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EL PASO HERALD
Monday, February 7, 1910.
gM oar MjEsRarbi
THE SURPRISING SPHINX
Copyright, 1910, by the Xew York Evening Telegram (New York Herald Co.)
All rights reserved.
It takes ten minutes for the ferry
boat to go from Barclay street, New
York, to Boboken. In that time, and
on a ferryboat, Jim Upton told a man
named Smith his story of how the
Sphinx the famous Egyptian Sphinx
moved one foot in a fortnight
The man named Smith was on the
slern of the boat when, just as the
gong sounded its warning, an untidy in
dividual crossed the gangplank and
advanced to him, with a smile.
"Why, ""bless me. it's you, Mr. Smith,"
he exclaimed, "and once again we meet.
Tou haven't forgotten me? Upton Jim i
Upton. Met you in Russia, where
you went to study -the difference be
tween the old bell in Moscow and the
Liberty Bell in Philadelphia; in Bra
zil, in Manitoba, in Paris, in 'Frisco, in
Ah, you recall me. Fine. I'm now
bound for But wait till I tell you of
my latest adventure for adventures I
have always. Like the breeze. I'm
here one minute, elsewhere the next;
going on, like the river, forever, to ar
rive, like the fly in the ointment, in
the' most unexpected places.
""Well, well; this is s. wcriS ox sur
prises. I have always looked for, and
expected, srprises. I have been sur
prised that the grass was green, be
cause it might have been coal black a
moment before I looked at it. I have
wondered that man has only one nose
have been surprised not to be srprlsed
at finding him with two. I have won
dered, that trains do not run upon end,
or with wheels up in the air, and eyerl
glory in the surprise of finding tljem
running property. In fact, I have been
surprised because there was no occa
sion for surprise. But now that I see
you again, in a spot remote from all
other spots of "the earth, and yet the
center of gravity, I am surprised to
find I am at last surprised. This might
promulgate a brand new optimistic
creed. I am always happy, because I
am always looking for surprises and
am doubly happy now in my present
double surprise. Surprises are the off
springs of the unique.
"Happiness is life and life is happi
ness a phrase old as creation But new
as this afternoon. Happiness comes
from life. And on this point I would
have you hear me out. Since you last
saw me I have wandered -wide stroll
ing the bypaths in a continual summer,
a parasite on 4hfr generosity of God
when financially weakened (as now)
by the perversity of logic, which sticks
to rote and ruile and makes no allow
ance for surprises. My ventures have
been many; my adventures more. Take
my surprising adventure with the
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"The nature of my business in Cairo
is of no moment. The surprising event
was the encountering of Jedeklah Jen
kins. I was thunderstruck, for I thought
him nursing the job of superintendent
of a mine in the Klondike (where I had
left him). He told me he had struck
it rich, was opulent to satisfaction, but
down hearted because of an unrequited
love affair. His oresence -in
nf TiMIcl hnnilarra Aa-nnaA Vlfk SI 5P7-t-
ed, a searching for heart's ease. "What
money he had acquired he was using in
an attempt co drive a memory from his
"His visit to Egypt was of Interest
to him. Tears before, In common with
school children of all climes, die had
heard and read of the Nile's wonders,
but never before had he beheld the
tombs of the Ptolemys or the traces of
ancient Herodotus. Like most tourists,
he centered this interest on the Sphinx,
near the great pyramids of Ghizeh, near
enough to Cairo to receive a stone
flung from that city by a strong man.
Tou have been there; details may bore
you. But for the purpose of what soon
comes in my story I must remind you
that the Sphinx is hewn out of solid
granite, Is one hundred and forty-six
feet long and fifty-six feet high, the
manhead being twenty-eight and one
hadf feet high. And there, as you know,
it rests, a reminder of past power, of
past pomp, of past greatness, of Time's
youth; its smiling features philosophic
ally merging with its sublime thought
fulness. One must rhapsodize; I. who
have often seen It, as much as Jenkins,
to whom it .hypnotically revealed itself
with the newness of the ages.
