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MARLEYJHE CLOWN
By ELIZABETH SCHOEN COBB.
From a distance Marley, circus
clown, worshiped tho daring female
equestrienne, Gloria. It was no won
der! She was unlike any datnty-toed,
sylph-fashioned girl who had ever
swayed trippingly across the plat
formed back of a trained ring steed.
"There was none of the simpering
praise Becker In her smile or of flam
ing audacity In her pose. She was
Elmply a lively, delighted girl, full of
vivacity and loving the sawdust at
mosphere because she had been
brought up in It, her father having
been a ringmaster for over a quarter
of a century.
Gloria's father watched his mother
less child as the applo of his eye. Hd
was Jealous of any attention bestowed
upon her by her fellow actors. When
her part was over, her chaperone took
charge of her,
"A new clowns eh?" he remarked to
the manager tho day Marley appeared
to succeed the one invalided.
"Yes, and a good one," was the re
sponse. "Ho will have to learn the
antics, but as to the face and voice, he
Is a genius.
So it proved. All the players know
was that Marley had been an actor,
then a teacher in a school of mimicry.
Then ihe new-comer turned out to be
a mystery. He acted strange and un
social. One would almost guess he
was striving to hide himself from
anmarinilif n m aAtnnllitnw '
"He leaves the' show and disappears,
and you never see him on the street,"
said Mr. nice one day to tho man
ager. t "Whnt (nnttnrn. sn tin Alia tho. hill
and draws the crowd?" retorted the
manager.
"Yes, ho does that, all right," was
conceded.
, Then there happened something
that awoke both gratitude and un
easiness in tho old ringmaster. One
quickly. "I am neither Chariot) Pnga
nor nn embezzler, but duty demandB
that 1 should bo the scapegoat for
both."
"Oh, I knew you wero innocent! "
cried Gloria, her hands clasping his
arm fervently. "No, you shall not sac-
rlflco yourself. Quick this way!
It was with considerable wonder
ment that a search for Marley began,
the manager noting that ho had disap
peared. It was with irascible defeat
that the officers realized that their
prey had escaped them.
Gloria's heart fluttered for hours af
ter that. More than onco her eyes
glanced toward the cage where her
performing tiger, Hudah, was con
fined. Sho learned that 'a guard of
offlcers hung around the outside of
the tent. ,
And there within, in the cage, hid
den by tho great canvas cover of the
cage wagon, Marley lurked. Ho was
at the mercy of the ferocious Hudah,
but he held a talisman that made tho
animal gentle as a kitten towards
him the scarf Gloria always, wore
when in the cago. When the great
clrpus caravan wended lta slow,- gaudy
way from tho tity tho next day, tho
watching officers again missed it in
finding a clew to the man who had
vanished.
The show made a long trip across
four states. That evening they settled
at their fixed stand, lllce called Marley
into his room at the hotel.
"Now', then, I want your story," he
said, mandatorily.
"Why?" challenged Marley.
"For Gloria's sake."
That was enough. If Gloria was In
terested! Ah! was It fr'iendshlD. erat-
Itude only? But Marley recited all the
details .of an event, where, to save a
Borrowing mother, ho had assumed the
blame of the crime of another.
"I have an offer for a long tour In
Europe," said Rico. "Thero you would
lie safe."
"But why should I trouble you
thus " began Marley, and the old
ringmaster answered:
"I think Gloria will wish to go wh'exo
you go. She believes in you. Are you
dense, man! Sho loves you, and I
know you to be a man of honor, and
I """Now, Then, I Want Your Story!"
night, just as Gloria was rounding the
ring with tip-too elegance, n gasoline
chandelier fell across the head of the
steed sho rode.
The horse screamed, reared and
backed. Gloria sprang lightly to the
sawdust floor of tho arena. A whirl
of the scattering flames, however, had
caught her'light gauzy dress. '
A shriek of alarm rang from the au
dience at this vivid picture of Impend
ing destruction.
"She is doomed!"
."Save her oh, quick!"
