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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY. MAY 2. 1008.
PRIZE OF BOTANIST
Prehistoric Plant Found in Mexico by a Chicago Man
Adventures in His Quest.
Thrilling stories were told tiy Pro
fessor Charles J. Chamberlain of the
T'niversity of Chicago. uIki returned
the other day to Chicago from a liota
tihilng -x j-i it ion hi Mexico, with re
hif :a lira ui-es of three earthquakes he
passed through unharmed and au es
cape from a "tiger" which piirstied hiui
for tin hour along a desolate mountain
In: II. The Chicago botaulst has also re
turneil with the pri.e he went to seek
on behalf of the Botanical .'Society of
Ameriea. the dloon. a species of the
sugu : tin. which will furnish the little
sprays of given .,re Worn iii honor
if IfaJtn Sunday.
Professor i.'h.'Miilierliilu rejoices far
moreover hi tiviiuuph hi HrliijiTur back
the dioon than on his success in surviv
ing the earlluiUaUe ami the tier. says
a Chicago correspondent of the K.iusas
City Star. The dioon is descended from
the Kcolic-cical eriol and nut until re
cently has it been kuowu that any
specimens .of that rare ami ancient
plant were still In existence. But the
university l us heeii eagerly discussing
stories which have leaked out about the
professor's d ventures.
"Three earthquakes are about enough
for one trip." declared Professor Ch.iLl
lierhiiu. wiih a laugh, as he turned
from showing a specimen of the dioon.
:i nut as big as a man's head, to his coi
'league. Professor l.aml. "I ran afoul
of "one at Puehla. another on the rail
road between puehla and Jala pa ami
, the third at Mitla.
"The ipiuke which 1 passed over
while riding on the train was scarcely
tioth-eahle to the passengers, although
it did much damage to the surrounding
country. The shod; at Mitla was much
more disquieting. It came in the night
ami woke me out of a sound sleep The
first thing I felt when I woke up was
the led rocking ami twisting um'er me.
That didn't feel very pleasant, and It
was not at all helpful in the comfort
lug line to hear the 1 1 lass candlestick
on the tahle at the head of the lied
dancing and clattering around as if it
were hew Itched.
"Lint. the worst experience of all was
at Puehla. The first i knew was that
the floor liegan to tilt anj uuiitthite. 1
guess I was too green to realize that
the proper thing to do when you get
caught in an earthquake i to get out of
doors and away from. the dangenof
toppling walls, liecau.se I stayed right
Where I was and grab! ed the-edge of
the- door" to keep from being, swayed
"As the Moor waved and the wall.
rocked the dishes and ornaments and
i lct i! res with which the store , was
filled were thrown to the floor, dashing
all around "n. e,- It certainly kept me
pretty 'fiusy for awhile dodging the
pieces, and keeping on my feet.; That
was tlieifKike which did s( in '.lc li l:i in
Due to .l:i!ap:l; It threw down one
house which was tieiug built in Puehla
and killed three men. who were buried
under the felling walls.
"A littie while after the earthquake
at PueMa I was riding near Tux tepee
one night when I heard a noise made
iiy an uuima'l a little behind me. hut a
trifle to the right. I pulled r.r.t my
knife, and my guide and I halted and
faced the beast. It was hlack -darkness,
anil we couldn't see six feet In
any direction. The guide said It was a
tiger and that we had better look out
but when we stopped the tiger did like
wise. The chapparal was so dense that
we couldn't chase the tiger. Mid It
wouldn't do' any good to stay In our
tracks all night, so we went on. Then
we could hear the tiger stalking after
"During the next hour we halted a
d(;:eii times when the beast got too
close to us. and every time we stopped
the tiger slunk back. It wasn't until we
got right up to the village that the tiger
ceased his pursuit."'
The nut of the dioon (pronounced
dye-o-nu. with the accent on the first
syllablei which Professor Chamberlain
brought back is covered with a green
ish gray shell, possessing it fuzzy exte
rior. Inside every nut are sixty or sev
enty seeds, which are about. as big 'as a
plum, hard and look like old ivory.
The only place where, the dioon is
known to have survived the destructive
influences of the centuries is a primi
tive section W old Mexico, where th
natives gather the nuts for the seeds,
which they carve into whistles' and
Private R?iIroad For Farmers.
