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THE ST. LOUIS REPUBLIC.
! TO-DAY'S REPUBLIC: J
Special Mall EdMoa la
Piloted la Three Part.
The Sunday Magaalnt
Printed la Oae Part.
COPYRIGHT, ISflO. DY PUBLlSIIEItS. GEOUGD KNAl'P & COMPANY.
NINETY-THIRD YEAR.
ST. LOUIS, MO., SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1000.
PRICE FIVE CENTS. I
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THE NEW GIBSON GIRL IS
OF LADY VERE DE
American Maids Who Would Follow the Artist's Latest Model
Must Be Graceful but Not Haughty.
nernnuc spivial.
Philadelphia. Pa.. Oct. :. There I- a new
Gibson girl. She is a pretty pattern, too.
for other maidens to follow. She Is bright
and winsome and not at all like the oM
Gibson girl tall and slender, of the Lady
Vere de Vere tyic.
In evcrjday life this newest girl with a
Fralle that is bewitching is Georple How
ard. She is a native, of Philadelphia ami
still lives, with her mother and sister, in
the house where she was born Miss How
ard attended the public schools and when
quite a small child displayed an unusual
TWO POSES OF GEOKGIE HOWARD, GIBSON'S NEW MOTEL, COMPARED WITn TnE OLD STYLE "GIR-
SOX GIRL."
aptitude for music and was n. wonderfully
graceful dancer. After her school -lays were
over eha went with her twin sister.
Ulanche. on the stage, and tho two girls
attracted considerable attention by their
specialty. Georgle especially made a hit
ty her imitation of Otero, the Spanish
darcer.
Miss Howard Is of a retiring disposition
and for this reason she is still almost in the
ranks of amateurs. Though she has trav
eled much, she Insists that there Is nothing
of Interest In her Ufa to relate to the pub
lic, and seems to be more pleased at toeing
selected as the. new Gibson girl than with
any other honor that has come to her.
Miss Howard docs not wish to be regarded
as a professional model. Thlsiis her first
pcing.
The tall girl with ions straight lines will
se-on be entirely forgotten If the new Glb
on girl is to become the ideal of the
WIDOW OF FAMOUS
CONFEDERATE GENERAL
Mrs, Stonewall Jackson Is 111 and
Has Entered a Baltimore In
firmary. BEPDBUO SPECIAL.
Baltimore, Md.. Oct. 20. The widow of the
celebrated Confederate leader. Stonewall
Jackson, arrived in Baltimore a short time
ago and Is at present In an infirmary on
North Broadway for treatment.
Mrs. Jackson is now over 70 years 'old,
and though suffering and sorrow have
added their traces to those of the passing
j ears her face still retains much or the fas
cination and beauty which enthralled the
then awkward, dithdent joung military ca
det from Lexington when he first met her
as Anna Morrison at the homo of General
David HUL Her black, luxuriant hair has
yet few traces of gray, and her great black
fyes. partly dimmed as they are by tears,
are piercing and lustrous still.
Since the death of Mrs. Jackson's only
child. Mrs. Christian, several jears ago, she
has devoted her Ufa to her grandchildren,
who reside with her. Her home is a plain
two-story building on Trado street, in Char
lotte. N. C. To the unpretentious dwelling,
however, a picturesque charm is given by
Ivy and madeira vines climbing at will
about the veranda; violet-bordered walks
leading to the hospitable doorway and
stately magnolias casting their luxuriant
loliage over the whole. 'Within is the re
fined atmosphere of a typical Southern
home. In tho drawing-room the most con
spicuous object is a large oil painting of
Ueneral Jackson. Portraits of other heroes
whose memories are still sacred In the
hearts of old Confederates are also hung
everywhere upon the walls. Interspersed
with tattered flags and other trophies of the
lost cause.
Here the widow of one of the greatest
military geniuses the world has ever known
has passed her peaceful days, busied with
her household duties or superintending tho
education of her grandchildren until now,
when disease has laid Its unmerciful grasp
upon her. causing her to relinquish all her
pleasant tasks into younger and stronger
hands. It Is hoped, however, that the in
tended operation will prove successful in
which case a reasonable amount of health
will be regained.
PASTOR'S SALARY
SIX DOLLARS WEEKLY.
