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THE GRUMBLER.
The grumbler growls at Nature’s plan;
He’s sorry that he’s human.
He doesn’t want to be a man,
Nor yet to be a woman.
He’d hate to be a beast or such
As share the fish’s lot;
In fact, ’twould not annoy him much
If he were not.
He takes you by the buttonhole
And grumbles in your ear.
He tells you that his very soul
Is shriveled up and sere.
He wishes he were dead and gone.
But whew! you’d make him hot
To hint the world would still jog on
If he were not.
—Catholic Standard.
jj IN THE NEXT ROOM, j
NGAGED to be married!" slow
ly uttered Theresa Middleton,
and to think that Blanche Fol
lett should have been the first of the
graduating class to wear an engage
ment ring.
“How soon are you to be married,
Blance?” asked Sophie Dean.
“I don’t know. As soon as Guy’s
father returns from Europe, I guess.”
“What a funny old man, all In onuff
color, that sat next to us that after
noon at dinner!” laughed Sophie. “And
how he stared at us. I shouldn’t won
der If he wasn’t some rich old wid
ower.”
“Horrid o!* fogie!” said Theresa.
“Do you know, girls, he has taken the
room next to ours?”
“What do you think?” exclaimed
Sophie, coming in the next morning
dripping and radiant from her bath,
“Old Snuff Color is sick! The doctor
was there half an hour ago, and I just
saw' the waiters carrying in ice for his
head.”
“Some horrible fever!” cried There
sa, turning pale. “I mean to change
to some other hotel at once. Blanche —■
“i MEAJf TO KEEP YOU ALWAYS.”
where is Blanche? How provoking
when we are in a hurry to decide the
matter!”
It was more than half an hour be
fore Blanche Follett returned, and
when at length she entered the room
Theresa and Sophie were half through
ihe task of packing their trunks.
“Blanche!” cried the former, petu
lantly, “where have you been?”
“In the next room with the sick old
Igentleman, doing my best to nurse
ihim.”
“Blanch !” shrieked There-a.
“Well?” was the calm response.
“Well, .-re you mad?”
“No—on.'y human. If It was my
father,” added Blanche, courageously,
“do you think I should permit him to
tile alone and unattended in a hotel like
this?”
“Blanche, are you crazy!” cried out
Miss Dean. “What do you suppose
Dr. Archtteld would say to risking
your life thus?”
“I do not feel there is any risk,” said
Blanche, calmly. “Moreover, I believe
Guy w’ould bid me do my duty at any
and all hazards.”
“Well, then,” said Sophie, “I wish
old Snuff Color would die and he done
with it, for it won’t be half so pleas
ant without you, Blanche.”
“Old Snuff Color,” however, as So
iphte irreverently termed him, did not
die.
“My dear,” he said to Blanche Fol
lett, “I have much to thank you for.
Before yesterday I never knew the
soft touch of a daughter’s hand upon
my brow, the music of a daughter’s
footsteps around my bedside. Nor
shall I consent to part with them now.
I mean to keep you always, my child.”
“Does he mean to adopt me?” she
asked herself.
“For I do not think you have once
suspected,” he added, with a quiet
smile, “that all your secret charitable
offices have been rendered to Guy
Archfield’s father.
“Mr. Archfleld, senior, is in Europe,”
she said hesitatingly.
“He was, my dear,” the old man an
swered, dryly, “but he returned or. the
Ariadne, and is here by your side. I
telegraphed to Guy this morning. He
will be here in half an hour to confirm
my words. Little Blanche, will you
give me a daughter’s kiss now?”
“My own Blanche, you have won his
heart,” said Guy Archfleld. “The only
doubt I ever entertained about our
marriage—his consent—is solved at
last. He honors you as you deserve.”
And the prettiest of all Blanche Fol
lett’s wedding gifts was the parure of
diamonds given by her wealthy and
eccentric old father-in-law.
And Theresa Middleton and Sophie
Dean cried out In chorus, as they had
cried out before many a time:
“Blanche is the luckiest girl!”—ln
dianapolis Sun.
LIVING INTO VAST DEPTHS.
Extraordinary Feat# Have Been Per
formed by Famous Experts.
At what depth can a diver carry
out his functions? How long can he
remain under the surface? What is
the effect of high air pressures on the
human system? One well-known firm
of submarine engineers limits the
depth of descent to twenty-five fath
oms, or, say, 150 fe,:L But operations
have been carried out at greater
depths than this, and perhaps the
greatest distance below the surface at
which a diver has succeeded in work
ing Is thirty-four fathoms, or 204 feet.
This was accomplished by James
Hooper, who descended to the ship
Cape Horn, sunk off Pichidanque,
South America, and sustained a pres
sure of BSt£ pounds on every square
Inch of his body.
Another remarkable feat was _ at
of Alexander Lambert who recovered
$350,000 In gold coin from the steam
ship Alphonso XII., sunki off Point
Gando, Grand Canary, in nearly thirty
fathoms of water, the actual depth of
the treasure room being twenty-six
and two-thirds fathoms, or 100 feet
This man also performed the daring
feat of stopping the flooding of the
Severn tunnel when & door In the
drainage tunnel had been left open.
The door was situated a quarter of a
mile distant from the shaft, but equip
ped in his diving dress he crept that
distance through a narrow passage full
of water and closed the door. This
plucky act enabled the pumps to over
come the volume of water which was
flooding the working and allowed the
completion of the tunnel to be carried
oat
A further interesting case of deep
diving Is that of Ange! Erostarbe, who
succeeded in recovering silver bars
valued at $45,000 from the steamer
Skyro, sunk off Cape Finisterre in
over thirty fathoms. In this case the
diver had to blow away portions of
the vessel with dynamite before he
could reach the treasure chamber.
