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Serirner is a man of great energy and dispatch, whose hours are so filled with activities that he has formed a habit of quick and a sometimes inju dicious speed. xNOt for many years has be had time to think twice before speaking, and however generous his impulses and correct his life, he does now and then fume, and splurge into vexatious predicaments. It was just in tbis fashion and meaning no harm at all that he encountered a situation last week that well nigh undid him for a time. "Scrivner rushed into a telephone oooth at the Fifth Avenue Hotel and gave the number of a friend's tele phone up town. It was a matter of business as well as friendship, and Scrivner had only ten minues before lie must rush away to an appointment in Forty-second street. The conversa tion at his end of the wire went like this: "Hello, Bill. That you?" he said in .his loud and tumbling speech. "That's good. You see, I told you Hello! Hel lo, Bill! That you. Bill? Somebody cut in on us. I was saying that Hello! What the ? Who's this, anyhow? No, I'm not Robert, and I don't want you. Get oft the wire, will you? Say, operator!" Scrivner opened the door of the tooth, leaned out and called to the girl to take that fellow off his wire. Then he went at it again, but found MAJsrjVEH OF HOLDIfG CLASS A "social philosopher has discovered that an act very commonly regarded as an effectation of gentility, as found in the manner of holding a drinking glass when drinking from it, is not an af fectation at all, but really an uncon scious, automatic act. This supposed affectation consists in extending the third and fourth fingers of the hand clear of the glass when it is lifted and tipped forward with its brim to the lips and while the glass is held there in the act of drinking. No doubt it would commonly be con sidered that people do this for the sake of greater elegance, or at least from an instinctive desire to give to the hand such an appearance, which it would not possess if they closed the entire hand around the glass if they clutched it, so to speak, a manner ol holding that would seem to savor of Tudeness. But this observer says that really people hold those two fingers clear of the glass in drinking because that is the way that-is most convenient. If. he says, a person should grasp the glass with the whole hand closed snug ly around it he would find that the act of tipping the glass so held re TOM HEED WAS DECEIVED A number of years ago the Hon. Thomas B. Reed told one of his early Jaw cases. A neighbor's boy was arrested for stealing a tray of gold watches, and in court pleaded not guilty. The only witness for the prosecution was the jeweler who lost the watches. His story was that on the afternoon on which the watches were stolen he was fixing up his show window and had removed from it the goods, the tray of watches among them, to the coun ter near the door. While doing this and dusting out the window, he testi fied, the boy stood on the sidewalk watching him through the window. As Ijt was dusk, he went into a rear room for a match, and when he came back the boy and about a dozen gold watches were gone. He jumped through the open door, but could see no one on the street. OLD EGyp-TS Prof. R. D. George of the University of Colorado suggests that the ancient Egyptians drew the larger part of their gold from the old workings near Cop tos, latitude 26 degrees north, and from the mountains some distance to the south. The mountains to the south of Coptos are probably the mines for which the kings of the twelfth dynasty sacrificed the lives of many thousand men; for the rule of Egyptian kings who wanted gold was to invade Nubia jcyA take possession of the mines, just 'Wj? when they wanted copper they ' drove back the nomadic tribes of Si nai and built fortresses to protect their miners. The Nubian gold workings of which Prof. George speaks are placed in an almost inaccessible mountain group surrounded on all sides by a waterless, desert. Here may be seen tunnels and shafts penetrating . the mountains to almost unknown depths. WHIG HAD GOOD MEMOIty 7n the decade of 18-W-50 Col. W. A. Bryant was a young attorney in Barre. "Mass., and also editor of the Barre Gazette and an ardent Democrat, the leading parties in the country then being Whigs and Democrats. In the campaign 'of the fall of 1841 Col. Bryant was to make an address in Hubbardston and drove over dur ing the afternoon, the distance being about eight miles. In the course of his tirade against the Whigs he said: "Their case is lost, and they will get lost themselves if they stay out after dark." - After