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EDGEFIELD, S. C.. WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 10. 1902.
I The Sj
I often think that the aph
which proclaims the truth that :
make the sum of human things
invented by a member of the p
Bion to which I have the honor 1
long, for in no walk of life moro
in the detective business is the i
acy of this statement more ofter
more positively born out. In a
which passed through my hands
Beven years ago and which creal
profound sensation under the nar
"The Margrave Mystery," it wai
p/esence of ? tiny witness, about
tenth of an inch in dimension,
onabled me to .track tho perpeii
. of the crime, and to bring him tc
scaffold which he merited.
One morning, early in June, 1
celved a telegram from headquai
bidding me to proceed at once to
village of Margrave, in Berks:
where a certain Dr. Powis desire
interview mo immediately. Arrive
the doctor's residence after a 40 j
* utes' journey in an express from ^
erloo, I was ushered into his libr
and found him awaiting me with
He was a broad-shouldered, f
faced man, with eyes and mouth wi
proclaimed honesty and steadfastr
of purpose, but it was obvious to
that he was uuder the influence
some terrible shock, and his very ?
words proved that my diagnosis' of
emotions was correct.
"A horrible and painful episode '.
Just occurred, Mr. Harding," he s:
Bpeaking very hurriedly. "My pa tie
Slr William Margrave, of Margr;
Hall, has been poisoned by a bol
of "physic sent to him from this ho;
by me-understand that-a bottle
-physic prepared by me, with my o
hands, last evening and taken by :
messenger to his house. Unless t
mystery is cleared up before the
quest, I shall be in a dreadful pc
tion, and may even have to stand i
trial at the assizes. For Heavei
sake, tell me what is to be done."
"I can tell you, Dr. Powis, what
not to be done," I answered, witho
hesitation, "and that is not to exci
.yourself thus unnecessarily. By pi
serving your calmness as much as pc
Bible, and giving me a -lear and co
else account of this affair, you wi
be helping the cause of justice, and
have no doubt that I sha.ll be able
aid you to some extent."
'"Very well, then," he exclaimed, ri
ing and pacing the room nervous!
"I may tell you at once that for sorx
time past I have been attending S
William for gout, and have been i
the; habit of sending him a bottle <
physic; .every Wednesday evening, t
counteract the effects of the complair
in some degree. Last night I prepare
Mw? JJT?WMIUU ?B" UMiai lu mr om fen
downstairs, and having despatched m
messenger with the physic, I sat dow;
to read the Lancet in my study unti
He paused, wrung his hands in ar
gulsh, and then went on. "All wen
on as usual, but about midnight I wa
summoned from my. bed by a footraai
from the Hall. He merely announcei
that Sip William had been taken ver;
ill-was in violent agonies-and tba
the servants believed bim to be dying
WLhout a word I followed the mai
back to the house*, and only arrivei
in time to find the poor old baronet or
the point of death, whilst he gaspec
out to me, as I knelt over him, thes(
"'Analyze the medicine! Analyz,
"He never spoke again, and from th<
manner in which his body was con
torted, and from the odor in the room
it was obvious to me that he had swal
lowed a dose of the deadly druj
known as oil of almonds-in othei
words, prussic acid.
"Directly I had lain the dead mai
upon his bed (for in his struggles h<
tad fallen to the floor) I turned t<
examine the bottle of medicine, anc
one whiff at the drug told me wha
had occurred. A" infusion of prussic
acid had been added to the gout mix
ture, and to its addition S! William':
death was to be traced.
