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TRUE STORIES AND FANCIFUL YARNS ILLUSTRATIVE OF MODERN LIFE AND CHARACTER. T HERE has been filed in the courts e o of this city, says a Lanark June tion, Ill., correspondent of the Philadelphia Times, a suit for divorce on grounds probably the most extraordinary in the annals of the law, these grounds being that a bona fide ghost prevents the lady bringing the suit from living with her husband in any degree of matrimonial quietude and happiness. The plaintiff is Mrs. Theresa Baldwin, nee Miss Ripple deane, of a prominet family, who was married on Dec. 14 last to Philip Baldwin of this place. Mrs. Baldwin alleges that the ghost of Mr. Baldwin's first wife, Rosamond Bald win, haunts their domicile, persecutes her in various ways, and altogether makes life unendurable under their joint husband's roof, and forces her to live apart from him. She declares that she was abso lutely skeptical on matters supernatural, and before the beginning of her extraor dinary experiences would have laughed with the most matter-of-fact at the idea of a ghost. Mrs. Baldwin's friends also tes tify to her practical and even turn of mind, but say that her disposition has been entirely altered since her marriage. She is a bright, cheery and lively little woman, full of gay and pleasing chatter, but now betrays a nervous, depressed con dition of the mind, owing, she declares, wholly to the unsettled life led her by the ghost. Her story of this persecution is that on the return from their wedding tour and on her entering as mistress the house formerly occupied by Mr. Baldwin and his first wife the first sight that met her eyes was a lady dressed in a loose white robe. She exclaimed at the sight of this stran ger seated with an air of being"a.t home in the apartment, and, on his seemling to see nothing of the figure pointed it out to her husband, and was quite offended when he declared that her eyes deceived her and that there was no one present inl the room besides herself, himself, and the maid servant who admitted them. She conclu ded that he was jesting with her, but in sisted that there was a woman of the de scription she gave seated within a few feet of her. She noticed that the servant started and turned pale on listening to this description, and afterward, on being alone with the girl, she questioned her closely as to the cause of this emotion, and, after a great deal of reluctance on the maid's part, won from her the avowal that the picture she had drawn was an exact likeness of her predecessor. Though much bewildered at this coinci dence, and amazed at having seen this singular apparition at her fireside, Mrs. Baldwin finally succeeded in dismissing it from her mind. Several days passed without the occur ance of anything to startle her, when, one night while alone in her bedroom, her hus band being away on business, she was standing before her mirror brushing out her hair. She saw all at once at her elbow this strange figure. Turning from the glass she looked about the room, but it was quite empty, andti, thinking that her imagination had deceived her. she turned again to the mirror, when, as distinct as before, she saw the figure staring at tier with an angry and displeased counten ance. Frightened now beyond all control of herself she ran screaming to the bedroom door, but to her astonishment found it was as securely locked as she herself had, left it on entering the room. She called the cook, who was the only servant in the house, telling her what she had seen, and together they searched the bedroom and the dressing room opening into it, but found no trace of any one. She was so disturbed over this occurrence that she unable to sleep for the rest of the So much was she upset by the mystery of the thing that she wrote to her sister, viss Anna Belle Hippledeane, to come lend her company when Mr. Bald *.usiness took him from her. The yad~ig lady,a sprightly miss of 16, was told nothing of what had happened, and to her bright, sunshiny nature the unhappy lady trusted to drive from her mind the de lusion which she was beginning to believe was the cause of her seeing this ghastly figure. But on the day after her arrival Miss Anna Bell destroyed this hope by remarking to her sister that she had seen a lady in white walking down the hall just before her, and asking where she had gone. Her sister put her off with some trivial explanation, but the next day Miss Rip pledeane came to see her and Mr. Bald win, saying that she had just seen a wo man dressed in white enter her bedroom, and that, following her into the apartment she had been unable to find any trace of her. She insisted on her sister and Mr. Baldwin accompanying her in a further search. Mr. Baldwin was much put out at what he considered a hysterical,creature of his wife's heated imagination. Mrs. Baldwin denied this, and, being up held in her statement by her sister, the gentleman began also to look uneasy and amazed. He went at once to Miss Rippledeane's room and searched in vain for the in truder. He refused to believe that it was the spirit of his dead wife, though Mrs. Baldwin testified in her plea for divorce that on one occasion she heard her bus band speaking to some one whom he called Rosamond, and to