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by Janet Spencer A lot has been said about hero dogs – but not all of them are heroes! Let’s take a look: • When Haroldo Renato Mota of Sao Paulo, Brazil let his dog out one day in February of 2002, he knew there was a high likelihood that the dog would return carrying something he had found- a stick, a bone, a piece of trash. But the dog, a black and white mixed breed named Chumbinho, came back carrying something Mota didn’t recognize. He told the dog to drop it. Mota recognized it all right- a rusty hand grenade. He called police; police called the bomb squad; and the bomb squad detonated the grenade safely. • Mark and Lara Tomlinson live in South Africa with their kids and their dog Digger. Digger is well named, perpetually burying and unbury bones. One day in February of 2002 when Digger began to dig industriously underneath the children’s playhouse, Mark became curious when another neighborhood dog, a puppy named Jack, joined in the excavation. Going to see what they were so interested in, he found to his alarm that the two dogs had uncovered a bomb. Police removed the 60mm mortar bomb left over from World War II. The playhouse had been built the previous April. “Never did we think that we were building it on top of a bomb,” said Lara.

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BAD DOGS (continued): • In 1998 when Rachel Murray of Britain wanted to get a Christmas gift for her roommate, she decided to get him a cell phone. She wrapped it and left it under the Christmas tree. Unfortunately, her dog, a bloodhound named Charlie, enjoyed tearing the package apart while he was bored and unsupervised. Finding the mess but not the phone, Murray dialed the number, hoping to hear it ring. She heard it ringing- a muffled ringing, coming from inside Charlie’s stomach. “At first I though Charlie was lying on the phone- then I realized where it was. I couldn’t believe he’d swallowed it. I sat there in disbelief.” The vet advised her to let nature take its course, and 24 hours later, the phone emerged. The Orange Nokia was in perfect working order. • Stinky, a six-year-old mongrel, enjoyed going hunting with his master, 30-year-old Kelly Russell near their New Zealand home. In December of 2000, Stinky, Russell, and another dog named Red were out hunting wild pigs. When Russell cornered a pig, he set down his rifle to pick up his knife and, in the ensuing chaos, Stinky jumped on the gun. “There was a big bang and my leg went flying back,” recalled Russell. The blast tore right through his foot. Unable to walk or drive and barely able to crawl, Russell endured a five-hour wait before someone came along who could help him. At the Waikato hospital, doctors were unable to save his foot. Stinky went home, unaware of the trouble he had caused, and Russell said he didn’t blame Stinky for the accident. Russell was charged with hunting illegally in an exotic forest. He collected $10,000 (New Zealand dollars) from the state-run insurance company for the accident, and was fined only $500 for illegal hunting. • In the year 2000 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, Mark Meltz bought his fiancée Hillary Feinberg a lovely wedding ring. On the day before their wedding, he set the ring on the kitchen counter where he’d be sure to see it and remember to give it to the best man. That evening while walking his year-and-a-half old lab, Liza, he noticed the dog was coughing and hacking a lot, but he didn’t think anything of it- until he was unable to find the ring on the morning of the wedding day. Suspecting that the cat had knocked it off the counter and the dog had swallowed it, he rushed the dog to Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, where vet Kathleen Wirth took an X-ray and confirmed his fears. At the wedding at 4:00 that afternoon, Hillary Feinberg presented Mark Meltz with a wedding band, and Mark Meltz presented Hillary Feinberg with an X-ray. The congregation burst into laughter. Meltz’s father stood watch over the dog waiting for the ring to reappear while the couple went on their Hawaiian honeymoon. • Garbage collector Glen Shaw operates a trash collection service in New Hampshire. He occasionally allowed his large Newfoundland dog named Bear to come along for the ride. But at 4:30a.m. on December 20, 2001, Shaw got out of the 10-wheeled compactor truck to load some garbage in the back. Bear somehow released the hand brake somehow, and the truck began

