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‘Tiro Wanted Men” By FLOYD GIBBONS / Famous Headline Hunter YOU know, boys and girls, in some of these adventure yarns I’ve been telling you, everything seems to happen all in a split second. Just one—two —three and it’s all over, with action every doggone minute. Then there are other yarns in which there’s darned little action, and the suspense of the story lies in the fact that some poor devil has to stand still while death comes creeping up on him. That sort of adven ture drags out for a long time. But the yarn I’m going to tell you today is like both of those above-mentioned types of adventures. It went on for a long time, and every doggone minute of that time was packed with danger and suspense. And at the same time, it was so full of ac tion that you’d have a hard time packing another single movement into it It’s one of the most thrilling tales I’ve come across in quite a while, and the honors today go to a Chicago policeman—Al bert Riekert. Wild Chase After Automobile Thieves. It was a cool September afternoon in 1927. A1 was off duty and with time on his hands, he went over to the home of his pal, Emmett Hart nett, for a visit. After he’d been there awhile, they decided it would be a good idea to go for a ride. Emmett got a car and they drove around for about two hours. They were on their way to a restaurant at Archer and Western ave nues when things began to happen. As they came to Rockwell street, a small sedan passed them. There were two men in the car, and A1 recognized them both as automobile thieves! A1 told Emmett to turn around and follow that car. They were catch ing up to it when the thieves spotted the auto behind them and recognized A1 as a policeman. They stepped on the gas—and the chase was on! The car in front of them leaped ahead. Emmett stepped on it and followed. The faster they went, the faster the smaller car ahead traveled. Al pulled out his gun and fired one shot. But the car ahead didn’t stop. Both those gas buggies were tearing along down the street at close to top speed. The scenery was fairly whizzing past, and people along the way stopped to stare at a race they had never seen the like of outside of a race track. Bullets Didn’t Stop Them. Gun in hand, Al opened the door and climbed out on the running board to get a better shot at his quarry. As Emmett drove and the car careened along the wide street he fired again and again. Still the car ahead sped on! Now, Al could see that they were gaining on the crooks. The small car didn’t have enough speed to outdistance the big one in which they were riding. Al continued to fire until they reached Kedzie avenue, and then his revolver was empty. The big car had almost caught up to the little one now. Bit by bit they gained until at last Al’s car was nosing up beside the one in which the two thieves were riding. They were running almost hood to hood now, and Al could have reached out and touched the other auto, when suddenly the front car turned sharply. They had just reached St. Louis avenue. .Al saw the crooks’ car swerving toward them, but before he had a chance to do anything about it, there was a crash. The crooks sideswiped them, knocking them over to the side of the street. There was another crash as the car lurched into a telephone pole, but Al wasn’t inside the car when it hit. As the two cars came together he was caught between them and knocked down on the running board. Al Was Dragged by the Fleeing Car. Then, as the smaller car veered away again, his right leg was pinched between its rear fender and the bumper. He felt a tug at that leg—felt himself falling to the pavement—and then he was being dragged along behind the fleeing car. The car was out of control now. The crook at the wheel was trying to keep it going straight, but it shot up over the curb on the other side of the street. It crossed the sidewalk and plunged on over a stretch of bare, water-soaked prairie. Dragged along behind it, Al felt a terrific bump as his body was pulled over the curb. There was a terrible pain in his im prisoned leg where the tire was scraping the flesh away. His back and sides were being bruised and lacerated. The car traveled a hundred feet through the prairie and by that time Al was numb from pain and shock. Then the car bogged down in the mud and came to a stop. Al’s clothes had been literally torn from his body by then, but he still had his gun clutched tightly in his hand. “There was no chance to use it,” he says, “but as soon as the car came to a halt, I began struggling to get my leg out of its trap. The driver jumped out and ran north across the prairie. Got Him With the Empty Gun. "At last I got my leg loose and crawled out from under the car. I raised my gun and pulled the trigger, but all I got was a click of the hammer. In the excitement I had forgotten that I emptied the gun dur ing the chase.” As the gun clicked, the second man leaped from the car and started to run. And then Al made the pinch of his life. Helpless and unable to walk, much less run after the fleeing crook, he got up on his feet and threw the empty gun after him. That gun went straight to the mark. It caught the croak on the back of the head and he fell forward on his face—out cold. At that same moment Emmett extricated himself from his wrecked car and came running across the street. He grabbed the crook. Emmett