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THE HAWAIIAN STAR, MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, l8ft3. SIX PAGES.
SOME ODD STORIES.
INTERESTING TALES OF ADVENTURE
ON SEA AND LAND.
A South African Story- A I Ttc Stru-
gin with Bbm Hi BaMI or i ..nh
ful Io(n Peril In llir lnrli Continent.
Flercn Creature to But -muter.
ICooyilshi. jhbi. i.v AtnerlcMi PrtM Amncia-
v ncn in riuiu i rii- i e.u , i iiiei
the hero of the Straggle I ni abottl to dc-
acribe, and my renders will agree with him
when he savs that "i.ot (or all the dia
...... .,-it v, 1. m
monds taken from t h K iieherley m nes, nor
for all the gold in the hills of Mashotm
land, would I repeat thM e;ierience."
Mr. Nichohis Hurler, a powerful man of
middle age and i hunoUl -out h African
hunter, Uvea In the dltttltt of Somerset
East and within sight of the V gt liiver
mountains. Laal September, accompanied
by four powerful doga ni d armed with
pistols nnd a repeating rile, he went Into
the hills for a few days' spo; '.
On previous expeditions Mr. Ilurter had
frequently seen many large, manlike bab-
oona, but M they were not game aud al-
DRAWN TO TBI EDOi Of Tlir. CLIFF,
ways fled at his approach he never bothered
them nor ever dreamed that they would
He had reached a place in the mountains
where he had often made camp before be
cause of the abundance of fuel and the flue
spring near by, when be was surprised by
a prolonged series of half human cries th.it
seemed to come from the tup of the precipi
tous rock at the base of which he had
come to a halt.
The dogs at once set up a vociferous bark
ing, and I tapping back Mr. Ilurter saw a
band of at least 80 immense baboons clam
bering down tiie cliff" witli blood in their
eyes. It looked as if. tired of Hying from
the white man, they had resolutely deter
mined to become the aggressors.
As the foremost of the fierce creatures
came to the level the dogt, unheeding the
call of their master, sprang at him, and as
the other balloons now began leaping down
from the rocks in a way that would have
killed a man .Mr. Ilurter thought only of
the danger to his dogs and started in to
save them. He tired into the group, and as
he was not ;10 feet awav he soon laid out
eight of the largest of the animals, bat in
doing so be exhausted all the loads in Ids
In that first onset, three of the dogs were
speedily killed, and the balloons crowded
about Mr. Ilurter so that he had to club his
rifle to keep them away, anil so had no
time to load up again.
Fifty feet behind him was the Vogel
river, which at that point flowed through a
canyon, the precipitous sides of which were
fully l.OUU feet iu depth. Realizing his
danger from ( lie baboons and giving no
thought to the canyon, he fell back with
his remaining dog till he stood on the edge
of the black, yawning flhftero,
The animals, with increased cries of
anger, followed him, and as he saw the
danger behind he was reminded of his pis
tols, for by this time the stock of his rifle
was broken into splinters, Hastily draw
ing them, he fired into the iiiih. of balloons,
which seemed to grow no smaller, though
he and the dogs had killed nine.
At length the last snot was fired from the
pistols, and at that Lnstanl a huge mnlenni
mal that had been sli :ly wounded in the
shoulder leaped on the dog and dragged
him to the edge of the precipice,
Mr. Ilurter clubbed his pistols and was
running lo help tile last of his dogs, when
auolher baboon equally strong and farce
attacked him from behind. This creuture
seized the hunter by the leg with such
force as to bring his big white teeth togeth
er near the thigh bone.
In momeuts of great danger and excite
ment, men do not feel a sudden wound.
With a blow from his pistol and a quick
turn, Mr. Ilurter freed himself from the
animal, but the next instant it had leaped
upon his chest and was trying to seize his
throat iu its teeth.
Strangely enuiigh. and fortunately for
the hunter, the baboons did not act m con
cert. Had they done so the result would
have been different.
