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THINGS NEW, QUAINT, ODD AND INTERESTING, GATHERED HERE FROM ALL QUARTERS^F^THE^iABITABLE GLCgM m A TALKING CROW. Missouri Bird Is Loquacious — How He Amuses Himself. That Has American crow can converse freely In tils own language Is a statement oft repeated by •naturalists, but that be can also learn to talk good English is a fact not generally known even to his beat acquaintances. Indeed, it is not certain that •very crow has this capacity. In one case. h<'W *v«r, a common black crow learned a deal of Eng lish. The crow in question Is a well known resi dent of Cameron, Mo., and is tho property of Homer McGee, the son of a carpenter of that place. The bird is in the habit of greeting various per sona whom he meets In the streets In a loud voice, though. aside from a few words, his vocabulary is little known to the ordinary citizen. But at home lie becomes loquacious, and his owner is sometimes compelled to insist that crows be seen and not hMd One gray haired woman relates that she was leaving home on a certain afternoon, when she &aard a cry of "Grandma! Grandma!" She looked everywhere, thir.klns that her little grandson had come, but presently saw the crow peeping mis chievously from the housetop. "When the writer visited him, at his home the bird called niMii!.»ers of the family "Pa." "Ma." "Xora" and "Homer." HJs Interrogative "What for?" was Interposed in various parts of the conversation, *rith most laughable result?. He willed the chick ens to their food, clucked like a hen and mewed like a kitten. It was said that he enjoyed a dog fight above all else, encouraged it in the beginning toy shouting "Hi-hi-hi:" end adding .fuel by spirited ejaculations of "Sick 'cm!" md "Lick 'em!" He plays with children, but fights If they disturb fell.-.. He Is neat in his habits, taking a bath fre quently, and usirg as a tub any vessel whatever which happens to contain enough water, having been known thus to honor a frying pan on oc casion. He takes the greatest pleasure in scattering over the floor any nails which he may discover. He allows nothing to grow in his owr.er's garden Aiter Its bead has once appeared above soil. THE EUROPEAN BISON. First Specimen Ever Brought to 'America Now Here. Two great beasts have just been added to the collection of animals in the New-York Zoological Park whlc^i are as interesting as they are rare. They are the European bison, or aurochs. The latter name was given originally to another hoofed animal, but usage has changed it* signification. Never before has a living specimen of these grand beasts been brought to America. Even within the historic period these so-called aurochs roamed over the whole of Europe, Just as the American bison formerly peopled our Western plains. When Charlemagne held sway this waa eooounted a worthy beast of the chase In all parts of Germany, but man's power and Increase have put an end to all such conditions. Now but a email remnant are left aiive, guarded by soldiers of the Csar of Russia and other potentates. A good sited aurocij» stands over six feet high at the shoulder and h*s much the same appearing bum; and shaggy mane as its American cousin. The two specimens at the Zoological Park ap pear thin ana weak after their long and trying; Journey, but they will soon become sleek and full bodied. One may see three or four shaggy headed Ameri can bison come up on their side of the fence and be Xbet by the mighty aurochs, and there they stand, sniffling at one another's znuzxles — historically the sioti picturesque creatures of two sides of the earth, which In a few years will have vanished for ever from the eight of man. The memory and tra dition only are left of th« vast herda which fought for supremacy with the primitive Anglo-Saxor#, and th« other thunderous crowds which flew tsu t tled before the onslaught of the wild redskins. * j»- EUROPEAN BISON. Front view. EUBO2EAS BISON, SIDE VIEW. A TAt,tmCG CROW. HUNTING BIG GAME. Good Sport To Be Secured in British Columbia. Field. B. C. April 30 (Special).— At the rate at which the enow is leaving the mountains. It will not 1)« many weeks before hunters get into the mountains and begin a season of sport that cannot !»