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s Editorial Correspondence
Washington, April 10. The regu
larity with which tho Roosevelt ad
ministration is forestalling the attacks
of lis opponents Is ono of tho interest
ing features of current politics.
Some two or three weeks ago the
newspapers had a good doal to say
about tho establishment of a "British
post" In Louisiana, where It was al
leged that English army olllcers wore
regularly stationed to receive ship
ments of mulos from all over the
United States, and forward them by
army transports to South Africa.
Seeing an opportunity, as they
thought, to make a point against the
administration by vlrtuo of the pro
Boer sentiment which is undoubt
edly strong in this country the Dem
ocrats In Congress Introduced a reso
luton, which was Intended to result in
an inquiry in regard to tho newspa
per allegations. But when the com
mittee to whom tho resolution was re
ferred got around to ask for some
olliclal Information, It was discovered
that by order of toe President an in
vestigation had already been com
menced which would completely cover
tho ground.
A.few day later tho price of beef be
gan to advance with suspicious rapid
ity, and the newspapers had a good
doal to say about the action of the
beef trust, whereupon Representative
Thayer, a Massachusetts Democrat,
introduced a resolution, "whereas
iug" a lot of thiugs about an alleged
comblno between certain packing
companies, and calling upon tho At
torney General to proceed to prose
cute them for violation of tho Sher
man anti-trust law. A commltteo
promptly took tho resolution under
advisement, and addressed a letter to
the Attorney General, calling his at
tention to tho resolution, and asking
him certain questions in rotation to
it. Tho Attorney General replied that
he had not had his attention specially
called to the alleged combine except
tin so far as it was a matter of general
notorietj, : that he had not been re
quested to take olliclal action in tho
matter, and that ho had no legal evl
desce ol the existence of such a com
bination. He added, howover, that
owing to tho positive, oft repeated
and circumstantial nature of tho alle
gations, ho had directed some tlmo
ago that a thorough lnostigaj.lon be
made by one of tho district uttornejs
of the United States, for tho purpose
of ascertaining whethor In fact such
combinations existed, and who.her, if
80, tholr opeiations were in violation
of any federal statute.
And finally on day before yesterday,
a witness before tho Lodgo commltteo
on the Philippines testllled that while
serving In the United States Army he
had witnessed a number of instances
of water cure und other tortures In
dicted upon Filipinos for tho purpose
of extorting information from them.
It was a shocking story, and the DenJ
oerats were preparing to Introduce tho
usual resolution of inquiry and inves
ligation, ,but beforo thoy could get It In
shape Information came to them that
tho cabinet on yesterday discussed the
whole matter, and that tho President
had cabled positive and imperative
orders to General Chalice to at once
investigate the alleged outrages, and
if It appeared that thoy hud been com"
mltted, he' was to instltuto a court
martial at once for the trial of tho
And that Is the reason why a largo
number ;of pro-Boer, anti-trust and
anti-imperialism speeches havo not
been made.
It Is no longer doubted in oMicial
circles hero that General Miles is to
be retired by request. Nearly every
body whojknows tho Gcnerul regrets
it, becauso In tho old days when there
-was lighting to bo tlono, ho wus u
splendid and fearless lighter. Ills
nervines In tho civil war and on tho
Indian trails in theyears that followed
ought never to bo forgotten, and no
body is disposed to forgot them. Ho
is a line, big, handsomo figuro of a
man, moreover every inch the fiold
marshal and ho has many delightful
personal traitsthathavo endeared him
to his friends. . It seems too bad,
therefore that ho should bo humiliat
ed in his old ago and his last years bo
clouded and embittored. And yet
oven his friends admit that thcro Is
but ltttlo choico loft tho President.
Thoy do not deny that tho General's
vanity Is ovorweenlng, and that it has
led him Into a course of conduct that
is simply intolerable It Is not donied
that when appearing recently as a
witness before ono or tho bonato com
mittees ho most soverely criticised the
Secretary of War, charging flatly that
a certain reorganization bill which the
Secretary had prepared was drawn
for tho oppress purpose of (making it
possible to promote certain of the
Secretary's favorites. It is openly
charged In tho newspapers hero that
he has actively co-operated with the
enemies of tho administration who arc
scoking to discredit the management
of affairs in tho Philippines, going to
tho extent oven of violating tho secret
records of tho War Olllco. Besides
these larger matters he has In count
less little ways lannoyed and aggra
vated the Secretary of War and tho
President. He seems unable to un
derstand that in time of peace the Gen
eral of the Army is a figurehead by
vlrtuo of tho wise law which subor
dinates the military to the civil arm of
tho government, and so ho will havo
to go.
