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ARTIFICIAL SOD NOW MADE.
Intended Chlefiy to Supply Demand from Largo Cities. The demand for sod in a large city is greater than can be supplied from the surrounding country, with the re sult that grass for transplanting la now shipped long distances, and the price is correspondingly high. It Is no wonder, then, that an artificial sod has been made. The green sod is capable of transplanting at any time of the year and has the advantage of pre senting a reasonably green sward at once, whereas the artificial sod takes on its emerald hue only after the warm sun has smiled upon It. The Inventor of the latter, however, claims that one Is rewarded for this delay by the superior appearance of the grass when it final!) do* > malv its ap pearance. being uniform la Its char acter and free from weeds and other undesirable growth. The sod consists of rich soil with grass seed embedded therein, the mass being pressed or dried In a sheet which is laid on the ground where the growth of grass is desired. With a little care or water nature will do the rest. FATHER NOT SHARP ENOUGH Despite All Precautions. Daughters Love and Elope. At Port Chatter, N. Y . there Is a wealthy farmer named Charles Adams whose daughters have not the slight est trouble in finding husbands despite the fact that their father is notorious ly opposed to their meeting any eligi ble young men. Two years ago the oMest of the daughters slipped out and eloped with her lover, to the *ur prise and consternation of the stern parent, who tightened his watch on the girls and vowed that no other one of his daughters should be wed for a while yet. But last year another daughter did likewise. * Papa Adams said things and watch ed Sadie, the youngest, like a hawk. Night and day he was within hearing distance of her and never did he al low her to go to town without his ac companding her as an escort. No young man of the countryside was going to fool him and get Sadie. But while he was watching carefully these young men he neglected to watch Walter Washhurne, the overseer of his farm. Sadie and Walter managed to (all in love without exciting paren tal suspicion, and the other day Wal ter hitched up and drove Sadie to town, where they were married. Now Papa Adams Is quite convinced of the truth of the old adage to the effect that love will triumph despite all. Mint Refuse Worth $30,000. "The United Stales government as sayed the Old mint at Denver recent ly." said R. W, Burchard of that city, "and got 130,000 in the clean no. That THE STATESMAN, DENVER, COLORADO. Bounds like a peculiar statement, but It Is the truth. I "The new coinage mint, which had been in course of construction there for about seven years, was completed recently, and the government moved from the old mint, which had been oc cupied for about thirty years. "When they got ready to clean out the old place every particle of dust and dirt was carefully saved. This was run through the assay furnace, and it was found that the tiny par ticles of gold which had accumulated about the building in all those years had amounted to the snug sum I have mentioned. "The particles had been carried through the air during the refining processes, and were so minute that they had not affected the weight of the metal assayed to any appreciable extent. It was all velvet for Uncle Sam and more than paid the expense* of moving to the new mint." —Milwau- kee Sentinv. MEMORY HARD TO BEAT. Colored "Auntie’s” Claim That Wat Almost the Limit. In the days o! Barnum, an old "auntie” lived In East Tennessee who was reputed to be of great age. Like all of her kind she was extremely proud of the distinction, and never underestimated her age in the least She had outgrown that weakness de cades past. Barnum heard of her, and conclud ing that if she was as old as rumor made her she would be a valuable ac quisition to his show, he sent an agent down to make an investigation. She caught the direction of the wind very promptly, and was prepared for any test question that might be asked. Gradually the agent led up to the crucial interrogatory, and at last said: "Aunty, do you remember George Washington?” "Does I rccomeraher George Wash ington*’ W'y lawß-a massy. Mistuh, I reckon I does. I orter, orient I? Fer I done nussed him. We played to gether evy day when he was a H’l chile.” "Well, do you remember anything about the Revolutionary war?” "G’way. chile! Yes. indeed I does. Honey. I stood dar lots er times, an’ seed do bullets flyin' around’, thick er’n rain drops.” “Yes—well, how about the fall of the Homan empire? Do you recollect anything about that?” “The old woman took a good, long breath. In fact, it amounted to a sigh. She reflected for n few mo ments. and said: ”De fact is. Honey. 