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PAINTER & HERR. Publishers. MEDICINE LODGE, KANSAS THE HERO. Tin a very handsome fellow, I would have you understand, For I'm tail and have a chest of ample Birth; Broad and stalwart are my shoulders and In general I'm planned With all the modern qualities of worth. X am brave and bold and daring; my honor Is as gold; As a lover, no one ever undertook To suggest the least improvement in my making, for behold. I'm the hero in the modern story bpck! Btlll this business, like most'others, has its hardships more or less. For many things I'd differently do. If I had my way about it; and the heroine, I guess. Is troubled by the same restrictions, too. When I offer her my heart and hand, on page ore twenty-three. She spurns me and such treatment I must brook, For she'd like risht well to take me if she could, but where would be The story in the modern story book? There are dangers all about me, of .the most appalling kind; But not the least degree of fear have I; For, thrilling deeds of valor to effect, I am inclined. And, by the merest chance, omit to die. If you should do such things us I, don't count upon success. This bit of truth you must not overlook: It's never safe to le so fearless and so trave unless Tou're the hero In the modern story book! Itobert B. Beach, in Chicago Record-Herald. IN A FOOL'S PARADISE Tty EDITH WILSON A WHISTLE blow. The train pulled out. A man arranged his golf club3 and his glasses to his satisfac tion, and then glanced at the passen ger at the other tnd cf uie carriage, lie hesitated for tha brief space of one second, and then rushed on to tamper with fate. "Miss Bruce! "Why, how do you CoV "How do you do, Lord Lughton?" "This is jolly enough, to be sure I How do you come to be here?" "How do I come to be in this par ticular compartment is that what ycu mean?" "Clever, aren't you?" "No, not clever. Remember, I'm traveling first class! They say that only lords and fools do that! You're the lord in this case. Perhaps I'm tie fool!" "What's wrong now?" "Everything!" "Well, please refrain from calling yourself unpleasant names at any rate!" "Unpleasant names! Think of the "IT ISN'T MY FAULT." name I carry about with me front one year's end to another! Rebecca Bruce! Can you Imagine anything more try ing than that?" "Trying? For my part. I think ite tcca charming. Excuse me nothing personal, really! As for Bruce, that name appeals to me. Whenever I hear it, I think of the gentleman of his tory who toyed with the spider, don't you know! He, I believe, nad a bald bead. So have I, and " "Lord Lughton, you're making fun of me! It isn't my fault that my name's Rebecca Bruce." "It Is!" "Oh, you surely " Exactly! I don't forget that you've refused me twice already. If you don't like your name, why don't you change it? Change it for mine!" "Let us talk of something else please!" "Very well. But think it over. I ee your ticket's for Ascot. I'm going on to the links. Let me know your answer, for the last time, before you get off. I shall never ask you for one again." "Give me a week to consider it." "No. You've had plenty cf time to consider it. Now, what shall we talk about? We've just 17 minutes left." s "How's your sister?" "Flourishing, thanks. By the way, che and Todd have just straightened things up." "What are they engaged?" "Yes. The announcement's to - be made soon. He's an awful, decent chap. Don't know of anyone else I d rather see Madge marry." 's The girl leaned back in her up holstered chair. n A card smg lustily: "Next station, i Ascot!" j Lord Lustcn sit gazing out at the scenery, and In an off-hand question ing way said: "Well?" The magazine that Rebecca Bruce had been reading when he entered the carnage tumbled from her daintily gloved hand to the floor. . . . Half an hour later a man picked It up, and discovered between its pages a bunch cf withered violets. He glanced about to sea that no one was looking, and then he placed the flowers in an in side pocket. His name was Todd. He was leaving the golf club for Ascot As the train moved out he saw hi3 future brother-in-law sjeding toward the links as if gliding on air. Ke was thinking cf Lord Lughtcn's reply vben he, Todd, had wished the other "luck in the afternoon's match." Lughton had said: "ThanlKs, old toy! See you later. I'm in a paradise fit for the gods!" Todd wondered what he meant. He was soon to know. Afterwards he wondered how it was that he had not understood. The races had com menced when he reached his destina tion. He was just in tirus to get a lift on a friend's drag. The friend happened to ba a cousin of Miss Re becca Bruce. The first thing he said, after they had settled in their re spective places, was: "Heard the news, Todd? BecKy's engaged to Lughton!" Todd had not h:-ard. He smiled half ironically as Becky's cousin