TWO UGLY ANIMALS.
Those Big Pigs, the Rhinoceros
and the Hippopotamus.
THEY ARE HARD TO CAPTURE.
Getting Away With One of the Colossal
Brutes Makes the Work of Trapping
the Big Felines Seem Like Child’s
Play—Methods of the Hunters.
Trapping the big felines is child's
play compared with the work of cap
turing those lumbering, colossal ani
mals of tile “big pig" family, the rhi
noceros and the hippopotamus.
Too stupid to tame or to break to a
halter and too heavy to transport
through hundreds <>t miles of wilder
ness, it would take a man halt a life
time to bring one of these live to six
thousand pound creatures out of a jun
gle into civilization. Therefore the
expert's only chance is to tind a cow
with a calf amt to capture the young
Compared with the alert, grim ex
terior ot the leilnes. there is little in
tlie appearance <>t a phlegmatic, pon
derous pm like a rhinoceros to indicate
its real ferociousness. There is hard
ly a wild animal in existence which is
more dangerous than this rarest <>t all
our menagerie captives. Awkward as
the great creature appears when at
rest, once aroused it dashes through
the dense,st thicket with the Irresisti
ble speed of an express train.
To catch a rhinoceros the trapper
proceeds with preparations nun it as
would an explorer hound lor a two or
three year expedition in tin* interior
of an unexplored continent, for the
difficulty confronting him is the three
fold one ol lirst penetrating a tlmu
sand or more miles Into tin* interior:
second, of rinding not only a rhinoce
ros. but a rhinoceros cow with a on If
old enough to capture, and.' lastly, of
transporting his prize across hills and
mountains and plains, over rivers and
rpvinca. across swamps and through
forests to civilization.
Skirting swamps and rivers, the men
nt'e ever on the lookout for the deep,
round spoors, like a pie plate driven
Into the mud, for in this wet ground
tin* rhinoceros loves to wallow, Fre
<juently live or six months elapse be
fore (he tracks of a cow and a calf are
Noiseless and from well to leeward,
the trapper and ins men gradually
steal nearer until the eow and tin*
call are Inclosed in a circle. From
ahead, out ot the maze ot cam* and
creeper, sounds the uneasy stamping
(if the cow. With a halt snoit, tin t
grunt, in an instant the rhinoceros is
all attention. Head raised and nostrils
sniffing. she searches the air steadily
At sight ol one of the savages the cow
dashes with the speed of a race horse
at the man. charging the human decoy,
and M that instant the trapper’s title
is beard, and her furious charge is
over, provided the bullet reaches the
heart by striking just behind the left
foreleg—the only vulnerable point in
the inch thick armor with which the
beast is clad.
Now and then it happens that the
trapper fait* to kill In time—his gun
may miss tire, intervening trees may
interfere or the marksman may miss
his aim. Then the life of the decoy
depends upon his own agility. To run
to one side before t lie rhiuoceros is a I
most on lop of him would be fatal, for
tlie swift brute would overtake him
with a few hounds. His only hope is
to wait until the deadly horn is almost
at his feet and then, with the swift
ness of a mongoose dodging the aim of
a cobra, to leap to one side while the
ponderous creature, unable to turn
short in time, dashes onward under Us
own impetus. Twice, three times, a
clever native hunter will dodge in this
way. giving the trapper ample time t>>
bring down the rhinoceros.
Then comes tin* tracking of the
frightened calf, which lias tied at the
tirst sign ot trouble, and soon it is
pushed, prodded and shoved up a
bridge of log skids into a cage of the
But even more* dangerous is the trap
ping uf tlic hippopotamus, l'or, al
though in itself the “rhino” is u more
savage nutagonlst thau the •’river
horse.” the trapper hunts the former
on laud and brings down at a safe dis
tatice. whereas in the ease of the hip
popotamus lie must tight in the same
primitive fashion that savages have
used for ages. Hand to maw. as it
were, he must engage this two ton
tnouster while standing in the how of
a frail canoe, for the hippopotamus,
as Its name, the “river horse.” means,
is a land and water animal and must
be harpooned and brought ashore be
fore it expires, otherwise it would sink
at ouee to the bottom of the river, the
coveted ealf escaping among the other
liippopotamuses Instead of following
the stricken cow to shore, so that the
youngster may be caught.—A. W.
