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THE ASHANTEES AND THEIR KING.
Against These Superstitious Africans England Has Been Waging War for Twenty-six Years. W: >HILE interest bas been cen tered in England's war in South Africa and page after page of war history has been made and published only occasional scraps have come to us of the trouble England is engaged In with Ashantee land, where for twenty-six years Great Britain has been engaged in war. The King of Ashantee, who is Great Britain's implacable foe, is the most ex traordinary monarch in the world. He Is picturesque, powerful and a merci less despot. Twenty-six years ago Eng land sent out an expedition at a cost of $4,000,000 to bring the King of Ashantee to terms, and since then it has cost $34,000,000 more. M *3 55 ) itP' 4». 4$, y THE ROYAL COURT OF THE KING OF ASHANTEE. This King lives in the interior of Af rica, several hundred miles from the Gold Coast, on the western shore. He wears a girdle of dried grass around his loins, and a "plug" hat. Where he got this hat nobody knows, but it is his only crown. He has no throne, but in stead he has a stool of solid gold, which four slaves carry around for him wherever he goes. Upon this he sits ami gives his orders. They are all ver bal. but often they mean either life or death. The King's name is Prempeh, and he Is the absolute monarch of more than 8,000,000 savages. His emblem of au thority is a giant umbrella. The spokes are of embossed gold, and on the end of each spoke Is a human skulL This BRITISH FORT IN THE CITY OF COOMASSIE. emblem has descended to him through a long line of ancestry. King Prempeh has exactly 3,333 wives. Why this number should have been decided upon he does not know. Like several other things they came to him by Inheritance. He takes them for granted. The kingdom of Ashantee Is rich In gold, and Prempeh Is many times a millionaire. He wears earrings of solid gold. All of his personal adornments are of gold. He owns the only house In his kingdom. It Is a rude structure of stone. His Royal Highness sleeps on the floor. King Prempeh Is a bloodthirsty ruler, and is in the habit of making human sacrifices. This is one of the practices which England desires him to stop, for whenever his gods are displeased he seeks to propitiate them by having a EVOLUTION OF JOHN CHINAMAN. few hundred of his subjects beheaded. It was to put a stop to this that Eng land made war on the King of Ashan tee in the seventies. There was light ing again in 1805, and again in 189C. Now there are indications of more trou ble. Still the King of Ashantee goes on with his barbarous practices, killing whenever he pleases and ruling with absolute power. His subjects love him because he Is of their royal blood, and fear him because of his cruelty. But they will allow no other country to In terfere with their affairs, if they can help It. When, in 1874, England sent an expe dition against King Koffee, the prede cessor of King Prempeb, Sir Garnet Wolseley was at the head of It. He burned the King's capital, Coomasie, and forced him to agree to certain con ditions, among others that he would abolish the practice of human sacri fices, but these arguments neither Koffee nor Prempeh has carried out. The consequence has been frequent trouble ever since Great Britain has undertaken the task of civilizing these black-skinned and untutored savages. The fact that the country of Ashan tee Is exceedingly rich In gold, and that France controls the neighboring country of Dahomey, may have some thing to do with England's solicitude for the people of Ashantee and their comic opera King. There is probably no other savage race who are capable of putting up such a stiff fight as are the people of Ashantee, for they are born warriors and love their country with a savage kind of patriotism. Besides, they would not dare refuse to fight. Refusal would' mean not only disgrace, but in stant death. The power of this pictur esque monarch is unquestioned. Should the Czar of all the Russias even think of doing what King Prempeh does and thinks nothing of doing, there would be a vacancy at the Winter Palace. The Sultan of Turkey is a novice In tyranny as compared with the black King of Ashantee. If his breakfast does not happen to agree with him, the cook Is liable to lose her head, literally. If one of his subjects should even hap pen to look at one of his wives, the said subject would be conducted by a subordinate to some shady grove or to the rear of the woodshed—and he would never return. Should any of his warriors refuse to fight—well, there Is no telling where the gore-shedding pro clivities of the monarch with the plug hat would stop! Whenever a King of Aslianfee dies a guard of 2,000 of his subjects are slaughtered to conduct him to the oth er world. It Is said that as many as 10,000 people have been- slain on such occasions. Every time there is a national fes tival there are human sacrifices. In fact, blood letting seems to be one of the principal occupations of royalty in Ashantee. Back of the town of Coomasie there Is a place called by travelers the Grove of Skulls, where the bones of victims are thrown. Here is what Henry Stan ley said of it when, in 1874, as a war correspondent, he accompanied the ex pedition of Sir Garnet Wolseley: "As we drew near the foul smells * * * became suffocating. It was almost Im possible to stop longer than to take a general view of this great Golgotha. We saw thirty or forty decapitated bodies and countless skulls, which lay piled in heaps and scattered over a wide extent. The stoutest heart and most stoical mind might have been ap palled." Several officers of the exedition, al though it remained in Coomasie only two days, visited this Grove of Skulls, and subsequently described it as sur passing in horror anything to be seen in the world. The King of Ashantee is opposed to progress. He does not want any roads In his domain. Wlien the English cut