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tigTUltN. O thefittl. olA town that I left om day, Because it was quiet, stilt Has the same that it bad when I went away, And stands on the same old hill But the ones that were dear in the little old town, With its one wide street running up and down, '..Have ceased to sit ou the porches where The roses were trained to climb They hare ceased to sew and to whittle .* there, As they did in the dear old time. The little old church with Its wooden r- sheds OT Still stands as it stood of yore But the ones who knelt' and who bowed their heads •afel' Are worshiping there no morel "ffjP And the little old school where 1 carved my name (i On the home-made desk stauds just the same— *-But, the boys who are batting the ball to-day And the little mhlds, fair aud f^ee. Are not the children who- used to play On the common there with me! The little old house, so dear, so dear, Stands just where it used to Stand c.»: B»it not for many and many a year vv Has the latch obeyed her hand— The hand in which hand was laid AVhcn my first* few faltering steps were made— And in the little old pnrlor there, O'erlooking the little lawn. Another sits in her easy chair And hears the clock tick on. O the little old town that I left one day. Because it was quiet, still vgaHas the name that it bad when 1 went aw*y» And atands on the same old hill But the friends that I've traveled "back home*' to see Are gone or else are but strangers to me. Aud over the doors of the little old stores Are names that I never kuew, And the dream that was dear of the "old home" here Can never, alas! come true. Chicago Times-Herald. LBONITA. 8 Gltano walked through tlie MV lowland grove to meet Leonlta -^*^at the creek he wondered why V:.«iSsshe had grown so different why she ^ipno longer would play the games tbat for years they had played together why she now went round by the bridge and would not let him assist lier across th« stream. When he reached the open Jie saw .. her standing by the road at the top of the hill. A horseman who had spoken with her rode away, smiling over his '. shoulder. Something tightened in Ul a no's breast. With tlrm steps he came to the hill top. "Who was he, 'Nlta 7" "Who but the Corregidor," she au swored archly. "What said he?" "More than ever another liath said, Gltano." "What then?" Leonlta turned her face away. .. "He said that mine is the beauty of the night." Gitano's eyes flashed at the receding :. horseman. "Why of the .night?" he asked. "Because,-' she faltered, "because— no said the Corregidor—my brow Is the moon-touched snow upon the moim tain, and my eyes are" the glinting stats.'" "Said be that? What more?" "That my hatr'ls the midnight eland "that my lips She tilrned a pebble with her dainty toe. "That my Hps tiltauo prompted.' "Are the dew-bright berries of holly awaiting the kiss of dawn—so said lie, the Corregidor." At the bend of the road the rider looked back and raised his gllstealng BomUrero. Leonlta waved lier supple band and smiled. But when she turn f'id again to her companion the umlte I /'departed from her lips, for the sad ness of his eyes rebuked her heart. The next day and the next the rider came, but Leonlta was ever away with Gltano In the lowland grove. Then, as the third day closed, her father snld to her: "'Nlta, thou art too much with Gl tano. Let him go his way. Thou art no longer a child." But, my father, I am happy •with jGltano." So much the worse. BUle thee at home. The Corregidor will come •-again." "The Corregidor?" "Ay, *Nita he bath Been thy tieau ty." i} 1, "What dost thou mean, my father?" "Only that thy place is liere. Let |i Gltano go his way." ig Another day the rider came, and s- and when he went away Leoolta's face was in her bands. "Silly child!", her father said. "Thou -S wilt be the Corregldora—a great lady, and ride in thy coach. Is this thy gratitude for a father's loving care?" y? Gltano came at sundown to learn why Leonlta had not kept their dally tryst Her futher sat with them and Re told Gltano all—that the Corregidor had smiled upon her beauty and beg .'i ged her for his bride that the lather's promise had been given that the not nry was to come next morning to seal the troth, and that until then Xeonlta .2 was to remain within. Gltano heard as lu a dream. The .* words seemed to come over Bome vast distance—even from sotne llglitless world whose fli'es had flickered out ages and ages ago. But as her father spoke Leonlta weaved message of the thread upon her lap and treaiUed with excited joy to see -Gltano rend it. 7 moon was low, wtnen a call as of •v a ghtblrd fell softly through Leoal tal lattice. "•'.* itano!" '•V '"Nltfi!" Cheek to cheek, they wlugpered from •/:, their hearts, and in the meeting of .. their lips were seated pathetic vows of love beyond this lite. Then through the somber avenue of silence they came again to view the gloomy present "And spoke he only of the beauty of thy face?" Oltano asked. 5 "Only of that," she answered. ••k "I would thou hadst no Ueanty, then." Before they5 parted at the lattice Leonlta begged one last memento of his honest love. A lush young vine grew in the withered gumtree- at the bottom of the. gorge. "Bring me a sprig of that,. GiUno, for—remembrance." And wjhen Bhe took It fromt htm she bade him haste to bathe his. hands In ,i milk. Then Gltano knew the cruel nature of the vine. "No, no! Not that!" he cfried. 1 But tb^e lattice window -closed. In the po- ^g light tlies father look on Lijor Jb face and, horror pafed bis own.W '"Nltn!" he gasped, "Is it thee—my child?" "Ay, my father thy child." He swayed and closed his eyes. "Say not so," he moaned. "It can not be! My Xina was so beautlful— oh, so beautiful!" In overwhelming grief ho sank upon the floor and rocked feebly and boat his breast. "O santo Dlos! What curst Is this?" Then came auother awful thought. "The Corregidor will never take her now!" he cried. "Why, my father? Doth he love' me for my face alone?" But the father only walled as one gone mad ."The Corregidor! The Corregidor! He will not have her now!" Then came the rider with the notary. "She was so much a child," the fa ther sobbed. "She played with young Gltano in the grove. She did not know the devil-vlne would eat her beauty. And yet It hath but spoiled her face and not touched her beauteous heart." "Rustlco," said the great Corregi dor, "thou hilst uiy earnest sympathy. Here Is a purse of golil." And with his iiolary he rode away. When Gltano with his scalded hands smoothed Leoultn's lialr his tears ex pressed his heart. ••Still thou art beautiful." he said. "Nay, sweet Gltano, even thou canst not say that." "Hush, my 'Nlta! Thine Is the beau ty of the day. Thy heart-love Is the glad, warm sunshine and thy glorious soul the rainbow of promise to me."