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GEN. LEE AND PRIVATE SMITH. Two Occasions 01 Which the Former Entertained the Latter. , Henry H. Smlti, the well-known cotton broker of Atlanta, Ga., is) a model business me.ru and apparently the last person in tbe world to take any liberties with a stranger. But appear ances are sometimes deceptive, and Smith makes out a strong case against himself in a story which he occasional ly tells when he attends a confederate reunion. ' ' ' ' ' ' . "In the early part of the- war," said Smith, "I was a private soldier under Stonewall Jackson in Virginia. , At that time I was a mere boy, and my gun was almost as big and heavy as I was. You can imagine how tired and hungry I was after I had marched two days without any food. A driving rainstorm came on, and I could hardly drag my feet along the muddy road. A tent by the roadside attracted my at tention, and I saw a gray-bearded face peeping out at the. marching troops. J "Hello, old man I I shouted; 'got anything to eat in there?" " 'Yes; what's the matter?' the man in the tent replied. "I told him that I was. hungry and iad been marching two days without a scrap of food. " 'Come right in,' said the old fellow, pleasantly. "Into the tent I plunged In a hurry, throwing down my gun and smacking my lips in anticipation, of a square meal. The stranger opened a camp chest and invited me to help myself. You should have seen the way I sailed Into the rations. I ate ravenously, without saying a word, and for the time forgot all about my kind host. "Finally he asked me if I would have a drink of water, ' and handed me a gourd from a bucket In one corner of the tent. I took a big drink and got ready to depart. " 'You have been very kind to me,' I said to my new friend, 'and I would like to know your name.' " 'My name is Lee,' was the answer. " 'Lee what Lee? I asked him 'not Gen Lee? " 'That is my name,' was his quiet response. "Well, I was taken aback, of course, but I was young and cheeky and I made the best of it. Soldiers had no handkerchiefs, and so I wiped my hand on my breeches and gave the gen eral's paw a cordial shake. "He asked my name and told me to take care of myself as I left. "A few days later my command was on the march, and had just reached a bridge when it was ordered to open ramks to let OeD. Lee pass. "I was standing at the head of the line, and' when the general dashed up, followed by a negro servant riding on another horse, I could not keep still. "Howdy, general!' I shouted. "'Why, Smith, my boy, he replied, as he pulled, up his horse. 'Here, Smith, get on this horse and follow me.' ' "The negro turned over his horse to me and I mounted him. "I rode off with my commander, feel ing mighty good, I can tell you; but "I ATE RAVENOUSLY." those rascals at the bridge were bound to have their fun4, and about 1,000 of them set up a yell. " 'Take him along, general,' they howled. 'He ain't nio good' never was on a horse before in. his life can't do nothing but eat take him and keep him!' "That was the send-off my comrades gave me; but the general understood the humorous side of camp life, and he merely smiled and kept straight ahead. "I accompanied him a short distance and returned to my tompany in. the course of an hour or two, after the general's staff had joined him. "That is the story of my meeting with' Bob Lee. Do you wonder that we boys .ill took a fancy to him? He was just asi clever to Private Smith as he would have beer to a general, and I could see that it was a pleasure to hSm to share his rations with me. "But the boys guyed me about it a long time. , They, told the story with lots of fanciful flourishes, and three yeaa-s later, when I went to the west as an officer on Gen- Forrest's staff, I 'found that the tale had preceded me and had made me well known in army circles." Chicago Times-Herald. Anecdote of Lee. The following anecdote of Cen. Hob ert E. Lee is characteristic of thejnng oanimous greatness of the Virginia chieftain: "At a faculty ceetingof the 'Washington, and Lee university d.urlng ILee's presidency one of the professors made some disparaging remarks about Cen. Grant. Gen. Lee in- indignation rose from his chair, and looking the professor full in the face said to him: 'Sir, if you ever presume to speak das " respectfully of Gen. Grant in my pres nce either you or I will sever connec tion with this university.' "St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Ml DID THE WORK OF -A HORSE. The (Inter Job ot a Union Prlaone ,; In the South.'- In a little volume published by Mr. Patterson, of Jefferson City, in 1874 the biographies of the members who composed the general assembly that year are given. Among others this paragraph will be fonnd: Benjamin Allsup Born in Tennessee and removed to Douglass county, Mo.; was captured by Gen. Shelby, tried as a spy and condemned to be shot; worked in the bark' mill of the rebel tannery ct Little Rock all winter as a horse And was released in the spring' To a group of friends at the Laclede hotel Col. 