Finding Even This Sum Hard to
Collect, Preacher
Resigns His
Charge.
KEPtfBJJC SVECiXU
Park Ridge. K. J.. Oct. 13. The Congre
catlonal Church In this place Is again with
out a pastor, and the church has been
closed. The Reverend John W. Cooper is
the last occupant of the pulpit to resign for
the same reason as his predecessors, alleged
inability of the congregation to pay his
salary of JC per week.
When the Reverend Mr. Cooper came to
Park Ridge he was said to be an advocate
of up-to-date methods, and the jourg
people were Interested. The first thing ho
did was to advertise la the local papers
that he was prepared at all times to offici
ate at weddings, christenings and funerals.
This did not bring any material business to
the new pastor, but ho was not discouraged.
He. It Is said, noticed that a good portion
of his congregation persisted in occupying
the rear pews near tho door. It was hint
ed that seme of the young folk had a habit
of slipping out the door just berore the
collection was taken up. The pastor moved
the pulpit to the center of the aisle leading
to the door. This change was not popular
with a majority ot the congregation, and
the attendance grew slimmer and the col
lections amaller.
The Congregational Church Is owned
by James Leach, a New Tork business man,
whose home Is in Park nidge. He has
been an earnest worker In the church and
superintendent of the Sunday school. Mr.
Leach has become discouraged with the
lack of Interest shown in .tie church, and
he said to-day that he would have nothing
more to do with It.
s'vhb& my
American woman, ns she is of tho Amer
ican artist. The new girl has a figure of
the genuine femlnlno tj pe graceful curves
and lissom grace. Art is going to humanize
again, if a conclusion can be drawn from
the appearance of the blithe little woman
Just now being pointed out as tho new Gib
son lady who will smile or frown in black
and white from the pages of magazines
and books.
The height of tiie new model is medium.
Her eyes and hair are dark, and the way
her hair ripples and swirls above a smooth
and womanly brow Is altogether fetching.
In the latest gowns, with sloping waist
lice, the model's figuro is perfection. In
the Gibson picture iho will stand erect,
with back not too straight, but with a
graceful curving-ln that comes through
throwing the chest out and standing so that
if a line were dropped from tho chin it
would fall straight down to the feet.
TALLEST CLASS OF
ENROLLED
Maidens of Splendid Physique Who Will Study
Hard, Play Golf and Go Hunting.
i.'IIE TALLEST GIRLS ALWAYS
rtEruiiLic special
Boston, Mass., Oct. 3). There are two ab
sorbing topics of conversation In North
ampton just now. One is the coming coon
hunt and the other is the tall girls that
havo Juat landed in the town and have
been enrolled as freshmen in Smith Col
lege. At Smith, however, they do not call
tho girls "freshmen." but "first-year jj
plls." for this is considered more elegant
In a college where only girls are admitted.
The first train Into Northampton depot
the day before college opened brought a
tall, blond miss that towered aBove tho
polite brakera m ami gallant conductor who
offered to heir her off w.th her two dresj
suit cases and a box or two of candy. Since
then tall girls ji.ivc been steadily alighi'ug
at the depo and they say ai-ouc iirvn
that the average iie'rht of the new otay.s is
6 feet 10 Inches. Whenever a tall girl, with
rosy cheeks, and a Tarn o Shanter cap
pinned on her head, comes In sight the
whisper goes around that she Is from Smith
College.
Some time ago some one made the dis
quieting announcement that the Hastern
college girl did not begin to compare in
stature with her Western sisters, ami that
the Eastern girl student was growing thin
ner, paler and smaller because of hnr close
application to books. Northampton Is.
therefore, much elated over the proud
showing at Smith.
Mr. George W. Cable, the celebrated
author, who comes from the land where
Creole belles are prettily small, exclaimed:
"Verily, the Amnions have captured the
cltyl" And the editor of the town paper
sought his den and wrote a "greeting to th
tall girl."
The tall girls are young and wear their
hair down their backs In braids, ux school
girls should. The new freshman class
NOT
VERE TYPE.
