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f #T%1 HE week na* been marked by a series of unusually de-
I structive storms all over the country. On June 22,
I*l West Virginia In the vicinity of Bluefields, was dcv-
I atated by a cloudburst, in which approximately sixty
XLimLJtM lives were lost. The. damage to propepty is not yet
fully estimated, but it will run very high.
On June 26, Pittsburg was visited by an electric storm which
resulted in several deaths. On the same date, New Creek valley.
West Va. was flooded by a cloud burst, great loss resulting to
lire stock and farms, though at present writing no lives are
known to have been lost. Ashland, Wie., was visited by a tidal
wave and cloudburst, causing a loss of at least $10,000, and on
June 20 the country about Naper, Neb., was laid waste by a tor
nado, in which several lives were lost.
Russia's action in raising the duties on bicycles, resins and
machinery, which are specified as American manufactures, is
claimed by the government of the United States to be an infrac
tion of the commercial treaty existing between the two nations.
Russia contends that the prior action of the United States in
putting a higher tariff upon petroleum, which it specified as a
Russian import, was also an infraction of the treaty. The mat
ter has become serious enough for the state department to take
It up with the Russian ambassador. It is a matter of some mo
ment to American manufacturers as our exports to Russia are
at least $18,000,000 yearly, and rapidly growing.
Mrs. McKinley has at last recovered sufficiently to join the
president at luncheon and drive out with him, and it is believed
that she will eventually recover her usual health.
Hoshl Toru, former minister from Japan to the United States,
and a leading statesman in Japan, was stabbed at a meeting of
the city assembly of Yokohama, and died shortly after. It was
a political crime, the assassin saying the blow was struck in the
Interests of the country.
J. Pierpont Morgan has given over $1,000,000 to Harvard for
the erection of certain buildings desired for the medical depart
ment. D. K. Pearson, who is already famous for his gifts to edu
cational institutions, has given $50,000 to Fargo, N. D., for a col
The kaiser has decided not to prosecute Weiland, who threw
the piece of iron at him, and inflicted a wound upon his cheek
which will leave a permanent scar. Expert physicians say Wel
THE STORY TELLER—HOW THEY DID IT
MOh, girls! girls! I've got it! I've got it!" she cried. "Got what?" we all
cried eagerly. In the silence - following the hubbub that girls always make
when they are excited Margaret was able to ask them why it wouldn't be fun
to sleep up in the hay in the largest barn in the neighborhood, which was
owned by the father of two of the girls. We said that would be lovely and
Just solved the question of getting up early in the morning. "What funl
What fun!" So we decided to go to bed early (so as to have more time to
have fun in the hay, rather than thinking it necessary to getting up early.)
How the Little Japanese Girls of Noble
Cincinnati Commercial Tribune.
ONE of the most Interesting institutions to the foreign visitor
in Tokio Is the Peeresses' School, where all the small daugh
ters of peers and nobles of the Japanese realm are given their
education. This school was founded fifteen years ago, upon the
suggestion of the Marquis Ito, who saw a similar one in Ger
many, under the patronage of the empress. Owing to the munifi
cence of the empress of Japan, this school is so largely endowed
that the price of tuition is absurdly small —three yen a year,
jrhich is equal to $1.50. The buildings of the Peeresses' School
occupy a beautiful site in Tokio, and within the gates are ample
playgrounds, where tennis courts and basket ball goals are
laid oat. At recess the girls rush out to play these and other
games vigorously. In their Japanese clothes, and clumsy wooden
or straw clogs, they play as quickly and as gracefully as Ameri
can girls. They are fond of shuttlecock and battledore, and Jack
stones with small bags Oiled with rice. Besides the regular
ff»hni a gt<« work, the girls are taught both native and foreign
<qy»Vf"g and painting, and Japanese sewing, which is quite
THE JOURNAL JUNIOR. MINNEAPOLIS. MINNESOTA. SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 1901.
One warm day in June, four girls sat under
a group of trees on the lawn discussing
plans for the Fourth of July.
"Here, we've been trying for a week to think
of some new way of spending the Fourth and
we haven't come to any decision yet," ex
claimed Anne. "Well, we won't give it up.
Let's go over and get Margaret and talk it
over with her," said Florence.
