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A LOVE SONG.
Sweetheart —sweetheart, where’er my Kteps are led— Whatever joys I meet, *tijl to return unto a crust of bread With love is sweet —is sweet! 'The world hath splendors, but its glories go For naught when that I seem *To drift in memory where the hearthfires glow And where my loved ones dream. O ’er all the wreck and ruin of the years Of lives that drift apart. The thought of children's love and chil dren's tears Comes thrilling to my heart! And to, sweetheart, whatever life may bring On land or ocean's foam, Still shall those sweet, endearing voices sing The heart back to its home! 'tjjQ rss7= I THE CHARITY BALL. | &>. ..08 Mr# Brownin S- y°u at Way/ anything so gay as a char ity ball?” “And you, my dear Miss Erickson, at Any thing so dismal V” Mr. Browning re plied. The girl laughed and shook out the folds of her misty pink dancing skirt, with its ruffles and lace. “I have Just one dance left, a sehot tisehe. Shall It be for you?” be said. “If you will so honor me. But as I <*n t dance anything but the waltz I -arn going to ask you to come with me to that little alcove retreat over there, where we can talk and watch the fig tirea.” For answer Mildred Erickson laid her gloved Augers on his arm and raised her brown eyes to his face as they walked away from the group of daucers now forming for the schottische. The “little alcove retreat” was at one **nd of the long bail-room, and was massed with cut flowers and ferns. Mil dred threw her huge bouquet of brides maids roses, her fan and lace handker chief dow'n beside her and took up two thirds of the divan with her full skirts. Hrowning sank back luxuriously in the Uken cushions at her side. “Everyone seems to be here to-night,” etoe said. “Yes. Even I.” "There is Maud Jones, now, in that 4 <ale blue chiffon. Do you know she is to be married next week to Jack Mar shall?” “She? This is only her second season, Isn’t It?” “Second! No, only her first,” Mildred ald with a laugh and shrug of her £*ltimp white shoulders. “Her first? You are more sensible, V ss Erickson. Why, this is your tenth t-eaeon. Don’t you remember I was at your coming ouc tea?” “Yes, and you were old then—2B; just my age now\” She picked up her bou •quiet and buried her face in the fresh :plnk blossoms. “And you were in white and carried pink roses, just like those, Mildred.” "But not so large a hunch.” And she began pulling the flowers out and tear ng off the petals, while Browning watched her color come and go. "And I sent them.” “Ahd you sent them.” Browniiigshifted his position slightly. “1 wonder what Marshall wants to -marry that little Miss Jones for?” he aiL "As she Is not an heiress, he probably ihiuks he loves her. I hope it does not worry you. Mr. Browning.” "Me? Not at all. I suppose you've often wondered why I’ve never mar irled." Mildred's cheeks assumed the hue of tier roses. “I? Not at all. Rather, I should won der if you did get married. I am so used txt you single, you know.” “And I should wonder at it, too. I tiike women. They are beautiful crea tures, to be admired, adored ,and ideal ised, tout kept at a distance if a man wants to retain his peace of mind. .Don't you think so. Miss Erickson?” "Can Mr. Browning be wrong?" “Thank you. Now, suppose I had married when I was, say, 28. Ten years age. I'd have a wife who never thought of ne or my home, but always of her own personality and social engage ments. My home would he no home at all, because I should expect things of her which she would never do.” Miss Erickson was unconsciously yv,riling the flowers to pieces and watch ing Mr. Browning with studied eour- Browning continued: "As it Is, I .have my bachelor flat, in which I am king. My servants, whom no one In terferes with. 1 go and come as I please, to the club, to the opera, to dinners, or to Europe. My horses and carriages are mine, and no one ever •omplains of them. My house Is soli tude itself, unless I wish to make it .noisy. Don’t you think lam a sen sible man?” “It really had never occurred to me. Mr. Browning,” Mildred said, laughing slightly. “Of course you do. for you have fol iowed my example and remained sin gle.” “But not alone. There Is mamma tnd papa aud Joe and the girls. Mr. 'trowtilng. O. I should not care for solitude and enjoyment alone.” “You are uot so selfish.” “No.” “What?” “No, Mr. Browning. 1 am not selfish, j Aud you would be happier if you were Browning looked at her In silent : amazement. Then he said: I suppose l have given up a lot for | ray selfishness. It might be nice to have a wife always waiting for me and pian little surprises for my comfort ami eujoyment, if she were sweet aud nice and charming, like she would be • before l married her. And to always j have someone to take out with me j whenever I—or rather she—care to go. i And to entertain my friends as some women can do. Aud to see great tail ; ln>ys and gentle girls—my children— growing up about me. But a man must have a lot of nerve to ask a woman to ! g. ve herself to him alone.” “Not necessarily." Mildred's lips were i parted in a smile. “Her freedom, her childhood home, j her name, all girlish pastimes, every bit of—" Browning went on, answering j his own question. “She regards it all as a pleasant sac rifice. If she loves the man, Mr. Brown tug.” “And if she loves the man will she w ant to do all this if he asks her to?” •*iien are positive and women nega tive.” “So you advise me to marry7’ “I advise all men to marry.” •Then why are you single. Mildred?” “I? Oh, 1 am a woman.” And she laughed soft ly. Browning watched the gay scene of the ballroom in silence for a moment. Then fie said : “Miidred, shall I tell you why I never married?” The girl buried her face again in the roses. “Yes.” she said. “Because 1 never thought you would have me. You were so bright and gay, aud ten years younger than I.” Mildred leaned forward until he felt her breath on his cheek. She spoke rapidly, for she saw Mr. Bixby coming to claim a waltz. "Shall I tell you why I never'married, Paul?” “Yes.” “Because you never asked me.” “Mildred.” Browning sprang forward from the silken cushions and caught her hand. But she withdrew it hurriedly, and with her face all wreathed in smiles caught up her flowers and fan and lace handkerchief, and said, as she walked away: ‘ Conte to me to-inorrow afternoon at 2. Mr. Browning.” And a moment later Browning saw her floating through the steps of the waltz /m the arm of George Bixby.