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<0 § M ADVENTURERS’ CLUB HEADLINES FROM THE LIVES |||g^t* OF PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELFI “Buried Alive” Hello everybody! Adventure sure laid an icy hand on the shoulder of Joseph Kuritz, who sent me one of the best written yarns I’ve had to date. Joe’s at Brooklyn now and at last writing could have used a job. He gave up his youthful ambition to be a mining engineer as a result of events related in today’s story, and switched to mechanical engineering. But, if you ask me, the magazines are looking for people who can write like Joe. Accordingly, I’m following his script pretty close. In April, 1920, Joe was a surveyor with the Glen Alden Coal Co., Scranton, Pa. It was his first job, and he was assigned to investigating “pillar robbing” in the Cayuga mines. I’ll explain. Miners must leave enough coal to support the roof of the mine, which consists of shale, a scaly rock, that caves in easily. Pillar robbing means stealing coal from these remaining sup ports. and is illegal, since it may cause cave-ins in which workers are killed, gas and water mains burst, even explode, and brick buildings •Landing on the land collapse. It's earthquake, fire and flood. Old Timbers Prove Useless as Support. The Cayuga had been deserted for 50 years. Inside Joe and three companions found pillars cracked and crumbled by the weight of millions of tons of rock they had held up for five decades. As supports they were useless and might just as well have been mined out. Old timber erected by miners to protect themselves in those far, bygone years were rotted, useless. A touch and they collapsed to fungi-infested, mil dewed dust Not much between Joe and the millions of tons of rock over his head. Worse, the workings were of the “pitch” type—each chamber like a long, sloping tunnel, some very steep. The roof was dan gerously cracked. Slabs of shale hung so loose a breath would send them crashing to the floor. Fallen rock covered the steeply slanting floor in sizes from a fist to dining-room table. This “gob” can start an avalanche on the slanting tunnel floor. Joe's duties—lovely job!—were to climb over this loose rock, covereu with slime. If he made it, it was safe for the others to come up. If tie didn’t and started a fatal avalanche—Joe forgot to tell about that. Joe’s Lamp Ignites a Pocket of VVhitedamp. Well, sir, Joe climbed gingerly upward, clinging to the glistening coal pillar at the side, peering ahead by the faint light of the lamp fastened above his cap-vizor. He stepped, light as a falling feather, testing every Joe clung to the pillar on his stomach. footfall. At the top our “human fly,” as Joe calls himself, was to es iablish a point for the transit—a surveyor’s instrument—to shoot at. Joe never made it. Twenty feet from the top—Boom! An explosion like a giant bassdrum shook the earth in a bolt of livid flame. GAS! Joe’s light had ignited a pocket of whitedamp! Splinter! Crack! Crash! The shock jerked rock toppling from the coos. dropped it on the loose "gob” on the steeply-slanting floor! The slide was on! At first, with thumps scarcely audible above the rolling rumble of the waves of flame over his head, then, in a roaring crescendo, jagged rock raced, leaping and thundering downward past Joe, hurtling into the hell of darkness far below. Joe’s lamp had gone out with the explosion. But above him was blinding glare—a marching surf of blue-and-red-streaked fire, lighting up the chamber overhead. Blistering white heat above thundering flood of angry rock below! Joe clung to the pillar on his stomach, ducking hurtling rocks, shrinking from the blazing heat above. With clawing fingers and toes that vainly sought foothold in the hard floor, he lay there—it seemed ages—aching muscles a-torture. The slide diminished. The “carbonic oxide” above burned fitfully, threatening any second to seek out with its rainbow flames another pocket, spreading in chain explosions through the underground terrain, burying Joe and his companions. He Began to Figure His Chance for Escape. Joe thought of the others. Had they been crushed to a jelly-smear under those tons of rock —trapped in some doghole or cross-cut in a pillar? The rolling flames died, went out. In the inky black Joe groped for • match, lit his lamp. The floor was clear. He stepped out. Instantly he tobogganed down on a slab of rock he had overlooked. Four hundred feet below he brought up short on the heap of loose rock. It had blocked the entrance completely. Joe was caught like a rat. He sat on a rock, wondered that he was not