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THE WESTERN NEWS
HAMILTON, MONTANA. The Chinaman la the original shirt j*alet man. Only he wears his kind Outside his trousers. I The opinion is expressed that the phirt-walst man has come to stay. Does that mean corsets? Cape Nome has fizzled out, hut the E xportation companies doubtless can d something equally good next year. It la claimed that the Dowager Em press of China was once a servant girl. (This may account for her wonderful lability In making people stand around. Considering that it is a fight for free jH ffin , when the shirt waist wins its final victory It might celebrate the oc casion by making the garment of Lib erty silk. __ A girl has got an injunction to pre ssent a man from making love to her. Here is new material for argument if fehe goverament-by-injunction men .want to press the matter. the had ing and not the has A Washington police Judge has de cided that profanity is excusable "un der great provocation." Now the law yers will have a chance to work over time In bringing out what constitutes "great provocation.' It Is rather a singular thing, and dis couraging into the bargain, that the ac tion of King Alexander of Servia in piarrylng an untitled lady has evoked gnore unfavorable criticism than any' thing else he ever did. Yet from all ac counts It is about the only sensible thing he ever did. Its results will prob ably deter him from acting wisely ■gain. It is easier to be a fool, any way. _ It must be a false alarm that the blonde girls are dying out in this coun try. Who is responsible for the an nouncement? There is nothing to prove ghat it is true. Men of hopeful minds Will refuse to believe it without proof, The brunette girl is all right, but we could not do without the blonde. How many men would refuse to get married unless they could find girls with golden hair and blue eyes? The country can not afford to lose its blue-eyed beauties With golden hair hanging down their backs or done up in psyche knots. Such an outlook cannot be contemplated with equanimity. no P. A writer in the New York Sun gives figures to show that the problem of procuring a sufficient number of rail toad ties causes the corporations in creasing perplexity. A mile of stand ard single-track railroad requires about forty-five hundred ties, and the aver age life of a tie is estimated at about five years. The annual requirement of the Pennsylvania Railroad for the part of the system east of Pittsburg is near ly twenty-seven hundred thousand ties. The tie supply of all the railways of the country represents an aggregate Impressive at once to the business In stinct and to the imagination. Under the best conditions, and making no al lowance for fire and other accidents, a plot of two thousand acres and a period of thirty years are required to produce a million ties. Every line of railroad thus becomes an argument in favor of preserving our forests from destruc tlon. if Medical science, which now attrib utes all human ills to bugs as it once attributed them to the wrath of the gods, naturally could not overlook sun stroke, or, as the medicine man now prefers to call it, heat stroke. If we are to believe certain earnest gentle men who pass their time squinting into microscopes sunstroke—or heat stroke —is due to a germ. Maybe It is. .If that Is so, however, we are no better off than before the sunstroke bacillus was discovered. Fortunately, x more over, we are no worse off. We are no more liable to be overcome by the pred atory bacillus than we were when we attributed the trouble to the excessive beat of the sun. This is one redeeming trait of the germ theory. It does not aeem to do any particular good, but it does no harm. Nowadays we call a bad cold "la grippe" and attribute it to a micro-organism known as the Influenza bacillus. We have located the bug, but we cannot kill him. Still, the bug does no more harm now that he is known of all men than he did when his existence was unsuspected. W'hlch is magnani mous of him. We may fairly expect almllar generosity on the part of the sunstroke bacterium. His existence being duly recognized, he will not raise any especial row. He will keep on doing business as usual, though he now glories in a Latin name fifteen syllables long Instead of being unheralded and imsung—his activity being mistaken for natural if excessive heat. At the flame time, people who believe In this Hew bug—and those who do not believe In him—will do wisely to exercise the •une old precautions of avoiding extra exertion, of keeping out of the sun as much as possible and of using their Stomachs gently and respectfully in the hot weather season. Bugs or no bugs, the man wbo will comport himself thus Will not get sunstruck—or heatstruck. Newepaper writers have made the gaath of O. P. Huntington the text for many articles on genius in money get ting. Leas was said about Mr. Hunt ington aa an organiser, as a manager nf gnat properties and as a promoter 0 g inrg« enterprises. There are many >n r[ . w .