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About The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 8, 1915)
Florence Lillian Henderson
(Copyright, 1915, by W. G. Chapman.)
For the lady who lived at Hillcrest,
mistress of that splendid estate, Al
bion Weare had always entertained
the highest respect and something
more. She was thirty, the bloom ou
her cheek a trifle faded, but his ideal
still. How he reverenced her!
He did not know it, In his blind
humility, but Miss Helen Tyrell re
spected him infinitely. Whenever she
had a party of close friends at a so
cial function at the elaborate old
mansion, Albion was honored with an
invitation. He was master complete
of the violin, she a mistress of song
and piano. Those hours of mutual
music bewitchment neither would
He was thinking of Miss Tyrell
now, and very seriously. She was
rich, he was poor. It was his humble
trend of mind ever descanting his
real ability that kept him back. As
chemist of the great drug factory lo
cated at the edge of the town he
was of value, but it was the policy of
the company to take advantage of
Now he had made a discovery of
Importance. He had come across it
quite by chance and in his own pri
vate laboratory at home. In it his
employers had no part or parcel. It
Involved a new process for securing
from Illuminating oils over 60 per
cent additional power.
"If I tell them up at the works
about it they will simply appropriate
it, just as they have other fruits of
my labor," soliloquized Albion. "No,
I feel certain my discovery Is im
portant and valuable. I have written
to a broker In Chicago. He wants
two thousand dollars advance fees and
organization money. I have a thou
sand. If I could only borrow and addi
tional like amount but' Miss Tyrell
no! no! I cannot bring myself to ask
her for it."
How willingly, how gladly, would
she have accommodated him! And
he knew that this was bo. He feared,
however, to disturb their cherished
harmonious relations. Business was
a harsh element; it might lead to
the impairment of their pure and ten
der friendship. So' Albion put the sug-
Made I Discovery of Importance.
gestion of borrowing from Miss Tyrell
completely out of his mind.
There was a lust resource, but Al
bion hesitated for a long time before
he was driven to employ It. This was
to mortgage the quaint old-fuBhloned
and not very valuable homostoud in
the village that had been loft to him
by his dead mother. He felt it almost
sacrilegious the day ho affixed his
signature to a mortgage for one
thousand dollars, but there was no
way out of It If he expected to ex
ploit his formula,
Albion did not Inform Miss Tyroll
of his plans. He secured a leave of
absence of a month from the works
and simply told her that he would
probably be absent most of that time
In the city. She missed him before he
had been gone a week. She wrote him
friendly letters showing that sho es
teemed him, and they were sweet balm
to his anxious soul at the most try
ing period of his life.
For Albion, inexperienced in the
ways of the professional promoter and
financier, was suddenly confronted
with worry and complication that
tested all his faith and nerve. The
broker had proceeded to devolop his
formula by organizing a stock coin
pany. This cost money. There was
expensive advertising, there were
large fees to pay to expert chemists
and engineers. Tho two thousand
dollars was soon used up.
"A thousand more and we shall see
daylight," promised the broker.
''Impossible!" groaned Albion. "I
have absolutely exhausted my last re
"Too bad to fall now, when a few
weeks' further negotiations will place
us In a fully organized condition. Are
you willing to borrow tho now thou'
"But I have no security to give,'
declared Albion, gloomily.
: "Oh, yes, you have," Insisted the
glib and resourceful promoter
"there's the stock of the company.1
' "It isn't worth its face" began Al-
"No, not yet, but It will bo some
time," declared the optimistic broker.
"If you are willing to put up a con
trolling block of the stock as collateral
I can get you the loan.
"Go ahead," acceded Albion, though
So. following devious ways, ' the
broker financed the proposition alon
i ' i i i
until ana day the end came. The
people who had loaned the money de
manded its return, with exorbitant in
terest as due, and threatened to seize
and sell out the cherished life work of
Albion for a mere song!
"I've got to go back home!" de
clared Albion. "I'm half sick, totally
discouraged and almost hopeless of
raising any more capital. How long
have the creditors given us to pay the
"I'll try," said Albion, but weakly.
