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gfamy Cranks Write Letters to the Au
thorities-Wlint Spain lias ltoen—Om
American Navy-Kites and Cameras In
Haval War Tare.
William A. Eddy, of Bayonne, N. J.,
has made some very interesting experi
ments with kites and elevated cameras
He has submitted to the Navy Depart
ment his plans for the use of this ap
paratus in reconnoitring from the
decks of war vessels. Mr. Eddy is anx
ous that his application for permission
to make experiments will be granted.
In regard to this proposed method of
photography below the horizon line
Mr. Eddy says: .
"I have studied men of war and the
positions of their masts with great cart
daring the last two years, and I am
satisfied that on the regular armor
clad ship the best position for the kites
to be flown from would be the foremast
and that a pulley block fastened there
would lift the camera apparatus entire
ly beyond interference with the rig
ging. My plan would be to use six
■Rites In Naval "Warfare.
cameras set in the form of a hexagon
on a circular platform, this platform
to be prevented from revolving by a
light boom set out from the kite string,
and each camera numbered to corres
pond with a chart kept on the deck."
He explained that if the direction of
toe kites altered through a change in
the wind it could be instantly observed
and the chart shifted to correspond.
Then small photographes would be ta
ken ervery few minutes by his battery
of cameras and eould be developed
within Ave minutes, so that any object
they showed could be observed. It
would not be necossary, he says, to
wait to wash and print the negatives.
Should something'that looked like a
war ship he noticed on one of the
plates it would be only necessary to
send up a large camera to take a photo
graph in that same direction, and then
It could be determined from that plate
what kind of a vessel it really was.
As might be expected under the cir
cumstances, people totally ignorant of
military methods and cranks, form a
large part of the overzealous patriots.
One man requests the President to send
him immediately a cap, belt and uni
form, that he may open a recruiting
office in Philadelphia. This man say 3
he is able to command any number
of men, but would be content with a
captain's commission, lie says he can
navigate any ship afloat and is an ex
cellent steward.
An old colored man of Alexandria,
Va., says he is prepared to enlist
more than seven hundred colored sol
diers who fought in the late war, and
asks for a colonel's commission. Many
superannuated Inmates of the soldiers*
homes are with difficulty restraining
i themselves from marching In a body
r t 0 Washington to tender their services
to the President. An officer of the Ad
jutant General's office remarked on
reading their letters that he feared the
demand-; on the hospital corps would
he too great to accept their tender.
An enthusiastic mechanical engineer
has presented an elaborate, hut im
practicable, scheme for barricading
harbors and rivers with fortified pon
• toons. Another man, ready for his
country's call, styles himself a pro
fessional aeronaut of ten years' experi
ence, "well versea in hydrogen gas and
hot air balloons." He suggests the
employment of large quantities of
nltro-glycerine and other high explo
sives, to be carried up in balloons and
dropped upon the decks of the enemy's
That there Is a great deal of hot
hlood in the United States with an
inpatient determination to support
the administration if developments
shall compel it to adopt a hostile at
titude toward Spain is evidenced by
the hundreds of letters received slnco
the Maine disaster at the White House
and the War and Navy departments of
fering services and suggestions.
These letters come from all sorts and
conditions of men. women and chil
dren in all parts of the country. Many
are from men of standing and influence
whose services would be appreciated in
the event of an outbrenk of hostilities.
Among these are officers of the Na
tional Guard organizations, who pledge
their willingness and that of their en
tire regiments to enlist as a body in
the service of the United States in caso
of emergency. Many medical men have
tended their services as army and navy
surgeons. Men and women nurses;
some of them attached to hospitals in
the large cities, are begging the au
thorities to call upon them if needed.
Scares of boys from ten to fifteen
years old are clamoring for permission
to enlist as drummer boys. There are
numerous applications for authority to
recruftt volunteers. The number of
former confederate soldiers who offer
their services is especially large.
Spain was once the greatest nation
on the globe. Say, rather she was
twice so. First as a centre of learning
and science under the sarnsenclc rule,
when the city of Cordova had a mile of
gas-lit streets and fountains of quick
i silver played In the palace yard of the
caliph. Second, when Bhe was the
gseatest military power in Europe. If
you look at the names of countries,
cities and places in the western hemis
phere you will realize what a grand
empire Spain onoe was and what a
power she weilded over men. But Spain
could not stand the march of mddern
invention. She has steadily shrunk
and shrlvled and lost her possessirma,
until now all she has left worth speak
ing of is Cuba. The Phillip(ne3 are ln-
£ lfnlflcant possessions. If J5 interest
ting to Know that the total population
of Spain is 17,665,632. Many people,
without looking up the matter, would
say at a guess that Spain's population
was 35,000,000 or 40,000,000 it is in real
ity less than 18,000,000. The area of
France is only a few thousand square
miles greater, and yet France has a
population of very nearly 40,000,000.
