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hinges, bound with best quality
vulcanized fibre, showing promi
nent crease alongside of tacks
and packing compartment, dress
tray, cloth lined throughout,
patented tray cover bolts.
Others price it for $15.00. Clfl AH
Our price, ?6-in. s^IU.UU
Extra Special-^irSu" Ca“s $4.00
Many other fine bargains for this week. Call and
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Remember, we carry everything in Leather Goods.
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315 INI. Nineteenth Street
Strange Stories of Race Track—Dead
Horse Captu*cd Race.
From Answers.
A horse that falls asleep during an im
portant race must surely have few equals
of Its kind. Yet this is what Happy Bird
. 'dlcT when running at Gatwick a year or so
ago. She was ridden by Birch, the jockey,
and belonged to Mr. Pritchard. She com
peted in a two-mile race, was left well
behind, and was walking slowly toward
the paddock when a bystander called her
rider’s attention to the fact that the
horse was fast asleep!
Happy Bird did not win the race, but
there is on record a still more extraor- I
dinary case of where a dead horse actual
ly did win a race. This absolutely unique
-event occurred so far back as 1772 and
•was in a race from Wood's Gate, four
miles beyond Tonbridge, to Kent street.
In the borough and back, a total length of
some eighty miles. It was arranged that
there was to be no ■‘baiting*’ during the
contest, and that .as the great struggle
plight well be expected to kill the winner
at the end, the ' first horse in. dead or
alive" should be declared the winner.
One of the two horses fell down and
died, owing to the exertion, after having f
gone over fifteen miles, and the other was
thoroughly "pumped," too. by that time.
The backers of the dead animal therefore
obtained an old flat cart, placed the de
ceased horse on it. with the jockey on its
back, and soon outdistanced the rival
steed, which was scarcely even able t<>
walk. The latter's supporters then tried
the same dodge, but were unable to get a
flat cart for their steed; and so the dead
horse came in easily first at Wood's Gate,
and was awarded the stakes of 150
guineas. And that is, almost certainly,
the only time on record when a dead
horse really won an important race.
It Is not generally known that the rules
of the National Hunt provide that when
a jockey is thrown in a steeplechase any
bystander may mount the rfderless horse,
if possible, and may win the race on it il
he can. This has caused quite a dra
ma tic scene on a great race course before
today and much astonishment amongst
people who did not know the curious rule.
For only a few years ago. at Kempton
Park, a horse, running in a steeplechase,
by accident threw his rider, who was
unable to mount again. On fills, the
horse’s trainer, Escott, who by good luck
c hanced to be near the scene of the acci
dent, at once jumped on the horse’s back,
and, riding him strongly, actually won
the race.
Has a winning horse ever died as it
passed the post? There is no record of
such, or It W'ould almost have excelled
the noted Wood's Gate to Borough event
as a curiosity. But there is a case where
a racer did die on passing the post, though
It was not a winner. This was when
Counterpane, a descendant of Hermit,
ran for the Stockbridge cup in 1886 and
fell down just as It reached the judge's
box. It never rose again and was taken
away dead to be buried at Danebury.
A most unusual thing, too. it must be
to find a race horse drowned during the
running of a great race. Yet this is what
happened to Ballyshannon at Totnes four
or five years back. The horse was en
gaged in the Totnes Handicap hurdle race
and the river Dart runs close by the
side of the track. From some cause,
which was never quite clear, Ballyshannon
went to pieces during the race, collapsed
badly, and, rolling over, fell into the
river, where it was drowned before It
could be rescued.
There has. within the past few years,
been more than one case where two
horses have run a dead heat a second
time, after having done so in their orig
inal race. But we have to go a very
long way back to find this unusual thing
happening a third time. In fact, per
haps the only recorded instance was in
1820, when Handel and Tarragon, at tho
races at Newcastle-under-Lyme, tried
three times to decide which was the bet
ter horse and each time ran a dead heat.
What excitement there must have been
on that course!
A Confusing Epitaph.
From the London Evening Standard.
A correspondent says he noticed the fol
lowing curious epitaph in Woolwich
"Sacred to the memory of Maj. J.
Brush. Royal Artillery, who was killed
by the accidental discharge of a pistol
by his orderly. 14th April, 1831. ‘Well done,
thou good and faithful servant.' ”
From the Columbus Dispatch.
