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Meade County News.
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MEADB, . . ... .
KANSAS.
.Ali8A8 ITEMS OF INTEREST.
'The circtam n4 Hiffni. ta
completed.'
There were 584 recorded conversions
daring the revival at Wellington.
"Stone's Folly,"; a 820,000 residence
near.. Topeka, erected during boom
times, is burned.
- E. D. McKeever, of Topeka, has been
appointed assistant V. S. district attor
ney. District of Kansas.
A Topeka syndicate has leased lands
near Mulhall, Oklahoma, for the pur
nose of rjroducincr o-n and ml.
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Douglas county is receiving propo
sals for a site upon which to build an
980,000 court house in Lawrence.
A man supposed to be Edward D.
McCoy, laid down before a train at
Wilmot, Kansas, and was killed.
Representative Bowersock, of- Kan
sas, was a member of the committee on
eulogies to the late President McKin
ley. During five years ending with 1900,
Kansas harvested 8378,433,347 worth of
wheat and corn, outranking all other
states.
A branch of the Southern Stock and
Grain Company, of St. Louis, at Salina
olosed on account of the failure of the
company. Several Salina traders may
be losers.
Garden City, Ks., 'furnishes about all
of the employes of the Indian agency
at White Bocks, Utah. H. P. Myton,
of Garden .City, is the Indian agent at
White Rocks.
Ex-U. S. Senator Martin's long time
home in Topeka, occupying nine lots
facing the state capitol, has been sold
for 89,500. It is proposed to place a
city school on this property.
Mell Adams, a young farmer of Smith
county, killed himself a few weeks
after his marriage. He was interested
in a contested will and was despondent
over the will being broken in court.
Joseph L. Speer, a pioneer of Kansas
who has lived at Chandler, O. T., is
dead. He was killed by the wagon he
' was riding in running off a bridge.
The remains were brought to Topeka.
Prof. Ernest Fahrig, a scientist of
Philadelphia, has made several tests
and promises that the Trego shale of
Western Kansas will turn - out more
than 83 a ton in gold and silver and
give a profit. -Jas.
Higgins, a Santa Fe brakeman,
who lost both legs in an accident has
been offered by the railroad company
to teach him telegraphy and give him a
life long job, also a pair of cork legs.
He has accepted the offer.
The state board of charities turned
down all bids to supply the state in
stitutions with flour, on account of the
advanced prices. Contracts for all
other supplies were awarded. They
were distributed about equally among-
Topeka, Salina, Leavenworth, Atchison
and Wichita houses and the agents of
Kansas City houses.
Chief Justice Doster, acting as arbi
trator between the coal operators and
the miners in the Pittsburg district,
decides for the miners. The dispute
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their contract "double shifted entries,"
the operators claiming that it meant
working men in alternate shifts; the
miners that it meant working two men
in one entry. Judge Doster said that
the first construction was technically
correct, yet by common use of it about
the mines it had become recognized as
meaning what the miners contend.
The town of Moran, ' over towards
Fort Scott, on the Missouri Pacific, has
women in several public positions, in
cluding a school teacher, a telegraph
operator, a postmistress, a rural mail
carrier and the pastor of the only
. church in the village.
The state school fund commissioners
have at last compromised the Scott
county bond case, which have default
ed in interest for several years. The
case had gone to the U. S. Supreme
- court twice and was on its way there
again.
Ladies are to be admitted to the gal
leries at the next meeting of the Kan
sas Day club, which is to be held in
Representative hall at the state house.
There were sold in six days' time in
the Wichita hog market, 5,541 hogs to
Cudahy, 53 carloads, or about 4,000 to
Armour, and other packers also got
some loads.
Tonties was held in Wichita, with
about 150 delegates. Delegates were
elected to the national convention to
be held in Washington in January.
J. W. Stone, of Lawrence, a G. A. R,
official, is one of the incorporators of a
Soldiers and Sailors Historical and Be
nevolent- society, with the object of
collecting the history of soldiers and
sailors lor me oenent or weir iamiues
in future generations.
The Southwest Kansas and Oklahoma
Implement and Hardware Dealers' as
sociation, at their meeting in Wichita,
pledged themselves to work for the de
feat of any congressman or senator
who fails to do his utmost to bring
about anti-trust legislation.
"A company has taken a charter with
850,000 capital, to manufacture agricul
tural implements at Bine Rapids.
Water power will be used.
A popular subscription is beinff cir
culated at Ottawa to raise means to
. sink their gas prospecting well to the
depth of 1,500 feet.- It is now down
950 feet -
A special meeting of the State His-
' torical society is called to be held De
cember 17, when the new rooms will be
dedicated and changes of tne society s
- constitution will be discussed.
The De Forrest sisters at Irving have
recived 81,000 each as an advance pay
ment from the estate of their uncle.
XT t-..i t v..i-
As one elevator in the state house is
not sufficient to handle the crowds dur
ing a session of the legislature the exec
utive council will advertise for bids to
. put in another one. -
Tn a tac mi.'i. in flu. S. a li no iwnnfv
district court the jury decided that the
Union Pacific railway company must
b sparks from engines. "
Wichita has organized a chamber of
commerce.
