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Witnes;es Tell Mode of Operations of Dunn qnd Close in Passing Defe. ;tive Flues on the Government. Pittsburg, May 9.-Today's wit nesses in the trial of J. Dunn and Charles I. Close, charged with fur nishing defective boiler tubes for. war ships, were employes of the Shelby Steel Tube company. Elner 6. Mason corroborated the testimony of Frank Emmett, who turn ý_ed state's evidence, relative to the opening of the desk of the govern ment inspector, where was kept the stamp. He said that he had seen them go through the mill yards, stamping tubes 'that the inspectors had never seen. Perry N. Thompson swore that when the exposure was made, Close called him into the office aid told him he would presently be called as a wit ness, but he should not give the gov ernment inspectors the impression that anything had been done secretly at the plant. William Burnett, who operated the hydraulic testing machine, -said he examined the gauge with which the tubes were tested, and that about half the tubes were given no pressure at all. Emmett knew the pressure was weak, he said, and offered him money to get the tubes through the machine. NAMES- POLICE COMMISSION. (Special to ~he Gazette.) Butte, Mont., May 9.-Mayor Corby last evening named a police commis sion consisting of Henry Blumkin, Thomas Driscoll and Geo. Fitchen. The first two are republicans and the latter a democrat. PREPARING FOR TROUBLE. Indian Government Drifting Troops of All Arms. Lahore, India, May 9.-The politi cal unrest here is assumian grave proportions. The authorities are draft ing troops of all arms and have is sued a proclamation prohibiting meet ings of every kind. A sensation was caused today Ly the arrest of a prominent lawyer of Punjab. He was immediately ordered to another prison. MISS WATTERSON DEAD. Niece of Admiral Evans Dies Suddenly of Heart Disease. •El Paso, Texas, May 9.-Miss Mat tie Watterson, aged 26 years, said to be a niece of Admiral Robley D. Ev ans, U. B. N., and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolu tion, was found dead in her room to day. Heart failure is given as the cause of death. DOUGLASS PLEADS GUILTY. New York, May 9.-W. O. Douglass, the former loan clerk of the Trust Company of America, pleaded guilty in court today. He was remanded 'to the Tombs to await sentence. It was reported that he would be used as a witness against O. M. Dennett, the broker who is under arrest charged with complicity in the theft. TROLLEY AND TRAIN COLLIDE. Lexington, Ky., May 9.-William Wells, a motorman, was killed and 10 other persons were injured in a col lision here today between. a street car and a passenger train. The motor man lost control of his car, which was demolished. GIVEN PORTO RICAN BILLETS. Washington, May 9.-Oflicial an nouncement of the appointment of William Willoughby of the District of Columbia to be secretary and Samuel D. Gromer of Missouri to be treasur er, respectively, of Porto Rico was made public today. This selection was made some days ago. WANT ANOTHER RAISE. South Omaha IPacking House Em ployes Demand More Pay. Omaha, May 9.-A committee rep resenting 5,000 packing house workers in the South Omaha packing houses, called on the managers of the plants today and asked for increased wages. A strike is threatened if the increase is not granted. The packers asked time to consider the matter with the Chicago heads of the companies. The working men making the de mands were granted an increase only last Monday. NEW PRESIDENT CHOSEN. Washington, May 9.-The national association for the study of preven tion of tuberculosis last night elected Dr. Frank Billings of Chicago, presi dent. CONGRESS OF PHYSICIANS. Washington, May 9.-This was the last day of the seventh triennial ses sion of the congress of physicians. Many papers were read. SUFFRAGE FUND COMPLETED. Taltibmore, May 9.-The Susan B. Antiony.n emorial fund of $60,000 to prgalit*e the .lause of equal suffrage has been completed. FATAL REAR-END COLLSION. Heavy Smoke Held Responsible for Serious Accident. Cincinnati, May 9.-One man was killed, one fatally and two others seriously injured in a rear-end colli sion at Jones Station, seven miles south of Hamilton, today. The en. gine was on passenger train 'No. 1 of the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton railroad and heavy smoke prevented the engineer from seeing the train into the rear of which he crashed. Engineer King, who was making his second trip as an engineer, wasi instantly killed and John Sullivan, superintendent of tracks, was fatally injured. Jacob Reister, agent at Ivorydale, suffered serious injuries and Thos. Kirk of Jones Station had two ribs broken. MICHEL MINERS STILL OUT. Refuse to Respect Agreement Signed by District President. Vancouver, B. C., May 9.