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“CHEERS FOR THE LIVING; TEARS FOR THE DEAD.
MEMORIAL DAY. O'er the breadth of a great republic. From ocean to ocean borne. Wherever the stars of her banner Gleam out to the light of rnorn; From the depths of her grain-sown valley*. The slop-8 of her wooded hills. In the song of her wind-swept prairies. The rhytue of her peaceful rills. Comes t.'te noiseless tramp of an army. Shadowy, silent and gray— An army, though vanished Us legions, l’et lives In our hearts to-day. To the men who from field nnd forum Pprose at the country's cry, Their lives. If their need, for the honor. Their honor for her to die: Who, seizing the gun for ine plowshare. And grasping the sword for the pen. Went forth an army of patriots. Of noble and free-born men: ’Tie to these a hand of a nation Its tribute of love will pay, Wherever the grave of a soldier Shall hatiow its tol> to-day. Not with branches >f yew nor cypress. But with roses a id blossoms sweet; With amaranth and laurel above them. And heart's-ease fair at their feet. While softer than winds of the summer. And sweeter than roses bloom. Are the memories and love which gather And brighten each silent tomb; And though Time In his march triumphant Bends all to bis final sway, let the touch of the Great Eternal Is neare r than he tost ;y. O'er these graves where all strife Is ended, Where the past and Us memories lie, Rise the grateful hearts of the people In prayer to the 1.0.il Most High For the hope of a prosperous future. The grai Lo* gift of His hand; For it great and united nation, A free and a fruitful land; For his angel of Peace, whose pinions Stretch over that land to-day; For the love that claspeth ns brother* The hands of the blue and gray. —Woman's Home Companion. THE HEART OF MEMORIAL DAY. “I really wish," said Mrs. Maxwell to her daughter Belle, “that you would be more polite to Mr. Curry.” “I suppose, mother,” replied Belle, with the independence of a true American girl, "that I could be polite to a horse or a cow, if'there was anything in particu lar to be gained by it. Now please tell me why I should fry to be polite to that sarcastic, cold, heartless creature, Lean tier Curry.” “Why, Belle, you ought to know. He is worth a quarter of a million.” "Indeed! I’m glad, then, that he’s got one recommendation. 1 don’t know of another.” The widow sighed and looked rather distressfully at her handsome but pluiu spoken daughter. “Belle Maxwell.” she said, “more and more every day do you grow like your poor father. He was just so proud-spir ited—just so independent." “I’m glad to hear it. ma! I hope I may always deserve to be spoken of in that way. To be the daughter of one of the heroes who fell at Chiekamauga, fighting for the Uuion and the old flag, and to resemble him as I grow up—l think that is glory enough for a poor girl like me. Poor, dear father!—how well I remember how hue he looked in his major’s uniform when he took me up and kissed me, as he went back front his leave of absence, just before that bat tle! I was only a little thing; but the recollection will never be blotted out from my memory.” Such a reminiscence as this very nat urally set good Mrs. Maxwell crying. and for a moment the subject of their con versation was forgotten. It was brought up again by the ring of the door bell. "That's his ring.” said Mrs. Maxwell, hurriedly drying her eyes. ".Now do try and treat him we’ l . Just think what a chance it would be for you. Belle! I know he likes you." This was rather more than the widow had saui yet to her daughter on the sub ject. She was a good-hearted woman, but the prospect of haring Mr. Curry for a son-in-law had rather upset her usually 1> vei head. She had made a great many plans in secret, based ou that denirabl? event The death of her hus band in the war had left her poor, with nothing to rely on but her daughter's mu sical abilities, the exercise of which now gave the two a very comfortable sup port. Belle was a good girl, as well as handsome and clever, and cheerfully la bored for her mother and herself. She was probably as happy in her indepen dence aud in the love of her work and her home as any girl in the city. Some years having passed since the fall of Major Maxwell among the country’s he roes, the xv Jew's grief had become blunt ed. aud she, too, was enjoying a certain happiness That is. she hail been, until the advent of Mr. Curry an l his marked attentions to her daughter threw the good woman into a flutter of excitement and anticipation. Nothing is so disturbing to the average person as a remote aud uncertain prospect of wealth; and the truth is in this case that Mrs. Maxwell lay awake the greater portion of several nights, speculating a Knit what would happen when Belle would become the rich Mrs. Curry. The young lady herself was not in the least disturbed by any such prospect. The man was positively disagreeable to her. lie was gentlemanly in his ways, cold nnd utieir.o- onal; one to whom generous impulses xxo-re strangers. He was devot i cd to the care of the large fortune that had been left him by his late uuele. a great war contractor, and was constant ly looking out for chances to swell it by speculation. This waa the last man that might naturally be expected to fail *in love. But "beauty draws us by a Dingle hair." and the first sight of Belle A Maxwell effectually did the business for l.eander Curry. He had been prevailed Lupon. against his custom, to buy a ticket I ■ or a charity concert, in which "home tal jent" wes largely to be represented. The tsem of the evening proved to be a song 'by Miss IU die Maxwell, which was heart- | ily applauded and encored. The grace and beauty, as well as the pure, sweet vol-e of the singer, made a deep impres ,ion upon the vast audience, and they a.. tally struck some sparks from Mr. yOuriv's flinty heart. He came, saw. Neati--and was conquered. He became . caller at the humble Maxwell , come; and this condition of things had aeen In progress for some months at the time that our sketch opens. All this time we have left Mr. Curry tending at the door, while our necesaary explanation has been made. He might still be standing there, for all Miss Max xvell would do to admit him; and the widow, seeing Belle’s perfect indiffer ence, answered