Columbus Daily Herald (Newspaper) - August 19, 1897, Columbus, Indiana
m?'COLUMBUS DAILY HERALD
WHOLE NÜMBER 4670.COLUMBUS. IND., TflUBSDAT EVEMINtf. AUGUST 19 1897.
NEGRO GIRL AT VASSAR.
Graduated After Confessing Her Father's Race.
The Handsomeit Girl There-Yale and Harvard Men Among Those Who Soueht Favor With the "Brunette Beauty"-Be-t'ayed Herself By Boasts.
PouGiiKEEPSiE, N. Y., Aug. 18,—Society and educational circles in ihia city are profoundly shocked by the announcement in a local paper to-day that one of the graduating class of Vassar college this year was a negro girl, who, concealing her race, entered the college, took the four years' course and, finally confeesed the truth to a professor a few days before commencement.
The facts were communicated to faculty, which body in scret session cided to allow the girl to receive deploma with her class.
Vassar is noted for its exclusiveness, and every official of the college refuses to say aught regarding this girl graduate. She has been known as one of the most beautiful young women who ever attended the great institution of learning, and even now women who received her in their homes as their equal do not deny her beauty. At the reception, on Founder's day, Philalethian day and the other holidays of the college year none of the fair students was more eagerly sought by the men from Yale, Harvard and the other universities who attended these events.
Her fellow-students called her "the beautiful brunette." He manners were those of a person of gentle birth, and her intelligence and ability were recognized alike by her classmates and professors. Her skin was dark, but not swarthy. Her hair was black, but straight as an Indian's, and she usually gathered it in a knot at the back of her head. Her eyes were coal black and of piercing brilliancy. Her appearance was such that in other environments she might have been taken for an Indian; indeed, not a few of the students whispered that Indian blood flowed in her veins.
In her third year in college it was hinted that her ancestors might have had colored blood miKed with the New England "blue blond" of which she was fond of talking. She would often speak »f her brother, of whom she seemed to be proud, and once the young man came to see her. The other girls eyed him curiously. His skin was of the same dusky hue as his sister's.
In her penior year the statements this beautiful,dark } oung woman made about her relatives—their style of Hying, the splendor of her home, etc.— prompted her roommate, who already had her suspicions aroused by a gossip, to repeat them to her father, a well-known business man.
He caused inquiries to be made about the pretty brunette's fa.mily in her native town. The investigation failed to find the culture and wealth and family name of which she boasted. The name was the same, but the family was that of a respectaVle negro who owned a small estate. The brunette beauty a few days later lost her roommate, upon the advice ot the latter's father.
This incident added to the gossip in the college, and a few days before commencement the whisperings of her claBsmates reached the colored girl's ears. She was heartbroken to learn that her secret was suspected, perhaps known. Going to one of the professois she bravely told everything.
As a little girl she said she attracted the attention of a woman of wealth and position who saw her possibilities of a noble womanhood. This woman took the little colored girl into her household, gave to her all the advantages of money and refinement, atid as a result she p&ssed the required ezaminaiions entered Yassar and completed the pre-scribed course of study. The kind'hearted professor, • woman, tiie prls tew aod spoke Then afie
the girl of commencement honors and a diploma. The faculty considered the matter gravely. Never had a colored girl been a student at aristocratic Vassar, and the professors were at a loss to A foresee the effect upon the future if this one were allowed to be graduated. Yet there is nothing in the college rules that prohibits a colored woman from entering Vassar.
Commencement was but a few days off and the girl would soon be gone and forgotten. So it was decided to conceal the facts and to allow her to be graduated with her classmates. On class day and commencement the young woman took a prominent part in the exercises, and of all the hundred or more girls in the class of '97 none looked more attractive or acted more becomingly than this girl of birth —N. Y. World.SUBTERRANEAN WONDER
DISCHARGED BY JUDGE.
C- H. Feibleman no Longer Receiver of Haynes Wheel Co.
