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UUHTMM. STKIkEs Hol SE.
Milkt a Nogro Boy. Ksk*eks Mrs. Earl
' Mouottk v>uh( !?-., and Shock* j. C.
Branch\ille. July 1 ? Tonight about
t.S* th* house occupied by J. d
Street and Earl Smoak on the north
end of Main street was struck by
lightning A negro boy, about 15
years old, who waa In the kitchen,
was killed Instantly . Mrs. Smoak was
aeverely shocked, being unconscious
for ovsr an hour, but will recover.
Mr. Street's right side was para?
lysed for SO minutes. Mr. Smoak,
Mr*. Street and a baby were only
?lightly stocked. All of the lights on
that end of town were put out by the
shock. It appears that the lightning
either w?nt In the house over the
etoctrtc wire or came down a chimney,
striking; the boy. who waa standing In
front, and escaping by way of an
eiectrlc light about a foot above the
TO ATTEND HIMMER SCHOOL.
TmtmMj of St. Joseph's College, Ever
aWokhapj the Bent, to Study New
Ever the i hamplons of what Is
noblest and best In art and education,
the Sisters of St. Joseph ! College wtll
at**nd the Summer School at the Ca?
tholic Unlveralty. Washington. D. C,
where they will be In touch with the
fjreeteet educators of the present
day. and will have unparalleled op?
portunity to Imbibe the latest and
moat scientific Ideas In teaching, and
conducting a college.
The Sisters' aim has ever been to
maintain their college to the highest
standard, and they Intend by this
means to provide their pupils In their
home town, and State, with every
advantage- that they would enjoy in
any of the larger Institutions of
AUEN AND RELIGION MEETING
aatrgv AadUMv*' of Men and BoyH
Near Meant . R. D. Kpp* and C. L.
A 'arg* audience of men and hoys,
with some ladles In the gathering,
was at the First Baptist Church Sun?
day night at 8.30 at the meeting for
the Men and Kellglon Forward Move?
ment organization In this city. Two
good addresses were mnde along the
lines of the movement by Mesars. It.
D. Epps and C. U Cuttino. both of
which held the attention of the audi?
ence and Impressed upon them the
coming together of all demontnatlons
for the food of the city in the for?
Excellent music w& furnished by
the picked choir, which added much
to the Interest of the occasion. The
neat meeting will be held on the next
Will. <.<> TO PROVIDENCE.
Anneal All Dn> H?ne? ami Banket
Ph nu Will Be Big Attraction*.
As usual Providence Springs will
be a scene of unusual gaiety and
mirth on the Fourth of July. An all
day dance and bu.tket picnic has been
arranged at that place for that time
and a large crowd of Sumter people
have expressed their determination
to spend the day at Providence in
??rd? f t (,..? ? ? ii. ,| ii, r,? and pa ?
nic and at the same time to drink
Pro\ I de nee Spring? water and esjos
the cool braes** of the pa\ 11 ton.
i Providence has always sttracted a
good crowd on jh. Fourth, hut this
year, with addition of the sumter
band to furnlxh the mttSSC for the
dancers It Is probable thai the crowd
Will be even gr? at? r than in r??< ? rit
years. The committee Ii.m made ar?
rangement* to have a ipsulal tffg
take i?om?- of th. who Wtatl to ,
from Sumtt-r uul to have everything
as nice us poaslble dor ng the d iy.
The Sliding Heat.
A sliding stroke was adopted by Ena>
lieh oirsmen long before movable
seats, but upon what the Americans
called the "buckskin end butter" plan.
Newcaatla scullers used to slide on a
long, highly polished thwart by the
free use of grease or soap, their row
tag trousers being strapped at the seat
with wash leather. This device was
introduced to the Themes by Robert
<"*>.ambers when he sculled s match
with Harry Kelly In 1865, and was
used by the Tyne crew when they
rowed 8t. John, New Brunswick In
1170 In 1871 the Tyne crew, who h id
tsloed a knowledge of the movable
seat during their visit fen America,
used sliding seats at Newcastle; and
they were fitted to the coxswalnlcss
four In which the Lorn! n Kowlng ' !uh
b**st the Atlan a crew, of New Ynrk.
