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THE STRANGE ANIMAL GOES TO LONDON AND THERE IS
PUT ON EXHIBITON BY PAULVITCH JACK
CLAYTON BCOMES RESTLESS
Synopsis. A scientific expedition off the African const rescues
Alexis l'aulvltcli. Ho brings aboard an ape. Intelligent nnd friendly.
CHAPTER I Continued.
The ofllcers and scientists aboard of
ten discussed the beast, but tlicjcwere
unable to account satisfactorily for the
strange ceremony with which be greet
ed each new face. Had he been discov
ered upon the innlnland or any other
place than the almost unknown Island
that had been his home they would
have concluded that he had formerly
been a pet of man, but that theory was
not tenable In the lace of the Isolation
of his uninhabited Island.
He seemed continually to be search
ing for some one, nnd during the llrst
days of the return voyage from the
Island he was often discovered nosing
about In various parts of the ship, but
after he had seen and examined each
face of the ship's company and explor
ed every corner of the vessel, ho lapsed
Into utter Indifference of all about him.
Even the Russian elicited only casual
Interest when he brought him food. At
other times the ape appeared merely
to tolerate 1dm.
He never showed affection for him or
for nnyone else upon the Mnrjorle W.
Nor did he at any time evince any In
dication of the savage temper that had
marked his resentment of the attack
of the sailors upon him at the time
that he had come among them.
Host of his time was spent In the
eye of the ship, scanning the horizon
ahead, as though he were endowed
with sufficient reason to know that the
vessel was bound for some port where
there would te other human beings to
undergo his searching scrutiny. All in
all. Ajax, as he had been dubbed, was
considered the most remarkable and in
telligent ape that anyone aboard the
Mnrjorle W. had ever mvii.
Nor was his Intelligence the only re
markable attribute lie owned. Ills
stature nnd physique were, for an upe,
nwe-lni Iring. That he was old was
quite cUdcnt, but if his age had im
paired his physical or mental powers
In the slightest it wn.s not apparent.
And so at length the Murjorle W.
came to Englnnd, and there the olllcers
nnd the scientists, filled with compas
sion for the pitiful wreck of a man
they had rescued from the Jungles, fur
nished Paulvltch with funds and bid
him and Ajax Godspeed.
Upon the dock tntl all through the
Journey to London the Russian had his
hands full with Ajax. Each uew face
of the thousands that came within the
anthrapold's ken must be carefully
scrutinized, much to the horror of many
of his victims. But at last, falling ap
parently to discover whom he sought,
the great ape relapsed Into morbid ap
dlfference, only occasionally evincing
Interest In a passing face.
In London Puulvltch went directly
with his prize to a famous animal
trainer. This man was much Impressed
with Ajax, with the result that he
agreed to train him for a lion's share
of the profits of exhibiting him and In
the meantime to provide for the keep
of both the npe and his owner.
And so cume Ajax to London, and
there was forged another link In the
chain of strunge circumstances that
were to affect the lives of many people.
"To See Ajax."
Mr. Ilurold Mooro was u Uhuis
countenanced, studious young mun. i It
took himself veYy seriously, and his
life and his work, whleh.latter was the
tutoring of the young son of Lord
Oreystoke, n British nobleman. He
felt that Ida charge wuh not muklng
the progress that his parents hud a
right to expect, und lio was now con
scientiously explaining thin act to the
"His solo Interest seems to bo eats
nt physical promut nnd tho reading of
I'verythlng Hint lie emi got hold of ro
luting to xuviigu beast mid the Jive
unit vu'Umm ot uncivilized nooplw.
Particularly stories of animals appeal
to him. He will sit for hours together
poring over the work of some African
explorer, and upon two occasions I
have found him sitting up in bed nt
night reading Carl Hagenbeck's book
on men and beasts.
For several minutes neither spoke.
It was the boy's mother who tlimlly
broke the silence.
"It is very necessary, Mr. Moore,"
she said, "that you do everything In
your power to discourage this tendency
In Jack ; he "
But she got no further. A loud
"Whoop!" from the direction of the
window brought them both to their
The room was on the second floor of
the house", nnd opposite the window to
which their attention had been attract
ed was a large tree, a branch of which
spread to within a few feet of the sill.
