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, sl<* ' aabits, F well krunyn Rost frequently vas no uncommon ^ier years to see Mex rj-dian hoy» trailing ____rfhings at the ends of j)tring$ a|oj}g the streets of towns and settlements in Arizqna, tak ing care always to keep their hare fpet out of the way of the uncanny-looking lizard. Some times, too, Gila monsters, strapper} to a hoard like planked shad, would be offered for sale at prices ranging from a media (6} fents) to a toston (50 cents), with few or no buyers. In the event that nobody wanted to in pvease his menagerie with one of (he wicked-looking beasts, it was generally stoned to death by its owners as a protest against its general uselessness. Several years ago Gila mon sters hepame somewhat in de marçd for Eastern collectors, and st uffed or in the flesh they com mand better prices now', large specimens, presumably wanted for zoological gardens, being paid for at good figures. Strange ly enough, since the interest in Reptiles has grown it has^become somewhat scarce. In fact, the capture of one and its transition to a wire rat trap in the shop of a taxmidermist in an Arizona town is considered worthy of an item by the local reporter. No pooner has the news of the dis tinguished arrival been heralded than it is gravely inspected by every tenderfoot in town, who pesters its owner with so many "darn fool'' questions that he is glad to hide his acquisition in the back yard. Wost, of the fabulous stories circulated about the Gila mon ster have had their origin in the minds of curio sellers, who were thus bored to death by the seek er after information who was not willing to buy something and thus recoup the business man for his loss of time and the en nui that answering greenhorns produced, Whatever may have been said about the looks of the Gila mon ster, it is a fact that it is a re pulsive, crawling, uncanny rep tile, perhaps not so ugly as many another lizard—the iguana, for Instance—but - instinctively' ab horred because it is so slow. Flight being a matter of impos sibility with alie Gila monster, and as it lacks the cunning to leign death, it must necessarily assume a bold front when threat ened with capture or injury, and that it knows how to do in a manner which make even those totally ignorant of the danger they run careful of too'dose an approach. The length of the monsters us ually captured varies from one foot to two feet and a few inches, but specimens a foot and a half in length are those most gener . ally brought in. Of this the big •conical tail forms one-third, The weight will average from three to five'pounds. The head is more lance-shaped tnan that .of any other lizard found in Arizona, the consequence being tuât the narrow neck is very pronounced and imparts to the head while it moves something Very much like the rattlesnake's . performance. When attacked the Gila uion ,#t«r retreats about half his length and crouches close to the ground but rearing liead and neck in a tierce manner, while a black, forked tongue, over an inch in length, darts swiftly out of a tnouth abnormally wide and cavernous. At the same time it 4suis a hiss, jointly with a beneath* It. tion fails to repulse th< or the Gila monster will not hes itate, when thoroughly angered to make a snap-at the foe, be it man or beast. But it will nevei attack anything that it does not require for food unless first in terfered with. If escape be neai in the shape of a burrow in th< ground or a hole in the rockt large enough for its accommoda tion, the monster will discreetly retire from view and remain hid den until the enemy has retired. If the reptile manages to get a grip w'iih its horny mouth, as hard and cutting as that of a snapping turtle and tilled with sharp, needle-like teeth, upon tire yielding flesh of an aggress or, the vicé-likp jaws can only b( pried apart by great muscular action with some instrument The wounds shew all the indi cations of blood poisoning by means of venom, the limbs swell, .failure of the nervous system be comes apparent, and death may ensue, unless prompt medical as sistance brings relief. The story that the bite of the Gila monster is incurable is not true, but help must be obtained quickly, as several well-authen "ticated