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iThe Western Kansas World
H. S. GIVLER, Pub. WAKEENEY - - KANSAS A circr.4 press agent turned 6,000 people away who wanted to see the show one day last week. Buffalo boasts that It is the coolest city in the country. We predict that It will quit this inside of six months. Hungary is said to be contemplating following Norway's example. This will make another opening lot a king out of a Job. The next book agent who tackles . New York's smart set may have to make frequent visits to the free lunch emporiums. The weather man' has treated corn well lately. Now the farmers would like to have him give the grass a little due attention. Why should anybody waste good photographic plates on Harry Lehr, when it would be just as easy to snap Maxine Elliott? The Rochester Democrat publishes an article on "How to Make a Revol ver Safe." The best way is to bury it and forget the place. A married woman in Spain has been in a trance for thirty-one years. There's one marriage where there is no connubial squabbling. The Sultan of Turkey has decorated Senator Bacon of Georgia. But no man should be Judged according to the source of his decorations. When the Persian minister at Wash ington was asked ifIt were true that the shah was coming to America, his only answer was, "O, pshaw!" After reading the list of swells in cluded in the "Fads and Fancies" book some persons might be willing to pay about $1,500 to be left out. " Whenever the Canadian courts have nothing in particular on hand they turn In and render a few more deci sions In the Gaynor and Green case. A California millionaire who ran his automobile against a milk wagon was killed. That was about as near lese majesty as it is possible to get in this country. A New York architect has been made sick by the bite of a kissing bug. As he is a married man, the neighbors have their own opinion about it. A New York judge has decided that a girl after a lovers quarrel is entitled legally to keep the ring. That may be, but a girl of the right kind would not want to. What a delight It is to listen to the young lawyer. Just admitted to the bar, when for the first time in his life be has an opportunity to" talk in pub lic about "my client." Doubtless the Philadelphia doctor who believes that his plan for getting to the pole Is much better than Peary's has read a great many books about Arctic exploration. "Divine providence miraculously preserved his majesty," the sutan of Turkey, from the murderous attack of an assassin. Then providence must bave some use for the sultan. Premier Balfour, having been de feated In the House, resumes his cus tomary attitude of "philosophic doubt." He doesn't quite know what to do, and won't hurry to do it. A woman in New Jersey, who has Just died at the aee of 93. rem"berd being kissed by Lafayette when he came to Paterson. . And Laiayette probably forgot her inside of five sec onds. A New York magistrate sentenced a defendant to kiss his wife once a day, and there was no sour old bach elor around to protest against the sen tence as "cruel and unusual punish ment." After all. It is so seldom that com plimentary things are written about the members of New York's "smart set" that thev c",n hardly be blamed for their willingness to pay well for a little taffy. One of our contemporaries has an article headed. "A Sad ' Drowning," thus distinguishing it from the gay and cheerful drownings which are so numerous at this time of year." Hartford Times. The marine hospital service Is com plaining bitterly that It can't get white mice- enough to make serum for the" book-worm, the cause of laziness. This sounds like Lewis Carroll, or else a .pretty long souse. v King Alfonso is making prepara tions to visit Emperor William at Ber lin. It will be wise for the women of Berlin to keep their babies off the streets when William and Alfonso go out In their automobile to see the town. ' "One of the chief causes of the dull ness of life," remarks an esteemed contemporary, "is the inability to lis- ten you find In nine people out, of ten." Evidently that editor and his friends differ as to the brilliancy of ids conversation. Folklore (Special Correspondence.) Hawaii abounds in folklore and weird legends. The land is believed to swarm with gnomes and fairies ana the water with nymphs and mon sters. The simple minded native, whose grandfather would have bacKed away- from a pair of trousers like a mustang shying at a new harness, tells us that the god of the air car ries around the wind In a calabash. He solemnly relates that an immense bird once laid an egg in the ocean, which in time was hatched by uie tropic winds, and thus the Hawaiian islands were created. One of the prettiest legends Is that of the cocoanut tree. The story goes that a beautiful princess was very much beloved by one of the chiefs who was a noted athlete. He tried to please her in every way, swim ming the lakes and bringing her rare flowers and choice fruits from the other side of the island, but she would not listen to his suit. He found life not worth living without her, and ex pired from the pain of his unrequited affection. Before he- died he said to rwSfb with- - Youthful the princess. "The