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The Topeka state journal. [volume] (Topeka, Kansas) 1892-1980, October 13, 1900, LAST EDITION, Editorial Section, Image 15

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"I wa3 talking- with a man who has j
spent a. number of years in the west and I
southwest the other day." said a Baron ;
Munchausen of the short grass country,
"and the conversation turned to the dif
ferent poisonous reptlUs that inhabit Old
and Ntw Mexico. The man I speak of
fceoied to be very we!i posted in regard
to the poisoning ability of the different
trawlers and creepers and told some
rather strange stories concerning them.
lie said that in his opinion art able-bodied,
healthy centipeue, whose poisoning appa
ratus was in Tirst-ciass working order
tuuiJ lay it all over the other aspirants
tor poisoning honors andnot half try. He
gave me to understand "nat rattlesnakes,
ilia mv-nsf-rs, tarantuias and sejrpi.ns
were weak brothers Thrti compared with
a centipede. I tid him that we occa
sionally saw centipedes in K-ansas and
.Kiahoma. and he said th.it the Kansas
'kiahv.ma variety was a child's pla thing-,
i.ri.l that it cast great discredit upon the
.r'trinal centipede family, which made, its
home ill a much warmer climate. The -
real cntipetle. according to the man. was
to poisonous that death was certain to
J Ui'' closer.- utter its sting. The jx is, n
is transmitted by the claws or legs beir.iC
sruck into the riesh. It may era -vl ov r
u nerson and do no injury, but if it is dis
till bed in Its journey it wiil priek the
t'esh with all f its little leirs and that
s-ettles it. for the t-oison is in its le.
lie told me of cour.tiess friends he had j
1 st bv the kick of the centipede and ais
t f valuable iinimals that he had lit fr-'m
the ame uusc. In order to illustrate
t deaddne-s of the poison he told, the
I (Howing: ;ie-day I was camped rear
the Rio '''mr-de river in Mexico. I had
hobbied my hor.se and two pack mules
i;nd was lyin.tr on a oianket with my head
11 my sad'i;e. 1 chanced to glance at
my leg. which was incased in buckskin
arid saw a centipede crawling. It was
just below the knee and wts crawling up
the leg. I knew it would be death to
luove and was almost i-araiyzed with
fright. Suddenly. I had an insp. ration an I
gei.uv puiied my revolver from the hol-t-.er.
" 1 laid it on my ieg fail cocked.
Vvhrri the centipede crawled over my knee
l.e went straight for the m oirh of the re
volver and as his head touched I pulled
The tri,E-iter. 1 remained perfectly suit f. r
a minute and then saw that I had been
fortunate enough to blow him off my le
wuh'ut making even a scratch in mv
cluthing. Ha had not had time to sticg
me. i noticed, however, that both my
horse and the two mules were in direct
range of the fuHt and it had made a
s'oeht wound in a. leg of each animal.
The poison which was on the bullet from
trie centipede was so deadly that W'thin
ten minutes all the animals were dead.
After wounding- the animal the bu!i"f
had entered a small trte where it lodgea
1 picked ut my trans and went to n h-ntse
which f. nunately w-as located but a short
distance away. I told of my loss to th-:.
man and purchased a horse and c nt nupl
io journey. Several months afterward
I went ba- k there and the man rod me a
pecudar so.ry of the h?s oi two of hi
animals. He had taken them to the scene
of my disaster to bring in the stuff wi-h
v. hich my pack mule were l. aded. While
he was getting it tugether his mules ate
onie of the foliage from the tree which
mv bui'et had entered and Trrre rie.id
within ten mimies. They displayed everv
sign of centipede poisoning. The conclu
fjon we came to was that the Indict was
covered with the gore of the deadly centi
pede and that the poison had entered the
i irculation of the sap in the tree and thus
had killed his muies. The man may have
been stretching it a little, but he was very
earnest in his protests that the story w i,
"Did vou ever leave home in th3 morn
ing and" fi.rsret your watch." askd a man
who had inquired the time. - Well I did
that trick this morning and I h-ve b en
lost all dav. I wiil venture to bet that
I have felt for my watch one hundred
times today and yet there was not more
than two or three times that 1 reaiiv
r.eeded to know the tim. I fmnd lha
J had formed a habit of looking at my
watch unconsciously and I have noticed
that almost every man who carries a
watch does the same thing. He looks
at lie watch, returns it to liis pocket and
Who own the addition comprising 70 acres, sub-divided into lots 25x125 feet, and located
just west of WASH BURN COLLEGE on Seventeenth Street, have just placed this property in
our hands to sell. These lots will be sold at a low price and on favorable terms of payment.