Six miles of railroad track between
Shumwny and Kilinghnm. near Mat
toon. III., abandoned about eight
mouths ago by the Wabash railroad be
cause the business did not justify the
heavy expenses of maintenance ae
being used in a novel way by the farm
ers who occupy adjoining land. Some
of the mechanically inclined have
constructed a sort 'of gondola" bnnd'tar '
i . i. i . i.,' .. . M.. i
Willi li lOMg Oie MS ; IIOtllCl. UUlt
twenty can ride on the car at one that..
It has been dubbed "the daylight limit
ed" and on market days wakes almost
regular trips from end to end of the
farmers' railroad. .
"A CHINESE DROUGHT.
Tragic 8cene That Coma With a
Long Spell of Dry Weather.
In many districts of China water be
comes very scarce lluriug the summer
months. Some -of the fearful results
of the drought are described thus by
the Rev. John MacGowau: "The great
sun blazes down from an unclouded
sky and drinks up the water that is
clinging to the roots of the rice. The
soil now cracks with the fervent heat,
and every blade of rice. seems to be
making an appeal to the henntbrokeii
farmer for the water tha alone will
enable it to live. lie is now at his
wits' end to save his crop, for that per
haps is the only thing now that lies
between him and poverty and despair.
A failure of a crop means very likely
that he will have to sell his daughter
or a son perhaps or even barter away
his wife if he would keep the home
stead from slipping from his grasp.
Some of the most piteous scenes in the
many tragic ones that cast their shad
ows over the home In the experience of
the Chinese husbandmen can be wit
nessed during the summer months
when there has been a shortage in the
fall. of rain. -
"The wells have become dry. aud the
little ponds have lieeu drained of every
drop of water they coutaiued. The
rice in the field has lost the dark green
color that with its rich sheen tells of
health and vitality aud Is turning into
a sickly yellow that meaus decay and
death. Water must t got now and at
any price, for two or three days more
of this will see the grain blasted- in the
fields. They accordingly dig the ponds
deeper to catch the tiniest rills that
may flow into them, and as the work
In: the blazing sun might at once drink
these lip the work Is carried on during
the midnight hours, so that not a drop
of the precious fluid may be absorbed
by the great thirsty dragon in the sky.
"Often these most pathetic endeavors
to save their crops end In tragedy and
death. Men are making a supreme ef
fort to avert disaster from their homes,
and In the mad endeavor to gain the
water for themselves the wildest pas
sions of the heart are aroused, and
neighbors will struggle with each oth
er for: the slowly trickling drops of
water. The solemn air of night is
broken with the sounds of eonflicr, and
the stars looking down from the mid
night sky see murder committed Jtr
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LONDON'S SAFETY VALV
Trafalgar Square, Where Agitators
-Blow Off Steam."
There is perhaps no other great city
where the measure of five speech
which is accorded to agitators of all
.kinds is larger than it is in London. It
is the practice there to give anybody
and everybody a chance to spout away
to his heart's content in certain well
recognized places of rendezvous, such
as thu spacious Trafalgar square, and
especially the far more spacious ex
panse of field or common in that por
tion of Hyde park where the "re
formers' tree"' stamls and where there
is room not only for thousands and
tens of thousands, but even hundreds
Ordinarily iii' favorable weather on
almost any line afternoon or in the
early part of the evening little meet
ings are going on there, each having a
piece of ground allotted to it by the
police, but on a Sunday, from early in
the morning nntil well into this night,
these assemblages are very numerous
and in full blast. Twenty, thirty, forty.
even more. I have seen in operation at
the same liiue. the speakers, men s:nd
women, haranguing to groups or tJ
big crowds on every theme imaginable
religion, spiritualism, politics, the
tariff, woman's rights, astrology. je
nology. the faith cure, bad literature,
theosophy. socialism, anarchy, govern
mental abuses, the abolition of the
house of lords, home rule, local re
forms and the vices of the aristocracy,
while the red flag was as likely to be
as conspicuous as any other emblem
on the poles that are stuck in the
ground or on the folding platforms
which are rolled in on wheels. The
whole practice has long been regarled
by many Englishmen as au excellent
means of letting the people ' blow off
their steam." Philadelphia Bulletin.
The Ring Finger.
To the question often asked why the
marriage ring should be placed on the
left hand many answers are given.
