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B. EL AUAMS, PabUsher.
CAPE GIRARDEAU. : MISSOURI.
JL Bit of History That la IilernKif
at This Time Becaase of the
Delagoa bay was discovered by
"Vasco de Gatna in 1502, and explored
-10 years later by a Portuguese officer
iiamed Capt. Lorenzo Marquez."- Until
the beginning of tbe present century
lortujral exercised a more or less dob
,1ual sovereignty over the bay as. veil
as over the entire coast line of Atrie,
but had completely - abandoned its
"posts and trading stations on the east
oast when in 1S23 CapC Cunliffe
Owen, of the royal "navy," "obtained
rom native "chiefs a ression of Dela
goa bay to Great Britain.' Knglaad
: founded a town on the feay5 to-whWi
,Svas given the name'or BombHy. and
in ISO. Portugal refounded immediate
ly opposite the town of Lorenzo Mar
quez. on the ruins of .the old-timo
trading station of that name. In 1S09
the Portuguese concluded -a commer
cial treatywith the South African re
public, and this brought to an acute
tage the dispute as to the ownership,
of Delagoa bay. The question was re
ferred to the arbitration of the presi
dent of the French rejKiblic. the Kng
lish retting their casj on the conces
sions obtained by Capt. CunliflYyOwen.
In 1S7S Marshal MacMahon, then chief
magistrate of France, gave an award
ii favor of Portugal, which was loyal
ly accepted by England, on agreement,
"however, being concluded between the
"two nations, according to which Eng
land secured from Portugal a prcfer
ential right to all of her territory
south of the Zambesi, that is to say
including Delagoa bay.
For a time one heard but little ot
Delagoa bay, and then the place was
once more brought on the tapis bv
the conflict which arose in connection
"with the railroad, now running from
ljorenzo Marquez to Pretoria. The
'Transvaal portion of the line was built
by German capitalists, while the 10
miles of Portuguese territory were
constructed by an American conces
sionaire, Col. McMurdo, with the help
of English capital. Before the line
had been opened very long Col. Mo
.Murdo suddenly died, and the Portu
guese government took advantage
thereof to cancel his concessions on
"the ground that the McMurdo com
pany had not carried out oil its en
gagements. Roth the United States
and the English governments there
upon intervened, and 11 years ago
it was agreed to submit to arbitra
tion the question as to the amount of
-compensation due by the Portuguese
.government to the McMurdo-Anglo-American
company for the seizure of
the line, the arbitrators being selected
by the Swiss government. They have
failed until now to give an award.
But it is certain when granted to be
against the Portuguese government,
-which will be mulcted in heavy dam
ages to the company, damages which
it will be unable to pay without the
assistance of Great Britain. For the
Portuguese treasury is on the verga
-of bankruptcy. Detroit Free Press.
CARRIER PIGEONS IN WAR.
The Post Established at I.adymnlth,
South Africa, Has Been
The pigeon post established at Lady
smith" and Durban for carrying war
messages has been such a success that
special appropriations for increasing
the service will be recommended by the
war ofliee. A good deal of this success
of the pigeon service is due to the skill
and energy of Col. Ilassard, of the royal
engineers, who has spent years in
pigeon culture for just this sort of an
emergency and he has demonstrated
the fitness of birds for war purposes.
Col. Ilassard, who was stationed at the
Cape before hostilities broke out, sys
tematically trained the pigeons for
carrying messages across the rough,
mountainous land and his various pi
geon posts were of the greatest value in
keeping the office apprised of the exact
-condition of the army.
There are 1.0CO homing pigeons on
the books of the British navy and sev
eral times this number on the books of
the army. In the past ten years the
United States army and navy depart
ments have been interested in the car
rier pigeons and we have posts estab
lished at different points throughout
the country. Their services have been
useful chiefly in the navy and experi
ments are being made constantly in
communicating by this means between
the shore and the ships. There is no
system of registering homing pigeons
in private lofts and in an emergency
the government in need of more pi
geons would have to depend upon the
patriotism of the private owners for
increasing its supply. That there would
be plenty of volunteers no one doubts
for a moment. Collier's 'Weekly.
facts About the Twentieth Crnturr.
The nineteenth century closes with
the year 1900. Immediately after mid
night, therefore, of December 31, 1900,
is when the twentieth century begins.
In other words, it begins with the first
second of the first hour of the first day
of January, 1901. The twentieth cen
tury will open on a Tuesday and close
on a Sunday. It will have the greatest
number of leap years possible for a
century 24. The year 1904 will be the
first one, then every fourth year after
that to and including the year 2000.
