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VOL. LX VII.
EDGEFIELD, S. C.. WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 24. 190^*
< WON BY
Jessie Banning's Long
JesFie Banning of San Francisco has
just won a great triumph in her long
contest for the rich strip of mahogany
land along the west slope of the Cor
dilleras in Peru. Though she lost her
father, ruthlessly struck down from
ambush in the bitter strife, and her
mother, who died from grief and de
spondency, she won a husband and a
fortune. But for the timely and stanch
assistance of George Flores it is
doubtful whether she ever could have
won against the machinations of the
rich and influential men who were
determined to capture the great ma
hogany tracts valued at $600,000.
When, disguised as a boy, she was
wounded in trying to recover the
Valdes deeds in order to provo her
title, it was Flores who aided her to
escape the hirelings who had her J
surrounded. When the Valdes deeds |
were recovered it was Flores who
Bhrewdly p-eserved them till they
were called for by the courts, though
detectives and cuttnroats were ran
sacking the possessions of everybody
connected with the case, threatening
the weak-heartea and even kidnaping
those that w?re thought to know the
whereabouts of the papers. Despite
*H their efforts the deeds were pre
served and presented to the court at
the opportune moment, and the wed
ding of Jessie Banning and George
Flores dramatically closed the long
and exciting contest.
Jessie Banning might bo called an
American girl, though she was born
in Peru. Very early in life she was
taken to California by her mother and
attended the public school in San
Francisco, where she formed many
acquaintances. It was through her
mother that she inherited the title to
Ihe great stretch of valuable forest
lands which were so long in dispute.
Joe Banning, her father, was very j
well-known in the Mendocino motin
. tain ranges. In the early '70s he sold
his timber claims in that region and
went to San Francisco for rest and
to see what chances offered for in
vestments in new lints. There he met
pretty black haired Anita Ramirez,
who had come from Peru on a visit
to an aunt, and he fell desperately in
love with her. Marriage quickly fol
lowed. He took a wedding trip with
her to Peru to visit her relatives and
"see what kind of "a country it was,
anyway." Being a timber expert, he
became keenly alive to the prosn* t
In that country in furnishing
woods, and when he saw the ?
that his, wife disputed title tr
ready to jump into the cor
hil his American energy, ?
command. The coterie of spt
who were trying their hardest
ble the tract were, not afrai
new champion. They argued .
foreigner, unused to the way
country, unfamiliar with its laws, and
at a pinch, there was always a way of
dealing with opponents who became
too truculent or too successful.
With indomitable eftergy and per
severance he at last got his wife's
claims in such shape that his friends
declared he must win when the evi
dence was presented to the courts. The
last missing link in the title was the
Valdes deeds, and these, after a long
and tireless search.he had at last ob
tained. After an arduous two years'
struggle his triumph seemed at hand.
Then it was the other side showed
how they proposed to escape from their
desperate corner. Banning, with his
wife, was passing out of a crowded
theatre one night. In the pack of people
nobody noticed who pressed next him.
Suddenly he grasped the arm of his
wife more closely, exclaimed, "I am
Stabbed," and fell to the ground. It
was a mortal wound; he died three
days later. Several arrests followed,
but the real culprit was never caught.
This sensational episode in the con
test was followed by the burglary of
his house and the theft of the Valdes
deeds. Mrs. Banning collapsed under
al! the strain. Taking her little
daughter, she fled from Peru and again
came to San Francisco to visit her
sister. But her heart was broken. She
pined away and in three years died.
Jessie was kept at school till she grad
uated, then she went back to her rela
tives in Peru. Then for the first time
she began to hear the stories about the
Btrife over th" tracts of val
uable woods and the reasons
why her father had been mur
dered. The cowardly act incensed
her. She spent all her spare time going
over the records and thc evidence, and
when she realized the mass of crime
and swindling operations that had rob
bed and crushed out the lives of her
parents she resolved to make it the
effort of her life to get justice and
bring the guilty parties to punishment.
