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The Horror in
the Car By J. E. HUNGERFORD (Copyright.) Bananas! Hummus everywhere! Dozens of ’em ! Hundreds of ’em ! J leaned against the wall of the car and sighed contentedly. I pinched myself . to see If It was me—me in a car of bananas. It was me. and there were the bananas, sack upon sack of them, plied three-fourths of the way* to the ce!lhig. It was kind of close quarters for solid comfort, but as long as I could eat—eat bountifully, luxuriously, un stintedly. I sure didn’t have any kick coming. Then 1 thought of the seal dark with the spectacles, and I laughed as T reflected how I’d crawled under the car from the off side, with him not ten feet away. Well, I had heat hi in to It. I was sealed in. und hoboing had Its soft spots after all. (everything was so comfortable that f began to cast around for objections. 1 found one. It was cold In that car, darned cold, and I proceeded to turn up my coat collar and snuggle cosily between two sacks. I must have la'id there at least three minutes before it occurred to me that I was hungry. Think of It. three whole minutes In a car of bananas, and not realize you’re hungry! Well, anyhow, I got my knife to work und ripped open a sack In a Jiffy. I was a pirate all right. Who wouldn’t have been a pirate? It was hours later, and I’d trans ferred my attention to another hunch. No, I hadn’t finished the first sack— It was mostly green, hut I’d made a pretty good-sized aperture in the sec ond when my knife slipped from my Augers. I fished around in my pockets and dug up a match. It was the Inst match I ha<l. I lit it with s<ime reluctance and held It far down, hut the knife had clean vanished. As I was transferring the burnt end to my left hand to prolong Its life, I happened to glance at the rent 1 had made In the gunny sack, and. as I did so. I sat holt upright, nearly hutting a hole through the roof. There—net two feet from uiy face—was a big. hideous, hairy creature, about the size of a sil ver dollar. For a second I sat staring at It. transfixed. The match seared my fin ger*. flickered, and went out. and then suddenly I came to my senses and be gan to crawl. I fled, terror-stricken, to the doors and threw my weight •gainst them. I beat and pounded them frantically. I humiied and tore around over those sacks like a man bereft of reason, and then, as the full realiza tion of my poaltlou forced Itself upon me. I screamed at the top of m.v voice. I thought of all the stories I had heard and read of tarantulas, and as they stood out vividly, every miserable, soul racking detail of them. I was wild with fiorror. I didn't have a chance against that thing there Jn the dark. It •sight even now be making Its way •UaltMly toward me. I pulled myself together and rolled over Into a corner, weak and shiver ing. Then the thought that there might be others—others right where I wss tying, brought me to my knees again with a groan of despair. There roust be others! There were others! A cold sweat stood out on my body, and I knelt there bereft of every atom of manhood, quaklug and cowering In the dark. Through the vortex of my emotions there came mddenty a nsw Impression —the sensation as of something crawl ing. It was nothing definite, hut It was Intensely real. Something wan crawling! Crawling slowly and me thodically up my left leg! No. it was my right leg! Again It was my left leg' I started to reach for It, then suddenly stopped, my arm poised rig idly. If I did reach —It! touched It. It would sting—sting quicker! 1 aat there In an agony of suspense, waiting for It to strike. Waiting— waiting—waiting, for an eternity, but It didn’t strike! It had even ceased crawling. I chuckled softly, then I laughed. I was going insane. I reached down sud denly and clapped my hand over the 'spot where the crawling had ceased, hat there wss nothing. I ran m.v hand over my entire body, still there was nothing. I felt sick and faint, and leaned wearily against the car wall. As I did ao, my face touched something cold — cold and clammy and soft. I started back screaming, then I laughed again —I was Insane—l had leaned ugainst my own hand. To assure myself of this, for I was sure of nothing. I ran my palm slowly along the splintered surface of the wall, and then with a howl of terror I rolled over on the sacks. I had touched something hairy— something soft—something— I sat up with an impelling desire to reach out again. I could stand the torture no longer. I wanted to know where I stood. I wanted a fighting chance. I had suddenly lost