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1901, J. S. Trigg, Rockford, Iowa.
Sheep averaged 60 cents lower In the
Chicago market for 1901 than they did
The prize winning Hereford beeves
at the Chicago live stock exposition,
which sold for $1 per hundredweight, I
were Texas cattle finished off on Ohio
A nor nnntntnlnir 1 000 hlinhels of
wheat was unloaded at a western flour !
mill a short time ago. We can all re-1
call tne time wnen tuu ousneis oi
wheat was considered a big carload.
Milk dried and powdered is a new
product which Is attracting some at
tention. It Is claimed for it that it
will keep indefinitely In any climate,
Is easily handled and contains all the
nutritious properties of liquid milk.
Some wise man notes that high
priced corn and healthy hogs almost
always go together, the Inference be
ing that If the hogs were fed less corn
they would not be so subject to dis
ease. There may be something In this.
The mounted head of an old fashion
ed long horned Texan steer will Inside
of ten years be almost as difficult to
obtain as the head of a buffalo bull.
The white faces and the doddies are
driving the Texas steer out of existence.
When clover will do so much to ren
ovate and redeem the farm, why don't
more men sow it? It's hard to tell. The
many don't know and won't learn:
some get discouraged and quit because
their seeding falls; the few stick to
it. build their soils up and make money.
We saw a stack of clover hay lately
80 feet In length, 16 feet wide at the
base and 8 feet in height from the
ground to the apex of the roof. Clover
bay in that locality was worth $7 per
ton In the stack. How much did that
man lose by building his stack in this
A friend tells us that he successfully
fruits his strawberry bed for Ave years
In succession. This may be done pos
sibly with a small bed, but where the
bed is large It Is every way better to
fruit two years and then plow up. We
find It less trouble to set out a new
bed than renovate an old one.
A farm boy made openings In the loft
nf a barn so that the sparrows could
find a sheltered place to roost in cold
weather. They quickly tumbled to the
snap, and after they were one wanted
it was an easy matter to close the op
enings after they had gone to roost and
catch them with a dip net.
The aged farrow cow Is a canner by
predestination, but sometimes fails to
work out her destiny, and a lot of kind
ly disposed persons in the community
are innocently compelled to cat her up
as prime steer fed beef. It does not
seem so bad when a Chicago picnic
party works her up with beer and pret
zels. A Western farmer suggests the re
moval of the barb used on wire fencing
and the use of a mild current of elec
tricity generated by dry battery as a
substitute therefor, claiming that the
light shock produced by contact with
the wire would soon educate all kinds
of stock to keep away from the wire
A grass fed Texac steer of the new
kind sold in Chicago In December for
$7 per hundredweight. It weighed 1,
600 pounds, brought $112 and wouldn't
have known what to do with an ear
of corn had one been given it. Only the
very best of the corn fed steers of
Iowa and Illinois brought as much
money the same day.
We hardly know whether It Is any
worse to sell your neighbor a cow
which does not pay her way In your
dairy herd or sell her to the local
butcher for all your neighbors to have
n hand In eating her up. The princi
pal difference Is that In the first case
you get the cussing, while in the last
the butcher gets it.
Several men whom we know are try
ing these freaks, the mule footed hogs,
hogs which have a solid Instead of a
split foot. The claim Is made for this
breed that it Is cholera proof. It Is
best to wait awhile and see, the
chances being If the brute is a hog and
not a mule that It will go the way of
all the rest of its kind when the epi
A buffalo bull recently slaughtered
In Iowa brought its owner nearly $1,
000. The head sold for $600, the hide
for $300 and the meat for 50 cents a
pound. In the year 1877 a drove of
buffalo estimated at 4,000,000 head
crossed the North Platte liver In Ne
braska and were worth a dollar apiece
to the poachers who exterminated them
for their hides.
Illustrating what the rural mail route
accomplishes, we note that on a certain
route in a western county upon which
about 100 families are served, of which
, but two were taking a dally paper prior
to the rural service, there are now
ninety-one dally papers taken, and the
figures show that the correspondence
of these families has more than dou
bled In the same time.
