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HAVE TOUGH LUCK!
Ernest Freidkirch, a Gottingen,
Germany carpenter, -has cheer
fully looked for death for 26
years and he's awfully put out by
the way death dodges him.
When he was 60 he took sick
for the first time, and he right
away made himself a coffin. Then
he got well, and being of a sav
ing turn of mind, put the coffin
under his bed until he might
need it. But the coffin decayed
and Ernest had to build another.
That, too, decayed as the old man
lived on. A third was built; and
the other day it was destroyed in
a fire. Now he's building the
''By golly! I'll use this or die
in the attempt," the carpenter,
now 86, said.
$25 BROCHO MAY WIN.
Shipped east five years ago and
sold from the herd for $25, a range
bred pony is entered in $25,000
worth of pacing stakes, including
the Chaber of Coerce, this year.
The horse is Tom King, 2 :134,
owned by T. J. King of Irene, S.D,
King bought the pony from E.
E. Pettengill of Rock Rapids, la.,
and Pettengill purchased him
from a herd of bronchos owned
by a man named Dreyfoos in Julv,
1907. . '
'f'Tom King is branded on his
left shoulder with a brand resem
bling a three-legged milking
stool, and was converted to the
pace by Pettengill, who wanted
him as mate to a pacer he owned.'
fThe discovery of the pony's
speed was accidental, Pettengill
hooking him to a cart at the re
quest of some neighbors and driv
ing him a furlong in 16 seconds.
T. J. King heard of the bron-cho-pacer
through Pat Boyle, who
was working a string of harness
horses at the Rock Rapids fair
grounds, and bought hinifor $200
Tom King is a little fellow,
standing 14 hands 2 inches and
weighing but 750 pounds. His
first start was in 1911 in North
Dakota and he finished third in
2-2y2. He raced last season and
in the fall forced Direct Hal to a
mile in 2:08J4 to beat him.
King believes the little fellow
will do this year and is spending
considerable money in entry fees.
Ilez Well, Lib, be you calcu
latin' on takin' in any summer,
boarders this year?
Lib-,Yes, Hez, I "take 'em in"