Fort Scott proposes to crush rock by
electric power.
Chicken burglars are being arrested
in Sedgwick county.
John Guthrie has been re-appointed
postmaster at Topeka.
It is proposed to create the office of
city auditor for Topeka,
The smelter at Argentine is to be shut
down permanently on February 1.
Franklin county has commenced,
preparations for a fair next year.
A contract has been let for a county
high school for Norton county, for812,
000.
Barton county jail at Great Bend has
leaked prisoners four times within four
month.
The Keystone flour mill at Sterling
burned on December 8. Loss ' about
815,000.
Henry Heitfelt, U S. Senator from
Idaho, lived at Seneca, Kas., for over
20 years.
There were only 137 cases of small
pox in Kansas during November, two
of them fatal.
Wellington has contracted for an ice
plant, to be ready to commence produc
tion on April 1.
W. A. Johnston has just completed
his 17th year as associate justice of tta
supreme court.
Syracuse has 22 charter members in
its commercial club, and expects to
triple the number.
The postoflice at Empire is discon
tinued and a sub-station of the Galena
postoflice takes its place. . .
There are 73 gas and oil producing
wells around Chanute and there are
10 drilling outfits at work.
The state association of connty clerks
will hold its annual meeting in Hutch
inson during the holidays.
The Norton Golf club has purchased
40 acres adjoining the town for their
links. The price paid is 82,000.
The policemen's ball at Wichita-
raised enough money to buy each man
a regulation overcoat and then some.
Smith county is preparing to cele
brate the day on which it will be thirty
years old. It occurs in February, 1903.
Shawnee county casts more votes
than the state of Nevada, which has
two senators and a representative in
congress.
Jos. Smith, a pioneer of Norton
county, crawled through a wire fence
with his gun which was discharged,
killing him instantly-
The Wichita branch of the Santa Fe,
which extends west to Pratt, has been
Changed from the Oklahoma division to
the Panhandle division.
Representative Fowler, of New Jer
sey, lived in Beloit, Kansas, in the early
'80's. He is with Mr. Calderhead, of
Kansas, on the committee of banking
and currency.
The district court of Finney county
took the responsibility of changing the
punctuation of the law concerning the
appeal to the supreme court of misde
meanor cases, so that it would give the
right to appeal.
D. A. Valentine, clerk of the supreme
court, is calling the attention of law
yers to the? necessity of. their paging
and indexing records filed in the su
preme court and making the proper en
dorsements on all papers presented.
Many lawyers now fail to do this.
Avery Turner is to go to the Pecos
Valley division of the Santa Fe as its
superintendent, to succeed D. U.
Nichols, who comes to Arkansas City
to take the place of manager of the
Kansas Southwestern, which line, it is
said, will be operated, independently in
the interest of the Santa Fe and of the
Frisco.
Kansas City packers secured most of!
the contracts for meat for the state in
stitutions which were let by the state
board of charities.
Barney Lantry, head of the Lantry
company, whose latest contract with'
the Santa Fe company is for an S3, 000,
000 job, worked as a stone mason only
25 years ago, and his oldest son Henry
was a Santa Fe engineer for several
years. The Lantry company owns sev
eral hundred cars and ten locomotives,
and is putting in repair shops at Strong
City.
A freight train on the Union Pacific
ran into an open switch at Grainfield
and the fireman and head brakeman
were injured. The engine and tender
were derailed and badly damaged.
Chas. L. Seagraves, traveling pas
senger agent for the Santa Fe, is ma
king a collection of newspaper clippings
about the sugar beet situation in West
ern Kansas. After the clippings are
compiled they will be printed in book
form, for the purpose of advertising
Western Kansas and Eastern Colorado
as a sugar beet country.
Edwin H. Brown, of Girard, dropped
dead while visiting his sister in Kan
sas City. He was one of the promoters
of the Union Pacific railroad and built
the Joplin line from Joplin, Mo., to
Girard.
W. H. Smith, secretary to the board
of railroad commissioners, is quaran
tined on account of scarlet fever in his
family.
The Santa Fe now has a depot of its
own at Pittsburg. Heretofore that
company has occupied a depot jointly
with the Memphis road.
' The division point of the Santa Fe
will be changed from Wichita to Ar
kansas City on the first of the year.
Superintendent Tice, with his office
force will make their headquarters at
Arkansas City.
Dr. J. F. McNaughton, of Decatur
county, has been selected for appoint
ment as assistant physician of the in
sane asylum at Topeka.
A reunion of companies E and C,
Eleventh Kansas, was held at Emporia
on the 39th anniversary of the battle of
Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
Delphos has a new, 15,000 bushel ele
vator, with all modern improvements.
It is owned by a co-operative grain as
sociation. State superintendent Nelson has
called a meeting of the county superin
tendents, at his office for ' December 26,
to discuss questions relating to the im
provement of the common schools.
The socialist colony in Bourbon conn-,
ty of Carl Browne and Coxey's planting
is so far abandoned that the coal mine
and the canning factory are both idle
and only 9 of 30 families are left.
