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.What tb.e Weather H
Washington, March 15.-The we?th- ;
cr Bureau has just brought to a cou
ch: ion au investigado* of the utmost
interest, relating to jlestruotiou of life
by lightning, which has been in pro
gress for the last eleven years. As a
result, it finds that from 700 to 800
lives arc lost in this country each year
by thunderbolts, and that the mor
tality from this caus? ?B sufficiently
greater in some regions than in others
to make it worth while for residents
ol' electrically threatened districts to
take spcoial precautions. Tabulation
of deaths is not yet completed for the
last year, butin 1900 no fewer than
713 persons in the United States were
killed or fatally injured by lightning.
Of this number 291 wera killed in the, I
open, 158 in houses, 57 under trees, '
and 50 in barns. Just how the re
maining 151 died ia not known. In
addition to the above 973 persons wore
more or less injured in 1900-by light
ning stroke-57 of >hem in barns and
2(J under trees.
It is unfortunate that people are so
addicted, when a thunderstorm comes
up, to seeking shelter in haren and
ii der trees, because, aa is shown by
he above figures, death frequently
ornes in this way. Men, like ani
als, are killed by thunderbolts, not
ingle, but in bunoheswhen they hud
le together. A tree particularly is a
rst-ra ce thing to avoid when light
ing is abroad, and it is most injudi
ious for persons under such oiroum
tances to orowd together under
hreshing maehines, sheds, or in
'grand stands" at rac o tracks or
ounty fairs, especially under or near
In the United States thunder storms
re frequent over all of the territory
ast of the 100th meridian. West of
hat meridian, oxcept in the Rooky
lountain region, tho f requency steadi
uiminishes, until along the Pacific
oast such a phenomenon is rarely ob
erved. The three greatest thunder
torn regions are in the neighborhood
f Florida, in tho middle Mississippi
alley, and in the middle Missouri
alley. Florida, which has the high
st average, shows a record of about
r ty-fi ve such storms annually; the
ther two ' regions 35 and 30 respeo
The greatest number ci fatal light
ing strokes ooour in the Middle At
ntio States. The Ohio Valley and
ennessce come next, and the middle
nd upper Mississippi Valley a oloae
ird. During tho five years from
896 to 1900 the greatest number of
eatha (186) occurred in Pennsylvania,
llowed by ' Ohio with 135, and In
iana, Illinois and New York with 124
ch. The utmost fatality of a single
roko occurred at. Chicago, where
even persons, huddled together in a
no-lined shanty under a pier, met
stant death by a kingle bolt.
The belief that, the chance of injury
y lightning in cities is less than in
untry seems to be rather general,
t the weather bureau experts say
iat it has no basis in fact. It is true
lat the modern oity building, with
|s metal covered roof and steel frame,
a fairly good conductor of eleo
icity, and on that account is in much
as danger of receiving a damaging
roko than an isolated dwelling in
ie open rural districts. Also, the
Multiplication of telegraph, .telephone
id eleotrio light wires in cities helps
carry ott the surplus electricity
iring a storm; but, should a really
[eat storm cloud with a tremendous
)re of energy approach, all of the
ires in New York would not prevent
from discharging right and left.
I lt has often been suggested that the
)vernment ought to make experi
ments on a large scale, with a view to
baining knowledge that would re?
ir life and property more secure dur*
jg thunder storms. Unfortunately
ie phenomena of lightning are mani
sted in such a gigantic way that
boratory study is of little use. It
true that small lightning flashes
n be produced in the laboratory,
ith the aid of a mode-, n alternating
achine and a "transformer,'V but a
shtning flash of a. mile or moro in
ngth so vastly transcends the feeblo
)ark induced by tho electrician that
?ry little is gained by observation of
A current of 10,000 volts will iump
'rosa a space of abouthalf an inoh
?twoe? two metal points?, and hence
is inferred that a lightning flash
hieh extends from a passing oloud to
ie earth below must have an eleotrO
otive force of many millions of volts,
ben it is considered that many
'under storm clouds are att least a
Hs above the earth, it ia obvious
i?t the onergy evolved ia gigantic
Respecting the cause? cf thunder
'd lightning almost nothing is
?t>wn, strange to s?.y. Certain con
tions of heat, wind aud moisture,
ureart Bays 3Jbout lt.