The dobate on the Cuban reciproc
ity bill, which Is still proceeding and
bids fair to occupy tho time of the
Housothe remainder of the week, contin
ues to develop some most amusing
Democraticdlfferences. Ono would sup
pose that if there is a single tenet of
their party upon which all Democrats
are agreed it would be the doctrine of
tarlll roform; and yet we llnd eminent
Democrats in tho House of Represen
tatives giving diametrically opposite
definitions of tho most common and
fundamental propositions involved in
the entire tariff Iquestlon. Hero Is
Mr. McClcllan, for example, insisting
that reciprocity is an original Demo
cratic discovery; that Thomas JolTer
son was tho first American to formu
late the doctrine; that tho first reci
procity treaty was negotiated by
Franklin Pierce; hat tho Hawalln
treaty of reciprocity was renewed by
Grovor Cleveland, and that the Dem
ocratic platform of 1S92 distinctly
claimed reciprocity as a Democratic
doctrine. "The reciprocal feature of
this bill," ho said, "may well cause
Republicans to hesitate, for It Is tho
purest, most unadulterated Democ
acj." Following him comes Mr.
Ncwlands, of Nevada, with u. declara
tion that "reciprocity tiouties aro in
defensible from anj point of view.
Reciprocity does not moan fieo trade;
It means tho further extension of pro
tection to other countries. The Dem
ocratic parly, I thercfoio should tako
strong grounds against reciprocal
treaties of any kind." Mr Robert
son, of; Louisiana, agrees with Mr.
Newlands, and is astonished to llnd
tho gentleman from New York, Mr.
McCIellan, supporting a bill on the
ground that It is an enunciation of
the Democratic doctrine of reciproc
ity. Another eminent Democrat an-
nounccu nis opposition to the pro
posed reciprocity treaty with France,
for the reason that it reduced tho
duties of French goods coming into
this couutry to tho amount of'S'&OjOOO
a year, whllo the reduction of Amer
ican goods taken into Franco was
only $250,000 a year, losing sight en
tirely of tho traditional Democratic
doctrtno that tho tarlll is a tax, and
that the people of this country cer
tainly ought not to complain of a re
duction of $S30,000 In their taxos, even
If Franco was so foolish us to reduco
the taxation upon her own people to
tho amount of only 8250,000. Some
DemoCVats have hailed tho Cuban
measure as tho entering wedgo of the
taritl revision which will lead to a
reduction of duties all along tho lino,
whllo other Democrats havo Insisted
with equal veheraenco that tho meas
ure Is simply another nail fastening
more securoly tho hlgn tarlll wall.
With differences so radical as theso
upon what has during all Its history
been regarded as a fundamental
doctrine, is .It likely that a Demo?
oratlo victor, placing upon that
party the responsibility for national
legislation, would result in giving
tho country that clear, well defined
und consistent policy, without which
the business interests of tho country
cannot hope to thrive or prosper?
C. F. S.
Washington, April 1!). Ono might
sit in tho Houso of Representatives
through a dozen sessions of Congress
without witnessing a situation as In
tense and dramatic as that which was
pro'sented yesterday afternoon. It
was the climax and'culmlnatlon of the
long drawn battlo for Cuban recipro
city. If JlU.ifioiaber of the Houso who
is in tho city was In his seat. ' Every
chair In tho spacious galleries wus
filled. Even tho press gallery, usually
empty, wa3 crowded with the hundred
or more newspaper men who aro hero
as tho representatives of tho leading
dally papers In every stato of tho
Union. Tho last word In tho long do
bato had been said, Tawnoy of Min
nesota ycloslng for the oppononts of
the bill, and Dalzell tho Pennsylvania
veteran speaking for It. Tho strong
monotone of tho reading clerk as tho
bill was placed on Its first reading
easily penetrated toot cry portion of
tho great chamber, but little hoed was
given to tho words iio uttered. Mem
bers and audlouce alike were familiar
with tho provisions of tho bill and en
dured the reading of It as a tiresome
but necessary formality. It was the
thing that was to follow tho reading of
the. bill upon which all thoughts wore
concentrated. Mcmbors of tho House
knew perfectly well what this thing
would be. All eyes turned, therefore,
as the clerk concluded, to Tawney of
Minnesota, who, after addressing tho
speaker and being recognized, yielded
to his colleague, Mr. Morris, who of
fered what has become known as tho
"differential amendment."
