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LL alone, 6,444 feet above sea lovol, on top
or Kianiatn peak In Siskiyou county, Cali
fornia, a young woman for months at a
tlmo during tho provalenco of tho forest
fire Bea8on last year, did nor part, and did
It woll, In tho effort tho government Is
making to proscrvo the forests of the coun
try from destructive Hames which have for
years Past CflUNnd nn nrirmnl nrnnnrfi' Inis
or so,uuu,uuu, and cost each year an average of 76
Sho Is Miss Halllo M. Daggott, and she Is the only
woman lookout employed by the forest service. Ah
soon as fjio season of forest fires begins this year,
Miss Daggett will again bo found at her post.
Posted In her Bmall cabin on top of tho mountain
peak It will bo her duty, as last year, to scan the
vast forest In every direction as far as she can Beo
by naked eye and telescope, by day for smoke, and
for tho rod glaro of flro by night, and report tho ro
Bult of her observations by telephone to the main
offlco of tho forest patrol miles and miles away.
Pew women would care for such a Job, fewer still
would Beek It, and still less would be able to stand
tho strnln of the Infinite loneliness, or the roar of
tho violent storms which sweep the peak, or the
menaco of tho wild beasts which roam tho heavily
wooded ridges. Miss Daggott,
nowevor, not only eagerly longed
for the station, but secured It
after considerable exertion, and
now sho declares that she en
Joyod tho life and was intensely
interested in tho work she had
Perhaps tho call of the wild is
In her blood. Her parents are
plonoers, her father, John Dag
gett, having crossed tho Isthmus
in 18D2, and her mother, a mere
baby, being taken across tho
plains from Kentucky tho same
year. Miss Daggett was born nt
tho Klamath mine, in tho shadow
of the peak on which the lookout
stutlon is perched. Sho spent
most of her early years out of
doors riding and tramping over
tho hills with her brother, so that
it was natural that, with her In
born love of tho forests, she
should bo anxious to take part In
tho fight which the forest service
nen aro making for the protec
tion of the forests. Debarred by
her sex, however, from tho kind
of work which most of the serv
ice men are doing, she saw no
opportunity until lookout stations
woro established, and then after
earnest solicitation secured tho
place Bhe held so well.
Some of the service men pre
dicted that after a fow days of
life on the peak sho would tele
phone that she was frightened by
the loneliness and the danger but
she was full of pluck and high
spirit, and dav nffnr inV - i
j no ner
seen eyes ranged tho hllln u,i.ii
Salmon rivr t III?"' ' 1"cl1 constitute the
dally reports by telephone She' raade
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MIshi Daggett's earliest recollection, she Bays,
abounds with Bmoke-clouded summer days and
fires that wandered over the country at their
own sweet will, unchecked unless they happened
to Interfere seriously with someone's claim or
woodpile, when they were usually turned off by
back-firing and headed In another direction, to
continue their mischief until they either died for
lack of fuel or were quenched by the fall rains.
Consequently, she grew up with a fierce hatred of
the devastating fires, and welcomed the forco
which arrived to combat them. But not until the
lookout Btatlons were installed did there come
an opportunity for her to Join what had up to that
time been a man's fight; although she and her
Bister had frequently been ablo to help on the
email things, such as extinguishing spreading
camp fires, or carryingvsupplles to the firing line.
Then through the Ubcral-mlndedness and cour
tesy of tho officials In her district, she was given
the position of lookout at Eddy's Gulch station In
tho Fourth district of tho Klamath national for
est; and entered upon her work tho first day of
Juno, 1913, with a firm determination to make
good, for she knew that tho appointment of a
woman was rather In tho nature of an experi
ment, and naturally felt that there was a great
deal duo the men who had been willing to give
her the chance.
