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MIN BLATCHFOID. civil
eng;ine"r, sat out :n the
Q J O Oen, wiith his eyes resting
reteetively on a round in
Otg strtmnlt. with figures en
6l'.g :, and a needle. It resemble!
an aneroid taroneter. but it was not.
It was a )2culiar air :luge. a tCOttish
invention. and Blatchurri had not scei
one of the kind s:nee he had heiped
build the great bridge at Chepulte-)ee.
in Mexico. Then he was a subor 1in
ate assistant; now. at eighty-and
ttwenty, he ztas engineer of the Mar
bury Tunui, under the river of that
name. just outside the important
mnanufacturing town of Belchester.
Blatchford's recoiiectioiis of tropical
ChepuItepee. although doubtless excit
ing, were. however, suddenly interrupt
ed by the advent of a young girl,
whose footsteps he had not heard. and
who now stood timidly before him.
The young engineer was on his feet
in an instant. He had a very gallant
bearing with women-irrespective of
class-'ut l:e was particularly attel
tive if tiiy happened to be pretty wo
"Did you wish to see me?" he asked,
'Jh, r.o. sir:" faltered the girl; "I
thought-that is-I came with a mes
"One of the men, perhaps?"
"You have a brother working down
in the air chamber?"
The girl blushed. "Not a brother-a
"Ah! Well, the men will be up short
ly for dinner. You had better wait.
You see, we are rather short-handed
at present, and I am obliged to tend
the garge myself. Sit here and wait."
She seated herself, looking very
pretty, Blatchford thought, with her
neat, simple attire and thick auburn
tresses; and the very first thing that
caught her eye was the clock-faced ob
ject which Blatchford had called the
"gauge." He saw her glance riveted
upon it, and good-naturedly undertook
to explain that it registered the
amount and pressure of air in the
'working chamber far beneath the
river, where, at that moment, seven
stalwart men toiled at the tunnel.
"Is it very dangerous?" she asked.
"What-the work? Well, that de
pends. You see, air seems innocent
enough, but it is a power not to he
trifled with. Eveyy. man down at the
bottom 'of this shaft is working a-: a
pressure of thirty-five pounds to every
square inch of him. It is almost like
el being hugged by a bear. When I press
this lever-this way-more air is forced
down." He touched one of the levers
just below the gauge and pointed to
the needle. "There, you see, it is now
thirty-six, thirty-seven, thirty-eight,
thirty-nine pounds to tne square Inch;
and by a mere touen oZ my finger it
tould be forced higher-even 'up 'a
sixty-five. This is ,almost strong
enough to crush a man."
"How wonderful that mere air
should be so strong!" exclaimed the
.girl. "But what is the use of it-this
"Use? Why, we harness it and make
it wore. It helps us dig our tunnel
under the river, by forcing out the
water and mud. Then, besides, it is
f?or the workmen to breathe. But,
hello! why are you so pale?"
Kate Maxwell smiled nervously, dis
playing twin rows of perfect teeth.
"Oh, nothing. Only I was thinking
it must be very terribLe to wvork- down
.there. Suppose something was to go
wrong with the air-pipes, and they
were to get too much or too little air?"
Blatchford, who, young as he was,
was familiar with death and danger,
shrugged his shoulders.
'We must take risks in every trade.
If the men got too little air, the river
eor part of it-would pour in and drown
them; if they got too much and there
was no way for it to escape, it would
crush them. But, after all, it is little
likely that either of these terrible
things 'could happen, because, you see,
-it is so carefully reg.lated and the
-gauge is so accurate and reliable.
Anyone of intelligence could keep the
supply at thirty-five pounds, which is
as much as a man ought to stand."
He pulled out his watch and looked
at the time.
"Hello!" he ejaculated, -in surprise,
"the men are late in coming up to
The girl shuddered at his words and
cast an ominous glance at the great
iron door which barred the entrance
to the air lock and led to the working
chamber, as it was called, under the
"Robert!" formed itself involuntar
ily on her lips.
Although n'one knew it, Kate Max
well's unaccounrtable misgivings were
not without justification. Even as the
pair had been talking, seventy fedt be
low where they stood, a terrible sceneO
was being enacted. It had be?a a
struggle for life in the dar'kness and
oppressed atmosphere of the .subter
r-anean air chamber. and her lover,
1iobert Leslie, v:as one of the actors.
A feud had for sonme ine exisied ibe
twveen young Leslie and another of
the pressure-workers. Ed.ward Dart,
and this feud, of which Kate Maxwell
was the hapless origin, had of late, for
somie cause or other, increased, at
least on Dart's side, to great intensity.
Dart had always borne a good r'epu
tation in' Belchester, and was the sole
support of a widowed mother; but his
temper was rtone of the best, and it
was known that he could be vindic
tive. it was x'umtored that his atten
tionxs to rate had exte-ided over xi
cou:pie of years. and had never beer
discouraged until the tiaxeu-haired
Leslic' rppeared on the scene.
