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PertI? flmboy Eveping f^lewsi
An Independent Newspaper published every afternoon, except Sundays,
by the Perth Amboy Evening News Company, at
5 King Street, Peith Amboy, N. J.
D. P. OLMSTEAD, ...... Business Manager
The Evening News is on sale at newstands and delivered by
regular carrier in Perth Amboy, South Amboy, Woodbridge,
Carteret, Tottenville and surrounding towns for 6c per week.
By mail, postage prepaid, per year ..... $3.00
" " " six months - - - - - 1.50
Newark, F. N. Sommer, 794 Broad St.
Long Distance Telephone ----- 98
Entered at Post-Office as second class matter.
THURSDAY, JULY 30, 1903.
While on your vacation Don't for
get to have The Evening News mailed
to yon, and in this way keep in tonch
with yonr home doings. No extra
charge for mailing, and address
chanced as often as desired.
Tho first of August seems to be a
long time setting here for thoso wiio
are waiting for the improvement of
the Are department. The additions
are badly needed and the plans cannot
be carried ont any too soon. The
aldermen will donbtless lose no time
in awarding the contracts and getting
the apparatus here as quiokly as possi
ble, likewise have work started on
the new houses so as to have them
completod betore oold weather.
The question of horses for Lincoln
Hose Company will have to be more
seriously considered by the city
fathers. There is still some questions
as to whether the members of that
company wonld attempt to drag their
carriage to a fire at any distance if
they did not have horses. It is under
stood the Lincoln's took no action on
the matter at their last mooting and
as for the public appearance of Chief
Cominffl' ^before the aldermen, he
^ reofdivei instructions then that
cot Id be oalled official. ,
With their new combination wagon,
however, conditions change. Lincoln
Hose no longer lias a carriage that
oan readily be pulled by hand. It
will be very heavy and will require a
strong team. What will the Lincolns
be supposed to do then when they can
get no horses? They cannot be ex
pected to drag the wagon, neither can
they be allowed to remain in their
house while valuable property is being
destroyed. If any company in the
city needs horses, it is Lincoln Hpse.
The matter is clearly up to the Board
of Aldermen and must be solved be
fore the contemplated improvement is
at all complete.
All who favor an improved city and
take pride in its appearance will do
everything in their power to assist
W. A. Belcher in getting the petition
signed for a sewer in Smith street.
This is Perth Amboy's main thorough
fare, but all will admit it is now in
a disgraceful condition. No city of
this size should tolerate snch a main
Pavement, however, is out of tho '
question until the sewer is built, for j
it would be poor economy to lay an |
asphalt pavement, for it is generally
admitted that material will be used,
only to have it cnt to pieces in a year
or two. Not only should the sewer
be laid, but water, gas and sewer
pipes shonld he laid from the street
mains to the curb line of every lot,
whether bailt up or not. This will
prevent the pavement being cnt when
ever a new building is erected and
will thas add several years to the life
of the asphalt. Mo matter how care
fully asphalt is out ont and replaced,
the crack is left and this, by constant
wear, grows larger nntil an ugly hole
is made.
Perth Amboy needs street paving,
bnt the city is not rich and has no
money to throw away. Therefore it
is necessary that the work be done
right when it is done. There is no
right way except by having all under
ground conduits and pipes placed in a
street before the pavement is laid.-'
The public is now being^entertained
with the various scientific statements
that Boston is sinking into the sea,
tnat the ocean is drying up and a
whole lot mojfe of such disooveries.
We are sorry for Boston in one sense,
but if the city sinks into the sea and
the ocean dries up at the same time,
it would appear that Boston will re
main about where she is even after
By-the-way, what has become of the
discovery made several years ago that
New Jersey was washing away? It
was said that the State was once
under water and she would [be there
again within a few thousand vears.
Better get the date marked in the
diary or it might be forgotten.
Is Perth Amboy to see the sea ser
pent? Of course. When last seen,
the "beast," if it may be oalled such,
w?s along the South Jersey coast.