The Gibson Kill at home is a vnv inter
Ming personage. It was i:i l.er bright sitting-room
th.it the writer learned of this
girl's ehlef ambition, it Is rather loo prac
tical. Iiovvevtr. to :i..-ociato with a model,
ami an artist's studio, and all that i-ort tif
thli g. I-amNcnpo gardening is the work
that till'! oung woman would pii'f.-r to do.
She s.is that j.lic weaves her idas in the
open air and not nvi-r :i de-k In a dingy
olilce. on a large table in the room where
Miss Howatd does her drawing, tin re is :i
bis portfolio lliled with diagram, colored
plates, and sketches of road and lawns.
Tt'is clever drawing is nil Miss Howard's
own work. On a white page opposite each
lndscape there is n diagram with scales
of measurement and dotted nrcs of circles,
and angles and geometrical devices of the
kind only found in the Innermost dens of
architects. The Gibson girl went over these
with the ease of a master, showing bow
certnin equations full of X2 plus Y solved
certain disputed points In the vistas facing
n river. In another placa was a bunch of
figures nnd letters which, when explained,
turned out to be tlo treatment of a curved
read sklrtlnif a wail or rock, with a sloping
bank of grass on the lower side.
The Gibson girl alive Is n plump and
jolly little body, with no frills or affecta
tions. Perhaps when Mr. Gibson reveals
her to you upon paper she may have a few
airs and graces that jou may not detect
about her at home, but then this is Just an
artist's way.
FRESHMEN
AT GIRLS' COLLEGE.
TAKE THE MASCULINE PARTS.
represents the robust, out-of-door girl, who
has come with the summer tan and sun
burn on her face to con her lessons with a
vigor that It will be good to see
Tradition lias It that the average height
of the girl of "college age" U 3 feet t
Inches. A number or colleges sustain thl
Hut nn nverage of .". feet 11 inches! This
is breaking the record. It Is not an Inva
sion of WeRtern girls, either, that has
raised the record for height at Smith Col
lege. Nearly all of the "tlrst-year pupils"
are daughters of New Kngland There
have been 311 new names enrolled. The en
tering class of last year numbered 3j6. The
sophomore class this year has 171 m-mbrs
the junior 211 and the senior 239. "'
The maids at Smith College act as their
own caddies. It Isn't unpleasant, either, to
see the easy grace with which they carry
a burden of golf sticks across their shoul
ders. Later on In tho season there will be
the dramas, in presenting which the tallest
girls always take the masculine parts. The
"freshles" may be expected to be pressed
Into service In this line, and the girls are
all congratulating themselves that there
will be tall girls, and to spare this year.
And the coon hunt that has something
to do also with Smith College, and the tail
girls, for it Is at the college that the plan
for the hunt Is being fostered. The resi
dents of the town are on the alert, for at
the first after-dark barking of dogs heard
in the woods round about they will Know
that the "tall girls." and others, are hav
ing their expected lark.
A Well Woman
Must be a happy woman, and a happv
woman never lacks admirers. All women
who would have health must take Peruna.
If your trouble is catarrh of tho membrane
lining any organ of the body, give Peruna
an honest trial and you will be cured.
REINA MERCEDES
UP FOR REPAIRS.
Later On Untie Sam Will Put His
Valu.'itile Capture in Firt-
ClasM Shape.
i:Kffi!iJO.i'i:'i.M-
i;ovto. Mass. Oil. SL-Tl.e Itrin.i Mer
crdv?, tliti big steil cruiser captured from
Spain at Santiago. Is at last at rst in
Portsmouth Navy Y.inl, wl-r "lie will
!nultl".s remain for seneratlons. as a vil
llo ,'vidPiiro of AlmTifMU naval prowes.
This splendid flshting ship is tin- iliust war
truphv 111 tin' lHfSClon of our Govern
ment. Japan is the onlv .th. r Power in
th world will, mi-dern war!i!ps "iptird
fiom an iiiii. I'liglatnl has imt beu in
gjiKtil In a naval war since l!i day of mod
ern battleships. The former Chliif-i: ships
row in tin- possession of Jap-in. and the for
mer Spaiui.li ships In the possession of lncie
Sain, of which tho KUna Mficcdis 13 by f.ir
tin- l.irgi'st iitt'l most valuable specimen,
possess, tlicrtfore. a peculiar value and la-ti-n-st
The llein.i Mercedes riched her
perm ireiit berth in Portsmouth s'VTal
weeks ago, and is now imdt-rgolng ttiupor
rtry n pairs.
