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X7IX.X, E. 3TOKE, Publisher and Propr. DEWEY I.AUOPOED, Editor. CREAT BEND. KANSAS. THE WORLD AT LARGE. Summary of tho Dally Nevis. WASHINGTON NOTES. - Thb President has pardoned Thomas R. Knight, John A. Brooks and Henry Fatz, convicted of manslaughter in the "Western district of Arkansas and sentenced to im prisonment. They were Indian police and killed a man while attempting V arrest mm. Mr. E. B. Sargejit, of the English?Civil- Service Commission has written to the Civil -Service Commission at Washington stating that he intends to visit Washing ton, and although coming unofficially, be would like to compare our Civil-Service methods with those of England. He has been invited to call upon the Commission when ho reaches Washington. The value of breadstuffs exported from the United States during August past was $18,382,444, against $15,116,861 in August, 18S6. Thb Navy Department is informed that Rear Admiral Green on August 24 at Leg horn, Italy, in obedience to orders from Secretary Whitney, relieved Rear Admiral Franklin of the command of the European squadron. The squadron was on its way to Gibraltar. Tub annual report of General Black, Commissioner of Pensions, for the fiscal year ended June 30, shows that the total number of persons in Kansas now drawing pensions is 17,481 at a quarterly disburse ment of S51(J,Sti3.G0f while Missouri has 16,1S'J pensioners at a quarterly disburse ment of M83,272.33. Tub offerings of 414 Per cent, bonds to the treasury on the 14th aggregated ? 3,175, 900, at prices ranging from 107.98 to 1.10. Acting Secretary Thompson accepted $4,1(JJ,500 of the bonds at prices ranging from 107. 9S to 108.74. Some dissatisfaction is expressed at the Navy Department over the slow progress of the steamship Thetis toward Alaska. Tho vessel sailed several months ago from Portsmouth, Va. When last heard from tbe Thetis was at Callao, Peru, and it was extremely doubtful if she could reach Alaska before the winter closes in. The Washington Post, on the authority of Representative Bayne, of Pennsylvania publishes a st atement that Henry George and Dr. McGlynn propose to establish a daily newspaper in each of tho large cities of the country to advocate the interests of workingmen. Gexekal Joseph E. Johnston, Commis sioner of Railroads, complains of the inad equacy of the law to compel the Pacific railroads to pay their indebtedness to the Government. A parcel post convention between the United States and Jamaica, made by the Postmaster General and the Governor of Jamaica, Sir Henry Norman, has been ap proved by the President and will go into ef fect after October 1. The Secretary of State finds no proper grounds upon which to demand the extra dition of McGarigle. Necessary instructions have been issued to the local land officials to carry into ef fect Secretary Lamar's recent order re storing to settlement the indemnity lands ' of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company. It is estimated that nearly 9,000,000 acres are involved. THE EAST. The report of the muster in the Penn bank matter at Pittsburgh, Pa., states that President Riddle and those acting with him robbed the bank of about $1,000,000. The soldiers' monument at Braddock's " Pa., was unveiled on the 10th by ex -Governor Pierpont, of West Virginia, and Gen eral Gibson, of Ohio. New York City proposes to spend $1,000, 300 a year on small parks in the more dense ly populated portions of the city. One tinner was killed and another fa tally injured by falling from a building in Pittsburgh, Pa., the other day. James D. Thyng, a shoe dealer of Buffalo, N. Y., has been arrested for setting lire to his store, the insurance- on which was nearly double its value. Arguments on the .appeal in the Jacob Sharp case were concluded in theNewYork Supreme Court's special session on the 14th. There was a panic in oil in Pittsburgh, Pa., on the 14th, prices dropping four cents in a short time. The market ODened weak at 0'J and with a general desire to sell soon broke at C5. The greatest excitement pre vailed during the decline and a large amount of oil was unloaded. New York Republicans met in conven tion at Saratoga on tho 14th and nominated the following ticket: Secretary of State, Fred Grant, of New York; Comptroller, Joseph Lameroux, of Saratoga; Treasurer, James Carmichael, of Erie; State Engi neer, Perry H. Cornell, of Tompkins. The racing stable of Sam Emery was sold at. auction at Sheepshead Bay recently. The star of the string was Dry Monopole. He was bought by Barney Riley, the train er, for $S,100. Tenbooker was bought bv thi Keystone stables for ?2,500; Sea Fo" by Lamasney