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DAKOTA. GOT, WEO. 90XIS IL ItEAM, rvbllotier1 The way England Is building irnttle hips surely beats the Dutch. The kaiser Is not satisfied with hia salary, but ho has not gone bo far as to declare a strike. E. II. Harrlnian weighs only 141 pounds, but th( re Is litllo waste mat ter In his make up. A Baltimore man has erected a mon ument to Adam. No let's start a lund to bring hia bones back home. Canillle Flammarion's hoat-produc-Ins well is a mighty fine Idea, but tiie chesty coal men still decline to be stampeded. Ask a small boy to do something and usually he will say: "Jut wait a minute." A man would put you oft till next week. A local critic claims that Poo wrote "Tim Haven" backward., Spinning With the las-t Kianzi. It ifl a splendid may to read it, too. The average American consumes 82 V6 pounds of sugar a year. And yet one occasionally meets a man who acts as If he had never tasted sugar. Caruso Is said to have hurt his voice by sinking Into the phonographs. The voice usually comes back out ol the phonograph with a sprain In It. Now t hat a fertilizer trust Is being organized, of course something ought to be e id about Buch an organization probably being In bad odor tmt let It pass. Count Hon! Is coming to America to bunt grizzly bears. Perhaps he has In Bonie way absorbed the Idea that the grizzly bear and the Teddy bear re Identical. Army enlistments have been Buffi clent of late to bring that branch of the service up to Its full capacity, but It Is understood that Mr. Ilobson Is not quite satisfied with the navy. "Twenty years from now," declares one of the scientists, "we'll all be fly ing." He may be right, but It will be prudent to go right on In our efforts to have cheaper shoe leather. Just the same. In the ages to come, when all the coal mines have been exhausted, the rich cargoes on the bottom of the Ohio river from Pittsburg down will havo to be drawn upon to supply the needs of mankind. Camilla Flatnmarlon declare that signaling to Mars Is possible. Still, nobody can positively assure us that anybody on Mars Is going to know what we mean when we get our sig nals to reach that planet. Professor Arlo Bates says, says he, that a book which Is not worth read ing twice, Is not worth reading once. Perhaps the professor will explain how one 1b to determine, without reading a book the first time, whether It will boar a second perusal. The United States Circuit Court has handed dowa a decision In Philadel phia that tha driver of an automobile is bound not only to follow the ordi nary rule of "stop, look and listen" when he reaches a railroad crossing. but If necessary must get out and waia to the track, as does the con ductor of a street car. Thla decision la based upon the emlnontly sensible ground tbut "when the nasslna: vehicle Is a ponderous steel structure, It threatens not only the safety of Its - own occupants, but also those on the colliding train." i Yellow Journalism Is now a thing or me paBt or has faded to a mild ecru shade beside the saffron hue of many books and magazines. The Jaundiced magazlnlst spatters bis color with a reckless abandon. You can almost feel the chrome tints spat, ter on your face as you scan hU mmr. antlne effusion. You cannot got by him. Epithet, metaphor and annlmrr are mixed into one chromatic mass on bis palette and then slammed against ins canvas with the snluree nf barker at a circus sideshow. To sav be indulges in exaggeration is to Bieak tamely. He piles Pellona nf hyperbole on Ossas of turgeseence. If bis colors do not scream loud enough to arrest your attention he bludgeons you with his figurative mahlutlck into noticing tneir prismatic effects. Seldom has the birth of a child been of bo much national and International Importance as the recent birth of a princess of the Netherlands. The pres ent queen herself was the only child of King Wlllem III.; was born when ber father was sixty-three years old and had reigned thirty-one years; and if King Wlllem had died without dl rect Issue, the crown would have ln-en worn by a German prince. The same result would have followed If Queen Wllhelnilna haj died childless, and thut would have been to the Dutch people a great national calamity. Not only would their beloved House of Or aiie, with Its long line of sovereigns, have become extinct, but the stranger who would conio to rule over them would be a prince of an alien race, and of that wry race from which the Dutch people believe they have the most to fear. A glance at the map o: Europe will show tlu.i who ure inos unfamiliar with European polities why tbit Is The little kingdom of the Netho; lands biiuu oif t'.ie German Em plre fieri all but a short nt!p or the North Sta eoi t. vi (lie resistance which the kin -(lo.n can off r the only obstacle, no iiii' doubts thut Germany woulJ soon titi'l a pretext for absorb ing It. Hut titer,.