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Winslow Dispatch (Newspaper) - November 14, 1919, Winslow, Indiana THE WINSLOW DISPATCfiL WÍNSLOW. INDIANA."II"       ir    \    —fc— My Overheard in Arcady Bj CHARLES C. ABBOTT (Copyriarht.) Its one Bln of not nnrslng its owb young. It Is a bird worth noticing, particularly in winter;—it is always common here at ttiis season—when, associated with tree ^parrows and snow birds and in the bright sunshine of a January day, it adds Its quota to the fun of a winter jubilee. As has been "Ah, well-a-day, what eye may see The forest tops of Arcady?” I have seen dally not bnly the forest tops of my Arcady, but have known ■the way since childhood. My own geet have worn the path thither, and •whatever the season, whether the dog «tar rages or winter rules the world, it is always Arcady under the old oaks. My sense of hearing distinctly gains t>y lending no other to its assistance. Hlind to all about me, not a sound but is more distinct and few escape recognition. So, comfortably seated, I close *ny eyes and listen. Then it is that charming tales are overheard In Arcady; and only then do those whisperings reach the ear that are not intended for other delectation than that «of the whisperer. There are the songs of birds free to all the world, and those meditative melodies on so low a key that only a favored few have overheard them. Probably the first time my attention was called to the whisper songs of birds was forty years ago, when, -one brisk March morning, I recorded of £L foxy sparrow that ‘‘it was whispering to a withered oak leaf.” As I look now *t the tattered and stained page of the -old notebook I vividly recall the day. But a truce to comparisons, the bane selike of profitable meditation and of accurate description. The simple fact was, a foxy sparrow ■^fcery near me be-:gan singing in so low a tone that I was in doubt whether it were a bird •or a musical vesper mouse sitting in the doorway of his bush nest. I had -to look long to make sure of my first Impression. It was a sparrow, and, :fis I then wrote, it ‘‘was whispering to an oak leaf.” So it seemed, that is; but let that pass. It was singing to ■itself. Surely not a note was loud -enough to be heard half a rod away. 'There was little variation in the sound :as I heard it; It was a humming rather than singing, and bore no resemblance "to that delightful sunset hymn so characteristic of the bird. My single impression of it was that of personal gratification. The bird was in a meditative mood. Its thoughts ran to music, as we should say of ourselves, re-' calling the words of some familiar song. As this is no uncommon trait among mankind, I do not see why the same habit should not be Indulged in '9>j birds. Twice I have witnessed under most favorable circumstances the movements of a cardinal grosbeak when uttering what I venture to call his meditations, or whisper song. The mame counts for little, because all de--scrlption must fail in accurately por-traylng this feature of bird life. In the early summer of 1896 I had a -disabled rose-breasted grosbeak in a ■cage. It soon became contented with Its surroundings and was not startled %y the near approach of any of the family. Every morning, commencing -soon after sunrise, it sang as vigorously as any of its kind fiying about the yard; and this is with us a common 'bird, nesting on the hillside and in the -orchard. Again at evening the bird was given to singing in its matchless way, and I could detect no difference between its song and that of those «bout the premises. Besides this ordinary song of the rose breast, I was frequently treated to a widely different -one, heard only when all was quiet. It was truly a whispered song. It bore little «semblance to the grand outburst of melody intended for all the world to hear. It can be described best, I think, by calling it the echo of « distant fiute. That the bird was Intensely absorbed by its own music «ppeared evident from the swaying motion of the body at the time and an •occasional trembling, accompanied by 41 ruffling of the feathers and nervous twitching of the tall. No “wood notes wild” that I have ever heard are comparable to this wonderful whispered song of the rose breast. All observers are familiar with the Incessant chirping of migrating birds, and many are the sweet songs when the red wings throng the marshes and •clouds of grakles sweep across the meadows. These birds are each a merry race, nowise akin, but lovers iof