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4 gm- - i i i ' 1 LAST OF THE "LONG HORNS. Texan Stockman's Unique Contribution to the Paris Exposition. Unique among the exhibits at the Paris Exposition will be the contribu tion of a Texas stockman, J. M: Doble, of Ramires, Live Oak County. His curiosity Is the celebrated Dobie steer, than which there will be no exhibit more remarkable and yet so character istic of the Lone Star State. The Dobie steer is known through out South and West Texas. He is the rough and graphic standard of meas urement of the West Texas stockman. FAMOUS DOBIE "Big as the Doble steer" is the hyper bole they use when describing a pair of horns. It Is a hyperbole, for travel the wide plains over and another steer with a pair of horns such as has the Doble steer cannot be found. He Is the last of the old tribe of monster horned cattle of the plains that gave to Texas its additional nickname of "'The Long Horn State." The steer measures 15 hands and weighs be tween 1,(500 and 1,700 pounds. His enormous horns from point to point measure nine feet seven Inches. The horns could easily be made to measure over 10 feet if taken ptt the steer, steamed, and straightened. When the steer Is standing in a natural position on level ground the tip ends of his horns are fully six feet above the ground. Time was, fifteen or less years ngo, when the long horns were no curiosity in Texas, but to-day there are few re minders of the grand old herds that have been so closely Interwoven with the history of the State. The steer In Tarls will excite the wonder and com mand the admiration of all visitors to the world's great show. PE NETRATED SHREWD DISGUISE. Prison Guard Was Interested in a Mov intc Grass Plot. Green Casey, a convict at San Quen tln, has won the admiration of all bis fellow convicts at the prison for the novel contrivance he baa Invented In order to make his escape rom the pris on walls some time ago, and through Sheriff Langdon of Santa Clara County the story has leaked out. Casey was a kind of trusty around the prison grounds, and while working In one of the grounds in the vicinity of the prison he took It Into his head that he would like to escape, and was be ginning to tax his mind as to the most advantageous way to suit his purpose. As he was strolling around on the green grass which grows In abuudance around the prison an Idea struck him that if he could Imitate the grass by some means he could elude the watchful sen tries and make good his escape. Through the aid of his convict friends be procured some pieces of burlap, and with the aid of some rope made them Into a long coat that would cover him completely when lying on the grass. He "" i town wheat from the OF THE PARIS EXPOSITION GROUNDS prison stable and sowed It on the first layer of ills coat. He cast It down carelessly at one end of the prison grounds, and watered it dally. In a few weeks the grass grew up through the sack coat, and before a great while the piece of burlap was conformed into a grassy lawn. He was now ready to carry out his plans, and patiently waited an oppor tunity. At last he succeeded in getting his new contrivance across to the north west of the prison, and in a few min utes was under his grassy coat. Slowly he crept along with the clever ness of a worm, and from all appear- STEEK OF TEXAS. ances success would crown his efforts. But his progress was too rapid and very soon he heard footsteps coming In his direction. The moving grass plot which was slowly making its way up the hillside soon came to a sudden standstill as the eye of a guard had no ticed the grass moving and came to In vestigate the phenomenon. A kick In the ribs apprised Casey that his plan had been discovered. The guard took Casey and a red shirt now covers his breast. San Francisco Call. Spr.ng on the Farm. The sweet, balmy breezes of springtime are melting the last fall of snow, And soon the bluebirds will be sinking, to cheer ou the man with the hoe; The gentleman with the lone gallus, who down the corn-row slowly plods, With n right-and-left whacking and smashing, to bust up the newly turned clods. The lee has gone out of the streamlet, and green leaves peep forth on the trees; The worm-fence Is patched up in places, and new "gums" are placed for the bees; The spring house has been fumigated, and bed clothes are aired on the line, And the whole farm breathes out a warm welcome for the coming of spring's blessed time. The colt is turned loose in the pasture, painted over with rank kerosene; The anvil rings out Its wild clamor as the "plow p'luts" are Hindu shurp and keen; The boys dig for bolt in the barnyard, for the creek water's muddy nud warm, For spring is nt hand, rousing up this old land, and there's joy, life and work on the farm. Spider Ml It. Apropos of the new spider silk, a Philadelphia manufacturer has dis covered In an old book on color, dated 1814, an account of attempt to promote spider silk culture, which failed be cause the spiders, when brought to gether, fought to the death down to the last survivor. They