OCR Interpretation

The Western news. (Stevensville, Mont.) 1890-1977, September 03, 1902, Image 3

Image and text provided by Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84036207/1902-09-03/ed-1/seq-3/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

' Mr. Brighteyes — I don't know
■whether I ought to tell you, but I won
$200 from Briggs last night playing
Mrs. Brighteyes—O, how nice. Now
you can afford to get me that new
Mr. Brighteyes—What an unreason
able woman you are. It ought to be
satisfaction enough for you to know
that Mrs. Briggs won't be able to have
a new dress.
It Cure* Willie Ion wane,
Allen's Foot-Ease loates tight and new shoes
feel easy. It Is a certain cure for sweating, cal
lous and swollen, tired,hot, aching feet. Try it
odav Atalldruggists,25c. Trial package mail
ed FREE. Adress Allen S. Olmsted, LeRoy,
N.Y. ____
Miss Million—Mr. Bluff's serving
was marvelous.
Miss Billion—No wonder; he's a
waiter at the best hotel in the city.
Send 10 cents for
"Cupid's Dart,"
containing long
1 ist of personals of ladies and gentlemen
anxious to mairy. Spokane Correspon
dence Bureau, Box 902, Spokane, Wash.
"How are the times?" queried the
traveler in Kentucky.
"Hardi Very hard, sub," replied
the colonel. "If you'll believe me,
suh, I nevah saw such a scarcity of
fued. "
Hamlin's Wizard Oil is a friend of the
afflicted and an enemy to pain—which it
Irate Father—Young man, if my
daughter marries you I will cut her off
without a cent. .
Suitor—O, that's all right, sir, we
don't care so much about money; all
we expect of you is to give us a good
Mothers will find Mrs. Winslow's Sooth
ing Syrup the best remedy to use for theii
children during the teething period.
The hunting season in Idaho is now
$3 & $ 3£9 SHOES S
Established 187«. For more than a
quarter of a century the reputation of
L. Douglas sluies for style, com
fort, and wear has excelled all other
makes. A trial will convince you.
ÎÎ.V $1,108,8201 lïï $2,840,000
Beet Imported and American leathers, Heyl't
Patent Calf, Enamel, Box Calf, Calf, Vlci Kid, Corona
Colt, Hat. Kangaroo. Faut Colo« 1 Kyelet* used.
«Caution I The genuine have W. L. DOUGLAS'
«IH1IUD 1 name and price stamped on bottom.
Short by mail, 25c. extra. Illus. Catalog JYee.
MttohoU Wagon.
Boat on Earth—
Because It Is made of the best material possible
to buy. The manufacturers absolutely pay 25
to 85 per cent above the market price ot best
grades of wagon timber for the privilege of cul
ling over and skimming off the cream of the
wagon stock, which is carried for 3 to 5 years be
fore making up. which means an investment in
wood stock of nearly one million dollars.
MITCHKLL Wagons are unsurpassed for
quality, proportion, tinish, strength aud light
Why—take chances on any other?
Why—not get the best?—A M ITC HE LI*
Mitchell, Lmmrlm A Stavor Co.
Portland. scuttle. Spokane. Boisa
▲gents Every where
Columbia University
Boarding School for Young Mon
Fineit situation on Pacific Coast. Ex
cellent Faculty. Largest indoor college
athletic field in the world. Over hall
an acre under an arched root.
Catalogues Free.
University Park, Oregon
Save Money
on everything you use. Particu
lars Free, People's Supply Co.,
Spokane, Wash.
Gold..................1.50 I Gold and Silver..» .75
Lead....................50 | Gold.iilv'i.cop'r L50
Prompt returns on mail samples i
1429 16th St., Denver, Cclo.
Apply to Nathan Bickfobd,
Attsbxst, Washington, D. C.
No. 35, 1003
BEN writing to advertisers please
mention this paper.
Dentist to the Hippopotamus and Chi
ropodist to the Elephant.
HERE is probably no animal.,
outside of the range of conven- j
tional domestic pets, which pro- ;
vokes so much curiosity among, or
proves such a magnet of amusement to,
the juvenile fraternity, either at the
circus or Zoological Gardens, as the ele
phant. This ponderous and apparently
clumsy, albeit, as a rule, perfectly
harmless and docile creature is a never
ending source of delight to children.
