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8UBSCEIPTI0N RATES. One Year, cash in advance 11.25. Six Months, cash in advance "5 Cents' Entered altheorthPlatte(Nebrasl:a)po3tntncea8 eecond-cjBfsxnaUer. TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1897. There are populists in Lincoln countv who do not want to see the country prosper for fear it will ruin the populist party. This may seem. a little harsh, nevertheless it is true. "When Governoror Holcomb turned Uncle Johnny Powers out of the state labor bureau to make room for Sidney Kent, he Srhowid his lack of gratitude. Uncle Johnny was one of the men who made Gov ernor Holcomb oat of Three-per 'cent Holcomb. The man who would expect to gather roasting- ears the next day alter planting ins corn is no more unreasonable than those who pact to see returned prosperity be fore the tariff bill is passed, says the Kearney "Hub. Nothing so un settles business as the pendency of a tariff measure affecting impor tations of articles of all classes The manufacturer is unable to enter intelligently upon manufac turing operations and the dealer is utterably unable to place orders with the manufacturer until the the rates of duty upon goods are determined. Thus there can be no activity in the manufacturing lines until the tariff bill becomes a law, and without activity in these lines .the prosperity which other indus tries would feel therefrom of course cannot be realized. Here is a little more unpleasant truth for the populist party, from the Lincoln Call: "There have been more state officials absent from their posts of duty, du the past three weeks, touring the country, north, south, east and wes at the expense of the railroads, than was ever before known in the history of the state. There is to- day now out a larger line of railway transportations held free by populist, democratic aud free silver republican countv and state officials than was ever before issued by the various railway companies in the palmiest da-s of republican admin istration. There was a greater de mand for passes from the fusion element of the last legislature than from any other in the history of the st-te. This is the testimony of railway officials frequently been This charge has made and up to date it has never or contradicted." been challenged The fund for the maintenance and education of Helen Keller, the blind and deaf girl, has already reached $25,000 Miss Maud Parks, of Lock Raven. Baltimore county. Md., was sitting near a stove wheh a celluloid comb in her hair caught fire. Somebody present got a bucket of water and emptied it over her. An effort is being made, and the Grand Army of the Republic is re ported to be deeply interested to have a bronze tablet bearing a copy or resident Lincoln s address at Gettysburg pieced in every college, high school, and grammar school in the United States. James Robinson, the famous bare back rider, who began his career in 1845, is still living in Mexico. Mo. a.uv- i.ai umui won mm iame was iiuiuiLu in lot;, jluis was turn ing a back somersault while riding backward on a running horse. Ee did the same trick afterward before half the sovereigns of Europe and won especial praise tor his darin" - . . irom the Uueen of England. A record price for a dog was real ized recently at the Birmingham dog show, at the customary sale by auction of dogs which had been claimed at catalogue price by two or more persons. R. S. Williamson's St. Bernard, Lord Hatherton, a young dog born in February last, which is said to be the bestSt. Ber nard ever exhibited, was catalogued at$l,uoO, but atter a spirited bid ding, the dog was disposed of for $2,350 to Joseph Royle of Manches ter. For the year 1896 the average cost of running passenger trains over the Chicago & Alton road was about 70 cents per train per mile, for 1895 it was 74 cents and for 1894 it was a little over 75 cents per mile. These figures, General Pas senger Agent Charlton says, are below the usual actual cost, because the company did no work upon the road, or on cars or locomotives, that could be avoided. Just as little money as possible was spent to keep the road, in operation. In good times, under normal condi tions, a fair average cost for each passenger train would be at least 85 cents per train per mile. A. BIDDING EIVALEY. AN NCIQCNT OF AN AUCTION OF OLD CHINA AND BRIC-A-BRAC. What Happened When Two Women Each Determined to Have a S5 Cnp and Sau cerHard to Tell Which. Pelt Worso When It Was All Over. It was the third day of an auction sale of the china, bric-a-brac and furni tare of the last representative of an old New STork family, and the auction room was crowded to the doors with dealers in antiques, connoisseurs, speculators and people who had just dropped in to fish up a bargain in glass or china if an opportunity offered. There were a large number of women present, and they were principally bargain seekers. The auctioneer seemed used to such crowdB and continued to call out the bids monotonously despite the amusing situation that arose every time he reached an article which one of -the women had marked