Portland, Aug. 18.—In the circuit court here this afternoon Special Judge Jacob M. Haynes ordered the discharge of Charles B. Feibleman of Indianapolis as receiver of the Haynes Wheel Co., and appointed Stephen A. D. Whipple as his successor and ordered Feibleman to turn over an account belonging to said wheel company.
The receiver was discharged at the instance of the creditors of the insolvent corporation, and in passing on the matter J udge Haynes said the several reports filed by the receiver showed him either to be grossly incompetent or dishonest. There is a discrepancy of about $6,000 betweeu the receiver's first report and inventory and his last report, and instead of operating the plant at a profit, as he reported, it has been run at a loss of nearly a thousand dollars per month. Feibleman asked the Sentinel correspondent to say that there was no dishonesty on his part, but that he was deceived by the fore man of the factory as to the grade or quality of the stock on hand. The Indiana trust company is surety for him.
AGAINST THE AUDITOR.
Mandamus Case Favor of Plaintiff.
Portland, Aug. 18.—The mandamus case of Stoliz, trustee of Bear Creek township, against manor, auditor of Jay county was decided this afternoon in favor af Stoltz, the court commanding the auditor to draw his warrant in favor of Stoltz, on the county treasurer, for the revenue due the township.
Stoltz was appointed trustee because Bishop, the former trustee, qualified as the postmaster of ,^Briant, Bishop appealed to the supreme court and it likely the auditor will.
WESTERN LEAGUE GAMES.
Indianapolis 12—Minneapolis 8. Grand Rapids 7—Kansas City i*.
the cave at Marengo, which is only twenty miles from here, and is causing fanciful speculations about "ca^ e-dwellers."
TEEROES Dì VEMDELA.
Steps and Entrance Room Apparently Hewn by Human Hands—A Mile's Descent to a Corgeous Cavern - Voices.
P2ayed Won Lost Cent
Indianapolis.............. 99 70 29
Columbus...................98 62 36
St. Paul.................... 105 65 40
Milwaukee............ 104 64 40
Detroit..................... 105 52 53
Grand Rapids...........102 33 69
Kansas City..............108 34 74
Minneapolis...............106 33 73
No Games scheduled today:
.707 .639 .619 .615 .495 ,324 .315 .311New Indiana Cave is Discovered Near New Middleton.
A Literary Program G ven at the Vethodist Church Wednesday Evening-
Indiana Bimetallic League.
A meeting of the executive and ad visory committees of the Indiana Bimetallic League will be held at the Grand hoteMn Indianapolis on Thurs^ day, Sept. 2ad, at one o'clock. A full attendance of committeemen Js re» quested, as several matters of importance will be proposed. All other Indiana democrats and others in sympathy with the work of the League aiè cordially invited. Allkv W. Clabk, .. Greenshtir^ Jnd. - Chairman,
In a family.,r^.on.^t .Foorth'itreet between Galif^ift/vÌid^^U^
Special to the IndianapoUs Rews. New Middletok, Ind., August 18.— By the uprooting of a large tree and the consequent tearing away of a great amount of rubbish on the farm of Henry Fleiss, near this place, a subterranean wonder has been discovered A cave entrance has been revealed at the foot of a low hill in a neighborhood where the surface for miles around is sunk in basin-like spots, indicating that at some time there has been a caving in, though the presene of great trees in the depressions shows that they have existed perhaps hundreds of years.
A current of air came from the mouth of the newly-revealed cavern, and this suggested the presence of water, but an exploration of the first apartment of the cave showed only a bairen place with air coming from an ap€irture perhaps two feet wide. Through this opening the exploring party descended thirty-two well worn steps, which had doubtless been hewn into the rock. This stairway ended in a square room with an arched ceiling, doubtless also the work of art. The room is forty feet square and sixtsen feet higbi at the beginning of the arch. From this room the party decended a second flight of steps, also thirty two in number, and similar to the previous steps. The see-on flight of steps ends in the natural cave, which is at some places a hundred yards wide. The steps are almost perpendicular, and are so worn as to be dangerous of descent, which was complishedby means of a rope ti»'d to a bar across the entrance.
down TO A GORGEOUS cavern.
