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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
QT SEND FOR PRICE LIST.-a
D. M. JONES,
IS LOCATED IN
East Sidk Military Street.
Steele aM Fancy Groceries,
HIG I IEST M A It K KT PRICES PAID
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.
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.
ilnlius Bischofsberger, Propr
Turnouts at Reasonable Hates.
Dir. A. J. MoCLELLAX.
PHYjSUJAN AMI BUUGEUX. Uiflneand
renldeucc two blocks wn of Uaxier
ATTORNEYS AT LAW.
W.M. M ATUF.NY.
TTOUXEY-AT-LAW, Daxter SpHnra, Kan
A Notary fublio.
Samuel II. Smith,
Daxter spring, Kin.
C. . IIORXOK,
ATTORNEY AT LAW and V. . ommls
siunor. Odlee ia DruVeo. and fa raters'
W. II. HORXOR,
ATTORVET AT LAW, Office ia DroTerf
ou t'arrorrt Rasw
I t'YL' '"'PI
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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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.
. -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
ALF.XANDKR WARXER, Presidents
II. U. CROWKLL, Vice rresldentj
The Baxter Bank.
JP-A.II UP CAPITAL $50,000.00,
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
W.n.IIoRN0it,Pre8't; C. G. IIorxor, Vice Pres't ; E. B Corse, Cashier.
Does a' General Banking Business.
Interest IPaid on Time Ieposits.
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.
CHEAP, MEDIUM. and
A. D. C.. HARVEY'S.
CARPETS : SOLD
PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION to UNDERTAKING.
EMBALMING DONE WHEN DESIRED.
JomrN.BiTTXB. L. L. Docbledat
Ritter & Doubleday,
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ISA C. PERKINS, (ashlers
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ton more than the same hay
LONG-BELL LUMBER CO.
: BY : SAMPLE.