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About The news-herald. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1909-1911 | View Entire Issue (July 22, 1909)
Love? I will tell thee what it is to love
It it to build with human thoughts a shrine,
Where Hope alts brooding like a beauteous dove.
Where time seems young, and like a thing divtae.
Yet, this la love the steadfast and the true,
The immortal glory which hath never cet;
The best, the brightest boon the heart e'er knew
Of all life's aweets, the very aweetest yet I
Vil rica. I guess everybody in
the civilized world knows
that ex-President Theo
dore Roosevelt of the
United States is getting
two American dollars for
every word of "copy" he writes for a
certain New York publication. There
fore the business of bagging the gnus
in this lonely spot on the world's
map has a double meaning.
Spell it gnus or news suit your
cclf they are pronounced alike. The
only difference Is that you get one
with a rifle of heavy bore and the
other by means of mental ingenuity.
Mr. Roosevelt, I have discovered,
makes his own news. And he sella
Ms own news. Hence his declaration
that "because there are no journal
ists with this expedition all appar
ently authentic reports are barren
cm I , m
In the make-up of the somf-savage
Eighty-four souls comprised the
small army which Mr. Roosevelt took
with him from Mombasa. Hwann
Tumbo dressed his aides up in Amer
ican made loose shirts ar.d khaki
trousers. Of their own choice were
queer little skull caps decorated with
feathers and tassels.
Wall tents, tho
same as those
used by Ameri
can army offi
ma i sirffTW
Plato Dobbs Tricky Ways
By Benjamin Franklin Napheys
(Copyrlalit. by Dully Kturv Tub. Co.)
falsehoods or are obtained by means of bribing Ignorant ser
vants and it stands to reason that for the sake of a bribe one
of evil intentions is not above Inventing falsehoods fo- the
purpose of obtaining the bribes."
Be that as it may, early in the month of August Mr. Roose
velt will impart some of his news to a select gathering of East
Africans at a banquet. You can't keep reporters from a ban
quet, consequently at the time of writing there is no reason to
suppose that the world will not get the former American execu
tive's remarks in full.
Mr. Rnosevelt will tell his hunting experiences, his views
on world politics and lots of other things which will astonish
his staid Dritish hosts and will set them to thinking..
Tho world at large is getting littlo Roosevelt "stuff," as
the editors call it. The reason for It is said to be the hunter's
desire to pursue the life of a nimrod undisturbed by eager news
paper men. They are on his trail
every day, but they keep out of
Entering the port of Mombasa,
Theodore Roosevelt and his big
stick made an instantaneous hit.
He was strenuous. UriMshers are
slow of movement and thought;
they are deliberate. Not so with
the American hero. He thought
quickly, spoke quickly and said
things which made tho inhabitants
stand up and shout.
He talked about the great country
which the nritish had built and al
most civilized in Africa. He made
other points which tickled his hosts
and he was solid with them from
the minute he put foot on tho gang
plank of the steamer which brought
him from Naples, Italy. He told
his East African friends that he
wanted to be treated like a regula
tion American citizen, not like a
former president of the United
States. This, tho British seemed to think, was a
first class invitation to treat him like a king,
which they did.
With his entourage riding In the passenger
compartments of a primitive Uganda railway
coach, Mr. Roosevelt gave a real strenuoslty ex
hibition by daring Acting Governor Jackson to
rldo with him on the cowcatcher. He said there
was more breeze on the front of the train any
way. Mr. Jackson and Mr. Roosevelt then stopped
the outfit and took positions of vantage ahead of
the fireman and engineer.
This tickled the Britishers. Nobody had ever
thought of riding on the front of an engine be
fore in East Africa. They had always done the
most commonplace thing by seating themselves
on the "cushions." So, because he was different
from their kind, they liked the American from
The ride that day lasted 50 miles, when the en
gine, being a union engine, refused to work over
eight hours and gave out. The next day the ride
was repeated and to-day half the British East
African highbrows ride on tho front of the en
glno when they want to make an impression.
Once on Sir George Mac.Mlllan's ranch tho
real sport of the expedition commenced.
MacMlllan's ranch is a notorious hangout for
man-eating Hons. They roar around the ranch
' at night and tear up things generally. Colorado
mountahi lions were easily beneath the hunting
prowess of Mr. Roosevelt and he proved that Af
rican lions are also-rans alongside of tho Ameri
can brand by depicting the kingdom of Leo by
six in two days, thereby setting a new record for
huntsmen In this section of Africa.
