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The Dupuyer acantha. [volume] (Dupuyer, Mont.) 1894-1904, December 20, 1900, Image 2

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For ten thousand years the fate of
men has looked out through the mil
lions of lines in the palms of their
hands. The hands are the windows
of the soul instead of the eyes. Along
the ridges, the valleys and the moun
tains of the palm destiny was writ
ten. and there it is read if the reader
be deep in the science of palmistry.
Man is irrevocably mixed up with the
eternal, can neither voluntarily nor
Involuntarily escape or even oppose the
Inscrutable verdict of the eternal. All
things arq. and the past as well as
the future are only local applications
used for small conveniences. There
«.re „no such things in reality as up or
down, north, east, south or west. They
belong to the mundane, which, com
pared with the infinite, is indeed a
trifling matter in the economy of the
So says Dr. Oarl Louis Perln, the
great master of palmistry, who has
been shown favors by kings and hon
ored by academies, schools and col
leges for his remarkable delvings into
the secrets of the open palm in scien
tific ways.
"I was with Luetgert," the Chicago
sausage maker who killed his wife,"
«aid Dr. Perin, "and in him I found a
remarkable instance where the face
could not be relied upon for informa
tion regarding the soul. He received
me with gushing cordiality and ap
peared one of the most open-hearted
persons imaginable. I wanted to get
an impression of his palm, for I be
lieved that there was the regulation
mark of cruelty in it, and the mur
derer's hook. By the 'murderer's
hook* I refer to a mark shaped some
thing like the figure '2,' as will be
observed in the picture. Nearly all
murderers have in their hands at ex
actly the same place, this mark—this
.curse of Cain. I took the impression,
and was surprised at the distinctness
■with which it loomed up.
"The mark of cruelty, as will be
seen in the illustrations, runs from the
ring finger toward the mount of Jupi
ter. The hook is on the edge of the
heart line, under the mount of Sat
urn. Long before Theodore Durand,
the murderer of Blanche Dumont and
Minnie Williams, in San Francisco,
came to trial, I took an impression of
his hand, made my study from it,
wrote my opinion that he was a mur
derer, and, sealing my notes, left them
In a vault to be opened after the trial
was over. I made my predictions, and
after the trial was concluded they
were opened, and my findings were
according to the facts. I discovered
the hook and I knew that he was
"In 1S87 Broulent, the murderer of
!his wife and child, whose case was
;among the most famous in Paris,
[France, for years, was to be tried for
•the double murder on circumstantial
-evidence. Before he came to trial I
wanted to get an impresion of his
hand. According to the rules of law
.there the business of a caller must be
explained to a man under arrest be
fore he can be admitted. The first
day I applied he sent word that he
was indisposed, but that he would see
me within a week. When I called
again he had burned out the inside
of his palm to prevent its secrets from
being read. I cite this as a remark
able case wherein abject fear of the
truths of palmistry caused an extreme
self-infliction. He was convicted and
executed just the same.
"Not long ago I took an impression
of the palm of Roslin Ferrell, the Co
lumbus man who killed Express Mes
senger Lane, and I took an impres
sion of the palm of Molineux, but
failed to find the telltale mark. I am
unable to satisfy my own mind, after
a careful study of his palm, as to
whether he is or is not a murderer."
In Dr. Perin's collection of palm
impressions are those of President Mc
Kinley, Colonel William Jennings Bry
an, and about two-thirds of the pres
ent United States senators and repre
Some palmists, at least, are willing
to take their own medicine. This is
evidenced in the case of Dr. Perin, and
probably if the data was obtainable
This illustration
depicts a typical
Chinese houseboat,
such as is con
stantly used by
travelers on the
upper waters of
the Y a n g -t s e.
These boats are
about 60 feet long,
each being provid
ed with a huge
mast and sail. In
the bow is a deck,
open during the
day for working
the craft, but at
night covered in
with bamboo-mat
ting, so as to form
a sleeping room
for the crew.
He who would
not be frustrated
of his hope to
write well hereaf
ter in laudable
things ought him
self to be a true
other cases might be found of other
palmists less great who would believe
their own readings. While in Chi
cago Dr. Perin made readings of the
hands of two men, Paul Hirsch and
Louis Enright. These two men had
been interested in contracting, and
it seems had been the promoters of a
railroad from Canon City and Cripple
Creek, Colo. There was some trouble,
however, and the result was that while
the two men were away the directors
of the road swore out warrants
against the men for embezzlement of
$4,000, and they were arrested when
they arrived in Denver at the Palace
hotel. It so happened that Dr. Perin
read the newspaper accounts and re
membered the names of the men. He
consulted his impressions and was so
convinced that they were wrongfully
accused that he went to Denver at
once, secured a bond, engaged Editor
Patterson of the Rocky Mountain
News as counsel for the defense, and
the result was that the men were
easily acquitted, and are now in con
trol of the road.
