Stockton Evening and Sunday Record from Stockton, California on April 26, 1901 · 6
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Stockton Evening and Sunday Record from Stockton, California · 6

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1JJV 1 iJ If 11 M 't P It I i i i u in Lii-ir 1 JBi v JffilN LIN W AriUL t 1SU FIGHTING A WILDCAT AN ADVENTURE THAT MADE ONE MAN SHY OF THAT KIND OF BEAST Be la Willing to Go a Lon Way Around to Avoid Ferocious Animal Even Though Science Say They Will Flee at Alans Approach I have read in the papers certain icientific assertions that no wild animal will voluntarily attack or pursue a human being but that on the contrary the fiercest of them as tradition and the tales of woodsmen classify them will make haste to escape the possible sight of man unless in desperate cases hunger may urge it to approach him its most dreaded foe such cases being extremely rare said a matter of fact and veracious New York business man If that is so I had a little experience once with a wild animal that must have been the most desperately hungry beast that ever longed for food The occurrence was in northwestern Pennsylvania where one winter I had some business that called me ten miles from the county town to one of the back-woods districts It was late in the afternoon when I started on my return to the village The way was over a lonely narrow crooked mountain road bordered by deep woods much of the distance Toward dusk as I was rounding a short turn in the road my horse which had a good deal of spirit shied suddenly and sprang forward on a furious run At the same instant an animal with glaring eyes plumped down from somewhere and landed in the sleigh at my feet It had evidently leaped from a tree at the horse the quick movements of which nervous animal had defeated that purpose and the attacking animal had alighted with its fore feet on the robe that lay across my lap It glared furiously at me with its face not more than two feet away as it clung to the robe with ls sharp claws growling fiercely I had never seen 9 wildcat but I knew instantly and instinctively that I had one to deal with here and it seemed to be a very large and savage one at that I had no weapon but fortunately the whip that stood in its socket on the dashboard was loaded at the butt Clinging to the reins with my left hand the horse was running away 1 quickly drew the whip from the socket and struck the wildcat on the head with the heavy butt That caused the animal to loosen its hold on the robe and drop into the snow at the side of the sleigh but the agile and furious beast was up in the fraction of a sec-and and with one bound sprang on the back of the sleigh which had a low body Although the horse was running madly away along the narrow and crooked road throwing the sleigh from side to side and threatening it constantly with destruction against some rock or stump I was obliged to drop the reins and leave the result of the runaway to chance for the wildcat was struggling desperately to gain a foothold in the sleigh and fight me at close quarters I knew that if the sleigh should happen to come into collision with any obstacle heavy enough to wreck it I would be no match for the catamount now wrought to the utmost ferocity fighting it on the slipping snow even if I were unharmed by the collision so I strained every nerve to conquer the determined beast while I still possessed the advantage of foothold in the sleigh Once I thought it was all up with me for as the sleigh was carried abruptly round a short turn In the road by the speeding horse one runner struck a stone or a root and the sleigh careened and ran at least 50 feet on the other runner alone I mechanically threw the weight of my body toward the upper side of the sleigh all the time raining rapid blows on the head of the wildcat with the butt of the whip and forced the sleigh down to its balance on both runners again A few more blows after that and 1 was rejoiced to see the determined and tenacious beast first loosen one claw hang for a second or so by the other while it tried to seize the top of the back of the sleigh again with its teeth and then tumble to the road and lie motionless In the snow I dropped back on the seat limp and weak and too much unnerved to make the least effort to obtain control of the runaway which was still rushing wildly along the uncertain road made still more uncertain by the gathering darkness The horse ran at least three miles farther and then began to slow up and at last stopped half way up a long and steep hill from sheer exhaustion I had by this time recovered sufficiently to take charge of the horse again and drive the rest of the way to the town which wasnt far and where I arrived with the horse covered with foam a sleigh splintered and covered deep with scars and scratches made by the desperate wildcat and myself so badly used up by nervous shock that it was three days before I was able to get about again in anything like good condition I never heard whether the wildcat