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i Met Volume Helena, Montana, Thursday, August 1889 . 3 6 No. XXIII. * * <Plt eralil. R. E. FISK 0. W. FISK ft. J. FISK. Publishers and Proprietors. Largest Circulation of any Paper in Montana -O Rates ol Subscription. WEEKLY HERALD: One Year. (In ml tance) .............................$3 00 Six Months, (In advance)............................... 1 75 Three Months, (In advance)........................... 1 00 When not paid for In advance the ra»e will be Four Dollars per veail Postage, in all cases. Prepaid. DAILY HERALD: City Subscribers,delivered by carrier $1,00a month One Year, by mail, (in advance)................. $9 00 Fix Months, by mail, (in advance)............... 5 00 Three Months, by mail, (in advance)........... 2 50 If not palo in advance, $12 per annum. [Entered at the PostoUice at Helena as second class matter.] OSS'All communications should be addressed to FISK BROS., Publishers, Helena, Montana. STORY OF PISEN SNAKE. Ginger an' me an' Mon'e Jske Put up er job on Pizen Sunk Hated ter bilk this Ti jun buck— Hed ter do it ter change our luck ! We wuz stoppln' et aid FoH Pierre— Suckers wuz scuree an' livin' dear! Credit wuz gone, an' what ter do. Nary er one ov us critter knew. Pull whackers acted kinder shy; All o' the boys wuz gettin' fly. Wouldn't give us er bit or play, Wouldn't buck us ernother dav ! Ginger wuz cappin', but wa'n't to blame, No one would tackle our le» tie game ! Jake an' Ginger an' me wuz broke— Barkeeper had our guns in soaa ! Whisky wuz wuth two bits er drink— Hed t* r ruet.'e ter raise some chlnck ! Finerly roped this Pizen Snake, Played him low fer er leetle stake. Said 'at he'd like to hev "heap fun," Tried ter humor ther son ov er gun. Took In his blankets an' other truck, Also the spurs ov this Injun cuck. Blew in his squaw an' two papoose— (But fer ther kids we hed no use.) Blew in his pony, saddle an' all— Kep' us ergoln' all that Fall ! Blew in his tepee on the 1 tray," Finerly blew oui his brains one day —BY SAM T CLOVER. THE IIKAIN OF PLANTS. An Interesting Stsdy Into the Habits ol Flowers. [National Review.] The manner in which the mimosa closes its stalks and leaves at the approach of darknets is very interesting. As the gloam ing gently falls the leaves move upward toward each other till they touch. The secondary leaf stalks slowly droop till they are Dearly parallel with the main leaf stalks, which in their turn fall till they point to the ground. Thus it folds itself at the close of day, and there is no doubt, if it were not allowed to sleep, it would, like ourselves, soon die This is not only an example of the necessity of sleep for the repairing of nervous energy and recupera tion of brain power, but a proof of the ex istence of the same in the vegetable king dom. Ti en there are the carnivorous plants, the Venus fly trap (Deomea), for instance, which will digest raw beef as readily as its insect prey. From glands with which its leaf is provided, fluids are poured out which resemble the gastric juice of the ani mal stomach in its digestive properties. The matter of the insect body or meat is thus absorbed into the substance and tis sues of the plant just as the food taken into the animal stomach is digested and be comes part of the animal fabric. In the animal digestion can only be commenced by the brain force acting by means of a nerve upon the gastric glands; we may therefore concede that it is the action of the same power in the plant that produces the same effect. There is no structure in plants, so far as its functions are concerned, more wonderful than the tip of the radical. The course pursued by the radical in penetrating the ground must be determined by the tip. Darwin wrote : "It is hardly an exagger ation to say that the tip of the radical, en dowed as it is with such diverse kinds of sensitiveness, acta like the brain of animals. The brain, being seated within the extreme end of the body, receiving impressions from the seDse organs and directing the several movements." I do not quite agree with this, but I be lieve it to be another example of that brain power which is the cause of all plaut movement. In the commencement of plant life we find, in the case ol the pea or bean, tor example, the radical emerges at one end of the seed and the plumule at the other. Wbat causes the radicla to descend and the other to ascend ? If the seed is so placed that the radical comes out at the top the result is the same for theradical im mediately turns round and growsdownward. It cannot be gravitation, although Darwin thought it was, because that would have the same effect upon the plumule. There can only be one reason, and that is the existence of a directing force or brain powor. _ ___ An Unconcerned Man. Burlington Free Press : "Blobeon is the most unconcerned man I ever knew. Why, the other day I stopped at bis house during a thunder-storm. Pretty soon he drove in to the yard, and just as he jumped out of the buggy the lightning struck his horse and killed it as dead as a door n« 1 -" "»f do you suppose that man said:' Why, he strolled up to the piazza steps, scraped hw feet on the scraper, and says he: "That was a plaguey lucky thing. Popinjay. ^1 always did hate to unharness in the rain. Pig Puzzle. "Charlie stayed pretty late last night, didn't he, Lil?" asked Sister Kate the next me rning. "Yes," said Lil, sleepily, "we were trying the pigs in clover puzzle till nearly eleven o'clock. 