The Lampasas Daily Leader (Lampasas, Tex.), Vol. 30, No. 270, Ed. 1 Friday, January 19, 1934 Page: 2 of 4
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THE LAMPASAS LEADED
Biggest Derricks for Biggest Bridge
Work on the Golden Gate, bridge at San Francisco is progressing rapidly.
For the construction of this, the largest span in the world, the largest derricks
ever used are doing the lifting work in the erection of the Marin tower.
Will Make Washington’s
First Battlefield a Park
Patriotic Society Preserves
Washington.—Deep in the forests of
Laurel Ridge, a mountain of south-
western Pennsylvania, a young Vir-
ginia lieutenant-colonel and his troops,
and a young French ensign and his
patrol, exchanged the first volley in a
war that changed the map of the
world to almost as great an extent
as the shots fired at Sarajevo, Servia,
The Virginia lieutenant-colonel- was
George Washington, and the French-
man, Coulon de Jumonville. The lat-
ter was killed in this, the first en-
gagement of the French and Indian
war, known abroad later as the Seven
Recently title to four and a half
acres of land where the battle took
place was obtained by a Pennsylvania
patriotic organization, which will pre-
serve the ground and Jumonville’s
grave as a historic monument.
Begin Fort Duquesne.
In a communication to the National
Geographic society Dr. William Jos-
eph Showalter describes this earliest
of all Washington’s military cam-
paigns, and the first conflict at arms
between the French and the English
for the possession of the Mississippi
i '“Only ten weeks after Washington’s
first scouting trip into the Ohio val-
ley region, during the winter of 1753-
54, he was again headed for the dis-
trict between the present cities of
Cumberland and Pittsburgh,” Doctor
Showalter writes. “The French had
occupied the forks of the Ohio and
were engaged in building a fort (Fort
Duquesne) there, in the identical spot
he had observed several months be-
“Washington undertook to build a
road from what is now Mount Brad-
dock south of Connellsville, to Browns-
ville, on the Monongahela, and to
widen the trail between Cumberland
and Mount Braddoclc.
“He also explored the Youghio-
gheny for about thirty miles, in the
hope of finding a waterway open down
the river to the forks of the Ohio. But
the Chiopyle falls turned him back.
He then concentrated his men at the
Great Meadows to erect a fort there.
Col. Joshua Fry, the commander of
the regiment, having died of a fall
from his horse on May 31, Washing-
ton assumed command.
“Things happened on this trip. The
Indians who wanted to be loyal were
alarmed at the weakness of the Eng-
lish and at the strength of the French.
Jumonville leading a small party of
French troops, was discovered trying
to ambush the Virginia soldiers.
Washington Leads Attack.
"With the support of the Seneca In-
dian chief, Half-King, Washington at-
tacked this force on top of Laurel
Ridge* to the west-of the Great Mead-
ows. Here Jumonville was killed.
The French afterward asserted he was
carrying a message to the Virginia
troops and not acting in a military ca-
pacity ; which claim Washington, with
unusual vigor, denounced.
“There followed now war councils,
Indian powwows, wampum exchanges,
and finally news of the approach of a
strong French force. It seemed wise
to retreat to the Great Meadows and
occupy Fort Necessity.
“Supplies failed to arrive, and when
the French opened fire it was plain
that surrender was inevitable. The
defense lasted until about eight
o’clock in the evening, the attack hav-
ing begun an hour before noon. Then
a parley was held, and Washington
was given his choice of surrendering
as a prisoner of war, or marching
out with flags flying and drums beat-
ing but leaving his artillery to be de-
“As one stands by the old brick tav-
ern near Farmington, on the Old Na-
tional Trail east of Laurel Ridge, and
looks down by the creek where the re-
constructed log stockade, Fort Neces-
sity, now stands, it Is easy to imagine
what his capitulation to the French
on that third day of July, 1754, cost
“He returned to Williamsburg dis-
heartened, but the house of burgesses
passed a resolution of which he wrote,
‘Nothing could give me and the offi-
cers under my command greater satis-
faction than to receive the thanks of
the house of burgesses, in so particu-
lar and public a manner, for our be-
havior in the late unsuccessful en-
gagements with the French!’
“The scene of the Jumonville en-
gagement can easily be'reached today
by U. Sy Route 40 (the Old National
Trail). About five miles east of Union-
town, Pa., on the summit of Laurel
Ridge, a side road leads north from
U. S. 40 to the battlefield, which is
marked by several tablets and monu-
ments. Reconstructed Fort Necessity
stands a few miles farther east on U.
S. Route 40. An old mansion standing
near the rebuilt log stockade has been
converted into a museum of Revolu-
Heavenly Visitor Tore Hole
Mile Wide in Arizona.
Tucson, Ariz.—A huge fireball which
hurtled through space at a speed of
unknown thousands of miles an hour
centuries ago to unearth near Winslow,
Ariz., the largest crater of its kind in
the world is believed to have been
located, it was announced here by
Robert E. Hineman, research investi-
gator for the Arizona bureau of mines
at the University of Arizona.
In a report filed with Dr. G. M.
Butler, bureau director, Hineman said
that two shafts which had been sunk
into the vast basin of earth had struck
fragments of a meteor which were so
dense that further digging was impos-
sible. He declared that this “seems
to prove that the main body of the
meteor is not far below.”
After more than a quarter of a
century of scientific controversy, in
which many noted scholars figured,
this is the first time that definite
proof has been found that a meteor
caused the great abyss which stretched
almost a mile in diameter from rim to
rim and sinks to a depth of 600 feet.
