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Few Words About the Late Disastrous
Defeats of the, Pittsburg .
Baseball Team.
Necessity of Something Being Dona to Stop
the Crooked Transactions at the
Trotting Meetings.
-seal Toon? Bafflers of rromlse n4 Caiy! Troubles
Eesarilnr nU Eecord Claims.
As far as baseball has been concerned the
week has not been a very pleasant one fqr
rhe'admircrs ef the Pittsburg team. It is a
iong time since such a sadden change of
-eatiment, such a revolution of feeling, in
lot, took place among local baseball cranks
m there has during the last few days. This
is very unfortunate, indeed, for everybody
oncemed. But the change of feeling can
not be wondered at, and there is one con
flation that this feeling is not deep-rooted.
It will disappear just as toon as the team
run up a few successive victories, and they
ire sure to do that The best friends of the
'ocal team are bound to admit that they, the
cam, have so far been an awful disappoint
ment on their Eastern trip. Had the team
won along series of uninterrupted victories
nobody would have been surprised, because
very much was expected from the
cam. But instead of victories we
ave defeats, and hence the very
.ntense disappointment. Most -certainly
'iere are causes for this extraordinary fall
ing offin the playing of the team; so far, it
" true, they have seldom played up to ex
pectations, hut recently their work has
iicen so much below their own standard
even of this season, that we cannot avoid
the conviction that there is something
wrong. I am inclined to believe that what
we term "the best of goodfellowship" does
lot pm ail extensively among the players.
If that is the fact, we have at once a source or
uiuse of bad work. "While I don't say that
ill-feeling among the players does exist, I
!o maintain that there is sufficient cause
i or investigation; and also, that the direct
ors did right in giving Mr. O'Neil full
Iower of the club and to accompany Man
ager Hanlon throughout the Eastern trip.
It seems to me that there was much truth in
i he report of the Miller affair at Brooklyn.
Here, in a measure, we have direct proof
! hat all is not going well, and I for one cer-
linly maintain that Manager Hanlon can
not at the present time be expected to
loroughly carry out all the duties he has
1 1 fulfil "it is unfortunately true that even
team of old ball players like the Pitts
burg team need watching, and this
i witl-out douht a disgrace to every
player who cannot be implicitly trusted. A
, la or in the local team who by his conduct
m cny way gives the management anxiety,
r jeopardizes the financial prospects of the
Ntockholders, Is an ingratc of the rankest
tind. I am not writing this as a mere
entimental effuiion, but I am stating it as
.1 plain fact. Why, just think over the
matter for a moment. Consider the vast
uniount of monev and labor the directors of
the local club have expended in to get a
ood team togsther; a team that would give
satisfaction to Pittsburg patronj of the
same. And of this large amount of money
expended the players themselves are get
ting the lion's share. Is there, then, any
thing nanly, fair or honest about a player
ivho will not do right and play his very best
m view of the foregoiuj $cts? I emphati
cally say there is not.
Some 3Iore Local Matters.
"When a team is being badly beaten and
in a very regular way,we all invariably have
tault to 'find and suggestions to make. Of
course, this is just the tiine to make them,
and they will do noiarm if we maLi them
m good spirit and with due modesty. For
!ome time past there have been man'com
ilaining about the stereotyped custom in
lukrcdinbyourclubofputting a pitcher in
to pitch simply because it was or is their turn.
Xow, I am not one to try and teach other
people their business, but I do maintain
ihat experience shows that the custom in
Huesuon is a very faulty one; in short it is
.1 worthless one. A manager ought to and
must use his judgement as to the ability of
a certain pitcher to puzzle a certain team.
Ifhesatisf.cs himself that the pitcher whose
turn it is to pitch is not the most likely to
fool the opposing team for the time being,
bv all means let the manager select the man
who is the most likely to do the most effec
tive work. I submit'that this is common
sense and is just what goodheaded and prac
tical men like Anson do. True, some
pitchers verv foolishly object to not being
Miioweu to pucu la uieir luru. xiiis wumi
is really so flimsy that it is not worth dis
cussing. A manager should be manager in
fact I am fully persuaded that two sueh
young and powerful men as Baldwin and
ilwg could pitch first-classDallforalong
time by pitching every other game. Of
'ourse, Baldwin has done well so far, but
what I mean is that strong " young fellows
'uch as he is will certainly 3o better -n ork
lij pitching oftener than every fourth or
tfth day with monotonous rularity. But
our team have been remarkably disappoint
ng in their batting. I am aware that
players cannot get on to their hitting in a
lay or a week, but it is to be expected that
they will get on to it within a season. So
iar we have little signs of our sluggers sing
ing. This is one of the things that I firmly
oelicve we cannot help, and it is
the great cause of defeat. It would
be libelling the players to say they
don't try to hit the ball. They
try their best It is certainly one of the
"urious features of baseball, this hitting and
nissing the balL "We have what have for
-onfe time been recogonized as the hard and
reliable hitters in the profession, and here
we have them missing the ball with won
derful regularity whue the youngest and
!ess experienced players in the business are
Knocking the pitchers out of the box. This
V2rj singular, indeed. And what can we
'lo about it' It Is useless to blackguard the
,ilaycts, and it is absurd to rail at the club
officials. I do hold that whatever may be
the shortcomings of the team that the club
lirectors are not to blame. They have so
tar plaj ed their part well, and if the "stars"
tail then it is the fault of the "stars." But
r trust that they will get into their normal
.orm. They are ball players, depend upon
that, and it may be that the recent defeats
ire only the precursor of a long list of vic
tories. Baseball In General.
There is not space at command to say
much about baseball affairs in general, but
there is not much of importance to deal
nlth. The race for the League pennant
continues to be one of the most exciting on
record. From the very start six or seven
Ii-am have been almost neck and neck, and
.ilmost every day the positions have been
elianged. But during the week one thing
has been observable, viz., the improving
form of the New York team. My readers
ti ill remember what I had to say about the
Giants borne time ago, and I am now more
convinced than ever that, bar accident, they
will win the pennant "With the exception
of Cnicago the other teams are players more
or less irregular. "We have also noticed
iraong the general baseball features of the
eel: .he uceting of Association magnates
.t Cincinnati. There was, indeed, some
hing very amusing about that matter. Ac
cording to the published reports about it
-!te magnates onlv met to shake hands with
.ich other, and in imitation of Mrs.