a rousing meeting he started home, and as it was dark, with no moon and the sliy cloudy he got off the road. Noticing a light in a farm house, he stopped and knocked at the door. The farmer came to the door the other man making as much fuss as he was. For one brief, trying mo ment, Scrivner tried persuasion. "Say, old man," he said, "I'm in an awful rush. Won't you " "So am I," was the snappy reply. "Whose wire is thus, anyhow?" "It's mine, you . I tell you it's mine. You've no right to " "O, shut up that trap, and get out." sang out the voice. "You talk too much." , That was incendiary, and Scrivner didn't think at all before he spoke. "I'll give you a box of cigars!" he shouted, "a good box of cigars if youll give me your name and address so I can come around and smash your fool face!" "Sure!" came the quick response. In confident, almost eager tones. "I'm always glad to accommodate a gentle man. My name's Kid McCoy, and I live at the Hotel Cumberland." Silence fell in Scrivner's boqth. He dropped the receiver, leaned back in his chair, and gasped for breath. He sat a full .minute there in a sort of trance, then opened the door and walked out, dazed and perspiring. A page overtook him at the door of the writing room. , "Thirty cents, please,"- said the boy. Scrivner paid, and took to the street to cool off. Up to yeste-day Mr. Mc Coy was still smoking his own cigars. New York Press. quired more muscular effort, - for the muscles extending from all the fingers would then be called into use. Where as if the person drinking holds the glass between the thumb and the first two fingers he not only relieves the tension on the muscles of the two other fingers, but also in a way he pivots the glass and makes it easier to tip on that account. Thus the sep aration of the two fingers from the glass is a perfectly natural act. This philosopher concedes that the act may be exaggerated ; that fingers thus extended might even be seen raised and extended more than was really comfortable for' the better dis play of rings adorning them, and he concedes that sometimes when we see our fingers thus raised as we lift our glass, in clear view of all, we may seek to crook the fingers in attitudes of curves of greater grace and so he concedes that in some cases the rais ing of the' fingers in lifting the glass may show affectation in some meas ure, but his point is that in its original inception and in the practice by th many the elevation of these two fin gers is not an affectation, but an act quite unconscious and automatic. ' The boy took the witness stand, and testified that on the day of the theft he and some other boys went to Cape Elizabeth about 1 o'clock and did not return until about 9 o'clock that night His testimony was corroborated by the other boys and by his father. , Mr. Reed said he had made man; arguments in court, but believed he had never beaten the one he made then, for he believed in the innocence of the boy, and put his whole soul into it. The prosecuting officer made no argument, and the judge discharged the boy, who at once left the room. Mr. Reed soon went out, and the boy met him and said: "You did well, Tom, but I can't pay you until I can get up to Boston and sell them watches, when I will see you." "In about a week," said Mr. Reed, "he came into my oflice and laid a new, crisp $50 bill on my desk, and went out without saying a word." COLD MIJ1ES Three hundred stone huts shelter 300 mills used in pulverizing the ore; immense cisterns once caught the scanty water supply from the upper slopes; and near them stand the slop ing tables on which pulverized ore was washed. Records show that these mines were worked with little inter ruption for twenty centuries by the Egyptians, and there is no means of knowing how long they were 'worked by the Nubians before them. In the inscriptions of the New Em pire various kinds or grades of gold are mentioned; and in one of the Tell-el-Amarna letters, written during the eighteenth dynasty, the king of Baby lon accuses Amenophis III. of Egypt of sending him a mass of base metal for gold. He says: "The twenty minas of gold you sent me contained, when melted down, only five minas of pure gold." So that the "gold brick" even then was not unknown. with a lantern and asked what was wanted. The colonel politely asked to be directed to the straight road to Barre. At a glance the farmer discovered who the caller was, having attended the meeting, and said: "Ain't you the young feller that was making the address at Hubbardston this even ing?" "Yes," said Col. Bryant, "and I have lost my way." "Well." said the farmer, "I'm a Whig and have found my way