THE BLUE BONNET
EDGAR ALLEN POE
Oft has it been forwarded that
Poe was a chronic drunkard and wrote
most of his beautiful poetry when intoxicated. The Raven, for example,
is reputed to have been written on
the top of a beer keg during his stay
in the Universitty of Virginia.
"Once upon a midnight dreary, while
I pondered weak and weary,"
Here we have the author just after
he has returned to his room from a
debauch. He is fatigued ready to lie
on his bed as is and call it a night.
But — the little man with the hammer enters the scene. Notice!
"While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of
some one gently rapping, rapping,
at my chambor door."
His poor muddled head and clouded
vision sees queer images and conjures
"—And each seperate dying ember
wrought its ghost upon the floor."
A breeze comes through the window
blowing the curtains just a little. Even such a small occurrance is man-
nified to Gargantuan proportions and
given an awful significance.
"And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain thrilled
Filled me with fantastic terrors
never felt before."
Finally he opens his chambor door
and finds nothing, as was to be expected. But attaching some weird
meaning to this unsurprizing discovery we find him having the delirium
"—Deep into that darkness peering,
long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before;''
Not being able to comprehend such a
startling revelation after the chimerical fancies that were before his
mind, slowly a Raven, "a ghastly grim
and ancient Raven" took form and
acted mostly strangely perching on
the "bust of Pallas." Through this
haze of dim perception and distraction of sight and thought ("Then, me-
thought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer.") his
actual condition slowly impressed itself upon his weakened understand-
itself upon his weakeneed understanding and we have the Raven quoting
An attractive young widow from
New York went to Florida on the.
hunt for a man. After registering
at a Palm Beach hotel, she sauntered
out on the varanda and seated herself next to a very handsome young
man. Her cough revealed a desire to
become acquainted but the handsome
chap ignored her. Finally a dainty
whisk of linen dropped to the ground.
"Oh, I've dropped my hankerchief,"
The handsome youth turned a cold,
unresponsive eye upon her. "Madam,"
he said, "my weakness is liquor."
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The day was cold, the hour was
late but the editor's work all had
to wait. With a nervous step he paced
the floor and looked askance at the
card he bore.
Then suddenly, quickly, a timorous
rap. With puzzled expression he answered the tap. It was a patron with
face scared and wet: "I sent you a
joke, did you get it yet?"
The editor groaned as he looked
at the card. "Not yet," he shrieked,
"but I'm trying hard."
tidious taste than a man, is fond of
natural castor oil, but refuses to swallow some patent medicines.
An argument to the effect that fuel
oil should be termed "liquid coal" is
contained in a current paper prepared by a member of the American
Heating Institute on the subject of
"Coal and Oil, Their Relationship."
According to the paper, oil burning
improperly throws off approximately
the same sulpheric gas as is emitted
from stacks where coal is used.
That during the depression fewer
persons have died of stomach diseases
and allied diseases than during the
boom years. The explanation being
that the intake of food in the case of
hundreds of thousands of persons has
been reduced and that this reduction
of food has prolonged life.
That it requires the cunning of a
Fox, the speed of a Dolphin and the
anticipation of a Badger to be first
at your own magazine in the C.P.O.
That a Dolphin will go 70 and is
conceded to be the speed demon of
That on subscriptions 29 major magazines lost $982,000
in 1937 according to
that some five cent
magazines cost as
much as 18 cents each to produce ?
That the deficit caused by subscriptions is made up through advertising; that the 29 magazines referred
to have earned a profit of more than
$5,800,023 during the year. Think
this over the next time you are interested in a magazine at the soda fountain.
That deadly explosives can be concocted by using a combination of sugar and a few other ingredients considered harmless within themselves?
That lumbermen often use a sugar
explosive to crack open huge logs
in the state of Maine and in the
The National Geographic Society
has learned that Mexico is richer than
most countries—in natural resources.
A short antenna leading out of the
window into a crock of water, brings
in stations, in many cases, better than
high and long aerials costing several
dollars? Experiments are on hand in
radio laboratories to develope a "wet
antenna that will be more sensative,
more powerful and filter static''. In
the experiments a glass tube is util"
ized. This tube approximates the size
of a quart fruit jar in diameter and
is only twenty five feet in length. Only
one wire from the broadcasting set
contacts the water in the trough. The
intensified broadcast takes the air
from the water, presumably via the
perforated top side of the tubing.
Castor oil isn't such awful stuff. It
seems to be because we have, from
babyhood, had a complex built up
around the medicine, according to
recent medical reports, pointing out
that humans are threatened and punished from infancy with it. A fawn,
said to have a wiser and more fas-