the ring herself, in a great state of vexation. She presently returned with the caller, xvho saluted the young lady, receiving a distant return. Mr. Curry was practical, at least, and never wasted time. The particular object of his call was made known before he had taken a seat. “Miss Maxwell, I have lately bought a pair of fine trotters, and have not yet had them out on a long ride. I am go ing over to Ridgford to-morrow, and I should be pleased to have you accompany me. It is a business trip, but I think it will be a pleasant one. It will, of course, take all day.” The xx-idoxx-’s heart leaped. Things were getting on admirably. For her daughter to bo seen riding with'Mr. Curry behind those trotters was almost as good as an engagement of marriage. She had never heard of his taking a lady out to drive. The next instant Belle made a reply that gave her mother a chill. “I am greatly obliged to you, sir; but it would be impossible for me to go to morrow. I have promised to sing at the public Memorial Day exercises in the square.” “You should not decline on that ac count,” the mother eagerly put in. "You can get them to eteuse you. There are others that can sing. Go with Mr. Curry, by all means.” The girl looked at both her mother and the gentleman with a quiet but se vere dignity. She was a dutiful child; but there are occasions when a mild re proof from child to parent is the correct thing; and it was so now. "I shall sing at the exercises, as I promised,” she said, decidedly. "Ever since the war closed, from the time I xvas a little girl, I have taken part in the observance of this 'ay. and I shall do so as long as I live. You surely can't mean to advise me against it. mother?” "No, Belle, you knew I would not; but this is au unusual inxitation ”, “It must be declined,” was the firm interruption. Mr. Curry was very much vexed, and xvas indiscreet enough to show it. He was also foolish enough to say some things in his vexation which, while cor rectly representing his own narrow viexvs, were xery impolitic things to say in this house. i "I am much disappointed. Miss Maj:- xxell, .it your refusal." f She did not think it necessary to shy that she too war sorry; for she was n >t sorry, and this was the last man < n earth that she xvouid tell a white lie to, for the sake of mere politeness. "And I am rather surprised,” he pui'- stied, “that you should prefer such a meaningless show to a pleasant ride m the country at this charming season." Meaningless show! The blood of her heroic sire flushed up in the girl’s check at the words; but she kept back her tem per, and kept silence. "It has alxvays seemed to me to he a very s lly parade of false sentiment,’’ the doomed man went on. “The soldiers en listed as a mere matter of business: they xvere paid for their work; those that did took that risk at the start; the account xvas closed some years ago. For sensi ble people to get up these observances every year, to sing, and pray, and pala ver, aud have a great fuss with tloxvers over a pack of dead soldiers seems to me the very foam of folly. I xvish ” He never had the opportunity to ex i press his wish. Belle Maxwell bounded | from her chair with flashing eyes and j burning face. | "Mr. Curry, such sentiments are d.s --; graceful!” she cried. “I won’t sit here j and listen to them. Mother, if you get j any pleasure from this man's company ; you may stay here and enjoy it; 1 must be excused.” She abruptly withdrew to her oxvn room. On the following day Mr. Curry drove his splendid trotters over to ltidgford alone, thinking along the way a great deal at-out his investments and alternat ing these reflections with others about the curious nature of girls. Belle Maxwell participated r. the ten der and touching ceremonies of the day; and many remarked that her voice bsd never sounded so sweet as when she sang “They Sleep the Sweet Sleep of the Brave.” A tail young veteran walked by her side as they went to the adjoining ceme tery to witness the ceremony. There was much talk K?tween the two. In the course of which she observed that he had not called upon her lately. “No," he said; "and I believe no man has but Mr. Curry.” “If you mention that odious man’s name to me again, I’ll never speak to you.” she said. The tall young veteran was very glnd to hear this, and he governed himself ais cordingly. And he conducted himself generally in such a way toward Belle Maxwell that before another Memorial Day the two were married. Years have elapsed since then. Noth ing in our country is more common than a sudden reverse of fortune; yet such ex amples are always surprising. It will not astonish the reader to learn that the tall young veteran K-came an inventor an.l accumulated a great fortune by his pat ents; but it may occasion a mild surprise when it is stated that Mr. Curry lost every dollar in speculation, and is now earning ten dollars a week in the employ of Belle's husband. And old Mrs. Max well. sitting by the happy fireside of her daughter, with her grandchildren abort her. has often confessed to herself that Belle’s way was the K*st. The Hero’s Grave. "1 don’t reckon as we could find it at this late day. nohow." "Find what. Uncle Ted?” "Jimmy Dare's grave. Jimmy Dare, the hero o' Shiloh—one o’ the heroes. ’’ "Who was he? What did he do? Tel: me all about him." "Why, la me! What's such lad* an you know about war and so on. ’Tvras in your father’s time —yes, in your grand father's, even. "Yon see. Jimmy an' me were churns from boyhood, an’ I reckon ’bout the only thing we ever did differ in was oar sweethearts; an* when the war broke on-; we was among the fust volunteers trow our section, jined the same? company, and marched days an’ days together, hungry sometimes, but oftener tired an’ sleepy. Oh, me, but war is dreadful! Jimmy nev er got back to the old home nor to his lassie, Nettie Ray; and here I am without my good right arm—a sleeve empty, an' a crippled leg besides; la. la —but xve fought in a glorious cause, an’ we come out vic tors.” “But Jimmy. Uncle Ted?’ “Jimmy? Why, that’s who I'm a talk in’ ’bout. Jimmy, you see, was a fair haired boy, an’ as I often fancied sort' o’ chicken-hearted. Shows what a fool I was, that’s all. “Jimmy, he an’ me kept together for a time, went foragin’, and I must say he could jist cook a chicken or turkey beau tiful; he’d xx-liite hands like a woman, yes. an’ curls, yellow curls. “The battle where he fell was at Shi loh; somehow we’d got separated, an’ in the midst o’ that fearful slaughter I saw close to me our colonel, a man xve all loved, who had a beautiful wife an’ baby, as we all knew. One o’ the rebs leaped forward and was jist goin’ to lay out our colonel, when up flew his arm an’ lie fell dead from Jimmy’s shot. Then other Confederates sprang at us, and we had a lively time, and xx-e all fought like tigers. Ah, me! ah, mel" "Was Jimmy killed then. “Jimmy? Oh, fust thing I ku;?w our colonel was down, wounded in the breast, as xve found afterward. Jimmy bent over him, lifted him in his arms —in his left arm, for he still fought with his right— an’ he sung out to me, gay an’ cheerful: “ ‘Cover me, Ted. the best yon can. I’m takin’ the colonel to his wife an’ baby.’ “I tried to save him. I think they found out then the mettle in my good right arm; they’d ought, fur they shot it away in less than ten minutes. “I begun to hack out after that. I felt sort o’ weak; an’ as I went I wondered if Jimmy got nxvay with the colonel. I had left the hottest o’ the fray; there was just then re-enforcements, an’ on I stumbled over dead an’ dying’ myself most dead xvith pain an’ loss o’ blood. "As I went on slowly like, I saxv a slender, boyish form, a head o’ yclloxv curls, among which xvas a crimson mass, an’ —an’ that was Jimmy.” "Dead?” "Oh. yes; killed by a ball, but I couldn’t see the colonel nowhere. So as I went away, where my arm got a little atten tion. I found that the colonel had been assisted off the battlefield by his own wife au’ servant, who, sure enough, xvas lookin’ fur him. "That’s the story o' my boyhood's chum; that’s the reason old maid Miss Ray never married, an’ I reckon you don't wonder I wished we knew whore his grave was, so we could cover it over with flowers?" “I xvish we could, Uncle Ted, but"— with a tender smile—"the heroes are not all dead. Seems to me xve’ve got one in our own family, eh?” "Tut, tut: I only did my duty, that's all, that’s all; but Jimmy was a hero, true blue.” The Old Sword on the Wall. Whore the war/ spring sunlight, stream ing. Through the • /Indow, sets It gleaming. With a softerVd silver sparkle In the dim and dusky hall, With Its tassel torn and tattered. And Its blade deep-bruised and battered. Like the veteran, scarred and weary, hangs the old sword on the wali. None can tell Its stirring story. Noue can sing its deeds of glory. None can say xvhieh cause it struck for, or from what limp hand It fell; On the battlefield they found it. Where the dead lay thick around It, Friend and foe—a gory tangle-tossed and torn by shot aud shell. Who. I wonder, wnq Its wearer. Was its stricken soldier bearer? Was he some proud Southern stripling, tall and straight and brave and true? Dusky locks aud lashes had he? Or was he some Northe- laddie. Fresh and fair, with c! ,-eks of roses, and with eyes and coat of blue? From New England’s fields of daisies, Or from Dixie's bowered mazes. Rode he proudly forth to conflict? What, I wonder, was his name? Did some sister, wife or mother Mourn a husband, son or brother. Did some sweetheart look with longing for a love who never came? Fruitless question! Fate forever Keeps Us secret, answering never. But the grim old blade shall blossom on this mild Memorial Day; I will wreathe Its hilt with rose* For the soldier who reposes Somewhere 'neath the Southern grasses in his garb of blue or gray. May the flowers be fair above him. May the bright buds bend and love him. May his sleep be deep and dreamless till the last great bugie call; And may North and South be nearer To each other's heart and dearer. For the memory of their heroes and the old swords on the wall. —Saturday Evening Post. EMERALDS ADVANCE IN VALUE. Price* Go Up anil Minins the Stones Is Again Profitable. Colombia's emerald mines, which have not been worked since the eight eenth century, are to lie re-opened and operated by a company of American and British capitalists. The mines, in the Chivor district, are practically in the same condition as they were in 1T92. when they were closed by order of the King of Spain, because their operation was no longer profitable, owing to the low price of emeralds. Colombia is a rich country and has many valuable deposits of gold, sil ver. and precious stones, bra oa ac count of the scarcity of labor the aborigines do most of the work in the mines, and they use cniy the rudest implements of wood and stone. The great difficulty that confronts a pros pector in Colombia is the method of transportation. The country is the most mountainous in the world, and the only means of sending freight to the coast is by pack mules and by boat on the great rivers, which is most dif ficult and expensive. “The diamond is no longer the most expensive gem," said an old miner. "As regards monetary value. It is far surpassed by the ruby and the cmer aid, anu even the pearl is rated high er. The emerald is at present the most fashionable stone, and brings good prices. An emerald of medium size aud purity that may have cost about SSO a few years ago cannot be had to-day for less than $250. Re cently an emerald of three carats was sold for $875. while one of six carats brought $4,000. A diamond of exactly the same size costs about SI,OOO. It must not be assumed, however, that diamonds are depreciating in value. Other stones, and especially emeralds, simply have risen in price of late in a surprising manner.” Congo Dwarfs. In certain respects the great Congo forest of western Central Africa is the most xvondorful region In the world. There are ape-like negroes and curious little Congo dwarfs. These dwarfs are less than five feet high, and their be havior is strangely like that of the brownies and goblins found in fairy stories. Their remarkable poxver of be coming invisible by adroit hiding be hind herbage aud rocks; their habit of making a homo in holes and caverns, their mischievousness and good-nature, all seem to suggest that it was some such race as this which inspired leg endary stories of a little people having supernatural attributes, says the Fall Mall Magazine. These dwarfs are good or bad neigh bors to the ordinary natives, according to the treatment