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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: OCTOBER 24, 1009.
ON TflE TRAIL OF BIG GAME
Theodore Boosevelt'i Story of the
Hunt in Africa.
CEE TAD? DANGERS OF THE CHASE
Mil Aalmals la Abgadiarr aad the
Itlaka a Ilantrr nana Mertlaa;
! a lAom Boer aad
Tha dangerous game of Africa are the
lion, buffalo, elephant, rhinoceros and leop
ard. The hunter who follow any of these
animals always does so at a certain rink to
Ufa or limb; a risk which It Is his business
to minimize by coolness, caution, Rood
Judgment and stratum shooting. The
leopard Is In point of pluck and ferocity
mora than the equal of the other four; but
Ills small size always renders It likely that
ha will merely maul, and not kill, a man.
My friend. Carl Akely of Chlckago, actu
ally killed barehanded a leopard which
sprang on him. He had already wounded
the beast twice, crippling it In one front
and one hind paw, whereupon It charged,
followed him as he tried to dodge the
chare. and struck him full Just as he
turned. It bit him In one arm, biting again
and again as It worked up the arm from
the wrist to the elbow; but Akely threw It.
holding Its throat with the other hand, and
flinging Its body to one side. It luckily
fell on Its side with Its two wounded legs
uppermost, so that It could not tear him.
Ha fell forward with It and crushed In Its
chest with his knees until he distinctly
felt one of Its rlhs crack; this, said Akely,
was the first moment when he .felt he
might conquer. Redoubling his efforts,
with knees, and hand, he actually choked
and crushed the life out of It, although his
arm was badly bitten. A leopard will
charfcs at least as readily as one of the hig
beasts, and Is rather more apt to get his
charge home, but the rUk Is less to life
than to limb.
There are other animals often or occa
sionally dangerous to human Ufa which are,
nevertheless, not dangerous to the hunter.
Crocodiles are far greater pests, and far
more often man-eaters, than lions or leop
ards; tut their shooting Is not accompanied
by the smallest element of risk. Poisonous
snakes are fruitful sources of accident, but
they are actuated only by fear, and the an
ger born for fear. . The hippopotamus some
times destroys beats and kills those In
them; but again there Is no risk In hunt
ing him. Finally, the hyena, too cowardly
ever to oe a source of danger to the hunter,
Is some-times a dreadful curse to the weak
Game ia Abundance.
tt la hard for one who has not himself
een It to realise the immense quantities of
game to be found on the Kapltl plains and
Athl plains and the hills that bound them.
xne common game of the plains, the anl
male of which I aaw most while at Kltanga
nd In the neighborhood, were the sebra.
wlldebeeste, hartebeest, Grant's gaielle, and
"Tommies" or Thompson's gaselle; the
sebra, and the hartebeest, usually known
by the Swahlll name of kongonl. being by
far . the most plentiful. Then there were
impalla. mountain reedbuck, duyker, stein'
buck and diminutive dlkdlk. As we trav
elled and hunted we were hardly ever out
or sight of game; and on Pease's farm it
elf there were many thousand head; and
so tnere were on Slatter's. If wealthy men
who desire sport of the most varied and
Interesting kind would purchase farms like
tnese they could get, fcr much less money,
many times the Interest and enjoyment a
deer-forest or grouse-moor can afford.
Unless there was something special on.
like a llon-or-rhlnoceruus-hunt,' I usually
rode off followed only bv mv nin nn,i
gun-bearers. I cannot describe the beauty
and the unceasing Inttrcst of these tides,
through the teeming herds of game. It was
like retracing the steps of time for sixty
or seventy years, and being back in the
days of Cornwallla, Harris and Goidon
Cummlng, In the palmy tlmfs of the great
fauna of South Africa big game. On
Pease's own farm one day I passed through
scores of herds of the beautiful and won
derful wild creatures I have spoken of
above; all told there were several thou
. sands of them. With tho exception of the
wlldebeeste, mobt of them wore not s!y.
and I could have tak,en scores of shots at
a distanco of a couple of hundred yards
or thereabout. Of course. I did not shoot
at anything unlets we were cut of meat
or needed the skin for the collection; and
when we toolt the skin we almost always
took the meat too, for the porters, although
they had their rations of rice, depended
for much of their well-being on our tuc
cess with the rifle.
