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LIQUID ARMOR THAT WILL STOP A SWORD CUT.
OFFICE ON EDGE QF FOREST
. V ... " "StlS' . '7
Water falling from a height of 2,000 feet and passing through a pipe
having a nozzle 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 in
Scions of "First Families of India"
Fall to Appreciate Atmosphere of
' the "City of Brotherly
Philadelphia, Ta. Three snakes aro
raising caln out In the zoological gar
dens. They are raising so much caln
that all the zoo men, from Superin
tendent Carson down, are getting
Bnakes. They arrived nt the gardens
the other day, nnd ever since then
have been whipping up one constant
row and shattering the nerves of
It Is easy enough to understand,
even In the case of hardened and sea
soned snake men. For these three
troublous serpents aro 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 be added that this species Is
the only variety of real snakes that
will show fight to a man without bo
ing first attacked by hlra. In the zo
ology of the imagination there are, of
course, other well-known varieties of
equally active sepentlnes, but they are
pink or blue or green or yellow in
color, and they are hard to grasp,
whllo these snake-eaters at the zoo
are a plain stony gray and can be
distinctly felt, If any one cares to try.
They are the latest and snappiest
thing In the cannibal lino, are these
cobras, nnd the story of their trans
portation to the 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 flrBt, best
and rarest families of India. They
are scarce and they are valuable.
There are plenty of your common,
man eating cobras In India, but your
snake eater Is a prize.
Consequently, when Robert D. Car
son, superintendent of the zoological
gardens, heard that three of them
were en routo to New York In a
wooden box ho hurried over and
bought them, eattng up a good slice
of zoo money In the transaction. He
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.
' The next day theso snakes boiled
up into one of the worst nnd one of
the most remarkable stews ever en
countered at tho zoo. Keeper Hess had
thrown in the usual dally meal of one
pnake per snake to the cobras, on the
fiatural assumption that each snako-
fater would make a dive for a de
ached victim. Some time later he
eard the noise of a regular whip
cracking scrap In the cobra cage and
hurried to tho scene.
Two of the cobras were trying to
pwallow tho samo snako. One had
ptarted nt the head and the other at
the tall of their victim, and when they
met swallowing hard, at the middle,
In a head-on collision, the air was
thick with flying, flashing cobra.
' Hess stood electrified and helpless
before the strange sight What to do
was a question, so he just watched.
py and by they snnk to the floor and
ptarted In a strenuous gulping contest,
each trying to swallow the other In
side, snako 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's
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 untelescopcd the smaller cobra,
which he afterward slowly deprived
of the 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 the story of thoso three
scrapping snakes to date. The gentle
creatures are among the choicest
prizes that have been gathered In by
the zoo officials in recent years.
Rain Bares Radium Mine.
Tellurlde, Col. That a deposit of
pitchblende, which Thomas F. Walsh
recently declared was likely to bo
found In the 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 onco to the yellow sandstone cliff
which it Is said contains traces of the
precious radium mineral and thorough
ly investigate it
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 more than one egg a
day, yet Lllbourne Martin of this city,
Is the proud possessor of a hen which
not only occasionally lays two eggs
a day, but sometimes turns out three
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 made
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 one kept by him, and It is
confined in the yard In the rear of
tho house by itself, so that the eggs
could not have been laid by any other
hen. The truthfulness of the family
has never been doubted by the resi
dents of the western side of the city.
The hen Is a little more than a year
old and wos brought from Bynura,
Hartford county, Md., by young Mar
tin last summer, having been given to
him by a relative. The hen was Quite
Mountain 8tream Furnishes Power
for Plant of Western Newspaper
Seattle, Wash. Perhaps the most
picturesquely situated newspaper of
fice In the country is that of the Meg
aphone at Qullcene, Wash. The own
er is M. F. Satterlee, a pioneer news
paper man. He says:
"It is hardly possible there la 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
the 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 offlcaand
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 rifle
range of the editorial desk. Then we
can go out on a wharf, 200 feet from
the office door, and catch salmon
trout, salmon, perch and rock cod.
while the beach is one spread of clam
beds; and fuel, in the shape of fir
bark, broken In tho proper lengths
for the office stove, floats to us on
every tide, as It loosens from the log
booms In tow to tho mills. The Mega
phone office nestles at the foot of
Walker mountain, whose shadow In
summer falls upon the spot at four
p. m., and where the morning sun,
flashing across the Taraboo peninsula,
casts Its beams at an early hour. In
winter the place Is sheltered from the
blasts of the sou'easters which roar
over the sound. From tho Megaphone
place can be seen tho moonbeams
glistening on the waters of Qulleea
bay and miles out on Hood canal.