— Chicago Times-Herald. THE JUDGE'S TURKISH 8ATH. It Wu. Very Vigorous, and He Found Out Why. The Judge had never taken a Turkish bath, but he was not feeling liis best that morning, aud it suddenly occurred to him to test Its vivifying effects, so enthusiastically descanted upon by his youug rrlends. It seemed to othe Judge that the rub ber was terribly rough, b-.it fearing to expose ills inexperience and subject himself to ridicule by objecting to the regular treatment, he patiently endured being punched, pnmmeled, slapped, spanked, whacked and poked until he could not stand the torture a moment longer. "Is—It—qul-te—neces-sary—to—make —me—bla-ack—and blue—-all or ver?" panted the Judge, as Irregularly as the rubber dug his lists lu more or less vigorously. "Never you mind I'm flxin' you." re sponded the rubber, redoubling his as saults and griuulng diabolically—at least so it seemed to the Judge. "Who (slap, groan) are (tlrad, groan) you?" gasped the Judge, a horrible sus picion dawning in his mind. "Your (whacky groan) face (thump, groan) does (ivhack, groan) look (slap, groan) fa thud,, groan) miliar" (swish, groan). "Oh, you remember me, do you?" growled the rubber sarcastically. "Well, lash yer old hide, mebbe you'd like to send me up for six mouths again for prlicrllghtin'!"—Harper's.Magazine. Always tho Way. A woman, with a freshly blackened eye aud traces of recent tears on her face, came hurriedly Into a police mag istrate's office one morning, and asked for the arrest of her husband ou a charge of beating her. The brutal husband was arrested and brought before the malgstrate. He was a hard-looking citizen, large of frame, repulsive In appearance, and about three-fourths drunk. The wife, on the contrary, was slight and deli cate, and her hands were wrinkled and knotted with hard work. The trial was short. "Bill," as she called him, made no defense. He was apparently too lazy to tajce the trouble. The wife hud cooled down consider ably, and gave lier testimony with ex treme reluctance, as Is the custom In such cases but the guilt of the pris oner was clearly established, and the magistrate, after lecturing him sharply and Indignantly ou his brutality, was about to prescribe the necessary pun ishment, when the pale-faced victim spoke up. "Make the fine as light as you can, your honor," she said, anxiously. "I'll have to pay It." A Model Witness. ^3,"' During the Investigation of the Maine disaster an old seaman was called be fore the Court of Inquiry to tell what he knew about It. He was solemnly sworn to tell the truth nud nothing but the truth furthermore, he was cau tioned not to repeat hearsay his per sonal experience was the only testi mony that would answer the law. "And now tell us what you know about the explosion of the Maine," said one of the officers. "Well, sir," snld tlie old bluejacket, "I was a-corking it off In me 'ammick (hammock), and 'eard a noise and waked up In the 'orspltal. That's all I know about it, sir." The coiirt maintained Its gravity, states the Chicago Record, from which this story is taken, and dismissed the witness. "Corking," It may be added, Is sailor slang for Bleeping. When they lie down upon the deck, as they often do for a nap, figuratively speaking they are calking the deck. A Congressman's Mother. Mrs. Turner, mother of the young Democratic member from Kentucky, became separated at the capltol from her son, who had her ticket for the members' gallery In his pocket. The rules were strictly enforced and al though she gained admittance to the gallery the zealom doorkeeper threat ened that if she did not produce her ticket be would be compelled to ask her to step out. "No," said Mrs. Turner, "I shall not move a step. I came here to see my baby sworn In as a iflember of the House, and I am going to see him sworn in. I have lost him and I have no ticket, but I shall not move a step, from here until I see him take the oath." Tho doorkeeper, being a wise man, sttld nothing further, and Mrs. Turner bad the happy privilege of seeing her son sworn Into office.—New York Trib une. A Murderer's Black Cap. When John Carroll was hanged re cently at Atlanta for the murder of a woman, be wore the black cap which he had made for the occasion by his mother. Consumptive Convicts. It is said by an Alabama newspnper tliat one-half of the pardons issued In that State are based on the fact that the convict Is suffering from consump tion. Largest Public Debt. The public debt of France Is the larg est In the world, and amounts to fl,600,000,OOP. At 2 cents a mile a trip to the sun would cost $1,828,604.40. We under stand there will be no cut-rate ezcur slons this season. GOV. SHAW'S MESSAGE. Gov. Shaw's bioimial message was de livered to the State Legislature on Tues day. The Governor, according to his message, lit wis State linancos and various State affairs in a very sat isfactory condition. Never in our history, tbe message says, has labor found more ready employment or more liberal remuneration never has agriculture gen erally been more prosperous or yielded better returns, aud never has business been more universally active or reasonable profits for invested capital more secure. Liberal extracts from the important parts of the message are given: It is gratifying to kuow that the judi cious provisions made by the Twenty* sixth and Twenty-seventh General As semblies, for the increase of public reve nues on the one hand, anil the reduction of expenditures on the other, enabled the State to meet all its obligations, past and current, and to accumulate in the treasury, at the end of the fiscal terjn under review, a surplus of $414,2i)4.02 over and above all outstanding warrants, subject, however, to the yet unexpended appropriations of the Twenty-seventh and earlier General Assemblies. Of these les3 than $200,000 remained un drawn at the end of the fiscal term. With these amounts all expended, there will remain fully $22,000 to meet the expendi tures of the current term. The treasury is in better condition than It was two years ago by $ 1,008,580.50. The surplus of $537,259.*J7 is subject to reduction by the special appropriations yet undrawn of past general assemblies, amounting to less than $100,000. The auditor of State estimates the receipts for the current term at $4,504,200 and the expenditures, without any special appropriations made by the Twenty eighth General Assembly, Ht $.1,577,423 giving a surplus of receipts for the cur rent term of $080,777. Adding to this sum the balance of $220,000 cash in the treasury at the end of the fiscal term in excess of outstanding demands and un drawn appropriations, gives fully $1,200, 000, which this General Assembly cau safely appropriate for special purposes. Iowa has more bauks than auy other State in the Union, and the condition of these institutions is very encouraging. At the date of the reports of incorporat ed banks nearest the first jt October, 1807, the bank deposits of Iowa were as follows: State uud savings banks....$ 50,491,r»2."» til National bauks 27,302,301 25 Private banks (estimated)... 2.",000,000 00 Total fl02.003.826 80 At tbe date of their last reports, the de posits were as follows: State aud savings banks $ 81,476,701 6? Nationnl banks 42.238.700 lh Private banks (estimated)... 