After splashing around in the surf at
Atlantic City for a few days it can be
depended upon to seek the delights of
the North Jersey coast and then it
will doubtless slip into Raritan bay
for a little recuperation before going
on to Newport. In the meantime it
might be well to put a few extra
anchors on the lighthouse and prepare
for an exceedingly high tide, for its
body must displace a whole lot of
gB|iir?t SiiKKfatloiis Wlilch Mil}' Help
to Make Mle Tolerable In
Hut Weather.
Don't you wink at the soda fountain
man. Winks have gone out of fashion,
says a wise contemporary.
Don't hitch along on an 'open car.
It is easier to let people climb over your
Don't ask a fat man if this is hot
enough for iim. He'll think there's a
joke in it somewhere.
Don't take it out on the ice man. If
it wasn't for him we'd have to cuss
the coal man the year around.
Don't try to cool off on cocktails or
warm up on ice-cold lemonade. There's
a philosophy about such things.
Don't imagine that the fellow in the
white duck suit is looking for a red-hot
coal stnve. He's got the same feeling
down his back that you hav?.
Don't get up arguments about ice
cream. It may kill, but if it does our
loss will be your gain.
Don't tell anybody that at this date
last year, when you were up in the
mountains, you had to sleep with three
blankets over you. You are thought to
be a liar as it is.
Don't talk politics, and feel under
obligations to call some one a liar. Lat
him escape until the frosts come agaim
Don't swear off on anything, and thuA
perturb your mind, apd ad<l another bur- |
den. A good case of prickly heat is
enough for one person to lug around.
Don't imagine that you are the only
rag on the line. The rest of us are in
it with you, and feel jii3t the same over
it, and any little trust in icebergs will
be promptly nipped In the bud and
frozen out.
In Doubt.
"Doesn't your son Josh use a great
deal of slang?"
"I'm afraid he does," answered
Farmer Corntossel. "But me an' Mandy
dasn't correct him, 'cause we can't be
sure whether some of them words is
slang or expressions he got out o' the
classics." ? Washington Star.
"Where the Crowd Would lie.
"Yes, I am going to give a banquet to
my clul} fellows. I want plenty of room
at the table, too."
"Is It going to be a stag?"
"Then you would better have plenty
of room under the table." ? Chicago
Daily News.
Money ConveraM.
"Now, witness," said the opposing at
torney, "are you billing to swear that
the defendant was under the influence
of liquor at the time?"
"No, sir; I never swear," replied the
witness. "But I'm willing to bet you
$10 to $5 that he was." ? Cincinnati En
quirer. '
Pretty Bit* of Finery That Will Be
In Vottue for the Summer
The children's clothes are all a reflec
tion of the "grown-up" fashions, and
are only modifications of them. There is
the same handwork, heavy laces, piping,
ruches, and the deep collars.
For dress materials linen is in great
vogue, and has to a great extent super
seded pique. The most popular colors are
the cool blues and greens and pinks and
ecrus, says American Queen.
For trimming, Russian cross-stitch
In reds and blues are especially popu
lar. The ecru linens take these trim
mings very well, and pipings often add
to the pretty effect.
Pique has not, however, disappeared,
and dresses of light blue trimmed with
bands of white with a finishing touch of
French knots are much seen this sea
The wide collar is the feature of chil
dren's costumes. A light collar will
greatly enhance a dark, rather plain
looking dress. They are seen in linen,
applique on net, and lace. The child's
figure is greatly improved by the proper
shaping of the collar.
Plaids and checks are among the sea
son's fads, and they are prettier than
ever. They are trimmed with bands or
pipings of plain colors by way of con
trast, and with them are worn deep col
lars of the heavy lace so popular this
season. I
Simplicity should be the keynote in
dressing children, for any attempt at
elaborateness is always out of place on
a child. "Fussy" dresses are in bad |
taste; the simpler ones being far more
appropriate and becoming.
With the thin white wash frock the
choice is unlimited Dimities, lawns,
organdies, etc., are all in demand, nor j
can there be too many of them in the .
child's wardrobe.
