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NEW SCOUT CRUISERS FOR AMERICAN NAVY
LIGHTLY ARMED; BUT BUILT FOR SPEED
Advancing Old Age
LYMAN W. MATTESON. Editor.
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JHILLIPSBURO .... KANSAS
A Parisian complains that kissing.
is out of faablon la France. Import
ithe American girl!
wir-. .,i ...
The latest Paris edict Is that women
must be thin. It must have been or
dered by a majority vote.
The Boston Globe notes with llvebr
Interest the release of 1000 Newch
wang junks loaded with beans.
The earl has the actress. Or la it
the actress that has the earl? Either
way It is safe to defer congratulations.
A new novel is dedicated: "To the
women with red hair" probably In
the hope that the novel will be also
"Where Is heaven?" anxiously asks
(he New York Herald. But what earth
ly difference can It possibly make to
Oyama says he attributes all his
success to the virtues of his emperor.
The old man probably isn't telling all
he thinks, however.
A stock broker says it is just 01
tafe now as it ever was for the pooi
to put their savings Into Wall street
He Is a truthful man.
The wicked Arabs seem to hav
icade a great mistake In kidnaping
Count de Zegonzac. French count!
never have any money.
Beer Is 25 cents a glass in Panama
The republic really has done remark'
bbly well to get along for more than I
year without a revolution.
Investigation probably would show
that neither of the armies In the far
east worried greatly about China's
neutrality at critical times.
The young Chicago medical studenl
who is curing rheumatism by hypnofc
Ism ought to be able to find plenty ol
practice, if he can keep it up.
If President Roosevelt would solve
ihe servant girl problem for them thi
vomen of the country would be will
eng to chance it on raco suicide.
"Battleships," says Lord Charles
Beresford, oracularly, "are cheaper
than war." However, permanent, uni
versal peace is cheaper than either.
That the Marquis of Anglesey left a
valuable estate at Llanfalrpwil-
gwynggll Is a fact and not a typo
graphical error, as might be supposed.
U any bird la to assume supremacy
in the scheme of creation, as Prof
Wllliston thinks, there can be nc
doubt that It will be the American
Can the Pennsylvania Judge who
has decided on the bench that the
husband is "master In bis own house"
sustain the decision of the court at
What's this Germany complaint
that America pilfers her literary Ideas!
Our beer may be more or less a
plagiarism; but we deny the literary
The scientific theory that petro
leum Is derived from old fossils looki
like an unkind and wholly uncalled
for reflection upon Mr. Rockefeller'i
A Berlin professor claims to havt
discovered a serum that will cure hay
fever. And a host of sufferers may be
expected to remark next August that
tbey "hobe Id's drue."
Gen. Ma Is heard from at last Ir
the vicinity of the interesting town ol
Tungchalntze, but our other old
friend, Gen. Pflug, seems to have
pfaded entirely out of sight.
Why should the Congress of Moth
erhood propose to start a newspapet
to spread their gospel? Isn't everj
rewspaper In the country in favor ol
babies and lots of them? Why
Mr. Grover Cleveland celebrated the
completion of his sixty-eighth year by
starting olf on a hunting trip. The
j&ckrabblts agree with Dr. Osier thai
a man ought to retire before reaching
The United States circuit court has
ruled that fancy socks must pay duty
as embroidery. If the embroidery
takes the shape of "clocks' would
the court require the hose to be en
'tered as timepieces?
Any possible rumor that Slugger Jef
fries is to play In a piece by George
Bernard Shaw Is denied In advance
y the press agent. When there is
slugging to be done In a play Mr.
Slaw prefers to do It himself.
Mrs. Cornelia Claflln says man's
bones, muscles and nerves are con
structed to endure for 400 years. We
are not so certain about the bones
and muscles, but some nerves are
built on that model all rght.
A Chicago man after having had a
disagreeable experience with a lady
who was able to wipe up the floor
with him advises men to avoid marry
ing girls who are heavier than them
selves. He ought in all fairness to
have a royalty from the producers of
Plans have been completed and
bids announced for three new "scout
cruisers" to be added to the United
States navy. They are to be named
Chester, Birmingham and Salem.