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to roll slowly forward. Shaw ran after the runaway garbage truck but was unable to catch it as it gained momentum, rolling down the road. It plunged into the Souhegan River, and Shaw plunged into the water in order to rescue the dog. The dog turned out to be fine, but it took a hazardous material team many hours to clean up the mess. •In Oklahoma, the Dodson family left their three-monthold puppy in the utility room when they went out. They returned to find their home a pile of rubble. The pup somehow flipped the gas line switch, filling the room with natural gas. When the water heater kicked on, the gas exploded. The pup was hurled clear of the explosion, unharmed. • Lyle Sneary and his dog Rancher were drivin in a truck making the rounds of his Oklahoma cattle herd. Noticing a cow was down, Sneary got out of the truck, while the dog

stayed inside. Sneary fed the cow hay out of the back of his truck. Seeing that dinner was being served, the rest of the cattle herd stampeded towards him. He began screaming to head off the herd, which caused Rancher to get excited inside the truck. The dog hit the automatic door lock. Then he knocked the gear shift into neutral. Seeing the truck rolling, Sneary jumped on the sideboard, trying to reach inside the window. He was unable to stop the truck and bailed out right before the rig hit a tree. Sneary and his dog had to walk a mile and a half to call for help. The officer who responded revoked Rancher’s license. •Michael Staley and Jenna Lee Fetters left their black lab tied to an outdoor water spigot at their apartment in Montana while they went out. The dog pulled so hard on its leash that the spigot broke. The broken pipe flooded the apartment. The property manager entered the home using his pass key to shut off the water. Not only did he find the emergency water shut-off valve in the basement, but he also found 21 six-foot marijuana plants under cultivation in the basement. Police lieutenant Jim Neumayer was still searching the basement when Staley and Fetters returned. They were arrested on the spot.

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Watch for Frozen Pipes, Ice Dams By Samantha Mazzotta


Investment Mistakes to Watch For … at Different Stages of Life As an investor, how can you avoid making mistakes? It’s not always easy, because investing can be full of potential pitfalls. But if you know what the most common mistakes are at different stages of an investor’s life, you may have a better chance of avoiding these costly errors. Let’s take a look at some investment mistakes you’ll want to avoid when you’re young, when you’re in mid-career, when you’re nearing retirement and when you’ve just retired. When you’re young … Mistake: Investing too conservatively (or not at all) — If you’re just entering the working world, you may not have a lot of money with which to invest. But don’t wait until your income grows — putting away even a small amount each month can prove quite helpful. Additionally, don’t make the mistake of investing primarily in short-term vehicles that may preserve your principal but offer little in the way of growth potential. Instead, position your portfolio for growth. Of course, stock prices will always fluctuate, but you potentially have decades to overcome these short-term declines. Since this money is for retirement, your focus should be on the long term — and it’s impossible to reach long-term goals with short-term, highly conservative investments. When you’re in mid-career … Mistake: Putting insufficient funds into your retirement accounts — At this stage of your life, your earning power may well have increased substantially. As a result, you should have more money available to invest for the future — specifically, you may now be able to “max out” on your IRA and still boost your contributions to your employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as your 401(k), 403(b) or 457(b). These retirement accounts offer tax advantages that you may not receive in ordinary savings and investment accounts. Try to put more money into these retirement accounts every time your salary goes up. When you’re nearing retirement … Mistake: Not having balance in your investment portfolio — When they’re within just a few years of retirement, some people may go to extremes, either investing too aggressively to try to make up for lost time or too conservatively in an attempt to avoid potential declines. Both these strategies could be risky. So as you near retirement, seek to balance your portfolio. This could mean shifting some of your investment dollars into fixed-income vehicles to provide for your current income needs while still owning stocks that provide the growth potential to help keep up with inflation in your retirement years. When you’ve just retired … Mistake: Failing to determine an appropriate withdrawal rate — Upon reaching retirement, you will need to carefully manage the money you’ve accumulated in your IRA, 401(k) and all other investment accounts. Obviously, your chief concern is outliving your money, so you’ll need to determine how much you can withdraw each year. To arrive at this figure, take into account your current age, your projected longevity, the amount of money you’ve saved and the estimated rate of return you’re getting from your investments. This type of calculation is complex, so you may want to consult with a financial professional. By avoiding these errors, you can help ensure that, at each stage of your life, you’re doing what you can to keep making progress toward your financial goals. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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: I moved this fall from my hometown in South Florida to a small town in the Northeast. I’ve never dealt with freezing winter temperatures and snow before. My dad told me to watch out for frozen pipes, but how do I notice when they’re freezing, and what can I do to prevent it? What other problems should I watch for? -New Guy in Portland, Maine


