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NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA. On presentation at the Daily Press Office, this Coupon and lOc entitles the bearer to one Captain John Smith Souvenir Puzzle. Bf the puzzle Is to be mailed, 4c must be added to cover postage. Peculiar Bon Some time ago a reader Inquired] nliout the* reasons for aud tlie history I <rf certain Irregular boundaries he-| tween the states, and iKirticulnrly concerning those of the Yellowstone Park, thq. "topknot" of Minnesota, the' "Jogs" In tho line between Mas? sachusetts and Connecticut, south of Springfield, acid In Pennsylvania at Krie, the panhandle of West Virginia and tl?t> curve which forms the north? ern boundary of the state of Dein . ware. The question was asked bow those irregular ties happened and whether there were am- Interesting stories coati'icted with them. As a rule th?\divlslons between the states follow natural boundaries, such mi (he Mississippi. Ohio. Savannah, Connecticut und Red fivers; ranges of mountains and watersheds, or arbi? trary lines dm um by ? surveyors for certain distances. Bitch as those be? tween Indiana and Ohio-on ono_slde and Michigan on the other. If you will look at tho map you Vfill not ice j a ccnalderablo difference between the northern lino of Ohio and that of'In? diana. One Is a little farther1 north, than tho ottior and there is a Jloeldedi Jag where llillsdale county1, comes| down into Ohio territory. T\hts i? due to the arbitrary terms of t}l'<> cttv] aiding act admitting those statics into! tho Union, it wns evidently intended I to extend tho line directly fronP Lake Krie to Lake Michigan, but by\ somej error the description of the nonthorn tbundary of Chlo was made diflcent, from that of the northern b?tjt?'aryi of Indiana by seyeral miles. k T'io "topknot" of Mlnnesota'-Wa lit? tle jog that may up into the 1 Lake of the Woods?is, due to an ntl'-'mpt to divido the waters of all the (lakes lying on the border evenly between rlie United Staffed ,and Canada!- :?nd thus wo get one-half <n" the tfraters of the Lake of the Woods. J The jog in northwestern pffonisyl vnnla which gives that stafla acfcss to Like Krie. iy due to the tor'11''- In Which the southern boundary )'f 11,0 state of New York is desrribp' ?>>? the conimissloners. .lames q/llntnn. Simon Dt-witu and Andrew BIYtptL. ln 17S:?. They were >to run a ll'/'.e west? ward a certain distance eVU'l then northward to Lake Krie. Tf""t .lino jrh?re?f to the northern llmltys of to said slate be (he western /boundary. Of Pennsylvania, in 187-1 Mifl' state of] Virginia ceded all the land? wost of the Ohio (river to tUc Unit f< d Stares, ?and that river was afterward mnde the boundary or the statue of Ohio, whteh left tho panhandle /?tili in the ' territory of Virginia. whicflh was after-; ward divided into two itljateis of that name. ./ The Irregularity of the"1 dlvialon be? tween Virginia and Wes-.t Virginia Is] due to an attempt to preserve county1 ii&dary Lines i lines ns originally established. I The Jog in the northern boundnry ibf Connecticut, by which about nven Lty square miles of the territory of jlliat Mate was given to Mnssaohu I fetts, involves a long story nnd a con : trbyersy that continued for many years. Indeed, this controversy om j braced the entire line between Com neotlc?t and Massachusetts, and still ! farther bet ween Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and it was not settled I until lSt;0, when a decree of the Ullltv cd States court fixed a conventional line whlclt was afterward confirmed by the legislatures of the three did ! pitting: stales. Jog in Connecticut's Line. With reference to tho particular fjog south of Springfield, in 171" com? missioners from the province of Mas? sachusetts bay and the colony of Mas? sachusetts settled a boundary line by description and not by survey. By this decision certain frontier townf did not extend ns far as was intend? ed. Then, when the eastern boun? dary of Ohio was: defined. t(hnt did not reach the western boundary of New York. The West Virginia Panhandle. The "patahandloV of West Virginia! was created In tho same way. The I southern boundnry of Pennsylvania is' described in tho agrcoment between I the commissioners of that state andi Maryland and Virginia, "as commonly' called Mason and Dlxon's lino to be! extended due west 5 degrees of longi? tude -froin the River Delaware for the southern boundary, and a meridian drawn from the westcrmi extremity wore given to Massachusetts because their Inhabitants had always acted with tho rest of that