obviously present in tho formation of
thunder storms, have to do wiih tho
phenomena developed. It is suspect
ed that motion of some sort is ac
countable in the premises-either mo
tion of the wind, causing friction be
tween tho air particles, or motion of
the molecules of water vapor when
condensed into a liquid to form rain.
But there, is not always rain when
there i's lightning, though a partiou
I lar?y heavy downpour is lieble to fol
I low immediately upon a shook of
thunder, and, in short, the matter is
a good deal of a mystery.
In Kansas and Colorado tremendous
wind storms some times occur, carry
ing dust in columns fully 1,000 feet
j high, and accompanied by flashes of
light, which apparently start from no
particular place, but pervade tho dust
everywhere. Yet there is no light
ning, properly speaking. Persons ex
posed to these storms become so
strongly charged with eleotrieity that
sparks pass from their bodies to any
metal objects. What is the meaning
of these storms, meteorologically
speaking? Nobody knows. The weath
er bureau does not pretend to be able
As a result of its study of the sub
ject, the weather bureau gives tho
following advice to the people:
Do not stand under or near trees
during thunder storms, or in the door
ways of barns, or dose to cattle, or
near chimneys and fireplaces, or close
by the terminus of a wire clothes lice.
Avoid suspending the clothes line be
tween a oorner of the house aud a
convenient tree; rather let it be hung
from one tree or post to another. On
the other hand, there is not muoh
PCL.EC in going to bed, orin trying to
insulate oneself in feather beda. And
it is an absurdity to suppose that
small articles of steel have the pov^r
to attraot lightning.
Just before and during thunder
storms many people suffer from a
nervous depression, whichisnot easily
accounted for. Others are frightened,
tho? -.gb for such fears there is no suf
ficient reason. It should always be
remembered that one who lives to see
?he lightning flash ueed not concern
himself about the possibility of per
sonal injury from that flash.
Lightning, when it strikes a person,
frequently causes a temporary paraly
sis, stopping the breathing and the
heart-beat. If the victim is left alono
he is . likely to die. But there is a
good chance of bringing him back to
life if proper means are taken. Hot
flannels and bottles of hot water
should be applied, to keep up the
warmth of the body, and the limba
should be rubbed energetically up
ward, so as to force the blood to the
heart and brain. As soon as the pa-.
tient can swallow, a small quantity of
whiskey . or coffee should be given.
Encourage sleep, and above all send
instantly for a physician.
Danger, of Colds sn? La Grippe.
The greatest danger from colds.and
l? grippe is their resulting in pneu
monia.. If reasonable oare ia used,
however, and Chamberlain's Cough
Remedy taken, all danger will be
avoided. Among the tens of thous
ands who have used this remedy for
these diseases, we have yet. to learn
of a single case having resulted in
pneumonia, which shows conclusively
that it is a certain preventive of that
dangerous malady. It will ouro a cold
or an attack of la grippe in lee's time
than any other treatment. It is pleas
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A Double Team.
A man who was bicycling in South
ern France was pushing his machine
up a steep hill when he overtook a
peasant with a donkey cart. The pa
tient beast was making but little pro
gress, although it was doing its best.
Tho benevolent oyolist, putting his
I left hand against the back of the cart
and guiding his maohine with the oth
er hand, pushed so hard that the don
key, taking fresh oourage, pulled his
load successfully up to the top.