Hooterelt's First Lion.
At this moment my tl.:ck rals,
Blmba, cftr.ie running up to me and took
hold of the bridle; he had seen (he eliase
from the line of march and had cut across
to Join me. There was no other ssls or
gun-bearer anywhere near, and his action
was plucky, for he was lha only mm
afoot, with the lion at bay. Ltdy Pease
had also ridden up and was an Interested
spectator only soma fifty yards behind me.
Now, an elderly man with a varied past
which Includes rheumatism does not vault
lightly Into the saddle; as his sons, for in
stance, can; and I had already made up mv
mind that In the event of the lion's charg
ing It would be wise for me to trust to
straight powder rather than to try to
scramble Into the saddle and get undti
way In time. The arrival of my two com
panions settled matters. I was not sure of
the apeed of Lady Tease's horae; and
llmba was on foot, and It was of course
u: of the question for me to leave him.
5o I said, "Uood, Simba, now we'll see this
'.hing through," and gentle mannerod
ilmba smiled a shy appreciation of my
With the approach
.of the 1910 Auto
seasonja great many
are buying the
This places on the market
many -good cars that have
been used butva short time,
that can be bought far below
their actual worth.
On today's want pages, under the
classification automobiles, can be
found a number of such bargains.
tone, though he could not understand the
words. 1 could still not see the Hon when
I knelt, but he was now standing up, look
ing first at one group of horses and then
at the other, his tail lashing to and fro,
his head held low and his Hps dropped
over his mouth in peculiar fashion, while
his harsh and savage growling rolled
thunderously over the plain. Peeing Bimba
and me on foot, he turned' toward us, his
tall lashing quicker and quicker. Resting
my elbow on Slmba's bent shoulder, 1
took steady aim and pressed the trigger;
the bullet went in between the neck and
shoulder, and the lion fell over on his side,
one foreleg In the air; He recovered In a
moment and stood up, evidently very sick,
and once ' more faced me, growling
hoarsely. I think he was on the eve of
charging. I fired again at once, and this
bullet broke his back Just behind the
shoulders; and with the next I killed him
outright, after we had gathered round him.
Boer and Brltan.
It was pleasant to see the good terms on
which Roer and Briton met. Many of the
English settlers whose guest I was. or with
whom I hunted the Hills, Captain Blatter,
Heatley, Judd had fought the South
African war; and so had all the Boers I
met. The latter had been for the most
part members of various particularly hard
flghtlng commandos; when the war closed
they felt very bitterly, and wished to avoid
living under the British flag. Borne moved
west and some east; those I met were
among the many hundreds. Indeed thous
ands, who traveled northward a few over
land, most of them by water to German
East Africa. But In tho part In which
they happened to settle they were deci
mated by fever, and their stock perished
of cattle sickness; and most of them had
again moved northward, and once more
found themselves under the British flag.
They were being treated precisely on an
equality with the British settlers; and
every well-wisher to his kind, and above
all every well-wisher to Africa, must hope
that the men who in South Africa fought
so valiantly against one another, each for
the right as he saw It, will speedily grow
Into a companionship of mutual respect,
regard and consideration such as that
which, for our Inestimable good fortune,
now knits closely together In our own land
the men who wore the blue and the men
who wore the gray and their descendants.
There could be no. better and manlier peo
ple than those, both. English and Dutch,
who are at this moment engaged In the
great and difficult task of adding East
Africa to the domain of civilization; their
work is bound to be hard enough anyhow;
and it would be a lamentable calamity to
render It more difficult by keeping alive a
bitterness which has lost all point and
Justification, or by falling to recognize the
fundamental virtues, the fundamental
charlcterlstlcs. In which the men of the
two stocks are In reality so much alike.
Theodore Roosevelt In Scrlbner's Magazine.