-Notwith standing that a settlement has been signed up between the striking miners at Crows Nest and the operators, the miners of Michel, one of the largest of the camps, have refused to go back to work. They claim to have been be trayed by District President Sherman, in that he had it in his power to se cure a much better settlement on their behalf than was aqtually signed. The feeling against Sherman is very bit ter. Three days ago he was in Mi chel and was hooted and jeered by a crowd of the miners, Who said he had sold out. WANT EIGHT-HOUR DAY. Big Powder Plapt Tied Up by Strik ing Employes. San Francisco, May 9.-The plant of the San Francisco Powder company was tied up today through the refus al of the union men to work at the side of 11 non-union machinists, who had been imported by the company to take the places of the men who struck for an eight-hour day. Nearly 1,000 men are affected by the strike. The boilermakers' helpers, electricians, lead steam fitters and other unions called out their members working in the mills and declare they will not return to work until the ma chinists get their eight-hour day. STOLEN ORE RECOVERED. United States Marshal Finds Large Quantity of Rich Rock. Tonepah, Nev., May 9.-Plifteen sacks of high grade ore, said to have been taken from the Mohawk mine at Gildfield, were unearthed in the cellar of. William Wise by Deputy United States Marshil C. A. Jage, who came here from Goldfield and secured a search warrant to search Wise's prem ises. , The sacks of ore, said to be worth about $22,000, were sealed by order of Judge Brissell and placed in the vaults of the State Bank and Trust com pany. Wise says he bought the stuff which was seized today and is inno cent of wrong-doing. FEARFUL STRUGGLE FOR LIFE. Victims of 'Poitou Disaster Found to Have Been Murdered. Marseilles, May 9.-The latest re port received ihere concerning the loss of the French steamer Poitou, which was wrecked off the coast ol. Uruguay, are to the effect that 40 passengers and eight members of the crew lost their lives. Another report says that 22 persons perished. Some of the dead are said to show bullet wounds, apparently re ceived during the desperate struggle for safety when the vessel grounded. "PEDLAR" PALMER MURDERER. English Pugilist Held for Beating Companion to Death. London, May 9.-A verdict kf mur der was returned in the Croyden po lice court today against "Pedlar" Palmer, the pugilist, who killed Rob ert Choat. April 24, by beating him while they were returning from the races, in a railroad car. When Palmer heard the decision he shrieked and fell down in a faint in tithe dock. His wife and sister were present in court and also created a scene. They were taken screaming from the room. After the testimony had been heard the prisoner was for mnally committed for trial. AN IDLE BOAST. Des Moines, May 9.-"I am 65, but as sound as a dollar and good for at least 85.' After having made this re mark, James Hadfield, a pioneer of Folk county, testifying as a witness in a civil action hare rerterday, Stooped forward in his chair and dropped to the floor dead. Forgotten Hotel Keys. "I suppose," said a guest, "a good many forgetful people go off with your hotel keys?" "This will show you;' 'said the clerk. And he took from a drawer the fol lowing printed slip: "The manager of the Blank hotel acknowledges with thanks the return f key No.-, which M- , by over sight, carried away on departure." So many keys, the young man ex plained, were mailed back by forget ful guests, that it had been deemed ladvisable, as a time-saving device, to have a key acknowledgement printed. SHOT BY SAME BULLET Gun Is. Accidentally Discharged in Stage, Wounding Two Passengers Brought to. Billings. Frank Lewis and Harry Dunbar, la borers, who had been employed near Roundup, were accidentaly shot by the same bullet while coming into Billings on the stage late at night. They were siting in a seat in the stage when an automatic gun. that was lying in the bottom of the vehicle was discharged, the bullet passing through the calf of Lewis' leg, mak ing a flesh wound, and then going through the calf of Dunbar's leg, mak ing another flesh wound. The two men were brought to Billings. Lewis was attended by Dr. Clark and Dun bar by Dr. Gerhart. Neither of the men is badly wounded. Lewis is at the hospital, while Dunbar is able to be around. What Not to Ask the Captain. "The annual rush of tourists back and forth over the Big' Drink has be gun," said a liner's captain, "and I am hardening myself to stand the usual 10 tourist questions. "There are 10 questions that every tourist who can get near enough puts to me. Ycu'll put them to me if you ever cross on my ship. I have been asked *these 10 questions 3,764,952 times. They are: "'Were you ever shipwrecked?' " Any whales in this latitude?' "'How ueep is the water here?' " 'What tips are usually given, and to whom?' " 'How many times have you cross ed the Atlantic?' 