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“Hurtling Death ”
ERNIE SMITH claims he’s the only man that has ever
done it. Way back in 1895 Ernie took a ride and he
doesn’t think it has ever been duplicated. Since that day ,
people have learned to cruise around in automobiles, and j
submarines and whatnot, but Ernie professes to be the
only man in the world who ever took a ride on—a rock!
Ernie lives in Waltham. He’s reached the age of discretion now,
and he doesn’t go whooping around the country on rocks anymore,
but when he was sixteen years old—well—it seems he didn’t much care
what he traveled on.
In those days he lived in the little town of Vinalhaven, Maine,
and had a job working for a fellow named Coombs who ran a
small boat building establishment down by the water front.
Blasting Solid Rock to Make a Cellar.
Coombs was just building his shop at the time this all happened. He
had the foundation laid and .was nailing down the floor. Just across the
street, a fellow named Carnes was conducting some building operations
Carnes was digging a cellar—blasting it out of solid rock. And
Ernie and Coombs, plugging away on their own carpenter job, worked
to the tune of intermittent thunder as Carnes set off one blast after
Carnes set off several blasts without giving them a word of fore
warning, but one fine summer day he yelled across the street :“Hey
you boys better get out of the way. I’ve got a little more powder in
here this time.” So Ernie and Coombs lay down their tools and began
looking around for a place where they would be under cover.
The water front at Vinalhaven started with ajiigh sandbank.
Below that was a narrow beach, and beyond the beach, mud
flats stretched far out into the water.
Took Shelter in a Little Shack.
It was low tide and the mud flats were almost bare. At the edge of
the bank was a fish house—a flimsy little shack ten feet long by eight
feet wide —and a few feet away from that was a big, solid wood pile i
20 or 30 feet long and well over six feet high.
Coombs and Ernie elected to stand in the shelter of the fish house.
There, they thought, they would be out of the way of flying stones
and bits of rubble that Carnes’ blast might kick up. They gave
Carnes the signal that they were under cover.
Coombs was sitting behind the little shed, but Ernie, who wanted
to see the fireworks, was standing at the corner, where he could get
a full view of the explosion. Carnes lit the fuse and ducked for cover
himself. For a minute they waited. Then, suddenly, the air was shat
tered with a terrific roar!
“I was watching it with both eyes,” says Ernie, ‘‘and I thought
the heavens had fallen in. The very air itself seemed to rock
back and forth. The sky was filled with stones—millions of
them, of all sizes and shapes. But what struck terror into my
heart was a great boulder that had shot up out of that pit and
was coming straight for our shelter!”
Carried on a Huge Boulder.
That rock was a monster. When they measured it later they found
It was four feet long two feet wide and more than two feet thick. But
Ernie didn’t need any measurements to see it was big—didn’t need any
one to tell him that if it ever struck that flimsy shed behind which he
and Coombs were standing it would splinter it to matchwood and
knock the very tar out of the man and the boy behind it.
Ernie let out a cry and started to move. A few steps away was the
wood pile, high and solid, and he started to run for that.
‘‘But 1 never made it.” he says. ‘‘lnstead, the rock made me.
It landed on a stone ledge beside our half completed boat shop,
bounced off at an angle and came rocketing straight at me.”
The next thing Ernie knew the rock was landing for its second bounce
RIGHT AT HIS FEET. Ernie had presence of mind enough to jump,
but the jump did him no good. Suddenly he felt the rock come up
under him and he was being carried through the air.
After that, Ernie couldn’t tell you exactly what happened. And small
blame to Ernie for that. Coombs was standing behind the fish shed
watching the whole business. He had his eyes glued on Ernie all the
time, and he couldn’t tell you exactly what happened either. All he
knows is that he saw Ernie carried for THIRTY-TWO FEET out into the
mud flats—they measured the distance afterward—and then the rock
went on over the flats leaving Ernie behind flat on his back in the muck.
When Ernie got his bearings again he was in the mud. The rock was
still rolling, twenty or thirty feet farther out. He saw it stop, and then
he heard somebody on the bank cry out, ‘‘Carnes has killed the Smith boy!”
Not Dead “By a Darn Sight.”
“But I lay there in the mud,” says Ernie, “saying, ‘Not by a
darn sight he hasn’t.’ It took me a few moments to work my feet
and hands clear of the mud, and then, to the surprise of a dozen
people I got up and walked over the fiats toward the sand bank.
“Not a man offered me a hand as I started to climb the bank. They
Just stood there petrified, looking as if a ghost was coming at them.
