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A young man, unhappily possessed of clever fingers
and an easy 'swallowed, a fictitious check that
he was trying to pass the other day' upon a tradesman.
Now the offender is awaiting trial with; the uncomforta
ble^realization that there v are some words a fellow can't
eat and escape the consequences of their utterance.
Good specs, eyeglasses. 15c-50c. 79 4th
st* front of Key's Cel. Oyster House. •
Townsend's California Glace fruits in
artistic fire-etched boxes. 715 Market at*
Special Information supplied daily to
business bouses and public men by th«
Press CMpping Bureau ( Aliens). 23<> Cal
ifornia street. Telephone Main 1043, •
IT seems probable that the Prohibition party will nom
inate General Miles for the Presidency. The Gen
eral has been credited'with a willing mind as to a
Presidential nomination and has had favor in some sec
tions of the Democratic party. He is aged, rich and of
active mind, and will find a continuation of that stimulus
of excitement to which soldiers are accustomed by lead
ing a forlorn, hope in the Presidential race.
The Prohibition party; will probably be wiser in nomf
aating him than-he in accepting. The first purpose of a
MILES, FOR- PRESIDENT.
One of reminders of the early friend
ship of Japan for America now adorns
the grounds of the naval academy at
Annapolis, Md. Suspended in a pagoda
like structure Just off "Lovers' Lane"
is a queer-looking bronze bell of unique
design.:. It usually attracts the atten
tion of visitors, but few ever learn that
it possesses a history of Importance
It was presented to Commodore Mat
thew Perry on July 12, 1S54, by the re
gent of the Lewchew Islands, a depend
ency of the Japanese empire. Commo
dore Perry was at that time command,
er In chief of the United States squad
ron' In the Asiatic seas and Minister,
Plenipotentiary, charged with the duty
Japan's First Gift to Us.
In those lands where horses are the
food of men, all manner of flesh goes
the way of the sausage machine. Re
cently there had to be slaughtered at
Ghent an elephant well known In Bel
gium by the name of Jack, the last,In
habitant* of the zoological garden, and
his ' flesh, which is* stated to have
weighed 3SOO pounds, op nearly two tons,
all went to the sausage makers. In ad
dition there were 1100 pounds of •bone;
head, 250 pounds; heart, 60 pounds;
liver, 100 pounds; tongue, 30 pounds;
skin, 1000 pounds and viscera, 600
pounds. . .
Reports from St. Louis are, very grateful in the in
formation that not only California but Californians are
greatly in evidence at the exposition. Many hundreds
of the representative citizens of the State have already
visited the fair, not only to their own advantage, but
to ours, showing the world not simply what we" have
done, but who have done it. ¦/• .
A young man arrested ' at Livermore for robbery
claims that he is a son of an Indian Rajah whose way
in life has been in dark and dangerous places. Whether
the young 'man offers his explanation in extenuation or
justification of; the act of which he is accused is not
clear. In most robberies in which the Rajahs piay star
parts they have been the victims, not the marauders.
Flemish has enriched its vocabulary
by a new word for automobile. It
comes from "snel," rapid; "paarde
loos," horseless; "zoondeerspoorweg,"
without rails; "petroolrljtulg," driven
by petroleum. How would you like to
be hit by a "snelpaardelooszoondeer
A local teamster was arrested the other day, for run
ning down and injuring a cyclist on a public thorough
fare. When will the marvels of our gay Western life
cease? Let the injured wheelman take unto himself
all the glories of vicarious suffering for a tribe
which has terrorized pedestrians and horsemen alike.
Catastrophe to a bicyclist is distinctly in the nature of
In addition there Is given la this re
port the followinc as to losses: Died
of disease, 2795 officers, 221,791 men;
accidental deaths, except drown*
lnjr, 142 officers and 2372 men;
drowned, 106 officers and 433? men:
murdered, 47 officers and 432 men; kill
ed after capture. 14 officers and 90 men;
committed suicide, 26 officers and 3«3
men; executed by United States mili
tary authority, 267 men; executed by
# the enemy, 4 officers and 60 men;, died
from sunstroke, 5 officers and 308 men;
from unknown causes. 62 officers and
1972 men: causes not stated. 23 officers
and 12,093 men; total. 9584 officers and
349.944 men: grand aggregate. 3 3 9.52 3.