Stubb—Suppose instead of giving parlor
cars geographical names they called them
after great men.
pen_lf that was the case I bet it
■wouldn't be ten days before they named
a refrigerator car Fairbanks.
500 Sauce Pans
A most useful 6 quart double coated
enamel Sauce Pan FREE to each pur
chaser of one can of A. & P. Baking
Powder at cents, (all this week.)
Every housekeeper should get one.
See Them in the Window.

Old St. James in Denver a Fa
mous Hotel
How Two Stockmen Who Had Their
Fortunes at Stake Agreed to Split
the Pot—Dealer’s
Little Bet.
From the Denver Times.
"This hotel closed."
The above sign, crudely Inscribed upon
a p<ece of cardboard and hanging inside
the glass door at the entrance of the St.
James hotel, tersely informs those who
read It that this famous hostelry, one of
Denver’s landmarks, no longer Invites the
weary traveler to partake of its hospi
tality. Today is the first time In more
than 27 years that a visitor to Denver
could not stop at the hotel which has, in
I Its more than a quarter of a century of
active operation, housed some of the
world’s celebrities.
Old-timers are today Indulging in remi
| niscent ptorles of happenings under the
old St. James roof “In days gone by." On©
story Is of the “stiff" poker games that
used to be played there in the late eight
ies and early nineties. A game was play
ed one night between two stockmen, a
banker and a mining man and the banker
played until they were “all In," leaving
the two stockmen to battle It out. It
came up to the "consolation" jackpot, and
those who had lingered to see the finish
were not disappointed when they expect
ed to see something spectacular take
place. The stakes were running high, the
ante being $500 with no betting limit. One
of the stockmen opened for $2,500 and was
j promptly raised before the draw. Then
there followed a series of raises and coun
ter raises until the pot contained $11,000
before cards were drawn.
“Ql’ me that one." blandly announced
the man who had "seen" the last raise.
The dealer slipped one card across the
table, laid the deck down, relighted his
neglected cigar and said, unconcernedly,
"I'll play these.”
Betting Began.
Then the betting commenced In earnest.
The dealer had opened and he led off with
$2,500 as a “feeler.” The dealer raised a
like amount and the other fellow followed
suit. It was plain that one or the other
of the men was going to lose his fortune.
Checks were written, torn up and made
out for larger amounts and finally mort
gage papers on real estate and cattle were
passed into the pot. Finally one man said
to the other:
“Say, Henry. I'm going to stay with you
until everything I’ve got, right down to
the clothes on my back, is represented on
the table. Now, I’m In doubt concerning
some of my property holdings, so I’ll make
you a proposition. Give me until tonight
(It was then 4 A. M.) to find out Just
where I stand and we'll play the hand
out. Meantime, let us seal up my hand in
one envelope, yours in another and the
dead wood In still another. We'll have the
three envelopes in the office safe, to be
delivered to both of us together.”
The other player agreed and envelopes
and sealing wax were sent for. The hands
and remaining cards in the deck were du
ly sealed and deposited, as per arrange
Meantime friends of the two players en
deavored to get the men together on some
sort of compromise proposition, knowing
full well that neither could afford to bank
his entire fortune on a poker hand, leav
ing his family destitute. But both men
were obdurate, and would listen to no
proposition to split the pot. An interested
and expectant group gathered in the lob
by about 8 o’clock in the evening, among
them being the man who had opened the
pot. They talked together in a friendly
manner, speculating hpon what would
happen when the man who went out to
look up his assets returned. While they
were talking he walked in.
Ready to Resume.
“Well, Henry. I'm ready to resume our
little argument.” he announced in a mat
ter-of-fact tone. Then the crowd repaired
to the room where the game had been
played. The man announced that he had
$33,000 to “play back.” Securities and cer
tified checks representing this amount
were piled on the table. Then, and not
until then, did cither of the men show
signs of nervousness. The opener had
drawn a check for $33,000 and started to
tear it out of the book when the other
man said in a slow, deliberate voice:
“Looks a little strong for either of us. j
don’t it. Henry?”
“Well.” rejoined the other man. toying ;
with the check, “what would you consider
a fair proposition at this stage of the
“It's not gambling. I know.” said the
other, “but if you want to split the pot
“She's split," calmly announced the man
who had opened for $250". The currency,
gold, checks, mortgage .papers and secu
rities were, equally divided. Not a word
was spoken. Silently the man who opened
took up the envelopes, tore them open
and laid the two hands on the table, faces
“Bet you a cigar I had you beat," lie
“You're called.” said the other, turning
over four cards, jkoks and sixes. The
opener also turned over four cards. They
were jacks and sixes.
