I lieht green striped devil fish. Here also
I - •• be seen eocoanul ['alms, many specimens j
ijj ths royal palm and a great variety of slen- .
«: r palms, all from the tropical regions.
I*:i m this house one enters the fern house. '
< ntaining two hundred and fifty varieties.
Uear the entrance la the staghorn t'«-rn collection
fjCRI Australia and Africa, and near these are
Many specimens of bird's nest ferns; suspended
from the upper fr.iinework'are pitcher plants and
ether <>r«-hids. When one wanders through this
part of the conservatory he realizes what a
humid tropical climate is like, and feels re
frefhed when hi breathes again the '.» > degrees
Fahrenheit air of New- York. A few steps he
yond the fern house are the arold and pineapple
families in another tropical building, and a lit
t'> beyond these on.- conies to th • banana fam
ily. There are large and small banana trees.
: me of them with the fruit plainly in sight.
Then are also fig plants, rubber plants and
a large collection of crotons, with their leaves
streaked with red. yellow and black, and in
n.any eccentric shapes. In one corner of thin
put of th- conservatory there Is a collection ot
•• paisish bayonet now in llower, and fine speci
i:.i i.s of Hat and cylindrical bowstring hemp.
llv.rv also may be seen a giant zebra plant, from
I ../... This is striped, has large, 1.-l.'. green
I a yes, and is one of the- attractive features of
ilie tropical collection. Several queer looking
It) trees bear th name "Throbroma cacao."
:.:.': th. attendant spoke of .th. m as chocolate
i.. this part f.f the conservatory th r>- are
t...!> line specimens «>f tree ferns, and of the
rcrew pine, from Polynesia and Madagascar.
All of these collection* have been recently en
larged, and many of tin; plants on exhibition
have. be. ii teen only i.. those people who have
b. .n to the garden within the lam few weeks.
Mouse No. •" of the conservatory, which la one
of the unfinished wings, contains the succulent
plants, among which are cacti, aloes, spurges,
century plants, stone crop and echeverria. Of
the last named, which are sometimes called
"grave roses," because they are used for decorat
. irif." graves, there are many varieties. Here also
may !«• son a number of specimens of the night
blooming eereus. One of these bloomed two
weeks ago, the flower measuring thirteen inches
across. One night last week was "night bloom
ing cereus night" at the conservatory, for there
were no less than six different 1-inds in bloom.
The bouses in which there is a temperate at
mosphere, at the east end of the conservator}',
tain some fine specimens of acacias from
Australasia, magnolias from Asia, heather from
the Cape of Good Hope, begonias, pitcher plant*
and a great variety of showy plants, from all
regions in the temperate zone.
J>r. N. 1.. Mutton, director of the garden, In
speaking of the Improved condition of the
grounds, the museum and the greenhouses, said
that there was no good reason why everybody
should nut have the advantage of seeing and
profiting by the collections. "The place is never
closed," he said. "Sundays or weekdays, and th
fact that there is not even a fence around the
Botanical Garden indicates that it is open, wide
•pen, to the public."
w; I \ no\ in i !/•/ / t/.N.
From The Chicago Record-Herald.
A wraith of history and romance li<s untold
In .the half forgot t:-n stories of abandoned State
capitals. Kaskaskia, the first capital of Illinois,
lias been swallowed up by the encroaching Mis
risßlppl River, and others have shared in vary
ing degrees the slings and arrows of misfortune!
Cahawl a tl .• former ca| i a! of Alabama, is not
even .1 town now. being returned by the census
us Precinct No. Hi, in Dallas County. Several
years ago the town sit.- was Bold for taxes, and
was bought by a negro for a few hundred dol
The owners of plantations and the rich traders
lived in baronial style, their houses being of the
architecture of the South at that day, with
large balls and rooms, and v- randan occupying
most an much space as the rooms themselves.
Extensive ground* surrounded each, and (lowers
bloomed la fusion, while magnolias, oaks and
c oaja were found in abundance. Blooded horses
NEW-YORK TRIBUNE ILLUSTRATED SUPPLEMENT.
neighed and pranced in and about the Ftabtes
and cocks BtrutUd in the barnyards.
The capital had been moved before tee Con
federacy was born, and when the war was
over the few men who had any money left tried
to start up business, and put new lit:- into the
old place, but could not. A few years later even
the county s.iii was transferred to Senna, and
I'ahauha was d ad. Some wealthy in n tore down
their houses, and had then; rebuilt in kieloi .
MEMBERS OF THE BANANA FAMILY.
and soon the f«'w remaining houses were left
i BI'LLDOIi ///!/¦ UILKS THE COWS,
Prom The Baltimore Sun.
