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HUNTING WILD HOGS ON THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY LOWLANDS.
Narrow Escape of
a Young Hunter
From a Vicious
"Tusker."
FOR years past a select lot of i
knowing- hunters have been hav
ing exciting Bport knocking wild
hogs in certain sections of the
Ban Joaquin River bottoms. It
Isn't every day though that the ven
turesome hunters are almost killed by
the cornered hogs. Thnt fate, however,
nearly befell William Douglass last
week. If .Tim Pope, with a trusty Win-
Chester, hadn't been standing near by ;
Douglass wouldn't be telling the exclt- \
ing story he dors about the old "tusk- .
er" that' had him down in a rush.
The country they hunted in is wild
and densely covered with an almost
Impenetrable tangle of vines, low brush
and occasional trees. All old residents
tilong the lower San Joaquin valley
know just such territory along the
bottom lands where the water over
flows In the spring. Hundreds of wild
hogs inhabit some of them.
It was in just such a jungle, near
Lathrop, where young Douglass went
to bag some wild hogs, and it was in
"thin same jungle that "Old Man" Ty-
Bon hid after killing Deputy Sheriff
Buzzfll on Thanksgiving eve, 1595. To
this wilderness of willows and under
brush Williams and Schlagel fled last
September after attempting to wreck
and rob the south-bound New Orleans
express.
Nearly every traveler in California
knows of Lathrop, in the banner wheat
county of this State, but very few of
the passengers who dine at the station
dally know that less than five miles
away there is this wild spot where boar
hunting can be followed that is every
bit as exciting as the famous hunts in
India, There can be no "pig sticking,"
to be sure, for the hunter who wishes
to. bay a wild porker in the San Joa
quin underbrush must rely on his rifle
and enough nerve and strength to
carry him on hands and knees beneath
the network of vines and buches.
The land thereabout abounds in
coons, and coon-hunting is a favorite
pastime with the sportsmen of San
Joaquin County. Occasionally when
running down one of these ring-tailed
despoilers of hen roosts the hunters
run across one of the droves of wild
hogs that sometimes venture out into
the open places on the river bottom.
The hunters, however, rarely venture
into the thickets on the old Trahern
ranch and in the underbrush, where
the wild hogs root out a living. It is a
dangerous venture unless one is pre
1 to meet a roving vicious old
"Tusker." Williams, the train-wrecker,
now serving a life sentence in the Fol
som State Prison, knew this wild sec
tion well, and told the authorities that
he crawled all night long through this
: on the evening of the Morano
hold-up. He was looking for a hiding
place where it would take the officers
him, and he was in just
the right ttmtry to find such a
place. H« might still be at large had
not hunger and curiosity forced him to
leave the haunts of the wild lmgs.
"Those robbers will have plenty of
hop meat to keep them alive." was
what a number of old-timers said when
T the train-wreckers had
irush. Tin's Is what fireij
hunters v itte a i]<-siro to possess a pair
of wild boar's tusks.
pe aii'i T had hoard," saM Doug
las, in telling his adventure, "that there
■ were lots of wild hogs in the i i
' brush n^ar the river. I heard this
story when I first came to the country,
bxit paid no attention to it, for when
ever I had a chance-to go hunting I
went after ducks or doves. After Thf
newspapers printed so mu<-h about that
%Villiams and Sehlaerel affair, and told
of the wild country they were supposed
TO BRING ABOUT THE BANISHMENT OF WORRY AND CARE.
<*"T"\ HEODORE F. REWARD of New
York is the man who is trying to
bring about the banishment of
worry and care. Already there
are five "Don't Worry" circles in
this city, to say nothing of others
throughout the country, and more are
being formed.
So now all you have to do is to buy
a copy of Mr. Seward's little book,
"Don't Worry; the Scientific Law of
Happiness," join one of the circles and
gpend the remainder of your existence
■without a single thought of the mor
row, what you shall eat or what you
Bhall drink, or wherewithal you shall
be clothed. The secret of happiness
ehall be yours. If you are a tailor, and
your patrons forget to pay their bills,
you will learn to get along without
worrying about it. And if, as a con
sequence of the forget fulness of your
patrons, you are unable to meet your
own obligations, you must get your
creditors to join a "Don't Worry" cir
cle, and then you will be all right.
The movement had its inception in
Mr. Seward's little book, and since the
first circle was formed, last Novem
QUEER FREAKS OF WIND STORMS.