"I sent for the servant who hat
summoned me and bade him ride tc
the police station and inform the nigh
inspector cf what had occurred, anc
then lay down upon the sofa in thf
dining-room till 8 o'clock, when tilt
official in question arrived in company
with the police doctor. Tho latte)
agreed with me that the deceased nae
met his death through poisoning bj
prussic acid, and I can assure you
Mr. Harding, that from his manner to
ward me it was plain he considered
that I was to blame, and that through
some criminal overnight I had commit
ted a blunder and sent Sir William tc
"However, he said nothing of thc
sort to me, and, having taken an offi
cial note of the affair, went away. The
body now lies at the Hall awaiting the
inquest., which will doubtless be held
on the day after tomorrow, and you
will, therefore, appr?cia 'e my position,
Mr. Harding. If something is not ad
duced by that time to show that the
?horrible affair has come about through
no fault of mine my reputation will be
shattered, and I shall be a ruined
"One moment," I said. "I should
like to see this messenger of j'ours."
"You shall do so at once." returned
the doctor, and, ringing the bell, he
told the maid who answered it to send
The messenger, Travers by name,
was a tall, thin man, with bushy sid?
whiskers and neatly-parted black hair.
He answered my questions in a
Straightforward manner, and informed
me that he had conveyed the mr-dlvine
ns usual to Margrave Hall, where he
had handed it to the footman. His
master, he added, had seemed perfect
ly composed and calm when he hand
led him the bottle, and he was quite
at a loss to account for the extraordi
It was-so obvious to both Dr. Powis
and myself that this man could have
had no earthly reason for desiring the
li/e of the departed baronet that we
did not trcible to ouestion him very
closely, for after all he was but a
messenger, and could not bc expected
to give us much vital information.
Having thanked, him for his words,
! tetii hiss be contri withdrew, amt hi
t Button. t
went away as silently as he had en
"He seems right enough," I''said,
when the door had closed upon his
"What about the servants at the
"All of them are absolutely trust
worthy, and all of them loved poor Slr
William as a father. He lived in thc
house quite alone save for the ser
vants, and was a bachelor, his only
surviving relative being a brother,
who, however, has not been heard of
for a long time."
"And the brother succeeds him, I
presume?" I asked quickly.
"Yes. There is no other heir, and
thouh the gentleman has not been in
evidence for some years. I expect he
will turn up now that a large estate
and ?20,000 per annum await him."
"No doubt," I replied drily; and then
having asked Dr. Powis a great many
more questions, all of which ho an
swered most satisfactorily, I took roy
leave, promising (o go on to the Hall
and see if I could elicit anything
"Let me know," I said, as I shook
hands in parting; "let me know by
wire the exact hour of the inquest and
I will come down, co as tc back you up
if you need any assistance. And let
me advise you, Dr. Powis, to agitate
yourself as little as possible, fer I
hope and believe that this mystery
will be traced to its fountain head be
fore you and I are much older."
"Heaven grant it so," he said wear
ily, and then taking my hat and stick
I set out for the Hall.
Every information that I desired was
given me at that place, but it helped
me but little. I Journeyed back to
town at 4 p. m., tellirg myself that the
affair was a black mystery and that
the doctor's position was,- indeed, a
sad one. The jury would, of course,
take the view that ce had blundered
in preparing the physic, and h* would
be a ruined man.
Next morning I received a note from
the doctor that ran thus:
"Dear Mr. Harding-The inquest is
fixed for next Friday at 12 noon, at
the Hall itself. I would have wired
you tho information, but as I have
some other news to commun''-'- I
"The news in question is that my
messengers, Travers, has suddenly dis
appeared. He went, out at 7 o'clock
this evening and has not returned.
Following so closely on the terrible
tragedy at the Hall, the disappearance
seems suspicious, and I presume you
will use all your influence at Soiland
Yard to have him traced.
"Now, what does this mean?" .1
asked myself, as I read and re-read the
letter. "Why on earth should the mes
senger vanish at' this point? Assum
ing even that he was responsible for
the crime, what possible motive could
he have possessed for committing it?"
However, it was of little use to ques
tion myself thus, and I went to work
immediately to have the man traced.
All our efforts in this direction proved
useless, and when I went down to Mar
grave to attend the inquest on Friday,
the man was still beyond our reach.
Dr. Powis, who looked exceedingly
haggard, was very pleased to see me,
but his face fell when I told him that
Travers was not to be discovered.