I tako It that the rcadors of tho REG
ISTER need only a word to be remind
ed that tho bill under consideration
provided for a reciprocal arrangoment
with Cuba, wheroby a reduction of 20
per cent In our tariff rates was to bo
granted on products entering our ports
from Cuba in consideration of similar
concessions granted American pro
ducts sent to Cuban ports. As raw
sugar Is tho principal product of
Cuba, tho light; against tho bill has
been made by tho representatives of
tho beet sugar interests in America,
who contend that their industry would
bo hampered by admitting ra Cuban
sugar at a less taritl rate than that
now Imposed. Tho Morris amendment
provided for a roductlon of the taritl
on refined sugar to such an extent as
to loavo it practically the same pro
tection .that is now afforded to raw
As soon as tho amendment had been
read, continuing the program which
we all so woll understood, Mr. Payne,
of Now York, raised tho point of order
thavtho. amendment, was not germane
to tho bill and It was therefore inad
missible. Tho issues were now joined
and the fight wus on. This was tho
fight which everybody knew was com
ing, and interest in which had brought
ever member to his seat and had filled
tho gallerlos with Intensely interested
spectator-,. Upon the outcomo of this
contest hung tho supremacy of tho
leaders of tho House. If the position
taken by Mr. Payne was sustained, It
meant victory for tho House organiza
tion, and tho continued and undis
puted supremacy of its leadership,
if he were not sustained, it meant
that tho revolt against this leader
ship had triumphed, and that
tho Houso organization, 'from a par
liamentary standpoint had sustained
a crushlug defeat. With such Issues
at stake it goes without saying that
the conflict was a battlo royal. Tho
leadership of the contest fell naturally
to Sereno E. Payne, the distinguished
and experienced chairman of tho
Ways and Means committee, Mr.
Payno is a striking figuro of u man.
Something over six feet tall, weighing
230 pounds, with a massive hcad-1
crowned with abundant whito hair,
with a fine face and with a vibrant and
poworful voice, he looked well tho
part ho was to play. In the ordinary
routine of legislative work ho is smil
ing and umlablo, but there is much of
tho Hon In him when aroused, und ho
was uroused jesterduy. hi all his
legislative lifo ho had perhaps never
beforo fuccd so critical a crisis, and
he fought his fight with overy woapo'n
which study and thought and long ex
perience had shaped for him.
Tho first to entar tho lists against
him was Llttleflold of Maine. Llttlo
field is tall and slender, much such u
physical figure us Ingalls, and with
moro than a reminder of tho dead
Senator in tho penetrating power of
his voico, in the rapidity of his
thought, und In tho clearness and
cogency of his diction. Ho, too, was
armed forthocoutest, and when ho hud
unisneu wuat no nau to say, it was
cloar, that nothing was loft to bo said
on his sldo of tho coutententlon. Other
speeches were mado, and tho debate
stretched out over two long hours,
but what was added on elthorsldototho
plea of Mr. Payne and Mr. Llttlofiold
wasmorosurplusago, whlchcontrlbutod
neither information nor argument to
tho subject under discussion.
Finally tho iropatlonco of tho Houso
would admit of no further speaking,
and then tho chairman. Mr. Sherman,
of New York, mado his ruling. Here
again tho expected program was car
ried out. Mr. Shorraafl ruled in favor
of Mr. Payno, sustatnlpglhls point of
ordor. Tho appeal from this deelslon,
which wa3 also a part of tho under
stood program, was promptly taken
by Mr. Tawnoy. and at last tho su
premo 'moment arrived. Omitting the
usual preliminary method of division,
tho chairman at once ordered the vote
to bo taken by tellers, and Mr. Payne
and Mr.Tawnoy took tholr stand
at tho foot of the center aisle
to 'count tho members as thoy
filed between them. How many
Republicans would desert their lead
ers? That was the question the noxt
two minutes was toldecide, for it was
perfectly well known that overy Dem
ocrat would vote against tho ruling
of tho chair. Hero they come, then,
down tho stdo aisles, tho men from
Michigan aud Wiscousln and Minne
sota and California, with scattering
recruits from other states, with tho
nervous tension under which they' aro
laboring plainly discernible on their
serious and sot faces thirty-two of
them! Evorybody counts, and as
the last man passosbetween tho tellers
a cheer goes up which the gavel of
of tho chairman does not oveni attempt
to restrain. Tho organization has
been beaten. Tho "lnsurrectos",havo
won. For theQrst tlmo In its history,
tho splendid discipline of Itlio Repub
lican party has been unequal to tho
task of subduing a mutiny within its
But what a battlo It had been!