Bros., for $2,550; Suitor, by R. S. Clark, for $1,400; Drake, by M. Cor bett, for S2,200. A circular indorsed by the president of the executive board of the Miners' and La borers' Amalgamated Association has been issued, recommending that work bo sus pended in the coke region at all places whe,re the scale has not been signed, and that the suspension continue until tbe scale adopted by the H. C. Frick Company shall have beei signed. Tub strike of the furniture men of Bos ton has boen declared off, pending arbitra 6ion. The Constitution Centennial celebration commenced with a grand procession at Philadelphia on the 15th. It was estimated that 200,00.) visitors were present in the city. President Cleveland and party ar rived in the evening. Congressman-elect Nicholas T. Kane, of the Albany (N. Y.) district, died on the 15th of consumption. Ira L. Green, a former resident of Rush, N. Y.t recently murdered his wife and two children at Sarasata, Fla., and was after ward shot while resisting the officers. Thb firm of Thomas J. Pope & Bro.t dealers in metals. New York, has made an Assignment. The firm was among the largest in the trade. The liabilities are es timated at from $300,000 to $500,000. THE WEST. George H. Hamilton, charged with train wrecking at Wyandotte, Kan., was acquitted by the jury after a lengthy trial. The alleged train wrecking occurred during the great strike on the Missouri Pacific system in 1SS6. The Atlantic express collided with a loco motive on the New .York, Pennsylvania & Ohio railroad at Peoria, O., the other morn ing, killing one of the engineers, fatally wounding the other and seriously injuring fk fireman. Martin Rexciilbk, aged sixty-two, fell into a vat of boiling water at bcnnemer a brewery, Springfield, Q., recently, and was fatally scamea. , . puuraiinvrn HnLvis thinks the experi ments at Fort Scott, Kan., in the making of sugar from sorghum a remarkable suc cess. At a meeting of the directors of the Ne vada Bank at San Francisco, James C. Flood, who has been in ill health for some time, resigned the presidency, and ex United States Senator Jomes C. Fair, after being elected director, was elected presi- effort is beine made at Tolono, 111., to enforce the State Compulsory Edu cational law, boys found in the streets during school hours being promptly ar rested without warrants and locked up in the calaboose unless they can satisfactorily explain their absence from school. Yankton (Dak.) Sioux were threatening trouble on the 13th to the surveyors and others apportioning lanas. in severally. Th malcontents numbered about thirty and belonged to the non-progressive ele ment. Tub roof of the synagogue on Judge ctroct r:hii?n. collapsed recently. Two f atallv iniured and two seriously Vnrrjt tr.icklavers were killed and sixty- rra iniiii-Ari TiMr I -a it ft ivannoe. uoi.. on me 13th, by the cars, loaded with iron, turning over on the men. The accident occurred on the Aspen extension of the Midland rail road. A v unknown street neddler. walking on crutches, went to tho middle cf the St. Louis bridge the other day and jumped off. He was drowned. a Uavp.vna. O.. snecial of the 14th savs: ""Vfrtrtrjin. Coushlin and Robinson, the al leged fur robbers, were arraigned to-day for the murder oi uetective .ttuingan, oi Cleveland. The trio plead not guilty, and were remanded for trial. Morgan will be tried first. The date has been fixed for October 10." Somb time in June last, a man represent ing himself as Henry Puris, a wholesale grocer of Chicago, began taking baths at th lt.immelshur? fArk.) hot snrinsrs. where he became acquainted with a colored girl. Tne other nignt tne pair were mar ried in Little Rock by Rev. W. R. Carson, of tho A. M. E. Church. Puris made his wife a wedding present of S10.00J cash, and hischeckfor&YOOO. Katie had been married and divorced from a negro husband. The National Distillers' Protective Asso ciation finished its labors at Cincinnati on tho 14th. It was resolved to make a col lection of $7,500 immediately from the wholesale dealers and an equal sum irom the distillers for immediate use in Tenues- e. The National Press Association held its annual meeting in Denver, Col., on the 14th with 100 editors in attendance. Fire in Quincy, 111., the other night de stroyed Peter H. Mercer's planing mill and dwelling, an engine house and two build ings, causing $40,000 loss. The Illinois Supremo Court, on the 14th, affirmed the judgment of the Chicago Su perior Court in the case of the Anarchists condemned to death, and set the execution for November 11. The opinion of the court was unanimous and created much excite ment iu Chicago and other cities where Anarchists have