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New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, January 28, 1906, Image 16

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7)itn:it Has One That Rivals Thote
for Human Beings.
T- ':;...:( every city i -.1 town in tho United
Mates there are veterinary surj ; ;irt (lf
\ business Ing sick and injured
,; i |n Detroil there la a dog hos
pital whi re doga l .\ thi Ir rooms and numbers,
their : . il diets, and are h
my human beings. When a
dog Is brought to this bos] it;d be comes in an
ambulance, unless his owners bring him. If
j 1 imal la :i varaahle one, and if his owners
can afford the expense, he is carried to a pri
vate room, if the dog's owners are economical
he goes to a l *ward," where he may be in com-
I with a i!oz-n others.
When an animal enters the hospital its name
I : . r, together with its owner's. A
long slip, such as is used in hospitals for hu
l . eings. Is filled out. The age of the dog,
Its breed and the nature of its malady or in
jury are first recorded. Then the dog under
goes a thorough examination by the doctor in
charge, instructions for its treatment and care
» en and the animal has becom^ a patient
\\ Ith the exception of appendicitis, dogs are
I to ailments that beset human beings,
and in the treatment pills, bypodermics, nerve
tonics, heart stimulants and nearly all other
drugs and medicines used by human beings are
employed. In this hospital tm rations
are of daily occurrence. Legs are amputated,
tumors are cut out and internal organs re
; . Pulling and filling teeth art- done almost
every day. There are many persons in every
city who possers old pets that they would not
part with for a great deal, but which suffer
greatly, and usually die, because they have lost
their teeth. A doctor at this hospital is now
working to invent a set of false teeth which
i amped to a dog's jaws.
Found hii an American Missionary
in Guatemala.
A rubmerged city of prehistoric idolaters, the
I s of which may be seen through the
•wat.rs of Ixike Amatitlan on clear days. Is
••d by Mrs. W. Francis Gates, a returned
: -/ from Guatemala. She also brings
k T the idols recovered from the depths of
ke and others which she has dug up in
■ghborhood. &Ir>-. <;at< :■ has spent ten
in that country on missionary service,
and has now com© home on furlough, but cx
i I irn tn Guatemala iri a short time
rs ago," said Mrs. Gates, "I went
to Guatemala, In Central America) as a
r ry. Near Guatemala <"ity. wh< I
\ m!, is a prehistoric mound city of
1 . traditions of whi. h have been
, ,-cd through many generations, though
\ the real character of
Is religion. Educated Guatemalans believe It
1) be thousands of years old. It Is supposed
y> be one of the cities of the Mayas, who pre
red<'! the Aztecs in America.
'•This mound city is laid out In geometrical
I the mounds being sixty feet
rectangular and others of beehive
shape Now, it once happened that a President
of Guatemala who was a romantic character
had a love to whom he was greatly devoted.
She v.is a brilliant operatic singer, a woman
of r> :;:.ement and culture, and artistic in her
Their afternoons were often spent to
gether driving through the country round about
Guatemala City. A favorite drive of hers was
this i -i.n. known as th.- Mound city.
In the course of time another woman, also
beautiful and accomplished, came t<> Guatemala
ami captivated the President, who transferred
his affections to her. Put, still having a linger
ie for his former flame, be presented the
latter with a beautiful plantation, which in
tludtd the Mound City. Heing fond of outdoor
: t to work beautifying the grounds by
lawns and drives through the nvmndii
md adorning the grounds with Italian statuary.
"1 !-•».!] became acquainted with the opera
and at hi r invitation frequently visited
ber. These visits were usually devoted to music
fend often ended In a drive through the Mound
"i >] c afternoon, as we were passing through
uts, 1 noticed an odd looking stone
pn.j, . ting from one of the mounds, and got out
of the carriage to investigate. The stone proved
t . curiously carved little image. With the
j of my hostess, I visited the place
i times, arid with the aid of a small army
'• icr tool dug into the banks, where I found
i other specimens. The little god who
Ftu k his bead out of the bank was my first
find, though he is one of the ugliest
in my collection, I prize him highly, for he
etii-t d me in my antiquarian search.
