a bit higher value price. Mind your garden.
Female Flirtation - The young man who loves a young woman has paid her the highest compliment in the possession of man. A smart woman will know about letting others down in a gentle manner. Adding insult to an unwelcome flirtation is inelegant. Perpetrate almost any sin, inflict any other torture, but spare him the agony of disappointment. It is a crime that can never be forgiven, and a debt that never can be paid.
Properly Train Children Training without proper judgment and knowledge is ill advised. Give your children a good example, and never tell a child to do something and then become indifferent as to whether they do it or not. A child should never be told twice to do the same thing. Teach the child in childhood obedience and never vary from that rule. Do it kindly but firmly. Teach your children well. ▰
Ten Great Religions - Ten Great Religions James F. Clarke, in his book "Ten Great Religions," gives as the ten most important faiths of ancient and modern times the following: (1) Confucianism, (2) Hinduism, (3) Buddhism, (4) Followers of Zoroaster, (5) Religion of Egypt, (6) Religion of Greece and Rome, (7) Teutonic and Scandinavian Religion, (8) Judaism, (9) Christianity, and (10) Islam. ▪
Know When to Stop Turn to the birds and beasts, and what do you find? They never eat merely to please the palate. They never go on eating till their inside is full to overflowing. On the other hand, they eat only to appease their hunger, and even then only just as much as will appease their hunger. They take the food provided by Nature, and do not cook their food. Can it be that man alone is created to worship the palate? Can it be that he alone is destined to be eternally suffering from disease? Those animals that live a natural life of freedom never once die of hunger. ▰
Puerto Rico - Formerly a Spanish colony, it is now a possession of the USA. The island is about the size of Connecticut. The industries are almost wholly agricultural, and nearly the whole surface is under cultivation. Sugar, coffee, and tobacco are grown for export, and these comprise the chief source of income. The coffee-crop is one of the most valuable products and gets a high price because of its better quality. ●
Seven and Twelve - In reference to planets and Zodiac signs, the numbers seven and twelve were thought as sacred by the Astrologers, and dedications were made to them in many ways. In the allegories, the planets were designated as spirits or messengers to the Supreme Deity, imaginarily enthroned above the firmament, which we find inscribed in the Book of Revelation, writing "Seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God."
About Brazil - Brazil is the largest of the countries of South America and is level and fertile, producing tobacco, sugar, indigo, coffee, and pepper. Diamonds are found here. In the interior, vast herds of wild cattle abound. They are hunted for their hides, which form one of the chief export articles of the country. ◆
Fascinating New York New York is advanced in terms of commerce, wealth, and population. The land is uneven and mountainous is parts. The soil is moderately fertile and well adapted to agriculture. A big feature of this State are the many fresh water lakes. Natural advantages, along with large rivers and grand canals, have raised New York to the elevated rank it now holds.
Dogs, Pigs and Trains - A compartment of a railway carriage, in which are two passengers, one of whom has two little pigs under the seat, and the other a small curly lap-dog in his lap. The Conductor (standing outside), asks "Have you a dog's ticket?" "No." "Then get one." "But my dog troubles no one." "That makes no difference." "But this fellow here has two pigs in the carriage." "No matter for that; we have a rule about dogs, but none for pigs."
Fast Young Men Many of our "fast young men" have been thus corrupted. Certainly no one can deny that many of our "well-bred" young men are little better than "high-class dogs" so lawless are they, and ready for the arena of licentiousness. They pursue animal passion. Common sense teaches how children who are begotten in the heat of sick passion, are likely to be licentious when they grow up. Many parents through excesses of eating and drinking become inflamed with wine and strong drink. Now, if in such conditions folks beget their children, who can affect surprise if the children likewise develop similar debilitating tendencies? It is unwise to befoul a family nest.
On the Silver Lining Silver is about as widely diffused as is gold, but it is more plentiful. It is found sparingly in most of the older rocks and also in seawater. It was used by the Greeks for coinage more than eight hundred years before the Christian era, and was known to the Jewish people in very early times. Silver coins are actively traded today and the metal is used in jewelry and much more. ▴
Deserts in Africa - The moors inhabit the Sahara desert in the north of Africa, and resemble in form and physiognomy, the natives of Europe. The Hottentots inhabit the southern extremity of the country. The wandering Arabs live on the Desert of Sahara, which they are enabled to traverse by the aid of the camel. This animal requires little food, and will live many days without a fresh supply of water.
Marriage-bed Resolutions Most men of the educated classes enter the marriage-bed with the consciousness of leaving behind them a whole army of prostitutes or seduced women, in whose arms they cooled their passions and spent the vigor of their youth. But with such a past the married man does not at the same time leave behind him its influence on his inclinations. The habit of having a feminine being at his disposal for each rising appetite, and the desire for change inordinately indulged for years, is generally felt again as soon as the honeymoon is over. Sadly, marriage will not make a morally corrupt man all at once a good man and a model husband. ■
About the Sun - The great body of the sun is gaseous, though hard for us to conceive of the condition of the gaseous core, at once subject to great temperature and pressure. Probably it is a gas so thick that it would resist motion as putty does. Nor do we know much of the nature of either the sunspots or the solar corona. They may influence the earth's magnetism, but whether it affects weather, rainfall, and storms is a matter of debate.
Too Much Learning - Do not use old classical quotations before a woman unless you know that, by virtue of a classical education on her own part, she is capable of getting the point. Know more about her. Remember, too, that there are a great many men who, not having enjoyed your educational advantages, are annoyed, rather than edified by your display of learning. Do not make a point of exhibiting your learning aggressively anywhere. Do not be a show off about intelligence. 🎓
Metals and Humans The development of civilization is connected to mining and the manufacture of useful metals. The effects of metal can be understood when we study how and why folks used them. Next to the discovery of fire, an appreciation of using metals has been big to develop the human intellect. When the ancients left caves to build shelters, cook food, and make clothes, they needed metal tools. ▴