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TOPEKA STATE JOTJTSlSrAI, MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 31. 1000.
n RAILflOADNEWS. Tiee President of Santa Fe Talks of Nicaragua Canal. Will Benefit People Living Alonj the Coasts Principally. FEARS LOCAL EFFECT. Predicts Injury to Interests of Interior Cities. Railroads Will Suffer a Loss on Overland Hauls. Chicago, Dec. SI. Vice President Mor ton of the Santa Fe railroad system be lieves that the Nicaragua canal will prove injurious to the mercantile and manuufacttirir.g interests of the interior uortion of the United States, even though, it should greatly benefit the ex treme eastern and western sections. Discussing the subject today, he said "The Nicaragua canal will undoubted ly be built, and it will probably cost up mar of f:tM.0M.W0. This will be S4 per capita for every man;, woman and child in the Fnited States. It will very likely take ten vears to construct, and may in time prove to be of great beneflt to the people living- along- the Atlantic and Pa cific coasts. As surely as it heips the cities alone- the sea coast, lust as surely w ill it- damage cities in- the interior of the country. "A large share of "the business now done by Chicago, St. Louis, and other important inland cities with the Pacific coast wiil be transferred to the mer chants and manufacturers located on the Atlantic; coast. They will secure v, i-v low rates via the ail water route, owing to the canal, which will be built r-v raiina- the entire people of the coun trv. All will oav the taxes, a few will ret the benefits, and many jobbers and n.-tnu.'.-u-tur-rs, and other citizens of the interior wiil be damaged. There is no doubt that New Orleans and other gulf cities will grow on account of the canal. but it will be at the expense or tnicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and other sim ilar markets. 'If I was a member of congress from the great manufacturing section of the Mississippi valley I would study the Question of supporting the canal bill verv carefully before committing my- if to the proposition. It is bound to destroy the opportunity the middle west now enlovs to compete witn tne indus tries of the east for the Pacific coast trade. Take away the distribution fa cilities and you kill the production. ' I can readily understand why the Pa-c-iSe coast wants the canal built, and it is nerfeeUv plain why the Atlantic sea board shipper wants it constructed, but I submit that the middle and western states will not profit thereby and that In case the canal is to be put through some way should be devised for exempt ing from taxation on its account all those who live between the Allegheny and the Rocky mountains and north of the Mason and Dixon line. It will be punishment enough fcr. that portion of the population f the United States to be deprived of a trade advantage that they now ?njuy on the Pacific coast without paying a large part of what it costs to take away the advantage. -It is claimed that the construction of the canal will help the Pacific coast a great deal so much so that the trans continental railroadsi will profit by the growth of that section to such a large extent that it will more than offset the loss of haul overland. That section of the country is now growing rapidly and, regardless of the canal, will continue to prosper. "As I have said, the people of the Pa cific coast think they are going to be benefited by the construction of the canal. There is little doubt about this, although the merchants and manufac turers at San Francisco and Puget sound point3 must not forget that it will Vie just as far from the Pacific coast to Tokohama and Hong Kong after the canal is finished as it is now and much less distance from New Tork, and that the moment the canal is open and ready for business rates from the Atlantic sea board to points in the Orient will be greatly reduced and at times will be as low from New York as they will be from San Francisco.- This will prevent the Pacific coast from doing the business in the Orient that it aspires to do. The Pacific coast will be, to a considerable degree, in the same position relativeiy to New York for Oriental trade that the interior will be with New York for Pa-c-iiie coast trade. "'It seems to me that the Nicaragua canal bill should be entitled: 'An act to build up and foster the commerce of the cities along the Atlantic sea coast and the Gulf of Mexico,' These places are certainly going to be the chief ben-f-ticiaries, although foreign shipowners over 75 per cent of all the business that will pass through the canal estimated as being in foreign bottoms will come in for a very large benefit from the construction of the canal by American capital." SCAIPESS TEMPT EDITOES. The Great 2Ioral and Religious Week ly Falls Down. "w e can always tell when business is flail with the scalpers in the way of se curing supplies ot tickets, said a local passenger official, today. "When his stock ir, trade- gets low in a dull season the ticket scalper has to hustle to re plenish it. We soon know when he be gins to tempt the country editor, which is ..r.e of his favorite reports. "'.