W0RK?N RAPID TRANSIT
SUBWAYS GOES SLOWLY
New Obstacles Seem to Develop
Every Few Days In
? New York.
TRACTION MEN NOT INTESESTES
Public is Becoming OGnvlnced That
While Fares Cran Be Collected
From Straphangers the Compan?
ies Will, Not Trouble Themselves
About / Improvements.
NEW YORK. Feb. 23.?New obsta?
cles seem to develop every tew days
to block tho city m Its attempt to
proceed with tho construction of
'snore rapid transit subways. It is
niow six years 3lnce work was he
gun on the present subway which
hae been open to the public for
nearly two and a 5ialf years.
In spite of this lapse of time the
city has progressed no further In Bub
way construction than to prepare
'[dana -fend specifications for twenty
new routes, practically all of -wV.cn
now may have to be revised to meet
tfio wishes of tho men in. control
of the local traction companies who
Saslst upon tho alterations as condi?
tions for bidding on the new con?
tracts. Whenever the city appears
?6 bo ready to go ahead with tho
?work, which Is not often the trac?
tion people step In and delay tilings
Interminably. This situation has ex?
isted so long the public is becom?
ing convinced the local traction men
are not anxious to expedite tho con-;
atructlon of new subways while,
thtoy can continue collecting fares [
from every' straphanger on the exist-;
lng elevated, surface and subwav:
It -was expected that the Rapid
Transit Board would finally approve
the plans for the new subways ten
days ago and would proceed at once
to advertise for bids for the con?
struction work. All, soposedly, was
in readiness when, at tho last min?
ute representatives of the traction
cbmblno stepped In and urged many
radical alterations in tMa proposed
contracts. The changes which the
company desire, if . made by the
Rapid Transit Commission, will
place- tbo city in about as disadvan?
tageous a position, as far as con?
trol over the subways is concernoa,
as 'It is in tho present subway.
I ~ PERILS OF BALLOONING.
An Exclttusr Trip In the Midst of ?>
On one occasion, rising suddenly
through n stratum of clouds 10,000 feet
In the air into brilliant sunshine, the
gas dilated. I let out a little. Down
we dropped into a cold air current. The
immediate condensation of the gns
dropped us back Into the cloud layer,
which condensed the gas still more
nnd accclernted the drop. We came
out directly above a stretch of woods
over which lay another cool belt. By
this time wc were falling like a rock.
Vfe were going so fast that the bngfuls
of Band we threw out went up Instead
of down. Hastily we threw out the
drag rope, the anchor, tho lunch basket
?to little purpose. We struck the trees
with a terrific crash, but escaped, how?
ever, with nothing worse Uian a shak?
ing up aud a few bruises.
The most exciting trip I ever made
was a record breaking voyage that be?
gan one Sunday evening. The weather
?was not propitious, but .we cast off.
We Boiled across the Hudson river to
New Jersey and plunged Into a cloud.
After traveling twenty miles I descend?
ed to drop a note to my wife, assuring
her of our safety. Again we shot into
a cloud. Presently we drifted over a
village and, with that exaltation that
nocompunles the sensation of floating
In the air, enjoyed to a strange degree
the' music-of church bells drifting up
from below. Before wo were aware
?we plunged Into the midst of a huge
approaching thunder cloud. It seemed
to open and swallow us Into a pit of
gloom .and simultaneously into tho
heart of. the wildest thunderstorm I
think I have ever seen. TJae clouds
rolled and tossed and twlst*?d. Tbo
balloon would now be forced down,
then tossed up aud again spuu swiftly
about like a top. We lost all s?nsc of
direction. Thunder was crashing and
- rolling and crackling all around us.
Lightning Unshed, not In forked elg
eaga, but In great flashes of fire. It,
wa? frightful. We did not want to de
Mend, but presently we heard tho un?
mistakable sound of water not far
Away. Letting out a little gas, we shot
dftvjritiward. Faster we dropped and
ta?ter. Land wns below us. Tho prob
lebi' was to land in the high wind with
oui damage. I let out more gas. We
landed In a treetop with a Jar that fix?
ed the basket so firmly In n crotch that
it could hot be dislodged by the wind,
for now we had dropped below the
Carelessness is the great sin of most
If a man doesn't acquire a little sense
with age he cheats himself.
