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THE SEMt.WEEKLV TRIBUNE. NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
JLfiL JLU J3,
. O TRACE In natural objects a re
semblance, oitliar structural or
pictorial, to other objects with
which thov havo lio real connec
tion Is a dlvortlng pastlmo. Moro
over, though at first thought It
may scorn soniowhat puerile, It
can In fact be turned to good ac
count bb a means of stimulating
tho Imagination, and Inducing tlio
mind to embark upon n course of,
truly scientific Investigation which
rnnV lnnil in Imtinrtnnt rllarntnrlna.
This applies In particular to tho training of tha
youthful student All thoso who have gulnod expo
rlcnco as teachera will rendlly admit tho Initial dif
ficulty which exists In arousing tho intelligent In
terest of a class In study. In other words, some
thing Is needed to set tho machinery of tho mind
l'i motion. For example, a flower or an Insect, as
euch, may fall to ovoko tho desired response Hut
it wo can point out somo curious or grotesque llko
iiflss which It bears to a familiar creature or thing,
vib nro ablo from this starting point to lead on by
carefully planned stages to such great questions ns
stucturo, natural nfllnlty, nnd adaptation to envi
ronment. When naturo Is In ono of her Imltatlvo moods,
tho products of her workshop frequently bear all tho
car.marks of a dollborato fako. Occasionally thoy
ncotx to havo been conceived nnd executed in a
split of sportlvenefls. As nn indication of this
mord, tho remarkablo Talra crab of Japan, which
has lately attracted tho nttontlon of science, stands
forth as ti conspicuous example
In Jnpnneso tradition there Is a story to tho ef
fect that many years ago a great navnl battlo wts
fought in the Sea of Japan between a forco of pi
rates nnd Japanese, resulting in the total destruc
tion of tho plrato fleet. Tho story continues that
elnco that day all of tho crabs of n certain species
found on that part of tho coast havo homo on their
Imcks tho foco of u Jnpaneso wnrrior.
An examination of ono of theso crabs rovoals at
a glnnco tho somowhat startling visage. The human-like
faco Is not only thero, and typically orien
tal in nppoaranco at that, but actually resembt'.a.
tho fnco of a drowned
man, with open mouth
and greatly swollen fea
tures. Whether tho Japanoso
Idea that tho Tnlrn crab
offers good evldenco of
tho transmigration of
tho souls of dead bodies
Into tho bodies of lower
nnimals bo accepted or
not, tho phenomenon
described Is certainly
very Interesting. An
other qurlous thing
about this crnb is tho
fact that it Is oqulpped
on Itn back with four
IcgB, which nro 'shown in
tho accompanying rilio
togrnph nt tho corners
of tho mouth of the
wj, so mat ir nccldont
ally turned upsido-down,
5n1.tsnobrs.noarr;,,;oSo)ar,, t th,al fftsh,on ns
an cqulnmonf in P advantages of such
those ioTvo tnrnadly',bfl appreciated by
of other nnoi. WLtnc3acd ""J awkward efforts
SlnSof hMCB . rnba' turtl8' nnrt varl0U3
lying SnSbjS " ,,rP01 th,nSC,VC8 whoB
Another remarkablo example of typical racial
STwh Bchf"nd !", th nr,,0no of aflnback
J1?' w l10 wa,8 Pckl UP on a Norway beach
of owoLt,,0,HntUra f n Scandinavian face,
?,n i caHt0'l ,th rm,n,11 cheek hones, flat nose
bridge small upper lip and receding Jnw. In
Kcneral npnearanco, however, tho face Is more
SSn.MW mnBk Umn t,mt of a UvlnB Person.
That this was not n freak formation1 Is proved by
nn examination of tho car-bones of other flnbnck
whales nt tho Smithsonian Institution In Wash
ington, nil of which havo substantially tho snmo
In tho plant kingdom nature's imitations are
equally nstonlshlng and much more numerous
thnn in either tho nnlmal or vegetable kingdoms.