The ringmaster stood petrified with
helpless dread. Others, in the ring
moved forward, but stupidly gazed,
with no plan of aid or rescue. A quick
figure suddenly flew past dressing
room curtains. It was Marley.
His face was white as death, his
eyes glowed eager Are. He had torn
down a drapery In his mad rush. How
he did it, ho himself could not tell
afterwards, but in a flash he had en
veloped that beloved form, extin
guished the flames and Gloria, her hair
barely singed, bowed and smiled to
the audience, while Marley tottered
back out of view, face and hands
seared and blistered.
But the audience would not have it
that way. They yelled and clapped
their hands and shouted until the man
ager forced Marley Into tho ring.
Gloria, radiant, had caught his hand,
and both stood bo'wlng amid the deaf
ening plaudits.
' ' ' The thrill of that sweet contact re
warded Marley for all he suffered.
Then after that, whenever she came
to the tent, Gloria lingered always a
few moments by the side of her hero.
This it was that the ringmaster re
sented, fearing a growing attachment
between the two. He need not have
worried, however. Marley held Gloria
as high above him as the stars. Be
sides that, a certain secret in bis life
oppressed him, crushed him, shut him
away from appearing as the true man
that he really was,
It was one morning, about a week
after this episode, that a few of the
actors met to rehearse a new act.
The ringmaster, for a wonder, was ab
sent, but his daughter and Marley
were both on hand.
They had drawn aside In tho dressing-room
entrance to await their call
In the act bolpg rehearsed, and were
conversing casually, she with interest
as always In her companion, he with
glowing eyes, fqr her presence was a
sweet balm to his loneliness and
trouble, .when two men came through
the main entrance and approached the
manager,
"You have a man hero named Mar
ley," spoke one of them.
"Yes, what of it?" snapped the man
ager, ruffled at the intrusion.
"We aro officers of the law, and we
have a warrant for his arrest as
Charles Page."
Gloria fixed her startled eyes upon
her companion. Marley bad paled. He
shrank back.Bllghtly.
"He Is a criminal, an embezzler,"
continued tho officer.
"I shall go with him," spoke, 'Marley,
And so the circus romance ended in
a quiet, happy wedding, and peace, and
security and love.
(Copyright, 19U. by TV. G. Chapman.)
LIKES TO ENCOURAGE BORES
Formerly Man Shunned Them, But
Now He Listens and Smiles
Graciously.
"A friend .of mine," said MaJ. Jasper
Bulwinkle, according to the Indianap
olis News, "has taken on a new fad,
of which he is likely for some time to
come to have a monopoly. For some
time it has been in my mind that ho
was in some fashion making a study
of me. Ho was not long since 'a per
son of somewhat irascible temper and
listened but. badly to some, I may say
to nearly all of my best stories. Now
ho smiles encouragingly and listens
as a lamb meekly to any narrative, no
matter how ancient, how long or how
dreary it may be.
"No matter how anacoluthic an
anecdote, In the telling ho remains
smiling to the end. I have recently
found out that I am not the only per
son to -whom he is so gracious, that
half a dozen persons whom you and I
know to be out and out bores are be
ing assiduously fostered and encour
aged by my strange friend, and I no
longer enjoy the monopoly I supposed
was mine.
"'It is a whim, a fad,' he admitted
to me the other day, 'that I have taken
up and out of It I get not only amuse
mentand some little Instruction
but a discipline in patience that I
have long needed. It Is teaching me
to be kind, gentle and considerate of
certain cf my fellow creatures whom
heretofore I have shunned as a pesti
lence and to whom has been given
the unlovely designation of bores.
Thus far in this new cult I believe I
am without competition. I have en
tered a neglected field, a field from
which other students of mankind have
been too willing to escape. I am only
sorry that the greatest commonwealth
of boredom has been overlooked, nay,
positively shunned by me so long. My
fear now Is that when these bore
friends make the discovery that I am
actually finding enjoyment in their
fatiguing wearlsomeness they will set
up a quarantine against me.' "
.dJS. NE of the queerest farmTlrTthe world fPB JPfSS" Jrj.jSI
JfM Is located 75 feet underground. In a 111 . r CWUWi IOKtv!SJt' Jmf
There are small caverns In which SwVWm "' ' ' " TVt' S&tt&5(3Ap
Process of Evolution.