Mr. Ilurter never lost his presence of
mind. Dropping his pistols, he fastened
his powerful hands (,n the hairy throat of
the monster, whose fierce eyes were now
not a foot uway from his own, but he soon
felt that, with only natures weapons to
help hnu, he was no match tor his half hu
He was being drawn to the edge of the
cliff when he bethought him of his knife.
and with u quick movement of the right
baud he drew it from his belt aud plunged
it into the balloon's i.ice.
The creature's claws had torn his scalp
so that he was nearly blood blinded, while
the drain from the wound in his thigh was
fast exhaust lug Dim,
He felt that the struggle could not con
tinue much longer. His clothes were torn
from his back, and witli an Intelligence
that seemed human and a malignity pos
itively devilish the creature was forcing
him to the edge of the canyon.
At this juncture the remaining dog, hav
ing succeeded in killing his assailant,
sprang to the rescue of his master. The
baboon, on being attacked in the rear, re
leased his hold on the man and turned on
The faithful dog, already weakened by
the loss of blood, was unable to cope with
the baboon, but lie clung to hini and drew
liim closer to the precipice, over whic h the
two soon fell.
At sight ol this the other bnboose made
off witli cries of alarm, and the hunter suc
ceeded in reaching thut night h uiiuiug
camp, where he was kindly cared for.
ltat her sharp.
The belief in fortune tellers is as old as
human curiosity and the yearning to lift
the veil of the future. Wor H Ibe belief iu
the powers of gypsies, "seventh daughters
af asTsntb daughters1 "trance mediums"
or people born with n "call," whatever
that may be, confined to the servant girl
I know two well educated young ladies
who, made curious by the advertisements
of a fortune tell. r. an alleged gypsy who
had made a com pi tcney out of "credulous
humanity," determined secretly to consult
One of the things this woman promised
to do won to -ho the yong women who
pat ionized her the fan s of their future hus
bands, and this It WSS no doubt that In
duced my young friends to pay II eaoh to'
see, as they imagined, the portraits of the
men to whom they were to be wed.
Ito wtyo ud united mtv a half lit room,
cnnttlm btirninR, though the inn win rtiin
Ing brightly- outnidp, and the walla decora
ted with Rimkpa in tlnacl and many caba
listic nigna that the girls could not tinder
stand, and which no doubt conveyed no
meaning to the advent ureas, except it might
be their effectiveness in adding to the awe
of her patrons.
The fortune teller called herself "a palm
it" and pretended to look into the future
of the girls through their palms. Being an
excellent judge of human nature and n
keen physiognomist, as are all people of
that class, the woman had no difficulty In
giving a pretty accurate delineation of t lie
gills' character. This with many of her
,, , . ... ,.,., ,,r.i,.,l1ar
We know pretty well what we are,"
said one of the girls, beginning to see
through th fraud. "Now. what we want
to know is the future."
"But haven't 1 told you that you are to
be null t ied aud each of you is to have five
children? Yours'U be three boys and two
girl-, and hern'U be Just the opposite."
"Thnt's all right," said the second girl,
"but you promised to show our husbands'
faces, and we want to see them."
"Or to get our money back," added the
"I never returns any money," said t he
old lady, "but if you two insist on It I
won't mind showing you the faces that'll
belong to your husbands."
The voung ladies did not notice the em-
phatil the old creature put on the words
that II belong, so they followed her into
an adjoining room, w here there was more
light. Pointing to a mirror hanging against
the wall, she said:
"Look into that."
The young ladies did so, and one of them
"Why, we see only our own faces."
"Well, isn't that right!" asked the hag,
with a bow.
"It is not right. You promised to show
us our husbands' faces."
"And so I hnve. Won't them two be
your husbands' faces when you are mar
Angered w ith t lie woman and disgusted
with themselves, the girls left the place,
their faith in fortune telling entirely un
dermined. Expert meriting.
A German friend recently told me this
story to illustrate the fondness of the pro
fessors In his country for experimenting. It
may be as well to add that I do not vouch
for its truth:
llerr II run is a famous naturalist, and he
lives at Stettin, on the Baltic. He is fond
of making experiments to prove that the
environment of animals affect their habits.