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HE REASON WHY
I heard a story lately, which I think Is
very queer!"
And Kobert's self was on my lap, his
lips were at my ear
"A dreadful, dreadful story" a sudden,
awful pause
"Somebody said the other day there alnt
no Santa Claus.
"Would you believe It, auntie? They
eaid 'twas all a trick
About the tiny reindeer and -the visits ol
Saint Nick,
That all the chimneys were too small,
the stoves were all too hot.
And lots of just such stuff as -that, I
can i remember wnat.
"They said that years and years ago,
with tire-places wide.
And all the doors upon the latch in all
the countryside.
Both old and young for myths and
dreams had quite a pretty passion.
But now belief in Santa Claus had all
gone out or fashion.
"And when I cried that I could prove
'twas all a wicked lie.
They only shrupged their shoulders and
said I'd better try;
I never will believe it, I know It can't
he true!
For if I've never seen him, say, auntie,
haven't you?"
Ah, yes, my little questioner, quite often
in my dreams,
Thouph when I wake I only see the cold,
white, still moonbeams;
Dozing I often think I hear the sound
of horn and hoof.
And waking find the elm-tree boughs a
tapping on the roof.
But I have other reasons than those
plain to eye and ear
For trusting in the story that we hold so
true and dear;
I never shall outgrow It, nor lose my
faith, because
The world will never get beyond a need
of Santa Claus.
Youths' Companion.
THE DAY OF DAYS.
A thousand years have come and gone.
And near a thousand more.
Since happier lisht from heaven shone
Than ever shone before;
And In the hearts of old and young
A joy most joyful stirred.
That sent such news from tongue to
tongue
As ears" had never aeard.
And we are glad, and we will sing,
As in the days of yore;
Come all, and hearts made ready bring,
To welcome back once more
The day when first on wintry earth
A summer change began.
And dawning on a lonely birth.
Uprose the Light of man.
T. T. Lynch.
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our travelers who were
snow-bound in a Western
passenger train on Christ
mas Eve speedily became
acquainted with each other, and sat
about the stove at the end of the car to
"talk it over." One of the men was a
drummer, another a cowboy, the third
a big cattleman, and the last the minis
ter who tells the story. They finally
fell into conversation with a poor wo
man and her two children, the only re
maining passengers, and found that
the mother, who had tried to maintain
herself by sewing since her husband's
death, was giving up the unequal strug
gle and going home to live with
"grandma."
The little threadbare children had
been promised a joyous Christmas
there, and when they found that the
blockade would prevent their getting
farther, for the present, they cried
bitterly until sleep quieted them. Just
before they dropped off the drummer
remarked:
"Say, parson, we've got to give these
children some Christmas."
"That's what!" said the cowboy.
"I'm agreed." added the cattleman.
The children were told to hang up
their stockings.
"We ain't got none," quavered the
little girl, " 'ceptin' those we've got
on, and ma says it's too cold to take
'em off."
"I've got two pairs of new woolen
socks," said the cattleman, eagerly. "I
ain't never wore 'em, and you're wel
come to 'em."
The children clapped their hands,
but their faces fell when the elder re
marked: "But Santa Clans will know they're
not our stockings. He'll put in all the
things for you."
"Lord love you!" roared the burly
cattleman. "He won't bring me noth
in. One of us'Il sit up, anyhow, and
tell him it's for you."
Then the children knelt down on the.
floor of the car beside their improvised
beds. Instinctively the hands of the
men went to their heads, and at the
first words ' of "Now I lay me," hats
were off.
The cowboy stood twirling his hat,
and looking at the little kneeling fig
ures. The cattleman's vision seemed
dimmed, while in the eyes of the trav
eling man shone a distant look a look
across snow-filled prairies to a warmly
lighted heme. . The children were soon
asleep. Then arose the question of
presents. . " I
? "It don't seem to me I've got any
thing to give 'em," said the cowboy,
mournfully, "unless the little kid
might like my spurs. I'd give my gun
to the little girl, though on general
principles I don't like to give up a
gun."
"Never mind, boys," said the drum
mer, "you come along with me to the
baggage car."
So off they trooped. He opened his
trunks and spread before them such an
array of trash and trinkets as took
away their breath.
"There," said he, "just pick out the
best things and I'll donate the lot!"
"No, you don't!" said the cowboy.
"I'm going to buy what I want and
pay for it, too, or else there ain't goin'
to be no Christmas round here."
"That's my judgment, too," said the
cattleman, and the minister agreed.
So they sat down to their task of se
lection. They spent hours over It in
breathless interest, and when their
gifts were ready there arose the ques
tion of a Christmas tree. It had stop
ped snowing, and tramping out into the
moonlit night, they cut down a great
piece of sage-brush. The mother
adorned it with tinsel paper and the
gifts were prettily disposed. Christmas
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"NOW I LAY ME"
dawned for two of the happiest chil
dren under the sun, and a happy moth
er, too, for Inside the big plush album
selected for her the cattleman had
slipped a hundred-dollar hill.
