The Loup City northwestern. (Loup City, Neb.) 189?-1917, August 26, 1909, Image 12

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    MISS FORTUNE or misfor
Harry A. Greenlee
faced a ticklish problem.
"Miss Fortune" meant a
bride and. $75,000. "Mis
fortune’’ meant death, perhaps; at
Hiiv rate, failure and five years’ work
for nothin*.
But now it's to be neither the one
nor the other. "Miss Fortune,’’ true
to her promise, is to become "Mrs.
Greenlee," and "misfortune” is no
mere—young Greenlee is even now on
his way back to Australia to claim
not only the hand of the girl he loves,
but the $75,000 prize offered there for
walking wholly around the world!
He Las done it in five short years.
In that time he has been in every
country but one on the face of the
earth; be bas set foot on every conti
nent and great Island. Ik? has fought,
-starved, thirsted, bled, sickened—
.■verything but died. But it's all for
gotten now. He has won ail because
he has dared all, according to a writer
in the New York World.
And in daring be says he has seen
over a hundred men die—of them
three were the chums and traveling
mates who set out with him. The
others were men they fought and
killed to save their own lives in dif
ferent places on the face of the globe.
But wno offered $75,000 for this globe
• rotting and why did Miss Fortune
promise her hand to anyoue? Read
and you shall learn.
Of chums there were tour when this
story began, five years ago in far
away Australia—Jack Jones, Dennis
McCiuskey, Fred Il-van amd Harry
Greenlee. All young—Greenlee is but
?4 now—they were Oiled with the
spirit of do and dare; they loved ex
citement; they wanted to see the
world. Not that Greenlee wasn't quite
a veteran at that sort of thing already.
As a youngster lie had run away from
home to he a bugler boy in the Boer
war, but even this wasn't enough for
The Bushmen's league of Australia
is a very powerful aud wealthy organ
ization. Some of the richest men of
that island, which is a continent of
itself, belong to it. A few of them
got together one day and offered a
Prize for a icat which no one ever vet
had accomplished.
"Filtcen thousand guineas for the
man who walks around the world, vis
iting every country, without begging,
borrowing or stealing.”
Two Fortunes to Win.
That, says Greenlee, was the Bush
men's offer. The quartet of young
fellows noted it. And 13,000 guineas
is $73,000— a fortune. And when their
girl chum and schoolmate. Miss Mary
. Smith Fortune, now a beauty of New
South Wales, offered to marry the one
who could do it. that made two for
tunes, didn't it? At least those Aus
tralian fellows thought it did. any
way, because all four loved the girl
more than any one would have con
fessed to the other three, friends as
■they were. Greenlee says he was
willing. He is still willing.
J And so all four determined to make
the try. each resolving to liqlsh,. each
one hoping the other three would drop
out, but all four firmly resolved to
stick together and share- thier com
mon danger as long ns they stuck to
their self-appointed task. They started
from Melbourne on June 1. 1004. With
them they carried the itinerary pre
pared for them by John Rutherford',
president, of the Bushmen's league.
All four* were braes badges of identiti
cation and carried on their persuns
Masonic emblems—ell four had at
tained the thirty-second decree in the
“It was the one thing that r-ut me
through.“ said Greenlee. earnestly, re
ferring to his Masonic connections,
when he arrived in New York, his
3:5,000 mile journey of more than five
years at an end.
Tasmania was the first stage of the
globe encircling trip, and it proved an
easy one for these hardy young fel
lows from Australia. Their letters
home were full of confidence. Cross
ing that island without any more ad
venture than would befall a man cross
ing the state of New York on foot they
took ship for German South Africa.
And then their real dangers began.
In fact, it was all off a.i far as Miss
Fortune was concerned. Time and
again she wrote to the four legging
them to come home, after she had
heard what was happening, oftentimes
months afterward, but it was no use.
Their minds were made up.
The four had to fight their way
through wilderness teeming with
savage tribes, even cannibals; ilaf
firs and Sassacunis attacked them
over and over again. Hunger and
thirst were ever present, but on and
on and on they tramped through jun
gle anti morass, hoping, ever hoping,
and journeying always to the north.
Is Paying the Penalty.
To-day, because of his experiences,
young Greenlee is not the enthusiast
he used to be. In fact, his sufferings
have made him all bm a physical
wreck. And when one listens to his
tale, it is hard to realize how he could
have done all this and come out of it
“We went on north," said young
Greenlee, while he was in New York,
“from German South Africa up
through the Congo Free State and
through British East Africa to Aden.