a following. It was thought that an appeal would be taken to tbe United States Supreme Conrt. General Edward Clark, a hero of the Black Hawk war, died in Ann Arbor, Mich., on the 14th, aged eighty. The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul di rectors have declared a 3 per cent, divi dend on preferred and a 2)4 on common stock, payable October 14. TnE Salem new water works engine stack, near New Lisbou, O., fell fifty feet the other day, killing Joseph Dinsmore and fatally in juring three others. The Western Paint Manufacturing Com pany, of Cincinnati, O., has made an as signment with $50,000 assets and $37,500 liabilities. The special session of the Fifteenth Leg islative Assembly of Montana adjourned on the 14th after a session of about three weeks. A shortage of $5,455 has been found in tho accounts of ex-Couuty Clerk McClaren, of Fulton County, 111. Fire in Lake Crystal, Minn., the other night destroyed eight stores and offices, causing $46,125 damage. A great trotting race between Cling stone and Patron took place at Cleveland, O.. on the 15th. Tho raca was won by Clinjrstone. Two of the heats were run in 2:17 and one in 2:19. Chicago coal shippers, without giving a moment's notice or the least intimation of their intention m tho matter, have raised the price of coal 50 and 75 cents a ton on the retailers. THE SOUTH. TnE inmates of the jail at New Orleans are said to be dying of scurvy and lack of food. Tho matter is to be investigated. A xt" Mil Eit of sheds coUapsad at New Orleans recently. John Tucker, a steward on the river, had his neck broken and a boy had his spine dislocated. The Rio Grande was threatening th lit tle town of Edinburg, thirty miles above Brownsville, Tex., with destruction on the 12: h. The Texas desperadoes who were thought to have been cornered near Austin made their escape. Baltimore's celebration of the anniver sary of the battle of North Pcmt in the war or 1S12 was marred by rain all day on the 12th. A parade was held and tho three survivors banqueted. The Texas Returning Board has can vassed tho vote of the State on the sev eral constitutional amendments voted upon August 5. The total vote of the State in favor of the Prohibition amendment was 129,273; agaiust, 221.627; majority against, 92,354. The other amendments "were de feated by mi jorities ranging from 60,000 to nearly 150,000, that extending the legisla tive session being defeated bv the largest majority. The stage running between Lockhart and Luling, Tex., was robbed recently by masked men, the passengers and driver being forced to give up their valuables. The mails were not touched. Governor GoRDox.of Georgia, has signed the bill which imposes a tax of $1,000 a year on all wine rooms. Twextt-three persons convicted of crimes in the Indian Territory, nave been sent to the Little Rock (Ark.) penitentiary by the United States District Court at Fort Smith. Ex-Governor Luke P. Blackburn, who had been lying at the point of death at Frankfort, Ky., for weeks past, died at 2:35 p. m. on the 14th. His last intelligible words were spoken several days before and were: "Oh, the beauty of religion." Ex-Governor Blackburn was born June 16, 1816, ia Woodford County, Ky. Fifty acres of land have been guaran teed within the limits of Bonham, Tex.', for the proposed State Orphan Asylum. The officers of the steamer J. M. White, which was burned in the Bayou Sara, La., last year with creat loss of lite. hav hn acquitted of criminal negligence. Captain James Barron Hope, eSitor of the Norfolk (Va.) Landmark, and ono of the most a;sunguisned poets and journalists in the South, died suddenly of heart disease on the 15tu GOERAL, ! Fitteex thousand naiimaker3 in Stafford shire, England, have struck for higher wages. Labocchere, Brunner and Leak, English, members of Parliament, have been elected members of the Irish National League. A soldier in the Pontifical corps in Rome has been attacked with cholera and much anxiety is felt at the Vatican. Ten of the crew of the British bark Balaklava were lost July 29 on a voyage from London to San Francisco. Cholera is said to be decreasing in all the infected localities throughout Italy. Abyssinia is said to have broken her treaties with England and Italy without reason. Five thousand acres of forests in Mace donia have been destroyed by fire. Prince Bismarck has been somewhat weakened by the baths at Kissingen, but ex pects good results. Edward Harrington, Nationalist, an! Graham, Advanced Liberal, were suspend ed intbe British House of Commons on the 13th. Graham's offense was a violent at tack on the House of Lords during a debate on the Coal Miners bilL Fifty lives were reported