A CLEVER JAPANESE RUSL
MASKED HOWITZERS ON KINTATO ISLAND DURING THE PASSAGE
OF THE Y ALU.
The genius of the Japanese for preserving secrecy In all that pertains to
military operations Is exemplified by the manner In which they mask all
their positions, both for guns and men. The howitzers, which furnished such
a terrible surprise to the Russians during the battle of the Passage qf the
Yalu were situated on Ivintato Island, and were emplaced in pits dug in the
sand, in front of which enormous balks of timber had been sunk upright in
the ground and covered with boughs of trees and scrub lashed to the timber
by grass ropes. At a very slight distance these erections could not be distin
guished from the surrounding trees, and the high angle of fire precluded the
flash of the guns—using smokeless powder—from being observed by the
WAS POPULAR IN AMERICA.
The Late Wilson Barrett, English
Actor, Dramatist and Manager.
The death of Wilson Barrett, which
occurred recently in London, follow
ing an operation for cancer, removed
a popular English actor, dramatist,
novelist and theatrical manager. Bar
rett was well known in this country,
where he had rnnde several tours, and
established a reputation for himself on
this side of the Atlantic which placed
him among the most popular of the
foreign dramatic artists.
Barrett was the son of an English
gentleman farmer and was born in Es
sex fifty years ago. He became fasci
nated with the stage while still a boy.
At 12 he was thrown upon his own
resources and going to London, with
barely a penny in his pocket, deter
mined to become an actor. Utilizing
his spare moments and what little
money he had he began to prepare
himself for a dramatic career. He
was playing small parts in a theater
when 15 and three years later he stud
led and played twelve characters a
week. llis first attempt at managing
a theater was a failure, but later he
met with success as the lessee of dif
ferent London playhouses. The great
epoch of his life opened when he be
came manager of the Princess Thea
ter and here founded the great school
of modern melodrama.
In 1884 he gave I/ondon his new
Hamlet Startlingly original In his
conception, Barrett's performance of
Hamlet became a topic of discussion in
two hemispheres. As joint author of
several of his melodramas he gave ev
idence of considerable genius as a dra
matist Mr. Barrett gave up the lease
of the Princess Theater in 18S6, but
remained the lessee of theaters at
Leeds and Hull, and began the con
struction of a theater of his own in
London which became the finest in the
Mr. Barrett's advent in New York in
1886 was something like an invasion.
Three ships brought the scenery. A
big Atlantic liner transported the com
pany with its ninety monumental bas
kets of wardrobes, and more than fifty
people comprised the dramatic army.
It was a failure, however, and resulted
in losing him his London theater and,
indirectly, bis foothold in the great
His financial failure was followed
by his scoring a big success in the re
ligious play. "The Sign of the Cross,"
which he wrote himself. He visited
America four times following his first
disastrous Invasion and was well re
ceived. In 1899 he took charge of the
Lyceum Theater In London, which had
long been under the direction of Henry
LACE-MAK ING IN BELGIUM.
Hordes of Women, Children and Grown
Up Boys Found in the Vocation.
Belgium has Indeed become the
great lace-making center of the world.
With its one thousand lace-schools and
one hundred and fifty thousand work
ers—chiefly women, though tiny chil
dren and even grown-up boys are by
no means exempt from this dainty
duty—it is turning out millions of dol
lars' worth of hand-made lace each
year. The women lace-makers are
Though the shop in the Belgian city
is the rnecca of the fair purchaser, it
is the litle town with its horde of
lace-makers that also interests the
tourist. It is common all over Bel
gium, in fact, to see the humble lace
maker working away in front of her
cottage door. Usually there is a row
of them—probably a score—who have
gathered from one street before one
particular house, where all day long
the needle plies its busy task." Be
tween turns of the needle or twists of
the bobbin the worker sings a song
commending Saint Anne, patron saint
of the dentellieres, which concludes,
after declaring work a burden, with
the wish thnt "every day was the fete
of Saint Anne." It is as natural for
these poorer women in Belgium to
make lace as to eat, and even the ba
bies are brought up on the bobbin,
as it were. The little ones are placed
in a low chair at one end of the row
of iace-makers, and given a simple
pattern to do, thnt perhaps another
franc may be secured for the family
There they work, day after day, at
exceedingly low pay. From seven in
the morning until seven at night the
toiler bends over the pattern, usually
receiving daily one franc and twenty
five centimes—the whole amount equal
to about twenty-five cents in Ameri
can money—or even less, ouly nfty
centimes a day, or ten cents, being
not uncommon remuneration.—Wom
an's Home Companion.