Jlieawberof the repeated vows of 'Twill
leave you,"to Mr. Micawber they solemnly,
and I may say emphatically, declared they
would never leave Cincinnati Poor Cincin
nati! But thevsaidmore. They made it known
that they will continue to trample under
foot the national agreement and decline" to
recognize the National League except the
latter get out of Cincinnati. And still
more. It is stated that they devised plans
for the engagement of old and new players
for next year. Now isn't all this interest
ing? Who has been asking them to rejoin
or recognize the National League? Cer
tainly no friend of the N. L. But surely
there must have been something more to at
tract these men to Cincinnati than to merely
repeat what they had already said about
the national agreement and the National
League. Certainly there was; and snre
enough the great cause of their meeting .was
to discuss their very great difficulties.
Those Crooked Trotting Races.
The trotting season has hardly opened
yet, but what little of it' wo have had has
not been very satisfactory; indeed, it is
some time since the season opened in such a
questionable way. "What with the rumors
of crookedness at Homewood and the facts
of questionable 'work at Baltimore a very
great injury is being done a branch of sport
that has been growing in popularity to a
remarkable extent during recent years. I
did not see the Homewood races because I
had other fish to fry that week; but some
very shrewd people assure me that there
was "something rotten in the State of Den
mark" out there, and whether there was or
not I do not sav, but the judges of the Bal
timore races tell us that there was certainly
something very rotten there. There were
many of the persons who took part in the
Homewood races prominent at the Balti
more meeting. At any rate I am ' thor
oughly convinced that this new circuit, this
Southeastern affair, 'has been tainted
from top to bottom. Tricksters,
schemers and frauds of the rankest
kind are following it round, and the wonder
is that something has not been done ere
now to stop this system of public plunder
ing. Track authorities must be aware of it;
they must see, or if they don't they are not
at a'll the proper persons to take charge of a
race track. But the national authorities
should take hold of this matter, because if
such frauds are to go on trotting meet
ings will soon become a thing of the past
Of late years trotting and pacing have be
come extremely popular and profitable, be
cause of the honorable people who have be
come identified with the sport, and also be
cause of the honesty of the public transac
tions connected with it But here is all the
good work of years threatened by a few pub
lie pilferers. Surely a stop should be put to
the swindling. The American public will
stand a great deal, but 'it won't stand to be
swindled when it knows it
Oar Young Scullers.
I have noticed during the -week challenges
from young scullers, that is, scullers who
have never rowed in a public race. One of
the challenges emanated from a young man,
Albert Denmarsh, who desires to row any
youngster who has not rowed in a race. I
refer to the matter to point out that after
all there is some hope of a revival of boat
rowing; certainly one of the best branches of
sport that I know of. I have been informed
that there are several youngsters in and
about Pittsburg who give promise of being
great scullers and I am also told of another
voung man named Craig, who resides near
Monongahela City. What is worthy of note
in this matter is the fact that in every in
stance these young men to whom my atten
tion has been drawn are youngsters of die
most powerful build, lithe and athletic
That is the material we need to place us in
the front rank again. But we also need
considerable more honesty than we
have been accustomed to during the
last eight or ten years. It is quite safe
to say that no matter what kind
of race would take place among our present
class of prominent scullers the public Would
have very little confidence in it There
must be a new generation, of scullers in this
country before ever the sport can become
popular again. There is no denying this
tact, and it is entirely because of this that 1
wish to give every encouragement
possible to the development of the young
rowers. I see no reason why we, in Amer
ica, should continue to play second fiddle to
either Australia or any other country,in the
matter of sculling, particularly, we have
the bone and sinew here and also the intelli
gence. All that is needed is a careful de
velopment of our talent,and, most certainly,
we have plenty of good men to do the de
veloping part I trust that we will soon
see some of our young men contesting for
supremacy, and as soon as they begin to
tackle each other we may expect some good
coulters as a result
Slavin and Kt".
On Tuesday night Prank P. Slavin will
try and knock Jake Kilrain out in ten
rounds. I have made the statement that he
will "try" only on the strength of the pub
lic announcement regarding the conditions
of the contest "Whether or not he will
"try" is a matter of which I have no defi
nite knowledge, and this leaves a great
amount of uncertainty about the affair. I
think I cannot better explain this feature of
"trying" than telling of two cartoons I
once saw in a comio paper. No. 1 was a
horse in a stall. The horse was entered for
the Derby, and the picture represented a
tout quietly asking the horse if he could
win the race. "I can win it easy," said the
horse. No. 2 picture represented the same
horse, after the race, in the same stall, and
the same tout witn a iook ot utter
misery on his face. The horse hadn't
won the race, and the tout bad
"gone broke" on the result Said the
tout to the horse: "I thought you told me
you could win the Derby easily?" "Yes,"
replied the horse; "but you didn't ask" me
if I was going to try." That settled the
matter, and depend upon it nowadays al
most everything in every contest hinges on
whether or not the favorite is going to try.
I am inclined to think that if Slavin will
do the trying part he will soon settle Kil
rain. Both men. have been prominent pub
lic performers, and if public form has to go
for anvthing at all, I don't hesitate to say
that Kilrain has verv little show indeed of
standing ten rounds before Slavin and
public form is almost the only thing that
can guide us; but when the "not trying"
feature is introduced unknown to us why
we are all at sea.
An Old Timer's Opinion.
It is my intention of discussing the Sla-vin-Kilrain
event at length this week, be
cause, assuming that it is on the "square,"
it is a very important affair. I take pleas
ure in recording the opinions of a very old
friend of mine regarding Slavin. This
friend has just returned from a visit to the
Australian's training quarters, and I know
of no better judge of a pugilist than this
friend. The other day he said to ,me:
"Prank Slavin is one .of the best formed
men I have met in my life, and I have seen
every champion pugilist during these last
35 or 40 years.. He stands 6 feet 1 inches
in his stocking feet; measures 43 inches
round the chest on expansion, and has an
extra long reach. His hips are powerful
and yet gracefully formed, and his legs be
low the thigh are light He is a most
determined looking man, and just the kind
of a man that I would take to be a re
markable prize ring fighter. His hands are
perfect, and altogether he is a model. I
saw Mitchell and him at work at their
training quarters on Coney Island and
Slavin is below weight now; that is, he is
lighter dow than he will be when he meets
Kilrain He will be about 190 pounds
when he meets Kilrain and that is about
his best weight Mitchell, undoubtedly, is
a shrewd trainer, and after he and Slavin
have had their bag exercise they practice
methods of getting out of clinches, because
under Queensberry rules there are many
clinches. This practice is exceedingly in
teresting to see when two such experts as
Mitchell and Slavin are the principals. J
tell you they have it down fine. Slavin has
no cut-and-dried system of diet He eats and
drinks just as it suits his stomach, his palate
and his general conditipns. He is a won
derful runner and I saw him run two miles
just like a thoroughly trained pedestrian?
