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OPI RATIN6 ON A MOHK[Y Sitting upon its haunches, with its head laid back on the knees of an at- tendant, "John," the prize monkey of the Lincoln park "zoo," submitted to a painful operation at the animal boule In the park. says the Chicago Daily News of recent date. When Cy DeVry, the veteran animal keeper of the "zoo," called to "John" the animal seemed to know what was coming, and hesitated when DeVry first called him. Then, summoning all its courage, It walked slowly to the front of the cage, crawled into DeVry's arms and was carried to a bed prepared for it In a sink. John has had a bad abscess on the upper part of the left cheek reach- ing from the eye nearly to the ear and the little face was badly swollen, lndl- caring the pain which the animal has suffered for many days. It was feared that the life of the monkey could not be saved, and, as a last resort, au op- eration was determined upon. Keeper Acts Like n Surg~n. DeVry, surrounded by lances, curettes, a tiny saw, bottles of antlseptia ~ud an assortment of syringes of various bed which had been prepared and laid its head back with a look as much as to say: "Now I am ready; go ahead." First the swelling was cut open and then a copious wash of antiseptic was applied. As to septic conditions, as much care was used as though the op- eration were upon a man instead of a monkey• Then the bone was carefully scraped and another syringe full of antiseptic used. Portion of Bone Takes Out. Next a small piece of the cheek bone was removed, and then more antisep- tic. Then the cut was sewed up, leav- ing a small aperture for future dress- ings. Last of all, a generous quantity of iodoform was put on the wound to help it heal, and then "John" was llft- ed tenderly and put in the cage, but not until the monkey had licked the hands of its surgeon and kissed his face, as though trying to show an un- derstanding of it all and gratitude for the tender care shown. The intelli- gencewhich "John" showed this morn- ing and the patience with which the monkey has borne his suffering were PERFORMING OPERATION TO sizes and shapes, looked like a typical surgeon. When Cy was ready to pro- ceed with the operation it was a pa- thetic sight to see the look of trust in the monkey's eyes and the courage and fortitude which it displayed were well- nigh human. At the first touch of the knife R pressed its head hard against" t~e knee of the assistant and grabbed the forefinger of each of his hands with its paws, Just as a person does who is about to undergo a painful op- eration, The monkey sat upon the ROMANCE OF A BANK BOOK. lavlngs Aceonntm Tl~t Have Lain Dormant for Many Years. The Bank for Savings, which Is 8z years old. has the heaviest dormant account in New York, about $300,000, in which 2,000 accounts are tied up. Of these the ownership of~ about 200 are solved each year, and to this ac- count are added about fifty, which, after the lapse of twenty-one years without being touched, are entitled to enter the dormant class. But in these days the bank does not allow accounts to rest so long, and after ten years have elapsed a search is made and the depositor located. ~ fter that. the bank keeps informed of their whereabouts each year. In 1819, the year when the bank first opened its doors, a church mission in New York made a deposit in the name of "Mission to Jerusalem." The amount deposited was small, but it was sixty:one years before that i/mounz and interest was Pal.d to the proper church authorities. "'One of the oldest cases which I have seen since I took hold of thl~ work," says Mr. De IAsser, of the Bank of Savings, "was that of a colored girl who lived four miles from Jamaica. The pastor of the family, while making a call one day, maw the children playing with a soiled and torn bank book. ~hey had scrib- bled over the leaves an{l were tossing the book about. ~ No one in the family seemed to understand~ what the book was, and the pastor, looking at it and seeing that it was one of our pass books, advised them to bring it to the bank. ~Fhis girl, who was 17 or 18 ot{1, brought it to me, and on looking up the account I saw that it called for several hundred dollars, de- .poSited by a woman who afterward proved to be the girl's grandmother. Eventually the girl got the money, and the incident, I thought, was closed. months afterward she came in and said: 'I was Just goin' by, and I thought rd drop in and tell you how much good the money did us. And say, do you know, rye been married on it.' And shs left beaming all over as ~ I congratulated her."~NewYork Press. "You said you were going to marry an artist, and now you're engaged to a dentist"~, "Well, isn't he an artist? ~He draws from r~al Ufe."