In 1871. After the success of the new
arrangement at Henley, sliding seats
were s.dopted by both universities for
the varsity boat race of 1873
Knowledge Broadens Him.
The more a man knows about this
eorld (he more wtll.ug he is to put up
?1th the petty faults sad vloea of his
tsUowa ?Detroit free Press.
RECORD STILL CV^DS
FEATS OF AMERICAN WAR H?R:"
Captain May's Black Tom Said to
Hova Made Prodigious Laapa?
Onoo Ridden Up Flight of
8tepe and Into Hotel.
"Only less celebrated than Old
Rough and Ready's favorite white
charger," writes Oen. James Grant
Wilson, "was Capt Charles Augustus
May's Black Tom, a magnificent coal
black geldlog. Captain May waa the
beau sabrour of Taylor's army la
"At the head of hie aquadron of the
Second United Stai.ee Dragoons, Cap?
tain May led a gallant charge against
a Mexican battery In the battle of Re
eaea do la Palma, May 9. 1846, and,
leaping Tom over one of the guns, cap?
tured General La Vega and the entire
battery of six pieces.
"May possessed in unsurpassed mil?
itary recosd for leaping with Tom.
and It la quite possible one that has
never been equaled In the hooting
field, or eveo on the race course. My
friend, the late Hon. Francis C. Law
ley, perhaps the highest British au?
thority on the subject, gives 34 feet
as the greatest distance ever covered
by so English horse In a steeplechase
"Black Tom jumped 35 foot on a
wager during the Mexican war, and
three yeare later May made another
bet that with a flying start of 60 yards
he could leap Tom across a canal 86
food In width. They came thundering
along at a terrific speed, the jet-black
steed nearly 17 hands high, and May
more than six feet, sitting like a cen?
taur. Tom gave a mighty jump, but
fell short, and, of course, man and
horse had a very sudden and cold bath,
for the attempt was made In midwin?
"For a Charlie O'Malley leap over a
cart loaded with a cord of wood, stand?
ing In front of the city hall, tho colo?
nel was flood In a Baltimore court On
another occasion the dashing cavalry?
man rode Tom op the steps of the
leading hotel of that city, cavorted
around and through several of the
principal spartmenta and then coolly
aede out again, as If It waa an ordin?
ary, every-day occurrence.
"Thoroughbred Tom waa a spirited
and rather difficult horse for sny one
hut his master to ride or control. A
Maryland friend, wlehlng to mako a
fine appearance before a Baltimore
belle, borrowed May'a etoed, but bear?
ing too hard on tho hit when near the
lady's residence in Cathedral street.
Tom began bucking, finally tossing the
unfortunate lover Into tho street and
galloping back to his stable.?Bulletin
of tho S. P. C A.
Speaking of Colde.
This Is precisely what folly two
thirds of the people In this part of tho
country seem to be doing at this par?
ticular time of year and under such
weather conditions as have obtained
for the last few weeks. This morn*
Ing the New Englander who can
sound a nasal letter clearly and unob
structedly Is apt to be an object of
envy among his or her associates.
There appears to be no escape from
the suggestion of a cold. It Is even
cold comfort to be I told by Dr. J. B.
Huber. In tho New York Medical
Journal, that colds seem to be the ex
elusive privilege of civilization; that
the human race did not snuffle mur i
until It began to build houses ami to
wear clothes, and that an essential
element In the catching of colds has
been the disturbance of equilibrium
In the body through constantly pass?
ing from the superheated homo Into
low temperatures without the house.
Tho fact remains that the human
race, or that portion of It which Is
found In this latitude, does build
houses and wear clothes, and that It
finds houses and clothes Indispens?
able, even when winter is engaged In
so mild an occupation as lingering in
tho lap of spring.-- Manchester Union.
Referred to an Expert.