"i'll bet yaw." said the deajer. "a thou
sand dollars that I’ve still got you beat."
The other man peeped ut a corner of his
buried card, toyed a moment with a stack
of currency and shoved $1000 to the center.
Then, without waiting for the man he
had called to show his hole card he turned
up a four spot. The dealer looked at it.
smiled, touched the bell and put bis band
In the deck. He has never told what the
other card was.
Exciting Night With Big Game Along
African Stream.
Toward the end of our three and a half
months' leave, which we were spending
shooting up the White Nile, our shlkarles
told us of a place where the was a chance
of getting elephant. We got to the place
one afternoon, says n correspondent of
the London Field, and I went out to
look for tracks, which, owing to a heavy
rainstorm two nights before, were very
plain in moat places.
After going inland for about a mile
and a half I came upon a khor. or stream,
which was for the most part full of
reeds and long grass. I waded across,
and on the further side found tracks,
where the five elephants had been drink
ing the night before. On a bit of sandy
giound about half a mile further Inland
1 found a lot more tracks The natives
told us that the; came down to drink
every two or three nights, and then went
long distances inlanJ. As we hud no
means of following them, our only chance
was to try and shoot them its they came
down to the water.
We went on into a belt of trees about
half a mile from the khnr and there
put down all our kit. and the native*
stripped themselves, preferring to be
DRENNEN & COMPANY Department Stores
E ]
We give away
to every lady
who attends
the Expert
Demonstra- j
tlon Monday
and Tuesday
next, of the fa
mous Bohn
a can of
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Tnmnrrnw And we mal<e the tirst weel< >n May a memorable one
1 UlIIUrrUTV"""t'rom a shopping viewpoint. Many departments bring out
their most important values. And while the prices placed on every article
tempts you to exclaim them beyond any competition—it’s the high quality
and the correct style features that make'this store pre-eminently the Peoples
Popular Place—a prominent feature of this week’s business will be the
20% off. Annual May Linen Sale 20% off.
Fine Table
Hemstitched and
Hemmed Ready
for Use
8x10 size, sells $1.75;
20 per cent off
8x12 size, sells $1.98;
20 per cent off
8x12 size, sells $*.00;
20 per cent off
8x12 size, sells $*.50;
20 per cent off
72-lnch bleached damask, reg. price $2.00, 20 per cent nfr. $l.bu
72-lnch bleached damask, reg. price $1.50, 20 per cent off.. 1.20
72-lnch bleached damask, reg. price $1.25, 20 per cent off. . 1.00
72-lnch bleached damask, reg. price $1.00, 20 per cent off.. 80c
72-lnch bleached damask, reg. price 90c, 20 per cent off. 72c
60-inch bleached damask, reg. price 75c, 20 per cem off... 60c
72-lnch bleached and cream damask, reg. price 50c. 20 p e off 40c
60-iuch German damask, ree. price 40c, 20 per cent off . . . . 32c
60-inch colored damask, 30c value, 20 per cent off.40c
60-inch turkey red damnsk,, 35c value, 20 per cent off.32c
60-lncli turkey red damask, 25c value, 20 per cent off.20c
24x24-inch bleached, $2.50 value; 20 per cent, off.V’.OO
24x24-inch bleached. $2.25 value; 20 per cent off.$1.80
22x22-lnch bleached, $2.00 value; 20 per cent off.$1.60
22x22-lnch bleached, $1.75 value; 20 per cent off.$1.40
20x20-inch bleached, $1.50 value; 20 per cent off.$1.20
20x20-inch bleached, $1.25value; 20 per cent off.$1.00
20x20-iuch bleached $1.00 value; 20 per cent off. 80c
White Fringed Napkins.
24x24 inch Napkins, $1.50
value; 20 per cent off. $1.20
22x22-tneh Napkins, $1.25
value; 20 per cent off. $1.00
20x20-lneh Napkins, $1.00
value; 20 per cent off.. 80c
18xlS-inch Napkins, 75c
value; 20 per cent off. . 60c
Colored Fringed Napkins.
18xl8-lnch Napkins. $1.00
value; 20 per cent off 80c
18x18-inch Napkins. 75c
value; 20 per cent off. , 60c
SILK SUIT, $9.98.
