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THE LITTLE FAIR HEAD.
A low, weather-browned cot
Down a rougli. stony lane
Coarse and dusty the weeds round It
What could brighten his lot
Who dwelt here? at the pane
Then I noticed a little fair head!
'Twas like sunshine through rainl
The sweet eyes, the soft hair
A radiance shed o'er the spot.
Broken sash and cracked pane
Held a picture so fair.
The worn, battered frame I forgot.
As I lingered, it chanced
A man, gximy and brown.
Turned a slow, weary step down the lane.
Then how merrily danced
The fair head, up and down.
Such a gay little head at the pane!
He may not understand.
This dull man. that 'tis said
No sweet Joys are to poverty sent.
For he waved a rough hand
When he saw the dear head.
Then he hurried, and smiled as he went.
Hur.g with costliest lace.
Are broad windows of plate.
By a child's dimpd chetk never prest.
Kmpty grandeur, give place
To the poor man's estate.
The cracked pane, by a little head blest.
Susan M. Haydon, In Every Where.
Joan Jurdie's Witcheries i
By HARWOOD BRIERLY.
T OAX JURDIE, wife of Clement
il Jurdie, of Rossington, was ac
cused of being a witch. She was after
wards heard to say she would be even
w ith William Dolfin and William am
wright for having slandered her char
acter. Within 14 days Dolhn had an ox
fall sick, then a steer, then a cow.
Joan Jurdie was made to appear be
fore Mayor Ohilders and other justices
at I) to answer for these and other
works of darkness. Joan denied every
charee. and eventually she was al
lowed to escape the dire legal penalty
of witchcraft, although for a long time
she was given a wide berth by the vil
lasers of Rossington.
It seems that William Dolfin's
flauchter. Marian, had no fear of the
village witch. Quite unknown to her
parents she visited the ancient booy
often, not with intention of deriving
anv benefit from her craft or of de
priving- her of the same, but rather
from the good motive of befriending
one in years who was surrounded by
enemies. In fact. Marian Dolfin nursed
Joan during two consecutive nights,
when, neither for love nor money, no
body else would have lifted a hand to
rav hvr frnm a dishonored crave. On
this and other occasions William Do!
fin knew nothing different than that
(.he was asleep in her own good bed.
with the room door bolted inside to
keen out the very familiar form of the
witch, who, in fact had become a second
mother to her. Joan, of course, was
not prepossessing of appearance, and
Marian was not absolutely certain
that she was the doer of good deeds,
but she never allowed anything to
tyrannize over her senses of duty.
Conscience seemed to tell her that she
must be the neglected old soul's com
forter, and all would turn out ngnt in
the end. Marian dared not be seen go-
Incr there bv davliirht. so she went
stealthily under cover of night, and.
contrary to what everybody else in
the village could have believed, always
found Joan sitting placidly at home
without even the companion of a black
rat or a white hare.
"Mother Jurdie, are you as bad as
thev make vou out to be?" questioned
Marian Dolfin. naively.
Did her only comforter lack confi
dence in her? Mother Jurdie lookeu
...it nut. nut bv this thoutrht. "Xay
Marian," said she, a little plaintively
"vou cannot think lam. surely.
"I$ut," pursued the girl, "there must
be some reason for their suspecting
i-nn of witchery."
vmi are ritrht. mv dear. It is be
cause I look like a witch, and because
since I came here many things have
bannened to CO wrong, and because I
do not associate with other folk nor
Af ns fhev do."
"Your looks you cannot alter, moth
er. But did vou never do anything
"Of course I did, and. to my knowl
edge one thinir only. I did it for thy
take. Marian; all for thy sake."
"For mv sake. How now?"
"Well. I threatened old Corney that
.t be did not leave me all his money
T ivmild bewitch him. He said, in his
f.r and trembles. I might have it
when he had done with it. if I would
nlr allow him to live out his time in
peace. As ye know, he is long ago
dead and buried. I foresaw that the
child Marian Dolfin would be my only
friend and daughter in the years to
come, so in this way I found the means
n nrnvide for her.
"O Mother Jurdie," exclaimed the
surprised girl, "if my father knew, he
would swear you had practiced some
witchery in oruer to ciraw me mj.
