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|I1E return of Colonel I #S\ I Roosevelt and party \aAjf) I | from Africa, with the \SfMS. h *** cargo of animal spedmens which hail been H killed (luring- their in- V vasion of the jungle, > I Y caused a New York f " v f dealer in wild beasts to tal'1 interestingly of tho busl/ N s ness In which his firm is engaged. There are nearly a dozen firms \in Now York city that carry on iTVir 11a liiwir r \,n immense business in the transportation of animals fresh from the jungle. And triis number, of course, does not Include such immense foreign animal firms as tho Ilagenbacks. It is a paying business, ns indeed, uro all businesses where the demand exceeds the supply. The demand for wild boasts is far greater than the supply, and as a consenuenco nrlena a good, nnd tho dealers men of wealth. The extent of this demand may he appreciated when one considers that most of tho great cities In the United States have zoological parks or menageries, and that the animals are constantly being purchased by them. Then there are private collectors and circuses and the like, that aro ever ready to pay tho highest prices for desirable animals. The animal dealer who could secure and bring to this country three or four gorillas would make a small fortune. Dut no dealer has ever succeeded in doing this. Tho gorillas die in a few weeks in cap 1 J - 1 ' vivn./, Lutjr cuuiu not, stanu an ocean trip for a day. A rusty old German liner-lumbers noisily into Quarantine, and then lies motionless on the tide. Au ofllcer, with broad, red, bewliiskered face, stands at tho head of the companion ladder, and - he smiles a peculiar smile, as a husky screaming ululation rises from below. "Tho animals are getting hungry," he explains; "you know we have BBverai iiunurea or inein on tho 'tween decks. Want to see them? All right." In another minute probably tho most competent animal man In the world Is at our side. He Is not a trainer, or even a tamer; he Is more. He Is a sort of animal cook, and his special business Is tho personal management of wild animal tours. Ho receives them? Hons, tigers, leopards, elephants, everything else ?at Hamburg, where they have been brought fresh from their native wilds, and not only superIntends their shipment aboard a vessel bound for New York, but he sails with them to make sure that thev nrrlrn cnfi.li/ nn<l ( ? or^.?-.ri a bo sure that if the tiger gets off on his diet and needs a nico fresh live rabbit to tone up his system, this man will bo a war a of tho fact almost before the tlgor is?and, ergo, a nice big jumping bunny is sacrificed in accordance with tho precepts of wild beast materia medica. Then, too, ono can never tell Just when the big boa is going to rouse from his last gorge; when ho does ho wants a toothsomo young goat, and ho wants It. quick. It is a part of tho animal man's duties to anticipate tho boa's appetite with all possiblo /expedition. He Is a quiet, unassuming man, with stoop shoulders and bushy whiskers, and ho loads tho .way to the 'tween decks without a word p??r. Imps (ho uninitiated may believe that a tour through the animal section of a freight carrying vessel is an unimpressive experience. Well, let them try it and see! This can be said at the outset?It Is somewhat different from a menagerie. It means something to como into close proximity to a hundred and odd wild animals that havo been ruthlessly snatched from their lairs in Africa or 'Asia, or elsewhere, and clapped into little barred boxes, not as large as dry goods cases; slammed in and out of dark holes in tho vessels of several Beas on tho way to Hamburg; then finally placed, in the stygian 'tween decks of a Gorman hooker. Tho swinging cross seas of tho North Atlantic have not improved their tempers, or their nervous systems, and tho visitor at Quarantine is quickly Impressed with that fact. Tho howls and whines and tho harks cease abruptly as tho strangora enter. For they bring the smell of land, and tho great beasts sniff inquiringly, and hungrily, too. The cages lined both sides of the gloomy space, with a little passageway between tho boxes. Perhaps this passageway was three feet wide, not more. The cages wore plied two and sometimes throo deep. In the bottom cnge, for Instance, would bo a tiger; In the next above a smaller animal, say, a leopard or a lynx, and above that a ijui iui., in t? Dirndl ui iieerKuis. i ninK or it! A thrun-foot passageway, with ferocious animals, Btrotching along for 100 feet on all sides. Talk about nlghtmaros! The reporter's hair stiffened out like so many pieces of wire, and ho wished most fervently that ho had not come. It was moro agreeable, ho felt, to see thoso animals In a menagerlo whore tho cages aro ample