time will surely come when you will kiss me of your own free will." Years afterward, while the princess was walking one day by the beach, her attention was attracted to a beau tiful towering tree of a new and strange variety. Its . tufted head nodded proudly in the wind and her eager gaze was centered upon its delicious fruit. An attendant pro cured one of the great green nuts for her, and as she was in the act of raising it to her lips to drink the milk, she heard a voice say, "Do you embrace me with your own free will?" The spirit of the prince had taken the form of the cocoanut tree. The Valley of Rain. Another legend concerns the fair valley of Manoa, the place of daily rain. It was here In -the long ago that a lovely princess was murdered by her lover because he thought she had betrayed him to a god. The maiden was really innocent of the charge and rather than take revenge for her murder the gods decreed that a gentle rain should fall daily in the place where she had died, the sparkl ing drops of moisture representing the tears of the angels and the graces of the departed maiden. This valley is one of the most fertile In the region of Honolulu, all owing to the fact that the memory- of the gentle princess. Is kept green by the constant fall of rain. Still another story deals with the cause of the reverence which is shown the bog. This animal was not always a lowly beast ' content to root in the mud and forage for the sake of its appretite. It once had the power to roam the possessions of kings and live upon the milk of the land. One bold ruler came to grief by sending his followers forth to give battle to the hog and destroy 1 Native Grass House. it. When approached the animal seemed docile enough and was led away an unresisting captive. -When the god for the hog was really that in those days judged he had gone a proper distance he suddenly turned and tore his captors to pieces. After1 this he was treated like a hero and for centuries was regarded as one of the country's greatest warriors. This yarn about the hog's prowess as a fighter, if it takes a notion, has been handed down to posterity as a warning to all persons to approach this much-prized animal with caution. Why the Volcano Cooled. Another pretty legend is that cOn- i cerning the fire goddess, who lived in 1 of Hawaii a volcano. She was the most beauti ful woman on the earth, and yet she kept alive the blazing hell that smouldered ip the belly of the moun tain, threatening the lives of all the inhabitants roundabout. One day she took a journey to a far-off mountain to rest herself. Soon after her ar rival she was disturbed by the turn turn of a drum. She looked about and found that it was being beate? to keep time for a prince who was dancing the hula. - She straightway took part in the gayety by singing the refrain to words of her own composi tion. The prince was naturally surprised and enchanted by the appearance of the beautiful singer. When the song was ended he invited the fair singer to the royal inclosure, offering her refreshments and food. After a short courtship they were married. After living happily to gether for some time the fire goddess informed the prince that she must return to her old home and attend tc her duties, as the fires of the vol- - . y v -wrfsa raw - i - -&k'K r4CV .... i Hawaiians. cano had died down until there waf nothing but little sparks left. She hac never revealed to her husband that she was the fire goddess, though he instinctively felt that she was some thing more than an ordinary mortal. He was loth to have her depart and finally prevailed upon her to remain as his consort. That is why the heart of the volcano became cold and is no longer a menace to the safety oi the people. There is a venerable wizard that is said to be over 90 year of age, living in the hills near Honolulu, and who is noted for the wonderful power of his eye. He is filthy, ragged and un kempt, but the strange light in his eye holds the natives in awe and at tracts many curious white people who want to see what he is like. A Few White Lepers. And now, leaving the legends and superstitions of the fair island behind, we come to what may be called Hawaii's skeleton In the closet. It is the leper settlement in the moun tains of Molokai. It is located on a peninsula of some 5.000 acres in ex tent. It is surrounded on three sides by a steep precipice about 1,500 feet in height. The settlement can only be approached by a small pathway, and two policemen are always on guard here to prevent any one one from entering. About 140 lepers were sent here in 1865, and the number has in creased from time to time until there are about 1,000 persons in the com munity. Nine-tenths of the afflicted inmates of the place are either Chin ese or natives,, white people, being rarely susceptible to the disease. Lit tle is known of this dread malady. It is a cureless, but painless afflic tion and the theory is that it can only be taken from contact. The first symptoms are generally little spots behind the ears. One of its strangest features is that children born v of - leprous parents are seldom afflicted. All children born at Molokai are carefully watched until they are 7 years of age, and if at that