The wind in a frolic sometimes pro
duces very curious and unexpeete<
results, even in Britain, where storm
have not the violence of those exper
enced in tropical countries.
Borne tim£ ago a landowner in Lan
arkshire possessed a very fine fores
of venerable and sturdy trees, i
■which he was inordinately prout
Time after time an enterprising wood
merchant made him tempting offer
for the timber, and as often his offer
■were repulsed with scorn. But prid
goeth before a fall, and one stormy
night a mighty wind swept over the
district, and when morning came, in-
Btead of the stately forest, the aston
ished landlord beheld only a tangled
mass of trunks, branches, and roots
mixed up in inextricable confusion.
This was bad, but there was worse
to come. Thinking to make the best
of matters, the owner resorted to the
wood-merchant and offered him the
timber on his own terms. Picture his
Ishment and- chagrin to lind that
the merchant now refused to accept
If even as a gift, as the cost of clear
ing the ground from the effects of the
etorm would far exceed the value of
the wood.
The same storm produced a still
more surprising effect on a neighbor
ing estate, where a path, about twen
ty or thirty yards wide, was entirely
cleared of trees, while those on each
side .stood unharmed.
But the queerest pranks of -wind are
played in towns. Recently a severe
wind swept over one of our large
cities, and did considerable damage to
many <>f the buildings. In one in
stance, a stark of chimneys crashed
through the roof of a house, and, fall
ing immediately in front of a bed,
wailed in the inmates so securely that,
! WAS DOWN AND DRAWING MY KNIFE WHEN ThjE VISCIOUS BRUTE MADE A GOUGE AT ME.
to be in. I suggest tn— that's
»n mi" it totm
and see if we could get one of those
wild boars. Jim is always ready for
anything of that kind and has a fine
Winchester to help him out. i had no
gun, so T borrowed a single-barrel
magazine shotgun, like that crack shot
of the Reliance Club uses in breaking
ocks. We fitted ou< for .■<
days' stay, and hired a skiff to go up
ber, it has taken definite shape and is
being given serious consideration by
a great many persons. One of the
most prominent advocates is th«-
E. Walpole v. ector
James 1 Church. Circle X". - will
next Friday evening in the library of
the church, and th" principal topic will
be the relation of worry to he;Uth.
An Emerson ciub has to be
counted as Circle X". 5. giving as its
11 that transcendentalism is
"don't worry*" reduced to pra
Judge Rufua 1.. '''.wing was one of the
leading spirits in the organization of
Circle No. 3. The word organization,
however, is objected to by the mem
bers, as there is really no government,
no officers, no dues, and nothing to
worry about. The members simply
meet at stated intervals, and practice
together the art of r.ot worrying.
"The meetings really tak- the form
of an Intercha ' Mr.
Stewart recently told. "There is
usually a topic for discussion, b-aring
some relation to the movement, after
whirh those present tell each other In
they are mak
ing In abstaining from worry."
Mr. Seward himself looks as though
he had never had a care in the world,
I though unhurt, they had to remain
prisoners till dug out by their aston-
Ished neighbors.
A Bomewhat similar accident once
led to very peculiar effects in the As-
Blze Court at Worcester. A stack of
'■ chimneys fell through the roof of the
Nisi Priua f'ourt and put an effectual
Stop to the business fur the time be
ing. The Judge 'Mr. Justice Wilmot)
w;-s unhurt, but four out of the five
I barristers present were injured,
I though not fatally.
One of them, a Mr. Aston, with
great presence of mind, slipped under
the table and escaped unharmed, while
[ another, Mr. Ifgreton, was jammed in
; by the rubbish and had to be dug out.
Less fortunate than the legal lumin
aries, the crier of the court and five
; others were killed, while many people
were Injured in the mad rush to get
out of the falling building.
The most interesting result, how
ever, (hat ever followed a great storm
i is that which still stands and defies
; the force of the elements at Plymouth.
j The great* breakwater was originally
planned with the seaward face laid j
oit at a Blope of one in three. When
the work was well advanced, a storm
displaced a large portion of the work,
find altered the slope to one in five!
The engineers, not profiting by the
lesson, again altered it to its former
Slope, and again some years later
Nature, in the form of a furious
storm, reduced it to one in five. This
time the lesson was not without its
1 duo effect, and to this day the great
breakwater remains a lasting testi
mony to the engineering skill of the
forces of Nature.