This property is located only three blocks west of the new Washburn College pavement,
and THE NEW MAC AD AH ROAD is now being built from end of the pavement right by
these blocks. The ground is high.
is satisfied, yet if yon ask him the time
you witi find that nine times out of ten
he wiil have to take another look before
he can teil what the time is. A man really
uses a. watch more than he thinks he
does. He regulates his work unconscious
ly by glances at his watch and has in his
mind all the time something that he has
to do at a specitied time. Pie could not
tell you of a. minor appointment that he
has at, say 10 o'clock, and the anpdnt
ment has apparently slipped his mind, but
a chance glance at the watch recalls it.
if the hands point to really that time. In
this way the watch acts as a memoran
dum ar.-i many men use it for that pur
pose, although they do not know thev are
d iug so. 1 w-ill feel nervous and unset
tled until I have my watch again in mv
pocket. There are two other little thint-s
that a man absolutely has to carrv- if he
wants to be equipped for the day's" work,
and those are a lead pencil and a pocket
knife. It would be as easy to go throusrh
rhe day without a collar and necktie as
without a pencil and a pocket knife, and
I expect it would be less irritating. The
pencil Is a necessirv to most men and
its ioss can nut be rilled with pen and ink.
The pocket knife is like the watch, used
uric m- i us'.y. and when a man loses it
he will have nervous fidgets and will at-
tempi to clean his linger naiis wph any
thing he can get that con poslblv be us-d
f T that purpose. You prob ibly have very
little idea of the number of times a nan
taKes out his pocket knife and cleans his
nails.. 1 have roUced that a man who is
n-t busy will almist invariablv clean his
rails and trim them. Just watch a num
ber of men wai-i.-ig for a train or loaf
ing" m a hotel lobby and you will see that
I am right. A watch and a knife are
necessary for a man w ho has a little time
on Ins hands. - Watch yourself the next
time yeu go to tile depot and you will
rind tht you are no exception. I don't
know what would become of a man if he
was robbed of ail three, tnife. watch and
pencil and ,wa.s unable to replace them.
I exoect he would soon be an inmate of
the paresis ward.".
"I was in Kansas Citv for one dav dur
ing the carnival week." said a tra've'ing
man, who does not live there, "and I had
a Very disagreeable time. I had made ap
p in'mems w ith evet ui customers to meet
them there and went on that account. T
alwavs avoid gatherings of that nature. If
possible, as I do not enjoy being shoved
prd harted about in a crowd, but I had
the engagements and kept them. I no-tae.d-more
drunk men than I had seen for
a year and saw- all sorts of 'jags.' The
generous, lachrymose, anecdotal, philo-s-
phic. let-me-telUyou-thc-storv-of-mv-'T.
and all the other varie ies "of jairs'
were there in nientv. Ope of the men that
i met there by appointment, a customer
who has a reputation at home for pietv
and sobriety, got on -a 'jag' that ran the
entire gamut. He opened up after I had
b ught several drinks and sot generous.