"Would he? At any rate
Marian, I have thee safe enough now.
Ind so strong is my liking for thee
that thou shalt have old Corney's
hoard to-morrow if thou wilt promise
to marry the young man l nave cnosen
for thee. Bless thee, v&irni i am not
so skinny of purse as I am of flesh."
"But, Mother Jurdie, don't you know
that I can tnarry only William Wain
wr'gh t's son, Willie? And then, be
sides, I cannot accept what you got
from old Master Corney, because I
don't think you got it honestly."
"Bah! what do yon know about it?
Not honestly got. indeed!"
"Well, was it honestly got?"
"My dear, perhaps it was not, but
this money will honestly spend, an,
that it the chief thing. Corney had a
nephew living at D ; a wild young
fellow enough, he was. He did not
know his old uncle had this hoard,
whereas I did. My demand and threat
brought success, and I suppose Cor
ney did not repent of his softness un
til the nephew, with tears in his eyes,
came appealing to him to help him out
of a difficulty. By that time the old
man was well in my hands; but out of
revenge he spread the tale that I was
a witch, and after that all the human
donkeys hereabouts suspected me of
being the cause of all the mischief
that came into the village. Yes, dear.
t confess I have had my hand in dirty
matters, but Corney has had his re
venue, so what matters it?"
Is it too late to let his nephew know
that he shall have the money for the
"He shall never have it in this world.
so you hear! But you, my dfar. shall
have it on that day you promise to
marry the man I have in my mind's
eyes for you. Think, Marian, how very
nice it would be to set up housekeep
ing as an independent lady."
"With that money? Mother Jurdie.
I should be as badly off as any pau
Whist, child: if vex me now.
"Don't iet me vex you, mother."
'I am vfxed enough already, for my
purposes are crossed by one in whom
I have taken a great delight and
watched grow up from childhood as
though she had been mine own. In this
thing I swear I will have ye obedient
and now my mind is fixed, I can make
you marry this man, for my force of
will is greater than thine.
Marian trembled. Joan saw how she
was affected, but, instead of bending.
she became more rigidly determined
to carry out her own designs.
"Mv child." said she, "I'll never let
you out of the house until you promise
to marrv this man. I am tfoing to
fetch him presently."
Xo wonder that Marian felt faint
Perhaps Joan had a son or a nephew
that she had never talked about to
anybody, but kept in the background
This thought clung to the sensitive
p-irl like a nichtmare. It bore her
down, and a clammy perspiration
broke out all over her body. She dis
trusted Joan Jurdie r.ow, and was in
a mind with all Rossington about her,
Beseeching Joan to have mercy provel
to be of no avail, for she said over and
over asrain: "Xav. nav. nay. not till I
have brought thv bridegroom here.
s n nrisoner. Marian hesrai: to call
out, and at last .loan looked ioiiny an
gry. Suddenly the girl fainted away
fell down on the floor, and was par
tially restored bv a dash of cold water
fter which she was put to bed a nit
left to right herelf.
Marian was not wideawake unti
eight o CIOCK in tne morning. iiv
.. . . . . . cl.
arose. with a full remembrance of
what had happened, ami looked all
over the house for Joan. But Joan hail
one, and the door was locked. The
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man came tor ins wecK s rem nuc i un
fair prisoner sat ponaermg. tie j
humped at the door until he was tired.
not thinking that the tenant hart be
come deaf but obstinate. Marian
heard him say: "By the Lord, I'll
evict her now! All the village ha?
been praying me to evict her for the
last five vears. Out she goes this very
orning, the old she-devil!' rorth-
with, he came to the window, smashed
it ir.. entered, and found Marian. She
had tried to hide herself, but in vain.
The arrival was William Wain-
wriffht. and he owned the cottage.
"What! you here?" cried he. in a state
of ineffable surprise. "Wont 1 teil
your mother, Marian Dolhn! Where is
this old she-devil, your entertainer?"
"(). Mr. Wainwright. I am in such
a sorry plight, and 1 am right glad you
have come to set me free."
"I've come for my rent, he said, with
I'll see you get it, only Jet me out
"Hussev! It's all fine fun for you
reckoning you have got trapped. Don't
think I shall go a-lying about you to
jour mother. I'll lay you came nere
of your own accord."