Especially is this the case with "Big
Tom," the noble creature in the public
Central Park of New York. He is an
unusually tractable and playful ani
mal, and consequently is a great favor
ite with the youngsters.
But one day "Big Tom" suddenly
changed his manner. He became vi
cious, and the keeper, apprehensive
that he might hurt some of his young
visitors, fastened him up out of the
way. Contemporaneously, the elephant
displayed a difficulty in walking. At
first the keeper could not assign any
reason for this unexpected development
on the part of his charge, and forth
with subjected the animal to a minute
diagnosis. But he could not discover
any reason to which either the animal's
bad temper or lameness could be at
tributed, since "Big Tom" appeared to
be enjoying the best of health.
The keeper, however, observed that
the animal was lame In his legs, aud
also that his toenails had grown to an
unusual extent. It then occurred to the
inau that possibly the animal's crippled
condition was due to the rim rmal size
of his toenails. If such w.r.' the case,
then the pain "Big Tom" endured while
walking would be excruciating, and
would account for his display of bad
temper. The keeper thereupon decided
to cut aud trim the creature's nails, as,
even if the operation did not cure the
malady, it would at any rate do no
harm. Had "Big Tom" been roaming
about in his native jungle, plowing and
plodding in the heavy, rough soil, the
nails would have been kept down to
their proper size, but as he was de
prived of these natural means of chir
opody, then the same result would have
to be accomplished by artificial means.
But the task was not so easy as it
appeared from a cursory glance. The
keeper realized that the work would
have to be carried out with consum
mate skill, If the result were to be at
tended with satisfactory success. To
Insure tills end, a special set of tools
were prepared. This peculiar chiropody
outfit comprised a saw, chisel, sharp
knife, coarse rasp, sandpaper and
smooth polishers, all specially manu
factured for the operation.
The elephant's legs were secured to
the ground by means of chains to pre
vent movement, but otherwise "Big
Tom" was left entirely free, since as
the nails are of hard horn no pain
would be experienced in the actual cut
ting, though as the flesh around the
nails had become inflamed and tender,
It was feared that the creature might
Strongly emphasize Its disapproval of
the operation by dealing its keeper a
powerful blow with Its trunk. Despite
this possibility, however, no Irmsrfer
ence was made with regard to the free
dom of the animal's trunk. Subsequent
events proved that all qualms on this
point were groundless.
The saw was first utilized to cut
away a large quantity of superfluous
nail, and this tool was followed by the
chisel, which removed the portions In
accessible to the saw. The animal at
first appeared a trifle fidgety, but dis
played no resentment to the manipula
tions of the operator, as if he compre
hended that the labor of the keeper was
to his own advantage.
Sawing aud chiseling completed, the
chiropodist proceeded to rub down the
nails to their required shape with the
coarse rasp. This filing proved no light
task, as the texture of the nail was ex
ceedingly hard and great care had to be
exorcised that the tool did not slip and
injure the leg of "Big Tom," In which
event he would doubtless bave remiud
ed the operator of his clumsiness in
most forcible manner by means of his
trunk. The filing process accomplished
to the surgeon's satisfaction, lie pro
ceeded to complete his operation by
smoothing and polishing the trimmed
nails with the sandpaper.
When the task was completely
achieved, the elephant was released
from its fetters, and to the unbounded
delight of bis keeper, "Big Tom's"
lameness bad completely disappeareu,
and his quondam good temper had re
turned. Now, whenever "Big Tom"
evinces the slightest trace of bad tem
per, his toenails are immediately trim
med. The operation always works like
a charm. "Cutting the toenails is an
Infallible cure for au elephant's bad
temper" is now the precept of ''Big
Tom's" keeper.
Another interesting and extraordin
ary animal surgical operation was re
cently undertaken in the arena of
well-known traveling circus before
few privileged spectators. The creature
on this occasion was a hippopotamus,
and the complaint was that some of bis
teeth had grown to such an abnormal
length that it was only with consider
able difficulty and pain that the brute
could masticate his food. Few crea
tures are so valuable to the traveling
showman as the hippopotamus. These
animals are neither so plentiful nor so
easily caught as the elephant, and as
they seldom thrive in captivity they
are, therefore, most highly prized by
their fortunate proprietors.