If we had a timothy meadow which
we wished to plant to corn the com
ing season and feared the ravages of
the cutworm, as there would be good
reason to do, we would not plow It until
the 20th of May, would keep the disk
and harrow at work on it up to the
26th and then plant. While this may
seem a little late for planting, we had
far rather take the chances thus than
to plow and plant earlier.
We are asked whether It Is better to
cultivate a strawberry bed In the
spring or rake the mulching in be
tween the row and not cultivate It. For
the purpose of securing the moisture
necessary to carry the berries safely
through the drouth during the fruiting
season, assuming that the space be
tween the rows was thoroughly culti
vated the previous season, we should
much prefer the mulching to spring
cultivation. We would further advise
the leaving of Just as much of the cov
ering on the plants themselves as could
be done without injury to them.
A country boy asks us why tele
phono wires sing so loudly in cold
weather. It Is caused by the contrac
tion of the wire by the cold. He can
readily demonstrate the truth of this
by striking a slack wire, which he will
find will have no resonant quality
whatever, but when tightened up will
have. The wintry winds striking these
taut wires produce the singing effect
noted in an aeolian harp.
A friend writes us from New Jersey
that the bane of agriculture in that
section is found in selling milk at
low prices to city consumers and the
purchase of western dairy rations at
ruinously high prices. lTnder these con
ditions the producers of milk ought to
be able to command better prices for
their product. There Is a tremendous
difference between working the fertile
soils of the west and northwest and
those of many of the eastern states,
where the sum expended for commercial
fertilizers amounts to as much in
many cases as the crop Is worth. This
difference in soils and the ever decreas
ing freight rates are bound to give the
west almost a monopoly in the produc
tion of the cereals of the country.
Stalks as Fertilizers.
Where the corn Is cut up for fodder
and the stalks removed is the land rob
bed? At the present time, when the
farmers of the great corn belt are so
generally changing from the old meth
od of feeding the stalks off in the field
to that of harvesting the corn with a
binder, this question becomes of con
siderable Interest. There is not much
fertility in the rotted stalks or In the
droppings of the cattle which clean the
stalks up. Where a soil is stiff and
lacking in humus the decaying stalks
are helpful, but on loose and rich soiln
they are of little value. A rotation of
clover on the cornfield will put more
fertility Into the soil than will the ac
cumulated stalks of five years' growth.
It Is further noted that the small grain
crop succeeding corn where the crop
has been cut and removed is almost
Invariably better than where they are
left on the ground, this owing to the
fact that the crop can be put in better
shape when the stalks are removed.
A Tough Proposition.
The condition of Ireland agricultur
ally Is steadily improving owing to the
more liberal land laws. The per cent of
Irish Immigration to this country is
steadily decreasing, largely due to this
Improved condition. This Is a distinct
loss to America, as Pat more than any
other man has contributed to the
splendid system of internal improve
ments of which America Is so proud
In place of the son of the Emerald Isle
we are now getting beggars from Italy,
fortune tellers from Alaska, tramps
from Turkey and scads of all degrees
from the despot ridden and bankrupt
principalities of the Mediterranean.
America has done marvelous things in
assimilating foreign types and convert
ing them Into a homogeneous citizen
ship, but she 1b now receiving at the
rate of half a million head a year of
raw material which bids fair to tax the
assimilative power of the country to
the utmost. When we say that only 30
per cent of this crowd can either read
or write, it is easy to understand what
a job we have on our hands.'
We are asked some questions about
earthworms, what their method of
propagation and several other things.
Reproduction In the case of the earth
worm is by eggs, which are produced
In great quantities, the young incubat
ed just as in the case of the oviparous
snakes The worm lives on dirt; that
is, he eats it and manages to extract
sufficient nutriment from It to enable
him to eat more dirt, in which respect
he Is like some people. He is partial to
rich soils and damp places, bores deep
In the earth In a dry time and as win
ter comes on and often takes a look at
the old world outside at night after a
warm rain. He Is a savory food for
almost all ground animals and birds,
is almost the sole food of the mole and
is liked by fish of all kinds as well as
flsh and fowl. He does a wonderful
work in mellowing, nitrfying and en
riching the soil and, while among the
very lowest of all God's creation, un
ceasingly toils for the good of all. If
the boys and girls who read this will
give an adult worm a careful exami
nation under a good microscope, they
will get a valuable lesson in nature
Artificial Comb Honey.
