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ALMOST IS "MISSING LINK'
Gorilla Vary Closely Resembles the Animal for Which Scientists Have Been Vainly Seeking. The gorilla has no foe but man. No flesh-eating animal in his territory la large enough to harm him. The gorilla is a vegetarian, so he kills no animals for food, and he has not progressed sufficiently along the paths of man to enjoy killing as a sport. He lives in amity with the elephants, buffalo and all the wild creatures in his neighbor hood, and in the Mlkeno region (fn Af rica) the natives drive their cattle in to the gorilla's mountains In the dry season of the year without molestation. Altogether, then, as the gorilla has no enemies, he has no need to fashion himself a bed out of harm's way, writes Carl E. Akeley in the World's Work. All the gorilla beds 1 saw .were on the ground. They consisted of a pile of leaves, about what the long arms of a gorilla could pull together without moving. I saw no signs of their oc cupying these hastily constructed sleep ing places more than. once. The gorilla makes no abode, has no clothes, uses no tools, unless grasping a stick may indicate the beginnings of such an idea. It Is still before the dawn of Intelligence with him. Yet scientists tell me that he has the pal ate and muscles that enable man to talk. In spite of Mr. Garner the go rilla cannot talk, but no one knows how near to it he is, perhaps a very long way. Of course, a parrot can be taught to talk, but a parrot has no brains to speak of, so that his talking is of no significance. But recent studies of the brain of John Daniel seem to place his brain about on a par with that of a two-year-old child. Now, a two-year old child can both talk and think. If the gorilla with his child's brain could learn to use his voice even like a par rot, we should have come very'near to having a contemporaneous "missing link." This, of course, Is a very un likely thing to happen, and it is not necessary, for science can make deduc tions from the gorilla's brain, muscle, habits, etc., which will enable us to understand more of the gorilla's sig nificance or evolution without such a spectacular eveut as his acquiring speech. 1 mention such a thing mere ly as an unscientific way of trying to dramatize the importance of the study of the gorilla. Of course, it does not follow that because the gorilla's palate and mus cles are like a man's he will be able to talk or pass Out of the barking or roar ing phase. *The gorilla has what might be cafled "roaring pouches 1 ' that extend down the side of his neck, it is an interesting fact that there Is evi dence 'of these same pouches on man, although they are nearly atrophied from long disuse. Reading the Sign». "You must learn how to handle your man," the young matron was 'explain ing to the engaged girt. "O'!», ! won't need to handle Tommy," answered the engaged one. "Oh, but you will," ln '''■'îed the matron. "TOiey are all alike, antr'jvw---------, ------ -v, ->— Now my Dick is about as good as they come, but Just the same I keep my eye on him and I know Just when he la feeling good and when he Is ■cross or discouraged. When he comes home with his hair standing on end, I know he is feeling good and I can tease Mm and boss him around and we have a Jolly time of It. When he feels good he runs hls fingers through hls hair and it stands up. That's the high sign. >Bnt when he comes in with hls hair Uçjked down flat, as If the cat had ap plied her tongue, I know he doesn't 'feel well or Is out of sorts or blue. Then I tell him to go smoke hls pipe whiled put dinner on the table. After dinner I coax him out to the movies or put some rollLcUng records on the phonograph or otherwise entertain him until I get him cheered up, then he is all right again. Oh. you'll have to learn, too, to read the signs." Henry's Dinner Missing. Henry A. Roberts, former state sta tistician, is looking for a negro with a strong arm. Roberts knows he has a etrong arm because he carried a two-bushel market basket of groceries from Robert«' automobile recently. The basket contained 24 pounds of flour, 20 pound« of sugar, eggs, butter aud trimmings to serve a wonderful Sun day dinner, which Robert« didn't enjoy. Not least among the contents was a nice fat chicken. Roberts told the po lice he expects the fellow to make a re turn visit to hls car, and he told them he doesn't wish any Interference when he finds him.