At first the feud took the form 01
s:ircasu:. but tis ouickly de'velopv
into grea: bitIterness of, lauguja g
Burly .imk iurnis, theO foreman of th:(
Q:g a bliged to act the part of
pecom'aker a dozen times a day
v:0en, as he put it. "the youni:sters
to Dart: wUat d'ye want to be:0
ways werringIO 110b for'" Or it wvoI
to. '"Drap it, UL. or i'll set old Widoi
Dart.:'n ye. She'tl uake it lively fo.
ye. i esn
JCrea:ItiUn bectwcci th.' pair began ci
their ;ay to tire tuiel: and, Kte
woI had heard of the angry disput('
_1xperitnCed a dread of open troubil
:etween them which greatly aflec.C
rie spirits all that morning. The ti"sl
of gibe and repartee continued as th(
Iwo rivals descended the narrow tubo,
at the base of the shaft into ti:
bowels of the earth: and so far fro:n
bettering the situation. Leslie's self
satisfied air and affected carelessnesn
only made matters worse. For he was
not without reason for satisfaction. al
though the truth was known to only
one other man in telchester. Kate
Maxwell had promised, on the previous
evening, to be his wife. And Edward
Dart, the rejected "suitor, knew this
knew it from Kate's own lips. This
fatal knowledge, fatal to all his hopes
and dreams, entered the soul of Ed
ward Dart iike a bar of red-hot iron.
He was a bigger and stronger man
than Leslie, and would relish nothin;
better than to carry the quarrel t0
Wows. There was something grim,
uncanny. in the idea of these two mor
tal rivals being shut up together in a
narrow, dimly lighted box, seventy
feet underground, for hours at a
Once inside the air chamber, they
worked for severa.l hours silently.
Then, just about noon, Leslie's pick ;c
cidentally struck upor. Dart's foot.
There was an oath, a shuffie, and, like
a mastiff, Dart was at Leslie's throat.
In this small space-hardly bigger
than a ship's cabin-five men flattened
themselves against the sides while
Dart and Leslie fought like 'demons in
the darkness, for in the struggle the
lamp had been extinguished. Then
there was a piercing cry-Dart had got
his hands on a pick; he was seeming
ly about to wield it. But too late! his
antagonist forced him backward; he
fell with a crash upon a heap of tools,
and Dart's arm and ankle were
broken, snapping like faggots.
s * v * *
For many weeks there had been
peace between the successful and the
unsuccessful suitor for the hand of
Kate Maxwell. The affair in the air
chamber, which had deprived the tun
nel of Dart's services, was put down
to an accident. Mr. Blatehford never
heard of the battle between the two
men. Leslie made a point of 'ooking
in at the Dart cottage on his way
home from- work to. see how the man
with whom he. had,so long been at en
mity, and with whom he had so lately
come to blows, progressed toward re
covery. Dart had been rather a fa
vorite of Mr. Blatchford, and was not
unpopular among the men, so that
there v is general regret at the injury
he had sustain
When the news came, therefore, that
the engineer of the works had of
fered the convalescent man the not
very arduous post of lock-tender, Les
lie was one of the first to congratulate
B'it in her timorous, Illogical, wo
manly fashion, Kate, remembering the
conversation she had had with Mr.
Blatchford, was not much pleased at
the news, though she brought herself
at length to laugh at her fears. There
was safety in numbers, and after all, it
was not likely that even one ten times
more vindictive5 than the man she had
rejected as a lover, would injure seven!
men in order to gratify a grudge to a1
single one. Besides, did Dart still
cherish a grudge? Is so, it was so
well concealed that nobody noticed
it, not even Kate Maxwell.
But one 'day, coming across the
fields, she observed a small launch in
the river just over where the tunnel
lay, making rapidly for the other
shore, where similar works were also
in pro:Sess and had been for months.
On it she recognized the forms of
Burns, Tyler, Pocock, and several 01
the workmen employed in the tunnel.
As the gang were usually at work on
the north side of the river at this hour,
she stopped an acquaintance, in the vi
cinity of the tunnel, now approaching
ecmpletion, and asked him whlat it
"Oh," said the man, "they're gone
over with Mr. Blatchford to work at
the other end of the tunnel."
Kate closely scanned the occupants
of the boat, and even took out her
handkerchief and fluttered It in hopc
of a reply from her lover. There was
110 response. Perhaps he was there
and did not see her. Disappointed,'she
turned away, but wended her way tc
the head of the north tunnel shaft,
thinking he might have been left be
As she drew near, the sight that mel
her gaze sent a chill of apprehensior
througi' her, she scarce dared tell her
'self why. It was only the lock-tende
Dart, with his arm still in a sling,
studying the indicator. One hand
was on the lever. It was the eipres
sion of his face which repellfed Kate
"If there is no one down in the am
chamber," she -thought to herself
"why is he here?"