time they are found to be nonlepers they are taken to Honolulu and placed in an institution provided for them. These children are care fully sheltered and nurtured and al most Invariably grow up to be useful citizens. Not a Messenger Boy. Aa beggar accosted a , man on the street the other day and poured out t tale of woe, to which the gentlemai patiently listened. Then he took out a card bearing his name, which waf that of a well known philanthropist who contributes largely to an organ ization working for the relief of th poor. This he handed to the man after writing an .Introductory note thereon. The beggar turned, awaj with disgust written on his face and the parting remark: ""Say, d'ye t'ink I got time to beai It up to dat Joint? I'm too busy work in' dls pike to waste me time dat way Wot d'ye t'ink I am a messenge; boy?" New York Times. Something Stronger. "I see your college boys are cele brating a great victory on the water, said the girl in the pink sweater. "I don't think you've got that just right," replied the young man witt the cigare l.e. "Our boys won a vie tory on tLe water, but they are not celebrating it on water." . With the Cavalry. . Now look away, you doughboy men, an stick to them trenches tight. Peek, if you wanter, over yer dirt and see a. purty fight, took, to yer cinches, one an' all, here goes th' fightin' crew, floo-ki! Hang onter yer hat U' cavalry's comin' through. . Ifs rat-tity-tat on th dusty road. Here's where th' devil '11 git a load Hoo-kl! an" th' air is blue When th' cavalry's comin' through. There's some wot likes th doughboy line, some likes th' battery. Some is stuck on th' engineers for mine th' cavalry. With yer legs a-straddle a good old horse a horse wot s kind and true. Then ifs hoo-kL! Hang onter yer hat tn - cavalry's comin' through. Clackety-clack. spit out th' dust. Folltr yer leader if you bust Wee-ow-wow! There's a hulla-baloo When th' cavalry's comin' through. This "fight on feet" ain't Jusf my style, feel safer on a horse. When I feel his quiver beneath my knees an' th' captain shows th course. Sing, gun in hand, an' yell in my teeth, then I knows what ter do. Hoo-kl! Hang onter yer hat the cavalry s comin' through. Ta-ta-ra th' bugle sings - - Keels s T you was on wings Yte-ow-wow! An' then wa-hoo. When th' cavalry's comin' through. Leslie s Weekly. "Mother Ransom's" Experiences. Mrs. Eleanor C. Ransom, affection ately known as "Mother Ransom," not only by the boys in blue whom she so faithfully nursed, but by a multitudt of friends. Is now residing at the Ransom Industrial Home in the quiet seclusion of that sheltered vale that lies just over the bluff from Garvanza, Cal., and which is one of several insti tutions of the same character that "Mother Ransom" has founded in var ious parts of the country. She is now nearly 90 years old and so feeble that she spends most of her time in her room, where a Times representative found her a veritable old saint happy in her Christian faith and love. "It was in February, 1863," she said, "that I went to Memphis in company with twenty-five women, all from . In diana, where I had resided for more than thirty years, in response to a call from Gov. Morton, 'the old war gov ernor' as he was called. I was as signed to the Gayoso general hospital and later was assigned by our sur geon to -the Washington hospital to assist in opening and getting it in good running condition. In the fall I returned to. Memphis and .remained there all winter. The following spring I received from headquarters in ' In dianapolis a commission authorizing me to receive and distribute sanitary supplies and allowing me to go when and where I was most needed. I rec ollect that on-the first Sabbath in Au gust, 1864, it was my precious privi lege to spend that whole day in wash ing the feet of our poor wounded men. They wept great tears of gratitude which spoke louder than words. In the fall I went to New Orleans to ascer tain the condition of the Indiana troops stationed there and spent weeks ministering to the poor prisoners brought up from Galveston who were so starved that many of them were idiotic and could not tell their own names or give any information of their friends at home. "My most thrilling experience as an army nurse was the shipwreck of the North .America. I was sent by the medical director as aid to the surgeon. Dr. McClintock, in charge of the sick soldiers who were being transferred from New Orleans to New York. The North America, a steamship and the same vessel that brought up those prisoners from Texas, was detailed to take the sick men to the North. We left New Orleans on Dec. 16, 1864, and on the 22d of the same ' month we were shipwrecked. We had on board 203 enlisted men. We arrived In New York city Jan. 1, 1865, with fifteen soldiers all that were rescued from the sinking ship. 