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3ONALDSONVILLE : LOUISIANA.
go:r.ewhat disconcertfng, the num
tcr of ice men who deal in coal.
The grand dukes must have got a
zorner on all the bombs in Russia.
Count IBoni de Castellane's debts
seem to stick closer than his family.
Fraulein Krupp was not particular
ly comely. In fact, she didn't have to
Winder how long it will take us to
become used to the pure food when
we finally get it?
When automobile and balloon rac
ing become too tame there remains
the submarine boat.
Kansas will gladly avail itself of
any kind of help in harvesting its corn
crop so long as it is husky.
Milliners will rejoice to hear that
35,030 songbirds and parrots have
been imported from Europe.
According to Dr. Parkhurst, a man
can be wicked without being rich.
Yes, but it doesn't pay to be.
Boston has a new anti-spitting
ordinance. But who would have
thought that Boston needs such a law.
Now that eggs are suspected of har
boring disease germs, it seems to be
up to the pure food commission to
King Edward's fame is not dimin
inhing. Following up the hotel and
cigar idea, somebody has named a
necktie after him.
As a world power Japan should not
be surprised at the informatioji that
we have in this country a considera
ble number of boxers.
Alfred G. Vanderbilt says that rich
men love their wives just as poor men
do. Some rich men love other men's
wives just as poor men don't.
A Brazilian count astonished his
guests - by leaping into a den of lions.
The effect upon the lions must also
have been stunning, for the lions took
Gen. Kuropatkin has written a his
tory of the war between Russia and
Japan. None of the Japanese generals
apparently thinks it is necessary to
do any writing on the subject.
'Burbank has produced an apple that
Is red and sweet on one side and yel
low and sour on the other. What a
popular apple this will be with the
schoolboy of the future, whose best
girl may like sweet while he likes
The new evening dress coat in Lon
don will be a blue swallow-tail with
brass buttons. That will be the real
Daniel Webster coat, which ex-Mayor
Curtis' father used to wear, and it is
to be hoped that the buff waistcoat
will go with it.
negro is turning into a watermelon,
but we can't help thinking there is
something twisted about this story. If
the "turning into" were turned the
ather way around it would sound more
An Oklahoma woman has vowed
that she will never eat again until her
husband is converted. As the man
when last heard from was still hold
ing out he must be a miserly wretch
who plans to save the food his wife
would otherwise eat.
At Uniontown, Pa., a man who was
charged with bigamy begged that the
Luthorities would put him in jail with.
hut a trial because he was afraid to
meet his wives in court. It is diffi
tult to understand how a man with
as much wisdom as that could make
the mistake of committing bigamy.
Such are the uncertainties of fame.
iot many years ago Sir Redvers Bul
ler was regarded as one of the great.
tst soldiers in the British army. But
the manner in which Sir Redvers con.
lucted the campaign for the relief of
'.adysmith during the Boer war
brought him into disfavor with the
war office in london and he was side
racked. His complete disappearance
romn active service, remarks the Troy
(N. Y.) Times, is now effected by
placing him on the retired list.
The pest oflice department's idea
d printing special stamps for the 26
argest post offices, with the names
if the cities for which the stamps are
ssued, running across the face, and of
)ver-printing ordinary stamps for the
'emaining lost offices of the three
sighest classes-about 5.9t0 offices
with the name of the place and ab
)reviated state name, will give phil
itelists a new field of enterprise. if
hey care to enter it. A complete col
ection of United States stamps then
would bo a big one-and almost as
interesting as a complete collection of
United States postmarks.
Before long the students cf geog
raphy will have to add a new river to
the list of streams in Africa. The duke
of Abruzzi. who has been exploring
the region of the Mountains of the
Moon, has found a river that is
marked on no existing maps.
Sir Thomas Lipton will take a cup
of kindness yet for auld lang syne,
even if he declines to make a chal
Yes, this is a prosperous year, if we
do have to crack our eggs at 40 cents
per dozen or thereabouts.