Quite close she came. without Dart's
peeeiving her proximity. His wh
mind( was intent on the gauge, his lips
were slightly parted in a most unpleas
ant smile, and he muttered phrases t<
himself as he scanned the motion o1
the needle. The young woman was
about to accost hilu, but before
sy' bable had left her lips, her eye fel
on the figure to which the fatal needl<
T~ihe gauge registered already fifty
seven pounds of air to the inch, an<
was going higher. In other words
that powerful, relentless, nmodern
force, compressed air, was flowini
fiercely, y-et silently into the chambel
far beneath the river, which, didi
poss an occupant, would prove per
haps a chamber of death.
'IEdward Dart!"' cried Kate passion
atly, pointing to the gauge, "wha
dos that mean?"
T he ma n's hand sprang back fron
helever, as to wrench the latter it
"Wha t are you doing here"" ha
a ked roughly.
"T'ell me-is any, one inside tha
"Telll you? What for?"
"Becaiuse I must,-I will know. Be
cuse Mr. Blatchford explained to m.
th wort-ing of this lno-k, nr T knov
that that pressure Is dange 'rms. I
ca hit +rust you. Then she a
trem'ii: 1em a a4, "W1h're is Iober.
"*:i-, ". d(' I kno)w* h: ec-ol ]
Ioug bite of sweat s;otei ou ohi
brow. ITas hand was jack ion the stee
hn e y hand oa that lever.
SI lel you- u.ued that pressure of
Diart imade lo movement. The
l:rcdle now pointed to sixty-four. In
her frenzy for the suppo.ed safety of
her lover, 'Kate sought to drag Dart
away from his post. He seized her in
stantly iith both hands, thus show
ing that his broken limb had entire!y
healed. although he had seen fit to
hide the cure. for purposes of his own.
.Help! Help:" she screamed. A
piece of iron lay near by. She seized
it and struck him a blow full on the
temples, and the fellow collapsed like
an emptied sack.
Then she instantly clutched the right
.lever and lowered it, gasping and
choking in her excitement. She ex
pected it to turn the opposite direc=
tion. but to her terror, it continued to
revolve as before.
Merciful heavens, what should she
Instantly she grasped the other lever
and exerted all her strength. Every
second of suspense seemed an eternity.
Kate Maxwell was now firmly con
vinced that her lover, Robert Leslie,
was in the air chamber at the bottom
of the shaft. How could she save
him? She pictured him fallen upon
the slime of the river bed, with the
terrible compressed air, gripping his
body and slowly crushing it, as a boa
constrictor would crush a hound. To
reduce the volume of air would bring
relief' at once-igerhaps save his life.
Her lips formed a silent prayer, and
as if in answer to that supplication,
the needle of the gauge at last wav
ered in the balance, then began to
slowly move in the opposite direction.
When it got to thirty-five she would
depress the lever and stay its (the
needle's) dourse. Fifty-forty-five
forty-figure by figure it turned slow
ly. Thank God; the danger was past!
If Robert were indeed in. the air cham
ber and lived, his rescue had come in
the very nick of time.
But, horrors-what was this! Al
though she pressed with all her might,
the needle continued to turn, afte
thirty-five was passed. She sprang at
the other lever; she gripped it with
both hands; she shrieked for help.
If it reached a certain point, the
water would be unchecked, and it
would flow Into the air-chamber, and
Leslie -tould be drowned like a rat
in a trap.
Thirty - twenty-five - twenty-four
twenty-three--twenty-two! Could noth
ing be done!
teen., In vain the younggirl.put-forth
her full remaining strength. Dart's
fall must have destroyed the nice
mechanism of the instrument, and
Kate had thus become, unwittingly,
an accessory to her lover's murder.
The needle pointed to nine and was
still descending when she fainted at
the door of the lock.
A few moments later, John Blatch
ford, engineer of the Marbury Tunnel,
at last completed after many months
of labor, came up the shaft, smiling,
followed by his little gang of faithful
At the spectacle which met their
eyes, they stopped short, and Robert
Leslie, as pale as death, flung him
self beside the recumbent form of his
sweetheart, who lay white and still,
scarce two feet from the great Iron
door which barred the way Into the
tunnel. Several of his comrades
turned their attention to Dart, who
was subsequently borne home, suffer
ing from shock.
When Kate Maxwell recovered con
sciousness, she clasped her lover close
ly. "The gauge,"' she murmured,
stretching out her finger. "I thought
you were dead down there. And the
levers would not work."
Mr. Blatchford examined the indica
tor and levers while she spoke. Then
he gave a low whistle.
"By Jupiter'" he said quietly, "you
turned on less air at the right moment,
Mistress Kate. I was out six feet in'
my reckoning, and the two ends of the
tunnel met sooner than I expected.
But if we had met, with the pressure
here at sixty-five, whether there had
been an explosion or not, it would
ha-e been rather rough on Leslie. He
w'ould have been 'paralyzed for life.
That's the worst of putting a sick man
on duty: there's always the risk of a
relapse at the wrong moment."