—Indianapolis News. / Iceland and the Phones. Those who are accustomed to think of Iceland merely as a bleak land of perpetual snow and ice may be sur prised to learn that from the stand point of telephone development It is well up In the list. The actual num ber of telephones, which is about 2,300. may seem small, but the total popula ted is under 100.000, and on the basis of number of telephones per 100 popu lar: m Iceland holds a good rank. With Its 2.4 telephones for every 100 people Iceland comes ahead of Great Britain, which hae 2.1, France, which has only 1.2 telephones for every 100 people. Rivals for Rubber. The radio manufacturers and the makers of briar pipes are rivals for the vulcanized rubber which Is on the market and the extreme activity In radio circles has put a crimp in the nipt business. Deliveries of the rubber bits to the pipe manufacturers are trmx 1« to II weeks overdue. It is said that $MRM0 annually to-a con •wad*« aattmat* of the amount 'SANDWICH" LONG IN DISPUTE Invention of Toothsome Morsel Hae B*en Credited to Many, Including the Great Napoleon. Both Napoleon and Lord Sandwich have been given credit for inventing the sandwich, but Voltaire, in his his tory of Charles the Twelfth, king of Sweden, tells of how the king during Ills campaign in Poland and Russia never or seldom took time to sit down and eat his meals, but generally stood up, spread some butter on a piece of bread With his thumb and put a piece of meat, flçh or ejieeae on top of the butten This happened almost one hundred years before Napoleon. Apd In 1762, or sevra years before Napoleon was born, Edward Gibbon of "Decline and Pall" fame, noted in hls Journal under date of November 24 : M I dined at the Cocoa Tree. . . That respectable body affords every evening a sight truly English. Twenty or thirty of the first men In the. king dom supping at little tables upon a bit of cold meat or a sandwich !" When Napoleon was two years old Foote introduced the word In a play Of his, "The Maid of Bath," staged In 1771. riut the origin of the word was traced by Pierre Jean Grosley In hls "Londres," published In 1770. He re sided In London In 176f>, and refers to the word as having recently come into use. The title to authorship rests with the butler or attendant, who served I bin slices of beef between thin slices of toast to John Montagu, fourth earl of Sandwich (1718-1792), while the latter was attending a prolonged ses sion at the gaining table. FLOWER BROUGHT BIG PRICE English Horticulturists Paid Large Sum for American Plant With Somewhat Peculiar History. Ten thousand dollars is an extraor dinary price for a single plant; yet It was paid by English horticulturists for an orchid raised In America, the cattleya gigas alba. This cattleya was flowered In 1910 and exhibited at an orchid show in tile United States, where it was awarded a gold medal. The plant was found in 1909 in a lot of other speci mens of cattleya gigas. It was only by chance that the plant was not sold for a dollar or two. The only reason was that, after most of its companions had been disposed of, this one, With some others was set aside. Finally all the specimens were potted. To the great surprise of the horti culturists when, next spring, the plant came up, Ft was with pure white flow ers. The plant was sold Fn London for perhaps the highest figure that an erclitd 'Over brought. 'Why "The Innocents" -Succeeded. ■How easy it Is now 'to understand the prodigious success of "The Inno cents Abroad," appealing as It did pre cisely at the psychological moment, at the close of the Civil war, at the open ing of the «mich of'Industrial pioneer ing, in The hour when the life of busi ness had become obligatory upon every American man! Haw easy it is to un derstand why it was-so generally used as a guidebook by Americans traveling in Europe. It attacked not only the Il legitimate pretensions of the human spirit ibut the legitimate pretensions also. It expressly made the American iniiiiMn m«n n, «„„H .. to.. —■ . justness man as good as Titan and a little better; lit made 'him feel that art md history and all the great, elevated, idmlrable, painful discoveries of hu mankind were things not worth wast ng .one's emotions over—Exchange. G hange. ' Chiropodist« at a convention discuss the probability that women In another few generations will have only four toes. Tight «bora are deforming and Iwarflng the little toe. Instructors at swimming pools frequently comment nn the number <xf women whose little toes have almost disappeared. Back of this Is the biological prin ciple that nature wakes additions to the body when needed, and takes away parts no longer necessary. Thus fish in Mammoth cave are blind, not need ing eyes. A change ef diet has made a long human organ shrivel Into a small appendix. Ch«w Food Thoroughly. A point which counts much for eeoa jmy whether living at home or at restaurants is a rather funny one, you may say. I have not heard It men tioned often, l'eople usually laugh about it, but it Is very true, never theless. That Is that most people— not just the average person—but most people, do not chew their food suffi ciently to get the full nutrient value from It. If food were chewed three or four times as long as It usually Is, we would not eat more than half as much of It as we do. Think of cutting .vonr meat bill right in two in the middle! And feeling better for it!