40.000.000 00 Total $lC3.71o,5CO 8T» An increase of over 00 per cent. In two years. Of tbe more than $110,000,000 held by: national. State and private bauks. inves-, tigation convinced me that certainly over one-half is owned bjr farmers and the' $51,000,000 on deposit in savings banks is held almost exclusively by wage earn ers and people of limited income. Un questionably the proportion of unincum bered farms in the State exceeds that' of any other period. In addition, the value of all agricultural lands and of farm animals has very materially appreciated within the last few years. Under these favorable conditions, 1 thiuk the Twenty-eighth General Assem bly will be justified in making somewhat more liberal appropriations than in for mer years. Great care, however, should be exercised, for it must be borne in mind that it is easier for a State, as well as for an individual, to incur a liability than to discharge one. Board of Control. The Twenty-seventh General Assembly made provision for a board of control, which, for nearly two years, has had the management of all our State institutions, excepting those purely educational. Tbe policy thus inaugurated has resulted in a very considerable saving to the State, and in addition the service at most of the Institutions, I am persuaded, has been improved. To justify the board of con trol system, it is not necessary to defend each separate act. or to indorse the pol icy of the board in every particular. If errors have been committed, the lessons taught thereby will not need repeating. Time will strengthen that which is weak, and experience will supply whatever may be wanting. The report of the board is so full and comprehensive that it will not be neces sary for me to refer to our several elee mosynary, penal and reformatory instl tutions. in detail. Great rare should be exercised that the revenues of the State be not wasted but while this is true, the unfortunate inmates of our hospitals for the insane, the institution for the feeble minded, the college and the industrial home for the blind, the school for the deaf, the sol diers* orphans' home, and especially the soldiers' home, should be cared for—not lavishly, but liberally. The people of the State will approve a policy that in sures ample food and suitable clothing for the inmates of all these institution^ and the employment of teachers, where required, the equal in qualification and aptness with those engaged by public school boards to iustruct the more fortu nate. The dominant sentiment of Iowa is favorable to good wages, and the State should not by example teach private cor porations lessons in economy at the ex pense of labor. All that the people of the State of Iowa require is 1(H) cents in service for each dollar expended, and no one need ever expect more. The board of control will neither squander nor reck lessly expend any appropriation the Gen eral Assembly may pkve at its disposal. The several institntions under the con trol of the board have in the aggregate 4,181) acres of land, valued at $300,S40. The buildings thereon are valued ot $7, 482,735, and the persoual property at $597,134.77, making a total of $8,380, 718.77. There were being cared for at these institujjons June 30,'?£9!), 0,080 persons. There was expended during the period for the support of In mates ....*2,114,010 75 For Improvement to bulldlugA and grounds 452.053 80 Total expenditures of the term $2,567,273 55 Of the support fund $l,M8.12if.80 was ex pended the flrat and $000,102.05 the second year of the biennial period—a difference ot 1181,033.85 in favor of t*re lust your of the term. Public Schools. The public school &y«tem of Iowa has had many eucotuiums pronounced upon it, and needs none from me. To say that It wos never better, or that uo State in the Union has ever pursued a wiser pol icy, is not equivalent to saying that ours cannot be improved. To say that It has accomplished great things for the people of our State does not imply that' it can not be made more etiicicut. Within the memory of persous now living, women were denied a college education. A revo lution has been wrought in these matters and, while no one would return to former conditions, yet a system which results iu the graduation of 1,830 youug todies from the high schools of Iowa tbe current year, aud only 054 young gentlemen, is weak at a vital point. These gradua tions are from town und eity schools, for rural districts do not generally afford high school privileges. That town and city schools are superior to those iu rural districts will be readily observed as &oon as tbe policy pursued by cach is compared. In several coun ties of the State the experiment has been tried of maintaining a central town ship graded school, to and from which the pupils are conveyed in 'carriages, at public expense. Wherever this plan has been adopted the results have been most jitiifactory. The enrollment has been thereby invariably increased, flud the at tendance has been more regular better teachers have been employed, with cor rspondingly improved scholarship, and in addition the expenses have been very considerably reduced. This is the expe rience also of other States where the practice has become quite general. 1 think this plan should be encouraged by specific legislation. 1 am not prepared to advise that, at present, it Je mode uni versal. It is probable that the erection of no more single room subdlstricf school houses should be permitted. Some en couraging legislation should, I think, be! enacted looking toward the establishment of graded schools within easy access of every farm in Iowa. The vocation of the farmer, which is so admirably adapt ed for reariug industrious and therefore self-supportiug children, must not become offensive because of the want of school privileges Normal Schools. The foregoing observations uoturally lead to the question of normnl schools. Iowa possesses one such institution under State control and. management. This has facilities to reasonably accommodate six hundred pupils. During the last year the attendance has averaged over one thousand. A better class of studeuts never congregated. They aro not sent to the State Normal School in the fond hope that they may develop into something, at some time, but they come voluntarily and many of them at their own expense, with the settled purpose to make men aud women of themselves, to take their places in the battle of life, and to boar their share of^the world's burdens. The school is grossly overcrowded. I do not believe its capacity ought to be materially in creased. There is a limit in number over which an instructor can exercise, a per sonal influence. From seven to eight hun dred pupils is, in my opinion, the maxi mum for any one normal school. 1 should be glad to see a State normal establish ed ou each of the great truuk railways of Iowa. I think it would be better to locate them thus than to follow geograph ical divisions, for the reason that dis tance is not so important a factor as ac cessibility. Five normal schools will not be an oversupply for Iowa. Massachu setts has ten, New York twelve, Penn sylvania thirteen. Wiscousin, with a less population thau Iowa, has four, nnd Illi nois is building her fifth. In tbe absence of some affirmative leg islation looking to the speedy establish ment of more normal schools under State control, 1 think some encouragement should be extended to private aud de nominational colleges that are now main taining, or that may elect to maintain, a normal department the equivalent in grade to that established by the State. Sly contention is that the rural districts require, and nre entitled to the services of, as good teachers as towns and cities. If this demand shall be even partially met, increased facilities of some kind are imperative. State University. The Genera! Assembly will, of course, carefully examine tho report and rec ommendations of the board of regents of the State University. Here substantial appropriations are also asked, aud are much needed. I think it can be safely said that no university has ever accom plished more with such limited means. Certainly, no mouey has been squander ed, and the results have been phenome nal. In view of the existence of a large number of denominational