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PASSING OF THE OLD YEAR.
A It W L, old year! we've Journeyed on to he a days, And now behold the parting of our ways Ib very near With thoughts ot mingled gladness and ot dread, 1 see the winding wny that 1 mutt tread 0 To Future Lands For the? awaits the realm of shadows deep— The Silent Land of years that He asleep Vllijf'* With folded hands. Farewell, old year! A nw more steps ere we forever part— A Tew more words that woke the throbbing heart To hepe ami fear: vS11.?' a .""faring clasp of hand, Ere thou ahalt He within the shadow»land All silently .Kmlo I haste a glad new year to greet. Tb® while I Journey on with memories sweet. Old year, of thee. Farewell, old year! Kfe,t or ¥new now thoo- lrM a ,rlena wcrt 'For »h, twice dear dar"1* #eem# when comes the darkened .When heart and lips nil tremulous must soy «r A ,Mt good bye though thy friendly face no more I see. Tils0 8weot ms hfart has kept of tif 11H I I linp^i|itl€4"|iigii^i|i I! The Chiste Prize Sled. BY WELDON J. COBB. fljpHKRB were about twenty boys in II Brookdalc, and they "were divided O Into two "crowds," Fully two thirds swore fealty to Brace Morrison, sod as Bruce was prime leader in llveli net*, sport and mischief, the coterie found itself in hot water most of the time. Il- It was two days before Christmas, and Ned Throop, the leader of the other fac tlon, stood looking up the road and then down the road In front of his house. It had been snowing by spirts since morn ing, promising not the traditional howl iug, pelting, drift-raging tempest that blockades railroads and shuts people into their homes full of old memories and cozy •v- winter stories of a time gone by, but a soft, fleecy mantling of the landscape, suggestive of just surface enough to en courage gay sleighing parties, happy beaux, bright-eyed belles and light snow balling. Ned was poor—he was so poor, in fact, that he did not even own a fifty-cent „"bob," and the realization made him a trifle sour and cynical. "Wish it wouldn't snow at all," he so liloqulzed. "Snow's no good for poor folks. They call this'an open winter'so for. Wish it would keep open. Good deal more fun in the clear, open fields than wading through drifts, and—Cracky! •he's coming!" At the bend of the road a top-heavy, portly, wobbly load came toddling Into *. view. A second sure stare Ned took, ut tered A joyful "Hurrah!" and darted down the road on a "two-forty" run. Qe used no ceremony in dashing through the open gateway of even a meaner house than his own. He burst open Its door with a rush. "Eunice—little Eunice!" he shouted ex citedly. "Quick! quick! She's come!" Over the "front parlor" uncarpteed floor there pit-a-patted a pitiful troad. A white-faced, polu-eyed little girl of ten 1 enme hurrying on her crutches. "Ned!" she gasped, eager and wonder filled, "you don't mean the Christmas load?" "I do mean the Christmas load—just!" declared Ned, emphatically, and tenderly ho caught up the frail little mite, and planted her, crutches and all, on the top of a fence post Her eyes danced aud she trembled with delight It was the greatest load of joy, surprises, rich and raie magnificence coming nearer, nearer, ever was boxes and bundles, crates and barrels, burlaped rocking horses and cotton-wrapped dolls. Oh! she could guess them all! And lying on top of the great wagon box was a green, gorgeous pine tree, straight as an arrow, and with spreading stout limbs ready to hold the heaviest gifts In Christ endom. To Ned and to Eunice It was a royal procession. They held their breath es it Quite passed by. "Look!" exclaimed Ned, pointing to a dazzling article lightly strapped to the rear. "Ob, Ned!" breathed little Eunice, in a rapture. "That's the prize." said Ned—"and Isn't W It a beauty? Yes, Eunice," he repeated, a longing, yet half-saddened expression In his face, "that's the prize to th£ most popular boy In town." "Well, isn't that you?" demanded Eu -r- *»lce, smiling radiantly. "No," responded Ned, practically, "be cause Bruce Morrison has got the most fellows in hl crowd. Don't care, tboughl" declared Nod, with a philosoph ical toss of his head. "I'm solid with my friends! They're old and true, and his fellers, hah! I'd Uko that sled, though. Look at the upholstered Beat, and the hand-pushers. Ob, I'd like that sled—for you, Eunice!" Little Eunice knew no better than to cry at this, because she saw that Ned felt bad, and he went a little dismally down the road. A load of hay had 'up set in the ditch few days before. The boys had famous fun playing in it. Ned engaged himself kicking free its mnntU of snow, expecting some of bis friends along pretty soon. Suddenly— "Hi! What you doing? Brr-rr! I've got you!" Ned's foot was seized, the hay rustled. Then, still holding to him, up nmid the wintry mass arose—a man. At first Xed thought he must be "a phantom." lie was a tramp in dress, but he had a long white beurd and snowy white hair, and made Ned think of "pat riarchs." He had been sleeping in the hay, and Ned had stepped on him. lie complain ed a little, yawned, and asked Ned if he could "get a poor fellow something to eat." Ned took him to Eunice's. Sho gave him a meal, and while he wag eating whispered to Ned: "Isn't ho the very picture