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JACKSON COUNTY JOURNAL, SYLVA, N. C.
BEN LILLY MOST OUS HUNTER FA M BACK FROM WAR SERVICE At Sixty-Five He Leads All Uncle Sam's Professional Trappers. SAVES STOCKMEN HUGE SUM ;n t'ie Last Six Years "Old Ben" Has Killed 167 Mountain Lions and 65 Bears, Including Several Grizzlies. V.' ishitiizton, D. C. Uncle Sam em ;!h! approximately three hundred l,.-(fi'sIonal hunters and trappers to nninate predatory animals in the (;:,- country. Among these, the , !i;'m;'i"n lion hunter is "Old Man Ben j:!y," who at sixty-five years of age ;'.!! loads all the rest. He remains I u as daring and as certain in V:;;wiiig a head" as any of his asso- .!;.!(. some of whom are young enough I ',i !.i his grandchildren. Lilly is a .-ii.iit for work, lie is able dally to hv out two or three sets of dogs in r, muling up some range "varmint." According to the bureau of biological m i vcy, under which this extermination u. rk is done, Old Man Lilly in the last m years has killed 167 mountain lions j ;ml ('." boars, including several griz- j zlirs. The official account, just issued. concludes: "Mr. Lilly is unassuming ana disinclined to talk about his expe-rl'-'iccs. and on that account no ac t'urute record Is available concerning hi total number of scalps, but it is vory large." Leads Temperate Life. Mr. Lilly attributes his physical prowess and activity to his outdoor li;V and to the fact that he never used tobacco or intoxicants of any kind. He furthermore has followed a fixed rule .I m-ver hunting on Sunday. This rule has given many wild animals being pin sued a new lease of life through being able to make their "get-away" on the Sabbath. On one occasion, however, he tracked a huge mountain the government to carry on the work. In addition to animals killed by trap Ping and shooting, millions of rodents, prairie dogs, rabbits, foxes and wood chucks have been destroyed by the carefully organized poisoning campaign conducted by the biological survev. Lost Three Husbands in War; Gets $172 a Month A negro woman is drawing three $57.50 checks, or $172.50 a month, from the government, for the loss of three husbands during the war, and will draw that amount for 20 years. ' Mrs. Amanda Jones' husband died of spinal meningitis soon after entering the service and taking out a $10,000 insurance policy. The widow Jones married a man named Smith. lie tool: out a maximum life insurance pol icy in her favor, and was killed in action. Then Mrs. Amanda Jones Smith married Private Jackson, a returned soldier, who also named her in n $10,000 policy. Influenza made her a widow a third time in less than two years. HAIR TONIC BOOMS AS DRINK Porto Rico Discovers Scalp Remedy Contains a 60 Per Cent "Kick." San Juan. Porto Pico. Hair tonic has leaped in favor as a drink in Ponce. In one week more than 4,350 bottles of a kind manufactured by a local firm under a formula registered with the insular government was sold in That city. The tonic, said to contain more than GO per cent alcohol, is re ported to have been selling at 15 cents ! liofl for weeks through three states j a drink, despite the fact that It con- rained drugs which, although reported to be of benefit to the hair when ex- I i Silver Against Gold By R. RAY BAKER (Copyright. 1919, by the McClure News paper Syndicate.) .... 1 4?. 11.. ..... 1 I. 1 TTI . I unii i.n;iii. cornel eu mm. ins nounus were beaten off and the beast attacked Lilly. His ritle was knocked from his hand. Armed only with a 4-inch pock tt knife, he battled for some time until one desperate plunge of this weapon m the animal's heart reached it just as the hunter became so exhausted ih:it he fell beside the dead lion. The 'records assert that Mr. Lilly k:iiws the range country so well and is so familiar with the routes, habits a nil hounts of the lions that occasion ally ho kills three within half an hour, lie knows Just where to set traps in the canyons and coves, while he is able t pick out the most advantageous spots to lie In ambush awaiting the si I preach of prowling beasts. Born of s good family enjoying prosperity, Lilly in his teens responded to the call of the wild and became a freelance hunt er. Loaded with a 00-nound nack. he I roke his way through the Louisiana Oiinehrakes in search of game, from lvs,rs to wildcats. As a rule, every time his rifle cracked some animal dropped, and his fame as a sure shot lias spread throughout Louisiana. Tex ns. Arizona, New Mexico and northern Mexico. He was one of the guides selected to accompany the late Colonel Itoosevelt in his hunt In Louisiana which made the "Teddy Bear" famous. I I i - circle of