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THE KANSAS CITY JOURNAL. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1899.
GUI. "BOB" AMNION
HIS LIFE AXD ADVETLRKS, OR TOE
- - VALVE OK A PULL.
Illustrated liy the Career of 'a. Finan
cial Comet That Has Flashed
From the Atlantic to
"- ' the Pacific.
From the Ketr Tork Journal.
Whenever a big mining1, stock Jobbing or
financial scheme comes to the ground with
a crash that shakes the world of that class
ofpeople, one of whose members, accord
ing to the late Hungry Joe, is born every
minute, somewhere among the ruins is
found Colonel "Bob" Ammon, attorney and
Sometimes he is cast up by the caty
clasm, as in the case of the Franklin syndi
cate, as attorney only: sometimes he fig
ures as a principal, sometimes as a cus
tomer, but he Is always the same stout,
valuable, assertive citizen. Once in a
while he has emerged yet more prosperous.
Whether he is in his capacity of in
vestor, getting men out of jail on the
hearty, bluff pica of a game loser that they
are .merely employes, or whether. In his
"Western guise, he is making wide tracks
across thecquntrjr In some" mining" district
wnh "Winchesters popping- behind him, he
Is. always, the same calm colonel, with his
wits-all about hlm-and soothing, specious
words dropping from- his unquivcrlng lips.
Jt-ls-estlraated that the colonel has done
more successful-explaining than anybody
In America. Give a fair field with him and"
po. investor who has suddenly discovered
that he has been buying preferred shares
of moonshine and dreams will hold his
rancor in the face of Colonel Amnion's
Just now Colonel Ammon is extremely
distressed over the persecution of his
Napoleonic soung friend, William Miller.
The colonel is a large, 'blustering man.
with a heavy dark brown mustache. His
relations with Miller were never "close:
than lawyer and client, he' says. A coinci
dence Is that during the last'days of the
yraaklln Syndicate there appeared in the
offices a. large, blustering man with a
heavy dark brown mustache who gave or
Iers"to Miller himself, hut this man's name
wasXouis Slessinger Miller himself said
that wis'tho man's name, and he certainly
Should havo known.
A wonderful career has been that of
Colonel Ammon. Sir Francis Drake and
the other gentleman adventurers who lived
three centuries ago never had half the ad.
ventures nor made them pay half so well.
The colonel's start is lost In the past, so
Is the origin of .his military title, but he
was a hrakexnan on the Pittsburg, Fort
Wayne & Chicago railroad at the time ot
the Pittsburg strike in 1S77, and-his adven
tures during that strike are the first in the
Since that time the colonel has been a
brilliant figure Jn many fields. Jle went
"West and appeared like a meteor in Mon
tana. In the strictest confidence he let it
be known that he had left tho largest
criminal law practice In New Tork to de
velop the gold mines "of Montana. His
largeness "of, speech and presence, his com
manding "style took .the Judith Basin coun
try"y.storrnVi -A-sv Gold Miner.
iTTeoecafoe trie .manager of the GiltEdge
Cold mines, real mines, and. for a year he
ran them on a splendid scale. Finally
there were difficulties, and the night of a
tig snowstorm found the colonel galloping
away- with a gold brick, that was really
gold and represented the' cleanup of the
mine, in his possession, while behind him
vainly thundered creditors and sharehold
ers, but history does.not tell that the gold
ever went out ot the colonel's possession.
The. scene ichanged.
-A grand banquet is spread in the .Hotel
Metropoloin New York city to celebrate
the, .founding of the New York Mining ex
cliange. At the .head of the table Is the
famous Western mine owner and capital
ist. Colonel -Robert A. Ammon.' holder ot
Intangible millions, owner of nebulous
mines of -gaseous value, a rare bluff, gentle
man with a true-miner's scorn ofcxpense.
He has come 'on with the "gold train'' a
special train from the West laden with
magnificent specimens of gold-bearing
quartz. The wealth of the1 East is going
to exploit the resources of the West, and
Colonel Ammon is the forefront of the en
terprise. "with a big diamond on his broad shirt
front. Colonel Ammon was an imposing
toastmaster. . With, true Western uncon
ventionality the colonel cast aside his dress
coat and in His shirt sleeves presided at the
The New York Mining exchange was or
ganized, and Colonel Robert A. Ammon
was Its president.
