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THE SLY WEASEL.
How He Finally Trapped and Killed
a Monster Rat.
A sawmill in-an Iowa town was in
fested with rats which, being unmo
lested, became very numerous and
bold and played round the mill among
the men while they worked during the
day. But one day a weasel came up
on the scene and at once declared war
on the rats.
One by one the rats became vic
tims of the weasel's superior strength
until only one very large. strong fel
low was left of the once numerous
colony. The weasel attacked the big
rat several times. but each time the
rat proved more than a match for his
slender antagonist and chased the
weasel to a hiding place.
One day the weasel was seen busily
digging under a lumber pile near the
mill. He was engaged for some time,
but later appeared again in the mill,
seeking his old enemy. He soon
found him and at once renewed hos
tilities. As usual, after a lively tus
sle, the rat proved too much for him,
and he ran, pursued closely by the
rat, straight to the hole under the
He ran in, still followed by the rat,
almost imm!diately reappeared round
the end of the pile and again dodged
into the hole behind the rat. Neither
was seen again for some time, -but
the weasel finally reappeared looking
no worse for the fight.
The curiosity of th'e men in the
mill was aroused. and they proceeded
to investigate the hole under the lum
ber pile. They found that the weasel
had dug the hole sufficiently large at
had gradually tapered it as he pro
the first end to admit the rat, but
ceeded until at the other end it barely
allowd his own slender body to pass.
When the rat chased him into the
large end of this underground funnel
he. quickly slipped on through, and
while the rat .was trying to squeeze
his large body into the smaller part
of the hole the weasel dodged in be
hind him and, catching him in the rear
and'in a place where he could not
turn round, finished him at his leisure.
Of Mammoth Bears and Big Eagles
Are the Aleutian Islands.
The simple announcement that
Mrs. Annie Vessey, of Kadiak, Alas
ka, had returned to her home after a
visit to Seattle, as reported in the so
ciety columns of the newspapers.
meant little to the average reader,
but the visit itself meant much to
Mrs. Vessey, for it was the first time
she had been outside Alaska. Never
before had she ridden on a street car,
seen a locomotive, been. within a
theatre or witnessed the complex life
of a city. All was new and strange
to her. Her 20 years were spent en
tirely on Kadiak Island and the is
lands of the Aleutian group. Mrs.
Vessey's father, a descendant of the
ancient house of Russia, went to
Alaska in 186o. and lived there contin
uously in the Russian settlements of
the Aleutians. Mrs. Vessey speaks
Russian as, well as English and ser
eral Indian tongues, and her trip to
Seattle was as interpreter for the par
ty of Aleutian islanders that went to
the St. Louis exposition recently
While here the interpreter, with her
baby 1 year old, was the guest of Mr.
and Mrs. J. E. Sandley. The baby
Mrs. Vessey dresses in suits made
of squirrel -skins, such as the natives
Just before leaving Alaska Mrs.
Vessey's mother shot a mammoth
bear and forwarded the head to the
Smithsonial Institue at Washington.
D. C. For the specimen the direc
tors of the big scientific-museum sent
its slayer $500. In the skull were
found imbedded a number of old-time
Russian hand-made bullets, carried no
one knows how long by the Alaska
bear after victorious meetings with
his natural enemies. In the Aleutian
islands the natives have so long been
under the Russian influence that the
- Greek church is thoroughly establish
ed, and all its festivals and rites are
observed most faithfully The na
tives are numerous.
Eagles grow to an enormous size
on Kadiak and other islands, and the
government pays a bounty on each
ne kied, for they carry off the
sheep and are destructive in many 1
Th long days of the summer sea
son makes the grass grow abundant,
and it grows to a height of five feet, 1
while berries also grow plentifully
and entirely without cultivation. On i
account of the numerous wild flowers i
there are many kinds of bugs and t
insects, rare species of butterflies and i
bees. Mrs. Vessey's father makes a i
good income. Cattle do well, but I
must be fed heavily because of the i
long and severe winters. Some min- z
ing is done. The climate as a whole
is most healthful. t
A READY COMFORTER.
One of Longstreet's Stories of Pri
vate Pat Doolen.
Many were the stories of the civil
war told by the late Confederate
General Longstreet, but none of them
were fuller of pathos and humor than
his reminiscences of Private Pat
It was this Doolen who, having c
been regaled with buttermilk and
sweet potatoes by a withered old r
country woman whose cabin he and r
his comrades had encountered in a r
straggling retreat, made his adieu3 i
"An' how much do I owe ye.
"Nothin' at all, honey, if you all
ain't got it convenient," was the hos
pitable reply, "and not many of the r
boys has these day. I've got three j
of my own with Stuart this minute. e
if so be the Lord's spared them." t
"An' sure," replied Doolen, as (
quick as a flash, "if this isn't the c
identical loidv as-the saints forgive
me but his name's slipped me moind r
this minute, but he told me to sure
look out for ye if we come this way.
