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AUTOCRAT MUST RULE.
Russian Statesman Declares Zemstvo
Agitation a Fake.
St. Petersburg.—One of the com
manding figures and far seeing states
nicii of the empire, whose opinion is
of the highest value, but who has de
clined to permit the use of his name,
in conversation with the Associated
Press has expressed the distinct con
viction that nothing in the nature of a
radical change in the existing order ot
things would result from the IMDItVO
congress. This statesman, it can be
said. in. a firm believer in the principle
of autocracy as the best system of gov
ernment for the realisation of the
dreams of the Slav race, and what he
believefl to be the great destiny ot
the most populous nation and vastest
empire in the world; hut he has him
self, in fact, favored a liberal policy,
and is now too practical minded not to
appreciate the factors which threaten
the present regime. Still he does not
believe that anything like a crisis now
confronts the government. In his opin
ion, everything depends on the war.
DEATH OF MRS. DENSMORE.
She Was a Great Friend of Florence
New York. —Mrs. Helen Densmore,
wife of Dr. Emmett Densmore, a prom
inent Brooklyn manufacturer, died re
cently, the cause of death being given
Dr. Densmore and wife founded the
natural food society of London, and
for the past 14 years they have been
constant in their efforts on behalf of
Mrs. Florence Maybrick, who was their
guest after her arrival in this country
after her release from the English
prison. Mrs. Densmore was 71 years
old. Mrs. Maybrick was with Mrs.
Densmore up to the time of death.
The New York Journal says: The
New York Cetnral is no longer a Vau
derbilt The Vanderiblt and Rockefel
ler holdings in the great railroad have
been pooled and placed in the hands of
James Stillman as trustee. Stillman
is president of the National Ctiy Bank,
the head of the Rockefellr chain of
banks, and he is also first of the Rocke
feller lieutenants in railroad and other
At the Waldorf tonight amongjmen
who know most of railroad and stock
affairs'this is regarded as the culmina
tion of a long known movement by
which the Rockefellers were gaining
control of the keystone and the Van
derbilt system. Wall street men be
lieve the, Rockefellers have outgen
eraled the family that has so long been
identified with the New York Central,
in acoordanoe with the principles that
have characterized John D. Rockefeller
from the beginning of hiß rise. They,
however, point out that Stillman's
trusteeship of the pooled holdings
makes the Rockefellers preeminent. It
is understoood that the holding of the
two immensely rich families are so
nearly equal that neither cares to risk
a showdown. The fact is that nobody
is quite sure which controls the larger
nmount of stock, he-no- the pooling
The Chicago Daily News has the
following from a staff corresbondent:
Japan is now thoroughly aroused to
the danger which threatens her in the
approach of the Baltic squadron. Ad
miral Togo has only four four btatle
ships to oppose the seven the Russians
will bring against him. The long ser
vice the navy has Seen since Febriiary
8 has seriously deteriorated the large
naval guns on board the fleet. All this
constitutes a grave menace to Japanese
sea supremacy. In view of the possi
bility that the transport seivice may
be stopped, the Japanese authorities
are accumulating vast stores in Man
churia. The Baltic fleet is expected
to reach belligrent waters about Febru
ary 1, and it is feared that it may at
once seize the island fo of Formosa as
a naval base. Formosa belongs to
Japan, and is only poorly prepared to
prevent such action on the part of Ad
Aocording to the latest reports re
ceived here Port Arthur is still making
good its defense.
CLAIM JAPS FAILED.
No Fighting for Six Weeks Past—Re-
I axed for Winter.
The lapse of six weeks without fight
ing on a great scale, confirming the
belief that the opposing armies have
relaxed for the winter, together with
the unexpected demonstration of force
which the Russians have been able to
make since the depletion of their ar
my as the result of the fighting on the
Shakhe river, emphasizes conclusively
the failure of the Japanese to prevent
the assembling of a large Russian army
in Manchuria before spring, thus de
feating the strategy of the Japanese
and their most plausible plans for the
earliest occupation of Manchuria.
Diamonds Stolen in New York.
New York. —Mrs. Caroline Jearnette,
proprietor of the Strathmore hotel in
this city, reported to the police tonight
that diamonds valued at $5000 had dis
appeared from her hotel.