whom he ad dressed a prayer to go away and leave him in peace. On entering the room she found her husband alone, and he became angry when she asked him to whom he spoke, denying that he had been talking to any one. After this began a series of petty perse cutions by the ghost, the latter, for the most part, being invisible, but pinching Mrs. Baldwin on the arms and neck, and phlling her hair about her face. This was usually when she was alone or when only her husband was present, but on several occasions, in the presence of guests, she was hardly able to suppress cries of pain from severe pinches administerbd to her by her invisible tormentor. She remembers once showing to alady caller her hand, on which had jtst'ap peared a large and cruel bruise. This lady gives her evidence also. She says that her eyes chanced at that moment to be fixed on her boatess' pretty, plump hand and that she saw the flesh caught up as by a vicious grasp, which caused Mrs. Baldwin to cry out as though in pain, and to:exhibit to her a purple brtisethat hpd not been there the moment before. Mrs. Bkldwin's maid testified to'he~ing seeba' woman in white about the house, bit she. was never close enough to obtain sight of her face. The maid to whom Mrs. Baldwin de scribed the figure she had seen on the first night of her installation as mistress of the house, and who is the only servant in the household who was retained after the first Mrs. Baldwin's death, testifies to her present mistress having drawn as per fect likeness of her predecessor as could only have come from one familiar with her in life or looking at her as she spoke, which is the more remarkable as Mrs. Baldwin never saw her husband's first wife while still alive. It is understood that Mr. Baldwin prom ised his first wife when she was dying that he would never marry again. On being interviewed regarding the suit brought by his wife, he declared that he had nothing to say. DON FERNANDO. IN THE large cities of Mexico poverty is very prevalent; beggars are numerous and alms-seeking is re duced to a science. The laws are very strict against asking alms openly, and hence beggars resort to artful means to extort aid from charitable people. WVhile the law expressly forbids asking alms, it does not prevent beggars from accepting aid. These professional beggars evade the law by pretending to peddle goods, sell trifles or act as street porters, etc.; but they actually live on ahns bestowed by charitable people. These "professional beggars" are generally dressed in rags and tatters, and on their faces carry a woe begone and hungry expression. Should you bestow alms on one of these gentry, lie will call down the blessings of heaven and all the saints on your head; should you not give him alms, he will curse you and consign you to the hottest part of hades. Indeed, their seeming piety is only excelled by their persisltency and pro fanity. Adjoining the federal building in the City of Mexico was a little portico that jutted out from the main building. A Mexican occupied this place. He was a dignified-looking, middle-aged man, and while his clothes were rather old and seedy-looking, he kept them carefully brushed and always presented a shabby genteel appearance. From daylight till dark, he was to be found at his post. Hie wore wide-legged, white cotton pants, ornamented with a broad yellow stripe; high-heeled boots, always neatly blacked; a long, black Price Albert coat, shining from age, buttoned closely over his chest and its lapel adorned with a bouqulet of roses; his head was covered with a high stovepipe hat of uncertain age and remoter fashion; and a pearl gray vest decorated with a huge brass watch chain; a gorgeous red sash and a skyblue neck tie completed his wearing apparal and finely set off his well-built figure. In fact, he presented such a well-dressed, genteel appearance that the employes of the federal building bestowed on him the flattering and dignified title of "Don Fernando." Don Fernando really lived on alms, but he was too shrewd to openly solicit dona tions from charitable people, as such a course would lead to his arrest and con viction as a vagrant and beggar. To ccim ply with the requirements of the law lie had taken out a "merchant's license." In the eyes of the law Don Foernando was a "merchant," though his name did not lig ure prominently on 'change, while, as a matter of fact, he was a beggar and de pended on charity for his living. Dou Fernando had a small box and a small portable stand. He was .a "'mer chant," so ]ins license said, and his 'stock" consisted of a few Spanish weekly paters, a box of cigars that no one could smoke, a dozen boxes of matches innocent of sul phur, and a gross of lead pencils devoid of plumbago. He could talk English pretty fair and looked upon American tourists with great favor, as he frequently secured with great favor, as lte frequently secured alms from them. He claimed to keep "American books and papers" for the benefit of American tourists. These "American books and papers" consisted of a few tattered and out of date Globe Democrats and a bundle of Ayer's alman acs, and patent medicine pamphlets that he had gathered up at drug stores. Don Fernando was always on the look. out for American tourists. Should an