Kate Maxwell, looking up into her
lover's face, was silent.-NewV York
Keep the~Mouth Shut.
Keep the mouth shut. This perempt
ory command is to insure proper
breathing; that is, breathing through
the nose. One should never, unless
absolutely nedessary, breathe through
the mouth. It is the-duty of the nose,
and it was-made for that express pur
pose and is specially constructed to
aid correct breathing, says Farmer's
Guide. In the first place, it is pro
vided with tiny hairs that trap dust
and impurities that may be in the air
and prevent their invading-the system.
The nose has also -what are known as
turbinated' bones. These act as warn
ing plates to temper the air as it is in
haled. It is further provided with an
apparatus for furnishing moisture to
the air. All these processes are quite
essential before the air is drawn
into the lungs, and if the breath is
drawn through the mouth many ar
these essentials are lost. It is an ex
cellent plan to take a good brisk walk
every morning and to compel oneself
to breathe through the nose all the
time. This is a first-rate hygienic prac
tie. At first it may be difficult to (d0
so but it is worth persisting in, and
"practice makes perfect."
- Widowhood in China.
According to the laws of.good socie
ty in China, young widows should not
rear.Widowhood is therefore held
in highest esteem, and the older the
widow grows the more agreeable her
nostionl comes. Should she reach fifty
years, she may. by applying to the
Emperor, get a sium of money with
which to buy a tablet, on which her
virtues are inscribed. The tablet is
-then placed over the door at the prin
ipal entrance to her house.--New
Views of Representa:ive Men.
o l" 11E question of road i.a
plro'.emnit in the nited M
O O States seems within the a
past year to have resolved Ih
"gOW itself into the quesiion of f
national aid. Wln!n any one is asked t
to say somel'tlin on the road questionl fi
lie takes it for grauted that you want I]
to know whether lie thinks the Govern- 'I
meat should help build the roads. h
Many leading men have recently giveln l u
their endorsement to this new idea, or
rather old idea, for it is now nearly q
a century since Jefferson signed the n
first national aid bill. Some of these ti
views are interesting. In a recent f
speech ex-Senator Butler, of South b
Carolina, said: y
"There is ample constitutional war
rant fcr the improitment of the public a
roads out of the United States Treas- s
ury-as large as there is for the im- t
provement of rivers and harbors or for e
the support of the agricultural colleges. 1
It is an appropriation from which we s
would all get benefit and to which we v
would all contribute a share. The Con- g
stitution of the United States confers 1i
upon Congress the right to establish f
postoffices and post-roads. Every S
highway is a post route if the Govern
ment chooses to use it. Even in the a
days of John C. Calhoun, he recom- s
mended the distribution of the surplus a
among the several States. and it was y
done. I think the best thing for us to
do is to go to our Representatives and
Senators in Congress and say to them:
'The great demand of modern times is s
the improvement of the public high- a
ways, and the Federal Government i
should contribute.'" r
Governor Montague, of Virginia, is
doing everything in his power to secure i
State legislation for road improvement,
and he is also in favor of national aid. j
He says: -
"We should not, however, overtook '
national aid. I believe this in time will c
come. The so-called constitutional bar- (
rier against national appropriation e
must fall to the ground. The National C
Government has constructed public
highways unopposed by the strictest a
constructionist of the Federal Consti- t
tution. Moreover, if the National Gov- 1
eninent can appropriate money to
build harbors and to irrigate lands of u
the States, how much greater is the j
reason and the right for national aid
to public highways, the primal and
abiding factors of transportation, both
local and interstate."
Speaking on the same subject, Gen- t
eral Nelsah A. Miles says: f
3ire. United States Government; has i
appropriated $480,000,000 for-rivers and i
harbors during the last twenty-two I
years, and only about $8,000,000 for t
the improvement of the country roads. t
Now it appears to us that it is a fitting 'J
time to draw the attention, not only I
of the people that ale Immediately in- I
terested, but of your representatives, ,
both in the United States and the Statea
legislative bodies, because It is one of 2
the projects that Is bound to contribute
to your 1welfare and, happiness."3
General Fitzhughi Lee, referring to
this subjetEt, says:
"If you Improve the roads, you begin2
at the foundation of prosperity for the
people. The Government of the United i
States appropr".ates now a large sum
every year for military purposes. It t
appropriates money for our mechanical t
and agricultural colleges. Now, inas- I
much as good roadsi are the basis of <
prosperity, both, in :country and city, <
why should not the Government app:'o
priate an adequate sum of money a- 3
nually for road improvement?" 3
Assistant Secretary of Agriculture
Colohel J. R~. Brigham recently ex
pressed 1:imsel! as favorable to nia
tional aid. Among other things het
'I believe the General Government
can help in this work of improving(
the highways. I am one of those who]
believe it is always right for the strong
arm of the Government to be extended
to help her people in every section of
this country. The Government could
appropriate a certain sum, to be sup
plemented by appropriations from
State and comity, and then ask the
locality where the. road is to be con
structed to contribute a certain amount,
and -bring these funds all together.1
Then it would not be burdensome up-1
on any one, and the work would be
started here, there and everywhere,
and in a.few short years, without un
duly burdening anybody, without im
poverishing the nation or the State, we
would see good highways extendinig all1
over our land, beautifying the country,
enriching the people, and adding to
their intelligence and happiness in
Good R~oads and Automobiles.