But when I did get up they asked me what happened. No one seemed
to know except Mr. Coombs, who had been watching me, and he wasn’t
any too sure himself.”
Two doctors had just landed from a boat at a wharf close by, and
they looked Ernie over. Except that his clothes were practically torn
to ribbons and his right side had a few black and blue spots, they
couldn’t find anything the matter at all.
The next day Ernie went back to work again, and his first job was
juggling ROCKS—clearing away about two tons of them that had
come out of Carnes’ excavation and showered all over Coombs’ half-laid
boat-shop floor.
©—WNU Service.
Kings, Other Commanders
Participated in Battles
In the days of the old-style field
battles, especially at critical mo
ments, kings and chief comrrrand
ers themselves went into action.
Reclining on the crossed pikes of
six grenadiers, Charles XII of
Sweden, sorely wounded, had him
self carried into the thick of the
slaughter. Gustavus Adolphus died
while leading his horsemen. In the
meantime his adversary, the great
Duke of Friedland. rode through the
Austrian ranks “encouraging the
bold, terrifying the timid with the
glare of his baleful eye.” At Kolin
the great Frederick, gathering up
a few shattered remnants, led them
igainst an enemy battery.
Aged seventy-three. Field Mar
shal Count Schwerin fell at
Prague. Snatching the colors from
the hands of a wounded ensign, the
old gentleman steadied a wavering
regiment and led the way. Pipe
in mouth and saber in fist, Seydlitz
and Blucher rode with their men.
At Munda, 46 B. C., Imperial Cae
sar himself fought as a common
soldier. His body, enfeebled by dis
sipation, his intrepid soul carried
“Commodity Dollar” Was
Invented Many Years Ago
The “commodity dollar” was ac
tually in use in Hingham a century
ago, states a writer in the Boston
Manuscript uncovered in the
Watertown Public Library by the
Federal Historical Sources Survey
show that Hingham paid its min
ister on a commodity dollar basis
in 1803. The minister was Rev.
Henry Ware, afterward the first
Hollis professor of divinity at Har
Rev. Henry Ware went to Hing
ham in 1787 and the inference is
that his salary was SSOO a year,
enough and plenty in a period of
low prices. But during the late sev
enteen-nineties there had been a
“very great demand and high
prices for all the necessaries of
life” and the minister was at his
wits’ end to make both ends meet,
for his salary remained stationary.
The remedy adopted by the par
ish w’as to adjust his pay on the
basis of the average prices of the
great staples between 1787 and
1803, and this settlement of the
problem was accepted by the min- I
Hawaii’s Sea^Going^^i^^^
Shipping Cattle in Hawaii.
THE only sea-going cow ponies
in America are believed to
be those used by the ranchers
of Hawaii island, 200 miles
! southeast of Honolulu.
With the same ease that ponies
l on the western plains handle a
troublesome steer, these island
mounts handle cattle in deep ocean
The 4,015 square miles comprising
that island contains many cattle
ranches, one of which is rated as
being among the largest in the en
tire United States. On the island
only one harbor has dock facilities
whereby cattle destined for the Hon
olulu market can be loaded direct
ly onto steamers. At all ether ports
the cattle must be driven into the
sea, tied to small boats and carried
to the steamer anchored a mile or so
off the shore.
It is this unusual transportation
problem of Hawaiian ranchers that
| has brought about the development
of specially trained ponies for ocean
service. The result is a type of
mount as much at home in the boil
ing ocean surf as on the driest part
of the range.
These Ponies Know Their Y’ork.
No horse lover could watc - ' these
ponies work without a thrill of ap
preciation for their stamina, train
ing and initiative. The moment a
lariat slips over the neck of a steer,
the pony goes to work. With no ap
parent directions given by the rider,
the horse heads the balking steer
toward the water, gives a quick
last-moment pull to the lariat and
the steer is dragged into the surf.
Nor does the pony stop its efforts
there. Swimming with easy powerful
grace, the pony guides the steer
out into deep water, ranges it along
side the small boat to permit a cow
hand to tie it up. The moment the
steer is securely tied, the pony turns
about, swims back to shore and
stands ready for its next assignment.
Hawaiian cowboys, too, are in a
One of the Sea-Going Ponies at Work. This Steer is Going
. for a Swim.
