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Facts About the Philippines.
The bulletin of the Philippine cen
The archipelago consists of 340 in
dependent groups of islands, with an
aggregate population of 7.635.42 G.
About 9 per cent are wild tribes, the
remainder "more or less civilized"—
chiefly less. All are Catholics in re
ligion. There are only four cities of
over 10,000 population. Three-fifths
of the people live in villages. There
are only 50,000 foreigners and three
fourths of these are Chinese. The
population has Quadrupled in 100 years.
The line of demarkation between the
tribes is closely drawn. The people
are too clanish to marry outside their
tribes. There are as many females,
practically, as males, but only one-third
of the population is married.
Only about half the population can
read any language. Less than that
per cent can write. Only one-fifth can
both read and write. The colloge edu
cated form about 11V6 per cent of
The mass of people cultivate small
patches of ground and gardens and
fish and hunt. The women are expert
weavers. Among the Visayans are fine
needlewomen, embroiderers, lace mak
The vital statistics show that the
people develop early, marry early and
die early—*2 per cent before the age
of fifty. Malaria carries away 27 per
cent, cholera 33 per cent. Contagious
diseases can scarcely be controlled on
account of the ignorance as to sanita
Butte Saloon Heldup.
Butte, Mont , April 27.—The saloon
of Honeychurch & Lewellyn, on East
Park street, was held up by two mask
ed men in a daring fashion and the
cash register robbed of its contents of
about $18. Honeyohurch ,who was in
the Baloon at the time, was compelled
to throw up his hands and face the
wall. Honeychurch's partner several
hours before the robbery had removed
several hundred dollars from the regis
ter and taken it to his home.
Sunday School Convention.
Hpokane, Wash,, April 26. —The con
vention of the State Sunday School as
sociation has proved to be what those
who have been activrie in the work of
preparing for the convention predicted
it would be—one of the greatest Sun
day school contntion ever held in the
Plot to Kill the Czar.
A plot to kill the czar and his kins
men has been discovered among the
troops of the imperial guard. Many
officers are involved, the very men
upon whom the imperial family de
pends for personal safety.
Governor General Trepoff's secret
agents unearthed the plot and as
sert that several of the conspirators,
of noble birth, were in possession of
large quantities of dynamite.
Name Battleship "Michigan."
It 'was announced at the navy de
partment that one of the two battle
ships, the construction of which was
authorized at the last session of con
gress, will he named the Michigan.
The name South Carolina already has
been selected for the other. The com
pletion of these two ships will bring
the number of battleships in the navy
up to 27.
Earthquake Alarms English.
An earthquake, lasting several sec
onds and occasioning much alarm,
was felt about 2 o'clock Sunday morn
ing throughout. Derbyshire and York
shire, England, and in adjacent dis
tricts. There was trifling damage In
several places, but nothing of a seri
ous nature resulted.
The Duffy-Mellody Fight.
Eddie Quiun has closed the match
between Martin Duffy, the Chicago
welter weight, and "Honey" Billy
Mellody. The fight will be held prob
ably May 12, in the Spokane Amateur
Athletic club building. Both fighter*
are to strip at 145 pounds at 3 o'clock
on the afternoon of the light.
Killed by Explosion.
Stites, Idaho, April 27.—News reach
iiiß here from Elk City states that
Hugh McFarlaud had b ;en killed by
an explosion. Mr. McFarland had a
Wife aud family with him. The body
J8 on its way out and will be shipped
Boise Basin Electric Line.
Boise, Idaho, April 26. — Arrange
ments have been completed for the con
strnotion of an electriot railway line
in the Boise valley reaching Caldweil,
32 miles from Bois«, and the Pearl
mining camp, 25 miles. This will be
the first eleotrio line in southern Idaho.
Tortured Them With Fire.
Turkand, Russian Turkestan.—Ser
geant Ribinsky has been tried and con
demned to three years' imprisonment
at hard labor for torturing prisoners
American paper used in England by
Wholesale Produce Prices.