After the report had been completed
the adjutant • received evidence of
deaths in Southern prisons of men not
previously reported, to the number of
! 694. which increased the grand aggre
gate to 360,222. Of this number 30,102
were prisoners of war at the time of
THE CIVIL WAR— M. and Veteran?.
Veterans' Home, CaL In a statistical
exhibit of deaths in the Union army
during the Civil War, compiled under
the direction of Adjutant General
Drum by Joseph W. Klrklej, tha
causes of death are given as follows:
Killed In action, 4142 officers, 62.9 IS
men; died of wounds received In ac
tion, 2223 officers. and 40.789 men, mak
ing a total of 67,053 killed In action and
43.013 from wounds, or a grand total of
110,071. - .,.'V '<\)
'Answers to Queries.
RAILS— S., City. The average weight
of railroad rails for main lines Is thirty
pounds per foot.
The sporting blood of a Southern cattleman, famous
in his neighborhood for deeds of daring and of gallantry,
became fired on the "Pike" at the St. Louis Exposition
the other day and he started to "shoot up" the whole
fair. His endeavor cannot be viewed in any light except
one of pronounced censure and reproof. It was a willful
and altogetherreprehensiblewaste of material andenergy
which should be devoted to. the needs of the gentle
man's Southern home. These little pleasantries have
been found deeply beneficial in Texas.
A writer In the current Harper's
Weekly, discussing recent high-speed
railroad tests In Europe, has some In
forming things to say of the compara
tive speeds of the world's fastest
trains. The Philadelphia and Reading
Atlantic City and Camden express
bears off the palm for high speed on
an actual schedule run. making its
fifty-five and a half mile Journey at a
speed of 67.96 miles per hour. Next to
this is the Paris to Calais express of
the Northern Railway of France, which
for 1S5.14 miles maintains a speed of
59.72 miles per hour. So that America
leads here, as In other fields of ma
Despite his protestations that he
was merely , endeavoring to cure a
toothache the seedy gentleman was
rapidly seized by four husky men and
deftly hurled in a submissive heap on
the floor. Several others threw water
in his face, drenching . his hair and
clothes and gagging him. He fought.
He fought for his life. They fought
for his life also. A knee was pressed
Into the space between his stomach
and floating ribs and a muscular in
dividual vigorously worked the
"drowning pump action" on him.
"Throw It up or you'll die," the under
dog heard through the babel of excit
ed voices. "Ain't got nothln* to throw
up," he sputtered.
The wagon came. "I haven't swal
lowed any acid," the victim protested,
but his appeals for release were vain.
Policeman Bacullch gave the driver
and the officer a hurry-up rush and
the vehicle parted company with the
seedy man's benefactors, en route to
the hospital. "You look all right,"
said the officer in the wagon. " 'Course
I'm all right. Those fools think they
know It all," replied the oppressed
one. "Guess we'll go to the >Hall of
Justice," grunted the bluecoat.
At the Central station the man with
disheveled hair and toilet explained
that he had heard that dilute car
bolic acid was good for an aching
tooth.. "But I'll never use it again,"
he added, "unless I do it without a
labeled ' bottle or go back to the
they criea in one voice. Bakulich
seized the evidence and saw "carbolic
acid" in bold type printed on the bot
tlela label. "Another carbolic route
case," he muttered. "I'll call the
"ANOTHER CARBOLIC ROUTE
CASE." MUTTERED THE OFFI
CER. "I'LL CALL THE WAGON."
Sir Donald bad at one time a great
fondness for taking distinguished peo
ple on long cruises In his steamers. ' In
1S90 Gladstone was his companion for a
fortnight In a cruise around Scotland
in the Grantully Castle, after Illness
had compelled him to take a respite
from Parliamentary work. On that
voyage Gladstone's favorite book, his
host relates, was "David Copperfleld."