- en if no non-corruptible editor sends lis in a. copy of the circular letter which is sent out. and gives us friendly infor mation that th movement is on. there re other unmistakable signs and indica tions. We know it welt enough when these fellows way out in the woods and fastnesses of the mountains begin to want to do something for our road. They are miles and miles away from the railroad, but thev say they can do us a world of xooa with their areat moral and relisious weeKiy- The proprietor of the said g. m. end r. weekly wants to take a long jour ney or wanes a miieaee book, -and he wants it bad. He ts allowed to want all lie wants to with a great moral and re ligious lur.rmg. "There are very few editors who will nr,,t;;!s- but nce In awhile the scalper wul nr,.i a man who is willing to violate his contract with the railroad company ana seii tne tra importation issued to h'rn. in exchange for advertising. For the most part we are on to a!l those fellows before tney succeed in getting it in the first piace and we lose the valuable in fluence of tr.eir great moral and religious weeklies. ' - & BROEEES SHOW GOOD FAITH. Reward For Conviction of Any Asso ciation Member Manipulating. Since several ticket forgers have been convicted and sentenced, the American Ticket Brokers' association is out with a notice tha.t that organization does not cn.y not countenance manipulations ot transportation, but is willing to assist in the arrest and conviction of any person or persons who are gnntv of it In this connection the association has sent out the following notice - "For the arrest and conviction in a eowt of, competent jurisdiction of any member of the American Ticket Brokers' association who is guilty of the crime of lorging a railway ticKet witn intent to fie. fraud we wiu pay the sura of $500. For the arrest and conviction of any ticket DroKer who is not a member or the Amer ican Ticket Brokers association who Is guilty of forging railway tickets or changing- the destination . of a railway ucittfi witn imeni to ueira.ua we wm pay the sum of $2." Members o the organization "say thev are in earnest in this matter and as much opposed to toe manipulation o transpor tation as are officers of railroads. TIDE MAY TT7EN. iiailroad . Earnings Cannot Keep Increasing. Always t he statements of ' earnmes. exnensea. etc., for November issued bv the Burling ton. Panhandle. Northern Pacific and Big Four railways do not bear out the claims lately made by western railroad officials that business would continue as heavy during the new year as it has been in the past. Jr.ach road reports a decrease in net earnings, as compared with November, 1 '- In view of the fact that expenses were curtailed and every effort made to close the year with as good a showing as possible, the decrease is taken as an indi cation that there will be a general de crease in railroad earnings after January 1. This does not signify, however, that railroad business will be light. The busi ness has become so great during the last iwo eara mat ir nas become almost im possible to Keep up tne volume. Earnings cannot keep on increasing always, and it may be that the turning point has been a cciuueu. ROCK ISLAND 2TOTES. The Colorado Springs & Cripple v reeK district railway is negotiating witn tne kock island to break m new engines) for them, and they will be set up and broke in at the Roswell yards. A force of men are building a new depot at Enterprise in place of the one that was destroyed by fire last month. u he new depot will be a frame structure, larger and better finished than the old one. The Rock Island has just completed an addition to its Herington see house, doubling its capacity from 1,000 to 2,000 tons, it s a ca.se of wait now for water to congeal to fill it. OVER 8000 MILES 03? TRACK. Santa Fe Increased System's Mileage by .Purchasing Pecos Valley. Some misapprehension arose last week over the ownership of the Pecos valley and Northeastern railroad, running from Pecos to Amarillo, Tex. The Santa Ke company has practically owned the Pecos valley and Northeast ern railroad since it was sold under the foreclosure on April 19. 