FIGURED, PICTURE OF LONDON
Some SiadatlcV Showing the Vastneas
of the "VVorld'a Bttfffest'
The volume of 600 pages dealing with
the administrative county of London con
tains a mass of statistics, which naturally
suggests. In ' connection with a population
of more than 7.000.000 people, the thought
of Immensity. And this thought will be
deepened when the figures here quoted
are compared with the corresponding sta
tistics of our own city. In general the
figures relate to the year 1308-09, though
in some Instances the facts ae not avail
able for a later year than 1908 or 1907.
The population of Greater London in
1910 is estimated at 7,637,196. In 1907 the
number of marriages solemnized was
40.5j1. Of these 25,993 were in the Estab
lished church, and ,864 In registers' of
fices; 1.S22 were In Nonconformist and 1,596
in Catholic churches. Jewish weddings
numbered 1,471 and Quakers 14.
On January 1. 1908, the numbers of pau
pers was 148.644; vagranU, 1,157. During
tho year 2,632 tons of meat and foodstuffs,
exclusive of 10,000 rabbits, were Betzed as
On January 1, 1908. there were 28,798 cer
tified lunatics, pauper, private and crim
inal, being 81.4 In 10,000-of tho populution.
a steady increase being shown since 1832,
when they numbered 45.6 In 10,000. The
largest proportion of cases is attributed
to alcoholism and heredity.
In the city and the metropolitan bor
roughs there are M51 miles of streets, of
which 127 miles are laid with tram lines.
Elttht thousand two hundred and eighty
vessels entered the port of London from
foreign countries during 1907, being 39.3
per cent of the United Kingdom. The
value of the articles Imported was 209,
672.562, as compared with 199,407,311 In
1906. The value of the exports of home
prcduce and manufactures was 74.768,238,
as against 69,632,023 In 1905. and of for
eign and colonial merchandise 48,772,802,
as against 45,721.520. The alien passen
gers landed at the port of London num
bered 03,129 and those embarked numbered
The extent to which London cares for
the pleasure and creature comforts of Its
people Is seen by the statistics of its
parks, theaters and public houses taverns.
At present the council maintains parks
and open spaces with an area of 6.006
acres, the capital expenditure on which is
1,702,837 and the annual ccst of mainte
nance 111.514. The city corporations own
and maintain 6.491 acres and the Metro
politan Borough councils 325 acres.
The number of theaters licensed for the
performance of stage playa was fifty-two.
wun an approximate seating accommoda
lion of C0.Ji2. In addition there are fifty-
rour music halls with a seating accommo
dation of 64 851. In all there were 300 prom
ises licensed for public eniertalnment.
London haa 4.823 publio houses, or house
licensed to sell wine, spirits and beer; 1,718
beer houses where no spirits or wine may
be sold and Ii2 hotels and restaurants.
The total strength of l:ie metropolitan
police Is 17.913 and of the city police 1.144.
During 1W 67.637 articles were found In
public carriages and deposited lth the
metropolitan police by drivers and conduc
tors. Of these 23,000 were umbrellas and
174 were watches. The number of persons
for trial at the courts of assize and quar
ter sessions In London In 19OT was J.543.
Of these 4S3 were acquitted and 107 not
tried. Four were sentenced to death. The
estimated net cost of the administration'
of police and Justloe falling on the admin
istrative county In 1907-8 waa 2,100.000. '
The strength of the London fire brigade
ia 1.424. and there were 1.828 calls (Includ
ing false alarms) received in 1XH. As a re
sult of the fires 4 persona were Injured
and 93 killed.
On the rolls of efficient schools on March
31. ISOs. there were 750.121 children, being 14.8
per cent of the number scheduled. The cost
of elementary education in London was for
the year 4.318.240, of which 1.J1.5S9 came
from government grants and ,00l,61 from
the rate Philadelphia Ledger.
One of the Finest Show Rooms on
INTERIOR VIEW OF THE H. E. FREDRICKSON AUTOMOBILE COMPANY GARAGE COMPLETED LAST WEEK.