Three years later both Gladstone and
Tennyson were his guests on a longer
cruise, which extended round Scotland
to Kirk wall, Norway and Copenhagen.
"It was most charming," cays Sir
Donald, "to see Gladstone' and Tennyr
ton. together, when Tennyson would
read one of his poems to the great
statesman, discussing here and there
the various lines, and Gladstone ques
tioned the poet as to how he came to
use this and that form of phraseology,
nothing could be more Instructive.
"iiometiir.es they would talk about
His Interest in .South Africa has not
been that of a buslnees man only. As
«. Britisher he has always believed In
coloring as much as possible of it red
on the maps, and this occasioned some
differences of opinion between himself
end Gladstone, of whom he was a
warm friend and admirer. But he did
succeed In persuading Gladstone to au
thorize the hoisting of the British flag
et St. Lucia Bay In Zululand Just in
time to beat the Germans by a few
days. He was knighted in/ 1879 be
cause, owing to his Initiative and re
source in placing steamships at the
disposal of the Government and getting
dispatches forwarded, the little British
force shut up at Elkowe aqd surround
ed by some 10,000 Zulus under Cete
uayo's brother Dabulraanzi was saved
Asked once to what he attributed his
success, he replied: "To doing thor
oughly whatever I undertook to do. I
made that my guiding principle when
I obtained my first position and as far
es my powers permitted I have stuck
to that rule ever since."
pect of benevolence. That It accords
v.ell with his character was shown the
other day by his munificent donation
of $500,000 to the London University.
Self-made and proud of it. Sir Donald*
belongs to that type of man who come*
to the top far oftener in the New
World than in the Old. He wa- born in
Scotland, entered a Eteam shipping of
fice in his native town of Greenock
when he was 14. ar " from that humble
start on an office etool rose to be head
of the firm of Donald Currie & Co.,
owners of the great Castle line of
fteamers plying to South Africa; sat
for ten years in Parliament, gained
knighthood and won the esteem and
friendship of many of England's most
distinguished men. During his life he
has witnessed the marvelous growth
and development of the steam mercan
tile marine and has played no small
part in it. He entered the Cunard ser
vice when he was 18. At that time
this company possessed the only steam
ers engaged in the American trade, and
there were only three of them. When
the present Sir Donald was 37 he left
the Cunard Company and started the
Those who witnessed the coronation
procession will doubtless recollect a
email group of copper-colored soldiers
with bare legs and outstanding hair,
innocent of covering. These strange
people — Fijians — and their ancient cer
emony of Vilavilairevo, or fire walking,
were the subjects of a paper read by
W. L. Allerdyce, C. M. G., at a meet
ing of the Royal Colonial Institute re
cently. Admiral Sir N. Bowden-Smith
The ceremony of fire walking, Mr.
Allerdyce explained, is performed by a
certain tribe at the island of Bega, and
originated in a legend that; in reward
for having spared the life of a man he
had dug out of the ground, one Tui
Qualita was invested with the power
of being able to walk over red-hot
Etones without being burned. An earth
oven is made and filled with layers of
wood and stone. In this a fire is kin
dled about twelve hours before the fire
walking takes place, and when the hot
stones have been exposed by brushing
away the charcoal the natives, under
the direction of a master of ceremo
nies, walk over them barefooted.
The temperature at the edge of the
oven Is about 120 degrees Fahrenheit,
while on one occasion, when a ther
mometer was suspended over the
stones, it registered 282 degrees, and
the solder was melted. Yet, stated Mr.
Allerdyce, after the ceremony the na
tives showed no signs of the terrific or
deal through which they had gone. By
means of a number of views the lec
turer gave a realistic idea of the cere
mony as performed nowadays.
Vice Admiral Lewis Beaumont de
scribed a fire- walking ceremony as wit
nessed by himself. Although those who
took part In it showed no signs of dis
comfort, he remarked that apparently
they did not like it very much.
