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FEAR FOR NIAGARA
IMMENSE VOLUME OF WATER DIVERTED FROM FALLS. Commercial Enterprises are Making Heavy Drains on This t-at.ious Show Place—Its Tremendcjs Electrical Power the Inducement. Niagara Falls, August 7:—The •olume of water being diverted trom the historic Niagara Falls is reaching such proportions that the people of the State are trying to pass laws which will prevent the possibil ity of a practical wiping out of this sublime natural spectacle. Water sufficient to develop nearly five hundred thousand horse-power ^continuously, twenty-four hours per day, for Industrial purposes, is now being taken from the river above the Fails, and further developments re quiring more water are contemplated. Probably the largest user of the electricity produced by the waters of the mighty river is the concern which toy the five or six thousand degree heat of the electric furnace brings .-.lime and coke into unwilling union, •. thereby producing what Is known as Calcium Carbide. Dry calcium carbide is lifeless as so much broken rock, but in contact with water It springs Into activity and begets abundantly the gas Acetylene. The light resulting from the ignition of acetylene is the nearest approach to sunlight known. These facts, though of compara lively recent discovery, were soon seized by men with an eye to the com mercial possibilities and to-day cal cium carbide is being shipped every where and used for dispelling dark ^iHeas in buildings of all descriptions, from the ordinary barn of the farmer to the country villa of the wealthy, as well as for lighting the streets of a large number of towns. Acetylene can be easily and cheaply installed, And the manufacture and sale of acetylene generators has become a business of recognized standing, has assumed large proportions and is steadily growing. •LI HUNG CHANG'S TREES,' Those He Planted at Grant's Tomb In 1897 Did Not Thrive. The trees planted on the lawn at the .north side of Grant's tomb in May, jftSlftr, by Li Hung Chang have not •^thrived as they should. Ever since the "•trees were planted the souvenir hunt ••rs have been plucking twigs from them, preventing their growth to a •treat degree. It is no uncommon thing to see a couple of women approach the vtises#glance furtively around and then iinatch twigs from the trees and put them quickly out of sight. It has al ways been expected that the park de partment, which controls the surround ings of the tomb, would place a railing ArOOnd the trees, but it has never been done. When Gen. Grant planted trees at Toklo, Japan, not only where they protected by a railing, but a guard of soldiers was kept constantly on duty Around them.—New York Sun. BERRIES FOR RHEUMATISM Despite the Tradition, Some Say That They Are Curative. That "strawberries are Injurious to rheumatic persons" Is as old a tradi tion as that tomatoes (love apples) are conducive to love- But against science no tradition is safe. It la now asserted that strawberries are really the "real thing" in food for rheumat ics.1 Linnaeus, it is said, kept himself free from rheumatism by eating straw berries. Fontenelll, another naturalist, attributed his longevity to strawber ries. He resorted to them as a medi cine and would frequently say: "If I can but reach the season of strawber ries!" Borheave is said to have classed the strawberry with the principal red fruit remedies, containing iron as well as phosphorous, salt, sulphur and sugar. It has long been a tradition that the ehlef demand for horse chestnuts has come from persons who believe in their efficacy as a cure for rheumatism, or at least a palliative in rheumatic affections. Strawberries have hereto fore been barred, but if they now have all the merits claimed for them, or Indeed any of the merits, the bars will be down and stay down permanently. BABY'S INSTINCT Shows He Knew What Food to Stick To. Forwarding a photo of a splendidly handsome and healthy young boy, a happy mother writes from an Ohio town: "The enclosed picture shows my 4 year-old Grape-Nuts boy. "Since he was two years old he has eaten nothing but Grape-Nuts. He! demands and gets this fod three times a day. This may seem rather: unusual, but he does not care for any-, thing else after he has eaten Bis drape-Nuts, which he uses with milk or cream, and then be is through with his meal. Even on Thanksgiving day he refused turkey and all the good things that make up that great din iter, and ate his dish of Grape-Nuts and cream with the best results and none of the evils that the other fool (sh members of the family expert enced. "He is never sick, has a beautiful! Oomplexlon, ahd is considered a very handBome boy. May the Postum Com pany prosper and long continue to fur nish the'r wholesome food?" Name given by Postum Co., Battle Creek,' Mich. "There's a reason. Read the little book, "The Road to Wallvllle, In ev-' ery pkg. rest 