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THE ARGUS, FRIDAY. MAY 24, 1907.
Animals andf Poison.
Poison is surely out- of the most
weird of nature's bizarre contrivances.
A tiny speck of an innocent looking
White powder on the tip of the tongue
means instant death if that powilor
lmppcns to Im? tin deadly drug acoul
tiue. A moment s whiff of unseen va
por, and If that vapor rises from pure
prusslo acid all human aid is too late.
The strangest fact about that curious
group of bodies called poisons Is that
sometimes they are not poisons. Of
course every oue knows that when
kept under control by the skillful hand
of the physician poisons are most val
uable niedicineH. Itut few persons are
aware of the still more curious fact
that poisons when taken by certain an
imals even in large quantities are quite
Yet. strange as it may seem, this 1
perfectly true. Tuke, for instance. th
hedgehog. This bristly little animal in
absolutely poison proof. It can eat
without discomfort as much opium as
a hardened rhiuese can smoke in a
fortnight and can wash a meal down
with as much prussic acid as would
kill a regiment of soldiers. It is ca
llable of swallowing arsenic with just
un much relish as it eats cockroaches.
It is quite immune to the venom of the
snake, though the prickly hedgehog
has little need to fear the approach of
such a reptile. It has even been stated
that it can swallow corrosive subli
mate, and yet this is a virulent imison
which human beings must handle with
caution, for even tl solution of it exter
nally applied has been known to cause
Cyanide of potassium is another
deadly substance of which th" hedge
hog need have no fear, and yet the
merest trace of the poison is sutlicient
to cause a full grown man to foam at
the mouth and lose the power of his
limbs. Truly the hedgehog is a strange
freak, and yet not so inexplicable as
the poisons by which he refuses to In
poisoned. Man is said to resemble the monkey
In more ways than oue; but. whatever
characteristics they may have in com
mon, the ape differs from the human
being in this respect he can take with
impunity as much strychnine as would
kill two men instantly. The monkey,
curiously enough, shares the immunity
to strychnine poisoning with inverte
brate animals. Another phenomenon is
the rat.' The number of rat poisons
sold by druggists is legion, but there is
one Hjison which never enters into
their couiKfsitiou namely, digitaliu,
the active principle of the foxglove.
Owpjuilf trrai'j f tiijs unisonous orin
cTpie suffice to kill a man wifhln threo
quarters of an hour. bnr, the rat nis:-
nueiY reruses to let it kill him.
When it U discovered that a human
being has swallowed oxalic acid, the
first thing the doctor does is to give his
unfortunate patient a good dose of
chalk, technically known as calciun
carbonate. Strange to relate, chickens
are not poisoned by oxalic acid, for the
simple reason that their intestines con
tain the nutidnte in the form of quau
tities of calcium, which combine with
the poison and render it quite harm
less. It is Interesting, however, to
mention that if oxalic acid is injected
into the blood of a fowl it would bi
poisoned. It is only when given by the
mouth that the acid comes in contact
with the antidote. However, as chick
ens are not provided with hypodermic
syringes, they are not likely to run an;'
If China were inhabited by pigeons
Instead of by people who speak pigeon
English, a costly war and no end of
controversy miidit have boon averted,
for pigeons are not demoralized by
opium. Yon cannot put a pigeon to
sloop with the "drowsy giant." simply
because there is something in the bird's
interior which resists the narcotic in
fluence of the morphine to which
opium owes its activity.
The'v is little to connect the Russian
peasant with a goat-unless it is heard
yet nevertheless both have one trait
in rommon -neither is harmed by hem
lock. It was the juice of the hemlock,
so we have been told until we are tired
of hearing it. that killed Socrates. Ever
since then it has been on the poison list
as far as civilized beings are concern
ed; but. a'.l the same, roots of hemlock
are eaten as food by the Russian peas
ants -and by gouts.