- i;ro other powers, and particularly Great Ilrltain, which would oppose xtK'h a move, and the German Emperor Is not one to pro a treat war to obtain that which to doubt every German covets. Bit If the throne of the Netherlani'l should bo occupied, by a German prince, the Internal opposition to an nexation would be weakened, and that might ultimately be accomplished without war which st present Is Im possible. So the little princess has been wvleomd lwause the Dutch peo ple love their royal house and their charming queen, and localise they see in the helpless Infant a security for their national Independence, To wreck a home Is a serloiM offense. To lead n wife and mother at. tray Is a black-hearted crime, and the criminal deserves severe puntsh inent. Hut suspicion and gossip bm not proof. Even the confession of one of the parties Is not. conclusive as against the other, for confessions are sometimes obtained by terrorism or promise of forgiveness, which confesn to more than the truth. If otw of the nccused parties Is shot down In hi.i tracks 'vilhout an opiortunlty of dec fence or explanation, the murderer is not entitled to the benefit which might necrue to him if the guilt of the vic tim were absolutely proved. The dan ger of admitting the so-called "unwrit ten law" as a defense In murder cases Is not only that It substitutes private vengeance for the proper ministration of the law, but that It oimtib tiie way for trumped up cases of wrong-doing to excuse murder. It is conceivable that a husband and wife might con spire to put an enemy of either or !oth out of the way by bringing against him a false; accusation. It may bo said that a womnn would not sacrifice her good name to please her husband or save another lover. Such cases are very rare, but they have been known. The whole principle of our criminal law Is that an accused per son has a right to be confronted with his accuser and with the evidence, and given an opportunity to make his de fence. The private executioner af fords him no such opimrtunlty. The unwritten law us an excuse for ier sotinl vengeance Is a relic of barbarism that should not be tolerated In a civilized country. The Sicilian brlg ands hold the principle that it s more honorable to revenge Injuries iy assassination than to resort to the courts. The American Juryman who icrmlts the doctrine of the "unwritten law" to sway his verdict Is nutting lfmself on the moral plane of the Sicilian brigand. Pure butter will not melt under a tomierature of 35 degrees, when it will leave a sweet and wholesome liquid, but adulterated butter melts at 8$ into a liquid with a repulsive odor. A pressed Bteel boat, into perfora tions of which is forced under hy draulic pressure granulated cork until the entire surface is covered, a recent Invention, is claimed to be unslnk able. What promises to be one of th greatest competitions of light agricul tural motors that ever has taken place in North America will be held at the Winnipeg Industrial exhibition in July. The Argentine government has be gun the development of a new petrol eum field on the east coast of Pata gonia on its own account, and is se curing a good grade of fuel oil from a depth of 1770 feet. By using two highly sensitive pendulums suspended In a well a Ger man scientist has found that the stir face of the earth rises and falls about 8 inches every twenty-four hours, hav ing tides similar to the oceans. Experiments by the United States Forest Service have demonstrated that thoroughly alr-drled timber has about doublo the strength of green timber. Moreover, in order effectively to ap ply preservative agents to timber 11 must first be sensoned, because it la very difficult to Inject antiseptics in green wood. The loss of weight by seasoned timber Is quite surprising. Western pine loses half its weight after three to five months' seasoning. The railway tunnel which Is being constructed under the Detroit Rivet possesses some novel features. It will consist of two