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Meade County News.
JOHN D. WEHBEli Publisher. MEADE, KAN&AS. Ambition la a balloon which carries) no parachute. ". - Some limbs of the law seem unable to branch out very far. Schoolboy says the hardest branch. of learning grows on a birch tree. Be honest In your convictions and. let the rest of the world take care of Itself. Discover how to tax a nation Justly and you become the founder of God's Kingdom on earth. The Boers are silent. In this re- Bpect they set a fine example to their would-be congressional allies. The eovemment of Nicaragua has finally settled down to a normal con dition. It is hard up and trying to bor row money. A United States trooper in New Mex ico married a fair lady in Kentucky by telegraph. This sounds novel, but Is a current fact. A reference library would be a good thing, able certain gentlemen minds off themselves. for congress It might en- to take their A new Venezuelan minister is head ed in this direction. We sincerely trust he will be able to reach us ahead of the news of the next revolution. : According to the Montreal and To ronto newspapers, our prosperity has lapped over into Canada. Is this addi tional evidence of foreign entangle ments? i One state of the Union, having a sur plus of a million dollars In its treas ury, for which it has no pressing use, proposes to devote it to the improve ment of public schools. There may be little "practical politics" in such a course, but there is much regard for the welfare of the people. The supreme court of the United States has decided the case of the Ad- dystone Pipe Company against the combination of pipe manufacturers icalled the "Associated Pipe Works. iThe manufacturers in this combina- ition controlled the supply of gas, water ,and sewer pipes in a considerable num iber of states, and apportioned the ter ritory among themselves. When con tracts were to be awarded, the am- ipany to -which the territory affected ihad been assigned would notify the other companies of its bid, and they would put in higher bids. The con tract would go to the lowest bidder, which would divide a part of its profits with the others. The supreme court decided that this practice was a re straint upon interstate commerce, and herefore illegal. ' The disfigurement of scenery with hideous advertisements is a great evil in this country, but is by no means I peculiar to it. In England it has reached such magnitude that a large society has . been formed, with a periodical publication as its organ, to combat it and to resist its further ex tension. The society is reported al ready to have done much good, espe cially by so arousing public sentiment as to make it evident that advertisers guilty of the offence will lose rather than gain patronage thereby. There is shrewd sense in that plan of cam paign, commendable for application elsewhere. Advertisements are dis played solely for the sake of gain, and if it be known that those which have ta character revolting to good taste will .Tepel patronage and cause loss instead of gain, offensive methods of display will speedily be abandoned. The remedy of this evil, as of many others. lies within reach of the public. The Department of Agriculture work on poisonous plants continues to be one of the most popular lines of in vestigation thus far undertaken by the division of botany of the agricultural department. The plan of systematical ly investigating actual cases of poison- ling, begun in 1896, has been continued. The fatalities during the last year, in cluded over 4,000 head of farm ani mals and at least 21 persons. The whole number of fatalities due to poisonous plants is without doubt con siderably greater than is shown by the department figures. Even these, how ever, compared with the statistics in iBlyth's Text Book on Poisons, show "that during the past year the death. Tate of human beings in the United (States from poisonous plants is twice, as great as the average death rate in. England from the same cause. This . lis unquestionably due to a lack o popular knowledge about poisonous plants. The bulletin on this subject has had a wide circulation, and it hoped that the subject will be taken up and studied in all its bearings. ungiisn soiQiers ana English news- papers are now wailing dolefully ovej the annoyances of red tape in the wai " department, the tenor of complaint be ing almost identical with that heard In this country during the recent Span ish war. Red tape is a subject for jokes and jibes during the piping times of peace, but