Women Save Historic Landmarks.
Nearly twenty-five years ago the
women of Boston united to save Old
South church, of Revolutionary mem
ory; within two years the women of
Philadelphia have restored Independ
ence Hall of that city. After the death
of the poet Lowell, a Cambridge
woman started the movement, owing
to which the grounds of his home
were purchased for a Lowell park.
The women of San Francisco have re
cently endeavored to save the great
Sequoia Grove, and are now agitating
a public park for the historic Tele
graph Hill, while the women of New
Jersey are bent upon preserving the
noble Palisades, and those of Brook
lyn preparing to honor the martyrs of
the prison ship.
If a man is engaged to a girl and she
elopes with another man, the party
of the first part is saved from getting a
mighty poor wife.
If Xt Had Been Flesh and Blood the
Man Would Have Perished.
Mr. West, a young man from Michi
gan, who is a traveling salesman for
the Armour Beef Company of Chicago,
representing the Boston division, was
in New Britain this week and in pass
ing along the street with a customer
they had occasion to cross the tracks
of the third-rail cars, says the South
Manchester News, The young man
and his friend were engaged in earn
est conversation at the moment, and
the New Britain man, supposing that
the stranger knew of the danger that
lurks in he third rail, did not sound a
note of warning until th£ young man
placed one foot on the third rail,
when, realizing instantly what had
occurred, he shouted to the drummer
to beware. Without knowing to what
the shout referred and thinking that
it must have alluded to an approach
ing car or train, although he could
see neither, the westerner hurried to
step across the tracks and in doing
so placed his foot on another of the
rails, thus completing the circuit. He
stepped quickly over unharmed,
whereas his companion expected to
see him a corpse, as about 36,000 volts
of electricity were speeding through
the wires at the time. A lady who
chanced to be passing by on hearing
the alarm and in expectation of wit
nessing a tragedy fell in a swoon. The
sturdy young westerner, who had
never seen the tracks of a third-rail
train before, did not know what all
the excitement was about, and on be
ing told of what he had done his blood
began to run cold and he said that
he never experienced such a strange
sensation as came over him at that
moment. He also stated that he did
not feel the slightest electrical shoe-:
while on he tracks. The explanation
of his almost miraculous escape was
in the fact that he had a pair of cork
soles underneath the leather soles on
his shoes, and these proved to be suf
ficiently powerful as noncqnductors to
save him from the effects of the dead
ly current. He realizes that those are
the most valuable pair of shoes he
ever owned, or hopes to own, and no
doubt will keep them as an heirloom
n his family and pass them down to
his posterity. On investigation it was
found that the leather sole was burned
where it came in contact with the live
rail. The young man says that, there
are no third-rail cars or trains in the
west and that, therefore, while he had
read of such things in the newspapers
the fact had never made a serious im
pression on his mind before. He is
not apt to forget this experience, how
ever. The young man was in town
here recently and gave the facts sub
stantially as stated to a representa
tive of the News.
English Milk taws.
The English pure-food authorities
are dealing strictly with offenders
against the milk laws. Mark Lane
Express mentions two recent cases.
In one the charge was that part of the
cream had been removed and the milk
sold as whole. The defendant denied
that it was either skimmed or watered,
but was fined $20. In the other case
the use of boraclc acid was charged
against several persons, and fines
ranging from $5 to $90 were imposed.
One of the witnesses, Prof. Boyce of
University College, said that this sub
stance was highly injurious no matter
how small a quantity was used. He
had experimented with kittens, and
found that even a minute quantity of
boracic acid in the milk consumed by
them was harmful.
Wife of Chinese Minister.
Mme. Wu, wife of the Chinese min
ister, is of a lively temperament and
quick to respond to either humor or
sentiment. She has become warmly
attached to several American women.
The Chinese minister is an accom
plished linguist, but his wife is not so
clever in this respect. She speaks
just a little English, enough to meet
the ordinary exigencies of formal re
ceptions. Her accent is considered
charming, and she hopes in another
year to have added considerably to her
English vocabulary. She can carry on
a more sustained conversation in
French than in English. In her own
tongue she is a fluent conversational
ist, and keeps herself well informed
on all the topics of the times.
to a
Myriads of Green Files,
The naphtha launch of L. A.
of Philadelphia came suddenly
stop recently in a swarm of myriads
of green flies along the lower Jersey
coast. The engine refused to run.