cases have proved. Cur iously enough, in the case of men who have been bitten, it was found that those who were strict ly temperate recovered far more quickly than those who were in the habit of taking stimulants. It turned out also that, unlike many cases in which bites had been inflicted by venomous snakes of the North American species, whisky did not act as an antidote at all, rather aggravat ing the symqtoms. E. L. Wstmoue, ataxerdemist of Tucson, who has disected many of these lizards, says he has been unable to discover w here the ven om -which they undoubtedly in ject into the wounds they prod uce comes from. ■ In poisonous snakes it exudes from sacs above the fangs, but in the Gila mons ter the closest investigation has failed to show any such glands connected with the teeth. Un doubtedly it is the saliva of the monster, lubricating its sharp incisors,'that produces the change in the blood. For that reason it is believed that in the salivary glands the venom will be found, but that is the extent of what is known of the Gila monster's dan gerous power. That the .brute is fierce and will fight hardja"remarkable bat tle fought at Tempe, near Phoe nix, on May 23d, showed, Mb. Heavenrich of the Tejnpe Hotel matched a fine specimen - which he owns with one brought in by a rancher living just outside of town. No sooner did the lizards see each other than, with flish ing eyes and jaws wide open, they proceeded to chew each oth er up. They fought up and down the room. The foul odor emAnating from their mouths nauseated the room. The fight lasted fully twenty minutes and only came to an end when the reptiles were so exhausted that they lay helpless side by side. Tliey were then separated and placed in different cages. The ranchers pet died during the night. The hotel lizard did not appear much the worse for wear, huts its distended and swollen body later showed that the virus of its opponent had been injected into the bites and was having its effect. By reason of its slowness the monster's diet is necessarily lim ited. It is a climber and has no difficulty in robbing npst6 in winch th p re are eggs or helpless - — indifference for Born toads and tor it sluggish black 'about six. inches iohg which it would have- no trouble m catching. When kept in a cage (he Gila monster is always fed on hen's iggs, the shells of which it cracks ' after which it ve.y neatly dis poses of the contents, Last y'ear W. L. Vail, a prom inent cattle-raiser of this terri tory, espied a Gila monster sun ning itself in the road while he was riding to Pan tana on horse back. lie threw stones at it, aud thinking it was killed, when in reality, it was merely stunned he tied it on behind the saddle to carry __ along as a curiosity. Near the end of his journey he put his hand back to feel for his game and the monster promptly bit him on the finger and held an like grim death. Its liead had to be torn to pieces before' the member could be released. Mr. Vail was hurried by special train to Tucson, and had a nar row escape. As it was, he was laid up for a long time and suf fered from the effects of it for a long time. There is found on the edge of Death valley in California a liz ard somewliat similar Jo the Gila monster, although, more agile. It is strictly a, vegetarian. This fellow is called the chuckawalla by the Coahuila Indians, who are said to be very fond of his flesh. The meat of this cou sin of the dreaded monster tastes, very much like chicken, and Americans who haye eaten it are not reported to have turned up tlieir noses at it. But I doubt very much if a Mexican of the oholo class or anybody else here could be induced to try a dish in which Gila monster was the piece de resistance. As for Apaches, it is known that they hate lish and reptilesof all kinds and never eat them even if starv ing to death, Frank Oakley. Tucson, June 15, 181)3. W. E. Graham, Dealer in furnture and undertak- er's supplies. Special attention given to undertaking and em- balming. I have the finest and cheapest, and will not ho under- sold by anybody. Three doors west of the post oliice, Grange- ville, Idaho, -Old papers for sale at the Re- port office: 50 cents per 100. Notice for Homestead Proof. Henry Greving, H. E. No, 2833. Land Oivick at Lewiston, Idaho. July 31, 3893. Notice is hereby given that the fol lowing-named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will lie made before the Clerk of the District Court at Mount Idaho Idaho, on September 9, 1893, viz: HENRY GREVING, for the NWtf NWJi Sec 10 NEV NE 1 * See 9 & Eb< SEW Sec 4 Tp 31 NB1WBM, He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence up on and cultivation of, said land, viz: William Harmann, Henry Helm, Edmund Sonner and Anton He.n dricks, all of Cottonwood, Idaho. 