The exploring party traveled in this part o( the cave for more than a mile, always downward, at a grade of perhaps fifteen degrees, until they came to an abrupt precipice. To this point the cavern had been dry as an ordinary cellar,but at the top of the precipice noise like the roaring of a cataract could be heard. There may be lateral branches from this part of the cave, but the amount of debris prevented explorations. Plummets were let down the edge of the precipice at various points, and bottom was sounded, at forty feet. Perparations were made to descend, for there was plenty of room, though the ceiling at this point was low.
Here the cave was found to widen and display all the beauty of suspended stalactites, which glowed in all the colors of the rainbow asi they reflected the light of the torches. The explorers stood spellbound amid the gorgeous splendor of colors and reflections which seemed to swny and change with every movement of the torch. Musical echoes shifted in multitude with every sound of the tongue, as the colors of a kaleidoscope shift with the slightest touch. Huge stalactites, which looked like inverted columns of crystal, glistened and glowed in the light of the torches till one might imagine he was in the cave of an Arabian Nights tale, with forests of gold and precious stones. A pretty little stream meanders among the columns. The only actual inhabitants observed among these splendid scenes, easily filled with imaginary shapes, were a water snake, a toad and several fish of the "eyeless" variety. - A king snake was kiHed in what may be called the gallery.
SAID TEST BBARD VOIO^.
This part of the cave has been ex plored nearly half fi mile. There are lateral exits which are to be explored as rapidly as possible. One source of fear is the hollow sound of the floor, for' so much of the earth's surface has cavec in that this givw rise to dread.
In the party of j,e]^even $ number declared that they héard human voicM Their ^¡^tioncould not.be satisfac? twily detormined,.but it was declared iiia;t ihe^ voic« .<iioutd. .not have, come
Wedneeday evening at the Methodist church, in the Epworth League room, a fine literary program was given views of different books were read, music interspersed the literary part, which made the entertainment a good one.
Prof. Carnagey gave a long but interesting review of Ben Hur, and Mrs. Flora Adkinson gave an interesting review of the Conquest of Mexico. Dr Curtiss also gave a short talk about The House Built on the StyJt.
from àtiimt ibéf»
Stories of Strangre, Fierce Fishes, Water Boss and Alliffators.
The Ga of the Iron>CIad JaTr-Irfah-man*« Narrow Bacaiie from Hie Momlnar Bath tm the Gnan-nco River.
[Copyright 1897.1 An inhabitant of the Orinoco river, of which little is known beyon/l the shores of the waters in which it lives, is that strange raail-clad fish called the ga, or armadillo iish. It g^ows from five to eight feet long-, and is of extraor-! uinary thickness in proportion'to its length. Its body is protected by armor similar to that of the armadillo; and its head terminates in a trisingular beak, from 12 to 20 inches long, and eight to fourteen inches broad at the base, •which, when opened, displays a series of cross-ridges above and below, sharp-©dg«d and as hard as teeth.
This fish will attack anything- that comes within its reach—horse, ox, ja-g'uar, or man—seizing its prey with its
"Side Tracked," in its new dress, will be given an up-to-date production at Theatre next Monday. Jule Walters' tramp is so well known to most theatre goers that comment on his work as Horatio is almost unnecessary. Mr. Walters promises us a revelation in ge mechanism this season, and a supporting company of unusual excellence, together with specialty features that should prove vastly entertaining in this section of the country.
A Christian Endeavor delegation from Madison passed through the city last evening on their way to Indianapolis. While their car was standing on the side track a number of vocal selections were rendered and the car seemed to quack with the voices of the merry crowd.
Mrs. Charles Underwood . and children, and her mother, Mrs. Liddie Sims, all of Elwood, Ind., who have been visiting relatives here, left for Madison this morning. They will go from there home. Mrs. Sims is an aunt of Hon. Geo, W. Cooper, of this city.
John Newcomb, the feed man, fell from a bicycle at his home on Brown street last evening and injured his hip so severely that a physician had to be summoned.