1 "And did you get the pigs in the pen, Lil?" asked Kate, eagerly. "No, we didn't; but I got my finger in this soltaire diamong ring." m if m & ~y7Sï'/ s , c ?£z£ A- V THE EARL OF FIFE. To Marry the Daughter of the Prince of Hales. The Earl of Fife, whom 'tis the fashion to call "Macduff." will marry the Princess Louise, grand daughter of Queen Victoria, ou the 27th of July. He has au ancient lineage. Ten years ago, when he was about twenty-nine years old, he succeeded to the Earldom. In 1885 he was created an Earl of the United Kingdom. He was for some time cap'ain of the Corps of Gen tlemen-at-Arms, and in 1882 he went on a special mission to the King of Saxony. In 1876 he visited New York, giving the city great attention and delighting everybody he met with bis maDly characteristics. When the Earl sat in the Honse of Lords as ViFcount Macduff, he was a supporter of Mr. Gladstone, who bad not then allied himself with Mr. Parnell. Lord Fife is Dow a Unionist, and as such in 1886 ad dressed a great meeting at Her Majesty's Theatre, London. He was a conspicuous figure iD the meetings of the Social Science Congress held at Aberdeen a few years ago. His ccuntry seat is Old Mar Lodge, a few miles from Queen Victoria's palace at Bal moral. Another of his estates isin Moray shire, bnt that be lets to a tenant. Of course he has a London residence. In Lon don he is a bnsy banker; in Scotland the lord of great estates and the sportsman. His rent roll is said to be from three hun dred thousand to fonr hundred thousand dollars a year. He has an income from personal property, chiefly from the banking business, in which be invested two million dollars ten years ago. The Earl is a fine looking fellow. He has blue eyes and brown hair; his eyes are kirdly, his face and features strong and intelligent; his manner perhaps a little shy, bnt sympa thetic. The Earl is of good stature, broad shouldered, powerfully built and athletic. He will be a royal looking bridegroom. S&x ' e>/c SyJ5£_'/*/ïfç S /\/. tC ' PRINCESS LOUISE. The Betrothed to the Earl of Fife. Above is a portrait, made from the latest photograph, of the Princess Louise, eldest daughter and third child of Albert Ed ward, Prince of Wales, and his wife, the Princess Alexandria, who will be married soon. The Princess is in her twenty-third year, having been born February 20, 1867. There is nothing in particular to be said abont her. She is an accomplished and amiable girl, trained by her excellent mother to love usefnl employment, and ac customed to a simplicity of attire which would startle many favored daughters of democratic America. She is not exactly a beauty, bnt is good looking and strongly resembles her father. Her conntenance is decidedly of the Hanoverian mould, like that o the Prince and his royal mother. She is to be the wife of the Earl of Fife, making the second instance within reoent generations of members of the English royal family marrying below the rank of royalty. A Rival to the Telepbone. [Globe Democrat. | Mr. W. J. Rogers has a company in pro cess of formation to introduce the writing telegraph machine. A few of the machines will be here this week. Mr. Rogers pro poses to operate them on the telephone system, having a central office connecting with all the private or public instrumente. If a business man wants to hold a conver sation with a customer or friend he palls a little lever, which rings a bell at the central office. He then writes down on bis plate the nnmbcr he desires, the connec tion is made, ane be proceeds to writedown his message, which is immediately repro duced at the other end. If the party the message is addressed to is in he answers in the same way, and the conversation can be carried on indefinitely. The questions and answers being all in writing, they can be filed away for farther reference. When the party called np is not in, the massage is ready for him when be returns to his office. Mr. Rogers also intends to use the machine for famishing base ball scores to public resorts. A Wonderful Railway. Col. North's railway from Iqniqne to Pisanqaa, in the Chili nitre dstrict, is one of the most wonderful in the world. It zigzags np end down the Cordilleras in the solid rock for forty-eight miles. The en gines drawing cars on the road are double enden, exactly alike at both ends, with two smoke-stocks and one cab. FATHER DAMIEN'S WORK. One Marked Result of the Priest's