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VOL. LV. NO. 4.
THE ARGUS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1903.
PAGES 0 TO 16.
AMBASSADOR. WHITELAW MEED PRINCELY ENTERTAINER
ROM a position as legislative cor
respondent at S-" per w k to the
editorship aud proprietorship of
the leading Republican paper
in the land and tile ambassadorship
rf his country to the leading outside
nation; from a comparatively poor
boy to a wealth that reach many
millions; from a one room log house la
western Ohio to one of the finest pal
ncs in New York city, one of the most
expensive country homes in America
and perhaps the choicest private resi
dence In I-ondon these extremes, with
a life of ambition and activity packed
between, represent the career of Wnite
law Reid, editor, speaker, diplomat, his
torian and princely entertainer, who
will spend the Christmas holidays In
his native land.
Fortunate, the envious would say,
Perhaps. I'.ut to do those things aud be
these things require more than luck,
iWhatevcr that much abused word may
mean. To climb the ladder of fame and
fortune, especially In a newspaper ca
reer, calls for ability and energy, ap-
plk-ation of the mot Intense sort, driv
ing power, persistency and. more thau
all. Individual initiative.
Aristocrat Born la a Cabin.
The most enchanting thing in the
world Is the study of people, actual
flesh and blood folks warm with hu
man Interest; not to denounce, not to
excuse, but to measure and weigh, to
catch their angle of vision, to look at
the world through their eyes. That sort
. v -rr; " a
of study broadens both the miud jia'J.
the heart, give new ideas and new
sympathies. From that standpoint
cWhitelaw Iteld is eminently worth
.while uu aristocrat born in a cabin.
iu American at home with courts and
kings, an editor living in u palace, a
man desiring power aud the show of
power, devoted to wealth and the ap
pearance of wealth, loving elegance
;t A ZJs. inlets
FILIPINO STUDENTS ARE
ALL PROVING APT PUPILS
i-:np:u.j cttuieiits. I;i.:g::t troiu me
islands at the expense of the govern
ment iiii.l given free education in the
Kchools and colleges ia the I'nited
State, are making admirable records
for their industry and ability to master
the a l ions subjevts't aught lUcui. says
a Wi.shiiigtJU special dispatch to the
New lork ilobe. Returns to William
A. Sutherland, superintendent of the
bureau of insular affairs, iu charge of
Filipino students in the I'nited States,
show these students are untiring in
their applicniiou to bard work and that
they hae exhibited mentality of the
strongest sni. In their c.a uiinat ions
they liae rauked well up wiih l lie best
It was uot expected that the Filipi
nos would show much of a grasp of
M-icul.tic subjects, but they hate done
ex client scientific work aud h.ivedcm
ouMiatcd much ability in mathematics.
In engineering many of tliem have
evinced enviable capacity, aud espe
cially iu the manual pursuits they have
demonstrated great skill. While untir
ing iu study, they have not shown
much relish for hard physical effort.
One of the subjects they li.ne let alone
t.evere!y has U-cn foot ball, although
they liae show n quite a likiug for
baseball, basketball, tenuis aud some
t'f the lighter iqorts.
In a short time the govcriiuicnt stu
dents will start in Washington a mag
azine t be called the Filipino. It wi:l
l M-lr supiMirting. While published
in Washington, contributions will le
made to it by Filipino students at the
different institutions. Men of promi
nence familiar with Philippine affairs
will also coutribuie. Thus the first
number will coutaiu instructive arti-
Ics on the Philippines aud their prob
lems by a prominent Amcrhau. a
Spaniard, a Filipino aud a Japanese.
Each writer will present the subject
from his viewpoint. The magazine will
not be the usual college publication,
but will seek to set forth the Filipino
attitude toward things American iu a
Vuder the old Sunish regime there
was a coutiuual stream of Filipino
Hudcnts U Europe. This has been
ibauged. Now most of the Filipinos
that go abroad for education enter
American schools. Mr. Sutherland
ays there are nhout 2oO PiPpina etu
n.is cow in Americau iiistitutious of
i and tbe trappings of elegance," yeCau
the time an Americau. standing up for
his couutry: simple in his home life ami
tastes, with no touch of the vulgar, giv
j en to little acts of charity; seemingly
! rather unbending and distant, yet a
ing as his bosom friends many eminent
people of all lines of endeavor; corcbiu
Ing a considerable degree of literary
ability with a keen business capacity.