She says she'll leave me her worldly
all for being kind to her.
He pricked up his ears; then tnej
But saving a thing is not doing it.
' . . . . . .. , i n., .n
lass liesides. about an tne woniiM un
she has are a few cabbages, om cnaus.
innrric nictures. and black gowns.
"I do know she is worth a good deal
Let's see," interrupted the farmer,
stroking his chin, "how much money-
"I can't tell you, sir," said Marian
reddeninir. "iou see. .Master imiu
wright, I am under Joan s rule, nne
savs she has the right man for me in
her mind's eye, and she gives me no
choice. If I don't marry him she will
bewitch me. The money I get cond
tionallv only. I am of opinion that.
got as it has been by her, it could do
me no rood, but harm.
Wainwright naturally jumped to the
conclusion that the widow must have
amassed a hoard by her crafty extor
;,.nc Wre and there, chiefly from
young people engaged in sweetheart
"O. money is money," said he, enthu
siastieally. "and if made in the mint
is bound" to be payable. Get all you
can. Marian; never mind out of whose
nocket it comes. Xo matter how ta
uisbed, it will take a fine poiisb. You'll
benefit all the worid by taking a secret j
hoard and putting it into circulation.
These are bad times and we must not
throw the dispensation of Providence
back in her face. (Jet the money at
any cost, take my advice, Marian and
our Wiilie will marry thee any time.
I'll answer for't."
Marian was silent.
"Xow, come along; let us go," said
Wainwright, forcing the crazy door
open (for it had been locked on the
outer side). "I'll not be hard on the
widow for a bit of rent, and I'll mend
the window for her that I've broken.
We'll go look after her at once, Ma
rian." They were just going to quit when
Joan appeared with a young man.
Marian could scarcely believe her own
eyesight, for that young man was no
other than Willie. Her heart re
hounded with hopeful joy, and this
was intensified when he smiled reas-
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sunngiy. as tne suppuseu
about to assume the very panoply of
an earth-born angel? A moment later
Willie and she were, in the w itch s
evesight, with her sanction and ap
proval, clasped in each other's arms.
What!" beamed the senior am-
. ..... ... -r - .-IT- .1 !.1
wric-ut. "bast tnou, Joan juruie, urciu-
ed to reform thy character, and in
vented this as a beginning?"
Come into my house," said she.
with the superior manner of an host
ess. "I will say what I have to say,
and then trust to your wisdom to ac
quit me of scandalous proceedings in
The three followed her into tne
house, where she bade them be seated.
"Xow," began she. "the wicked witch
of Rossington is a childless widow, and
such she will to the end of her days
remain: vet she hath for long had a
child upon whom she w ill always look
with eves full of motherly love. Yes,
William Wainwright, I have watched
her for vears, and now sue is a grown
tin vouii" woman, and it is alxmt time
she came to terms with her future hus-
K-.wl t this onnortune moment 1
have brought thine own son forward
and mv dear miss all a-blushing there
will not be so unkind as to refuse him.
Blessed be thev when they are wed
ded; and may theirs be an eternal hap
riness. Lonir life to them, prosperity
riches, and a good-looking little fam
William Wainwright was delighted
His face looked like gala-day. The
witch, thought he. had virtues like
other Kossinuton women, such having
onlv lain latent until the present hour.
Ho was acreenhlv surprised to find
that she did not mention past griev
ances, for he had helped largely to
procure her accusation for witchcraft
before Hugh ( hildcrs at the town of
D . He now felt sure that her repu
tation had been wantonly damaged.
She seemed to him to be almost toe
forgiving to be human. Her memory
of past grievances could not possibly
have failed even in the course of this
The ugliest and most crabbed person
is arrayed in lovely amenities when
she stoops to win our favor with great
"Ah. Marian," remarked Joan. "1
was painfully and indignai.tly sorry
when I found that you could not trust
me. Did you ever think that I should
ill repay you for visiting me and be
inff mv nurse and comforter when
everybody else in the village spurnet
me?" How could I have brought to you
a man any man w hom yon could'not
love? Did" I not already know what
man you were most agreeable to? Yes;
and iiow he is here. I will yet make
you two joint possessors of the .ij.iiui
hat I have been secretly reserving ioi
t-iiii i he nennew in "m vmin.
drow ned himself last night in the Don.
