The Independent. (Cashion, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 4, 1911 Page: 5 of 16
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BROKE BANK AT MONTE CARLO SIX TIMES
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ONCE in awhile some one turns up at Monte Carlo, the world's great gam-
bling resort, who actually is able to "beat the game." Such a man is
Capt. de Courcy Bower, whose phenomenal luck is just now the (sensa-
tion of the famous casino. It is believed that he has won more than a
million dollars within a few weeks, and on one day he cleared $125,000,
and the bank had to send out six times for more money. The captain
plays in company with five others, never stakes more than $200, and
does not remove his money until it has reached the maximum wager al-
IMPORTER OF ANIMAL SKINS
United States Does Immense Business
With South and Central Amer-
ican Hunters in Hides.
Los Angeles, Cal.—A large business
Is done between the South American
countries and the United States in
the line of skins, most of which are
made use of in the manufacture of
The trade Is particularly active in
deerskins, which are gathered in
Mexico and Central America and in
the northern countries of South Amer-
ica, including Brazil. In these coun-
tries, where deer abound, there are
many natives who make a living col-
lecting deer hides, which they bring
by muleback or foot to the various
places where the importers' agents
The supply is still large, but with
continued killing the deer in these
countries are less plentiful than they
Deerskins are shipped dry In bun-
dles of 100 each. They are tanned in
this country and used here in the
manufacture of light and medium
weight gloves for men and women.
Boarslcins come from Mexico, and
the hide of the Mexican pecary, with
fur or bristles of a pepper and salt
mixture in color, the beast being a
savage-looking animal alive. Like
deerskins, boar hides are shipped dry.
The boarslin makes a heavier leather
than deerskin and is used for glove
Goatskinn in large number are im-
ported from the various Latin-Amer-
ican countries, including the West
Indies; but the great source of the
world's supply of goatskins are China,
Russia and the East Indies, in the
order named. Prom those countries
there are imported into the United
States annually millions of goatskins,
which are made into leather, 90 per
cent of which is used in the manufac-
ture of shoes.
From the countries to the south of
the United States are brought an-
nually some thousands of alligator
hides, mostly from Mexico and the
United States of Colombia, with some
Formerly some alligator leather
was used for shoes and boots, but
now it is used chiefly in the manu-
facture of handbags and suit cases.
Occasionally there are brought here
i. few manatee or seacow hides,
which come from Mexico. These
hides are shipped wet salted. The
manatee hide tans into a very thick
leather, cheaper than walrus leather,
but used like it for the making of
buffing wheels for polishing purposes.
From Mexico also come a few tiger
cub skins, which are tanned and
made up into rugs.
Mule Eats Pay Check.
Shamokin, Pa.—Wallace Derk's pay-
check dropped into a feed bag at the
Bear Valley colliery and a mule swal-
lowed the precious paper, while a rat
gnawed at a coat in a stable contain-
ing David Jerremali's pay check and
The men proved their losses and
will be reimbursed.
MEMORIES OF MUTINY
Reports From North, W-rst and
South Indicate Good Year.
SCENES THAT RECALL HORRORS
OF INDIAN OUTBREAK.
Soli Conditions Are Excellent and
While Individual Crops May Be
Smaller Than Last Year, They
St. Louis.—Reports on agricultural
indications from all the great pro-
ducing states of the middle west, the
north, the northwest, the west, the
southwest, the south and the south-
east are exceptionally propitious.
Weather conditions have put the soil
into the best of shape and everything
is favorable for large and good crops.
Interpretation of the reports, ob-
tained from authentic and reliable
sources, leads to the conclusion that,
while the crops may not be as large,
individually, as last year, the produc-
tion will be more diversified and the
total output will be enormous.
Should this understanding of the
reports materialize, the tendency
would be toward comparatively high
prices. At the same time the volume
of the general agricultural production
should afford employment to a vast
army of laborers and cause such a
distribution of the revenue as to vital-
Taking the producing territories in
their entirety, the soil conditions are
better than ordinary and the crop
prospects are excellent. There is one
locality in the southwest and one in
the northwest which declare weather
and soil conditions to be discouraging
and Montana fears that a too rapid
thawing of the mountain snows might
result in another dry season. Other-
wise the reports are more than grati-
All the crops, without exception, are
said to be at least as good as a year
ago, with better soil conditions. In
fact, it would not be surprising if the
grain production should exceed the
forecast, in which case prices would
not be so high.