Will he defeat Kilrain? He can settle
Kilrain in less than ten rounds if he wants
to. But there may be arrangements made.
I know that Kilrain would not sign articles
at the first meeting of the parties and he
willingly signed them the next time, they
met The Slavin party all intend to return
to England about a week after the contest,
as'there is nothing here for Slavin,"
The Two Men Compared.
There Is certainly a deal of common sense
and lots of truth in the opinions stated in
the foregoing paragraph. People who have
been reading these reviews will know that
I have long Jieen of opinion that the latter
day system of glove fighting for extraor
dinary sized purses gives very extraor
dinary inducements for fraud, deception, or
anything you may term it To compare the
two principals in question on their
merits would, leave the impression
that Kilrain would surely be knocked
out Let ns take Kilrain at his best and
we'll find him contesting against men who
subsequently have had no chance at all
against Slavin. "We all know of the affair
between Jem Smith and Kilrain; how they
fought nearly an entire afternoon and then
made a draw. How soon did Slavin get the
better of "Smith? "Why, in very few min
utes. None of us will rank Kilrain above
Joe' McAuliffe; but for the sake of argu
ment I will admit that Kilrain is even bet
ter than McAuliffe. But we cannot com
pare Slavin and McAuliffe at all, simply be
cause the contrast is too great Kilrain has
"gone back" somewhat in late years, and
not long ago we found him having a very
hard time of it to defeat Godfrey, the col
ored man. "We might go on producing facts
showing how Slavin has ever been a
terrific fighter, while Kilrain at best has
been a very tame, though at times a rather
handy one. But let me state that before the
affair comes off that the styles of the two
men are extremely dissimilar. Kilrain has
been reared in what may be termed the
"boxing school" and flavin has been de
veloped in the fighting schooL As a result
Slavin fights from the start, as McAuliffe
found out; and in this respect Slavin re
sembles John L. Sullivan in the latters
palmy days. But Kilrain, as we saw in his
encounter with Godfrey, still depends on
his boxing and that old notion of waiting
for ah opening. "Well, these two styles, to
use a term, cannot mix, and with two men
like Slavin 'and Kilrain as principals my
preference most certainly will be for
the Australian. If we could find a
man who could hit as hard as
Sullivan could then by all means I would
plump for him were he in Kilrain's place
and adopted the, latter's style of fighting.
But we cannot, and if the coming contest is
in earnest Kilrain will be farced to hit
Slavin from the beginning and take heavy
doses in return, or else he may get the
heavy doses without giving anything at all.
But whether it may be the intention of
Slavin to try and knock Kilrain out or not,
I am content to believe that he will win.
Of course Kilrain stood up before Sullivan
for over three hours, and in a bare-fist bat
tle. But Sullivan was on the wane then,
and even at that had the contest been one
with gloveSj and under Queensberry rules,
Kilrain wouldn't have lasted ten rounds.
Corbet? s New Business.
And finally James J. Corbett has gone,
into the "show business." He evidently'
prefers that to another meeting with a
broken-down man like Jackson. I say
brokeh-down because I am informed by a
very reliable authority that the colored
champion is so much broken down that he
will never be first-class again. Certainly
there have been lots of opinions expressed
during the week about the late affair be
tween Corbett and Jackson, and the bulk of
opinions have, of course, been in favor of
Corbett Some very wise people have been
telling us how "Jim" would nave pulver
ized the colored man had he "been allowed to
go on; in fact, one person declares that Cor
bett was waiting to administer the "knock
out" blow. Now 'isn't this the veriest
nonsenss and claptrap1? The idea of a
man waiting four hours to administer
the crusher that would send his opponent
to oblivion. But take it the other way;
that is the best way for Corbett Is he a
fighter of the class that cannot settle an op
ponent no more powerful than himself with
out running a four-hour-go-as-you-please
race to do it? If he is, the show business
will be the better business for him. Mark,
I have never said that Corbett is not the
treat man his friends say he is, but I do say
e has it yet to prove. I can quite well
understand many of the extravagant things
said about Corbett, and many of the harsh
things said about Jackson. One is a white
man and the other is "colored. That makes
all the difference in the world. Merit, and
merit only, will ever be praised in this
column, no matter whetheifit comes
From Greenland's icy mountains,
From India's coral strand,
From Afrie's sunny fountains
Or throughout the mighty land.
Card's Ecported Records.
Once more Luther Cary has come promi
nently before the public as a record-breaker
in sprint running. Those of us who are in
clined to take an interest in athletic sports
will still remember Mr. Cary's claim of
running 100 yards in 9 seconds last year.
The great tribunal of the amateur athletes
ignored the claim, and, of course, nobody
alter that had license to say that Cary ran
100 yards in any such time. But now Mr.
Cary has two new claims, and I trust that
he will receive a better show from the
"powers that be" this time than he did on
the last occasion. His claims now are that
he ran laS week 220 yards in 21f seconds.
If this claim goes, then Mr. Cary has the
world's record. Hutchens seven years ago
ran the distance in 21 4-5, and two years
later-C G. "Wood, an English amateur, re
peated the peformance. But what I want
to point out now is for the moguls of ama
teurism to give Cary's claims a little more
consideration than they did last year. Of
course if his claim of running 100 yards
in 93 goes he will also have the 100-yard
record. But the general performance of
Mr. Carv as a sprinter proves that he is a
remarkable runner and also shows that
there is a part amount of prejudice prevail
ing against Cary in some quarters. If his
new claims are admitted some authorities
will have to make some curious explanations
of their disparaging statements regarding
Cary last year. while his 9J seconds
claim was an extraordinary one nobody
could claim that itwas impossible to run 100
yards in that time. But some New York
authorities condemned the claim as awfully
-t i Ttrll -. iriir. riA 1 f
denceto prove the truth of his two new
claims it cannot be said that his claim of
List year was absurd. There is very strong
evidence indeed in support of his 220yard
claim and it seems to me that the claim will
stand the test But surely everybody who
has been timing Cary for the last 12 months
cannot be "cooking the watch to suit him
and during the time named he has done
some wonderful things. Pbingib.
.Directions That IT Followed Will Make the
Average Boy Happy.
Country Gentleman.
Find some straight grained, light weight
wood cedar preferred andmake four sticks
about 14 inch thick
and W inpli -;!..
! 1 two of them V
inches long, onel7U
finches long and the
other 1Z inches
long,and place tnem
as shown in the cut.
