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,S MJSTERY. The indictment of Mrs. Addle Rich ardson by the grand jury on the charge of murdering her husband, Frank Richardson, has served to stir .anew interest in this mysterious case. The time for the trial is now not far away and throughout the county the probable verdict of the jury is the chief topic of discussion. On this point there is a divergence of opinion, the friends of Mrs. Richardson stout ly defending her from the charge made against her. Mrs. Richardson herself remains confident of her acquittal. "I welcome this opportunity to prove my innocence," she said to a friend the other day. "Ever since the death of my husband I have been compelled to listen to veiled allusions to my guilt, and now a chance is offered to end them forever. I am innocent and I have no fear that the jury will filfd otherwise." In less than one hour after Rich ardson was known to be dead at his home on Christian Ridge, the night Ibefore Christmas, it was confidently asserted that he had committed sui cide. Mrs. Adle L. Richardson, the widow of the dead merchant, was the frst to create the impression that he had killed himself. A search was made for the revolver with which Richardson was supposed to have shot himself, and it was not fofnd. Rich ardson did not own a revolver. The death wound was in the back of the neck. There was no indication of powder burns. When they began the investigation of the case the grand jurors first took up the relations that had existed for some time between Richardson and his SOLD EI (One of the Witnesses.) Wife. There was evidence that their lomestic relations had been strained. in fact, they had practically separated t short timn before the murder and firs. Richardson went to the home of ner parents at San Antonio, Tex. She remained there several weeks, when 'there was a reconciliation and she re turned home. She had been at home g'rade and War. In 1899 China was our best customer in cotton cloths. We sent $10,273,487 worth of cotton manufactures to China in that year. In 1900 our cotton ex ports to China fell off nearly one-half. This was the result of the Boxer war, which brought our total exports of manufactures of cotton in 1900 down to $20,722,759, a decline in value of $2,844,155. In 1899, when we exported cotton manufactures to the value of $23,566, 914, England exported cotton manufac tures to the value of $328,325,000; Ger many, $53,637,000; France, $32,081,000; Switzerland, $25,747,000; Japan, $16, 215,000, and Italy, $10,747,000. The reports show that the consumption of cotton, domestic and foreign, in the United States is nearly twice as large as in 1890. We produce 85 per cent of all the cotton in the world, but we supply less than 5 per cent of the cot ton goods which other nations buy. While the war in China has been to our disadvantage in cotton manufac tures, the war in South Africa has been to our advantage in that it has made England a larger purchaser of our food products, of horses and mules and has contributed to a great increase of our Iron and steel trade in Africa. Great Britain bought of us 6,000,000 pounds more of fresh beef in January, 1901, than in January, 1900; 9,000,000 pounds more of bacon, 3,000,000 pounds more of ham, and 1,940,000 pounds more of butter. In the last year we have also greatly increased our ex ports of boots, shoes and other leather products, of wagons and all transport materials, our total domestic exports for the seven months ending January, 1901, reaching a value of $887,702,000, against $787,391,000 for the seven months ending January, 19I. An Affair 4f Honor. Count Boni de Castellane has met M. de Rodays on the field of honor and inflicted upon him a wound which will give him some inconvenience and lay him up for a week. This settles mat ters very clearly; M. de Castellane is innocent of the charges which de Ro days brought against him. The pres ence of his bullet in his adversary's body affords its own convincing proof. The wound is sufficiently serious to show this, and yet not grave enough to give ground for the belief that M. de Rodays in his misrepresentations was guilty of wilful falsehood. If he had intentionally misstated facts the truth undoubtedly would have been shown on the dueling field and M. de Rodays would have been lucky to get only a few days when Richardson was killed. The evidence against George B. Crowley, as gathered by the officers at work on the case and by a detective employed to assist them, is held to show that he was a frequent visitor at the Richardson house, going there Crowley himself is worth about $300, 000, the greater part of it being repre sented by real estate. .ý FRAMI( 0 PIdZCAR6DM TL WART FI FE1 Taken in connection with the state ment of Bessie Phyllis, the servant girl at Richardson's, who says Crow ley was a frequent visitor at the Rich ardson house, the evidence against frequently when Richardson was not at home. Crowley lives a mile from town, on a large farm, and has a wife and one child. He owns a great deal.of proper ty in Savannah and in the country near the town. His father is one of the wealthiest farmers in the state, and Crowley is regarded by many of the townspeople as pointing him out to off with his life. As it is, the result affords proof of both Boni's innocence and of the unintentional character of De Roday's wrongdoing. The shallow ness of the latter's claims is exposed in the fact that he did not even hit his adversary. Had he done so the ver dict against Castellane would have been overwhelming. If each had shot the other it would have been known also that while Boni was guilty as charged 'his opponent was actuated by malign motives in making the charges. Fortunately it is unnecessary to spec ulate