American pass within a rod of his "busi ness" stand, Don Fernando would in stantly resume a graceful and dignified attitude and call out in English: "Here is American books and newspapers for sale; the finest collection in the city. Colonel, will you please buy a late paper f" This would fetch the tourist every time. He would look over the "selection of American books and newspapers," but, as the papers were usually out of date, he would ask for a later one. Then Don Fernando's face would assume a doleful expression, and in a half-sobbing voice he would assure the tourist "that while he spoke English, he could not read it; that news agents took advantage of him and worked off old papers on him; that he was an honest, but poor man; he had a wife and five children, the youngest of which was an infant only three days old; that he must sell his goods to procure himself and family their evening meal; would not the rich American buy something from him; should he do so, the saints in heaven would bless him." As Don Fernando never had anything that a person would possibly desire to buy the tourist would generally bestow a few nickels in alms, and continue on his way. Don Fernando would loudly call down the blessings of heaven on his bene factor,'wipe away the supposed tears, re arrange his "stock," light a cigarette, sit down, and patiently await another tour ist "sucker." Don .Fernando did not seem to make great efforts to make a sale; but to every American who stopped at his "news" stand he would relate his affecting tale of poverty and woe, and lay particular stress on unfortunately being the father "of an infant three days old." The infant part of his pathetic story was particularly afeotitsg, and it always fetched a dime or a quarter from the charitably disposed .auditor. Had Don Fernando been the father of twins, I am sure he would have bankrupted all the tourists. -At dusk Don Fernando would "close up lila shop," feeling happy that while he had made but few sales his "stock" was still undiminished, his fair receipts for the day 1·rg c:lear profit. He would put his "stock" in the box, shoulder it and start fa .'his home. Bright and early the next n}osving he would be back and ready for "business." Don Fernando's "news" stand was situ ated near the stamp department division room of the customs service; and the clerks could clearly overhear him recite his tale of woe to tenderfeet tourists. This mourful story soon became a chestnut to the clerks in the stamp department, and we could all repeat it word for word back ward, forward, and in the English and Spanish. During a period of four months Don Fernando related his pathetic story to American tourists at least 20 times a day, and he never varied it a word. That "in fant of three days old" never got any older. But he never attempted to tell his story to Mexicans. The clerks in the federal building got pretty well acquainted with Don Fernando, to the detriment of his pocketbooks and morals, and believed he was an honest but unfortunate nman; instead, as he proved to be, a canting hypocrite and consummate rascal. For several months Don Fernando occu pied his place of "business," and seemed to be doing well in the matter of receiving altos; though he never directly asked for charity, and seldom made a sale. One morning Doll Fernando was absent. An hour later, my attention was attracted to an uproar in the streets. I saw three policemen half carrying and dragging an intoxicated Mexican to the jail. The prisoner was vainly resisting the ollicers and cursing them with choice Spanish and vigorous English oaths. I looked more closely at the prisoner, and recognized in the bruised and battered face, the well known features of Don Fernando! But the graceful, polite and genteel air was missing. The shiny, well-brushed plug hat was crushed ilto a shapeless nmass, and hung jauntily on his left car; the long, black Prince Albert coat was split sil) the hack, torn to ribbons, and the shreds were fluttering in the breeze. Tih peral gray vest was begrirmed with dust; the sky-blue necktie, and gorgeous red sasll were badly disarranged: while gaping, rrents int the cotton trousers exposed to public gaze those portions of Dona Fer nando's anatomy which edicts of fashion and city ordinances require to be con cealed. Don Fernando that night slept in jail, and tile next day Ire had his trial. At the trial it was proved that lie was a"turbu lent character" and a "professional Ieg gar," that he didl not have "a wife and five children," and that the "three-tday-old infant" only existed in his fertile imagi nation. For months e Don Fernando had been pretending to be an honest "morr chant," but in reality he was only a "pro fessional beggar," and had lived on alms gained through false pretenses and lying tales of family misfortunes. The police magistrate sentenced Don Fernando to six months' imoprisonmrent for "fighting, begging and exposure of person." His "merchant's license" was re voked, and his stall near the federal build ing placardpd "to rent." I frequently saw the prisoner while he was working out his fine on the streets, but in the striped-clad. sullen and tough looking convict I could hardly recognize tihe graceful, polite and genteel )uon Far nando, late "News