"Jenkins and I walked to it from the
pyramids one morning a small matter
of less than a mile and climbed up
the steps whjch had felt the pressure
of Caesar's climb centuries before.
"A. wonderful ' monument," I ex
claimed. " 'Have you read about it as I have?'
Jenkins asked me.
"Of course I had. "We all have. First
we read of it, then we visit it. For
hundreds thousands of years have
men gone to the granite creature with
human head and lion's body burled In
sand up to the chin.
"'Once,' went on Jenkins, 'the Sphinx
was In the center of Cairo and its ac
tivities. "I laughed, for I thought liim jok
ing. 'Absurd, I said. 'It is too large
to be moved by man, and too natural
to have been tossed here by an earth
"'But it is true, he persisted. No
man moved the mammoth, nor earth-
IWKW'TSK ETBHSS-TlEGttr:fflEW YOftX H3KL9CM, M &fei3ra&
quake placed it here. X.ittle by little it
has strayed from Cairo to where we
now find it.'
" 'The theory Is entertaining, but not
practical,' I retorted. 'Cross the Nile?
From Cairo or Ghizeh?" I laughed at
him. The Sphinx was where I had last
seen It; Its weighty bulk was as evident.
His speech was preposterous.
" 'I tell you it moves.' he reiterated.
" 'Dig up Cheops and tell that to him,
I said. 'I am too sensible a man to pay
attention to what you say,' I turned
" 'Spivins,' he shouted, coming to me,
'are you really a sensible man?'
"I thought of my recent business
ventures, which had brought fortune to
me. A sensible man i was, ior my
wealth was changed to currency, and
was in mv pucket.
five thousand that the Sphinx moves,'
he insisted. x
"I have lold you of my inaptitude to
grasp the necessities of time and
place. I have explained to you at for
mer times my mental trend toward
commercialism, which makes me think
of putting a refrigerator scheme on
the market Jn the frigid zone and a
steam heating plant in the torrid. I
realize my own Inability to cope with
the fitness of conditions, but here, I
thought, was an opportunity to profit
by another's' similar mental incapacity.
My money a thousand more than the
amount of his proposed wager grew
warm to- my pocket. Money in my
pocket always smells like cloth burning,
but I like the smell, and at this time
saw a chance to add to it; in fact, to
create a conflagration in my clothes.
"We walked back to our hotel in
Cairo. We rehearsed the wager so that
i-,irn mirriit h made. Jenkins's
contention was that the Sphinx moved.
omi nn alnne moved, but movea at a-
rrryaiv o-oit. T contended it remained !
fixed where it had been for ages. "We
each deposited twenty- five thousand
in the hotel safe to back up our con
tention. And then came the question of
making a ifecision. r
V 'I'll take the word of the hotel pro
prietor or )any one else who has been
in Cairo fpr ten years,' I said.
"'And I wouldn't take the word of
aovbodv, even if they'd been here a
1 hundred years.' retorted jenKins.
Must be shown; 1 settle my wagers ai
"To me this made no difference, pro
vided the matter could bo determined
at first hand. But .If I were a scrib
bling humorist I could write a mirth
ful volume about standing by, looking
at such an anchored bulk as , the
patched up SphJhx and expecting an
ocular demonstration of its propelling
propensities. Fancy seeing the Sphinx
crawl forward at snail's pace. Or fancy
seeing it run and then stop. It would
be a horrible nightmare. As "well ask
the Sphinx to orally decide the wager
for us as to stand and expect to see it
" 'Tou understand the wager? Good.
How would you have decided it? Tou
don't know? Jenkins knew how. He
suggested driving an iron stake into
the ground and measuring the distance
from the Sphinx to the stake, deciding
the wager at the end of a fortnight
by another measurement. To which
suggestion I saw nothing but correct,
candid results, and acquiesced.
