The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 31, 1954 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, July 31, 1954
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BLTTHEVILLE (ARK. 1 ) FA5S PUZZLES THINGS TO DO STORIES Carve Railroad Through Heart Of Jungleland Workers Carry on Fight With Animals as They Progress BY VINCENT EDWARDS ! •tfLEPHANTS trumpeted and lions roared in anger. From the vine-wrapped trees pygmies peered wide-eyed. It was no wonder that the whole jungle was aroused. Curious trespassers were about. The white men had started to build a railroad into the very heart of Africa. 1 Railroading has had many cu- irious chapters, but Africa's Uganda Railway is unique. Nearly every boy or girl, at some time or other, has visited the zoo. But how,many ever rode on a train where, from the car windows, they could see lions and elephants and .zebras roaming be- eide the tracks? Not one, probably. Believe-it or not, that was the isort of country through which the British government built the Uganda Railroad more than 50 years ago. It went straight from Mombasa, on the eastern coast jof Africa, to Port Florence, on [Lake Victoria, more than 600 -miles in the interior. When the big job was started, (20,000 coolies came by steamer from the eastern part of India to work under the English engineers. A large body of African, natives were also employed. With the latter the 'white men used the [strange dialect called Kiswahili. JThis was a combination of many [tongues that had been in use among the scattered tribes ever jsince the first Europeans came to jAfrica. The English engineers met •with many surprises. In some iplaces the lions were so fierce ithat once they dragged a man ia work car. During the first year of the construction at least 2 .natives were killed by these animals; so the engineers always went about with their high-pow- lered rifles handy. BRIDGE-BUILDERS AMAZED !nPHE rhinoceroses o their work, these fellows felt ke rubbing their eyes in sur- rise. Beside the track grazed undreds of antelopes and ze?- ras. Almost keeping pace with he snorting engine ran long- egged ostriches. More than once hey glimpsed lions close to the oad-bed. The engineer in charge of the ridge construction found he had real job on his hands. Over 3,000,0JO pounds of steel in the orni of girders, angle irons and ther parts had been shipped rom New York, along with 500,00 feet of southern* pine for the ridge flooring. To assemble the eparate pieces properly, the American Bridge Company had esorted to a clever scheme. The iarts for each individual bridge were even bolder, if anything. They did •not hesitate to charge a locomotive when they felt annoyed. One day a line of cars was left standing on the tracks when one o the beasts came steaming onto the scene. It hurled itself at th rear car with such force that th brake was freed and the whol string was sent rolling down th ! grade. The cars went crashing into a station at the foot of the hilL Probably the most amazed o jail the Uganda workers wir the American bridge - builders Twenty-three men had com from the United States to set up the 2? stee'J viaducts in th (mountain area. . As the train carried them ou Its Music Rends the Air A Bushel of Treasure Famous old calliope, or "steam piano," has been thrilling circus fans since 1887. Steam Calliope Becoming Symbol of Past Years BY JENNIE A. RUSS DOR generations the steam calliope has represented the circus to thousands of people. When its "steamy" notes floating in the summer air have been heard by crowds waiting at the curbs it meant "the circus is coming." Gradually these calliopes have been left behind when the circus went on tour, until today they are rarely, if ever, seen. The calliope "America" in the illustration is said to have been bought by Adam Forepaugh, pioneer American circus owner, in 1887 for $48,000, and it has been in constant use ever since. It Will continue to thrill circus crowds so long as it holds together. Calliopes were also used on steamboats on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, but very few, i; any, of them are left. They addec to the romance of the rivers and were part of an American era that is fast disappearing. It depends on what part of the country you are in as to how the word calliope is pronounced Near the rivers it is calli-ope, bu inland it is cal-li-o-pe. BY LILLIACE M. MITCHELL A LL the other covered wagons had gone. Richard Webkin and his mother and father watched them out of sight. Their own wagon with the broken axle was hidden with boughs of trees and small saplings. Now and again the horses, hidden amongst the willow trees at the river's edge, neighed or pawed restlessly. Mr. Webkin sighed and turned to make a new axle. It would not be easy for there were no tall, straight trees. Richard ran this way and that, searching for a tree that would be suitable. "You can help me more, Son, by staying right here to look after your mother. These are dangerous places that we pass through right now. If the Indians find us—" he sighed and exchanged a sad glance with bis wife. "I'll hunt the tree, Son, and when I find it, you and I together will—" Before he could finish his sentence, there were horrible yells and the Indians pounded through the forest on their mustang po- es. But, even as the yells came, there were other yells that sounded remote and far-off for a few moments. Then two tribes boy?