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THE BEE: OMAHA. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1920.
1 Two Testify to
Normal Mind of
Sou's Efforts lo Prove Mother
I MentallyUnsouml at Timc;
of "Will Receive Setback
i lie i 'Ti ..' f f a . -
van iyvck tenner s rnons u
prove that his mother, Mrs. "Happy"!
Theodora Van Wyck Benner, was
( not mentally , soud at the time she
made her wiii, October 2,1W, -He-
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signed, and Victor Rosewater, wit-.i
ness to the will, testified that Mrs.
' Benner appeared pf normal mind at
the signing ot the will. ' ;-
The will leaves :ill of. the estate to
young Benner, but provides that he
tihall not get tjie, principal until he
is oO, which he pointy out, will ser
iously handicap liim if ho "Jhotild
marry before he reaches tat age. .
Niter Mr.' Benner nor young Vaii
Wyck are here. J3cy live in New
York City, where the kktcr went fol
lowing the deaih f.'liis mother in
the spring ot J919, v
Roth Mr. t-Larned ami Mr. Rose
water testiliyd that they had taken
particular lot'ice .of Mrs. Benner at
' the time sKe signetfjier will andthat,
she appeared perfectly normal in hvr
speech and manners. .
llr. Frank Cfiulter testitTed that
Mrs. Benner suffered from a disease
"due to alcoholic poisoning," (or
. which hp treatedvtcr at the timp she
made her. will'., vT ,
Insistent "Gas Meter
Readers" Routed When
Woman Produces Guri
Miss Mabel Bessler, housekeeper
at the rectory of the Church of the
Blessed Sacr,ament, v 6304 North
thirtieth street,' revolver in hand,
routed; four men who attempted to
gain entrance to the rector-y yester
day morning. , .J .
Representing' himself to be a gas
. meter reader, a man' knocked at the
rectory door..: but was refused ad
mittance by Miss Bessler When he
was imable to produce a' badge or.
credentials." He returned with an-
,other man.-vht) claimed to be "an
official of the feas company," Both
were refused admittance but- came i
.back again a short time lr,!,:) with
two additional men. . .
Miss. BeSslcr . Opened the' door,
. brandished a revolver in their faces,
and tlie men fled, declaring they
. 'Vere not through with her yet "
-.Police say they believe the men
were hijackers in search of liqutr.t;-
Norfolk Man Dies Froiii ; .''
Ifljuries in Atxtp Crash
T. J. Briggs of Norfolk, Neb.',
died last night in the Jennie- Ed;
muqdson' Memorial hospital at Coun
cil Bluifs' fronv injuries sustained
Tuesday night when the automobile
which, .he vaslriving tuni(il turtle
;n a ditch on, the Lincoln Highway
. between Lovcland jmd Honey Creek,
several miles north ofiCouncil Bluffs.
Henry Cutler, coroner, look
charge of the body but probably will
hold no inquest. The father of the
accident victim is expected to- ar
rive tin's morning from Sterling, TlU'
his home.- Deputy Sheriff ViH
Jones of f Honey Creek" disCdvejed,
Briggs and; the wrecked machine
Tuesday night, H. first was vtaken
to Missouri Valley, but was removed
to the Bluffs an hour later, when his
injuries were .found to be serious.
Mayor Takes Stijup. 1
Mayor Smith was in -Superior,'
Neb., yesterday, speaking in tiafereist
of the league of nations. , vis'.
. , By J. J. MOT. . -,
Often fou. wonder why you do not!
make a more favorable impression
on 'those whom - you meet, perhaps
lor the first time. -.
Isn't it hecati"- v"" '"" - ivjch an
obvious effort t win favor?
If you would be yourself natural
you would make more and strong
er friendships and get more cnjoW
ment out of the folk you meet. -
ii is omicuit to De always piaying
a, part. i t ' . - -. f'
. Vhen !you ac sch'-convciods it
robs you of what little individuality
you have, and it is individuality
which is sought, in, friendship". '
You cannot play a role . and be
successful all the time, and? the im
pression you m?ke upon. others es
tablishes a Very uncertain foundation
w hich will not -work out to your adJ
vantage -in the lonsr run. .