Potatoes. $1 cwt; onions, $3.25 cwt;
cabbage, $2©2.50 cwt; onions, 25c doz;
spinach, 75c box; asparagus, 12%c@
: 15c lb; rhubarb, 5c lb; oranges. $3
case; Winesap apples, $1.50 box; New
ton Pippins, $1.40 box; best apples.
$1.50 box; cabbage, $1.75; Davis, 50®
j7sc box; radishes, 40c doz bunches.
Wholesale Feed Prices.
Bran, $19 ton; bran and shorts, $21
[ ton; oats, $1.45 cwt; wheat. $1.40 cwt;
chopped corn, $1.35 cwt; whole corn,
111.26 cwt; timothy hay, $14 ton; alfal
fa hay, $12 ton; oil meal, $2 cwt; grain
! hay, $13 ton.
Prices Paid to Producers.
Vegetables and Fruits—Root vege
tables, 75c cwt; potatoes, 75@80c cwt;
;ommon apples, 50@75c box; second
*rade, 75c@$l box; best apples, $1.50
Sox; cabbage, $1.75 cwt.
Poultry and Eggs^Chickens, hens,
12% clb live weight; roosters, B@loc
!b; geese, 12c lb live weight; turkeys,
LBc lb live weight, 20c dressed; ducks,
live, 13c, dressed, 15c; eggs, $5.50®
Live Stock—Steers, $3.75@4 cwt;
sheep, $firstname.lastname@example.org cwt; hogs, $5® 5.50
cwt; veal, $6@9 cwt.
Hay—Timothy, $12@13 ton; alfalfa,
HI ton; oats, $email@example.com cwt.
Creamery Products, f. o. b. Spokane
—First grade creamery butter fat, per
lb 28% c.
Woodmen at Spokane.
The state camp of the Modern Wood
men of America will meet at Spokane
May 3 and 4.
The Spokane camp has raised about
$1000 for the entertainment of the
guests. Tne forester teams from a
number of camps will attend the con
vention, and will compete for the
prizes offered for thf best drilled team.
The prizes total about $400. They are
divided into two sets, one for 16 men
teams and one for eigiii men teams.
Kansas Oil Refinery Waits.
Topeka, Kan. —The Kansas oil refin
ery will not be built for several months
according to the present status of the
case in the supreme court. It has been
arranged that the suit to determine
the validity of the on refinery bonds
will be heard at the June term of the
district court. There are some extric
ate constitutional questions involved
and the court has requested that they
be well briefed. The refinery can not
be built until the bond suit is decided.
It is intimated in St. Petersburg
naval circles that Admiral Rojestven
sky is now in the gulf of Tonquin,
where, under the shelter of Hainan is
land and far outside territorial waters,
he can await the arrival of the fourth
division of his squadron, commanded
by Admiral NebogatolT. No confirma
tion of this report is obtainable at the
admiralty, where it is said that the ex
act location of Rojestvensky 's squadron
It is stated that the cable to Hainan
has been cut, presumably by the Rus
sian squadron, to conceal the move
ments of the squadron there.
Reno, Nev., April 28. —An east
bound passenger train on the Southern
Pacific railway, in passing through
Beowawe, Nev., ran into a gang of
Japanese numbering about 80. The
train literally plowed its way through
them, kil ing two and injuring several.
The accident was unavoidable, the
train rounding a curve and the laborers
before the engineer had an opportunity
to slow his train.
Helena. Mont, April 28.—The jury
iv the suit of R. Q Prichard of Bpo
kaue, against various defendant!, in
volving the |2000 reward offered for
the arrcftand conviction of Hammond,
the Besirmonth, Mom., train robber,
brought in a veidicr in favor of Prich
ard, awa-ding liim the entire amount.
Both Kansas Citys Dry.
Kansas City, Mo., April 24. —Wiih
less than half a dozen exceptions, sa
loons in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas
City Kan., were closed Sunday. There
were a few arrests for violations of
the Sunday closing law.
King Rides in Algiers.
Algiers. —King Edward and Queen
Alexandra landed at Pbilippeville (250
miles east of Algiers). They were re
ceived by Governor General Jonnart
and other officials.
Minister to China Dies.