A short time ago we Incidentally re
ferred to the manufacture of bogus
comb honey, and, judging fom the
many letters received, we made a mis
take in assuming that any s(Jch honey
is made or could possibly be miade, and
so our readers will please understand
that there Is no such framf practiced
and that we never said thevi was. The
bee men unite In saying that tt la a
mechanical impossibility to make an
artificial comb, fill it with an adulter
ated sweet and so seal the cells up that
3uch fraud could not be readily detect
ed. At the same time we have before
us a statement of an expert of the ag
ricultural department at Washington,
Mr. Charles Saylor of Des Moines, la..
In which he refers to this matter as
though such bogus product was actual
ly being made. The bee men can now
go for him and convince him, as they
have us, that he is in error. The Item
which drew forth the criticism was
prompted not so much by what we had
heard and read of this assumed fraud
as by the character and quality of a
lot of honey which we bought about
that time. Assuming that this lot nf
honey was the pure quill product of the
bees, we wonder what the moral condi
tion of the members of the hive must
have been to have produced mich an
abomination when it looked so very
tempting. They must surely have been
foragers on strange grounds and eat
ers of forbidden fruits, revelers among
the bloom of skunk cabbage, henbane
nnd ragweed, distillers of nectar from
malignant and deathly types of the
vegetable kingdom. Maybe their queen
was dead or the regular workers on a
strike and the drones tried their hand.
Anyhow, now knowing that the bees
made that honey, the poetic sentiment
with which we have always Invested j
the bee is knocked into smithereens
and hereafter it, like the ox or the pig
Is of the earth earthy.
Evolution in the Cornfield.
The evolution of the machinery and
methods used in harvesting the crops
of small grain, remarkable as It was,
Kas no more Interesting than the evo
lution of machinery and methods now
in progress as applied to the harvest
ing of the corn crop. The same econo
my and perfection of methods which
can hardly be improved upon with ref
erence to the small grain harvest are
now right In sight In connection with
the corn crop. Where the writer lives
thousands of acres of corn have the
past year been cut by machines and
shocked, just as wheat or oats, hauled
to the homestead at the beginning of
winter and run through either a shred
der or a thrashing machine, the mow
filled up with the finest of coarse for
age and the cribs with eithed shelled or
husked' corn and the field thus cleaned
up ut the rate of 18 or 20 acres a day.
No more picking corn in the field with
a foot of snow on the ground and the
mercury at zero, no more losing a lot
of the best cattle by running in the
stalkfield. the hay supply to be here
after obtained from the cornfield and
the hay meadow broken up and plant
ed to corn. The most noted agricul
tural progress of a decade has been
made right here.
If you are tired of farming tired of
milking cows, plowing, reaping and
chorlng don't make the mistake of
renting or selling the farm and start
ing into a mercantile business in some
town. Nearly every community can
furnish some financial wreck of a man
who has done this thing. It Is the
surest way in which to get rid of the
old farm and dissipate the hard earn
ings and savings of 25 or 30 years that
we know of. Business men have their
troubles which the man on the farm
knows but little of deadbeats, a sav
age competitive strife which is merci
less, fluctuating markets, a capricious
public to cater to, overdue drafts at the
bank and uncollectable assets. No
man can succeed In a mercantile busi
ness today who has not had careful and
thorough training in the line which he
may take up. We call to mind one case
where a smooth drummer unloaded on
to a farmer who had Just opened a
country store enough sal soda to last
the community for 40 years. Better by
far give the farm to the county author
ities to care for you the rest of your
life than buy out a store, when the
chances are that the county will have
to take care of you at the public ex
pense. The Mission of Clover.
