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Cottonwood report. [volume] (Cottonwood, Idaho) 1893-1901, August 11, 1893, Image 3

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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.

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