'Henry A. Newman, of Ran dolph county, the other, day related a truly interesting story about Mr. All sup, with whom he served in the lower house of the Missouri legislature in 1874. Mr. Allsup a now dead, but a host of relatives in southern Missouri WORKED ALL, WINTER GRINDING TANBARK. and northern Arkansas survive him. Col. Newman said that lie was first at tracted to Mr. Allsup by reading the brief biography referred to. "This remarkable statement attract ed my attention," said Col. Newman, "and I hunted the old fellow up, and asked him what it all meant. I had rendered him a little favor once, and being a Tennesseean myself (you know Tcunesseeans are clannish), I succeed ed in obtaining further particulars from him. Here is about the way he told his story tome, as I now recall it: "It is true that I was captured by Gen. Shelby's men as a federal spy. I tried to conceal my identity under the guise of an ignorant old farmer, but It didn't work. Compromising papers were found in my possession, which proved that I wrs a spy beyond ques tion. This happened in the vicinity of Little Rock. I well knew the penalty. A arum-head court-martial followed ai.d I was sentenced to be shot justout side the camp at Little Eock. "As the guard was taking me away from Gen. Shelby's tent, Capt. Dick Collins, Shelby's gallant chief of artil lery, came in and said to the general that he had found a splendid horse for his battery in the government tan yard, working in the bark mill. He said it was very' light work and a broken-down mule could pull the beam. "Gen. Shelby at once called the guard back and instructed the soldiers to take me down to the tan yard, rig up a set of harness of some kind and put me to work and turn the horse over to Capt. Collins. The order was strictly obeyed. The soldiers tied the backhand of the harness to me, and I worked all winter grinding tanbark. The work was easy, but very monotonous. Bound and round I went all day. A soldier was on guard with a rifle in his hands to sea that I didn't strike for higher wages or seek a change of climate for my health, but, all things considered, I was treated fairly well. "The confederates would come around and poke their fun at me sometimes. One said he believed that 'Old Hoss, as I was called, had the botts; another one observed that 'Old Hoss' was about to lose his off shoe, and then I was given a new pair. One old fellow said he believed I had a sore neck and sug gested that a leather collar in place of the shuck one I wore would prove bene ficial. He also advised a good feed of oats. All these suggestions were made in good humor. 'The little conscript who fed the bark mill was very kind to me, and would work in my place occasionally when the guard was not around. But he was caught one day, and the guard called the corporal, with this explana tion: " 'Here's this derned little flaxen mane colt that ain't half broke work ing in place of Old Bvlshazzar. He will run away and break the mill.' I was put back to work. "I do not know just why the guard changed my name to Belshazzar. . It was his duty to put on my harness, which consisted of a belt around my waist and two straps over my shoul ders, and then I was hitched to tfe single-tree; the guard would 'click' to me, as if I were in reality a horse, and tell me he would give me a good feed at night and also a good currying down in the morning if I worked well. "All this waf fun enough for the confederates, and I had no particular reason lo complain, and it was prefer able to being led out and shot as a spy. In this way I ground tanbark all win ter, and in the spring Gen. Shelby ex changed me." St. Louis Eepubllc. He Learned It In the Arm?. "I don't think men generally take very kindly to needle and thread," said an old veteran "but there must be in this country a good) many thousand of men who are pretty handy sewers, nevertheless, thanks to their army training. I know that I have never for gotten how to sew. Even now, 30 years and more after the war, if I've got any little sewing to be dome, and it isn't too complicated, likely as not I do it my self, without bothering anybody else about it at all" Chicago Chronicle, " POPULAR SCIENCE. N- -S i CHLORATE OF POTASH.! now 1 Ta Refined by Mean of Elec trical Appliances. I The rity of Niagara Falls has more factories making chemicals by electric ity to-day than any other city in the world. "The plant for manufacturing chlorate of potash Is the first to, intro duce this industry into ; the United 3tatesi. The uses for this product are continually increasing. From 5,000,000 to 6,000,000 pounds are annually im ported, a large portion of which is