But the communications appear to
show at present that while individual
crops will not be extraordinary, the
total production will be enormous. In
any event, the farmers look forward
to a very prosperous year, and this, of
course, means heavy wholesale and re-
The fruit crop has not been dam-
aged much. Most, of the reports indi-
cate rather a large and qualitative
fruit crop. The same inference holds
regarding early vegetables.
Probably the most significant fea-
ture of the communications is the ex-
pansion of farming in southeastern
and southern states. Diversification
steadily is becoming a more vital fac-
tor in American production. The col-
lective reports seem to indicate large
and diversified crops, with work tor
many laborers and the probability of
comparatively high prices.
They assure a prosperous year to
the farmer, the merchant and the
workman, provided the turns of the
seasons are favorable to the crops and
normal weather promises favorable
Massacres by the Treacherous Nana
Sahib—Black Hole of Calcutta and
Other Places of That His-
At Cawnpur was a large native gar-
rison, and when they mutinied, Nana
Sahib put himself at their head. The
Europeans, including more women and
children than fighting men, were be-
seiged for two weeks, and then, trust-
ing to a safe-conduct from Nana Sa-
hib, they surrendered. They em-
barked on boats on the Ganges, the
boats were set afire and shot at by
the natives from both banks, and only
four escaped. The women and chil-
dren were massacred a few days later,
some of them being pitchforked living
upon the bayonets of their mur-
Delhi was beseiged for months from
the surrounding ridge, over which I
have walked and driven, but it was
only in September that the Kashmir
Gate was blown in, and Nicholson fell
at the head of the storming party.
The chief commisioner of Oudh was
a Lawrence, and not a Lawrence for
nothing. He prepared for a siege in
the residency at Lucknow, and was
mortally wounded there, but his intel-
ligent provision saved his companions
till at last Lucknow was relieved.
It is one of the ghastly nightmares
of history to see that Black Hole of
Calcutta, that well at Cawnpun that
cellar in the residency at Lucknow,
that grave-dotted ridge at. Delhi. Wom-
en and children outraged, suffocated,
pitchforked on bayonets, burnt, stab
bed, starved and strangled; it is a
horrible tale. Say what one will of
all that, it ic British business, British
vengeance, not ours, but it is a dis-
grace to the whole white race that
British callousness, and lack of taste
and reverence, should permit these
graves to be overgrown with weeds,
should suffer that miserable little
graveyard on the ride above Delhi,
should allow the lettering on the
Kashmir Gate to become defaced. The
only monument in all India that is not
a travesty is the statue of John Nich-
olson, and more than one of the stat-
ues of the white empress and the
white emperor of India are black! —
From "Mughal to Briton." by Price Col-
lier, in Scribner's.
Discoveries of Tin.
London.—Considerable interest has
been excited in the Tavistock district
by the successful operations of a Glas-
gow syndicate, which has made impor-
tant discoveries of tin in the Wheal
Jewell part of the once famous Friend-
ship mines. Part of the property in-
vestigated has not been worked pre-
viously for 100 years.
Oddity of Twins.
Yuba City, Cal.—Twins were born
to a resident of Yuba City. One was
born in February and the other in
March. Although when they were
born there was only a few minutes' dif-
ference in their ages, next year, which
is leap year, their birthdays will be
two days apart.
How the Spirits Spell.
"Judging by spiritistic communica-
tions I have received lately simple
spelling must be more popular In the
world beyond than it is in this," said
a man who patronizes mediums. "Half
the messages received from the spirit
land nowadays are spelled in a way
to bring joy to the hearts of the
simple spellers. Not one medium,
but many, transmit them thus. Me-
diums who know the old-fashioned
spelling book well enough to spell
down a whole room full of folks hav6
gone over to the revised edition.
"Whatever force it is that guides
their hands when transmitting mes-
sages must be impressed with the
utility of the new system. At the last
6eance I attended I received a com-
munication from a man who fought
new-fangled spelling with his dying
breath, but since he passed over ho
must have learned something to make
him change his mind, for he now
writes like a disciple of Artemua
Ward."—New York Times.
Edna—Jack and I had the most de-
lightful time on shipboard.
K.atnarine—Gracious! I don't see
how you could enjoy yourselves under
the watchful eyes of the chaperon.
Edna—Oh, we used a little strategy.
You see, we told the chaperon if she
would close her eyes she would avoid
seasickness, and she kept her eyes
closed most of the voyage."
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Barnard, W. F. The Independent. (Cashion, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 4, 1911, newspaper, May 4, 1911; Cashion, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc107652/m1/5/: accessed February 19, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.