So with little money, but with ail her
father's pluck, this frail girl took up
the contest. It was good fortune more
than chance that sent George Flores to
her standard when she began her con
test against the unscrupulous enemies
of her father. Flores had been squeezed
out of his holding In the rich Bella
Donna mine by Leon Valladolla and
pome of his c-cnies. This Valladolla
.was one of the leading spirits who con
tested the rights of Miss Banning to
the timber claims. Flores was the first
to open up the rich ledge of the Bella
Donna, but he needed capital to develop
the mine with modern machinery. He
went to Valladolla, showed him the
prospects in sight, and offered him a
share, providing he would furnish the
necessary capital to equip the mine
with machinery. Valladolla jumped at
the chance, put up the money, and in
a year had the finances of the mine in
such a shape that Flores was com
pelled to sell out to him for a song.
Flores swallowed the bitter pill, but
he vowed revenge. So when Jessie Ban
ning reopened the case in the courts for
possession of the great mahogany
forests Flores went to her, told her
what he knew, and offered to help her
all he could. His was invaluable assist
ance, for not only had he heard Valla
dolla recount some of the inside work
fugs of "the ring" to grab the forests,
Struggle for a Peruvian t
but his own fight? with Valladolla had
taught him the latter's methods.
The key of Jessie Banning's proof
was the Valdes deeds, for they com
pleted the gap. showing the unbroken
title to the forest lands from the origi
nal grantees down thro gh several gen
erations to her mother. It was well
known that these important papers had
not been destroyed by the men who
had stolen them.because they also con
veyed certain rights and privileges
which were being used by "the ring."
It was the plan of the latter to wear out
the Banning heirs ard then produce the
Valdes deeds. Jessie Banning was the
only one who stood between them and
success, and they didn't see how a girl
like her could possibly defeat them.
Very early in the affair a bundle of
papers purporting to be the. original
Valdes deeds were offered to her at a
facey figure. The arch conspirator had
figured that she would snap at these
forgeries and use them for the purpose
i of winning the suit Of course at the
proper moment they were prepared to
step in and dramatically prove the
deeds to be gross forgeries. Fortunate
ly, Flores got wind of the matter and
warned Miss Banning in time. But the
trick, though it failed In execution, pro
duced one momentous result. It re
vealed the headquarters of the plotters,
and by a rare chance showed that the
booa-fide Valdes deeds were in tho
name place. But how to get them?
Jessie Banning knew that her father's
secrets had been sold out to the other
side, and she was afraid to trust any
body with the important task of recov
ering the deeds. Whoever got them for
her might turn and offer to resell them
to the other side for ready cash. In
this dilemma she decided to try to re
cover them herself. There was only one
way. Court processes were useless in
Irying to reach her enemies. She must
do as they did when they took them
from her father.
Her cousin was a daring lad of 17,
and she pitched on the plan of disguis
ing herself in a suit of his clothes and
taking him with her on the adventure.
She had selected a rainy night for the
feat, and found everything clear in her
reconnoissance of the house where
Flores reported "the ring" met. Then
fortuue played a strange prank in the
proceedings, which both helped and
hurt her. It chanced* that a burglary
r .i ... iv ;cet:-tjcrd irv tr? :
the cause of it. She was paraiyzeu with
fright, but only for an instant. The
next the quick-witted girl realized that
tho uproar was a golden opportunity
offered to take advantage of the deser
tion of the servants; then she fell upon
the desk containing the Valdes deeds
stolen from her father's house.
With them safe in her pocket she
made a jubilant rush for the broken
Bindow, forgetting for the moment
that the gardens in that locality were
hiing scoured by the householders,
seeking for the burglars who had fled
from the alarmed house across the way.