A stylishly dressed woman In a
smart-looking brougham narrowly
averted running over a messenger boy
riding a bicycle. Tho woman stopped
her car and opened the door of the
electric to express her sympathy.
But the hoy was ahead of her, and
in a harangue that for emphasis would
have made Captain K1dd or any of the
old buccaneers green with envy, told
her exactly what he thought of the in
The woman closed the door hurried?
ly, and. turning to her eight-year-old
son, who, dressed like Lord Fauntie
rev, sat demurely beside her, said in a
"I never beard auch language In my
"Oh, that's nothing." the little fol?
low told his mother. "You ought to
have beard the cook talking to the
neighbors about you the other day."
Ro-iry of Gold Nuggets.
81xty-four nuggets of virgin gold
made up a rosary whhh Patrick Rurke,
a Wallace. Idaho, mining nan, has
given his wife. The value of thV chap
lets exclusive of the work done by a
Plttsburg Jeweler, is $500
The gold pieces were sent east and
connected by a fllig-ee chain exquisite?
The cross is made of four of the
larger beads of the native gold weld?
ed. Each of the Prternosters is a lump
of lesser size and the Ave Marias are
still smsllcr. The string is ended in a
Olotia Patrla, beautiful In Its original
NOT S?FRAGETTE NOW
LITTLE GIRL LCSES DISDAIN FOR
Conversion Comes Through Disaster
to Her Doll When She undertakes
to Throw a Brick at
"Do you see that little girl?" asked
the old bachelor, as he leaned upon
his gate and halted me in my morning
walk. "Yesterday she was all for
woman's rights, but today her views
are of a different complexion."
He nodded toward a four-year-old
who was wandering with lonely and
disconsolate air along the edge of tho
"She lives In that little shack over
there, and she hasn't much to play
I with, but she's well brought up and
l her mother has taught her to flock by
i herself and not chum with street boys
' and girls. Some one gave her a doll
and doll buggy, and she's been out
I with It every fine day as proud and
happy as a queen. She's scared to
death, though, of two small dogs that
live across the street and come sniff?
ing around her and her baby. The
boys, too, tease her sometimes, but
they throw stones at the dogs and
chase them away.
"Yesterday she was pushing her
buggy along and singing to herseli
when the dogs ran out She halted
and watched them approaching. Then
she made up her mind she'd chase
them herself Instead of squealing for
"So she stood In front of the buggy
and picked up a piece of brick. It
was pretty* heavy for her, but she
threw her arm back the way she'd
seen the boys do and hurled it with
all her might. She shut her eyes
tight as she threw, so as not to wit?
ness the annihilation of the dogs, I
guess, and probably she thought the
crash that followed was the breaking
of their bones, but when she opened
her eyes the enemy was unhurt and
coming right on. Then she turned to
fly, but when she looked Into her
huggy the yell that arose brought peo?
ple to the windows for a block around.
"She had thrown the brick behind
her and smashed her doll to flinders. ,
"Her mother came and bore her off,
wailing at every step, and today she
Is quiet, as you see, but It Is plain her
heart as well as her doll is broken.
"Yesterday I thought I would teach
her how to throw stones, but today
I've changed my mind. I'm going to
get her a new doll. I think she'll
leave the dogs to tho boys in future."
Walla That Don't Transmit Sounds, j
Experiments have recently been car?
ried out in Germany with the object
of discovering methods and means for
rendering walls and ceilings capable
of effective resistance to round trans?
mission. Ono of the more recently
devised methods involves the use un?
der the ceiling, or parallel to the wall,
as the case may be, of a network of
wire stretched tightly by means of pul-1
leys secured into adjacent walls and i
not touching at any point the surface
to be protected against sound
Upon the wire network is plastered
a composition formed of strong glue,
plaster of paris and granulated cork,
so as to make a flat slab, between j
which and the wall or celling Is a
cushion of confined air. The method ?
described is said to he good In two re- 1
spects: first, the absence of contact 1
between the protective and protected
surfaces, and, secondly, the colloid na- j
ture of the composition recommended (
for the plaster.