and the bars an Inch thick. "Iletter keep In tho middle of tho aisle," says one of tho animal men; "these fellows sometimes roach out for you." Words such as theso, of course, hardly tended to reassure. It really was too darjc to see much. One caught a view of the cages stretching away in gloomy porspectivo until lost in the darkness, of . ;t /, I rows of glowing green eyes and great teeth with the llash of red tongue writhing betweeu A zebra switched tho reporter with his tall and be turned, only to jump almost out of his skin as aj elephant touched him on the other shoulder with)iis trunk. IIo was hardly over his scare when, zip! a leopard reached out nfter his coat tall. In one way this lower deck sectl>n was a good place to visit; the Joy and relief in > Ing ablo to leave It furnished tho biggest and mojl absorbing sensations that this monotonous wjild lias held for tho reporter In tho last few months at least. Hartels & Co.. aro the largest dealers In wild beasts In this country. si. imgo wild animal dealer," said our Informant, "imports considerably more than a hundred largo wild animals each year. For instance, our record for one year which 1 happen to have at hand, shows that wo Imported in that period 20 elephants, 35 camels, 20 tigers, 5 lions, 45 liopards, 20 pumas, 18 panthers and hundreds of birds and monkeys and small things. Cubs?lion and tiger and bear cubs?are in special demand by wealthy families. They are reared and petted like kittens, but in the end they outgrow their playfulness and uio lamilies who bought them from uh are only too willing to pay us to come and take then away when they attain any sort of growth. \\?; have received many orders for hippopotami, Lut the beasts are hard to capture and ninety-nine times out of a hundred they do not live through tho voyage. In fact, menageries throughout the country have to depend of late years upon the progeny of tho hippopotami in Central Park, New York, for specimens. "Like all animal dealers, we maintain expert animal catchers in all parts of the world, and it is tbeso men who fill the ships which arrive here. The llagenbecks have two collecting stations, one in Calcutta and the other in Aden, Arabia l^ront tills tinlnt fhri (inlmol -n ? ?? " , uutii?3 ku lortn and spend months In the wilds, returning to the stations with their catch. Wo ourselves send catchers direct from this country?at present wo have men in South America, on the hot sands of Africa, in tho Himalayas, and elsewhere, lilllng our orders. Ono of thorn was recently In Arabia on a camel hunt, two are now In the East Imlies trapping tigers, and so they are spread about in placea where wild beasts abide. "Sometimes wo recelvo an order for a largo n11?v\>*/-?** f ui Qicfjuauiti. wo telegraph this order to our catchers in tho elephant country, who, after organizing the natives Into a hunting band, proceed to collect tho desired number. A huge inclosuro is built in one of tho main elephant paths, and at night when tho big animals come to feed they are driven into tho Inclosure or keddah by means of llres and fcbouts and the firing of guns. Heaters on tamo elephants then ride Into the inclosure and ropo the boasts, and in a short time they bocomo accustomed to being led about. Elephants are naturally mild, and were this not tho case they never could bo captured, because of their great, hulking strength, "Tho natives also captured elephants in pits, a barbarously cruel method in which moro than du por cent, aro killed by tho fall. Tho animal catchers tako tigers and lions in pits also. Thoy dig a hole, cover It with matting and place on this matting a dead goat. At night tho lion or tiger steals from hla lair, sees tho goat and springs upon It. Tho matting, of course, gives way and down into tho pit goes the roaring beast. Then the catchers run up and throw nets into tho pit and the struggling animal soon becomes hopelessly entangled. Nooses aro then lowered into the pit and the beast is dragged out to tho cago. Six out of every ton are killed in this process. Leopards and jaguars and tho smaller animals are caught In L - ) tssia^ ?* ; s r/ "' "/i i mr SHIPPING \ JSP ' /t HEAVY \ Wfm PASSEtiGER. traps Just as mico are caught, and monkeys arc also trapped. Such great beasts as th<> rhinncwos nn<) thr> likn are not captured by the animal men, but are secured from native poten tates, who give them away as a mark \ of special esteem or barter them for \ brass and other trilling but showy \ "We take comparatively few lions from the wilds now. It is cheaper 'o I ,H1-V "lom '? captivity, roiar, gnz^ zly and Russian bears also arc mainly J-l bought and sold in captivity; but othi er wild beasts are taken in their / lairs." ftr / I FOOD IN LONDON IS CHEAPER. 