Sacrifice. Leper [New York Tribune.] It is often «aid that the principal nse of royal personages, in this day at least, in the more liberal countries of Western Enrope is a social and decorative one. Kings and princes can be utilized to lay corner stones, head subscription lists, set harmless fashions and distribute prizes to charity schools. This is an amiable function, and has its value. No one, for example, can bave read without distinct pleasure the an nouncement that the Prince of Wales had accepted the chairmanship of the committee to prepare a suitable memorial to Father Damien, the leper priest of Molokai. The heir to one of the greatest thrones on earth takes part in a tribnte of admiration to an humble priest who parsed his lile in a colony of wretched oatcast8 upon a barren strand in the Pa cific, and perished by the slow martyrdom of leprosy which he deliberately elected for himself. This is graceful and instruc tive spectacle. It teaches that heroism, even ander the most modest garb and with the least picturesque surroundings, can com mand the homage of the bight st represen tatives of earthly pomp and power. The question is oft»n asked whether self-sacrifice is worth while; whether it pro duces results at all commensurate. The career of Father D mien and the influence it exerted are conclusive answers to such doubts. His work went far beyond the boundaries of bis ocean prison, though what he accomplished there in improving the material condition of thousands of mis erable wretches, and leiting light into their darkened souls, was of itself a grand achievement. Bnt the interest and sym pathy his case excited directed increased attention to the subject of leprosy and its possible cure. Experiments made with the gurjun oil have proved that even in a case so far advanced as his was at the time it was brought to bis attention mach relief can be obtained by its nse, and the cares ef fected by it in the Andaman islands raise a hope that a remedy may have been iound at last for this dread disease. The scope of the Damien memorial includes the erection of a leprosy ward in connection with one of the London hospitals, and also an in vestigation into leprosy in India. Besides this, there is to be monument erecteifto his memory, which, if he could have his wish, would no donbt be as simple and unpre tending as his own character. His true memorial will be the contin uance of effort and investigation to relieve the wretchedness of the class to which he devoted bis life. This is to be bad, and men of all religions, including many who bear great names, have already consented to take part. Thns we see that his work, so far from being ended by his death, will go on in ever-widening circles, bringing re lief and blessing to many thousands, per haps, of human beings yet unborn. I he Care of the Hair. New York World: Don't wash yonr hair. That is the advice given by a woman who has been at the head of a leading es tablishment for the last sixteen years. She says; ' I believe the average woman drowns the ljje of her hair by frexuent washing in hot and cold water. We send ont from the house nineteen bands who dress hair by the season, contracting for the entire family. They plan to give each head a combing twice a week, and by special ar rangement make house to house visits each day. Not a drop of water is put on the hair and every head is kept in a clean and healthy condition. We pin oar faith to a good brush, and prefer a short bristled nar row brnsh backed with olive or palm wood to the elaborate articles bound in silver or ivory. A brnsh of this sort costs seventy five cents, but I wear out one every month. Yon see 1 nse it not only on the hair, bnt the scalp as well. "A maid has to be taught to dress a head of hair just as instruction is needed school teaching or breadmaking, and this traninig is part of my duty. One object lesson is worth a term of theory, and so, in teaching one Dovice I operate on an other. "The first thing to do when the hair is unpinned is to loosen it by lightly tossing it about. The operation need not tangle it, and as the tresses are being aired they fall into natural lengths. Instead of be ginning at the ecalp the first combing should start at the end of the hair. In other words, comb upwards to avoid tang ling, breaking, and tearing the hair ont. This racking of the hair will remove con siderable dnst. The scalp should be cleaned in spots and sections, and a fine tooh comb is indispensable. It is not nec essary to draw the comb down through the hair. Dandrnff cen be removed by combing the surface where it has accnmmnlated, and by slanting the fine comb it may be brought from the scalp without having to go the whole length of the hair. As I said before, the head should be cleaned in spots.' When the dead skin has been loosened, a thorough brashing is all that is required to remove it. By thorough I mean to spend a fall hour, first brushing the head