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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (July 30, 1942)
The l . S. Balloon Barrage Training Center at £amp Tyson,
Tenn.. provides the training necessary for the handling, sailing and
repairing of the huge bags which are flown as an aerial stockade
against attacking bombers. These balloons are flown in critical
areas to prevent enemy aircraft from bombing at low altitudes and
can be raised to great heights in a few minutes.
“Alarm! Balloons aloft!'* At this command, squads of balloon
men rush to their posts, as pictured here.
An outdoor class being taught
how to deflate the gas from a bal
loon into a “nurse Img," at left.
Here is shown the motor*driven
winch which winds and unwinds
the steel cable controlling the
flight of the balloon.
**A stitch in time.” As tedious
a job as peeling spuds is seu ing
up the rip in a balloon fabric.
Here Sgt. Albert Kabrielian is
shoien sewing miles and miles of
\ seams (or so it seems to him).
Trainees, seated around their instructor,
look like Lilliputians at a weenie roast.
Robert Kehr teaches
the cordage class how to
make a “monkey fist”—
a knot used in the rig
ging of a balloon.
WHEN Rod Brooke proposed
to Hazel Emmons, she
didn't exactly laugh at him.
She said: “Rod, the man I
marry must be strong and brave
and fearless. He must be able to
protect me, to fight for me, to—if
necessary—die for me.” She paused
and looked down at medium-sized,
meticulously garbed Rod and smiled
maternally. "I’m sorry, Rod, but
that's the type of girl I am.”
Hazel was the best-looking and
most popular girl in Turners
ville, a member of the dramatic
society, and the daughter of the
town’s most distinguished citi
Rod’s face took on a wounded
look (very nicely registered), then
he smiled, flicked an imaginary
speck of dust from his coat sleeve,
and said: “Oh, I didn’t know that.
However—” And he shrugged,
picked up his spotless Panama hat,
placed it carefully atop his blond
curly head and departed from the
bailiwick of Emmons.
Hazel was not exactly annoyed,
but she was vaguely disturbed and
troubled, it hadn't been quite as
she had anticipated. Rod should
have carried on a bit, looked more
grieved. If, in fact, he had staged
a bit of pleading, even threatened
to leap into the river, Hazel would
have liked it better.
She went up to her room, closed
and locked the door and sat down to
consult with her inner emotions. Aft
Presently the McCarthy hulk was
sprawled on the ground.
er all. Rod was quite a boy around
Turnersville, about the best that the
town, or nearby towns had to offer.
Perhaps she should have snapped
him up. Hazel's sense of the dra
matic always had warned her to
hold her horses, as some day the
proverbial knight would come gal
loping along on his snow-white
charger and make Lochinvar love
to her in the moonlight. But prac
tical reasoning conflicted with this
fancy, because you cannot hold your
horses in a small town for several
years without finding yourself hold
ing the well-known sack.
However, Hazel could not rid her
mind of the cherished thought that
the man who would win her hand
must be a bearcat for physical cour
age and endurance, et cetera. Pon
dering the situation at the moment,
she qualified the restrictions so that
they might include the boy just
thwarted. In a word. Hazel agreed
with herself that if Rod could prove
himself courageous and possessed
of protective instincts, even though
bested in battle, she would reconsid
‘ er her decision.
But Rod must be tested, and
to do this Hazel solicited the
services of one Johnny McCar
thy, a stoker employed by her
father in his woolen mill.
“You understand,” she said to Mr.
McCarthy, “I don't want you to hurt
Mr. Brooke. You may, of course,
bruise him up a bit in order to make
the thing seem realistic. But nothing
It is doubtful whether the power
ful Mr. McCarthy grasped the sig
nificance of Hazel’s purpose (in fact
she had always seemed a little queer
to him) but he understood the value
and denomination of the bill she
tendered him, and agreed to play his
Thrilled as she had never dreamed
she could be thrilled, Hazel arranged
| everything very nicely and con
veniently. At the point where the
i drive of her father’s vast estate
j joined with a by-street, she and
; Johnny McCarthy waited one moon
I lit evening, listening to the approach
ing strains of an off-key whistle. The
whistler was dapper Rod Brooke,
meticulously garbed as usual, and
not without his spotless Panama hat.
Rod was quite alone, and as he
neared the Emmons' estate entrance
| he saw a vision that caused him to
cease his musical efforts and hasten
forward in all haste.
“Here, here,” he said, laying a re
straining hand on the arm of John
ny McCarthy, which arm was at the
moment encircling Hazel Emmons’
waist. “Come, come, my good man.
, You appear to be making a bit of a
' nuisance of yourself. Loose the wom
an at once!”
Mr. McCarthy looked over his
shoulder and leered. However, his
reply was drowned by the scream
ing pleas of the seemingly terrified
Hazel to be saved. Her exact words
were incoherent, though if she had
spoken with profound diction and
articulation it is doubtful whether
Rod would have heard. For at that
moment Mr. McCarthy made a pass
at him in such a vigorous manner
that Rod shuddered.