of Snnta Clans?" "Sayl" ejaculated Ned, with a start "that makes me think of something great! Keep him here till I come back." The man had told Ned he wanted work. Ned had thought of Mr. Ames. lie was the school trustee, and tho grent friend of tho boys who had gotten up the pres ent big holiday festival. This happened: he hired the august looking tramp for three days. He was to sleep In his barn, aud Christmas eve was to "play Sauta Claus" in tho dis tribution of the gifts—the crack prize sled "to tho most popular boy in Brook dale." along with the rest. A flutter of joy and expectation pos sessed the throng in the little old school house* It subsided as Mr. Ames stepped iwamp. Just as they were about to aban don it where it could not be possibly found for several days, and hurry back to the festival, the door of the vehicle was pushed open. There sat tho old white-haired tramp. He had been sleeping in the cozy cushion ed carriage regularly. The startled boys explained. "Santa Claus" coolly inform ed them ho could not think of walking back to townl They had to pull him back. They groaned and tugged aud quarreled. They were tired, disgusted and, worst of all, too late to vote on tho Christmas Prise Sled! Christmas and New YearVt^. King Chrlntmas sat In his bouse of 1mm,*,}1'3 And looked across the suow. "Hallo, my little manl" he cried, 3,. "Now, wnlther dost thou goV* *.« 1 "I go, my Lord, along this way That all my kin have gone, where thou, my Lord, nhalt follow ms Before another dawn." "Right gayly," cried the Christmas king. Who ride to-night with thee?" "The days of grief, the day* of Joy, Are they who ride with uie." "God keep thee, merry little man (Jo whisper them that mourn Ilow surely comes again the day Wheu Christ the Lord was born. "And be not sad, my little man. Hut when thou, too, art old And o'er the wintry wastes you come, A* weary tn&n aad cold. "Right cheerily, I pray thee, then. To ke«p thin gracious tryst, And leave the weary burden here Where cares grow light, with Christ "Now, Md thy gallant company Itlde onwuru without fear, For T, the king of Christmas, V~ Have blessea the glad New Year." ?*.+ —The Century. Santa CIAUA' Origin. Santa Clans is of German origin. This is true if ouly because that is the Dutch nnmo for St. Nicholas. That he is an old man is because in the ancient pagan feasts in celebration of the decay of the old year and tho birth of tho new an old man played the principal part. Among the Greeks and itomnns it was Saturn, LABOR OF LOVE. I to the platform. His watch was In hlg hand' and he looked quite nervous. ."We have waited beyond tho time ap pointed for our Christmas exercises," he said. "Our Santa Claus has disappointed us, and twenty of our boys have disap peared." Another Santa Claus than the tramp appeared. There was music,- some reci tations, and then the generous gift-giv ing. Finally, the beautiful prize sled was drawn out upon the stage. "As I announced a week ngo," said Mr. Ames, "this sled will go to the boy voted most popular, and I hope you will select the best behaved bpy, as well, and— "Ned!" 3^ "Our Nod!"$1$, "Ned Throop!" And ainid blushes and congratulations, and a pleased nod from Mr. Ames him self, Ned found himself the happiest boy ever was. "Because I give it to Eunice," he said. "Of course It's all luck, for the other fellows stayed away, somehow, or I wouldn't havo got the votes. But Etinico should have, it—poor, dear, patient little cripple—and angel!" About midnight it was known in Brookdale how and why Bruce Morri son's crowd had not beeu present at the festival. They had been up to mischief, as usual. It seemed, Mr. Ames was going the next day to Bayview to see about anew teach er, and If he found one, school would begin earlier the next week than suited Bruce and his. friends. They know ho would drive over in his old-fashioned dose carriage. Just as dark they got iuto his stable and pulled the vehicle out. It was jolly enough fun, once free of the town, draggiug tho carriage through the woods, and five miles beyoud into a tho father of all the gods, and among tho Germans it was Thor, who was long bearded and white-haired. The tradltiou of hoary age as appropriate for represent ation of tho dying year was too strong to bo driven away by tho new figure of tho Christ child, which was a feature of the early church observances. That the saint is St. Nicholas is due to the fact that that venerable personage's feast day was celebrated at about that period. St. Nicholas was a bishop of Myra, who flour ished early in the fourth century. He is the patron saiut of children ond school boys, and hence it was natural that he should bo a part of a celebration when the children received gifts and when they wero allowed to be "heard as well as seen." The practice of making presents on thnt'doy undoubtedly owes its origin to a general idea to carry into practice the biblical maudato, "Peace on earth good will to men." At first the great lords made presents to their retainers, and the season was marked by universal charity. By degrees the practice of Christmas giviug spread until now everybody gives their friends presents. A Sort of Endless Chain. "Christmas comes but onco a year." "Glad you think so. What with sis ters and cousins aud aunts it has come to me four hundred and forty-eleven times already with waiters, bootblacks, barbers and office boys to hear from." Joy 4tti(l Expense. "Uncle Theodore, what is the Christ mas spirit?" "It is that genial joy you feel when you discover that you have inouey enough to go nrottnd."