Along Auto Row
The 1910 Models Are Arriving
and the Bow la a Very Busy
Part of Oman Just at Present
The fourth annual automobile races at
Waterloo, Neb., scheduled for October 21,
have been postponed indefinitely. Several
Omaha dealers had entered cars, among
them Freeland Bros, and Ashley, with
three Masons. It Is understood that lack
of Interest In that section was the cause
of the races to be declared off. Last
season the races at Waterloo were Inter
esting. Witnessed by a throng of more than
500,000 people, the Fairmont Park road
race on October 9 at Philadelphia proved
to be one of the leading automobile events
of the year and brought out one of the
largest entry lists of world-famous racing
men brought together this season. There
were twenty-three starters, twelve of them
having from sixty-horse power to ninety
horse power, and the average speed of
the winner, George Robertson, In a ninety
horse power Simplex was fifty-five miles
per hour. The sensation of the race, how
ever, was the performance of the Chalmers-Detroit
Forty, which finished a close
second, defeating eleven . cars ' rated at
sixty-horse power or more, and being
awarded without dispute the consistency
prize for running the entire 200 miles with
out a single stop, not even for gasoline
or water. The last half of the event
would have been a runaway rather than
a race If it had not been for the Chalmers,
which crowded the winner to the east and
made any trouble to the Simplex Impos
sible If It was to win.. People marveled
that this car, selling - at less than half
the price and developing less than half
the horse power, should be Robertson's
only competitor and defeat such a large
field of large machines, and the eastern
press gives these facts more space than
any other feature of. the race.
The W. L. Huffman Automobile company
haa rcoelved a large shipment of 1910 Re
gals. These are thirty-horse-power cars
and will sell for S1.250. This order Is much
larger than that of 1909. These cars are
on exhibition at Huffman's garage,. 2025
Farnam street and are attracting a great
deal of attention.
President Taft is a golf enthusiast;
Charlie Taft is going in for boxing; Miss
Helen Taft, choosing a happy medium-
one befitting the daughter of the nation's
executive has adopted motoring as a recre
ation. Miss Taft learned to drive her
mother's Baker electric while spending the
summer at Beverly, where she motored
daily, frequently taking long trips through
the surrounding country. This winter while
in Washington for the holidays she will
rcsumo her motoring and is looking for
ward with keen anticipation to many de
lightful drives In and about the capital.
Henry H. Van Brunt, who has been tour
ing Europe, accompanied by Mrs. Van
Biunt and Mr. and Mrs. Logl of Council
Bluffs, returned last week, Mr. Van
Brunt visited Holland, the home of his
father, and spent three weeks there travel
ing from place to place in an automobile.
The roads were particularly fine, which
made the trip Interesting and pleasant.
Throughout the trip the party used auto
mobiles. Mr. Van Brunt thought that while
the foreign cars go along, they lack the
power of American cars and he says that
he will not tour Europe again without his
own car, the Pope Hartford. On the re
turn tome interesting trips were planned
around London, but the fogs became so
heavy along about that time that they
These days when the whole country
seems pulsing with interest on the sub
ject of the automobile and new companies
for their manufacture are springing, mushr
room-like, all over the pountry, it Is
pleasing to read the announcement of the
old, reliable pioneers in this great Indus
try, such as we carry In today's paper
for the Jackson Automobile company of
Jackson, Mich. It costs quite a little bit
i ' njoney to buy an automobile, and there-
fore one Is Justified in demanding facts.
rather than theories and experiments,
when buying a car. When you come to
place $1,000 to $4,000 in a motor car you
want to feel sure the Investment Is relia
ble, and it is on this distinctive merit
that the Jackson car appeals. The Jack
son was right In design and manufacture
in ins Deginning. There has been no
necessity to change, but there has been
the continual process of progressive refine
ment, until the 1010 Jackson Is an ideal
automobile, with power, speed, endurance,
silence, and all for a very common price.