The particular hippopotamus upon
whom this unique dental operation was
performed is an unusually fine speci
men of its kind, and its welfare is ac
cordingly zealously attended to by its
owner. It Is affectionately called
"Babe," by no means an appropriate
sobriquet, when it is remembered that
tons; but the creature is as docile as a
child, which favorable characteristic
suggested the name to its owner.
he turns the scale at J ust nnder two
«■ «■ — "
"Babe" has an unusually finely devel
oped set of teeth, numbering twenty
eight in all. Among these are two very
prominent teeth, properly called tusks,
growing out of the lower jaw. They
start in a vertical direction, but bend
iu a backward, graceful curve. They
are two of the most useful teeth to the
hippopotamus, belug requisitioned by
the animal for tearing up tbe trees and
bushes upon which it thrives, since it
is purely a herbaceous animal.
Under normal conditions these tusks
grow to about six inches in length. The
rough work to which they are subject
ed by tbe creature when roaming
through the forests in quest of food
prevents them from growing to a very
great length. But iu the luxurious res
idence of tlie menagerie cage, and the
preparation of dainty dishes of loaves,
hay and branmnsh, the tusks have no
hard chewing to do. Therefore, they
grow to such a length that if not cut
back they would pierce tbe upper jaw,
prevent "Babe" from eating, and grad
ually starve him to death. Consequent
ly, "Babe" has to submit to periodical
overliaullngs of bis teeth—the opera
tion takes place on the average about
once a year.
In the front of the mouth, also in the
lower jaw, are two other prominent
teeth, projecting straight forward.
These are not used for biting, but for
digging up the earth when the animal
fancies a tasty root for dinner. These
also, in "Babe's" case, have to be kept
cut back, though they do not cause him
so much inconveuieuce, when too long,
as the tusks.
To enable the operation to be satis
factorily performed, "Babe" was led
out into the arena and placed near a
stout iron post which had been deeply
and rigidly fixed Into the ground. The
hippopotamus looked about him quizzi
cally as if endeavoring to divine what
move was in contemplation. Chains
were passed round his short legs, and
fastened firmly to the ground. "Babe,"
not quite comprehending the meaning
of tills secure hobbling, gave a sonorous
grunt, and looked threateningly at his
keener, But at this luncture a loaf was
offered to bim, and his momentary
anger was instantly appeased.
''Babe" was then enticed to open his
moutli widely by means of further
dainties held temptingly above his
nose. At first he refused point blank,
but he Anally succumbed to the bait,
and opened his capacious jaws to the
extent of two feet. Immediately two
assistants, standing in position, dex
terously threw chains over the distend
ed jaws—one over the lower and the
second over the upper —and passed the
ends through ringbolts fixed to the
post. "'Babe" attempted to close his
jaw, but in vain. He was a secure
prisoner, bound literally foot and
The keeper then proceeded to per
form .the necessary operation with all
possible celerity. For this delicate
dental work the menagerie proprietor
has provided a special outfit, consisting
of a small, finely tenoned saw, three
flies, one of which is about as coarse as
a wood rasp, and tbe other two very
fine and more suited for polishing pur
poses. The flies are only cut upon one
side, the other faces being covered
with thick aud soft leather, so that In
the event of the file slipping off the
tooth, the brute's mouth would not be
wounded in any way.
The front digging teeth first claimed
attention. The keeper set to work with
a will, merrily filing at the teeth as if
he were rasping a piece of wood fixed
in a vice. The animal gurgled and
spluttered, and large tears, like balls
of crystal, rolled from his eyes. He
grew restless, and in two or three min
utes his struggles became so violent
that the operator had to desist.
When ''Babe" had quieted down
once more, the dentist ngain set to work
vigorously, and ceased for a few mo
ments every time the hippopotamus
grew restless. Probably the animal
suffered little real pain, but experi
enced a disagreeable sensation as the
strong steel file rasped over the bone,
wbicli proved to be extremely hard. At
the end of five minutes, one tooth had
been filed down an inch and a quarter,
and before a quarter of an hour bad
elapsed both the digging teeth had
been treated and polished.
