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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 08, 1913, Image 6

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social standing, who asks that
her surname be not mentioned.
"I prefer to be known as 'Miss
Frances,' " she said.
She started her camping tour
last March from Withersfield
Green, Sussex. Her outfit, be
sides the donkey and cart, con
sists of rugs, a few pots and pans
and a small store of provisions.
Since the tour started- Miss
Frances has slept outdoors every
night, making her solitary camp
in the woods. She has lived a life
more primitive than a gypsy,
making her fires, cooking simple
meals, and often for days at the
time having no other comrades
than the donkey and the birds.
Last spring she was feeble, dis
contented with her lot in the
world, and thought her days of
life were numbered. Now she is
the picture of health with her
clear, tanned skin and sparkling
blue eyes, and expects to live
many years.
As she sat in the cart, wearing
a thick, warm coat of ordinary
sacking, with a sheep-skin rug
tucked around her, one thought
that few men have the pluck to
"rough it" as this fragile, paralyz
ed woman has done.
I have enjoyed myself so much
since I went on the road that I
have decided to spend the rest of
my life driving around in my don
key cart, camping out, winter
and summer, day and night," she
said.
"You see, both my father and
mother are dead and I have no
real home. So I have made the
whole out-of-doors my home; the 1
sky will be my roof; the stars my
candles. The little money I have
will pay my expenses.
"I shall go on camping tours
for years, I hope. Already I have
mapped out a tour for this year
to follow the coast of Wales to
Chester. I came here via the
New Forest and Salisbury Plain
crossing the Plain with its cold,
icy winds was the stiffest part of
the journey.
"For three or four days that I
camped in a wood no human be
ing came near me. At night an
owl in a tree close by hooted in
cessantly, while a hungry fox
came right up to the cart in
search of food. But my life has
not been lonely. The hungry fox
and hooting owl may be interest
ing companions by night, and the
warbling birds are such dear
friends by day."
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The Panama Canal Commis
sion has purchased thousands of
pounds qi grass seed to be scat
tered along the canal slopes for
the purpose of growing a sod that
will" prevent the soil from wash
ing away.
An Irishman, hawking hosiery
and linen goods, was asked by a
man who wished to "take a rise"
out of him, how many shirts
could be got out of a yard. "That
depinds," said the Irishman, "on
whose yard you got into."
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The record in porcine mater
nity is claimed for a sow of Swit
zerland, which gave birth to
twenty-three "piglets."

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