"This talk of us bein' creatures of
habit Is all bosh," declared Uncle Hi,
with whom his rich son-in-law from
the city was spending the summer.
"Possibly," laughed the younger
man, "but why is it that you always
will carry an ox gad when I take you
for a ride in the auto?"—Detroit Free
Mrs. Delancey—Men are so apt to
jump at conclusions. Last night my
husband acted awfully because he Im
agined he had stepped on a tack.
Mrs. McKenzie—What was it?
Mrs. Delancey—Only a hatpin.—
Woman's Home Companion.
locality Makes a Difference.
"Is it true, pa, thnt storks can fly
100 miles an hour?'
"Well, not in Utnh; they have too
many stops to make."—Town Topics.
"The thing you hate most to do:
that's your most important duty, as a
rule," one man says. It isn't true;
duty is not unpleasant, ns soon as you
are convinced that it is best for you.
And a trial will soon convince you of
A school law which classifies school
districts without adhering either to the
common-law classification of munici
palities or to any method of classrlflca
tion that is germane to the purposes
of the enactment is held, in tUcdo vs.
Hoboken (N. J. Err. and App.), 63 L.
R. A. 485, to be unconstitutional as
being a local and special law provid
ing for the management and support
of free public schools.
One who has sold his property to a
combination and been placed in pos
session as agent of the purchaser, is
held, in Gilbert vs. American Surety
Company (C. C. A. 7th C), 01 L. R. A.
253, to have no right after years of
service under that agreement to repu
diate the contract and reclaim the
property on the ground that the con
tract under which the sale was effect
ed was in restraint of trade.
Evidence that subscribing witness
es to a will who are out of the Jurisdic
tion, and whose signatures have been
duly proved, have made statements
contradictory of the fact contained in
the attestation clause of the will, and
are of bad reputation for honesty and
integrity, is held, in Farleigh vs. Kel
ley (Mont), 63 L. R. A. 319, to be ad
missible for the purpose of impeach
ing the effect of the proof of their sig
A corporation authorized to develop
and use the water power of a river, 1
and generate electric or other power,
light or heat and utilize, transmit and
distribute it for its own use or the use
of other individuals or corporations is
held, ln Fallsburg Power and Manu- j
facturing Company vs, Alexander
(Va.), 61 L. IL A. 129. to be for a pri
vate and not a public purpose, and
therefore not entitled to exercise the
right of eminent domain.
The owner of an electric streeLcar.
against whom suit is brought by a pas
senger injured by the burning out of a
fuse, is held, in Cassady va. Old Col
ony Street Railroad Company (Mass.),
63 L. R. A. 285, not to be entitled to an
instruction that the doctrine of res
ipsa loquitur does not apply where
the evidence might justify a finding
that the resulting flame was greatly In
excess of what would have resulted
had the fuse been in proper condition 1
and the imperfect condition of the fuse !
could have been discovered by the use 1
of reasonable care. j
A statute providing that whenever
persons desiring to remove any tract
of land from the corporate limits of j
the city shall petition for such remov
al, it shall be made, provided that
after published notice the district
court shall find that no public or pri
vate right will be injured or endan
gered, all considerations as to any
right of the city or its creditors to look
to the property for taxes being exclud
ed, is held, in Hutchinson vs. Leini
bach (Kan.) 63 L. R. A. 630, to be un
constitutional, In that it attempts to
confer a legislative power upon such
An administrator who at the time of
his appointment was hopelessly in
solvent and who continued so during
all the time of his administration up
to and Including the time of his finan
cial settlement is held, in re Howell
(Neb.), 61 L. R. A. 313, to be entitled
to turn over the evidence of his un
collectable debt to his successor or
other proper authority and to be dis
charged from his official liability
therefore. A note to this case reviews
the authorities on liability of adminis
tration and his sureties for debt owing
by the former to the estate of his in
testate where the administrator is
STRANGER TO THE FLAG.