CHASED INTO RIVER BY BULL
Two Jersey Men Have Narrow Escape
from Being Gored to Death
In Saving Woman.
Montclalr, N. J. In saving MIrs
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 Mme. Schumann-IIelnkc,
near Slngac. It was rampaging up
and down the road when Miss Manning
came along. Some crimson ribbons
on her gown aroused the bull to at
tack. Bellowing furiously, the bull charged"
on Miss Manning, who turned and
ran. The young men arrived on the
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 and attempting to gore him
when Taylor smashed him over the
head with a fence rail.
Then tho bull rushed at 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 Anally drove the bull back
to the farm.
Young Thomas was not severely
hurt when trampled on by the bull
and Taylor did not mind his ducking.
Miss Manning warmly thanked the
two young men.
small at the time, and he first thought
It was a bantam, but it kept growing
until when full grown it resembled a
black mlnorca lu both size 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 be 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 240 eggs a year.. A
strain of fowls that would occasional
ly lay two eggs a day, and sometimes
three in 24 hours during the periods
of a year that they were laying, might
go as far above these figures.
Offers Life Saver 25 Cents.
Baltimore, Md. Saving life accord
ing sto one mother's valuation of her
son, Is worth 25 cents when a "kid"
falls overboard about Canton. Joseph
Strobel, a workman at station S of the
American Ice Company, off rioston
street, had his attention called to a
boy overboard. Ho sprang Into the
water with all his clothes on and soon
had Willie Harrison, nine years old,
of 2413 Fait avenue, In his strung
arms. When brought ashore the boy
was in a bad way, but with Mr. Stro
bel's record of saving half a dozen
boys this summer from drowning he
has also acquired the art of first aid
to the near drowned. Ho soon had
FIRST SOLDIER HURT IN WAR
Oavld Jacobs Tells of Thrilling March
in City of Baltimore on
April 18, 1861.
David Jacobs of North Rethlehem,
Pa., has a unique distinction. His war
record shows him to have been a gal
lant soldier, and 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
w ith a stone Instead of a bullet. Later
Mr. Jacobs had all the experience
with tho latter he wanted; but his
first wound as a soldier and the 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,
1SGI, from Allentown, Pa., to serve
three months, and was mustered into
Jacobs Felled By Stone.
tho United States service at Camp
Curtis, Harrisburg, April, 18, 1SG1, as
a private of Capt. Thomas Yerger's
Company O, Twenty-fifth regiment,
Pennsylvania volunteers, Col. Henry
L. Coke commanding. Company O waa
originally tho Allen Infantry, a well
drilled military body of Allentown,
commanded by Capt. Thomas Yeager,
and among the first defenders or one
of the first of five companies of volun
teers to arrive In Washington.
Its services were offered to and ac
cepted by the government at the open
ing of hostilities. It arrived in Har
risburg April 17,. 1861, was mustered
in with the other four companies and
left for Washington on the 18th, ar
riving at Baltimore at 1 p. m. 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, nnd he went
down on the cobblestones, uncon
8cious. In falling he hurt his left arm
seriously. He was picked up uncon
selous by his comrades nnd carried to
the train amidst a shower of stones,
and it was not until Washington was
reached that he recovered his senses
Mr. Jacobs says that that march
through the mob In Baltimore 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
era were wounded; but Jacobs was
They arrived at Washington at 7 p
in., the vanguard of 2,000 volunteers.
They afterward received the thanks
of the president and the Thirty-seventh
congress for their timely pres
ence. Mr. Jacobs' experience at Bull's
Run did not discourage him, for after
his three months' enlistment was ov
er, he Immediately re-enlisted and
served until tho close of the war, par
ticipating In some of the biggest en
gagements in the war and marching
with Sherman to the sea. He left th6
army with tho rank of corporal tc
which ho had been promoted for gal
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 Wokefield, Mass.
has just had the satisfaction of hav
ing hla "pan angle" telescope adopted
by tho war department of the United
States. The invention is simple in
Its construction, yet, It is said, mnj
revolutionize modern warfare. Ii
consists of reflecting lenses so ar
ranged at angles In a tube that per
sons or objects above or below ano
on all sides may bo viewed from a
place of concealment.