used in' calico dyeing as an Oxidizer. It is also employed in the manufacture of parlor matches, blasting powder and jome of the smokeless powders. It is taken medicinally for various ailments. The salt commonly called muriate of potash is found in large quantities in Stassfurt, in Germany, and is shipped to this country in bags containing 240 pounds each. It is dissolved in wooden tanks, pumped up to storage tanks, and is led from them through pipes to cast iron, porcelain-lined, electrolyzing tanks, divided by porous partitions into positive and negative compartments. The chloride solution is kept circulat ing from the positive to the negative compartments, being electrolyzed in its passage, and evolving chlorine gas at the positive pole, and forming caustic potash at the negative pole. The gas is led into the negative . compartment, where It combines with the caustic potash, forming hypochlorite and chloride of potash. It is then led down to tanks containing lead steam coils and evaporated to the concentration point of chloride of potash when cold. From here it is run boiling hot to tanks, where it is allowed to cool. Little of the chloride crystallizes with the chlo' rate, as the two salts form at different densities. The chlorate crystals are raked out and dried and packed in kegs holding 100 pounds. The mother liquor is pumped back to the storage tanks to be used over again in the cells. AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE New Apparatus la Quite Popular In Norway and Sweden. Norway was the first country to es tablish public telephone stations which need no attendants, but the system is spreading all over the world. A very simple nickel-in-the-slot arrangement, connected with a crank which is used to oall up the central station, made it pos' sible to place a large number of ap paratuses at convenient points, tiius greatly increasing the efficiency of the service. ' The telephone does not differ much from the ordinary apparatus, ex cejpt that the mouthpiece . and the re- AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE. oeiver, which is held to the ear, are faaee in one piece and hung at the side of the apparatus, as shown in the cut. The necessary coin is thrown into the slot, visible in the upper part of the box, and falling upon a spring makes an electric contact, which releases the catch holding the crank firmly in place. The crank can then be turned and the conversation can proceed for three minutes. After this period has elapsed the telephone is disconnected at the central and automatically locked, so that a continuance of the conversation can be had only by depositing another coin. The apparatus is rapidly beeom lng, popular, and there are upward of 22,000 of them placed in various cities of Norway and Sweden. HARD ON THE BLOOD. Acid Food Frequently Causes De rangement of the Heart. Dr. W. T. English, of Pittsburgh, be' lioves that we eat too much acid food Nature evidently intended that we should confine our use of acid fruits and vegetables to the summer months, but we now eat them during the whole year. The flavor of tomatoes depends upon the aeidum lycopersicum. It is estimated that since 1S90 the prfiduc tion of this vegetable has multiplied ten times. In 1883 a ew York city con sumed weekly 25 car loads of lemons. The daily demand now exceeds that amount. Oranges are used in about the snme increased quality. Five years ago, limes, the most acid of all fruits, were in small demand. To-day they are imported fresh and pickled . in large numbers. Rhubarb plant, gooseber ries, currants, cherries, plums, apples and pears are canned in vast amounts for winter use. Sweet apples are hardly salable In the markets. Acid flavored drinks are in demand at the soda fountains. Acid conditions favor the development of micro organisms, promote fermentation and 'cause re duction of red blood corpuscles. A de rangement of the heart and other or gans often results. Chicago ! fnter Ocean. The Helaht of Cruelty. ' ' "Cruel, heartless woman!" .cried Lord Cashlbroke. ' "You told me you loved me, and yet I discover that your father la a bankruptl" Tit-Bits. j 61oVo) I j I ill IP yI 1 . TORNADO IN EMBRYO. Insular Phenomenon Recently Wlt nesaed at Sew Orleans. A singular phenomenon met the eyes of those good burghers of New Orleans, says the Times-Democrat of that city, whose gaze happened to be directed, skyward at half-past two o'clock the other afternoon. Some excitedly called out that it was a cyclone, others called it a waterspout, and still others dubbed it Whirlwind and tornado. Whatever it was, it was, at all events, very active and menacing for a quarter of an hour, and kept a large portion ol the community in painful suspense until it disappeared. The whatever-it-was appeared dramat ically over Lake Pontchartrain, darting down in a lurid, sulphurous