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Facts About the Philippines.
\ The bulletin of the Philippine cen
I The nrMipelago consists of 34(t in
lependenx groups of islands, with an
|fgreg:tte population of 7,635,42 i;.
fcfcout 9 per cent are wild tribes, the
iunainder "more or less civilized"—
Bpefly iaas. All are Catholics in re
ligion. T^ere 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- j
fourths of these are Chinese. The
popukrt.Uyr has Quadrupled in 100 years.
The lhfe of demarkatlon between the
tribes is closely drawn. The people
are too clanish to marry outside their j
tribes. There are as many females, ;
yuKT-tically, as males, but only one-third
of the population is married.
Only about half the population can '
read any language. Less than that I
per cent can write. Only one-fifth can j
both read and write. The college edu-:
cated form about lll^ 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.
Bntte, Mont , April 27.—The salonn
of Honeychurch & Lewellyn, on Eust
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. Honeychurch ,who was in
the saloon at the time, was compelled
to throw up his hands and face the
wall. Honeychurch's partner several
hoars before the robbery had removed
several hundred dollars from the regis
ter and taken it to his home.
Sunday School Convention.
Spokane, Wash., April 20. —The con
vention of the State Sunday School as
sociation has proved to be what those
who have been activde in the work of
preparing for the convention predicted
ijfcvoulrt be —one of the greatest Sun
d^ school coutntion ever held in the
Plot to Kill the Czar.
A plot to kill the czar and his kins
rfSi has been discovered among the
iToops 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
s*B»t that several of the conspirators,
JF noble birth, were in possession of
large quantities of dynainiie.
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 be 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 Qninn ha* 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 fighters
are to strip at 145 pounds at :s o'clock
on the afternoon of the fight.
Killed by Explosion.
Stites, Idaho, April 87.—News reach
ing here from Elk City states that
Hugh McFarland had been killed by
an explosion. Mr. McFarland had a
wife and family with him. The body
is ou its way out and will be shipped
Boise Basin Electric Line.
Boise, Idaho, April 26. — Arrange
ments have been completed for the coe
struction of ah electriot railway lin(
in the Boise valley reaching Caldwell
82 miles from Bois», and the Pear
mining camp, 25 miles. This will b<
the first electric line in southern Idaho
Tortured Them With Fire.
Turkand, Russian Turkestan.—Sei
geant Ribinsky has been tried and coi
demned to three years' imprißonmei
at« hard labor for torturing prisoner
American paper used in England b
Wholesale Produce Prices.
Potatoes, $1 C \vt; onions, $3.25 cwt;
cabbage, $email@example.com cwt; onions. 25c dot;
spinach, 75c box; asparagus, 12%c®
15c lb; rhubarb, 5c lb; oranges, $.;
case; Winesap apples, $1.50 box; New
ton Pippins, $1.40 box; best apples,
$1.50 box; cabbage, $1.75; Davis, 50®
75c 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,
11.25 cwt; timothy hay, $14 ton; alfal
fa hay, $12 ton; oil meal, $2 cwt; grain
hay, $13 ton.
Prices Paid to Producers.
Vegetables and Fruits—Root vege
, tables, 75c cwt; potatoes, 75@80c cwt;
| common apples, 50@75c box; second
grade, 75c@$l box; best apples, $1.50
i box; cabbage, $1.75 cwt.
Poultry and Eggs—Chickens, hens,
12^c lb live weight; roosters, B@loc
lb; geese, 12c lb live weight; turkeys,
ISc lb live weight, 20c dressed; ducks,
live, 13c, dressed, 15c; eggs, $5.50®
Live Stock—Steers, $3.7604 cwt;
sheep, $4<g>4.50 cwt; hogs, $firstname.lastname@example.org
cwt; veal, $6@9 cwt.
Hay—Timothy, $12013 ton; alfalfa,
$11 ton; oats, $1.15 1.20 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. Ttic forester teams from a
number of camps will attend the con
• vention, and will compete for the
prizes offered for the best drilled team.
The prizes total about $400. They are
divided into two sets, one for 16 men
i teams and one for eigiii men teams.
Kansas Oil Refinery Waits.
Topeka, Kan. —The Kansas oil refin
| cry 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 Nebogatoff. No confirma
| tion of this report is'obtainabl ■>. at the
! admiralty, where it is said that the cx
i act location of Rojestvensky 'a squadron
: is unknown. ,
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
traiu rounding a curve and the labor
before the engineer had an opportunity
to slow his train.
Helena, Mont., April 28.—The jury
in the suit of R. Q Prichard of Spo
kane, against various defendants, in
volving the $2000 reward offered for
j the arrest and conviction of Hammond,
the Benrmonth, .Mont., train robber,
brought in a vetdict ii favor of Prich
ard, awa-ding him the entire amount.