Cameroons Fit the Average
Man’s Mental Picture of Africc
The Cameroons, former German
West African territory almost as
large as Germany itself, have been
mentioned in news reports with dis
cussion of the possible return to
Germany of her pre-War African
possessions. The area is now ad
ministered under mandates, the
greater part under French control,
but with a narrow strip of the north
western edge governed by Great
“The average man’s mental pic
ture of Africa comes to life in the
Cameroons,” says the National Geo
graphic society. “Spreading fanlike
inland from the sharp angle in Af
rica’s west coast, they have lush
lowland jungles, tangled rain-forest,
cool, high grasslands, pygmies, el
ephants, lions, gorillas, rubber, ivo
ry, and mahogany, and in some
regions the blighting plague of sleep
ing sickness spread by the tsetse
“Most visitors arrive in the
French portion of the Cameroons
through Douala, low - lying port on
an inlet from the Gulf of Guinea.
Here are attractive homes of the
few European residents, and a
sprawling trading center with native
villages nearby. In the dry season
Douala is hot and breathless, in
the rainy season drenched in an
almost continuous downpour, with
an average rainfall of 13 feet. From
here are shipped a large part of
the Cameroons’ products of rubber,
ivory, ground - nuts, palm oil,
almonds, hides, timber and cacao.
“Once away from the railroads,
t avelers find that bridges are wov
>n of vines in the Cameroons, or one
lay cross a river by sitting on
ie head of one negro porter with
mds and feet resting on the cra
ums of four others—as long as the
•earn is no more than chin-deep.
Back of the hot jungle of the
the ronrinGF. fxamtnfr
class by themselves. The late Will
Rogers rode the range with them
during a visit to Hawaii. Will showed
them his bag of rope tricks, each
of which was immediately duplicat
ed by the various native cowpunch
ers. When Will had exhausted his
repertoire, his island friends showed
him an entirely new bag of stunts.
“Boy!” Will remarked, “they told
me Hawaiians were great swim
mers but they’re the greatest bunch
of ropers and riders I ever saw.”
Cowboys Won Prizes at Cheyenne.
Will was then told about a bunch
of cowboys from Hawaii who had
read, a few years ago, of the won
derful roping and riding of cowboys
on the western plains. Being anx
ious to see these highly touted
riders, the island boys visited Chey
enne. One look at the riders and
the broncos was all they needed. In
stead of being merely spectators,
they became entrants, pitting their
skill against the men they had come
to watch. When the final events
were over, the Hawaiians who had
come to learn had become teachers.
They had walked off with most of
the major prizes, including a couple
of world championships.
Hawaiian riders and ponies have
to be among the best in America
to fill their difficult jobs. Cattle
ranges run from sea level to the
mountain tops, across great jagged
fields of lava which years ago
poured from the volcanoes, through
dense forests and drouth-stricken
plains where some cattle, it is said,
never have an actual drink of water
but secure the necessary moisture
from the dew on plants.
People in Hawaii have the most
unique rodeos in America when cat
tle are being transferred from shore
to ship. Os course, they don’t call
them rodeos despite the fact they
pack more thrills in a half hour
than the usual rodeo does in its
entire program. They merely call
it a job that has to be done.
WNU Service.
coastal lowland lies a high and
fertile plateau, covered with gras
or open woods, and boasting a con
and healthful climate despite its
proximity to the Equator a few
hundred miles to the south. Farm
ing is done with hoes only, for plows
and draft animals are still unknown
to Cameroon agricultural practice
at least in the interior.
“Still farther north is Ngaoundere
largest all-native city in the Cam
eroons, where the ruling sultan
boasts an orchestra of 100 pieces,
wears robes of white velvet encrust
ed with gold on state occasions, and
has thousands of vassal horsemen
at his command.
“From this city southward, for
500 miles, runs an automobile road
to Yaounde, the seat of government
of the French mandate.
“Driving along this road, a trav
eler may see primitive tribes who
wear no clothes, but he probably
will see no wild animals, though
they are all around him. Lions, leop
ards, hyenas and baboons abound
but they keep well out of sight
“South of Yaounde, the Camer
oons are almost all jungle th<
home of gorillas, great herds o!
elephants, and little-known pygm.s
peoples. Here the natives live on
a plane far below that of then
neighbors on the healthier northeri
uplands. This is the region of the
tsetse fly, which harbors sleeping
sickness and spreads the disease b>
its bite. Authorities estimate tha
this plague has taken a millio
lives in the last 50 years. Othi
diseases, such as malaria, ricke
dengue and elephantiasis also a
widespread in the region j
French authorities have establisi
hospitals at Ayos, however, and a
making important progress agar
the disease with a new medic
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Every nation builds too many war
ships and too few friendships.— j
Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt.
Aviation has brought a revolution
ary change to a world already stag
gering from changes. Charles A. \
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