the same scenes, and they have set |the October landscapes to a lively tune. ;At times among the trees we hear the •countless voices of some passing flock, perhaps of purple finches, the warblers, wax wings, cow-pen birds, or larks. These are forever coming and going •during delightful autumn days and add a joy to every hour of the mellow sun-«hlnfc. Not one of these birds that I have named is ever mute or moody, and now. if we are alert and quick o£, «ir, it will be found that they often twitter in so low a tone that it can be only intended for self-gratiflcati<m. It is not whispering to a neighbor, for «ringle birds separated from the flock are constantly chirping in that qñlet way so suggestive of meditation. The nearest to a silent flock of birds is when we have the wax wlngs.passlng over. The cow-pen bird la more voluble and not unmusically so, especially If we give it credit for good intentions. ''Abusing the cow-pen bird, like abusing "cranks" among mankind, is to criticise adversely the stronger elements of a community but for which the world would become "stale, flat, unprintable." The cow-^n bird baa Its place in nature and fills it fltiUe as creditably as some who have set «9 to be Its judg^ Aside from well said, his “forlorn, broken-wlnded whistle” is at least “amusing,” much more so than the silliness uttered about the bird. There Is no instance when the whisper song is so readily overheard as in the case of the white-throated sparrow. Indeed, for days together, as these birds linger on a hill’s south side and scarcely move from the thicket they frequent, there is little else heard than the meditative, self-entertaining notes. As all are singing at short intervals. It would seem as if no one individual had time or Inclination to listen to the others. Now, the white-throated spart*ow is not with us an active bird. It is restless at times, but not given to violent exertion. With a full stomach, the height of its ambition, existence becomes a period of restful meditation, and it is little wonder that with nothing else to do these birds should whistle. Not like the cardinal, clear and loud, or mandatory, as the Carolina wren, shouting “Listen ! listen I listen !” but like the weary man who is at last at his ease, and hums a few notes or whistles a bar or two as an expression of relief. “Easy, easy, let me be!” warbles . the white throat; occasionally so distinctly that the woods are filled with the sound, more often set at so low a pitch 'that you must be very near to determine that It Is this, or. Indeed, any, bird that you hear. I think both the tree sparrow and the snow bird have their whisper songs. Certainly they twitter without ceasing except when asleep, and they are here during those months when vocal efforts may be classed as necessary rather than voluntary or not musical for the music’s sake. But there Is one variation from this. If you creep carefully Into a thicket and wait until your presence ceases to cause suspicion, the chances are that you will hear a few low notes of the typical nesting-day song. Observing the bird’s manner at such a time, it reminds one of a person trying to recall a song by whistling in an undertone. This surely the bird is not doing, but singing in a whispering way to please Its passing whlra. Two birds very familiar to the persistent rambler are t^je tree creeper and winter wren. Weeks may pass and you will hear nothing but a chirp, and often the wren will not so much as twitter when alarmed, but patience will probably be rewarded at least once In a winter by hearing a few sweet notes, perhaps several times repeated, and then the old mute manner is resumed. In the case of the tree creeper, the petulant squeak is not always uttered even when you go. quite near and Interrupt the bird’s progress about the trunk of a tree. The same is true of the winter wren. It Is swift and silent as a mouse at times, and rarely chirps while here. In winter, except as I have mentioned. It can scarcely be denied that when these two birds do give way to song there must be some strong incentive, and the few warbled notes have no reference to aught beyond themselves. The woodpeckers are a noisy race mechanicaliy and vocally, but no note of theirs can be called musical, nor has any the significance of a thrush’s song. The golden-winged woodpecker, forever screaming, chattering, and much given to exclamations of surprise, occasionally also thinks aloud, for I have often surprised It, when alone, chuckling