White is the note this season, and
although not so economical, it is al- j
ways becoming to children.
The full bloomers In place of petti
coats for every-day wear is an innova- 1
tion that Is hailed with delight by par
ents and nurses. They are made to match 1
in color the dresses, and they are also I
often made of the same material. They ,
resemble full trousers, but are fuller
than those worn by small boys, and do
not extend below the skirt.
A Sly Doilfte of Poker-Playing Hus
band That Further Reduced
His Holl.
Like many other men, Archie plays
poker once in awhile, but his wife's dis- I
approval of it is generally well voiced
and insistent, relates the New York
Sun. He had an engagement for a little
party one Saturday night awhile ago, I
He lost $66, and as he had $100 with him '
when he started out he had just $34 left !
when he got home. It was 3 o'clock, and |
rather than be suspected of more serious j
offences, he confessed that he'd been '
playing poker. Taking a tip from a J
friend who uses that means successfully,
he put the $34 down on the chiffonier and
"My dear, I'm going to give you thia
$34 that I won to-night. I had a pleas
ant evening and a profitable one. You
can buy yourself something nice with
But madame declared that she would
never touch such ill-gotten money, and
so he agreed to buy her a $35 jardiniere
that she had been wanting, and a piece
of dress goods. The next morning Mrs. j
Archie called him to find out if he was
going to church with her. He begged
off. When she came home he was dress- 1
ing. |
"Did you take the money off the
dresser?" he asked.
"Yes," she said; "I wasn't going to
have any gambling money around here,
so I gave it to the aid society at church
this morning." v
The poker game's total cost to Archie
was $66 lost, $34 to the aid society and
$60 in presents.
Kryinft Hatter*.
One cupful of bread flour, one-half
tablespoonfuls of salad oil, two-thirds
cupful of water, beat in one egg1 yolk, |
put in the ice chest one or two hotirs, |
add one-half teaspoonful of one egg
white beaten stiff. Asparagus in Bat
ter ? Trim stalks of cold boiled aspara
gus, have batter tliin as light cream,
dip stalks in, fry in deep fat, drain on
brown paper, serve. Sweet Batter for
Fruit ? One cupful pastry floui, one
tablespoonful of oil or melted butter,
two-thirds cupful of water, one-half
teaspoonful of salt, one teaspoonful
of extract vanilla, lpmon or ginger,
one beaten yolk. Set in ice chest till
wanted, add two beaten whites. Cut
fruit in sections or slices, use a skewer
or nutpick to put one piece at a time
in batter. Drain a little. Fry in deep
fat, drain and serve with sugar in a
shaker. ? La Polka. ,
Corn Fritter*.
Chop one can of corn in a chopping
bowl as fine as possible and season
slightly with white pepper, using not
over one saltspoonful and one level
teaspoonful of salt. Beat one egg
light and add also one teaspoonful of
melted butter, one-half cupful of milk
and two cupfuls of flour, in which two
level teaspoonfuls of baking powder
have been sifted. Have ready and
smoking hot a kettle one-half full of
lard and fry the batter in spoonfuls. ?
Detroit Free Press.
Strawberry Vlneuar.
For this delicious drink, small, in
ferior, but wholesome fruit may be
used. Over four quarts of berries
pour three quarts of white wine vine
gar. Cover and allow it to stand for
three days, then strain. Add one pint
of loaf sugar to each quart of the
vinegar. Let it come to a boil, skim,
bottle and cork tightly, ? Good House
Knot Facta Which Will Be of Interest
In People Who l)o Much
j Thene are two main reasons for rail
way wrecks in the United States; the
large number of lines which have only
tingle tracks, and the great respon
' sibility "that is thrown upon one man.
In England more than five times as
freat a part of the railroad lines are
double-tracked as in the United
States. In our vast, half-settled states
I the companies have not enough busi- 1
ness to justify the building of double
tracks, says Youth's Companion.
| The errty of one-man responsibility (
must also be laid to the desire forecon
1 umy. It is not the American way to !
have two men to one task; rather is
there a tendency to put two tasks xip
on one man. Yet human experience,
and more specifically the experience
' of railroad' men, shows that there are
momenta in the day of every man
when his mind lapses for an instant.
