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PAINTER & HERR. Publishers.
MEDICINE LODGE, KANSAS
Tin a very handsome fellow, I would have
For I'm tail and have a chest of ample
Broad and stalwart are my shoulders and
In general I'm planned
With all the modern qualities of worth.
X am brave and bold and daring; my honor
Is as gold;
As a lover, no one ever undertook
To suggest the least improvement in my
making, for behold.
I'm the hero in the modern story bpck!
Btlll this business, like most'others, has its
hardships more or less.
For many things I'd differently do.
If I had my way about it; and the heroine,
Is troubled by the same restrictions, too.
When I offer her my heart and hand, on
page ore twenty-three.
She spurns me and such treatment I must
For she'd like risht well to take me if she
could, but where would be
The story in the modern story book?
There are dangers all about me, of .the most
But not the least degree of fear have I;
For, thrilling deeds of valor to effect, I am
And, by the merest chance, omit to die.
If you should do such things us I, don't
count upon success.
This bit of truth you must not overlook:
It's never safe to le so fearless and so trave
Tou're the hero In the modern story
Itobert B. Beach, in Chicago Record-Herald.
IN A FOOL'S
Tty EDITH WILSON
A WHISTLE blow. The train pulled
out. A man arranged his golf
club3 and his glasses to his satisfac
tion, and then glanced at the passen
ger at the other tnd cf uie carriage,
lie hesitated for tha brief space of
one second, and then rushed on to
tamper with fate.
"Miss Bruce! "Why, how do you
"How do you do, Lord Lughton?"
"This is jolly enough, to be sure I
How do you come to be here?"
"How do I come to be in this par
ticular compartment is that what ycu
"Clever, aren't you?"
"No, not clever. Remember, I'm
traveling first class! They say that
only lords and fools do that! You're
the lord in this case. Perhaps I'm
"What's wrong now?"
"Well, please refrain from calling
yourself unpleasant names at any
"Unpleasant names! Think of the
"IT ISN'T MY FAULT."
name I carry about with me front one
year's end to another! Rebecca Bruce!
Can you Imagine anything more try
ing than that?"
"Trying? For my part. I think ite
tcca charming. Excuse me nothing
personal, really! As for Bruce, that
name appeals to me. Whenever I
hear it, I think of the gentleman of his
tory who toyed with the spider, don't
you know! He, I believe, nad a bald
bead. So have I, and "
"Lord Lughton, you're making fun of
me! It isn't my fault that my name's
"Oh, you surely "
Exactly! I don't forget that you've
refused me twice already. If you
don't like your name, why don't you
change it? Change it for mine!"
"Let us talk of something else
"Very well. But think it over. I
ee your ticket's for Ascot. I'm going
on to the links. Let me know your
answer, for the last time, before you
get off. I shall never ask you for one
"Give me a week to consider it."
"No. You've had plenty cf time to
consider it. Now, what shall we talk
about? We've just 17 minutes left."
s "How's your sister?"
"Flourishing, thanks. By the way,
che and Todd have just straightened
"What are they engaged?"
"Yes. The announcement's to - be
made soon. He's an awful, decent
chap. Don't know of anyone else I d
rather see Madge marry."
's The girl leaned back in her up
A card smg lustily: "Next station, i
Lord Lustcn sit gazing out at the
scenery, and In an off-hand question
ing way said: "Well?"
The magazine that Rebecca Bruce
had been reading when he entered the
carnage tumbled from her daintily
gloved hand to the floor. . . . Half an
hour later a man picked It up, and
discovered between its pages a bunch
cf withered violets. He glanced about
to sea that no one was looking, and
then he placed the flowers in an in
side pocket. His name was Todd. He
was leaving the golf club for Ascot
As the train moved out he saw hi3
future brother-in-law sjeding toward
the links as if gliding on air. Ke was
thinking cf Lord Lughtcn's reply vben
he, Todd, had wished the other "luck
in the afternoon's match." Lughton had
"ThanlKs, old toy! See you later.
I'm in a paradise fit for the gods!"
Todd wondered what he meant. He
was soon to know. Afterwards he
wondered how it was that he had not
understood. The races had com
menced when he reached his destina
tion. He was just in tirus to get a
lift on a friend's drag. The friend
happened to ba a cousin of Miss Re
becca Bruce. The first thing he said,
after they had settled in their re
spective places, was:
"Heard the news, Todd? BecKy's
engaged to Lughton!"
