PRICE 10 cents — only one measly thin dime
WINTER 1946-47 PACKET TWO OF POUCH ONE
From this pack you get:
HOW TO BE A DESERT RAT AND LIKE IT
Page 2 - DESERT RAT SCRAP BOOK - Winter, 1946-47
This paper is not entered as 2nd class mail. It's a first class newspaper.
Smallest newspaper in the world and the only 5 paged one.
Packet Two of Pouch One
Published at Fort Oliver 1000 Palms, California HARRY OLIVER OWNER PUBLISHER EDITOR AUTHOR ARTIST and DISTRIBUTOR
PICTURES ARE BY THE AUTHOR, MANY OF THEM ARE WOODCUTS - I did all but the spelling.
Most of this material, pictures and writing is copyrighted.
Permission to reprint from this newspaper is granted providing you mention the Editor, who is the publisher, once every inch of printed matter and the name of the paper every 1 1/2 inch and end by telling the world they can get a copy by sending a thin dime to the Desert Trader at 1000 Palms, California.
Anyone forgetting to do this might find a sidewinder in his bed.
This issue one half million printed - don't worry, I can use them for wrapping paper.
You will find this paper better than others for wrapping - It's Tough.
The newspaper that grows as you turn each page - excepting page 5.
This edition was printed at The Desert Barnacle, Coachella, Calif. Another all-for-the-desert publication.
BITS OF DESERT LIFE
Arizona's greatest need — about a hundred and fifty thousand more Republicans. (Brewery Gulch Gazette, Bisbee, Arizona.)
It is believe Gila Howard was the first white child orn in Arizona. He was born on the river boat Gila, on the Gila River.
The Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada reported genuine emeralds had been found in a mine near Rye Patch, Nevada.
SUCCESS STORY — A little lady over near Phoenix, Arizona, has made a marvelous success of a desert resort — — hard work and 30 years of generous alimony did it!
Think of working the graveyard shift in the Coffin Mine by Tombstone Flat, in the Funeral Range, near Poison Springs in Death Valley. J.R. Wilson of Salt Lake City said he did it.
Roman Hubbell of Gallup confirmed the birth of a colt, "looking like a donkey" to a mule owned by his brother, Lorenzo Hubbell, Indian Trader at Oraibi, Arizona.
Old Timer McRae who lives just west of Fort Oliver, says 7 out of 10 that get bit by rattle-snakes are bit by snakes that have been put in bags, boxes or cages.
Mrs. C.L. Jackson of Tulia, Texas, says she pried open the mouth of a snake she had killed and found inside a dead toad. She opened the toad's mouth, inside was a live bug.
Tombstone, Arizona, has the world's largest rose tree, over 65 years old, not the world's oldest rose tree, but the largest. 10 feet high, it covers an arbor of 3,000 square feet with hundreds of thousands of blossoms.
Dr. Carl Hazeltine of San Jose State College proves tarantula bit trifling. Only reaction, he reported, was that the index finger of his hand, where the tarantula stung him, felt cold and numbed for a few hours afterwards.
S.C. (Tiny) Perry, of 1000 Palms, says today folks are soft, they have drug store medicine for every scratch. The only antiseptic in pioneer days was turpentine or tobacco juice —. Tiny took care of a sidewinder bite with tobacco juice last month.
MEDICINE TO WEARY BONES
This Desert Rat Scrap Book is planned to bring to you the Lore of our great desert, from Eastern Oregon south to Mexico, from California east on into Texas. This great arid area has a wealth of Desert Folklore, humor, tall tales, wit and banter. It's [sic] search has been my hobby for years.
In filling these pages four times a year the Editor hopes to live up to this line, from one of the many letters received after the first edition was printed:
"Your humor is refreshing in its decency and as American as apple pie and cheese."
117 In The Shade
This is Packet two, Pouch One — are you tired of? — No. so and so of Vol. No. so and so? I am, — you see you can't bind this Desert Rat Scrap Book — the way it folds won't let you. So, alone about the summer of 1949, I hope to get out a nice Pouch to hold 12 copies, or Packets, as I call them. I will think it over the next couple of hot summers. It should be touch so as to keep the packets in good shape, water tight, fireproof and have a draw string. I will brin this up again in 1949. If you have any ideas on this send them to me sometime in the Fall of 1948 — if you can't wait, send them on, in a letter marked 'don't open till Fall of 1948.'
If you keep these packets, alog about 1949 you will have about all the Desert Rat Stories there are — you will probably have some of the stories two or three times.
As to that 117 in the shade — you know, you don't have to stay in the shade all the time.
RATS IS RATS
The Desert Rat is to the desert what the man about town is to the metropolis. The only difference is the possibility that the man about town might really be a rat.
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Antelope kill ratlesnakes.
All smart mice have AELUROPHOBIA, (which is fear of cats).