lost in the crews of the French fishing fleet during the recent great storm off the banks of Newfoundland. A fishing vessel was found adrift with the bodies of the crew floating in the cabin. It is reported in Ottawa, Ont., that un less Manitoba backs down regarding the Red River railroad the Federal Government will refuse to pay the next-half year's sub sidy. Edwin Gould and Sidney Shepherd have been elected directors of the Western Union Telegraph Company to replace George D. Morgan and Henry B. Hyde. The Bavarian Parliament opened at Mu nich on the 14th. The Prince Regent, in a speech, announced the new Budget bill. He said on account of the adhesion of Ba varia to the North German Brandy Tax As sociation, a rise in the price of brandy had rendered the tax necessary. The abandon ment of the Bavarian monopoly was unde sirable. Owing to rain the Emperor of Germany was unabl3 to attend tho army maneuvers at Stettin. M. Rouvier. French Minister of Finance, was reported meditatiug resignation be cause of financial troubles. Heavy duties on imported fish are being advocated by German papers to protect tho home industry. Two Hungarian officers were arrested the other day lor wholesale swindling. Ono hanged himself in prison. General August Von Werper, com mander of the Third army corps of Germany during the Franco-Prussian war, is dead. Two ferry boats collided in front of To ronto, Ont., tho other night, but though both were crowded no one was hurt. Four men jumped overboard but were rescued. While returning from a funeral at Mitchellstown, Ireland, on the 14th a mob completely v.recked the house of several obnoxious tenants in Galballey, who wera compelled to flee for their livo3. Two brothers named Juergensen, who re turned to their native village, Albersim. on Island of Fohr, four months ago, after be- ftwo years in America, have been or dered to leave Prussian territory. The Czar proposes to remain in Denmark until October IS. The schooner Provost, from Chatham, Ont., wai driven ashore at Detour Light house point recently during a heavy north east gale. The crew, including one woman. were swamped in the yawl before reaching the beach, but fortunately no lives were lost. It is reported that the French Govern ment is preparing a reply to the manifesto of the Count of Paris, explaining the policy it intends to pursue in the coming session. It is proposed to erect a monument to the victims of the affray at Mitchellstown, Ire land. The Typographical Union of Queb c. Can., proposes to put the nine-hour day into full effect, beginning November 1. Irish landlords at Dublin the other day adopted resolutions denying that the rents prevailing in Ireland were excessive or that general and reasonable abatements hud been refused during the times of dis tress. Ren s had not been increased in Ire land since 1S40. XIIE LATEST- Justice Magkudlk, of tho Illinois Su preme Court, has received a mourning number of the Milwaukee Labor llcv'ua- with the Anarchist decision inclosed in, black. A. new nnd strange disease is affecting cattle at Du Quoin, 111., milch cows suffer ing most. I he disease is in the eyes, some cows being reported totally blind. The Scottish Home Rule Association held a meeting the other day and appointed committee to bring the question before Parliament. Ayoub Khan, the Afghan pretender, has been traced to Beloochistan. He will probably be surrendered to the British au thorities. Business failures during tho seven davs ended September 15 numbered for the Uni ted States, 165; for Canada, 23; total, 188, compared with 174 the previous week and 185 for the corresponding week !ast year. The British Parliament was prorogued on tbe 16th. A SPANisn ironclad is anchored in the harbor of Key West, Fla., and another is cruising outside watching for filibusters. A mortgage of $1,200,000 has been filed in Springfield, 111., by the St. Louis, Alton it Springfield railroad. Page & Co.'s candy factory, Chicago, and other buildings were destroyed by fire re cently, causing a loss of $400,000. Several firemen were injured by the fall of an im mense sign in the shape of an eagle. George Oliver, mayor of Sneitman, Ga., committed suicide recently in tho telegraph office. Oliver was well known throughout Georgia, and no reason was assigned for his act. A collision occurred the other night on the Iron Mountain railroad north of Nettle ton, between two construction trains, which resulted in the killing of three men and severely injuring seven others. Both engines were badly wrecked. A collision occurred on the Midland railway, England, on the ICth, resulting in the death of twenty-four persons and the in jury of many others. The