to buy for herself. Things had been quiet for a time when the auctions reached No. 706 on the catalogue, which was a cup and sau cer of Sevres china. It was a very pret ty bit of Sevres, cleverly decorated and frail enough to suit the most artistio fancy. It was such a pieco as might be purchased at nny fine china or glass store for $5, and it certainly would not have been reasonable to expect more than $4 for it at auction sale. The auc tioneer didn't expect more, and under ordinary circumstances ho wouldn't have got so much, hut these were not ordinary circumstances. It happened that two bargain seeking women had marked that cup and saucer for them selves. They were only separated by a dozen seas and an aisle through the maze or camp stools, and, ot course, neither had any notion that she would have very much competition for such a trifle. They were well dressed women, and one was quite young. They sat in tueir seats witnont a word, while a cloisonne jardiniere worth 100 was knocked down to a dealer for $20, and they never ventured a bid on bits of Worcester, Diesden, Coalport and other kinds of china, which were sold for ri diculously low prices. But when the auc tioneer wearily remarked in his profes sional tone: "What .'ml offered for this cnp and saucer.-1 uuarautee goes with every piece. Gimmo a hid, please," he was amazed at two shrill yoices which called out simultaneously: "One dollar." The two women peered across at one another. Then the younger said in emphatic tone: "A dollar aud a half." Tho auctioneer took in the situation. What moro could an auctioneer want? Two women pitted against each other. Sleepy a moment before, he was all life now. "A half more!" he exclaimed scorn fully. "Eealiy this is ridiculous. I can not take less than dollar bids." "Two dollars, " said the older worn an. "Three," said tho other woman. The women sized each ether up again whilo tho auctioneer exhorted. Til fix her now," said the older woman to a friend. ' 'Five dollars. " Six," said the younger one. Why, the spiteful thingl I don't believo she wants that cup at all. Well, she justsha'n't have it. Seven dollars." This tinio tho younger woman hesi tated. Every eye was on her, for the whole crowd was interested. She pressed her lips together, and, assuming an in different expression, made the bid 8, while the auctioneer nearly fell off his chair. Every head m the room turned with the bid to tho older woman. "Don't you bid another cent, " said her friend. "I'll just make this ono bid. She doesn't want that cnn. It's just spite. butl'll dohcrupnow. Ten dollars, " she exclaimed, and with a triumphant Emile she glanced across the rcom. That smilo was too much for the other woman, it made her more determined. "Ob, she needn't think I'm afraid of a couple of dollars," sho remarked in a husky whisper to tho pale faced man who had come with her to tho auction and had been trying to get low enough in his scat to be ont of sight of the eyes focused on his companion at every oth er bid. "Let her have it," said the man. "It iEu't worth the money." "Let her have it? Well, I guess not Do you think I'll let her beat me like that? Eleven dollars, " in a shaky voice, but with a sweet smile. .Fine piece. Very fine Sevres. "Worth big money," chanted the auctioneer. "Well, I never!" exclaimed the older woman. "Ur all the impudence I ever heard of! Oh, I'll fix her now!" Let her have it," urged her friend. Cora Stone, do you mean to tell me you mean that? Would you have me give in to that doll faced child? I'll show you how I'll give up to her. Fif teen dollars." This was a staggerer. The young woman looked troubled. She raised tho bid a half, and the auctioneer took it, because ha saw the end was near. A point had been reached when bids were cheered, and the side remarks caused roars of laughter. The price reached ft 7, and tho bid was the older woman's. Tho pale man urered his comnauinn nnt to bid, but those cheers rang iu her ears, and every eye was upon her. "And a half," she said. "Then take it, yon spiteful thing," suddenly yelled tho older woman, right at her competitor. Then she rose to her feet. "Come, Cora! I shan't stay in such a place another moment." Audshe flounced out, followed by Cora. Tho younger woman looked badly rattled. She handed out Si 7.50 to the clerk and took the cup and saucer. Then she went out, looking very much embarrassed over the affair and wonder ing, probably, what had ever made her pay such a price for such a thing. New York Sun. Bishop Perry at A orlt Again. Cedak Rapids, la.. April 12. Bishop William Perry of Iowa, who has recov ered from his recent protracted illness, and who returned to his home in Dav- enport a few days ago, is now actively at work. He confirmed a large class at Muscatine. Municipal League to Meek Philadelphia. April 12. Clinton Rogers Woodruff, secretary of tho Na tional Municipal league, has prepared tho nmcrrom nf the conference to bo held in Louisville, on May 5, 6 and 7. A SEA ABOVE THE CLOUDS. Extraordinary Superstition Onco Preva lent In England. The curious superstition that there is an ocean