The act of congress providing for
them says they shall have the highest
speed compatible with the best cruis
SOME ODD BELIEFS AND
FANCIES OF SAILORMEN
We who have had so much of the
nonsense knocked out of us by living
In great towns are still not wholly
cleared of the ancient fancy that
there is more in the night than dark
ness. The sailor out In the darkness and
solemnity of the great grave place,
with only an Inch between him and
what comes after would he not be
callous Indeed if he did not think
there was more in the world than
what la seen?
Yet no sailor Is superstitious nowa
days, writes a correspondent in the
London Morning Leader. He would
tell you so himself like Mark
Twain's honest man. He has no ob
jection to sailing on a Friday; he
thinks it ridiculous to believe that a
Finn can raise a storm. But If you
are with him ?ong enough you will
find that he has a little ritual and
creed of his own which betray him
you will catch him one day propitiat
ing the unknown, though In a manner
ever so small.
Like all folklore, the same sea fan
cies and tales are met with amongst
the most diversified peoples with
but little difference you will find the
same superstition In a Cornish lugger
and a Chinese junk. When the
ground swell begins to moan along
the shore "the sea, wants someone,"
say the Danish flHhermen. They
think the same In Cornwall, in the
Shetlands, and wherever a regular
tribute of lives is paid to the waters.
The idea that the ninth, or, in some
cases, the tenth wave, was the death
wave was the belief of the ancients
when the Atlantic was the Sea of
Darkness. It still survives to-day In
many widely-separated places.
Whittling for Wind.
Once, when becalmed on a Devon
trawler, I remember hearing the skip
per, as he sat with his hand on the
tiller gazing round the hazy sea, con
tinually whistle for a wind. The
boatmen do the same on the Ganges,
tne Greenlanders believe in its effi
ciency, and so do the Swedes, the
Germans, and indeed nearly all the
world's sailors. Whistling Is a wind
raiser. Or another good plan Is to
scratch the fore or the mlzzenmast
with a knife, holding the handle In
the desired quarter. But only whistle
when there is a calm; to whistle In
a wind may lose you the ship.
It Is not surprising to find a belief
In Jonahs common to all. There
must be found In all sea nations a
person occasionally of whom It will
be darkly whispered in the forecastle,
when ill-luck dogs the vessel, "a face
like that would sink any boat."
But It Is eerie to find that women,
priests, and lawyers are lumped
broadly as Jonahs by all experienced
A Cornish fisherman spoke to a
woman who met him every day, and
wished him good luck. But he never
had any until he ceased to meet her.
The same fatality In women has
been noticed in Japan among seafar
ing folk. No Japanese sailor Is
pleased to meet a woman when going
to his fishing boat.
From time immemorial sailors
have seen snakes, krakens, and other
monsters, so we may take this to be
a sort of habit. These creatures are
still seen, even from steamers. But
the mermaid never. She has gone.
Steamers perhaps hive no time to
wait about while she combs her hair,
which she always did very leisurely,
Much Remains to Be Learned.
Sir William Ramsey, the great Eng
lish scientist, said: "All our progress
since the time of Sir Isaac Newton
has not falsified the saying of that
great man that we are but child
ren, picking up here and there a peb
ble from the shore of knowledge,
while a whole unknown ocean stretch
es before ou eyes. Nothing can be
more certain than that we are Just
beginning to learn something of the
wonders or the world in which we
live and move and have our being."
AS THE? WILL APPEAR, WHEN
These vessels will carry some
small guns, but will depend on their
swiftness for Bafety. They will be
420 feet in length between perpen
diculars, forty-six feet in breadth,
and have a mean draft of sixteen
feet nine inches. Each will carry 1,
250 tons of coal. Nothing larger than
a three-inch gun will be carried, but
singing the while. Yet at one time
there was such a firm belief in mer
maids that it became imperative to
obtain some proof of their existence.