A short time before we left Aden.
Jones and Ryan went ahead a bit, and
it was a few days before we came up
with them—they were in a fight witli
a band of tribesmen. Neither had
guns because of their religious scru
ples. We were too late.
“The moment we came up we start
ed firing on our common foes, but the
assegais of the natives killed both
poor Jones and poor Ryan before we
got the range with our rifles. Then we
had to fight to save ourselves. When
at last the tribesmen fled—no match
for our long range rifles—we counted
52 dead bodies. We had to burn the
[bodies of our friends to keep the sav
ages from eating them after we were
“After that it was pretty gloomy,
you can bet. When Vve got to the
coast at last—we took boat to the
Canary islands and thence to Queens
town, Ireland. We walked about 3©0
miies around Ireland, then went to
Scotland and England. In London I
called at the war oflice and showed
my badges and my Victoria Cross,
i which I won when a bugler boy in the
! Boer war. I knew Buller and French
and Kitchener, and the king gave me
this ring."
Not Attracted by Kaiser.
Young Greenlee showed a Masonic
riug almost hidden by other rings of
diamonds and precious stones giver,
him by various personages all over
the world.
“We went to Germany after that
j and met the kaiser,” he continued. ”1
; don't care much ior him. he is so sar
castic looking* and conceited. We
might have been monkeys the way he
looked at us. But 1 liked the empress.
The gave me a beautiful diamond
brooch, which has since been stolen.
"It would take six months at least
to toll ail the places we visited, and
it’s hard to know which to leave in
' and which to leave out'. Most of it
. was just a ease of walking, day after
day. In short, we visited every coun
j try in the world with the exception of
Thibet, ’the Forbidden Land.’ We had
plenty of good fights, but we curried
good rilles and revolvers, and always
, came out best. The Chinese emperor,
i now dead, gave us a letter which was
i an open sesame everywhere la his
; kingdom. But in China, where we
! spent tits months, we got into two
| serious row’s with the Boxers. We
crossed over to Vancouver and went
down to Mexico andeume back through
Central America. On leaving Callfor
! uia we got lost and were for Tour days
i without food, and three without water,
i That about finished both of us. but
| McCluskey was the vtorse ofi. He con
. traded fever, and I just managed to
1 get him to Lordsburg, where he died.
: The Masons there buried him: Their,
■ I felt pretty much like giving up. We
I four had been friends ull our lives,
j huf McCluskey und myself were Just
‘ the same as brothers. Somehow 1
managed to get across the continent,
! however, and now my journey Is fin
j ished.”
Greenlee Always a Rover.
And Greenlee looked pretty w ell fin
ished himself. He is the son of Henry
Greenlee, owner of a rich sheep
! ranch, or as they cull them in Aus
I traiia, sheep station. In Mamonglug,
j N’ew South Wales. There Greenlee,
j McCluskey, Jones, Ryan and Miss For
j tune all grew up together. Miss For
I tune always the leader and gueen of
; the little set.
When only a youngster Harry
; Greenlee was always of a roving dis
| po sition. When he Joined the forces
In South Africa as a bugler lie was
tne youngest soldier af the front He
: so distinguished himself nt Wringing
that he won the coveted Victoria
Cross, the biggest honor an English
j soldier can receive, which is bestowed
| only for exceptional bravery.
The prize which Greenlee now wins
represents a pretty large sum and the
the way all along. Wd never needed
to auk for money. We did not beg.
Work was given to us. >v e were at
tempting a task that had never been
performed, and in the interests of the
thing they all helped us out.”
United ■ States Army to Be Credltec
with Graceful Act of Inter
national Courtesy.
By a graceful act of international
courtesy the United States army ha*
given honored sepulture to the bone*
of u brave and distinguished party ol
British seuinen who lost their live*
In a winter storm at Sandy Hook in
178-J, soon after the American army
had won independence for the colonies
after a prolonged and bitter struggle
with Great Britain. The United State*
army has further expressed ofHciallv
the intention to erect an appropriate
monument above the bodies of these
long dead heroes of the English navy
and Mr. Bryce, the famous historian
and ambassador from the court of St
James to the United States, has ex
pressed his country’s appreciation ol
the graceful act.