was killed by my blows or not but 1 have an idea be was 1 hope so Science may be all right in declaring that wild animals will hasten to flee at the very suspicion of mans approach but if ever I am going anywhere and hear there are wildcats in that direction Ill go around some other way New York Press Peers of Great Britain have the right to be hanged with silken cords instead of hempen ropes Few avail themselves of the privilege Lignum vitae is the toughest wood known It cannot be worked by splitting JEW' THE HOTELCHECK PROBLEM A Question of Whether to Offend Gaets op Risk Losing Money The hotel clerk was standing behind the desk with a" disconsolate look on his face Whats the matter? asked a friend Matter? said the clerk Why its the same old story Ive been stuck for another check This check business causes us hotel clerks more trouble than anything else in the world There is a general rule in hotels that no checks shall be cashed but very often travelers run short of money It is good business policy to cash these checks when you can be sure that theyre all right No hotel can afford to be continually offending guests At the same time if a clerk cashes a bad check he has to stand the loss The average hotel clerk has learned by bitter experience to be a pretty good judge of human nature but every now and then he slips up Only a week ago a big splendid looking fellow came to me and got me to cash a check for $20 I sized him up and decided that he was all right and that he was a good man to keep among the steady patrons of the hotel A few days later back came the check with No funds marked across It The result was that I was out $20 While the clerk was talking a swagger looking woman came up to the desk and smiling sweetly at the clerk said: Will you please cash this little check? The clerk was all graciousness He took the check and examined it carefully without saying anything Oh its all right said the woman Of course if you dont want to cash it you neednt Mr So-and-so knows me quite well and you can telephone him about it if you want to but it would save me a great deal of trouble if you could cash it for me now Certainly madam said the clerk and then he went over and held a consultation with the cashier They decided that the woman was a good investment and gave her the money She went away smiling and then the clerk said: Now there is just about an even money chance If I hadnt cashed that cheek she would have been highly insulted and would have talked about this hotel as long as she could remember If she is all right she will be a good customer but if she isnt I am out another $25 New York Sun Life Savins Politeness Patriotism and politeness are great virtues and a Japanese physician Dr Aoyama owes his life to the fact that he possessed them both in high degree He had caught the plague and was dying for the need of the food which in his delirium he refused to take His nurse was in despair but finally conceived the idea of playing upon his patriotism by filling a glass with liquid nourishment and then offering to drink to the health of the mikado This was repeated until ardent patriot as he was the doctor felt that he had honored his sovereign enough Then his politeness was appealed to the nurse proposing a toast and reproaching the sick man for not joining in it In this way the patients strength was maintained until the delirium subsided and he became convalescent Youths Companion The Ostrichs Legs Although the ostrich has powerful legs and can kick like a mule his limbs are very brittle and are easily broken He has two toes on each foot one being armed with a horny nail which he uses as his principal weapon of warfare When an unarmed man is attacked by one of these birds the chances are very much against the man unless he can climb a tree or jump over a five foot wall A Alan's Hint Once in awhile a useful hint for the housekeeper comes from the man of the family The man who smokes a meerschaum pipe was observed putting a slice of apple into his box of tobacco to keep it from becoming too dry Even potato he said would do That led to the rediscovery of an old idea Cake or bread may be kept moist and delicious for a comparatively long time by putting a piece of raw apple or potato into the box in which it is kept THE JOY OF THE house is the baby No matter how many have come before the latest arrival brings joy to all When the little one takes his first glimpse of the world he is in it is a minute of keenest joy Father is proud mother is ire you real certain you? liver is in 'ood working condition ? If it isnt you know it the symptoms are too positive to allow you to be deceived That coated tongue yellow skin neadache etc can be relieved by McoitjJm t acts promptly and effectually but gently WITHOUT A GRIPE OR FAIN TRY IT A Vge Book of Stories ana Anecdote af Abraham Lincoln frea with every 85-ceat package ALL DRUGGISTS For sale by George Oberdeener Avenue Drug Store and Stockton Drug Store VITALITY OF GERMS What Becomes of Them After TLeir Victim Is Dead In a