'What is the best remedy for seas sickness?' " 'Why are you always painting this ship?' "'Will you let me come on the bridge sometime?' " 'Do you remember my cousin who crossed with you in the spring 'of '95?' " 'I suppose the passengers ask you a great many stupid questions, don't they?' " FUNERALS GROWING COSTLIER. Much Extravagence Results in Up-to. Date Coffisa. "The prosperity of the country is in no manner more clearly shown," said an undertaker, "than I nits present day expenditures for tunerals. We are selling now a greater number than ever before of more expensive kinds. of burial caskets, and among these a larger number then .ever of caskets of the more elaborate and costly forms of construction. "The most expensive sort of burial casket now to be found in stock is one that sells for $2,250; a mahogany cas ket this, elaborately carved and beau tifully trimmed with costly materials. The sale of such a casket would not be considered 'a remarkable incident in the trade. "There are now sold a large number of burial caskets at $200, $300 and $400 each; these ai ae carved caskets or oak or mahogany. Then there are various sorts of caskets 'that are cloth-covered, silk-covered or plush cotered, these each to be found in various colors and shades of colors, as well as in white and black, and many of which are costly, and among these various sorts of more expensive caskets that I have described-of wood or cloth or plu'h covered-the sale of a casket at $1,000 would not be unusual. "You understand 'that fewer andi fewer people are nowadays buried in the old-style coffin, 'which has now been in great measure supplanted by the modern burial casket, and I can think of no change in our customs that has been kinder to us than this new way. "The old-time, once universally used coffin was the very symbol of death; the burial casket is as different from the coffin in shape apd appearance and finish as it is possible to make it. We may not forget its use, but the cas leet does not inspire the old-time coffin's dread, and it may of itself be beautiful. It may not lessen, but it may soften our sorrow. "By no means all of the burial cas kets sold are expensive; in fact, the great majority of them are caskets of comparatively moderate cost, but, as I have said, we sell now a greater num ber than ever of the more expensive kinds, and among these a greater number than ever of caskets of ela borate and costly character. "The expenditure of the money that some of these caskets cost to be put in the ground would doubtless seem to many people a wasteful extrava gance, but I think there is another view to be taken of it. I know that for myself I would not encourage ex travagance. It seems to me that in such expenditures we might reason ably, be governed by our means and circumstances. "If a man of large means should want to buy a casket not suited to his - circumstances, I should persuade him to buy a suitable one if I could, just I as if a man of limited means should I come to me and want to buy a cost - ly casket I should dissuade him if 1 could, but I know of no reason why a man with ample means, desiring to - buy a costly and beautiful casket I should not buy one in accordance witn º his inclinations, and I should regard this as neither extravagance or os tentatious, but simply as a ninaifseta tion of his love for his dead. "There is still another view that may, be' taken of the subject of costly burial caskets, this being one that perhaps may never have occurred to you: 'The $2,250 casket of which 1 spoke to you occupies seven months in the building. It is not something that can be made by machinery or in a hurry, and in the course of its construction it will have more or less employment to a score or more of persons, includ ing men and women, to whom in the form of wages a large part of the money that will finally be received for it is paid out in advance. "Some of this money goes thus to the men who-get out the log from the forests whence