above the clouds is illustrated by the following strange story by an old English writer: "One Sunday the people of a certain village were coming ont of church on a thick, cloudy day, when they saw the anchor of a ship hooked to one of the tombstones the cable, which was tightly stretched, hanging down from the air. The people were astonished, and while they were consulting about it suddenly they saw the rope move as though somo one la bored to pull up the anchor. The an chor, however, still held fast by tho stone, and a great noise was heard in the air, like the shouting of sailors. Presently a sailor was seen sliding down the cable for the purpose of unfixing the anchor. When he had just loosened it, the villagers seized Jiold of him, and while in their hands ha quickly died, just as though he had been drowned. "About an hour after the sailors above, hearing no more of their com rade, cut the cable and sailed away. In memory of this extraordinary event the people of tho village made the hinges of the church doors out of tho iron of tho anchor." It is further stated that these hinges "are still to bo seen there, " a bit of evidence much like Munchau sen's rope wherewith he once climbed to tho mocn. If ycu doubted the story, you were confronted with the rope. I There is another queer tale about this aerial ocean. "A merchant of Bris- ! tol," it is said, "set sail with his cargo for Ireland. Some time after, whilo his family were at supper, a knife sudden ly fell in through a window on the ta ble. When the merchant returned cud saw the knife, ho declared it to be his own and said that on such a dav, at such an hour, while sailing in an un known part of the sea, he dropped the knife overboard, and the day and tho hour were found to he exactly tho time when it fell through the window." All of which was once implicitly believed by many end regarded as incontroverti ble proof of tho existence of a sea above the sky. Ono is at a less to conjecture i how that "unknown part of tho sea" connected with the rest of it. A phys ical geography showing this would bo no small cariosity. Boston Post. SILKWORMS OF LEBANON. How They Are Cultivated In tho moun tains of Tripoli. Harry Fcuu, the artist, has written a paper, entitled "Silk and Cedars," for St. Nicholas, describing his visit to the famous mountains of Lebanon. Concerning tho silk industry, which plays such an important part iu tho lives of the natives, Mr. Fenn says: As the time approaches for the silkworm to hatch out the egg tho family move out of the house and camp under the trees, giving up the entire establishment to the worms, after having placed the eggs on shelves made of a rcedhke bamboo. At first tho young worms are fed on finely chopped leaves, but as they grow larger the leaves need only be broken m two. The people have to feed and watch the worms nisht and day, or they wander in search of fGod and get lost, and iu the silence of tho night tho sound of the worms feeding is like a gently falling rain. The worms fast three or four times during this period, and about 24 hears is the length of each fast. A curious feature about their fast is their posture. They assume tbe attitude of a cobra snake about to strike and remain rigid ly fixed in that position for the c-ntiro period. When they arc ready to spin, small branches are placed cu the shelves, and as the cocoons are formed upon them the dead twigs seem to bear golden fruit. When the worms get through that part of the business, tho neighbors are called in scinethina as to an old fashioned New England ap ple paring bee. They call it "qtaf " in Arabic that is "pic-king," and scon you see piles of pale green, pure white and golden yellow ccccons heaped upon the floor. Later they may be spun into hanks, but usually the coccous are sent down the mountains to Tripoli or Da mascus, and after their 30 or 40 days of toil they, too, often have to sell the produce for next to nothing, as the Chi nese are always ready to undersell them Another curious use Mr. Silkworm is put to is to soak him in vinegar for some hours, after which ho is drawn out into so called "catgut" to make suells or leaders for fishhooks. Serving X'arrots. A way of serving carrots is tho fol lowing, evolved by a cook desirous, as all cooks should be, of "something new. xho vegetable is scraped, diced and boiled till tender. Meanwhile a slice of onion is browned in a table- spoonful of butter. With this one table spoonful of flenr is rubbed smooth and stirred until the ficnr is cooked. Then one cup of tomato juice, not heated, is added to the mixture with a half tea spoonful of salt and a dash cf pepper. The whole is stewed together three or four minutes before being strained over the carrots, which havo been drained. This dish is much mere palatable than tho creamed carrots because it adds a needed flavor and is ncne the harder to prepare than the better known prepara tion. New York Post What Is Keally Needed. "Somebody has invented another talk ing machine." "That's a stupid thing to do. Won't these scientists ever learn that what the world needs is listening