Unfortunately for her she was ob
served as she dropped lightly from the
window, and a vigilant servant fired
a pistol at her. The ball grazed her side
inflicting a flesh wound, but she
pushed headlong into the darkness,
followed by the shouts of those in close
Suddenly, in her mad flight, she
stumbled and went sprawling head
long into the water, lt was shallow, with
a stone bottom, but she dared not move
lest she should get beyond her depth,
and so lay at full length, with her
head just above the surface. Her pur
suers were close upon her. She could
hear them calling to one another and
beating the bushes in their fruitless
search. Lanterns began to bob about in
the darkness; she lay still, fearing to
move lest she should disclose her hid
ing place. Two of her pursuers met
near the water; one carelessly threw
the light of his lantern in its direction,
evidently with a view simply to disclose
its location, and told his companoin to
be careful and not stumble into "the
fish pond." Time and again her pur
suers passed the pond, but they never
thought of seeking her there. However,
they were so persistent in their hunt
and daybreak was so near that she
knew it was only a question of little
time when she should be discovered
and dragged to prison, and that would
be the last of the Valdes deeds and her
long fight for her rights and justice.
Then came a figure drifting specter
like through the darkness in her di
rection and softly whistling, "You'll
Remember Me,'* from the "Bohemian
Girl." Jessie Banning could not with
hold an exclamation of delight. It was
Flores' favorite air, and she had heard
him softly whistling i<t to himself in
that self-same way.
"Flores, Senor Flores," she called
softly. The shadow and the whistling
suddenly stopped. "Senor Flores," she
repeated and the figure advanced
cautiously toward the fish pond.
"Where are you. senorita?" he whis
pered in a low, guarded voice.
"Here in the fish pond."
"Be brave. I think we can trick them
yet," he responded. "S-sh! here comes
one of them; lie low!" Ana as a man
came up with a lantern Flores turned
and pretended to search the bushes.
"Any signs of the robber?" asked
"Not yet, but he is somewhere in this
square. Of that we are certain, and the
place is safely surrounded. It is only a
question of a little time and search.
Senor Valladolla reports that his
house was also robbed, and he and his
servants have also joined the hunt. We
will get the villains, sure. I am going
for more lanterns." And ho hurried
away lato the darkness.
When he was well out of hearinjf
Flores picked up a bench on thc walk
beside the fish pond and shoved it out
into the water toward the submerged
girl. "Rest behind that," he said. "It
may help to protect you from any light
they flash on the water. I'll go and
draw off the searchers to the other end
of the square and bring horses to his
end. Then we'll make a dash for it.
Keep your courage up."
Flores had been gone only a little
while when sh heard shouts: "There he
is!" "Help, help, surround him!"
"This way with the lights, all of you;
we've got him, we've got him!" Then
ifrcm all directions she saw the
lanterns and dark figures go bobbing
toward the locality of thc shouts. The
cries and excitement increased. She
arose out of the water, feeling that it
was too good a chance of escape to
miss, and that maybe she had better
run and not wait for Flores.
Fortunately, he ran up breathlessly
while s ie was hesitating, grabbed her
hand, a.id dragged her away to the far
ther cerner of th square. She was
shiver! jg and almost numb with cold,
and he had to half carry her. But they
reached thc horses, and in a few mo
ments they were galloping away.
And that was the way Jessie Banning
recovered the stolen Valdes deeds. Tho
Cuzco court has already given judg
ment in her favor. It is authoritatively
whispered that within a month she will
marry George Flores-The New York
Mail and Express.
"A GREAT NEWS CENTRE."
General Taylor's Hn|>]>y Introduction 01
I" j i-? i il i-1, t to I'roM Club.
