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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 16, 1919)
ROSY DREAM OF
Caress in Chicago Hotel Betrays
Naval Officer Said to Bo
LOOK AT CHILD'S .
TONGUE IF SICK,
HURRY, MOTHERl REMOVE POL
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Uncanny Instinct of Homers
Saved Lives of Many Soldiers
During Struggle Just Ended
TMIK records of tills war tiro replete
with stories of thi couitiKi'iMis work
performed by carrier pigeons while
saving the lives of our soldier, but
no Incident bettor Illustrates wtmt
thev haw nicomidMicd than their
uetlxitlos In tlit battle of Helium
court ami Dead Man's" hill. An en
tin' French regiment was cut otT from
comrades, completely cirniuinleil for four
lia.v.s. anil with no method of communicating word
of Iholr plight to the policial In enuinmnd. That
fourth night one of the men scouting In N Man's
Land stumbled over n dead comrade on whose
hark was strapped a hasket cnu.xlng two little
pigeons that dining the fiiur-dn hnttle had been
safeguarded by the bnd of their caielaker. Ten
derly the scout brought the basket and bliiN
back to the colonel on the hill. Lnrly the net
morning messages weie written. allled to the
legs of the birds, which. ebaiistid und dust
soiled, but Imbued with hidoiultiihle spirit and
pluck, weie liberated wafted Into the air by the
pr.iyers and wishes of the ie;:liuent, bearing with
them the only lemuliilug hope for these thousands
of men and the happiness of other thousands In
their families at home. Shortly afterward both
birds Muttered wearily Into their loft hack at
headipia.iters: and In a soitle ordered by the cen
tra I the enemy was drlen back and the icglmciit
One of the olilcers of that regiment Is now In
Washington, and lie has promised himself tint
now the wnr Is oxer he will have a loft of the
best birds he can gel. and the best care and at
tention that Is possible will be but a slight pari
.of his iucnMiro of appiedation and gratitude to
the little feathered messenger.., to xvhom he and
bis comnides owe theli ' s.
These little birds h:i. been used In almost
every conceivable wa.x to get xxord back to the
leserves or to headquarters xvhen all other
means of communication failed.
I'ari'ier pigeons are not only used by the In
fantry and the navy, but are used fieiptently by
the air urn lee. At the Dunkirk hydroplane sta
tion they have an enviable record. There has not
been a single accident to a plane, nor the loss of
a plane In combat, where word of the occurrence.
xviih not brought hack by the pigeons which are
a part of the equipment of the planes. Instances
of the value of the messengers could be multi
plied without number, but It Is more Interesting
to recount how these birds are bred, reared and
housed under xvar conditions.
The pigeon's ability to do all of these xvonderful
tasks lies In Its faculty of orientation, that is, Its
power to know as soon as It Is released In what
direction Its homo loft Is and to fly directly to It.
The perfection to which orientation is developed
In the highly bred and trained homer was recently
demonstrated at a pigeon fly conducted by the
pigeon section of the signal corps, when 8,100
homing pigeons were released In Washington for
a My to New York city, '2'2 miles. To a single
Mid, these pigeons ran out of their coops and
arose In tho air with the speed of an express
train, and after taking a half circle to get their
bearing were ofT for Ncxv York. Every one of
tho pigeons xvas reported to have arrived prompt
ly nncl the llrst arrival tnado the trip In fi hours
und -10 minutes. Surely It did not btop to read
many sign posts on the xvuy.
Just how the homing pigeon developed this
poxver of orientation Is u moot question, hut It Is
certain that It has been cultivated through cen
turies uutll uow It Is almost uncanny. What
guides the pigeon back to tho loft xvhere It first
"took to the nlr" Is a quality called by many
names, and you will flud that each person knows
that ho has the answer to the riddle. Some call
It lnnato love of home; others uttrlbutu It to fac
ulty, atmospheric conditions, sight, or memory.
Personally, 1 cannot call It anything moro or less
than instinct, highly developed. Wo And it In
lesser degree In horses, dogs mid cuts, and In
other blrda It seems to bo developed n llttlo less
nmrkodly, but with sufllclent nccuracy so thnt
they migrate nunually thousands of mllen without
tho nid of any other compass than their Instinct.
When wo remember tho potent power of selec
tion and think of the years and generations of
careful breeding und selection which tho homing
pigeon has undergone It is not to xvonderful thut
they have developed the homing Instinct to u high
degree. I have seen their cousins, the fan-tailed
pigeons, bred to such n degriMj of fineness that
they weighed only a fexv ounces apleco and were
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so nervous that the.x could not stand still they
were like the lialr-spilng of a xxateh. constantly
preening and din-Mug an 1 on the mow. In very
early times homing pigec us weie In xogite In
Kgypt, fireeee and among the Udimmd-. Haclng
pigeons has been n royal and national sport In
llelgliini, France, ltal. Turkey. Kgypt and K'ig
land for hundreds of years. It xxas Introduced
Into this country In the ieventlus and has enjoyed
a fair and steady growth until now there are
three nntlonal homing pigeon associations with n
membership of more than 'J.000 breeders.