machines?" Chicago Record. To the poet, to tho philosopher, to tho saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine. Emerson. , A llible Siea. A friend cf the Listener saw a funny sight down in Maine. At a place there, which needn't be named, there lives a small boy named Jonathan LongfellGW, who is a third or fourth cousin cf the poet, and he is a great bey tco. One day this friend cf tho Listener was driving past young Jonathan's house and saw the boy engaged at a little distance in sliding down hill cu the slippery crust on something that was net a sled. What could it be? Evidently the serctiny of tho passerby was observed by the bey, for he stopped his coasting and called cut amiably, "I'm sliding down hill Ti the Bible." And it was the fect tco. He had r-Ct the sn:cctb, IcatLcr Lcr.::d fam ily Bible, containing the gencratfens ci all the Lcnf,fcilcws, and was ccastin cn it with magnificent rccccss. Bcstci HE FORESAW THE FUTURE. James G. Blaine's Prophetic Words Abont His Political Career. I first made tho acquaintance of' Mr. Blaine during the congress session of 1865-6. He was then beginning his sec ond term in tho house. At that time I owned and edited a country newspaper in General Garfield's district. One day in tbe fall cf 1865 Garfield wrote me to come up to his hilltop homo in the little college town of Hiram. He told mo that he thought itwould be a good thing for a young newspaper man to study nation al politics in "Washington and get ac quainted with national men, and that he would undertake to get me a clerk ship in tho house of representatives. In due time he spoke to his old friend, General Robert C. Schcnck, who was chairman of the committee on military affairs, and tho result was I was given tho clerkship of that committee. Colfax was speaker of tho house, and" for somejreascu or other ho seemed to have little liking for tho ambitious young member from the Augusta dis trict of Maine, for ho appointed Blaine to a position near the fcot of that com mittee. Now, Blaine had not served in the army and had no knowledge cf mil itary legislation aud 110 taste for that kind of work. He used to be a country editor himself, and ho appeared to take a fancy to the young clerk from Ohio. He would often drop into the committee room, and, standing before the weed fire, would talk freely to me about his newspaper and political career and his plans and hopes for the future. I remember that he said ono day: "I do not like this military committee business and ought not to be here. Next congress I am going to bo on tho com mittee on appropriations cr ways and means. Financial questions will scon bo tho dominant cues in congress. Two years later I expect to bo chairman of my committee. Then I think I shall bo speaker cf the house and after awhile I hopo to go to tho senate." Everything came about exactly as he planned. Ho had wonderful prescienco concerning his own future, as well as in relation to political events. When ho was a candidtc for the presidential nom ination in 1SS0, he said to me: "My ca reer has thus far closely paralleled that of Henry Clay. - Ho was speaker of the house and then senator. His party re fused to ncniinato him as long as it had any chance cr electing a president. When it had 20 longer any chance, it gave him the nomination he had so long sought. I believe that is going to be my fate." Chicago Times-Herald. ANCIENT CORPORATIONS. Trade Monopolies That Were Almost Sav age la Their Operation. Apprentices became no better than serfs and slaves. They wero not merely pitilessly fined and brutally punished, they were often left iu ignorance of tho craft that they had purchased the right to learn, in that frightful social and moral revulsion following the long and devastating wars of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the corporations I became mere determined than ever to maintain their industrial aristocracy and monopoly. Thc-y refused to admit any trace less ancient and honcrablo than their gwii to tho rights and privi leges cf tbe law; they scilcd themselves by contact with no person of illegiti mate birth; and in their savage and re lentless pursuit cf pcrccns engaged in unauthorized tiaGc they invaded tho hemes of ccrJraband workmen, confis cating Icth their tccls and the hidden products cf their toil, leaving them am: their families destitute and starving. To such absurd lengths was the crea tion of ccrpcraticns carried for the pro ductiGn of new taxes and new places for court faventes that occupations like tho teaching cf dancing, the selling of flow ers and the cateLing cf birds were or ganized, and homogeneous occupations liko the hat makers' and carpenters' were divided and subdivided beyond the comprehension of the mcdern mind. But despite the ingenuity of lawyers and the vigilance cf armies of inspect ors the hues cf demarcation could not be drawn so sharply as to avoid ecu flicts of interests. The makers cf felt hats quarreled with the maLcrs of cot ton hats. The spinners who had pur chased the right to use hemp quarreled with those that had purchased the right to use