It was a swift change In three days, from San
Francisco, civilization and sea lovel, to a solitary
cabin nearly 6,500 feet elevation and three hours'
hard climb from anywhere. But In spite of the
fact that almost the very first question asked
by everyono is: "Isn't it awfully lonesome up
there?' Miss Daggett declares that never for a
moment, after the first half-hour following her
slater's departure with tho pack animals, when
she bad a chance to look around, did she feel the
lightest longing to retrace her steps. While she
had been on the peak before In her early ramble,
Bhe had never thought of if as a home. One of
her pet dreams had always been of a log cabin,
and here was an ideal one, brand new the sum
mer before, and as cozy indoors as could be
wished, while outdoors, all outdoors, was a grand
er door-yard than any estate in the land could
boast. It was a prospect of glorious freedom from
four walls and a time-clock.
Klamath peak is not really a peak in the con
ventional Bense of the word, but It la rather the
culmination of a long series of ridges running np
from the watersheds of tho north and south forks
or the salmon river, its central location In the
j$rJ3j&g&2r cur rar cri&Ai&iS&jFs&uz:
district makes it, however, an ideal sp"t for a
station. Miss Daggett describes It as tho hub of
a wheel with the lines of ridgea as spokes, and an
unbroken rim of peaks encircling around it; Bomo
eternally snow-capped, and most all of them high
er than Itself.
To the east there is a shouldoj- of snowy Shasta
and an unseen neighbor lookout on Eagle peak;
to the south, the high, 'jagged odgo of Trinity
county, and, just discernible with the glasses, a
Bhlnlng now cabin on Packer's peak; to the west,
behind Orleans mountain with its ever-watchful
occupant, a faint glimpse of the shining Pacific
shows with a favorable sunset, and bll in between
is a seeming wilderness of ridges and gulches,
making up what is said to bo one of the finest
continuous views in the whole of the West.
"Bird and animal life were also very plentiful,"
says Miss Daggett, "filling the air with Bongs and
chatter, coming to the' doorstep for food, and
often invading the cabin itself. I positively de
clined owning a cat on account of Its destructive
intentions on small life a pair of owls proving
satisfactory as mice catchers, besides being amus
ing as neighbors as well. Frequently door fod
around the cabin in the evenings, and there was
a small bear down by the spring, besides several
larger ones whose tracks I often saw on the trail.
In addition to these, a couple of porcupines helped
keep me from becoming lonesome, by using va
rious means to find a way into the cabin at
"All these animals being harmless, It had never
been my custom to carry a gun in so-called west
ern fashion, until one morning I discovered a big
panther track out on tho trail, and then in defer
ence to my family's united request, I buckled on
the orthodox weapon, which had been accumulat
ing dust on tho cabin shelf, and proceeded to bo
picturesque, but to no avail, as the beast did not
"At many of the Btatlons the question of wood
and water is a serious one on account of tho
elevation; but I was especially favored, as Wood
lies about in all shapes and quantities, only wait
ing for an ax to convert it into suitable lengths,
while water unlimited could bo melted from tho
snow banks which lingered until tho last of July,
although it did seem a little odd to go for water
with a ahovel In addition to a bucket Later the
supply was packed in canvas sacks from a spring
about a mile away in the timber. This was al
ways a Job sought by anyone coming up on horse
back; and thanks to the kindly efforts or the
guards who passed that way, and my fow visitors,
it was always easy to keep tho pot boiling. My
Bister brought up my supplies and mall from
home every week, a dlstanco of nine miles."
The daily duties of life at Miss Daggett's look
out are small, merely consisting of an early
morning and late evening tramp of half a mile to
the point of 'the ride, where tho treoB obscure
the north view of the cabin, and a constant watch
on all aides for a trace of smoke. A watch of thU
nature soon becomes an instinct, according to
MIbi Daggett, for she found herself often awaken
ing In the night for a look around. In fact, she
soon became to feel, as she expresses it, that the
lookout Is "an ounce of prevention." Then thore
are three daily reports to bo sent to tho district
headquarters in town, to prove that everything
is serene, and extra reports if they are not, and
lastly a little, very little, housework to do.