Just in his actions and estimates, court
ly In his bearing, never known to lose
his temper and failing at nothing he
undertakes. Altogether a notable com
bination! That is Whitelaw Reid. tie
American ambassador at the court of
An Editor at Twenty.
Here is Reid's career in a nutshell;
Born on a farm In southwestern Ohio
lo October. 1S.TT: Scotch extraction;
parents in moderate circumstances;
college education, graduating young;
school teacher at nineteen; editor of a
paper at the little city of Xenia at
twenty; attracted state atteution by
bright editorial; advocated nomina
tion of Lincoln and stumped state for
him; went to Columbus as legislative
correspondent, starting at .5 a week;
letters attracted attention aud other
papers bid for them, among the rest
the Cincinnati Gazette; afterward
went as war correspondent for the Ga
zette; gained national fume by graphic
description of battles, keen estimates
of generals and power of detail descrip
tion; in ISO. tried cotton planting in
the south and wrote '"Ohio In the
War," a book that added to his fame
and nearly broke his publishers; wrote
description of Impeachment trial of
President Johnson for Cincinnati Ga
zette; librarian of congress for a few
years; attracted attention of Horace
Greeley, who offered him a place on the
New York Tribune; lgnn us writer of
editorial paragraphs, then made man
When Greeley ran for president in
1S72 Reid became editor in chief. Aft
er Greeley's defeat and death he se
cured control of the Tribune aud put It
again on Its feet. This was u t au
easy thing, and the success with which
it was carried through required great
executive and political ability aud In- !
cessant work, constituting the greatest
triumph of Refd's career.
In 1ST8 he was offered the post of (
minister to Germany by President
Haves, declined; in is?i offered eame
piace uy i-resiueur ameiu. again de
clined ; somewhat earlier l:.'.d married
Elizabeth. daugbWut-Xl4tafcA. Mills,
the California millionaire; at about
this time bought control of the Tribune,
having controlled it In-fore through
friends; in the later eighties made
president of the board of regents of the
New York State university; iu 1S'. ac
cepted appointment as ambassador to
France; iu 1VJ2 candidate for vice
president on the ticket with Rj.'uja.miu
learning. Of these, 1VS are govern
The Manila Jockey club is supporting
sjtne students. The others are Iho sons
of wealthy families, by whom they are
maintained. Washing!. u has eleven
go eminent students. Cornell univer
sity has five, who are taking engineering
courses. Jlrooklyu polytechnic has two
government students and two support
tl by the Manila Jockey club. The
Fniversity of Chicago has eleven.
The institutions in the states of the
central west have lx-en looked tin with
much f.ivor iu the distribution of the
students. Many of the leading univer
sities are willing t admit Filipinos on
government scholarships, but few of
the students are yet fitted to take uni
versity courses, such as thse at Yale
All branches of agri'-ult 'ire. normal
work. law. medicine. English and engi
neering in all lines are among the snl
Ject.s Riven attention. Light of the stu
deuts are girls, one of them, Honoria
Acosta. stood highest of V.l't young per
sons of loth sexes examined for the
privilege of taking courses here at gov
ernment expense. She is taking a medi
cal course in Philadelphia. Three of
the girls are studying in Drexel insti
tute, and four are taking normal
courses in domestic science Iu different
institutions. Whereer possible, nor
mal training is gien the students, as
it li expected many of them will teach
ou returning to the islands.
Physically the Fi:i;.in students have
profile! by their sojourn iu the I'nited
States. SuWistence on American food
h.Ts beeu good for them. Just as eating
of the American ration by the Philip
pine scouts and constabulary has caus
ed them to increase much in weight.