The jury will say that I have got
him out of the country for some rea
son of my own," he mumbled help
lessly; but perceiving that the coroner
was at this moment entering the li
brary where the inquest was to be
held, he checked bis speech and fol
lowed thc official silently into the
The jury were called in, sworn, and
? eate were allotted to them. The usual
formalities followed, and then the ex
amination of the witnesses took place.
These included Dr. Powis, two of the
Hall servants, and the present baronet,
Arthur Marg ive. who had read of his
relative's shocking end in the papers,
and who had come down to the Hall
immediately to take up his reside nce
there and to give the lawyers any aid
that*might be required.
The evidence of the servants was
disposed of very quickly, and was of
small service. Thc doctor's turn fol
lowed, and it was evident from the
manner in which the coroner ad
dressed him thc lattter believed the
physician to have been guilty of gross
carelessness ir the handling of the
drugs. The doctor felt that the coroner
was taking this harsh view, and it
did not help to make him more com
fortable. On the contrary, it broke
down completely what little nerve was
left in him. and when, at length, he
was curtly told that he might stand
down, he collapsed completely, and
was obliged to seek the nearest chair.
Arthur Margrave's turn now came.
He was a tall, cleanshaven young
man, rrith easy, confident manner and
pleasant voice. He told how he had
been wandering about the continent
for the past few years, had recently
returned to England, where he had re
sided at his London club1 for somo five
years. He was^convinced that his rel
ative had had no tendency toward sui
cide, and that the present tragedy
must be attributed to something else.
That was all he had to tell, and very
well and very glibly he told it. ;
Ho was abou*. to glide from/ the
apartment when something that-1 had
not noticed previously sprung, to my
gaze, and even as it did so an illumi
nating intelligence swept my entire
Rising io my feet I said, in a loud,
"Mr. Coroner, I must ask;for an ad
journment of this inquest,'as I'have
new evidence to offer."
The coroner startcd/Margrave stood
rooted to tho floor, and the doctor's
face lit up with joy.
"New evidence." said the coroner;
"of what nature?"
"The nature of my evidence," I re
plied triumphantly, "will take the form
of 'an accusation of 'wilful murder'
against the last witness, Arthur Mar
A low murmur went around tho
room, and wutching Marara vo'a tUo, I
fc*w Voe Relor nen? wd so, His knsaa.
Bhcok, his hands twitched-if evei
guilt was written in a man's face and
In a man's figure, they were written
in his fac? and his figure at that mo
But ? was resolved to lose rio time
in following up my master clew, and
taking from my bag a pair of bushy
whiskers and a black wig which I
carried for the purposes of my busi
ness, I clapped them onto Arthur Mar
grave as he stood there, rigid and
amazed, and then turning to Dr. Powis,
who was regarding the scene with eyed
of amazement, I cried out:
"Dr. Powis, do you recognize Mr.
Margrave in his new character, or
rather his old one?"
"Hoavcn have mercy on me!" shout
ed the doctor, leaping back, "lt ia
John Travers, my missing messenger."
"Exactly so," I returned, as I re
moved the disguise and quietly hand
cuffed the terror-stricken scoundrel,
"exactly so; and there is no doubt, doc
tor, that your old messenger knew
! what he was doing when he took up
his situation with you. Further evi
dence will, of course, have to be col
lected as to Mr. Margrave's alleged
residence at his London club during
the past few months; and I venture
to think that the club is a myth, and
that we shall have no difficulty in
proving lt to be such. However, all
the necessary evidence will be forth
coming at the further hearing, and in
view of these developments I must ask,
Mr. Coroner, for an adjournment."
"It is granted," he said, without a
moment's hesitancy. "I hereby ad
journ the hearing until this day fort
"By which time," I added quickly,
"I have every reason to believe that
my case will be complete."