'JN f "For many years," said a man who ^came-hack from a European tour the ot'ier day, according to an exchange, 1 fjEftp "I have been in tho habit of getting iV/iO into an argument with friends after iifiHTJ my return about the prices of food in the best restaurants in New York and Loudon. I have been contending that New York restaurants were putting up their prices all the titno and some of my friends have tried to convince me that you could get a meal cheaper at tho higher priced restaurants in New York than in London. "I determined this time to collect some real (lata for comparison and as a result I have kept tho hills of many meals I had in London. It la my intention to duplicate the meals I had over there at some of the restaurants here, item for item. I did this with one of them the other day and demons!rated that for such a moal London is a lot cheaper than New York. "Here is the hill for a luncheon I had at 0110 of the most expensive hotels in I,on>lon: s. d. Hors d'oeuvres varies 0 9 Pllaffo of sweetbreads 2 0 Asparagus 2 0 Cheese (Neufchatel) 0 0 Coffee 0 ti Ileer 1 0 Totals 0 0 "Now, six shillings nlnepenco at $1 to the pound la $1.03. As for tho dishes themselves they could not have been surpassed anywhere. For tho bora d'oeuvres I had a dozen different dishes to select from. "Did you ever find hors d'oeuvres varies on the bill of fare of a New York restaurant? Try it. Of course you may get them at a tablo d'hote, but I mean on the carte dit jour of a restaurant where you pay separately for each thing you eat. "In Paris there is a restaurant In the Avenue ilo rHnnrn u lmm *?/*? ?? * 1 * - *" ? .n.Mu * <iu n?i>v iiiioiu iw.'iiry different varieties of little fish and cold salads and appetizers for about 15 or 10 cents. It took ine a long time to find this in a first-class house here, and then when I did so it was in a restaurant which Is not usually considered among the most expensive in the city. Here hors d'oeuvres varies masqueraded under the title of 'buflfet russe.' They chargnd me 50 cents for it. as against the 18 charged in the London restaurant. "My pllaffo of sweetbreads tasted exactly like fhnt T bfi.l !>i 1 nn.lnn cr.,1 ? . ci 111 Ullill, l-.MH.lll I 111- SillllC, .)*) cents. I ordered some asparagus. On the bill of fart; they had asparagus with Hollandaiso Banco for *10 cents, but I wanted It cold, with French dressing. They did not tell me it would bo any more, but for it they charged me 70 cents. For the Neufehatel choose they charged 20 rents and for the coffee 15. The robbery camo on the beer. "In London if you want a little pitcher of beer they serve you an excellent brew of Pilsener or Wurzburger in a little sealed vessel holding a pint for a shilling. I asked the waiter to bring mo a small pitcher of beer on draught, knowing they did not servo the beer as In Ixmdon. Ho brought mo a pitcher and charged mo 70 cents for It. iiij u111 fiimu if> or ex.ictly $1 more than the same food and drink had cost mo in London. I gave the Now York waiter a quarter and ho scarcely nodded. I gave the London waiter sixpence and lie thanked me so that I could hear him." CONDITION PRECEDENT. "Tho religion of somo people Is too lenient," naid isisnop Hcsiln in a recent address iu Nantucket. "Somo pcoplo suggest to me, In their view of religion, a llttlo girl whose teacher said to her: " 'Mary, what must wo do first before wo can expect forgiveness for our sins?' " 'Wo must sin first," tlio llttlo girl answered.? Nashville Banner. UNFASHIONABLE EVENT. Among othor events, wr> rhnll have a sack race for ladies. Professionals barred. "What do yon moan by professionals?" "Thoso who have been wearing tube gowns."? Answers. /< I^OMuaomli Jy WILBUR D. NEmTl 1 ??: 0 ^ 1 v, > Tlio dusty roml lay long and still I To whore It broke ncross the hill; I The weury breeze would come and lift A pulY of dust, and let It drift Against the haggard clover bloom I That cavo hut shnilnwa <? t nnrhimn I Ami on the grass that was ua gray ; Aa ever any dust that day. The trees stood, thirsting, Innk and loan, j j With famine-yellow In their green, | With loaves as shriveled an the ham! Of some old man who scarce can stand Uec.iuso cf all the years he feels; Th" wagons moveil wth rattling wheels; Til.