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BOOK I. b
The Messenger From Khar- (?
CHAPTER I. b
AT SHEPHERD'S, ON THE SQCARE CALLED a
. . , _ C<
"Backsheesh:" hoarsely wnispereu a
stout, red-faced traveler, bending over k
a small, nervous man, who, seated on ^
the piazza in front of the well-known j
Shepherd's Hotel in Cairo, Egypt, ^
dashes off page after page of lead-pencll
work, aided by the lights that illumine
the grand plaza.
The latter individual never raises
his eyes, but with a groan and a mochanical
movement of the arm draws
a piaster from his pocket and holds it j.
It up, which miserable coin is gravely
taken by the man in the plaid suit
and traveling helmet-hat. He does
not move away, but stands there at ^
the elbow of the scribe, waiting for ?
that interminable scribbling to be e
done, and meanwhile watching the
lively scene upon the great square of n
It is certainly a good sight for for- *
eign eyes, and one that will never be *forgotten.
Although the month is t]
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February, a delicious, balmy atmos- ~
phere bangs over tbe old city ou tbe 0
Nile. Music throbs upon the air, and, ^
judging from the gay scenes to be met .
with after night closes in, it would **
be hard to believe the Mohammedan
fast corresponding to our Lent is in
progress. The Koran, however, only *
demands observance of strict rules
from sunrise to sunset, so that in all
oriental countries the devout worship- Ci
ers make night a period of feasting.
Just at the present period many lanterns
and flambeaux and lamps il- ?
lumine the grand square, from which
arise discordant sounds, a perfect
babel of confusion. Here, under a ?
cluster of palms, a snake-charmer J?
handles his cobras with apparent impunity,
boxing their heads and causing
them to do all manner of strange
> . things. Near by are dragomans, or ?
guides, haggling with owners of donkeys,
who, in turn, scold or cuff the n
boys in charge of the little beasts.
Close by are fakirs, pretending to
Bell wonderful things for a trifle;
mountebanks, dealers in turbans,
fezes, relics and handkerchiefs, and a
general conglomeration of idle, curious
The light discloses a picture that a
can probably be looked upon in no
other city save Damascus. Here min- !?
gle Turks, with their red fez and national
dress; Arabs, in white bournous
and turban; native fellahin, or Egyp- S1
tians, wearing blue gowns and the ^
everlasting brown skull-cap; Jews,
with long beards and sober garments;
Nubians, Tersians, Greeks and a
sprinkling of foreigners. The red
-coats of British soldiers give way .
pretty much to the sensible white that 'r
Is worn in all hot countries; still there
Is enough to lend color to the kaleido- *
Bcopic picture. \
The stout man sees all this without 0
emotion; he seldom, if ever, allows
himself to be so deeply interested in ^
anything as to forget himself. Standing
just back of the tilted chair of '
the smaller man, who writes sheet ?
after sheet with railroad rapidity, he
puffs away at his cigar and calmly a
waits for the time to come when his
friend will have exhausted the sub- 1
ject or oiumcu an nis pencils. Every- ^
thing comes to the one who has patience,
and this ie the most prominent V
trait in the character of the stout tour- 0
'Eureka! I have done it! Glowing description!
Burning rhetoric! Do you p
proud, my boy! Now I'd give a piaster t]
to run across Grimes."
U He has hardly spoken these words t)
jk, , half aloud, when the man with the
florid face and heavy hand deliber- s
P.?. ately raps him on the shoulder.
"Pay your debts, young man. I
claim the reward by virtue of dis- ^
covery. Here's one miserable Turkish
coin you've shoved on me. French 0
money is preferred," be says, solemn- *
"Oh! It was you who groaned 'Back- li
eheesh!' in my ear, was it? I've heard t
little else since I struck Egypt. It's t
a howling paradise of beggars. I go ii
to bed with a bag of piasters?give i
'em out in my sleep I assure you, n
Sandy Barlow is the correspondent
of a great daily journal in the United 1:
States, and is never known to be in p
anything but a hurry. In piping times 1;
of peace he finds material to employ
his pencil in various foreign countries, (
and his letters have been considered t
fine reading on account of their pi- i
quancy and crisp style, characteristic
of everything the man does. f
Those who know Sandy best have ?
discovered that the war correspondent 1,
has a warm heart, and will readily
go out of his way to help one whom i
he counts a friend This stout gen- ]
tleman whom he calls Grimes is?so ]
rumor says?the wealthy owner of several
mines in Colorado, about which l
he occasionally speaks, lie keeps his :
own counsel, however, and any one
who is a good judge of physiognomy
would have little ditficulty in reading 1
on his resolute face all the si^ns that
, gv iv ujuac u|; ki uciuiuiiiii'u CUiirUC* I
"Arc you at liberty, Barlow? If
Bo, I'd like to have a little talk," re- '
marks the silver king* '
"Great Caesar! "Why didn't you say
bo before? Singular man! Didn't want
to interrupt the flow of senilis, eh? But
I'd drop even nay pencil to oblige
"There was no great need of haste, i
You were the first one I thought ol'
when old Tanner brought me the news. '
.You know him?" <
"Like a book! Gruff old party; love- '
ly daughter, Molly. (Jo ou. What was 1
his news. Is England aroused at last I
to the emergency?"
"Just the contrary. Listen to what i:
1 Buy: Old Tanner tells mc liig daba-1
R J OF,
it Boaactii's Soks.
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Dal), or house-boat, has just come
own the river; they left it some two
u ml red miles above and hastened on
y railroad' to Cairo. This evening it
rrived, and the reis, or captain,
tilled upon him at the hotel here with
main news that has given Tanner
3me uneasiness. He was puzzled to
now what to make of it, and, seeing
le, put the whole case in my hands,
have promised to go down to the
oat and interview the man who is
ow asleep on board?a man they
icked up afloat on the river far above
-and who they imagine is some sort
f a messenger sent down from Khar)om
by General Gordon."
Sandy Barlow is out of his chair
ke a shot, all eagerness and animaon.
"Come on!" he exclaimed. "I'm in
iis game. Groat Caesar! If I can
et the only authentic account of that
vent! What keeps you, man?"
"I'm not ready to go yet. Don't
lake a scene, Sandy, and, above all,
-hisper not a word of the truth. The
alse Frophet has many friends in
airo who would like nothing better
jan a chance at this person who
3ines from the south, with scimiter
r yataghan. Sit down again while
e talk it over."
Sandy has hard work subduing his
itense eagerness to discover the truth,
ut he is equal to great emergencies,
ud finally sinks back in his chair,
.s for Mr. Grimes, the silver king,
e straddles a rattan seat and rests
is arms across the back in the most
areless manner imaginable.
"What did the old orator seem to
liink of his men picking up a passener?"
"He was wrathy at first, until he
3und the man was a Frank, or foricnof
Thnt mndp it nil rieht. He
ates these swarthy natives?Turks,
?llah and Arab."
"Yes, I have heard him whisper genie
words about them in his own peuliar
way. Lovely soft voice the
lonorable Demosthenes has. Reminds
ie of a steam foghorn."
"Hush! Here cprnes his daughter!"
"Miss Molly, for all the world!" mut?rs
the correspondent between his
A vision in white floats up to where
ley are seated, and both men spring
) their feet. This American girl is
fair, fresh picture?a healthy daugh'i*
of the land across the sea. She
i not actually beautiful, but there
i a charm about face and manner
lat draws a host of friends to her
ide. Mollie Tanner is a taking girl,
ivacious, quick, tender-hearted?true,
ou can read her constancy in the
lear, frank, fearless gray eyes. Lucky
ie man who wins her heart. It will
e for all time.
"Oh, Mr. Grimes, I have been looklg
for you everywhere! I feared you
ad gone!" exclaims the young lady,
tying a white hand, which shows
ame traces of sunburn, on the arm
f the mining king.
"Fortune favors me, Miss Molly. In
hat way can 1 do you a service?"
"You see the governor has just been
?lling ine all about that poor man
n board our boat, and I feel so sorry!
would like to know whether there is
nything I can do for him."
Some people might be shocked to
car Molly Tanner thus designate her
a rent, but the word is uttered with
eh tenderness that the same perons
would secretly listen in the hope
f hearing it again.
Mr. Grimes and the correspondent
xchange glances, and then smile.
"Really, until we have seen the
arty, we cannot exactly say," begins
"That's just it! Why not allow me
3 accompany you to the boat?"
The girl speaks eagerly, as though
he has quite set her heart upon it.
"Your father would not consent."
"Leave that to me?I can manage
"And I reckon you're about the only
ne who can, Miss Molly. Outside of
hat I don't believe it would be safe.
.uu see, 10 i vucu me river wutru me
oat is tied up, we have to pass
hrough one of the worst quarters of
lie city called Musr, and with a lady
a our company, there might be trouile.
No, I am sorry to refuse, but I
oust positively decline to accept the
Molly Tanner does not pout, but
auglis, proving that while the old
;overnor has done his best to spoil
ler, he has not yet succeeded.
"Very well, I shall not insist, Mr.
Irimes; but when you return, promise
o let me know how the young Gernan
pilgrim is," she says.
"Who said he is German; your
'ather did not say anything of that
:ort to meV" declares the stout silver
line, in some surprise.
"Perhaps I only judged it from his
lame. You know the Germans anil
talians are working down along the
"Even his name the governor neg
eeted to state. What might it be,
uiss .uouy: usiteu u limes.
"I am sure lie said Mynheer Joe.'1
"Mynheer Joe!" gasps Sandy Bar
"Mynheer .Toe!" drops from the usn
illy undemonstrative silver king, nov.
"Why, gentlemen, what is the mat
er? You seem to l?e astonished V" says
Molly, surveying first one and tlua
he other in wonder.
"Astonished? I'm dumbfounds
-knocked all in a heap?flabbergasted
Fo think that I should meet my dea:
loe again in this way!" bursts out th<
i mpet uous corresponden 1.
"And, on my part, after all. I'm no
surprised. It's just what 1 might liav<
expected, knowing what I do of tin
man. Yes, Mynheer Joe has beei
ivitil Gordon at Khartooni; he was las
lieard of there. Now we shall se<
what news he brings. I am ready i
rou are, Mr. Barlow."
Sandy Bmiles as he remembers tha
this man, dow all eagerness to depart, !
was in no hurry before, but took things |
in a cool manner, as though the world |
was not made in a day, and Obed j
Grimes had no need of haste. Cir- I
cumstances alter cases, and the mere
m/intinn r>f n n.mip has mit new onercrv
in Mr. Grimes.
Nor is tbe war correspondent less
eager to be on the way. He bas received
something of a shock upon bearing
Molly speak tbat name. Memories
of the past are recalled, which
take him to other scenes.
"You will pardon us for leaving
youV" says the polite Mr. Grimes to
the young girl.
"Certainly. Indeed, you cannot go
too soon to please me. I am anxious
to bear what this poor man bas to
say. To me General Gordon bas always
been the hero of the heroes, and
any one who comes from him demands
my attention and sympathy. Go
then to this poor German, see what he
most needs, and if Molly Tanner or
her father can in any way help him,
do not neglect to give me notice."
Again the two men glance toward
each other and smile, but although
she sees this, there is no explanation
made of their actions.
Bowing to tbe young American girl,
they turn away, leaving tbe piazza
of the hotel.
"Remember!" floats -her warning
voice after them, and Mr. Grimes,
turning, waves bis band.
Then they are lost in the crowd
that josth- elbows in the square called
Esbeblyeh, in front of Shepherd's Hotel.
Around them sound tbe voices of
dragoman and fakir, mule driver and
peddler, mountebank and camel driver,
while the barking of dogs can be heard
everywhere, the streets of Cairo literally
running wild with curs.
"Are you armed?" asked the correspondent,
as they cross the grand
piazza and head into ;? street that?
leads from it down to the River Nile.
The silver king chuckles.
"Never go without a revolver, my
boy. Learned that habit years ago,"
"Yes, you Western men generally do
carry a whole armory on deck. Beastly
region we have to pass through.
Black as?as?well, Egypt."
"Let's hire a light?no getting arounu
in this quarter without one."
They discover near by one of those
link hoys, "whose trade is fast dying
out in Cairo since the improvements
advanced by British rule. Time was,
and not so very long ago, either, when,
after sunset on moonless nights, the
great city on the Nile was wrapped in
darkness and the law compelled auy
one moving abroad to carry a lighted
lantern or flambeau.
.The city being divided into three distinct
quarters, separated by gates, and
known as the region of Copts, Jews,
aiid Franks, no one could pass through
after nightfall unless bearing a light.
In many parts of the strange, whited
nocf hanlr nf ilio "Vilo it
V.JIJ Uli tUL UUUU \ss. vuv -?
is still necessary to carry a torch or
lantern, unless one means to invite
all manner of dangers, although the
law with regard to this thing has
fallen into desuetude since the English
have made so many innovations with
their charge of affairs after the bombardment
of Alexandria in 1882.
A boy is engaged to go ahead with
a light, and the two Franks, as all
foreigners are called in Egypt, boldly
plunge into the lower region of Cairo,
fronting on the Nile.
Now and then they pass remarks
and joke, for the newspaper correspondent
is nothing if not humorous.
The frequent mention of that singular
name, "Mynheer Joe," proclaims that
they are exchanging confidences regarding
their experiences in connection
with this person in the past.
f ? .1 ? j? ?1. :n nil 1,? c-riT-c- nn/1
OUiiU^ id II ia uii uc ouj uuu
there can be no doubt regarding his
fervid admiration for tbe man wliom
tbey expect to find on board tbe dahabeah
of Demostbenes Tanner.
"It was at the storming of Alexandria
I first met Mynheer Joe. I was
then, as now, a correspondent, and
ready to undergo nil manner of dangers,
in order to get the freshest news,
even to holding a wire all day rather
than let another man beat me.
[To be Continued.]
Steamers to Run on the Dead Sea.
"The Dead Sea, which for thousands
of years has been a forsaken solitude
in tbe midst of a desert, on whose
waves no rudder has been seen for
/ aiifiiciac- ? ornro T7nito<1 Ktntps Pnnsnl
Winter, at Annaberg, in a letter to the
State Department, "is to have a line
of motor boats in the future. Owing
to the continued increase in traffic and
the influx of tourists, a shorter route
Is to be found between Jerusalem and
Iverek, the ancient capital of the Land
of Moab. The first steamer, built at
one of toe Hamburg docks, is about
100 feet long, and already has begun
the voyage to Palestine. An order
has been given for the building of a
second steamer. The one already
built and on the way is named the
Prodomos (that is, forerunner), and
will carry thirty-four persons, together
with freight of all kinds. The promoters
of this new enterprise are the
inmates of a Greek cloistcr in Jerusa
lem. The management of the line is
entirely in German hands. The trade
' of Iverek with the desert is to-day of
considerable importance. It is the
? main town of any commercial standI
ing cast of the Jordan and the Dead
! Sea. Its population consists of about
ifcnn rMn-icHnne nnil ftflfkO Moslpius.
The merc-hanis of Hebron are among
, the chief frequenters of the markets
Leper Settlement of Inlands.
Lepers who live outside the two
homes draw from the Government a
. fixed amount as a "clothes-rations order"
every six months, in addition to
a weekly allowance in provisions. The
, IJishop Home and thi? Baldwin Home
j draw their supplies through the board
as required. Many of the lepers have
, friends ou.side who provide incomes
' for them. There are '<1G buildings of
all classes, including two school houses
two Protestant, two Catholic and twe
' Mormon churches, a court house and
t jail.?J. M. Miller, in Harper's Weekly
Keep* the Curry Comb Clniin.
Accumulation of dust and hair on a
i curry :oinb is prevented by a new at i
t tachment, comprising a slotted plate
? hinged to one sideof the rows of teeth
f the plate being swung clear of the
teeth to remove anything clinging to
t them or ^odged on the plate beneath.
| Anecdotes and |
I Reminiscences |
| ^bout Victoria, f
Queen Victoria reigned longer than
any other woman occupant of a
She reigned for a greater number of
years than any other European sovereign.
if tbe regency in the reign of
Louis XIV. is excepted.
Her reign lasted sixty-three years
and seven months.exceedingfour years
three months and twenty-eight days
the reign of George III., which was
the longest in England before she came
to the throne.
She was Empress of India for twen
"WHERE QUEEN VICTORIA WAS BORN,
ty-five years, having received the title
by proclamation on April 28. 1870.
She outlived all the members of the
House of Lords, who were peers of
the realm at the time of her accession,
except Earl Nelson, and all the peers
who were then or had been members
of the House of Commons.
She survived all the members of her
original Privy Council and of her first
House of Commons, Mr. Gladstone
having been one of ..he oldest former
meinoers or xne latter.
She saw every episcopal see vacated
and refilled at least twice during lier
She saw her judicial bench recruited
twice at least from end to end.
She was a widow for forty years.
She saw five Archbishops of CanterVICTOR1A
JUST AFTER HER CORONATION.
bury and ^ix of York and five Bishops
She saw eleven Lord Chancellors,
ten Prime Ministers and six Speakers
of the House of Commons.
The Queen learned from her German
mother the excellent habit of early
rising, which stood her in good stead
during a busy and laborious life.
Not lat-r than 7 was the hour. Her
dressers were not literary women, like
Fanny Burney, nor did they add to
their other duties that of reading to
THE QUEEN AND THE PRINCE OF WALES.
(An etching made by Queen Victoria.)
the Queen herself or to the court circle.
Like the women of her suite in a
higher rank?ladies in waiting, bedchamber
women, etc.?many of the
Queen's dressers grew gray in her service.
She always breakfasted privately.
From the commencement of her reign,
and notably after her marriage with
the Prince Consort, it is a well-accredited
fact that Victoria would sign no
paper which was not a mere certificate
sf an appointment or a commission un
less she made herself acquainted with
the contents by having them read and
discussed In her hearing.
As a climax to the ordinary business
?f every lawful day at Intervals the
Queen receivfd her Ministers and held
her Cabinet Councils. Here, as at hei
first council, she sat at the head of th?
council board, the only woman present.
She was the oldest member of hei
Cabinet, and presided over every Gov
ernment. Liberal or Conservative, dur
ing her reign of upward of sixty years,
If the real business of the Queen'f
day?her nousenolcl duties and her
official work?was dispatched quickly
TIIE WEDDING, FEB
enough, she went out for a donkey
drive in the grounds. Luncheon was a
less private meal than breakfast, when
the Queen, if so disposed, met the
members of her household, the guests
staying at the palace, or the psivileged
visitors who arrived for luncheoD.
Gneon Victoria disliked cold meat.
suede gloves, artificial flowers and the
THE QUEEN IN HER DONKEY CARRIAGE.
odor of furs. Her alias, when she
found it advisable to use an incognito,
was either the Countess of P.almoral
or the Duchess of Lancaster?the latter
was one of her numerous titles.
When members of the Queen's family
or any uerman relatives visuea London
and occupied Buckingham Palace,
"by invitation," they paid their
board just like common folks in a
"Queen's bounty" cost Victoria on
an average .$1500 a year. The Queen,
when she sent three sovereigns to a
mother who bad given birth to three
children, forty years ago, probably did
not foresee to what vital dimensions
the "bounty" would grow.
Her Majesty was recently presented
with $100 by an Indian chief of British
Columbia, doubtless as a thank offering
for the $5000 he received for
the 60,000 fish he had caught and sold.
The Queen acknowledged the gift by
THE BRITISH CROWN.
letter, accompanied by an engraving
of herself and two pleats of sheep's
The "Queen's Jewels," exhibited to
curious Americans in the Tower of
London, are largely "paste." The
Koh-i-Noor there is artificial, the real
stone being kept at the Queen's bankers.
Then there is the "Imperial
Crown." no loneer used, blazing with
gems, but the gems are all artificial.
It seems that it used to be the custom
to have the crowns of Queen consorts,
and their sceptres, too, made of baser
metal than those of the King and set
with paste jewels.
Therefore, when one looks at the
beautiful "Queen's Crown" (made for
Mary of Modena, and used to crown
Queen consorts) he gazes at a crown
shining with cut crystals, set in silver,
and the other jewels in it are imitation
pearl. So, too, the sceptre made for
Mary of Modena is set down in the
jewel book as having cost about $300,
though it blazes with gems. The
"Queen's Orb" alto is set with imitation
stones and bordered with imitation
pearls. The famous "Old Sceptre,which
.was found In the wains
I cotlng of the Jewel house in 1814, Is
also set with imitation stones.
Queen Victoria's private fortune hae
been estimated at between $20,000,000
and $25,000,000, but the exact amount
is known probably to but two persons
besides herself?Lord Cross and Lord
Rowton, who for years had entire
charge of her financial affairs. Lord
Rowton was secretary to Lord Beaconsfield
during the lifetime of the latter.
The queen bad at least half a dozen
i The Queen's fortune Is invested
f mostly in English real estate, although
> she is credited with the ownership ot
I many American railroad securities.
Hor collection of plate?the finest in
the world?is said to be worth several
Her bankers are Coutts's, of London.
The imperial state crown was made
in the year 1838, with jewels taken
from old crowns and others furnished
by command of Her Majesty, Queen
Victoria. It consists of diamonds,
pearls, rubies, sapphires and emeralds,
set in silver and gold. It has a
crimson velvet cap with ermine border,
and is lined with white silk.
The Queen wa's always fond of
dogs, and the royal kennels near Windsor
are among the finest in the world.
She was never known to visit Windsor
without going to see these favorite
animals. Often her first visit after
THE QUEEN'S BEDROOM, OSBORNF.
(She died in this room.)
her arrival was to the kennels, and
also, sometimes, her last before departure.
A Carious Superstition This.
Ever since the assassination of King
Humbert hundreds of Italians have
been trying to win prizes in the nation
1 U-rr numharo
?U luutrrj vy yiuy iu& IUUOC uuuiuwo
which correspond with his age. These
numbers are 56, 10 and 49, the King
having lived for 56 years, 10 hours and
4l> minutes. If these three numbers
should win the player would receive
4250 times the amount of his stake.
Some unusually optimistic gamblers
have tried to win even more than this
by playing a fourth number (73), which
is the symbol of a regicide. If this
combination, 56, 10, 49 and 73, were to
win the Government would have to
pay 60,000 times the amount of the
The last drawing was held in Milan
a few days ago, and. singularly
enough, the winning numbers were
55. 10. 48. and 72. These came pretty
close to the mark, and as a result Italian
gamblers are more determined
than ever to keep on playing their fa
vorite combination until It brings
them good forfcme.?New York Herald.
Trench Hygienic Window.
The accompanying figures show a
new hygienic window pane being introduced
in France. It is the invention
of Dr. Legrand, and is a perfect
VENTILATION WITHOUT DRAUGHT.
ventilator. As will be seen from the
illustrations it is perforated and provided
with channels, of which there
are two?one outside and one Inside.
The former opens at the bottom, the
latter at the top. The fresh air enters
as is shown by the arrow, and replace?
the warm air, which escapes in the opposite
direction. This window pane is
put in exactly like an ordinary one. in
the upper part ol' a window sash, and
does not interfere with the light.
Suited to His Job.
A nobleman once insisted on iris
la-ad gardener taking as au apprentice
a young lad in whom he was interested.
The lad was very lazy, and the
gardener was not at all pleased at
having such a youth thrust upon him.
<(mo nftw his lordshin. walk- I
ing in the garden, came upon bis gar
dener and said:
"Well, John, bow is my young friend
getting on witb you?"
"Oh, he's doin' fine!" replied the gar
doner, witb a smile. "He's working
away there at the very job that suits
him! He's a-cliasin' of the snails off'r
the walks!"?Loudon Answers.
Most spiders are possessed of poison
fangs, but very few are flnMffrPW U
. human beings, ?
' ' m
THE CUBAK COHSTIDT|OK '
? } S\
As Submitted bv the Central /Committee
to the Convention i
OUR OWN TAKEN AS THE N IDEI
Guarantees Freedom of Speech an iPres^
and Civil and Religious Libe ?
the Contreiit Can Declare 1 fr an<
President Arrange Treaties?Territory
of Republic?Xo Mention of America,
Havana, Cuba.?The Cuban Cohstitm
tion, as submitted by the Centitl Com*
mittee to the Constitutional |onven?
tion, contains the following proX;ision?r
1.?The people of Cuba shall toe con?
stituted into a povereign and indepen<
dent State under a republican Corm of >
2.?The territory of the republic comprises
the Island of Cuba and the isl?
ands and keys adjacent thereto whichwere
under the jurisdiction and con?
trol of the General Government of tha
Island of Cuba while it was a Spanish
3.?The territory of the republic shal]"
lie divided into six provinces, the boum
Varies and names or wmcu auau u?
those of the present provinces as lonjf
as not modified by the laws.
The requirements for citizenship are
in general the same as those prescribed
by the United States Constitution.