1SS8. The pur chase tias just been formally made, however. This increases the mileage of the sys tem by 369 miles and makes its total length over 8,200 miles. EXAMINED PROPOSED CUT OFF. Union Pacific Officials Spend a Day in Lincoln County. Lincoln City, Dec. 31. President Burt and a party of 30 officials of the Union Pacific railroad made an inspection tour of the Lincoln-Oakley branch Saturday. The cutoff from Bunker Hill to Oakley, by way of Sylvan Grove, which has been proposed, was thoroughly investigated. The party devoted the greater part of the day on the road between Sylvan Grove and Luray ,a distance of IS miles. AT DODGE CITS'. Sullivan is lasting off for New Year's. Crawford in his place, and Green in Crawford's place braking. Charley Park has been called to Penn sylvania owing to sickness. Wm. Wolf is laying off sick. George Conrad went to Kansas City Saturday, where he will take a run on 3 and 4 to La Junta. Will Maddox also goes as brakeman for Conrad. No. 3 Saturday came in several hour3 late, consequently toad a double header out. No. 31 was about five hours late Sat urday and had a double header to help them make up some time. Henry Heustis has returned frorn Denver. Walter Bragg has been transferred to Colorado Springs. The B. of R. T. dance December 21. promises to be a big affair. Andy Ueer went out on No. 1. owine to the sickness of a porter. Diilard, Earns and S. Williams, who are on west end local, came in Sunday on 34 to spend the day, returning on No. 5 the same evening. Hendeeson Baird, of Pueblo, is In the city a few days. W. M. Parson, laying off with a. sore throat, will report in a few days. Wiil Gardner has reported for work, after being off a month. Waiter Murry is cailinsr days. have changed off with him for the night trick, in order to transact some business. FROM LAS VEGAS. Engineer Dennison and Fireman TThrisr have been assigned to the ice run. Louie .Bishop, formerly of this city, is now in the employ of the Burlinrton company at Leavenworth, Kas. engineer Jid Iveen, who has been flrei builder here for some time, has been transferred to the Santa Fe-Facific. Harvey Shull. lormerly chief clerk to the master mechanic at La Junta, Colo., is now located at Stockton. Cal.. he having shifted to that city from Bakers- field. The tie-preserving- works having closed down for" the present, John Nel son now finds employment with Bene dict's force of carpenters and Litre Hooker is now night' watchman at the "pickler." Fireman C. H. Ross was married a few evenings since to Miss Retta Addi son, daughter of the foreman of the car repairing force in this city. The mar riage was solemnized at the residence of the bride's parents. A. B. Sanford, day cashier at the Harvey house in Albuquerque, has been promoted to be manager of the dining room on the Santa Fe boat which "runs between Point Richmond and San Fran cisco. J. E. Gilkenson, of Topeka, suc ceeds him there. i GOODLAJfD NOTES Conductor Ed Denney is on passenger for two weeks in Conductor Gunn's place. Conductor Randall has moved his family from Roswell to Goodland. Supt. F. C. Smith, of Colorado Springs, was here the other day on an inspection visit. Fireman Charley. Sherman will take an engine on the Limon-Denver run about January L He will make Denver his home. i The last work train was pulled off Wednesday, and this change will put Conductor Goode and crew on freight out of Goodland. Brakeman Charley Striker has gone to Decatur. 111., where he will remain until his hand permits him to return to work. Conductor Charles Gunn, of the Colo rado flyer, is on leave of absence at Pueblo, where he resides, on account of his youngest son being very low with smallpox. HOLIDAY RATES Via "Sock Island Route." One fare for the round trip to points within 200 miles, west of Missouri river. Tickets sold Dec. 22, 23, 4. 25, and 31, 1900. and Jan. 1, 190L Return limit, Jan. 2, 1901. BOO HUNTED FOR BRICKS. From the New York Times.! "Pete," otherwise know as the "brick dog," is dead. He was owned by Henry G. Hermann, of 60 Greenville avenue, Jersey City. ' Pete was as familiar a figure throughout the Greenville dis trict as was his master. He was a little dog, and his pedigree was hazy, but he was a great favorite, especially with children, who were content to take "Pete" as they found him, without re gard to his ancestry. They generally found him affable and glad to wag his tail m response to the boyish greetings tnat met him at every turn. "Pete" got his second title, the "brick dog," from his fondness for bricks. What the attraction about baked clay may be no one could tell, but whenever "Pete" found a brick anywhere he picked it up and carried it home, care fully depositing it In the yard at the rear of the house. The distance at which the brick was found made no dif ference to "Pete." A city block or mile was all one to him. It was only when the boys tried to take a brick from Pete that toe ever showed his teeth. When he first tried to carry a brick it was hard work, but in course of time his mouth developed to suit the