A big white bulldog, which had !>•-. n living of!
the fat of the land spring chickens and fr»-sh
row's milk had his career brought la a sud
den ending lat»- on Tueadaj night by a bullet
from the revolver of Patrolman Scott, of Mount
This <!oir was of nnUSUaI siz.-. and for more
than a month past his movements about the
village bad attrai ted attention He w;is declared
guilt) bj a court consisting ol tin- Rev. Byron
Clark, Mr.- Margaret Carroll and Patrolman
s. ott of eating rhickena and surreptitiously
milking >oi\: Kor the former offence be might
haw- i .-. -ri punished only with a heating, t.ut th.
lattei charg< was m unusual th.it the death
il< m -i th< i»nl) effei tiv* one.
According In l*atrolman Pcott, lh< d..c. did ti-t
• • . he was not
h< even h.i\.- a rep-
Ihoufch hia manter, Willium Welrh,
: "t.,1 to him Thin »a* parti; the fault
: the ilok. a» I ' ¦ ¦ ¦ ' .. .i- ;;!i -
lible to ftnd the .u!jr:t. md Patl -n Scott
: iwii niKhtM hefoi ¦ be • ould
fit in. the s'.-ntem*< Mi Welch ucquietM ¦ d In
ftei learning th<
Just how- the d I the h t of milking
nol kn«»« n but it Is thouKht he ..•¦
. it \'\ following the example of ralvea.
Hi had often t•¦ •:: *een with the many <•'¦'¦ n
• . i.i ut Mount Washington a< rosii a cow's
.. hi! .-(!•• was !> iiiu- down. Hla appetite
fui in ck (frew BO Mroiiir that In- was :i"t sat:
ti .1 with part of the supply, »>-. it wanted II i
A few ¦!. y* ago (.•¦ ..).i., t.-.i to Mr; Carroll en
li i barnyard to milk h»-r cow. A short
age of the milk given by the cow had bei n
noticed t"r some time.
NO "CORNER' CM* KXORBTTAITO PKICC I '•
THE ICE TRUST THIS TEAR.
People will hear little of th-- I ¦• Trust thi
•• ar ii\ essive publicity and an abumlar..
'ap:tal placed at th<- disposal of the rival iom
paniea which started up last suvunet v.-h»-n it
became evident that the trjst th«»ucht it had a
"i-nrncT" hay«- spoiled UM trust- plans
.-..:. ¦ ¦' i ¦ w.ii l.t-.^r i..- r-ti:. :.:••• i. . -
SPANISH BAYONET AND BOWSTRING HKMP.
ptvially by those who suffered In consequence
la the early part of last summer. It will be ie
membered as the chief factor in th* partial fail
ure of on.- of the few trusts that have failed
in this age of combinations. But it will be
only a memory. Unless we have sunstroke
weather in December and a July thermometer
all th. year round, '¦•' cent ice will never again
The greater portion of the ice vsed in New-
York comes from th.- Hudson ar.d Mohawk riv
ers and the lakes which empty into them. Last
winter I :¦!¦•"•'¦" tons were harvested ami stored
in icehouses, according -to conservative es
timate. Of this great quantity '.. per cent will
reach the New- York market if it is needed.
The remainder will be lost through melting.
The Ice Trust, as the American Ice Company
will always be known, has its share of the har
vest. Th- independent companies, of which
there are four or five doll I a retail business in
the city, have all the ice they can handle.
Even if the old Ice Trust succeeded in doing the
Impossible and bought up the -to, held by the
independent companies, it would still lack con
trol of the market. When ice was selling for
•JO cents a hundred pounds in small ciuantities
and at C>« » cents wholesale, many people longed,
to go. into the ice business. It looked like a
"mighty good thing." and the speculators were
attracted. It is estimated that they overloaded
to the extent of one million tons. It is said that
there is that much ice ••-. the Hudson and Mo
hawk which cannot be sold.
For these reasons, then, ice is selling at half
the price which it brought a year ago. Th.
family trade is supplied at o<> cents a hundred
pounds and the wholesale trade at. 17*2 cents.
These prices will probably rule throughout the
summer, unless th.- trust starts another war.
An ice war. with the present large supply, would
mean even lower prices.
The ice bouts which bring their cargoes of
coolness to the hot. sizzling city a:- nothing
like the ice boats th.it one read about last
winter— the ones that did more than a mile a
minute over the frozen surface of the upper
st v • : 11 1 < >i:\ n:i:\s.
Hudson. These summer In boats are satisfied
if th»-y make ten miles an hour. There is only
one point of difference between a summer »oe
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