: The first advice I received when I moved to a Northern state was “bend your knees when you’re shoveling snow.” But there was a little bit more to know. Fortunately, most homes built in the past 30 years or so in the Northeast have higher-grade insulation than homes in the South. So pipes don’t typically freeze at the first sign of frost the way they do in Florida. Still, you’re right to be on your guard. Here are two common winter problems to look out for: --Frozen pipes: During long or very low-temperature freezing spells, keep a tap at the highest level of your home dripping, so that water moves through the pipes. Inspect the pipes in areas where insulation is low or nonexistent, such as crawlspaces or basements. You may need to run a hand along the pipe: if you feel an area that’s especially cold, or see frost buildup on a section of pipe, it’s beginning to freeze. If the pipe is swollen or already cracked, you’ve got a bigger problem. To prevent this from happening, drape towels soaked in hot water over the freezing pipe. Place a bucket underneath the towels and pour hot water over the area frequently to thaw the pipes. If the pipes have cracked or burst, shut off water to that section of the house and call a plumber. --Ice dams: These form along the eaves of a house, particularly the corners, during long cold spells. They’re sometimes caused by damage or air leaks at the edge of the roof, where warm air from inside meets colder air. The bigger the ice dam, the more potential there is for roof damage to occur. If you can safely clear the dam during above-freezing temperatures, do so; otherwise, call a roofing specialist for an evaluation. HOME TIP: Ice melt is a big help in keeping wintry walkways clear, but to prevent damage to nearby plants or lawn, be careful not to overapply it: Read the directions on how much of your selected product to use. Send your questions or tips to, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King FeaturesWeekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.(c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Hyperactive Dog DEAR PAW’S CORNER: As our adopted Australian shepherd, “Skip,” has grown, he has gotten more and more hyperactive. He tears around the house from room to room, and if I don’t catch him, he will chew up every shoe he can find. How can I stop this behavior? -Carol in Tucson DEAR CAROL: You probably won’t be able to completely change Skip’s behavior, because Australian shepherds are so naturally energetic. But that doesn’t mean you can’t curb that tearing around the house and the chewing to a manageable level. First and foremost, Skip needs more exercise. Lots more exercise. The shepherd breeds were developed to do exactly what he’s doing: run, run some more and run even more -- all day long. As working dogs, they were invaluable in helping to herd sheep in pastures. So just taking Skip out for a walk a couple of times a day isn’t going to cut it. Find a space where he can run off leash without disturbing other people or dogs, or if your yard is fenced, let him run there. Don’t just let him run alone. He needs to be supervised, and you should take the opportunity to work with him. That’s the second part of the solution. Work with Skip on basic commands including sit, stay, (lie) down, etc. Add in playful games like fetch. Aussies are extremely intelligent, and you might be surprised at how quickly Skip learns to follow commands closely, especially once he’s worked off some of that excess energy. Chewing up your shoes may happen less if Skip gets more run-around time. While dogs chew instinctively, anxiety can exacerbate the problem. A slightly more relaxed Skip might curb the chewing, although you should still keep your more expensive shoes out of reach. Send your questions or comments to, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Go