1 ISe Sorcerer of St. Giles CHAPTER XXI—(Continued. Then there was much delay ere Clarence was able to rouse the old man without rousing tho occupants of the neighboring cabins. But at last he was able to see and speak with the old fisherman private ly, who no sooner recognised the savior of his life than he offered to do anything that Clarence might desire— except go to Dun Aengus. Clarence, however, did not desire the old man's company, but to engage him to take Helen and himself to Gal way on the next morning, or to hold his boat in readiness for the use of the lovers for a day or two, in case they did not before that time present them selves at KUronan. To this the fisherman williDgly agreed, and also pledged Ins word not to reveal to any one aught of what Clarence had found it necessary to tell him. The old man's statement that a Icing's officer was stationed at Kil leany made Clarence very cautious, for he feared that a narrative of his escape and reward for his capture, with a description of his person and the route of his supposed flight, might be in possession of the king's officer. He did not know that Lord Geniis had never seen him, and that he was in no danger of rearrest and his chief desire at present was to rescue Helen from Dun Aengus and make her his wife as soon as possible. "I may return in a few hours," ho had said to the old fisherman "so have your boat ready for the trip, at the cove just east of the village. I am quite sure I shall be there with my friend"—he had not told the old man that his friend was a young lady—"by an hour after sunrise, if you do not see us on the beach by noon, return to your home, and expect us to arouse you between to-morrow's midnight and the dawn of the next day." With this understanding Clarence returned to Dun Aengus and entered the building. His first care was to look into that room ip which he had left Lord Gen iis and Martha. The lamp on the table was burning dimly, yet he was able to see the po sition of those in the room. Every thing was as Sosla left it. No smell of the recently burned pastilles greeted the nostrils of Clarence. He suspect ed nothing of the truth. The breath ing of the two sleepers wa3 heavy, deep and regular. "They sleep well. It Is an hour when sleep Is most profound," mut tered Clarence. "If we make haste, Helen and I will be safe out of Dun Aengus ruins within half an hour—it in fully that time before dawn. But these may awake. I will make sure that they shall sleep for two or three hours, for the woman seems restless." Indeed Martha began to stir and was about to wake up. The former pupil of the sorcerer had pastilles similar to tjiose Sosia hatt used. He took them from a broad mouthed vial and tossed two 6f them into the room. One fell upon the carpet and did not light, the other upon the table, and burst noiselessly into a flame. The sorcerer, watching from the darkness, and able to note the move ments of Claronce by the dim light tliat streamed upward through the opening, grinned and said to himself "A few more of those sleep pastilles will put them into a sleep from which they will never awake on earth!" Clarence now took a bit of candle from his bosom, lighted it, looked abolit till he: found a few. loose boards, and these he placed over the opening. "They will not awake for two hours at least, he thought "and by that time Helen etnd I shall be, I hope, far on our way to Galway." He now moved rapidly but deliber ately through the rambling mansion till he arrived at the trap door in the closet. The sorcerer, watching him from a distance saw him lift the trap door, enter the recess below it and close the trap door after him. "Now be is descending the spiral stone stairway," thought Sosia. "He goes to the trap like a decoyed fox! I shall be near the iron door of the dungeon before he enters it." The next Instant saw the sorcerer touch a spring which opened a secret door near him. and through this open ing he glided to a passage which end ed just at the iron door of the dun geon—its termination no concealed as the door of the dungeon was swung back into that passage into which Clar enco was going so unsuspiciously. CHAPTER XXII. The Sorcerer Entraps 'Clarence Clarence Darrell, after closing the trap door, took up the lamp which he had left burning upon one of the steps of the spiral stone stairway, and con tinued his descent until he arrived at the long and narrow passage which led to the dungeon. This passage was straight, and though narrow, quite wide enough to permit a tall man to walk erect in it. When on the preceding day, Clar ence first entered this passage, he had come out of the dungeon toward the trap door 3talrway by forcing outward V. By PROF. WILLIAM H. PECK. the great iron door, which at that time was closed, but not bolted, or he could never have opened it. The resistance to his advance at that time was caused by the firmness of the rust, which