?AT?RDAY.APRIL 30, 1904
A NARROW ESCAPE.
?Kiss Kara Smart Meets with a Serious
Accident at Hands of Drunk?
(We are permitted to quote the fol?
lowing extracts from a personal letter
to Miss Smart's mother.?Editors of
*Jje Union Signal.)
Tokyo, Japan.?The other evening,
%s I was coming home, after a day's
?absence traveling over the same
?road I have traveled hundreds of
limes, my jinrikisha man turned ab?
ruptly and darted off (he road into the
*ig canal along which the road runs.
It was done so quickly I had no time
to jump to save myself nor to stop the
Almost the first thing I knew I saw
?jliim dropping into that awful black
?hole, then saw one wheel go over (we
went sideways fortunately) the stone
?Wall lining side (if canal, and then I
Was hurled Into a gulf of pitch darkness
and knew nothing more until I struck
the water some fifteen feet distant.
Down, down 1 went, for it was high
tide forunatoly (or I'd have had a
^broken head or neck most likely), and
as the cold water rushed in mouth,
?ars, nose, there came to mo like a
flash father's instruction-? of many
years ago: 'Keep your mouth "shut,
bold your breath, keep your arms
down, and you'll come to the top and
float until some one can rescue you,"
and I immediately proceeded to fol
*ow instructions to the letter. Result:
?I went down to the hottoni. then, still
Jiolding my breath, turned over and
came up to the top, right side up with
I WAS ?? I.,\st HAULED OUT MORI
DBAD THAN AI.1VK. I
eare, and I floated. Looked about for
'the Jinrikisha man and saw none, but
while 1 was wondering what I could
?lo ne\t, how I could get out of that
awful place when I didn't know any
Japanese word for "help" and I
couldn't swim nor climb up a perpen- \
dieular stone wall ten feet or more high
in case I could get to it?directly I
?aw his head and shoulders come above J
Water near the edge. I called to him !
and he turned as if shot (suppose he
thought I was done for), paddled out #
"\? me. and grasping the bottom of
any skirt, towed me in Until 1 got near
enough to catch his shoulders, which I
grasped, and righted myself, standing
by his side, while he held on to me and
I to him, the water to our armpits as J
I remember. I
Then we both yelled, "Help! help!" j
In our own language, and soon we (
beard voices and then three Japs'
heads peeked over the canal wall and
peered down onto us. Hy dint of the
man with mo boosting, my scrambling
and those three men pulling on one
wrist which they could Just reach with
the combined efforts of us all to get j
together, I was at last hauled out more
dead than alive, and lift???! to my feet
only to tumble down again, for my
strength VtBt from ine then. a> Sam
son's must have done when he lost
his hair. I
After finding out about my baggage,
two of those men look me, one on each
side, anil started me for the house, I
five blocks away. 1 went a few rods
and then discovered my knee (left) ?
was hurt, and a deathly faintness
seized me. I started to fall, but the
men held me firmly between thein, j
saying most kindly: "Mo scotia. mo]
Bcotia" (meaning a little more?a lit
1le more). I baggM them in Japanese
to put me in another purunia and hur?
ry me home, but tney only said:
?"Scota matte, scotta matte!" (a little
wait, a little wait) and dragged me
along half falling, stumbling, plung?
ing, half fainting. They got me home,
looking like a drowned rat. and I had
jnst strength enough left to arouse the
household and toppled onto a chair
iu the hall, but I didn't faint. Oh. no!
I knew I mustn't; if I did. then the
wrrsf would be to pay. so I held onto
a?) ?Ml power and exerted it as best
1 coulu, 'v hfi?-~ four women and two
strong men undi. tati carried me
up to my room and put me to b"d;
then I hail a nervous chill that aaj
almost equal to an earthquake, and in
the midst of it the doctor came anil
told me?"not to be so nervous." fj
rtered whisky post haste! I refu
him there were )
ter remedies. He said No! I said. Yes"!
and stuck to it, and he got something
else, though I had little need of it when
it leached me, for my will had brought
This was five days ago. and I'm still
confined to room and couch, though
am getting so I can move about a lit
I got off with a sprained knee, a
wrenched back, numerous bruises and
a shocked nervous system, which was
not bad, considering.
s How did it happen? Oh, the man
Was full of sake, of course! I guess
I'll never get over the fun it has caused
among my friends, some of whom call
me "a good sailor," "a temperane?