Besides the meteor hypothesis, savants
had held that the yawning pit might
have been caused by a steam explo-
sion or a volcanic eruption.
“A geographical survey, using mod-
ern Instruments, was made some time
ago,” Hineman said. This located
a highly magnetic and conductive
mass at a depth of approximately 700
feet below the crater floor.
“Since then, a drilling program has
been carried on. One hole has hit
meteoric fragments at 414 feet and
continued in them until at a depth of
675 feet the material became so con-
centrated as to prevent further drill-
ing. Another hole encountered frag-
ments at 500 feet and continued to
This is the second largest meteor
Sailor Must Prove
That He Was Born
Chester, Pa.—Unless Michael
Woodfield of Chester can prove
shortly that he actually was born,
he will be listed as a man without
He has been in jail at Modelo
prison, Barcelona, Spain, and is
scheduled for deportation to
France. American authorities said
they were powerless to aid him
because he can produce neither a
passport nor a birth certificate.
Woodfield, a sailor, claims he
was born in Delaware county, but
search of the records failed to re-
veal a birth certificate.
Wax Casts Are Help to
Cops in Shooting Cases
Milwaukee.—Milwaukee’s police de-
partment has adopted a new method in
criminal investigation whereby a per-
son who has fired a gun can be de-
tected by chemical analysis of a wax
cast of their hands.
The idea was adopted following a
visit made to the city by Teodoro Gon-
zales, assistant director of the bureau
of criminal investigation, Mexico City.
The basis of the test is that the dis-
charge of a shell leaves microscopic
particles of powder on the skin of the
hands. Melted paraffin is poured over
the hand of the suspected person, re-
moved when hard and subjected to
chemical analysis. If the hand on
which the mold is taken has fired a
gun, traces of the nitrate base of pow-
der will show up in the analysis.
Police Chief Jacob G. Laubenheiiner
became interested and conducted a
number of tests. Four officers . were
sent to the police target practice room,
with instructions that one of them was
to fire his gun. In each case the iden-
tity of the officer that fired the gun
was established after casts taken of
their hands had been analyzed.
The method is expected to prove par-
ticularly valuable in cases of question,
Washington Dog Is an
Edmonds, Wash.—This city claims
to have one of the smartest dogs in
Princess, a thoroughbred English
setter, owned by Edwar L. Blake, can
add, divide, subtract, read dates, tell
time, read license numbers and answer
almost any question. One bark means
no and two means yes.
Here are typical bits of conversation
Blake held with her:
“How old are jou?” Twelve barks.
“What time is it?” Four barks.
“What day is this?” She barks the
“What is a third of this number?”
“A half?” “A fourth?” (All correct.)
Showing there is no trick to her an-
swers, the owner turned his back and
walked while reporters questioned the
dog to their satisfaction.
Flying Fish Now Reality,
but They Fly by Plane
■Chicago.—Flying fish are now a
reality but they are flying through the
air on 736-mile hops these days.
United Air Lines reports that each day
the express compartments of its New
York-Chicago planes carry Atlantic
ocean lobsters, which are flown to Chi-
cago in five hours, and served for din-
ner the same evening.
Rainbow trout from hatcheries near
Denver, Colo., are coming into New
York by air. Fish caught in Colorado
mountain streams in the early morn-
ing are in New York that night.
ball to have been found in the United
States. Twelve years ago, scientists
uncovered a mass of meteoric iron
near Odessa, Texas.
The Winslow crater is the most
extensive yet discovered on the globe,
being rivaled only by one at Webar,
Arabia, and Tanguska, Siberia.
Gar Weighed 147 Pound*
Brownsville, Texas.—C. Galbert be-
lieves he holds a record of some sort.
After two years of angling for a huge
fish in a lake near his home, Galbert
landed a 7%-foot gar which weighed
NOTRE DAME COACH
ffimer Layden, who Wus one of the
famous “Four Horsemen” of Notre
Dame university, Indiana, in 1924, has
been employed by that institution as
coach to supplant Heartly Anderson.
Layden has recently been coach of
the successful football team of
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“Things are different from what
they used to be.”
“What’s the matter now?”
“My daughter tells me that her hus-
band complains that she doesn’t serve
the same canned goods his mother
used to have.”
She—Oh, there goes Kate Brown!
Isn’t she lovely? 1 wish I were half
as good looking.
He—Oh, but you are.
City Visitor (\vno finds himself in
same field with bull)—I say, is that
ferocious looking animal safe?
Farmer—Wal, he’s a lot safer than
Mrs. Scrapp—Statistics show that
married men live longer than single
Mr. Scrapp—Yes, and it serves them
“It seems to me that neither foot-
ball players nor their critics have
much on one another.”
^Because one Is a body of kickers
and the other of knockers.”
He’ll Save Her
“This girl he’s marrying can swim,
dance, sing, ride, drive a car and pilot
“Oh, well, he’s a good cook.”
“I suppose you did the town when
you were in New York?”
“No, just the reverse—New York
ONLY SKIN DEEP
“Going on your annual hunting trip
“No. I got my fill of, bloodshed kill-
ing mosquitoes last summer.”
Artist—Treat that picture carefully
—the paint is not quite dry.
Furniture Mover—That does not
matter—I am wearing overalls.
Here’s what’s next.
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The Lampasas Daily Leader (Lampasas, Tex.), Vol. 30, No. 270, Ed. 1 Friday, January 19, 1934, newspaper, January 19, 1934; Lampasas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth897792/m1/2/: accessed February 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Lampasas Public Library.