In a parliamentary senso, as I
havo said, the contest resulted In
crushing and humiliating defeat for
the Republican leaders of tho House.
But what doos it all mean politically
and economically and practically?
Nothing very serious, I do assure
Fundamentally tho whole question
of reciprocity with Cuba, was not,
andcould not be made, a party ques
tion. Tho bill providing for it was pre
pared by Republicans and supported
by a very largo majority of the -Re"
publicans. That is true. But it was
also supported by tho Democrats.
Tho only question upon which tho Re
publicans divided was ' as to the
manner in which commercial relief
should be extended to Cuba. Tho
majority of, that party, following the
recommendation of President Roose
velt, and uttempting to carry out
what they bolloved would havo been
tho policy of President McKinley,
favored tho arraugement which I hae
already outlined. A minority of 4hc
PiOpublicans, composed of represen
tatives wliose districts uro directly
interested' in tho growth and manu
facture of beet- sugar, urged that re
lief should bo extended by way of a
direct appropriation out of tho na
tional treasury. The majority in
sisted, as I have mado clear in former
letters, that the slight reduction In
taritl dutlos which they proposed
would leave American beet sugar still
witli amplo protection. The minority
on tho other hand expressed the fear
that this reduction, slight as it was,
might hinder tho development of the
American beet sugar industry, and it
was simply a dlllerence In judgment,
and not In tho least a dlllerence in
principle. This was shown by tho
fact that when too Democrats ottered
amendments to tho bill looking In tho
direction of reduced duties, or free
trade, ail along tho Hue, tho beet
sugar representatives stood solidly
with the Houso leaders against such
But it may be woll asked, If tho beet
sugar representatives wore .honest In
insisting that a reduction of twenty
per cent of tho duty ou raw sugar
would injiuo thoir iuUustry, why did
they insist upon an amendment pro
viding for a reduction of twolvo and a
half cents per 100 pounds on refined
sugar? That was puroly a Itactlcal
move, avowedly mado to defeat tho
bill. In its original form tho bill did
notoxcito tho opposition, if it did not
Indeed meet tho approval of the great
sugar refining Interests of tho country
which havo to do only with refined
Liiiirn ii If tlin ll 1 1 unn n en i irtrw! rwl
as to threaten tho profit of tho refiners
(argued tho beet sugar men), their
powerful aid would bo onllsted to ac
complish Its defeat. How well justi
fied this rousonlug may bo remains
for tho Senate to demonstrate, for tho
Houso passed tho bill by an over
whelming majority. What tho Senate
will do with It tho present writor, pre
ferring tho rolo of historian to that of
prophet, will not at this tlmo attempt
to dlscloso. Ho only knows that It
has been his good fortuno to witness,
and In a modest way to participate in
ono of tho most notable parliamentary
contests which tho Houso of Represen
tatives of tho Congress of tho United
States has over witnossed. C. F. S.
This olllco Is In receipt of another
lnvolco of garden seeds from Con
gressman Scott which will bo distri
buted as fast as thoy aro called for.
The, former supply proved too limited
and lasted but a week, thorobolng un
unusual dcmundthls year becauso so
many failed to 'raiso or keep any seed
trout last season. Gurdon days aro
passing so call at tho olllco and get
your package If you did not get ono
Kansas Clips
Sallna announces "a boon to music
lovers," In the shape of a Blind
Boone piano concert.
Some ornery cuss who hated the
whole male population of Luray,
sprinkled Sand on tho razor strops of
the town harbor.
The courts have decided that Miss
Cross can retain tho S2o,000 residence
In Emporia out of tho wreck of the
Charlie Cross ostate.
Neodesha Sun:
"The ra-in who fcirs to go Ills w.iy alone,
Awl only Malkswhore others tre.ul
Shonld iMstcn to hit rest bene ith u stone
l'or ii gro.it majority ot men are dead
Abilene has Invited the Fair com
missioners to como there and Inspect
tho properties of Abllena water with a
view to exhibiting some of It at St.