George Werner has two thousand pounds of lard that he is putting on the market at 6 cents per pound. Rare chance to anyone wanting to make a speculation as hogs are going higher. Call and see him. 70t3.
beak and taking out^ in a clean triangular piece, as large a mouthful of flesh and bone as it is able to compass at a bite. It is rare that any creature onoe seized by the ga escapes it, being usually killed or crippled by the first bite.
The ga is seldom taken, for its armor protects it from the native's spears, and, when hooked, it dives, head foremost, into the mud oi the river bottom, from whioh. it is almost impossible to dislodge it. If a sufficient straiT* be put on, the line, either the tackle g-ives way, which is the common result, or the hook is torn from the fish's mouth.
"The only ga that ever I had achaace to examine, was found in a dried-up pool on shore, where it had been stranded after an inundation," said Dr. A. H. Ellis, recently arrived in New York, after several years' residence in Venezuela.
"I hooked a ga once, but failed to land it. I was iu charge of the cattl»
; suddtenly and fiercely do they came that I have known a horse that had waded out Into the water only up tp his knees I to be fatally injured by an attack from caribes. Seized «t once by every leg--and toy the nostrils, the fish clinging to^ him in swarms, he got to thè shore only to fall helpless on the bank, hamstrung in both forelegrs. Painful stories are told of human, beings attacked and de-vouTed alive !by cari'bes.
"MouiSter alligators are found in all the fresh waters of Venezuela. It is a favorite trick of the alligator to lie in wait at the drinking places oi cattle, watching for a chance to seize an ox or horse by the nose and drag him into deep water, where it can drown him This done, it swims with its prey to some secludfed place and there tears it to pieces and feasts on. it at leisure. I, have known alligators 18 feet in length to be killed in the Orinoco, and have seen others in the water that I knew were still longer.
"It is a common practice to shoot at these reptiles froma the decks of steamers plying up and" down the Orinoco, and it is seldbm that some of them are not seen lying within rifle range. The eye is the point aimed at by expert marksmen. An alligator shot in the eye dd'es iniitantly and will float; if hit In any other part, whether killed or wounded, it sinks.
"Some of the branches of the Orinoco, thouglh very deep, are narrow, so that the tops of the trees meet overhead, producing the effect upon, the voyaf^er of passing tharough a tunnel. From these overhanging branches the great water boas hang, head downward, waiting to sedze any prey that may pass on the current beneath them. A party of us were coming down one oi these streams in a couriel (dugovit), paddled by Indians, and, from lime to time, an Englis'hman of the party, named Yeo, fired his rifle at some snake. The rest of us had cautioned him never to fire at any snake until after we had passed it; but with true English self-sufficiency, he acknowledged our advice by firing at a large
ANOTHER ENOCH ARDEN.
GOING THROUGH THE CHILKAT PASS.
Charlie Mushly—Miss Perkins—Ethel —I could sit here forever and hold your hand.
Ethel Perkins—^Now, Mr. Mushly, be practical. You couldn't sit here for-evw, because the tide is.coming up, and you couldn't hold my hand forever, be-ceuse I'm going in now, and shall take it with me.—San Francisco Examiner.
Uctttnar More Time.
"I could not wait and work for wealth.
Such haste was mine," he cried.
"I'll give you then. Just 15 years,"
- The cruel court replied. .
Lawyer Hooks (in the bosom of his fainily)—^Weli;*my dear, I have given up the Bagrox casej after having been engaged in it so long.
_Mr8. Hooks^Then you have exhausted every legal expedient?
Lawyer Hooks—No, but I have exhausted Bagrox' money.—N. Y. Journal.
Visitor (to attendant friar at the refectory of a convent)—Ai« we allowed to smoke here V . Friar^No, sir.
Visitoiv-Then; where do all these stumps of cigars come from that I see lying about?
Friai:-—Prom those gentlemen whq didn't ask.-^dds and Ends.
Knew All Abon< Them.
She had . been to the seashore and was deeply interested in all that pertained to it. ,
"Did you ever see a shark?*' she
steamer Coratel on the Orinoco, and we were at anchor at Imatn«« island, off the mouth of the Eio Toro. 1 saw an ox, that had waded into the -water up to his belly to drink, suddenly turn, struggle to keep his fooling, and then rush out of the water, bollowitig, with half his brisket bitten, away.