Todd had not h:-ard. He smiled half
ironically as Becky's cousin went on:
"Lugkton's an awful good sort! I'm
tid ied to death about it! You knenv
Becky's life hasn't been a bed of rose?,
and she is such a little trump! I'm
awfully fond of Becky!"
The man understood the young fel
low's enthusiasm. No, life had cer
tainly not been a ted cf roses for tha
girl who was to make the most bril
liant match of the season. Todd knew
that. The poverty-stricken man
smothered a sigh as he turned to nis
companion and asked:
"Is she here, now?"
"Yes, she's with my mother, over
there. I premised to take her for a
turn and get her away from the crowd.
She's tired. By the way, Tcdd, she
has to go back to tovn to-night on
that 'Special.' You're taking it, ;too,
"Will you look after her on the way
"Thanks, old man. I don't believe
she's well, but she says she's all right,
and I suppose she ought to knew."
"Yes, she ou&ht to know."
Todd thought of the violets, and
put his hand in his pocket to assure
himself "of their safety. . They were
The Ascot "Special" was nearin
Waterloo as a girl tossed a bunch cf
withered v'o'.ets to the winds, and
then turned to the maa silting cpo
"It is better that they should go with
all the rest. Rex!"
"Yes, perhaps so, Becky. Strange
that I should have found them. I rec
ognized them at once as being those I
had sent you."
"Should you have sent them, Rex?"
"Why not? It was for the last time,
Becky! Do you remember how we used
to build castk-s in the air, and talk of
the violets and roses we should have
"Don't, Rex. It was not to be. We are
both poor. We have nothing. I am grate
ful to the man who has been loyal to me
through everything. I mean to be loyal
to him from th:3 time lorth for ever
more!" "You think that I might have given up
my profession, gien up everything oh,
Becky, I'll do that now, if you say the
But the girl was net listening. She
was thinking cf the woman Rex Tcdd
was going to mar;ry.
The man. went on:
"Becky, we're nearly there. For tha
last half-hour we have talked cf what
miiit have been."
"We have. I am sorry. Let us talk now
of what is to be!"
"Becky, I can't give ycu up!"
"Stop, Rex! Will you make me regret
that my cousin sent me back in your
"I see. It's all over. Becky, for the
sake cf Auld Lang Syne, tell me, is there
anything I can do to please you after
"Yes. Be good to Madge. You're lucky
to have won her."
Some one met them on the platform
and called out:
"Hello, good people, where've you
been to the races?"
The gfrl smiled and answered: "Yes."
The man touched his hat, glanced
back at an empty railway carriage, and
"Been in a fool's paradise!" Lady's
A Royal Treasure House.
The plate-room at- Marlborough
hcuse contains what is . probably the
mcst valuable collection of treasures in
any private hcuse in England. The
room is underground and is lighted by
electricity, the walls being lined by
bookcases containing many rare vol
umes presented to King Edward and
the prince of Wales from time to time,
forming a very valuable library. In big
iron safes in the center, of the room is
stored away a wonderful collection ol
gold and silver plate, including two
enormous silver pilgrim bottles present
ed by Alexander III. of Russia to King
Edward, and a priceless solid gold em
bossed shield, which was a present to
the sovereign from a number of Indian
2111k Produces Big Melons.
A farmer living near Marsel""
France, has discovered that by "wait
ing" his melons with milk they will
grow to twice their ordinary eU. He
carries off all the melon prizes .t local
LARGEST BATTLESHIP, IN THE WORLD.
' ' p
The new "King Edward VII.,." of
to be placed in commission about, the
IT DIES IN DAYLIGHT.
But Cavern Battles Are Able to
Move About in Pitch
The cavern beetle was first discov
ered 70 years ago in an Austrian cave,
the grotto of Adelsberg. One speci
men only was caught and, though its
discoverer offered a prize cf ?25 for
another, it was 14 years before a sec
ond was found.
The cavern beetle has a little round
body, long legs and absolutely no eyes.
Brought out of its gloomy haunts into
ths light of the sun, it dies almost im
mediately. Yet in its pitch-dark home,
far beneath the surface of the earth,
it moves with as great rapidity and
certainty as any cf its eyed relatives
on the upper soil.
To make up for its lack of sight it
is provided with antennae of extraor
dinary length and delicacy. By means
of these it feels its way over the rough
surface of the stone and hunts its prey
ether smaller blind insects with
rapidity and absolute certainty.
