The Fresno Bee The Republican from Fresno, California on April 16, 1933 · Page 71
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The Fresno Bee The Republican from Fresno, California · Page 71

Fresno, California
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Sunday, April 16, 1933
Page 71
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441 (t LOUIS TIMOTHY STOM- n * M Over-Modest Cows, Bootblack Squirrels, Wild Men'and Intensely Patriotic Hens, the Late L. T. Stone Put His Home Town on the Map, JL amous AnionK llic Many JKnnl.i»l!c Journnlis- tic Geim S t o n e Wrote About the Connecticut* Community Wait One About the Sporlr I'ntf thnt Went on n n A p ' p l e j a r k " B o n d e r " and Croitkcil " S w e e t Adeline." "f -vi . - it** JACK 3V o o o "--·v/ j \bo_ie We Hnve Ine Modest Cow Who Coubl Only Be M i l k e d Wlicn Dressed in a ^fl'Jf Jonn, the Hen Thnt Ijiy Hrd, Wfiitc nnil Blue KEC on Julr 4 nnd the How-lcgpeil ^ Chickens Tlint Were Ilni«ed in a Ycrv Ixivr Itover. "TTT TlN'STKD," succinctly-e.xplainj City and other metropolitan papers for \ A / "" dictionary, "the seat of which he was a correspondent. This con- V V Litchfield County, Connect!- the device of » local Winstcd cut." farmer who grew tired of plucking It says nothing further. Obviously, chickens by hand and was saving a lot the serious-minded men who compiled of time and trouble by using a vacuum the huge book of information considered cleaner to pick clean his poultry. Winsted just another small town, mere- Other tall tales Stone sent out told the ly one of the thousands that dot the world about a tame squirrel that used breadth and widtn of the United States. Yet every newspaper reader has known about Winstcd for years. Louis Timothy Stone, a native son of the quaint county seat, founded in 177G. made the whole world Winstcd-con- scious. He did it with a unique form of propaganda--"never-never" nature yarns. The other day Stone died and his obituary appeared on the f r o n t pages of the big-city newspapers. This unusual journalist was acclaimed as the literary heir of the beloved Bill Nye and brother in spirit to Lewis Carroll. Dean Swift and James Stephens, weavers of fantasies all. Every once in a while during four decades some weird dispatch or other from Winsted would pop into these tame big-town newspapers. There was never any question about their authenticity. onc an * a " 'hcy wcr* extraor- what defrauded because he had made dinary whoppers. Editors printed these the story "too good." Stone helped the contributions of Stone's, knowing that reporters look for the wild man. They stayed in Winsted two weeks and the rural correspondent made friends that were to remain devoted to him for the rest of his life. They never found the wild man. of course, or even located anyone who had actually seen it. In the end it turned out that the ferocious stranger was not a man at all but n jackass--and the beast seemed a rather docile creature, submitted to being photographed and even ate apples his long and furry tail to shine his master's boots each morning and the cat ·with a t harc-lip who whistled "Yankee Doodle." But possibly the best-known of all Stone's fables is his tale about the wild man who had suddenly appeared upon the main street of Winsted. This creature had terrified women, children and doughty citizens with nis incomprehensible whoops and shout?. Their fright was not decreased at all by the fact that the'-wild man -wore few clothes, being 1 covered from head to foot ·a-.Uh.QBly black, matted hair. The story v;as one of Stone's earliest* fake?. He wired the story to metropolitan editors because he needed some money. But instead of sending for follow-up stories, the editors dispatched their best men to Winstcd to pet the talc and h u n t down the monster. Though he felt some-- The Bald- H c nil cd .Man Who Kept ihe F l i c , A w a r Frmn Hit I lend I.T H.-uinc « S |i i rl r r ami (Job- » r l , r n i ntrd There. mm* "their readers could not mistake his Baron Munchaufcn touch.'because they were classics of their kind. Assembled on this page arc drawings illustrating soms of his most humorous nature stories. I'irst of all there is the bashful cow who refused to allow herself to be milked hy a man unless she was first garbed in woman's clothes. According to Stone, the reason for this unbovir.elike behavior was the fact ·^^, Thr.c Tlircc Trout (Wrote -Stone) .Ale From Hit Hand Each "cw Yrar'a D«T and Thcu Gralcftillr Swam llis Initials in the Spring Where The/ Lived. from the hands-of the visiting journal- that this particular Bossy had been for years by two spinster si.'