So we four girls trooped off to find the fifth
part of our "set"
We had always had trouble in getting our
folks to let us get up early enough on the
morning of the Fourth and we had thought of
every way to remedy it, even to climbing out
on the roof through the window, but nothing
appeared practicable and it seemed as though
another Fourth would go by without anything
being done. But as we came around the foot
of the hill and started out upon the road we
saw the looked-for Margaret, hat off and hair
flying appear over the next hill.
Blankets were taken along as it was de
cided that the hay was rather prickly to bare
The barn could be locked from either side
and had two keys. We had one and the other
was kept in a secret place outside, so we
thought we were perfectly safe.
It was one of those stifling nights such as
often come about this time of year. No one
who has not slept up In a barn and burled In
hay on such a night can imagine what a de
lightful (?) time we had. We went to bed
at 7 and sat talking awhile. Margaret said
that her brother and some other boys were
coming into the barn to scare us and they
thought It was a great secret but Margaret
overheard it. We told ghost stories up there
land is an epileptic and committed the assault when he was in
an irresponsible condition.
Joseph Cook, the distinguished lecturer and author, died at
Ticonderoga, N. V., on June 24. Since 1875 he has lectured in
every English speaking nation in the world. For twenty years
he was the Monday lecturer to great masses at Tremont Temple,
Boston; these lectures were published in ten volumes.
Mt. Vesuvius has found another way to annoy the peasants
living within its shadow. Recently dense clouds of smoke have
been issuing from the volcano. Then a rain came, which passing
through the smoke acquired caustic properties, and falling upon
the crops in the adjacent valleys completely destroyed them.
General Cailles and his immediate force finally surrendered
to General Sumner at Santa Cruz, Province of Laguna, Luzon,
Monday, June 24. In consequence of this surrender, all the Fili
pino prisoners in Luzon have been liberated.
Civil government will be inaugurated in the Philippines on
July 4. Judge Taft will be civil governor, and will remain the
head of the Philippines commission, which will continue its
work, thus showing that a civil and military government is in
Governor Wood Is quite seriously ill with an attack of grip
and malarial fever, and the attending physician has advised
complete rest until the fever subsides.
The Japanese government has asked the United States Marine
Hospital service to co-operate with it in the destruction of all
the rats in the world. Rats carry the bubonic plague and this
accounts for the appearance of the plague in many of the civilized
ports of the world. Surgeon General Wyman says that many
American cities are threatened with the plague, but he does not
know just how to go to work to exterminate the rats.
A United States exploration party has started from Dawson
City, to explore a hitherto unknown area in Alaska, from Berg
man to Kotezebue sound, opening into the Arctic ocean a short
distance north of Bering strait. This is the first government
party ever detailed to this field which has been visited by very
few white men.
British and Boers fought hand to hand at Reitz, where the
British surprised the Boers under De Wet. The latter seeing
that the British were not strong, returned and after several de
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Margaret, hat off and hair flying.
different from ours. Though It is apparently easier, and the
stitches are coarse, they must be taken with an exactitude which
would appall girls in the west, and the course of instruction in
this alone extends over years. "Flower arrangement," and the
composition of dainty poems, which are written on long slips of
decorated paper, are two other branches of learning unknown In
our schools. Tiny lords are admitted to the kindergarten con
nected with this big school, the girl graduates entering the
lowest class of the academic department, while the boys are
then obliged to go elsewhere. The roll call numbers about 450,
and the names are amongst the noblest In the empire, number-
Ing little princesses of the blood royal, Including a sister of the
prince imperial's bride, and the daughters and nieces of the
old "shogun," or "tycoon," who was at one time the real ruler
of the empire.
The empress is the greatest patroness of the school, and so
attends commencement and visits It at periods during the year.
Her coming Is, of course, a great event, and much bustle ensues
when the time of her visit is announced. She Is preceded by a
detachment of her maids of honor, who arrange her chair, table.
tennined onslaughts, recaptured the convoy. Reinforcements of
the British then came up and the Boers sustained the attack
lying under their wagons and firing between the spokes of the
wheels. After some hand-to-hand fighting, the Boers w^»
finally driven off. One of General De Wet's staff officers was
wounded and taken prisoner.
The czar has freed all newspaper^ and other periodicals from
all warnings, interdictions and punishments an£ has decreed
that hereafter, all such shall expire within a certain period.
The sultan of Morocco has authorized his representative ta
London to negotiate a treaty of commerce with Great Britain,
which will open Morocco to European commerce.