It matters not what the origin of
Christmas, whether born among Pa
gans centuries before Christ when
heathens offered sacrifices to their
gods in joy over the return of the sun
after the winter soltice, to warm the
earth and cause it to again smile with
fruits and flowers; nor how many of
the customs employed in the observ
ance of the day are purely Christian,
nor whether the anniversary of the
birth of Christ fall on Dec. 25. All of
these vexed questions are for the
theologian, the historian, the anti
quarian. If solved beyond the per
adventure of doubt, their solutions
would not detract from nor add to the
significance of Christmas to the vast
majority of people who observe the
day. It is sufficient for them that the
day is, and its observance i3 Christ
like the one day in the whole year
on which there is almost universal
emulation of the' example set by the
Wise Men of the East, not to Christ
only, but to our fellowmen whom He
said are His children. Ex.
The Uav or Days.
Christmas is the day of all the year
best and dearest among the time mark;
of our recurring calendar. It is the
day for peace and harmony in every
heart and at every hearthstone. We
celebrate God's chiefest gift to man
and discordant thoughts or contentions
have no place at the joyous festival.
All should ring clear and true and
sweet as the Yuletime chimes. The
spirit of Christmas softens evil, sor
row and hopelessness with the magic
touch of charity, for in charity is the
embodiment of all the Christian graces.
It gives to goodness a brighter luster
and to resolve a nobler purpose. It Is
a spirit born in every heart that can
know its inspiration, without regard
to creed or race or station. Of all the
days to which man has given special
observance, Christmas alone has grown
in its power, its beauty and its value.
It has been stripped of the grandly de
vised liturgy and dramatic representa
tions that had their root in heathen
customs, dispelled by the true Chris
tian spirit.
On the eve of St. Nicholas day, Dec.
6, parents in France used to secretly
give presents to their chi'dren as Nich
olas had given the purses. The par
ents denied that they gave the presents
and said they had been left by the
saint, who on this night traveled up
and down the earth and entering un
seen and unheard through the windows
of the houses reward the good chil
dren. -
In the stock market don't expect to
make money from following the tape.
No man ever can do it Unless you three-legged stool. "I guess It Is re
are on the inside, don't speculate. plied a small pupil. "The teacr if uV
T ho mas W. Law son of Boston. i ways sits on it." -.
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A Sift of a fancy bedecked
A box of candies is at all times
a most welcome gift, and as
bonbon candles are very ex
pensive to purchase in large
quantities and are so easily made.a lew
recipes for Christmas goodies may be
useful to our readers. Years ago peo
ple believed that candy was harmful
but that notion was set aside; and it
is declared really beneficial of course,
when eaten at the proper time, in
proper quantities and made of pure
materials. Home-made candies are al
ways pure, the best materials are used
and the cost is much less than is paid
for the same grade in the stores. It
Is a nice plan to make your own
Christmas candies, and you can send
boxes away to your friends who- will
prize things made for them much more
than anything bought.
To send candies away they should
be made to look as dainty and pretty
as possible. Fancy baskets can be
cheaply bought that will be pretty
after the candy is used, and lined with
waxed paper over a fringed inner lin
ing or some delicate colored tis
sue paper. In packing place waxed
paper between the layers, and when
the basket is filled wrap the edges ol
the lining paper over the top so that
the candies are covered, then gather
the fringed tissue paper into a rosette,
and tie with baby ribbon.
In making peanut candy, to every
half pint ot shelled and blanched pea
nuts use one cupful each of molasses
or sugar. Boil together until the mix
ture is brittle when dropped into cold
water; then stir in the half pint of
peanuts before taking from the fire.
Pour into buttered pans and mark off
into squares or lengths before it cools.
Hickory nuts, English walnuts or al
monds may be used in place of pea
nuts. To blanch nuts is to remove the fine
skin which covers the nut under the
shell. This will easily rub off in pea
nuts, but other nuts require different
treatment. After removing the shell
cover the nuts with boiling water, and
let them stand until the dark skin
will easily rub off, then put them into
cold water. Dry between towels.
doubt if any class of men
in the world appreciate
their holidays so fully as
the jackies, writes a re
tired naval officer. The life on
board a warship is at besi
very confined and necessarily
strict and severe. There is the
suggestion ot a prison in the steel
walls and narrow quarters and the
regularity of the hours and meals. The
life of the jackies is made up almost
entirely of work with very little play.
We learn to enjoy our Christmases the
more when at last they come round.
On Christmas, for once in the year at
least, all rules, of which there are so
many on board a battleship, are
thrown to the winds and the jaekies
are given the entire freedom of the
ship. The order which is usually giv
en them is that they can spend the day
exactly as they like, and take any lib
erties they choose short of blowing up
the ship.
It sometimes happens when the ship
is in some attractive port that the
sailors prefer to spend the day on
land, and they are of course always
granted leave of absence. It is sel
dom, however, that the ship is so de
serted that the cabins are not for the
time converted into a veritable pande
monium. There is no formal celebra
tion of the day ordered by the gov
ernment. The sailors are simply giv
en their liberty and they do the rest.
If a chaplain chances to be on board
the day is opened with some simple
religious services and there the juris
diction of the captain may be said to
end.