Upon this branch they both discov
ered the subject of their conversation,
n tall, well built boy, balancing with
ease upon the bending limb nnd utter
ing loud shouts of glee as he noted the
terrified expressions upon the faces of
The mother and tutor both rushed
toward the window, but before they
had crossed half the room the boy had
leaped nimbly to the sill and entered
the apartment wllh them.
"Oh, mother," he cried, "there's n
wonderful educated ape being shown
They Both Discovered the Subject of
at one of the music halls. Willie
Grimsby saw It last night. He says It
can do everything but talk. It rides u
bicycle, eats with knife and fork, counts
up to ten und cver'so many other won
derful things. And can I go und see It
too? Oh, please, mother please let
Patting the boy's cheek affectionate
ly, tho mother shook her head nega
tively. "No, Jack," she said; "you
know I do not approve of such exhi
bitions." "I don't see why not, mother," re
plied tho boy, "AH the other fellows
go, and they go to the zoo, too, nnd
you'll never let mo do even that. Any
hody'd think I was a girl or or u mol
lycoddle. Oh, father," ho exclaimed ns
tho door opened to admit u tall, gray
eyed man "oh, futher, can't I go?"
'Go where, my son?" asked the new
comer, "Ho wants to go to n music hall to
see a trained ape," said the mother,
looking wnrnlngly ut her husband.
"Who Ajax?" questioned tho mun.
Tho boy nodded.
"Well, I don't know that I hlamo you,
my son," suld tho futher. "I wouldn't
mind seeing him myself. They say ho
Is very wonderful and that for uti an
thropoid ho Is unusually largo, Let's
all go, J'Uiu, Whut do you uuy'i" IIu
turned towurd his wlfo, .
' "But that lady only shook her hend In
n most positive manner nnd, turning to
Mr. Moore, asked him If It was not
time that he nnd Jack wcro In tho
study for their morning recitations.
When tho two had left she turned to
ward her husband.
It was from her husband that tho
boy had Inherited his longing for tho
wild. Lord Oroystoke's parents had
been set on tho shore ot tho west coast
of Africa by mutineers. After their
death their Infant son was stolen nnd
mothered by nn npe, and he In turn be
camo the king of a tribe of great apes.
no was known as Tunsun. After many
adventures ho was rescued and Anally
settled down In London.
"John," Lady Greystoko said, "some
thing must be done to discourage Jack's
tendency toward anything that may
excite the craving for the savage life,
which, I fear, he has Inherited from
you. You know from your own expe
rience how strong Is the call of tho
wild nt times. You know that often It
has necessitated a stern struggle on
your part to resist the almost Insano
deslro which occasionally overwhelms
you to plunge once again Into the Jun
guo life that claimed you for so many
years, nnd at the same time you know
better than any other how frightful' n
fate It would be for Jack were the trail
to the savage Jungle made either allur
ing or easy to him."
"I doubt If there Is any danger of his
Inheriting n taste for Jungle life from
me," replied tho man, "for I cannot
conceive that such n thing may bo
transmitted from father to son. And
sometimes, Jnne, I think that In your
solicitude for his future you go a hit
too far In your, restrictive niensures.
Ills lovo for nnlmals his desire, for
example, to soe thl trained ape Is
only natural In a healthy, normal boy
of his age."
And John Clayton. Lord Oreystoke,
put an arm about his wife. laughing
good-naturedly down Into her up
turned face before he bent his hend
nnd kissed her. Then, morn seriously,
"You hnvo never told Jack anything
concerning my early life, nor have you
permitted mo to, and In this I think
that you have made a mistake. Had I
been able to tell him of 4 ho experi
ences of Tnrzun of the Apes I could
doubtless hnvo taken much of the
! glamor and romnnce from Jungle life
that naturally surround It In the minds
of those who have had no experience
of It. Ho might then hnvo profited by
my experlenco; but now, should tho
Jungle lust every claim him, he will
hnvo nothing to guide him but his own
Impulses, nnd I know how powerful
thevc may be In tho wrong direction nt
But Lady Greystoko only shook her
head ns she bad a hundred other times
when the subject had claimed their at
tention In the past.