«io*<w of wealth who, as far as the world's afTairs are concerned, are mere trlflers and idlers, but we have had In America for half a century a class of men who have accumulated wealth through hard work and the em ployment of extraordinary talents in management. Such men have been as Incessantly active in carrying out great schemes, as much absorbed in forward ing semi-public enterprises as the most commonplace workers in Industrial fields. There has been for this clnss no elegant leisure, no lounging at home or abroad, no indulgence in social pleas ures or dissipations. Such men have projected great public improvements and have organized schemes for the development of new commonwealths, not as a pastime but as an absorbing employment If there has been any lesson in their lives it has been against the old dream that to be wealthy gave any one license to be useless and profli gate. The example of such workers has stimulated the ambition and strengthened the character of young men who have inherited or acquired wealth. More than ever before we find young men of wealth disinclined to idleness and more prone to activity in business, in the professions, or in spe cial lines of investigation. There is less disposition among young men to-day than ever before to regard the posses sion of money as the object and aim ol life. The general impulse is to win a reputation, and this impulse Is carrying ! hundreds of young men into the most, trying work of practical life. There it no premium on idleness in this country. The wealthy men of the present day who have exercised the greatest influ ence have been those who used theii money In achievements that directly ot indirectly benefited the public. Collis P. Huntington's life Illustrated this fact, even though It Illustrated few other moral lessons. Overworked and Neglected Members. During the brief Spanish-American War hundreds of volunteers were re jected by the United States authorities because the condition of their feet ren dered them unfit for military duty. "A marching army is just as strong as its feet," says the surgeon In "Soldiers Three," and he tells Mulvaney, more over, that it would be better for him if he would put less whisky into his stomach, less tallow on his/hair, and use the surplus quantity of both articles on his feet. In the German army, that military model for all the world, espe cial attention is paid to the feet of the men. Every private must bathe his feet once a day and grease them thor oughly, rubbing the ointment well intc the flesh and massaging the soles, tc keep them soft and flexible. If the women who uncomplainingly suffei such tortures would do likewise, much, if not all, of their suffering might be avoided. Overworked and tired feel are a source of infinite misery. Prob ably every woman who does even part of her housework, and every house-ser ant approaching middle age, suffer more or less from this cause. There is no part of the human body so gener ally neglected, none, not excepting the hair and teeth, which better repays In telligent care. Nothing rests and re lieves this fatigue like soaking in warm water to which a little salt has been added, and rubbing with a coarse towel until the feet are in a healthy glow.— Woman's Home Companion. Sympathy Misplaced. One day during a cold snap last win-, ter 1 saw an old man iu a grocery act ing rather suspiciously, and soon I saw him steal a potato from a barrelful of the tubers that stood outside the coun ter. The old fellow slipped out of the house as soon as he could conveniently, | and limped away. I followed him, | thinking to give him what change I could spare, for I thought he must be desperately poor if he must steal a po tato. When I caught up with him and of fered him a little money the old man roared with laughter. When he had .... ... -, . i '.If. got his breath again he said: "You saw me steal the potato, didn't you?" sir, I did." , lemme tell you, my son, I've got potatoes to sell. I raise thousands gest market-garden in this county, and I've got more money than you ever „ , , ... saw. Carryin a potato in your pocket will cure the rheumatiz, but for It to do I any good you've got to steal the potato. I See?" j I saw. And I sawed wood.—Woman's Home Companion. Quite Another Person. It was not Mrs. Partington who wrote to the Listener the other day; Mrs. , Partington Is dead. It was another lady; and inasmuch as she Is now far across the ocean, perhaps it Is safe for me to make a note of the matter. The lady wrote me from Nuremburg: Last week we were in Luzerene— the week before in Southern France, the fortnight before that In Paris. Next week we are going to Leipzig and Ber Un, and we hope to spend a part of Au- ! gust on the coast of Norway. You see I am getting to be a regular bog-trot- ' ter!" I -— A Rich Gold Mine. J The great gold mine located under the town of Ballarat, Australia, reputed to be the richest in the world, has yielded £30,000,000 worth of gold since It was opened thirty years