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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 5, 1936)
“ The Spark of Life”
By FLOYD GIBBONS,
Famous Headline Hunter
HERE’S Distinguished Adventurer Howard Hartling of
Brooklyn, N. Y., and his yarn starts out like this.
“Up on the surface we sat smoking.
“One of the smokers asked me for matches and I passed my
box to him. When he returned it I put it back in my pocket with
out looking at it. /. match was never of mueh value to me
UNTIL MY LIFE DEPENDED ON HALF OF ONE.”
Remember that Canadian mine disaster that happened up in Nova
Scotia and took up so much space in the newspapers a while ago? Well,
Howard Hartling is going to tell us the story of a similar misfortune
that took place in the same mining district in August, 1900. As a young
lad, Howard worked in the Famous gold mines in Halifax county, Nova
Scotia. His job was on the 300-foot level where they were digging a
new tunnel—a tunnel that was being dug around a deep pit filled with
icy water so that the company could tap the gold vein that lay on the
Smokers Borrowed His Mutches.
Howard’s adventure took place in that tunnel—but as Howard him
self points out, it started up at the top of the shaft where a bunch of men
sat around smoking and borrowing his matches.
Just about the time Howard’s match box was handed hack
to him, the whistle blew and the men went down in the “cage”
to the 300-foot level. They went to work and the afternoon wore
on. The distant sounds of dynamiting reminded Howard that it
was almost time to knock off, and lie started for the mouth of
the tunnel. As the sounds of exploding dynamite came nearer,
he hurried his steps. He was turning into a cross tunnel leading
to the shaft landing when the candle by which he was lighting his
way flickerrd and went out.
Left in Pitch Black Darkness.
Only a little thing, the blowing out of that candle, but it left Howard
in darkness, and darkness is one of the things a miner fears most.
Once he took a wrong turning he might get into the old abandoned
workings and be lost there for days—maybe forever. It wasn’t exactly
safe, either, for a man to stay below for long after the blastings started,
and those explosions were coming perilously near. Hastily, Howard
reached for his box of matches, and suddenly the darkness and the
A Hundred Feet of Icy Water Was Waiting.
dynamiting took on a new nnd terrifying significance. THE MATCH
BOX WAS EMPTY-CLEANED OUT BY THE SMOKERS AT NOON!
“It was a little more than 300 yards to the landing,” says Howard,
“but that thousand feet had to be covered in pitch black darkness, by
feeling my way along the foot-wall of the tunnel. There was no one
near to get a light from. All the miners had gone out us their tasks
were completed and before the blasting began for the day. Those explo
sions were coming nearer. I could smell the heavy, choking nitro
glycerine smoke. I crept on slowly, but the fumes of the burning dyna
mite were getting more dense every minute.
They were catching my throat. Breathing was becoming
more difficult. The walls were wet and mucky with slime that
had been formed millions of years before. It oozed from tile rock
crevices and dripped down on the floor of the passage. I crawled
along till I realized I had gone many yards and should be seeing
the lights of the shaft landing. Then something inside of me
seemed to shout ‘Stop!’ I obeyed the impulse!
Lost in the Abandoned Workings.
“Underfoot the floor of the tunnel seemed unfamiliar. It dawned
on me then that I had taken the wrong turning at the cross tunnel. I
had entered the old abandoned workings. I WAS LOST!"
In his left hand, Howard still gripped his unlighted candle. If only
he had another match. Again, something inside him began to prompt
him—to urge him to make another search of his pockets. "Carefully,”
he said, "I wiped my muddy right hand on my coat and opened my
vest. Carefully—very carefully—I made my search. In the upper right
pocket I found half a match.
I couldn't tell which half it was, but I held the candle over
in the shelter of my open coat. Where, in that damp tunnel,
could I find a place to scratch this precious half of a match?
Would it light? I thought of the buckle on my suspenders. 1
felt for it. With a prayer I tried that splinter of wood!”
Howard scratched that piece of match—and it lighted. Quickly he
guided it to the candle. The wick sputtered but—IT LIT! Howard
breathed a prayer of thanks. Then, with a light to see by, he began
looking around him.
On the Brink of Water-Filled Fit.
Says he: "I held that candle aloft and let my gaze wander. I was
in the old tunnel. Not 20 feet ahead was the old, abandoned, water
filled pit. A hundred feet of icy water was waiting for me. Another
minute and I would have plunged to my death. A GRAVE 400 FEET
UNDERGROUND! I almost collapsed at the thought!”