The evening primrose of Lamarck
is a flower which, Hugo de Vries has
discovered, most easily proves La
marck's theory that evolution pro
cess by "leaps" and not by slow and
Imperceptible changes over millions
of years. De Vries announced at the
University of Brussels that one or two
in every hundred evening primrose
seedlings would produce new races
that. are readily kept pure during their
succeeding generations? He predicts
that the principle of variability dis
covered here and lu other plants and
animals shows tho way into a "vast
now domain of investigation."
His Time Had Come.
Again that ringing in his ears! It
was the warning he had dreaded. He
knew his time had come. Yet, al
though he had started at tho sound, he
seemed half-dazed and wholly careless
of the consequences. But, .etlll the
ringing in his ears! "Brat It!" ho
Anally said, and springing from bed
tho careworn commuter shut off the
alarm clockand proceeded to dress for
the 7:10 train. Puck.
Mildew Stains.
- Mildew stains aro sometimes a
source of great trouble, and are diffi
cult to remove unless you know Just
the right way, nub a little soap over
the mildew spots, and on top of this
a little chalk and lemon Juice, It the
garment is then put out in the, sun
for a couple of hours and afterwards
washed In the usual way the spots
will disappear.
Entirely Too Old.
. Wife Any fashions in that paper,
Jack?
Jack (who has 'JUBt settled a dress
maker's bill) Yes, but. they're no usa
io y"j, aeor. us yesterdays paper!
to the farm" mania took possession of him. He
wanted a small farm in the Ozarks, but he ex
pected to cultivate It in the usual way.
Casting about for a location Mr. Smith found a
tract of 26 acres three miles beyond the termlnuB
of the National cemetery road that runs out from
Springfield. It was a rolling tract, with sloping
fields and a bluff and a woodland. Under tho
bluff was a cave, known as Fisher's cave, from
the name of a former owner of the place.
The SL Louisan looked over the place, pur
chased it and became Farmer Smith. But before
making the purchase he determined to become
Cave Farmer Smith, to be the pioneer In a new
and unique sort of agriculture. Somewhere he
had read of the mushroom industry in France,
where abandoned quarries, artificial caves, wero
rented to growers of the delicate fungus which
is so much in table, demand by epicures when
they are assured that it Is not a toadstool.
He studied diligently the haunts and habits of
the mushroom, which knowledge led to his estab
lishment of the first and only natural cave farm.
From mushrooms to rhubarb and celery and frogs
Farmer Smith progressed by easy stages, experi
menting as he went along, until finally he devel
oped a system of intensive underground farm
ing, which has given him a unique position
amongst the million of American farmers.
Mr. Smith learned, In tho first place, that
Fisher's cave has an even temperature of 60 de
grees all the year round. August may fry and
sizzle at 100 in the shade of the saplings just
outside tho mouth of tho cave; inside, back be
yond the curve where daylight dies and midnight
darkness prevails, the temperature is 60 degrees.
January zero weather may, and does create ice at
the mouth of the cave; back in its depths the
thermometer registers exactly 60 degrees.
Fisher's cave differs from the ordinary cavern
of the Ozarks, of which thero are many, in its
freedom from a disagreeable and chilling breeze.
There Is no apparent air current, no clammy
feeling, and yet the atmosphere always is fresh
and there Is enough moisture to give gTowth to
such plants as flourish In the dark. This Is a
highly important factor in cave farming. Many
caves drip so much moisture from the roof that
it is impracticable to grow crops of any sort.
Fisher's cave has a happy minimum of dripping.
In many places the roof of limestone is dry
enough to light a match by friction.