home, and, by gosh, you can find yours, if you can." and slammed the door in the colonel's face. , - The colonel finally found his way home, and related the Incident to bis friends with great glee. American Boat tHe Best Two views of American submarine, Kronstadt to Libau, 560 miles. Upper Picture Shows the Lake Submarine Boat, with Conning Tower Awash. In Sectional Diagram AA Indicates Bron ze Conning Tower. B. Sighting Hood. CC. Hatches. EE. Torpedo Tubes. FF. Gasoline Tanks. H. Galley Compart ment. II. Crew Space. J. Air Lock. K. Diving Door. MM. Storage Batteries. NN, Drop Keel. CO, Wheels. PP. An- chor Weights. R, Horizontal Rudder. AMERICAN SUBMARINE VICTOR. Verdict for Lake Boat in 560-Mile Test from Kronstadt to Libau. A report on the tests of seven types of submarines submitted to the Russian admiralty says that in the deciding test' run of 560 miles from Kronstadt to Libau, In which four boats participated, the verdict favor ed the Lake boat, which is an Ameri can invention. RETAIN THE HUES OF YOUTH. 'Gray-Haired Chinaman Is Almost a Thing Unknown. "Did you ever see a gray-headed Chinaman?" asked one of Commis sioner Bingham's downtown men. "I never did, and I have seen a whole ilot of Chinks in my time. Men who, according to every other indication, are long past the gray-headed stage 'still sport pigtails as black and glossy as any youth in Chinatown. Whether gray hairs have been denied the Chinese by nature of whether they Jhave been fought off by means of 'some secret oriental formula I cannot find out. If they owe their immunity from gray hair to artifice they would do themselves and the public a good ,turn by putting their tonic on the market, for these is many a frosty headed Caucasian who would pay .a good round sum to keep his locks as ,free from marks of age." New York Sun. Spent Time Usefully. William Frew, Jr., college graduate and son of Andrew Carnegie's trust ed agent, was locked up at Pittsburg recently on the jury which triedNor man H. Geyser for the murder of Mrs. Martha S. Kirkpatrick and which brought in a verdict of murder in the second degree. During the eleven days the jurymen lived together young Frew taught the jurymen how to iwrestle and he flopped the biggest of them until they began to learn his tricks. He found one farmer who "sould not read nor write. He busied himself between ballots in teaching the fellow his alphabet, also how to write his name. He had the whole eleven jurymen before him doing gymnastics in order to keep their health. In return one juryman shaved young Frew and gave him a haircut. . Notables Who Are Little Known. The true wealth of a country is in its people, its upright, faithful, intelligent citizens, who face their daily toil cheerfully, love their homes and families, are kind and hospitable to friends and neighbors and ready . to lend a hand to the weak and helpless everywhere. And the pride of such a people Is in its men and women who are. eminent for usefulness, for abili ty, for leadership in intellect and beneficence, in exploration and dis covery and invention. There are many such men who give up their lives to quiet, patient work for the benefit of mankind, who never exploit them selves and whose achievement is lit tle known outside a comparatively narrow circle. Cincinnati Enquirer. Reporter Helped Himself. , District Attorney Jerome of New York pleads guilty to three weak nessescandy eating, cooking strange dishes and making furniture. During his examination of witnesses in the Patrick murder .case the district at torney had a bag of butter scotch on the table beside him and dipped into It every little while. Once in the midst of an argument he felt for the bag mechanically and, not locating it. stopped abruptly, looked around and found It had disappeared. A reporter was calmly manching its contents. Mr. Jerome Joined in the laughter and continued his argument. Tea Tablets a Boon to Travelers. Travelers are likely to look upon the Secretary of Agriculture as a blessed benefactor when they realize what he has done for their comfort. Mr. Wilson has introduced the tea tab lets. Several hundred small boxes of the tablets were sent by him to friends in lieu of Christmas cards. The tablet Is about the size of a pea. When boiling water Is poured on it the prod act is a cup of fragrant tea. A travel er can carry enough tea for a long Journey in a box smaller than a stamp box. . " boat which in recent test ran from FAST TIME IN A NAVY YARD. British Shipbuilders Have Established a New Record. Apart from the many novel features embodied in the design of the British battleship Dreadnaught the celerity with which she