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The river press. [volume] (Fort Benton, Mont.) 1880-current, February 15, 1882, Image 7

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Heartless Cheating as Cards Praetlsed
by a Mischievous Girl.
Some of the old Saints that can't hug the
young girls of Zion in balls, and have abol
ished round dances in consequence, have
now invented a new kind of pedro which
gives them more of a chance. They start
card p~rties at the evening socials and when
ever anybody catches anybody elses pedro,
the party winning has a right to kiss the other
five times. The game is played with an equal
division of the sexes and it is rare fun for the
old elders of Israel. The other evening old
Bishop - fixed up a pack of cards with
nine pedros and started a game right in
among some of the prettiest girls of the
Ward. It happened, however, that the girls
anticipated his little game and had a pack
all ready without any pedros in. They rung
in the cold deck on the old squesix and start
ed the game. The old fellow made some big
bids expecting to capture some pedroes and
got set back on the board every time, All
this time the girls kept exclaiming, "Oh,
ain't this a nice game; so exciting." After
playing an hour the old fellow didn't see the
color of a single pedro and the glances and
giggles of the girls caused him to suspect
that the daughters of Zion were rather getting
the best of him. He finally got so far off the
board thatthe was comparatively speaking,
out of sight and finally gave up the place to
a young man who was seated near by watch
ing the game. In a twinkling the girls
transposed the packs again and for the next
two hours the sounds of smacks that young
man won could be heard all over the room.
The old Bishop who began to drop on him
self was the maddest man in all the land and
is now putting up a job to find out the girl
who changed those packs and cut her off
from the Church.
A Smart Horse Thief.
A very good story is told of one Squire
Dyer, who was a Justice of the Peace at
Canon City in an early day. He prided him
solf on having the finest saddle mare in all
Colorado. She was as slick as a mouse and
as fleet as a hound. Not a horse in Fremont
county could overtake her in a one-hundred
mile run, and the Squire was ready to stake
his money on that proposition. One day a
notorious horse thief had been captured and
brought into Court to be committed. While
the examination was progressing the Prose
cuting Attorney and the Sheriff stepped to
the door to counsel. The thief seized the op
portunity, and clasped in the Squire's hand
a $20 gold piece, with the remark: ' Hold
the case until dark; then dismiss for error in
the complaint. It sets forth that a horse has
been stolen, while the evidence shows it was
a mare." The case went tripping along un
til the sun had dropped behind the hills and
darkness shadowed the land. Then the
Court raised the~horse and mare question and
dismissed the prisoner. Before a new com
plaint could be made he was far away under
cover of darkness. The Squire then ad
journed court and went straight home in
high glee. Arriving there he clapped the
"double saw buck" over his eye and went
capering around the floor like a young
colt. His good wife, noticing the wealth,
made some remarks about apparel. "Noth
ing to wear, eh ?" said the Squire. "A cali
co dress goes." Supper being over, he re
daired to the barn to feed his beast. But lo
she was gone. He had a bogus coin in his
pocket, while the thief was bestride his
beautiful mare over the hills and far away.
-- .. . * --
Almost any farmer knows that where a
high-lifed, fractious horse and a slow one
are worked together on heavy draught, es
pecially on a harrow or plow where stay
chains cannot be used, that the horse going
ahead pulls less than his share of the load.
But few men-even the men that makes
these whippletrees-are able to tell the rea
son or assign any remedy, except the stay
chain, and it is the most discouraging thing
in the world on a spirited horse to make him
pull against a solid axletree. The fault lies
in the improper construction of the double
tree. It is a common practice among wagon
makers to make their doubletrees too light,
and in order to make them stand the pres
sure, the draught hole where the bolt goes
through into the tongue is placed near the
front edge of the bar, or sometimes a strip
of iron bolted on the front edge of the bar in
which the pin or bolt works. In a double
tree the usual length, say four inches wide,
when one horse is eighteen inches ahead, the
lead horse would have exactly three inches
or three-fourths the width of the doubletree
the advantage, which is killing on the other
horse. To illnustrate this principal, take a
board the length of an ordinary doubletree,
a foot wide, and bore a hole in the center
and two in the ends where the singletrees
fasten on, and place it on the wagon tongue.
