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Meade County News.
JOHN D. WEBSEL, Publisher.
Beggars want hand-outs and robbers
demand bands up.
Sometimes a wife can read her hus
band like a blankbook.
"What's yours?" Is a Question that
usually provokes a smile. '
A man who is tied to his wife's
apron string is well connected.
When a busy man has leisure he al
ways does some other kind of work.
It is a sad case for the reading public
when a journalist goes from bad to
Many a man who Is unable to write
manages to make his mark in the
The man who sows seeds of courtesy
and kindness will reap an abundant
The fellow who claims to be itching
for a fight seldom comes to the
r Always tell the truth and you'll
probably pose as the defendant in a
suit for damages.
Speaker Henderson is said to be hot
tempered. He will have ample oppor
tunity to demonstrate it.
Recent advices proclaimed that the
chase after Aguinaldo had been given
,iup. Now for another capital! -
; A Washington man who recently
married, has asked his license fee back.
He claims the investment was not
profitable. Probably the lady has the
isame opinion. . . .. - .
"Citizen Sunday" has become a fixed
Institution in London, and this year on
that date the clergymen In more than
300 churches of that city preached upon
the duties of the citizen to the state.
That is an institution which might
!well be adopted in this country. A man
may be a good citizen without being
Tellglous; but at any rate every man
who is truly religious should be a good
citizen, and all the better citizen be
cause he is religious.
A few centuries ago the bitterest foe3
In the world, probably, were the Span
ish and the Dutch. Spain oppressed
the Netherlands with unparalleled
cruelties; the Dutch withstood the ene
imy and finally conquered them with
unsurpassed heroism. Today the Span
iards are sending friendly congratula
tions to the Dutch in South Africa on
their stubborn defense of their inde
pendence the independence which the
Spaniards themselves in the days of
vi v a. bu xuiiuuaijr uemcu. x lie w nil li.
.gig of time has shown us few more
striking changes of attitude than this.'
Spain once the great oppressor is now
a friend of liberty. England once the
Gibraltar of liberty is fighting that
which made her great.
' Florence Nightingale, now close upon
80 years of age, wrote a letter to sur
vivors of Balaklava as a greeting for
their recent union. The fragrance of
her philanthropic work in the Crimean
war is still a sweet savor after nearly
half a century. What she did was a
revelation to the world how a great
purpose can carry one through labors
almost measureless, amid surroundings
'fitted to try the stoutest heart Those
"Who saw the charge of the Light Bri
gade, and also witnessed her heroic
labors, might well have reckoned her
chances of survival far less than those
of the men who faced the guns. Was
not hers a case of losing life yet saving
It? She was a martyr in will, if not
in deed, but was spared for further
service and permitted to be a pattern
in noble works.
The Supreme Court of Indiana held.
In the case of the City of Valparaiso
, vs. Hagen et al. that a municipal cor
poration, so long as it acts in con
formity with the statutes and proceeds
skillfully and without negligence or
malice, and pursues the only natural
and reasonably possible line of drain
age, has a right to discharge its sew
age into a natural water course and
cannot be enjoined from doing so at
the suit of lower riparian proprietors
who suffer Injury by reason of the
pollution of the stream; that
oh3 who is Injured by the
acts of another done on his
own land, which the latter has a
clear legal right to do, is without any
remedy ei'her at law or in equity; that
the rights of a riparian proprietor in
a stream ar subject to the privilege of
other proprietors higher up the stream
to exercise their legal rights with re
gard to it, and that .the doing of an
act which the law expressly sanctions
and authorizes cannot be a nuisance
except it become so- by reason of the
negligent or improper manner in which
U is done. '
General Miles has been Interviewed
on the war in South Africa. "The
struggle between the British, and the
Boers," he says, "is a very serious war.
There have been some severe losses,
and I believe there will be serious en
counters before it Is ended. As to the
probable results, I, of course, cannot
predict. If the British ave defeated.
is it likely to involve Europe in seri
ous complications? It might and it
might not.". In the language of the
sapient Jack Bunsby, the significance
of this observation seems to lie in the
application on it.