red tape in time of war is responsible for the loss of hundreds of lives, the waste of millions of dol lars and the dampening of patriotic ardor In the breasts of thousands of brave soldiers. A Chicago woman mistook a strange man for her husband the other day and had him arrested for bigamy. Of course, there will now be the usual crop of paragraphs about the difficulty of a Chicago woman In recognizing her husbands. Really, the lady In ques tion should be more careful next time liefore Invoking the aid of the law in order to reclaim or punish an erring spouse. - A Chicago man secured a patent for .his typewriter. If that is all he had to get her for Christmas he is lucky. OF 1 TERRITORIES ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM THE FUTURE STATES. .IHIiAIIOHA AND INDIAN TEBBITOBT The name of the postoffice at Bonton Cherokee nation, L T., has been changed to Bamona. The Pawnee Dispatch declares that Pawnee has no smallpox, never had any and never will have any. Overton, I. T., has about 500 people, all negroes. All of the officials includ ing the postmaster, mayor and town marshal are negroes. Mrs. Alfred Downs, of Grove, L T., was fired at three times through a win dow of the Downs home. Her recovery was pronounced doubtf uL r - ' George Fields, Jr., of Missouri, while at Grove, I. T., got into a fight and was shot three times. His wounds were pronounced dangerous. The smallpox situation in Oklahoma is suffering from numerous exaggera" Hons as Is usual in cases where a sup pression of news is attemped. In Greer county there are mountains with veins of mineral through them, apparently, and these mountains are apen to the miner's efforts. Why don't they tackle them? It is a circumstance strongly in favor af the presence of minerals in the In dian Territory and Oklahoma moun tains that no man who ever studied the Situation came Lack doubtful. B. M. Miller, of Atoka, I. T., is in Washington. In the event that addi tional registers of deeds for Oklahoma are provided by congress, Mr. Miller expects to receive the appointment for Atoka. Henry Peck, of Oklahoma, aged 70, has been arrested on a charge of em bezzlement. It is charged that he had charge of a bunch of cattle for another party and sold them and used the pro ceeds. The Santa Fe station for Manchester and Cameron is called Camchester. Mail is received at Manchester post- offce addressed to Camchester and is 3ent back to writers or to the dead let ter office. Postmaster Baird of Eufaula, I. T., has been taken to the detention camp, having a well developed case of small pox. An order resulted that all mails be fumigated at Muskogee and other points idjacent to Wagoner. William M. Sims has been sworn in s United States constable for the Sixth commissioner's district of the aorthern district of the Indian Terri tory, succeeding L. P. Isbel, whose :erm of office expired. Chief Justice John II. Burford is pre paring a bill to be introduced by Dele gate Flynn at the . present session of songress, which provides for the organ ization of the Osage Indian country as a separate judicial district. The territorial supreme court has expressed the opinion that all.the coun ties in Oklahoma are entitled to a pro rata share of the revenue derived from the leasing of school lands in both the Cherokee strip and old Oklahoma. The horsemen of Oklahoma have per fected an organization by the election of M. C. Ford of Perry, president and S. H. Allen of Enid, secretary and treasurer. Dates for the races for the coming season were fixed as follows: Enid, August 10 to 16; Hennessey, Au gust 21 to 23; El Reno, August 28 to 30; Oklahoma City, September 4 to 6; Guth rie, September 11 to 13; Perry, Septem ber 18 to 20; Newkirk, September 25 to 29. Oscar Gray, of Yarnaly, 1. T., was riding his pony through the pasture after cattle, when the animal stepped in a gopher hole and pitched the boy over bis head, inflicting such serious injuries to his spine that he died. The old burial ground of the Ponca Indians, on a hill west of White Eagle has been abandoned. The Poncas buried their dead there nearly twenty years, but sacrilegious white persons despoiled the graves and tore up the little houses over them. Burials are now made on allotments. Senator (Jockrell has presented a petition from the lease holders in the Chickasaw and Choctaw nation ap pealing to congress not to authorize the execution of the law which makes their leases expire January 1, but to suspend its operation until the Dawes commission has completed its work of individual allotment