"We did the work ourselves, making
our wager a matter of secrecy. He ham
mered a stake Into the ground until
just a couple of inches showed above
the surface of the sand. Then he held
a tape measure at the stake while I ran
to the Sphinx and placed the tape at
the point nearest the stake. I read the
number and made a note of it, then
walked along the line, making sure of
accuracy at both ends. Jenkins dupli
cated my performance and noted the
"Then I dismissed the matter of the
wager for the time being. Only once
did I give thought to what I would do
were it 'proved the Sphinx actually did
move and I lost my money. So in
teresting -would the item be to science,
I thought, that not only the amount of
my wager but more, too, would return
to me when I should make public the
facts of such strange and unthought
"Consider Tphat a moving Sphinx
would mean to the scientific world. It
would upset the topographical calcula
tions of centuries and place old Mother
Earth In a new light. It .would knock
skyward ll previous computations of
the ancienVcitles, male by Egyptolo
gists. It might show that the Nile was
at one time a dry bed. It would raise
ructions in general. Tou can see the
value of such knowledge. I did imme-
diately and determined on a treatise and
lecture for scientific bodies if Jenkins
proved his contention.
"As I say, we waited a fortnight, and
I confess experiencing a strange nerv
ousness as Jenkins- and I went from
Cairo to virtually question the Sphinx.
Had the loss or gain of money depend
ed upon the turn of a card, the showing
of dice, or any other of the many
methods usually employed b3' men. I
would not have worried. The strange
ness of the possibility , unnerved me.
TfE Sphinx was where i had
LAS! -SSEN IT."
And remember what the result meant
to me. vVere I to lose the wager I
would lose my fortune. And nature
has been so contrary to me I ventured
to lose as quickly as win, even though
a losing thought were absurd.
"Jenkins drew his tape measure from
the stake to the Sphinx and gave a
lusty yell as he noted the deciding
"I ran along the line and surveyed
the measurement. Then my heart fell
"The figure recorded showed the
Sphinx to be one foot twelve inches
further from Cairo than when the
measurement was made a fortnight Dre
vlously. "Figures cannot lie. The tape was
the came ort. we had used on the earlier
date. There could be no mistake The
uimi ivuuuenui contention ever made
had been proved. The Sphinx did move
Wearily I wandered back to Cairo
. ,'' surprising result
The very idea of the Sphinx having
moved. I was overwhelmed. Imagine
if you can the most Impossible thing
in the world revealing itself as com
monly ordinarily easily, provokingly
possible lour feelings would twin
mine at the time.
"The fact was proved, Jenkins ;
right. The evidence was satisfy
When we reached the hotel I withdraw
from the safe my twenty-five thmrT
and I had placed there and handed
it to the winner. I waited for nothinS
further. New York called to me and
I hastened to obey the call. New Tort?
city is a spot of centrifugal force- If
throws Its atoms to all parts of 'thA
globe. But It is also a city of magnet
Ism; a fact more popularly recarri
than its centrifugality and draws lfs
atoms back. I am a New York atom
I paid my bills, prepared for my jour
ney from Ca"iro and left.
"Yonu have been in Cairo? I know
you have, for I once met you there
Tou know, then, the nature of some
who frequent the town. You are not
surprised when I tell you I was robbed
before buying transportation, and was
left with nothing. But I had In my
breast a secret I sought to sell to the
National Georgraphical society of the
United States. I fancied my articles on
the Sphinx tvou Id-create a furore. There
fore, not to be daunted. in my object, I
stowed myself away on a vessel and.
being caught, worked my way back
to the City of Delight, where you find
j me, penniless, but happy.
'Happy in the knowledge that the
Sphinx moved? By no means. For when
half acrossh the ocean it suddenly
dawned on me that it did not move,
but that the stake was moved; that the
thieving Jenkins had moved the stake
twelve inches nearer the Sphinx. It
was simple enough when I thought it
""Well, here we are at the Hoboken
side. And you probably want to know
what I am going to do next. I'm sure
I can't say. I'm a wandering creature.
It suffices when I have money to get
something to eat which I now have
not. Ah, thank you."