Left, Young Man My son is only 3 years old, so I’m not putting too much strain on his left arm. “They” say that you can’t really tell if a kid is righty or lefty until he is 4 or older, so I’m holding out for lefty status. You ask why. It’s because he’s not going to play football. Why? Because even though I know he’s far more likely to suffer a concussion in an unsupervised backyard football game that doesn’t require pads or mouth guards, it’s not worth fighting over. I wouldn’t want him to spend his entire life fighting off migraines, and if we’re not in it to win it, there isn’t much point anyway. Who wants their kid to aspire to be the third-string quarterback? In the fall, he can play soccer ... he’s got the prerequisite looks. (Aren’t most soccer players lookers?) In the winter, he’s pretty much on his own. I’m a terrible basketball player, so I won’t be able to teach him how to hit a jump shot. Seriously, it’s worse than you can imagine. A few years ago, a friend of a friend invited me to a pickup game at the local college. He warned me in advance that it was pretty competitive. When I got to the gym, I looked the part in my vintage Jordan’s and Under Armour ... that is, looked the part of a giant tool who couldn’t even get a shot off because he was being guarded by a former college player who seemed a bit too tenacious for a pickup game. To make things worse, they had me playing the point. I could pass the ball pretty well, but my lack of on-court experience showed when I tried to run a fast break and threw up an alley-oop from midcourt. It was a real showstopper in that everyone stopped playing and made faces indicating utter befuddlement. “Was that a shot?” one guy asked. “A buzzerbeater?” “No,” I shot back (rhetorically ... not with a basketball). “I was setting you up for the dunk.” After the laughter subsided, the guy I was passing to took the opportunity to provide me with a teaching moment. “Look, dude ... I’m 50 years old,” he said. Then he pointed to his knee brace. It resembled scaffolding. You could get a few masons and build the foundation to a skyscraper around his knee. “I’ve got 10 pounds of steel wrapped around my knee.” “Yeah, and we don’t really dunk, like, ever,” another helpful person. “We’re kind of happy when we find someone who can go to their left. Which you can’t.” Real friendly guys. Which brings me to my original point. If you’re a lefty, you need to play baseball or tennis ... baseball in particular. I cannot think of any institution that employs, per capita, more lefties than the game of baseball (at least outside of the Massachusetts state Senate). Even crappy lefties put together 10-season, journeyman careers. That’s job security. Who’s looking out for ya, kid? Dad, that’s who. Now stop throwing off your back right foot, and we’ll work on your slider after Mickey Mouse. It’s time to step it up. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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SPORTS QUIZ By Chris Richcreek 1. Name the three Chicago White Sox pitchers to throw a perfect game. 2. In 2012, Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (29 years old) became the sixth-youngest player to get 1,000 career RBIs. Name three of the five younger ones. 3. Who were the first pair of rookie NFL quarterbacks to play in the same Pro Bowl? 4. Name the oldest head coach to win an NCAA men’s basketball national championship. 5. In 2012, Colorado Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog became the youngest player (19 years, 286 days) to be named team captain in NHL history. Who had held the mark? 6. How many times has the U.S. won women’s gymnastics all-around team gold at the Olympics? 7. In 2012, Lydia Ko became the youngest LPGA Tour event winner ever at the age of 15. Who had been the youngest?