ago. Engineer's Punishment. Danish locomotive engineer bas been punished with a fine of 112,000 - and four months' Imprisonment for causing a railway accident by bis car» lwsness. _ Perished in Earthquakes. It is estimated that since the begin nlng of the historical era 13,000,000 persons have perished In earthquakes. THE D AYS GON E BY. O the days gone by! O the days gone by! The apples in the orchard and the path way in the rye; The chirrup of the robin, and the whistle of the quail. As he piped across the meadow sweet as any nightingale; When the bloom was on the clover, and the blue was in the sky. And my happy heart brimmed over—in the days gone by. In the days gone by, when my naked feet were tripped By the honeysuckle tangles where the water lilies dipped. And the ripples of the river lipped the moss along the brink. Where the placid-eyed and lazy-footed cattle came to drink. And the tilting snipe stood fearlesa of the truant's wayward cry, And the splashing of the swimmer, In the days gone by. O the days gone by! O the days gone by! The music of the laughing lip, the luster of the eye; The childish faith in fairies and Alad din's magic ring— The simple, soul-reposing, glad belief in everything. For life was like a story, holding neither sob nor sigh In the golden, olden glory of the days gone by. —James Whitcomb Riley. J a • * ON A PARK BENCH. * • • ••••••**«*••■*******•••«*• GTÏO ° >] 1 11 OM CHAPMAN sat on a bench Lincoln Park, a picture of de spondency. Only a few days be fore be had been discharged from the hospital after being invalided home from the Philippines. His brief soldier career was over, but he could not re turn to his beloved profession, for his right sleeve hung empty at his side. Never more could he wield brush or 3 s 'WHY, TOM," SHE CRIED. 23 | a dream- jj e gaw weary-looklng rnoth | erg carr yi n g babies, or trundling baby I carts , with other tots, hardly more than pencil. He had hoped to do great things, and others had prophesied them of him, for he had no little talent, and before he enlisted his clever sketches had attracted wide attention. Original and spirited as they were, he and his brother artists had regarded them as only the earnest of what was to come. "Nothing will come now," he said to himself, bitterly. "All Is ended. At 30 I have practically lived my life. I shall drag out a miserable existence ou a beggarly pension. Yet were it not for that pension I should starve. Perhaps it would be better not to have It, though. I had rather die than live a dog's life, with no work to do—nothing to look forward to." Tom eyed the passers-by as though In lnfants, clinging to their skirts. Bronzed young men and sunburned girls sped by on their bicycles; lovers strolled along, oblivious of everything but own happiness; and innumer able other people, In quest of fresh air and coolness, sauntered Idly past Presently a young woman, quite dif ferent from all the rest, came Into view. She was tall, distinguished-look ing, and faultlessly dressed. She start i ed as she caught sight of the drooping Usure ou U.» benot and .urn« „ulet*. coming Impulsively toward him. "Why, Tom!" she cried, holding out h / ad> ^ am so glad to see you do I I j , ber extended hand learned to use his left arm gracefully, He could not speak, although he felt that she was talking to cover his con You have made all your friends proud of you. How long have you been home? Why haven't you been to see us? You know mother never leaves town in August. It's one of her hob bles that home is the best place in sum mer.' Tom had risen awkwardly and taken He had not yet fusion. Miss Hunt sat down on the bench, as naturally as though she had come there foe that purpose, and Tom resumed his seat. ! "I must congratulate you, Miss Hunt, see on your good fortune, he said at last. ' "I know of no one who deserves wealth I more than you." The girl blushed. "Thank you, Tom! J |> u t you didn't answer my question. why haven't you been to see us?" «o, I'm a back number. I had better | aa m to keep in the background, "You, a hero!" exclaimed Elisabeth, with a shy glance at the empty sleeve. "I, a useless man, Miss Hunt; without a profession and almost a beggar. There was a long silence. Tom looked - on ^ groundi Mhamed of the words for almost wrung from him. Elizabeth fixed i y ^ton ber, keeping back . „ tears. "Tom," she said, with great effort, "Do yon remember wbat you asked me before yon went away?" "Elisabeth 1" BATTLESHIP ALABAMA, QUEEN OP THE AMERICAN NAVY. N, The Alabama Is the fastest ship of Its class in the United States navy. Dur ing its trial trip off the harbor of Bos ton it maintained a speed of seventeen knots an hour for four continuous hours. • Length at water line, 308 feet; beam, 23 feet 6 inches. "Do you remember, Tom, and do you still love me?" Good God! Elizabeth. Don't you see the difference between us now?" "Do you love me, Tom?" "Elizabeth, you torture me." "You must answer, Tom." Tom looked at her, his bouI in his eyes. "I love you