—Chicago Record. The custom of giving Christmas gifts on Christmas day is general among all Christian nations. HOW THE NEW YEAR COMES TO SOUTH AFRICA. fcWBB&WSS mmm GODFREY PCTTIGREW'5 CHRISTMAS GIFTS. OlFREY FETTI GREW was driving nlong the pike to ward the country town, the grays go ing at a brisk rate. at young Evans walk ing," he said to himself. "lie is dressed up as if ho «was going' to catch the train." "Going up tho road, Bob," he said, as ho passed the younger man. "I'm bound for town." "I was going down by the train, but don't mind riding behind your grays," laughed the other, climbing In, "that is, If you'll agree to bring my stuff back." "So 'taln't two wagon loads," was the retort. He liked Bob Evans because he joked and laughed and was good com pany. "What'll your load be?" he asked Bob, as the hard mud flew from under the horses' feet. "Not much weight," laughed his com panion. "Christmas gifts. This Is the time when a little money buys a lot of things to warm the heart." "Sho," said Farmer Pettigrew, "when you'ro as old as I am you won't be spend ing money for Christmas. There's no one but me and mother now. We'd look fine making Christmas presents." "That you would," replied Evans heartily, "and it would inake good old Aunt Pettigrew feel ten years younger. I wish you would." "Now, Bob," exclaimed the older man, "arc you in earnest?" "Never was more so. She is often lone some since your daughter moved west. Sho would be not only surprised, but happy." "What are you going to get Addle?" "Me? O, I've been planning for months. A new dress for one thing. Books she wanted and some little kulck-knacks. Nothing is too good for my wife. She deserves more than I can ever give her. But I'm getting some things for mother, too. I wouldn't forget her. We'll go over o-morrow aftornoon and see how happy she'll be over our presents." "I never did give uuything except a lit tle candy to the children on Christmas," said the old man. About the middle of the afternoon Bob Evans hurried into the big dry goods store after numerous bundles. He wa» surprised to see old Farmer Pettigrew sittiug at a counter near tho front while an obsequious clerk was holdiug up folds of gray silk. Bob was so glad that he stopped to aid iu the selection, and then went on his wny. It was nearly dark when the two men met at the livery sta ble. Farmer Pettigrew was as excited ai a boy. "Say, Bob, I bought her a chair, too, and a comb, aud candy, aud I'm kind ot ashamed to give them to her. And I senl Mlnnio ten dollars, registered letter, you know." Bob shook the old man's hand. "I'm glad I came in with you. I just wish I could see auntie when you give those things to her." "I'll tell you about It, Bob." But he did not introduce tho subject when Bob went over the next week. The young man followed hlui out to the barn lot and asked him about the gifts. Old Godfrey Pettigrew looked at him long and solemnly, a sort of quiver about his mouth. "Wei!, when I laid them out by her ued Christmas morning, Bob, I just steppe out. She didn't come out, and I got scar ed. I peeped in through the crack, and— and—she was on her knees by them sob bing. I didn't calculate it was going to havo any such effect. Bob." Bob's eyes grew misty. "I went in then, and she rose up and came to me, and she said 4Pa,' and kissed mo for tho first time In ten years, Bob." Don't Give BegrudRlngly. No loveless gifts, no gifts that are giv en to satisfy convention or grudgingly, should dishonor the day of love, and when your Christmas list is cut down to this limit you have pruned away all the germs of weariness and anxiety, and left only the joy of co-operation In a blessed lovemaking which involves the world. If your powers are limited to leaving at a friend's door a bunch of holly tied with a bit of bright ribbon and a little card of greeting, you have still had your share in the pleasure giving and dispensing of "good will toward men and if you have but bestowed some rosy apples for the children and a pound of tea for the grandmother, you have light ened the hearts of the poor. Howlson tells in his "Travels in Ou* ada" how his Indian guide begged him to keep still on Christmas eve in the woods, in order that they might see the deer kneel to the Great Spirit. Christmas has been celebrated in en ery month of the year, from Novembtf to April. AROUND A BIG STATE INTERESTING ITEMS OF LATE IOWA NEWS. Bonaees Paid to Coaaty Faira-Mall* Carrier Mysteriously Assaulted—! owe Has More Banks than Any Other State —Agricultural Society Officers* The State of Iowa pays liberally iu aid of county aid district fairs and as a re-rf suit of such policy there were seventy six of such fairs held the past season. Where an association has paid out in pre miums more than $500 it is entitled to re ceivo from the State ?200. As the result of this policy the local fair associations have already received this year a total of $14,577.57, and they report having paid out iu premiums to