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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODO VMUIUAIj OCCDMUHfCM In ih an imal ami otter kingdoms an always Clin most Inti r Htlnif to the American peo ple. The editor readies that ol tola there ha BOl hi en enough "queer" happen ings, whlrh soemlniclv vlnlate nature's laws, and though usually law-abiding lie bM ndi :n ure.t to supply the mat In punaaac with this policy Nate Urefake, the IMoWBfd anil much-traveled natural Ist, who declined President I tooaevelt's of fer to accompany the executive en Ills Kant African hunting trip. MM employed to scout up hundreds nf unusual, yet In teresting occurrences. The tour took sev eral months and from tlmu to time the author mulled the following neeounts of the St range things which were reported to him. Only this week Mr. I'rrfako's dreams rame to an end. atid hi' delicate ly DOttAdod that In- had iiworn oft "for goad."- Bdltor'i Note. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO oooa AlilS CREEK. N. M. This town wns deeply stirred up nnd Paris Creek WOtolJ cir cles wore unusually agog up en (lie arrival of your corre spondent. The whereof of thin wns the hlrth of an ossified chicken from out of a hard boiled egg. This strange oc currence took place oa the fnrnt of II. J. Beamnn, a wealthy countryman. Mr. I mail nvers that he placed the hard boiled egg In the mother hen's nest simply to coax her to lav mid she being deceived Into the belief that she had laid the egg, proceeded to haich It out, the process taking four months. The wee chick has no feathers an.) much resembles n pottery creation It walks me chanically, Its small legs working In sock ets, while Its neck does not wag like that of the ordinary fowl In search of food. The youngster appears In Rood health nnd will probably live. So hard Is the chick's body that Mr. Seaman will paint the stars and stripes where the feathers should be and when the paint Is dry ho will present tho Wee fowl to the Smithsonian Institution nt Washington, which has been seeking just such a phenomenon for tho past 80 years. Tuscnlooloo. Nov. One of the quaintest exhibitions of mother love which ever drew liars to the ryes of n matineo girl was that which this small bustling city witnessed to day when a number of town officials off on a Junket, returned to tell of the manner In which a mountoin lion protected its voting. The officials had come to a point in a mountain pass and were surprised to see a little distance ahead of thorn a male and female mountain lion rolling a gigantic boulder down tho side of a hillock. Deftly the pair placed tho big rock against a hole In the face of tho mountain und then de parted in search of food. It was marvelous In tho eyes of the city officials and they pro ceeded to Investigate. In tho cavern they found seven lion cubs, playing peek-a-boo, secure from attack. The watchers hid a short distance away and a few minutes later wero greeted by the soft footfalls of the returning lions. Tho male, loosening a small rock beneath the boulder, allowed It to alip a fow feet to the Hght and both animals passed into the cAvern und oat of sight. local option city officials sight, being Momi Of After, Ark. In a part of ihls county which Is seldom frequented was found today a tree growing down ward Into the ground. It Is the only ease of Its kind In the world. Your correspondent saw the rare sight Tho roots of the tree project several feet above the ground and are of the pnlest green, while the leaves, some of which the wrlier dug up, are white and taste not uiillko celery. The only explanation of the strange occurrence was given by an old Indian who Is said to have lived In this section L'OO years. He Is known as Ilig Chief Kick a Hole In the Sky. and he declares that long ngo the chief of the happy hunting ground vented his wrath upon Hig Chief Kick a Hole in t he Sky's greatgrandfather, who had planted many trees. He caused the seeds to be planted upside down, thus accounting for nature's reversul. There wus once a whole grove of this in verted limber. "Heap much too plenty hunk." sighed tho aged red skin, as he turned to reenter ins caliln Firewater, Minn -Josh Stllllncs arrived in this city to-day from a hunting trip and told a wonderful story, which upon Invesilgatl.in of the quality of the liquor which Mr Stll lings carries, your correspondent found to be an absolutely true tale. Mr MUIIm. cm- "I was hunting bars up north and had trnced u big one hit () .'I rlllfnn nf trooa ...in to my surprise. I snw fly towards tin- a full grown Jack rabbit. BOttipi with eight pairs of wings. The rabbit Hew faster than the fastest trnln I ever rode upon. When my ns toniahmant had somewhat subsided I aimed my rifle nt a point about a mile ahead of the queer animal and so fast did It fly that it rnn right Into the shot. After half iin hour's walk 1 came upon tho enrenss. which had froren stiff. The wings were of fluffy down nnd curiously Bhnped. I was anxious to bring the flying rabbit home, bul that night It wbb mysteriously stolen and bo I have no proof for my story other than what little llcker I have left In my flask. Have another drink, friend?" Your correspondent then saw a whole flock of flying rabbits. The phenomenon Is wholly unaccountable. Gwan, N, J. The most wonderful sen fish ever seen appeared off this town twice dur ing the past fow days once by night and once by day. The reptile Is shaped like a ser pent and planted between Its eyes Is a gi gantic headlight, which Is only vlBlble at night and which marks the reptile's progress through the waves. Tho constant sputter of electricity in the form of dots and dashes led summer resldonts hore to believe that the serpent uses lie tall for a wireless instru ment and thus conveys messages to others of Tills la not a mm. Some of the missed tho ruro liio tired. TfiC PLYING EABBT MCJ&JZAfT Its species who arc in deeper water. The serpent se med to like this little summer vll lagi until Its appearance at night when It Is inpBoaad that the loving couples on the sands either made It envious or gave rise to nausea. Then it disappeared, its tuil tick ing off tho telegraph' i s "30." which means good night," nnd sometimes "never ngaln " For several days the young women bathers deserted their favorite haunts on the sandH and the young men wittily suid that