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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 30, 1936)
“Under Fire of 12-Inch Guns”
By FLOYD GIBBONS
Famoue Headline Hunter.
ft TOIN the Navy and See the World!” Yes, sir, and run into a
lot of high adventure, too! You don’t need a war to get ad
venture in Uncle Sam’s High Seas Flotilla. No sir-rce. There’s
just about as much action in peace times there as there is when
the big shells are flying.
Kx Gob Charlie Sratnek will bear me ont In that. Won't you, Charlie?
Charlie, onre many years ago, swung his hammock between decks of the
old U. S. battleship Ithode Island when that, now obsolete, mass of steel,
was a first class flghtln' ship. And Charlie's biggest thrill came In peace
It happened when the whole Atlantic battleship fleet was off
Chesapeake bay for the purpose of testing out new equipment.
All the big shots, Charlie says, were aboard ship to see the tests.
Among the new ideas they were testing out were the skeleton
masts—afterwards adopted and now discarded—new shrapnel
shells and a new type of armor-plated turret.
The old discarded battleship Texas wns fitted up with these masts
and gun turrets with the idea of using the old ship as a test case. In the
turrets of the Texas were placed live animals, to take the place of sailors
during the tests, to see how they survived direct hits In the new shelter.
The whole fleet would then tear loose with their twelve-inch guns and see
what happened. The battleships lay about eight miles away from the tar
get ship Texas, while large sea going naval tugs carried officials and
Judges from Washington to lnsi>ect the results of the tire.
Going Out to See What Happened to Target.
After the first salvo of heavy guns Charlie was Instructed to m.in a
40-font steam launch, of which he was coxswain, and take a group of offi
cers to the target. The sea was high but the wave* were running toward
the Texas and the launch had no trouble to make the ship. The naval
tugs were already there when It scraped against the lee side of the Texas
and the officers went aboard.
Well, cir, the tug* left and were well away before the launch
started. By now the sea was plenty high and Charlie’i boat had a
tough time getting away from the target ship. The waves and
wind kept blowing the light launch back to the Texas as fast as
her engine pulled her away.
"I didn’t worry much at that,” Charlie Writes, "until we heard a
screeching sound that made our little crew go green. The screech was
caused by a shell and was followed by an explosion that lifted our craft
right out of the water and sent a geyser that seemed miles high straight
up In the air not fifty feet from us!
Death Drops Like Rain From Heaven.
"It was a 12-Inch shell! The battleships had opened fire! They were
so far away that they couldn’t see us and they all started throwing 12
Inch shells, like buck shot, ull around us! The detonations were terrific
as we bounced about In the rough water, made rougher still by the tons
of explosives dropping on all sides!”
“An Inferno of Shells Fell All Around Us.”
Talk about a war! Why no fleet in the world ever threw so
many shells at so small a target. Charlie says it seemed as though
they were shooting at him Instead of the Texas. The launch rolled
and bucked In the churning water like a bucking broncho. The
engineer and fireman gave the engine all she had and sweated
blood under their pale skins, but 4till they couldn't get out of
Each shell Charlie knew weighed more than his entire boat and crew
and they could all Imagine what would happen If one shell landed Just a
The Shells Get Closer and Closer.
Whum! A geyser shot into the air as high as Old Faithful and when
It came down It landed right on the boat I The men were drenched and
the boat nearly swamped. The engine stopped with a hiss us a ton of
water poured down the smoke stack and drowned the fires. The engineer,
Charlie says. Just averted the explosion of the boiler In time by opening
the safety valve!
And then, as though their troubles had not been enough, they
drifted helplessly back to the side of the Texas! It seemed funny
to be in a small boat that might sink any minute, bobbing danger
ously against a big battleship and still not able to climb aboard.
They could have, of course, but all knew sudden death was a
stowaway on that ship. The shells were bound to hit her soon.
Charlie had a better chance—slim as It was—on'his own boat. He
stripped to shorts and waited for the shot that would throw him
in the water. Charlie writes:
“And all the time an Inferno of shells fell all around us. It was the
most helpless feeling In the world. The sort of feeling you get when an
enemy air fleet Is dropping bombs on you or when au earthquake hits you.
Heading for Mid-Ocean and Nothing to Save Them.
"After what seemed hours under tire, but what was no doubt only
half an hour or so, our boat slipped around the Texas and the heavy wind
and waves drove us out of range. Boy! W^iat an escape! But It wasn't
an escape after all. There we were in a half swamped boat heading for
the middle of the Atlantic ocean!