frightened, began to figure his chances of seeing sun light again. It seemed suddenly very precious, sun and open air. Air! The rock had sucked much out, the explosion had driven more out and the fire had burned he didn't know how much of the life-giving oxygen in that black pit. Would the rest last till they got to him? Then, Joe says, panic did grip him. He shouted himself hoarse. He smashed a rock repeatedly against a pillar, listened. Not a sound. Just silence. Terrible silence. Joe saw slow death ahead —suffocation, thirst, starvation. Unwounded, he wished for death—swift death, rather than this drawn-out agony. Now he could only wait helplessly. Joe says he prefers to forget the next nine hours. Imagination can 6e the most horrible form of torture. But—his companions had escaped. vW-ith all hope gone for Joe, they had notified the surface. A relay of * rescue crews, working as only mine rescue crews can, dug through the i pillar from an adjoining chamber and pulled Joe out nine hours later. From that day on the only coal Joe can stand looking at is in a •tove. He quit the mining engineer career cold. But I still say he can vwrite like a professional? What do you think? Copyright.—WNU Service. Family Ties Mean Nothing to Cold-Blooded Reptiles; Offspring Wriggle Through Life Alone A snake is cold-blooded in every sense of the word. Family ties mean nothing. If the young hatch from eggs, they are left to come out all by themselves. If they are born fan a litter of from 5 to 50 infinitesi mal ribbons, they must wriggle through the school of experience alone. Most of the snake gentry here abouts are very handsomely pat terned. The ringnecked snake, for example, is a shiny bluish black with bright yellow underparts and a bril liant orange ring around his neck. The pilot black snake has a black velvet skin. The ribbon snake would make a pretty fancy ribbon, with his slender dark body and three long yellow stripes. The green snake is as green as grass and the queen snake, which is found only in water, has nice chocolate brown stripes. The storer’s or red-bellied burrow ing snake is very small and gray ' with bright red decorations. Each one has a personality of his ! own. Some are very mysterious ' and secretive, preferring to lead pri- ! vate lives under stones, bark or logs. Others move freely in the open fields. Some are happiest around water or living in marshes and swamps. Tree climbers like the pilot black snake haunt the ' heavy woods. ________________ ****•>^«^ri^i^*vyvvryvvvyvvv , « Improved | SUNDAY International | SCHOOL LESSON •- By HAROLD L. LUNDQUIST, D. D. Dean of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago © Western Newspaper Union. Lesson for March 5 Lesson subjects and Scripture texts se lected and copyrighted by International Council of Religious Education; used by permission. PETER PREACHES TO GENTILES LESSON TEXT—Acts 10:30-48. GOLDEN TEXT—Look unto me, and j be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; ! for I am God, and there is none else. — | Isaiah 45:22. “God is no respecter of persons.” i | Sometimes one wonders whfther | many of His people know about that , glorious attribute of the Godhead. J ! One thing is evident, that very few ; : care to practice this divine princi- j | pie. Just now the world seems to ! : have gone entirely berserk in its proclamation of race superiority. ; Along with undue and improper rec ! ognition of wealth and position, j there has always been in the hearts i of men a measure of prejudice ! against othe'r races. These hatreds | seem now to have been fanned to a flaming intolerance of such as 1 j are not of what some regard as ! | their own superior race. The more J | definite this intolerance, the more ! j unlike God people really are. Let j us weigh ourselves in the balances | and see if we too are found wanting. I. “In Every Nation” (vv. 30-35). Peter was a Jew, and God now i used a vision to teach him a much- I needed lesson regarding the carry- I ing of the gospel to the Gentiles. The Jews were (and still are—let | us remember it) God’s chosen peo ple. However, they were not cho sen for their own comfort, conven ience, or glory, but that they might be channels for the outflowing of God’s blessing to all nations. Cornelius was typical of those in every nation who are ready for the preaching of the gospel. He was a God-fearing, righteous man, but none the less in need of redemp tion. God brought this man who was ready to receive the message together with the man Peter who was prepared to preach it, and the result was salvation. Whatever it may be that keeps j us from carrying the gospel to all I nations, we ought to recognize as un christian, and put it aside. It may be race-prejudice, for it still per sists; but it may be an equally dead ly indifference to the needs of oth ers. Let us, like Peter, go to them and open our mouths (v. 34) to pro claim Christ. 