held the door closed. When Clarence forced the door back upon its hinges it had hidden a smaller iron door, which opened into that smaller passage by means of which Sosia arrived behind the door of the dungeon before Clarence entered tho latter. Clarence came on through the other passage, unaware that the door of the dungeon concealed the door of anoth er passage. He had never looked be hind the iron door, nor did he imagine that anything more than solid wall was behind it. Holding his lamp a little elevated to guide his steps, he passed the iron door and entered the dungeon. Sosia, h'dden by the open door, and peering into the dungeon through a crevice between the hinges, was able to watch the movements of liis*in nded captive. Clarence walked across the dungeon I fioor, going straight and without pause toward the entrance of that passage which led to where he had left Helen Beauclair. The spot was diagonally opposite to where Sosia lurked. The sorcerer could see every movement that Clar ence made. Suddenly Clarence halted, recoiled a pace, and exclaimed "Great heaven! what is this?" He had just perceived the atone door. He wheeled about, his face pale, surprised and full of dismay, and at the same Instant Sosia hurled himself against the outer side of the iron door. Well oiled and cunningly prepared for this sudden violence, the door swept swiftly around upon its hinges and clashed loudly as It closed, and Clarence received a severe shock as he hurled his weight against it. "Oh!" he gasped, "this is not chance! This is a trap! I am lost!" As he spoke thus he heard the clang and clash of bolts and bars on the other side of the door. "Ho, there!" shouted Clarence. "To whom do I owe this? Speak!" But he waited in vain for a reply to his words. Turning his eyes toward his lamp, which lay upon its side where he had dropped it, b£ saw that it was about to go out. He hurried to it, picked it up, and advanced again to the stone door. He examined this in vain to find some means of moving it. His fiercest lunges against it would not ven jar this solid door. Its surface, hewn and smooth, presented no place large enough to permit him to insert even a finger nail. How far it extended on either side into the sides of the pas sage it blocked he could not judge. But between its to pand that of the passage as a space more than a foot in length and about four iqches wide. This space was about on a1 level with Clarence's waist as he stood erect. He knelt and 3houted into this open ing: "Helen! Helen!" He had scarcely any hope to hear her reply or any reply more than what came back to him—the hollow echoing, through the passage and in the cave beyond, of his own voice. "She is not there ,or she would re ply," he muttered. "Some one has carried her off. Some one has entrap ped me. Who?" There was a legend of which he had heard in Kilronan. It had been told him by the'old fisherman, a few hours before a legend which said that once a beautiful peasant girl, to put to scorn the superstitious fears of ner comrades, had ventured to visit the ruins of Dun Aengus alone, and at night and that she had never been seen nor heard of again that the spir it of the mist had'seized her that her lover had on the next day ventured in search of her, and that he had never been seen nor heard of after. Clarence Darrell, however, was of too strong a mind to believe that oth er than mortal hands had shared in thu3 entrapping him. Receiving no reply to his shouts, he thrust his hand and arm through the opening. This only enabled him to detect that the stone door was nearl ya foot thick. So far as his* extended fingers could grope about on the other* side of the impas33&le obstacle, they felt only a smoothiy-hewn surface. He arose from his examination of this door and turned his face toward the outer one. The light of his lamp fell squarely upon the inner surface of the iron door, and he now perceived, what he had not seen before, a hole near the center of the door, about two inches in diameter The door was of solid iron, about an Inch tMck, and through that hole, shining bright in the rays of the lamp, Clarence saw peering a human eye. It w^s the eye of the sorcerer, glar-. ins with devilish exultation. But Clarence was unable, of course, to recognize this eye as one flhat he had ever seen. Yet he knew instantly that it was the eye of a man or a wom an, and hi3 thoughts went toward Lord Geniis and Martha Bashfort. He did not yet suspect that the sor cerer was alive. He believed that, be sides himself and Helen, only two liv ing persons were at or near Dun Aen gus. "It is possible," he thought, "that those two have in some way outwitted me, and .preparad this trap for ma while I wat away. They may have dis covered Helen discovered how to block the passage how to entrap me. Come,' he added aloud, gazing stead ily at the eye, and not more than ten feet from it, "l see you. Speak! To