" 'That's the work of a ga, sir,' said my Scotch engineer, who had been on the river ten years. 'Now that he's got round to tlie cattle's drinking place you'll see more of tliat work if we stay here.'
" 'Is there no way to catch him?' I asked. 'Will he bite at a hook ?'
" 'Certainly, sir, if you bait it with anything tliat's eatable. But that's all there is to it. A cable and steam winch couldn't get a ga up from thefflbottom.'
" 'We'll see,' I said. 'Let's make a hook first, that will hold.^
"We went down in to the engine room, found a pinchbar Zy^ feet long and forged it into a hook, with a strong barb and a ring at the end of the shank. To this w« fastened a new three-quarter-inch rope, and, baiting the hook with a young kid, took it out in a boat and dropped it into the water near where we ha^ seen the ox attacked; then we rowed back to tihe steamer, where the other end of theTope was belayed. We kept ieeldng of the rope, which presently grew taut, straining hard on the belaying pin. The ga had seized the bait. The engineer and I, with t-wo native sailors, tried to haul the fish in, hand over hand, but wfe might as well have tiried to pull a tree up by the roots for all the line we gained. Then we passed the rope round the eajpstan and set it going. The line seemed almost ready to part, but at last something gave way below and it slackened. We pulled' it in; and there was our hook, straightened out like a bar, whil« fast to the (barb were two of the bony ridges from the ga's - jaw. The fish evidently had seized the hook and could not diisgorge it, but the strain that tore the hook firom its jaw failed to start the ga from the bottom. :
"There is another sort of J)ad fish in thatregion^ little fellow, found in the Orinoco and in the salt water off its mouth, called the caritoe. In shaj)e it resembles thé northem pickerel and has much the same 'colors and .mark-: Ings, only with that yellowness of tint; which almost every ship in. Venezuelan, waters shows. The caribe. is about 12 Inches long and: goes about in great, schools, attacking any creature, alive" or dead, which they find-in the water, devouring it pieceopeal. The caribê's mouth is fitted with, sharp, cutting teeth, and whatever victim it fastens to it comes away with a bit of flesh. Let an alligator or manatee be «hot wher-
boa hanging from a limb just as the canoe was beneath it. He hit the snake's body, but did not break its back, and instantly uncoiling from the limb, the boa dropped* plump into the boat. As nobody cared to share the canoe with a writhing, 20-foot boa, every man went out of the craft as suddenly as the snake had dropped in. The boa glided into the water as soon as he could pull himself together, and made for the shore. Those of us who were on the same side of the canoe with the siiake naade haste to swim round to the other side, and we all got safe aboard before the alligators found ""out what was going on. Yeo, who had swum -to a dry tree root and perched himself upon it, was the last man to be taken in. »We didn't hurry a bit about going for him, but gave him a full ht2f-hour there to reflect upon the wisdom of sometimes taking advice.
"In our camp on the Guanuco river, on the coast of Venezuela, a little Irish-mam nataed McCarty had a thrilling experience. He was a devil-may-carp, reckless fellow; and, rising one morning before the rest of us weare awalce, he thought he would take a swim. Bunning to the edge of the high bank, he dived, without first looking about him, far out into the water. As he came to the sui-face in the middle of the narrow ■ river, and shook the water from his eyes, the first sight that met his gaze was two jaguars on the opposite bank, looking at him and snuffing inquisitively. He turned, only to see on the g<ther side—and altogether too near—an alligator regarding him with marked attention; while under the bank from vvhich he had leaped, lying with its tail in the water, was coiled a :.big boa, that he must have passed directly over in divingl The situation .was too much for McCarty, and he yelled foi^help. At his outcry alL.of us in camp jumped to our feet, grabbed shotguns and rifles, and ran to the bank. There we saw McCarty 'treading water' in the river, with all his unwelcome company about gazing at him with growing interest. They clearly had been .taken aback by the suddenness: with -which he had-appeared 'among them», but as their surprise wore oft they seemed disposed toward closer acquaintance.
