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WHEELING, W. YA., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 189T.
"WEST VIRGINIA. I Talk with Gov. Atkinson on Prosperity and l'olitica WITHIN THE COMMONWEALTH. The Stale Face* the Future Ita Great Co?i? ilileiice-Secret# of tlii' Coal Strike?Fuel for Hit iicmU])here?llevlval of Lnuibcr 1 mlMitry?Farmers as lluppy as Jmic !!"?< ?Mountalucers ulio fiou^hl For. I line lu tho Writ lleturnliiK to Their Oltl Homes. Charleston, YV. Va., Correspondence of "\V. 0. S." in St. Louis Globe-Democrat: "If the striko was over," said Governor Atkinson, sitting In his office at the eapltol and letting his vision roam over the beautiful Kanawha hills, "we'd have Kit h a boom in the coal Industry of West Virginia as would amaze the people of tho country." This strike," the governor explained, "is a light for markets. Wo have the better coal, and we can mine it cheaper man the operators in Ohio and Pennsylvania. They can't mine and sell in the markets that we cun. They have to keep putting down prices and lowering wages until they reach tnc point where the miners strike. That is tho secret of the present trouble. It is another case of the survival of the Attest. Our people get better wages and mine easier. Some of them claim thai they are not getting What they ought, but my understanding Is, the strike, as far as It has extended in West Virginia, Is all on account of sympathy v.ith the miners in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Our miners who have stopped work have done It in response to appeals from the agitators that it is necessary to help the miners of other states where the conditions are not so favorable as they are here. Tho fact is tho operators elsewhere are enu, ? atntipfflA to hold their markets." The governor did not say so, but It is common talk through the coal regions of Wont Virginia that the operators, not the unions of Pennsylvania and Ohio, are moat active In sending paid agitators to this state to induce the miners to strike. They arc moved to such methods by fear of losing their markets while their own mines are nhtit down. Outside operators are more interested than outside miners In shutting clown West Virginia mines. One does not have to travel far in the coal regions of this state to discover that thoro is none of the usual aggressive spirit In the West Virginia strike and that those miners who are out have stopped work under protest. "We have had no violence," said the governor, "and no Indications of such a spirit." The cheapness of coal production in West Virginia is almost Incredible. A common sight In Charleston is to see negroes, who own horses and wagons, peddling coal In the streets at from rtfty to sixty cents for all they have In the load. These retailers go outside of the city limits a few miles, dig a hob In the side of a hill, shovel the coal into the wagon and haul It Into the city without saying "by your leave" to anybody. Ex-Governor MacCorkle startled a committee of Congress a few months ago by telling them that West Virginia coal was being mined and put on the cars for from .sixty to clghty-flve cents a ton. and delivered on hoard ship at the Atlantic coast for $1.80 a ton, or at the mouth of the Mississippi for $1.51" per ton. with profit on mining and transportation. He showed that this was the cheapest coal production In th? world. "The average price per ton at the mines of West Virginia," said ex-Governor MacCorkle, "Is seventy-live cents, the cheapest In the world. This Is us against $1.24 In Colorado, $2.3.", In WashJngton, ninety-three cents in Alabama, $1.87 In Belgium, $2.25 In Japan, from $1.75 to 12.25 in New South Wales, and from $1.65 to $2.25 In Great Britain. The cost of transportation to the mouth of the Mississippi Is eighty cents n ton, the cheapest inland transportation In the world." And then the governor demonstrated that with the Nlcarauguan canal completed, the Appalachian coal Add would control the coal consumption of the whole Taclflc coast. IIIs presentation wan a great revelation of the possibilities of YV<st Virginia development. It becomes oven more Impressive after a day and a night In Charleston, hesld* the Kanuwhu.. 