"And we couldn’t do a thing about it. We .igured the ships
had given us up for lost by this time and believe me we were a
sad lot on that drifting launch. All we did was bail and hope and
hope and bail!”
Soon the bulk of the old Texas was swallowed up in the mist and
that's when Charlie did think It was Davy Jones’ Looker for all of them.
He Btarted figuring how big the ocean was and how small he was and
Lloyd's would have given a hundred to one on the ocean. The shooting
finally stopped in the distance and except for the swishing of the waves
against the boat and around the feet of the occupants all was silent—the
silence of the grave!
Well, sir. Charlie goes on to tell how, Just as they had about given up
hope of ever being found, a sharp prowed destroyer suddenly knifed the
waves within a few feet of their launch. A yell went up from every voice
on that launch. They were sighted, a rope thrown to them am. soon the
destroyer landed them safe and sound on the old Ittiode Island!
And if that, boys and girls, Is the sort of thing that cau happen In
peace times let's hope we won't be dragged Into the next war.
Leap Year Law in 1223
An act. passed in 1228, by the
Scottish parliament, wus to the ef
feet that In every I.eap year any
maiden could propose to the mun
of her choice; and. further, that
the man so honored was bound, un
der threat of a fine, to accept. Only
If he could definitely prove him
self to be already “bespoken” could
he escape either a fine or his fate.
Speak Low German
Low German is spoken by the
Platt-Deutsch In northern Germany,
also In Belgium and Holland, ex
cept In the French and Frisian dis
tricts of the Low Countries, and Is
closely allied with the low Fran
conian, spoken tn the northeastern
corner of Rhenish Prussia, and the
adjoining Flemish and Dutch dia
Long Live the King!
Edward Makes Promises
Real Spending Ahead
Tribute to T. R.
King Edward the Eighth, now sol
emnly proclaimed king, will be re
membered as the
first king of
ever flew through
the air toward
lie took a sep
arate oath "to
Church of Scot
land." There Is
Itnck of that.
throne for the
first time at a Joint session of the
lords and commons, and solemnly
promise to "maintain the true In
tent of your enactments to the best
of my powers."
After Ids coronation the king must
formnlly declare his adherence to
the Protestant church, uud Ids ob
ligation "never to marry a Homan
Catholic.” That dates hack to the
King Edward, who is not sup
posed to contemplate marriage, is
tlie official head of the churches of
England and Scotland, and “defend
er of the faith."
From all the world, "subjects” of
the new king and emperor send
greetings. Representatives of di
vine power, churches of every re
ligion, Mohammedan, Hindu, Bud
dhist, Chinese, Christian and Jew
ish, speed the dead king on his
Journey and welcome the new ruler.
If the soldiers get their bonus
money there will be some quick
spending, enough to quicken the
pulse of business while It lusts.
Merchants will get more thun
$000,(MX),000 owing on past accounts,
and the observer will notice muny
new overcoats, dresses and automo
At the opening of New York's
$3,500,000 memorial-erected to honor
the lute Theodore Roosevelt, one
speaker praised President Theodore
Roosevelt as one who “saw the
necessity for keeping hoth the legis
latures and the courts in their prop
That perception showed a high
spirit, but if some future Theodore
Roosevelt should go too fur in that
direction it might become neces
sary for the legislatures und the
courts to keep that President in his
Gen. Robert Lee Bullard says this
country expects to escape the next
war, but Europe plans to drag us
In. Besides air bombing und poi
son gas, General Bullard expects in
the next war attacks with disease
germs to spread deadly epidemics
In the enemy’s country. Bubonic
plague, scattered from airplanes, In
fected rats scattered plentifully,
might he helpful.
Sometimes llteruture pays. Kip
ling left several millions. In Amer
ica ulone his otticlal publishers have
sold 8,500,000 copies of his books.
At the time of his death “The Jun
gle Books” ulone paid him ten thou
sand pounds a year.