ilewani Dome-tic. When a German servant girl reaches her fortieth year In the employ of one family she Is presented with a golden cross by Empress Augusta Victoria. Last year 144 of these crosses were dis tributed, only one of which went to a resident of Berlin. BARB-WIRE TELEPHONE LINE. Three Towns in Indiana Connected by Using Ordinary Fence Wires. One of the most novel telephone sys tems lu the world Is the "barb-wire" line, which connects the Indiana towns of Anderson, Fendleton and Ingalls. It is fifteen miles in length. Its Inventor, builder and sole owner, Cusslus Alley of Pendleton, now has six subscribers at $50 a year each. The time Is not far distance when there will be tenfold this number. One clothing company nt An derson, with branch stores at Pendle ton, and the Wagner glass works, with offices nt Anderson and factory at In galls are using this barb-wire system lu their business affairs exclusively. They use the line frequently. They can con vert It Into a private line by plugs so arranged that when one party Is using the line he can cut out all others ex cept in Mr. Alley's residence, which Is used as a central station. Ordinary phones are used with no special strength of battery and there is very little trouble with the lines. In constructing the line, Mr. Alley used the top strand of the barb-wire fence of the Big Four railroad, making the connections with the offices of his subscribers with ordinary telephone wire. In some Instances where the posts hnd rotted It was necessary to paint the wire and posts with rubber paint to Insulate the wire. This Is fairly satisfactory and puts the line in shape to be used as well In wet weather as at any other time. The inventor expects to put In a newly Invented form of glass Insulator, which Is very cheap and the only one yet found that can be used on a fence wire line. On this line, wagon roads are crossed thirty-seven times and railroads six times. At these crossings the line Is either carried through a gas-pipe con duit, with Insulated wire or by building bridges, which Is done by merely nail ing a piece of timber fifteen feet long to the last fence post nnd extending BARB WIRE FENCE TELEPHONE. high enough to allow clearance for traf fic. The whole line of fifteen miles was built at a cost of about $100, and the outfit for each house, consisting of re ceiver, transmitter, battery, call, etc., costs not over $10. The magnet bell call is used. This barb-wire line Is connected with the Independent long-distance tele tnnce telephone line nt Ingalls, and In this way Indianapolis nnd Greenfield may be reached by the users of Mr. Alley's system. The line has been In operation since December nnd has not been out of or der except for a few hours, when a fast train on the railroad struck a cow, threw her body against a fence and broke the wire. A telephone communi cation, by this simple method. Is placed within the reach of every community. Farmers who do not have regular tele phone outfits and wires leading to their AND BUILDINGS. residences are supplied with a Binall instrument at a very small cost. This little contrivance Is so arranged that it enn be Httnchpd to thp mnln hnrh wire at any point and thus the farmer is enabled to call up his city merchant, or broker, or lawyer Just ns well as If ho 1 had the ordinary telephone equipment. Orang-Outang vs. Bur lar. Some two years ago a retired officer of the merchant service, living in thq1 Kue d'Alesia, Taris, M. Duchesne,) brought home an orang-outang from Borneo. Since growing to its full sizu the brute Is a terror to the neighbors. Its muster won't hear of its being chained up, contenting himself with shutting the animal in his bed room before going out. This was done yes terday, but unfortunately for him, Nicolas Bargeve, alias "The Devourer," had determined to make u professional call at M. Duchesne's apartment with intent to burgle. Now ns this Illustri ous character had only been three days nt large after completing his ninth term of Imprisonment, he was naturally un aware that such a pet as the orang outang was tolerated In these particu lar rooms. Consequently, when the burglar was suddenly pounced upon by two hairy paws, he was somewhat sur prised, nud his serenms soon brought help, with the result that Mr. Bargevo was drawn out of the room by his feet, In a very Iguomiulous fashion. He was taken to the Infirmary, nnd it Is report ed that he has gone mad and now im agines himself to have been chauged Into an ape. Loudon Post. Soda Water to Appease Hunger. Soda water Is now prescribed as a palliative for hunger, especially for the abnormal hunger produced by disease. The seat of hunger is found In the solar plexus. By the use of water charged with carbonic acid gas the branches of the solnr plexus distributed through the mucous membrane of the Htomnch are Influenced In such a way that the ab- normal Irritation of the plexus, w hich Is the foundation for the ravenous hun ger often present In diabetes nnd cer tnln forms of indigestion, may be great ly mitigated, If not wholly