13y the expenditure ot about St.000,000 on eleven dams and lock! the government has made nearly ninety miles of slackwanr navigation on this river, penetrntliiK a great coal region. The Chesapeake & Ohio parallels the water routo. Trains and boats come and go in <iulek succession throughout the entire twenty-four hours. The scream <?f tie- engine Is Ktill echolnp, from hill to hill when the hoarse toot of the stern-wheeler (Ills the air. The traffic is enormous. More thnn a century ag" George Washington had a plan foi a canal from tldowaU r to the Ohio. lit proposed to dam the Ht. Jami m to itl headwaters, cross the plateau of the Al? leghenles and come down the Or- -in brier, tie New and the Kanawha, li was a mighty prospect and stamped the Father of his Country as first In ent' rprlFe ua well n? several other tilings* In after years Virginia dammed tin lames, built the canal to tie- hjadwaters. iind Incurred a debt wlileh has not yet hi. ft paid. The canal is only i memory, it was abandoned long a:*.o Oei.rgc Washington foresaw nothing about eoftl or the locomotive. He was a surveyor and knew a natural routr when he snw II. To-day the government Is bringing to completion tills cut of bis waterway and making It possible to got out to the world th'1 wealth of th'l mountains. The hp < uIn11v< market re* eently noted a sharp advance In Chena* j?< /iIto Ohio Mfocl;. There Is enough t' I - for both rail and waterway. The lalt< r ' iids at the head of navigation. The railroad must do the rent. There are 1:1 at poxKlhllltles of traffic In tin near 1 tit tit f. The Kanawha Is only one "f Wont Virginia'* coal valleys, it is inoir iimIuI I,., lieeaiii " its <1- velopmont lias had an culler start. "Tie i r.t of tlic country," said (lov* rn ? AtMnvin, "Is ,|u t finding out what kind ,.f a M?it'? W? Virginia Is In a * > i tain r< iw. this Ik nn oi l slnle, but nn r< ::ards tli?? know!* dg of Its natural resources ami their development It Is now i 'irltory. \V<* nro now tin* third ptllt III tie- l/lllon In the production of coal and the second In production ol eolie, The inv tariff is v< ry satlsfan lory to ii ' Hotter llm- < hnv nlr? idy eoui". M the present rate of develop ii" nl West Virginia In live yeai? will I proiluetlnif more e" tl and ilto thrt|| any nllwr ?tat# In 11 I Ttifnti w hnven'i known until 1"t> ly what w hud We v ere i In lining 111,000 i inai mile i < ( <1(1 Mhoil lime Iif", Mnw we httV* | i that tii m il area of Wwil Viti i'iiu is nearer i of tie' 'ji.imki i <|i-fti ' mil' or teolto' V III III" stilt' I f'l boring for oil W" find eoal wli< i? wi didn't know It existed. "As for quality," the governor eon tlnued, warming up, "wherever we cs- e< tablleh u trade, wo keep it, because of n the superiority of our product. We have i got the heat coking coal, tlio best grato cj coal, the* best steam-ranking eoal. You n can't name a bituminous coal that we i( haven't got. You don not know, per- u haps, that we have eighty-nine feet of e( c?>al measures here. The veins are from j twenty-six inches to thirteen feet in c, thickness. Those thickest veins have j, some slate, but we haw veins six, eight and even eleven feet that are pure coal. Stiii lower chart these measures j which 1 have included in the eighty-nine lo feet we have send-anthracite, but we have never found real anthracite." "Oun you see the evidences of better t times In West Virginia?" Governor At- * lilnuon was asked. "Plenty of them," he replied breezily. "I have recently traveled over the state and know that conditions aro improving ? everywhere. Our merchants are all do- JJ' ni' W..11 fThnv are unanimous in telling mo that business Is Retting better. The farmers are as happy as June bugs. You never saw people more Jubilant than * the farmers of West Virginia are. They J have good crops and now the demand , In good and the prices are good. One " man in Hancock county has a crop of 5,000 barrels of apples. Wool has gone " up to 22c. That means a great deal to a us, for, I believe, we have the best sheep 1 state In the union. You know that the t higher up In the hills the mutton In J"' raised the better It la. A West Virginia " sheep man, Cornelius H. Bell, took the premium at the Paris exposition for the ihiest wool. I have information that there Is about to be a great revival In c the lumber Industry. And right in that connection I want to say the new tariff helps us amazingly. The prosecutlns g, attorney of McDowell county told me ' the other 'day that a new lumber com* pany had just come In there from out- n side of the state and had put up post* w ers calling for 500 men. The Panther j, ! company, of that county, which susJ j, pcnded some time ago, has resumed and a will put about 400 men to work at once | These are the reports that are comlnp j, to me dully. Y?