The largest newspaper of Japan re
ported it, giving all details, and the
Japanese temperance leaders (whil?
deeply chagrined that one of their peo
pie should have laid me out), are very
happy over the outcome. They say:
"It's the best thing you've done yet!"
That whereas I have heretofore reach?
ed thousands, now I have reached
millions, for that paper goes all ovei
I the Empire, and there's a first clase
temperance lecture in It as Well aa
plenty of good advertising.
I The police swooped down on that
poor "kurumaya" (jinrikisha man) at
once and would have made It interest
ing for him (for It's pretty serious
business to hurt a "foreigner"), but
in the midst of my suffering I begged
the head of the police, who had come
to see me, not to punish or do anything
with the man. and while he made no
promises to me then and waited two
days to see how seriously I was hurt,
he eventually let h'm go and gave him
back his license. Such gratitude as
the poor fellow and all his assiciates
exhibited! His jioor wife came to see
me yesterday and brought me a lot of
nice oranges. She was completely
upset over it. The head man from the
jinrikisha stand has been to call several
times, and I've been almost over?
whelmed with calls and attention from
friends and from those also whom I
never before met, both foreigners and
Japanese. My accident has evidently
waked people up somewhat. Books
magazines, flowers and fruit, besides
many notes of sympathy, have been
bestowed upon me, and still they,
This is the third narrow escape I
have had in three months, though the
other two were not such close shaves.
and I'm as careful as I can be and do
nof needlessly run into danger, but
you know this is not yet a civilized i
country, and even if it were?well, !
they have a few accidents in civilized
countries, too. I notice.
Mr. Nemoto. vice-president of the
National Temperance League, informed
me that the temperance societies nev
er could have afforded to pay for the
amount of space devoted by the news?
papers to our cause just now, and he's
happy over it.
The doctor says I must keep quiet
for a few weeks, and I shall be all
right The hardest thing to replace
will. ? fear, be my clothing, for 1
went in all over?hat. coat and all,
and they are somewhat the worse for
such close contact with water and mud.
Oh. well, it will all come out some way
in course of time.
Ex-Gov. John D. Long has been elect?
ed to the presidency of the Massachu?
setts Total Abstinente society
Stand with anybody that stands right.
Stand with him while he is right, and
part with him when he goes wrong.?
Enact into every day living the ethics
of Christ's Qoapat; nothing else can
bring the glad day of universal brother?
hood.? Frances E. Willard.
The average per capita consumption
of liquor in the I'nlted States last year
was 19.4K gallons. Such is the state?
ment of the American Prohibition Year
Book for 1904. edited by Mr. Alonzo E.
Wilson, the state chairman for Illinois,
and ju>t issiteli from the headquarters in
Chicago. Among other startling facts
which every temperance man should
A young man who drinks even moder?
ately thereby surrenders his place in
the commercial world. Should the
fathers and mothers of marriageable
daughters be less concerned about the
habits of possible sons-in-law than are
bankers, railway managers, merchants
and manufacturers about the conduct of
their hired men??National Advocate.
Anti-Saloon league workers of Iowa
have commenced the issuance of posters
bearing the pictures of the Bible and a
barrel of whisky, asking the voters
which they will choose for government.
The li(|iior Healers have accepted the
challenge to battle and say: "We will
see which will go the furthest in the fight
?a barrel of whisky or a bushel of Bi?
Temperance Agitation in Russia.
We are in receipt of several journals
published in different parts of Russia
devoted to the presentation of the dan?
gers from the use of alcohol as a b? \ I r
age. Those journals are editen with preat
spirit and present the subject with strong
emphatic language eorni? mning thegov- I
eminent plan of the sale of the spirits j
and urging indi', ?duals to give up all use
of spirits as dangerous in the last de?
gree Compared with the M or" more ?
journals in this eountry in which all
forms of temperance work are urged it
Is evident that the Russian and Scandi?
navian countries are more deeply Inter?
ested and are taking up the subject from
a broader point of view, dealing with
facts more than- theories.?Journal of
? - ?
A King's Opinion.