Keeping the Children Amused.
A delightful way to amuse children,
and incidentally their parents, is by '
illustrating a fairy story, the title of I
which is guessed by those watching
Select a well-known story and di
Vide it into short parts, or acts. Then
lot tho children act the various pans I
in dumb show, using gestures without
speech, which are not hard to teach j
very small children.
The idea 13 a good one for bazaar !
or school entertainments, where a pub- !
lie performance can he the climax of
If possible, dress the lltle actor3 in
costume and let the performance bo
given to the accompaniment of sug?
gestive music that will holp them
make the right gestures at the proper
time. Without having to think or
lines to recite, children learn post- I
tions and gestures very quickly.
Used Fraud to Gain for Charity.
A strange psychological phenoXnO
OOn is disclosed in the case of Sister i
DandldO, t French nun who was re?
cently convicted of swindling Parisian
Jewelers in order to raise money for
charity. Sho systematically secured
jewels of Kroat value and then pawned
them, using the money thus raised?
.-vor $1,000,000 In all -to carry on va
lioiis charitable enterprises. She ap?
parently did not t . aliae the gravity
of her offense, and BOUtonCQ was sus?
pended by tho court.
Picture by Telegraph.
a miracle of modern science was
performed the Other day In Herl'- by
Professor Qlatsel, who transmitted a
picture in fifteen minutes from Berlin
to Montr Carlo, where it was received
at tin* longdistance photography sta?
tion by ProfeSSOf Korn. The photo?
graph, which waa one of the Prince
of Monaco, was so good that it WSI ex
hibitetd at the Casino the same eve
BETTOR HAD MONEY COMING
But Then. Chariey Is Hard'y Likely
to Live Four Thousand Weeks,
We'll conceal bis identity under t>.?
trade name ot Charley, say* the New
York correspondent of the Cincinnati
Times-Star. He is a telegraph opera?
tor, with a professional knowledge ot
the ponies. When times were better
in this town, in a sporting way. he
used to take the racing results in a
a poolroom. When the Western Union
refused to serve the rooms in town
any more, he had to take just an ordi?
nary wire-snapping job. As a rdde is?
sue he used to run a little handbook.
"I'll take the bets at track odds," he
announced to his friends. "You all
know that I haven't any bank roll, but
I'm honest. If you hit me too hard,
I'll have to pay you off out of my sal?
ary, at the rate of two dollars a
That was satisfactory to the lltt'e
bunch of operators who handed him
dollar bills dally. Charley went on,
luck being a little better than even.
Operators are pretty wise players, as
a mle, and they hit him almost as
often as they lost. But on the whole
Charley was ahead. Then, one day a
friend put a five-dollar bill on a four
"I dor**' like to ta.ke this money,"
Charley protested. "I don't know what
this parlay may pay if it goes through.
No way of getting the track odds here.
If you win, and I haven't enough
money on hand to settle, you'll have to
take it out of my pay, two dollars a
The other fellow agreed?and the
four-horse parlay went through. The
lucky bettor won $8,000 from Charley,
and spent $150 of his own money in
celebrating the eyent Next day he
went around to collect.
?'This," said Charley, -is to be paid
off at the rate of two dollars a week.
I will get through paying you in Just
four thousand weeks."
According to the other bettor, the
second Christian era will be dawning
before he gets his money out of
Charley. He wanted to take Charley's
typewriter for it, and call it square,
but Charley refused. "I'm no welcher,"
he protested, indignantly. "I'll pay
you every cent?if I live that long."
A healthy dog, living a natural and
healthy life?not the life of the parn
pered inmate of a harem?is a dis?
tinct asset in a household.
