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THE I ADVENTURERS' CLUB "The Turn o/a Wheel" By FLOYD GIBBONS Famous Headline Hunter. HATEVER you might say about gambling, it takes nerve to do it. The best of the professional card sharks are men who can keep z poker face and never bat an eye When they're betting their last nickel. Yes, it takes plenty of nerve to gamble with your money --but it takes a doggone sight more courage to gamble with your life. I've got a yarn here from Adventurer William Joseph Brinkley, of Brooklyn, N. Y., and unless I'm no good at all at reading between the lines of a story, Bill Brlnkley is one of those lads who can keep a cool head nd figure out the odds even at moments when his life i:. In the greatest of peril, If Bill hadn't had that faculty he wouldn't be here collecting his ten tnd joining the Adventurers' club today. For back in 1915 fate tested out those iron nerves of his--and it was one of the most rigorous tests fate ever dished out .to a guy, at that. Iron nerve or no Iron nerve, Bill admits he was pretty scared when it hap pened. Maybe "pretty scared" isn't quite the expression for it either. When it was all over Bill's nerves felt more llke putty than iron. Bill Had a Prosaic Job Checking Freight Cars. It was down In the town o: Atlanta, Ga., where he was working as an inter- change clerk for the Central of Georgia railroad. Bill was Just a young lad then, and his Job consisted of checking up on cars that were to be switched from one line to another. It was during the June peach season and there was a lot of traffic on the line. The railroad yard was full el box cars and It kept both Bill and his partner Willie Baker, on the Jump most ot the time. The first job in Bill's routine was to get the seal numbers on the cars as soon as a traln entered the yard, Bill would get them on one side while his partner, Willie, got them on the other. They were sup- posed to wait for those trains at the break-up track, but sometimes they wopld wark out to meet them and ride In on the first car. That's what they were doing when Old Lady Adventure swooped down and got Bill In her clutches. They had walked out to meet the "'Special" and the Special was late that alght, so, without realizing it, they walked a little farther than they had Intend- ed. They met it quite a ways out of the yard when it was going at a pretty fast T He Threw His Body Over the Rail Just in Time clip. Willie caught the first car, b'.t Bill let three or four go by betm'e ae could make up his mind to Jump for it. He canght the fifth car, and since he was sup- posed to check the other side of the train, he started to climb over the top. But Falling Under a Train Isn't So Prosaic l But Old I,ady Adventure didn't ever Intend that Bill should get to the other side of that train. As he reached for the top grab-iron with his right hand the one he was holding with his left broke away from the side of the car. His body swung out from the side of the car and started to fall. As Bill fell he clutched at the top grab iron. He caught It, but hit weight broke the hold. His body twistedswung around between the cars. then, as he dropped, his left leg hit the draw head. He swung head downward and fell--under the train. "1 lay fiat on my back." says Bill, "and watched the bottoms of the ears whiz by only a few Inches from my face. The wheels ground past only a few inches from my body on either side. I lay for a moment utterly unable to move. Then my mind began to race. Underslung Hopper-Bottom Cars Meant Certain Death. "In a flash 1 had figured everything out. I had been lucky enough to land between the tracks--not on them. As long as I did not move t was perfectly safe unless--and there was the horrible posslbllity--unless there was a hopper- bottomed coal car in that train. The hoppers of those cars are only a few Inches from the tles. If one of them hit me I would be mangled--mashed to a pulp spread along a half mile of track." And there was a darned good possibility that not one but several of these hopper bottomed cars were in the train. In long trains like the one Bill was under it was he custom to put short, empty coal care between the refrigerator cars to cut down the side sway. Bill knew that. His mind was clicking on all four in his moment of periltaking in every consideration. There was just one way out--a perilous way--but something told Bill it was a Petter risk than waiting for one of those murderous hopper bottmps, lie began watching the wheels as they clicked by--gauging their speed and their distance. Courage Plus Quick Thinking Saved Bill's Life, Where two cars were coupled together the wheels were only about four feet apart, but between two wheels on the same ear there was a space of forty feet. If he could throw his body over the rail as the front wheel passed, and get across before the rear wheel hit hlmhe'd be safe. There was no time to lose, but Bill gauged those moving wheels carefully. He nerved himself and tensed every mu=Cle. Then, at a front wheel flashed by, he started to roll. tie nit the rail and started to go over. Would he get across In time? BIll dldnt know because his eyes were shut. He didn't dare look at the thing he was doing, l'hen, all at once, he felt himself go over the top of the rail. He opened his eyes and saw clear sky overhead. H,e had made It, "Then," says Bill, "came the reaction. I began trembling all over and ;lot sick as a dog. A,.d to this day the mere sight of a hopper-bet. tom coal car can give me a bad case of chills." @---W NU Service. Important GaldfiaJk Undoubtedly the most important Job Letd today by a school of goldfish is helping in the operation of the broad- casting station in Droitwleh, England. These 150 fish eat the algab that grow In the water-cooling system of the transmitter tubes and thereby prevent these aquatic plants from clogging the pipes. French Care ia Tree Top In the branches of a tall chestnut tree at Sceaux, near Paris, a restau- rant-care has been opened. Besting on the branches are the separate dlnlffg places, access to which Is gained by means of a winding staircase built around the trunk of the tree. The food is conveyed from the ground In baskets attached to ropes. PERKINS JOURNAL IIII The Thinker EHIND the invention is the in- ventor; behind ever,# discov- ery there Is the pioneer; behind each new thought there is the thinker. " ' tMnker is thus the ten! ruler 0f the world, lie initiates new ideas, is behind each great advance, and really It is he who determines the line along which mankind Is destined to advance. The thinkers are the world's real leaders; can we not say that they are the world's real rulers?--Rev. E. Neville Martin, M. A. Good names are gained by ex- emplary deeds. EGYPTIAN BEAUTY, BURIED 3800 B. C., REPORTED FOUND Perfectly preserved, nearly 6,000 years after burial, the slender body of a lovely princess of ancient Egypt has been discovered Intact reposing in a tomb under one of the Glzeh pyramids. The discovery was made by the Egyptian anthropologist, Prof. Sellm Hassan, The beautiful princess, who died 8800 B. C., was believed to have been a daughter of the great Pharaoh Chephren, who erected the second loftiest pyramid in Egypt. Costly and delicately carved pieces of Jewelry decorated the body of the princess. At her feet lay two heaps of gold. Working with Infinite patience, Professor Hassan toiled for 34 hours removing the mud on the mummy. The finely featured face of the princess, and her soft smooth neck were particularly well preserved. In an attitude more of graceful slumber than of death, the princess' body was reclining on its side. No Sooner Said George--I'd llke, the best In the world, Kitty, to marry you; but I don't know how to propose. Kitty--That's all right, George. You've finished with me; now go to father. Perhaps Q.--Why does a puss purr? A.--For an obvious purr-puss.- Washington Post. On High, Too "HI, miss! I reckon you took that corner at 60 miles an hour." "Really, officer. Good old mel  Room for Protest I tell you I won't have this room," protested the old lady to the bell. boy who was conducting her. ql ain't going to pay my good mone for a closet with a measly little tel@ lng bed la It. If you think that JuM because I'm from the cauntry--" Profoundly disgusted, the bo3' i her short. 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