TRIAL BY R1UE.
The Way Suspected Criminals In Ben
gal Are Treated.
They have peculiar methods of try
ing suspects in Bengal. One of these
is called "trial by rice." says a writer
in the Wide World Magazine. After a
priest had been consulted as to an
auspicious day every person suspected
and those who were usually near the
place at night were ordered to be pres
ent at 10 o'clock that morning. On
that date all turned up. First the
people were made to sit in a semi
circle, and a "plate" (a square of plan
tain leaf) was set before each. Then
a priest walked up and down chanting
and scattering flowers. These said
flowers, by the way, must be picked by
a Brahman and they must be those
which are facing the sun. This cere
mony over, one of the clerks went to
each man and gave him about two
ounces of dry raw rice and told him to
chew it to a pulp. Then commenced
what looked like 'a chewing match.
After about ten minutes had elapsed
they were told to stop and eject it into
the plaintain leaf. AH did so easily
With the exception of three men. In
the case of these three the chewed
rice had in two cases become slightly
moistened, but not sufficiently so to al
low of its being easily ejected, and
they had much ado to get rid of it.
The third man had chewed his into
flour, and it came out as such, perfect
ly dry. One of these three men prompt
ly commenced to cry and begged for
mercy, confessing everything and stat
ing that man No. 3, who had acted as
a kind of flour mill, was the chief in
stigator. It is a curious fact that fear,
arising from an evil conscience, pre
vents saliva coming to the mouth, with
the result described.
GOOD IN SPIDERS.
They Don't Bite and Do Kill Many In
I think it can be said that there
never has been one absolutely authen
tic case of spider bite. The so called
spider bites rec 'ved occasionally, and
generally in early summer, often in
(bed. are inflicted by certain blood
sucking insects of several species,
large and small. The mandibles of
the average sized spiders are hardly
powerful enough to pierce the human
skin, and all of the poison contained
tin an arachnid's glands injected into
the flesh of a human bing will not
make as amen fuss as a respectable
bee stinfe Moreover, spiders are not
mammal bloodsuckers and wouldn't
bite if they could. So much for the
negative qualities of spiders.
If it were not for the spiders we
should all promptly starve to death.
Perhaps this is a little startling it is
none the less true. To enlarge upon
it, certain spiders prey upon certain
caterpillars, regularly inhabit their
abodes and kill so many of them that
often whole colonies of the insects are
wiped out of existence. These cater
pillars normally feed upon the leaves
of trees, bushes and shrubs, frequent
ly entirely denuding a plant. If they
were plentiful enough to exhaust their
common food they would turn to the
weeds and grasses. Without check of
any kind they would overrun the
earth and destroy every green and
growing thing. The spiders beauti
fully preserve the balance of nature.
S. F. Aaron in Collier's
The Moods of Musicians.
Before the moods of genius the
world must ever bow in awe. for is it
not to the wayward wanderings from
the normal that inspiration itself is
due? says a writer in London Lady.
The gloomy moods of Beethoven are
traditional, but every time they en
wrapped his spirit there flowed from
his pen the most noble of scores
Turning to Schubert, we find that it
was in the gay moods of the German
inn that his genius worked. Dnder
their sway the "Serenade" and many
other immortal themes were penned
on a tavern table, any scraps of paper
being used that came to hand I'a-
ganini was so wholly the victim of
moods, that it was, uo unusual thing
for an audience to wait in vain for his
contribution to a concert program
When due to appear some fantasy ot
the moment would impel him to re
main in his poverty stricken room,
grimly toying with the instrument
which should have been moving bis
hearers to tears
Mary, a?ed fourteen, was found one
day by an older sister sobbing and cry
"What is the matter?" she asked,
with great concern.
"Three boys have asked me to go to
the dance tonight." was the unexpect
"Well, my dear child, certainly that
is not such a terrible misfortune"
"Yes. but I told the first one 1 would
go with him. and the last one was a
Common to the Kind.
"How do you recognize an infant in
dustry?" inquired an English tourist
of a colonial politician
"Like most infants." answered the
politician, "it is recognized by the
amount of poise it makes when it
wants to be noticed."London Tele
Mrs. Benham-You still insist that
woman has more curiosity than man?
BenhamSure! Did you ever know a
man to want to find out if he could get
off a street car backward without com
imitting suicide?New York Press.
"Do the Barkers own their piano?"
"One octa\e ofUt."-Life.
Siberia has generally been looked
upon as a cold, barren waste, of which
the arctic was but an advance post.
Russia sent her undesirables there to
perish. Now comes Consul Bagsdale of
St. Petersburg with the assertion that
Siberian winters are no worse than
those of northern Canada, which is
being rapidly settled by volunteers
from all over the world. The land, he
says, is as fertile as that of Canada,
Illinois, Iowa or Nebraska and better
watered and timbered. The region
cannot long remain unpeopled, for the
governor of Omsk reported an average
of 5.000 emigrants a day passing
through his town last year. Since 1885
the increase In emigrants has been
steady, and oVer 3,000,000 souls have
entered Siberia from the west during
The consul describes cities along the
Siberian railway having a population
of 50,000, with factories, stores, hotels
and theaters and electric lighting.
