Newspaper Page Text
SPORTS AND ATHLETES
GOSSIP OF SEVERAL LINES THAT IS OF TIMELY INTEREST
IT IS part of the publicity plan
of the modern champion
prize fighter to give huge or
tiers for photographs and
conduct a bureau for supplying thou
sands of papers and periodicals with
pictures, gossip and pugilistic news.
Since it has been definitely arranged
that the battle for the featherweight
championship of the world shall be
fought October 15 between Champion
William H. Rothwell (Young Corbett)
and former Champion Terry McGov
ern, the "bureaus of publicity" of the
two athletes have been busy flooding
the cities with "literature" and pho
tographs. One of the pictures of the
Denver lad who gained a fortune by
defeating McGovern recently found its
way into a club the membership of
which is composed exclusively of col
lege men. There, were millionaires—
financial kings of the stock market—
professional men, clerks, salesmen,
etc., in the group that sat in the library
when one of the young men produced
the photograph of the champion pu
"See how good you fellows are at
character study," remarked the old
Yale man, cutting off the name from
the photograph and exposing the fea
tures of a smooth-shaven, square
jawed and determined-looking well
dressed young man. There was noth
ing about the photograph to indicate
the prize ring votarj\
"That young man has character
stamped on his face," said a well
"He resembles the boy we had play
ing quarter on our team when I was
trying for the 'varsity," said a Har
"Almost an image of Art Curtis,
who used to captain the Wisconsin
eleven," said another.
"Reminds me of a civil engineer
course student at Illinois who went
to New York to install the electric
system of the Manhattan railroad,"
was the opinion of another.
"Might be Pitcher Mathewson when
he was twirling for Bucknell college,"
"I'll warrant you he's a trim-cut
'varsity athlete," ventured another.
So the current of opinion ran. Not
a man mentioned the prize ring in
connection with the boy whose photo
graph was on view. One particularly
shrewd business man thought it was
the photograph of the young Van
derbilt who worked in the New York
Central railroad shops.
"Give him up?" asked the owner of
the picture, after exhausting the sym
Sufficient to say that when the
throng learned it had been looking
at the features of the greatest little
general of the prize ring at his
weight—127 pounds—there were ex
pressions of absolute surprise. This
test satisfied the critics that the
modern prize fighter bore few of the
characteristics that were generally
attributed to him in fanciful newspa
ilHERE is a better chance this
year for a western golfer to
capture championship honors
^^^^JJtlian ever since the memorable
tournament of Morris county, N. J.,
when Walter B. Smith, a young west
ern schoolboy, came close to premier
honors, lasting to the finals with Find
lay Douglas. To avoid the charge of
injustice and unfairness to the west
and to promote tht, .-national spirit in
golf, the U. S. G. A. recently decided
upon the Glenview Golf club's links
at Golf, 111., for the amateur cham
pionship of the United States. This
victory fot the west after the east
seemingly had adopted the policy of
keeping the championship tourney in
its own locality indefinitely was
gained oDlj after the hardest (Uid
most spectacular fight ever waged for
Why should the voices of Champion
W. J. Travis and his great rival, for
mer Champion Findlay S. Douglas, be
raised against the western course?
That is the query that was asked
when it became generally known that
these golfers had opposed Glenview
and had belittled the representation
of the west in past championships.
The cold fact is, according to an
expert who has followed the play in
every national championship held in
this country, that the east does not
take kindly to the water hazards that
obtain on the western courses.
At Atlantic City Country club,
where Travis last season retained his
championship honors by a desperate
contest with Douglas in the semi
finals and a more or less exciting
round with Walter Egan, the school
boy golfer of the west, there were no
creeks and ponds to play over. It is
well known that there are courses in
the west that have water hazards
that try the patience and skill of the
visitor from the east, whereas they
are scarcely noticed by those who are
accustomed to playing over them.