If a man owns a pockctknlfo It la
hnrd for htm to pass a grindstone.
IIa Srmptonia aud the War It Shrfhl?
It was formerly thought thnt the
stomach was tho malu organ of diges?
tion, ttiut dyspepsia was supposed al?
ways to have Its sent there. But this
question has been much studied of
late, with tbo result that the stomach
has been found to ho of little account
comparatively lu the preparation of the
food for absorption. The most Impor?
tant part of digestion occurs In the Up?
per part ot the Intestine, whefo tbo
food, after leavlug tho stomach, Is
churned and mixed thoroughly with
tho.bllc and pancreatic secretion.
Since, thon, the lntestlno takes such
an Important part In digestion, It Is
natural to suppose Hint a failure to
perform this function properly would
give rise to serious disturbances of
health, and such, In fact, Is the ease.
Intestinnl Indigestion Is a not uncom?
mon affection at all periods of lifo
nnd Is capcchiHy prevalent In children.
The chief symptoms arc flatulence, or
wind, more or less colic, diarrhea, or
more often constipation, or nn alterna?
tion cf the two nnd practical starva?
tion, as shown In weakness and emaci?
The treatment Is mainly through diet,
but this will vary, of course, nrcordlnR
to ngc. In an Infant the problem Ih <
difficult one. If the child Is fed art*
flclnlly nil prepared foods containing
starch should be taken a way, and
cows' milk, modified ns to the amount
of fat, sugar or casein It contains, ac?
cording to the physician's directions,
should bo substituted.
If the infant is uurslug the life of tha
mother should bo studied, for the state
of her health may atTcct the milk In?
In older children nnd adults tho
amouut of fnts and of starchy foods
must be carefully regulated. Cereals
pastry, rice, potatoes and broad must
bo cut out of tho dietary for n time or
taken In very small quantity. When
eaten nt all tboy should be most thor?
oughly, even excessively, chewed, for
In this way they may be In groat meas?
ure digested by the saliva before reach?
ing tbo intestine.
The diet should consist mainly of
milk, white of eggs and tho most di?
gestible moats and fish. The diarrhea
or constipation should bo regulated,
nnd sometimes the administration ot
intestinal antiseptics Is beneficial. Beg
lar exercise In the op?n nlr Is of great
value lu tho treatment. The cold bath
or shower bath Is often of service
when It Is followed by a healthy reac?
A Plctnte In Wood.
There are various glimpses of Whls
tier In tho reminiscences of tho lnte ]
Sir Wyko Bnyllss, whilom president of
the Society of British Artists. Here Is
an Incident of "hanging day" while
Whistler occupied the presidency:
A carpenter held In his tinnd n piece
of wood, with which be was about to
steady q benvy frame. It was a bat?
ten of yellow dcul. with n large knot
of lovely color, pitch brown and gold,
running the whole length of the board.
Seizing tho board, I mnde the carpeuter
saw out of It n fragment to Ot a frame
which stood on the mantelpiece. At a
little distance che vliing nssumcd the
nppearanco of a golden sunset seen
across an open country, with a little
hill or clump of trees ngalnst the lumi?
nous sky. The gradation of color was
beautiful beyond description. At that
moment the president entered. Wc
pointed across the gallery to the new
"harmony In gold nnd brown" and con?
gratulated him on Its loveliness. Sir.
Whistler, hastily putting his eyeglass
to his eye, exclaimed: "Eh, eh! What's
that? Who lent that?'' He was as
much delighted as we were.
Statistics have been prepared to show
that In Europe out of every 100 sup?
posed deaths one person Is resuscitat?
ed. Although members of the medical
profession rcfuso to take any Interest
in tho matter, it is probably true, says
Suggestion, that many persons are
burled while In a state of suspended
animation. It Is stated that In the
cemetery Just outsldo the town of Wei?
mar there Is special provision made
ngalnst tho danger of premature burial
from suspended animation. No bodies
are placed lb the ground until they
have spent n considerable time In a re?
ceiving vault. In Uie fingers of the
corpse are plnced strings which com?
municate with an alarm. Tho least
movement will ring a boll In nn nd
jolnlng chamber, where a guardian Is
always on the watch. In several In?
stances by this timely alarm persons
prcmnturely burled have been rescued.