In that instant the engineer may fail
to note a signal while his helper,, the
fireman, is back shoveling coal. One
| American newspaper suggests that
I there should be two engineers. The
| railroads recognize in. a way that even
a good' man is not infallible by limit
l ing the working time of an engineer
to a few hours a day, sometimes as few
as four hours. But even that allow
ance for the effect of constant ten
sion does not provide for the ever- j
lasting chance of human fnilure so
well as would a second engineer, who
should be in the cab all the time.
In the inquiry into the terrible wreck !
at Westfield, N. J., this year, it was
shown that a green signal, which
means "go slow," had been. set. Just
for the fatal second when the engine
flew by this signal the engineer was
trying to adjust a defective injector
valve. A second engineer would have
prevented. the disaster.
The problem of preventing wrecks
is one for the railroads and for the law
to solve. There are, however, some
useful suggestion which, the individual
may paste inside his traveling hat to
protect himself in case of disaster.
A study of wrecks shows that the
lightest car is the most dangerous.
Suppose a train is made up of one
heavy baggage car, one smoker and
one Pullman sleeper. Whether the
collision be head-on or at the rear,
the light smoking car between the two
heavy ones is sure to suffer. The
principle holds, no matter in what or
der the cars are arranged. Set a paste
board box and two wooden ones in a
row scudding across the floor. Unless
the pasteboard box is 00 the outer end,
and in some degree even then, it will
be the sufferer when the train strikes
the wall. The wooden boxes may not
show, a dent.
If a baggage car is heavily ladien, or
if it is built with a steel floor, it will
be safer than a light passenger coach,
which in a collision will act as a buffer
to it, and' wil'l squeeze together like a
chicken coop of lathe^. Old railroad
men say: "Stick to the heavy cars."
It is easy to see why.
A Straight Line la Something Dim
cult (or tke Soberest Per
aona to Follow.
"Have you ever noticed how few peo
ple walk straight?" said the mail who
finds fault, according to the New York
Times. "1 am not speaking in a spirit
ual sense, neither do I refer to their
gait, which is certainly bad enough;
but to the crookedness of their path,
A straight road is not at all times pos
sible, I admit, and when the streets
are most crowded a fellow is excusable
for darting around any old' way, but
when given a clear sidewalk I can't for
the life of me see why he cannot walk
"Watch any man ? and women are
just as bad ? who starts out from home
at an hour when other people in the
neighborhood are busy on their own
doorsteps and give him a clean sweep.
Since there are no obstructions in the
way, there is no reason on earth why
he should not proceed in a/straight line
to the nearest corner, but instead of
pursuing that undeviating course he
zigzags most suspiciously. Now he is
perilously near the curb, now brushing
against the area railing, while occas~
ionally he evens things up by taking a
few steps in the middle of the pave
ment. The people who thus waver in
their gait are perfectly sober, and
would be surprised if anybody should
show them a diagram of their tracks.
Naturally all that veering and tacking
appreciably increases the distance
traveled, which is another reason why
people in a hurry should learn to walk
Wonderful Bird Musicians.
Mr. George Henschel teils in Nature
of a musical fieat by a canary bird,
which, he says, seems to him so won
derful that he should' consider it in
credible if he had not, with his own
ears, heard it, not once, but dk>zens< of
times. A bullfinch had been taught to
pipe the tune of "God Save the King."
and a young canary learned it from
him. Finally the canary became so
perfect in its mastery of the tune that
when the bullfinch, as sometimes hap
pened, stopped after the first half a
little longer than the proper rhythm
warranted, the canary would take up
the tune where the bullfinch had
'? stopped, and/ finish it. This happened
when the respective cages containing
the birds were in separate rooms.
Mammoth Berlin Baby.