A big, hungry hippopotamus chased Mr.
Roosevelt one day. Formulating his plans as he
sped along through the jungle, the ex-president
led tho enraged animal to the open and set two
steel bullets crashing between his eyes when the
hippo was only 100 fect away. Kermlt had a
similar experience with a rhinoceros and, display
ing the family traits of his father, stood his
(round and succeeded la dispatching Mr. Rhino
L k a A ii I Tmr
at 40 yards. The
beast was charging
him in dangerous
Not long ago Mr.
two baby antetlopes
and sent them to
his daughter, Mrs.
worth, who by this'
time doubtless has
received them. More
than liOO speci
mens had been cap
tured by the Roose
velt party up to the
time of . this writ
ing and before the expedititon weighs anchor
for other shores probably 1.000 more will have
reached the taxidermists.
Lions, wildebeests, antelopes, giraffes, hippo
potami, rhinocerl, tigers, monkeys and dozens of
other varieties are among the trophies of the
To Kermit Roosevelt the expedition has been
a source of .wonderment and pleasure. Every
thing was new to him. He had read about the
mysterloasness of darkest Africa but had never
been given an opportunity to even peer into the
confines of a real Hon hunting camp.
At the present writing both Kermlt and his
father are in the best o." health, both wearing a
swarthy tau which is darker than the jungle
stained khaki suits In which most of the hunting
A short time ago Mr. Roosevelt visited tho
American mission near here and he expressed
pleasure at the work which the organization is
doing for the African savage. The morning of
the day he visited the mission he spent in hunt
ing Culubra. monkeys and succeeded in shooting
several, which were added to the list of speci
mens. Officials here have expressed the belief that
Mr. Roosevelt's bagging of game Is Justifiable in
view of the fact that his specimens are being
secured for the purpose of stocking up the
Smithsonian institution at Washington.
Perhaps the biggeBt test of Rooseveltlan stren
tiosity came when the party crossed the desert
west of this city. In this Instance they wero
compelled to go for more than a week without
procuring water. All the liquid refreshment they
had was carried with them In great water skins,
suitable for this purpose.
Bwana Tumbo, which Is an African expression
of reverence, was the nickname which Mr. Roose
velt's native servants soon attached to him, and
when 1 met the ex president at Kapltl Plains
station, whero he was obliged to stop during his
travels, he seemed pleased to be reminded oi
the fact that he had struck a responsive chord
quarters and his
fully shown by
the fact that tho
r.nd F-tripos float
ed from the Has
The colors were
dipped at sun
rlno nnd sunset
with the United
States army cus
camp presente 1
a unique scene
Situated in tho
;nterwns Mr. Roose
velt's adobe, which
nlso housed Kermlt
Before It floated tho
American flag and
grouped around it
"streets" were the
"pup tents" of tho
bush beaters, cooks
and other servants.
personal servant, ju-
ma by name, became j
as devoted to his .
young master au
though the latter
were of regal heri
tage. Me followed
him everywhere and
was at his side dur
ing the rhinoceros In
cident in which Her
mit's life was per
iled. Juma's gaudy tur
ban, khaki half hose
calfskin shoes, which
were a present from Kermit, marked him as a
man to be envied among his fellows. The ex-pres-Ident
said that whenever ho needed Kermit for any
matter whatsoever, it was onoly necessary to scan
the horizon for Juma's gay headpiece.
During his hunting, travels and speaking
Bwana Tumbo never has lost sight of his writing
Ho Is writing a chapter here and there, whenever
he has the tlm or Inclination to devote a few
hours to tho book of travels which he has half
Mr. R. D. CuninRhame, Mr. Roosevelt's hunter,
Is typical of the African sportsman and is declared
to know more about game in this section of the
world than any other game expert.
No more unique sight was ever presented to
the casual observer than that which met my eye
when I alighted from a Uganda railway coach al
Kapltl rinins. where Mr. Roosevelt and his army
were grouped. The station is on Sir Alfred I'easc's
ranch or estate, as it is known here.
"The Plains" consists of hardly more than the
signboard which tells Its name. Mr. Roosevelt's
"army" was drawn up about him, the ex-presldent
was conversing with Hunter Cunlnghame and the
former executive's gunbearer, Abdallah bin Said
was awaiting orders from his chief. Of the army
Plato Uolilis lay with his head Just ;
visible beneath tho patchwork quilt,
and one arm stretched across the top
Df the covers. His fist was clenched,
and whenever he emitted an unusu
illy loud snore he wrathfully smote
the bed clothing. Plato was evidently
having unpleasant experiences in tho
Innd of dreams.
