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THE PESSIMIST AND FATE.
He’s in love with Despair! When a day is fair It makes him sad: Hia joy is to prate Of the ills he’s had— Of the means that Fate Is ever taking to raise the bad And trample the good beneath her feet— Woe is his joy, his drink, hia meat! He staked his all, one day, And didn’t lose; But he went around in a mournful way. With the blues! "‘You might have been dragged to the depths,” men said, "And yet you favored as never be fore!” But he sighed And shook his head: ‘‘Had Fate been fair,” he sadly replied, "I might have had much more!” His child lay white and wan, And he sat In the dark, .Moaning that hope was gone, That Fate had singled him for her mark! But the little one sings And her laughter rings Through the halls to-day. Yet he grieves away. For still There’s Fate and the doctor’s bill! — S. E. Kiser, in Chicago Times-Herald. K.mc, £3 [Copyright, 1597, by F. Tennysoa Neely.] CHAPTER VIII. Obedient to his orders the Irish sergeant, with a little squad at his heels, had kept straight on. A few minutes later, rounding the bluff at the gallop, eyes flashing over the field in front of them, the party went rac ing out over the turf and came in full view of the scene of the fight. Fire hundred yards further down stream was a deep bend in the Lar amie. Close to the water’s edge two horses lay stretched upon the ground, stone dead. Out on the open prairie lay an Indian pony still kicking in his dying - agony, and as the soldiers came sweeping into view two men rose up from behind the low bank of the stream and swung their hats—Hal Fols6m and one of his hands safe, unwounded, yet with a look in their gray faces that told of recent mortal peril. “We're all right! Go on after them. They’re run otf a dozen of my best horses,” said Folsom, "and I'm afraid they cut off ,ake.” ‘‘No! Jake reached the ranch all right—leastwise somebody did,” said Shaughnessy. ‘‘That’s how we got the news. They got somebody, or else they were only bluffing when they waved that scalp. How’ many were mere?” “At least a dozen —too many for jou to tackle. Where’s the rest of the troop?” . “Close at their heels. The lieuten ant led them right over the ridge. Listen!” Yes, far up in the foothills, faint and clear, the sounds of the chase could now be heard. Dean’s men were closing on the fleeing warriors, for every little while the silence of the range was broken by the crack of rifle or carbine, fel iows began to fidget aud look eager "y thither, and he read their wish. “Two of you stay with Mr. Folsom,” he said, “and the rest come with me. There's nothing we can do here, is there? Sure you’re not hit?” “No, go on! Give ’em hell and get back my horses. I’d go with you, but they’ve killed w’hat horses they couldn’t drive. All safe at the ranch?” Shaughnessy nodded as he spurred away. “We 11 he gettin’ the lieuten ant a brevet for this,” said he, “if we can only close up with those black guards.” And these were the words Folsom carried back with him, as, mounting a willing trooper’s horse, he galloped homeward to reassure his wife, thanking God for the opportune coming of the little command, yet swearing with close-compressed lips at the ill-starred work of the day. Thus far he had striven to keep from her all knowledge of the threats of the Ogallallas, although he knew she must-have heard of them. He had believed himself secure so far hack from the Platte. He had done every thing in his power to placate Red Cloud and the chiefs —to convince his former friends that he had never en ticed poor Lizette, as Baptiste, had called the child, from her home and people. They held he should never nave left her, though she had ac cused him of no wrong. Burning Star, in his jealous rage, hated him, be cause he believed that but for love of the paleface Lizette would have lis iened to his wooing, and Folsom’s con science could not acquit him of having seen her preference and of leading her on. He could not speak of her to hi.-' wife without shame and remorse. He had no idea what could have been her fate, for the poor girl had disappeared j.’