Three dives per diem were frequent
and as many as five descents were
made in one day. The maximum pe
riod under water was twenty minutes.
The effect of high pressures on the
constitution is not found injurious
when the work is carried out under
ordinary precautions. A French sci
entist has gone so far as to claim that
breathing compressed air is a remedy
for asthma and emphysema. It is also
said to excite digestion, owing to the
great quantity of oxygen carried Into
the blood. It has been found that a
period of two hours should elapse be
tween a meal and a descent In de
scending the movement should be slow,
and if the pressure causes pains in the
head this can be remedied by rising
gently a few feet when the descent
can be recontinued. In ascending div
ers are recommended not to exceed a
speed of two feet a second.—Pall Mall
Gazette.
OLD FLAME OF HOSTESS.
Bat He Didn’t Know It Until a Bad
Break Brought It Out.
The sect of the Schwenkfelders, at
their annual reunion in Allentown,
Pa., were eating their famous feast of
bread and apple butter, says the Wash
ington Post The long table was cov
ered with great plates of fine white
bread, great dishes of golden butter,
and great bowls of rich brown apple
butter.
“No, you are mistaken,” said the
Rev. A. R. Schorman, of Pandora, 0.,
to a reporter, “if you think this is our
idea of a fiDe banquet. This meal cel
ebrates a historical event —the landing
of the Schwenkfelders, and their first
meal in the new world. It was a meal
composed only of bread and apple but
ter, for the good reason that there was
nothing else to have just then.”
Mr. Schorman, as he helped himself
to the excellent apple butter, smiled.
“When you accuse us Schwenkfelders
of regarding this as a great banquet,”
he said, “you mistake us and humili
ate us. You are like the stranger who
visited the home of his boyhood friend.
He and his boyhood friend had not
seen one another for more than thirty
years. Then they met by accident in
New York, and tae resident took the
stranger home to dinner. In the host’s
handsome house, as they sat in the par
lor, the guest said:
‘“So you are married, John?’
“ ‘Dear, dear, yes,’ John answered.
‘I am married and have three children.
They will be down to welcome you in
a few minutes.’
“ ‘Well, well,’ said the guest. ‘lt
seems strange to think of you as a, fa
ther.’ And he sighed.
“ ‘By the way,’ the host began,
‘didn’t you live in Cambridge after
you left Chicago?’
“ ‘Oh, yes,’ said the guest ‘I lived
there for some years.’
“ ‘Then perhr.ps you met Miss Mc-
Wade?’
“The guest gave a loud laugh.
“ ‘Met her?’ he cried. ‘Man alive,
that’s a good one. Met her? I was
engaged to her. But so v.ere all the
other fellows at one time or another.
College boys and clerks. But what’s
the matter, John?' he broke off, anx
iously.
“ ‘Miss Me Wade is my wife,’ said the
host, in a strange, dead voice.”
Selecting; Volunteers.
Whenever the United States has
been at war with any other country it
has always been a matter for serious
complaint on the other side that the
Americans take accurate aim before
firing—with extremely fatal results.
How excellent was the marksmanship
of the volunteers on Bunker Hill is a
matter of record. There is an inter
esting entry in the diary of John Har
rower, an Indentured schoolmaster of
Virginia.
“Colonel Washington, of this col
ony," he wrote, “being appointed gen
eralissimo of all the American forces
raised and to be raised, made a de
mand of five hundred riflemen from
the fronteers of this colony. But those
that insisted on going far exceeded
the number wanted, when, in order to
avoid giving offense, the Commanding
Officer chuse his company by the fol
lowing method.
“He took a board of a foot square,
and with chalk drew the shape of a
moderate nose In the centre and nailed
It up to a tree at one hundred and
fifty yards distance and those who
came nighest the mark with a single
bail was to go. But by the first forty
or fifty that fired the nose was all
blown out of the board, and by the
time his Cpmpany was tjp the whole
board had shared the same fate.
Anxlons to Help.
The struggles of a horse which slip
ped and fell at Madison street and
Fifth avenue yesterday attracted the
usual crowd of curious onlookers anx
ious to aid the driver in getting the
animal on its feet again. Some prof
fered advice and some rendered active
assistance in unbuckling the harness.
“You don’t see anything like this in
London,” said a man not long from
England, who stood near the outskirts
of the crowd: “no one takes any in
terest in a fallen horse there. People
go on their way with scarcely a pass
ing glance at the unlucky cab or bna
horse, leaving the driver to extricate
himself from his difficulties as best he
may. Here in America, all the
cities I have visited at least great ex
citement prevails when a horse falls,
and every one seems anxious to help.”
—Chicago Inter Ocean.
Even Bear* Have ts Beat.
“Why do bears sleep trough the
winter?” asked the boy w£o i* study
ing natural history.
“Because,” answered his tether, “the
President does not go hnntlng then.
They’ve got to sleep some time.”—
Washington Star.
Speaking of Sunday reading: The
children seem to have discovered that
no colored supplements go with the
Bible.
An honest man may be the noblest
work of God, but only women ever re
turn borrowed umbrella*.
Successful gardening can be done
only on a fixed system.
You cannot fatten sheep profitably
while they are fattening parasites.
Often the cow which gives but a
small quantity of milk enriches It so
that it is very profitable.
It Is more economical to keep the
calves growing rapidly even though it
does require more feed.