Thpro nro several species of orchids, for Instnnco,
fconrlng popular names which suggest tho likeness
of tho flower to somo mombor of tho animal
Iclngdojn, among them being tho man orchid, tho
Ijoo orchid, tho spider orchid, tho lizard orchid,
and tho holy ghost orchid. While It 1b truo that
soma of tho supposed likenesses nro moro or less
Imaginative, othorn nro wonderfully distinct and
will bear close scrutiny. This is particularly truo
of tho holy ghost orchid, which contains within
ich of Its blossoms a pigeon with half pprend
wings, it is necessary to view tho blossom from
quarely in front, ns In tho case of tho lower
ulossom shown In the accompanying photograph,
to get tho full effect of tho resemblance When
viewed from this position, tho bird Is so perfect
that U lookH as if ready to tako flight Tho plant,
which is n natlvo of tho Isthmus of Pnnumn. is
very rnro, there being pcrhnpB not moro than
linlf a dozen specimens In tho United StntoB, In
cluding two in tho groonhouses of tho Whlto
IIouso nt Washington. It grows sturdily, but, In
ordor to thrive, has to bo kept In a hothouso
with tho temperaturo of a Turkish bath.
In all of tho instances roforroiT to above the
resemblance Is mainly duo to tho Up or labellum
of tho bloom. Now orchids rank admittedly
among tho most highly specialized flowers, whllo
their extraordinary modifications aro tho roBult
largoly if not entirely of Insect Interference
Jinny of theso flowers depend entirely upon tho
tIrUs of insects for pollination, nnd without tho
aid of theso winged emissaries of Cupid thoy nro
ju!te uunblo to get seod. Tho lnbellutn Is tho
1 recognized nllghtlng platform upon which tho In
Beet stands whllo It probes tho rccesBOB of tho
lower In Bcnrch of nectar; and as orchids nro
co closely associated with insects, wo must ns
nunio that tho special shnpo of tho labellum In
each instnnco 1b moro or loss definitely relnted to
tho convenience of tho guests that aro specially
catered for by tho flower in question. In certnln
Instances this Is actually known to be tho case.
Throughout tho great orchid family tho lnbellutn
exhibits nn almost ondless variety of configura
tion, and wo nro Justified In tho assumption that
each form is exactly adapted to attract, or up
tiuld, a particular kind of Insect.
cLwuLcl..nI duim'c nnnn urn
V --fepm iimiu uuuu luuii
.yJA, M ' k By GEORGE MUNSON.
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CfalB IMlZCfffiZAJfJ met; QFJL
Most young peoplo nro familiar with tho canary-bird
flower or common canary creeper, and
hero again wo find that tho unusual form of the
blosBora Is due to Insect visits. Tho blooms of
this group of plants seem especially designed to
meot tho needs of long-tongued moths, which
seldom or never settle on tho 'flower, but hover
In front of it, lightly poised on their rapidly
moving wings. Whllo In this position tho tonguo
Is unrolled and thrust fnr back Into tho "spur"
of tho flower whoro tho nectar Is stored. Meun
while, -tho head o.- body of tho moth comes Into
contact with tho pistil or stamens, nnd pollen is
dopositcd or removed, ns tho enso may bo.
A very curious plant, which has been famous
slnco, ancient times, Is the "Scythian Inmb"
othorwlso known ns tho "vegotnblo lamb," or by
tho Chlneso ns tho "goldon-hnlred dog." It looks
remarknbly llko an animal, nnd in early days
was popularly supposed to comblno In some mys
terious way tho attributes of animal and plant.
Tho belief was that it sprang from n seed and
turnod on its root until It devoured nil green food
within reach, whereupon It perished of starva
tion. As n mntter or fact. It Is merely tho root
stock of n plant, which, donsely covered with
soft, golden-brown hairs, suggests a likeness to
A otrango plant found in Now Zonland Is
known as tho "vegetable sheep" becnuso of Its
wool-llko foliage In -fact, tho vegotablo kingdom
offers nn almost endless vnrlcly of curious Imita
tions. Tho seed-pods of tho common gnrden
snapdragon look oxnetly llko small human heads
arranged on tho stalks like "polos of skulls,"
such as nro sot up In certain countries whoro
hcnd-huntlng is n populur amusement. Theso
show not merely tho bend nnd face, bit dried
portions of tho scnlp, eyelids and lips. Their
color Is llko that of mummied heads.