We went to work with ? will at
Scotland Yaru, and very sooh proved
that Arthur Margrave had been seen
at no London club during the past six
months; and in view of the fact that
he was unable io account for his
whereabouts, the coroner's jury, tak
ing into account also my evidence and
the evidence of Dr. Powis, returned a
vo?lict of "wilful murder" against him
after a very short deliberation.
This verdict was confirmed a month
later at the assizes, and he was con
demned to death, while Dr. Powis re
ceived the congratulations of the whole
district Upon the glad knowledge that
ho was freed from all suspicion of
having blundered on that fatal night.
On the eve of Margrave's execution
he sent for the governor of the jail
and made a full confession. It seemed
that, being anxious to inherit his
brother's estate, and believing that if
he lived be might marry and have is
sue, thc villain had conceived the no
tion of disguising himself as a man
servant, ii ad waited fpr a vacancy to
occur in Dr. Powis' household, and
then had obtained the post of messen
ger, knowing that all <hp medicine
sent to ims^inucnerrs housejvoiild .be
tance to the doctor's surgery one
night, he had obtained several drops
of prussic acid, and on the following
night had taken advantage ot' his posi
tion as messenger to infuse the poison
into the medicine he was conveying to
his relative's house. He had disap
peared from the doctor's residence af
terward, in order that he might dis
card his disguise and turn up as his
And how had I associated the gen
tlemanly witness at the inquest with
the servant I had met in Dr. Powis'
Well. I had noticed that thc messen
ger's left boot contained a split button
midway, and the very same mutilation
appeared on the same button in Mr.
Arthur Margrave's boot. I put the two
unusual breakages together, and act
ing on the hint brought a murderer to
his doom, being actuated, as I have
said, by nothing more or less than a
split boot button.-Tit-Bits.
GUAINT AND CURIOUS.
The only gem which cannot be imi
tated is the opal. Its delicate tints
cannot be simulated.
The Siamese 'nave an instrument
which they call the ranat. a species
of harmonicon, with 17 different wood
en keys, united by cords and resting
upon a stand, each strip of wood giv
ing a different note. The instrument
is played with two wooden hammers.
Holland is thc cow's paradise; there
the family cow is the family pet. She
is washed, combed and potted, her
tail is plaited up and tied with blue
ribbons as carefully and elaborately
as the hair of an only daughter, while
her health, food and digestive powers
are as carefully considered as an in
A curious custom takes place in vil
lages of the Luxemburg district, Bel
gium, every May. After Sunday ser
vice numbers of lads clusler round
the church entrance, and as the girls
come out seize them one by one, one
lad grasping a girl by the shoulder
and thc other by the heels, thc two
lifting her well up while a third bump
kin passes under the human * bridge
thus formed. This is done in (he
presence of thc parents, who them
selves have* passed through the same
A notorious old house is to be demol
ished in Edinburgh, Scotland. The
den is situated in what has been
known for generations as the West
Port, wh:?re. in olden days, tho hoads
and limbs of covenanters, witches and
criminals of every kind used to be
fixed to the gates. Here, in a hovel,
known as the Begijars hotel, lived
Burke and Hare and carried on their
nefarious trafile at a time when all
the country was roused and excite J
over stories of "body-snatchers," as
they wero called. Siolen bodies and
desecrated churchyard? were terrible
enough, but tho wholesale smothering
of human beings to procure bodies to
sell to doctors for dissection was a
crime undreamt of by even the most
.hardened "snatcher." till Ihe disclos
ures following thcr arrest of Burke and
Hare. The verb "to burke" remains
in thc language.
Til? Frt?ltt I ?>"r Al.wny* Oppiii
"I may bc up your way prc ty sfl?ft;"
Sfiid tho scientist W tho orht/f:
"Good." M?ld ih? crat8? "Unn'i in at
&?y Itow.'^WVfMtod Plat" tipsier1
Westminster A^ey ?rrai
.J Joseph [7i\ani?erlain, ?
Ablest British ?