The cavern beetle has its enemies.
The blothrus (a specimen of scorpion)
and the great eyeless spirit hunt it re
morselessly. Prince Khevenhuiler,
who thoroughly explored these caves
some years ago, describes it as a most
extraordinary sight to watch by the
light of a candle a scorpion, absolutely
eyeless, hunting a beetle, equally
blind, along the cavern wall. Although
the beetle was several feet in front of
the scorpion and divided from it by a
fissure in the rock, yet the scorpion
tracked it with absolute and almost
The spider found in these caves is
of a lovely ivory white and is able,
like other insects which inhabit the
same subterranean depths, to run
rapidly and find its way with as pos
itive certainty as if it had eyes and
light to use them. Like several of the
others, it, tco, perishes if taken out
of the cave. Sunlight saems to wither
and shrivel up these insects, just i
if they had been placed in front of a
Yet, in spite of this fact, it is known
that the blind cave creatures are de
scended from others which originally
lived in the light of day.
An ordinary proof of this is that,
though no faintest ray marks the dif
ference between day and darkness in
the depths they live in, yet it has been
ascertained beyond shadow of doubt
that those whose ancestors were noc
turnal in their habits still prefer to
move about during those hours when
the surface of the earth is in dark
ness. Numbers of different kinds of fish
are known to live in the gloomy rivers
and lakes which exist in all large
At San Marcos, Tex., borings were
recently made to provide a water sup
ply for some new fish hatcheries. At
a depth of 188 feet a great stream of
water was struck, which shot up at
the rate of 1,200 gallons a minute.
With it came thousands of tiny,
shrimp-like creatures, and also a
large number of curious little, pale
colored reptiles, provided with lcg
tail3 and each having four legs. These
tiny monsters were absolutely eyeless.
The only trace that they ever pos
sessed such organs are two little black
spots above the nostrils.
A similar creature known as the olm
inhabits the rivers in the Austrian
caves already mentioned. In the
depths of the Planina cave, nearly a
mile and a half from the entrance, the
olm is ,most abundant The waters
are fairly alive with them, and when
some years ago the Archduke Ferdi
nand paid a visit to this cave a net
was let down and a number of the lit
tle reptiles caught for his benefit
Curious Defenses. .
An interesting book might be writ
ten on the subject of "Curious De
fenses." One excellent . instance - is
supplied here in what was known as
"Codd's Puzzle" Codd wa3? defend
ing a client accused of stealing a
duck. He set up seven defenses: (1)
The accused bought the duck and paid
for it; (2) he found it; (3) It wa3
given to him; (4) it flew into-hls gar
den; (5) it was put in his pocket while
he slept; 6 and 7 are not recorded;
but an amicus curiae suggested that
there never was any duck at alL The
accused wa3 acquitted, not because
they chose any particular defense, but
because they did not know which to
choose, and so gave the prisoner the
benefit of the doubt.- Spectator.
the British navy, which will be ready
first of the new year.
THE LAND OF EARTHQUAKES
About Fourteen Hundred Sliocks
Shake Up Japan Each Year
According to a treatise by Baron
Dairoku Kikuchi, which has recently
been published for private circulation.
Japan has annually about 1,400 earth
quake shocks, which leave a record in
observations where suitable apparatus
is employed. Of these perhaps not more
than 50 are generally noticed. Indeed,
a still smaller number are attended with
serious harm. Since 1875--nearly 30
years ago only 15 have occurred which
caused a loss cf life or did much dam-
"age to property.
In October, 1S91, took place the great
Nuno-Owari earthquake, in which 7,000
people were killed, over 17,000 injured
and nearly 20,000 buildings destroyed.
In 1875 the imperial government com
menced the systematic observation of
earthquakes. Of the 223 large shocks
recorded since the earliest times, 47
had their origin in the Pacific, 17 in the
Japan sea, 2 in the Inland sea, 114 inland
and 43 are obscure.
Baron Kikuchi believes that "the dis
tribution of the earthquake origins in
Japan seems to have a close connection
with. the curvilinear form of the coun
try. They are arranged approximately
in two systems, which are respectively
parallel and normal to the arc formed
by the Japanese islands." Almost all
recent earthquakes in Japan, extending
over a large area, seem to be "tectonic"
i. e., due to mountain forming agencies
while in earthquakes accompanying
volcanic eruptions the shaking is con
fined to a comparatively small area.