will be built is sure to establish a new record in con struction. Hitherto no battleship of any type has been turned out in less than twenty-two months and even the standard vessel displaced only 15,000 tons, compared with the 18,000 tons of the newest ship. The strain of this high-pressure construction has of course been very great, but so far none of the officers or civilians en gaged has broken' down under it, and so it may be their good fortune to see the great vessel, which they laid down in October and launched on Feb. 11, finished by February, 1907 that is, in sixteen months from the date the first keel plate was laid. New York Her ald. Looking Forward With Hope. There is more trouble ahead for ths automobllists. In five years or there abouts the question of fuel may be come for them . a very serious one. Gasoline, for which there has been such a remarkable demand in the last ten years, is much higher in price than it was when the demand began, but that isn't the worst feature of the case. In a few years there may be no gasoline or there will be so little of it in proportion to the amount wanted that the price will be prohib itive. Alcohol, it Is suggested, may come to the rescue, but in order to get it at as low a figure as we now get gasoline it will be necessary for many persons to change their minds. The internal revenue tax on spirits must be taken off if alcohol is to be put on the list of automobile fuels. And that will come to pass ever? Boston Transcript. Big Guns and Big Ships. The war between Russia and Japan gave modern navies the first extend ed chance to show what was best in them. It was Togo's great guns mounted on his most powerful vessels that pounded to pieces Rojestvensky's ill-fated armada. Anything that came within their range met destruction. Europe has quickly learned the les son taught by the Japanese. England first started to build the Dreadnaught of 18,000 tons, which was expected to be the premier battleship of the world. . Immediately Japan followed with one of equal tonnage. Now comes France with an avowed inten tion of constructing three monsters of this biggest class, while Germany is reported to have changed the designs of two battleships already ordered so as to bring them up to the Dread naught type in every respect. Phila delphia Press. Leader Among Lumber Ports. Portland is the greatest lumber port in the world and if there was never another bushel of wheat shipped from the city our shipping trade within the next three years would reach a maxi mum never approached in the palm iest days of the wheat trade. There are now in port loading or under charter to load, for China, Japan, Aus tralia, South America and Europe steam and sail vessels with a capacity of more than 20,000,000 feet, and for coast ports there is loading a fleet with a capacity of 19.000,000 feet. Fol lowing these vessels, under charter to arrive from foreign ports, is a fleet with a capacity of 19,000,000 feet, and a coasting fleet of 6.000,000 feet ca pacity. No other port in the known world can make such a showing as this in the lumber business. Portland Oregonian. Chivalry in Boston. F. Hopkinson Smith, painter, au thor, engineer and professional op timist, tells a story showing that Bos ton boys of the street are like all oth ers. He overheard a conversation be tween two youngsters selling newspa pers. "Say, Harry, w'at's de best way to teach a girl how to swim? asked the younger one. "Dat's a cinch. First off you . puts your left arm un der her waist and you gently takes her left hand " "Come off; she's me sister." "Aw, posh her off de dock." The Comrades. Along: the road to Sleep-for-Aye. tThat some call Never-Land). I met Three hooded figui es. U in gray. , And all In silence traveled they Each- seemed the other to forget. Along the road to Sleep-for-Aye! Women or men. I cannot say. vr snrouaeo gnosis on penance set Three hooded figures, all id gray. But two rode dry-eyed all the way: ine tmra with tears his cneeKs nad wet. Along the road to Sleep-forAye. I think the two were Love-in-May Ana Love-tui-ueam tne tnira. e sret Three hooded figures, ail in gray. They may not part. Bound by their debt To sad mistake, they wander yet Three hooded figures- clothed in gray. Along the road to Sleep-for-Aye! Baltimore American. Always Glad to Meet Comrades. "Speaking of privates and major generals," said the Sergeant, "there was the case of myself and , Gen. Thomas M. Anderson. The General enlisted as a private in the Guthrie Grays, or Sixth Ohio, in April, 1861. I enlisted about the -same time in Col. Guthrie's First Kentucky. Anderson in less than a month was given a com