"The Unexpectedness of Poe" is the
title of -a recent essay by Hamilton
Mabie. It is likewise the cause of
Princeton's recent victory over Yale's
.football team. Unexpected triumphs,
nevertheless, as in the cases of both
young Arthur Poe and his predecessor,
Edgar Allan Poe, are usually the result
of indefatigable preparation.
Lords Roberts and Kitchener, who are
to do the business for England in
Africa, are both Irishmen. It is little
-wonder that John Bull insists on hold
NEWS OF THE TERRITORIES.
ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM THE
OKLAHOMA AND IN DI AM TEttRI IOBl
A scientist tells Purcell that artesian
water can be found there at a depth of
about 1,000 feet.
William Knipe, of Manhattan, Kas.,
the father of Oklahoma's "Biiln Knipe,
is visiting his son at Perkins.
A committee appointed by the last
territorial conference of the Methodist
Episcopal church to secure a location
for an academy to be established by
the conference, is advertising' for can
didates. A certificate of incorporation has
been filed for the Cherokee Deveiopr.
ment company, of Indian Territory,
for the purchasing and operating of
mines in Indian Territory and Kansas.
B. Frietch, of Lebanon, Kas., 98 years
of age, is visiting his children in Lin
coln county. O. T. Mr. Frietch was a
soldier in the Seminole wars in Florida
and purposes to visit that tribe against
which he fought.
Major A. E. Woodson, of Cheyenne
ffad Arapahoe Indian agency, gave a
$well Christmas party at his palatial
home at Darlington. Guests were pres
ent from Washingson, Kansas City
Wichita and Guthrie.
Perkins welcomed the first train into
town on New Year's day by an enthu
siastic crowd headed by a band. The
first train carried a load of floor and
material for a large storehouse to be
built by the Guthrie Millling company.
L. E. Damon, traveling auditor .of
the Santa Fe, Oklahoma division,
opened the station at Perkins, I. T.,
pn December 31. This earns the ?5j000
bonus from the city conditioned that
the road should be in operation to Per
'lins by noon of January 1.
The president has disapproved of the
act of the Chickasaw nation authori
zing Martin Newberry to establish a
ferry across Red River, the act passed
by the Chctaw nation, authorizing the
appointment of a commission to nego
tiate with a like commission in the
Chickasaw nation relating to mineral
The Chickasaw law on marriages has
been approved by the president. The
act provides that any non-citizen shall
reside in the Indian Territory for at
least two years before he can procure a
Chickasaw marriage license and marry
.a Chickasaw woman, and thereby be
come . an intermarried citizen of the
Fire at Tulsa, L T., destroyed the
Grand Central hotel block, Chadwell's
grocery store, the Kilcoyne meat mark
et, Davis & Browlin's hardware ttore,
and B. J. Linsky's building and half -a
dozen other business places. Insurance
is small. Charles Cumminers, son of
the manager of the Giand Central
hotel, while trying to Eecure some ar
ticles of value in his room above the
hardware store, was killed by the ex
plosion of powder below, and his body
was consumed in the flames.
The abstract of the condition
of the national banks of Oklahoma
at the close of business on Decem
ber 2, shows the average reserve to
have been 38.05 per cent against 40.70
per cent on September 7; loans and dis
counts increased from $1,012,543 to 81,-
073,455; stocks and securities increased
from $68,169 to $134,083; total specie in
creased from 502,269 to $93,270; lawful
money reserve increased from $145,217
to $159,856; individual deposits in
creased from $1,438, 102 to $1,659,879.
In nearly every paper issued in Ok
lahoma last week there was a savage
howl from somebody that the road in
his part of the country was particular
ly bad. As a matter of fact, the roads
everywhere were bad.