Paul de Lessar, Russian minister to
China, is dead.*
M. Lessar, who was councillor of
the Russian embassy In London, was
appointed Russian minister to China
July 12, 1901.
Americans in St. Petersburg.
Charles M. Schwab of the Bethle
hem Steel company and Charles R.
Flint of New York have arrived in St.
American cutlery shipped into Shef
field, England's cutlery manufacturing
lie i*tct thinks a man is truly great until he's dcßd.
And then he wipes away a tear and quotes what he ha« said,
He talks about the nations that long since have passed away.
And mourns when he 'compares them with the nations of to-day.
He talks about his boyhood and the fun thnt folks liad then;
tie talks about thfl actors that we M'er slip 11 ser> ftgatD.
JBe vows tliat everything worth while long since hns gone before,
A.nd life to him Is Just one grand, sweet funeral—nothing niorp.
, —Washington Star.
YQ\ OBERT MALCOLM had nerer
Jk^ been called "Bob" by any one
*^ until his recently acquired wife,
with a coquettish pretense of shyness,
had so addressed him.
He had known her but a short time
when he won her. And now, at the
end of six blissful months, he was sit
ting in his splendid library, perplexed
and miserable, and gloomily eyeing the
embers of a grate tire and trying to
persuade himself that the shadow
which threatened to wreck his future
could be explained nway if only he had
the courage to ask her.
On coming home that afternoon he
had gone to the sitting room and had
found it empty. Turning to leave he
saw a piece of note paper lying on the
floor, as though It had boon brushed off
her desk as she rose in a hurry. In
stooping to replace .t, his eye caught
two words, the beginning of a letter —
"Dear Tom." Dear Tom* Could it be
that there was a dear Tom in her life
of whom he knew nothing? The letter
"Dear Tom —If I were to be asked
why I am writing to you I should have
to admit thut I am yielding to un im
pulse. My whole life has been made
up of impulses, and I never battled
with them but once —alas, the very
time I should have yielded. You know
well what 1 mean, that night you re
nounced me, renounced me while your
blood was on fire with love for me,
which I knew and felt and revelled In.
when your eyes dumbly begged me to
refuse to be renounced and your lips
told me it would be better to part. Ah,
If I had only yielded then to the im
pulse to tell you I loved you well
enough to share your poverty and tue
task of caring for your poor, helpless
father. How well I remember that
dear, delightful, cruel summer in Dork
"You came, dear, and you stepped
Into my heart with that first smile on
your,brave, sunny face. Then, after
ward. Aunt Sarah, when I told her of
our betrothal, said In her icy, sneering
tones: 'I congratulate you upon your
discretion. It Is a fitting thing that
you should marry Tom Spencer and let
your early poverty be merged into mid
dle aged and elderly poverty. As Tom
Spencer's wife you will have the satis
faction of knowing that you have be
fore you such a life as your mother
has led, only Intensified, since your
life will be encumbered by his help
less, paralytic old father.'
"Tom, dear, do not utterly despise
me when I tell you that her words had
their weight. I did not fear the pov
erty, for I knew you were bound to
succeed, if only, dear one, you were
not hampered in your career by your
father. I knew you were fond of him,
and that while he lived you would keep
him with you that even I could not
influence you to .send him away. So
when you told me we had better part I
offered no protestation. 1 knew your
heart was aching and that you needed
comforting words from me. i knew 1
had only 10 speak one word to break
down the barrier and have you take
me to your heart forever. I did not
speak that word. Though my heart
cried out to you I could not tell you
that I loved you well enough to share
your burden. I did not speak that
word. I am married now. My hus
band loves me, and I am rich beyond
my fondest expectations. I have all
those things which my luxurious nu-l
expensive tastes craved —yet I am Dot
happy. Thla is Indeed my farewell.
dear one. You know now—every word
In this letter has told you—what you
are to me. You will not misunder
stand —you will not come to me. It Is
over, Tom, and "
Here the writing endetl abruptly.
