Fred Fearnot's Revenge, or Defeating a Congressman


Among the curious things that arrest the traveler's attention on arriving in Moscow is the fact that drivers of cabs, carriages and all sorts of vehicles do not carry whips. There is a law prohibiting their use. The excellent condition of their horses attests the benefit of this humane law. Nowhere are there sleeker and better-groomed horses than those used in the carriages of Moscow.

Perry McGillivray, of the Illinois Athletic Club, at Chicago, December 4, established a world's record for the 880-yard indoor swim, making the distance in a 60-foot tank in 11 minutes 29 1-5 seconds. The best previous time was made by C. M. Daniels, of the New York Athletic Club, in 1907. Daniels swam 880 yards in a 75-foot tank in 11.44 4-5. McGillivray's is the only new record in the fourth interscholastic swimming matches under the direction of the International Athletic Club.

Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, which rises 13,700 feet above sea level, will never be a playground for the inexperienced climber, according to reports brought to Edmonton by members of the Canadian Alpine Club on their return from a ten days' camp in the heart of the Jasper National Park. The apex was reached twice this season, five members of the party of sixty Americans. English and Canadian climbers, accompanied by Swiss and Austrian guides, achieving their object.

Chicago faces a crisis, caused by an army of thousands of unemployed men, according to a report of the committee on homeless men submitted at a meeting of representatives of charitable, organizations. These organizations have been swamped with applications for work and shelter and the report demands instant action by the city to meet the situation. A large number of men ordinarily engaged on railroad construction work are without employment because of the retrenchment policy of most of the roads. Stagnation of the steel industry is another cause.

For the second time in their twenty years of existence, the Columbus ships, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, replicas of the three famous ships that bore the explorer to the shores of a new world, have started on a long ocean voyage. Since 1893, when the Spanish government turned the caravels over to the United States at the time of the World's Fair in Chicago, they had rested peacefully at anchor in a Chicago park. Now they are on their way through the Great Lakes. They will be taken to the ocean by way of the St. Lawrence River and will sail down the Atlantic Coast, through the Panama Canal and up the Pacific coast to San Francisco, Cal. The caravels will be the first ships officially to pass through the great canal. They will be manned by crews of 150 Harvard graduates. At San Francisco they will participate in the Panama-Pacific Exposition. The tiny ships had great difficulty in making the journey from Spain.

In the famous annual Missouri coon hunt at Moberly, Mo., attended by Governor Elliott W. Major and the majority of the State officials, a wild man was captured, who had lived in the woods since 1890. He had a wooden leg, which he had carved from a tree limb, and in a hole in the leg he carried bees which he had captured. He also had bees in a stove-pipe hat be wore. A party headed by Mayor Rolla Rothwell, of Moberly drove the wild man from the brush. He was surrounded and captured by the party and brought to camp. After he had been fed and given liquid refreshments he told the hunters his name was Thomas Siebler. He had taken to the woods, following a disappointment in love. His clothes are of fur from rabbits, foxes, coons and possums. He has lived close to nature so long that he has developed into a bee trainer.

Seaweed burning in Norway is one of the interesting out-of-the-way industries recently described in the United States consular reports. An enormous amount of seaweed is deposited on the coast by the waves in spring, and in some places the weed is cut by boatmen. Two-wheeled wagons are loaded with the wet, slimy weed, which is taken up the beach and spread out like hay to dry. It is then raked up in heaps and burned. The ashes are exported to Scotland, where they are used in the manufacture of iodine, and sell for 1.3 cents a pound. For the past 45 years seaweed ashes have been exported regularly from Stavanger to Scotland to the extent fo 1,500 tons and upward per annum. This industry is an important source of revenue to the peasants who are fortunate enough to possess riparian rights, and attempts to purchase such rights from their hereditary owners rarely succeed. For a time the burning of seaweed was prohibited through the influence of the fishermen, who declared that this practice drove the fish away from the coast.

One of the happiest homes in Brown County, Ind., is that of Kinsey Hines, an aged farmer. His son John, after an absence of thirty- five years, has returned. In 1878 Mr. Hines married his second wife, and John could not get along with them, and after a few words he left the house. Fourteen years old and penniless, he walked to Bloomington in a blinding snow storm. From Bloomington he went to Indianapolis, and by hard labor soon had a small bank account. After a few years in Indianapolis he went, to Chicago, where he now owns a paying business. During the thirty-five years he never heard from his father. Young Hines had been mourned as dead, and when he pulled the latch string at his old birthplace he found his father sitting by the fireplace reading the Bible. The father asked the man to be seated, and after conversing for almost an hour the son asked if he had ever heard from his lost son. The aged man then recognized him by a scar on his cheek. John says he will never again leave his father.

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