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WOMEN ARE GROWING TALLER.
A HUNDRED YEARS AGO. TO-DAY. A HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW. Investigations conducted by a number of English phy sicians go to show that women as a class are growing taller, and the statement is seriously made that a hun dred years from now, at the present rate of increase, women will be not only taller than their sisters of to day, but they will be able literally to look down upon AUTUMN. *Ti* now that spiders in the casement weave, Or launch their silken airships on the breeze; Tis now that honey ripeness feeds the bees Where vine-born amber sweets their prison cleave, And golden spheres their leafy heavens leave. The same wind whispers through the orchard trees That blew our swallows over southern seas, And stole the robin’s vesper from our eve. The spirit of the year, like bacchant crowned. With lighted torch goes careless on his way; And soon bursts into flame the maple’s spray, And vines are running fire along the ground. But sbftly! on October’s blazing bound How laugh the violet eyes of tender May! —Edith M. Thomas. Presence of Mind The curtain had fallen upon the first act, and Thomas Nash, whose ntten ; tlon had been divided between the stage and the girl who sat next to him, was able to devote all his atten tion to the latter. That, be it under stood. ns far ns he dared; for she was a complete stranger to him. He could not speak to her, but was forced to content himself with little surreptitious glances aside, each of which gave him some further detail of her profile; her blue eyes, her slightly retrousse nose, her arched Jlps, and the whiteness of her neck and shoulders. There was a man with her, n man with a brown mustache, which Mr. Nash character ized unjustly ns scrubby. But for thd girl herself, he had nothing but appre ciation. The orchestra was about to com mence the entr’acte, when a man in evening dress stepped before the foot lights and spoke to the audience in a voice which cracked a little in his ef fort to suppress anxiety. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he Siaid, “I should feel much obliged if you would all leave the theater at once and quiet ly. There is no danger, but you must leave at once.” He motioned to the leader of the orchestra to play. Everywhere men and women stood op, quick anxiety in their faces, vague questionings in their eyes. In that mo ment Mr. Nash looked at his neighbor, and she did not hesitate to speak to him. “What is it?” she said under her breath. “Fire?” “I suppose so,” he answered non chalantly, with the wish to pose as a hero in her eyes. “But don’t be afraid. There is nothing to fear. I will help you if necessary. I have been in a theater fire before,” he continued, fling ing truth to the winds. “The great thing is to keep one’s presence of mind.” And then the curtain bulged forward, a sheet of flame swept from its under edge, and the man before the footlights threw up his arms and fell writhing before that scorching blast. Mr.* Nash forgot his heroism, forgot the girl, forgot everything save the necessity of reaching the doors as soon as possible and at any cost. He turned and fought his way through the crowd, striking men in the face, flinging wo men on one side, his mind a panic fear. He felt two hands gripping his shoul ders. but they scarcely retarded him. and he had more formidable obstacles to contend with. Cursing and thrust ing. trampling upon the bodies of those who had fallen, he forced his way tlmmgh. until at length he met the cool rush of air that was streaming in from the night outside, and found him self safe iu the crowd on the opposite side of the street, panting and shaken, amazed and horrified at himself. A sobbing voice uear him called him to his senses. He looked round and saw *he girl to whom he had spoken, shivering in her evening dress, but too hysterical with grief and fear to notice the cold. “Oh, thank you 1” she cried; “thank you! I should never have got through but for you.” Mr. Nash stared at her a moment, unable to realize the extent of his good fortune. He had fled in panic and had earned the reputation of a hero. “That gentleman who was with you?” he queried. She pointed horror-struck to the blaz ing theater. “Oh. go back for him!” she cried. **Go back and save him! Y'ou are brave; and I will thank you and pray for you all the days of my life.” Mr. Nash’s heroism received a nasty shock. He looked about him desper ately. But onre again fortune be friended him. and he saw the very man. though much singed and blackened, coming toward him. “Thank heaven you are safe!’’ said ihe newcomer with emotion. “Yes. yes!” she cried. “Thank hea ven! And thank this gentleman, too. He saved me. He got me out of the building.” The young man shook hands with Nash warmly. Mere Man. Similarly, according to statisticians who deal with Europeans, man has fallen by at least three-fourths of an inch within the past 100 years; nor are there any signs that there is an upward tendency among the males. On the contrary, the average man of the future will ap pear squat, If not stunted, beside his Junonian sister. “Sir,” he said, “we must know more of each other; my sister owes you her life. My father and mother will be anxious to thank you themselves. I was knocked down in the first rush. I be lieve that my being so saved my life; for I crawled under the