• surpassed anywhere on this continent. The have already made several excursions on snowshoes and skis, and report that game of all sorts seems more plentiful than ever. Explorer hunters will strike further back into the country ar than ever before, nnd the end of Sep~ ii mix r will see several unknown hunting grounds fully explored. For tho hunter who wants big game without run nir.ir chances of great hardship in an unexplored country, tho valley of the Yoho will fill all de mands. It is one of the most beautiful valleys yet discovered in the Canadian mountain district, and la game in abundance. Mountain goat and bears are plentiful, the former being found in bands near the line of perpetual snow and around the edges of the great Wappetnk Glacier. Tho Yoho can only be reached by crossing a lofty divide. where the snow comes early and stays late, but while it lasts the hunting season is most satis factory. Returning from a hunt In tho Yoho region, the hunter may take what is known as the upper trail, built two years ago by the Canadian Pacific company. It passes over the flank of the Emerald Kange, In foiii»» places two thousand feet above the body of the Kicking Horse. Experienced hunters able to bag Uttlfl Chief hare and marmot among: tho great bowlders, though both animals are experts at finding hiding places on the hunter's approach. There Is plenty of feathered game in all this re gion, but, of course, no one hunts it when it may be so easily got on the plains. For big game— elk. grizzly, black bear, panther, big horn and caribou — one cannot find a better outfitting place than A MARRIED ZtTLU WOMAN. •The typical mode of dressing the hair after mat rimony Is here shown. A bone "handkerchief" Is seen fixed in the hair. This is used for scrap- Ing off perspiration. — (The Grayhlo. Golden, on the Columbia River. A steamer makes regular tripe up this wonderful stream, to the lakes at its head, affording access to a game region that Is virgin to all intents and purposes. There is a line of rugged peaks climbing from the Columbia to Rodgers's Pass, on both sides of the Beaver. The flanks of these peaks afford excellent hunting, near ts >.hey are to civilizing influences of a great transcontinental railroad. To enumerate the Bcore of hunting fields that can be reached with comparative ease is not necessary. nor half as interesting as a ten minutes" talk with a grizzled old guide in the bar of the Mount Ste phen House. One of these, British Columbia guides can give a tenderfoot more good hunting advice in an hour than he has acquired in a lifetime. "You don't want to Bally forth from this here rieck o' the woods with the idea that ; ou're going on a Sunday Fchool picnic," began one old fellow this morning for the benefit of a Boston man. who had been dropped from an Overland In the night. "You don't -want to think that you're the whole thing because you have shot a deer or two in the Maine woods or bowled over a black bear in the Adirondack?. You're up agaJiist v hunting coun try when you hit British Columbia, where the ani mals are really wild, and you must not take ;.ny chances. If you do. it's as likely as not you'll go back In the baggage car instead of an observation Pullman. "There are a few things absolutely necessary for this big game hunting. They an qualities that you'll find out mighty soon whether you or the other fellow has got them. "You must have what they call an iron nerve and be strong enough pi. y«i es4ly to stand the rough work of clim'iing and tramming. Then you want the right sort of an outfit. The heavier your rifle the- better. The Indian kills grizzlies with the lightest of Win chesters, but you must remember that he can beat ♦ NEW- YORK DAILY TRIBUNE. SUNDAY, MAY 1. 1904. IN THE HUNTING FIELDS OF THE CANADIAN NORTHWEST. A waterfall In the Toho Valley near Field. B. C. you out every time In approach and retreat from, dangerous game. He never fires until he is at cl"s.- r:ii!Ke. but when he fires he never missos. If you try it like as not you will simply wound the brute, .ii..i before your repeater is empty he'll | have you clawed into such share that a coroner j ' from th. Btatea even could hardly sit ou you. j j Carry a heavy gun rind don't be stingy of jour I powder. Bring down Mr. drizzly from .1 sa* tance; bis skin will make Just as lino a trophy as though you had torn off his scimitar shaped ciaws •ur bare !, ■ "Except for the griu3y, you won't be in ony — "But how ..: ■ ut the panthers?" ask<*d tho ten derfooC "I've heard how Beree they wire." 15 he tiforiderful Electric Elephant. Continued from sixth page. silver buckets with gold handles, holding drinking water. Presently the bronze doors opened again, and !r. came sixteen large black slaves, carrying an elab orate and beautiful pagoda, with a saddle to match, which was tlr^t put on th«? elephant's back, and then the pagoda was strapped on top with white leather bands set with precious stones. CHAPTER XXIII. THE ELEPHANT TURNS BUDDHIST. Soon the doors opened aim In. and thirty-six black ■laves, especially appointed to wait on the nowly found sacred elephant) marched In. A large t.ell rang in th» highest tower of the pagoda, the brown doors flew open, and the procession marched out of the elephant quarters to Join the private party of the prince. Along a liroad avenue between waving palms and i across bridges they went until they came to the • palace. Here they ■topped in an open square and saluted the prince, who with the prim was seat ed