He insisted on buyirg evervthirg for (he
entire party there were lour of us Xo
one could spend a cent, but 'jush me." He
insisted -i.;r buying evervihing that was
f.-r sale and would constantly- remark that
there was nothing too good for him or
his friends. We devoted the entire dav
to tuning care of him. and Irving to keep
him irum giving his monev awav-. He
wanted to teil f.innv stores and then he
struck a sarcastic vein. He would end up
by weeping- and telling the store of his
die. hen he began to shed tears and
tell how sorry he was that we didn't rare
for him as we should. I felt like throwing
htm in the river, but decided that the best
hmg I could do was put him on a train
for home and give the conductor his
ticket. After we got him to the ileoot.
he cried because he thought he had of
fended me and tyouid assure me between
his 'weeps' that I was the only one he
loved. I never was so relieved in ray life
as I was when the train pulled out, tak
ing him and his wet face home. The
next time I make an engagement with a
customer w ho does not drink. I wi'l in
quire closeiy into his past history. I nut
nose thtu I will lose his trade, because
I did not take him to a hotel h's-ead of
sen. ling him home, but I wouldn't have
remained with him all night for his ex
clusive business."
Feelings of safety pervade the house
hold that uses One Minute Cough Cure.
; ne only harmless remedy that produces f
immediate results. It is infallible for (
coughs, colds, croup and all throat and I
lung troubles. It will prevent consumo- I
ucu. At ali drug stores.
ii culli.
Expert Gives Some Information
For Amateur Gardeners.
Cornelius A. Prohl of 816 Chestnut
Btr'eet sends the following- letter on the
subject of how to beautify partes both
private and public and the culture of
"The movement that ia a3tir for mu
nicipal embellishment reflects itself in
the greater care bestowed on private
grounds, in the larger interest taken in
the adornment of the home surrounding-a
and in the press fostering and encouraging-
such laudable efforts.
"As there is nothing so fascinating- as
the culture of bulbs I will take that as
the subject. Xearly all the tloweia of
spring which are brilliant in color and
effective in form proceed from bulbs or
c-orms. Snowdrops, squills, crocuses,
narcissi and hyacinth3 are all beautiful
and easily grown. They demand no par
ticular care and are neither freaky nor
sensitive. They make fine masses of
color and are grown with great effect
in beds of geometr ical design, and as rib
bons and borders for other plants. In
dividual taste may be here displayed in
the small space of parking before your
house or even in the lots at the rear of
your house. Alary of us remember the
grand array of stately tulips made last
spring in the parking before M. A. Low's
residence on .Fillmore street and the
much complicated and neat arrangement
before the general offices of the Santa
Ke. designed by their landscape gar
dener. Mr. A. Reneisch.
"While many flower lovers spend
money lavishly in costly orchils, palms,
roses, etc.. they neglect these first mes
sengers of spring: and yet no gartlen
in spring is beautiful without them and
poor indeed would be a public park: if it
had not its bed3 of hyacinths in the
"The term bulbous flowers is not quite
The Judges at the Paris Exposition
have awarded a
Walter Baler & Go.
the largest manufacturers of cocoa and
chocolate in the world. This is the third
award from a Paris Exposition.
are always uniform in qual
ity, absolutely pure, deli
cious, and nutritious. The
' genuine goods bear our
trade-mark on every pack
age, and are made only by
Waiter Baker & Co. lm-.
correct, for what we term a bulb is, cor
rectly speaking, a corm. A corm is a
very short thickened root stock with
roots below- and buds above;it is a reser
voir of nourishment containing the latter
in the thickened stem. When planted,
roots grow from the bottom of the corm
and afterward the bud shots upward
into the air and light. This gives the
key for bulbous plants. The roots must
be allowed to form before the growth
of stems and flowers begins.