"It warn't Joe Davis, war it?"
eagerly suggested the innocent old
"The very same, to be sure. Pat
Doolen's memory'll never save his
soul! Joe sent his love to his mither
an' told me to be sure to give h6er I
this." He '-rought from a pocket a 1
bulky wallet. The old woman fell
on his neck with tears of joy.
"An' me jes' a-prayin' the good
Lord would send me some word of
him, an' somethin' to see me through
the next little while. That there
dinner we all jes' at was nigh the las'
they war in sight!" wept the unsus
pecting old woman.
"Pat, you liar," said one of his com
panions as they walked away, "aren't
you ashamed to deceive a credulous
old woman like that? Where do
you expect to go when you die? You
know any Joe Davis and you found
that wallet at Manassas."
"WVho knows that better'n meself?"
asked Pat. "But she'll niver know,
barrin' the tellin' by Joe himself, an'
she'll be ready to forgive twinty like
me if that comes to pass."
Governor Wright Sends Interesting
Letter To Roosevelt.
Washington, September 27.-Presi
dent Roosevelt is in receipt of a let
ter from Gen. Luke E. Wright, gov
ernor of the Philippines, in which the
governor discusses frankly some of
the conditions which he encounters in
directing the government of the is
ands. Under date of August 15,
Gn. Wright wrote in part:
"The effect of the continued dis
cussion as to the capacity of the Fil
ipino for self government and his im
miediate or ultimate independence is
having its effect here and makes our
task more difficult tha~t it otherwise
would be. The less a man is equip
ped with intelligence and those quali
ties for good citizenship the more
easily can he be persuaded that he is
the possessor of all those qualities.
This people have their full share of
ambition and vanity, and they also
have their full share of reckless, half
f ormed characters who are ready for
intrigue in any direction which prom
ises them profit or power. It is this
class which has largely given force
and direction to the Aglipayan move
ment and has recruited its ranks from
the ignorant and dangerous element.
"In this general connection I may
say to you as a matter of informa
tion that the agitation in the United
SSa for Filipino independence, andI
he spoken and written utterances of
)rominent men there who are urging
t. are all brought here and publish
d in the native newspapers and are
>eing made the text for editorials in
;isting that the Filipino people are
low ready to become an independent
iation. The effect of all this is dis
inctly injurious. Its tendency is to
-estore influence of the old insurrec
ion leaders and make them active in
)reaching the old propaganda. This
n turn has the effect of demoralizing
Lnd weal- ening the most conservative
nd thoughtful Filipinos, who fear
hat if they speak out as they really
hink they would be considered the
,nemies of the people and lose their
)restige with them. Those of the
nore prominent and best educated,
mud who naturally have their ambi
ions. are inclined to join in the gen
Saluda, September 27.-The Saluda
chool opened yesterday morning un
ler the most protitious auspices. The
,ttendance was larger than any pre
-ious year at the beginnig of a ses
ion. Many of the patrons of the
chool were present to witness the
Saluda is now a cotton market in
eality. Arrangements have been
nade for a wagon transfer to a rail
oad free of cost to the buyer, the cit
zens by public subscription paying
11 expenses of hauling. Railroad
rices are being paid and business is
ooking up rapidly.
This town within recent months
njoyed excellent telephonic com
nunication both with Newberry and
ohnston. The Newberry line still
ontinues to give good service, but
he line to Johnston, since the South
,arolina Telephone company gained
:ontrol, is a miserable farce.
Promise after promise has been
nade to improve the service but as
ret nothing has been done. So great
s the complaint now that the town
nd county authorities are talking of
nnuling the license heretofore grant
d. Augusta cotton quotations are
ow only possible by way of Newber
y. Interested citizens heP will at
mce put in a line to Jonhston un
ess the S. C. Telephone company
apidly improves its service.
Noah Waded in the Mud.
The Baltimore Sun says that at
Xesley Grove camp meeting last
nonth the subject of 'eternal damna
ion' was introduced by one of a
arty of ministers and laymen who
vere lounging about in one of the
-eception tents on Preaches' Row,
njoying secular relaxatic . and so
:ial intercourse. One gentleman ad
Iressed Bishop W., A. Candler of the
south Methodist Episcopal church,
"Bishop, surely you don't believe
hat God would permit anybody to be
lamned, do you? Don't you think
lod is too good for that?"
To this the Methodist with Univer
,alists predilections bishop replied:
"I don't know about that. Biblical
istory would seem to be to the con
rary. According to the theory im
lied in what you say all the wicked
>eople who were drowned in the flood
vent straight to heaven and to eter
ial rest, away from the cares of this
vord, while the only good man in the
vhole world at the time was left wad
ng around in the mud."