The members of the Mining exchange
lost many nights' sleep and some other ar
t Iciest of value before they got- tho presl-dency-'away-1
There was in New York in ISM a former
police captain. Joo Eakins. whom" tht T-r.
ow disclosures forced from the depart
iucnu xie aua money ana mere one day
dawned on the street the firm of Ammon &
Eaklns. They had tho most palatial bucket
chop the street has ever known. It was on
the ground floor of No. iZ and 47 New
street, and was furnished In mahogany and
llk "plush. Persian rugs protected the
Wilton carpet, the clerks worked behind
beautiful tret work of burnished brass; the
ceilings were rarely frescoed; the place
was a palace. Eaklns did not last long in
,"The captain, was too conservative," ex
plained Colonel Ammon. "If I knew the
hears Intended to raid a stock and a cus
tomer .came ini and wanted to buv this
block, i wouia inKe nis orner. Knowing it
wpuld decline. I would simply take the
profit and carry the deal myself. What is
the use of. wasting money? But the cap
tain didn't llko this way of doing business,
though it is all straight and square, of
course, so I-am now running the business
He did not run It long. There was some
port of a row and the colonel found himself
dispossessed of his gorgeous offices.
As .He Appeared In Conrt.
In April of 1K37 Colonel Ammon, who was
then in partnership with Nathaniel W.
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Miller, was arrested on complaint of Albert
Fall:, who charged him with having re
tained ?30. This trifle bothered the doughty
colonel no more than the shaking of the
flower by the gentle wind bothers the honey
Within a month the Falk transaction was
forgottoh and the colonel was rising Willi
his hand in the breast of his dignified frock
coat, appealing to the court to .vet free two
men arrested in connection with the E. S.
Dean swindle. In this particular bunco
game tho colonel appeared as a victim it
made his course appear disinterested and
lent fotce. to his argument. The colonel
assured tho court that one man was only
a bookkeeper in the dead concern and the
other one ot the dupes.
The magistrate told the colonel he would
have to get the consent of the district at
torney before the men would be discharged.
"Exactly, your honor." said the colonel
cheerfully, "the district attorney is satis
fied; I got his consent, of course, before I
came up here."
"In that event," said Magistrate Brann,
"I will discharge Goslin and Lemberg."
Assistant District Attorney Allen, who
had charge of the pro.-ecutlon of the Dtnn
swindlers, was astonished and indignant
when he heard the men had lcen set free,
but the mischief was done. There was talk
of disbarment procceuings and a grand
Jury investigation, but Colonel Ammon un
limbered his trenchant tongue and talked
and talked and talked until the district
attorney was convinced he had authorized
the discharge of the men or was so tired
out that he could no longer think straight.
This the colonel did not consider an
achievement at all. It was a mere trille
to take a couple of men out of jail.
Within two months tho colonel was ar
rested In the raid on the huckctshop of
McMillan & Co., and a month later he and
William Sweelzer and William A. Woods
were in custody again, this time charged
with attempting to blackmail Samuel E.
Kellar. the reputed head of the Dean
swindlers, out of JSO.OOO. Detectives were
hidden in Kcllar's room and overheard the
whole proposition and saw the three re
ceive marked bills. The case would have
been absolute against any ordinary man.
but the colonel talked It off, and In the
interims between his flirtations with the
criminal courts he organized the Yukon
Klondike Gold Mining and Trading Com
pany. Associated with him In this venture
wcro Lewis A. May and John F. Enright.
The literature of the Yukon-Klondike Gold
Mining and Trading Company reads like a
prospectus Aladdin might have issued.
The Ynkon-KIondlke Co.
"Everybody cannot go to the Klondike,"
said the circular, "but everybody can buy
shares In companies which are managed by
practical mining men, who own producing
mines and whose reputations are a guaran
tee of honesty.
"We caution our friends against invest
ing in companies whose visionary promot
ers cannot deal in anything less than mil
lions. "Invest with solid companies of moderate
capital, like the Yukon-Klondike Gold Min
ing and Trading Company, and you wid
have every reason to be satisfied with your
Investment. Capital, $123,000; divided into
23.000 shares, J3 each.