Jim Upton stopped talking and put
into his pocket the bill given him by
the man named Smith. The ferryboat
came into the slip with a crash and
there was a clanging of chains as the
gates opened, and a pattering as people
surged off the boat.
"So long," said Up.ton; "I'm off to
feed the inner man."'
Then he was lest in the living mass.
But the man named Smith stood for a
moment by the gate and looked after
him. a merry smile on his lips.
"Well," he finally said, "it was sur
prising." And tnen he, too, walked
away with the crowd.
34TH DISTRICT COURT.
Judge J. R. Harper, Presiding:.
Case of J. W. Gill,, charged with
highway robbery, continued for term
by request of sratc owing to inability
of Samuel Van Rboyen to -be present
G. J. Bell, suit against the G.. H.
& S. A. Railroad company for 30,000
damages, alleging that on Nov. 12, 1909,
he "was crossing Main street. near the
union station when, without any warn
ing, a switch engine crashed In to his
buggy and threw him out.
Mary AT. Taylor suit for divorce from
John M. Taylor. Defendant Is not a resi
dent of El Paso and the allegations 'in
the petition are that he abandoned the
Criminal Cave Settings.
Tuesday, Feb. S.
5095 Harrison Page, receiving and ;
concealing stolen property. '
5134 Robert Louis Stephenson, burg
5132 Ricardo "Morales, burglary.
"Wednesday-, Feb. 9.
5129 Roberto Rodriguez, theft over
5122, 5123 Frank Nelson, burglary
and theft over $50. J
Thursday, Feb. 10.
5120, 5121 Jorgen Jacobson, burglary
and theft over $50.
5116 Miguel Calindo. burc-larv.
Friday, Feb. 11.
olxv isiaor mtzky, receivin
concealing stolen proncrtv.
K5017 Charles "Williams, burglary
5074 T. H. Thomas, burglary.
auw-J- j. unernin, receiving
v.uiiucimj smien property.
41st DISTRICT COURT.
Judge A. 31. Walthall, Presiding.
Arthur NIeld vs. H. C. Long, suit to
set aside deed of conveyance. Plaintiff
alleges that defendant agreed to sell him
320 acres in the T. P. surveys for $10 -2o
and he deposited $1000 cash as the
first payment. However, on January 14
1910. the defendant, it is alleged, deeded
the property to J. p. Long. The plaintiff
! h; -iS, dama n the sum of
?10.9S0 to -which extent lw would have
profited if the land had been deeded to
him and $400 lease money.
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America and Five Flying
Men. Are in the Party.
2vt Reiss, Tvho is in charge of the
Phoenix aviation meet, is here endeayor
imj to srnjn a contract for his attractions
for El Paso.
While here ha got adVkes that San
Antonio and Fort WorJSi have ffijrued
for his attractions cm! tihev will
throiiirh El Paso to those cule.. Mr.
Reiss ia associated with the son of the j
rfident of 'he Aero club of America
and their meetings are berncr sanctioned
by this club and all records made are
official. Glen H. Curtiss is cue of hio
aviators and Chas. K. Hamilton and C.
F. Willard axe the tnvo others who use
aeroplanes- Then he Sias two who use
dirigible balloons five in all. J. C-
Mars is one of the balloonists. Mr. Reiss
offers to S2nd up the dirigibles down
tcira in El Paso everv day. with four
and five people in them, and have them
drift to the aviation field, where t-he
airships would later fly, to- attract the
crowds to the field.
The ascents downtown, he says, will
be a bi things for she merchants, to
afctfact crowds before the people go out
to the races.
3Ir. Reiss's project has met with en
thusiastie endorsement from El Pasoans
who Lave heard it.
"I understand that hi Paso guarantees
6000 to Paulhan -for a one man exhi
bition, and pays $1000 for his expenses.