Mr. Joseph Chamberlain, the British
Colonial Secretary, was born in Lon
don, but early removed to Birming
ham, where he started life as a mem
ber of the firm of Nettlefold & Cham
berlain, screw makers. His business
capacity was so great that the firm
became paramount in the trade, and
in eighteen years his fortune was so
considerable.that he retired from busi
ness to devote himself to municipal
affairs. He has had three wives. Each
or ms marriages were tinged witiLJSb.
m'ance. His close$^am-iliid a C5?^
Vam Visrri-r' -o??*^T>erlain also had a
beautiful sister. Harriet Kenrick and
Mary Chamberlain were as devoted
as their brothers, and the upshot of
this general affection was that Joe
Chamberlain married Harriet and Wil
liam Kenrick married Mary.
The first Mrs. Chamberlain died in
two years, ?ind "Brummagem Joe" took
for a second wife her cousin, Florence
Kenrick, who lett' him a widower after
seven years of uxorial devotion. There
being no more Kenricks available just
then, our Colonial Secretary remained
alone for thirteen long years, wedded
only to his political dogmas. In 1SS7,
?? lille visiting the United States as
chairman of the Fisheries Commission
(Bering Sea), he met the .daughter of
Mr. Cleveland's Secretary of War,
Judge Endicott, fell in love at tirst
sight, and, notwithstanding his .1fty
two years, induced her to become his
third wife. Mr. Chnmberlair never
takes exercise, wherein Englishmen
c; ?'ot understand him. Iis fad is.
or? ls. At Moor Green, ls palatial
ho. !n Birmingham, he cu'lvates the
ryledones on a large/cale. Two
.e is never withov-his mon
l a rare bloom \< his button
amberlaln is the blest states
ngia nd, and the lost fearless,
. ne is honest.-Ne York Press.
Some men are kept s/ousy talking
common sense to their ?vos that they
don't have time to H'e auy them
selves.-New York Pt6.
Thc woman who vps is thc woman
whose eyes are alwr beautiful. Tear
less eyes are dull aicold.-New York
N. JOSEPH CH,
i Real Ruler of Gr ea
A good 's more to be pClfeed
I than gr?'f'?'. but lt'^ much tho
j IDHI? tWiletoWii^ _ ,,v
nged fop the Eororiation.
I Kcwupnper Holder.
Aujextremely simple and very clever j
little"device, designed for holding al
newspaper of for securing n bunch of j
letter^ or other memoranda, ls shown
in th?! accompanying cut, thc Invention
of Mhjhnel J. Wldenbofer. It is cou-j
struejted entirely of galvanized wire,
and lis designed to be fastened to the :
door flamb, porch rail or gate post for j
the purpose of receiving ?he paper from
the tarrier, and to secure it until lt ls
the pleasure of the inmates of the j
house to remove it. This prevents the
papel from being blown away, its
construction can be readily seen from
companying cut, and it will also
N E W.SPAFER HOLDER.
be aeen that it can be adapted for
mary other uses, such as in offices
Sttcceflpful Printing THec;iiiplig.
Tlei'e are three big modern printing
telea-.iph systems each with its special
field of usefulness. Tho saving that
t lu-jare destined to effect in telegraph
wir? is enormous. They do more than
donde, and in some eases more than
rebo. as much work as the quadruplex
overthe same wire. In other words,
they make one wire do as much ns
twoor three are now doing. Tiley will
iheeforc save ?<>o.OOO or $70.000 on a
nng'e circuit between New York and
^hbago, and similarly, in proportion
o he distance, between other large
.entes of population. Whether they
viii save much labor seems to be
loultful. but the work required will
ie mich less skillful and not nearly so
xhiustlng. Tiley are all excessively
onplieated, and they cost several
hoisand dollars per set to construct.
