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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (March 25, 1915)
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i Science for Workers
Spending Money Wisely
Plants. that Eat Insects
Some of Them Secret Pepsin to Insure a Good Digestion
Py fclMJAFl LICTEV LARKLX.
By ELLA WHKKLKH WILCOX.
Copytlght. llo. tho Star Company.
Christ Mid J.W ycttta apo, "Sell all
thou tiaat and icIvp it U thr prx.v." Bvit
If Christ wirr here among uk now In
praaant conditions ll ( certain lie would
evr Klv such
command. II r
would say that if
each human , bolnn
wr to !! all he
had and give it lo
thp poor in a very
brief time the
worM would ron
taW nothing hut
bajjrars, ami, He
would realise that
without logic or
reason or ayitem
or Judgment is a
sura way to make
the need of' con
tinued charity In the world.
Thousands of people at the present
time In America, posiwd of comfort
able means and assured Income, arA
haartlinff their money anl refusing; thrm
aetvea the comforts they are amply able
to enjoy because they hear the cry of
hard timea and are (illnd with fear of
harder times coming. They are produc
ing harder timea by this very method.
If you, my dear madam, or sir. are
able to buy the materials and pay the
dressmaker or the tailor for a becoming
suit of clothes, what are you accomplish
ing by denying yourself good apparel and
by hoarding your money? You are de
prfvlng your dressmaker and your tailor
of a respectable source of income. You
are marking the way for them to enter
the bread line.
If you are able to employ several dom
estic to keep order and comfort anl
beauty in your home, what are you ac
compliahing for the world at. larise by
dismissing your assistants in order to
save your money? You are depriving
maids and men trained for this especial,
line of service or employment,, and once
again you are adding new. members to
the bread-line regiment.
Reckless extravagance and foolish ex
penditure of money are not recommended,
hut It Is advisable that men and women
in our land today should provide thein
enlvee with the necessities, ' the comforts
and the luxuries for which they are able
to pay. and It requires no far sight to
aee that by this method the poverty of
the land will be decreased and the pros
perity Increased. ,
Money waa never meant to be hoarded.
Money,, ike blood In the human system.,
Read it Here See
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Copyright, 1915, by Serial Publication
June, tha bride of Ned Warner, Im
pulsively leaves her husband on their
honeymoon becauae she begins to realize
that he must be dependent on him for !
money. Bhe desires to be independent.
June la pursued by Gilbert Klye. a
wealthy married map. She eacap.s from
his clutches with difficulty. Ned searches
distractedly for June, and, learning of
Blye's designs., vows vengeance on him.
In" the Clutch of the Hirer Thievea.
1 . CHAPTER II.-Continud.)
June laughed in relief. It .waa good to
so human beings who were not in pur
suit of her, who would befriend and pro
tect her. and she had Almost run down
to meet them when suddenly loud, angry
voices cime from the frail little craft.
There was a bitter quarrel. In which
the woman took a fchrill pArt. and as the
boat landed the woman Jumped out and i
stooped . swiftly. The man with the
erraggl? mnataehe and the scattered tufts
of beard on his fsce Jumped ashore,
cursing. The womsn raised up swiftly
and. with a shriek like a est. Jumped for
the man with a long knife glutei ins In !
ker hand. The knife flashed down, und
tha man ataggered back. The gleaming
blade waa raised again, but before It
could deaeend again the' huge, raw-boned j
man, who had Jumped from the boat, j
taught the woman's arm. j
June eaw no. more. Fhe ran wddly
around the little hut. looking vainly for
soma place - of concealment A rusty
stove, a rickety table, some rude benches,
two straw pallet that wus ail. There
was no other roorh. not r.-n a cupboard.
In the celling June's frantically roving
yes found A trapdoor, one of Its bojtr ls
lenae. On the wood.n wall beneath it
was a series of rroa stlcKx. snd wlt'inut
hesitation June rn up this rude ladder
shoved the IrMpdoor aulr and scrambled
into the attic.
There wete vn:cre below Th.- ouairel.
whatever ll had been about, had evi
dently been settled, or the woman was
laughing, and so was the big. raw
boned man J'Jn .re4l linur through
a rracfc in the ceiling l.ord. There to
and the lean fi-lk, n with it., ho.'k nose
ere !es,jr,l w i' I t ii.l - urr y
The big mm wr i'ie s on I s hci
.1 ro rr.J I i h 4 c ri (, wit',
S .!,t',T SIM I'. ti-4j -t' M I. Ik of
rhli.u riiU'l t ,.f r.,r of tnep- T lie
-;. an i r.- t - l1 n1 ' u. Iic.i. t.i
rr b'.ie.- "ill ' - in l I',' '.ll.twr
SS . ! -,. II, r )
must le kept In circulation or It stag
nates and produces disease.