Jiolker in St. Nicholas.
What sunshine is to flowers,
amiability is to the family. Cross
looks atvl cross words dwarf and
strave the souls of those around us.
INSTINCT AND REASON.
An Interesting Illustration of the Two
Traits of Monkeys.
An illustration showing the differ
ence between instinct and reason in
monkeys came under tlie observation
of David Starr Jordan, the famous
naturalist. At one lime be bad two
lively Macacus monkeys called Bob
and Jocko. These were nut and fruit
eating monkeys and instinctively knew
just bow to crack nuts and peel fruits
At the same time he had a baby mon
key. Mono, of a kind that had the egg
eating instinct. Bui Mono bad never
.vet seen an egg.
To each of the three monkeys Dr
Jordan gave an egg. the tirst that any
of them had ever seen. Baby Mono,
descended from egg ear’- - ancestors,
handled his egg with ail the inherited
expertness of it long developed in
stinct. He cracked it with bis upper
teeth, making a hole in it. and sucked
out all ils substance. Then, bolding
the eggshell up to the light and see
ing there v as no longer anything in
it. in* threw it away. All this lie did
mechanically, automatically and just
as well with the tirst egg as with any
other lie afterward had. And all eggs
since given him be lias treated in the
The monkey Bob took his egg finr
some kind ot nut. He broke st with
his teeth and tried to pull off tile shell.
When the inside ran out amt tell cm
the ground he looked at it for a mo
ment in bewilderment, then with both
hands scooped up the yolk and tin*
sand mixed with it and swallowed it.
Then lie stilled i lie shell into his
mouth. This act was not instinct; it
was reason He was not familiar by
inherited instinct witti eggs. He would
handle one better next time, however.
Henson very often makes mistakes at
first, lint when it is trained it becomes
a means far more valuable and power
ful tlmu instinct.
The third monkey, Jocko, tried to
eat his egg m much the same way
that Bob did; but. not liking the taste,
he threw it away.—St. Nicholas.
Picked Up by the Sharp Chap Who Cat
on a Word.
Just by way ot showing how easy it
is for some men to pick up a few dol
lars by their wits a young fellow
strolled into a cafe the other after
noon ami. joining m conversation that
was being earned on by convivial
spirits, declared lie was the most “iu
loruiuate" individual on earth, lie
immediately began telling a story of
his personal troubles, but before he
had got the narrative well under way
there was a chorus of interruptions,
and tiie talkative young man was po
litely informed that his Kngiish need
ed revising, since lie should Have used
the word ••unfortunate’’ instead of ‘'in
The newcomer insisted that infortu
nate was the correct word to use, and
the argument waxed warm. Finally,
with a show ot heat, the young man
who started the trouble declared that
while be bad only a few dollars be
would wager them that lie was cor
So anxious were his friends to lay
wagers with him that he dul not have
money enough to meet all the de
mands, but be succeeded in putting up
sls in separate small bets. The men
who were certain that the garrulous
young man was wroug iu the use of
the word infortunute sent out for a
dictionary only to And that they had
been "stung” ou a "sure thing” bet.
the big book ou spelling showing that
infortunute is perfectly proper and
“Yes.” said the winner of the bets
as he pocketed his new portion of
wealth. ”1 have won money on that
before. I collected $lO this afternoon
on a similar wager." Philadelphia
A dazzling silvery splendor per
vades the surface ot the body of the
best known species ot the dying fish.