friends among western rnnchers is extensive and appreciative. Saves Stockmen Huge Sum. On the accepted basis that a wolf kills $1,000 worth of stock a year, a hear and mountain lion $500 each, and thnt a coyote and bobcat each do $50 worth of damage, Lilly has saved the western stockmen a substantial nmounf. Altogether these predatory nr.imnl hunters have klUed 70,713 such boasts in the last three years. The lireet saving thereby is estimated at nearly $5,500,000 a year to the stock Men of the Rocky Mountain section. The total kill consisted of 60,473 coy otes, 8,094 bobcats, 189 wolves, 201 ii-nntain lions and 137 bears. The I"'lts of these animals sold for approx imately $100,000, which was used by Albert Spaulding. one of the most roted American violinists, arrived from Italy recently, after two years' service with the American air forces in Italy. He served as adjutant to Major La Guardla, the American con gressman, who left congress to take tip aviation duties. Los Ansreles. Police ovneet tn niek ternnlly applied, are said to be some- Tip the scent of last night burglars, what harmful to the system when j They stole ten pounds of limburger imbibed. 1 cheese. FLYING UPSIDE DOWN THRILLS Becomes Dangerous Only When rained, "when you are 15,000 or is.000 ieet up, you win run into a great pile Caught in Bank Close to Earth. SENSATION IS DESCRIBED Pull of Motor Is so Strong Aviator Never Knows He Is Out of Normal Position Until Ke Is Able to See the Ground. New York. Flying upside down in a bank of clouds or fog, as Captain Al cock and Lieutenant Brown found themselves doing on their journey across the ocean, Is not at all uncom mon or particularly dangerous. Hun dreds of aviators who were serving on the western front in the allied armies experienced this sensation time, and gain in both their scouting and bomb ing work. Acrobatic flyers think nothing of It. It becomes dangerous only when they of fleecy clouds that turn the whole Avorld into a fairyland. It lies be fore you, a great ball of downy, spark ling mist. It looks almost real enough for you to step right out of your ma chine and walk around. Some of these cloud banks stretch for miles, like a great white world. There are moun tains, chasms, rivers, lakes and can yons running all through them. Zoom Over the Top. "Just as you come to the great cloud you suddenly pull back the old joy stick and zoom down the other side, perhaps into a lake that is. It looks like a lake. Then you come to a succession of hills or mountains and you go zooming up and then down like a big roller coaster. "Then you will run Into a great nreas in tne ciouus just nice a can yon. The white, fleecy banks rise to the right and left of you for hundreds of feet, with the pure blue sky over you and more white, glistenlnf clouds under you. For mile after mile you will follow around in these high The war Wait, this Is not a war story. There are no bursting shells or crawling tanks or trench dugouts or spies in this tale, which concerns an event that happened in a llttl - backwoods town in Illinois six months after the armistice was signed. The war is dragged in because it explains the advantage acquired by Herbert Drew over Gilbert Post in the battle for the love of Marguerite Ho-bart. When the truce, moved the lever that changed the current of troop? crossing the Atlantic westward in stead of eastward, Herbert loomed ut in his home town one sunny, bird chirping spring day wearing an over seas cap on one side of his head an1 "brown bandages" on his legs, with a gold chevron on his sleeve; while Gil bert put in his appearance on a driz zly, dreary day a short time later with just a hat ami leggings covering respectively his toussled yellow hair and his nether limbs, and a splash of silver on his arm to denote he had been in service "over there." They were drafted in the same con tingent and they went to Camp Grant together. At that time Gilbert had the inside track with Marguerite, am" their engagement was generally con sidered a certainty for the near fu ture. Gilbert was not so attractive ;;s Herbert, who was a pronounced brunette, but Marguerite felt a much deeper affection for him, because she thought she fathomed finer qualities of character in hir.i, and because well, just because. So it was a losing fight for Private Drew before he went to camp, but shortly after he began his military training his luck changed. Naturally, Marguerite could not decline to an swer his letters, for she had to "d her bit" for the soldiers, and he con tinued his wooing by mail. In this there was some advantage for him, because he was a good corre spondent, while Gilbert was more