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Carbondale, Illinois
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THE DAILY PREE PRESS VICTOR ROUSSEALT © BT V. C CHAfTWt ' -jcon're my only hope now. my jaoV* •*• said in an even voice, 'Tve sailed' « my last vojage, Donald. Tm going " CHAPTER II. In the March Hares' Club. "I hope not, captain," answered Donald. Tm "afraid there isn't any doubt of *," answered Masterman. "It's an fld organic trouble, likely to carry me *ff at any time, and progressive in -Smarter. Before I left for the SBet- •nds, the doctor gnv.e me a year. that was ten months ago, and my operiences haven't lengthened the (respite. Yon've followed deep-sea ex- iploratlon, haven't you?" -I. "A little," answered Donald. "We (Americans seem to have taken the Head since the days of the Challenger." • "Yes, Yankees [have done good '•work," said Masterman, "But I've got •them all beatea now. Nobody will Iwther his head about the earlier dis- jcoverles after the nest few weeks. •You've heard about the known forms ' 'of deep-sea ]lfo, haven't you?" I Without waiting for a reply, he began to speak about the strange or- Jganisms that had been dredged from :the ocean bottom, so that Donald saw the whole picture In Masterman's : braln. •' He saw the eyeless fishes that "iad abandoned the effort to see, and 'fishes with eyes as large as dinner .plates, with which they caught the [(learns of phosphorescence that be- Itokened the pursuit of wandering sea •scavengers. There were' fishes that Carried their own lures In the form of .luminous tentacles. In the abysmal depths, in a realm 'of perpetual night, these organisms 'perpetuated an inferno of slaughter,. ;preying upon each other, roving on jthelr insatiable quest for fqod. . Masterman leaned forward and *potc emphatically. "When they are brought up—up Ithrough three miles of water—they .'explode mostly, Donald," he said. "H they didn't—well, I've seen things .that ^onld make a stout man faint, my lad." Paget shuddered as h!a mind conceived the picture that the old cap- 'tain painted. He saw the giant monsters of the abyss lurking among the I vellow, carnivorous lilies that bend and sway in league-long gardens, catching the plankton, the floating or drifting organic life .of the sea, that •comes down like finest meal from above, but always ready for larger prey. "It's murder enthroned, Donald," said Masterman. "There isn't love-^— jiot. even maternal love. Nor pity, either. Suppose our world were like that.'" He was watching Donald keenly as .he spoke. • "We take life as we find It," Lieutenant" Paget answered. "But, thank heaven, life has its compensations, which make it worth the Jiving." : He was thinking of Ida Kennedy as he spoke. "But once our life .was like that)" persisted Masterman. ' "And 1 we've risen above It. Don't tell me there Isn't a God when we'ves done tha't, Just as .the beautiful birds evolved out' •of vicious ^reptiles. You know, of course, our •.ancestors were sea crea'-. tares. That's why the "specific grav- •Ity of the human body Is about/the nine as that of salt, water. We were made to live" In the sea. We cpme from fishes. You believe thatr. .. "Yes, science tells us so." ~"~ ' . "Good. Now - you've studied at .school what I've only read in books; 1>nt you know that there was a time when the seas were warm, steaming iMiths, and the steam formed clouds, . ao thbt the sun had never been seen. Before the, sun appeared, the world •was Just diffused light and darkness. There's an answer to your Bible critics who .• say Genesis is all wrong, be•'cause it says light was made before the sun. Light did exist, before the '-/eEnjwjyrjJreamed of, so far as man is concerned. • =: 3S^Sf£. t £lB^;3&"* 1 **'' -•V-^? 0 ' J ' re right, 'Sir," answered Donald^ who like most sailors, was a religious lHan. • ~H „_..-,„-.