Carbolic salve or vaseline are good
remedies for sore teats. They can be
applied before starting to milk.
When you wean the colt give him
plenty of oats and he will go through
all right, but no other grain will take
the place of oats.
Green string beans, onions, wax
beans, parsley, beets, cucumbers, rad
ishes and tomatoes are desirable for
the home garden.
There is an onion hoe on the market,
long and narrow but triangular in
shape, that is most handy for getting
in narrow places in order to keep
down the weeds.
Several dairymen have put in large
crops of beets, the tops of which make
excellent feed, increasing the flow and
adding richness. They can be used
as silage and are cheap and valuable
milk producers.
The butter - oleomargarine fight
seems to have been a fight after all
between the cow and the steer. Where
would the steer be if it were not for
the cow? The cow has won and it is
fitting that she should.
Avery careful accountant has cal
culated that it costs about sixteen
cents per bushel to raise corn in the
corn belt When it is known that the
selling price is considerably more than
double that amount it is easy to see
why good corn land sells at the one
hundred mark.
In some parts of Wisconsin farmers
have been growing peas for canning
purposes and now they claim that it
depletes the land and they further re
fuse to grow them. Besides the dete
rioration in fertility there has come a
phenomenal growth of all kinds of
weeds and they have concluded to call
a halt There are some things the crop
grower will not even dare to do.
Contrary to general impression, the
fewer eggs a hen lays, the more are
they likely to be infertile, if we can
judge from experiments carried on at
the Maine Station. There an attempt
was made to breed downward in egg
yield as well as upward. The experi
menters were surprised at finding an
unlooked-for obstacle, namely, the in
fertility of the eggs from hens produc
ing the fewest
It has boon discovered that two hens
fed with grain laid in a given period
127 plus 07 eggs, while two others of
similar races, fed with raw flesh, laid
176 plus 121. The total for the first
two is 194, for the other two 297. There
was a superiority as to weight in fa
vor of the eggs laid by the meat-fed
fowls, their average being 58 grams
against 45 grams for the vegetarians.
The stock yards is a very good place
to sell all kinds of finished live stock
products, but it is a very poor place to
buy sires for breeding purposes. Stock
yard sires grade all the way from very
poor to no grade and their breeding is
like the X in algebra. There is also a
splendid chance for the introduction of
disease by such a practice. It is bet
ter to buy from a reputable breeder
than to run any chances by buying
from a stock yard.
Something of a novelty in the line of
dairy schools is the recently establish
ed Norwegian course for dairy maids.
The instruction is of a practical kind,
tho young women being taught to tend
cattle, sheep, swine and poultry, in
cluding feeding, tending, also dairying,
scrubbing and cleaning the milk ves
sels. The feed and milk must be weigh
ed and a record kept. There is in
struction from text books on the care
of live stock in addition to the prac
tical work. The course require? about
six months attendance.
Anew hardy English walnut is be
ing introduced which it is claimed can
be grown in the latitude of Central
New York State. One tree in Niagara
County is reported to have yielded
twenty-five bushels of walnuts, for
which the owner was offered 22 cents
per pound. The shell is very thin and
the moat of excellent quality. A num
ber of groves have been set out in Ni
agara County, and one Orleans Coun
ty farmer Is planting a five-acre or
chard. This grower writes that his
trees have gone through the winter
without injury.
Much is said about the use of the
cultivator for com, but the harrow will
do good service in destroying small
weeds, and if the small weeds are
killed as fast as they appear the work
later in the season will be lessened.
The object in cultivating should be not
to injure the roots of the corn more
than is possible, for which reason the
cultivation should be shallow. If the
land is baked and hard, it should then
be deeply cultivated, going between the
rows until the work is well done, giv
ing shallow and level cultu.-e at the
next workings.
Ha# Snooes# with Gse.
I have always taken a great inter
est in the raising of geese here in our
climate. I prefer the Toulouse. I
keep one gander for every four geese
and keep my flock in a little house by
themselves. They go out and in as
they wish. I have never given them
any water and have raised as high
as seventy-five in one season. About
September 1 I do not let them run any
more, but pen them up and feed them
ground com and water. In six weeks
they will gain considerably in weight.
—H. 11. Hinkler of Minnesota. In O
J. Farmer.
Breeding Horae# for Gait.
The gait which an animal will as
sume when in great danger, or in fear
for its life, is prompted by instinct
and is undoubtedly the most rapid mo
tion of which it is capable. Any gait
acquired by training which may dif
fer from this will be instantly dropped
when fear is "cited. Under circum
stances of this ci-’d the horse, in com
mon with other animals, will break
into a full ran. A Inch authority, how
ever, expresses the opinion that the
rapid progress made In the breeding
of the trotter warrants the belief that
within the next decade we will have
the horse that will ‘flee for his life in
the trot,” and that too, from trained
instinct and not in isolated Instances.
Weed# a# Money Crop#.
If a plant out of its right place may
be termed a weed, then it must also
be true that a weed for which a right
use has been found becomes a useful
plant It may he that no plant is real
ly a weed if only its right use can be
fouud. The recent experiments at the
Vermont Experiment Station suggest
that a profitable market may possibly
be fouud for the roots of the much
hated witch grass, which have certain
medicinal values and are in more or
less demand from drug concerns. The
common sorrel, another weed almost
.-s objectionable, is in France consid
ered a profitable crop. The plants are
n very much like dandelions, the
leaves picked carefully, washed, well
cooked and put up in tins or small
casks and shipped to all parts of the
world for use in cooking and as a
salad plant. The demand must be con
siderable as hundreds of acres are de
voted to the crop.