took them both to a restaurant a block away and there he called the station house. They took Al to the hospital, and he stayed there for three months, getting over the injury to his leg. The rear tire ' had ground a ridge right into his flesh as the car dragged him across the prairie. The crook he caught drew a fourteen-year sentence. The other one was shot down by an Englewood policeman three days later—in another stolen car. © —WNU Service. Koala Bear About Half an Inch Long When Born The koala bear, Australia’s most popular native, is a lovable live toy, writes Mason Warner in the Chicago Tribune. He never grows very big. The young are born in an immature state, little more than half an inch in length, and are car ried and developed in the mother’s pouch for about six months, at the end of which time the baby meas ures about six inches in length, weighs about six ounces, and spoT’.s a fine fur coat. For three or four months longer the mother carries the cub on her back, where it holds on with its arms around her neck, or clings to her bosom with her protecting arms around it. But the pouch is still used until the young one has grown too big to get into it. Maternal care and protection continue till the cub is a year old. A mother will hold her infant on her lap and fondle and stroke it in almost human sash ion. When molested, a little one will whimper and cry like a hurt baby. The koala reaches maturity at about four years and may live to reach the age of twenty. Full grown ones weigh about 30 pounds and measure 24 to 30 inches from tip of nose to where the tail would begin if they had a tail. They range in color from dark gray to brown. The Australian native bear loves the tall eucalyptus trees and he is adapted to its environment. He can climb the smooth, barkless trees with ease and grace. His powerful limbs and strong, sharp claws en able him to keep his position aloft unperturbed in the fiercest gales. The koala is the personification of indolent leisure. He does not move about while the sun is high. He sits and sleeps in the crotch of a tree most of the day. He apparently be comes active only to eat, and pre fers to go from the limb of one tree to the limb of another rather than descend to the ground. ' Wood-Burning Engine in Yucatan. j Prepared bv National Geographic Society, Washington. D. C.—WNU Service. THE peninsula of Yucatan projects northward between the Caribbean sea and the Gulf of Mexico like the thumb of a giant hand. Located in its northern half are the states of Yu catan and Campeche and the terri tory of Quintana Roo, in the Repub lic of Mexico. It is almost as fiat as the prover bial pancake, though, as one travels from north to south, a few low ranges, little more than foothills, are encountered, few exceeding 500 feet above the sea. The country is a limestone plain of recent geologic formation, covered with a dense, rather low forest which ’ increases j in height from north to south as the soil grows deeper. Yucatan has no surface water, no rivers or streams, and relatively few lakes, but everywhere are to be found large natural wells called cenotes, which made life possible in ancient times. In the formation of these, the surface coralline lime stone, honeycombed by the action of water, has broken through, ex posing the subterranean water level. The cenotes and modern wells vary in depth directly with the in creasing elevation of the land as one withdraws from salt water, from only a few feet at the coast to about 100 feet in the interior. The level of the subterranean water table, however, always remains the same. There are only two seasons, the dry and the rainy. The former be gins in December and lasts official ly until May 3, Santa Cruz day, when the faithful believe the rains should commence, though actually it may have been raining since the middle of April, or Nature, in a contrary mood, may have held off until the middle of June. The thermometer does not fall be low 39 degrees Fahrenheit, and does not rise above 107 degrees. But these two extremes do not tell the true story, since the average max imum is in the eighties and the av erage minimum in the sixties. The nights, even after the hottest days, which are in April and May before the rains break, are cool, because of the trade winds which sweep across the peninsula from east to west practically throughout the year, bringing the freshness of the Caribbean sea to cool the sun parched land. Almost Completely Isolated. Although Yucatan is a peninsula I joined by a broad base to the con tinental land mass to the south, it is, practically speaking, an island. For every person who manages to fight his way into the peninsula through trackless jungles, across vast swamps and over stony ranges of low hills which together form an all but impassable land barrier, hundreds reach Yucatan by air or water. This circumstance profoundly af fected the civilization which flour ished there in ancient as well as in modern times. Because of its almost complete isolation, the peninsula was select ed by the Carnegie Institution of Washington more than two decades ago, as a center for the intensive study of American aboriginal civil izations. Foreign influence having been reduced to a minimum, Yuca tan is an excellent “laboratory case” for such a study. This subtropical paradise is not difficult of access from the United States. Merida, the capital, is