—Nellie Kel so in Thrift Magazine. Largest Book in the World. In the British museum may be seen an Atlas which is probably the largest book in the world. It measures 5 feet 10 inches In height, 3 feet 2 inches in width, and to lift it is con sidered a four-man job—with a fore man to stand by and say. "Gently, now !" It is bound iu leather, and eight distinct skins were used. On it are diamond-shaped spaces show ing alternately the rose, thistle aud harp. Three gilt clasps hold it to gether. This heavy tome was pre sented to the nation by Georgs IT, IB CARED LITTLE ABOUT MONEY Daniel Webster Refused to Be Both ered Over Comparatively Paltry Questfdne of Finance. In A. B. Farquahar'« "The First Million the Hardest" he optimistically points out that the senate has greatly Improved In business Integrity since Daniel Webster'« day. when senators conld not be expected to bother about paying their bills. Mr. Farquahar was once talking with Mr. Corcoran <of the Corcoran art gallery fame) In hjs bank pt Washington. Daniel Webster had Just been In to borrow money and had asked the cashier to discount his note for $100. The bank did not discount notes that were not Indorsed, so Webster went out and brought in a note for $200. indorsed by another senator with whom he had promised to divide the profite. Mr. Corcoran remarked that the only value of the note was as a curiosity. It was never paid, and the Riggs bank still has It. "Daniel Webster wai very careless about all of hls peraonal affairs," says Mr. Farquahar. "He was said to be scrupulous about paying hls gambling debts, but he did not bother with little bills. He often thought It quite enough to give a creditor a copy of hls sig nature without bothering to honor the promise to pay on it. "He was such a powerful, leonine sort of a man and hls voice was so glorious and magnificent that I do not believe any one in the country would have ventured to mention such a trivial thing as money in hls pres ence. Few more Impressive men have ever lived—In fact, he had been called a living He, because, as was said, 'no man could possibly be as greHt as Webster looked.' " REALLY IS "CRANE'S FOOT" Word "Pedigree" a Corruption of Tsrm Which Was Applied to Idea by the French. Perhaps, after all, it would be more appropriate to call a family "tree" a family "crane's foot." When one speaks of a person's "pedigree" he does not, at least consciously, mean to infer that this has anything In com mon with the foot of a crane. But this happens to be the literal mean ing of the word, which, like a num ber of others, lias found Its way Into English because of ths difficulty In applying the proper pronunciation to a French phrase. A pedigree Is, of course, nothing more than a list of ancestors, and this, when blocked ont In the manner dear to the hearts of genealogists, takes the form of connecting lines radiating from the common progeni tor of the family to his descendants. The French, always fond of painting word pictures of familiar objects, re ferred to ;a chart of this nature as a "pled-de-grue," or crane's foot, on ac count of the resemblance bet «een the two. The English appropriated the term bodily and translated it phonet ically ws "pedigree:'' Movement« of Fishes. Remarkable investigations lute the lixbU« of fish are being carried -eut by the British ministry of fisheries. The objet«, is to diettover how far and In whait direction -fish travel; whether there .are seasons In which organized "»•««■tlans take .place ; and how fast various kinds Of fish grow. A special resemch steamer has been fitted with tanks through >whlch sea-water flows continuously. (This vessel sets out from Lowestoft .and small hauls are made at «elected spots. The catch Is ' shot into a 'tank, and the liveliest', specimens are measured and marked. After this they are put Into a «ernnd tank, -and all sickly fish are weeded ont. The best specimens are set free, and a .record Is kept of the places where «hey were released. \ ' "Adamzad* The Cheinusit, or Nandi bear, a mys terious animai that la said to haunt (he deep forests In the more Inacces sible parte ef