Distant Dairy Prosperity.
Dairying seems to be about the
same the world over, and the account
of expert management in New Zealand,
resembles quite closely a similar de
scription of the dairy industry in this
country. Like other countries, New
Zealand is burdened with careless and
incompetent creamery managers,
which the commissioner of dairying
blames for the low average quality of
the product Asa partial remedy it is
recommended that the grading stand
ard for quality be raised. The New
Zealand government supervises ex
port business, which is the main mar
ket for New Zealand butter, and com
pels shippers to grade their butter ac
cording to quality, whir-h is then
marked and guaranteed. The industry
seems to be in a prosperous condition.
The dairy farms have improved their
herds with the addition of thorough
bred stock of the leading dairy breeds.
Land suitable for dairy farms seems
to bring as high price as in this coun
try, and the price of creamery butter
seems high considering the distance
from the world’s leading markets. —
American Cultivator.
Building; Ip the Soil.
Professor Roberts, who for many
years was at the head of the Cornell
(Ithaca, N. Y’.) Experiment Station, in
a recent address made this remark:
“If I were twenty years younger I
should go up and down out country
emphasizing the work of plaucs in pro
ducing soil productivity. Instead of
using a mallet, as I once did, to put
a piece of land in’ productive state, I
should use plants. Blessed be weeds.
Some are minute, but all are soil-build
ers. They give their bodies back to
the soil and add to the supply of high
ly available plant food. Tillage and
plants I would emphasize in soil
building.”
Farmers are indebted to Dr. Roberts
for so persistently advocating, and
proving, too, the value of cultivation
to make available the immense amount
of potash stored in the sod. At first
the statement was ridiculed, but the
doctor was known to be a cautious as
well as a learned man, and not given
to making rash statements, so others
investigated and found to their sur
prise that he was right. Then he and
others took up the question of the
raising of legumenous plants and the
plowing of them under to add nitrogen
to the soil which had been gathered
by the plants from that boundless res
ervoir, the air. Thus the two most
expensive plant foods became the least
expensive. Then came his advocacy,
renewed persistently, of the cover
crop, so that the plantless soil during
the winter is only to be found on
farms whose owners are too stubborn
to learn. These incidents are men
tioned to point out anew the value to
the soil of green manuring and of cul
tivation so that he who runs may read.
—Exchange.
The Winter Ess Supply.
The poultry man is anxious to get
winter eggs. The price paid for eggs
in winter Is enough to warrant consid
erable time and thought upon methods
of wintering and feeding the poultry
for winter egg production. The old
way of letting the chickens roost in
the trees or on fences usually keeps
healthy fowls and results in most ex
cellent laying in the spring as the
weather gets warmer and more pleas
ant. But every farmer's liens lay at
that time of year, and eggs get very
cheap. Winter eggs are profitable be
cause of the great demand for them
during the winter season.
In spring the hens get a variety of
foods. They exercise running over the
fields, gathering a variety of foods.
They are warm both day and night
By surrounding them with similar
conditions during the winter months
winter eggs may be obtained. A
warm, well-ventilated roosting place,
kept clean, Is one essential.
A warm place, free from winds,
snow and rain, in which to exercise
is another. Then feed a variety of
grain In cut straw or other litter in
this warm place so the hens may work
scratching the litter apart. Oats, with
wheat thrown into the cut straw, will
give them exercise. Near noon feed
the bran mash, including table scraps
and milk and at night a full ration
of corn. If cabbage or turnips given
raw can be fed to them, they will do
even better. Green bone, meat scraps,
grit, clean water are also helpful. If
these conditions can be met with In
the dead of winter the hens will do
some laying, at least when eggs are
scarce and prices are high. Good ven
tilation without a draft is very im
portant as a draft often causes colds
and roup.
DIE IN A FIDE PANIC.
EIGHTEEN PERSONS DEAD IN
PHILADELPHIA CHURCH.
Woruhlpen Fire at Sight of Smoke,
Stair Railing Give* Way, and
Women and Children Are Fatally
Trampled I'pon.
Eighteen persons were trampled to
death and fifty more were injured Sun
day evening in a panic following a cry
of “Fire” in St. Paul's Colored Baptist
Church in Bth street, near Girard ave
nue, Philadelphia. The worshipers
were on the second floor of the build
ing, and the deaths occurred in the
crush on the narrow, winding stairs.
Most of the victims were women and
children. In the height of the panic
men knocked down and trampled on
the weaker members of the congrega
tion, mothers threw away their babies
in order to escape themselves, and all
their primitive passions were revealed
in the wild scramble for safety.
Scores of the worshipers rushed to
the north stairway, in which there was
a sharp turn. The struggling persons
became wedged at the turn, and the
railing gave way, precipitatiLg scores
to the floor below. Others leaped upon
the prostrate bodies and made their
way to the street. Only one man of
all those in the congregation perished,
and he was killed by leaping out of a
window.
Small Fire Causes Panic.
The panic was caused by a small
blaze in the room below the church.
The pastor, Rev. E. \V. Johnson, had
just concluded a sermon on the text,
“Why Sit We Here and Die?” and the
collection was beiog taken, when a
woman in the front of the church saw
smoke coming from a crack in the floor
near the pulpit and shouted the alarm.
Instantly the cry was taken up by oth
ers and in a moment the whole congre
gation joined in a rush for the doors.
The pastor tried in vain to stem the
tide. He exhorted his congregation to
remain calm, but to no avail. Finally,
seeing that he could do nothing, he led
a hundred of the worshipers who heed
ed his advice, to safetj by means of a
rear stairway, and not one was in
jured.