There was some "clearing" to be done in open
ing .up this novel farm. No trees, bushes or
weeds, of course, were In the way, but there wero
Btalagmltes to be "grubbed" out, and there were
downhanglng stalactites toibe removed. These
rock formations, built up by the slow-dripping
process of ages, were broken off where their re
moval was found necessary, and they served as
material for banking up a lake outside of the
cave, fed by clear water from a perennial river
that runs through the cavern and empties at its
mouth. This lake camo In handy later on as- an
outdoor picnic ground for bullfrogs when they
wearied of the inner recesses.
Having bleared his farm, Mr. Smith found It
necessary to Introduce some soil. There Is a
clayey substance called ochre covering the. floor
here and there, but many of the little "fields"
were floored only with the bare limestone. The
first task was the building of a boat, for river
navigation was necessary In order to develop the
farm. There is only one way to get to and from
tho Smith farm, and that Is by boat.
Mr. Smith built a flatboat, 25 feet long, G feet
wide and 1 foot deep.' This peculiar craft Is so
steady that the pastime of "rocking the boat" Is
Impossible. One may stand in any corner of the
boat without causing it to tip up. The boat has
no oars, no paddles, no motive power, except ,a
polo operated by the muscles of tho - pilot. A
wharf at the mouth of the cave, where 'the river
is about forty feet wide. Is the mooring place of
the flatboat when not in use.
When Mr. Smith wishes to get Into his farm,
he steps Into the
boat, pushes it off,
poles It along first
by poking the pole
against the bottom
of the stream and
later on by put
ting it in contact
with tho roof and
the sides of the
cave. Here and
there his hands
come into play. He
grasps a stalactite
that has escaped
the clearing process, or the Inverted stump of.
one that has been broken off. The boat moves
with surprising smoothness and celerity.
Navigation thus being established, It was an
easy matter to take top soil from the land outside
and transfer It to the floor of the cave. Com
paratively, little soil was required for the grow
ing of such crops as the farmer found possible
underground. For the mushroom fields the chief
need was a thick bed of manure, which was
topped by nn inch or so of soil after the mush
room spawn had been planted and had begun
to sprout.
Tho rhubarb required soli enriched by manure.
This plant being an outdoor vegetable, according
to all prior agricultural experience, Farmer
Smith's experiments fh growing it in the dark
were at 'first 'the subject of somo derision from
the real Top-o'-the-Ozarks farmer. But as time
wore on and. it was discovered that rhubarb
thrived and grew amazingly In tho cave, this
derision changed to congratulation, and in some
Instances to envy, for the outdoor vegetable
growers, who lacked underground fields, learned
that Mr. Smith was beating them to the market
The rhubarb Is first planted outside. When the
roots get a fair start, they are taken up and
transplanted in the cave. The rapidity of the
plant's growth in tho cave is remarkable. Mr,
Smith does not advance any scientific reason why
rhubarb thrives so well in the dark, but he says
he can almost "see it grow" when he poles his
bo'at into the cavern and surveys his crops by
the light of his oil lamps.
"I found," he said, "that rhubarb stalks grew
about an inch a day. I picked out individual
stalks and kept tab on them, finding that In 21
days a stalk had grown 22 Infche's. The plant Is
firm and Juicy, of a more attractive plnkness
than when grown outside, and the fiber Is more
tender."
On surface farms rhubarb requires cultivation
to keep dawn the weeds and let in moisture
about the roots. In the cave this is not neces
sary, as there are no weeds and the native mois
ture is sufficient to give growth. There Is no
sun heat to bake the soil and thus make frequent
plowing or hoeing necessary. Drouth never af
fects the crop,
Dry seasons, that stunt vegetable growth on
the surface, have no terrors for Farmer Smith,
since always there is the same degree of mois
ture in the cave. "Backward" seasons, due to
continued cold weather, or too much rain, like
wise are not taken Into consideration. That even
temperature of 60 degrees, regardless of outside
weather conditions, gives cave farming freedom
from the Ills that affect plants exposed to cold,
heat, wind and rain.
