Newspaper Page Text
KING OF BEASTS.
A More Formidable Beast Than the
Lion is the Buffalo.
The bulls, of all the species of the
genus "bos," are most savage and
dangerous at time's. The Romans
knew no better sport than to see a
powerful bull of the common domes
tic species toss a lion, unless it was
to see him toss a man; and bull fights
are still the mos: loved diversion in
all Spanish. and Spanish-American
countries. The American bison used
to be a fine fighter, the only indig
enous animal which could whip him
being the grizzly bear. But unques
tionably the fierce'st and most formi
dable gladiators of this geaus are the
buffaloes of Asia and Africa.
Experience has taught the lions of
Africa discretion, and they never
hunt the buffalo singly, but always
in pairs or companies. The buffalo
is far larger and more powerful than
the lion, .and one good toss of his
long, sharp, powerful horns, which
frequently. exceed twelve feet from
tip to tip, is usually enough to kill
the so-called "king of beasts." In
fact, one buffalo is almost a match
for two lions. Once when Sir Sar
uel W. Baker was hunting in Africa
he found the dislocated skeleton of a
buffalio lying intermixed with the bro
ken bones of a lion. He concluded
from appearances that two lions had
attacked one buffalo, and that the
buffalo had killed one of them, but
had finally succumbed to the oth..
Maj. Vardon and Mr. Oswell once
saw a buffalo bull carry on success
fully a fight against three lions until
he suddenly dropped dead from the
effects of a wound which Major Var
don had previously'given him.
The Asiatic buffalo is smaller and
less muscular than his African cous
in, but he has his full share of prow
ess. He is more than a match for the
tiger, which declines the combat un
less urged to it by hunger. Even
the domestic buffalo usually will
whip the tiger. The Indian driver of
a pair of large buffalo bulls plunges
unhesitatingly into the darkest and
most tangled forest, aware that th'e
tiger probably will not attack him
when thus accompanied, and that
even if it should his team would make
short work of the ferocious beast
with their massive horns. It is said
the buffalo sometimes kills the ele
phant, its mode of attack being to
thrust its horns into the elephant's
belly. This may happen sometimes,
but can hardly take place often, as
the great weight and strength of the
~ elephant make it when enraged a foe
which neither the buffalo nor any
' other animal can withstand. Buffalo
fights and fights between buffaloes
and tigers are main features in the
entertainments of Indian princes.
Most species of wild animals usu
ally get along pretty well among
themselves, but fights between buffa
10 bulls are frequent and eadly.
The victor in such contests always
rancorously pursues the flying van
quinshed and tries to hook him in the
rear. Sir Samuel WV. Baker once
came upon a pair of old bulls, which,
while fighting, had got their horns
interlocked so they could not get
loose. Having a rifle of great effec
tiveness he killed them both at one
The buffalo is not only one of the
most redoubtable of fighters but is
also the most ruthless and ferocious,
whether its antagonist be man or
some other animal. "Many animals
charge when infuriated," says Sir
Samuel WV. Baker. "but they can gen
erally be turnedl by the stunning ef
fect of a rifle shot. even though they
may beC not mortally wounded: but
a buffalo is a devil incarnate when it
has once decided on the offensive.
Nothing will turn it. If not killed
it will assuredly destroy its adver
sary. There is no creature in exis
tence that is so determined to stamp
out the life of its opponents. Should
it succeed in overthrowing its antag
onist it will not only gore the body
S with its horns but it will endeavor to
tear it to pieces, and will stand upon
its lifeless form and stamp it with its
hoofs until the mutilated remains are
idisfigured beyond recognition.: It
~ 'is this ferocity of the buffalo which
makes buffalo hunting so exciting
- and so perilous a sport."
Experienced hunters are always
very careful not to stand in front of
a buffalo which has been felled by a
bullet and is apparently dead, for af
ter every sign of life is gone it may
spring to its feet and deal destruction
in every direction. Bron Harnier, a
Prussian, shot a buffalo on the White
Nile several years ago. His native
servant had just take a position near
:he head of the animal. which was
apparentlydeadwkenit sprang to its
feet and knocked the man headlong.
Baron Harnier's rifle being unloaded.
he courageously clubbed the weapon.
and tried to drive the buffalo off. The
animal turned furiously upon him and
stamped and gored h;m to death.
The missionaries who found his body
also found the carcass of the buffalo
lying near it. and a little further
way the body of his servant.
No land animal. except possibly
the elephant, loves water so much as
the buffalo. In a wild state it fre
quents swamp ground, wher- it wal
lows in the water and plasters itself
with mud. Its coat of mud, when
hardened in the sun affords it pro
tection from the great gadflies, which
especially in Africa, cause it much
annoyance. The buffalo does not lose
its love of water when domesticated,
and its practice of lying down in
ev *v stream it come to,
even when hitched to a cart
gets it may cudgelings and
cursings from its Indian drivers.