A Man Who Had Never Been the Na
A man was discovered in Coosa
County, Alabama, last winter who had
never seen the American flag. What
Is more, he had not the least percep
tion of what it meant and was much
astonished when this was explained
The incident happened in the long
leaf pine country in which the Kaul
Lumber Company is operating, near
the little backwoods town of Juniata.
A party of government foresters, un
der Franklin W. Reed, was encamped
in the woods besides the road. A large
flag tied to a sapling pine announced
the site as a government camp. One
evening a little old man came down the
road driving a yoke of steers and stop
lied to inquire whether the paity
would like to buy some pork. He got
out of his cart, sat down on a stump,
and after a moment's conversation his
eye caught sight of the flag on the
sapling. He looked at It in a puz
zled way. then asked what it was.
The men at first thought he was
joking, but it was soon apparent the
question was in good faith.
"That's the American flag. man.
Haven't you ever seen the flag be
No, he had never seen a flag of any
kind before. He had heard there were
such things, and once he had seen a
picture of a flag on a poster, but that
was a long time ago, and he had al
most forgotten about it. He had lived
in the woods all his life and had never
been more than thirteen miles from
home. He wanted to know what the
flag meant, and listened in silence
when this was explained to him. He
did not know how to read or write,
and had never heard that the Fourth
of July was any different from any
other day.—Collier's Weekly,
You may kick, you may shatter a
boom if you will, but the hopes of its
owner will cling to it still.
Wise is the wife who has ouly small
wishes to be granted.
A RETRIBUTIVE fate,
The Remarkable Feature Attending
the Aaaaaaination of Von Plehve.
Never In this generation has the re
port of an assassination of one in high
authority been received in this country
with such indifference as was the
news of the death of M. Von Plehve
at the hands of a bomb-thrower. The
act was diabolical in nature and
lacked none of the cruel features
which attended the end of the present
Czar's grandfather more than twenty
The value of human life is nowhere
placed higher than in America and
condemnation of murder is nowhere
more severe and prompt than here. Yet
in this Instance the press and even
VON PLEHVE, "THE TERRIBLE."
some of our public meu were unani
mous in declaring that a retributive
fate had overtaken a tyrant. The act
was not applauded, but seemed to be
regarded as a meting out of justice
which even the victim himself had
looked for. Von Plehve was a man
of ability and strength of character,
whose efforts should have been direct
ed in humane channels He bore the
reputation of being the oppressor of
Finland and the Jews, and a traitor to
his own people.
His murder was a crime, a violation
of divine and human law. Yet it is
significant, and does his memory no
honor, that it evoked little sympathy
for him or condemnation for his slay
MRS. NELSON A. MILES.
Mrs. Nelson A. Miles, wife of the
distinguished soldier, died at West
Point recently, where she was on a
visit to her son, Sherman, who is a
student at the military academy. Mrs.
Miles «vas a daughter of Judge Charles
Sherman and a niece of the late Sena
tor Sherman, of Ohio, and of Gen. W.
In Washington society Mrs. Miles,
while her healtli remained unimpaired,
took a leading part. She was most
popular and her parties were select
affairs. She is survived by Gen. Miles,
her sou who is at West Point, and one
daughter, Mrs. Reber, wife of Maj,
Relier, who was on Gen. Miles' staff
when the latter was commanding gen
eral of the army.
Married or Unmarried.
At tlie restaurant: The curious one
—I suppose you have lots of married
couples come in here and couples that
are not married?
"And how do you tell one class from
"The man who brings in his wife
says: 'I'm going to have steak, Mary;
what do you want?' When the woman
is not his wife the man asks: 'What
are you going to have?' "—Boston
Mail Service to Panama.
The postoffice department has an
nounced the establishment of United
States postoffices in the Panama canal
zone, where the following offices have
been established: Cristobol, Gorgona,
Culebra, Galun, Bas Obispo, La Boca.
Bohio, emperador and Ancon. Mail
should he addressed in the following
style: Bas Obispo, Canal Zone, Isth
mus of Panama."
"It's an HI Wind—"
"You look happy, little boy."
"Yes, sir. Ma jist baked a cake an'
it's all- burnt on top."
"But why should that make you
"'Cause when her cakes is burnt
we can eat ail we want."—Philadel
A certain good doctor didn't havi
much of a diploma. "The Lord gave
him a diploma," an admirer said.
