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COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 197.
NEWS AND COMMENT.
The American Federation of La
bor hag been III Session in Nashville
Nashville's city council is hav
ing another dead-lock over the elec
tion for Comptroller.
The Board of Education of Min
neapolis will close the schools in
March for lack of money.
Excerpts From the Diary
Capt. A. 3. Campbell.
officers of the 10th Tennessee, Long
and Pwire, had a difficulty the lat
ter is badly cut in the thigh. At
8:30 we saw a lady on horseback
looking for her husband. At 9:15
we passed Tlptonville. Our lady
had cut across the bend and made
her appearance here. An attempt
was made to throw her a letter wrap
Ded around a stone, but it fell short.
The Season of Mirth aud Merriment
An old man who had a large pile of Speculation as to the Patterson-
wood on the bank hallooed for the
The Beautiful Custom of Christmas
Giving; A Letter to Santa
Henry Probasco, of Cincinnati,
has made an assignment. Assets,
$200,000; liabilities, $100,000.
The American cotton crop
1897 is the largest ever grown
sells at about the lowest price.
The Democrats of Lawrence
county will select their candidates
for county offices on February 5.
Josiah Patterson says he is
growing tired of politics. From all
appearances, politics is also growing
tired of Josiah.
The Home-Sick Rebels Are at Last
Dixie's Borders, Bat the Jour
liey is Yet Uuflnished.
Huddled Together on the Boat. Without
Covering, the Prisoner. Are Left
to the Mercies of the Klements.
a Deplorable Picture.
A terrific cloudburst and wind
storm did considerable damage to
property at Mobile, Ala., and
vicinity, last Monday morning.
An election will be held in Nash
ville December 31 to decide whether
the city shall subscribe $300,000 to
the capital stock of the Nashville
and Knoxville railroad.
Gardiner O. Hubbard, a direc
tor in the Bell Telephone Company
and well known to public men,
scientists and financiers, died near
Washington last Friday.
Hon. E. W. Cabmack, in a state
ment to the Washington corres
pondent of the Memphis Commer
cial-Appeal, says he will be a
didate for Congress next year.
More than a thousand desperate
men, driven from Dawson City by
th nrnannnt of famine, are said to
w.. v J' (
be straggling over the mountains in
the hope of escaping from Alaska.
Frank Simmons, who escaped
from jail at Jonesville, a., more
than eiirht years azo while under
sentence of death for killing a Ken
tnokv stock dealer, has been rear
a i.w Tavt,or. who was BPoken of
us thfl most available man for the
Republican gubernatorial nomina
tirm. snvs he has retired from the
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political arena and will not be a can
Dr. J. A. Albright, of Somer
ville, has been elected Secretary of
the State Board of Health to fill the
vacancv caused by the death of Dr.
J. Berrien Lindsley, and Dr. W.
McMurray was made president.
Mr. Dinoley predicts that there
will be a surplus of $10,000,000 in the
treasury next year. At the rate his
nroducine" tariff bill is
fnilir.i? to produce, there will be
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deficit of several times that amount.
U. McPhail Smith, Prof essor of
Law in the Vanderbilt University
and an attorney of national reputa
tion, died Monday night at his
home in Nashville. He was 00 years
old, and had been ill but a short
Eugene F. Cashman, ex-Treas-nrer
of Greelv County, Neb., who
skipped that place three years ago
$30,000 short in his accounts, was ar
rested in New York last Friday and
carried back to the scene of his depredations.
F. R. Birdsall has purchased
the interest of J. F. Barbour in the
Yazoo (Miss.,) Sentinel and now has
full control and ownership of that
paper, which, by-the-way, Mr. Bird-
sail has made one of the brightest
pnpers in that state.
TV P VTV.F I V E thousand cotton
mill woiker3 in the vicinity of Fall
River, Mass., are to receive a re
duction in wages amounting to not
legs, than 10 pet cent. These em
ployes are doubtless fully aware of
the "benificent conditions" of which
Mr. McKinley spoke in his message.
Cheers rent the air iu Mexico
City last Monday, when the train
carrying Hon. William Jennings
Bryan and his party pulled into the
depot at that place. President Dias
cave orders that the distinguished
citizen be considered as a specially
honored guest, and the like of de
mnnstrfttlona over his arrival was
never seen there before.