The Berlin newspapers tell of a won
derful baby giant which was recently
brought by His parents before the
medical faculty of that city for exami
nation. He is the soq of a baker at
Drlovers, and, although only 18 months
old, stands three and a half feet high.
ii? measures 30 laches round the chest.
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July 80 ? Picnic Loescr's Grovo, Young
Moil's Hebrew Association.
Aug. 1? Picnic Bragn Societv, Ex
celsior Grove.
Aug. 18? Exoursion auspices Court
Am boy F. of A.
Aug. 27 ? Excursion to Ocoan Grove,
Simpson M. E. Sunday
Nov. 18, 19, 20? Fair, Presbyterian
Read the real estate advertising
column on pace 2, today.
122 Smith Street, Scheuer Building
Fred. Lhpton. Herbert A. Busdnell.
.Granite and Marble..
and Fencing.
Your PfttronaRO Solicited.
New Bruns'k Av. & Central R. R.
Mordecai, Hobart Street. Pastor,
Dr M. Kopfstein. Friday, 8.15 p. m
Saturday, 10.00 a. m. Hebrew School,
Saturday 1 p. m. Sunday School 9.30 a. m.
Congregational (Swedish)-Gordon st.
Pastor, 1 heodore Englund? Sunday Ser
vices 10.30 a. m. 7.30 p. m. Sunday School
w.30 a. in.
First Perth Amboy, Hebrew Mutual Aid
Society, ELrn Street, P. Joselson, Trustee.
Services, Friday 6 to 7 p. m. Saturday
8.30 a. m., 4.30 p. m. 7
First Baptist? Fayette St. ? Pastor, Rev.
Percy R. Ferris-Sun, lay Services, 10 and
",d '?;3? a" m- an<1 7- 30 p. m. Sunday
school 2 30 p. m. B. Y. P. U. Friday t A
p. m. Prayer meeting Wednesday 7.45
rr^ii'ri' PresMer'an, Market st and City
. -aSt?r' Rev- HarIan G. Men
denhall U. D. Sunday services, 10 a
m. and 7.30 p. m. Sunday School o.? a'
Y pTcV* JUni?r CnE> 3 30 P" m'
Wednesday 7.;54p.Pmm- ^ meetin*
Grace English Lutheran. Smith Street
Pastor, Rev. E. J. Keuling. Sunday Ser
vices 10.30 a. in., 7.30 p. m. Sunday School
2.3o p. m. J
Methodist C Danish) Madison Ave and
?^rso? 9t-: Rev. a. Hanson.
Sunday Services, 10.30 a. m. and 7.30 p.
m Epworth League, 3.45 p. m? Sunday
School, 2-3? p. m. Clais meeting, Wed
nesday and Friday at 7.45 p. m.
Holy Cross Episcopal-Washington and
Johnstone sts Rev. i). A. Willes, priest in
charge? Sunday Services to. 30 a. m. and
7-3? P m Sunday School 9.30 a. m
Our Savior's Lutheran (Danish) State St.
Kev. V. B. Skov, pastor. Sunday services
sS&iA r 730 p- -? su'"l,'
Simpson Methodist-High and Jefferson
Sts. Pastor, Rev. S. Trevena Jackson,
A.M. Sunday services 9.30 and 10. 10
a. m. and 7.30 p. m. ; Sunday school, 2.70
p, m.; Epworth League, 6.30 p. m.; Prayt,
meeting, Wednesday, 7.45 p. m.. I5i?le
training class Pnday, 7.30 p. m.; Young
Gleaners, Friday, 4.30 p. m,; Junior Ep
worth League, Friday, 7.00 p. m.
RPv' ^y'A^?"lan?Catholic> Cen'er St.
??.V'L , , - ? Conne". pastor; Rev S. A
Mitchell and Rev. T. F. Blake, assistants.
Sunday services 7.00 8.30, 9.30 and 10.45
a. m. 7.30 p. m. Sunday School 2.30 p.
St. Paul's German Church? South First
street-Pastor Rev. Jacob Ganns. Services
3 ISLaKd f d Sunday ?f 'he month.
Sunday School every Sunday at 2 o'clock.