>u know, probably, that jj West Virginia has millions of acres ol j, the finest kind of timber land Into which a an ax has never been struck. The rea- ^ son Is that much of the state 1b still far e, off the railroads." w "Is there prospect of railroad build- a i Ing. governor?" c, "Yea, I know of several roads that are Cl to be extended into the interior of tho f( I state by routes thnt will open up large timber and coal tracts." "About your oil?Is It holding out?" i "Talking of oil," replied the governor, "we're In the eternal center of It. We don't know how large the field Is. and will not for some time to come, but the Indications are that the oil underlies a large portion of the state. There Is no question about the field holding out. The limit on production Is not the prci sent extent of the field. Tho Standard I company doesn't allow more than H needed to bo produced. It has a way of holding down productions. You underI stand how that Is. West Virginia would turn out n great deal more oil than 6he Is doing if the demand justified. As soon as the wells In one place begin to show signs of exhaustion the Standard company moves along a little further Into the state, puts down new wells and maintains the production. There Is no iroubls in finding good oil land as fast as wanted." It is an Interesting fact that the production of oil in West Virginia, even at present low prices, has reached about $10,000.000 a year. The traditional yearning of the wandering mountaineer for hJs old iiome is having a practical Illustration In West Virginia. It is bringing back to the state in notable numbers those who have fought fortune with various result/ In tiie west and other parts of the country. This, however, is only a small part of the Increase. "Our population," said Governor Atkinson. "Is growing rapidly. We aro getting a good many settlers from old Virginia, but the most of the new ele Vnvl* pjinnuvlvnnlA und Ohio. It Is composed of those who see the opportunities offered by our undeveloped natural resources. We have got as many churches In proportion to population as any state In the union. There never was Intolerance there. The members of any party can have peaceable meetings anywhere In the state. We believe In free speech." The governor of West Virginia Is not whistling his way through a graveyard. Ills cheerfulness In sustained by the ~ facts In every department of the state government. ? "My predecessor," said Secretary of 'J State Dawson, "told me there would be a very little to do In July and August. I have found these two of the busiest 0 months I have had. West Virginia,you J', know, is a great corporation state, Our 11 laws encourage Incorporation. When business Is depressed the applications to H Incorporate fall off, An increase of cor- 8 po rat Ions Is one of the best Indications ^ of Improvement. In July of 18D0 we Issued articles to seventeen domestic and ? twenty-six foreign companies. Foreign . companies aro those having their prln- !' clpai office or place of business outside 1 of the state. In July of this year the domestic incorporations were thirty. P. nearly double those of last year, and n| the new foreign companies were forty. an Increase of fourteen. August will C( make a still better showing." (j Secretary Dawson l? chairman'of the (| Republican State Central Committee. He smiled when he asked If there wan ^ nny prospect of West Virginia In the t] near future returning to Democracy. And then, to illustrate how things have * changed in the state, he sold: * (*j' "Fifteen years ago we never received Pt election returns from McDowell conn- n ty Why? Llecause there were so few people thnt no attention was paid to election d.?y. Now McDowell has como (, out of the woods. At the last election It ? rive i.Goo Itepubllcnn majority. It Is w part of the Flat Top coal region, where r, many Pennsylvnnlans have gone In,and where there Is great development." f, The slate treasurer notes the fact that p t/ix collections are coming In regularly r, and satisfactorily ns one of the best pi proofs of new condition*. West Virginia n not only has no snte debt, but ban a tl surplus of nearly 11,000,000. tl II18 KINO IN HIS MEI.0N. < - II A Tntr wliluh liSalr unity Votmlial for l?y n IUT#IUr. \ .