No plant for all the north country
agriculture can preach so good a ser
mon as clover. It Is the almost perfect
dairy ration, tames the lumpy, sour
and contrary soil, subsollB the hard
pan, renovates and fertilizes the poor
soil, works days and nights during the
two years of its existence not only to
produce the best food grown upon the
farm, but to enrich and nitrify the
earth and Increase the yield of all fol
lowing crops for not less than five
years. We can offer nothing better
for the average farmer than to advise
him to make a serious business of
studying this valuable plant and its
High Priced Fodder.
We noted thirty head of cattle work
ing over the dry stalks in a cornfield
the other day. The owner started in
with forty head, but lost ten head dur
ing the first four days after they were
turned in by the smut disease. These
ten head were worth about $300, for
there were included a hundred dollar
Shorthorn bull and a cow worth $50.
The fodder in that field was never
worth over $20; If worth that. No need
to point a moral to this story.
A correspondent of the Baltimore
Sun says that West Virginia is rapid
ly becoming more and more the mec
ca of the negroes of the South. The
climate of that state, as a whole, Is con
genial to this race, and the great coal
and coking Industries in operation In
almost every county, together with the
extensive railroad construction being
carried on, furnish ready as well as
lucrative employment for negro la
borers, of . whom 15,000 are employed
in the mines.
A petition has been presented to
King Edward for the incorporation of
the British Academy for the Promo
tion of Historical, Philosophical and
Philological studies, and has been re
ferred to a committee of lords in coun
cil. It !a expected that the council
will approve the incorporation, and
that the coronation year will see a
British academy established by royal
it TIIEN Prince Henry gits here
' I XI there'll be a dure uv a time
Jj ter pay with the snobs uv the
country," said Uncle Bill to
O'Fallon .is tl.ey stepped into tho edi
tor's office for their usual weekly visit.
"It is a great honor to have so distin
guished a guest," remarked the editor.
" 'Tis that same thing." said O'Kallon.
as he continued with. "Ol'll open a fresh
barrel av sauer'kraut in his honor, and
O il pick out wan that be's fully av that
rlrh fragrant odor, so delightful f the
doocli, and Oi moves yez, Misther Editor
that we petition th' prisldint to set
aside day as Sauer'kraut day, In honor
av th' 'Kaiser's' big brother Hinery.
who condaelnds t' set his royal big toe
on American sile.
"I'll bet the nabobs arer studdyln'
up a lot av sweet language ter throw at
him when he lands, but if I'd study up
somcthln' nice ter say an' then meet
him. I'd be most apt ter furgit It all,
and say hello Hank! how are yer, ole
boy." said I'ncle Bill.
"Spakin about somethin' f say," re
marked O'Fallon, "sure 01 have a
1 1 m. r rvw
C r 1T-
Vas Wilst Du HabenP
spache in molnd that wud touch his
heart. Ol'd rache out me hand and
say, 'Hinery, vas wilst du haben,' and
that be's a spache that no well bred
dootchman wud let pass unheeded, and
anny wan who have had the proper hop
culture, as have th' Prince wud say,
'make it a 'snit,' "
"You seem well posted," said the edi
tor, "as to what would please the prince.
I believe that if I were to meet him that
a few quotations from Ooethe or Schil
ler would please him more than any
" 'TIs a sad poet he'd be," quoth
O'Fallon. " Sure Ol wint into a gar
den wance where there was a lot av
stoodents as called thlmselves German
stoodents. Phat be they studyln', says
Ol? 'Languages,' paid th' waither. It
must be dead languages they be study
in', says Oi, judging be th' odor. 'Nit,'
says th' waither, 'that be's limburger
cheese yer smellin.' 'Send fer th' un
dertaker.' says OI, 'It be's toime fer a
"It's my opinion," said Uncle Bill,
"that Prince Henry will have the sup
port uv all the prohibitionists If he
wants ter run fur office when he gits
here, cause the 'Prince Henry' cocktail
Is now glttin ter be a fad, an' that is
made without liquors. They use
oranges, pineapples, cherries an'all that
stuff, but I'd have ter see him turn
down a glass uv beer before I could
consistently support him as a prohibi
tionist." "When he turns down a glass av
beer,' remarked O'Fallon, "It would be
In a way that will meet th' aproval av
his royal highness, 'King Gambrlnus,"
do yez molnd, and Ol be's thlnkin' that
he'd hold up his glass in hf most ap
proved stoile and say, 'prosit.' But phat
makes me feel kindly towards him and
his big Brudder Bill Is becase av th
fact av their reviving th' silver ques
tion in this counthry."