The imperial earthquake commission,
which was founded in 1892, has been
watching with special care magnetic
disturbances in connection with earth
quakes, and has found that such dis
turbances usually attend or precede
earthquakes. Continuous magnetic ob
servations are now being made in five
different places distributed over Japan
as evenly as circumstances will allow.
As Baron Kikuchi remarks, "this in
vestigation is one of the few means at
present available for diagnosing the
state of underground stress, and it is a
Other investigations have been under
taken to determine the relation cf earth
quakes to latitude variation. Determin
ations of gravity are also being made
at properly chosen spots with a view of
obtaining more, knowledge of the in
ternal structure of the land.
A JUDGE OF MEN.
But the Diiscerning Girl Missed
It in Two Cases at
They were spending a short time in
the country, and men were few. The
little, stout, middle-aged man eeemed
to be the life of the hotel. He was
everywhere, attending to everything. He
had a smile and a jone for everybody.
and had been particularly devoted to the
young girl from London.
"I hate gloomy men," she said. "I
like to see men bright and jolly and
cheerful, like you. I think a man's
business creeps into his manner to a
certain extent don't you?"
"Um well, I don't know," he said.
"It may, but you can't always tell."
"I can," she said, cheerfully. "At least
I can generally come pretty close to it
Now, you take that funereal, solemn
looking man that we see on the veranda
every night He looks and acts as if
he had lost his last friend and never
expected to have another. He is som
ber in his dressing, too. His manner
shows how seriously he looks at life,
and if an observing person can't tell
exactly what his business is, she ought
to be able to get near it, anyway."
"What should you think he was?"
"An undertaker, or a tombstone man
ufacturer, or a lawyer, or possibly a
"Well, he isn't any one of them."
"Do you know him? What' is he?"
she asked, eagerly.
"He is a professional humorist"
"Dear me, how surprising! Now, I
should have thought that might have
been your business, but certainly net his.
What is your business?"
"Oh, I am an undertaker."
Tree Coal Bin. -In
the churchyard of a Welsh village
there are four large yew trees, and a
hollow in one of them, which is pro
tected by a door, is used for storing coal
needed to heat the church during tap
TESTING EGGS IN MEXICO.
Novel Method Which Is in Vogue
Among the natives of That
It Is a common sight in the plaza to
behold a stall woman, who is selling
two reals' worth of eggs, pick them up
one by one,put one end and then the
other to her lips, and hand them over
to the customer, who repeats the same
To the inexperienced onlooker it
seems as if. they were tasting the ex
tremities of the egg, says the Mexican
Herald. As a matter of fact, they never
touch the egg to the tongue.
The idea of the performance is that
when the egg Is fresh one end is dis
tinctly colder than the other. The end
which has the air chamber is the warm
er of the two. The human lips are ex
ceedingly sensitive to heat and ' cold,
and even the novice at this form of egg
testing promptly becomes a capable
judge. If both ends of the egg reveal the
same temperature, that egg may be
counted as bad, as it is a fairly good
sign that the air "chamber is broken
and the contents spread equally within
Device of Two New Yorkers Which
Anybody Would Be Able to Adapt
to the Ordinary Sled.
We give herewith the description of
an invention applicable to the winter
months, when the snow reaches us. It
is the invention of two New Yorkers,
which they term a self-propelled sled.
Anybody could build one, or, for that
matter, construct one out of an ordi
nary sled, using the top and runners,
with a cross-bar or footrest connecting
the runners at the front, the latter be
ing on a plane slightly below the seat.
Two actuating levers are pivoted upon a
bracket or support upon the front posts.
Propelling rods are connected to the
levers and the rear posts, the extreme
forward end being threaded and bent
Inwardly at right angles, so as to pro
vide a pivot pin which enters one of a
series of openings in the lever and is re
tained in position by a nut. A bracket,
provided with a vertical slot, is at
tached to the rear pest, in which loosely
SLED PROPELLED BY HAND LEVERS.
slides a stud through which the propell
ing rod passes and is guided in its actu
ating movements. Wound around the
propelling rods is a spiral coiled spring,
which rests against a lug secured to the
rod. To prevent undue jarring or
bouncing of the sled caused by the
rapid striking of the end of the propell
ing rod against the ground, a cushioned
device is provided, which is formed of
a vertical spring secured to the brack
et The rear end of the propelling rod
is shaped into a slight point to readily
penetrate the ice or snow. In opera
tion the person seated upon the sled
places his feet against the front rest
and manipulates the pivoted levers,
which operate the propelling rods, the
resistance to the ground pushing the
sled forward, the strokes being regu
lated by the holes in the levers.