exhibitors $51, 005.30. The totals might be somewhat larger but for the fact that a very few of the fair associations prefer not to make the proof that intoxicating liquors have not been sold nor gambling permit ted and thus lose their bonus from the Stato. Iowa Leads in Ranks* Iowa has more banks than any other State in the Union. On the 6'rst day of last July there were 1,300 banks doing business in the State. J. M. Kernble, revenue collector for Des Moines district, is authority for this statement and add ed that no banks in his district had fail ed since last July and that presumably none had failed or suspended operations In the northern district, but that during that time probably twenty-five new banks have been established. If this is true the total number of banks In the State Is 1,325. The uext State to come after Iowa is New York, which has 1,1120 banks. Progress of New Railroad. The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Des Moines, Iowa Falls and Northern Railway Compauy was held In Iowa Falls, the following being the newly elected officers of the compauy: Presi dent, E. S. EQsworth vice-president, W. H. Courtney secretary, J. H. Funk treasurer, W. H. Woods. The reports of the officers of the company show the enterprise in first class condition. Fully thirty-five miles of the road has practical ly been graded. The American Express Company will operate over tho new road and has put on a messenger to handle its business and opened an office at Buckeye. Stricken by Unseen Foe. The mail carrier at Voorhees was struck down a Jew nights ago just as he was entering the door of the postofHce With a mall sack. It was late at night and he was uuablc to detect his assail ant, who made no attempt at robbery, but fled as soon as he had felled the messen ger. The man was badly Injured, as he was struck on the head with a blunt in strument. The assailaut was evidently some one who held a personal grudge against the messenger and took that way to get even. The motter, however, is an offense against the postal laws, as the man was carrying mall. Iowa Agricultural Society. The following officers and directors wero named by the agricultural conven tion at Its recent meeting in Des Moines: President, J. Ck Fraser, Bloouifield vice president. W. W. Morrow, Afton. Direc tors—First district, J. P. Manatrey, Fuir field third district, W. C. Brown, Clar ion fifth district, S. B. Packard, Mar shalltown seventh district, M. J. Wragg, Waukee ninth district, M. McDonald, Bayard eleventh district, C. E. Cameron, Alta. These are all regularly elected and succeed themselves. Waterworks Sold for Taxes* The Muscatine water works plant, val ue^ at" $100,000, was sold the other day for taxes, amounting to $800. The city bought the plant last spring for $100,000 and later discovered that the back taxes had not been paid. The city refused to pay and the county advertised the plant for sale. The claim was bought by a prominent roil estate dealer. The city attorney declares that he will have the plant reverted to the city by the court. Murder in First Degree* Murder iu the first degree is the verdict which tho coroner's jury, sitting on the remains of William Sharpless, who was killed at Buxton, returned at Oskaloosa. The jury also found that the deod was committed by Dick Williams, tho colored man arrested in Ottumwa. Williams is now in jail at Oskaloosa aud the grand jury fyis already taken up the case. .v All Over the State* At Osjcaloosa the "body of a colored man was fouud in a Hock Island box car. It is unidentified. Mrs. Julia Lee, widow of Kuud Lee, died at Carpenter, aged 105 years. She was a native of Norway. Max Bernsteiu, proprietor of a depart ment store at Clinton, has filed a petition ,in bankruptcy. Liabilities $43,700. Beu Powers, a prominent stock grower a few miles east of Greene, was found in the cattle baru dead. He had hung himself. He had been considered un sound iu mind for some time. C. B. Mills, president of the Iowa Baukers' Association, reports that $2,500 has already been subscribed for the fam ily of John Sundblad, the Albert City man who was killed in the capture of the three bank robbers. Mr. Mills expects to raise $5,000. Denial is made of the report to the ef fect that the Muskwaki IndiaU3 have left the reservation on account of- tho out break of smallpox aud are roaming about spreading the epidemic. The State Board of Health has information to the contrary that the Indians are living in the tents provided for by the State, that they are uot leaving the reservation, but are accepting the treatment find condi tions imposed by the health authorities. Itev. H. Doetther of St. Paul, while preaching in the Geriuau Methodist Church at Gladbrook, was stricken with paralysis and died two hours later with out regaining consciousness. All of the applications for the estab lishment of rural free delivery service in the Seventh Iowa Congressional Dis trict on report No. 7, by Special Agent Smith D. Fry, have been disapproved by W. E. Anniu, special agent iu charge. They have all been returned to the Post office Department with the report that they are all deficient with respect to bonds. There came near being a disastrous Are at the Institute for feeble-minded children at Glenwood. Tho