Tack firmly where
they cross; cut small
notches at the- ends
of the sticks and put
string around. Then
cut out a piece of
thin paper an inch
larger than the kite and paste edges over
the string. Make a small hole at the ends
of all the sticks, except at the lower
cross stick, for attachment of
strings, which must be on the oj
posite side from the sticks. Put strings
loosely from A to F, from 3 to E, from C to
D. Make a loop from E to F for fastening
the tail, which must be made of a long,
slender piece of calico or muslin about one
inch wide and 15 feet long, with ten bobs.
Attach your string where the strings cross
with a loose knot If the kite dives, put
more tail on. The kite without the tail
ought to weigh two ounces. The string
ought to be a tine cord. ty tne Kite in a
moderate wind, not a gale.
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AStranger Arrives in Cinnabar and
Objects to 0. K. Provender
go He Persuaded" the Visitor to Eat the Food
or Take Cold Lead.
wiuim ob raas nisrATOH.j
"WONDE& what
ever for a reward,
now, is offered for
that gent in the
East," said Jack
Moore as the
stranger disap
peared to claim
the hospitality of
the O. K. Hotel
Cinnabar senti
ment was not usu
ally suspicious.
Comers to its gates
welcome, uncoupled with impertinent in
quiries. Names were not asked nor histories
"This yere askin' of a stranger's name is
onpolite as a play an' has its resks beside,"
said Armstrong, who was the Chesterfield
of Cinnabar and an authority on etiquette.
"It's as insultin' as gettin' cur'ous over the
brand on a man's hoss."
' "That's whatever, "assented Bill Tutt, '1
knows a party in Laredo who keeps pes
terin' 'round a askin of a stranger's name
an he gets that onpopular, the man wipes
him, over the head with his Six-shooter.
Yon bet, he was mighty displeased about it"
"Would Slake a Dog Growl.
No; Cinnabar thought was blue-eyed and
unsuspicious. Those who came were cheer
fully received and approved of or lynched
according .to their after unfoldment Jack
Moore, himself, was of a generous, health
ful turn and ordinarily would never have
held the thought which appears in his in
terrogatory touching possible Eastern re
wards. " The truth is, the stranger excited
suspicion. No one could tell how or why,
but there was that in his very atmosphere
which would make a dog growl- Old Monte
knew npthing about him. .
"He takes the stage in Tucson," said that
worthy person as he removed his nose from
a whisky glass for the purposes of fuller
converse. "An' no one knows nuthin' about
him. As he don't do nothin' a com-
don't advance no facts, you can see I shore
falls short of bein' fully informed of this
yere man, myEe'f "
"Well, I don't anyhow like him none,"
said Kosewood Jim, reflectively. "Of course
he ain't earned no word from me, either
way,' an' what I says needn't go to his loss;
but I shorely takes a notion agin him, jest
the same."
How"iAected.Texas Thomson.
This appeared to represent the Cinnabar
feeling. Still it is probablethat Cinnabar
would have thought and said no further,
were it not for subsequent happenings at
the O. K. Hotel. Cinnabar was at its ves
per drink, when the rapid reports of a pis
tol coming from the hotel aforesaid, aroused
that mild interest which Cinnabar had
grown to bestow on such phenomena.
"I wonder "whoever gets it now?" said
Bill Tutt as he replaced his drained glass
on the Gold Mine bar. Curiosity, how
ever, was soon made easy when word came
over from the O. K. Hotel that it was sim
ply Texas Thomson and that no one had
bled. .
"He's jest shootin' up the dinin' room,
some, on account of the stranger," said the
courier, who bore the news, "an' ain't
meanin' nuthin' whatever."
The trouble came thus: The O. K. Hotel
was in conduct of a wide and liberal man
agement and its spirit was amply shown in
its motto: "There's Nuthin Too Eich for
Cinnabar." But nevertheless its menu was
under the grinding control of circumstance,
Just following those jocund days which
marked the advent of the freighters from
Tucson, the O. K. table d'hote became a
feast of richness. After the freighters bad
departed in return and as days went by the
Tidiness Qwinoiea.
The Stranger Struck Bad Bays.
It was on the day which sorrowfully
marked the freighters as being absent some
three weeks, that the stranger signed the
dog-eared account book which served as a
register and claimed the attention of the
O. K. hotel as its guest; and the table had
pined to beans and coflee. Cinnabar could
be depended" on never to complain. It
realized the exigencies of trade conditions
and fully exonerated the O. K. hotel from
any attempt to put it to death bv starving.
Not so, the stranger. He knew nothing of
the freighters to Tucson and was a-hungered.
"I don't like beans, and I don't want any
coffee," said the stranger with a petulant
snap, as vue viuuus ucitnutu were piaceain
his reach by "Widow Briggs. "Youcanbrins
me a beefsteak and eggs, and a cup of tea
witn toast."
"Beans an' coffee," said the "Widow Briees.
regarding the stranger with a cold and stony
eye, "is the last two chickens on the roost,
an' you eats 'em or lets 'em alone, jest as
von-all please."
The widowthen made a majestic exit from
the room in dignified dismissal of the whole
matter. Thereupon the stranger railed.
TVhateveris the matter with vou all.
anyhow?" asked Texas Thomson, whose op
posite the petulant stranger had the honor
to be&nd who addressed that personage in a
wronged and injured tone. "What you all
a-tryin' to pull on trouble with them thar
injolesiorr injoies is mignty succulent
toon an your siomacn is a neap too lady
like when it gets to layin' back fls years
that away at iriioles." -
"But I don't like .beans," said the stran
ger. , A Mistake About Not liking Beans.
"Oh! you like 'em well enough," re
sponded Thomson confidently. "You
lest thinks you don't like 'em. "What
you all aims at in your proud an' spirited
way, is to sorter lay back scornful of the
grub yere, an' put it all over Cinnabar.
Xou jest seizes on these yere frijoles as a
mere excuse.
"Who are yoti?" asked the stranger in a
mixture of wrath and uneasiness.
"Who be I?" repeated Thomson in tones
of scoff. "Whobel? Partner, youhoomil-
iates me. I m the man who killed Bronco
1 McGee; that's who I be. An' say, stranger; J
Placed Bis Gun by Bis Plate.
I'll jest confide- in you, 'cause thar's some-
iiuug uuuui jruu mat arors me. " j
don't crawl outside them beans," and here
Mr. Thomson's tones grew low and confi
dential, "this yere pertie'ler minute we all
is exchangin' of our views in, I'll shorely
leave you on both sides of the street"
Here Mr. Thomson slowly drew his large,
impressive six-shooter and laying it beside
his plate Contemplated the horror-stricken
stranger with great interest
The latter at once but reluctantly pro
ceeded with his consumDtion of the distaste
ful vegetable. To his comfort and assist
ance the ardent Mr. Thompson also caused
to be purveyed an allowance of whisky,
"An' bring in a tin cud. too." said Mr.