„—•• "And then," continued Mastermarj, "what does the record tell us? The .moving creatures that have life were made, and the great sea monsters, Leviathan and his kind, and the fowls of the air. And afterward the. earth monsters, and creeping things. And man nqt till the last. Now don't tell me, lieutenant, that the man who wrote the story of the creation wasn't .an iTip-to-date scientist. "Well, sir, at last the day came when •the waters had cooled, the clouds __opece<3, and the sun streamed through. ^By that time the ocean wasn't so pleasant a place to live in as formerly, especially as the climatic zones were appearing. No doubt there was a rush to the equator on the part of the surface monsters. .But the ocean beds jrere still warm from the. hot rocks, and the heat dowa there was good for •everal thousand, or hundred thousand years yet. • "So some of the sea- creatures remained In the depths, and others prgr ferreaT;6~basE orOhe~rocEs Ta the" light. Then their gills began to be replaced by lungs, or else they had gills as well as lungs', or an Intermediate apparatus." "Common today, captain. Certain lizards develop either lungs or gills, according, to the medium in which ! they .live.'! "Wellr sir,' as I.understand It, tha first organisms that 'came out on land were armor plated, like the crabs and spiny fossil fishes. Their bones were on the ontside, to protect them against being eaten. But after a while the progressive ones turned themselves inside out. Those that didn't, remained like ithe turtles and degenerated. The rest found that it was easier to escape their enemies by using their bones as props and developing speed. " "Now, lieutenant, suppose men had developed that way in the depths of the sea. Suppose you had a>race of men who had discovered, not necessarily, turning themselves inside out, like us, although they might have done so, but other means to avoid being eaten—say invisibility." "There I can refute you," answered Donald. "Man has developed from an estinct ape, an. ancestor of his cousins, the four anthropoids, supposedly a 'chimpanzeelike creature with the' structure of a gibbon, from which ho obtained his erect posture. Your sea creatures would have had to go through the lemur-ape forms." "But let us suppose a man who developed oiS the.line," persisted Mas- ^terman. "A manlike organism with webbed feet—something like a man- seal. How about mermen? Do you believe x there Is anything in that story?" "I hardly think so, captain." "How about the old legends of the Cyclopses?" j "A myth, Masterman. Besides, the 1 Cyclops kept cattle ..and lived upon ," land." - » • . | "But they ate. men, lieutenant. However, let us call our men of the sea imaginary. Grant that there might be such creatures, though. You'll admit that, with life so hard Tinder the ocenn^ they'd have developed more j cunning along' certain lines than the j human race. And they wouldn't know j much about pity or love, or anything , except how to find their food." I "I'll grant that," answered Donald, ' "if we accept the hypothesis that such . creiijui-es exist." ,- "G&od! Put a pin there, my lad. Now;—as we were saying, after thousands of years the heat at the bottom of tlie sea would disappear by its dif- j fusion through the oceans every- ' where. The depths would grow too i cold for them. It's bitter cold in the ! water at SI to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, j Wouldn't the time come when they, I too, would feel the impulse to migrate j into the sun?" "No, Masterman. Their breathing—" j "I know what you're going to say, ' lieutenant. You're going to tell me j that, even if they could breathe air, I they couldn't live when the pressure I of those miles of ocean was removed. But suppose nat'ure has been busy preparing for the change during thousands of years, while she has been modifying their gills into lungs, as she worked on the brontosaurs. That's how nature, works—quietly, softly, secretly, .till she's ready to launch, her thunderbolt. "Suppose a second human swarm, man's poor cousins, is getting ready to overrun the earth, and put down man from his throne. Suppose the puny swarms of monkey-men, white,yellow*and black, that crawl upon the-•1 ace of the..globe,and imagrae then!selves-its owners, are going to be obliterated, not from Mars or Venus, but out of the earth's .own vitals!" Captain Masterman sat bolt" upright as he spoke; he looked like some old prophet spelling out the doom of man. The intense earnestness in his words shook Paget's incredulity for a moment, and left him sick with horror. ".