, Celery is another vegetable with whjch Mr.
Smith has experimented successfully. The cave
Is used for bleaching the celery, -which is trans
planted after being grown on surface ground.
The celery stalks are set several inches apart,
and they take root in the cave soil, but are not
banked up as on outside gTound. Banking la
made unnecessary because of the lack of light
and sun heaL' The stalks bleach beautifully and
evenly, and they have a superior tenderness
which the eplcurian teeth welcome.
Before civilization came, bears used Fisher's
cave for their hibernating refuge. The marks of
their claws aro still visible in the ochre side walls
of the cave and their winter beds have been
turned Into mushroom beds. The mushroom
sprfwn comes In bricks, which are broken into
bits and thus introduced Into the manure, which
lies in long ridges. The fiber ' spreads until It'
knits together from each lump, and the whole
bed becomes a mushroom unit, which in a few
weeks produces thousands of the little hooded
fungi. From one mulching a bed-continues to
produce for two or three months.
''I never found any trouble in getting a market
for my mushrooms," said Mr. Smith. "They sell
Mola, One of the Strangest Crea
tures of the Sea.
Thousand Pound Fish, all Head, but
Can Jump Delicate Pompanoei
Which Glide Like an Aeroplane
Striped Shark That Leaps.
readily' at 50 cents a pound. That is nearly all
clear profit, the only expense to be figured being
the cost of the spawn and the work required in
bedding and picking them. They keep sprouting
up for many weeks after the first gathering, and
it is necessary only to go over the ground again
to get a fresh supply. One mulching will run
out in about three months. Figuring in the time
required for the mushrooms to begin producing,
after the beds are planted, three crops a year
are practicable.
"One square foot of ground sometimes pro
duces two pounds of mushrooms from one crop,
though this is above the average. I should say
that from a pound to a pound and a half is the
yield that can be counted upon. I have not used
all the available space in the cave suitable to
mushrooms, because I have other Interests that
require my attention for a considerable part of
iue year, dui my experience In raising mush
rooms has shown that, with comparatively little
labor, I can clear $100 a month from mushrooms
alone. I have done that and could make a good
deal more at It, if I devoted my attention ex
clusively to mushrooms.
"This cave Is a natural storage house for such
fruits and vegetables as require an even tem
perature high enough to keep them from, freez
ing and a degree of moisture that will not cause
sprouting. Sweet potatoes are the most profit
able for storage. Many farmers hereabouts raise
large crops of sweet potatoes, and for 20 miles
around they bring their product for storage in
this cave. I get 15 cents a bushel for their stor
age over winter, so you can figure out how profit
able that branch of my cave Industry is."
The farmers realize a large extra profit on
their sweet potatoes thus held In storage until
early spring, when they can supply the tubers
to a market that Is not glutted. Mr. Smith says
that at times sweet potatoes have been kept in
the cave two years and at the end of that period
have been found to be in fine condition.
The frog item in cave farming is a considerable
one, although it Is limited to the frog season
Bull frogs have a natural habit of hibernating',
like bears, and no amount of coaxing, or coach
ing, on the part of Farmer Smith, has Induced
them to keep themselves "In season" the year
round.
Just outside the, cave Is the special frog lake
where the hoarse-vpiced bellowers are fenced in
with wire netting to keep them from migrating
when they emerge from the cave for an outing'
Back in the cave, when the frogs come out of
their winter refuges, they seem to take much
delight in Bitting upon the stumps of stalagmites
croaking so loudly that the cavern echoes each
croak Into a chorus. The river Is always near
at hand for them to leap into for a frolic.
The chief advantage of having the cave for
frog cultivation lies in the fact that the darkness
makes frog hunting as profitable In daytime as it
Is outside at night. The frogs are caught by
blinding them with a sudden light thrown in
their faces. This startles them so that they are
both mute and motionless, and they are scooped
Into a net and carried out to be killed. Their
"saddles," otherwise their long and luscious hind
legs, are cut oft and shipped to market. Frogs
legs bring from $1.50 to $2 a dozen in the mar
kets. It requires two years for a tadpole to grow into
a marketable bullfrog. The Fisher's cave frogs
are noted for their unusual size. They spend a
large part of their time in tho cave, where they
are protected from tho premature doom that
overtakes many frogs before they have attained
the proper size.