to the Indians. The passenger train that runs to Tonkawa was wrecked near South Haven, Kas., recently. The irreck was caused by a broken rail. No one was seriously hurt. ' . It will be remembered that Postmas ter Boggs of Shawnee, was removed and convicted of stealing some regis tered packages. . Now it is claimed that another has confessed and that Boggs has been terribly wronged. The Muskogee city council is now preparing a bill to be laid before con gress, giving the municipal corpora tions of the Indian Territory the power to issue bonds or other forms of in debtedness in payment for public im provements, such as water and the like. Near Byron, W. O. Cunningham lived alone on a claim. He took sick, and staggered across the country to his nearest neighbor's, dropping in a heap at the front door. He was carefully tended but died at midnight. Oklahoma has something like 325,000 people; a greater number than several states of the Union. Her assessed val i nation is about $43,000,000; her wheat crop 20,000,000 bushels; her corn crop 75,000,000, b&shels; her cotton crop 100,000 bales. She has 75 banks and 900 miles of railway. - - Perry has a public library of 1,000 volumes. The Bar association holds its annual meeting this week. The building on the old Fprt Elliott reservation will - be offered for sale March 20, next. Burglars drilled into the postoffice safe at Manchester but failed to open it. The safe was not locked. Adjutant General Bert C. Orner is taking steps to supply the Oklahoma militia with ordnance and quartermas ter's stores. The chicken raisers of Oklahoma are making all preparations to attend the big poultry show at Kansas City on January 17. It is said that the cattlemen's meet ing next month will be, without ex aggeration, the biggest thing of its kind ever pulled off. M. J. M. Crossley of Greer county, raised six steers that averaged 1,716 pounds each, for which he received three cents per pound. Corn in Blaine county, where the crop is immense, has been selling for 16 and 17 cents A better figure is hoped for in the spring. Abe Grantham has been arrested at Scipio, L T., charged with being an accessory in the killing of Mrs. Plun kett at Scipio last week. The United States commissioners of the Indian Territory are discussing the land lease question and other matters under their jurisdiction. James Brock, a bawdy house tough, was shot and mortally wounded by Night Watchman Hambrow, of , Stroud O. T., while resisting arrest. CoL W. P. Houk, postoffice inspector for Arkansas for many years, has been transferred to the Indian Territory, with headquarters at Muskogee. Former Agent Walker does not think it possible for the Kiowa and Comanche lands to be opened up for settlement before two years from now. The Custer County Fair association has been organized at Arapahoe. It is proposed to give an agricultural ex hibit and hold a race each year at Ara pahoe. The following Oklahoma postoffices have been discontinued: Douglas, Oklahoma county, mail to Luther; and Curry, Pottawatomie county, mail to Shawnee. Governor Barnes has appointed W. T. Peoples delegate to the second an nual convention of commissioners of agriculture of the cotton states at New Orleans. Hardesty Herald: Al. Brown's ten mule teams hauling three wagons on the trail loaded with supplies for Shoe maker's ranch would be a sight for eastern people. The long distance telephone being built from South McAlester, L T., to Fort Smith, Ark., is within twenty miles of that place and will be com pleted in a month. Senator Allison of Michigan writes to Mr. Metcalf of Oklahoma that he will favor statehood for Oklahoma with such portions of the Indian Ter ritory as are ready, added. Colonel James F. Randlett, agent for the Kiowas and Comanches, has re ceived instructions from the depart ment of the interior to re-lcase all lands under his jurisdiction for the period of three years. The cattlemen are pre paring bids. By order of the United States mar shal, over 300 gallons of wine wa spilled in the streets of South McAles ter. The wine had been shipped into the territory, which is contrary to law, and the penalty of which is confiscation of the wine and imprisonment and ar rest of the owners, if they can be found. Governor Barnes also has appointed the following Oklahoma delegates to the meeting of the National Live Stock Association, to meet at Fort Worth, Tex., January 15-17: Cy Howenstine, Arapahoe; J. A. Trotter, Quartz, and P. W. Smith, Newkirk. Bank Examiner Pugh of Oklahoma says that the growth of the banking