WEIGHING AN AUTOGRAPH.
Mechanical Adjustment So Delicate
as to Detect the Mark of
Scales are now made of such nice
adjustment that they will weigh the
smallest hair plucked from the eye
brow. They are triumphs of mechan
ism, and are inclosed in glass cases, as
the slightest breath of air would impair
their records. The glass case has a slid
ing door and as soon as the weight is
placed in the balance the door slides
.The balances are cleared and made
ready for further use by pressing a but
ton, which slightly raises the beam, says
the New York Herald. Two pieces of
paper of equal weight can be placed on
the scales, and 'an autograph written in
pencil on either piece will cause the
other side to ascend, and the needle,
which indicates the division of the
weight even to the millionth part of a
pound or less, will move from its per
A signature containing nine letters
has been weighed and proved to be ex
actly two millogrammes or one flfteen-thousand-five-hundredth
part of an
- Irrigation In Dakota.
" A proposition is now on foot to irri
gate certain parts of North Dakota and
eastern Montana whereby the govern
ment is to put in irrigation canals and
the settlers are to pay $25 an acre for
the service, payable in ten annual in
stallments of 12.50 each.
CLEVER BALANCE TRICK.
How Your Friends Hay Be Enter-,
tained After the Dinner.
This is one of the neatest and moste
curious of balancing tricks.
Cut the tops to two long corks into
wedge shape, insert the corks firmly in.
the necks of two bottles of equal height,,
and place the bottles on the table about,
ten' inches apart with the edges, of the
corks parallel to each other. Now. try
to balance a table knife on one of the
sharpened corks. If you succeed, re
ject that knife and try one' with a.
heavier handle, for we must have two
knives -that will not balance unaided.
Having found two such knives, hold
them level on the corks with their
points almost in contact, moving the
bottles if necessary, and set on their
points a small, thin wine glass or tum
bler containing just enough water to
make the whole affair balance' when
you take your hands off it
This is a good deal easier to say than
to do. but it can be done, though it may
THE BALANCE COMPLETE.
take more than one pair of hands to do
it at least, at first
So far you have accomplished a strik
ing and "ticklish" balancing feat an J
that is all, says the Chicago Inter
Ocean. Now attach a bullet, coin or any
small heavy object to a thread and care
fully lower it into the water in the lit
tle glass. As soon as the coin touches
the water the glass begins to go down,
the knives turning like seesaws on tha
corks, and lower goes the glass, so that
if the coin is large you will have a
smash before it is half under water. But
you can pull it up at any instant As you;
do so the glass follows as if It wera
glued to the coin, and so you can keep
it seesawing up and down.
Perhaps the reason of this is not clear
to you. The coin is held up by th
thread and does not touch the glass, so
hew can it affect it? Well, the coin is
rt held up by the thread alcne. Ths
part that is under water Is held partly,
by the thread and partly by the water,
which buoys it up with a force equal to
the weight of an equal bulk of water.
The coin there presses the water, and
consequently the glas3, downward with
an equal force.
Now when you pull out the coin this
extra weight is taken off, so the glass
rises to itsorigiEal position.
You might raal.e the glass bob up
and down by pressing, it with your
finger, but it would be a ticklish experi
ment, while with the suspended coin
you can move the glas so very delicate
ly and safely that you can even make
it dance in time to a waltz or polka
played rather slowly on the piano. So
it makes a very pretty little trick, es
pecially If you substitute for the cola
a tiny human figure or doll.
CLOCK BUILT OF PINS.
Timepiece and Tower Which Contains
Between 15,000 and 20,
A clock made entirely of pins, the
work of J. G. Dickerson, Austin. Chica
go, is on exhibition at the St Louis ex
position. There are between 15,000 and
CLOCK MADE OP PINS.
20,000 pins in the clock, of all sizes and
shapes, soldered together into one mass
and placed with infinite care to maks
the frame symmetrical. The clock is
run by electricity and requires no wind
Source of Coal Waste.
A square foot of uncovered pipe, filled
with steam at 100 pounds pressure, will
radiate and dissipate in a year the heat
put into 3,716 pounds of steam by the
economic combustion of 398 pounds of
coal. Thus, ten square feet of bars
pipe corresponds approximately to tha
waste of two tons of coal per tnw?n