A genius is much harder to get along with than just an ordinary fool.
The Kangaroo Rat is so-called because it hops about on its hind feet.
One of the great compensations of old age is that you can do as you please.
To produce a bushel of ear corn in the desert requires about 15 tons of water.
Some spiders can live 5 years without eating and show no ill effects from lack of food.
Carson City, Nevada's capital, is the smallest State Capital in the U.S. — 2,500 population.
Wild tobacco that the early desert Indians smoked smelt like burning tarred hemp rope.
An honest Desert Rat is a masterpiece of God — says an old ballad — What, no tall tales?
Kellog, Idaho, folks claim their richest mine, The Bunker Hill, was discovered by a burro.
It is estimated that more than 5,000 antelope are ranging in Modoc and Lassen County, California.
Lightning has traveled down a lode of ore and shocked miners working at a depth of a thousand feet.
Duck hunters, that is, old timers, asl where are hte [sic] bread dates of years ago. Date shops don't have them.
Conditions on the planet Venus are so nearly like those on earth [sic] that the two planets are spoken of as sisters.
The Indian on the "Buffalo Nickel" was modeled by Chief Two-Gun White Calf of the Glacier Park Indian Reservation.
The black widow spider is so called because she spends most of her life as a widow. She eats her husband soon after the wedding.
There are 40 billion stars in our universe, and our universe is only one of 75 million. (Which should give you an idea of how important you are.)
The highest air temperature ever measured on earth occurred in Tripoli during the summer of 1922, when the temperature was 136.4 degrees above.
Old Desert Rat Steve (here long before air conditioning) Ragsdale can remember way back when it was all right to be a Republican.
Indians prefer black hats, because they acquired the habit of wearing black hats when the Union Army gave them their extra hats after the war between the States.
DESERT BURGLAR ALARM
Dry Camp Blackie has a new invention, a rattlesnake burglar alarm, the rattles are on springs and buzz if you don't know your way around Blackie's place.
Dry Camp Blackie won't read Los Angeles papers anymore — calls Los Angeles the home of Muscatel Murders — says out here in the desert we drink whiskey and if we kill a man we just kill him. Says those low-down Muscatel drinkin' loafers of the city of the angels want to kill women and ain't satisfied till they cut'em to pieces.
DESERT ROUGH CUTS
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The Newspaper That Grows As You Turn Each Page Excepting Page 5
DESERT RAT SCRAP BOOK
Mr. Dart, writing in THE WESTERN TRADER (2003 59th Strete [sic], Sacramento, 17, California — 15¢ per copy) gives this interesting picture of GOLDFIELD today.
Winter 1946-47 DESERT RAT SCRAP BOOK Page 5
OLIVER TWISTS. . . Pekinese devour more wild burros than mountain lions. (—Canned Burro)
Some people are just naturally intelligent and others have whiskers.
Port Mecca, of Salton Sink, is famous for its quiet Sundays that sometimes last 7 days.
The prickly pear, known also as the Indian fig, is neither a pear nor a fig, but a cactus.
Want to know how it feels to have a butterfly stomach? Just swallow a Mexican jumping bean.
The skunk is a dainty animal. Yea, as dainty as your cleanest house cat, that is, with the lesser smells.
A Nevada paper says the moonlight in that State is so bright that the owls are dying of insomnia.
A Palm Springs poet is doing well. He sent a New York magazine three poems, and they sent him back five.
The American Indian has never had a substitute for liquor; most all primitive races in other parts of the world have.
With sand as far as eye can see my youngest grandchild nagged me for a sand-box till she got one — (it has no bottom).
A prospector advertising for a wife in the Brewery Gulch Gazette specified that her hand must be small enough to go inside a No. 2 lamp chimney.
Wesley J. Herring, sprightly 98-year-old mine president of Wardner, Idaho, denies he has always been a miner. "Just the last 70 years," he says.
Even if the fellow that gets talked into buying mining stock should lose everything, his dreams and enthusiasm for the first few weeks are well worth the cost.
The largest bird that flies today is the California Condor. It's [sic] wingspread is ten feet. It could fly to Florida in exactly — — — what's the use? It don't want to go to Florida.
Cats keep snakes away from desert ranches. Few cats kill snakes, but they eat the same food as the snake, making it poor hunting for Mr. Snake, who moves on.
Have just discovered in reading Samuel Charlse [sic] Webster's new book that Mark Twain and I were quite alike in some ways. Mark was the world's worst man of business.
At dusk during the summer, 3,000,000 bats swoop out of the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico to forage for food. In one night they consume about twelve tons of beetles and other pests.
Two Lost Pegleg Mines, Two Pegleg Smiths, so Howard D. Clark tells us in his new book "Lost Mines of the Old West." (Ghost Town Press 50¢.) He doesn't tell if they each lost the same leg, but it's a good book.