Geu. C. H. Taylor of the Boston
Globe, observes the Bonton Record, has
long heid high rank as a toastmaster,
but we doubt if he ever reached so high
a plane of e i cc!lenee and acceptance as
when acting in that capacity at the re
cent international Press Club banquet
in this city. Supplementing the forego
ing, Zion's Herald pertinently acids:
"We have n^ver hoard a more compre
hensive, discriminating and happy in
tioductory address than that which he
delivered h?0 presenting President
Roosevelt. That he is a Democrat, and
the editor of a Democratic paper, marks
the magnanimity and generous con
sideration which he expressed for thc
President." He said, with much feel
In a certain s?nse the President of
the United States must be all things
to all men. He is thc comraander-in
chief alike of the army and of . thc
navy. He must know no section, race
or creed. He is expected to be a business
man among business men, a farmer
among farmers, and among the manu
facturers he- must stand as the fond
And i?? tl . ;ii ... " . ?.? ;. - .
?j . , , --. .: ? < . ". I'M:- I
..wi, m a bingle phrase, give his ex
act political status among .he differ
ent elements of Jiis party, because it
bas variad erosional ly during the past
dozen years. It is certain thal no mem
ber of his party who has differed with
him on any issue and has sought his
office, spoiling for a fight, has ever
gone away disappointed. Aside from
his sturdy and vigorous princ ipies, his
many-sidedness is shown by the fact
that he is esteemed anion? historians
for the variety and quality of his his
torical works; among soldiers for his
gallantry in war; ?.mong huntsmen for
his skill with the rifle; and among
plainsmen for his daring as a horse
man. Tonight he is among newspaper
men, and he mu*t permit us to salute
him as the most prolific source of news
in the country. Wherever he has been
situated through his political career
Mr. Roosevelt has made what Horace
Greeley called "mighty interesting
reading." In the assembly at Albany he
lifted even thc legislative debates to
a newspaper value. As civil service
commission*r. he had the genius to
make sven Civil Service Reform an at
tractive and popular subject of discus
sion. The minute he took his seat on
the New York police board Mulberry
street became a news centre. He was
appointed assistant secretary of the
navy, and oven there his enemies could
not lose him. YVi.en the Spanish war
came, by his own originality, he creat
ed a place for himself whi'-?\ measured
in head-lines, eclipsed the glory of all
the major-generals. As governor of
New York lie created more news of
general interest lhan tho governors of
all the other forty-four states put to
gether. When, as vice-President, ha
took his seat as presiding officer of the
Senate, the best news story of the in
auguration was born. We have had
Presidents with so little personality
and force mat they have hardly mad?
a first-page feature during their entire
service. In the present instance wo
have a chief magistrate who cannot
ask a man to cline with him without
causing an international srgsation
that nearly exhausts our supply of dis
play type. What a source of joy and
pleasure he is to the men who have to
build the bright and breezy headlines
for the newspapers! You and I know
that there is no juster contemporary
\erdict on the work of a public man
than that which is rendered by the
head-line builder. He is a trained and
dispassionate export in popular tastes,
atc! is the accurate barometer of pub
lic interest. For this reason is there
a man in the world who is more richly
entitled to receive a hearty welcomo
from this audience than President
Roosevelt? Like successful journalists
everywhere, he is himself a working
man and believes in the dignity of
labor. He believes that a man should
work for tho honors and prizes of mis
life. He has told his sons that when
their educations are finished they must
go to work and make names for them
selves, thus setting an example to the
fathers of his clay and generation. We
welcome him, not only as inc Presi
dent of the United States, but ."ecatiso
cf his record, as a man, and as a friend
and above all because he represents
the best type of citizenship in the
greatest nation in thc world.
Tho umbrella i? gonornily undor ?
j 'TOCKETJPLANETS." ?
O Little Worlds Only aa Bis; AB a Farm- O
? er's Field. ?
It is uo surprising thing nowadays
for tho announcement to be made that
another planet has been discovered.
Time was, however, when such an
announcement was received with much
interest. It is well known that be
tween the orbits of Mars and Jupiter
there is a belt ring of tiny bodies,
"pocket planets," as Herschel called
them, none with a greater diameter
than 200 miles and some whose as
signed diameter ls less than seventeen
There arc doubtless some even
smaller-about large enough for 0
fanner's cornfield perhaps.
