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Russian Business Ways
Bank Officials Hardly What
Delights of a Sail on
of Moscow, the Ancient Capital of the Empire,
(Special Correspondence.)
O say farewell to Ba
toum was good-bye to
the Caucasus, with Its
mountains beyond com
pare, Its wonderfully
good-looking men, Iti
extortionate hotels and
cheap railways, Its de
licious peaches, and,
lastly, to its ftea3. And
In spite of the drawbacks it was to us
a painful ceremony. The ceremony of
departure was painful to some extent,
both on account of our passports and
of our letters of credit.
The former had been delivered Into
the hands of the hotel on the night of
our arrival, and were returned next
morning. When they had been snugly
stowed away, our portmanteaus and
bundles packed, our dressing cases
locked, and we were preparing to sally
forth in search of the bank we were
Informed that we must again deliver
Temple of the Savior.
our passports. There was much both
er In unearthing the things, but they
were at last produced, and after an
tour returned, and again we prepared
to sally forth.
As by that time we felt that we
pretty well understood the ways and
methods of letters of credit, we decid
ed to send our courier on a shopping
expedition and go by ourselves to the
' bank. We found all the officials of the
bank most polite and considerate. To
all that we said thqy bowed and
smiled and said:
"Yes, ccrtf.inly." And, taking our
letters, returned to a far room to per
use their contents.
After waiting many minutes It oc
curred to one of us that the identifi
cation was not sufficient. So we
begged the attendance of one of the
stalwart gentlemen, both of whom
looked like Germans, and said In Eng
lish (which we took It for granted
they understood, as there had always
been English-speaking clerks in all the
banks heretofore), that if they wished
further identification we could name
auch and such people In Batoura. They
ittill bowed politely and said, "Yes,
Then we decided that those two
words were the only ones they knew
or understood, which really proved to
t . a
C General View of
be the case. I said politely that pos
sibly Monsieur would prefer to speak
French, and they both brightened vis
ibly. . After a time, however, the same
aftably knowing look began to return
to their blonde countenances, and
they retired again to cover, taking the
letters with them.
' Can it be that they understand no
a Trial to Tourhis
We Would Call Vpto,Datc
the Black Sea Some Views
French either? we sp3culated. One
of them appearing at the door of their
private lair, to regard with puzzled
elanccs our open countenances, we
hailed him politely in German. An ex
presslon -of immense relief overspread
hL fat fr.ee, and he cped to us with
fleet, "flat" feet, and, all smiles and
beaming glnnces, took a chair back of
the lr.r.c,e table at which we were scat
ed, and then, in fairly good German,
begged that the ladles. If they object
ed not, would read to him the con
tents of the Utters of credit.
The ladies did so In German, and ex
plained as best they could the mean
ing of the thinv why we had come to
tl em and the fact that we were not
to be charged a large percentage on
our checks. The ladles themselves
were, I fear, extremely hazy in theii
understanding of the subject in hand;
but they did their best, wondering at
the same time why the sign "EngllsS
spoken" was o be seen displayed upoi
the bank's dcors, and why the name
of a bank which evidently knew noi
the ways of a letter of credit was tc
be found upon those letters.
All that afternoon we skirted th
shore in sight of the magnificent
mountains, with those of Asia Mlnoi
also In view, a panorama of peakt
seen across a sea almost unbcllcv
ably blue.
It was a dreadful night, and had
there been any kind of shelter neai
by the captain would have put us off
But we were several miles from town
and there were no droschkes In sigh)
or hearing. Even if there had been
it would have been Impossible to drive
in such a wind. The captain was ur.
all night and in great doubt as to the
strength of his cables.
Next morning wo watched with In
terest the arrival of two droschkes ol
passengers. They "proved to contain
only a melancholy yoing Russian and
four French officers, none of whom
could speak a word of English. W
longed for one other womau. We
started late In the afternoon, and the
next four days were made as pleasant
for us as was possible. The ship's of
fleers did all in their power to make
us content. The captain we considei
a very remarkable person. Born Ir
Corsica of parents who could no
11)11 3 jfill "5 fci
even read their language, and whe
had not money enough to give him a;
education, he had educated himsel;
and worked his way up, until at ths
age of fifty he commanded the bee,i
ship of the Black Sea merchant fleet,
besides which he had learned to
speak Italian, French and Germas
and could understand English.
Ha Rightly Thinks a Midnight Prowl'
er Would Have Little Chance to
Escape the Traps So Cleverly Set
A Most Ingenious Scheme.