He not only helps to smooth the
rough places and give us interests and
protection, but very often he compels
his owners to take their due share ot
exercise and lead more open air live!
than they would do if left to them
We owe him a heavy debt of gratt
tude and we should lose no opportun
ity of doing him a good turn, but tb? I
lady who lets her pet eat from he*
own plate, sleep In her own bed, ever,
teaches him to take morsels from hei
own lips, frequently kisses her pet's
muzzle, and allows him to lick hei
face with equanimity in return, Is se
These, says a well known doctor
are most dangerous practices wher.
one realizes how all dogs perform
their own toilettes and where the>
poke their muzzles, and also how the
germs of certain disease may be trans
The Oldest Egg. t
Not so long ago a party of explorers j
members of the Archaeological society
of Mayence, found, during their exca?
vations in the ancient Moguntiacum. a j
hen's egg which was estimated to have
been buried for something like nine
teen centuries. .
Moguntiacum waa built by Drusus,
the son of the Roman Emperor Augus- i
tus, in the year 14 B. C. Upon the site 1
of the ancient Roman Castrum or en- j
campment near the city the excava
tloni in question brought to light
many interesting relics, including
some water cisterns* of Roman make. 1
It was in one ot these, which was lo?
cated twenty feet below the ground,
that a damaged Roman clay pot was
found containing the shell of a broken
egg and also a whole egg that had j
been kept from being smashed by a
shred of the damaged pot, which cov?
ered it. The ancient egg was turned
over to the municipal museum.?Harp
It is not at all well known thai
knighthood has constantly been con
ferred upon women. Many English
ladies received the accolade and
many more were members of such
knightly orders as the Garter and St
John When Mary CholmondOy,
"the hold lady of Cheshire," was
knighted by Elizabeth lor "her valiant
address," on t ie queen taking the
command at the threatened imasion
of Spain, did she know that a whole
city of Spanish women, the gallant
women <>t Tortosa, had been knighted
for saving thai city from the Moors?
Mary ami Elizabeth had both been
knighted al their coronation, hut by
the time Anne, the second Mary, and
Victoria ascended the throne it had
been quite forgotten that according to
English law a al use a. woman who
filled a mill's office acquired all its
Privileg? and wai Immune from none
of Its duties.
Confusion of Effects.
"Things didn't seem to work togeth?
er in your series of dramatic represen?
"They didn't." admitted Mr. Storm
Ington ltarp.es "When we played
trapedy the box-Office receipts were a
farce, and when we played farce ttuy
. ere n tragedy."
ALGERNON IN DISTRESS
HAD HE G'VEM HIS OWN PILLS
TO HIS SICK SISTER7
Apparent Mlxup In "Medsums" Alarm?
ed Him Exceedingly, for It Might
Have Killed Her, and "Life
la Very Scarce."
"Good ebenin', sah, good ebenin*."
responded Algernon to Mr. Topfloor's
greeting, but his voice sounded dis?
traught and Mr. Topfloor glancing at
his troubled countenance, inquired:
"What*a the matter, Algernon? Ele?
vator on the blink?"
"No, sah, dat ain't it. Pi mos' dis?
tress, an* ['? mighty glad yo's come in.
'cos I wan' ast yo' advice 'bout a mcj*
ser'ous mattah. I was to my doctah's
dis af'ernoon to deport to him 'bout vie
condition ob my sister, an' w'ile I was
dere, I fought I might's well git some
medsum fo' myse'f. too. So I ast him
to gib me some pills, or a lotion or
a tonic, or some'pin ob dat kin'. An'
he say, 'Wot yo' wan' medsum fo',
Algernon?' he say. an' I toP him dat
fo' de las' free days I b'en troub'e
wlf a sort o' dizziness in my feet dat
was nros' 'noyin', 'specially w'en I'm
runnin' de elehator. So he say he
gib me some'pin fo' dat, an' den he
nan' me a box pills fo* my sister an' a
box pills fo' myse'f. He didn't put no
name on de boxes, but de one dat
was my box, It had de leases H'l brack
speck on de side, so of cos' I know
which It was. I let' de medsum at
my sister's do' an' didn't take notice
dat I lef her de wrong box till af'er
I ben fceah 'bout a hour. I's f'aid,
Mistoh Topflo', dat my pills wouldn't
be de kin' fo' her an* dat dey mebbe
kill her ef she take 'nuff ob dem, an'
I's jes' b'en mos' crazy 'bout It! Wot
doe:3 yo' fink, Mistah Topflo'?does
yo' fink dat pills fo' dizziness in de
feet would be baid fo' amonia ob do
"I can't say, Algernon, but I think
they might be," replied Mr. Topfloor;
' you'd better go to your sister's house
as quickly as you can and tell her not
to take them." /
"I cayn' leabe dis heah elebator at
de presum' time, no how, dere's too
much 'pendin' on me fo' dat. Yessah.