--Fun. SAVE A "ZOO" MONKEY'S LIFE. called remarkable by the animal- keeper. Operation an Entire Success. Frim every viewpoint the opera- tion was successful, and it is probable that "John" will llve to delight hun- dreds of children with antics as in the past. The money never uttered a sound from the time the knife first touched it till it was put back in its cage, and then it chattered a few "words." which DeVry said meant that the animal was glad it was over• OCCASIONALLY AMUSING. Holmlcssly Ignorltnt British Critic Has Hccn at It Again. Our cheerfully, carefully, completely. densely and hopelessly lguoran~ Brit- ish critic has been at it again. This time his foolish little brain spread its drippings in the columns of the Lon,- don Leader in this no levs witty than accurate remark about a newly discov- ered old-rooted dietary habit of Amer- icans: "'Dagonet' was at Stratford- on-Avon last week. He had an excel- lent lunch at one of the hotels, and he met some Americans. Apparently he had not met many before--at any rate, at the luncheon table. His surprise at their mixed menu was great. They ate hot meat and drank iced water. Chey had cheese and Jam and pots of hot tea. Nothing extraordinary in that ~for Americans. That is why they are such a dyspeptic nation. There is hardly a sound digestion among them• But where were the molasses and treacle which go to make up every Yankee's meal? If they were missing the meal was indeed Incomplete. It is simply indispensable in the States. A story is told of an American lady traveling to India who insisted upon a Jar of golden syrup being placed on her table at each meal. The vessel had to be searched high and low before this soothing syrup could be found. At first it amused her fellow passen- gers. By and by they grew sick of the treacle and the lady, and there was an exodus from her immediate vicinity to other tables until she was left se- verely alone.'" Asht a World in Herttelf. According to the National Geo- graphic Magazine, Asia is the conti- nent of continents--a giant land to which Africa is bu" an appendage and a" Europe only an excrescence. Larger as to mainland than both Americas combined. Asia with her insular ex- tension south-eastward might swallow the great landmass of Africa with Eu- rope in addition. Of the 50,000,000 square miles of land on the face of the earth, Asia holds fully 15,000,000, or three-tenths of all--indeed, stretching, as she does, from the equator to the very shadow of the pole and within a few degrees of half way around the globe, she is a world in herself. KING DAVID'S SOLDIERS. Thc Great Ruler Established am AdmJl~ able Military Systo~ The kingdom of Israel in the time of David embraced a territory about equal to the state of Massachusetts and .had a population nearly the same as that of New York--6,000,000 or more. That it was able to dominate the ter- ritory between the Mediterranean and the Euphrates and from Damascus to the Gulf of Arabia, with powerful neighbors pressing upon it from all sides, was due to the military genius of David and the admirable military system established by him, In it is found not only the germ but the full development of the modern system of universal military service as applied in Germany and France. Its fundamen- tal principle was that recognized by our great modern states, that every able-bodied man owes military service to the state, which he must actually pay for a certain period in peace and war. David transformed the irregular fighting forces of Israel into an organ- ized and effective army. This included what we should now call a landwehr of 288,000 men. divided into twelve corps of 24,000 men, each corps being in tinle of peace called into active ser- vice for one month in the year, so that there were always 24,000 men in camp. rn war requisitions were made on this force as needed and the troops were placed Under the command of a gen- eral of tried courage and ability, be- longing to a specially trained jnilltary body peculiar to the kingdom of Israel. When David was driven to such ex- tremeties by the unexpected rebellion of his son Absalom and had fled across Jordan, a wanderer in the wilderness of Judea, he secured his final triumph by means of his bodyguard, all thor- ough soldiers, trained for duty as of- ricers. Through their instrumentality the new levies were rapidly organized into companies, regiments and bri- gades. It is interesting to note that the march of Absalom when he led his great army across Jordan against his r~yal father, was through the "wo~d of Ephraim," a wild tract near the mountains of Gilead, resembling in its physical features the Virginia "Wilderness," where Grant and Lee tried conclusions. The position held by David w~s like that of Lee on the Rapldan and Absalom in marching through the "wood of Ephraim" an- ticipated by nearly 3,000 years Grant's movements of May 5 and 6, 1364. The strategy of Joab, who commanded the hosts of David, was precisely that of Lee, he hurling three strong columns on Absalom's llne of ma1:ch.