all sense of fear. My nerves were strung to the snnje plng point. I groped my hand along the wall, up and down -and sideways. There was nothing—nothing I It was another prank of the imagina tion— It waa— My fingers tightened! My hl«»od seemed to congeal! I felt It! I had hold of It! It gave easily •fitter my fingers! Why pldn't It •ting? Why didn’t It even hiss? I couldn't let go—l was rtvetsd to the I must have fainted and rolled over against the doors, I remember vague ly my head strlkipg something, then I knew’ no more. How long J luid there I don’t know. When I regained consciousness I was stretched out on a pilaer mfwdust in the shadow of an Iceboqpe, und a man was bending over ute With a bucket. There was o circle of curious faces leaning close about me. The seal clerlF had found me when he opened the car for Inspection and ventilation. I told hltn my story, and even climbed buck in the car und pointed out tlu* sack where had lurked Whe venomous horror. While they were prodding about with sticks and clubs, my eyes swept the wulls. Then I sturted for the door. “There It Is!” I yelled hoarsely. “Over there! See?" Somebody swung a lantern around so that the light fell directly on the spot. “Huh i” shouted a voice. “The bo's dippy.” I looked closer, then swore. For there in the exact spot where I had run my hand —where I had suffered momentarily the tortures of hades, was a good-sized bunch of sack ravel ing*. held securely by the splintered surface of the wood. I didn’t wait for any more. I climbed out of that refrigerator and made a quick getaway, for there hud come to me the sudden realisation of what might happen If they failed to locate the tarantula and found the slushed ba nana sack Instead. But It wus in. there —heaven knows it was there, and here’s hoping they found It. * INGENIOUS TRAP FOR WOLVES Device Employed by Eskimos Results Frequently in Practical Wiping Out of Entire Pack. Wolves are a plague in Alnska, where the natives are eommonly obliged to Aore food supplies on platforms erected seven or eight feet above the grouud. thus putting them beyond the an!mats' reach. Most Ingenious of all wolf traps is one of extreme simplicity used by rtie Kskituo. It consists merely of un Inm spearhead—or a suitably shaped blade of chipped filnt will serve—which Is set point upward in the ice, so fis to be frozen securely in position. A chunk of seal hRihher is wrapped about the spenrheud or Hint blade anti tied fast. Alaskan wolves are marvelously keen of scent. It does not take them long to find the attractive halt, about which a snarling pack of them will gather, licking and chewing at the hluhlter. Presently one and another of them cut their tongues on the sharp edges of the Hint or inm. lllood runs. They do not know that it is their own Wood, and the taste of It drives them crazy. Presently they begin to attack each other, the weaker being overcome by the stronger. Blood Hows In streams over the ice, and soon all are killed or hudly wounded. The |H»ok Is nearly destroyed, only a few |ierliaps being able to limp uway and nnrse tbelr hurts. Christening Customs. The rural Kaglish people have some curious superstitions regarding the christening of Infanta. The manner In w hich a child Is carried Into the church Is supposed to affect the character and disposition In after-life. The nurse, or whoever carries the baby, should enter the church with the right foot, step ping briskly and dancing the baby In her arms, so that the little one shall grow up cheerful and light-hearted. Another old-fashioned theory Is that If a boy la baptised In the witter previ ously used for a girl ho will grow up feeb.e and effeminate; while If the case is reversed the baby girl will grow up lacking in womanly attributes. In every country white Is employed for all baby garments, but where a little color Is Introduced the superstitious mother takes rare that -It Is a lucky shade. Red Is said to be a lucky color, pink and bine are also favorable, but green, the color of Jealousy, and yel low symbolize strife. Things You Simply Cannot Do. Tou can’t stand for five minutes without movltig. If you are blindfolded. You can't stand at the side of a room with both your feet lengthwise touching the wainscoting. You can’t get out of a chair with out bending your body forward, or put ting your feet under It; that Is, If you are sitting squarely on the chair, and not on the edge of It. You can't break a match If the match is laid across the nail of the middle finger of either hnnd. and passed under the ffrst and third fingers of that