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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 10, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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NOT SMARTEST DOG, BUT SMARTEST TURTLES
Rex. Bassler, a youngster of 6, liv
ing at Darien, Wis., has probably the
strangest driving team in the world
a team of eight snapping turtles,
weighing about thirty pounds each
and from 50 to 75 years old. Rex
has tamed them, and they draw him
in his express wagon like ponies
driven by other children, although
they are not likely to shatter any
speed records.
The youngster learned that turtles
could be tamed while watching his
father, Max Bassler, catching turtles
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Rex Bassler' Driving His Team of Snapping Turtles.
for the markets. Ho found that they
were appreciative of kindly treat
ment, bits of food, and soon was able
to make the turtles follow him about.
Persuading his father to give him
some of ihe largest, he finally group
ed them for a driving team, and they
seem to enjoy the sport as much as
he likes to ride behind them.
The turtles in Rex's team are now
so old that their backs are' all cov
ered with moss. The two largest are
both males and are savage to all
but Rex. He can handle them as he
likes and can even stand on their
backs and let them walk off with him.
The team is kept in line by means of
a wire harness. Holes were drilled in
the backs of the leaders' shells and
in the front part of those following
and all then wired together.
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A New Yorker pays $15,000 a year
for his flat. And yet New Yorkers
laugh at strangers who buy gold
bricks! Cleveland Plain Dealer,

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