Mrs. Sage has presented $2,000 in
cash to her coachman, and she is
going to build a $4,000 cottage for
him. The best. part of it is that he
will not be compelled to raise a like
amount from other sources.
A New York magistrate has sen
tenced his cook to jail for ten days.
How did his wife ever happen to let
The king of England has knock,.d a
span down with his automobile. In
'his case he is following fashion in
stead of leading it.
A MATTER OF STANDARD
By JESSE STRONG
Bill Mapes did not belong to the
'uplift." Far from it. Indeed Mapes
was one of the citizens of the semi
world against whom the very strong
sst anathema of the better classes
Nor was Mapes on cordial terms
with the police. In fact he -would go
`o some considerable pains to avoid
social intercourse with the guardians
of the law. And by the same token
the blue-coats wouid move rather
faster than usual to enjoy the pleasure
of Mapes' society. But then Bill had
an innate prejudice against blue
coats and brass-buttons and stars and
clubs and all that sortof thing. Per
haps he was not wholly responsible
because the prejudice may have been
It is to be recalled that his father
"Plug" Mapes was constitutionally
opposed to the police before his un
happy taking-off at the end of a rope
in a quiet jail-yard on one memorable
day after the society of the blue-coats
had been thrust upon him in a most 1
It is also a matter of history that
the gentlemanly wearers of the blue
gave a great sigh of relief upon this
occasion and congratulated themselves
openly and often until some months
I later when it was borne to their in
telligence that young Bill Mapes had
succeeded to his respected sire's es
tate and was following, in no unwor
thy manner, in the paternal footsteps.
From all of which it may be de
duced that Bill Mapes lived and
breathed and had his being without
the law of the land and that he would
not have been a welcome visitor at
your home at the witching hour of
Yes, gentle reader, you have guessed
right; Bill Mapes was a burglar, a
thief, a crook and earned his bread by
appropriating the product of the sweat
of the other fellow's brow.
And yet Mapes was not a bad sight
to look upon. He was a well-built,
sturdy, young fellow handling his
splendid strength with marked grace
of action. His features were rather
well-formed and his eyes clear and
blue and laughing. He was not a fear
some object to look upon-excepting
when desperate or angry, and then
he was a thunderbolt of action and
It was inevitable, of course, that
It was inevitable, or course, tnat
Mapes should occasionally be the
guest of the police, but despite all
their most energetic invitations he
had successfully maintained his mod
esty and evaded any considerable
strain upon their hospitality.
Upon his every appearance in the
police court, however, there had ap
peared also a most charming feminine
vision-a delicate, modest, -brown-eyed
girl whose beauty won all hearts and
whose tears moved the sternest police
justice to sympathy. She was a mys
tery to the police court and inspired
more interest than the prisoner in
whom she seemed to have such deep
interest, so to concern. After full
and free discussion it was duly de
cided that she was a settlement work
er or something or other of that sort
who was grieved over Bill Mapes' soul
and was trying to save him.
And while they berated him as a
dog they all bowed before the dainty
Now it must be evident to the read
er at this point that Bill Mapes was
not an idealist, nor a leading citi
zen, nor a pillar of society, nor any
thing of that sort, but this simple tale
is written to show that every fellow
bias his own standards and his own
One soft summer evening Mapes ap
peared at "Brown's Triangle," a rath
er bad place in a very bad neighbor
hood-a spot which policemen avoid
ed when on a lonesome beat and a
section most prodigiously berated by
the Anti-Crime society. He did not
enter the flat-iron shaped saloon but
going into one of the darkened streets,
emitted a shrill whistle. Presently
a curtain upstairs was cautiously
pulled and a face peered forth. Upon
a further signal the curtain dropped
and a moment later a street-door
opened and Bill faced his brown-eyed
divinity of the police court. Lo and
behold, far from being a settlement
worker she was only the daughter of
Ike Brown, the keeper of the notori
ous "Brown's Triangle" where, accord
ing to the police, more robberies had
been planned than in any other spot
in the city.
"Howdy, Nan," said Mapes in a voice
somewhat strained with embarrass
ment and taking the girl's extended
hands awkwardly. "Nice evenin'."