Tho Insect world Is full of mlmlcryi Rutter
flies that imitate dead leaves aro familiar, and
the samo may bo said of tho "walking stick."
which bears so closo a likeness to a twig that,
though common enough In the woods, it Is rarely
detected or captured. Tho "measuring worm"
assumes the nttltudo of a twig, and remains
motionlesg for hours together. Moths, to pro
tect themselves against enemies, mimic wasps,
and other insects adopt the aspect of tho spider.
Native to Africa is a remarkable Insect, n spe
cies of Spalgls, the chrysalis of which looks llko
the head of n chimpanzee. Even the hair and
the pupils 'of tho eyes nro shown. Rut more won
derful jot Is the chrysalis of n butterfly, Fenlscea.
uhlch Is a likeness, seemingly a mask, of the
Roman king. Tarquln.
TELLS OF DROWNING ELEPHANTS
"Did you ovor henr tho terrorized trumpeting
of a hord of drowning elophnnts?" asked W J.
Williams of I'oru, Ind., at tlo Wlllnrd, "If you
never heard tho piteous erica, of dying beasts.
you have oscapod ono of tho most heartrending
experiences that ovor comes to civilized mnn. I
wns In Peru during tho flood of 1913. when tho
Wabash river roao to unknown heights, causing
tremendous destruction of property. Peru 1b tho
winter hondqunrtors of tho Wallaco and Hngen
bnck clrcuB, nnd whon It wns found that tho
water wnB coming higher thnn had over beon
known boforo, tho fourteen elephants In tho cir
cus wore unchained and let go to tako enro of
themselves. Throo of them managed to reach n
smnll mound whero thoy stood In tho water with
their trunkB elevated till tho end of tho Hood,
but tho other cloven woro drowned.
"With tho water rushing through tho streets,
and tho peoplo of tho city marooned In tho second-stories
of tho hoiiBPs, tho elephants swam
around for houro, trumpeting In torror nnd stick
ing their trunks Into tho open windows of tho
houses )n their efforts to find some spot of safe
ty. They cried llko chlldron nnd one could al
most understand thulr language ns thoy pleaded
for tho help which could not bo given them, for
not ono of them could bo taken In through a
door or window out of tho flood They acted
moio like humnn beings thnn beasts, and it was
almost as pitiful to see them go down under tho
muddy waters, ono by one. ns It was to sco a
human being wnshed from a roof.
"I slnll never forget their dying cries ns they
sought tho safety which could not bo found In
tint flat country, whero tho whole surfneo of
the onrth was submerged.
"Hack In tho big circus menagerie, however
there was oven a more tragic scone Whon the'
water camo up Into tho cages of tho animals
thoy all bccnnio frantic from fonr.
"Lion and tigers roared and dashed them
boUos against tho bars of their cages till it was
feared thoy would oscapo .md swim to places ol
human rofugo. whero they would destroy many
"Iron bars wero bent by tho beasts In their
fury and as tho water roso higher their terror
and tholr strength Increased. Whon It wna seen
that nothing could bo done and that lives of per
sons In tho city wero being endangered, tho
manager of tho menagerie went from cage to
cage with n rlflo and shot ono nfter another of
tho monnrchs of tho Junglo till nil wero dead
It cost the circus n fortune, but many human
lives woro saved."
Phlneas Kelly wns accustomed to
seo "n look in th old woman's eye' an
ho phrased It, whon ho camo homo to
Jtla tea after eight hours of peaceful
employment as a bricklayer. Years of
practlso had enabled him to interpret
it accurately. It meant, "Ho low,
Phlneas, for thlngg havo been nt sixes
and soven3 all day."
On such occaslonn Phlneas, good,
honest man that ho wns, would slip
out quietly after tea to tho corner
snloon, whero ho would sit tnlking pol
itlcjf nnd domestics with his cronies
over a glass or two, till the tlmo camo
to retire homo, strictly sober, nnd pre
pared to find that tho odd and oven
numorals hnd straightened themselves
out during hie absence
On this occasion thero was an alto
gether different look in Mary's eye
"What is It, woman?" ho exclaimed,
sensing that something qulto different
from nnything in his cxperlonco had
happened. 'Spoal: out, Mary, girl! Is
it tho measles? If Tim's got thlm I'll
whalo tho llfo out of him!"