it came, and some to the men on the vessel that brought it to this country. Here some part Lof the money is paid to the sawyers who saw the log, and some part of it to the cabinetmakers who fashion the casket into its first form. "For the carving alone, all hand work and requiring months for the labor, there is paid over $600. The cas ket is fastened together with brass screws and copper nails-something to the makers of these;-it has a cop per inner lining-some of the money for the casket goes to the coppersmita. The varnisher and the rubber must be paid, and some of the money which goes to the weavers of the silk with which the casket is lined, and some goes to the. casket's upholsterer, as other parts go to still others whose labor may be rc-quir(-d upon it. "In fact, if we were to go back to the miners who mined the metals which in finished forms are contained in it and to those engaged in the ori ginal processes of produbtion of all its other various materials and to those wlo in various ways took part in as sembling them, we should find that not a bare score of people, but 100 or maaybe more,. were in some way con cerned in it, and viewed in that light we might look upon the amount paid for the costly casket as an expendi ture of extra vagance. "And for that matter, as to the dis tribution of the amounts paid for them, the same would hold true as to all caskets, whether costly or inexpen sive, in greater or less degree, as it would hold, indeed, as to all funeral expenses of whatever nature, for it must be clear upon a moment's reflea' tion that, however deeply we our selves may mourn our own dead to the exclusion of all things else, yet none of us can 'die and have a Christian burial without thereby contributing in some measure to the means of cvis tence of many still surviving." What We May Come To Alexis Alladin, the leader of the Russian Douma's :,bor party, was marveling in New York at the strength of the labor union.s of Amer ica. "Now that I grasp the size and power of these unions," he said, smil ing, "I see the point of .a story that I failed to understand coming over on the boat. "An American woman told me this story. She said that a young bride was found, one: afternoon, crying bit te-ly in the smoking room of her club. " 'Why, my dear,' said an elderly mPtron, 'what is the matter with you?' " 'Oh,' sobbed the bride, 'I am going to leave George. Dear me, I am going straight back to mother.' " 'What?' exclaimed the meatron. 'Has George already proved unkind? Well, they're all .alike, my-' "But the weeping bride interrupted her. " 'No,' she said, her shoulders shak ing with grief, 'George is a dear. He's perfect. But that brute of a Henry Simmons has refused to buy Mrs. Simmons a new dinner gown, and Dis trict No. 4 of the Amalgamated Wives' union has been ordered out on strike.' " Ivory as a Spring Tonic. "Some physicians," said a druggist, "give an infusion of ground ivory and milk in the spring to stimulate and strengthen listless patients. Tt is a good remedy for all I know to the contrary. Certainly it'is a very an cient one." He opened a medical magazine and pointed to this quotation from Schro der's "Zoology," a work published in 1859: "_iephas (Elephant)-His teeth are only used in medicine and vulgarly called ivory. Their virtues: It cools and drys, moderately binds cuts, strengthens the inward parts. It is good for tue jaundice, it takes away pains and weakness of the stomach; it heals the epileptic, resists poysons, drives off spring melancholie. The dose is half a dram." But No Sparkle. A reporter asked Senator Tillman rather maliciously what he thought of a certain opponent's speech. "My boy," said the senator, "it was like a fine bottle of champagne." 1 "Yes," murmured the.reporter, rath s er taken aback. a "Yes," said Senator Tillman. "'Lots t of froth and Very dry." It Do. They strolled through the May woods. "If all things," she said, dreamily, t "would but work in harmony." "Wiping his moist brow, he growled: I "Well, don't the price of ice go up, land down 'with the thermometer?" SUSPECTS ARE hELD Men Arrested at Livingston and Mie. soula Believed to Know Something of. Recent Northern Pacific Hold up at Welch's Spur. (Special to The Gazette). Livingstoh, Mont., May 9.-Two suspects were taken off of No. 4 this evening by Sheriff McCue. At Butte they purchased tickets for this city, and acted suspiciously. They were shadowed on the way over by the t[a;n cro t, and did many things that lol:ed rather bad. Sheriff McCue locked them up and searched them, b,' no information has been given out by :the officers. The men hP.ve ueon un der surveillance in Butte and it may ie that they had some connection w.lh the train robbery. (Special to The Gazette). Missoula, Mont., May 9.