they receive. If their depredations on the banana groves, or their occasional thefts of tobacco or maize are ignored, or even if small gifts of food are left where they may easily find them, they will leave, in their nightly visitations, return gifts of meat, or skins and ivory. Sometimes they will even steal children, and leave their own tiny offspring in the place of those they have taken. These pygmies live entirely by hunt ing, although they eat wild honey, as xvell as meat. They live separately, in tiny huts four feet high. Even to the children are given isolated huts as soon as they can leave tlieir mothers. Although they are In some respects quite near the apes in their physical characteristics, they are more clever than the larger negroes. They learn languages easily, and the women, when they marry, make affectionate and dutiful wives. Taking Her Pleasure. The recently published story of H. Rider Haggard's forced study of the Rhine scenery when a boy because his father had pafd for that privilege, re minds a reader of a conversation she heard on a Nova Scotia boat. The day was a windy one, and the waters through which the boat was taking her way were unusually rough. Many of the passengers had gone be low ‘‘to seek the seclusion which the cabin grants,” but among the few left on deck was a gaunt New England woman whose face bore evidence of her discomfort, but also evidence of grim determination. Her companion was n frail little woman, who, having reached the limit of her endurance, rose feebly and stated in faltering tones her intention to “go downstairs for a while.” "You may go if you like,” said the other, firmly, “but as for me, having taken this trip and paid out my hard earned money to enjoy the pleasures of a seven hours' sail. I’m going to enjoy ’em just as long as I can; and I can hold out a while longer, any way. even if I have to give up In the end.” Appealed to His Pride. It was the most obstinate mule in the lot. and refused to enter the car of a train held up at a little wayside sta tion in Tennessee, says the New York Tribuu**. Threats, cajolery and blows were alike useless. The mule refused to budge, and the slant of his cars told those of the passengers who were fa miliar with mule-ear talk that where he was he intended to stay. Then the aged African who was trying to load him in said, in honeyed tones; “Whuffo* jo’ behave dis way befo* all dese strange people? Why, you fool mule, doan’ yo’ know dat dese people will jes' believe dat yo‘ neber done trabelled befo’ in all yo’ life?” The long ears lost their aggressive slant, and the beast wear sedately up the inclined plank with the air of a , man entering a drawing-room car for ! toe first time and determined not to | betray the fact. Astf anding Speed of Bird*. Five hundred and forty miles an hour is beyond the wildest dreams of Mr. Behr. the inooo-railist, but the Rev. E. T. Danbeny. of Market Weston. Eng- • land, states that that is, the speed at which the northern blue-throat (de clared to “have only moderate powers of flight” ) migrates. It gets, be says in “Native Notes.” from Egypt to Heli goland in a spring night of barely nine hours. The Virginian plover makes 636 miles an hour in its journey of 9,000 miles from Labrador to North Brazil The bird that travels at this unimagin able speed soars so high that the re sistance of the air is red iced’ to a mini mum. Man; Trees Aw Planted. An expert in forestry asserts that never before were so many trees plant ed in this country as last year. Young men think old men fools, and old men k;w young men to tv Nr* Metcalf. ALL OVER THE STATE ITEMS OF INTEREST IN BADGER DOM. Several Hurt in “Soo” Line Wreck— Grexvsome Discovery-Counterfeiter Arrested-Two Drown Through Fool hardiness —Trotting Stock Burns. The "Soo” line passenger train No. ST was wrecked at Fembine by colliding with an extra east-bound freight train. The boiler was torn off one engine and the head of the other xvas smashed in. Conductor Stephen Meagher, at engineer, fireman, baggageman, nexv-, agent and several passengers were badly hurt. The passenger train ran between Sault Ste. Marie and Fembine. while the freight with a big single compound engine, had been switching in the Pembine yards. The train was so long that to clear the main track behind an engine had to run out on the main line ahead. It had just crossed the line when the passenger came around the curve. The passenger engine suffered most, being much lighter than the big compound. Bad Money Passed. United States Marshal Charles Lewis ton of Madison went to Mondovi the oth er night to bring back Ben Lacey and Jack Johnson, under arrest there on the charge of passing counterfeit money, and believed to be members of a had gang of counterfeiters. They have, it is al leged. been operating all along tin- \\ is consin side of the Mississippi river, pass ing as good money S2O silver certificates xvhieh are very good counterfeits of the genuine, and have got rid of quite a number. Government officers have neon xvorking on the case for some time, but have thus far been unable to discover where the bills are made. Effort to Scare—Two Drown. Because he wanted to scare a young woman, Edward Boatman, while out riding in a boat with Miss Clara Gagnon, rowed under a dam in the Menominee river at Marinette. The undertow caught the boat and it tippl'd over and both xvere drowned. Several hundred people were poxverless to aid them, and had to xvatch their struggles front the river bank. In the excitement the fire department was called out. Boatman xvas a shipping clerk at the Fark paper mills. Find* Coffin in u Tree. George Laguire, an engineer on the Dubuque division of the Chicago, Mil waukee and St. Faul road, found a coffin secreted in a hollow tree near Savanna. He hurried back to his comrades for as sistance, but xvhen he returned someone hail been there and broken open the casket with a crowbar and escaped xvith the contents. Near the place xvas an American Express tag xvith the name J- H. Voiner, Northfield, Minn., written on its face. Fine Trotters Are Burned. The barn of the Uhlein stock farm at Menominee Falls was struck by lightning during a severe storm and destroyed, to gether xvith over 100 head of trotting stock. There were 100 horses in the barn, a large