mission in the regular cavalry, later was transferred to the regular in fantry, came out of the war a captain, was a colonel in 1898, was a major general in the war of that year, and was retired as a Brigadier General of the regular army in 1901. "I, on the other hand, remained with my company and regiment to the end of the civil war, " carried a rifle for nearly four years, and was muster ed out a sergeant; went into business at the close of the war and succeeded only fairly well. Nearly forty years after our muster in I met Gen. Ander son at a reception here in Chicago and was hesitating about speaking of old times when the General took the matter in his own hands, saying, 'The Colonel tells me that you were in the old First Kentucky regiment. -I re member It very -well, and because I was in the Sixth Ohio I watched your regiment through the war. Some of your officers came to the regular ser vice, and through them I kept up my acquaintance. It warms my heart to meet any of the old boys." "This was as unexpected as it was gratifying, and I felt very much at ease with my old acquaintance of the Sixth Ohio. The General made refer ence to his uncle. Gen. Robert Ander son, by whose advice he went into the regular service. He said he remem bered just how the First Kentucky looked when it was formed without uniforms or arms to receive Major An derson when he came West. He said the Major was much touched when he was told that hundreds of Ohio men had enlisted in the Kentucky regi ment in the belief that he was to have personal command of the bri gade. I don't know how General An derson would meet an enlisted man of any one of his regiments in the regu lar service, but I know that in meet ing an enlisted man of the old volun teer army he left nothing to be desir ed." Chicago Inter Ocean. . Got Even with Brutal Officers. "I have often wondered," said the major, "what became of the unreason able and wantonly brutal officers of the old volunteer army. I do not mean the petulant, noisy, or swearing offi cers who were good fighters, but the martinets and coarse-grained men who were gratuitously abusive, and uni formly severe or merciless in the ad ministration of punishment. The vol unteers admired rather than disliked a good disciplinarian, and they did not resent the explosive language of a hard fighter, but they swore vengeance on the officers who took advantage of shoulder straps to treat men In the ranks contemptuously or brutally. "There were not many officers of this kind, but nearly every regiment had one or more. Some were light headed martinets, some were born ruffians, and some were influenced by inordinate vanity or petty 'resentment to persecution of their own men. They aped the regular officers in cultivat ing aloofness, but they had nothing of the regular officer's soldierly qual ity or his disposition to care for his men. The regular punished severely In the interest of discipline, whereas the ruffian or the incompetent in shoulder straps punished in the spirit of vengeance or resentment, and fail ed utterly in discipline and in care of his men. A few of these officers prob ably were shot by their own men dur ing the war, and most of them at the close of the war, if repeated declara tions of their qwn men meant any thing, were under .sentence of death. "But I never heard of one of them being shot after the close of the war by a man who served under him. Scores of them were beaten in fist fights by men they had abused, and several in my field of observation found It advisable to 'leave their old home neighborhoods and settle in dis tant states, but not in a single case was the oath of a private to kill his captain or lieutenant carried out. Those seeking revenge for humiliation or injury found other means of satis fying that revenge. In one case an unpopular officer sought admission to the regular army some years after the war. By that time one of his old non-commissioned officers had been elected to congress. "He told his story to Garfield. But ler and others, and the applicant was ruled out. In another case an , officer who had been brutal toward the more Intelligent men in his company sought a nomination for sheriff and made an active canvass. The president of the convention was one of his old ser geants. Several of his old privates were delegates. He was mowed un der in the Interest of Private Jack, and he knew why. In still another case an officer given to abuse of his men sought an appointment at the hands of the governor. He. met with a rebuff that took him out of the state." Chicago Inter Ocean. All Knew and Loved "Aunt Lizzie." President McKinley never came to Chicago