This was received by the stranger and
quaffed in silence and sorrow; after which
Mr. Thompson fired his pistol a few times
through the thin board walls of the room in
a vague and desultory manner and came
away, leaving the stranger to meditate on
the exuberant character of his entertain
ment '
As an Evidence of Good Faith.
"Oh! I wasn't aimin' to hit him none,"
said Texas Thomson, as Armstrong rebuked
him gently when they met him a moment
later in the Gold Mine saloon. "I was jest
runnin' a little Mazer onto him, an sorter
bangs away with my gun as an evidence of
good faith. '
"uni tne blazer was all right," said Arm
strong, critically. "This yere stranger take's
to puttin' on dog, an' of course something's
got to be done lor the credit of Cinnabar.
But when it wins when you don't get called
on to make good, you shorely oughtcr stop
thar. This yere snootin' 'round the dinin'
room was frivolous, an' annoyin to other
men as sets thar ca'mly eatin' an' who ain't
in it It's disturbin' to 'em. "What do you
think yourse'f, Eosewood?"
"That's whatever," said Eosewood Jim,
as he riffled a deck and snapped it in the
deal box. "It's sorter takes them boarders'
minds offen their vittles that away, an' is
bad for the digestion."
"Whoever is this yere strange female?"
interrupted Bill Tutt, who stood looking
from the door.
It was growing dusk now, and a slight,
strange figure in skirts could be just seen as
it entered the office of the hotel across'the
"Some she-Mexican, over from Chllili,"
said Armstrong. Chilili was that portion
of Cinnabar in which the Mexicans most did
congregate, and Armstrong's ready explana
tion seemed the likely one.
Kosewood Felt Superstitions.
"Do you know," said Eosewood Jim, as
he sat at his faro table caressing a stack of
blues, "do you know I don't feel all right
about this yere bean eater of Thomson's? I
ain't sooperstitious, but I'd shorely Uke to
know whatever this short-horn comes
a-canterin' into camp for. anyhow."
'You jest takes a notion agin him," said
Tutt, "same as you says a while back; that's
"No, It ain't no notion, neither," per
sisted Bosewood Jim, still fumbling the
stack of blues. "It gist sorter weighs down
on me there's goin' to be some queer play
made 'round yere"
"Do you all know," said Jack Moore, who
had been lending his ear in silence, "that's
the way it hits me the minute I sees this
yere stranger. That's why I make the talk
about rewards. It strikes me. somehow, he's
bein' trailed for something."
"I don't know what you all feel's a com
in'," said Texas Thomson sourly, "but you
can gamble he eats them beans three times
a day while he stays. I sees to that all per
sonal" "I was playin poker in the Full Blown
Eose last night an' I sees jacks on eights out
three times, continued Bosewood, still as
sisting his musings with the soft clatter of
the chips as he sorted them between his ex
perienced thumb and forefinger. "That's
the hand the dead man held an' i3 alien a
Last Turn of the Cards.
The morning dawned on a ripple of ex
citement at the O. K. HoteL The stranger
lay white and dead. By his side,- with an
arm across his face, was the beautiful, life
abandoned body Of a woman. It was the
stranger in the "dusk of the night be'fore.
Her hair was jet, and her dark skin, in the
pallor of death, took the hue of cream. The
stranger had met death by the stiletto, and
the slender blade which wended him, thin
as paper: keen as biting frost, had then been
sheathed in the dark beauty's torrid heart
"This yere is murder," said Armstrong,
thoughtfully, as he gazed at the pair, "an
the first as Cinnabar sees. We has killin's.
yere before, but no murders, which is differ-"
ent a whole lot,"
"I shore hopes whar he now is the grub
beats beans a point," said Texas Thomson.
The Unknown Resources of the Queen Char
lotto Islands.
San Francisco Chronicle.
It is a great comfort to write something
that nobody is in a position to contradict
For this reason ijt is a distinct pleasure to
write about the Queen Charlotte Islands.
Their literature is as scanty as Eve's gar
ments; and the half-dozen authorities hardly
venture, as yet, into the delightful fields of
controversy, because they are conscientious
men, and gifted rather with wisdom than
with mere information.
Not many years ago the continent between
latitudes 48 and 54 was fringed with a
plain, of which Vancouver and Queen Char
lotte Islands are pageants. At about the
close of the tertiary age there was a vol
canic rupture of this plain along a.line run
ning about 100 miles from the coast range.
This rupture developed the island range,
which is about 6,000 feet high in Vancouver
and 4,000 feet in the Queen Charlotte
It is possible that this rise corresponded
with &. rather sudden and violent depression
of the coast range, which turned its lateral
canyons into the marvellous fjords of the
present time. The rooks of the secondary
age, broken asunder by the eruption of the
island range, happened to be lull of coal,
and to this slight circumstance we owe the
Nanaimo mines, from which California de
rives a large part of her fuel supply. But
the discovery of six-foot veins on Vancou
ver, and the development of a population of
7,000 people therefrom, by no means aroused
the apathy ef the sister islands to the north
ward. True, an anthracite discovery was made,
and a great deal of money spent in finding
out the fact that the seam was dislocated
and smashed to extermination by heat and
pressure of the great upheaval, but it was
not until two or three years ago that an
enterprising "prospector penetrated the
utterly unexplored interior and unearthed
two 20-foot 'seams of undisturbed bitumin
ous coal, add' within three miles therefrom
discovered a fine harbor distant four days'
travel from San Francisco.
SI OO. Until July 1, '91, 83 60.
12 elegant cabinets for $1 00; a full life-size
crayon for $3 60, at Aufrecht's Gallery, 616
Market street. Pittsburg. Come early and
bring the little ones. sursu.
Sy Sis Side Was a Woman' Body.
Sncci's Eecent Fast and Other jCases
as Well Authenticated.