structure 400 feet long, and only four p'ere saved. A smaller barn adjoining, in xvhieh, xvere thirteen stal lions, was burned, but the horses xvere taken out. The loss is roughly estimat ed at $40,000. Fast Mail Strikes Hand Car. A fast mail train on the Chicago, Mil waukee and St. Faul road struck a hand car near West Salem, aud as a i renit one is dead and three are seriously injured and may not recover. The crew of the hand car xvas bound for the scene of se rious washouts near Sparta, xx hich delay ed all traffic at the time. The mail train xvas several minutes late, and xvas be lieved by the men to have been stalled by another washont. Brief State Happenings, William Voss, an old man. was found dead in the woodshed of his house in Eau Claire. The coroner’s jury decided that death was caused by hanging him self. 11l health is given us the cause. Douglas County needs SBO,OOO to put it on a solid footing. It is expected that there will be a strong effort made by the Reformers’ League to try and put the county where it is of debt and to keep down the expenditures so that the county may be ruu on a cash basis. An apartment house, occupied by thre" families, was totally destroyed by tire at Chippewa Falls. The occupants all es caped in safety. The loss is $1,500. The building was owned by Mrs. Louis Vin cent. Prof. R. A. Moore of the Wisconsin University experiment station, with the assistance of James Willard, an employe, saved two men from drowning in l.ake Mendom. The two men were in a row boat, which cupsized in rough water about forty rods from shore. Their cries for help were heard by Prof, iloore. He broke into Deau Henry's boathouse, se | cured a boat and went to the rescue. The younger man was clinging to the boat nearly exhausted, while the older one was struggling toward shore. The jury in the case of Jesse Lowe V3. T. F. Conroy came in at Neillsville after being out for eleven hours and awarded the plaintiff, Lowe, damages to the amount of $439. The defendant. Dr. T. F. Conroy, one of the leading physi cians, as health officer, quarantined the farm slaughter house and meat market of Jesse Lowe, a butcher of Neillsville. for a supposed case of anthrax in Mr. Lowe’s herd of cattle and ordered the destruction of hides and meat to the aggregate of $237 worth. It was proved to the satis faction of the jury that the steer which was supposed to be infected died of paris green poisoning. The quarantine nearly ruined the business of Mr. Lowe and he sued Dr. Conroy for SOOO damages for loss of time, meat and business reputa tion. Thomas Skeyler, the ODeida Indian who was shot by Mrs. Isaac at *tc res ervation several days ago. afte e had fired two shots at the squaw's sband. died. Smith’s wounds are f puncell not serious. Theodore Hendel, a 12-year-old boy. | has been causing considerable excite ] among the students of the Wa.sh > ington school in Itacine, He has been j carying a long butcher knife for a week, j with which he frightened the children. ! An officer was called and the knife was ] taken away fp_m the boy. The boy’s par i ent.s claim they can do nothing with him. Miss Je.'.e McNeal. daughter >f Dr. ; J. 11. McNeal. a member of the State ; Board of Health, committed suicide at | Food du Lac by shooting herself Miss McNeal was a trained nurse, yaii re'-enr i ly returned from Chicago oroken down ; under the strain of a s.riois ctic-e -be had I been attending. "Powder Up” Collins, a notorious Mil waukee saloonkeeper was iouuo guilty [of robbing C. L. I<,v ( > of ss7>. Pauline Palmer and Mare Gordon were inipli ! eated with him. The I .timer woman was found guilty, wpile the Gordon woman | was discharged with a warning. The penalty Cor this offense is from one to seven years in the penitentiary. Edward Clemmons was given judgment by default against Tnomas Xalor for $25 in Justice Bunker’s court at Portage for damages to his health and feelings alleg ed to have been sustained by reason of Nalor pouring water down plaintiff's baek. Patrick M. Egan of Highland is in a critical condition from exposure and in juries received through an accident while driving. During the night lie drove into a ditch and the wagon turned upside down 'lt. Egan was pinned under she tago', the front emirate resting acro*s his caest. He was held fast there unfi. ■? o dock the next morning during * beavy rain storm. At Racine the handsome residence of I XI. S. Field was damaged by fire to the extent of ,about $1,500. Willie SMjoolmaker, the 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sehoolmaker of Janesville, was resuscitated after being under water for ten- minutes. Postmaster Frantz received notifica tion from the Postoffice Department that the salaries of all the clerks in the Ke nosha office had been increased SIOO a year. The public and parochial schools of Me nasha. which had been closed for two weeks owing to the smallpox epidemic, have been reopened, as the disease has been stamped out. In Tomahawk three business buildings on the main street were destroyed by tire. The loss is only partially covered by in surance. There are indications that the lire was of incendiary origin. Robbers entered the general store of Charles Evan at Hersey and secured sev eral hundred dollars' worth of clothing anl cutlery. They also secured about $75 from the postoffice. There is no clue. Prof. .1. M. Phillips of the University of Illinois, who had charge of descrip tive geometry and elementary drawing -n that institution, has accepted an assist ant professorship in the University of Wisconsin. Fortner Senator C. K. Edwin has re signed as steward at the Home for Fee ble-Minded in Chippewa Falls, which po sition he lias held since the home was opened. Mr. Erwin will move to Spo kane, Wash. Some gas ignited in the vat of the Cassville brewery and Louis Unterharn scheit, who was at work in the vat, was enveloped in a mass of fiatnes. He man aged to make his escape by crawling through a manhole which led from the vat. The Watertown chief o'f police arrested twe desperate men, supposed to be the ones who held up a machinist at Fond du Lac. One of the men attempted to shoot the chief, but the officer knocked the revolver out of his hand just as it was discharged. While a force of men were engaged making excavations for the new addition to