victims were excursionists en route to the Doncaster races. The Volunteer beat the Mayflower in the trial yacht races off Sandy Hook on the 16th. Domisick Messina, his wife and four children, were burned to death by a fire in a grocery store at New Orleans on the 16th. President Diaz opened Congress in the City of Mexico on the 16th. Thb First National Bank of Correy, Fa., has been closed by Bank Examiner Young. Fraxk W. Maxon, a wealthy stock breeder of Walworth, Wis., was gored to death recently by a blooded bull, which he was leading to water. Ho was literally torn to pieces. Deceased was ixty years of age and leaves a wife. A rebellion, which proved of short dura tion, broke out in Mampore, India, recently. The rebels penetrated into the Maharajah's palace, but were repulsed with a loss of nine killed and many wounded. No further trouble was expected, KANSAS STATE NEWS. Grand Army Dele-Rates. The following are tho duly accredited representatives of the G. A. R. of the de partment of Kansas, who will attend the National Encampment at SL. Louis: Com mander, T. H. Sovvard. Winfield; senior vice-commander, J. W. Feighan, Emporia; junior" vice-commander, L. C. Smith. Stock ton; assistant adjutant-generaL A. H. Lim erick, Winfield. Representatives, Georse T. Anthony, of Leavenworth; J. B. Baker, of Giiard; J. G. Woods, of Wellingion; A. B. Campbell, of Topeka; J. T. Bradley, of Sabetha ; T. M. Pierce, of Atchison; j. M. Limbocker, of Fort Scott; W. H. Young, of Wyandotte; F. M. Mills, of Cedarvale; R- P. McGregor, of Boston Springs; David Taylor, of Emporia; H. X. Devendorf, of Topeka; G. M- Stratton, of Clay Center; Aaron Alille.:. of Chico; W. H. Caldwell, of Beloit; Mark S. KeUey, of Edwards; C. M. Rawiing, of Lyot:s;S. R. Peters, of Newton. Alternates, W. R. Hop kins, of Garden City; 3. R. Gordon, j Abi lene; S. G. Stoner, of Bellevnlie; fJ-ea Knight, of Topeka; George Trout, oxnCa mego;J. II. Hunter, of Leavea worth ; G. F. Pond, of Fort Scott; C. Pattison, of Wy andctte; S. A. Wickard, of Chanute; C J. Butin, of Fredonia; Sol. Brewer, of Lyn don; J. H. C. Brewer, of Peabody; A. C Pierce, of Junction City ; J. S. Winans of Vine Creek; C. II. Moody, of Burr Oak; Simon Motz, of Hays City; J. W. Forney, of Belle Plaine, and Clark Gray, of Lamed. Post department commandcrsi J. C. Car penter, J. H. Gilpat rick, John A. Martin. W. S. Jenkins, John Guthrie. J. S. Walkin shaw, T. J. Aniorson, H. W. Pond, Milton Stewart, C. J. McDivitt. Kuusai Sugar. The Parkinson Sngar Works at Fort Scott recently commenced to work up the present year's crop of sorghum cane. Tho results were considered wonderful by Hon. Norman J. Caiman, Commissioner of Ag riculture, and Prof. Cowgill, State Agent, who were present. Commissiouer Colmaa in a public address stated that the sorghum sugar problem was undoubtedly solved, that the- result here demonstrated it fully, and Prof. Cowgill declared that these ex periments had exceeded the most sanguine expectation of the sorghum sugar industry, by turning out over one hundred pounds of sugar to the ton. Tho act of the Legisla lature last winter provides that on all sugar made in tho Slate containing ninety or more per cent, of crystal ized sugar, the State shall pay a bounty of two cents pL-r pound. He had not yet analyzed any of tiiis sugar, but by an analysis made by a. Gov ernment chemist it appears that tbe com pany has a large margin above the ninety per cent. Prof. Cowgill favored further experiments by the Government. M isenllaiieuus. A charter was recently filed in the office of the Secretary of State for the Kansjft, Missouri, Arkansas & Natches Railroad Company, capital stock $10,000,000. Route from Chcrryvale through Labette and Cherokee Counties to Baxter Springs, through the southwestern part of Missouri into Arkansas, thence south by southeast through the Siates of Arkansas and Louisi ana to Nutcuez, Miss. Estimated length 500 miles. The post-offices at Ammondale, Digbion, Ellin wood, Meade Center, Ness City, Scot land, Smith Center and Syracuse will be Presidential offices after October 1. At a recent meeting of Kansas passenger agents at Kansas City the matter of special rates to the G. A. R. National Encampment at St. Louis was considered. The Chicago, Kansas & Nebraska road announced that it would make a one-cent-per-mile rata from all towns on its line to Missouri river pomts. After a long discussion the asso ciation decide J that the same rate should be made by the other roads from junction points to Missouri river points, while from the latter u oue-fare round trip rate should prevail. Ax Ellsworth dispatch reports that a vein of salt was recently struch in that city