-Two men. believed to be Northern Pacific train robbers, have been arrested at Arlee, 27 miles west of Missoula. The sher iff and posse left here on a light en gine for Arlee. The Busy Juryman. William Archer, the noted English critic, was advocating spelling reform at a dinner in New York. "I believe," he said, "that reform spelling would be unanimously adopt ed if the public would but weigh the matter with an open, unprejudiced mind." He paused and smiled. "But no," he said. "The public's at titude is such that it brings vividly before me an opisode that I once heard related in London by Mr. Jus tice Darling. "The justice, at the trial of a cer tain case was about to begin, started and said suddenly: " 'But there are only 11 jurymen in the box. Where is the twelfth?" "The foreman rose and held up his hand with a soothing gesture. "'It's all right, your honor,' he said respectfully. 'The twelfth jury I man had to go away on business, but he has left his verdict with me.' " Domestic and "Imported." Prior to the pure food law becoming operative, it was comon practice on the part of local manufacturers of fancy makes of cheese to label their productions "imported," on the theory, no doubt, that a box bearing such v. stamp would convey the idea that more mercantile value was therein contained than perhaps would be in the impreosson given were the lid to appear without. a foreign designation. Since the taetuto went into effect re quiring that mention of the place of crigin on all foodstuffs marketed be indicated so that the consumer might readily know, these box covers now proclaim the intelligence: "Made -in New York" and within can be found an almost endless chain of "convinc ing facts" calculated to show the su periority of the domestic article over that from abroad, and in every, in stance "at prices much below what are asked for inferior European brands." No Transfers for Germs. After he had -rung up the fare the conductor moistened a thumb of gen erous proportionas and slipped off a transfer which he tendered the testy passenger. "I don't want that," said the pas senger, with determination. "I want a clean transfer." "This is clean," insisted the fare getter. "Didn't you just see me take it off the pad?" "That's the trouble," exclaimed the passenger. "I will not take a trans fer that has been spat upon. I am entitled to a clean and decent trans fer and I want you to take one off. Your moistened fingers transfer germs to the transfer and I will not have it." "That's a new one on me," muttered the conductor as he tore off a fresh slip. A Question of Honor. "The duel," said Senator Tillman at a. dinner in Washington, "is a thing I abhor. I believe, though, in manli ness and pluck, and I hope the time will never come when a conversation such as was recently overheard ix a New York club will be typical of American chivalry. "A New York clubman approached a friend and whispered anxiously: " 'Bludd threatens to kick me the next time he sees men in company. If he should come in here now, what would you advise me to do?' " 'Sit down,' was the reply." WORLD'S FINEST SANITARIUM. Built by United States for Use of Volunteer Soldiers. Hot Springs, S. D., Special: "Uncle Sam" has just finished a house at this place which cost nearly a million dol lars and has turned it over for the ex clusive use of sick and disabled vol unteer soldiers of the United States s And the best part of it all is that ev erything about the place is free-and not only free, but the government will paw the railroad fare and 'traveling y expenses of any old soldier who can not afford to pay his own way. The house is the gfreat Battle Moun tain sanitarium-the largest of the government hospitals and the most p complete sanitarium in the world. Al though the sanitarium was oficially opened in April, the old soldiers are justt beginning to arrive in numbers. At present there is room for 336 sick persbns, but this number can be in creased to 500 with very little trouble. More than $8000,000 has already been expender on the sanitarium; exclusive of the grounds. The grounds consist of nearly 4,000 acres, and include the famous "Battle Mountain," where, a few hundred years ago, the warlike Sioux Indians B cooped up an entire tribe of its ene mies and killed every single member. ii The place has since been known as e Battle mountain to all western In- d dians. d The big hot springs is the chief at- r traction' of this city, and the one e which decided the board of managers of national soldiers homes for disabled P volunteer soldiers to build the sani- f' tarium which has just been opened. 