'While memory bas her seat I can never forget the horror of that scene. A terrible gale arose' on the evening of the fifth day out. All night and the next day the storm con tinued with increasing fury. v Just off the coast of Florida the steamer was reported as leaking badly forward. They cut away the ceiling and. stuffed in blankets, but the leak admitted as much water in five minutes as could be bailed out in an hour. There seemed no hope whatever but that all must be lost, when a sail was reported in sight, which proved to be the bark Mary E. Libby, bound from Cuba to Portland, Me. She saw our signals of distress and spoke us through her trumpet, im mediately heading toward ns. As she bore down upon us the two ships col lided and it looked for a time as If both were doomed. The Libby -drifted off and repaired damages sufficiently to be able to take us on board and sent us her lifeboat, the ships being three miles apart when the first boat load was rescued and when the last one went over they had drifted six miles apart. '- The Libby rolled so In that fearful sea that it "was a long time before anyone could be trans ferred to her tteck. Four women be side the stewardess and fifteen soldier boys were rescued. Eight boatloads were attempted to be transferred, but one. manned by the purser and two assistants, was swamped and all on board were lost.- The North America -went down with 194 of our brave sol dier boys on board, but even had they all been rescued the Libby, wHIch had supplies only for her own crew of fourteen men, could not have offered 'us sufficient food to -keep ns alive. They 'divided what they had with us, apportioning both food and water and ; we were almost famished when we reached New York. My health was so impaired by the shock and strain and the grief for. my dear lost soldier boys that I was unable to do anything for some time. I afterward returned to Memphis and reported to the Adams general hospital." , "Mother Ransom" served in five dif ferent hospitals during the war and ever since has been actively engaged In philanthropic work, her long life of almost a century- being marked by constant loving service to the unfor tunate and the needy. Los Angeles Times. A Personal Story of Grant. "I am going to tell you an incident in the life of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant which has never appeared in print that I know of, but which happens to come within my cognizance," said Sen ator Daniel of Virginia when in Chi cago as the guest of the Hamilton club. "Along in January or February, 1865, a young Virginia soldier, about 17 or 18 years of age (and I want you to understand that every boy in Vir ginia from 13 to 14 years of age up ward was carrying arms at that time), was instructed by his comman der, who was Colonel John S. Mosby, to cross the Potomac to a certain postoffice in Maryland and to bring to him the mail. He wanted it for the military information he could get out of it. - - "This young man was in his full confederate uniform and with a com rade or two proceeded to execute the order. He "arrived at the postoffice, and the inconvenient postmaster showed fight.. He killed him. He got the mail and brought it and delivered it to his commander. A short time afterward - he was captured. He was taken to the City of Washington. He was court-martialed and condemned to be shot for' murder. "At that stage of the proceedings Ms father and mother, whom I knew well and there were no more respect able -and reptuable people in Virginia went to the City of Washington and laid the case before the President of the United States, Andrew Johnson. He referred them to General Grant. "General Grant sent for the papers and read them over and wrote upon the back of them words to this effect: 'This young soldier in full uniform obeyed the orders of his commander; if he had not done so he ought to have been shot. As he did so it would be murder to shoot him. He should be irstantly discharged.' And that is one reason why I am here and why I am glad to pay the respect of a soldier to the brave, true . and honorable American soldier, Ulysses S. Grant." Encampment Arrangements. A recent visit of the commander-in-chief to Denver, Col., convinces him that the committee of arrangements is making every effort to Insure the suc cess of the thirty-ninth National G. A. R. encampment in that city during the week beginning Sept. 4 next. A per sonal Inspection of the route of parade shows the length to be within the two- mile limit prescribed by the national encampment, and over asphalt pave ment the entire distance. Ample ac commodations in hotels, boarding and lodging houses and halls are at the disposal of the sub-committee on accommodations, the . chairman of which. Col. George W. Cook, No. 1725 Stout - street, Denver, will cheerfufiy acknowledge all communications and attend to the assignments of all appli cants. Attention is called by the commander-in-chief to the custom in military bands of playing marching music to the time adopted by the National Guard, which is 120 beats to the min-r ute. In consequence of such ' quick time much fatigue and suffering have been caused to" the comrades of the Grand. Army of the Republic who have so pluckily endeavored to keep step. All persons charged with the duty of employing bands for the national pa rade in Denver are requested to stipu late that music played on that occa sion shall not exceed ninety beats to the minute, "the time to which we marched from 1861 to 1865." Much progress has been made in the arrangements for the transportation of visitors. In brief, the passenger as