Much time Is spent In teaching the pigeon all of
the trlekw which count when tho bird Is actually
racing In competition svlth other pigeons. It is
taught to enter I be loft Immediately upon Its re
turn, for u bird 'hat does not enter so that tho
message It carries can be taken from It Is of very
little value as a messenger. Nothing Is moro
exasperating to the fancier or racer than to have
the pigeon return and cool Its anatomy and vloxv
the scenery for a half hour before entering the
loft. It Is nearly suf'iclent cause to make the
trainer of pigeons lose his faith In pigeon nature j
besides It gives the neighbors a chance to make
remarks about the fullgrown men playing with
birdies. Once the bird is Inside the loft It can
not emerge, since each loft Is equipped xxlth n
trap through which the bird can enter at any tlmo
but cannot go out unless the trap Is set for exit.
The ordinary bain variety of pigeon or those
bred for the production of squabs for market and
the racing homing pigeon should not be con
fused. They are as dKtlnct and have as many
points of difference as hiwo the big draft horse
and the high-strung, nervous racing horse. The
ordinary pigeon has xery little homing ability,
whereas the homing plgaon Is kept and bred ex
clusively for that faculty. They are also bred for
speed, and every muscle which Is used In Might
Is developed almost at tho expense of the other
muscles of Its body. In races the actual speed
recorded Is almost beyond belief. .Speeds of 1.8.ri0
to 1,'.)00 yards per minute, or DO miles per hour,
hnvo been madu for short distances, and It Is not
extraordinary (or a bird to cover In excess of oOO
miles In n single day. The record for 1,000 miles
Is 1 day, 11 hours. LM minutes and 11 seconds, und
xvas made by a bird named Ilullet, and the longest
successful race was 1.0S0 miles from Denver,
Colo., to Springfield, Mass. (tlmo I'l days, 3 hours,
1!2 minutes), although Instances aro recorded
xvhere birds sent from Noxv York to the I'uclMc
const as breeders, have, on liberation or escape,
returned from California, ox-or the mountains and
plains to their old homes In New York.
At various times In this country tho army and
navy have decided to use use carrier pigeons in
their work, but with lndl fferent success until tho
recent xvur. The old reports aro rather amusing
xvhen considered In tho light of present-day knowl
edge of what can ho done with tho birds when
handled properly. Pigeons were used In tho navy
more than 20 years ngo, but failed through lack
of proper care. At the tlmo of the Mexican bor
der trouble pigeons xvero again tried, but with
llttlo success for the saino reason and through
lack of time for acclimatization.
Homing pigeons were first put on a business
llko basis In the army In Mnrch, 1017, In tho
enstern department. In Nox-emher of that year
tho pigeon section of the land division of tho sig
nal corps was organized, and slnco then rapid
progress has been mado in this country and
abroad. Hundreds of
lofts have been built and
equipped In this country,
and In the early days
Uiiui.x pigeons xvero frldP
pul oxei-seas. Men have
been selected and trained
In the science of pigeon
'ireedln;:. rearing and Hy
ing. Many of these huvo
already found service
overseas In the care of
lofts and the birds of our
armies. It has been nec
essary to train a Inrtfo
number of people in this
worlc. as it was practi
cally new to each person
xvlni look It up. The
training of olilcers und
men In the use and care
of th'; birds at the front
and lb the forwarding of
messages all took tlmo.
Unfortunately the plR
cons could only My "Vi
could not tnlk, necessitat
ing Mio xvrltlng of the
messages. Some xvag 1ms
proposed to Improve the
pigeon by crossing It
xxlth a parrot, thus ellra-
of xvrltlng the messages.
might have something to
Minting the necessity
However, the pigeon
say about the matter.
One of the most dllllcult parts of tho work of
Introducing pigeons Into the army service was to
Instill Into the minds of tho olilcers mid men the
fact that the pigeons are reliable. That they aro
reliable Is proved by the experience oversews,
xvhere the birds nre retained in forward positions
xvhlle any other method, whether telephone, tele
graph, Induction buzzers, wireless, wlgxvag or run
ner Is nvnllable, and only xvhen everything else
falls, and only the birds remain, then through
barrage, gas, and every other of the diabolical
Inventions of xvar, mrrs ti.nn 07 per cent of tho
messages Intrusted to our pigeons are safely and
speedily delivered by them to headquarters.
