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in the forest behind his home. The
mother lioness Bscaped.
It is. the same lioness, he is con
vinced, which Mrs. Ellery has just
killed. She was working about the
cottage while her baby girl, Helen,
three years old, played in the sand
outside. George Ellery was off trap
ping in the timber, and had left only
their small terrier to guard his fam
ily. Mrs. Ellery, singing at her work,
gradually became conscious of the
terrier's frantic barking outside the
door. She paid no attention at first,
for she was used to his habit of bark
ing at imaginary animals in the
woods. Suddenly she caught a note
of terror and warning in his excited
yelping. She ran to the door.
There in the yard, not fifty feet
from where little Helen was building
mud pies, unconscious of all danger,
the huge mountain lioness was
crouched! Flat in the grass, slipping
one paw stealthily ahead of the other
with barely perceptible 'movement,
she was inching her way wickedly to
ward the little girl. Now and then
she would turn her head toward the
terrier and hiss .with wide-open
mouth, half in fear, half in rage. It
was a terrible drama of retaliation
that was being played.
The lioness was avenging the death
of her babies upon the baby of their
George Ellery's rifle lay on two
pegs over the door. In. a moment it
was in his little wife's hands. The
barking of the terrier had so distract
ed the lioness that she was not yet
within pouncing distance. Calmly,
grimly, Mrs. Ellery drew bead on the
animal. At the same moment the
lioness turned her hdad slowly and
their eyes met along the rifle bar
rel! Never was there exchange of
glances more bitter than this between
the human and the feline mother
with a fire of sublime courage in. the
one and of unspeakable hate in the
other. Slowly the trembling barrel
Came to rest, the finger tightened On,
the trigger, and the rifle blazed!
With a scream of pain the lioness
shot straight into the air, and, light
ing, flew to attack her assailant. She
was wounded only, in the shoulder.
The mountain lion is a coward, hunt
ers say, until maddened by a wound.
Then there is no more savage an op
ponent in American woods.
And Mrs. Ellery's gun was empty!
It was an old single-shot model.
"My first instinct was to slam the
door in the beast's face," said Mrs.
Ellery, telling of her adventure.
"Then I thought of my baby."
. As the lioness sprang at her face
with all the force that was in her she
brought the butt of the gun down
upon the furry head. And the animal
ended her leap in one death-gasp
across the doorstep, her skull crush
On a clear day the earth receives
from the sun no less than 4,500,000
horse-power to each square mile of
surface. This enormous supply of
power comesin the form of electro
magnetic waves and via wireless.
Evidently, therefore, there is no
doubt as to the possibility of trans
porting stupendous amounts of ener
gy without wires.
J GUESS POETRY
15 A GJFT ALL RIGHT
BECAUSE ITS PURTY
HARD FOR R FELLER
TER SELL ;T NOW
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