There is the unfading record of stven years'
proven worth, tested merit, satisfactory
tervlce b:hlnd the Jackson ear of 1910 and
its prestige as an automobile of absolute
reliability is established In every Btate in
Charles Mers, who is one of the members
of the Standard Automobile company re
cently organized here to sel) the Standard
Six and the National, will begin trying out
his National on the New York track thia
week so that he will be ready for the
Vaneterbtlt races on the tuth. Mers is only
21 years of ago, but la considered one of
the greatest racing men in the country. He
was in the international races in Savannah
last season and made a record there. He
made a record In the WllkeBbarre hill
climb. In the Indianapolis races he won
It was at Indianapolis that he Jumped the
bridge, killing his mechnician and two
spectators, and burying himself under the
fragments of his own car, all In Bight of
his partner, Wilcox, who Is here now In
Omaha. The other evening when Mers left
for the New York races Wilcox accom
panied him to the train and placed this In
junction upon him, "Don't you come back
here. Charlie, until you can come back here
Ernest Sweet has plans for a garage for
the Sweet-Edwards Automobile company,
which will begin business on Farnam
street the first of December, that are novel
and will attract a great deal of attention.
The showroom will be somewhat larger
than the usual showroom and will be ele
vated a foot above the main aisle, and
will be provided with a brass ratling. On
this floor the Moon and American cars
will be shown. The garage will be In the
heart of automobile row and will be on
the north side of Farnam.
The ground work for the Maxwell-Brls-coe
company's Omaha garage Is progressing
rapidly and will be completed within, the
coming sixty days. Manager Doty said
yesterday. The building will be two stories
with plate glass Bhow windows on the street
above and below. It Is designed after some
of the best appointed automobile bousea In
Local automobile enthusiasts expressed
wonderment when a remarkable record of
tire efficiency was told In latest reports
of the recent races at Santa Ana and
Mt. Baldy, Cat.
In the five and twenty-ftve-mllo races at
Santa Ana the Bulck car, using the same
Goodyear tires which had borne the racer
under the wire In second place In the 200
mile contest at Santa Monica waa victor
In two terrific flnlshea.
Thia feat was extraordinary, In view of
the numerous tire changes that are usually
made necessary by the tremendous wear
and tear during the grind of tire-destroying
automobile races. Another Buick, a tourist,
a Ford and Royal tourist cars, in the same
race meeting, were equipped with the same
brand of tires that the victorious car used.
In the thrilling Mt. Baldy race the vic
torious Pope-Hartford laid Its success to
the fact that during the tense moments
towards the end of the fierce grind Its
Goodyear tires stood the strain admirably,
this being one ' of the factors which con
tributed to the victory.
William H. Wallace returned from the
Stearns factory at Cleveland a few days
ago, where he spent a week getting out a
shipment of Stearns cars.
This car has never been handled In
Omaha, but several are owned here and in
Council Bluffs, among them George Joslyn
and Charles Hanan of Council Bluffs, the
latter being cashier of the City National
bank. The Stearns people make every
piece of their cars and each car Is painted
to suit the purchaser.
The firjt Stearns car, made twelve years
ago in a barn, is still running and is said
even now to be oae of the best pieces of
automobile construction shown. From the
barn in which the first car was built has
grown a factory a large factory, con
structed as the business developed. It is
If You Have Not Folly Investigated the
Hudson You Don't Know How Good an
Automobile Can be Bonght for $900
No other car on the market at this price can compare
with the Hudson in power, room, quality and effective con
struction. Let us give you a convincing demonstration over coun
try roads and you will do as all others have done pro
nounce this the greatest value on the market and a sur
prise to you.
A few immediate deliveries can be made to those who
II. E. Fredrickson Automobile Co.
2m -46-48 FARNAM ST.
You are invited to visit our new salesroom and inspect
the Chalmers-Detroit, Thomas Flyer and Pierce Arrow.
a unique structure of architectural patch
work. At present the company Is erecting
a new factory four stories high and one
of the est appointed in every way in the
Guy L. Smith spent last week In Indian
apolis hurrying up a large order of Frank
President Herring of the Atlantic Auto
mobile company, Atlantic, la., spent several
days lait week In Omaha and Council
Bluffs. While here he looked over Auto
Row and expects to open a garage In
Omaha this season to display the Reo,
Ford and Premier.