A huge meteor fell forty miles from Altar, Sonora, Mexlc*,
and the shock was so terrific that the people thought it was an
earthquake. It fell when the sun was high, but was so bright
that it illuminated the sky. An exploring party has gone out to
try to find where it fell.
A diver has visited the spot in Lake Champlain where the
Royal Savage, commanded by Benedict Arnold, was sunk by the
British in 1776. He found three gun carriages and about thirty
cannon balls and shot. Two of the gun carriages have been sent
to the Sminthsonian Institution at Washington, and the other to
the city of Burlington, Vt. All wood in the carriages has petrified.
The Indians in the Kiowa-Comanche country have decided to
use force to prevent the settlement of whites upon their lands
when the president declares the opening for settlement. This
action was taken as soon as the decision of the supreme court
was made known to them. The Indians are now holding a big
meeting near Fort Sill and reported arming themselves ready
to make a raid on the whites who are now gathering along the
Paterson, N. J. was the scene of a terrible explosion of fire
works, on June 21. Three apartment buildings were destroyed
and eleven people killed. Twenty-one families were rendered
homeless and all their effects were burned.
Experiments in tea growing at Pinehurst, N. C, have been
made during the past year, and it is believed that tea-growing
may become a paying industry in the United States. Five
thousand pounds of tea were grown on this plantation, and It
retailed in New York for $1 a pound. As the cost of raising was
but 28 cents, it would seem to be a profitable business.
in the dark for a while longer and then tried
to get to sleep.
Along in the night (we all supposed it was
about midnight although not one of us had
slept a wink) one of the girls whose father
owned the barn remembered that one of
the boya whom Margaret had overheard
talking knew where the key was kept out
doors. So we all went down to the barn door
and Elsa called to her father, who was sitting
on the lawn, and he came out and gave us
the duplicate key. As soon as the door waa
locked and he was gone a sudden fear that the
boys might already be in some small corner
of that capacious barn made us fly to our
loft as quick as our legs could carry us.
This fear soon departed, however, and after
one more ghost. story we lay down to our
sleep which would never come.
I forgot to say that way around in another part of the barn loft was a
heard mutterings and someone stumbling over harness and an old sleigh,
what time is it?" We called several times but we got no answer and only
the stairs we thought it was he coming up to bed; so we called out "Alfred,
room where the hired man slept, and now hearing a rather stealthy tread on
We didn't know what to make of it, and we were thoroughly excited. Wo
were not frightened because the only explanation that we could think of
was that the hired man was trying to frighten us by not answering and
making us think it was someone else. We Boon heard the same person
nearly tumbling over himself in his hurry to get down stairs. In
the morning the mystery was explained by the hired man himself who
said that he forgot all about us and sent one
of his friends up to get something from his
room (he had a key of his own). The poor
man was probably as much surprised as we
were when he found himself groping around
in the dark and was hailed by half a dozen
voices demanding to know what time it was.
No one but Margaret and Florence slept a
bit and when 3 o'clock In the morning came
we were all ready to begin the day's fun, all
declaring they had never spent a more de
ightful third of July night We went down and
washed our faces under the windmill and in
five minutes had every child in the neighbor
hood awakened for a glorious Fourth.
B Tenth Grade, —Hazel Cowles,
East High School. 2618 W. 39th St
screen and other things sent from the palace, in the room which
i 3 set apart for her at the school. The pupils are all gathered at
the gate as she drives in, and bow very deeply as she passes
them, then they are hurried back to their respective class
rooms and school proceeds as usual. After remaining in her
room long enough to receive the principal, a Mrs. Shimola, who
was once a court lady herself, and is known as a poetess and
writer, the empress proceeds to visit every classroom in the
school, attended by her chambermaid and suite, which number
ten or fifteen In all. She remains an exact number of minutes in
each room, while the teacher and pupils, who rise 03 she enters,
go on with the lesson. In each room she finds a royal chair
and carpet waiting for her. Two or three of these chairs and
pieces of carpet are thus kept moving about all the time until
she has completed her rounds. Lunch Is served to her before she
leaves, and she meets and speaks with all the teachers. At
commencement she enters the hall where the exercises are held
last, and all rise and bow. When each girl receives her diploma
she makes an obeisance to the empress. It is very difficult for
a foreigner to obtain permission to be present on this occasion.