Archive for July 16th, 2010

Turtle Trouble

July 16, 2010


Causes Asphyxiation of Poultry and Pigs by Biting a Gas Pipe

South Norwalk, Conn., July 29. — A snapping turtle weighing forty pounds cost the lives of 100 chickens and three pigs in Herman Jacobs’ barn at Roton Point. Incidentally two of Jacobs’ farmhands were made ill by inhaling illuminating gas.

After a hard fight Jacobs captured the turtle in a swamp a few days ago. He chained it to a stake in his back yard and started to fatten it, intending to invite his friends to a turtle supper.

The turtle got loose yesterday and crawled into the model barn, which contains a gas plant. Without the slightest apparent inconvenience to itself the turtle snapped off a gas pipe.

The gas, escaping in large quantities, soon filled the barn. In the barn are a hennery and piggery; the unfortunate chickens and pigs were asphyxiated quickly; the farm hands, looking for the leak, inhaled much gas.

Jacobs will continue to fatten the turtle and finally will serve it to his friends if only for vengeance sake.

Portsmouth Herald (Portsmouth, New Hampshire) Jul 29, 1910


New Jersey Bather Recaptures Pet That Wandered Away Several Years Ago.

Upper Montville, N.J. — A snapping turtle that Hilliard Throckmorton had lost 22 years ago returned to him when he was bathing in Green pond. He long had mourned his loss, but he mourned its return still more.

Throckmorton was having his daily swim when suddenly a toe of his left foot was caught and held. He tried to shake off his new attachment, but it refused to let go. He swam to the shore, almost fainting from pain and exertion.

A cold chisel and a poker were necessary to make the snapper let go. Then the following inscription was found carved on the shell: “H.T., 1888.”

“Why,” gasped Throckmorton, “I made that on a pet turtle when I was fifteen years old.”

The Humeston New Era (Humeston, Iowa) Aug 3, 1910

Sally Poll the Clothespin Doll

July 16, 2010

The Nicest One.

I’ve got the dearest dolly,
and her name is Sally Poll.
She used to be a clothespin
‘Fore she got to be a doll.

Aunt Maggie made her for me
When I had the whooping cough,
And she marked her face with charcoal,
But it’s almost all come off.

Her dress is only gingham,
And she hasn’t any hair.
She ain’t a truly beauty,
But I tell her not to care.

For I’ve got a great big family
Of dollies, large and small,
And Sally Polly Clothespin is
The nicest doll of all.

— Gladys Hyatt in American Agriculturist.

Cambridge City Tribune (Cambridge City, Indiana) Dec 23, 1897


Two stately little ladies these, as ever you have known,
With petticoats so very stiff that they can stand alone.
Each has a smiling face upon her wooden head,
A dainty cap adoring each, with frills, and ribbon red.
Their gown, all made of scarlet silk, are beautiful to see;
Aunt Lou dressed them for Marjorie, when she was only three.
At night, the ladies are undressed, and each is then arrayed
In nightgown white, with cap and cape, and on the pillow laid.
When Marjorie jumps into bed, she takes them in her arms,
And hugs them tight to keep them safe from the dark’s alarms.
On birthdays, and at Christmas time, all kinds of dolls she gets;
But these, her little clothespin dolls, are still her dearest pets.

Title: Our Young People
Authors: St. John’s Institute for Deaf-Mutes, St. John’s School for the Deaf
Publisher: Young People Co., 1916
(Google book LINK)

The Our Canadian Girl website has easy-to-follow instructions (with pictures) for making a clothespin doll.

These instructions came from a magazine page posted by blueprairie on Flickr.

The pattern pieces: