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"^~T?m J, ADAMS, PROPRIETOR ?DGEFIELD, S. C.,~WED|ESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1897. YOL- LXII. NO. 35._
Some time we shall know why
Our sunniest mornings change to noons ol
' And why our steps are shadowed so hy
And why we often lie
On couches sown with thorns of cara and
And why our lives are thiokly hedged about
With bars that put our loftiest plans to
Some timo we shall know why
Our dearest hopes ara swept so swift away,
And Why our brightest flowers first decay;
Why song ls lost in sigh.
Why Clasping fingers slip so soon apart-J
Estrangement; space and death rend heazt
tntii from deepest depths tho teardrops
?*\ A GIRL'S ADVENTURE :
was a pink-and
girl; very tali
girls; who or
dered out their
carriages if they
had a block to
go, used to look upon her with amaze
ment as she tramped down their steep
streets with a fine, swinging, heel
She was picking her way one day
among the vendo s in the plaza, stop
ping once in a while to give some
whining beggar or tattered monstrosity
a centavo, when sh o felt her skirt
pulled; Looking, she saw a tiny hand
held out; aud a Childish voice piped
the uSual formula for alms; The little
cr??ture was rio taller than fl ?h?ld of
fd.rir; But the face! It was old dud
?frither?d. The eyes were surikeri and
so old! Miss Stanley pulled back the
rebozo-=-the hair was gray,
"A dwarf," she thought, with a lit
tle feeling of repulsion; "How old are
. -'Fifty-four;" piped up the wee
thing. Then, true to her sex, "The
priest will tell you fifty-eight, but I
am not; I am only fifty-four." She said
her name was Rosita.
Rosita, it appeared, did neaidy any
thing for a living, begging preferably,
althongh that is a sv
crowded profession in 3'
times she sold chicker
on a commission. Sh.
source of income, being .
thobouuty of a young m.
made her jump for thc cc
held his arni out straigi.
' jump in vain, she could n ?
"The brute!" said M: ..
Rosita did not know the m
Bhe looked up, pleased.
good, the English lady was. c_0
interest in her, for the expletive
sounded profane, and profanity from a
feminine source indicated strong emo
tion, which she construed favorably.
The poor in Mexico are always hun
gry, and Miss Stanley, knowing this
failing, took Rosita to a little one
room restaurant. The menu was con
fined strictly to Mexican dishes.
Miss Stanley noticed that Rosita put
half her dinner to one side, wrapping
the carne and frijoles in tortillas.
When she came to a dulce of some
tropic fruit, boiled in a syrup of cane
sugar, her little wrinkled eyes looked
"How can I take 3ome to my little
brother?" she asked.
Miss Stanley asked another ques
tion: "Is this food you have put away
for your brother?"
"Yes," nuswered Rosita, in her
squeaky voice, "I take all the care of
him. We are alone, and I work for
him. He is locked in the room now,
see," and she held up the massive key
peculiar to Mexican doors.
"Why is he locked in?" asked Miss
Stanley,- as she directed the mozo to
put the dinner in a couple of alias for
Rosita to take to her brother.
"He has combats with the children
in the street, and I ara afraid some one
will get hurt," she answered.
Miss Stanley watched her trot away,
laden with the dinner for her brother.
So little and so old, unlike mauy
dwarfs not bulky-indeed, pitifully
thin. It was not until she reached
her home that Miss Stanley remem
bered she had not asked how old the
"little brother" was.
She often met Rosita after that,
sometimes in the Jardin, where the
roses nodded overhead, and violets
bloomed underfoot, and the band
played t '"j and sweetly, as Mexican
bauds do. Rosita would dart from
the circling stream of pelado into the
inner circle, where the quality walked
under the trees or sat on the iron
benches. Miss Stanley could seldom
resist the little, dirty, badly worked
square of drawn-work held out by the
Constance Stanley had no father or
mother, and, living with a brother
who was endeavoring to effect thc
drainage of "the richest silver mine
in the world," she wandered un
checked through the crowded, narrow
streets of the old town with a young
criada her only safeguard.
She had often longed to explore a
dark street that plunged downward
from the paved and civilized one. It
was damp and murky. A staircase of
stone, with crumbling adobe walls,
two and three stories high. Across the
street's narrow width fluttered strings
of :washing. The women, with their
red petticoats and blue rebozos, made
bright blots of color. The men loaf jd
about, lean and ragged. It reminded
her of Naples. The doorways swarmed
with babies and dogs-poverty march
ing always side by side with those in
Down she went. The street made
an abrupt turn. At the corner she was
startled by seeing, protruding from a
bole cut in a squalid doorway, several
long, black fingers. They were with
drawn, and she saw, as she passed the
door, two blood-shot eyes peering out
like beast's eyes.
"Nina, ninital the good mother of
God sent you, and see what gain will
beyoursl" Turning, Miss Stanley be
held Rosita at her heel. She had a
plate to Sell-a coarse, ironstone
Some time we all shall know
Each other, aye, as we ourselves are
And see how out of darkness light has
And He-who loves us so
Despite our wilfulness and blind com
"WIM snow us how His kind and calm re
Can mold a human soul Into a saint.
Some time dur eyes shall see
The silver lining to the darkest cloud,
Whlie Bilvery echoes follow thunder loud.
Some time our hearts shall bo
Content, forgetting all our restless mood,
And knowing everything has worked for
The how, and when, and why be under
B BROTHER, a
IN A MEXICAN TOWN. Q>
china plate, chipped and cracked.
There was ? look of intense agony on
her o?d faee? ?nd her wee hands Shook
as she drew h?r treasure forth from
under her rebozd; The pl?te was im
possible, and Constancy breaking
that .fact very gently td the little
dwarf; was astonished to see the tears
gather and fall over her shriveled
"For two days, senorita, I have not
dared unlock that door," and she
nodded toward the mean portal where
the eyes had shone and the fingers
protruded restlessly. " 'Little brother'
has nothing to eat, except the few
tortillas the poor around here could
give, and many of these go hungry
from the sun's coming up until tba
Bun's going down."
Constance sent her servant and
Kosit? to the plaza foi' some cooked
food, andj while she waited, she talked
in the doorways with Pepita and Lola
and Juana. They told hei* how Rosita
worked and starved for her brother.
"How old is he?" asked Constance.
"Quien sabe?" they said.
"Is he a child Or is he big enough
to work for her?" she asked, impa
"Ah! he is. gr?ndote* but ?tsd h? is
loco, un mani?tico; See, that is Jose
now who glares 'from the hol? in the
Miss Stanley listened to them with
that rapt attention we all give to tales
~c ii,.-j Tjrt A "rr Peepholes in the
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:>::.', y.o ?jiti?ofi kit&r~3 ]<?:. ly
*".rr, . ' '.. / him ..h i^iiini:
...'iv.-:'**? * V . "<-?i"f .>c szrtfvj. A p"
..crmini nad jeered him as ^?-c" ~T
from the hole in the door, much as
people tease a hyena snarling in a cage.
The mad have memories, for Jose, one
night when the moon was - big, crept
softly about the dark room, and, find
ing the key Rosita's small cunning
had hidden, opened the door, crept
again softly up the street to an adobe
doorway where was sleeping a sereno,
his head on his knees. The police
have a day and night shift, but one
cannot expect a madman to. know
everything. So it vas aa innocent
man who had his neck wrung as the
cook does a chicken's. They could
only guess what then happened. There
were only the pulsing stars looking
silently down and the great, calm
moon. However, it was evident he
must have dragged and worried and
and teased that poor piece of clay for
God knows how far or long.
They found him asleep by the dead
sereno, and, although too polite in the
' 'Land of the Noonday Sun" to manacle
or chain, they took the precaution to
tie with stout maguey rope Jose's
slumbering bulk before six of the
largest policemen would venture to
carry him to the careel. >ose's kind
of "people aro treated with deference in
Mexico. So, after some time, the man
was sent back for the dwarf to feed and
care for, and Rosita's face took on more
wrinkles each day.
By the time Rosita returned with
the food, Constance, who understood
Spanish very well, had heard much of
the "little brother."
She declined to look through the
peep-hole at him ravening over his
dinner like a wild beast. Followed
by Rosita's wordy gratitude, she
climbed to the top of the street and
there met Mr. Dysart.
Mr. Dysart had but lately risen from
the folldwing letter:
Dear Mollie: Tell father I am looking
after the mining business in great shapo.
Mexico is rather jolly. I went to tho Gov
ernor's ball last night. Only ono English
girl there, Miss Stanley, awful pretty girl.
I knew her brother, DIckStanloy, at Trinity.
Won a cup at tho three-milo. He's a pretty
good sort. Tell Bob if ho can get that
liver-colored dog of Oglethorpe for eight
guineas to buy her. Look out for Tobin's
foot. Don't let the old duffer from the
Clancarty stables fool with it. Tell all the
"old folk" that Master Tony Bont them love
and wlshin' them a g^od pratie crop. Love
to dad and yourself. TONY.
After Tony Dysart had evolved this
characteristic missive from his insides,
he went out for a swallow of fresh air
and to relieve himself of the strain of
composition by a long walk.
Constance was very lovely at the
dance, in a faint-green brocade, with
a quantity of creamy old lace. Some
crimson poppies were twisted round
her ivory shoulders. One or two more
of the flaming flowers shone from her
pale-gold hair. Mr. Dysart compl tely
lost his head over her; as he had a lot
of possessions in Ireland, among them
a rich father and an' ancient and hon
orable ancestry, he could afford to
H? was thinking of her as she had
looked the night before, when sud
denly she appeared, with her servant,
coming up from a street dark and
deep, like a well, for already it was
On the strength of being at college
with her brother, he began with true
manly irascibility to take her to task
for her imprudence. But Miss Con
stance tightened up her soft, haughty
mouth and, giving him the rear ourve
of a tweed shoulder to study, led him
a chase home.
The house the brother and. sister
.occupied had been Senor Lopez's, but
was presented to Dick, together
with m mine worth millions,
several black-eyed girls, and
what other trifling property Don
Felipe owned. However, Dick con
tinued to pay the rent regularly and
gazed on the girls from? afar. The
hanging-lamp was lighted in the
zagu?n; and when the mozo unchained
the great double doors, a flood of
melody and fragrance rushed out to
greet them from the birds and flowers
in the dim patio. Dick, in a smoking
jacket, lounged out from the sala
to insist that Tony, old boy, should
take tea with them. Which lie did.
?hat was the first difference be
tween the brother and sister. Dick
adored Tony, and every night, they
pump?d out the mine or rode to
hounds Over the Sala floor; But
Cohstanoe detested him, ?nd, con
trary to her ?su?l reticence, said so;
She tramped around the disre' itable
and filthy streets twice as much as be
fore, for she knew it annoyed him.
Sometimes she would see him follow
ing, and she resented his espionage.
"Why don't you liko Tony?" Dick
would ask. "You know my theory,
Connie, that a sporty man like Dysart
makes the best husband."
"Oh, Dick! who is talking about
husbands? I think that a man
Who is utterly doggy and horsey and
tak?s Browning to be authority on
pink-eye or glanders is a very poor
companion; To quote your 'dear
Tony,' 'wo don't trot in the same
Dick gav? ? contemptuous snort;
This was one day at luncheon; dnd
Constance, instead of the good cry she
pined for, took a walk. She had not
seen Bosita for some time, and she
turned her steps toward what Dr.
Dysart called "those cut-throat dens."
She had never seen the street so de
serted. All were taking a siesta, even
the dogs. As she reached the sharp
corner, sho heard a thin little shriek
full of appeal. She recognized Bosita's
voice, and ran with her criada at her
side into the low, open doorway she
had before so shudderingly avoided.
There, snapping his teeth aud roll
ing hir. bloodshot eyes, was Bosita's
"little brother" tied with strong ropes
to an iron pin in the wall-but his
arms were freehand ho stood there, a
giant in size. He had secured tho
key and had almost pulled the staple
from the wall, but Bosita was clinging
to his arm and calling for help. To
and fro he swung her as a wolf might
He had the key in his black, cruel
hands and he brought it down on her
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*.. .'? .'. . X fiile? erith .. ~_
_i. 1--.V L?jfoari-j smootn-shaven
and blonde, loomed above all.
Constance, with the help of her
criada, got out in the street, where
she listened, with beating heart, to
the cries, curses, and scuffling going
There was one dominating, awful
gi'oau-then a sinister silence.
A moment of sickening uncertainty
for that unemotional young English
woman, and Tony Dysart, panting, his
clothes torn, and blood-stains on his
face and hands.
H? walked firmly enough, to give
Constance a helping arm up the stairs.
He said Bosita was dead, and he
thought the "little brother" would die
also, for, while he was struggling with
him, a policeman had crept up and
strnck him over the head with a heavy
"Here we are at the Casa Stanley,"
she said, as they stopped before the
carved doors. "Come in. Dick will
want to see you. He can thank you
better than I."
"No one can thauk me like you,'
Tony replied. "And I must go to tho
hotel. This arm of mine pains a little.
No, not broken," he answered, trying
to smile, "but'little brother'wrenched
it a trifle."
Constance, however, would not ac
cept his easy assurance that it was all
right. "You must come in, Dick will
want you. "
"Do you want me, though?" She
did not answer that; but, as she let
the knocker fall, turned with tears in
"Will you come, Tony?"
"I will come," he insisted, "if you
The big doors swung open.
"I want you," she said, slowly.
And the doors clanged behind them.
-Edith Wagner, in the Argonaut.
I Finger in a Cn ttl s li.
A man's finger in the stomach of a
large catfish was what ?fohn Vincent,
a oolored fisherman, fonnd several
days ago while preparing his string of
fish for supper, says the Augusta (Ga.)
News. John's appetite had been
whetted up to a considerable extent at
the thoughts of crisp, brown fish on
his table for supper, and his mouth
fairly watered as he busily cleaned bio
fish. The finding of this finger, how
ever, destroyed his appetite, and the
entire lot of fish were thrown away.
The finger, while lacerated, seemed
to be well preserved, with the nail and
all intact. The catfish in which tho
finger was found was a large one and
was caught on the South Carolina side
several miles down the river. The
fish evidently got hold of the body of
some man who was drowned and nib
bled off one of his fingers. This makes
the second^timo the finger of a person
has been found in a fish's stomach.
Several years ago, it will be remem
bered, a child's finger was discovered
under similar circumstances.
Mateo, the Cross Mun, lg Dead.
The widely known eccentric charno
ter, known as Mateo, the cross man,
was found dead just outside of his
cabin at Abita Springs, La., by a
Choctaw Indian a day or two since.
Mateo has been one of the most
unique characters of eastern Louisiana
for the past thirty-five years. He al
ways wore from seveuty-five to 100
orosses attached to his clothing, and
was crazed on religion.-New Orleans
WORK OF AMERICA'S HEN
HER VALUE IS NOT LESS THAN
$290,000,000 A YEAR.
Worth Moro Than the Entire Wheat Crop
of tho Country-Not So Far Behind
the Earnings of the Railroads- Could
Easily Ray Several States of the Inion.
H. W. Collingwood, of the Rural
New Yorker, says in the New York
Mrs. American Business Hen is one
of our most useful citizens. She is a
shrinking, unassuming creature, too
modest at times even to cackle over
the birth of her own egg, leaving that
celebration to her husband; and yet
Mrs. American Hen has been quietly
paying off mortgages, driving wolves
from the door and hatching out nest
eggs for thousands of featherless bi
In 1890 there were in this country
SUPREMACY OF THE AMERIC.
258,871,125 chickens and 20,738,315
other fowls. In that year the Ameri
can hens laid 9,836,674,992 eggs.
There are now 350,000,000 chickens,
which will lay this year 13,750,000,^
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dnririg the yet; ?rd? ?? . ..,;?;:.?;
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.-..inT?'a*: '.-ir.-; ;,-.y y.??s, .