25 Chiffon Taffeta Sills • Shirt
Waist Suits, in blues, reds, greens
and blacks; worth $17.50. OC
Only, each.
ETON SUITS, $5.98.
83 Ladies' white, blue and green
linen Eton suits. Worth ,T
$9.98. Onlv, each.
LAWN SUIT. $1.49.
latdles’ and young ladles' em
broidered white lawn shirt, waist
suits; worth $2.49, I
at, each.* '
Other FabricsfSitffer
Sharp Cuts in Price
50-inch Pino Mohair in sq
black, blue anil green.. .. fJUV
White 38-Inch !»
Mohair. OOC
White 45-incli lye
Mohair., • &(1
38-inch pure wool Panama, cn
in black, blue, green, etc....
Dress Silks in Louislne and Jap
anesp wash silks, worth up IQ^-,
to 75c. Special.
This has been a record season
with us on Millinery. Our stock
began to run low and we> negotiated
to close out the entire lot of an
Eastern concern. After much ne
gotiating they accepted our offer—
one reason why you gebsuch values
as are offered here, in fact a sav
ing of more than half. The entire
lot of over 300 dozen on sale Mon
day morning for the first time.
The first lot Is made up of a
splendid line of Dress undf Walking
Hats; original cost price was $3.00
to $4.50. Choice of this l oq
lot only, each.L.«'o
The second lot is composed of a
beautiful line of dress shirtwaist
and street Huts; former cost $5.00
to $7.00. Choice of Ibis ^y
lot only, each.■w.s'O
Third lol is made up of the most
elegant dress Hats ever seen !n
Birmingham for anything like the
prices. These hats cost ordinarily
$7.50 to $10. Choice O QU
New lot Ladles' and I
Misses’ Parasols; >1.25 and. *
Ladies’ Union Taffeta Silk Um
brellas, new assortment of no
handles, worth $1.59; special
Ladies’ Embroidered 1 fjii
White Belts; special.
White Hand Bags, all
styles; special.,.WW
Ladles' fine Embroidered Belts,
Pearl Buckles, 35c to 50c.
black or tan, in lace effects. •),7.,
Two pair for.
G5 dozen Ladies' beauti
fully embroidered lingerie
Shirt Waists, either short or
long sleeves; open in back
or front; worth 1 t)r.
$1.98 each; only.
Spring weight Eton Pana
ma Cloth Suits; they are
worth $17.50 to $00.00;
choice now, per 11 (ku
suit. 1 1..10
Indies' fine circular and
two piece chiffon Panama,
also an extra fine texture off
imported voile skirts, in
white, prays, and blacks;
worth $8.50. Extra J Q(J
special only.‘r.I/O
-oO Ladies’ fine handker
chief. linen... embroidered
shirt waist suits; beautiful
dresses. Worth $9.00 4
each. Only.
nuoi c.n t art-utnu.
An excellent assortment
of solid colors in ladies hose
both in lisle and lace. 75c
value, at, per ‘"jOn
Just received a lot of lisle
finished ladies' Hosiery in
tans and black, drop stitch.
Special price 15c per
pair; 2 pair for.
The Bargain Center of Greater Birmingham
naked when there was any danger. We.
then left the trees and crept cautiously
into the long grass. We saw the ele
phants drinking at the water, but after
a short time they all started coining
back in single file. I think they must
have scented danger. They passed about
100 yards to our left, and we counted
abouty thirty. As they crossed a clear
ing about 100 yards away we made out
an old bull leading the herd, and both
fired at him.
The whole herd closed up into a bunch
and sniffed about with their trunks in
t'he air. We sat still, waiting to get
a chance to single out a bull. After
a minute or so, which seemed a very
long lime, the bull we had fired at began
trumpeting loudly, the rest immediately
following suit, breaking the stillness of
the night by a terrific trumpeting and
screaming. The whole herd charged
straight for us in a mass. The natives
fled, and as we could do not good by
shooting, W. and I went off In different
directions. The ground was covered with
long dry grass and little bumps, and
J had not run ten yards before I fell flat
on my face. 1 was up in a second with j
the herd behind me, and rushed on, only 1
to fall again. This happened a third {
time, and then I was absolutely blown,
and so 1 stopped, and found to my relief
that the herd had stopped, too, having
evidently lost my wind, and were sniffing
I went buck to within about sixty or ;
seventy yards of the herd, and was joined
almost Immediately by W., who bad made ,
for the belt of trees. We waited for a
while to get a good shot, and presently
the herd began to move off again inland.