in the balcony overlooking the square. The head -inter bowed ins head to the ground three times ;.. i then presented the wonderful pink elephant to his majesty. Harold and lone could see that the prince and princess were wild with delight over the beauty of the newly discovered pink elephant, and they com manded the head hunter to come before them. They thanked him for capturing the elephant and made him the head of a company of native troops besides giving him a large .sum of money. The prince and princess decided to take a ride on the elephant, and as they approached Harold and lone saw they were very young, in fart not any older than themselves. They also noticed thnt they were very Intelligent looking and the prince exceedingly handsome in spite of his yellow skin; while the princess was a little beauty with large, luminous black eyes and coral-like lips. "Oh. Harold. I should like to hug her! She looks so' sweet and pretty, and see how carefully th' prince helps her to mount the stairs. It seems so good to see a pretty girl once again. And do you know, she reminds me of Cherry Blossom, though she Is much prettier, as her eyes are not like the Japanese. I thlsk the resemblance lies in the way she turns her head when -'>•■ talks." "Listen!" said Harold. "They are speaking Eng lish." "Probably they have had English teachers and tutors, as well as French, for all the royal family of Siam are taught French, and these must have been taught English as well." said Harold. When the prince and princess were comfortably seated, Haroid started the elephant off at a slow sp<-ed. but for fun he gradually went faster and faster until he had left all the pages, servants and followers of the prince, as well as the head hunter, far behind. So as not to frighten them, however, he kept to the good roans and paths, and after taking them completely round the park twice and over the bridges, ho quickly slowed down and brought his royal guests safely back to the land ing from which they started That night a swift messenger was sent to Bang kok, the capital of Slam, to notify the king that the prince would visit him and inform him of the wonderful pink elephant that had been captured At the king's palace all was excitement when the : prince's messenger made known his errand and the king ordered the best things In the palace to be set out to do honor to his son and the wonderful pink elephant. He dispatched fleet messengers to nil the princes and noblemen In the kingdom, com manding ill- in to come to the capital and pay honor to his guests, and to be there at sun rise of the fifth day. to be ready to march to meet the prince and his elephant one , mil* from the city gates and to escort him to th* king's palace. On the fifth day, at exactly one hour after sunrise. Harold and lone saw ad vancing to 'nei-t th.-m a long cavalcade of ele- 1 phants, ]»gantly and expensively comparisoned, and ; on their bacza small pagoda shaped cars in which I were the klnir and queen and their royal subjects, j Wh*ri th« two cavalcades tw each other th"y na- i luted with silver horns. After greetings had been ' exchanged, tne king's procession formed H=elf Into ; two line--, one on each side of Harold's elephant, ! which took Its place r<T the head of the proces- J sion, and In this way they returned to the palace, j Arriving at the foot of the palace stairs, on i which rich Oriental rugs had been spread, the ■ king and his nobles lined up on one side, the prince and his suite on th<* other, and waited for the sa- j crrd elephant to mount the steps and bless Its doors ! by entering Imagine their surprise when, Instead of the ele phant mounting the stairs with its bulky shape, an opening appeared In Its side and two beautiful fig ures alighted. These beings with the angel faces mounted the stairs with stately step, hand la hand, only stopping to courtesy to the king, queen, prince find princess before entering the palace, as If It rightfully belonged to them. Of course, you know the knight was Harold, dressed In a suit of royal purple velvet, with a Plumed three- cornered hat nnd sword of gold; while lone was a vision of loveliness In a misty white drees with flowing veil and crown of diamonds. No ■wonder they were thought to be beings from an other world. CHAPTER XXIV. THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OP SIAM ARE KIDNAPPED. They had scarcely entered this magnificent palace when suddenly Harold nnd lone and the royal party were startled by deafening thunder claps and Im mediately the rain and hall came down in torrents. Each lightning flash seemed more blinding than tho other and each peal cf thunder seemed to come nearer and nearer until there was one terrific crash an^l they knew one wing of the palace had been struck. Harold spoke to lone in a quick, hurried voice, "Take the princess's hand and follow mo. Let no