F After Christinas.
As a general thing affectionate
fathers and mothers rejoice in the hap
piness of their children, but the rule
has its exceptions.
"Is Mr. Smart at all given to drink?"
inquired a merchant, anxiously,' of his
confidential clerk.
"No, indeed!" was the decided an
swer. "He never touches a drop.. But
what put such a suspicion into your
mind ?''
"Why, I noticed that he has been
two hours late for the last three
mornings, and he looks for all the
world as if he had been on a regular
spree."
"Oh, that's all right," said the clerk.
"He gave his boy a drum for Christ
mas." .
In England children hang their
stockings at the foot of their beds. In
America the whole family suspend
their stockings from the mantelpiece of
the sitting room, to save Santa Claus
the trouble of ascending the stairs and
entering, each room to distribute hit
wares.
"I suppose that is the dunce block,"
said the school visitor, pointing to a
Commutation of Homestead Claims
For Townsite Purposes.
WAIT -FOURTEEN MONTHS.
' Washington, D. C, Dec 14. The in
terior department has sent out a ruling
on proving up claims for townsite pur
poses, which is here given.
'Department of the Interior,
"General Land office,
"Washington, D. C, Dec. 10, 1901.
"Register and Receiver, Lawton, O. T.
-"Gentlemen: Referring to the regis
ter's letter of the 23rd instant, replying
to letter "A"" of November 23, as to
your needs of blank form 4-20 , appli-
rations to enter under cash system in .
which you refer to section 22 of the act
sf May 2, 1890, (26 Stat., 81.) you are
advised that on November 26, 1901, the
honorable secretary of the interior in
passing upon the application of Arthur
Y. Boswell for the commutation of his
homestead entry, under section 24 of
said act, held that commutations under
that act did not come under the pro
visions of the general homestead and
townsite laws, under which entries
could be made in the Kiowa, Comanche
and Apache reservations, and that,
therefore, commutation of homestead
entries for townsite pu-poses, under
section 22 of the act of May 2, 1890,
could not be made In said reservations.
Very respectfully,
"I5INGEU HERMAN. Commissioner"
Under this construction of the law,
Miss Heal and James It. Wood will be
prohibited from proving up their claims
at Lawton for tovns!te- purposes.
They had published notiees, and De
cember 16 was the day set for their
proofs. It looks now like the only
Jhing they can do is to wait for the
ixpiration of the fourteen months limit
applicable to all lands.
The decision also effects a number of
projected townsites where the entry
men expected to pay S10 per acre and
get a patent under the general town
site law.
Law Temperature.
Sioux City, Io.va, Dec 10. Mercury
fell 33 degrees and is 10 degrees" below
and is growing colder.
La Crosse, Wis. A cold wave struck
this section driving down the mercury
30 degrees to 10 degrees below zero.
Peoria, III. Thermometer showed 51
above at night and at noon next day a
blizzard came continuing seven hours.
Cheyenne, Wyo. The blizzard raging
throughout Southern Wyoming is ter
rific. Great distress is reported by
sheepmen.
Denver Col. In the mountain region
thermometers are generally registered
below zero, the lowest temperature re
ported being 21 below at Gunnison.
The record in Denver was a few de
grees above zero.
Lisbon, N. D. Government ther
mometer registered 32 degrees below,
zero.
Fergus Falls, Minn. Mercury fell
here 50 degrees in 15 hours registering
25 below.
Dishonesty Charged.
Topeka, Dec. 16. The Secretary of
tate charges that some county clerks
sell copies of the session -laws sent to
them for delivery to justices of the
peace and township trustees, as the
law provides. In order to correct this
a list of these officers is being com
piled and the books will be sent to the
county clerks with orders to deliver
them according to law. At the same
time each justice and township trustee
will be notified by postal' card that a
copy of the laws has been sent to the
xranty clerk for him and that he is
entitled to it by calling.
Slaves Still Held In Tennessee.
New Decatur, Ala., Dec 14. That
negroes have been confined for years
within a stockade and held as slaves
on a Tennessee river island plantation
Jear here is disclosed through a story
told by a young black man who re
cently escaped from the place. Ben
Milam, a negro, formerly a slave in
Lawrence county, has been arrested,
charged w'th kiduapping negroes and
selling them to the manager of the
plantation. The negro youth says that
one man has been confined on the isl
and for seven Years.
Communication Cnt Off.
London, Dec. 16. The postal author
ities say that the gale and snow storm
caused the worst breakdown of the
telegraph and telephone lines which
has occurred in twenty years. North
of a line drawn through Birmingham,
the whole country, including Ireland,
is almost cut off from communication
with London, Press dispatches had to
be sent by rail. The heavy snowfall
continued and the gale was still raging.
There is no doubt that many shipping
disasters will be reported.
Fortone Givsa by m Kansas GlrL
. Galesburg, 111., Dec 14. A freak of
fortune has brought independence to a
poor man of this town through his ac
quaintance with a Kansas young
woman. The beneficiary is C. II. Ever
ett, a carpenter. For some time he
has carried on a correspondence with
Miss Effie Bush, 19 years of age, of
Smith county, in the Sunflower state.