When you lieiir foolish talk about
“revolution” and getting rid of the
Constitution, a remark made by
Washington, as he signed the Con
stitution, may be recalled:
“Should the states reject this ex
cellent Constitution, the probabil
ity Is that an opportunity will never
again offer to cancel another In
peace—the next will be drawn in
Mrs. Alinda French of St. Louis,
one hundred and Tour years old, at
tributes her long life to "hard work
In her youth and a dutiful son In
her old age.” She gets along with
out spectacles, Is “not Interested”
In politics. “People get over that,”
says stie, “arter they reach one hun
The human race gets used to
everything. Once our ancestors
shivered, fell Hut on their faces,
when lightning flashed and thunder
growled. They thought some de
mon was after them. Now men
put up lightning rods, properly
Once the comet was considered
an avenging messenger aimed
straight at sinful man. Today its
coming and going are understood
and predicted. Its path marked out.
Something unpleasant is bound
to start somewhere on the earth,
with all the new theories, new
hatreds, new armaments, new deadly
weapons. It might start on the bor
der between itussla and Japan's
Manchukuo. When you read, “Itus
sla uses force to halt Japanese,"
you know the explosion might come
at any time.
All would regret bloodshed, but it
would be historically interesting to
see the ancient autocracy of the
Mikado at war with the modern au
tocracy of Stalin. It would be a
long tight, probably.
£ Kins Features Syndicate, Inc.
Fabric “F irsts" Arrive for Spring
By CHERIE NICHOLAS
G'ABRIC “firsts" for mld
^ season ahd spring are
even at this early date stag
ing a great show in big stores
as well as stores not so big.
If nerves are tired and win
ter gloom begins to pall why not
slip away for a few hours from dull
care and go meandering down aisle
after aisle of the new materials?
It will act like a tonic. Try It.
There are quite a few things to
learn about the new fabrics. Gen
erally speaking both the linens and
the cottons ure‘ taking on a soft
crepey finish which Is “different.”
Then, too, there Is a tendency to
ward rough spongy finishes and
novel nuhbed weaves. Patternlngs
show decided originality and in in
stances are almost amusing. The
modernized prints depict bars and
music notes, or perhaps shell or
fish motifs and the newest thing
is vegetable designs, and they are
wonderfully good looking. Very
new, too. Is the Tyrolean button mo
tif which tnkes its cue from the
bright painted wooden buttons that
adorn peasant frocks and smocks
It is well to keep In mind that
cottons are scheduled to play a
tremendously important role in the
scheme of things. You will thrill
at the sight of them. The newer
types are positively baffling In that
they so often give the impression
of being handsome wool suitings
or spongy soft uncrushable linens.
They are that good looking they
may be smartly worn about town,
the new nubbed cotton tweeds mak
ing up most satisfactorily into
tailored Jacket suits.
For the do-your-own-sewing group
the new materials are nothing less
than Inspirational. One of the new
comers In the realm of smart cot
tons of which you will be wanting
to order a dress length at first
glimpse Is twin-twine print, which
looks more like a soft spongy loose
woven linen canvas than anything
else. You’ll love this rough surfaced
cotton. It is cool and casual,
doesn't crush, has practically no
wear-out to it and is every inch
smart and attractive In appearance.
It has a hand-loomed effect with
brilliant print on either white or
natural grounds. The patterning is
interesting, including square dot
motifs in bright peasant blues and
reds on natural, also florals in or
ange, green and brown. An allover
scroll patterning in deep red on
natural Is, perhaps, handsomest of
The smart tailored coat frock
pictured to the right is fashioned
of dark-red-on-natural scroll-pat
terned twin-twine. Black grosgrain
binds the collar and front closing.
Black bar buttons and patent
leather belt are used as trim ac
The other gown pictured la a
spectator sports mode done in a
soft jersey type fabric of bemberg
with narrow white stripes on deep
toned grounds. The convertible
neckline, ascot scarf and graceful
cape sleeves are each fashion-right.
This handsome fabric wears beauti
fully, resists wrinkling and is cool,
sleek and slim under your topcoat.
It is shown also in white grounds
with bright colored stripes for
wear when the warmer days come.
It tubs or dry cleans nicely and eas
ily presses slick and suave as new
Jersey type fabrics are fashion
news this year and are sponsored
by leading designers of Paris. Lon
don and American style centers.
© WTestern Newspaper Union.
By CHERIE NICHOLAS
With smart 1’arisieunes black
with beige or tan or mustard or
related tones is providing a very im
portant color theme for midseason
with promise of its increasing pop
ularity for spring. For style-alert
American women the new and ox
eeedingly attractive accessory pig
skin sets, as Illustrated, offer an
excellent opportunity to carry out
the vogulsh black and beige alli
ance. For sophisticated town wear
one could scarcely conceive of any
thing smarter in the way of style
accent than the tailored natural
color pigskin trio of bag, belt and
bat as complement to a chic black
coat after the manner pictured.