The force was turned off and an in
vestigation instituted forthwith, which
resulted in the finding of about two
gallons of "green headers" tightly
packed into one of the air chambers
which fed the flume with oxygen. The
flies had been drawn in by the suc
tion until they were as solidly packed
as powder and shot in a gun barrel.
It required an hour of patient work to
remove the mass of dead flies from
the hot cylinder and get the boat iu
working order again.
Leading Lady of Farce Company Was
111 and Mr. Burgess Took Her Fart,
Impersonating a Woman, and Made a
Hit by His Oddity. V
Few people who night after night at
the Park theater laugh at Neil Bur
gess' Abigail Prue know that but for
an accident he never would have es
sayed the character, and there never
would have been a "County Fair" or
a "Widow Bedott."
The accident happened in Provi
dence, when a lady who did leading
business in farces was taken ill and,
to please the manager, Neil Burgess
played her part. Notwithstanding
that he had a perfect horror of im
personating a woman, he made a hit
and from that time on was fated, so
he says, to play female characters.
Mr. Burgess is on the shady side of
50 and it was about 20 years ago that
the public first discovered in him a
comedian. The role which he attempt
ed in Providence was that of the con
ventional old maid. Taking his orders
from the stage manager, who was ob
liged to find a substitute for the lady
here referred to at a moment's no
tice, Neil Burgess donned female at
tire, rushed on the stage and, tripping
all over himself, attempted as best ho
could to conceal the fact that the dress
was far too short. Not until he was
before the footlights did it occur to
him that he had forgotten every line
of the text. In the spasmodic cudgel
ing of his brain to recall something
of the part, he pressed his cheek with
the tips of his fingers, simpered a lit
tle and thus unconsciously struck a
pose and an expression that, in its
suggestiveness of the elderly spins
ter's demonstrative timidity, tickled
his audience.
That pose and expression was the
key to Burgess' fortune. The cue it
gave he made the best of by attitudi
nizing and dipping into the dialogue
as much as he could, continuing the
simpering and the gurgling until the
house resounded with laughter and a
hit had been made. Two or three
nights later the actress recovered her
health and took up her task, but the
manager of the theater summarily
discharged her, claiming that she wa3
a failure.
The incident, meanwhile, had de
termined Burgess' future work. For
a time he played female roles in
farces. Then somebody wrote for him
a play, and later he constructed his
own "Vim," but in neither had he
made money. Then it was that still
another chance proved lucky for him.
Among the audience who saw him
play "Vim" at a Toledo theater one
night was a jolly-faced man, who
laughed with almost conspicuous vig
or, and who, losing no time, secured
an introduction to the actor.
David R. Locke was that man. The
brilliant and versatile Petroleum V.
Nasby had some time before that
made a comedy out of Mrs. Whicher's
Widow Bedott's Papers," and Bur
gess came to him as a revelation. Out
of their consultations came "The Wu
ow Bedott," christened just about 20
years ago in Providence. Nasby was a
partner in the venture, and traveled
with the company one season. That
was a remarkable tour, too. Nasby
was great on visiting newspaper of
fices. Rarely, and then only by acci
dent, did one of the craft escape him.
Burgess, who was indiscreet enough
to accompany him on some of these
visits, relates that the great politico
Batirist invariably drew about him a
crowd of listeners while he told stories
and cracked jokes, and incidentally
boomed the show. On each opening
night he was duly called before the
curtain, and he always made a funny
speech of thanks. In fact, the tour
was nearly a Nasby ovation, as ex
pensive as it was flattering.
Rock Blasting Brings Showers.
At the monthly meeting of the Berks
County (Pennsylvania) Agricultural
society, President James McGowan at
tributed the excellent condition of the
crops in the southern portion of Berks
county to the heavy blasting that la
done at the Trappe rock quarries, near
Hampton. Heavy charges of dynamite
are used, and the reverberations art
heard for miles around. The very
heavy blasts are invariably followed
by showers of rain, and it is the fre
quent showers that have helped the
Detectives Guard Empress.
The empress dowager of Russia has
always declined to accept the guar
dianship of Russian detectives during
her visits home. On her present visit,
however, this custom has been altered
at the command of the reigning czar,
and, much against the desire of the
empress, she is now followed by eight
Russian detectives of the international
service. Four of these detectives havo
taken station at Fredensborg and four
at Copenhagen.

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