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ARRESTING FLIGHT OF TIME
ROM time to time tho
I i I preBS of Europe has re
I Jp" I corded accounts of the
'I allmontB of tho RusBian
F"5flP empresB. Tho Russian
InSfiJ preBB, even now that
censorship in Russia, is
forbidden to print any
thing concerning tho Im
perial family aside from
tho olllclnl reports dis
tributed by the official
news bureau. .Prom tho various frag
mentary reports It has becomo known
that tho czarina, who had come to
Russia with lofty ideals and a liberal
western education, is an Invalid and a
martyr, alone in tho palace of the
czar, misunderstood and tormented
with melancholy and fear.
Now a chronicler. Intimately famil
iar with the home life of the Russian
czar, has described vividly tho suffer
ings of the woman who had hoped to
reform the Ruslsan czar and the Rus
sian land, and It may be said without
exaggeration, that Alexandra Feodo
rovna la today the unhapplest of all
Princess Alice of Hesse-Darmstadt,
according to the biographer of the
czarina, tired amid Ideal and idyllic
surroundings throughout her child
hood; The small, good looking prin
cess, dressed as beautifully as her
dolls, was told that the flowers dally
presented her were so beautiful and
fragrant for her sake, and that when
he was crying, the little flowers were
also shedding tears, and when she
was laughing, the llttlo flowers were
kind hearted and obedient, and she
did all she could to refrain from cry
ing, for she recalled that every tear
drop of hers would cause so much'
pain to all those who loved her.
But the tears she repressed In her
childhood days she is shedding now
within the walls of the palace, as the
queen of the long Buffering Russian
people. Being of a sensitive, lmpres-,
alonable and artistic nature, the prin
cess was deeply Interested In the best
kind of literature. She familiarized
herself with tho most Important
works of the masters of fiction in Eu
rope and she even made some at
tempts at writing poetry and dramas.
As she was frail, the physicians
feared that' she was undermining her
health by devoting most of her time
to books, and she was told that her
health was more Important than all
the books In the world, and then for
the first time she learned that she
was not free. The books were now se
lected for her by physicians and she
was permitted to read only a very
limited number of such books. To
while her time away she took up the
study of drawing, and soon showed
considerable talent In that direction.
Little by little she commenced to
notice the life beyond the boundary
of her fairyland; she saw the life of
the people who were suffering and
starving, and she learned that what
was new to her was not new to her
father, to her mother, to her aunts,
to all those who lived contented In her
fairyland of luxury. And she began to
ask herself the question which she
was for a long time unable to answer:
"How can they all remain care free
and so shamelessly cheerful when be
yond the windows of this palace is
the moan of an entire suffering na
tion?" Princess Alice became the czarina
of Russia. She came to the Russian
land at a time when the people, ex
hausted by the burden of absolutism,
were returning from the funeral of
Alexander III., and wero hopefully
waiting for a more merciful reign on
the part of the new czar, Nicholas,
who was reputed at that time to be a
The first day of the new reign was
marked by the Khodlnka tragedy,
when thousands of people lost their
lives amid the festivities. Tho tragedy
made a profound impression upon the
czarina. It seemed to her a forebod
ing of a terrible future.
The superstitious Inclinations and
weaknesses of the czar, manifested In
his eagerness for a male heir to the
Russian throne, filled the czarina with
She had to obey the orders of va
rious charlatans who were welcome
advisers of the czar. And the In
trigues directed against fear In the
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palace added to the misery of the
young empress. She noticed that the
czar was angry at her because she
was "endeavoring to Introduce In Rus
sia western reforms and that she con
sidered herself more Intelligent than
the entire household In the palace."
In the meantime storms of unrest
had broken out in the land, and or
ders were given to pacify the discon
tented at all cost. The empress did
not know of the horrors that were per
petrated In Russia, arid when she
learned of them she consoled herself
In the thought that all the cruelties
directed against the Russian people
were not committed by order of the
czar. She believed that the czar, like
herself, was ignorant of what was go
ing on In the land.
But she soon found out her error.
Then her suffering grew ever more In
tense. She looked with disgust upon
the clique surrounding her, upon their
hypocritical smiles and greetings, but
she was unable to change anything
even In the palace. It wa then that
she becamo seriously ill.
When the empress had recovered
she divided her time betweon her chil
dren and her desk. She turned once
more to the reading of books and also
devoted considerable time to writing.
'Nevertheless the feeling that she was
alone and misunderstood In the palaco
weighed heavily upon her. She grow
ever more and moro melancholy.