in the well of tbe Ellsworth Mining Com pany at a depth of 733 feet which had reached a thickness of 155 feet and the bot tom had not been reached. It is pure rock salt, very strong and pronounced by ex perts superior to any other discovered. It is claimed to be the thickest vein in the world. The three-year-old child of Councilman Frank Newland, of Topeka, while recently playing about an open well accidentally fell in. The well was thirty-five feet deep and half full of water. Mrs. Newland, the mother, by her frantic cries for help caused a general fire alarm to be sounded. The department promptly responded, and by the aid of a hook the child was fished from the well. Lire was not wholly extinct, but death ensued in a short time. Near Arkansas City the other day Mark Lyter and his wife left tho house and the baby lying on tho bed and a five-year-old sister to take care of it, when the little one secured a match, and in playing with it set the bed on lire. By the time the fire was iseovered the anus and legs of the baby were burned off. Tho littlj girl escaped. The State Superintendent of Inurjnco has issued an order revoking tho authority of the Temperance Mutual I'.encfit Insu rance Company of Topeka to do busine-s ia the Stale. .An investigation of the con cern i roved it o be shaky. Patents lately isst;ed io Kansas invent 3i s: J. M. Br-ant, AVtbst-r, dropping at tachment for corn planters; William S. Urccn, Ellsworth, expansion well drill; Charles Pcistcr, Abilene, feed meehun'sra ror loner mills; R. E. Lundm. Ctdarvale. neck yoke and pole tip; L. M. Pratt, Belle nil ornamental lrame; A. D. Blanc-hard, Wichita, gun. The St.ite School Fund Ccmmi-ssioners ro ?ently announced that the funds under heir ivutrol. namely, the State permanent fi:nJ, the University permanent fund, aad he Normal School permanent fund, are low, with the bonds un3 bond-election pa pers on file, fully invested, and they will lot ba able to make further purchases prior o Jauuary 1, when they expect large idd.tional payments into these funds from principal on land sales, and from bonds ma turing at that date. After January 1, l&-8, :hey hope to be able to take all good school bonds offered. Dr. C. W. Hamilton, a physician of To peka, was arrested the other day upon a warrant sworn out by Martha Griffith, of St, Louis, who charged him with felonious .y taking f L75J belonging to her. The warrant was accompanied by a requisition Trom the Governor of Missouri, and Hamil ton was taken to St. Lo'iis. Put up plenty of hay. The Governor has issued proclamations offering a reward of 5250 for the arrest and sonviction of the person or persons who murdered William Tarbush. near Con cordia, in July last; and 200 reward for the arrest and delivery to the sheriff of Ford County, of Ed. Pi ather, charged with having shot and seriously wounded City Marshal McCoy, of Dodge City, August 7. Pension's granted Kansas veterans on the 12th: Sylvester Nordyke. ct Millard; Vondemark Smith, of Haekberry; Boen iard Luckner, of Godhart; Jacob Drake, of Burlingame; Archibald F. Wade, of Win 3eld; John Robson, of the Soldiers' Home, ind Benjamin D. Hobaugu, of Girard. Leavenworth is to have a dummy lice running from the soldiers' home to the fort and thence to the city. THE RATTLESNAKE'S EYE. Cta, SJallgnaut. Terrible aol Dauscrootly Fuclnatiue Exprruiun. Never seeing a snake charm a bird or animal, I concltuletl it was a negro superstition, or fancy, devoid of fact. So I continued to think until a few days ago when a farmer friend of mine. j living four miles south of Abilene, told i me what he had lately witnessed. He J said he was riding along on a prairie. and saw a prairie dog within a few feet of him, which refused to scamper to his hole, as prairie clogs usually do when approached by m m; on the con-, trary, he sat as if transfixed to the spot, though making a constant nerv ous, shuddering motion, as if anxious to get away. My friend thought this was strange, and while considering tho spectacle, he presentlj saw a large rat tlesnake coiled up under some bushes, his head uplifted, about six or seven feet from the dog, which still heeded hini not, but looked steadilr upon the snake. He dismounted, took the clog by the head and thrust him off, when the snake, which had up ' to that moment remained quiet, immediately swelled with rage, and began sound ing his rattles. The prairie dog for some time seemed benumbed, hardly capable of motion, but grew better, and finally got into his hole. My friend then killed the rattler. Now, was this a case of charming? If not, what was it? My friend who told me this is named John Irving Mc-Cltire, a farmer, well known to