Conductor Jack Ryan, one of the
oldest railroad men in Denver and for
many years in the employ of the Un
ion Pacific and the Colorado and South
ern, has been offered the position of
division superintendent of the Choc
taw, Oklahoma & Gulf road, with
headquarters at Little Rock, Ark.
Jacob . Rath, an Oklahoma farmer,
while celebrating Christmas was very
joyfully surprised by the entrance of
his father, whom he had not seen for
18 years. He came from Los Angeles,
California, to visit his son.
T. E. Blesh, bugler of company L,
Twentieth Kansas, now in Oklahoma,
had an inch and a quarter brass cov
ered bullet taken from his leg back
from his knee joint. During a skirmish
with the Filipinos last February he re
ceived the bullet and was laid up in
the hospital for some time.
Shawnee is making the beginning of
a high school library. Valuable books
have been donated by Superintendent
Ware, Principal E. W. Johnson, and
the Rutledfife Book company. The
teachers propose to raise funds by
holding a library social.
A saloonkeeper at Mountain View
started to move his saloon building
from one lot to another. A man living
on the lot next to the new site kicked,
swore out an injunction, and' the sa
loon is- in the middle of the street,
waiting the decision of the court.
G. A. Pte, of the legal department
of the government land office, is tour
ing Indian Territory, becoming ac
quainted with conditions there. He
will visit all the townsite commission
ers, land appraisers, surveying cotps,
The Agricultural society of Oklahoma
is in favor of setting aside two million
acres of arid land in Beaver county to
be used as a fund for the purpose of ir
rigation. When other states have been
admitted swamp lands' were usually
set aside for similar purposes.
The Bar association holds its annua
meeting this week.
Permits to hunt in the Indian terri
tory are hard to get.
A million brick are ordered for build
ing in Oklahoma City.
The Kay county state bank has $6,
155.24 in individual deposits.
The Indian Territory Teachers' Asso
ciation held a profitable meeting at
Wagoner,. I. T.
4 The United States court of appeals
for the Indian Territory convened at
South McAlester, W. EL Clayton, chief
Governor Roosevelt of New York has
given his assurance that he will attend
the Rough Riders' reunion in Okla
homa City, next June. .
Joseph Miller has been appointed
commercial agent for the Choctaw, Ok
lahoma &Gulf railroad at St Louis,
effective January 1.
Rev. W. M. Murdock of the M. E.
church at Pawhuska, has quit the Mis
sion building because it was too small
and now holds forth in the council
The wholesalers and manufacturers
of Little Rock will follow the lead of
the Memphis business men and will
visit Oklahoma and the Indian Terri
tory about January 20.
. Major Stout, the new agent at Dar
lington, has arrived and the goods of
the government are being made over
to him, a transaction which will con
sume about twenty days.
The secretary of the interior has sent
to congress an item of $641,105 for the
expenses, surveys, etc., of the commis
sion to the five civilized tribes, known
as the Dawes commission.
W. T. Whitaker, of Whitaker's Or
phans' Home, Pryor Creek, I. -T., has
gone to Washington for the purpose of
urging congress tp make an appropria
tion for the benefit of the Home.
There has been a great deal of new
ground put in cultivation in the Chick
asaw nation this fall and winter. A
great deal of wheat has been sown
this fall and winter, and the crop looks
Washington authorities say that
leases on cattle grazing land in the In
dian Territory did not terminate at the
first of the year, and all cattle on these
lands will not have to be moved at
General Metcalf of the Twentieth
Kansas has assured Rough Rider John
son that a considerable part of the
Kansas regiment will attend the Rough
Riders' re-union in Oklahoma City,
An illicit 6till was discovered near
Kemp by farmers living in that vicinity
and still worms were taken into Col
bert and delivered to the officers. This
is the first still ever found in the Chick
It is a fact that no man has ever
tramped over the Wichita mountains
and seen the great seams through their
red rock without a feeling that there
is plenty of mineral, gold or something
else, in the range.
Representative Little's bill, to abol
ish the taxes imposed by the tribal
governments of the Indian Territory
upon non citizens, is expected to be
come an important matter of legisla
tion at this session.