steel tubes, running side by side 42 feet below the rrver surface. Each tule has a diameter of 16Vd feet. To receive the tulws, a trench, 48 feet wide at the bottom, Is dug In the clay of the river bottom, and bedded with a grillage of steel and concrete. On this the tulies are laid. The tubes are made In lengths of 26 feet, and are Joined by sleeves 17 Inches In length, When completed the tubes will be embedded In con crete all round. Trains are to le run through the tunnel by electricity. The traditional mountain of the ark always charms the Imagination, as it It were the culminating point of the globe. And It Is Indeed a noble-look-Ing mom, tain, as shown In a photo graph recently made by E. A. Martel, the French geologist and explorer. Mount Ararat is becoming better known because of the growth of In terest In the eastern shore of the lllaek Sea, which Monsieur Martel calls Russia's Riviera. Pleasure re sorts, which may rival Bltirrlts and Monte Carlo, are springing up there along the foot of the Caucasus. Ara rat Is not visible from this coast, but one must go far up through rough, picturesque valleys In order to reach the lofty plain over which It domin ates. A lln)'a of I'nr i. Not long ago n clat.s of boys In ur, elementary scbool bad nn essay set, the subject being "Clergymen." Tliis Is what one youngster wrote: "There me 3 kinds of clergymen, Bishups, renters find curats. the blsh ups tells the reefers to work, ami the cuntts hae to do It. A curat Is a thlti married man. but when he Is a leeter be gets fuller and can preach longer sermons and bennna a good num." London Kemps. If we didn't have to work would be no fun In loafing. thert Opinions of SCHOOL CARD EH WORK. HE sthool garden work of the past few yearj has not only given the school build ings tlMunselvcs more attractive mirround Ings, but It has bi-en the nu:aris of do veloplng In the children a sense of pro prlotorshlp In kite grovjng things, and of Inspiring an embryon civic spirit that promises well for the Washington of a few years hence. It Is Impossible to estimnie the benefits which the city has gained from this work, modestly started, and for a season or two conducted under discouraging difficulties, but loyally persisted in by the teachers until it has came to be recognised as one of the important brandies of school work. The direction of the children's attention on a certain dajr to the Importance of the vine aa a means of improvement Is In the line of wholesome edu cation, and every adult In the district should cinuLTte the example whkh the youngsters will set day after to morrow. Washington Star. THE ART OF JURY-IIAKING. HE ArnrU an art of Jury-making was a Jeet Anil A Brcirirl.-il 0vi,n lmfnro ,,rTVift ritl.lwl II Age" depicted Its technique, thirty-six 1 -V ' . - .1 , . . . I - ivui imi ti u;iy mucu uve hh-u out of court tseased lau Thing at or bewail ing its Imbecilities, or men In court ben able to restrain their anger over the do- lays and Injustlee corned by the search tor talesmen "without prejudice." Yet judges are still faread to per mit attorneys to toll along in the name old rut, as though It were a sacred way. A week was spent bunting Jurors for the H.itns trial. Five wore chesen, after 177 citizens had been tediously cross-examined, and to secure two more 150 additional talesmen had to bo called. Ab Boon as they expressed any knowledge a'oont anything they were forthwith bundled off again. The dreary old procedure should le made to yield to a meth od that geta a Jury together as expeditiously as In Europe or New Jersey. New York Evening Post. THE FAR-SEEING SULTAN. BDUL HAM ID must surely live after he I shall have been hastened r&L I abdication in the minds uicu an lit-: uiJiriiLt-uous ul cuuuillg. lie Vitus been tiie John D. Rockefeller of Turkey, playing not. only the bold game for power and wealth, but arranging for a safe and easy cushion upon which to light in case of miahan. The pillagers of the Imperial palace at Ylldlz have mado several Interesting discoveries In the late Sultan's private affairs. One of them Is that it was Abdul Hamld's custom to keep large Bums of money In banks abroad, using a confidential agent to make the depotdta, German banks held no less than $10,000,000. Great Britain and France have been his bunkers, and a short time ago the old fox placed his confidence in certain instl tutlons in New York. The Eastern desjiot has, in common with Presidents of Latin