me, a good and truthful man. I now give it up that snakes do indeed charm, or so paralyze birds and little animals with terror, when they catch their eye, that they become help less and motionless, almost as good as dead. "What s:iy the scientists? And to one who is familiar with the eyes of rattlesnakes it does not seem unreasonable that they should have such power. If you will examine the eye of one when he is cold in death, 3'ou will perceive t'at it has an ex tremely malignant and terrible expres sion. When he is alive and excited I know of nothing in all nature of so dreadful appearance as the eyu of the rattlesnake. It is enough to strike not only birds and little animals but men with nightmare. I have on several oc casions examined them closely with strong glasses, and feel with all force what I state, and I will tell you that there are few men on the face of the earth who can look upon an angered rattlesnake through a good glass bringing him apparently within a foot or two of the eye and stand it more than a. moment. Forest ami iStrcam. OLD-TIME VAGARIES. now Ague and Nlglitmar AWre Cured in tlie Good OUl Lillys. In the earl- days of credulity and superstition the popular mind was pre pared to receive as a remedy an' thing of a mysterious character. A rin made on the hinge of a colli n was cred ited with the power of relieving cramps, which also received solace when a rusty old sword was hung up by the patient's bedside. Nails driven into an oak tree were not a cure, but a pre ventive against toothache. A halter which had served to hang a criminal withal, when bound round the temples, was found an infallible remedy for headache. A still more efficacious remedy was found, of course, in the "moss" growing on a human skull, which moss was dried and pulverized and then taken by way of cephalic snuff. A dead man's hand could dis pel tumors of the glands by stroking the parts nine times; but the hand of a man who had been cut down from the I gallows-tree was, we need not saj a j remedy infinite!' more efficacious. Some of these remedies still exist among the superstitious poor of the provinces, although the formula, oi course, is not now strictly adhered to, the game being emphatically hardly worth the candle." To cure warts, for instance, the best thing was to steal a piece of beef from the butcher, with which the warts were to be rubbed, after which it was to be in terred in any filth, and as tlie process of decomposition went on the warts would wither and disapjiear. The chips of a gallows on which sev eral persons had been hanged, when worn in a bag round the neck, were pronounced an infallible cure for the ague. The nightmare, supposed, of course, to be caused by supernatural agency, was banished by means of a stone with a hole in it being .suspended at the head of the sulierer's bed. TJii.' last remedy went by the name of a "hag-stone," because it prevented the witches, who of course wrought the mischief, trom sitting on the patient's stomach. Its effect upon these mischievous old crones was sinjrularlv deterrenL The poor old creatures who could not have sat a horse the moment he began to walk were credited with riding these animals over the moorland at headlong speed in the dead of night, when bet ter disposed and less frisky people were wrapped in slumber. A "hag-stone" tied to the key of the stable door at once put a stop to these heathenish vagaries. Time. "Great Caesar, Smith!'. said the editor of the society paper to his as sistant, "here's a ten-line paragraph you've written about Colonel Bulger, and you haven't called him handsome once in the whole of iL" "But Colonel Bulger isn't handsome," persisted Smith. "Handsome! He's ugly enough to scare a carload of monkeys into convulsions." "Then would 1 be justified in speaking of him as hand some?" "Never ou mind whether your justified or not always speak o! Colonel Bulger as handsome; I get mj butter of him." Liciiangt. A PECULIAR RAILROAD- In Cooitrurted to Climb Cp l i u ...r, r R.360 Feet. aoir ic If the Kigi railroad is worthy of be ing considered an extraordinary and. wonderful piece of work, the latest un dertaking of this kind the building of tho railroad on Mount Tilatus cer tainly ought to attract the attention of railroad engineers and of the traveling public. This new road differs essen tially from its oldest rivals in the con struction of its roadbed, as well as the rolling stock. The ruggedness and steepness of the mountain, together with its great height (6.882 feet against 5,905 in the case of Kigi). offered much greater obstacles than the roads pre- riously built, and required an entirely different system. The restless spirit of