Ifi.ce they are only available tor ser
ice between large cities where there
! sufficient volume of telegraph busi
est to make lt worth while employing
10.11.-Donald Murray, in Everybody's
Il would seem that woman's rights
her wrongs.-New York
w tjggs, contrary lo the common
lon( arc not us digestible as tho?-?
faa^'c befrfl wen ewttsdi
i MST B ATTLE I
j A Sham Fighi on the Tragic Field fr
of Little Bis: Horn. J
A Shcridnn (Wyo.) correspondent
Writes to thc St. Louis Republic: Here,
near the spot where Custer fell, tweu
ly-slx years after the heroic Seventh
Cavalry was by a ferocious and over
powering force of yelling Indians an
nihilated, was enacted a mimic but
lifelike imitatlou of that massacre.
About 1500 Crows and Cheyennes, hid
eous and menacing in their war paint,
swooped down upon and surrounded
200 men from Fort McKenzie in the
presence of thousands of spectators,
who thus saw the first genuine repro
duction of the slaughter of Custer and
The light of twenty-six years ago
was without witnesses and after the
last yell was heard and the last scalp
had been lifted there was no one of
the gallant baud of troopers left to tell
the tale. The scene of carnage has
been described only in the unwilling
speech of the Indian conquerors and
the imagination of the writer.
Two hundred and sixty soldiers lie
buried on the rolling plains of Mon
tana, and so 200 blue-coated men from
Fort McKenzie met the yelling horde
of CroAvs recently.
THE CUSTER BATTLEFI
Mnjor Saunders was thc "Custer."
Rehearsing 1000 Indians for the sham
fight was no small task. It required
diplomacy, as well as executive ability.
. , World'll Fanteet Kunnor.
The fastest runner in thc world is
Arthur F. Duffy, formerly of George
town University, D. C. He is now ric
ing with great success in England.
Tile latest c*py of the Field to hand
throws considerable light on Arthur
F. Duffy'8 100-yard race at Wolver
hampton, over which there was such
Duffy woi* the scratch "one* inindr^,
ARTHUR F. DUFFY.
ten seconds, ano was a starter *n
e handicap "one hundred" also. In
e second heat he covered the full
stance in nine and four-fifths see
ds, which equals his own English
:'ord made at Leicester last year,
iff y's time in the final was ten see
experiments have been made by the
?eral telegraph department of Ger
my to test the octuplex system ol
logrnphie telegraphy invented by thc
3 Professor Rowland, of Johns Hop
s University. The apparatus to l>e
lllarly used between Hamburg and
inkfort will shortly be installed. It
claimed that the octuplex system
1 permit 1S.000 words per hour to be
t over a single wire by twenty
raters. By the Hughes system now
use in Berlin only 2200 words per
r can be despatched. The sending
rument resembles a typewriter, and
letter can be telegraphed by (le
asing its corresponding key. The
?iving instrument prints the mes
e on a sheet of paper, not on a
i, in convenient form for delivery
nail or otherwise.-Chicago Post.
Jan:ineae Folded Fan.
lough the Japanese folded fan is n
mon object in this country, little is
wu of its manufacture, says the
ic of the largest factories is at
?to. where an average of 3.000,000
> yearly are turned out. Spain is
principal customer for Hie Kyoto
;, Italy coming next in importance
then America and .Mexico.
ie fans are not at all easy to
itifacture. As many as eight dif
nt workmen are required to make
:igl<' frame, while before thc fan is
bed it hus to pasy through th??
Sr? of ?<? (?wer than t?ia peopje;
Mrs. Stuyvesant Fifi?, Society Lertnfli
Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish is uow the real
leader of the New York swell set. She
MRS. STUYVESANT FISH.
delights in novelties and this is how
she has fought her way to the top.
Time and again .Mrs. Fish has en
acted the roi. of the society Moses and
has led the children of fashion out of
tile dull monotony of convention iutc
the land of the bizarre. Novelty ls
Mrs. Fish's -watchword. It -was she
that first ventured to give a barn dance
ELD AS IT IS TO-DAY.
nt Newport nt which the guests ap
peared in thc costumes of Freuch peas
ants of a century or two ago, and in
dulged lu such bucolic sports as hunt
ing eggs in the hay lofts and milking
the cows lu the stalls. It was Mrs.