and then the hair to free it from the scarf and eruptions of skin. Frequent ly this can be accomplished by shaking ont or fanning the hair, and sabeeqnent brush ing will give the hair the glossy silky finish for which so mnch pomade is nsed. "We have on our books a family in cluding sevon girls, for whom we have done work since 1870. The hair was so very poor that at the mother's suggestion we tiied the experiment of day-dressing; that is, no water. Two of the danghters have not wet their heads, except while bathing in the ocean, in thirteen years, and in both cases the hair is abondant and very beantifnl in quality, one sait surpassing in quantity that of the mother and five sisteas combined. It is my experience that actresses, who take better care of them selves than any other class of womeD, are averse to wetting or washing the head, de pending entirely on a maid to keep it clean and orderly by means of a comb and brash." An Old Male. Judge Schley, of Paalding county, Geor gia, drives to his boggy a male that is per haps 35 years old and yet sprightly and in fine condition. He bought the male in 1856 as a 10-year-old from a man who picked him np running at large after Sher man's march through that section. L/ t - m. DOM PEDRO. Emperor of Brazil, Whose Assassina* tion Has Attempted. The Emperor of Brazil was shot at by a Portngese as be was leaving the thfatre at Rio Janerio, on July 16. He was not hit His assailant was arrested. Brazil bas been independent of Portugal since September, 1822. The first Emperor was Dom Pedro, father of the present sov ereign, and the eldest son of King Joan VI. of Portugal. He abdicated the throne in 1841, and his sod, then not six years old, succeeded him. The yonDg Emperor was declared of sge in July, 1840, in his fif teenth year; and his coronation took place the next year. He married Theresa, daughter of Fransis I, king of the Two Sicilies, in the year 1843 Only one daughter survives of the children born to the conple, the Princess Izabel, Crown Princess of the Empire, who was born in 1846. She is regent when her stndions father is abroad on his travels. 1/ 'W' Ml Ski r M « m m WILKIE COLLINS. The English Romancer III of a Serious Malady. William Wilkie Collins, the great novel ist, who is reported hopelessly ill, was the most cherished friend of Charles Dickens, to whom he was related by marriage. He was born in London in January, 1824, the son of a celebrated painter. After com pleting his schools days be went on a trip to Italy with his parents. He was articled for fonr years to a tea merchant, bnt soon tired of commercial life aDd entered Lin coln's Inn as a student of law. While there he began literary work. His first ambitions production was a biography of his father, pnblished in 1848. From this time he devoted himself entirely to litera ture. His principal stories, perhaps, are "Antonina," "After Dark," "Dead Secret," "Woman in White," ' No Name," "Moon stone" and "New Magdalen." Mr. Collins has wri'ten some dramatic works, of which "The Frozen Deep" was produced by a company of amateurs, of whom Charles Dickens was one. Ka Tf^tSiST'/rêSS A. y GEN. GEORGE MANEY. U. S. Minister to Uruguay and Para guay. The recently appointed United States Minister to Urngnay and Paraguay is abont sixty-three years old. He was born at Nashville, Tennessee, and is a citizen of the State of his nativity. After his graduation at the State University, Tennessee, he fought in the Mexican war. Upon his re turn to civil life he read law, and was ad mitted to the bar in 1849. He left the office for the camp when the cival war be gan, foaght on the Southern side and emerged from the contest a Brigadier General. Once more he returned to Nash ville and the law. He was a State Senator in 1886-87, and chairman of the Tennessee delegation to the Republican National Con vention in 1888. President Garfield sent Gen. Maney Minister to Columbia, and President Arthur transferred him to Bolivia. He has been a Republican ever since the time of reconstruction after the war. Flora of Yellowstone Park. It is said that 657 species of flowering plants and ferns have already been found in Yellowstone park. LINCOLN'S AOVICF. A Substantial Gilt Accompanied by Words of Sense. [ Harper's Week ly. | Among the inmates of the National Sol diers' Home at Togas, Me., is Richard Row ley, who was captain of the Kearsarge when she sank the Alabama off the harbor of Cherbourg, France, and performed an act of bravery which probably saved his ship and her crew. The battle bad raged for over an honr and a half, when a 100 pound rifle shell from the Alabama strack the gun which Rowley was sighting and fell on the deck, with the fuse still bnrning. In an insiant Rowley picked it np and threw it into the sea, where i* exploded just as it touched the water. The sailor's beard and moustache were burned off by the fuse, bnt he stepped back to bis gun and sent a shot into the sinking Ala