"In what way are they revivlug the
silver question?" asked the editor.
"Haven't yez seen In th' papers how
the yacht Hohenzoilern be's all fitted
i"i wld silverware?" Inquired O'Fallon.
"Sure all th' people av this counthry
wants is f follow th' fad av a royal
prince on th' silver question, and thin
we'll show yez phwat is phwat."
"One thing I am glad uv," declared
Uncle Bill, "Is ter see the prince take
such an interest In the 'American hog.'
That's what the farmer wants, an' after
he gits through shakln' hands with J.
Plerpont Morgan, an' a few more av
the nabobs, he'll come out an take a
look at the farmers' royal blooded
Farmer's Royal Blooded Hogs.
hog. We're goln' ter show him that
they Are cultured high enough ter raise
mortgages on the farm of the kaiser's
forme subjects, what came over here
ter git a home an' vote again royalty,
an' the American hog make the Ger
man's over here fat and rich, ho 1 think
he'll go back ter Germany uv the opin
ion that the pork we send him Is good
enough fur their markets."
"We will doubtless reap a great
benefit from his visit," said the editor.
"Some will." answered O'uFllon. "but
think av th' honor th' Imperor bestows
on th' prisadint's little glrrtil 'Alice.'
All she have t do Is to say Oi call yez
be the name yez allready have. 'Ol call
yez liohenzollern.' and thin If th' prince
do not be furgittln' himself, end think
he be's In a game av poker und want
to show his hand, ivery thing will be
all right. Sure all the papers In Ger
many be's printing her plctur', and
some av thlm have her lookin' like
a little flour glrrul. and some have her
lookin' like a waither In a beer hall, as
she stands on the boat wld a bottle av
Budwelser that she be's goln' f break
over the bow ov th' boat, and as th'
foam av th' beer goes down t meet th
foam av the deep, th' band will sthart
t' play, 'In I,uuderbttch hah. leh Meln
Strumph Ferlorn,' as th' boat sails
away fer a cruise down th' bay, while
th' prince sings, 'Schoene'B leetle maid
chen Strumph. Strumph, Strumph."
"Hut tis quare phat picture they do
be makin' av th' little glrrul. but divil
a haeporth care Oi. Let thim have their
merry toime. fer th little glrrul 'Alice'
will have all th' poets In Germany sing
In' her praise, and in after yares the
messmates and th' prince will be sing
In' wld him that good old song that
Trilby revived. 'Oh. don't yez ramimber
swate Alice. Brudder Bill, swate Alice
that christened ye'r boat?' While th'
imperor will be pronounein' a benedic
tion f himself fer th' blessings he be
stowed upon this counthry be lettin'
his brother grace It's borders wld his
And while O' Fallon grew poetical
I'ncle Bill and the editor had gone to
sleep, dreaming no doubt about the
price of barley und the deliiiqiiint sub
scriber. And as O'Fallon went out
the door he said. "That be's enough t'
make Clancy sware off sniokin' agin."
FLOGGING IN THE NAVY.
Credit of Its Abolition Due to John
P. Hale of New Hampshire.
C. W. Lewis in the Boston Tran
script: The Springfield Republican,
speaking of Commodore Robert F.
Stockton's service In the United States
senate, says that "while there he crown
ed his career by securing legislation
prohibiting the flogging of sailors in the
United States naval service."