Old Corney!" caught up the seniot
"Yes, old Corney. That was the gns
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sip who nrsi uuum-u ui- .
for him I might have been tne respeci-
ble 'Mrs. Joan Jurdie to this day.
"That I can well believe." said fhf
delighted Wainwright. "lies sail;
some mucky things about thee in my
hearing, but I said at the time they
were too bad to be true. There. Wil
lie, lad. that'll do; you've hugged the
girl enough, surely."
When Joan inviteil tne tnree it
breakfast with her. on fresh-laid eggs
not one of them declined. In the mid
dle of the meal Wainwright. senior
declared he would never come again
to Widow Jurdie for another farthing
She was as good as h-.-r word, and
her secretly adopted daughter became
the possessor of riches. This remarka
ble act was diffused abroad, and the
attitude towards her was changed
permanently from the hour when it
was credited and realized as a truth
Hence, in her old age. Mrs. Joan Jur
die became a popular member of Ros
sington's humble society.
A Good Rattlesnake Story.
Mr. Beaver, an old gentleman, inde
pendent, stalwart, heroic, reared sev
eral sons, who by both practice and in
heritance were very wicked, made nc
pretense to religion and had no regard
for morality. On one occasion John,
one of the sons, was bitten by a rattle
snake, but. being accompanied by sev
eral of his brothers, was carried homt
to his father immediately. The old
gentleman became alarmed and. think
ing his son in all probability would
soon be dead, sent hastily for the par
son, who. being affected even more w ith
surprise than gratification, bent ever
onern-v to com dIv with the call. Be
ing met on his arrival by Mr. Beaver ; se- an expert do this is to witness a
the father of the family, w ho. aftet pfttty piece of juggling. Another od
explaining the misfortune pf his son ,ijty of frontier revolver etiquette is
exhorted him to pray for the afflicted jn "the way the weapon is carried,
one immediately, the parson lost tic Many cowboys sling it in a holster on
time, and soon the entire family were . the right hip, with the handle point
bent in prayer. After praying long jng outward. It isdrawn with a curi
fervently and earnestly for the speedy 0us circular sweep, and comes tip
recovery of John, the parson concluded ( cocked and ready for business. More
somewhat in this wise: "Xow, Loid j than one "tenderfoot" has bored a
we thank Thee for rattlesnakes, ami , hole through himself in attempting to
(specially for the rattlesnakes that bit j acquire this particular bit of leger
this man Beaver; and now. Lord, be I demain. X. O. Times-Democrat.
be pleased to send another great old g Brtrn Bnat
rattlesnake to bite old man Leaver for . he boat? ask,; the
nothing but rattlesnakes will ever turr. d; passenger at Fort Hamilton,
the Beavers.'-Charleston Xews anc' " erenee to the ferry from that
How It Happened.
Sympathetic Visitor (to prisoner)
Mv'good man, what brought you here?
Facetious Prisoner Borrowing
"But they don't put people in prison
for borrowing money!"
"Yes, I know, but I had to knock the
man down three or four times befor
he would lend it to me." Pick-Me-1'u
SCHOOL AND CHURCH.
There are 525 Baptist churches In
The Lutherans have 29
tions in Milwaukee, Wis.
Theodore Roosevelt is
member of the Dutch
There ere now throughout- the world
29.634 congregations of Presbyterians,
with a total membership of 4,027,149.
Kev. Anson Dodge, of St. Simon's is
land, Ga., has endowed an Episcopal
mission in Allahabad, India, with $40,
000. St. Paul's cathedral, London, is the
most heavily insured building in Great
Britain. It is insured for $475,000 in
The enrolled membership of tht
Methodist church in Canada is 2S0.537,
one-fifth of the entire population of
Dartmouth college reopened with a
freshman class of more than 200, by
far the largest in its history. During
the past summer marked improve
ments and renovations in the college
buildings have been perfected.