institutions in the State, most of them furnishing excel lent opportunities for the acquisition of what may be called a collegiate education, It would seem to me unwise to leave our State university a university in aiaine only, but a college in fact. Professional departments do not differentiate a col lege and a university. The State should provide that which private enterprise and philanthropy do not. The State univer sity should be made the center around which all publie and denominational schools and colleges shonld cluster, and it 6bouid be able to furnish the gradu ates from all these institutions university advantages. The people of Iowa are pre pared, iu my opinion, to welcome a new era of university influence. This can be brought about only by a more liberal pol icy, which will be found conservatively outlined in the report of the board of re gents. Nebraska expends annually over $280, 000 in smport ot its university Minne sota and Illinois each expends over $350, 000 Wiscousin over $4(h),000 and Mich igan over $500,000 while'the annual in come of the State University of Iowa is $150,038. Iowa cannot compete with other States without fearlessly meeting the conditions. College of Agriculture. From information received from the highest authority, I uin convinced that the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts of Iowa comes nearer conforming to ihc purposes contemplated in tbe act of Congress, appropriating land in aid thereof, thau any similar institution in the United States. It is not easy to over estimate its value to the State and na tion. The art of farmiug is quite well understood and practiced, but the science of agriculture is yet in-its infancy. Mod ern inventlou has revolutionized methods, out it has uot modified or affected the philosophy of animal or plant life. There are ^ousands of men in the State who have learned from observation and ex perience how to feed a steer, or a pig, so as to produce beef and pork at a profit of from ten to twenty-five per cent a somewhat less number have learned in similar ways to feed a cow so as to pro duce milk and butter at a profit of from twenty to fifty per cent but there are comparatively few who scientifically un derstand the essential elemeuts required for the production of bone aud muscle and fat und milk and butter aud fewer still who know how to feed the rich soils of Iowa so as to afford 100 per 'it of profit ou the cost of fertilization, .hese subjects are all taught and practically demonstrated at our College of Agricul ture and Mechanic Arts. The future of agriculture, therefore the future of Iowa, is most promisiug Tlieorv is not always practical, but truth is. Whatever is prac tical is philosophically correct, and what ever is scientifically true must of neces sity be practical. An experiment sta tiou is maintained at our College of Ag riculture and Mechanic Arts, where the ories are put to practical tests, and the results are published for the information of the farmers of our State thus beue titiug not only the pupils, but all who will take the trouble to read the bulletins. I think the recommendations of the board ot trustees are conservative, and .that a special tax of oue-tenth of a mill per annum for five years for improve ments can be safely granted. I have uo question as to the wisdom of a special tax of three-tenths of a mill for purposes of advanced education. One-tenth of a mill each for uorrnal schools, for the university and for the College of Agri culture and Mechanic Arts, will place these schools in greatly improved condi tion at the end of five years, and will avoid appropriations iu anticipation of revenues. 1 recommend that a legislative grant be made of all the lake-beds that have, or that may hereafter, become dry, eith er to the State University or to the State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts or perhaps better still to both these institutions jointly and that a commis sion be appointed to make selection from time to time, and report the same to the executive couucll for confirmation, un der such provisions for hearing and ap peal as may be deemed wise iu tne prem ises. Iowa Is not possessed of a surplus of water surface, and all the ponus. and lakes capable .thereof ought to be pre served, and the commission should desig nate these in it's report. Pardons. It has been the custom for some years to release convicts, confined in our peni tentiaries, upon parole, conditioned that they scrupulously ubsent themselves from saloons and places where intoxicating liquors are kept or sold, and in all re spects demean themselves as worthy citi zens. If the party violates these condi tions, he is rearrested aud returned to the peuitcntiary to serve the balauce of his term. In the last ten years 004 sus pensions of sentence for felony have been granted, and 209 for minor offenses. Of these only fifty-three have been revoked. Doubtless some more of the released con victs have resumed vicious practices without having been detected. A large percentage, however, have been restored to lives of usefulness, aud the dignity of the law has in uo measure'Suffered vio lence. I think the plan should be encour aged by express statutory provisiou, aud 1 recommend, iu case the offender vio lates the terms of his parole, that he be made to forfeit the good time he may have earued prior to his release. There are a large number of inmates of the peiUteutiary to-day who can be safely paroled aud convictions are had every month of young meu, who have heretofore born* favorable reputations, but who through idleness have drifted into bad company and evil habits. The arrest, the indictment, the trial, the shame and the disgrnce incident to con viction are frequently sufllcient to effect a reformation, but under the present sys tem a term in the penitentiary seems un avoidable. A suspension of senteuco by the Governor upon the recommendation of tbe trial judge, under conditions above indicated, should, I think, be authorized, and actual iucarccration in many cases thereby averted. The most dreaded or deal of the repentant convict must of necessity be the actual entrance withiu the walls of the penitentiary. The sus pension of this can but be a great incen tive to reform. In this conucction I recommend that the Governor be authorized to release at his discretion, and upon the recom mendation of the board of control, any inmate of either of the industrial schools, and that ail persons confined in these in stitutions, male or female, be discharged upon attaining their majority. Military* On tbe 25th day of April, 1808, the Presi dent of the United States made a requisition on lowu for three regiments of Infantry and two light batteries ot artillery, for service In the hpanlsh war. This order wns subse quentty modified to include fonr regiments of lnfuuti-y, aud the call for artillery was revoked. Afterwards a second requisition was made to tucreuse the regiments from 834 to 1,330 enlisted men, and two llsht bat teries of artillery were again luciuded. Un der these several calls four organizations, numbered cousecutlveiy the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, Fifty-tlrst and Fifty-seOond Regi ments of Iowa Voluuteer infantry, consist ing of 210 commissioned otilcers aud 3,120 enlisted iqeu, and two light batteries of ar tillery, consisting of six commissioned otii ccr* aud 220 enlisted men,, were mustereo into the service of tlie United States. Tht two batteries were subsequently discharged before leavlug the State. The Forty-ninth Itegimout was sent first to Jacksonville, Fin., aud thereafter to Cuba, where it dlo service during the winter of 18U8-'0D, and was discharged at Savnnnnli, Oa., on tbt 13th day ot May. 1800. Tbe Fiftieth Regi ment was first ordered to Jacksonville, Fla„ where it remained in camp for several months, wheu it wus returned aud mustered out at Catup McKlnley, Des Moines, on the 30th day of November, 1808. The Fifty first Kegiment was ordered Into camp at San Francisco, Cal., where It remained some months. It was then conveyed to the Philippine Islands, where it rendered active service In suppressing Agulnaldo's Insurrec tion, aud was returned to San Francisco, Cal., and there discharged on tbe 2d day of November, 1800. The Fifty-second Reg iment was sent to Chickamauga, and there remained In canm until the 28th day ot August. 