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VOL. VI NO. 52 ODDS AND ENDS, Which One Meets as He Passes Down the Stream of I/ife—Bits of Rare News Carefully Com piled Statistics—Scientific Ex periments and Commercial Openings for American Indus try—Mineral Output and Arts of Invention—All Gathered Prom the Most Reliable Sources. In 1894 the plague destroyed 80,000 of the 1,000,000 inhabitants of Canton. The number of Mormon mission aries in the field is said to be 1,700. The annual consumption of meat in England is seventy pounds . per head, 16 per cent of which is imported. The cemeteries around London cover 2,000 acres and the land they occupy represents a capital of £k,0,000,000. Muffs were first used by doctors to keep their fingers soft, and were adopted by ladies about 1550. Senator Jones of Nevada is a strong believer in a diet which limits his breakfast to one cup of black coffee and one cinnamon bun. London is twelve miles broad one way and seventeen the other, and every year sees about twenty miles of new streets added to it. Governor Roosevelt of New York detests jewelry of all kinds, and never wears any except a plain gold seal ring on which are en graved his family arms. The South African war has deprived many English hospitals of the services of male doctors, and the women medicos are now reap ing their reward. "Gnat fever" is the new scien tific name for malaria, since it has been shown that it is through mosquitoes that the disease is con veyed to human beings. The South Carolina Dispensary j directors have reconsidered their vote to abolish the beer dispen saries, but will limit them to two each for Columbia and Charleston, and one each for eleven other towns. The Rev. T. H. James, who has been preaching in Oakley, Kan., on a $500 salary, recently inherit ed a fortune from England, and intends to use $500,000 of it to endow a college and hospital in Oklahoma. Statistics have bi?en published to show that brain workers are long-lived. Five hundred and thirty eminent men and women of the present century were taken, and their duration of life gives an rverage of 68 years and 8 months. William Rockefeller's new and rare orchid, which is valued at $1,000, is a cross between a lindel yanum and a candatum. There are only seven plants of this variety in existence. It took Mr. Rockefeller's gardener five years to get the orchid to flower properly. Corks that have been steeped in vaseline are said to be an excellent substitute for glass stoppers with out their disadvantages. They are not affected by acids or chemical fumes, and they do not become fixed by a blow or by long disuse. The hard working laborers and coolies seen everywhere in Japan wear only a narrow loin scarf and straw sandals. In cold and rainy weather they wear a mackintosh of loose straw over their shoulders and a mammoth rude hat. By the last census there were 20,612,806 communicants in all the churches of the United States. Of these, 6,257,871 were Catholics, 4,589,284 Methodists, 3,712,468 Baptists, 1,278,332 Presbyterians, 1,231,072 Lutherans, and 540,509 Episcopalians. The death of John Earhart at Bartlesville recalls the fact that a few years ago, and when at the age of 77, he walked all the way from Kansas to Oregon and back again. The distance was 4,000 miles, but the old man made it in one season without riding a mile. There were 2,431 train accidents in the United States in 1899, against 2,228 in 1898. The killed numbered 689 and the injured 2,061. This exceeds the total killed and wounded in the Philip pines during the eighteen months ended Dec. 31, 1899—the excess in killed being 24 per cent, and in wounded 11 per cent. It is understood that Andrew Carnegie contemplates creating an annual prize to be awarded by the Society of American Artists for the best oil painting by a resident American artist. There is to be no limitation as to sex, age, or subject, except that portraits will be excluded. The amount of the prize will probably be $500. Bishop Potter recently witnessed a theatrical performance in New York, and, according to his own statemeut, it was the first time he had attended a New York theater. He explained that he had no objection to theatre-going, and had merely refrained from it himself because he thought that it was wiser on his part. He baa at various times in his life had various actors as intimate friends. The board of works for "the district of St. Giles, London, in stead of using sand and fine gravel to sprinkle asphalt pavements when they are wet and slippery for horses, all of which are smooth shod in London, as in Paris, scatters small seashells, which are kept in bins here and there along the curbstones. These seem to be an excellent substitute for gravel. Robert Merrill, known as "Steeple Bob," climbed the steeple of old Trinity to repair it. It was the first time in sixteen years that the steeple had been scaled. The fearless man used ropes and a bosun's chair for the first 200 feet of the ascent. Thence he ascend ed by means of the projections that stud the steeple. The steeple rises to a height of 300 feet, it is 280 feet to the base of the cross.— New York Letter. The bureau of labor statistics of Indiana in its latest bulletin gives returns of the total membership of labor organizations in that state, in addition to other valuable infor mation concerning the wage workers. Reports show 24,424 as belonging to unions, an increase for the year of 2,688. The average earnings from 408 unions show $577.72 per year, or $1.86 per day. The annual receipts from members were .