>' niphls Commercial Appenl: Walter " L. Ilerrohi general delivery cleric at the ? rovtoftlcc. has enjoyed a good reput itlon fur veracity among Ills friend i, but the fury that In- lold to them ye i- nliy, ^ wiii ill that Hi" wont credulous of his ,,, friend" could .'Hind, and loo intieh for Hi" majority of llieni. II was let" in the iflernooii when Mi Iterron culled are- ,r joiler "ft l<i one side of the building, b 11ml prefa ed Ills ri'tunrlts Willi (lie fol- n lowing: p "Now. I would not tin' b id bit sur? i ib l If * <IM n.?l believe the story r. tii.il I " mr lo I' ll >><u, hut li i! a I ii ractl, iwvoithp|o?, h i iImi i iv portion of the i -m. (ii>mi Iii the vicinity of Hiiv?'0, ?titl ottc Hun ley mm II strolling In He patch, which my fatli- f< I In I u\, I't. II. \. Shaw, hAd plant* It 3 in melons. Some time during the fternoon I lost d heavy gold ring that had boon wearing upon my watch lain. The chain broke and I spent an our looking for the ring, but it was all i vain. Nothing more could I see of le ring until yesterday. Dr. Shaw had ?nt us a fine watermelon for a Sunday Inner, and down in the center of It I it into something that looked strange, ubedded risht in the center of the red ult there was a white substance like 10 inner portions of the rind. Into this cut, and there was the ring that I had st several months ago." Here Mr. Herronsaw that the reporter as seriously embarrassed, and he pro. jsted that the story was as true as _ > . i-i ..... In hlu uyiniug mai no nau ever iu?v? ... ...? fe. "You can provo It by Dr. Shaw," >ntinued the clerk, "and several of the thers at the house that saw It. Now, I ave not the slightest Idea how the ring ot In there, but It evidently must have one ho when the melon was quite small nd then the melon grew up around It. fully Intended preserving the piece of 10 rind in which the linn was found, ut the cook let it get destroyed." Mr. Herron was wearing the ring that e said remained for several months In position In a melon corresponding to lat which Jonah occupied for a short me In the whale. It wai a large, heavy ing, not very thick, but nearly half an ich broud. A SPLENDID PLANT. oru U Appreciated fu Amerlcn, hut Foirlcn ftatlona Neglect It. St. Louis Globe-Democrat: It la granting to know that there is an increasing )reign demand for corn. Our America laize is truly a wonder In the vegetable rorld, a phenomenal gift of nature. It i doubtful if this country could have eon colonized from Europe without Its Id, or the wilderness subdued without :s ready and wholesome abundance, laize is one of the few plants botanlpt-j ave never discovered in a niJd state or i the full armor of a cultivated crop, nd one used to All national and tribal ranarle?. But though it is appreciated verywhero in America, the rest of the rorld has been slow to give it a placo mong the best and moat nutrltlouo preals. In this country it has develop11 a line race of men and women, com5rtable farms, and thriving cotnmunl Fond TjovorHcr Fatheron, yet when foreign nations ore short f food they neglect molxo for more costr products of the soil, and this through lack of knowledge or a caprice of taste. In the fiscal year 1877, when the crop f wheat was short, our exports of corn xccoded those of wheat. The same ilng happened again, by n alight marin, In 1890. Ordinarily corn has been lighted In the foreign demand, and It Is till to an unreasonable extent unapprclated abroad. Hut there Is a change for ic better. The exports in 1890 of wheat nd Hour were 126,443,908 bushels. In the r.cal year ending In 1SD7 corn took the ;ad, reaching a total export of 17S.S17. I17 usheln, while that of wheat was 14G.082,16 bushels. It has been noticed In re;nt years that when the price of corn I? ss than half that of wheat tie- exports f corn Increase. Pro "en t conditions are ivorablc t.? a heavy foreign demand for srn, and the best thing about a larger i rmand Is that It leads^to a bettor no- I ualnanco with maize a? an unsurpaH.