Robert Malcolm was a loyal ninn,
and though the evidence was against
her he refused to believe his wife gull
ty of all that the letter Implied. H<>
told himself that if he dared to ask her
for an explanation ahe would give It.
and it would be satisfactory. To ask
her to confess a dishonorable act was
also to confess a lack of confidence in
While he was sitting there the door
opened nolselesly. A slight girlish fig
ure stole across the thick carpet and
behind his chair. Two soft small hands
were clasped before bin eyes and a
"Guess who It Is."
His he*rt gave a great bound and
he took the hands down and kissed
them. Finally, as if satisfied with
what he saw, he t.sked:
"Have you been shoppingV
She seemed surprised at the trivial
question following ho closely upon
the scrutiny she had undergone, and
"Is that all, Mr. Bluebeard? Gra
cious, how you scared me. I expected
to hear you say in sepulchral tones,
"Woman, there Is guilt on your face —
where have you hidden the body?' And
Instead, after that soul-searching gaze,
j-ou ask the commonplace questlou in
commonplace tones, 'Have you been
With a sigh or" content and love and
relief he threw his anus round her
and drew her close to him for a mo
ment. Then she seated herself oppo
site him in a low chair, where the
firelight fell on her face, bringing out
all its charm.
In the magnetism of her presence
her husband became almost happy
once more—until the memory of that
letter came back to sting him.
•Suddenly he asked her:
"Adele, were you ever in Dorking?"
She opened wide her eyes and. an
"No, dear, why do you ask?"
"Just curiosity." Then, after a
pause, he added: "Did you ever know
a man named Tom Spencer?"
She laughed softly and, folding her
dainty hands, replied:
"Now am I indeed on the rack. Why
torture my innocent soul with the cu
riosity to know the reason for placing
me in the witness box?"
At her irrevelant answer his doubts
rose again, and he rather sternly re
peated his question, with a request for
a direct reply.
"Tom Spencer — Tom Spencer —
where have 1 seen or heard that
name?" she queried softly, as if to
herself. "I certainly don't know any
Tom Spencer, but I believe I have
heard the name somewhere."
"And now, you dear cross ogre, are
there any more conundrums for me?
Because, if you have finished, I will
go and dress for dinner."
He laughed and watched her disap
pear through the door.
A month passed, and during this
time llobert Malcolm tried to detect a
flaw in his wife's devotion to justify
him in the doubt which would creep in
whenever he thought of that letter.
But It was In vain that he sought an
explanation in her manner. There
was nothing about her to suggest that
wealth had palled upon her, or that
without poverty and Tom Spencer her
life was a blank. She was as ever
airily affectionate, daintily tyrannical,
flippant and serious in one breath,
With that ••Infinite variety" which whs
her greatest charm. One night when
they hud returned from a dance he de
cided to makft a full confession to her
and to ask her for an explanation.
She had thrown herself into an easy
chair and looked even fairer than usu
Making a final effort he began, and
rapidly ho told her all -all about the
letter, his doubts and despair and the
unhappineu he felt whenever he
thought of the matter. While he was
talking she was looking down and
twisting the rings on her blender fin
gers. When he finished she looked up
at him with a slow, amused smile
creeping over her fare.
'■Now l understand those questions
you asked me about Tom Spencer.
Yes, that was the name —and I know
why the nume Heeiuetl familiar to
"Well, what of Tom Spencer? Who
"He Is a creature of my own Ira
agination, and once having created
Thomas I straightway forgot him.
When you naked me that day I won
dered where I had heard the name."
"What do you mean?" he demand
"Only this, Bob —but first you must
promise not to laugh at me." Bhe
stopped, looking at him anxiously. He
nodded impatiently, and she went on.
"Home time ago I conceived the Idea
of being literary. I thought out a story
and decided that I would depart from
the usual routine and have it told in a
series of letters. You got hold of the
beginning of the story. I was called
away that day, and never thought
aguiu of mj literary venture."
II« drew her op to him and then,
with his arms around her, ho asked la
a husky whisper:
"Adele, will you forgive me?"
For answer sin- put lier arms round
his neck and thru replied softly:
"If you'll promise never to doobt me
The promise nnd the forgiveness
were consummated In one long kiss.