Racine County insane asylum, four miles west of the city, they unearthed a number of petrified frogs and toads. Ev ery part of the toads is perfect, even to lue claws and mouth. I)r. Oriu Grant Libby, who has, since 1895. been instructor of history at the University of Wisconsin, has accepted an offer made to him by President Web ster Merrifield of the University of North Dakota to become assistant professor of history at that institution. E. C. Wiswall, for the past eight years principal of the Kenosha high school nnd for twenty-five years a well-known teach er in W isconsin schools, sent his resig nation to the board of education and will retire from educational work at the dose of the present school year. The new Common Council of Neenah has refused to gi'-e the Northwestern Railway tl e franchise which was grant ed r, > it by the old The franc chiie granted tin- company 'to lay double tracks on Walnut street. The railway company will tight the repeal of the fran chise. Ferdinand Schlesinger was perma nently freed from his debt to the Plaa kinton hank, the Supreme Court affirm ing the decision of the Milwaukee Circuit Court approving the settlement made and declaring that there was no fraud in Mr. Schlesinger’s statement of his financial condition. The cause for the reduction of the sal ary of the Racine postmaster is said to be due to the falling off in the sales of the office. It is claimed that a number of local business firms have been buying their stamps from Chicago department stores, from which they are able to se cure a slight re.ate. A freight wre< k occurred on the Mil waukee road av >south Germantown. The draft iron came out from under a box car, throwing it off the rails, and nine others piled up on it. The cars were completely demolished and their con tents were badly damaged. Three tramps were stealing a ride in one of the cars and were badly injured in the smashup. The village of Cottage Grove was f’.‘ excited the other night over a crazy man who put up at tin? Hotel Upphoff and who was discovered later by the land lord piling up the furniture in his room with the supposed intention of making a bonfire. On being discovered he ran out on the street entirely naked, in a driving storm, and led a posse of citizens a lively chase, but was finally captured. A card iti his pocket shows membership in cooper Union No, 157, St, Paul, The residents of West Superior wer# greatly shocked by the' decision rendered by Judge Jenkins in the city bOnd case* It is feared that the decision given out will injure the city’s credit to such an extent that it will be a difficult matter to secure money in the future. The mat ter will undoubtedly be taken to the United States Supreme Court in order to secure a reversal of the decision. When the court decides which bonds are legal they will be paid by the city. While she was engaged in a playful scuffle with her brother at Oregon, Miss Pearl Netherwood’s neck was broken. The two had been playing for some time when the young man caught his sister around the neck and tipped her head back. She made an outcry for him to stop, but he supposed it was all in play and paid no attention for the moment. When young Netherwood did let go his hold bi. sister’s head dropped to one aide and he found that she was uncon scious. A physician found that Miss Netherwood had sustained a partial frac ture of the neck. It is feared she will not recover. Douglas Park, said to be from Aitken, Minn., was picked up in North La Crosse by the police in perhaps a dying condi tion as the result of a bullet wound in his back. There is some mystery attach ed to the case. The wife of Perry Hill, living near Maiden Rock, was heating a mixture of lard and kerosene when an explosion oc curred. Sthe and one of her children were frightfully burned, both dying from their injuries. Mr. Hill was also seri ously injured. Mrs. Clara Wilbert of She**>ygan has advanced a novel ground for divorce from her husband. Adam Wilbert. She de scribed him a* unfit to live with because he failed to strike the cuspidor when he expectorated and hieomge he is an invet erate tobacco chewer. She was denied a decree. Ted Gaston and Jim Powers, young boys, were arrested' in .Beloit, charged with burglarizing the jewelry store of William Hamlin. The stolen goods wore all recovered, they having oeen hid Hr the factory where Powers is employed. Young Gaston is out on parole from the industrial school. A tramp giving the name of Edward Lang was captured in Cady by Sheriff Bell and posse. He was charged with being one of the gang who robbed a post office Sunday night, and was fodod sfc ■ :••••• i in ' . ' garret * an aland >r;ed :I . H* • : was - " . >: ; w.v-H go le-f re the nearest nfa g:tra?e and ask to be sent to jail for life. The water in the Yellow River over flowed its banks and tore away the new iron bridge of the Milwaukee road which crosses the river's mouth at Prairie du Ckiea. The rise was over 31 feet dur ing the sight. The Wisconsin river also rose over four feet during the day. What promis- s to be a valuable dis covery was vj*de by F. J. Higgins and M. C. Walsh on their farm one-half mil* southeast of Havrkias. While engaged in digging * well they found at a depth of five feet, scattered throughout the and. mineral which rc-sew.’ded go id. Samples were seat to eg. assay office and tfi* report r evived is that the mineral is gold in paying quantities. RAINS HELP CROPS. THE .DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE ‘1 GREATLY RELIEVED. Corn-Planting Is Making Favorable Progress in Central Valleys—Winter Wheat Averages Up to About Mark of Early Part of the Month, According to the crop report of the Ag ricultural Department, the drought con ditions prevailing at the close of the pre vious week in the south Atlantic and east gulf States have been largely reliev ed, except in southern Florida, but the continued dry weather in the Ohio valley and middle Atlantic States, with low temperatures during the first half of the week over the northern portion of the middle Atlantic States and in New Eng land. have proved unfavorable, while the Dakotas, Minnesota and portions of lowa have suffered from excessive moisture. Frosts, more or less destructive, were quite general in the lake region, upper Ohio valley, and in the