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'-;·-'-"'.'-';?·'"",_ " SECTION- : stlNDAY, IJTOVEMBIpR 3f, -19O7. Callest ]Man in the SJorld NEGRO FREAK IS THE GREATEST GIANT KNOWN IN HISTORY. t is the t a l l e s t man on record accurately ana reliably measured. ( n t - h f s : w c i t r h t o n l y 17,1 pounds. His legs are- crooked and stff- n n o t s t a n d u p r i g h t . Boofctes Know Cbeir J^Ieir ARE TOO WISE TO LET THE "SKY-LIMIT" BETTERS OFFER MARKERS ABOVE THEIR CAPITAL. A UN I , I N K b o o k m a k e r who-^e i h e nmin b u n d l e . He derives a very large k r . o w l c i l K c "f t h . - n f f . u r s of this income f r o m i n v e s t m e n t s in the a t u t c of ' K I n d i a n a , not w h o l l y disconnected w i t h the t . l * p l u n g - r s ls h . y r m d d i s p u t e ,. nallCh ,.. llking busing-only o u t i n t h e w r ii tfilkmx nh,.tn t h , t r n-:-f;iit r u - H w l p r State I'ortg-pr's interests arc on t J..,- v , a k - ' - r h.iil · i!(:ic o v o r b n . i i d I h e deal ing side I n s t e a d of the bucking a i l - - r r - n i i i K U M ' s u p i" S l i t p . ' i * 1 . h y J i r s t ^ pg . (m t o t,ij,tr.u' o u t i n f r o n t a s a T h . i . . «;-; -; m u c h »f a s ; i l j i U i over hl« w i n n i n g plunger, t h a t he'd never , , n , ( l .,, ,!,,., ,, v ,. r ! H , n nr -IB if t o u c h a coin of his s a l t e d dcu^li or capi- tnl. and !»·'« s l u r k to t h a t . HP'S been n t l i . , , 1 , , · . t i r . r u P . r i h r hi-s-h l u i U - h c i a n f s t u y i i! w i t h i t . He's just set b y a f t e r .. , , , , « W l l l t h . f | n , , w . u l a « . l h . , t if. a j^" 1 "* Jii^^^^Pl^'up^umci/mlv^tO L , K . K,,!^ t h i n - f u r a p l r n i * . r's reputii- K | V ( . | lim , i m , t h e r s t a r t . ,,, ,,j' r i . . ! , i f i . j h i n i tn r t - j j x i i n aw.iy "1^'wn n. th.- l;i.ii Sheepsheiid Hay m e e t i n g Jne was a b o u t WOo.lKiu on the r l K i i t side for the season. Tht-n we began to take h i m . and wi: took h i m all In a . t i f d l r . !,t-, U ). 1 know for a f a c t that he lost 14 . t l l l l l K bff , nn t( , slu , r(1 h f n i u p Ilgain . 1 ' tie w a s n ' t s t - f n n t t'nc tr;i"k f o r a n n Ve.L^'fr. h o w e v e r . w:is p r t t j - soi-f over . k m a k , i ^ k n - u v , i l l t!i- e = i c i ) t i n l t h e u n j u s t p(.rtr:iy;il o f t i n - i-lrc-ui;istaiii-«-s. f U . n m t h i - I.IK b t - i t . - M to w h o m they "" in:i*l-' K""I J i l m o s i I m m c f H u H - l y on Hie .i.l l i t t l " t hi he h a d n ' t vlsiu-il a w York » l ' " i - - t r . u - k i i K i i n i t h i s jvjr h i s c - n d i i w o u l d , Is ..r h a v e rem.-uiHTl Al. ,f r h , - " A n i l t h a t ' s a l x m t t h e way o f i t us t o ·at of t l i v loppy ho rue gamblers, h a l f ii ihinen times t h i s year. I sup(I . [ ! · = , - I.- ( . n i l d l h . - m»r.. q u i c k l y a e t l l c a pp.s.., t h e a r n liiis been p r f n i e i l t h a t Duvy g . i m l . l i . , (1.-1.: A n . l 1 w n i n i n i a v t i n t J " l i n y . i , W H M hrok.. Well. I'd l i k e t o ;;·:;-·- ·""-"-· - r "-" - · J-' r^uiur'i^^r^rDaTSn^s · ' . \ f i ] , , - x ' - . ( . . , , li;inl t o net. arid yon m a y i l i s t tht- lurf IKH-SP }ji'"'hli-rs. most of \ h o i n liav.. rum'- fr,,m n o t h i n g , f u r k n o w - IPX t h a t . ' J a k . - C l u i r l t - y Ellison. I really · r^ f r - , r , k M - M . p ' h in p u t t i i t s c t ^ P l i i . - , , f r p . m '" "''"' l l l l U 1 " h;ld ''- v is l i »' WSSCat w l n ar" t r , m k M . - . ^ n in p u t t i i K t..p i n * it i i " i n 1M1| , l h i s y i i j r i , l l l t s i | ] o i l f J ( l h n XV- GMva _ p r - K f r r i ' i t - - f l f i i i f u - f . - t i -,-i'apt- t h . - i - n - ( n . qdi u n . l ««·«( t- Kitrcitc. I Iielicvo Ctmr- T h . v , - . , n , r t h a t n i , ,m.r, t h i n . f a i r . A ![ "\ ] ^" i [: m ll ; lK t.ik.-n SLMW.OOO f r o m t h e m i l k r ' W * ' r . . n t l h r m V k r W l ? 7 « l m 1 ' h i 1 1 L a ''"'' lk ^^' ll ^-"' ! '' llh '^ l S k ' t '' f| l o w n l a 0 c n u n k W i , , - - : , t l n , , k r n a k . M - , x M . n . l s i T ^ l H t r , a t m ^ H . i l y « h n k n o w s h i m suppose that bU t p . - n , - r h,. Is It-ru.liiL,- l i i m t n o n f - v . to all t l j l . r t . is ;l c l l n n ,e | n l h ( . W 0 rld t h a t Klli- I n t - r t - a r t l p u r t ^ a * - s I f t h e L e t t e r wins. K f J I 1 ,,.,,, pvpl . Rn broku. snort of a mJr- t;e - . . M v - ! - - . t ' i f . 1/nsh on i h e n a i l f r o m the U . K . ? x , l t m u ( -h! He had to take too l a \ - r I f h , - lo^-y. w h v . h e t h e l ; i y t - r n l i l n v l m r a k n o c k s In g e U l n g where h e e l i n , - w h o k i o t v ; i n v - .. H( , w n s _ yol , rpm( . m i,(, r . a jockey's v . , r n i n . - i i t , » ! - i , n t h h n \ \ l u - n t h i s i m f t i r T i i u t n y l i u r n t - . who's bo.