"I didn't expect you," exclaimed the
girl beaming upon him with the glori
ous love-light, which, after all, Is all
there is in life.
"Naw, but I'm here," he responded,
There were some moments of si
lence during which Bill's reaching
paw accumulated the slender hand
Queer Tastes in Eating
New York Waiter Shocked by Mix
tures of Patrons.
"There are some queer tastes seen
oy waiters. You know the predilection
of schoolgirls for cake and pickles.
Well, I have seen that beaten often,"
said a Broadway waiter.
"I've got a customer who puts sugar
on white potatoes. Sugar on tomatoes
and canteloupe is pretty bad; but
sugar on potatoes-ugh!
"A lady customer, a corset maker,
melts a lump of butter in her cup of
tea. Could you go that?
"A pugilist puts vinegar on all his
meats and vegetables-vinegar on
everything except his dessert. This is
not because he wants to reduce his
weight; it is because he likes the
"Of course I have lots of customers
who drink sour milk and eat high
game and cheese-customers for whom
we ripen milk and cheese and birds
of the girl. A busy policeman wan
dered by and Bill was scarcely quick
er than the girl to shrink into the
"D-- him, I'll get his job," grum
"If you don,'t dad will," replied the
girl. "I got his number-4714. I
"Say, Nan, what de' y' say to get
married, buyin' a house and settlin'
This very bravely said but in a
voice betraying love, mystery and
Nan looked him over most shrewdly.
"What d'ye mean, Bill?" she asked,
"Nan," he said, leaning toward her
and placing his arms half way around
her "I've got the game beat. Come
on and let's live like nine-time sports."
"How'd ye do it, Bill?" she asked,
"Look here, gal," he replied, sober
ly but passionately, "I've been tryin'
to get things right for you and me
but it's been hard. Now last night I
happened onto a most exclusive party
of gents-the real kind. I wasn't ex
actly invited, you know-but just hap
pened in through the window. Gee,
but de sparklers der was in the cuffs
on de tables and de shirts in de
"Did ye get 'em?" asked the girl
leaning forward eagerly.
"Naw," replied Mapes leaning back
comfortably. "I heerd somethin' dat's
wort' more'n all the sparklers I ever
"Yes," encouraged the girl.
Mapes settled himself comfortably
in the doorway. "Well," he said with
provoking deliberation, "there was a
couple of swells talkin' right in front
of me before I broke past de curtains."
"Well?" encouraged the girl with
"Well," responded Mapes, "I had to
quit and I had to listen. Gee, but it
was fine listenin'."
"Well?" interjected the girl.
"Well," responded Mapes, "it was
old Strausling, de president of the Cin
cinnati Avenue bank and Knute
Augessen, de swell young teller-an'
dey was talkin' brass tacks fer sure."
"Well?" was all the girl said.
"Well," responded the man with a
show of irritability, "it's just dis way.
These wise guys are goin' to bust de
bank day after to-morrow an' get
away with $200,000 or $300,000. I
hearn all about it."
"What did you do?" asked the girl.
"What did I do?" he replied, scorn
fully. "I sneaked away. There's a
bigger game in this dan to pinch a
few hundreds, I guess," and Mapes
laughed scornfully. "If I don't get
our house and lot and all de trimmins
and a few thousand in de bank on
de side, on dis deal-well, I ain't Bill
There was a long silence.
"Bill," the girl said, presently in a
most gentle voice, "ain't that the
bank that all the people on the avenue
have their savings?"
"Of course," replied Bill.
"And they are all going to lose their
savings," pursued the girl.
Bill scratched his head savagely.
"I suppose so," he said.
"There's old Slupski," said the girl.
reminiscently. "He's saved pennies
for 40 years for Polly-and she's go
in' to lose it?"
"Yes," replied Bill, sententiously.
"And all these poor people and all
these struggling business men are go
ing to lose?" she asked.
"What de hotel bill do you and I
care?" snarled Bill. "We will git ours
and not take a chance on the pen."