In on.' respect the peasant of the
Austrian Tyrol resembles the hedge
hog, because he can take In one dos
as much arsenic as would kill several
Americans. This is not liecause the
peasant is provided with any sped.'
means of combating the effects of the
drug, but been use he habituates him
self to it. J he Tvrolean hnds that ar
senic increases his power of endurance
lie commence; bv taking an eighth
part of a grain for a dose, which 1
gradually increased until he can take
without any ill effect five' or more
grains at a time.
Experts have not been able to make
up their minds why these people be
come tolerant to the drug. The most
plausible theory put forward up to the
present Is that an antitoxin is formed
by the administration of the poison
which Immunizes the subject, just as
calf lymph immunizes us against
smallpox. Baltimore Sun.
We sometimes have those little rubs
which I'rovldence semis to enhance
the value of Its favors. Goldsmith.
Complete Assortments at 25c, 50c, 98c, $1.48
THE large attendance indicates how muchTri
City women value our sales of Muslin Under
wear. They value thqm because the garments are
of good standard materials; the proportions the
same as you would expect in garments at the full
price, and there is a wide variety of styles.
Every detail of m.iking and firvsliing buttons, seams,
trimmings are up to the grade we demand for our regular-lines.
Some of the largest makers have co-operated
with us in gathering the enormous stocks needed for this
sale, and assortments are very complete. Larger assort
ments than ever have been provided to supply the increas
ed demand that we felt sure would come in response to
6uch low prices. Many mothers bought a season's sup
ply for the children from the garments offered at 10, 15.
20 and 25c; declaring them to be the best they had eve"
seen for the money.
lhidcs-lohe planning their trousseaux will be phased with the Four
piece Matched bridal Sets included in this sale at from $4.f." to $12.!"i.
Corset Cover. Skirt, Iirawers and down. Made r sheer materials and
WHEN KUROKI LOST.
Sale of Leather Hand Bags and Purses
To attract particular attention to our Leather Goods Section during
the next few days we offer the.o special price inducements. Every
piece offered is first class and c;edrable. Quantities at some of the
prices are limited another reason for these reductions. The saving
resulting from the sale prices should receive more than passing at
Inqwrted combination chate
laines. Including purse, memo
randum, mirror, etc. . 353.25
Popular Carlton hags.. 2.48
Pressed leather shopping hags
with coin purses, at...gjt5
Double-strap handle hags with
inside purse and outside pock
ets, very low priced at SdO
Real seal strap vanity purses
with double flap-back, at..gW
Chevelier portemanae of real
morocco in assorted colors; can
be fastened to the belt, worth
double, sale price only 50
Squaw bags'of sheep skin wit l
draw string, red, blue and
black; 50 values at nl'--35?
"Boston Bags" with large block
Front Bargain Counter.
bottom; only one or two at a
$1.25. S1.S9. S1.9S
Japanese coin purses now.JQ
Combination pocket books tan,
brown, blue, green, hlack..50?
SOeS 95t. and at .-$1.98
Men's folding wallets vi'.;i
strap, sale price at only . . . J0
Japanese sewing and shopping
bags, priced at only S05
Jewel bags with pockets for
jewelry and money special 15
Sets of coat hangers, admirable
for traveler's use; sets of four,
$1.49: sets of three .)5tf
Ten monkey skin draw string
hags with block bottomsjgl.75
How the Japanese General Was Beaten
by a Roulette Wheel.
General Kuroki, the famous Japa
nese soldier, was recently the guest
of Mr. It. A. C Smith on his steam
yacht. Privateer, during a trip up the
Hudson to West Point, where he in
spected the cadets.
It remained for the trip down to
New York to show Kuroki, for the first
time a vanquished man. says William
Hosier, the New York American's cor
respondent, lie charged a roulette
wheel with his accustomed reckless
daring and was thrown back with
heavy loss. Mr. Smith presided at the
toy wheel, which he has among his
various amusements cm board the
Kuroki was provided with a stack
of chips, and the game was explained
to him. lie risked a small stack on the
red and lost. Then he tried 14, 7, 23,
0 and i! and lost again. Once more he
tempted fortune on the black, aud once
more he lost.
lie stood and studied the wheel curi
ously, lie frowned and tried the red
again, and again he lost.
"Ah," he said.
