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FLEETS STILL APART
Tokio, April 14.—1f any Word con
firmatory of tho reported naval engage
ment between the Japanese and Rus
sian fleets has been received here it is
not available to the public.
While the officials at the navy de
partment profess to believe that Ad
miral Togo and his subordinate com
manders will have no trouble in dis
posing of the Russian fleet, it is also
admitted that the Russian should prove
DO mean adversary.
He has a number of heavy battleship*
that should give a good account of
themselves, but it thought that the
Russian gunners will prove no match
for the trained Japanese veterans, who
bo easily disposed of the Port Arthur
fleet The report of the engagement
near the Dutch possessions is believed
to be an exaggeration,and it is thought
that if any vessels actually were engag
ed it will torn out to have, b< en Jap
anese and Russian scouting craft or de
stroyers. The main Japanese battle
ship and armored cruiser divisions "are
belireed to be much farther north than
the point where the flghting r said to
have been in progress, although the
actual whereabouts of the fleet is a
closely guarded secret. The fact (that
up to midnight there was no sign of
any extraordinary activity at the war
or navy departments is held by most
people to indcate that there has not yet
been any general naval engagement.
The Japanese vesses are all well equip
ped with improved wireless apparatus,
and if there had been any fighting the
officials should be informed of it, and
they would, it is thought, at least ad
nut that an engagement was in pro
A London report says that Irage fleets
have been sighted south of Bronco.
Captain Clado Has Apologized.
St. Petersburg, April 12. —The pro
posed duel between Captain Clado,
formerly Rojestvensky's tactician, and
Captain Zllotti, aide to Admiral Avel
lan, head of the Russian admiralty de
partment, has failed to take place,
Clado having been satisfied by investi
gation that ho had wrongly accused
Captain Zilotti of responsibility for
the publication of a letter from Vice
Admiral Rojestvensky severely reflect
ing upon him. Captain Clado has of
fered the amplest apologies, complet
ing the retraction by publishing his
letters of apology in all the papers
printing the first strictures.
Sunday Thirst Unquenched.
Kansas City. Mo., April 10.—Saloons
in both Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas
City, Kan., and the suburbs of the lat
ter city, as well as all the outlying
saloons and wine gardens in Jackson
county. Mo., were closed Sunday. Last
Sunday when the closing order went
Into effort in Kansas City, Mo., people
made a pilgrimage across the line into
Kansas or to many gardens in the
country on the Missouri side. Today,
however, the Closing order took effect
in all places, including hotels, where
liquor is sold.
Delaware One Senator.
The result of the endeavor to elect
a United States senator from Delaware
ended in a contest at deadlock. On
the one side it was "Addicks or no
body," and on the other it was "any
body but Addicks." The former won,
and while Addicks adds another year
to deferred hopes and is quite as far
away from the goai he set out to gain
20 years ago, he has the doubtful sat
isfaction of saying that if he was not
chosen he prevented any one else from
seizing the prize.
Dare Run No Night Trains.
St. Petersburg.—Dispatches from
the Caucasus paint the railway situa
tion there in alarming colors. The
authorities, it is represented, are afraid
to run trains at night lest they be
wrecked. Striking section hands seize
trains and travel up and down the line
forcing other employes to cease work.
Hundreds Buried Alive.
Lahore, India.- Four hundred and
seventy men of Gurkha regiments were
burled alive as a result of the earth
quake at Hill station of Dharmsala,
according to the latest information
from that place.
Indemnity of Half a Billion.
St. Petersburg—Baron Suyematsu's
article in the London Outlook of Satur
day regarding indemnity coincides
with Russia's information, the amount
demanded being $500,000,000.
In order to encourage the growing of
something besides cotton in the South
the Un'ted States Department of Agri
culture has purchased thirty farms in
various Southern States which it will
develop on its own account in order to
show local farmers what can bei done
in the raising of other products. It tne
experiment prove successful, it will be
extended to other sections, in order to
furnish practical working models for
Snear reflping in Russia gives em
ployment to more than twice as many
people as the grinding of fraln
-110,000 against 48,000.