It is a decided and deserved compli
ment to the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology that the navy depart
ment should have decided to send ail
naval cadets hereafter to the Boston
Institution for instruction in navai
Xew York city has free lecture
courses in connection with the public
school system. It was adopted in 1SS9,
and its popularity is attested by the
fact that last year 1,593 lectures were
listened to by 509,571 people.
ADULTERATION OF FOOD.
F.nKlish Arc Adepts In the Bnsinca
Kpcoinlly of Sauces
From time to time one reads so much
In the newspapers concerning the
adulteration of American food, says
an eminent Xew York analytical chem
ist, that the average consumer might
be tempted to believe that- this is the
only country in which such fraud and
decetition is practiced. But this is far
fi oni bring the truth, for during a re-
cent visit to England I had occasion to
test the quality of various eatables
there, and the result was that I found
they eontain a much larger percentage
of "deleterious matter than our own
For instance, liottled fruits are in
England colored green by the addi
tion of copper in the form of the sup
phate ("bluestone"). A knife blade
immersed in the juice of the fruit will
rapidly become coated with a bright
deposit of metallic copper. The Eng
lish have not adopted the simple and
harmless plan which the French have
of giving an apparent green color to
their preserved fruits and olives by
the use of bottles made of green glass.
Sauces, potted meats and fish are con
stantly adulterated or colored by
mcans" of Armenian bile. This is done
partly from custom, but chiefly to con
ceal the dirty appearance of the pastes
and sauces." The British public will
have its anchovy sauce red. The un
colored sauce is unsalable, though the
superior to the red aliomination. the
filth being removed from the former,
while in the latter it is merely con
cealed by the Armenian bile. Jams are
adulterated by the mixture of inferior
fruits. Marmalade frequently contains
annle ntiln or even turnips. Coloring
matter and artificial flavorings are
An" ingenious industry goes on large
ly in London which is wholly unsus
pected by the public. Raspberries, or
anges and other fruits are purchased
by the wholesale chemists and the
juice extracted. Then the pulp is
bought- at a low price by the manu
facturers of cheap jams for flavoring
Bnd placed upon the market as "fine
new season jam" or marmalade. Mus
tard is adulterated with flour and
tumeric; pepper with husks of seeds
and any kind of dust that comes handy
to the "dishonest vender. So that the
business of the drug grinder offers just
ns much temptation to the adulterator
in England as it does in America.
The Western Pistol.
One of the big frontier six-shooters
used by the rough riders at the
charge of San Juan Hill attracts a
goon deal of attention in the window
of an uptown store. It is a type of
weapon almost peculiar to the west
single action, 45-ealiber, with a bar
rel eight inches long and a wooden
handle. The real cowboy and veteran
miner will carry nothing else. Both
despise a double-action or seK-cocking
pistol, and in the "low country" it
is a common thing for ranchmen to
take out the triggers of their six
shooters and fire them by manipulat
ing the hammer with the thumb. To
point to Staten Island, and the an
It seemed a long time between boats,
3f t when the mamhad' climbed the hl'l
cgain from the landing to the road he
Raw there a sign which he had some
how missed going down, announcing
that the running of the ferry had no
been suspended "until early -spring.
N. Y. Sun.
He44! should have thought yon
would be sure to remember my face."
She "Oh, so I do; but, you see, I don't
remember you." Ally Sloper.
Looking Forward Mrs. Xoear "Do
you think my daughter will be a mu
sician?" Professor "I gant zay. She,
dell me she gome of a long-lived yam-,
tly." X. Y. Weekly.
A Military Affair. "now do you
think she went back on me?" "Good
ness knows." "She quit answering my
letters, and sent me word that the
cable was cut." Detroit Free Press.
Lady "Are these eggs really
fresh?" Shop Assistant "Madam, if
you will kindly step to the telephone
and call up our farm, you can hear the
hens that laid those eggs still cack.
ling." Credit Lost.
"1 have escaped" the hero cried,
"A peril few have missed,
I got. It's true,
A shot or two.
But I haven't yet been kissed."