went on: "Lugkton's an awful good sort! I'm tid ied to death about it! You knenv Becky's life hasn't been a bed of rose?, and she is such a little trump! I'm awfully fond of Becky!" The man understood the young fel low's enthusiasm. No, life had cer tainly not been a ted cf roses for tha girl who was to make the most bril liant match of the season. Todd knew that. The poverty-stricken man smothered a sigh as he turned to nis companion and asked: "Is she here, now?" "Yes, she's with my mother, over there. I premised to take her for a turn and get her away from the crowd. She's tired. By the way, Tcdd, she has to go back to tovn to-night on that 'Special.' You're taking it, ;too, aren't you?" "Yes." "Will you look after her on the way up?" "With pleasure." "Thanks, old man. I don't believe she's well, but she says she's all right, and I suppose she ought to knew." "Yes, she ou&ht to know." Todd thought of the violets, and put his hand in his pocket to assure himself "of their safety. . They were there. The Ascot "Special" was nearin Waterloo as a girl tossed a bunch cf withered v'o'.ets to the winds, and then turned to the maa silting cpo site her. "It is better that they should go with all the rest. Rex!" "Yes, perhaps so, Becky. Strange that I should have found them. I rec ognized them at once as being those I had sent you." "Should you have sent them, Rex?" "Why not? It was for the last time, Becky! Do you remember how we used to build castk-s in the air, and talk of the violets and roses we should have when " "Don't, Rex. It was not to be. We are both poor. We have nothing. I am grate ful to the man who has been loyal to me through everything. I mean to be loyal to him from th:3 time lorth for ever more!" "You think that I might have given up my profession, gien up everything oh, Becky, I'll do that now, if you say the word!" But the girl was net listening. She was thinking cf the woman Rex Tcdd was going to mar;ry. The man. went on: "Becky, we're nearly there. For tha last half-hour we have talked cf what miiit have been." "We have. I am sorry. Let us talk now of what is to be!" "Becky, I can't give ycu up!" "Stop, Rex! Will you make me regret that my cousin sent me back in your care?" "I see. It's all over. Becky, for the sake cf Auld Lang Syne, tell me, is there anything I can do to please you after this?" "Yes. Be good to Madge. You're lucky to have won her." Some one met them on the platform and called out: "Hello, good people, where've you been to the races?" The gfrl smiled and answered: "Yes." The man touched his hat, glanced back at an empty railway carriage, and muttered: "Been in a fool's paradise!" Lady's Realm. A Royal Treasure House. The plate-room at- Marlborough hcuse contains what is . probably the mcst valuable collection of treasures in any private hcuse in England. The room is underground and is lighted by electricity, the walls being lined by bookcases containing many rare vol umes presented to King Edward and the prince of Wales from time to time, forming a very valuable library. In big iron safes in the center, of the room is stored away a wonderful collection ol gold and silver plate, including two enormous silver pilgrim bottles present ed by Alexander III. of Russia to King Edward, and a priceless solid gold em bossed shield, which was a present to the sovereign from a number of Indian princes. ' 2111k Produces Big Melons. A farmer living near Marsel"" France, has discovered that by "wait ing" his melons with milk they will grow to twice their ordinary eU. He carries off all the melon prizes .t local agricultural shows. LARGEST BATTLESHIP, IN THE WORLD. ' ' p The new "King Edward VII.,." of to be placed in commission about, the IT DIES IN DAYLIGHT. But Cavern Battles Are Able to Move About in Pitch Dark Homes. The cavern beetle was first discov ered 70 years ago in an Austrian cave, the grotto of Adelsberg. One speci men only was caught and, though its discoverer offered a prize cf ?25 for another, it was 14 years before a sec ond was found. The cavern beetle has a little round body, long legs and absolutely no eyes. Brought out of its gloomy haunts into ths light of the sun, it dies almost im mediately. Yet in its pitch-dark home, far beneath the surface of the earth, it moves with as great rapidity and certainty as any cf its eyed relatives on the upper soil. To make up for its lack of sight it is provided with antennae of extraor dinary length and delicacy. By means of these it feels its way over the rough surface of the stone and hunts its prey ether smaller blind insects with rapidity and absolute certainty. The cavern beetle has its enemies. The blothrus (a specimen of scorpion) and the great eyeless spirit hunt it re morselessly. Prince Khevenhuiler, who thoroughly explored these caves some years ago, describes it as a most