MŽorclahant," ntear the the federal building. The moral of tins story is: Don't beg. but if necessary, teal flirst. It is more honorable if it is more risky. SIn. TOLD BY AN ATTORNEY. EVERAL members of the bar were sitting around the stove in tile court room, the judge amongst them, witnesses, litigants, jurors and spectators having mostly retired. There was a lull in the proceedings, and the lawyers were indulging in reminiscences of tihe bench and bar. Thgejudge had recalled the familiar in cident related ill one of MIcGuffey's scheol readers wherein it is told of the famous Chief Justice Marshall that at some coun try inn in Virginia he had listened in silence to an argllument amongst Nsouie young law students discussing and renti lating their views on the evidences of Christianity, and after they had exhausted the subject as they supposed, how they turned to the venerable old mani whom they took for some' old hayseed in the neighborhood, and how tile great chief justice of the United States rose up and fell upon their puerile argument against Christianity like a thousand of bricks and smote the presumptious young fools hip and thigh. "That story is somewhat fishy," added the judge, "for Marshall was not likely to surprise anyone in that way. It always struck me as being on a par with the other story in the reader about the boy who climbed up the wall of the Natural Bridge to carve his name higher than all the others to carve his name with his jack knife. As the rock is limestone to carve one's name on it with a jack-knife would be a difficult task." "Perhaps the story was written by an Englishman," added a lawyer, "and Ihe made the very natural mistake of suppos ing that the rock was the same as that found in England which is mostly soft enough to be easily cut by a knife." "Well," remarked the district attorney. "I never placed much faith in the Mar shall story for I suppose it is like many other goody-goody stories which are told to point a moral, but the story may have had a grain of truth in it. I know of a similar incident, however, within my own experience." "How was that?" "I was living in the town of E---, and had just commenced the practice of law. Of course clients were scarce and I with my diploma from a latw school and my li cense to practice had waited and waited for business which did not show up until, to keep the wolfe from the door, I 'accepted' the nomination for police magistrate of the town of E., and on account of my poverty, I suppose, was elected by a good major ity." "We got fees instead of salary, the mar shal and I, and of course it behooved the marshal to let no guilty man es cape arrest, and whenever a wretch was charged in my court with violating a town ordinance, 1 am afraid that the merciful presumption of the law that every man charged with a crime is presumed to be in nocent until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, was totally reversed. In fact, the marshal, who was older than I, and had a family to support, insisted that it was better for ninety and nine innocent men to suffer than one gitilty should es cape. City attorney, we had none. E- was a university town and many of the students made it a practice to be at the railroad depot to see the incoming and outgoing trains. They also bid a habit of getting on the trains, riding out of town a short distance and, jumping off.walk back to town. This they did at considerable risk to themselves. Although 'trains did not run so fast at that time as they do now there was some compliiit made about it and the town council passed an ordinance against the practice. "It was intended for the benefit of the students, of course, but it Increased our jurisdiction and like most courts," he bowed to the judge, "we were not slow to accept the increase." "We had enforced this ordinance on several instances, no one questioning its validity. One day the marshal, happen ing to be near the depot, saw a passenger jump from the train while it was in motion. Here was a fish for his net. The passenger seemed to be a countryman from the neighborhood, as he was dressed in the uniform of the farmers of that re gion, that is, he wore a broad-brim straw hat, a coarse suit of clothes, and his pants were stuffed in his boot tops after the manner of the husbandmen. 1-Its hair and beard were long and shaggy as if they had not received his attention for some time. "Although our ordinance was mainly directed at students, yet the marshal, who was no respecter of persons, especially when they were strangers and would likely pay a small fine rather than go to the expense of employing counsel to de fond them, arrested the stranger in the act and immediately brought him before the court. "Next day we happened to have a for cible entry and detainer suit on trial in my court, involving the possession of a valuable tract of land near town, and there were several lawyers in court, some engaged in the trial and others hearing the proceedings. "When the marshal came in with his prisoner the latter was offered a seat on a bench in the corner of the room. He an nounced that lie had a prisoner present ready to stand his trial, and I, as judge, had to sidetrack the civil business on hand to attend to the criminal. "I filled up a blank complaint against