He started for home really ill and
arrived at the little quiet home town
prostrated with a dangerous fever.
Of what transpired during the next
three weeks Albion Weare knew little,
and that during brief lucid moments.
In one of these he smilod faintly as
his nurse gently informed him that
she had been sent by Miss Tyrell.
Then within an hour Albion was back
In the grasp of the wasting fever.
avlng over the lost investment, the
days of grace, the end of which would
see him bereft of his great discovery.
At times, however, his delirious
mood grew into soft and tender ap
peals to the woman to whom he had
never told his love. And in the ad
joining room Helen Tyrell hid her
blushing face in her hands, and her
breath came quicker, and the swift
tears told of the deep, heartfelt inter
est Bhe felt in this lonely man, buf
fered so cruelly by the adverse tides
One evening Miss Tyrell was visited
by a stranger. He was the broker
who had vainly awaited the promised
return of his client to the city. It
was natural that he should tell the
story disclosing the negotiations of
Albion. In the wealthy heiress he
found a willing and sympathetic aud
itor. The nurse attending Albion hastened
into the sick room one beautiful June
morning at the unexpected call of her
patient. Her face brightened, for in
one glance at the bed she had read
the first tokens of a past crisis and
the promise of convalescence in the
He was Btrainlng his eyes towards
calendar upon the opposite wall.
He motioned to the nurse weakly.
Tell me," he spoke hoarsely "the
the day of the month."
Innocently she named it. A deep
groan burst from the lips of the Bick
man and he fell back prostrated, with
"Six days too late! I have lost
everything." Then he was awake and
sensible for the rest of the day, but
there was a set, hopeless expression
to his face that the experienced nurse
did not like to Bee there. When Miss
Tyrell came she told her of the in
cident. In a moment Helen read the
situation and Its remedy.
"Mr. Weare," she spoke gently, al
most tenderly, as she approached the
bedside of the patient.
His eager soul In his wasted face,
Albion took her hand in a fervent
"Are you strong enough to hear i
little, a very little, about business?1
I have little Business left," he
sighed, but gave a weak assent to her
And then she told of the broker
coming to her, of redeeming the stock
Just in time, of her supplying new
capital and the company was a suc
"You did this all for me," he choked
out, because "
Because you are my dearest
friend," she Bald, and her eyes wore
fond and loving. "Oh! why did you
not toll me of your need for money?
Alas! I can help you no further, for
your discovery has made you very
What came of It all? Greater wealth
for faithful, patient Albion Woaro
the added riches of the love of a true
(Copyright, MI5, by W. Q. Chapman.)
Guawoona Javolln Throwers.
My experience with tho Ounwoonns
occurred some years ugo, when thoy
wore In the height of thoir Indepen
dence, narrates Capt. S. A. Rlsley, an
American Civil war veternn, to Guy
Elliott Mitchell of the United States
geological survey, In the Wide World.
They owed no allegiance to anyone,
save a Blight regard for their eloctlve
clilofs, and they feared neither man,
beaat nor dovll. I have hoard of Gua
woona hunters fighting and slaying
jaguars with machete or javelin, single
handed. For thoir Indian neighbors
sturdy fighters, too they had only con-
tentpt. It was their boast that thoy
never retreated from the foe botore ac
counting for a number equal to their
own, and many times thoy cut thoir
way through greatly superior mini
bors of both Indian and SpniilshVeno
zuolan enemies. They were the Zulus
Will Become Modern City.
That Omsk, In Siberia, Intends to
become a modern city as soon as pos
sible is indicated by the condition of
her streets. In the business sections
of the town sewors, gas mains and
underground telegraph and telephone
wires are being installed, while street
car track layors are working over
the heads of the diggers. Similar
work Is being done in many other of
the new Siberian towns, and, so pros
perous are these places, that not
single bond Issue has yet been neces
sary to carry on the work of municipal
Improvement. American harvesting
machinery and oil companies are ac
tive In this section, and an Amorlcnn
corporation has undertaken a con
tract to build grain elevators from
one end of the Trans-Siberian railroad
to the other.
