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LIQUID ARMOR THAT WILL STOP A SWORD CUT.
V 'r A . Vy, A v Ik-Mi
Water falling from a height of 2,000 feet and passing through a pipe
having a ncrzle about one-fifth of an inch in diameter, will issue from the
nozzle with such force that a strong man cannot cut It with a sword, and,
indeed, is likely to break the sword.
COBRAS EAT SNAKES
Awful Clash at Meal Time
Scions of "First Families of India"
Fall to Appreciate Atmosphere of
the "City of Brotherly
Philadelphia, Pa Three Ennkes are
raising cain out In tho zoological gar
dens. They are raising bo much cain
that all the zoo men, from Superin
tendent Carson down, are getting
Knakea. They arrived at tho gardens
tho other day, and ever since then
have been whipping up ono constant
row and shattering the nerves of
It Is easy enough to understand,
even In the cane of hardened and sea
soned snake men. For these three
troublous serpents are variously
known by such nerve-soothing epi
thets as snake-eating cobras, or the
tree-climbing cobras, or giant cobras.
And when they bite they kill. Their
venom has no antidote.
It might bo added that this species Is
tho only variety of real snakes that
will show fight to n man without be
ing first attacked by him. In the zo
ology of tho imagination there are, of
course, other well-known varieties of
equally active sepentlnes, but thoy are
pink or blue or green or yellow in
color, and they nro hard to grasp.
while these snake eaters at tho zoo
nre a plain stony gray and can be
distinctly felt, if aii.v ono cares to try.
They are the latest and snappiest
thing in tho cannibal line, are these
cobras, and tho story of their trans'
portatlon to tho gardens and of their
subsequent lively pranks is no mere
silly season yarn. It Is a story, as the
critics of fiction would say, "filled
with the whipcords and the bite of real
They come of one of the first, best
nnd rarest families of India. They
are eenrco and they are valuable.
There arc plenty of your common,
man-eating cobras in India, but your
snake eater Is a prize.
Consequently, when Robert I). Car
son, superintendent of the zoological
gardens, heard th.it three of them
were en route to New York in a
wooden box he hun led over and
bought them, eating up a good slice
of zoo money In the transaction. Ho
bought them of an Indian wild ani
When they arrived at the zoo they
caused great excitement, for every
well informed zoo keeper knows the
reputation of the snake-eating cobra.
Tho next day these snakes boiled
up into one of tV.e worst and one of
the most remarkable stews ever en
countered at tho zoo. Keeper Mess had
thrown In the usual dally meal of one
snake per snake to the cobras, on the
Natural assumption that each snake
eater would make a dive for a de
tached victim. Homo time later he
heard the nolso of a regular whip
cracking scrap In the cobra cage and
hurried to the scene.
Two of tho cobras were trying to
wallow the same snake. One had
Btarted at tho head and the other nt
ho tall of their victim, and when they
niet swallowing hard, at tho middle,
In a bead-on collision, tho air was
thick with flying, flashing cobra.
Hess stood electrified and helpless
before tho strange sight. What to do
was a question, so ho Just watched,
fry nnd by they snnk to tho floor and
Btarted iu a strenuous gulping contest,
each trying to swallow the other in
side, snake and all.
It resolved itself into a question of
which snake had the rudest yawn and
the most Jaw, and soon the smaller
cobra began a slow and unpleasant
Journey down his brother cobra'8
That was too much for Hess. To
be a cannibal Is bad. To swallow
one's brother is hideous. Hess raised
a narrow portion of the sliding door,
pulled the head of the two-snake-swal-
lowing snake out a little way, and
then untelescoped the smaller cobra,
which ho afterward slowly deprived
of tho lunch that was In him by draw
ing him off the snake that was half
Inside him and half inside the other
This was a perilous task, as cobra
number three was in the offing, wink
ing his weather eye at the wholesale
disgorging. Hut Hess got away with
the Job and is now recovering from
That is tho story of those three
scrapping snnkes to date. The gentle
creatures are among the choicest
prizes that have been gathered in by
tho zoo officials in recent years.
OFFICE ON EDGE OF FOREST
Mountain Stream Furnishes Power
for Plant of Western Newspaper
Seattle, Wash. Perhaps the most
picturesquely situated newspaper of
fice In the country la that of the Meg
aphone at Qullcene, Wash. The own
er la M. F. Satterlee, a pioneer news
paper man. He says:
"It is hardly possible there ia an
other newspaper in the world situated
in a similar way to the Megaphone es
tablishment. On the one hand, within
less than four rods of the office, is a
virgin forest, extending back to Walk
er mountain, while on the other are
tho waters of the Pacific ocean, which
pay dally visits within one hundred
feet of the huge water wheel driving
the Megaphone press. The wheel is
turned by a sparkling mountain stream
that flows in front of the ollleaand
then empties into the bay. We can
reach out of the window of the estab
lishment and pick from the tree Early
Transparent apples, while within twenty-five
feet are apples of eight other
kinds and pears, prunes, plums and
cherries are but a few steps away.