1. Charlie Robertson (1922), Mark Buehrle (2009) and Philip Humber (2012)., 2. Mel Ott (27 years old), Jimmie Foxx (27), Alex Rodriguez (28), Ken Griffey Jr. (28) and Lou Gehrig (28)., 3. Cam Newton and Andy Dalton, after the 2011 season.., 4. Jim Calhoun was 68 when UConn won in 2011., 5. Sidney Crosby was 19 years, 297 days old when named captain of Pittsburgh in 2007., 6. Twice -1996 and 2012., 7. Lexi Thompson was 16 when she won an event in 2011.

Sir Isaac Newton’s law -- “To each action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” -- doesn’t fully apply at this NASCAR juncture, because a new season is about to start. New cars, rules changes and the like are undoubtedly going to produce actions and reactions of their own. Still, there were some developments in 2012 that might lead to predictable extensions in 2013. For instance, Kyle Busch had his best Chase ever, or at least he had his best performance ever, in the final 10 races. The trouble was that it did him no good. He didn’t qualify for the Chase. He wasn’t eligible for the championship. Yet Busch had as many top-five finishes (13) as the champion, Brad Keselowski. Kyle Busch’s obvious extension is to make the Chase. Then he might finally win it. If you’re looking for a dark-horse candidate for the 2013 championship, look no further than Kasey Kahne, whose first year at Hendrick Motorsports was one of steady improvement. After the first 10 races, Kahne was 19th in points. After 20, he was 13th. He wound up fourth. For Clint Bowyer, who finished second, and Jimmie Johnson, who was third, the extension is obvious. It’s winning the championship. For Kahne, it won’t be cited so regularly, but it’s a distinct possibility. History wasn’t Carl Edwards’ friend last year. It is now. Edwards has had three seasons -- 2005, 2008, 2011 -- in which he came reasonably close to winning the championship. He struggled the next season in all three instances. If his past is really pertinent and not just a series of coincidences, Edwards will be back in the Chase this year and make a title run in 2014. Danica Patrick is like a minor-league baseball player constantly being promoted to the next level too quickly. It has taken the ex-IndyCar driver a long time to get conversant in the intricacies of driving stock cars. She is by no means ready for Sprint Cup, but there she will be, nonetheless. Her reach still exceeds her grasp. Gradual improvement is one thing in the Nationwide Series. Her star will begin to dim if she does not pick up the pace in Cup, and that will not be easy. *** Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at nascarthisweek@ 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Look for Kyle Busch to exceed his 2012 season. The Gibbs driver was not in the Chase, but finished well during NASCAR’s postseason. He had as many topfive finishes (13) as Cup champion Brad Keselowski. (Photo: John Clark/NASCAR This Week)

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Publish Your Own Night-Night Book Make a family reading resolution this year, and kick it off with a brand-new book you publish with the youngest budding reader in your family. To get you started, here are some ideas for your first book, titled “Night Night Book.” Not only will your child have a one-of-a-kind book to enjoy, but also it has the added benefit of making the bedtime ritual extra fun! Each page represents something in your children’s world they’re familiar with, something they see or use each day. As you read it over and over, new stories will emerge, giving a boost to language development and a love for books and reading. Here’s What You’ll Need: --Poster board or sturdy paper --Magazine pictures and photographs of people, places and pets familiar to your child (you might wish to use color copies of photos for this book) --Small, flat items (or simple drawings of items) familiar to child --Scissors --Glue --Markers Here’s the fun: Collect photographs and magazine pictures as well as items familiar to your child such as paper labels from food products. Cut poster board into 8-inch-by-8-inch pages. Make as many pages as you wish. On the cover, glue a photo of your child and write the words “Night Night,” and your child’s name (for example “Night Night, Adam”). Glue a picture or object to each page and print the name of it below, after the words “night night.” For example, “night night shoes,” “night night blankie.” The final page of the book could be a poem. For example, “Now it’s time to say night night, The sun has set, The moon is bright. The stars are shining far away And now you’ll sleep until it’s day!” Bind the book by punching two or three holes along the left side of the pages and attaching the sheets together with safe, plastic, toddler links or metal rings. Tip: To expand modern-language learning, write “Good night” in different languages on the pages, such as “Bonne nuit” (French) or “Buenos noches” (Spanish). *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” (c) 2013 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.