Some say because s the left hand Is
much less used than the right, and
therefore the ring is less liable to get
broken." In the British Apollo of lTSS
it is stated that for the same .reason
the fourth finger was chosen, which is
not only less used than either of the
rest, but ls more capable of preserv
ing a ring from bruises, 'having this
one quality peculiar to itself that It
cannot be extended but in company
with some other finger, whereas the
rest may be singly stretched out to
their full length and straightness.
Voltaire at no time claimed to be an
atheist in the generally accepted sense
of that term. So far as can be learned
from his own utterances aud those of
his contemporaries he was a deist, a
believer In God. but not in "revelation,"
save as the revelation comes through
Cod's visible creation. Voltaire built
a church In Ferney. Switzerland, above
the door of which ho had inscribed ttat
words. "Erected to God by Voltaire."
New York American.
Trot's hup. Billy?"
"Fader says my big brudder's gorn to
"Don't cry" hopefully "niebbe e
ain't!" London Opinion.
Beer That Is Beer.
If you want to drink good beer, order
the Davenport Malting company's pale
export. Delivered anywhere in Rock
Island. Both phones, north 1G9.
Relief from Rheumatic Pains.
"I suffered with rheumatism for over
two years." says Mr. Kolland Curry,
a patrolman, of Key West,. Fla.
"Sometimes it settled in my knees
and lamed me so 1 could hardly walk,
at other, times it would he in my feet
and hands so I was incapacitated for
duty. One night when I was in se
vere pain 'and lame from it my wife
went to the drug store here and came
back with a bottle of Chamberlain's
Pain Balm. I was rubbed with it and
found the pain ha"d nearly gone during
the night. I kept on using it for a
little more than two weeks ani found
that it drove the rheumatism away.
I have not had any trouble from that
disease for over three months." For
sale by all druggists.
A Californian's Luck.
"The luckiest day of my life was
when I bought a box of Bucklen's Ar
nica Salve," writes Charles F. Uudahn
of Tracy, Cal. "Two 25 cent boxes
cured Pre of an annoying case of Itch
ing piles, which had troubled me for
years and that yielded to no other
treatment." Sold under guarantee at
A V XS T7n U k TT jrb v ; ; r
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A WAR TIME STORY
In Which Grandma Becomes So Interested That She
-Almost Qives Away the "Family Secret."
EVERY family ' has a "secret," ,
the same as the "skeleton In
' the . closet," or the "black
sheep;" and like them to be
kept carefully in the background.
What the secret was in Orandma's
family, very few knew; and those
few . were principally confined to
elderly aunts and uncles. Though
Grandma liked to yarn, at certain
times she would stop suddenly . off.
And it was generally believed among
those of the family who were not in
the know that that was where the
secret began right where Grandma
-. "Grandma, why on earth don't you
let Mama or me make - you a new
cap?" asked, almost pleaded.-Ellza-
"Why, Land of Goshen! child,
nrhat do I want-of a. nerr cap? .I'm
are I tfclnk this one is very pretty,"
replied Grandma. . way, .ir my
Grandmother could see me now - in
this 6tttedlace and purple-satin
lows affair well, I don't just know
what she would say. Plain black and '
white was all she ever Indulged in."
"Yes, but It looks so old-fashioned
and dowdy!" persisted Elizabeth."
Ah, my dear," said Grandma,
sweetly,-"you forget that fashions
change much more rapidly for the
young than for the old. -And when
an old lady once settles upon her
style of cap she rarely" varies it.
"And speaking of fashions," she
went on, "how fashions have chang
ed! Why, dearie, when I was your
age, the girls all . wore hoopsklrts;
and the girl with the biggest and
widest considered herself the best
dressed. " ; "
"Why, I wore them, myself, until
long after your father was horn And
I remember as well as if it were but
yesterday how 'he used io come to
me and beg the brass tacks from my
old hoops. And what do you sup
pose the little rascal used to do with
them? Why, he would drive them
into a short stick and rub the tack
head on the first leal Brussels carpet
I tru owned 0.xei. it was 'real'
untint was hot enough to barn, but
not blister. Then the scamp would
steal up behind my chair and touch
It to my cheek. And I always had
to pretend I was so badly burned,
that he must kiss the place to make
it well, v -
"And I have to laugh at something,
even now, when I think of it; al
though it was no laighing matter
then. For it happened in the early
part of the war.