It is said that ou n average each stu
dent has increased ten jHuuds in
weight, to say nothing of gaining ma
terially iu strength. There has been
lirtl Ktcfcn.wa iiniK. tti. ViHoin.w Anil
but oue death. The government ap- j
points the students for four years. Of :
the ITS here 10O were brought In 11)03
and the others last year and in Sep
tember of this year. Selection m al
ways by competitive examination, and
there is competition of the sharpest
sort, wltn numerous candidates.
As already mentioned. Honoria Acos
ta led all com)etitors iu high standing
In a test of STo. That Wits iu KXM.
TLis yeaj a fourteen year jIJ cfc! L:a-
Harrison, but defeated; special Amer
ican representative t Queen Victoria's
diamond Jubilee; special American rep
resentative at King Edward's corona
tion; tendered place as ambassador tt
Great Britain, but declined, aud Joseph
II. Choate appointed; at expiration of
Choate's term again offered place and
There is the mere skeleton. Fill it in
with deeds, books, editorials, orations,
diplomacy, art collecting, society, land
scape gardening, business and a thou
jsand and one other affairs in The busi
est age in the vorld' history, and you
! have some of the life of Whitelaw
Reid. One of Mr. Keid's chief services
to bistorv and letters was the editing
DOKCIIKSTEU HOUSE. A.MliASSAKOK KEID'S LONDON KESIDKNCB.
of the memoirs of th? famous states
Dazzling Arrjy of Houses.
The houses owned and occupied at
various times by Mr. Kid and his fam
ily iu themselves form a dazzling ar
ray. First there is the Madison avenue
mansion in New York city, one of the
finest in the metropolis. It was built
by Henry Villard and helped to break
him. Then It was offered for sale and
bought by Keid at a fraction of its val
ue. Next is the estate of over 7U acres
near White Plains, N. Y., wit'.i the ver
itable castle topping its highest point.
This broke another millionaire, and
Reid bought it at a low figure. He
pent a million in Interior decorations,
when the house burned. A still more
magnificent house was erected at tho
eosl joXAuaaief million. This place,
Ophir Hall, is iu many respects the
most sumptuous country home on the
American continent. The estate sur
rounding it has leen so Iteautified by
the landscape gardener's art as to vie
with some of the famous estates of
England. In Paris the Reids occupied
one of the best places In that glittering
caijital. payui'f much more rent than
tauced all competitors, but. unhappily
for her, she was not permitted to come
to America, as the minimum age is
lixed at sixteen. She put her age down
as fifteen when examined, but the offi
cials were: convinced she "was extreme
ly young, and on investigation found
she was but fourteen.
Hot Water ('arm Spotted l-'cver.
Raphael l.infandi was recently dis
charged from the Newark (N. J.) ho
pital as cured, after ls-iug ill live
weeks with cerebro spinal meningitis.
The surgeons at the hospital believe
that the hot bath treatment and the
drawing away of pus from the spinal
column as fast as it forme.! were the
determining factors of the case. l.in
fandi was taken to the hospital on
May '21 and for ten days was delirious.
Several times a da the patient .was
subjected to hot baths. These seemed
to relieve him. but the delirium aul
convulsions continued periodically. At
length the surgeons began tapping the
pus cells, and it is probably t this the
greater redit can be gien.
lir-- anU llrraii !!- I Ulc.
"A proper mixture of soft, ripe cheesy
and bread with wutcr contains every
thing which a human lcing require in
the way of food. Weight for weight,
cheese is at least twice as nourishing
as good meat, while it is far easier to
take too much n4.1t thau it is to con
sume too much cheese," declares otto
Hehner. the well known analytical
chemist and food expert. "Cheese is
a far more useful food than nuts.'' adds
Mr. Hehner, because it is made from
the lest of ail foxls-namely, miik
and it is even letter than milk in that
iu the process of ripening certain di
gestive changes incur whi.h make tUe
casein more digestible."
A Perpetual Calendar.