The king of Sweden never loses an op?
portunity of saying a word for temper?
ance. An English company isatpresent
engaged working a gold mine in Norway,
and the king recently had an Interview
with the heads of the concern, who pre?
sented him with some gold jewelry, the
produce of the alna The king, on be?
ing informed that a large number of
the miners were Good Templars, said:
"I am very glad to hear it. because
tHe> are just the sort of men to ?ive
-?. ? ,?c. Inches.
ifl fe? t -ises two
1 ?fi 'py to
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AN INCIDENT OF THE CIVIL WAR
Bountiful Repast Served to Ravenous
"When Sherman's army was advanc?
ing on Raleigh, N. C, in 1865. I was
put in charge of a forage detail of a
? sergeant, corporal and 13 men, taken
, from the three regiments composing
I the brigade, with instructions to bring
forage and turn it over to the brigade
quartermaster for distribution," writes
I a veteran in the Philadelphia Press.
"The division, Gen. Corse's, of the Fif?
teenth corps, was on the extreme right
[ of the army, and our detail started off
through the woods at right angles to
( the line of march. A light rain was
falling, but by the time we reached a
? turnpike leading In the direction paral
I lei to the line of march of the army
I the rain ceased. The freshly made
footsteps of a man were plainly visible
on tbe road, going in the same direc
I tion with ourselves, toward Raleigh,
. and as we tramped along we indulged
. in much comment as to who had made
WHAT A DISIdUHTKUL SURPRISE!
them and what he was doing out by
himself so near the flank of a great
"It was in the forenoon that we
started out. and as it had been a long,
long time since we had eaten a meal in
a house, with civilized surround ?tigs.
we determined to stop at the first big
house we came to and get dinner.
Finally we reached a plantation that
appeared to meet our requirements,
and we halted. I inquired of the wom?
an of the house if she could supply us
with dinner, and she at once replied:
'Come right in and sit down on the
pondi. Dinner will be ready In a few
moments.' It was surprising to find
so hospitable and prompt a hostess,
and we were also suprised to see so
many good-looking, well-dresse?! girls
around as were present. In a very
short time we were invited into a long
room, where a table glittering with sil?
ver and glass, was spread with a boun?
teous feast, and ranged about it were
those good-looking girls ready to wait
"As we sat down we noticed that
there were two empty chairs, and the
matron asked where the other two
men were. I tole ber taat OT
of 1? were all present, and she said
that about two hours before a Yankee
soldier had stopped at the house and
stated that about noon a party of 18
Yankee soldiers would stop at the
bouse for dinner; that thereupon she
had at once set the negroes to work
catching and dressing chickens, bak?
ing bread, making pies and preparing
vegetables, and had also sent word to
the neighboring plantations for the
girls to come and help wait on the
Yankees. The result we saw before us.
"What a delightful surprise it was!
A splendid dinner, with the sauce of
ravenous appetites, a smiling hostess,
and a bevy of charming girls for wait?
ers. Why, it was like being with home
folks once more and sitting down to
one of mother's dinners. But there
was one thing which marred the com?
plete success of the affair. Our hostess
in my opinion never ceased to consid?
er herself defrauded; she was bent
upon feeding IS hungry men, and there
were but. 16 of us.
"And the boys behaved beautifully
They put on their best manners, were
full of chat and banter, but polite and
courteous and keenly appreciative of
this display of unexpected kindness.
After an hour's stay we bade these hos?
pitable people good-by and drifted on
our way. With the exception of the
one referred to, we were the first Yan?
kee soldiers the ladies had ever seen.
I hope they saw no others.
"As to what that solitary advance
courier was, leaving his footprints in
the mud. we never knew. We never
saw him. and it was impossible that he
should see hide or hair of us or know
anything about us. His stopping at
the house and ordering, in a lofty sort
of way, the preparation of a dinner for
IS men was merely a freak on his part.
We were much obliged to him, how?
ever, and were thankful tha' the peo?
ple at the plantation had not improved
the time In sending out word to Joe
Wheeler's cavalry of our expected ar?
KEEPS WARTIME VALENTINE
Iowa Veteran of the Civil War Treas?
ures a Token Received in
In the trenches at Fort Donaldson. 42
years ago, David L. Houser, of Iowa City,
la., received the valentine which he so
proudly exhibits to-day. And the north?
ern girl whose warm heart led her to
send it is to-day Mrs. Houser, says the
The story of the valentine is the story
o? a romance of nearly half a century.