Both Douglas and Travis have played
on courses abroad and fear little in
the way of bunkers or water hazards,
yet they are cautious enough to
realize that the element of uncer
tainty on a course which crosses a
big reservoir once and the meander
ing river five times is too great not
to be regarded as a handicap for the
men of the east. Furthermore, the
greatest golf ever played by any man
in the United States was put up on
the Glenview course when William
Holabird, Jr., now attending Potts
town school in preparation for Yale,
defeated Lawrence Auchterlonie, the
western professional champion, and
made the 18 holes in 71, or 12 strokes
IS REGULARLY as the seasons
roll by come the reports of
the early work of race horses
that annually are quartered
in that famous horse haven—Mont
gomery Park, near Memphis, Tenn.
New Orleans winter racing, out
side its one classic the Crescent
City Derby—is not generally recog
nized as the beginning of the thor
oughbred's season of activity. Men
who follow the horses "up the line"
from the Little Rock to the Chicago
race meetings wait for Memphis to
open before they begin to plan on
stake victories. The Montgomery
Handicap and the Tennessee Derby
mark the beginning of the stake sea
son, which also has the Kentucky and
Latonia Derbies and the old Ameri
can "blue ribbon event," the original
Derby of Washington park.
Reports from horseland in Tennes
see during February generaly scin
tillate with trials of Derby candi
dates. Trainers have all sorts of try
outs, and many a stake is won by the
owners and "rail birds," who sit on
the fence and watch the work-outs.
This year has been the most back
ward season in the south noted in
many seasons. Because of the sever
ity of the winter and the presence of
snow and mud many a valuable colt
and filly depended upon for large
earnings this year has been deprived
of opportunities to show fast quar
ters and start all sorts of gossip in
the haunts of the winter bookmakers.
Costly indeed are the early spring
operations of a big stable. The own
er #foots big bills that the public has
no idea of. If the season is back
ward and the trainers are unable to
report satisfactory progress in pre
paring horses for racing, the financial
backers of the stables are likely to
storm and fret. The conservative
owners, however, nonchalantly accept
the conditions and hope for weather
in the spring meetings that will com
pensate for the bad spells. J. W.
Schoor, one of the representative
turfmen of the south, recently de
clared that as long as he had been
conducting a stable he had made no
profit from it. His animals are first
to make the mud fly at Montgomery
park, yet both he and Sam Hildreth,
who owns McChesney, considered to
be a great factor in the American
Derby and other stakes, realized this
year the futility of trying to give
their animals early preparation when
the weather was more suitable to
arctic exploration than to training,
"As the die is cast in the south, so it
will remain through the season" used
to be an adage with the turfmen. But
the latter have departed ft-om that
belief. They will not move their ani«
mals farther south next year, but
will take the early spring weather a*
it comes. & Q* WESXUAK^
The report filed by Insurance Com
missioner Derth shows the withdraw
al from business in the state of nine
foreign and 15 American companies.
One of the Americans was a Minne
sota concern. The reason given for
withdrawing was lack of business.
The average premium rates on each
$100 given by fire insurance companies
was 1.34, an increase over the average
for 1900 of .03. The average premium
rates received by the American com
panies was 1.26, against 1.67 received
by the foreign companies. These fig
ures, said the report, show clearly
that the foreign companies carry a
very much heavier percentage of haz
ardous risks than is written or carried
by the American companies. On the
other hand, it is an indication that the
American companies get a larger per
centage of the preferred class of risks.
The Mutual fire and Lloyds compan
ies wrote $12,211,192 of insurance, an
increase over 1900 of $588,044. The
premium receipts for 1901 were $226,
391.29, a decrease from 1900 of $5,155.
The losses for the year were $95,390.57,
a decrease from 1900 of $38,517.42. The
loss ratio to premium is 43.13, and the
average premium rate per $100 is 1.35.