Buildings are up to date and streets
paved and improved. The cities are
supported by the agricultural dis
tricts, which produce herds of all
kinds and a variety of crops. Coal,
iron and timber abound, and the land
is endowed with many navigable riv
ers American machinery is in gen
eral use, and large farms are culti
vated by single families, using the
American harvester, mower, hay rake
and gang plow. Uncle Sam generous
ly offers to furnish rules governing
colonization to any of his family that
wish to try the halfway house to our
Boston and San Francisco both put
in a bid for Taft's presence in 1915.
By that date he should be able to fly
across the continent between break
fast and lunch.
Our per capita circulation dropped 4
cents this season. Probably some of
the "seeing Europe" crowd dropped
extra coin in foreign coffers.
Spain now demands $20,000,000 from
the Moors, and the Moors sit back
and say, "If you want it come and
At this stage of aviation every ex
perimenter is glad when a competitor
does the trick.
Flying craft that hold the course
over Chicago will probably be called
But when it comes to prosperity
people want to meet the distributer,
not the discoverer.
Our Shifting Seaport Trade.
The trend of the export trade away
from Atlantic ports and toward those
of the gulf and northern border is
perceptible in the export record of the
fiscal year 1909, according to a Wash
ington bulletin. It appears from sta
tistics given that the gulf ports are
the only group of ports showing an
increase of exports in 1909 over those
of 1908. The northern border and
lake ports declined a trifle, but the
Atlantic ports, the Pacific ports and
the Mexican border ports all show a
marked decline for the period.
Comparisons given in the bulletin
show that in the last two decades the
decline at the ocean ports has been
gradual and that the increase in trade
has favored ports on the gulf, the
northern border and the lakes. On
the import side the gulf, Mexican bor
der, northern border and lake ports
all show gains much greater than the
ports of the Atlantic and the Pacific.
The principal articles in which the
drift seems to be away from the At
lantic ports and toward the southern
and northern border ports are cotton,
grain, flour and miscellaneous mer
The Morocco pretender was thrown
to the lions by the pretender on the
throne. If this was Morocco, Dr. Cook
would have been sure to have the
goods on him before he spoke up
Ex-President Roosevelt's first ap
pointment is that of delegate of a
missionary society, which is mixing
with the people, all right.
With so much in the air to divert
folks' attention the fat turkeys have
had a chance to locate the safest hid
ing places against Nov. 25.
The way the hospitals prepare
against football campaigns it looks as
though Sherman included them when
he said war is not heaven.
Rubber shoes are to be dearer, and
there are people who might economize
by wearing a section cut from their
The gulf between those who raise
the price of beef and those who hustle
to raise the price of beef gets no nar
Sad to think that Mars is uninhabit
able. It looks to be a warm, bright
planet with no flies on it.
Idle to take that hum of the Euro
pean shipyards for the piping of peace
THIS I'BiyCKTON UNION THIJBSDAY^oy EMBER H,
CAQ Farm Fireside.
Gleanings by Our Country
Mr. Sellhorn is expected home from
the west today.
Wood sawing is the order of the
day at Brickton.
Mrs. Burke is enjoying a visit from
a sister from near Anoka.
W. G. Lipp is enjoying a visit from
his brother, Emil, of Waconia.
Mr. and Mrs. Du Jerald entertained
a party of friends one evening recent
Mr. and Mrs. Horace Farnham re
turned from the cities on Saturday
There will be a "biscuit making
contest" at the school house on Fri
day night. The girl bringing the best
pan of biscuits will receive a prize.
A general admission fee will be
MILLE LACS LAKE.
Mrs. Dann of Wahkon visited with
friends at Cove a few days.
The lake is lower at present than it
has been for the past seven or eight
Fred Swanson and Geo. Van Rhee
of Onamia made a business trip to the
cities last week.
Rev. Blair has been conducting re
ligious services here for some time
past. The gentleman is a very force
There is considerable building
going on at both Wahkon and
Onamia. At the latter place a fine
$5,000 school house is being rushed
Mrs. Geo. W. Freer and two chil
dren returned to their home at Op
stead the first of the week after mak
ing an extended visit with relatives at
Princeton and Greenbush.
E. L. Corwin of Foreston was visit
ing at the home of his parents at
Cove a few days last week. Mr.
Corwin formerly resided in this
section and still believes it a good
Dave Magee of Onamia is having
his house sided and otherwise im
proved. F. D. Anderson of Cove is
doing the carpenter work Mr.