<'<l I rtlcle of food, it needs only to b< ' nown to bo valued as such throughout he world. our corn crop sotnotlmrs amounts to ,000,000,000 bushels, nnd this could be Inoflnltely Increased If the markets offerI a suitable reward to the farmer, fn ny cam- the tiller of the ".ill In America i familiar with Its great advantages. If e cannot sell It for n fair price he can ?ed It, and thus enrich the soil, a form f wealth not Identified with raising 'heat. In an extremity, always to bo jgrettod, it serves as fuel, which again i not true of whoat. a growth In tho reign demand for corn, with fairer pro. ortlonato prices, Is so much added to the ^s ources of our farmers and a basis of toady prosperity for American agrlculire. 10 very thing that tonds to proclaim io merits of mnlie jih food strengthen!! le world against famine, There was n Into when the starving Irish rejected nrnmeal because methods of preparing were unknown to them, and they had (ways regarded It. OH grain for cattle, lan.v places ntill exht where enlightenlont In needed concerning the product f a magnificent plant. Dili III* llrlt III* Conllft Hero is n Klondike story that comes ron? float tie: Although the Alaska oats nro crowded these days, the ofeers lira doing all that they can to iako everybody comfortable and con nted. When tho steamship Queen was bout to sail, n man rushed down to tho tirser nnd exi laimed excitedly "Look here, I paid for u slate mom tr myself and wife, nnd when I got jere I found 11vi old cow (ticking iier r id through the window." "I am very sorry," aid the pur ' i We are very crowded, but i will do He be-t I enit for you, John (turning > a dock hand), go up on dn It and irn that cow around!" ABSOLUTELY SAFE The Vaults Where the Cuuntrv'i Money is Kept MADE IMPERVIOUS TO THIEVES Xew Uurglmr Alarm Allulininti Pnlli l ulled glutei Treasury Bulldlug Ren* tiers Ha littery Impotallile?The Ul( Caverns Containing Vast Bnms of UoM Mtvrr and Notes Llneil Willi Eleclrlcu L'oiidiii'lnri. tvhleh will Ulvn Immeillut Notice If They lire Tampered With. WASHINGTON, D. C., Sept. S.?Th eleven vaults and four safes, which pro tect the vast sums Jn gold, sliver, an< notes In the treasury department, an hardly the kind of "cribs" the ordlnarj cracksman would attempt to rifle Hedged In by combination time lock and special watchmen, compassei round by walls of steel and concrete they do not offer a tempting field fo even the most skillful or sanguim knight of the Jimmy. Still, given sufll clent time, any mechanical contrivance must yield to another in skilled bunds and the officials have recently Installei a system of burglar alarms that woilli make the treasures of the nation eafi if they were only guarded by sheet Iroi cases. This system, now covering all thi vaults and safes of the treasurer's of flee, as well as those of the register am comptroller, provides for a series o jackets lining the safes and vaults, con nected on one general circuit, as wel as connecting each vault on a separat circuit. These Jackets are completi electrical conductors, and the sllghtes attempt to tamper with any of thi vaults or safes would immediately tun In an alarm to the central watch sta tlon of the department, us well as ti ofllce of an electric protective companj on Fifteenth street, northwest. Sucl an alarm would not only Indicate tha GET HER OUT. -Mr. Ootrox, your daughter in the npr -Young man, you'd bolter consult n the vaults wore being tampered wltti hut would locate tho exact location o th<* threatened danger to Uncle Sam' million*. Should any of the connectIni wires bo cut. an alarm would immedl ately Indicate such action and Its loca tlon. These precautions are essentially fo the protection of the treasury at night During the day time 11 force of compe tent and reliable watchmen an- 01 guard. This number has recently beei Increased, a large force being deeniei necessary. The government could easily hnv spent hundreds of thousands of dollar in building vault coverings, with everi burglar proof Improvement, and stll have rendered their ?Hin'on:s less secur than by the system of burglar alarm just put in. It Is history that, sooner or later, ex pert burglars find rome way to over >me any new mechanical device In vented for the purpose of limiting th operation of their profession and anj vaults now built would probably be ob xolete ami comparatively "easy" for i first-class cracksman to open within Of teen or twenty years. With this com paratively Inexpensive system of bur glar alarms It Is absolutely Imposslbli for nn attempt to tamper with thi vaults to proceed for the fraction of i econd without spreading an nlarn that would Immediately bring an arrnj of guards and policemen to the verj spot threatened. If. f lilm nfOnil. The little daughter of Rev. Mlnot J tfavago bad been taught that Qod wfli everywhere and manifest In cverythlnj and everybody. Ono <1 ny, s.iys tho Nov York "Tribune," she opened the fron door to admit tho llev. Dr. llnrtol, thi well-known Unitarian minister, wht had come to make u call upon her father. I)r, Parted was n man of magnlfl cent physique, with an exceedingly at tractive fao Ho deeply did his nobli app'vir.inco I in press the ehild that aftci lu iklng keenly and admiringly up a him. she lb w to her father, crying ex cltodly: "Hurry, papal God Is dowi here?nil of him!" A lliiniFftli'k liny. There Is a homesick Cleveland Imij visiting some r latlves in a nelghborlnj town, and sleeping out of the home ne? for the fir ' time lit his short life, sayi the Plain I'? aler. The other day hli mother had a lotto1 from lb" Hill f' II. iv, ti l?.ng tnlislve, it whleii he deluded I he happening* ?"f hli 11. 11 nidi<1 in this qu.iiitt fashion: "i'.em your dear born child." A?ui when bis mother read that, sic decided It was time for hltu to CO mi home, ABOUT BILL M ? A Ciootl Story ou the Fmtiona lluiiiorltt mill mi Old Newi|w|wr ('to tun of III*. * It Is a far cry from Instigating, promuting and reporting a prise tight to writing things for Chautauqua readers, but Sam Davis, of the Carson City Ap* . peal, Is something of a versatile genius, and he can do such things. The curs rent number of the Chautauquan contains not only a story of benign and worthy sort, written by the iditor of , tho old Comstock paper, but there is a ciever and discursive article on .Mara Twain, also Davis' product. The lati ter composition Is signed "David Masters," but the author la the Nevada B man. In a letter a Chicago friend, In which he speaks of the selection of this new name, the Carson City writer says: "The editor wrote me that he thought a It would not look well to see two such . different urtlcles In the Bame Issue . signed by one man, and said that he 1 had taken the liberty of signing 'David a Masters' to the Clemens story. He said y the magazine would reach mo about as soon as his letter, and asked if It was ' agreeable to me to see the article over s the signature he had given, j "Agreeable? Even If I had felt like kicking what was the use with the thing '' In type and bound and mailed to subr scrlbers? It was like the case of the L. Irish saloonkeeper, who, in the cellar tapping a keg of beer, was hailed by his wife, whom he had left 'tending bar 0 overhead. 'Martin!' she cried, 'Is Dlnnls Flaherty good for a drink of J whisky?' " 'Has he drank It?' Martin Inquired 1 anxiously. b "'He has.' , " 'He Is.' " [> Davis Is quite competent to write . about Mark Twain, or Indeed almost j any of the big men, notably those large f and great In literature?who have come out of the west. He has known them j all: Clemens, I3ret Hart, Judge Goodwin, Dan Do Qulllc, Dill Nye. Ambrose L| rierce?al]. While Nye was not a mountain man to such an extent as the 1 others there were frequent occasions e when he got Into the same horizon with 1 Sam Davis, and when they ascended - there were hot times In the old town. i After Nye had become fnmous and i had taken to lecturing he had no odd t adventure with Davis, whom often be lil / ilo of my ey<* n oculist. i. fore ho often mot Joyously and parted f from sadly. It was such an affair as s the humorist used to delight to put Into qr print, and it .sounds Impossible that he . has not told the story. If he has the . man who has read It heretofore can i skip It In this column. r Davis was working on a San Franc'hco paper, and Nye. meeting him, ^ asked if It were true that one could get a royal banquet In the Golden <Jate town for the ridiculous prices inen. tloned by men who had been there. Davis said the stories were overdrawn, but still one could manage to exist on L what was set before him, even If he J did not have a kegful of money In his * possession. 