northern portions of the middle Atlantic States and New England. The temperature conditions in the low er Ohio, Mississippi arid Missouri val leys and throughout the eastern Itoeky Mountain slope were highly favorable, but ou the north Pacific coast and in the middle plateau districts the week was much too cool. Corn planting lias made favorable pro gress in the central valleys, except in lowa, where it has been delayed by rains and is nearing completion in southern Nebraska and Minus. The early planted is growing vigorously in Oklahoma. Kan sas. Missouri and Nebraska, and is in fine condition in Texas, where a consid erable port ion of the crop i> made. Uat worms arc causing considerable damage in northern Missouri and in the upper Ohio valley, and while good stands are reported in the middle Atlantic States low temperatures have been unfavorable. Winter Wheat Unchanged. Winter wheat has experienced no ma terial improvement in the States of the Ohio valley, deterioration being reported in some districts and a slight advance in others. In Missouri the crop continues in exceptionally promising condition, al though some lodging is reported, and fur ther improvements in Nebraska and Ar kansas. and more favorable conditions in northern Kansas are indicated. The crop has made vigorous growth in Oklahoma, and harvesting, with light yields, is in progress in Texas. On the Pacific coast winter win at has made favorable ad vancement and is ripening in San Joa quin valley. Under exceptionally favorable tempera ture conditions germination of spring wheat has been rapid, and over the south ern portion of the spring wheat region the early sown is making vigorous growth, but continued wet weather still delays seeding on lowland in the Red River valley. The oat crop is much in need of rain in the Ohio valley, and the reports from the gulf States are generally unfavorable. In the middle Atlantic States and the Mis souri valley the general outlook is aur.s t'aetory. The cotton crop is in promising condi tion generally throughout the cotton belt. On the whole, the fruit outlook is less favorable. The frosts of this and the previous week have caused considerable damage in New England and the north ern portion of the middle Atlantic States, but no serious injury lias been done over the southern portion of the last named district. Peaches are dropping extensive ly in the east gulf States. Except in the Ohio valley and middle Atlantic States there lias been further improvement in the condition of grass, especially in the upper Mississippi and Missouri valleys and tile lake region. ALL FOR RATHBONE. Secretary Root Changes Cuba’s Law for His Benefit. Secretary Root’s order to amend the law of criminal procedure so ns to permit the Supreme Court of Cuba to review .ill questions of fact, law and procedure and to award anew trial or dismiss proceed ings, allows the attorneys for Estes G. Ratbbone, who was convicted of com plicity in the Cuban postal frauds, to present new and additional evidence, by Which, they claim, Rathboue’s innocence can he proven. Gov. Gen. Wood imme diately summoned the Supreme Court, explained his instructions and promulgat-, ed the order. Thereupon SeuOr Lanuza, Rathbone's attorney, immediately filed a petition for anew trial with the Su preme Court, under the amended rules of procedure and also petitioned the court to secure the attendance of nine witnesses, including four army officers, Col. Burton, Gen. Patterson and Capts. Slocum and Foltz, at the retrial of hit client. He further requested the reten tion within its jurisdiction, subject to Ihe court's orders, of certain records of the auditor of the Postoffice Department. A SOLDIER S P UNERAL. Impressive Ceremonies at Fainter inent of General Rosecrans. Impressive services were held at Ar lington cemetery when the remains of the late Maj. Gen. William H. Rosecrans were reinterred in the plot of land sacred to the memory of the nation's heroes. The body was brought from Los Angeles, where it has laid in a vault since Geu. Rosecrans’ death, and was taken to the cemetery on a fine draped caisson, with all the honors due the rank of a major general. The cortege left the Arlington Hotel under escort consisting of the En gineers and Marine corps, and four troops of cavalry. The ceremonies were conducted under the auspices of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland, and were attended by the President of the United States and cabinet. Speaker Henderson pre sided at the exercises. From Far and Near. A company at Blackwell, O. T.. will bore for oil. The Santa Fe ice houses in Argentine, Kan., caught fire and were almost en tirely destroyed. The damage is esti mated at abont $40,000, Frands Carney, a well-known Colorado pioneer, and lieutenant governor in IS9O, died at Ouray after a lingering illness. Paralysis was the cause of death. It is said the Rock Island railroad is figuring on building 8 bridge across tie- Mississippi river at St. Louis in order to get good world's fair terminal fa f -H:ties. Queen Staples, a negro man, was silled in Joplin. Mo., by Will Cox, another negro tough. The quarrel leading, to the killing s'artcd over a trivia! matter. A rehearing h? bees granted by tie interior department on the claim of toe Wi'taMio f’neids Indians for about *:!,- 000,i>)00 from n-vr-mrii fur Kit sas lands ceded to them in bn* which they never occupied. Twenty-three lots in Went Kaunas City. Mo., were sold to Ciri 8. Jefferson, of Cook County, 111., for $214,H7T. The ground is supposed to have been bought in the interests of the (hicaj-o, Milwau kee and St. Paul railroad. The coaiptroller of tie currency has approved the application sj> organize the Tootle-Lemon National osnk 0 f St. Joseph. Mo., with a capital of It is rumored tbsrt the Missouri Pa cific railroad shops located at Kansas City, Kan., are a be removed to To peka. Heavy cointy taxes is given as the cause of remo ml. King Victor Emanuel granted an au dience to Ge-crg" von L. Meyer, the Unit ed States ambassador at Rome. Mr. Meyer conveyed the thanks ot the United .states to his majesty for his clemency in liberating the officers of the United States cruiser Chicago who were receat 1/ arrested and imprisoned at Venice. BOMB FOR FRANCIS JOSEPH. Plot to Kill Austrian Em|>cror DUr covered if Time. A correspondent it Budaitest: reports the frustration of a p ot against the life of Emperor Francis Joseph. The Emperor was recently going on a night train front Vienjna to Budapest. In the final inspection dj the imperial train at the terminus of h- state railroad at Vienna, made ten min ites before his ma jesty arrived there, a bomb covered with pajter was found in toe Emperor’s com partment. It was evidently calculated that this bomb would explode the mo inenl: n s majesty entered the ear. This is the second fruitless attempt upon the life of the Emperor in his long reign, he longest r- -hi of any Emperor now living. For fit y eight yea-s Frans Josef has held the :l/rone of Austria against domestic aid national discords* and troubles such a. have fallen to the lot of tew men aud kings. But no blow that could have bee.