whom do I o^e this? That eye be longs to Lord Geniis, or to Martha Bashfort, does it not?" The owner of the eye made no reply. The malicious sorcerer was silently enjoying the success of his wily trap. '"It is glorious!" said Sosia to him self, as he pressed his face against the outer side of the iron door, and riiboed his paims together. How pale will-. despair he is! Oh, this is a rich, a superb vengeance! He still does not suspect whos? work it is. But what, is he doing now? Praying! Bah! much good praying will do him in there!" At this moment Clarerce did seem to be praying, for he was upon his knees, with his back toward the sor cerer. He was not praying, however, but noislessiy cocking a pistol. Su'ddenly he wheeled about wiLh the quickness of lightning, and fired at thi eye. The bullet whistled through the hole and through the hair of the sorcerer, who saved his life by duck ing his head the Instant the flintlock struck flame in the pistol pan. The sorcerer ducked not the hundredth part of a second too soon, for the bullet not only whistled through his hair, but cut his scalp and gave him a tap on his skull, so that he fell in a heap as if cut down by a bludgeon. He was insensible for a moment, and while so uttered a dismal groan. "So much for you, whoever you are," cried Clarence, triumphantly, tor he heard the fall and the groan, and had no doubt that his bullet had pierced a human biain straight through that eye. "Sosia taught me how to shoot." he muttered, as he proceeded deliber ately to reload his pistol. I would like to know whether I have killed a man or a womaa—whether it is Lord Gen iis or Martha Bashfort. It must be one or the other." By this time the sorcerer's senses had returned to him, and he scrambled to hio feet, making quite a floundering noise at first, ere his stunned wits were in his rapped skull again. "Ah!" muttered Clarence, again turning his attention toward the iron door. "He or she dies hard! So—ail is still there now." "What a fool I was not to jerk my head to the left!" thought the sor cerer. on the other side of the door, and gingerly feeling his slashed scalp then his infernal bullet would only have whistled past my right ear, and now I have had as narrow an escape as ever I had in all my life! What a ready rascal with the pistol he is! I must be on my guard, for he never misses his aim. He may be aiming at the hole now. I must dampen his courage a little. Still, I wish to see him as he perceives the paper." The paper to which these thoughts of the sorcerer referred, was that leat which he had torn from his tablet bcok in Helen's presence, and 011 which he bad written with ink from a little ink horn which he was never without. This paper, only a few inches square, was where he had placed it just before he blocked the outer pas sage with the stone door, and Clar ence had not yet perceived it. It was against the wall, just over the ring bolt above the fragments of the ar mored skeleton. The sorcerer thrust a slender piece of broken lath through the hole—a piece he had used while preparing the way for the easy swinging of the iron door a few hours before The splinter, as he held it, protruded several inches into the dungeon, and in the direction where he had last seen Clarence. Clarence had not moved from where he was when he had fired his pistol, and the splinter pointed straight at him. "Ah! what does this mean?" de manded Clarence, perceiving the splin ter, and now aware that some one was alive yet out there. (To Be Continued.) Charms and Alarms- The lecture at the Female Enlight enment club that afternoon was "How to Keep Our Husbands at Home at Night." "Cultivate for his enjoyment your early musical tastes and accomplish ments. Don't keep the piano closed when he is home and needs the sooth ing influence of music's charms." ad monished the matronly speaker. Sister Dorame—But that's why Mr Doraire rushed off to his club early every evening. He objects to what he calls mv piano practice Remarkab/2 Repairing. One of the surprising features throughout the campaign has been the very short period of time that ships have been away from the fighting line. During the engagements many of the Japanese ships received severe treat ment but in most, cases the engineers and mechanics on board succeeded in carrying out an amount of renova tion which will prove one of the most striking circumstances of this great war.—Engineering. Just Step This Way, Colonel. At Bisbee I myself heard a man say to Col. Greene "I'm broke. Let me have a few hundred." And the col onel's hand went into his pocket. Again, in the same town, as the colonel was about to board his car, a man said to him: "I-want to get to Cananea and I haven't a cent." Greene took out a roll, tore off two of the bills and handed them to the man, looking neither at the money nor the man.