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LOS ANGELES HERALD. VOL. V. —NO. 23. WHAT IS YOUR SON TO BE A FIELD OFFERED BY THE GROW- ING ELECTRIC BUSINESS. The Advance In Klecti Icily Hus Been So Bapld That It tin* I'rogrenned Falter ; Than the Intelligence Neoewary to ' Handle It —Good Wage* I'uld. Two men were sitting face to face be tween the car tracks on Park row the other day. It seemed to he a dangerous position, for they could not follow their work and at the same time keep their eyes on the rattling teams on either hand. They had to keep their elbows in, too, or the cars would bump them. They were seated at a manhole, testing cables of wire which were in the subway beneath. Each had the end of a cable in hand and a portable galvanometer—a square box about the size of a cigar box —in front of him. But a few years ago the man engaged In connecting wires in this way touched the tip of each wire in turn to the tip of his tongue If there was a current run ning through the wire he felt a little pricking and a sour taste. He did this the whole day through, and was none the worse for receiving so many slight elec trio shocks and tasting so much copper. It was a very primitive test, but a very good one, and old wire testers still use it when in a hurry. But soon a galvan ometer was made, which not only finds the current but gives some idea of its strength. The rapid way in which in vention hns been piled upon invention in the electrical world is marvelous, and it seems surprising that a sufficient num ber of workmen of sufficient intelligence should be found in such a hurry to prac tically put these inventions into use. A question upon this very point was put to a well known electrician who happened to saunter by the two men at work. BAD WORK. "It is only surprising in a measure," he said. "As a matter of fact, the busi ness has grown much faster than the intelligence necessary to handle it, and many accidents are due to that fact. The electric light people at first had to rely very largely on the workmen engaged by the telegraph companies, and both had to draft in a large number of new men and train them to the work. Any man with a little knowledge of mechanics and the handling of tools soon makes a good lineman. There is no great skill re quired, except in care that the wiro does not become abraded in handling, while the good wages paid for the work— seventy-five dollars a month—are a great inducement. But the business has un doubtedly suffered in its rapid progress for the want of skilled men, and the market is by no means overstocked yet. Only the other day one of the New York companies had to send to the New Eng land Cable company to borrow men to make joints in city lines. "Some of the underground work, too, has boen badly done, but much of this has been quite as much due to keen com petition and the proverbial economy of tbe unscientific stockholders. When it comes to buying wire, costing from $1,400 to $1,500 a mile, the stockholder has a lot to say abont it, and cheap wire is too often a result. One of the electric light companies runs an alternating cur rent, and it now begins to find, all over the country, that its wires are already becoming faulty. They cannot stand the strain. CHANCE FOB YOUNG MEN. "One of the things absorbing the atten tion of electric men today is to find an insulator which will stand heavy alter nating currents. So the trouble bas been as much a matter of cheap material as unskilled labor." "Have the workmen a union yetl" "No, not yet. There is an association called the Society of Electrical Engi neers." "And where do the engineers and executive men come from?" "A good many of the heads of depart ments have their training at the various schools of technology, such as the Stev ens institute, Cornell university, the Massachusetts School of Technology. In deed, nearly all the universities have classes in electricity now, and they sup ply a good deal of the talent for the busi ness. "These young fellows from the schools of technology have started in the black smith shop and worked right up, and the only thing about electrical matters they have no knowledge of is the busi ness end of it They easily find posi tions at from $60 to $100 a month at the start, and readily get more according to the ability they display. "It is a great business for a man to get into, whether he is well educated or not. There is such an enormous field for the application of electric power outside of the electric light. See how fast the electric street cars have grown through out the country 1 Then there are the other almost innumerable applications of the force which will soon be in de mand. No, sir, the skilled workman who goes into the electric business, of whatever grade he may be, need feel no fears of his labor market being over crowded."