Not a very busy day, as Judged by our modern
standards of rush, but a lookout's motto might
""" Mhp ,"rhnv nlpo servo who only stand and
wait" And there Is always the great map spread
ui at one's feet to study by new lights and
shadows whllo waiting, and tho ever-busy phone
with its numerous calls, which must be kept
within hearing, so that ono cannot wander far.
f That phone, Miss Daggett says, with Its grad
ually extending feelers, made her feel exactly like
a big spider in the center of a web, with the fires
for files; and thoBo flreB wore certainly treated
to exactly the speedy fate of the other unworthy
pests. Through all the days up to the close of
the term on November 6, when a light snow put
an end to all danger of fires, she felt an ever
growing Bense of responsibility, which finally
came to be almost a feeling of proprietorship, re
sulting in the desire to punish anyone careless
enough to Bet fires In her "door-yard."
Tho utter dependence on tho telephone was
brought vividly to Miss Daggett's mind one aft
, ernoon soon after her arrival, when an extra
heavy electrical storm, which broke close by,
caused one of the electrical arresters on the out
side of the cabin to burn out, quite contrary to
precedent, and she was cut off from tho world
until the next day, when someone from tho office
camo up In hasto to find out tho cause of the
Bllence and Bet things aright. Thoy often Joke
now, she says, about expecting to find her hidden
under a log for safety, but it wasn't quite so fun
ny at the time.
There seems, however, to bo very llttlo actual
danger from these storms, in spito of tho fact
that thoy are very heavy and numerous at that
elevation. One soon becomes accustomed to tho
racket, or, at least, Miss Daggett did. But In the
damage these storms cause by starting fires lies
their chief Interest to tho lookout for It requires
a quick eye to detect, in among tho rago of fogs
which nrlse in their wake, tho small puff of smoke
which tells of some tree struck In a burnable spot.
Generally it Bhows at once, but in ono instance
there Was a lanse Of almost, tvun vnnkn hnfnra ihn
fall of the smoldering top fanned up enough smoke
to be seen.
At night the new fires show up llko tiny candle
flames, and are easily spotted against tho dark
background of the ridges, but are not so easy to
exactly locate for an immediate report Upon the
speed and accuracy of this report, however, de
pends the efficiency of the service, as was proved
by the summer's record of extra small acreage
burned In spite of over forty fires reported.
To the electrical storms, Miss Daggett adds, are
attributed most of our present-day Area, as trav
eler and citizen alike are dally feeling more re
sponsible for the preservation of tho riches be
stowed by nature, and although some still bold
to the same views as ono oldrtlmer, who mado
the comment, when lightning fires woro being dis
cussed, that he "guessed that was the Almighty's
way of cloaring the forests," the general trend of
opinion seems to be that man, in tho form ol
forest service, is doing an excellent work In
keoplng a watchful eye on the limits of that hith
erto wholesale clearing.
COLORS' EFFECTS ON MOODS
Qollef That Has Long Been Held Is
Declared to Have Real Foundation
In Scientific Fact.
l'eoplo to whom certain colors rep
resent sounds or emotions hnvo long
been laughed nt, but scientific work on
tho sun's rays Is proving them to
havo Justification for tholr theories.
lied, It appears, Is tho most exciting
and stimulating of all colors and has n
special effect on tho activity of tho
brain. Blue, which so many peoplo In
nn' ago of great nervous strain and
tension find soothing, Is ro In reality.
Unless you nro In n depressed and mel
ancholy state sea blue curtains at your
bedroom windows havo n bonoflctal
effect, cspoclally If you faco south and
get tho morning sun.
Color, Indeed, especially In flowers,
hits an extraordinary effect on tho
mental condition. Tho sight of crlin
eon, pink nnd nmothyst rhododen
drons growing In the open air has a
curiously uplifting and Joyous effect.
Doesn't Miss It.
"Does your furnacu smoko to a dl
ngretablo extent, Mra. .lags?"
"No; but my husband docs."