1808. when It was returned to Camp McKlnley. Des Moines, aud dis charged on the 30th day of October, 1S08. The losses by death sustained by these regiments werp as follows: The Forty ninth Regiment lost 54 men. the Fiftieth Regiment lost 32 men. the Flfty-flrst Regi ment lost 41 meu. aud the Fifty-second Reg iment lost 30 men total loss by death, 103. Wonls of highest praise of the troops fur ulshed by our State have been heard from nutuy sources. Brigade nud corps com manders have spoken of the regiments and of their officers in most commendatory terms, and the conduct of the men, both in camp nud on the tiring Hue, was ever gen tlemanly, soldier-like and heroic. Iowa's military record, ot which she has been and is so Justly proud, has not suffered by rea son of anything that has occurred In con nection with tne service of the men who volunteered at the call of the United State* in 1808. In anticipation of the declaration of wai against Spain, the Twenty-seventh (iencrnl Assembly,, shortly before its adjournment, appropriated five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000), to be paid on the requisition ot the fiovernor "In the defense of the State and in aid of the national government in case of war." Of this sum, $140,484.01 was used in equipping and furnishing the troops hereinbefore referred to In caring for tne sick in hospitals nt home and In distant camps: aud In supplying comforts for the men while In the service. A detailed state ment of these expenditures will be found in the report of the Adjutant Ueneral. Ot the $140,484.01 expended by the State, $01, 483.78 has been refunded by the general government. The balance Is now pending as a claim before the department, but It will require additional Congressional legis lation to authorize the payment of soint considerable number of the Items. Nationnl Guard. The experience of the last two years has demonstrated the wisdom of some modifica tion in our National Ouard taws. Undei tbe call made In 1808. the four regiments of tbe Iowa National Guard were transferred to the United States service under theii then existing orgnulzatious. This left two brigadier generals nnd their staff officers unprovided for. These offices should, 1 think, be abolished. No better regiments were probably evei mustered than the four coutributed by Iowa to the Spanish war. 1 have always Insisted, and still believe, tbat if they could have been promptly sent to tbe front. In view ot the training they hod previously received, they would have made a record wortbv ot like organizations In tbe regular army. Nov. ertheless, they were without military repu tation at tbe time the earlier brigades and corps were being formed, and were there fore left In camp white other regiments with experienced officers were selected for srvice/ I therefore recommend that the office of Colonel be left vacnut. to be filled by the selection of a colonel wbff is a grad uate from tbe Government school at west I'olut, or an experienced field officer ot a previous war. Camp duty is the most dangerous detail that regiment cau have. As an Illustration of this, the Flfty-flrst lown remniued in San Francisco, supposedly the most health ful and Invigorating climate In the world, for five months and lost twenty-nine meu. It then went to the front, spent the raluv season in the tropics, forclug Jungles ana wadiug swamps and bayous, fought in fif teen battles, and in twelve months lost twelve men. 1 prefer to see subsequent reg iments from this State, should other wars ensue, serve ou the firing Hue, under the coinmaud of sons of Iowa who have-been educated at West Point, or who have seen octunl service as field officers, rather than have them languish In camps. Diseased Cattle. Some years ago the Government effectu ally eradicated pleuro-pneumonia atnoug cattle. This was not accomplished, how ever, without much appareut loss to tbe owners of stock, but the result inured great ly to their benefit. More recent Investiga tion hus demonstrated the preseuce. to some considerable extent, of tuberculosis'among all grades aud conditions of cattle lu this as well as in foreign countries. I bave the promise that an extended series of experi mentation along these nnd kindred lines will be prosecuted at the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts during the current bien nial period. Until it shall be demonstrated that the offspring of cows thus affected Is likely also to be diseased, I am not ready to advise tbe slaughter of hreediug stock, ai least ot beef herds. 1 do, however, believe It not ouly wise but very Important tbat the sale of milk from cows affected with tuber culosis be prohibited by statute, and ade quate penalties provided for its violation. Fit)h and Game Warden. The report of the lish aud game warden Is worthy ot your perusal, aud his recom mendations should receive consideration. Formerly the State expended considerable money in the propogatlon of different spe cie's ot game tish. This has been large) superseded by a resort to uatural sources ot supply. There is a large number of bayous along tbe Mississippi River, which fill nt certalu seasons of tbe year, aud as the water recedes tlie outlets are closed and the-bayous arc left swarming with game fish, from a pound or uiore iu weight to the smallest fry. The State Warden has, dur ing the last few years, seined from these bayous an estimate of 4,000,000 of these fish, which have been transported in cm constructed for the purpose, nud ptaccd In various streams, lakes and ponds in differ ent parts of the State. Tbe supply Is luex hausrlble, nnd affords a much cheaper and a moro effective method of stockiug the waters of the State thau propagating in the old way. Souie modification of our laws foi the protection of both llsti and game ought also to be made. For the better pereservatlon of the quail 111 this State 1 recommend thut their de struction by any method be prohibited at all times when there Is snow on the ground. I recomiueud that the game wlthlu this State be protected uguiust non-resident hunters by the imposition of penalties sim ilar to those which confront our citizens when they seek shooting grouuds beyond State lines. I further recommend that seining from that portion of the Mississippi River under Iowa jurisdiction be prohibited at all seasons. Monuments. Ou the Otb and 7th ot April, 1802. a tve mendous battle wns fought ueur the Ten nessee Uiver, at a log church that was called the Shlloh meeting-house. At that thue Iowa