"Of wild fruit there are blackber
ries and salmon berries within a riHe
range of the editorial desk. Then we
can go out on n wharf, 200 feet from
the office door, and catch 6almon
trout, salmon, perch and rock cod,
while the beach is one spread of clam
bods; and fuel. In the shape of fir
bark, broken In the proper lengths
for the office stove, floats to us on
every tide, as It loosens from the log
booms in tow to the mills. The Mega
phone office nestles at tho foot of
Walker mountain, whose shadow In
summer falls upon the spot at four
p. ni., and where tho morning sun,
flashing across tho Taraboo peninsula,
casts its beams nt on early hour. In
winter the place Is sheltered from tho
blasts of the sou'easters which roar
over the sound. From tho Megaphono
place can be seen the moonbeams
glistening on tho waters of Quileea
bay and miles out on Hood canal.
CHASED INTO RIVER BY BULL
Rain Bares Radium Mine.
Telluride, Col. That a deposit of
pitchblende, which Thomas F. Walsh
recently declared was likely to be
found In tho mining districts of Col
orado, exists near hero, and has been
laid bare as an effect of the recent
floods, Is the declaration of a party of
prospectors. The announcement has
caused considerable excitement and a
party of experienced miners will go
at once to the yellow sandstone cliff
which It is said contains traces of the
precious radium mineral and thorough
ly investigate it.
Two Jersey Men Have Narrow Escapo
from Being Gored to Death
In Saving Woman.
Montclalr, N. J. In saving Miss
Ruth Manning of Paterson from an
enraged bull near Slngac. Reynold
Thomas and Guy Taylor of this city
had a narrow escape from being gored
The bull was owned by a farmer
named Pier, who lives not far from
the home of Mine. Schumann-IIcinke,
near Slngac. It was rampaging up
and down the road when Miss Manning
came along. ' Some crimson ribbons
on her gown nroused the bull to at
Bellowing furiously, the bull charged
on Miss Manning, who turned and
ran. The young men arrived on tho
scene Just as the bull started after
Young Thomas hit the bull with a
stone and It turned on him and bowled
him over. The bull was trampling on
Thomas nnd attempting to gore him
when Taylor smashed him over the
head with a fence rail.
Then the bull rushed nt Taylor, who
dashed off at a ten-second clip. The
bull was young and speedy, too, and
began to gain on Taylor. Feeling that
he could not keep up the pace for
long, Taylor turned toward the Pas
saic river, which runs parallel with
the road at this point.
Into the river Taylor dashed, fol
lowed by the bull, which, after wading
out shoulder deep, abandoned the
At this Juncture the owner of the
bull and farm hands arrived, and with
pitchforks finally drove the bull back
to the farm.
Y'oung Thomas was not severely
hurt when trampled on by the bull
and Taylor did not mind his ducking.
Miss Manning warmly thanked tho
two young men.
Mm $ ym
FIRST SOLDIER HURT IN WAR
David Jacobs Tells of Thrilling March
in City of Baltimore on
April 18, 1861.
David Jacobs of Norlh Hethlehein,
Pa., has a unique distinction, ills war
record shows him to have been a gal
lant soldier, nnd it also indicates that
he possesses the proud, If somewhat
painful honor of having been the first
soldier wounded or injured in the war
of the rebellion, even if it was only
with a stone instead of a b.illet. Later
Mr. Jacobs had all the experience
with the latter he wanted; but his
first wound ns a soldier and tho first
soldier wounded came from a stone
hurled in his face, which placed him
hors du combat for several hours.
Mr. Jacobs enlisted on April 17,
I851, from Allentown, Pa., to serve
three months, and was mustered into
muni1.1, nasn; iwjm m umyi w rMatu
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By FREEMAN TILDEN
HEN LAYS TWO EGGS DAILY
Delaware Fowl Has Record of Three
In Twenty-Four Hours Suggests
Wilmington, Del. Although poultry
raisers all over the country, after long
years of experimenting in the breed
ing of poultry for Increased egg pro
duction, have failed to produce a hen
that will lay mote than one egg a
day, yet Lllbourno Martin of this city,
Is the proud possessor of a hen which
not only occasionally lays two eggs
a day, but sometimes turns out throe
eggs within 24 hours.
Persons who have had long experi
ence in poultry raising who heard of
wonderful performances of tho hen
were at first inclined to doubt that the
hen had actually laid two eggs a day,
as they had never heard of such a
case or read of any reports of cases
of this kind In the poultry Journals.
While selected thoroughbred hens,
bred for egg production, have mado
great records In egg laying contests,
held at different times, especially in
one held In Australia some years ago,
no hen In any of the contests ever laid
two eggs a day.