business in Oklahoma and the kind of dividends declared this year is almost beyond belief, and that he is afraid to state exact figures in his annual report for fear of being called a fakir. The women of the negro city of Langston, O. T., lately raised money and havelighfed the streets with fifteen gasoline lamps. i.ne lunas were se cured by the giving of socials and the selling of fancy work made by the women. M. P. Lyons, inspector for the Dawes commission, is quoted as follows; "It will not be long till there will be actucJ. allotment in the Chickasaw nation. I think they will be ready to begin allot ment work in the nation in a very short time now." Iowa City is a new town in eastern Oklahoma. C. H. Lee from Maryvilla, Mo., has built and stocked a hardware store, 25 by 80 feet in size. Mr. Means the Perkins banker, is building a fifty feet front bank building. The territorial bar association has recommended Judge Jere Strang and John Shartel for appointment as re presentatives from Oklahoma at the meeting to discuss uniformity of laws throughout the states. Governor Barnes asked the organization to make recommendations. The postmaster at Pawhnska will hereafter receive 81,000 per year as the office has been raised to a third class office.' A good many of the boards of county commissioners in Oklahoma are refus ing to issue licenses to sell liquor on account of the petitions not containing a sufficient number of names. lne Choctaw had two surveying parties on its Aruariiia extension, one party working east, the other west. The two corps met on the west line of Custer county last week-- NT (MEM To Get The Court oi Visitation Be fore The Supreme Court. LEGISLATURE MAYBE CALLED. Topeka, Jan. 13. The Kansas Cat tlemen's Association will take its rrievances against the railroads for Changing their system of collecting jreight charges from the carload to the 100 pound system the court of visita tion. In that way the question as to he constitutionality of the court of risitation law can soon be determined y the state supreme court . The de cision of Judge Hook, of the federal sourt, knocking out the judicial feature if the law, rather discouraged the cat lemen from seeking : any redress trough the court of visitation. How rver. Judge Hook's decision was on a emporary injunction and was not de ivered on the merits of the case, rherefore the cattlemen have decided appeal to the court of visitation for elief. By doing this the state supreme urt will get a final whack at the lew railroad law before the United itates supreme court does. This course was 'decided upon also (or another reason. The cattlemen nust have a foundation on which to base a suit. At present it has secured jio order which the roads refuse to bey. That is the first thing necessary, t is hoped to get such an order from the court of visitation; then the case tan go to the supreme court. Other Wise each cattleman will have to pros pcute an individual case suit for over charge. Judge T. J. Garver, representing the Cattlemen's Association, held a confer ence with Governor Stanley and At torney General Godard in regard to the proposed suit. The governor is anxious to secure a decision from the state supreme court on the legality of the visitation law. He also wants t get the railroad dispute into the courts in some manner. If the court of visi tation is knocked out and there is n other way for the cattlemen to secure relief, he intimates that he will call an sxtra session of the legislature to past & railroad bill. The Santa Fe Didn't. Chicago, Jan. 15. The statement published to the effect that the Atch ison, Topeka and Santa Fe railway company had signed a new contract with its trainmen granting what amounted practically to a 15 per cent increase in wages, is denied. A con ference has been held on this subject between the company and the repre sentatives of the employes and a satis factory adjustment was reached on the basis of rectifying certain inequalities, but no change was made in the wage rates. Hepbnrn Canal Bill Reported. Washington, Jan. 15. The house committee on interstate and foreign commerce ordered a favorable report upon the Hepburn bill for the con struction of the Nicaragua Canal. The bill is practically the same one report d by this committee in the last con gress. There was some discussion ibout the advisability of delaying ac tion on the bill until the isthmian anal commission reported, but this was finally regarded as absolutely un necessary. Iu Cabinet Meeting. Washington, Jan. 15. At the cabinet meeting