wires leading from the electric dynamo set fire to the tim bers underneath the floor of the engine house. Tho blaze was hard to get at, but was finally extinguished after much work. The general store of Ernest Towne, at Jamaica, was robbed ou a recent night. Four citizens gave chase, two going in one direction and two in another. They met on the cross roads and opened fire. Before explanations could be made, Towne, James King and Blaino Parme ter were shot. Fifty-seven shot have been removed from Pariuenter. .iftnwuit Moealelt was instantly killed at l**ecer siartiu's place, four wiles south west of West Side, while attending a public sale. Ho was knocked down and trampled to death by a frlghteued cow, which he had purchased and which was trying to escape from him. The damage case of Mrs. Katrina Wlssler against the city of Atlantic has gone against the city, the jury bringing in a verdict of $2,162 In favor of tho plaintiff. The case grew out of an in jury received by the plaintiff falling through a defective sidewalk the night of June 8, at which time she sustained a broken limb aud other injuries i?mu the 9trwbjct|,site IMP. uot rgcovej'ed "Buck" Williams, a colored miner, shot and instsntly killed William Sharpless, a white teamster, near Buxton. The mur der was the result of a long standing feud. Representative J. L. Warren of Marlon County gives It out he proposed to push vigorously a measure for the conversion of the institution of the blind at Kuox villo into a normal school. Julius Standenmeyer and Mrs. Emily McPheeters, who were divorced twenty years ago, have just been remarried at Dubuque. The woman has married and lost three husbauds iu the interim. At Clinton the verdict of tho jury In the case of tho State vs. Anna Craw ford, charged with murder In tho first degree, of James E. Dillon, on the after noon of Nov. 11, was guilty as Indicted. Dr. Frank Webster Jay of Chicago and Miss Harriet Staples of Dubuque were married at St. Luke's Methodist Episcopal Church, Dubuque, by Dr. Gun saulus of Chicago and Rev. Mr. Atchison, the pastor. Mike Metock, an unkuown man em ployed ou the Milwaukee cut-off at Mus catine, was run down by a street car aud had both legs and arms broken and mangled. Ills ribs were crushed and he was internally injured. The Daughters of the American Revo lution of Iowa will petition the coming Legislature for a monument to mark the grave of Charles Shepard, a Revolution ary hero who died and was buried near Millspaugh Mills in 1845. Rev. Hugh B. Kelly, vicar general of the diocese of Iowa, living at Ottumwa, is dead at the home of his sister in Som ervllle, Mass. He was taken ill on his journey east aud the disease took firmer hold each day until the end came. On recommendation of the receivers a dividend of 20 per cent has been declar ed In favor of the depositors in the de funct Officer & Pusey Bank in Council Bluffs. It amounts to $114,340 and makes 45 per cent paid up to this time. Charles Albert Tolliver, indicted ou the charge of murder in the first degree, has been found guilty of manslaughter at Des Moines. Tolliver struck and killed Barney Itourke several weeks ago and the grand jury indicted him a little later. The numerous fires of late, some of which have been attended with considera ble loss, have given impetus to the sen timent prevailing to some degree for a long time that the time has arrivod when Marshalltown should have a paid depart ment. The sixteenth annual meeting of the Iowa Academy of Sciences will be held in the geological rooms of the State capitol at Des Moines on Dec. 20 and 27. An interesting program has been given out by Prof. S. W. Beyer of the Iowa State College, secretary of the association. The following officers were elected at the twenty-fifth annual meeting of the Iowa State Traveling Men's Association: President, W. H. Wheeler Vice-Presi dent, H. B. Hedge Secretary and Treas urer, F. E. Haley Directors, W. F. Mitchell, L. C. Deets, Charles Willis, Thomas M. Laugan, A. L. Olmsted. The lifeless body of Mrs. Fred Sonne walt, a woman about 70 years of age, who resided on a farm five miles south west of Sigourney, was found hanging with a ropo around her neck. She had been iu ill health for some time, and it is thought that her ailment unbalanced her mind and caused her to straugle herself. The annual report of criminal convic tions In Iowa for the past year has been compiled by Deputies Jamison and Brew er, of the office of the Secretary of State. Following are the statistics for 11)01: Number of convicts, 1,229 years jail sen tence, 80 mouths jail sentence, 8 days jail sentence, 28 penitentiary sentence, years, 1,188 fines collected, $52,051 ex penses to counties, $304,054 paid county attorneys, $00,078. Poll tax dodgers in Iowa Falls will be given a taste of the law and delinquents will find the paymeut of this tax is an obligation not easily evaded. The City Council has decided that the men who have refused to either work out this tax or pay the equivalent in money will be given an opportunity of having their real or personal property levied on to satisfy the claims of the law and of the munici pality. W. W. Gillette won't forget it if he lives to be 100. He is a farmer and tills the soil, when it isn't frozen, near Mis