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VIEW OF THE PRADO. HAVANA. Many trees overthrown by the recent great storm. 'ARMY'S (iOOl) }VOUK. Sig7ial Corps and Quartermaster's Department Alert in Cuba. [From The Tribune Bureau. 1 Washington, Dec. lil). — A storm broke over the Island of Cuba on October 17 that for a time threatened to demoralize the forces of the United States sent to the island republic for the pur pose of righting its political status. The American troops landed rrom the transport Sum ncr at Havana on October (», and the following nine days saw the entire forces from this coun try debarked and sent to their various posts and camps. Two days later, on October 17, the storm wrecked the camps, destroyed all the buildings in use by the army, rendered the tele graph lines useless, and so damaged the electric car line that travel thereon was stopped. Sev eral chartered vessels, carrying animals for the army, had arrived in the harbor at Havana, and 212 were killed. Some seven ships, under con tract with the "War Department, were still at sea and suffered no loss. . - ■ In the city of Havana considerable property was destroyed and twenty-seven persons lost their lives. The pictures here reproduced show the uprooted trees and the severe damage to the streets and public parks. Major C B. Baker, of the army, acting under the direction of the quartermaster general of the army, General C. F. Humphrey, had put in operation a complete system for handling the troops and supplies as they reached Havana, and although the storm did an immense amount of damage the troops were supplied with new tentago within twenty four hours, transportation was quickly restored, and in a very short time the command was tn its usual calm, serene condition. The army signal corps restored the lines of communication in a manner highly praiseworthy. For a ferr days one line of telegraph handled all business, and it was necessary for the operators to con tinue at their posts of duty day and night The t-lectric light plant was iiM restored for several days after the storm. The manner in which the military forces recovered their equilibrium re flects great credit upon those having charge of the expedition. .VO CLOTIIES BUT FOR TUB APPLE. Oscar Hammerstein said at a dinner, apropos 6f a certain Joke: '"ittat Joke ia far-fetched, very far-fetched In- XMAS COMFORT HOME IIAKKS ADJ. KEn.IMN(, AM) KOCKINC, CHAIRS. Better trjd more comfortable" than Morris Chairs. No chair In the world like It: adjusted to any position. Kecommendod by Physicians ami 100.000 satisfied users A GDI FOll A UJ-'KTIMK. No home complete wlth eut It, Write to-day for Illustrated catalogue. G. MAKKS (IMIK CO.. 50 B. 29th St.. N. V. 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'The tailor, with a complacent smile, repliel: " - lf it hadn't been for an apple, where would the clothing business be to-day?' " GUARDIANS OF SEALS. ( oTiliiiui-il from third p:ii;f. village. Communication with the outside world Is practically at an end once a person lands on the islands. The trading steamers of the North American Commercial Company only touch twice a year, and rarely docs a revenue cutter "NANCY." By M. H. Bancroft. One of the paintings at tho winter exhibition of the National Academy of Design. make a call. The nearest point to St. Paul Is Unalaska. a large Aleutian settlement founded by the first Russian explorers, two hundred i miles away. Nome is distant six hundred miles. Japanese schooners are not infrequently seen, Japan being 1,900 miles away in an air line. "The Aleutians are a sturdy, independent peo ple, absolutely fearless, and dead shots with such rifles as they have. Th- y live on the islands to look after the seals for the North American Commercial Company, and for part of the year are enlisted by this government as a guard for the protection of the American herd. These people must have been of Jap anese origin, for their features Been to show it. They are good Americans, though, and they have more than once proved their serviceable ness as guards lor the Islands." UIB BITTER BPEEOH. Hilary K. Adair, a Western detective, re plied to the toast, "Detection." at a dinner In Omaha. "Speeches pregnant with meaning often help tln - detective in his delicate work," said Mr. Adair. "often a sin* eh vi" eight or ten words will reveal volumes. "Thus 1 once learned how things stood In a Milwaukee bouse when l heard a Milwaukee woman say to her husband, "Jim, do you know you talk in your sleepf and the man replied, 'Well, do you begrudge me those few words'/*" THE MALECON, HAVANA, WITH MORO IN THE DISTANCE. Great waves breaking on it during the recent storm. Wrecked schooner's masts v;s°ble. OCEAN TO ()( VAX. Xczc liontc for Transcontinental Tniffic A 1A 1 most Heiul'i. Next month, unless the rompletion ol tho dredging woril being done in the harbors of Coatzacoak-i-s and Salmi Cruz b delayed by some unforeseen accident) the Tennantepec Na tional Railroad will be thrown open to transcon tinental traffic, and the Panama Railroad no longer will be the dominant factor in inter oceanic commerce. At least until the Panama Canal is completed, many expect that the great er burden of traffic between th>> Atlantic and the Pacific will be handled by the Tehnai I : • National, on account of geographical adran tagt's, as it affords the shorter route between the chief commercial ports of the world. The isthmus of Tehuantepe. is situated in the southern portion of Mexico, in the state, of Oaxaca and Vera Cruz. From ocean to the distance Is 125 miles. Considering the f i t that the Sierra Ma !r>> Mountain range CTOS Che Isthmus, the territory is comparative'; From the Atlantic, or Gulf of Mexico si !