Secretary Hay read the reply of the British government to our repre-: sen tat ions regarding the flour seizure in Delagoa Bay. The British answer was entirely satisfactory to this gov ernnent Japs "Would Fight For Britain. Vancouver, B. C, Jan. 13. So con- lagious is the enthusiasm here owing to the enlistment with the British forces in South Africa that the Japan ese of this city are not only willing but anxious to see service on the British side of the Transvaal war. They have been organized by an ex-Japanese offi cer. Japanese Consul Shimazu had made a formal tender of the services of this Jananese corps to the British gov ernment. - General Otis Cables Abont Hemp. Washington, Jan. 13. General Otis tables this: "Obliged to use all avail able coasting vessels in supplying troops in various islands. Am unable to move troops to hemp districts as soon as anticipated. Am now collect ing vessels here for that purpose, the United States transports are of too great draft; have opened Romblen and Capiz and some hemp is coming in. Will open hemp district as soon as pos sible; some time this month. Bates has about cleared np province of Ca ite, making large captures. OTIS." Second Class Mail Blatter. Washington, Jan. 15. Mr. Loud, oi California, introduced what is known is the Loud bill, in reference to second lass mail matter, with some modifica tions. Mr. Loud's bill is substantially the same as that of two years ago, ex ;ept that section 2 is changed to make Vhe rate on second class mail matter 1 cent a pound when the distance be tween the office of mailing and the Office of delivery does not exceed 1,000 ' liles, and 2 cents a pound when the stance exceeds 1,000 miles. War Vessels on the Lakes. Washington, Jan.' 13. The house committee on foreign affairs organized and agreed to report the resolu tions of Representative William Alder Smith of Michigan, inquiring of the secretary of state as to the "status of the agreement between thw United States and Great Britain, said to pro hibit the building, arming or maintain ing of more than a single war vessel on the great lakes, such information to include all data bearing on the subject In the possession of the department.." KANSAS.N0TES. An overall factory is to be started In Topeka. Marsbali county's total tax bill fot in 1S39 wa3 8304,053 19. State Superintendent Nelson his made official visits to sixty counties in this state. Two fossil skeletons of gigantic buffalos havo been discovered ncax Fort Scott, TheMcPherson papers claim that 87 J, 000 was expended in that town 1S99 for new buildings. The deposits in the Kansas banks are now abont $50,000,000, which is between $40 and $50 per capita. The electric line between Kansas City and Leavenworth will not be in operation before February 1. The city officers at Hays City are all under 22 years of age, and all but the mayor are unmarried. " It is said that tho Kansas people In St. Louis are going to crganir.o cud hold reunions. Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley are now the two largest garrisoued posts in the Department of the Mis souri. Conrad Ruch, who was working on the section at Hoisington has fallen heir to 850,000 from a brother in New York. Robinson's stingy man is said to take long steps in order to save the wear and tear on the soles of his shoes. Charles Cavenangh of Sedgwick, who was "with Dewey at Manila," is banking on the prospect of about $1,000 prize money. Colonel J. W. Forney, of Sumner county, has shipped a box of seventy eight ears of corn for display at the Paris exposition. The fish commissioner of Kansas an nounces that the United . States fis,h commission has sent him 500. 0 )0 bass to plant in Kansas streams. Samuel Triplett of Labette county has been given a medal for bravery as one of tho crew of the Marblchead who cut the cable at Cienfuegos. A Kansas editor, in shooting it into his esteemed contemp., says that he has to dig under his toe nails with a toothpick to find brains to edit his newspaper! A prize was offered in a Doniphan county Sunday school for the student who would learn the most bible verses during the year. The winner suc ceeded in committing to memory 544 verses. A wedding anniversary entirely out of the common was the G7th anniver sary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Willet Green of Wichita, which was celebrated last week. Five genera tions sat at the same table. During 1SS9 there were 464 weddings in Sedgwick county. The average age of the man was 27.7 years, and of the women 33. 