only nine hours by air from Miami and less than six and a half from Mex ico City. There are regular steam ship sailings from New York and from New Orleans to Progreso, port of Yucatan. There is every facility for convenient touring about the peninsula, even the modern Maya land lodge in the venerable ruins of Chichen Itza. Merida, with about 110,000 people, must be one of the cleanest cities of its size in the world. All the streets are paved. Ninety per cent of the houses are rough masonry coated with lime plaster. Flat concrete roofs rest either on wooden beams or, in the modern houses, on steel beams. The houses are painted in every color imaginable, pastel shades of cream, pink, green, blue, and yel low prevailing. Patios Are Delightful. As in all Spanish cities, the dwell ings present to the streets either entirely blank walls or heavily barred windows, but, once within the great front doors, even the hum blest have their enchanting patios. |ln the more pretentious homes broad-arched cloisters with tiled THE COOLIDGE EXAMINER floors surround the patios on all four sides, and in more modest ones on one or two sides. The patio itself usually is a riot of brilliantly colored tropical flow ers, many of which distill rare per fumes. Today, with its well-lighted, clean streets, its many parks, its movies, electric signs, autobusses and mill ing newsboys, bootblacks with their little portable boxes, and sweetmeat venders, Merida is a city of the Twentieth century. But with Maya Indians in their picturesque native costumes rub bing shoulders with Mexicans in the more familiar habiliments of the modern world, even with Amer ican visitors in plus fours strolling beneath the medieval dignity of the cathedral towers, a thousand years of human history unfold before the eye. The story of man’s earliest occu pation of Europe has been recov ered from the caves of France and Spain, so in Yucatan the archeolo gist naturally turns to the caves, of which there are many, for evidence concerning man’s antiquity in this region. It would seem that the dwellers j in the caves were the same people | as the builders of the great cities j of stone, since excavations disclose j that both appear to have used the same utensils, the same kinds of I dishes, bowls and water jars, the same kinds of corn grinders, arrow and lance-heads, fiber cleaners, pot tery burnishers, and the same kinds of jade ornaments, earplugs, nose plugs, beads, and pendants. However, about the builders of the cities of cut stone, the ancient Maya, the archeologist knows more than a little, and with the Maya the clouds of obscurity surrounding the ancient history of Yucatan begin to dissipate. Sometime during the early years of the Christian era there developed in what is now the northern part of the Republic of Guatemala—more exactly, in the department of Peten, Guatemala, south of Yucatan—a civilization which archeologists have called the Mayan. This civilization, which was des tined to become the most brilliant cultural expression of ancient America, was based upon agricul ture, chiefly the raising of corn. Mayan Civilization. Because the early Maya were pri marily farmers, they became inter ested in the phenomena of time, the passing of the seasons, the several stages of the farmer’s year—when the forest should be felled, when the dried wood and leaves should be burned, when the corn should be planted, and when harvested. All these were of vital concern, so their priests at a very early date, prob ably by the beginning of the first millennium before Christ, turned their attention to the measurement of time and to the study of astron omy. Although the Maya in their knowl edge of the apparent movements of the heavenly bodies—the sun, moon, Venus, and probably other planets as well —far excelled both the ancient Egyptians and Baby lonians, their greatest intellectual achievement was the invention of a chronology, exact to the day within a period of 374,400 years, which is as accurate as our own Gregorian calendar. For the first time in hu man history, their mathematical system to keep account of this chronology made use of a positional system of writing numbers involv ing the conception of the abstract mathematical quantity of zero, one of the outstanding achievements of all time. While our own numerical system is decimal, increasing by tens from right to left of the decimal point, the ancient Maya system was viges imal, increasing by twenties from bottom to top. But all the essential elements of our modern arithmetic, including numeration by position and use of a symbol to represent zero, had been devised by the an cient Maya 2,000 years ago, and at least five centuries before the Hin dus had developed the fundamentals of Arabic notation in India. By their exceedingly accurate system of chronology as well as by their knowledge of the apparent movements of the heavenly bodies, the Maya priests were able to pre dict eclipses and the heliacal rising and setting of Venus. Moreover, what was of even greater impor tance to the Maya farmer, they had determined the length of the trop ical year with as high a degree of accuracy as Pope Gregory XIII did j a good thousand years later. Calling Upon Bermuda's Varicolored Finny Tribe < Trip Underseas in Diving Helmet Lends Thrill to Visitors. Summer visitors and budding Scientists have found a new thrill in Bermuda. One of the most