circum stances, and of late years it is said that "Pete" could have swallowed a. brick had he been so disposed. Mr. Hermann first discovered "Pete's" love for bricks about ten years ago. He found several bricks in the yacd and threw them into a vacant lot adjoining. The next morning they were back in the yard again. He threw them out again and then watched until he saw "Pete" lug one of the bricks into the yard. He hunted for bricks as other dogs might for game, and on one occa sion he is said to have carried, a brick from Bayonne to his home, a distance of three miles. When the bricks be came sufficiently numerous Mr. Hermann utilized them in constructing a brick walk through his yard. He also sup plied bricks to his neighbors for the same purpose. "Pete's" queer taste had nothing to do with his demise. He died from general debility, incident to old age, having rounded out his twentieth year, which, experts of Greenville say, is about five years beyond a dog's allotted age. Mr. Hermann ga-e "Pete" what one of his boy neighbors called a Christian burial, at the rear of his home, and "Pete's" grave is marked by a. mound of bricks that he had carried to the house. HOT FOR FILIPINOS. Capture of Many Natives Repor ted y Officers in Luzon. Manila, Dec. 31. Today brought many reports of captures of insurgents as the result of scouting throughout Luzon. The Americans in this work sustained no casualties. A detachment of the Fourth regiment captured sixty in the province of Cavite. General Wbeaton reports having cap tured and burned Gremorio's camp in the peninsula, near San Antonio. General Funston reports that five in surgents were killed and several cap tured near Gaysan. General Smith wires that the procla mation of the governor general has had good results in his district. Near Moriones yesterday a . dozen In surgents were killed and eight wounded. General Grant telegraphs that Jje has detachments covering the lower portions of Mount Arayat, in the hope of cateh- ing Alejandrino. He says that last Fri- - .. j . . , . . f . t , . . , . ; .-. . . ; . . far.try raided the camp of the insurgent leaders and secured some of his papers. Near Aliaja today Captain Mendoza with thirty men of Sandico's command surrendered. Detachments of the Eleventh and Ninth cavalry killed twelve insiargents and destroyed several camps in the Camarines district. The Philippine commission has added to the pending school bill a provision for the employment of 600 American teachers at salaries ranging from J7 to $100, per month. A SOUR STOMACH Is Often the Real Cause of a Sour Temper. That the condition of the digestive or gans has a marked effect upon the char acter or disposition is a truism as old as the hills. Old Ben Johnson wisely said "the pleasure of living depends upon the liver" and it is a fact which none may dispute that a sunny disposition more often results from a healthy digestion than from any other cause. Acid dyspepsia, commonly called sour stomach or heartburn, is caused by slow digestion of food; instead of being promptly digested and converted into blood, bone and muscle, it lies in the stomach for hours, fermenting and de caying, creating gases which cause pres sure on the lungs and heart, short breath and general discomfort and irri tation. Such half digested food is indeed poor nourishment for the body, brain and nerves and the result is shown in irrita ble tempers, unaccountable headaches and that depressing condition usually called the "blues" but how quickly all these disappear when appetite and di gestion are restored. Laxative medicines only irritate the already irritated stomach and bowels and have no effect upon actual digestion of food. The sensible course to follow is to make use of simple natural digestive like Stuart's Dyspepsia Tablets after meals until the stomach has a chance to recuperate. The natural digestives which every healthy stomach contains are peptones, dastaste and Hydrochloric and lactic ac ids and when any of them are lackirg tee trouble begins; the reason Stuart's ftyspepsia Tablets ar.e so valuable and successful in curing stomach troubles is becausa they contain, in a pleasant co.'