The logging industry of Northern
Minnesota has claimed more victims
this winter, it is claimed by men who
are in touch with it, than in any pre
vious winter, and the number of seri
ous but not fatal accidents are num
bered by the hundreds. There is
scarcely a day that somebody in the
woods is not reported as having been
killed or desperately injured. Many
of the injured may be seen walking
the streets of Duluth, after their hos
pital experience, in many cases crip
pled for life. It is said that the usual
precautions against accidents prevail
everywhere, and the increased number
of killed and the maimed may be at
tributed to the greater number em
A Terrible Fall.
Mrs. Mary Meisen, wife of John Mei
sen, of Markville, Lake Minnetonka,
fell four stories down a light well at
the Market hotel, 30 First street north,
Minneapolis, crashed through two sky
lights on the way and sustained such
injuries that she died soon afterwards.
The force of the woman's fall was so
great that her head was literally driven
through the hardwood floor where she
fell and the boards had to be cut away
before she could be extricated.
Her skull was fractured, the bones
of her face crushed and her scalp near
ly torn from her head. She was other
wise cut and bruised.
The school enrollment of Minnesota
in 1860, when the population was 172,
023, was 25,338. In 1895 the population
had increased to 1,574,619, while the
school enrollment had grown to 352,
092. With a gain of about 200,000 in
population shown by the 1900 census
the school enrollment had increased
to 399,207. Teachers numbered 724 in
I860 and 12,059 in 1900. It is expected
that at the close of 1905 the school
population will have reached half ft
million or more.
The initiation of the six Aultfather
boys into the third degree of Masonry
took place at Austin, with 500 Masons
present. Members of the order were
there from the entire section of this
state and Iowa. Among the cities rep
resented were Minneapolis, St. Paul,
Fairmont, Owatonna, Jackson, Albert
Lea, Blue Earth City, Lansing, Bloom
ing Prairie, Brownsdale and Grand
Meadow, Minn. and Winnebago City,
Northwood, Mason City, Leroy, Lyle,
Manly, Iowa. _•
W. J. Bryan, democratic candidate
for the presidency during the last two
campaigns, is buying a number of car
loads of Lake Superior brownstone in
Duluth for a new home he is building
at Lincoln, Neb. Mr. Bryan on his
visits to Duluth has been much taken
with the results obtained from the
use of brownstone there and has fre
quently commented on the beauties of
News In Brief.
The Milwaukee depot at Hopkins
was destroyed by fire.
The recent state teachers' examina
tions resulted in issuing certificates to
2,729 persons, and in denying certifi
cates to 1,527. There were 303 first
grade certificates issued, 1,591 second
grade, and 835 limited certificates to
those who had never taught.
James Peterson, aged 50, committed
suicide by taking carbolic acid at
Madilia. He was found in Dr. Cooley's
The east-bound Northern Pacific
passenger train was held to give the
company's physician time to vaccinate
a carload of passengers. A passenger
suffering from smallpox was removed
at Little Falls.
A certificate of membership in the
Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce re
cently sold for $3,500, which is 8500
higher than a sale made a week previ
ous, and only $500 less thap the selling
price of the Chicago Board of Trade
The first dramatic performance in St.
Paul was in 1851, when a troupe from
New Orleans enacted "Slasher and
Crasher." The first fresh oysters were
brought to St. Paul from Chicago in
kegs in 1850 by Governor Ramsey.
A junk dealer of Minneapolis, named
Isaac Saladovsky, was held up by three
young men on the Water to wp road and
relieved of $15.
The records of the St. Cloud land
office for February show receipts
amounting to $1,704.44. There were 70
homestead entries on 5,532.01 acres, 51
homestead proofs on 4,950.70 acres and
cash to the extent of $980.75,
ST. PATRICK'S DAY.
Biff Celebration Mark* Day at Mew
Yo^lt City—The Shamrock in Evi
dence iu Other Cities.
New York, March IP.—St. Patric's
day was observed in this city by special
services in all Roman Catholic church
es, by a parade and a number of din
ners. The parade was the largest in
some years, 15,000 men being in line.