"The time to plant spring bulbs in
the garden is from the last week in Oc
tober until about the middle of Novem
ber. If planted earlier the plant will
appear above ground before winter, and
if deferred much later the roots will be
weakened by their natural tendency to
vegetate. The best location for the bed3
Is in an open and airy part of the gar
den. When that is decided upon, the
soil should be dug and stirred to a
depth of about 20 inches with a liberal
dressing of well decayed cow manure
added and worked in. If the ground is
too heavy, there must be incorporated
with it a good proportion of sand and
leaf mould. The bed should be formed
so as to have a small degree of con
vexity tc. prevent water standing on it
in winter. The bulbs should be planted
about four inches deep, larger bulbs
"The different colors of hyacinths do
not all bloom at one time, and for mass
ing in mixtures It is necessary to plant
the bulbs at different depths to have the
display as nearly possible simultaneous
in all its variety. Blue usually comes
first, and following it in the order named
comes the red, white and yellow. Blues
should therefore be planted deepest and
the others proportionately nearer the
surface in the order named above.
"The rows should be planted six inches
apart and the bulbs planted from four
to six inches apart, according to their
size. With the approach of cold weather
the bed should be covered with litter,
which ought to be partially removed as
soon as the shoots begin-to show above
the soil, the remaining covering to be
removed after all danger of a frost is
"After the bed has Iad a careful
stirring up they need no further atten
tion unti done blooming, when, if it is
not desired to keep them permanently,
thev may b taken up and heeled in' in
a shady, sheltered place until well
rioened off. when they may be cleaned
and stored away for the next season's
"Though easily cultivated, one must
have done considerable work with
flowers before one can avoid mistakes
that come from unfamiliarity with the
colons and habits of them. The wise
amateur soon finds out that flowers
alone will not make a garden charrnin?.
There must be an arrangement of them
along the line of harmony in order to
get the desired effect."
Good News For Our Headers.
Who have scrofula taints in their blood,
and who has not? Scrofula in all its
forms is cured by Hood's Sarsaparisla
which thoroughly purifies the blood.
This disease, which frequently appears
in children, is greatly to be dreaded.
It is most likely to affect the glands of
neck, which become enlarged, eruptions
appear on the head and face, and the
eyes are frequently affected. Upon its
first appearance, perhaps in slight erup
tions or pimples, scrofula should be en
tirely eradicated from the system by a
thorough course of Hood's Sarsaparilla
to prevent all the painful and sickening
consequences of running scrofula sores
w hich drain the system, sap the strength
and make existence utterly wretched.
Hoax "What caused Kutprys to
fail?" Joax "Politeness, His customers
wouldn't come down, so he went up."
Monument .Recently Dedicated on
Ground of Indian Fight.
From the Tenver News.
Thirty-two years ago was fought one
of the most remarkable Indian battles
ever known on the continent. The scene
of the fight was the mouth of the Arick
aree fork of the Republican -river, at the
eastern line of the state of Colorado.
The battleground was at the extreme
eastern limit of Arapahoe county, about
1t0 miles from Denver. It is regarded
by competent military authorities as one
of the most interesting spots irr the an
nals of American history. On that
ground was exhibited bravery and en
durance as inspiring as was shown at
any time in the great rebellion, and
there died some of the most heroic
souls that ever yielded their lives for
their country.
The commander of the memorable
fight was Gen. G. A. Forsyth. Ten
years ago the veteran was a visitor in
this city. He bore marks of the ter
rible encounter, and spoke reluctantly
of the never-to-be-forgotten experience,
but he told a story which will long le
remembered by those who heard it. He
said he had never revisited the scene
of the battle, and never expected to do
so. as tn recollection of the sufferings
of those days was quite enough. The
monument dedicated last Sunday stands
on an island of sand at the mouth of the
Arickaree. On this island the gallant
band of white men made their memor
able stand. A band of SO men was sur
rounded by l.oiH) infuriated savages. It
seemed that these, men would certainly
be annihilated. The escape was little
short, of a miracle.
