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AUTOCRAT MUST RULE.
pussian Statesman Declares Zemstvo
Agitation a Fake.
gt. Petersburg.-—One of the com
manding figures and far seeing states
men of the empire, whose opinion is
o f 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 01
things would result from the zemstvo
congress. This statesman, it ran he
said. Is a firm believer in the principle
of autocracy as the best system of gov
ernment for the realization of the
dreams of the Slav race, and what be
(relieves to be the great destiny of
the most populous nation and vastest
empire in the world; but 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 Densuiore, 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 heen
constant in their efforts on behalf of
Mrs. Florence Maybriek, 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 Bays: The
New York Cetural is no longer a Van
derbilt The Vanderiblt mid Rockefel
ler holdings in the great railroad have
been pooled and placed in the hands of
James Sti'lman as trustee. Htillmau
is president of the National Ctiy Bunk,
the head of the Rockefellr chain of
oanks, and he is also first of the Rocke
feller lieutenants in railroad and other
At the Waldorf tonight aiuougjtnen
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 Rockefellers have outgen
eraled the family that has so long been
identified with the New York Central,
in accordance with the principles that
have characterized John D. Rockefeller
trom the beginning of his rise. They,
jJowever, point out that Stillinau'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
amount of stock, hence 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
phips to oppose the seven the Russians
will briny; against him. The long ser
vice the navy has seen since February
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 setvice may
be stopped, the Japanese authorities
are acoumulalting vast stores in Man
chura. 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
According to the latest reports re
ceived here Port Arthur iB still making
good its defense.
CLAIM JAPS FAILED.
No Fighting for Six Weeks Past—Re-
laxed for Winter.
J The lapse of six weeks without fight
■ fog on a great scale, confirming the
jkelief that the opposing armies have
relaxed for the winter, together with
toe unexpected demonstration of force
*hich the Russians have been able to
make since the depletion of their ar
•"y as the result of the fighting on the
Shakhe river, emphasizes conclusively
toe failure of the Japanese to prevent
toe assembling of a large Russian army
to Manchuria before spring, thus de
nting the strategy of the Japanese
fIJ their most plausible plans for the
Sliest occupation of Manchuria.
Diamonds Stolen In New York.
New York.— Mrs. Caroline Jeannette,
.Proprietor of the Strathmore hotel in
*his city, reported to the police tonight
toat diamonds valued at $5000 had dis
*Ppeared from her hotel. ''
Shredded Bible makes poor food for
AI.BAZIX, THE lUSSIAX OUTPOST, SUMMONED BY THE MANCHU GENERAL TO SURRENDER, 1685.
Daring the last quarter of the seventeenth century, Russia bad pushed her outposta at tar as the northern
tributaries of the Anna- River, and had planted the flourishing town of Albaaln, which commanded nearly three
thousand acres of cultivated land, in 1684 the Czar presented the town with a coal of arms a spread eagle hold
ing a bow and arrow In its claws—symbolical of mastery over the Chinese. Next year Aiba*in was assailed
Dy a strong Manchu force, numbering nearly twenty thousand, armed with hows and sabre* fifteen cannon, and
many matchlocks. The Chinese general sent in fl demand for surrender, written In Manehu. Polish and Rus
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 march out with baggage and arms, the Chinese merely
following to see that Russia made good her promise of retreat
Once on n day they slipped away—
(1 bad so much to carry) —
Visions of shades within the glades
Whore dwell the elf and fairy.
My ways ran down into the town
Where all men strive for money;
And I forgot the briery spot
Where wild bee sucks the honey.
Then on a day In leafy May
Came to my house a laiMy;
And as lie grew I found be know
What had escaped his daddy.
He takes me by the polemn, shy,
Sweet silent woodland p-laces;
We hear the beat of elfin feet—
We almost Bee their faces!
Ho! but It's fine so to resign
The dull town's tail and worry?
And tlirougih ihis eyes grow young and
Where no one's in r hurry.
—Frank Putnam in the National Maga
CHLOE AND THE STILE,
C~> S we came down the Held of
J£\ 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
bluff wind on the heath, her cheeks
were flushed 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 —
Man? Let him perish.
The hills were ablaze with light, the
fields 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 no 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 I
didn't say so. "I suppose I have," I
"You know it," said Miss Bohun
flnnly. "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, then*
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
midfleld to observe her critically, "I
believe that if you only practiced a lit-1
WHEN MANCHI FIRST CHECKED MUSCOVITE.
tie you would be more than a match
for a man."
She looked away across the corn.
"]>o —do you think SO?" she said, hesi
tatingly: and added, after a pause, "i
—1 don't think I'm m> I'm not what
you'd call muscular."
"Well, perhaps not," I assented, ex
amining her appralslngly; "but sinewy,
"How absurd!" said Chloe, quite
snappishly, as she walked on. 1 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 BOBUn,
indifferently, "it's certainly not as
"Ah," snid I, smiling, "there's one
thing, nt 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. "Any 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 I can see you don't believe It,"
said Miss Bohun. "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. Hut there were two cross
bars to assist Ihe climber. I thought
Chloe's face fell as she noted It.
"Let me give you a hand," I said.
"Nonsense;" sh" replied. "I don't
want any assistance. It's quite easy."
she put the hand which whs not en
cumbered by the sunshade on the lop
liar 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 no consequence."
I took the sunshade and waited.
Chloe'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. "1 didn't " I
was Btill 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. rreo
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. Hut
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.
"Please 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 "
"Wait a bit," said I, considering.
"You're half way over now. You've
only got to lift that loot off the bar
U I it 1- , , *'
"I shall £o over. I Know I shall no
ov»»r." sin- said, pathetically.