one stop you." A*, the same time he took the prince by the arm and hurried him from the room. lone following with the princess. In the darkness no one saw them go us each person was too busy looking out for himself. Harold made straight for the elephant regardless of rain and hall, wind and weather. Pushing the The old guide laughed his chuckling lau?h. r.nd relit his pipe. "There be some that claim that Th* I panther is an ugly customer." he -vent on. "I've even heard that book writers write as how he can ; take a >way from a grizzly. "Taint so. He's a whiskered, long tailed coward— a rneak eat He may scare you by looking fierce, but he's mighty careful of his handsome skin, and you've got to get him In tho tightest sort of a corner be fore he'll light." Already tho liunters are beginning to come in. and the Pullmans of the "Royal Road" begin to 1 look llko arsenals. From advance orders from ] guides there will be vastly more hunters than cv r before, unti they are welcome, for game is abun dant. princess in hurriedly, he assisted the prince and lone In after him. then with his thumb on the speed knob, started the elephant down the street at a furious pace among falling palm trees and toppling buildings. On they went through: mud ■ and water, the prince a;id princess too glad to es cape the dangers of the storm to think of the strnnge v;n- in which they were being rescued. Soon It dawned upon them that perhaps they had truslvd too much to these strangers and that they were being Carried away to some strange, unknown country. But they were .noon assured and con vinced tfutt they wen only being rescued from the storm, for they noticed thry were retracing their steps along the Menam River and Harold promised that by night they would be back at their own palace. Helng only a boy and girl at heart, though a prince and a princess, they became intensely inter ested in watching Harold run the elephant and were listening Intelligently to his explanations. The rain kept pouring down, the wind blew a hurricane, and the river ovtrtiowed its banks, sweeping every thing before it. Harold kept UP his fast pace and succeeded in keening ahead of the worst of the storm. As they travelled alone he told them about th« lr passage across the Pacific Ocean and their Journey by land from China to India, and that he was now on his way to the Himalaya Mountains, which he was anxious to explore as no one had ever been able to ascertain their height, the altitude being so great that no human being could reach the summit. * "Hut with this elephant I can climb to their highest peak, for 1 can use artificial air and my magic powder will melt th.- snow." 'Oh! what would I not give to go with you. ex claimed the prince. "We would be only too glad to have you go with us, for we are longing for the companionship of some one of our own age." "All right, we will do it." said the prince, "and my people will think that the wonderful pink ele phant has carried us off to another country." "Which It has done." added the princess. "We will never be sorry for leaving a life of stupid duln.-ss for one of activity and excite ment." added the prince. For days they travelled through Jungles black as night, where th«> sun's rays never penetrated to the ground, across rivers and lakes. some of them never seen nor beard of before until at last they came out on a great plain and saw bounding It on the north and west that grand mountain range called the Himalayas with its purple base and snow white top. "Glorious!" they all exclaimed in one breath. "I think." said lone, "that we had all bet* get out and take a walk, we have been shut up In such close quartets for so long." To this they all agreed and soon they were having eupp*T under a tree in picnic fashion, their table cloth spread, on the ground. While they were eating, the prince went back Into the elephant for something, and how he did it life never knew, but he had barely stepped from the little iron stairs, when the door flew shut and 111 • elephant started off at a rapid pace. In horror and amazement they watched it speed away, as if suddenly come to life and playing cruel tricks on them, leaving them alone, the dangerous jungle behind and the dreary, desolate plain ahead. Even Harold turned pal. is he sprang up and bounded after it, tho prince following in hot pur suit. On. on it went until the boys were both thor oughly exhausted. Suddenly the machine' seemed to slacken its speed, and on coming nearer th«y found that the elephant had run Into a quagmire and was slowly sinking. When they reached the edge of the quicksand they found that, fortunately. It would bear th.m up nicely, whereas the weight of the elephant had caused It to sink. They flew to the rescue, and. opening the little trapdoor, went inside and dis covered what had caused the mischief. A heavy dagger had fallen down