-t iealt by dynamite UMPKItOB IRANI IS JOSEPH. bomb could nave given more pain than did the dagger of the .assassin who four years ago stabbed Empress Elizabeth ou a steamboat dock in Switzerland. The assassin, who proved to be an Italiau, confess'd himself an; anarchist aud is still enduring solitary confinement for the crime. His only son, Rudolph, while drinking in a gambling den with! relative and fr 'mis became 'imaged in quarrel with Baroness Vetcort, and was killed by her brother. It was reported that he had committed suicide, hut the true re port was that the woman who was the cause of it shot herself. His brother, Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, was shot and left no son On every side troubles have poured in upon him and all those he loved have diesl in epic tragedies. This last attempt, showing that lie lias in part los! the love of his people, is a crowning blow and one he deeply feels. ALL IN THE MINE DEAD. Coal Greek, Tenn., Disaster Worse than First Reported. Victims of the Fr itorville mine explo sion at Coal Creek, ’.l’enn., number be tween 175 and 2-5. Not less than 175 miners were killed and the figure may reach the higher number. The hopes of friends nnd relatives that many of the men in the pit escaped were doomed to disappointment. No on*-, so far as known, escaped alive, except y n<j man, who was blown from the pit. aril it is said he will probably die. The r setters the mine a veritable death chamber, No disaster in the h story of coal min ing in the United States has been so ab solute as this, none so fraught with tho utter helplessness ot human aid against an overpowering catastrophe, none in which all attempt ar rescue was so im potent. Added to the horrors of the ex plosion nnd the crash of falling walls, the subtle and deadly 1 , fumes of gas en circled aud stilled even a call for help a "d < probably within five minutes of the ex plosion the 225 persons in the workings below were either gasping out their last breaths or already dead. The scenes at the pit mouth were heartrending. Wives and mothers, wild with grief, begged the mine workers to go into the burning pit and rescue their husbands and -sous. Never hits there been seen such despair, such utter hope lessness when the truth became appar ent that not one was left. There was none of the overmastering excitement of suspense, none of the hoping against hope that fh * husband and the father might yet he returned; all i> as abject; misery, heart-broken torment, the silent and tor turing hrohhing of hearts whose ache is too deep for tears. RAIL WAY SPEED RECORDS. Roads Cut Down Running Time and Devel p Fast i^er vjcy. ** Railway progress in 1902 is already marked by some notable speed m-ord*. It Is evident that the managerial rc sdaffes aua abilities of the great carrier systems are now being largely directed toward the work of cutting down the running time of passenger trains and de veloping a passenger and fast mail ser vice by tlie side of which the schedules of the past seem like the time tables of a Rocky Mountain stage coach, No sooner does the New York Central and Lake Shore cut off six hours of the running time between Chicago and New York than the Chicago and Northwestern proceed* to place Chicago nearer the Pa cific const by shortening the running time to the Missouri rver. The first of the iiw North western trains of the transmissiuiri line made the run from the Missouri river to Chicago, a distance of 500 miles, in eleven hours. This, after deducting the necessary time for changing engine* end for other un avoidable stops, will establish a speed record of nearly a mile a minute for the entire distance, a record whidh makes this train the fastest of its kind in the United Htates. As this speed is made possible by the completion of a double track for the en tire run and the installation of block signal service, it becomes an important event in the history th 9 railway pro gress of rne year. Interesting News Items. Mexico, Mo., is to huve free mail de livery after July 1. * The British House of Commons pa-ned the second reading of the finance hill by 224 to 114 votes. There are tbirty-eigh- building and loan associations doing business ,n Kan va* and th<-ir combin••<} assi-t* are over $4,000,001. According to figure* given out in Chi cago it: ot $22..V*0 to entertain Prince Henry of Prussia twen y-ihree hours on hw recers visit there. Germar <-*t iron works and foundries ■ tion. which will embrace all the leading plants of the empire. Ambossador Meyer, it Rome, Italy, wan?, to come home ~ihl the nom ination for Congress hi sucrewnon to Secretary of the Navy Moody. Mrs. Hetty Green, the noted woman of finance, has been g anted a permit to , carry a revolver by the police department ’of New York. Mrs. Gri-en, in berj appli said she *> i -> g 'V */ .n is ond jewelry. * A strike ot oil has ben made at Wat ers station, a few miles from Austin, Texan 'lhe oil was found at the shal low di|Htfi of nln*dy feet. Em;:>eroj William ha? ordered Director Fritz, of the government ship yard" at Kiel. t> proceed to the United Htates U study flee method* of Ymerican ship yards. particularly aa regards labor sav ing mkithi wry. A movement has been qul.-rjy started in St. Lus for the organization of Pull man conductors ami pottin and circulars setting fo-th the necewdty for such a union ire now being jr-pared. An in crease in wages will 'at asked. There are about 00,900 condo flora and porter*,