Nothing really satisfactory and
lasting was obtained because the
relic invariably broke up on a cold
In Moore's "Life of Byron" It Is re
lated that Capt. Kldd told Byron that
the ghost of his brother, then in India,
visited him at sea and lay down in his
bunk, leaving it damp with sea water.
Afterwards he found that his brother
was drowned at that exact hour and
This is the old Teutonic belief In
Gongers the ghosts of those drowned
at sea who visit their kindred and an
nounce their own deaths. They always
appear at evening twilight in the
clothes in which they were drowned,
leaving a track of water over the floor
and wet covers on the bed. The West
country wives, when their men at
sea in a storm will not, if they can
help it, open the door to a knock at
night. One never knows what may be
There Is a queer story related of a
Canadian schooner, with a lot of things
In it which could be explained, no
doubt, If only we knew everything. One
voyage a man fell from her foremast
and was killed. Shortly afterwards an
other hand fell from the same mast,
and died. After which there was a
cabin into which none would re-enter
(for quite private reasons), having
once been In it. The men would not
go aloft In the foremast; they said it
was not necessary to have any more
hands up there. There were two al
ready. The ship had luck all the
way In, and the crew left her. Nor
could another be obtained, for the
yarn had gone round the town. Even
tually the mate persuaded a new lot
to ship who had just come off salt
water and were new to the place.
Straddling over the bulwarks, one of
them looked aloft. "Hullo," he said,
"why have you got a figurehead on
the foretruck?" "It must be Bill."
gasped the mate Involuntarily. He
was sorry he spoke. The new lot
tumbled ashore at once. And It Is a
fact that yet more accidents hap
pened that voyage, which finished
with the foundering of the schooner.
The Flying Dutchman.
Of all legends of sea-phantoms, Van
derdecken Is the best known. His
ship Is a double-decker, always to
windward, and Is sometimes seen In a
fog during clear weather. She is of
ten under full sail In a gale, and has
been seen sailing under the clouds.
Unusual weather conditions explain
most of her wonders, as, for example,
the well-known fact that under some
circumstances a clear reflection of a
ship may show, while the vessel itself
Is hundreds of miles away.
But there Is a steamer captain some
where in this world who really has
seen the Flying Dutchman. I was
told by the skipper who sailed the an
tique convict ship Success from Aus
tralia to London, for exhibition, that
when in the teas off South Africa one
bright moonlight night, he spied a
steamer bearing down on them. The
skipper said that even to himself his
boat looked like the ghost of an
ancient wreck, and he wondered what
the steamer's watch would think. He
soon found out. The course of the
steamer was deliberately altered, and
she stood off at a tangent.
Education a Moral Force.
The general fact is apparent that
education Is a force restraining vice
and crime. Where It Is purely Intel
lectual it restains by teaching the
truth expresced In the homely proverb,
"Honesty is the best policy"; where It
-ises to the dignity of a Christian
education it teaches not only the re
straint of the Intellect, but the higher
restraint of the conscience. In either
case it Is a restraining force, a moral
power, over the appetites and passions
of men. EdwareijiMansfleld.
there will be a number of these
Each scout will also have two sub
merged tubes, from which torpedoes
may be discharged. The scouts
must show a speed of twenty-four
knots an hour on trial. This is near
ly ten miles an hour more than the
average fighting ship in a fleet would
be able to make.
POLITICAL EVILS OF WAR.
Peculation and Dishonesty Invariable
The political evils of war are al
most as weighty as the moral, writes
Charles J. Bullock in the Atlantic.
Probably no government in modern
times has been able to carry on a
serious contest that has not been at
tended with extravaeanrn nnrl rtla.
honesty; at any rate, the United
states bas never been able to do so.
From the time that the snlrilnra snf.
fered needlessly at Valley Forge on
account of inefficient supply servict
una aisnonest contractors, down tc
the purchase of armv transnnrts and
"embalmed" beef in 1898, profusion
and peculation have invariahlv at.
tended our military operations. This
evn, nowever, usually outlasts a war,
because loose and irreenlar methods
of conducting public business are not
speedily reformed. After the civil
war Washington was still Infested by
swindling contractors who found not
a few choice pickings; and the slimy
irau or the corruptlonlsts led up to
the doors of Congress and some o'
me executive departments.