"Don't you got tired of having noth
ing to do?"
"Nothing to do!" echood Mr. Cum-
rox. "I haven't had a real rost since
I was doln' regular work. What
want Is an eight-hour law to regulute
this round of pleasure mother and the
girls hav3 got me Into."
By Liquid Measure.
"Not many people away holiday
making In .war time, I suppose, milk
"Well, mum, you'd be surprised; at
least five gallons of my customers
were away list week end." Loudon
EAT I HI 11
Interesting Statement Made by
a Prominent Scientist
Three-Fourths of All Food We Eat Is
Derived Originally From Rain; 80
Per Cent of Remainder
Comes From Air.
Three-fourths of all the food we eat
is derived originally from rain. Of the
remainder, 80 per cent comes from the
air, the balance one-twentieth part of
the whole Is obtained from the soil.
This interesting statement is made
by Dr. A. T. Stuart of the Canadian
department of agriculture, who de
scribes the farmer as the great man
ufacturer. He makes the things
which other people merely put to
gether in different ways.
The farmer takes 75 pounds of wa
ter, 20 pounds of air and 5 pounds of
soil. These are his raw materials,
and from them, In the quantities and
proportions above mentioned, he
turns out 100 pounds of products.
The mixture of gases which we call
air 1b a fluid by no means so thin and
Imponderable as we are accustomed
to Imagine. An ordinary packing box
three feet cube will contain about two
and one-half pounds of It. The twenty
pounds of air that contribute so Im
portant a percentage of our food sup
ply would occupy, at normal sea-level
pressure, a cubical space IS feet on an
The 75 pounds of water would make
about nine and one-half gallons. Five
pounds of soil will represent the con
tents of a clay flower pot of moderate
size; and thus one forirs an idea eas
ily grasped of the quantities of the
three original raw materials required
by the farmer for the manufacture of
100 pounds of products.
These products are food and cloth
ing. Of all the clothes peoplo wear,
9 per cent Is made of animal or vege
table materials that are the yield of
agriculture. Even the leather of which
our shoes are made is, of course, a
farm product.' Silk is spun by caterpil
lars, but in reality is is nothing but
mulberry leaves, converted by their
agency Into a fiber that can be woven.
We know what nlr Is, and water la
familiar enough. That soil Is morely
powdered rock, containing a small
percentage of decayed vegetable mat
ter, haB long been understood. But
many facts in regard to this last in
dispensable raw material of the farmer
have only recently been learned.
Consider, for one thing, the size of
the rock particles. In some soils tbey
are so tiny, according to Doctor Stuart,
that one hundred millions of millions
of them may be held on the point of a
That seems remarUuble, does It not?
But take a Blngle pound of this kind
of soil, and measure the total surface
area represented by Us component
particles. It is a not very dlilicult
problem in mathematics. The total
surface area of the particles that go
to make up one pound Is about three
This is In Itself a mattor of much
Importance, from the viewpoint of tho
farmer-manufacturer, for each particle
of soil Is enveloped by a thin film of
water. And it is from this water that
the plants ho grows derive their sus
tenance. The fluid In question, however, is1
not merely water. It Is a kind of
soup, in which plant food, both or
ganic from the decayed vegetable
matter and mineral, Is dissolved
What we call the "fruitful land" Is
merely a bed for tho plants to stand
up In while they feed upon this soup.
Under the microscope all plants are
found to be made up of little cells or
pouches ftlledl with fluid. In an
orange or lemon they are so big an to
be easily seen when the fruit is cut.