—New York Advertiser. Lovers In Mackinac. Mackinac ia a perfect heaven for lov ers. The Grand hotel has its front all dotted with little balconies, one to every other window and each strongly sug gestive of the prettiest scene in "Romeo and Juliet." On a distant balcony I have seen a lovely girl appear to hold a long whispered conversation with her beau three times after leaving him for the night below stairs—once when she reached her room, again when she thought of another thing to say before disrobing, and yet again in her wrapper, after she had made herself otherwise ready for bed. And at that time there were other lovers talking from one bal cony to another, others in the grove in front of the great hotel, others on the board walks leading to the village, and still others, 1 doubt not, everywhere that the moon shone and the breezes fanned the island.—Julian Ralph in New York Son. Plenty of Game. Now that the game law is off, our woods will swarm with hunters of all descriptions, from the "cockney" sports man down (or up) to the professional hunter. There are generally four hunt ers to one bird, and we have known men tramping all day and bringing home two or three little chirping birds. It is this class of hunters who do the most damage, »s they are not capable of shooting game birds, and pepper away at any and every little bird they see, till there are hardly any left. Our local hunters say that there will be plenty of game this season. Gen erally speaking we have a fair, mild win ter, very little crust on the snow, and but few ice storms. The severe ice storms destroy more quail than the hunters kill, because quail generally roost together on the ground, and if snow falls during tho night and crusts over, it simply smothers them. Hunters have found whole flocks of them lying close together, having been unable to penetrate through the crust. There were never so many flocks of quail around as at present. Go where you will you will find them. A largo flock passed over the fair ground Wedneeday afternoon while the trotting took place, which made some of our hunters' mouths water. Partridges are also very plenty, and, what is still better, they are full grown and plump. Of woodcock we have seen but a few. Years ago they were plenty every season in our swamps, but the summer shooting has killed them off, and but very few breed in our swamps now. Tho fall flight generally brings a few scattering ones, but as they are a migratory bird and fly principally dur ing the nighttime, we get but now and then a chance to shoot at them. There are also plenty of foxes, and our hunters don't need to go very far to find them if they only know how, as Reynard is a cunning and sly chap.—Watertown (N. V.) Cor. Waterbury American. New Lakes on >It»r*. There is one point of view from which the formation of a new lake in southern California by the overflowing of a sandy desert with water from the Colorado river possesses peculiar interest. It may throw light upon some of the mysterious changes that have occurred uj-Km the planet Mars. Near the equator of Mars there is a region which has been believed to be part of the dry land of that planet, and which has been named Lybia by the Italian astronomer Schiaparelli. But a few years ago a change occurred in the color of "Lybia," and some of the observers thought that it must have been suddenly overflowed with water, since it had assumed the color charac teristic of the other regions of Mars that are supposed to be water covered. Other similar changes have been seen by telescopists on Mars. Now that a new lake has actually been formed on the earth by the unexpected filling up with water of a depressed area of dry land, those who believe that a similar occurrence, on a larger scale, has taken place on Mars will probably be strengthened in that interesting opinion, —Youth's Companion. SulbbHng Beans. Snibbling beans is at this season of the year an evening occupation for Ger man housewives. They are the common string beans, which can be bought by the bag, about two bushels. They aro washed and strung, and then, with a very sharp knife or special implement, they are cut into very thin slices and packed in layers in an earthen crock. Ou each layer of beans is spread a layer of salt, and when the crock is almost full a large plate covers the whole, and is held down by a weight, generally a | brick. If brine does not collect suf ficiently to cover the layers, a little I water is added, and the beans aro ready | for use in the winter. Tho salt that is absorbed must be removed by soaking the beans overnight, when they are ready to be cooked. It is not unusual for housewives to have snibbling par ties, at which their friends and relatives assist in the slicing, refreshments being secondary features of the occasions.