Secretary Hitchcock has recommend
ed to congress an appropriation of $50,
000 to stamp out smallpox in the In
dian Territory. He has also sent tc
the senate the agreement with the
Chickasaws and Choctaws, with his re
commendation that the agreement be
vvnue crossing tne Canadian river
with a bunch of cattle, Newt. Thomp
son's wagon stuck in the quicksand
and $40 was lost in trying to get it out.
N. H. McAlester, a leading merchant
of McAlester, died of paralysis. Mr.
JUCAiester was 5d years ola. He was
born near Fort Smith, Ark., and came
to tne Indian xerritory many years
E. W. Johnson of Shawnee, was one
of Roosevelt's Rough Riders.! He is one
of the brightest young educators in
Carl R. Havighorst and Miss Bessie
Barnes, daughter of Governor Barnes,
are marriea. jx was done ratner "on
the sly." -
The Missouri State Teachers' associa
tion unanimously adopted a memorial
to congress to establish in the Indian
territory a system of free public
schools, to be administered by the
proper authority at Washington and
supported . out of the United States
treasury until conditions shall permit
the people to do so by the taxation of
real and personal property.
(Jnarles Uhapman, who lives near
Pontatoc, lost his wife and his team in
attempting to ford Sheep Creek. He
rescued his children who were in the
wagon with him.
The Santa Fe will make a rate of
cent for the round trip for all wishing
to attend the annual convention of the
Oklahoma Live Stock Association on
February 13-15, at El Reno, O. T.
Tickets will be on sale in Kansas City
February 12-14 ana lor points east one
day earlier. Final return limit Feb
The presence of a number of teachers
from the Indian Territory present at
the annual meeting of the Oklahoma
teachers is a gratifying demonstration
of the growing fraternal feeling be
tween the two territories.
Oklahoma enjoys the distinction ? of
being the only state or territory east
of the Rocky Mountains which pro
duced more wheat in 1899 than in 1898.
The government statistician at Wash
ington gives Oklahoma credit for 1,
218,000 acres sown with winter wheat
and a crop of 16,202,000 bushels.
BRIEF MENTION OF INTEREST
ING EVENTS OF THE WEEK.
KAN8A8 ITEMS OF INTEREST.
Records show an averace . of 20 car
loads of stock shipped out of Onaga
every month of 1899.
Drs. J. Longbridge and R. F. Bry
ant, of Lincoln, have been appointed
pension examining surgeons.
Frank Nobles, a farmer of Johnson
county, died last week of hydrophobia.
He was bitten a month before he died.
The bill for lighting against Leaven
worth for September, October and No
vember is $2,498.03, and the city coun
cil refuses to pay it.
There has been "but one death in
Smith Centre in the past seven months;
and that was the death of a person who
went to the town sick.
Major J. Mr Harvey has been chosen
for Kansas as department commander
of the National association of Spanish
American War Veterans.
Representative Curtis has introduced
a bill to appropriate $100,000 for the
protection of the Kansas bank of the
Missouri river at Atchison.
Governor Stanley has issued a par
don for Isaac G. Reed, who was a mur
der convict. Reed was taken to a hos
pital, but is hopelessly sick.
An Iowa man who went to Pratt
county for his health found it all right
enough, bought a piece of land and
tells his neighbors that he has come' to
John T. Prather, commission man at
the Union stockyards, Wichita, met
his death from an attempt to jump
from a moving Missouri Pacific passen
C. F. Ressegue, who has assumed
the general superintendency of the
Santa Fe, will move his family from
Galveston to Topeka as soon as he can
find a suitable home.
Wellington has voted for municipal
ownership of waterworks and electric
lights. Fifty thousand dollars was
voted to purchase the waterworks and
$14,000 to erect a light plant.