§. u PP!i§S that civilization, everything-which has gone to make up the life we know—family .love, books, monuments, parliaments, ships—all of it is to be at the mercy of this merciless "horde, and that we are going to fight harder thaii we have fought since the days whoa we held our own against the saber-tooth'.' Who'd think or care then whether he was an Englishman or a' Dutchman; who'd trouble whether his -friends were white men ; negroes, Hottentots or Chinese,' so long as they were human? Wouldn't that make for the brotherhood of man, Donald? Wouldn't we set all our convicts free? . Wouldn't kings shake hands with anarchists and college professors with coal heavers? Wouldn't class and race vanish like dreams when the night's over? And maj-be that's what God's working for, lieutenant!" "But the impossibility, Masterman! Granting the incredible supposition that these deep-sea organisms exist, and could live under a pressure enormously increased, and breathe;—" "We're supposing that, lieutenant." ' "How could tbey_survive the struggle for existence in an unnatural element?" ..' •, .... ... "Lieutenant, man has existed since tertiary times, but he never learned to fly .till 1908.„ He never went iip^in a balloon until a hundred and.Jlfty years ago. Our imaginations can't rise to the realization -of what this generation has done, but our descendants will look on us as demig6ds, and the Wright brothers will become myths, like that chap that' invented cooking, Prom—Prom—?" • "Prometheus." "Yes, sir. Well, then, after living for thousands of years at the bottom of -five miles of air, an ocean of oxygen and nitrogen, we've found out how to get up on top of it. ;They are living at the bottom of aa ocean of oxygen and hydrogen. Suppose they lenrned to fly, tool "You can see what they'd do. Some of their scouts, who had gone on ahead, .would discover that the dry land was teeming with food. Food in such quantities as these hungry monsters .had never; dreamed- about. . F«od in solid chunks, instead*'of'dissolved particles of 'plankton, varied with an occasional cannibal dinner. And light by which to capture it—sunlight! No, more hunting down their prey with phosphorescent torches! "At first they'd nibble the grass and leaves of the trees. .But"they'd find that cellulose is-pretty" indigestible stuff. 'Then .one of -them, would discover a dead bird or rahbit,' and' another that sheep and cattle make'good ca|in£, rind then—" (To bo continue*!} NAVY ELECTRICAL SCHOOL. PfilNS NEARLY ME UP Nothing Helped Me Until 1 Took Lydia E.'Pinkham's • Vegetable Compound. Wyandotte/. Mien.-"For the* last four yeara I have doctored off .and on without help. I have had pains every month so. bad that I would nearly double up. Some> times I ccruld not sweep a room wttb- INCOME PAYMENTS TREBLED Nearly $6,000,000 More Than Collected Same Period Last Year in Chicago. Qiicagp. Fein 14.—Inronio tnxns tig- gregming ifO.OOO.OOO have already bUL-n collected in the Chicago district, comprising 30 ,ct",:nties in northern Illinois, accnrdiua to Acting Collector ftnrry'AV. llairi-r. '. *• -This' is n early $(!,000,qOO more than was collected at tlio sa'rae date lust year, when payments wore being uiiule for 1918. So fni^ this year 05.000 income tax returns 1mve he™ filed, this heing 45.000 more than at the sanio (.inie a year Taking, machine* •part to see w^nai Hiakesi.'thern tl.efc -Is.-just as In re resting i «s .matfng^tlien^.eoV.afttr.-. they'rey'put togettier. 1 ' '' ' ' ' ''" , In 'the ; Navy gas engine school shown above, some of our future aviators are Investigating the ignition devleesMin an airplane engine. The sailors get a thorough training In the gas engine and have lot? of opportunities to perfect themselves In this specialty during a (our years' enlistment. The.v nre paid during' 1 the entire course, and when they finish Ilieir enlistment period tliey can either I'rmflnne In the service of go bark to i:ivil life, well (inaliiied to do. high class garage -work. • . . ' . SLAIN FOR DEFENDING YANK Governor -Pecrigault . cf Province of Chiriqui 'Ajs-rissinr^ed Aftsr Ha . Befriended American. "" .. i IViniuiia. Fiih. !•».—O;>vmii>i' Prrri- nnft of iho prnvimv nf Chirlqiii. \vhk-h lies ->ii:!r; tin- C'oaln lliriin frnn- Ik 1 :' u-;?s .