Texas has an area of 274,356 square
miles. Spain could be laid out on
Texas and Texas would have 76,686
square miles left over. The states ol
Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois and
Alabama have more population .to
gether than has Spain and are im
mensely more wealthy. These states
could borrow enough money with
their whole field of commodities
and capital behind the loan, to pay oft
at one scoop the whole national debt
of Spain. They could raise, pay and
maintain a bigger army than Spain
could. Their natural resources could
ont-last Spain's ten to one. Their
steam power is iflnitely greater, and as
man power can always be gagued by
steam power you can imagine the dif
ference. These four states could exist
if separated from all the rest of the
The American navy has been distin
guished throughout its history for the
strictness of its disipline and the close
ness of its vigilance. Not a shadow
of fact has appeared that suggests even
the possibility that there was any de
parture from that rule on the Maine.
Nothing in the catastrophe so far as
it has been reported affords the slight
est indication of negligence on the
ship, but all the circumstances point
to the carefulness of the Maine's offi
cers and crew 'and tend to relieve of
al responsibility for the loss of the
ship and suggests that no solution of
mystery will be found which throws
discredit on them. The officers of the
American navy were never so thor
oughly trained in their duties as now.
The rise of new methods of naval con
struction, the invention of new ex
plosives, the improvements in arma
ment, and the many applications of
scientific discoveries to ships of war,
•have been followed, step by step, in
the training of our naval officers, until
it can be said of them without reserva
tion that nowhere in the world are
their superiors to be found, if indeed,
any other navy contains their equal
as a whole in scientific adaption to the
conditions of modern naval warfare.
More than that they are a splendid
body of men, morally and physically.
Queer things happen at social func
tions in Washington. At a reception
given 'recently by the Spanish min
ister a woman was discovered in the
act of carrying off a large plate of
chicken salad. She had slipped it un
der a rich wrap which she wore, and
had proceeded as far as the outer door
when a detective in the employ of the
caterer headed her off. This is hardlj
an unusual occurence. At the public
receptions women thieves have been
accustomed to steal china, silverware
and even common dishes. So great has
become the nuisance that the givers
of the receptions no longer use theii
own dishes. A caterer is hired to sup
ply everything and he also suppies de
tectives to watch his property. These
detectives are sometimes in the dis
guise of maids who assist the ladies
with their wraps, but ir.jre often ap
pear as guests in proper gowns and
suits. A short time ago a lady who
goes in the very best Washington so
ciety was discovered stealing valuable
pins from the dressers at a small private
dinner. She was comfronted by her
hostess and said she had slipped the
jewelery into her pocket so that it
might not be stolen by the maids who
were about the dressing room.
In the great emergency which threat
ens the peace of the Nation, all eyes
turn Instinctively to our navy. It Is
realized that modern war ships are to
a very great extent experienental affairs
and what the outcome of a great naval
battle will be, no one can now tell.
The head of the Navy Department,
Secretary Long, is a cool, clear-headed
man of affairs, capable of doing an im-
Assistant Secretary Roosevelt.
meilw amount of -work, and possessing
a degree of deliberative judgment
which will be of preeless value to the
•country iL case of hostilities. His first
a sistant in also not unknown to fame.
Theodore Roosevelt demonstrated his
executive ability while at the head of
the New York Police Department. Ho
possesses a decree of vigor and action,
which will find plent of room for its
V. S. Malt Pl'otoctor.
The United States Government is
sometimes served for years by valuable
servants who are not even boarded at
the expense of the Government. These
servants are cats. Rats are one of the
persistent dangers that threaten the
United States mall. They destroy the
bags and the mail matter. The Post
Office Building in New York City is
a large building, and now many years
old. It Is said that there are sixty
cats in the building cared for by the
clerks. Some of the cats have never
Ived anywhere else; others have come
in from the neighborhood. The cats
who have known only this home are
very shy of strangers, and will come
anly to the clerks in the building. So
rou see that the Government is served
without pay by these faithful servants
who prevent the destruction by rats
jf valuable property, and all that is
Siven them is shelter.