Cainille Flammarion. the well Lu wn
French astronomer, has decided to sub
mit u new calendar for adopt ion by the
Mate to the chamber of depufies. He
makes the year begin with March I'l,
the advent of spring, a month of thiity
oue days following every two months
of thirty days each. The year would
thus cousist of 3)4 days, with a siociul
feast day annually, while a leap 3 car;
would Lave two su h feast days. Thes- .
extra days would be known by special
names and not by the recognized
names of the days of the week. The
same dates thua would always fall on
the same wet k days, o that the calen
dar would remain stationary every
his total yearly salary." As both the
queen's jubilee and Edwards corona
tion equally expensive places were oc
cupied, and entertainment w;;.? on a
magnificent scale. One of thee was
the famous Brook House.
The present home of the Americau
ambnssadi r is Dorchester House, con
sidered the best private residence in
London. Its owner, Captain Holford,
the king's equerry, was very loath to
let it go. but Mr. Reid insisted, and the
king himself Interposed, being fond of
the American ambassador personally
and wishing to favor this count rv. The
annual rental of this Imposing palace
is nearly twice Mr. Keid's yearly salary.
The veteran editor has said niaj"'
t-icver inig?. Here is a fair one: "You
can't abolish the typographieal error
any more thau you can original sin."
Reid was never heard to swear about
the Tribune ottice and but seldom
called down his subordinates. One of
his editorial writers was rather prolix,
however, and one day his chief called
him in and advised him very tersely
"to write less and think more." Tho
editorial writer saw the point and fol
lowed the suggestion.
Mr. Reid's courtship was not tho
least characteristic feat up.? of his ca
reer. He was a man of forty when ho
met Miss Mills, then a debutante of
eighteen. The siee for her hand l-gau
soon after, but victory was not
achieved until after a campaign of four
years. The itcrsisteney which built up
the Tribune during its dark days won
out in iill'uirs of the heart.
Mr. aud Mrs. Reid have two children
a son,. Ogden Mills Reid, and a
daughter. Miss Joan, who is quite a
sportswoman au l drives a four in haud
with as much case and grace as that
displayed in entertaining guests at one
of the splendid functions' of the Ameri
Unou being told that he failed to rec-
'Trotters and Pacers That IVon
ien: Honors During
While no light harness performer
lias during the season of l'.u5 placed in
jeopardy the crowns worn by Lou
Dillon, Major Delniar, Cresceus, Dan
Patch. Prince Aiert and Dariel. it has
beeu a jear of sensational pacing and
trotting, and the iliam,n$us of V.H)o
compare all around with theVracks of
the sulky of other years. -.
The king of all light. harness horses,
D;lu p!ieh. has reduced his world's
LKOXDA, '2?2, MAKES OF FASTl-sT liACB
t-.ECoItO OF 1'".
recuVd to l:.0t4. wh7ill Le a conipl.sh
el Oct. 7, aid.-d by the dirt shield.
This champion of (-Lampions is now
nine years old and is an Indiana pro
duction, having been foahil near Ox
ford. He was trained aud driven the
lirst year of Li turf career by Mr.
WaddelL a man sevt-nty-lhree years of
Dan Patch before he I cease an ex
Libitioa horse ros' n'etetii Jtrnrtt
oguize his friends "on the street Reid
said that he made It a rule iwver to
bow to any one on tae street, as he
would have to keep his head bobbing so
much it would leave Lii: with a crick
in bis neck and a bad temper.
The story, once persistently reeated,
that Reid had a hand In throwing Hor
ace Greeley out of the Tribune Is de
nied by those who claim to know the
history of that transaction. The real
man responsible was Samuel Sinclair,
Greeley's partner. The scheme was to
make Schuyler Colfax editor and to
tfcrow out Reid along with his chief.
Mr. Reid called In his assistants to bid
them good by when there was laid on
bis desk a telegram connecting Schuy
ler Colfax with the Credit Mobilier
scandal. Swing the significance of the
news, he rushed to some of his financial
friends, induced them fo put up the
money to finance the Tribune and thiii
got control of It himself.
At the time of King Edward's coro
nation Mr. Reid was assigned t a car
riage with the French and Turkish am
bassadors, and tho American was re
quired to sit with his back to the
horses. To this Reiil objected so stren
uously that he was given a carriage to
himself at the king's special order.