. You must possess the good quali-1
If you have the desirable qualities,
why should1 yon turn and twist your
self inside '. out; tryinj; to convince
, others wlrentim- would prove it? ,'
Get a"wa ji f rom' tlriV pretense arti
'.udc and be a real somebody and you
will find the ones who care for you
as you are. ' None elscVounts.
(i'op.vrifbt. I."n. ty fntpmutionyl Feature
Service, Inc.) . . -, ,
I'M THE GUY
(um upon n ih attainment or ine age
of 30, were given a setback in ' the
county, court yesterday when Myron
Learned, in whose office the will was
' I'M THE GUY who prefers to
work nights. .-'-"
Why shouldn't I? I like it.V f
don't have to get tup early iu; the
, 4 morning I'm a wise ow and.I wrjrk
... best at night. But I'm different tW
' always '.want to be. I don't bclievt
r in following the herd. "" -
' Yes, I know it upsets my wife and
keeps her from her work. But a
fellow can't sleep if a , woman.Js
rattling dishes, and sweepmjr" . ind
' beating rugs and'moving thej.'rni
ture. She's out of luck, thafs,a1l.
, Besides I cau't see what she', got
to holler about. I supoprt her,
don't I? I give her a good home.
. The least she can do is to look out
for my comfort. Sure. I can. get a
job w'orkinjr clays. But I don't
wan't it. I like night work. If
she doesn t like it, I slrould worry.
Instead cf constantly crabbing, she
ought 'to make up ,her mind To maki;
the best of it. - . . . ; v
. Whether, slie.Jikes itvpr uot, it si
me for ihe r.irut work
tor ihe r.ifrut'wor
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S L r& P Y tt T I AV5 T AL
Brown'i Saves the Dam ' I
Brownio Be-ver was always glad
that; he hud taken Grandaddy's ad
vice about the freshet. Arid Brownie's
i neighbors ivere glad that he had, too.
ror mat was reany me oniyitiunir
that cdved tho village from being
save the daml, Itfsv cried
carried away by 'the flood of water
that swept down upon the ond, afti
it. had- rtunea for two days ,andi two
nights. . , , y ." V- - . ; .
Tho pond rose so quickly and the
water rushed past so fast that peo
tde had to scramble ''; out of . their
housf and begirt working on them,
to keep them from being washed
away. - " ."
-.That ruch of water meant only
cine'th' -'- Ths - nd was' full and
running over! A..d just aa likely as
not t'-e'dam 'would h carried away
the-d?m on jyhich Grandaddy Beaver
had, Worked when he was a younp
ster end on tvhich his own grandad
dv had Worked before him. It would
take years and years to build another
such dam as that,
No-, with almost everybod""work
ing on his own house, there was
ehnost no he left to work upojji the
dam: 'But people never. stopped to
think ,abaut that. -They never once
remembered that out of the whole
.village old Grandaddy and Brownie
Beaver were th? l.ily persons whose
houses had been made readv for the
freshet' and th2t those two were the
only people wrth nothing, to do at
home.'.'i '('--' .
'TThere'lI be plenty to help save the
dani', everybody said to hifnself,
'Til Just work on.my hobse." . ' (
Now, Brownie Beaver knew that
there was- nothing niore' he cotild
dp; to make. his house safe, so he
svarq, over to the dam, expecting to
fifld goodnany of his neighbors
there.' But old Grandaddy-Beaver
was the onJy other person he found.
LAn.rho 66med worried. , , '
f. 'It'a'a! great pity!" vhe- said to
Krowiue. .-.-vjHere's this fine dam,
which ,lhas' taken, so' many years to
;-"Ats Pebbles Rounded?