—St. Louis Star. EASY TO FORGET ORTHOGRAPHY Employment of Amanuenses Canaes Men to Forget How to Spell. “The practice of using an amanuensis has become almost universal among busy men of affairs,” said a Magazine street wholesaler, “and it's death on orthography. I defy any man who has dictated to a stenographer for a3 long a period of time as two years to sit down and write an ordinary business letter w-iliout making at least four or five ridiculous blunders in spelling. Skill in English orthography is purely an arbitrary accomplishment. It’s a feat in mnemonics and doesn't neces sarily presuppose the possession of any special intellectual gifts. The only w’ay that the average man retains his ability to spell with reasonable correctness is by keeping constantly in practice and seeing the written words before his eyes. Let him suspend that mental exercise for a short time and the tiist thing you know he'll he spelling ele phant with two f's. “The stenographer habit is as bad as cocaine—when once you begin it you’ve got to keep it up or you’re lost. If I attempted to write a letter of any length at present my correspondent would be certain to set me down as a scani|a!ous Ignoramus, and I believe nine-tenths of the business men in the city are in the same boat. The memory of most people, by the way, is chiefly graphic, as far as spelling is concerned. I mean by that that they have to write a word down on paper aud see how it looks before are certain about its orthography. That is why they become rusty so quick as soon as they give up the personal handling of the pen. In mediaeval times the upper classes didn’t pretend to know how to write. They left that to professional scriven ers, and we appear be drifting back to that happy con'’ !i .cn of affairs.”— Pittsburg News. Too Thick. A youug lawyer with no practice rent ed a modest office, hired a smart boy, and waited for his clients. lie waited a long time, but one day the client came. At any rate the door opened, and a voice asked If the lawyer was in. “James,” said the young lawyer to his office boy, “I wish you'd go to the First National Bank and tell them that the amount of that draft should be fif teen hundred and seventy-five dollars, instead of fifteeu hundred and twenty live dollars, and before you return drop into Mr. Johnson's office and tell him that I’ve collected that thirty-five hundred dollars for him. While you are there step across the hall and inform Mr. Fogball that unless that note for ten thousand dollars is paid in the morning I shall begin foreclosure pro ceedings. Hurry, now. James, as there !s a great deal of work to do this morn ing.” The well-trained boy was going out, when the prospective client said: “This is no place for me with a five dollar claim to collect.” Then he lumbered down the stairs, and the young lawyer said, wearily: "You needn’t go, James; I laid it on too thick that time.” In the Great Northwest. Where in the wooly west are the sombreroed ruffians with pistols and knives in their hoots and cartridge belts around their waists? Where are the Alkali Ikes, Lariat Bills, et al., who fire at the decanters in barrooms aud at the silk hats of tenderfoot strangers -the villainous desperadoes whose lynching bees and other harrow ing anecdotes make up considerable of the stock in trade of our eastern comic illustrators? I do not know. For many years I have wandered through the great northwest on horse back. stage coach and in canoes, as well as in the palatial Pullman sleep er of the great transcontinental lines, and I have never discovered any of the fierce, bewhlskered dime-novel heroes. Easterners have an erroneous Impression about the vast plains coun try that stretches eastward from the flanks of the Rockies to the wheat fields of the Dakotas. In reality, it is a region where crimes are far less numerous In proportion to population than they are In the densely settled regions of the Eastern and Middle States. lrr tation of tho l.ip Causes Cancer. “Cancer of the lip.” a city physician says, “is caused more frequently than one would think by the toothbrush. Let me illustrate this by a typical cast which I am treating now. John Blank smoked a good deal. and. to keep his teeth white he cleaned them hard three times a day with a brush whose bris tles were like wire. He brushed a little patch of skin from his lower lie Afterward he was careful, and the sore spot healed. But then he forgot, aud the spot became sore again. This went on a year or so. Two days out of the seven this one place in Blank's lip was sore. Finally, it began to pain him; It hurt him all the time; it smarted even when apparentlj healed. He would awake in the night with the sharp pinching pain there, and the pain was like the clutch of a crab's claw, for he had cancer now—cancer due to the irritation which he had ap plied thrice daily for a year to that one spot with his stiff bristled brush."— Philadelphia Record. Vegetable Shoes. A London bootmaker has patented a shoe mede expressly for vegetarians. It is made of vegetable production. At what age in a womrji !a it no longer discourteous to entertain a sus picion that bar teeth are too good to bo natural? G. 0. P IN CONGRESS. SOME NEFARIOUS MEASURES HAVE BEEN PASSED. Brief List of Things Republicans Have Done and Other Things Which They Failed to Do—The Administration’s Philippine Policy. Washington correspondence: “We have done those things which we ought not to have done and have left undone the things we ought to have done.” That is* the confession which the Republicans of the Fifty sixth Congress should make of the ses sion just brought to an enrl. Here is a brief list of the things they have done: They have passed the single gold standard bill, which repudiates the money of the Constitution and the Re publican pledge of 189 G to work for the rehabilitation of bimetallism. By the same hill the national bonded debt was extended for thirty j ears aud the pow er of the national hanks indefinitely increased. They have passed the Porto Rican tariff bill. It violates the honor and pledged faith of the United States to the Porto Ricans- It sfi.tifies the declared policy of President Me El nicy aud evert Vader of the Republican party, and did violence to tho senti ment of the people regardless of party, they forced through Congress the armor plate grab wherebv the armor plate trust will make a profit of 87.U00.000, and whereby Mark Hanna’s campaign fund will be enriched to the extent of a ten per cent, rake-off. They provided for the spending of 5r.0.000,000 on netv naval vessels in face of a declaration not successfully con tradicted, that one big ship building firm alone gave $400,000 to the Repub lican campaign fund with the expecta tion of being reimbursed by fat naval contracts ttQ'kr favorable terms. They he.