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GIRL HERO JUMPED
ON RUNAWAY'S BACK
ROMANTIC and fascinating story
of modern magic, accredited by
the German emperor, lies behind
the recent visit to this country of
two distinguished-looking Teutons. .
Several chapters "were added to
the tale of mystery and power dur
ing their stay of three weeks. In
the late summer or early fall they
will return, they Bay, to observe the startling ro
suits of a secret demonstration now under way.
To locate rich deposits of coal and Iron deep
down In the earth by walking about on the sur
face holding In one's hands a bit of wire or a
tvlg of birch seems fit material for an old wives'
talft. Yet that Is what the Landrat von Ulsar,
a friend of Kaiser Wilhelm, announces he has
accomplished In the far-reaching wilderness of
northern Michigan and Wisconsin. And more.
In a region In this country where tho presence of
petroleum bad never before been known or even
suspected he has divined by the use of his little
metal rod the existence in vast quantitiea of th
wealth-bringing crude oil.
These lands are owned by hard-headed, bunco
proof American capitalists, who are now proceed
ing to verify the findings of the Landrat. Mean
while he has sailed back to his duties as chief
government official for the district of Apenrade,
Hchleswis-IIolstein. With him has gone the
friend who accompanied him on this trip, Herr
Folkmar Frauzius, a nephew of tho harbor direc
tor of Bremen, who widened and deepened the
Hiver Weser to admit ships of the greatest draft.
They will return as 60on as borings have been
completed at the points Indicated by Von Uslar,
when they expect the mine owners to acknowl
edge that the divining rod has been corroborated.
Herr von Uslar does not boast of his power or
attempt to explain It. He exercises it for the
benefit of those aeriouely interested. Their pur
pose may bp to profit directly by the location of
nubtfrranean water or mineral deposit, or to
discover an answer to the riddle. He places him
self at the disposal of both, and Is content to rest
on the facts.
He has located many deposits of water and
minerals in Germany, where the subject has cre
ated a profound stir In recent years. Societies
whose membership Includes many of the fore
most scientists of the emplro have been formod
to collect all the valuable data on divining rods,
and to carry on an exhaustive search for the true
explanation of the phenomenon.
It was through the interest of Herr von Due
low, who in 1895 became an enthusiastic convert
to the art of locating minerals, water, etc., by
the aid of tho rods, that Herr von Uslar's natural
gift was brought to the attention of Emperor
William. Then followed an Imperial expedition,
headed by Von Uslar, to the German desert col
onies of eouthwest Africa, which lasted two years
and a half and demonstrated so conclusively the
reality of the Landrat's mysterious power that
th emperor was thoroughly convinced.
The writer called on Herr von Uslar and Herr
Franzlus at the Hotel Astor, in Now York, before
and after their recent trip to Wisconsin and
Michigan. At the first visit they spoke vaguely
of planning a tour to the Yosemite Valley. At
the Hecond the Yosemite was not mentioned. In
stead, they described the difficulties of climbing
over fallen trees in the trackless forests of north
ern Wisconsin and of the delightful qualities of
&y friendship found among the men in charge
of certain mines in the same region.
Herr von Uslar would fit well into a story
book as an austere country squire. He is tall
and slender and straight as an arrow.
The Landrat Is a stranger to English, but the
deficiency was supplied by Herr Franzlus, who
upeaks It fluently. Their visit here had not been
without humorous Interest, for It appears that
von Uslar takes a boyish delight In exhibiting
his power for the entertainment as well as proQt
of his friend. One evening Franzlus and Von
Vslnr were being entertained at the club house
of a prominent German society in 59th street.
Conversation turned to the Wunschelrute, or di
vining rods, and the Landrat was asked if he had
not a rod with him, so that ho could exhibit his
power. He did not have one, but offered to se
what ho might find if they would turnlsh him
with a plec of ordinary wire.
A long hunt at last unearthed thf desired
wire, and with this In his hand Von Uslar wan
dirrd from room to room about the clubhouse.
Nothing occurred until he reached the billiard
roo?; wh;n tho rod began to turn rapidly.
"V.'rll. v."ll!" pxclaJr!ed tho Ormin. "I don't
know what's going on here there are so many
pipes and wires underneath your streets in New
York but I think there must be water here some
where." Then one of the older members of the club who
was present remembered and told how, when the
club house was being erected, the contractors lay
ing the foundations had great difficulty in con
trolling the rush of water from a vein that was
laid ogen directly tinder the spot where the bil
liard room was afterward located.