We made out a bull and both fired at him.
The elephants stopped and again closed
up, but apparently did not get our wind
this time, as they presently started back
to the khor in single file: but after going
about thirty yards they suddenly turned
and came for us In line, trumpeting
We made off in different directions,
but after running a little way my shl- ,
karl said that be thought that they had
stopped. After a few minutes my shikari
clutched my arm and pointed out to me
two elephants, which f had not seen
and which were facing me riot fifty yards
away. One of them was waving his I
trunk about In the air, evidently thinking I
something was near. Suddenly he curled
up his trunk, corked his enormous ears,
and giving a tremendous trumpet, charg
ed down on me. followed by his mate
With my kite experience of running In
the long grass clearly in my mind. I
went off at at a steady double, husband
ing my breath for a sprint if they got I
close up to me.
I made for the belt of trees, where It
was better going, and soon came on W.
and the natives, who were coming back j
to look for me. As my shikari said j
he could see the rest of the herd com- i
ing on. too. we all went along the belt !
of trees at our best pace. We were soon 1
out of sight of them In the darkness |
and stopped. Although we could not !
see we could hear them not far off. They j
must have lost our scent after a bit.
because after waiting some time we sent
a native back to reconnoitre, and he
reported that the elephants had gone
back to the khor. We then got hold of
our kit and settled down for the night,
the Intention being to follow them up
as they went inland and get a shot by
day light.
Some of the elephants went away In
land very soon, and at Intervals all night
we could see thern loom up In the dark
ness as they passed by us. There were
a few* elephants of a different herd on 1
our right, so that we had them on all .
four sides of us. The herd we had fired ,
at were very angry and kept up a tre- |
rnendous trumpeting and screaming till
about 2 a. m., when most had gone In- j
land. All became quiet then, and we
thought that they had all gone. At the
first streak of dawn we went down to
the khor to see what damage we had
done the night before.
To our surprise we saw a herd of
seven still drinking and playing about
In the mud. We crouched behind a bush
and watched them throwing water about
for a few minute* They then to
walk back in single file. ^ p let thern
pass us about 150 yards to our left, so
as to get the windward side of them,
and then ran along through the trees to
come up with them. We saw them com
ing out of the trees about 100 yards away.
We (had just settled to fire at one bull
who had a good pair of tusks when
around a bush about sixty yards away
came an enormous bull elephant, with a
fine pair of tusks, broadside on.
We both fired simultaneously. He cock
ed his enormous ears and made off at a
lumbering trot. 1 ran after him as hard
as I could to get in another shot, but
he was already several hundred yards
away. After going about 500 yards we
saw him fall dead. He measured It feet
lncres high at the withers and had
a fine pair of tusks.
The best half-tone cuts are made by
the Gawk Engraving company. Age
Herald Building.
Actress, Highwayman, and New Play.
We seem never to tire of reminiscences
of the stage. When, combined with the
fascination of the preparations and pro
duction of a play, we have a transconti
nental journey, a train-robber's capture
and escape, and all manners of other un*
usual adventure, we feel us though we
had had the treat of our lives, and this
remarkable combination Is to be found
in Clara Marrls's "Hunt for a Play,” in
the April McClure’s. Miss Morris tells
of her trouble in finding a play and the
dampening of her belated success by its
production by another company in New
York. Still determined, however, she sets
out for San Francisco, where her man
agers have arranged for her tlrst appeal
unce in the role of "Renee de Moray,” in
which many of us must remember Mr.
Daly's old leading lady. A sheriff boards
I tho sleeping car with a famous .a and 1
express robber whose capture lie had Just
effected. Miss Morris has a long talk with
him, during the course of which she can
see he Is making up Ills mind to take a
desperate chance In an effort for freedom.
How lie succeeded and what followed
makes a true, stirring story of the days
when the west was filled with romance.
Then comes the production of the piny
and the thrilling account of the Inspira
tion that suddenly dragged It from the
fire, and made failure spell success.
Know All By These 'Presents.
From the Chicago News.
Oyer—There Is one tlme( In the life of
every married mail when /he Is an advo
cate of free silver."
Myer—When Is that?
Gyer—When he Is on the verge of cele
brating the twenty-fifth anniversary of
the day he faced the parson.
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