--Ohicago News. CHINESE MOURNING. Eighty Blows for Those Who Suppress Funeral Notices. If a son, on receiving information of the death of his father or mother, or a wife, ~uppresses such intelligence, and omits to go into lawful mourning for the deceased, such neglect shall be punished with sixty blows and one year's banishment. If a son or wife enters into mourning in a lawful man- ner, but previous to the expiration of the term discards the mourning habit, and, forgetful of the loss sustained, play upon musical instruments or particip=tes in festivities, the punish- ment shall amount for such offense to eighty blows. Whoever, on receiving information of the death of any other relative in the first degree than the above mentioned suppresses the no- tice of it, and omits to mourn, shall be punished with eighty blows; if, pre- vious to the expiration of the legal period of mourning for such relative, any person casts away the mourning habit and resumes his wonted amuse- ments, he shall be punished with six- ty blows. When any officer or other person in the employ of the govern- ment has received intelligence of the death of his father or mother, in con- sequence of which intelligence he is bound to retire from the office during the period of mourning, if, in order to avoid such retirement, he falsely rep- resents the deceased to have been his grandfather,• grandmother, uncle, aunt or cousin, he shall suffer punishment of 100 b~ws, be deposed from office and rendered incapable of again en- tering into the public eervlce.~Amer- ican Law Review. Sand Mnrtlns. The sand martin, or bank swallow, is smaller than his relative and In- habits sand banks, into which he bur- rows. Naturally, he is not to be found in all places. His back is of dull color and his lower parts are whitish, with a narrow dark band across the breast. You may kno~v him~the adult male, that is--by this mark as well as by his peculiar rough--finely rough-- voice. If you examine a bank full of his holes, you will perhaps find a much larger one among them. That will most likely be the door of a king- flsher's nest. Much like the sand mar- tin in color, but a little larger, and lacking the dark breast band, is the rough-winged swallow. He is less generally known than the others, part- • ly because he is less widely and generally distributed. Very few New England people see him. He nests not ofily In sand banks and limestone cliffs, as before said (in the walls of the Natural Bridge in Virginia for ex- ample), but in the stone abutments of bridges. His name comes from a pe- culiarity of the feathers of his wings, which cannot be made out except with ~the bird in the hand.--Bradford 'Tot- ray, in Youth's Companion. In a river which changes its chan- nel, every point gains ground and ev: cry bend tends to become still more ] crooked. I iii QUEER VACATIONERS. EXPERIENCES OF ONE LANDLADY BY THE SEASIDE. Eecentrietles of People Who Bent Sum- mer Outing Appartment4J Would EIII n Volume and Make Interesting Bead- ing at That--StorieS of Odd Lodgers, The eccentricities of some of the peo- ple who come to my apartments would fill a small volume, remarked a seaside lt.u,~lady to the present writer. Tb:~r whims and peculiarities are well-nigh incredible, and at times I hardly know how to restrain myself from laughter when interviewing my potential pat- r~ns. Only the other day a fashionably dressed woman of some forty summers refused to take my best room merely because she did not llke the mirror therein. She averred that it made her look "old and ugly," and I accordingly suggested that another glass should be substituted. She accompanied me from room to room .nspecting the mir- rors, but eventually decided that not one of them was sufficiently flattering to suit her requirements. I did not care to point out that it was her face, and not the looking-glass, which was t~t fault, but such was the fact, for the glass would have been cunningly con- irived indeed that would have rendered her features at all attractive. Another lady expressed herself delighted with the apartments, but flatly refused to take them when she learned that there were some gentlemen lodgers• in the house. It seemed that she made it a rule to lodge in establishments where none but women were admitted, and undoubtedly she was in search of a nunnery and not a seaside lodging- house• Such