"Bill," said the girl, taking both his
hands in hers. "Can you let this hap
pen to all our people on the avenue?
Can you, Bill; can you?"
"Why, Nan," he stammered, "I
thought you said you wouldn't marry
me until I had a home paid for and a
"Yes, Bill," she replied. "But not
with the blood money of our own peo
The man put his head in his hands
for long minutes. Finally he said:
"Nan, you are de real ting. I am
goin' to cough up what I know to de
states attorney. Dat will save our peo
ple. But," and his voice grew hope
less, "I don't know how I'm goin' to
make good fer you."
The girl flung her arms around his
"Bill, Bill," she cried, "I will marry
you to-night. I will go with you any
where and help you all I can-because
you are on the square-and because I
(Copyright, 1906, uy Daily Story Pub. Co.)
Rings for the Bridegroom.
Following the custom of the French
and Germans in presenting rings to
the bridegrooms, American women
have gone a degree beyond, for in
stead of giving their husbands plain
gold rings at the ceremony, seal or
stone settin s are selected.
uu lte aroma of our cellar would
cause a turkey buzzard to quail.
"I have never seen any one put
sugar on oysters, but I have seen sev
eral persons put sugar on their fish.
N. Y. Press.
Generous New York Firemen.
Firemen of New York city, from
Commissioner O'Brien down, have sub
sdribed $2,200 for Mrs. Annie Sulli
van, widow of "Dan" Sullivan, a fire
man who died a few weeks ago. The
commissioner headed the list with $10.
This money is to replace ten $100 bills
lost by Mrs. Sullivan or stolen from
her as she was leaving fire headquar
ters with her husband's share of the
department's insurance fund It was
all the money she had in the world
and as soon as her loss was made
known the firemen asked to be al
lowed to make it good. Permission
was promptly granted by Commission.
FOR REAL CHICKEN STEW.
Famous Dish as it is Prepared In
If chicken can be had, try the fa
mous stew of Virginia, which contains.
in addition to the chicken, new corn
and tomatoes, onions, beans and pota
toes. A little later squirrels may be
used in the place of the chicken. In
either case the stew is a meal in itself.
Allow to two or three chickens or
squirrels, which should be cut in small
pieces and laid in cold water to draw
out the blood, one quart tomatoes,
peeled or sliced, or a quart can of to
matoes, half a dozen ears of green corn
cut from the cob, one sliced onion, six
parboiled and sliced potatoes, one gal
lon water, with butter, black pepper,
sugar and salt to season; put the wa
ter on in a kettle to heat, adding a
tablespoon of salt; when it has come
to a boil and cooked ave minutes, put
In the onion, beans, corn and pota
toes; pepper the chicken or squirrel
and all; cover closely and simmer
gently for two and a half hours, stir
ring often from the bottom to prevent
sticking; now add the tomatoes, with
two tablespoonsful of sugar, and stew
an hour longer; when almost ready
to serve the dinner, add a half cup
butter cut in small pieces and rolled
in flour; boil ten minutes to thicken,
ON THE LUNCHEON TABLE.
Ideas for Decorating and Serving Sim
For a simple luncheon there is noth
Ing prettier than scarlet blossoms, ar
ranged in a glass bowl, with sprays of
fern to form a contrast to the bril
Colonial glass is again in fashion
and is much cheaper than cut, the de
sign being simple it -is more appro
priate for an informal occasion.
The conventional courses may be
dispensed with and stuffed peppers
can take the place of raw oysters or
Plates, painted in cherries or fruit,
A fruit salad can be' sent to the
table in crimson apples, with the
stems tied with ribbons to match.
Place cards can readily be made at
home by cutting out small pictures of
apples and pasting them on the cor
ner of each.
Mushrooms, instead of being served
In china cups, may be put in those
made of paper In the shape of crim
Gray Costume Most Effective.