Mr. McCarthy, astonished at his
failure to connect, made haste to re
cover his equilibrium and renewed
the attack. But immediate renewal
was impeded because Rod’s fist had
found its way to Mr. McCarthy's
jaw with a hairy force that caused
the Emmons’ stoker to grunt. An
other blow caught him flush on the
mouth, knocking a solid front tooth
loose of its moorings.
Now Mr. McCarthy was ordinarily
a man of patience. But this was
going a bit too far. AU in a flash
he forgot Hazel’s instructions, forgot
the large denomination of the bill
she had tendered him, and con
cerned himself with but a single
He came plunging into the
fray, head lowered, ham-like fist
flaying the atmosphere. Rod had
retreated, not far, but far
enough to avoid collision with
Mr. McCarthy’s knuckles. He
directed a powerful haymaker
at the stoker’s solar plexus.
The mill worker grunted and buck
led up. Rod then leaped forward
and began pommeling the McCar
thy visage with such effectiveness
that presently the McCarthy hulk
was sprawled on the ground and the
McCarthy mind was temporarily un
concerned with matters of a worldly
At this point in the drama, Hazel,
held speechless from the first, let
out a shriek and flung herself with
a nicely executed dramatic gesture
around Rod’s neck.
“Rod! Oh, my darling! You were
—superb! Oh, it was grand! But,
Rod, could I have doubted you? And
to think I even insinuated you were
not the brave, strong man I so
longed for. Precious, you will for
give me, won’t you?”
Whereupon Rod led Miss Emmons
gently but firmly to one side, sighed
deeply, flicked a bit of dust from
his coat and shook his head sadly.
“Hazel, this was merely an emer
gency measure. It isn’t in my line
at all. I don’t fancy being the sort
of man you require.”
“But, darling, you won’t have to.
Why, goodness me, now that I know
you can protect me, I hope you
don’t think I would encourage such
things as common street fighting.”
Rod still looked sad. “Hazel, you
don’t understand. There is one oth
er thing I don’t fancy. And that is
a woman who needs protecting. ;
“Some women are like that, you
know. They must be protected. They
require it and it's bothersome. I’m
sorry, but that’s not the type pf
man I am.”
Rod picked up his Panama hat
from the dust, set it jauntily atop
his curly blond head, and continued
on his way. Standing by the gate, ,
Hazel could hear his off-key whistle !
becoming dim in the distance.
Check on Heating System
Before Winter Sets In
Now is an excellent time to plan |
and begin repair and renovation !
work on roofs in preparation for
winter, and to check over all sec
tions of the heating system of the
home in advance of the resumption
of furnace operation.
When winter snows pile up on
the roof, weak spots in the shingling
or other type of roofing may result
in leaks which often spoil interior
decoration materials such as plas
ter and wallpaper.
In this connection, a little check
over of the root now and the com
pletion of any necessary repair work
may preclude the necessity of fu
ture, greater expenditure on reno
vation of the interior wall coverings
of the home.
While the roofing is being
checked, the eavestroughs and at
tached draining pipes also can be
looked over and any desirable re
pairs or improvements made.
The provisions for ensuring con
tinuation of the roof drainage
around the chimney, where it pro
jects out of the roof, will bear a
particularly close check, as a weak
spot in the roof drainage easily may
Cool September and October eve
nings may require the use of a small
amount of heat in the furnace before
winter actually arrives, ft is deemed
advisable by housing authorities
that householders check their heat
ing systems at least annually and
August is a good time to do so.
Keeping the heating system up to
scratch is desirable both for the
protection of the home against pos
sible fire hazard and for maintain
ing a high degree of heating efficien
cy. An efficient heating system pays
dividends by keeping costs down.
Among points that may be
checked to good advantage are the
furnace grate, of the gas outlets in
the furnace; the chimney pipes in all
parts of the home; the hot air vents,
if that system ts in operation, or the
steam pipes and radiators.
In homes using 0031 furnaces par
ticularly, the chimneys should be
cleaned thoroughly to insure fire
protection and efficient heating.
Metal parts of the chimney system
should be checked over carefully to
determine if there are any badly
rusted or weakened points.
After the necessary check-overs
have been made, the required re
pairs can be planned well in ad
Accidents, Deaths on
Take Necessary Steps Now
To Ward Off Tragedy
Farming is a dangerous business.
Every day at least 10 persons on
U. S. farms lose their lives by fire
or accident, and at least 800 are in
Many of these accidents and
fatalities could be prevented by
malting farm repairs promptly.
Today when every farm work
er is needed in agricultural pro
duction, it is doubly important
that preventive measures be
taken on ail farms to avoid the
tragedy of accident or death, or
interruption in the work pro
Every farmer should make up a
household tool kit consisting of a
small hammer, a small and medium I
size screw driver, an adjustable
S-wrench, nail sets and pliers.