cases' as this are rare, for in most instances there is a prede- liction in favor of male society, and one lady last season abandoned the idea of coming to me when she was In- formed that I had only one masculine patron at the time. A stout military individual who stayed four weeks at my house insisted on pasting political tracts all over the wahs of his' room, and it needed strenuous efforts on my part to restrain him from following, similar tactics in the dining and draw- ing rooms. S~elng that he departed without paying for his final week's lodging, I have since that time devel- oped a strong antipathy to folks who display a tendency to violent political bias. An old gentlemen who lodged with me for several weeks had an/ex- traordinary mania for purchasing newspapers .and periodicals. He would often bring in quite a dozen daily, though I am sure that he never read a third of the same. When he quitted the house'l counted no fewer than 220 JVurnais scattered In different parts of his room, many of which had obvious- ly never been opened. The queerest ledger I ever had was a dark young man, who occupied a room on the sec- ond floor for three months. Through- out the whole of h,s stay he neve~ opened his mouth on any one occasion, and whatever requests he had to put forward were made in writing. When he was leaving he said, "Good-day, Mrs. ," and that was the first time that I heard the sound of his voice. fftrangely enough, he wrote to me aft- erward, apologizing for his extraordi- nary silence, but assigning no reason .therefor. Many years ago, when I had a house close to the beach, one of my lodgers would rise each morning at 6 o'clock and, arming himself with a huge pall, would sally down to the sea and bring back water for his bath. He would repeat the process some doz- en times until the receptacle was full, though why he did not bathe in the ocean itself I could never discover.'-- Detroit Free Press. Ohio's ~nde~jl~round ~.lver. Roaring wells in widely separated parts of the state indicate the existence of a sightly subterranean river that flows across the state at a depth of comparatively few feet below the sur- face. at least at certain places, The latest of the roaring wells is at Char- don, a suburb of Cleveland. The men have refused to work in it, and plans are being made to dynamite it. The phenomena are exactly the same as those noticed in a well on the farm of Mrs. Amanda Ensminger, near here. When this well had been dug to a depth of about fifty feet the roaring noise became alarming, and during the night the bottom fell out and left an opening into a subterranean stream that was sd swift that it was impossi- ble to sound it. The wells at Chardon are evidently on the same un~lerground river, for the phenomena are identical and indicate that the mighty unseen river extends across the state from north to south.~Marlon (Ohio) Corre, spondent Indianapolis News. ]Be~t Possible ~vldenee. When France and Germany were at war, an Englishman was arrested by lhe French and accused of being a Carman spy. A letter dated "Berlin," and Blgned by his mother, was found upon him. He was tried by drumhead court-martial and condemned to be shot. On the way to the place of e.~,e- cution he said that he had left some- thing behind and insisted on going back for it. "You can't go back," was the reply. "You are about to be shot." "I can't help that," said he. "I have left something and I must get it." "What have you left? .... My umbrellaJ' That settled it. He was released. "No one but an Englishman," said his cap- tors, "could be such a thorough-going Imbecile as that."~Youth's Compan- ion. Look out for hard times; the dens are getting shorter. A WOMAN KEPT A HOTEL. Had Hush to Do with Laying Founda- tion of Vanderbllt Fortune. A woman played a large part in laying the foundation of the fortunes of the house of Vanderbilt. The first Cornelius Vanderbilt married at the age of twenty, and a year later be- came captain of a small steamboat plying between New York and New Brunswick, N. J. Passengers were numerous and many persons went to New Brunswick and back by boat for the pleasure of the trip. Others when the boat reached New Bruns- wick, got into stages and were driven across the state to another steamer, which took them down the Delaware. Of course, they wanted something to eat, and here Mrs. Vanderbllt saw her opportunity. New Brunswick's hotel, or half-way house, was dirty and ill-kept• Mrs. Vanderbllt suggest- ed to her husband that they should take the hotel, refit it, and run it in a style that would attract guests. Van- derbilt leased the hotel; but, as the scheme was his wife's, he told her she might run it and have the profits• Mrs. Vanderbilt