1 'I'll tell you what," he said, "you come '' along with me to dinner this evening s and I'll tnke you to a rotlsserle?one of those French restaurants, you know, - where you can get something for - twenty-flvo cents. Or, If you prefer, a - fifteen cent meal " e "I guess not!" cried Nye. who was / spending $ir. n day for being allowed to - breathe In the Palace hotel. "A quarter i meal's cheap enough." After they parted Davis hurried to - one of the Uncut eating houses in all 0 the coast eountry and had a brief but i) convincing conversation with the pro1 prlotor. Me nisi) called In to his aid a ^ man with whom he knew Nye had had . pome pleasant correspondence, and t. whom the lecturing knight desired to meet. In the evening the three gourmets approaehed the lair of good eating. The menu card wuh presented. It wan about as long as the Canadian . Pacific's time table, and made mention of wonderful things gastronomleal. Hut ? Davis and the other flan Frnnclsenn be* lmved with III temper when they saw It. f There wan no variety. If wnn no better t than the ton cent meals provided on , Kearney street, and here they were, prepared to pay two bits a head. Pl? nally thru, two Impatiently directed the - waiter to bring everything that was on - the bill, ami they would seleel sotne* thing fit to cat out of the lot. Mr. Nye > had very III t to hair, but what he had r rose In ii spiky way. t "Do you mean to say," In- gasped, - "that the prlne of such a meal us you i ar<- ordering Is a quarter?" "Well," said Davis In confusion, "of course llftOen cents would be nboul fho liulil price, bill something seems to bo . wrong with the chef to-day. Try fo ' make out ii little, and we'll go somcr whole else to-morrow. I am really fill, t ed with shame at bringing you hero to n i such n poor, dlsmnl excuse for a dinner, but I hmlM't been In hero for a month and didn't khow It had run down so," 1 The two coastwise men objected to 14 ( Verythlii'; The wine was not more than twenty years old, whereas they were i aylng money enough to got good " stuff. The lobsters were wrong In some ? way, the >Kinds were fnulf>, they Insisted; the bird, the tlsh, the sirloin? everything clear through to the fruit and liv < ream and pastry and coffee and cognac, was criticised. It might bo considered passable at a twenty cont place, but at a shop where the price was twenty-live cents it wus inexcusable. The wont of it was they had a guest with them, and he would carry away a pour opinion of San Francisco hospitality. They again called the proprietor over and forced him to apologise to the visitor for the wretcheu food he had served. Then Davis paid the checks, which were for twenty-live cents apiece, and Nye nearly fainted when the cashier humbly thanked him. The next day Nye slipped away from all friendly hands ami secretly went around to that restaurant. He wanted to have just one more of those stupendous twenty-live cent dinners. So he ordered about one-third what he had taken on the previous day. "There's no use wasting food Just because It Is provided so generously and at such a price," he reasoned. And he called for his check. Somewhat to his surprise the check was for 122.70. The Davis dinner had been ft nice, pleasant little prearranged swindle put up by Sam und his friend and the restaurateur. It was the same Davis who previous to this had been for ouv flay chief Justice of the supreme court of the state of North Carolina, though he had never been In North Carolina. Going east one winter the wan from the coast stopped off at Laramie to renew his troubles with Nye, who was then Justice of the peace. The court was busy with a legal hearing, and when Davis appeared in the doorway Nye immediately called him forward. "Gentlemen of the bar," he said, addressing the two attorneys, "it uffords me plensure to Introduce Chief Justice Witherspoon of the North Carolina supreme court. Judge, your arrival is most opportune, and 1 want you to sit here with me and advise me on thin case. Join me on the bench." Then In a whisper, "Hack me up, you outlaw, or I'll commit you for ten days as a vagrant." Never was a case argued with more vigor. This was the first time these Wyoming lawyers had ever confronted a real chief Justice, and they made the most of it. At Intervals of about thirty ? minutes the eminent forensic light from the south