Continued from Inst week-Article 12.
Cairo. Sept. 7, 18G2. The scene
here this morninir beggars descrip
tion. Some five boats are anchored
out in the river with ten thousand
rebels on them, covering them from
top to bottom and from stem to
etern. Last night about midnight
we were waked by streams of water
pouring down upon us and our bag
gage, we were not aione ui maing
the pelting storm. No less than
three thousand rebels had to stand
out and take the rain as it came,
presenting a deplorable picture this
At last old Follett has been
thoughtful enough to send some
buckets over for us to draw water
Heretofore we have managed to get
it in bottles and several buckets we
happened to have with us. We live
principally oa bread and. water,
having little or no iiu-uhb u. cuumun
nnr aeantv rations or sail por aim
onrTeft. We are kept out of the cook
rnmn and state rooms. (Home or
thA aic.k are admitted.)
Oot in sneaking distance oi tne
Fanny liullett, 63rd and 4'Jth Ten
npssee regiments and others aboard
Everybody was taming across irom
one poat to tne ouier woise umu
hfidlam. Learned that the train
from Chicaeo. with the 65tn Tennes
ra aboard, ran off the track, killing
several and crippltug some, can t
har anvthlnir from my brother
who in a member of the regiment
Just now I see a Yank whipping
an "intelligent contraband" with
bull whip. I suppose tho negro was
trvinur to get a cnance to sup on
board with us.
Rome of our officers came near get
ting into a row with the sentinels
Thev took the guns away from sev
oral of them, tsoys on tne otner
boat inquiring for newspapers and
pocket knives. They say that they
have not seen a paper since they
were imprisoned, and that thei
knives were taken from them. Last
nlirht the select One Hundred got
aboard the Diliacnt. The boats
loaded with prisoners are the oldest
and craziest boats on the river, and,
if we get to Vicksburg without an
accident, we may thank our Maker
for preserving us through difflcul
Sept. 8. Here yet ! When we first
arrived we were told that we would
leave on the 6th, and then on the
7th. Rained but little last , night
and our undried bedding got but lit
tiAWfitter. Have taken a violent
cold. Maj. Campbell considered
this the beginning of the pulmouarv
trouble from which he died the fol
lowing May. Don't see how we are
to Stand such fare much longer. Re
bels are making coffee in tin life
preservers aud every kind of vessel
that could be named.
Bird Point, Mouth ot unto.
Btartedat 1:15. Our fleet consists
of eight boats, preceded by a gun
hnnt. At 3:45 we passpd Baldwins-
ville, Mo. Place 6eenied to be de
serted. A little after four we passed
the. Tcciimseh. loaded down witn
federal soldiers. This is the boat I
taken to St. Louis on. a nriso
ner. At 4:20 we arrived at Colum
bia, twenty miles to Cairo and
fnrtv-flve to Island 10. Just oppo
Rite this town is where our forces
were driven to the river. The fort
is on a high dirt blurt ahove tne
town in a bend or tne river, a iort
in such a place would seem to be
impregnable. The fort has been
changed so that the guns bear down
the river. Tho town is a smaii one,
We arrived at Hickman at 5:4o.
It is very pretty, more picturesque
than any town I ever saw, situated
in the coves and on the hillsides
which curve in and out along the
river. At this place the ladies were
out en masse, cheering us on our re
turn to Dixie no men at an. an
ninncr helow the ladies were col
lected, cheering us. Anchored for
the night at Kattery i, just aoove
TaUnd 10. This was the battery
spiked by the Federals on the night
previous to tne iau u mo yniuo. no
Dacotan loaaeu wmi yrinuucio pu
ed us la the night. Our fleet now
numbers ten bats.
Sept. 9. Started this morning at
light. The main channel is on tne
Tennessee side. The Federal gun-
hnata passed down the opposite 6iae
at niirht during a thunder storm at
v ' "O - - ' . - .
ter besieging the place a montn anu
digging a canal across the bend.
The wrecks of four steamboats are
still visible. They were scuttieu
and sunk by the confederates to
keep them from falling into the
han.ia of the enemy. At seven
nVlock we passed another wreck op
posite New Madrid. We met the
Ur Soto UDVrnrd bound. She-spoke
the cunboat in front when It steam
ed back and notified all the boats to
hoist white flag. But few soldiers
at the noints along this river. Two
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Union men the first we've seen
since we left Columbus.