upon this proposition. M. de Rodays who was first punched into fighting and then shot for doing so, may not be ready to view the matter Water Rats in fNaples, Italy. " 4* c~-~Z44 In this picture are shown two of the water rats of Naples. They are only harmless boys who have been brought up clope to the water. These boys can eifim like so many rats and are as hard to catch by the police as are our boys who live along the wharves. These boys of Naples make a living by diving for pennies. When the big ocean steamers come to Italy from have Deen the cause of the quarrel be1 tween husband and wife. Stewart Fife has been suspected oi the murder. Fife has been questioned about his whereabouts on the night of the murder, and he said he went to the rooms of the Owl club early in the evening and fell asleep there. He de clared that he awoke an hour after the time the murder was committed. Fife relied on the testimony of Samuel Wal. den, the negro janitor at the rooms o the Owl olub, to prove that he war there at the time. Other witnesses sa; they saw him on the street at the time he says he was asleep in the rooms o the Owl club. Fife owned a revolver, and is said t. have flourished it in the saloon of E. E Norris in St. Joseph, remarking at th same time that he intenled to kil Richardson. He showed letters to . woman in St. Joseph and said they ha( been written to him by Mrs. Richard son. The letters were sensational ani were signed by the name of "Adle." in a proper and unprejudiced spirit but Boni's innocence has been demon strated to the satisfaction of such per sons as still believe that the duel ii not merely a foolish and wicked sur vival of an age of barbarism. A Challenge to the VniOerre, From the Memphis Commercial-Ap. peal: As the mule center of the solai system, Memphis can bid defiance t( envious rivals. The Pacific Ocean has a greater vol ume of water than its stormy sistel sea. There are 72,000,000 cubic milel of water in the Atlantic and-141,000,001 in the Pacific. America the water rans surround the boats and cry, "Penny, penny in the water, please. Hurry up, please," and few can resist their pleadings. Sc over goes a penny and into the water all the water rats dive at once, and soon up comes the lucky one with it is his mouth. Then it is "Penny, please,' again until the ship leaves port. These boys are mostly fishermen's sons. THE TINTS OF COIN. Reasons for Variations 'In the Gold o7 French tn. e. " Some time.ago a Frenchman placed together a number of gold coins of French mintage of the beginning,' mid dle and end of the last century. He was much surprised to see that they differed in color. He set about finding out the reasons for this difference and the results of his Investigations have been published in La Nature. There is a paleness about the yellow of the 10 and 20 franc pieces, which bear the effigies of Napoleon I. and Louis XVIII. that is not observed in the gold pieces of later mintage. One admirer of these coins speaks of their color as a "beautiful paleness" and ex presses regret that it is lacking in later coins. The explanation of it is very simple. The alloy that entered into the French gold coins of those days contained as much silver as cop per and it was the silver that gave the coins their interesting paleness. The coins of the era of Napoleon III. were more golden in hue. The silver hadl been taken out of the alloy. The gold coins of today have a still warmer and deeper tinge of yellow. This is be cause the Paris mint, as well as that in London, melts the gold and copper alloy in hermetically sealed boxes, which prevents the copper from being somewhat bleached, as it always is when it is attacked by hot air, so the present coins have the full warmness of tint that a copper alloy can give. If the coins of today are not so handsome in the opinion of amateur collc ':ors, as those issued by the first Nap leon, they are superior to those of either of the Napoleons in the fact that it costs less to make them. The double opera tion of the oxidation of the copper and cleaning it off the surface of the coin with acids is no longer employed, and the large elimination of copper from the sil face of the coins, formerly prac ticed, made them less resistant under wear and tear than are the coins now in circulation. Frightened by Sensitive Plants. In his "On the Frontier" Mr. Cam pion says that while he was cross ing the Isthmus of Panama some years ago the conductor obligingly stopped the train for him to gather some beau tiful crimson flowers on the roadside. "I refused offers of assistance and went alone to pluck the flowers. After gathering a handful I noticed a large bed of plants, knee high, and of deli cate form and of beautiful green shade. I walked to them, broke off a fine spray and placed it with the flowers. To my amazement I saw that I had gathered a withered, shriveled, brown ish weed. I threw it away, carefully selected a large, bright green plant and plucked it. Again I had in my hand a hunch of withered leaves. It flashed through my mind that a sud den attack of Panama fever, which was very prevalent and much talked of, had struck me delirious. I went 'off my head' from fright. In a panic I threw the flowers down, and was about to run to the train. I looked around; nothing seemed strange. I felt my pulse-all right. I was in a perspiration, but the heat would have made a lizard perspire. Then I no ticed that the plants where I stood seemed shrunken and wilted. Care fully I put my finger on the fresh branch. Instantly the leaves shrunk and began to change color. I had been frightened by sensitive plants." School Bell Rlngs by Electricity. Near A:oanoke, Ill., near the center of the state, there is a school teacher whose ingenuity might not please all of