The fellow who Is a bad egg Isn't
hard to beat, but nobody wants to
tackle tho Job,
Ex-IlcprcBeutatlvo Eddy of Minne
sota never rcBentod tho tltlo of "tho
homeliest man In congress." In tho
opinions of his opponents, Mr. Eddy
had "wnbblcd" on a certain issuo In
tho cmnpulgn. Somo linio later, on an
occasion when ho wns billed to speak,
ho found that ono of tho newspapers
had announced hlu coming In a head
line reading: "Two-Faced Eddy Speaks
That evening, when Mr. Eddy
stopped before his nudlunco, ho said:
"You muBt know, Indies and gentlo
men, thnt I am not tho man referred
to In this paper. It must bo someone
clso, for thoro Is no ono hero who
does not know that, had 1 two facos,
I would not wear this ono."
"Did you catch any fish?" aBkcd tho
woman who is always encouraging.
"Not ono," replied her husband. "Wo
got a couplo of nibbles nnd then there
was nothing doing all day."
"Woll, even If you didn't catch any
I'll bet you gave them an awful scare."
Tho man who marries a protty girl
Ib apt to get tho short ond of It It ho
takes her at her fnco value.
After dreaming thoy wero Boul-matcs
an Ohio couplo got married. May
they never wnko upl
Work Weakens the Kidneys
MMijr oreupntlon wcaVrn tti kldtifiyn,
Cftuilng' ncbltifr Imckn, urlimrjp Oixonler
niul dull, dronajr, tllNoiiiiniKril tc-fllnit.
Work expoalnff onn to cIiIIIh, dnitipurmi
or auddnu cliangeitl work la cntmpei!
poHlm)t work mil Id the fnnim of
turpentlnel cunnlnnt riding on lolling
vehicle, U apccliill liard on the kfdueji.
Titkenln time, kidney tronble Inn't lianl
to Atop; ncclrctcil It In ilniifrrroim. A
a klclnrjr tonlp, tlipre In nonttirrtneillcltie
no wru rpciiinmrnueu, no wniny ukoiI ami
no uulTerwilljr uocesaful ua lJoan'a Kid
A Nebraska Case.
Frank C ft p p e n,
Wf pin Water,
Neb, ?: "I don't
think thrre In a but
ler kidney medlclno
to lio Imd than
Donn'a Kldnry l'lllt
My kidneys wero
weak nnd Irresulnr
In action. The kid
ney secretion woro
mini with icdlment.
My buck and head
ntlird Inteniply and
I hnit dltiy and
Inn. 1 felt all worn
out. Donn'n Kidney
Mils cured tliean
Ailments nnd realond my kidneys to a
Cst Dean's at Any Stora, BOe a Bos
FOSTER-MILBURN CO. BUFFALO, N. Y.
I rVKftas jUD
The Army of
In Growing Smaller Every Day.
LIVER PILLS are
not only give relict.
Indlieitlos, Sick Heidacbe, Sallsw Skk.
SMALL PILL, SMALL DOSE, SMALL PRICK.
Genuine must bear Signature
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W. N. U., LINCOLN, NO. 38-1914.
For years we have been stating in the newspapers of tho
country that a great many women have escaped serious op
erations by taking Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Com
pound, and it is true.
We are permitted to publish in this announcement
extracts from the letters of five women. All have been
recently received unsolicited. Could any evidence be
1 Hodqdon, Me. I had pains In both sides and such a soreness
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Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound and soon felt like a new
woman." Mrs. Haywabd Sowxrs, Hodgdon, Mo.
Q CnARLOTTr. N. G "I was in bad health for two years, with
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which the doctor said was a tumor, ana I never would get welfunless
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ham's Vegetable Compound, and I gladly say that I am nowenjoyinc
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100 Stock St., Hanover, Pa. '
4 Decatur. III. mI was sick in bed and thrco of the best pbyii-
wans said I would havo to bo taken to tho hospital for an oper
at on as I had something growing in my loft side. I refused to sub
mit to tho operation and took Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Com
poundand it worked a miracle In my case, and I tell other women
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William Street, Decatur, I1L
C Cleveland, Onio. "I was very irregular and for several yean
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would help me. I took Lydia E. Pinkham's Vege
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K Write to LTDIA E.PINKII AM MEDICINE CO.
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tter will be opened, read and answered
uj m woman ana neia in since commence.
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