His wife, clad In a dressing gown,
sat on the edge of tho bed, watchln:;
him. She made no move to arouse
Plato from his uneasy slumbers, how
ever; and whin a llslit tap sounded ut
the bedroom door sho opened It si
lently. "Don't make a found, sister Ange
lina," cautioned Mrs. Uobhs, as a thin,
hatchet-faced woman, with a bowl of
water in her hand, entered the room,
"lie's asleep at last, but he's mighty
restless. I don't want him waked up
until you've tried the experiment on
him. Seem's If I couldn't wait another
minute to llml out whether your sus
picions were true, or only niado up out
of your own head."
"Made up, Indued," miffed Angelina;
"that's the thanks I get from my own
sister. You needn't be afraid, I'll show
him up," and she gestured toward tho
sleeping Plato. "I showed up his two
brothers, Animous and Venomous,
over to Peavllle, before I'd been visit
ing their wives two weeks. Just as
soon us I helped those poor, deluded
women to pack up and go home to
their own folks I came right over here
to help you out. There never wna a
man yet to be trusted in anything, nnd
now that I've discovered a way to un
mask 'em It's going to be my llfework.
Did you have Plato do as I said to-day,
so's he'd be good and tired to-night?"
"Yes, he's b en on the go ever since
sunup; and tn-night I got him a travel
book out of the library, and he's been
reading it aloud. There was one fear-
"I'll Excite Him," Ejaculated Miss An
fill story In it about a female gorilla
capturing a man and keeping him a
prisoner for two weeks on the limb of
a tree. Plato read that twice, it was
"I'll excite him," ejaculated Miss
Angelina, grimly. "You always was
Abdallah is most devoted to his master and the tho softest one of the Barlow family,
frequent lashings which th.e heads of the expedi- or you'd have seen through Plato
tlon are often compelled to administer to quell Dobbs' tricky ways long ago. But 1
Impending mutiny are never necessary with this I s'pose If I hadn't bought my book of
character. He Is a cnlijiie type of African and be
cause of his good qualities he commands better
pay than the rest of his fellows.
The man who aided Mr. Roosevelt In getting
his expedition ready cautioned him against asking
any of his servants to do duties for which any of
tho others were hired.
The labor union Instinct Is second nature with
the attache of the African hunting expedition. Let
a gun bearer try to do the work of a porter or
bush beater and there is war In camp at once
Neither may the game carriers beat the game Into
sight. Perhaps this system Is for the best after
all. for the reason that every man specialises and
therefore Is able to do his own allotted work to a
It. is said heie that Mr. Roosevelt's entire expe
dition will cost between $15,000 nnd fl'O.OOO, which
to an Amcrlc&n hunter may seem an enormous
price. But hunting wild game In Africa is a heavy
undertaking and In order to go through with such
a task that amount of money is actually neces
sary. But the party is j;ettlng results nnd that la j h(m wn.lt yo wllI. ho rannot ,lec(,vi,
what they tlKKro Is the proper viewpoint. ; ymi , ,,.,t,v Bome HIlpiont Wf)mnn
Having arrived In the Stoik district Kermlt nnd named Alberta Agnes discovered the
his father had plenty of game upon which to exhibit I secret. Come on. hold the bowl so tils
their prowesn. The younger Roosevelt Immediately j hands just touch tho water, nnd I'll do
set about establishing a hunting record by bagging j the questioning. He'll find that ho
the biggest Hon which, up to that time, had found can't hide anything from Angelina
Its way to the taxidermist of the party. In the Stolk Barlow."
district Mr. Roosevelt shot many bu.Taloes, their There was no guile on the placid
skins being preserved for the Smithsonian Insth f,., t nio rini.i. .. h i0 ,i.
j back with his eyes closed. The night
mare that had r.ffrlglited hlni seemed
to have departed. With curiosity ami
awe on her face, Mrs. Dobbs tcok ui
tho bowl and gently raised it until
Plato's fingers dipped Into the water,
"Wet his hand more," admonished
her sister at her side.