Each of these cells which multiply
at a wondorful rate to make what we
call growth Is a little chemical fac
tory, and it is they which, undor the
general management of the manufac
turing farmer, produce "protein," fat.
starch, sugar, liber, etc., with Inciden
tal colors and flavors, to Bupply In a
multitude of forms the demands of
To enable an owner of a player pi
ano to make his own records, an Ohio
Inventor has perfected a slmpio ma
chine which allows such work to be
done rapidly in the homo by anyone
who Is at all familiar with music. The
device not only lessen the cost of a
record, but also makes it posslblo to
obtain exactly what Is wanted, since
It Is within the power of the operator
'to aet a selection in whatever key he
wishes when perforating a roll. Tho
device consists essentially of a punch
Ing Instrument that slides along
scale, so divided as to correspond with
the apertures in the tracker board of
the player piano, and cuts slots of the
required lengths. The roll of blank
paper Is inserted at the hack of the
machine and fed across a platon plate
Guiding members at each side and
grips at the ends serve to track the
paper properly and prevent it from
wrinkling. As the punching is done the
paper is moved forward and wound on
a roll at the front of the machine.
Much the Same.
Said She Yes, it was a case
spontaneous combustion, all right.
Said He Did the lire do much dam
age? Said Sho What Are?
Said Ho The one you just men
tioned. Said She Huh! I was talking about
a case of love at first sight
Gayboy I'm delighted to have met
you. Miss Swift, and 1 hope to see
more of you.
Miss Swift Oh, perhaps you will.
I'm going to spend the summer at the
In the Cornfed Class.
Tom Has that pretty young widow
any visible moans of support?
Jack I fas she? Well, you ought
to see ber navigate a muddy street
cioeslug on a raluy day. Exchange
HOW HER HUSBAND GOT EVEN
Wife Tidied Up His Desk Beautifully,
and to Reciprocate He Straight
ened Up Her Sewing Room.
A busy housewife came into the sit
ting room with a determined look in
her eyes. -
"I really shall have to punish those
children," she began.
"What have the little beggars been
up to now?" asked father, looking up
from his newspaper.
"Why, they've made a mess of my
sewing room," explained the wife.
"Needles, reels of cotton, scissors
everything has been hidden away in
the moBt unexpected places. It is
Her husband laid down his taper
and Bmlled benignly.
"I did that," he said, calmly. Then,
in answer to a questioning look, he
went on: "You tidied up my desk so
beautifully the other day that I thought
it only fair to return the compliment
So I tidied up your sewing room."
Took No Chances.
Lady (to maid, who has announced
her Intentions of leaving to get mar
ried) I hope you realize, Mary, that
matrimony is a serious matter?"
Mary (earnestly) Oh, yes, mum.
I've been to two fortune tellers and a
clairvoyant, an' looked In a sign book,
an' dreamt on a lock of hair, and been
to a palmist, and they all say it's all
right I ain't one to marry reckless-
like, mum. Passing Show.
A CARELESS CANINE.
Gentle Willie Why dost thou weep?
The dorg but took a piece out of
Wearie Walker When he grabbed,
pard, he caught hold of more than the
Always Something Doing.
"There hasn't been a change on this
bill of fare In twenty years," growled
the grizzled patron. "Have you res
taurant men no ingenuity?"
"Guess we have as much as the next
"Then why don't you get up a new
dish occasionally? The corner drug
gist has a new klckBhaw at the soda
fountain every time you amble up to
A Bad Investment.
Mrs. Naggs John, we'll never be
able to save a cent If you don't quit
being so extravagant.
Naggs Why, my dear, I don't think
I'm at all extravagant.
Mrs. Naggs Of course, you are.
There s that accident policy you
bought nearly a year ago, and you
haven't used It once. If that isn't
extravagance I don't know what is.
Solace 'or Poor Luck.
"Even when a man falls to catch
any flsh, the outing does him good and
he comes back in better health," said
the optimistic angler.
Perhaps that is true In some
cases," replied his bibulous friend,
"but I find that the less inducement
there is to pull a cork out of the wa
ter, the more there Is to pull one out
of a bottle."
"How conceited she is."
"What makes you think so?"
"I proposed to her and she said she
wouldn't marry the best man on
"Well, what of that."
"I was the man she was referring
to." Detroit Free Press.
Not an Expert In Ice.
"I'm so sorry the cream is sour!"
said young Mrs. Torklns.
