W.C. Brooks, a prominent citizen from Big Bend, came in Thursday
morning aboard the tug boat “Night Owl.” He met with quite an accident, which
might have proven fatal had it not been for the quick action of some of the deck
hands. When he walked from the boat, the stage plank broke, and he fell into the
river, but was rescued before much harm was done.
Joe Kersey of Nobe was very badly hurt last week at the stave
mill near Nobe by a log rolling on his leg. His foot was badly mashed and one
bone was broken in his leg.
You may not notice it, but the days are already getting
longer--and will continue to do so until late June, when the summer solstice
will end the process.
The shortest day of the year fell just before Christmas, Dec.
21. Since that time, by a few minutes each day, the days have been stretching,
but the coldest period of winter lies ahead--unless abnormal winter weather is
If you are wondering why January and February are colder than
December, customarily, even though there is more sunlight as the sun moves
northward, the reason is that the earth has lost more of its stored heat from
summer by the time the first two months of the year roll around.
In December, and especially in November, when the days and the
sun’s heating are short, much of the summer heat is still retained by the earth,
but by January and February, more of it has been lost. Thus, we still have the
toughest part of the winter ahead--and winter will not end until the vernal
equinox on Mar. 21, which is the first day of spring. Remember, no one knows
what Mother Nature, or the weather will do. Spring might arrive in February, or
in May. We must wait and see.