America, a purely selfish interest In ruling. G0ENQ OUT TO DINNER. Mrs. Coburn bad decided at the last minute to go to town In tbe morning with her htiBband. ne fretted while she got ready, and together they rushed for the eight-fifteen, only to find themselves, much to Coburn's un acknowledged discomfiture, in plenty of tlmo. His impatience lie expressed In a tirade agalnet the slowness of women in dressing, and the unneces sary fuss they made about their clothes. A writer in tl Chicago News tells the story. "My dress suit oones home from the tailor to-day," lie said to hte wife as they parted. "Ill get there at flTe thlrty, bo we can mart for that dinner in plenty of time. And, Bose, do start to dress before the hurt mlnirte!" At twenty-five minutes to six Coburn mug the bell furiously and lone. The maid and Mrs. Coburn artrvsd at the door simultaneously. "Thought you'd never come," he said, as he flung himself out of hia overcoat and dropped it da tlte etaire. "I must have lost ray latch key. Did the tailor send my sultT oh, there's the box. Looks all right but yon never can tall. Wliere on earth are my dress shirts? I haven't one In Bight" He panned as his wife took hhi hands out of the bureau dsawer, which he was frantically pawing from ttfp to bottom. "Not in there," Bite pafcl. "That's the drawer your sot Its and handker chiefs are kept in. Here they are!" "Oh!" he exclaimed, slightly molli fied. "Aren't yon dresned yet. Hes I wish you'd put in the links and buttons for me. Aial any, will yoi bunt up my ties? "AhR Mary to see if the imtent leather polish is down-stairs, will you, and telephone BUI not to nte out this evening. I forgot to tell' hlni we wouldn't be home!" Mrs. Coburn, In ber klmouo, and with her hairpins In her hambi, flew one wny and Mary flew th other. The roar of running water nnd mighty splash Ings came from the bath-room. "You've got those buttons In wrong!" lie cried, presently, "Still In thnt kimono? You'll he late, sure as fate!" He emptied the tailor's box and pro ceeded to don hrs new clothes. A groan brought Mrs. Coburn to find him twisting his head round perilously and staring Into tlte mirror with an an guished face. "Awful!" lie moaned. "Clve. tbein away burn them up -they den t fit!" "Now, Harold," wild bis wife, re Btrulningly, "what Is the trouble? Of course that coat wrinkles when you twist yourself up like that?" "Can't you see?" he stormed, "the roat's ruined! It's cut too low In the neck! Tbe shoulder hunches! Ixiok at the sag here! And the trousers are too tight! That mau a tailor? lie ought to be breaking stones!" "I-ct me hold tbe mirror ami you stand still and tako a look," command Id his wife. He did so, and then coughed. "It'll have to do for to-nlgbt." he said. "Where's my hat? Ill bet it's till packed away in moth ball, Oh, Great Papers on Important Subjects He Is a patriot only when It is absolutely convenient for political purpows. The power, the luxnry, the Ori ental love for oonoent rated and anemployrd wealth r.loas make the throne attractive. The fultan did no little to improve Ue Ate of bis oocntry, but travelers Insist that he did tble reluctantly. He undertook rail road building because it kept the soldier who did the building busy and pUmed In parts ef tbe empire where they could plot to little advantage. Weetern ideas en tered tiie country slowly and It Is preof of the Sultan's cnnnlug Uiat he long oppneed them, for when European thought did beooxne widespread In Turkey it brought alwut the fall of Abdul Hamld. Toledo Blade. o mi in the 'United States, wae a tad. Certain writers and teachers over the country became (or a time greatly in terested in tbe subject, and the mittter reached the beU'ht of its popularity when Preeldeut Rooeevelt in dorsed it, and It was at that time that Andrrw Carnegie was moved to invant some excels money In the progress of this much needed reform. And now the fad kue paesed. Such newspapers and Journals or, adopted a portion ot tbe changes advised by the Simplified Spelling Board have dropped the most of them, and were ft not for the oooecintitious efforts of the board to oar salaries and tbe oontimtal flooding of newrpapere end tenchers with the IKerture setting forth the chanpea which they allege are desirable in the spelling of English words, the whole matter of sim plified spelling would be as forgotten as the Interest once felt In the me, ot Ann. Fort Worth Record. ujKin his final ot his