A gray costume of the gray that
is youthful in effect-not the stone
gray suitable for elderly women to
wear in a street costume-is ex
tremely serviceable, and can be made
most charming trimmed with braid
and with white lace in yoke and
sleeves. A narrow braided waistcoat
in white or some delicate color gives
a good contrast. The coat can be
either short or long. If short, it must
be on an elaborate model; in fact,
the elaborate model is the best to
choose under all circumstances. As
the gown is intended for afternoon
or theater wear, it should be conse
quently quite distinct in style and
effect from the more simple model
suitable for morning or. street wear.
Chiffon cloth and chiffon, the new
weaves of soft silk or satin, as has
been said, are fashionable in waists
to be worn with the cloth skirts and
coats. Even a lightweight cloth
waist seems too heavy under a cloth
or fur coat, while houses are so
overheated now that it is not com
fortable to be too heavily dressed. All
these materials can be found in
shades to match the cloth, and are
. extremely satisfactory.
Suet Pudding and Sauce.
One cup of molasses, one cup of
raisins and one cup of chopped suet;
one cup of sour milk with a rounded
teaspoonful of soda beaten into it;
season with one-quarter teaspoonful
of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and all
spice, each; add pinch of salt and
flavor enough to make a stiff batter.
Mix well and steam four hours.
Sauce-Beat one cup of sugar thor
oughly with the white of one egg,
pour on this enough boiling water to
make it about as thick as cream. Let
it stand in a bowl over a steaming tea
kettle until it foams, then remove at
once and set on back of stove till
you serve the pudding.
Mending Frazzled Linen.
When the hernstitching is beginning
to wear on a good-sized doily or nap
kin and the linen center remains good
and strong, cut the doily all around
the hemstitching and make a new
hem, drawing the threads just far
enough away from the old line to
find a strong place. This will give
you a smaller doily practically new.
If you do not want to spend the time
or take the trouble to hemstitch, make
a tiny hem and edge it with a narrow
lace heavy enough to match your
Grapes For Hats.
Grapes are much in evidence upon
the new hats and most luscious color
effects are obtained In them, for they
shade through many of the fashion
able colorings and are particularly ef
fective in the browns, purples, blues
grays and greens. Golden yellow,
white and purple grapes are often
combined and flowers or plumes are
frequently used with the fruit.
A Good Washing Fluid.
To one gallon of soft soap take four
ounces of sal soda and one-half gal
[on of rain or softened water, and one
and a half gill spirits of turpentine
Place them all in a pot over the fire
and allow the mixture to boil a few
minutes. It is then ready for use. Ii
can be kept in an earthen stoneware
Varnishing Wall Paper.
Before being varnished wall paper
should first be given a coat of weak
glue size to prevent the varnish pen
etrating too deeply into it, and other
- wise the paper would, to a certain
extent, become transparent. After
the size has been dried thoroughly.
apply white shellac varnish.
Critic Not a Friend.
He who is busy criticising the
faults of his friends haa no friendshbi
In his heart.-From the Cingalese.
Our Washington Letter
Newsy Information from the Capital of the Nation--President Goes T
to See Panama-Programme of His Trip-Babkes Not for the h
Department of Agriculture.
WASHINGTON.-President Roosevelt, accom- V
panied by Mrs. Roosevelt and Surgeon General
Rixey, of the navy, has gone to investigate the n
big ditch Uncle Sam is digging on the isthmus. 0
The president is breaking precedents with
with-out mercy in connection with his Panama trip.
When he made his trip from New Orleans tc
My LOWER Hampton Roads with the armored cruiser squad- A
ron he went outside of the marine limits of the
United States, and now he will go ten days away
from American soil.
A president of the United States has never c
placed his foot on foreign soil. Mr. Roosevelt ,
will do so at Panama. Hawaii can be reached a
from San Francisco in less time than Panama
can from Hampton Roads, and Europe in much
J r f less time from New York. Perhaps with the s
precedent of visiting foreign lands established I
a trip may be made by an American executive to v
Europe. This will come, however, only when the people are better educated v
in this direction. a
Upon leaving Colon on the return trip the president will go to Porto Rico.