•i^s.-is-.-in.' fK'<'orcl : n;.: 10 :ui- I vices ri'fi>ivpil .in tli's city. .Yu I'linliL-r j /Irr.-'.Hs .,'ii'ciris y.'f knn'.vij. If i< s-.-tit! tlnir rSovcrmir P.crrt'jiMUlMwil ln>:'ricni! I'M! \V. Or. Clinsp. mi Ami;Hr;iij.' in Ijti- U'lit'inn over land "inul tluit tliis icd fo. his asssiKsInntlnn. Oovprnor IVrri-ninll. was. T'linnina.ii consul gt'iivriil in M e w York city for :< munlirr of vcnrs. indererythiDglate wpMt my Three years I loat a ch and suffered BO ^baffly ttat l-yns out of my; head af times. MI bowel* did not move for days and I oonld not eat without suffering, , The doctor could not help me and one day I told my'husband that ,1, could not stand the pain any longer and sent him to the drug-store to get me a bottle of Lydia E. Pinkham's .Vegetable Compound and threw; the • doctor's medicine away.' After taking three bottles of Vegetable Compound and using two bottles of Lydia E. Pinkham's Sanative Wash I could do my own housework. If it had not been for your medicine I don't know where I would be today and I am never without a bottle of it in the house. You may publish this if you like'that it may help some other womariw'—Mrs. MARY. STENDEB, 120 Orange St., Wyandotte, Mich. BELIEVED 50 LDST AT SEA i i One Hundred and Fifty British .Res— cued From',Steamer in the' . ' Black Sea. ^London, Feb:_14.—The former-German' steamer Gregor, wiffi- 200 "British*!*' refugees £rom -Odessa, broke .adrift from' a Vessel having it in tow ..and- grounded near Kilios point Wedues-. 3ay, .according to -a Lloyds' dispatch from Constantinople. One. hundred and fifty persons 'were rescued by the' breeches'buoy. The fate of 50 others Is unknown. The vessel is reported to be breaking up. . . ," ... built now for twice ^71,000 When the talk turns from politics to railroads, and the traveler With the cocksure air .breaks in with, "There's an awful lot of 'water' in- the railroads," here are some hard-pan facts to give him i American railroads have cost $80,900 a mile—roadbed, structures, stations, yards, terminals, freight and passenger trains—everything from the great city terminals to the last spike. ;,•••'• What Lincoln said . tFroin an Address by • -Abraham I*/ne*/n to the Workmen's Jleso ... ciMiion in JS6J) "Property 16 the fruit of labor;/property Is • desirable; is a poiitiv* EOOd in the world .... Let not him who Is houseless pull'down . the house of another, bullet him Work dill- Kently and buildlbne for himself, thus by example assuring that " his own shall be safe from violence when built." "A good coricrete-and-asphalt highway costs $36,000 a mile—just-a bare road, not counting the cost of culverts, "bridges, etc. • Our railroads couldri't be duplicated today , • , far.$150,000 a ould. They are capitalized for only $71,000 a mile—much less than their actual value. Seventy-one thousand : i. ' dollars today will buy one locomotive. -English railways are capitalize^ at $2 74;000 a mile; the French at $155,000; German .$132,000; even in : • •;' ' Canada (still in pioneer development) they are -.'.• capitalized at $67,000 a mile. The average for all , foreign countries is $100,000. . • ' Low capitalization and high \ operating efficiency have enabled Americari railroads to pay .the high-' ~ i ^ est wages While charging the lowest rates. ' ttftis advertisement is published by the Association ofSiailwayGxecutives Those desiring information concerning the railroad situation may obtain literature oy •wriiing to The Association of Railway Executives, 61 Bfoadvay, JVe-"' v —" LAURA E. SWARTZ OSTBbPATKIC PHYHCIAH Chronic Ofteaiei •^•p•cl«lty Offlct In Laud.r-NlchcU Bldg. W. W. HAMILTON Coal and Ice MACKEY COAL OPflCV Phon. 204 ECONOMY COAL ..;. ' J. B. WOODS, YARD W«ih.d Nut, Egg and Lump ' Phone 149 If. HENRY BAIN TRANSFER GET OUR PRICES Phone 342 K '•H. O. HALL & CO. FEED, COAL AND POULTRY ;; SUPPLIES Phone 233 W. A. BRANDON jM. D. GENERAL PRACTICE AND TH« EYE Vlrolnla Bldg. CartooHdal*, DR. J.W. BARROW NEW HAMILTON BUILDtNQ H«ur« t to 11 A. M. and 2 to • P. .. PHONE 18 F.LiLINGLE;M.D. b*n«r«l PructlM ' *p*«lal attention to Ey«, Ear, N«aa and Threat i OlaeaM Pitted Phon..,: Residence J30-2, Offlea Virginia Building . 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