One day he captured a live herring, car
ried it home ami put it in a vat of salt wa
ter. Every morning the professor dipped
out of this vat a half teaspoonful of salt
water and replaced it with the same
amount of fresh, his purpose being grad
ually to accustom the fish to live in fresh
water Instead of salt.
The herring lived on apparently in the
best of spirits. In course of time the water
in the tank was perfectly fresh, and the
herring still nourished.
Next t lie professor began to deprive the
Bah, little by little, of the fresh water ele
ment in which he lived. In this also he
was successful, and after a time the herring
gamboled around in a perfectly dry tank.
The herr professor congratulated himself
that another transformation had been ac
complished. He had at last a land herring.
Next t he professor put the herring Into
. birdcage, and the intelligent creature be
gan to utter chirps of satisfaction and to
manifest unmistakable signs of affection
for his master. His food was gradually
changed, and his mouth grew into resem
blance to a canary's.
One day the professor noticed that Ids
pet was ailing. The poor thing was molt
ing its scales, and It seemed to yearn for
something not present in its cage. The pro
"Ahl" he exclaimed at length, "I have
Itl I have forgotten for two days to give
the poor little fellow anything to drink. I
shall remedy that oversight at once."
He brought a large dish of water and put
it in the cage so that the fish might drink
at hi3 leisure.
Next morning when the herr professor
came to look at his fish a sad sight met his
gaze. The herring had fallen head first into
the dish of water and had been drowned.
When very much younger than 1 am at
preseut, I, like Silas Wegg, was addicted
to "dropping into poetry." Although my
opinion of this poetry has undergone a
radical though by no means a violent
chunge, I recall the time when I thought it
equal to the best.
One of my early poems was called "Two
Brothers." My purpose was to show how
two brothers, brought up alike and sub
jected to precisely the same influences,
took opposite sides in our civil war, each
dying for the cause he thought to be right.
I still think the idea a good one. One of
my lines read:
"And these brothers were like as the
stars in the books." Imagine my horror ou
getting the paper in which the poem ap
peared to And the line butchered iu this
"And these brothers were like as the
steers on the hooks." In correcting proofs
the author or proof reader writes on the
margin what is to take the place of the
words erased. A friend of mine who is an
editoriul writer had even a more curious
experience. In his copy appeared the sen
tence: "Tomorrow is the anniversary of the
death of Louis Philippe." When the proof
came back, the editor was surprised to find
"Tomorrow is the anniversary of the
death of Sam Phillips." Augered and at
the same time amused at the blunder, the
editor wrote on the margin for the benefit
of the proofreader iu the composing room:
"Who the dickens is Sam Phillips? See
Satisfied that all would now be right, the
editor went home, hut when he looked over
the article next morning he fairly foamed
w it li anger. It read:
"Tomorrow is the anniversary of the
death of Sam Phillips. Who the dickens is
Sam Phillips? See copyl"
Alfked K. Calhoun.
A Clirl.teiiliig Incident.
Sometimes in English country parishes,
where the clergyman has been accustomed
to have his own way, lie protests rather vig
orously if the name proposed for a child
about to be christened does not suit him.
OOQftslonally. however, lie does so upon
The late Dean Btirgon, when a curate iu
Berkshire, was requested by a village cou
ple to christen their bOJ "Venus," or as
they called it, "Vanus."
Are you aware," be said, "that you are
asking something ridiculous as well as ex
ceedingly wicked? Do you suppose I am
going to give a Christian child, a boy, the
name of a woman in heathen mythology?
i How did such monstrous notion get Into
"PlsaSS, sir," said the father, "we wain
t him called utter his grandfather."
"Aud do you mean to say his graud
father was named Venus?"
i "Yes, sir; there he is, sir."
A poor old man, looking very unlike
Venus, hobbled out of the crowd.
"Do you dare to say you were christened
enus? asked the indignant clergymau.
"Well, no, sir," was the respectful an
swer, "I was christened Sylvauus, but they
always calls me Vanus." James Payn iu
New York Independent.
