Fred Fearnot's Day, or The Great Reunion at Avon


Forty-one persons were suffocated in Moscow by a leaking gaspipe in all insurance office, according to a news dispatch received in London recently. The leak was discovered by a porter after all but a few people in the building were dead.

The American athletes won six of the eight championships at the New South Wales meeting at Sydney, Australia, February 15. George L. Parker, the California sprinter, captured the 100 and 440-yard dashes; Rurie Templeton, Olympic Club, San Francisco, the pole vault and 120-yard hurdles; Reginald Caughey, of California, the shot-putting contest, and Jimmy Powers, Boston MA., the mile run.

A consular report states that what is claimed to be the largest one-piece flagpole in the world is to be erected on the grounds of the provincial courthouse in Vancouver, British Colombia. The pole is a British Columbia fir, 205 feet in length, weighing approximately 5 tons after being dressed and allowed to season six or eight months. It will be set in a foundation of concrete 10 feet deep, giving it a height of 195 feet above the ground.

The Finns place their money and valuables in holes in the ground and cover them with a big leaf. Such treasure is sacredly respected by all who pass it, but, in the rare event of a man wishing to borrow of his neighbor during his absence, he will take only the smallest sum he requires, and place a message in the hole telling of his urgent need, promising to repay the amount on a specified date. And he will invariably keep his word, for the Finn is invincible in his independence.

The Canadian Government has been urged to take measures for checking the depredations of wild horses in the Peace River country in western Alberta and eastern British Columbia. The horses have been making raids on the ranches, killing many domestic horses and leading away valuable mares which had been imported at considerable expense by the settlers. The culprits are said to be the descendants of horses abandoned during the gold rush to the Yukon territory in 1897-98.

Fuzzy-Wu, a small parti-colored Japanese cat, which had been presented recently by a friend returning from the Orient to Ralph Marion, owner of a farm in the Christian Hook section of Oceanside, L. I., wandered a short distance from the farm-house the other day and was stalking sparrows when a flock of hungry crows descended on it. The leader of the crows swooped like a hawk on the cat, attacking with claws, wings and beak. Fuzzy-wu tried to run away but crows swarmed in from all directions. From his house Marion saw the huge blackbirds flapping their wings a few feet above the ground and then darting awkwardly downward. When he approached them, the flock took flight, cawing angrily and leaving on the ground the remains of a Japanese cat. Hunger, increased by the present cold spell, is believed to have been the motive of the crows, which normally are content with worms, insects and grains.

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