This is a perversion of history. Flog
ging in the United States navy was
abolished before Commodore Stockton
entered the senate, and the credit which
the Republican gives to Stockton for
its abolition belongs to John P. Hale, of
New Hampshire. Hale was a member of
the national house of representatives
in the twenty-eight congress (1843-45),
and on June 3, 1844 (which was in the
the course of the first session of that
congress) he made an effort to abolish
flogging in the navy by moving an
amendment to that effect to the naval
appropriation bill. The amendment
passed the house, but was defeated in
the senat in 1847 (thirtieth congress),
und in July 1848, (which was in the
course of the first session of that con
gress, the effort which he had unsuc
cessfully made in the bouse he renewed
in the senate by moving to insert in
the naval appropriation bill a clause
abolishing the spirit ration and pro
hibiting corporal punishment in the
navy. He addressed the senate in Its
favor, but only four senators arose with
him. In February, 1849. he again pre
sented petitions, and made a strong
speech, In which he depicted in glowing
colors the brutality, degradation and
outrage of punishment with the eat-o'-nine
tails, but was voted down by 32
In September, 1850, he made a final
impassioned appeal to the senate to
stand no longer in the way of abolition
of flogging in the navy, and on the same
day it was carried as a part of the ap
propriation bill by a vote of 26 to 24,
and was concurred in by the house.
Thus at last his efforts were crowned
with success. It was a Joyful day for
the American navy and for humanity.
It was one of the most gratifying inci
dents of his life, when, two years after,
son on board ship, who stand no longer
in the way of abolition thanked
him with a medal and manned
the yards in his honor. (Page 54 of
Daniel Hall's oration at Concord, N. H.,
on the occasion of the dedication of the
statue of Hale at that place on Aug. 3,
Commodore Stockton did not become
a member of the senate till the thirty
second congress (1851-53). the first ses
sion of which began on Monday, Dec. 1,
1851, and it is thus Been that, when
Stockton took his seat In the senate,
flogging in the navy had already been
abolished more than 14 months. At
that same first session of the thirty-second
congress an attempt was made to
restore flogging in the navy, but the
attempt was opposed by Hale, Stockton,
and others, and came to naught.
Peanut Men Invade London.
London KxpreGi: The floury potato
and baked chestnut stalls are Just
now at a discount in the East End.
It seems that a few weeks ago an enter
prising American firm, mindful of the
great success which has attended the
treet sales of hot peanuts in the United
States, established a sreet oven for the
sale of this delicacy at the junction of
Blshopgate and Shoredltcn. The youths
of the locality soon showed a decided
preference for the crisp peanut and, the
single oven venture being a most suc
cessful one, the firm decided to start
other stalls, and in several parts of
the East End hot peanuts are dispensed
in large quantities.
Mr William Gregory, wife of the late
Governor Gregory, of Rhode Island, hat
become the Incorporate head of th
mill business which the governor con
ducted lor a great many years in a
most successful manner.
Enough timber Is destroyed by fir
in this country every year to supply all
the pulp mills, though these can turn
out 2,500,000 tons of paper a year.
NEWS OF MISSOURI
ALL SORTS OF THINGS CAUGHT
FROM THE WIRES.
General Happenings Throughout the
State Prepared for Perusal
by Busy Readers.
At Jefferson City two murderers and
a man convicted of criminal assault
were sentenced to be hanged on March
14. James Jackson In Kansas City, for
murdering Prophet Everett over a
game of cards In a saloon on Dec. 22,
190(1. Both were colored. Henry Flut
cher. a St. Louis negro, was sentenced
to death for shooting iouls Roth, a
white man. becuuse a brother of the de
ceased hurrahed for McKlnley in the
presence of the defendant. The crime
wus committed on Aug. 27. 19"0. Gen
eral Armstrong is to be hanged In
Platte county for criminal assault com
mitted near the village of Turley. In
Clinton county, upon I. B. Turley. The
crime was committed July 12. VJui). The
case was tried in Platte county on
change of venue from Clinton county.
This Is the first time the death penalty
has been Inflicted for this crime in this
state In many years. Judge Gi:itt wrote
Say Bribe Was Offered Thsm.
At St. Louis one of the boodle dpals
being investigated by the grand jury is
that of the garbage contract, which was
awarded after a long delay at a price
double that of the previous year. Dr.
Albert Merrell and Dr. H. N. Chapman,
members of the board of health, stated
for publication that they had been of
fered $2,500 each to vote for the garbage
contract. They declare they rejected
the offer, but voted for the contract be
cause there was no other way to take
care of the city's garbage. Both have'
been called to testify before the grand
jury. It Is thoroughly understood that
the sum actually paid for securing the
passage of the garbage bill through the
njunicipal assembly was $.,000. The go
between Is understood to have been one
of the members of the Butler combine
In the house of delegates. Both Dr.