The tobacco raised in Beloochistan
Is exceedingly strong and cannot be
smoked by any but the most vigorous
white men. The natives do not ap
pear to be affected by it.
TIIE SAN FTCAXCISCO CATX, SrXDAT, JA\T T AEY 16, 1898.
as far as i in City. 1 did not i
know much about the couptry, but
Jim had live,] in the county all his life
and knew the lay of the land.
"When we reached San Joaquin <"ity
it was <-arly in the afternoon, and Jim
Inquired i; there were a::y woodchop
. amps near by. Just as soon as
rned in what direction w >u!d
ne v. c started for it. Maybe
don't think it was work getting tl
and T don't believe ho would know how
,; anything if lie wanted
i... !!■■ is a littl>- man, with ••.
which fairly exudes benevolence, i- r 1
nature and peace of mind. I >
might h;r i a mod
t the « 'i potl ■■ lios
kindly old gentlemen who .
much of life's sunshine about with
them.
The founder of this erusnd> against
brain exhaustion and nervous prostra
BONES OF A MASTODON
FOUND IN TULARE COUNTY.
AT VARIOUS times in the history of California the
fOBSfI remains of extinct mammals have been ex
humed by the farmer's plow or the miner's )ii<k.
but probably the most satisfactory specimens that
have ever been found on \J\>- Pacific Coast are those
recently brought to light by some ranchers in Kings
County.
A short time ago, while J. H. Hertford and J. W. Har
ris were plowing on the former's ranch near the mouth of
the Tule River, some three miles cast from the waters <>f
Tttlaxe Lake and twenty-three miles southeast <>f Han
ford, the plowshare suddenly struck some hard substance
at a depth Of some four or live inches beneath the surface
which Investigation ■bowed to be the bones of ■ masto
don. The men at once began to excavate, and in a short
time succeeded in uncovering some score or more of the
di fi"» rent parts of the mammoth skeleton. Some of the
largest bones were brought to Hanford for examination,
and local paleontologists pronounced them as unquestion
That's the toughest country 1 ever ex
]>•■<■; to travel through. There is noth
ing but tangled willows, blackberry
- and underbrush,
and you hare to crawl on the ground
or climb over it or cut your way
through. It was nearly night when w«
r>'.'t< h.-d the clearing where the wood
chopper's cabin is. No on<- >■. -.li 1 ;
fmd it in ten years without proper di
rectlonp.
tlon with which New York is so sorely
afflicted, is a cousin of form* r 8
tary of State William H. Seword. He
is a musician by profession, and un
til recently taught music in the T»
era" College. He has long devoted his
- !■ nee, and in
l<>\ organised the Brotherhood of
Christian I'nity.
"The motto of that society," said Mr.
Reward, "is "Love your neighbor and
respect his beliefs.' Its object is to
ably the bones of the noted mastodons of the Quarter-
nary age. ■ . . '..
Most plentiful among the bones on exhibition are the
vertebrae. In order to pive some definite idea of the size
of these bones, a horse's vertebrae is placed by the side of
those of the mastodon in the cut. The former can be
easily passed through the opening for the spinal cord in
the backbone of the latter.
Perhaps the most Interesting of the fossil remains is
the huge tcoth. This tooth is in a perfect state of preser
vation, showing very plainly the transverse ridges of en
amel crossing the tooth and uniting with each other in
pain at the Bides <>f the tooth, inclosing an elongated area
of dentine, while between these areas and continuous with
the exterior of the tooth is a lay r of cement, character
istics peculiar to the teeth of these extinct proboscideans.
The tooth is ten Inches long, seven inches wide, and
weighs ten and one-half pounds. The great weight is due
to the tooth's being petrified
"The woodchopper routed us out at
4 o'cldck :.■ \! morning to gel outside
bacon and a t^al duck
: made us eat a
as breakfast, for, as he put
it, "if you don'l feel full you'll never
have the sand to hunt long in that
brush. You'll need it before you get
\v. were mighty glad after
ward that we fed well, for when we
struck the brush we found that it took
draw people into closer sympathy. The
don't worry movement is refllly an out
growth r.-f that. It is a Study of relig
ious truth from the scientific and prac
tical side. This truth, when really un
derstood, relieves the mind from anx
iety and worry, and thus the move
ment perpetuates itself."