— New York Sun. —: A Spanish Horn Missourian. James Ryan, better known as Uncle Jimmie, is now eighty-six years of age. He has never lived outside of what are now the confines of the state of Missouri. Yet he was born a subject of Spain. When this territory was ceded to France Uncle Jimmio became a Frenchman. Afterward the territory was purchased by the United States, and so today Mr. Ryan is an American citizen. His has been an eventful life, as he remarked at the old settlers' meeting, but the even ing of his days is peaceful and his heart is as young now as when be was a Spaniard eighty-five years ago.—Nevada (Mo.) Democrat. A Banana Tree That Bears. Mr. L. Gillen has a genuine curiosity in the form of a banana tree, ten feet tall, bearing one bunch of bananas. He has a number of other banana trees, but none bearing fruit save this one. The leaves are long and slender, and the mo tion of the wind causes the leaf to cut in two like ribbons. Until the sun's rays cause the bud to open it much resembles a large red water lily bud tightly closed. This covering drops off in time, leaving the fruit lying closely side by side to ripen.—Lexington (Mo.) News. Pleaty of Young Vipers- While Theodore Burns was cutting hay on a farm near Hunter the sickle cut a spotted viper into four pieces. It was four feet long and within it were found eighty-five little vipers, four to six inches long. The snake literature of Missouri this season is unusually prolific and vari egated.—Fulton (Mo.) Sun. A Small One. A Connecticut couple have a child seven weeks old who weighs less than a pound. The infant enjoys good health and will probably live. Its waist is the size of a small child's wrist and its legs about as large as a lead pencil.—Spring field Republican. THURSDAY MORNING. NOVEMBER 12, 1891.—TWELVE PAGES. AFTER THE STARTER. A DEATHBED SCENE DESCRIBED BY LOUIS HARRISON. He Wu a Dying Bace Track and He Imagined He Had "a Corner Lined Cinch" to Play on the Tack That Day and Mo Time to Lose. I have hesitated about giving to pint the following true story of a deattbed scene which occurred in this city. I lad the description directly from the dotor in attendance. He has lately left lew York to continue his profession flse where, and I am constrained to tell the story as he described it, suppressingall names. The snow and sleet dashed through the death chilling atmosphere in wild waves. The wind moaned a among the telegraph wires. A solita-y hackman, driven from his seat by tie warring elements, had ensconced hin self inside his mournful looking vehide and tapped upon the frost covered glisa to attract the attention of belated nigat owls. Winter in its crnelest phase was upon us. In a dingy looking house tn Thirtieth street a young man weak aid emaciated tossed restlessly upon a bed. Ho was a race track tout, and the greit mental strain he had been subjected ;o for years in naming sure winners hfd left him an absolute wreck. His sunkai cheeks, his eyes ablaze with fever and his corpselike pallor all denoted that be had but a few short hoars to live. A professional nurse, with that cold, hos pital stretcher expression they all pos sess, sat in a corner of the darkens! room and whiled away the time by figuring how the undertaker would man age to get the coffin around that narrow turn in the stairs. Tho doctor had been summoned, and when he rang the bell the tout waved his bony arms aloft and shrieked: "They're off! Tenny in a walk! Tenny gets all the money, and Salvator won't be one, two, six!" THE TOUT'S CINCH. He fell back on the bed exhausted as the doctor entered the room. The phy sician removed his greatcoat and tho nurse shook the rain and snow from it. "Doctor, this is a dreadful night. 1 suppose you are wet through?" The tout regained consciousness and muttered: "The track will be heavy to morrow, and I've got a copper riveted, lead pipe, copyrighted, air tight cinch. Firenze in the mud—she swims in it— She can make the pace so hot that the track will be dry before she does the first quarter." The doctor approached the bed, and touching the patient's pulse said, "How do you feel?" "Weil, I'll tell you," be replied, "Just how I feel about this. The Dwyers sta ble is next to ours, and they tell me everything. Phil told mo this morning that Blackjack would win in a horrible canter. You see, the party that owns him wants to make a hogkilling, and no one knows that he's out for the dust." Turning to the nurse the doctor in quired, "Have you notified his friends of his condition?" The tout started up and yelled: "Of course I have! I want to let 'em all in on the ground floor. Why, its a little suro money. I saw him tried at daylight this morning. He made the first quarter in O:2H, the second in 0:07, and the