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DECEMBER 6, 1908
HAWAIIAN VOLCANO IN ACTIVE ERUPTION
GREAT VOLCANO ACTIVE
KILAUEA, the world's greatest
active volcano, is more active now
than it has been for many years,
and those who have been fortunate
enough to see it since January of thiß
year say that the' traveler to the
Hawaiian islands Is rewarded by
Kilauea alone for the time involved in
a Journey to our furthest western mem
ber of the United States.
Mrs. H. L. Kerr, a resident of the
city of Honolulu, has sent in a letter
to her brother, George H. Paris of Los
Angeles, a vivid description of the won
ders of the volcano. In her letter Mrs.
Kerr s&ys of her trip to the crater:
"I left home September 22, and after
being horribly seasick the whole way
arrived there on the 23d, a drizzly,
dreary day. Having a" few hours to
spend we took a carriage and visited
Rainbow falls. It was well worth see
ing, although there was no rainbow.
At half after 2 we took the train to
Glenwood, where the stage was await
ing our arrival.
"At the Volcano house after dark,
though fatigued, the place was so bril
liant from the volcano In the distance
that immediately after dinner a large
party of us mounted horses and started
out for the crater. I shall never forget
that first visit, especially going down
the mountainous path, pitch dark but
for a few straggling rays from an oc
casional lantern. We could only trust to
our horses to find the precipitous way.
It was 30 like descending Into the bot
tomless pit, only there was no angel at
the bottom to carry us over an expan
sive crater through which we followed
the lava trail for nearly three miles.
"Steam issued from cracks all around
us in every direction, moving hot stones
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A PEAK SHOWING THE LAVA FORMATION
in places. The next day—in the day
time—you could see the heat shimmer
ing in the air. Altogether, one is im
pressed with the awfulness of it a!l
and the frailty of poor humanity, espe
cially when arriving at our destination
and looking down into an immense
cauldron nearly 500 feet deep and 1250
feet In diameter into a lake of boiling,
seething masses of molten rock ever
varying in their endless activity. The
incessant roar and splash of liquid lava
—through the intense heat and sul
phurous fumes you could almost im
agine the imps emerging from the cor
ners and crevices at the sides and
through the staling smoke hear the wail
of the lost, 'Who enters here leaves
"My eyes were nearly burned out
watching this veritable inferno, al
though we had wooden plates with eye
holes to protect our faces. It was won
derful, awe inspiring and magnificent.
One is so little prepared for the great
ness and grandeur of it all, while any
description only belittles its magnifi
"I went down three times, and each
time Madam Pele was more fascinat
ingly entertaining. We also visited the
'Devil's Reception Room,' where we
went down into a cave the length of a
ladder and left our cards. At the
'Devil's Kitchen' we smoked postals,
and the next morning I went to Ki
"I wish you could have been with me.
It has not been so active for twenty
years. You are missing the sight of
your life, and I could never picture
that vast lake of fire, spouting nearly
forty feet up in places. For once in my
life It was beyond imagination.
"How little has been said about it!
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And if the people only knew there would
be thousands of visitors where now
there are hundreds."
The Hawaiian promotion committee
has just issued a new booklet on the
islands entitled "Hawaii, a Primer,"
which tells of the location of the vol
canoes and how to reach them from
Honolulu. It also furnishes much up
to-date matter and illustrations about
the territory and its resources. The
Los Angeles chamber of commerce has
received a supply of the booklets for
distribution at this point.
GRAZING UNDER WATER
While on a cattle station In Western
Australia, says the Melbourne Time»,
a cattle rangier had an opportunity of
seeing a remarkable Instance of the
way In which animals can adapt them
selves to their surroundings.
"On the upper reaches of the river
there was a large pool just fordable at
most times, but in a dry season very
low," he says. "Among the horses
making their run in the vicinity of this
pool an old mure and a number of foals
and yearlings used to come down every
day in the long, dry summer, when the
herbage was scant and scorched into
dryness. They waded into the pool
until the water nearly leached their
heads, and stood there for hours, diving
to the bottom for a mouthful of succu
lent weeds, which they chewed at leis
use, with their dripping heads raised
above the water.
"The overseer told me that during a
long drought some five or six years pre
vious, when hardly a vestige of food
was left on the run, and bush fires had
laid bare the sand plains, the old mare
had discovered that there was plenty of
luscious food at the bottom of the
pools, which could be procured by div
ing for it; and having once put her
discovery into practice, she continued
to do out of preference what she had
been driven to do by necessity."
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TWO BAIIKIE HTOHIKS
J. M. Barrie, the author of "What
Every Woman Knows," tells a good
story against himself. A lady of his
acquaintance had taken a friend to see
one of his plays, and, quite astonished,
he asked her why she did so.
"Oh," was the reply, "it's such a
quiet street for the horses!"
He also tells of a playgoer who re
ceived no response to his repeated re
quests to a lady in front of him to re
move her huge hat.
At length, exasperated, he said: "If
you won't take off your hat, my dear
madam, will you be so kind as to fold
back your ears?" —Woman's Life.