It was just about c-no year ago that
some workmen who were making ex
cavations for government work with
in the reservation of Kort Hancock
at Sandy Hook, uncovered the bones
cf 14 men, all apparently interred
many years ago in the sands of th«
beach. There was much speeulatior
for a time as to the solution of th«
The skeletons were gathered up re
apectfully and turned over with mill
tary regularity to the custody of th<
qua rtenca-3 tor’s department of th*
United States army. Then began at
Investigation, conducted with the us
ual military red tape, but, after all
with the 'customary directness of army
affair:;. Rev. Charles H. Wells, a gen
tleinun with a taste for antique things
wrote a letter in which he suggested
that the solution of the puzzle might
veil be found in the inscription on c
mural tablet in the- sacristy ot Trinity
church, which ,in the archaic orthog
raphy of more than a century ago
was found to read as follows:
“At Sandy Hook lye interred the
bones of the Honourable Hamiltor
Douglas Hally hurt on, son of SholU
HAGPy CA?££//L££
expenses were nil. Still, none of the j
young men needed the money—all
were sons of well-to-do men in Austra
lia. The winner is the nephew ol'
Greenlee, the millionaire Scotch shoe
maker. When young Greenlee was
asked how he succeeded in working
his way across the world and what
sort of work was offered to the party
when they went •'broke.” he explained
the system.
"When we went to a town cr city,”
he said, "we showed our credentials
and the Masons of the different towns
and cities looked after us. Maj. W. A.
Mensch, the mining expert, is looking
alter me it! New York uud Is sending j
me hack to Australia. And that was :
Churls. Earl of Norton, and heir ol
the ancient family ol' HaHyhurton, ol
Pitcurr, in Scotland, who perished or
the cost with, twelve-more young gen
llomen and one common seaman, it;
the spirited discharge of duty, on the
30th or 31st of December, 1.783.
“Born on the 10th of October, 17C3
a youth, who. In contempt of hard
ship or danger, possessed of an ample
fortune; served 'seven years in the
British navy, with a manly courage
and deserved a better fate. This
plain monumental stone is erected by
his unhappy mother, Katherine, Coun
tess Dowager of Norton, to his deal
memory and that of Iris unfortunate
Best Known of All Coins
United States Cent Well Described as
the Universal Money of the
The universal money* ol' the people
in this country Is the cent. The child
: dots his earliest business thinking in
terms of cents. The hobo holds up
the passerby with the request for a
few cents to relieve the pangs of
hunger. It is the unit of coinage. On
the other side of the continent the
! contempt for it is rapidly being over- .
ccme and the mints have to take a
constantly increasing demand for it 1
into their reckonings. The appearance
Of the new Lincoln cent is- o’*e of the
most interesting additions to this coin
age that has been produced. For prac
tically the first time it substitutes the
real for the ideal, or, rather, the fan
ciful; but it is evidently regarded as
something of an experiment, since the
proposed l.r»0,000 will not go far
toward supplying current needs.
Perhaps no other monetary denomi
nation has undergone so many changes
of design. Since the republic was
born there have been almost annual
changes in the character of the cent.
Most of these have- been trivial,
though some have been radical. The
cent of 1791i bore a bust of Liberty,
with flowing hair and the legend,
"Liberty. Parent of Science and Indus
try." The nest year w hat was known
as the "chain cent” was produced,
showing on the reverse a chain with
IT. links. There were many imperfect
dies in those days, but the imperfec
tions have not infrequently made
them precious to coin collectors. A
genuine 1799 cent has beep- among the
' pieces most prized .by the numisrua
i list, since they early became very
I scarce This wrvs said to be due to
tile enterprise of a Sak-m firm that
secured several hundred thousand of
! thorn and sent them to the coast of
j Africa, where, punched with holes,
I they v:ere hung as ornaments on the
I necks of the natives f
Attracted Attention as a Player When
a Mere Lad, Beatings Professional
Team in 13C7.
Joe Wood, the boy wonder of the
Boston Red Sox pitching staff, is 70
years old.
He has not set the league afire with
his twirling, but he has obtained
some prominence through his ability
to set down opposing batsmen on
strikes. In a game at Cleveland one
week ago he performed the final tour
innings of a contest and in that brief
period he fanned ten of the Xaps,
only to show his wildness at Detroit.
The manner in which he first at
tracted attention is interesting in that
he made good against professional
leaguers before he had left high
It was in the spring of umT that he
forced several old-timers to sit up and
take notice while serving for the prep
school team in Hutchinson, Kan.
Jay Andrews had gone there to man
age the team in the Western asso
ciation. He didn’t have much to
start on. but thought he could develop
a team nevertheless. One of the first
steps he tcok was to schedule a prac
tice game with the high school kids.