"We are members of the New York Prod
uce exchange and Philadelphia Produce
and Stock exchange. We are represented
on tho New York Stock exchange. New
York Cotton exchange and Chicago board
of trade. The directory embraces two bank
vice presidents, two bank directors, an es
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May soon quit the firm. The Yukon-Klondike
Company faded away; the colonel's
ventures do not seem to be stable crea
tions, but the evanescence of a company,
fhnnirh it de.is in millions, docs not disturb
him. A- new company can be built in half
a day, and colonel Ammon Knows now 10
huiid it. It is not to him the substantial,
responsible creation it Is to most 'men,
A company to Colonel Ammon is some
neatly ruled stationery, a bale of glittering
prospectuses, anu, pernaps, a ijitcwihci.
Colonel Ammon has no connection with
the exploded Franklin Syndicate, he says;
he Is merely the lawyer of its fugitive
chief, and the fact that some people might
have taken the big, energetic, brown mus
tached Shlesslnger for him disturbs mm
no more than the collapse of one of his
Accidents, he will tell you, are llKely to
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When It was full grown It began to kill our chick
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he caught It and tied a stone around It and drowned
It. After an hour or two he drew it from the atcr
and burled it.
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Itself up to the barn. We Tislted the place where
we had burled It and found It had come to life and
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LIVE CATTLE ON SEAS
REEF.O.V HOOF -IS SHIPPED
ACROSS THE OCEAX.
Floating: Stable That Brave the Per
ils of the Atlantic Hon- (he Ah-" -lmnls
Are Stalled and Fed
Profits Siot Lnrge.
From the New York Son.
"From a hundred and fifty to two hun
dred thousand live cattle, as near as I can
make it, are shipped from here to England
everj- year. There's hair a dozen his Arms
In the business, headquarters in the West
of course, and every one of 'em's got mil
lions tied up in fresh beef, alive or on ice.'
This camo from the oldest boss cattle
man ot perhaps the biggest firm In tho
business, ami was introductory to what
turned out to be a discourse on the ship
ping of cattle across the North Atlantic as
conducted to-day. This pioneer had been
discovered in surroundings conventional tu
cattlemen ashore. His i,hip had docked
less than an hour before, and now he was
resting against the bar of the saloon near
est tho wharf. With one foot on the Hour
railing, and one elbow on the bar, he
looked perfectly at home.
"This is something like." had been his
first coherent sentence to whomever It con
cerned. In response to a solicitous Inquiry
he continued more coherently, "Ten days,
not to mention nights, mv friends on tne
bosom of the salty sea gives a man a must
magnificent thirst. Search the wide realms
of chemical literature and you'll rind noth
ing, I'll gamble, that says there's any
thin'H beat salt air and salt water for pro
ducin'. nourishin' and quickly bringln' to
its maturest development a fine thirst. It's
lucky for mankind, now, there's a cure for
it. And we've got it right here. The ale
of old England may be all right, as some
body hinted a while ago, but it's the red
eye 01 young America tnat wins my undi
luted favor. Here's a. shoot."
After the gurgling interlude the patri
arch was brought back to the subject.
"Nowadays." he began, "our cattle comes
from the West and Canada and some from
Mexico. 'Twould surprise you now how
much Canadian cattle are sent across.
Yes, sir. Canadian cattle are mostly stall
fed. They're kept In sheds through the
long winter. That makes them quiet and
easy to handle, so far as that goes, but
now anu men we get tnem pretty lively.
I've seen Colorado steers they're about thu
wildest sort get pretty rampageous aboard
ship. Let two or three of them loose down
'tween decks in the alleyways and they'll
keen a crew stepnlnc sDrv so as not tn he
too much in the way. But there's always a
way 10 nanoie em. inais part 01 a cat
tleman's business, to straighten out little
tangles like a mess of cattle sasshaying up
aim uown me alleyways.
From, Where Shipped.