Shredded Bible makes poor food for
ALBAZIN. THE RUSSIAN OUTPOST, SUMMONED BY THE MANCHU GENERAL TO BURRENDER, 1685.
During the last quarter of the seventeenth century, Russia bad pushed her outposts as far as the northern
tributaries of the Amur River, and had planted the flourishing town of Albazin, which commanded nearly three
thousand acres Of cultivated land. In itiSl the Czar presented the town with a COat-of-arms a spread eagle, hold
ing a bow and arrow In its claws—symbolical of mastery over the Chinese. Next year Albasln was assailed
by a strong Manchu force, numbering nearly twenty thousand, armed with bows and sabres, fifteen cannon, and
many matchlocks. The Chinese general sent in a demand for surrender, written In Manchu, Polish and Kus
sian, and as this was disregarded, a bombardment speedily reduced the town. The governor was forced to come
to terms, and surrendered, but received permission to inarch out with bug gage and arms, the Chinese merely
following to see that Russia made good her promise of retreat
Once on « day they slipped away—
(I bad so much to carry)—
Visions «.f shades wii'hin thp glade*
When.' dwell the elf and fairy.
My ways ran down into the town
Where all men strive for money;
And I f4>rp>t the briery spot
Where wild bee sucks the honey.
Then on a day in leafy May
Came to my house a laddy;
And as he grew I found be knew
What had escaped his daddy.
He takes me by the solemn, shy.
Sweet silent woodland places;
We hear the beat of elfin feet —
We almost see their faces!
Ho! but it's fine so to resign
The dull town's tail and worry:
And through Ibis eyes grow young and
Where no one's in « hurry.
—Frank I'utuani in the National Maga
GHLOE AND THE STILE.
c-» S we came down the field of
/£\ waving corn on Lavender Hill
Chloe was talking quite heroic
ally of life. Her hair had been blown
a little into admired disorder by the
l)luff wind on the heath, her checks
were Hushed with health and beauty,
and she was mistress and queen of
herself and her domain. For me. my
eyes went from her bright and signifi
cant face across the gray-green oats
in which we walked breast high, and
back again In serene contentment.
What did it matter that she was pre
pared to give battle to the monster —
Mil ii V Let him perish.
The hills were ablaze with light, the
Holds with charlock; we moved in the
sun's eye, but Chloe looked as cool as
a primrose in her muslin, despite the
heat of her opinions.
"I can't really understand a sensi
ble man like you taking up a position
like that," said she.
I had taken uo position, except the
one by her side, but I defended myself
"Well, you see, we inherit these pre
possessions and prejudices from our
savage ancestors, I suppose."
"That's Just it," said Chloe eagerly.
"You admit it, then? Savage! Of
course, they were savages. You've
given away your case "
I never really had any case, but 1
didn't say so. "I suppose I have," I
"You know it." said Miss Bohun
firmly. "It is quite absurd to pretend
that women are one whit inferior to
man, except, of course," she added
quickly, "in regard to physical
"And even then there were the Ama
zons," I suggested.
She cast a glance at me. "Yes, there
were the Amazons," she said, "which
"And the women do all the hard
work among the aboriginals," I went
She gave me another glance. "And
that again shows " she began
with less confidence.
"Do you know," I said, stopping In
midfield to observe her critically, "I
believe that if you only practiced a lit
WHEN MANCHU FIRST CHECKED MUSCOVITE.
tie you would be more than a match
for a man."
She looked away arrows the corn.
"l>o — do you think so?" she said, hesi
tatingly: and added, after a pause, "I
—I don't think I'm so—l'm not what
you'd call muscular."
"Well, perhaps not,*' I assented, ex
amining her apprajßingty; "but sinewy,
"How absurd!" said Chloe, quite
snappishly, as she walked on. I fol
lowed. The deep, spreading shadows
of the bushes at the end of the field
"Another stile," said I, cheerfully.
"Dear me, that's the fourth!" said
Chloe, resignedly. "I do wish they'd
make gates between the fields."
"A stile's more picturesque," said I.
"Very possibly," said Miss Rohun,
Indifferently. "It's certainly not as
"Ah," said I. smiling, "there's one
thing, at any rate, in which men are
superior. They can negotiate a stile."