Just below Tiptonville was placed
the last battery of the Island 10 de
fenses. At 12 o'clock we met the
La Crowe going up. At this point
was a large island. The bank is
continually caving in on one side or
the other, forming sand bars on the
opposite side. We made about ten
miles an hour. At 2 p. m. we passed
the mouth of Obion river about forty
miles from Ft. Pillow. Just below
here one of the stern wheel boats
ran into the bank; that boat kept
ine cringing, rassea tne Mcmpmn
at 3:15 and reached The Shoals.
One of the boats ran aground here,
but got under way again at 5 o'clock.
At 6 o'clock we passed two boats
aground, one of them a ram manned
with contraDanas. just oeiow ws-
ceola, Ark., two of our boats came
ear running into each other in a
short turn in the current.
Half way between Osceola and Yt.
Pillow is where Jeff Thompson at
tacked the Federal fleet and sank
two of their boats. At 7:30. seventy-
five miles from Memphis, we passed
Ft. Pillow, which is situated on
three points of the hills which line
the bank. At 8:30 the channel
brought us right against the bank,
which was lined with cotton wood
trees. Some of us on the pilot house
were almost certain we heard a cap
burst. Our first thought was "Guer
rillas!" Rome snoke out. "We are
Rebels." Nearly all the banks are
covered with thick woods. The
moon was shining bright and our
fleet presented a beautiful picture
sailing down the Father of Waters.
remained up until ten o ciock en
joying the scene.
Sept. 10. Ancnorea last uign'.
about twenty miles above Memphis
at the mouth of a 6tream. Started
this morning at six o'clock. At
seven we saw the first growing cot
ton and the levee on the Arfcansaw
twenty negroes were
the bank to hurrah for
Arrived at Memphis at
au iron-clad gun-boat
and four mortar boats were anch
ored onnosite the city, which ap
peared like a city of the dead from
the quietness or tne piace. dui ic
persons were out and there were no
signs of business. The citizens
made no demonstrations, except
that haudkerchiefs were waved by
a few ladies who ventured down in
spite of Yankee bayonets. The Re
bels would halloo for Jeff Davis.
Some ladies came up while the boats
were coaling and kept the Rebels
hallooing all day. A Yankee was
accidentally shot here.
The news is: Stanton has re
signed; Halleck succeeds him; fight
at t'oolesvnie. jho ; uragg mann
ing on Nashville; Athens, Ala.,
burned; bombardment of Vicksburg
resumed. There are many street
rumors. It is very difficult to get
anything from our friends, as the
Federals are very strict here. Our
money and clothing has been stolen
uiui we cannot get necessaries sent
us. A lady told us when we got
ready to take Memphis to let the
gunboats shell away; that they
would rather be dead than live the
way they were living. Capt. Mays
wife gts his ring nere. tie wu
killed at Ft. Donelson.
Sept.il. Took on coal all ntgnt.
Some of the boys ran the blockado
and stayed in the city; several were
left. Saw eight Liineoin soiuiera m-
reat two ladies whi e waving hand
kerchiefs Left Memphis at 2
o'clock. Just around the bend we
the wreck of the coniederate
gunboat, (icn. Bcaurvrard; a half
milo further the J ff Tlmmpnoiutxn
ashore and blown up. While we lay
at Memphis we suffered very much
frnm heat. Home ladies came over
in a skiff to 6ee the Rebels.
At. three o'clock there came up
shower and wet the hurricane deck
inhnhltnnts. About nine o'clock in
the night we ran over a snag or log
Some of tho boys came near jump
ina-overboard. 1 feel very uneasy,
as I cannot swim. Auchored just
above Helena at ten or eleven
Kent. 12. Heard some one this
mnrninir before dav begging piteous-
ly for something to ease him. A
M .1 1 - 1 1 A. n nf
party irom tne nospuai ooat was uu
burying two corpses. I am out of
clean clothes and have no way to
wash. Joe Walker had heavy skirm
ishing with a Yankee skiff rower
here: From the camps on the river
in sight I estimate the number of
troops at 10,000. There are five or
six gunboats and several mortar
boats. See a good many contra
hnnft of hoth sexes in the Lincoln
camp. They call us by all kinds of
Consensus of Opinion is
Czar Reed Has Prejudged
Conere Will Adjourn To-Morrow For
The Christinas Holidays Pension
Appropriation BUI Passed,
THE CHRISTMAS MORN.