-n r l d i n p abroad r u n n . r K . . I .11 . i i n . l t h a t h..- w i« '..vr- f , , r t h e l u s t f e w y,-nrs. He began w i t h h l « t . ! i ! n « . - r v . i r . n - n f l tli.- X f - v . Y " i k i r . i - k s | m ,, n t a n n e r y , i i n d ' y n ' u c a n gamble that lowed right out loud that I couldn't fig- ger how he done H. seeln* - he clerked In a lawyer's office, 'Sho, that's easy,' sajfa he. 'I steer all the other clerks to my tailor and he makes mine f«r nut bin', says he. 'Sometimes,' he told me, 'I make enough in commissions so't I get my hats out of it. Shoes and socks come the same way. and 1 get a, darkter for r u n n i n ' patients to him. I -swapped off the darkterin' o' my measles for two coses o' dypthery and three o* the liver complaint, 1 says he. "and" had suthin' left over "Then I see why 't was Bill writ not "Wall, when Jozeff got middling strong he allowed he had a hankcrm' to go up to Rocky Pond and ketch some trout. and, seein' the hay was all in and chores was light, I agreed to the plan If we could get Uncle Seth Green to go along and open up his shanty so't we could stay over night comf'table. Uncle Seth wa n't quite through cuttin' his lower meddeT, and I had some dotrbns as to his gectin' away, but. fort'nately, 1 see.n Mis' Green fust. 'For the Lord sa"ke take him up,' says she, ' f o r he ain't no use 'round here. Father--she nllus called him 'father'--is tryin' to break in a new set o' store l e e t h and they've wore on him so he's as e r o c h e i y as any oi' b u f l . " "L'ncie Seth held off conald'ablc, but between us we got him started and along Monday mornin' we set out, carrj'in' sonic fodder, tackle and uncle's smooth-" bore m u s k i t and some birdshot In case we seen a. pa'tridgo, and we, nggered to fetch h o m e a couple for her. It didn't take no t i m e to fix up camp, and by n i g h t ' we had ao m a n y trout we couWnit eat- 'em all, so we strung some on a gad and hung 'em over a spring In which uncle l e f t his teeih to soak, tied to a. siring. ·Ye can't let new ones git dry, 1 I heard him teilln' Jozcff. 'else they'll be ivus'n a tight boot come sunup.' "\Val, I'll never forglt the next morn- in' if I live lo be 100. 1 was rousted out of a sound sJeep by hollerln' an' yellln'. and stickln' my head out I seen uncle hoppin around at t h e foot of a yellow birch dust to t h e spring and shaktn' hifi first at a. yearlln 1 b'ar that had dumb to a crotch and stuck there growlin'. When uncle seen me he tried to say authin', but h i s words got all mixed up and I couldn't understand proper. 'Put In yer teetn and talk alow,' says I; 'ye sound like an tjit.' He spoke slow. 'I c-an't put 'em In,' says he. 'for the cussed b'ar swallercd the uppers along w i t h tho t r o u t we left in the spring. Dum his hide, I hope ho chokes! Oing blast ye!' he yells at the b'ar, shak- In' his t'other fist at h i m , 'I paid ¥6 for them teeth in trade and I'd blow yer dumbed head off if 1 had a n y t h l n ' taut birdshot for the or musktt.' Then, reai- izih' how helpless we all was, he sot rlf d o w n an' snivelled. "Undo was iookln' at the lowers he'd fished out o' the spring and moanln' when Jozeff run out to see what the matter was. 'What's u p ? ' says ho. 'The b'ar.' says i, p ' i n t i n ' to the tree, 'an' uncle's uppers is in his inn.irds. An' whnt'a w u s vrv h a i n ' t got n u t h l n ' but birdshot,' says I. 'How murti be they wut'h?' asks Jozeff, pickin' up the lowers uncle was l i o l d l n ' and t u r n i n ' 'em over In Ills hanfl. 'Six dollars in trade,' f a y s I. 'but probably yc could get 'cm for $."» cash, suein' Darkler Stout has Jest set up practice.' 'Ami t h r j b'ar. how m u c h is he w u t h ? - he nsks, Hggerin' in the sand w i t h a stick. 'Ten, fifteen dollars dead,' I told him, 'but not "Jozeff d i d n ' t hesitate a second, but w a l k e d r i g h t over to Uncle Seth and handed him a five-dollar bill. 'Here.' says he, ' I ' l l buy them t e e t h tf you'll sell 'em, uppers ahd lowers.' Uncle suld between two snivels, and w i t h the lowers Jozeff run into the cabin. A second later we heard him p o u n d l n ' s u t h i n ' and Irt less t h a n a m i n u t e he was back w i t h the m u s k i t , capped an' primed. 'Them says he. ' b u t m i g h t y soon t h e y ' l l be in the b'nr. And w i t h t h a t he r u n s up to the tree, takes k f e r f u l aim and rtres. "WaJ, s!r, to make -a Ions story short, them t e e t h cut t h a t erltter's heart right up iind down lie come dcader'n a nail. iaml in his gullet, not harmed a mite, 'was the uppers. 