Replying to questions, Mr. Allerdyce
said the only explanation he could give
of the apparent immunity from harm
following on the process was that the
6oles of the feet of the natives were
hardened to an unusual degree through
constant walking on a sandy soil cov
ering coral, which became exceedingly
hot under the sun. There was also the
element of absolute belief by the na-'
tlves in the legend that they were
proof againts fire. — London Standard.
The Fire Walkers.
SIR DONALD CURRIE. ENGLISH
CAPTAIN OF INDUSTRY AND
MAX OF AFFAIRS.
"So allow me," said he, "on the Fourth
To peruse, undisturbed. In my den.
That document famous which years ago
From the studious Jefferson's pen.
Do this, and at eve I will gladly appear
The fireworks costly to see.
For the rockets' red glare and the bombs
in the air
Will remind me of Francis Scott Key."
— New York Sun.
"On the Fourth," little Emerson Coply
"I trust you will all bear In mind
The request that I make. It is small, I
A trifle, in fact, you will find.
I merely would ask that you purchase no
Xo caps, or producers of noise.
With any Intention of lowering me
To the level of commonplace boys.
**On the Fourth of July." he continued,
There is nothing so palpably tame
As crackers, torpedoes and kindred af
When fired In liberty's name.
The popping they make is Incompetent
To keep pace with my patriot zeal.
And I frankly confess that they never
To the joy that I inwardly feel.
His Boston View.
THE recent conference held at Sacramento by the
commercial and promotion bodies of the State of
California was unique in being the first gathering
of the kind in one harmonious whole of representatives
from every section of the State come together in a com
mon cause. It needs no argument to establish the fact
that the meeting will be productive of great good. That
such action has not been taken long before this is proba
bly because of the mistaken idea that our widely diversi
fied interests could have little in common, situated as
they are more or less remote from each other in different
parts of an Ifrnmense territory.
The fealty which should exist between the different
parts of a State should he of the same kind as the pa
triotism which binds that State to the Union. With us,
whenever that fealty and mutuality of interest has not
been recognized by any part of the State so zealous in
its local partisanship as to*- forget there are others there
has been felt the sting of criticism, which has tended to
widen the breach rather than to close it.
The Sacramentd meeting illustrates the fact that all
California has come to realize the interest of one is best
promoted by furthering the interests of all and that in
stead of pulling in opposite directions more can be ac
complished for the individual if all work together in a
.common cause. In doing that in an intelligent way all
sections are. protected, more intending settlers are
reached and directed to the locality best adapted to the
wants of each, there is no longer a duplication .of effort,
a better and more neighborly feeling is generated, and
the results are more commensurate with the thought,
time and money expended.
There were representative men atUhe conference from
about 140 organizations in this State. The questions
discussed were of a character to enable those present to
better understand the objects to be attained. The ap
pointment of a publicity committee, composed of one
representative from each of the nine natural divisions of
the State, to plan an advertising campaign and report
such plan when completed to every development organ
ization in California; will tend to bring matters into
The conference at the State Capitol was California's
Hague Tribunal, to adjust differences not appealable to
any particular court, to bring about perpetual peace
and to promote and develop the interests of all clients
appealing. to it. It was a sane move and one that it is
to be hoped will be even more successful in results than
the most sanguine have expected.
THE SACRAMENTO CONFERENCE.
A Japanese statesman, high in authority and close in
the confidence of the Mikado, made the astounding
statement recently that Japan would not look unkindly
upon overtures for mediation in her war with Russia.
This admission from such a source fairly bristles with
potentialities of distress for the island kingdom. The
Czar stands to-day humiliated* before the world. A few
more defeats can add no more sackcloth and ashes and
many thousands of lives must be given to death before
the great conflict is either interrupted or ended.
Sir Donald Curric's Rise.
HEADQUARTERS OF THE CALL.
f> HENRIETTA STREET, COVENT
GARDEN, LONDON. June 10.—Al
though, according to the latest reports,
fiir Donald Currie is recovering from
his recent severe illness, his advanced
lige — 80— makes it unlikely that this
friend of Gladstone and Tennyson and
great English captains of industry will
lire jnuch longer. Sir Donald's most
recent portrait accompanies this sketch
of him. His hair and whiskers have
long been snow white, imparting to his
thoughtful, earnest face a marked as-
—New York Tribune.