When Wampum Was Currency.
A curious old document showing
how shells in the shape of wampum
deteriorated Its currency on Manhat
tan island is found am on a- the mlnntpo
of the Court of Burgomasters and
Hcnepens, of May, 1650, at the meeting
in Fort Amsterdam, New Netherlands.
The account reads: "Whereas, we see
and for some time have seen the de
cline and depreciation of the loose
wampum, among which is found much
unpierced and only half finished, made
ot stone, glass, bone, shells, horn, nay
even of wood and broken; therefore,
we have resolved that henceforth no
loose wampum shall be current unless
strung upon a wire. Trade wampum
shall pass as good pay as heretofore
at the rate of six white or three black
beads for one stiver (2 cents). Done,
resolved and decided this 30th of May,
1650, at our meeting In Fort Amster
dam, New Netherlands."
Coincidences In Legislation.
That pure-food bill in the United
States senate has had about as hard a
struggle as had the measures of Wll
berforce in the British house of com
mons for the abolishing of the British
slave trade. Cn Feb. 15, 1805, Wilber
force moved, "without entering Into
any argument," for a bill to abolish
the slave trade after a limited time,
and for a committee to consider Its
propriety. He had been introducing
such a bill almost every year for fif
teen years, although his twelve resolu
tions against the traffic were carried
In 1789 without a division. But year
after year the bill came to wreck,
either in the house of lords or the
commons, suffering defeat in 1796 be
cause several of its supporters bad
gone to see a new comic opera. It
was doomed to disaster again In 1805,
but finally triumphed In 1S07.
Diamond Fields In Canada.
Most of the diamond fields of the
world He in British territory. People
generally will be surprised, however,
by the declaration of a Canadian ge
ologist that a new and undiscovered
diamond field lies in Canada, some
where between the great lakes and
Hudson bay. Men of science will not
be so much surprised. Diamonds have
been found In Michigan and elsewhere,
In the terminal moraines ot vanished
glaciers. Evidently the diamonds were
carried to the spot by the glaciers and
their origin evidently was in a dia
mond field SQtnewhere In the north,
whence they were torn by the Ice
sheets. The theory Is perfect; all
that remains to be found Is the birth
place of the diamonds.
Disputed Rents Paid to Sultan.
In Turkey the sultan is the supreme
landlord. If a tenant has a dispute
with his Immediate landlord, he can
pay his rent to the sultan until the
dispute is settled, and In the mean
while the tenant cannot be put out
of the possession of his house or farm.
Owners of the soil In Turkey are,
therefore, always anxious to keep on
good terms with their tenants; for
when rent is paid to the sultan it Is a
matter of some difficulty and danger
for the rightful recipients of It to en
force their claim to the money.
Put the Court on Notice.
In a rural lustice court the defend
ant in a case was sentenced to serve
thirty days in Jail. He had known the
Judge from boyhood and addressed
jlm as follows:
"Bill, old boy, you're agwlne ter
send me ter jail, air you?"
"That's what," replied the judge,
Lave you got anything to say agin'
"Only this here, Bill 'God help you
when I get out.'" Atlanta Constlto
Still an Orphan.
"Yes, rry friend, at the age of 11
I was left jn orphan."
"And what did you do with if
'Banks, can you remember just bow
much I owe you?"
'Thirteen dollars and twenty-five
"That's the exact sum, eh? Thank
"Well why did you want to know?"
"I thought perhaps you'd forgotten
It, that's all."
Facts in the Case.
"Say, Mister," said a tattered
tramp, "can't you stake me to er dime.
I'm de victim uv er washout."
"Victim of a washout!" echoed the
portly citizen in evident surprise.
"Dat's wot," rejoined the tramp.