The line of march was up Fifth aveue.
The paraders included the Sixty-ninth
regiment national guard, the First
rgiment of Irish volunteers, and the Hi
bernians rifles, acting as an escoi't to
the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Tons of shamrock graced the day's
commemoration. It is stated that
more genuine shamrock was brought
over from Ireland this year than ever
Chicago, March 18.—In celebrating
St. Patrick's day Irish-Americans of
Chicago promoted the cause of the
United Irish league in this country.
Two distinguished leaders of the Irish
movement direct from the Emerald
Isle, William Redmond and John Dev
lin, took part in the celebration at the
Y. M. C. A. at night.and added to the en
thusiasm for Irish liberty.
London, March 18.—St. Patrick's day
was celebrated Monday more generally
than usual. The Irish flag was flying
from many public buildings, special
services were held in the Catholic
churches, and the shamrock, or some
thing representing it, was seen every
where. The Irish troops at the vari
ous garrisons were given a day's leave.
Following the precedent of Queen Vic
toria, Queen Alexandria sent the bat
talion of Irish guards on duty at the
Tower of London a large quantity of
shamrocks, which were distributed to
the men at parade Monday morning.
THE STRIKE AT BOSTON.
Difference* in Important Cn«e» Ad
Junled and Outlook In Bright for
Boston, March 18.—With the rein
statement of a large number of the
freight handlers of the New York, New
Haven & Hartford railroad sheds Mon
day and the settlement of the difficulty
over taking the old men back at the
docks of the Clyde steamship line, con
ditions were considered most favorable
by those interested, for a speedy ad
justment of all dissatisfaction among
the men employed in the transporta
tion trade who struck here last week.
The differences between the 'long
shoremen's union and the Merchants*
and Miners' Transportation company,
the line at which the old employes were
taken back, are practically the only
ones now remaining to be patched up.
Strong pressure is being brought to
bear by Gov. Crane and the state board
of conciliation and arbitration upon
the company, with some prospect, it is
said, of success.
Hew Colombian Milliliter.
Washington, March 18.—Senor Jose
Vincente Concha, the newly appointed
minister from Colombia, presented his
credentials to President Roosevelt
Monday. He was accompanied to the
state department by Dr. Silva, the re
tiring minister, and Mr. Herran, who
has acted as charge at times and is the
secretary of legation.
Grain, Provision*. Etc.
Chicago, March 17.
FLOUR—Was quiet and unchanged.
Spring Patents, special brands, $email@example.com
hard Patents, $firstname.lastname@example.org Straights, $3.X»@
3.20 Winter Patents. $3.50@S.60 Straights,
J3 email@example.com Seconds, $2.X@2.40.
WHEAT—Unsettled. Higher early, low
er later. May, 75@r6c July, 75%@7fr%e.
CORN—Higher. May. 62%@«3%e July,
62%@62%c September, 60%@W%c Decem
OATS—Lower. May, «Vfe@45%c July, SGVi
RYE—Was just steady. No. 2 cash, 55fi)
56M:c choice, by sample. G7 May de
BARLEY—Salable and steady for all
grades and better qualities firm. Screen
ings, 46@60c for poor to choice thin barley,
according to color, 57@2c stained, dirty,
57g/60c clean, fair to good color, 63@C6c
fancy shade over.
MESS PORK—Trading was fairly active
and feeling steadier. Prices ruled lower at
$16.30(31535 for cash J15.firstname.lastname@example.orgMi for May,
and 15.524@15.G5 for July.
LARD—Fairly active and feeling was
steady. Prices unchanged. Prices ranged
at $email@example.com for cash $firstname.lastname@example.orgV$s for
May $9.47%&9.50 for July, and $9.&"Mi©9-60
SHORT RIB SIDES—Trading or.lv mod
erate and prices steady. Prices ranged
at $email@example.com© for cash $8.40(?t"8.4o for May
$firstname.lastname@example.org for July, and |8.fiO@8.C2Vz for Sep
POTATOES—Market firm. Rural. good
to choice, 7S@S2c common, 72(&75c red
stock, t58@74c Burbanks, 70@76c.