William Drummond made a trip of several
day Into western Nebraska last week, ac
companied by Manager Peck of the au
tomobile department. He is showing now
the white gasoline cars which are at
tracting a great deal of attention.
Drummond A Co., received last week
a large stock of Diamond tires. This Is one
of the popular tires In Omaha.
Omaha Automobile company received i ti
big 46 last week, which Is attracting i
great deal of attention. This ia the larges
Auburn ever shown In Omaha.
H. E. Wilcox of the Standard Automobile
company ran into a manhole on Harney
street last week, smashing a pair of tires
The Standard Automobile company hat
added the Traveler, a car of $1,250 and will
display it in Omaha during the next few
The Marmon 1910 shown by Louk IS
considered one of the prettiest cars on
Farnam street. A. Edgecomb, manager,
Updike Milling company is driving one of
the lata models now.
George Relm, manager for Kimball, spent
several days In Iowa last week.
And Sold by
A Good Man
III) MM ON
CASINGS and TUBES
Of Automobiles and Accessories
W. L. Huffman & Go.
2025 Farnam Straat
II C rrA,lrinlAfin A nf
II. r. Bl Kill I Is r sS El II HIIIIJIIIijIIIIg Mil. r,erce, Kap,d,
eriglii Automobile Co.
Henry H. Van
HORSE 8KOEINQ -
ffl. K. nikwVA, vmmrtm, rtmm.
Standard Automobile Co.
H.E.WILCOX. OMAHA, StER. CHAS. MERZ
jj a lis q n
tut n a VTfifi hitpmiti 1 nn automobiles
111. rfAIUi4"liIllblll.LL bU.
Rn EIMDAI I Stavens-Duryea, Cadillac, Stanley Steamer.
111 mlflUHLL. DADCOCK ELECTRIC .
tOt Parasol Straat.
iAE.ER ELECTRIC BHS?kr
ATLANTIC AUTOMOBILE CO.,
Atlantic and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
AIIOIIOM ScSSSZSaSift RIDER LEWIS f
Central Tire fk Rubber Co. 1J
OMAHA'S RXCLURIVI TIRR HOURS
Wren nns1 Vollo Automobilo Co.
UaLaU L 1902 Farnam Street.
JOHN BRRRR PLOW
Kompor, Hemphill &
14 R 1A4a Taiaaaa
Inter-State SI 750; De Timb'.e
5650; Hupmobilc $750.
A MARVEL OF WORKMANSHIP
T. G. KORTHWALL CO.
rinnlfln V.HITE STEMER
MUUMIU 2024 Firoai SL
nm nh.ln On . Thomas, Hudson,
Hartford - 4
Council Bluffs. Iiwi.
The easiest riding car in the world,
C. T. LOUK, 1808 Farnam Street,
v State Agent.
Garage and Repairs
Standard SI & National
753 Folly Equipped -4 CyL. 40 H. P.
HUFFMAI & CO.. 2325 Farias St
Thomas, Hudson, Pierce, Sapid
H. E. FBEOaXUOl .3 TO C3.
2C4445-43 Farni St. . '
2209 Farnam St
Storage and Repairs
2318 Harney Ctreet. -A-2011
CS03. & ASHLEY, 1102 Ftrata SI.
L. SMITH, 2207 FARNAM ST. -f
REO, FORD, PREMIER.
ATLANTIC AUTOMOBILE CO.,
Atlantic and Council Bluffs, lawa
,T R. R. KIMBALL,
2026 Farnam St
4 CvllnS.r S
AUTOMOILE CO., 216 S. 19.
In its class without a peer.
C. F. LOUK, State Agent,
.1808 Farnam St.
ADDCDSnH SAICS ACCWnV
Firestone Tira '
wiuumui 2024 Firaaa St.
CO., Omaha. Ris-riautara.