At the front of the church, however,
the scenes were vastly deferent. Men
and women tore the clothes from each
other’s backs as they sought to gain the
stairs. In the first rush several women
and children fell, and over their bodies
the frantic throng poured, some being
tripped as they went, and soon the en
tire stairway was covered with pros
trate forms. It became a case of the
survival of the strongest.
Ruwh Quickly Over.
In spite of the crush on the stairs
it was only a few moment before the
400 uninjured members of the congre
gation reached the street. There the
excitement prevented any attempt at
rescue until the arrival of the firemen
and police. Women, nearly nude, ran
about wringing their hands and calling
for missing loved ones. Men, strong
and willing, lacked the directing brain,
and stood idly by.
When the fire department arrived the
work of rescue began. In the hallway
on the first floor lay a heap of bodies,
the liv’ng and dead mingled. The liv
ing were hurried into ambulances aud
taken to hospitals, and the dead were
removed to near by morgues. On the
stairway, under a heap of bodies, was
that of a baby which probably had been
dropped by its mother in her flight.
On the floor below a 3-year-old boy
lay dead, his features trampled beyond
recognition.
The injuries of those who had es
caped death showed how frightful the
struggle for life had been. Bones were
broken and features were battered and
scratched by heavy boot heels. Finger
marks showed that in the struggle
those fighting for their lives had not
heeded the lives of others.
Fire Quickly Quelled.
The fire in the room under the
church was quickly extinguished, and
did little damage. The police investi
gated the report that the church was
overcrowded, but could not substanti
ate it. The pastor insisted that it was
little more than half filled, and that
there was no occasion for anyone being
injured if the congregation had re
mained calm.
Escaped in Petticoats.
“Little Bill” Howard is once more in
jail at Asheville, X. C. Seven years ago
Ben Ross, a neighbor of Howard, was
found shot to death in his home. How
ard was arrested on suspicion, tried end
sentenced to be hanged. One day his
wife, carrying her buoy in her arms,
visited him in his cell. When the visit
ing time was over the guards opened the
doors and permitted what they supposed
to be the woman to walk out. Later it
was discovered that Howard aud his
wife had exchanged clothes aud the
murderer had walked out, carrying the
baby. Since then, though there has been
a reward standing for his capture, he
has never been seen by the authorities,
until this week, when he was found at
home.
Telegraphic Brevities.
At Newark, Ohio, the wife of former
Cashier lingafelter has been indicted
for alleged forgery.
Feb. 15 has been fixed by the House
committee on judiciary as the date for a
hearing on the proposed constitutional
amendment providing for woman’s suf
frage.
The coarse freight steamer E. D. Car
ter, building for E. D. Carter of Erie,
Pa., was successfully launched at the
Wyandotte yards of the American Ship-
Building Company.
A bulletin issued by the census office
presenting statistics on toe manufactur
ing industries of Idaho shows that there
were 3*52 establishments in 1005, with
an aggregate capital of $9,439,088.
Operations have been begun in Home
stead borough. Pa., for the erection of
the large steel mills recently authorized
by the United States Steel Corporation.
An • expenditure of $7,090,000 will be
made.
Cassimer Chodzilski, the Chicago
sculptor, will be allowed to submit an
other design for the monument to Count
Pulaski, to be erected in Washington by
means of a $50,000 appropriation by
Congress.
The International Stone Masons’
I Union in convention at St. Paul elected
Malcolm Geddes of tL.c city president
and decided to meet next year in St.
Louis.
Although he confessed to having kill
ed Halvord Nyman, a farmer of Fergus
Falls, Minn., by putting poison into a
glass of whisky, John Grenberg was ac
i quitted by a jury on account of a plea
j of insanity.
The heaviest fall of snow in thirty
years in Nevada, according to dispatches
from Reno, broke down show sheds on
the railroad, isolated several cities and
did great damage to telegraph and tele
phone wires.
| Wisconsin {
\ State News j
TO INVESTIGATE COMPANIES.
Innarance Bunlnt I ** In This State
Will Be Thorontihly Gone Into.
“We propose to make the most thor
ough and complete investigation of life
insurance that can he made and one that
the people will have full confidence in.
No other would be satisfactory or any
thing but a farce. It necessarily would
take a long time and entail quite an ex
pense but we believe the people will be
satisfied with the investment.” So spoke
Senator Roehr, of the special insurance
investigating committee appointed at a
recent special session of the Legislature
to look into the subject of life insur
ance in this State. The committee met
for the first time in the State capitol the
other day and organized by selecting
Senator Frear chairman and Assembly
man Ekern secretary. Other prelimi
naries to organization and investigation
were made and after a session an ad
journment was taken for about two
weeks. When all the details have been
arranged the investigation will be car
ried on from Milwaukee.
BANK GETS BAD CHECKS.
Hacinc Institution Sutiers from Al
leged Forgeries.
Charles W. Bingham, who. it is al
leged, has been issuing forged checks and
drafts on the Manufacturers’ National
bank of Racine, is not known in that
city. For more than six weeks these
checks have been coming in from differ
ent cities of the country. B. B. Nor
throp. cashier of the bank, says that in
some manner the alleged Bingham had
secured one of their check books. He
estimates that perhaps half a dozen bo
gus checks for from $25 to SSO have
come in, aud also a number of drafts.
Some of them were from Augusta. Fla.,
Charleston, S. C., New York, and also
Michigan towns.
DIVORCE WAS NO JOKE.
Sliuron Man Must Sow Stand Suit
by Wife.