oountry- er, the Infant death rets Jumps up, and there Is a hue and cry to "save the babies." But the babies in greatest need of core have been lout before the summer work Is undw way. The new plaa is to give them proper care from the week of their arrrval, so that they may be fortified aguinjtt tbe first descent of hot weather. It is a beautiful and thorough-going scheme and high ly to be commended for Its practical good Bense. But It leaves an old-faahloued man rather gasping to know what has become of the duties of parenthood, and Just why they should end with a birth cerUficale. It Is, however, a clear economic waste to allow children to die because the homes into which they come are unable, from ignorance or poverty, to bring them to healthful' maturity. Brooklyn EagVe, did yon get it down? It smells like a drug Bhop. Aren't yon dressed yet? I'll go down-etalra. and please hurry up. Wonder where my overcoat la ugh!" Coburn tell over the overcoat at the bottom of the stairs, and promptly examined his new suit and shirt-front for possible damages. His eye caught tbe clock. "Bees," lie yelled, "it's quarter of seven! We've Just fifteen minutes to drive four miles! You've had the whole afternoon to dress " "My dear boy," said his wife, sweet ly, "you sit down and be quiet. Now that I've got yon dressed, I'm going to finish myself. That clock Is half an hour fast. I set H ahead, and the one up here, too, for I knew Just how It would be when you started getting ready." Coburn sat down to wait without a word. i' LURE OF THE SOUTH POLE. Aon(tth (ivocmpMral tUtclrj Fit. tlmr Oat Aiitk Exiltton. Dr. William B.uoe ot the Scottish Oeeanographlcal society has given further details of tbe new antarctic ex pedition which be Is organizing, the New York Evening Post says. Ha says: "Seeing that Ross, Scott and Shackleton have given us a good idea of that part of the antarctic continent facing New Zealand, it seems appro priate that some one should attempt to penetrate southward on the opposite, or Atlantic, side, and this Is what I propose to do. I fully realise the diffi culties ahead, but the effort mnst be made to reach the antarctic continent in these longitudes and set up a sta tion. This done, my base will be abou,t 300 miles farther from the pole than Shockleton's or Scott's base. But once we cross 74 degrees south, every Inch of ground we cover is new, absolutely untrodden by the foot of man. My be liefs are: "1. That there is an antarctic con tinent twice the sine of Australia, scat tered parts of the coast line of which we know, notably Edward. Victoria, Wilkes, Wllhelm, Enderby, Coats and (i i aha in Itnds. "2. That the greatest mass of the antarctic continent lies on the Atlan tic ocean side. "3. That the backbone of antarctic runs from Victoria to Graham Land, with possibly a subsidiary range, the leginnlnK of which Is the Alexandra range, discovered by Shackleton, and t lie end of which terminates at Ender by Land, or a little east or west of it "4. That there are three great lee fields, one facing the I'ucltk" ocean, one faring tbe Indian ocean and one fas lug the Atlantic ocean. "5. That the Pacific is the narrowest and steepest ice Held, and that the Atlantic b-e field is the broadest, mofit gently sloping one. "6. That the south pole Is fcftuated en the Atlantic ice sheet on the Pa cific sldo of which Shackleton traveled. Tills attempt to cross tiie antarctic continent, even If only partly buocvss f nl. cannot fall to add more to our knowledge of antarvtlea than any other route." People manage to keep all other fam ily gossip private except wheu they have been married more than once. I This little history always leaks ouL THE SIMPLIFIED SPEIXIJfC FAD. NE of the silliest things that Andrew Car nefle erer did with a portion of 'those surplus million, upon tbe disbursement of which ' depends his happy and peaceful deathbed, waa to permanently endow a simplified spelling beerd. Simplified spell ing, lllae many another reform attempted PARENTAL DCTIES FORGOTTEN. HE doctors say that most of the babies of B I at birth as any, but that the Bummer mor a I ...it,., u , j.. , i . . uj m.iumi& ukuu u uuo u improper ieeo Ing and inadequate oft re. The babies born In the spring, who thus become frail, buc oumb to the first weeks of very hot weath ooocooo WORTH TRYIKCI. X oooooooooooooooooooooooooo The terrible question, "Where shall we siend the summer?" Is again ramp ant. Xone the lees