We admire the heroes'of the past,
'nut always have to have a sneaking
feeling that the martyrs ough to have
aecu smart enough to get away. .
no Finds a Wife 111 11 Protly Olrl at
tlio "lluwinr of Nations"
A tall man with a full beard and col
or of old gold, and a wide-brimmed hat
6uch as is invariably associated with
the denizens of the wild west, wearing
a suit of ready-made clothes with the
shelf marks of an Omaha store plainly
visible, got off the train as tt reached
the Northwestern depot at Chicago ant
had his. gripsack checked for keep
ing in the waiting room.
"Say Mister," ho said of the checks,
"mebbe you's better leave that thar
gun," pointing to a 41-calibre revolver,
the down-pointing muzzle of which
hung some inches below the tail of his
short sack coat. "The police mighi
take yon in, and then you'd be fined
550, besides eonferskatin' the shooter."
"P'raps you're right, pardner," said
the westerner, after a minute's consid
eration. "I never been in a big town
before; ain't exactly fly on the ways of
the people. Your're sure I won't need
"No, you won't need it," said the
check man; leastways, if you don't
drink too much."
'I never drink," said the newcomer,
unstrapping the formidable weapon
and handing it over.
When ho reached Clark street he
glanced up and down admiringly at the
crowded thoroughfare, thronged with
wagons, street cars and .people.
Setting his hat firmly on his head,
the stranger stopped a hurrying man
and asked:
"Say, stranger!"
"Well, sir?" said the other, stopping
"Say, can you tell me where the busi
ness part of the town it? I'm a strang
er "
But the man had gone before the
sentence had concluded.
"Pears to me they didn't tumble to
Innercent jokes," he said to himself.
Then he looked across the street and
saw the signs of the Chicago museum.
'A show,' hey! Well, I take that in,
He bought a ticket and passed in,
and was soon contemplating the pret
ty girls in the costumes of all nations.
Round and round he walked, and all
the time his wonder grew. Ho glanced
furtively and bashfully at the beauties
in the gorgeous and becoming cos
"Wonder if they can talk United
States?" he thought.
Finally he found a post against
which he could stand, and, thus braced,
he pushed his hat brim out of the way
and stared long and earnestly at one or
the young ladies who seemed to talco
his eye.
The gir) was fully conscious of the
admiring look, but, like a well-behaved
girl, took no notice of it until after the
space of some moments, when the
steady gaze brought the color to her
cheeks and a half smile to her face,
which she attempted to hide by quickly
turning about.
The giri became nervous. She at
tempted to dust off the front of the
booth with a feather brush, but it flew
from her fingers upon the floor.
The western man sprang quickly
forward and handed it to her with un
taught grace.
"Thank you, sir," she said, with a
smile and a blush.
"Oh, can you talk American?" he
"Yes, sir," she replied. "Why not?"
"Oh, I dunno; you're wearin' a fur
rln' rig, you know."
"Yes, I am an American," she said.
"Yes? Do you stay here all the
"No, I live at home. I'm only here
for a couple of weeks."
"I'm a stranger in town," he said.
"Yes. I live in Arizony."
"Is that far away?"
"Yes; it's lonesome for me out there
"Why don't you live in a city?"
" 'Cause I got a ranch and a lot of
She looked at him with sudden re
spect, for she had heard of the western
cattle kings.
"I was going east to see a gal," he
said, after a pause. "But I don't think
I'll go now."
•Why not?"
" 'Cause I've found one that suits me
in Chicago."
"You're lucky," said the girl, smiling
at the simplicity of the man. "Who is
"Oh, go on with your foolishness.
You never saw me before."
"No," he said, "but I'm going to stay
in Chicago and see you again. Fact is.
I want a wife. I'm a plain man. If
.you'll marry me. say BO."
"This Is so sudden, and I don't know
you and ■"
"Never jnlnd that. Where do you
"No. —, street."
"'Father and mother living?"
"'Father is dead. I live with my
"And you come here to make a little
money toward paying the rent."
-Never mind. I'm coming to see you
to-night. I can convince your mother
that I am able to take care of you.
And I've ect s.n-r-n Chicago men to
show yon who and what I am. If your
mother will go along out, I'll be glad to
have her along. Anyway, I'm going to
take you."
"You are very confident, seems to
me," said the young lady, who had sud
denly come to think a yellow beard
To-day there Is a vacancy In the "Ba
zaar of Nations," for one of the pret
tiest girls has gone, and in a neat lit
tle cottage in North Division an old
lady and a girl are sewing for dear life
on a serviceable bridal outfit.—London
Evening News.
A Possible Explanation.