"Most of the shipping In done from New
Tork, Boson and Montreal. Some of It's
done from Philadelphia and Norfolk and
quite a little bit from Baltimore and Port
land. Maine does the shipping for Mon
treal in the winter time. The St. Lawrence,
you see, ices'up in the cold weather. Bos
ton, I guess, sends out the most. They
have five big lines there that have accom
modations for cattle.
"A steamer has to be rigged up to take
cattle. They "generally put them between
decks that's under the big deck on which
passengers promenade when she's a. pas
senger ship. Oh, yes, cattle steamers carry
passengers, too, and have good accommo
dations, but not like the Lucanla or the
William the Great, you know. .Down be
tween decks the iloor is divided off into
rows of wide stalls about four steers to
a stall. Stalls for cattle on a ship are not
like stalls In a stable ashore. Two planks
a foot wide set on edge and locked above
and below make the partitions between
stalls. There will be four or live tires of
tnese stalls across tne deck. The number
of tires, or rows. I guess you gentlemen
would call them is according to the beam
of the ship. There's a new steamer run
ning out of Boston has got six tiers, thev
say. I ain't seen her yet. but she must be
a mister of a cattle boat.
"There's cleats on the deck for the cat
tle to hold on by. In rough weather they'd
slide all over the deck from one side to
the other as she rolled if they didn't have
the cleats. You'd be surprised how a big
clumsy bullock gets so he can keep his
place in a rough sea after a couple of days
aboard ship. It's a fact they don't tumble
about sometimes as much as the men that
feeds them, though, of course, the cattle
men don't always have something to catch
on to when the ship gives a sudden lurch.
"Spaces' run fore and .aft between spaces
is the alleyways. They'll be froin two to
six feet wide. It's from the alleyways
we feed them. Feeding cattle, my people,
is not poetic occupation. It's all right
in smooth weather, but when a sea Is on
it's a tough Job. And in winter time on
the North-Atlantic the sea's more apt to be
on than off. Cattle aboard ship are fed
three times a day generally. I start my
wo'rK at'-Tin'the-mornlng. We water them
first. We give them all they want to drink.
After that we hay them. We do that .al
ways before we get" breakfast ourselve..
About I! o'clock we. give them a feed of
cornmeal or cob corn, according to what
kind ot cattle they are stall-fed or ranch,
you know. At 2 o'clock we water them up
again, xney uon 1 generally urinK so mucn
In the afternoon as In the morning. Lord!
'tain't nothing for a thirsty steer to lap
nn six or seven full palls of water after
a warm night at sear At 4 o'clock we feed
Ihem atraln. hay or corn. That ends tnem
for the day. We allow about five bales of
hay to a hundred bullocks at each feed
ingthat's about the average. Their meal
reed will oe aoout a pauiui eacn meat
comes only once a day.
Lous of Cattle.
"We don't lose many cattle. I handled
5,000 last year and lost four. Two of them
died from the heat while we were in dock
on this side. It was devilish hot weather,
and these fellows had been a week on the
road in the cars. Cattle have to be al
lowed out of the cars every .forty-eight
hours, according to law, when they're com
ing across the country, but that don't al
ways save them in hot weather. The other
two steers I lost was in a different way.
One of them strangled himself with his
headrope in the ship. They do get most
outrageously tangled up at times. You
can't Imagine the ways they get caught.
Two steers side by side will get horns and
legs locked In the dumdest way, and you
can't get 'em apart sometimes with all the
tackle on tho ship. It we get there in time
we can cut the headrope and save them
If they're choking cattlemen carry a
hatchet In their belts for cutting headropes.
In .1 hurry. The old bullock I'm speaking
about broko his leg coming ashore at
Birkenhead. Soma careless hand in the
ship's crew dropped a bit of timber in the
far end of the alleyway, and this half-wild
fellow a big Colorado ho was in trying
to leap It stumbled and broke his leg. How
ever, we don't count cattle that way a loss
to the firm. They're all Insured for about
$100 apiece, and the insurance companies
have to make good.
"Havo I ever had any big losses? Well,
yes. There's the Londonia went down in
mldocean. We lost overytning then ship,
cargo and all not to speak of a boatload of
our men. But I guess that ain't exactly
what you mean. In tho La Plata, now, I
had 000 sheep on the spar deck swept over
board at one crack. That wasn't so bad,
though; sheep don't count for so much.