The summit of its head, its back and
its sides are of azure blue. This blue
becomes spotted upon the dorsal tin.
tlie pectoral tin and the tail. This tish
is the common prey of the sea birds
and the more voracious fishes, such
as the shark. Its enemies abound in
air and water. If it succeeds in es
caping the Chnrybdis of the water the
chances are in favor of its meeting its
fate in the Seylla of the atmosphere.
If it escapes the jaws of the shark it
will probably tall to tlie share of the
Woggs—Young Smith has failed in
business again. I’m sorry for the boy.
but too close adherence to high princi
ples ruined him. Boggs How so?
Woggs—He advertised. “Our product
is thoroughly tested before it leaves
the factory.” which is a very hard
thing to live up to when you are man
Quite at Home.
Bacon—And did you feel at home
traveling in Russia? Egbert—Oh. quite
at home. When the brakemen called
out the stations I couldn't understand
them Any better than 1 can over here.
Flanigan & Flanigan’s
BUGGIES and AUTOMOBILES.
Two solid car loads (72) Organs just received.
Car load Pianos will be here Monday.
Nothing makes a more lasting Xmas present
than a Musical Instrument. No house com
plete without one. All these must be sold
within the next tfwo weeks, as we move into
our new building-January 1, 1910.
Prices guaranteed. Terms to suit.
Yours to please,
FLANIGAN & FLANIGAN.
TO FIND FAULT.
People Are Sometimes Paid For That
You have no idea how many things
are wrong in a big business until you
are paid to look tor them, writes Ge
lett Burgess in Collier’s. There were
the clocks, for one thing, when I tirst
began. The girls wore too many rats
in their hair, there was grease on the
elevator doors, expensive hats were
dumped oue on another, the ventila
tion was had, the boxes on the shelves
showed from the street through tlie
show windows and about a thousand
other things. Then Spindclbeim sold
teapots just like our eighteen cent
ones for 14 cents, and for a concern
like Smith & Cos. to be undersold is
fatal. There’s really nothing that so
enrages Mr. Smith; also Rubinstein's
window dresser has beaten ours. too.
at times. Down it goes in my little
report. Wouldn't any woman love my
Yes. it's fun to be paid for being a
misanthrope, but it's hard work too.
At 9 o’clock 1 begin my promenade
through the store —downstairs, up
stairs. basement, attic and annex. If
a girl at tlie counter lias dirty finger
nails or too wide a pompadour to suit
me I stop and talk pleasantly, buy 9
cents' worth of edging and so get her
number from the sales slip. She nev
er knows anything about it till her
superintendent gives her a scolding the
next day. 1 have eyes like a hawk
and a nose like a hound and ears like
a small boy under the sofa when a
young man's calling on big sister. In
ten minutes t have spotted the dust
in tlie* corner of the aisle, a girl who
wears brass bracelets, a porter who is
not attending to his duty, a badly ar
ranged counter, an error in spelling
on a placard, two store detectives loaf
ing on their job and a hideous com
bination of colors in the front window.
1 go to the ladies’ room and make a
note of these things surreptitiously.
1 don’t dare go then* too often, though,
for fear I’ll be identified, so sometimes
1 run back io my office, two blocks
away. So it goes till about -I o’clock,
hither and thither, nigh and yon, look
ing for trouble. It doesn't do a clerk
any good to be uncivil to me, 1 can
tell you. or to make me wait too long
for my change, but 1 try to be fair,
and if 1 tiud a particularly willing and
considerate sales person down that
name goes iu my report too. You
might suppose that there'd be good
graft iu that; but. of course, 1 keep
my position only so long as the head
of the drill has absolute confidence in
my integrity. The funny part of it Is
that the more 1 complain the better he
likes It. I’m like the opposition party
in congress. I'm never satisi.,.l.
When i am I’ll have to look for an
At 4 o'clock I go back to my little
office HDd dictate my report from my
Dotes to a stenographer, and when it's
typewritten 1 send it to the bead of
the firm. _
- CITY PRESSING CLUB
In Easement of H. J[. GARRISON Building.
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