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BY THE WAY
The word "repeater" has already a
I dozen or more definitions in the dictionary, but a new one may be added because of the prevalent use of the word in advertising. "A sure repeater," "a big repeater," "a quick repeater," are terms scattered through the advertisements of small novelties in some of the magazines. The reference is to orders that are repeated by the customer. Here are some samples of such advertisements, with a few others of amusing phraseology:
The Washing Tablet Supreme. Highest quality, sure repeater.
Sell Pudding Powders—delicious desserts. Fast sellers; quick repeaters.
Why is --- a sure repeater? See our ad elsewhere.
Agents (colored preferred) to sell -- products. Fast sellers; big repeaters.
Comb strops-a necessity-a quick seller and big repeater.
Sell Laundry Tablets.Whirlwind
Agents-Clever Invention! Inkspoon makes every pen a fountain pen.
Easter will soon be here. Sell our Luminous Crucifix which shines in the dark.
Wonderful offer on newly invented self-selling vest-pocket magnetic extractor for removing foreign bodies from the eye.
Does $120 weekly interest you? An amazing vest-pocket windshield cleaner; one rub keeps glass clear 24 hours.
Fiber Broom. It sweeps, washes and dries upstairs windows, scrubs and mops floors and does five other things.
Dichinolindimethylsulphate. It's a Chemical. $50 to $500 weekly.
Agents-Sell keyless lock. Fits any door-Jimmy proof-carry in vest pocket.
"I asked a jaunting car driver in Dublin,” says Frederick Palmer in a letter to the New York "Evening Post,” "why it is that in Ireland, where it rains so much, people travel in a vehicle which admits of no top. “So you do be asking that question too,” he replied. *I'll tell you the truth-Ireland has too many troubles for an Irishman to think about the state of the weather.'"
What is a “Brava"? The word brings up suggestions of the Venetian "bravo" of the good old days, when he was the convenient tool for the "happy dispatch" of an enemy of the Doge. But the Brava of our times is a native of an island so called, situated near the west coast of Africa, and he comes to our shores in a “Brava packet." This is a large schooner, which brings these barefooted immigrants of dusky hue, queer speech, and bright-colored costumes to New England ports, some of them to work in the Cape Cod cranberry bogs, some to go to the cotton mills. The Bravas are a docile, peaceful folk, despite their name,
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(Continued) and their modes of life both in their own and their adopted land are amusingly described in a chapter in "The Sieve," a new book by Feri F. Weiss, an immigrant inspector.
The immigrant inspector above mentioned tells in another chapter of "The Sieve" about his troubles in getting women to tell their ages before landing in America. This is especially difficult, it seems, in the case of saloon passengers. When a lady refuses to tell her age, the inspector usually remarks casu. ally that he can guess it. “Then,” he says, “with a woman's inborn curiosity, she makes the mistake of asking me to guess it. Too late she realizes that she has walked into a trap. I generally guess about ten years older than she looks, saying, 'Madam, you are about fifty-five years old. Quick as a flash comes the retort, 'Oh, you horrid man! I am only forty.' "Thank you, madam; that is all Uncle Sam wants to know. Here is your landing ticket. Next!'”
The English language has been called by some unfriendly critics a series of hissings, on account of its numerous words containing the sound of S. A Third Avenue butcher is willing to stand for it, however, for a sign in his window reads: HOGS MAWS CHITTERLINGS PIGS FEETS
The illiterate vernacular of America, as typified in the phrase "I ain't got nothin'," is aptly illustrated in Menck-1 en's “The American Language," a new edition of which has just been issued. This takes the form of the opening sentence of the Declaration of Independence, which is thus paraphrased:
When things get so balled up that the people of a country have to cut loose from some other country and go it on their own hook, without asking no permission from nobody, excepting maybe God Almighty, then they ought to let everybody know why they done it, so that everybody can see they are on the level, and not trying to put nothing over on nobody..