'There.' says Jozul?, jluimlln' 'em over to uncle, 'they a i n ' t h u r t a m i t e , and I reckon we're, both in on the t r a n s a c t i o n . You make two ilfty, cause ye r-aii set h a l f a set for t h a t . and. averaKhi' the b ' a r at gKI. I stand to win ST.' And lie clone the sum r i g h t in the sand in p l a i n MKSUI-CS. "I a l L u s k n e w Jozert would get rich If d n ' i t a k e h i m before he got Store Ceetb" Kilt LOWER SET, USED FOR BULLETS, BRING BACK UNCLE SETH'S UPPERS THAT BEAR ATE. (--Li i O I X K V K F l .·"··-· on,' i," Uu-m r i t y h u n t e r s K , , b y a i l tr.ssi-,1 tuit h i f a l u t i n t h a t ! »!i't iMng ;r a N ' York t-haj) i , , m . - d J i ' z e f E S t r o n g , w h o come u p h rf .lonif t h n t t y y e a r uif"." sold Oracle Artcis ( ' u m m . r i K s * U s t n l R h t .LB a I ' l U i p K - N '· 1 1 t\' - ". i n "S-m.- t'.'iks m i g h t h a v e r - i i . f d J o e , -IT ;i .huh', . u n i w h i l e i u d m i t t h a t I U v i i n - i l ,i r n l t t - t h a t v.:iy myself w h e n I f U s t c'.apix-d eyes on h i m , 1 L i r n t b'fore I w;n t h r o u g h t h a t ye can't allii.-* Ml a n ai'ple'by i t s s k i n . " "i tiiiver iecn a dude yet t h a t k n e w ' r i n i i K h t^ ficbei when hr was in pain," s n i f f -il l l l r . i m N-vs. who m:\iie his own -..p.: i.v.TiilK t i n t ! ! h r - was of :ige - . i h- w o u l d n ' t ""priii-t' i;?i .ml go sp.irk- i ' "Th.- morv . f a Is t h c - \ « c i r . the le«s t i ; r i ! r i s t h e y ' v e got, as n ffln'rnl rule." "As ,i i f l n ' r a l t h i n g t h e same may be s-. ' ad-mi tted the oracle, r e m o v i n g his i l i j h t boot to MLse a corn, "but t h e r e be t- K f - p t l o n s , and Joz^ft was one on 'em. r. X»w Y o l k World.] Hu was a born moneymaker, JoaeCt was, ind slicker'n grease when it come to rub-bin' folks the right way. An 1 I s'pose that's the reason'he's, got to be Pres'dent of a b!g bunk and rich as all d"Kgonation. W h y , I was reading only tho other day how he bought a steam yat-ht from a Prince er s u t h i n 1 ovt-r in RUSSJ-, who c o u l d n ' t a f f o r d to coal her. "Fust time I seen Jozeff was when he como to board at my house to get over the measles, which took him late in life- Bill Perkins, a second cousin of Miss Cummin's, who lived in N' York, sent him along w i t h a letter say in 1 he was a real nice chap. 'But,' writ BUI. 'don't swap n u t h l n 1 w i t h him, Ter JozenT is an embryo financier.' Thai's Jest what he writ, 'embryo financier.' I wa'n't q u i t e straight in my mind regarding' thorn words, but they; sounded sorter warnln'. so I steered oleaff- o' bargainin' when the young feller took a swappin' streak, which was three, four times a day. as a rule. i zeff got himself up In, and one day I al- Crooks Hrc Super stittoiik NEARLY ALL OF THEM PUT THEIR TRUST UJ LUCK, SIGHS ATO -AMULETS. " . ; [Baltimo: F IVE criminals out of six." said an old detective the other day, "are In some degree superstitious. There seems even a kind of superstition in the pertinacity with -which the thief sticks to thieving, the burglar to burglary, the coiner to coining, the forger to forgery. It Is rare for the adept to change his line of business. Certain crooks--and clever ones, too--will court detection by clinging to the same scene or locality, the same railway station, street or race course. The first smart 'touch' .he makes for a watch, a purse or a coffeepot inspires the thief with the notion that this is his proper or hia lucky 'graft,' and he keeps on at It, or ft may be that the beginner has to make a somewhat de- llber,ate choice, for the old and successful hand w i l l stand ,no poaching In his particular preserve. · \ "Necessity or superstition, superstition or necessity; somewhere between the two will be f o u n d the explanation of much crime that has progressed from the tyro:s to the master's stage. "But the evidence that links crime with superstition. Is abundant. In many parts of Europe criminals have a fixed belief t h a t ' i f they leave on the scene of crime something that belongs to them Justice will be thrown off the scent. It is sufficient to wash the hands, to drop a piece of paper, to throw away a walking stick. Even so suspicious an article as a handkerchief will be abandoned. "In a word, urged by some superstitious influence that passes explanation the t h i e f , the burglar or the murderer will deposit under the very eyes of justice some object that Is likelier than not to betrnjf him. Gipsies are In the habit o£ leaving a stick to prevent the dogs from barking or a few of t h e datura seeds that appertain to gJpsy magic. "More important, however, than the thine he leaves behind him is the charm which the criminal carries on his person or conceals about his