When the summit ./as reached the
peasant burst into thanks to his ben
"It was good of you, indeed, mon
sieur !" he protested. "I should nover
in tho world hav". got np the hill with
only ono donkojr."-Youth's Com
Nothing so thoroughly removes dis
ease germs from the system as Prickly
Ash Bitters. It gives life and action
to the torpid liver, strengthens and
assists tho kidneys to properly cleanse
tho blood, gives tone to the stomach,
purifies the. bowels, and promotes goon
appetite, vigor and cheerfulness.
- It ia said tho happiest man in
Georgia haa six fiddleu, ten ohildren,
thirteen hounds, ? deaf and dumb
wife and & moonshine still that has
never }>eo? spotted by tho govern
Waif a Mill?n Hons.
The town of Petaluma is ruled by
500,000 bons. But for these naif a
million of hons tho town would never
have been what it now is, and the egg
and poultry raising industry of Peta
luma would never have hatched, so to
speak, and reached its present immense
proportions. The hens know it,
and henoe there is no spot in the
place th ac is forbidden to them.
They greet tho visitor aa he steps
from the train and they cluck at him
as he departs-that is, if ho doesn't
at&y and go into the poultry business
in this favorable spot, which many
finally do. Twenty-three years ago
thore wero not moro than a hundred
or two chickens to bo found in or
around Petaluma. Now more eggs
and poultry are shipped from that
point thea all the other towns of the
state combined, and tho poultry randi
es vary in size from a backyard to a
hundred aores or more. No person
having a scrap of land to sparo is
without a flock, of heos.
The few figures following make tho
egg business appear a very much more
dignified occupation than it is popu
larly supposed to be:
Tho shipments from Petaluma last
year were 2.600,000 dozen eggs and
30,000 dozen of poultry. As high as
14,000 dozen eggs have boen . shipped
out io one day from tho Petaluma
Petaluma's proud position as the
egg centro of the Pacific coast is not
the result of accident, but is due to a
combination, viz.: right soil, oool
summers and favorable location.
Nearness to the San Franoisco market
and the extremely low freight rates
afforded by. reason of the competition
between water and rail transportation
are other important factors in its de
The poultry idustry has been the
means of making muoh otherwise
worthless land muoh more valuable.
Tho big Coiuii rancho of 10,000 aores I
bas recently been subsidivided and I
sold out in small holdings. To drive
through it now is to find a veritable
The White Leghorn fowls, among
the best layers known, aro kept to
nearly the entire exclusion of other
breeds for the egg business is really
more promising here than the poultry
Bide of the industry.
It is a pretty sight at the feeding
time of 6,000 or 7,000hens on a many
acred ranoh. Perhaps the chicken
houses, each with its nearby colony of
10 or 150 ohiokens, are scattered
over many aores, sometimes amid the
green of a foothill orchard.
There ia a rush and a flutter of a
living cloud of white as the man starts
out from the feed house with h or s o
and sled to make the round of the
tiers of houses, scattering feed and
gathering the harvest of eggs aa he
goes. The length of this trip varies,
of course, with the amount of land oc
cupied, but the feeding sled some
times makes a circuit of a mile.
The hens sro fed generally only
onoe a day, with the addition of a
lunoh of green feed at night.. The
sled is loaded with four barrels of
water, five sacks of wheat and a mash
composed of three sacks ' of coarse
middlings and 40 pounds of either out
green bone or ground fresh meat,
which is mixed with skim milk that
bas been allowed to sour. On a big
ranch it takes from Ca. m. until ll
to complete the feeding and watering
and a sufficient quantity is put out to
last 24 hours. Seventy-five hens are
roosted in each house, and the houses
are built on runners. ,
The colonies are from 40 to 500 feet
apart, and the hena being well sup
plied with feed, are content and do
not wander from one oolony to another.
An interesting feature of this open
colony system is that eaoh fowl knows
and goes unerringly to its own partic
ular colony house for roosting at
In 1900, $20,000 was spent with the
merchants of the town for chicken
feed. This was outside and above the
feed stuff which some of . the large
poultry raisers import from San Fran
oisco. Small oyster shells are brought
into this town of hess by thcaohooner
load to furnish the biddies, with the
lime wherewith io produce a proper
eggshell. Th? oost of feeding one
one hen well, and strike the happy
medium o? success in feeding, is about
65 centa per year-from tbat to $1,
A man will go into a store in Petalu
ma and buy $500 worth of chioken
feed and pay cash for it aa readily,
and perhaps mere so, than he would
boy his wif s a silk gow a.