I could ast de janitor to run it fo' me
fo' a half hour or so. I nevah fought
o* dat. Yessah, dat would be de va'y
bes way. I know yo' 'vise me so I fin'
some resolution ob de question. Yes?
sah, I go raight down to de janitor an'
tell him de state ob de 'fair. Min' yo'
step, sah, de elebator ain' square wlf
de flo'! Yessah, I come tell yo' de 'suit
ob de vestigation, des' soon as I know
myse'f, t'ank yo' sah," concluded Al?
gernon as the elevator passed down
the shaft out of sight.
An hour later Algernon appeared at
the Topfloors' door and announced
beamingly: "It's all right, sah. De jan?
itor he resented to run the elebator fo'
me w'ile I went to 'vestlgate 'bout de
pills. It's a mighty queer fing, Mistoh
Topflo'. My sister she hadn't took one
ob dem pills ob mine. She say she has
de queeres' ticklin' in de p'am of her
rai&ht han' dat toi* her de pills wasn't
hers, an' dey couldn't git her to swal
ler one, no how. But de queeres' ob
de whole cucumstance am dat I fern'
dat. de box I lef her was de rsfeht
box] af'er all! So de whole fing t ;'n
out. fo' de bes'. But ef it had a-be'n
dem pow'ful pills ob mine. 1 reckon
she be daid now an' I'd a-b'en mighty
soi'y, 'cos life is ve'y scarce, Mistoh
Topflo'?very scarce." ? New York
, A Greek Name.
Greek may have gone out of fashion,
but Greeks have not. The being who
used to live lor us only in the pages o?
ancient history is now a familiar fig?
ure in every American city.
"Mention the name of some well
known Greek," said the teacher of a
juvenile class in history.
"George," spoke up a curly haired
"I don't know the rest of his name,
ma'am. He comes round to our house
every Thursday with bananas and
Such a Nice Time.
Dorothy was so homesick at her
first party and cried so bitterly that
the hostess's mother suggested that it
would be better for her to go home.
Dorothy accepted the idea, but a
few minutes later, upon answering a
timid ring at the door, the hostess's
mother found Dorothy bathed in tears.
' Well, Dorothy. I am glad to see you
again. Did you decide to come back
"No'm'ni, I forgot t-to say I h-had
such a uice time!"?Browning's Mag*?
"And is this an heirloom, too?" ask
5d the visitor, picking up a brick that
lay on the center table.
"Yes." said the lad) of the house,
"That is the brick my mother threw
at the prime minister.'
"Ah. Indeed, how very Interest!]
said the visitor. "And whose portrait
is that on the waH?*'
"That is my mother herself," said
"I tee,*' said the visitor. "1 he power
behind the thrown, as it were.*'?Har<
"That man bas an idea that he un?
derstands women, lie's a widower, I
"Nope If b<'s ? ol any such idea as
that he's a ba< h? lor."
RHYME OF V.021?V MARINEF
Being tJ-.c Btery - ' ;ne r*s&cut of Cap?
tain Blake's So" From Watery
Captain Blake is a mariner bold, and
hi? r.V.p is the Mary Ann. His crew
consists of his wife and child and one
able-bodied man. Hit boat is a barge
which lies near Pier B on the Jersey
fide, and yesterday lie left he there at
the dock, securely tied. On the deck
of the barge his little son, not yet 12
months old, was playing about with a
terrier pup called Rag-Tag. His moth?
er was taking a needed nap in the
cabin, where all was dark, when her
dreams were broken rudely by the
dog's staccato bark. When she rushed
on deck she saw the pup with his fore
feet on the rail and his eager eyes di?
rected toward an object that was a
sail. She looked and saw, then al?
most swooned, but gave a frightened
scream when she saw the baby sailing
off on an ice floe in the stream.