But I've had worse than that. These cat
tle I was speaking of on the Londonia and
Ia Plata went down In a raging gale and
died quick. Nov.' I was on a big liner once
we won't call tho ship by name because
she's going yet and the same captain with
her. I had 350 head and the boss cattleman
of another firm had 330. We warn't very
heavy that trip. It was in the spring and
we wcro off the banks when we hit an ice
berg. We were doing thirteen knots at the
time and the fog thick, and we hit her good
and hard. The old girl stood right up on
her hind end and vou could have rowed a
lifeboat into her for'd. She settled down
so fast they thought 'twas necessarv to
lighten her right away. And they must
begin on cattle, of course! Now to my way
of thinking cattle ain't generally the best
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cargo, vou see. than am- dead weight in
the hold. Cattle are alive, you know. I
went up to the bridge and said the cattle
ought to b last to go, but the old man
thought different. You see the ship was
settling so fast at first that the peoDle up
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"We had to rig tip tackle and hoist the
steers overboard. If we had time wc could
have got out planVIng and made a run
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would be to fet one bullock for the gang
way. The- followed one another like sheep.
Once on the greased nlanks it would be all
off with them. Bt in this rase we had to
sling them up and oi't by the reek. That
was the meanest kind of a Job for a white
man to be nut to One of u stood bv with
a razor edge knife strapped to the end of
a si foot pole. As the steers swung out
board a touch of he knife to the head
hoard and It was nil o'-er with tiem. Tha
headrope was so taut it parted In a. flash.
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We put CO over that way and let me tell
you it was a tough sight. When they
reached the gangway they smelled what
was coming and they tried to hold back.
Buj. .with the hook in the bight of the line
we a hoist and they couldn't help them
selves. After they were dropped over they
turned and swam after the ship we were
going pretty slow at the time and some
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ing up with their big eyes and trying to
climb up the sides of the ship.
The Time of Passage.
"The old packet went on with lifeTjoats
out and twenty-two feet of water in her
hold forward. 'Twas the big bulkhead
saved her. She bumped her way across the
ocean with her nose burled and her stern
so high in the'air the screw barely got hold.
We had good weather and made Liverpool
all right, and the captain got a gold medal.
If I had my way he'd have lost his papers
for throwing them cattle overboard. They
could have pumped grain out of tho hold
Just as well as not, but he was too excited,
and so he's gotCDO steers on his"consc!ence.
"Cattle steamers nowadays are pretty
good-sized and fairly fast boats. Ten days
from dock to dock is their usual schedule,
but there's plenty of 'em that beat that
time regularly. There's one cattle ship
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even seven to Boston, which 12 her regular
"All the cattle worth mentioning going to
England are landed at Livctpool or Lon
don. Those going to Scotland are landed at
Glasgow. It is Liverpool, though, that gets
the big bulk of them. By Liverpool I mean
Birkenhead, which is where the cattle are
landed. All cattle imported from this coun
try must be killed within ten days alter
they are,put ashore.ln England. That is to
meet a law over there with a view to pre
venting the spread of disease. Cattle are
sold almost as soon as the- are landed.,
You can figure for yourself what they are
worth. An average sized bullock will
weigh, say, 1400 pounds on the hoof. He
will net, say. SO0 pounds of dressed beef. Of
course, nan of that is much better than
others. After dressthg there's about WjG
pounds left, iou might not 'tnink tnat
worth much, but it is all sold. No part'of a
steer Is left to waste. Everything can be
used for some purpose, and so Is of some
value. Altogether the firm gets about JlOO,
or maybe a little less, for a steer in a fair
mffrket in "England. " ,
"What does-it cost to get him there?
Well, as near as I can figure. It is from JSU
to $90 or a trifle more. Looks like a good
bargain, but Jhat Is under good conditions.
Our firm is satisfied to average $2 or $3" a
head on every steer they handle. They
shipped 40.000 last year. Not so. bad at the
end of the year? No, but they're liable to
lose that much some years, and there's not
the money there was in it. Competition is
crowding here as well as everywhere else.