Luther Arnold, a wealthy farmer, mer
chant and cattle buyer of Sharon, has
been served with summons in an action
for divorce brought by his wife. Cruel
and inhuman treatment and the trump
ing up of charges, in order that he might
secure a divorce, and infidelity are charg
ed in the complaint. Last August Ar
nold was granted a divorce at Kenosha.
Mrs. Arnold failed to appear in court,
the summons and complaint having been
given her by a sou, as she believed a
joke was being practiced on her. When
she found that a decree had been grant
ed she had it set aside.
SHE MARRED TO HOB HIM.
Marinette Man Says Dottle Wilson
Stole S3OO Soon After Wedding.
Threatening to commit suicide, it is
alleged by the police, Hilmer Sherman,
a Marinette man, was picked up by an
officer and placed in jail. The other
night in Menominee, lie was married to
a woman saying she was Dottie Wilson.
She remained with him for two days,
since which time he was unable to find
her, he says. She had arisen during tlie
night and fled from the town with S3OO
belonging to Sherman, his savings of a
year. The police charge that the woman
deliberately married Sherman in order to
rob him.
WILL BUILD NEW INTEIII BRAN.
Last Preparatory Steps Taken for
Milwaukee-Fond ilu Lae Line.
The Wisconsin Rapid Transit Com
pany has tiled with the Secretary of
State a deed of trust for $2,000,000 as
the final preparatory step to beginning
work on its proposed electric line from
Milwaukee to Fond du Lac. The Mil
waukee terminus will be on Atkinson
avenue, forming a connection at the city
limits with the Third street car line.
It is dcubtful if a franchise entitling
the new company to enter the city will
be asked. Philadelphia capitalists, it is
said, are interested.
LAUNCH BIG MINE COMBINE.
Wisconsin Capitalists to Subscribe
for Development in Lafayette.
Pratoably the largest mining company
ever organized in southern Wisconsin
was launched at a meeting of local and
outside capitalists in Janesville, with a
capital stock of $500,000. of which $200,-
000 has already been subscribed. The
company lias purchased 1,900 acres of
farm and mining lands in Lafayette
county, which is supposed to be rich in
zinc and lead.
FOX PELT FOR MISS ALICE.
Wedding Gift Is Puid for by Rich
New York Man.
Lucian Kennedy, a Janesville fur col
lector. has shipped the New York firm
of Reveillou Freres a silver fox pelt
valued at SSOO, which will be a wedding
gift to Miss Roosevelt from a wealthy
New Yorker. Crowds have viewed the
pelt, which was purchased for a nomi
nal sum from the Canadian trapper.
Hines Buys Output.
The Carney Lumber Company of
Marinette has sold the output of its
mill at Owen Sound, Ontario, for the
year 1900 to the Hines Lumber Com
pany, Chicago. They will cut 20,000,-
000 feet of pine, and the consideration
is $500,000.
More Money for Poor.
George Yule, presdent of the Bain
Wagon Company, has made a gift of
SSOO to the Kenosha hospital. Mr.
Yule's gifts to the hospital now amount
to $2,000. The money is to be used in
providing care for charity patients,
KeiiOMlin Bn ilk Double* Stock.
At the annual meeting of the stock-
I holders of the First National bank in
Kenosha, the capital stock was raised
from $50,000 to SIOO,OOO. The entire
issue was taken by the present stock
holders.
Die* in Home of 51 Year*.
Julius Woodruff died, aged 93, in he
same room where lie slept for fifty-on?
years. He owned a farm a few miles
from Bamboo and in going back and
forth had traveled a distance equal to
that of more than three times round the
earth.
Cart Hits Express Wagon.
In a collision between a street car
and an express delivery wagon in Ke
nosha, Motorman George Johnsbn was
seriously injured and Jake J. Disoh. a
well-known comedian, and James Wil
son. driver of the express wagon were
slightly hurt.
In Contest for < hlldren.
Mrs. Lillian Clifford McCabe of Mil
! wankee has filed a petition in Circuit
Court in Oshkosh for a revision of the
judgment granting her the legal cus-
I tody of the children. Otis and Marion.
To Rid Farms of Wolves.
Because so many sheep were carried
I off and killed by wolves, farmers near
Wannakee are organizing a giant wolf
hunt.
Fred Neitzel. aged 20, died at Bara
boo as the result of being accidentally
shot by his uncle, Richard Neitzel, while
bunting rabbits by moonlight.
BRINGS LEBER M AN'S BODY.
Sheboygan Man Identifies Remainl
At WHliuniatport, Pa.
William C. Calhoun arrived in She
boygan from Williamsport, Pa., tfie oth
er day with the remains of Alfred Le
berinan. who died there about four
years ago. lie succeeded in identifying
the body. Ueberman's family did not
know of his death until this summer,
when a friend in Milwaukee casually
remarked that she had read the account
of his death. Search was immediately
commenced and nearly a thousand let
ters were sent to every city aud village
in that State. They finally succeeded in
locating him at Williamsport, where he
had died about four years before.
ASSAULT LAID TO BAKER.
Watertown Man Accused of Strlk
ii>K Woman.
James Wells, who has been employed
as a baker in Watertown, was arrested
at Oeonomowoe on board a Chicago,
Milwaukee and St. Paul train by Sheriff
Palmer and Marshal Wessel, on the
charge of creating a disturbance in the
coach. It is alleged that when asked
for his ticket. Wells replied that a wom
an who occupied a seat across tlie aisle,
would pay his fare. She protested, it
is further averred, and lie struck her.