So diminutive are these curious mem
bers of the solar system that even
after one has been discovered it is
quite likely to be lost. Of course It
is possible to trace the movements
of thc asteroids as well as those of
the larger planets, but the labor of
doing so, especially of the many tiny
ones of little practical interest, sur
passes thc probable value of the re
sult, and in consequence the orbits of
most of them are not yet calculated.
The orbits of all these diminutive
worlds lie in a belt about 100,000 miles
wide and with a mean distance from
the sun of about 230,000,000 miles.
At present more than 250 of these
little worlds have been discovered, and
more arc found ' nearly every year.
How many there may bc it is impos
sible to estimate. One astronomer
thinks there may be as many as 150,
000 of them. The total number, what
ever that may be, depends largely on
whether or not there is any limit to
If (here is no such limit, that is If
some arc very much smaller than
those now known, too small to be seen
willi (he telescope now in use, there
may be nn indefinite number.
Several theories have been advanced
to account for thc presence of the as
teroids In that part of the solar system
to which Bode's law assigned a planet
long before their existence was known.
Others proposed the hypothesis that
they had once formed a single planet,
which had at some remote time been
shattered by a great explosion, the
fragments continuing to revolve about
tile sun in approximately the orbit of
the original planet.
The considerable variation In the
eccentricity and inclination of their
orbits, not to be accounted for by any
present mode of calculation, and the
jrreater nrobabilirv nf thou
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o.cciituvJii.T m C.?.<JI;OO Ul un?.
According to thc nebular hypothesis,
which is at present generally accepted,
the minor planets as well as the
greater ones were formed by the con
densation of rings of cosmic matter
surrounding the sun. In the case of
the asteroids the ring instead of con
dousing into one mass condensed
nbout many points, the result being a
great number of pigmy planets instead
of a single large one, as in the case
of the others.
If all thc minor planets now known
were to be combined into one its di
ameter would be less than 400 miles.
A thousand more of them, supposing
them of the average size, would make
the globe scarcely a hundred miles
greater in diameter, and its mass
would even be less than one four
thousandth of the earth's.
Assuming the density of these little
worlds to be approximately that of the
earth, bodies on their surfaces would
weigh very little. A man placed on
one of them could easily jump to a
height of sixty feet, and in a day he
could walk entirely around his littde
world with less exertion than is re
quired for his morning walk.
Why Philip Sobbed.
Little riillip was taken to thc sea
shore for a week and he enjoyed the
life immensely the first two days. He
ran around on the beach until his face
was sunburned and he was a bright red.
Then the skin bogan peeling off and
itched dreadfully. His mother was
awakened at night by hearing the boy
sobbing, and she called to know what
was the matter.
"The- paper Is coming off my face,"
sobbed the little fellow. - New York
A Curious Thine.
It is a curious thing Hint the less
money a man owes the less credit he
lias-New York Press.
Many a man lies because he doesn't
happen to think of the truth.-Chicago
A document relating to the sale of
land, dated 1502 and signed by Guy
Fawkes, was recently sold itt London
An Animal That ts Invaluable to the
Long of horn and tough of hide ia
the carabao of the Philippines Some
times it Is called the water buffalo,
and It resembles the animal of that
nnme which is found in India. The
name is fitting, for the owner, if left
to Itself, will stay in the water nearly
all day. To the native it is invaluable.
It tills his fields and draws his product
to th? market. It Is meek and patient
and docile, with great strength and a
will to pull -whatever it is yoked to
over any road.
' The army has found the bull train
to be of great service in transporting
provisions and ammunition from point
to point. Once the transfer had to
to made from the Bag-Bag River to
San Fernando, a distance of twelve
miles.. It took half a day to make the
journey. Some of the carabao died,
but as a rule the method of transporta
tion was a success, though slow. A
buffalo, drawing a heavy load of am
munition, -was driven up a sharp grade
at Bag-Bag to reach the railroad track.
