The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 11, 1952 · Page 12
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 12

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 11, 1952
Page 12
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PACK TWELVE Capture of Snake Launched Hobby for Science Teacher (ARX.) COUKI£B r BUTB LEE 1 C*rr**pondent) It a* started in 1M2 when X •aught my ftrst snake," is the waf Ralph Sinclair describee the origin of hi* hobbyherpetology—which be- hW translated, means a study of reptile* and amphlblons. His first reptile, the Junior high •dance teacher remembers, happened to be a green snake which he caught in a bush Just outside his bedwlndow. From this one item, his collection has Increased until now it includes more than 20 kinds of salamanders as well as a good-iked collection of snakes. On* of the school system's num-' •roue Tennesseeans, Ralph was born and brought up in Nashville where he was graduated from West End High School. He; attended David IJpacorob College nnd George Peabody College, receiving a B. S. degree In aoology from the latter In )«*». A Blythevflle resident since September when he and his wife, Jo Anne, and their year-old son, •Ricky," (Junior) moved here, Ralph ha* an enviable background In natural science, and belongs to a group of professional organlxntlons unique for their purposes as well as their Boxer Dog Acquitted of Murder FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 1962 nunetations Too to. addition tc the national nnd date education associations, he belong* to the American Society of BAilDA, Colo. UP) — A l*rg* boetr doc was tried her* yeiter- d»y «n a charge of murdering a Pekinese in a rough-and-tumble Museum in Washington, Classification Important Besides being a hobby with him, Die study ol reptiles nnd am))hl- blons Is an Important contribution to science, the teacher feels, For cx- ninpJe, taxonomy, or the classification of antmnls, may seem unimportant, but "without a clnsslflca- ichthyologlets, (fish enthusiasts) | tlon (here inny be a duplication of Alll.l IftRM nf WernotnlnCTlsti: nun--l .*.<>,* » n 1 .......I. „*...*,. ~». I Amertoan Society of Herpetologlsts, the Tennessee Ornithological Society (bird watchers), and the Ten- D***** Academy of Science. i The special Interests which have entitled him to membership In these •»..-.»-» m-rtrt ™* »».»>«»«vJB"*f u» 4J.«-u^. JVittiqut,l 1C fJlllYCf^liy Ull group* have been not merely side- I research, aalamanders are Hne* with him, For Ralph is highly larly valuable In research,'he ex- experlmenlnl work on some animals which would lead to confusion," he says. He has collected eggs and larval salamanders which were used by Marquetle University for cancer part leu- plains, because of their short life cycle. Freshly laid eggs develop and hatch within a month during which time Important experiments may be done quickly and repeated easily. The Sinclnlrs reside at 1612 Heirn tnd me members of the Church of Christ. professional in hi* research unit (collecting, has had several articles publMwd, and has held several *e»lly "back to nature" Jobs. Tt>« year and eight months prior to hes Joining the school system Iwr*, he KM a park naturalist at Mwlbr Forest P*rk at Locke, Tenn., » miles north of Memphis. As cora- binaMon ranger and naturalist for ft r t I f * the DhrWon of Btat« Park, in the {jf011(1 Jt/fV DGl Te«nes»e« Department of Conserva- * tlon, he came in contact with ov- •tyttiinf from forest (Ires to •poaeJwn," forest lingo for people who shoot tame tHegally. Ralph confesses a flare for flre- fighttng, but report* the lo*e of hi* eyelashes ta one such skirmish. Ort Sunday* he and the other park keep order among trie 9000 visitors to the park, at other Urn** supervhed parties held la the public lodge.-and conducted feature programs for various groups. •xplered Care* Before going to Shelby Park, he *•• eontMcted with the game and flete commission at Nashville rn *hich eapacity he made careful rtocMe* of lake*, ponds, and reser- •roto* IB Kast and West Tennessee H« ha* also done a lot of work in eaye*, eollectlng bets and salamanders, sclsntifically known as ••petooJogy." At _ one time he owned a gila momtai (the only poisonous lizard), a gift from a friend in Arl- •ona. The lizard now resides in the Memphis K». He also owns * rare pine make,' the first one ever reported, in West Tennessee, and several live copperheads arid cottonmouths. Ralph's snakes have naturally pulled some pretty Icnv IrlcX-s. He once had a chicken snake five feet long which entertained guests by swallowing eggs. This one got out In the bedroom ont dny, to the dismay of Ralph's mother, but wns captured and confined lo quarters A different one crawled Into an Inside seam In their living room sofa, causing a Jong and frnntlc search, nnrt a king snake three feet long crawled into the family's electric stove and wns never seen again Ralph is one of the two members of the League of Horpetologisls from Tennessee. "Herpctologlca, 1 the league's official Journal, hn published several of his articles, oiv of which was entitled "Saliiinnn- ders from Tennessee." His collecting interests have also included ( iarge series of mammals and one o rare chipmunks, both of which hi presented to the u. S. Nationa To Probe Blast Neof'Grusdt/er' PHENIX CITY, Ala. Wj—A hurriedly summoned grand jury was called today to Investigate the bomb explosion that wrecked the home of a vice crusader who helped clean up this once-rowdy playground of gamblers. Circuit Judge J. B. Hicks directed the Jurors to meet at 10 »,m. <^ST), less than 80 hours after a dynamite charge ripped apart Hugh Bentley's residence on the outskirts of Fhenix City before dawn Wednesday. Bentley, 42-year-old sporting goods denier, wns away from home when the blast shattered the five- room frame dwelling, but his wife, two sons and a nephew were asleep in the house. They escaped serious Injury. Even before the grand jury went to work, Judge Hicks spoke bitterly of the incident. "Human habitation Is too sacrod to be treated in that manner," he told The Associated Press. "This couH wunUs a full Investigation nnd wliosvcr Is lo blnmc brought to justice—whether high or low, rich 01- poor." Suspended Attorney Says Bribery Talked in Check 'Far Deal by OH Board' SHREVEPORT. La. (/Pj_ A suspended u. S. attorney charged with asking a bribe says he carried on bribery talks with a Texas oil man only lo find out If the Federal Petroleum Board was Involved In an alleged $eo,000 deal. Hnrvcy L. Carey, testifying at his Federal Court trlnl yesterday, denied he ever hurt any intention of ncc-criUmr 500,000 from the Texan. Lewis H;:rt. The trial wns recessed until 11 a.m. EST Monday because defense allorney Whltfield Jack must go to Washington. •Uey brawl. Police Magistrate R. J. Murray found the boxer Inoo* e**U of the charges. Mr*. Marjorie Tracy dined a conplilat acabut th* boxer, named Till, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Leuij Barblero. She claimed her peklnue was engaged in a fight in the back of the Tracy home last Tuesday by Till and an unidentified shepherd. dor. The CarMeros engafed Don Myers, BaUrie attorney, to dtfend Till, He showed about 100 spectator* and the court that the playful Till had no langi a»d badly rotted teeth. Till was tried under an old city ordinance that »«id all dogs c»u«ht fighting must be put to death, "It Is the nature of dogs to fight other dogs and to chase cats," Judge* Murray said In announcing the verdict. Many varieties •flreless." of fireflies are Non-Voter* The residents of Hawaii and Alaska, like residents of the District of Columbia, cannot vole for president and vice president of the United States. Only states have representation in the electoral college. Mead's Greatest January Sale Continues! Drastic Reductions In Every Department! 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