bama. Captain Winslow at once pave the order to man the rigging and gave three cheers for Quartermaster Rowley The latter wa9 greatly lionized after his return to this country. Congress voted him a gold medal, he received other valu able gilts, and President Lincoln personal ly thanked him. For several days before his interview with the President, Rowley bad accepted frequent invitations to drink champagne, and probably showed the ef fects. As he arose lo go Mr. L ncoln gave him a $100, saying: "Now, don't drink too mnch liquor; drink just a little, bnt not too mnch. I know yon old sailors all like a little grog, but be carefnl and not driDk too much." Club Man's Gossip. Chicago Mail. Capt. Meredith, John Ritchie, and Geo. Shields, known as "old bosses" and "old timers," sat aronnd in the Press club one afternoon recently and talked abont the times of the war, and told of the funny capers that cannon balls and musket balls cut. Capt. Meredith said heonce found a dead rebel behind a big tree. The dead man was resting on one knee, in a position to shoot. His mnsket was in his bands, the butt of the gnnn was against bis shoulder, and one eye was open, squinting along the gun barrel. There wasn't a mark on the body, but the man was stODe dead. There was a ten pound cannon 1 all buried in the tree. The man had been killed by the concussion. Mr. Shields said that he saw a cannon ball go into the ground abont 200 yards in front of where he was standing. He thought that was the end of the matter, ßnt in about three seconds the ball came out of ground fifty yards beyond the place it Btrvck. It then in its flight strack a stamp, carromed off, broke a soldier's leg, and rolling on a few yords farther upset a camp kettle and scalded a man's hands. * * * John Ritchie said he saw a man hit with a "spent" cannon ball. He walked over to where the man lay to see what he could do for him—give him a drink out of his canteen, or a chew of tobacco, or some thing—bnt all that was visible was a mass of about 160 ponnds of flesh and bine cloth mixed up like sausage, with an eye and two teeth sticking out on top. Capt. Mereditb said that speaking of cannon balls, one of the most novel sights be witnessed daring the war was a cannon ball about as big as a flour barrel going tbiongh a horse lengthwise— that is, lengthwise of the horse There was left of the horse it head, its four feet, and the lower six inches of its tail. The captain said he could always tell the body of a rebel from a northern man on a battle field, because wherever a rebel was wound ed corn bread oozed ont. When it reached this stage I saw that there was a disposition to breek down the ropes and let everybody take a hand in the lying, so I got away before I was crippled. Could Not Drive a Joke Into the Lord Mayor's Head. When Gen. Schenck was on his way to England as United States Minister, says the Washington Post, be bad as companion de voyage no less famous a personage than the late Ben. Holladay, then full of wealth, health and vigor. He made the passage as interesting for the General as his unlimited length of parse and limited knowledge of □raw poker rendered possible. The two gentlemen parted the warmest of friends, and Gen. Schenck always retained the highes regard for Holladay, who, he averred, had the making of a great poker player if he coaid only have lived to be as old as Methnselab. Shortly after Gen. Schenck's installation into the good graces of London society he was invited one evening to Lord Mayor Christmas's dinner. Christmas was an ideal English bnrger, sound, pompons, and beefy. "I say," sang oat Gen. Schenck across the table, "I say, Lord Mayor, I met a relative ol yonre coming over last month." "Ah, a relative of mine, did yon aay ? Some one, I suppose, who had been visiting the Sta:ee." "Ob, no, Lord Mayor; be is a resident of the States; has lived there, in fact, all his life; was born in America." "Born in America? That is hardly pos sible. I 'ave no kinsman in the States. What ia the name of the gentleman yon met ?" "Holladay, lord mayor. And I am quite positive abont bis being a connection of yours, as I have known him many years." "Impos-not at all. No relatives. 'Tirely mistaken. No relatives by the name of Holladay. Some imposter, I as sure yoa. Never knew any one by the name of Holladay. Been imposed upon, Gen. Schenck." "I got oat into an ante-room," says Gen. Schenck, on telling the story, "as quickly as possible and I felt like kicking myself. Then and there I resolved never to try and drive another joke into an Englishman's head. I didn't think there was a five year old child in Great Britain who wouldn't recognize instantly the connection between Christmas and holiday. A Lucky Man. A piano belonging to a colored man at Jersey Shore, Pa., was carried away by a flood. He afterward found it in the middle ot a field several miles away and $1,700, which he had stored in it, undisturbed. m THOMAS