Then he tried a new combination of
numbers nnS lost once more. Tugging
at his mustache, he burst into a laugh,
seized a newspaper man by a shoulder,
thrust what chips remained to him iu
the .scribe's hand and pointed to the
wheel. The newspaper man lost also,
and when the last chip was gone, Ku
roki slapped the reporter on the back,
laeghed at him, frowned at the board
and stalked away for the first time In
his life a beaten man.
But half an hour later, Knrokl was
discovered alone, .studying that wheel,
and thinking, perhaps, how he might
turn its flank, pierce its center or over
come It by a bayonet charge.
He hurried on deck to see Grant's
tomb when the monument appeared in
view. As a coiom.1 of Infantry. Kuroki
met Grant in lS71,.wh,en the latter
Made his tour of the world.
"He was a great soldier," said Ku
roki. "Our Kehoolhoys know him as
they know Lincoln. Itoosevelt and
Franklin. I like your military acade
my. It Is fine. The Imys are splendid.
It Is a great institution."
DIAZ IS FOR PEACE
President of Mexico Plans
Stop Freauent Wars
FAVORS UNION OF REPUBLICS
'A NO. 1" WEALTHY TRAMP.
Remarkable Hobo Spent $7.56 to Travel
Nearly Half Million Miles.
Well dressed and well groomed. "A
No. 1.' the most remarkable tramp in
the world, visited Middletown, N. Y.,
recently for the second time in twenty-
four years, says the New York Times,
Known only as "A No. 1." he has trav
eled the world over many times since
he started his hobo life in INSIS, when
he was eleven years cdd.
He has been in nearly every city.
village and hamlet in tin? I'nited States
and has covered 4." 1 ,K.M l miles. He has
spent hi actual cash only $7.."i for
traveling. Since Jan. 1 he has traveled.
5.2H miles at a cost of 2ii cents. Un
like the ordinary tramp, "A No 1" does
not bear. He gets a living carving I iu
ages and bends on Irish potatoes. He
carries a number of life insurance poli
cies. A considerable fortune he never
touches, lie does not use tobacco or
liiiuor. lie has willed his property to
a trust fund as a foundation for prizes
to be competed for by public school
students in his native city. He has
also purchased a cemetery lot there.
Believes the Five Should be United
Under One System of Government
With Good Man at Head.
In the course of a lengthy interview
In the palace at Mexico City President
Diaz gave to the American people,
through the New York Herald, a state
ment of the exact feeling of Mexico
toward Guatemala aud his Ideas for
remedying the deplorable condition ex
isting In some of the Central American
"Please say to the American people,"
said he, "that Mexico has throughout
all this trouble with Guatemala, which
came so near forcing us into war.
maintained the attitude of a friendly
power. That attitude Is still main
tained. We do not want to shed blood
to show the Guatemalan government
the error of its ways and will not re
sort to that extreme measure unless
overt act or insult be committed which
will demand the inllictlon by Mexico
of a short, sharp punishment.
"If it becomes necessary to have war,
we will make it a very brief one,
Mexico's present wonderful develop
ment and progress must not lie hin
dered by a long drawn out conflict.
The blow, if struck, will lie hard and
"This is the story of the trouble with
Guatemala: Political refugees from
that country sought an asylum iu Mex
ico. The moment they started a revo
lutionary movement against Guate
mala, we Interfered and forbade it.
Mexico Is opposed to revolutions of
any kind, whether domestic or aimed
at a neigh! Hring nation. The instiga
tors of this movement were not only
stopped but held under governmental
surveillance from doing hurt to Guate
mala. "Then two brutal assassins were
sent from Guatemala. They vilely
murdered iu the very shadow of this
palaeejfn distinguished Gnat emu Inn. a
former presidcut of that country, whom
Mexico was holding almost as a pris
oner for the welfare of Guatemala.
The Investigation of the murder Im
plicated otlicers high in the Guatema
lan army as instigators of the crime.