the prisoner inserting his name which he suggested. During the lull in the civil proceedings the prisoner, who was on the soinme bench where the jury sat, looked not unlike one of them. The six greasy spots against the wall where the heads of suc cessive jurors had rested were properly filled with empty heads again---the filthy crowd that burdens the air in police court were all there, and the hangers on, that put in the morning in this court as regu larly as the sun rises, were all there. "I read thecomplaintto the prisonerand asked him if lihe was ready to plead, dud if lie desired counsel. "He said lie would defend his own case and would plead not guilty. "This attracted the attention of the lawyers who like to see the man with 'a fool for a client,' and I remember that Colonel Hi., who was present, engaged in the civil case and was a distinguished lawyer from the city of B., looked at the prisoner with an air of recognition and smiled more than once at the further proceedings against the prisoner as if there were sonme concealed joke in the matter, known only to him and the prisoner. However, we proceeded to introduce wit no:ses and tihe town having closed its ceso and everything being soon heard and fully understood by the court, the court was satisfactorily convinced that tile prisonler was guilty beyond all question of getting off a moving train within the corporate limits, this time, and from the appearance of tile prisoner it was an even guess whether he could pay his line or woult be cotmpelled, to sweat it out in durance vile in rhe town jail. The court asked if he had any witnesses and ihe replied that he had not. Then after reading to himn the ordin ance and reviewing the evidence, I re quested him to stand uti, and he cotlplied very cheerfully, not seeming to appreciate the gravity of the situation nor the dan ger he wnis in. "You have been lawfully tried," I began, in as deep and grave a mianner as be came the police magistrate of the corpora tion of E---, "for the offense of vidlating the provisions of ordinance so and so of the town of E.--, by jumping from a moving train within the corporate limits of said town on the blank day of blank, eighteen hundred and blank. The court finds you guilty in manner and form as charged in the complaint, and assesses your punishment at a fino of ten dollars arid costs. Have you anything to say why sentence should not be pronounced upon you?" "Well, yes," he said. "By the way, your honor, have you at hand a copy of the charter of your city?" In that state each town is specially in corporated by act of the legislature and not under a general law as is done here. I had a copy of the charter and got it and handed it to him. "Better plead guilty, general," observed Colonel H. to the defendant. "Who en ters here leaves all hope behind!" But he didn't. He gave us a lecture on the law of municipal corporations such as had not been heard before in that court and such as I venture to say will never be heard there again. His voice was deep and clear, and before he was done we were thoroughly convinced that our council had no Dower to prohibit anyone from getting off a train head first if he thought fit, and we were equally convinced that our prisoner should be treated as became his station. I dismissed the case out of hand and bringing forward my best box of cigars, offered one to him, which he accepted. Then Colone" H. came forward and began congratulating the prisoner upon his es cape and we were soon apprised of the fact that he was tile attorney general of the United States. He had been out in the neighborhood hunting and fishing, and had got off the train at E., to await the train for Wash ington. "He didn't floor you with his elo quence?" asked the judge. "No," replied the district attorney, "he raised a point on us We were not looking for." NOTHING IMPROBABLE IN IT. BHE strange-looking man' sat in one S" corner of the smoker and hadn't much to say when the drummer and the Western real estate man were telling their stories. He roused, how ever, after a peculiar gqe by the drummer. "That reminds me," he said, "of some thing that happened once in a min ing town in the Rockies during the good old times when every thing was new out there. Like every other mushroom municipality, we had among us gamblers and greenies, toughs and tenderfeet. One of these tenderfeet was the most cowardly fellow, in some ways, I ever saw, and how he ever came to such a place I couldn't understand. He was afraid of everybody, and a boy could bulldoze him; but hp was bright minded, with a fine turn for business, and was honest. A pistol was a horror to him, and he wouldn't take a drink of whiskey un der any ciroumstances, which, by the way, required considerable courage. In his case it did, at least, as it arterward turned out, for one day he refused to drink with the ugliest, most dangerous man we had, and a row'ensued.' "The tough whipped out a pistol and would have killed the fellow, but some one caught his arm, and the other man went down on his knees and begged for his life. It was no good, however; the tough was drunk and was determined to kill him, and to prevent an open murder some one suggested that they light it out in the street, and a revolver was put into the