Both front feet slipped, and the beast
fell to his knees. Yet he pulled that
load up the grade on his kne?s and
did not attempt to stop until the
strain had slackened. Then it was
found that the knees of the animal had
been skinned and were bleeding.
One peculiarity about thc buffalo is
that he must have water and denands
THE WATER BUFFALO.
I twice a day at least. Through the
green that surrounds the walled city
on the south there runs a small stream
?tat empties and fills with the ebb
and flow of the tide. When it is low
there is plenty of mud, and when high
the water is not clear. But the Gov
ernment carabao that are loafing there
now are not particular about the con
dition of the stream. They feed along
the green slope until the ii<>n* ~* .tu
water for more than a minute. Then
they begin to come up, one at a time,
and as they appear the "Hoo-o, Hoo-a"
of their tormentor still smites the
peaceful air. Slowly they move off,
and it ls not always in the right direc
tion. It sometimes takes a half-hour's
labor to get thc drove to the bank. If
they are covered with mud it suits
them better, for then their hides have
a coating which the fly and -mosquito
cannot penetrate.-Chicago Record
The Latest Corkscrew.
An Ingenious American has set his
wits to work on the corkscrew prob
lem, and the result of his cogitations
is here depicted.
Pressure on the knob coils a poweri
ful spring, aud the rebound extracts
the stopper in jig time.
Depend?* Upon thu Man.
The quality and excellence of a panel
depend upon the character and ability
of the man who conducts it Such if
the opinion of H. C. Miller, of the St,
Peter (Minn.) Free Press. If he is a
man fit to be a country editor at all
says Mr. Miller, and gives his best cf
forts to the enterprise, is reliable in all
things, never loses sight ot what i:
best foi thc interest of his commun
ity, always aims to be generous, strive!
to build up 'athel rhan to destroy
lends, not follows, and conscientiously
supports the highest ideals, ho ls sun
to earn the confidence and respect o
the public, and bi? paper will oecome i
power in the community,
iWhat the Desert I
I ? ? Looks Like!
Very few* people have any idea what
the desert looks like. The majority
imagine it to be a vast expanse of
level sand, and to these the photograph
herc shown will come as a revelation.
This was iaken during a French mili
WHAT THE DESEUT. LOOKS Ll
NOTHING IS TO BE SEEN EX(
tary expedition in Algeria, in the desert
region of Zu-Salali. For miles and
miles nothing* is to bc seen except
these vast mountain.-, of sand-moun
tains which arc always on the move,
for tho lightest breath of air blows
clouds of tine sand iii!o tho air, while
a strong wind wili completely change
the whole face cf the desert, sucking
up thc sand into a series of rotating
funnels bearing a curious resemblance
to water-spouts. At such a timo the
unhappy traveler is io terrible danger,
for ho-s ta n ds a very good chance of
being engulfed bodily in the treacher
ous waves of shifting sand.-Th? Wide
The Lion and Tradition.
Modern hunters have proved tho lion,
the king of beasts, a rank coward,
taking fright at a grunt. Any ordinary
Spanish bull can whip bim. Recently
a Texas steer ripped ono to pieces.
According to tradition the lion's whelp
ls born dead and remains so for three
days, when the father breathes on it
and it receives life. Another tradition
is that the lion is the only animal of
the cat tribe born with its eyes open,
and it is said that it sleeps with its eyes
open. A lion is the emblem of the tribe
Idaho's Lost Kiver.
One of the most singular features in
the scenery of the territory of Idaho
is thc occurrence of dark, rocky
chasms, iuto which creeks and large
streams sudd-only disappear and are
never more seen. The fissures are old
lava chan: els produced by the outside
of tlic mass cooling and forming a
tube, which, when tho fiery steam
was exhausted, has been left empty,
while the roof of thc lava duct, having
at some point fallen in. presents there
thc opening into which the river
plunges and is lost. At ono place along
the Snake one of these rivers appears
gushing from a cleft high up in ba
saltic walls, where it leaps a cataract
into thc torrent below. Where the
stream lias its origin or at what point
h. is swallowed up is absolutely un
known, although it is believed that its
sources are a long way up in the north
country Besides becoming the chan
nels of streams the lava conduits are
frequently found impacted with the icc
masses which never entirely melt
RULER OF THE W?VES.
place in this country.