premises. Whatever may be the practice of the American fraternity In t h i s respect, there are few for- pign thii-ves bold enough to dispense w4th an amulet of some sort. A small magic scroll or n certn'n formula t h a t Is supposed to render h i m invisible while In the net of committing his c r i m e will' be suspended from Jils neck or tied around the waist or bestowed in a secret pocket. "A morsel of sacramental bread fonnd on the person of a suspect would be something lor an investigating officer to question. The man has almost certainly committed a crime or haa been about to attempt one, and th^- morsel of bread is to make the Magistrate "inaccessible' to him. "In certain hill regions- of Europe a tiny hand shaped from tire root of a fern will. If discovered in a cottage, be proof positive Chat Che owner Is a poadber. This 'hand of St. ^ohn' Is all-Important to him when, by the light o£ the new moon, he makes his fairy bullets that cannot miss their mark". "Experts In housebreaklng place much faith In a marmikln carved from the spring root or mandrake. Any detective In the gypsy countries will tell you of the 'soporlferous candles' composed of 'the fat of Innocent children,' which give notice whether folks are-awake or asleep in a Rouse marked for. iburglary. "Another and weir-known gypsy wonder- worker is the right hand taken from the corpse of a suicide nine days In the grave. With this the gypsy knocks seven times on L'he door of the house he means to plunder; one answers, he may safely enter. "It is beyond question that there still exist In sundry places some very dreadful superstitions concerning warm human blood and portions of the bodies of virgin children. Crime directly spring-Ing from these superstitions are occasionally brought to light. A highly sensational case cf murder was traced to acts connected with the. so-called 'feast of the heart.' "At all times- it has been believed that the heart of a still-born child, eaten while yet warm, gives supernatural force and renders the eater Invisible, thus 'aiding him to steal. To this day It is a. common belief In Southern Italy and Sicily that, the blood of Innocent children will assist In unearthing treasure.' Where such be- liefa prevail crime will never be absent; and In 1804 on one occasion 24 children, and on anoOher 20, were murdered in Italy with this object. The horrible belief that the Jews use the blood of Christians In their ritual has been exemplified by recent cases in Bussia. "The English^ in India, building bridges and harbor moles, have encountered a very widespread superstition in the East-what Is called the 'foundation sacrifice.' No sooner-do building operations begin than the engineers are suspected of being on the lookout for human vlcthns to propitiate the earth deities," and the natives wilt not ven-ture aibroad at night. "The alchemist still flourishes In various parts of the world, and people resort to him for the secret of perpetual youth. The means used are nearly always dangerous to life, and when death is caused by them murder by third persons may easily be ·wrongly suspected." H Bed of Sharp Bayonets, IHDIAH FAKIR ENJOYS RESTING ON A DANGEROUS MATTRESS. [N«w York World.! eha ict." SAW LINCOLN KILLED. [ Kansas C l i y P U r . ] r e n i n g of his l i f e in South- s H e n r y Guard, one of the few s u r v i v i n g witnesses of the assassina- t i o n of President Lincoln. Mr. Guard say« t h e recollections of t h a t a w f u l night oC A p r i l 14. ISC.'., w i l l h a u n t him as long as lift' lasts.' At i h e clone of the war, w h e n General G r a n t t r a n ? f e - r e i l his headquarters to Washington., Guard says he went to the capital to v i s i t his brother. Arriving at tho seat of G o v e r n m e n t on April 14 he was a t t r a c t e d to Ford's Theater to witness tho production of "Our American Cousin." Securing a seat w i t h i n 10 feet of the stage he had a good v i e w of Wilkes Booth, as well as of President and Mrs. L i n c o l n , who o c c u p i e d a box. When the .