—Gllson Wlllets, la Leslie's Weekly, -r/." STATE BANKING LAW IS UPHELD. Cashier Struble .Liable for .Alleged False Statement. In the case of State of South Da kota, plaintiff in error, vs. G. L. Stru ble, defendant in error, which has been decided by the supreme court, the validity of the state banking law is upheld in every particular where it was attacked. Struble, as cashier of the Egah State bank, on demand of the public examiner, furnished that official with a sworn statement of the condition of the banlc at the close of business on Sept. 0, 1903. The statement was al leged to be false as to the true con ditions, and suit was brought agam&t Struble under the banking law, which provides a penalty of a penitentiary sentence of not less than one year nor more than ten years for this of fense. Attorneys for Struble demurred to the complaint on the ground of uncon stitutionality of the statute, and the demurrer was sustained by the trial I judge. The public examiner brought the case to the supreme court, which [lias overruled the trial court. I The main points raised in the de murrer were that the legislature in authorizing the public examiner to provide a form of report to be re quired had delegated its powers to an individual that the law discriminates between state and private banks, and is special legislation, and that the statement made to the examiner, though false, did not make the cashier* liable under the law, and it was not, as required by law, certified to by not less than two of the directors of the bank. The court holds in the first claim that it vould be impossible for the legislature to fix a set form of report to meet all requirements, and that the law confers upon the bank examiner no powers which in any way encroach upon legislative domain. On the second point the claim of discrimination is set aside by the language of the statute, wherein ft say3. "Where reference herein is made to banks, bankers or banking in any manner, the same shall be con strued as applying to any corporation, association, firm or individual so en gaged in business as herein defined." The contention that the report had no force in its failing to receive the signatures of the directors as required is set aside as trivial, as the report sworn to by Cashier Struble declared it was a "true and correct statement of the financial condition of said bank at the close of business on Sept. 9, 1903: that the statement as made gives the true and correct financial standing of the bank, and that all questions are truthfully answered." The court holds on this "that the fact that it (the report) is averred to has been made in accordance with the provisions of section 5211 is a sufficient averrment that it was prop erly verified and attested." ARE TESTING GRAINS. Federal Agriculturists to Try Experi ments in South Dakota. Prof. E. C. Chilcott, formerly of the state agricultural college, now of the government agricultural bureau, and Dr. J. L. Briggs, also of the latter department, accompanied by Prof. W. A. Wheeler of the agricultural college force, were in Pierre 'on matters con nected with the work of the govern ment in its experiments in drouth resisting grains and grasses. The particular work in which they are engaged at the present is that of establishing a chain of stations across the country from Texas Lo the British possessions, for the purpose of making such tests. Stations have been located, beginning at Amarillo, Tex., and continuing through Western Kansas and Nebraska. The next will be placed in South Dakota, and then in North Dakota. Where it is practical, the govern ment bureau works with the state sta tions, and in the case of this state, with the Highmore experiment sta tion. In other cases they attempt to work with experimental farmers, who are willing to take up the work with the government. In case this latter arrangement, cannot be made, stations under charge of a government agent are established. The work in South Dakota will be confined to the High more station, and another station to be established at some point between here and the Black Hills. PLAN NEW COURSE OF STUDY. Committee Is Appointed by State Su perintendent Nash. At the meeting of the county super intendents of the state, early in the summer, the state superintendent was authorized to appoint a committee to carry out the provisions of a resolu tion of the convention to provide for a revision of the course of study of the state. He has selected as the committee C. H. Lugg, Hutchinson county E. E. Collins, Clay Olivia Herron, Charles Mix J. F. OlandSr, Brookings M. M. Ramer, Grant w! F. Eddym, Brown, and M. A. Lange, of the state educational department. Supt. Nash recommends that this committee meet at an early date and select subcommittees to work with it in planning a course of study. He recommends that in the selection of the subcommittees the interest of the state university, the normal schools and the high schools of the state be considered. Druggist Is Burned. Sauk Center, Minn, Aug. 8.