extraordinary sight to watch by the light of a candle a scorpion, absolutely eyeless, hunting a beetle, equally blind, along the cavern wall. Although the beetle was several feet in front of the scorpion and divided from it by a fissure in the rock, yet the scorpion tracked it with absolute and almost appalling certainty. The spider found in these caves is of a lovely ivory white and is able, like other insects which inhabit the same subterranean depths, to run rapidly and find its way with as pos itive certainty as if it had eyes and light to use them. Like several of the others, it, tco, perishes if taken out of the cave. Sunlight saems to wither and shrivel up these insects, just i if they had been placed in front of a hot fire. Yet, in spite of this fact, it is known that the blind cave creatures are de scended from others which originally lived in the light of day. An ordinary proof of this is that, though no faintest ray marks the dif ference between day and darkness in the depths they live in, yet it has been ascertained beyond shadow of doubt that those whose ancestors were noc turnal in their habits still prefer to move about during those hours when the surface of the earth is in dark ness. Numbers of different kinds of fish are known to live in the gloomy rivers and lakes which exist in all large caves. At San Marcos, Tex., borings were recently made to provide a water sup ply for some new fish hatcheries. At a depth of 188 feet a great stream of water was struck, which shot up at the rate of 1,200 gallons a minute. With it came thousands of tiny, shrimp-like creatures, and also a large number of curious little, pale colored reptiles, provided with lcg tail3 and each having four legs. These tiny monsters were absolutely eyeless. The only trace that they ever pos sessed such organs are two little black spots above the nostrils. A similar creature known as the olm inhabits the rivers in the Austrian caves already mentioned. In the depths of the Planina cave, nearly a mile and a half from the entrance, the olm is ,most abundant The waters are fairly alive with them, and when some years ago the Archduke Ferdi nand paid a visit to this cave a net was let down and a number of the lit tle reptiles caught for his benefit Chicago Chronicle. Curious Defenses. . An interesting book might be writ ten on the subject of "Curious De fenses." One excellent . instance - is supplied here in what was known as "Codd's Puzzle" Codd wa3? defend ing a client accused of stealing a duck. He set up seven defenses: (1) The accused bought the duck and paid for it; (2) he found it; (3) It wa3 given to him; (4) it flew into-hls gar den; (5) it was put in his pocket while he slept; 6 and 7 are not recorded; but an amicus curiae suggested that there never was any duck at alL The accused wa3 acquitted, not because they chose any particular defense, but because they did not know which to choose, and so gave the prisoner the benefit of the doubt.- Spectator. the British navy, which will be ready first of the new year. THE LAND OF EARTHQUAKES About Fourteen Hundred Sliocks Shake Up Japan Each Year The Record. According to a treatise by Baron Dairoku Kikuchi, which has recently been published for private circulation. Japan has annually about 1,400 earth quake shocks, which leave a record in observations where suitable apparatus is employed. Of these perhaps not more than 50 are generally noticed. Indeed, a still smaller number are attended with serious harm. Since 1875--nearly 30 years ago only 15 have occurred which caused a loss cf life or did much dam- "age to property. In October, 1S91, took place the great Nuno-Owari earthquake, in which 7,000 people were killed, over 17,000 injured and nearly 20,000 buildings destroyed. In 1875 the imperial government com menced the systematic observation of earthquakes. Of the 223 large shocks recorded since the earliest times, 47 had their origin in the Pacific, 17 in the Japan sea, 2 in the Inland sea, 114 inland and 43 are obscure. Baron Kikuchi believes that "the dis tribution of the earthquake origins in Japan seems to have a close connection with. the curvilinear form of the coun try. They are arranged approximately in two systems, which are respectively parallel and normal to the arc formed by the Japanese islands." Almost all recent earthquakes in Japan, extending over a large area, seem to be "tectonic" i. e., due to mountain forming agencies while in earthquakes accompanying volcanic eruptions the shaking is con fined to a comparatively small area. The imperial earthquake commission, which was founded in 1892, has been watching with special care magnetic disturbances in connection with earth quakes, and has found that such dis turbances usually attend or precede earthquakes. Continuous magnetic ob servations are now being made in five different