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The waiters in the cafés in the old city of Prague, Czechoslovakia, are wonderful linguists, so a correspondent of the London "Sphere” says. It is the fashion in these cafés for the waiter to bring a newspaper with the customer's coffee, and the waiter invariably detects the patron's nationality from his accent and brings his home paper. For instance, says the correspondent, "proud of my German, I say, 'Heer Ober, ein caffee, bitte.' 'Yessir,' he responds, and fetches me a week-old copy of the "Times' with my coffee. Once I tried French. ‘Une tasse de café, s'il vous plait.' 'Oui, monsieur,' the waiter replied. But he did not bring me the 'Matin,' or 'L'Illustration. He brought me the 'Times' and the 'Sphere.' One realizes that in the matter of languages it is use. less to air one's knowledge here. True. I speak four tongues, but these waiter men speak six or eight."
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* THE OUTLOOK. April 26, 1922. Volume 130, Number 17. Published weekly by the Outlook Company at 381 Fourth Avenue, New York, N. Y. Subscription price $5.00 a year.
Tontered a second class matter. July 21. 1893 at the Post Office at New York, under the Act of March 3, 1879
New York City.
and Aristotle. A lone, small volume of 1 THE MAIL BAG
Plato was forthcoming, but for Aristotle
an S. O. S. was sent to the American JUSTICE AND HUNGER tain amount being paid over to each
library at Paris. Before the desk a man "soldier" as he is discharged and turns DAMINE is ever present in China. Last in his arms and equipment. Things are
who wants a book on mining law is folT year it was Honan, Shantung,
lowed by the French clerk who insists going from bad to worse here in China, Shensi, and Chihli provinces--north
that she wishes to read “Evano," with and there seems to be no leader whom China. This year it is Kweichow, Hu
a misleading accent on the second .sylmore than three or four of the twentynan, north Kiangsu, Anhui, and parts of
lable of the name of Walter Scott's most one provinces will recognize. The CanHonan and Shantung. No appeal is ton Government is far better than the
popular hero, Ivanhoe. These are folbeing made for foreign help, as consider
lowed by the man who, taking advantage help, as consider helpless gang at Peking. Wu Pei-fu able sums of money left over from the one-time hope of China, is so surrounded
of the rate of exchange to purchase a North China Famine Relief last year
fine microscopic outfit, comes in for a by corrupt lieutenants that he is useless. are available for use in central and
work on microscopy. The uncrowned King of Manchuria, south• China this year, besides funds
The library has been the court of last Chang Tso-lin, is a tool of the Prussian from the customs and communications
resort for every imaginable problemmilitarists who still control Japan. And surtaxes. In Hunan the famine now is
when bowling alleys were to be built, so it goes. And yet, when there is no
s due to prolonged drought last summer,
for instance, or American plumbing to justice in China even for Chinese, some while in Anhui, northern Kiangsu, and
be installed, or army mules to be poipeople talk about giving up extraHonan it is due to flood. Foreigners do
soned. In these last months there has territoriality! ROGER D. WOLCOTT. not fully realize the different conditions
been a run on shelves never before popu
Changsha, Hunan Province, China. prevailing in this vast land.
lar, the 395's, which, as any librarian No foreign aid is being given to
will tell you, are books on etiquette. Kweichow Province, southwest China, in WHAT OUR SOLDIERS READ
The men have been going home. Many spite of terrible conditions there, as we
are leaving the Army. Beyond his bailiall feel that if the fields which were [The writer of this letter is one of the
wick the soldier is shy, and will tell you field secretaries of the Y. M. C. A. who given over to opium, last year had been
quite humbly that in the Army he has planted to rice and wheat and corn there has lately returned from Coblenz.]
forgotten how the outside world behaves. would have been no famine this year. No soldiers in a foreign land were
EVELINE W. BRAINARD. in Hunan we are giving assistance to IV ever so fortunate in the matter of no district where opium is found grow. reading as has been our little army in ing.