The device as constructed for use
In warfare Is arranged so that ever
on disappearing guns or guns moi
In trenches and fired from any poln'
Invisible from tho exterior the oper
ator may ascertain the location of th
enemy, target or other objective polnl
without exposing himself.
HAT women ilivss lo please themselves is an illusion bhaml
only ly lliosc of the sex who do not permit themselves tho
luxury of thought. That women tlrcfs for lnen that is, to
attract men is a view rational enough to have been suggested
by a man, but full of contradictions and far from an adequate
explanation. It is nearer the truth to-day, I think, to say
that women are dressed for men by men.
A man who spends part of his income in supplying rai
ment for a woman is ilattering himself in no very subtle man
ner. It gives him a standing among his fellows as a good
provider. Xot even the automobile has superseded it as a means of estab
lishing and maintaining financial confidence. lie likewise may win a
more or less grateful recognition from the wearer of the clothes. lie
takes pleasure in gazing at the advertisement of his generosity and opu
lence as an actor is enraptured to see his personality reflected on the bill
boards. Time was when men who had risen to tho distinction of perpetual
leisure displayed evidences of their prosperity in their own person. In
certain parts of the world to-day elongated fingernails are a proud testi
monial to this state. Hut 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 tho 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.
Iligh-heelfd 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 the grandeur of the man
who paid for them and can afford to placard thus his worldly succeess.
-Men mk the fashions or procure them, and always to this end.
Undoubtedi the instinct for perfection creeps in and sometimes tho
result is truly artistic. But the idea is to make the clothes cost as much
as possible and prevent the wearer from demeaning herself by labor, which
is not w very difficult task.
Do 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, though it saves thorn from admit-y.
ting that they are guilty of inflicting such
discomfort on themselves volitional!-. 1 4J0UU. IwLt
AHvirf in I m
JYlCn I will
By BETTY VINCENT
may bo 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 lo disgust any man. Jt the men
request the introduction and protect your own dignity by not giving con
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 I say?"
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 vou
attempt to win hors. Becently a man wooed and won a young girl in
30 minutes. Such love affairs, however, usually end disastrously.' '
A young girl writes: "I. 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?"
Bo 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. Tel' them frankly that you do not mean to give up
the man you love, but be ti .ic to your own heart.
By P. EVAN JONES
using the street cars when he should,
properly, use an express wagon.
Being inconvenienced by this man and his bundles, you often won
dered why the company allows such things. Considering the frame of
mind you were in, your reflect ions were quite pardonable. However
there is another side to the story, which does not in the least concern you'
but which is interesting nevertheless. It is the struggle for existence'
the hanging ou to business by the skin of one's teeth, which every one of
these men who uses the street car for expressing purposes goes through
"Xo one is more annoyed by the large bundles on the cur than I nm
said a young man who had occupied nearly the entire front platform of
a car with two bundles of wire frames for hats.
'"But it js the only .way I can keep up my business. I make these
wire frames and deliver them to millinery stores. I make them in my
own home. If I were to hire an expressman "or keep a delivery waon of
my own for bringing the materinl from the wholesale house nnd then
delivering the wireframes to my customers, I would have to go out of
Fashions for -Gentle
It surprises me to receive letters from
young ladies asking me "how they may be
come acquainted" with some young man
y admire vcry much"
out, when you consider it your place to do
the "courting?" Can't you realize that if
n vnimtr m.nn kopq tiii nml mlmirna vnu ti
find some way to obtain an introduc
If a young man on terms of friendship
with mutual acquaintances of your own
cannot seem to manage to meet you jou
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 flowers or bric-a-brac from a
department store, not even a folded babv
carriage, but plain bundles of merchandise
which belong on an express wagon ?
You most certainly did. , And you al
ways saw tho piercing glances which the
motornian shot at the boy and the sap
pressed curses which trickled down the
throat of the conductor. You have also
seen the apologetic look of the man who is
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