$155,274, with disbursements of $126,224. Sick benefits absorb ed $13,283, and $86,506 was paid for death claims. The report shows a tendency on the part of labor bodies to shorten the hours, as well as a general increase in the average rate of pay. A study of the iron industry is interesting, as showing the country's development. More than 700 institutions are engaged in producing the ore, employing 40,000 persons. Over 18,000,000 tons are raised yearly, valued at $33,000,000 when it reaches the furnace door. Last year more than $13,000,000 tons of iron and steel were produced in the United States, and since production is the best test of activity, the,ironworker points to this as an object lesson of prosperous conditions. Twenty years ago the country's total was 4,000,000 tons. With the same favorable conditions prevailing, it is exDected the present year will record "a production of 16,000,000 tons. A Western Congressman re cently received the following note from one of his rural constituents to whom he had sent a consign ment of garden seed: "Kind sir and esteemed friend, I have the seeds. They came this morning and suit very well, specially the cabbage seed which grows well in this soil, please send me 2 loads of fertiliser and a new harrer and if you could send me a man for a couple of days I would be obliged. With this help I know the garden stuff will-turn out al rite and I will send some to you and the Presi dent. Your grateful well wisher and Supporter."—New York Tribune. It is high time that American coal owners took advantage of the' SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, MAY2S , 1900. famine prices in this country. American coal is finding a good market in Germany, but the Eng lish prices are still higher. There is a good profit on American coal in London, for instance at i the prevailing domestic rate of thirty shillings for a ton of 2,250 pounds. It is affirmed that prices are going higher instead of there being the usual summer decline and the effect is already manifest in mani fold ways. The railways have made a decided advance in excur sion fares and even laundry prices have been raised. It is announced that there will be a further advance of five shillings in the price of locomotive coal as soon as existing contracts expire. This rise will mean an increase of $2,000,000 in the annual coal bill of the North western railway alone. Prices for nearly everything are higher in London than a year ago. The war is the vague explanation, but in most cases has nothing to do with the matter. \sifc= <a^ttß -a- -a- -a--^.w |l,ocal and Personal. | *~*?~~T" T?—7—^-^- ■" -5-•- t- r--«Ji- Mr. J. C. Payne, of California, is filling a two week's engagement at the Fredericksburg. His vocal abilities are highly spoken of. —Portland Age. Mr. John F. Crag well left for Nome on the Ohio. He expects to return to Seattle in about a month's time. Mr. Cragwell re cently returned from San Francis co where he met a good many old Seattle people. "I saw A. A. Garner while there and I am glad to say he-is doing exceedingly well. I also saw Mrs. Braxton, who is looking very well as are Mr. and Mrs. Powell, I was delighted with San Francisco," said he last Monday just prior to sailing for Nome. Mr. William Bideout " was among the last Sunday passengers who sailed for Nome. It is esti mated that over 1200 persons left Seattle last Sunday for the North and equally as many more will leave before the first of June. Mr. James Green, the well known depot barber, has sailed for the frozen North, and wants it distinctly understood that he is going North to dig gold and not scrape faces. He leased his shop to Mr.. Henderson that he would have" something to fall back on should he not hit it rich while in the North. Mrs. William Grose has rented out her home and will take rooms down town during the absence of her son George at Nome. Per haps, if Mr. Grose finds things prosperous at Nome, she will go North before the winter shuts in. Mr. R. L. Dixon and children, who have been a part of the Grose household for so long, will live with his brother. Sickness at this office caused the delay of the paper this week. \! Mrs. Con A. Hideout has re turned from South Africa. Her health was quite poor while there, so much so that, she thought it meant her death to remain longer. Mr. Eideout is still in the interior on business . and Miss Pearl is teaching near Cape Town. Mrs. Rideout may try her hand at Cape Nome. Mrs. F. F. Keeble and daughter, Miss Ethel Butler, were among the last * Sunday visitors to the Queen City. She returned -the same evening. Company B, Twenty-fifth in fantry, U. S. A., which has been for the past few months stationed at Vancouver, ash., left last Wednesday evening .for Fort Wright, : Wash. Their stay there gave the citizens of Vancouver an opportunity to see more Afro- Americans than many of them had ever seen, and whilst on the whole, they were well received, we have heard of one or two instances where low-bred people took an opportunity to exhibit the pre judice existing in their groveling nature. During their stay there they have made many friends and we hear there are some disconso late sweethearts left behind for the present—Portland Age. • '■'.