without paying a friendly call upon "Aunt Lizzie," (the late Lizzie Aiken) as she was called. And to Aunt Lizzie the martyred president was always plain "William." Gen. Grant, to whose army she was attach ed during the greater part of the war.' also held her in high esteem, while Gen. Sherman is said to have been the first to address her by the name she was afterward known almost univer sally by "Aunt Lizzie." Mrs. Aiken bore the distinction of being one of ' the few women who were pensioned directly by the government for their work during the war. She was always a welcome figure at G. A. R. reunions and on Decoration day, and old sol diers from all part's of the country who happened to spend a day in Chi cago always looked her up. , . One of the recent incidents that are related of her concerns a visit of one of the soldiers to whom she had min istered when he was wounded in one of the battles of the war. He was passings-through Chicago and called at her lme. He was cordially greet ed by name, and in the course of the conversation mentioned the fact that he had recently suffered a severe loss. He Said that the old homestead in which he had lived had been burned, and with it had perished' the only pic- . . I. I. i m 1.1,. v. i i i j ime lie ii mi ul li i a uiuuici, wuu unu been a soldier during the war. His mother's picture was also destroyed. "Wait a minute," said "Aunt Liz zie." She pulled out a long box where she kept many keepsakes, and the soldier saw that it was filled with thousands .of pictures. She spread open a huge pile of them, and, to the soldier's astonishment, produced not only a photograph of his brother, but one of himself, one of his mother, and one of his father. " For a moment her visitor was too delighted to speak. "That is the first time I ever knew a picture of my father was in existence," he said. This is an illustration of the habit ual ' thoughtfulness of the woman. Leading members of the church all united to pay their last respects to her on the occasion of her funeral. All speak in the highest terms of her kindly nature, cheerful disposition and charitable impulses. She was one of the oldest citizens of Chicago. iu mvnumeni lu rvirz. r Much indignation has been express ed by members of the G. A. R. throughout the country by the pro posal of the Confederates at Atlanta, to eect a monument to the memory of Capt, Henry Wirz, commander at aiiuciniuuue rnaua qunng me war, and who was hanged by the Federal authorities. In December, 1905, the members of Atlanta Camp, No. 159, United Confederate Veterans, passed resolutions in which they say: "Whereas; We have ever regarded his (Wirz's) execution by the frenzied fanatics who were in control of the Federal government at that time as an act of savage vindictiveness; and, "Whereas, We feel jthat the erection of a monument 'to his memory will be a just tribute to a faithful, patriotic Confederate officer, an innocent victim of misrepresentation, perjury and fiendish malignity; to a martyr who suffered death in preference to bear ing false testimony against President Jefferson Davis; such a monument will, for all ages to come, serve as a fitting rebuke to such as would in the hour of triumph insult civilization by acts of cruelty." This is all very well for an ex parte statement, but there is not an atom of truth in any of the assertions. Capt. Henry Wirz was not hanged for obey ing any legitimate orders, nor was there any attempt made to force him to give evidence against Jeff Davis. He was punished, as many other men were punished, for committing acts forbidden by the laws of war. The evidence was abundant that he had transgressed the laws of war, and he did not even plead in his defense that he was especially ordered to do as he did. His acts were the offspring of his own. petty, brutal nature and malignity. These were outside of. and in excess of, the general policy of starvation and maltreatment for which Jefferson Davis was respon sible, and which was proved beyond doubt by the testimony of reliable Confederate officers. See Flaw in Resolution. Representatives Rhodes of Missouri has introduced a resolution in Con gress to create a roll of volunteer gen erals and provide for the retirement of these with the customary pay of officers of that rank on the retired list. A petition, said to be signed by 100 generals of volunteers, accompanied the resolution. Just why Mr. Rhodes drew the line at generals is difficult for G.-A. R. men to understand. In' their estimation a general is no more, entitled to be placed on the retired list than a colonel, nor the colonel than the major, and so on. New York Press -, '