"It was in the summer and fall of
that the Northern Cheyenr.es and
Sioux carried terror and death along
the border." sai l General Forsyth, in
speaking of the battle. "They killed
many settlers and harrowed all the lit
tle settlements into the profoundest ex
citement. I asked that I might take the
field and was accordingly given com
mand of a party of 50 scouts. Most of
the men had seen hard service, and all
could be thoroughly relied upon. We
left old Fort Harker cn the Sth of Sep
tember, worked up to Fort Hayes and
on to Fort Wallace. At last we started
on the Indian trail with seven days' sup
plies. The rumber of Indians gradu
ally became so great, as shown by the
trail, that had a fight not have been
Chas. Wolff Packing Co.
Is the very beat thing you
can get for Lunches or Pic-
- Cooked, ready to serve.
The genuine Is branda
1 His EiiEiio i
absolutely necessary in order to pro
tect the settlemer.is. we would have
turned back and waited for re-e.iforce-nients.
Some of the most exierteneel
Indian lighters protested against fol
lowing an overwhelming force, but we
proceeded cautiously. On the afternoon
ol" .September 14 the party found itself
out of feupf lies, and we went i.ito camp.
"The spot chosen was where the
Arickaree enters the Republican river.
In the middle of the channel was a
sandy island, surrounded by about four
inches of water. There were no river
banks to c-u; off the view. During the
r.irht I arose several times to insiect
the fuard.
"We tethered our horses and mules in
a circle around tis. and in case of at
tack every man was directed to dig a
hole in the sand as a rille pit. At day
break trouble began. A dozen Indians
apr.earcl with beiis and dried skins lied
to ..he sides of their horses to make a
noi-e and ptamrw-de our animals. In a
tew minutes we found ourseKes com
pletely surrounded by hundreds of sav
ages. The island was about "Oo feet long
and 60 or TO feet w ide. We were in a
tight place, and the men were or
dered to lie down, tying their horses in
a circle. The fight began soon after
daylight. The Indians were painted for
battle, and yelled lik demons. I was
shot through the leg. the bullet breaking
the bone just below the knee. About !
o'clock the last horse went down. The
Indians were so close I heard one of
them remark in English:
" 'There goes the last horse, any
how.' "Lieut. Beeeher. my second in com
mand, was shot through the sijine. I
received a bullet in my thigh, but re
covered after a terrific charge had hen
repulsed, to see the Indians mounting
their twinieg for another l ush. I told my
men to reserve their fire until command
was given, for I felt this would be a de
cisive moment.
"In all my experience on the border I
never saw such a charge. Fully M")
naked ?a vases hurled themselves at us
with all the rage of devils. They were
ltd by Roman Nose and by a celebratd
medicine man. When the Indians broke
'Jfs bodies lay before us. some of them s-o
close we could touch them with our
rifles. Th shouts and wails of the In
dian' squaws were terrible. Afterward
another great charge was made, but
when tlt? mniikv cleared away Roman
Nose lay dead in the sunlight. They
tried -again before dark, but broke at
a distance of 41) feet. Lieut. Be-i her. Ir.
Moores. and five men were dead. Nine
men and myself were wounded. I had
received a third bullet that struck me
on the head, inliii ting a scalp wound.''
The general r-nioved his hat. as he
made the lst remark. The eouise of the
bullet could be eashy traced.
The next day the Indians renewed the
attack, but made ro mure general
(.barged. Two. scouts were dispa-tched
cU;rira the night for Fort Wallace. 110
miles away, to summon assistance. The
second night another detail was started
tow ard the for t.
The party subsisted on horse and mule
meat, but on the fourih day the ma
began to putrify. and tor four days not
a mouthful of fo.d was found in the
deolat camp. -On the morning of the
eighth day thf relief column arrived,
and the devoted band was saved.
It was two years before General For
syth recovered from his wounds. One
day in LThver. years after tn battle,
the general met a Cheyenne chief who
participated irr the fight. The c hief Mid
thee were 970 warriors in the Indian
camp. Seventy-five warriors were killed
ard "heaps" were wounded. The chief
told the general that if the soldiers had
left the island every one of them would
have been slaughtered, as an ambush
had been prepared with that object in
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