"Everything in the refrigerator ap
pears to be spoiled," commented her
"It's the Ice man's fault. He will
bring around artificial Ice, and I can't
tell It from the genuine."
The Art of Oratory,
"Did your speech change anybody's
"I wasnt Doping to change any
body's mind," answered Senator Sor
ghum. "I tried to find out what the
majority of the voters thought and
then convince them that I was with
"Do you know that I come from
fighting stock?" asked Mr. Plllbeck. In
a threatening manner.
"Umph!" replied Mr. Walllck, not at
all Impressed. "1 suspect you've been
coming a long time and haven't
After the Trial.
"Now It you are acquitted," Bald the
lawyer, "you can go on the stage."
"Hut suppose I should happen to he
"Um. In that case, I suppose you'll
have to write a book.
A Strong Opinion.
Frlti You know Llmburger cheese
Improves with age.
Fred I don't believe It I think It
smells just as bad when It's twenty
year old as it did the day It wa
Equal to a Cat Concert
Mrs. lllxon Is your husband
sound sleeper, Mrs. Dixon?
Mr. Dixon Well, you would think
to u you were to hear him snore.
ne of Uncle Sam's
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AN American-made bureau has
the sign of aristocracy! Or
perchance, a buffet sideboard
or a table to proclaim the so
For entrance into the inner circle
of the elect commend to Uncle Sam's
Chamorro relations a chiffonier and
they ask no more of this world's
boons. The advent of the Americans
to the island of Guam has given the
natives there a glimpse of American
made furniture, and their souls long
for It with the longing of mad desire,
writes Hazel Pedlar in the San Fran
They have been content through
centuries with their woven floor mats
and their stone stoves spread out in
their lean-to kitchens. Through gen
erations of the Chamorro people men
have been satisfied with the meager
returns from their primitive farming.
They needed money only to pay taxes.
There was little it would buy save
rice in famine times, a little sugar
now and then as a luxury, and a plug
of tobacco as a great extravagance.
But the coming of the white men,
wearing tho uniforms of Uncle Sam,
has changed all that. The introduc
tion of goods of all classes and the im
portation, free of duty, of all goods
of American origin, have given the
natives new Ideas and new tastes.
They need money to buy the white
But above all, they have seen the
household furniture of American man
ufacture, and they know no peace un
til they have acquired at least one sam
ple. They care not whether it be stove
or bureau, chiffonier or table. Posses
sion is the mark of aristocracy; and
ambition, which Is akin to yearning,
is abroad In the picturesque little is
lands that dot the broad Pacific.
Furniture Ruling Passion,
Saving for rainy days is not a gen
eral pastime In Guam. The farms
scattered about the island yield
enough to eat and to wear and the
Chamorros take little thought of the
morrow. But saving for furniture buy
ing is the "aristocratic practice of
the middle and lower classes. The
millennium will come when in every
home there Is at least one piece of
Social classes and aristocracy In
Guam cannot be Laced along the usual
lines of demarcation. Practically all
tho inhabitants are landowners; many
of the lower classes have recognized
good blood and no family In the island
can be called wealthy. A native who
can obtain a diet of vegetables for
himself and his family, two or three
new cotton suits a year, and $50 cash
annually considers ilmself well off in
deed. He is satisfied with his prlml-
Old Trinity House.
Trinity House, which celebrated Its
400th anniversary a few days ago, Is
famed across the Seven Seas. The
first general lighthouse and pilotage
authority in the United Kingdom, it
has played an Important part In nauti
cal affairs throughout the period dur
ing which Britain has been the mis
tress of the oceans. The organization,
an association of master mariners,
was an Important institution at the
time, in 1514, when it was granted Its
first charter by Henry VIII. the anni
versary of which event has recently
Danish and Swedish Flags.