at that time there was some i xcuse for not getting their pretty bathing suits wot. nellngpnth. Cal Probably the most won derful mistake whlrh nature ever made Is that which was unennhed here In the birth of a cow with lis horn: on Its renr hoofs. It has no horns on Its head. It was several months before the borni on Its hoofs began to' sprout It Is a ve ry savage animal and none dare go near It. for It fights Just as does a game rooster and Is more vicious. The owner, Mr. A. J. Hlrshfield, la planning to breed the species nnd hopes to develop a new sport to take the place of both chicken fight ing and bull fights. Ha held a contest last week between a bull dog and his "devil cow," the name which residents of thlB section have npplled to tho animal and the cow reduced the canine to mincemeat, giving rlae to a new industry that ol tho manufacture of bull-dog sausage. Ding a Ling, China The belief of five-year-old American boys that if they dig through the earth they will glide out in Chinese terri tory was Illustrated In a Jocular vein to-day when your correspondent arrived in a little suburb outside of Ding a Ling, in which all the houses are inverted nud hang thus from Macon, On. A crowd of grief stricken colored people con signed an assignment of flno pear trees to a grave nt Holing broke Just at dntk. thinking they wore the remains of Tooger Adams, a negro, woman, whose (hath was due to a stab from another negro woman In Tybee. The police had the case nnd worked It out; finding the dead woman formerly lived In Bo llnghroke nnd notified friends that the remains would be sent on the afternoon ci ntral train and when the box arrived containing the pear trees It had so much the appearance of a coffin caso that the pnrty took charge. For some re-sjui. not ex plained, the n did not get ' '"' Uie negroes """ '' nt the train took the This muohB with tho deepeatautrlght undeaPre, ear rtad aOMK would, in tji'mio of relative.,, UKS ittng nnd pi il I'U The not I tin body ""ihed by " it -aM. the jj, the wom an's assail ant and for that rea son, togeth er with the long delay after death, the box w a b not opened At 'he hour for the fu neral the colored pas tor had his text: "Ily their fruits ye shall know them." Pallbearers, mourners and attendants, after the usual custom, uctually burled the pear trees. When the next northbound Central pas senger train came bearing the corpse of the dead woman and the funeral attendants wore notified, there was umaxement nnd surprise. Wlnshlp Cabanlss. one of the most promi nent farmers of the community, found the mistake when he made a Bearch for the pear trees. Alton. 111. Nature. In an Altonlan mood, brought another wonder to the door of JameB Chessen of East Alton, noted as tho owner of tho famous swearing -parrot. When Chea san first proclaimed the versatility of his par rot's powers in profanity the bird was dubbed a nature fake. So Chcsson Invited a number of persons, among them a divinity atudent, to hear the bird rehearse. Since then Ches sen's reputation for truthfulness In East Al- ton has been unquestioned, even as tho pnr rot's popularity hns grown. Hut this time a hen was at the bottom ol It. rather a setting of eggs, which CheSSSn found In a nest reposing In the middle of a big pumpkin which he purchased from Her bert Cttlp, a truck farmer. Tho little brown hen had made entrance through s hole which a hungry cownil rows nre hungry In n pumpkin Held had bitten out of the gamboge vegetable. As Chesscn, who boasts that he drives a good bargain, gave only 15 cents for the pumpkin, and there were 14 eggs In the parrot nest, he thinks he Is the Ilnan rial gainer, though he may have to exhibit again to reestablish his reputation for ver acity. Chessen took the pumpkin In his hen houses, and now a setting fowl is clucking over the eggs. He expects to sell tho pullets, when they are hatched, at from 35 to BO cents apiece. Iiyspepsla, Kan. In a single night this hurg has passed Into history nnd ail because of the sidetracking of $50,000 worth of os triches here. The ost riches were bound for Los Angeles, Cal. It Is said thi' birds had not been fed since leaving Africa nnd the first thing they did wns to eat up nil the freight cars which pro vided their homes. Then they descended up on this town, first devouring a $200 plate glass window l.eorge ekaoni poultry store alsiut midnight. The town marshal fled when he saw the things that the ostriches relished. Inadvertently he ran right Into the flock In his flight. They looked him over, smelled him, but passed on to more savory delicacies In the shnpe of the railroad depot. Hav ing eaten this thev started In on tho homes of the residents and when dawn came there w-ns only a crumpled mass of ostrich language nnd some human cubs words, where the town once stood. Most of the residents tied In their night clothing to Hawkeye, a near by village, and hnvo formed the Society for the Prevention of Wearing OBtrlch Plumes Tho birds nre now roaming the coun try devouring everything In their way. Tho militia company at HawklnsvUlo may bo called out. Later It wasn't. Tho ostriches died. Atmosphere. N. C Physicians who were performing nn operation for ap pendicitis upon Herman Ornustark In this city today were astounded when they extracted four $5 gold-pieces from the appendix of the patient. Tho currency was piled In the appendix when extracted and one reiort haB It that the money wos labolod "Issue of 1904." Mr. Graustark is cashier in the First State Trust Company of this city and consequently was Immediately placed under arrest on charges of misapplying the funds of the bank. Ho pleads Innocence, declaring that ho must have accidentally swallowed the coins while biting them to see if they were genuine. Whee, Tenn. (Dy longdistance telephone.) Your corres-(hlc) pondent had quite a (hie) time to-day in this (hlc) hamlet. Ho had quite a severo cold when he struck (hlc) here nnd was one of tho hicers who were present at the dlac6v (hlc) cry of a magic well on the city hall square. The well flows real moon shlno whisky (blc, hlc). This Is a drysh town (hlc). The well Is a pub-(hic) llc utility. Jim Orson mado the (hlc) wonderful dis covery. It Is considered very (hlc) probable that the well will be enjoined from flowing by the supreme (hie) court. 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