.'om the face of the earth, and now, sit last, this day had proved to him the threats of her lover and her brothers were not idle. He had had so narrow’ a squeak for his life, so sharp and sud den and hard a fight for it that, now’ that the peril was over, his nerve be gan to give way, his strong hands to tremble. Armed with breechloaders, he and his tw r o friends had been able to stand oil the attacking party, kill ing two and emptying, they felt sure, two saddles; but little by lit tle the Indians were working around their position, and would have crawled upon them within an hour cr two but for Jake’s daring ride for help and the blessed coming of the bluecoat* in the nick of time. Folsom swore he’d nev?r forget their services this day. And as he cantered homeward he could, still hear the distant firing dy ing away in the mountains to the north. “Give ’em hell, Dean!” he mut tered through his set teeth. “They’re showing fight even when you’ve got ’em on the run. I wonder what that means?” Not until another day was he to know’. Late on the evening of the at tack, while he was seated with his wife by’ Jake’s bedside, half a dozen troopers, two of them wounded and all with worn-out horses, came drift ing back to camp. Twice, said they, had- the lleeing Indians made a stand to cover the slow’ retreat of one or two evidently sorely stricken, but so close ly were they pressed that at last they had. been forced to abandon one o? their number, who died, sending his last vengeful shot through the lieu tenant’s hunting shirt, yet only graz ing the skin. Dean, ■with most of the men, pushed on in pursuit, determined never to desist so long as there was light but those who returned could not keep up. Leaving the dead body’ of the young brave where it lay’ among the rocks, they slowly journey’ed back to camp. No further tidings came, and at day break Folsom, with two ranchmen and a trooper, rode cut on the trail to round up the horse* the Indians had been compelled to drop. Mrs. Hal cluhg sobbing to him, unable to control her fears, but he chided her gently’ and bade her see that Jake lacked *0 care or comfort. The brave fellow was sore and feverish, but in no great danger now. Five miles out in the foothills they’ came upon the horses wandering placidly* back to the valley’, hut Folsom kept on. Four miles further he and a single ranchman with him came upon three troopers limping along afoot, their horses killed in the running fight and one of these, grateful for a long pull at Folsom’s flask, turned back and showed! them the body* of the falleif brave. One look was enough for Hal and the comrade with him. “Don’t let my* wife know* —who it was,” he had muttered to his friend. “It would only make her more nervous.” There lay Chaska, Lizette’s eldest brother, and well Hal Folsom knew that death would never go unavenged. “If ever a time comes when I can do y’ou a good turn, lieutenant,” said he that afternoon as, worn-out w*ith long hours of pursuit and scout, the troop was encountered slowly marching back to the Laramie, “I’ll do it if it costs me the whole ranch.” But Dean smiled and said they* wouldn’t have missed that chance even for the ranch. What a blessed piece of luck it was that the commanding officer at Frayne had bidt den him take that route instead of the direct road to Gate City! He had sent men riding in to both posts on the Platte, with penciled lines telling of the Indian raid and its results. Once well covered by* darkness- the little band had easily* escaped their pursuers, and were now safe across the river and well ahead of all possibilty of success ful pursuit. But if anything were needed to prove the real temper of the Sioux the authorities had it. Now was the time to grapple that Ogalkilla tribe and bring it to terms before it could be reenforced by* half the young men in the villages of the northern plains. The Platte, of course, would be pa trolled by’ strong force of cavalry for some weeks to come, and no new foray need be dreaded y*et awhile. Red Cloud’s people would “lay low” and watch the effect bf this exploit before attempting another. If the White Father “got mad” and ordered “heap soldiers” there to punish them, then they r must disavow all participation in the affair, even though one of their best young braves was prominent in the outrage, and had paid for the lux ury with his life —even though Burning Star was trying to hide the fresh scar of a rifle bullet along his upper arm. Together Dean and Folsom rode back to the and another night was spent there before the troop was suffi ciently' rested to push on to Emory. “Remember this, lieutenant,” said Folsom again, as he pressed his hand at parting, “there’s nothing too good for you and ‘C’ troop at my' home. If ever you need a friend you’ll find one here.” And the time was coming when Mar-* shall Dean would need