* After a moment Benjamin look Richard's hand and led him through the willows to a cave hidden in the rocks. How Frontier Travelers Made Surprise Discovery thing. The two tribes of Indians j left one little fellow behind them! at once began fighting with each other and in a matter of mo- injments, both sides of the little the clearing beyond the covered war appeared to have been vanquished and the sound of the ponies' hooves faded away into the distance. SURPRISING DISCOVERY Richard raised his head and looked out on the clearing. "They were Pawnees—on that side over And look! They've Indians came into view wagon. According to their plan beforehand, Richard and his parents lay flat on the ground hiding their faces in an effort to be unseen. They did not need to do any- "What i* your nam«, asked Richard's mother. The boy looked sad. "Sometimes I try to remember about my name but they hit me very hard when they threw me acrosi the pony's back and I cannot remember much- I remember my mother calling me Bingy. Bingy," he repeated, softly. "Tour name is Benjamin, per- I haps," said Richard. The boy stared. "That's it- Benjamin. My name is Benjamin. I remember—now. And I remember the treasure we hid, too. Not far from here—You. "What's your name?" "Richard." Benjamin said slowly, "if I i give your folks the treasure, ' mayhap I may go along with. [ you? I can work hard. I can. tell when Indians are about I can scout ahead—" "Oh, please, little Benjamin!'* said Richard's mother. "You don't have to pay us with anything. Of course, you will go with us. And. we shall try to find your folks—'* she faltered as the expression ia Benjamin's eyes betrayed his unhappy thoughts. BUSHEL OF TREASTL 3 After a moment, Benjamin took Richard's hand and led him The parents raised then: heads i through the willows to a cav» now and looked at the little one hidden in the rocks alongside th« river. "A bushel of salt," Benjamin said proudly. "We knew that W« could not get to our new hom« in time to plant wheat and so we carried a bushel of salt. You can trade a bushel of salt for 28 I'm going to go get him." were painted a different color, and each part was lettered and numbered. The work went rapidly forward. One gang of coolie laborers sorted the steel, while the Americans fitted the parts together with the help of the natives. The riveting was done by the coolies and the natives. It took only a week to erect the first bridge, while the biggest viaduct of all—880 feet long and 75 feet high—was completed in 69% days. In less than a year all the bridges were in place, ready for the jungle-land railroad. There was plenty of excitement, too, along with the hard work. One day the American engineer in charge was working on a bridge when he heard that some lions were bothering the workers of another section. Jumping on a hand-car, he and an English engineer rushed to the rescue. When the two men arrived at their destination, no lions were in sight. But when they started to patrol the region in the handcar, a huge beast suddenly appeared in a rock cut. The lion ran off as both men jumped to the ground. on the ground. He was- small. He was very little larger than the 10-year-old Richard. There he lay, clutching at his throat and writhing in misery. Richard ran out to the clearing and leaned over the boy. Now the boy was quiet, his painted face still, bis eyes closed. "You, there, hey!" said Richard. Readers Ask for Pen Pals Captain Hal, I am a girl 12 years old. If at •all possible I would like to correspond with a girl in Hawaii. If not, I'd like to hear from someone in any eastern state ; from Maine to Florida. Beth Roll, 17739 Cherokee Trail, Los Gatos, Calif. oJear Captain Hal, I am a girl 11 years old. My hair is brown and my eyes are blue. I would like to have pen Barbara Ann Huffman, Route 3, Box 163-A, Hickory, N. C. Dear Captain Hal, I am a girl 9 years old. I have brown hair and brown eyes. I like to skate. I would like to hear from boys and girls 8 to 10 years old. Nancy Poole, P. O. Box 1623, Long Beach, Miss. * * * Dear Captain Hal, I am 13 years old and have brownish hair and blue eyes. I promise to write to any who write me. My hobbies are horseback riding and the accordian. Vivian Louise Swek, Box 454, Montgomery, Mich. BOY SQUARE: Roy. George, Charles, Adam, Samuel, Carl, Joseph, Albert, Thomas. ADD-A-GRAMS: Ed, ade, lead ladle, allude. TRIANGLE: P RE MER PULP MURAL RELATE PERPLEX Puzzles to Try en Rainy Days Wit Work With Words: Crossword ACROSS 1 Attire 6 Interstices 8 Redact 9 Hostelries 11 Amperes (ab.) 12 Boy's nickname 13 Yes (Sp.) 14 Egyptian sun god 15 Pertaining to an age 18 Pare 20 Low sand hill 21 British moneys of account 22 Disagree 24 Aver DOWN 1 Fall in drops 2 Soaks flax 3 Daybreak (comb, form) 4 Slide 5 Rational 6 Esteemed 7 Implore 8 Comforted 10 Fur-bearing aquatics 16 Blackbirds of cuckoo family 17 For fear that 18 Versifier 19 Sea eagle 23 South America (ab.) drink"; add another letter and scramble for "to conduct"; repeat for "a cuplike spoon"; and once more for "to refer." Triangle Puzzle Pete's triangle may PERPLEX you since that is what Boy Square he has based £t on ' The second word is "a musical note"; third Puzzle Pete has hidden nine boys in this square. When you | is Drench for "sea"; fourth soft find the right starting point and part of fruit"; fifth "a wall paint- then read each letter either up, j n g"; and sixth "to tell" Finish down, back or forth (but never j thg tr i ang ] e ; diagonally), you'U find them in order: H o. A O U M M A T MR L Er A 5 U t A L R O & 5 A K.' B J O V L S A fr A H & & R & H B L P E- Er O E C R P L E PERPLEX Sports Quiz BY JAY WORTHINGTON 1. What sport is seen at the Millrose Games? 