"That the Guatemalan government
and army might clear itself of this vile
implication we requested that the ac
cused otlicers be detained uutil a requi
sition be effected and they would come
to this city and deny the charge. If
they were innocent, it would put Gua
temala iu the right light before the
world. If they could not explain and
were guilty, they should be ouuished.
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ON'T you want us to put you down for an introduc
tion to some of the swellest things, and best values
in Union Made Suits to be found hereabout in
which to celebrate.
The "AYise" are usually looking for
"Whys." Now, Quality, Highgrade work
manship and Style are generally consid
ered GOOD REASONS.
Thev all are embodied in a Union
made line of suits, which we unpacked
this morning. They are beauties in
brown checks, a pleasing variation from
the gray and black club check which has
become so common; cut from the latest
models with hand padded shoulders, and
hand felled collars.
"We are sure you will agree with us af
ter you have met them, that they are
quite the cleverest things and best values
it has been your good fortune to meet in
many a day. They are priced at
and there is a splendid selection in other
colors and designs equally good, but not
quite so new as this morning at ?lo.
Hats, shirts, neckwear, hosiery and
every thing else required to give you a
holiday appearance and help you enjoy
yourself, only awaits your selection.
15 ring yourself in, and let us fit you
"We have all manner of clothing for all
manner of men, at all manner of prices, to
suit all sizes of pocketbooks.
HY CLOTHING r0.
CARRIAGES AS SOUVENIRS.
Wealthy Southerner's Expensive
For Dinner Favors.
As souvenirs of a recent dinner at
Memphis, Tenn., Albert S. Caldwell, n
former attorney of Indianaitolis, who
has accumulated a fortune In the
south since retiring from the bar. gave
to each guest some sort of conveyance,
the total cost aggregating thousands,
says a special dispatch to the New
York Times. To Mrs. Ellerson-Barr of
Boston be presented n buckboard. To
Mrs. Dr. E. O. Ellett, Mrs. Fred Orgill.
Mrs. Sidney Neeley, Mrs. Cleland
Smith, Mrs. Harry Johnson aud othera
he gave landaus, runabouts, victorias
Mr. Caldwell has recently disposed
of all his horses and taken up automo
biling, but ho explained to his guests
that it was his desire that all his wo
men friends should stick to the horse.
Is the Eagle Destructive?
Upon the question whether a bald
eagle is a destructive bird hinges the
guilt or innocence of A. M. Dlinmock,
a well known man of Wilkesharre, Pa.,
who is accused of violation of the
game laws in wounding aud capturing
the bird, says the Philadelphia Rec
ord. IMrumock, who caught the bird
after shooting and wounding it some
days ago, was arrested by Game Pro
tector Shoemaker. A hearing will be
held. His attorneys claim the bird Is
destructive and that the game law per
mits It to be aliot.
WE HAVE EVERYTHING IN
SLIPPERS, OXFORDS AND
SHOES, FROM LADIES' AND
GENTS' DOWN TO INFANTS'.
AND WE CAN SAVE YOU A
LITTLE MONEY TOO, OUT
PRICES ARE LOWER THAN
50 cents Aint
Much but It
is Worth Saving.
WE CARRY UNION MAD
TRY US FOR GOOD SHOES.
Blacksmith's Cement Tombstone.
A. II. Crossley, a Bloomsburg (Pa,)
blacksmith, recently began work upon
his tombstone, says a Wilkesbarre (Pa.j (
dispatch. He has resolved to make ,
one bo that he may be sure hia grave
will be marked as be desires when he ;
I a TTa tt ill mnb-a ! "n r? nrr t
ui, vt tT in ijki lb irui VI VVll
erete and says It will be Just as ef
fective and less costly than marble.
The epitaph he has selected is:
"Stranger, as you pass foy.
As you arc now, so once wan X;
As I now am. so you must be;
Trjpare yourself to follow me."
Prize Steeds For Japan's Cavalry.
Japan has bought and is buying large
numlters of Nonnrly horses for the
new cavalry regiments of the empire.
Prize winners at trotting races are pre
ferred. Many horses of the Breton
breed are also being purchased for Jap
1605 Second Ave.
Opposite Illinois Theater.