The jury In tho famous Coliolt mur
der case at Wlntleld attended church
in a body Sunday morning and to
even up visited Arkansas City in the
A rug peddler called twice at a Wi
chita home and found tho lady of the
house absent. So he left a note asking
her to stay ut home tho noxt day so he
could see her.
A lady school marm at Watorvllle
without x scream chloroformed a rat
and cut It up beforo her class. There
Is a suspicion, though, that It was the
rat out ot tier nair.
Chanuto Is a stickler for correct
etiquette. A young man is expected
to preceue a young laay, it seems, ai
any rate ono who followed a young
lady was run out of town.
Tho amount of monoy Kansas
raised for tho McIClnloy memorial
fund was 83,310, all of which but $100
came from school children. It has
been forwarded to Ohio.
At Abilene chess Is considered
"a clean, Intellectual, progressive"
evening sport. Mr. Campbell, a local
expert, will play twenty games at tho
same time with local talent.
F. D. Coburn has out a booklet on
Kansas Wheat Growing that is so full
of wisdom and sense it ought to be in
the hands of ovory farmer. Tho book
may be considered authority.
A severe sentence has been imposed
on the youth who stole a keg of beer
from tho Neodesha ice plant. The A
H. T. A. was induced to tako a hand
In tho pursuit as It was a pony keg.
Something new In woman's rights
developed at Abilene, wheroamanwas
arrested and lined SKI for forcibly re
senting being pelted with brielrs by u
femlnino member of his household
Garnett Eaglo: An lola girl, whllo
hugging a corsot form, rati a hat pin
In her shoulder She has the sympa
thy of man a young man who has
passed through tho same experience.
lust because Mrs. HarbaUgh, luto
editress ot the Erie Record, married a
man by the name ol Benedict, is hard
ly an uxcuso for the brothren to talk
about her having "become a Bene
dict." Brass thieving Is always ornery. A
boy stole two brass pieces from an
Abilene man that cost $22 and after
hammoriug them out of shape sold
them to a junk man for twenty-five
The ex-Governor Morrill orchard In
Leavenworth county now contains
01,000 trees, S.000 apple trees having
been set out this spring. A fine
apple, plum and cherry crop is pre
dicted. Talk about Kansas courage! Statis
tics say that a youug oyster has just
ono chance in 1,1-15.000 of reaching
maturity, yet Tom Oyster, of P&ola,
goes right ahead trying to raise a
A woman fifty-six years old has
been brought from Oklahoma to the
Kansas penitentiary under life sen
tence for tho murderof hergrandchlld.
Tho woman is stone blind and has
been for years.
Some tinio ago Kansas was divided
Into two districts by tho Episcopal
church, and the western half of the
has been ollorod to RoV. Nat S. Thom
as, formorly of this stato. Ho lyill
probably accept.
Papers In tho Third district are
l'uoi'snim, si
e.raUn T.
supplements xuiiy exon-
co w. wneauey ot ttio
charges brought against him two
years ago anu wnieti uetenieu mm oy
a small margin.
At Atchison recently a largo num-
bor of colored converts were baptised
and tho preacher says ho has sixty
more. It is Interesting to know that
his church Is known us tho "Ebsnezer
Baptist church."
Kansas University orators lost out
against Colorado, Nebraska and Mis
souri, Now tho Lawrenco Journal,
which always kicked on running an
orator for olllco, demands that tho de
partment of oratory bo repaired.
Will Whito has' joined tho crowd
und is whooping it up for South
ern California cllmato. Ho as
serts that It Is so healthy in that sec
tion corpses havo to be shipped In
from Moxlco to start a gravo yard.
Marysvlllo pooplo aro still chuckling
over a recent balloon ascension. Tho
man was to get fifty dollars for a par
achute leap, but a strong wind tangled
Ills ropes when ho got well up and he
had to stay with tho balloon. Ho
landed safely tbreo miles from town,
but when he got back to collect tho
men who were to pay had lilddon.
and Comments
The Atchison Globe congratulated
Eugene Ware that "pictures of his
family havo not yet appeared In news
paper wearing low-necked dressos."
And the AblleneRolloctor asks tlmo for
the "nowspapors wearing low-necked
Suggestions to spring poets from
tho Chanuto Sun. "An Iowa man
succeeded in getting his poetry Into
print bv nlnnlui' his verses to his
garments before committing sulcido.
wnen a poet is determined to publish,
his work nothing will stop him."