-e been guilty of the most reckless extravagance in appropriations 1j ev ery direction. From a total of 531.1. 000,000 for the fiscal year of 1890 ’97, the last on - affected by a Democratic administration, the appropriations have betn swollen to $709,000,000 for the cur rent fiscal year. These enormous fig ures do not include the usual appropri ation for river and harbor work, for public buildings, or for the $30,000,000 worth of naval work authorized, or of any portion of the $140,000,000 which will he covered by the Nicaragua canal bill, which still rests on the Senate cal endar. But it does carry an increase of over $90,000,000 over ordinary army expenditures, an Increase of over $35,- 000,000 in ordinary naval expenditures, and an Increase of over $32,000,000 in sundry civil expenditures; and the reckless extravagance in appropriation can hardly keep pace with the reck less, prodigal and even criminal extrav agance aud corruption in expenditure. Like the daughter of the horse leech, the huge army of tax-eaters, corrup tionists, favored contractors and sopils meu cry, “More, more.” Thinus Left Undone. The Republicans have left undone nearly everything of vital importance to the people. They passed an anti trust bill through the House, which, with Democratic amendments forced upon it, received the practically unani mous vote of all parties in that branch. But when it reached the Senate, despite the umost efforts of the Democrats to secure consideration, the bill was sent by a solid Republican vote into commit tee, from which it will never emerge. The bill was proposed by the Republi cans solely for campaign purposes, and without the slightest purpose of ever letting it become a law. The Nicaragua canal bill passed the House by an overwhelming non-parti san vote, but in the Senate the Pa cific railroad lobby tied up the measure and it slumbers on the calendar. In both House and Senate resolutions of sympathy with the Boer republics in their struggle for independence were introduced, but in each body the res olutions were overwhelmed and sup pressed under direct orders from the White House. Efforts were made in both Inxlies to secure the investigation of tin* numerous charges of fraud and misconduct of government officials in (‘very branch of the service during the past three years, but in every instance save one the resolutions were either de feated or postponed of consideration until too late to be given effect. In one instance alone was a thorough Investigation had. The arbitrary use of the military in the Coeur d’Aleifes to suppress organized lalvor was inyes tigated by the military affairs commit tee of the House, and the testimony given under oath was so damnatory in its character to the administration that every effort was made on the part of the majority of the committee as well as by the majority of the House to sup press the testimony and prevent its reaching the public. Representative Lentz of Ohio made a gallant struggle to secure the printing of 10.000 copies of this testimony, so that it could he distributed among the labor unions and other bodies which were equally inter ested in the investigation and had re quested copies of the report, hut his utmost efforts were unavailing. The Republicans have gathered in and de stroyed or secreted nearly every copy of the testimony which had to be print ed for the use of the committee. Thou sands of tons of trash are printed ev ery year by the Government to find disposition in junk shops, but this vitally important report to every labor ing man In the country could not be j permitted to see the light of day. Were on the Program. Certain other measures stood upon ; the Republican program, hut failed to j pass Congress for various reasons. The administration sought by every means in its power to secure the adoption of ] the Ilay-Pauncefote treaty in the Sen ate. which would have given to Great | Britain, with her enormous fleet, prac- | Ileal naval control of the Nicaragua canal. But public sentiment came out j so strongly against the surrender that j the treaty was permitted to sleep. The j ship subsidy bill failed for a similar j reasoin. Its purpose was plain enough j to enable a few wealthy shipbuilders 1 and steamship owners to further in- j crease their already enormous profits, and at the same time contribute the j usual ten per cent rake-off to Mark < Hanna’s corruption fund. But the j growl from the public was too ominous ami consideration was postponed until next winter. The army reorganization i bill was also abandoned, although the administration urged its adoption to j the last, because Speaker Henderson bluntly told the President that it? j adoption would lose the Republicans i twenty congressional seats in the mid die IV“St alone, the country not yet be- ! ing prepared for militarism. It is safe to assert that every nefari ous proposition which has l>een post poned until next winter will be then adopted if McKinley wins at the polia in November. Should Bryan win j will be abandoned, as the Democrats of the Senate will hold them up if it takes until the fourth of March to do it. Our Philippine Policy. On the arrival of the Philippine com mission at Manila, Judge Taft, on be half of the commission, proceeded to announce the intentions of the adminis tration as to its future policy in deal ing with the islands. In effect Judge Taft announced that the. administration has no definite Philippine policy, except to continue the war indefinitely. The commission lias no authority to make any material pledges to the insurgents. In fact. Judge Taft stated the commission would have nothing to do with those Filipinos in armsf Nor would the Filipinos be justified in relying upon the commission should it make them pledges as to their fu ture government. Any pledges made would need the sanction of the Presi dent and the possible concurrence of Congress. Gen. Miles pledged the people of Porto Rico that they would he given the same rights and privileges as held by our territories under the constitu tion, but Mr. McKinley aud the Repub lican majority in Congress brushed the pledges aside at the dictation of the sugar and tobacco trusts. Pledges and “plain duty” counted for naught. As far as the Filipinos are con cerned the administration has nothing definite to offer them. They are in vited to surrender, with the under standing that they will get what it may please the administration to grant them. They may be ruled by a military dictator, or by carpetbaggers, or the Government may be turned over to a syndicate. And yet there are some people who are unable to under stand why the Filipinos decline to lay down their arms and accept that in definite measure of liberty that Mr. McKinley has in store for them.