all that he could muster. Two day's later —still a march away from Emory*—a courier overtook him with a letter from his late post com mander: “Your vigorous pursuit and prompt, soldierly action have added to the fine record already* made and merit hearty commendation.” The cordial words brought sunshine to his heart. How proud Jess would be, and mother! He had not had a word from either for over a week. The latter, though far from strong, was content at home in the loving care of his sister, and in the hope that he would soon obtain the leave of absence so long anticipated, and, after Jess’s brief visit to Pap poose’s new home, would come to gladden the eyes of kith and kin, but mother’s most of all, bringing Jessie with him. Little hope of leave of ab sence was there now, and less was he the man to ask it with such troubles looming up all along the line of fron tier fosts to the north. But at least there would be the joy* of seeing Jess n a few days and showing her his troop—■ her and Bappoose. How wondertully that little schoolgirl must nave grown and developed I How beautiful a girl she must now be if that photograph was no flatterer! By the way, where was that photo? What had he done with it? For the first time in four days he remembered his picking it up when Mrs. Hal Folsom collapsed at sight of Jake’s swooning. Down in the depths of the side pocket of h>s heavy blue flannel hunting shirt he found it. crumpled a bit, and all its lower left hand corner bent and blackened and crushed. Ohaska’a last shot that tore its way so close below the young* sol dfier’s bounding heart, just nipping and searing the skin, had left its worst mark on that dainty carte de visite. In that same pocket, too, was another packet—a letter which had been picked up on the floor of the hut at Reno after Burleigh left —one for which the major had searched in vain, for it was under neath a lot of newspapers. “You take that after him,” said the cantonment commander, as Dean followed with the troop next day, and little dreamed what it contained. That very dlay, in the heavy, old fashioned sleeping cars of the Union Pacific, two young girls were seated in their section on the northward side. One, a dark-eyed, radiant beauty, gazed out over the desolate slopes and far reaching stretches of prairie and dis tant lines of bald bluff, with delight in her dancing eyes. The other, a win some maid of 19, looked' on with mild wonderment, not unmixed with disap pointment she would gladly have hid den. To Elinor the scenes of her child hood were dear and welcome; to Jessie there was too much that was somber, too little that was inviting. But pres ently, as the long train rolled slowly to the platform of a rude wooden sta tion building, there came a sight at which the e} r es of both girls danced in eager interest —a row of “A” tents on the open prairie, a long line of horses tethered to the picket ropes, groups of stalwart, sunburned men in rough blue garb, a silken guidon flapping by the tents of the officers. It was one of half a dozen such camps of detached troops they had been passing ever since breakfast time —the camps of isolated little commands guarding the new rail way on the climb to Cheyenne. Papa, with one or two old cronies, was play ing “old sledge” in the smoking com partment. At a big station a few miles back two men in the uniform of officers boarded the car, one of them burly, ro tund and sallow. He was shown to the section just in front of the girls’, and' at Pappoose he stared —stared long and hard, so that she bit her lip and turned nervously away. The porter dusted the seat disposed of the hand lug gage and'- hung about the new arrivals in adulation. The burly man was evi dently a personage of importance, and his shoulder straps indicated that he was a major of the general staff. The other, who followed somewhat diffi dently, was a young lieutenant of in fantry, whose trim frock coat snugly fitted his slender figure. “Ah, sit down here, Mr. —Mr. Loom is,” said the major, patronizingly. “So you are going up to the Big Horn. Well, sir, I hope we shall hear good ac counts of you. There’s a splendid field for officers of the right sort —there— and opportunities for distinction — every day.” At sound of the staff officer’s voice there roused up from the opposite sec “ Let me refresh your memory.’J tion, where he had been dozing over a paper, a man of middle age, slim, ath letic, with heavy mustache and im- X)erial, just beginning to turn