2. An ice hockey player who commits too many fouls is not banished from the game. True or false? 3. The estimated number of Americans who will ski during the winter is: 30,000; 300,000; DOTS coueecvr/veiy ro A *A/FUD,#B*P£'CT£& BY AIL START Add-a-Grams To "a boy's nickname" add a letter and scramble for "a fruit j 3,000,000. 4. What are the measurements of a standard basketball backboard? 5. Who plays for the Stanley Cup? 6. Basketball was played in the United States before ski- 2.FASTENTHE2 PIECES TOGETHER WiTHTOOTHPiGKS PLACED THROUGH THE HOLES. LCutout 2 boys from CARDBOARD ...Punch holes with a PIN... Color on opposite sides with CRAYOU bushels of wheat." "Twenty-eight bushels of wheat for one little bushel of salt?" repeated Richard. "Ah, yes," said Richard's father who had followed them. his eyes In terror." To Richard's j "Salt is necessary to life and where can people get salt when they are far from a trading' post and far from towns? We did not know how hard it might be to get salt and we brought only a small package of it But on the way I was offered 50 bushels of surprise, the boy's eyes were brilliant blue! An Indian boy with blue eyes? "You heap big Injun Chiefs son, maybe?" Richard asked. The boy silently rolled over and surveyed everything in the vicinity. "Are they gone?" he wheat if I would give one meas- whispered hoarsely. 1 ure of salt in exchange. You Richard stared down at the j keep your salt, Benjamin. Who boy. "Say, you speak English?" | knows? You might even get m The boy nodded, clutching at 1 start as a trader with it? How his throat once more. "They've \ did you happen to hide it?" really gone? And left me," he i "The folks saw one Indian and said almost contentedly. "Give j guessed he was a scout looking bit of help and maybe 1 for plunder. So we hid the salt. me a can get up. They probably thought I was dead." We might have escaped them had we stayed in the cave here our"My folks are over yonder, selves but my little sister had a Our wagon broke down and the ! china doll and she ran back. W« the 3. LEAVE SIDES ABOUT iiNCH APART... FASTEN HANDS TOGETHER WITH ANOTHER TOOTHPICK WITH A i INCH [RON NUT KTWEEN wagon train went! all followed her and—" he threw i up his hands helplessly. The tribe that | "That was many moons ago-— I do not know how many—but there has been snow and ice and rest of on—" "Yes, I know. stole me from my folks came to loot your folks—take the horses and wagon and whatever sup- j then rain—and snow again. But plies you had. But before we sot here, another tribe heard, I can tell all that—later. Now we must put the new axle in too, and they fought right here j place—and there is our tree—ly- —and then they made off." ing down there, seasoned and ;he REMEMBERING A .VAME Richard helped him and the boy limped over to the wagon. He looked at the boughs and the saplings and shook his head. "You would have done better, sir, to fix the axle at once/' he said to Richard's father. "It was waiting for us. Hidden—like treasure," he ended happily. "I'm glad you came over for me. They said you would kill me and I would have hidden." jumping xvas or false? introduced. True -etunoj 2uidumC-rH s ui q;toisieNj sauief M paonpojjur SUA\ 'dno .tel I.IS G-<Osd s ut Not Always Hello : Hello" was not the first tele- ~-.. •- , a waste of time to try to conceal | phone call to be used. It was STRING- j the wagon. The Indians watched j "Ahoy!" the sailors call to a 6 FEET you all coming and they intended I ship, that was first used when LONG i to ambush you with the coming | the telephone was invented. And BETWEEN '' of darkness - Just as they am ~ the ear!y tele P hone operators bushed us ~~ m folii::5 — " his THF ARMS ' bushed us ~~ my folii::5 — " his voice ! were bo -' s ' not girls - The switch * vjuuniv iv?. ; , _,_ __j v _ _._„;„!..„ „„„; ' - flOLD SAM HIGH AHD SEE broke and he straightened in an effort not to cry. tall i board was considered too compli- Icated for the ladies to handle. ZOO'S WHO ! poupsds a.iB Facts and Figures In Britain, road maps are not given away as they are in the United States. They are sold by the millions, without any protest from motorists. The National Geographic Society says that sea urchins which scrape away rust and leave steel exposed to the sea can destroy steel by doing so. The average depth of the world's oceans is about two mile*. The Choco Indians of Panama use bows and arrows, but travel in boats powered by outboard motors. A legend of the Nigerian city of Ife says that an ancient queen made the people work so hard A\3M ui' jajuiM .ck-va ppn j they resolved to have only men 'iOJIITW a Ml -spwi 1 •rulers thereafter. :ZIH& WHO« I - H AU * U ° a AND "KILLS D£E£ BY LY- IMG IN WAIT ALONG THEIR, PATHS, AND THEM FROM HANGING *OCKS OP- TREE LIMBS- •ooo'ooo'e- aoj xoq ST OH 'anix- B m jts THE CHINESE HAVE COWFOfcTHElR" CENTURIES ACCO THAN ANI INCH UON<S,n

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