At a great Republican meeting in
New York Reid. then a candidate for
vice president, occupied a box just un
der one reserved f r chauncev M. De-
pew. I'pon his appearance the vice
presidential nominee was greeted .with
MKS. WHITELAW KHII.
cheering so prolonged that he arose to
acknowledge the greeting. The cheers
continued until he was about to un
bend and make a speech, when ho was
frozen to observe the audience con
vulsed with laughter. He soon dis
covered the cause, however. Tho geu-
raV. Mii;7 ". i t only two oeats in 1 1 1 s
life. His greatest racing season wa
in l'.Kll. when he Willi l,vel.o straight
races, meeting all coiners through (In
gram! circuit, and losing but one heat,
being defeated at Itrighloii l'eac'i. New
York, by Martha Marshall iu L:n:.
The great stallion slowed this was
1 fluke by coming back the second heat
in 2:01';.. The only other heat lie ever
lost was iu the second race l,e started
in at Lafayette. Ind.. Milo S. beating
him in the v time of 12:1s' ., tho. gh
h1 was then racing on half mile tracks.
The""e!!ormoTis min'of . 1 si '.ruWr has
been refused fur Dan Patch, and Fly
ing Fox. the thoroughbred s iid to M.
Iiiane for SdDl.L'.V), is the only horse in
the world's history which ever sold for
as much us the sum recently offered
for the greatest light harness horse of
To I.ocolid.l. the brown pacing stal
lion, belongs the honor of the fastest
harness mile of the year in a race. In
a second heat at Lexington he paced a
mile iu L:0J flat. Lo -onda is now eight
years oM and holds the one and oue
lialf mii.s pacing record, :t:l.Vj. which
is two and one a.iif seconds faster than
Dr. Strong's world's trotting record at
that distance. Loconda also beid rbe
world's stallion race record, pacing or
trotting, iu P.tot and has been a grand
circuit winner of prominence since his
first appearance in fast company in
1!niJ. He is also the son of a great
horse, being by Allerton. 'J:0'.ii,. Save
The Platter and Axtcll. Loconda is
about the trest horse bred by the noted
turfman C. W. Williams, Galesburg. III.
To Lightsome, winner of the Ken
tucky Futurity, belong the honors of
the two-year-old champion of the year.
Her mark, 2:1 P2. has been but three j
times teaten by a filly of this age in a
racPviz. Janie T. and Katherine A .
2:14. and Grace Rond. 2:H;. Light
some was bred by James Dodge of !
Paris, Ky., and is a daughter of the
great race horse Constantino, 2:12' a.
Bonalet, the winner of two pacing
futurities, is the champion three-year-old
pacer of the year, aud her mark of
2:O04 ties the world's three-year-old
pacing filly record, held by Little
Maud Keswick's second heat in the
Tennessee at Lexington, 2:0-T:l. put Ler
at the head of the new 2:li pacers of
l;C. She hails from Canada and is
ti daughter of Kes'vlck, 2:1V' 4. Iu an
other season she ra".y force the pacing
queen Dariel to step aside, as in two
of her beats in the Tennessee she show
ed Cashes of two minute s;eel.
vm : - '
lal Chauncey had thought the ovation
intended for himself.
Once Threatened by General Rosecrans.
General Rosecrans once threatened
to have Reid. then a war corresjRmd
eut. shot for telegraphing t the Cin
cinnati Gazette that the West Virginia
mountaineers were so ignorant they
did not know enough to cut Rosecrans'
telegraph lines. As the Gazette circu
lated through West Virginia this
amounted to a suggestion to the moun
taineers to cut the wires. Reid es
caied the ire of the general by bis
j-petil itt placing the Ohio river l-e-tween
One of Mr. Reid's chief assistants on
the Tribune was the late John Hay.