How the Hindoo Fakirs Eetain the Vital
Spark Underground. '
w jurrju roa thb sisfjltcb.1
Justing is a fad nowadays. "We have
amateur and professional fasten challeng
ing each other to starve for the champion
hunger belt We have sleeping men and
women who eat nothing for abnormally
long periods. A Pennsylvania Dutch
woman, .Mrs. Adam Wuchter, of AHentown,
has eaten nothing, she declares, for four
months. A Frenchwoman, Zelie Burrion,
died last August after a 30-days' fast She
claimed to have fasted for nine years at a
stretch at one time. A Poughkeepsie den
tist lately fasted 43 days, not wholly, how
ever, as he drank a cup of milk or coffee
daily. He fasted to reduce his weight, los
ing a pound a day. There are numerous
well-authenticated cases where with drink
and a morsel of food persons have fasted for
On December 23, 1890, a case was re
ported at Martin's Ferry, O., of a certain
Mrs. Timothy Callahan, 79 years old, whb
lived, they say, on tea and milk for four
months. In 1889 our own Citizen Train
fasted 100 days. His fast was only partial,
as he drank chocolate and ate fruit freely.
Tanner's fast of 40 days, in 1880, was abso
lute ana undoubted. Aieriaiu, a proies
sional faster and rival of Succi, fasted BO
days. Sncci's longest fast was in New
York for 45 days. It concluded the 20th of
December, 1890. The "elixir" which he
desired to sell to the Government was not
thought of value sufficient to warrant its
purchase. His fast had no scientific value,
as it merely exhibited the endurance pos
sessed by one man.
The Prime of Xlfe the Best
Fasting, like every other violent infrac
tion of nature's rules, is a matter of in
dividual constitution, the life principle be
ing in some so strong as to enable them to
support almost unharmed that which will
speedily kill another. From 17 to 20 days
represents the mean duration of life of a
man who is starving. Children are capable
of less resistance to starvation than adults.
The aged bear moderate fasting better than
persons in the prime of life, but are less
able to endure total abstinence from food.
Of three individuals subjected to absolute
starvation a child, a man or woman" in the
prime of life and an old man in all proba
bility the child would die first, the old man
next, and lastly the vigorous man or woman.
There is always less suffering from hunger
when it is possible to drink, henca profes
sional fasters drink water.freely.
Experiments recently made in a French
hospital proved that 15 days are the utmost
limit thafrlife can be supported without eat-
in? or drinkincr. A vigorous man cannot
live longer than five days without either
drink or food. The suffenne is greater dur
ing the first 24 hours of fasting; after that
the pain diminishes. We all know that if
hunger is not satisfied it disappears after a
certain time. If we do not eat at our accus
tomed hour the appetite and craving soon
wear off and cease to torment us.
"What Frightened Faster Sued.
The greatest loss of weight occurs during
the first few days of fasting. Then a moder
ate drain sets in. During the last few
days of starvation a considerable
loss again takes place and this is
the forerunner of death. It was the knowl
edge of this physiological fact which made
Succi so anxious when toward the close of
his last fast he lost so much weight
Had he not "begun to pick up just at the
very last his fast would have -terminated in
Many scientists are of the opinion that
the mind has much to do with the ability to
sustain a prolonged period of hunger. They
declare that the insane can bear the contin
ued deprivation of food better than the
mentally sound, because they do not under
stand theirperil Succi has been twice con
fined in an insane asylum.
Professional fasters perform their experi
ments under exceptionally favorable condi
tions, as they have but to call for food -to
obtain it Tney have, therefore, no concern
about their fate. Very different is the situ
ation of shipwrecked people or miners"bur
ied in the earth. They Know that no help
can come to them until a relieving ship
comes from the far unknown or large
masses of earth and stone have been re
moved, and mental suffering adds to phys
ical, lessening the power of resistance to
hunger. In the last stage of starvation the
bones stick to the skin, the eyes sink deep
in their orbits, the breath becomes foetid,
the complexion earthy, the tongue black
and the skin is covered with a sooty scurf,
The sooty aspect of the skin is a common
symptom in great famines, such as occur in
India nd China.
What the Faster looses First
Anyone beginning to diet for the purpose
of reduction of fat will be pleased at the
ease with which the first ten pounds are got
rid of and puzzled at the difficulty and slow
ness of parting with the second ten. The
reason of this is that the first ten consist
of surfeit stuff washed out of the system,
bloat and refuse in the tissues which is not
the real fat. but inoreanized material. After
this is gone, the loss Decomes steady by the j
reduction oi tne genuine lat xne lasts oi
the present day are short compared to some
of those of ancient times, if indeed they be
authentic, which is difficult of belief,
Take the case of Catherine Binder, of
Heidelberg, who lived In 1587. It is seri
ously recorded that she neither ate nor
drank for seven yearsl This is followed by
the amusing statement that sue was treated
by a quack, and so lost the taste for cold
food. Another girl, in 156, lived on water
for four years. In 1604 Apollonia Schrierer,
of Berne, Switzerland, kept awake and with
out food or drink for two wfeks. A girl of
Spires lived three years on wine or water.
Another of Cologne, four years. But the
most marvelous of all was the woman de
scribed by Vandermonde in 1760, who took
nothing but a few drops of milk occasionally
for 26 years.
Feats of Hindoo Fakirs.
The utmost limit of endurance of abso
lute starvation has doubtless been attained
by the Hindoo yogis and fakirs who.by life
long training inasceticism,sometimes reduce
their animal economy to such conditions of
subservience to the will that they actually
seem to set at defiance the laws governing
all other animal life. A yogi ceases to take
food or drink, to breathe, and even stops
the circulation of his blood, yet continues
to live though to all seeming dead. He re
duces his body by his will to the condition
of a watch that, without being broken or
having run down, is forcibly stopped. It
has inherent all requisite jotentialities for
going, "but it does nofgo until it is started
y intelligent application of a force con
trolled by will. And this is no mere fan
tastic traveler's tale, but well-authenticated
fact, as is demonstrated in the following ex
cerpt from "Isis Unveiled:"
"According to Napier, Osborne, Major
Xrftwes, Quenouillett, Nikiforovitch and
many other modern witnesses fakirs are
now proved to be able, by a long course of
diet, preparation and repose, to bring their
bodies into a condition which enables them
to be buried six feet under ground for an in
definite period. Sir Claude Wade was pres
ent at the court of Bundjit Singh when the
fakir mentioned by the Hon. Captain
Osborne was buried alive for six weeks in 9
box placed in a cell three feet below the
floor of the room. To prevent the chance
of deception, a guard comprising two com
panies ot soldiers Had Deen detailed, ana
four sentries were furnished and relieved
every two hours, night and day, to guard
the building from intrusion. On
opening It," gays Sir !Claude, "we saw a fig
ure inclosed in a bag of white linen, fast
ened by a string over the head.
The servant then began pouring warm water
over the figure. The legs and arms
of the body were shriveled and stiff, the
face full, the head reclining on the shoulder
like that of a corpse. I then, called to the
medical gentleman who was attendingme to
come down and inspect the body, which he
did, but could discover no pulsation in the
heart, the temples or the arm. There was,
however, a heat about the region of the
brain which no other part of the body ex
hibited." The Process of Besusdtatlon.
