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La Verne, Calif. — “All for one and one for all,” the motto of the famous Three Musketeers, found a parallel in the lives of three orphans who live on a ranch near here.

After the death of their mother more than a year ago, Sidney, Harry and Albert Lane, aged 8, 12 and 13, carried on alone at the family ranch in Pine Canyon.

They shared the work, shared their food and traveled five miles to school each day. Then one day there was little food left. The boys became so weak they were unable to go to school.

L.G. Smith of the country forestry department, in charge of the Pine Canyon station, found the boys. He told neighbors of their condition and food was supplied them.

Now people have taken an interest in the three boys and indications are that their lives will be brighter than they have for the past few months.

Delphos Herald,

Oct. 25, 1928


Ten Year Old

is Six Feet Tall

Alton, Ill. — Robert Wadlow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wadlow, at 10 years of age is six feet tall and weighs 211 pounds.

Four physicians who examined him predicted that his average growth of four inches a year will continue until he is approximately 9 feet tall. They based their predictions on the size of Robert’s feet, which now measure 15 1/2 inches from heel to toe when out of his $30-a-pair triple E size 21 shoes, explaining that a rapidly-growing boy’s feet outdistance their owners height early and t hen waited for the rest of the body to catch up.

An overzealous pituitary gland is credited with the responsibility for Robert’s upspringing. The boy’s mother and father are of normal size as are Robert’s three brothers and sisters.

Delphos Herald,

Oct. 25, 1928


Find Signs of

Electric Lamps in

Ancient Egypt

Munich — That electricity must have been known to the ancients has been many times asserted, but now comes forward, an electrician at Munich, one Stadleman, who has been in times past an archaeologist, to assert that he found in Egypt, in buried walls, indications of the use of electric lamps. He claims that Moses brought electricity from Egypt and that there are biblical paragraphs which will bear him out in his statement that lightning rods were in use in the temple at Jerusalem. Stadelman believes that the serpent of bronze of Moses was nothing more nor less than an ordinary lightning rod such as is in use today.

He points out further that the ark of the covenant, made as it was of wood and adorned inside and out with gold, constituted a veritable leyden jar which communicated with a lightning rod on the roof, and that it was so arranged that, under certain conditions it could be charged with electric fluid and produce the death of any ignorant person daring to enter the sacred precincts of the ark without necessary precautions.

Delphos Herald,

Oct. 25, 1928


Improvements Along

Clover Leaf

Extensive improvements are being made by the Nickel Plate along their tracks west of Delphos. Working west from this city toward Landeck, two gangs of men are installing new ties. New crushed stone ballast is also being put in wherever the new ties and rails are laid.

The two rings of laborers total eighty men. They are making their headquarters in Delphos and are living in eight cars which the company has brought here for that purpose.

The Western Union is also making improvements along the Clover Leaf. A gang of ten Western Union men is engaged in reconstructing the lines of that company along the Clover Leaf railroad. These men also are being housed in cars here, three Western Union cars having been brought to Delphos for their use.

Delphos Herald,

Oct. 25, 1928


Senate Bill Proposal

Might Put Local Concerns

Out of Business

A number of Delphos shippers are concerned over a bill which is now being considered in committee in the state senate and it is likely that a number of protests will be made from Delphos against the passage of the bill.

This proposed law, known a s Senate Bill 152, provides that the railroads shall pay one half of all cost of condemnation and the full cost of removing obstacles to the view at grade crossings; also that no cars shall be allowed the stand on sidings within 300 feet of grade crossings.

It is pointed out that, if this bill is passed, it will practically put out of business, many concerns in Delphos, as also in all other small towns and cities in the country.

It would make it practically impossible to set a car for loading at most of the industrial plants of Delphos. Coal dealers, grain elevators, poultry and produce concerns and many others would find it impossible under the proposed law to have cars set in along their places of business and would be forced out of business.

Delphos Herald,

Mar. 23, 1927


Magazine Article

Tells Experience of

Delphos Man

The April number of the American Magazine contains an interesting account of balloon flights in which a former Delphos man participated.

The story is written around the activities of the balloon pilot Van Orman and his aid Walter W. Morton, who was born and reared just east of Delphos and is a graduate of Delphos High School.

Many incidents of their various flights are related in the article. A picture of Van Orman and Morton is also included.

Delphos Herald,

Mar. 25, 1927


Three Indians Will

Try to Break Record

San Antonio, Tex. — Pounding barefoot over 82 miles of concrete, gravel and pasture, three Tarahumara Indians today will leave here in this first recognized attempt to shatter the 82-mile record in 45 years.

The three, Thomas Zafiro, 38, Jos Torres, 24 and Augustin Salado will leave here this morning, bells attached to their belts, jingling a merry accompaniment to the solid pat of their feet on the pavement. They expect to reach the university of Texas some time late today.

Delphos Herald,

Mar. 25, 1927


Rare Book of

Spanish Monk

Efforts are being made to purchase from its owners in Spain, a copy of a rare volume by a Spanish monk of the latter part of the 17th century in which a remarkable study of the possibility of flying is provided. It was 250 years ago that Antonio de la Pella wrote his “El Ente Dalucidado,” beautifully illustrated and illuminated by hand.

The majority of its chapters however, dealt with subjects of such little interest that few ever took the trouble to reach the portion which may be said to give to Spain, the right to claim the title of the “Discoverer of Modern Aviation.”

There is so close an analogy between the Spanish monk’s theories and the practice of today that French group interested in the subject is said to have offered 75,000 francs for the only copy of the volume.

Delphos Herald,

Oct. 24, 1928


Delphos Kiwanis Asking

For Canal Improvements

The Delphos Kiwanis Club is asking the state to make further improvements along the Miami & Erie Canal in this city.

A letter was addressed to W.J. Alexander, canal superintendent, by Dr. D.J. Clark, secretary of the Kiwanis Club, Thursday, asking him to use his influence with the state department of public works for additional improvements.

The Kiwanians are urging that an appropriation be made by the state for the extension of the concrete retaining walls which were erected during the past summer on both banks of the canal between Second and Third streets and on the west side from Third street to the old lock a short distance north of that street.

It is urged that these walls, on both sides of the canal, be extended south by Second street to First street.

The Kiwanians are asking that a cement pavement be constructed in the alleyway on the east bank of the canal between Second and Third streets.

Delphos Herald,

Oct. 26, 1928



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