places distributed over Japan as evenly as circumstances will allow. As Baron Kikuchi remarks, "this in vestigation is one of the few means at present available for diagnosing the state of underground stress, and it is a promising one." Other investigations have been under taken to determine the relation cf earth quakes to latitude variation. Determin ations of gravity are also being made at properly chosen spots with a view of obtaining more, knowledge of the in ternal structure of the land. A JUDGE OF MEN. But the Diiscerning Girl Missed It in Two Cases at Least. They were spending a short time in the country, and men were few. The little, stout, middle-aged man eeemed to be the life of the hotel. He was everywhere, attending to everything. He had a smile and a jone for everybody. and had been particularly devoted to the young girl from London. "I hate gloomy men," she said. "I like to see men bright and jolly and cheerful, like you. I think a man's business creeps into his manner to a certain extent don't you?" "Um well, I don't know," he said. "It may, but you can't always tell." "I can," she said, cheerfully. "At least I can generally come pretty close to it Now, you take that funereal, solemn looking man that we see on the veranda every night He looks and acts as if he had lost his last friend and never expected to have another. He is som ber in his dressing, too. His manner shows how seriously he looks at life, and if an observing person can't tell exactly what his business is, she ought to be able to get near it, anyway." "What should you think he was?" "An undertaker, or a tombstone man ufacturer, or a lawyer, or possibly a heavy tragedian." "Well, he isn't any one of them." "Do you know him? What' is he?" she asked, eagerly. "He is a professional humorist" "Dear me, how surprising! Now, I should have thought that might have been your business, but certainly net his. What is your business?" "Oh, I am an undertaker." Tree Coal Bin. -In the churchyard of a Welsh village there are four large yew trees, and a hollow in one of them, which is pro tected by a door, is used for storing coal needed to heat the church during tap winter months. TESTING EGGS IN MEXICO. Novel Method Which Is in Vogue Among the natives of That Country. It Is a common sight in the plaza to behold a stall woman, who is selling two reals' worth of eggs, pick them up one by one,put one end and then the other to her lips, and hand them over to the customer, who repeats the same identical operation. To the inexperienced onlooker it seems as if. they were tasting the ex tremities of the egg, says the Mexican Herald. As a matter of fact, they never touch the egg to the tongue. The idea of the performance is that when the egg Is fresh one end is dis tinctly colder than the other. The end which has the air chamber is the warm er of the two. The human lips are ex ceedingly sensitive to heat and ' cold, and even the novice at this form of egg testing promptly becomes a capable judge. If both ends of the egg reveal the same temperature, that egg may be counted as bad, as it is a fairly good sign that the air "chamber is broken and the contents spread equally within the shell. SELF-PROPELLED SLED. Device of Two New Yorkers Which Anybody Would Be Able to Adapt to the Ordinary Sled. We give herewith the description of an invention applicable to the winter months, when the snow reaches us. It is the invention of two New Yorkers, which they term a self-propelled sled. Anybody could build one, or, for that matter, construct one out of an ordi nary sled, using the top and runners, with a cross-bar or footrest connecting the runners at the front, the latter be ing on a plane slightly below the seat. Two actuating levers are pivoted upon a bracket or support upon the front posts. Propelling rods are connected to the levers and the rear posts, the extreme forward end being threaded and bent Inwardly at right angles, so as to pro vide a pivot pin which enters one of a series of openings in the lever and is re tained in position by a nut. A bracket, provided with a vertical slot, is at tached to the rear pest, in which loosely SLED PROPELLED BY HAND LEVERS. slides a stud through which the propell ing rod passes and is guided in its actu ating movements. Wound around the propelling rods is a spiral coiled spring, which rests against a lug secured to the rod. To prevent undue jarring or bouncing of the sled caused by the rapid striking of the end of the propell ing rod against the ground, a cushioned device is provided, which is formed of a vertical spring secured to the brack et The rear end of the propelling rod is shaped into a slight point to readily penetrate the ice or snow. In opera tion the person seated upon the sled places his feet against the front rest and manipulates the pivoted levers, which operate