The Porto Ricans have the kindliest feeling for the president, as he is known 1
to feel they should have the status of American citizens. Moreover, he hon
ored them by placing their delegate in congress on the American commis
sion to the Pan-American conference at Rio de Janeiro. Therefore he expects
to have a cordial reception in the island dependency. V
The president will cross the island, talk with the natives, and make one s
or two speeches. Then he will sail for Hampton Roads. He will be here in q
ample time for the opening of congress on December 3.
On its voyage to Panama the Louisiana will be accompanied as "bicycle t
. policemen" by the armored cruisers Washington and Tennessee. By means n
of wireless telegraphy President Roosevelt will be kept au courant with devel
opments in America and the rest of the world, and any business of imme
diate importance will be conveyed to him by this means. The navy has sta- 0
tions at Charleston acid Key West, so that there will be no difficulty about t
communication on this stage of the voyage.
WILL STUDY MEN AND PROJECT.
When the ships reach the Caribbean sea the
wireless station at Gauntanamo will be depended
up i to keep Mr. Roosevelt informed and to trans
mit to Washington any instructions he may care
to give. The navy has experimented with the
Guantanamo station and has had no trouble in t
transmitting and receiving messages to and from u
In order that there may be no question, how
ever, other ships equipped with wireless teleg- /
raphy will be in constant communication with the
Louisiana. The armored cruisers accompanying .18ýýr :
the battleships can be employed as dispatch boats
should the necessity arise. With such a formid
able array of armored craft, it is extremely doubt- c
t ful of even the ghost of the redoubtable Capt.
t Kidd will care to attempt to board the president's d
President Roosevelt will remain four days
on the isthmus. He proposes to tramp along the line of the canal, will inspect
the cities of Colon and Panama, ride on work trains, examine the houses in
which the laborers live, talk with officials and men, and endeavor to inform '
himself thoroughly about the great project.
Upon his arrival he will be received by the entire canal commission and
by officials representing the government of Panama. Herbert Squiers, who
has just been appointed minister to Panama, is arranging quarters for the
t reception of the president and Mrs. Roosevelt, and will give a dinner in their
honor. The president of Panama also will entertain Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt.
In the absence of the president from Washington, Secretaries Root and
Taft will dispose of all matters which do not require to be brought to Mr.
Roosevelt's personal attention. The president feels he can get away without
embarrassing the government, and especially as he has completed his annual r
message and disposed of all matters of a pressing nature. s
AGRICULTURAL EXPERTS WILL NOT PROBE BABIES. t
Prospective visitors to the agricultural de- F
t partment can acquire monumental unpopularity u
by referring even remotely to the subject of a
"baby breeding." A dull day, and a few facts $
are perhaps responsible for the report to the n
effect that, along with plant and animal propaga- s
tion, the department planned to begin a crusade
to improve the American baby. The facts are
Prof. W. N. Hays, assistant secretary of agri. c
culture, is secretary of the American Breeders' d
association. He has named a committee of noted I
O 0 scientists and has asked its members to coordinate t
some scattered observations already made con
cerning heredity. It is hoped that from available
data it may be learned, in a measure, how heredity i
and environment affect the development of human
beings, particuarly with respect to blindness, g
deafness, and other principal physical defects, E
and whether the matter is serious enough to war- a
I rant recommending a law to limit marriage of defectives. 1
The committee has no connection with the government. It will present V
a report of its work at the meeting of the Breeders' association at Columbus, b
0., January 15-18. In the meantime, Prof. Hays and agriculture department f
officials scout the idea that the department proposes to tackle the great
American baby in the course of helping to breed better cattle and vegetables. C
The committee, called the committee on eugenics, includes the following *
leaders in the scientific world: Prof. Alexander Graham Bell of Washington, ti
D. S. Jordan of Leland Stanford university, Maj. Charles Woodruff of the army
Imedical corps, Charles A. Henderson of the University of Chicago, C. E. Ward
;of New York, and Rev. J. E. Gilbert of Washington.
CONVICT SOLDIER BETRAYED BY FINGER PRINTS.