"But America don't send over all the beef
that is Imported Into England. Not by a
good deal. That little place called Ireland
ships England pretty near as many cattle
as we do. When.I was told that first by
man In the business I hardly believed it.
but it is so. Take a trip through England
and you'll find Irish cattle all over the
island. They are smaller than American
cattle, and can bo seen at every market or
in every market place. Then there's a big
importation from South America mainly
from Buenos Ayres. There are some. big
cattle ships running down there. They.takc
about a month to make the trip each -way,
and they carry big loads."
PULPIT FOR $7000,000 BRIDE.
The Rev. -Mr. Henry .11. Sherman, of
Bridgeport, C't Yean Old, Won
Bridgeport Special to New York World.
Rev. Mr. Henry M. Sherman, at the age
of Ct, has won a bride 30 years his junior,
north 7,000,000. The marriage took place
at noon to-day.
Mr. Sherman will not preach any more.
He has given up ids pulpit to devote him
self to his wife. They will travel together.
The minister married his bride once be
fore. Then he was the rector of St. Paul's
Episcopal church, but he was then the of
ficiating clergyman.and not the bridegroom
as he was to-day. Then the present Mrs.
Sherman was Miss Mary Perry, the daugh
ter of William H. Perry, one of the richest
men in Bridgeport.
She had fallen in love with Mark Leaven
worth, a hardware dealer, whose store was
Just across Washington park from the
Perry home. One night, thirteen years
ago. Miss Perry slipped out of the house
and Joined Leavenworth and the pair
sought Mr. Sherman, who married them.
They returned to the bride's home to beg
forgiveness, but Mr. Perry kicked Leaven
worth out of the house. The young man
made a home for his wife over his store
and Mr. Perry married again. For ten
years there was little co-imunicatlon be
tween father and daughter.. It was an
nounced that she had been disinherited.
Mark Leavenworth died three years ago.
Then Mr. .Perry became blind. He sent for
his daughter and she was devoted to him
until his death last June.
Instead of giving his widow the bulk of
his fortune, Mr. Perrv bequeathed her but
$250,000. He. gave Ji.OuO.OOO outright to' his
The Rev. Mr. Sherman has reallv been
lost. sight of in telling this story, but he
became a 'factor soon after "Mr. Perry's
death. Mrs. Leavenworth began attending
church. She presented it with new chimes
and a new organ and contributed large
sums for other purposes.
The congregation was delighted when
the news of "her engagement to Its rector
was announced, and it was prepared for
his decision to give up his pulpit.
The wedding to-day took place in Dr.
Sherman's own church andwas celebrated
by Bishop Brewster, of ,Connhecticut, as
sisted .by two clergymen.
Mr. Sherman was first married in Ter
rlngton, Conn., forty years ago, and has
two married daughters.
St.. Paul's pulpit is to be filled by the
Rev. Mr. Eaton W. Maxey, who came here
from Troy, N.Y.
Astoria' Queer Room.
From theNcw York World.
A department of the big Waldorf-Astoria
hotel never seen.by visitors and seldom by
guestsla.the lost and found room, on the
top floor. The articles stored in this room
are 'valued at many thousands .of dollars.
Among them are overcoats, shawls and
capes by the score; umbrellas, hats, caps,
walkingstlcks. gloves, knives, rings, pock
etbooks, handkerchiefs, snuff boxes, chat
elaines, vinaigrettes, brushes, soap boxes.
Jewelry, traveling bags and even well filled
dress suit cases and odds and ends.
The display, it placed on exhibition, would
attract wide attention, and many of the
articles if offered at auction would com
mand handsome prices.
Thousands of people have started on life's journey only
to be robbed of their health by thieves and robbers, com
monly known as "Constipation, Dyspepsia, Biliousness," and
the two brothers, "Kidney trouble" and "Liver trouble," and
are left by the "wayside" to die. But hark! footsteps
are heard in the distance. One says, "Perhaps it's a
friend. ' Yes, and here it is,
which has rescued thousands of people from the cold
and clammy clutches of just such robbers of health as
"Constipation, Dyspepsia, Biliousness, Kidney and Liver trouble."