"Sait mackerel run from 20 to 25
cents, according to size," said the gro
reryman. "The big fat ones cost more
than the little thin ones. They're as
easy to catch, but they cost more just
the same. No, 25 cents ain't a big
price when you come to think how few
there are of 'em. A pair o' mackerel
don't raise ruore'n 19,000,000 young
ones in the course of a year, and that
naturally makes 'em scarce. As for
the market reports, you don't want to
believe everything you see in the pa
"You needn't trouble about the
mackerel," said the pretty cook. "If
I have to pay that price for 'em, I
don't want 'em."
"Take some anchovies, then," sug
gested the grocery man. They're just
as fishy, and they taste as snlty, and
you get more of 'em. No? Well, just
as you say. I wouldn't want to force
you to take 'em if you don't want 'em.
The only kind o' fish I've got any use
for is an oyster jeracker. If you eat
an oyster cracker with cheese you
don't hardly notice the taste. Want
"What have you got?"
"Straw, rasp, black, blue, cran or
mul. All fresh except what's canned.
I've got some nice raspberries at 15
"No, a can. They come at 10 by
the box—10 cents apiece. Peaches?
T wish you'd stop talking a min
ute and let me think what I want,"
said the pretty cook, crossly.
"I was tryin' to help you," said the
groceryman. "We don't any of
know what we Want until wo see it
or somebody tells us about it. Until
I saw you 1 hadn't got the least
"Oh, hush!" snid the cook, knitting
her brows. "What are peaches?"
"They're suthin' about the size of
apple," explained the groceryman.
'They grow on trees, like apples, only
they've got a harder core. Every
spring the crop gets killed off by frost
regular, and along about now you can
buy all you want of 'em for 5 cents
The Prince of Monaco is a first
class lecturer on deep-sea life.
Lord Justice Vaughan Williams
owns flourishing butchers' shops.
The catalogue of orchids in the Kew
Gardens of London describes 220 spec
The North German Lloyd has fifty
one steamers on fourteen lines iu East
Before Huntley Wright became a
leading comedian lie was a heavy vil
lain in melodrama.
Contracts have been let by the
Grand Trunk Railway for a new
360-foot ferry to he used at Toledo.
In the Brazilian State of Rio Grande
do Sul about 400,000 cattle are annual
ly slaughtered for jerked beef alone.
Sir Gilbert Parker, the eminent nov
elist, has been a clergyman, professor
in a deaf and dumb institute, deacon,
editor and playwright.
Italy has 16,700,000 trees bearing
oranges, lemons and pomegranates. Of
last year's crop 844,329 hundredweight
went to Great Britain, 726,327 to North
King Edward VII. once wrote In a
confession book that the person he dis
liked most was "the man who points
at you with his umbrella and shouts
out *There he is!' "
It is estimated that about 4.500 trav
elers from the United States have vis
ited Greece during each of the last
four years, and have annually left
about $1,500,000 in the kingdom.
A German photographer, Kunwald.
when taking a picture of a woman of
doubtful age places sheets of celluloid
between the negative and the printing
paper, thus producing a very softening
effect, which hides the marks of age.
The Australian government has or
ganized an expedition under Captain
Barclay to explore the region, com
prising 50,000 square miles, between
Eyre lake and the western boundary
of Queensland. It is a desert of the
worst type, which has cost the lives of
A Russian ophthalmologist affirms
that contrary to generally received
opinion tlie electric light is less preju
dicial to the sight than the other varie
ties of artificial light. He bases this
affirmation on the fact that diseases
and affections of the eye are directly
proportional to the frequency of wink
ing. Now he has shown that winking
occurs with candlelight 6.8 times a
minute; with gaslight, 2.8 times; with
sunlight, 2.2 times, and only 1.3 times
with the electric light.
The largest station for wireless
telegraphy is being placed near Pisa,
Italy. On its completion, by the end
of this year, it is expected to afford
direct communication with all coun
tries of Europe, as well as the United
States and Canada, and with all ves
sels on the Mediterranean, Indian and
According to the United States cen
«us ln 1890, there were 89.630 members
because they ain't good an' ripe, and
you don't want many. They've got
nice complexions, and the men at the
fruit stands make 'em wear pink veil*
to keep 'em from gettin' freckles.