third was so fast that it broke my stop watch and loosened three of my teeth. How can he lose it? Why, it's just like falling through the roof of a mint." The doctor looked very serious and said, "He will be dead in an hour." LOST BT A BREATH. "Oh, no, he won't," tho tout sneered. "There's not a dead one in the hunt. If any of 'em were stiff I'd know it. I tell you, Blackjack is full of Tabasco sauce, and he'll leave all them other plugs at the post. Why shouldn't he? Do you know his pedigree? Blackjack is out of Dark Lantern, by Black well's Island, and he's a born cracker." The doctor felt his pulse again and sighed, "I can do no more; I must be going." The tout caught his arm and, drawing his head down close to the pil low, whispered: "After the Blackjack race meet me in the paddock. If you win I've got to give fifty dollars to the trainer, twenty-five to the jockey and twenty to the stable boys. I'll put what's left on the next race, and if the horse wins, you're in on it. So meet me in the paddock and I'll cash your ticket." The doctor took the dying man's hand and said, "My poor boy, are you pre pared to meet the Great Judge?" The tout gasped, "I don't want to meet the judge; the man I'm after is the starter." The physician pressed his attenuated hand, and, as the moisture gathered in his sympathetic eyes, said, "Now turn your face to the wall, my boy, and go to sleep." "I will," the tout muttered. "I'll get next to the rail, so that when I turn the corner they can't foul me. Here's a telegram Lijust received from the owner. There's 50 to lon Blackjack; get it quick before they cut it down. TU win" But he didn't. He quit in the stretch and lost by a breath.—Louis Harrison in New York Advertiser. The Sparrow's Bath. Have yon ever noticed the pugnacious little English sparrow perform his morn ing ablution? He hunts up a street sprinkling cart, takes his position in front of it and stands there like a drum major close to the wheel as the cart goes by. After receiving the full force of the water, he again takes his place in front and again awaits the on coming of the cart. This is repeated until the little fellow is satisfied with his cleanliness. The English sparrow is nothing if not metropolitan.—Detroit Free Press. She Was Ready. Pater (emphatically)— Come now! No prevarication. That young noodle has proposed to you. You may as well ac knowledge the corn. Daughter (bravely)—l do. It is true. I acknowledge the popcorn.—Pittsburg Bulletin. Illrds and the Statue of Liberty Light. A few evenings ago I took the steamer, with a party of naturalists, to Bedloe's island, as the electric lights at the top of tho statue aro known to attract multi tudes of birds every spring and fall. There had been cold weather for a few days before, and millions of birds were hurrying south. We obtained a permit, and went up to the topmost gallery of the statue and waited. The night had not far advanced when all the heavens seemed to become full of wings, which produced a tempest of whirring sound. Then came the calls of the leaders, and they rang out so clearly that they could bo heard for half a milo through the storm. Tho responses were fainter than the signaling cries, but they were quite definite. The object of the "calls, of course, was to keep the flocks together, for, as could be seen through strong glasses, birds of a hundred species were driving along on the breast of the storm. All that came near the statue hovered around the light in large circles, but some of them struck against the bronze or stone. There were sandpipers of every kind, "peeting, peeting" as they went; golden wings and other wood peckers, with their loud and rather hoarse cries; warblers of every kind— and their signaling ran through a wide gamut of sounds—thrushes, robins, meadow larks, nuthatchers and congre gations of bobolinks that filled the air with hurricanes of lovely music as they swept by. Sometimes a huge black cloud passed along, and the glasses showed that they were blackbirds, but they did not chatter as they do on the edge of the forest. The leaders made all the noise and preserved order. I know not how many flocks went by of teal, wood duck, black duck, mergansers, curlew, snipe, plover, pewees, phcebe birds and what not, but none could mistake the kingfishers as they went, with their scolding laughter, through the dark. ■We caught a score or so of the birds in nets and in our hats, and kept them till the morning, after which we re leased them. And all through the night bats chased and feasted upon the silly moths that gathered around the spikes of electric flame. A large number of birds lay dead upon the grass in the morning, having struck the statue.