The buffalo's usual way of afford
ing sport is as the hunted. The
Singhalese of Ceylon train it to be a
hunter. A favorite game of the
Singhalese is the swamp frequenting
waterfowl. The waterfowls are ac
customed to buffaloes being near, and
do not fear them. The Singhalese,
therefore, teach the buffaloes to
browse slowly toward the game,
while a man with a gun creeps un
discovered behind them until he gets
within easy shooting distance.
Wild buffaloes are highly gregar
ious. When a herd containing a
number of calves is threatened by
lions or tigers, the bulls, if there be
time, arrange themselves in a circle
around the cows and calves, present
ing a solid array of horns; and the
enemy must be pretty hungry if he
will then attack. Herds numbering
five or six hundred used frequently
to be met with in Africa. Like other
wild animals, they were able to hold
their own against savage man armed
only with his bow and arrows and
other crude weapons. But like the
livn, the rhinoceros, the elephant,
and all other large game, they have
been rapidly exterminated since Eu
ropeans introduced the practice of
hunting them with firearms. It sel
dom happens that a herd of more
than ten or twenty is now encounter
ed. "In a few years," wrote W. H.
Drummond almost thirty years ago,
"a buffalo will be as scarce as an ele
phant is now." His prediction has al
ready almost been verified.
.A THRILLING RIDE.
How Two Eminent Jurists Were
Held up in an Automo
The following is from the Colum
bia State of Friday:
The recent experience of Judge WV.
C. Benet of this city, Mr. P. A. Wil
cox of Florence and Mr. E. A. Jen
kins of Sumter in being held up and
fired upon by Nick Britton for at
tempting to pass him in a motor car
on the p)ublic road near Alcolu, wvas
automnobiling under newv and unex
pected (difficulties. The incident was
referred to in The State yesterday.
Judge Benet was asked yesterday
ror a statemen: of the matter. He
$aid that he and Mr. W'vilcox were at
Manning and wished to get to Sum
ter in time to see Judge Purdy be
lore he left home. No trains were
scheduled for that time of day, so
they engeged an automobile from
Mr. Jenkins. who is an expert driver
and keeps machines for rent at Sum
ter. Hie went to Manning for them
in a splendid new Pope-Hartford.
The party left Manning late in the
afternoon and were making a rapid
run. They encountered a great many
vehicles of various kinds, some of
them containing farmers and their
families. All of these drove to one
side and allowed the machine to pass
until Mr. Jenkins caught up with
Nick Britton, who was driving in the
same direction. Britton, seeing the
automobile approaching him, drove
his horse to one side of the road and
stopped. He then got out of his bug
gy and began waving them down
.ith his left hand. No attempt was
made by Mr. Jenkins to stop and the
man in the middle of the road level
ed his pistol at them and continued
to wave his left arm violently. As
the machine continued to approach
Br'tun shot several times over their
hea-!s. This brought them to a stand
still, but without any apparent reason
Britton fired several more shots,
which like the others, not being aim
ed at the party, went high and did no
Mr. Jenkins then got out and went
Forward to where Mr. Britton was
-.anding defiantly in the road, across
a swamp branch cursing and swear
ing that no automobile should pass
Mr. Jenkins had a quiet talk with
Britton and he put his pistol in his
pocket. A judge and a lawyer in the
automobile may have been a strong
er argument than pistols.
Judge Benet had nothing but
praise for Mr. Jenkins. He was not
only cool, but competent and consid
erate of all whom he met or overtook
and twice got out of the automobile
and led excited horses past. He was
particularly careful whenever he saw
any lady or child with a vehicle.
The journey was continued and the
splendid machine rolled into Sumter
on time, having covered the distance
of 20 miles in one hour and 20 min
utes in spite of all delays-bad roads
The Rights of the Road.
Judge Benet, in commenting upon
the incident and the entire trip; said
that there should be separate road
ways for motor vehicles, as the ordi
nary vehicles which travel the public
roads have the right of way and that
the machine should turn aside for the
wagon or buggy instead of those ve
hicles giving up their rights of way
for the motor car.
While not approving of the violent
action of Nick Britton, Judge Benet
says he sympathizes with the people
who are frightened and endangered
by passing automobiles.
Wouldnt Commit Forgery.
Among the candidates for appoint
ment to a vacancy on the police force
of an Irish town was one Patrick
Murphy, whose appearance before
the mayor was hailed with cries of
"He can't write!" The mayor said
he was only there to take down the
names of applicants, who would come
up a fortnight later for examination.
A friend set Murphy in a fair,
round hand to copy "Patrick Mur
phy" and kept him practicing at it
assiduously. When the eventful day
arrived, "Take that pen," said the
mayor, "and write-write your
name." As Pat took up the pen ex
clamations arose: "Pat's a-writin'!
He's got a quill in his fist! Small
good will it to him! He can't write
All were dumfounded when Mur
phy recorded his name in a bold,
round hand and the mayor declared,
"That'll do." but one of them shout
"Ask him to write somebody else's
name, yer honor!"