Recently, in a county in central Penn-1
sylvania, the writer passed over a most
excellent piece of highway, built by
the State Engineer, under the lawv now
in operation in this State. This piece1
of good road was soon passed over and
then we came to a road nearly as bad.
as a country road could be. The re-;
mark was made to the driver that it.
would be well to extend the good road.1
The reply was: "It will not be done.1
The farmers believe that it will cause
automobiles to come this way. and
then they cannot send their wives aind
daughters to town on business. Often
it is not convenient for a man to go
to town, and the women go, but no
man will trust his women to drive on
a road frequented by automobiles." I
have heard this statement several
times recently in this State.
In my own experience I was recently
saved only by a good driver. One of
these machines came dashing at us at
a fearful rate and frightened our horse,
but the driver was able to control him.
It would not seem proper to permit
steam locomotives to run- on the pub
lie roads as the machines called auto
m<K -iles are permitted to run, yet one
is locomotive as much as the other.
an just as dangerous. In this State
it i iecoinfg elear that we must have
mtor strin;gent laws to regulate them.
Dr. George G. Groff, Lewisburg, Pa.,
il Tribune Farmer.
For His Own Good.
The fruit farmer should be an e
TO ENTERTAIN GUESTS.
he .;vel Game of the Alphabet rarty
and How It is 1'layed.
A group of young women gave a ve:7
o: pary recently, ::nd the guests
ijoyed the eveniligs entertainmienlt.
was c:lled an i:ipuabet party, but
P pCnlilS or paper 'were used. All
g' gulsts were seated In a row, and
eh one was called u'po1n to Sa1Y the
Iphabet backwar s. Five minutes
as alloved for each recitation, and
Ily pers;,n who failed to run off the
'tters In that time was dismissed t
.mI the group. .\ll those who sue
2eded in getting through drew lots
>r a prize, whici was a lauk contain
ig the alphabet in rhyme and picture.
'hen the guests were asked to say
:If the alphabet by skipping every
The fun of this game when done '
uickly and within the time limit can
ot be understood until tried. All
,ose who accomplished the feat drew
) the prize, which was a dainty
isque statuette of a schoolboy. The r
oung women were then asked to say t
ie alphabet, having eaeh letter begin <
noui of the class na.ied. For in- a
tance, if the hostess named "fruit,"
he player began, "apple, banana,"
te- If "boys" began, "Arnold, Ber- a
ard, Charles," and so on. Each per
on failing removed his seat from the
ircle, and the prize winner in this
ame was the one who reiained in the
ne when all the other players had I
ailed and had withdrawn. Her re
rard was- a copy of a reading book. V
Then the guests were asked to ;write s
nonsense alphabet rhyme. Each per
on took a letter and wrote concerning i
flower, the name of which began 2
rith the character chosen. Then the
erson drawing "A" wrote a verse
.bout the astor.
The last game provoked the most r
musement. Every player was given
letter of the alphabet and told to
ear it. in mind. After everyone had I
eceived letters the mistress of cere
aonies passed along the line a small
ox in which were slips of paper. T
ach slip had written upon it a com- I
non noun of some sort. The nouns
vere very diverse. 'lThus one slip had
Heroine" upon it and another read
House," "Fish," "Dog," etc. Imme- i
ately after receiving the slip a play
r was obliged to name a proper noun t
f the class given on the slip and be
inning with the letter in the alphabet
lotted to him. The player whose let
er was "F" and who drew "Dog," was a
cky enough to thing at once of c
Fido." The drawing was continued
.ntil all the players but'one -had failed. t
he victor received, an . appropriate. ]
The Zone THne System. -
During the last, twenty years a d
tovement has been in progress having e
or its end a uniform system of time- t
:eeping all over the world, called the
iniversal or zone time system. The
rinciple was expounded by the As- a
ronomer Royal, Mr. Christie, in a lee
ure at the Royal Institution in 1886.
'he plan is familiar to any continental t
raveler. When in Belgium or Spain
he railway clocks agree with his
catch, If this has been set to Green-r
r-ich ,tiiie, in Germany, Italy or Swit- 1
erland the clocks are exactly one hour
ast of this, and so on. Nrt only in
urope, but now in every part of the
lobe the system is in vogue, and it is t
,nnounced in the Observatory Maga
in for the current month that even
uch a conservative country as China 2
as adopted it. Along the east coast
rom Niu-Chwang to Swatow and up
he Yangtse-kiang they are keeping
he tIme of the meridian exactly eight .
tours east of Greenwich, and the Col
inial Office has lately given sanction
>f .this being.the legal time of Hong
:ong and thc~ other British colonies t
rithin the zone. Western China is I
ikely soon to adopt the time seven
tours fast on Greenwich. and India
.nd Fa;ther India are about to fail in
vith the scheme, so that the uDiversal1
ime system now goes round the world,t
nd all the principal nationalities, ex
ept France and Ireland, have adopted 4
sreenwich as their prime meridian.