St. Stephens Roman Catholic (Polish}?
State St. Rev. J. Zielinsk, pastor. Sun
day services, 8.00, to. 30 a. m. Vespers
4.00 p.m. Sunday School 3.30 p. m.
St. Stephens Lutheran (Danish; Broad
St. Pastor Kev. J. Christianson. Sunday
services 10.30 a. m. and 7.30 p. m. Sun
day School 3 p. m.
St. Peters Episcopal-Rector St. Rector,
Kev. J. L. Lancaster. Sunday services
2?jo p a'mm" 3nd 7'3? P' m- Sunday School
W. C T. U.? Meets at 27 Smith st. ev
ery Sunday at 4 p. m.
c A.V?J.U- W Meets Odd Fellows Hall
Smith Street 1st. and 3d. Mondays. I. B
Hal 1, corner Smith Ind Re^to^SUee^is^'
and 3rd. Tuesdays. Dr. Frank Growth^
Street.' ' Sec^' Gord?
_5\ L' jB" F,ath,er Qu'nn Council No. 88
meets 2d and 4th Tuesdays every Montri
re?y?fC HBlL sec"
D. of L. Meet in City Hall, every Mon
day evening. Counsellor Mrs. Maggie
Herbert, High street. Secretary Charles
Oluney 444 State st. } vuar,ei'
Degree of Ptx-ohotitas ? I. OHM
MrsetSHVeIL2ilanp4thlFnday at Clty>ali
Mrs. H. Smith, Pocohontas. Mrs. (Nil.
liam Greenleaf, C. of R. Mrs. P. Grickson,
C. of W.
F. and A. M, Karitan Lodge . No. 61
Regular Communications and. and 4th. '
Thursdays, Odd Fallows Hall, Smith Street f
C. F. Hall, W. M.;C. K. Seaman. Sec'y.g/*"
High Street. m
F. of A. Court Amboy No. 58, meets m
K. of P. Hall, first and third WednesdaC
Thoa. Lucas, Chief Ranger, E. J. Daltifn .
Fin Sec., 95 New Brunswick ave.
G* A. R. Major James II. Dandy Post
No. *3. S. G. Garretson, Commander;
Ad)t. Rev. E. B. French, Westminster,
Imp d 0. R. M. Po Ambo Tribe No. 65
Council Sleep eVery Thursday. Phillip
Schwartz, Sachem, llans S. Smith, C. of R.
Andrew Jensen C. of W.
Ira B. 'l'ice Lodge No. 309 Rail-Road
Trainmen, meet every 1st afui 3rd Sunday
Knights of Pythias Hall Cor. Smith and
High streets. T. J. Grittln Master Kobt.
Mulvancy Secretary, Charles Miller Tres
I. O. of F., Court Keasbey, No. 3367.
Meets last Thursday of every month,
K. of C . Hall, corner Smith and Rector
streets. G. W. Fithian, Chief Ranger
H. E. Pickersgill, Secretary, 77 Lewis st .
I. O. 0. F. Lawrence Lodge, No. 62
Meets Odd Fellows Hall, Smith Street
every Friday night. Dr. Frank Crowther, j
N. G. ; F. L. Herrington, Sec'y., Brighton '
Jr. O. U A. M. Middlesex Council No.
63. Meets every 2d and 4th Wednesday
in City Hall. Charles Cluney, Counsellor,
G. M. Adair, Recording Secretary 203
Madison Av.
K. of P. Algonquin Lodge, No. 44.
Meets every Monday K. of P. Hall Smith
and High Streets. Harvey Stetson, C. C.;
Chris Mesh row, K. of R. and S.
K. of C. San Salvadore Council. Meets
every 2d and 4th Wednesday in K. of C.
Hall, Smith and Rector Street. W A.
Growney, G. K. ; Recording Sec'y.,
Richard A. Bolger, 124 Market Street.
I. O. of F. Court l'erth Amboy, No.
3043. Meets K. ot P. Hall, High and
Smith Streets, every 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.