hand, despite Its seeming so easy at first sight. You can’t stand with your heels against the wall and pick up some thing from the floor. You can't, unless you are quite a clever person, return to an upright po sition when placed two feet from a wall with your hands behind your back and your head against the wall. Use for Distilleries. Recently a distillery at Rome, Pa., was sold and Is to In* turned into an ice-making plant. Now announcement is made that n distillery on the out skirts of Lancaster has Is-eu pur<iui--»*d by a cheiuieal coitipail> of DoSaware county dye manufacturers, who wl'l remove their entire plant to the Lan caster location. This dye nmnufaeiur- Ing company Is a war development. It has been proved that America can manufacture Jost as good dyestuffs as tfea Germans made. thb m uomneant mlqt. ALASKA:Land of Riches Purchase Price, $7,200,000 Production, $840,000,000 Tlie summer—no sweeter was ever; The sunshiny woods all athrtll: The grayling aleap In the river. The bighorn asleep on the hill. The strong life that never knowa harneaa. The wilds where the caribou call. The freshness, the freedom, the farness— O God! how I’m stuck on It all. -The Spell of the Yukon (Bervlce). .HE house of representative* the other day passed an amendment to the gov ernment Alaskan railroad act by which the additional sum of $17,000,- 000 was appropriated for the comple tion of the road by December 31.1822. The debate wa* presumably more or less tinged with partisan politics. ! Leaving out the politics many inter esting facts of value were brought out concerning Alaska —I-and of the Midnight Sun—which hns proved a veritable treasure trove to the United States and Is only at the lH*glnnlng T of Its development. Some of these facts are here given, with credit to the various representatives. -Mr. Curry of California.—Mr. Chairman. In 1807 when Alnska was purchased through the efforts of Secretary of State Seward from Russia for $7,200,000, which was less thau 2 cents an acre, the European nations poked fun at the United States, und ili£ pn|>ers of the United States ridi culed Secretary Seward and referred to Alaska as “Seward’s Iceberg." The climate of the most of Alaska Is better than that of Scandlnuvln and New Foundland. Vege tables and cereals can be and are raised there, am! it Is the richest undeveloped mineral section on the face of the earth. Time has Justlfed Seward’s purchase of Alaska for the Uulted States. Since 1860 Alaska ha* pro duced over $840,000,000 worth of wealth; $300.- 000.000 of that from her fisheries, most of the rest from her mines and from her furs. In the. same time' Alaska haa bought from* the United States $400,000,000 worth of property. It has done that under existing law that practically ties up the resources of Alaska and prohibits them from being develo|ted. In 1814 under these caudWaua, knowing that Aluska should he developed and that a railroad <*ould not and would not be built by private enter prise. the congress of the United Btates enacted a law authorizing the president to construct a rail road or railroads In Alaska, not to exceed 1,000 miles In length, and authorised the expenditure by him of $35,000,000 for that purpose. The presi dent placed the construction of the road under the control of the secretary of the Interior, and he In turn organised what Is know*n as the Alaskan engineering commission to take practical charge of the work. The original authorisation of $35,000,000 would have constructed this road under ordinary condi tions and circumstances, hut the war came along, wages Increased 60 per cent, the cost of material increased up to 161 per cent and transportation up to 147 |He*r cent. Under those circumstances the $35,000,000 Is not sufficient to complete the work. It Is. therefore, absolutely neceasary. unless we w’islt to sacrifice the $35,000,000 already Invested, that this $17,000,000 authorisation he allowed. The road, when completed, will be 601 miles In length. The main line, from Seward to Fairbanks, will he 471 miles In length. The spurs and branches and side lines will make up the 001 miles. All of the road has been completed, with the exception of some work to be done to complete the first 71 miles from Seward north and a gap of 100 miles h • <1 another small gap of 25 miles. Most of the IN>-mile gap hns been surveyed and some of the •mdhed hns been made. The road started from Seward on the southern >oint of Alnska, and w’etft to Anchorage. Part of ’iat road —71 miles—had been constructed. From Vnchornge over to the northern terrains! of the