A ynmie woman who had managed to
lay atfle a tidy Hit)" bank account, anl
whuye purlstcnt and patient Industt-v ha
enabled lior to command a good salary
for th work she was employed ti do
heard this i rv of hard times until lu-
In a sort of mental panic regardtne
the future. Finding hrriw If one Satur
day with p busy day of etinpplnr
going About on erraucs of business and
mercy betoin hot. she hesitated about
taking a rariiasc to tender her uhv more
Ought 1 to indulte in tlil-i ex'rava
BMtice," f he asked herself, "wlien the con
dition or the country Is so prei arl. us?"
As sue approached the line of waiting
raLs she was reasoning the matter with
heisvlf; tnen It occurred to lier that each
one of t;-.cc cibmen was endeavoring to
make a living; that he, too, was fa-infi
worry and anxiety, and t!-at If each
man or woman who had been In the habit
of patr.ihir.ing bini were to withdraw his
or her custom the whole line of cabmen
would he on-.e object!, of charity in a few
months. Then she realized that th
luxury she was about to grant lima-lf
was in no way an extravagance, but wan
a very practical mettled of helping the
That which Is reasonable, sensible and
rlRht to do in the way of dairy llvlnt
Simula be done now without anv con
sideration of hard times or possible pov
erty awaiting in the future. We ahould
all buy the clothes w need, employ the
help necessary and enjoy the wholesome
pleasures possible, and consider that we
are following out Christ's Injunction In a
modern mid practical way. Instead of
selling all we have and giving to th
poor, we at-..' sharing whet wc have with
self-respertie.R human beings and saving
mem from becoming paupers.
It is a far nobler act to assist trades
men and tollers to s icceed in their var
ious efforts at -elf-support than It la to
aratter money to beggars. There Is no
virtue in denying our support to the one
In order to give to the other. When we
encounter absolute poverty and absolute
want we must do our share toward allevi
ating them, but to prevent such conditions
is a higher duty than 'alleviating them.
Therefore. If your wardrobe needs re
plenishing, your home needs refurnishing,
if extra help is required to render the
home comfortable,- If you feel the need
of a change of environment and climate,
and yon have the means to one or all of
theso things v Ithout incurring debt, do
not hesitate on the plea that you must
giv all Vou have to the poor. You are
saving willing workers from needing
your charity by sharing your money
with them in legitimate and business
Tn the matter, as In all other, preven
tion la letter than cure.
it at the Movies.
jnd after the people exhibited .different
ulicles of jewelry, clothing, etc., they
Ntarted cooking a meal.
The men were at the table an Incredibly
short time. They gulped their food, and
then, tired and sleepy, they lay down oil
straw pullets for a few minutes of honest
rest, while tha cold and starved little run
away bride 1m the attl; looked down with
ravenous eyea on what they -had left.
The odor of the hot coffee mado her feel
faint. Only terror kept her on the alert.
To Ba Continued Tomorrow.)
, 'IIP ' ;.
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Seine persons. Impressed by the appar
ent rcsemblai.ee- lictwecn plants and ani
mal", are ready to bcllee that conscious
ness and InteltiKence are not confined to
one side of the jne, hut are shared by all
things that have life. To a sensitive
soul, ow ning such n belief, it Is a morally
shocking act to cut down a tree, or to
Pluck a flower. .iut a It Is to tread upon
There l one cla-s of plants which ap.
pears to afford striking evidence in favor
of the view that intelligence is not con
fined to animals. These are the "In
sect tvorous plants'- which get their name
from their habit of trapping and devour
ing Insect". They are really carnivorous,
or "flesh eating" as truly so as wolves
and Hirers. A wonderful example of
plant, nn orchid from Rornea. wl'.l form
one of the exhibits at the horticultural
show In this city on March IT, and a
photograph of It Is herewith Presented.
The Idea of a plant feeding upon an
animal seems a kind of reversal of na
ture, and when a carnivorous plant is
actually seen In the act of catching and
swallowing lis strange prey a shiver of
horror Is felt by the onlooker. It appears
a peculiarly r-'onstrous performance, un
canny and terrifying.
That animals should eat plant aeems
to us all right. Science has taught us
that It la a necessary process, inasmuch
as plants alone have the power lo turn
mineral matter Into living protoplasm.
They thereby become storehouses of
nourishment for the animal world, which
could not exist If It did not feed upon
them. Rut why should plants, under any
cii umstances, eat animals?