—Harper's Weekly. ' A Stamp Fad. "It makes us swear." "It's tho most senseles fad in the world." The postoffice clerk went on, "Some fool has discovered that the most un gainly place in the world for a postage stamp is in the middle of the back of the envelope, where the flap is glued down." "I see.-" "It's a fad now. You must stick your stamp in the middle of the back of the envelope." "Like a porous plaster?" "Exactly. Oh, don't the stamp clerks rage! They lose hours of time turning over letters and hunting for stamps. I'll resign if the fool killer doesn't get to work." "Must be very annoying?" "Well, I should say it is. For heav en's sake don't spread this awful fever. I suppose next the idiots H hide the post age stamps under a pile of bricks, and expect the clerks to go out and dig 'em up!"— New York World. A Club of Ocean Travelers. A number of gentlemen in India, whose business or pleasure calls them fre quently to England, have formed them selves into what may be termed a trav elers' co-operative association, with tho object of lessening the expense of their voyages to and from the east. Tho sub scription to this ocean club is to be 350 rupees, payable in monthly installments of ten ( rupees, there being no annual payment, and members will have the privilege of a free return passage once in three years, paying simply for the bare cost of their food on board. Should a member not be able to take his turn when it comes round, he can sell his passage ticket for anything he can get for it, not exceeding the total cost of membership. A steamer replete with all the latest improvements is to be built specially for the association, and it is proposed that the first journey to this country shall be made in January, 1893. The vessel is to accommodate 1,000 saloon passengers.—London Cor. Manchester Courier. Lake Krle Drying Up. Mr. J. T. Wanielink had occasion to visit the building inspector's office in the city hall, and as one or two of the officials are, like him, fond of hunting, the conversation naturally turned to that subject. In speaking of the state of the water in the marshes, Mr. Wamelink said that within a few years the level of Lake Erie had been reduced two feet. Mr. Wamelink expressed the opinion that the permanent lowering of the water level was due to the constant increase in the channel at Niagara falls, which per mitted a greater volume of water to roll over the falls. He was of the opinion that, in order to preserve the proper stage of water in the harbors of the lake, it would yet become necessary for en gineers to raise the level of the Niagara river. Inspector Morse stated that it would be necessary to drop huge bowl ders into the stream in order to accom plish that result.—Cleveland Leader and Herald. Seventh Pig Had Seven Legs. Friday night last a sow belonging to C. W. P. Howell gave birth to a litter of seven pigs. In this there is nothing very remarkable, but that the seventh one should have seven well formed legs is somewhat strange, to say the least. The pig ia still alive and doing well.—Live Oak (Fla.) Banner. A Knowing Cabbage. A cabbage with fourteen heads can be seen in our counting room window. It was raised by Charles F. Mendall on the James Sherman place on the King Philip road, this city.—New Bedford (Mass.) Mercury. THIEVING ON TRAINS. PEOPLE WHO CROSS THE BROOK LYN BRIDGE FOR PROFIT. One Man Who In Well Known and Is Con stantly Watched—Hia Specialty Is Um brella* —Record of One Day's Careless ness—Odd Things Left Behind. A well dressed woman got into a bridge car carrying m gold headed umbrella. A moment lator a fairly well attired man came in, walking carelessly, and sat down beside her. Had a careful ob server noticed him when he entered he would have seen him throw a quick glance at the umbrella before sitting down. The train rumbled across. The lady gazed at the bay, and watching the swiftly moving craft fell into a dreamy state of observation. When the guard called, "Brooklyn; all out!" the lady got up, with the far away look still in her eyes, and walked out, leaving the um brella. The man beside her had ridden across with his eyes closed, as if fa tigued. When she had got out his hand fell quickly on the umbrella, and he was making off with it when the guard col lared him. The fellow looked surprised at finding the umbrella in his hand, muttered something about "picking it up unconsciously," shook off the guard's hand and plunged into the crowd. "That is the fifth time in a month I have caught that fellow taking lost ar ticles," said the trainman to a reporter. "The bridge trains are a paradise for such as he. There is a more miscel laneous collection of lost articles gath ered on these trains than in any other place in America, I'll warrant." HOW LOST ARTICLES ARE KEPT. The number of missing articles be came so numerous, and so many claims were made by pretended owners, that