In Westchester county, where many
burglaries have been committed re
cently, people are asking one another
what they would do if they should
awaken suddenly some night and find
a burglar in the room. The answers
do not vary much. One man, how
ever, has, or thinks he has, solved the
"What a burglar fears," he said,
"Is a noise, so I have arranged a
scheme that I think will work.
"Right in my bedroom is a big,
healthy, 12-Inch gong. It Is worked
by electricity and the switch is fas
tened on the inside of the sideboard
of my bedstead, out of sight, but very
convenient to my band as I lie in the
"When I turn that switch there Is a
racket right there in the room that
is enough to set a man crazy, es
pecially in the night time. Just imag
ine that big gong starting its racket
while a poor burglar Is gathering up
a few trinkets to take away with him
as souvenirs. I'll bet it would scare
him so that he'd drop his booty, and
his intentions with it, and just light
Calculating on this effect I have
arranged a little surprise for bur
glarious visitors. Fastened by Its
lower end to one of the banisters at
the head of the stairs leading to the
parlor floor is a stick of oak an inch
and a half square. At the top it is
held in place by a catch such as holds
the front door in a flat house.
"When I turn on the switch this
catch is released and the stick drops
straight across the stairway about six
Inches f.-om the floor. I know a bur
glar will run if he hears that bell in
my room, and I want to do something
for him after he leaves. He will,
naturally, rush for the stairs and he
won't be particular to examine the
way to And out If it is just as he left
it when he came up.
"Imagine him, then, rushing in ter
ror from my room and meaning to es
cape by way of the stairs. He's sure
to bring up with his shins against that
stick. When he does I'll bet he won't
go down the stairs on his feet. Ol
course, I am not anxious to hurt him,
but if he will place himself In a bad
position, I must do the best I can for
the community, of which he Is cer
tainly not a useful member.
"If the burglar lands on his feet,
which is not likely, or is spry and
well enough after he strikes the par
lor floor to jump up and run before
I can get to the top of the stairs, he
is all right and safe enough for all
of me. If, however, I can get him at
a disadvantage I will try to have him
put where he will not commit another
burglary for some time, and this is
how I propose to accomplish that
"In one corner of my bedroom 1
keep a double-barreled shotgun. It
i always leaded and ready for use.
"My intention Is when I have scared
any burglar with the sound of the big
bell, to jump from my bed, grab the
bhotgun and reach the head of the
stairs as soon as he reaches the bot
tom. At my door Is another switch
which will turn on the electric light
in the hall at the foot of the stairs.
I intend to turn this and let the poor
fellow see where he lands, if he cares
to look.
"But the light will show me also
where he lands, while I myself will be
In semi-darkness. If I am at the top
of the stairs, where it Is not so dark
that he cannot see my gun, and ha is
ir a bright light, I think the odds
will be heavily on my side, especially
since he is certain to feel a little dls
commoded because of his undignified
descent. The probability is that he
will be kind enough to heed me If I
tell him to stay just where he is while
my wife calls the police on the tele
Couldn't Catch the Bed.
A correspondent sends this story to
the New York Times: A little boy
and his older sister, together with
their parents and myself, had all
been walking in the park one evening,
and on our way home stopped at the
Casino. The father whispered an
order to the waiter: "Lemonade. Four
plain, and a stick In mine." When the
father got his glass there was no
"stick," but he supposed it was an
oversight and drank in silence. We
walked home, and the children were
sent up to bed. Ten minutes later
the sister came to report that John
nlo was unmanageable and that he
refused to go to bed. I was asked to
go and set things straight. On en
tering the room I found him creeping
stealthily about the floor on all fours,
1:1s eyes fixed on the bed. When I
ordered him to "Get right straight
Into bed!' he answered: "Well, I
want to. I'm all right. Somebody
hold t'.:o bed!"
Rich Wives aa Lottery Prizes.
For the Milan exhibition of 1905 an
original competition is proposed
nothing less than a world's beauty
show, with a first prize of a million
francs, four prizes of EOO.OOO francs,
eight of 200,000, twenty of 100,000, and
fifty-five of 50.000. To cover expenses
a lottery would be organized. The
lucky winner of the first prize would
take the prize lady and the million, if
both, like Barkis, were "willln'." U
not, they would have the "dot" bo
tween them. The other prizes would
be dealt with on the same principle.
Charles B. Horton to Succeed Colonel
John J. Dickey.