"No, it isn't!" snapped his better
half. "Uncle Jim's dead and has left
mo all his money. Tho lawyer thinks
it will come to five 'thousand dollars.."
Whllo Phlneas sat, exhausted from
omotion, In his chair, Mary read him
tho letter from Ireland.
"What'll I do wid it?" ejaculated her
"You'ro going to bo a contractor,
Phlneas, as you havo always wanted to
be," answered Mary. "And at tho end'
of tho month wo leave"
Phiuens uttered various exclama
tions, but ho was as straw in his wife's
hands. Deforo ho went to bed It was
understood that ho ana Mr. Ilogan,
with whom tho subject had been
broached at times of day-dreaming,
should go into tho contracting busi
ness. Hogan had saved a tidy sum,
and with this legacy their dreams
could bo realized. During tho twenty
eight days remnlnlng beforo Juno
Phlneas was to continuo laying bricks.
Tho days that followed woro not of
unalloyed bliss. Phlneas wanted to re
main in tho little flat, oven If he was
to bo a contractor. But Mary had tho
"social boo" and sho dldnot fail to im-I-ress
it upon her husband that, for
Tim's sake, they must move to a lo-
lirzii& Jaa:-- .
"PhlneasI Wc Haven't Got Any Money
callty moro suited to their new sta
tion in life. And, ns tho days went by,
and tho whole neighborhood assumed
a moro cordial friendship than evor
boforo, Phlneas found that ho was no
longer free of Ilafferty's saloon.
"Wo can't afford to bo too friendly
with that sort, Phlneas," explained his
wife. "Flaherty and I1I3 wlfo aro good
enough people, but Just common
"Wo'vo shook dlco together each
Saturday night In years." pleaded
Phlneas. "And what about that Sun
day picnic with them and tho IIooll
gans?" "Thero won't bo any picnic," assev
erated Mary Irritably.
Nevertheless Phlneas did manago to
meet his old friends by various sub
terfuges, and ho carefully explained
tho situation to them.
"Tho best woman In tho world,
Mlko," ho told Flaherty. "But jou
know how It is with women, Mlko.
Tho monoy's sort or turned her head."
'That's all right, Phln," responded
Mlko Flaherty. "This one's, on me"
To tho neighbors, indeed, It seomed
n natural thing that Mrs. Kelly should
want to riso In tho world; and If thero
was a llttlo envious gossiping, tho
sight of tho good woman, as sho wont
down tho street rosplondent in her
now gowns (purchased with tho last
of their saved nonoy) turnod envy to
Meanwhile Ilogan nnd Kelly had r.r
ranged their partneishlp. Thero was
u flno opening in tho town, and Hogan
was to put In a couulo of thousand,
supplementing his smaller contribution
with his political "pull." Tho now
apartment wns lcaspd and tho Kollys
woro preparing to leave.
Mrs. Kolly only required a' week to
pack, being a mothodlcal woman. But
ns tho week progressed that look camo
Into her oyo moro and moro frequent
ly, till Phlnons, having no refugo now,
ta which to lly, was driven to bay.
"What is it, Mary?" he asked ono
evening, when his wife had been more
than usually morose.
He half expected tho tartest of re
joinders; but, to his astonishment, hln
wifo burst into tears nnd lnid her head
upon his shoulder. And Phlneas found
himself caressing Lor ns ho had not
dono slnco Tim was a baby.
"Phlneas," sho wept, "I feel so mean
and hateful, tho way I've treated tho
Flahertj-B and tho Hooligans, after tho
friends wo'vo been. It's for tho boy'a
sako, Phlneas, dear, isn't it?"
"Suro, that's' all right," nnswered
hor husband. "Thoy understand,"
"Do you think thoy think 1 think
thoy nron't good enough for us?" in
quired his wlfo, raising her faco, wet
"I guess they think they'd do as
much if thoy wero In vour nlnr.n.
Marj," ho answered.