One day, after having worked for
some tlmo upon the tragedy sho was
writing, the empress entered the
czar's study. She found him seated at
his desk looking over numerous docu
ments. Ho brightened up when she
entered and ho kissed her hands.
"Why are you so Bad?" she aBked.
"I am thinking of the future of our
children," he replied.
The empreBB looked at him sur
prised. "I do not understand" she began,
looking into his troubled eyes.
"A plot has Just been unearthed,"
he Bald cheerfully, yet with a shade of
"Oh, I know about it"
"No, I mean another plot a new,
one. They have Just learned of It to
day." And shaking his head he
"Do you understand' now?"
And he described to her in detail
the conspiracy of the" terrorists
against his life. They became more
sad than before. The shadow of dan
ger was still hovering over their
They endeavored 'to calm each oth
er, but Bomehow their words were un
certain. "Thank God, It Is all over now,"
said the empress, heaving a deep sigh.
"I had a terrible presentiment during
the last few days. Wherever I went
I could not rid myself of the terrible
thoughts that haunted me."
"Really. Do you know," answered
the czar, "I also felt 111, feverish,
weak. They keep me In a constant
state of terror."
The empress tried to calm him
again. He smiled bitterly and hand
ed her a document bearing numerous
notes In red Ink.
Tho empress made an effort to ap
pear calm as she read the document,
for she felt that the emperor was
watching her closely.
"What wicked people! Savages!"
said the empress as she looked up to
"That Is exactly what Is troubling
me," replied the emperor with a sad,
forced smile. "I should not like to
leave to my eon a heritage In such a
"Do not speak of this, do not speak
The empress advanced to him and
took his hand.
"With the help of God all will be
well. All will bo well!" sho repeated.
"And you, would you want to re
main a widow?" the czar suddenly
smiled strangely. His eyes were cold
The empress shuddered at these
words. Sho released his hand and
looked' at him fixedly.
"My dear," Bho said In tremulous
voice, "I have wanted to speak to you
seriously for eomo time. This 1b Im
possible! Do you understand? This
llfo we are leading is Impossible. You
must do something to change It. You
must decldo to do something!"
The empress' voice quivered and
there were tears In her eyes.
"For my sake and four yours, for
the sake of our dear children, do
something! Even If you havo to-
even If you have to yield. Do It!"
"What can I do?" asked tho czar.
"Tell me. Do they know what they
want? Some of tho people want one
thing, others want another. Don't you
know that yourself?"
"Will you deny that there Is a sys
tem of provocation and spying In Rus
sia," sho demanded.
The empress spoke with firmness
"There Is an infernal machine In
your hands," she said, "and you look
upon It as a plaything. I know that
upon some occasions you apeak with
authority, but when a matter requires
energy and determination you yield to
the first adviser who knows how to In
Then the empress spoke more softly.
"I understand that you often find
yourself In an embarrassing position.
But you believe everything that should
be repulslvo to you. You yield to flat
"My dear, do not talk to me about
these fables. You and I cannot think
of anything that will change all this.
The laws of nature cannot be changed.
Some of the people will demand wa
ter, others will demand lire. All I
could do would be to make some con
cessions. Otherwise everything must
remain as it Is. It must bo so. Do
Tho czar seemed pleased with his
words. He leaned back In his arm
chair and added angrily:
"I have tried everything!"
"But I cannot go on like this," cried
the empress. "I cannot I am going
away, I have no strength any longer.
I am afraid to look at myself! When
I see myself In a mirror I am seised
"What can I do? You must consult
The empress looked at him angrily
and shook her head.
"Perhaps things will run more
smoothly when you will bo a widow,"
Bald the czar, rising from his seat and
running back and forth In his study.
"That la nonsense," he said sud
denly and rang the bell, pausing In
the center of the room perplexed.
When the servant entered the czar
shouted and stamped his feet The
empress bad fainted.' Sho was taken
to her room and remained for a long
tlmo under the care of her physicians.
Tho czar neglected all Important af
fairs of state when the empress was
111. In the evening the minister of
tho Interior arrived at the palace with
an Important report When he was
ushered Into the czar's study the
czar shouted at him nervously:
"For God's sake leavo me alone!
The empress Is 111! Do whatever you
llko! It Is all tho same to me."
When tho minister of the Interior
offered a few words of consolation the
czar Interrupted him:
"I know you! I know everything! I
know you all!" and he waved his
The minister of the Interior walked
out of the czar's study contused and
And the minister of the Interior
heard tho czar shouting to himself:
"Monarchy, constitution, anarchy.