·iii-tain fell ))*· heard a pistol shot, but at t believed it to be a part of the play. , lit was a f t e ·ard discovered to be Booth, J u m p fr President's box to the stage, he realized t h a i tragedy was being enacted. Two flaga draped the President's box, and as Booth made the leap his foot caught in the colora and Guard saw the murderer fall to the Ktagp w i t h a broken ankle. Before the crowd knew w h a t had really hapiened Booth had made hia way to the rear of the stage, and escaped in the da,rk- ness. Guard says ho saw t h e head of .the m a r t y r e d President fall listlessly upon 'h's breast as Mrs. Lincoln was led from the theater in a f a i n t i n g condition. Guard served t h r o u g h o u t the war with the F i f t y - t h i r d I l l i n o i s , was a prisoner at Andersonville, and is now making hia home in Los Angeles. HOW TO CHOP WOOD. [Gap (Pf-nn.) Cor. Phlla. North American.] Frank Borroughs has found It profitable to sell scholarships in his correspondence school which tell you How to liucorne a Wood Chopper by Mail. These scholarships are disposed of for $4 16, and the tremendous demand shows that there are thousands of persons who wish to become proficient In this profitable occupation. In his course Mr. Borroughs gives these hints: " ] "When possible, wood should always be chopped with an axe." "To prevent t h e chips .from flying, first cut off their wings." ' · "In felling a Iree" It Is considered bad form to be caught under It." "If you have no wood to practice on, get permission of your neighbor to chop hia." I "Much Presidential timber will be converted into kindling wood next year." Probably Che most remarkable feat of aJl was performed toy a ManlpUr Mussulman, one of a village of acrobats, who went to 'bed on the points of sharp bayonets nxpd in seven guns, as sihown fn the accompanying protograph. The stocks of the guns were burled In the ground. Four of Che acrobat's assistants lifted Tilm up to ·his bed of spikes, where he carefully adjusted himself and distributed his weight so that the bayonet points did not pierce his flesh. The 'back of his head rested on one point, his shoulder blades on two others, his elbows on two more, while Che hollows behind h i p knees engaged Che remaining two. The acrobat declared after it was all over that he had felt as comfortable as If lying on a mattress. Kilts HU mbc OlielcJ It STORY OF HATJKTED TOOL THAT BRINGS DEATH TO ITS OWHER. [Chicaso Tribune.] INVARIABLY lives, -nor are the French, mudr-lesa fearful.' ^ · -': ^ " ' There ia tarcUy'tt spot~,ln -all the r north, woods so wildly,beautiful as that'eattn- try through' whicfc the ;WhItenK»uth flows northward,'and. near' i where' It skirts the She^ShfcJQenge' reservation' is, its most beautiful spotr Rushing rivers, which boQ over stones,' wooded'hills, cataracts, leaping trout, majestic pines. Iii summer It Is a glorious- mass ,of greens; In fall, the green oC-thc.^lnes, the'rich yellow of the birch, the vivid fall colors of the hartbvpoda make 1t even more beautiful, and when the snow piles higher and- higher In .winter. J when the great trees bend under the weight of dazzling whiteness, then the woodsmen declare It la wonderful. In -this country Felix. Jorgelet and Angus Ferguson lived together, hunted, trapped and guided those who came ''to capture the giant speckled trout in the Whltemouth and the 'Brokenhead. In their little clearing, with -,, no neighbors nearer than 1£ miles, except the She-She that had- wandered from'the Reservation, they were known as great men,,and in the woods, when the crews worked at getting out the timber,'they were leaders of all. It was, haTd to teU wtitch was the : better, the strange, quiet, strong Scot, or,the tall, lithe,, panther-like, equally ' tatrfturn Frenchman. They were foster Brothers, for both had lost their parents when young and -both -had been adopted |by Manato, the half breed, who had been the wife of-John McDlarmld.- She was of |the, and. it was said -her father was an English soldier; but In the great North woods these things count for Itttla. . She was a good- wife to McDiarmid, and when no child came to them tHey adopted tha two motherless little ones ahd took them to the cabin. They were strong men in the wdods. great hunters; and trappers and acknowledged leaders in the lumber gangsl,' but generally the Frenchman was acknowl- ' edged the superior, because he '.j was faater. And- Felix Jorgelet's chief pride was his huge ax, which he had made Zor himself. · Whei^ he worked hewing a giant tree the blade of hls~double edged ax looked like a circle of fire arouna his head, and when he "roughed" a timber his ax filled the air with chips and he planed the sides aa if his ax were 'some great whirling saw. i But one day, about a year ago, Felix Jorgelet went into the woods with his ax to cut a timber and hew It square for use in building a leanto. He did not return at supper time, but Angus paid no attention. People are not worried in the north woods when others fail to return, even for days, but somehow Angus worried that evening and went to bed with the impression that something was wrong. The next morning he found Felix Jorge- let with his head split open and the bloody ax beside him. First he burled Felix, then carried the word to the settlement. In other places he might have been accused of-murder, but the north woods understands a man's character, and they knew Angus had not