C. MENDENHALL, Superintendent of the U. S, Coast and Geodetic Survey. Professor Mendenhall was born near Hanovertown, Ohio, in 1841. He received a common school éducation. At an early age he developed a fondness for the study of mathematics and the natural sciences. He was professor of physics and mechanics in Ohio University from 1873 to 1878. Later he went to Japan as professor of physics in tfce Imperial University at Tokio Daring his stay he organized the general meteoroligiral system of the Im perial Government. > nd he was also one of the organizers of the Seismologies! Society of Tokio. In 1881 he returned to the United States and resumed the chair of the Ohic State University. He organized the Ohio State Weather Bureau Service in 1881, and subsequently devised a system of weather signals for display on railroad trains. Mr. Mendenhall became a pro fessor in the United States Signal Service in 1884 and established stations in the United States for the systematic observa tion of earthquake phenomena. He re signed from the Government service to ac cept the presidency of the Rose Polytech nic Institute of Terre Haute. Ind. Besides membership in other scientific societies, Professor Mendenhall has held the office of vice president of the physical section of the American Association for the Advance ment of Science, and president of the National Academy of Sciences. .vSVŸ">XŸ> HORACE Ju_ TAYLOR. The New Commissioner of Rail* roads. The new commissioner of railroads, Horace A. Taylor, was born in Norfolk, St. Lawrence county, New York, May 24,1837. He received a common school and aca demic education. In 1856 be went west, and in company with his brother, Luke A., started a newspaper at River Falls, Wis consin. Four years later he moved to Hud son, Wisconsin, and bought the newspaper property which he bas owned since that time. He has personally done no editorial work since 1878. Mr. Tiy'or win three times appointed timber agent to protect the public lands in the State of Wisconsin, bolding the office six years. In 1881 he was appointed United States Consnl to Marseilles, France, by President Garfield. He resigned the office in 1883. For four years he was chairman of the Republican State Central Committee of Wisconsin, conducting two successful campaigns. He was elected to the State Senate in the fall of 1888, and made a notable fight for the more Btringent regulation of railroad traffic in his State. In his new appointment he succeeds Gen. Joseph E. Johnson. A Fortune In a Book. |New York Graphic.] In abont a fortnight a hnge edition of General Grant's "Memoirs" will be pat on the presses for fall and winter fkade. The publishers were showing me some figures in connection with this botk, which were, to say the least, startling. They told that up to date 325,000 sets of the book had been printed and sold, making 650,000 volâmes. I presume the books cost the Websters probably abont a dollar a volume to make np the ontside, which, with the agents' commissions off, leaves a profit ot some $4 on every set sold of the cheapest edition. The Grant family receives 75 per cent of the profits, and therefore at the closest cal culation the income to them thus far from the work mnBt be close on to $900,000. I mrke but meager allowance in these figures for the more expensively bonnd sets told, upon which the profit is larger The English Climate. The annual report of the astronomer royal for the year 1888, st tes that the mean temperature for th? year was 47 7 degrees, being 1 6 degrees below the av r aHe for the last ferty-seven years. The highest temperatre in the shade was 87 7 degrees (Ang 10), and the lowest 18.4 de grees (Feb. 2.) Killed on the Track. Washington, Pa., July 25.— Mrs. Wm Irwin, of this place, with her three little children and sister-in law, tried to cross the tracks in a wagon at El wood's crossing, a few miles west of Washington to-day. The vehicle was struck by the train and Mrs. Irwin was killed. Her 3 year-old son had both legs cat off and bas since died of his inj cries. The others escaped without seri ons injury. a THE AGE OF MARVELS. The Time When We May Travel 200 Miles Per Hour. [Philadelphia Inquirer.) In view of the almost incredible progress of the last two generations it is not the best judgment which pronounces the poet electric system of transportation the dream of an inventive maniac. There is a fresh ness about the proposition that we shall yet send letters across the continent be tween the dawns of successive days that takes th» average breath away, and the suggestion that passengers are to tie rushed through space at the rate ot 200 miles per hour is apt to alarm the apprehensive. But the proposition is not beyond the limits of possibility for all that. A few days ago an experimental tram npon a railroad in this State made a run of ninety odd miles in about sixty minutes some portion of the journey being at the rate of nearly two miles per minute. If