February will three, times have five
Sundays in 1920, 1948 and 1976. The
twentieth century will contain 36,525
jays, which lacks but one day of being
xactly 5.21S weeks. The middle day
if the cent ury will be January 1, 1B5L r
H! WHY dp I sit oa
Ob, why do I sit her
All the gladsome SL
While the youths
and the maidens
.npipr . maiden so fair:
Like the gossamer soft Is her hair.
But she's cruel, as cruel as fair.
And she tortures my heart to despair.
Her eyes are blue as the skies.
Ah! how sweet she can look when she tries.
And she has the most exquisite hand
Of any fair maid. in the land; '
'TIs a hand that Is whiter than. snow, .
And adowo it the bluest veins flow. '
If she knew how my bosom was torn,
How I wish J had never been born,'
To my wail she would surely reply;
If she iza't I shall certainly die.
So tliit'i why I sit on this stone. .
So that's why I make my sad moan,
AH the gladsome St. Valentine's day.
While the youths and the maidens are gay.
H. W. Dixon, in N. T. Ledger.
f A STORY OF
HEX a man re
ceives an anony
tion there is but
one thing for him to do. Ignore it.
Pay r.o attention to it. The human
being who has not the courage or the
fairness to sign, his name to a com
munication is beneath the contempt
or good men.
Mr. Ltroy Walker had repeated
these copy-board rules of conduct so I
often that he had come to have faith
HE SAW HI1ISELF AS
in them. He had even advised his
friends in much the same terms. One
cf his friends, Bradbury, had received
an unsigned letter, advising him that
he was not a civilized being, that the
people who congregated in his flat of
an evening were l.ttle better than sav
ages, and that it was an outrage for
anyone to piny the piano at two o'clock
in the morning, as at that hour all
honest men and women were sup
posed tc be in bed.
Bradbury was very angry, ne went
to Walker with the anonymous K'tter
in his trembling hand and asked
'Isn't that the most insulting thing
you ever read?"
Walker behaved with admirable
coolntss. He smiled peacefully and
remarked: "Xever let anything like
that worry you."
"Well, I think I kmow who sent it.
What is your opinion of a man who
would write that kind of a letter and
send it to you without signing his
"Bradbury, a" man who would do
anything like that is simply beneath
contenr.pt. You can't afford to waste
any righteous indignation on such a
cur. Dismiss the entire matter from
your aiind. Don't be foolish. If this
fellow is too cowardly to sign his
name, simply throw the letter into the
w aste -basket, and let that be the last
Considering that Mr. Walker held
uch sensible and cool-headed view
concerning anonymous insults, Lis
subsequent conduct is not easily ex
plained, unless It be admitted that it
is easy enough to ignore an insult
which is aimed at some one else.
On the morning of a certain Febru
17 14, Mr. Walker went to his break
fast as a later hour than usuaL Ha
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found a letter lying beside his plate
and tore it open, carelessly enough,
unfolding a villainous comic valen
tine, printed in, shrieking colors.
It was the picture of a misshapen
wretch with a coaieal head and a larg"
lower jew whicu was fastened on in
hinge fashion'. There were certain
lilies and explosive marks to indicate
that tms jaw was in rapid motion
Lclow the picture was the followin
TO A NOIST IDIOT.
"Tou talk and gabble all the day.
But there's no sense In what you say.
On every subject you must spout.
Tou are a chump beyond a doubt."
For a 'moment or two Walker was
shocked and benumbed by the awful
impact of such an insult. He felt the
surge of hot blood to his head, and in
thedizzinessof his wrath all the articles
on the breakfast table went swinging
nn semi-circles. He crumpled the en
velope and its contents into his pocket
and 'sat fuming VhKe 'Mrs. AYalker
poured the coffee.
'"Who sent it?" "Who" sent it?
"Who sent it?" he asked himself over
and over again. He tried to fix in his
memory a list of all who might be his
secret enemies and to select from this
list the most despicable, vindictive and
unprincipled scoundrel of all. This rep
tile he would meet. He would; meet
him and then and then he would slap
him in the face and compel him to get
down on his knees and apologize, and
then' he (Walker) would spurn him
(the wretch) with his foot and call him
all the vile names which may be used
in propriety by a high-minded gentle
man whose feelings have been out
Oh, the visions of revenge which are
conjured up br a fine, feverish rage!
Walker snapped at his breakfast as
if he were a caged animal, and there is
no denying that he had murder in his
heart. Once Mrs. Walker saw him
staring emptily at the popovers and
asked what was the matter. He did
not reply, for he was absorbed in con
templation of a picture in which he was
throttling the villain who tent the
After breakfast and when he was
safely awav from the house he took the
envelope from his pocket and studied
the handwriting. He did not recognize
it. It was evident that the sender had
disguised his penmanship, or else had
the address written by some one en
tirely unknown to Walker.