colony and de? sired to continue to do so. In 171?. when surveying became more com? mon, and It was discovered that the verbal boundaries left the towns of Woodstock, SufRcid, ?nfield nnd Sr/ni ers In the territory of Massachusetts, tho legislature of Connecticut appeal? ed to the crown, who decided in favor of Connecticut, In IXM commission, era were appointed to revise the boun? dary- Then compromise was made" by which the town cf South wick should In Includedin the statt? or Massachusetts nnd the towns or Stif flcld. Woodstor', Enfiel I, Somers, Westtleld nnd Crnntly should bo In? cluded in the state of Connecticut, i according to the preference of their Inhabitants. The report of the com mlsrlc-nors describes the dividing line between the two states very minute? ly, and creeps along with it Inch by inch through many pages, like thh: "Hrr-?nnlni* nt tho nnrtlvtv-rt cor? ner of Sufflold on tho west hank of the Connecticut river, In the center of a small valley running Into said river, said. iV>lnt being between a small butternut tree standing on the! south and a small crooked wh'to oak Btpiiding on the north, about two feet distant from each other?md then! running north eighty-two degrees for-> ty-llvo minutes west otto chain to a| stone monument, erected by us thereI on the since road from Spriitgflold to} SuOleld, and said course continued | would pass two feet north of Smith's house; ? ? ? thence the snmo! tree with stones about it on the west sldo of said river, neat' a small fall and a rock on the east side of said.! river, stooping towards It; thence the same course 275 chains to a large heap of stones between two hemlock trees; * ? ? thence In the same' course 110 chains to a Motte monu-j ment erected by us peiir Rbonszeri Fletcher's house, etc., rt.?V' J It would be very difficult for any out- to trace that line by I hose land? marks today. The Delaware Curve. The northern boundary of Delawaro The northern' boundary of Deln-I ware, which is a perfect curve, in-! volvcs an < ven more Interesting sto-J ry. which requires many pages to '.ell.' That state was originally settled by, Swedes; in 1055 it was surrendered to the Dutch; in 1GG4 it wan surren? dered to the English and was taken posse Li-Ion of by the Duke of York, to a degree is almost unpairalelled. ] William Penh, having received a j Kraut of the province of Pennsylva? nia, bought the territory comprised j in the present area of Delaware from' I the Duke of York, who conveyed it' 1)0 him iu two deeds, dated August ] | 24, 1682, One of ihese deeds, convey-l ! ed the town* of Newcastle and all the '? lauds within a twelve-mile circle around the same. The other deed i convoyed the remainder of the terri? tory, including Cape iienlopen and 1 tin- three counties of Newcastle, Kent and Sussex, according to their pres? ent boundaries. These boundaries we>re in dispute, however, until very recently, when tihcy were fixed by act of Conprcss and ratified by the states of Maryland and Pennsylvania. The slnj'ular boundary line, nltnost unique in Its circular shape, is exactly twelve miles from the end of the horse dike in the center of tin; town of Newcastle, and was run by Isaac Taylor of Chester ccunt.y and Thomas , Pearson of Newcastle. j Mason and Dixon-s Line. For generations nils Urns .''lumbered in obscurity, bolr.? pcrpetluated for a time In local memory and tradition by reference to oak and hickory trees, j blazed or notched by the surveyors, or by fences which the settlers had Luilt, as they supposed, upon the ox act line. Hut year by year these marks decayed and passed from sight ' until their location became uncertain j and the subject of a violent dispute I between William Penn and Lord Hal tlmore. which continued between . their heirs and assignees until 17C2. . when Frederick, Lord Ilnltlmore, and j the Pe nnsylvania tv.Uhrrhtes employ-. cd Charles Mason and Jeremiah D!x-| on, two skillful matin nmtlclnns. and surveyors, to draw a new line accord? ing to the original agreement. They built an observatory for their first work and marked the lino with suit ablo stone monuments one mile apart. Upon these stones were carved the arms of the CalvertB, whoso contro? versy had embittered tho neighboring communities and had caused tho ex? penditure of many thousands of dob lars. That 's th? origin of the famous Mason and Uixon's line, which sepa? rated the free soil from the slavo states and has hern so frequently al? luded to in the political debates o? Milt; country. The boundaries of the Yellowstone' Park wtre laid as they are In both Wyoming and Montana In