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About The news-herald. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1909-1911 | View Entire Issue (July 19, 1909)
HIS business of devis
ing new mctliudR of
r-plnes by moans of '
shrieks, shocks and
thrills, Is making
amusement -park own
ers of the United
States hump them
selves. The American
spine has become a
somewhat calloused ar
ticle. It has become
more dilllcult year by
year to make the pleas
uroHoekers Bhrlek with
Joy at the thrills which chase them
selves up and down their spinal
But visit any amusement park and
you will hear the same line of laughs,
maybe not as loud, but Just as full of
fun and vigor as those half a decade
The cause ia to be found In the
ever-busy brains of the inventors of
fun devices. There are new ones
every year. A new way of producing
tho thrills, n new rhythm to the mo
tion of the device In fact anything
different from the yenr previous goes with the
But the man who can evolve an entirely now
ride or stationary device which actually begets
excitement, has his fortune made.
And let it bo said that the key to public sat
isfaction is the ticket office, into which tho .
common pee-pul pour their dimes. As long as
the fun-hunters continue to pour sheckels the
park owners consider their Investment a pay
ing one. When the flood of silver drops ofT.
then it is time to open negotiations for a new
set of thrillers.
In many American amusement parks the
owners seem to have been stung by the bee of
"death defiance." They evidently believe that
tho average citizen, male and female alike, en
Joys flirting with the hereafter with a margin
of about one inch.
Wise ones among the promoters say, how
ever, that they must give their patrons tho
dips. Jolts and shocks, with the omission of the
vista through which heaven appears. AH
amusement devices are safe, park managers
declare, simply because they are thoroughly
Inspected by city authorities before being tried
out by the public.
In the bl? cities the scenic railway this sum
mer still holds the biggest share of the currency-producing
thrills. Then there are the
numerous coasters, each with more or less per
ilous drops, which tend to excite howls and
yells from the manly sex and timid little
screams from the fair ones.
In the west this season the "human rou
lette" and the steeplechase have attracted
some attention. The "human roulette" is all it
signifies. It Is built on the merry-go-round
principal, except that instead of sitting upon
horses, cows, etc., the patron simply rests
upon an -ficllned surface and is whirled
through the various stages of maldemer, if the
individual is inclined that way.
The steeplechase consists of a horseback
tide over the bumps, the wooden steeds speed
ing along for half a mile or so on two rails.
There are scores of other new rides this year,
all built upon the principle that tho more Jolts
and bumps the human system receives the
oftener Its owner will return to deposit tribute.
London, Paris, and Europe in general, is
paying Its tribute this season to "the witching
waves." The passengers are installed in little
boats, and are promised all tho enjoyment of
an ocean ride w ith little of disadvantage. By tho
exercise of considerable Ingenuity a great sur
face of imitation sea produces a constantly un
dulating motion exactly like the waves of the
sea on a quiet day. The wavy motion is im
parted by a flexible sheet-steel flooring, oper
ated by invisible mechanics. The passengers
themselves steer tho craft, and therein lies
Coney Island, New York City's prided
amusement resort, this year has more than
over to attract. The westerner who believes
Ihnt this year's visit to the fun factories by
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the sea will not bo ablo
to show him anything
new this summer, is giv
en another guess.
Coney has about twice
as many - trick devices
with which to catch the
visitor and make him
furnish fun for the mul
titude as it ever had bo
fore. There is a musical
saw mill yes, indeed, a
real live saw mill with
the most attractive bbw-
yers that ever pushed a log on a truck to a
whizzing circular saw. Tho sawyers are
pretty girls, who operate the music apparatus
as they work.
And then there Is the electric girl, who
gives a shock every time you shake hands
with her. She floats In the air, and greets you
in the most unsuspected places in her palatial
anode. There are no end of trick chairs, which
shoot upward, sldewlse, downward and, in
fact, most any way.
And there, as big as life, is "Teddy" in
Africa, shooting Hons of all kinds of crosses
between highbrows and lowbrows In the ani
Tho new form is a series of punching bags
ranging In height from two feet to six feet,
and all labeled "Kick Me." You get a prize
if you can kick all the bags, but the chances
are you will be too tired to complete the Joh.
There is a human menagerie, where inter
esting couples are enticed In to taks a seat,
and then, lo! the seat suddenly becomes a
cage, out of which there is no exit. Well,
what the gazing public do to the couple one
has to go and see in order to appreciate.
A falling statue, with a chair a safe distance
away, is another scare-producing stunt to try
one's nerves. The statue falls over on you
whllo you are seated In the chair.
Possibly the best fun lu one park is the
stunt of walking the spar, which Is 25 feet
long, at the end of which Is a spring which
releases a huge Jumplng-Jack- six feet tall.
Shrieks from the girls? Well!
There are the Newlywcds, baby and all, and
there Is a firecracker maze, which will get
anybody going. But the musical floor is tho
real fun. Every step one takes plays a note.
And it's a breeze to see the startled facial ex
pressions of the Innocent who walk onto this
There Is a confetti punching bng, too, which
smothers you in confetti, and no end of trick
scats. The human Niagara is the great mirth
producer for tho audience, but It certainly
does fcaze the victim. Going up this human
Ningara is great sport, and you think that at
the top it is all over; but not. so. You are
hulled down again, and It Isn't particular in
tho method of landing you back on terra flrma.
about is an
screams and roars of laughter. You start at
the top of the building and come down a slide,
and whirl to beat the dervishes about three
times before you land at the bottom.