Skeptical as to J1u-Jitsu.
If we Americans don't have a newt
raze on hand every week day and two
n Sunday our surplus energy evap
rates. Now comes the jiu-jitsu of,
rapan. There is no particular harm ]
n it, unless It be overdone. But we
iave a certificate of reasonable doubt
hat It is not what it is cracked up to
>. Writers declare it converts an or
linary man into a miracle of activity
td strength, rendering a five-foot Jap
:e equal of seven six-foot Russians.
WVhy, then, do not the Japs in Man
huria lay down their arms and throw
'he Russians into the sea? If Ju
itsu is even one-half as wonderful ai
hing as we hear it is, why don't we
iave .Japs leading in international ath
etics? Why should any living wrestler
>f other nationaity claim a suprem
ty? Did you ever hear of a Jap win
uing a fight in a prize ring with bare
ists? Japs are* not boxers. The
;ricked Chinese are the boxers. Mat-.
sa da Sorakichi was a great wrestler,.
mt won no championships, notwith
standing he was an expert at jiu-jitsuI.
Are there Jap champions at runnmng,
luping, rowing, fencing, swimming?
A juggling (sleight-of-hand) they are
upreme; hence they are capable of
he tricks of jiu-jitsu, which an Amer
can could never acquire.-MaJOn
General Miles and the Raw Itecruit.
When General Miles was in Porto
Rico, as commanding general of the
United States troops, a raw recruit
fom Tennessee was detailed for duty
as his orderly. The recruit knew abso
lutely noing of military etiquette,
and on receiving orders to report to the
ommanding general for duty lie saun
tereed over to the tent of that dignitary.
whhere the general was in conference
with several staff officers.
Entering the tent without the for
mality of a salute the Tennesseean re
marked: Well, Miles, did you want
to see me'?"
General Miles bristled up. "Don't
call me Miles.'' he began irritably.
Then the humor of the situtionl
dawned on him and he added with a
grim smile-Thats too formal. Call
Then he procedeed to read the recruit
a lesson that he never forgot on the
-- mente of militr life.Milwaukee
LE SUNDAY SUIIOOL
NTERNATIONAL LESSON1 COM.1:_NTS
FOR JANUARY 22.
un.jce: The First Miracle in Cain, JoThn
ii., 1-11-Gohlen Text, .John ii.. ~>
Memory Vere,. 1I.- Co:a:::iary en
rthe D)ay's Ler:on.
I. The inarriage in Cana (vs. 1. 2). 1.
h( third day.- Froin the e:ii cu
b lip anad Nathanae:. or six dazys do:.
he ti:me "John: the Baptist ial alTwerCd
he aut horits froml Jerisaiclm. It is .:i
ulated that V. edaesday wa- :h .i:y.
ring the usual day for weddings for -.;e.
hi nalidens. Widows were married on
hursday. "A irtrriage." l;:e uuin:g the
marriage fcast, which was fre~ueintly cele
rated for several days. The ani.y v:as
he irNt divine institution among men, and
the basi, of all that has followred.
2. "Jesu.; was called." lavitei. This
vas liaturai, especially if his mother w::
reiativc. It was according to custom
hat a strange Jewish rabbi visiin. tti?rc
hould be invited. "Disciples." Tie iis
ip:es wivre those already mentioned--An
rew. simon. John, Philip, Nathanael and
robabiy James. Jesus sauetities true
arthly joy. We need not wonder to nnd
he Lord of life at that festival. :or He
ame to sanctify all life--its tinies of joy
nd its times of sorrow, and all experience
els us that it is times of gladness whicih
speci:aly need such a sanctitying power.
od wants us to be happy. He has given
hundred joys to every sorrow.
II. The mother of Jesus (vs. 3-5). 3.
When the wine failed" (R. V.) To East
rn hospitality such a mishap would be
ery mortifying and would seem almost
isgraceful. The family no doubt was
oor, extra guests had come and the sup
ly was limited. There has been much dis
ussion as to whether Jesus made wine tha t
ould intoxicate. Dr. Whedon says: *We
ee no reason for suptosing that the wine
,f the present occasion was of that kind
pon which Scripture places its strongest
aterdiet" (Prov. 20:1; 23-1; Isa. 22:13).
o one can prove that it contained intoxi
ating qualities, and there are many and
trong reasons for believing that it was as
ure and harmless as the juice of the grape
resh from the vines. Winebibbers need
ot undertake to fall back on this miracle
s an excuse for the gratification of- their
Prverted appetites. If Jesus were in
..nerica to-day we know very well what
hIa attitude would be toward the accursed
aloon and toward wine at banquets, and
a fact toward the banquets as they are
low carried on. We may be sure that He
ever enco-.raged gnything whieli dc.d
sad, as our intoxicating liquors do. to
legradation and ruin. "Mother-saith,"
te. She probably spoke to Him privately.