1 If we take1 'a piece of stone and
break' it willv a hammer, we will
produce a number of small stones
of varying shapes, all of them
with well-defined corners and
.sharp edges, like the stones which
are used for thp repair of roads
spr -jthe'. builcjing of houses. By"
t'akfngvtwo'of these stones .and
1 rubbing them Vogether for a con
iide;able ipaoe of time, we -will
weaFoff these edges 4nd corners
and produce two flat, rounded
.pebbles .bearing at least a faint
resemblance to those which are,
found iu brooks or' on the sea-'
share. , , -
The reason for the rounded and
m6reor less symmetrical shape
of pebbles is then at . once appar
ent.? lit . the beginning, these
stones were .jagged fragntnts,
but, through years' or centuries
of having been washed against
each oilier by the action of. tho
water, they have lost their edges
and corners. Curves have re
placed the angles 5 and the pro
jecting, points v have been worn
awayby the . .constant , friction,
either; by. the "stones or by the
water itself the pebble being re
r duced , to a ghape- where fraction
is Jat a minimum. 4The sane prin
tipal js -apparent in the use of
baH-bearitigs.- If trrge were
square instead of .round, the fric
tion of the edges would soon ren
der' -therh useless, vbut,' being
globe-shapfcd, they slip over each
other freely and greatly facilitate
'the operation of the 'mechanism.
Rounded pebbles are sometimes
found iu sections of the country
far removed from water,' but their
very- presence proves that water
was once present there, cither in
the form c? a lake, which has
since dried up, or a river which
has altered its course. ' ; ,
(OpyTlgh!. is;n, by rhi Wheeler
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buildand it's a-going to be waslled
away-t-yoii mark my words!" '
. "What makes you think that?"
asked Brownie.. . .
There's .nobody ;here to do 'any-
thing," said Grandaddy Btayfer. "The
spillways "of this dam ought to be
made as big as possiblet to let the
freshet pass through; Biu) I -can't
do it, for, I can't swim as well.asI
emild once." . . A. .'. t
Brownie Beaver looked at the rush
In? water which noured over the too
of the dam in. a hundred place and
.was already'-carrying off mud, and
sticks,, eating the dam away before
his very eyes. ; , ' ; : "
'Til save the dam!" he cried.-
"You 7" Grandaddy. Beaver ex
claimed. "Why, what do you think
you can '!do?" Being, so old, he
couldn't help believing , that other
people were too young to do difficult
things.- v n. . ;
"Watch me and IU show you!"
Brownie Beaver told him. And with
out sayinjj another word he swam
to tho nearest spillway and began
making it bigger. , , .
Sometimes he had tor-fight the
freshet madlyi to keep from being
swept over the dam himself. Some
times, too, as he stood on the dam
it crumbled beneath him and, he
found himself swimming again.
'How many narrow escapes he had
that day Brownie Beaver could never
remember. When thev happened, he
didn't have time to count them, he
was working is busily. And if old
Grandaddy Blaver hadn't told every
one afterward, how Brownie saved
the great dam from being swept
away, and how hard he had worked,
nd how he had swum fearlessly into
the " torrent, people wouldn t, nave
known anything about It . , . j
To be sure, they had noticed that
the water went .down almost as sud
denly as it rose. ' But they- hadn't
stopped to think that ther must
have been some reason for that.. And
when they learned that Brownie Bea
ver was the reason, the whold village
gave him a vote of thanks. -x -
They wanted to give him. a gold
headed cane, too. - But they were un
able to find one anywhere.
When Brownie . Beaver heard of
that he said it was just as well, be
cause he seldom walked far on land
and there wasn't much use in a per
sem's carrying a cane when he swam
anvhow.' Although it was some
times done, he had always considered
it asilly practice and one that he
would not care to follow.
:v (Copyright, Oroaet 4: Dunlap.y
dog Hill Paragrafs
By George Bingham
CRICKET; HICKS strolled ,over
last Wednesday afternoon' and
. had a long, sociable talk with'
the Rye Straw storekeeper on the
financial condition of ' the nation',
. . I
and after they had discussed the sit
uation pro. and con- it-was found to
be so bad that Cricket could not
even borrow, the 50 .cents the was
aiitiing to. ' V, -! i
...-.. 'iit''- '. Z','
Washington tiocks, ho has
been living in one place"'nearly all
of his life,'" ha"?rhoVed across the
road, and he is now. seeing life front
a, different angled . -
' At the school entertainment Fri
day night a flea got qn Slim, Piclcens
and he got up and moved two "times,
but neverrfid get rid of itf'y mV
, ''. Divorce Court. .