But suddenly, Howard was on his toes again. A new blast, so close
that it deafened him, reminded him that he still was not out of danger.
“I dared not hurry,” he says, "as my light might go out ugain, and
this time I wouldn't have even half a match. Another blast and water
began trickling in from the old workings. By the time I reached the
cross tunnel it was half way to my knees. Then, at last, the lights at the
hoisting shaft came into view through the murky smoke. A hoarse
voice, choked from the fumes, bawled out, 'F’r Pete's sake hurry up.
We're holding the cage. Where in heck were you? You look white as a
"And,” says Howard, "I would have been one—only for half a
Discovery of the Tomato
It is not definitely known just
when the tomato was found to be
non-poisonous and edible or how
the discovery came about, says
Pathfinder Magazine. But tradi
tion has it that it was a New Eng
land man who, despite the warnings
and dire predictions of his friends,
first ate of the “love apple” in this
country. This fearless fellow is
said to have been Michele Felice
Corne, an artist whose best kno^n
paintings were -hose depicting
naval battles of the War of 1812.
And there stands in a cemetery at
Newport, R. I„ a monument to
Come, the man who took a chance
and thereby performed a great
service to mankind.
The Young Man’s Measurements
The Society of Directors of Phy
sical Education set the following
standard of measurements of the
physically ideal American student
of 22: VVith a height of 5 feet 9 inches
he carries a weight of 15J pounds.
The girth of his neck, knee and calf
are the same, with the upper arm
one and one-half inches less. The
girth of his thigh is one-half inch
less than that of his head. His ex
panded chest is 40 inches, the girth
of his waist 10 inches less, his hip
girth almost the same as his un
expanded chest, while the breadth of
his waist barely exceeds the length
of his foot, and the stretch of his
arms measures two inches more
than his height.
Two March Side by Side
Once All Walked
In 75 Years, Much Done
Anolher Milton Needed
Germany and Italy, meaning Hit
ler and Mussolini, are said to be
closely. They are
to control Aus
tria. and Hitler’s
share in the con
trol might not
please that in
country too well.
fluence w i11 in
crease along the
many and Italy
with nobody in
clined to fight
In return for recognizing Italian
sovereignty in Ethiopia Hitler is to
have important Ethiopian con
A million years ago, when our
ancestors went out seeking some
thing to eat, preferably some fee
ble human being easily killed, ev
erybody walked. Now nearly every
body rides. Across George Wash
ington bridge over the Hudson river,
opened five years ago, about 100,
000,000 human beings have crossed
in 31,000,000 automobiles, while
fewer than 1,000,000 have crossed on
foot. Busses alone carried 11,638,000
over the bridge.
How rapidly progress moves once
it starts! Seventy-five years ago,
both sides of our country were con
nected by telegraph for the first
time. Now men talk around the
world by radio. Seventy-five years
ago they only talked across the con
tinent, now they fly the continent
and on beyond, across the Pacific
Those hostile to new ideas might
remember that a little more than
seventy-five years ago men were
beaten for re-election to congress
because, as the voters put it, “they
were foolish enough to vote money
to experiment talking over wires."
They were defeated for willing
ness to have the government try
out Morse's electric telegraph idea.
Berlin reports that German book
sellers must sell, and Germans must
read, only books that the govern
ment thinks they ought to sell and
read. The public will be compelled
with “loving force" to read what is
good for them.
That takes Germany back to the
Seventeenth century, when the Eng
lish government decided that Eng
lishmen must read only what the
government thought was good for
All books must be submitted and
wait for approval before printing.
Along came a man named John
Milton with his book the Areo
pagetica, printed by him without
anybody’s permission, denouncing
an infamous law that would control
men's minds and freedom of
thought. That settled it; the law
Somebody will kill it in Germany,
In the Spanish civil war, hostages
have been seized, on both sides,
including many women, and are
held with this threat: “If you kill
hostages taken from my side, I’ll
England and other countries al
most tearfully are begging both
sides in Spain to exchange hostages
instead of murdering them; the
British government officially ex
presses the fear that women "are
in danger of wholesale massacre."
Nice civilization, is it not?"
Dr. Bakst, young teacher of math
ematics at Columbia university,
thinks he has a sure formula for
winning on horse races; "he tried
it and won, 1.000 times, not with
money, just mentally.”
Anybody can win mentally, they
do it constantly at Monte Carlo and
elsewhere, but nobody can win
money, except accidentally—never
in the long run.