Shining in the Christman (sky
Sometimes meets the numan eye-
While the church bells, sweet ana slow,
Peal their Joy out down below,
On the far horizon's horn
hint of far off Bethlehem.
Tia one softly luminous star,
Like that the magi saw afar.
Bright hollv and the mistletoe
Join us in the fireside glow,
And presents by the chimney side
Make lovelv all the Christmastlde.
To-day the hurrying world must pauso.
The children look for Santa Claus,
While in the air the silver chimes
Recall the old Juduan times.
Royal makes the lood pure,
wholesome and delicious.
Washington, Dec. 15. So far
nothing of very general Interest has
been transacted by Congress, mat
ters of only minor importance being
acted upon. Au adjournment will
be taken Saturday for the Christmas
The House passed the pension ap
propriation bill Saturday, which
Representative Gains, of Tennes
see, has introduced a bill appro
priatlng $228,000 for the relief of th
Methodist Publishing House of th
Methodist Episcopal Church, South
for property taken during the civil
The Patterson Carmack Case.
Of the several contested election
cases before the Election Commit
tees of the House, the one over
shadowing in interest all others is
the Patterson-Carmack contest irom
the Fifth Tennessee District, for the
reason that it is unlike all others in
that it is unique in its absurdity,
demagogic and unscrupulous in its
political aspect, and one which, no
matter how it is settled, will con
firm the once rer.pectable Josiah as
the most notorious political apostate
of his day and time. That the case
has been prejudged is quite evident,
and, when the final contest comes,
It will be a matter of no surprise to
see only the Republicans gathered
on Josiah's side and Carmack sup
ported by the lovers of Democracy.
It is not thought this case will be
disposed of before next March,
owing to the fact that the testimony
is complicated and voluminous and
will absorb much time in the com
mittee. There will also be a warm
time when the case is reported to
the House, and days will be con
sumed covering the demands of
speakers on both sides the Repub
licans occupying theirs not in de
fense of Josrah Patterson, but in de
faming the South, which he, while
calling himself a Democrat, has
called upon them to do.
The ringing bells and tokens say
That in a stable, dim and gray,
The Light of All the World was horn,
His bed a manger, rough, toriorn,
Where meek eyed oxen, w'th their hay,
Stood in a trance almost of grace
Before the sweet Madonna face,
And, half in awe and half in prayer,
Seemed to suspect some god was there.
OVl BAKING POWDER CO., NEW YOUK.
This word will never cease to know,
Though centuries come and centuries
The story of those ancient times,
The meaning of theseChristmaschimes
Which come with their perennial grace
With blessing for the human race.
So what to us are ice and snow
And all the wintry hlaets that blow
If on the sky's horizon hem
We see the star of Bethlehem?
shilling there for dear old Santa
Claus. And the noise I heard so
plainly in the room adjoining pa's,
was only Santa Claus. Anxious now
to get a "peep, down the stairway did
I creep, all impatient for a glance,
although against tho laws, and It
fl led mv heart with ureaa, as witn
sudden fear he lied and jumped into
mamma's bed naughty, naughty
of Dirt Assay 74
Gold to the Ton.
There is at least some gold dow n in
Obion couuty, and some of the citi
zens there think they have struck it
rich. The Obion Democrat of last
Mr. W. 11. Farris, oi iaice
county, was in our office Wednes
day, and showed us a certificate
from JH. JJernngame s to., Den
ver, Col., showing that a two ounce
sample of dirt sent them from the
G. R. Minnick laud assayed 3.7l
ounces of gold to the ton, valued
"Mr. Farris also sent two samples
of dirt, taken nearly a mile from
where the above samples were lound
to Von Schultz &Low, Denver, uoi.,
aud received a report showing that
one of the. samples would pan out
3.55 ounces per ton, valued at $74.
The other samples assayed .io
ounces per ton, valued at fd.(K).