several years ago a system of checks was put into use. Now anything found in the cars by porters is taken by them to tho train dispatcher's office, where he makes a report of tho article, giving the train on which it was found and other details. This is entered in a book of blanks having stubs. The trainman then gets a receipt for what he has turned in. When the caller comes for what he has lost he must thoroughly identify the article before he can get it. The stub of the trainman's receipt keeps thus a perpetual record of everything found. These stub books are filed away and are never destroyed. A glance through them reveals a bewildering variety of lost goods. The stubs of 1889 are es pecially prolific in curious cases. Here are some of the things recorded: Pumice stone, diagram, two boxes of cigars, a pocketbook containing fifty-two dollars, a white apron, spool of cotton, pair of rubbers, a picture, a waistcoat, a brace let, some surcingles, several remnants, piece of sheet iron, three sauce dishes and a horsewhip. On one Saturday the record for va riety was eclipsed. That day the guards gathered up these things: Three pairs of stockings, a lady's veil, a roll of sheet music, a teaspoon, a bot tle of wine, gentleman's kid gloves, eye glasses, porter's badge, a lunch, a gos samer, a cranberry mold. ONE MONTH'S RECORD. In one stretch from Sept. 12 to Nov. 22 , 200 articles were reported. That was the rainy season, and forgotten umbrel las swelled the list. But taking the year around umbrellas have the questionable distinction of being the oftenest over looked. Pocketbooks, however, singu lar to say, are not far behind. A count of fifty-six stubs selected at random gave this tally: Umbrellas 38 Canes 2 Pocketbooks IT Keys 8 Packages 7 Waiter's jacket 1 On an average three articles are found a day. This makes nearly a hundred a month. Some sneaks have long ago found this out, and travel across often each day and run chance of picking up something of value. Even if they fail the low car fare does not leave them much out of pocket. The guards have "spotted" a number of these characters and watch them closely. They cannot be driven away by fear of arrest, for they know very well that it is no easy thing to make a charge of stealing hold against them. The trainmen have decided that the three classes most guilty of forgetting are strangers to the city, absorbed in everything but themselves; married wo men, and gentlemen who have been "out with the boys." Anybody who has studied human nature at all will under stand why the trainmen have so decided. —New York World. William the Conqueror Liked Oysters. In Denmark and the northern parts of our island kitchen middens of the Stone age yield oyster shells, and Professor Forbes affected to pity "the enthusiastic oyster eater, who can hardly gaze upon the abundantly entombed remains of the apparently well fed and elegantly shaped oysters of our Eocene formation without chasing 'a pearly tear away.'" We cannot believe that oysters ever went out of fashion with our ancestors. "Ostre" occurs in Anglo-Saxon and seems to be connected with "ost," a knot, a scale. William the Conqueror is said to have esteemed the English oyster very highly, and it figures in the menn of many mediaeval feasts, espe cially in Lent.—London Saturday Re view. The Washerwoman's Revenge. Mr. De Sharp (anxiously)—l inadvert ently sent my cuff buttons to the wash last week. Did yon find them? Washerwoman—Sure, Oi saw a couple in th' tub, but I have no time to befishin around fur brass cuff buttons, an Oi t'rew thim away. Mr. De Sharp (in horrified accents)— Threw them away! Those buttons were pure gold. Washerwoman —Moy! moy! That's too bad. Oi never thought a young man wot was always beatin down a poor wash erwoman's prices cud afford to wear goold.—New York Weekly. PAQEB 9 TO 12. FIVE CENTS. Work or School Children. As the school season advances, the subject of mental overpressure becomes important enough not only for parental consideration, but for scientific investi gation. The capacity of the child, the number and nature of the studies, and especially the length of the recitations, are features which ought not to be over looked or be left to the direction of edu cators. That much can be gained by experimental study of overpressure, is shown by a paper read by Dr. Burgen stein, of Vienna, before the congress of hygiene in London, upon "The Working Curve of an Hour." The writer had for his object the study of the mental power of children, and he arranged his experi ments with a view to demonstrating the fluctuations of brain power in children during ono hour's occupation with a fa miliar subject. Simple addition and multiplication sums were given to two classes of girls, of an average age of eleven years and eleven years and ten months, and two classes of boys of the average ago of twelve years and two months and thir teen years and one month. After ten minutes' work the sums were taken away from the children. After a pause of ten minutes the work was resumed, the al ternation continning for an hour, so that there were three periods of work. The results were interesting. During the whole experiment the 162 children worked out 133,010 figures, making 6,604 mistakes. It was found that the num ber of mistakes increased in the differ ent periods, and that during the third period the quality of work was at the lowest.