had fifteeu infantry regimeuts at the front. Eleven of these participated in this battle aud it is generally couceded that the Iowa troops, by their heroic stand nt what the rebels called "The Hornets' Nest," saved the Federal arrnv from de struction and overthrow. The Government has purchased this battlefield for a uationui military park and officially appointed rep resentatives of the several Iowa organiza tions that took part in the engagement have located the position of their respective regi ments. The Government bus ulso estab lished a national military park and ceme tery on the grounds where the important battle of Cbnttauooga was fought, in which teu Iowa regiments took au active part, and where nearly 400 members of these organi zations were either killed or wounded. Other States have erected, or have lu proc ess of construction appropriate monuments both at Shiloh ami Chattanooga, commem orative of the bravery and heroism of their soldiery. Iown should speedily do tbe same. Iu these heroic timeB the sentiment of the State will, I think, indorse as liberal appro priations as have been made by othei States Purchase of More Ground. When the present Capitol was built it was believed to be as commodious as the needs oi the State would ever require. It has uow been occupied sixteen years, nnd sev eral ot the departmentes are seriously cou gestod. An nrsenal Is needed for the ac commodation of the Adjutant General's de partment. Storage of Quartermaster sup plies is uow provided lu building rented ror the purpose, it was found necessnr? to locate the Board of Control in committee rooms back ot the Senate chamber, which cannot well be spared from their ueslgued use during tbe session of the General As sembly. A warehouse, fyr the storage and proper distribution and reshlpment of sup plies for tbe various lustltutlons under tbe management of tht Board of Control, much needed, an3 should be provided at a& early date. 1 recommend tbat tbe two blocks directly north of the Capitol grounds be im mediately purchased, or obtained under con demnation proceedings. Nothing wiU be saved by delay, and the erection of substan* tial buildings by the owners upon this prop erty may materially add to the expense. Building and Loan Association*. Insufficient protection for the people of our State agalust reckless Investments bj non-resident btiildiug and loan associations Is now offered by our laws. Instances bave repeatedly been brought to »uy attention where the holders of stock In these foreign associations have paid nil their contracts require, nnd thereafter assessments have been made of more than 25 per cent, of the withdrawal value. I think it would be well to safeguard our people by somewhat more advanced legislation on the subject. Kxpert Examination of Books. The statutes of the State contemplate an annual examination of the books of the vari ous State offices nnd departments, but fail to provide a fund from which the services Incident to such examination can be paid. At the beginning of tbe year 1800 com* petent accountants were employed and the books of several of the State offices care fully examined. The expense of these ex aminations amounted to $550, which bus not been paid for reasons above stated. As a matter of business protection, similar ex aminations ought to ue made annually, nnd should be provided for by necessary appro priations. I recommend an appropriation sufficient to pay tbe expense already Incur red, and that authority be given the Execu* tive Council to discharge similar bills In tbe future. Interest on Endowment Fnnd. By the terms of the Federal grant ot lauds in aid of a college of agriculture and mechanic arts, the proceeds of these lands were uinde a perpetual fund, and tbe State is required to make good any losses, and is churged with an aunual Income thereon ot not less than 5 per cent, per anuum. The statutes of the State require that this mon ey shail be loaned upon mortgages bearing not less than 0 per cent. Interest. The uu exampled prosperity of the eouutry, nnd the Incident surplus of capital, have rendered it Impossible to obtain the rate of interest fixed by law, and there Is now in the State treasury more thun $150,000 which the stat utory restrictlou as to rates renders It Im possible to invest, and on wbicb the State Is paying 5 per cent, uuder the provisions of the l'ederal statute. 1 recommend that permission be gruuted to Invest this fund at current rates of interest. Official Bond*. The question of official bouds impresses me as worthy of your consideration. The operation of guarantee companies within this State is authorized by law, and persons charged with the responsibility thereof arc empowered to accept the obligation of these associations and companies. The facilities for obtaining surety, without asking individ ual frieuds, being thus within the reach ot those elected to official posttlou, renders It more embarrassing to pursue the course previously necessary. I recommend that sureties upon official bouds be procured at the expense of the State, county or munici pality served. A maximum rate should be fixed, and this inuximum which the public should be called upon to pay should be the minimum nt which any reputable company will furnish a bond of like amouut under the most favorable circumstances. Governor's Salary. The salary fixed by law for the Chief Ex ecutive of the State is now $3,000. In addi tion. it has beeu customary for tbe General Assembly to specially appropriate $500 per annum for work on the Executive Council, aud $50 per month for room rent. This la manifestly below the necessary expenses of a family in the city of Des Moines main tained ainld surroundings becoming the office. Most of tho States of the United States have executive residences, furnished and maintained largely nt State expense, if this shall not be the policy of Iown. suf ficient should be provided, I think, to pay the rent of a suitable residence. I recommend that the salary of the Chief Executive of Iowa be increased, and that such provision for a suitable residence be made as may seem to comport with the dig nity of the Stnte. This lucrense of salary, however, should begin Jan. 1002. It would be inappropriate to increase the salarv of any officer duriug the term of office* for which he has been elected. Iu the confidence that the Twentv-elghth General Assembly will sustain the reputa tion eujoyed by its predecessors nnd as jus tified by the legislative history of Iowa, the foregoing observations are respectfully sub mitted.- Poked His Eye with Scissors. It was after the paper was out, and a crowd of newspaper men, of whom The Saunterer was oue, was sitting In au all-night rcsturant. The door open ed and a young fellow with a-bandnge over one eye entered and came up to the table. "Where'd you get it, Billy asked someone. "Accident. Girl poked a pair of scis sors in tuy eye. Say, what are you going to do with a girl like that, any howV" he added, a look of comic de spair spreading Itself over that portion of his face left uncovered. He took a letter out of his pocket and threw it on the table. "I just got it." The Saunterer picket it tip and read It out loud. U1 am terribly worried, Billy," It ba gau, "about your eye. It must pain you so, and while, of course, I knew that you doirt think for au Instant that It was Intentioual, somehow I feel that you are angry with me for my care lessness. Now, don't be, Billy, for 1 would give auything in the world if It liadu't happened.'Last night I got the crazy Idea that you' might lose your sight, and I couldn't sleep for thinking of it." There followed a beautifully-worded, eloquent expression of heart-felt aux lety that seemed io bespeak the deep est sincerity. And then came the in evitable postscript, the cause-of Billy's despair: 4,1\ S.