In appearance Mr. Keid i tall, with
a distinguished manner, always well
dressed, suave and courteous, but with
a certain reserve. He is at ease in
any' company and has the rare faculty
of saying the rigtit word at the right
time. In addition to his palatial house
!u London, he has rented an expensive
English couutry scat callel Wrest Park,
and his entertainments are far and
away the most expensive and elabo
rate ever given by an American am
bassador. J. A. EDGERTOW
.tiaeli iut- Col Ion I'leUer.
After eighteen mouths of experiment
alteration and investigation J. C. Jau
don ami S. L. I'.ond of Charleston have
perfected and patented a cotton picker
which they believe wi'l make the pick
ing of cotton by I. an 1 a thing .f the
past. The machine is -i one 'u ui af
fair and very simple. The picker is
mounted on three wheels like a tricy
cle, the two larger wheels close togeth
er, so that they can easily be pushed
between rows of cotton without injury
to growing plants. Kctw'ccu the two
wheels is suspended a sack, and over
the mouth of the sack opens a long,
hollow cylinder. At the end of this
cylinder are two short cylinders tilted
with teeth, and as one turns a crank
these two cylinders revolve, catching
the tibcr of the cotton and depositing
it in the long cylinder, whence it is car
ried to the sack by a narrow belt. The
operation of the crank rims the two
picking cylinders and the eoiivcyiug
belt. Charleston News and Courier.
(uu l in cr: I Or "Snn)lnK" I'lahra.
I'he gun camera of Dr. W. II. Howe,
a Mexican angler, is especially intend
ed for photographing le.i;,iug fishes.
The idea was suggested I ..' hi experi
ence with the tarpon, a high jumping
fish, often six feet long, which he seeks
each winter at Tampieo. The new
camera has shown the tarpon In va
rious positions in the air. some of them
quite unexpected and surprising. The
apparatus consists of a gunstock and
a 4 by 5 kodak, the latter so fitted
into the stock that the shutter and
opening are on a line with the sight,
and the shutter is connected with the
trigger by a wire, the gup being fired"
FLOCK OF 1.000 TURNKEYS
DRIVEN FAR TO MARKET
Mruir.ng. quarreling, gobbling, led
by a boy and herded like a drove of
steers, a flock of 1,1mi turkeys was re
cently driven twenty-live miles over
the old cattle trail from San Saba.
Tc.v., to Lomeia, Tex., on the Houston
and Texas Central railroad, says a
San Antonio special dispatch to the
St, Louis Republic.
Il was a novel experiment, and few
persons had faith iu the outcome.
Stockmen ridiculed the idea, and the
cowboy whose reassuring "Sub, sub,
suhl'' to the tramping herd ahead of
him has many times made music on
the old Lometa trail had but a sneer
for the undertaking.
Rut the feat was accomplished with
a success that even the luckiest cow
boy has never had with a herd of such
proportions, for at the end of the sc
oml day tie whole nisy Hock, with
the loss of but two birds, followed the
leader into the pen that had been pre
pared for them in Lometa.
The man who found this new use for
the old cat tie trail is O. D. Kirk pa trick.
For weeks he had been bringing tur
keys into San Saba from farms for
miles around until his turkey corral
held-over 1.1' fowls
He preparei I for the undertaking .15
thouli he were going to drive an Im
mense bunch of unruly Longhoni cat
tle. He rigged up the usual "trail out
fit"' and employed the requisite num
ber of that new character of th trail,
the "turkey boy." When all was ready
he opened the gnte of the turkey corral.
Half of the town of San Saba was on
hand to see the start.
In an endless stream the turkeys
poured out of the inclosure right Into
the dusty old cattle trail. Putfing,
strutting and pirouetting, they sauu-tcn-d
along at their own gait. Nothing
could hurry them. For a quarter of a
mile they str-tch'd out oer the trail
Lino of them-leil by a turkey y hir
ed to gobble.
Twenty-live miles the trail winds
around bills, stretches over plains and !
meanders through the dry beds of j
creeks and across the Colorado river to I
Lometa. The high bridge over tho !
Colorado was the critical point, It!
w-i.s feared that there the flock would
balk, f?tampede, gobble and scamper
off Into the thicket that line the bank
of the river.