Even my nearest are against' me."
The health of the empress was shat
tered and for a long tlmo she was suf
fering from a nervous breakdown.
During that Illness various rumors
were spreading In the palace. It was
said that tho czarina was planning to
leave the palace and return to her na
tive land. It was then also rumored
that she wanted the ozar to abdicate
and leave Russia. But all knew that
she rebuked the czar for his lack of
will power and determination
TOTAL FIRE SALVAGE THIS YEAR
T0TAL8 OVER $10,000,000.
GOSSIP FROM STATE CAPITAL
Items of Interest Gathered from Re
liable Sources and Presented In
Condensed Form to Our
Flro departments nml volunteer flro
fighting organisations in Nebraska are
credited by Flro Commissioner Ran
dall with having saved over $25,000,
000 of property In Nebraska from In
cineration during tliu past two years.
Ho bases this ostlmato on figures
which liothaB compiled from reported
conflagrations occurring In tho state.
Tho total salvago from tiros during
1911 is found by Mr. Itnndall to have
been $11,1)77,109, and this year bo fat
tho samo Item Is placed at $10,702,780
Chancellor Talks to Students.
Tho groat development of colleges
and universities during tho last gen
eration and tho Increasing numbers of
collego graduates found In important
places was tho themo of Chancellor
Avery's address to stato university
students at tho opening convocation
of tho school year Tuesday. Ho un
qualifiedly commended Industrial edu
cation as a means of giving equal
economic opportunity to all. '
"Sinco 1890 our population haB In
creased approximately one-half, whllo
tho number of college- students has
practically quadrupled," said tho chan
cellor. Tho University of Nebraska
now has an attendance about equal to
tho number of students In all Amer
ican collogcB and universities eighty
Bill to Promote Racial Purity.
Designed to promote laclal purity,
two bills, which will bo Introduced In
tho coming legislature, havo boon
drawn up by A. J. Lenvltt of Omaha,
secretary of tho Nebraska Prisons ns-
Boclntion. Surgical operations aro pro
vided for In tho caso of confirmed
criminals, paupers, Idiots and rapists
confined In state institutions. This
bill provides that tho operation shall
be performod only in such cases aa
havo beon pronounced unimprovable,
tho matter to be determined by two
skilled surgeons appointed on the staff
of each Institution and acting In con
Junction with the regular Institutional
physician and Its board of managers.
Tho other bill provides that no person
can obtain a license to marry without
presenting a medical certificate, sworn
to by a physician and Bhowlng the ap
plicant to be free from all contagious
and venereal diseases.
Must Reform Methods.
Adjutant General Phelps 1b asking
Certain companies of the Nebraska na
tional guard to reform tholr methods
!to conform to the wishes of tho war
department. Major Julius A. Penn of
itho regular army, who Inspected tho
guard In Nebraska last spring, report
ed to the war department that two
companies havo rlflcB that aro all la
bad condition, four companies do not
have armories In which United States
property Is properly protected from
the elements or from theft; three com
panies uso property for non-military
jpurposos and thrco companies allow
property In the possession of the Indi
Money In Oil Department.
The stato oil Inspection bureau col
iectcd moro monoy in fees during Au
gust than In any previous month In Ita
history. Tho total receipts were IC,
1956.72, this being much In excess of
'any past month. Tho big record is
attributed to tho fact that roads wore
good throughout the month and that
more automolle traveling was done
and more fuel consumed than ordi
narily. The office turned Into the state
treasury 95,506, after paying 91408.4)
as running expenses.
Few Moving Picture Flrea.
Only threo Arcs in moving picture
theaters have occurred this year In
Nebraska, according to Information
gathered by the state flro commission
er's office. Tho loss Involved In them
, was about 91,200. Last year there
I wero four such fires. Tho number of
I ,movlng picture theaters In tho state
is estimated by Commissioner Randall
at more than 1,000.
Tho relation of public service cor
nnrnllnne 4r itis. rttt11li ant (nfMnnt.
ally to tho railway commlwjon, la be
iing studied In Lincoln by Prof. J. H.
iGray, head of the Investigation now
being conducted by the National
Civics Utllltlos Federation. Dr. Gray,
who la connected with tho University
of Minnesota, arrived In Lincoln Mon
day and has confined his work hero
'solely to tho records of the commis
sion. At noon, Tuesday, at a private
session, ho addrossed members of tho
Nebraska university faculty and the
commissioners at tuo commercial club.