would request that the court be cleared bo that he might confer with his distinguished colleague, Judge Nye, upon some abstruse point. Then, while the lawyers and others went down stairs by the front hallway, these two false pretenders would retire by the back stairway to the market of wet merchandise. When the last attorney had finished his oration another conference was held, after which Nye calmly looked down upon the litigants and said: "A serious doubt has arisen. This Is an assault COlC nucil an I uu?c HC<|Uv-Mfcly dealt with for months past. I have fined some defendants and released some. But I find I am In the wrong. Judge Witherspoon tells me that by tho common law of England the defendant 1h subject to capital punishment, fine. Imprisonment or liberty. Hut he very properly says there 1h doubt as to whether or not under territorial government we are not working In the purview of this law. Maybe we are; maybe not. He promises to look It up on his return home. In the meantime, If J have erred In previous decisions, the county Ih liable to heavy damages as Indemnity. I may have let some men go whom I ought to have hanged. 1 hope, therefore, that as taxpayers, upon whom such money loss would fall, you will agree with me that it is best to say nothing about It until we hear from Judge Witherspoon. I think, and tho Judge concurs with me, that we would best dismiss the present action without prejudice. In the meantime tho eminent Judge requests that we all go down and take a drink on him." In Laramie they are still waiting for decision of Judge Witherspoon's. Ilia Uiicle'i I.onjjcut Day. There was in those days a serious mannered Irish member named Hlako (not to be confounded with the cx-preclUlnrr mnmhor fnr South Longford), who Is remembered for a brief correspondence he read to the delighted house. It was Introduced In a speech delivered In debate on the Irish Sunday closing bill. Mr. Dlako had, he confidentially informed the house, an uncle who regularly took six tumblers of whisky toddy dally. This troubled him. and after much thought he resolved to write and remonstrate with his relative. The following was the letter: MV DEAR UNCLE:?I write to say how pleased I should bo If you could see your way to giving up your six glasses of whiskey n day. I am sure you would find many advantages In doing so. the greatest of which would be that, as I am persuaded, it would bo the means of lengthening your days. The uncle replied: MY DEAR NEPHEW:-! am much obliged to you for your dutiful letter. I was so much struck by what you said, and Jn particular by your kind wish to lengthen my days, that last Friday I gave up tho whiskey. I believe you aro right, my boy, as to my days being lengthened, for, bedad, It was the longest day I ever remember! ?II. W. Lucy In North American Review, The Wmy to l?r Rnfr, lie was n slip of a boy of four, with tho face of a cherub crowned by golden curls, which persisted In wandering Into his large blue eyes, aaya Ju;1rc. Next to him sat a man, a huge slxfootor, Intent on reading his paper. The trolley car sped along until it reached the brow <?f a very steep and long hill. The child eyed the hill distrustfully for n second, thon settled bock with aeon* tinted sigh. The man glanced up from his paper and, noting tho movement, tho boy naked: "Are you scared, mister?" The man glanced at tho mlto, smiled, and laid: "So, not very." "Well, you needn't be," raiding his eyes through the ninsH of tnngled curls. "All you have to do Is Just put your trust In the Lord." Tlic Wrniiii lloi', At a country school not a hundred miles from Weathorly ono of the directum In a clergyman, lie sent word that he, with the other directors, would visit the school last Friday, The teacher, a young girl, wan desirous of making n good Impnwfim, no she drilled the children carefully as to what to say on the occasion of the visit. Tho flmt boy wet < to be asked, "Who made you?" ills reply was to be "Hod." The second l?oy was 10 !" imkcd, "Who was t|? first man?" His answer, of course, was to be "Adam." The appointed hour came and In her flurry Hi- teacher failed to n dice that the first boy was nlieent. She walked over and asked, "Johnny, who made you'. Adam," was the reply, "No! No! Johnny; Hod made you." "No hn didn't. The boy what God made stayed at home to*dtty." 1