. contrated tablet form all these absolute ly necessary essentials for perfect diges tion and assimilation of food. Henry Kirkpatrick of Lawrence, Mass. says: "Men and w"omen whose occupa tion precludes an active out door life should make it a daily practice to use Stuart's Dyspepsia Tablets after meals, I have done so myself and I know posi tively that I owe my present health and vigor to their daily use. "From the time I was 22 when I graduated from school with broken health from overwork until I wis 34, I scarcely knew what it was to be free frorn stomach weakness, I had no appe tite whatever for breakfast and very little for any other meal. "I had acidity and heartburn nearly every day and sometimes was alarmed by irregularity and palpitation of the heart, but all this gradually disappeared after I bej-an using Stuart's Dyspepsia Tablets and I can eat my meals with relish and satisfaction which I had not known since I was a growing boy." The success and popularity of Stuart's Dyspepsia Tablets is enormous, but it ii deserved, and every druggist in the Uni ted States, Canada and Great Britain has a good word for this meritorous preparation. OTNIIIGLETTER Addressed to Cudany by Kidnap era of His Child. Threaten to Take Another Un less Reward Is Withdrawn. Omaha, Neb.. Dec 31. E. A. Cudahy, tne millionaire packer, has received a second communication from the men who kidnaped his son. This time, as formerly, the letter contains a threat, and says in substance that unless he withdraws his offer of $25,000 for the arrest and conviction of eachi of the three bandits, they will kidnap another of his children. The letter refers to the failure of the police to get anything like a, tangible clue as to the identity of the kidnapers, scoffs at the idea of Pat Crowe's being one of them, mentions the ease with which the "first job was pulled off," and concludes by saying that if Mr. Cudahy is as wise as he showed himself in the first instance he will comply with the request and withdraw the rewards at once. This letter is written in pen and ink on the same kind of yellow paper as the first, and evidently by the same per son. It was found by a. servant of the Cudahy household early on the morning of Thursday, December 27. Some one called up the house by telephone, and asked if Mr. Cudahy was in. The serv ant answered that he was not. "Well," came the voice over the 'phone, "you can go out in the front yard and you'll find a letter there near the gate. It's addressed to Mr. Cudahy. See that it's delivered to him personally and to no one else." The servant went out at once and found a letter. It was in a plain white envelope and was addressed: "Mr. E. A. Cudahy, sr. Personal and private." Mr. Cudahy, who was then at his packing house in South Omaha, was summoned home at once. No one was permitted to see the letter at first ex cept Mr. and Mrs. Cudahy. Mr. Cud ahy's intention at the time was to keep its contents to himself, as the bandits had requested, but later he thought better of it. as he believed tlfat, in the hands of the police, it would prove a valuable clue, so he took Chief Donahue into his confidence. They held a consultation at the chief's office which lasted nearly three hours. The chief was seen afterward, but re fused to disclose the nature of the sub ject discussed. Mr. Cudahy says he has not withdrawn the reward, nor will he do so. The reward offered stands as orieinally announced. "There can be no doubt," said Chief Donahue, "that there was a woman in the Cudahy case, and I have reason to believe that that woman Is still in Douglas county. I don't care to say just why I think so. But I have no faith in this sweetheart business. Crowe was not a woman's man. So far as my knowledge of him goes he was never known to De mixed up -witn a woman in a love affair, and if he took one into his confidence in this ease it was for busi ness reasons purely. And it is not diffi cult to "understand wTiy a woman was nmoseil into service in this matter. A woman could pick up a little girl on the street and carry her away easily, where if a. man would attempt it tne cruia would scream and be frightened into hysterics. So I think this accounts tor the- h r.ncinmce of the woman in the c se. "T ran sav. however, tnat tne ponce are looking for no particular woman at this time." J THE FEATHER FASHION. From the Humane Review.! Here is a passage from a pamphlet re printed a couple of years ago from the Times: "One of the commonest as well as the saddest sight3 in London is the elderiy lady taking her airing in a carriage or bath chair in Hyde Park or some other public place; in appearance so bent and discolored and wasted .with age and many infirmities as to remind the spec tator of a corpse, her bowed head crowned with white egrets' feathers torn from birds that were slaughtered when feeding their young! To a man who haa any love of nature, and of nature's most beautiful children, such a spectacle is ghastly and repulsive in the extreme: he remembers that he once had a mother, and is glad to think that she passed away a long time ago; since if she had lived down to within recent years she might not have escaped the contagion of this hateful fashion among women." This is a sample of the severe things that have been said by me and by scores of writers in England and America; and these things -have been printed and re printed in journals and as leaflets and