"Go get him?save my little boy!**
she screamed, and in a trice the faith?
ful pup was swimming toward the
floating cake of ice. The mother's
cry was heard by men upon a vessel
near?the steamship Oceana, which
was tied up at her pier. An officer
named Lindsay looked and saw the
baby's plight and soon had manned a
boat and gone to save the drifting
mite. Before he reached the dancing
cake the dog was on it, too. The ioe
floe bore two passengers, a captain
and his crew.
The baby and the terrier were taken
in the boat?a tiny pair of marinere,
too young to be afloat. And with the
child safe in her arms the mother
wept for Joy, but not a whimper pass*
ed the lips of the small sailor boy. But
when his father, Captain Blake, re?
turned last night and heard his wife
relate the story just as it had oc?
curred, he pursed his lips and whistled
long, then gave his head a shake and
said: "This surely is a fact from me
that you can take. That kid of mine
a sailor's life most certainly will
choose. He's breaking in to learn the
game by taking his first cruise." Then,
thinking of the cake of ice which waa
the baby's boat, he said: "That boy
will navigate the biggest ship afloat.
He's got the first requirement, and he
can't be called a fool; for whatever
else he might have done, he certainly
kept cool."?New York Times.
A description of London as a mu?
nicipality is found in a report which
has been sent to the department of
commerce and labor by United States
Consul General John L. Griffiths, sta?
tioned at the British capital.
Instead of having one mayor and
several borough heads as New York
has, Mr. Griffiths points out that from
a governmental point of view London
Is a very complex organization, crt
slating of 29 cities and boroughs *> 1
with separate administrations. Each
has its own mayor and council, there
being, however, an authority whose
jurisprudence is co-extensive with
what is known as the administrative
County of London, called the London
"It may assist to a better concep?
tion of the work of the London coun?
ty council," writes Mr. Griffiths, "to
point out that it has Jurisdiction over
the public school system of Greater
London, the fire department, the
street car system, asylums, bridges,
highways, department of health, parks
and building regulations.
"Theve are 10,800 employes *.n the
tramways department, which has
been under the jurisdiction of and op?
erated by the council since January
Taxes That Never End.
The surprising fact is announced
that the London city corporation is
etlll paying land tax for the houses
which existed on Old London bridge,
houses that disappeared ( about the
It has at last been decided to re?
deem this ancient tax, which by act
of parliament has been levied ever
since the old bridge was demolished.
A copy of the old act is in the city
archives .The amount of the land tax
Is about $1,800 a year, and the city
will be able to aecure a redemption
by payment of a lump sum of $55,000
It may seem strange that rates and
taxes have been paid for so many
years upon houses which disappeared
so long ago, hut it is not generally
known that It is the custom when
houses are demolished to make way
for public improvements to include in
the parliamentary authorization a
clause compelling the authority con?
cerned to make good any loss occar
sioned to the rales.?New York Sun.
The poison of the daffodil is the
plant's meaw8 of defense. How effec?
tive it is may be judged by the fact
that rabbits, rats and other small pests
wblch devour hyancinths and crocuses
with gusto, leave the daffodil severely
alone. Nurserymen, too, will tell you
that the men employed in gathering
Lent lilies suffer from noisoned hands.
After working a little while their
hands become sore, and pafhful gath?
erings form under the finger nails and
wherever tho skin is broken. Despite
of all this, however, west country
house wives brew from the flowers a
decoction warranted to cure all human
Mis?possibly by killing the patient.
Cause and Effect.
Peacon A?What our people need is
Bermons that will , ake them up.
l^eacon B?No, brother; what they
need is sermons that won't let 'em go
to sleep.?Stray Storks.