A HISTORIC CHURCH.
Tork Mtnt. Edifice Where Pettier.
Souht Hefu K e from UVUKM . j
The trolley cars which tlr between
, U>e cltlei and villages of the Mohawk
valley, New York, have mule nore
convenient of access and thai opened
up tor more general inspection the
litany historic places of Interest in this
locality. One of those perhaps least
visited and yet possessing rare points
of Interest Is located about fifteen
miles east of li a. Where the Kay
ihoora joins the Mohawk, between
Herklmer and Little Falls, one may
Witch a glimpse of the old stone church
(•t Kouari, familiarly known us Fort
II- rklmer Chun I , which was original
1/ a stockade.
From the river side one cannot sec
It clearly, for II Is almost hidden by
tangles of wild grape. But from the
highway there Li nothing to obstruct
the view, and it stands out conspicu
ously—simple, strong and Impressive.
in the shadow of the gray walls,
where the sweet briar climbs and
Clings, lie tombstones whose inscrip
tions are almost obliterated, but among
which one may decipher fragments of
uaiiies which recall the personalities
and the deeds of long ago, an I which
awaken many tender memories among
the people of the valley. The church
yard is kept In good order, and among
the fallen stones stand shafts of mar
ble of modern design. Likewise there
have crept into the interior of the
church modern comforts, It is now a
haven of peace to the villager*. In th i
days when the whites were few and
the savages many In these parts, it
was a haven of refuge for the for
mer when they were assailed by the
murderous red men.
The church iks able to weather the
storms of another 100 years. Yet It Is
in the neighborhood of its 150 th birth*
WAS O.NCU A FOBT,
i day. It was built for the Palatines,
who come to German Flats in 1722,
■ and for whose protection Sir Wllllani
Johnson erected a fort in i Tr>♦«. This
church was erected at the same time,
and is the only one of the buildings re
lr.aining. Here was raised, in 1775, the
(fist liberty pole ever put up In the
vallley. During the revolution the
church was a place of refuge while
Brant and the Butlers were escorting
bands of scalpers through this region,
killing women and children; In 1812
the old church, where (Jen. lleikimer
Mid the valiant defenders of the settle
ment sang songs of praise and taught
i their children the faith of their fa
thers, and which at the same time was
■ a shelter against a dangerous foe, wag
• Transformed. The pulpit with the high
, Hounding board was put in, and it
• stands to this day — unique among the
■ platform! of the State from which tho
gospel is preached.
Acute Vision of Birds.
Birds have a very acute vision, per
haps the most acute of any creature,
and the sense is also more widely dif
fused over the retina than is the case
with man. Consequently a bird can
see sideways as well ts objects in
' (rout of it. A bird sws, showing great
uneasiness in consequence, a hawk
long before It .'« visible to man. So,
\ too, fowls knt plgecos find minute
[ ecraps of food, distinguishing the
from what appear to us similar pieces
of earth or gravel. Young chickens
are also able to find their own food,
knowing its position and how distant
It Is as soon as they are hatched.
' wheieas a child only very gradually
learns either to see or to understand
' the distance of objects. Several birds,
apparently the young of oil those tl at
nest on thi» ground, can see quite weil
directly they conn; out of the shell,
but the young birds that nest in trees
' or on rocks are born blind and have
' t<» be fed. j
Motto for Manicures.
A very pretty manicure in Liverpool
recently was attending upon an officer
1 of the Scottish Volunteers, and as she
Added the finishing touches she looked
up with limpid eyes and said:
"We are always so glad to have
testimonials from our customers. Do
i you mind?"
i "Delighted!" responded the gallant
warrior. Whereupon he wrote upon
his card, "There Is a divinity that
! shapes our ends."
At the Consultation.
First —Then we decide not to
Second Doctor— What d« you
think wo ought to charge him for de
j Biding not to «*»raU? —Brooklyn Life
Unexpected Meeting at Dinner of Ail
inircrH of a Voting Woman.