3 yeara. The greatest disparity was between a groom of 63 and a bride of 19. Tho oldest ' groom was 68 and the oldest bride 53. The youngest groom was 19 and the young est bride 15. Ouc bride of 39 had a groom aged 30, another bride of 32 had a groom of 23. The Canadian government has of fered "BuJTalo" Jones a commission of capturing buffalo, muskox and reindeer for a public zoological park, One of our little girls, says a Wathena paper, wanted a new doll for Christmas. Her mother told her that her old doll was just as good as new, and sho replied, "Well, I'm just as good as new, but the angels brought you a new baby." The little Filipino boy, Juan Gur iendo, who was a mascot in the Twen tieth Kansas in tho Philippines, has entered the Sedan public schools. He is the ward of Lieutenant BalL His teacher, Miss Eilio Pleasant, is now teaching children of four distinct races of the human family. She has under her charge four negro children, two Indian children, this Malay boy and enough Caucasiau children to make an enrollment of about sixty five. An attempt will bo -made by tho defense to prove that Joseph Leach, who is on trial in tho federal court for murder, is a degenerate. Leach was a private in the regular army stationed at Fort Riley, and he killed a fellow soldier with a baseball bat. The attorneys for Leach claim to be ab e to prove that three of his uncles were idiots; that a grandfather was an habitual drunkard; that a great- aunt aiea a raving maniac in an asylum; that his father and mother were first cousins; that his brother committed suicide, and finally that the defendant himself is a cigarette fiend. The first ball of binding twine made by the penitentiary plant has been delivered to Governor Stanley, and will be deposited with the State His torical society. It weighs five pounds and contains 50C feet of firmly spun twine made of Yucatan sisaL Tho old Attica sugar mill will be converted into a Mormon temple. In applying for a marriage license at Ottawa recently the bride gave her name as "Mrs. Fowler-Carruthers Storuia-Dale," each of the hyphenated names standing for a husband who had gone before. . In the district court at Winfield, W. S. Workman has sued for divorce. He alleges that his wife drove him from their home in Illinois and now refuses to live with him. He says he owns considerable property in Kan sas, and that his wife owns 840.00C worth of real estate in Illinois, and he thinks the court would be doing the square thing if it allowed each to retain the property claimed by each. A Kansas court has decided that when a school board closes the schools during a regular term the teachers' salaries must be paid just the same. A lot of Atchison men recently in vested in a mine in the Cripple Creek district of Colorado, and its stock ha: been steadily advancing of late. . It it said that 11 P. Waggener could sell his holding at a profit of $33,000, and that W. C McTiko could close out hi stock and be S?5,00 ahead. At least forty Atchison men have similai amounts invested in the mine. A young man in Jackson township, Seward county, talks so much that a local paper declares he recently "talked himself into the notion" oi getting married. COMPLETE MARKET REPORTS. City. EATTLE-Common to heavy. .. HOGS Choioe to heavy 4 00 4 55 ( 610 & 4 65 . 64X 9 50 7 50 23 1 rr nrAl XNO. inara CORN No. J DATS No. 8. RYE No. 2 59 HAY Choice timothy 9 00 Choice prairie T 00 BUTTE B g2 BOOS Chicago. WHEAT No. S red. . 6734 22X 7X 31 23 JOKN No. 2. JAT5 NO. 2- St. Louis Grain. WHEAT No. 2 OORN No. 2 DATS No.. 80 MX Cotton. Gulf- (Liverpool ....4 1T-3ZO. New York t 40 Galveston 711-18 715-14 Wichita Grain. Close. WHEAT 0pen" HlglL Z"OW- Xoday Closs. Y'day 67K 6854 33X 34 24 Puts. 67 S3 Corn. 67 May (J7 July 68 68X 68 K MX tXJKN May. 83K July .31X54 24 OATS May 21 & 24 Wheat: Mav i5 Corn: May........... ....Iiri33jf Wheat: May live Stock. HOGS. 30 4 50 Chicago Live Stock. BEEVES U 00 HEIFERS 3 50 COWS 8 00 CANNERS 2 50 6 40 5 00 4 73 3 00 5 00 4 00 STOCKERS;& FEEDERS..... 