KGGS—Quotably steady. At mark, cases
returned. MVfcc at mark, new shipping
cashes included, 15c.
JM'TTER —Market firmer. Crcair.erLs,
lS-^i-C'/itC per pour.C dairies. -,V.
LIVE POULTRY—Steady. Turkeys. S®
lie chickens, lie ducks, 10@lfe%c.
New York. March 17.
WHEAT—Firmerar.d steady. May. SI 5-16
ffTSlVac July, S19ife$2c September, b\WsS
RYE—Steady. State. GOffMIc c. i. f. New
York car lots No. 2 Western, tSJ^c f. o. b.
CORN—A shade firmer w'ith wheat. May,
6S(}/'6SV4c July, 67U"'/*c September, 65%fa
OATS—Steadier with other markets.
Track white, 53@5Sc.
Chicago, March 17.
HOGS—Market active and feeling firm
er. Prices 10c higher. Sales ranged at $5.10
(§5.75 for Pigs $5.&5'Si'6.35 for light $6.15®
6.2o for rough packing $C.0Mi.fi.52% lor
mixed, and $6.30©C.55 for heavy packing and
shipping lots, with the bulk of sales at
South Omaha. Neb.. March 17.
TATTLE—Market steady. Native Steers,
$4.Wfi6.65 Cows and Heifers. $4.fi''n5.4)
Western Steers, $3.75!fr3.5Q: Trxus Steers,
$?,.K@4.75 Car.ners, Jl.i0fi0.u0 Stock rs ar.d
Teeners, $2.75*14.75 Calves. $:!.* "f7,M Bulls,
Stags, etc, $email@example.com.
HOGS—Market Mi/lOc higher. Heavy. $1.20
(&6.40 mixed, JG.lOfaG.L'O light, $5.S0/f.fi.2u
Pigs, $4.50^6.60 bulk of sales, $G.0o'&G.25.
SHEEP—Market steady to 10c higher.
Fed Muttons, $5.00i?i6.65 Westerns, $4.00@
$4.85 Ewes, $firstname.lastname@example.org Common and Stock
ess $2.00414.60 Lamhi. S3.GOas SO.
ROUND ABOUT THE STATE.
The ice in the river at Winona has
At Eden Valley, John Herd shot and
killed Robert Charles.
The express and baggagemen of
Minneapolis have formed a union.
Crookston barbers agree to quit
work at 8 p. m. except Saturdays.
The Northwestern National and the
Metropolitan banks, of Minneapolis,
Belgrade township at its annual
election voted to exclude city hunters
from the fields of that town.
Over in the Mesaba coutry, accord
ing to a Duluth dispatch, there are
240 licensed saloons and 575 blind
At the annual election Elk River
voted to issue bonds for a state bridge
over the Mississippi by a Tote of 262
Camp St. Cloud of the Minnesota So
ciety of the Army of the Philippines
was organized with a membership of
Dr. T. S. Cook, a colored physician,
whose oince is at 5S2 Robert street, St.
Paul, tried to end his life by cutting
The grand aerie of the Fraternal
Order of Eagles, which will convene
in Minneapolis June 3, will be a very
The annual meeting of the Dakota
County Educational association will
be held at Farmington, April 25 and
The mangled body of ^dward Peter
son, 50 years old, was found at Twen
ty-fifth avenue North and the North
ern Pacific railroad tracks, Minneapo
The unknown man who was killed
by the cars near Mendota was identi
fied as James Egan, a Minneapolis
teamster, living at 2504 Seventeenth
A lodge of the Daughters of Erin
was organized at St. Cloud, with a
membership of fifty-six. Mrs. J. J.
Dailey of Minenapolis, state president,
installed the new officers.