"Indeed!" said Chloe, loftily. "I
should have thought the feat was not
impossible for a woman." I pursed up
my lips. "Ai y woman can get over
stiles," she said, warmly, seeing my
"Oh, I've no doubt," said I, politely.
"It's nonsense your saying that
when 1 can Ree you don't believe it,"
said Miss Rohun. "You're simply
pleased to be sarcastic all along."
I shrugged my shoulders. She march
ed coldly and confidently toward the
stile. It took off a high ground, which,
I suppose, accounted for the absence
of a step. But there were two cross
bars to assist the climber. I thought
Chloe's face fell as she noted it.
"Let me give you a hand," I said.
"Nonsense!" she replied. "I don't
want any assistance. It's quite easy."
She put the hand which was not en
cumbered by the sunshade on the top
bur and placed one neat foot on the
lowest. Then she hesitated.
"Perhaps I'd better take the sun
shade," i suggested.
She did not answer /it once; then, "if
you wish It," she replied, nonchalant
ly, "though It's of DO consequence."
I took the sunshade and waited.
(Ihloe's two feet were now on the
lowest bar. She peered over. The
stile let down beyond In a big drop
into a kind of hollow or ditch.
"Oh!" said she. 'I didn't " I
was still waiting.
"I wish you'd go on and not stare in
that atrocious way," said she, with
I begged pardon, vaulted the stile
with one hand and strolled on. Pres
ently I looked back. .Miss Bohun was
seated astride the top bar, clinging
with both hands to it. Her face was
"Do go on!" she called out, vehe
mently. I went on leisurely. But,
somehow, I could not make up my
mind to walk briskly. She did not
Join me, so I flung myself on the grass
and pulled out a cigarette. Then I
heard my name called in a distressful
voice. I stood up and looked around.
Miss Bohun was astride the top bar
and she was pinker than ever.
•Tlease come —don't be so unkind!"
she cried with tears in her voice. I
hurried back like the wind.
"Oh. just give me your hand!" pant
ed Chloe, nervously lifting one from
the bar. "I can't —it's such a long
drop. I can't get my "
"Walt a bit," said I, considering.
"You're half way over now. You've
only got to lilt that foot off the bnr
- "I shall fio over. I know I shall go
over," she Bald, pathetically.
"No, you won't," said I. "It only
requires confidence. Imagine you're
on a horse and "
"But I don't ride a horse this way,"
said Chloe, miserably.
"No," said I, "but men do; and wom
en are just as good as "
"it's cruel of you- it's beastly, when
I'm In such p<>iii!" sobbed Bohun. She
clutched wildly for me with the trem
bling baud sho hud disengaged. 1
seized It and her.
"Now just lift that foot," I enjoined.
Chloe's weight lay limp on my shoul
"I can't get it free. It's stuck," she
said pitifully. I moved closer, still
with my burden on my shoulder, and
loosed the dainty foot. "Now," I said.
She lifted It gingerly. "Don't mind
your ankles," I said.
"Oh, but I am " Her foot went
back. "Shut your eyes, please," she.
entreated. I shut my eyes. The next
instant the weight on me was doubled
and two arms went strangllngly about
my neck. As I have explained, the
foothold descended into a hollow. I
went down predptately, on my head. I
saw several cornfields and two or three
stiles; also more than one Chloe. But
I seemed content to be there. Miss
liohun extricated herself quickly.
"Oli, are you hurt? Oh, how dread
ful of me!" she said. "Oh, please do
"1 liked it," I said, "and I'm only
hurt in one place."
"I — you frightened me," she said,
with a serious little laugh. "I'm sorry;
is it yom- bead?"
I shook it and sat up. "No, luekly
I was born thick-headed."
"Your—your knee'/" she inquired
"Certainly not my knee," I replied.
"Then " Chloe turned away.
She might have asked further ques
tions, but she didn't. She was busy
smoothing her skirt. "I can't think
why they make such horrible things,"
"Oh, but any woman can get over a
stile," I told her. She made no reply,
but turned right away. "Please," I
called, "won't you help me up?"
Miss Itohun turned back reluctantly.
I made a face of pain.
"It's your ankle?" she said, with
sudden anxiety. I winced and took
her hand, and then I was on my feet,
with that hand in mine.
"No, it's here," I Paid In a lower
voice, laying that hand on my heart.