appeased. Artificial Willow. One of the curiosities nt Chatsworth, the Duke of Devonshire's place, Is a weeping willow made. of copper, nnd so dexterously fashioned that nt a dis tance It resembles a real tree. It Is actually a shower bath, for by pressing a secret tap, a tiny spray of water can be made to burst from every branch nnd twig of (he tree, to the dis comfort of any who may be under It. Sensitive UnliNWH thing Machine.. A gold-weighing machine In the Bank of Englnnd Is so sensitive that a pos tage stamp dropped on the scale will turn the Index on the dial a distuuee of two inches. A GENTLEMAN RANKER. Bow He Spoiled His Letter Than Trooper's Life. . He was sitting with his back against) a bowlder, his rifle barrel resting on ai stone, the stock on his knees. He wan using the stock, for a desk and was writing laboriously In pencil on a crumpled half-sheet of paper, says the Pall Mall Gazette. "This is devilish hard work," he said, "but I must get it done to-day. 1 was always a poor list at a letter. How Jo you spell reconnoissanceV" Trooper 043 gave him his idea of it. "That's all wrong," he said. "I'm jure there Isn't a 'k' In it. But It doesn't matter. All my spelling's goue to tho Jeuee. I never learned anything at school, and not much since." Trooper 043 laughed. "Seems to me. you know a lot," he said. "No blarney! If you don't know asi much you ought to be ashamed ofj yourself." i Trooper 043 laughed again. He was lying on his stomach with a sharp eye toward a possible shot. A dozen other! men were intent ou the same business,! while a couple more were looking after the horses. "They never offered me no commJs slou," he said. , "Well, I didn't take the one they of-j fered me, did I? I made up my mind, when I was a kid I wasn't going to bo a gentleman. I don't see why you should keep ou snickering. Tell me how to spell rhnt blessed French officer" Enwn cl,nl T ,H,1V c-r-, VV v Ouui Uf, 1 UttAXt , OV.V good of being a gentleman, like a lot of chaps I knew; It dldu't look like a trade that'd suit me. I did assorts of things to harden myself; used to wrap up In a blanket and sleep ou the Boor Instead of in bed. I dare say you think that -was all tommy rot. Well, pVaps It was." A bullet buzzed overhead. Trooper, 043 sighted and fired. "Got him?" "I wouldn't like to be the bloke's wife and fam'ly." "Tell me If you see anything else. 1 must get this finished." He scribbled on for a time In silence, dropped his pencil, picked It up, ami rose to stretch himself: "Git down, stoopld!" said Trooper 043. A second bullet buzzed ami the oth er's right arm dropped to his side. "Slick through the shoulder," he said. He sat down again, looking a little pale. "Now you've bin and spoilt your nnd-j writing," said 043. "Told you so. Doe it urt?" I "No, not much. Here, just sign my! name at the end of that letter, will you?" Trooper 043 signed the name in a shambling, awkward hand. Then ho( began to grumble again. "Just like you! The best in our lit.tloj lot got a 'ole In him. BH' me, If youi ain't a daisy!" The other took the letter and cram-' med It Into his pocket with hie. left hand. "Shut up," he snld. "I can shoot from the left. Hello! Look out!" The men were on their feet nnd In the saddle In a moment, nil but Troop er 043, who fell to one of the twenty bullets that had spit among then. The letter writer was down again In a flash and hnd him across his horse. Trooper D43 laughed again, though rather fee bly. "Well, you are a daisy!" he said. The men scattered and rode off In a sputter of bullets. "Drop me," snld Trooper 1)43. "I'll be all right. You'll only git copped." "Shut up!" They did not get copped, but It was a ride to be remembered all the days of a man's life. Also, tho letter was spoiled. "You ought to ave the V. C," said 043, some hours later. "You fair saved me." "Did I?" said a voice from the next bed. "And you spoilt my letter, you ungrateful beggar. You might have chosen somewhere else to bleed." Trooper 043 grinned and tried to turn! his head. "Fair saved me, you did," he saldj "You ain't a gentleman, ore you' Oh, no!" Schoolboys Being Demoralized. A New York superintendent of schools says; "We have had more cases of corporal punishment to Investigate this year than usual. Our boys seem more than ever given to fighting. I think It Is due to the wny In which most of the newspaiwrs exploit the doings of prize fighters. Not only Is a great deal of space devoted to prlzo fights, but the pugilists and scenes at tho ringside are fully Illustrated. Now, all this . has a bad effect on the boys and Is the cause of most of their disor derly acts." Largest Orchards in the World. Views have been taken of the or chards of Messrs. Miller and Pancake In the vicinity of Romney,,V. Va., for exhibition at the Paris exposition. These orchards are the largest In the .world, comprising 250,000 peach and ;plum trees. They planted 181,000 trees the past year and cleared for planting Jl.735 acres of timber land. The first jseason their orchards came Into bear ing they shipped 100 carloads ot peaches and plums.