28-33 C. M. DAY, Register. Notice for Com. Homestead Proof. Charles F. Graham, II, E. No. 2433. Land Office at Lewiston, Idaho, June 26, 1893. Notice is hereby given that the fol lowing-named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will lie made before U. S. Land Office, at Lewiston, Idaho, on Aug, 7 1893, viz: Charles F. Gbahasi for the si,;} swj, e} sw} & swj sw} Sec. 23 T 32 N R 2 W, B. M. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence up on and cultivation of, said land, viz: Lyman T. Cornish, Thomas Moriarty, William McGinn, Andrew J. Bilyeu all of Mnsou, Idaho. 23-28 C. M. y. Register, Rfr- UIM r*ums!etit ! .miete Generally,' wrjtj find ijfuodafiona at This Hotel. The Comfort and' A ;,,u veulent e of Guests will be a Principal Consideration In the .Management of this House, and our patrons ' ' wjll Receive tin Worth of tlieir Money. Good Tables, Good Heels, "Good Treatment," Is Oar Motto. 0 H A RG KS l i E A RON ABLE C. B. WOOD, Prop, IV, AND 13 K SON, HORSESHOE« tint! BLACKSMITH. 3sÆe.otiii>e fb.^p^oia.lt.y. ALL WORK WARRANTED. Main Street, Oj)e doQr west of King A CqMpv's Butcher Klu>p Staore Tirne Card. Lewistor. Sc Oot,icqiwpoci : LK.VVLS 5 A. M. 7 A. M. ARRIVES LOOP. M. « P. M. LEWISTON. COTTONWOOD, Oottonwood to Mount IdaJao: Leaves Cottonwood 3 y. ni. and Orangeville 5.30 p. m-. Arrives at Mount Idaho 6 p. m. Mount IdaTtio to Oottop.-vo'Qea ; Leaves Mount Idaho 5 a, m;, Grangevjlie 5.3(1 a. in. and Denver 6 }). m. Arrives at Cottonwood 7 a. rn. Express «S& Freiglit -—HAULED AT— Reasonable Rates, Good Accommodations to PASSENGERS. FELIX WARREN, Proprietor. ,-1 RUBBER STAMPS, NOT OOTTONWOOD, IDAHO 45 WOOD CONE, Proprietors* We have fitted uP by the .wayside, A neat little house for you all, When you want-something good in our line Just drop in and give ne a call. FRED S. MERRILL, jxl 8PHAGUE AVI'.., HI'OK A V K, : r : : r WASH X y pe writers AND OWICE SVt'l'LlKS. THE NEW YOST THK AT iS I' AND KKsT . No Kibbm, No Shift K*yu, No Old F«yy Id?«?, JlAXOHOHfc OVTAUOl-Vr- KUiitG, ( itu . A (ft for JVtts/i. and Xorth Idaho. 'S SEALS ETC., MADE TO ORDER. LIVERY, FEED AND SALE STABLE, J. W/GAINS, PROP. FIRST CLASS HIGH ALWAYS ON HAND. CAN FURNISH DRIVER IF DESIRED, Horses boarded Lv day or week at reasonable rates. K One door West of Cottonwood Hotel Main St Qottonwood ' IdeUno SAW, TUNING« SHINGLE MU, 8HI8SLER, INC« Proprietors, All classe» qf Rough gnd Pre*sed Lumber, including Can* Edge Grained Flooring on band, Clear 3-inch PICKETS |1,S01 SHINGLES* Rift Sawed, RUSTIC, , »b » IDAHO Kill, Saw and Planing Mill, ■ ,o;Oto .u.« COTTONWOOD, IDAHO, Keep const mtly on hand all T-r—.o'asses of— ROUGH AND FINISHED LUMBER. Canted Edge-grained Flooring » specialty. Prices on application, II. A. STEIME, DEALER IN STOVES & TINWARE. Copper and Galvanized Tanks Made to Order. All kinds of Plumbing, Gaspipe Fitting, Roofing, Tinware Repairing, Speicial attention paid to «•"WATCH REPAIRING Jg® When in Orangeville please give us i call. H. A. 8TKINKE. JERSEY- HOUSE. ----o;Oio-— Jan. Edwati : r Proprietor, GFOOD Connected with the Home, Grangevllje, * Idaho. PALACE SALOON BEN GERDING, Proprietor. Keeps Constantly on Hand the Celebrated A No. 1 Cutter WHISKEY. Also the Choicest Brand's of Win»» LIQUORS dfc CIGARS, COTTONWOOD, . IDAHO, Pioneer Saloon, r-»—o:0:o--— Best Wines,-Liquors and Cigars -0;0 lo iter -A-pril 1*5 til, Prices As Follows; Meals............. .25 cents, Beer three drinks for 25 cents. Beer per quart......25 cents, All other drinks, each 10 cents, All parties indebted to me; I will discount all accounts 15 per cent, for cash, and de-> duct all interest on notes beside 15 per cent, for O AS H. Rotot. Nugant Proprietor, I cotton#»* One door east qf Wax & Goldstone'e. store.