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The province of Shansi in China has
become famous in recent history as that from which the empress dowager sent an imperative command to Li SCARING THE ALLIED SOLDIERS This picture shows a Chinese mili tary band engaged in the serious occu pation of frightening the foreign devils by beating a big kettle drum and blow ing terrific blasts on their trumpets. It may have been thrashed out of them by this time, but Chinese tactics of a few months ago included such per formances as this, without winch no weli-drilled Chinese battalions would be considered up to date. According to the ancient Mantchoo code of tactics, when the enemy is sighted the proper thing to do is to send out the "mu sicians" and acrobats in advance, to at tempt to scare oil the foe by creat 11.4 a hideous din on their tomtoms, trum pets and horns and to frighten tin in into fits by exhibitions of uncouth p« s turings. Il' the foreign foe was not sufficiently impressed by these cere monies and still persisted in advancing contrary to the rule of military ethics in vogue with the Chinese, the Celes tials generally took to their heels wtth promptness and dispatch, after firing a few scattering volleys from their anti quated jingalls and a flight or two ot arrows f.0111 their lancewood bows. One of the most curious specimens m¥* vmm vaSxm. S ©f bridge architecture is that so fre quently found in various parts of China known as the "camel back." It Is usually ancient, perhaps boasting an antiquity of several hundred years, and it always spans a stream which «nay be almost dry in the summer time, feut full to overflowing after the rains have set in. It is owing to the fact that an or dlnary bridge would invariably sail •way on the flood when the river was that this camel back has become th© accepted pattern in China, and as Biany of this type have withstood the freshets of centuries, it has proved Well adapted to the needs of the coun try. This particular bridge spans a Stream juat north of the gates of Yang Chow, a city lying to the east of Nan A LADY HUNTER. She P—«l»— Her Experience ta Killing the Ibex. Mrs. Emma Tweddell, the wife of a captain In the Punjab infantry, accom panied her husband through Cashmir to Little Tibet in search of ibex, and lias written the account of her adven ture In "The Wide World Magazine." To our surprise, she says, in describ ing "her first," on getting nearer we found that two of the animate nad big horns, and that, although they were then in ground too open for us to ap proach without being discovered, yet by waiting until evening, when they would go farther down to feed, I might have a chance. We waited from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. behind a rock. I had brought no food, no water was obtain able, and it was very cold sitting still. But had my reward when at last the Animals got up and walked slowly down towards their feeding grounds. We crawled along on all fours for sev eral hundred yards, and then, looking over a ridge, to our surprise saw a Whole herd feeding at a distance of about a hundred yard*. I had my first •hot at a white animal with big horns, and in the excitement of the moment— misaed him. Then only did I experi ence the fascination of sport, and in |«ny annoyance used language which I jam glad the shikari did not under stand' Fortunately there was no one to bear. Sat I «ttii bad a chance and fired at another good-sized animal, hit it, and was aiming at another, when the shikari drew my attention to one that had but one horn, telling me to aim at that instead. I did so, and got it. It had evidently been born so, as there was no sign of another horn ever having existed and there was ^9 1 Hung Chang to capture Pekin. This Is assuming that a place might I n come famous rather than infamous from having been chosen as the last refuge of such a craven crowd as ac companied the foreign hating Prince Tuan into seclusion. This province is also famous, at least throughout China, us that in which are situated vast beds of anthracite coal and mines that have been worked In a primitive manner for centuries. In agriculture, also, it leads with many products, and the sur face of the country is cut up into thousands of natural and artificial ter races, on the levels of which the soil is extremely fertile. The province is bounded on the north by Mongolia, east by Pe-chi-li, and west and south ty the Hoang-Ho 'iv- also but one