"The soldiers who had enlisted
from ..our and surrounding towns
were encamped just outside what was
then the "town limits, awaiting orders
to go to the front. . Many of the fair
sex or our community had sweet
heart or relatives among the troops,
and at first we were allowed to enter
camp with comforting presents and
delicacies. But that privilege was
shortly denied us, and then we could
only go as far as the picket lines.
'"Early one evening it was com
ing on dusk a party of-us girls "
"Girls, did you say. Grandma?' in
ouired Elizabeth. "Why. I thought
you were married before the war!"
"Not so fast. Honey. I WAS mar
ried before the war. But you must
remember .that it was the custom for
young ladies to marry much younger
then than now.. And I merely went
along so things would look right
although I did' want to see my broth
er J Immie. Poor boy! that was the
last time ! ever saw. him. He was a
good hoy." ' : ' -ir
"Well, l go on, Grandma." said
Elizabeth, who saw symptoms of
moisture in Grandma's eyes. '.'Tell
us about you. and the girls."
V-"There isn't 1 much" to tell," re
sumed;" Grandma, only that as we
were talking-to-the: boy,: some kind
of an alarm, sounded, and the pickets
tola us to run,' and we ran. .1 re
member we all had on hoopsklrts,
and right at the start Lydla Larkin
stepped on her skirts and fell, and
we had to stop and pick her up. And
that took some little time. - .
f, "Maybe you think we didn't scoot
along that road, 'Llzbeth. , Every
time we passed a picket he would
shout to ns to- run faster and at
that we were going as fast, as we
could. It was just as we came close
to , the wagon , bridge ha! ! ha!
Charlotte. Johnson tripped ; and be
fore we knew It, she was rolling down
a steep gully beside the high wagon
road. Over and, over, down she
rolled -ha! I can see her now just
like a: barrel!. Charlotte's hoops ware
good and stiff, though, and maybe
that's what'-saved her. - ,
"Well, if you don't think we had
a time getting her up ani out! Poor
girl, she wasn't much hurt, but she
was almost . scared to death. And
when we had all safely reached town
it's wrong to say it the ridicu
lousness of it all dashed upon U3 and
we had a good hearty laugh ha!
ha! at Charlotte's expense. I al
ways will believe though that those
hoops saved her life; or, at least, pre
vented her from sustaining any seri
"How did YOU manage to keep
from tripping, Grandma? I should
think it would he awfully hard to
run in hoops. , f .
"Don't ask foolish questions, Eliza
beth. Don't you suppose I had sense
enough to raise mine slightly?".
"Did you ever find out why the
pickets told you to run?" Inquired
the Inquisitive granddaughter.
"The Raiders were coming!" Here
Grandma started to put her hands to
her eyes, as If to shut something out;
but straightaway stiffened up, and
with an almost youthful, and certain
ly defiant look In her eyes, scornful
"The Raiders Who fears them!"
"In another moment she resumed in
a tone which was even and smooth
as she had been usin&. "It was only
a false alarm. Day after day passed
with no sign "b Raiders, until the
camp outside town marched off to
the front, and the younger men of
the Home Guard were so lulled into
a sense of security that' they got up
a dance. .: ; . .: - - : '
"As I ; remarked before, the girl
with the biggest hoopsklrts consider
ed herself the best, dressed and if
size and dimensions counted for any
thing, pretty near all the young
ladies who attended were very well
dressed, thank you. But, the best
dressed young lady there only got
as far an the door, and couldn't get
in; her hoops were too large to admit
of her passing through the door. Of
course, she .was dreadfully mortified;
and, of course, we all had to laugh
which made matters worse though
to our way of thinking then, bless
your- heart,, she was magnificently
costumed. . . '
"On account of . the ladle3 hoops
and the comparative smallness of the
hall, only a small number of couples
could get on the floor at one time;
and then it took the most" skilful
manouvering8 to prevent accidents.
Of course, it all seems silly now; .but
It was really a beautiful sight to see
them dancing. O, - no, Beth, they
didn't dance as you young people do
now. " I can't explain to you wherein
the difference lies. : There was as
much light-heartedness and ga fety
In those days as now. But it seemed
t to be expressed in a daintier and
more graceful manner. -
- "Few, If any, of the otter element
of the Home Guard wer present.