—Mil waukee News. McKinley’s War on Religion. The protest of Monsignor Sbarretti against the decree of Gen. Brooke, de claring that civil marriages only should be recognized by law, will make an impression on everyone not animated by hatred of all religion. “Catholics and Protestants alike,” he declared, “complain because they were obliged to perform one ceremony to satisfy the law and another ceremony to sat isfy their consciences. To this neither Cubans nor Americans were accustom ed. What is now asked is tho marriage regulations generally obtaining in the United States, where, in this as in all things else, is allowed the greatest per sonal freedom consistent with public safety.” The bigotry which would inspire such a decree is inconceivable; the stupidity which would adopt the suggestion and formulate it into enactment is equally amazing. It contravened not only the laws and immemorial customs of Cuba, but the laws and customs of the United States, where religious marriages are valid and sufficient, without any civil ceremony. It showed a deliberate and obstinate purpose to goad and excite the Cubans, and it Is making enemies for the United States throughout Span ish America, where we ought to have friends. The revelations of misgovern ment, corruption and religious oppres sion in Cuba are being carefully noted by the Spanish-Americans, and are do much to undo the* excellent influence of American successes in the war with Spain. Even England has learned, of late years, not to meddle with the re ligious affairs of states and races sub ject to her rule, and President Mc- Kinley, as an admirer of the English, might profit by their example.- New York News. A Reactionary Period. The student who traces the history of Republicanism through the ages will not fail to note the reactionary ten dency at the close of the nineteenth centbry. He will look in vain for a sign that the old love of independence Avhich was so conspicuous as the cen tury was coming in was still burning. He will turn to the living and prosper ous republics to gather from the official records some evidence that Republican ism was the common cause of all lib erty lovers. lie will find no such evi dence. He will read upon the records of the old and proud monarchies proof that In the courts of Europe the de struction of young republics caused un bounded delight. The black page will not be illuminated by any record that in any republic anywhere there was any protest against the assassination of Republicanism. But the cause of human liberty is not lost because of a few reverses. Na tions come and go. but the principles of equality and justice remain un changed. That which was right in 177 G has not become wrong in 11MX). The inalienable rights of man are not modified by the color of his skin or ob literated because he happens to live in a distant continent or on an isolated island. Th<j making and unmaking of nations is but an incident in the on ward march of civilization.—Sioux Falls Press. Where They Belong. It is reported that the Hawaiian planters class themselves with the Re publican party of the United Stales in politics. Of course, that’s where they belong. The Hawaiian planters have been accustomed on their plantations to the form of slavery known as con tract labor, whereby the worker is bound to servitude for a certain num ber of years, and finds himself, as a rule, compelled by circumstances,to renew his contract when his term ex pires. This means a degraded form of labor, irrespective of race or color, to which the Democratic party is utterly opposed, but which is right in line with Republican policy, and the plans of trust aud monopolies, fostered and pro tected ly the Republican party. The degradation of American labor is as much a principle of Republicanism as protection for the American monop olist. Nothing would suit the Repub lican party better than to have the white workingman reduced to a condi tion of servitude similar to that of the yellow workingman in Hawaii, and the planters in our Pacific possessions nat urally link themselves with the political organization which favors the system they would like to maintain. A Prodigal Congress. The Republican party once suffered an overwhelming defeat because a Re publican Congress had expended a billion of dollars during the two years for which it made annual appropria tions. The Fifty-sixth Congress during is first session lias set a pace in the matter of expenditures which makes the repudiated billion-dollar Congress a ir.*del of economy n comparison. The appropriations made during the session just closed, and which do uot include a river and harbor bill, reach over s7oo.ooo.<*K). If this rate is maintained during the final session the present Congress will earn the sobriquet billion-and a-half Congress.—Pnlladel* pliia Times. Ammunition for the Democrats. 3\ ill the ghosts of the murdered South African republics furnish a less "telling cry” than their living, strug gling forms would have offered if the j war had dragged on? We do not know how much capital the Democrats could have made out of the South African business if the brave fight for the in dependence of the Boers liad been pro i longed, hut. whatever its measurement might have been, we doubt if it will be reduced one iota by the fact that the fate of the republics no longer impends, but has become a reality.—Washington i Post. Brother Abner. As we draw nearer to the Presidential 1 campaign it is to be observed that Brother Abner, who has from time to time tilled the public eye, modestly withdraws himself from public obser vation and even declines to talk to the newspaper reporters. Ypt Brother Ab ner is a great and good man. Why should not lie continue to enlighten the public, even though carping critics might call attention to the circum stance that he is now wallowing in luxury while four years ago he couldn’t get credit for a 23-cent meal?—Chicago Chronicle. Nothing New in the Situation. The administration organs are mak ing much ado over the statement that Kansas farmers cannot get help enough to harvest their crops and are ascrib ing the fact to McKinley prosperity. It is the same old story, however—nothing new. From time immemorial thou sands of people have been idle in cities, while the Western farmers could not get help enough to harvest their crops. "McKinley prosperity” has nothing to' do with the case.’