Charles B. Horton, who has been ap
pointed superintendent of the western
division of the Western Union Tele
graph company to succeed Col. John
J. Dickey, deceased, i3 one of the best
known and most popular telegraph
men In the West.
Mr. Horton was born at Geneva, N.
Y. He was taken by his parents to
Northville, Mich., in 1857 and in 1863
be migrated to Nebraska. In 1864
young Horton crossed the plains, drlv.
lng six yoke of oxen hitchen to a
"prairie schooner" and reached Den
ver in the fall. He enlisted In the
Th!rd Colorado Cavalry, better known
as "Chivington's 100-day men," and
took part in the expedition against the
Indians which resulted In the famous
Sand Creek massacre. At the expira
tion of his term of service with Chiv
ington he re-enlisted in the Second
Colorado cavalry.
After the war Mr. Horton attended
Tabor college for two years and then
served three years in the regular
army, being a member of battery C,
Third United States artillery. Ho
then returned to Michigan, where he
engaged in business and married. At
this time he learned telegraphy and on
his return to Nebraska in 1878 he en
tered the service of the Western Union
Telegraph company, holding the posi
tion of operator until the Western
Union and the American Union com
panies consolidated, whereupon be was
appointed cashier of the Omaha ofuce.
Where Carnegie Drew the Line.
They tell a story of Mr. and Mrs.
Carnegie being Invited to dinner by a
box holder at the Metropolitan opera
house, the party going on to the per
formance afterward. As the dessert
was reached the guest of honor asked
his fashionable hostess what opera
they were to see. "La Tosca," was tho
reply. "Ah!" said Mr. Carnegie, mov
ing away his chair, "that's Immoral.'
We cannot go. to it," and immediately
the ironmaster and his wife ordered
their carriage and departed.
Miss Mary Towne Bogardiis, the
pretty telephone girl, vhose romantic
engagement to Albert Edward Tower,
the millionaire widower and owner of
the Poughkeepsle iron works, has
been a subject of comment in society
circles Bince the announcement was
made shortly tfter Mr. Tower's wife
killed herself and her 14-ycar-old son
last spring, was married to her ad
mirer In her parents' humble home at
Poughkeepsle, N. Y last week. After
the ceremony Mr. Tower took his bride
direct to nls palatial home on Hyde
Park road. His mansion had been ex
tensively altered and refurnished in
preparation for the coming of its new
Daughter of Pierpont Morgan Will Aid
Famous Italian Actress.
Ml3s Anne T. Morgan, daughter of
J. Pierpont Morgan, has undertaken to
raise a fund of $150,000 with which to
provide a theater in Italy for the use
of Mine. Eleonora Duse, the actress.
While Mme. Duse was attending a re
ception Miss Morgan heard her speak
of her long cherished plan to erect a
temple of art to be devoted to the pro
duction of classic and modern drama.
The young New York woman at once
raised $21,000 among her friends and
pledged her support to the project un
til the theaier is built. Only the wom
en friends of Miss Morgan are to be
asked to subscribo to the undertaking.
South Dakotans Celebrate Thirtieth
Anniversary of His Consecration.
Sioux Falls residents and many
clergymen and others from various
parts of South Dakota participated
last week in the public reception given
in honor of the thirtieth anniversary
of the consecration of Rt. Rev. Will
lan Hobart Hare, Episcopal bishop of
dev.. Wn Bjahop HA?e
South Dakota and famous for his work
among the Indians. The reception im
Informal and taraalv mttendnd.
f w
For Comfort In 'Cycling.
The latest Invention is a combined
umbrella and fan for the cycle. Th
canopy is made in the form of an or
dinary umbrella and la fitted with
blades, which as the cycle speeds
along, catch the air and rotate the
Monument to Pioneers.
The three Swedish pioneers In Min
nesota, Oscar Roos, Carl Fernstrom
and August Sandahl, have just had a
monument erected to their memory
at New Scandla, Minn.
Cress a Quick Growing Plant
Cress is the quickest growing of
plants. Under perfect conditions it
will flower and seed within eight days
of planting.
Princess Has Beautiful Eyes.
The little Princess Yolande of Italy
Is said to have the largest and dark
est eyes of any European princess.
Use for 8pent Hops.
Litter for horses and cows is ta be)
made from spent bops at Dublin.
A Struggle for Life.
Eagle River, Mo., Jan. 19th. Maggie
E. Decker, a hard-working woman 49
years of age, whose home Is here, has
just gone through a thrilling battle for
her life. Many another would have
lain down and died, for for twelve long
years she has suffered the most awful
She had Kidney Trouble and Rheu
matism, combined with a very dis
tressing stomach trouble. At last she
got so bad that she cculd not Bleep,
for she ached all over, and was so
lame that she could scarcely walk.