Honest, I ain't had nuthln' but water
ter drink fer more'n ten days."
A Woman Would Ask.
"Here is an ad in dis paper about
dat dog yer stole," said the first
tough, "an it says 'reward if returned
an' no questions asked.'"
' 'No questions asked?'" replied the
other tough. "Dat can't be dis dog;
I stole dis dog from a woman." Cath
olic Standard and Times.
He Knew That.
Miss Pechls If It hadn't been for
that new bulldog of papa's we'd have
been robbed last night.
Mr. Lovett Indeed?
Miss Pechls Yes. A bulldog Is cer
tainly a good thing to have around.
Mr. Lovett Well er yes; except
around one's coat tails.
Exchange of Badinage.
"Hello, old man, where did yon get
'Oh, you needn't be afraid to tell
me your tailor's name. I wouldn't
go to him."
"I'm not afraid ot that He doesn't
tive credit at all."
On the Stand.
Lawyer (in cross-examination)
Have you ever been arrested?
Witness Only three times In the
Lawyer Where were the arrests
Witness In my automobile.
Did He Eat It?
Jones (at the country hotel) Lonj
time getting that egg. Were you waltr
Ing for the hen to lay It?
Waiter No: Uier hen fcas been
Ittln' on it fer a week or so. an' we
had a haid time ter git it away from
Clang of the Anvil Chorus.
Grayce Edythe was born with a
silver spoon in her mouth.
Gladys Judging by the size ot the
perture one would say It was a ladle.
Dorcas If you ve ever noticed her
table manners you'd swear it was
No Further Necessity.
Maud Well, I see Mabel Garllng-
orn. after a!, these years, has given
p trying to net Phi? Slkes.
Irene--What's the reason?
Maud - JUren't yon heard? She's ,ot
'4 v- mm
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pensable to ita acquaintance. ;
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care of the "outer aelf."
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homeseekers tickets on sale first and
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Some families keep a servant girl.
and several of her relations as well.
Talking machines Victor and Edl-
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Stock, Mention this paper.
A brick manufacturer must have the
earth in his buislness.
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A man isn't necessarily u
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Republican. ,.' . dally, i;oo
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If a man knows he Is in the wrong h?"
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Too many people are trying to make
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Mrs. Wlnslow's Rnnthlnsr rrnp, 1
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If you are troubled with insomnia
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Advice that concldes with your owa.- .'ty
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Don't you know that Defiance Starcfc
besides being absolutely superior to t
any other. Is put up 18 ounces in pack- I ,
axe and sells at same price as 12-
ounce packages of other kinds T
If the nose Is oily or shiny, use bo- om
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Instead of soap. !- .
Beware of Ointments for Catarrh
that Contain Mercury,
as nerenry will anrety devcroy ths sen's of smell
and completely aVranffe ma whula srsteiu wheat
entering H throuutt the timeout surfaces. Snrai
articles should sever he used sieepi on prescrip
tions from repuMhle phrtlclus, sm lbs danism ibey -vlll
do Is tea lold to l tie food you can puuilily de
rive from tbem. Hall's Csurra cure, manufactured,
by F. J. Cheney A Co., Toledo, O., contains so mer
cury, and Is taken Internally, action directly upon,
the blood and mucous surfaces of the system, la.
tuylnsj Hsll s Catarrh Curs be tars Too sei the)
mains, it is ttaeo internally and maue id
bio. by r. i Cheney A Co. Testimonials in.
Sold by Drngal.ta. Pries. 7ao. per bottle.
Take Hall's family Fills for eonstlpatloa.
When a woman is In the height of
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depths of despair.
RtorekeeDera report that the extr
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quality of Defiance Btarrh makes It
next to Iroposelble to sell any other
Misery Is about the only real en
joyment ot the pessimist
()f I A t)in nifheat trade i Eey,
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luaraniced like new; a racial descriptions aoJ
price for the akln. S rite to-day.
JENKINS' MUSIC HOUSE, KANSAS CITY, 10.
When writing stenlloa Uiia pttssjs.