At present there Is no rpi-iitlc sum nvaii
ablo for re-equipping this soiivtiilr of Sant
iago, but CongMss will probably ! a-k-l
this wililt r !u appropriate a sum sullitl.'.il
to make her prist ntable. The r-Juvriiatd
Relna Mercedes will In- an interesting object
lesson In naval history when the babies of
to-d.'.y are grandparents.
The Ileina .Mercedes is 173 feet 1ft Iwhe
Idiig, 4L' Teft 7 inches t am and K feet 1
inchis draught, a single-screw steel-hiilltd
vesM-I, inte as l.irg- as many of the trans
atlantic liner.", having morn than 3.J tons
displacement, hho was Kirk rigged, and
carried a complement of nearly 1m men.
Shu has no protective deck, but in 157.
when tho Ileln.i Merce-des was built at t'ar
tliageiia, protective decks wero a rarity.
Her sp-u. 17..1 knots made her a valuablo
Integer in Spain's maritime possessions.
There ar. m ships in the American
Javy with which any sort of precise com
parison may be made, but the ltoston and
the Atlanta ato of the same length and dis
placement, though much heavier in arma
ment and with greater indicated horse
poner. In condition the Ileina Mercedes was
much svvitter than our Chicago, ltoston or
Atlanta. She hud live ftxod torpedo tulws
and ona launching carriage. Her coal ca
pacity was ut) tons, mid when launchetl,
thirteen ears ago. her Indicated horse-jsiu-er
was 4M). Xroin neglect ami nilsman
ngcment this subsequently fell to 3,7uu horse
Power. Her armament consisted of six C.I-lnch
Hontorla breechloaders, mounted In sikjii-
soiis, two 2 7-Inch Hontorias.tnree 6-poundcr
rupld-llro guns, two machine gun", two
4-pounders and six I-pounders. In May. ISM,
before our fleet penned Ctrvcra In Santiago
harbor, two of the 0-Inch guns were re
moved and mounted on the crest r Sweapa
batter', on the left of tho entrance to the
naroor. lnese guns tired shells weighing
112
pounus. une in me ait sponson. port
Fldo. or tho Relna Mercedes, all rusted and
covered with barnacles, to-day. is alone
worth a trip to the Portsmouth Navy Yard
to see. So much for the material side.
Kverylwdy knows how carefully Eng
land has preserved her naval relics. Tho
English now have anchored In tho Thames
an American warship, the President, bear
ing the figurehead of John Ad.ms on tho
bow. and captured from u.s in the War of
ljli They also had the Chesapeake, but
Kho was broken up. We have many Knglish
nuval relics, but no KncILsh ship entire.
As sho now lies tightly hawsered to two
mushroom anchors she Is a picture
of ruin. Her rusty. crushed and
wrecked galley. where twenty-four
men were killed In anlnstant by a 13
lnch shell from the Massachusetts and thetr
bodies scalded, bespeaks a terrible les
son. No one Is on lo.vrd the Ileina Mercedes
now save a grave, taciturn boatkeeper, who
has n bunk in what was once a richly-furnished
otllcer's cabin.
Now nnd then u Mt of rusty ironwork, ex
posed to wind and weather, breaks off and
goes clattering down the riddled berth
deck, nnd clanks against the hull with n
hollow echo following after. The wind
whistles hoarsely through the wreckage,
and suddenly the breech of a torpedo-tube
tangs smartly against the bolt latch. In
the moonlight ghostly figures seem to beck
on In the shadows of the hull.
When Hobsan nnd his men iay clinging
to n. raft in the murky waters of Santiago
Hay. after the sinking of the Merrlmac. a
launch containing Admiral Cervera picked
them up and conveyid them to the Ileina
Mercedes, which had fired several torpedoes
at them previously. There they were cared
for as brave men care for Intrepid foemen
and fed and clothed. '
GIRL SCIENTIST
MAKES A DISCOVERY.
Xo Longer May the Chicken "Pip'
Parasite Pursue His Work in
Security.
unpiruuc prnci.vi.