A brave truck driver, name un
known, saw a lady with a difficult
name, Mrs. Anastasia Adiuszkie
wics, hanging from the ledge of a
second story in Jersey City. Rush
ing to help, he caught her in his
arms as she fell, then left, wanting
He makes up for many that do
not give their seats to ladies in
An eighteen-year-old girl, alone
and in agony, gave birth to a child;
and, according to police, immediate
ls killed it, dropping it from a roof.
A jury convicted her of man
slaughter, and the judge let her go
on probation; she must report once
a month to prove that she is be
having. Four jurors that helped
convict her told the judge they re
gretted their verdict.
Every mother knows that the un
fortunate girl, after her horrible ex
perience and solitary agony, was
at least as nearly insane as any
e King Fvaturt* Syndicate, luo.
Flat Furs in Smart Trim for Suits
By CIIER IE NICHOLAS
I F YOU are planning a new coat,
* costume-suit or daytime frock
of handsome broadcloth (great fa
vorite this season) or one of the new
silks that looks like wool or any of
the smart novelty woolens, accented
with trimmings of flat fur handled
in clever dressmaker ways, you do
well. The idea is right in line with
smartest current style trends.
One of the outstanding gestures
in fashion’s realm today is the lav
ish and ingenious use of such furs
as Persian lamb, astrakan, caracul
and similar pelts, for borderings,
for collars, panels, bib and plastron
effects, for big revers and even for
entire sleeves and novel pockets.
Also highly significant is the fact
of a strong British trend influenced
by the forthcoming coronation of
King Edward VIII., that is evi
denced throughout this season’s
The models pictured carry the
message both of British influence
and the vogue for flat fur accents.
They were selected from a col
lection of 'classy fashions presented
by the style creators of Chicago in
the wholesale district. The silk after
noon costume to the left is in royal
wine shade, fashioned after the
king’s guard, trimmed in black as
trakhan with typical old English col
lar, with three-quarter length coat
of military bearing. The designful
handling of the bordering down the
front illustrates the intriguing
manipulation designers are giving
to the now-so-voguish flat furs.
The dress and cape-coat ensemble
to the right is developed in a royal
wine faille trimmed in smart black
astrakhan with satin lined cape—a
most charming costume for after
noon or street wear. The dress is
tailored with long tight - fitting
sleeves ans also carries accents of
Chic versions of the very-new-flat
fur trimmed gowns are created of
gleaming black broadcloth with a
bordering of Persian lamb outlining
the very full circular hemline and
collar, from which extends a match
ing fur border all the way down the
front from neckline to hemline.
Wear one of the fashionable high
toques of the same Persian lamb
with a dress of this description for
The big hue and cry this fall is
for gray-on-gray coats, the smart
est types trend to the use of gray
caracul or Persian lamb on rich
gay cloths of sterling quality, al
though gray kidskin and grayish
moleskin comes in for a big share
of the honors. The unique maneuver
ing of the fur adds to the zest of
things. For instance a coat is apt
to have a vestee that develops into
a panel that travels the entire way
down the front of ths coat. Or per
haps the sleeves and the collar will
be all of fur. The tricky ways of
these stunning flat furs are too nu
merous to mention.
Cunning suits that sing a song of
youth have hip-length peplum jack
ets with full “swing” skirts, all the
edges being finished with oindings
ox the Persian lamb or caracul if
preferred. These are fashioned of
broadcloth, duvetyn or velvet.
Black is first choice, although the
new autumn reds and greens and
browns are competing most success
fully for prestige. The latest thought
is the fur-trimmed cloth or velvet
dress sold with a matching fur muff.
© Western Newspaper Union.
IIt CHEKIR NICHOLAS
Buttons down the back mark this
advance style. Many of the newer
dresses are crocheted in a quick
lacy stitch that is most effective
yet does not exact a heavy toll of
time and patience to bring to com
pletion. The dress shown is chro
cheted of knit-cro-sheen and will
hold its shape beautifully. It is just
the type to wear under coats this
winter, and it will blossom out next
spring gaily aud becomingly and
smartly wearable without a coat.
You can turn this dress around and
wear it frontways if you really wish.
STREET TWEED SUIT
HAS LONGER JACKET
The conventional street suit of
tweed is made this year with a
longer jacket that is nipped in at
the waist and then flares out in a
basque. For country or sports wear,
the more classic suit lines are used,
with many three-quarter or full
length top coats shown over full
or divided skirts. One house goes
further and makes a bloomer dress
of tweed. The dress is cut on severe,
tailored lines, high at the neck and
w th long sleeves. Instead of a skirt,
the dress ends in well-cut bloomers,
which come several inches below
the knees. A se/en-eighths sport coat
of matching tv eed completes the
Silk Satins Outstanding
Vogue for Autumn Wear
From morning to night during the
coming weeks style - alert women
wil’ be wearing silk satins, judging
from the emphasis accorded this
fabric in the Paris openings. Plain
and novelty weaves are both en
Sleek satin afternoon frocks under
modish broadcloth coats are espe
cially good form. Satin blouses with
wool suits are also in high fashion.