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yj' *? .-?>r;.-. .. are ><.>.".. ..
t: -i - :\. of .n- \j. r:--"i'. mchfcj5 h ?' ;
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one-nati inches. The 13,750,000,000 -
eggs will, therefore, make a chain
542,218 miles long, while the total
weight of this production of hen fruit
is at least 853,125 tons.
Does any reader of the World real
ize what this immense production of
eggs and meat means to the country?
Here are a few figures for comparison:
Valu? of silver production.$72,510,000
Valu? of wool clip. 33,146,459
Valuo of all shoep. 65,167.725
Value of all swine.186,529,745
Value of mules.103,204,457
Value of horses.500,140,186
Value of petroleum products... 62,333,403
Value of potato crop. 78,934,901
Value of tobacco crop. 35,574,220
Value of cotton crop...259,164,640
Value of oat crop.163,655,063
Value of wheat crop.237,933,998
Imports of coffee one year.84,793,124
Imports of tea one year. 12,704,440
Total of pensions.139,230,078
Total of school expenditures.... 178,215,556
Total interest on mortgages... 76,728,077
Cost of Postofflce Department... 90,626,296
Net earnings of railroads.323,196,454
Dividends on railroad stocks... 81,375,774
The value of all gold produced in
American mines in 1895 was $46,610,
000, and all silver ?72,051,000. The
value of all minerals, inoluding iron,
gold and silver, taken out of Ameri
GIGANTIC UMBRELLA FOR
can mines in 1894 was $208,168,768.
Americans are given to bragging about
our immense mineral resources, and
yet you will notice that the hens paid
for it all one year and had enough, left
to just about pay the interest on all
Mrs. Hen will earn enough this
year to pay the entire State and coun
ty tax (which in 1890 was $143,186,?
007), and have enough left for every
cont of pensions that are paid to old
The average cow weighs 130 times
as much as the average hen, and yet
all the milch cows in the country have
a total value of but $263,955,545.
Mrs. Hen in one year will earn enough
to buy every cow, and put the entire
tobacco crop in lier pocket as well.
She could pay out of her year's earn
ings for all tlie tea and coffee import
ed in one year and all tho petroleum
products, and have enough left to buy
all the tobacco grown in 1896. The
total assessed valuation of the follow
ing States fall below the hen's yearly
)ther words, Mrs. American Hen
buy any of these States from
rear's egg and chicken money,
auld buy in this way New Mexi
izona, Wyoming, North Dakota,
io and Montana all put together.
The total cost of conducting thc
Postoffice Department last year was
?26,296.84. We can pick out
)0,080 of our best hens that will
. every dollar of this outlay in one
ie net earnings of the railroads in
, were $323,196,454. The railroad
diypends paid amounted to $81,375,
77# The American Hen paid nearly
KEN OVER COMMERCE AND AGRICU:
twice the profits earned by American
. gThe total earnings from passenger
traffic amounted to $261,610,598, or
Jj&8_than that of the hens. It cost in
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: sr earry?pft OTI ".?>-'. ?>j[pj
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ti'i 'j?''.\.u\:-y T.
?tft? Uiid xv/ii-Jf Mica liens ?Ullin ?Jiij
the salary of the average teacher em
ployed in the public schools, while
seventy-five hens would pay the aver
age pension to old soldiers.
OMAHA'S IMMENSE UMBRELLA.
When Raised It Will Ko 350 Feet Above
The last Paris exposition had its Eif
fel tower, Chicago had its Ferris wheel,
Nashville has its giant see-saw. The
department of concessions of the Oma
ha trans-Mississippi exposition of 1898
has also received an application for
space for the erection of a novel me
chanical device. It resembles the
framework of a gigantic umbrella more
than anything else which might be
mentioned. The part corresponding
to the stick of the umbrella is an im
mense cylinder, thirty feet in diameter,
constructed of steel plates firmly
riveted, making a standpipe which
rears its head 250 feet above tho level
of the ground. At the extreme top of
this cylinder are fastened twelve long
arms, resembling the ribs of an um
brella. These are steel trusses, reach
ing almost to the ground. At the lower
THE OMAHA EXPOSITION.
end of each of these ribs is suspended
a car for carrying passengers, each car
having a capacity for twenty persons.