A curious feature was observed dur
ing the operation. The body of the ani
mal appeared to be bathed in blood,
and the ground immediately beneath it
was dyed a deep red. This was due to
"Babe" violently perspiring, as the
perspiration of the hippopotamus, when
excited, is red in color.
The dental surgeon then directed his
skill to the tusks. This task was consid
erably facilitated by sawing off the
tusk to the desired length, aud then
finally grinding the teeth down to the
requisite shape by the files. They were
then polished, and tlie unpleasant oper
ation was completed. Great excitement
now followed. Every man, with the
exception of the keeper, decamped
from the scene of action. The keeper
then hurriedly knocked away the
chains holding the animal's mouth, and
also quickly hied him to a safe dis
tance, In case "Babe" proved obstreper
ous. The hippopotamus closed his re
leased mouth with a snap, and splut
terer viciously with violent auger. He
glared at tlie keeper as if he would
have liked to have killed his tormentor.
He opened and closed his mouth sev
eral times, found his teeth more com
fortable, and then signified his appre
ciation of what had been done to him
by sniffing about for something to
munch. The keeper warily approached
with an appetizing pail of branmash,
which "Babe" devoured with great
zest. The shackles were knocked off
his legs, at which the brute gave a
grunt of satisfaction. All signs of vl
ciousncss had vanished and he accom
panied the keeper back to the cage with
the greatest content, entering which
the animal lay down and went to
One of our illustrations depicts what
is indubitably an unparalleled operation
in the annals of pachydermatous der
matology. The elephant, so securely
strapped by heavy chains to the
ground, is having a square yard of new
skin grafted on to Its shoulder. Belle—
that is the elephant's name—was get
ting out of a railway carriage, when
the vehicle gave a sudden jolt, and she
was thrown heavily to the ground. As
she fell and struck an Iron cage stand
ing near by, aud severely lacerated her
shoulder, the abrasion exteudiug over
a space of oue square Inch.
Specialists were called in, and it was
resolved to remove some of the tender
growing skin from the young elephant,
and to graft it on to Belle's wound. The
mother was chained on her side to the
ground, and a small section removed
from tlie baby's leg and applied to
Belle's wound. Tbe skin adhered to the
lacerated flesh, and gradually the abra
sion was closed up. A small portion
only was operated upon at a time, and
the wound was soon completely healed.
—Frederick A. Talbot, in London Mag
Gray Hair
"I have used Ayer's Hair Vigor
for over thirty years. It has kept
my scalp free from dandruff and
has prevented my hair from turn
ing gray." — Mrs. F. A. Soule,
Billings, Mont.
There is this peculiar
thing about Ayer's Hair
Vigor—it is a hair food,
not a dye. Your hair does
not suddenly turn black,
look dead and lifeless.
But gradually the old color
comes back,—all the rich,
dark color it used to have.
The hair stops falling, too.
> »1.03 a bottle. All druggists.
If your tlni^Rist cannot supply you,
send'us ona dollar and we w ill express
you a liottle. He sure and give the name
ii£ your nearest express office. Address,
J. C. AYER CO., Lowell, Mass.
Mr. Kins of Chardon Never Comes
Home Without a String.
M. J. King, a retired farmer of Char
don, O., is firm in the belief that fish
reason, and can also be hypnotized.
Five years ago Mr. King built a pond
near his home, and stocked it with
mountain trout from a Government
hatchery. The fish thrived and de
veloped remarkable growth. There are
over l.OGO trout in the pond now, some
of them weighing two and a half
Mr. King exercises a wonderful in
fluence over some of the fish. He can
reach down and take them out of the
water, pat others on the back, while
hundreds of tber- will eat out of his
hand. One large trout he claims to be
a'ole to hypnotize. When taken from
tlie water, after a series of strokes on
its sides with the hand, tlie fish ap
pears to be dead, not a movement of
its gills being visible. Another trout
will, before being fed, at a wave of
the hand make a circuit of the pool,
jumping clear out of the water at in
tervals of five or six feet, and some
times turning a somersault in its ca
Mr. King cannot explain the actions
of the performing trout, but is certain
that fish can be hypnotized.
