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��A Curious Finger Print. How Did the Letters Get There?

���Transplanting Wild Animals to Stock the National Parks

��THE photograph on the right shows a finger print taken of a recruit to the National Guards, mustered into the Federal service. Part of the examination of each recruit consists in the making of an impression of the ball of the fore finger on a special blank prepared ;:fi"...T.1^.f ""'"■'""" plentiful to others where, so far

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��THE United States is carrying on a very interesting work in exchanging the wild animals of one region for those of others — trans- planting elk and deer and Rocky Mountain bighorns from regions in

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��for the pur- pose. The re- cruit signs the blank and affixes his seal in the form of a finger print. When the attention of James De- chene, the re- c r u i t in question, was called to the impression which he had made, he was as much sur- prised as the examiners at the raised letters shown. His occupation had been that of a tool dresser for oil well operators, before he enlisted. The tools which he handled were large, and the end which he would naturally hold was always cool or cold, so that there seemed no explanation as to how he received the lettering on his finger nor as to what the word was of which they formed a part. He could not remember having received any burn or handling any heated stamped metal.

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��The letters U O P L E stood out in bold relief on the recruit's finger print, though what they meant he did not know

��known, they have not lived. Some of the animals are being shipped long distances.

Wvoming is full Jf elk; the herds in the Jackson Hole country are the largest of any of North American wild animals since the days of the countless buffalos. But the big Yosemite National Park of California, with its three quarters of a million acres, until recently had no elk, or at least only a very few scattered specimens. But the elk shipped in from Wyoming have become very much at home and are breeding and multiplying rapidly, adding to the charm and picturesqueness of this popular national playground. The photograph shows a carload of yearling elk shipped by the Government from Jackson Hole down into Colorado.

���A carload of yearling elk shipp)ed b> luc Ciuvt:iiiiii(.iii iiom jacKson Hole, Wvoming, mto Colorado. They are lying over for a few days at the Denver stockyards for' the sake of exercise

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