—Syracuse Telegram. Indiana’s Democratic Leader. In Mr. Kern the Democrats nomina ted probably their strongest man. He is a creditable candidate witlial. He has strength of character, a fine execu tive mind, is a lawyer of conceded abil ity. a popular speaker of force and a man of decision. He lias courage. He is clean and upright. He is in the prime of life.—lndanapolls News. If They Had Been Honest. Had the majority in Congress been sincere they could easily have legislat ed against the trusts in the early daj-s of the session, when genuine auti-trust legislation could have passed both houses and been siguod by the Presi dent without delay. No effective auti trust legislation has been intended.— St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Exterminating the Filipinos. Out scheme of benevolent assimila tion is proceeding la the Philippines. It is estimated that we have killed 15,- 000 of them since we began to try to subdue them. At this rate we could succeed ill exterminating them in a few hundred years if they would only stop being born. —Atlanta Journal. Cannot Find What They Fcek. The Republicans are looking in vain for the lack of harmony in the Demo cratic ranks which they are fain to be lieve exists. The party of McKinley and Hanna is basing all its hopes of success on a divided enemy, and it is disappointed already.—Peoria Ilerald- Transcript. Cutting Down Cuban Expenses. The new man in charge of postal af fairs in Cuba cut down salaries and ex penses to the extent of $42,000 a year in his first week. Does anybody sup pose this reduction would ever have been made if the stealings of the gang had not been disclosed?—Sioux Falls Press. Never Gives Up Its Dead. Lake Superior never gives up its dead. Whoever encounters.terrible disaster— happily infrequent in season -and goes down in the angr>, beauti ful blue waters, never comes up again. From those earliest days when the dar ing voyagers in their trim birch bark canoes skirted the picturesque shores of this noble but relentless lake down to this present mom mt, those who have met their deaths in mid-Superior still lie at the stone-paved bottom. It may he that, so very cold is the T~str, some of their bodies may have been pre served through the centuries. Some times. not far from shore, the bodies of people who have been wrecked from fishing smacks or from pleasure boats overtaken by a cruel squall have been recovered, tout only after the most hero ic* efforts with drag net or by the diver. Once on a trip down the lakes I met a clergyman, who. as we passed a point of land some miles before entering the narrowing of the lake at the Soo, point ed out the place where the ill-fated Al goma went down on the reef some years ago, aud as he looked, he said slowly: “I was at the funeral of one man who went down with her, and the only rea son his body is not at the bottom to day with the other thirty-eight that were lost is because It was caught in the timbers of the vessel and could not sink.”—Minneapolis Tribune. When You Meet in Japan. Nothing is more amusing than to watch two acquaintances saluting in the streets of a Japanese town. As they come in sight of each other they slacken their pace, anil approach with downcast eyes and averted face, as if neither was worthy of beholding the other; then they bow low. so as to bring the face on a level with the knees, on which the palms of tlie hands are pressed. A succession of hissing sounds is next made by drawing in the breath between j the closed teeth, interspersed with a series of compiimentary phrases uttered with great volubility in a sort of under toned falsetto, each trying to outdo his friend in rapidity ami extravagance of language, while the palms are diligently rubbed. At last the climax is reached and each endeavors to give the precedence to the I other. For some moments, perhaps ! fora full minute, the polite contest con tinues; th> n the ceremony abruptly t ends, as if the difficulty were capable ! of none but a brusque solution, and the i two pass on hurriedly, with a look of | extreme relief.—Brooklyn Citizen. Ancient Preserved Fruit*. Wed-preserved flowers discovered at Dausourh. in Egypt, in tombs of the i times of the Pharaohs, have just I>een placed in the Cairo Museum. The com monest of these were the white or blue lotus, the red poppy, the leaves and flowers of the pomegranate, of the saf fron and of the crocus. Cigarettes and Smokers' Pat"hes. Cigarette staoting is said by doctors to be specially productive of those white spots on the tongue and the inside of the cheeks, which are kuown as "smok ers’ patches.” Natural gas haa been found at Ni agara Fails. ALL OVER THE STATE ITEMS OF INTEREST IN BADGER DOM. Servant Girl Becomes Heiress to Large Amount—Oshkosh Society Loses Saw yer Bequest—Dynamite Exploded Un der Residence—Sentence for Murder. Erna Hide, who a few days ago was a plain servant girl, has left Milwaukee for New York on her way to Germany to claim a fortune estimated at from $2,- 000.000 to $3,000,000. The girl has been in this country nearly two years, and during that time has been engaged in do mestic service. She was well liked by her employers on account of her industry and intelligence. A few days ago she informed her mistress that she had re ceived an official document from Ger many which made it necessary for her to return there at Miss Ihde said nothing about her windfall, but later it leaked out that she bad been left a large fortune by a man who wished to marry her before she departed from the vater land, but her parents objected to the match. When seen just before leaving Miss lhde would furnish no information whatever as to her good luck and seemed much annoyed that the story had got out. She is about 24 years of age, and has a comely face. Losea Sawyer Bequest. The Oshkosh Ladies’ Benevolent Soci ety will not get the Sawyer bequest of SIO,OOO. At a meeting of the society recently it was decided to erect a $3,- 000 addition to the Mead homestead on High street and convert the structure in to a ‘‘Home for the Friendless.” In Mr. Sawyer's will lie stipulated that the be quest was to be used with other funds for the erection of anew building. As no new building will be erected the so ciety will lose the bequest. Edgar Saw yer said he would, however, put aside SIO,OOO as an endowment for tin* so ciety. The ladies will try to raise the $5,000 needed for the addition by sub scription. Blown Up a House. The farm house of John Peterson, eight miles north of Cadott, was