Magee raised a fine crop of potatoes
Mrs. John Kruger, who had been
ailing for some time, died at her
home at Wahkon the latter part of last
week. Mrs. Kruger was an old
resident of the village and conducted
a large hotel at that place.
Adolph Olson has moved to his
camp south of Cove and is preparing
for active operations this winter. He
expects to have a sawmill and planer
located at the camp this year and to
turn out finished lumber. Mr. Olson
has charge of the work for Chas.
Adams of Vale, Iowa.
H. F. Mann, general manager of
the Minnesota Telephone Co., has
placed a new switchboard in the
central office at Onamia which is now
located in commodious quarters over
the old Brummer building. A switch
board has been placed in the rear of
the land office building at Wahkon,
where Miss Hilda Brandt will have
charge of the new central station.
The new central station will make a
great improvement in the service of
P. Lavelle sold a number of cattle
Otto Barneke sold several of his
milch cows last week.
Emil Caen has engaged to work for
Otto Barneke for a while.
J. C. Clitty of Becker was in north
Blue Hill^after [cattle he had pur
Aug.JThompson has purchased the
farm known as^the Larkin place in
Mr. Roman has purchased an 80-
acre farm adjoining Mr. Fagerburg's
on the south.
Elmer Thompson recently sold a
fine bunch of^cattle to Reed & Walker
John South has moved into the
John Olson house, near the church,
for the winter.
Miss Ethel Wood came out from
Princeton to visit her cousin, Bessie
Hull, over Sunday.
Philip Boehm, jr., is sporting
around in a fine buggy he purchased
at Nels Herman's sale.
Miss Ellen Taylor of Greenbush
spent a few days of last week visiting
her uncle, C. W. Taylor.
Otto Barneke recently lost a cow
that made a raid on a potato pile and
ate too many of the tubers.
Grover Taylor has returned from
Grafton, N. D., where he was engaged
handling freight for the Northern
Pacific Railroad Co.
There will be no services at the
Blue Hill church next Sunday on ac
count of the all-day service at the
Glendorado M. E. church.
John Olson will occupy Nels
Herman's house while Mr. Herman is
1 Lot of $2.50 Men's Shoes at
50c Cotton Fleece Underwear
^eof ,_. ~_
Think of 110,000 sq.
feet of floor space
filled with highly skilled
by the most modern
equipment, and you'll
have some idea of the
immensity of the model
tailoring shops of
Ed.V. Price & Co.
the largest tailors in the
world of good made-to
We*d like to show you
their woolens for Fall and
Winter, and take your meas
ure today. Satisfactory fit,
style,workmanship and value.
$20 to $40
Kop & Bartholomew
gone to the old country. All John
needs now is a housekeeper.
Mrs. Hartman Camp attended the
Sunday school convention at Becker
last Sunday and also visited relatives
there. She returned home Monday.
Nels Herman had an auction sale
last Tuesday. Everything sold readi
ly and at good prices. Mr. Herman
and his wife are going to Sweden to
care for Mr. Herman's mother.
Nat Young gave one of his moving
picture shows at the Wheeler school
house on Friday evening last. His
moving pictures are fine and he de
serves a good attendance at his shows.
While Rev. W. Tracy was coming
from Becker to Blue Hill last Sun
day night .he lost his way and
wandered over into east Blue Hill.
He finally concluded to let the team
go where they wished and at last they
got on a road leading across the river
at the new bridge and reached the
A Few Seasonable Snaps
25 to 40 Percent Off on Boys' Overcoats.
5" $1.00 Natural Wool Underwear 75
Some Special Bargains in Misses' Cloaks.
Black Hawk Mercantile Co.
Hi tf tf
New Rubber Goods Are Now In.
P. P. Stewart Steel Ranges I
If you want one of the best stoves made buy the
wmr STEWART "W
We have a large stock of heating stoves at from
Evens Hdw. Co.
The Man Who Makes Good
Good sized oven, nickle trimmed high warming oven
closet, made of best cold rolled steel,
warranted in every way
reat Bargain Store
As I can see that I am a little overstocked on Ladies' and Chil-
dren's Cloaks and Furs, Men's and Boys' Suits and Overcoats, and also V"
"*r Fur Coats, I will give jou the most liberal discount ever offered before, &
5r which means from 10 to 25 percent off. Big bargains in Ladies' and jfr
ifc Men's Underwear, Dress Goods and Blankets. Try me once and you
will find my goods and prices are right. My aim: Better Goods and j*.
juthe Lowest Prices.
A. S. MARK
You don't know how much
you can save on each dollar's
purchase until you call at my $-
store. And that is not the 4&-
only thing. When you buy jfc.
goods of me and take it home
and then decide that you don't
want the goods, bring it back
and I will gladly return the life
money. If any goods don't
give you satisfaction within a Jt.
reasonable time, please bring _S
them back and I will give
you other goods in place of *F
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