gray, with deep-set eyes under bushy brows, and a keen face, rather deeply lined. There was a look of dissipation there, a shade of shabbiness about his clothes, a rakish cut to the entire personality that caused Folsom to glance distrustfully at him more than once the previous afternoon, and to meet with coldness the tentatives permissible in fellow’ travelers. The stranger’s morning had been lonesome. Now he held his newspaper where it would partly shield his face, yet permit his watching the officers across the aisle. And some thing in his stealthy scrutiny attracted Pappoose. “Yes,” continued the major, “I have seen a great deal of that country, and Mr. Dean, of whom you spoke, w’as at tached to the troop escorting our com mission. He is hardly —I regret to have to say it—er —what you imagine. We were, to put it mildly, much disap pointed in his conduct the day of our meeting with the Sioux.” A swift, surprised glance passed be tween the girls, a pained look shot into the lieutenant’s face, but before the major could go on the man across the aisle arose and bent over him with extended hand. “Ah, Burleigh, I thought I knew the voice.” But the hand was not grasped. The major was drawing back, his face growing yellow-white with some strange dismay. “You don’t seem sure of my identity. Let me refresh your memory, Bur leigh. I am Capt. Newhall. I see you need a drink, major—l’ll take one with you.” CHAPTER IX. For nearlj’ a week after the home coming of his beloved daughter John Folsom was too happy in her presence to g'ive much thought to other matters. By the end of that week, however, the honest old westerner found anxieties thickening about him. There were 43 hours of undiramed rejoicing. Elinor was so radiant, so fond, and had grown, so said the proud father to himself, and so said others, so wcndrously lovely. His eyes followed her every movement. He found himself negligent of her gen tle little friend and guest, Jessie Dean, to whom he had vowed to be a second father, and such a friend as she had been to his Pappoose when, a homesick, sad-eyed chili, she entered upon her schooldays. Elinor herself had to chide him, and with contrition and di may he admitted his fault, and then for hours nothing- could exceed his hos pitable attentions to Jessie, who, sore ly disappointed because Marshall was not there to meet her, was growing anxious as no tidings came from him. Two w’hole days the damsels spent in going over the new house, exclaiming over papa’s lavish preparations, but wishing presently that Mrs. Fletcher were not quite so much in evidence, here, there, and everywhere. Only when bedtime came and they could nestle in one or other of their connect ing rooms were they secure from inter ruption, and even then it presently ap peared they could not talk confiden tially as of old. Folsom had taken them driving each afternoon, he him self handling the reins over his hand some bays, Elinor at his side the first time, and Jessie, with Mrs. Fletcher, occupying the rear seat. But this, Elinor w r hispered to him, was not as it should be. Her guest should have the seat of honor. So, next day, Jessie w r aa handed to the front and Mrs. Fletcher and Pappoose were placed in rear, and in this order they bowled round the fort and listened to the band and talked with several of the women and one or two officers, but these latter could tell nothing about Lieut. Dean except that they had been expecting hij?.’ -for two days —he having taken the long way home, which both Jessie and Pappoose considered odd under the circumstances, though neither said so and nobody thought to explain. But the morning of the third day “Miss Fol som” —as the veteran -was amazed to hear his daughter addressed, yet on re flection concluded that he’d be tempted to kick any man who addressed her otherwise—seized a favorable oppor tunity and whisked her fond father into a corner of his library, and there gave him to understand that in eastern circles the housekeeper might some times, perhaps, accompany the young ladies when they were going shopping, or the like, alone, but that when escorted by papa it was quite unneces sary. It was, in fact, not at all con ventional. [To Be Continued.] The Japanese Divorce. The following are the texts of won drous letters, bearing a recent date, exchanged between an aggrieved hus band and his delighted) both of Azuma-mura, Ashikaga district, To chigi prefecture. “Mr. Sokichi Yamamoto: —You have been guilty of improper flirta tions