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r,',\ WHICH RACCOON'S MANAGE TO UN
FASTEN. BY SLIDING OOITS AND LIFT
iNG BARS, TO GET FOOD.
A STUDY OF 'COOKS.
Professor's Animals Able to Pick
Wllbraham, Mass., Aug. 4. — A visitor is not
loiik in this town before he is asked: "Say. have
you seen Davis's 'coons? Well, you ought to see
them, for they are trick animals."
Davis is Professor 11. I?. Davis, of Wesleyan
Academy, who will go to Clark University as
Instructor next fall, and ho raises his hands in
tote3t when one demands to see his "trick
>ons." "I am not training 'coons to do stunts,"
vl« s;iys. "I am merely a worker along the line
if comparative psychology, and I am experi
menting with raccoons as other students have
experimented with monkeys, cuts, <lo^s, and even
Nevertheless, his 'coons ar? interesting ani
mals, and under his tutelage are gradually be
ginning to do things that wild 'coons do not do.
lie has two, one nervous and excitable and the
Ither phlegmatic and comparatively slow mov
kig. one is a rare "black 'coon" — and by thai
is meant that its general color effect is black —
and the other is the commoner tawny variety.
They are about three years c-Id, and Professor
Davis has had them two years, but they still
have the wild in ih( ir nature and pace restless
ly ba< !c and forth in a lonsing to run off to the
R-ocds. However, they may be domesticated so
that thoy will run about the house like cats,
f lt-. •■ ing in cczy nooks in the corners, and even
jtn tched out at full length on the back of a
The star "stunt" which the two little animals
perform is to slide bolts and lift bars to get
at their food. Professor Davis made a box to
hold th< ir f >od on which he put an ordinary Iron
bolt. After considerable fussing the animals
shot this and made a dash for the bread inside.
Then a button was added for a fastening, and
ttie 'coons mastered this also. Next a wooden
S.u~'r was added in such a way that it had to be
pushed in, and this, too, was conquered by the
little animals. Two other arrangements, similar
t> the button, were added, that had to be swung
either up or down, and the raccoons got the
better of them. Now, to get in to their food
they have to wrestle with five different sorts of
fastenings, but they accomplish it easily. The
different manner in which the two animals go
abeut it is interesting. The nervous one works
fast, breathlessly and excitedly, and makes
nv'tiy false moves. The phlegmatic one works
deliberately, more surely, and often opens the
dcor before his nervous companion can.
NKW-VoiiK DAILY TiMIU'NK. SINHAV, AMUST r», I!MMJ.
RACCOONS WHICH A MASSACHUSETTS PROFESSOR IS TRAINING.
This is as far as Professor Davis has gone,
for he has been handicapped with other wurk,
and the necessity of making cages and all con
trivances himself, but this summer he will con-
BOYS CALCULATING LATITUDE IN BELGIAN SCHOOL OF FISHERY.
tlnue an Interesting line of experiments. He
will test their Idea of color by one of two
methods. Either he will put their food behind
a board or some obstruction painted a certain
color, and then move the board and food about
from place to place t<> see if they recognize that
particular color means focd, or else he will give
them food In a box painted a certain color in a
similar way. For instance, he will put the food
in a box painted red and place the box in the
corner. The next day he will use the same box.
MENDING NETS IN OSTEND SCHOOL OF FISHERY.
but put It In the middle of the ea~TTrT"''*
if the animal recognizes at once tswT^* 1
Its food, there Is a probability thatL* 1 " 1 *
nizes the color r*d. *• »*n.
The animal's idea of form will ah* k.
Pood will be given it I. a conical.* , ***
or a eyltedrleal shaped bo*. aml a^'"
the position of the box will b e chanz*! " '
animal still goes to It for f,,,,,, i a J^ ***•
position Uinn changed, there U a^* 0 l: .
that he reeocßiM its form. Then t^^N I
be tested for its sense of sound. UsTl' I
called, the rarcoons will be callsi L Si
again arid again, ami if at last the ani *
st.. nl to that partlcalar call, thatthey^, r
sense of sound w>ul<l be evidenced. f>* ' *
bell will kc runs at f*-«-'!inj? time, and If ••
mals run to be fed at sound of the btll thl *~"
sense is a?;»in made evident T** s*!5 *!
The p. rsonality of the txro raccoons Ps»-
I»;ivi.s regards as very strong an ,j Te 'J ?r? r
tinctive. and he is constantly s'udyin-
temperament. Sometimes they ar(> " tr£. S
when they are being ccaxed to do trick
recently one bit a visitor to the crge \» >ri
teeth meeting in the vis.r : finger" bnM " '
most part they are irood natured aad or^f"
of little tricks, such as bnrrowino- , * *
pocket or hand f.r a piece of <ad J r ' z ' !
sel of cake, mu.h in th. manner E ' N
squirrel, alth* th.y are of the bear t 5*
The minute they k" a pieV« of fc*^ TffsT f fs
It be meat or bread, they >rot over to »"
water and wash it rigorotttly b« fow. \.,- as r
This is always a part of their i ■ rur eS l
Sometimes they g 2t uil.ous and th , , a they f :
be doctored, just as human btlngs are i" - " : :
lar complaint. e3are «Wasi~.
"How do 1 know they arc- bi'io-v?»" «-i r^
fessor Davis, in reply to a oue<io n^: P *'
point. "Why look at rhHr • iSS ? V?
If th»y are thickly coated, wh? ten^efc*
one their livers are out of order Then I» '
them for hlUoaai if they had «l! 2
ache I would not hesitate to S ive them Ja-".
ginger." ' M6m J " — '
"YANKEES OF EUROPE:
Belgians Nan Learning Scienti:
Fisher?/ at Government Trtanh.
The Belgians have always been a practfe
people, and are to-day mere than ever entity
to the r.leknani of "Yankres of Euro:*- ,
American visitors to »hp forthcoming Lie~» ■'•
hibitiun will soon have the opportunity to' fc*j
for themselves. Some time ago a gowrnnwr.?
commissioner was appointed to inquire k>
causes of the decline of the eon flourishing fish
ing Industry along the Hi lcian coast Ai't-r i
careful Investigation the commissioner report?:
that foreign competition was responsible for :K«
decline. The Belgian fi.shtr::it:n. the report • ■:■
eluded, owing to their superannuated methiis
were not able to compete -with their Ens!*-
French and Norwegian brethren. As a reaii:
of this report the Belgian government decii!-
that the only way out of the difficulty was ft
establishment of schools of fishery, where youn:
Belgian fisher people could be educated ■'
modern methods of iMi livelihood
Consequently a number of tithing schools hav
been established on tho coast at Ostend, Blanli
enburghe and Nlewport.
0£ these, the Oster. school is the most It 1
portant. and Is a model establishment of thekii
There every facility la givca to boys wfco to*
chosen fishing as their trade to acquire an &
knowledge they may require and to face •
hardships of their vocation. Beautiful m
Continued atx tlshth pa«*.
RARE EDITION a
Prof. John James Andnb©»'» Quadrnpeo
of North America. HwtfwH". I4'.»r:at«.: etaplM«f
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