haze, and hanging like a great blue-black icicle from a heavy black pall of cloud. Al though a creat distance from thecenter of the city, it could be seen that the cloud cylinder was revolving at a ter A RECENT PHENOMENON IN LOUISI ANA. rifle clip it. space. For awhile it hung gracefully pendant, then by force of the centrifugal action began to lift at the bottom until ithad assumed the shape of an enormous sickle, thrust down an grily from heaven, ready to mow away all before it. The next change was one of gradual dissolution, the tail curling up and then flying off at right angles to the east ward in thin black, vermiculate stream ars like snakes. At one time in the proc ess of dissolution it looked as if it were going to reform, but of a sudden gave over the idea and melted away in space, much as a cloudlet does in the blue of summer day. The local weather observer, although he had not himself seen the phenom enon, said that from the descriptions he had heard the vermiform appendix to the big gray cloud was identical with the western tornado. The meteoric con ditions, however, were such that the storm could hardly have done much damage. Devastation by tornadoes is always accompanied by very low bar ometer, 29.80 or 29.70 degrees, while there was a high' barometric area over this section. Had the cloud reached down to the earth it might have upset a boat or overturned a house or two, but as there was little or no forward motion the damage would have been confined to the space of a few hundred feet. As soon as the cloud had dissolved, or drawn back into the big nimbus from which it was born, heavy showers of rain fell from opposite ends of the mother cloud and soon cleared the at mosphere. BITES OF MOSQUITOES. Many Caaea of Serlona Illneaa Have Ueen Traced to Them. Many cases of serious illness and some deaths have lately been traced to the bites of mosquitoes. The insects are bred and fostered in decayed mat ter and the transfer of poisonous germs to the blood of the victim causes the complications. A person bitten on one of the veins behind the ear by a mosquito inoculated with the poison oi putrid matter would be in great dan. ger, for the germs would reach the heart and brain within a few minutes The puncture of a large vein is very dangerous. A person with thin or diseased blood is more liable to serious injury than one who is healthy. The humidity of the season is a source oi danger. Large quantities of decayed matter are produced from which the insects derive fatal poison. James F. Whittaker, in the American Text Book of Medicine, gives the opinion that an. thrax, believed to be identical with the plague of olden times, can be com municated by mosquitoes. Their bites may be treated by an application of oil or pennyroyal, liquid ammonia, a solution of bicarbonate of soda or pot ash, or of chloroform. Eecently a large salt marsh on Staten Island which had been a prolific breeding ground for mosquitoes was sprayed with crude petroleum, with the result that the plague has nearly disappeared The Coarae of .Bullets. In Switzerland recently . conducted experiments show that the course of bullets may be deflected by electric wires. Four wires were strung parallel, to and 125 feet away from the luie of fire at the range near Thun. At inter vals of 30 feet the course of the bullet was marked by paper screens. A cur rent of 8,000 volts caused a deflection o! 71 feet from the course, and toward the wire at a distance of 275 yards. ' A Japanese rifle threw a slender bullet that went straight for the wires and f ol. lowed their course, in close contact un til its energy was spent in friction. Eevn cannon balls were affected by the current., - " ' Some Electrical Statlatlca. According tp statistics, the number of yearly telephonio con versa tlons in the United States is 75.000,000; of tele graphic messages, 65,000,000; of arb lights, 1,00,000; of incandescent, 15,. 000,000, and several hundred thousand electric motors. There are 1,000 electrle railways. It is estimated thui to 2,500,. 000 persons in this country electricity contributes means ol livelihood. Why He Wan Excused. . ..... "You wish to lje relieved from jury duty, but you haven't a good reason," aid the judge, 5". , "It's public spirit," said the - un willing talesman, "on the score of econ omy. I have dyspepsia, judge, and I never agree with anybody. If I go. on this jury there will be a disagreement, and the county will have to go to the expense of a new trial." "Excused," said the' judge. Green Bag. ;, , '. A Truthful Saw. When church Is out, and Jack and J III In linked seclusion (tray. It takes them two long, lonely hours . To pick their homeward way: ' And as It's scarcely half a mile, ' . No reason can I And Why It should take so very long, , : Except that "love Is blind." ' Puck. TO JUDGE! BY APPEARANCKS. Guest Is this steak broiled? Waiter Yes, sah. What did you think had been done to it, sah? Guest I did not know but it had been embalmed. N. Y. Journal. Felicitations Certain. "It doesn't make no difference what happens," said Mr. Corntossel, "us farmers is goin' to git congratulated." "But the condition of crops makes some difference, doesn't it?" 