Life was too serious for such men to
even risk Indulging In amusement in
"Dear me! I never will forget It
was during a quadrille when I saw
my father appear at the door. When
the quardille had finished he beckon
ed a young man. to him and whispered
a few hurried words, and disappear
ed. The young man whispered to an
other young man, and he whispered
to another. . It was all done so quiet
ly that every one of the younger ele
ment, who were giving the dance, had
disappeared almost before anyone
knew it. . Then somebody mounted
the platform and announced that the
dance was at an end, and that the
lights were to be turned out and all
must hurry home.
"Some of fhe young ladles refused
to obey, and insisted on knowing
why;' until at last, in desperation
the announcer cried: Tor God's sake.
Ladies, don't delay! The Raiders fte
"Some of the dancers hurriedly
left, but most of them refused to Je
lleve it. They had .heard the same
report before. So, the dance went
"But, the Raiders did come. And
right smack up in a jiffy, too. Almost
before a dead sheep could wag its
tail. And they came in such a large
force that the Home Guard saw it
would be useless' and foolish to re
sist .them in a body. So they scat
tered away Into dark buildings, and
r Encountering no ..resistance the
Raiders, with Morrison, a man from
our very town, at their head, -made
for the lighted dance hall.
Leaving bis troops outside, with
two lieutenants he entered the hall.
"O, the fool. girls! and women,
too, for that matter in this world!
Some of them whose families sym
pathized with - Morrison's , side?
which is Impossible, for the reason
that Morrison belonged to neither
side and was no better than a cut
throat guerrlla actually threw their
arms around his neck and hugged
and ; kissed . him. Bah! Disgusting!
Still, you'll have to admit that every
body said Morrison was a handsome
man. Just about as handsome as
they make them But that doesn't
excuse him-for being the devil he
was. Still, I suppose one shouldn't
say anything against the dead, for
those were war times; and war . is
just about what that Northern, gen
eral said it was. . ' f . '
"Your Grandpa was the young
man my father, had .: called ' to '"the
door. . And there It was I didn't
know-what to do, and I was too. proud
to show that I was in anyway fright
ened. Finally I managed to slip out
anit ilnuin i UcV Qtafr Intn j llttla
?ence!-up hack yard wnlch led to h-
the back' door of my father's store.
He must have been posted in an up
stairs window and have seen nie; be
cause I had scarcely reached the
shadow of the deep doorway and
scrooched Into the corner as close
as I could, when the door' opened
softly, and my father drew me in
side. In the darkness he didn't
know who it was. whether It was
me or anybody else. He JuBt knew
it was some lady in distress. Nor
did I know him in the. dense dark
ness. "'Keep perfectly quiet", youngj
lady, and come with me,' be whis
pered. I recognized even his low
whisper and made myself known to
him. Father knew the way and
piloted me up the rear stairs into
the cotton storeroom and over be
hind a huge pile of bales, where he
bade me stay. '
"But I was not so easily to be dis
posed of. It was" the first time any
thing in the nature of an attack had
been made on our town. And while
I was thoroughly glad to have safely
escaped from the hall. I was. almost
eaten up with curiosity to know
what was- going oa and "bow it would
"There was a low place I- the row
of bales which were stacked two
high, where a bale hau been taken
out, probably for sampling purposes.
Into this place I crawled, and by
neeninr nvpT- th. nthur K-iloa i sm.ii.t
catch through nry father's windows
just the faintest gleam of light from
the lower part of the windows of tho
hall I had just quitted. I could see.
too, a small - portion of my father's
figure; indistinct, but with gun in
hand, standing before a window.
"Soon the faint gleam of light
from the hall .disappeared, and I
knew the dance was over. What then?
What would be the outcome? The
iiiuuiib ut it on.. ivttiicu mo. .. i crept
back Into my hiding place, and lis
tened. ' Light as the footsteps were,
I could, hear somebody coming back:
from the front end of the long store
room; and I heard a voice, which I
recognized -as my husband's,, whis
per: 'We'd better go up in front.'-
"Perhaps it. was on account of re
ceiving the hero-worship which had
oeenac-coraea mm, iuai .Morrison re
frained from looting. I'd bet a pret
ty, though, it. was because he was
afraid some of his own or relatives
property would . suffer. Anyway, he
only allowed hlsen to break open
a few provision ' stores. My father
carried no 1 provisions. ' -
"But,. Morrison never got twt ' of
town. As he rodeproudly down
Main street at th head of his troops,
he was shot from a window And
there are some folks mean rflough to
pretend to knoy, and jsay. that
hat way that you were saying
odt caps, rfearie?" - ' :