wrecked by an explosion of dynamite. Some un known party put the explosive under a corner of the house where the wife and three children were sleeping. That side of the house was completely shattered to pieces. llow the sleeping occupants es caped is nothing short of a miracle. Their clothing was torn into shreds. Two of the children were severely injured and Mrs. Peterson is seriously ill from the shock. Encampment of W. N. G. Orders have been issued by the adju tant general for the annual encampment of the Wisconsin National Guard at Camp Douglas, the First regiment and Troop A going on Aug. 4. The Second regiment and Battery A and Third regi ment and Tenth battalion following on the succeeding weeks. The camp this year will be named Camp Ilarnden in honor of the late Gen. Henry Ilarnden. Escapes Term of Prison. Mark O’Toole, who, about a year ago was sent to Waupun from West Supe rior, convicted of highway robbery and to stay seven years, but whom the Supreme Court held was not rightfully sent there, is now free. He has another case still pending against him, hut is out on liis own recognizance and the first case is dismissed altogether. Sentenced to Prison for Life. At Menomonie Sivert Soekness, who formerly lived at Cedar Falls, was sen tenced to Stillwater to life imprisonment for killing Rasmussen Midtlying a few months ago. Soekness pleaded guilty of murder iri the first degree. Mrs. Soekness was bound over to the next term of court. Attempts Suicide. Mrs. William Grosser of La Crosse at* tempted to commit suicide by taking car bolic acid. She was found by her hus band in a chair unconscious. Her fnco. throat and hands wore terribly burned ty the chemical. She will recover. Marries a Negro. Clara Pappau, a white girl of Viola, eloped with George Carpenter, a colored man. Police officers from Viola tried lo stop the marriage, but the girl being of ago nothing could be done. Brief State Happenings. Mrs. Thomas Hill of Waukesha, aged 71 years, fell off the sidewalk at Eagle and dislocted her shoulder joint. At Eau Claire fire on the north side de stroyed Markman’s warehouse, a barn and small dwelling. The loss is estimated at $3,500. John H. Donlin, a well-known con tractor of Chicago, died in the dining car of a Northwestern train while with a party of friends on his way to northern Wisconsin for a fishing trip. Heart dis ease was the cause’of death. Hiram Searles received notice from Washington stating that he was on the eligible list as a cadet in the I nited States revenue cutter service, lie is at present a teacher in the high school at Oshkosh. He is 21 years old. The celebrated Colo will case was up for another hearing in the Circuit Court at Jefferson, before Judge Clementson. The trial was an appeal from the decision of County Judge George Grimm, who re moved one of the trustees, Oscar A. C’ole, son of John W. Cole, the testator, sev eral months ago. Judge Clementson re versed the decision of the County Court end also reversed the same court’s de cision in regard to two parcels of land which were held by the County Court to be part of the trust estate. The decision gives Oscar Cole the ownership of the land in question. The estate is valued at $70,000. A shocking accident occurred at Gif ford's when Louise Boisclairc and Josie Pruess, tho maid and cook in tbc family of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Aikcns of Mil waukee, were drowned in Oeonomowoc lake, not far from the shore. G. A. Smith, who gives his address ns Milwaukee, and who was visiting eight miles north of Seymour, was shot at twice and badly wounded thd other day. A woman drove in a rig and called him from the house. When he got about a foot from her she fired at him. The name and whereabouts of the woman are unknown. William Banker of La Crosse, aged 21 years, was drowned at Peru. Mo., where he was employed by Fetter & Crosby on Government improvement work in the Mississippi river. Frank Miller, who was sent to prison nearly six years ago. on charge of having burglarized a house at Racine, has writ ten Sheriff Rein of Racine County w itb a view to hiring an attorney to obtain a pardon. Annie Johnson, a 9-year-old school girl of Racine, was run down by a bicycle rider. Her left leg was broken and she sustained other injuries. The police are hunting for the wheelman, who rode rap idly away after the accident. The building and stock of the Eikhorn Creamery Snpply Company was nearly destroyed by fire. The loss is $2,00U, cov ered by insurance. William Mnttonhuflf, a 16-year-old boy, employed in a Chippewa Falls planing mill, attempted to hold a buzz saw while the power was being turned on. Three fieg*-:s were severed from hi> right hand. At Janesville the factory of the Wis consin Carriage Company was totally de stroyed by fire. The loss was $3*1,000. with only a partial insurance of about $17,000. It was the most disastrous and fiercest fire that has raged in that city Cor years. The Union Church of Berlin celebrat* ed its fiftieth anniversary. Col. John G. McMinn, famous edu cator. is dead at Madison. ! Frankie Rausch, the 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rausch, was drown ed at Kaukauua. Joe Garrity of Chicago, while trying to hoard a freight train at Darien, fell be tween the ears and was cut in two. It is predicted that the dairy interests in .Sheboygan County will he greatly in jured by the present long spell of dry weather. Joseph Fox, near Forestville, while coupling ears accidentally caught his hand between the bumpers, crushing it in a horrible manner.. The strawberry crop around Baraboo, of which there was a large acreage, is a total failure, and the drouth is now ef fecting tne apple crop A farmer, Louis Anderson, on the Om ro road about seven miles southwest of Oshkosh, is quarantined on the suspicion that he is ill with smallpox. Chief of Police Pierce of Manitowoc arrested George E. Pettibone, who is wanted at Green Bay on the charge of stealing a team of horses from a livery man. At Manitowoc a movement has been started for the absolute prohibition of Sunday baseball games. A number of the local ministers are back of the move ment. The annual reunion of the Danish so cieties of southern Wisconsin and north ern Illinois was held at Lincoln Park in Racine. Several thousand Danish-Amer ienns were present. Annie Henriette Seiko, the 14-yoar-old daughter of Herman Seiko of La Crosse, was smothered by some peculiar growth in her throat that, without warning, closed the windpipe. The store at Two Creeks belonging to the Pfister estate of Milwaukee was en tered by