Mr. Seward claims that Americans
above all others are slaves to the wor
rying habit— that it is a national vice,
a disease which he calls Americanitis.
nearly an hour to go a mile.
"It must have been fully three hours
■ we got a sign of a wild hog.
Jim caught a glimpse of him in a bit
of clearing. We crawled through the
tangled blackberry vines in front and
good view of him. He was an old
just like the pictures you have
Near him was a sow and three
fairly grown pigs. They were too far
off for a good dead shot, so we moved
Tf worry can be conquered nearly all !
the passions that destroy our happiness
will disappear.
"The habit of worrying cannot be
ov.r.ome," says Mr. Seward in his |
book. "Don't Worry," "without res
olute and persevering effort. But with !
such effort the habit certainly can be
mastered. If the following suggestions
are intelligently observed the habit will
lose its power, and quietness and!
pea^p will tak^ the place of the fever
isfa anxiety, the undercurrent of rest
lesa feeling which robs the human heart
of its natural happiness and raises the
question so often heard, whether life is
really worth the living."
He then proceeds to lay down rules
for guidance as follows:
1. Consider what must be Involved In ;
the. truth that God is infinite and that \
you are a part of his plan.
2. Memorize some of the scripture i
promises and recall them when the ;
temptation to worry returns.
3. Cultivate a spirit of gratitude for
daily mercies.
4. Realize worrying as an enemy
which destroys your happiness.
5. Realize that it can be cured by per
sistent effort.
BIG PRICES PAID FOR BOOKS.
The question as to the highest price
ever paid for a single book is one which
has long interested bibliomaniacs— people
who are not in any way to be con
founded with bibliophiles. The biblio
maniac is merely a collector— somewould
rail him a prank— who looks upon a book
as, he would upon a piece of blue china,
a thins to be valued only for its rarity,
and not for its contents. The bibliophile,
on the other hand, is a reader, a man
who looks between the covers, but is
not, as a rule, rich, and therefore the
records of phenomenal prices have little
to say of him. In the world of biblio
maniacs the prince is Bernard Quaritch
of Piccadilly, the famous London book
seller, who for years has bought and
Bold the highest priced editions. Time
was when Quaritch. starting as a re
tail bookseller on his own account, was
willing to sell a volume for the humble
sum of 8 cents, but to-day, nous avons
change tout cela. Quaritch's catalogue,
just issued, is in itself an expensive af
fair, ranging in price from $1 25 to $5,
according to the style of printing and
pet-up. A glance at the volume shows
that Quaritch nowadays does not deal in
cheap editions. The lowest priced book
on his list is a folio copy of Cicero,
printed in Venice, for which he asks
only $70. From this sum the prices range
up to 526.250 for a copy of the Psalter
ium Latinum, on vellum. This is said to
be the second book ever printed with a
date. The year is that of 1459, and the
magnificent typography of the work,
combined with its age, gives it this al
most fictitious value. But Quaritch, ac
customed to handling big figures, does
not think the sum at all excessive. Next
on his list, at a price of $25,000, comes a
still older Bible, the famous Bihlia Lat
ina, or Mazarin Bible, dated 1454-66, the
first book ever produced by typog-
raphy.
Doubtless the history of this volume
The Savage Brute
Knocked Over in
the Nick of
Time
about to get a little nearer. I went to
the left and Jim to the right.
"The old rascal must have scented us
for he lifted his snout and started for
the brush directly in front of where I
was standing. I stepped out and
in the excitement shot too soon, for he
was over seventy-five yards off. The
shot never touched him and he made
straight for me.
"I did not think there was any dan
ger, for I knew all I had to do to get
another and a better shot was to pump
another cartridge into the magazine.
I tried to work the gun. The cartridge
stuck. I pumped it for all it was worth
but it would not budge.
"I was on one kneee using every
muscle to dislodge the shell and the
boar was coming head on like a lim
ited express.
"I saw he'd reach me before I could
Jump anywhere for safety, so I
clubbed the gun and made a
pmash at him. But I slipped on the
soggy ground and he was at me when
I heard Jim's Winchester crack. The
boar looked as big as an elephant to
me for an instant. I'm sure his tusks
looked larger than a mastodon's.
"He was right over me, and one of
his tusks grazed my duck coat as Jim
caught him between the shoulders. I
laid flat on the ground, reaching for
my knife, as the boar toppled over.
"That's the closest shave I ever had.