"No, you won't," Mid 1. "It only
requlrei confidence, [marine you're
on a horse and "
"Mm I don't ride a horse this way,"
said Chloe, miserably.
"No," said l, "but men do; and wom
en are Just as good as
"It's cruel of you it's beastly, when
I'm In such peril!" sobbed BohUD. She
clutched wildly for im> with the trem
bling hand aha iia<i disengaged. I
seized It nnd her.
"Now just lift that foot," I enjoined.
Chloe'l weight lay limp on my shoul
"I can't cot it free. It's stuck," «he
said pitifully. 1 moved closer, still
with my bunion on my shoulder, and
loosed the dainty foot. "Now," 1 said,
She lifted It gingerly. "Don't mind
your ankles," I gold.
"Oil, 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 strnngllngly about
my neck. As I have explained, the
foothold descended into a hollow. I
went down precljitately, on my head. 1
saw several cornfields and two or three
stiles; also more than one Chloe. Hut
I seemed content to be there. Miss
Hohun extricated herself quickly,
"Oh, are you hurt? Oh, how dread
ful of me!" she said. "Oh, plea.se do
"I liked it." I said, "and I'm only
hurt in one place."
"I you frightened me," she said,
wiih a Serious little laugh. "I'm sorry;
is it your head?"
1 shook it and sat up. "No, luckly
I was born thick-headed."
"Your your knee/" the 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. "1 can't think
Why they make such horrible things,"
"Oh, but any woman ran get over n
stile," I told her. She made no reply,
but turned right away. "Please," I
called, "won't you help me up?"
Miss Hohun 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, lt'g here," I said In a lower
voice, laying that hand on my heart.
"It was here long ago." I drew her to
"Do you always do that to people
you help over stiles?" asked Chloe, be
tween a smile and a sob. —Sketch.
Breaking the Now*.
"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 gently the news was broken
that they were to have a son law.
Farmers «ay they cannot sell fancy
live stock at home; tin- neighbors pre
fer to send to another State, and pay
NEEDLE AND SPOOL OF THREAD.
The llflxla Upon Which Frank I'armirt
limit ii Fortune.
When Frank Parade*, founder of a
Chicago tranaportatloa lino >m<i i ninn
of much wealth, died in Chicago the
other d ay there
was found in the
pocket of the coat
which he had last
worn thread and a
needle, Mo had ear«
r led ih<■ mi i<•
throughout h i t»
long and success
ful career and they
were burled with
him. To them he '
often attributed bla
I RANK I'AUM Mil.
succors ami be novor wearied of toll-
Ing the story of his. "needle and thread
Seventy-six years am>. when Parun?
lee was 12 years old and living with
his parent! at Byron, v V., he decided
to leave home. The family wan poof
mill the boy considered himself old
enough to make his own livelihood.
His parents granted their consent re
luctantly, null the son arranged for a
"Job" in .1 stage coach office at Erie,
I'd. lit 1 was not concerned as to the
manner In which he was to reach that
point because Ills future employers
were willing to transport him most of
the way and be could walk If he had
to. The day of his departure his moth
er bade him gooduy in this fashion:
"Franklin, I wish your father waa
able to give .yon r little money to start
on, but you know be hasn't goi It Now
then, Franklin, your mother, who
thlnka 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 the wanti you to treasure
both Of them.
"Above all things I want you to
take a great d^ai of pride in yourself
nail Just make op your mind that yon
are K<>lnK 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 <>IT or else
you won't respect yourself. Now then,
I'm going to give you a reminder."
The niolher held (nit her band imd
young Parnwlee reached tot the "re
minder." It \mis a Kpool of black
thread with a needle •tuck through it
The boy kissed his mother and put
the thread and needle in his carpet
bag. Then lie started out for Brie.
He afterward went to work on th«
lakes, saved money, started a street
ear line In Chicago mill later engaged
In the express business.
Latest Phase of Kiientiflc Asrirultiira
in I hklhiiil.
The many ukch to which the motor
has been put are illustrated in the ac
companying photograph, which shown
the Ivel agricultural motor, an English
Invention, at work. This machine in
capable of hauling any kind of two or
three furrow plow, or, In fact, any
agricultural Implement. It can also be
used for driving all kinds of machinery
usually driven by steam or gas en
glneH, and when not at work In th©
Held it can be doing cartage work.
In a plowing «xfniinMMit tln> Ivol
motor, battling ■ tbrec furrow |)!<iw.
THK ITXL A.ORIOULTUBAL MOTOIt.
liiowed «v acTM <vi«- rood !iin»' polea
of land of very hard surface to an
average depth of seven liu-Iwk In eight
hourn fifty-four minute*, and tlie <-ust
worked out at a rate of o shillings per
•ere, which toclOded everything.
Comparing these figures with the
cost of doing the same work lit the or
dinary old-fashioned way, It will be
realized that by using the Ivel motor
you can get the work done very much
cheaper and quicker.
Machines have already been export
ed to Portugal, Egypt and Kouth Af
rica, as in these countries the superi
ority of mechanical power over horses
and cattle Is appreciated.
It W«a th ■ Hlaek Hand.
"Charley had a dreadful time lait
night," said young Mrs. Torkins. "H«
m.vs he was a victim of the 'lilack
Hand. 1 "
"You don't say so!" exclaimed tb«
"Yen. He came home without n
cent. I don't quite understand the par
ticulars as he explained them. Hut
they pulled a deadly weapon on him
that li known as a club flush." — Wash
It is almost impossible to believe
there was once a clay when Father
thought co mm of Mother he didn't
care a rap if she could cook or not.