road. Fairbanks Is located on the Tanana river. The Tanana river Is a branch of the Yukon river, and the Yukon river and the Tanana river are navigable for 2,000 miles. The Alaskan railroad commission commenced building from the south ern point north. They brought the material to Seward and Anchorage, and they commenced to build from the northern terminal south, so that they could save time and Rave money. The road already reaches to the coal fields. There the 1.202 square miles of coal fields In Alaska that have been explored and experted by the const and geodetic survey, the geological sur vey and by the Alaskan engineering commission. That is all on the line of this road. It Is estimated *bat there are 30.000,000.000 ton* of coal that will opened to commerce by this road, and 15.000.- •0.000 tons of It will he high-grade coal which ■onld be used for coking and smelting ore. and rich purpose*, and the rest of It for fuel and mat ers of that kind. In Alaska It ha* been estimated that there are 150,000,000.000 tons of coal. No person knows how much there Is. Mr. Strong of Kansas. —There has been discov ered in Ainsku not only gold, but silver, copper, coal. lend. Iran, antimony, tungsten and platinum In large quantities. In addition, there hns been discovered large fields of oil. It has splendid agri cultural advantage*. It Is estimated that It has over 100.000 square miles of tillable land. It has a growing season of 100 days, and because of the great length of the duys, that growing season Is worth about 200 of our days. So that they are enabled to grow crops suitable to take care of a lurge population and take care of the stock that they may produce. The crop* are wheat, oat*, rye, barley, hay, and they huve produced an alfalfa which makes a good crop. It* vast forest* of tim ber suitable for paper pulp are awaiting a ready market, while it* fisheries are the greatest on this continent. Mr. Miller of Washington.—l have been over nearly all of Alaska. I have gone Into the hills with my pack on my back. I have teamed what few. provisions I had 200 or 300 miles with a dog team out to my dlgglns. The greatest copper mines on the face of the earth are within the territory of Alaska. You know bow we searched the world for metals during the war. We have 88 per cent of them In Alaska. They are there await ing the hand that will develop them. Something has been said here of the reindeer situation. There la no prettier sight In the world than to see a thousand head of reindeer graslng on a mountain side. The Aleutian Islands are full of them. There are 150,000 or 160,000 reindeer in Alaska. They are a godsend to the natives. They go out with their little herds. An Indian or an Eskimo may not have over 25 or 30 reindeer, bat be herds them-as a careful husbandman takes care of hla little flock of sheep. Incidentally they are cleaning out the wolves and lynxes and the other predatory animats that Infest the country. The reindeer support the natives. And I truly believe that with, the great graslng lands that there are In Alaska, the future development of the reindeer aa a substantial source of meat supply for our country la one o£the most promising that we have before us. Now. the climate there Is not bad. Over in the Interior. In the Yukon valley, the atmosphere Is dry. and with the temperature 25 degrees below sera you can wear an ordinary hat all day long and your ears will not get cold. When you go out to the coast you get the moisture. Going away from the coast Into the Yukon valley you go over a mountain chain some 4,000 feet high, and when you get over that chain you are in the great arctic slope. I have come out of that valley with the thermometer 42 degrees below aero, where I could stay out doors all day without discomfort, and have dropped over that mountain chain only 30 miles and come out to the coast where the thermometer was 8 degrees below aero and have nearly perished with the cold. The interior Is a cold, dry climate. Animals can forage all winter In the Interior country. It would surprise some of you to know that In that country the ground Is eternally frosen. No one has ever dug through the frost, and they have been down a thousand feet. The fields of barley and rye and wheat are grown on the top of ground that Is frozen for a thousand feet beneath. It thaws on the surface In the summer time. It gets very warm. There Is daylight 10, 18 and 24 hours In the day, and crops mature quickly. They come right up over night. Of course, in the winter the nights are long and dark and cold, but the summer