their way inland from the gold coast they left a fine road behind them. With several pistols pointed at his head, the King agreed to keep this road in repair and not allow it to be overgrown, but he knew that the rainy season was at hand and that the English would have to hurry back to the coast. The road was never touched. The system of human sacrifices prac ticed in Ashantee is founded on a wild idea of filial duty, for it is believed that the rank of dead relatives in the next world will be measured by the number of descendants sent after them from this. There are two periods, call ed "The Great Ada!" and "The Little Adal," succeeding each other at inter vals of eighteen and twenty-four days after the death of some member of the royal house, at which human victims are immolated to a monstrous extent. On the Great Adai the King visits the graves of the royal dead at Bun tariia, where their skeletons, held to gether by links of gold, sit in grim mockery of state. Secured Her Hired Man. "We ministers have many strange experiences in performing the mar riage ceremony," said the Rev. W. F. Sheridan, of Pontiac, Mich., in the Pittsburg Dispatch. "One of the most curious in my experience occurred not long ago. A large and heavy woman, accompanied by a comparatively small and uieek-lookiug man, bad come in und asked to be married. Everything was regular and the ceremony was per formed. After it was over the bride explained her position. " 'You see, Mr. Sheridan,' slie said, 'farm bauds are mighty bard to get in this part of the country and they art even harder to keep. You get a good hired man and get him well broke in to work around the farm and the first tiling you know he quits the job and goes off to town or somewhere else. Last spring 1 had a first-class band, about as good as 1 ever expect to get, but just when the season got right busy be up and quit me. " T just made up my mind that 1 wasn't going to be left in the same fix this summer, so here we are.' "The bridegroom in the ease simply stood and smiled meekly. He bad noth ing at all to say." His Beginning. Years ago there was a cold night in the latter part of December at Brattle boro, Vt. There had been many freez ing nights there before, but on this one something happened. A young man, Larkin G. Mead, at tracted by the beauty of the great white stillness, went out-of-doors, and slow ly, yet with much delight, modeled a figure which, in his mind, stood for the Recording Angel writing down the events of the year just dead. All night the statue grew, and the sculptor threw on water at intervals, to freeze it into hardness. He was alone and happy. The next morning the neighbors awoke to find the snow angel, pen in band, recording their history upon a snowy scroll. Local history says that this bit of work decided the future of the young man who did it. He resolved to be come a sculptor, and went abroad to study. Well known as his work after ward became, perhaps he took no such pleasure In It as In that little bit of modeling under the cold Vermont sky. The Japs' Hot Bath Among Japanese a daily hot bath Is the rule. When people are too poor to have a bath In their own houses they he his Is as In of in * a a to QILLMORE'S SPANISH FRIEND. Kind Deed of an Enemy, Which Met with quick Recognition. During the period of his imprison ment by the Filipinos, Lieut. Gillmore and his mén were at one time thrown Into an old barrack with a party of Spanish prisoners, including a major general, says the Havana Post. The latter, In some way, obtained money, which he divided among his men, and with great generosity sent fifty Mexi can dollars to Lieut. Gillmore, asking him to accept them with his compli ments. Gillmore made the condition that it should be considered a loan, to which the Spanish general graciously assented, and he used the money to buy shoes and clothing for his men, some thing they sadly needed, for they were almost naked. After his rescue Gillmore learned that the Spanish general, who had also es caped from the Filipinos, was in the city of Manila, and he offered him fifty silver dollars as repayment of the loan. The general was quite indignant and refused to accept it. When Gillmore reminded him of the agreement he smiled and said that he had consented to It only because he feared the Ameri cans would not accept the money other wise. Gillmore told the story among the other naval officers at Manila, who passed around a paper and collected a handsome sum, which was expended In the purchase of the most appropriate and expensive piece of silver that could be found in Manila. It was engraved with a brief statement of facts and pre sented to the Spanish general with ap propriate ceremonies as a token of grat itude and admiration from the navy of the United States. Then he was in vited to a reception upon the flagship, where every officer in the fleet who could be spared welcomed him and thanked him in person for his kindness to Gillmore and his men. 1 a Sixty-two new silk factories were es tablished in the United States In the past year. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Fire men has gained over 3,700 members in the past year. The carpenters of Dallas. Texas, have secured the eight-hour day and several minor concessions. German locomotive engineers receive s goTd medal and £100 for every ten years' service without a mishap. The Great Northern Railway Com pany offers 10,000 shares of stock at par to employes receiving less than $3,000 a year. The London (Eng.) County Council has reported a plan to spend $2,500,000 In building double cottages, with gar dens attached for workingmen, the rent of which will be from $1.20 to $2.40 per week. During the last fiscal year 50,269,000 passengers were carried over the rail ways of Connecticut, not one of whom was killed in transit. The percentage of serious accidents was also remark ably low. The annual convention of the West ern Federation of Miners at