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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.
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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
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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.
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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. Pinkham's Ad
> vice ami Tells what it did for Her.
44 Dear Mrs. Pinktiam i —I have seen
so many letters from ladies who were
cured by Lydia E. Pinkham's remedies
that I thought I would ask your advice
in regard to my condition.
I have been doctoring for
four years and have
taken different pat
ent medicines, but
received very little
benefit. I am
I troubled with back
ache, in fact my
whole body aches,
stomach feels sore,
by spells get short
of breath and am
1 very nervous. Men
struation is very ir
regular with severe
bearing down pains,
cramps and back
ache. I hope to hear
from you at once."—
Clap, a Koi'P, Rock port,
Ind., Sept. 27, 18Ü8.
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" I think it is my duty to write a
letter to you in regard to what Lydia
E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound did
for me. I wrote you some time ago,
describing my symptoms and asking
your advice, which you very kindly
gave. I arn now healthy and cannot
begin to praise your remedy enough.
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
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have 30,000 testimonials. Try it today.
Sold bv all druggists and shoe' dealers fol
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I pac
ft. Olmstead, Le Roy. N. Y.
On May 1st the American Federation
of Labor had an enrolled membership
of 1,004,000, the Knights of Labor, 200,
000, the Railway Brotherhoods, 119,300.
In the building trades 350,000 men are
organized on independent lines.
■OITT'S SCHOOL.
Moni« Park, San Mateo County, Cal.
with Its new buildings, newly furnished
and oomplete laboratories, beautiful sur
roundings and home influences, is one of
the best equipped schools tor the training
& ( boys and young men on the coast. It
I in charge of Dr. Ira G. Hoitt and is ac
credited at the universities. Bend for cat
alog, Tenth year begins August 0, 1900.
Over ten per cent, of the members
of the trades unions, employed in the
glass trade and industry in England
are idle.
Never Sicken, Weaken nr Gripe.
A constipation cure that pleases your paiate,
please your stomach, pleases your p<**k*'thouk—
Cascarets Candy Cathartic. Druggists, 10c,
25e, 50c.
Labor unions in Oakland, Cal., are
making extensive and elaborate pre
parations for the celebration of Labor
Day.
Mothers will find Mrs. Winslow's Sooth
ng Syrup the best remedy to use for their
bildren during the teething period.
The fire insurance agents of Elwood
formed a union this week, and imme
diately affiliated with the American
Federation of Labor.
I am sure Piso's Cure for Consumption saved
my life three years ago.—Mrs. Thos. Robbins,
Maple street, Norwich N. Y., Feb. 17, 19U0.
The total number of organized work
ers in the United States on May 1, last,
was estimated by the United States De
partment of Labor to be 1,808,300.
Dropsy treated free by Dr. H. H. Greene*
Sons, of Atlanta. Ga. The greatest dropsy spec
lalists in the world. Read their advertlsenun
in another column of this paper.
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.
The Building Trades Council in San
Francisco, Cal., with 28 unions whose
numerical strength is about 12,000,
have served notice on the employers
that after August 13 next, the working
day must be eight hours.
How's This?
M e offer One Hundred Dollars Reward
for any case of Catarrh that cannot be
cured by Hall's Catarrh Cure.
F. J. CHENEY & CO., Props.,
Toledo, O.
We, the undersigned, have known F. J.
Cheney, for the last 15 years, and be
lieve him perfectly honorable in all busi
ness transactions, and financially able to
carry out any obligation made bv tireir
Aim. WEST A* TRl'AX,
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WARDING, KINNAN Ar MARVIN,
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Hall's Catarrh Cure :s l.ik-n internally,
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bottle. Sold.by all druggists. Testimon
ials free.
Hall's family Pills are the best.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of
North Carolina, in its twelfth annual
report, states that the average daily
wages paid in the tobacco factories ol
that state are: For skilled male la
bor, $1.27; for skilled female labor, 64
cents: for unskilled labor, men receive
64 cents, women 37 cents, and children
26 cents. In the woolen mills skilled
labor receives, male, $1.10; female, 56
cents: while unskilled labor is paid,
male, 62 cents: female, 28 cents. Other
industries compensate employes at pro
portionate rates.
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