AJ o. at tLe critical roict was ap
f.'.mt the snouwter in trie usual way.
Great possibilities are opened In pho
tographing also flying fishes and birds
on the wing.
(lie Ton ik u.
The evils of moistening stamps and
envelope chips, particularly in large
quantities, with the tongue are tin well
known to require description lu're.
The accompanying engraving Illus
trates a rather clever device for avoid
ing this disagreeable and unsanitary
practice. Strapped to the back of the
hand is a water reservoir, from which
for moisten inu ui"mmki scufai es.
a tube leads down to a thimble on the
first finger. The flow of water in the
tube Is controlled by a netiUe valve
oporat-d by a thumbscrew at the up
per nil of the reservoir. The water
is taken up by a suitable absorbent
material on the thimble. Capillary at
traction as well as the force of the wa
ter falling through the tube insures
a steady t'eil to the thimble, whic'i
serves as an ever moist finger for
moistening the gummed surface. Sci
Aiiloiiiulie Trl tlrli.
A satisfactory test having been mado
of a new automatic trip switch, the In
vention of Frank Ray lis. a poor but
Ingenious colored man. its adoption by
the New York Central lines Is a possi
bility, says the New York Tribune.
The switch was testis! at Springfield.
I .. In the presence of thirty railroad
men from Canada and the I'nited
Slates. A train was run over the trip
several times at spe-ds ranging from
ten to forty miles an hour. It worked
perfectly and closed the open switch
Two .Mil- m Mintitt.
The Belgian administration has asked
the congress to appropriate $10.0iri.(Mi
for a new railway into Germany via
Louvaln. St. Trend and Argenteait to
meet the close competition of the Dutch
railways. Every effort will be put
forth to make travel as comfortable as
possible atnl to increase speed as far
as is consistent with safety. It U
hoped that the spi-cil will reach ll!o
miles an hour. There will be no grade
crossings, the grades will be light and
the radius of every curve will be at
least 2,000 yards.
proached, the gobble boy lu tb& lead
put up his most seductive gobble, but
the flock had already spiiil the high
bridge. The leaders were excited.
They increased their speed, aud in a
few minutes the whole herd was ruu
uing. scrambling and jostling past the
gobble boy to get upon the bridife. So
impetuous was the movement that two
birds were pushed over the railing
One fle.v to the opposite bank, while
the other landed in midstream and
swam to the nearest shore, where a
farmer grabbed it and carried It home.
Tbe other bird was uever seen again.
At night this strange flock of tho
trail was liodded and guarded Just like
a herd of cattle, and at the close of
the second day the whole drove, safe
and sound, followed the gobble boy In
to tbe pen at Lometa.
Aud thus two new callings have been
ushered iu "turkey boy" and "gobble
!oy"-unil likewise a new profitable
itr-o of the old cattle trull, for the east
ern markets are taking all of the sago
aud sunflower seed fd turkeys that
Texas can deliver at a fair price a
pound ou the hoof or, more correctly
Mpeuking, iu the feather.
V Lake of Soft Soap.
Nicaragua contains a lake distin
guishid above other similar bodies,
lis waters hold a strong solution of
bicarbonate of potash, bicarbonate- "f
S'xla and sulph.ib of magnesia. It Is
one of those few stretches of water
outside the works of fiction which are
actually la -bed to foam by the action
of the elements. It is In reality n lake
of soft soap. When rubled on any
grea.v object a fine rich lather Is In
stantly formed. The natives take !t
externally and Internally, l-esldes us
ing it for a corn cure and a hair wash.
They are not blind, either, to the com
mercial i-o.-sibilities of their lake, for
last year they exjorfed four demijohns
of the water to iieghtN-rt!j Gautemala.
ftarKiral Outfit For Ktrvt t'ara.
I"rgd by tin medical profetwdon. tho
Cleveland Electric Railway company
is about to equip its street cars with
emergency surgical outfit, to includo
only those things which can Ix? readily
und efficiently handle. by the laymen
A movement is al-i on foot to equ'y
automobiles with such outfit.