flax. The shoemakers fougl with the cobblers that renrcduced more than two-thirds cf an old shce. The cut Icrs I hat nado the handles of knives fought with these that made the blades, j.ne reiauons cr me makers 01 wooden porringers and the makers cf weeden speens wero equally belligerent. Franklin Smith in Popular Science Monthly. The Struggling Young Author. "I have always read, and always with interest," said the struggling young author, "what literary men had to say cencerning their habits of wcrk. In many cases productiveness appears to depend upon mocd sometimes a man can write and scmctimcs he can't. A man feeling in condition can do any sort of work, no doubt, better than when ho is cut of ccuditiou, but a man may bo mistaken iu himself. I fiud that it is a good thing to make a begin ning. "Often the mere effort cf making a beginning is enough to dispel clouds that had seemed to be hcavj-, but which ore shown to be mere films, and one touch of concentration is enough to bring hack fancies that you had thought were wandering far from home, but were really loafinn about right near. ailing only to be called." New York Sun. A Coincidence. "The man who brought this in," re marked the editor's assistant as he un rolled half a yard of manuscript, "told me confidentially that he needed the money for it" "Yes," was the melancholy answer, it's a strange fact that the longest poems seem almost invariably to bo written by the shortest poets." Wash ington Star. Marvelous Besults. From a letter written bv Hov. J. Gun- derman, nf Dimondal1, Mich., we are per mitted to make this extract: "I have no hesitation in recommending Dr.King's New Discovery, as tho results wero al most marvelous in the case of ray wife While I was nastor of the Bantist Church at Hives Junction she was brought down with Pneumonia succeeding La Grinne. Terrible paroxysms of coughing would last hours with little interruption and it seemed as if she could not survive them. A friend recommended Dr. King's New Discovery; it was quick in its work nd highly satisfactory in results." Trial bottles free at A.F. Strettz'a Drugstore. Regular size 50 cents and 1.00. 1 . LANGUAGE' OF CEIME. THE ARGOT OF PARIS AND THE "PAT TER" OF LONDON. Thieves Hare Special Stealing of Every WcrcLj to Express Kind Material Changes Take Three Years. Place Every Two or The language of criminals the argot of Paris, tho "patter" of London has been carefully investigated by numer ous writers, with yery variant resnlts. Its origin is difficult to explain. Criminals, say many authors, havo found it necessary to adopt a technical language for their own protection, that they may be ablo to converse in public without being understood. "They have ceen lorced to do this and have mado language as sinister and as vile as them selves." This theory cannot bo admit ted. Certainly tho argot is sinister and vile and thoroughly representative of tho class that uses it, but further than this we cannot go. Tho theory that tho use of this dialect is of any assistance to the criminal is inadmissible. Most policemen and all prison officers know this slang, some times better than tho thieves. To speak it m tho hearing of a detective is to in yi te arrest; to speak it in the presence ot the general public would arouse sus picion and attract attention two things tuc eayeumuy 10 CO avoided Why, then, does it exist? Dr. Laurent of tho Santo prison in Paris has given an explanation which has at least noth ing to contradict.it: Tho nersons en gaged in every trqde form a species of dialect or technical phraseology which is spoken and understood only by them selves. Criminals, who practice a trade as old as any, have gradually acquired a language more adapted to their wants, more in keeping with their ideas and thoughts. Miserable, heartless, engaged in a perpetual struggle against moral ity, law and decency, they havo ac quired a language of debased words and cynical metaphors, a language cf abbre viated expressions and obscene syno nyms. This dialect, has mutilated the mother tongue. It has also borrowed liberally from other languages, but without meth od or etymology. Criminals are not grammarians. Neither are they lin guists, aud at first sight it would seem strange that they should import words from other countries. We will find, however, that in any prison tho percent age of inmates of foreign birth will be large. In America it is about 15 per cent. A foreign expression which seems apt or an improvement on the ono in present u.so is rapidly diffused through tho prison. In cases where it is especial ly descriptive it may become permanent, but its life 13 usually short. The argot of tho ciimo class changes materially every two or threo years. It is ephem eral, as shifting as its users. Victor Hugo exaggerates only slightly when ho says, "Tho argot changes more in ten years than the language does in ten cen turies." rIhus in tho last threo years there have been threo different terms for watch "surer." "thimble" and "yellow and white" each of which was in its turn the only cue used. Every writer on the subject has no