Denver, Colo., denounced the abuse of the judi cial power by Judges and favors restric tion to be placed at once on Japanese immigration. The Minneapolis Barbers' Union has become celebrated for starting a legal contention for the closing of barber shops on Sunday under the Minnesota law and which has traversed all the grades of adjudication from the squire's eourt to the Supreme Court of the Uni ted States, where Chief Justice Fuller delivered an opinion confirming the constitutionality of the law. Attorney General Douglass, of Minnesota, repre sented the State, and a wealthy rail road man bore the expense of the light for Sunday opening, claiming an In fringement with Individual liberty and Interference with an occupation of pub lic necessity. Frightened. It was In the kitchen of a small flat. The occupants were a little girl of 3 years of age, and her loving mother and ioting grandmother who were engaged in an animated conversation. Suddenly the grandmother discovered that the teakettle was steaming away, and need ed replenishing from the hydrant. The Chicago Record gives the story as fol lows: She took the kettle from the stove, but had hardly taken two steps when she collided with the child. There were two almost simultaneous shrieks, and then the mother, uttering a third one, iarted forward and caught the cherub In her arms, her frantic exclamations mingling with the agonized wail of the Child and the hysterical sobs of the grandmother. In about two minutes the child's face was covered with layers of sweet oil, white of egg, sanitary cotton and flour, and the grandmother was speeding round the corner on the way to the family doctor's. The doctor came and removed the layers of emollients. Then he laughed heartlessly, and asked the women why they had called him. "There In nothing the matter with the child's face,** he said. "It most be her arms and shoulders,* laid the mother. "Tell mother where yoa are hart, darling 7" "I ain't hurt," said the child, "hot LIKE MANY OT HERS Clara Kopp Wrote for Mm. 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I would say to all suffering women, 'Take Mrs. Pinkham's advice, for a wo man best understands a woman's suf ferings, and Mrs. Pinkham, from her vast experience in treating female ills, can give you advice that you can get from no other source.' " —Clara Kopp. Rockport, Ind., April 13, 1899. Some of the St. Louis employers are trying to force their employes to ride on boycotted cars. The employes are I threatened with discharge if they re | fuse to compB 1 with the request of their masters. New strikes and other com plications are probable. Try Allen's Knot Csh, A powder to be shaken into the shoes. Al this season your feet feel swollen, nervous and hot, and get tired easily. If you liavs smarting feet or tight slices, try Allen'* Foot-Ease. It cools the feet an"d make* walking easy. Cures ingrowing nails, ■woolen and sweating feet, blisters ana Callous spots. Relieves corns and bunions of all pain and gives rest and comfort. W* have 30,000 testimonials. Try it today. 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The Brotherhood of Tailors In New York City, numbering 12,000 men, are contemplating a general strike because a man has to work a day and a half or two days for one day's pay. PIMPLES wife bed pimp]» on bar be«, but She hss been taking CASCARETS and tbey have all disappeared. I had been troubled with oonetlpatlon (or some time, but after tsk 1ns the Bret Ceacsret I have had no trouble with this aliment. We cannot speak too high ly of Ceseerets." Fred W a rtmäh. MW Germern town Are.. Philadelphia. Pa CANDY CATHARTIC ... OUI» CONSTIPATION. ». M-TO-BAC LABOR NOTKS. According to Bradstreet's report wages have advanced from 12 to 15 per cent, in the United States during the last two years, while the cost of living has increased from 25 to 33 per cent. The great strike at Rotterdam, Hol land, Is spreading and the strikers be coming riotous. They lately fired up on the soldiers, wounding ten of them. The troops will be reinforced. Wais ships are protecting the shipping and docks. The lockout of 1400 metal polishers and brass workers, which has been on for several months in New York, Is be ing investigated by state arbitrators. They find that the bosses combined te lockout the men, who want the nine hour day, but it is hardly probable that they will be thrown into prison for con spiracy. The ornamental glassworkers, we are informed from Chicago, are planning the formation of a national union, and they request that all craftsmen fall In line. Information can be had by cor responding with H. H. Halverson, 355 West Erie street, Chicago, 111. Labor and friendly papers, please copy. In Chicago, 111., thirty of the leading sash, door, blinds and interior furnish ing manufacturers have formed a trust to be known as the American Sash & Door Co., and incorporated under the laws of New Jersey with a capital of $ 6 , 000 . 000 . The Marble Cutters and Finishers' Union of San Francisco, Cal., who have been on strike for nearly two week's, have returned to work, the employers conceding their demands. The garment workers of Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chi cago and San Francisco have affiliated with the American Federation of La bor and number over 10,000 men. World to End This Year. I his is the recent decision of one of tha societies of the world, and while there ar^ few people who hedeve this prediction, Liiere are thousands of others who not only Relieve, but know mat Hostetler's Stom ach Litters will curt 1 dvspeosia, imiires tion, constipation or liver and kidney trou bles. A trial will certainly convince. An extraordinary development in re gard to woman's work is reported from Pittsburg. Pa. Five hundred girls and women are there employed in the foundries, doing the work for $4 and $5 a week for which men were former ly paid from $14 to $16 a week. 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