Choucroute Garni For sauerkraut lovers! Serve this filling, homey dish -- best made during the cold winter months -- with boiled potatoes, a pot of goodquality mustard and a loaf of crusty bread. 4 slices bacon, cut 1-inch pieces 1/4 cup water 1 large (12 ounces) onion, thinly sliced 2 McIntosh apples, each peeled, cut into quarters and thinly sliced 2 bags (16 ounces each) sauerkraut, rinsed 1 1/2 cups fruity white wine, such as Riesling 6 juniper berries, crushed 1 bay leaf 6 (4 ounces each) smoked pork chops, 1/2-inch thick 1 pound kielbasa (smoked Polish sausage) 1. In nonreactive 5-quart Dutch oven, combine bacon and water; cook over medium-low heat until bacon is lightly crisped, about 4 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until onion is tender and golden, about 7 minutes. 2. Add apples and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in sauerkraut, wine, juniper berries and bay leaf and heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes. 3. Nestle pork chops and kielbasa into cabbage mixture; cover and cook until pork is heated through and sauerkraut is tender, about 20 minutes. Discard bay leaf and serve. Makes 6 main-dish servings. ¥ Each serving: About 524 calories, 37g total fat (13g saturated), 106mg cholesterol, 3,151mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate, 27g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at recipefinder/. (c) 2013 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved  

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I can’t think of a better time of the year to travel to Mexico than in January. While harsh winter winds may be blowing back here in the Midwest, it’s nothing but blue skies and sunny days South of the Border. If we can’t travel in person, we can at least travel there in our kitchen! 1 purchased, refrigerated, unbaked 9-inch pie crust 2 (4-serving) packages sugar-free vanilla cook1 1/3 cups nonfat dry milk powde and-serve pudding mix r 2 1/2 cups water 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract 1/4 cup flaked coconut 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Place pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate and flute edges. 2. In a large saucepan, combine dry pudding mix, dry milk powder and water. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and starts to boil, stirring often. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut extract and 2 tablespoons coconut. Pour mixture into prepared piecrust. Evenly sprinkle cinnamon and remaining 2 tablespoons coconut over top. 3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Place pie plate on wire rack and let set for 30 minutes. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into 8 pieces. ¥ Each serving equals: 192 calories, 8g fat, 5g protein, 25g carb., 283mg sodium, 1g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Fat, 1/2 Fat-Free Milk.(c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.




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• Emma Carpenter, born in Wisconsin in 1853, moved to Montana with her family in 1864. Emma married a lawyer named George Cowan when she was 22. In 1872, Yellowstone became the world’s first national park. Emma and George decided to travel to the area to celebrate their 2nd wedding anniversary. At that time, Yellowstone was a wilderness area with only rough wagon trails. An expedition was mounted, consisting of Emma and George, several friends, and Emma’s older brother and younger sister. • It took several days of travel to reach the park. Along the way they heard disturbing news of Indian warfare. The Nez Perce tribe had been unceremoniously evicted from their tribal lands in Idaho by white settlers. They preferred to flee to Canada rather than settle on reservation lands. The army was summoned to force the tribe into subjugation. • Emma didn’t fear the Indians, and the trip went forward. They marveled at the geysers they found in Yellowstone. But then they encountered the Nez Perce Indians, who asked them for supplies. George refused to help them, and was rude. Emma advised him to hold his tongue. When one member of their party started to give the Indians some food, George angrily stopped the exchange. Finally, several warriors told them that they were officially being held hostage, but that they could earn their freedom by exchanging their fresh horses for the Indian’s worn-out horses. When George objected– against the advice of his wife– one of the warriors shot him. It was their second wedding anniversary, and Emma watched her husband fall. • Emma rushed to his side, finding he’d been shot in the leg. Another Indian shot him in the head. In the confusion, several members of the party escaped, while Emma, her sister, and her brother were taken prisoner. After traveling with the tribe for several days, a tribal council was held. The elders decided to let them go, giving them a few supplies.