These messengers nre carried to tho front In
especially constructed wicker baskets which can
be carried handily by the soldier Intrusted xxlth
their care. Hack of tho lines the pigeons are kept
In either of txvo kinds of lofts or home, station
ary or movable, but tho essentia! feature of each
Is the same. Kvery effort Is made to meke eoch
bird tfomfortnble, happy and attached to Its home.
This 1h done most effectively by the method of
feeding, ns tho uppionch to the bird's affection
Is through Its stomach, the same ns with genus
homo. Each loft Is equipped with n trap through
which the birds ore taught to enter and leax-e
xvlthout fear. Each time the bird enters the trap
nn alarm is automatically rung, notifying the
attendant of tho return of tho bird, that the mes
sage may be Immediately obtained and forwarded
Ilefore the late xvar If you bad told n pigeon
fancier that you could move his pigeon loft as far
as s"0 miles and thnt tho pigeons xvould return to It
swiftly and accurately he would probably have
laughed at you and snld something about your
being u novice In the pigeon racing and breeding
game. The movable loft Is one of tho ndvances
In pigeon lore that the xvar has brought out.
This Is a very Important development, ns It Is
highly desirable that tho lofts always be near to
military headquarters and available for instant
removal with headquarters as conditions may re
quire. These movablo lofts are very xvell con
structed and nro Interesting homes for theso Itin
erant messengers. They ure outfitted with nesting
boxes, observation traps, storage space for feed,
water, and accommodations for one or two at
tendants xvho nre constantly on duty. In fact,
they remind ono of tho circus wagons that travel
with the smnllej; circuses about tho country.
Another Innovation developed xvas the "oxvl ex
press." There were pigeons nt tho front thnt
developed tho fnculty for seeing nt night
nnd theso xvero called veritable human night owls.
In fact, they eumo home much moro steadily nnd
accurately than some of their clvlllnn brethren,
xvho xvero wont to bo habitual riders of tho "oxvl
Tho sport of racing nnd breeding pigeons Is duo
to receive nn Impetus as a civilian sport noxv thnt
tho xvar Is ended, nnd tho progress made under
xvar conditions should not bo nlloxved to lapse.
Thousands, of soldiers xvlll hnvo become familiar
with the birds and xvlll hnvo a warm regard for
them. There xvlll bo many xvho xvlll Bhuro tho
feeling of the oMlcer xvho xvns mentioned In tho
Hint part of this nrtlclo ns having been saved by
the pigeons In the hattlo of Dcthuncourt und
Dead Man's hill.
Posing ti3 Wealthy Cotton Planter,
Money Was Spent Freely for Tab
lor-Made Suits, Furs, Etc.
Kiss Was Undoing.
Chlcago.--l.lx os tbeie it chorus girl
xxlth soul so dead who uexer to herself
hath said, as she boiled the eggs ami
coffee over the ball loom gas Jet:
"Well, It's my turn next for one of
those uilllionalie husbands, xxlth a liv
eried chauffeur and champagne sup
pels and exer.xlhiug."
And xxbat boots it to repeat that
this was the toseate dream of Miss
Lucille O'lJen, ballet dancer, who,
when our story of the nonplused de
tectixe and the Arabian knight opens
xvas on the PnuCigcs time at (liaml
ltal(ls, Mich., carefully chaperoned as
alxva.xs b.x her mamma, Mrs. O'Dcn.
The Arabian knight with the magic
purse was none other than Chief War
rant Olllcer .lames Aloyslus Dounhnc
of the Culled Slates navy, and he Is
chuigeil with haxlng embe..led SUo.OOO
pay toll funds. Hut for txvo perfect
xveeks Lucille achieved bet dream.
A Tempestuous Wooer.
As It. !:. Kusteily, sou of the third
richest cotton planter In Louisiana, by
gad, sub, Mr. Houohoe splurged Into
the O'Dcu ken at (rami Itaplds. And
what between wine dinners and motor
trips Mr. Easterly proved a most tempestuous-,
They came to" Chicago, where they
registered at the La Salle hotel, Lucille
htid Mamma O'Oca having a suite In
xvhlch xvero no gas Jets, but electric
chandeliers, Louis XIV furniture, Ming
vases and Persian rugs, ami nil that.
And, of course, there xvas the $-00 tailor-made
suit, the $.'() fur and the
SHOO spending money.
House Defective J, Ahrams of tho
La Salle xvas making his rounds on
the sixth Moor the other evening xvhen
he suddenly encountered In tho front
parlor xxbat at llrst he thought xvas a
.new statuary group of Cupid and
Thulr lips clung In a kiss. Mr.
Ahrams, a detective of chivalrous Im
pulses, xvalted n considerable Interval
and looked closer.