He looked at the valentine and re
read the verse of doggerel, and it is
needless to say that he discovered
OTHERS SAW HIM.
depths - and varieties of insult not in
tended by the hack who wrote the
Sitting in one corner of the car, with
the valentine folded carefully, he took
the lines one at a time:
"You talk and gabble all the day."
It was simply brutal. He read it
again, and suddenly this question
Hashed into his mind: "Do I talk too
He knew that the comic valentine was
always supposed to touch on a ruling
weakness. Could it be possible that the
sender of this valentine had struck on
his (Walker's) greatest failing and
taken an underhand way of rebuking
"Nonsense! I don't talk too much,
thought Walker. "But if I never talk
loo much, why did anyone send me.this
valentine? There's no point to the val
entine unless I do talk too much occa
sionally. But I don't believe I do talk
too much. I ought to know it if I make
myself a nuisance by talking. Hold on
here! Had I ought to know? When a
man is a bore and a nuisance, does he
ever suspect the fact himself? Is it
possible for a man to go on, year after
year, deluding himself with the belief
that he is a sparkling and entertaining
conversationalist, whereas everyone re
gards him as a pest?"
Walker was compelled to answer in
the affirmative. He thought of the case
of Howelby. Howelby is the laughing
stock of a neighborhood. He is a per
sistent chatterer, an insipid story
teller, an affected and effeminate dolL
Yet Howelby firmly believes that he is
the most popular young man on the
South side, loved by the women and en
vied by the men.
"If Howelby has been fooled for so
long a time, isn't it possible that some
of the rest of us have been fooled too?" j
askea tfalker. "Jfow I notice that in
company Howelby is well received and
treated with consideration. After be
goes away they poke unmerciful fun
at him. I wonder what they say about
me after I go away. I wonder If it's
possible that they speak of me as a
'noisy idiot or something like that?
I wonder if I've been a bore for years
and didn know it? How would
know it unless some one came right out
told me point blank? But you don't
find many people as candid as all that.
There'd be no chance of my finding it
out unless well unless some one
wrote an anonymous letter or cent a
comic valentine. Come to think of it,
Mrs. Walker has reproved me seveial
times for breaking in while some one
else was talking. I wonder if she.
But no, it was some one who hates me,
I'll keep quiet and find out."
Walker met many acquaintances that
day; and every one of them was under
suspicion. Walker even made signifi
cant remarks, such as "Well, I suppose
I m a noisy chump," or "I dare say 1
talk too much," and then watched each
face to see if he could detect the guilty
flush, but he couldn't. However, he
was rather sadly impressed by the fact
that no one of his -friends contradicted
him when he said these disparaging
things about himself. It was evident
that whoever sent the valentine had
done so with at least a measure of jus
tification. If Walker had stopped to
consider he would have known that it
is never considered polite to contradict
a man when be is saying mean things
about himself. But he was not in a
mood for fair consideration of any
thing. He had discovered his true char
acter, and he held himself in contempt,
Fortunately he had his pride and self-
respect remaining, and he decided upon
For two days he didn't speak except
when he was compelled to do so, and
then he talked in monosyllables. Mrs.
Walker was frightened and began to
fear that he was going into a decline.
On the morning of the 16th, as he was
waiting at the corner for a trolley car,
a barber with black ringlets came out
of the shop next to the drug store and
said: "How are you, Ir. Walker how
do you do, sir? Say, I got something
here that belongs to you. I guess it
was sent to me by mistake, or at least
I judge so as far as I can make out, be
cause your name's here, bnt it came
addressed to me all right. I put it in
my pocket and I says to myself: 'Now
the first time I see Mr. Walker passin
by the shop here I'll give this to him,
and probably he'll know what it means;
but I was sure it wasn't for me, because
I haven't bought any meat from Erasch
since I had a little trouble with him
about a round steak that my little girl
went there and got one morning. I
told .Krasch m so many words that I'd
never deal with him again in no way.
shape, manner or form, because I al
low no man to send me such meat.
My money's as good as any other man's
money, and "
Walker might have heard a great deal
more if the car had not come alon?.
In- the envelope which had been hand
ed to him by the barber he found an
itemized bill from Krasch, the butcher.
How did this bill happen to reach the
barber? Evidentlv it trot into the
wrong envelope. Then what? ne saw
it all in a flash. That valentine was in
tended for the talky barber, who had
quarreled with Krasch.
'I don't talk too much, after all."
thought Walker, with a feeling of in
finite relief. "Pshaw! I knew it all the
time." Chicago Daily Record.