His men were held to less than half
a dozen hits by a slender youngster
who looked as though he would not
last more than two innings.
Andrews made excuses for his team
and arranged another game. By that
time his men were supposed to have
rounded into form. Well, that time
they did not do so well with the boy
pitcher, and 14 of them were retired
on strikes.
It was Joe Wood that had toyed
with the leaguers, and he was
promptly signed to play with Hutch
inson. Daring the season he twirled
with great success and he showed his
value by playing third base when not
Kansas City snatched him up and
he made so good in the American as
sociation that before he finished up
the season last year ho was touted
by a Boston scout and purchased by
John i. Taylor. He was a fizzle in
the American league last fall. It Is
said that his sudden rise turned his
bead, but it would seem as though
he had at last come to his senses and
has a brilliant future.
His best ball is a fast-breaking out
drop that is almost impossible to hit
safely. He has always been a strike
out pitcher and those who have seen
him at his best predict ho will be one
of the best in the league.
Christy's First Salary.
Framed in the office of William
Hannan, former president of the Nor
folk team, is a contract which is
shown to every young player who
strikes the club for more salary be
fore he has a chance to earn it. One
clause reads as follows:
“1 hereby consent and agree to give
my services as a baseball player to
the Norfolk club of the Virginia
league for the sum of $90 per month,
to-be paid in bi-monthly Installments."
Then follows the usual verbiage of a
baseball contract, and at the bottom
is the signature: "Christy Mathew
son. Dewisburg, Pa.”
Eiberfeld Gels Spiked Again.
By the way. with a player of the
speed and agility .of Klberfeld, it
seems as if he should be able to get
runners without subjecting himself to
the liability of being cut down every
time that a man comes toward second
feet foremost. Klberfeld plays to
make the man sure. No one doubts
the sincerity and the loyalty of his
work to the club to which he belongs,
hut it is better to put nnnersr out ol
the way and not be spiked than it is
to save one game and perhaps inad'
vertently be an accessory to losing
the next four or five because of in
European Countries and Latin Ameri
ca Ail Without This Great
American Convenience.
“I'm glad to be back in the land of
the latchkey,” said a mining engineer
who had been in Mexico for the past
year. “In France, Spain, Italy and
throughout Latin America there is a
servant in every house and hotel
whose business it is to open the door.
In Mexico you would think, being so
near this country, that the American
latchkey would be common. But even
in the finest hotels in the capital the
big doors are closed at 11 o’clock, and
to gain admittance after that, hour you
have to pound on them with the
great knockers that hang outside.
After five minutes you hear a sleepy
grunt within, then some inutterings
] and the Spanish word which means
Tm coming.’ Finally the small door
in the center of the big one will be
unbarred and you step inside.- Then,
if you don’t want to sleep in the park
the next night you are kept out late,
yon give the ’portero,’ as the keeper
of the gate is called, a piece of silver.
Between 11 and midnight the fee is
10 cents. From 12 on until morning
the gratuity—regulated by custom—
steadily increases. Beween 1 and 3 it
is from 25 to 40 cents, and after 3 it is
hall' a dollar.
‘ "Many a night I have been awak
ened by the pounding of the knock
ers in the neighborhood of my hotel.
I timed one man for ten minutes be
fore I fell asleep. Probably he ’ had
neglected to fee 'the ‘pcrtero,’ or else
the keeper of the gate was drunk, as
he frequently is. These 'porteros'
usually sleep curled up in a blanket
just inside the door, on the stones
with which every interior courtyard
and entrance is paved, and all of them j
have colds. Yet It is a position much
sought after, and the gate keeper
ranks highest anions: the servants.’’
Prospectors Buried Alive.
Mitchell county, North Carolina,
was the scene of a tragedy last week
when two young prospectors were
buried alive in a mass of earth and
mica in an abandoned mica mine. The
discovery of their predicament was
due solely to the faithfulness of a lit
tle dog. which stood guard for three
days at the mouth of the pit. One of
the entombed men, John English, was
still alive when rescuers came to the
shaft's mouth in response to the yelp
ins of English's dog. The man’s face
was all that was exposed. His arms
were pinioned by the mass of debris
that had buried him to the chin. His
companion was dead and English died
a few hours after he was dug out.
Relics of First American House.