ticed that the argot is rich iu expres sions to dencte certain common actions. This is a pecliariiy shared by all primi tive languages, tho only difference being in tho selection of the common acts. Thus in Sanskrit there are nearly 100 roots which express tho idea of killiiiu or wounding, without counting second ary derivations. Some of these roots are embodied in our languago today. In tho dialect of the thieves there are nearly 100 expressions to signify theft. It was necessary fo: the pickpocket to describe the various pccEets in a man's clothing and in a woman's dress. Tho average man does not often need to specify a particular pocket. When he does, ho lays his hand on it to assist the poverty or his language. The thief has a sepa rate name for each separate pocket. But in spite of this richness in syn onyms, which is in itself a marked sign of degeneracy, for tho tendency of a language is to criminate its synonyms, giving to each a different shade of meaning, the arj.ot is a pcor language, it has rot a smglo expression for ab stract emotion. To attempt to render a philosophic thought, a moral emotion, a synthetic cr aesthetic idea into the dia lect of the thief would be like attempt ing to translate "electricity" or "steam engine" into Latin. It is impossible be cause the words do not exist. They are not needed. The criminal has no more conception of abstract emotion than a blind man has cf color. A fact which does net seem to ally the argot to a primitive language is its ability to form additional words from its own resources, a power of self de velopment which we find in the old Anglo-Saxon, and especially in tho Ger man cf tcday. This trait is the more striking as it seems in direct contradic tion to tho impotence of the English language iu this respect The English has little formative power. It relies on the Greek and Latin languages for tho extension of its vccabnlarv. A. T. B. Crofton in Popular Science Monthly. Rivals For Fame. "I'm going to introduce a bill." de clared the first ilcgislator, "prohibiting any and all persons ficm going up in a balloon." "There's where you show vour lack of statesmanship," sneered the second legislator. "My bill will make it an offense punishable by fiue and impris onment to fall out of a balloon."- -Detroit Free Press. A famous Scctch dean used to toll a ghost story, the clew to which is in the question, "Wee!, maistcr ghaist, is this 3 general rising or are ye inst taking a launder frae yer grave bwi-rsplf?" Argonaut. Nature is an arrant democrat and be stows her gifts impartially. Mrs. C a. uore. A IJeinurkable Portrait. Tho pope has received, through the Countess Maria Festctics, maid of hon or to the empress of Austria, a some what remarkable portrait nf tho Em peror Francis Joseph. It is wrought in silk and cotton, and its production in volved an enormous amount of labor and expense, tho effect of light and shade being produced by only two colors. The factory from which it comes is the famous one of Werustadt, in Bohemia. The portrait, which Leo XIII is having placed in his library, received a gold medal at tho Chicago World's fair. PARLIAMENT AND THE TURF; A Case In Which a Government Was Al most Overthrown by Ascot. Five or six years ago an astute Rad ical, Mr. Samuel Storey, with charac teristic wariness, very nearly caught the government of tho day tripping. He had been "left speaking" on a Tuesday night in June and announced his in tention to continue his remarks on a rather exhaustive scale upon the follow ing Thursday, when tho debate was to be resumed. This was just what a num ber of Unionist gentlemen wanted, for it happened that a little "event" known as the Gold Cnp was to be decided that afternoon at Ascot, and, much as it grieved them to miss the eloquence of Mr. Storey, they were bound to choose between the two attractions. So possi bly with grieved hearts, and also possi bly not they hied them to tho royal heath in cemfert and contentment. On returning they "looked in" to tho house of commons to seo everything was all right and found that everything had been all wrong. For the sagacious Sunderland Radical, haying glanced around him and beheld the poverty of tho land, thought that his own words might ho silvern, but a division wonld bo golden. Accordingly ho stated his intention not to indulge in further crit icism, and beforo tho few Unionists could recover from their amazement or put up a man to talk against timo until tho Ascot visitors returned a division was called. A few of tho "early birds," having missed tho last race in order to reach Westminster as speedily as possible, drove into Palace yard as tho leather lunged policemen wero shouting ' ' 'Vi sion 1" Tho dread word, borno on the summer firceze, told its own talc. Into tho lobby they rushed liko madmen, just in time to save tho government from an awkward defeat. Mr. Storey, though not a sporting man, smiled sweetly. Ho had been done by "only a short head." And ho would havo actu ally won if a dozen horse racing lovers of his own side of politics had not also abjured Westminster for tho pleasant plain