or less of a failure along those lines. The big change in Ids fortune, how ever, was when he was ordered over seas, wlnle uiioert was reiegateu to Ihe depot brigade. So Herbert Drew came back home n hero, while Gilbert Post was just n soldier, with no more glamour about him than that afforded by his uni form, and that did not last long, for he shed his khaki for "civies" as soon as he could procure store clothes. Herbert on the other hand, con tinued to wear his uniform, and it certainly did add to his prestige. Tales of his bravery in action wei-1 published in the local weekly and that drew a more bfill'ant glare about iim. ferent somehow since he's been away. He's a different man now. after go ing through all those terrible experi ences. You ought to see his eyes shine when he tells how he went over the top and Of course, you don't care to hear about those things. You didn't have to go through them." Gilbert smiled dryly. Nj. he hadn't had to go through them; but he sin cerely wished he had been given the opportunity. "Then there isn't any chance for me?" he asked, placing his hand on the knob of the door, preparing tc step out into the dark world. Tears started in her eyes. "I'm I'm afraid not, Gil. I'm so sorry, but I can't help it because I've changed. I believe, though, you had better stop coming to see me. You see, Herbert and I we are thinking rather seriously " "I understand," he said, with a queer little catch in his voice, and ha went out Into the black night, where all the stars were hidden by somber clouds. It was two days later that the vil lage was aroused from its customary lethargy by a sensational event the third that had occurred since the town was founded or discovered, or what ever it was that gave it birth. The first was the burning of the town hall in 1901 and the second was the robbery of Sam Hankins' henhouse only a year ago. This third sensa tional event was the near drowning of Bobby Hobart. The news was passed around town as if on electrified waves. It was shouted across back yards by house wives and along the streets by men and children. As a result housework, business and playing soldier were abandoned, and the village flocked to the channel down at the flour mill. The channel branched from the river and took care of the water power for the plant. Into that channel Bobby Hobart had fallen while playing on the edge with Willie Nobscott. The latter had gone STATE OFFICIALS WILL AID screaming from the scene. Two or i -.o 11 rrllf In f hnnlr cl fSP tO Pnl'lll. As an American acrobatic flyer who wa s' as 1T define1 tne was serving In the British army on the j ,ls of thf Gn So,ne Flanders front explained to a New ; tlmes 3 travel straight away for v, Twoui t tho hprfnninp of i n'es I then you will come to a sharp the last Belgian-British drive: "It's as easy as falling off a log." He was dwelling romantically on the angular turn and shoot around it in a vertical turn. It is all like a dream and no artist ever painted a more al- feoontloa nf flvin?r nrrmnrl in n Hoild """ lu,Kun' l" " "u inue. I,V IH. .. V- .-J - - - 41 C trl 4-1, . 111 1 ! ouiiitriiiiica ine i.uuj'wn win nurte in front of you and you dive straight Into bank. "Every once in a while, he ex ON THE WAY TO NAVY RIFLE RANGE MM M"n of t lit- U. S. r -ivy marching along a duckboard path on their way to toe unvy's rifle range at CaldwelL N. J the clouds or you may be going around. Often you will follow around until you lose all sense of direction or balance. You think you will dive down toward earth and see where you are. You push over the joy stick, but the old bus does not answer just keeps on going and becoming more cranky every moment. Then you know you are flying upside down or perhaps with your body almost horizontal. There is just one thing to do let go of the jcy stick and the old bus will tumble out of the clouds. You may come out finding your head straight down to ward the earth, or horizontal with it. Then It Is an easy matter to flatten out and travel on. Traveling Upside Down. "You do not realize you are upside down because you are fast in the ma chine and the motor is roaring tre mendously and pulling hard rigljt tin cer you. There is no danger when fait ing out of the clouds after your first tumble. It is the nrst that always wakes a man wonder what has hap pened to his machine, but as soon as he is out in the clear he realizes wha has occurred and he never forgets it with the result that he is prepared for the situation again at any time. "All danger In this situation ha been practically eliminated now, fo they are making machirA?s stronger and stronger every day, 'and thoy seem to be