"No, John." she Insisted. "I shall
never give my consent to tho Implant
ing In Jack's mind of nny suggestion
of the savage life from which wo both
wish to preserve him."
Mr. Moore's room was next to that
of his youthful charge, and It was tho
tutor's custom to have a look Into the
boy's each evening ns tho former was
about to retire. This evening ho was
particularly careful not to neglect this
duty, for he had Just come from a con
ference with the boy's father and moth
er, In which It had been Impressed
TYPISTS MAKE BAD ERRORS
Slips Are Very Amusing In Some In
stances, and Hard to Explain
In Many Others.
If some lady typists can rnako n
mistake they will, and some of their
efforts ure very amusing, a humorist
relates. One typist produced the re
mark, In regard to n rather conceited
mun, that "his one weakness was on
ion sauce," the real word being "om
niscience." Another, In an obituary of
a great theologian, spoke of his belief
In the "Immorality of the soul." Just
the omission of tho "t" from "Immor
tality" made all the difference.
Some few years ago a speaker at a
meeting waxed very sympathetic over
tho death of tho wlfo of n manager of
the company nt some fover-strlcken
Lpluce In West Africa, and tho report
ers who were afterwards getting out
this speech together to save tlmo were
In, a Jocular mood. At tho end of
the pathetic oration tho ono who was
dictating said, for a Joke, and to
amuse tho others, "Loud Laughter,"
and the foolish girl, who was as much
u machine us tho typewriter ut which
she sat, actually put tho words In.
Moreover, they appeared In print In. n
financial newspaper, and a very hum
ble apology hud to bo inado by tho edi
tor afterwards, although any explana
tion of tho "slip" wuh Impossible,
Highly Valued Pen.
Ono of tho most valuable pens In tho
world, and ono that has been much
coveted by curio hunters, Is ono owned
In Now York, It was mudo from n
carved box In which George Washing
ton, when a young man, kept tho
lenses of Ids surveying Instruments,
tho wood of which formed tlio lid of
tho deck ot tho cuptulu of the historic
upon htm that ho must exerclso tho
greatest caro to prevent Jack visiting
the music hull where Ajax was being
.So when ho opened tho boy's door nt
about half-past nine ho was greatly ex
cited, though not entirely surVrlsed, to
find thu future Lord Greystoko fully
dressed for thu street und about to
crawl from his open bedroom window.
Mr. Mooro made n rapid sprint
across the apartment, but tho waste of
energy was unnecessary, for wlien tho
boy heard him within the chamber and
realized that tie had been discovered,
ho turned back, as though to relinquish
his planned ndventure.
"Where were you going?" panted tho
excited Mr. Moore.
"I nin going to see Ajax," replied the
"I am autonlshed 1" cried Mr. Mooro.
A moment Inter ho was Infinitely moro
astonished, for tho bey, approaching
Moment Later He Was Infinitely
close to him, suddenly seized him about
the waist, lifted him fnmi his feet and
threw him, back downward, upon the
bed, shoving his face deep Into the soft
"Be quiet," admonished the victor,
"or I'll choko you."
Mr. Mooro struggled, but his efforts
wcro In vain. Whatever else Tnrzun of
the Apes may or may not have handed
down to his son, he had at least be
queathed him almost ns marvelous a
physique as ho himself had possessed
at thu same age.
Kneeling upon him. .Tuck tore strips
from a sheet and bound tho man's
hands behind his back. Then ho rolled
him over und stuffed a gag of the same
material between his teeth, securing It
with n strip wound about tho back of
his victim's head. Next ho tied Mr.
Moore's feet together.
Young Jack Clayton over
comes parental opposition, throt
tles the crabbed Mr. Moore and
goes to see the performing ape,
with whom he makes friends.
(TO 111: t'ONTINlMSD.)
Clock Dials for Summer.