The hen owned by young Martin is
the only ono kept by him, and It Is
confined In the yard In the rear of
the house by itself, so that tho eggs
could not have been laid by any other
hen. Tho truthfulness of the family
has never been doubted by tho resi
dents of the western sldo of the city.
Tho hen Is a little more than a year
old and was brought from Liynum,
Hartford county, Md by young Mar
tin last summer, having been given to
I him by a relative. The heu was quite
small at the time, and he first thought
it was a bantam, but It kept growing
until when full grown it resembled a
black ninorca in both slzo and color.
It Is quite a pet and answers to the
name of Snowball.
Young Martin used no special
method of feeding In forcing the hen
to lay. Persons experienced In poul
try raising say that by breeding this
hen along with heavy laying fowls a
new strain might eventually bo de
veloped which would break all previ
ous egg records.
Common hens often lay less than
one hundred eggs. In a year; 200 egg
hens are scarce; some breeders have
hens that lay 210 eggs a year A
strain, of fowls thnt would occasional
ly lay two eggs a day, and sometimes
three In 24 hours during tho periods
of a year that they were laying, might
go as far above these figures.
Jacobs Felled By Stone.
the I'nited States service at Camp
Curtis, Hariisburg, April, 18, 1SG1, as
a private of Capt. Thomas Yerger's
Company G, Twenty-filth regiment,
Pennsylvania volunteers, Col. Henry
L. Coke commanding. Company O was
originally the Allen infantry, a well
drilled military body of Allentown,
commanded by Capt. Thomas Yeager,
and among the first defenders or ono
of the first of five companies of volun
teers to arrive In Washington.
Its services were offered to nnd ac
cepted by the government at the open
ing of hostilities. It arrived in liar
lisburg April 17, 1.SC1, was mustered
In with the other four companies and
left for Washington on the 18th, ar
riving at Iialtlmore at 1 p. ni. It was
while marching two miles through the
city to Camden, In that state, that Mr.
Jacobs was Injured. There suddenly
came a shower of missiles, and the
first person to fall was Mr. Jacobs.
He got a big stone square In the
mouth, four teeth went down his
throat or somewhere, and he went
down on tho cobblestones, uncon
scions. In falling he hurt his left arm
seriously. He was picked up uncon
scions by his comrades and carried tc
the train amidst n shower of stones,
and It wn3 not until Washington was
reached that he recovered his senses
Mr. Jacobs says that that march
through the mob in Ilaltlniore was
one of tho most thrilling episodes In
his entire war career, and before
they got to the depot and were en
trained for Washington plenty of oth
ers were wounded; but Jacobs was
They arrived at Washington at 7 p
m., the vanguard or 2,(100 volunteers.
They afterward received the thanks
of the president and tho Thlrtysev
enth congress for their timely presence.
Mr. Jacobs' experience at Hull's
Run did not discourage him, for after
his three months' enlistment was ov
er, he Immediately re-enlisted and
served until the close of the war, par
ticipating In some of the biggest en
gagements in the war and inarching
with Sherman to the sea. lie left tht
army with tho rank of corporal tc
which he had been promoted for gal
Offers Life Saver 25 Cents.
Baltimore, Md. Saving life accord
ing to ono mother's valuation of her
son, Is worth 25 cents when a "kid"
falls overboard about Canton. Joseph
Strobel, a workman at station G of the
American Ice Company, off Iloston
street, had his attention called to a
boy overboard. Ho sprang Into the
water with all his clothes on and soon
had Willie Hurrlson, nine years old
of 2413 r nit avenue, In his strong
arms. ' When brought nRhore the boy
was In a bad way, but with Mr. Stro
ud's record of Bavlng half a dozen
bog this summer from drowning he
has also acquired the art of first aid
to the near drow ned. Ho soon had
HAT women ilros to jileiisc themselves is un illusion shared
only 1 iv thiM' of the so who du not permit themselves tho
luxury of thought. That women dress for men that is, to
nttraet men is a view rational enough to have been suggested
I y a num. Imt full of contradictions and far from un adequate
explanation. It is nearer the truth to-day, 1 think, to say
that women arc dressed for men by men.
A man who spends part nf his income in supplying rai
ment for a woman is Haltering himself in no verv subtle man
ner. It gives Ii i nt a standing among his fellows as a good
provider. Not even the automobile has superseded it as ii means of estab
lishing and maintaining financial confidence, lie likewise may win a
more or less grateful recognition from tho wearer of the clothes. IIo
takes pleasure in gazing at the advertisement of his generosity and opu
lence as an actor is enraptured to sue his personality reflected on the bill
boards. Time was when men who had risen to the distinction of perpetual
leisure displayed evidences of their prosperity in their own person. In
certain parts of the world to-day elongated fingernails nre a proud testi
monial to this state, lint as this was a condition where there was neces
sarily a recourse to the intellect for diversion and exercise, and as intellect
has never been a drug on the market, loafing became a bore. Then men
looked around for another means of advertising their caste; and the very
natural result was the selection of women for a medium.
lligh-hecled shoes, ponderous headgear, corsets, cumbersome gowns,
trains and labyrinthine accessories show, and are intended to show, that
there is no necessity for work. They witness tho grandeur of the man
who paid for them and can allord to placard thus his worldly suetcess.