eye, the skin campkt^y covering the place where the other eye should have been. So I had at length shot two ibex and returned to the tent intensely keen for another chance at the big one I had miss ad. Flrat Woman Kdltor. According to the Hartford Courant, that paper in 1777 was owned and edit ed and managed by a woman, whose name comes down to modern days as "the Widow Watson." She had "ex- SCARING THE ALLIED SOLDIERS. eiusive charge" of the journal. After a couple of years Mrs. Watson married a leading citizen of Hartford, and after that date she no doubt let him advise and assist in the conduct of the paper. But she holds the record for the first woman editor in the country. Women's Rights In China. Women have superior rights in Chi na, even to the privilege of fighting in the wars of the country. In the rebel lion of 1850 women did as much fight ing as men. At Nankin, in 1853, 500, 000 women from various parts of the country were formed into brigades of 13,000 each, under female officers. Of these soldiers, 10,000 were picked QUEER FORMATIONS AT SHANSI. women, drilled and garrisoned in the city. But they not only fought as men, but took their share of the drudgery, digging moats, making earthworks and doing all the things that fall to the lot of the common soldier In any war. Diving for .Tastlc*. When Master Ralph Fitch was in Burma, more than 300 years ago, he was greatly tickled by the plan for settling isv suit* which wai Ib u«e amongst rte people of Pegu. If the matter was so doubtful that Justice could not be done, they put two long canes in the river where it was very deep. Then both parties went into the water beside the poles, some men sit ting close by to act as judges. All be ing ready, the two disputants dived to gether, and the one that was able remain longest under water won tl suit. Some wise men of old held thai wm lVk0Mk/',\rf '15rj BRIDGE AT YANG CHOW, CHINA truth lived in a well, so that these Pegu folk who sought for justice at the bottom of a river were not th only fools the world has seen BLACK STONE'WOMAN. Halle of Id Paganism Worshiped Christian Country, Even false religions die hard, and there are reminders of all extinct faiths still existing in the world. One of the most curious relics of paganism which is still worshiped in a Christian country is the gigantic black stone figure of a woman, which is All th* Cornstalk Utilised. rn,0 0 not i'k nearly one-half. Shredded corn cosl not above $2.75 per ton, when stored New York Independent. Walter* «n Keea. Are waiters benefited by fees In view of the fact that they make employers give them lower wages? Of the thirty nine associations of hosts and waiter? in Germany to whom this question was put, only fourteen answered yes. while twenty-five said no. "SQUATTY" KOYALTY. CZAR IS FIVE FEET TWO INCHES IN HEIGHT, Portugal'* King r* Fat—Ntw Kins of Italy Only Five Feet Three Indies Tall Queen Victoria tlie Shortest Reigning: Monarch. V Physically many of the sovereigns of Europe would come under the gen eral classification of "squatty." They are not, as the story books claim their ancestors were, "of proud and com manding presence," nor do they look "every inch a king," as some dead monarchs have. On the contrary, they are short of stature, and their gener ous girths give the impression that they linger rather longer at the festal biard than at the exercises which make men wise. The new king of Italy is 5 feet 3 inches tall, but still he is not the shortest sovereign. The czar of all the Hussias is only 5 feet 2 inches, and he has to tiptoe a little to meas ure that. The prince of Wale3 is 5 feet 4 inches, and sorry he is that he stopped growing so soon. Pictures of him give the impression that he is a much taller man, but that is because his royal highness knows how to pose before a camera. In a group he selects a position in the rear line, where he can stand on a box, or else he steps to one end of the front line and a little in advance of the others. Perspective does the rest. Perhaps the prlneo would not care so much about his lack PREDICT to be i found in a forest in the district of Morbihan, in Brittany. It is knowa V oishiped the figure, asserting that it lias power over the weather and the 1 ops. If the idol is neglected they declare that the grain dies on the ear, mid if the anger of the Black Woman is farther roused, a tidal wave sweeps over Morbihan. Twice the st r« is cast into the sea by pious folk, who 1 oped thereby to put