better than life," he said. Then he added bitterly: "I forget; my life is worth too little for me to put It that way." "Do—do you—will you—won't you marry me, Tom?" "You love me, then? Is It possible? It can't be. You are sacrificing your self because you pity me, Elizabeth. Do not tempt me. I am still a man." "Tom, you make It hard. I could not talk to you this way unless I loved you," and the girl covered her face with her hands. "You are an angel, dear, but I cannot take advantage of your goodness. You —young, happy, wealthy—I, mutilated, with only my pension, my future blight ed. I should be u coward to listen to you." "I am not happy. I am wretched. O, why didn't I marry you when I was poor? But I thought a wife would hamper you in your art. I believed so iu your future^nnd would not for worlds have held you back from suc cess." The man rose from his seat, forcing himself to be calm. "I must leave you, Elizabeth. You tempt me past endur ance." "You are dreadfully unkind, Tom. It's mean for you to tell me that I am unmaldenly. I can't help it. It's your' fault. What made you make me love you so?" And stately Miss Hunt burst ...................- -- 1 4 £ Y rrn. 7*= Ci a 05 (V J >-•» m z. \j « 3* BRINGS OLD SOL TO AID IN DEFENSE. j i I - ------------ - into tears, regardless of a hundred spec tators. Utterly aghast, Tom sat down and endeavored to comfort her. In ten minutes' time be was her abject slave, and they had pledged their troth. As they left the park Elizabeth de scended from the heights. "O, Tom!" she cried suddenly, "what must all those people have thought of me?" "Darling," said her happy lover, "did you never hear of being alone In a crowd? Each little grouj) was busy with Its own tragedy or comedy."—Chi cago Tribune. Newspapers In the British Museum. In the British Museum there are 16,000 volumes of London newspapers. There are 47,000 volumes of provincial newspapers from England and Wales, and about 9,000 volumes of Scotch newspapers, with something slightly less for Ireland. Last year's accessions were 600 volumes of London newspa pers, 020 volumes of provincial papers from England and Wales, 127 volumes from Scotland, and something less from Ireland. When some people shake hands their hand is as cold and motionless as a dead fish's talk Displacement 11,525 tons; Indicated horse power, 10,000. Armor, nickel steel 4 to 16.5 inches thick. Armament, four 13-inch and fourteen 6-lnch guns. Speed developed on trial, 17 knots continuously for four hours. Complement, 480 men. CONTROLLING THE SUN'S RAYS. Seattle Genina Has Patented a Wonder* fnt Device. Julius Tautrove is a genius who lives in Seattle, Wash. The peoplh there call hlm professor, because he has patented a device which he claims will do many startling things. A few things that the professor claims his machine is capable of achieving are the blowing up of war ships at unheard-of distances, or the melting of them while they are fleeing in desperation for safety, the destroy lug of forts and powder magazines without coming within rifle range of the place, the burning of a city at any distance less than nine miles and the storage of solar heat for domestic and mechanical uses. The professor makes no mystery of his methods. All he uses Is a scientific application of the' old burning glass with which small hoys set fire to newspapers. The secret of his patent lies In the arrangement of pieces of plate glass so as to concen träte the sun's rays iu the most effect lve manner. He does not use an ordi nary lens. His device consists of sev eral immense sheets of plate glass so arranged as to catch a great number of sun's rays and concentrate them at a distance. The professor has found a financial backer iu .1. C. Sharp, of Salt Lake City, who is said to be enthusias tic over the possibilities of the inven tion The problem of storing or controlling solar heat has been worked on by seien tists for years and although "Prof." Tantrove Is the subject of much skepti eism and ridicule he may have solved the first step In the intricate problem, There must be something Individual and novel about the device or the "pro fessor" could not have secured a patent on It. Should it do one-half what the "professor" claims, the methods ol modern warfare, transportation, manu-t facturlng and heating would be révolu* tlonized. ' The Pastor's Strategy. I "In order that everybody may see these stereopticon pictures," Bald the Rev. Mr. Goodman, who bad announce ed an Illustrated lecture on Palestine In lieu of the regular evening service,, "I will ask all the ladies and gentlemen present to remove their hats." He took off his glasses, wiped them, put them on again and looked over his congregation. 