Chelf Priest of the Temple,
Emonoske Tujlrvara Kumiraito,
Founder of the Bell.' "
Tha 20th day. 10th month. 7th year.
of opening Intercourse between Japan
and the United States. After his death,
in 1858, Mrs. Perry presented it to the
naval academy in fulfillment of his
The bell is covered with an inscrip
tion in Japanese, which was recently
translated by a young Japanese who
was at one time a student at the naval
academy. The incsrlption reads as fol
"In the eighth year of Riraku and
Konoke Tara of the reign of the King
of Lewchew, Kei-shl-yo-hl-ho-o offered
a prayer of benevolence for the people
and afterward ordered a large bell to
be founded. He did this as an act of
thanksgiving and presented it to the
temple of Dalsen Anjl, In the kingdom.
in order that the King might reign
prosperously and live long, and that the
people of the three worlds, heaven,
earth and hades, might be saved from
infernal doctrines, and therefore it was
that he Instructed Sho-ko-ku An-sal to
frame this inscription: "This beautiful
bell has been founded and hung in the
tower of the temple. It will awaken
dreams of superstition. If one will bear
in mind to act rightly and truly, and
the lords and ministers will do justice
in a body, the barbarians will never
come to invade. The sound of the beil
will convey the virtue Tuskl. and will
echo like the song of Tsniray, and the
benevolence of the Lord will continue
forever like these echoes.
Sir Donald has a town residence at 4
Hyde Park place, and among his art
treasures there are more Turners than
can be found in any other private col
lection. His country residence is
Garth Castle, near Aberfedy, Scotland,
and there he keeps his Tennyson pipe.
On this occasion Sir Donald obtained
one of his most cherished possessions —
one of Tennyson's clay pipes. After
the dinner Tennyson had retired to his
cabin for a smoke, where Sir Donald
hunted him up and conveyed to him the
request of the assembled royalties that
he would be so kind and obliging as to
read to them some of his poems. The
poet was loth to lay aside his pipe,
even for that, but by Scotch persisten*
cy Sir. Donald got him to give it up,
and Tennyson, instead of tossing it out
of the cabin window, as he was accus
tomed to do with his clays after a
smoke, gave it to Sir Donald aa a
"When I told Gladstone this," relates
Sir Donald, "he said, 'Keep it; it will
be precious some day.'.' 1 S
When Gladstone returned to England
after this voyage he got a wigging
from his royal mistress. Queen Victo
ria, a grreat stickler for etiquette and
all the prerogatives of her exalted po
sition as everybody knows, because he
had dared to put foot on a foreign
shore without having- first obtained her
permission, which, as Prime Minister,
he ought to have done. And, as Mr.
Morley records in his biography of the
statesman, he had to make a -most
humble apology to the Queen,f6r hav
ing ignored her authority.
Sir Donld's reminiscences of this sort
make one's mouth water for more of
them. By doing thoroughly everything
he set his hand to he has earned well
merited distinction, but if he were only
a Boswell, by giving us a record of
these rapturous monologues of the poet
and the discussions between him and
Gladstone, he might earn a fame that
would endure long after himself and
his ships have been forgotten.
It was on this voyage of the Pem
broke Castle that royalty paid its
homage to genius, a banquet being giv
en on board at Copenhagen, at which
were present the King and Queen of
Denmark, the then Emperor and Em
press of Russia, the King and Queen
of Greece and lesser royalties swelling
the number to twenty-nlrfe. Gladstone
made a speech and Tennyson read two
of his poems, and royalty expressed
great satisfaction with both perform
Homer and the Greek poets and on one
occasion these two great men had the
most interesting discussion on Shakes
peare that I ever heard. Although
Tennyson was not - very early riser,
Immediately after breakfast he used to
return to his cabin to study and write,
for, as he told me, he considered this
was the best part of the day for work.