The rights guaranteed to citizens lo
the matters of private correspondency
and documents, free speedh, religious
freedom, separation cf Church anth
State, right of petition and assembly
copyright, free entry and exit and con. /
fiscation of property are identical witlr \
those vouchsafed by the Constitution
of the United States.
The ntional spvereignty shall b?
vested in the people of Cuba; from
which shall emanate the public pow?
The legislative power shall be exer>'
c-iped by two elective bodies to b? - J.
named the "House of Representatives'*
and the "Senate," and conjointly <:
known as the "Congress."
The Senate shall be composed of six
Senators from each one of thp six de?
partments of the republic, elected for?
period of six years by electors whom
the ayuntamlentos shall name In the
manner prescribed by law.
One-third of the Senators shall M
elected every two years.
The Senate shall have the power to
try all impeachments against the Pre*
ident of the Republic and the Govern*
ors of the departments In the same
manner as provided for in the Constl- ' \
ution of the United States, Its othe*
powers are similar to those of the
United States Senate.
The House of Representatives shaft
be composed of one Representative fox ,-;Vj
every 25,000 inhabitants or fraction, 01
more than 12,000, elected for a period'
of four years by direct vote, and in the
manner prescribed by law.
The House of Representatives shall
have power to bring all impeachment*
in the ^ same manner as the United
States House of Representatives. In
k general the regulations common to
both legislative bodies, as well as the
privileges and immunities guaranteed
to inembe.s, are identical with those
prescribed in the Constitution of the
The Executive power shall be exer?
cised by the President of the Republic; ,
The President shall be elected to serve
a term of four years. No one can be
Kiei'LCU jrrcoiucui iur IUICC tuuocwuuic
Tlie President shall be elected by dl?
rect votes, and an absolute majority
thereof cast on one single day in accordance
with the provisions of the
The other provisions are similar to
those of the United States Constitution.
There shall bo one Vice-Presiden? of
the Republic, who shall be elected in
the same manner as the President, conjointly
with the latter and for a like
The Constitution cannot be changed,
in whole or in part, except by twothirds
vote of both legislative bodies.
Six months after deciding on the reform,
a Constitutional Assembly shall
be elected, which shall confine itself
to the approval or disapproval of the
reform voted by the legislative bodies.
These will continue in their fupctioris
Independently of the Constitutional Assembly.
The members of this Assembly
shall be equal in number to the
members in the two legislative bodies
HIS FEES FOR A STATUE.
Register Howe Will Spend S45.000 Id
Honor of Washington.
New York City.?When Register
James R. Howe, of Brooklyn, assumed
office he announced that he would not
pocket all the fees, but he refused to
tell what he proposed to do with the
'money. He, however, disclosed his secret
a few days ago, when he declared
that he would spend about 545,000 in
erecting an equestrian statue of
George Washington near the fountain
on Bedford avenue.
The statue will be a duplicate of the
one erected in Washington fifty years
ago by order of Congress. There is
no statue of Washington in Brooklyn.
Montreal Fire Loss, 92,500,000. '
The loss by the fire at Montreal,
Que., was $2,500,000, and the insurance
Disastrous Rains in Jamaica.
Heavy rains have inflicted great
damage to the banana fields in Jamaica.
Wheat Barges on the Mississippi.
The McDougal steel barges arrived
in New Orleans, La., on their second
IIIJJ liuiu 01. liuuio, uutipiu^ <1 laij^c
cargo of grain. It is said that the experiment
has already proved a great
success, aud will materially reduce
railroad shipments of grain from the
Central West to Xrw Orleans.
A Lobster Hatchery For Maine.
The United States Senate has passed
n bill to establish, at an expense of
?10.000, a lobster hatchery in the State
Divorce on Ground of Cigarette Smoking.
Cigarette smoking to excess is a
pround for divorce, according to the
ruling made by Judge Biirneil, of the
Circuit Court, of Winnebago County,
Wis. Mrs. Beatrice Tracey sued for
separation from Rolla Tracey and the
principal allegation was that he was
a uguitHie ucuu. j.utr juu^c ?i?imru
an absolute decree of divorce.
Grand Army Men Go to Cleveland.
Cleveland, Ohio, was decided on as
the place to hold the next annual encampment
of the Grand Army of the
Republic^ the date being ?y?teiabe?,lw