-' ' ' Decree."' ............
: Etta MoHan from John Morlan, ehialty.
. Otto F, Bartoa "from Reva Bartos," cru
elty. : ..
Ktta My Barrett from O'sorta Barrett,
i Willie May Botkln from Charles-Bot-
kln, nonjupport .
1 ' PetltiaiM.
. Charlei E. 'Slater ag-almt Lydla Slater,
Mlla Fearce alnt Carl D. Pearoe, nen
aiuport. v . ' ' ' I
Pearl Hcllldjt4agaliat Floyil C. HoUI
Ray Simpson aganst Vena Smpson, cra
Hn-t K. v Stoopa aganaf Anna Stoopa,
Murgafet Brona(auat Ora Brown, cm-
V .. jr. W :- '... " ' , . - '
Hoffiff a Husbeind,
Adeie Garrison's 'New Phase, 61
Revelations of p fyife
'What Mother Graham Demanded of
LV- : T; Madge.. ;.- ;,-
T'M put down my sewing as Mother
Oraliam left .the room, gazed down
i at, my little son who had tired of his
ji- . - -i i :
rspoois, ana was looKing arouna, evi
i dentlv. for something-else to do.
j "Come .to mother, sweetheart, , I
said.coaxing!y. .' , ; , . .
- He scrambled ; to his feet with
f alacrity, toddled - over toward me,
and when I had 'drawn mm up into
j my arms he "put his own tiny ones
around my neck in the most wonder
ful embrace a . woman ? can know.
"Ma-ma-no ky P he said decided
ly and disapprovingly. '5kt
I surreptitiously wiped m eyes,
tutned a smilirigj sunny face to his
anxious , one. , . -, '
"Mother's not crvinsr, sweetheart."
' ."All wi,te.; Tell ba-beetory," he
demanded, his Own face breaking out
1 into smiles, a'rioVhis tender little body
wriggling expectantly into a com
fortable position.-. ' ,
"Which story", sweetheart?" V
: : "An-er-little-pig-puff-puff puff"
ne pegan. : , . ; ,
' Junior . Regulates Matters, v
"All right, Junior," I hastily inter
rupted. For experience has taught his
family that delighted with the sound
of the word "puff" he will keep
saying it interminably when once he
gets started upon the name of his
favorite tale, which he has twisted in
typical baby fashion until he insists
that it was the pig who "puffed and
puffed and blew hishouse in" nor
will he listen to any other render
ing of the famous nursery classic.
f'As I cradled lrinvin my arms arid
crQoncjl,; the old story into dm dej
lighted cars I -wondered why I "had
allowed tears' to; come to my eyes
lor so foolish a thing as worry over
t)icky's possible reason "for starting
up a furious correspondence with
real estate firms. True, I love the
home in Marvin, and for a brief
moment e)ad wondered I stopped
short and clutched my-"Iitt!e son to
me more tightly. .
Tcarsl When' I had him safe and
well, and clinging to me, 'as the one
he loves best in alj the world! I
ought to be hanged ar the yard arm
or being so ungrateful.
" Junior put his baby- hands against
me and pushed, v. His; lip curled
dolorously.,; '. "
"Ma-ma hurt," he said decidedly.
I ' relaxed my arms instantly,
kissed him - tend y, and resumed
the "tory," wohdenng as he relaJced
again with a little sigh into my em
brace if unconsciously my small son
had given me the key for keeping I
t. ; -1' a - ir t -, . i i r
mm ciose io me. ii i ciuicnea mm
too tightly in. the years to come
would be push me away? Was there
that, perversity in all masculinity
even in its infant stage?.
Mother Graham's 'entrance effec
tually banished my , introspective
mood. , ." '
That she was both 1 uneasy imd
anry, I knew by her first words.
No matter against whom her anger
may be. directed she appears to find
me the most' convenient scapegoat
for her mood.