Syracuse. N. Y.. Oct. 2). ror ways that
nro durk the chicken "pip" parasite has
held the record for a long time. Poultry
raisers for years have labored In vain to
discover the cause of tho disease that laid
somo of their tlnest feathered products low.
Now Mls Grace Norrl3 appears on the
Eceno and savs she has found the tiny but
wicked little worm, and many raisers of
chickens rle up and call her blessed.
Miss Norrls is a second-year student In
the Syracuse Medical College, where sho
has distinguished herself by her work in
biology and her skill In analytical dissec
tion. "I ahvavs liked fowls nnd animals," says
Miss Norrls. "I lived on, a farm part of
each year, and they were my chief compan
ions. One winter, when I was a child, I
trained a pair of geese to draw my hand-slt-d.
They drove well together, and I waj
the envy of the neighborhood.
"I ulso had a collection of field mice,
which I caught one by one by chasing
them In the fields and putting my foot down
on them lightly and grabbing them up I"
my hands. I kept them In a box In the
barn and fed them there, and I got very
much attached to them.
"One cold night I was afraid they would
freeze In the barn, and I got up after the
family had gone to bed and brought the bov.
Into the kitchen. Thero were forty of the
mice, and In the morning there wnsn't
all) thing left to cat In tho house. They
bad got into the pantry and cleaned every
thing up. The next day grandma set traps
all over tho place and caught thirty of
them. I daren't confess to her about them.
" "I never knew them to come in such
swarms before,' raid grandma, as she
drowned my mice.
"Last spring 1 spent my vacation on a
farm at Illchfield Springs, where large
numbers of fowls were raised. I noticed
that some of the young chickens, turke.s
and goslings would open their mouths, gasp
for breath and at the end or a few days
die, apparently from lack of air. Prac
tically this was nil the chicken farmers
knew about it.
'Tor the next four months I did nothing
but study and experiment with tho disease.
The results of tho Investigation showed a
parasite hitherto unknown, n Is bright
pink In color, about n half Inch long and
twisted lit shape. It has an appendage near
one end, which gives It a forked appear
ance like the letter Y. This appendage
fastens itself firmly to the mucous mem
brane of the chicken's trachea, forming in
masses, which closo the air passage and
cause death.
"The worm, or parasite, is pointed nt the
single end. where the mouth is located.
When It has reached maturity the parasite,
which I have named Hablta trachena,
emerges from the nostrils of the fowl,
drops to the ground, deposits Its ova and
dies. The fowls, by scratching in the soil,
cause these crrs to float in the air: they
are breathed Into the trachea, and the cy
cle of generation begins anew.
"I found an average of twenty parasites
in each fowl I examined.
"Authorities havo never agreed as to the
cause of the disease, and a successful rem
edy has therefore never been found. A
hooked wire npparalus is frequently used.
Tie wire Is run down the trachea, but.
since this method nearly alwas kills the
fowl. It can't be called successful.
"In my experiments the only effective
treatment y.iik to prevent the dlspase by
keeping the fowls on fresh soli, whero poul
try had never been kept before. Of course,
there were no eggs to be Inhaled and they
did not contract the disease."
BLIND BRIDEGROOM RECOVERS
IB 8? iR1 Sill '' ILil f v-'cz
W- 1? : Kii SiL it I 1 I i i i
iiftil Lb k.w T
i-tfr Mh LJEr n
The physician In clinrpo raised Iiandaccs
at the iuii.ortaiit noinciit.
tvr.iTTKN ron Tim svndat r.EiTmjc.
Wealth and position have materially aided
romanco In preparing a happy denouement
to tho courtship of Sir William Hart Dyke's
son. whose marriage to tho daughter of
Admiral Cave occurred last week in Lon
dcn. Although th marrlago was solemnized on
l'riday that day so often shunned by mat
ing couples tho re-storatlon of tho bride
groom's sitrht, though but partial, served to
lend to the occasion a most happy flavor,
and now that the talented son of so il
lustrious a sire has embarked simultaneous
ly upon the seas of matrimony nnd politics
all Kngland is predicting for the joung man
a brilliant future.