Several years before the civil war broke
out the boy and girl had known and in a
childish way had loved each other. By j
the time that the war was declared David I
Houser was old enough to enlist and ?
with the girl's promise seurely locked in '
his heart he started for the front.
For a year he received letters regu?
larly and then they ceased to come. In
some manner, though he did not know it
at the time, his address had been lost '
St. Valentine's day, 1862, found him in
the thick of the fight near Fort Donald?
son, despondent and hopeless, and no
news from home or sweetheart. That
day brought him the valentine.
The vaUiuine ItOOtf is a quaint, old
tasiiioned affair, but it express?? ? he
same sentiments as its modern brother.
Still fresh and bright as the day it was
sent, though the ein elope which has
sheltered it for so lor g is yellow with
age. it is a war memento that Mr. Houser
vaiius many times more than any thing
else in his possession.
Mr. Houser states that on the day on
which the valentiue was delivered it
had rained hard all morning, the water
freezing to the clothes of the soldier
boys. The men were allowed to have no
fire in the trenches, but could leave in
squads and cook their rations. Despite
all of these difficulties the mail was de?
livered even to the men on the outposts.
"Don't use poor soap," reati Hungry
Hawkins from the piece of newspaper
that came with a hand-out.
"Some folks waste er lot nv words."
growled Weary Walker. "In dat s?n
tence I'd leave out de word poor." "?
Chicago Daily News.
GLAD HE MISSED THE MARK
When Representative Jenkins, of Wis?
consin, Shot at Gen. Fitz
Gen. Fitzhugh Lee and Represenia
tive W. A. Jones, of Virginia, were iu
the house gallery the other day when a
messenger came to ask Gen. Lee if he
would be willing to go to the room of
the judiciary committee to meet Rep?
resentative Jenkins, of Wisconsin, re?
lates the Washington Post.
The request was entirely agreeable
to Gen. Lee, and a few minutes later
he and Mr. Jenkins were shaking
hands and looking cordially into each
"I saw you once a good many years
ago," said Mr. Jenkins. Gen. Lee re?
marked that he did not recall the
"It was near Brandy Station." oon
tinued Mr. Jenkins. "You were tiding
at the head of a coTumn of men,
mounted on a gray horse and ?carni;;
a black plume in ynur hat."
"Oh, yes." said Gen. Lee. recalling:
the army movements in thai vi. inky.
"You didn't see us." added Mr Jen?
kins. "'.You diun't even know the
Yankees were Bear. We aero pooteu
out in the woods, ami. as I ta* jrott
riding i>y. 1 aimed my mus: ei as care?
fully as | con id and tired. 1 w*a much
chagrined iluu to note thai you rod':
on, >oui Mack plume still waving, Inn
I am very glad now that the buli?
missed its mark."
Gen. Lee, too, expressed bis gratifi?
cation that .Join.ins <>,. th^? OOCasiOO
proved a poor mark.'man. and the two
adjourned to the senate restauran;,
where the battio of Hrandy Statioi. '
was fought over again, and the entente
cordiale firmly established.
A Scientific Explanation.
"Are onions considered healthy?"
asked the investigator of the expert.
"Are onions healthy?" repeats the
expert. "Yes, indeed." J
liut why are they so considered ?"
"It stands to reason that they should
be They go to bed early and when tney
get up they are good and strong." ?
l Chicago Tribune.
The teachers of three Fn neh public
schools in Normandy r> poi-* that 75
per cent, of the girls in them take
brandy In tin ir coffee at break last.
Kot Aloi I in Mechanics.
If more oil v.?ie n ed upon the ma?
chinery there woul?; I . break" ?
The Patient Man.
"My dear," said Mr. Honpeck, **1
?fish you wouldn't call me 'Leo' any
"VVha; nonsense is this?" snapped
Ois wife. "That's what you were chris?
"I know, but it makes my friends
laugh when you call mo that. 1 was
thinking you might call me 'Job,' just
for a pet can.?? "- i'hiladeipl<'< Press.
? ? ?
REAL LEAP YEAR WEDDING.
Iowa Woman Takes a Husband
?l bk the Corn That Was About
to Go to Waste.
From Omaha, Neb., a correspondent
of the New York World writes that Mrs.
