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Picture of Venus Found j Pompeii. While excavating In a house at Pom peii, the workmen recently found a PICTURE OF VENUS. beautiful painting, to which the title "Venus at Her Toilette" has been given by Italian ' connoisseurs who have made a careful examination of it. They say that it certainly represents the Goddess of Love arraying herself In the morning, and that around her are her attendants and female slaves. This painting is a' fresco, and the house in which it was fouud belonged formerly to Marcus Lucretius Fronto, who during his life was evidently one of the most prominent men in Pom peii. In the house are six large rooms, all of which were elaborately furnish ed and decorated. Besides this fresco another one quite equal to it in beatr and representing the punishment of Neoptolemus was also found. "fear them were discovered . several fninor paintings, as well as other relics of considerable value. At a little dis tance were unearthed the skeletons of six men, and, as one of . them held tightly a large vase filled with pieces of money, the assumption is that they were burglars,' who had taken advan tage of the consternation in the city to rush into this wealthy man's house, and who had themselves been over taken by the destroying fire before they could escape. There is hardly any country in which more natural curiosities are to be found than in our neighbor, Mexi co. One reason is because vegetation there is very luxuriant, and there are A CURIOUS BRIDGE, wide stretches of land on which grass, shrubs and trees are allowed to grow unchecked. A person traveling through such a region frequently comes across some freak of nature which it would be difficult. If not im possible, to find elsewhere. Such a curiosity Is the bridge - of living vines, which is shown in . the MOUNTAIN MAY TOPPLE. Peak of Jom Ranare Has Been Datw oojiIt UBdennlnded. Apropos of the recent Alpine disas ters in Switzerland, it Is worth noting that the mountain called theRocher de la Clusette is likely ty topple over Into the busy valley of Travers at any moment. The valley of Travers lies In the Jura mountains, and through it runs the Jura-Simplon railway. Down its narrow gorge also rushes the River le Reuse, a small stream in winter, but a swollen torrent when the warm sum mer sunshine melts the mountain snows. The valley is just about wide enough for the river and the railroad in some places, and In others it opens out so that small cities lie in the em brace of the hills and struggle up their sides. Here and taere are, hotels much -patronised by tourists, and - many schools for girls are scattered through the valley. Into this valley may fall at any time a great mass of the moun tain, estimated to amount to 13.500,000 cubic feet of rock. Close to the foot of the mountain lie the quaint little cities of Noirague, Le Fucil Clusett and Champ du Moulin, which will be buried deep when the mountain falls, and it Is only a question of time for it to do so. Experts who have examined the moun tain declare that it cannot remain much longer In the present "state of unstable equilibrium. Precisely when the mountain will fall the scientists are not able to say. Dry weather will tend to retard the catastrophe; wet weather will hasten It- When the land slides does take place.not only will the valley be filled with the debris and much valuable property be destroyed and probably lives lost but the River ; This Bridge is of ! Growing Vines. accompanying picture. It - Is In a dense wood, and around it on all sides are shrubs of various kinds. - The vines, which are thick and strong, form a natural roadway over a stream and are bo firmly secured on either side that a passenger may avail him self ot them without risk. It has, of course, taken time to produce a bridge of this kind, but unlike other bridges, this one instead of growing weaker every year grows stronger, for the vines are alive and their strength and tenacity increase as they grow. . . QUEER NEW PLANTS j I FROM CONGO. New species of plant3 from the Congo are rapidly becoming popular In Europe. Among them not one is more admired than the calamus,, which is a species of palm - that grows In the Ogoue region. It Is notable for the fact that in a wild state it remains a low shrub for several years, then sud denly develops and, attaching Itself to a tree near it, climbs quickly to its summit. Its wood Is in much demand in the Congo, long straight canes, which are used for various purposes, being fashioned from it. Another popular palm tree is the CONGO PLANTS. podococcus acaulis hua, which grows in the Lower Congo region on the banks of the Fernan-Vaz. It is a dwarf and quite tare. Its leaves are soft and while the tree is young they remain unbroken, but as soon as the tree reaches its full height fissures ap pear in them. One tree was grown from, seed in France and Is now at tracting so much attention that sev eral more seeds have been ordered from the Congo. The tree known as tnusanga Smithli grows mainly on the western coast of the Congo, and is one of the most use ful trees in that country. Its growth is extremely rapid and its wood is very light. Its leaves, too, are quite large, but. curiously enough, they do not furnish much shade, and for this reason the tree is grown a good deal on plantations of coffee and cocoa, where only a limited amount of shade is required. Its wood is much used by., the natives for the purpose of making rafts. M. J. Dybowski, director of the Colonial Garden at Vincennes, says that he has seen specimens on a plantation at Ga bon which were eighty feet In