burglars. They blew open the safe and stole s<‘>oo. The store is con ducted by Otto Bush. Belle Boyd, the famous spy of Confed erate fame, died suddenly of heart dis ease at Kilbourne, where she was lectur ing. She was 57 years of age and known all over the country. Secretary O. S. Sisson has issued the cell for the annual reunion of the Second Wisconsin volunteer cavalry, which will be held during the national encampment of the G. A. 11. in Chicago. L. E. Goodwin of Lost Lake had an ex amination on the charge of i ttempting to murder his wife by throwing her into an old well. He was held in SIO,OOO bail to appear in Circuit Court. M. 11. Ballou nml I. Elmer Smith have bought the Menasha paper mill of the S. A. Cooke Manufacturing Company. The new company will hereafter be known as the Menasha Paper Company. At Athens Joseph Boehm narrowly es caped serious injuries, his team running away for three blocks, when it turned a sharp corner and threw him to the ground and part of the wagon passed over him. Mrs. Sarah Ruinsey has commenced suit against the village of Omro for $2,- 0(X) damages. The complaint alleges that the village is trying to confiscate some of her property and convert it into a street. Fire destroyed about 2.000,000 feet of choice lumber owned by Uittenhouse & Embree of Chicago, which was piled in Thompson’s yard at Washburn. The es timated loss is $25,000, covered by insur ance. The fire caught from a spark in the millyard. The Algona Pea Packing Company has commenced its season of pea canning from its first crop of peas. Eighteen hun dred acres of land has been sowed to peas. Last year the output of the factory was 1,500,000 cans. This year the busi ness will he doubled. An attempt was made to wreck the Northwestern passenger train near Ke nosha by placing a large number of loose ties upon the track. Cha.’es Hawes, a farmer's son, said he saw three men pile the ties, hut was unable to get close enough to identify them. In Baraboo a peculiar accident hap pened at Arthur Morey’s brickyard. On account of the recent rains the earth be came very soft and caused twenty racks to fall over. The bricks had not been burned and are almost a total loss. The racks contained 70,000 bricks, valued at $5,000. Fayette Shaw & Co.'s tannery at Mel len burned the other night. The origin of the lire is unknown. Everything is an entire loss. The amount of the loss is estimated at $300,000. At one time it was thought it would bo impossible to save the Foster Lymber Company’s mills and yards. Nine hundred men were thrown out of employment. Charles Dabbs, ,tbe only son of Wil liam Dabbs, a well-known farmer living near Kenosha, was fatally injured by be ing kicked in the head by a vicious horse. He had taken the horse to a pas ture when the animal turned and kicked him, the hoof striking him in the fore head and fracturing the skull. On the Madison division of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway seventy-nine firemen were discharged Scurday and twenty-five engineers lost their positions and are now firemen. The force of brake men' and conductors was also reduced. A decrease in the volume of freight and a desire to use the earnings on some of the extensions in lowa and Minnesota is said to he the cause of the discharge of the men. John Spaeek, a well-known farmer re siding in the town of Maple Grove, was excavating in his cellar, when rather un expectedly his shovel struck against a hard, metallic substance, and on investi gation found to his surprise that it was $1,300 in gold and silver coin. The money was piled in a heap and was found at a considerable depth. Mr. Spacek says he cannot understand when or bow the money got there. According to n message received at Baraboo Alden Blen was fatally injured by falling from a wagon at his home near Henry, S. I). Mr. Blen resided at Bara boo many years and was an old settler, moving to South Dakota a short time since. Two Mormon elders from Utah have been seeking converts at Evansville and Other towns in that section. They do not hold open meetings, hut make a housc-to hoase canvass in tho interest of their cause. From reliable sources it is learn ed that they are meeting with very cool receptions wherever they go. Edwin, aged 9, son of .Tamos Johnson, a farmer residing a few miles out from La CTo-o, in the Mormon Coolie, had a miraculous escape from death. He was attacked by an infuriated hull, and though repeatedly tossed and kicked and trampled upon, suffered no serious or permanent injury. In the vicinity of Valley Junction the drouth of over six weeks’ duration was broken by a heavy rain. The early straw berry crop, however, is ruined and blue berries have suffered much from the drouth. Scarcely two inches of rainfall was recorded for the last two weeks of April and the month of May. The grain crop has not been damaged. Seventy-four children, nearly all of them girls, ranging in age from 3 to 14 years, arrived in Kenosha from Chicago Thursday to spend the summer in care of the Sisters of St. Mary at Kemper Hall. M. E. Bnekenstoss and J. M. Charies of Harrisburg, Pi., passed through Osh kosh the other day on bicycles. They started from New York May 16, and are on their way to Sea* tie. Wash. Their cyclometers showed taat they had trav eled from New York to Oshkosh, a dis tance of 1,30* miles, in twenty-si* days. The whole distance they calculate to be 4,000 miles. The young men make about fifty miles a day. WISCONSIN DEMOCRATS Elect Delegates to Kansas City and Adopt u Platform, The Demom v tk convention that met here for the purpose of electing four delegates at large *o the national conven tion pledged the’ Wisconsin Democracy to W. J. Bryan. Silver was not men tioned in the platform adopted. When it came to denouncing imperialism and trusts and oppression, to standing for the Declaration of Independei ce and William J. Bryan and pledging a general reform in governmental methods, the leaders of the Wisconsin Democracy were heard in no uncertain tones. Here are some of the sentiments expressed by speakers: I cannot believe a country can ever be come too big to do right, too big to do Jus tice. Call it militarism, call it imperialism, call It what you like; you Can be sure it Is not Americanism—Thoaias L. Oleary, per manent chairman. William J. Bryan, the uncrowned king of political ccusisten-y.