- ters who dwelt on a manless farm. When the cow was sold she couldn't bear having her new master come rear her unless she was decorously dressed. Even more astonishing was the patriotism of a certain Wins'.cd hen. This surprising barnyard cackler laid R red. white nnd blue egg each Fourth of July. Other local hens were bowlegged. having grown up in a very low hover. Another famous piece of nature-faking which Stone employed to get his home town's narr.? jf-Kicized was the utorr about an audacious frog f.h« hopped around a jug "f applejack until he kno-kcd it over. Hr ;b-n r:orcrd''d. wroto Stone, to cxlr.-.ct '.he cork^and get good and blo'.'o on thr hard ti^er. and promptly started to sirg "Sweet Adeline." When one ?cep'.:!-.-!l td;;nr rjsrrwo Store R* to how in The worid a frog co'j'd craw t-ut a rork fir :n the reck of » jug. the Winded hrr-n:c!cr w:rc j . back. "Thirsty ficgs arc very s'.i:f-'.M'd. Their desire for f.ryng -irir.V inspires them v.'i'.h groat .'trT.g'.h ar.d nTV?-*;r,g agility, ar.d al;t n-.aU-s ;h-':n ::-,!.-.ic.-.l." Some cf Sl"rXs « t o r : r s c*-r;x-crr;c v 'l h' brings. There ^s« tt.e lc.ld- h?3''cd who for years had it-en pestered by Sir? lighting in his head. In fsct, the in ( rct* .".--'ircd to ccn*:der his ;Ett the Ki-jittr of thtir Lou Stone sprang the wild man yarn in 1895, and ever afterwards delighted the world with curious and incredible stories. But he never made them so good that star reporters were sent to Winsted to cover them. Time and again competitors tried to outdo the Connecticut Munchausen and thereby gain themselves some money and their towns some publicity, but Stone remained champion of the "nature fakers." His rich imagination seldom' failed him. The Cat That MoJo an AMCI nf a Harelip br Wlmlliiij: "Yankee DooJle.'* The TJ?cfnl T a m r Squirrel That Shincd His Majler'i Shorn Wilh Hit Swilhini Tail. Kvery New Year's Day he sent out » report of the activities of three amazingly intelligent fish. Here is a typical dispatch on the piscatorial trio: "Winstcd. Jan. 1.--Jim. Pete and Dick, the tunneling trout, ztc their usual Ncr Year's dinner here today from » silver spoon hrld in the unwavering hand of Louis Timothy Stone. The meal consisted of a couple of pounds of nw lirer cut into six-inch strips, vcll-scasoncd. and a couple of thitnblefuls of coffee. ' "When the lid of the spring wan raised. Ihc three trout who hare been in the newspaper business long enough to keep their mouths shut, rose (o their elbows off the bank and waited for action on the part of Mr. Stone, whose nature stories are about twice as raw as liver. "When the great Winsted correspondent lowered the meat on the silver spoon, the trout tare three fresh water cheers and took a strip of the meat apiece. They then got into line, swam in the form of .Mr. Stone's three initials, backfired once and sank out of sight, as they · have each year since Mr. Stone took up journalism. As soon as Mr. Stone could get his fountain pen to leak normally he placed his annual report of the trout meal on paper and communicated with the press of the world by telegraph. It is just one of (hose annual events in the life of .1 Winstcd correspondent's fountain pen and as soon as completed Mr. Stone peered into his notebook to see what mammal, bird, amphibian or insect is neit due to swell his income." The Ingrenions'VrinMtilFnrmcr Who Plucked Poultry With a $SJ Vacuum Cl^^tcr. The frct'f-d and raiiy. rr. 1," £:·'. SL r.'ar- TC!;"S icca, had » W:r.?lc j i rli*. paint » ·pic'-r ard a cr.'jrt? ·! f'bwrbs. en h:« r/jc«* n^rcin. It brcuznt imrrrdia'.e jrrrf. Of e/'':r;« it did !'"'·: a bi 1 . n-cer ' ' cirr. he . - . . . Or f'.'Jvrr c'ny S'.cr.e wired sn j^iuly rtrtrg" f ' r r y to .e New Tor« lie »» r.njland Mnnehau«m Firit Made Winjtcd Faraoni With Hti Celebrated "Wild Man" Fable. Tie MomtCT Turned Ont lo Re a Jackan /?A uVv: ^^^s^^^ii^ : ^^^sfe3ip^^^

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