The balky mule Is still balky, and still do
hundreds try to reach his ears. The shoo-fly
Is another screaming affair, with a slido for life
as a paft of the excitement.
"The girl In the well" Is a great fun pro
ducer. Many think she Is the real thing, and
try to get her, whereupon they find it is all a
Joke, and wish they hadn't noticed her.
An automobile course of a mile, where ono
can go as fast as he likes, is one of the fea
tures of many American parks. Scorchers of
any kind can go the absolute limit on this
'.rack without fear of arrest.
There is no end of electrically charged
chairs, and tho wise person is he who doesn't
try to Bit down anywhere, at any time.
PRESIDENTS ALMA MATERS
William Howard Taft in succeeding bis great
and good friend Theodore Roosevelt as chief
executive of the nation, is the first son of Old
Ell to obtain the honor. The record for train
ing presidents is divided evenly between the
first and second colleges established on Ameri
can soil, Harvard, and William and Mary, that
venerable Virginia seat of learning, founded
at Williamsburg, Va., in 1693. Harvard bo
stowed degrees on the two Adamses, on Theo
dore Roosevelt and trained Rutherford H.
Hayes In the law. William and Mary was the
alma mater of Thomas Jefferson, of James
Monroe and or John Tyler and two other presi
dents, James Madison and Zachary Taylor,
were trained under William and Mary tutors.
Mndlson was graduated with high honors at
Princeton In 1760, and Zachary Taylor, tho son
of a Virginia gentleman, was about to enter
William and Mary when the war fever seized
him and he gave up books for the sword.
Andrew Jackson could claim no alma mater
except a Salisbury, N. C. law office, there ho
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ON A . ' oyr
read and mastered some legal knowl
edge with tho aid of politicians with
whom he chummed. Martin Van Bu
ren's sole book training was obtained
in the Kinderhook, N. Y., academy and
the law office of W. P. Van Ness.
William Henry Harrison studied at
Hampden and Sidney college, and in
tended to take up medicine for a pro
fession. He had made his medical
studies and was about to take his de
'gree when he saw a better chance of
preferment by the sword than by the
prescription blank. His grandson,
Benjamin Harrison, was .graduated
from Union college, Oxford, Ohio, and
studied law in the Cincinnati Law col
lege. James K. Polk was graduated
from the University of North Carolina
in 1808, and studied law in the private
office of Felix Grundy. Millard Fill
more, after having finished his course
at the public schools of his native
county, Cayuga, N. Y., studied law in
the Buffalo School of Law. Franklin
Pierce was graduated from Bowdoln
college in 1824 and studied law in
Portsmouth, N. H., with Levi Wood
bury as his master. James Buchanan
was graduated from Dickinson col
lege, Carlisle, Pa., and studied law in
the office of James Hopkins In Lan
caster, Pa. ,
Abraham Lincoln's most painstaking
biographers say that he got all told
about a year's schooling from men
whose knowledge was limited. An
drew Johnson could claim no alma
mater, even the humblest. Grant's bi
ographers give all credit to West
Point for his brilliant career, and his attend
ance at provincial public schools at Point
Pleasant is counted for naught. Rutheford B.
Hayes was graduated from Fremont academy,
at Norwalk, and from Kenyon college In 1842
He was valedictorian of his class, and went to
Harvard in 1843 and completed his law course
with signal honors in 1815. Garfield always
gave his mother credit for being his best
teacher. While he worked so laboriously on
tho farm he and his mother read together
every book they could lay hands on. He went
to tho Geauga seminary in 1849, to the Eclectic
lnstltu.e at Hiram, Ohio, and to Williams col
lege, Massachusetts. Chester A. Arthur waa
graduated from Union college when he was
barely 18, and after some private study be
came principal of the academy at North Pow
nal, Vt. While there he studied law. '
Grover Cleveland's scholastic career is fa
miliar to every one, In view of the widely pub
lished biographies since his demise. McKlnley
attended Union seminary, in Mahoning coun
ty, Ohio, and Alleghany college, at Meadvllle,
Pa. Thiodore Roosevelt was graduated from
Harvard in 1S76. College and university men
predominate largely in the list of presidents.
James Bryce, ambassador from Great Bri
tain, has noted that while this is the greatest
commercial and industrially developed country
on earth, no business man has yet been able
to reach the goal of the presidency. "Politics
Is tho great game in America," Mr. Bryce sage
ly observes, "and the study of politics must be
mastered thoroughly before any other knowl
edge: Millions come for tho business man and
the captain of industry, but tho great prize,
chief magistracy, has never been bestowed on
the man who hns not served the one party or
the other w ith a whole heart and undivided at
Ths Great Teacher.
Call no man master, for one is your teacher
Ilfo. And It Is the business of science to
think afterwards what lilo has taught first
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"Why, Mrs. Jones, what are you do
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Wu Ting Fang, at a dance In Wash
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"Like the ancient nriton, who
dressed In bluo woad," he said, "the
belle's idea of a magnificent toilet
seems to be plenty of paint and very
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