..on engagements are rathe ex
ni-ns ,- affairs in Russia. Thc bride
grnom-L'ieci is expected to send nif
flau??? a in-usum every day.
IRE ERUPTIONS DUE
! * F
In an interview at Fort de France,
.Martinique, J. A. Jagger, Jr., assist
ant geologist to the United States
Geological Survey, who has been in
vestigating volcanic conditions in the
West Indies, said:
"The question has boen constantly
KE - "FOR MILES AND MILES
3EPT THESE VAST MOUNTAINS
asked inc, 'Do you not think it is fin
ished now? Is not the danger over?'
I have always answered, 'The moun
tain at this moment appears calm, and
the dust columns that one sees from
time to time are largely due to land
slides from the crater into the head
of Riviere Blanche. Tho eruption of
last night -was to be expected. We
may expect many more before so bot
and rigorous a steam eugine as Mount
Pelee comes to rest.'
"A diagnosis of the real diminution
in activity can only be made after the
mountain has been wai med a year and
all its movements recorded. After
watching events here since May 21,
I do not think a single habitation
northwest of the line from Beliefon
tainc to Vivo is safe to live in nt
present. I do not think that Carbet.
Fonds-St. D^nis, Momo Ttouge or
Basse Pointe are safe at present. Not
that there is any immediate danger,
but I believe that the action of Mom
Pelee is too uncertain for us to be as
sured that a future eruption may not
occur to windward.
"I know well that causing people to
move from all these villages and hab
itations will produce great inconveni
ence, brit the alternative is a risk of |
human life. When tho mountain is
entirely cold, and the people arc pro- ;
tected by a properly equipped experi- j
ment station, with devices to signal |
danger, they maj', -with certain re
strictions, return to the volcanic lands.
No city should ever again, however, be |
built on tho northeast end of the ;
"I do not think that Fort de France
is in any danger from the volcano.
"Most of the towns in the West
Indies are equally in danger from tidal
waves. It would take an explosion
from Mont Peleo of enormously
greater dimensions than anything that
has happened as yet to make a wave
which -would harm Fort de France.
"No evidence exists of augmenting
violence in the eruptions hitherto
which would lead to the supposition
that a Krakatoa explosion is coming
here. In comparison Mont relee is
RUE VICTOR HUGO, THE PRINCIPAL
STREET OF ST. PIERRE.
rather a small volcano. This is all I
eau say about danger."
Messrs. English & Irish.
The firm of English & Irish is in
Washington street, B?llalo, N. V.
Frank G. Du Bois, who is well ac
quainted with both members, says:
"English is Irish and Irish is English.
The father of Mr. Irish so informed
me a few years ago."
Copld Not Always mind,
"Love," says the Manayunk Philos
opher, "isn't so blind that it cannot
see a dollar mark."-Philadelphia Rec
Tho importation of rubber by tho
United States lias grown in thirty
years from ?3.."00.000 to $30,000,000
per annum; fruits and nuts from '}",.
;"0O,0CO to $20,000,000; coffee, from
i?*J4,000,00U to $70,000,000, while tea has
fallen from $$14,000,000 to SO.UOO.OOO.
No man e\for niide r, great nano fer
himself writing anonymous communi
The mau who is on the level ought
to get alon*- smoothly.
Now wireless telegraphy i
Hus done astounding tricks
We wonder when will como the d3y
Of wireless politics.
-New York Sun.
Tommy-Pop, what grows on a fam
ily tree? Tommy's Pop-Blockheads,
Vv'igg-I suppose you think you look
better with glasses? Wagg-Yes, and
I see bettor, too.
"There arc five senses," says the
chronic borrower, "and the greatest
of these is touch."
