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JTOPLESr, : Missouri -:- why? -:- X3r BronuM we cn snip at less expnt, and ave from 1-J to 81 hour, fcj- BeMtite we arc th largest, oMeat and only triotly wholesale liquor bouac in 6.W. Ho. 53 Because every dollar's worth ot irooda we ell to Kansas ia cash, and you don't bare to make up for losses. JJ Ttfeauee every drop of goods we aell la uoiigni aireoi irom uieuieuiirn lor mon, wbiob gtvos a large per cent that amall deal pre do not enjoy, and tnaures you atrictly atraight and honeal goods. tJT Reference any bank or bualnesa bonse in jopnn. QT SEND FOR PRICE LIST.-a D. M. JONES, COEUMBTJS MARBLE WORKS. BEN'S BARBER SHOP IS LOCATED IN March's Building, East Sidk Military Street. W.E.TYNER DEALER IX Steele aM Fancy Groceries, Iroviwions, ltc. HIG I IEST M A It K KT PRICES PAID FOR PKODIX'E. GRAIN AND FEED Eal biilc of Military Sircct. Parlor Meat Market, J. A. SOUR, Trop'r. FRESH andNALT MEATS of nil kinds. In new buildiiijr, vnl Uc or Military Street, opposite Olileu Bakery. Cash Paid for Rides and Poultry. H. OHLEN'S is located in new titilMltia at the old place West Side or MILITARY STREET. Meals at all Hours, or Day Board at low rates. OYSTEKS AND ICE CICEAM in I heir proper seasons. BAXTER I.IVBRY STABLE ilnlius Bischofsberger, Propr FIRST CLASS Turnouts at Reasonable Hates. PHYSICIANS. Dir. A. J. MoCLELLAX. PHYjSUJAN AMI BUUGEUX. Uiflneand renldeucc two blocks wn of Uaxier Uink. ATTORNEYS AT LAW. W.M. M ATUF.NY. TTOUXEY-AT-LAW, Daxter SpHnra, Kan A Notary fublio. Samuel II. Smith, Attorney-at-Law, Daxter spring, Kin. yotaiy Puhllr. C. . IIORXOK, ATTORNEY AT LAW and V. . ommls siunor. Odlee ia DruVeo. and fa raters' Bank building. W. II. HORXOR, ATTORVET AT LAW, Office ia DroTerf ou t'arrorrt Rasw I t'YL' '"'PI BAORYanflRES THE DAMASCUS OF TO-DAY. iDtavMtlnt Slfhta la the Moot Ardent City la tha World. "Damascus at present has bnt littla to Interest the traveler in the Orients, its places of fame having1 lonjr since fallen before the Mohammedan rulers. The abor words arrested my atten tion the other day while reading1 an Eastern paper, says a writer, and to ma they seemed utterly devoid of truth or reason. Certainly the person wno wrote them has never looked down upon the beautiful Syrian plain that holds Da mascus in Its grasp of "80,000 flower gardens," or seen its countless minarets glisten in the evening sun, standing on the slope of the western Mil near one of the many caves of the "seven sleep ers." Its claim of being the oldest city in the world has good foundation, for among the many wonderful stories told in Egyptian figures on the gigantic pil lars at Earnak near Thebes is one to the effect that Damasoas, or Esh Sham, as it was called by the ancients, was captured by one of the Pharaohs nearly 4,000 years ago, it was Tfiounes.ii. who captured the city at that early day. When at Earnak two years ago Prof, fjlll, a widely known Egyptologist, pointed out to me these very words and said then that he was willing to admit that Damascus was at least one of the oldest cities in the world, and that he in tended seeing it before he died. His wish, however, was never gratified, as he died In Cairo last year. In April last I spent several days in roaming about Damascus. Not in the way Cook tour ists are led about, spending two days in seeing what should take as many weeks if one really wants to see and know intelligently about the sights and wonders of a city that was mentioned as far back as the book of Genesis. The best guide book to Damascus is the Bible, and then one can read the "Arabian Nights" and appreciate those charming stories better than anywhere else, save perhaps Bagdad. Damaceans hold everything connected with their city in great reverence and in their old kahns, bazaars, crooked streets and interesting native anarters there is ever flowing a stream of bright oriental life that moves on the same as 2,000, perhaps 8,000 years old. It matters little whether walking through the "street called Straight," and which by the way, is not straight or day-dream ing under the olive or plum trees just outside the gates of paradise, the same unflagging interest attaches to every foot of the way. One beautiful Sunday morning we went through the "Thomas Gate" to the spot pointed out as the e .t place where the wonderful vision appeared to Paul, and then walked around to "God's gate," where was witnessed the reception by his family of a young man who returned that morning barefoot from a pil grimage from Mecca. Each year the