seats and got over into the pit, and so out that way. This is a terribid business. Let us get away at once and find a cab.” They hurried down a side street and found a four-wheeler not 100 yards away. As Mr. Nash sat in the cab op posite to his new-found friend, he be came calm enough to realize the ex tent of his good fortune. The young man Introduced himself as William Pearson, a name which Mr. Nash knew well as associated with one of the big industries of the city. He introduced also his sister Lucy, and Mr. Nash re sponded by giving his name and men tioning modestly the fact that he was a solicitor. They dropped him at his rooms with further thanks, an address, and a warm invitation to call upon the following day. The Pearsons lived in a large house in the fashionable quarter of the town. On presenting himself at the door, Mr. Nash was ushered into the drawing room, which was filled with people, all talking excitedly. It was Mrs. Pear son’s at-home day, and the tragedy of the previous evening had formed an ab sorbing subject of conversation. He be came the center of attraction. Mr. Pearson, a stout man with a gray beard and honest eyes, came forward and shook him warmly by the hand. Mrs. Pearson was voluble and enthusaistic. Lucy, looking pale from the effects of the shock, smiled wanly and made him sit beside her. Her brother recounted his exploit. All the guests poured questions upon hint and were eager in their praises. In the midst of this adu lation Mr. Nash did his best to bear himself with becoming modesty. In a pause in the buzz of praise, he smiled and spoke. “I’m really very much obliged to you all,” he said; “I don’t deserve half the kind things you have said about me. All that was needed was a little pres ence of mind.” Mr Nash became a frequent and wel come visitor at the Pearson’s house. He came to be looked upon as a close friend of the family; and when the day came when he asked her to marry him. EVERYWHERE MEN AND WOMEN STOOD UP. her eyes sparkled with happiness as she accepted. Mr. Pearson made no diiflculty. “I’m not looking for money with my girl,” he said heartily. “She has enough for two. I’ll see that you are comfort able; and I daresay even a solicitor can find a use for a little extra capital. I'm glad to know that my daughter is passing into the hands of a brave man. That is enough for me.” Mrs. Pearson said the same, and kissed him. At the wedding breakfast, Mr. Nash made the customary speech. "This is an occasion for presence of mind,” he remarked humorously. “Of all qualities, it is the most to be de sired. I cannot forget that it is to presence of mind that I owe my present happy position.” The guests applauded. Lucy understood and looked at him with shining eyes. Surely Mr. Nash should be a happy man. He and his young wife are very fond of one another, and he knows that her love is based on respect for his heroic qualities. But there Is a fly in the ointment. Deep within him, a still, small voice tells him at times of the panic In which he fled from that thea ter, and he knows, tin gh he tries to fight the knowledge, that should sim ilar circumstances occur and should his wife wish to take advantage of his presence of mind, she will have to do so by keeping a tight hand on his shoul ders.—J. Sackville Martin In the Sketch. Still Susceptible. He was a nervous, fidgety young man, and he “looked with considerable appre hension at the woman next him, who held a baby. Us face covered with a thick veil. The baby gave now and then a sharp cry. which the woman evidently tried to suppress. At last after many anxious glances, the young man spoke. “Has —has that baby any—anything contagious?” he asked. The woman looked at him with a mixture of scorn and pity. •’Twonldn’t bo for most folks.” she said, in a clear, carrying tone, “but maybe ’twonld for you. He's teething." Think Sof We know what Sherman said of war. I know a clerk Who claims that saying is by far More true of work. —St. Paul Pioneer Press. The physiological effects of high fre quency currents are traced by two French experiments to increase of body temperature. This gives them value In arterio sclerosis, Bright’s disease and other maladies and as c mild substi tute for warm baths. Magnetic observations of the extinct volcano ceiled the Puy de Dome, In Central France, have brought out the curious fact that the mountain is mag netized not merely at certain points, but as a whole, the top of the dome acting as a south magnetic pole. Sin gularly enough, similar observations on the Kaiserstuhl, a mountain in Ger many, Indicate that it possesses a north magnetic pole at its summit. The new satellite of Jupiter, discov ered at the Greenwich Observatory last winter, proves to be a very interest ing object, both on account of its great distance from the planet, more than 20,000,000 miles, and Its retrograde mo tion. Prof. George Forbes suggests that this satellite may turn out to be the long-lost comet of Lexell, which was last seen in 1779, when it made a very close approach to Jupiter. According to a report issued by the Canadian government the Dominion owns thirteen Marconi stations on the gulf and on the Atlantic seaboard. Three of these are what are known as “low-power” stations and cost £I,OOO each; the others are known as “high power” stations, and cost £2,000 each. The Marconi Company receives £SOO and £7OO per annum, respectively for operating