an end to hi 1 i.lolatry, and twice the r^a 1 it i dragged it back and set up an altar be fore it. About two centuries ago Count Pierre de Lannion, on whose es tate the figure stood, in order to save the statue from both friends and ene mies, dragged it by forty yoke of oxen to hi3 own chateau and set it up in the courtyard. He cut an inscription on the base of the pedestal, declaring the figure to be a Venus carved by Caesar's soldiers. The count and his chateau are both gone, the huge Black Woman, overgrown with moss, still stands in the forest, and the peasant still beseech her to bless their crops. WINTER.,. father prophets all agree that the coming winter will be of unusual severity, though few of them will say just ^ow cold Is drew In any resume of the elements that have contributed to the progress of ,. .China, it is simply just to allude to The great agricultural discovers- the labors or the insionarles of all the e omns years ot the century is the tact that all the cornstalk can be utll-! rC' port Is not only »ell re ished by cat- cattle" It UnTU ZlrT 1~ natlon, ari(1 a]| denonlinntlon8. Truto. flll history ml:st of tlttm thilt 11 Tv '°, mn ,h„. i preceded commerce, that .heh literary I efi«ci"ional labors have instructed foreigners as t0 chlna and €hlna 8 fields, but is preserved in silos, and fed FJ amona the the whole year around. It is as good a '"'i'," IT"1" food for sheep as for cattle, and tow ers the cost of fattening these animals reSP" ,a"d. 1 ,m,p marl" tlme customs, to the ministers and consuls, and to the great commercial houses full praise for their labors, we should not forget gratefully to remem ber those unobtrusive, but influential, agents of progress, whose inspiration came from a holier source th:in a de sire for gain. The question of the future of the missionaries is clear-cut now, and It lies outside of any consideration as to the intrinsic value of their work. It is this: Conceding all the good that Is claimed for missionary work, should it, in view of the present condition of China, be abandoned? That question Is to be answered. In the beginning we must recognize the undoubted fact that the Catholic powers—the pope. Aroused lief Sympathy. Here is an amusing story apropos of the German autumn maneuvers: A little old woman, living in an out of-the-way place in the Harz moun tains and knowing nothing of soldier ing and militarism, happened to pass an outpost early one morning. On his epaulette she read the number of his company- 77. At dusk she passed the i place again, and again the number on the soldier's shoulder was 77. Imag ining that soldiers, like convicts, go Individually by numbers, ahe hobbled to her cottage at her best speed and presently came back with a wooden chair, which she placcd beside the young warrior, saying: "There now, you can sit down a bit, you poor creature. It is inhuman to let you stand on the self-same spot all day long. Your business can be done sit ting just as well as standing. I'll of height If he did not persist In be coming portly. He weighs 257 pounds, in spite of all precautions and cures" he can take. I-le wears an IS1 collar, has a chest measurement of 45 inches, a Si-inch length of arm, a waist of 43 or 44 inches, and a trousers leg of 30 inches. King Oscar of Sweden and Norwsy is the tallest monarch of Europe, being a little over 6 feet. Wheu the crown prince of Greece ascends the throne he will take the palm from King Oscar, for he is slightly tailor. Prince Charles of Denmark is only a fraction of an inch shorter than King Oscar, and is the tallest male member of the English royal family. But the fat king's prise belongs to the king of Portugal, who is only 5 feet 6 Inches tall, and weighs 3JS pounds. Queen Victoria is the shortest monarch in the world, being only 4 feet 11 inches tall. She weigh". KX pounds. Here are ir.oamroments :ur.i!o of the royal women of Euro Q'.een Y if r'.a ... Queen Will" Holland Queen Marie litnrii of Delg'.nm Queen Sophia Queen Ani.lia Portugal Queen Mar: l!rn :i Em?i: sia to be. An- Jackson Devoe, the New .It sey as the "Black Venus," but probably storm a year ago, however, pins him- ilates far back of the time when the Creeks and Romans worshiped that goddess. Antiquarians assert that this ugly idol belongs to the age of serpent worshipers, one of whose sub terranean temples is in the neighbor hood. This would make the figure far older than the Christian era. The •-1 atue is that of a huge, uncouth