-'•- , ■ ■ • ■ SENATOR^ FRINK Is Discussed Iv Connection With the Gubernatorial Nomina tion—Pronounced a Most Ex cellent Man and One That Will Make Votes for his Party— His Opponents in King County Will Stand No Show of Carry ing the County Against His Aspirations—He Is the Right Man. The announcement that Hon. J. M. Frink would aspire to the gubernatorial nomination has caused much state comment among the country newspapers. Below will be found a few extracts from some of the leading papers of the state anent the Frink boom. White River in Line. The Seattle Republican an nounces that Hon. J. M. Frink is a candidate for governor, subject of course, to the ratification of the regular Republican state conven tion. If Mr. Frink should be nomi nated he will make an excellent governor. No man in the state ranks higher for personal char acter or for business sagacity. He has had a varied career al though very much in line with that of a majority of Americans who have attained distinction. He was born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, 1845, and after living in Madison county, New York, where he attended school, he went with his father to Brown county, Kansas, where he spent twelve years. He worked on a farm in summer and taught school in winter. He attended "Wash burn College aud was at one time a mtraber of the school board of Topeka. He came to Seattle in 1879, teaching school for two years and the same length of time at Port Gamble. In 1881 he went into the iron works of Tenny & Frink and has been manager ever since, although since 1884 it has been the Washington Iron Works. He has built up a wonderfully successful business and is as highly esteemed by every man who had ever worked for him as by every man who has had any kind of dealing with him. He was a member of the school board for five years and a member of the city council for two years, but is best known throughout the state as Senator Frink who served in the second senate. —White River Journal. Is it Really True? It is announced in Seattle with a confidence that is almost convinc ing that Hon. J. M. Frink has consented to allow his name to go before the Republican state con vention as a candidate for governor. Considering the fact that Mr. Frink has always been and is now a very active business man, one who is in love with his business, it is hard to believe that he would even after years of a successful career quit the pursuits which have been dear to his heart to take up the affairs of state. But if it is true, the Republican party of Washington is to be con gratulated, for Mr. Frink is a clean man; he is an able man; his busi ness achievements and his services in the state legislature amply prove that. More, he will have a strong following of laboring men; men who recognize him as a just employer—one who during the hard times gave to his men far more wages and work than his business justified. It is by the selection of such men that a party makes itself invincible. By the elevation of such a man the party gains friends and adherents from the ranks of those whose eyes and ears are closed to the clap-trap of self seeking politicians. The News does not pretend to predict how the free and enlightened citizens of Ballard will vote for governor, but it ventures the guess that the man who will obtain their sup port over J. M. Frink's head will have to be a mighty good man.— Ballard News. Northwest Says Amen. Republicans throughout the state have looked on with surprise while King county has been virtually erased from the politi -al map of Washington, and the people of the great Northwestern section of the state have felt almost bereft of official represen tation since Seattle is the only political and commercial center with which they are in touch. For this reason King county's plans for the coming campaign are of general interest, and we believe the suggestions made by Hon. Edward P. Tremper in a recent communication to the Post Intelli gencer will be well taken He believes that, in deference to an unwritten law giving our congress man at least two terms, Messrs. Cushman and Jones should be re-nominated, and that King county should ask for the office of governor. Some consideration is certainly due our present congress men for the splendid canvass they made in 1898 and for their faithful services at the national capitol, and if King county tries to nomi nate a candidate for representative she is sure to have the usual fight on her hands. To present a can didate for the gubernatorial nomi nation would certainly be more diplomatic, and if a good man is put forward there would be no just reason for opposing his nomi nation. King county has such a candidate in the person of Hon. J. M. Frink, who for eight years has represented his county in the state senate. To put forward a tried public servant with a record such as senator Frink'w, would strengthen King county's claims m the convention, as no other section could produce a! more acceptable candidate.