"It was here long ago." I drew her to
"Do you Rlways do that to people
you help over stiles?" asked Chloe, be
tween a smile and a sob. —Sketch.
Breaking the News.
"You were a long time in the far
corner of the conservatory with Mr.
Willing last evening," suggested the
mother. "What was going on?"
"Do you remember the occasion on
which you became engaged to papa?"
inquired the daughter, by way of re
"Of course I do!"
"Then it ought not to be necessary
for you to ask any questions."
Thus j,'»'ii!ly the news was broken
that they were to have a son-in-law.
Farmers say they cannot Pell fancy
live stock at home; the neighbors pre
fer to send to another State, and pay
NEEDLE AND SPOOL OF THREAD.
The Basis Upon Which Frank I'ariulr*
It 11 ill a Fortune.
When Frank I'armelee, founder of a
Chicago transportation line ami a roan
of much wealth, died in Chicago the
other day there
\v:is found in the
pocket of the coat
which he had last
worn thread and a
needle, lie had car
iiicb be bad lnst
m thread ■- > 1111 a
■dii. i ir bad car*
r I (Ml them so
throughout h i h
long and success*
fill rim and they
woro buried with
him. To them he
often attributed his
I RANK I'AKMI II I .
success and he never wearied of tell-
Ing tin story of his "needle and thread
Seventy-six years ago, when Panne
loo was 12 years old and living with
his parents at Byron, N. V., he decided
to leave home. The family was poor
and the boy considered himself old
enough to make his own livelihood.
Ills parents granted their consent re
luctantly, and the son arranged for a
"Job" In a stage coach office at Erie,
la. He was not concerned as to the
manner in which be was to reach that
point because his future employers
were willing to transport him most of
the way and he could walk if he had
to. The day of his departure his moth
er bade him good-by in this fashions
"Franklin, I wish your father was
able to give you a little money to start
on, but you know he hasn't got it. Now
then, Franklin, your mother, who
thinks a good deal more of you than
you ever imagined, is going to give
you a bit of advice and something else
with it, and she wants you to treasure
both of them.
"Above all things I want yon to
take a great deal of pride in yourself
and Just make up your mind that you
are going to be successful. And you
must always keep neat and clean and
keep your clothes in good repair and
don't let the buttons come off or else
you won't respect yourself. Now then,
I'm going to give you a reminder."
The mother held out her hand and
young Parmelee reached for the "re
minder." It was a spool of black
thread with a needle stuck through it
The boy kissed his mother and put
the thread and needle in his carpet
bag. Then he started out for Erie.
lie afterward went to work on th»
lakes, saved money, started^ a street
car line In Chicago and .later engaged
in the express business^ M
Latent Phase of (Scientific Agriculture,
The many uses to which the motor
has been put are Illustrated in the ac
companying photograph, which show*
the Ivel agricultural motor, an English
Invention, at work. This machine >•
capable of hauling any kind of two or
three furrow plow, or, in fact', any
agricultural implement. It can also b»
used for driving all kinds of machinery
usually driven by steam or gas en
gines, and when not at work in the
field it can be doing cartage work.
In a plowing experiment the Ivel
motor, hauling a throe furrow plow,
THE IVKL AOnUULTUBAI. MOTOR.
plowed six acres one rood nine polos
of land of very hard surface to an
average depth of seven Inches In eight
hours fifty-four minutes, and the cost
worked out at a rate of 5 shillings per
acre, which included everything.
Comparing these figures with the
cost of doing the same work In the or
dinary old-fashioned way, It will be
realized that bj using the Ivel motor
you can get the work done very mucb
cheaper and quicker.
Machines have already been export
ed to Portugal, Egypt and South Af
rica, as in these countries the superi
ority of mechanical power over horses
and cattle is appreciated.
It Wu tli.i Black Hand.
"Charley had a dreadful time last
night," Bald young Mrs. Torklns. "He
■ays he was a victim of the 'Black
"You don't say so!" exclaimed th«
"Yen. He came boine without a
cent. I don't quite understand the par
ticular* iik he explained them. Hut
th^y pulled a deadly weapon on him
that is known as a club flush."—Wash
it is almost impossible to believe
there was OBOS a diiy when Father
thought bo much of .Mother he didu't
care a rap if she could cook or not