When Tennyson talked it was just like
one of his own poems. When he was
viewing scenery — a moonlight night,
or a sunset, or a little bit of impres
sive landscape — he would sit and look
at it silently for a moment, as though
drinking it in and filling his soul, only
the next-moment to tell it all to those
whose privilege it was to sit near him."
ferred to unknown and perchance to feeble hands." *'
The Democratic Convention will have its temporary
chairman and its opening statement. In advance we call
attention to the difference which must appear between
the two. The' Democratic statement must Ignore the
recent history of the party. It' cannot 'dwell upon the
history of Mr. Cleveland's last administration, for every
great purpose he; cherished '.was thwarted by
his party. As for the future alljfha't'can be said is the
utterance of a threat to undo what .the Republican party
has done. Watch and note* the -difference.
"The work is not fully done; policies are not com
pletely wrought out; domestic questions still press con
tinually for solution; other trusts must be regulated; the
tariff may presently receive revision, and if so, should
receive it at the hands of the friends and not the enemies
of the" protective system; the new' Philippine Govern
ment has only begun to develop its plans for the benefit
of that long-neglected country; our flag floats on the
isthmus, but the canal is yet to be built; peace does not
yet reign on earth and considerate firmness backed by>
strength are still needful in diplomacy.
"The American people have now to say whether poli
cies shall be reversed or committed to unfriendly guar
dians; whether performance, which now proves itself for
the benefit and honor of our country, shall be trans-
In his peroration he condensed the immediate past and
the immediate future in this statement, which is a suffi
cient platform: "The first administration of McKinley
fought and won the war with Spain,, put down the in
surrection in the Philippines, annexed Hawaii, rescued
the legations in Peking, brought .Porto Rico into our
commercial system, enacted a protective tariff' and es
tablished our national currency on the firm foundations
of the gold standard by the financial legislation of the
"The present administration has reduced taxation, re
duced the public debt, reduced the annual interest
charge, made effective progress in, the regulation of
trusts, fostered business, promoted agriculture, built up
the navy, reorganized the army, resurrected the militia
system, inaugurated a new policy for the preservation
and reclamation of public lands, given civil government
to the Philippines, established the republic of Cuba,
bound it to us by tics of gratitude, of commercial inter
est and of common defense, swung open the closed
gateway, of the isthmus, strengthened the Monroe doc
trine, ended the Alaskan boundary dispute, protected the
integrity of China, opened wider its doors of trade, ad
vanced the principle of arbitration and promoted peace
among the nations. .
'"We challenge judgment upon this record of effective
performance in legislation, in execution and in adminis
tration. . • . •¦""
THE Republican National Convention was properly
introduced to the work it has in hand by the speech
of the temporary chairman, ex-Secretary Root. The
Republican party was founded by a small band of men
who dealt with an issue that had grown upon the country
from the day that John Quincy Adams made his speech
in the House in defense of the right of petition.
The extension* of slavery grew to be an absorbing
issue. I It outgrew all questions of tariff' and finance.
When the Whig party died and was succeeded in some
parts of the country by the Know Nothing party it was
seen by kindred spirits that had been apart in "the Whig
and Democratic parties that a useful national organiza
tion could not be founded upon the principle of reli
gious rancor, and that there was one issue, that of hu
man freedom, of free men and of free soil, that must ever
be uppermost in a republic. So these spirits joined in
the formation of the Republican party.
Some of them were written down fanatics, and they
were. The remnants of prejudice against the party that
still exist relate to its crusade against the institution of
slavery. Its great achievements, its statesmanlike deal
ing with other than its primordial issue, its gathering to
itself so many of the master minds of the country, were
all unforeseen that day that it met to make its first nomi
nation to the Presidency. Since then its history is
studded with achievements in every line of statecraft,
in finance, economics, the finding of paths for the indus
trial, scientific and ethical progress of the people, and in
the safeguarding of human rights.