Lake Minnetonka will probably be
open for navigation in a few days. If
it should be, all records for early op
ening since 1878 will be broken. There
is quite a bit of water along the shore
and the ice is reported to be "rotten"
more than two-thirds through and is
sure to disappear very soon. It is said
by old-timers that although spring
was early in 1878, 1857 carries the rec
The oody of George Minck, brake
man on the Milwaukee road, knocked
off a train from the La Crosse bridge
into the river, last fall, was found
floating in the river near Brownsville,
by Joe Williams. Relatives were noti
fied. A reward of $75 was offered.
The exchange of the Zenith Tele
phone company, the competitor of the
Bell company, burned out. The fire
will lay out the system for sixty days.
The damage was $20,000 and the com
pany carries $17,000 insurance.
A Chippewa delegation composed of
Chief FJatmouth, William Bonga, Ben
King, May-deway, Gon-oniend, and
Ahzhah-we-gwan-abe, left Walker for
Washington, to discuss the payment
of stnmpage money and other Indian
State Superintendent Olsen has com
pleted plans for some pioneer work
looking toward the establishment of
a comprehensive system of industrial
education in the public schools of the
state. He now proposes to use the
teachers' summer schools for begin
ning a campaign which he hopes will
end in the establishment of a common
sense system of industrial training.
The department of agriculture re
ports 23 per cent of wheat in farmers'
hands corn, about 29 per cent, and
oats, 30 per cent. Amount, 128,100,000
bushels wheat of the crop of 1901 on
a percentage of 29.
The freight traffic of the Duluth
railroads locally shows an increase for
February over a year ago of 15 to 20
per cent. Forty-two hundred cars of
logs were received there during the
Otto E. Schneider, who was sen
tenced to three years in state prison
for grand larceny, and who was pa
roled and broke his parole, was ar
rested at Duluth. He has been in
Germany and South Africa, but could
not stay away from Duluth.
By the order of Governor Van Sant,
Philip T. Megaarden has been formal
ly removed from the office of sheriff
of Hennepin county.
Herbert Gallehugli shot and killed
Charles Collins, the colored cook at
the Hotel Angelo, Minneapolis, for al
leged insult to his wife.
At a mass meeting at Mankato is
was voted without a dissenting voice
to accept the proposition of J. H. Col
lins of Chicago to build a local elec
tric street car and interurban line to
St. Peter by way of Kasota, and to put
in a competing lighting plant.
An empty Interurban car, going to
the Midway barn from St. Paul, ran
into a herd of twenty cows at the
west side of the Transfer bridge on
University avenue, at 8:30 o'clock last
evening. Three cows were killed and
seven injured. The car, No. 643 was
The Minnesota Sugar company, at
St. Louis Park, has contracted with
farmers near Hastings to raise up
wards of two hundred acres of sugar
beets the coming summer. Russian
families from South St. Paul will cul
tivate and harvest the crop.
The Commercial club of Red Wing
has decided to raise $3,500 with which
to buy a site for the proposed new
building to be erected at the Red
Wing seminary, and present
institution. Some of the leading men
of Hauge's synod, to which the school
belongs, have threatened to move the
seminary to the Twin Cities.
00M PAUL IN HOLLAND.
Ex-Prealdent of the Boer Republic
Ending His Daym in Simple «nd
The final scenes in the long and ad
venturous career of the ex-president
of the South African Republic are be
ing enacted at a little town named
Hilversum, in Holland. According to
the latest advices, states the Philadel
phia Public Ledger, his end cannot be
very far off, and one of the most re
markable men of the last century will
disappear forever from the stage of
human affairs. Mr. Kruger inhabits
a small, two-storied house, known as
Casa Cara, similar in every way to the
residence of the wealthy Dutch mer
chants, and of the usual type of coun
try houses in Holland. There are
grounds surrounding the building in
which the president spends a good por
tion of each day.