"We shot one of the jaguars and the boa; the other Jaguar ran away. Then we peppered the alligators, with bullets and shot so hotly as to keep thein awny from McCarty while fee swam to the iBhore. It was a fine sight to sec him clawing his way up the steep bank, slipping "back-in the wet clay almost as l^st as he climbed, until he got near enougih.for us to give htm.a'hand.' He' lucky esci^p? and^a'pnicticai:II-I of th^ wisdom of the seyiog
Thia Time. He Tnnia,Up, ln Re^ I4fe In Boone-Conaiy, Mo.
The story of a second Enoch: Ardfeii comes from Wilton, Boone county. Mo. In 1861 Bowland Griggs; a strapping young fellow of 25 year«, left his'home near Wilton to join the confedj^rato army. He bade good-by to hiis young wife and their six-weeks-old daughter^ Margaret, and promised to return in a few short months. But months jiaased, and then years, and all the iMiighbors and friends who were in the armies on
WAS NOT RBCOONIZSD.
either side returned, but Qriggs camo not. After waiting nearly ten years for her husband, Mrs. Griggs g^e him up for dead, accepted the attentions of Riley Kiffelo, a prosperous bachelor farmer near Wilton, and married him. Of this union five children were bom. A stranger came recently to the Wilton neighborhood. No one knew him, though he said he was born and reared near by. He asked for Mrs. Griggs, and an old farmer told him of her marriage to Riffelo.
The stranger said he had known her when a girl and would call on her. He did so, but was not recognized. He was invited to dinner. Tlien he announced his identity. He said he was Rowland Griggs, and that Mi-s. Riffelo was his wife. He told his story and proved it by documents and other evidence. He hnd been wounded on the battle field of Murfreesboro, o-nd captured by th« Union army. Remalning.in the hospital o nd prison until the close of the war, he heard his wife and child were dead. He did not return, therefore, to Missouri, but went to Iowa, where he has been engaged in farming. A longing to look on the scene-s of his earlier days seized him and he came back back to lioone county. After mutual recognitions followed a problem—would he claim his wife? She seemed happy and content in her new relations, and the first husband would not disturb her. Accordingly, after a visit to his baby ^largaret, now married for the second time, Griggs left for his home in Iowa.
THE SNAKE GARTER;
strange Fad Adopted by the Soetetr Gtrla of New York.
Snake-lovers are becoming constant' ly more numerous among women who are at leisure to have fads. The newest manifestation of the strange fancy for serpents is the snake garter, which recntly made its first appearance in Paris, and which was sketched for the New York World immediately upon its arrival in this country. A counterpart of this not altogether attractive ornament was first made to gratify the whim of a well-known society -womaik in Paris. Accident disclosed its possession to one of her friends, who waa so delighted with It that the secret of the caprice was soon an open one.
NEWEST BlCXeUS QABTEIL
;Snake garters were many in Paris the aext week. The garter is usually made , of gold fibers, cleverly knit together so that the whole is wade perfectly flexible. It is long enough to coil twice around the leg just below the knee,, and is sufficiently elastic to retain its, position.
The snake garter is. freed from much y of the horror naturally attached to. it by the elaborate decorations which accompany it. The head is a knob of jew-, els of various colors,: and a line of tiny > diamonds runs from the head to thé' extreme tip of the tail.
It Haa Uanr Ckaractera* '
A missionary at Tung- Chow haa Invented a Chinese typewriting machine. It is a great sucçeEB. The characters number about 4,Qo6 and nre on tlw edges of wheels about a fbot in diameter.,-Twenty or thirty wheels are required to carry all the characters, and , '
keys must be struck to makean impre«- ' '' ' sion. The first turns the wheel and the seëond Stops Jit at the „required'lètier,-- ^ which is then ibroi^ght down to-t^'^VI paper.- The -machine is complicat^; iSut the inventor. Dr. SiheffielÎd; ' to, make itV more-simpici Thfw/aré. 18^000 characters the CMpe»^ lân-':,^ guage.' each rep're«n'tinè^a:^oM. - The^l