recent number of a German journal devoted to bacteriology an interesting summary is presented of certain results attained by Dr Klein in the course of a long series of experiments made lately in which Dr Klein endeavored successfully to ascertain what becomes of disease germs after the death of their victim These ex- rhnents had a very decided practical i!ue as the conditions which they proved to exist dispose effectually of one of the arguments which has been often used by advocates of cremation These latter have held that disease germs could retain their vitality for an indefinitely long period in the buried body and that therefore cemeteries in addition to being harmful because of the decaying organic matter which they contained were positively dangerous because they acted as immense storage reservoirs for the bacteria of the different diseases Dr Kleins results correct this mistaken idea In order to carry out his experiments satisfactorily he buried animals which had died from certain known diseases disinterred the bodies at the end of varying periods and examined the organs for bacteria The bacillus of Asiatic cholera was still living at the end of 10 days but after being buried for 28 no living specimen could be found The typhoid fever bacillus was able to exist for about the same length of time while the germ which causes the bubonic plague was able to survive an interment of 17 days but was never found living at the end of three weeks The bacillus of consumption lives for but a short time after the death of its victim Dr Klein always found it without difficulty in the organs but was never able to obtain a successful culture What is perhaps of even greater importance he was never able to cause tuberculosis by injecting the bacteria thus found into the system of a healthy animal To Prevent Prematnre Bnrial According to the Cincinnati Enquirer practical demonstration was given recently in New York of a method of saving the lives of those prematurely buried The system is the invention of Count Michael de Karniee Karnickio of Russia Count Karnickios apparatus consists of a tube four inches in diameter a box fond brother is eager sister are tender nurse is devoted the whoie human world is kind There is another an under world with enemies in it When baby gets into its shadow be quick with Scotts emulsion of cod-liver oil he ! is sure to get into its shadow let him get no futherthan into j the edge of it Health is the baby's life Well send you a little to try if you like SCOTT' & BOWNE 409 Pearl street New York DEVICE TO PREVENT PREMATURE BURIAL and a few appliances for signaling The tube is placed over an aperture in the coffin and the other end of it appears above the surface of the ground where it is surmounted by the box Through the tube passes a rod on the end of which inside the coffin is a bail The slightest movement of the body in the coffin is communicated to the rod which in turn releases grave n a height f six a lamp is piaeeri overbi event of the supposed ing consciousness ther reassuring light The : watchman of the cemi be attracted by a ro automatically discharge Articles of Incorporation Filed April 25 1901 DIRECTORS D Murphy aDd E W McGee of Los Augeles W J Berry of Bakersfield Hob S D Woods W R Clark C M Weher aBd L Grothwell Stockton -kirkitrk DEEDS FROM C M WEBER OF 1500 Original Lots each Fifty foot front within the City Limits of the City of Stockton TO WEBER HOME COMPANY Will follow and they will he placed on the market for sale upon a new plan and at terms and prices that will be within the reach of every one Watch all the daily papers for further information and full details of plan i his property is a large portion of the estate of the Late Capt Weber founder of the City of Stockton L GROTHWELL & Co 216 Main Street opposite Courthouse Specialties : Tire Setting Repairing and Painting Rubber Tires We won't do poot or cheap work We are cranks on good work We person ally watch every vehicle repaired or 1 made by us PRICES LOWEST WORK BEST When You Want First-Class Work in the Line of Carriage Painting Repairing and Carriage Trimming Call and see us aud let us quote you OUR TIRD SETTER THE CORRECT METHOD M P Henderson & Son FACTORY MAIN AND AMERICAN STREETS 8TOCKTON CAL Carriage Wagon and Vehicle Builders and Repairers COLD WEATHER Stockton Gas and Electric Co 116 East Main street s s s i a- Coming in from (he cold weather strike a match turn on the GAS and the room is In a glow of caressing heat Even a lonely bachelor with nobody to care for him can be made comfortable these cold sights and mornings if he has a GAS Heater in his room GAS for heating is cheaper and cleaner than wood or coal and less work Heaters from otoe dollar and upwards (Tail at Gas Company's office 816 Blast Main street or your hardware dealer S' s S s S' s S' S' S' r k A Aft A A REAL ESTATE INSURANCE and financial AGENTS AUCTIONEERS a 2iE E Main St Stockton Cal Record and Bulletin 75c Per Month TKHEPHONIfl MAIN XL

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