and chattering to Itself, as I have known some very old women to do. The surroundings tell the true story. The bird is meditating. Possibly what I have heard Is analogous to the grunt of satisfaction after a full meal. The song of the English robin has been stated to. lack in autumn “the joy oneness of spring, and the bird, in sympathy with the departing season, seems to breathe a plaintive and melancholy strain.” I prefer, after much observation, to use in such instances among 'our own birds the term “meditative” rather than “melancholy.” In wondrous contrast to the woodpeckers are the two foremost resident song birds, as Joyous and as given to singing in January as in June. These are the Carolina wren and crested tit. Either can be heard a full half-mile away on a still, clear day; yet I have surprised both these birds singing their familiar songs, or parts of them, In so low a key that it was by mere chance that I heard them at all. These hSrdq clearly Indicate that “whisper songs” are not an evidence of any peculiar, physical condition. The moment following their utterance they may cause the woods to ring with their exultations, for mo songs in the Jersey woods are more suggestive of victory—^not over a fallen foe, but over the efforts of winter to dislodge them—^not even those of the host of summer songsters. 'The Carolina wren and creslbd tit nearly reach the highest ideals In the 4)lrd world. But one conclusion can be drawn, I think, from the study of these trifles of melody that scarcely break the id-lence. They point to a hiedmr plane of mentality than we nsually credit birds with possessing. They point to appreciation of leisure, of a r^gbf from the many cares that enter üi^r Uvea. As the tired laborer goee hómeward from his work at ifloae of day he le apt to ezpross his ploasore by whistling as ho w^ks. Akin to this is the meOl^ thttve undm^me of many m. bird 'whM, coi^eDted and safe, it expressea ffl feeOags to a whtoperod son* THE KTTCHEN The flush of youth soon passes from the face. The apella of fancy from the mind depart;    ^    . The form may lose Its symmetry and Kvace, But time can claim no ■victory o'er . the heart. SEASONABLE FOODS. Where apples are plentiful one may have a variety of dishes besides apple pies and apple sauce, good as they are. Hero is one to enjoy; Apple Souffle.— Stew goOd tart apples as for sauce, adding lemon peel and juice. Spread the s^mnful of salt sifted In flour enough to'^make about a cupful and a half of drop batter. Drop from a teaspoon into a boiling hot kettle of meat with plenty of bones on which to rest the dainpllngs. Cook eight minutes. Do not nncover during the cooking. The health and morals of .a people depend mainly upon the food they eat and the homes they Uve in.—SOlen Xticharda IDEAS FOR HALLOWE'EN. stewed apples high around the sides and bottom of a baking dish. Make a custard, using the yolks of two eggs and a pint of milk, with a tablesppon-ful of oornslarch mixed with two of sugar; flavor with cinnamon. Cook the custard and let it cool, then pour it carefully into the apple-lined dish. Beat the whites of two eggs, add a tablespoonful of sugar and cover the top. Brown in the oven and serve cold. Apple Stuffed With Nuts and Raisins.—Core half a dozen even-sized apples and remove the peeling of half of each apple. Put half a cupful of water In a saucepan; into this set the apples, the half which Is unpeeled down, as this keeps them from losing their shape while cooking. Turn and baste carefully until the apples are tender. Set them carefully into a baking pan and fill the centers with one-third of a cupful each of chopped nuts and raisins; sprinkle over them a little sugar and bake in a moderate oven until glazed. Serve with the sirup poured around them. Baked Apple Dumplings.—Select tart apples which cook without losing their shape, though this is not necessary. Core and peel. Cook in water and sugar enough to float them until nearly done. Remove th^m with a skimmer and pláce each on a square of pastry; fill the cores with sugar and lemon juice and drop a little of thickened sirup in which they were cooked over them. Moisten the tips of the pastry and press together over the top of the apple. Bake in a hot oven until well browned. Serve with cream and sugar; dust with nutmeg. To Make Egg Sauce.—^Beat two eggs until light; add a half-cupful of milk, a half-cupful of sugar, and cook over hot water until thick; add vanilla and serve. Apple and Raisin Roil.