Irs. Wade Advises the Girls to Be
"Stunning," and Tells How To Do
Mrs. Lila Ross Wade has 'given
iway the secret. The oracle of the
>ational Dressmakers' Convention
as told "How to Snare a Man."
Here is her recipe as given to a class
f 25 young women here today:
Then she told them how to be
~stunning" if not beautiful. Here
re some of the things she told them:
WVear simple gowns, but be sure
hey are becoming.
Show you!- charms.
Let modesty dlictate where to stop.
Wear low-cut dresses if shoulders
nd skin are good. Pad if you are
thuman hatrack: don't show the
In desperate cases try red.
Don't pull your skirt tight unless
let men callers catch you in "dowdy"
To these things Mrs. Wade added:
Study man. t
Never wear high heels except in
the ballroom or on the stage.
Don't be mannish.
Play to man's hobbies.
Don't always smile: be cross and
A Snuff Story.
Mrs. Margaret Thompson, of Lon
don, who died many years ago, by
her will directed that in her coffin
sheuld be buried all her handker
chiefs and sufficient of the best
Scotch snuff to cover her body. This
she peferred to flowers, as "nothing
co!ld be more fragrant and so re
freshing to me as that precious pow
der." Further, the six greatest snuff
takers in the parish of St. James,
Westminister, were to be her bearers.
Six old maids, each bearing in her
hand a box filled with the best
Scotch snuff to take for their refresh
ment as they walked, were to carry
the pall. Before the corpse the min
ister was to walk, carrying and par
taking of a pound of snuff. At every
20 yards a large handful of snuff was
to be delivered to the bystanders,
while at the door of the tesetator's
house were to be placed for gratui
tous distribution 2 bushels of the
same quality of sinuff.
The Farmers Oil Mill Offers The
Following Exchange Rates Per
Ton of Seed.
1150 pounds of No. i meal and
goo pounds of hulls, or i4oo pounds of
No. 2 meal and goo pounds of hulls.
We will not make the No. 2 meal
(that is, meal with hulls in it) but we
have just perfected arrangements
whereby we can furnish it at that rate
to persons desiring a low grade arti
To further prove that our mill is
run in the interest of the producers,
we now announce tlat at the end of
the season we will su' stract from our
gross income the legitimate rnnning
expenses of the mill together with
10 per cent. on the capital stock and
pay the rest to the people who have
either exchanged or sold us seed and
that in the proportion to the amount
of seed furnished us. This is your op
portunity to 'make the mill pay and
to share in the profits. All we ask is
seed enough to run 8 months. Fur
nish them and we will pay a hand
some profit to you. You get your
share if you bring us but one load ofi
Beginn%g today we will pay 25
cents for seed at our gin. Next week
we hope to be able to have room for
all the seed offered us.
We -want to express our apprcia
tion of the large business already
given us and we regret that we have
not had the room to take all the seed]
Farmers Oil Mill
Newberry, S. C., Sept. 2,3 1904
Newberry, S. C.
Capital -.- - $50,000
Surplus - - - 19,500
since organization 21,000
Paid Depositors in
ment since or
gamnzation - - $9,0
A man working by the de.y is paid
o r the time he puts in at work, but
when that man saves a dollar for his
day's labor it works for him nights,
as well as days; never lays off on
account of bad weather and never
gets sick, but goes right on earn- I
ing iiim an income. It's a nice
thing to work for money, but it's
much nicer to have money working(
for you. Try it-open a savings
account with us and get some money
working for you. Make a deposit
in the Savings department today
and let it begin to work for you.
Interest computed at 4 per cent
Tenuary i and July x of each year.
Reflections of a Spinster.
It makes a girl awfully tired when
L man insists upon expiaining in de
ail why he is of a certain political
)ersuasion when she doesn't under
tand it, don't care and only asked
im to be polite.
Some girls are so artistic that they
:an falf in love with a handsome man
vithout even knowing how large the
nan's salary is.
Miss Bessie L. Simmons,
(Over Pelham's Drug Store.)
Piano and Voice.
'erm beginning Monday, Sept. 5, 1904
$3.00 Per. Eight Lessons.
For Sale by
C. H. CANNON.
forIffs Fair ---- St. Lois
Choice of Routes,
Chrough Pullman Sleepers,
3top-overs allowed at Western
qorth Carolina Summer Re
sorts and other points.
Low Excursion Tickets.
'or full information or World's
Fair literature apply to any
agent Southern Railway, or
R. W. HUNT,
Div. Pass. Agent
Charleston, S, C..
We are pre
pared to gin 125
bales per day at
50 cents a bale.
Wil furnish bag
ging and ties at
We invite your
ouy your seed.
ouuhern Coffee Seed 0il Co.,
L. W. F LOYD,
Do not place your
>rder for these ma
hines untill you get
>ur PRICES, we have
he BEST MADE.
F. A. SCHUMPERT,
Sec'y and Trias.