sociations east of Denver have grant ed a rate of practically one cent a mile, with time limit on depositing tickets in Denver, good to return up to and including Oct. 7, 1905. The Medal of Honor. - The recent change in. the design pf the Medal of Honor again calls atten tion to the decoration which stands for the highest honor our government can bestow upon its soldiers a deco ration ranking in the same class with the famous Victoria Cross of Great Britain and the eagerly coveted Iron Cross "of Germany. The Medal of Honor is conferred by act of Congress only for some distinguished .deed of bravery or gallantrx while in service. In the winning of It officer and pri vate met on common ground, and such care is exercised by the War depart ment to prevent the honor from being unworthily bestowed that out. of more than two millions and a half of men who served in the civil war less than two thousand have been awarded Med als of Honor. And of these nearly one-half were voted outright to an entire, regiment, the Twenty-seventh Maine Volunteer Infantry, whose term of -service expired on the eve of the battle of Gettysburg, but whose mem bers volunteered to remain and enter that fight. Pygmies Strange Dane. The -seven pygmies brought from Central Africa made their first ap pearance at tne London Hippodrome on June 5. and did a weird dance. house applauded, clapping the hands mean! gn"stop" in their country. They were much surprised at all they saw in London, but have no language with which to make any comments, "Oo! oo!" greets alike railway trains, tele phones, electric lights and everything else-. NO SLEEP FOR MOTHER Baby Covered With Sores and Scales Could Not Tell What She Looked Like Marvelous Cure by Cuticura. "At four months old my baby's face and body were so covered with sores and large scales you could not tell . what she looked like. No child ever had a worse case. Her face was being eaten away, and even her finger nails fell off. It itched so she could not sleep, and for many weary Lights wee could get no rest. At last we got Cuticura Soap and Ointment. The sores began to heal at once, and she could sleep at night, and In one month she bad not one sore on hr face or body. Mrs. Mary Sanders, 709 Spring Woman's work is never done. While she washes up the supper dishes the man merely sits In the front yard in shirt sleeves, smokes a three-for-a-quarter and studies 'how in the devil he is to pay off that $265 note tomor row. Over one million acres of land In the TTintah ' Indian reservation will be thrown open for settlement August 28th. Registration begins August Is., at Grand Junction. Colorado, continuing till August 12. From Denver. Colorad Springs or Pueblo, the Colorado Midland is the short est route to Grand Junction or reserva tion points. Write C. H. Speers. G. P. A.. Denver, for booklet, giving informa tion regarding land, rates, etc. If a woman has common sense she will not be afraid to acknowledge the corn. If she has good sense she will never have the corn. Why nag your children? Remember that there will be plenty of hell left without hurrying anybody to get it. DOVT FORGET I A lame 2-oz. package Red Cross Ball Blue, only 5 cents. The Kuss Company, South Bend, lad. Sayings of Disraeli. The English papers print some good sayings from Disraeli: "One thing is clear, that a man may speak very well in the house ' of commons and fail very completely in the house of lords. There are two distinct styles dequisite. in the lower house 'Don Juan' may per haps be our model; in the upper house, 'Paradise Lost.' " "To be har assed about money Is one of the most disagreeable incidents of "life. It ruf fles the temper, lowers the spirits, disturbs the rest, and finally breaks tin the rioalth " "TVTv irlfl nf An a frrep- able person is a person who agrees with me." "Sympathy is the solace of the poor; but for the rich there Is compensation." "There is a great deal of vice which really. Is sheer Inadvertence. Wonders of Electric Waves. Electric waves and sensitive re ceivers offer a means of performing a variety, of operations at a distance. Professor E. D. Branly has been try ing to attain such results, and has shown the Paris academy an appar atus bv which he can start an electric motor, cause incandescent lamps to glow, and cause an explosion. These effects, can be produced or discontin ued In any desired order, one after another. They were chosen arbitrarly for experiment, and it Is possible to bring about at a distance other me chanical action or series of actions or to work a complicated machine. Confession of an automobile: I have not committed an accident for some time, and feel lonesome to the bottom of my gasoline tank. Compound Interest comes to life when the body feels the delicious glow of health., vigor and energy. That Certain Sense of vigor in the brain and easy poise of the nerves comes when the improper foods are cut out and predig'ested - take their place. If it has taken you years to run down don'texpectone mouthful of this rreat food to bring- you back (for it is not a stimulant but Rebuilder.) 10 days trial shows such bipr re sults that one sticks to it. 'There a Reason." " Get the little book, "The Road to Wetlvilie," in each. pkjj.