sourlville. lie wanted to go from Ou awa to Salix and got to the station just as the train was pulliug out. Nothing daunted, he leaped on the steps of vestibuled Pullman aud hung there for twenty miles. Unfortunately the mer cury was 18 degrees below zero, aud Mr. Gillette's hands, feet and face were frozen solid. A woman passenger heard him scream and had the porter open the door. He has beeu thawed out aud will live. Edward Scbumaun, a farmer of Sigour ney, and a widower with four children, recently wrote to his brother, Jacob, a farmer of Saxouy, to pick out an indus trious womau iu Saxony and scud her to Sigourney. Edward said he would marry the woman as soon as she got to his home. Jacob selected his servant, Clara Fleischer, 38 years old, and she was willing to become Mrs. Edward Schumann. She arrived in New York re cently from Antwerp by tho Red Star steamship Friesland, with a prepaid ticket to Sigourney. She has never seen the Iowa farmer. The Chicago and Northwestern has cleared the ground ou the Clinton side of the river preparatory to beginning work on the new double track bridge they are about to build across tho Mississippi river at that place. The present bridge was built but four years ago, but busi ness has increased so rapidly that the company is obliged to double the bridge capacity. Tho total length of tho new bridge will be a little less than a mile. The company owns Little Rock island, which lies just to the east of the chan nel, which shortens the bridge and makes its building easier. Fred Shue, driver of a delivery wagon, was struck by an Illinois Central switch engine In Waterloo while crossing tile tracks and severely iujured. The engine struck the wagon, completely overturn ing it and throwing Shue outside tho tracks. Little 9-year-old Mabel Dunbar fell for ty feet through the trestle work bridge of the Iowa Central Railway over Wil low creek between State and Seventh streets, Mason City, and suffered a frac ture of the skull, but lives and although her condition is precarious she may re cover. F. I. Mason, a traveling man whose home is in St. Louis, had his leg crushed in tho Hotel Julien elevator in Dubuque and amputation was necessary. In enter ing tho elevator ho stumbled and fell, one leg extending over the edge of tho elevator, which had just started. The Ames Opera House has been or dered closed by the City Council. Sev eral months ago the Board of Aldermen ordered that a stage entrance be built and the stairway now iu use be covered. The latter has been complied with, but was built contrary to a city ordinance, which says that no structure shall be erected of inflammable material within certain limits. The official board of the Waterloo M. E. Church has passed a resolution requir ing the women members of the congrega tion to remove their hats during the ser vice. There is great rejoicing among the male members of the church, aud no re monstrance has been filed from the wom en as yet. The divorce suit of Halversoln vs. Hal versou, in which Fort Dodge attorneys have been interested and which cauie up for trial in Storm Lake only to be trans ferred to Fort Dodge, has come to a sudden and tragic cud through the sudden death of Mrs. llalvcrson at the home of her parents a short distance from Calleu- der- •'-St. OROPS BREAK RECORDS. Value of Farm XVoilQCts Goes Beyond Figures of Previous Xeara, Director Sage of the weather and crop service has issued his annual report, and the figures contained therein will prove an agreeable surprise to those who fear ed the extreme heat and drouth of the midsummer period would cause a shrink age in the total value of staple farm products. Mr. &age uiukes the couifortiug state tneut that the total cereal yield this year is greater than in four years In the last decade. A comparason of the figures with those of other years shows that iu 1890, 1S92, 1803 und 1804 the output was less than the present year, and great er in the other years of the decade. The report shows that not ouly .have the farmers raised more cereals this sca sou than in four seasous of the last teu, but that the soil products of the State, despite the drouthy season, aro worth more by $44,000,000 thau in any previous year of which any account has been tak en by the crop service. That the valuation of the total crop this season is so much in excess of the valuation of any and all the years of big outputs is somewhat astonishing. The value of the total soil products this year reaches the enormous sum of $274,080, 934. This is the best proof that the har vests amply repaid the' Iowa farmers, even in a year when complaints were heard because "corn would not be more than half a crop." The total wheat yield is IS,29.