John K. Sheehy, C. R. Peter Poulsen, R.
S., 165 Elm Street
R. A. Middlesex Council No. 1100.
Meets Odd Fellows Hall, Smith Street
every second and fourth Tuesday. Henry m
McCullough Regent, N. H. Moore, Secre- I
tary, 60 Jefferson Street.
K. of G. E. Meets in Odd Fellows'* *j
Hall, Smith street, every Tuesday night. 1
George Bath, Noble Grand; Frank B. Reed,
Keeper ot i<e ords, 129 Mechanic street.
P. O. S. 1-' A., Washington Camp, No. "
79. Meets every second and fourth Thurs
day K. of P. Hall, cor. High and Smith
street Fred Waters, President; J. M. Mills,
Secretary. 210 Oak street.
W. O. W. Perth Amboy Camp No. 19,
meets at City Hall 1st and 3rd Wednesday.
Chris. Mathiasen C. C., Dr. H. K. Mason
Clerk, 633 J Smith street.
Washington Literary Club meets in Un
ion Hall Adalaide Building, on the Second
Sunday of Each Month at 3 o'clock p. m.
John Clark, President.
The California lleiidlnic Habit*
The reading habit among Caiifor?
nians is particularly significant. In
the crowded ferries plying to and
fro between San Francisco and other
adjacent ports, or on the local trains
is well, one may observe both young
ind old absorbed in the contents of
books and magazines. Tourists fre
quently comment upon the extent to
which this custom prevails. It serves^
if nothing more, to soften the ma
terialistic picture presented by the
tity Bret Harte, once thought pos
sessed of hard "high lust and cun
ning greed." But the San Franca
ao of to-day manifests interest in
matters aside from finance. While
she displays such commercial energy
thivt a far voyager like Kipling is
jonvinced of her absolute madness in
this respect, she nevertheless shows
a deep concern for those things tend
'ng toward the elevation of her peo
ple. ? Herbert Bashford, in Atlantic.
The KinK Snake's Ponrera.
The most relentless exterminator of
?eptiles Is a member of the family itself
?the beautiful, lithe, yellow and black
king snake, the friend of man and the
avowed enemy of anything that creeps
or crawls, regardless of size or poison
fang. A native of our own south, the
king snake, is between five ad eight
feet long, and no thicker around than a
man's thumb. Built in every muscle
and bone for speed and tremendous con
stricting power, there is not another/* |
snake on earth that can withstand his *
assault. He is Immune to the poison of
the cobra and of the rattler alike, and
the strength of a 30-foot python has no
terrprs for him. Within five minutes
from the opening of the light, the king
snake could kill the biggest python that
ever lived. Ferocious as the little con
africtor is toVards his own kind, to
wards man he is friendly, and rarely
tries to escape when met afield. ? A. W.
Iioker, in McClure's.
l'?pr? of the Ceatna.
The cestus, a cruel and dangerous
species of boxing, in which the hands
and arms were furnished with gaunt
lets, loaded with lead or iron, was re
vived in Greece in the twenty-third
Olympiad; but, as the victory In tl
game was frequently stained with bl
it was never held In much estimati
by the Greeks, who evinced in
public sports none of the sanguinary
ferocity that characterized the Romans.
Damoxenus, a champion of the cestus,
having slain his adversary under cir- i
Dumstances of much cruelty and treach
ery, was not only refused the wreath,
but was driven from the stadium with
every mark of infamy and indignation,
while his deceased victim was splen
didly crowned by the Judges. The Com
batants in this exercise wore headpieces
of brass for their protection, notwith
standing which they were often terribly
mutilated, though they might escape
with life and limb.
Ivaclced Her Aaanmnce,
Mrs. Wildman ? I can tell you thl
Mr. Wildman; if you continue in yo
present life of extravagance you'!
surely pay for it some day.
Mr. Wildman ? I wish, my dear, that
3iy creditors had the same faith in my
*ood intentions. ? Stray Stories.

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