of Berkshire. Thus was Mr. Stor ey prevented from bringing off a glori ous triumph. The moral of the talo is the fallibil ity of human nature oven Radical hu man nature. "The Cup" begat Mr. Storey's fearful hope of "a coup," and ho very nearly succeeded in bringing it off. Since that time the party "whips" have marked tho Ascot Thursday with a black mark and taken heed unto their forces. By way of revenge it was tho Ascot Friday which nobody troubled to think about that rnined the Rosebery government m 1895. Men went away to see the racing, and on returning to town found, when dining at the club, that an ardent hand of astute diplomat ists had skillfully toppled over Sir Hen ry Campbell-Bannerman, tho war min ister, on the comparatively insignificant question of cordite. It is a hard thing, after a "black" week in backing horses, for a poor legislator to find himself face to faco with the terrors of a general election. London Telegraph. PAPER MONEY. The Kinds of Currency That Are Used by Foreign Countries. Tho Bank of England noto is 5 inches by 8 in dimensions and is printed in black ink on Irish linen water lined pa per, plain white, with ragged edges. The notes of tho Banquo de France are mado of white water lined paper, print ed in bine and black, with numerous mythological and allegorical pictures, and running in denomination from tho 25 franc note to the 1,000 franc. South American currency, in most countries, is about tho size and appearance of American unis, except that cinnamon brown and slato blue are the prevailing colors and that Spanish and Portuguese are the prevailing languages engraved on tho face. The German currency is rather ar tistic. Tho bills are printed in green and black. They run iu denominations fiom 5 to 1,000 marks. These latter bills are printed on silk fiber paper. The Chinese paper currency is iu red, white and yellow, with gilt lettering and gorgeous little hand drawn devices. The bills, to the ordinary financier, might pass for washing bills, but they are worth good money in the Flowery Kingdom. Italian notes arc of all sizes, shapes and colors. The smaller bills, 5 and 10 liro notes, are printed on white paper in pink, blue and carmine inks and ornamented with a finely engraved vignette of King-Humbert. The 100 ruble note of Russia is barred from top to bottom with all tho colors of the rainbow, blended as when shown through a prism. In the center, in bold relief, stands a large, finely executed vignette of the Empress Catheriue I. This is in black. The other engraving is not at all intricate or elaborate, but is well done in dark and light brown and black inks. Tbe Australian bill is print ed on light colored thick paper which shows nono of tho silk fiber marks or geometric lines used in American cur rency as a protection against counter feiting. Golden Days. Bubinsteln'g Disillusions. The posthumous "Souvenirs" of Ru binstein in tho Vcm Fels zum Mcer contain some of tho disillusions or a great musician. Rubinstein alludes to B concert organized by Pasdeloup, which he conducted in Paris, tho programme consisting mainly of his own composi tions. It was held at tho Cirque, and somo 4,000 people wero present. Throughout Rubinstein was possessed with tbe conviction that tho attention of the entire world was directed exclu sively upcu him. On reaching his hotel Rubinstein was met by an old friend, who expressed the greatest surprise at seeing him. "Wnat!" exclaimed tho riend, "you in Pans! When did you arrive? One never hears a word about von nowadays. Aro you thinking of giving any concerts iu Paris?" Rubin stein was so much taken aback that he was speechless. MECCA CATARRH REMEDY. For colds in the head and treatment of catarrhal troubles this preparation has afforded prompt relief; with its con tinued use tbe most stubborn cases of catarrh have yielded to its healiDg power. It is mado from concenstrated Mecca Compound and possesses all of its soothing and healing properties and by absorbtion reaches ali tho inflamed parts effected by that disease. Price 50 cts. Prepared by Tho Forler Mfg. Co. Council Bluffs, Iowa. For sale by A. F. Streitz. . f MELTED SNOW POWER. Swiss Towns That Utilize tho Mountain Streams. Besides a considerable number of large water power installations Switzer land is full of small power plants, nearly ornrr frvcrn i7i that land of mountains and waterfalls being well supplied with power from tho "white coal," as tho melting snow on tho mountain sides has well been called. When there aro no large streams, many small ones aro im pounded and collected in reservoirs on the hillsides, and it is raro to find a place of any size which is not well lighted by the power of some mountain stream. At Montreux tho electric tramway gets its power in this way, and from tho old Roman town of Vevey to the me diaeval castle of Chillonone may ride in a trolley car propelled by the power of an insignificant little stream which may. or may not bo noticed when ciimoing up tho hillsides just abova Tho capabilities of this general util ization of natural power are beginning to be understood