terrible to the de ciding member of the family, perhaps, are the numerous "beet places in the world" which are freely and sincerely recommended. The man in the fol lowing story had a good answer, ac cording to a writer in the Philadelphia Record. "I see the railroads have been rais ing rates again," remarked a commu ter to bis companion as they came into the city on a Reading trnla. "Ten," replied hia city frleud, "but luckily for me. It is not goig to affect my holidays any more than last year, so I cannot complain." "Oil. I haftrd you speaking about your vacation last year gTet place, I believer "Yea. it was." , "Good table T TJeet In the world. Wasn't a thing I wanted I did not hove." "Pleasant people?" "Delightful, and the best of It was, It was so lnfsrmal. We could do Jus' an we pleased." -Rentfuir "I should say bo. Never was in a pfooe I could rest better." "Beda good?" "Great! Private bath, too." TT1 bet ft was expensive, though?" "On the oontrnfr, It was the cheap est holiday I ever bad." "Goodnaes me. man, tell me where It is!" The ftsrtnsiate man drew a card from his case, wrote the name on it and handed It to his friend, who read, "Home." Tfce EafflUh Three R'a. We are constantly being misunder stood by tbe foreigners, says Clarence Rook, and tbe Frenchmen of whom the following story le told contrived to do us something lees than Justice. He had beea on a visit to this conn try In order te study at first hand the social manners of tbe English people. On returning to bis native land he was asked by a friend whether he had discovered the meaning of tbe myste rious "three R's." "Oh. I found ont wba they were on the first day of my visit!" said he. "And what are they, then?" ntlppln", rotten and rlght-o!" replied the triumphant Frenchman. London Marl. A Short, 9a4 fMorp, My cne went to the faotlty, Ttwre was som small dhixeuiiienw So first I waited In raspc-nse Ttw-n wuited in mis pension. YtiUi IbMVrd. llu-d to rtoom, Whom would yon rather entertain T' at$ka the philosopher of roily, "a per fectly stupid bore or a clever fellow who has Just been abroad for the first time?" Twist priru ring anil piilrlicbl The difference la fair Tlx; mie in which men biff ail bang And Bpar utid feint U jrirw. Kaoimi City Tiiu. Some marriages are eye-openers, and some others are eye-cloeers. rc?occxxxxxooocxooc g STRIKING FOR COMPANY. A strike for higher wages or shorter hours or more and better food Is com prehensible, but one has to go to Mexi co, writes C. M. Flandrau, In "Viva, Mexico!" for a strike that Involves nei ther a question of material advantage nor of abstract principle. One after noon, during the busiest season of the year on a coffee-ranch, all the coffee pickers, w ith the exception of one fam ily, suddenly struck. When asked what the trouble was, the spokesman, In a florid and pompous address, declared that tbey were "all brothers, and must pick together, or not at all." It came out during the Interview that the father of the family who had not struck had received permission for himself, his wife and six small chil dren to pick in a block of coffee by themselves, and to this the others bad been Induced to object. Why they objected they could not say, because they did not know. It was explained to them that the man had wished his family to work apart for the sole and sensible reason that, first, he and his wife could take bet ter care of the children when they were not scattered among the crowd; and secondly, that as the trees of the particular block he had asked to be allowed to pick in were younger and smaller than the others, the children had less difficulty in reaching the branches. He had not only derived no financial advantage fiom the change, he was voluntarily making some sacrifice by going to pick where the coffee, owing to tlje youth of the trees, was less abundant. "Don't you see that this Is the truth and all there Is to It?" the strikers were asked. "Tes." "And now that It has been explain ed, won't you go back to work?" "No." "But why not?" "Because." "Because what?" "Because we must all pick togetb sr. ALMA-TADEMA'S COMMISSION. Some of Ilia Brat-Known Work la Inc1nled In a Ilralrr'a Order. "In 18G4," says the well-known ar tist, Alma-Tadema, In the Strand, "I received a visit from the English plo ture dealer, Gambart II prlnclpe Gam bartl, as they used to call him In Italy. He was the picture dealer par excel lence of this day and was naturally held In great respect by artists. I re member him on that first visit to me, standing before my easel, on which I had posed my 'Coming Out of Church, and Instantly exclaiming: " 'Did you paint that picture for the Yanderdonkts?' "I assured him of the fact. He asked me If they had seen it and what was the price. I told him that they bad not seen It as yet. 