order to tu-braee within that reservation all of the igireet: natural curiosities in I that part of the country. I ?WILLIAM E. CURTIS, In Uie Washington Star. right Tf petitions* Careful Attention Accorded i to Such Papers by Mem? bers of Congress. I * i i A guaranteed right of the American people Is rhe right of pot'.tion to the "l>o\vors that tra," and it is exorcised more freely, probably, than any oth? er, writes tho Richmond News-Lea r er's Washington's correspondent. As a rule, too. it is exercised with remark? able discretion and Intlelllgtence, indi? cating that the American people keep thoroughly abreast of the times and a closre watch on their servants in pub? lic places. Naturally, more ptlitlons are re? ceived by 1C10 Congress than by nny other officials In public life. The pre? sentation of petitions to the legisla? tive branch of-tho government is not ! a hbblt, sh few of the prayers re ?eeivotl ever come from the snmo sources twice; huti Lhierp Ir a contin? ual flood of them, and utsually they aro forceful nnd significant, i Every member of Congress, wheth? er ho bo in the Hor.so or In the Scn ati". rc:uls with the greatest enre the petitions which come bo him. whether they bo frcm his own Immediate con? stituents, or from the public general? ly. Through these petition.-; th ? mem her Is* able to keep in touch with pub? lic senl'iment on any tapfetation that may \ta pending. In" a' ?way, tho peti? tions enable him to form a more tie onrato Idea of public sentiment than , such correspondence as fcio may have With particular people. It has boon urged often that pot I i'tms amount to little or nothing; but that has bctxii found by the most ex? perienced members of Congress to be untrue. In presenting to Uio Senate, a few yeans ago, a petition which did not accord with bin views, a senator declared tUiat it did not only ropre .?Kau his pi iv.unal views, but that lie was assured the views .expressed in Ii did rcprcsent accurately the senti? ment of the people front whom It come, (to said that it. was a wjell l.nown fact that poUUoi)S Wore signed uy many peojdo merely to get rid 01 tiho.se who presented them and, appar? ently ax mi oyldVnce of gooii faith, bo declamt lie would bo willing to cnj'.ier into an agreement to secure the sli; natures of two hundred people of the city of Wa-shington to bang nny s>-n aior who might he named. Tliis little sally, provoked undoubt? edly by pique, created sonio amuse? ment, but had no effect upon the average senator's views of petitions In general It is a fact that members: ol Congress who u no wifco ke-cp their) ears tlo the ground on matters of pui>-| lie Interest through the petitions which pass through their hanids. Sen ateirs present ho puMtions which reach theai In open session and their pur l>ort Is announced, in the HoUso pe? titions uro not read, but they go into the general 'hopper and are referred ly tho legislative clerks to toe proper e;omniititf"cr.. It la notable that few petitions ot tho "ready-made" sort reach Con? gress. Occasionally, in... times of acute public interest, in a. pleco of legislation pending before Congress, hundreds of petitions are revolved courlieel iu the (some cmt-rnl terms. Theso are known to have been Insti? gated by the same persons or organ? izations and they ordinarily have no more effect than has the pouring of water?on a duck's back. As a rule, however, petitions represent the con? victions eif tho people and careful hoed 1? paid to them by tho members of Ccat'igrtets. One of the most remarkable facts in connection with petitions presented to Congress is that llfty per cent, of them aro In opposition to proposed legldtation. Tins indicates that tin people are keeping close tab on theii le^slatoija ohud that they are not lr sympathy with nny movement for thf enactment of nv re laws to be place,' on tho statute books. And woe betidi anv congressman who dees not pa: heed to the iietitions he receives. KD. PACK?Solid. Suffering and Dollars Saved. 12. S. Loper, of Marllla. N. Y., says: "I am a carpcnte?r and have had many severe cuts healed by Bucklen's Ar? nica Salve. It has saved mo sufforing nr.d dollars. It Is by far tho best h-allnq ralvo I have ever found." Ilcnls burns, sore*, ulcers, fever rores, eczema and piles. 