"Afterward my husband and I met with a
Scientist who «,i= counting for a European
museum. Aft. r the heavy rains the three of
u^ v ould often start out, with picks and shovels,
to iliur in the b(ds of the mountain torn mh,
wi.: ii bad b« > n washed so bare that we often
fouri.i Bpectmens near the surface. We have
I days at a time digging on the mountain
"Some nf tin images In my collection
from the bottom of I^ake Amatitlan Concern-
Ing thL> lake then- is a strange tradition current
among the Guatmnalans. II Is said that In ancient
times, when the world was young, a beautiful
city stood there, with noble palaces and other
buildings, fine gardens filled with tropical verd
ure and occupied by a happy and prosperous
people. It was the city of idolaters, and was
especially noted for possessing the 'Golden
Baby,' an Image of pure gold, which stood m a
ahxine In the royal temple. After this city —
which Is supposed to have been a contemporary
Arranging some of the smaller idols excavated by her in Guatemala!
of Nineveh and Babylon— had flourished for
many centuries a great earthquake vtsited the
land, and the city sank and was totally sub
merged. It now lies many fathoms below the
surface of the lake, and on clear days Its lofty
towers and the gleam of its white buildings can
be seen by the fishermen through the water.
Native guides have recovered a number of
strange pieces of pottery and carvings from the
lake. Those of my collection were brought up
by native divers, who are r«ady to do <!own
when off'-r^d a small coin equivalent to t:vo err
throe cents of our money, •••■*' h hoping that ho
may bo the fortu: I man to find tha '<J'>: la
lUjihy.' The legend of th« 'Gold'-n Baby* is
strongly believed In by the people of lhaX
France Trying to Male I! ■ Com
mercial Success.
The !s,'>idf*r w*-b gown may «oon be a reality
for the threads of thousands at spiders are being
carefully gathered, unwound and woven Into
shimmering silken fabrics.
On the Island of Madagascar this odd Indus
try is carried on. under the direct management
of the Governor, who has fceen appointed by th«
French authorities manager of what Is perhaps
the strangest factory In 11 • world. Here spiii»ri
toil day and night and di* from overwork and
from Ignorance on the part of the attendants.
Therein lies the chief difficulty. The srider
seems perfectly willing to ppin out in the mango
groves of its native land, but It grows sulky
when transplanted to the specially prepare . i
m the silk spinning factory of Madagascar.
These Madagascar spiders are the hard I
sects imaginable to manage. Indeed.. they • m
to possess an irnpi3h desire to thwart all man
made plans and to baffle all students of tbetx
habits. They even strike f^r shorter hour
authorized by union law?, refusing to work
more than two hours a day unWs they f
like it. When the mood is on. they may spin all
day for two weeks at a tim«*. with a res
breakdown. Also. Mr Spider may take it Uto
his contrary head to loaf entirely for a rood
period, and no amount of coaxing or tr ig
will induce him to spin.
The "halabe," as the native can* the
has a beastly temper, even If he is an
and he not only fights his would-be esptor in
the forests, but he leads tribal wars, in v. hi -h
hundreds of his kind are slain. For no apparent
lion he will pounce upon a relative or a one
time friend, and, surprising him by the mdd n
ness of the attack, will overpower him, a: ! tn
less than five minutes will have made a n
The female "halabe* is the more valuable, and
she is also the more ferocious. She frequently
gobbles up her young, and even, in a f.t of -
attacks her spouse. Being the stronger. sh>- :"
variably overpowers him. and she takes a :
ish delight in devouring him at leisure. A
nne awaits the man who will civilize th- :
uable Insects. Until then the best that can te
done is to keep close watch over the spiti ■■-- In
captivity, and be thankful that the Oghl
the freedom of the mango craves breed |
and in great numbers.
The native girls, armed v.-ith nets, ar. :
square covered baskets slung across their
ders, leave their huts in the cool of On
morning to surprise the ipider in hi-= I
among the mangoes. Tbm Beta rescmbl
used to capture butterr!U%s. or.ly thoy ar>- s :
and of a finer mesh. The basket! are Boed witll
soft grasses, and gnat carp mu«t be ta- tfl
keep the male and female "halabes" apart •tM
savage wars would be waged withiri the bask) ts
and only the few victors, maimed most UK- :>\
and the slain would be found within the Ui-^k- *j
when they were unpacked at the factory.
The carrying baskets are large enough to hold
ODB&lnurd on dchita pace.
English, French Etch
12 West 28th St. UliOßtiL 31 SSE

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