National Geographic : 1950 Jul
The National Geographic Magazine Harry T. Tubbs Every Day This Dog and Cat Meet the Streamliner to Get a Free Meal Sometimes other four-footed friends join them at the Owego, New York, railway station when the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western's crack Diesel pulls in and the diner cook throws out scraps for his pets. of Indian arrowheads. "I found most of these while plowing in the field next to where you camped last night," he announced. He pulled out box after box of classified and mounted arrowheads and other relics-about 400 pieces in all. "Lots of them I found this year." "I thought most arrowheads had been picked up years ago," Don said. "No. If Art Foote plowed his pasture, you'd probably find dozens right underneath where you were sleeping last night." This statement made us feel closer to the Indians than any number of historical markers. We learned that Susquehanna folk are fully conscious of their Indian heritage. Every village has its Indian authority and arrowhead collector. We joined their ranks-in looking, if not in finding. Next day at Bainbridge, however, Alex "found" an arrowhead. It was attached to a "bon voyage" message posted on shore from National Geographic Society member Earl K. Stillman. The letter described the relic as "one of several I have uncovered while spading garden. Perhaps it was made by one of the red men whose trail you now follow. Who knows?" A Dream Come True Halfway to Afton, we came upon the hide away of Frank Ball, who, in retirement, enjoys a boyhood dream. He owns an island. When he has business on the mainland, he shoots through the air on a two-way gravity-pulled cable car of his own invention (page 75). While giving us a ride, he waved at a passing Delaware and Hudson engineer and got a wave and whistle in response. "Used to work every trick on that line, mostly conductor," he said. "All the boys know me." He pulled out his watch. "That'd be Charlie. Right on time, too." Shooting over three broken dams was that day's canoeing high point. Just below the third one we pitched camp near Ouaquaga, Indian center and one of Clinton's campsites.