Two men who had never net bo
fore happened to be placed side by
Mile at a dinner given recently in lion- '.
or of a member of the cabinet One
was a lawyer of prominence in this
City who makes his home in a New
Jersey town. The other was a writer
v>f some note on economic subjects,
ivho had reside l i; England for a
score of years, but. recently returned
to ills native land.
During the conversation before the
arrival of the elocutionary period the
lawyer happened to mention the name
of the town where he lives.
"I wonder," said the author, "If yon
know a lady who, I am informed, lives
in your town?
"She was a native of Philadelphia,
in which city I was also born and grew
up. She has been married for a num
ber of years now. and 1 have lost track
of her. She was a .Misa Blank. I
never heard the name of her husband.
"As I remember her, she was a most
charming young woman and very
beautiful. She had a host of friends,
of whom I was one. In fact, I thought
at one time that I was the favored one.
1 called at her home lor more than a
"Well, I went abroad, and am a
bachelor still. I have often wondered
since if she is happy and has children;
whether she is rich or poor, and If she
has a husband who is as good as she
"Why," replied the lawyer. "I know
the lady. She lives in my town yet
In fact. I think she will always live
in my town.
"She has three children, is happy,
and is neither rich nor poor. Her hus
band, I am sorry to say, is not as good
as she deserves.
"Indeed, if he were, modesty would
forbid me to say so, for I am her hus
band. You must have known her very
well, for your description of her is true
The author blushed deeply and
stammered an apology, assuring the
lawyer that he had no idea that he
was speaking to the lady's husband.
"Oh," said the lawyer, "don't let
that trouble you. We were both of
the same mind, apparently, some years
ago; and 1 fancy we do not differ much
now on that subject. I'm sorry lor
you, old fellow, but it looks to me as
though it were a case of got there, and
that I got and you didn't."
RUSSIAN MARRIAGE MARKET.
Queer Custom that la Annually Ob
served at Klui.
Perhaps the best known of those
Russian marriage markets is the one
which takes place annually at Klui,
near Moscow, says Wolf yon Seiner
brand in Harper's Weekly. It occurs
during the week of epiphany (Russian
style) and all the young women who
wish to get married in the course of
the year are mustered in a long row
in the principal street of that large
and straggling country town. In or
der to make themselves attractive to
the young men who come to see and
admire them they wear nearly all their
belongings on their backs. Their Query
does not consist only of their best
clothes, but it includes a lot of old
family trinkets, sometimes valuable
scarfs, cloaks and furs, heavy silver
jewelry and necklaces, jackets Show-
Ing rows of prettily ciselated or fill
free silver buttons, and many of the
girls bring even their linen and other
domestic property along with them in
gaudily painted chests and trunks,
sitting on them like dragons watching
After exposing themselves for hours
<o the close scrutiny of would-be ben
edicts the girls march off in a pro
cession to church, there to perform at
the shrine of some saint particularly
potent In procuring Connubial bliss,
such as St. Chrysostom and St. Nia
zanzen, worshipful prayers. On the
way to church it Is not only permls
llble but good form for the young
men to follow and accost one or the
other of the girls in the way of con
If any two of the young people
think they suit one another a formal
visit is paid by the intended groom to
the parents. But before the actual
marriage is arranged, a number of
interviews take place between the re
spective parents, every Item of the
trousseau being exacted before hand
and noted down as a part of the bride's
j A Token of* Ortuituda.
I A. teacher in one of the public
schools in Washington is of opinion
that,'while much is written of the
trials of teaching, too little is said of
Its compensations. She gives ;/.e fol
lowing anvising case In instance:
An Italian boy in one of the stiver
grades made such progress with fain
Studies, especially with English, that
his grateful father felt in lncumbc.
en him to call in person at the school
building- and express his gratification.