These monster ribs are raised by hy
draulic power, acting by means of steel
cables operating through the cylinder,
aided by a mechanism greatly resem
bling that portion of an umbrella which
comes into action when the umbrella
is opened. By means of this mechan
ism the gigantic arms are raised until
they are horizontal, the cars in the
meantime being carried outward and
upward until they reach a point 250
feet above the ground, the diameter of
the huge circle formed by the sus
pended cars being also 250 feet. When
the highest point has been reached an
other mechanism comes into play and
the suspended cars are swung slowly
around in a circle, after which they
are lowered to the ground. The sides
of the cars are of glass, so that tho
passengers may secure an extensive
view of the surrounding country.
The University of Palermo has
about 1110 stuiaota,
REMARKABLE PEAR TREE.
Trained to Grow at the Side of a Ho ti BO la
a Wonderful Way.
One of the most remarkable of old
trained pear trees that we are ac
quainted with is the splendid speci
men of TJvedale's St. Germain at Wes
ton House, Shipston-on-Stour, the
residence of the Countess of Camper*
down. The accompanying illustration
is published in the Gardener's Maga
zine. Mr. Masterson, the gardener at
Weston House, writes that "the tree is
admired at all times of the year, but
more especially when covered with
large handsome clusters of flowers.
In autumn, when laden with quanti
ties of big fruits, it also presents an
attractive appearance, and there are
many who also admire the tree when
the stems are bare, and certainly at
this season it is interesting, as the
training is very remarkable. The tree
seldom fails to ripen a heavy crop of
fruits, cropping right down to the
LTUP.E PICTORIALLY SHOWN.
ground. It has never been fed or root
pruned, and its roots are in the bed of
the carnage drive, gravel also encir
cling the stem at the base, where it
measures six feet in circumference. It
i~ ^"/(nfm -TOTO nvAlin Kia that tl,fl
WIKTEB VIEW OF THE PEAB TEEH.
as the tree is so vigorous as to be capa
ble of carrying very large crops, and
yet the fruits weigh from half a pound J
to one and a half pounds each. The
total weight of the crop last year was
two hundredweight. Many first prizes
have been won from this tree, includ
ing firsts at the Crystal Palace in 1894
and 1895." "
Queer Fish This.
There is a new kind of fish on view
in the Aquarium. It comes from Ber
muda and is called the "trunk fish."
Three specimens are on view.
With a little stretch of the imagina
tion the fish looks somewhat like a
Saratoga trunk. It has a triangular
cross section, its belly being flat and
its sides rising from a sharp angle to a
sharper edge along the back. Along
these edges are queer flaps that re
semble the ruffles on a sofa cushion.
The scales are thick and hard. When
viewed head on it looks remarkably
like a pig without legs. Its tail does
not seem to fit at all. The body seems
to cut off abruptly some distance from
where the tail should be and the
caudal appendage stuck on wherever
it would go.-New York Herald.
Sir Walter Scott's manuscript of
"The Lady of the Lake" has just been
sold in London for $6450; thirty years
ago it brought $1000. The manuscript
of "Old Mortality" sold for $3000.
Lord Nelson's autograph memoir of
his own life, with some autograph let
ters, was sold for $5000; twenty-three
other letters of his to Trowbridge
fetched $1400. Bobert Burns's pri
vate journal, begun in 1787, "The
Edinburgh Commonplace Book,"
brought $1815. Eight manuscripts of
A. C. Swinburne, poems published in
his first volume, sold for $198.
Garden in un Old Umbrella.
Last summer an ingenious woman
found an ornamental use for an old
umbrella frame. A large nail was
driven in the end of the wooden han
dle, so it would press into the ground
with more ease, the frame was opened
and the handle planted in the middle
of a round flower bed. A pretty trail
ing vine that had a white blossom was
placed where each wire rib of the um
brella came and twined around. Low
flowering plants were placed around
tho remaining portion of the bed to
keep it in good form.-New York
Tho First Prepaid Post.