She spent over a hundred dollars in
different medicines, but only to be dis
appointed, for everything failed to help
At last, however, just when she waa
beginning to despair of ever finding a
remedy, she beard of Dodd's Kidney
Pills and bought six boxes. She says:
"Now I can eat well, sleep well, and
am feeling splendid. God bless Dodd's
Kidney Pills, for they saved my life.
My troubles were many, but Dodd's
Kidney Pills cured me completely.
But fcr them I surely would have
During courtship affection Is apt to
be overdone, but after marriage it is
Illinois comes Into line with New
York and Pennsylvania in vigorous
action against the ticket scalping
thieves and forgers, three having
been sentenced on Saturday, in Chi
cago, after a iM'tnlght's trial, one of
whom, profiting by his experience,
pleaded guilty to a second indictment,
while the trial of the others will
doubtless proceed to another convic
tion. Chicago has long been a favor
ite field for ticket speculation, and a
blow against the nefarious practice
could nowhere have been landed more
effectively.' The persistent and unit
ed efforts of the leading railroads of
the country to exterminate the busi
ness, which is simply one of petty lar
ceny, robbing the poor and the wage
earners, are bringing most satisfac
tory results. From the Brooklyn
Somehow cut-diamond rates are al
ways higher than the original prices.
W. L.DouKlas makes and sella mora
men's $3.50 and S3.00 shoes than any other
two manufacturers In the world, which
proves ineir superiority
they are worn by more
people In all stations of
life than any other make.
Herauso W. 1m. DouiiIrs
Is the largest ninnuf.icturer ,
he can uy clienpor
roiluce lils shoes at
lower cost than other con-
corns, which onahles him
to soli shoes fur $3.50 and
&.S.O0 equal in every
way to those sold elso-
wliere for 4 ami s'i.iio.
W. 1m. Douelas !.(.) I
and S3 shoos are worn by thousamlsof menwho
have been paying $ t ami $5,not hclioving they
couiu gui a ursit'iass snoe ior t.s.w or fj.uu.
He has convinced thorn that tho style, fit,
and wear of his $3.50 and $3.00 shoes is just
as'good. Placed side by side it is impossible
to tsoe any difference. A trial will convince.
Sfollre I nrrrntr nm Sales ! ,eO,K:l,St
In i;iiliii: ViTOSilen: .V"4,:40,0
A Kalu of 4,t,4AU.?l in Four Yean. .
Worth SS.OO Compared with Other Makes.
Tht best Imported and American leathers. Heyl't
Patent Calf, Enamel, Box Calf, Calf, Vicl Kid, Corona
Colt, and Motional Kangaroo. Fast Color Eyelets.
Paiitlnn. ?h aenuine have W. L. DOUQLAS
VAUUUIIfl name and price stamped on bottom.
Alort bu maii. 2.V. ejtra. Win. t'alalnaree.
The Ronton Why more vhent I
grown tn Western Canada In tew
fthoi-t months than elsewhere, la
been ii Ke vRKOtatton prows In pro
portion to the tuinlttctit. The mora
northerly latitude In which grain
wlllconie to perfection, Uiu betwr
It ts. Therefore 63 lb, per bushel Ir as fair a standard at
60 lbs. in the Kant. Area underorop in Western Canada,
1903, 1,067,330 Aores, YitV IMS, 117.S28,?S4 Bus.
the only charf jfor which Is 9 10 for making entry.
Abtm'tlunce of watur ami fuel, bulletin; material
chuap, nooti xrmta for punturo umt hay. a fertile sol,
a sutiiclcnt rainfall, and a climate giving an augured
pd adequate eaon nf growth.
8nml to the following for an Atlas and other
literature, mid aio for cor'.llk-ato nlvliitf you re
duced freight and pn'sfcr rut us. etc., etc.:
Superintendent of Immigration. Ottawa. Canada,
or to .),&. Omwford. ti Wont Ninth St.. Kansas city.
Mo., the authorized Canadian (ioveriiment Atxfnt.
re you entirely satisfied with
the cowls you nay una wiui tuo
jirlcei thut you imy?
Over 2.(1(10.000 peoplo oro trncllnir with
us and eeuliiir U'!r kooUs at wkulesalt
f rices.
Our 1.000-rve cntulomio will be sent
on receipt ot 15 cents. It tells tbe story.

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