WARM FABRICS ARE
FAVORED BY WOMEN
Fabrics are of exceptional Inter
est In their variety. The most im
portant group is definitely irregn
lar In nubbed weaves with a marked
hint of informality entirely con
sistent with a more colorful season
The really formal coat tends to
ward smoother, softly napped ma
terials. Forstmann, the creator of
these woolens, well realizes that
winters in the United States bring
frigid winds and low temperatures.
The slender silhouette, clinging
lines and the response of the fab
ric to drape and tailoring are im
portant factors, but women, young
and old, want comfort in cold
weather. They want physical com
fort as well as the psychological
comfort that comes from rich tex
tures ami deep colors.
A recent Important fashion prom
enade showed models with enchant
ing names; an evening cape of Rus
sian sable, for example, was called
"champagne supper." A Russian er
mine wrap with the fur mounted
diagonally hore the name of "star
light.” "Argentine" was the title
of an evening gown made of brown
and tlesh colored satin.
Isinglass for Visors
Isinglass visors are a new trick
in sunshndes for Palm Reach wear.
They are attached to caps and are
tinted soft blue, rose or yellow to
match some detail of a white beach
Black crepe embroidered with
tiny multicolored fishes makes a
charming new evening gown. Jade
and metal dragons are used as fas
tenlngs on black day dresses.
By GLENN R. VERNAM
© McClure Newspaper Syndicate.
pETE TURLOCK never did like In
* dians. “A lazy, thieving lot!"
he always called them. He had
had trouble with them even before
Uncle Sam set them back on a
smaller reservation in the dry hills
and opened the Cherokee Strip
for white settlement. Then after
he and his three boys homesteaded
a section of the choice end of Bull
Creek Bottom and started up the P. T.
ranch his complaints increased. Bull
Creek had been the pet stamping
ground of old Chief Red Robe's outfit
for years, and every chance they got
the reds would slip off the reservation
for a few days’ hunting and fishing
around the old home.
Tins always got under Fetes hide.
He said his government had given him
that land to have and to hold and he
didn’t want any sneaking heathens
prowling aronnd over it. He claimed
that congress had donated them more
land of their own than they deserved
after the way they had acted toward
the settlers and if they would stay
home und farm it they would have
enough to eat withont catching his fish
and stealing his beef. Undoubtedly
they did bnteher a steer now and then.
With the buffalo and antelope prac
tically cleaned out they had a pretty
hard time filling the stew pot. And
their sporadic attempts at farming
didn't help much. It is hard to make
successful soit tillers out of hunters
right off tlie but, especially on that
kind of land.
Altogether it was kind of a tough
set-up. When the reds got about so
homesick they would drift over around
Bull Creek and start trespassing on
Pete’s domain. Pete would run them
off to preserve the sanctity of his home
and they would slip a knife under a
few steer hides to preserve their taste
for red meat.
So it was Quite a relief to everybody
concerned when tlie government began
issuing beef rations to the Indians.
Pete did plenty of complaining about
the use of good government funds to
feed the lazy rascals; but the reds
found it easier to ride in to the agen
cy and get their rations than to pull
off night raids on the I’. T. herds, so
he didn’t say too much. Most of his
talk was slurring comment on what he
called “the worthless, no good beggars.
Itather lay around tlie agency and live
on government beef than work for a
Red Robe’s bunch naturally caught
plenty of these remarks, hut they
never took any visible notice. Just
went on drawing their rations and go
ing home to smoke in the shade and
watch their ponies graze on the sun
Then almost over night everything
changed. A couple of wildcat oil men
were the main cause. They drifted up
to Red Robe’s corner of the reserva
tion and started backing a hunch with
a hole in the ground. The result sur
prised them about as much as it did
everybody else. By the time they
finally got the gusher capped and
some of the grease wiped out of their
eyes they saw oil men coming over the
horizon like a grasshopper plague.
The Indian land had grown thin
grass and thinner corn, but it knew
how to produce a real crop of nil.
Within five years the oil rigs had the
whole reservation looking like a har
row turned wrong side up. The reds
had discarded their buckboards for
twelve-cylinder cars and were living
fourteen-cylinder lives with the cut
It was kind of a Joke on old Pete
and his boys, though they couldn’t
seem to see the funny side of it. In
fact, they were so busy trying to raise
fifty dollar steers on fifteen dollar hay,
besides keeping up their taxes and
mortgage interest at the same time,
that they had about quit laughing.