The flags of all the three Scandi
navian kingdoms are somewhat sim
ilar in design. Of the Danish flag the
legend runs that King Waldemar of
Denmark, lending his troops to battle
in 1219, saw at a critical moment a
cross in the sky. This was at once
taken as an answer to his prayers and
an assurance of celestial aid. It wis
forthwith adopted as the Danish flag
and called the "Danebrog." that Is,
the strength ot Denmark. Apart from
OF AGAMA, GUAM
tive house of woven bamboo and palm
These are the boundaries to his na
tive desires and station. But If he
can add to his life the glory of a
walnut bureau or a nickel-trimmed
iron stove, truly the gods have been
good to him. And great, therefore,
is his prestige.
Roughly speaking, the distinction
between classes in Guam falls between
those who live from day to day and
those who aro provident and thrifty
The upper class is cultured, refined
and exclusive. They are usually large
landlords, with ranches rented on
shares to persons of the lower classes.
Their mode of life is similar to Euro
peans and from among them the large
percentage of island officials is drawn.
The middle class citizen is a care
free person whose ranch furnishes
him with a comfortable livelihood.
This he Increases by his labors as a
gold or silversmith or as cabinet mak
er. Many of the native Chamorros
turn out rare bits of wood work.
No Race Suicide Here.
The natives are monogamous and
race, suicide is a thing not to be
feared. A mother thirty-two years old
has been found with fifteen children,
two sets of twins in the number;
Wedding customs among the Cham
orros are of unique interest. The serv
ice is usually at 4:30 on a Wednesday
or Saturday. If the bride has an un
usually pretty gown and wishes to
make a proper display of It she
chooses six o'clock for her marriage.
Fandangoes precede the wedding
ceremony proper and a double cele
bration fill? the day before the mar
riage one at the home of the bride
groom and the other at the home of
the bride. The festivities begin early
in the morning when the relatives are
bidden to breakfast. For the lunch
eon hour intimate friends of the couple
join the relatives and the special
guests arrive in time tor dinner and
the musical and dance, which occupy
the evening till midnight. At twelve
o clock the party, tired with their
dancing, repair to the bride's resi
dence where they keep watch till
morning and time for the wedding,
varying their conversation with chews
ot Detei-nut and tobacco and gener
ous drinks of gin and beer.
Neighbois contribute various sums
of money to the bride, gifts ranging
from $1 to $5 and the godmother of
the bride makes her gift one of serv
ice by doing a generous share of cook
ing for the nuptial celebration
When the hour for the wedding ar
rives the guests march to the church,
returning after the ceremony for
breakfast and luncheon at the home
of the new couple before retiring to
ineir own nomes to sleep.
all legend this flag undoubtedly rt ntoa
from the thirteenth century, and Is
tnererore tne oldest now in existence.
It consists of a white cross on a red
ground, the naval flag beine swallow.
tailed, and the mercantile marine flag
rectangular, ine Swedish flae Is
yellow cross on a blue ground. When
flown from a man-of-war It l fni-b-od
as In the Danish, but the longer arm
of tne cross Is not cut off but pointed
making a three-pointed flag. For the
mercantile marine the Bag is rectan.
St Pierre and Miquelon to Britain.
Of all the vast North American -m
plre over which France ruled until the
fall of Quebec In 159, only the little
Islands of St Pierre and Miquelon,
south of Newfoundland, remain In its'
possession. Now Newfoundland hears
that in return for certain fishing privl
llges the French government Is willing
to turn tnese islands over to Great
Britain. Of late years the Islands
have not prospered, and their ill luck
reached Its climax last February when
Franco summoned all the young met
to the colors. louth's Companion.
Curious Colony of Zoological To
island That Has No Water on It. Not
Even a Swamp Unless Dew Can
Slake Thirst Must Do
Without Drink. .
Recent Investigations on the little
known and rarely visited Henderson
or Elizabeth island have led to the dis
covery of a complete and curious lit
tle colony of zoological total abstain
ers. The island, which is uninhabited,
is situated about 120 miles northeast
of Pitcairn island itself sufficiently
out of the way, but famous as tho1
home of the descendants of the mu
tineers of the Bounty.