\000 bushels, a loss of 2,083,350 as compared with last year. The corn crop In the va rious counties ranges from 18 to 38 bush els per acre. The total output of corn is about 05 per cent, as compared with 1900, and about 85 per cent compared with the average product of the last twelve .seasons. The average price of corn is 50 cents per bushel, ai against 27 cents on Dee. 1, 1900. The area of oats harvested this year was 3,799,920 acres, which is 192,470 acres less than the acreage of 1900, and the average yield per acre is eight bush els below that of last year. The aver age farm price is 35 cents per bushel, as ugaiust 20 cents lost year. The barley crop this year is 14,054,410 bushels, harvested from 004,010 acres. The report shows an increase of 1,959, 210 bushels compared with last year. The average price is 44 cents, as agaiust 33 cents last year. The report shows the average price of cows is $30 aud of horses $75. The following table, or tabulated crop summary, tells the story of the farm out put of any previous year, and iu these figures no account is made of the profits derived from consumption of soil pro ducts iu the dairy aud live stock iudus try: Yield Farm value per acre. Dec. 1, bu. 1001. Winter wheat 17.« $r»UMfl2 Spring wheat 15.3 10.4A7,fi3S Corn 'M.2 ll3.n »4.41T) Oats H2.1 W.^OD.VJtn Barley iu.a tU47.1WO Kye W.H 411.702 Hnx s.8 1,181!,78s Potatoes H7.4 4,r88,»U4 Hay (tamei* j.4 3ft,7i!l,:WO Hay (wild)" 1.2 7,002,810 Buckwheat 175,000 Sweet potatoes tf2C,000 Sorghum 223.000 Bro corn 45,000 Timothy seed USO.CN'O Clover seed 375,«00 Corn fodder 20,000,000 Straw, etc 4.000,000 Pasturag* 25.000,000 Fruits and vegetables 0,500,000 Total soil products •Tons. $274,080,034 TcACHER.S* WAGES LOW. Iowa Anions States Paying Poor Sal* artcs to I'eduuoenes* 111 his anuual report the State Super intendent of Public Instruction has this to say of the wages paid teachers in this State: "Iowa still continues to occupy a low placo aiuoug the great States of the Union in the average aunual salary paid teachers. According to tho report of the national commissioner of education for the year 1890-1000 we paid the lowest average monthly salaries to teachers of the States of the north central division except South Dakota. When we con sider our wealth and our productive soil tho showing ia most unsatisfactory. In diana by luw enacted this year provided that the salary paid teachers shall not be less than an amount determined by multiplying two aud one-half cents by the general scholarship. The low has in creased the pay of teachers, established a uniform rate of wages and stimulated teachers to improve their scholarship." Steel Trust Makes Markets. A point of progress which will fluil its fullest expression ill the new steel cor poration Is that of making new mar kets for steel, writes l!ny Stanuaril Bnlter, in McClure's Magazine. Ouly a few years ago the steel-maker was fuiailing Ills mission if lie sat still and let the orders couie.In, but to-day he manufactures not ouly his steel, but also Ills markets to absorb It. An English writer exclaims: "The American steel-milkers manufacture business out of nothing!" And one has only to look upon the recent develop ments iu the United States of steel buildings, steel bridges, steel railroad ties, steel ships, and so on, to realize the truth of the assertion. Mr, Carnegie kept more than a hundred draughtsmen employed In the business of proving that steel was better for certain pur poses than wood or stone. Ukl a New York builder propose putting tip a large office structure, Mr. Carnegie agreed to draw the plans without charge, pro vided only (lint in case steel was used Ills company should have the contract. It is by such methods tliat the new cor poration proposes to spread Itself. Presidential Hand-Stinking. "Those who say that the hand-shak ing lmbit lias existed from the founda tion of this government, springing nat urally out of Its democratic institu tions, are mistaken," said a mau who looks things up to a New York Times reporter. "Washington never shook hands with any one except his most Intimate per sonal friends. As a matter of fact, once during his term as President, when comparatively a small delegation,' num bering no more than 100 persons, were about to pay their respects to him, it was suggested that he shake the hand of each visitor. The somewhat undigni fled reply of the dignified father of ills country was, 'No I might catch the itch.' "It Is a matter of history that Napol eon suffered to the day of Ills death with a skin disease by having his hand come In contact with that of a private soldier during battle. Washington's course and Napoleon's misfortune sug gest the advisability of prohibiting mis cellaneous liiuAl-sbnking 011 purely san itary grounds." Uur njz the Sermon. Rev. Mr. Longtalk—I should tlilnk you would come to church on the Sab batftj Mr. HardKase—I always shun work on tbe Sabbath and rest. Hev. Mr. Longtalk—But do you call going to church work? Mr. Hardknse—Well, It's the hardest kind of work to keep awake there some times.