Merrell and Dr. Chapman decline to
give the name of the man who offered
them the bribes, and give as their rea
son for refusing to do so the utter In
ability to prove their statements.
Hopes to Get Italian Exhibit.
Chevalier Victor Zeggio. who has
been appointed world's fair commis
sioner to Italy, will sail from New York
Feb. 15. He was appointed in the hope-
that he may be able to Induce his coun
try to reconsider Its determination not
to participate In the exposition. Mr.
Zeggio performed a similar service for
the Chicago world's fair, with the result
that Italy made a very creditable na
tional exhibit under his supervision.
Bold Thief Stole Wagon.
In broad daylight a thief made off'
with a grocery wagon belonging to Cor
net Bros, St. Louis, in the absence of
John Aii8tinman. the driver, who left
the team in front of 1613 Hogan street,
in the care of James Cullen, a boy. Cul
len says the thief thrust a revolver in
his face and made hi mdismount and
then drove off. When found several
hours later, several blocks, away, the
wagon had been rifled of its contents,
valued at $75.
Zinc Ore Booming'.
At Joplln two lots of zinc ore. aggre
gating over 800 tons, were purchased
last week upon a baHis of $28 per ton
for SO per cent. ore. This price is an
advance of $2 per ton over the price
paid recently, and will result In choice
ore bringing $32 per ton.
Missouri in Brief.
At Salisbury Thomas Feeley, a pio
neer, 60 years old. was found dead on
the stairway leading down from his
bedroom over a vacant store room.
The Huntsville Herald office and
plant burned last week. Loss. $6,000:
insurance. $3,000. The paper was owned
by Adjutant General W. T. Damerson.
Erastus Butler, colored, who killed
his mistress at Keytesvllle. six weeks
ago. pleaded guilty In the circuit court
at Salisbury and was given a 99-year
James Rollins Bingham, who has
been a fugitive from justice for 12
years, returned to Kansas City to face
a charge of forgery. He was taken to
jail, but Immediately upon his arrival
from Texas was released upon a bond
The Welsbach company was the only
bidder for the lighting contract in the
southwestern portion of St. I.ouls. The
contract Includes 247 lamps, to be light
ed by oil. The price is $11 per 1.000
lamp hours, on which basis the total
cost of lighting for the year will be
In a circular issued by General Man
ager Harding Russell of the Missouri Pa
cific Railway company. D. Hardy Is ap
pointed general superintendent of that
road and Its leased operated lines in
M 880iiri. Kansas, Nebraska and Colo
rado, with headquarters at St. Louis,
vice H. G. Clark, resigned. The ap
pointment is effective Feb. 5.
The St. IxuiB. Memphis & Southeast
ern Railroad company, the new line
which has acquired the branches of the
Southern Missouri & Kansas line, be
gan business last Tuesday, and in an
announcement from the president all
employes are retained. It is said to be
the formation of the "Frisco water level
line to Memphis and, later, Birming
Isaac N. Tower, aged 44. a wealthy
farmer, living ten miles south of St. Jo
seph, died of pneumonia. He had lived
all his life on one farm, and had never
been farther away from home than St.
Joseph. He owned nearly 2,000 acres of
land in Wayne township.
At least six firemen were klled and sj
many injured in a fire which broke out
In the flve-Btory stone and brick build
ing at 314 Chestnut street, St Louis, oc
cupied by the American Tent A Awn
ing company. The building suddenly
collapsed, and thj men were caught la
the crash. Their companions worked
two hours to get at the bodies.
Mrs. Lorraine J. Pitkin of Chicago
was chosen a member of the auxiliary
board of lady managers of the Louisiana
Purchase exposition at St. Louis. Mrs.
Pitkin is well known as the grand sec
retary of the general grand chapter Or
der Eastern Star, and Is also prominent,
in Chicago social circles. The first
meeting of the auxiliary board was held,
at the Planters' hotel in St. Louis.