What an astonishing thing in Itaethris
is temperature! On the earth iron is solid;
iu the sun it Isa vapor Temperature makes
UNCLE SETH AS A CONSOLER.
Priceless rtillusnptiy From Man Who
Earn 60 Cents Every Day.
Wal, so ye bed yer laig sawed off in a
sawmill, did ye' Sawed lightoff two inches
above the knee' 'nl. It's thebest thing yer
could do Hold yer horses! Hold dpi Don't
say a word! I came down here on puppose
to console ve an now don't go to get t in riled.
I tell ye a man ought t o be happy who la
lucky enough to get his lalg sawed off.
Hold on, now ; don't yer see I'm consolin
ye? Wen a feller's t ryin to say sweet words
of comfort an peace to ye. it 's plague-on pro
Tokin to hev ye go an r'ar up about it. I
tell ye. Ab'rum, It's the biggest thing ye
ever did w'en yer wi nt an lied that ar lalg
sawed off. It's money in yer pocket, an It
would ha' been more money in yer pocket to
bed yer other lalg sawed off too on'y In
that case yer wouldn' bad no pocket to put
yer money Into, 1 1 I hel
Oli, so y ou can't, see any use iu any slob
tom fool, fol-de rol nonsense? 1 tell ye It's
jest as true its Scripter mixed witli the cen
sus report Unit every experiunce a man has
Is worth II to him. Any mls'rable, every
day exptriunoels worth (1 to htm if he is
tiie right kin er man. Ye know young Bob
Perkins, wlio couldn't earn his salt 'fore he
lost, his right laig. Then he went clrcitsiug
ronn to all the BDOWI in the country as the
one laiged bicycler an made II, TOO in one
summer. W'eu he fell olT'n his bicycle an
lost his Other laig, he went roun with a
menagerie an a circus walkin on his hands,
an he made 10,000 in one trip. If you
want to ketch a fortune, you can ketch it
quicker on one lalg than yer can on tyvo,
an ye can ketch it walkin on yer bands in
no time. You know ol Cy Perkins, who
WUI born up here at the Bean place? A
reg'lar lumtnix! Wal. he went to the war
an lost his laig. Guess he lost it runtiln
away, COS lie wusso scart he alius runaway
from an angleworm coz he wuz feered it
wus n snaik. Wal, he wuz so scart that
w'en some of the Union boys shot some
tame turkeys he heerd the flrin an thought
the rebs Were com in an started to run so
fa-l that one laig tumbled over t he other,
an he got all mixed up with hisself an
broke it. Wal, sir, he came home, an we
all kinder pit ied him he wuz sich a gawk
an we made him sillickmaii. an nex' year
we pitied him some more, coz lie WUI
gawkie'r than ever, an sent him to the leg
islatur, an I'll be dinged if the deestrict
didn't take him up an run him for congress
on his soldier record.
Wal, sir, lie run a good ileal better than
the ot her man, coz the other man didn't hev
either a wooden laig or a wooden head, an
Cy was well supplied with both. If the
other feller lied lied live laigs an a bicycle,
he couldn't ha run for Congress aS quick az
olCywlth hiS WOOden laig an his head of
tiie same material,
I tell ye, Ab'ruiu, as I said afore, every
experiuuee is WUi h II to a man if he knows
how to use it. Of course losin yer laig is
wnth thoUsans. lint every little miser'hle
experiunce ISWUtu 11 if you ve only got
gumption enough to carry it to the right
market an sell it. Ye might give a hungry
man a bushel of taters, an lie would starve
to death if lie didn't, know 'nough to cook
'em. An experiunce ain't yvuth liothin if
ve don't know how to use it. Neither is a
I tell ye every experiunce Iswuthtlto
ye. an every man ought to hev three ex
periunoea a day like geltin a cinder in his
eye, losin his pockstbook or fallin off a hay
mow he oughter get three a day , an that's
18, an that V. si ,000 a year; an so every man
who's t;o years ol ought to be wnth 60,00u
How- ol am I? Wal, I'm 00 myself. How
much am I worth? Ob-er-er mighty
pleasant weather we're hevtn now, ain't it?