Fish, too, that introduced the "reversi
ble" dance, where all clothes were
worn hind side before, and tho back
of each head was covered with a mask.
Whatever difference of opinion may
exist as to the dignity of such a per
formance as this, thee ls no question
concerning Mrs. Fish's cleverness. Her
friends and her foes agree that she is
'" ".'~M ""."""/?ntlnn aflil adroit in exe
cution.- She is quic?iwiueu ?uu un
sighted, and though her tongue may be
sharp sometimes to cruelty, her ob
servations invariably possess a keen
ness and a point that command atten
tion. She is a very wealthy woman
lind her husband is Fresidont of th*
Illinois Central Railroad.
Prime Minister Balfour's naree
The Right Hon. Arthur James Bal
four, who becomes Prime Minister in
.ucccssion to the Marquis of Salisbury,
s tho sou of Lord Salisbury's sister and
s fifty-four years of age.
He was educated at Eton and Trin
fy College, Cambridge, and was
.looted to Parliament in 1S74. He
oined Lord Randolph Churchill's
'Fourth Party." In 1SS5 Lord Salis
?ury took him into thc Ministry, and
uto the Cabinet next year as Seere
ary for Scotland. It was at the end
f 1887 that he made his mark, when
s Chief Secretary for Ireland, he used
.hat force he could control to crush
pposition in Ireland, and cynically
neored at thc Home Rule members lu
arliament. He lcd in the prepara
on of the Couservative Home R'de
In 1S01 ho was chosen Conservative
ador in the Commons and took the
ace of First Lord of the Treasury
tho Cabinet, which lie holds in this
linnet, too. Ile bas written books on
lilosophy and theology, on bimct
lism and on golf. He is unmarried.
Though his first appointment was
garcled as a gross piece of nepotism,
r. Balfour more than justified it by
e ability and executive grasp.he has
Tho selection of Mr. Balfour moans,
obabfy, that there are to bo no sori
s changes in the Ministry for the
ARTII?R J. DALFOUR.
ent-probably till the King's coro
lin is over, and he is restored to
nary health. A Cabinet crisis now,
i the Kiug seriously ill, and the
lc of the session of Parliament
ly finished, would be awkward and
A Record In Duels.
Budapest student has created a
rd In duels by lighting eight in sue
lon and disabling each of his op
tnts until the eighth AV:?> reached,
ii he was wounded in the wrist.
! fuel is used exclusively in tho
en melting furnaces of the new
idelphia mint. The temperature
eic furi'UCtt* mn l><? raised tg 1000
8he wouldn't bent the carpets, ?~
Sho wouldn't whip the cream, v .
She wonldn't pound tho beeiBtoak;
Too cruel it did seem.
She wouldn't striko tho matches, A .
?he'd give hot tea no blows; >
She made no hit nt baking,
She wouldn't wring her clothes,
?ho wouldn't cut n chicken,
Or think of drowning care, >r
She wouldn't mash potatoes
Or bang her golden hair.
She wouldn't do all these things,
My tender-hearted I3ess,
And so she 8mashed ail records
At downright lnzlm-ss.
-Now York Su*
Hoax-Here comes the interrogation
mark. Joax-Because he's a question
Nell-Mr. Sapphcdde doesn't talk
much, does he? Belle-No, but he gen
erally manages to tell all he knows.
She-Men are so weak. Do you think
they will ever learn to say no? He
Undoubtedly, when women propose.
Blobbs-Skinnum is rather exclu
sive, isn't he?" Slobbs-Yes, there are
very few people with whom he asso
ciates now. Fact is, he's in jail."
Stern Parent-Young man, do you
think you can support my daughter on
$10 a week? -Nervy Suitor-I'm will
ing to try if that's the .best you can do.
Muggins-Do you think women dress
to please their husbands? Buggins
Not on your lire. If they did they
.wouldn't run up such infernally big
"Absence makes the heart grow fond
er," remarked the sentimental youth.