"Rev. John 14. Williams aiso sent
two samples to Von Schultz & Low,
which assayed 1.5 ounces and 1.01
ounces per ton, valued at $30. and
"Prof. W. L. Willingham, princi
pal of Wilsonville's school, also sent
a sample of dirt from the same lo
cality to the above firm, and re
ceived a report showing 3.15 ounces
of irohl and .4 ounces of silver to the
ton, making about $2. in silver and
$20 of gold to the ton of dirt. The
six samples averaged $44.50 per ton.
"A company, which is being form
ed,has options on 30,000 acres of land,
and invites capitalists ana experts
to thoroughly investigate the Klon
dike of Tennessee."
Uarwood's Sarsaparilla for the blood
guaranteed tocure. A. is. kainb-
A Custom That Coms From the Three
Wise Men Who Followed the Star.
Of course you need not be told of
the oriirin of presenting gifts at this
at ason of the vear. The three wise
mnn w ho followed the star until it
remained stationary over the stable
in Bethlehem, and who, entering
t.hn hovel wherein were the cow and
thn ass. knelt down before the
hnmitlful Rabe In the manger
nlaced before hhn presents of
mvrrh. frankincense and gold.
Thfdr example is the example that
von follow to-dav. 1.897 years after
the Magi made obeisince to the
Child Jesus; and when you place
presents before the ll'tle ones who
are made in the image of the Divine
Babe you are doing what was done
by the eastern kings; but remember,
that to carry out their example to
the full, th babesin the mangers
the little ones in hovels must not
Most of our Christmas customs
come from the German. Kris
Kringle is a legendary myth whose
nrio-In is involved ill much doubt.
Pormtrlv in the small villages of
Oermanv the presents were sent to
some one person, who, in high
buskins, a white robe, a mask and
an enormous flax wig, and known
as Knecht Ruoert. Went from house
Worth of to house. He was received by. the
parents with great reverence, and,
(allinu- for the children, presented
ti iriffs to thein according to the
accounts of their conduct received
from the parents. It appears as
highly probable that this custom
gave rise to our present innumerable
legends about Santa Claus. Phil
tree, yet I'm the
cause of jollity. The
happy children shout and
prance, as round about they
gayly dance. My limbs are laden
down with toys ad pretty gifts for
girls and boys. Although the burden
that I bear is very heavy,! don't care;
fori am happy when I see the chil
dren frolicking with glee. It gives
me Joy to feel that I can make
a smile supplant a sigh, and
cause a frown to disappear
eutirely at this time of
year, and hrlng
to all '
From off my limbs aud make a noise
Without tlie slightest bit of fear,
For Christmas comes but once a year.
T. F. Anthony, ex - postmaster, of
Promise City, Iowa, says: "I houghtone
bottle of 'Mystic Cure' for rheumatism
and two doses of it did mo more good
than any medicine I ever took." Sold
... , , ia ... i li
ny A 15. ivains, uruggiKl, . uiuuiom, om
"MOTHEir Mckinley bead.
A LET! Kit TO SANTA CLAUS.
near Mister Santa Claus: "We's two
little hovs in blue.
An' we thouirht we'd write a letter
'fore Christinas comei, to you ;
We live here with our parents, in
linnan 'at'a nainted trreen.
An' of all the boys 'at ask fer toys we're
the best you ever seen !
"An' so, we thought we'd tell you Jus
what to bring, 'cos we
Know 'at you have a heap to do, an'
busv as kin bel
Wre know you're hitchin' nn your team,
an' purty soon you'll leave,
An' these things is thes all we want
thes all on Chris'mus Eve:
Hoarse sounding billows of
That 'gainst the barriers of
Farewell! Farewell with Joy. thou gl ant
n inn spa!
Thnn ton suhsprvpst the enas oi
Girdling this' isle, waking its lonely
With moaning echoes of thy melan
choly war. ...
Farewell, thou Lake! Farewell, inhos
. pitable land!
Tbou hast the curses of this patriot
band ; ,
AU save that spot, the holy, sacred bed,
Where rest in peace our Southern war
TO BECOSTISCBD. : ,
We have gathered a few items for
the dear old Herald once more.
We think all in our community are
getting anxious about Christmas.
Suppose nearly all will hang up
Mr. Willie McGaw has returned
to the city after a short stay in
Miss Floy Campbell is on the sick
list, at this writing.