'Men iwAii the fashions or procure them, and always to this end,
Undoubtedi the instinct for perfection creeps in and sometimes ' the
result is truly artistic. Hut the idea is to make the dollies cost, as muck
as possible and prevent the wearer from demeaning herself by labor, which,
is not very difficult task.
Ho not all these features reflect the power of the man who buys, who
provides, who plans? The idea cannot be entirely pleasing to women,,
surely, 1 hough it saves them from admit-
t inif t but t Inn- n m unllti- i,f in fl !,.( inr ciw.li It.
..... .... -.ii.ii. wi. iiiiit. till-: si u.
discomfort on themselves volitional! v.
By BETTY VINCENT
ARMY'S NEW BIG TELESCOPE
Gunners Can See Enemy While Re
mainlng Invisible Themselves
Lenses at Angles.
After years of patient experiment
ing, Dana Dudley, of Wakefield, Mass.
has Just had the satisfaction of hav
Ing his "pan angle" telescope adopter
by the war department of the I'nited
States. The invention Is simple in
its construction, yet, It is said, ma
revolutionize modem warfare. I
consists of reflecting lenses so ar
ranged nt angles in a tube that per
sons or objects above or below anr
on all sides may be viewed from n
place of concealment.
Tho device ns constructed for us(
In warfare is arranged so that ever
on disappearing guns or guns usei
In trenches and fired from any polir
Invisible from the exterior the oper
alor may ascertain the location of tin
enemy, target or other objective polnl
without exposing himself.
It surprises me to receive letters front
young ladies asking me "how they may be
come acquainted" with some young man
whom "ihey admire very much."
C S iris, is the world turning wrong sidi!
out, when you consider it your place to do
the "courting?" Can't you realize that if
a young man sees you and admires you he
will find some way to obtain an introduc
tion? If ft young man on terms of friendship
with mutual acquaintances of your own
cannot seem to manage to meet you ott
may be sure that he does not particularly
care to do so. So, young ladies, leave the initiative to the men.
The more you wish to meet some man the more likely you are to.
accomplish your purpose if you do not let him guess it.
To be obviously pursued is enough to disgust any man. It the men
request the introduction and protect your own dignity by not giving eon
sent to it too readily.
A young man writes me: "I met a girl about a week ago and it was
a case of love at first sight. I wish to marry her and I do not know how
to ask her. What shall 1 fay?"
It is far too soon to ask the young lady to marry you. You had best
wait until you are a bit more sure of your own affections before you
attempt to win hers, llecently a man wooed and won a young girl ia
HO minutes. Such love affairs, however, usually end disastrously.
A young girl writes: "1 have fallen in love with a young man who
holds a position beneath my brother. My parents object to him on that
account. What shall I do?"
Pe true to your love. If the reason which you mention is the only
one for the objection of your parents, it is not a good reason. Do not
deceive your parents. Tel1 hem frankly that you do not mean to give up
the man von love, but be li.ie to vour own heart.
By P. EVAN JONES
Did you ever step into a street car and
find your way obstructed by a man, more)
often a boy, with a couple of large bundles,
of goods not (lowers or bric-a-brac from a
department store, not even a folded baby
carriage, but plain bundles of merchandise
which belong on an express wagon?
You most, certainly did. And you al
ways saw tin; piercing glances which the
motorman shot at the boy and the sap-pres-ed
curses which trickled down the
throat of the conductor. You have also
seen the apologetic look of the man who is
using the street cars when he should,
properly, use an express wagon.
lleing inconvenienced by this man nnd his bundles, you often won
dered why the company allows such things. Considering the frame of
mind you were in, your reflections were quite pardonable. However,
there is another side to the story, which does not in the least concern you,
but which is inleresling nevertheless. It is the struggle for existence,
the hanging on to business by the skin of one's teeth, which every one of
these men who uses the street car for expressing purposes goes throiHi.
"No one is mote annoyed by the large bundles on the car (ban I aln '
said a young man who had occupied nearly the entire front platform of
a car with two bundles of wire frames for hats.
"Rut it is the only way I can keep up my business. I make these
wire frames and deliver them to millinery stores. I make them in mv
own home. If I were to hire an expressman or keep a delivery wnt;on of
my own for bringing the material from (he wholesale house mid then
delivering the wire frames to my customers, I would have to go out of
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