To the readers of this paper we wish to say, if you are
one of the unfortunate people by the "wayside," why
not let the "Good Samaritan" ANTI-PILL come to your
rescue and put the robbers and thieves to flight ? You
owe it to yourself and your family (if you have one) to
keep this Good Samaritan with you constantly. The
cost of its services is small as compared with the cost
of damage done by modern robbers of good health. For
further : nf ormation inquire of your nearest druggist or
ANTI -PILL CO.
THE LOST CHORD.
A Hard-Luck Story That Would
Bring: Tear to Any
From the Detroit Free Pre si
He was industriously drawing a woolen
cloth to and fro over my shoe.
"Know an'thln' 'bout coon songs?" he
asked, as he breathed on the leather and
polished It off again.
"A little. Why?"
"Ah had de wo"s piece o" bad luck yo"
ever seen," he said. "Ah'd heard all these
coon songs at de theaters an" lne an' de
old lady we got ouah heads t'gether fo" t"
git up a coon song dat'd beat all dem
odders half-way roun de track. Ah got.th"
w'uds In ma head; ma coco was full o'
w'uds. an' dat aiah was as cleah In ma
head as ma name. I sung de fus' vehrse
ovah to de ol' lady, an she said: 'Say, boy.
but dat's a swell song: yo's boun' t' hit
'em hahd wi' dat song, honey, an no mis
take. Den I sez: 'Wheah's de .pen an"
ink?' An' dey wasn't none. I takes me hat
fo' t' go ovah to de avenoo fo' t' git some
ink an' a sheet o' papah an' when I brings
it home an' sets down at de table fo" t
write out dat song an aiah. every bit o"
both had lef my min'. Ah aln been able
t' recollec' elder one o" dem sence. Now.
If dat aln' hahd luck den dis nlggah doan'
know what hahd luck means. Gimme yo
The End of Football.
From Collier's Weekir.
The proprietor of a certain "sports empo
rium" toward the close of last season had
a good many footballs left on his hands.
These he decided to clear "at greatly re
duced prices." He filled his window with
footballs of every shape, size and quality.
Before he had finished he was called away,
and turning to a young lady assistant he
instructed her to affix the price of each
football In plain figures.
The young lady did so, and when her em
ployer returned some mile time later a
wonderful sight awaited him. Most of the
footballs looked as If they had been tak
ing part in a very rougn matcn. wnne tne
once beautiful pyramid of balls in the
center of the window was now a shapeless
"Here. Miss B ." roared the trades
man. "what on earth's the matter with
"Don't know, sir." was the reply, "un
less it's the pins, sir!" She had pinned the
price tickets on to tnem.
The Telephone To-day.
The telephone has become a necessity of
modern life, and whatever tends to cheapen
the telephone service and enlarge its sphere
of operations deserves support and encour
agement. There has been a rapid increase
of independent telephone companies. It is
stated that the close of this year will see
3,500 independent telephone exchanges in
operation, having over 730,000 instruments.
In 1SS0 there were under rental use in the
country G0.S73 telephones. One year later
the number had Increased to 132,692. In 1S
the number of telephones in use was over
1,000,000. In 1SS5 there was in use in the
various systems and modes or building 137.
223 miles of telephone wire. At the begin
ning of this year the mileage had Increased
to 1,158,000 miles. The use of the telephone
is more common in the United States than
in any other country.
THE SAVED REJOICE
Hott a. Charmlnc and Beautiful
Young? Lady Win for Years Fol
lowed by a Malignant and
THE EXEMV IX OUR MIDST.
If the average reader of thedaijy papers
asks why so much is said by Dr. Hume re
specting Catarrhal Consumption, the an
swer is at once forthcoming. It is esti
mated that 9 per cent of the American
people are afflicted with It. The neglect of
proper treatment brings in its train raany
dborders. It is the source of many other
complaints, and yet few of those suffering
from it recognize the fact. A bright and
attractive young lady makes this state
ment in an Interview with a reporter:
' fV Kt
My name is Myrtle Ely. I reside at 409
Land's court, IStli and Broadway. Kansas
City. Mo. I had been suffering from Ca
tarrh and had all the painful symptoms ot
that unpleasant ailment. (. was advised to
see Dr. Hume, by my sister, whom he has
cured of Catarrh, and about two months
ago I consulted him. and I rejoice to say
after his treatment life tars a different
aspect. The following N thf description ot
my condition tWore treatment and how I
now feel. Conclusive evidence is rendered
to show what it has done for me:
Before Treatment. After Treatment.