with my wife, Tsune, and the affair has greatly grieved 1 me. Fop this reason I have madie various com plaints against you for your offensive conduct, through the members of our communal body, and. you have sent me endless apologies, but as I find them unsatisfactory, I have like a man decided to get rid of my wife, and I do herewith give and) transfer her to you. Henceforth I.will not en tertain any lingering affection for the woman, and in proof thereof witness my signature. Ivamekichi Fujikawa.” “Mr. Ivamekichi Fujikawa: Sir—lt *is indisputably true that I have been ♦guilty of intimacy with your beloved wife, and on that account I have sent you apologies through the; members of our communal* body. You have, how'ever, steadfastly refused to for give and have instead' forvrarded your wife to me. As it is your will, I beg herewith to acknowledge receipt and transference of said wifev etc.”— Japan Times. From tlie Mare’s Mouth. Sir Bobert Finlay, the new attorney general, like most counsel with a large practice, knows what it is to receive a disconcerting reply from an apparent ly guileless witness, and tells a good story against himself in illustration. He was engaged on a case for a breach of warranty of a horse, the age of the animal being the chief matter in dis pute, andhad cross-examined a hostler, a yokel with every appearance of rustic simplicity. “Upon what authority do you sw r ear to the age of the mare?” he asked. “I’m sure of it,” was the reply. Half a dozen more questions failed to elicit from the witness any more spe cific answer. “But how do you know?” thundered Sir Robert at last. “I had it from the mare’s own mouth!” re pli ed the hostler. —London Chronicle. Most Considerate Man. “Yes; I think his marriage showed him to be a most considerate and kind hearted man.” “Considerate and kindhearted! Well, I admit that she’s not beautiful, but she’s worth a mint of money, and wouldn’t have suffered for a husband if he had never seen her.” “Oh, I don’t ( meaa that he showed consideration for her, but for his cred itors.” —Chicago Post. A Strong: Indication. “Do you think he has any real busi ness ability? “I should say he had. I did him the favor of going on his bond, without compensation, the other day, and blamed if he didn’t let me furnish the war tax stamp for the document.” — Chicago Times-llerald. Unsophisticated. The Fiancee —Poor fellow! He con fessed that I was not the only girl he everlored. The Confidante —Oh, well, that doesn’t make any difference. The Fiancee —Of course not; he seemed to be afraid it might.—Brook lyn Life. Very Trae. I Bookkeeper—l think I ought to get more pay! lam engaged to get mar ried! Employer—Well, hurry up and get married and you won’t need more pay 1 It’s this being engaged that’* so expea* sivel —Puck. A BETTER TONE. Trade Conditions Generally Are Re* ported Quite Favorable—- , Helped by Holidays. New York, Dec. 15.—Bradstreet’s says; “Favorable conditions rule generally in all lines of seasonable trade. Holiday prep arations are, of course, dominant in retail business, and, where this has hitherto lagged, it has been stimulated by more seasonable weather. Wholesale distribution Is limited, as natural at this period, but western jobbers are in receipt of a fair re order business. So far the best reports as to the retail trade comes from the west and south. In leading industries the best report is still that made by finished prod ucts of the iron and steel industry, but other favorably situated lines are boots and shoes and lumber. “While business in iron and steel as a whole is quieter than of late, there is no apparent diminution in strength, and ac tual transactions in rails and plates com pare well with the best recorded.” R. G. Dun & Cos., in their Weekly Review of Trade, say: “Holiday trade has in creased moderately, and in wholesale staple lines no relapse is seen either in volume of transaction or in prices. Cold weather has helped New York, but it is still behind the rest of the country, for some recent losses from failures in the textile markets have fallen rather heavily here. Collec tions in the country continue good, and this relieves anxiety which might other wise be felt over the higher rates for money. Merchants’ account:: are in good position, so that new sales of commercial paper are ligrhW even for this season. Industrial condi tions continue with no greater accumula tion of new merchandise in any quarter. A sharp rise to a minimum of $4.85 in whole sale