Eegrettlng that the limits of my space
forbid the quotation of the details of this in
teresting story, I will only add that the
Erocess of resuscitation included bathing in
ot water, friction, the removal of wax and
cotton pledgets from the nostrils and ears,
the rubbing of the eyelids with ghee or clar
ified butter, and, what will appear most
curious to many, the application of a hot
wheaten cake, about an inch thick, "to the
top of the head." After the cake had been
applied for the third time, the body was
violently convulsed, the nostrils became in
flated, the respiration ensued, and the limbs
assumed a natural fullness; but the Pulsa
tion was still faintly perceptible. The
tongue was then anointed with ghee; the
eyeballs became dilated and recovered their
natural color, and the fakir recognized those
present and spoke."
It should be noticed that not only had the
nostrils and ears been plugged, but the
tongue had been thrust back so as to close
the gullet, thus effectually stopping the
orifices against the admission of atmos
pheric air. .While in India a fakir told us
that this was done not only to prevent the
ikuuu oi tne air upon tne uik""u si
but also to guard against the deposit of
germs of decay, which, in case of suspended
animation, would cause decomposition ex
actly as they do in any other meat exposed
to air.
Afraid of the "White Ants.
There are also localities in which a fakir
would -refuse to be buried, such as the many
spots in Southern India infested with white
ants, which annoying termites are consid
ered among the most dangerous enemies of
man'and his property. They are so vora
cious as to devour everything they find ex
cept perhaps metals. As to wood, there is
no kind through which they would not bur
row, and even bricks and mortar offer but
little impediment to their formidable armies.
They will patiently work through mortar,
destrtjying it particle by particle, and a
fakir, however holy himself and strong his
temporary coffin, would not risk finding his
body devoured when it was time for his re
suscitation. Then, here Is a case, only one of many,
substantiated by the testimony of two En
glish noblemen, one of them an army offi
ce and a Hindu Prince, who was as great
a skeptic as themselves. It places science
in this embarrassing dilemma: Itmust either
give the lie to many unimpeachable wit
nesses or admit that if one fakir can resusci
tate after six weeks, any other fakir can also;
and if a fakir, why not a Lazarus, a Shuna
mite or the daughter of Jairus?
Burled Alive for Ten Months.
Mrs. Catherine Crowe, in her "Night Side
of Nature." ri ves us the particulars of a
similar burial of a fakir, in the presence of
uenerai Ventura, togetner wita me
haraiah and manv of his Sirdars. The poli
tical egent at Loodhiana was "present when
I i, -araa .tiaintarrpd ten mnntlii nftsr he had
been buried." The coffin or box contained
the fakir, "being buried in a vault, the
eartn was tnrown over it ana troa aown,
after which a crop of barley was sown on
the spot and sentries placed to watch it"
"The Maharajah, however," says the an
thor, "was so skeptical that in spite of all
these precautions, he had him, twice in the
six months, dug up and examined, and each
time he was found to be exactly in the same
state as when they had shut him up."
At least a suggestion of the steps by
which that strange capacity is said to be at
tainable is afforded by the following para
graphs from the instructions given by an
Oriental oculist, (which is preceded by elab"
orate directions for strengthening by the
will and psychic force). As the desire for
food begins to cease let it be left off grad
ually no fasting is required. Take what
you feel you require. The food craved for
will be the most innocent and simple.
Fruit and milk will usually be .the best
Then, as till now, you have been simplify
ing the quality of yourfood gradually, very
gradually; as ybu feel capable of it, dimin
ish the quantity.
A I"act About the Guinea Worm.
You will ask: "Can a man exist without
food?" No; but before you mock, consider
the character of the process alluded to. It
is a notorious fact that many of the lowest
and simplest organisms have no excretions.
Ehe common guinea worm is a very good
instance. It nas rather a complicated or
ganism, but it has no ejaculatory duct All
it consumes the poorest essences of the
human body is applied to its growth and
propagation. Xiving as it does in human
tissue it passes no digested food away. The
human neophyte, at a certain stage of his
development, is in a somewhat analogous
condition, with this difference or differ
ences, that he does excrete, but it is through
the pores of his skin, and by those, too,
enter other etheriatised particles of matter
to contribute toward support (He is in a
state similar to the physical state of a fcetus
before birth into the world.)
Otherwise all the food and drink is suf
ficient to keep in equilibrium those gross
parts of his physical body, which still re
main to repair their cuticle waste through
the medium of the blood. Later on the
process of cell development in his frame
will undergo a change, a change for the
better, the opposite of that in disease for
theVorse he will become all living and
sensitive and will derive nourishment from
the other. CelulIjOGXS.
Baron Von Fischer Falls to Beat th Hun
garian Government
FMl&cfelphla Times.
A funny story Is told at ,the expense of
Dr. Wekerle. : Hungarian Minister of
Finance. His Excellency has a country
seat at Pills, near Buda Pesth, where he is
in the habit of spending his Sundays. His
only piece of luggage on. these occasions
consists of a small handbag, which never
contains 'anything else but the regulation
bottle, four handkerchiefs and a traveling
cap. Beturning on Monday to the capital,
the Minister met a friend, a gentleman
named Von Fischer, who was carrying a
bag exactly the counterpart of His Excel
lency's valise. Herr von Fischer smiled a
thoughtful smile as he noticed the similarity
of the bags and then he winked at the Min
ister. "Why, my dear Baron, what's up?" queried
the Minister.
The Baron leaned forward and whispered,
"Why, my bag is filled with smuggled
Turkish tobacco. You will be good enough
to shield me against the Custom House
spies, I hope."
The Minister looked serious. "I will do
nothing of the kind," he said, and when the
two gentlemen arrived at the Pesth depot,
the Minister beckoned to a Custom House
official and said: "My friend desires to pay
duty on a lot of Turkish tobacco he has in
his bag."
"His Excellency is joking," cried the
Baron, who meantime had changed bags
with the Minister. "See, I have no contra
band articles about me," and he opened the
bag in proof of what he said.. The Minister
looked perplexed for a moment, then he
resolutely-grabbed his friend's bag and said
to the official: "Well, assess me lor the to
bacco, but be quick about it I have no
time to lose."