and lodged behind th« speed knob, turning on the electricity. It was hard work getting the elephant out, for when they started up speed it seemed to sink deeper into the mire so they had to go cautiously and slowly for fear 'of sinking altogether. They kept the trapdoor open bo they could jump if there was any danger of the elephant's sinking entirely. At last they reached tirm ground again. Inn they had 1 covered from the fright the elephant had given them, they continued their journey, approaching tho mountains through the paths "indicated on the map, and slowly and cau tiously commenced to climb to the highest peak. It was not long before it began to grow very cold in the elephant, and they had to turn on the heat; when It began to bo difficult to breathe the rarefied air they turned on the compressed air; the snow had to be melted with the powder; and last, but not least, they had to battle against the wind which blew with such tremendous force around the peak But. nothing daunted, they went on, on, on. A NOVEL WAY OF TOWING A CANOE. The Inventlvs genius of Miss May Durgln and her friend. Miss Jennie Corolns, of Vineland, N. J.. has excited the admiration of tht> citizens of that Dlace. I As will be seen by the photograph, they have rigged up a rubber tired carriage for their craft, which they attach to their tandem blcvcle and I hie away to tho lake and paddle their own canoe. They make the trip of three miles with, earn, and their novel rig la greeted on ever* aid* with appUuifc - - * . | A PROFESSIONAL OPIUM SMOKER. This photograph, taken in Sati Francisco, shows a Chinaman who makes his living by smoking opf&sk and a cat that revels in the fumes of the drug. Nearly every visitor to San Fraackwa goes to Chinatown, and is taken by tho guide to see opium smoked. The Chinaman In the picture smokes for the edification of visitors, and so lives by practising the vice. The opium 13 in the form of a^J thick, viscid liquid like treacle, and a globule of It, taken up on the point of a short metal rr heated In the flame of a spirit lamp for a few seconds. It ia then placed in the metal bowl of pipe, the smoker takes a few deep inhalations and drops back on the couch. The cat Inhales ti* fumes of opium with evident pleasure, but draws back In disgust if the smoke of a cigar is puffed in her face. The photograph was taken by flashlight, the opium dens being underground, so that ! no ray of sunlight or breath of pure air ever penetrates their murky depths. and at last stood on the summit of the highest peak of the highest mountain range on the globe. "Oh, If we only had a balloon that would enable us to sail off from this high altitude and explore tho heavens as we have the earth and water!" exclaimed Harold. "I wonder that the old man never made a balloon or flying machine. How I would like to take a trip among the heavenly bodies:" "So would I." laughed lone, "but do look, all of you, at the setting sun! Did you ever see a touch of nature more glorious?" The prince, In his effort to get a view, acci dentally put his hand on the side of the elephant and In so doing touched a secret spring that opened a door to a little closet about eight inches square ! and disclosed a case made of red velvet. Within I was a book with a cover of solid gold embellished with an assortment of precious stones in mystical designs. The prince upon beholding the beautiful object gave an exclamation of surprise and de light that attracted the attention of his com panions. '.'lt is a bi c. but locked," said the prince. The princess reached to take it from his hands and accidentally dropped it. in falling it struck against the iloor and flow open, exposing to view a roll of yellow parchment. "Another book like the one I found which told me how to run the electric elephant!" exclaimed Haro»d. "Do let me see what new secret it con AN UNNATURAL POSE. The giraffe 13 a graceful beast whrn browsing on the |nc*M os? trees In th» way nature Intended hhn 10, but when he Is in captivity and tries to nibb.e at the soJ. In his prison yard his legs are too long. cv«.n for his long neck, and he Is force d into this awkward position. — iTh« T»ii«r. tains." He took the roil Into his hands and to the great astonishment of all. read: "How to Run the l"!yi::ir Machine!" "Well, where is it?" asked lone curiously. "Oh. it's here somewhere." replied Harold, "iOU can be) on that." The instructions were evidently written by the old man, and In a few Introductory remarks he said be h:id sn.iit an ordinary lifetime in invent ins and perfecting a most successful animated ma chine thai could outspeed the fastest going steam train on earth; that could swim through or on top if the sea. rivalling the swiftest ocean liner; that could fly iiirough the air and penetrate endless heavenly >;. ice with far greater speed than that ever attained r.y a tlery