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"Did youjever foodie an elephant in
a geological garoen?" aaaea tne man
with the lop ehonlder as he looked
around on the grpupwhich had been
smoking and talking.
No one ever had, and he -was invited
to give his experience.
"Up to about ten years ago," he said
as he settled down, "I had an idea that
I was born for an animal trainer, with
elephants as my particular specialty. I
never went to New York, Philadelphia
or Cincinnati without going to the zoo
and fondling the elephants. Many and
many a time I have astonishedithe keep
ers and raised a great row by walking
right up to an elephant and shaking
hands with him, as it were. And they
really took to me. When that big, bad
elephant, Tippo Said, of the New York
zoo was killing his keepers and smash
ing up things, I entered bis den and
polled his ears and patted his trunk and
got np snch a friendship between us
that he couldn't bear to let me go. "
Well, what next?' asked the man
with the cat's eye ring-on his little fin
I got stuck on myself as a matter of
course. I wanted to be an elephant
trainer and do with the big beasts
what no other trainer had ever dared
try, but somehow I could never strike a
job. That didn't prevent me from see
ing the elephants at every opportunity.
however, and kcepiug in touch with
them. One day I get around to Phila
delphia and was told that an elephant
called Hercules had bean in bad humor
for a week or two. Theyhad him chain
ed to the floor and his keeper daren't go
within ton feet cf him, while a man
stood in front cf the cago and warned
the pnblic to keep at a safe distance. I'd
seen the beast a dozen times before, and
on two occasions ho had lifted me up on
his back with his trunk. I am sure he
knew me on this occasion, but he gave
me no greeting.
But you were determined 'to fondle
him just the same?" queried the cat's
eye man in a vinegary voice.
Of course," replied the narrator.
"It was an occasion I had been longing
for years. I wanted to show a profes
sional trainer what I could do in the
way of pacifying and humbling an ugly
elephant, but for half an hour they
watched me so closely that I had no
show to get at old Hercules. The time
came, however, and I slipped into his
cage and walked right np to him and
began to speak loving-words and caress
his trunk. Gentlemen, excuse these two
tears the first I have shed for years
but my emotions always overcome me
at this stage of the game."
"What are you crying about?" stern
ly demanded the baldheaded man in the
big rocking chair.
"At the recollection of what occurred
then and there. I hadn't fondled that
miserable critter over three fondles and
hadn't time to feel conceited over my
smartness when he picked me up and
waved me aloft and threw me slam bang
against tne plar.ks of his cage. But for
the quickness of some of the zoo folks
in coming to my rescue I'd have been a
dead man m another minute. They
handled me out o' that with hooks, and
tho beast was so mad at mv escape that
he broke one of his tusks off in banging
around. People a mile away could hear
him scream in his rage. Everybody said
it was a wonder how I escaped with my
life. My left leg and left arm were
broken, my spine injured, a kneecap
loosened, and I didn't get over spitting
blood for a year. I was in a hospital in
Philadelphia for 207 days before I could
walk out. Gentlemen, here are two
more tears. May I depend on your gen
erosity to excuse them as before?
"What you sniveling about now?"
shouted tho baldheaded man as he turn
ed on him.
Aiore recollections, sir. 1 was no
sooner able to bo out than I was arrest
ed, tried and convicted on the charge of
fondling an elephant, and the judge
socked me $25 and costs. The whole
affair cost mo $428, saying nothing of
my sufferings and lost time.
"And after that you left the elephant
training business alone?
"Yes, after that," replied the lop
shouldered man in broken tones, I let
np on elephants and gavo my wbolo at
tention to rhinoceroses. Excuse my
seeming conceit, gentlemen, but I am
the only man in tho world who can
make a rhinoceros stand on his head
and spin about like a top. He also plays
'Home, Sweet Home' cu the accordion
at my bidding and will sit cross legged
with a pair of spectacles on and pretend
to read the good book which our moth
ers tanght us to respect "
There was silence fur a long minute
after he had finished. Then every man
rose up and called him a lop shouldered
liar and a horse thief and left liim to
enjoy his own miserablo society. De
troit tree Press.
Kectea mt Keataeky.
Sinking creek, in the ' northwestern
part of this county, is net a running
stream or creek, as ono would imagine
from its name, bat it is a large lake,
which forms only in tha spring of the
year, when thaws and rainfall produce
an overabundance of water. The forma
tion of a lake covering over 200 acres
of land and sometimes over 800 comes
with the suddenness of a rise in tho
Mississippi river. '
The lake is formed in a hollow en
tirely surrounded by gradually inclined
hills of blue grass fields and meadows.
These hills are at first imperceptible to
the eye on account of the gradual and
even slope of the surrounding country.