Misses Bertha Godwin and Lora
Harberson are the guests of Miss
The teachers and pupils of the
McDowell school are hoping to.
giye a nice entertainment Christ
mas. Nearly all the parts have
been assigned and the pupils are
going cheerfully to work, hoping it
will be the nicest ever given at bat
place. All are cordially invited.
Wishing all a "Merry Christmas,"
we are the same, Lorena.
"Two little drums,
An' sugar pluma
An' a slate 'at won't do any sums;
An' a Hobby lloss
You kin ride across,
An' bicycles, an' balls to toss;
An' a steamer-boat
(Like the ones 'at float),
An' a wagon hitched to a Billy Goat;
An' tops to spin
(What thev's music in),
An a climbin'monkey, dressed in tin;
An' two toy-guns
(Like the Jones' ones),
An' a railroad train 'at winds an' runs;
An' a slidin' sled
'At's painted red,
An' a bran'-new little trundle bed ;
Horns, whistles, drums,
Rrinir all vou've got when Chris'mus
"We thes thought that we'd tell you
'cos vou trot so much to do,
An' all the little bovs au' girl's is
wrltin' notes to you;
Wa was 'frald vou might forget us
while vou're hitchin' up to leave
Rut them thincs is thes all we want
thes all on Chris'mus Eve!"
Frank Stanton, in Atlauta Constitu
Once upon a midnight dreary, as
pondered weak and weary over all
the Christmas presents that a boy
ish fancy draws, while with sleep
tried to tussle, tried with all my
might and muscle, suddenly I heard
a rustle, like the noise of Santa
Claus. Though with fright I fairly
shudered, for fright I had no cause-
It was only Santa ClAus.' Then
listened more intently to the souu
that crept up gently to ray chambe
where my wonder almost caused my
heart to pause, and 1 heard th
candy spilling, as the stocking he
was tilling, and I wished I'd left
She Passed Away in Clinton Nunday
MorniiiK at t O'clock.
Canton, O., Dec. 12. The death
of Mrs. Nancy Allison McKinley,
the aged mother of tho President,
occurred shortly after 2 o'clock this
morning. Almost two weeks imd
elapsed ninco the stroke of paralysis,
WHICH was in inn;: iluiiuiiiitouiiiii
and the wonderful vitality which
had kept death at buy so long had
deluded the friends and relatives
into the belief that the u; m1 woman
might, perhaps, recover, despito the
verdict of her physician; but unmis
takable signs of approaching disso
lution were seen early yesterday
morning and at nightfall it was evi
dent that death must come before
President McKinley, with his
wife and other relatives, was around
the death bod when the final scene
Mrs. McKinley had lived to the
age of nearly SJ yeaiv, and, until
three weeks ago, wis ante to go
about with reiua'kable activity lr
one of her age.
KIIKITMATISM CCII EI) IX A I.VY.
"Mystic. Cure" for rheumatism and
neuralgia radically cures in 1 to .'I days.
Its nctioii upon the system is remarka
ble and m VHtertous. ' t removes at onoo
tho cause and tho disease immediately
disappears. The tii-t.ilose greatly bene
fits; 7." cenU. Sold bv A. H. Kains, drug
gist, Columbia, Tenn. oct!5 8m
A Tall Man.
Perhaps the tallest person in the
world resides at Gallatin, Tenn.
This giant stature is "Bud" Uogan,
colored, and he is 8 leet in lieignt.
lie has a reach with each arm ex
tended of fld inches, and his hands
are 131,' inches iu length. His feet
are 18 inches long, and his shoes
have to be made to order. Although
mere skeleton, ho weighs IM
pounds, and for the past ten years
as been unable to walk and rides
about in a little home-made wagon
drawn by two full-grown billy-goats.
In all the world there Is no other treatment
SO pure, so sweet, so ;lc, so speedy, for (.re
serving. runfviui;. and ln-.nitif.ving theskin,
scalp, and hair, and cneliratmn every hu
mor, as warm hat hi " Ci tktra Hoap,
and gentle aiioiminirs wuh CVTiciaA (oint
UienU the gi-t sWiu cure.
HsasS ! MM thmnrhmit tht world. fOTTis
Pr CI. Cir, Prof., Bl-,
t AU About U Skio, 8cmip.uA fisirrin.