He has received news of her death and
accompanying the announcement was
a notification that she had left him an
estate valued at 545,000.
Interesting- Address Promised.
Topeka, Dec 12. John M. Stahl,
editor of the Farmers' Call of Chicago,
and for many years secretary of the
Farmers' National congress, will make
an address in January before the Kan
sas State Board of Agriculture, with
the title of "Three New Farm Hands. "
These new farm bands are free rural
mail delivery; the farm telephone and
elementary agriculture taught in the
district schools. The address will be
delivered in Representative hall proba
bly on the evening of January 8.
A Thousand New Oil Cars.
Topeka, Des. 11. The Santa Fe rail
road company has decided to purchase
1,000 new oil tank cars. Each car will
cost about 51,000 which means an ex
penditure of over SI, 000,000. This is
one of the largest car orders ever
placed. The cars will be put in service
5n the oil fields of Texas and will be
run as far north as Parcel!, I. T. This
is in addition to the order for 1,500
new freight cars which has already
been given. The total cost to the com
pany will be nearly 83,000,000." '
THE NATIONAL LEGISLATURE.
Soma of the Bills started by I .antes If em
bers. -
SIXTH DAT.
A committee ot senators is named to select
the Republican members o ' the senate commit
tees consisting of Senators Piatt. Connecticut
McMillan. Michigan: Proctor. Vermont-. Per
kins, t alifcrnia: Nelson. Minnesota; Warren.
Wyoming: Fairbanks. Indiana; Keao, Near Jer
sey, and McOomas. Maryland.
Senator Penrose has introduced a bi'l for the
regulation of immigration which provides for a
duty of $i per heud for all comers from foreiirn
countries except Canada and Mextoo. the funi
thus ratsed to pay the expenses of such rei nU
tion. The bill excludes oertuin named obj c
tionable classes.
- SEVENTH DAT.
Senators Tillman a McT.anrn. of Soutr
Carolina, reopened t'jeir controversy in the sen
ate. It appears that Tillman dem-in -s th
M -Lnurin be ept out of th? Democrat iccaucu
or the senate b?-:-u-e he favors a prniectiv
tariff. The incident gained interest amng th
senators. Senator Fry (Maine introduced his ship
subsidv bill.
Senator Koar fMass. introduced a bin re
questing the preHent. if he hall doem it prac
ticable. to nojrotlnte with other countries U-
jointly set aide some islsnd to which -person-ZUiitv
of anarchistic art- or teachinc shrill be
-ent and miarded: also a bill ffivin; the Unite"
.--fates jurisdiction of lynching, punish ng that
crim-s wiih d?atn.
Jiils were in r iuce Granting K-n acres of
land for the us o industrial institutions loca
ted on the public domain: to prohibit OM :e:w
Immigration; providing a code of land laws for
Hawaii.
There was a lar?e attenlsnre 'n the house to
hear the announcement of committees.
EIGHTH DAT.
The senate did litt'e but routine bu-lness be
fore .join into executive session on the Tlav
Paunucfote treaty wnich met with fall ap
proval. Senator Monran introduced a bill provldlne
for the construction of thu Isthmian chnat. It
provides an atrcroirate of sl81.Mfti.1iO. of whicu
S-.tf .''( is t be immediately nvailnble.
There were more anarchy bills introduced.
The house a lopted a concurrent resolution fof
a nouuny rei ess irom t uursoay. uectunuer i
to Monday. January s.
Mr. Grow iPa. sd ke for an hour on tho pros
pective legislation for the Phnipp;nes. Hn
aorued thut the constiiution mive congress
p wer to govern the Philippines ajcordi g to its
uiscreimn.
The house re eived from Secretary Gotre a
list of deficiency appropriations of several
branches of the government service, agiega-tinirs.3U.u-fi.
Mr. Kyi.ii M. Y ) has a Mil nu'horiztna tc
state department to exp-nd such auunt as is
necessury to secure the ransom I AIiss vtone.
Mr. Wilcox (Hawaii! has a bill far the retiring
or tne Hawaiian silver coin
The house adjourm-d until Friday.
NINTH DAT.
In the ll-it of appointments conflrmel by the
sennte aie 4. M. .-impson internnl reveruecoi
lector for Kansas and Wii.iam B Biuhani. of
Kansas, consul general at C- pe Town. South
Alrif-a.
The senate comm ttee on the iMlmvnn canal
bili reported favorably nion the bill pioviding
lorifettin tne rlgut ol way irom Nicaragua anu
Costa Kica
The senate passed the house resolution to ad
iourn Irom December V to January -i.
The new isihmian anal tr uty was discusse.f
by senators spooner Money and r oraker .Mr
Money was not tatlstied wi;h the treaty bu:
wouia nut oppose it.
Chairman Ray. of the house judiciary com
mittee is to name a special committee to in
vesiiirate the powers o con-ress and retiort a
measure to p.inlsb nttneks on the president, anil
to eal with anarchists.