Captain Coulter, head of the G. A. R.
n Kansas, says that the order will
take steps to prosecute by fine and im
prisonment, men in Kansas who are
wearing the G. A. R. button without
Chaplain Schliemann, late of the
Twentieth Kansas, is at his home at
Phillipsburg after a lecture tour
through Illinois and eastern Kansas,
and after a couple of weeks will start
George Theis, Jr., of Ashland, one of
the biggest cattle dealers in Kansas
is well pleased with the business out
look for the coming year, and is increas
ing his ranches as rapidly as possible
in western Kansas.
The sheep barn at the fairgrounds
in Topeka, used by D. W. Kent as a
training stable, was completely de
stroyed by fire and ten horses and sev
eral buggies and sulkies were burned.
Kent's loss is large.
Governor Stanley has appointed Ed.
H. Madison, of Dodge City, judge of
the Thirty-first judicial district which
comprises the counties of Ford, Kiowa,
Comanche and Clark, in place of Judge
F. C. Price, resigned.
W. W. Schwinn,' a Kansas lawyer
who left Wellington some time ago, in
search of a location, landed first at
Salt Lake City, then at Kansas City,
and is now going back to Wellington.
He finally "lit" just where he started.
Two yeers ago W. H. Love, who for
many years has manufactured brooms
on a small scale in Fort Scott, bought
about 50 bales of broom corn for $18
per bale and the other day he sold it in
St. Louis for $152 per bale.
William Wood, the millionaire luna
tic who has been in the Topeka insane
asylum for twenty years, has been
called upon, through his guardian, W.
B. Throckmorton, of Wichita, to pay
into the state treasury the sum of $4,
015.40 for his board and clothes during
the period of his confinement.
Five hundred cows are owned by the
stockholders of the creamery now be-
intr built at Barnard; which ought to
give it a big push toward success.
The farmers of Rice, McPherson and
Reno counties produced half of the
broom corn raised west of the Missouri.
Their crop was sold this year for near
Henry Kimmel, of McLouth, shipped
two loads of cattle at $5.60. He says
if he does as well on the balance he
has on hand his corn will bring him
50 cents a bushel.
And now the turkey gold nugget
story comes from the Missouri Pacific
eating house at Gypsum. It is stated
that the place where the turkey picked
up the nag-pet has been located and
that a company has been formed to
develop the mine.
Thirteen months ago a buffalo was
killed by the Dold Packing company
at Wichita, and the meat has been in
cold storage ever since. Some of it was
sold for Christmas banquets at the rate
of $2 a pound and was found to be very
tender and in first class condition.
Six store' buildings at Westphalia,
Anderson county were destroyed as the
result of a defective flue; with a loss of
The Shawnee county treasurer uses
an adding machine which cost $350. It
is stated that the machine saves the
county the salary of one clerk every
State Fish Commissioner George
Wiley of Meade, is promised a liberal
supply of fish and asks persons who
want black bass, rock bass and croppy
to communicate with him at once.
A five-story brick office building is to
be erected in Galena.
Two Kansas Swedes are starting an
overall factory In Topeka.
In Sedgwick county 464 marriage li
censes were issued in 1899.
The Kansas State Teachers' associa
tion was organized in 1863.
The Crawford Amusement company
of Topeka controls 60 theaters.
Dr. J. W. Madara, of Greeley county
is an army surgeon on the island Jolo.
Miss Rebecca Baxter, of Franklin
county was thrown from a buggy and
Five women have recently been added
to the force at the Topeka pension
The probate judge of Shawnee coun
ty issued about 650 marriage licenses
in 1899. ,
A movement is now on foot to close
up the telephone exchange on Sunday!
The holiday business on the Rock
Island was enormous, nearly double
what it was last year.
Seven hundred people turned out to
witness the opening of the new Y. M.
C A. rooms at Ottawa.
B. B. Smyth has been elected libra
rian of the Kansas Academy of Science
for the sixteenth time.
Farmers institutes are being held all
over Kansas this year. They are grow
ing to be very popular.
W. H. Rankin has been designated
as a member of the civil service board
for the postoffice at Lawrence, Kas.