There is no water on It, not even a
swamp, and It is only six miles long,
yet it harbors quite a menagerie a
kind of rat, a lizard, described as very
abundant, and no fewer than four
kinds of birds, all peculiar to the is
land. These are a fruit pigeon, a
lorikeet or honey-eating parrakeet, a
little rail or crake and a reed warbler.
The strange thing about the inmates
of this curious little natural aviary
of coral rock, surrounded by waves
Instead of wires, Is that two of its In
mates are birds, one especially asso
ciated with water the rail and the
Yet it is evident that these, like the
rest, must do without drinking, unless
the dew can slake their thirst, or they
have acquired toleration for sea water
as a beverage. A similar case is that
of the peculiar and very handsome
wild goose of the Sandwich islands,
which frequents the barren lava flows,
where there is no permanent water
supply, but thistle and berries. Hore
we get an even more aquatic type of
bird marooned on dry land, but the
Sandwich island goose takes to water
readily enough when kept in Europe.
"As to the existence of animals with
out drinking, it is well known that
many have the power of sustaining
themselves In this way, and the phe
nomenon occurs irrespective of their
diet being vegetable or animal, at any
rate in some cases," says the Standard
in commenting upon Henderson island
life. "Rabbits as is well known can
live without water If given plenty ot
salad, and so can parrots if supplied
with sop; yet both will drink on oci
casions. So will hawks and owls, but
these birds can subsist for long peri
ods without drinking in captivity; in
fact, under the old management at the
zoo the owls never had any water
given them. Neither did the curious
hornbills, which are by nature chiefly
fruit eaters, receive any. They have
the opportunity of drinking now, but
do it so awkwardly trying to peck up,
the water with their great bills that
the habit hardly seems natural.
It has been recorded that a great
bustard lived for months in captivity
without drinking, although the species .
does drink occasionally; and it may be
suggested that the bustards are a fam
ily of birds accustomed to frequent dry
places and hence have acquired a
power of abstinence.
But, setting aside the fact that the
great bustard is often found near wa
ter, this explanation would not serve
in the case of parrots and hornbills,
which are as a rule forest birds; more
over, the family of birds most espe
cially associated with desert condi
tions the sand grouse does not show
any tendency to dispense with drink
ing. Indeed they are very dependent
on water, flying to their drinking place
twice dally, and watering their chicks
by soaking their own underplumage
in the fluid, which Is afterward sucked
off by the young.
"The camel itself, proverbial for Its
adaptation to the desert and endur
ance of thirst, la equally In need of
drinking, although on account of the
water storage arrangements In its
stomach it can do without a fresh sup
ply for days. Yet its endurance of
thirst can be maintained only about
twice as long as that of the horse kept
under similar conditions; and as an
abstainer It cannot compare with the
giraffe, the eland and some of the
other antelopes, which can subsist
without drinking for months at a time
and probably indefinitely.
"Ability to exist without drinking is
evidently a physiological peculiarity of
certain species of families of animals,
and it is obvious from what has been
said above that this power is capri
ciously disturbed and has no necessary
connection with the creature's environ
ment, though under the pressure of
circumstances It may become lavalu
able." No Other Possibility.
The Sergeant (sternly) Nan then,
yer young blighter, you ain't larfln'
at me, are yer?
The Young Blighter Oh, no ser
geant; no, sir!
The Sergeant (more sternly) Then
what the else is there on parade
ter larf at? London Sketch.
Not In the Safety Zone.
"I'm afraid this is a tough neighbor
hood," said the prospective tenant
"Well, it Isn't," replied the real es
tate agent. "What put that fool Idea
Into your head?"
"There isn't a policeman in sight,"
answered the other.
Contrary to Ethics.
"Where's" the waiter I had
"He was dismissed for careless
ness," answered the head waiter. "He
was overheard to say 'Thank you' for
a twenty-five-cent tip."
One Point of View.
The One-rl can't understand why
old man Solomon was considered such
a wise guy when he married 70U
The Other Well, that's enough to
put any man wise.
"What did the poet mean when he
asked his sweetheart to drink to him
only with her eyes?"
"Ot course, she had liquid eyes,