largest caravan in Turkey starts from Damascus for Mecca, and the scenes witnessed upon the return of the pil grims are most interesting. This Sun day morning the young man was met by his brothers and friends two miles from the city and escorted by men on camels and wild fanatical-looking Mos lems careering about on beautiful Arabian horses to his home with in the walls. We saw the tradi tional lamb slaughtered on the doorstep of the house, while his sisters danced merrily about the bashful boy, holding in their hands above their heads clean linen and new clothes, with which the young pilgrim bedecked himself, and later in the day received all his friends, and still later he was escorted to the great mosque of Damascus, where the fanatical Moslems were seen at their regular daily devotions. This great mosque was once a Chris tian place of worship, being the only basilica left in Damascus of the Roman construction. Climbing to the top of the famous minaret, called here even to-day the "Tower of Jesus," a magnifi cent panorama is spread ont at one's feet Local tradition tells you that at the great day all mankind is to be judged from this minaret Famous for hundreds of years, the three beautiful minarets of this mosque have served as models for many towers throughout the world, one of the best known being the belfry of St Msxk'a in Venice. Not 100 yards distant from the mosque are three beautiful marble columns and a portion of an old arch, all that remains above ground In Damascus of that Roman supremacy that once ruled the world. Surrounding Damascus Is one of the most beautiful and fertile places to be found in all Syria. From the hill of Mohammed con be counted more than thirty distinct villages, varying in size from the great city with more than 100,000 to the little Kurdish hamlet of 100 souls. Great caravans are constant ly arriving from Bagdad, accompanied by queer, ugly-looking Bedouins, while in most cases a guard of fifty or more fighting men rido about the outskirts of the caravan all the way from the Eu phrates until the minarets of Damascus are sighted. The spring of the year is the time to visit ail Syrian cities, but especially Damascus, for then it is lik ened to a great emerald, and with its thousands of gardens, apricot trees, lemon and orange groves, pomegranates and roses it presents a wonderful con trast to the cold, dark, sullen rocks of the anti-Lebanon hills on one side and Mount Ilermon and Jebel Kasiumon the west and northwest From a pure ly Oriental point of view Damascus is most interesting. Here the purest Arable is spoken, and here in every crooked street and bazar can be seen the sights, scenes and treasure so won derfully described in the "Arabian Kignta Kansas vuy iimea. , SKELETON'S CHEAP FOR CASH. They AraDonajht and Sold like Merchan dise la tbs city. "Is it really true," I asked an up town dealer in surgical goods, "that human skeletons are bought and sold extensively in the city?" . The man hesitated a moment and then replied: "I dont know that there is any secret about the trade. It does amount to quite an industry, but we look upon the purchase or sale of a skeleton in the self -same light that we regard any other transaction of a busi ness nature. "Skeletons are procured in a per fectly legitimate manner," he con tinued, "and are carefully prepared for market The source of supply Is, of course, from various hospitals and morgues throughout the country. The bones ore prepared for us by a long and laborious process and the work of articulating the various ports is con ducted by on experienced anatomist "It is not a simple matter to make up a skeleton from a heap of dismembered parts, ezept a man thoroughly under stands the human frame and can fit the various bones to a nicety. "When prepared for sale the skele tons are bought by academies and schools, museums of natural history and of the dime variety, physicians and surgeons, and by others who have use for the article, either for the purposes of study or to utilize them as attrac tions for a show. "The strangest thing of all about the business is perhaps due to the fact that in the skeleton trade, as in every other, there is a variety of qualities of the art icle and even a base adulteration for what else con a spurious skeleton be termed? "An A No. 1 skeleton is a valuable addition to any surgeon's cabinet" con tinued my Informant "As such it com mands a good figure in the market S3 00 is the price demanded for a first elass 'case of bones.' "There is another quality of a hetero genous