hands of the tenderfoot. He didn't know how to handle the gun at all, and while one man showed him what to do, four or five more held the tough. Then they were put at 10 paces, and a more ab ject, scared specimen I never sawc than that tenderfoot. He could hardly stand up, and his pistol wabbled about as if it were swung to a string. The tough en joyed it more than any one else, for he felt sure of his victim. "After he had watched the shivering wretch for a moment he pulled tip his gun, and at the same time the tenderfoot pulled up his and tried to aim it. Then bang woent the tough's gun, and almost simul taneously followed the report of the ten derfoot's. The tough dropped like a shot ox, and the tenderfoot threw up Iris right hand and howled with pain and fear. We rushed up and found the tough dead, with a bullet through his heart, and the tender foot with his fingers and haLnd bruised and bleeding. but not seriously injured. The bullet from the tough's pistol had struck the triggor of the tenderfoot's and dis clharged it with fatal results." The strange-looking man had appar ontly no more to say, and iis listeners lo, ed at each other questioningly. The drummer coughed suspiciously. "May I ask," he said, "how it haplpened that the tough's bullet didn't take the ten derfoots lirinafr ofl before it reached the trigger of his pistol?'" "Simple enough,: said the strange-look ing man, frankly, "lie didn't have his fin ger on the trigger; he had it on the trigger. guatrd, and lie would have been pulling on it yet to make the gun go off if luck hadn't been against the tough." The strange-looking man relapsed into his former silence, and nobody had the cheek to try to tell any more stories.-Die troil .'ee t'ress. MARRIAGES OUT OF FASHION. So By the Wiay Are irthn anlld Incident ally I)eatihs, Too. From the New Orleans Times-Democrat. In all the three important events in man's career--birth, marriage and death -there has been a remarkable falling oiff the last 20 years, confined to no country, but existing througlhout the civilized globe. We need not inquire into the causes, for we can see them too clearly around us. The chief cause which lies at the bottom of all the trouble is the decline in mar riage. Marriage has gone out of favor with the emnancipation of woman and the greater difficulty in making a living, and lhis decrease largely explains the falling off in the birth rate, but not wholly, for the average nilluber of births to cach arllnrisage are fewer than a score of years ago. lThe only redeeming feature in this picture is the declining death rate, due to better sanitation and a better knowledge of how to care for ourselves; indeed, but for this improvement the population of the world would be at a standstill to-day, as the birth rate is just what the death rate was a quarter of a ccntury ago. ne are still improving our sanitary condition and saving many lives that nore hitlherto sacrificed, but we nmust recognize tie fact that sooner or later we will reach the highest point which we can hope to achieve. On the other hand., there is no limit in the matter of a de creasing Ibirth rate, and it may continue indefinitely until it reaches the zero point. In France the population is accit ally at a standstill, and would probably be declining but for the immigration from Italy, Belgium and Germany. In Ireland and tHawaii it has been declining for nearly half a century, and the whole civil ized world seems to be drifting in that direction. There is no danger of very much crowding on the planet, as philoso phers feared. Cwiilization will prevent this, and Malthus, could he visit us to day, would probably be very much suir prised to see how naturally his sugges tions have been carried out. Scratched Her rName Off. A special dispatch in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, from Washington, I). C., Marc. 21, says: "Where is this person?" asked Secretary Morton, as lie pointed to a name on the pay roll. Against the name was set the salary of $1,800 a year, the highest received by ally woman inl the de partment of agriculture. "She is away on leave," replied the clerk. "How long has she been away?" "Six months," rephled the clerk. "Strike the name from the roll," said the secretary. ,Something was said about thle "influ ence" behind the $1,800 movement. "It makes no difference who she is," said the secretary. "We will have no one drawing $1,800 a year and not rendering any service." The name went off. And the old-timers are wondering what will happen when the woman comes back. "Why," said one startled employe, "the whole south is behind her." They tell a story of a senator's experi ence with this woman. lie had heard that she had said her husband was the inventor of the gun which killed more Yankees than any other made in thie south. It occurred to him to ask for her official head for tilhe remark. The woman learned of the senator's action and she went to him.4 "You have me removed front my place," she said, "and I will see that you lose your seat in the senate." "I believe she would, too," said the senator in telling about the interview. Another case somewhat similar to this of Secretary Morton occurred recently. A cabinet officer heard of a woman holding a "si-ne-cu-rae" in his department