—Fire occurred in the Hanson & Emerson drug store and was caused by the ex plosion of chemicals. Irving Emer son was seriously burned. The store stock was only slightly damaged. A WOMAN'S ORDEAL DREADS DOCTOR'S QUESTIONS Thousands Write to Mrs.Plnkham, Lynn, Mass., and Receive Valuable Advlca Absolutely Confidential and Free There can be no more terrible ordeal to a delicate, sensitive, refined woman than to be obliged to answer certain questions in regard to her private ills, even when those questions are asked by her family physician, and many Airs Wi/fadsen 3-o continue to suffer rather than submit to examinations which so many physi cians propose in order to intelligently treat the disease and this is the rea»:-. son why so many physicians fail to cure female disease. This is also the reason why thousands npon thousands of women are corre sponding with Mrs. Pinkham, at Lynn, Mass. To her they can confide every detail of their illness, and from her great knowledge, obtained from years of experience in treating female ills, Mrs. Pinkham can advise women more wisely than the local physician. Read how Mrs.. P'.nkham helped Mrs. T. 0. Willadsen, of Manning, la. She writes D«ar Mrs. Pinkham:— I can truly Hay that ycm have saved my* Ufa, and I cannot oxpreen my gratitude 1m words. Before I wrote to you telling yoM how I felt, I had doctored for over two yean steady, and spent lots of money in medicines besides, but it all failed to do me any good. I' had female trouble and would daily have taints ing spells, backache, bearing-down pains, and my monthly periods were very irregular and finally ceased. I wrote to you for your ad vice and received a letter full of instructions just what to do, and also commenceito -take Lydia E. Pinki.ani's Vegetable Compound, and I have been restored to perfect naait-i^, Had it not been for you I would have been is my grave to-day." Mountains of proof establish the fact that no medicine in the world equals Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Com* pound for restoring women's health. AGAIN ENSLAVED. The Man of Little Nerve Falls a Vio tim to the Brush Boy "I had thought to be free, but I am again enslaved," said the man of little nerve. "Lately," he explained, "I chE&uged my barber shop and I had made up my mind that under no circumstances whatever, except maybe a little some thing at Christmas, would I ever, ever give a cent to the brush boy. "It was a good barber, and I rose from the chair pleased with him and with myself and all the world—to see, standing there back of the chair in which had been so serenely sitting, the shop's brush boy brushing my hat. As stood there he brushed and brushed it, and then he didn't hand It to me, but carefully held it further away, with one hand, while with the other he proceeded to brush me. "And too timid to seize my hat and flee, I stood for it., and turned around for him and let him brush, and—in short, I fell. "So now my fond dreams are over and I am again enslaved to the brush boy." Sound as a Dollar. Monticello, Minn., Aug. 7th.—Mr. J. W. Moore of this place stands as a liv ing proof of the fact that Bnght's Dis ease, even In the last stages, may be perfectly and permanently cured by Dodd's Kidney Pills. Mr. Moore says "In 1898 three reputable physicians after a careful examination told me that I would die with Bright's Disease inside of a year. My feet and ankles and legs were badly swollen I could hardly stand on my feet and had given up all hopes of getting cured when a traveling salesman told me that he himself had been cured of Bright's ''Disease two years before. 'He said he had taken to hla be4 ancf expected to die with it, but that he had been cured by a remedy called Dodd's Kidney Pills. I commenced taking them at once and I am thankful to say that they saved my life. After a short treat ment I was completely restored to good health and I am now as sound as a dollar." GYMNASIUM OR AQUARIUM? Natural Query as to Habitat of Ath letic Husband. Mrs. MacLean was one of those women who speak their mind at any cost. She did it as a girl, continued the habit as a young wife, and did not give it up when she had daughters who stood in need of advice. One day she was visiting at her son-in-law's house. The eldest girl was about to be married, and Mrs. MacLean felt it was necessary to speak out to her daughter. "Well, Jenny," she said, "I'd like you to tell me what induced Anna to fall in love with that young man I saw last night for the first time." "I think, mother," answered Jenny, "that she was attracted to him at first because he's such an athletic fellow, and such a splendid swimmer." "Athletic fellow! Splendid swim mer!" repeated Mrs. MacLean, with an angry snort. "Which doea sha pro pose to keep him in after she'a man. rled him—a gymnasium or aquarium?" Many a woman has washed away her matrimonial prospects with salt tears.