According to M. Piron the idea of a
postpaid envelope originated early in
the reign of Louis XIV. M. De
Velayer in 1GG3 established a private
post, placing boxes at the corners of
the streets for the reception of letters
wrapped in envelopes, which were to
be bought at offices established for
the purpose. And it is said that a
Swedish artillery officer, in 1828,
petitioned the Chamber of Nobles to
propose to the Government to issue
stamped envelopes for prepaid letter?.
COLONEL TOM OCHILTREE?
The National Character Who Jested Bia
Bills Through Congress.
Colonel Tom Ochiltree became a
national character a few years ago
when he came to Congress as a Bepre
TOM OCHILTREE. e*9a^*?
sentative from Texas. He wes con*
spicuouB to look upon, and he rarely
said anything that was not conspic
uous He made friends and he was sa
good-natured to his enemies and so
quick with his wit that tho men who
were opposed to him were anxiouB to
get over their tilts. He was pointed
out on the floor of the House as the
first native Congressman from hifj
State. It was also related that his
district was wider and longer than
many of the States of Europe, reach
ing over a territory of twenty-seven
counties, and running from the gulf to
Eagle Pass, on the Bio Grande. This
area comprised 37,600 square miles.
Ochiltree was practically the king of
it. He was the only man in the dis
trict when power was in consideration.
Ochiltree went to the top of capital
favoritism at a single bound. He was
a prince of story-tellers. The beauty
of his humor was that it hit no one so
hard as it hit^himself. He was a joke
to himself. He rarely appeared upon
the floor of the Forty-eighth Congress
that he did not put the House into a
furore of laughter. The country mem
bers used to declare that he was more
fun than the minstrels. His bills and
appropriations were jested through
the jest always bearing a strong argu
ment why Texas and Texas harbors
should be the especial care of the
country. Ha called himself the "Bed
headed Banger from Texas," and the
title was enough to get him a hearing
before the business committee. It was
his custom to send in word to an im
port x.-n o' -j?Tca
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The Mystery of Heredity?
Out of 222 pupils in the grammaii
schools of Chicago who attained a oer-,
tain percentage of efficiency only
twenty-five were boys. This would
indicate that girls are about four times
as bright as boys. It is hard to un-i
stand these things and to straighten
up the rules of heredity. It is, we
believe, an accepted rule that boys,
"take after" their mothers and the!
girls after their fathers. If, then, the1
women are the smartest, the boys,]
"taking after" the mother, should
also be smartest. If the men are the!
smartest, then the girls.J "taking
after" the father, should be smartest.]
It is a difficult riddle to-unriddle.-4
Moving Staircase for Fa. .enders.
A moving staircase for passengers,
In the shape of an endless leather belt
transferring them from one story to
another, is now in use in borne of the
great department-stores of Paris. It
is called a transporting carpet. End
less belts of canvas have been used
for some time to convey packages from
place to place within the stores.
WORLD'S BIGGEST JUG,
Nearly as Tall ns a Man and Will Hold
As a curiosity there may be some in?
terest in "the largest jug in the world/'
but there is little use for such a recepta-,
cl?. An Illinois pottery firm has con-*
structed an immense jug of the shape
and appearance of the familiar little
brown jug of history. It is so heavy
that several men would be required to
lift it high enough for one man to
drink out of it.
. It is almost as tall as a man, being!
sixty-one inches high.
It is thirty-six inches in diameter!
and holds 175 gallons. The jug is per
feot in every respect, and expert pot-j
ters have declared it the finest piece
of workmanship ever seen.
The owners have been offered hand-,
some sums for the jug by firms de
siring to use it for advertising pun
poses. It is no small task to finish a
BIGGEST JUG EVEB MADE.
vessel of this size, and the greatest
care must be taken, for if a single flaw
creeps into the clay it is liable to burst
when being turned and create great
havoc in the workshop.
An octogenarian vagrant was lodged'
at a St. Joseph (Mo.) police station
A Pulpit In the Air.