Another day the two friends were guests at the
American Yacht club, at Milton Point, Rye, N. Y.
The club has had a good deal of trouble recently
trying to get a sufficient water supply. Franzlus
and Von Uslar found this out when they turned
on the faucet In their bedroom on the second
floor and got no water. At tho breakfast table
Franzlus rallied his hosti a bit, and then asked:
"Why don't you get Von Uslar here to find you
It was agreed that the Landrat not only located
a subterranean vein of water near by, but discov
ered that it led almost under one corner of the
club house, where It would be easily accessible
by boring. I
The so-called "rod" that Von Ualar uses is a
very simple device. The metal rod is merely two
pieces of rather fine wire, each about a foot long,
held together by a flexible Joint. The diviner
grasps the two free ends, one In each hand,
which he holds palm upward. The wooden rods
may be two pieces Joined or a natural forked
twig. The flexible Joint of the rod forms an an
gle the apex of which projects forward or upward.
As the diviner, walking about, comes over the
the spot where a subterranean mineral deposit
or a vein of water Is located, the rod torns
violently in his hands, usually away from the
body, and continues to whirl rapidly as long as
the diviner remains ever the spot and holds the
rod In position.
One very curious feature of the rod's move
ment, to which the writer's attention was called
by Von Uslar, Is that there seems to be involved
a sort of closed circuit. Thus, the Landrat says,
if he holds one end of the rod in his right hand
and places his left hand on the back of the neck
of another person, who In turn holds the other
end of the rod In one of his hands, the Influence
will still be felt and the rod will turn when held
over water or mineral deposits, even though the
second person does not possess the mysterious
power of divination.
The present deep Interest In divining rods in
Germany is of comparatively recent growth, yet
the use of divining rods for locating minerals,
water and all sorts of other things was In all
probability practiced In very ancient times by
men who no doubt possessed the same strange
power. The art was certainly practiced by men
of the Middle Ages, who named It rhabdomancy.
There Is evidence that the ancient Romans may
have recognized the existence of some such pow
er by the use of the so-called "vlrgula divina," as
used In taking auguries by means of casting bits
of sticks, descriptions of which are found in the
writlncs of Tacitus and Cicero.
The echlageruthe (striking rod) or forked twig
of the German miners of the Hars mountains was
brought to England by miners who were engaged
by the merchant adventurers of Queen Eliza
beth's time to emigrate and work In the Cornish
mines. The art In general has been in use all
over the world, In spite of the fact that no one
has so far found a satisfactory explanation for
such a gift and that it has generally been attack
ed and laughed at by science. The American In
dians and the caravan drivers In Western Gobi
emroy these rods even now to look for water.
Just as the peasants in Switzerland and Schles-wlg-Holsteln
have done since time Immemorial.
Prof. W. F. Darrett, F. R. S., of Dublin, who is
regarded as the chief modern investigator of the
subject, believes that Its employment, dating as .
It does from the revival of learning, is based on
the mediaeval doctrine of "sympathy;" that is.
the drooping of trees and the character of the
vegetation give Indications of mineral lodes be
neath the earth's surface by means of a sort of
The divining rod has, however, been used also
In searching for any buried object. In the south
of France, In the seventeenth century. It was
employed in tracking criminals and heretics. Its
abuse led to a decree of the Inquisition in 1701
forbidding Its employment for purposes of Jus
tice. In modern times the wooden rod has been
much used in England and other places for find
ing water, and In this connection either the rod
or tho diviner is caller a "douser."
Sir W. H. Preece, a celebrated English electri
cian, taking part In a discussion of tho douscr's
power In January, 1905, repudiated the theory
that any electric force was Involved and record
ed his opinion that water-finding by a douser was
due to "mechanical vibration, et up by the fric
tion of moving water, acting upon sensitive ven
tral diaphragm of certain exceptionally delicately
. About the middle of the nineteenth century
Professor von Rlechenbach, of Germany, believed
he had found the source of the power exerted
by any one using a divining rod In the radiation
of a very fine gas given off by many bodies and
which he called "odylllo force." The Frenchman,
M. K. Chevreul, on the other hand, explained the
whole phenomenon as being a self-deception of
the persons holding the rods, their arm muscles
becoming excessively Irritated by the peculiar
way of holding the rod, and their nervous system
likewise by the straining desire of the diviner
to find something.