tithough Christ had as yet performed no
iracle, yet His mother feels sure that He
s able to help them in the present emer
4. "Woman." This at first sgunds harsh
o our ears but it was equivalent to our
aying "Lady," and "was a highly respect
ul and affectionate mode of address." He
toes not call her "mother," because it was
ecessary now, at once and forever. to
how her that He was not Jesus the Sou
,f Mary, but. the Christ, the Spn of God,
hat as regarded His great work and mis
ion, His eternal being, the significance o;
he beautiful relationship had passed away.
t .could not have been done.m a-.manne..
aore decisive yet more entirely -tender.
What have I to do with thee?" What is
here in common between,us?,. He.eaanot.
origer work in her way. 'She dpes not tin
'erstand the infnences dire mngilis pres
nt lie. Mine hour." The -bor-for the
aanifestation of His glory. Jesus rejects
he worldly ambition in - Mary's request.
ihedesires a brilliant miracle, as a public
ign of His coming. Jesus penetrates this
mbitious thought, and traces a boundary
or Mary's desires, which she should no
aore attempt to cross. But this does not
revent His understanding that along with
his there is something to be done in view
f the present difficulty. As soon as all
eshily claim to hold control over, or gain
molument by, His Messianic power was
ejected-as soon as His mother retired to
er proper position-then was the last oh
tacle removed; His arga of action imme
iately opened, and the hour to manifest
orth His glory by miracle had arrived.
."Whatsoever-do it." Punctually ob
erve His orders without asking questions.
er faith in Him had not weakened. The
newer shows what she was expecting Hinm
o do. Let us take her answer as the
otto of our-lives.
IHI. The miracle wrought (vs. 6-11). 6.
'Six waterpots." A large quantity of
rater was needed at a Jewish banqut -.
ause of "the manner of purifying of the
res"-the hands and feet of the gues
ust be wvashed, and "the washing dl
ups and jugs and bottles went .on the
b-ole day." "Two or three firkins."' A
irkin was about nine ,gallons. therefore
hese waterpots held between 108 and 162
7. "To the brim." We do not know
hat they were entirely empty, but what
ver had been drawn out was replaced. 8.
'Draw out." The word for draw may be
sed in the sense of dip out. "Unto the
overnor." The president of the banouet.
'They bare it." Here faith was reauired.
['o put water in the jars required obe
ience, but to draw that water out and
>ass it to the chief guest as wvine made a
trong demand on faith.
9. "Knew not." Knew not the miracu
ous origin oi the wine. "Servants
new." The independent witness to the
wo parts of the miracle establishes .~ts re
~lity. The ruler of the feast declares what
he clement is, the servants knew what it
ras. 10. "Every mian.' Thmis is the corn
non custom among men. "Well drnk."
Ifen who have had enough are'indifk~rent
s to the quality of the wine set before
hem. The ruler of the feast is but alluzd
ng to the corrupt ,customs and fashions
mong men, and not to aught that was
oing on before his eyes, for such the Lord
vould have as little sanetioned by His
resence as He would have helped it for
ard by a wonder-work of His own. Sin
ives its best-its pleasures and honors
irst; its worst-its sorrow, poverty. dis
trace and ruin-follow. First harlots and
-iotous living, then swine. Christ gives
irst the cross, the race, the battle, then
he crown, rest and glory..
11. "3Manifested forth His glory." A
yrophet would manifest the :nory of Glod,
ut He His own glory, for He was God.
lhe miracles and wonders of Jesus were
ill signs (1) of Christ's divine nature: ( 2)
>f His mission as from God; (3) of His
good will toward men; (4).-of the -trutba
:hat He taught; (5) of the nature- and
tharacter of God. "Dise:ples believed on
Rim." Their faith was now confirmed.
Ihey were now sure they had found the
'fessiah. It was 400 years since the JTews
had seen a prophet who could perform
miracles. The guests partook of the wine:
the disciples had something far better-an
increase of faith. Others simoly ate and
drank. These men saw God in Christ
manifesting His glory.
Fight With a Big Wildcat.
Farmer John Hillegas this mornin:
discovered that a dozen of his chick
ens had ben killed during the night,
and set out with a hound to seek the
marauder. The hound soon ran down
a wildcat, and after a furious battle
went home with his tail between nis
Hillegas returned to the scene of
the dog's defeat and found the cet
perched in a tree. Hie fired at it and
the cat leaped on his shoulders, sink
ing its teeth and claws into his flesh.
He shook it off and tried to strike it
with the gun, but only succeeded in
breaking the rifle in two, and the cat
promptly made a spring for his throat.