The In'iian committee does not endorse the
secretary's suggestion that four men be added
to the Dawes o mission. &lr. Curtis will in
sist that the commission be reduced to one man
inst ait.
Mr Jackson (Kansas) has a bill to raise the
pensions of veterans who have passed the age
or J.i.
TENTH DAT.
The house committee on interstate and for
eign comm-'ree decided njon a favorable report
on the Hepburn bill lor the construction of the
Nicara'uan canal an I the chairman was direct
ed to urge prompt artion upon it by 1he house
Mr. Cur is (Kansas) has introduced a bill for
payment o- ovt-riime labor to about &l laborers
at Fort Leavenworth for several years p-isi.
Mr. Scott (Kansas) hus a bill autboriz-ni? tho
imposing of license and eccupation tax on p-r-sons
engaged in commerce outside their slates.
Mr. Caluerhend (Kansas) presented petitions
asking for un amendment to the constitution de
fining legiil marriage.
Mr. Calderhead has a bill which provides for
pensions to the lsth und lutn Kansas cavalry
volunteers.
There is a bill in the house granting right of
way and alternate sections of land for a trans
Alaskan railroad from t ook's Iniet to Bering
Strait, Boil miles. This is the road that
(Jeneral Manager .Frey, of the Santa Fe. is at
the head of.
Jnat in Tims.
Muncie, Ind., Dec 10. Martin Vene
man came home and told his wife that
his search for work was unsuccessful.
His wife handed him a letter informing
him that he had fallen heir to $100,000
from the estate of his grandfather in
Pittsburg, Pa.
New Bock Island President.
New York, Dec 14. The resignation
of W. G. Purdy, as president of the
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific rail
road, was accepted by the directors of
the company. William B. Leeds was
then elected president.
Federation of Labor.
Scranton, Pa., Dec. 16. The Ameri
can Federation of Labor adopted many
resolutions; among them one instructs
union men to keep aloof from state
militia companies; against the use of
militia in times of strikes. The con
vention decided to increase the per
capita tax of national and international
unions f ron one-third to one-half of one
per cent per member per month, and
also agreed to double the monthly per
capita tax for each member, the in
crease of 5 cents to go towards the
raising of a defense fund for the
unions.
8nex Ronto Abandoned.
Washington, Dec 16. In order to
expedite the shipment of troops and
supplies from the United -States to the
Philippines the secretary of war has
transferred, the transport Kilpatrick
from the New York-Manila route', to
the San Francisco route, so that the
vessel, which is now at Manila, can as
sist in carrying troops between the two
last named posts. It is estimated that
it takes twice as long1 for a trip from
New York to Manila as from San Fran
eisco to the same point.
. leaves It all to Flynn.
Guthrie, Ok., Dec. 14. Governor Fer
guson was asked the question as to
whether he wotpd be expected to make
endorsements for patronage in Oklaho
ma. To this question he replied: "I
know nothing about this matter, and
do not know whether my recommenda
tion is expected or not. I would prefer
to leave all such matters to Delegate
Flynn, as I will probably have enough
business of ' my own to attend to. I
would very much prefer-not to be mixed
np in Oklahoma patronage affairs." -
Press Given Everything
Guthrie, Dec K.The policy of the
new administration in regard to public
affairs will be to give every official act
out to the press of the territory, in
order that the people will have an op
portunity of knowing what is being
done. The reports from all .the de
partments will be given out and gen
eral information which has never been
placed before the public, in - regard to
the affairs of the territory will' become
publie property in the columns of the
newspapers.' ' " -
Carnegl Gives Ten lllllloas
Washington, Dec. 11. Andrew' Car
negie is to give S10,DOO,000 to the cause
of university extension in the United
States. Mr. Carnegie was here a few
days ago and took luncheon with
President Roosevelt when details of
plana were discussed. Mr.. Carnegie has
thought best to create a national board
to handle this benefaction. ' President
Roosevelt will probably name . such s,
board for Mr. Carnegie or at least set
in motion the machinery which shall
lead to a national organization. -
SASKATCHEWAN, WESTERN OANADA
IS CALLED THE "GARDEN
OF EDEN,"
Former R.sldent of Bed CltyJ
By
- Klohlgan. s
In a letter to the Reed City, Michi-j
- .. tr I
jan, Clarion, Mr. J as. u. aiiuu-..
of Meltford, Saskatchewan, says, wriw
ing on 27th May, 1901: I
This is a fine country lor a pwrj
man, as he can go out on the hay
slews and cut all the hay he needs. He
turns his cattle out on the prairie, and
when he is not using his horses he
turns them out also. There is such an
abundance of food, they never wan
der away.
A lady, who has lived here elgni
years told me that this was the origi
nal 'Garden of Eden'. I certainiyi
would believe it, if we could only flndf
the apple trees. But as it is, we have!
many varieties of .fruit strawberries,!
cranberries, saskatoons, huckleberries,!
red and black currants, dewberries
plums, ped and black cherries, and!
red raspberries. All of these fruits!
grow wild. Then the flowers that don
the prairies, making them look like al
real garden. We have eaten of the
wild red currants, and they are equal!