—Do you know, dear, there are some awfully good shows iu town. Don't you think it would be fun to gee a show with only one eye? The nov elty! I could be ready nt half-past 7 Saturday evening."—Philadelphia In Qulrer. Prevention of Gun Accidents. Guuning accidents bave become so frequent that it might lie well to for mulate a few rules for the guidance of those who go forth to slay. How would these do? 1. When you hand a loaded gun to your companion always keep the muz zle pointing your way. This may save the fool killer a job. ii. Never go liuntiug with a man who looks like a deer. Don't look like a deer yourself. A man In I'euusylvania was shot by a particular friend because the tuft of liair on his head resembled a partridge. When you go hunting have your head shaved. 3. Don't use a guu that will carry three or four miles. You may drop au luuocent cow In the next couuty. Better stick to granddad's yhotguu with tbe warped barrel. The children in a Wis consin country school got a holiday on account of one of these loug distance guns. Bullet crosned over two town ships and hit the schoolma'ain in the limb. 4. If you have any doubt that the deer you are going to shoot at may be your hunting coiupaulon dou't yell, "Is that you, Pete?" before you Are. It might alarm the deer—If it Is a deer. 5. If you really waut to insure perfect safety against hunting accidents have your eyes, your nerve and your tt re arms thoroughly tested before you start out—and then stay at home.— Cleveland riain Denier. Two Moving Girls. Maude—Mr. De .Tones asked me to sing for him tbe other evening after we had been introduced. Clara—Aud what did you slug? Maude—Why, how do you know that I sang at all? Clara—Well, I noticed that he didn't ask you to sing to-night. Resemblances. Dillingham—Mrs. outre's affairs re mind me of this South African war. Cuttinghurst—How's that? Dillingham—Triumph of the bores.— Philadelphia North American. Our grand business iu life Is not to see whut lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.—Car lyle. It Is to live twice when you can en joy the recollcctiou of your former life. —Martial. BOWEN IS SPEAKER. TWENTY-EIGHTH GENERAL AS SEMBLY IN SESSION. Both Honiei of the Iowa Legislature Meet and Effect Formal Organiza tions—Senator lohn H. Gear Unani mously Renominated by Republicans* The twenty-eighth General Assembly conveued Monday morniug at 10 o'clock at the capitol building in Des Moines. Lieut. Gov. Millitnau called the Senate to order. A committee on inauguration was appointed nud miuor committees 'were provided for after the organization had been effected by the election of George A. Newman, of Cedar Falls for secretary, aud the other officers nomin ated at the oaucus, as follows: Presi dent pro tem, Senator W. F. Harriman, of Hampton Sergeant-at-arms, Capt. E. C. Collins, Garner Postmistress, Viola Cook, Carroll Chief doorkeeper, Cftpt. J. H. Serene, Lansing. Representative Charles Stewart, of Polk County, called the House to order. M. L. Temple was elected temporary speaker. 1. H. Bowen was unanimous ly elected permanent speaker and the other caucus nominees were elected thus: Chief clerk, S. M. Cart, Indianoln en grossing clerk, Mrs. Mollie G. Heist, Wayne Couuty: enrolling clerk. Miss Clara Keller, Louisa Couuty sergeant at-arms, P. G. Greer, Page County chief doorkeeper, Thadius B. Muxson, Cedar County. An inauguration com mittee was selected. Special committees were named in the House' to consider the three contests before the House. George Battey, Dem ocrat. contests the seat of H. W. Byers, of Shelby, alleged miscount Nathan Lindsay. Populist, contests the seat of ,7. W. Scott, of Ida I Monona district), cluimiug that his own couuty, Monona, is entitled under tlie constitution to a representative of its own: 1*\ S. Gibson, Uepublirau. contests the election of .1. C. Cottrell, of Plymouth County, alleging miscount. The inaugural committees met in tbe evening and decided to hold tbe inaugural ceremonies Thursday. At a joint caucus held Monda.y night John 11. Gear wus unanimously renom inated by tjie Republicans of the Assem bly for United States Senator by accla mation, A. B. Cummins withdrawing his name. Senator Gear spoke briefly. The election will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10. The caucus also nominated Howard Ted ford, of Mount Ayr, for State binder and Bernard Murphy, of Vinton, for State printer. Senator Gear in accepting the nomina tion of the caucus for re-election said: "The itepublicau party and the people of Iowa have honored me beyond com pare. There are many grave problems now before Congress, and I leave to morrow for Washington to perform my duties there. The position of United States Senator is most importnut. He counsels with the President of the Uui ted States and he is responsible for the nation's representatives abroad. The present Congress proposes to make every dollar ot paper money us good as gold and to settle the questions at stake in the Philippiues. There is much to be done by tbe preseut Congress, aud I shall en deavor to perform my duties faithfully. Tuesday's session was devoted to rout ine business. Gov. Shaw's message was presented to the Legislature. Arrange ments for the inauguration of Gov. Shaw were completed. The ofllciAl canvass of the State vote was made in joint conven tion. It showed the following vote on Governor: Leslie H. Shaw (Rep.), 2235#, 484 Fred E. White (Dem.), 184,003 At wood (Pro.'i, 7,031 Lloyd (Pop.), 1,007 Kraemer (Soc. Lab.), 757 Peacock (Unit ed Christian 484. The Democrats of the Legislature Wed nesday evening in jolut caucus nominat ed for United States Seuator Fred E. White of Webster City, who has twice been Democratic candidate for Governor. The name ot Cato Sells of Viuton was proposed and a discussion followed, indi cating that the result would be close. A ballot was decided on and was about to be taken, when Representative Theophi Itis of Davenport read a telegram from Mr. Sells, asking thut Mr. White be made the nominee without opposition. Mr. Sells' name was then withdrawn nnd Mr. White named by ncclamation. Needed the Introduction. A young inau with a beetling brow and a ulce uew overcoat eutered a law office in one of the big downtown office buildings and Inquired for a member of the firm—a Mr. Youuger—whose name he pronounccd with strict regard for the rules of orthoepy. "Is Mr. Young-er In?" he asked of the youug wotunu stcnog.apher, with, whom he seemed to be acquainted. "You mean Mr. Youn-ger'r" she re piled, pronouncing tlie "g" hard. "Cau It be he pronounces It that way?" asked tbe caller, felgniug sur prise. "Of course. It's his privilege to pronouuee It as he chooses there's uo set rule for pronouncing proper names. But you know Y-o-u-n-g-er doesn't spell Youn-ger, but Young-er." "No, I didn't know it." she answered as one who doesn't care. "But here he comes uow. That's^ilm going into bis private office." "Excuse me, but that's not hitn." "No? Pray, who is it, then?" :i "It's he." They stared at each other for ten seconds nud thou tbe young man said: "Will you introduce me to Mr. Young er?" "No!" she retorted. "Since you seem to know so much more about him than 1 do, I think you'd better introduce me." 