make-up, formed from the skull of Tom, the ribs of Dick, the right leg and arm of some other unfortunate, and the whole completed by odd bones furnished by any number of individuals. "The various members thus arranged by a competent workman form an ex cellent skeleton for a theatrical display or a chamber of horrors. They are of course of but little use for purposes of study, except as a curiosity illustrating what a man can do with a job lot of material. The members thus patched together are derived from innumerable sources, dissecting tables and places of that kind. "Of course the composite skeletons thus formed do not command as high a price as the Simon Pure article, but if they are capped with a genuine skull they are much more valuable than the imitation variety and will bring at least $150." "Row about the imitation?" I asked. "The spurious article in the skeleton industry," the dealer said, "is mode from compressed paper pulp and other materials, which form a compound not unlike papier mache. "These interesting specimens are In exact imitation of the real articles. "They are used chiefly in the ritual of one of the secret fraternal orders and are scarifying enough to terrorize any neophyte into keeping the dreadful se crets of the order. "Being entirely a product of manu facture they can be mode in assorted sizes. They range in price accordingly a child's size is sold for 879, an adult for 8100, and a heroic size for 8150. The range of price is entirely arbitrary with the dealer, for the skeletons are really not worth $5 a piece. 'Tacked in a casket however, and suspended by a silver hook from the skull they serve every purpose for the ritual as well as the genuine article. "One of these imitations was recently shipped by a Fourth avenue dealer in Masonic goods to a lodge in Lowell, Moss. The box containing it broke open while in transit and the delightful contents were spilled on the floor of an express office. To the uneducated ex pressmen the article was a real skele ton, and the story that a crime had been committed was immediately re ported to the police and the news was telegraphed over the country. "The facta relative to the manufact ure of .akeletons came to light during the Investigation which followed the discovery .of the contents of the box in the New England express office." "Are there any other varieties of skeletons?" I ventured to inquire. Oh, yes," was the reply, "but they rarely ever find their way into com merce. The doctors watch them too carefully during life, and the variety is only to be met with in some hospital cabinet "They are the frameworks of people who have in life been sufferers from some peculiar bone disease. - "A woman now suffering from a curi ous complaint known as ackromegale is now in one of the city institutions. The disease is one in which the bones of the entire body continue to grow, skull and alL Such a skeleton would be invalu able to a dealer, but we never meet with such a rare variety." Surely commerce, I thought as I left the dealer in surgical implements and skeletons, finds curious channels. N. Y. Herald. . -i am nertecUT fleflAted with my dwelling at present I have a dlninr- room,a reception-room, a working-room, a amoking-room, ana a sieeping-room, and '4nsx think how convenient all in cFliejende BUiter, ALF.XANDKR WARXER, Presidents II. U. CROWKLL, Vice rresldentj The Baxter Bank. JP-A.II UP CAPITAL $50,000.00, DIRECTORS: Alexander Warner, 11. It. Crowcll, L. Jlitnfti Perkin Benj. 8. Warner, Ira C. Perkins. Does a General Banking Business. Pays Interest on Time Deposits. Always has Money to Loan on Satisfactory Security. Drovers and Farmers CAPITAL 50,000.00. o W.n.IIoRN0it,Pre8't; C. G. IIorxor, Vice Pres't ; E. B Corse, Cashier. o Does a' General Banking Business. Interest IPaid on Time Ieposits. SEE HERE! Your attention is called to the following facts and fig ures: A barn tint will cost 100 will hold 50 tons of hal ed hay. Fifty tons of hay put in the bam in July will bring the next April $2 per would if stacked on the ground. Thus you have your barn paid for the first year and have as much money for your hay as you would have without the barn. The larg er the barn the better this rule will work, as the capacity will increase faster than the cost. Respectfully, A FULL CHEAP, MEDIUM. and FINE FURNITURE ALWAYS IN A. D. C.. HARVEY'S. j CARPETS : SOLD PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION to UNDERTAKING. EMBALMING DONE WHEN DESIRED. JomrN.BiTTXB. L. L. 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