In the wildest and most picturesque
section of Wirt county, near Cest?n, a
uuge rock, known, as "Devil's Tea
Table," hangs over the river, high
above the valley. A few weeks ago
Rev. John Bonnett, an eccentric moan
tain evangelist, announced that he
would preach from this rock, naming
last Sunday as the day for the service.
During Saturday night and early Sun
day morning the backwoodsmen and
their families began gathering at the
foot of the rock, and by ll o'clock
over 1,000 persons awaited the advent
of the preacher, who soon appeared on
the edge of the rock, and delivered
his sermon from a pulpit 200 feet above
his congregation, his text being, "On
this rock I build my church." It was
the most unique and impressive ser
vice ever held in the State.-Parkers
burg, (W. Va.) dispatch to the St.
Louis Globe Democrat.
Johnson's Chill and Fe?
ver Tonic is a ONE-DAY
Cure. It cures the most
stubborn case of Fever in
The Lost Pocket Book,
Three years ago a Portland man
lost his pocket book that contained
$300. The last he could remember of
it was laying it upon his bed. Last
Sunday he read in a newspaper the .
notice of tho death of an o'd friend,
and this set him to thinking of his
school days. From these remembran
ces came a desire to look over an old
chest containing souvenirs, and in
which he thought there was a picture
of his f orin er chum. He went to the
chest, lifted the cover, and the first
thing that met his gaze was the pock
et book with the money intact. And
now he is puzzling his brains to re
member how it came there.-lewis
ton (Me.) Journal.
Why take Johnson's
Chill & Fever Tonic?
I Because it cures the
most stubborn case
of Fever in ONE DA Y.
No Respecter of Persons.
When ? hniral de Horsey, at Port
Royal, was one night returning to his -
flag-ship alone, his way to the boat
led across the barrack square. A. black
sentry of one of the West India regi
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Johnson's Chill and Fe?
ver Tonic is a ONE-DAY
Cure. It cures the most
stubborn case of Fever in
Successful Skin Crafting.
Ten-year-old Prischer Orter is at
1er home in Newark, N. J., after a
tour months' stay at the German Hos
pital, in that city. The girl was
/rightfully burned on Febriiary 26 by
tailing into a fire at the coal docks on
Pacific street. For a time her life
was despaired of.
Her burns gradually healed, except
one spot four inches in diameter,
ibove the right knee. This refused
co respond to ordinary treatment, and
it was decided to try skin grafting
Jtrips of skin were removed from the
other leg and bound upon the unheal
ed spot. They adhered, and gradu
ally over-spread the whole sore and
the little girl is now as well as ever.
Picture Market Depressed.
Almost one-quarter of the pictures
at the Boyal Academy in London this
year are portraits. Bather Teas than
200 of these are in oils, abo'-L f he same
number are in water colo', 75 are in
sculpture and the rest in euuoi draw
ings or engravings. It is snpposed
that the reason of this great display of
portraiture is to be found in the con
dition of the market, for there '"sat the
present time but little demand for pic
tures of any other kind.
Quinine and other fe
ver medicines take from 5
to 10 days to cure fever.
Johnson's Chill and Fever
Tonic cures in ONE DAY.
First Fire Engines.
"The Phoenix" was the nam' of th?
first fire company in England, and il
was established in 1682. At that tim?,
in the towns, squirts or syringes wert
used for extinquishing fire, and theil
length did not exceed two or three
feet. These yielded to the hand fir?
engine with pipes of leather, whici
was patented in 1676. Water-tight
seamless hose was first made at Beth
nal Green in 1720.
A MODERN SCHEHEREZADE
'?Mrs. Meeker," observed a friend of
the family, "Isa very superior woman.
She can converse intelligently. I believe,
on a thousand different topics."
"Yes," sighed Mr. Meeker, "and sh?
A DECIDED nrar.
Mother-What in the world ever pos
sessed you to give Mr Bingo a shavirg
Daughter-He never seems to realizo
how tender my fate is.
TUG TEMPTATION TOO GREAT.
Ellen-Why don't you put a couple of
oysters on f'ose black eyes o' yourn?
Tom -1 d. I, I tried it twiced, but some
how 1 can't never get them DO furder up
than my monti.