It was in the midst of this somewhat general
skepticism concerning the actual power of the
diviners and a rather listless search for some real
explanation of the phenomenon that Jlerr Von
Ruelow became interested in a search for a sub
terranean water supply near the Imperial wharf
at the harbor of Kiel. Von Uslar, who was called
upon to make the experiment, achieved such con
clusive results, even actually piercing water
veins, that Von Ruelow brought the matter to the
attention of the emperor, and It was then that
Von Uslar was sent by the government to south
"For two years and a half," said Herr Fran
zlus to the writer, "Von Uslar traversed that
country in the midst of the hostile Hottentots, In
order to find at once a constant supply of water
for the troops and for the farmers in that region,
where for the most part water was lacking.
"When he returned, in the spring of 1908, he
had designated subterranean water courses in
800 places, and according to the official report up
to that time 163 of those places had been investi
gated by borings. Seventy-nine per cent of his
designations had proved to be correct. The bor
ing continued, and up to June, 1911, according to
an official government report which was Issued at
that time, a total of 20G of tho 800 places had
been investigated, and In 171 of them, or about
S3 per cent, water had been found.
"In Germany many scientists became interest
ed in the art. Beyerhaus believed he had found
the explanation of the phenomenon In electricity.
Dlom pinned his faith to radium. Professor W.
Kubler, in Dresden, found that confined steam
or great masses of ice had Just the same Influ
ence on the diviner. The physicist. Dr. G. Rothe.
attributed the influence to Retchenbach'e 'odylllo
force; the physician, Dr. A. Voll, to electricity.
Dr. Aigner, In Munchen, also a practicing physi
clan, devoted himself closely to an investigation
of the question and is Inclined to presume an
altogether unknown kind of rays, or terrestrial
currents, as probable sources of the power.
"Meanwhile diviners In various parts of Ger
many devoted themselves to practicing the art
quite independently of one another, and contin
ued to meet with pronounced successes until in
1909 an effort was made to bring them and all
those interested in discovering the secret of the
power together In a sort of convention at Dres
den. There carefully recorded experiments were
made before a number of professors of the tech
nical schools of Drnden and Munchen by the
diviners Von Uuelow, Uslar and Dr. Voll.
"Not only were the experiments conclusive, but
each of the three men named, working Indepen
dently of one another, located In the same spot,
near Dresden, an extensive subterranean coal
field. After this the use of the diviners by mine
owners rapidly increased, and in 1911 another
convention, lasting three days, and marked by
more startling suceesse, was held nt Hanover.
Potash is very abundant in this region, and the
discoveries of deposits of it mado by the eight
diviners appearing before the convention were so
astonishing that the formation of a permanent
society to collect all available facts concerning
divining rods and, if possible, discover the secret
of their power was at once undertaken.
'The eociety Is seeking to gain the Interest of
wider circles for the investigation of the riddle
of the rods, and Herr von Uslar and myself have
met with fair success In our efforts to arouse tho
interest of scientists in this coutnry."
Herr Franzlus was modest in his claims ns to
the accuracy with which the designations of sub
terranean water and minerals could be made,
but declared In response to a question that this
accuracy was quite-remarkable.
"Not only," he says, "can the diviner, by walk
ing about In a circle, so that If he crosses a vein
once he must necessarily cross it at least a sec
ond time, determine the location of a substratum
of mineral or water, but he can also determine
in most cases the depth of the stratum below the
surface, even when It is reveral hundred feet,
and also tho direction in which the Vein extends."
Herr Von Uslar, speaking through his friend,
Herr Franzlus, cited case after case where mine
owners had employed diviners to locate new
veins in Germany and railroad directorates had
employed them to find a suitable water supply
at their various stations.
Tho two visitors hopo that on their return,
after the Landrat's findings In Wisconsin and
Michigan have been Investigated, the results of
their discoveries in this country of new deposits
of coal, Iron and petroleum will rouse as much
Interest In the mysterious power possessed by
Von U6lar as has already been manifested in
Germany, it Is only by rousing such interest
among scientists everywhere, the Landrat be
lieves, that the answer can be found to the riddle
that vexes and tantalizes him day by day: What
is the true source of the diviner's power?
Remarkable Feat Saved the Life
of Young Man Driver of
Sharon, Pa. Frances Heaney, a
little country girl of Arthurholt'e
mills, near this city, at the risk of
her own life, saved that of little
Frank Hanna by Jumping on a run
away horse's back whllo it was going
at full speed.