overhauled the house and named tt Bellona Hall, after the steamship Be]lena, which her husband then commanded. The fame of Bel- lena Hall soon spread to New York, and parties were made up to visit it, because of the excellent fare to be found there. It also Increased the profits of the line for which Capt. Vau- derbllt worked, and his salary was increased to $2,000 a year. Mrs. Van- d~rbilt for twelve years managed BeN lena Hall, with profit to herself and pleasure to her guests. Her husband during these years had been studying steamships and the chances for profit in traffic on the Hudson and along the Sound. His means were limited, but he had valuable ideas gained from, practical experience as a steamboat captain, and he felt sure that. if he could get the right opening, he need not fear the greater wealth of his rivals. He never had questioned his wife's management of the hotel, but he knew she had saved some money.~ Success• WIDOW WANTS NO ADVICE. In Choosing a Husband She Will Please H~ rseIf. A would-be funny person in Law- rence, Kan., decided recently that a certain widow was "fair game," and inserted an advertisement for a hus- band in the local newspaper, signing her native to it. The indignant woman called on the editor the next day, and the next lspue of the newspaper eon- tained this denial• dictated by the widow, which would seem to indicate a suspicion on her part that the joker was a woman: "This may have been considered n Joke by the saphead who put it in the paper, but It was no joke to me. I want to say right here that while not averse to getting married the second time, I am not so hard pressed that I will take up with any old skinflint who may desire a soft Job managing my property. I maysome time remarry, but it will not be upon such short no- tice that I cannot at least have a fair guess at the character of the man I am marrying. I have seen so many unhappy marriages that thenext time I try the experiment it will not be with closed eyes. Matrimony may be a leap iu the dark with most people, but It is not going to be with me If I can help It. I want to serve notice here and now on the busybodies of Lawrence to let me and my affairs alone. ~ never stole any of your hus- bands and do not want any of the critters. I simply want to do my own courting and selecting. No doubt younger girls can manage such things better, or rather can be content to let others manage for them, but as for me, I am not so gentle that I will walk up and eat out of the hand of any of these old scarecrows."~New York Press. Influenec of Music on Animals. The influence of music on savage beasts has been interestingly illustrat- ed at the Zoo on numerous occasions by musicians of the Fairmount Park band, who have whiled away a morn- ing at the garden. All kinds of musi- cal sounds, from the boom of the dou- ble bass to the trill of the violin, have been sprung on the inmates of the lion house, and each has h;td its indi- vidual effect on the animals. The lion balked at the double bass. It appar- ently struck him as being a rival, and he soon drowned its notes with a roar of indignant remonstrance. The tigers showed unmistakable pleasure when serenaded with a variety of instru- ments, until a piccolo player under- took to charm them with a solo. Then they worked thel~selves into a terri- fic rage. I~ seemed odd that the in- strument should affect them so, es- pecially as they had apparently en- joyed a selection on the flute, but their rage was such that the soloist was asked to desist. None of the other animals Of the cat tribe showed a pre- ference for any particular instrument, but waved their tails in time to the music with every indication of de- light.~Philadelphia Record. A Poser for Nora. Mrs. Young~vife (at breakfast)- There is no bread on the table. Nora. Nora--There's none In the house, mum. Mrs. Youngwife (severely)~ Then make some toast.--London Tit- Bits. • Lucky Blimber! "Bllmber is getting poetical. He says there is something very rhythmi- cal in the click of a typewriter's keys." "Bllmber has a very pretty typewriter ~,°'---Cleveland Plain Dealer. Ill PRESIDENT FMJRE'S VANITY, Reyehttioa In the Ofl~,elnl of ~IXis Lack of Popularit~r. Apropos of the observations of men and things marie by the late President of the French republic to the "chiei" who took notes, which are now being published; a good story is told by a writer who had it direct from the hero of this comical adventure. It was .the custom for M. Felix Fa.ure to invite the officer of the Elysee guard to de- Jeuner, and this particular gentleman felt very nervous as he took his ~t at table. "During the first part of the meal," as he related, "everything W~t well. No one spoke to me. and