3 25 SHEEP Fair to choice 4 30 THE LATEST NEWS IN BRIEF. There is a German cruiser at Louren- zo Marques. Boston's municipal debt was increased 83,000,000 last year. Assistant Secretary of the Interior Webster Davis is in Cape Town. Queen "Victoria has proclaimed the opening of parliament for January 30. Boston shipped about 40,000 bales of hay last week to the British army in South Africa. It is rumored here that the Bank ot Bussia has advanced the bank of Eng gland 8,000,000. Denver expended more than two mill ion dollars on business and public buildings last year. P. D. Armour, the millionaire packer is negotiating for a permanent home at Pasadena, California. There are thirty-five cases of small pox in the Northern Illinois normal school located at Dixon. ' Twenty-six cotton mills have been built in Mexico during the last year, and more are being built. A gun stock factory in Frankford, Indiana, is working on an order for 40,- 000 gun stocks for the Boers. Explosion of acetylene gas burned a church at Eden, Nebraska, while a watch meeting was in session. A large carriage repository in Port land Me., a four story brick building is burned, with a loss of $100,000. Rev. J. K. Peck, the oldest minister in the Wyoming, Penn. , Methodist Con ference, fell dead in his pulpit. According to the -financial statement the net bonded debt of New York City on January 1, 1900, was 8252,676,035. It is estimated that 55,000 Finns will emigrate this year and that practically all of them will come to the north west. Two shipping clerks of a wholesales grocery in St. Joseph, Mo., have been arrested for systematically robbing their employers. Jobbers have tried to get a better discount from table glassware manu facturers than is given to department Stores and failed to get it. The reciprocity treaty between the United States and France is being held up by each party on the ground that it Is too favorable to the other. Sir Thomas Lipton has again chal lenged for the America's cup. He says he will build the finest yacht ever con structed. The Bird Canning company, which has plants at Topeka, St. Joseph and Several other points, will put one in at Olathe. The plan of having mail registered by carriers when collected will be put in operation January 15 in sixty cities. The service will be inaugurated else where, when considered beneficial, upon application of the local officials. Four members of the Omaha board of Education are under arrest for bribery tn connection with a contract for blinds for school buildings. L. H. Severance, formerly treasurer of the Standard Oil company, has given 860,000 to Oberlin college. The money will be used to erect and equip a chem ical laboratory. Mr. Severance also donated the ground on which the build ing will stand. General Joe Wheeler is very much put out because he is given no chance to fight the Filipinos. All labor unions of St. Joseph, Mo., are demanding from 15 to 25 per cent increase of wages, and recognition of the eight hour law. The Missouri State Federation of Labor failed to pass a resolution favor ing the formation of a labor party in opposition to the two old parties. There were over 100 companies formally incorporated in the various states during 1899 for the manufacture of automobiles, and their total capital ization reached the enormous sum of $504,300,000. The British residents of Mexico have contributed 8600,000 gold to the Brit ish Soldiers' relief fund. Many English men have gone home to enter the army, The abuse of the war office and Lord Lansdowne, the secretary of state for jwar, and Lord Wolseley, continues un abated in the press and among the public of London. Betail butchers of Minneapolis and the northwest have advanced the price on veal and pork one cent a pound. It js difficult for the packing houses to se cure enough for the increased demand. STIFLED. i tome Facts Which Indicate the Tortm rleana WtWnjraeaa to Iearn. ' The Portorican is mentally acute. The children learn with surprising ease and quickness. Boys and girls eight and ten years of age will do a sum in long division on the board without showing the process; doing the multi plying and subtracting mentally, and ' anly setting down the figures of the quotient, with the remainder. I have talked with men and women in the poor quarters of several cities and towns, have seen the peasant in the field and in the market place, and did not find one with slow wits or dense Ignorance of ordinary affairs. A work Ingman told me of a class of laborers he had formed in Arecibo who studied1 at night to prepare themselves for the educational test required for the fran chise. He said they made rapid prog-' ress In learning to read, Bays Hon. H.' K. Carroll in the Forum. The fact of: illiteracy is not due to lack of intelli-i gence, but rather to lack of opportunity; and the lack, also, of a stimulus. The peasant has not been able to see howf he could improve his condition by edu-1 cation. The mercantile and the bank ing business were almost exclusively; in the hands of the Peninsular Span-, iards. It was next to impossible forj a native to