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SOLDIER'S WIDOW IN WANT.
Pathetic Appeal for Help Made to Russian Government. In the face of some of the storlea which are coming from St. Peters burg. It Is probable that If the czar should Issue a pension order it would not be met with a fault finding vol ley. A dispatch says that when a Rus sian officer is killed all payments to his family are stopped. The widow of a lieutenant colonel slain at l.ioa yang has been obliged to make an appeal for bread for herself and sev en children. The country that doesn't look after the widows and orphans of Its dead heroes holds patriotism cheap. No country gives support to the dependent ones commensurate with the service rendered by the sol dier who dies in battle, but few coun tries are so lost to gratitude that they allow the orphan's cry for bread to pass unheeded. It has been hinted that there Is a lack of heart on the part of the czar's men in the present conflict. It Is more than possible that one reason for the half heartedness in the fight may be found In this widow's appeal.-—Chicago Post. "Knockout Drops" in a Ring. "A knockout ring,” said the detec tive. "Look «t It well, it belonged to Jimmy the Kid. He was notori ous.” The ring was of gold, and It con tained a huge dark blue stone. "Now, watch the stone.” continued the detective, and he pressed with his thumb a spring, smaller than a pin head, on the gold loop, opposite the setting. instantly the middle ot the atone slipped, hack like a sliding door, and out of the opening three or four drops of fluid fell. When the detective ceased to press the spring the stone closed up again "See how it works?" he said. "I sit with you. and there arc two glasses ot booze before us. Talking away, 1 draw the hand with the ring on It across your glass, nn-1 with my thumb I press the spring. Then into your glass there falls enough chloral to pul you out of business."—New York Press. Uninteresting People. They live In a quirt sort of away In a quiet sot I of street. They don’t meet h gnat many jcoplc, nor Impress the people they meet The newspapers never mention theli names. The world doesn’t care what thry do. They nev* r go In for anything much. And their Intimate friends arc few. He mnr baa had .1 f > Though somebody an id he might Kora flat little nose on the window pane Awaits him every night. And eight little lingers and two little thumbs Undo all the woik of the comb As he sits In the quietest sort of away In his quietest sort of a home. Flo- doesn’t belong to n woman's club. Him hasn't a single fad. Khe plava with llte * kids' and works nil day. And most of the tlnm she sings. lie Isn’t like most other husband's at all. Hhe Isn’t Ilk* most other wives And they never attempt to make a change In the course of their quid live But onre in a while they dn the “kids,” Ami go to spend the day In a nice quiet country spot. In a nice little quirt way. —Maurice Brown Klrl> in Collier’s Weekly. Canada’s New Governor. An American boy who was travel ing In South Africa In 1856. toward the Clone Ol the Mntabclc .trouble*, recall* THE STATESMAN, DENVER, COLORADO. ms nrst signt or Earl Grey, the new governor general of Canada. "His lordship," says the American referred to, "did not look a bit like a belted earl. Though administrator of Rhode sia at the time, he was in his shirt sleevs, with a pair of obviously ready made trousers and a disreputable slouch hat. He and a couple of friends were having a drink at the bar of the Bulawayo club." Lord Grey, by the way, was born in a royal residence. His father was private secretary to Queen Victoria, and Lady Grey was stopping in St. James' palace at the time. Fifteen Thousand Violin Makers. The only place In the world where violin-making may be said to consti tute the staple Industry is Markneu klrchen, in Saxony, with its numerous surrounding villages. There are al together about 15,000 people in this district engaged exclusively in the manufacture of violins. The Inhabi tants, from the small boy and girl to the wrinkled, grey beaded veteran and the aged grandmother, are employed throughout the year in making some part or other of this instrument. Cure for Sea Sickness. The Uritlsh Medical Journal says; Koepke believes that the different symptoms of sea sickness are due to anemia of the brain, and that validol acts upon this condition by raising the blood pressure. It also influences toe gastric disturbances by lowering the sensibility of the nerve endings in the gastric mucous membrane, and is. indeed, both a good stomachic and a good analeptic. One Man’s Meat Another’s Poison. In the rivers of some of the West Indian islands there abound fish which it would be deadly poison for Euro peans to eat. but which the natives find a nourishing and enjoyable diet In parts of New Zealand there grows a sort of orange which no one but a native can eat without becoming 111, while a couple would probaoly poison the average Euronean- How Flowers Attract Bees. Ii li;< Ions I wo a mooted question whether in: rt® are attracted to flow er by the bright hue* of the petals or by the odor of the flowers, and ro om * .