killed Felix. Other communities might have suspected that some one else had murdered the Frenchman, but Angus and the others knew that no man could have killed Felix with his own ax. Theerfore, It was an accident. Angus Ferguson continued to live alone, but, strangely, he refused to touch Felix's ax after carrying it back to the cabin. Within a few -weeks George Forsallte, a ·big man and a noted axman, sought to buy Felix'js famous ax. At Hrst Angus refused and told him the ax was dangerous, but, as George was not afraid, Angus's Scotch t h r i f t overpowered his feelings and he sold the ax, w h i c h Forseille bore away in triumph. Less uian a month later, while Forsellle was engaged In a hewing contest with Paul, better known as "The Breed," the ax slfpped and split his skull open, and he fell from the butt of the tree dead. The people began to fear Felix Jorg- elet's ax. No one sought to buy it, and it was thrown behind the camp where "The Breed" had met his death. It was stolen by John Lonffarm, an Indian from the reservation, and he was f o u n d dead In the clearing not far from the Forty Mile Landing, on the Whltemouth, with his head split open. From that time on almost everybody In the woods was afraid of the ax, and Its reputation spread until none would touch it,' until late In the fall Bd Dines, a reckless lumberman from Michigan, hooting at the idea that an ax could be bewitched, claimed it as his own, with none to dispute his possession of it. Dines was killed while chopping in the woods on the opposite side of a tree from a feJ- low workman. The ax, according to the lone witness of the tragedy, seemed to sink Into the wood, twist, bound back and strike viciously upon Dines's head killing him Instantly. People who live in cities may explain and give reasonable causes for the succession of tragedies, but the people who Mve In the north woods, and are either too simple or too broad to doubt anything, say It is haunted. So it stands in Angus Ferguson's cabin, where he carried It lest it might kill others. UP IN A BALLOON. IChicago News.] By a member of the Aero Club of France a primer has been printed for the benefit of thai section of Che public which Is anxious to learn the real sensations of the balloonist. Some of the questions and answers are as follows: Q.--"Which way are you goin£ on your balloon trip to-day?" A.--"Walt till we come back and we will tell you." Q.--"What ds the feeHng of a person up in a. balloon?" A.--"A feeling of calm repose,- security. Up above the clouds one feels as if he were In heaven. Indeed, the Reeling is sometimes particularly dell- clous, for the reason that many balloon- fats will never get'any 'nearer than that to heaven." Q.--"What would you do if you fell out of the basket at a height of a thousand meters (3,000 feet)?" A.--"Probably hit the earth.: 1 Q.--"Is not ballooning: more dangerous than automobiling?" -Aj--"On the contrary. It is less dangerous, for the reason that, the wind is usually a safer gu^a than the average chauffeur." ·Q,--"Do you always come down with a bump?" A,--"No. 1 Sometimes there are ' r tvro' bumps, or even three." Queer Ideas of Hcronawts. SOME EARLY IDEAS OF HOW THE AIR WAS TO BE FIRST BALLOONS WERE ODD GAS BAGS AHD MANY IMITATED BIRDS. let, set deep life by strength and cunnng, an q u c - * ' . Q ' D o you Jump- out as soon as the ada In the ness, and where things happen, people do basket' hits the ground?" A.-- "No, be- "»'»*!'·» Mts the S TE. LUCIA, a tiny hamlet, set deep life by strength and cunning, and quick-*' ^.Q^'Do you Jump- out as soon as the in the woods wild, beautiful country Inhabited not lawrh. by French and Scotch loggers, and Neither do the people of the White- Q._'''rhe wind Is very strong, la it not, the She-She-Genge Indians, hag sent out mouth Lake neighborhood, nor even those vrhen you are. up -high In -a balloon?" to the world one or the strangest and at Ste. Hicla, where there la a trading A.-- "Use your thinking mechanism a uncanniest stories ever told. post, a store and a saloon!, theorize much Son"^!^^^ T£2°Z£F£££Z f or attempt to explain things eway on ^ balloonist feels no wJnd; at all." scientific lines. They care not-for ex- \ ^ - : - tff - - Ste. Lucia d ail that wond clares, and the people rful' district between the , 0 where Read River flows down "to the great and, sa'cre, will theories bring back men colonel Henry- -E: - C. 