—Boston Journal. Photography and Crime. The exhibition of the Photographic So ciety of Great Britain is of great inter est, both from the artistic and the scien tific point of view. Dr. P. Jeserich, a German, has devoted his attention to the development of photography as a means of assisting the administration of the law. The screen which can tains Dr. Jeserich's plates is one of the chief curi osities of the exhibition. He has shown, by enlarging photographs taken upon sensitized plates, that it is possible to detect certain kinds of forgery in the most unimpeachable way; for example, where a figure or a word has been al tered—and this is one of the commonest kinds of forgery—the different inks em ployed appear in the plate in quite dif ferent colors. Similarly, where a first been written in pencil and then traced over in ink, however carefully the pencil marks have been erased, some faint traces of tne plumbago are sure to remain in the interstices of the paper, and these are revealed in the magnified photograph. Dr. Jeserich's photographs of hair and of pure and impure blood, before and after treatment with reducing agents, are also most curious, and several stories are told of the use that has been made of them in murder trials in Germany.— London Times. Lost Bis Leg In a Bear Fight. Two of the crew of the schooner Mar guerite, of Seattle, met with a severe accident at Port Muller, on the north side of the Alaskan peninsula. Their names are Thomas Boswell and J. Schief felin, aud they were ashore prospecting for coal. Both were armed with rifles. They came across a bear and both fired Though badly wounded the animal made a rush at the men, and in the excitement Boswell got a cartridge jammed in his gun. Before Schieffelin'could reload, the bear was upon them and knocked them down, one after tho other, with a blow from its paw. Boswell tried to get to his feet, but the bear seized him by the leg and crushed it from the knee down. The animal then ran away, but returned about ten minutes later, when Schieffe lin, who had recovered consciousness, shot it. The two men got back to the schooner and the captaiu made sail for Oonalaska. It took eight days to get there and then Surgeon Berry Hill, of the Marion, amputated Boswell's leg.— San Francisco Report. A Wonderful Dakota Rainbow. Dr. McVeaii has arrived in the city after a tour of the country. The doctor resides at Armour, S. D., and has much to tell about that region. "A'few days ago," he said, "the people, among the number myself, witnessed one of tho most ♦emarkable phenomena seen in that or any other portion of the United States. The phenomenon consisted of the appearance of the northern lights under remarkable circumstances. Tho lights formed a regular rainbow and ap peared at night. The bow extended the whole length of the horizon and was thirty feet wide. Everything was seen on the broad prairie just as if it had been lit up by electricity. The old set tiers claim that such a thing was noticed in 1862, but not since."—St. Louis Globe- Democrat. A Sail on His Lawn Mower. One of our neighbors had a sail on his lawn mower one day last week. At any rate it looked like a sail, for he had sev eral square feet of canvas attached to the back side of the machine, and people thought he was trying to have a regatta all to himself. However, closer investi gation showed that his sail was simply a large bag into which the cut grass was thrown instead of falling on to tho ground. He was quite happy over his contrivance, because he didn't have to rake his lawn after he had cut the grass. —Ashland Cor. Framingham (Mass.) Tribune. A charitably disposed gentleman is to erect a home for newspaper men in Washington city. Nothing could bo more desirable or display a larger meas ure of generosity toward a needy class. It is to cost $3,000,000 and will afford a hospitable shelter for worthy members of the profession. The most powerful telescope yet made haa just been finished in" Munich. Its ordinary power is 11,000, which can be increased to 16,000. An electric lamp of minute type is used in it, and a spe cial device which sprays minute particles of liquid carbonic acid is used to keep it cool.