pamphlets, and have been blown like thistledown all over the kingdom and over the English-speaking world.so that no woman is ignorant of what has been said: and it has produced no effect. That is to say no appreciable effect; the few women here and there who refuse to wear feathers, even when assured by the smug liars of the millinery establish ments that they are artificial and not birds' feathers at all ,are probably re garded as eccentrics by their sisters. Feathers still decorate and degrade the majority of women of all ages, and of all social grades, from the poorest dwel lers in the slums to the duchess and the daughter of a hundred earls, and the one wife of the saintly and eloquent ec clesiastic who is a great church digni tary and a lord. Unhappily, he does not make use of his eloquence, and hign position to put an end to the acted blas phemy witnessed each week in evety thurch in his diocese, when the fair worst ippers, adorned with spoils torn from the slain children of the air. and each one bowing her head to flutter those feathers not her own, accompanies her own pastor with a pure heart and humble voice unto the throne of heaven ly grace, saying after him. week by week, year ty year, au ner lire long, so many sacred beautiful words, words, winds. IF T0C WOULD BE POPULAR From the Philadelphia Times. Contribute of your best to the pleasure of others. Study the character of each and sympathize with all in troubles or in joys, however small, says Woman's Life. Be gentle in speech. Never retort with an angry word, remembering that the second word makes the quarrel . Govern yourself, guard your temper, avoids moods and pets and sulkiness. Be unselfish, deny yourself and prefer others; readily pardon any seeming lack of attention. Beware of the scandal monger ,and shut your ears to what ought not to be repeated. Cultivate cheerfulness and amiability. A smiling face chases away gloom. Say pleasant and kindly things when you have the opportunity. Be not intolerant, agree to differ in opinion, and refuse to turn loud in dis cussion. Remember- that your best friend is your mother, and have nothing to do with those who think otherwise. Do not expect too much, but far Lear MISSOURI PACIFIC LINES FROM KANSAS CITS". No. 2 leaving Kansas City 9:50 a. m. is solid vostibuled train to St. Louia, consisting; of Smoking car, Day ooachaa, Reclining Chair car ( Seats Free) and Pullman Parlor car. Connections at St, Louis union depos -sith eastern lines for New York and Atlantic coast points. Lv. Kansas City.. 9:50 am " " 9:15 pm - l:iOpm " . 10:45 pm " a 6:55 am " 9:55 pm " " 10:50 am 10:50 am " " 9:55 pm 2:25 cm " " 9:55 am a a 7;00 pm Ar. St Louis ...... 6:05 pm " " 7:10 am u " 10:05 pm " a ...... 7:20 am " 6:50 pm Ar. Omaha 6:15 am " " 6:25 pm Ar. Lincoln........ 7:03 pm " 6:35 am Ar. Joplin. ....... .. 8:45 am " 4:00 pm 1:50 am F. E. MPPS, Ticket Agent, Topeka, and forgive. Do not charge a bad mo tive when a good one is conceivable. Do not monopolize conversation or at tention, and do not talk too much of your own affairs. There is a limit to people's interest in your concerns. HOW SHE GOT A PENSION'. From Washington Evening Star. A pension has been allowed recently to the widow of a soldier of the Sixth United States cavalry for whose death the beneficiary was responsible. Wnile this startling fact would seem to debar the widow, the peculiar and interesting circumstances of the soldier's demise rendered it proper for the pension offi cials to pass favorably upon her appli cation. It appears that the soldier, according to the coroner's verdict, came to his death May 7, 18SS, through choking with a leather watch chain in the hands of his wife while she was protecting her life. The widow's statement before the jury disclosed a remarkable series of in cidents, and was corroborated in all es sential respects by other witnesses. She testified that her husband had been drinking heavily for a week. She had gone to him at 12 o'clock and told him that dinner was ready. He made no re- ponse, and after the meal was finished and the diners had gone, he came and told her to prepare dinner at once. She at first remonstrated, but observing a strange look upon his face, became frightened, and began to do as com manded. The husband then said with an oath that he was going to kill her, and struck her, knocking her against the table. The wife then fled from the hous; thinking to find some of the men about the place who would quiet or restrain her husband. She ran to a field where men were plowingand besought their interference or protection. They refused. saying they could do nothing with the man. Meantime he had gathered up the baby, mounted a horse and followed in pursuit of her. The husband rode to his wife, who begged him not to hurt her. He replied