The poor commissioner gave away
200 tons of coal to the poor of Shawnee
county during the month of December.
It takes eight days for the raw ma
terial to be changed into binding twine
at the new plant at the state peniten
tiary. Congressman Curtis is pressing his
proposed appropriation for a new
building at the federal prison at Leav
enworth. Rev. G. D. Olden, a very able pastor
in Topeka, had been sold on the auc
tion block three times before he was
11 years old.
Business men of Burlington may put
up a fund for the purpose of sinking a,
hole in order to find what wealth lies
buried down there.
A new creamery is to be established
at Womer, Smith county. A steam
separator and a $2,000 plant will be
erected in the early spring.
A Wichita man has shipped a sample
of canned jackrabbit to England. If
this is received favorably he will go
into the business on a large scale.
R. E. Torrington, who was formerly
employed in the Santa Fe freight
offices in Wellington, has been appoint
ed ticket agent for the Rock Island at
At Chillicothe, Illinois, the mother
of J. G. Johnson of Peabody, caught
fire in lighting a lamp and was burned
to death. The children were gather
ing for a family reunion on Christmas.
R. A. Goodman, living five miles
west of Wichita, is entitled to a prize
as the champion hog raiser of Kansas.
A few days ago he slaughtered a Po
land-China hog which, when dressed
weighed exactly 840 pounds.
The class of large girls at the Sol
diers' Orphans' home at Atchison has
been reduced from thirty to ten in tha
last three months. W. F. Martin, state
agent for the home, places about eight
children a month in families, and the
number of children in the home has
been decreased from 220 last August to
165 at the present time.
Representatives of the National As
sociation of Charities and Corrections,
will visit Topeka to make arrangements
for the convention of that order which
is to be held in that city in May.
State Auditor Cole refused to regis
ter $40,000 worth of Delaware town
ship, Jefferson county refunding bonds.
The bonds provide for an interest rate
of 6 per cent which Mr. Cole regards as
a suspicious circumstance as the state,
school fund would take the bonds ai
4 per cent. His action will allow
time for an investigation.
New call boxes have been put iq
place in many offices and business
hcues in Topeka. The boxes are so
arranged that messengers, police, cabs
or express wagons can be called by
simply pushing the indicator to the
Sam Triplett, of Labette county has
been awarded a medal for gallant
action in the Cuban war. He was a
sailor on the Marblehead and performed
a perilous feat in cutting the cable at
Cienfuegos. He is now on the battle
Stephen Balch, who has large vine'
yards in Sedgwick county, has sold
three carloads of grape cuttings to a
nurseryman of Cowley county.
Catholics of Alma dedicated a fin
new church last week which takes the
place of one burned less than a yeai
ago. The building cost $6,500, and the
debt on it amounts to less than $500.
Father Kamp is given credit for the
major portion of the work which was
necessary in getting the building put
up so quickly, and in such a satisfac
Progressive farmers here and there
over the state are having acetylene ga$
plants placed in their homes. There
are some particularly fine country
homes in this state and they are be
coming more numerous right along.
An organization has been effected
known as the Kansas State Stenogra.
phers' association, The officers elected
for the ensuing year were: President,
E. A. Allen, of Salina; vice president,
Arthur Young, of Concordia; secretary
and treasurer, Joseph Young, of Obei
Seizure of German Ships has Thor
oughly Aroused the Emperor.
HIGH HANDED PROCEEDINGS.
Berlin, Jan. 6. The Imperial mail
Iteamer ' General has been detained at
.den and occupied by British troops,
rith the object of searching her cargo,
vhich is to be discharged. The Gen
eral is owned by the German East
J-frican line, the owners of the Bundes
jath, previously captured by the Brit
ish cruiser Magicienni, off Delagoabay.
The seizure of the General has con
siderably aggravated the situation
lere, and the indignation against
Sngland is intensified.