11. “Good Tidings of Peace” (vv. 36-43). The death of Christ for their sins (v. 39), His resurrection from the dead for their justification (v. 40), the coming judgment for sin (v. 42), and remission of sins in His name— these are the essentials of Peter’s message. Note how plain is the truth. Jesus has come and has wrought redemption for all who will | believe. Now we must choose wheth | er we want Him to be our Judge ! or our Redeemer. It is a case of “either—or.” Either He is your Sav iour, or He will be your Judge. “God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that be lieveth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God’’ (John 3:17, 18). The proclamation of this message of redemption was never completed, even “while Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon them all” (v. 44). Blessed inter ruption! Would that we might have j more like it in our churches and Bible schools. 111. “The Holy Spirit Fell” (vv. 44-48). Notice that He came upon “them which heard the word - * (v. 44). Book reviews, political addresses, discus sion of civic or social problems will j not bring the result. Forums, clubs, j discussion groups, unless they have | for their subject the Word of God, j need not expect anything like this 1 to happen. But preaching of the ! Word of God concerning the person | and work of Christ, whether it be | in a home (like that of Cornelius) j or in the great cathedral (and thank : God some of them do have such | preaching), will result in some j soul finding Christ, and receiving the Holy Spirit. It is worthy of note that these be lievers gave evidence of their new- J found spiritual life by magnifying j God, obeying His word, and testify- | ing to others. It is to the credit of Peter and his companions that they recognized the workings of God’s | grace in the lives of-these Gentiles. ! May we also be quick to see, ap- j preciate, and encourage every true i gospel work, whether it be among ; our own people or with some other j race, whether in our church or in j some humble cottage. “God is no j respecter of persons.” Revelation Must Speak Let reason count the stars, weigh the mountains, fathom the depths— the employment becomes her, and the success is glorious. But when the question is: “How shall man be just with God?” reason must be si- i | lent, revelation must speak; and he I j who will not hear it assimilates i himself to the first deist, Cain; he j may not kill a brother, he certainly destroys himself.—Henry MelvilL THE COOLIDGE EXAMINER — Foul Work with Chickens ®Thc mechanized process starts as a hatch of sprinfers travel along the mov ing licit. Left, after he neatness am! dispatch, rough feathers are quickly piurked hv hand, the hird is scald ed and then passed through a drier. j,...!.'™. j — ' I— . . feathers are re moved by hand. \ jipP j to shipping them all over the country. Hundreds of | f ~ J thousands are sold weekly. am i ALL KINDS OF SNOW, LITERALLY! To most people to whom snow only means a job of shovelling, it may help a bit to learn that scien tists classify snow into at least 12 different varieties. Let’s start with falling snow, it I is precipitation frozen into some | type of crystalline form. When it hits the ground it becomes fallen ; snow. At first fallen snow is pow der snow, soft, fluffy and feathery ; and not unchanged from its in-the- | air condition. Skiers look tor it. But powder snow, if it comes to earth at very low temperatures, may form sand snow on which nei ther a ski nor sled will glide. Wild snow, is another form of powder snow which falls in a complete calm j at low temperature and is immense- ; ly unstable. Following first contact snow en-1 ters the stage of settling snow. it : becomes settled snow. ADVENTUROUS AMERICANS By Elmo Scott Watson Machine Gun Maestro V/T OST men have to decide early in life whether they want to become soldiers of fortune or stay home and make money in business. Sam Dreben never could make up i his mind. But he w T as successful at both. His record was only ordinary in the Philippine insurrection, the Box er rebellion in China and the La- Guardia campaign in Honduras. But that was because he hadn’t yet laid his hands on a machine gun. In 1912, when Gen. Campa led an uprising against the Mexican gov ernment, Dreben joined the rebels. Near