'No. Ef they're big they'll tell us to be cheerful because we ve got bo much to sell. An' if they're - scarce they'll congratulate us on the prices we oi ter get." Washington Star. HER TROUBLES ARE MANY 'THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A SHOE WHO HAD BO MANY CHILDREN SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO." The National Fatllna;. Jackson I'm going to start a new paper, and I think I'll call it the Um brella. Merrill Why? Jackson Because everybody who sees it will take it. Merrjll Yes, they'll take it, but they won't pay for it. Up-to-Date. For Brain Food. , Borus (somewhat in the literary line) Naggus, I'm trying to collect material for auother novel. Have you anything to suggest? Naggus (somewhat in the book re viewing line) Yes. Eat victuals that are rich in phosphorus. Chicago Trib une. , Old Enough for Anything;, "I've brought you some lace for your stall at the bazar, Lizzie. I'm afraid it's not quite old enough to be really valuable. 1 had it when I was a little girl." . "Oh, that's old enough for anything, dearest. How lovely I Thanks so very much." Tlt-Blts. ' Willing- to Forget It She I know that I'm not good look ing, but people forget my face when I sing. He Won't you sing : now? Town Topics. - - , Every Mnn Ula Own Cable Car. nodding Pete Bay,' Bill, I wisht I wui a snake. , Bill Wot fur? Plodding Pete So's I cud travel on me shape. N. Y. Truth. Sent by Pneumatic Tube. Harlemite You know that ten I owe you? I was going to send it to you by mail to-day. Brooklynite rWell? . "Well I blew it ln."-Town Topics. The Teat of Wiadom. How much of wisdom we can see With sases who with us agree. -But fooli who hold some other view Oh, bah! They're not worth listening to. L. A. W. Bulletin. : One Way to Reach the Ooal. , "What would you advise me to do to ecome worth my weight in gold?" "Well, you might try anti-fat." N. Y, truth. . ' ' Those Millinery Bllla. . She I think one thing is very tra fair. A woman is forced to reveal by her name whether she is married or not. All men are .called "Mr., and f there is no way to distinguish the mar ( rird from the single by their names. : v ,He Oh, yes, there is. It's very easy. I She How. I would like to know? He Just examine the checks ha signs. Detroit Free Press.' Blaine; Him Up.. ' First Tramp Yer say "der woman rtn rrnvfl vol" Af urllh Mi' h'lieve VS war a gentleman in reduced circum stances? Second Tramp Dat's what I said. 1 First Tramp Did she tell ye so? Second Tramp No; she brought me a knife ter eat der pie wid. N. Y. Truth. . '. , The Cheerful Idiot. "It must have been a very tender hearted butcher who killed this lamb," said the Cheerful Idiot, pausing in the sawing of his chop. "Why ?" kindly asked the shoe clerk V1Q YA at "He must have hesitated three or four years before striking the fatal blow." Indianapolis Journal. "Modern Courtship. She Have you shaved to-day? . He Yes. , "Have you perfumed yourself?" "Certainly." ". "Have you smoked any cigarettes?" "No." "Well, then, you can give me a kiss." Tammany Times. ' Another Thing;. -Wife You saw Mrs. Browser last evening? Husband Yes; but not to speak to her. ,. . " - . Wife What a story! 1 heard you were sitting with her for more than two hours. Husband That's so; but it was she who did all the talking. Up-to-Date,' 1 'A Questionable Pedigree. Newrich I'm going to plant a lot ol . sort Is the best, do you think? Bunsom The shadiest kind of a tre I ever saw was that family tree of youn 11. 1 3 .1 V. J .. Up-to-Date. Lapse of Memory. She Did you bring me that com- ' plexlon powder? He Er my dear, it slipped my mem ory entirely. She And yet before we were mar. ried you said my face was one no mail could forget. Cincinnati Enquirer. Revenge on a Rival. He traced Maud's name upon the sand A tribute to the lovely bud A jealous wave rushed up the land. Washed out the "a" and left It "Mud.' Chicago News. SHE) MIGHT HAVE OBJECTED. "Are you the head of the house?" "Sh-h-hl Don't speak so loud! am!" N. Y. Journal. The World'a Necessity. . Of "new religions" savants croak; ' Oo to, ye overbold ones; , New creeds we need not, but new folk To live up to the old ones. Chicago Record. 1 And Well It May. "Why is the circus lemonnde pink in color?" asked Benny Bloobumper of his papa. . "It is blushinar for itBelf ." reniii m Bloobumper. N. Y. Journal. V ': ! . ;: ' Utility. There must be tome wno labor hard This old world to exalt, To furnish occupation for ; The people who find fault Washington etas. .o '