--Philadelphia Press. Paris supplies free of cost sulphurous bntlis to nil persons engaged In hand ling lead. ll- Me:llclnal Use of Bros. .. The value of egg albumen In food in certain diseased conditions is referred to In the Pacific Medical Journal. When fever is present the appetite Is nil, and what 0110 then wants is an aseptic article of diet the white of an egg, raw, then serves both as food and medicine. One wny to give It Is to drain off the albumen from an opening about lialf an inch in diameter in the small end of an egg, tho yolk remaining Inside the shell. Add a little salt to this and di rect the patient to swallow it In typhoid fever the mode of feeding ma terially helps In carrying out an anti septic plan of treatment. Furthermore, tho albumen, to a certain extent, may antidote the toxlnes of the disease. Patients may at first rebel at the idea of eating a raw egg, but the quickness with which It goes down without the yolk proves It to be less disagreeable than tliey suppose, and they are then ready to take 11 second dose. Scalloped Tomatoes. Peel and slice quart of ripe toma toes break In small pieces an equal measure of stale bread, and make a pint of white sauce. Put all these in gredients In layers in nn earthen bak ing-dish, sprinkling upon the tomatoes two tablespoon fills of granulated sugar over the top of the dish dust a layer of tine crumbs, season them with salt and pepper, dot them with- bits of butter, and bake the tomatoes in a moderato oven for about a half hour, or until they are nicely browned then serve them in the dish which they wero baked. Tomato Omelet. Remove skin from the tomatoes, chop line, place iu the saucepan with one finely chopped onion, one teaspoon but ter, half as much salt and half as much pepper as salt, one large spoon cracker crumbs cover tight and let simmer about one hour. Beat three eggs to a froth and stir Into the tomatoes beat well together and pour on a hot, well grensed griddle brown on one side fold and brown 011 tho other serve on a hot dish. Reefatenk Pie with Oyaten* Cut several small slices ot sirloin or tenderloin steak aud fry them In a lit tle butter. Then add a little wnter to them, season with salt and pepper, cov er tightly and simmer till very tender. Take up, pour the liquor into tho bot tom of a baking dish, laying tlie steak In alternate layers with oysters. Ponr In more stock, If needed, cover with a good crust and bake till this seems done. Potato Rolls* Rub four floury potatoes through a wire sieve add four ounces of minced ham, touguo or bacon, teaspoonful of chopped parsley, a teaspoonful of chop ped onion, pepper, salt, half au ounce of warm butter, and the yolk of an egg. Stir over the tiro for a few minutes spread on a plate to cool. Shape into balls, egg and breadcrumb thye, and fry in deep, hot fat. These are very good for breakfast. To I.ny Mntttiia:. A housekeeper who has made the ex periment discovers that matting may be sewed like carpet and put down bet ter and easier than In the usual way with matting tncks. Undoubtedly this method would increase the wear of the matting if it were necessary to take it up often. One or two liftings of mat ting are apt to tear it unless the great est care Is used. Plain CcIarT Salad* Wash and cut Into small pieces the white stalks of two bunches of celery. Arrange lettuce In cups for Individual serving, pile little mounds of the celery In eiu-li, and dress with mayonnaise. Cheese Straws Two cupftils of grated cheese, one cupful of flour, three tablespoonfuls of melted butter, one-quarter of a tea spoonful of salt and one-quarter of a teaspoonful of cayenne pepper mix to gether, roll thin, cut Into narrow strips aud bake brown. 1 A llrief Hints* Stained brass may be cleaned with whiting aud ammonia. Wash japanned ware with a sponge dampened ill warm wnter and dry it immediately with a soft clotli. Sweet oil applied with a woolen cloth will re move obstinate spots. Make covers for kitchen holders It the form of bags with a pointed llap at the open end to slip over a button at the other. Canton flannel is the best material for this purpose. Melted beef dripping or clean tallow is well nigh equal to parafllue for cover ing jelly, If wheu it Is cold a little is run around the edge where It has shrunk away-from the glass. lloniluy croquettes are delicious for breakfast. Soften one cupful of cold cooked hominy with a little hot milk. Add the beaten yolk of nn egg. Salt tlie mixture to taste, and when It is cold form Into croquettes. Fry In deep fat. Canned fruit which shows signs of fermentation can be saved by adding moro sugar, some spices and a little vinegar. If It has soured in the least, put in a little soda and cook until it thickens. Use as a relish with cold meat. After cleaning tho table, place a fold ed towel under ijny spots that have been made durhig the meal if from grease, rub with a cloth wet with gaso line. Other spots may be removed with a cloth and clear hot water, using as little as possible then rub gently with a dry cloth until nearly dry. To prepare grape juice, cover the grapes with water aud let them boll un til the skins crack open. Then put them Into jelly bags and allow them to drip over night. In the morning dissolve thoroughly In the juice sugar In tho pro portion of a pound to every gallon of juice. Seal carefully In jars. Use clean, soft rags to remove the grease from kettles and frying-pans be fore washing. Wipe all the grease from the meat-dlslies with rags or paper. Clean grease spots from the stove with paper, aud save all to start the kitchen tire. Put your hand 111 a paper bag when you black the stove. Keep pulverized borax ou bnnd In hot weather. Borax keeps the dishcloths sweet, cleans silverware, is used In boiled or cold starch, sets red table linen und saves soap. Borax powder sprinkled over fresh meat will keep It sweet longer, and will preserve dried meats from the attacks of insects. Wheu a hot-headed man is wronged, Wis immediate want is just ice, it s» 1 tern & 1 A'fcfi