them, retaining all the re ceipts. The lower atmosphere and the upper atmosphere ar believed by Prof. J. Hann to be two very different gaseous mixtures. At the earth's surface the composition is: Nitrogen, 75.03; oxy gen, 20.99; argon, 0.94; carbonic acid, 0.03; hydrogen, 0.01; neon, 0.0015 ; heftum, 0.00015; krykton, 0.00010. At a height of twenty kilometers (12.43 miles) he finds the nitrogen, increased to 84.34 per cent, with 15.19 of oxy gen. At 100 kilometers, the hydrogen seems increased to 99.45 per cent, with 0.453 of helium and only 0.099 of nitro gen. Although the aeroplane principle is preferred by nearly all the inventors who are now at work on the flying ma chine problem, there are a few who think that something may be accom plished with helixes, or screw pro pellers, revolving about a vertical axis, and thus exerting a direct uplift. Paul Cornu, a Frenchman, has recently pro duced a machine on this plan, which he calls a helicoptere, and which has proved itself capable of lifting him a few feet from the ground. The ap paratus comprises two double-winged helixes and two planes under the gov ernment of levers. The helixes do the lifting, and the reaction upon the planes of the air set Into spinning mo tion by the helixes is expected to give the horizontal motion. A 24-horse-power motor furnishes the power. Dutch Street Cars. Countries may be known by their street-cars. The rush and jar of New York is exemplified in the rapid, rude transit of its inhabitants. So the character of orderly little Holland may be gathered from observation of her car service. Says J. D. Higinbot ham in “Three Weeks in Holland and Belgium”: Street-car fare in Holland Is three cents a trip, and for four cents you re ceive a return ticket. The conductor carries more documents than a Con gressman. For every fare he opens an aluminum box about four by six, and hands out a receipt or a return ticket, as the case may be. When the passengers pay with tick ets, he places the ticket in a leather pouch hung by a strap round his neck. It Is Important that you retaiß the receipt given you, for at uncertain intervals a "eontrolleur” gets on the ear and examines all receipts, puts his O. K. on them with a rubber stamp, and compares the result with the mani fest or log carried by the conductor. It is quite the correct thing to tip the con ductor with a Dutch cent or two. Each car has a card Inside staging how many places there are, and on each platform Is another saying how many people may stand thereon. When the seats and both platforms are full, the sign, “Yol,” is put up, and no more are permitted to get aboard. Our car probably had thirty people in it and on the platforms, and was turning busi ness away at every crossing. Turned His Head. “Sapley walks about as if he owned the earth.” "Yes, he has recently been spoiled.’ “How was that?” “He spent two weeks at a summei resort where he was the only man."— Birmingham Age-Herald. Beware of the man who never over looks an opportunity to tell you that honesty is the best policy. The average woman attaches toe much importance to the expression “so cial position.” IL&CMLNINESTJIKE 3,125 Lie INK YEAR Geological Survey Statistics Show 5,314 Persons Were Injured in 1907. WORST IN WEST VIRGINIA. Death Bate Among Miners in That State Is 12.35 Pi.r Thousand- Blasts Not Greatest Danger. Accidents in coal mines of the Unit ed States during the last calendar year resulted in the death of 3,125 men and injury to 5,314 more, according to Sta tistics made public by the geological survey. The death record among the coal miners during the year was greater by 1,033 than in 1900, and is said to have been tile worst year in the history of the coal industry. The figures do not represent the full extent of the disas ters, as reports were not received from States having no mine inspectors. West Virginia reported for 1907 the heaviest death rate, 12.35 per thousand employes, and that State also showed the lowest production for each life lost —05,969 tons. New Mexico stood next on the list with a death rate of 11.45 and a production of 77,322 tons for each life lost. Alabama was third, with a death rate of 7.2 per thousand and a production of 92,535 tons for each life lost. Missouri bad the lowest death rate, heading the roil of honor with .95 and 499,742 tons of coal mined for each life lost. Statistics do not bear out the popu lar idea that most mine disasters re sult from explosions. Of the total num ber reported during the last year 947 deaths and 343 injuries resulted from gas and dust explosions and 201 deaths and 416 injuries were caused by pow der explosions. Tho chief cause of death among the miners, the report claims, was the fall ing of mine roofs and coal. Such disas ters caused 1,122 deaths and 2,141 in juries. E. W. Parker, chief statistician of the survey, asserts that much benefit will result from the action of Con gress in appropriating $150,000 to in vestigate mine disasters and take steps to decrease the number of accidents each year. He says one of the greatest needs of the coal mining industry is the enforcement of military discipline in the operation of the mines. Care of flic Uneinployed. Reports continue to come in from the various charity organizations in Ameri can cities telling of a gloomy outlook for the coming winter on account of the vast number of unemployed men and women. As bearing directly on this situation