meteor. With the aid of his condensed food he was enabled .o make trips lasting Indefinitely. During the last sis months he had laid his respects to several of the planets in our solar system and was contemplating making another exploring expedition to see how close he could approach 'ii Sol without getting singed. Th* instructions told where could he found, se creted in the side of the elephant, a portable key hoard, and how by touching a certain button a rals» door in the elephant's back would fly open md from it emerge a balloon Inflated with a won derful gas. Tho volume of this gas could be in creased until the elephant and Its occupants would be lifted from the earth and borne away by the breeze. By touching another button some long, narrow slits in the elephant's sides would reveal themselves and allow a pair of golden wings shaped like a butterfly's to appear, and. by working an ither button an extensive tall, similar in form to in eagle's, would protrude directly over the ap pendage belonging to the elephant. With these ac cessories the wonderful electric flying machine :ould be successfully managed and caused to go .ip, down, or in any direction, with speed governed by the operator. If at any time It was made to Alight upon the earth or any other planet, by touching another set of buttons the balloon would Instantly deflate, the wings and tall as suddenly lisappear, and the elephant In appearance would become its former self. After the. manuscript had been thoroughly read md the hidden keyboard produced and placed upon a table, the members of the little party became so- awed by the evidence before them, of the super human knowledge that the old man must have poe sessed. that for some momenta none of them could speak. Harold was the first to break the si'.enc*. "Well," said he, "what shall be done? V.'c do not wish to stay on this summit all night. Stall wo de3cend as we came up, or take w!ng?" "Oh, let us take wing," lone at last had ti» courage to say. "Yes." said the prince, "let us take wing If yoa think we will net meet with an accident." "I have never yet met with a serious one," said Harold, "and we never will as long as we- follow the old man's directions. Here they are aa plain as day. By touching this button the balloon will Inflate. By touching these other two our good old I elephant will wear wings, like an angel that h« Si has proven himself to be. and be supplied with 1 ;j : tail that will serve as a rudder. Shall I touch I them?" "Yes." they all replied. Harold did as requested, and all eagerly looked ! out of the trapdoor and peepholes to see if the J balloon, wings and tail materialized. "The:- they come! There they come"' was j shouted in the midst of great excitement. The balloon was beautiful in form, and the wings I and tail of burn:.- gold were moat dazzling la I appearance. While they were watching the progress of the If great transformation outside, Harold Judged by 1' certain indications that It was time to shut off the manufacture of gas. "We're off! 'We're oft:" he exclaimed, and the great golden wings began to flap, causing the ele ivhant to ascend. All present shouted with delight. Not a jar was felt, such as they had been accus tomed to while riding along over rough roads. The sensation was Indescribable. "\Vhy haven't we known this before"* exclatmM the little princess. "It fei so very lovely. I do not think now that I will ever card to go back to eartli again, not ev-en to roost!" "Oh, if we only hi«d no appetites." exclaimed the prince, "and never had cravings for bread meat. and tish!" "We must prepare a larg-Q stock of the old man* i condensed fond so we can go off on a long trip.'* said lone. "But as we are situated at sent we can hunt game without dismounting, and we cer« i talnly can fish from the elephant " "That id true." said the prime. "I would like nothing hotter than to hunt tigers wUh this ele phant. "Why. I would simply reach out and graS one of the most ferocious looking fellows by the tail, and without a particle of danger to myself: land him In a menagerie on the moon!" and ail joined in the laugh. It was getting ciuite dark, and Harold proceeded to turn on his most powerful searchlight, which lighted •:: the vast range of th<i Himalayas be : neath them. Many Inhabitants of upper India that ; night thought a comet of surpassing brilliancy waj passing through the heavens. At V 2 o'clock Harold turned off the electricity, and all lay down In their little palatial bunks to dream, as they softly drifted about in cool. Invigorating air. of the joyous times that were In store for them. Possibly they may be heard from, and a minute account be given 1 some day of their startling ad ventures. (The End.) FORTUNE FAVORS HER. Miss Oldglrl— I marry the man of my choice! Fortune Teller— Yes. But make- no mistake; the cards say you will have' but one choice.