price of coal, fully 25 cents in two weeks, reflects actual scarcity of the prod uct more than negotiations to harmonize the trade. “Failures for the week were 240 in the United States, against 218 last year, and 26 in Canada, against 26 last year.” HARRISON’S VIEW. El-President Declares That the Con stitution Applies to the Phil pine'.s and Porto Rico. Ann Arbor, Mich., Dec. 15. Ex- President Benjamin Harrison Friday night attacked the administration for taking the position that the constitu tion applies to the United States, ex clusive of Porto Rico and the Philip pine islands. He declared that these islands are a part of the United States and that the constitution extended to them in spite of any treaties or con gressional leglsltaion. To levy’ taxes in Porto Rico that are not uniform with taxes in other parts of the Link ed States, according to the former president, is to deny that Porto Rico is a part of the United States. He said that while some people declare that the sound of Dewey’s guns in Manila bay heralded anew mission for this country, to him it seemed bet ter to let it herald the same old mis sion sounded by the guns of Washing ton. Mr. Harrison spoke under the auspices of the Lecture association of the University of Michigan, and 3,000 people heard and applauded. FATAL FLAMES. Three Children Bnrned to Death in Their Homes in a Pennsyl vania Village. Tionesta, Pa., Dec, 13. —A fire oc curred at Golinza, about 12 miles from this place, Wednesday, which result ed in the death of three children of E. W. Grubbs. The mother had gone to call on a neighbor, leaving the children in the house, when an unex pected pressure of gas came on, over heating the stove and igniting’ the building. When discovered the fire had gained such headway that it was impossible to enter the building, and the little ones, who were aged five and two years and six months, were burned to a crisp. Standard OH Company Wins, Columbus, 0., Dec. 12.—The su preme court on Tuesday dismissed the proceedings brought by Former Attorney General Monnett, charging that the company was in contempt of court for having failed to comply with an order issued in 1892 directing a dissolution of the Standard Oil trust. The six members of the court divided, Chief Justice Shauck and Jus tices Burkett and Davis favoring dis missal of the information in con tempt, and Justices Minshali, Spear and Williams dissenting. Under a rule of the court, the failure of a ma jority to sustain the information in contempt is in effect a dismissal of the proceedings. Daring Bank Robbery. Canal Dover, 0.. Dec. 14. —Four masked men held the town of Shanes ville, four miles west of here, at bay early Thursday morning while they robbed the private bank of John Deerschuck, blowing open the safe with a heavy charge of nitroglycerin, and then made their escape with the con tents of the vault. They left the town on a Wheeling & Lake Erie hand car, carrying with them between $3,000 and. $4,000. Three of the robbers were later arrested on a train at Bridgeport, O. Terry an Easy Winner. Chicago, Dec. 14. —Terry McGovern is now the undisputed lightweight cham pion of the world. He knocked out Joe Cans, of Baltimore, after two minutes and five seconds of fighting in the sec ond round at Tattersali’s Thursday night before 15,000 spectators. Gans put up a very poor exhibition, and was never in it at any stage of the game. McGovern started rushing him at the sound of the gong, and never let up un til Gans was counted out. Six 17 row n v (t. London, Dec. 13. —The steamer Af rica has arrived at Svanike (a town on the island of Bornholm, in the Bal tic sea), and reports having picked up the captain and three of the crew of the Russian schooner Jota, which capsized off the island of Gottland. Six men of the crew of the Jota were drowned. Sent to Prison. Belgrade, Dec. 13. —M. Genchits, for mer minister of the interior, has been sentenced to seven years’ imprison ment for lese majeste and publicly in sulting the government. WISCONSIN STATE NEWS. Gets Gold 3ledaJs. The state of Wisconsin was honored at the Paris exposition with two gold medals. State Commissioner of La bor and Industrial Statistics Halford Erickson has received an official no tice that he has been awarded a gold medai for the excellence of the ex hibit sent to the exposition by his bu reau. The other gold medal was awarded to the state board of control for the excellence of the exhibit sent by the state institutions under the management