and sent for her immediate superior. "Why isn't she discharged?" he asked. "W'e would have a row on our hands,'" was the answer. "She is a sister-in-law of Congressman Elank." "Mark her off." ordered the secretary. "She would go if she was the sister-in-law of Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson put together. The people in this depart ment will earn their money." A Boon for Ladles. French Tansy Tablets are for the relief and cure of painful and irregular menses and will remove all obstructions, no mat ter what the cause. The only sure and safe remedy on the market. Manufactured by A, Augendre, Paris, France. $2 per box and for sale only by D. 1M. Newbro Drug company, sole agents, Butte. M.ot. INTEREST INGREASING aumerous Letters of Congratulation and Commendation. AN EDUCATIONAL CRUSADE The Teachers of Butte Pass Reso lutions Expressive of Their Ap preciation of the "Stand ard's" Efforts. The best is none too good in anything, and especially is this true when the best is easily obtainable. It is pre-eminently true that the best authority should be con suilted when in search of knowledge, be cause the first impression is always lasting and aids or hinders education according as it is true or false. The STarnsoeAn respectfully acknowl edges'its gratitude for the letters of en couragement which come in by scores every day. If there is such a thing as pleasure in doing good for others then the SnTANDARD may justly feel proud of its most liberal enterprise of supplying to its read ers the greatest reference library on earth at the trifling outlay of the price of a cigar each day. The teachers of Butte give expression to their united opinion in the following: WeVo believe that no work can be placed in the hands of the school children of to day which will be of more immediate and lasting value than the Encyclopaedia Bri tallnnica. It supplenents the instruction of teachers; it stimulates the spirit of in quiry on the part of the pupils; it opens up to them the length and breadth of the field of knowledge; it fits them for more gereral usefulness, and will enable them no carry forward theireducation long after the ordinary years of schooling are over. tuchl, we believe, to be a few of the bene fits of the 13ritannica to the young of our. schools. "'We can conceive of no better way of securing this great work than through the very liberal offer of the STANDARD, and we would heartily recommend the plan of securing it to parents and scholars throughout our city." LOST OPPORTUNITIES REDEEMED A Complete Education Education Nov WVithin Rench of the 011. and Young. 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The offer is not one that will be continued in definitely. its lltany advantages do pot ertmit of that Imported Song Birds. The success of tile efforts of our north crt neighbors in Oregon in importing song birds is attested by the following, takeil from the Oregonian: Speaking of this sutbject it says: "fRelports are cotling in from a number of places to Secretary Piluger, of the as sociation for the importation of song birds, in regard to the return of the birds from tthir winter migration. The song thrushes are back. One pair, which raised broods of young out near the cemetery, are again building in the same locality, and the male is regaling the peo ple around there with his sweet songs. A tlnumber of other thrushes have been seen in tile city and neighborhood. The black starlings have also returlled, and a pair tare building a nest iear the hoart of the city, wlhero they nested last year. The maole is freqtuently heard singing from the topl of a church spire. Fra.tl Dekum went around to have a look at them the other itay, and was much pleased to see thtem back. Gohlfinches and chafllnches have returned in large numlbers. .IThe skylarks do not migrate. Flocks of 15 or 20 of them were seen on the Riverside road while tile snow was on the ground, and a number of them were foel by It. Scott of hilhwaukee during the co!d spell. They are now heard singing on uine days, but they have not had a chance to sing much of late. A number of black thrIushes have been seen at Sum mit, and itn Washington and Marion counties. 'The only report in regard to nightingales last season came from Mr. t-ltugles, who lives near Silverton. He wrote that a pair of nightingales had been nesting near a spring oil his place, and had raised broods there for two or three sutmmers. lie will report if they return again this season. (ln the whole, the results of the itmporta tiyn of song birds have been very satisfao Feminlnue Even in Peril. One humorous accident connected with the fire is tolt me by a nmember of engine 25. He was with a few members of that conlpany attenlpting to save a screaming young lady who was hanging from the third story of the Ames building. At the risk of thetr own lives they finally placed a ladder ont the btlrning building, and one Iuan took the youngl lady from her peril ouls position and placed her safely on the grDoutd. Instead of runining as fast as she could for her life shite carefully took hold of her skirts and lifted them so as not to wet them, and slowly picked her 1way amnong the debris and on to the oppo site sidcwalk, where she disappeared. lBoston Eitcning Record.