"Oh! I don't know," returned the mat
ter-of-fact girl. "Did you ever try pres-1
"Death is never idle," sagely ob
served the Wise Guy. "Oh, I don't
know," remarked the Simple Mug. "It
occasionally takes a Dey off in Al
Ida-There is that editor ordering
people around again. 1 wonder what
makes him so dictatorial? May-Oh, I
guess he is used to having people sub
mit to him.
A dollar held close to tho eye will
hide the sun," observed the Wisc Guy.'
"Yes," chuckled the Simple Mug; "and
the further a dollar is away the big
ger it seems."
Mrs. Newlywed-My husband never
talks about the coffee his mother used
to make. Mrs. Knowitall-h dare say
not. His mother used to keep a
Wigg-No; I can't say that Talka
lot is a friend of mine. I merely have
a speaking acquaintance with him.
Wagg-Most people only have a lis
Hook-You can't make Henpecke
believe that the hand that rocks the
cradle is the hand that rules the
world. Nye-How's that? Hook
His wife makes him tend to the chil
"i'd nice to know why they call this
i.?m a 'Limited,'" said the disgusted,
passenger; "I don't see anything" lim
ited about it." "You don't" laughed
the engineer. "Well, it's limited to
ten miles an h ...
A Heavy Bluff-"Oh. maw," said the
10-year-old hopeful, "do you see how
wet my clothos are?" "Yes. young
man," spoke mamma, sternly, "and
you have been ir. swimming." "No.
maw." "Then how did you get wet?"
"Why, some boys wanted mc to go in
swimming, and I ran away so :ast
Feathers from a ICare South African Bird
lteeonlly Introduced Hore.
An echo of tb-3 late war in South
Africa is to be found in New York in
the form of ornaments made from the
sakabula plumes. They are very beau
tiful. They are made by a widow of
a, Boer officer, who is now trying to
support herself in this way. The saka
bula is as rare a bird in South Africa
is the impeyan is in the Himalayas,
t nelongs to the pheasant family and
>ears some resemblance to the ban
dya in the Philippines. The tail feath
rs are curved, slender, and of a jvon
lerful chestnut, color, which shades
rom Hie lightest hue into a red brown,
Imost maroon. At the tip of each
eather is a white eye, which throws
be surrounding tint into very high
elief. The other feathers are small
nd. brilliant, some of them having
semi-metallic lustre on the edge.
They were used by the Zulu and
tatabela warriors as an ornament of
ie highest value, and are said to have
iany superstitions a^aching to them.
They are a part of thc head-dressing
! the chiefs and of the professional
liform of the witch-finders. These
edicine men manufactured a head
.essing of the plumage, combined
i th small, dried bladders, skewers,
id ornaments, fashioned out of tusks
id lions' teeth. The tail-feathers
ood up and produced an effect that
? both picturesque and ghastly.
Enclmid** Genteel l?nr?lar.
rhe story of thc Glasgow burglar,
odfellow, who has just been sent to
ison for six years, is very remark
le. Goodfcllow did his plundering
[te in thc genteelest manner. He
;ssed and spoke like a gentleman and
ned a beautiful yacht, in which he
uld drop gracefully down to some
ist watering place and plunder lt on
; quiet. After the burglaries he
led away, no one for a moment sus
sing the aristocratic visitor. He
o had a carriage and pair of dash
? gray horses that assisted him
lally as a blind and as a means of
ape. A favorite trick was to accom
iy his predestined victims to church,
> out before them and go through
house while the owner and his
lily were at worship.-Chicago
nu Experience Wnn In Mine*).
Did you ever salt sheep?" asked tho
mer of the new hired hand who
ie from Colorado.
No." replied the new hired hand,
t I've had considerable experience
lalting mines."-Ohio'State Journal.
Married, bnt Not Happy.
5o you and Tom were finally mar
. eh. Nell?"
'cs, but we're not happy."
Vby, how's that?"
Vc didn't marry each other."-D<*
i Freo Pr?tas;