A curious result of the recent adoption by
the United States army of the system of identifi
cation by finger prints, just reported to the war
department, was the discovery, in the person of a '
soldier at Fort Leavenworth, of a British mur
derer for whom the Scotland Yard authorities .
have long been looking.
The man was a prisoner In the United States ,
penitentiary, serving a five-year sentence for a
military crime. In prison he was well behaved
and liked, but when the warden, following the '.
general order to take the finger-print records of
all soldiers, attempted to secure an impression of
this man's digits he met with violent resistance 9
land the assistant who tried to make the record
-was knocked down and roughly handled. I
Suspecting that this resistance was based
I upon the man's previous knowledge of the use
of which these finger prints might be put and
that his record was bad, the warden sent copies of the prints to the police
authorities in a number of cities. Within a comparatively short time Scot
land Yard reported that the man had committed an atrocious murder in Morta;
that he had been sentenced to life imprisonment and had escaped to America.
BACK STAMPS ON LETTERS IN FAVOR.
It is said that the postal department is be
ginning to hear from business men in differeist
parts of the country regarding their dislike of
on the recent order to discontinue the back-stamp.
ing of mail in the post offices at Los Angeles,
, - os5 Kansas City, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Detroit and
other cities. That disfavor is also shared by the
. business men of Washington, who are not slow
s .' in their intimations that the back stamp enables
a man who gets a delayed letter to register his
taco kick with the person at fault and largely fixes
oE ,~upon the party responsible for the delay.
The back-stamping consists of stamping on
'0os the back of each letter the name of the city or
town in which it is received, together with the
time of its receipt. This with the stamp on the
front of the letter shows the actual time occupied
in the transmission of the letter from the. place
in which it was mailed to the town or place where
r It was received, thus really acting as a check system on the promptness of the
post office system.
Acting Postmaster General Hitchcock says that it is not unlikely that
this back-stamping will be discontinued in all parts of the country, the claim
being advanced that its abolition would expedite the delivery of mail from
one to three hours, which is no inconsiderable item in the economy of a busi
On the other hand a leading manufacturer voices his kick as follows:
"I would like to see the back stamp retained. Why? Well, there are many
instances when a delay in the delivery of a business letter is extremely costly.
When such a delay occurs the business man wants to go somewhere and
ascertain who was to blame for the trouble. If the back stamp is on the let
ter he has a pointer as to whether the local carriers or somebody else is to
blame. The back stamp is a good thing and should be retained."
Cutting the Gordian Knot.
A "Gordian knot" denotes great dif
ficulty. Gordius, a peasant being
chosen king of Phrygia, dedicated his
wagon to Jupiter and fastened the
yoke to a beam with a rope of bark
so ingeniously contrived that no one
could untie it r Alexander was told
tbf o "whoever Andid the knot should
reign over the whole east. "We1l, '
said the conqueror, "it is thus I per
form the task!" So saying, he cui
the knot in twain with his sword.
The most extensive cemetery in the
world is that at Rome, in which ove.
6,000,000 human beings have been it
Only a Month to Christmas.
If there is something especially nice
that you wish to buy this year for a
Christmas gift, you should send to Lord
& Taylor. Broadway, Fifth avenue and
Nineteenth street, New York, for a copy
of their new catalogue issued this week.
The well-deserved reputation which that
house has enjoyed for 81 years is an ab
solute guarantee of complete satisfaction
High or Low.
Mrs. Baker-"I wish, my dear, you
would design my winter hat for me."
Mr. Baker (an architect)--"All right,
my love, I will. Shall it be skyscraper
DrP.AM REVEALS HIS NAME.
Man Who Forgets Identity Found to
Be Prosperous Banker.
Sacramento, Cal.-A dream has
cleared up the mystery of the man
who forgot his identity. Several days
ago a well-dressed passenger on a
train from the east visited the police
station and requested the aid of Chief
Denny toward ascertaining who he
1 was, where he had come from and
I what he was in Sacramento for. On
all other subjects the man was per
fectly rational, but he was at an utter
loss to account for his identity or his
Thinking that the man's lapse of
memory was due to some sudden
shock or to illness, the chief had him
quartered at the county hospital,
where the case ever since has baffled
the physicians. The man, who is of
middle age and fine physique, seemed
in normal health, but still his memory
on the all-important subject was a
t blank and his effects offered no clew.
