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OF PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELFI
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
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
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?
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
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 '
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Improved | SUNDAY
International | SCHOOL
By HAROLD L. LUNDQUIST, D. D.
Dean of The Moody Bible Institute
© Western Newspaper Union.
Lesson for March 5
Lesson subjects and Scripture texts se
lected and copyrighted by International
Council of Religious Education; used by
PETER PREACHES TO
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
11. “Good Tidings of Peace” (vv.
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
111. “The Holy Spirit Fell” (vv.
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
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 — ' 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
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- ;
Following first contact snow en-1
ters the stage of settling snow. it :
becomes settled snow.
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
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
• • •
\ 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
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
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.
“/'"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.
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to Ease the Pain and Discomfort and
Sore Throat Accompanying Colds
a pain and gj
■and reduce $:
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2. If throat Is raw
from cold, crush and
| dissolve 3 Bayer |
:| Tablets In i/ 3 glass : ''s*
|of water... gargle, / ~ J y
THE SIMPLE WAY pictured
above often brings amazingly fast
relief from discomfort and sore
throat accompanying colds.
Try it. Then see your doctor.
He probably will tell you to con
tinue with the Bayer Aspirin be
cause it acts so fast to relieve dis
comforts of a cold. And to reduce
This simple way, backed by
scientific authority, has largely sup
planted the use of strong medicines
in easing cold symptoms. Perhaps
the easiest, most effective way yet
discovered. But make sure you get
15° OR 12
2 FULL DOZEN 25c
It is in general more profitable
to reckon up our defects than to
boast of our attainments.--Carlyle.
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MENTHOL COUGH DROPS
Force of Habit
Great is the force of habit; it
teaches us to bear labor and to
scorn injury and pain.—Cicero.
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You love a nothing when you
love an ingrate.—Plautus.
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