able to stand almost any shocfc oi test to which you can subject them.' Marguerite, being a human girl, could not resist these things, and al most before she herself could realize t she was considering Herbert her uepted suitor and Gilbert in the las-been class. Gilbert plugged along at his wo'-k in the flour mill, where he had a job that paid well for a town of that size. tie knew ne was losing out with Marguerite, for he realized what the chances were wit'i a gold chevron against a silver one. Both the young men continued to call on Marguerite, but Gilbert hud been cut down to ywe a week, while he was aware that Herbert was at the Hobart home at least every other night. Then, her manner of treating him was different. She was slll very friendly and tried to entertain him pleasantly, but he kntw the old spirit of comradeship that 'aid once existed was lacking, whiii Ihe still deeper feeling that had made itself evident on some occasions before that fateful conscription act we?it into effect was decidedly conspicuous by not being there any more at all. Gilbert made the good fight, but gradually it became manifest to him that it was a losim: fight. Finally things came to a climax one night because he felt that he could not keep silent any longer but just had to know where he stood, on sand or rock. "How is it, Marguerite?" he asked, as he was preparing to leave, after his weekly call. "Are you just toler ating me? Is that the way things stand?" She looked down at the toe of her shoe and wiggled U a few times, watching it intently, as if it were something she never before knew she possessed and was very curious con cerning its functions. "Well, no," she said, after a few seconds' thought. "I can't say it's just that way. 1 like you very much, Gil bert; but I have realized for some time that things are not just the way they used to be." "It's it's Herbert Drew, of course," Gilbert ventured, looking out the win dow and pondering h)v dark it was not just that part of the world within his view, but the whole universe. Many a time he had looked through that window at a world that was smiling and sunshiny. She became interested in that toe again. "Yes," she confessed, sighing. "It's Herbert. He is well, I nave come t realize that he is the man for me. He's so big and strong and hand some. Of course, I don't mean, Gil tat you aren't those things, too," she as quick to add, "but well, it's dlf- three men who heard his frenzied shrieks managed to glean some idea of what had happened and they hurried to the place where the accident had occurred. They were just in time to see a bedraggled figure climb out of the channel with Bobby in its arms. The child was pretty far gone, but the work of resuscitation finally bore fruit and the lad began to breathe and splut ter, and opened his eyes; and then every one the crowd had begun to col lect sighed deeply and looked around for the rescuer. The rescuer was in a bad way, for the water was cold. The young man's teeth chattered and he was in a ver itable convulsion of shivering. Marguerite Hobart came hurrying to the scene, and finding Bobby was safe and wrapped in warm blankets, and already on the way to his home, she took it upon herself to look after the rescuer. "Put him in our car and we'll take him to our home," she told one of the men. "It's too far to his own home out in the country. I'm afraid of pneu monia." A short time later the young man who had. saved her brother lay in sleep in the guest room of the Hobart rest deuce, while Marguerite sat beside the bed. "Poor Gil," she said, stroking his brow, although the doctor had not sug rested a message. Gilbert did not re ply to her remarks, but she talked on. "I've learned who the real hero is, Maybe Herbert Drew fought Germans in the Argonne, but I'm not so sure. What I do know Is that he saw Bobby fall in the channel, and that, instead of leaping in to save him, as you did. he ran to find a rope to throw to brother, There were some heroes who stayed in camp. Gil." At this second mention of his name Gilbert opened his eyes, and a glad look overspread his face, and when he looked out the window the world was sunshiny and smiling again. Committee Named to Bring About Closest Co-operation in Construc tion of Highways. (Prepared by the United States Depart ment of Agriculture.) To bring about the most effective co-operation between the federal and state governments in the big program of highway construction now under way, A. It. Hirst, president of the American Association of State High way Officials, has named, at the re quest of the secretary of agriculture. a committee to act with the depart ment of