Mrs. F. A. Loomls, of Emporia, has
an Angora cat kennel that is quite
famous Ono cat "Lord Byron" is
now valued at $300 and once brought
$2,500. During March she sold &J0Q
Worth of kittens, getting $35 for a kit
ten as soon as its eyes aro open.
The Winfield Courier says that tho
editor of the Arkansas City Traveler
bought a new suit, paraded down
street and was chased up a treo by
his own Jog when he got homo. An
editor Inside a new suit is too raro a
sight for even canine intelligence.
Mrs. Dickens, divorced wife of a
Parsons man, has been arrested by
Uncle Sam for calling a spado aspado
through the mails. Her former hus
band is married again the Mrs. Dick
ens seeks to mako trouble between
them. ' Dickens" seems to be a good
The news that a vegetarian soup
bouse is to be opened in Topeka has
tiled old Bent Murdock again. Ho
snorts: "The grave yards are full of
people who thought they could live on
an exclusive vegetable diet Eat
grease If you want to live to a ripo
old ago."
It takes LInucouaty peoplo to make
a llttlo go a long wajs. Ono Linn
county man mortgaged a bunch of
cattle to a Garnett bank, then mort
gaged the same bunch to a Paola man
and afterwards sold the same cattlo
"free and clear of all Incumbrance" to
an Anderson county farmer.
Atchison Globe: When the womoi,
get together these days, it Is to tel,
how often tho paper hanger has dis
appointed them. A North Fifth street
woman claims the record. She moved
the family into the barn three weeks
ago in order that the entire bouse
might be papered, and the man hasn't
como yet.
Two Pittsburg" girls adored the samo
freckled-faced youth. One owned a J
gold watch. Tho f-f youth favored!
her. So the other girl stole the)
rival's watch, Imping to secure hi
priceless love The police took hei
in. Terriole tragedy; bligltoi lHef
f-f youth swelled up with pruli like
poisoned pup.
At the recent Dickinson i u
mon -school examination the- i n
"Discuss Salem Wltehriai '
i s 10
H i
thus answered b. one pupu
Wichcraft was a Englishman 1
in the watter and drew his sc
atter him and said all that tho v attt
washed should be English propet
for-ever. '
Concordia Press: A Concordia sch'
teacher .was tilling her class of smt
pupils something about anatom). b
said: "The oyes ars to see with, t
nose to smell with, the feet are to ri.
with." At this point a little boy Intei
rupted saying: "That Isn'u the wa
with ray papa. His nose runs and '
feet smells."
At a St. Louis hospital the other
day a tumor was removed from tho
brain of Harry Armetrong, formerly
of Garnett. Surgeons aro getting so
that they can cut most an old place
and you heal up again. By and by
they may be ablo to correct tho evil
tendencies of au Individual by cutting
oil a certain part of his brain.
Tho editor of the Douglas Tribune
mildly asserted that Bent Murdock is
a t'nlversalist Then Bent tame back:
"Not ou your life We believe In a
personal devil with horns and hoofs
aud a tail; aud a literal hell whern
there is lots of fire and brimstone and
ashes tor the hypocrites. Tho world
Is full of hypocrites who have got to
be burned the whining, sniveling
hypocrites who aro everlastingly und
forever posing as reformers. Burn,
of course they will burn."
Tho New York Commercial Advdor
tiser priuts a unique story of how ono
Kansas man Informed another that ho
thought ho was a mean cuss. He de
sired to do so by mall and yet not lay
himself liable under the law. This ho
did by sending ten postal cards, ono a
day, on each of which was written ono
word of the sentence; "Ridiculous Old
Bill Jones Is themoanest cuss in town."
A "rial resulted at which time It devel
oped that tho card bearing the word
'ridiculous," though dated first arrlv-
od last. So tho Injured man declaioiV
the sentenco read; "Old mil Jones it
tho meanest cuss In town? Ridiculous"
There was some quiet heroism showr
at Bluo Rapids recently. A blast wai
fired In a gypsum mine and a mat
went down too soon to sec If It hai
dono tho work. Ho found tho hole ful
of gas but his signal to be drawn up
was mistaken. When those above
pulled him up ho fainted and fell ton
feet back to the bottom Miner No 2
volunteered and was lowered, but be
foro ho could fasten a rope about No.
1 ho also was unconscious. He wnn
pulled out. Then No, .3 volunteered
and managed to tie a rope to No 1
who was drawn out. No 3 fainted
after getting the ropo about his own
log aud was pulled up feet first, un
conscious. Tho men freely risked
tholr lives for each other
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