Hart Dyke, who ! alvut 21 years of age,
in spite of complete blindness extending over
n period of fourteen years, is a graduate,
with high honors, of Cambridge. Through
out his school and college career ho was un
der tho tutelage of special instructors, who
ADRIFT FOR EIGHT DAYS
WITHOUT A DROP OF WATER.
Two Miners in an Open Boat Rescued Before
Reason Had Entirly Deserted Them.
ONB 0 THE OTIIKK AVOT'LD SHOUT. "A SAIL: A SAIL!" BUT THE
1'HANTOM SHII' WOULD SAIL AWAY.
I'CPCL'UC SPECIAL
Seattle. YVash.. Oct. M. WilJ and weird
are the tale of suffering that the sea could
tell, but none, perhaps, would be moro
filled with the details or mental and bodily
anguish than that which two Alaskan min
ers, recently brought to this port, are now
telling.
There are Hne of suffering, deep-graven
on the faces or Samuel Dutton and John
Bauer, who tossed for eight days on a piti
less sea. in an open boat, without a bite
to eat or a. drop of water, except the briny
water of the ocean, which they, in their
mad trist. tried to moisten their lips with.
The officers of the Centennial, tr.e ship
that re-cued them, say that the unfortunate
men were so nearly on the verge of mad
ness w'fcen they wer picked up that at first
fears were entertained for their reason.
Thev- saw phantom ships In th sky nnd
rancled they were drinking plenty of cold
water when a cupful could not bi poured
down their parched throats, because cf tho
paralyzed muscles. It was hours before
they could be relieved by a drink of fresh
water.
The miners started out from Noro en
September la In their IKlle open ljeat. In
tending to round the cape on a prospecting
trip. They wero caught In a storm he fol
lowing day and were blown far out to sea.
The water cask was knocked overboard
if i Mi r
vi r handsomely paid to coach and espe
cially fit tho young man to follow In the
political footsteps of Sir William, his father,
who. as vice president of the Committee ot
tho Privy Council on Education, is virtually
the Minister of Public Instruction of the
llritisli Empire, nnd as such occupies a
sent in tho Salisbury Cabinet,
For a long time past the bridegroom has
.been undergoing treatment by the most
"r.otc6of English specialists, and while they
have all along held out encouragement for
the restoration of his eight. It was at tho
instance of the young man himself that the
moment for the supreme test was made
Identical with the moment of his supreme
happinefs.
nnd throughout a long, lonely week and a
day, with alternating nunshlno and tha
blackness of night, the hopeless men
io-d with death staring them in the face.
The boundless ocean swept round them on
every side. Out and out they drifted with
not a strip of land In sight or the sail of a.
ship to raise hop for a moment. If no
more. In their breasts.
Onco or twice thero wera alight showers
and they were able to catch a few ounces
or water In a pleca of canvas sail that -vas
left in the boat. On the fifth day the men
Lecan to grow dizzy and delirious. One or
the other would shout, "A sail! a sail!" but
the phantom ship would sail away nnd the
awful stillness that followed the sound of
their voices would add to the horror of tho
loneliness.
After the fifth day the castaways knew
little or nothing. They snt upright with
staring eyes that looked across the sweep
of waters, but saw nothing. When the Cen
tennial at last came in sight the men made
no effort to attract her attention. Had they
tried they would not have been able to cry
out. If they saw the ship at all as she came
toward them they believed It but another
phantom. Hut their helpless little fishing
boat had been seen, and the ship altered
its course until it drew near. The men in
the boat heeded not the voices that called
to them.
Quickly orders wera gives to lower ,
SIGHT AT ALTAR.
r Touching Story
That Comes
From a British
Bridal.
It was in the churrli. when he was about1
to go up to the altar to marry the lovelr ,
daughter of Admiral Cave, that the son o
Fir William Hart Dyke received his sight,
the surgeon who had treated him for ter
j ears removing the bandages from his eyes.
The young lnedict 1 a very brilliant
young man, and his parents' favorite. He in
legarded as likely in achieve the sama
amount of political distinction as the lata
Pro'essor Kawcett.who. in spite of being en
tirely blird. hold a chair at the University,
of Oxford, and who remains on record as
the most efficient and satifactory Post
master General that has ever held ofilca
In England.
boat, and soon the unfortunate men wer
lifted in strong arms and carried on
board ship. They wero put to bed and ev
erything possible done to relieve their suf-
ferings.