• They soon ran into soldiers, who gave them provisions and went to find George’s body. Instead, they found George. After being shot twice, he blacked out. When he regained consciousness, he began crawling down the trail. A Nez Perce warrior found him and shot him a third time, this time striking him in the hip. Yet still he did not die. • When he was found, his rescuers gave him food and supplies, built him a fire, and went to get help. The campfire spread while he was sleeping, burning him badly– so now he had three bullet holes and third degree burns. When Emma received news of his survival, she took a carriage to meet him. The horses spooked while going around a hairpin turn and the carriage overturned, dumping George into a deep ravine. When George finally arrived in the town of Bozeman, a doctor was summoned. The moment the doctor sat on George’s bed, the bed collapsed to the ground. Emma said, “This sudden and unexpected fall, in his enfeebled state, nearly finished him.” • Emma nursed him back to health. They later had three children together. Emma’s brother wrote a book about their experiences. George died in 1926 at the age of 84, and Emma died in 1938, aged 85. The Nez Perce tribe were captured just a few miles short of the Canadian border, and spent the next eight years on a reservation in Oklahoma before being allowed to return to Idaho.

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Toilet Museums They’ve got museums dedicated to everything combining various noxious chemicals. • else on earth, so why not toilets too? The Gladstone Pottery Museum’s display of presewer system toilets is billed as “an immersive • In India, the Sulabh International Museum theatrical experience.” Visitors climb into a of Toilets in New Delhi exhibits all manner sewer pipe to view a video showing modern of potties. The museum follows the history sanitary engineers doing their work. There’s a of toilets dating back to 2,500 B.C. Find out hands-on interactive gallery which traces the about the first electric chamber pot, which predevelopment of the toilet with visitors invited to warmed the seat. See the medieval porta-potty do some flushing of their own. The collection of shaped like a treasure chest. There’s the French Victorian toilets is billed as the most complete commode disguised as a stack of books, each showcase of historic toilets on earth. There’s carrying the title of a literary classic. (Lift the also a gallery devoted to the development of the lid by opening up the volume on top.) You’ll bathroom, including the story of how color was find a replica of King Louis XIII’s throne, who introduced to bathroom fixtures. A highlight is had a commode installed under his throne so the avocado bathroom suite displaying green he didn’t need to be take bathroom breaks. porcelain first used in the 1960s. Wanna know Also displayed are modern toilets such as how astronauts go to the bathroom? Find out the microwave toilet which incinerates waste in an exhibit devoted to telling how people without using any water. If you want to find accomplish the feat in extreme environments. out about the technology, social customs, or Finally, toilets of the future are considered. etiquette of the toilet, this is the place for you. Waterless toilets? Composting potties? Toilets • Curators at the Gladstone Pottery Museum that check waste products to identify health in England opened an exhibit described as problems? The possibilities are discussed in a “celebration of the toilet” in 2001. The area detail. surrounding the museum has historically been a hub of pottery and ceramics, and many of the • In Wisconsin, the Madison Museum of Bathroom Tissue displayed a collection of toilet world’s toilet manufacturers are based in the paper from the time it opened in 1992 until area, making it the perfect spot for a museum it closed in 2000. Nearly 3,000 different rolls exhibit dedicated to the cause. The exhibit, collected from restrooms all over the world called “Flushed with Pride,” honors Thomas were shown, including TP swiped from such Crapper, a real-life plumber who improved notable places as Ellis Island, Caesar’s Palace, the design of several parts of the toilet but did the Alamo, and Graceland. Proudly presented not actually invent it. There are seven gallery were the “roll of the week” as well as a complete rooms displaying over 150 objects related to the history of T.P. from leaves to Sears catalog to toilet. It begins with a realistically re-created Charmin. There was the European Collection, pit toilet from an 1840s tenement slum, shared the African Shelf, and the Mexican Display. with realistically re-created pigs, complete The museum is now closed. The paperwork is with realistically re-created odors formed by in storage, awaiting a new home.


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Issue 9 Tidbits of the Foothills, the Neatest Paper Ever Read

Issue 9  

Issue 9 Tidbits of the Foothills, the Neatest Paper Ever Read