A closer examination of the country
shows that for miles around it all grad
ually inclines to the place where the
springtime lake forms, but the place it
self is merely a slightly rolling tract of
land, over which various fences, trees
and shrubberies are seen. As the lake
depends on the rainfall for its supply of
water, it is larger some years than o til
ers and has been known to cover 850
acres of land and the water all the way
from 5 to 80 feet deep. This body
of water is a veritable Mecca for duck
hunters at the time of the year when
ducks pass through Kentucky on their
way to the northern lakes.
There is no outlet above the earth in
the way of a creek or hollow. There is
no cave or sink hole on any of the land
which is covered by water through
which the water may escape. Yet with
in tine month this immense amount of
water disappears. After the disappear
ance tho earth which is covered, in
stead of being a wet, marshy place, as
is ' the case of an ordinary springtime
rise in water, is a beautiful, fertile, blue
grass vale, over which blcoded Ken
tucky stock roam during the summer
months and fatten on the rich pastur
age. No appearance of a marsh or water
weeds, etc., is found after the lake has
Exactly what causes the "sinking" of
the lake has never been determinated.
although various geologists have visited
the scene. It is a well known fact that
quicksilver thrown into a pond or lake
will cause it to soon sink, and it is
claimed that the water forming this
lake, as it is drained down from the
surrounding hills, brings with it a com
position of sonic kind similar to mer
cury or quicksilver in its action on
sinking a lake, and that this is the key
to the mystery of Sinking creek. Nich;
olasville Letter in Cincinnati Enquirer.
A DANGEROUS BIRD.
What Will Happen Soma Day to en la-
eaatiooa Banter of Blue Heroee.
"Some of these days," said the long
shore hunter, "I expect to open my daily
paper and see a headline something like
this, 'Killed by a Blue Heron,' and I'll
tell you why.' The blue heron is a big.
powerful bird which has already badly
disfigured the faces of several men. The
men have wounded a bird, and then
thinking to capture it alive they went
up to it. Why, I'd as soon try to kiss a
wounded grizzly. The birds grow as
tall as G feet, and have necks like a fish
rod and just the kind of muscles to
move it the quickest with the most
strength. They could drive their bill
points through a quarter inch pancL
'The hunter goes up to the bird and
sees it lying there looking as innocent
as a robin, with only a wing broken.
What a fine pet it would make, ' the
fool hunter thinks. Then he picks the
bird up and starts for home in a wagon
r a boat, with the bird between his
knees. The bird's neck is drawn back
like a letter's.' Allot a sudden the
bill shoots up and gives the man a gash I
alongside the cyo three niches long.
That is what always has happened.
The wounded bird has missed its aim,
but sometimes and yon want to remem
ber it this feathered spearman will
drive its bill far into its enemy's eye,
and like a steel umbrella stick the point
of tho bill will penetrate the man's
brain. I guess the bird's aim has al
ways been spoiled by the pain cf its '
wounds, and so many a human life has
been saved. I don't monkey with
wounded bitterns, or cranes well,
scarcely. "New York Sun,
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Saltiest of Beao.
Some idea of the saltneas of the
ten of the Dead sea may be gained
from the comparison made below. The
Dead sea is situated in Palestine, SO
miles east of Jerusalem. It is 85 miles
long and from 10 to 15 miles wide, with
an average depth of 20 fathoms (10
feet). Common ocean water contains
but 30 parts of salt to the 1,000. That
of the Dead sea contains 250 parts to the
1,000, which makes the briny solution
exactly one-fourth salt.
the Bicycle Rider.
After the rags used in the manufac
ture ol paper have been ground tb a
pulp caustic lye is mixed with the
product in order to reduce the small.
hard particles that are found in the
pulp, and which, if left, would make
kaota in the paper.
A Homely Coart,
A backwoods court is thus described
in the Cincinnati Enquirer: "A desper
ado was offended at the court and used
unbecoming language, and when fined
for contempt claimed that he could not
be guilty of contempt, since there was
no courthouse. The squire ordered a
circlo made to represent a courthouse.
whereupon the desperado got outside of
the line and renewed his insults. When
told that he disturbed the court, he
said. "Make your courthouse larger.'
Another line was drawn, with similar
results, and still others, until the mur-
murings ceased to disturb the court.
Anotuer aeienaant was guilty or a
breach of the peace. The court sent him
to jail, writing the following mittimus:
Jailer ol uarrard county, you will
please lock John Blevin up in jail and
keep him until I call for him. He has
been cuttin up and cussin and tryin
What Touched Thackeray.
At the sale of Lady Blessinirton'c
household furniture, her library, her pic
tures, porcelain, plate and some of her
jewelry, which were disposed of before
she left London for the last time, one
little incident ought not to be fonsotten.
A French servant of Lady BlesRinirton'a
wrote her a letter in which he told her
that he had observed many of her friends
passing through the rooms, and he add-
ea cnai - jar. inacitcray had to cover
his eyes to hide his tears. " Speaker.
A fat French lady despairingly says.
am so fat that I pray for a disap- I
pointment to make me thin, but no
sooner does the disappointment ceme
than the joy at the prospect of getting
tliin makes me latter than ever."
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