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Both Kansas Citys Dry.
Kansas City, Mo., April 24.—With
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.
. j Algiers.—King Edward and Queen
• Alexandra landed at PhllippeyiHe (250
I 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
,'i ' the Russian* embassy in London, was
I appointed Russian minister to China
! July 12, 1901.
Americans in St. Petersburg,
r- Charles M. Schwab of the Bethle
q. hem Steel company and Charles R.
it Flint of New York have arrived in St.
American cutlery shipped into Shef
>y field, England's cutlery manufacturing
He i*rer thinks a man is truly great until lie's dead.
And then ho wipes away ■ tear and quotes what he has-saW.
He talks about the nations that long since have passed away,
And mourns when he Compares them with the nations of today.
He talks about his boyhood and the fun thai folks had then;
He talks about the actors that we ne'er shall Me again.
JBe vows that everything worth while long since has gone before,
And life to him is Just one grand, sweet funeral nothing more.
I CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE. I
HOBBRT MALCOLM had never
boon called "Hob" by nny one
until his recently acquired wife j
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 j
end of six blissful months, he wns sit
ting in hig splendid library, perplexed
and miserable, and gloomily eyeing the
embers of n grate tire and trying to
persuade himself that the shadow
which threatened to wreck his future
could be explained away 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 loave he
saw a piece of note paper lying on the |
floor, ns though it had been brushed off
her desk as she rose In a hurry. In
stooping to renlnce it, 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 that 1 r.ni yielding to an lm
pulse. My whole life has been made
up of Impulses, and 1 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 bogged me to
refuse to be renounced and your lips
told me it would be better to part. Ah.
if 1 had only yielded then to the lm
pul.se to toll you I loved you well
enough to share your poverty and tne
task of caring for your poor, helpless
futher. 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 lei
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
bus 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 hud
their weight. I did not fear the pov
erty, for 1 knew you were bound to
succeed, If only, dear one, you were
not hampered In your career by your
father. 1 know you wore fond of him,
and that while he lived you would keep
him with you that even 1 could not
influence you to send him away. So
when you told me we had better part I
ottered no protestation. 1 knew your
heart was aching and thai yon needed
comforting words from me. * knew 1
had only to speak one word to break
down the barrier and have you take
me to your heart forever. 1 dirt not
speak thut word. Though my heart
cried out to you I could not tell you i
that I loved you well enough to share
your burden. 1 did not speak thai
word. I am married now. My bus
band loves me, and 1 am rich beyond
my fondest expectation*. 1 have, all
those things which my luxurious ami
expensive tastes craved yet I am no)
happy. This is Indeed my farewell.
dear one. You know now every word
In this letter has told you what you
ure to me. You will not misunder
stund —you will not come to me. It Is
over, Tom, and "
Here the writing ended abruptly,
Robert Malcolm wai a loyal man,
and though the evidence was against
her he refused to believe his wife gull
ty of all that the letter implied. He
told himself that If he dared to ask her
for an explanation she 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 noiselesly. A slight girlish fig
ure stole across the thick carpet and
behind bis chair. Two soft small hands
were clasped before his eyes and v
"(ii'ess who It is." v
lii« heart gave a great bound and
he took the hands down and kissed
them. Finally, as if Mtltfled with
I what he saw, he j.skod:
"Have you been shopping?"
she aetmed surprised nt the trivinl
question following bo closely Upon
I the scrutiny she had undergone, and
"Is that nil, Mr. Bluebeard? (■ra
dons, how you seared me. I expected
to hear you any in sepulchral tones,
•Woman, there Is guilt on your face
where have you bidden the body/ And
[instead, after that soul searching n»ze,
] rou ask the commonplace question in
j commonplace tones, 'Have you been
With a sigh or content and love and
I relief he threw his srms round bet
and drew her close to him for n mo
ment. Then she seated herself oppo
site him in a low chair, where the
firelight fell on her face, bringing out
nil its charm,
In the magnetism of her presence
her husband became almost happy
once more—until the memory of Unit
letter en me back to sting him.
Suddenly he asked her:
"▲dele, were you ever In Dorking?"
She opened wide her eyes and an
"No, dear, why do you ask?"
"Just curiosity." Then, after n
pause, be added: "Did you ever know
a man named Tom Spencer?"
She laughed Softly and, folding her
dainty hands, replied:
"Now am 1 indeed on the rack. Why
torture my Innocent boul with the cu
riosity to know the reason for placing
me in the witness b«x?"
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 — Torn Spencer —
where have I seen or heard that
name?" she queried softly, as If to
herself. "1 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 ltobert Malcolm tried to detect a
Haw in his wife's devotion to justify
him in the doubt which would creep in
whenever he thought of that letter.