Lucy—George is very much annoyed
Mr. Hudson, who has always been his
most intimate friend, never congratu
lated him on our engagement
May—Mr. Hudson has the reputa
tion of being an extremely consci
entious man. —Harlem Life.
His Object Inn.
Gavin —One thing I like about Bun
co's grocery. You can order your goo;Js
over the 'phone and after a short wail
have them delivered.
Bailey—That just what 1 don't like.
- Gavin —What?
Bailey—The short weight
Alaskan Mining Stories.
The (airy tales of the enormous for
tunes made in a few months in Alaska
are in every case to be taken with a
grain of salt—yes, a whole barrelful.
The favorite game of the returned
Alaskan miner is to carry with him a
bagful of nuggets, which he displays to
the bulging eyes of newspaper report
ers, ever ready to grasp at an item
whether it be true or false. The miner
shows the bag of nuggets and invites
the crowd to take a drink. The crowd
and the newspaper reporters do the
In every case, except perhaps one
in 500, the peison who shows osten
tatiously the bag of nuggets is either
a miner trying to sell his claims or
the agent of a transportation com
pany. The crowd gazes at the bag of
gold with admiration not unmingled
with awe. Finally one sidles up to the
man who has it and asks in a low
voice, "How much, now, have you
really got ?" The returned miner
answers with a languid air of indiffer
ence and in a confidential tone, "Oh,
maybe about $150,000!" He may or
may not have $5,000, but the tale
gets into the newspapers all the same,
which is what he wants.
We know of one case in which a re
turned miner said out and out that he
had taken $500,000 out of his Alaskan
claims when as an actual fact he had
taken only $25,000. He was loaded
up with mining claims which it was
his business to sell to the gullible
Here are some cold" facts : The
most money that has been made out
of Alaska has been made by those
who sold claims to the ignorant in the
states. The whole amount of money
thus far taken out of Alaska sums up,
all told, not over $2,500,000. The
lies of the transportation companies
and the returned miners who want to
sell have swelled the total to about
$10,000,000. If there were as many
rich mines there as has been- repre
sented, those who own them would
be blessed clear of wanting to sell
them. The awful climate and the hard
ship of the Alaska trip are, of course,
nothing to deter a brave, robust man
from going, but the disappointment
apt to meet him after he gets there is
something to consider very seriously.
Not So Many-
The human iace today numbers
1,620,000,000 and increases eight
per cent every 10 years, according to
the recent report ol the International
Statistical Institute. The society has
set its heart upon having in 1900 ajoint
count of human noses in all civilized
nations, but various governments de
cline to upset their census arrange
ments made for other years, and the
scheme has been abandoned. The
figures 1,620,000,000, are not an
exact count, but as close an estimate
as possible by expert statisticians.
Any patriotic individual, here or
abroad, who fancies that this country
contains the rrtajor part of mankind
should compare his country's popula
tion with that of the world. In the
United States we amount to about
four per cent of the human race.
Why is it that a silent partner has
so much to say ?
Why does a man who is really good
usually look so sad ?
Why does a loafer always bother a
man when he's busy ?
Why do we use the term "play
wright " instead of "playwriter ?"
Why is it that your shoestring never
breaks unless you are in a hurry ?
Mrs. Plnkham Believed Her of All
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Mrs. MADGE BABCOCK, 170 Second
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advice, which is freely offered.'
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Adjournment Uncertain.
Impossible to Say When Board Will Finish
Its Work.
It has developed through tele
graphic correspondence between Sec
retary Long and Admiral Sicard that
the court of inquiry is unable to fix
even an approximate date for the con
clusion of its investigation into the
disaster to the "Maine."
Sharing the general anxiety for
some information on this point Secre
tary Long, at the instance of the cabi
net, sent a telegram to Admiral Sicard
asking him when it was expected that
the report of the court would be made
and the following reply was received :
"Have talked with the president of
the court of inquiry and agree with
him that it is not yet possible to fix a
date for the finding, as much depends
upon • the progress of the divers and
wreckers and the results they obtain.
Every effort is being made to advance
the inquiry. The court returns to
Havana by the 'Mangrove' this even
ing, having about finished the exami
nation at Key West."
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The State (iuard.
An organized army of 8,755 men
with 878,394 men subject to military
duty is what will be the military show
ing of the Commonweallh of Penn
sylvania in the forthcoming annual
report of Adjutant' General Stewart.
The report is now being' prepared
at the headquarters of the Guard in
Harrisburg, and will give much detail
about the Guard. It will show the
Guard includes 989 commissioned
officers and 8,036 men. These fig
ureg and the grand total of men avail
able for military duty will be greater
than those of last year.
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