1 was purty | young den. an' I doesn’t have a very extinct reoommemhi'ance Tmut dat; > hut I does ’member, now dat you speaks of hit. dal I did henk do white | folks tell about hearing* some’pn drap.” CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH, 24tb and California streets. Rev. W.E. Hel:. pastor. Preaching, 11 a. m.; Sundi ; School at 12:15, Martin Peoples, s perlnlendcnt. 6:30. R. 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 anti Literary Society Tuesday light Prayer meeting Wednesday night The pastor desires to meet stranger* and visitors after each set Tice. PERSONALS. C. H. Barbee of Durango enroute to Oklahoma and Texas to buy land, stopped over in the city the guest of obt. Carruth. Mrs. W. T. Bland and child, who have been visiting in Hot Springs for two months are again in the city at 2448 Larimer St. Mr. and Mrs. Bland contemplate opening a lunch room soon. An affair among the younger set was a full dress dancing party last Friday night at Five Points Hall. It was given by the select six, a club of young girls. They served refresh ments. The Knights of Pythias celebrated the anniversary of the order by relig ious service at Shorter Church, The two lodges. Damon, Mo 5, and Pythi as, Mo. 11, assembled at the hall and proceeded to the church headed by a band. Rev. Dyett delivered the ser mon in the presence of a crowded church. Its pointed advise no less than its eloquence made a deep im press upon both the Knights and the congregation. A liberal offering was ; raised. John Leftridge acted as j toastmaster. The auxiliaries repre i seated were the Court of Calanthe. 1 Lily Cadet Company of the youths, I Arna Company of Uniformed Ladies and the Uniformed Rank of Kuighls. Colonel Greenleaf’s staff in full rega lia was augmented by Major J. P. Miller of Colorado Springs. It was the best gathering of the order and has set a pace for all orders. Longevity in Virginia. “Mine is the prize state for longevi ty,” said a Virginian who was regis tered at a Chestnut street hotel. "I can produce a list of nineteen former citizens and slaves of my state whose years when they died aggregated 2,241 years. Of the nineteen persons named the youngest when he died was 110 years old. Two lived to be 130, one to be 126, two to be 121, one to he 115, two 116, three 114, one 113, two 113, two 111, one 110, one 120, and one. a negro, lived to the ripe old age of 136 years. Of the nineteen persons on’y six were negroes; all the others were whites. ‘ While I am In the humor I will tell another one. There is, or was, a few years ago. standing on the banks of Neabsco creek, Virginia, a tombstone carrying probably the oldest monu mental Inscription in the United States. The date is 1608, and it is thought that the deceased was one of John Smith's men. This is the In scription: ‘Here lies ye body of Lieut. William Herris, who died May ye 16tb, 1608; aged 65 years; by birth a Brit on: a good soldier; a good husband and neighbor.’ “—Philadelphia Press, A CARD. Omaha, Nebr., 3,28, 1005 Editox [ Statesman:— We wish to inform yon and friends that words are inadaqnate to express onr thanks for the kindness during the pain and loss of our beloved sister, Mrs. Rettu Thomas, who died in your city. Mr. and Mrs. Chas, Hicks Charlie Johnson 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 prized 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 realiza tion of its height is gained when it is placed alongside a man, the extreme point of the tusk overtopping his head two feet. Leonardo's Writing. This is a specimen of the writing .eonardo da famous as poet md sculptor, and the greatest uaiver >a! genius the world has known. Fine Specimen of Indian Pottery. A valuable, addition to the museum Oi the University of Vermont has re cently been made in the form cf an excellent specimen of Indian pottery. The Tessel. one cf 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 nit.® inches lr diameter. Pennsylvania’s Largest Tree. 11l Yeadon township, Delaware coun ty. Pa., is what is said to be the largest tree in the state. 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