On absolutely reliable authority the
correspondent of the Associated Press
earns that Emperor William is now
horoughly aroused by the repeated
(eizure of vessels, not one of which,
je has been assured, is guilty of car
rying . contraband. He regards the
jeizures as high handed proceedings
tVhich England would not have dared
(o undertake if the German navy were
fnore powerful than it is.
His majesty is said to be particularly
fncensed, because information -had
reached him showing that the seizures
were not due to the blundering oi
3ritish naval officers, but to strict or
ders from headquarters, which the offl
pers are merely carrying out. He has,
therefore, instructed Count Von Bue
low, the foreign secretary, to demand
exact and full reparation for the out
rage done to the German flag.
No answer that is considered satis
factory has . yet been received from
London. Late news, however, in
duced the German government to send
another and more strongly worded pro
test to London. Significant of the in
tensity of Germany's indignation
against England in this matter is a
declaration published by the German
Colonial Society, among whose 80,000
pembers are a number of reigning
Indignation meetings have been call
ed by branches of the Colonial society.
The German press, with hardly an ex
ception, thunders against England.
Even the semi-official Berliner Post
says: "It cannot be denied that the
i ndignation aroused by the wilf ullness
of seizures by British commanders is
spreading in wider and w ider circles."
Importance of the Open Door.
Washington, Jan. 8. Secretary Wil
son in an interview emphasized the
great commercial significance of the
"open door" concert of the powers re
specting China. He said that but for
this action the United States would
have been shut out from trade advan
tages in any province which other na
tions might see fit to take possession
of. Anything produced by the United
States will now permanently find its
way into all parts of China. This
means much for the cotton market es
pecially. A year ago no nation would
have listended to such a proposition
but the whole world listens to the
United States now. Our exports from
the Pacific coast had risen to an aggre
gate of $73,000,000, a year ago. Sec
retary Hay's work will rapidly increase
American Ralls to Europe.
Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 8. The Brit
ish steamer, Ping Suey, has left this
port for Rotterdam, carrying a thou
sand tons of steel trolley rails each 45
feet long and weighing 1,300 pounds.
The rails are to be used in equipping
an electric railroad to be built in Hol
land on the American plan.
Lavton Fund Big- Enough.
Washington, Jan. 4. General Corbin
announces that the subscriptions to
the Law ton fund received amounted to
339,263.35, which did not include all
the subscriptions made to the independ
ent agents in various outside cities.
General Corbin also announced that
the amount subscribed already exceed
ed the amount hoped for when the
movement was organized, and was
amply sufficient for the purposes of the
fund, which was to raise the mortgage
on the Lawton homestead at Redlands,
CaL, and to provide for the education
of the children.
Montana Tranavaal Kecrnlta.
Butte, Mont., Jan. 6. Two hundred
and sixty men have signed an agree
ment here to go to South Africa and
serve in the Boer army. They are
and French-Americans. Only men
between 20 and 40 and without any
one depending on them were enlisted.
They will leave as soon as an agent oil
tha Transvaal, now on his way, arrives
To Accompany Boer Army.
Washington, Jan. 8. Captain Cai
Reichmann, of the Seventeenth infant
ry and assistant adjutant general oi
volunteers, has been detailed by tht
secretary of war to accompany the Boei
army for the purpose of observing anc
reporting upon military operations ii
the war in South Africa. His duties
jwill be similar to those of Captain Slo-
jcum, of the Eighth cavalry, who is
with the British army in the Transvaal
Captain Riechmann goes from Manila
to Cape Town.
Guam' Active Governor -
Manila, Jan. 6. A naval officer whe
has arrived here from Guam brings ' a
' i . j i r i ? t
proclamation issueu uj uijiuuu ueary,
naval governor of that island, decree
ing the absolute prohibition and total
abolition of slavery or peonage, the
order taking effect February 22. The
prologue of the proclamation declares
that the Spanish system of peonage,
amounting to slavery, is a menace to
popular liberty and a violation of - the
privileges guaranteed by the American
constitution. . . "
LIVELY OLD PEOPLE.