\perimenis carried out on quite an extensive scale reem to indicate that the perfume is the essential di re* live agent. It is concluded that ius«ets are guided from a distance to male's <»f powers by their p*jlumo tlone. bu: that where flowers are crown singly, insects are attracted generally by color, and where the dis tance is small the odor doubtless as nists in attracting and directing the movements of the living insects. CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH, 24tb and California streets. Rev. W E. Hel . pastor. Preaching. 11 a. m.; Stindt, School at 12:15, Martin Peoples, s perintendent, 6:30, B. Y. P. U.. W. h Fugltt, president; 7:30, preaching. All are welcome to our services. Especial arrangements made to care for strang ers and visitors. Coronation Dramatic and Literary Society Tuesday night Prayer meeting Wednesday night. The pastor to meet strangers ann visitor? after each sen lea. Plant Growth. There Is gradually dawning a belief that plant growth is more or less of a chemical process that may be acceler ated or retarded by the application of the proper reagents, generally in the form of fertilizers, and that the ulti mate growth is usually far in excess of the value of the material applied. This is apropos of some investigations that have been conducted by M. Nagaoka, of the Tokio Imperial university, in stimulating rice growth by the stimu lating action of manganese in the form of manganese sulphate. A yield of 37 per cent over a field fertilized in the usual manner was obtained by this in vestigator and the value of the in creased crop was equal to four times (he cost of the chemical applied. African Jumping Hare. One of the rarest and most Inter esting of the wild animals in South Africa Is the springhaas, or jumping hare. It lives in small communities on the open veldt, both in the plains and in the mountain ranges, and makes large and deep burrows in the ground, whence it emerges toward sunset, being rarely seen in the bright daylight. When chased in the open it proceeds in great bounds like a jerboa or kangaroo, for which its high ly developed hind legs are admirably adapted, and is even said to move faster up hill than down. Its food consists of roots and green stuff. Its flesh is good to eat and is much ap preciated by the Hottentots and Kaffirs. Kind of Music Government Had. A certain congressman who takes an interest in musical matters lately presented a bill advocating a larger appropriation for (be care of the music in the Congressional Library. Kf spok* briefly on the subject and after the session a fellow Congress min approached him confidentially, “I say," he said in a low voice. like that bill of yours; bat tel! me - what sort of music does the govern ment have over there in the library - Is It a band or just a hand organ?- Harper's Weekly. QUEER FISH OF THE NORTH. Narwhal One of the Strangest of Sea Animals. One of the strangest of sea animals Is the narwhal, conjectured by some to be the original of the fabled uni corn. The great peculiarity of this graceful cetacean lies in Us long tusk, a polished ivory shaft, straight as an arrow and sharp as a lance, which protrudes from its head to a great distance. This formidable and glit- | tering appendage gives to the animal a striking and spectacular appear ance. The narwhals appear off the coast of Greenland In schools, making excursions into the various bays and fiords In search of food. A band of a hundred or more form a picturesque sight when plowing through the wat er In military-like procession, the long, glittering horns all rising In unison ns they come up to the sur face to blow. Their advent Is hailed with dclffcht by the Eskimos, as they are said to be the forerunners of the early approach of the right whale, which uses the same kind of food as the narwhal. Greenlanders hunt the narwhal ac tively, as they are very fond of its flesh, ar.d the Ivory of Its horn Is use ful (or many purposes. The nutritious akin forms the most delicious sort ot chewing gum (or both men and women ana is regarded as a choice luxury. The body Is covered to a depth of three or four Inches with a layer of fine blubber, weighing half a ton and yielding a large amount of the best grade of oil. One of the most highly prised tro phies which Lieut. Peary brought back from his last journey to Green land was the ivory tusk of a narwhal. This Is the record-breaking specimen of the world, measuring eight feet in length and eight inches in circumfer ence at its thickest part. A realisa tion of its height is gained when it is placed alongside a man, the extreme point of the tusk overtopping his bead two feet Leonardo's Writing. This is a specimen of the writing of iCmiardo da Vinci, famous as poet aid sculptor, and the greatest univer ; >al genius the world has known. Fine Specimen of Indian Pottery. A valuable addition to the museum ot the University of Vermont has re* cently been made in the form of an excellent specimen of Indian pottery. The rcssel. one of the best and largest ever unearthed in New England, was found in a cave near Bolton Falls. It is 10 inches high and has a six-sided, highly-decorated rim nlt° inches In diameter. Pennsylvania’s Largest Tree. In Teadon township. Delaware coun ty, Pa., Is what is said to be the largest tree In the state. The cir cumference of the trunk is 33 feet, and the spread of its branches 111 feet. ! Bootblack’s J | Favorite > \ Whittermore’s, & ( Bixby’s and Eagle ► < Pastes and Polishes j Black Cleaning in bulk £ J Shoe Laces | We also carry a fine line of Brushes, Blacking, Leather r and Shoe Findings Look us up and price 4 our goods. r \ |OS. MERRILL & SON ( 1763 Lawrence St.