"For half a pin," said Mary, "I'd stay
right on hero for old times' sako, and
and invito tho Hooligans and Flu
hertys to tho picnic after all. Rut -"
sho sIghcd"It'B for Tim's sako, isn't
"Sure," answered hor husband,
bravely, though he, too, was thinking
or his old friends nnd thoso merry ovq.
nlngs at Ilafferty's.
But three days remained when tho
post brought a letter from tho lawyers
in Ireland. Phlneas brought it duti
fully to his wife Sho opened i. nnd
gavo a scream.
"Phlneas! Wo haven't got any mon
ey at all!" sho gasped.
Phlneas Kolly, with a mixed feeling
of Joy and sadness, took up the mlB
slvo and spelled It out:
"Wo beg to Inform you," ho read,
"that nn error was made In etatlng
that tho estato of your lato uncle, Mr.
James Smylle, was likely to bo proved
at five thousand dollars. Tho total
amount of tho estate is soventeen
thousand, all of which goes to you un
der tho will, and"
"Soventeen thousand!" crlod Mary
Kelly, springing from her chair and
grasping tho letter from her husband's
hand. "Phlneas! It's true! Listen!
'And a check for this amount will be
forwarded in a fow days to you."
Suddenly tho excited woman began
to execute a pas seul before her hus
"Mary!" ho exclaimed, "you'll be too
tired to pack if you "
"But we're not moving, Phineao!
Wo're going to stay right on here."
"But wo'vo got seventeen thousand,
woman!" ho cried.
"That's why, Phlneas," she an
swered. "With five thousand we could
never bo sure that the neighbors really
looked up to us, but with seventeen
thousand wo know. Wo can afford to
Phlneas' saw. Ho saw a wolcomo
corner in Rafferty's and tho familiar
faces of his old friends smiling out of
a cloud of tobacco smoke
And tho kiss ho gavo Mary drove
away the "look" forever.
(Copyright, 1911, by W. O. Chapman.)
REAL INVENTOR OF SEXTANT
Thomas Godfrey of Philadelphia la tho
Man to Whom the HonorProp-
Ono of the earliest of Americas
"self-made" men was Thomas God
frey, who invented tho sextant. God
frey, born in 1704, was a humble gla
zier, but a man of intellectual force
John Hadley also invented a sex
tant, evidently carrying out a .sug
gestion of Newton which was found
in Sir Isaac's original draft among
Hadlcy's papers after his deaths
Godfrey antedated Hadley by about
ono year, but for a long time hia
claims wero not recognized, and Had
ley received all the credit.
How the humble glazier received his
first inspiration to design tho instru
ment of so great use to mariners ia
an interesting story.
One day, whllo replacing a pane of
glass in a window of a houso on tho
north sldo of Arch street, in Philadel
phia, opposite a pump, a girl, after
illling her pall, placed it upon tho
Godfrey, on turning toward It, saw
tho sun reflected from tho window
on which ho had been at work into
tho bucket of water, and hi3 philo
sophic mind feeizlng- upon tho Incident
was thus led to combine tho plan of
an instrument by which ho could draw
tho sun down to tho horizon by a
contrlvanco incomparably superior to
any that had over beforo been used
for tho purpose of ascertaining angu
Test of Character.
But responsibility is tho great character-developer,
and vory few of us
really know what wo can do until wa
nro put to the test. Tho market ia
long on men who can tako orders, but
short on thoso who can Intelligently
Issuo them. Responsibility requires
a ecrtaln umount of initiative; tho
willingness to net when occasion de
mands nnd tho courago to fall un
der honest effort nnd tako the conse
quences. Of courso you may fall; but you
can't tell whether you will succeed
until you try; nnd having tried to tho
utmost of your ability and' failed,
is hotter than never to havo tried
at nil. Bettor becauso in every loss
thero is tho compensation of experi
ence, whllo moro Inaction moans men
tal and phyblcnl stagnation, tho dam
nnd slro of annihilation. Lesllo's.
The Best Kind.
"Tho poor widow, who lost her only
support in hor husband, has received
a largo number of notos of sympathy
from her friends."
"How many of thorn wore bank
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