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The midland journal. (Rising Sun, Md.) 1885-1947, January 28, 1938, Image 6

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Historic
Hoaxes
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By ELMO SCOTT WATSON
j © Western Newspaper Union
Wolf! Wolf!
E'OR several years, just as regu
* larly as winter came around,
priess association dispatches carried
the news about hunters up in Can
ada having to fight for their lives
against packs of ferocious timber
wolves. In fact, a winter without
slich a wolf story was like a winter
without Christmas and Santa Claus.
And strangely enough all of these
stories came from the town of Al
goma.
And then when the whole nation
had become thoroughly “wolf-con
scious” (and “Algoma-conscious”)
J. W. Curran, editor of the Sault
Ste. Marie Daily Star, confessed
that it was all a hoax. He had at
temped to interest outside newspa
pers in the resources of the Algoma
wilderness and had failed. So he
turned to wolves to help him. The
non-existent ferocious beasts turned
the trick.
Tourists were attracted to the
area in increasing numbers. Even
the discovery there of low grade
iron ore deposits as the result of
the provincial government’s offer
ing a bounty for developing iron
ore beds is credited to the wolf
campaign.
But after awhile Mr. Curran be
came tired of hearing his paper
called the “Wolf Gazette.” He had
accomplished his purpose and in
an editorial he exposed the hoax.
He said, “Any man who says he
was et by a wolf is a liar.” Then
he offered a SSOO reward for any
one who could claim that an Algoma
man had been attacked by a wolf.
That reward is still standing for no
one has yet tried to collect the SSOO.
There are wolves in that region but
it seems that they’re not as fierce
as the “Wolf Gazette” once claimed
they were.
• * •
The Archko Volume
TN 1879 Rev. W. D. Mahan, a Cum
* berland Presbyterian minister of
Boonville, Mo., published a book
called “The Archko Volume.” It
purported to be an official report of
the trial and death of Jesus Christ,
made directly to the Emperor Ti
berius by Pontius Pilate, governor
of Judea, which Mahan asserted he
had obtained from the Vatican in
Rome.
Its authenticity was immediately
attacked but Mahan defended his
work so vigorously that many peo
ple were convinced that it was genu
ine. Later he expanded the book
with the addition of other docu
ments, giving many new “facts”
about the life of Christ. These, he
asserted, he had obtained in the
Vatican and in Constantinople.
Since that time the Archko Vol
ume has been reprinted in many
different editions in many different
•cities; it has been translated into
foreign languages and thousands of
•copies of it have been sold all over
the: world. Despite the fact that
Dr.. Edgar J. Goodspeed of the Uni
versity of Chicago, an eminent au
thority on early Christian literature,
has proved that the book is a fake
from beginning to end, many people
still believe it authentic. And
strangely enough an original print
ing of this fake is now considered
a rarity and a valuable piece of
Americana, and several copies have
been sold for as much as SSO each.
• • •
A Bath for Miss Liberty
TO THE city editor of every New
York newspaper several years
ago came an announcement from
the “American Patriotic League”
that the Statue of Liberty was going
to be given a bath. It had been de
cided that the film of dust and
smoke from passing steamers must'
be removed from Bartholdi’s fa
mous statue but in order to avoid
possible injury to the metal, the an
nouncement said, a new supersuds
solution would be used.
The story, printed in all th epa
pers, was picked up by the press
associations and carried all over
the country. Immediately the col
umnists and newspaper paragraph
era began making wisecracks about
Miss Liberty’s bath and it became
one of the leading topics of the day.
But when an inquiry about the pro
posed, bath was made at the War
department, which then had juris
diction,. over Bedloe’s island, of
ficials there said they knew nothing
about the, matter. Then one New
York editor; became suspicious. He
dug up the original announcement
and looked at the address of the
“American; Patriotic League.”
By a strange coincidence it was
the same address as that of an ad
vertising agency handling publicity
for a soap company that was ready
to put a new soap product on the
market!
Beer Is Very Old
Historically, beer is of great an
tiquity. It was manufactured by
the Egyptians and by the Greek*,
Romans and ancient Gauls. The
Romans are supposed to have intro
duced the art of brewing into Brit
ain, the only intoxicating beverages
used by the Britons previous to the
Roman conquest being mead and
cider. Ale seems to have been the
current name in England for malt
liquor in general before the intro
duction of the use of hops from
Germany about 1534.
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MIDLAND JOURNAL, RISING SUN, MD.
ALL SQUARE
A man in Cleveland went to a doc
tor and was told that he was smok
ing too much. “Give up cigars for
six months,” said the medico.
“Good, that will save me fifty dol
lars,” remarked the patient,
“What’s your fee?”
“Fifty dollars,” replied the doc.
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Already Warned
Doctor—You had better take care
of your tongue.
Patient—Yes. I have two libel
suits pending against me!
Easily Satisfied
Judge—Have you anything to say
before I sentence you?
Prisoner—Nothing, except that
very little pleases me.
SPARE PARTS
"What are you doing now?”
"I have found a new circus act—
the friendship of a lion and a goat."
“But aren’t there quarrels be
tween them?”
“Oh, yes, they have their little
quarrels, but then we buy a new
goat.”

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