'rhere was an ominous click in the rattle of the typewriter as the young man entered the private office, and pre sented his card. ," He Was It." He—I wouder If you really love me. She—I g-guess so. I dream of you nearly every night. He—What tlo you dream, dearest? She—That I see you in a Jewelry store looking at diamond riugs. Might Be Petit. Mrs. Stubb—John, wouldn't a jury of womeu be grand? Mr. Stubb—Well, Maria, if It wasn't a grand jury in the first place all women iu creation couldu't make it so." Why He Wept. "Death Is a sad thing," said the stranger to the man who stood weeping beside a grave. "It is indeed," sobbed tbe other. "Are you sorrowing over the loss of a very dear friend?" asked a stranger. "I am sorrowing over the grave of a man I uever knew," replied the mourn r. "He was my wife's first husband." Too Much Profit in It. "Why do you think postage stamp sellers ought to pay a license?" "Because they aro iu the Dcker busi ness."—Philadelphia Bulletin. A Possible Explanation. Harold—I think Algy's engagement with Miss Van Swelle must be broken off. I never see them together any more. Percy—Perhaps they are married.^* New York Journal. Getting In line. Hattle—Is Mr. De Jones as attentive to you as ever? Ella—Yes but he's a perfect riddle. Hattle—Well, If you give him up give me a chance to guess.—Chicago New*. y\ saw you kissing my daughter. I don't like It, slh" "Then you don't know what's good, sir."—Life. "What's the difference between foot ball and war?" "Foot-ball Is war with out any human oUJect in view.—Ex. Teacher (angrily)—Why don't yon an swer my question, Bobby? His broth er Tomrnj (answering for him)— Please, sir, he's got peppermint In his speech.—Tit-Bits. Miss Thirty-smith (severely)—A man should never call ou a girl after drink ing. Jack Swift (cheerfully)—That'B a fact. Many a man has become engaged In just that way.—Puck. Fuddy—You call mouey "stamps.": dou't you? Duddy—And money Is cur rency. So 1 suppose when you speak of an elastic currency you refer to rub ber stamps.—Boston Transcript Didn't move him: "Well, did the boss give you a raise?" "No." "Not even when you told hm you had grown gray In his service?" "No. Gave me the name of a good hair-dye."—Puck. Mr. Snell—What are you crying for, Elsie? His little daughter—I've Just read tbat the diamond mines may be exhausted in seven years, and It's eight before my coming out!—Jewelers* Weekly. "From what I hear, Mr. Earnestly, that son of yours at college Is a little fast." "A little fast!" repeated the old man disdainfully. "He holds the ama teur record as a 100-yard sprinter."— Detroit Free Press. Wallace—There Is nothlug like matri mony to make a man appreciate tbe value of money. Ferry—That's so. A dollar a man gives to his wife does look bigger to him thau any other dol lar.—Cincinnati Enquirer. Uncle Hiram—What kind er thing is that that woman's got ou her neck, Mandy? His niece—That's a chinchil la collar, uucle. Uncle Hiram—Chin chiller, hey? I want to know! Blessed If I didn't think 'twas a chin-warmer. —Bazar. "How still they are," remarked Mrs. Fogg, apropos of tbe young couple in the next room. "Yes," replied Mr. Fogg, "It remiuds me of my army days. It was always wonderfully quiet just previous to an engagement."—Boston Transcript. Diplomacy: Mrs. Neighbors—l ad vertised for a plain cook last week, but dldu't receive a single reply. Mrs. Nextdoor—Take uiy advice aud adver tise for a good-looking kitchen lady, and you'll be overrun with apilca tlons.—Chicago News. "So our friend is going to leave poll tics?" "He is," answered Seuator Sor ghum, "If he knows what's good for him." "It is too bad to lose him he was such an accomplished wire-pull er." "Yes but he got hold of a live wire.—Washington Star. Ob, Tom!" exclaimed the bride of six months, "what do you think? Mother says she wants her body cre mated." "She does, eh?" said the hus band "well, tell her to get ready, and I'll take her over to the crematory the first thing In the morning."—Ex. Young lady (to married sister)—Do tell me an appropriate present to give a new baby. Married sister—I know just the thing—these little jeweled safety-pins. Baby, darling, had one given him six months ago and I have worn It ever since.—Harlem Life. "What did Noah live on when tbe fiood bad subsided and his provisions in the ark were exhausted?" asked a Washington Sunday school teacl her class. "I know," squeaked a little girl, after the others had given up. "Well, what?" inquired tbe teacher. "Dry land." Its Beauty Departed: \Vlfe (rushing toward shop window)—Oh, look berel Husband—Well, I declare! There Is 3ne of the tete-a-tete lamps you were admiring at Mrs. De Style's. Wife (suddenly stopping) Horros! It's marked "Only two dollars.' "—New York Weekly. Grlgsou—Excuse me. .Mltwin, but why Is It that people of your name are enerally such confounded bores? Mlt win—I don't know. How many persons of my uame did you ever know? Grig son—By George! come to think of it, you are the only oue I ever knew.—Boa ton Transcript. "You see, It was this way: They were alt three so dead in love with her and ail so eligible that to settle the matter she agreed to marry the one who should guess the nearest to her age." "And did she?' "I don't know. 1 know that she married the one that guessed the lowest."—Pearson's Weekly. "Speaking of Cuban uprisings and in surrections," said Wallace, "I shall nev er forget one that occurred twenty years ago." "Were you present?" aBked Ferry. "Very much so. It happened about five minutes after I bad lighted one of my father's big black Havana cigars."—Cincinnati Enquirer. Askiug too much American girl— Aud If I marry you will I live in an old English' castle, with turrets nnd bat tlements, famed in song and story? Eugllsh Lord—Yes, you shall. Ameri can girl—Aud will you introduce me to the Prince of Wales' set? English Lord—Um—er—not nutil 1 begiu to get tired of you.—New York Weekly. A burst of generosity "I hear," said the crusty old gentleman, "that there are some violins so valuable that uo body^ thinks of playing on them." Yes. "I saw one In a museum," replied his wife. "1 wonder if I couldn't buy oue and trade it to the young man next door for t^e fiddle that he has been using for the last six months."—Wash ington Star. Blotters of Historic Value. A Philadelphia man owus a most unique assortment of pieces of blotting paper, collected by his father, who was long au official of the White House, each of which bears, reversed, the sig nature of a President, from General Harrison, who died a month after his election In 1841, to Garfield. Ou one sheet, the most highly prized of the lot, the last official letter signed by President Llncolu was blotted before he was assassinated by Booth. How Diamonds Ara Cut. Dlamouds are cut lu three different forms-the fose, the brllliaut and tbe table, of which the second Is the pretti est. It Is a double pyramid or cone, of which tbe top Is cut off to form a large plane, and at the bottom directly opposite to a small plane. ierusaleiii's Population Increasing. Tbe population of Jerusalem has been rapidly increasing of late and Is now about 45,000 of these 28,000 are Hebrews. He (In an argumeut)—Well, thank goodness, I'm not two-faced. S? You ought to be thankful. 0** like yours enough.—Ex.