, -jiosic'j ui-l this iu a V'pii'it of iToso
lute friendliness and a desire to help
a sister nation. The request was twice
refused ou the ground that the offense
charged was political and not criminal
and not covered by the treaty, which
does not demand that either nation
should give up a citizen for trial, but
at the same time does not forbid it.
unifier tUau settle the uiaTter TKh
bloodshed Mexico has withdrawu her
minister to the Central American ua-
tijns from Guatemala and transferred
him to Salvador, not with the idea of
severing diplomatic relations with that
country, but to get him out of the way
of receiving any insult from that gov
ernment 'which would compel Mexico
to adiniulster a deserved punishment
by force of arms. There the matter
rests for the time. That is why there
is no war.
"It is only a temporary condition,
however. The problem of the Central
American republics is a great oue that
tor the benefit of their salvation must
be settled sooner or later. It is uont
of my business, and I am not ambitious
to settle it. Nevertheless I have an
idea. I believe the lest solution would
be an amalgamation of all the Central
American countries into one strong
government under a man with enough
strength of character and honest com
mon sense to hold in check the revolu
tionary spirit that has done so much to
retard the progress aud development
of these countries.
"Mexico is willing at any time to
co-operate with the I'nited States in a
protectorate over them and iu any
measure that will be beneficial. I do
not know the feeling of your govern
ment In this matter, but I assure yon
I stand ready to work with it
"I want It distinctly understood, how
ever, that there must be no thought or
act of territorial acquisition in this
compact. Mexico wants no addition.
It is big enough now. We have quite
enough to do to develop the territory
we have without acquiring further re
sponsibilities. Any report to the con
trary Is absolutely unfounded.
"riease tell the American people that
the Mexican government stands for
pence and progress, not revolution and
At the close of the Interview David
E. Thompson. United States ambassa-
' dor, who was with the Herald corre
j spondent, spoke a few words of con
. dolence to (Jeneral Diaz on the recent
' death of his mother-in-law. When ho
i had finished Dou Porflrio Diaz, the
. "iron ruler," the law and'the command
ments between the Kio Crande and
Tehunntepee. the father of our great
Rister rcnnblic. burst Into tears. The
' tender heart In the great man to whom
Mexico owes bo much was revealed.
In the Face
We have secured fifteen per cent, cf the
cigar business of this country.
By making better cigars of every grade than
any other manufacturer has produced, and tell
ing the truth about them.
By making the strongest definite claims'
that any cigar manufacturer ever dared to make
and by living up to them.
By marking the boxes of our standard brands
with the Triangle A so that every smoker of
this country could shut down on the hit-or-miss
way of buying cigars on anybody's say-so, and
make his selections from brands that he knows
are the best his money can pay for better in
every way quality and grading of leaf, even
ness of blend, and perfection of condition.
Now put that to the test. Srrioke a cigar of some
brand bearing the "A" (Triangle A) and find out.
You can't do better than begin with
The New CREMO
Every box is extra-wrapped in glamine paper sealed
to maintain perfect smoking condition and cleanli
ness until the box is opened.
AMERICAN CIGAR COMPANY Merit
Be, 10c, 15c and 20c dozen.
All Kinds of Fruit.
1807 Second Avenue.
We have plotted, planned and figur
ed, working from morning till night,
seeking for a medicine that will take
the place of Hollister's Rocky Moun
tain. Tea, but can't find it. Tea or tab
lets, 35 cents. Harper House pharmacy.
Pain caused by boils, burns, cuts,
scalds and skin diseases Is promptly
'relieved by DeWitt's Carbolized Witca
, Hazel Salve. Good for piles. Sold by
Elegance in Wa.ll Paper -
Like distinction of carriage ui de-1
portment In toumans, appeals to the :
artistic eye. There's a certain rab -'
tie "something" in papers we select -and
sell which speaks of style,
taste and superiority which people :
appreciate. We ask you to see and :
select wall decorations here at roar '
leisure, as yon will find oar goods
priced very low.
Paridon Wall Paper Co.
41t Seventeenth Street