—^Take two cupfulls of chopped -apple, a half cupful of raisins. Place on a thin sheet of pastry and roll. Place in a deep baking dish, putting the folded pastry on the top. Pour over a cupful of boiling water, add a cupful of bro'wn sugar and a tablespoonful of butter. Bake one hour In a moderate oven. The apples with the sugar and water will make sufficient sauce, or cream and sugar may be served with It. Hie chestnut is the nut which belongs to the time-honored holiday, and no party on that occasion is quite complete without a fire and roasted chestnuts. Roasted chestnuts, doughnuts, apples and cider make the ideal refreshments. For a Hallowe’en luncheon or a supper, by excluding the daylight and covering the lights with orange-colored tissue, or using candles with orange shades, the table will be most attractive. For the centerpiece, a large pumpkin may be cut in the form of a basket and used as the fruit holder for grapes and ai>-ples. Small gourds or tiny pumpkins may be decorated with a face and lighted with a candle inside; these may be favors for each plate, and around the pumpkin grape or autumn-tinted leaves may be placed. Small squashes may be used as candlesticks, or brass candlesticks are always appropriate. White gourds for jack-o’-lanterns and white cosmos as a centerpiece make a very attractive table. Another pretty device for a candlelight supper: Fill a large punch bowl with water, place tiny paper boats fitted with tiny candles to float on the water.    \ Chestnut Croquettes.—Mash roasted chestnuts to a smooth paste; add a tablespoonful of butter, two tablespoonfuls of milk, the grated peel of a lemon, one teaspoonful of salt, a dash of cayenne and the beaten yolks of two eggs. Form into balls the size of large chestnuts, dip in egg yolk, then In crumbs, and fry In deep fat. Garnish with slices of lemon and parsley sprays. Marrons au Juc.—These are chest nuts preserved in a lemon sirup, and may be prepared in chestnut season, keeping for years. Shell and blanch the chestnuts, after cooking them in tl;^jghell until quite tender. Prepare sirup, and turn In the chestnuts, when scalding hot, and seal airtight. These may be used as a garnish for Ice creams, sherbets, puddings, or may be served as a confection dipped in fondant or chocolate, or drained and rolled in powdered sugar. To grow and to keep In person aa attractive as possible should be not only everyone’s pleasure but should be also everyone’s duty. OLD-FASHIONED DISHES TO OUR HEARTS. DEAR Search as wo will we will find that the Inner unseen realm of thought Is Invariably the realm of cause and the realm of material form is the realm of effect. EVERY-DAY LUNCHEONS. How very rarely do we see the toothsome crullers, dainty, sugary, rich and crisp. The same recipe may be used for fried cakes, but the manner* of cutting the cruller makes them so much more atractlve. Rolled twice as thick as pastry, then cut in ob)ongs with three or four slits cut nearly through to the edge with a sharp knife they look like an old-fashioned bahred gajfe before they are NCrled. Drop Into deep hot fat and fry a golden brown; roll in powdered sugar before serving. Some cooks twist the little strips bcffore dropping into the fat, which gives them an especially attractive appearance. Crullers.—Take one cupfnl of sugar, two eggs, three tablespoonfuls of but-, ter, one cupful of sweet milk, a tea-* spooxiful of cream of ta^ar, one-half teaspoonful of soda, some grated nutmeg i^nd a bit of salt. Cream the butter, add the sugar and when well mixed the yolks of the egga well beat-em, then a little of the milk wltti flour sifted with the dry ingredients and fold in the stlfiSy beaten whites. Use ju)9t as little flour as possible to roll. Cl^ on Ice before rolling and the cakes can be handled very sofL Sour Cream Doughnuts.—Beat two eggs until light and foamy, add one land three-fonrths cupfuls of sugar aiid continue beating until the sugar is neatly dissolved; add one and one-fonrth cupfuls of sonr milk, one-fourth of a cupful of thick, sour cream, a tea-spoonful of soda, a half teaspoonful of salt and grated nutmeg to flavor. Add as little flour as possible to baudle; set on ice an hour to harden befom rolling. Fry In hot fat, using the one-minnte test. (A cube of bread brewn- It is In the every-day food where we need variety. Anyone may create some dainty for an occasion, but takes real brain work to keep going every day and avoid monotony. Frizzled Oysters.