A BACHELOR'S VALENTINE,
If I were younger. Mary Jane
Would not so gayly flout me.
Or If she did I'd make it plain
She could not do without me.
She will not be my valentine.
Fnrsnrtth the mof-la i ra niAntv
I'll venture that she would be mini
ir 1 were one-and-twenty!
Why. forty years ago there were
A score I could have married.
And every one outfavored her:
But then, of course. I tarried
Till Ann and Lou and Susie, too.
And all the rest I mind me.
Dropped me because, they said, they knew
1 ney Knew not where to And me.
But as it is the Widow Black.
Thank heaven, has some reason.
And knows that men. like fruit, don't lack,
In worth if out of season.
To her I'll send'a billet doux
And state my fortune clearly-
Some thousands. I'll admit to you
And she will love me dearly!
Fair maid! When you were very small
And wore your hair in braid.
And I In jackets felt so tall
I was of girls afraid,
I slipped beneath your door one day
A valentine like this
Then pulled the bell and ran away
To dream of you in bliss.
Too have forgotten long ago
That boyish act of mine;
Perhaps you never cared to know .
Who sent that valentine.
But I, who loved you dearly then "-
And love you dearer bow.
Farever will remember when
First Cupid taught me how.
That budding love that thrillel my aaaiC
When I was but a boy
Has blossomed till from yon apart
I cannot find a joy.
Nay, more than that. Without yau I
Discover only pain.
And so to win Tju bow I try
A valentine agalc
And, O! may Cupid's magic dart
Make you this time Incline
To yield to me your tender heart
And be my Valentine.
i- C. Do dart, in Chicago .Dally Sua,
FOOD SUPPLY WAGONS
Their Investor Believes They Will
Solve the Servaat-Glrl Problem
to Everybody's Satisfaction.
Conservative old New Haven is soon
to have a twentieth century convenience
that will make one of the dreams of
Edward Bellamy a practical . realiza
tion. In his famous book entitled
"Looking Backward" Bellamy describes
great cooperative kitchens from which
whole cities are to be fed. New Haven
will, shortly have a big kitchen from
which her residents may order their
meals and have them sent piping hot
to their homes all ready to be served.
This, in brief, is the latest idea of a
Yankee invention, designed to solve the
servant girl problem.
This scheme is not a mere dream. It
is an idea of a Xew Haven business man
who has made a success. It is backed
by over 20 other Xew Haven business
men, every one of whom is a practical
and successful man in his line of busi
ness. These men have put their money
into this idea because they believe that
they have in this scheme a big fortune.
Many schemes have been tried in dif
ferent parts of the world to supply
food for families through cooperative
kitchens. These schemes have never
been very successful, because it has
been impossible to keep food hot during
transportation from one place to an
other. The scheme of many families
eating together in one building has also
proved objectionable. Xew Haven has
apparently solved this problem by the
invention of heat retaining devices by
which a plate of soup or a roast of beef
may be kept piping hot for as long as
seven hours. The projectors say they
can deliver, cooked and ready to serve,
many dishes at a price equal to that,
which the housekeeper pays for the
In speaking of his scheme, Mr. S. H.
Street said to a New York Herald re
"This is not a mere dream. I have
been studying this subject for years. I
have discussed it with the best business
men of the country. I have placed my
ideas before them, and they have all
told me that the scheme in practica
ble. "People do not realize that it -S
possible to cook the cheapest portions
of meat in a scientific manner and get
as delicious dishes as are served in
the finest restaurants in the country.
It has been demonstrated that ycu
can roast beef that- costs four cents
FOOD SUPPLY WAGON.
a pound that is, sections of the beef
that are not usually used for roast
ing and get a more nourishing dish
than you can from the choicest cuts.
This, however, can only be accom
plished by cooking the meat slowly
and cooking it in a scientific manner.
'Cereals are very difficult to cook
properly. So are baked beans and
some kinds of vegetables. We will
devote ourselves at first to cooking
things that require long and careful
cooking. We do not propose to med
dle with steaks and chops, which are
easily cooked. Later on we may take
up all sorts of cooking.
The secret of Mr. Street's scheme
lies in his patent device for retainirg
heat. This apparatus is apparently
nothing more than a big bucket,
metal covered and lined, with sides
and bottom about two inches thick.
There is a close-fitting top or lid of
similar thickness. What the sides of
the wall of this package are lined
with Mr. Street does not say. Into
this heat-retaining package are put
porcelain cans, which fit tightly and
have close-fitting covers.
Mr. Street proposes to have various
sized packages, in which breakfast,
luncheon and dinner can be arranged.