I did not say anything. I was not even lis- tening to the conversation, when, sud- denly, M. Felix Faure, addressing me by my military title, asked me point- blank, 'Am I popular?'" This was a very embarrassing question for the shy officer, who had never given the matter a thought, and he stammer~ out, "~ do not think so, Monsieur le Presldent"--feeling ready to sink into the earth as soon as the words were out of his mouth• "Why "do you not think so? Explain yourself," the Pres- ident went on to inquire, in a con- descending way. " 'Men Dieu;" I said, 'my .father told me one day that he only recognized M. Thiers' popularity when he saw his portrait in ginger- bread in all the booths at the fair on the Place du Trone. I have not yet noticed your portrait in this dlsg~rise. Monsieur le President.' Then M. Fe- lix Faure exclaimed, very brav~aly, 'That's true, I thank you; I had not yet thought of that•' The gingerbread portraits were a revelation to him." Paris correspondence London Tele- Telegraph. HAMMOCK MEMOBIES. Mr. Brown Gets Nightmare and FaJJs on a Sidewalk, It was this way: Brown, putting it plainly, is fat. Some of his friends with cannibalistic imaginations, say that he is fat enough to butcher. But let that pass. He is fat, and the other night, shirt open at the collar, damp hair spread at will, and fan going Iike a pendulum of a grandfather's cleon. he served notice that he was going to stretch a hammock in the back yard "and sleep there. Mrs. Brown made the foolish suggestions of burglars, croup, and neuralgia, but he was fixed in his purpose. Brown is the best and most reliable sleeper in town. The sierra came with its deluge. The swaying hollyhocks banged him in the face, and the swinging branches of the b~ ma- ple tried to hat him out of the Siam- mock. But they only rocked him, and the rain cooled him. His visions were a charm until he dreamed that he was Cadillac, standing at the prow of bateau and going for the foot of Ran- dolph street as though pursued by a sea serpent of the New York ye|low Journal breed. All would have gone well, as a nightmare, but hc sprau~ to his feet with a valiant shout, waved an imaginary sword, pitched about like a dugout in a maelstrom, went over- board head first, and came down hard on a sidewalk. Brown is all right tm-. less complications set in, but one a~de of his scalp is trying to grow on again, his left ear aches, he has an arm in a sling, and there is a towel over one eye. The moral he draws is that once in two hundred years is a great plenty. --Chicago News. ~th American Hospitulity. • A young scientist who visited I~[h America was' te~ilng of the hosltitality of the citizens of the far-away repub- lic and their method of entertaininN their friends. "I was looking over the field in the interest of the Columbian expoSition," said he "At one time ! was stopping at a town 110 miles from the nearest railroad. This town is reached only by pack animals, and everything is carried ,into the place on the backs of the patient beasts, On the day before I left a leading citizen in- vited me to his house, where he ~dd a reception would be given in mY honor. I found about thirty people present. We sat down to a bountiful feast, at the close'of which the cigars were brought out, and we enjoyed ourselves until daylight, accordtz~r,to the customs of the country. A fine vari- ety of wine was served during the night. The next day I learned that.the party consumed 180 bottles of cham- pagne. This wine had ~een shiplm~ , I0,000 miles by water, 250 miles by railway train, and had been packed 110 miles into the town. The cost of transportatio|t was appalling to an American, but the natives seemed to think it a mere bagatelle. The wine for the feast probably cost $1,500. When a man is a guest of a South American gentleman, everything in the house b~- longs to the guest.~Denver News Ci~am and Bridge. The habit of smoking after dinner In the drawing-room, added to the fact that many women smoke, is an- other reason why it is so easy to play a game of cards without getting weary of it, for cigars and bridge "~re in- separable. But when bridge can be played, and both men and women smoke during its progress, there is no disposition on the part of the men to go away to their club.--Ladies' Field. "Our new fleet of torped6-destroyers seems to have stirred up our friend (he enemy," remarked the naval chlet of the great European power. "Yes," re- plied his assistant, "it is said they will ~ huild a fleet of torpedo-destroyer-de- stroyers now." "Let "am. We'll build a fleet of torpedo-destroyer-d~stroyer- destroyers." Another beet sugar factory~capttal $6.000,000, capacity 6,000 tons sugar D~r y~r--i~ being built in California.