wom an, with a sullen, angry countenance, form enveloped in a loose mantle. I he superstitious Bretons have always expert who foretold the Galveston self down to dates and figures. Mr. Devoe is famous, not only for his re markably successful predictions, but also because of his methods, which are peculiar to himself. His deductions are made entirely from astronomical data, and he claims that he can anti cipate the formation of a storm or any condition of the atmosphere, while by the method which the government era ploys one has to wait until such a con- nomie l"o:idiU i:n wiVeTuch thatTar- dition has already formed before making any prediction about it. Mr. Devoe, says the Cleveland Plain Deni er, predicted a very cold fall and a severe and early winter. The coldest weather might be expected, he said, in December, which would also be very stormy. By cold weather, Mr. Devoe said, he meant what is popu larly known as zero weather, and ho promised it with good sleighing. Win ter, according to Mr. Devoe, will start in to do business about Nov. 8, when we will have a cold wave which will make last winter's weather seem very tame. From that time till the end of the month there will be a succes sion of storms and freezing weather. t)"» 40 23 of 22 in 65*4 ."G 21 Queen Nathalie A1 ix ct il A. COLD ".ri 22 Devoe Says the Com i fig Frigid Season Will be Severe. L3s$ataci^aCTeEaEG3i In Hccc-mber there will be heavy storms the 5th and Sth, and sleighrid ing during the mid.He of the month, when zero weather will prevail. Christ mas will see a slight change, but zero I weather will b'T.in in .T-.nuary with I snowstorms and ta.-.v of he weather of years ago. "I make thr.se predictions," paid Mr. Devoe. '-from astronomical conditions, I rereivp a chart of these every day frorr, of the best astronomers in the 1 States. There is absolute ly no guesswork about, it. I make my forecast right on thfse conditions. For instance, vh* n I wrote ovei- a year ago that a great storm would occur in the gulf in September the astro- 1 rived at that conclusion. The chief thing 011 which I base my forecast ia the position of the s ill's ellipse. Wherever the line of totality ei o sea I the earth's surface it will be followed by very severe storms and it will be I the great storm battle ground for six months. This storm belt is going to travel north and there will be eight great storms in progress in different parts of the earth at the same time. There will be a storm belt along the Atlantic coast the greater part of th« I winter. This me.ins a stormy winter, and as this belt will be a longitudinal ope the winter will be more severe than any we have had for several year" 1 at hast." Fviture of C-liiixcx. missionaries shall be driven out of China. Their interests there are im mense. There are twenty-eight Catho lic bishops in the empire, of whom three are in the province of Chihli. There are vast establishments over the country, vith schools colleges and asylums. Curiously, the Catholics have not gone into medical or surgical work, but they till all other fields, cov- t"fi"i,naVa' Printr inrinctri'ii nni,, i I minutos THE STATE RETURNS XORmi IIAKOTV „le which only 2 Height, Bust, Waist, in. in. In. .. .r,o 41 35 of 42 21' I 1 I 1 .01 SO 27 (1!' Sweden 21 of 23 of Italy I lepubli Spain, Itaiy, and especially France four persons were kill will never consent that the Catholic i were severely hurt 'and r.thor ,, entirely of wood, was a mass of fther shops, and all the forms of la- flames. bor. The great cathedral at Pekin was in the nng lnuusuidl schools, carpenter and built mostly by the native Christians. he wealth of the church is enormous. The chief religious societies, the Jesu its, Benedictines, Augustines, Chris tian Brothers, Lazarist3 and Francis cans are found at many places. You cannot turn the dial of progress back You cannot revoke all the treaties." You cannot undo the work of three centuries. If the continental Catholic remains in China, his Protestant col league will go thither. It is not human nature to stand back and see others occupying fields of danger or of ven ture and it is not in Christian nature to disregard the divine command to go into the world and teach all na tions.