A week Inter In a local paper Rob
ert Malcolm happened on the follow
"Dorking, April 23.— Mr. William
Spencer, an old and respected citizen
of this city, died yesterday afternoon-
The deceased had long been a sufferer
from paralysis, but his death was un
expected. He leaves one son, Mr.
Thomas Spencer, with whom he lived,
to mourn his loss."--YVaverley Maga
BCIENVIFIC BEET CULTURE.
A Department of Herlin Agricultural
Bctaool Devoted to It.
A department of the agricultural
high school at Herlin wns recently e.s
tabllshed which is devoted entirely to
tlie study of the scientific culture of
beet sugar. Beet migar cultivation oc
an Industrial scale In Germany dates
from but little more thau fifty yenrs
ago, m.vs a consular reiH»rt, and to
ward the end of the '<X)s there waa
established In connection with the ag
rleultural high school a small work
ing laboratory which, under the direc
tion of Prof. Dr. Bchelbler, devoted
it* somewhat restricted facilities to the
cause of scientific uugar production.
There wore then in (Jermany about
180 more or less primitive sugar fac
tories, which worked up annually 700,
--000 tons of beets. These hud multi
plied In 11KX) to 3SM) factories, whldt
ooiumined 18,200 tons of beets, or an
average of more than .'53,000 tons to
each establishment Meanwhile, flip
requirements of the time had far trans
cended the capacity and facilities of
the institute found (Hi by Prof. Seheib
ler, and the new spacious and com
pletely equipped establishment now
opened and dedicated to Its work epit
omlzos firstly the present state of the
sugar industry in Qermany. It is rec
ognized liere above all that the abo
lition of export bounties by the Bra*
st*ls conference ended definitely a long
and important chapter in the history
of beet-sugar production and that tbn
industry, deprived of that form of arti
flcial stimulus, must henceforth work
out its own future upon new and in
dependent lines. It is to be a battle
in which scientific methods, profoundly
studied and skillfully applied, alone
can win. To concentrate all the light
which science can give upon the task
of producing most economically from a
given area of land the largest weight
of beet* wJjii the highest percent-age of
saccharine clement, to harvest the
crop, extract, cleanse and evaporato
the Juice, and to conduct each step of
the process down to the marketing of
the refined sugar with the utmost skill
and avoidance of waste —this is the les
son which the new institute is designed
and equipped to teach.
CARRIED OFF BY AN EAGLE.
Little Girl of 18 Mouths Killed >.-
King of Birds.
While a little girl, about 18 months
old, the only daughter of a young
Kutherlandshire crofter, living about a
mile from Invorsbin station, on the
lilghlnnd railway, was playing nt her
father's cottage door one evening an
eagle swooped down, gripped her in
its claws and curried her off to the
mountains, where, some hours later,
her dead and mutilated body wai
found by a gamekeeper, says the Lon
At first there was no clew to the
mystery of her sudden disappearance.
The little one had been playing in the
sunshine while her mother was baking
bread and her father was still at work
in the fields.
Her baking finished, the mother pre
pared tea and railed the child. A»
there wiss no response, Bhe went out
to look for tier and not seeing her any
where became alarmed and went in
search of her Husband.
Meanwhile a gamekeeper's party
was hunting through the dense broom
which covered a neighboring hill and
while thin investigation was in prog
ress one of th? gamekeepers, recalling
Stories of lanbß being carried away
by eagles, niude his way toward the
rocky crags near the crest of the hill.
In a crevice in the rocks he saw a tiny
shoe and in a deep cleft a little higher
up he found the body of the missing
Two years ago an eagle attacked
and killed a deer iti Kutherlandshir*
and fed on its body until the keepers
drove it off. Lainbt are sometime*
missed and their skeletons afterward
found on the hilltops. It is fifty yean,
however, since such a tragedy as that
When He Was Not Ix>oking,
A modern instance of avoiding Scyl
la to dash upon Charybdls comes from
the Washington Star, by the way of
" 'Taint good to be too skecry." said
the old man. "I once knowed a gem
man dat got his mind so tore up 'bout
germs an' bacllluses dat be didn't look
wbah he were goin', an' got run ober
by a truck-"