Land Commissioner Cowles started
the system of having tho state board
of purchase and supplies submit goods
.'to chemical analysis. Ho has had
Stato Chemist Rodfern analyzo coffeo
and soap and tec's havo been made
of coal beforo bolng purchased by the
stato. Mr. Cowloa Is now having the
chemist analyzo lubricating oils for
use In tho power plants at the differ
ent stato Institutions. Four or five
markings are mado on each sample,
tho principal ones bolng for vlscosclty
and the temperature at which tha oil
burns and flaibraa.
German Scientists Advise the Eating
of Egg Shells by Those Who
Approach Old Age.
Two Germans, deep thinkers Pro
fessors Emmerich and I-oowo ntato
thnt egg shells eaten lncreaso tho
power of reslstanco ngalnst "tho with
ering blight of tlmo," ndd weight to
tho body, activity to tho brnln and
strength to tho heart; that they do
stroy Injurious bacilli, provont Inflam
mation and dlsonso nml lond courage
and energy. This romlnds mo, Phil
ip Hnlo wrltcn In tho Boston Herald,
of tho preparation advertised In Lon
don thirty or moro years ago as re
moving superfluous hair, being an ex
cellent substltuto for tablo butter,
nono genuine unlesB stamped on tha
blndo. EuBtaco Mllos, tho English
court tonnlH playor and vcgotarlnn,
Bays ho had an old nurso who usod
to cat egg shells and crunch thorn Joy
fully botwocn tho tooth that happened
to meet, and sho Bald sho ato tho
shells becauso they "shaved tho hair
off InBldo of tho throat." Tho discov
ery of tho German scientist Is pe
culiarly wolcomo to dwellers by the
ocean, for It.ls a well known fact that
If you do not break egg sholls tha
witches will put out to sea In them to
wreck vcbboIs, and of you burn tha
shells tha hens will cease to lay.
Furthcrmoro, as eggs aro now absurd
ly high evon caso eggs In the neigh
borhood It scorns a pity to waBte any
part of them.
"Halloa!" Jelltson cried, as ho en
countered his acqualntanco, Barwood.
In tho Btroot. "Thought you were get
ting tnarrlod today. Postponed?"
"Altogether," Bald Barwood, firmly.
"Not oven engaged now, then?" pur
"No. Tho lady I was to havo mar
ried was too modern too uptc-data
"Upto-dato!" Tho excuso astonish
ed Jclllson. "How on earth"
"Wioto her last Monday, saying X
was coming to boo her on Wednesday.
You see, although we'd been engaged
f for Bomo tlmo, I never formally pro
posed, and sho scorned to want It So
I went on Wednesday Just to satisfy
her whim, as I thought. Got there)
arid found Bho had Bold the rights of
photographing mo at the moment of "
proposing to a clnomatograph con- -pany.
"That settled It!" Tit Bits.
The output of the pottery Industrie!
of the United States had a value of
$34,618,560 In 1911. according to tha
United States geological aurvey chart
of clay products production, by state,
complied by Jefferson Mlddletowa.
The pottery collection for 1911 waa
greater than for 1910, when the out
put was valued at 133,784,678, tha la
crease being 9733,882. Of tha total
production, Ohio was first with am
output valued at 914,776,285; New
Jersey second, with 98,401,941; West
Virginia third, with 92,880,202; New
'York fourth, with' 92.178.364; Penn
! sylvanla fifth, with 92,156,817, and
Indiana sixth, with 91,004,737. Tha
output of no other state had a valuo
In excess of a million dollars.
How About This?
"Geese are supposed to be Bymbolla
of all that Is foolish."
"Well, go on."
"But you never Bee an old gander
hoard up a million kernelB of corn and
then go around trying to mate with a
A Paradoxical allot,
"I should think the women voting
In the now suffrage states would;
strike one obstacle."
"What la that?"
"How can the matrons of a party,
cast their maiden vote?"
Tha Style of It
"How do they serve meals
that lunch wagon?"
"I supose they serve them
One advertiser offers to send a dol
lar package free. It is the concen
trated wisdom of the ages that no
package worth a dollar Is free.
One way to hold a man'a Interest la
to take a mortgage on his property.
If you havt trouble with
your Stomach, Liver or Bowels,
(Bel run-down and in need of
a tonic, wi urgi a trial of
Your faith in this medicine
will not be misplaced. It
will surely help you, Be
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gists and Dealers.
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