The official quickly acted on the sugges
tion and the Minister paid 3 florins and 60
pfennigs into the treasury of his own de
partment Then he jumped, Into the car
rincre and drove off. shoutinz his thanks to
the Baron for his present of 20 pounds of
excellent to Dacca
Setkntt-itve cents buvs a nice-Princess
wrapper, all sizes, light cr dark shades, at
JLBosenbaum & Co's. . ynraa
Electricity Will Soon Be Carryin,
letters 150 Miles an Honr.
The Censm Eeporfa on the Cost of JHfferea
Street Railways.
possiBiLrnES m house heatdti
wmrrmi sob tux dispatch. 1 J
Much significance attaches to tL
triah of the protelecfno mode
freight transmission. This is ar
automatic system specially desig
carrying on and maintaining eomraunic:
tion between cities for the transmission c
mail and express matter at high rate t
speed, probably at abont 150 miles an hom
Prof. Dolbear's investigations show tha
-the system is thoroughly practicable an
reliable, both as regards speed and stead
work. The actual cost of the electri
power required to propel the carrier at thi
rate is not more than 5 cents per hors
power an hour, including cost of attenc
ance at stations. The mere cost of powe
for propelling a carrier from Bostcrrto Ne
York would, therefore, not exceed", cent
per trip. Excessive estimates of t&tcost c
a double-track line, making liberal allow
ance for all contingencies, do not excee
535,000 per mile, or ab6ut $7,000,000 for
line between Boston and New York,
The track consists of an upper and a lowe
rail fastened by countersunk screws t
stringers. The carrier is a hollow cylindri
cal projectile of wrought iron .with pointe
ends. It is, 10 feet in diameter and has a:
extreme length of 12 feet It weighs abou
600 pounds and contains, say, 10,000 letter!
weighing about 175 pounds. It is pro vide
with two flanged wheels above and two ud
derneath, all of which, being fitted with bal
bearings, revolve with very slight friction
The propelling power is derived from
aeries of hollow coils of wire of grea
strength, each of which encircles the tracl
and carrier. A contact wheel mounted oi
the carrier and running in contact with th
upper track rail (which is divided into sec
tions and utilized as an electric conductor
connects the several coils in succession witl
the source of electricity as the carrier move
forward on the track.
Passenger rapid transit at 150 to 200 mile
an hour is close upon us. Telegrapbin;
without wires has been alreapy practiced
and Nikola Tesla convinces us that for cer
tain descriptions of electric lighting wire
may ultimately be dispensed with alt
gether. Little les3 wonderful than the's
marvels, from another standpoinLis th'
gun, exhibited in New Yorkduringfljie pas
week, which fires with such astounding rapid
ity that by sufficiently elevating the miizzl
the 600 cartridges which constitute on
charge can all be discharged before the bul
let from the first of them has fallen to th
ground, and each cartridge is discharges
The Electrical Profession.
A graduate from a scientific school i'
likely to be Bomewhat disappointed. Twi
young men, under aboht the same condi
tions, recently entered two different centra
stations. One put on his old clothes anc
overalls, worked right in with theSnen, die
not "know it all," but was anxious to learn
and did learn so well that in about a yea:
he became the superintendent of the station
The other man "knew all about it'from thi
beginning, and finally drifted fronjjus owi
station to that of the first manjwhere he
had to accept a position inferior) both ir
rank and pay. Probably the best place foi
a man electrically inclined is in thelabora
tory of one of the great electric companies.
It is here that his talents find play in all
directions; inventing, designing, remodel
ing or experimenting. It he has' had i
scientific education and a backingof prac
tical experience, he is the man thp.t the
heads of laboratories want If he is a special
ist, so much the better. w-
Paper Insulation for Electric Cables. ,
One of the most recent innovations in the
manufacture of insulated wires and cable!
is the use of paper as the insulator. The
'paper is now made expressly for the pur
pose, and has to be stored like wood, to be
come duly seasoned. It is made in rolls oi
half a mile to five miles long, and weighs
from 20 to 90 pounds per ream. It f s cut up
into strips by circular shears, ,ind these
strips are mounted on mandrels made to fit
the covering machines, which, revolving at
various speeds from 60 up to 600 turns per
minute, lay the paper on in overlapping
spirals. As each spiral is laid onr)he cable
is passed through closely-fittingnlies and
the result is a very hard, denseeompact
and flexible covering. This inlnlitioa is
afterward subjected to treatment with a
compound, and then receives a covering of
lead. The cables are yielding remarkable
results, and thus paper has found another
Funeral by the FJectrlo light
The plea of imparting an element of cheer
fulness to a funeral is hardly in accordanca
with the orthodox practice of to-day, but in
Middlesex, England, the remains of a mem
ber of a county family were interred in tha
1 family vault in the quaint old church in
thegrounas oi xwyiora ADDey, wnue ma
vault was- brilliantly lighted with, incan
descent lamps. The effect is saiiio have
been striking in the extreme; evens screw
head and nau in the old oak coffinsnsome of
which are over 100 years old) could be
easily distinguished, and "the death chamber
seemed to look quite cheerful."
Electric, Cable and Horse BaQroadj.
The Census Department has Issued a re
port on passenger traction, which covers
statistics of 60 Hues, ten of which are oper
ated by cable, ten by electricity and 30 by
animal power. The cost per mile of road
and equipment for electricity, cable and
horse traction, respectively, was found to be
136,094, 5184,276 and 541,283, the total op
erating expenses per car mile being 13.21
cents, 1442 cents and 18.16 cents. It will
thus be seen that both the cable and elec
tricity were more economical than the horse.
The cable lines) however, were built at a
cost of over five times that or the electric
lines. -A
Electric lamp Holder,
A handy lamp holder has; "been devised,
whereby perfect comfort can be secured for
the eye, while a bright light is maintained.
The holder can'be placed in any desired po
sition, and by use of a "half sHajlfe" the
light can be concentrated on any subject, a
desk, a typewriter copy stand orj.piano,
and all strain on the eyesight is ay aided.
Thermo-Electrie Store.
Dr. Giraud's recent experiments in
France in the transformation of the ther
mic energy of combustion into electrical
energy, and the consequent generation of
heat, have resulted'in the construction of a
stove which may possibly, when modified
and perfected, come to revolutionize our
present model of heating dwelling houses.
One of Emperor "William's Ways.
The Kaiser has1 a pleasant way ofiaddress
ing all thcGerman Kinglets in tile second
person, even in the semi-official Communi
cations which pass over the wires. In a,s
five-line telegram which His Majesty sent
to the Grand Duke of Saxe-WeffiAer, after;
reviewing the latter's CuirassierTfegimentJI
in Cologne,the brotherly "thou"; ("on") 00-
curs no less than five times, int&taingled
with five big "I's." TCr
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