"Write my name, Murphy," said
"*Write yer honor's name!" ex
claimed Pat. "Me commit forgery
and goin' into the police! I darn't
do it. yer honor."
Dangerous to Kiss a Dog.
St. Paul. Minnesota, Dispatch.
Can a woman kiss a dog once a
ay fo'r 30 dlays? A\S the result of a
.act on1 this subject at Moutnain Lake
one woman is seriously ill, five oth
:rs are tunder a physician's care,
three dogs are dead and other dogs
are exhibiting strange symptoms.
Ial came ab)out from a wager
made by John Ange lhardt, a wealthy
church member. to six women promi
ment in aidl society work in the
church. At a meeting of the aid so
ciyt Aangelhardt was much amused
at the custom of one of the members
o frequently kissing a favorite pood
le on the mouth. His merriment pro
voked the women. and all declared
they were in the habit of kissing their
dogs and thought it a nice custom.
Angelahrdt then made the wager
that the six could not kiss their dogs
once a day for thirty days, the act to
be performed immediately after
breat. The women took the bet.
if they succecdcd, Angelhardt was
to pay them a second time for every
thing sold at the coming annual
church fair. If they failed, they were
to make for him a duplicate of every
thing sold at the fair.
After the kissing had gone on for
ten days two of +he women became
violently ill and the others also suf
fered. One held out until the 29th
day. Angelhardt, it is announced.
will i:ot hold the women to the bet,
but instead has made a liberal dona
tion to the church.
King Alfrunso and American Girls.
The Rev. Thomas Van Ness, who
ha.; traveled much in Spain and who
ha- a rich fund of stories of that
.-.ntry, tells this anecdote of King
A certain member of the Spanish
court was urging upon his
majesty the advisability of his
marriage with a certain princess,
when the young king interrupted
"No," he said, "I shall marry an
American. First, because the Ameri
cans are all rich, and that will please
you. Second, because they are all
republicans, and that will please
many of my people. Third, because
they are all beautiful. And that will
One young woman was killed and
about 6o persons were injured, half
of them seriously, in a wreck on the
Erie railroad, four miles north of
Paterson, N. J., on Monday. The
train was running at about 6o miles
an hour when all four cars of which
it was composed were 'derailed, it is
believed by the falling of the rear
cross beam of the tender.
The engine of a regular passenger
train of the Central of Georgia rail
THE SOUTH'S GREATEST S'
UNEXCELLED DINING CAR
CONVENIENT SCHEDULES (
WINTER TOURISTS' RATES
For full information as to rates, ri
Railway Ticket Agent, or
R. W. HUN'
AIR - LINE
NORTH - SOUTH
Two Daily Pullman V
Between SOUTH a
The Best Rates and RC
Via Richmond and
Norfolk and Stear
Louis, Chicago, NE
Points South and Souti
land Jacksonville an<
POSSrrIvELy THE SHc
N O RT H Atl
*SIEFor detailed informatio>
man reservations, etc., app
board Air Line Railway, or.
Passenger Agent, Columbia
C. F. STEWART, A
N ire Attractive
T use gelatine and -
F id hours soaking, 4 Z
,etening, flavoring 4.'muiris
and coloring when n T. -
produces better results in two minutes?
Everything in the package. Simply addhat
water and set to cool. It s perfection. A su
prise to the housewife. No trouble, lesser
pense. Try it to-day. Flavors: Lemon,
Orange, Strawberry, Raspberry. Che4lat
and erry. At grocers. 10e.
road wen: through the bridge spanning
the Chattahoochee river, at Colum
bia, Ala.. on Monday. killing the en
gineer an, fireman. It is stated that
the baggac and mail car went partly
over the chasm made by the falling
locomotive and that it was held in
place only by the coupling to the
It is stated that President Roose
-velt, who for weeks has been hopeful
that some definite action might be
taken a: the present session of con
gress on the railroad rate question,
practically has relinquished the idea
of securing legislation on the subject
this winter. It is reasonably certain
that he will not call an extraordinary
session of congress to meet in the
spring, but, unless he changes his
mind, he will call congress together
probably next October.
The southern portion of Hot
Springs, Ark., was sewept by fire on
Saturday, the losses being carioushly
estimated at from $1,000,000 to $2,
ooo,ooo. Three charred corpses were
found among the ruins and it was
though that as several persons were
reported missing the death list might
be increased. The fire was the worst
ever experienced in Arkansas.
ING CARS ON ALL THROUGH
)N ALL LOCAL TRAINS.
are now in effect to all Florida
>utes, etc.; consult nearest Southern -.
', Division Passenger Agent,
Charleston, S. C'
- EAST -. WEST.
sibuled Limited Trains
nd NEW YORK.
ING CAR SERVICE.
>ute to all Eastern Cities
Washington,' or via.
ls, Louisville, St.
~w Orleans, and All
I all points In Florida
RTEST L-INE BETWEEN
a, rates, schedules, Pull
ty to any agent of The Sea
Jos. W. Stewart. Traveling
sst.Gfeni. Pass. Agt.,