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all of Jus record-breaking trials: I
have seen most of his accidents. Per
haps this has hardened me, or maybe,
- like Barney, I am a fatalist. I dont
want him to give it up," answered the
wife of the dare-devil auto racer.
"I win never forget the first acci
dent It was at St Louis during the
world's fair. He was overtaking a car
going down the back stretch. After
they got into the turn Barney was
still behind entirely obscured by a
blinding cloud of dust
"The car that was leading came
into the home stretch. Barney did
not come. I waited only seconds
but they .seemed hours.
"Then I heard people screaming. A
siren screamed and a bell clanged.
It was the ambulance bell ringing for
"They took him to the hospital and
I followed, but they wouldn't let me
see him. The next day I saw him for
a moment, but it was several days
before they would let me sit with
him. He left the hospital on crutches
two weeks later and I acted as Tils
"The last accident Barney had was
at Detroit; he went through the fe'nce
at a seventy-mile clip, sustaining two
bad cuts on the head, his chest was
crushed and his lungs badly con
gested. "I was -downtown shopping with
Barney's mother. She was nervous
and hadn't wanted to see Barney
race that day.
"About four o'clock the newsboys
began yelling, 'Extra! All about Bar
ney Oldfleld getting killed!'
"It was awful. Barney's mother is
deaf and did not hear what the boys
were saying. So I hurried her to my
room and then after telephoning sev
eral places I finally located Barney
at a hospital. I hurried to 'him and
arrived just as he was being taken
out of the operating room.
"'Come around after me in the
morning in the touring car,' he said
jokingly, as I entered. His father was
in the operating room while they
dressed the wounds on his head.
Some one asked the doctor if Bar
ney's skull was fractured. 'No,' said
Barney, 'but it will be if the doc don't
stop hammering on it His fortitude
was. that of an Indian.
"Why should I have much fear for
a man. who has such a cast iron con
stitution and nerve?
"In addition to Barney's accidents,
I have witnessed many narrow es
capes he has had. Often after a race
he has said to me: 'Well, dearie, I
came mighty near smashing another
fence today,' and then he'd laugh It
"I have never ridden with my hus
.band in any of. his races or record
trials, but I did take a fast' ride with
him on the famous Florida Beach
faster than, any woman in the world
has ever traveled. We went 127 miles
"Was I frightened?
"No. I had implicit confidence in
Barney's judgment and driving abil
ity. "I never interfere with my hus
band's business or his judgment, for
he has landed on top and owes it to
his own efforts. Sometimes-he asks
my advice and sometimes he follows
it, but I only suggest and do not de
mand. I don't think Barney will ever
get killed at auto racing. He has
never lost his nerve.
"I have a presentiment that before
long Barney will retire, but when he
does there will be no heads in the
newspapers that his wife forced him
to quit, as I am with him body and
soul in everything he undertakes."
. Daily Healthogram.
Don't hurry, either in pleasure
making, or at work! The habit is
likely to half spoil your pleasure and
to make your work slip-shod or in
complete. It does not benefit your
physical condition or your mental
equilibrium. Give each thing its
time. It is possible if you plan it,
It is one means of preserving,