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soon had the bars of the cell out of
The sweet, cool breeze blew re
freshingly into their faces. Hope and
buoyancy enlivened., them as they
reached the Morse hacienda unob
served and in safety.
It was a quick dash for liberty now.
At daybreak the vehicle containing
them had passed the district line.
They broke the trail by abandoning
it There was a somewhat wearisome
foot flight and then at noon next day
in the distance the Rio Grande and
the Stars and Stripes welcomed them
to a hospitable American encamp
ment two miles distant.
"We have won," pronounced Guy
proudly, as they stepped aboard the
skiff to cross the broad river.
Mr. Morse gave him a grateful look
and Lucetta her eyes met his, glow
ing with the lovelight that always
tells its own story.
A FEW GOOD SNAKE STORIES
WHICH ARE SAID TO BE TRUE
Newton, Pa., Aug. 25. Alexander
Dewsnap found a blacksnake sun
ning itself and made an effort to
catch the reptile alive. Just as the
snake glided into a hole in the ground
Dewsnap clutched it by the tail and
drew it out again as he thought.
Only the skin, however, was in his
hands, the blacksnake having sud
denly divested itself of its old clothes
(or skin) in order to escape.
Wilson Creek, Wash. The new
role of brooder was assumed by a
rattlesnake on the borders of town,
the reptile mothering some little
chicks which were made orphans by
a coyote. The snake was proving a
good guard, but it was suspected his
care was not disinterested.
Bedford, Ind. Mrs. James Young
tells an exciting experience that she
and her mother, Mrs. James Barnes,
had at the latter's farmhouse near
Going to the room to look after
her baby, sleeping on the bed, she
heard a peculiar noise that she at
first thought was made by a katydid.
Calling her mother, they noticed the
paper near the ceiling of the room
move and with a broom touched it,
when a large rattlesnake fell to the
floor in a fighting mood.
They ran from the room with the
baby and returned, killing the reptile.
Fayette City, Pa. Gyp, a little rat
terrier, in a desperate battle with a
big .copperhead snake, saved the life
of little Peter Herman, two years
old, and killed the reptile by break
ing its neck.
The child was playing on the kit
chen floor of the home when the
snake, measuring nearly four feet,
crawled in the door!
Gyp, after drawing the copperhead
away from the child, gave battle, and
before the snake could turn the Utile
terrier had a grip on his neck which
snapped the vertebra.
Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Charmed by
a rattlesnake in the dooryard of her
home, Helen Lahey, 3, was snatched
away from the snake by her mother
as she was about to lay hands on it.
The rattler, more than three feet
long and having nine rattles, was kill
ed by the father.
For several days the child's parents
had observed that she was acting
strangely. She spent most of her
time near the kitchen door, where
there was a large flat stone. The
child cried in her sleep and every
morning as she was dressed she
would run out into the yard and peer
about the stone.
Swartswood, N. J. Mrs. John
Black was saved from the attack of a
rattlesnake near her home by a
blacksnake. She was so intently
watching her son trying to catch the
latter, which had been stealing eggs,
that she did not hear the warning
rattle of the other reptile.
The blacksnake heard the sound,
and before the rattler could strike
had pounced upon it The blacksnake
won, and leaving the rattler lifeless,