Warding it off with his arm, he finally
succeeded in striking it with the bar
rel of the rifle.and breaking its back
A second blow beat out the anima!'s
brains. The cat weighed twelve
nounds. - Sigmund correspondence
Pans from Ton of Steel.
About 10,000 gross of pens y,e pro
duced from a ton of steel,
-ow to Win Souls for Christ.-John
In this lcsson we have the very best
of exampleg of how to win souls in the
action of Jesus, the great 'eacher.
The various ways used to induce the
diYerent disciples to follow him are
very suggestive of the methods we
p1ay use now in bringing souls -to
Christ. Human nature changes very
little, and the inducements offered to
these men appeal to men to-day.
Read, and reread carefully this chap
ter, and note the various methods us
ed by the Master.
He that winneth souls is wise. The
value of a soul; the permanency of
the work; the rewards offered for it,
all make it supremely wise to win
souls to Christ.
Public preaching. Looking on Jes
us, John the' Baptist said, "Behold the
Larab of God." It was enough. Two
of his disciples, Andrew and John,
immediately followed Jesus. They
were all prepared. All they needed
was to have the public call and they
were at once ready to obey. So some
in our congregations are prepared and
ready. They simply need the evange
listic sermon, the earnest exhortaton.
The public invitation will reach them.
Bring your friends to church; let them
be put upder the influence of .the ser
mon. Many of them will be saved by
Personal Appeal. "Andrew first
findeth his own brother SimMi. And
he brought him to Jesus," Thfs the
best way. While one may be sav by
the public appeal, ten will be won by
.personal work. The testimonies of
our leaders all unite in the evidence
that they were won by personal work.
Some brother, friend, or worker came
to them personally. They were ger- _
suaded to start now. Andrew brought
Peter. You may bring your friend. A
large proportion of Christians.are thus
won to Christ. There is no need
greater in ll our Leagues and church
es than bands_ of cns df pre
pared, intelligent,- pe era.
If you have a revival in
this winter it will very 'bo
cause you -devote yourselves - per-s
sonal work. And as hand-pi ck-frUt.
keeps the best, so souls 'won by pr
sonal appeal usually abide and remuR
the fruits of revival work. -
Experimental Test. Natanael was
like a good - many people today. .Je
was just a little skeptical about Jes
us. Philip had a remedy: "Coe and
see." . He. disarmed his prejudice by
showing his willingness to put the
matter to the test; and he conciliated
Nathapael by Indicating his b "# *at .
he was able.. to judge Jn .the._tter.
We do religion a service when we
can-Induce -men to test the matter tor.
RAM'S HORN BL-A TS-: - . :
-T IME servers are
Originality is sim
Heaven is tet
- terpreter of earth.
*A live meting
needs little leading.
- ~ The best critIism'
of the Bible ,pooid
beto gveu5s 'bet
It is never hafato -
you are really helping them.
Eome men will not believe they 'are
s.ved from drowning until they feel
You cannot. warm your heart on the
Bible and refuse its light -on your-.
It's no use a man's praying, for a
clean heart if he will not wash his
They who love God for His gifts
never know how much His love -can
-You cannot warm your hands at'the
devil's fire without warping your
The wire-pulling preacher always
pulls the whole works about his ears.
We need never measure our love
until it surpasses the immeasurable
These Is a good deal of difference be
tween belief In Satan and trust in the -
They who love like their Lord do not
need to worry over the logic of their
The robe of righteousness cannot be
won by giving away an old vest now
and then. *
Betsy Meagher, of- Ireland, died the
other day at the age of 125.
The San Francisco (Cal.) police ad
vocate the establishment of a public
whipping post for footpads.
A pianist of Hull, England, Williamn
Frost, recently played on that Instru
ment unceasingly for seventeen hours.
A spring wag6n that is sixty-five
years old and can stand a load of 1000
pounds, is owned by Reset Hill. near
At Hille, France. the other day, a
floor gave way under fifty people. Two
persons were killed and many others
The fastest train In lurope Is said
to run between Leed.s and Edinburgh,
a distance of 230 miles. making the
trip in 259 minutes.'
Of seventy-five samples of coffee e;
amined by the Inland revenue depart..
ment of Ottawa about onc-third were
found to be adulterated.
The Danish Government has found
It necessary to graint greater privi
leges to the heads of families in chang
ing their names if. they, feel so dis
Chinese students abound in Toklo.
There are also a number-of Korean sta
dents at the university The average
allowance of one of these for a room,
food and clothing is $10 a month.
Before the altar of St. George's
Church, New York City, Miss Mary -
Byron tried to shoot the Rev. Dr.
Raisfod.She was committed to the
psfopathi ward of Bellevue Hos
The California State Board of Trade
has v-oted to request the Secretary of
tAgriculture of the United States.to ap
point a special commissioner to aseer,
tin anid report regarding all agricul- .
tirl products that can be raised in thel'
NOT AT 'THE FRONT.
She-In case of war, would you go
to the front?
He-Well, no. I think I'd sooner be