'Well, then, said Gambart, 'I'll take It, nnd let me have a couple of dozen of that kind at progressive prices each half-dozen.' It was really as If he had been buying bales of cotton. Of course, I thought and not without reason, that my for tune was as good as made. Moreover 11 prlnclpe Gambartl agreed that I might deal with the antique rjrIod I loved, instead of the middle ages where I had latterly been seeking my subjects. And so It came about that some of the pictures by which I am perhaps, best known as a painter were included In this first singular bargain. "Four years did It take me to carry out Gambart's first commission and the day arrived when Gambart again paid me a visit. 'I want you,' he 6ald, 'tc paint me another four dozen pictures on the same condition of rising value. I consented and I did my best not to disappoint him. "The Vintage'was paint ed as one of them and when the deal er saw It, perceiving that it was a far more Important canvas than any of Rs predecessors a work, too, that had cost me far more time and labor he at once insisted upon paying for It the figure which was to have been given 'or the last half-dozen." IT'S A COUNTRY OF SMELLS. A Traveler Itrcnlla a Striking ( hnr acterlatlo of I-:aat Africa. Discussing Col. RooseveU's trip In Africa, Young H. Carllng of Toronto, Canada, who Is at the Arlington, Bald recently that when Mr. Roosevelt re turns from Africa and recalls vividly to mind his experiences, or relates them to his friends, that which will be pre-eminent will be the atmosphere cf smells In which he lived when there, the Washington Herald says. "I traversed the country which Mr. Roosevelt Intends visiting. While I heard of lions, black panthers, rhino ceroses, antelopes and gazelles, I was not hunting and did not see any of them. I held an impression which, while not as startling as an encounter with a wild beast, will be remembered as long ns that would have been. I cannot express it better than to say that I smelled Afrlra. "One meets the real smell Just after landing. It may bo at one port or another. Of all first Impressions, none is more plain, and it comes upon yon with a distinctiveness which is almost startling. "The traveler hardly knows enough of native life to enter with any full ness Into the multitude of causes which produce this familiar result, but some of them do not lie very far below the surface. "Take as a typical example any Af rican city, large town or sizable ta tlon." added Mr. Carllng. "Let it be in the seaport or in the Inland town, it makes little difference. Leave out tbe many scented plants and trees that add their aroma to the general fund of smells. First, there Is the fuel used by the natives, which Is scraped from the roads, and made Into round, flat cakes and sundrWd on the walls of the houses for burning. Next, there Is the wood and charcoal used by the better classes for cooking fires, coal being an ucnitalnable luxury. Then, at night fall, the sweepings of the Btnbles are carefully burned to be accompanied by an odor. Then there are the cooking oils and other things. Yea, air; CoL . . Roosevelt's story of Africa will not be complete without its chapjer on smells." PROFIT IN GROWING WEEDS. , Thrne "Plnnta On of fUrt" IlavyeTj I lira Aiimn Riar. Money In weeds? To be sure. The national department of agriculture has been for many years telling the farmers of the large money value go ing to waste each year In this coun try In the shape of pernicious weeds, and has been Issuing bulletins with, directions for collecting, curing and Belling weeds. A quarter of a century ago Dr. George B. Lorlng, the commis sioner of agriculture, called attention to the fact that In Germany many of the commonest and most pernicious weeds that the American farmer has. to contend with were successfully and I profitably cultivated, says the Kansas City Star. Burdock, dandelion, witch grass, foxglove, mullein, horehound,. Jlmpson, mustard and water hemlock are among our commonest weeds and grow In great profusion almost every where in the United States. Ordinar ily they are regarded merely as