of tne board. Boy Rol>m Ayrecl Man. Earl Mosher, a boy 17 years old, as saulted and robbed Carl Grover, aged 72, near Galesviile, leaving the old man for dead, but he will probably recover. The boy rode with Grover in his wagon a short distance, when he hit the farmer several times with a stone, fracturing his skull, and then threw him out and beat his head into a jelly and robbed him of about $25. The boy was arrested and confessed. Death in a Fire. The Roth house was burned to the ground in Oconto afld Edward Kimball, a boarder, met death in the flames. Several other guests escaped a similar fate by jumping out of the windows m their night clothes. The hotel was owned by Gregor Roth. The total loss will reach SIO,OOO. The hotel was man aged by Muerecke Bros. This makes the third hotel that has been burned on this site. Cost Him Over sr,ooo. It cost Rouert M, La Follette over $5,000 to be elected governor of Wiscon sin. The governor-elect filed a state ment of his election expenses for both the nomination and election contests, covering the time from May 10, when the announcement of his candidacy was made, to November 6. election day. The principal items are for printing and postage, almost $1,200 being spent for postage stamps. Sentenced for Life. Henry Chosa, an Indian, has been sentenced to life imprisonment in the Stillwater (Minn.) penitentiary by Judge Bunn in the United States dis trict court in Madison. Chosa killed Chief Xiganigijig on the Lac de Flam beau reservation last September, and he was tried and found guilty several days ago. Bank Doors Closed. Because of withdrawals of deposits which have amounted to about $26,- 000 the Bank of Brillion. at the vil lage of that name, closed its doors. The assets are estimated at $12,000 and the liabilities at $13,000, and Cashier Xeal says creditors will be paid almost in full. Acquitted. The jury in the case of Dr. Chauncey E. Richards, charged with shooting at a Chinaman with intent to commit mur der, brought in a verdict of not guilty at Fond du Lac. Richards claimed thar*. the Chinaman hit him with a club cn the head and that caused the discharge of the revolver. Tliei News Condensed. The iSoo line depot at Bruce was burned with all its contents, the loss being $2,000. The Peshtigo national bank has been organized with a capital of $25,- 000. William Ellis, Jr., is president, and A. G. Fowler cashier. Rural free delivery has been estab lished at 'Stoughton, Dane count}'. The service will embrace an area of 32 square miles with a population of 819. The combined jewelry and station ery stores of J. J. Hanscom & Cos. and H. S. Hurlburt & Cos. were bur glarized at Mineral Point and goods worth about S3OO were taken. Articles of incorporation have been filed at Madison for a lawyers’ home for the care of indigent, homeless and aged lawyers and their wives. The Roth hotel was burned at Ocon to. With the exception of Edward Kimball, who lost his life through suffocation, the guests escaped. Residents of the northern part of Chippewa county are making a big effort to have the county divided. ■Several meetings have been held and resolutions favoring division adopted. Vernon county offers a bounty of 50 cents for every dead rattlesnake brought to any town chairman. Fre quent injury to persons and stock in duced this action. Mrs. James A. Campbell, of Chicago, fell from a Northwestern train be tween Ripon and Hartford, sustain ing injuries from which she died. The Revere hotel was burned in Oshkosh, with a loss of 30 per cent, on building and 50 per cent, on con tents. The Sterling bicycle plant in Ke nosha has been sold by the American Bicycle company to Thomas B. Jef fery, of Chicago, for $65,000. Sheriff Tufts, of Xeillsvillo, took to Waupun James Lowe, sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment in the pen itentiary for the attempted murder of his wife. The annual meeting af the Sauk County Horticultural society was held in Baraboo December 11. Upon the motion of Senator Spooner, Attorney General Hicks, o* Wisconsin, has been admitted to practice before the supreme court of the United States. Mrs. Henry Weyenberg, aged 42. who was buried at Little Chute, was the mother of 15 children, 13 of whom are now living. Henry W, Reese, of Dodge ville, has been appointed district attorney for lowa county, to succeed L. W. Pollwrd, resigned. Gov. Scofield has appointed J. J. Fruit, of La Crosse, judge of the Sixth judicial district, to succeed the late Judge Wyman.