A narlial answer has been found. In
the opinion of some biologists, in. the fact
that the species of plants which are car
nivorous usually. If not Invariably, live
In places where nitrogenous matter is
very scarce or virtually absent, and that
the planla supply this lack to their nour
ishment by seizing upon the Insects which
The apparatus by which these plant
satisfy their 'carnivorous appetites con
sists of wondeiful modifications of leaves,
or parts of leaves, whose movements are
startlin&ly suge-estlve of acts guided by
Intelligent comprehension of what needs
to be done to accomplish the object in
view. Sometimes the apparatus resembles
a beautiful flower, a fact wnlch renders
its carnage so much the more repellant.
The most celebrated of the Insectivorous
plants la "Venus' Fly-Trap," - which has
a flower-like mouth, consisting of two
hinged ploces. or petals, capable of clos
ing quickly together, like the Jaws or a
mouse trap. Btiff bristles on the margins
of the lips and sensitive hairs lining the
tube below aid materially in the catching
And swallowing of any unfortunate Insect
which Is lured to the trap. The sensitive
hairs are, Indeed, simply triggers, the
touching of which Instantaneously closes
the trap By that time the Insect has 'got
I far enough within to be beyoud the rhaiire
of escape. Once In a while, however,
the victim does escape, whereupon the
trap 'opens again. The pro'fsa of diges
tion Is aided by a secretion of the plant,
nd when It Is completed the trap opens
and the Indigestible portions are cast out.
In the plant called the "sundew" the
leaves that act as Insect catchers are
covered with glandtilous hairs which"
seise upon the victim. While A sticky gum
glues It fast until It digestible Juices
have been Absorbed, when the remains
Are let go. The plants called "bladder
worts." living In ponds, have a kind of
bladder which acta like a miniature eel
trap In catching minute water creatures.
Carnivorous "pitcher-plants" are very
t-.- :- ... . -.-... -! ' '...-;,.. ... . . . - , i . J
wonderful. The flower-like tube, or
pitcher, often has a lid, which closes
down when Insects are entrapped. A
sweet accretion around the lips Attracts
the victims. Inskle the tube Is lined
with downward-pointing hairs, which
force the unfortunate prisoner toward
the bottom, but prevent his return. At
the bottom there Is usually a consider
able quantity of water. A. W. Wallace
found some pitcher plants In the Malay
Archipelago which could hold aa much
as two gallons of water. The Insects Are
drowned In the WAte.r, which la contained
In what might be called the "stomach"
of the plant, for digestive substances,
resombling pepsin, .exist in the water And
promote absorption -of the edible parts
of the piey. I have read' that the wiry
mosquito sometimes .breeds In the water
of a pitcher, plant, and geta away to pur
sue his tuneful career In the. outer world.
I do not guarantee that atatement.
Mimosas, or "sensitive plants" make
the same suggestion of Intelligence. Tha
Mimosa Pudlca ("bashful" mimosa),
'mimics anlmnls that pretend to be dead
when threatened by enemies. Mr. Wal
lace says that where A large surface of
ground Is covered with this plant the
effect 6f walking over it Is moat peculiar.
"At each step the plants, for some dis
tance round, suddenly droop, as If struck
with paralysis, and a broad track of
prostrate herbage, several feet wide, -Is
distinctly marked out by the differont
color of the closed leaflets."
s easy to leam tine
Victrolas Sold by
A. MOSPE CO.,
1513-15 Douglas Street, Omaha, and
407 Wett Broadway, - Council Bluffs, la,
Talking Machine Department
in the Pompoian Room
from Borneo which traps nnd
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Advice to Lovelorn : B'r
Seek Your Kdainatlon.
Hear Mlas Fairfax: .1 am 1 years old
and the oldest of five children. Three
years agu the woman who had kept
house for us slnn my mother's death
left us. I left school and took charge
of the house. Thng have run very
smoothly and we are all happy., hut now
fathnT fenls that alnco I could carry out
my original Inlentlona of being a teacher
with four more years training, I ought
td do 1t, so last week I went to regtwter
for my .senior year in high school, but
now that It comva to my actual gylng they
are all beginning to, worry about having
a atranKO woman in as hniiMckpcpcr.
You see I am the only mother the children
ever knew. My l".-ycnr-old sister begs
me to stay honu. My 4rothrs, & and I?
years, reflectively, nnr sllotit. I know
they want me and vet 1 do not . know
what to do. What, do you advice? X.
Hlnce your Hstera and brothers are no
longer little children, but are within a
few years of your own age and beginning
to grow up, I think you would be doing
yourself a great injustice If you did not
follow your father'a advice and go to
complete your (raining as a teacher. Of
course the housekeeping will bring a
foreign element Into your family, but
she need not spoil your home lite and It
may be good for oil of you to have an
older woman temporarily in charge and
The Fox Trot, Caitle Pol
ka, and all the other new
dances all played loud and
clear and in perfect time.