"No," he soliloquized, "this guy Isn't
Cupid. Cupid never wore no pin-
Their Lips Clung In a Kiss.
cheeked cont and vest and pants nnd
Psyche wasn't dressed this warm."
Another Interval passed Into eter
nity. A fire engine clanged below.
A bellboy passed paging Mr. Some
body from Somewhere.
A telephone bell Jnngled raucously.
A chow dog ylypcd.
Mr. Ahrnmi could hear the tiro en
"Time I" cnlled Mr. Abrnms.
Too Late I
"Where's n minister?" quorled Mr.
Easterly, for it xvas ho. "We want to
get married right axvny."
"You can't get married noxv. It's
And then Abrnms subjected him to
closo questioning. His suitcase xvn
found to contain $7,000 In greenbacks.
Tho federal authorities xvero notified
und Donohoe confessed his Identity.
Lucille Is going back on tho midwest
time. And thus cuds tho story of how
Mr. Donohoe was betrayed by a kiss.
OBJECTED TO JUDICIAL KISS
Chicago Couple Married by Judg
Who Is Content to Take Hlu
Chicago. Itobert Adair Campbell
stood before n Judge hero with hli
bride-to-be, Miss May DIancho Bnrnet
"We wnnt to bo mnrrlod," ho said,
"but xvo do not xvnnt tho judicial kls
which Is customnry nt such times."
Tho Judgo smiled and tied tho knot,
contenting himself with tho usual foq
which Campbell paid and fled.
Look at the tongue, mother I If
coated, It Is a sure sign that your llt
tlo one's stomach, liver and bowels
needs a gentle, thorough cleansing at
When peevish, cross, listless, pale,
doesn't sleep, doesn't cat or act natu
rally, or Is feverish, stomnch sour,
breath bad; has Momnch-ache, sore
throat, dlurrhaui, full of cold, glvo a
teaspoonful of "California Syrup of
Figs," and In n few hours nil tho foul,
constipated waste, undigested food
and sour bllo gently moves out of th
llttlo bowels xvlthout griping, nnd you
hnvo a xvell, playful child again.
You needn't coax sick children to
take this harmless "fruit lnxatlve;"
they lovo Its delicious taste, and It
alxvuys makes them feel splendid.
Ask your druggist for n bottle of
"California Syrup of Figs," xvhlch has
llrectlons for babies, children of nil
ages und for grovvn-upg plainly on tho
bottle. Beware of counterfeits sold
We. To be sure you get tho genuine,
Isle to sco thnt It Is tirade by tho "Cull
ornla Fig Syrup Co'mpnny." Rcfuso
ny otlror kind xvlth contempt Adr.
One morning my llttlo sister was
Jnshing herself xvhen xvo heard her
exclaim: "Mammn, I can't wash my
ears; there Is too much fancy xvork Id
them." Chicago American.
PAPE'S DIAPEPSIN AT ONCE ENDS
SOURNESS, GASES, ACIDITY,
Undigested food I Lumps of pain;
belching gas, acids nnd sourness. When
your 6tomnch is nil upset, hero Is In
stant relief No waiting 1 ,
v """ r
Tho moment you eat a tablet of
Papo's Diapepsln all tho Indigestion
pain, dyspepsia misery, tho sourness,
gases and stomach acidity ends.
Papo's Diapepsln tablets cost Uttlt
at any drug store but there Is no surer
or quicker stomach relief known. Adv.
She "I have a perfectly killing a
tomobllo costume." He "Then pleaso
do not wear It on this trip."
WOMEN SUFFERERS MAY
Thousands upon thousands of women
havo kidney and bladder trouble and
never suspect it.
Women's complaints often prove to ba
nothing else but kidney trouble, or tbt
result of kidney or bladder disease.
If the kidneys are not In a healthy
condition, they may cause the other or
gans to become diseased.
Pain In the back, headache, loss of am
bition, nervousness, are often times symy
toms of kidney trouble.
Don't "delay starting treatment. Dr.
Kilmer's Bxvarap-ltoot, a physician's pre
scription, obtained at any drug store, m
be just the remedy needed to overcome
Get a medium or large size bottle !
mediately from any drug store.
However, if you wish first to test thla
great preparation send ten cents to Dr.
Kilmer & Co., Binghamton, N. Y., for
sample bottle. When writing be sure an?
Mention this paper. Adr.
Knlcker Is Jones original?
Docker Very; when he accepts a
job ho doesn't let on that It is a great
Don't Forget Cutlcura Talcum
When adding to your toilet requisites.
An exquisitely scented face, skin, baby
and dusting powder and perfume, ren
dering other perfumes superfluous.
You may rely on it because one of th
Cutlcura Trio (Soap, Ointment and
Talcum). 25c each everywhere. Adv.
Few are successful In living up to
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