25c at all drug? gists. Sea's Toll fo Gideon Young, tho statistician of tho Maritime Exchange, on Broad strccet, luis completed his annual ta? ttle of wrecks at sea and ho announc? ed yesterday that tho year 1907 was one of the most disastrous to l\fo and property on tho deep In hin recol? lection of several decades, AstiVj from the sinking of the Joy J_,lneV Larchmbnl In collision with the BChboner Harry Kuowlton, In Febrii ary, which disaster cost 134 lives', :md the destruction of the Great Eas? tern Railway Coiiipany's steamer Ber? lin, of tho Hook or Holland, whereby 12S were drowned, the marine recor? der of the Maritime Exchange sbowB thni upward of 1,000 persons went to death in 10 other marine disasters. A total of 120 ? members of 'the French battleship Lena were killed In an explosion which destroyed JJutt ship at Toulon March 22. NVhon lme Pacific Mull Navigation Company's steamer Hautlngo .foundered off Chile In June, 'JO passengers nnd crew went down with 1 her. The steamer San Pedro sank the steamer Columbia off Point Delgado, Cal.. July 22 and 110 found watery graves. The Kaplan, 'a Turkish steamer, foundered Novem? ber 21 and drowned 112. Sixty lost their lives through the slaking of the Sultnn In the Black Sea, January 24. The Hong-Hing, a Chlnest steamer, drowned 120 when she roundored. The wreck of the Great Northern Steamship Company's steamer Dako? ta, March 3, cost the Insurance com' panics more than $3,500,000. The list of vessel that went away and never arrived Is an appalling one toX^vcn phlpplng men who aro accustomed to seo the word "mirslng" Chalked aftor the name of a ship on tho blackboards of the Exchange. Thoso that turned into the port of missing ships during the year are tho Nicaragua, with n ci'ew of 40; the Dulverton, With 2; Arthur Sewell, with 32; Adolph Obig, with 28; tho Theodore, formerly a Cunnrd steamer, with 19; tho. UautOjL with 23; Ormsny, With 21: Daniel, vlth 24; Slberton. with 27; Mnrle, vlth 23; Netherby, with 21; Guiana vith 20, and half a dozen Krenc.h tlsh ng vessels, the latter with scores of .uen. The Norwegian steamer Froysdate was worth $f>5.000 before shb strand sd on the Maine coast. She sold for ?$180 to n Junk dealer three days nf?r she struck. The old sailor supersti? tion as to a bride on board bringing misfortune held good In the caao of the L. A. von Romondt, which was nlundoncd in a slnkins condition Oc. tober 10, The Viking, with tho bride of her captain making her first soy age at pea. was run into by the ship Atlas off Cape Horn and the captain and bride wore lost. Tlte list shows that the elements! p Year 1907 linvo no respect for names supposed to be entitled to special considera? tion. The Archangels, Guardian An? fiel; Gnlllee and IjOo XII were lost. Tho R: P. Ghaso was wrecked on Jor? dan's Delight, a reef in Maine. The steamer Ohio was lont in Port Safe? ty, The Dart was destroyed by strik? in? Holy Island. There were two Glad Tidings wrecked. Some flno ships were burned at sea. Among them were tho steamers Thornhill. Hllverslup, Mllos, Thistle, Sophia, Fortunatas, tho latter worth ,300,000, and tho Tnlfu Marti. Warships sent some of tho craft to their last account. The French cruis? er Kleber ran into and sank tho -Hu ponia; drowning seven of the latter's crew. 'The British cruiser Assistance saqk tho Mario. Regular liners, too, sent some fine vessels to the bottom. The lied Star liner Vaderland ram? med tho steamer tyn worth Castle )u Itho ICrtKllsh Channel, drowning three. Tho Loyland Liner Wlnlfredlan sank the Ellen F. Gleasou. The Whlto Stfcr Liner Romance sent tho Natalie B. Nlckenson to the bottom. The Joy Liner TennoBseo sank the "ttyrd'n?ff, drowning five. Somo of the steamers lost by foun? dering or being abandoned were the Neptune ' Liner Tnmplco, with 000 worth of copper among her car? go; Clavering, with 29 Uvea; Y6ofo, witm 15 lives; Jabba, Lucifer, and th.i Hazel Branch. Th? number of sui? cides In wrecks wn's. unusually large. Never rode on Train or Trolley Car. Miss Mary A. Egg'Jv one of Allen town's oldest women, died suddenly today, after having lived more th^n fifty years wt'iltin a block of a rail? road and for fifteen yeans close to an elec'a-lo railway, but without over haviug ridden on n steam train .or troliey-.car. 8hb'would ,havo been ninety years old tomorrow, but'never cared to in dulgo in the pleasures of a ride on a steam road or trolley lino, alDaouga often urged to break tho rulo that .fho had established. Disappointed In a love affair In her ssirlho.id days, ?bo refused many sub sequent offers of marriago and re madned single all her days.?Allen town Dispatch to. Philadelphia North Amotlcan. - ? Want of employment, is increasing in the, aalpbulldilng IndusM-y in Scot* land. Ono of tho-. Greenlack R^p yonls has ben closed. On tho tipp*'" branches of tho Cdydo thero is a ?re>at Dck of employment, and fresh work. ii -urgently necessary.