'Kitchener, Lord. lakes, believe that Felix Jorgelet's great after Felix Jorgelet's ax has 'spilt their Kitchener's eldest TjrothpBT, who resigned two-edged ax Is haunted. Furthermore, heads and spttled their brains? -' : .irom ttu* British Arorz.Beveral years 'ago none dares touch the ax. for already, they So ft is left for the -outside :world .to^.S^'aJSffiSdfilSiSSi say, Felix Jorgelet's ax has killed five- theorize over -the mysterious and awe- -foe, the eonstfcuetiqn of 'an 'earthquake- good men, and they whisper in awed tones "some hapDenlrigs--and -meantime Felix ^proof ioiise on ( liie-' "KltchenerV model. that it »-«. kill any on. who date. It a s remains in the .cabin of hte SKaS^^^SS'^.U'S his own, or attempts to use it foster-, brother, Ansus Ferffusoni -Nor the earthflualce. ^ -has decided to build The story savors of uncanny supersti- will Angus- carry it. Into .the Woods that a housel.iwlth wail^comp'o'sed of "row? 9', tion. and to one who lives tn 'places where he may throw it "into' the wild rushing drain pipes ^placed on end' and :filled^*ith many people live It Is' ridiculous, but, in waters of the WMtemoutli JesWt «llt hia ^^T'otSS^^^.V^SeTSe the deep woods, where death' comes head; nor will .any of the.Snfr-She-acn^ea .declared ; that' : :thia cbmblJMLtJon Wfll resist quickly and where men each day hold' to ,apprcach even'the-cabX-where\Fer^uson ' '' ' ' ^Houston A FTER having lain dormant for a number of years the taste of ballooning has recently been revived, as indicated by the wide popular interest i n the great balloon race held during the past week f r o m St. Louis. The various ascensions lately made by daring aeronauts, who are experimenting in aerial navigation, h a v o a t t r a c t e d as numerous and enthusiastic rro-wds as those Which in the past c e n t u r y gree-terl the experiments oE the first adventurers. The dream of s c i e n t i f i c men for a hundred years or more has been the navigation of the air, taut no man has as yet succeeded in i n v e n t i n g a mac'nine c.Tpablr, of traversing the ah- u n d e r his guidance in any required direction, yet the possibility of such accomplishment has been admitted by many s c i e n t i f i c and prac- tical persons. As the subject of aerial navigation K now a t t r a c t i n g much attention it w i l l be- interesting to know that the airships of to-day are not so very m u c h in advtmce of those of over half a c e n t u r y ago. The picture that accompanies t h i s article was first published Bl years ago in Boston. It Illustrates a variety of mat-nines by w h i c h inventors fondly hoped to be able to navigate the air instead of floating r h r o u g h space, the sport of every c u r r e n t . As none of th«w r o n t r i v a n r c s have proved successful it wmild bo idle to attempt a minute description of thn rmu-hines or ar. explanation of the various iheortes h-ld by t h e i r designers. Moreover, most of the devices sufficiently explain themselves, although others are i n e x p l i c a b l e . One Of t h e first, if not trw very first, balloons was launched in the air on J u n e o 1763, at Annount;ey. a town i n Fnmcft. The first ascension took place in Paris on November 21 following ar.d yet before the end of th? same year ft h u n d r e d projects for the d i r e r t l o n of halloons had been proposed, described, p u b l i s h e d or announced. Enthusiasts of t h a t day fajd tnat the invention of the Motilpoltler brothers was the point of departure, the assured basis of the regular transportation of men and merchandise through the air. that aerial navigation was rertain. and would be the uitimate ratio of f u t u r e locomotion. Enthusiasts of the present day hold the same opinion. The problem of air navigation has never been solved in a. r a t i p f a c m r y v.'ay. H o w to steer and g u i d e the balloon or ship after it has been launched i n t o the re-ilirn Of space 'Is a t f l l uncertain. Ther- h a v e been successively proposed, since the first balloon was invented, the rc-ariion of t h e heated air of the Hontgolflers' fire balloon on the ambient air, by means of large valves opening In thf s'tle; hydrogen gas, or atmospheric air. compressed externally or Interne.'*;' in the en re.'opes of balloons; the employment of steam, electricity und even gunpowder; sails, paddles. I:T- r-- versed parachut?, enormous bellows, c. This is not all. Some hav. propose J U . n use of trained birds of huge size, such as eagles, condors and vultures. The latter idea was first enunciated in 1(83- Li n ~ guet, wishing, as he said, to come to i h e assistance of the "Parisian Promethean,'* devoted several pages of his "Annals" tn the examination of this curious method of traversing the air. "Even if every other resource should fail," says he, "have we not the birds?" Since that date this method has often been suggets.