"I was always
sleepless, had un
"Thank3 to Dr.
Hume. I can now
sleep well and no
tired feeling, anil
dropping In my
throat, hearing per
fect and voice clear
as a bell, nose clear,
no hawking or .spitting-
or mucus, breath
pleasant, good appe
tite, no gagging or
vomiting in the
morning, eye clear,
hands and feet
warm. I have no
pains or aches, I
have gained ten
pounds, no cough
now. and I have none
tired and dull, hear
ing impaired, drop
ping in my tnroat,
voice husky. Nose
stuffed up. hawking
ud offensive matter,
my breath was bad.
gagging and vomit
ing, appetite poor.
eyes sunken, hands
and feet cld. 1 had
pains and aches all
through me. and 1
was losing weight at
an alarming rate.
tions, night sweats
and severe pains In
of mv old symptoms
that I have had so
my lungs. I had
given up all hopes of long and gave me so
ever being cured. and much trouble, and
I am very gratefulinow to think that I
to Dr. Hume and tojam entirely cured 13
my good sister whola rew lease to lifs
recommended me tojand one that I owe
use Dr. Hume's Lon-e ntlrely to Dr.
don 8 t e a m A t o-i H u m e " s London
mlzer. j Steam Atomizer."
DOES THIS APPLY TO YOU?
"Jf let mtltt before the rummer Mttn."
to catarrh j if Id to the painltjl
London Hospital Treatment.
No Sawing; of Bones.
No Agonizing: Treatment.
No Nauseating; Drugs.
Pleasant, safe and positive In Its results.
The past unfortunate experience ot many
suffering from Chronic Catarrh has rortl
fied them In the belief that they are 'in
curable. Dr. Hume does not claim any
marvelous power, but by his new and ,
scientific methods of treating catarrh ha
has and does cure this disease as well as
Bronchial and Lung Troubles. He makes
catarrh a specialty because It Is the most
prevalent and annoying disease the peopl
of this climate are subject to.
CATABRH INTO CONSUMPTION.
Since Dr. Hume has located in this city
he has treated with success hundreds of
persons whose Lung troubles other phys
icians have told them were incurable. Does
he not publish from week to week In tho
dally papers testimonials from some ot his
many grateful patients, giving in each
case the full name and address of the per
son making the statement, that the doubt
ing and skeptical may call and Interview
the said person prior to visiting the doc
tor's office for consultation? The persons
advertised as cured are by no means ob
scure or unknown, but in the majority of
cases citizens well known by the business
people and community at large, and it will
more than repay any one suffering from
catarrhal complications to visit thosa
whose statements are published.
Delays are dangerous, for the catarrhal
poison once deeply rooted In the system,
incalculable evils follow. Trouble Is fore
told by pains In the chest, constant hawk
ing to clear the throat, weakness of the
general system, pain over the eyes, poor
appetite, loss of flesh, nervousness.CQiigh,
chills and fever, catarrhal discharges, hem
orrhage, night sweats and many other
symptoms 01 degeneration or tne tissues.
Be warned in time, and ascertain your con
dition before the Incurable stage is reached.
Dr. Charles Hume, the eminent specialist.
offices are at 1013 Walnut street. Kansas
City. Mo., where all chronic diseases are
treated and cured with equal success. "Write
ror question manic consultation and ex
amination free. Office hours, 9 a. m. to S p.
m.: Sundays, 9 a. m. to 1 p. m.
Wholesale and Ietail. TEL.. I2I-4-.'
S. . TVVETZINER.
304 W. 6th St. KANSAS CITY. MO.
4 Of using the telephone Instead
of sending a messenger or writ
ing a letter is Increasing very
ranldly. S Cunts a Day
will put a telephone in your
house and give you uccess to
nearly G.00O other telephones la
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