The party meets again, forty-eight years after its first
convention, to remind the country of its history, of its
acts, of its promises and of its future purpose. The
speech of the temporary chairman is something more
than the opening address of a great convention. It is
another added to the many evidences of the abundant
statesmanship which the party has attracted to its lead
ership. The great men of its first score of years have
passed away, and those of its third decade are aged and
their ranks are thinned by mortality. Blaine and Conk
ling, Logan and Grant, Sherman and Evarts, McKinley
and Hanna are gone. But it raises the pride of Ameri
cans that the trust which fared well in their hands is not
to fail for lack of trustees capable of its administration.
The speech of Elihu Root places him in the front rank
as a worthy successor to those whose lives were the sub
ject of his threnody, and a fit companion of the living
whose purpose in party leadership he presented to the
country. We invite, all men to read it, and especially we
invite to it the attention of those Democrats to whom
the welfare of the country is dearer than a mere party,
victory. The Republican party may some time lapse, as
may happen to any human organization. But its na
tural force is now unabated. It has fixity of purpose,
coherence of policy, and is adolescent, in the sense of
possessing unimpaired' strength for achievement. No
Democrat need fear to read this speech lest it affront
him. It is not an indictment of his party, nor does it
mention anything done or threatened by it to~ hold it up
to contempt. It is free from that kind of partisanship.
"Viewing with alarm" is usually demagogic and this is
not the speech of a demagogue, but of a statesman who
uses the noble rhetoric of understatement in telling what
a great party has done for a great country and of the
further deeds of which it is capable to maintain that
He was a x thln, emaciated looking
arent with a three-day-Jag look in his
eyes. He had an awful toothache and
wandered into a Montgomery-avenue
booze parlor and asked for the mo
mentary use of a glass. The good na
tured dispenser of jags gave him a
pitiful look and slid one across the
slippery bar to him.
Taking a small bottle from his
jeans with a skull and cross bones on
the label he, deliberately poured a
quantity of the drug into the glass
and tossed it off. An old woman, part
owner of the shop, Rooked upj and
seeing the bottle labeled "poison,"
ran shrieking from the room, calling
wildly that the man was committing
suicide. The bartender sat noncha
lantly with one hand on a nonde-;
script article resembling a cash reg
ister, calmly puffing a "rope" of du
bious pedigree and watching the
liquid change from the phial to the
anaemic subject's face, offering the
while no word of protest.
The alleged self-destroyer took Jolt
after jolt from the dangerous appear
ing bottle and rinsed his mouth with
much deliberation. "Toothache's
some bad, eh," he grunted, without
eliciting even a - sympathetic reply
from the mixologist.
He. was just topping off the last
dregs of the bottle when a maddened
crowd led by Policeman Bakulich
surged In through the door. ""Grab
him, hold him; he's taken poison,"
His Fight for Life.
new or small party is to attract attention to itself by
the notoriety of its standard bearer. The original Re
publican party was wise in its day by nominating Jeffer
son, the author of the DedaraTton of Independence and
the philosopher of the Revolution. The present Repub
lican party, albeit a little short of timber in 1856, yet did
very well by nominating Fremont, who had become inti
mately known to the whole country as "the Pathfinder."
Benton's speeches on the Western country, his pio
neering of a Pacific railway along the path that Fremont
had blazed, his impassioned exclamation in his speech
on the courthouse steps in St. Louis pointing to the
West, "It is the East— it is India." all had aided in fir
ing the popular imagination about Fremont, the young
army officer, one of the first Senators from California
and the husband of Jessie Benton. True, his' father-in
law refused to support 'him for the Presidency. When
asked if, he would do so Senator Benton supplied the
slang and epigram of the campaign by t replying "Not in
the day time, sir, not iiv the day time."
General Miles will make as good a dry campaign as
anybody "and will bring the Prohibition party into more
notice than it could gain through any other personality
in the country. The General is still what is known as
"a good looker." His record as a soldier deserves
respect, and even if his acceptance of a nomination is a
bit of old man's vanity the country will treat hirifwith
respect and he will be a picturesque figure in the cam
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