The doctors say that both will recovers
The horrible situation of staring- death in
the face for not moments, but dajs. haa
wrought great havoc to their nerves, but-,
f rrason nas Teiumcu ana soou nursing ji -.
i being depended upon to rcstors theunforH VI
tutiitA iAli).oasl'or tit fioalf fi 'fl
GATHERING SNAKES
FOR MARKET
Here Is a Profitable Industry Thati
Would Not Attract One by ItnJ
Beauty. '
KEFITBLIC bPECIAL .
Portland. Ore., Oct. 10. The snake ln
dustry la not an cMpetfally attractive ona,
but it Is profitable. The snakes that abound i
in this locality are particularly deslrabla,
becausa of the excellent quality of otl that
can be made from them, and this Is what
the 6nake harvest must yield.
A short time ago Postmaster Castel oii
Klamath Falls received an order from -,
snake-oil refinery In St. Taul for "four bun- i
dred pounds of tho best snakes.'' and slncaj
then business hus been looking up In tha
snake fields.
IHIng- confronted with a enaka famine to
Ills' part of the country, tho Minnesota.
man, having heard of the excellence of tha
Klamath Falls snake, wrote the Postmaster
for Information as to prices and ordered u.
big shipment. At first the letter was putt
usme as a jose. out wnen Mr. costet got to
thinking the matter orer. he decided that
it might not be Intended that way. as ha
snake oil being used in certain kinds of
medicine, so he answered tho latter, saylna
he could furnish tho best sort of snakes at
1 cents a pound. The order for tha aoar
pounds has been filled, and tha snake oil!
man has further announced, by mall, thatl
mo mu prooauiy wane aw pounus more.
Now that the household snake of Klamatlt
has been siren a marketablo vnlue hl nntw
ularlty as a resident of the domestic hearthjj
weighed In the balance and found wanting.
It is seen now that his company may La
dispensed with without breaking up tha
family to any noticeable extent; and already
every other member of the family has)
turned against him and Is plotting for him
deportation to Minnesota by slow freight
at bo much per pound.
He is caught in the bare hand and carrtcol
In armfuls to a box and dumped In. until
there's a whole case or Interwoven, squirm
ing, matted reptiles packed squarely Into
the box and nailed up. One man may take)
a stroll In any direction, and In the coursa
or an hour or two catch a hundred snakes.
At the rate of 15 cents a pound, this flftifi
pounds of stringy live stock Is worth JU.501
a fair wage for a day's labor. No wondtr
Mr. Castel took a chance and told tha
writer or his strange letter that he would Da
willing to furnish all tho snakes required for
a quarter a pound.
But while Mr. Castel has the car of tha
Minnesota, market, there are others who
pursue snakes no les busily and intend to
make a living thereby. There are just as
good snakes In the valley as ever wera
caught out of It. they aver, and if anybody;
wants to buy snake meat at 25 cents m
pound they are going to do some of the fur
nishing themselves and not let Mr. Castel
have a monopoly In It.
If ln t tltTIA vtt fnr ft Vl.mKk 1.117
snake trust. )
The town of Klamath Falls Is situated at
ine iooi oi me raws inemseives. which, ba
eln at Upper Klamath Lake and continue
through a narrow, rockv milrh fnr- -mil-
to the lower lake. The descent Is gradual.)
T?.fe ,.w. vi.uubi. i a ucuivuy eu masa k
un wormy ine name, so mat Klamttui
Falls are really nothing mora than a rapid
mountain stream a hundred yards wide and
a mile long, linking the two lakes. Tha
declaration of the stranger abovn anotad
I. that he saw "miles of snakes" along this
pressionlstlc sketch. A mile of snakes prob-J
..u.jr iwns iu.o any uuuuer ox muc9 or awi
creatures to a visitor going for a stroll'
inrougn meir neigncornooa. uuiess warned
beforehand, ha would undoubtedly lmaglna
he "had them again." and would go noma
on the first train and swear oft". Klamatlt
Falls would bo an excellent home for In
ebriates. It would beat the gold-cure re
sorts out of business. Its beneficial prop
erties: are natural and do not cost much.1
only S cents a pound, brought to your door.)
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