In the bottom of the bucket is placed
the dessert, then the meat and vege
tables, and then the soup. This is
for a dinner bucket.
These buckets are to be delivered in
big wagons, in which there will be an
arrangement along the side for hold
ing them in place. The scheme is to
have a large number of wagons which
will make trips through various sec
tions of the city to deliver food and
take orders for the following day.
There will be small wagons for quick
delivery of late orders.
Recipe for Baking; Onions.
Butter a baking dish and lay in it raw
onions cut in slices Aalf an inch thick.
Bake them pale yellow and then take
out of the oven. Sprinkle with salt and
pepper and cover with one-fourth of
an inch of grated crumbs and cheese
in equal parts. Return to tie oven just
long enough to melt the cheese.
F.dith Percy Hiflyer? Why, I re
fused him ten times.
Ethel He must have been late get-
tng home that evening. Pack.
TTT. " "Jt
THE FINISHING TOUCH,
Chleaa-o Dade Wha Cossaletca HI
Toilet a Train Made Kldlealaas)
by n Brla-ht Girt,
Some wise person has said somewhere)
that K a woman desires to see vanity
face to face let ber look in her mirror.
That is all very well, bnt now and then
you run across a man who can ring in
new changes on the feminine folly.
On one of the Alley "L" trains last
week, along in the afternoon, a young
woman got on at Thirty-ninth streeL
She was a quiet, lady-like girl, dressed
in a well-fitting gray tailor-made suit,
and settled herself back for a good read
on the way to the city, when he got on
at the next station and seated himself
opposite. He was "gotten up regard
less." One of those new, stunning suits
in brown and tan checks that are all the
go, white felt hat, with blue band, and
a silk umbrella. As soon as the train
PROFFERED IT WITH A SMTLX.
was well under way again he drew out m
penknife and worked industriously at
his finger nails for several minutes.
This finished, he produced a pearl
toothpick and labored at his white,
even teeth for awhile. After this oper
ation was over he gazed thoughtfully
out of the window at the glimmer of the
lake far in the distance, and, with a .
sigh of contentment fumbled in his vest
pocket until he found a small mirror.
Having studied the effects of his new
red and purple tie in this, he started in
on his mustache, a pale, feathery sug
gestion of what might be in days to
come. This latter was combed and
twirled and petted until it stood out at
the proper angle with a well-defined
curl at either end. The felt hat was
pushed further back to see if the part
of the hair was O. K-, and at last, with
snother sigh of relief, he replaced the
mirror and leaned back complacently.
But the girl in gray had been watch
ing him over the top of her book, watch
ing each new branch of the business
with increasing interest, and, finally,
when she saw the mirror go back in its
leather ease, she laid aside her book,
and, opening her chatelaine bag, drew
out a chamois skin well powdered and
proffered it with a smile to her travel
ing companion, while the people around
enjoyed the little comedy.
"Wouldn't you like to put on the fin-
ishing touch?" she asked, sweetly, and
be stiffly arose and went into the
smoker. Chicago Tribune.
THE STOOPING HABIT.
Ily m Few Mlnn'tea' Attention Every
Day Round Shonldera Can Ba
One of the greatest and most common
deformities of the day is one that with
care and attention can be remedied. It
is the round-shouldered or stooping
habit.Many of the most natural figures
show this tendency to stoop, while in
the narrow-chested it is marked to a
painful degree. And yet, by raising one
self leisurely upon the toes in a perpen
dicular position several times a day this
deformity can be easily rectified. To
do this properly onemustbe in a perfect
ly upright position, the arms dropping
at the side, the heels well together and
the toes forming an angle of 45 de
grees. The rise should be made very slowly,
and from the balls of both feet, and the
descent should be accomplished in the
same way, without swaying the body
out of its perpendicular line. The ex
ercise is not an easy one, but may be
accomplished by patience. It can be
modified, too, by standing first on one
leg, then on the other. Inflating and
raising the chest at the same time is a
part of the exercise, and if persevered in
will ultimately show an increased chest
measurement, development of lung
power and erect figure. Cincinnati En
quirer. Character In Wosnan'a Walk.
An observing man insists that he can,
tell a woman's character by her man
ner of walking and the kind of shoes
she wears. He says that the listless way
of lifting One's feet indicates laziness
or ill-health. A heavy, fiat-footed step
means a good housekeeper, bnt aa ag
gressive nature. A dragging, shufflirg
step denotes iodolence of mud and
body. He observes, further, that the
woman who likes mannish shoes is not
iiintv iv feminine and tliat tha iriasC
I woman wears welt-fitting shoes in thn
street sad dainty iipnert in the hoossv