height, though they were only four years old. The leaves of trees that have attained such a height are eighty centimetres in diameter and are very ornamental, being of a beautiful green on the upper side and of a brick red beneath. The musanga is indeed a most attractive tree, and one to which French horti culturists are now giving special at tention. Ficus faaderifornis benth - (also known as ficus pandurata) is another very ornamental tree. ' It also grows rapidly, attaining a height of four feet when . only eight months old. Its leaves are bright " green, I with red veins, an are of a goodly size. Euro pean gardeners say that they have no Reuse will Daily Hail. be choked up. London Dog- Swimming Race. ' A dog swimming race was the feat ure of a day's sport on the St. Charles river, near Boston, a few days ago, and, despite the fact that Tighe, a fe rocious bulldog was urged on to vic tory by having a kitten he was not fonC of cats held in front df him while he swam, Bruno, a smooth-coated collie, is still the champion swim mer among the upper set of Boston ca nines. . Vhe race was over a course of 300 yards for $50 a Bide, and Bruno won by 12 3-5 seconds. Much Inter est was created. by the novel contest, and It was witnessed by hundreds of persons from FarreU's bathhouse, near West Boston bridge. Many bets were .made on the race, with the bulldog as favorite. The "dope" on the stronger animal seemed bad, however, and his followers lost heavily. Neither dog seemed to be exhausted- by the swim, and there is now talk of another match between the same dogs for a mile for a big stake. '. " AmniaTBOiaa Apology. ' Two gentlemen had attended a tem perance meeting, and, returning home by a dark and narrow lane, had been thrown out of their conveyance. The Incident was reported in the local pa per, and the account closed with the words: "Fortunately both men, were sober." The editor received an angry letter from one of the" gentlemen con cerned, with a request for an apology. He was equal to the occasion, "In our account of the unfortunate accident to Messrs. . wrote the editor, "we stated that, fortunately, both men were trouble In growing this tree, since it flourishes in a hot house and can safe ly bea placed in the open . ground In summer.' . This Rat Caught by - ', j I an Oyster. : Rats are the quickest of creatures and oysters the slowest. It Is, there fore, surprising to learn that an, oyster recently canght a rat. -This happened in the shop of a fishmonger. The lat- THE "OYSTER TRAP." ter who lives1 above his store was awakened one night by an astonishing racket going on beneath him. He thought burglars were trying to break Into his store. When he cau tiously . entered with a light, he could see nothing unusual. The noises now mixed with squealing was proceeding from a dark corner. There he found a rat -frantically attempting to get down his hole, but prevented from do ing so by a large oyster that had hold of his tail. , The rat's tail had happened to enter between the shells of the oyster as the former was prowling about for food, and the shells immediately closed and held him fast. Then his ratship Jump ed for his hole, dragging the oyster with him. An entirely new performance . with cu and billiard ball has been given by the famous billiard player, Robert J de Bremen t, and has evoked a great deal of applause from billiard enthu siasts. THE "WILLIAM TELL.' Mr.- Bremont calls this trick the "William Tell." He performs It on any ordinary billiard table, upon which a lighted candle has been placed. " By hitting a ball with his cue ball, he sends the former over the flame. describing an arc. The holder or can- die is not touched by the ball, but Its motion extinguishes the light. Advantages of Civilization. ."I presume you appreciate the art vantages you derive from being assimi lated by a civilized country," said the interviewer to the Sultan of Bazoo island. "Yes, indeed," "assented his majesty. "Why, I got $1,000 damages because of Injuries sustained by swal lowing the false teeth of the last mis sionary we put in the royal cow somme." Baltimore American. sober. It appears this has given great offense. We therefore beg to withdraw it." Literary World. "Joke on tha Doctor. An Irishman applied to a well known local- Burgeon the other day for ex amination and diagnosis of his case. The doctor made a careful Investiga tion, and arrived at the conclusion that the -man was suffering from a cancer of the stomach and that it was not capable of operation. He was unde cided whether or not to tell him his condition, when the Irishman asked. "Do you know the trouble dockter?" "I do," the physician replied. "I fear you have cancer of the stomach." "Is that so? And .can ye rache It?" "I'm afraid not." "Ha!" the patient laughed, picked up his hat and went away. He thought he had a good joke on the sur s?eon. Kriendly Advice. He was a great bore, and was talk ing to a crowd about the coming local election. Said he: "Gibs is a good man; he Is capable, honest, fearless, and conscientious. He will make the very kind of representative we need. He once saved my life from drowning." "Do you really want to see Glbba elected? said a solemn-faced old man. "I do, ' Indeed. I'd give anything to see him elected, answered the bore. "Then never let anybody know h saved your life," counseled the solemn faced man. London Tit-Bit. Blcveles Kot Popnlaar. Records are almost daily broken, but the sale and use of wheels steadily de ellnes. New York World. Puts Out Candle -with Billiard Ball. . j j - The .dedication of the First Presby terian church of Fort Hall, Ida., which took place the other -day, marked an epoch In the history of Bannock and Shoshone Indians of that -reservation. The germ that resulted in the estab lishment of this church was planted and nurtured by Miss Amelia J. Frost, who came to the reservation aa a mis sionary under the auspices of the Con necticut Indian association in July. 1C7, and has labored there continuous ly since that time. A notable impetus was given her work when, commenc ing in 1895 or '96. the Rev. James Hayes, a Sez Perce Indian of the Pres byterian church,- has visited this reser vation each summer, accompanied by a few of his chosen members, and earnestly worked in conjunction with Miss Frost for the establishment of the church that has just been dedicated. . At the dedication there was a large gathering of Indians as well as a num ber of white people from. Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Blackfoot. Dedicatory remarks at some length were made by MISS FROST AND ONE OF HER Tro grej-s of TShtrly year. The bureau of statistics of the treas ury department publishes a table on the "Progress of the United .States in Its Material Industries," which makes a very interesting showing in many ways. Comparisons are indicated by decades since 1870, but we shall con sider the two dates 1870 and 1900 only and call attention to some of the more remarkable features of the record. This may be done best in the beginning by making a table from the table as fol lows: ' - 1S70. '- Population 38.553,371 1900. 76.303.3S7 Salaries paid in pub lie schools S37.832.566 $128,663,830 Newspapers and peri odicals 6,871 Postoffices In exist ence 28,432 21,178 76,668 Receipts of Postofflce Department ...$19,772,221 (102,354.579 Telegrrapli messages sent .... 9,157.646 Hallways In operation 79,696.227 (miles) 52,922 190,833 While the population has increased by 98 per cent it is evident that so ciety and the indivudual have been constantly gaining at a much more rapid rate in the facilities for com munication. Postoffices have increased in number by 169 per cent, and the public patronage of the department has Increased 418 'per cent. There Is also an increase of 261 per cent in the railway mileage, and the number of telegraph messages was 770 per cent greater in 1900 than In 1870. All these changes taken together tell of an evo- .iution which must have produced marked change in the life and thought of the nation in the last thirty years. An Increase of 261 per cent, in the output of newspapers and periodicals indicates unmistakably that reading is becoming more general, while the con current Increase of 240 per cent in the salaries paid to school teachers' shows that our system of free education can always count upon the ungrudging sup port of the people. . The largest Increase noted in the complete statistics of the bureau is that of 15,376 per cent in the amount ef steel produced, the figures running from 68,750 to 10,639,857 tons, and the next largest is that of 3,130 per cent In the tonnage passing the Sault. WhI'e Imports of manufactures of iron and steel have declined by 37 per cent, ex ports have increased by 1,008 per cent. , Of the great agricultural -staples corn has hardly kept pace with the popu lation, but wheat has more than done so, and cotton has increased by 228 per cent. Productive capacity is mutipying so rapidy under the Impetus of modern Inventions that we are not yet within measurable distance of that possible era of overcrowding which people sometimes anticipate in their specula tions. How to sell the surplus is more X he Near the old college building at Fayette, la., where forty years age he dropped his books and marched away to mingle in the tumult of the civil war, David B. Henderson, speaker of the national House of Representatives, last week dedicated a beautiful library which bears his name In enduring let ters" of stone. The money for the li brary, $25,000, was given by Andrew Carnegie because of his regard for Mr. Henderson, and the books and equip ment were donated by ex-Governor Larrabee of Iowa. President Lincoln's call for " troops; after the- bombard meet of Fort Sumter, aroused the stu dents in the old college to the highest pitch of patriotic enthusiasm. A meet ing was held in the chapel the next day, and one of the -first to speak was Henderson. He ; announced that be was going to the war, and called on those who would follow to muster on the campus. In three minutes the the Rev. James "Hayes, speaking Eng lish and being Interpreted into the Shoshone language for the benefit of the Indians.. Short addresses were made by other speakers. At the close of the services a collection was taken, the sum realized amounting to about 939. A basket dinner was served on the grounds and the time passed pleas antly until 3 o'clock, when all took part in a song service. . - - This church was organized June . 18. 