A MODEST MAN.
"Do you tell your wife everything?"
"I certainly do not!"
"Aha! I suspected that you were that kind of
a man!"
"I don't know everything."
SUFFERING.
"They say that birds suffer when their feathers
are removed by collectors." . 1
'- i-.J'Not' asmuch as women Beem to uffer'when
feathers are removed by customs collectors."
INCREASING THE TROUBLE.
Church Do you think indigestion Is on the
increase?
Gotham It must be. I saw where a boy was
born, the oUaer day, with two stomachs.
CAN'T MAKE KITCHENER TALK
British Field Marshal Has Proved a
Hard Subject for Reporter'
Efforts.
Many have been the attempts to in
terview Lord Kitchener. About these
tho best story Is that ot the Yankee
who handed bis card to the general
when ho returned from South Africa,
with the remark, "Sir, I represent that
paper."
"How Interesting," responded Lojjd
Kitchener, turning his back on the
would-bo interviewer,
Another story comes from Aberdeen.
Lord Kitchener waB discovered one
morning at Aberdeen station, having
arrived there on his way. to Balmoral
by the night express, The youngest
reporter of the evening paperwas on
the platform, and approached the great
mani explaining that ho represented a
local Journal.' "Glad to meet you,"
said his lordship, "Now, tell me, do
you know Aberdeen well?" "Yes,"
said the youth, delighted to find bis
victim so complaisant "Excellent,"
said Lord Kitchener. "Then you can
tell me where I can find a good barber,
one who really shaves well." "Oh,
yes," replied the newspaper man, and
he led his lordship to a barber's shop.
His lordship thanked him much, but
the i youth Interposed with a request
that he might state he had spoken to
Lord , Kitchener, He hoped for moro
of an interview.
"Certainly.'f responded the field mar
shal heartily, "and you can add that
you are the most obliging and intelli
gent inhabitant of Aberdeen I have
ever met!" The lad went back to
his editor rather shamefacedly with
hlB tale, but the expert was enthusi
astic. "Write every word," he com
manded, and himself supplied a string
ottieadlngs, in which "Lord Kitchener
In Aberdeen Interview with our rep
resentative thla morning" were the
least
One of the strangest Jumpers It has
been my good fortune to watch and
catch is the sunfish, or mola, in all
probability the strangest fish In the
sea, as it appears to be all head, says
a writer in the New York Press. This
is so seemingly true that In a speci
men three feet long the vertebra la
but an Inch and a half long. Somo
of tho fish weigh over one thousand
pounds.
I have had some weird experiences
with this fish. In 1875 I was fishing
at the mouth of the St. John river,
Florida, for channel bass, tarpon and
big sharks, when a monster sunfish
camo sailing In and, like a ship,
grounded on tho bar opposlto Pilot
town. 1 went out to watch its capture.
It wbb said to weigh 2,200 pounds,
and looked It. It was 11 feet high.
The next one I saw was oft the Isles
of Shoals, In 1877.' I had been trying
to take a tuna with a rod off Boon
island, and on the way, in the dory,,
wo nearly ran Into a sunfish. I hooked
on to It with a gaff and brought it in.
Later at Santa Catallna I found' a very
large one. I ran alongside, seized Its
fin and bent it over the rail while tho
boatman cut a hole in the fin and
passed a rope through it
While we were doing this the mon
ster nearly wrecked the launch and
towed us toward shore; when we final
ly got It In tow our launch could not
move when tho fish felt like swim
ming the other way. It took two
launches to tow this sunfish, which
must have weighed over 1,000 pounds.
Into Avalon bay, where I had an ex
cellent opportunity to watch and study
it, after which I released it uninjured.