man is always glad to set for itself some new task... and consequently men are found who, equipped with the necessary capital," were willing and able to cany out this tremendous undertaking. When a portion of the road had been completed all fear in regard to strength and safety was removed, for it was thoroughly tested every day, the locomotives go ing as often as was necessary to that part of the road on which they were at work, carrying materials of all kinds, weighing from 20,000 to 22,000 pounds. The southeastern side of the mountain was chosen for the road, which begins at Alpnacht-Stad, between the Hotel Pilatus and the Eagle Hotel (1,448 feet above the level of the sea). From there it climbs in a northerly direction to the Aemsigenalp, then westward to the Mattalp (5,315 feet above the sea), and after much winding reaches the plateau of the Hotel Bellevue. on Mount Pila tus (G.811 feet above the sea). The road is about two and three quarter miles long, and the total height climbed from the shore of Alp nacht Bay to the Hotel Bellevue is 5.SC0 feet feet. The grade is from 18 to 48 per cent., which is scarcely ex ceeded by any rope road. Iu the mid dle of the line at Alp Aemsigen, there is a switch. Seven thousand two hun dred and sixty-seven feet of the entire road consists of straight stretches, curves, with radii of from 202 feet to S28 feet constituting the remainder. The road includes a viaduct, three short tunnels and one long one. The width of the track is 2 feet 7 inches. The foundation consists of a wall cov ered with plates of granite and loose material, and on this the superstruc ture is firmly anchored. The toothed bar which is placed midway between the rails and is some what higher than the latter consists of soft steel ami is provided with a double row of vertical teeth which aro milled out of the bar. The cogged wheels on the cars, which engage the toothed bar, are arranged in pairs at the right and left of the same. .The axles of these cog-wheels are not hori zontal with the level of the road, as in the Kigi system, but perpendicular to the same, this arrangement making it impossible for the cog-wheels to be come displaced. The locomotive and cars form a train with two running axles and four cog wheels engaging the toothed bar. The boiler and engine are behind or below the cars, which latter . accommodate thirty-two jiasscngers. Brakes can be applied to all the cog-wheels, and be sides this there are two clamps at the upper running axle which clutches the head of the rail, thus preventing the upsetting of the cars by the wind. The weight of the loaded cars is about 21, 000 pounds, and one trip up or down can be made in about eighty minutes. The idea of the Pilatus road origin ated with Edward Locher of the firm of Locher & Co., in Zurich, under whose supervision and control the road has been built. Tho engine was invented by Mechanical Engineer Haas, and Engineer Ileiisler, who has had much experience in the construction oi railroads, undertook to act as the rep resentative of Messrs. Locher. lllus trirte Zcitung. TO GRmIN WALNUT. The Color hmI Mutton 5fniir'I to Ic .Sat if;i-tory Work. Jt is very difficult to teach grain In? by essay, for, as experts know, tin? knowledge can be obtained only J years of practice. We do not profess to be export on this sort of .jiing, at it is a little out of our line, stiil we wiL do our best, The groundwork for black walnut should he made of white lead, yellow ocher, Venetian "red iind black, auci should dry with somewhat of an oil gloss. To obtain any degree of pep fection in imitating burl walnut or anj other wood, it is necessary to procure e panel or bits of veneer, and copy the color and form the grain as nearly a possible. The grain color should be burnt umber. To grain in oil, mix the grain coloi in boiled linseed oil and turpentine, and add a little soap or whiting, oi both, as it makes the color flow more freely. For distemper color, grind the grain color in ale, beer, vinegar, oi whisky, (the iatter to be preferred ic cold weather), the object being to bind the color so that it will not rub off - Graining should be done'with a free and careless motion of the hand, yet, having an eye to the character of the wood to be imitated. Glazing colors are transparent, and should be used very thin, whether in oil or distemper, color. Blending should bo done by brushing the tip of the blender back and forth slightly over the work whihi it is yet wet. Blazing, or the light shades, are put in by sliding a blaze stick up, and bearing around to the Tight or left, lne same motion is re quired in packing in the line checV grain with the side of tk ecdr-. TU Hub.