with an oath that he would break her bones, and would kill her that she must die. He then threw the baby to the ground, pulled his six shooter from his belt, tried to make his horse run over her, and reaching out trying to strike her with his revolver. As he leaned over he fell from his horsa to the ground on his side and back. In falling he fell against his wife, knocking her down. She jumped up, threw her self upon her husband, intending to get his revolver away from him. She laid hold of bis leather watch chain, which he wore around his neck. This leather guard fastened with a. slip-knot. The wife clutched the chain with one hand and with the other held one of her hus band's hands. She was exhausted, and lay in that condition for four or five minutes. He did not struggle, but made a queer noise in his throat When the woman recovered she arose, hid the revolver, and ran to the house. When the men went to where her hus band lay they found him dead. The wife had unintentionally strangled her hus band. Her pension has been granted, and today she is drawing $8 a month. THE PORTER'S MISTAKE. From the Chicago Daily News. As the porter passed through the car she called him aside. There was a whis per and a gleam of silver. "Now, remember, they axe in the yel low satchel." "Cyan't miss dem, ma'am." "You won't let any one see you?" "No, ma'am." "The major is sitting in that car. "He won't see me, ma'am." . "Well, here is the key." The porter took the key and passed through to the next car. . "Guess dig am it," he said, slipping the thin key in the iock of a yellow satchel. He put his hand in the satchel and pulled out a bunch of hair. Then he re locked the satchel. "Heah's yo' frizzes, ma'am. "Don't speak so loud." "Anything else, ma'am?" "That's all, I believe. I Just have a minute to put these on before dinner." The porter reached the platform in time to meet an irate tragedian. "Not a step!" he thundered in tones that almost lifted the porter's cap. "What have you done with my whiskers, boy?" "Your whiskers, sah?" "Yes, my false beard. The passengers say you opened my satchel with a skele ton key. Where are those whiskers? "Laws! muttered the porter. "An went in the wrong satchel." Just then a lady passed toward the dining car. "Dah's yo whiskers, sah!" grinned the porter, "on top of dat lady's head." Fura Are Fine This Year. From the New York Times. "It is truly an ill wind that blows good to no one," remarked a skin buyer for one of the big fur houses of the city, says a writer. "Take last summer's drought as an instance. It resulted bad ly to the crops of farmers up in New England, where I have been scouring the country for a couple of weeks past. Men who have a liking for fly fishing bewailed the lack of rain, for the streams ran dry and trout perished by hundreds in some of the mountain streams. On the other han-1 the drought was a good thing fcr the hunters and trappers that I have to deal with. They have found that the few mink they have caught this year have an-unusually rotund appearance. They are as fat as butter and the fur is better than it has been for years. Country weather prophets will tell ycfu that this is be cause we are going to have a winter of unusual severity. There may be some thing in that; I won't deny it. "But when it comes down to hard facts the reason for the better fur of the mink is due to the fact that the ani mals have had better feeding than they have had for years past. They are great fish eaters. With the trout streams re duced to mere ribbons cf water. the big trout all went to the deep pools and be came prisoners there. With plenty of water to move about in a trout is abun dantly able to take care of itself against , Lv.Kansas City. " " " " u u u u a " " " " " " u u u Kan, the mink. But, imprisoned in the pools, the mink had the trout at his mercy, and the mink that has not had e.11 the trout he wanted this summer has been a lazy beast. They have been able to simply gorga themselves, and that is why the mink are so fat and sleek this fall. I think the catch of mink skins this winter, when the season is really on, will be the finest we have had in a long time. So you see the drought work ed well for my business, even though it was a little hard on the farmer and the fisherman." PROFITS FROM THE CONGO. Brussels Cor. London Express. It is erroneously believed in many quar ters that King Leopold of Belgium, a 3 Sovereign of the Congo Free State, owns it. or at least part of it. This 13 not a true statement of affairs nt all, as the government of the Free ,tnte is based on much broader and more liberal lines. First. It must be remembered that ever since King Leopold was chosen as ruler of the Free State, in Mav. ls,5. he has contributed annually 4. !.. toward its support out of his personal