—Charles Denby In The Forum. come for my el,air later on." Before rt£h!Sntry COUM 6XpIaia 8he T. faad slipped away. Westminster Budget °di nt ra cJ government has issued a et of post cards for use onlv in the colony. The set includes views ot ^Pion i».op, Ladysmith Town Haij M'Kl*Ll:T rn.ftoo y Vmlfiw ord of nrryl„B Kvery rOIIllly" the SU(c-ne Kalir. U,M Ua K JurltifM lu Safe th hull, ,or llcfpli «-d a Majority. North Dakota gives MeKinlev Roosevelt a majority, nceordli,L?0W latest figures, of 13,171 This is crease ever the vote of i of $ cent Every county in the «tate J""' the Republican ticket a plurality smallest bei.ijf that of Bottineau margin for MeKinley '*•.« Cass county gave th.- lam v majority. 1.84SJ. The returns from the counties are complete, but thee-' cial canvass has not yet be,n ma, and, of course, it is expected that will show slight variations from V figures given in the table of niaJo'f ties' below. However, the marein Reived by the successful candidate! large enough to preclude the poasibi ty of any change In the rt suit The estimated total vote of the str.. is 1)0,000. Roughly estimated the E publicans received 31.COO votes and 1 Democrats 19,000. Comstock, the candidal- attorn general, ran consider:)Uv behind rest of the ticket, but will have a i jority of between f,."00 and 6,000. In the election of eouiitv officis throughout the stat" th,. licaubiica,. were pretty generally successful. i» a number of counties Democratic of cials have been displu. i i y Tiepu, 1 ieans. In the Judiciary, the Uer'"Mlcai el»cted Judge Morgnu to the supren. bench. Judge Pollock in the Third dis trict, Judge Cluspell in th' Fjft] Judge Winchester in th^ Sixth. Jud^ Cowan in the Second. The Iv-mocrr* elected Judge Fisk in t«- v rst ail Judge Lauder in the r. ,rth- T] Seventh is still in d. v.ith tl chances slightly in favor of iVem-i. The approximate Kenuliliean major ties, by counties, is esiinuited as fc: lows: Barnes 1 a gU°' Tu««U »a- Senator I'l»If, Corre.p„ndence. Of in ... -•'•M»na»nce. th?T?r Pla New v°''* the iirst month J-ring which he was a member of the senate, received and answered 16.000 .Vter. and even now day 6lUei1 y many as 250 a 1 he woman who never sheds a tear on account of a man doesn't love him. 2" Rensot- ,j Hillings 1 Bottineau Burl- igh. i Cass s", Cavali. IMckev i i Eddv ]. 1 Eminn'] i 1 Fosie' 1 (Jr.tnd F..t 1.1 Ki• i• I• j' Ija.Mi Me 1,' I MeHc-ii! y MCItii. Mel.cn 4! Men Mort',1 KeNo- 4 Oliver l'einb'iia Pierce Har..s- 1,, Hansi in HichI- n i .'i Uolett 75 Par-e: 17". Stark Steele r.f.7 Stilt SI 1 all Traill Walsh IP. Wn rd Wells Williams ::tS r.o •r.o S"2 50 .171 ci o^r avfi a Hotel •uiiri. Poplfir Bluff. Mo.. No- inff- two upre .1 I" (St fatylt.v en a dozen sustained minor hurts in a fire which destroyed the Clifford house yesterday. More bo riles may "be found in the ruins. An unknown woman is also thought to be fatally injured and about a dozen were slightly bruised in escaping from the building, Originating in the rear of the hotel, a three-story structure of considerable spread rapidly and in the building, which w:.s Stl*' About forty-live guests were building, and the porter, th? only person awake, was unable to give an alarm because the smoke and flames drove him back. The Are de partment was unable to assist the in mates. fluents on the Becond and third floors lea ed from the windows. One of thtse. Heck Clark, jumped and broke his back. Etta Hargrave leaped from a third-story window and ruffered broken limbs and internal injuries which will cause her death. One truest, Benjamin Shelby, forced his wife to leap from a second-story window, and thereby saved her life. Shelby tried to escape by the stairway, but the smoko and tlames drove him back. He s.'iys he saw ten or fifteen persons in the hallway overcome by smoke. If this is the case a dozen or more bodies may be found in the ruins. Many guests ran from the building clad only in their night clothes. Quite a number of the guests were not registered, and their names are unknown. Every room in the house, forty-five in number, was occupied. Men are at work on the ruins, but it will probably be several days before the complete list of deaths Is obtain able. The (Jifford was one of the old est hotels in Sout hen stern Missouri. I'Mrc Startu In loehonac. l»e Sueur, Minn., Nov. 9. A fire originating in an old Icehouse was soon communicated to the lumber sheds of the Standard Lumber company. The Tronipt arrival of the fire company prevented a severe loss. Three hun dred dollars will probably cover thfc loss. ftrhAol Hnllillniv BnrneA* "Wheatland, X. L., Nov. 9.—The high school building was totally destroyed by Are. Tosk, V,500 insurance, 3,000. No one was Injured.