Two bricks from the first brick
house erected on the American con
I tinent are cm exhibition in the flag
and relic room in the Ohio state
! house. They are from the house built
at Jamestown Island. Va„ by Gov
1 Richard Kemp, of that colony in 163S.
Girl on a New Jersey Farm Who
Trains Dull Animals.
W<hona von Ohl, Has Do«e Wonders
with Domestic Homed-Cattle Usu
ally Considered Stupid—Conquers
a Vic-ious Young Bull.
New York-—On a small farm about
t.wo miles from PlalnQtsld, N. J.. dvee
a young woman who is among the
most remarkable educators in Amjm
ca. She teaches animals, preferably
dull ones supposed to have little brain
development. She is not a profession
al trainer. She simply does it for hei
own amusement. She ha*. iKrotnp
llshed some things — especially witb
horned domestic cattle, which axe ten
sldered the most stupid of atl domes
tic animals—that have been ! bought
impossible hitherto even by profes
sionals. ■
Her name Is Winona, m, (ihl. Kb*
was born and brought up mi a gr*s»f
cattle runch In New Mexico. She and
her mother moved to Plaindeld two
or three years ego. It was not long
before the news began to get about
of the odd things this girl bed taught
her pets to do. An ever-increasing
number of visitors has been the result
Now there is hardly a day but auto
mobile parties run out to the farm
from the various towns for ten ch
twenty miles around to see if it la tru*
that Miss von Ohl’s horse cun hold u
whip In his teeth and crack it, or that
a bull will stand on its bind legs aiH
waltz, or that her calf will indulge in
all sorts of monkeyshinee.
Cheerfully and obligingly she put*
her pets through their .paces. Tb«
mild-eved but mischievous-looking lit
tel call' is brought out, and is mad*
to do all Cue tricks that a- highly
trained clown dog could. An ■■diieatrcl
I ~ 1
Struggling for the Whip.
raccoon vaults on the calfh hack an-:
gallops about with all the eclat of n
bareback rider in a circus. A once
vicious bull does equine high school
tricks, and so on. The calf and the
bull are the star performers. No on
ever has been able to teach such ani
nials to do “stunts” before
It has been a tradition among train
ers that it is impossible to educate
domestic horned cattle to do tricks
Miss von Ohl decided to experiment
with the toughest subject site could
llttd. She let it be known that sh«
wanted to buy the most dung* roue
and vicious two or three-year-old bull J
that was obtainable for miles about
Plainfield. Much to her joy she heard
of one whose owner was going to kil!
him because of his superlatively ue\
temper. He was between two and
three years old. and had gored thr—
ruen. It was the same with tin
vicious animal that It had been wi'
the horses she had tamed on the range
years before. Surlily and unwilling'*y
at first he yielded to the dominant • ^
that he could not understand. Mb
von Ohl got him this spring. To day,
with her, he is as gentle and as clever
at doing quickly and intettig* ntly th
unusual things he has been taught :
is a docile and well-trained horse. H on barrels and pedestals, li-s
down and rolls over at the word <>i
command, waltzes, and so on. K\ n
yet, though, his evil nature will fla.
up for an instant, but it needs only ..
word from liis trainer to make hi
obedient again.
One of this bull's most r* nmrkab
tricks, considering his vicious record
of three men gored and tossed with
his sharp horns, is when be rods h,
trainer over and over on the ground
Miss von Ohl lies on the grass, j,r
tending to be asleep. The bull C|
proaches and literally roots and aosia
her across the turf seeming to derive
great enjoyment from rolling her ov *r
and over and finally seeing her awake
His iiorns are only four or five inch,
long, but are sharp as needles. With
an animal or this description, the e\
pens say. this particular trick is
shade more dangerous than any that
is attempted in the lions or ng,,r*.
cages by the exhibitors of those gr* ,*
cat animals. Another thing this bull
does la to pick up his teacher and
carry her. He grabs her clothing with
his strong teeth and marches along
with her for a dozen yards and then
carefully lets her down to the ground
Miss von Ohl's first notable arhiev*
mont in training stupid animals *va
some years ago, when she taught
herd of 20 mules to do some remark-'
ble tricks. Horses have been train si
to do all sorts of things from time in*
memorial; but mules an* credit**,i vie,
having small brains and of Invariable
misapplying whin little int* iLgeuc.
they possess. It watt while the wa
living on the ranch that she taught
the mules.
Miss von Ohl is still !n he r tw.-nti.
She is handsome in a strong f,,-„
less way.
Naturally So.
\\ hat was his
“He dealt in cbinaware .*•
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