CITO FermonentW Onnd. No OU m nerroonii
F 11 Ö after firet day's aie of Dr. Kliae'n Great Sei
Restorer. Send for VH.BB *3.1------ ' "
'a*. Da.E.H.Ku*i.Ltd..l
_ _ __ erra
_.00 trial bottle and treat
Arch 8t_ Philadelphia. Fa
Eight Square Mu*. A Aiphalt
Spread cut in one sheet the 26,000.
000 square yards of asphalt paving
which has been laid in over 15 cities in
North America would blanket eight
ind one-eighth square miles, and yet
the road builders say this country has
only just begun the use of asphalt for
etreet paving.
. ......a ■»■■ .................
ÀVfegetable Preparationfor As
simila ting tlie Food andBegula
ting the Stomachs and Bowels of
lM.YN 1 S fi H1LDKKN
Promotes Digestion.CheerFul
ness and Rest.Contains neither
Opium.Morphine nor Mineral.
A w jutsi Steal'
jAx.Smut* *
A perfect Remedy forConstipa
fion, Sour Stomach,Diarrhoea
Worms .Convulsions .Feverish
ness and LOSS OF SLEEP.
Facsimile Sig nature o f
For Infanta and Children.
I The Kind You Have
Always Bought
Bears the
For Over
Thirty Years
Senor Gonzales Represents New He*
public at Washington.
When Senor Gonzales de Quesada,
the minister from Cuba, presented ht*
credentials to President Roosevelt, th*
event marked th*
entry of the new
republic as a coun
try into the politic*
of nations.
Senor Quesada i*
a native of Cuba
and is but thirty
four years of age.
He was born at tho
beginning of the
first Cuban insur
BEituii ^lj..8aga. i-ection. His parent*
took sides with the patriots and were
exiled. They sought refuge in New
York, and in that city young Quesada
grew up aud was educated. For sev
eral years prior to and during the war
for freedom Senor Quesada was secre
tary of tbe unrecognized legation from
the republic, which then existed only
iu name. During those years he be
came a personal friend of Mr. Roose
velt, who welcomed him warmly when
he received him as the minister of the
new republic.
No Correction Needed.
"Sir," began tbe poet, as he burst into
tlie office of the great editor; "sir, I
have called to protest against the way
in which my poem, 'The Idyll of Kan
sas,' appeared in your paper."
"Did it get iu?" asked the great
editor, carefully making a cross on an
artist's drawing to show where the
man fell from the window.
"Yes, sir. And where I had written
'whispers of the wind' you made it
read 'whiskers in the wind!'"
"That's all right," said the great
editor. "It was a Kansas poem, was it
not?"—Baltimore American.
A man usually lies more about him
self than he does about bis neighbors.
are most fr»
quently to b«
seen upon the
face, neck oi
breast, though
they are liable to appear upon other parts
of tire body. When they begin to spread
and eat into the flesh, sharp, piercing
pains are felt as the underlying tissue is
destroyed and tlie tender nerves exposed.
Cancerous sores develop from very trifling
causes; a carbuncle or boil, swollen gland,
a little watery blister on the tongue o*
lip, a wart, mole or bruise of some kind
becomes an indolent, festering sore*
which in time degenerates into cancer.
"Ten years ago I
had a sore on my left
temple, which the
doctors pronounced
a cancerous ulcer;
it would Itch, bum
and bleed, then scab
over, but would
never heal. After
taking G. S. S. awhile
the sore betrau to
discharge, and when j
all the poisonous)
matter had passed ]
out it got well. I
took in all about
thirty bottles, continuing it for sons
time after the sore had healed, to b*
eure all the poison was out of my sys
tem. Have seen no sign of the canoag
In ten years. JOSEPHUS BEIZ),
Gant, Andrian Go., ■«,
is strictly a vegetable
remedy, and, while
possessing purifying
and healing properties
that no other medicine
does, contains nothing that could derange
the system. While cleansing the blood
it also builds up the general health.
If you have a suspicious sore, or other
blood trouble, send for our free book oa
Blood and Skin Diseases, and write to ua
for any information or advice wanted}
We make no charge for this service.

xml | txt