Printed silk satin in a pin motif
o printed in a filigree patterning
are amonjf the new showings. Eye
let embroidered satin is also a new
New Stocking Note
After a summer of light beige
stockings, black heels strike a note
that seems fresh and new. They
are two-thread chiffon, with black
heel, sole and toes, and seamed with
Color contrast is important this
season in sports costumes, skirts
and sweater often being of differ
ent tones. Scarfs and belts also
carry out coloi contrasts on knit.
Three Certain Winners !
THREE candidates for your ap
proval, good on any ticket.
Put your “machine” to work and
you will win the vote of any group,
however critical, with these fetch
ing frocks especially designed for
women who sew at home. Cor
rectly styled, accurately designed
and cut, they combine smartness
with utility and offer the solution
to many wardrobe problems.
Pattern 1966, the jacket ensem
ble, is a smooth, flattering model,
as slimming as it is smart and
serviceable. The graceful neck
line and jabot conceal those extra
pounds above the waistline and
the panelled skirt is slick and
slenderizing. Worn with or with
out the clever box jacket, this
number in any sheer wool or
crepe or velveteen will assist you
to put your best foot forward and
make a successful appearance.
Designed for sizes, 36, 38, 40, 42,
44, 46, 48, and 50; size 40 requires
four and one-fourth yards of 54
Pattern 1874, the beguiling
house frock, features a panelled
yoke with the yoke and sleeves
Of INTEREST TO I
A stick of wax and a brush of
oil will do much to take the curse
off furniture scratches. The wax
will fill in the scars and the oil
will darken the wax.
* * *
When making bread and butter
pudding, sprinkle each slice of
bread with grated coconut instead
of currants, and strew some on
the top. This will make a change
from the ordinary pudding and
will be found very tasty.
* * *
When you are basting roast
beef, a tablespoon of brown or
white sugar added to the gravy
improves the flavor and color.
Salt should never be added to
stews, soups and boiled meats un
til after they are cooked. If put
in at first it toughens the fiber of
the meat and takes out the juices.
* * *
Soap should not be rubbed di
rectly on flannels and woolens.
Wash them in soapy water and
rinse in clear, lukewarm water
to preserve the soft texture.
© Bell Syndicate.—WNU Service.
Some of us lose faith in other
people because we have found our
selves out.—Claude Callan.
Worry is the thin stream of fear
trickling through the mind. If en
couraged, it cuts a channel into
which all other thoughts are drained.
—Arthur Somers Roche.
Fight when you are down; die
hard—determine at least to do—
and you won't die at all.—James
A certain dignity of manners is
absolutely necessary to make even
the most valuable character either
respectable or respected in the
Make the most of yourself, for
that is all there is of you.—Ralph
The best cure for a little in
formation is more knowledge.—
Nicholas Murray Butler.
cut in one. There is gathered ful
ness in the waist, a shawl collar,
and one or two patch pockets for
your household trinkets. Easily
put together with the aid of the
detailed, step-by-step instruction
guide, this is a morning frock
which will survive the day with
honors. The pattern is available in
sizes 14, 16, 18, 20; 32, 34, 36, 38 j
40, 42, and 44. Size 18 requires *
four and one-half yards of 39 inch
Pattern 1800, the graceful
smock, is formed with just eight
simple pieces including the pock
ets, collar, and cuffs. The con
trasting yoke is unusually effec
tive, the sleeves are full and
graceful, and there is an air of
sophistication about the design not
often found in a garment so prac
tical and useful. Send for size J
Small (bust 34-36), Medium (38
40), or Large (42-44). Size Medium
requires four and one-half yards
of 35 inch material.
Send for the Barbara Bell Fall
Pattern Book containing 100 well
planned, easy - to - make patterns.
Exclusive fashions for children,
young women, and matrons. Send
fifteen cents for your copy.
Send your order to The Sewing
Circle Pattern Dept., 367 W.
Adams St., Chicago, 111. Price of
patterns, 15 cents each.
<£) Bell Syndicate.—WNU Service.
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ing. fishing, or on any
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