Herbert Speneer Almost SO, 8 till plies
an Industrious Pea.
London Scraps says that Plutarch
was long past 70 when he began to
learn Latin; Socrates was near the end
of a long life when he undertook the
study of music, and Cato was 80 when
he began to wrestle with Greek roots.
Ludovico Monaldesco waited until he
was 115 before he thought of writing
his famous memoirs, and in later years
Dryden was 68 when he undertook his
translation of the "Aeneld," while Dr.
Johnson had passed the allotted span
of life when he plunged Into tha In
tricacies of Dutch gutturals, and Queen
victoria was studying Hindoo Ions
after she had passed her 70th year.
Herbert Spencer still plies an in
dustrious pen, although nearing his
0th year; George Meredith la
little less industrious at 79-
than when he wrote his first poems la
the year of the great exhibition. Mrs."
Alexander, though she ia 74 and crip
pled with rheumatism, sits as bravely
at her desk as she did half a century
ago, and Mr. Henty at 65 still "won't
be happy" unless he writes his invaria
ble three novels a year. It seems only
yesterday that Sir Harry Verney was-
running races when long past 80, and.,
at the same age Major Knox-Holmes-was
making world records on his tri
cycle on the racing path. Sir Algernon.
West recalls the time when, as a small
boy not yet promoted to the dignity or
an Eton Jacket, he ran a race against
the duke of . Wellington, then over 70;
and Mr. Justice Wills, the most youth
ful of. all English judges, makes light
at 70 of a sixteen-mile walk from one-
assize town to another, and can still
climb an Alpine peak as well as when
he helped to found the Alpine club.
forty years ago. One of the ablest of
American judges did not begin to study
law until he was nearing his 60th year.
Mr. Benjamin, Q. C, who came from.
American to wrest the chief prizes
from the English lawyers, was almost
the same age when he was called to
the English bar, and yet within five
years he was making three times a
A Prince's Prank.
The Prince de Llgne, a resplendent
figure among the brilliant courtiers.
and adventurers of the time of Louis
XVI., told many amusing anecdotes In
his "Memoirs," one of which shows
him, sword in hand,-at a duel which
called for gaiety rather than courage.
The Comte de Segur and the Prince de,
Llgne were coming out one very rainy'
night, after supping with Madame de
Polignac in the Rue de Bourbon. Ns
coach was to be seen, and no person
there to fetch one. "Let us pretend
to fight," the prince said to Comte i
Segur, "and that will bring the watch.
Tney'll arrest us, and we'll make them.
get a carriage to take us to the com-i
missary." On which they took their
swords in hand with a fearful scuf
fle, and cries of "Oh! Ah! Are you
dead? Are you wounded?" The watch
passed and repassed quite near them,
on the Port Royal, but apparently
frightened, they did not arrest the
duelists, and they, half-dead with
laughter and the fatigue of the battle.
had to go home on foot in the rain.
Mr. Rhodes Enjoying; Himself.
Mr. Rhodes is delightfully English.
Being by far the most seriously threat
ened resident in Kimberley, besieged
Iby implacable foes, and with a price
set on his head, he seems from all ac
counts to be quite the coolest person
on the ground, and to be rather enjoy
ing himself than otherwise. "Sit tight,
as I do," is his cheerful counsel to his
perturbed neighbors. He appears to
regard the siege chiefly as an excep
tionally favorable opportunity for the-
exercise of hospitality, and we can well.
understand that the presence in the-
town of a man who can entertain hia-
friends in the interval of riding out
to see how the fighting is going on is
worth half a regiment to the defend
ers. The Globe.
Miss Slimdiet "Here's an advertise
ment o2 'a literary man who wants
board. Does he say ; he's a literary -man
to show he's a-person of refine
ment and culture?" Mrs. Slimdiet
"No; it's to show that he can't jay-
much." New York Weekly.
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"Now, Harold, 1 want you to prom
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