Passengers say when they interfered.
Wells showed fight, but was soor over
powered.
ATTEMPTS TO ESCAPE.
Sensational Explanation Given by
Attendants at Raeine Asylum.
Herman Pfeiffer, aged 20, a former
prominent inspector of the United States
government, is dying at Racine county
hospital, with a crushed skull. He has
been an inmate two years. It is alleged
that relatives attempted to kidnap him.
The attempt failed. Later he made an
effort to escape from his room by means
of a bed sheet, it is alleged. Reaching
the window sill he fell and struck on
his head, is the story of attendants.
VENEERING PLANT IS BURNED.
Fire Destroys Factory ut Manitowoc
and Costs Fireman’s Life.
Fire destroyed the plant of the Wis
consin Veneering Company in Manito
woc. Nothing but the walls of the
building remain. The buildings contain
ed much furniture ready for shipment.
The loss is estimated at SIOO,OOO. fully
covered by insurance. John Hall, a
member cf the city fire department, died
from injuries received when the building
collapsed.
TELEGRAPH TELLS OF DANGER.
Tomalt People Save Tdnnel City by
Sending Word on Wire.
While every resident slept unconscious
of the danger, tire threatened to wipe
out Tunnel City. At Tomah, five miles
away, passengers awaiting a train, no
ticed the illumination aud the first word
of the fire was sent to the burning town
by telegraph. Several small buildings
were burned, the loss being SIO,OOO.
Two Switchmen Are Killeil.
Switchmen John F. Dwyer and John
S. Conrey were killed in a collision be
tween two engines in the Northwestern
yards in Baraboo. The men were stand
ing on the rear footboard. Steam from
the water tower obstructed the view of
the engine aud caused the collision.
Manitowoc Suicide’* Home.
Miss Ida Grutzmaclier, who commit
ted suicide in Milwaukee by inhaling
chloroform, is the daughter of Fred
Grutzmaclier of Manitowoc. She
had been in Milwaukee for some time
and was living with her sister.
State News in Brief.
Julius Badtke of Bristol, Kenosha
county, was killed while chopping trees.
A freight brakemau named Chambers
was killed at Valley Junction by being
mu over.
Bank Commissioner Bergli has issued
a charter to the Farmers’ State bank
in Sullivan. The capital is $15,000.
The directors and officers of the Na
tional bank of Beaver Dam were re
elected at the stockholders’ meeting.
A check for $9.80, the last of a gift
of $75,000 for anew library, has been
received at Madison, from Andrew Car
negie.
Charles B. Pride, a well-known Ap
pleton paper mill architect, was sligatly
injured in the West hotel lire at Min
neapolis.
Ernest Dunn, a young Waupun fann
er, is dead with blood poisoning. While
cleaning a pork barrel he scratched his
finger on a nail.
In New London, A. Klingert, aged
50. attempted to cut his throat with a
razor. He was discovered in time aud
will probably live.
Rushie Hultse, the 13-year-old son of
Rev. William Heltse of Beaver Dam, is
dead of injuries received from a fall on
the ice while skating.
Mrs. Herman Froehlich of Horicon
disappeared Jan. 1, and no trace has
been found. She had been mentally de
ranged for some time, it is said.
Kit Crego, driver for the Marjnette
fire department, was neaarly drowned
in Green Bay while iceboatiug wittb As
sistant Chief S. H. Dukett and John
Johnson.
John Carlson, claiming Chicago as
his home, had both legs severed under
a Wisconsin Central passenger train
near Chippewa Falls. Carlson claims
he was thrown off by a brakeman.
L. X. Costlly, assistant superintend
ent of the Ashland division ot the
Northwestern Railway, has been ap
pointed superintendent of the Nebraska
division, with headquarters at Chadron,
Neb.
Otto Schultz, 8 months oid, was burn
ed to death in Appleton, while his broth
er and sister, 4 and 5 years old, were
playing Indian during the mother’s ab
sence. The two older children piled
paper around the baby while it lay on
the couch and ignited the pile.
A Racine coroner’s jury which render
ed a verdict that the death of John K.
Johnson, killed by a Northwestern train,
was due to the employes of the railway
company, has been reproved by Coroner
Hoyle, who publicly announced that the
verdict was not justified in face of the
evidence.
The club house of the Oplane River
Hunting Club on the banks of the
Oplane river in the western part of Ke
nosha county, was destroyed by fire.
The Milwaukee road will spend $500,-
000 in La Crosse this year in rebuilding
the system of sidetracks, constructing
new car shops, roundhouse and depot,
and making other improvements.
There is danger of another smallpox
epidemic in the woods. In one camp
out of Marinette every man has either
been or is sick with the disease. The
men call it Cuban itch. In some cases
they are not even incapacitated from
work.
In a collision between a street car and
a hotel bus in Janesville J. P. Donoher,
a traveling salesman from South Bend.
Ind., and Charles Davis, the driver,
were badly hurt.
Herman Neidner, a tiling contractor,
charged with bribery by the last grand
jury, pleaded guilty to the indictment at
Milwaukee and was fined S2OO and costs
by Judge Vrazee.
Mrs. \V. Y. Wentworth, who with her
husband has been in charge of the
Blaekhawk club house and grounds at
the head of Lake Koshkonong for twen
ty years, is dead. Ex-Gov. Peek and
Scott, the English gun manufacturer,
are members of the club.
The town off Perkasie, Pa., manu
factures more cigars than any other
town in Bucks County, and more than
any other town of its size in the United
States.