If not superior to those grown in
Michigan. We have sweet com 7V4
Inches high. As the Western farmer
are all done seeding, branding cattle)
nnri cTiaort c Vi no rl n e nra now nrOirre88 -.
Ing. Wool is only five cents a pound,.;
and many ranchers have on nana last
year's clip. I enclose you a potato
l . . - t . . viTk
Diossom, slice ot new pumtu, moi f
maasured fiU inches when cut. This
Is no fairy tale, as we are so much
farther than Reed City. It is all
facts. Come up and see. This
has been truly called the 'garden of
the west.' With fruits and flowers,
lakes and streams, fish and fowl, beau
tiful rivers, tracts of timber and
mountains, what more does a man
want?"
Information concerning all parts ot
Western Canada will be cheerfully
given by communicating with the
agent of the government of Canada,
whose advertisement appears else
where. Old Ago Pensions in Franca.
The proposed law for old age pen
sions meets with much opposition In
France, on the ground that the age at
which the pension falls due, 65, is far
beyond the average life of the French
workman. Many labor organizations
have protested and all on the same
ground, that their members have no
mind to lay by from their wages money
bv which thev ne.rsnnallv am littla
likely to profit.
Hans Rlchter'a Crltlrlsm.
On one occasion Hans Richter was
present at a concert given by a brother
composer, at which the latter per
formed a long and not particularly in
teresting work of his own. When the
composition came to an end Richter;
expressed his criticism in a very few
words. "Well," he said, "I, too, haf .
written compositions to make a pile so
high," raising his band three feet from
the ground; "but I haf burned them'
Germ Theory Covers Everything. . -.
Some one has discovered that sun-:
stroke is only the work of a microbe,
of peculiar shape and kind. It only
remains' now to find the germ which1
causes people to' freeze to death in'
winter time. The germ which invades '
the physical anatomy that has been
struck by lightning and the bacillus
that plays havoc with persons' who
are run over by railroad trains ' can
be hunted up and identified later.
An ITnklased Kiss.'
Last week the first doctor's degree
ever bestowed upon a lady In Bohemia
was obtained by Fraulein Dr. Gabot
at the Prague university. At the pro
motion of this young lady to the rank
of doctor of philosophy it was found
necessary by the senate to alter the
form of admlsion at the conclusion of
the address, which runs this: "Re
ceive this kiss as a sign of close union
and confidential friendship." London
Telegraph.
Those Canny Scots.-
The Glasgow exhibition came out
with a profit of 400,000, while the Pan
American lost three millions. The
canny Scot takes his pleasure with an '
eye to money-making still. New York
Press. , .
The Conqueror Shaved Clean.
William the Conqueror, like the
other Normans of his time, shaved his
face clean. The Normans also had a
fashion of partially shaving the head,
which made the Saxons just before
Hastings imagine they were about to
fight an army of monks.
One Use for a Hook.
When In India several years ago
Winston Spencer Churchill, Lord Ran
dolph Churchill's son, presented a copy
of his first bobk ta Gen. Tucker. -who
previous to his .Souths African com
mand was to command at Secunderbad.
"Do you like it?" young Churchill in
auirerl nf tho ranaMi tt ... .
' beuniai. nttVCQ . read
It. Is it meant to read?" "Why; yes."?
"Wish vnn'H tisl w,- n i - t i ' '
It hanging up in my dressing room, and
tear off a page every morning to wipe
my razon oh."
Expensive Kitchen entflta. .
ine most costly kitchen belongs to
ine spamsn court. th' cooking nton.
nils alone having a; value .of nearly
$75,000. and are of a .rrMLW Th.
kitchen of the Shah of Persia Is, how
ever; the most valuable In the world.
Even tllP rnrtlrfntr nnln mm IUiuI
a Afcc CM SI I. Illi
,nU .1-- . ...
the royal table are. of solid gold, en-'
rrilsfaH - frl4h tm ix
...... rwwua a ivu,. al (
were possible for the contents of. the
Shah's kitchen to be put up at auction
tney would realize over $5,000,060, .
Aboat Carl Schurz. - -
A German .friend having Invited
Carl Schurz to spend the remainder of
his life in southern California, Mr;
Schurz replied gratefully, but ay
the literary projects he has on hand
preclude the idea of his giving himself
up to the enjoyment of nature. Mr.'
Schurz, by' the way, was among the
guests at a dinner given, to the staff
of the New York Evening Post on its
one hundredth . anniversary. In his.
speech he paid -.the paper .the " high
compliment by syin?: ."It is not even
afraid of Its friends." ,
. ' ...tat Klirta Beetle.
The '-.museum beetle is as queer a
fellow-as the .bookworm. He -lives in
museums iOnly, and 4eats . exhibits.
Wool, furs, bric-a-brac, .wood,.- pic
tures, chemicals anything which a
museum beetle, and he often dnao
great damage to - collections. - He la
smaii . ana . aust-colored. Caretakers'
know him well and are 'ever on th
lookout for him, but despite their
zeal h manages somehow to thrive
and maltlDlv. and thr is afnhihlv
not a museum in the land that Is not
pestered with him. - -

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