But it whs 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 was
her greatest charm. One nlgbl when
they had returned from it dance be <le
elded to make h full confession to her
and to ask her for an explanation.
She had thrown herself into an easy
chair hirl looked even fairer than usu
Making a final effort be began, and
rapidly be told her all all about the
letter, bis doubts and despair and the
I unhapplnesa be felt whenever be
thought of the matter. WhUe be trai
tnik'.ng she was looking down and
twisting the rings on her slender fin
gers, When be finished she looked up
:it him with n slow, amused smile
creeping over ber face.
"Now I understand those questions
you asked me aboui Tom Spencer.
JTee, that was the name —and 1 know
why the name seemed familiar to
"Well, what of Tom Spencer? Who
"He lfi a creature of my own im
agination, and once having created
Thomas I straightway forgot him.
When you aske-d me that day I won
dered where I had heard the name."
"What do you mean?" he demand
Only this, Rob -but first yon must
promise not to laugh at me." She
stopped, looking at him anxiously. He
m>dded Impatiently, and she went on.
"Some 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 wub called
away that day, and never thought
ngulo of uiy literary venture."
Ha drew her up to him and th«Ji,
with his arum around her, lie hs.pil In
v husky whisper:
"Adele. will you forgive me /'
For nnnwer she put her arms round
his neck mid then replied Softly:
"If you'll promise never to doubt mo
The promise and the forgiveness
were consummated In one long kiss.
A week later In n local paper Hob
ert Malcolm happened on the follow-
"Dorking, April 23.—Mr. William
Spencer, an old and respected citizen
of tills city, died yesterday afternoon.
The deceased had long been a sufferer
froth paralysis, hut his death was un
expected. He leaves one son, Mr.
Thomas Spencer, with whom he lived,
to mourn his loss."—Waverley Maga
SCIENTIFIC BEET CULTURE.
A Department of Merlin Agricultural
School Devoted to It.
A department of the agricultural
high school at Berlin w«s recently m
tablished which Is devoted entirely to
the study of the scientific culture of
beet sugar. Beet augar cultivation on
an Industrial scale in Germany dates
from but little more than tlfty year*
ago, says a consular report, and to
ward the end of the 'tJOs there wn»
established lv Connection with the ag
ricultural high school a small work-
Ing laboratory which, under the direc
tion of Prof. Dr. Schelbler, devoted
its somewhat restricted facilities to tba
cause of sclentltic sugar production.
There were then In Germany about
180 more or less primitive sugar fac
tories, which worked up annually 700,"
000 tons of beetß. These had multi
piled In 1000 to 300 factories, which
consumed 18,200 tons of beets, or an
average of more than 33,000 tons to
each establishment. Meanwhile, the
requirements of the time had far tram
cended the capacity and facilities of
the institute founded by Prof. Schetb
lor, and the new spacious and com
pletely equipped establishment now
opened and dedicated to Its work epit
omises firstly the present state of the
sugar Industry In Germany. It Is rec
ognized here, above nil that the abo
lition of export bounties by the Bru»«
sels conference ended definitely a long
and Important chapter In the history
of beet-sugar production and that thn
industry, deprived of that form of arti
ficial 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 ;i
given area of land the largest weight
of beets with the highest percentage of
saccharine element, to harvest the
crop, extract, cleanse and evaporate
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 tench.
CARRIED off by AN eagle.
Little Girl of 18 Months Killed by
Kinic of Birds.
While a little girl, about 18 months
old, the only daughter of a young
Butherlandsbire crofter, living about a
mile from Invershln station, on tho
Highland railway, was playing at her
father's cottage door one evening an
eagle swooped down, gripped her In
its claws and carried her off to the
mountains, where, some hours later,
her dead and mutilated body wan
found by a gamekeeper, says the Lon
At first there wan 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 nt work
in the fields.
Her baking finished, the mother pre
pared tea and called the child. An
there was no response, she went out
to look for her and not seeing her any
where became alarmed and went. In
search of her husband.
Meanwhile a gamekeeper's party
wns bunting through the dense broom
which covered a neighboring bill and
while this investigation was in prog
ress one of the gamekeepers, recalling
stories of lambs being carried away
by eagles, nwde 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 in ButherlandshlVS)
and fed on its body until the keepers
drove it off. Lambs are uometlmen
mlused and their skeletons afterward
found on the hilltops. It is fifty years,
however, since such a tragedy as that
When He Wa» No* Looking,
A modern instance of avoiding Scyl
la to dash upon Cbarybdls comes from
the Washington Star, by the way of
" 'Taln't good to be too skeery," said
the old man. "I once knowed a gem
man dat got his mind so tore up 'bout
germs an' baciiiuses dat he didn't look
whah he were goin', an' got run ober
by a truck"