There has been an increase it. the
membership off the Amalgamated Asso
ciation of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers
of from 1,200 to 1.500 since the new
scheme of organization went into effect.
The cement industry at Fogelsville,
Pa., looks so promising that farm land
in the neighborhood is commanding un
usually high prices. Farms which used
to go a-begging are now sold for sev
eral hundred dollars an acre.
Tue secretary of the United Mine
Workers asserts that organization shows
the largest number of members in its
history. It now stands 100,000 ahead
of any labor body in the country in poivt
of membership and is the largest in the
world.
The laoor organizations of that sec
tion of the country are sending out no
tices warning the workers that Califor
nia is overrun with unemployed men and
that hardships will stare in the face of
those who come to the coast without
means.
Two boys in the Morea colliery at
Hazleton, Pa., induced seventy-five
breaker boys to quit, thus forcing 700
men and boys into idleness for a half
day. The fathers of the two boys set
tled the strike with a paddle. Work
was resumed the next morning.
Kewanee, 111., claims to be the banner
union city in America. Every shoe
store in the city is a union store, ths
policemen carry union cards and so do
the street cleaners. The Mayor is a
union man and the sexton of the cem
etery also carries a union card.
The first organization in the building
trades of Pittsburg to arrange the wage
scale for 1906 is the Brotherhood of
Painters, Decorators and Paper Hang
ers. A settlement has been reached with
the employers by a committee of the
district council on the basis of last year’s
scale of $3.40 a day of eight hours and
all of the existing rules.
On July 1 the wages of 12,000 carpen
ters ?n New York City Avill b increased
from $4.50 per day to $4.80. The agree
ment was reached between the Brother
hood of Carpenters and Joiners and the
Master Carpenters’ Association of that
city after conferences lasting over two
months. This is a compromise, the car
penters asking for $5 per day.
The union woman has become an im
portant factor in label agitatiou. A
great number of women are employed
in the making of gloves, suspenders,
men’s clothing, corsets aud other arti
cles of apparel. At one period it was
a common complaint iu the unions that
the wives and daughters of union men
persisted in buying goods without the
label, but it is now said that they are in
many cases more careful than their hus
bands and fathers.
To place the wages of its “shifting”
crews at Reading, Pa., on a parity with
thewe paid for similar work iu Philadel
phia, the Reading Railway proposes to
advance the former. Conductors in
Philadelphia are paid $3 a day and
brakemen $2.52. In Reading conductors
receive $2.04 and brakemen $2.22. Mor
than 400 men will be affected by the
increase, which is said to have been
brought about by the difficulty experi
enced by the company in securing and
retaining experienced men at the lower
wages.
A strike of 2,000 slate workers is on
at Poultney and West Pawlet, Vt., and
Granville, N. Y. The company reduced
the wages of the men 7 per cent. They
quit work immediately. They had no
union, but immediately organized one
after going out. The company claims
the reduction in wages is due to over
production, and that it has 200,000
squares of slate, valued at $750,000, in
stock, and the customary winter’s falling
off in demand is at hand. The strike is
the largest ever known in the slate in
dustry of this or any other country, it
is said.
Owing to the unprecedented demand
for all grades of iron and steel the holi
day shutdown in the majority of the
steel plants throughout the country was
limited to a few days. Tuesday all the
idle mills were in operation again, and
the prospects are that they will continue
indefinitely. Practically IK) per cent of
the sheet and tinplate mills in the coun
try are working three turns a day, mak
ing this branch of the industry active.
According to the current report com
piled by the Amalgamated Journal,
showing the conditions of the union
mills, the outlook lor 1906 in the iron
and steel trade is bright.
<cfioo*s
(OLLEtq
In Boone County, lowa, more than
fifty pupils tried the experiment of de
tasseling part of the corn in a field. They
will make the same experiment next
year, using for seer. the corn raised this
year.
According to a decision rendered by
State Superintendent Dayhoff of Kansas
the school boards in the State should
pay for the school books which are need
ed by children whose parents are unable
to buy them. In many towns, there is a
large number of children to be thus sup
plied.
Boston has one in six of her popula
tion in her public schools, Chicago one
in seven, New York one in seven, Phil
adelphia one in seven and a half.
Out of the fifty-eight cities in the
United States between 30,000 and 50,-
000 in population Butte, Mont., pays
the highest salaries to its women teach
ers, exclusive of principals.
New York City has a twenty-two
room school located on a recreation pier.
The pier will be continued for use as
school until next July, when it will be
again converted into a recreation cen
ter.
In eighty-six cities and towns in Mas
sachusetts, work in music is recognized
( in class standing. The teachers keep a
monthly or bi-monthly record of effort
in music as well as in geography.
The per capita public school fund this
year in Missouri amounts to $1.34. This
amount, supplemented by county ami
township funds, will make the total per
capita distribution as much as two dol
lars for mmy districts.
Massachusetts has 187 superintend
ents, no one of whom has less than sl.-
500 salary. This for a population of
2,800.000 is remarkable. This means
a superintendent at not less than $1,500
salary for every 15,000 persons.
An unprecedented case is reported at
Fallsburg. N. Y„ where it is found im
possible to have a school because there
is not a sing'e citizen of the United
States in the district to serve on the
board. All the people are .Tews. To
meet the case the district will probably
be added to an adjoining one.
Commissioner of Education Harris, in
his latest report, places the total r u
-ber of pupils in the common schools for
1905 at 16,256,038, or 20 per cent of the
entire population. The average number
of days attended by each pupil is 1 92.
Counting colleges, private schools and
various special schools the total ©f at
tendance is 18,589,991.

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