agriculture's bureau of public roads in carrying into effect the fed eral aid road act and its amendments. Following &r the state representa tives selected by Mr. Ilirst: George P. Coleman, state highway commissioner of Virginia; S. E. Bradt, state superintendent of highways of Illinois; Charles J. Bennett, state highway commissioner of Connecti cut; W. S. Keller, state highway en gineer of Alabama, and Ira It. Brown ing, state road engineer of Utah. Stimulated by recent liberal amend ments and added appropriations to the original federal aid road act, road building plans In the states have re ceived tremendous impetus. Many of the states have provided by large bond issues and otherwise, amounts much larger than will be required to match the federal appropriations. Up to May of this year, 1,057 proj ect statements for federal aid roads had been approved by the secretary of agriculture. They involve the improve ment of 10,580 miles of roads at an estimated cost of $92,933,121.81, of which the federal aid requested was $36,576,857.48. The amount of federal funds available on March 1 for road building was more than $72,900,000, which, under the law must be match ed by an equal amount from the states, making a total of $145,800,000, which includes approximately $9,800,- 000 from federal and state sources for roads in the national forests. Funds that will become available on July 1, with equal contributions from the states, will provide an additional $198,- 000,000 for federal road work, mak ing an aggregate sum of $343,800,000 available for the. calendar year. It is expected, however, that the states will defer taking up part of the available funds until 1920. Waf conditions, which almost Imme diately followed the passage of the first federal aid act in July, 1918, brought scarcity of labor, materials and transportation, and restricted Language. A language is a natural, inherent. spontaneous fonn of speech, a causa tion of the creative power beyond hu man comprehension or control. Nat ural fundamentals can neither be an nulled, set aside nor superseded by synthesis. Invention or device. That piftticular form of natural speech in which inhere the qualifying elements is the one which, despite all obstacles. eventually will become universally un derstood throughout civilization. whether It be English, Spanish, French, or Choctaw. This extension will be gradual, resulting from a com bination of causes operating auto matically plus educational prop aganda. jri' v.v.v.v. At- Industries of Mesopotamia. The manufactures of Mesopotamia are few and primitive. Steam machin ery was used in the military cloth fac tory at Bagdad, but the other indus tries may properly be classed as han dicrafts. Milling, tanning, boat build ing and brickmaking are carried on for native consumption, and there are a few manufacturers of luxuries, such as silk weaving, metal working and the distilling of the' spirit called ar rack. The silk factories of Bagdad are famous for the beauty of their color and workmanship and the culti vation of the silkworm was at one time a flourishing industry. Good Road Between An.iapolis and Baltimore Big Job to Build and Keep in Repair a Highway Like This. road-building projects to those abso lutely essential to winning the war. Thus the road program was held back for more than a year at a time when demands for improved roads Increased more rapidly than In any previous period. State and federal forces alike are working to get highway construc tion under way as rapidly as con tracts can be let and as soon as road building forces, somewhat disorgan ized during the war period, can again be placed on an efficient working basis. Modern Chivalry. Mrs. Giddigad (attempting to make her husband jealous) A handsome man was very polite to me comin? home on the street car. Ilubbie 'Zat so; got up and gav vou a seat, eh? Mrs. G. No-o-o, but he held hi newspaper so I could read It. Behind China on Highways. America has developed its railroads far beyond those of Europe, but It Is behind even China In the utilization of its wagon roads and waterways, those reliable avenues of cheap trans portation. It Is time we made an effort to catch up with China. Geotge Ade on Good Roads. George Ade says. Good roads cost money, but show roe a community which has invested in hard roads such as can be used at all times of the year and which now would be willing to go back to the mudholes for a cash consideration. Good Roads Are Prerequisite. Good roads are prerequisite to suq cessful motortruck operation. It Is be lieved that few motortruck operator reali2e the Increased expense which re mits from travel on poor roads.