Hilversum is a town of about 28,000
inhabitants, and is half an hour's ride
by rail from Amsterdam. It is a fa
vorite country residence of the Dutch,
being very healthful and quiet. Oom
Paul rises early, according to his life
long custom, takes a cup of black cof
fee the first thing in the morning and
when dressed repairs to the garden,
where he remains, as a rule, till half
past nine. During this time he goes
through his mail, which has previously
been classified for him by his private
secretary. He always takes with hiin
on these occasions his two inseparable
companions, a large pipe and a large
old-fashioned Bible with large metal
Although he knows the sacred book
almost by heart, especially those of
the Old Testament, and can always
quote an appropriate passage from
the Bible suitable for any given emer
gency, yet he, nevertheless, reads his
Bible every day under the shade of a
large tree in the pleasant grounds of
the villa. At noon precisely, for Mr.
Kruger is nothing if not methodical,
he takes a cold luncheon with his par
ty, which, as a rule, consists of his
nephew, Mr. Eloff, who is also his pri
vate secretary, and Mr. van Boschoe
ten, ex-chief of the Transvaal minis
try Messrs. van Ven and Breedel, who
are in attendance on the aged ex-presi
dent. His faithful servitor, Happe, and
a Belgian physician, Dr. Heymans, al
ways accompany him. The latter has
forbidden him the use of any wine or
liquors, his only drink being mineral
water. After luncheon Mr. Kruger
takes a siesta, which lasts till four
o'clock in the afternoon. He then goes
for a drive in a carriage bearing the
former arms and escutcheon of the
Transvaal, and returns to the house by
six o'clock. It pleases the old man
greatly to observe the general respect
which he meets with from all classes
of the public and even the children
strike up the Boer national anthem,
which everyone knows in Holland, as
he passes by. He takes
supper at half
past six, and retires invariably at eight
His undaunted spirit does not appear
to be crushed by the reverses which
have overtaken his beloved country,
and from time to time he observes:
"We are strong as ever we were we
can continue this fight right alongand
will never admit defeat brave, but
ill-considered expressions from the
lips of this most remarkable old man
whose name will undoubtedly drift
down to the remotest posterity.
CURIOUS OLD CUSTOM.
Strange Norman Ceremony Over the
Dead Observed in the Suburbs
In one of the suburbs of Paris a
wealthy merchant died the other day,
and on the evening of the funeral his
neighbors witnessed a curious cere
mony, reports a London paper.
An hour before the body was to be
taken to the cemetery the relatives of
the dead man, five or six in number,
went out into the garden adjoining
the house and walked solemnly and
silently around it. Each carried a
lantern and kept his eyes fixed on the
ground, as though he were looking
for something. Finally they all halt
ed in front of a large pile of stones,
and, laying aside their lanterns, pro
ceeded to throw down the pile. After
every stone had been removed, they
examined minutely the spot on which
the pile had rested, and slowly, and
with bowed heads, returned to the
This is an old Norman custom, and
it was observed in this instance be
cause the dead man was a native of Gi
son. There is a tradition in Nor
mandy that before burying a body all
the ground around his dwelling
should be searched, in order to make
sure that the soul has not hidden itself
somewhere. At one time every fam
ily in Normandy faithfully observed
this tradition, but now only a few pay
heed to it.
All in Chicago.
"They say that a person on the
verge of delirium tremens dreams of
creeping and crawling things."
"By Jove! I must be going to have
"Last night I dreamed of nothing
but messenger boys, carettes and
cable cars."—Chicago Daily News.
"There is no experience in life, my
boy," said Uncle Allen Sparks, "but
will be good for you if you make the
right use of it. Even when you do a
mean thing you hate yourself for it,
and that's always a useful exercise
of the mind."—Chicago Tribune.
Her Only Hope.
He—When we get better acquaint
ed 1 shall call you by your first name.
She—All right. And I hope our ac
quaintance will reach the point where
my friends can call me by your last