The best argument as to profits is
the fact that everybody in the town is
in the poultry business in some form,
and they all stay in and enlarge each
year. . The average profit per hen is
$1 to $1.50 net per annum. Ono man
about thrco miles from Petaluma. has
succeeded by apedial care, neatness
and good selection of fowls, in making
his hens pay a trifle over $2 each per
annum. If' the'eggshells wore only
as valuable aa tho eggs, what a dupli
cate store of richea would accrue to
many. The incubators leave behind
them a vast number of shells, which
are carted away by the wagon load for
use in . the tanneries, or are crushed
and fed to their near relatives, tho
chicks. Perhaps the biggest wagon
load on record was made by the shells
left by 45,000 chicks hatched by in
cubator. Encased in wire netting, j
thoy resembled a case of hngc pop
corn.-San Francisco Call.
A Psychological marvel.
It is asserted on good authority,
that some 4A miles north of Leesville,
S.C., lives u mulatto, Major Perr>,
oallcd alike by whites and blacks tho
* sleeping preacher." He, together,
with his wife is totally illiterate. His
years number about 45. Some 12
years ago tho phenomenon to which
thia article calls attention first began
to be noticed.
When a young man, ho felt that a
"call" to preach waa his, but it was j
disregarded. He but seldom attends
church. Each night, Friday alone
excepted, and that not always, about
15 or twenty minutes after retiring
(about 8 o'olock is his rule) ho begins
to preach. He first announces his
text, chapter uud verso or verses in I
tho Bible correctly, after whioh he
reads the text; always justas it is in ,
tho word. Ho then "lines" out aud
sings a hymn and prays, after which
tho sermon proper begins. The ser
mon is better than tho average, abovo
tho reach of the average negro preach
er at least. It is grammatical and
logical and lasts from. 45 minutes
to 1 hour. Sometimes, during his
delivery of the sermon tho muscles cf
the body, especially the arniB and
neck contract producing a cataleptic
condition. This stops the sermon.
Tho attacks last for a minute or so
and aro driven away by the wife, who
strokes with her hands the parts af
fected. When the tendenoy to cata
lepsy is banished, he resumes his
discourse, beginning exaotly where he
left off, even though it was in the
middle of a sentence. During thc
summer, about a certain time each
year, he holds his protracted services,
sometimos getting pretty "loud," a
characteristic of his race. At these
special times he delivers two sermons
and invites "mourners" to come to
the altar; sometimes he will ccasoand
go through the motions of drinking
water. He takes a short recess be
tween the delivery of his hermons.
It may be added that Major does not
boloDg to the church, in fact is irre
ligious. He cannot be convinced j
that he preaohes ic his sleep.
Tho best class of white citizens for
miles around visit his cabin to hear
him. Leading physicianshave vainly
endeavored to awaken him while t in
this abnormal state. After finishing
the sermon he is easily aroused. They
have pierced his muscles with sharp
instruments, made loud noises, even
placed cotton between his naked toes
and burned it (oausing him great pain
after returning to consciousness), but
without avail. During tho time of
prcaohing it is an impossibility to
stop him. Occasionally, while driv
ing along the public road, he enters
this voluntary trance and delivers a
sermon, or if he happens, inside a
ohmoh he is liable to fall asleep and
begins a sermon himself, in which
case the preaoher in the pulpit dc
siatfl. Major Perry is certainly a psy
chological marvel and as such should
be studied by science.-Newberry Ob
To Core a Cold In Ooo Day.
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signature on every box. 25o.
- A foql's modesty is never allowed
to overshadow his inability.
Hie Coming of Spring.