They had sunk most of what they had
and could borrow in trying to get in
on the easy money, with only the sat
isfaction of owning two dry holes and
a salt-water well. The wet gold didn’t
seem to extend over onto the more fer
tile land which Uncle Sam had deemed
a fitting reward for that branch of his
family noted for their thrift and in
Pete finnlly surrendered to old age
and adversity and moved to town. In
the meantime, old Ited Bobe had taken
out citizenship papers and bought up
the mortgage on the old P. T. so he
could spend his declining years among
youthful memories. The forty-room
wikiup he built down among the cot
tonwoods on Bull Creek was big enough
to accommodate all his kids and in
laws. Most of them moved in with
him to help him raise cows and breed
It was one morning last summer
right after the big drouth had made its
sweeping clean-up that Red Robe rode
into town in his latest snub nosed,
stream-lined rolling castle. As he came
up Third street on his way uptown he
suddenly eased up on the throttle and
slanted a glance across the street.
Smith’s old hardware building sported
a brand new sign. "Federal Relief
Headquarters,” he thoughtfully spelled
out. There was quite a crowd gath
ered around the front of the building
watching a man unload a truckful' of
boxes which were labeled “Packed for
Government Use. Not to Re Sold!”
| As his glance finished its swift
scrutiny, Red Robe's old eyes picked
out I'ete Turlock and his three boys
among the crowd. He grunted dis
“Lazy damn' tribe! All time lay
’round town like big bums. No save,
no work, no try. Just smoke in shade
an’ beg for gov'ment beef. Huh!”
© Bell Syndicate.—WNU Service.
The True-False Test
In the following test, ten state
ments are made, some of which are
false. It is not necessary to correct
the statements. Simply write the
letter T after the true statements,
and the letter F after the false
1. The Seventy-third congress is
now in session.
2. Chicago is the capital of Illi
3. The Missouri river is the long
est river in the United States.
4. The Philadelphia Athletics are
in the National league.
5. Enervate means to pep up,
6. Rhode Island was one of the
Original Thlrteeen states.
7. “Ivanhoe” was written by Sir
8. Kentucky Is farther south than
9. The Battle of Tlconderoga wae
fought In the Revolutionary war.
10. Giuseppe Verdi composed the
opera “II Trovatore."
Seeing Is Believing, and
Prof Apparently Was Absent
We hope this Is the end of that
series of absent-minded professor
jokes which we and others have in
flicted upon the public: The tale
tells of the professor who went to a
barber shop and got a shave. After
the operation he continued to occupy
the chair; the barber thought he
must have fallen asleep, and respect
fully asked If this were so.
“No, my good man," he said. “I
am not asleep. The fact is I am
frightfully near-sighted. When I
took off my glasses, I was unable to
see myself in the mirror opposite.
Naturally, T supposed I had already
Mothers read this:
A CONSTIPATED child is so easily
straightened out, it’s a pity more
mothers don’t know the remedy.
A liquid laxative is the answer,
mothers. The answer to all your
worries over constipation. A liquid
can be measured. The dose can be
exactly suited to any age or need.
Just reduce the dose each time, until
the bowels are moving of their own
accord and need no help.
This treatment will succeed with
any child and with any adult.
Doctors use liquid laxatives. Hospi
tals use the liquid form. If it is best
for their use, it is best for home use.
And today, there are fully a million
families that will have no other kind
in the house.
The liquid laxative generally used
is Dr. Caldwell’s Syrup Pepsin. It is
a doctor’s prescription, now so widely
known that you can get it all ready
for use at any drugstore.
Not for Aged
Dancing Is a pastime to be learned
early in life*or not at all.
ifc, duetocolcU- ^^B
I Relieve the drynes* andll
/ irritation by applying \
Mentholatum night '
If you prefer nose drops,or
throat spray, call for the
HEW MEHTHQLATUM LIQUID
In handy bottle with dropper I
with delicately medicated
Cuticura Soap — famous the
world over for purity and mild
ness. After bathing, dust on
Cuticura Talcum. For chafing,
rashes and other externally
caused skin irritations, use
Cuticura Ointment. Soap 25c.
Ointment 25c. Talcum 25c. • i
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