fortune. He has thus paid 6 ).') pounds un this year, and his contribution of pounds still figures in the budget ot 1!"0 toward the defraying of the state ex penditure. In return for this risk for In the be ginning it looked to all as a. verv hoie less risk there can be no doubt that hi made stipulations for certain concessions, for he has the reputation of being one of the shrewdest and most farseeing men of the day. That the Congo has turned out to be" a gold mine to those Belgian merchants and bankers who were hardy enousrh to risk the first venture has proved fortun ate for the king, who, as a private Indi vidual, has naturally and justly taken advantage of the Congo market in order to reimburse himself, if possiie. for the tremendous outlay he has guaranteed to the state for the last fifteen years. Recently it has been stated that no Congo enterprises have paid, that money is invested in the Congo only to be lost, and so on. This is entirely inaccurate, for no enter prises of the present day are paving bet ter than the companies in the Congo Free State. This must be said in Justice to King Leopold, its founder, for. with the id-a that the Congo is a total failure, the be lief that King Leopold makes millions out of it cannot fail to place the sovereign in a very false light. A few figures only are necessary to dispel this false lighu First, there is the raiiwav. op. re. in 1S38. This company issued shares at 2-. ana tnelr present actual value on th market is considerably over 4:4. The Anglo-Belgium India Rubber company, a short time ago. paid a dividend of luu'per cent. Dividends in the various other com panies vary all the way from 33 1-3 to 50 and 75 per cent. The Belgians are a thrifty and practical people, and their commerce and industry unanimously uphold the Congo, not from sentiment or patriotism, but for the verv logical reason that to them the Congo is a financial success. Those who ho'd the 4 per cent bonds obtain more for their money than holders of Belgian state or city bonds. In lssss the exports of the Congo Free State amounted to somethlne over 65.000 in 16. ten years after, to 4W.0"0, and in 1!99 to 1.625.000, bei - 5J0,0o0 in excess of the Imports. There is a belief prevailing that the Congo Free State is in some way or other a dependency of Belgium. This is not so: it is an absolutely Inde pendent state, and nothing need prevent -I? ,LePoll from abdicating the throne of Belgium and retaining the sovereignty of the Free State la the event of Beiidum refusing to annex the state, a matter which will come up before parliament this i"e?r STyvi,rtue of a treaty dated July 1, Ix),the Belgian government agreed to loan the sum of l.bOt).0U0 to the Congo -?u ?tate' no.000 to be paid down and "'". per annum for ten vears. Six months after the last payment that fs this year the Belgian government re served the right to annex the entire state. Hunting Birds With a Camera. Frorn the World's Work. Only at first did the owners of the warblers' nest object to my intruding, and by various methods did thev trv to coax me away from their home. First one and then the other would feign broken wings, and, haif rolling, half scrambling, they would make their way down the steep hillside, in the hope of luring me away. Then, finding that I was not to be taken in even by such an artful devise, they endeavored to ac complish their object by scolding at me. in less tnan two nours they quieted down and simply looked on in silence. The next time I visited the nest they made no objection, and I imagined they recognized me, and realized that I meant no harm, either to themselves or to their young, for these had hatched since my last visit. Day by day I came to watch the little fellows, and thev grew rapidly, as all" young bird3 do. Finally they were ready to make their first venture into the great world that, should no accident befall them, was to be their feeding ground for many years to come. As I looked into the nest the family of fledgelings scrambled out, as though they had been scattered by some in visible hand, so nearly simultaneous was their action, and In less time than it takes to tell it each little mite of down and rust-colored feathers was hidden among the dead, crpckling leaves with which the ground was strewn. Though I had tried my best to watch where each bird had concealed itself, it was some time before I collected them all. pre paratory to photographing them. Of course the parents were greatly excited birds always are when their young first leave the nest and when they saw the entire brood captured by one whom thev had considered a friend they seemed to regret having placed so much confidence in me. But only for a very short time did their doubts continue. 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