It Is said that the provision arose from
tho tradition that one of the princes of
Saxe-Wejraar, this being their fnmUj
burial place, wns buried alive.
' Oriental Knglhb.
aecently a baboo lawyer offered a
delicious oxnmplo In his defenso of e
woman client. She was accused of an
assault, but he endeavored to show
tbat abe herself had been assaulted and
had suffered damage of tbo most con?
spicuous feature of her countenance.
"My learned friend with mere wind
from a teapot tblnka to browbeat me
from my legs," he asserted. Ho had
probably a "tempest In a teapot" In
mind. "I only seek," he continued
enrnestly, "to place my bone of conten?
tion clearly in your honor's eye. My
learned friend vainly runs nmuck
upon tho sheet anchors of my case. My
poor client lins been deprived of some
of her valuable lenthor (akin), the leath?
er of her nose. Until the witness ox
plains what became of my client's nose
leather he cannot be belloved. He enn
not be allowed to raise a castle In thr
sir by heating upon a bush."
ru? itiNb?? K\KiJis'
THEY ARE PRINCES OF JUGoLERF
Some of the Wonderful Feats of It.
lualon unit Dcxterttr Theae Mnatero
of the Mratlf Aria ot the Orient Arc
Bald to r^ffori?i
In the midden stillness that pervades
tho great liner's saloon evorybodj
pauses wltliout knowing It anil look?
at tin- cnptaln.
Thin gentleman merely settles to Idi
luncheon more comfortably than be
fore, while anchor chains rattle out
and ihe Meant whistle blows nnd tba
passengers hasten on deck to feel n
heavy, tropical wind blowing off a low
Bhoro, along which tigers nnd alllgn
tors may creep to tho water's edge bj
night, but where now a noon sun llc>
yellow on the huts nnd rice flatth
which are the stranger's tlrst gltmps?
Tho liner swings well out In tlw
Presently flashes through the browt
ripples of the H??gly river n dusk}
body, fthd up the anchor chain nimbi;,
as n monkey scrambles a man, eta,'
only In a loin cloth and having a tiny
tight rolled red bundle fastened at tit*
back of his neck out of reach of tin
The man's first notion Is to pick ur
from tho deck a-ball of twine 'will
which a sailor is mending a pawlli
and unwind tho string, which goe?
straight up In the air In defiance o'
tho law of gravitation which shoulc
have trailed It along the deck.
As the fakir passes another salin:
who has bought a cocoanut and b
cracking It open, he gently takes frou
the mnn's hand half of the still full
shell, holds It high nbovo a. ship's buck
ct, Into which water streams from tin
cocoanut until tho bucket has beer
twelve times tilled and emptied. Next
the Juggler asks for a largo earthen
dish, pours Into It n gallon of water
raises It aloft In his left hand?hh
right being laid against his forehead
The dish grows smaller by almost lin
perceptible degrees of shrinkage tniti
It completely disappears. Then, nftei
n pause, n tiny brown speck is seen
In the Juggler's hand. It grows largei
and larger until the dish Is visible n?
at first, filled to the brim with water,
wh'eli the Juggler pours out and which
runs down Into tho deck gutters. .
A llttlo aloof from the eager circle ol
spectators sits a young American wo?
man, hor baby swinging In a ham
mock, her flve-yer.r-eld daughter on n
cushion at her feet. Tho Juggler stands
perfectly still, his eyes fixed abs^ntlj
upon the group, apparently conccnttat
lug his forces upon some fresh wonder
Tho American shrinks backward wltb
a movement of repulsion, which the
Juggler evidently notices, for he turn*
his gaze upon nn English miss of flf
teen who stands on tho opposlto Side
of the semicircle.
Suddenly tho young mother seen the
Kngllsh girl begin to rise from the
deck nnd float across the spneo be?
tween her and tho hammock In whlcb
rests tho sleeping baby. To her hor
ror, the girl stoops.over nnd takes up
tho Infant. Then tho girl rises from
the deck, higher and higher, until nh*
Is lost In the clouds.