steam can accomplish such marvelons re sults as this, why not that greater power, electricity, eclipse this stupendons record? The trnth is that we live in a phenomenal age. All the ancient faiths concerning tbe> development of material things are being rudely jostled by :be pushing shonlders of science. It is no longer the dream of a visionary that we shall converse with per sons a thousand miles away. Marked progress has been made toward solving the problem of aerial navigation, and aithough it is yet impossible to pre dict the ultimate outcome, it is not insani ty to predict that airships may yet be run counter to the winds. The taming of a key illuminates a populous city and new explosives shatter in an instant obstacles which were immovable. There are im provements to the telegraph which would have astounded Morse had be lived to see them. ENGLISH CAPITAL. The Minneapolis Flour Mill Invest ment. Minneapolis, July 24.—[Special]—The options on the Pillsbury and Washburn mills, given ten days ago to an English syndicate which seeks to control the flour mills of the State, expire to-night. Al though the owners of the property and the representatives of the English capitalists bave had several conferences, it cannot yet be definitely stated whether the terms of sale will be accepted. The general im pression, however, is that the options will taken advantage of aDd that the deal will be consummated The scheme, in brief, is this: The property in question, in cluding mills with a daily capacity of 22,000 barrels, or two thirds of Minne apolis' total capacity, is to be capitalized at $10,000,000. A controlling in terest in this amalgamated or ganization, in the form of either stocks or bonds, as to be held by the English syn dicate. Charles A. Pillsbury is to be retained as manager, perhaps, of the entire business, certainly of the Pillsbury mills. The financial negotiations, it is understood, have been conducted by the well-known eastern bankers, Drexel, Morgan & Co. If the purchase is effected and the bond scheme adopted, it will result in the loan ing of money at a low rate of interest, probably 4 per cent, where it now costs the interest firms 6 or 7 per ceDt to borrow Of the $10,000,000, it is said that $3,000,000 represents J. J. Hill's interest in the water power. It A NEW TRIAL Rehearing of the Weidemann-Wal» pole Breach of Promise Case. London, July 25. — [Special.] — The somewhat famous Weidemann-Walpole case is again to come before the courts, the plaintiff having been granted a new trial. The testimony presented at the former triai was of a rather sensational character and placed the son of a Peer in an unenviable position. The plaintiff, M ; ss V?Vr,<o WeidemaDr, who is a German governess, brings action against Captain Robert Horace Walpole, heir to the Earldom of Oxford, for breach of promise of marriage. At the former trial, by direction of Baron Hnddleston, the jury returned a verdict for the defendant, as the plaintiff declined to answer certain questions in regard to a child, of which she alleged Captain Wal pole was the father. The parties first met in Turkey and there, Miss Weidemannn alleges, she yielded to the defendant nnder promise of marriage. She claimed that when he promised her mar riage he presented her with his signet-ring. The defense to the action was a denial of the promise, and there wae an allegation that the promise, having been made in Turkey, was not a promise binding in England. An effort Bince the granting of the new trial, has been made by the family of the defendant to hash up the scandal, but Miss Weidemann, will listen to no proposition to that end. Walpole has a daughter, the issue of his marriage with Miss Corbin, an American heiress. Strawboard Trnst, Chicago, July 24.— The strawboard makers of the country have united in one mammoth company or trnst. R. E. New comb, of the Quincy, 111., mill, acknowl edges the existence of the trnst and says its name is "The American 8trawboard Company." Twenty-six mills are embraced in the combination, located in varions sections of the country. Ic also takes in the largest dealers in strawboard, who practically control the trade. Mr. New comb says the trust intends to conduct the business so that production shall not ex ceed the demand, and will besati tied with a fair profit. Northern Pacific Extension. Winnipeg, July 24 -It has become known here that as a result of Villard's re cent visit here the Northern Paciiic officers are abont to secure control of the Manitoba and Northwestern railway. This road is 205 miles long and has twenty-six miles of branches. It extends in a north westerly direction from Portage, and sixty miles west of Winnipeg taps a magnifi cent agricultural country. The objective point is Prince Albert, at the forks of the Saskatchewan river. It is the most im portant key to the vast 8asl atchewan country and will prove an important teeder to the Northern Pacific country.