-d. and fay persons who fancied that they had hit on the idea for the flrst time. The cut In the engraving of a large bird drawing a balloon illustrates a plan proposed la-Paris in 1845 by Mme. Tessolre. She published a book on the subject, m which, she seems" to Indicate as most particularly suited to the purpose of towing a-'balloon the great vulture of the Alps, the-wings of which in their full, extent often measure 14 feet from tip to tip. I t is 'seen to poise itself in the air and remain suspended sometimes for whole hours. "The bird," cays Mme. Tessoire, " held at-proper distance from the car by a traM, which would start from a collar aroand its neck, passing under its wings and through a" ring attached to a surcingle going around Its body- .The reins' would lead from its beak, betogr-irastened'to.a ring Inserted through. both sides -of .the ·beak. In. order that he should feel readily .the hands of the aerial coachman- The /whole harness ought ; to -be 'supple,, light 'and very strong.*' -' - l After haying pointed'out the manner of taming 'them, Madame Tessofre. adds that her confidence -in vultures arose from what she saw. qf one .In Portugal, in the fort-of, CaiscaUs, .about 60 miles from Lisbon--It Jhaa been, brought there very young, trat In alt its jstrehgth'and, beauty. £t* was' perfectly nTfniJUmt to S" officer who owned ft and would fetch and carry like a dog. The vulture would at Inter vals take a leave of absence and return its own accord, sometimes at the end of eigbt days. And as it was always seen direct its flight to the sea. ic wus conjectured that it went to A f r i c a , whence had been originally brought. It will be seen from the above that this female aeronaut seriously considered birds as useful auxiliaries in aerostation. This woman was not alone in her opinion, Tioch, a distinguished writer of that period. thought the eagle and the condor suitable to determine the direction of a balloon in calm weather. Linguet, whom we have before cited, gives in one part his "Annals" another theory of aerosta- tion. and certainly a very triumphant and victorious method of traveling- through St air. / A Swedish naturalist was engaged on the subject of the migration of birds. Ho had made numerous observations. Not finding In the migratory feathered species a power of flig-ht and organization sufficient to account for their journey from one country to another in 'search of the temperature and climate they required, and which was necessary to their pleas^re and existence, this learned man asked ' h i m s e l f if these birds. Instead of cutting the atmospheric mass horizontally, did not rise perpendicularly till they reached a s t r a t u m of air of which the circular rapidly was less than that of the earth? After having remained there for a time which their instinct would indicate, while the earth moved around beneath them, t h e y would have only to descend in oblique direction, and. passing without effort from one parallel to another, they would find themselves without fatigue transported into the favorable climate they sought, and which the rotation of the globe had s u b s t i t u t e d for they rose from. Starting from this hypothesis Linguet, a f t e r having calculated the rotary speed of the earth, and reckoning that of many sublunary regions m u c h Jess; proposed aeronauts to imitate ihe migratory birds, to rise rapidly site them Into the higher regions of the atmosphere, wait there a certain time to allow the balloon to lose the speed of the horizontal or circular movement acquired by the machine, while it was near the earth and participated in Its motion, to wartch from the height of this observatory the- movement of the globe and then to regain Its surface when the country proposed to be vjsited should be observed tieneath One might in this manner, avoiding- the wear and tear of his aerial carriage ar.d w i t h o u t stirring, as It wore, traverse space, in little time. What a magnificent id-a. only to be destroyed when the fut i l i t y of the whole scheme melted vapor. This Is a tolerably fair specimen of th« chimerical ideas of many experimenters of a ha!f century ago. As was observed no man has as yet succeeded in iirvent- ms a machine- capable of traversing- the air at his will in any certain direction- yet the possibility is always there TJie man who will invent a machine to traverse the ajr with certainty and safety w,ll Acquire immortal renown, besides » fortune. The navigation of the air is said to have been a dream of Archimedes, and K? ,?, 0t ^ e sjege Ol S^cuse cost him his Ufc his dream might have become a reality. I-ong- before Ms time the navigation of the air had become study O f the Greeks. The Idea of .inventing Tnia- chine to enable men to navigate the air e " " enry 'Cavendish. In 1786. dls- ed the srsat levity of hydrosen gas, - - ~ {NEWSPAPER! lEWSPAPE'R

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