••, the rise Is gradual, culminating in Chivela Paiß at a height of only 700 feet. From that :• .int to the Pacific, or to the Gulf of Tehnantej c, the decent is abrupt. Even La the time of Emperor Charles V of PORTRAIT OF MISS BERYL MORSE. By Richard F. Maynard. One of the paintings at the winter exhibition, 1905, of the National Academy of Design, now open at No. 215 West 57th street. Spain the project of an Interoceanle route across the isthmus was considered. Hernando Cortez, after completing the conquest of Mexico, passed along: the Tehuantepec Isthmus on his expedition to Honduras. He was impressed with the advantages of the isthmus and secured a large grant of land in that territory from the Emperor. Cortea; In a letter to the Em peror, declared It his belief that a navigable strait existed, leading from Coatzacoalcos to the Pacific Ocean. While, It is needless to say. nothing of the kind existed, surveys of tha isthmus, which are remarkable for their ac curacy, were made in the reign of Philip II in the sixteenth century and of Charles 111 In tha eighteenth. In 1774. the Spanish viceroy. D-r^ Antor.io M. de Bucareli. sent Agustln Cramer,"* governor of the castle of San Juan do Ulua, oft Vera Cruz, to survey the isthmus. Cramer was the first engineer to proclaim the possibility of opening a canal a rosa it. After the survey by Cramer, nothing more was done until ISSI. when the state o* Vera Cruz and the federal government of Mexico sent commiFsions to resuryey the Isthmus. Both commissions recommended that the Coatzaeoal ms River be mailo navigable as far as possible and that a carriage road be constructed from that point to the Pacific Coast. In 1943 Santa Ana. tru-n dictator of Mexico, granted Jose" de Ganliy a concession to open up a line of communication by water and rail be tween the Atlantic arvl Pacific oceans through the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. But nothing prac tical was accomplish- 1 by him. Several other contractors essayed the lass; in turn, until at last, in IM>I. the r a 1 was finished. But the government then recognized that much addi tional work would be necessary before the road could become a highway of interoceanic com merce, and in llnrj it entered into an arrange ment with the Er.^li.-ii firm of S. Pearson & Son. Limited, whereby the ••■.•:■■ to bring the Tehuantepec Railroad up to the requisite standard of solidity for handling heavy traffic*. to construct harLor works at Coatzaeoa'cos an! Salina. Cruz, and to provide shipping facilities at the terminal ports. Pearson & Son Immediately got to work. All the bridges of the Tehuantepec line whlcli were of wood were rez-laced with steel structures. and the road was i laid with eighty pound steel rails, heavily ballasted, curves and grades re duced, and every measure taken to protect the roadbed from damage from the storms which always cause railroads trouble In tropical coun tries. A little over two years ago the work on the railroad was completed and the construction of the harbor works was well under way. Now the harbor works have been practically com pleted also, and when the work of dredging away the bar at Coatzacoalcos and deepening the Inner harbor at Sal'na Cruz ia finished; which it Is expected will be done next cdontri. large ocean steamers will be able to reach the wharves at Coatzacoalcos and Salina Cruz, and the Tehuantepec National Railroad will be thrown open to transcontinental traffic. How much nearer to the chief coalmen i;il cities of the world the Tehuantepec Isthmus .-, than the Panama Isthmus is shown by the fal lowing table of distances in miles, issued by the Mexican government: Via Via Tohuan!» p«-o. Panama New York to San Fr .:: ■■■» 4.9:£> >'. T'C New York to T':^: d unj .'■■■»; >v<>s New York to Sttka 6.H47 7..V.r> New York to Acapulo 2.7— 3.95S New York to Alazatlan 3.47iJ -1.t.7." New York to Honjr Kcngr 11597 lif-Ki New York to Yokohama t>.!i>»4 tI.SII New York to Melbourne 11.068 11.471 New York to Honolulu t;.r>t:t; 7 7'iß New Oilcans to San Francisco 3.Z*1l r. . U.i Liverpool to Saa Fr i i i*-j >.'J7V !». - i7l Liverpool to Honolulu I*.**'" I' 1 . 1 "" Liverpool to V k .i. ■.i 13.2^1 lt.K." Liverpool to Melbourne - 14.113 14, US A TAXGLR Max (who is talking ov<:r the telephone with a man who stutters) — Papa, come here; th. re must be a knot in the telephone wire. — Bombe. C. 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