Mo ve one end forward, and, if measured,
the holes at either ends will be exzatly the
same distance from the tongue. 'Now bore
a hole four inches from the front apd eight
inches from the back side of the I ypaglry
doubletree, and move one end forward as
far as it will go; measure again and you will
find the hole at tue end wlhi ,ir4;J4*
ward will be six inches farther from the
tongue than the Qther; or, in ',ter ~ qro , if
a doubletree one''foot wide were' ~isd, ws t
the drnaught-pin toirr bed n sfftivj~ i
edge, the fractious boe ,od' VeIi
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inches leverage on the slow one. But in the
case of lead bars, where the bar is fastened
to the tongue by a chain, the result is re
versed. Then the fulcrum is behind the bar
instead of being in front, and the slow horse
has just the same advantage as the fast horse
has on the tongue. The width or thickness
of an ordinary lead bar is three inches, and
the link in the clip two inches, making five
inches. The slow horse has the advantage
just according to how far behind he keeps.
So it will be seen the only true way is to have
your doubletrees made with more timber in
them, and have the draught-pin exactly in
the center, and the singletrees fastened at
the ends with clevices instead of clips, the
hole being bored exactly in the center. TMy
the experiment just to convince yourselves,
and at the same time you are trying the ex
periment with doubletrees and leadbars, take
a pair of stretchers and fasten the ring in
the doubletree-pin and move the ends back
ward and forwards, and note the result. You
will be astonished to find how much advan
tage the hind horse has over the head one.
Belles and Bacheloers.
It takes a Western belle to speak her mind
without fear or consequence. One of these
inevitable old bachelors of society had been
visiting one of these young ladies, and when
he arose to go he expressed himself as
charmed with her society, and hoped to see
her soon again. "Oh, as to that, sir," said
the belle, "since you are not a marrying
man, I think there is no need of you calling
again I" So that settled the matter.
Society is flooded with wretched old bach
elors and seedy widowers, who monopolize
the company of the belles to such an extent
that a young man is cast comparatively in
the shade. If, as one lady declares, all wid
ows ought to be cremated with their defunct
husbands, then all old bachelors and widow
ers ought to be drowned-so as to be-forever
out of the way. It is true these old fellows
are handy sometimes for an escort-just as
we take pieces of cracked China from the
cupboard when there is not enough better to
around; but, if a young lady indulges in a
taste for antiques, and allows herself to be
escorted here and there by a train of wretch
ed old fossils, who take up her time and at
tention, and have not the slightest idea of
proposing, as the years go by she will find
herself fading into a passe belle, whom the
younger men will neglect and the more
youthful beauties will deride as an old maid.
A Tribe of Tree Dwellers.
A French naval doctor. M. Urevaux, has
lately made important explorations in the
northern part of South America, more
especially in the valley of the Orinoco and
its affluents. Among other facts of observa
tion he states that the Guaraunos, at the delta
of that river, take refuge in the trees, when
the delta is inundated. There they make a
dwelling with branches and clay. The
woman light, on a small piece of floor, the
fire needed for cooking, and the traveler on
the river by night often sees with surprise
long rows of fl'mes at a considerable height
in the air. The Guaraunos dispose of their
dead by hanging them in hammocks in the
tops of the trees. Dr. Crevaux, in the course
of his travels, met with Geophagous, or
earth-eating tribes. The clay, which often
serves for their food for whole months,
'seems to be a mixture of oxide of. iron, and
some some organic substances. They have
recourse to it more especially in times of
scarcity ; but, strange to say, they are eager
gourmands for the substance. Individuals
in whom the depraved tastes become so pro
nounced may be seen tearing pieces of ferru
ginous clay from huts made from it, and put
ting it into their mouths.
A buaberranean River.
Mr. Frank Davis informs us that while he
was driving his cattle over to Snake river
this fall. he came to a sink in the sagebrush
plain, some five miles from 8nake river, on
this, the north side, and about the same dis
tance below the mouth of Catherine creek
which empties into Snake river from the op
posite or south side: On getting off his
horse and examining the place, he found a
hole or crevice, in the rocks, about a foot
wide and several feet long, and could hear
the roaring of a large stream of water from
beneath. In dropping stones into the cavern
or crevice they rumbled down between the
rocks and were lost without hearing them
strike on the bottom or in thbe water. The
water appeared to come from the mountains
and its course was towards Snake river. He
jtdged the stream to be as heavy as Moore's
creek. It was a good deal larger than Can
yon or Indian creeks, and he does not think
it came from either of those streams, but be
lievep it to be p subterranean river flowing
from or under the mountains on the north,
but where it empties is more than he can
conjecttre. Nc s4 stgeam is known to
empty i6nto daeriver; but as there is no_
other possible place of discharge, it may run
undmer and emptyrlntoe the middle of the
ground, and as no sl~ bi treant is knowsr a
the mountatinse betwes Bake and Boise
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