trou blesome weeds. The trouble, of cour.se,. la In the lazy habit of attempting to. grow weeds and cultivated crops on the same land at the same time. Sa lt often happens that the wltchgrass. between the potato rows Is more val uable than the tubers In the hills. When you raise weeds you must make, a business of it Land that will raise nothing else will raiee weeds. The jlmpson grows in rank profusion about the feed lot, the front yard is yellj wlth dandelion flowers and the flowers, if oi me inuiieiu uexieca me .pastures. The burdock grows In the roadside fence corners, and the waste lot pro duces an abundance of wltchgrass and comfrey, yet a majority of the drug weeds used in medicine in this coun try are still imported, and paid for at a high rate. Without counting wormwood, tansy or rhubarb, all of which are weeds In favored places, and without Including catnip or pennyroyal or any of the mints, the American people are paying out more than $300,000 a year in hard earned money for imported weeds, which are growing wild In nearly ev ery part of the country. The Imports, for the year 1907-1908 were as follows: Pounds. Price. Total Name imported. lb. value. Burdock C0.000 7c $ 1,'JtMr Dandelion .. .. 7&Z1 fc 5.770 Dock .t 12.VKK) lie .:m Witcligrnss .. .. 2,"0,00 Cc I'mmm Foxglove uo.OoO 7c 3,S."0 Mullein 5,000 00c 3,000 Ilorebouud .. .. 30,000 (5c 1.S00 Jimpson weed .. 100,000 5c 7,."iOO Water hemlock . . 20,000 5c 1.O00 Mustard 5,000,000 5c 250,000 The knowledge that there 13 money In the very common and much de spised weeds is spreading every year and a very considerable Industry in medicinal weeds has arisen, but it is rar snort or wnat re snouia ne. rnok average farmer cannot bring himself f to regard as other than a heresy the declaration that a weed is simply a ' useful plant out of place. ) The prices paid by big jobbing drug houses for leaves, flowers or ' j roots of the commoner weeds which j afflict the farmer with their presence when he lets them get out of place are as follows: Dandelion roots, dried; Jlmpson weed, leaves and seeds; poi son hemlock, freshly plucked and dried flowers and leaves, dried and cleaned; seed of black and white mus tard, 5 cents a pound; burdock root. sliced and dried, 7 cents a pound; dried leaves and blossoms of hore nouna ana wild foxglove, C to 7 cents a pound; dried bloseoms of the tall pasture mullein, 60 cents a pound, If sealed In tight Jare. In addition to the above standard drugs the dried leaves of poUeweed and trllllum, gold thread and Jack-in-the-pulplt, are mar keted, as well as the leaves and flow ers of tansy, lobelia, boneset, catnip and a dozen other very common plants, all of which are in demand at the market prices. Alphabetical Tlmr. One of the discouraging things about advertising Is that the investor can rarely be certain when he gets a re turn and when lie does not. A writer in T. P.'s Weekly tells a tale of an English firm, Higglns & Dodd, who, finding that there were twelve letters in th-Mr name, placed a great clock over their door with the. letters on it face Instead of numerals. They waited anxiously for days,, weeks, hoping for some return; but not a soul took notice of the clock. At lost, amid excitement behind the office window, a man was seen to halt In the street and gaze at the clock, puzzled. Slowly he came to the door, entered, and drawled, "Say. Is It half past Hig glns or a quarter to Dodd?" lie Followed ltrcttona. Red tape leads one to curious, lengths. A writer in the Columbuv Dispatch tells of a street railway car " that picked up a young heifer on its fender and carried it some distance through the street. In making out the required report to the superintendent, the employe wrote, in answer to the query on the blank form, "What did the victim say?" "She was carried along on the fender and then rolled off and ra away without saying a word." Oat of SlKht. Though the play was a farce, It left him uuite blue, For a terrible hat Obstructed his view. New York Telegram. Many people are curious to know about peculiar things. For instance, the writer Is curious to know if a barber gives his wife the fee he col lects for shaving a dead man. Suited to the Cane. Antbor What did you think of my mystic Jewel story? Friend It was a gem! Baltimore American. Every oiK-e in a while w-e meet some man on tla btrU who says he Is "renting" that He knew never wwkod. Muffled voices must be unecaafort able In warm weather.