Put the tools in a homemade tool
roll fitted with pockets or in a carry
Easier to Repairv
With such a tool kit handy It is a
lot easier to take care of repair jobs.
Engineers of the U. S. bureau of
agricultural chemistry and engi
neering place loose floor boards and
stair treads high on their list of
farm and home hazards. The short
time required to repair such condi
tions could well be spared from
even the most important farm work.
Uneven and badly worn floors are
dangerous, too, as are loose or bro
ken hand rails, especially at steep
Broken window glass should
be removed. Badly worn sash
cords, often factors in accidents,
should be replaced.
Weak or broken ladders are the
cause of many injuries. Going
through ladders is more unlucky
than walking under them. Steplad
ders are a special hazard because
they are used so frequently and are
not so simple in their construction
as straight ones.
A loose board or a door with
a broken hinge can be picked up by
the wind and do great damage. The
farm shop usually has the equip
ment for such repairs.
They should be made as soon as
the need is noticed. Boards with
nails in them left lying around are a
frequent cause of serious accidents
and a threat of dread lockjaw.
They’ll Last Longer
Now that the production of all
farm equipment requiring rubber
tires, except combines, has been
discontinued, farmers who have
rubber-tired implements and trac
tors can make them last longer
with a little extra care.
Some of the most important
points in tractor care are to keep
inflated at all ;
times, keep !
tires from con- ;
tact with oil ;
and grease or
other material \
harmful to rub- 1
ber, inspect all
tires regularly for cuts, bruises
and other damage and make
needed repairs promptly.
Tractor tires should be well
weighted at all times, especially
under heavy load, to prevent ex
cess wheel slippage which also
causes rapid tire wear.
Unnecessary traveling over
rough, sharp rock-strewn and
gravel roads cut doi^n on the life
of a tractor tire.
Wherever possible keep off the
road, and on the earth which
wears tires down less.
I "“T-, -
Heavy Yielding Hybrids
* Still in the "laboratory stage” a
decade ago, hybrid corn is being
planted on 30,000,000 acres of mid
: west farm land this year, according
to estimates of the Middle West Soil
Improvement committee. Hybrid
owes its amazing popularity to its
heavy-yielding qualities. It makes a
heavier drain on the soil than open
pollinated varieties. Thus it is nec
essary to see that the soil’s re
sources of nitrogen, phosphorus and
potash aro replenished each year.
ON THE /"
STUDIO COUCH WITH
SMALL TABLES AND H
NO ST0RA6E SPACE '
a'J UNDER BEDDING
""pHE upper sketch shows a com
bination living and bedroom
that was brought up to date with
every inch of waste space used.
The cushions (lower left) were re
placed with a box-like compart
ment for bedding. This was made
of plywood as shown at the lower
right. It was padded across the
front and ends with cotton batting,
and covered with the couch ma
Chopped ripe olives with the
merest dash of garlic make a pun
gent filling for small white bread
sandwiches to be toasted and
served with cocktails.
• • •
Strained honey, heated and
mixed with soft butter and a dash
of cinnamon and cloves, gives a
delicious flavor to toasted muf
fins, hot waffles or pancakes.
• • •
A little candied ginger, finely
chopped, gives zest to a fruit cock
tail, salad or sherbet. It also is
good added to whipped cream and
used to top puddings. Be care
ful to use just a little of it, how
• • *
Copper flashing around pipes,
dormer windows and the edges of
roofs never needs painting. But
copper is now on the priority list.
If you have or are installing gal
vanized flashing, remember that it
should be examined frequently and
kept covered with paint.
* • *
A stiff wire brush is a great aid
in keeping the burners of a gas or
electric stove free from crumbs.
• • •
Oven pre-heating for short bak
ing jobs wastes heat. Plan to do
your baking and oven-cooking at
the same time, when possible.
* • *
To increase the amount of frost
ing for custards, puddings, etc.,
without increasing the amount of
material used, take the whites of
the eggs you saved, beat them as
usual and drop the mixture into
a saucepan of boiling water. It
will instantly rise to the top and
will make a large amount of very
light white frosting. Spread at
once and serve.
terial tacked in place through a
lath strip. Unpainted book cases
were bought to go at the ends and
the lid of the bedding compart
ment was painted to match these.
NOTE: A new couch cover, lamp shade,
curtains or slip cover that you can make
yourself may give your living room a
fresh start. Book 1 in the series which
Mrs. Spears has prepared for our read*
ers shows you all the tricks. It contains
32 pages of fascinating new ideas for your
home and working drawings to bring your
o}d furnishings up to date. Send your
MRS. RUTH WYETH SPEARS
Bedford Hills New York
Enclose 10 cents for Book I.
When children crave sweets,
give them oranges. When
you want refreshment, drink
orange juice. Fruit sugars
give you a quick lift! \
Oranges are the best prac
tical source of vitamin C—
supply valuable amounts of
vitamins A, Bi and G; cal- f
cium and other minerals.
Those stamped “Sunkist" j
are the finest from 14,500 i
cooperating growers. Buy in
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