- In t-n will, angry hums sailed by. The birds chirped to tho empty sky. Tho twilight came without a breath (>f wind, and was as still as death: And all the night tho hot stars glowed While crickets clacked a crack I y ode; , The dawn woko white, and brought a sense Of tin- Sahara's heat Intense, And the thin dn.Ts lay roundabout mi in? :r long, red tongues lolling out. i i i Then fiinMcnly a breeze laughed by Ami tossed a hnze against the sky. ' And runnnlni;, raring down tho bill > Came raindrops, with a subtle thrill As whun souk- rippling dunoe-notes surgo Across tho droning of a dirge, i And brook ami rlvor, hill and plain Leaped up and sang: "Tho rutn! Tho ' rain!" I The Tussock Moth. The tussock moth is so called because of its color, It being a fashionable shade of tussock. It flutters about upon the scented i breeze, gaily laying an egg hither and yon in the foliage. Then it retires from circulation. A,rter a time the eggs hatch out. Tf the moth had to sit on Its eggs to hatch them It could not effect such a complete distribution. One mosquito, for instance, will lay 80,000 eggs in a day, but most of them will produce mosquitoes that immediately go to some summer resort. The offspring of the tussock moth Is the tussock cp,ter ] puiar, which is a slow traveler And a vegetarian. It, Is what entomologists call a "beautiful specimen/' but ks beauty is not even skin do'op. The caterpillar locales lli some (own I whero the city council 'does not see ; the need of gratifying 1h<; idle whims | of nature lovers, Cfne caterpillar is iioBiKiii'u 10 oacii iear or the vinos and troos that have Ween raised by hand. A fow days latei; t hero Is no necessity of spraying tUo foliage, for it isn't there. The tussoclt moth la our leading anti-conservationist. . , Maud Missed the Trip. A chnrmlmr younsr u.>man niuned Maud Wan ]>I n>iiliut a trip fur abiauil. 81m all that l?i>thor "And so," grumbled the rich undo, "they say niv money Is tainted." "Yes, uncle," replied the diplomatic nephew, "hut 1 always a.-k them what they can expect of a fortune amassed through a corner on llmimrmf cheese." Suggestion That Went Wrong. "Now," said iho kind employer to tho new clerk who had coino to work dressed In his ri Udr togs, "I wouldn't wear that costume during business hours." "And very Rood tasto you would snow, air, r< pneu tlio now clerk. "Think how a man of your build would look in thom." She Knew. "You firo so proud of your now h-U' and dress," growled the; husband, "that it is a wonder to me you haven't left he prion marks on them'.' "What's the uso?" cnrt?loH >. *- < v...t ?.T.?py wife. "Every woman I know lias priced them and given (hey up In do-, npnlr." )}\/6M V OWES HER yrc iu Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound Chicago, 111.?"I wis troubled with falling and inflammation, and the doiv y < 171 tors said 1 could noil P\ Nve'^ unless I i?ud an operation. I ^ kne.v I could nob tho strain of ^ ^"^Zr^^yone, so I wrote to "">$3 & orty?u sometime ago yTvk V 'about my health : J^iSjaiul you told mo . . < >!?? UU. ,/VJLH'C taking Lydia E. ViS?^f.Yj2r&l/p Pinkham's Vegeta^/' ^X^JrPlf i bio Compound and ' / illl'jllH IHlood Purifier I ain to day a well woman."?Mrs. Williaik Aureus, i>88 "W. 21 st St., Chicago, 111. Lydia E. I'inkham's Vegetable Compound, made from native roots and herbs, contains no narcotics or harmful drugs, and to-day holds the record for the largest number of act lal cures of femalo diseases of any similar medicine in the country, and thousands of voluntary testimonials are on lile m mo xiuKiuuu laooratory at Lynn, Mass., from women who havo been cured from almost every form of female complaints, inllammation, ulceration, displacements, fibroid tumors, irregularities, periodic pains.backacho. Indigestion and nervous prostration, livery such sufTerinc: woman owes it to tierst/lf to give Lydia E. Pinkham'3 Vegetable Compound a trial. If you YTOnl(l lilfA ST<n"in1 h |FV V*l*A ?1U V 1V,?J about your ease writ? a conlWlential letter to Mrs. I>inkhani, at Lynn, "Mass. Uor atlvico is free* and always helpful. 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"He was one day," says a writer in Harper's Magazine, "visiting my mother, and a friend, Mrs. Knox, a widow, came in. She had i\ihj?u ivir. jounson some years before, \then he was a member of tho legislature but they had not met since then. After mutual recognition, Mr. Johnson said: 'How is Mr. Knox? t have not seen him latol.v.' "'He has been dead six years,' sai<5 Mrs. Knox. " 'I thought I hadn't seen him on tho street,' said Mr. Johnson. "When Mrs. Knox left, my mother said, laughing: 'Thstt was a funny mis? take of yours about Mr. Knox.' " 'What mistake did I make?' said Johnson. 'I said I hadn't Seen him on * tho street, and 1 hadn't.' " At the Shore, Polly?T wonder how') Cliolly man* ages to keep that wide Ur' nined straw, on in a wind like this. Dolly?Vacuum pre Men are alwnys pins will not find t Sum* The i tion an freshmei iced PostU-Ai^v? Served with Sugar and 1 a little Lemon. f Postum contains the Id natural food elements of ? field grains and is really a food drink that relieves fatigue and quenches the Pure, Wholesome, Delicious mere's a Keason" V 1 POSTt'M CEREAL CO., Ltd., Uuttle Greek, Mich. *.