"What are you spoiling that great
baby for?" she demanded' crossly.
"You'll g.t him' so he'll want to be
rocked all ,the time. Put him down
and listen, to me. I've something I
want you to do." ' '
But I am so used to her little ways
that I made no move to obey her,
simply shifting Junior to my other
arm so that I could look directly at
her. ' -', -'
"I fan listen better this way," I
said serenely; "What is it you want
done?",, . , :
"Do you mean, to " she began
stormily, but Junior lifted up his
head: and delivered a baby ultima
tum. ' ' v ..
Mother Graham's Ultimatum.
"Danma kyoss,"; he whimpered.
"Esbee ky Dan-ma kyoss."
She was on h(fr knees beside him
in an "instant, glorying in her chains.
" 'Grandma's precious baby," she
crooned. - - ."Was she bad- to him?
.Grandma; not be cross any more,"
A11 wite," Junior accorded her
the accolade. "Big tiss."
He hugged her rapturously, but
then-r-,1 could not help a little unworthy-
thrill jjf .triumph, he turned
his;face to me and. cuddled closer
into my arms. ,
"Ba-bee sro s'eeo now." he ' an-
'nounred. and bl o-ranrlmntliir anft
i.smuea Mivoiuntaruy at eacn otner:
across his .little huddjed figure.
1 "I know I rivan' old fool over that
youngster, buf'I. can's help it," she
said as a sort ' of half-apology for
her hastiness, then she added earn
estly: 5 . "Margaret, you'll simply 'have to
take Richard in hand and demand
what he means by all those letters
to the real estate firms. When .H
got back he had cleared away every
thing, so there was nothing for me
to see save a pile of sealed letters:
And when I asked him what he
meant. by -all that- nonsense. he
laughed, and said he was qualifying
for a course in stenography and
typing, if the illustrating profession
should fail you know how idiotic
he can be and is!"
t (Continued Tomorrow.)
Its inventor has patented an arti
ficial Christmas tree, made of wood,
which can be taken apart and stored
compactly from year to ycarj .
. More Truth
By JAMES J.
THEY DON'T SAY WHAT THEY MEAN
With shivers running up my spine
' And thrilling with delightful shocks, (
,1 heard the hero speak this line:
"You brute! I'll fell you like an ox." . ' ,
, It sounded brave and noble then; i '
- i- It filled my soul with shuddery T)liss;
v ' . But when I thought of it again
It quite defied analysis. .
"" '- .: For every ox is kind and meek
i , i v Of gentle . heart and placid feature, . ,
). -"t-y And not a one would ever seek i
"H'KT fell A fellow '
y : .. -. ". .v.-.: y ;
With lowered brow and gleaming eye
In accents clear and deep and firm
I heard the dastard villain cry
"You wretch: I'll crush you like a worm!
' It had a fine and moving sound,
The sentiment was bold and strong,
. "But on "repeating it I found , "
"' The simile was put in wrong.
I've looked on worlds of Worms between
The Hudson and the Irrawaddy,
.""But I am sure I've never seen
A worm crush anybody. .
Last night I viewed another play
I-: And how my blood was set astir
That time I heard the lady say:
"I'm going to shoot you like a cur !" ,
It seemed to me that this brief line'
Expressed a fiery sentiment,
And yet I simply can't divtne
-- Exactly what the lady meant. '
Fpr though the average bow-wow
Will bite if you his tail should step on,
I've never seen one that knew how
To use a lethal weapon !
, , FIREPROOF
There was a bier fire in a suburban" mansion near New York last
week and everything was burned up
: BUT FOR A DIFFERENT REASON
Formerly when a man went to Canada he was under susoicion. Now
when he goes to Canada he is still
' "?y-; ON THE LEVEL, ANYWAY '
Some of the 'hew burlesque shows af e pretty bad, but their owners
never set ujr the" claim, that they are
4 i 'St. (Copyright. 1920, By
OU'LL need to practice a
little if you want to do this
trick. The ". man. who suc
ceeded in getting' only his hand
in the picture, is lifting" a tea
spoon by the pressure of his fore
fingers, applied . just inside the,
bowl and of hii -thumb, applied to
the end of the handle.