The Only Thing to Do. "What be
came of the man who committed to
memory all of Shakespeare's plays
while in jail?" "They had to lock
him up again; he was always going
around quoting them." Chicago Eec
ord. "Xow," said the president of the
Spanish peace commission, as he met
Judge Day, "there is one thing we are
a unit on from the start." "And that
is?" queried Judge Day. "We both re
member the Maine!" Philadelphia
"You must be broken of that habit
of yours," said Johnny's father, when
he gave him his third scolding about
playing with Are. Johnny looked at
him thoughtfully. "Father," said, he,
"hadn't I better be mended, 'stead of
broken?" Xorthwestern Christian
WASP AS AN ENGINEER.
An Exhibition of Insert Cleverness
That Won Praise from a Sur
Several members of the United
Stales engineer corps were interested
witnesses of a feat of insect engineer-
-mg near the road on which they were
j working. One of their number found.
1 a blue ground wasp dragging along
; the ground a dead swamp spider one-
quarter tne size oi a luu-gruwu mmu
tuia. Whether the wasp killed the
spider or found it dead is a question be
tond solution. He was having a hard
time dragging his prey along, and pres
ently left it to go prospecting for his
abode. The discoverer of the wasp
called his companions, and one of thpm
in coming stepped upon the wasp's
ground-hole, crushing down some
blades of dry grass across it. This
caused no little trouble to the insect,
who, upon locating the hole, nipped
away at the obstructing stalks with
his s-trong mandibles until he had
cleared a passage. Then he went back
and.sized up the spider, w alking around
the big body and sun-eying it from all
"He's reckoning that the hole isn't
big enough," said one of the-engineers.
"That's all right; he'll fix it," said
another, as the insect went back and
commenced vigorously widening the
entrance to his domicile.
Again he returned to the spider,
seized it and dragged it within a foot
of the orifice. To the spectators it was
evident that more work would have to
be done before the spider could be
dragged in. This struck the wasp, too,
for again he ran around the body, ex
amining it carefully, and returned to
the hole to take measurements. He
went to digging a second time. Hav
ing dug for two minutes he brought
his prey to the edge of the hole, nipped
out a piece of dirt here, cut away
grass stem there, and after 15 minutes
of hard and skillful labor disappeared
underground, dragging the spider
after him, doubtless to form the
piece de resistance in a winter store
house. The engineers then resumed
their work, exchanging comments
of admiration. Chicago Inter Ocean.
"Packing- Off of Widows."
A pastime which obtains among tht
farm class of Corea, known a the
"packing off of widows," consists of
a raid by some disconsolate wiaower
and his friends in some village known
to contain a young widow, the forci
ble abduction of the lady in question
and her marriage to the widower. An
instance of this kind has recently
come to our notice. A widower living
in one of the villages of Kankwha,
with 11 friends, went to a hamlet close
to the walls of Kangwha City, where
a widow lived, and seized and carried
off. after somewhat of a battle, a
young lady. It so happened, however.
that they had mistaken the nou&e.
and unfortunately got hold of the
wrong lady. Early the next morning
an indignant posse came in pursuit.
but the men who had committed the
dastardly deed succeeded in eluding
them. The young lady, however, was
rescued, and after the house of the
widower and its contents had been
completely demolished she was escort
ed home in triumph by her husband
nnd bis friends. Kobe Chronicle.
"Madam." said the physician, emerg
ing from the sickroom, "I have come
1o prepare you for the worst. Your
husband is not long for this world. He
may die even to-day."
"Oh. don't say that, doctor!" cried
the devoted' wife. "It's too terrible!
Why. my mourning gown won't be done
until to-morrow." Chicago Post.
"She wears such loud clothes," said
the woman who notices her neighbors
"Only yesterday yon said that hfr
clothes were unspeakable." replied the
husband of the woman who notices her
neighbors' attire. "Xow, which is It!
Detroit Free Press.
aa tarsi Witnesses Testify la Answer aa
Charges Made by m signal
Anniston, Ala., Oct. 25. Keplying
to charges made by a signal corps pa
tient in the Chickamauga hospital. Dr.
Drake said he had seen maggota oa
one occasion in a box in the hospital,
but never on patients. Often the nieB
caine there lousy, but they did not re
main so. Replying to charges con
cerning the furloughing and shipment
of members of the Eighth and Four
teenth Xew York regiments, he said
the men of the two regiments had not
wanted to travel together, and that
the delay in shipping those of the
Eighth had been due to the fact that
after he had secured transportation
for them over the Pennsylvania line, a
major in their regiment changed the
order so as to secure transportation
over a more circuitous route.