1 After thoroughly investigating all f' health resorts in the country, the b board decided that Hot Springs was 0 the most healthful and pleasant, and d that the hospital should be built I here. t The idea of utilizing the waters t from the springs for the old soldiers I was first broached by Capt. H. bi Palmer of Omaha, who is a member . of the board. It took Capt. Palmer several years to convince congress 1 that the necessary appropriation E should be' made. However, this was accomplished and three years ago ac- E tual construction was begun. The board of managers had general I charge of the work, and F. P. Rooney, supervising architect, was in actual I charge of building, operations. It is the belief of Capt. Palmer that witnin' three months. the demand for £ rooms will be so great that the ca- I pacity of the wards will be taxed to t the limit. Only curable cases are taken, and if the patient does not show within a reasonable time that I he is being benefited he is sent back home and a new patient admitted in % his stead. "Battle Mountain," is a I soldiers' sanitarium, not a soldiers' I home. And any G. A. R. man, or vet. eran of the Spanish war, who is sick and needs attention, will be more than welcome. A Plant That Coughs. "I heard a cough, and looked be hind me nervously," said a huntsman, "for I was stalking gazelles in that lion-colored waste, the Sahara desert, and having gotton rather too far south, I expected at any moment to become a pincushion for the p isoned darts of the dread Touaregs. "But there 'was no one there. The flat desert quivered in the sunshine, and here and there a dusty plant stood wearily. But, though I commanded the landscape for a radius of 50 miles, not a living creature was in'sight. "Another cough. I swung round quickly. The same plant, yellow with dust, drooped in the dry heat. That was all. " 'Hack! Hack.' "On my left this time. I swung round again. A like plant met my eye. The thing war growing rather ghastly. "And as I regarded this last plant, a cough'came from it.. Believe me, the plant cougher. It shook all over, and then, tightening up as a man does when he is about to sneeze, it gave a violent cough, and a little cloud of dust arose. "I found out afterwards that the plant was the coughing bean, which is common in many tropical countries. In 'the long, dry beats this weird growth's pores become choked with dust and it would die of suffocotion were it nt that a powerful gas accumulates in side it, which, when it gains sufficient pressure, exploded with a sounI pre cisely like the human cough The ex plosion shakes the plant pores free of their dust and the coughl"h. bean is in guod health again." Contradictory Proverbs. "Every proverb has its opposite. Quote me a proverb that says girls are fickle, and I'll quote you another one that says they are true. Yes, proverbs are worthless guides." The speaker, a brewer, sneered and went on: "'Out of sight, out of mind,' may be true. If it is, 'Absence makes the heart grow fonder' is a lies " 'Marry in haste and repent at leis ure,' would be all right but for 'Hap py is the wooing that's not long a-do ing.' "They say, 'A rolling stone gathers no moss,' and in the next breath they add that, 'A sitting hen gathers no feathers.' "'There is honor among thieves.' Well and good. 'Set a thief to catch a thief.' Reconcile those two proverbs if you can." Antiquity of Tea Smoking. "Waith your ,tea cigarettes," said the antiquary sternly, "you young la dies think yourselves very modern and decadent. But look here." He took from a portfolio a French print of. the seventeenth century that portrayed two men, with cumbrous sil ver pipes, charging the same from a box of China tea. t "This shows you," the old man said, "'the antiquity of tea-smoking. It was a common thing in France 200 years ago. Blegnt mentions it, and Grand d'Aussay, in his 'Historie de la Via Privee des Francais,' describes it in detail: "'An old vice, a dead vice-for the French found that tea-smoking rack ed the nerves---how very, very fool ish you girls are to have revived it." SAYS 1T WAS- "FiXE' Burns Makes Statement Concerning Alleged Agreement Between Him self and O'Brien in, Wednesday Nagit's Figi+ Los Angeles,.. M:t, 9--" Totry" Burns, winner of the Burns-O'Brien flg.t- last night, declared today that in 'order to get O'Brien to agree to enter the arena he .prominsed' to lay down and let him win the fight. He did this only as a ruse, he says, ahd resolved as soon as the gong sound ed the first round to go-in and win. "This I did and the result was. ap parent O'Brien was taken off his feeLt na was scared, to death. He knew I had planned too cunningly for thrum all, but he was due for a beating. As for the bets being called oil I was instrumental in having that done for the protection of the public. I wanted to make this statement af terwards and I did not want to see the public tricked into losing any of its money. The calling off of the bets cost me $3,800, but I stood to win that amount myself." -Manager McCary of the Pacific Ath letic club today confirmed this state ment in every detail. Referee Eyton said today with ref erence to the fight. "Burns' statement today is the first intimation i had about any- agreement between the men at any time. I am not surprised at the . revelation. I called off the bets after a conference with the manager. I ,aap glad per sonally that the exposure has been made, for it will help-,to shut some of those out of the. boxing game who are in it for dishonest .purposes." Late tonight, after being secluded in his hotel all day, Jack O'Brien issued a statement, in which he declared that all the arrangements, for last -night's fight were tinged: with - crookqdness. He alleges that Burns and ,Manager McCary of the Pacific Athletic club were putting up an unfair deal; that Nolan, O'Brien's manager, knew of the preparations and that they had no agreements made with Burns and McCarey, and that on one occasion McCarey said a coin should be flipped to see if he should pretend to be knocked out, and that there was never any intention of offering a $30,000 purse. Fame's Pathway. Paderewski, the great pianist, is a keen poultry fancier, his wife being equally enthusiastic over the fad. Mme. Paderewski has a. big poultry farm at Morges, on IAke Geneva, and keeps no fewer than, 14 distinct vari leties of the very bet.. She is the pres. ident if the Poultry club. of Switzer land, and both she and her noted hus band are rarely at a loss as to the finer points of birds. Bert Trim, a blind resident of Woon. socket, It. I., is an expert whist play er, being a valued member of a lo cal club. He uses a special pack of cards, on which there are faint im prints sufficient to tell him what they are, but which are far too fine for the ordinary touch. Trim, Who has been blind since childhood, is now 30 years old. He plays the piana and cornet in excellent style and is often heard in local entertainments. One of the youngest peers in Eng land Is the earl qf S'hannon, who is only nine years oMd. His late father led an unusual life for a member of the nobility. At an early age he ran away to this country, and when at the death of tis father he succeeded to the earldom no one knew where he was. His younger brother vainly searched for him in the Klondike and finally located him on a ranch in Idaho. Upon his return to England he married a fashionable milliner. The countess died shortly before her hus band departed this life, leaving him a fortune of $400,000. William I. Buchanan, one of the delegates appointed by President Roosevelt to The Hague peace con gress in June, is regarded as one ..f the most tactful men'ever in the diplo matic service of the. government, and it is expected that he will take a prom inent part in the proceedings at The Hague this summer. Although a millionaire, Edwin U. Curtis has taken the position of United States subtreasurer at Boston. Early in life he took a fancy to pol itics, and haviag plenty of money, he gratified his desire. He was elected mayor of Boston. Twice afterward he was nominated, but each time de feated. He does not .care for private business and would prefer to be in public service. His salary of $5,000 a" year in his new .position would, be only a small part of the profits he would find in a mercantile pursuit. Mrs. Phelps Stokes' Epigram. A charming epigram adorned an ad dress that Mrs. J. G. Phelps Stokes made on her last visit to Detroit. The brilliant young' lady was rejoic ing over the fact that in the slums woman, no matter how wretched her case, kept her speech pure, as a rule, of profanity. "An oath from, a woman's lips," she ended, "is unnatural and incredible. I would as soon expect a bullet from a rosebud." "Any Wife to Any Husband." "Hang it all, my cigar's gone out," he said. "It spoils a cigar, no matter how good it may be, if you let it go but." "A cigar," she observed coldly, "is in. that matter, not unlike a man."