—Arlington Times. Must Fight It Out. If the King county Republican club is authorized to speak for the Republi/an party of King county, notice is officially served upon the Republicans of the rest of the state that congressional ambitions have been put aside and that King county at the state convention wili ask only for the privilege of naming the candidate for governor. The congressional ' ambitions were not obandoned without some heart burnings, but the handwrit ing on the wall was not to be mistaken, and it was decided to be impolitic to try to stem the tide that has already set in favor for the renomination of Representa tive Cushman and Jones. If King county is modest enough to only ask for governor, there will be a strong disposition to grant her request, provided Hon. J. 08. Scobey and the famous and feared Southwestern combina tion has not already foreclosed a mortgage of earlier record. The difficulty with King county will be to decide upon the candi date to be presented. Speaker Guie, J. M. Frink and Mayor Humes, all of Seattle, have already formally announced their candi dacy. Mr. Guie is not a quitter except in a senatorial caucus, and Mayor Humes has held office for so many years it will be difficult to convince him that he is not pre ordained to perpetually pass from one soft snap to another. If there is any hope of \ inning out, King county must decide between the three before she cotnes into the convention, and must present a united front. There is no disposition in other parts of the state to insert already blistered fingers into the Seattle fire. A report of the proceedings of the club meeting at which the decision to try for governor was reached, would indicate that the prime favorite of the club, which numbers 685 numbers, is Hon. J. M. Frink. Every mention of his name was cheered, although it was distinctly understood that under its constitution and by-laws the club could indorse no candidate for office at this time. It is up to King county now to make a choice between her three candidates. The rest of the state will look on in a wholly disinte rested manner, for it really makes little difference whether there is a final uniting or not. It is by no means absolutely essential either to success or party harmony that King county should at this time have the governorship or any other office.—Tacoma News. The Dramatic concert at the A. M. E. church last Tuesday evening was a very pleasant affair and the parts were well rendered! Quite a number of persons were present. PRICE RYE CENTS PROGRE^IVE RACE, Pronounces Register Lyons of the American Negro—Many Mil lions Engaged in Gainful Per suits While but a Few Thou sand are to be Pound in; the Various Professions - More Than Half of Them Can now Read and Write— are largely Cotton Planters at Which They are a Great Success. (Evening Star, May 10.) n In the course of his address yes terday Mr. Judson Lyon, register of the treasury, said 3,039,170 of the colored people are engaged in gain ful pursuits, and only 33,994 are in the professions. The professional class includes 12,159 clergymen and 15,008 teachers, leaving just a little over 6,000 following other callings listed as professions. In the matter of education he showed that the colored people had made marvelous progress to which there is no parallel in the annals of time. He asserted that when Governor Merriam foots up his returns this year it will be dis covered that 58 per cent of the colored people can read and write, : whereas thirty years ago not three per cent could do so. He said that colored men seek educa tion on all lines because it is the American custom, and not to do it would argue one not a good Amer ican. He well knew, he said, that the lot of nine-tenths of the people would be labor that produces sweat of the brow. He said if more colored men are convicted of crime in proportion than others it must be remembered that, being of the proscribed race, it is just possible—indeed prob able —that the same equal and exact justice may not be deliber ately measured out to them as to others. It is unfortunate for the colored man •in the North, he argued, that he can not readily and easily connect himself with the lobor organizations. This being : true, perhaps, in proportion, more of them are out of employment than would otherwise be, and as there are laws against vagrancy they may be convicted for not working when they can't get work, and so for this offense the statis tics of crime would be swelled against them. One of the chief difficulties in the South, he said, is due to the uncertainty of tho law in some places. Wherever you find a county with an established repu tation for law and order and the strict enforcement ,of contracts. you will find that the colored people remain on; the farms, old and young, and the landlord finds his possessions appreciating year ly and the income therefrom in creasing under a tenantry that dot's not change every . Christmas, but is stationary, prosperous and con tented. "The prosperity of last year," said Mr. Lyon, "has been a great thing in many ways. Its bless ings have not all fallen; into the coffers of the much-abused trusts and giant corporations. The sun of plenty and comfort has shown in many a heretofore dark ened by the gloom of mortgages and a lack of sufficient returns from arduous toil to make life happy. ;; ; ■•"•;■ _•"'; ■'■;■;■■• "A reference to the production of the staple in which our people exercise almost a monopoly will not be uninteresting in this con nection. It is popularly supposed that the colored people plant, cul tivate and harvest 85 per cent of the cotton crop. Supposing, therefore, the crop for last year to have been 10,000,000 bales, their share would be 8,500,000 bales, and then at 500 pounds per bale, we would have 4,250,000,000 pounds, and this sold at an average of 8 cents we would have the colossal sum of $340,000,000. This same cotton at an average of 5- cents per pound a year or so ago sold for $212,500,000, thus making a difference in favor of the farmer of $127,500,000. Segregating this amount among the 10,000,000 of colored citizens, we have $12.75 for every man, woman and child over and above their realizations for the last previous few years."