Regarding the insinuation that he
had tried to favor the Southern rail
road because he had been the chief
surgeon of that line, he said he had
not been connected with the road
Maj. Joseph Heatwole, chief com
missary of subsistence, said the qual
ity of the rations had been excellent.
As for the quantity, a man would have
to be a gormandizer to eat it.
Gen. Pogue read a letter from Dr.
Buman, of Xew York, who was before
the commission in Washington, in
which he corrected an error in his tes
timony. He stated that he had re
ceived only the regular army rations
for the convalescents on the steamer
Obdam from Porto Rico to Xew York.
He says that such supplies as had
been received up to the night previous
to sailing had been received from the
During the night," he continued,
"the hospital ship Relief arrived, and
early the next morning I boarded the
Relief and personally secured without
any requisition the additional supplies
named in the receipt signed by me.
Until my conference Sunday with Maj.
Bradley I believed these supplies, like
many others, were bought by outside
organizations and were not army
The letter is dated October 16, and
is directed to the surgeon-general of
WILL NOT BE EXTRADITED.
A Defect In the Law May Ssre Mrs. Uov
kln's Neck If Guilty of the Mar-
ders Charced Against Iler.
San Francisco, Oct. 25. Mrs. Cor
aclia Botkin will not be extradited to
the state of Delaware. If she is to be
tried for the murder of Mrs. John P.
Dunning, the trial will take place in
this state. Such was the conclusion
reached by Superior Judges Cool:, Wal
lace, Seawell, Trout and Borden upoa
the wrif of habeas corpus sued by Mrs.
Botkin's attorney. The decision was
There yet remains the question
whether or not Mrs. Botkin can legal
ly be held for trial here under section
JO of the penal code, which gives,
among persons liable to punishment
under the laws of this state, "All per
sons who commit in whole or in part
any crime within this state." Upon
the construction of this section, Judge
Carroll Cooke alone will hear argu
ments. So no final order was made on
the writ yesterday. Judge Cook mere
ly ordered a continuance until Satur
day. With regard to the section named
upon his honor's decision will rest
Mrs. Botkin's fate, so far as a trial
here is concerned.
The five judges, in holding that Mrs.
Botkin can not, under the law, be ex
tradited, simply decide that the legis
lature has unfortunately omitted to
provide for just such cases as that of
Mrs. Botkin. Under the law as it now
stands, she is not a fugitive from jus
tice, having never set foot in Dela
ware; nor is there any way in which
she can be extradited. The judges
say that this omission can be rectified
by act of congress, but until this is
done the law must be held to be de
fective in this respect.
All parties interested were in court
when the decision was given. The
opinion of the court was written by
Judge Cook and concurred in by all
his associates. Judge Cook read the
NEW JAPANESE CRUISER.
The Kasae. Built by the Cramps, Turned
Over to the Japanese Govern
ment at Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, Oct. 25. Japan's fine
new cruiser, the Kasagi, was turned
over by the Cramps yesterday to the
Japanese government, as represented
by Commander X. Kashievabra, and
she at once went into commission and
ran up the Japanese flag. During the
naval review the Kasagi will fly the
Stars and Stripes, with her own en
sign, as a special courtesy to Secre
tary Long and officers of our navy.
She can not, however, fire a salute to
Secretary Long, as her guns are at the
works of Sir William Armstrong, at
Xew Castle on Tyne, England, whither
the prow of the cruiser will be turned
when she shortly departs from thia
Boston, Oct. 25. A telegram has.
oeen received at the Harvard college
observatory from Prof. W. R. Brooks,
at Geneva, X. Y., stating that Brooks
comet was observed by Brooks on Oc
ber 22, in R. A.. 15 h., 22m,3l, and
declination plus 55 dcg., 52 min. The
comet is easily visible in the moonf
Canadian PstlBo Earnings,
Montreal. Can., Oct. 25. Canadian
Pacific earnings for the week ending
October 22 were $593,000; same perio
hut ynur. $C19,000; decrease, 20.0110. i