Io an**rticle on "The Coming of
3pring," in tho March Woman's
Homo Companion, Ernest Harold
Baynes gives tho following description
of tho year's now birth:
As tho last snow melts away into
tho singing soil tho gentle voicrt of
spring is heard calling softly to tho
sleeping flowers. Well they know
that Voice, and well they trust it, for
presently they push their way upward
through the loose, warm earth and
assemble in tho valleys, on sunny,
sheltered slopes and in tho lee of bat
tered gray stone walls. The hardy
May flower pushes its way under tho
pino needles; the frail hep?ticas peep
with their blue eyes from beneath tho
withered leaves, and soon thc woods,
so lately whito with suow are flecked
by countless thousands of anemones.
Later in the year thero will ho moro
flowers, larger flowers and brighter
and wo may lovo them all, but none
can thrill us like these Si&l born chil
dren of spring. Other and grander
ones will follow, but they will lack an
indescribable something which neith
er color, fragrance nor beauty of form
can make up for. If wc wish to enjoy
this "coming of spring" we must
ch ise a morning when the air is bal
l-., and when tho bluebirds ar* sing
ing and walk well into the country.
As wo pass through a little town per
haps wc shall seo lawns sprinkled
with crocuses-white, purple and
cloth of gold-and dark borders will
be lighted by lines of nodding daffo
dils. Here and thero a magnolia dis
plays its wealth of bloom or stands
half despoiled in a fairy ring of petals.
In one garden a snowy spiraea shrub
is blooming, and in another tho wind
is scattering the golden blossoms of
forsythia. Tho hedges of Japanese
quinoe are just beginning to show
color, and in tho orohards cherry,
j peach and pear troes arc in bloom.
She Coaxed in Vain.
He was a popular young dentist,
wjth clientele among the Bmart wo
men, one of whom had been protesting
for an hour that he was killing her.
But he kept very steadily at work,
with a soothing word occasionally, and
as ho said, "That will do for to-day,"
ho added, "Now, I didn't really hurt
I you, did I, Miss V.?-'
j "N-no," she admitted reluctantly,
I "but I always felt as if you were just
"That is it," said he. "Now, thero
is ono infallible sign for which a dent
ist always watches when he is working
on a lady's teeth and which she gives
involuntary when she is hurt. She
i cannot help giving it and when I Bee
I it I always stop."
j "Tell me what it ?s?" she inquired
"Wo never tell," he replied with an
"Because you would immediately
try to counterfeit it."-Washington
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- A dog ?6 not allowed td trot
j across some of the strongest suspen
j sion bridges in the world. The vibra
I tion whioh his motion produoes is dau
' gerous to tho structure. The dogs aro
carried over in vehioles. A oat walk
ing aoross a floor of a brick building
shakes it more than many people
tf^4kOT.8'?fe#n'lf/kB94> Is the name sometimes given to what
H IBHIB4?B IBSIIB^ is generally known as thc BAD DIS
VVflBiyUlVU^ EASE. It is not coffined to dens of
? vice or the lower classes, ,The purest
Riife?l?l ? ? ?fel^Aift fleeted w^
If I WU 1 VlvVli brough handling the clothing,
drinking from the same vessels,
using the same toilet articles, or otherwise coming in contact with persons
who have contracted it.
It begins usually with a little blister or sore, then swelling in the
groins, a red eruption breaks out on Ten year. ^ x contraote4 a bad oaBe
the body, sores and Ulcers appear of Blood Pdlson. X was under treatment
in the mouth, the throat becomes of a phy aidan antill found that ho could
ulcerated, the hair, eye brows and *V"f T> E?iJHS beffan t?kinK
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la3hea fall out ? the, blood becoming and ln a very shorfc tlmo all ovidenoe of
more contaminated, copper colored the dlseaoe disappeared. I took six bot*
splotches and pustular eruptions and ties and today am sound and well.
sores appea?ipon different parts of WaU' Morristown, Tenn.
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