1899, with eight charter members. It now. has a membership of 65. The elders are Alec Watson, Ben Smith, Hubert Tetoby and Edward Grant, all full blood Shoshone Indians. . - They have a substantial and commodious frame building neatly finished and with chairs, bell, pulpit, library and organ, all costing about $2,500, a good ly portion of which was contributed by the Indians, either In material, la bor or money. For several years Miss Frost was lo cated at this agency, where she estab lished a mission school for Indian CLASSES OF INDIAN GIRLS. than ever the problem that confronts us. . - .' ' . ' Convenience for the S'hinler. The illustration shows a machine de signed to aid In the work of applying shingles to a roof, the Invention hav ing been patented by Charles D. Elk ins, an Arkansas inventor. The inven tor states that his object is to provide an adjustable carriage which can be raised or lowered by the roofer with out the necessity of removing his weight from the bracket. To accom plish this end the apparatus is pro vided with a horizontal shaft extending from one end of the frame to the other and carrying a winding drum at either end, with an operating lever in the center. The lever has a thumb-latch ratchet which locks the shaft to hold the carriage at any height, and the roofer has only to wind up or unwind the rope on the drums to raise or MACHINE FOR APPLYING SHIN GLES. lower himself to any desired point. To further aid in the work" the carriage on which the man sits rolls horizontally on a track, and he can thus slide back and forth along the rows, while the umbrella protects him from the glaring sun as he works. . Framed Moralilte-t. 11 There is' an evolution in small things as well as in great ones, and perhaps it is the small things that tell which way the winds of evolution blow. In the days when cardboard - air castles hung from chandeliers and decorated snow shovels leaned conspicuously against marble mantels it was the fashion to place mottoes worked by feminine hands upon the walls of our homes. These mottoes were usually of a religious' character and were in the nature of a prayer to the Deity to "bless our home," or "feed our lambs." It is still the cub torn to hang quota tions upon private walls, but now they usually - express the possessor's own theory of life and serve as reminders of his responsibilities. A favorite quo tation that is now winning the distinc tion of wall space Is from Robert Louis Henderson Library. Jb '' THE HENDERSON LIBRARY AT FAYETTE, IA. chapel was deserted. A company was made first lieutenant. He served two formed, which joined the Twelfth J years and was honorably discharged Iowa. Volunteers, and Henderson was I after losing a leg at Corinth. - girls. Something less than two years ago this work was turned over to the Episcopal church. Miss Frost .then re moved to land that had been set apart by the Indian office for religious pur poses, where ,she . constructed the building just dedicated. They are sit uated six miles north of this agency CHURCH RECENTLY DEDICATED, near Gibson station on - the Oregon Short Line railroad.' Debt is not in evidence, the improvements being free from incumbrance. CT? lw of Society Fad. A newsdealer has called attention to the complete disappearance of the rage for collecting gay colored posters. A year or two ago every mew and strik ing poster was seized eagerly by col lectors, end no young society woman's boudoir or college student's den was complete without lavish poster decora tions. Now the craze is dead, yet the supply of posters is more artistic and abundant than ever before. Probably the Increased supply killed the fad. In order to be the vogue a thing must he comparatively scarce. If mezzo tints were as abundant as etchings they would not sell for thousands of dollars apiece. - - . Tke envoy of 'the sultan of Morocco spent $10,000,000 ou a trip to London and Berlin. - Stevenson and runs as follows: "To be honest, to be kind to earn a little and to spend a little less, to make upon the whole a family happier for his pres ence, to renounce when that shall be necessary and not be embittered, to keep a few friends but these without capitulation above all, on the same grim condition, to keep friends with himself here is a task for all that a man has of fortitude and delicacy." Of course, to hang a quotation upon the walls of one's house is . a - different thing from hanging it upon the walls of one's heart,and it is quite possible to stare every day at a hand-painted motto without once making an effort to make It a thing of practice, but that such sentiments should be sufficiently popular as to be deemed worthy of frames and places of honor upon do mestic walls is a proof of a prevailing English Common Lata on Picket. Some months ago an English rail way company procured in .the high court of justice an injunction against the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants restraining its members from "watching and besetting" the railway stations and approaches during a pending strike of its employes. The appeal court to which the case was taken by the strikers set aside the in junction of the high court. . From this decision the railway com pany appealed to the house of lords, which is the highest British tribunal of justice. The house of lords reversed the decision of the appeal court, leav ing in force the injunction, against the pickets of the strikers. This is a de cision by the English court of last re sort to the effect that strike pickets are unlawful and may be summarily removed by a judicial order in a case properly brought before the court, . . Being placed on this firm ground, the railway company (operating the Ian Valley line) brought an action against the Amalgamated society for $100,000 damages on account of injur ies suffered in its business from the strikers and their pickets. If a judg ment should be procured In this suit it can be collected from the funds in the treasury of the society. t - ' Afl interesting circumstance in the life of the late George C. Chamberlain of Greenwich, Conn., who has just died at the age of 95 years and 4 months, was that when a boy 9 years old be carried water to soldiers at the battle of Waterloo and saw Napoleon shortly after. He used to describe the battle with great gusto. Mr. Cham berlain was a ; native of Leicester, England. ' About 200,000 miles of railroads are operated in the United States.