^—Put half cupful of sweet lug In one minute in the fat.) Oumptfngs.—^D^iclous flnicy dumiT' lings mjr bs prepared as follows; Taks tmm bsntsn sgg', one aiRfto of batter milk, not too soar, two toaapniDi fols of baking powder and Itotf a tHK fat into the frying pan, add three well-beaten eggs, mixed with a cupful of cracker crumbs. Add two cqpfuls of oysters, with their liquor; season with salt and pepper and coqk ten minutes, stirring constantly. Cabbage Baled.—Select a small heavy, round head of cabbage. Cut a slice off the top and scoop out the in side, leaving a thin shell. Shred the cabbage with half much celery; mix with a highly seasoned boiled dressing ; add a few nuts and fill the shelL The shell may he used to hold the fris^ zlfd oysters and the salad served on le^ce leaves. spoon Brs«(£—^Take two capfuls of sweet milk, add one cupful of com-meaL and cook until'lt makes a smooth mush ; add two cupfuia of buttermUk, half a teaspoonful of soda, one teaspoonful ot.salt and three well-beaten eggs; mix well and bake in a well-bnt-tered padding dish. Serve from the dish. Baked Pears.—Peel and core peart and fill the <^vlty with sngar, hotter and a bit of grated lemon rind. Place In a hakinr dish, pour over water, add sugar and the juice of a lemon; bake until tender, basting often with the simp. Boil down the sirup and pour over the flrulL Chill before serving. Corn Flake Delntiee.^Take two cupfuls of com flakes, one cupfnl of CBconut. one egg. well beaten; add a teaspoonful of vanilla, a speck of salt and a cupfnl of sugar. Mix well and drop by small teaspoonfnls on a teklng Bake until a golden brown. ObeaamU pecans, peanuts, hickory nutii or .Mfkf kind of nut may be used to of the coconut ' ' ’ iMled pecans, browned to a bit of buttor*nnd dusted *«1131 a dotti of cay* end salt mnkg a. veiy It^ Delicious cexitursr of specializiation in U>e mallintf of stylieln clotKes for Men, Young Men and High. School Chaps Each garment contalne our certificate of guarantee, lullsr protecting the -yvearer and Inaurtng your al>aoluie aattefaction. Popular Prices Cfaktonoit fVRE CARRYING IT TOO FAR Bathing Costume for Tennis le Abbreviating of an Abbreviation. the This Is the day of brevity. The names of states and cities are abbreviated, Christian appellations are cat short and initials substituted. The grocer abbreviates "potatoes” to “spuds" and condenses “crackers" to "crax.” The butcher writes "PC" when he means “pork chops," and the chemist shortens "water” to “H-2-0.” The printer, referring to “á mass of balled-np type,’’ chsses and calls it “pi.” Likewise, the sport writers character^ Ize the “knock out” as "KO.” The doctor Indicates “sod-cac” when he wants "sodium cacodylate." But abbreviations are not confined to words. The Tanks abbre'vlated the war. The rising cost of living has abbreviated the purchasing power of a dollar. The airplane has abbreviated space, and electricity has abbrcvlatod time Itself. The laundry often abbrevl-átes the size of one’s new shirt. Fashion frequently abbreviates costumes. There 'Is, however, such a thing as abbreviating too mncli. For in France, a bathing suit is considered sufficient raiment for one who Is in the swimming pooL but It is highly objectionable elsewhere. Tennis players dad in bathing snits are carrying the abbreviation habit too far. Hiey are abbreviating abbrevlatiou t Crooked Golf. Snzanne Lenglen, the world's tennlo champion, was talking to a group of American correspondents at Wimbledon. “I don’t care for golf,” she said. “1 think tennis is much nicer. I think golf Is queer.” “How queer?” said a golfer. "It lets yon cheat so easily If you’re Inclined that way. My father played golf one day at Nice with a German-As he holed out on the first green tha German said to him: “ ‘How many strokes did you do tha hole In?’ “ ‘Seven,’ said father. “ ‘It’s my hole, then,’ said the G«> man. ‘I did It In five.’ “Father didn’t say anything, but when the German asked him at the second green how many strokes he bad taken he laughed. “No, you don’t, Herr SanerkranL* be said. ’This time it’s my turn to ask firct’” And Have His Money. Daughter—^Marry that <dd Mr. Rox-ley? Why, I’d die first. Mother—Nonsense, child I You’d ouuive him forty years at least Just So. “What Is a fire sale, pa?" “A sale of coal, my son." There Is always hope for a man n»’ til he loses his self-regpect Biiild Up 'VS^h Gi^'Nuts lV>pii)ar ^ fbr <leli|^iiful mmH hSmémB cmrtjokC food valim neceo-; % M

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