The mother Is helpless to cry out ot
to move. She Is In a sort of waking
nightmare. As she stares she per?
ceives a spot In the fleecy clouds?near?
er, nearer It comes?sho discerns the
form of her baby?safe In tho arms ot
tho English girl, who gradually dc
scends to the deck and lays the Infant
back In the hammock.
With a frantic effort the mother
bursts the spell that binds her nnd
snntches up the child to find It sound
asleep. "How could' you lot that
strange girl tnke your llttlo brother
away?" sho screams to her startled
daughter, who sits quietly on tho cush?
"Why, mamma," replies the child,
"brother has been nslcep In his ham?
mock all tho time. No ono has touch
It was but ono more trick of Uit
senses played by the holy man fron
India. It was utterly Inexplicable.
v The fellow enme over the ship's ral,
dripping wet after n long swim frou
shore. The liner has Just dropped an?
chor after a voyage of several thou?
sand miles. A confederate Is an Im?
possibility. An audience of about COO
skeptical persons crowds close around
the Juggler. There Is no chanco for
Now the Hindoo unties tho bundle
from behind his neck, opens a square
of red cloth, passes It to the audloneo
*or Inspection and then spreads It flat
?*n tho deck. Ills eyes turn Inward
and become fixed. He mutters to him?
self, and, after walking three times
around the square, he thrusts his bare
hand and arm under the cloth nnd
brings forth n rudely carved little boat
measuring not more than 8 by I inches.
It Is undecked nnd empty. The out
thwart across It Is pierced with a mast
hole. With the boat he brings out a
He offers the boat aud the nut foi
the scrutiny of the passengers. Kj
I those who see and touch It tho nut l*
pronounced to be scraped clean and
to be pierced with three small holes.
The Juggler sticks n thin bamboo
wand of about two feet into tho mast
hole, then places the nut on the end
of the wand, retreats to n distance of
five yards and commands (In Hindoo
A glittering Jet of pure water spring*
spwnrd from tho nut Into the blaidns
sunshine and scatters diriih?rtei drops
until the Juggler ngnln gives n com?
"Stopl" And It stops.
And thus tho crystal fountain spouts
Und stops as bidden until bioro wntor
Is t'tmuing tiver the deck than U alto?
gether cdihfortnblc fdr bystanders.
During his wholo performance the
Juggler repents over again the mystic
but apparently irrelevant words:
"Bandar ka kopral Bandar kn ko
pra!" ("Skull of u monkey 1 Skull of
"Bncksticcshl'' tho holy man how" Mttg
Rests and Indicates tho red cloth tut alt
appropriate rcccptnelo for cash ac?
knowledgment of Ins orciilt power. %
As coins fnll ho deftly recovers Utom
and bites each one to test Its genuine?
ness. At last bu piles tho contribu?
tions neatly, shakes tho clotli and
ngnln spreads It on the lloor.
Again the Juggler's eyes tlx them
lelvce In cataleptic trnnco. Again ho
prices around tho red square, muttering'
Something begins to move beneath;
the cloth. It grows lu ?I/o us the,
spellbound nudlencn gnztfs. There la n I
fnltlt sdund?and?out hops a grlnnlhg, j
clinttorlhg monkey, while from tho fur?
ther edge of tho red rag n cobra pokes
Its venomous head and writhes Its bulk
nlong the plonks.
Tho passengers?even the sailors
shrink and shudder, but their feet seem
spiked to the deck. No ono moves,
though disgust and horror nro maul
fest on every face.
A much larger object heaves beneath
the cloth?slowly, gracefully, a Hindoo
girl rises to her feet, casts tho red i
clotli from 1 km- shoulders and smiles
Upon u ship's company, ns "silent and
aghast as were the voyagers lu tbnt
dread ship, tho Mystery."
Before anybody Is able to stir the
Juggler claps ills hnnds, his creatures
vnnlBh, he rolls up bis coins in the red
clotb, ties It nround bis neck, leaps
over the rail Into tho stream nud
There can be no doubt ns to these
mystic performances being Illusions,
for any attempt to photograph them re?
sults in an empty plate.
Hindoo Jugglers simply have the pow?
er to moke not only one person, but nn
unlimited number of persons, sec, taste
and hear things which do not exist.