If you think it js easy, try it.
After you have acquired the
knack of doing it, you'll .find some
amusement .in watching a whole
. dinner party' abandon more seri
ous subjects to try this trick,
v. The. trick, is more a matter of
knack, than anything else. ' The
main thing to;,; be remembered is
that the. pressure applied by the
thumb must bo greater than that ,
applied by the forefinger. The grip
the forefinger has on the spoon is
very slight so little that it misht
be called "a vacuum, grip." The 1
fingers must be perfectly dry.
You .can also do the trick with
a table, knife. ."' - .
- That will be when you are very,
'very expert. ' .
(Copyright, 1I1J, Thompson' Feature
How can children be' taught to
write interesting letters?
By writing about something that
is interesting to thera and. will, they
thinkbe iaterestiup; to the recipients
of the letters.! This is the only re
liable "recipe"' for, interesting letters,
whether of children o'r grown-ups.
except the coal in the cellar.
elevating the stage. .
The Bell Syndicate, Inc.)
Public Service Is Motive
Of T. F. Stroud's Candidacy
Desire to render a public service
and not a desire to gratify political
ambition, led T. F. Stroud, republic
an candidate for county commission
er in the Third district, to run for
office, he said yesterday. The salary
attached to the office is little in
centive, according to the candidate.
Mr. Stroud is an engineer, nd one
of the best known road builders in
the country. He has lived in Oma
ha 30 years, and has done much for
the development of Omaha.
Matinee Dally, 2:15 Every Nighl,
8il5. LIGHTNER GIRLS NEWTON
ALEXANDER; JACK THAI NOR;
Charlea Kenna; John Orren and Lillian
Drew; Teachow'a Cata: Mia loieen;
Marcua' and Booth; Topica of the Day;
TUE. NIGHT, NOV. 2
First Show at 7:45
Second Show at 10:05
Received Over Special Western
Union wire to be read from stage
Matinees: 18c, ZSc, 50c;.aome 7Se and
$1.00 Sat. and Sun. Nightat 15c, 25c,
50c, 75c, $1.00 end' $1.25.
iaeo. M. Cohan's Comedians in
The Royal Vagabond
A Cohanixed Opera Comique
Company of 75 Augmented Orchestra
TICKETS: 50c-$1.0O-$l J0-$2.00-$2JI0
SUNDAY: -Business Before Pleasure"
HOLL1NS SISTERS CLOUTIER:
LOVE WILBUR; BIG JIM; FRANK
GOULD; Photoplay attraction, "The
Gamesters,' featuring Marguerite
Fisher; Mack Sennott Comedy; Fox
"OMAHA'S FUN CENTER"
Daily Mat, lSc to 75c
Nitea, 25c te $1.25
. . .it. m . v r , w . . w , j j
GLORIOUS cni I V TAW II MUSICAL
MAMMOTH rULU lUlin BURLESK
Tomorrow (Sat.) Mat. and All Week
bobbNT'b arrv a Maids of America
LADIES' DIME MATINEE WEEK DAYS
t 1st nurs inniv 9.1a i.ia .
Appearing at 3 p. m.'and
9 p. m. today in connection
with the showing of the
great underworld drama
for Women Only
Ilia. m. to 1 p. n. Saturday
Mme. Cunningham haa a meiaage
for women .only. No men ad
mitted until after 1:20 p.' m.
Mme. Cunningham will talk at 1
o'clock sharp! .
The Cohan & Harris
. Stage Success "
The Star of a Thousand
. Moods The Great
in Her Latest Success .
Dancing and Refreshments
Open From 11 A. M.
To 12:30 A.M.
ads are best business
We're Going to
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who join the- Boyt' and
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mission is 10c to members.
Membership is FREE..
Box of: Candy
THE PLACE IS THE
Be at the Theater at
1 ;00 P. M.'Saturday.
The Picture Is Rex Beach'
First Showing in Omaha.
TODAY AND SATURDAY
1 1 Cafeterias
Pay Dividend to Those Wbo
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