That's one kind o' peach. There's an
other kind wears a blue stripe calicker
dress with the sleeves rolled up an'
has got flour on her elbows and a little
soot on the side of her nose."
The pretty cook applied the corner
of her apron to the feature referred
to and the groceryman laughed.
"It's off now," he said. "You've
moved it over to your cheek. Here,
let me show you where it is."
"You keep away from me," said the
the pretty cook, threatening the young
man with her rolling pin. "You can
send me half a peck of peaches, and I
want a bunch of parsley, two pounds
of creamery butter and a five-pound
can of lard. I want some potatoes,
too. Have you any good ones?"
"Sure!" answered the groceryman.
"Put up in fancy baskets, tied with
brown silk ribbon, and every potato
wrappped in paraffin paper and tin
foil. Say, I can remember the time
when potatoes was as common as
ornuges. Almost any family fell as if
they could afford to cat potatoes.
Down on South Water street you'd
see 'em piled up in sacks and bushel
baskets v.ithout any protection at all,
and nobody would think of wanting to
steal 'em. Why, you could get a whole
bushel of 'em for from 60 to 80 cents,
and they served 'em in the restau
rants with a meat order without any
"How much are they tills morning?"
"Forty a peck. A peck? All right,
be careful how you peel 'em. Say,
Evelina, to-morrow's Thursday."
"What about it?" asked the pretty
"Well, it's our afternoon off, that's
all, and I've got the pasteboards for
a picnic at Downer's Grove. Want to
"No, thank you," snid the cook.'
"I've got an engagement."
"Too had," commented the •grocery
man. "1 was hoping I could sell you
my tickets."—Chicago Daily News.
of tlie bar in the United States, or one
to every 698 of the population. Accord
ing to the census of 1900 the total
number was 114.703, or one to every
659 of the population. Since 1900
there has been a very considerable ad
dition to the number of lawyers.
One of the richest bachelors in Eng
land, and the richest peer in the
house of peers, the Marquis of Bute,
has just celebrated his twenty-third
birthday, and there's not a young
spinster of high degree whose family
would not like to have her capture the
matrimonial prize. Whoever the future
marchioness is she must be a Catholic,
and this obligation has interfered with
his lordship's choice.
The officials of the Wesleyan Sunday
school, Swinton, England, lay claim
to having upon their register the oldest
Sunday school teacher in England, if
not in the United Kingdom. George
Doxey, who is now in his eighty-eighth
year, has been a teacher sixty-nine
years, and holds the remarkable record
that for half a century he was never
absent from school, and during forty
years he was never once late. Though
eighty-seven years old, lie is able to
read without the aid of spectacles.
SPENCER'S LOVE STORY.
The Great Philosopher Had a Very
t Human Side.
Herbert Spencer never married.
When he was twenty years old he had
something like a tender affair and he
tells about it in his autobiography.
The young lady's affections had al
ready been placed elsewhere and she
was only playing with the budding
philosopher. One day "her young
man" called and they all went out for
a walk. Spencer says: "She, taking
his arm, looked over her shoulder
smilingly and rather mischievously to
see what effect was produced on me,
there being an evident suspicion that
1 should not be pleased. The revela
tion was not agreeable to me, but still
it did not give me a shock of a se
Spencer's only other affair concerns
George Eliot. His account of it does
uot reflect credit on his gallantry. He
says: "Of course, as we were fre
quently seen together, people drew
their inferences. Very slight evidence
usually suffices the world for positive
conclusions and here the evidence
seemed strong. Naturally, therefore,
quite definite statements became cur
rent. There were reports that I was
in love with her and that we were
about to be married. But neither of
these reports was true."
Farther on Spencer says: "Physical
beauty is a sine qua non with me, as
was once unhappily proved, where the
intellectual traits and the emotional
traits were of the highest." Analyzed,
these passages can only mean that tha
reason the friendship between them
did not ripen Into love and marriage
was that the author of "Adam Bede"
was not beautiful enough to suit the
author of "First Principles." The in
ference is that she would have "had
him" if he had asked her.
If a book will entertain any one
waiting his turn in a dentist's chair,
there need be no further test applied
to its entertaining powers.
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