His speech was not all intelligible, but
there was no doubt of his sincerity,
for he concluded with this generous
"Missa Teacher, I harva de barb'
•hop ona de corner. You bringa me
four hair ana day tin' I giva you de
Aampoo. Costa you nota de cent"
Bi'itiiT Ml si t.i ll»i;.
lit K< i. I. .1. Hun hill.
The high character of tho Christian
life is emphasized by St, Paul. We are
natural children in bondage to the
llcsli and to sin, hut "tinl law of the
spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made
me free from the law of ijn anil
death." We are no longer debtors or
in bondage to the fle»li, which bondage
moans spiritual nth, Bui it' we,
through the spirit, do niortity the deeds
of tho body we shall live. Anil that
life Is a life in which we are led by
the spirit of God and thus become
truly and In fact eons of God. Tin
sacraments of baptism Hud holy ''"in
reunion bring us and keep us in union
with Cbrlsi by his holy spirit, hut the
tost of that life is that we give our
selves up to I c "led Of the spirit. ''
It is not sufficient that we adhere to
the letter of the ten coiumai.diuenls.
"The letter killeth but the spirit giveth
life." We must go further than this.
We must consider the Interests of oth
ers and give them equal weight with
our own. We must take account of
the Influence of our example. We must
go out of our way often and rise to a
higher level even than the mere letter
of tin- law.
The Christian man needs higher
leading than the natural conscience.
He must yield himself to the leading
of God's holy spirit, sought by prayer
and holy communion; he must surren
der his own will to God's will if he
would be a son of God indeed. "What
Is my beat Interest?" "What do my
friends expect of me?" 1 "What do other*
do?" Such questions as these must
give way to the more Important ques
tion: "What would Go 4 have me to
do".'" God's will and the leading of tils
holy spirit are made plain to 4is in
prayer; the earthly life of the eternal
Son of Cod reveals that will and lead
ing to us, and. following it, we become
more and more like him and are In
deed sons of Cod. And If sons, "then
? heirs; heirs of God. and joint heirs
3' with Christ,"
FAILURE FOLLOWS ARROGANCE
I By Rev. Orrln R. Jenks.
Rohoboam, who succeeded Solomon
in the kingdom of Israel, was a weak,
vain and impulsive monarch. Ills
father had put heavy burdens upon
the people. Foreign alliances, the ex
travagant luxury of court life, heavy
taxes and forced labor had forced a
Railing yoke upon the people that at
last became unbearable and Intolera
Thus by tills heritage of evils be
queathed by Solomon to his son Keho
boam was confronted at the very be
ginning of his reign with problems of
the gravest character. His people de
manded that wrongs be righted and
that oppressive burdens be made light
er. Had Rehoboam mad the signs of
the times he could readily have Been
I that he was dealing with a dangerous
discontent. Had this king abated the
burdens of his people and promised
that he would study their peace and
welfare above all lie could have grap
pled to himself the affections of his
people as with hooks of steel.
But, following the advice of his boon
companions, who were worthless and
aristocratic idlers, this empty-headed
and foolish prince refused to reduce the
burdens or lighten the heavy yoke of
Ills subjects. lie was dealing with a
hlgh-spiritc-d people, whose bitter pas
sions were aroused and exasperated by
bis answer to their petition for a re
dress of their wrongs. They answered
their king with a shout of rebellion.
They started a war cry that brought
very man to action, the outcome of
which was a shattered empire, hun
dreds of years of strife and folly and
a hopelessly divided kingdom.
Gigantic military systems cannot
long protect a State. If the rulers of
any nation fail to execute Judgment
and to show mercy and compassion to
their brother men; if they oppress the
widow, the fatherless and the poor,
then the glory of that nation will goon
depart, its existence will end and hell
will be turned loose upon earth.
MEANING OP PRAYER.
By Rev. W. Hanson Pulstord.