get a position of any kind', in one of these houses. They preferred' young men from Spain, relatives oft they had them. These young men' would begin at the lowest round of the ladder, sleep in the store, live in the msst economical fashion and trust to experience and opportunity for ad vancement, which seldom failed, to come. When the heads of the house re-, turned to Spain with a competency, to live the rest of their days in "Gra cia," the newer part of Barcelona, th clerks succeed to the business. A Por torican who has a large and paying -business in San Juan says it was with . the greatest difficulty that he found a1, chance for himself with a Spanish firm. There was apparently no chance any-'-where for the peasant. If by the great est possible good luck he got steady; work, and lived so as to save some thing, he was likely to be made the vic-i-tim of some unprincipled, covetous neighbor, ho had property and influ ence. When a poor man was compelled - -to part with his cow because he could . not raise eight pesos to pay the alleged , tax on her, and she became the prop erty of a rogue at half price, peasants would say, "What is the use? Better have no belongings; we will spend as . we go." They saw nothing to be gained by stinting and starving themselves to educate their children. The system was against them; and government' and wealth seemed in league to prevent them from rising. The high rate off illiteracy in Porto Rico Is not due to the unwillingness or inability of tbo people to learn, or to their indifference, but to conditions from which they( could not extricate themselves. A DISAPPOINTED REPORTER. She Didn't Call on Miss Grace Dodge -Aealn. A woman newspaper reporter, who Is now a well-known author, once called upon Miss Grace Dodge,' the million aire organizer and head of the New York Working Girls' Clubs, who is also the author of "A Bundle of Letters to Busy Girls," says the Philadelphia Post The servant looked sympathet ically at the reporter, Invited her into the house, took away her wet rubbers and shoes and brought dry ones, an act which filled the visitor's heart with Joy. Then she brought a cup of tea and some biscuit. After a long wait Miss. Dodge came in. "Are you a reporter?" she asked the newsgatherer. "Yes? I am very sorry you should have come up here this rainy day to see me. Yon know I never talk about my plans for publication, but we can have just as nice a time talking about books and pictures. Won't you have another cup of tea? Must you be going? I am, very sorry. Wait a minute and have the coachman drive you to your office or your home. Come up some day when we can have more time, and I'll tell you all about the Working Girls' Club but of course you won't print any ol it" The reporter rode home, but she didn't call again at least, not on busfc ness. .t Victoria Not So Wealthy. It has been stated that Queen Vic toria has accumulated a fortune of over $100,000,000. The actual amount of the queen's savings is known to a few people. One of these is Henry. Labouchere, the radical, who came by his Information officially as member of a special committee of the House of Commons about eight years since. Subsequently Mr. Labouchere wrote: "The Impression prevails that the queen has effected large savings, but that is not the case. As the sum total of the queen's investments was given to the committee under a pledge of secrecy, I cannot violate this pledge, but I do not think I am breaking faith in saying that the amount is surpris ingly small." Heavy Calls Upon the Char's Fnrse. - . No sovereign is so rich as the czar, and no sovereign has such heavy calls upon his purse. The grand dukes Michael, Vladimir, Alexis, Serge and Paul Alexandrovltch, as the sons of emperors of Russia, receive from the head of the house an annual sum of 185,000 roubles (26,200) each, which added to private means, makes them very rich. The wives and widows or Russian grand dukes receive 40,000 roubles each; their sons 150,000 roubles. It was the Czar Alexander III. who decreed that every member ot the imperial family must spend a part of the year in Russia, or else lose a. third of his or her allowance. Nearly every member of the Russian imperial family rides a bicycle. 44 A Miss is As Good as a Mite. tr Ifyoa are not entirely toeU. you are ilL Illness does not mean death's door, t it a sense of oxariness. a " tired feeling" life filled nxth nameless pains and suffer ing. In 90 of cases the blood is to bUme. Hood" s SarsaparSla is Nature's correcieo for disorders of ike blood. Vkmember