Parral, when Gen. Campa’s son w’as killed in front of him, the rebels’ morale broke and they began to retreat in confusion. Only pudgy Sam Dreben remained calm. He sat at a machine gun and covered the retreat with a constant hail of bullets that permitted the rebel troops to take up an orderly position in the rear. When the revolution w r as put down, he crossed the border to El Paso and made a small fortune selling guns. But Huerta led an uprising against Villa and Dreben decided to go to the latter’s defense. Sit ting astride his famous machine gun at Bachima pass, he held off the Huerta forces. Single handed he delayed them until Villa could re organize his troops and turn a re treat into a victory. Then he re turned to El Paso again and made a half million dollars in Green Mon- I ster copper stock! Although Sam was rich and al most 40 when we entered the World war, he enlisted. Leading a group of doughboys, he silenced a menac ing German machine gun emplace ment in a battle near Etienne. Forty Germans had to be killed before i his mission was accomplished and ! Dreben killed 23 of them himself. For that feat, General Pershing I himself pinned the Distinguished I Service Cross on Dreben’s already medal-heavy chest. • • • Lee Christmas \ ITHEN Lee Christmas was engi ’ * neer for the Yazoo & Missis sippi railroad, he got into a scrape and was sent to jail. His fellow trainmen dynamited the building | and got him out. That’s how his | adventurous life happened, literally, ; to start with a bang! Pursued, he stowed away on a ship for Honduras. There was a war going on when he got there and he joined the army. It was a wise choice of vocation—he was rapidly j promoted through every rank in cluding general. Then he went to Guatemala and I got into another fracas. No dyna : miting was necessary this time, , however, as he shot the officer ! and several members of the group that were sent to arrest him. Then ; the entire army was called upon to j capture him. Running through side streets, he ; saw the rear door of an unguarded ! armory open, ran in and barricaded himself. He found more than a thou sand rifles, plenty of ammunition and many loopholes. He went j around the building for a day and a | half, firing as fast as he could from ! one hole after the other. Not only did he give the impression that he W'as more than one man, but he actually killed about 80 soldiers. He didn’t come out until, of all things, they offered him not only his liberty but a commission in the army. He won 36 big battles in Central America and even went so far as ! to start a revolution of his own in I Honduras —and won it. Later he I succeeded in getting into the United States army intelligence service j with an assignment to Central America. In 1923 he died peace , fully in a hospital in New Orleans. * • • Varmint Killer No. 1 HE HAD keen eyes, steady nerves, infinite patience and ■ knew no fear; it was natural that Ben Lily should love big game hunt ing. But it was only because he be came one of America’s most de pendable hunters that he was em ployed by the United States biologi cal survey to kill’mountain lions. Ben began to hunt in Louisiana when he was a child not much taller than the length of his rifle. Later in life he took Theodore Roosevelt through the Louisiana canebrakes !on a hunting trip. Then he trailed j big game in Mexico, up in the Yu kon and in the distant wilds of i Canada. He even got to the jungles of Africa before working for the gov j ernment in Arizona. He worked in the Blue river sec ■ tion of the White mountains of Arizona protecting cattle from lions and bears. Ben worked all year j ’round, traveling on foot with noth ing but dogs for companionship. In the Apache forest reserve alone j Lily stalked and killed more than J 150 mountain lions and two score j “club-foots” besides. The mountain stock owners figure that each rov ing lion destroys $5,000 worth of cattle each year. © Western Newspaper Union. Quick UOTES ly? AMERICAN CREED “/'"YUR nation was fantided upon the principles of responsible citizen ship and has grown great upon that foundation. Personal freedom and : equality of opportunity under the pro tection of the law have been—and, I fervently hope, always will he—an abid ing creed and a zealously guarded way of life of the American people.”— Cordell Hull, U. S. Secretary of State. HOW TO RELIEVE Simply Follow These Easy Directions to Ease the Pain and Discomfort and Sore Throat Accompanying Colds a pain and gj ■and reduce $: i 2 Bayer j§ Ink a glass ii Repeat In • .••..• 1 2. 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