seasons are de lightful. The thermometer goes up to 80, 90 and 95 In summer, but In the winter it becomes exceed ingly cold. The coldest weather I ever saw lu the Yukon valley was 08 degrees, below zero. That Is cold weather, and It Is dangerous weather; but as you go dowu the Yukon river, and perhaps 500 miles from the mouth, there Is a Catholic mission, the Holy Cross mission. There is one of the most beautiful apple orchards I have ever seen, perhaps 80 acres of the most beautiful young apple trees Just coming Into hearing. And grazing over broad acres of clover was one of the finest herds of sey cattle I have ever seen. All that In a land that is frozen. It Is a queer country. Every rule of the geologists Is reversed when yon get to Alaska. And I tell you. gentlemen. Just ns sure as God. the future will unfold for Alaska and the Ameri can people the wealthiest possession held by any nation in the world. Mineral, agriculture, fish eries, stock raising—everything for future develop ment. It is the golden land of promise for the coming generation. All they want Is your help. Come and help them. Let us have 250,000 people In Alnska. None of the shakers mentioned Mount Mc- Kinley. It will be noted that the small map sug gesting the general course of the Alaskan railroad shows Mount McKinley. This great peak, with a surrounding area of 24200 square miles. Is now Mount McKinley National park. The government railroad runs close to one corner of the peak and will make It accessible. Mount McKinley National park lies approxi mately In the center of Alaska, in the midst of the vast wilderness to the south of the Taken and to the west of the Tanana. Here the Alaskan range, which forma a line of dbow-capped sum mits 200 miles long, culminates In several gigantic peaks, the highest of which —Mount McKinley— towering 20,300 feet. Is the highest mountain In the world above the line of perpetual snow, and one of the most .impressive mountains of the earth. Seen from an altitude of 1,800 feet. Mount McKinley is stupendous; travelers say that there la nothing like It, even among the higher Andes or Himalayas. The park area Is In scenic keeping with forests, glaciers, lakes, streams and lofty peaks. So from a scenic viewpoint the new McKinley National park takes place In the front rank of our 17 na tional parks. Mount McKinley Is a natural big game refuge. It la the fountain-head of the big game supply south of the Yukon and west of the Tanana. It la . the center of a region where big game abounds. Here can still be seen the wild game living In security, protected by the remoteness and rugged neas of the region. Great moose stalk through the valleys about timber line. Herds of caribou feed on the moss-covered hills. Bands of bighorns browse on the high mountain slopes. The grlxxly. monarch of the American wilderness, gives the crowning touch to this picture of a wild game paradise. But already Is this big game paradise menaced. The prospector, miner and' market hunter are closing In. The white man’s civilisation Is draw ing near. Already sledloads of wild game reach the Fairbanks market. With the completion of the government railroad New York will be but three weeks away. Our national expansion has always carried with It evils as well as good. Fires have swept away forests; dynamite and filth have killed off the fish; a leaden hall has exterminated the wild life. “Remember the buf falo !” When this day comes the blft game of the region will naturally gravitate to Mount McKinley. And there it will find sanctuary In the national park. So, aside from its scenic magnificence, the creation of Mount McKinley National park Is well worth while as a game preserve. On the other hand, so remote Is this vast wilder ness that the act contains a concession to the pros pector and the miner in the matter of killing game for food. The act establishes the park as a game refuge and provides a heavy punishment for the killing of game. There is, however, this pro viso: “Provided, That prospectors and miners en gaged in prospecting or mining in said park may take and kill there so much game or birds as may be needed for their actual necessities when short of food; but In no case shall animals or birds be killed In said park for sale or removal therefrom , or wantonly.” \ It Is obvious that Inasmuch as the passing of th« purk act does not modify or affect the mineral land laws now applicable to the area and hence doe* not exclude prospectors nnd miners. It would not do to prohibit the killing of game for food by them in case of necessity.