the propelling rods, the resistance to the ground pushing the sled forward, the strokes being regu lated by the holes in the levers. WEIGHING AN AUTOGRAPH. Mechanical Adjustment So Delicate as to Detect the Mark of a Pencil. Scales are now made of such nice adjustment that they will weigh the smallest hair plucked from the eye brow. They are triumphs of mechan ism, and are inclosed in glass cases, as the slightest breath of air would impair their records. The glass case has a slid ing door and as soon as the weight is placed in the balance the door slides down. , .The balances are cleared and made ready for further use by pressing a but ton, which slightly raises the beam, says the New York Herald. Two pieces of paper of equal weight can be placed on the scales, and 'an autograph written in pencil on either piece will cause the other side to ascend, and the needle, which indicates the division of the weight even to the millionth part of a pound or less, will move from its per pendicular. -. A signature containing nine letters has been weighed and proved to be ex actly two millogrammes or one flfteen-thousand-five-hundredth part of an ounce troy. - Irrigation In Dakota. " A proposition is now on foot to irri gate certain parts of North Dakota and eastern Montana whereby the govern ment is to put in irrigation canals and the settlers are to pay $25 an acre for the service, payable in ten annual in stallments of 12.50 each. CLEVER BALANCE TRICK. How Your Friends Hay Be Enter-, tained After the Dinner. Is Over. This is one of the neatest and moste curious of balancing tricks. Cut the tops to two long corks into wedge shape, insert the corks firmly in. the necks of two bottles of equal height,, and place the bottles on the table about, ten' inches apart with the edges, of the corks parallel to each other. Now. try to balance a table knife on one of the sharpened corks. If you succeed, re ject that knife and try one' with a. heavier handle, for we must have two knives -that will not balance unaided. Having found two such knives, hold them level on the corks with their points almost in contact, moving the bottles if necessary, and set on their points a small, thin wine glass or tum bler containing just enough water to make the whole affair balance' when you take your hands off it This is a good deal easier to say than to do. but it can be done, though it may THE BALANCE COMPLETE. take more than one pair of hands to do it at least, at first So far you have accomplished a strik ing and "ticklish" balancing feat an J that is all, says the Chicago Inter Ocean. Now attach a bullet, coin or any small heavy object to a thread and care fully lower it into the water in the lit tle glass. As soon as the coin touches the water the glass begins to go down, the knives turning like seesaws on tha corks, and lower goes the glass, so that if the coin is large you will have a smash before it is half under water. But you can pull it up at any instant As you; do so the glass follows as if It wera glued to the coin, and so you can keep it seesawing up and down. Perhaps the reason of this is not clear to you. The coin is held up by th thread and does not touch the glass, so hew can it affect it? Well, the coin is rt held up by the thread alcne. Ths part that is under water Is held partly, by the thread and partly by the water, which buoys it up with a force equal to the weight of an equal bulk of water. The coin there presses the water, and consequently the glas3, downward with an equal force. Now when you pull out the coin this extra weight is taken off, so the glass rises to itsorigiEal position. You might raal.e the glass bob up and down by pressing, it with your finger, but it would be a ticklish experi ment, while with the suspended coin you can move the glas so very delicate ly and safely that you can even make it dance in time to a waltz or polka played rather slowly on the piano. So it makes a very pretty little trick, es pecially If you substitute for the cola a tiny human figure or doll. CLOCK BUILT OF PINS. Timepiece and Tower Which Contains Between 15,000 and 20, 000 Pins. A clock made entirely of pins, the work of J. G. Dickerson, Austin. Chica go, is on exhibition at the St Louis ex position. There are between 15,000 and CLOCK MADE OP PINS. 20,000 pins in the clock, of all sizes and shapes, soldered together into one mass and placed with infinite care to maks the frame symmetrical. The clock is run by electricity and requires no wind ing. . Source of Coal Waste. A square foot of uncovered pipe, filled with steam at 100 pounds pressure, will radiate and dissipate in a year the heat put into 3,716 pounds of steam by the economic combustion of 398 pounds of coal. Thus, ten square feet of bars pipe corresponds approximately to tha waste of two tons of coal per tnw?n ill SI ill -