Off Santa Catallna or San Clemente
in summer thousands of the young of
this fish are seen from a foot to three
feet In length. They swim in small
schools; are very social, swimming
about the boats, engaged in a contin
ual game of leaping. Sometimes wher
ever you look you see a leaping sun
fish. At times they leap very clumsily,
but generally come down with a re
sounding crash. To see dozens of these
"big heads" In the air coming down.
In a continual patter Is fascinating.
The big barracuda and the klngflsh
of Florida are Jumpers of high degree.
The former is a wild and splendid
jumper after it is hooked, while the
latter makes magnificent leaps after
the bait before.lt is hooked; so it is
in the class with the tuna. I should,
not care to go on record with a mere
guess as to the length of the Jumps,,
but they aro supreme In vivacity,,
length and exhilaration among the wild
linny tribes of the sea.
That there should be so great a
difference In the mere leaps of game
tlsU seems impossible to tho layman,
but your keen observing angler no
tices all the niceties of the jump and.
Is quick to see it.
Several years ago I was fishing Just
outside of Aransas pass, Texas, for
channel bass, which we took with
shrimp' bait In extraordinary holes In
the lagoon when the gafftopsail catfish
would allow It. This -was an extra
ordinary locality for Jumping fishes.
Apparently everything leaped, and at
the slightest suggestion. If I splashed
the water with an oar a score of
mullets would go Into the air, and over
what appeared to be a variety of tule
there was a constant flash of scales In
the hot August sun.
Suddenly the pompanoes began to
leap and I was afforded a remarkable
opportunity to watch their methodB.
The pompano Is a little fish, but very
broad. An ordinary leap covered ten
or 15 feet. But the peculiar feature
was that this little fish, about the size
of the palm of your hand, did not
Jump high, yet covered Incredible dis
tances. After watching several I be
lieve 1 solved the mystery.
In leaping the pompano did not go
np; it dashed out of tho water at an.
angle and when at an elevation of four
or five feet I distinctly saw It turn on
Its side, and so, like an aeroplane, with
its broad surface to the air, it slid,
away in a long and graceful parabola.
I saw this repeatedly, as the fish
were jumping by our boat every few
minutes, and 9one or two fell Into the
boat. A friend told me that In beat
ing up a narrow river in Florida -he-alarmed
a school of these delicious,
delightful little fishes and they came
out of the water in swarms, bombard
ing him, hitting the sail and falling
into the boat.
At Aransas, in the pass, I hooked a
shark, which jumped so exactly like a
tarpon that I was moro than once de
ceived by It. In Catallna Harbor,
Cal.. there Is a striped Bhark which
leaps when hooked and gives a very
good imitation of a game fish.
National Parks.
Thorn nrfi in the entire country
twenty national parks Yellowstone;
Hot Springs, Ark.; National Zoo Park,
Washington, D. C; Chickamauga and
Chattanooga, Ga. and Tenn.; Antle
tam, Md.: Bock Creek, D, C; Sequoia.
r"i n.nnriil Grant. Cal.: Yosemlte.
Cal.; Shlioh, Tenn.; Gettysburg," Pa.;
Vicksburg, Miss.; Mount Kainier,
Wash.; Crater Lake, Ore.) Piatt,
Okla.; Wind Cave, S. D.; Sully's Hill.
N. D.; Mesa Verde, Colo,; Glacier,
AT nn t Thn Yellowstone. Mont, and
Wyo., haB an area of 2,142,720 acres.
Sounds Like It
nedd I hear an automobile was.
built lh 11 minutes and' put on the
road In 19, at a test conducted at a.
factory In Manchester, England.
Greene Wonder If tils was the one
which broke down In four minutes and
reached tho scrap-heap In 16 minutes.
Egypt Is adopting moaero agrlcultur
al machinery atter using the moBt
primitive kinds for thousands of years.
Unaccountable.
"Queer about this tainted water
supply business."
"How Is It queer?" v t
"That well watsr makes peopl
tick

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