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TUBERCULOSIS IN STOCK.
Keep It Out of Central Washington.
The report of the state veterinarian
that he finds beef and dairy animals
in Whatcom county suffering from tu
berculosis and pleuro-pneumonia, is
alarming- itl the extreme. The last
named disease is the dread of the
stockman the world over. It has cost
the British government many millions
of pounds to keep it in check, and the
eastefn, middle and prairie states
have spent several millions in eradi
cating it. How or when the malady
became transplanted west of the Cas
cades is unexplained. In fact, its ap
pearance there has never before been
announced, so far as we have heard.
If the state veterinarian is sure of his
diagnosis, the live stock interests of
the state are in sore jeopardy. Instant
steps should be taken to prevent the
spread of the disease to the dry hill
ranges of central Washington, where
there is less danger of the disease get
ting established than in the moist cli
mate of the west coast. The disease is
known to be contagious, however, and
the only way to prevent its getting
east of the mountains is by a rigid quar
antine, which is wholly within the
power of the state authorities, and
possibly of the county officials. Wher
ever it is found, too, the disease must
be stamped out by destroying the ani-
mals without fear or favor. The
United States government has made a
larg-e appropriation for this purpose,
and should be called upon to take a
hand. But the danger is so vital, that
no delay should be incurred in taking
steps to eradicate the pestiferous dis
Criminals in Iceland.
The laws of Iceland are so fully rec
ognized that the services of a police
officer are hardly necessary. Crimi
nals arrest themselves, and the author
ities have little trouble in securing the
punishment of an offender. A young
Icelandic friend of mine, says the
writer, going across the desert from
Reykjavik, met a man riding a pony.
Such meetings are rare in these parts,
and iike ships on the sea, the two
hailed and spoke. And this was the
manner and substance of their con
"What's your name?"
"Where are you going-?"
"For stealing 1 a sheep."
"No one taking you?"
"No; the sheriff is busy, so he gave
me my papers —the warrant for the ar
rest —and sent me on to prison by my
The men exchang-ed snuff and a
kiss, and parted. A week later the
young Icelander was returning- to
Reykjavik, and near the same spot he
met the same man.
"What!" he cried, "Stefan Thors
tein! Why, you said you were going
"So I was, and I went; but they
would not let me in."
"Because I had lost my papers, and
the sheriff said he would not take me
without my warrant."
"So they won't have you in prison?"
"And you are going home again?"
•'Yes." —Peterson's Magazine.
Left in Charge.
A woman left a baby carriage and a
sleeping child outside of a store on
Grand River avenue the other day
while she went in to make purchase.
On coming out she walked off up the
avenue, forgetting all about the child,
and it was twenty minutes before she
came running back to find a ragged
urchin in full charge.
"My blessed baby!" gasped the wo
man as she sprang forward.
"Yes'm," replied the boy. "Purty
cute young'un he is. Men him's bin
gitten' along together like twin broth
"Why, bless his heart, he's wide
"Yes'm —bin awake for ten minutes.
When he woke up he sniveled a leetle,
but I yelled at him and he shet up. I
purtended I was going to put a head
on him, but of course I wouldn't punch
a kid like him."
"Dear me, but how absent-minded I
was!" exclaimed the woman.
"Yes, you was," replied the boy,
"but wimmin is most all that way.
Say! this kid's goin' to be purty sassy
when he grows up."
"Why, what do you mean?"
"He stuck yip his nose at me, and
when I put my fist down and told him
to smell of it and go to the hospital
for three months, he jist said 'Humph!'
and stuck it up higher'n ever. Yes,
he's goin' to make a fighter, he is."
"Well, you can run along," said the
woman as she handed him a nickel.
"Thanky, ma'am; I see a kid in a
kerridge on the next block below, and
I'll go down and make up faces and
square off at him and see if he's got
any sand. Your kid is O. X. —bound
to lick Corbett if nothin' don't stop
hint from growin' upwards." —Detroit
Mr. Softpate —Do monkeys enter
tain you, Miss Flypp?
Miss Flypp—Well, that last story
you told I thought was quite amusing,
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