Catch me fooling with those magazine
shotguns any more. 'Trombone,' that's
what the crack Reliance man calls
himself, may break biuerocks with
them, but I'll take a rifle and a 44
caliber Colt's besides when I go after
wild hogs again.
"What we should have had waß a
lot of good dogs. Then there would
have been a pretty fight. I'll bet that
old boar would have made it warm for
the best dogs in the country.
"When Jim fired the boar fell directly
across my body, and I couldn't get out
from under him till Jim ran up and
helped to roll the big brute over. He
did not look quite so big when he was
stretched out as he did when standing
over me with his head ready for a
gouge, but he was a vicious looking
rascal just the same. We each have
one of the big tusks as souvenirs of
that fight.
"On the way home we bowled over
another. An old sow and two pigs
were rooting acorns under an oak.
This time we had a 'cinch,' for we were
right on them, and while I put a load
of buckshot into one of the pigs Jim
caught the sow right under the left
shoulder. Then o\ir troubles began
again. How to get them out through
the brush was the next question. We
finally decided to take the pig and let
the old woodchopper take the sow out
if he wanted her.
"That night we had a feast In his
cabin. He dressed the pis, difl the
cooking and w<=> d'd the rest. I tell you
we were hungry."
Several other hunters are contem
plating a trip into the bottoms for a
boar hunt, but they intend to take
along several good coon dogs to see
what sort of a fight one of the big
boars will make.
Oscar Marshall of the Stockton po
lice force is an old~time market hunter,
ITe declares that there are hundreds
of wild hogs along that portion of the
San Joaquin west and south of the rail
road bridge. He hunted there over
twenty years rigo, and at that time it
was a common thing for the market
hunters to knock over a wild hog when
they wanted fresh pork.
It Is estimated that 400,000 larks ar«
sold yearly for food at the Leadenhall
Market, London.
6. Attack it definitely as something: to
be overcome.
7. Realize that it never has done and
never can do the least good. It wastes
vitality and impairs the mental facul
ties.
8. Help and comfort your neighbors.
9. Forgive your enemies and conquer
your aversions.
10. Induce others to join the Don't
Worry movement.
Mr. Seward's earnestness is shown in
a later work on the subject, which haa
not yet appeared. "A don't worry cir
cle," he says, "may be large or small.
Any family may agree to resolve itself
into a don't worry circle, and many ar«
doing so. On the other hand, mem
bers need not even live in the same
place. There is one circle of three
members, two of whom live In New
York and the third in Michigan. They
study the scientific principles of the
subject and help each other by corre
spondence. Usually members live in
the same town and have regular meet-
ings."
It has been suggested that school
teachers form circles and that the prin
ciple be applied to their work in th«
schoolroom.
justifies the enormous price Quarltoh
sets upon it. It was among the earliest
products of Guttenberg, who Is one of
the persons credited with the Invention
of the art of printing from movable
types. This is a vexed question, but the
Bible itself is undoubtedly authentic, it
having obtained its name through the
accidental discovery of a copy by De
Beere in Cardinal Mazarih's library at
Paris. Probably this is the Syston Park
copy which Quaritch purchased some
years ago. At the famous Brayton Ives
sale, held in New York in immense
excitement was created by the purchase
of another specimen of this rare work
for $14,800. A contemporaneous ac
count of the sale says: "The circum
stances under which this copy was pur
chased, its acknowledged rarity, the
various surmises -concerning its value
and the report that it was about to re
turn to England, gave special import
ance to the sale. Although it has six
teen leaves in fac-simile, its condition,
height, purity of vellum, its illuminated
letters, have given it a world-wide repu
tation. The story of it is brief. Mr.
Brindiy bought it in Europe. At his sale
in :w the late Mr. Hamilton Cole pur
chased it for JSOOO, Mr. Ives at that
time being the next highest bidder.
When the Syston Park copy, badly
cropped, was purchased by Air. Quar
itch for $17,500 and offered to Mr. Ives at
a small advance he immediately decided
to purchase Mr. Cole's copy."
Whether even this enormous sum was
the highest ever paid for a book is ques
tionable, for a French authority claims
that $50,000 was given by the German
Government for a missal presented by
Pope Leo X to King Henry VIII of Eng
land, along with a parchment confer
ring on that sovereign the right of as
suming the title of Defender of the
Faith, ever since borne by British sov
ereigns.
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