Instead of moving the hands of tho
clock forward and back at thu time of
changing from standard to summer
time, nnd vice versa, a plan recently
proposed In England Is to have clocks
provided with an adjustable dial. Tho
circular disk of the dial wpuld ho put
In place by screws In curved slots, and
the dial would be rotated through ono
hour spaco at thu time of making tho
change, leaving the hands untouched.
It Is claimed that this plan Is especial
ly deslrablo In tho easo of striking
clocks, the bauds of which cannot bo
moved back. The position of the dial
would also Indicate whether thu clock
was keeping summer or normal time.
Tho objection to this procedure, of
course, Is that practically everybody
tells time from position of tho hands,
without any attention to the figures on
Not All So Harmless.
Tho part of Father Christmas may
be easily overacted, as a certain town
councilor would be tho first to admit.
Ho had been asked to take part in tho
annual treat to the old folk ut tho lo
cal workhouse. Mado up iih thu an
cient gentleman beloved of thu chil
dren, ho went, and for a tlmo his
pranks and antics delighted tho com
pany. Then n scrap of conversation ho
chanced to overhear scarcely added to
tho worthy councilor's enjoyment.
"Ain't 'o cnjoyln' of hlsself?" re
marked ono aged Inmate to another.
"Wot a treat It Is for tho likes o' hoi
Hut why can't they let nil Iho loonies
out on a night like this?" '
"Well," tamo Iho reply, "mebbo
they ain't all so harmless as thls'n,"
"Trouble," said Undo Hben, "In a
lot o' cases Is only Jes u lazy mini'
numo foh liurd wmli,"
SEA SCOUTS TRAIN ASHORE
This Is undoubtedly ono of the most
picturesque, If not the most appealing,
division of tho scouting program. It
has to deal with that element In the
boy 'a life which Is seldom thoroughly
satisfied unless ho actually runs away
and goes to sea,
Tho program Includes every phase
of nautical work. It Ih based on a
program outlined by and In charge of
James A. Wilder. Mr. Wilder Iiiih hud
the heartiest co-operation In develop
ing this from tho high olllcluhj of tho
Tho plan In n thoroughly working
ono nnd Its promotion attracts u great
JAMES A. WILDER,
Chief Sen Scout of the Sea Scouts of
the Boy Scouts of America.
deal of attention. It Is now nnd la In
tended to work with older scouts.
It's not, however, entirely n cn
board affair. It's so designed that nn
inland city can produce practically the
Tho Idea of training seamen Inland
Is not a new thing. It has been ex
tensively dono both In .Sweden und
Norway for generations.
HOW SCOUTS HELPED FRANCE.
A' recent statement received nt nn
tloual headquarters of tho Boy Scouts
of American by General Baden-Powell,
head of tho English scouts, contnlns
"Tho fighting Is over nt Inst, and tho
scouts, whether from homo or over
seas, have distinguished themselves
In notlccnblo proportion throughout
the war. Among tho highest, three out
of General Hulg's five army command
ers In Franco nro scout commissioners
Sir Herbert Plumer, Sir William
Blrdwood and Sir Julian Byng.
"While nt Llllu I heard of tho pluck
of n boy scout during thu German oc
cupation. No sooner had tho German
staff received news by wireless ns to
tho progress of tho war and events In
other countries than It was at onco
known by all the Inhabitants of Lille.
"Till tho time of their departtiro thu
Germans never discovered how tho
news leaked out. As soon as night fell
every evening this hoy rigged up his
wireless apparatus on tho roof of Ida
home, received all tho nows that wuh
going and had It typed and communi
cated to his friends. Tho nppnrntus
was all down and stowed uwny beforo
tho day dawned."
NOT EASY TO STAY A SCOUT.
Being a scout stands for service
This service may mean a sncrlllco or
tho changing of his entlro modo of
living, Mich as tho rearrangement of
Ids studies or tho giving up of amuse
meiitH or things ho may like best. This
of courso Is tho real scout'H program
of unselfish und patriotic uervlco to
In Iheso days each scout feels that
ho Iiiih been called upon to inako Just
nutii sacrifices and still lias a debt to
pay lo Mm brother hcouIu and ncout
olllciuls "oyer there,"