More things are wrought by prayer
than this world dreams of. Vet prayer
in the old wens* of on appeal to God
to act on our behalf otherwise than he
would have done If not appealed to
has no place In the universe as men
now think of It Prayers for rain or
for fine weather or for special Interpo
sition of the Almighty in our favor are
•Imply anachronisms. There is no room
for them in the thought of the un
changing order "with whom is no
variableness." They belong to til*
stage In human progress In which man
thinks of God as Ilk: himself, open t<»
appeal, needing to be appeased, liuovicl
by offerings or present*, determined In
-ouic measure by the demands of his
Yet while this is obviously the ease
prayer In the truer sense of the open
ing of the mind to the influence of the
unseen and eternal has a function
which we cannot afford to neglect
Life only too often falls of Its best and
strongest qualities because there has
been no room In It for the quiet re
serve power and deeper resource
which are born of the awakening with
in one of the great life which is our*
as children Of the unceasing order.
Greatness Is not broil of the street.
Cleverness and shallow aims and
pleasures do not breed the men
through whom the race discovers the
real quality of living.
It matters not how you come to It,
whether through books or by the hills
and the sea or in the ancient and ven
erable silence of the cathedral or "sim
ply in the inner citadel of your own
soul, if yon are to moot the pressure
md the stress of life aright you need
to have the factulty of falling btlCk
on things larger thitn the selfish life
of the passing moment. You must din
cover that within yon Is the power to
take the sunshine and the storm with
serenity, to ally yourself with things
greater than the first narrow life of
impulse and so to become not a slave
of circumstance but a master.
Not until that larger self, "both in
and out of the game and watching anil
wondering at it," awakens can one
know the resource which Is the secret
of great living and understand what
the old Roman meant when he said "if
one is able to live at all he is able to
live nobly." To work without strain,
to have the ability to handle life as a
master are great things. To win them
we must let the great life about us
awaken the great life within. That .«(
TKUTII IS SENSATION.
liy Rev. Dr. leach.
Truth is the greatest sensation of
the twentieth century. Preach truth
and you will have some old sinner
and holding up oil
hands and crying:
Yes, I had a Class
leader who said 1
lived oil It, once.
I did use to shake
him up. The old.
stagnant, 8 i n
spawned soul stir
red made it sten
ch v for the mail
EEV. W. B. LEACH Tell a man square
ly "Thus saith God: No liar, blas
phemer, adulterer, unclean person
shall enter heaven, but shall take in*
position in the lake that burneth with
brimstone and (ire," ami It makes sen
It is sensation In that it stirs, it
works, it makes men pause. Too much,
God forgive me, of this sugar-coated
stuff has been dealt out. God is God,
His word sols a standard for us. Wo
'•an reach it easier than any earthly
standard if we try to do 80. We are
too afraid to be square with men.
The physician who dodges truth ami
l( t.s you die Is a murderer bodily. What
of me, if i let men go on in sin and
licentiousness and do not call a halt
till they wake from death in hell?
A murder? Worse!
If this be sensation, then I'm a sen
sationalist. Men, God wants you.
Women, God wants you. Let us all
quit our lying, backbiting, stealing,
Impurity and be as God wants us,
"Pure in heart, bo we shall see him."
Great God brand these words into the
soul of every hearer. Holy Ghost,
give a thousand soula to thy glory
through this. if I «m speaking false
ly, let me lie damned; If truth, let the
thousands be blessed.
SPIRIT SURVIVES WRECK.
ay Dr. J. P. hrushlngham.
There is a pathetic sense In which
men, women and children are creat
ures of circumstances We are phys
ically helpless In the presence of life's
awful tragedies. A Beat in the lro
quois, on the deck of the Slocuin or
in the shattered wreck of a railway
disaster. I one, lire, flood are re
morseless and Know no favorites, lint
the poisoned sword of a Laertes can
not kill the lofty spirit of Hamlet. He
lives here, everywhere and forever,
The chrlstlar philosophy wreaths
sad and sadden death with hope. It
becomes more than transition; it 1*
promotion; It Is larger life.
The world Is a fearfully noisy place
to the man who Is waiting for a chance
to blow his own horn.
The man who is too meek to speak
in meeting get* ever It before eieo