Germany. It fell heir to the collection LETTERS TO MR. TAYLOR The anarchic conditions prevailing made by the American Library Associathroughout China are in large measure tion for the A. E. F. (some 35,000 vol
I READ with interest your article on responsible for the prevalent want and umes), and current books were added
1 “The Great Under-Weight Delusion" suffering. For instance, here in Hunan by gifts from the A. L. A., individuals,
viduals in The Outlook of March 15, and am military officers and district officials and the American Y. M. C. A.. which wishing that there could be reprints of secretly encourage opium-growing. Also, has conducted the soldiers' libraries in
er libraries in this article for use in the schools in the in spite of the rice shortage in Hunan, the occupied area. Every unit has had State. military officers are profiteering in rice its bookcase, while the main library has
It has seemed to some of us that there and exporting it to other provinces. been housed in one of the finest build- was too great stress being laid on the Again, as the district magistrates have ings in Coblenz. This was once a club under-weight test. not because it was to buy their posts and hold them for of Prussian officers, the comforts and
comforts and not important, but because so often it is only a few months, they have no inter elegancies of which the Yankee soldier the only factor that is taken into conest in the welfare of their districts, so has accepted as a matter of course. sideration, and your article will do granaries are not replenished and no
Books have been made to play a large much to counteract this.
Books have been made to play a large effort is made to help the poor farmers. part at the army hospital, where the
HELEN G. MILLER, Armed robbery is rife, especially in the Association secretary has daily trundled
Office of Executive Secretary. southwest of Hunan. In one district the little shelf-wagon through the wards.
Missouri Tuberculosis Association, (county) 150 villages and tons of grain She has kept a novel by Zane Grey al
St. Louis, Missouri. were burned by these marauding tu-fri. ways in reserve to read aloud to men
I cannot tell how much I appreciate In the same district 200 Chinese have coming out of ether, for she has found
that article of yours in The Outlook for been kidnapped this past winter and that these stories hold them in the
March 15. I think you have performed held for ransom. midst of pain when nothing else will.
a conspicuous service. Americans who contributed to famine During weeks of convalescence many
F. M. GREGG, relief in China last year may know that men have learned the pleasure held be
Department of Psychology, their money is honestly used with a tween book covers. The "firsts" are this
Nebraska Wesleyan University, minimum of waste and overhead to save secretary's special delight. - A man met
University Place, Nebraska. the lives of the poor Chinese farmers. his first Outlook in her hut one day, and But there must be an end to this famine was shortly after heard advising a relief somewhere, because the Chinese fellow-patient, “Now, if you really want PRACTICING LUKE X. 33. 34 officials are coming to think that they to know what France is doing, and why AND MATTHEW XXVI. 35-40 can squeeze their people unmercifully, she is doing it, you just better read The profiteer in foodstuffs, and divert har Outlook, and you will know a lot more I HAVE lately read of a Protestant vest fields to opium-growing, and that than you do now." Another began his
nother began his I church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it won't matter, because the rich Ameri- cruise into literature by way of volumes which employs a physician to treat the cans will come to the aid of the starving of cartoons. He returned his first story, poor and needy of the city. farmers!
an adventure yarn, on the scheduled There seem to be great possibilities If the great mass of the Chinese could date, but asked to take it for a second for such service in all our large cities. only rise up and throw off the yoke of reading. “For," he explained, “a fellow I thought perhaps you might care to militarism and corrupt "democracy"! who never read a book before can't get consider giving the idea publicity. It But they have neither arms nor money the hang of it all at once.”
seems to me that if the Church first The one hope is for partial disarmament The readers range from "firsts" to cares for the physical needs of especially under some sort of foreign control, in highbrows indeed, however, like the the poor and discouraged, the way will return for a foreign loan through the youth in khaki who shook the dust of be opened to teach these people the banking consortium, and a foreigner to the library from his feet when it failed things of the spirit which they so much see that the guns and equipment are to supply Swinburne complete, and the need.
HARRY G. DENNISON. actually turned in for destruction, a cer- other young man who called for Plato Worcester, Massachusetts.
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