pop ular diversions of the summer is amateur helmet diving, made pos sible through the government ac quarium on Harrington sound. “Although not a new idea, this is the best opportunity the public has been given to enjoy this unique sport, and hundreds o f sightseers, including many wom en and children, are taking ad vantage of the privilege,” says a bulletin from the National Geo graphic society. Heavy Helmet Becomes Light “After visiting the aquarium, one of the finest in the world, more adventurous ichthyologists add to their acquaintances among Bermuda’s fish families by de scending beneath the clear, calm waters of Harrington sound t o view them in their natural sur roundings. It is an Alice in Won derland experience feeling fish frisk about you unseparated from your touch by a tank’s glass walls. “Divers on their first descents are apt to be nervous. Clad only in bathing suit and sneakers, the novice may eye with apprehen sion the strange-looking metal hel met with its snakelike air hose. The helmet, flanked with lead weights, rests heavily on the shoulders, but as soon as one ven tures to descend the gently sloping sea-floor, and lower one’s head under * the surface, the air-filled helmet seems much lighter. In fact, its weight is scarcely felt. “Water rushing in under the open helmet almost to the mouth may cause alarm, but air pres sure holds it at about chin level, and one soon relaxes again. Should the diver feel ear pres sure, as in elevators, it can be alleviated by swallowing. 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TOR’S MANUAL sent FREE for 2 Post 4 Post Toasties * Aadress j Toasties package-tops. package-tops. I City State ■ (Offer expires Dec. 31, 1931- Good only in U. S. A.) « water will not rise above his chin, the newcomer in Neptune’s realm is ready to look out of the glass window in the front of the helmet and enjoy the strange spectacle of being at home with the fish. Underwater View of Fish Ideal. “Wandering through this twi light, underseas world one has the queer feeling of being a disem bodied spirit, of pressing against warm wind, of wading, not up to one’s ankles only, but with one’s whole body. Distances under wat er are strangely deceiving. The diver progresses through sunlit water for what seems a city block only to be told on his ascent that he has covered no more than a score of feet. “Those who think all fish are silvery and torpedo shaped are surprised by the variety of beauti ful colors and the strange shapes of Bermuda’s fish. While one gets some slight idea of them by gaz ing down through a glass-bot tomed boat towed slowly over the reefs, one can see them still bet ter, without distortion or fore shortening, through the helmet. Colors of birds and butterflies are lasting, but the radiant, iridescent Colors of fish fade at death. Many fish, pale and uninteresting looking on ice in Bermuda’s markets, appear full of brilliant coloring that flashes and changes when seen alive under the water. Cecil Rhodes Knew Little Aboout America The fact that there are today more Rhodes scholars from the United States at Oxford than from all the British dominions put to gether, is due to an extraordinary error on the part of Cecil Rhodes. “He believed there were still only the original thirteen states in the Union of America,” says Sarah Gertrude Millin in her bi ography of Rhodes. “Nor did the solicitor who drew up his will, know better.” In assigning his scholarships, Rhodes alloted so many for each state and colony and a compli mentary few for Germany.—Kan sas City Star. To the Point No man can be made a fool of if he doesn't possess suitable I material for the job. | It is not how fast an automo bile can go that counts, but how quickly it can stop. It takes some people so long to be sure they are right that they have no time left to go ahead. There is a lot of parking space on the straight and nar row path. If you haven’t time to read, you haven’t time to succeed. The man who goes out and paints the town red feels blue in the morning. Red Squirrelfish, striped Yellow Grunts, Sergeant-Majors, Angel fish, and many others dart past the helmet’s window, “Many forms of sea life, other than fish, attract the attention of the diver. On the rocks are chitons, related to snails, whose shells are arranged in overlap ping plates. Pulled loose from a reef, they curl up like miniature armadillos. Lovely sea anemones wave pastel-colored tentacles to and fro like the languid arms of odalisques. “On the sand are puffy black sea puddings, tiny scuttling crabs, crawding starfish, and spiny sea urchins. Stepped on, the spines of these so-called ‘hedgehogs of the sea’ frequently break off in one’s foot. “Bermuda is an ideal place in which to observe fish by means of helmets for two reasons. The Gulf stream, which flows like a warm sapphire river through the Atlantic north of Bermuda, pro tects the islands from cold and insures a teeming supply of semi tropical fish. The islands are coral formations on the top of a sub marine mountain, and thus scien tific dives may be made very near shore, to observe both deep and shallow water species of fish.” High Bridges The bridge highest in the air is the Viscus railroad span in the Andes in Peru—ls,ooo feet above sea level. The bridge highest above the w’ater spans the Arkan sas river at the Royal Gorge in Colorado—l,oso feet above the surface of the stream.