- Ex-Attorney General O’Oounor. He W a great man. a brave man. He turned the Republicans out ami put Democrats ln. —Joseph G. Douuelly. in nominating Mayor Rose. When the platform was read the moat vociferous applause was accorded to the paragraph expressing sympathy for the Boers. It lasted several minutes. It took one hour and twenty minutes to take and straighten out the first ballot for delegates at large, by which David S.. Rose was chosen. Then the convention adjourned for supper. Through all this the fight against E. G. Wall, member of the national committee,, was conducted by T. E. Ryan and his friends with great vigor. At the begin 1 ning the Ryan men were confident they, had Rose as their supporter. In tin* af ternoon the Ryan men and the Wall men! united in declaring they did not know where the Mayor stood, and the Ryan) men were telling the truth ns they knew it. The platform ns adopted declares for the Chicago platform of ISOti, expresses devotion to William J. Bryan and com mits the Wisconsin delegation to support his candidacy. The resolutions were adopted by a rising vote amid groat cheer ing and in full are as follows: The Democratic party of the State of Wis consin by Its convention here convened pro claims the following declarations: Wo adhere to the principles of the Chi cago platform of 18W1 and pledge ourselves to abide by the platform to be adopted by the national Democratic convention of 1000. We gladly express our love and devotion for the great standard bearer of our party, the Thomas Jefferson of the new century, W. J. Bryan, commit our representatives to support his nomination and our party to support his candidacy. Wo denounce thp Republican party for Its brazen Inconsistency in treating Porto Rico as a part of our territorial possessions and at the same time unjustly discriminating against Its people as well as our own by Imposing n burden of tariff, In establishing a system of imperialism grossly repugnant iO the spirit of our Institutions and necea sltatlng the maintenance of a system of militarism that threatens the perpetuity of our government for the sole purpose of gain and conquest; in establishing for all time a scheme of taxation under the guise of war taxes for the purpose cf maintaining a standing army at a time when peace should prevail and providing revenue made neces sary by a policy of exorbitant and prohibit ory tariff Impositions practiced in the In terests of monoplies and trust combinations that have been fostered by the present com blnatlons that have been foslered by the present administration; In the profligate and corrupt use of the public funds In fraudulent army contracts and the purchase of war vessels, and we point lo the gigantic postal frauds In Culm as n fair sample of Republi can Integrity. We demand a reduction In the Internal revenue taxes and especially upon those Items of manufacture and commercial Inter course that most seriously affect and Injure the manufacturing mid commercial Interests of our country. We favor the election of United State* Senators by direct vote of the people. We are In favor of tariff for revenue only. We express our unqualified opposition to those Immense combinations of capital com monly known, as trusts which concentrate and monopolize Industry and business, crush, out Independent producers, destroy contpe-; tltlon and restrict opportunities for labor, limit production and arbitrarily raise Ihe‘ prices of the necessities of life. We unqualifiedly extend our sympathy and. good will to the rlster republics of South Africa lu their heroic struggle for the main tenance of those rights to which they are entitled hy the laws of nations, nature and of God. Then followed the call of the roll hy districts for dominations. The following were proposed: D. L. Plumor of Wau sau, David S. Rose, Milwaukee; L. S. Bomerich, Kenosha; G. W. Bird, Madi son; G. P. Hilton, Oshkosh; C. L. Hood, La Crosse; T. J. Fleming of Milwaukee County nnd T. 1,. Cleary of Lancaster. When the convention assembled for tie* evening session the delegates were chosen ns follows: David 8. Rose, George B. Hilton of Oshkosh, I>. L. IMtimer of Wausau nnd Louis J. Bomerich. A con solation purse was awarded the losing candidate by electing C. L. Hood of La Crosse, T. ,T. Fleming of Milwaukee County. G. W. Bird of Madison and T. L. Cleary alternates at large by acclama tion. The district delegates are ns follows: First—Gilbert T. Hodges, Monce; K. K. Richardson. Racine. Second J. K. Malone, Dodge County; Jobe- Mills, Columbia County. Third J. M 'ntgomery Smith, Mineral Point; C F White, Vernon County . Fourth—Frank Falk, Milwaukee; Clinton Burnham, Milwaukee. Fifth—T. E. Ryan. Waukesha; Charles Wiese, Sheboygan Falls. Sixth—F. B. Hoskins, Fond dtt Lac; W. F.- Nash, Two Rivers. Seventh W. H. Fraw’.ey, Eau Claire; R. B. McCoy, Monroe. Eighth J. M. Baer, Appleton; W. W. Crane, Weyauwcga. Ninth—John Noons, Oconto; Julius Thiel, man, Lincoln County. Tenth—W. 11. Stafford, Dunn County; (}. C. Cooher. Dougins County. Easier. He —Dearest, do not break off our en gagement because I have fallen off and drunk wine once or twice. Believe mo I will do better. She—But you can’t expect me to wait till that happens! Yes, it’s simpler to marry somebody else.—New York World. Cause of Influenza. Dr. Pfeiffer, Influenza export, layn the disease to the handkerchief, and recommends the Japanese paper nose wipe. High Compliment to .Newspapers. Bishop Potter Is telling a story of a brother divine who read some exciting news in ills morning paper. The di vine desired to refer to the news in the evening prayer and when the congre gation had assembled he began: “O Lord, thou doubtless has noticed In this morning's paper,’ etc. Bishop Potter reckons this the greatest tribute he ever heard paid to a newspaper. And he doesn’t say that the tribute was not de served, either. Race Meeting r.t Venice. Venice, where the only horses are the bronze ones in front of St. Mark’s, is to have a race meeting this year. The Idea was started ns a Joke, but the Venetians took it up enthusiastically, and SB,OOO was collected for prizes In a few days. A committee headed by the mayor, Count Grimani, has the matter In hand, and has laid out a racecourse on the Campo dl Marte, the old drill ground, near the railroad station. It will be the first horse race Venice has ever seen. Chinese Newspapers. That Clii&w* 1 progressing is shown by the development of the native news papers. Of these there were only eleven In 1895. Five were published in ths English colony of Hongkong and only six in China proper. There are now published in Shanghai alone fifteen newspaj>ers, of which twelve are dai lies, and in fill China there arc thirty five native papers. New Ships for the Lakes. Nine million dollars’ worth of ship ping is under construction on the lakes.