City Attorney Howe visited the
county hospital and learned from the
strange patient that he had experi
enced a dream the night before in
which he imagined himself the recip
lent of a letter upon which were the
words "Dixon, Coon Rapids, Iowa."
Thinking that the incident might lead
to something, the city attorney looked
up the name in Bradstreet's and found
A. Dixon rated as the president of the
National bank at Coon Rapids, Iowa.
He at once sent a telegram making
inquiries about the unknown man and
promptly received a reply asking him
to give Frank E. Dixon the best of
From the message the conclusion Is
drawn that Frank E. Dixon is the
man's name and the authorities are
t satisfied that the dream will be founid
to have lifted the strange mystery
veiling his history.
FIND WATER UNDER THE CITY.
FIND WATER UNDER THE CITY.
Many Owners Get Good Supply from
Beneath Buildings in New York.
New York. - The underground
ponds, rivulets and old3 wells of Man
hattan island have for years had little
realty value. In some Instances to
stem the flow of water from suburban
channels has cost real estate opera
tors many thousand dollars. Now
practical use is being made of the
underground water. The factor site
or office building plot with a natural
supply of water is cabsidered much
more valuable than property lacking
such a supply, and the well digger
Among the large business con
cerns which have recently had wells
dug on their premises are Downing &
Lawrence and the American Manufac
turing company of Brooklyn and Lipp
mann & Eisman of Manhattan. The
natural supply of water on the Down
ing & Lawrence property is about 100
gallons a minute, on the Lippmann &
Eisman site 75,000 gallons a day, and
at the American manufacturing plant
150 gallons a minute. Artesian well
water is inferior to city water for
boiling use, as it causes a scale to
form more quickly. Nevertheless, it
can be put to many good uses in busi
ness buildings, greatly reducing wa
FINDS SHE IS NOT A WIFE.
Woman After 19 Years Learns She
Has Not Been Legally Married.
Media, Pa.-A jury in court has
awarded to Jane C. Clymer the sum
of $3,758.75. Her suit was for $3,000
and interest. The case was one of
the most peculiar ever tried here in
Levi H. Clymer, now dead, was
married three times. Jane B. Clymer
was his third wife. The second wife
was in court aidling the executor un
der the will in their protest as to
the payment of the amount claimed
by the plaintiff. It was shown, how
ever, that the plaintiff had lived with
Clymer for 19 years and he thought
that she was his legal wife. A bill
of separation was put in evidence be
tween the deceased and the secon&
wife, which was claimed to be a legal
separation or equal to a divorce.
In law, however, the separatton did
not amount to a divorce, but the plain
tiff testified that she had lived with
Clymer for 19 years, believed that she
was his lawful wife, that she had
loaned him $3,000 on property in
Lansdowne borough, and also that
during several years' illness she had
taken care of him. The jury gave her
the amount of the mortgage and In
MARRIED THE SAME MAN TWICE.
Wife Finds Husband Is Bigamist, and
Asks to Be Freed from Him.
New Orleans.-The suit filed by
Mrs. Coralie Amelia Bernier in the
New Orleans district court, asking for
the formal annulment of her marriage,
develops the remarkable fact that, al
though she twice married the same
man, she was yet unwedded. Mrs.
Bernier married, in 1902, in St. Ber
nard's parish, a man calling himself
Loys M. Lemolne. Some years after
the marriage she discovered that this
was an assumed name, and that " Le
moine was Louis M. Thompson In
Fearing that the marriage under a
false name might invalidate their mar
riage, she Insisted on a second mar
riage under the true name, and this
was solemnized in Mandeville less
than two months ago. The publica
tion of the marriage brought out the
fact that Thompson had one wife al
ready In Helena, Ark., and the twice
married woman now asks that she be
freed from 'gim.