Hook-Newlywed has grown quite
staid since his marriage. Nye-Stayed
at home, I suppose you mean.
Blobbs-Wigwag seems to have a
very uncertain temper, blobbs-That's
better than one that is certainly bad.
" Will you share my humble lot? "
begged the suitor. " Yes, if there's
a cottage on it," answered the crafty
"This poem would be good but for
one thing,'' remarked the editor.
"What's that?" inquired the poet "It
Brown-Do you mean to insinuate
that I can't tell the truth? Robinson
By no means. It is impossible to say
what a man can do until "he -has tried.
Sillicus-What did she say when you
asked her to marry you? Sappehedde
-She let me down easy by saying she
never suspected I had such good taste.
"I haven't a friend in ihe world,"
began the hobo. "I'm glad to know
there? nobody to worry in case you
get hurt/' said the housekeeper. "Here,
Nell-Maude married a blind poet
What a terrible affliction. Belle-Why,
I thought he had recovered his sight
Nell-So he has; but he s lill writes
"I've had great pleasure today in
reviewihe a book that is entirely^ew
to me," said a literary .editor. "What's
that?" inquired the snake editor, "a
Mrs. Muggins-Do you attempt to
keep up wita thc latest fiction? Mrs.
Buggins-Well, my husband manages
to spring up a new excuse on me every
time he stays out late.
"Imitation," said Uncle Eben, "may
be de sincerest flattery, but v is also
a reminder ob de fact de man who Is
willis.' to stoop to flatcery is li'ble to
stoop to he'pin' hisse'f to what ain*
just as much even if she were pc^iL.
less." "That settles you," cried old
Moneybags; "I don't want i. fool for
" 'A little knowledge is a dangerous
thing,' " quoted Tooter, "and-"
"And, ' interrupted his neighbor,?who
objected to Tooter's cornet practice,
"a lil tie knowledge of the cornet
ihould be fatal."
"There doesn't seem to be any
doubt," she said, "that women can
withstand more pain than men."
"Huh!" exclaimed the lovelorn man
who had been often rejected; "it seems
to me they withstand more men than
"How is it that, seeing this gentle
man drop the $10, you did not return
it to him, when you picked it up?"
demanded the Judge, sternly. "He
was a stranger to me, and I felt a del
icacy about speaking to him without
being introduced," exr'.sincd tho polite
Salisbury a? a .cclonii(?f.
Still pleasanter to Lord Salisbury
are the hours he spends in his lab
oratory, which is said to be unsur
passed in completeness and modern
ness by any private laboratory in Eng
land. From his youth he has had a
br nt for this work, and in physics es
pecially he has attained such knowl
edge as to be sought, for counsel and
discussion, by some ot' the greatest
minds in that field. It is even said
of him that if he had not been a
great statesman he would have been
a greater scientist. The reason that
j he has written and spoken very little
, upon scientific subjects is that, owing
1 to his modesty and because of his as
i sedation with ' many brilliant lights
i in science, he perhaps too fully real
i izes that other men have a better
! right than he to discuss in public
I those matters in which he feels him
! self to be only a student. He has
' turned his work and knowledge to
i practical acount at Hatfield, whore the
j manor house, outbuildings and
! grounds are illuminated by electricity
generated by the water-power provid
j ed by the River Lea, which runs
j through the estate. This power per
I forms other useful work as well. The
devices by which it serves these pur
poses are of thc most modern and per
fect character, and were planned by
the marquis.-Julian Ralph in the
English Women Work Lew.
It is interesting to note that nearly
all the census returns show that man
works more and woman less than they
did ten years ago. It is true that in
a good many directions more and more
women find emple: -nent-many mere
are teachers and cler.: for instance,
but the great decrease in the number
of domestic servants brings down th?
He-ITave you bought my new book
She-Yes, and it's the prettiest thins
on my centre table!-Atlanta ConaU
Most women are moro expert in talk
than they are In conversation,