R. E. Edwards?fair, fat and 40?has
elevated Peter Wynia to the position of
husband and has accepted his name?
all because she had 1.000 bushels of corn
and no one to husk it. and it was leap
Mm. Btwnjfj oo4 forni TTinni t*o>
lived neighbors in the little town of As?
cot, Pottawattamie county, la., for
many years, she a widow with five chil?
dren and he a disconsolate bachelor,
PETER LED TO MATRIMONY.
with none to love him or care for him.
Some years ago Mrs. Edwards made her?
self famous by her refusal to vacate a
piece of land which the courts had held
was accretion land and belonged to the
owner of abutting property. Officers
were sent to evict her. and she held
them off with a shotgun. From early j
life she has been accustomed to get what '
she went after.
The widow and the bachelor met in
the streets of Council Bluffs. The widow
was thinking of the fine ears of corn '
which were going to waste on her land
and wondering whom she could find to
husk them, when she spied Peter.
"Oh, then this is a regular bona fide
leap year wedding?" replied Justice
Ouren. before whom they appeared an
hour later, after he had heard the out?
line of the story.
"Well. I guess that's what you might
call it. She asked me to get married a
sort of sudden like this morning, and I
said I would. I'm satisfied, and I guess
she is. So there you are," answered the
WOMAN KILLS A WILDCAT.
First Attacks Animal with a Gun. But
Finally Vanquishes It with
a Wagon Spoke.
Mrs. Mary Taylor, of Bell county, Ky.,
after a terrible battle with a wildcat, !
killed it with a wagon spoke. Some ani- j
mal had been killing Mrs. Taylor's
poultry, but all efforts to catch the thief
had proved futile.
She was working in the house, when
her attention was attracted by noise In
the barnyard. She investigated, and
found a big wildcat, which had attacked
the chickens, and which dogs had run
CRUSHED THE CATS SKI'l.I..
up a tree. Mrs. Taxlor took her hus?
band's gun, and went after the intruder. I
The first shot brought him down the
tree, but only slightly wounded the ani?
A tight ensued between the wild ani?
mal ano the dogs, but the latter 070N
too small to teeeetefollj fight such a foe.
Mrs. Taxlor could not tire a second
lime for fear of killing her dogs. She
?ot a ?ragna spol a and by a clever blow
final! ? crushed the cat's skull. Mrs.
oorty. ano OM v\as ?rvrrrry injureo.
A New Aid to Navigation.
The automatic compass of M. licit,
which has been brought to notice in Mar?
seilles ?fter a test of several months, is
claimed to offer an important new aid to
navigation. The basin is divided into
(Minted sections, and an electric cur?
rent is so arranged that a flexible wire
movine over a small silver index at?
tached to the card gives a record minute
by minute of the angle of the needle
with the meridian, thus supplying a
complete regtater of the ship's course
and of ? lie time of the helmsman's
changes. Certain sect ions are connected
to call bells, which signal to the com?
mander ain unusual deviations. The
apparatus shows the speed of the vessel
by registering the revolutions of the
s*rew. and it also indicates the time of
depart rue and of every stop and start.
Grains of Wheat.
A bushel of wheat by actual count,
has been found to contain 809.720
Negroes in France.
With a population of about 2,500,000
fnjrli hag Xewur than 100 neeroes with
colored population of all France Is le?
than 550. -1
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rromnt attention given to ali mal
omen? rsatistactiou irnarauteed
All hind?, ot Painting Itone ?heap
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THE STOVE MAN.?^
V/\? oar? imv? *il kinds of Stoves Re
pairea and pat np. Aleo jour Roof*
Gatter?, 8 OoadaeOnr? Repaired and
Painted at a reaaoaable price.
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1221 St. James Street.
When von want nice dry, sawed pine
wood, call np 2883. We sell % cord for
?,??, guaranteed fall measurer.
A full line of fancy and staple groc?
eries and fresh meats. Granulated sugar |
?jttoto per lb J Prices low on everything ?
this week. Hard and soft coal. Hay
and Grain. J
We have some twenty
cr thirty suits bought, mi
of which will be in stock if
few days. "Don't do a thij
until you see this line.
This always popular
of rest will be in as mt
m and this fall as ever.J
of our stock has alreq
rived and $10 values \
$15 values of a year aj
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aitare and save time and moot
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