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CHICAGO MAN FINDS 13
PEARLS IN ONE OYSTER
It's a Record But They're All
Stewed and Valueless.
Real live pearls, fresh from the
oyster, are valuable possessions.
But "drunken" or "stewed" pearls
are something else again.
Oswald Von Lengerke, of the
firm of Von Lengerke & Antoine,
dealers in sporting goods, 340 S.
Wabash avenue, made this dis
covery a few nights ago.
Yon Lengerke, who is one of
the founders of the Chicago Gun
club, and well known among
sporting men, went into a restau
rant and asked for an oyster stew.
"One stew !" yelled the waiter
through a port hole into the
Von Lengerke looked indig
nant, but was appeased when he
discovered the waiter . was re
ferring to his order.
In a few minutes the stew ar
rived. It beat the church social
combination by five oysters.
There were six in it. Von Len
gerke dredged up a spoon of the
soup, also one oyster, and settled
down to real enjoyment.
The first oyster was all right.
A second was attacked. At the
first bite Von Lengerke began to
sputter. He emitted one yell and
four little round balls into his
"Wow! I've been shot: I'm
poisoned," he howled at the
At every word more of the lit
tle round balls fell into his spoon.
He exhaled thirteen hefore he had
finished his complaint.
The waiter stared at what the
spoon held. He touched one, and
then looked at Von-Lehgerke re
spectfully. "Boss, them ' ain't
shot ; they're pearls." was his vfer
dict. "There's thirteen pearls in
Having visions of large wealth,
Von Lengerke hustled to a jew
eler's to get the waiter's opinion
"Sure, they're pearls," said the
jeweler, after an examination.
"Yes. but how much are they '
worth?" broke in Von Lengerke.
"I knew they were pearls all the
time. What are they worth?"
"About 8 cents a dozen," was
the answer. "You might get 9
cents for the thirteen. If they
hadn't been stewed you could
have gotten $500 for them. It is
the first time in my experience I
ever heard of 13 pearls being,
found in one oyster."
But Von Lengerke lost interest
at the jeweler's first words. He
gathered up his pearls and left.
Now, if those pearls hadn't!
been "stewed" what's the use.
The proper thing for a real hun
ter to do is to load them- into
cartridge and shoot the cook re
sponsible for their fall from grace
Generally fair tonight and Sat
urday for Chicago and vicinity;
not much change in temperature;
lowest tonight about 10 degrees
above zero; moderate to brisk