1 : "The gentlemen," he observed, pleas- ! antly, "have removed theirs, I see." I He busied himself a moment with hlr notes, and when he looked at the audience again all the other hats were off. Whereupon the lights were toned out, and with a subdued ring of trl umph In his voice he began Ms lecture, —Chicago Tribune. I One Word. "Llanfalr-pwllgwyngyll" la a village In Wales that enjoys the privilege of being counted as ou word la tale ---- HOMESPUN PHILOSOPHY. Observa Won of Commonplace Thins* bfi the' Atchison Globe Mnn. Half the willing people are Incapable. The things you hate happen aa easily aa weeds grow. People dearly love to make each othr er uncomfortable. If you don't start a thing right, It la hard to get It right The world's a stage, and every man la afraid of his understudy. We have noticed that chaperons are usually sent with girls who need them. Lots of time is devoted to art and lit erature that should be devoted to house work. It Is all right to get up with the lark In theory, but the alarm clock is more reliable, After a man Is defeated for office, he hunts up a reporter' and says be ia thankful be Is out of politics. The oldest of a crowd of girls, though she may be only 18, Is always made to feel as if sheds a wrinkled spinster. Don't give your children quinine in plum preserves; you will spoil their lik ing for plum preserves as long as they live. During a girl's engagement It Is the duty of all her kin to keep so far in the background that a telescope couldn't locate th^. When a girl shows signs of not being as pretty as her mother, every one is reminded that her father is not very good-looking. When a man says a particularly mean thing about another, he often has ' j reason for his enmity that is not cred lt&ble to him. | The question, "to whom do you owe j j ' , . . . __ ^ng one s enemies, before they repeat e or 8 pr Jer ' your success in life?" should be prompt ly answered by most women by "The curling iron." Just about seven-eighths of the peo ple should cut out tliat part about for | There isn t anything quite so big In merchant s eye as the profit to be b y some other merchant engaged * n a different business, | A man should carry in the wood and sweep the steps, for the opinion of the world Is what makes him, and his neighbors are his world, What has become of the old-fashioned father who kept a strap behind the kitchen door? Are any of hie sons still living with him to tell about it? If ft mother object8 to her daughter's a ttendanee at a sociable affair, the girl can overcome the opposition by repre senting that it is to be very swell. When a preacher calls on a business man in working hours to give him a few helpful words, the man is bothered the rest of the day because of the lnter option, When we are particularly tired out, and lie down to read and rest, we usu-. ally find that the reading matter we have picked up tells of the pleasures found In work. Let the girls spend all the time they want in doing up their hair; in a few years more they will twist It in a tight little knot in. order to have more time to curl their children's hair. RECENT INVENTIONS. An Improved electric lamp has a pen cil of refractory material suspended inside the bulb and surrounding the wires, the passage of the current through the latter heating the pencil and causing it to glow with a white light. Railroad and street-car tracks can be cleaned of snow or dirt by a new ap paratus which has a pair of circular brushes running in conjunction with a pair of wheels, the latter cleaning off the heavier portion of the snow and the brushes finishing the work. In a new apparatus for handling goods arranged on shelves the upper half of the shelving is suspended by means of pulleys and ropes to slide up and down in movable guideways, with clutches for securing the pulleys to re volving shafts to raise or lower the shelves. A Chicago man has designed a life saving net for use at fires which is easy for the firemen to support, having an outer grip rope looped at intervals to the rope which supports the nqt, the loops being curved sufficiently to allow the men to grip the rope without blnd lng the hands. An Improved apparatus for the gen- eration of acetylene gas has a hopper In which the calcium carbide is placed in granular form, with an adjustable gate at the lower end, through which the grains fall Into ths water underneath, the gas pressure regulating the posi* tlon of the gate. I Statistics of Newspapers. The total number of copies of news papers printed throughout the world In one year Is 12,000,000,000. To print these requires 781,240 tons of paper, or 1,749,977,000 pounds, while It would take the fastest presses 333 years to print a single year's edition, which would produce a stack of papers near ly fifty miles high, : - - ! "Hollo!" in China, I When two Chinamen meet each •hakes and squeezes his own hand and covers his head. Instead of Inquiring after one another's health, it la etl quette to say: "Have you eaten your Hce? Where are you going? What is your business there? What did you pay for your shoes? How old are you?" I Canada's Grain Output. Although Canada's situation among principal wheat-producing coun the tries, with respect to quantity, is hum- bis, with respect to quality it Is high. The output is also Increasing steadily.