... Relng agiio and a trained horse
woman, the was able to bring the
frantic nniinal to a stop.
Here is her modest description of
her heroic and difficult feat:
"I was driving "along the Yankee
Run road near the Perkins farm.
There was a young man In the rig
Just ahead of me. ' His horse took
fright at some metal pipes and wheel
ed around, upsetting the rig and
throwing him directly under It. Tho
horse started in ray direction at
breakneck speed. I pulled my rig to
"I Managed to Pull Myself Up on the
the side of the road as quickly as I
could and Jumped out. When the
horse went by I grasped for the bri
dle, but missed it. I succeeded in
getting hold of the harness and was
dragged some distance. In some way
I managed to pull myself up on the
horse's back. I then reached for
ward and caught the bridle reins as
near the horse's mouth a3 possible.
I pulled on the reins and brought
the animal down to a trot, and final
ly to a standstill.
"Then I tied the horse to a fenca
and got a piece of rail and raised the
wagon off the young man. who by this
time was unconscious. I feared at
the time, he was dead, for he -had
been dragged some distance under
the wagon. In a short time, however,
he rallied and helped me to get the
rig straightened around. Ho was able
to drive home.
"I thought nothing more of the oc
currence until the next day, when
the boy's father met me in Sharon
and wanted to reward mo, for, as ho
said, saving his boy's life. Of course
I refused to take any reward for sim
ply doing my duty."
SLEEP WALKER NEAR DEATH
Found Swinging From Port Hole of
Ship Officer Nearly Drowned
New York. With the spectacular
rescue from death of a sleep walker
on her log book, the Oceanic docked
the other day.
One night about ten o'clock Steward
Adams was putting a fat passenger to
bed In a stateroom Just under the after
well deck when he heard a voice in
."I'm going! I'm going!"
Adams poked his head out of the
port hele and saw a man swinging
by his hands from the port hole of
the next stateroom and bumping with
every motion of the ship.
The stewardjan for help. Assistant
Surgeon Edward Riley learned tho
trouble and calling on several steerage
passengers to hold his ankles, let him
self down over the side of the ship to
Then Qurtermaster Rowc camo on
the run and dashed the immigrants
aside, not knowing they were holding
the steward. They let go of Hlley and
ho went down. Rowe saw him in the
water and the man still swinging from
the port hole.
The engines were reversed, a rope
lowered and Riley pulled up. Then,
looped, it was swung to the man in
the. port hole.
He came up hand over hand and
fainted when he reached the deck.
The passenger was Ja'ck Steele, six
teen, of Roltham, Kent. England, trav
eling to America with his sister, Ger
trude, five years old. All his life he
had been subject to walking in his
sleep, according to the sister.
Steele said he did not wake up until
a spray dashed over him as he hung
from the port holo.
Blames the Fringe.
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LIGHTNING FROM FOG BANK
Captain of Pacific Coast Schooner
Tells of Strange Bombardment
of His Vessel.
Capt. A. Sunderberg of the steam
schooner Wasp, which piles between
Seattle and California ports, reports a
strange experience at sea on August 7.
In a report made to the Hydro
graphic office Captain Sunderberg
says that at 10 p. m., when six miles
east by so4!th of Point Conception,
his vessel ran into a thick fog bank
which hung close to the water.
Without the fog rising In the least,
a violent electric storm broke out, and
for one hour and 14 minutes tho blan
ket of heavy mist was pierced contin
ually by discharges of atmospherio
electricity and vivid flashes of angular
zigzag and forked lightning. At 12:15
a. m., August 8, the steel foremast of
tho Wasp became charged with elec
tricity from the top down to the spring
stay. Captain Sunderberg says this
was not tho usual display of St. Elmo
fire, as the mast gave out loud reports
as if from a powerful wireless apparatus.
While the vessel was bombarded by
lightning which coursed down her
main mast, her officers and crew did
not venture on deck.
Made Him Tired.
Robert is small, but rapidly leaving
behind the baby age that tolerates sen
timent. Not long since he overheard
a young married couple o: nis ac
quaintance billing and cooing, not, be
It noted, for the first time. The grown
folk present smiled, but Robert's faco
remained solemn. Only, as he bent
over the childish task that apparently
absorbed him, ho was heard to mur
"Goodness! Loving again!"
"I love the noises of the woods.
"Then I suppose you like tho bark.
bt tho dogwood."
Women never really admire each
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