Good grass weather, good weather for
garding sass, good weather for critters,
good grow in weather, good weath How
much am I wuthf Wei, I've got thirteen
dollars an some odd cents in the bank, but
then I hain't never had no time to go foolin
roun to flu a market for my experiunces.
But, I can't hang roun here no longer. Bill
Smith is givin me 00 cents a day to take
care of his stock, an I must hurry home to
water the cows. S. W. Foss in New Y ork
Mr. Yitmlerbilt'fl Neighbor.
When Mr. Vanderbilt was purchasing his
9,000,000 acre tract of land in North Caro
lina, he found right in the center of it 14
acres owned by an old negro named . I crry
Collins. The remainder of the land wus
easily secured, but Jerry was not to be
thrown out. He dually named a price w hich
was $500 more than Mr, Vanderbilt had of
fered him ami about 600 times more than
the land was really worth. His price was
at first refused, but at last when Mr. Van
derbilt came to I'ncle .ferry's terms the
negro refused to sell ut any price, remark
ing that the greatest desire of his life had
been gootl neighbors, and as he was now
Mr. V underbill's nearest neighbor be should
decline to sell and move into a less aristo
cratic neighborhood. Mr. Vanderbilt has
had the lot fenced in, but of course he is
compelled to al ow Uncle Jerry an outlet -San
BABY AND HIS CAT.
the Unwonted .Sight Which Attracted All
Eyen on a Crowded Street.
The sidewalk was filled with hurrying
people. Three peddlers stood on the curli
me with shoelaces, another with eantiy, an
other with gold paint. Neither looked us
if he expected to sell anything. Nobody
paid the slightest attention to them. A
nan without legs came stumping over the
sidewalk. People merely hurried out of Ids
way. A man passed, dressed iu outlandish
garments, advertising a patent medicine.
Kobody looked tyvice at him. An old worn
In whose tangled gray hairs were blown in
the wind ahuffled feebly along, and nobody
law her. A pair of Chinese, an Italian
R oman dressed as for a fete, a negro nearly
7 feet in height, a Turk swaddled in turban
mid baggy trousers, a drunken woman, a
man wdth locomotor ataxia all passed
within a few minutes, and nobody slopped
even for a moment to look at anylKidy else,
except the beggars, and they were utterly
Than appeared from somewhere, us if out
of a hole in the ground, a child about 2
years old, ragged and smeared us to Its
bands with mud ami as to its face with
traces of bread and molasses, besides plain
dirt. Its hair was tousled, and its large
blue eyes were fixed straight ahead witli all
that sweet unconsciousness of childhood
written of by poets In its hands It carried
a gray striped cut. One little list grubbed
the loose skinat the nape; the Other grusped
it firmly overthe hind quarters, Koch par
ticular leg of the cat stuck out straight nnd
rigid. Each claw allowed its shining curve.
Tiie cat did not appear to be uncomfortable,
and the child was gloriously unconscious
of everything but its own lialiy thoughts.
The child was so young that it went un
steadily tottering down the middle of the
Sidewalk, With the cat held ttpin front of it
like a drum major's stuff.
There was not one hurrying wayfarer
man or woman who did not pause and
laugh. A number stopped short and fol
lowed the child as it staggered along. By
the time the baby had traveled half n block
it hud un escort of 20 grown persons besides
the swarm of boys. The baby tottered
along, its magnificent gravity undisturbed,
and when a breathless, bareheaded woman
came running and snatched up the young
explorer (still holding on bravely to the cat)
each person in the crowd looked sheepish
and hurried away. .-New Y'ork Times.
a good story is told of the Indians, who
replied when a missionary asked them if
they were willing tu abstain from work on
Sunday, "Yes, and not only on Sunday, but
on all other days as well."
The custom at t he funeral of a warrior of
leudiug his riderless horse before the bier
is of mediajvul origin. In the old days a
horse so led became the property of the
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Will Begin October 4th, 1893.
With one quarter-off every dollar's worth of
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Next : Thirty : Days.
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