everywhere, and, with tho appreciation cf tho possibilities of tho best methods cf long distance trans mission, the development of many moun tain streams must surely come. There are innumerable streams, which, whilo very small, are yet very high, and theso can with comparatively little difficulty be impounded and carried down many hundreds cf fect, thus making up for their lack of volume by the great pres sure readily obtainable, and, either by tho use cf electricity cr compressed air, the power may be transmitted to many points cf application with but littlo loss. Cassicr's Magazine. QUEER WEDDING BANQUET. Where tho Unhidden Guests Scrambled For Hits From the Table. I was married iu India, writes Fhil Robinson, the author and traveler. I en gaged for our honeymoon a littlo houso 1G miles cr so from any other habita tion of white man steep white cliff of that steed on tho the Nebudda river, . which here Cows through a canyon of pure white marble. Close beside onr house was a little hnt, where a holy man lived in charge of an adjoining sbriue, earning money for himself aud for the shrine by polishing littlo pieces of marble as mementos for visitors. It was a wonderful place altogether, and whilo my wife went in to change her dress the servants laid breakfast on tho veranda overlooking the river. At tho first clatter of the plates there began fo como down from the big tree that over shadowed the house, and up the trees that grew in theravino behind it, from the house roof itself from everywhere a multitude of solemn monkeys. They came up singly and in couples and in families and took their places without noise or fuss on the veranda and sat there, like an audience waiting for an entertainment to commence. And whon everything was ready, the breakfast all laid, the monkey3 all seated, I went in to call my wife. "Breakfast is ready, and they are all waiting," I said. "Who ara waiting?" she asked in dis may. "I thought we were going to be alone, and I was just coming out in my dressing gown." "Never mind, " I said. "The people about here aro net very fashionably dressed themselves. They wear pretty much the samo things all tho year round." And so my wife came out. Imagine, then, her astonishment. In the middle of the veranda stood her breakfast table, and all the rest of the space, as well as the railings and the steps, was covered with monkeys, as grave as possible and as motionless and silent as if they wore stuffed. OuJy their eyes kept blinking and their little round ears kept twitch ing. Laughing heartily at which the monkeys only looked all the graver my wife sat down. "Will they eat anything?" asked she. "Try them," I said. So she picked up a biscuit and threw it among the company. And the result 1 About 3D0 monkeys jumped up iu the air like one, and just for ono instant there was a riot that defies description. The next instant every monkey was sit ting in its place as solemn and serious as if it had never moved. Only their eyes winked and their cars twitched. My wife threw them another biscuit, and again the riot, and then auother and another and another. But at length we had given all that we had to give and got up to go. The monkeys at onco rose, every monkey on tho veranda, and advancing gravely to the steps walked down them in a solemn procession, old and young together, and dispersed foi the day's occupations. St. Louis Globe Demccrat. You have to go to the bottom of things in this world if you wish to accomplish much. It does not pav to merely skim over the surface, "fbis is true of disease as well as of every thinjr else. It is the popular belief that headache and sleeplessness arc dae to some trouble confined to the brain. Nothing could be further from the truth. These troubles are merely signals that the digestive organs are disordered and the blcod impure. It does no permanent good to treat them with sedatives. In order to produce a cure, a medicine must be used that goes to the bottom of things, that corrects the "first cause" of the trouble. Dr. Tierce's Golden Med ical Discovery does exactly this. It is ine greatest ot all knoivn blood makers and purifiers. It is the best flesh -builder. It fills the arteries with rich, red tissue -building blood, in vigorates tnc nerves, stim ulates digestion, brings back the healthy ap- peure, end restores Nature's soft nnrsp ' sleep. Thousands have testified to it value. B.F.Holmes.I.0. .Box 173, GafTncy, Spartcnburjj Co.. S. C, writes: "I was a sufferer for sixvears frrn, inri;. geshon, sore stomach, and constant headache I tried several of our best physicians and found' no permanent relief. I commenced the use cf Dr Pierce's Golden Medical Discovery and 'Pleasant Pellets' which gave me prompt relief. When I commenced using the medicines I could not sleeo had a restless, uneasy feelincr all the time, mfri my skin was yellow and dry. I weighed only 148 pounds. I now weigh 170 pounds. Haveacood color, rest well at night, have a good nppaite nnd mh m Spinet t..-t.:.. t -t ,C T . .-- .uijuiiu); x v.mii. for tffO years while under treatment by a physician I at nothing hut graham bread."