Mrs. Dobbs was about to comply
when Plato struck out suddenly, mini
ing a shower into the faco of MIsh
"Wow!" muttered tho sleeper,
"there she is again. There's old bow
"There, what did I tell you?" ex
claimed Mli.s Angelina. "He's talking
about wonien u'ready. Walt till I get
the aalt water out of my eyes, nnd I'll
find out what he's ber.i up to. Wet
his hand aaiii, slrter."
Once mere Plato's luind was sub
merged, nnd this time ho mndo no
protesting movement. Miss Angelliiii
fixed her eyes en his faco and sternly
"Plato W. Dobbs, wliero'd you first
meet this female?"
"Uin niii down by tho river," sleep
ily muttered the man In tho bed.
"I knew It," declared Miss Angelina.
"I told you, sister, that ho went down
there for something else besides fish
ing. I followed him often enough, but
I never could catch him at anything.
Wherg'd you hide, you bald -headed old
"Up a tree," responded tho victim,
with astonishing promptness. "Up a
t ree t ree t ree u m ."
"Good lands!" exclaimed Mrs.
Dobbs, "thero'H no woman around
these parts that can climb a tree), let
alone staying there when she got up.
Ask him how she kept from falling off
"Bow-legged," Immediately respond
ed the sleeper. "Old bow-leBH bow-
"Keep his hand well wet, sister,"
cautioned Miss Angelina. "I'm goliiR
to find cut who sho is now, only I
dassent ask him right out, just yet
What does sho look like, Plato V?"
"Ugly, slabaided hawk nosed old
gorilla gorilla wow!"
"And you've been running after a
person like that?"
"N-a-w, the chased mo every day
up a tree."
"There, I knew it!" exclaimed Mrs.
Dobbs. "You see, sister, uo matter
what we've found out, it Isn't his
"Bo Ktill, and keep his hand wet.
Plato W., what Is her name?"
Plato stirred, grunted, and hid his
face in the pillow.
"Wet his hand, sister, t'omo, you
brute, you've got to tell. What'a Iter
name? Speak up."
"Angelina Burlow," and then Plato
drowsily took away his hand and
burled himself beneath tho patchwork
The bowl of water dropped unlieed
ed from Mrs. DobbB' fingers, and Miss
Angollna sunk limply to tho door.
"You'd better go to bed and gel
some rest, Angelina," said Mrs. Dobbs
at length. "Yotrtl bo getting up early
"Do you b'lleve what he said?-' weak
ly demanded Miss Angelina.
"N-no, course not; only you told in
that the salt water made 'em all tell
the truth, and you know, Angelina
that you're awfully bow"
"Well, any way, you'd better pack
your things, and the hired man' II drive
you over to Peavllle tho first thing In
tho morning." !
Beneath the bed clothes Plato Pobtw
was chuckling and winking In the
ancient secrets you'd have put up with
him all your days, and been none the
During Miss Angelina's remarks sho
had grown somewhat excited, and.
heedless of the sleeping Plato, sho
raised her voice a little. Ho gave no
sign of rousing, however; Indeed, his
slumber seemed more quiet, and he
lay breathing regularly, with his arm
dangling over the edge of tho bed.
Mrs. Dobbs gazed with awe at the
bowl on the table.
"Are you sure," she demanded, "that
you've mixed It according to direc
tions?" "Certainly; I know the reclpo by
heart: 'If you would know another's
secrets, place a grent pinch of salt In
a bowl of clear water; then when a
deep sleep has fallen uku him place
his hand In the salted water and ask
A Week Behind.
It Is perhaps Bruno's tact and di
plomacy that have mado bin weekly
entertainments nt tho Lyceum on Bust
Broadway so popular, says tho Now
York Press. As an example, last Fri
day evening tho subject of tho lecture
was "Sliull Woman and. Van Bo Edu
cated Equally, and Why?" Thcro fol
One toy, whether It was that he
slept or what, arose, mounted tho
platform nnd began carefully to dis
cuss the Fiibject of the week before
nnd to answer the arguments he evi
dently thought the speaker of that
evening hud advanced in proof of his
theory. Tho audience commenced tc
titter, then to laugh aloud, whereupon
Mr. Hrunof sprang up and explained:
"The sign outside has not been
changed," ho said. "Tho painter did
not change it, therefore this young
man naturally supposed tho subject
announced outside to bo tho subject
under discussion this evening. . It is
not his fault. It Is not our fault. It
la the fault of tho painter."
Where All Are Agreed.
I will do human nature the justlco
to say that we are al) prone to make
other people do their duty. Sydney
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