his pupils-that is, the indolent ones. E. N. Wheelwright teaches a district school, and in a district school, you know-or perhaps some city chil dren do not know-the teacher has to ring the bell and build the fire and sweep the floor, unless he pays some ambitious boy to do it for him. But this teacher does not have to hire 'a boy to ring the bell, nor does he ring it himself, yet, no matter what he may be doing at 9 o'clock in the morning, the bell sets up a clatter that no boy .or girl can escape. Mr. Wheelwright has arranged a clock which at the proper hour sets in motion an electric apparatus that puts the bell to ringing. The boys of that district have no longer any hope that the teacher will be so engrosed in some task that he will for get to call school. The bell rings also at 10:45 a. m., 1 p. m., 2:30 p. m. ant at 4 o'clock. Infant Feeding. A very important thing is the way the milk goes into the child's stomach. The bottles are so constructed that the milk goes down too fast. Every child who sucks at the breast has to work for what it gets. One of the great troubles in artificial feeding is, the milk is cascaded into the stomach and immediately cascaded hack again. The most of the sick babies are made so by some prepared stuff being cascaded into their stomachs in enormous quan tities. Quantity is a great element in these disorders, and I have known too much food to make babies sick. even where the food' was fresh milk. I gen erally tell the mothers to put a piece of pure, clean sponge into the nipple, so that the child must work with its gums and lips to draw the milk, thus obviate the too rapid flow. Star Discovered by Anderson. The sudden blazing into view of a star previously invisible ranks among the very rarest of astronomical events. Only fourteen times since men first began to write down records of the skies has such an occurrence been chronicled; and but once before have astronomers founr a "temporary" star rivaling in splendor Anderson's re cent discovery in the constellation Per seus. -- of precedence to the shirt waist. And not without a final tug of war has the bolero corsage given place to its natty little sister. But bodice an,' corsage have at last given up, and the shirt waist reigns. As all rulers must compromise, so has the shirt waist come to terms of concession. You will scarcely see a shirt waist this summer made upon the plain straight lines of earlier sea sons. That sort of a waist has a place of its own, which is in one's room or on the piazza of a country hotel of a morning, or, perchance, it is the room or house waist for the woman who does not like a wrapper. But the shirt waist, as it will be known and seen, will be much more elaborate. It will borrow certain lines from the bodice and will be neatly fitted in the back. It will partake of the corsage, in being somewhat elaborate ly trimmed, especially across the bust. On being asked a good, serviceable color for a shirt waist which could SHIRT WAIST POPULAR be worn with dark skirts all summer, It is no longer a question of to be a saleman in one of the best dry goods or not to be. The shirt waist has set- establishments unhesitatingly pulled tied that matter for itself long ago. It down a piece of silk muslin with tiny is to be! This season the shirt wafst little polka-dots in self color. Thq is pronouncedly in style. It is more shade was a pale heliotrope. "This," than that-it is in vogue. Plain or said he, "is serviceable. It should be trimmed, made of velvet or dimity, made up with a yoke and undersleeves of satin foulard at $5 per yard or of be made up with a yoke sole. The printed stuff at 10 cents, it is the style. I mousseline should be finely tucked." A time and place for shirt waists of all materials; and all in their own time Last year the total number of new and place. books published in the United States But it is not without a struggle that reached 6,356, or 653 more than in any the bodice has yielded up its position previous year. S. I"I ý';., RIn C1i' 1 tI .y. ~ ITALIAN CHILDREN. Italy is the first country in the world where a systematic effort has been made to enlist the children in the work of protecting the wild birds from harm. Dr. Vitelanio Tonta recently pointed out to the leading Italian teachers that little children could eas ily be taught to love birds and that this lesson, once learned, would never be forgotten, whereas, if the lesson were not taught until the children were grown up little heed would be paid to it except by those persons who were naturally sympathetic and fond of dumb creatures. In Germany, France and England, he said, there are many persons who are interested in birds and who are doing what they can to pre vent them from being killed for the sake of their plumage, but in order to do really effectual work a more thor ough crusade is needed and it is only from the ranks of children that cru saders of the right type can be ob tained. The doctor's suggestion has attracted a good deal of attention and many think it would be well for teachers throughout the country to carry it into effect, which they could easily do by simply impressing on their pupils the fact that it is wrong to be cruel toward birds or any other innocent creatures. HOME WORRAHOP. Every woman wants her morning gown to be attractive as well as com fortable. The admirable model shown in the Workshop today is both stylish and simple. The back its smoothly across the shoulders and is arranged in shirrs at the waist line, below which the skirt falls in soft, full folds. Thq A MORNING GOWN. fronts are slightly loose, but are ad. justed at the neck. To cut this gown for a woman oo medium size 11 yards of material 2T inches wide, 9% yards 32 inches wide, or 7 yards 44 inches wide will be re quired.