I agree to bring three aviators three
out of the four who participated at L03
Angeles and two balloonists, for a
guarantee of $12,000," said Mr. Reiss,
"and I a ill give you an. aviation meet
not merely an exhibition- I have appli
cations from Butte. Mont., Seattle,
Wash., Baltimore... Aid., and manv otbpr
. places and will be able to keep my peo-
i "nltf hltSV "! clTTO-niflr
vThe Phoenix meeting is being widely
advertised and will draw Jai-ge crowds,
because it is to be the 'biggest thing ever
iheid in America except the Los Angeles
meet just closed. Advertising for tie
Phoenix event is already distributed
from Los Angeles to El Paso and every
ynn r.r.y1 ,.11 U i-1 i
v.m iiu. ui nuiCi acuyiiiinoaations nave
heen taken in Phoenix. Jim Rou3, sec
retary ofthe El Paso fair, now in Los
Angeles, writes that .posters all over
-that city are advertising the Phoenix
Paulhan at New Orleans.
Paulhan is now flying in Xew Orleans
and has given exhibitions in Denver and
Salt Lake. In Now Orleans Sunday he
made his first flight vis a part of the
Mardi Gras celebration. He made three
flights in a Farman biplane, using to a
reight of 450 feet and circling around
the city park race track. He was in ie
air 12 minutes on one of his flights- A
crowd of 3000 watched him flv. He will
make daily flights for the 'next four
Considerable Pressure Is
Brought Against Several
k. N. Y., Feb. 71
ness of the stock .market, which pre
vailed all lasf week, was very pro
faeHing orders in many cases were for
eoilfinn -n-tf-Vir.-!, , .-..; .
..wvnta niuiuuL reiinnrinn in n-.a
and vaue fairly crumbled under these
At noon some of the auotntfnnc -or
xae lowest for six months,
especial pressure against
United States Smelting.
Around the banks and other financial
Institutions there was no news to ex
plain the sensational decline. There -was
a general discussion of the trust bill in
troduced in congress this afternoon but
the conservative financiers saw no cause
for uneasiness in that direction.
By the middle of the afternoon Amal
gamated copper had fallen six points
belcw Saturday, American Smelting
5 3-4, Reading 5, and Steel, Union Pa
cific. Southern Pacific. Utah Conner
Great Northern and Oregou certificates, 1
iuui . uvu points,
PROBING INTO DEATH OF
"WEALTHY MISSOURI MA.Y
Kansas City. Mo., Feb. 7. After an
interval of almost a month, a jury
called by coroner B. H. Seewart to de
termine the cause of death of Col.
Thomas H. Swope, resumed Its ses
sions at Independence, Mo., today.
It is believed the Inquest will do
much toward straightening out the
-legal tangle which has resulted since
uie Investigation of Col. Swope's death 4
If a verdict declaring that death
came of unnatural circumstances is re
turned, it is said indictments will fol
low. If the opposite verdict Is reached,
the .criminal aspects of the case will
All members of the Swope familv
were among the witnesses.
A suit demanding f 100,000 for libel was
filed today by Attorneys for Dr. B. C.
Hyde against John G. Paxton, executor
of the estate of Col. Swope.
2TATI0HAL LISTES OF MEXICO
HAVE MADE THIS LOW RATE TO THE WORLD RENOWJeED
Santa Rosalia Hot Springs
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Tickets on sale at Union Station or City Ticket Office
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A. DULOHEBY, City Passenger Agent.
ARE UNDER ARREST
With Collusion of Mexican
Officers, Will Be Easily
Douglas. Ariz., Feb. 7. The two .Mex
icans known as "Ygnacio'" Antonio and
Jesus Bega. accused of having mur
dered Owen Plumb and Ernest Kuyken
dall with an axe and a four pound ham
mer in the Swisshelm mountains, and
who were tracked through the streets
of Douglas, were captured today in
Cananea, their former home.
"With the collusion of the Mexican
authorities the two prisoners are to be
"invited" to the American side of the
line at Naco and there formally arrested
by the American officers.
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make such an announcement tomor
row. The only known ruling to gov
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Gaines, of the state supreme court,
-who held that it is Impossible to go
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