the East African high lands, has again been seen, this time by a party of reliable European and native witnesses. It has been seen by various people several times during recent years, but no specimen has been killed or cap tured. The latest description of the bear tallies accurately with previous reports. The anlmsl ie between five and six feet high, wmlks on hls hind legs something after the manner of a chimpanzee, and has a long fringe of white hair completely encircling Its face,—Milwaukee Sentinel. Precocity. In congress they tell this story of a certain youthful, but successful rep resentative. This gentleman's self confidence has always been most marked, a dominant characteristic even of his extreme youth. When he was about eight years old, he decided to take a Job during hls school vacation, and accordingly sought work In a grocery. After he had been there a week or so hls uncle meeting the old grocer, asked : "Well, how are you getting on with William at the store?" "1 seem to please him," said the old grocer with a smile. "I seem to please him." Americana as Lotua Eaters. From the Iowa conservation hoard comes the suggestion that we grow water lilies as a staple article of food. It la claimed that the Illy when peeled and boiled is as farinaceous and taate tnl aa (he »at ata, Bd ratifie Amerl 5 0 i Today we are happy in the thought of the confidence of our friends, their faith in us as mer chants aud as individuals. We extend to all oui- sincere wish for a Happy New Year Day Kinney Mercantile Co. "Always Reliable" Phone 37 Blackfoot, Idaho i MEilQRIAL NOT WELL KNOWN Bl|ttk 'of Granite on Colorado-New Mexico Border Erected In Honor ^ of President Garfield. r _ Jum over the Colorado border te tVew Mexico and on the eastern Slope of the great continental divide stands a large block of granite— « monument. An -/unknown monument. It 1« called by -some, because It Is ktiown only to those who hapiien to pas« It on a Tlt He narrow gauge branch of The Den ver A Rio Grande railroad. Towering more than a thousand feet above the Jagged floor of Toltec gorge, on the very brink Of a precipice, the-stone stands as a reminder of'the passing of President James Abram Garfield. It Is In the most remote part of the entire range of the San Juan mountains, s place where one would least expect to find anything but I nature's grandeur. ' It -w as September R 1881, that « ÖBSi H 'l'i OSLT THAT"» Ove n A MOMII, A60 AJOTM IT L AFTEQ CHRISTMAS AND TOO ACE JUST WORRTINO ABOUT IT • SAT - WHAZZlZ ALL THIS BOO HOOIN 6 A BOUT WHAT ? motliE J«i «t -nog» ME THAHKÇ61VIN6 OAT THAT FBEP MV FIANCE MAS A TERRIBLE PAST 1 HOME SHEET rii (he 0 o A? <7 u, » * Oacar can't you mm for by Terry Gilkison WELL -V0U SEE BEFORE CHRISTMAS » WASN'T TH/NK.IN6 ABOUT THE PAST- — > 1 WAS THINKING ABOUT THE. present! s U 0 ME M KBITS' □ SEND US A * HOME HABIT " welt PRINT IT FORN0U e.o.s saw "MV MUBBV ALWAYS PUTS' HAIR TONIC ON Hi? HAIR THE FIRST THING IN* TUB MORN Mb'. Special train was i-arryThg members of fite National Association of General rPnsscmror and Ticket Agents over the mountains. President Garfield, who hail_been wounded by 'an assassin's bullet, Imd died a few dttys before. When the excursion tTStn emerged from a tunnel and crep! out onto the shelf that overlooked Toltec gorge It was stopped. It was the hour funeral services were being conducted for the President. Each of 1l>e party gath ered rocks hiiiI idled them high ns a temporary monument. When the party was again In Den ver a monument was purchased anti sent to replace the little pile of rocks. PLACE OF SUPREME BLISS Ssvsnth Heaven Believed te Ba the Abode of the Almighty and the Chief Angel«. The Seventh heaven la the highest <of the sfven heavens of the aneleqj Jewish TxnhnllsTs. 7>r mystics, wïiêrcTti dwelt the Almighty and the chief nn gels; hence a state of ecstatic or;su preme bliss. In the system of the old Jewish mystics the seven heavens ruse one above another, like the stages of a mighty building. First entile the space between the clouds and the earth; second, the region of the clouds; third, fourth, fifth and sixth, the abode of the Lord God and the Seraphim. Heaven, according ■ • to Dante, in the "Paradis«," begins'-from the top of Mount Purgatory anil rises upward through the seven planetary spheres, the region of the fixed stars, and the "prliuuni mobile,' ranged In gradually extending circl«« beydath the qiiipyreau, the sphere of "unbhdled light." "the heaven of the heavens, 4 at the cental- of which Is the thmM of God Milion follows the same division in "Paradise I ost. 1 '- Chicago Journal. Sunday School Services at S p. at B> a. Mutual ; 1:11