There are Victors and
Victrolas in great variety
of styles from $10 to $250
at all Victor dealers.
Victor Talking Machine Co.
i - '.sir-!.-?!-'
to have your younger sister feel that She
owva something to the family,' too. '
advise you most strongly to finish your
training. This Is only fair to, yourself
ana in no way uniuir ai your lamny.
Dear Miss Fairfax: I am engaged to a
young man or good social atandlng anil
who la better off financially than my
lople are. Recently he has been urging
me to set a definite date for our Wed
ding; rut 1 hesitate on account of my
limited k row indue of housekeeping. -' I
have never had any duties at borne, and
after leaving my office In the evening
my time waa my own.' In fact,, I don't
know anything about houaewurk of -any
kind and aa he desires to go to a home
of his own as soon as we are married, 1
don't know what to do. FRANCE H.
The Instincts of home-making are strong
in most of us. I think you win find It
quite simple to adjust yourself to the
plesaant task of keeping your horn In
order. If your, abilities do not seem to
meet, tha situation after your marriage,
tako a few lessons at some school of do
mestic science. But any efficient woman
ought to be able to make and keep and
manage A hVnne. Pon'f liesltAle to' marry
because of foolish dobuts on that aotir.
e misssc; o
: j " (A -
A s- U ur.AteAv -.(.
"Will man. with Hie evolution d
lence. ever be aide to control the hat-
iual forces? Is It possible that evolu
tion w-lll hrinr shout A change In th"
form of the human body? Or Is evolu
tion working toward the extinction of
physical force anil phvsli al orgaolsm'.'
"I.II.Y 11. KEN fClSTON,
"Sparrow Nest, Moint Vernon, N. V."
A. Those are Important questions,
worthy of serious thought. Nicola Tcsl
told me, and he waa In A serious mood,
that "man will some time draw elec
tricity directly from nature's store." This
was at the World's fair In Chicago... i.
If this Is accomplished, man will con
Irol natural forces, for A current of elec
tricity is far and away the most vAlua'de
of all human wsesslons save air, water
and food. Kor a flow of electricity is po
tential und has the possibility of llgit
and heat. Light, heat And power Are
next to Air. food and water. Polar heqt
lias been used to germinate thermo-electricity,
and small motors have been ac
centuated with this curient. but this pri
ces has not been exploited commercially
so far as I know. Testa nn doubt mes.nt
that electricity would be taken from na
ture's vast reservoir directly, not hy first
ualng heat. He did not Indicate any
theory or plan, and he told' me this In
If such men a Thomson, Edison, TesU
and Stclnmets cannot "tap nature." we
shall have to await further evolution of
science. Kven solar-heat-engines, using
heat only, and not electricity, are not In
general use, aa one would think, r
The groat one In the Pasadena' ostrich
farm Is dismantled. I went up to see 1t
several years ago, and It waa pumping
water by loeans of solar heat. TecelVe'd
en mlrrprs and by them reflected upon
Pollers In a steam plant. Rut the real
problem is to take electricity directly
from Nature's lavish store.
There Is no danger of humans all run
ning to brains, a la H. 3. Wells',' plan.
Physically the Harvard college (oik Are
running out. The big eugenic research
back In Cambridge, Mass., discovered thrft
"Harvard graduates will have only six
teen male progeny In six generations."
Rut, th' " we all may evolut away all
sorts of atrophied organs. - Mer. useless
parts now, but necessary when wa wara
fishes snd apes. Anuatlo creatures ln,tha
away-back Kllurutn times, . And abnormal
beings In tree topa In very recent.. ,
Do. You Know Tliat
In South Africa there is .tha "snee
wood" tree, which Is so called beoausa
one. cannot cut It' with a,, saw without
aneeslng, as tha fine dust has exactly
the effect of snuff. No Insect or worm
will touch It; it Is very bitter to-the
taste, and when placed In , water It
The marvelous fibre of tha mulberry
troe, utilised in the Japanese paper tailed
'"haahlklraiu," la th basis of tha ma
terial that Rear' Admiral Tokuyamit tint
proposed for collapsible lifeboats twr ub
marines.' London, a 'city" on the rlvar Thmc.
in tha- county of Middlesex, OtiUvlo,
Canada, has suburbs called London Junc
tion and Fating. Tha population1 of. (ho
Canadian London 1 4.0v. '
Every week in England there la a' rluaad
season, during which net-flshltig for Sal
mon fs prohibited. It extends from nuun
on Saturday' until a. m. In Monday.' .
Upwards of 6,000 ships pass through
the Hues canal In tha course of a year,
representing a total of more than IO,uOO,90C
tons of shipping. .- "
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