To attribute this power to hypnotism
docs not detrnct from the marvel of the
phenomena. We must admit tbnt the
basic principle of tho mystery In the
subjugation of tho weaker to the
Secondarily, thcro Is In the Hindoo
race an increnso In tho power of
thought, resulting from tbolr Intense
lovo of solitary meditation, one of the
nation's most pronounced traits from
time Immemorial. We cannot dispute
tbnt tho Hindoos havo acquired mental
faculties of which the younger wcBtern
civilizations tiro nltogcthor Ignorant,
as a matter of experience.
Tho Hindoo has attained marvelous
results on speculative philosophy.
Through centuries ho has developed
his mental powers by persistent exer
clso and persistent effort?ns with us,
athletes develop and perfect the mus
cles of the body.
The Hindoo conjuror Is no unlicensed
charlatan. Ho Is a man with a "voca?
tion." It may be while ho works In
the rice field that tho Hindoo boy
hears the mysterious call of Brahma
and tells his pnrcnta:
"Kopal me llkkha." ("It Is written
upon my forehead.")
At first "tho chosen" wanders
through tbo .streets of bis native town
?black ropes of dank hair falling
about his face, streaks of clay across
his forehead and down his nose, a sin?
gle cotton rag wound about his mid?
dle. Tbo million gods that 8,000 Hin?
doo years havo accumulated for faith
ful souls know that the "chosen" has
vowed n pilgrimage to Benares? the
residence of the gods ? the Hindoo
Olympus, not striding over the Journey
erect, with strong young limbs, but
falling flat on his face, measuring bi?
length with bis brass water bottle for
nil the weary way.
Thus does the "chosen" accomplish
his pilgrimage, never lacking food or
drink or sleeping mat, for nil dwellers
In the land know that be Is "a Bnlr
agee!" ? be helps to keep the world
straight with the gods. At last, eyes
bloodshot, feet blistered, he washes In
the sacred Ganges and bows lu the
grent temple at Benares and tho
priests recognize bis holiness and any,
"It is written upon his forehead." Aft?
er which the "chosen" Is for years se?
cluded In tho silent, places of India
that by prayer and austerity and medi?
tation he may snbdue tho body and de?
velop the mind nutll he ncqulros the
occult force whereby ho compela his
fellow mortnls to see things which nro
In the wild recesses of his mountains
?behind the walls of his templos carv?
ed Into the solid rock?the Hindoo still
holds the key of mysteries that defy
the Ingenuity of the best, most logical
and most scientific reasoners of the
modern civilization. ? Los Angeles
A rich man once visited his stables
nnd watched an old groom currying a
favorite horse. "You have worked for
me a long time, haven't you, Sam?"
queried the rich mnn. "Yes, sir," re
piled the groom. "Me an' this bos.-;
havo worked for you seventeen years."
"Ah, aud I hope you have been well
treated. Sam," said tho employer. "Ob,
I uln't complalnln' none." said Sam,
"but ino nn* tho boss wua aick at thu
same time, un' I noticed that, while
you hired a doctoi for tho boss, you
docked my pny for Uie time I lost"?
U?t AN ANdWftfl TO OUE8TION.
Irrirtflgratlon Committee Not Satisfied
About Imported Laborers.
(Hy Associated PreB0.)
WASHINGTON. D. 0.. Feb. 23.?
Tho committee on Immigration arid
tiaturaUzallon today considered Se?
cretary Straus' answer to the resolu?
tion of the iHouso Introduced by
Mr1, (lanllier, of ^Massachusetts, ubk
lug for hid opinion ns to the lawful
nets of tho lauding of alleged con?
T.nV- opinion wns expressed In com
iinftteo that tho secretary's answer
had been transmitted In misappre?
hension of the purport or the resolu/
It merely denls with the quostlon
as to wWothor or not commissioner
Watson of South Carolina, trans*
grossed a penal statute. This Is
a very different question, said Mr.
Oardnor today, from tho question
whether or not' the nllegod contract,
laborers were lawfully landed.
The committee will roach n decis?
ion soon ns to whether It will be
necessary to present a now resolu?
tion to tho House.
The Jamestown Exposition HeomS In
danger of being pnstorlzod.?New
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