the Bureau of Labor at Washington has just issued a report on the policy of Euro pean countries toward the unemployed. Germany has made great strides by in troducing public pm, loyment bureauand by taking care of tramps. In Belgium, Netherlands and Denmark the incorrigi ble idle have been forced largely into work homes, where they are, however, well treated. All the countries of Europe have apointed special commissions to deal with this problem. Colonies for the un employed are favorite remedies and pub lic relief works are being started in some places. Castro’s refusal to permit the Brazilian charge d’affaires to assume charge oi French interests in Venezuela is the lat est fuel thrown on the smoldering fire oi Venezuela's international complications. Speculation is rife in Caracas as to whether or not Brazil will look upon this action as an insult directed at her and what France will do towards getting rep resentation here for her interests aftei this rebuke. The international cotton congress, meeting in Paris, adopted resolutions in viting all confederated associations in the various countries interested in cotton to join in a harmonious curtailment during periods of distress arisiug from over or under production ; another invites Che Eu ropean governments to study and advance the extension of colonial production of cotton; a third instructs the cotton con tract commission to place before the ex changes of Europe a recommendation for the substitution of the net weight basis of purchase for the present basis, which allows a shrinkage of 30 pounds in a bale ot 500 pounds; and a fourth looking to the introduction into Europe of Che mutual mill insurance system in vogue in America. The funeral 'of the Baron Speck von Sternberg. German ambassador .to the United States, was held at Lutzcbena, the family estate near I>eipsic. At Nuremberg the German Social Dem ocratic Congress has held its annual con gress and the report showed e gain oi 10 per cent in the organization. A dele gate from the British Social Democratic Federation spoke at length ngainst allow ing the governments of the two nations to decide on war or peace over the heads of the people. He argued that the so cialists of both countries should work to gether for peace. At the meeting of the Orientalist con fess in Copenhagen, Prof. Paul Haupt, af Johns Hopkins university of Balti more, had an exciting discussion with sev eral of the Jewish rabbis, who were pres ent. Prof. Haupt maintaining that Christ was not a Jew. but an Aryan. By the middle of the week over 300 cases of cholera had been reported at St. Petersburg and more than sixty deaths tnd several members of the upper class had been attacked by the disease. A coun cil of doctors was held and all saloons were ordered closed after 5 o’clock, as the use of alcohol is said to be favorable to the advance of the scourge. The joint note signed by France and Spain to the signatories of the Algeeira* Conference, favoring the : .-cognition of Mulai Hafid as the Sultan of Morocco, was not answered promptly by Germany, and other powers were disposed to await the Kaiser's word. But assurances that it would be treated in a friendly spirit were sriv • to the Fren h ambassador at Berlin. With the fall sanction of the state de partment of the American government and with promise of effective assistance from Holland, a well organized revolution is being planned to overthrow President Castro, of Venezuela. All Over the State r—~ 1 Items of Interest in _________ I- •** ' WISCONSIN ! .1 ENDORSES ROOSEVELT POLICIES. Conventiou of Republican Candi dates Uphold National Platform. The administration of Roosevelt, the national Republican platform adopted at Chicago and the sentiment expressed in the letter of acceptance of Taft in sup port of Republican nominees was endors ed in the platform of the Republican can didates’ conventiou which met in Madi son Wednesday, after an all-night tussle in the committee on resolutions. The platform further says: "We favor physi cal valuation of railway property as an element in fixing reasonable rates. We favor publicity of campaign contributions and election of United States Senators by a direct vote of the people.” The admin istration of Gov. Davidson is endorsed by the committee, which points with pride to the various important laws enacted' un der the recent Republican State adminis tration. BLOWN INTO THE RIVER. Explosion of Gasoline Almost Proves Fatal to Launching Party. Explosion of a quantity of gasoline which had escaped from an open valve into the bottom of the boat endangered the lives of a launch party of two men and five girls at Manitowoc and Adolph Cherney. Misses Mae Fitzgerald and Ger aldine Cavanaugh were seriously burned as a result. Miss Cavanaugh held a light while Cherney attempted to bail out the boat, and when the heat ignited the gaso line the man and two girls were blown overboard into the river. In aiding in a rescue, Lillian Taube, anotbe • of the par ty, was also pulled into the Aver and the four had a close call from drowning. Miss Fitzgerald’s hair caught fire and she was badly burned about the face, while Cher ney’s hands are seriously injured. MAN JUMPS UNDER TRAIN. Section Hand Refused Job on Ac count of Ago Commits Suicide. Informed that he was too old to work for the Wisconsin Central railroad, Geo. Osborne of Chicago, aged about 05 years, committed suicide by leaping under a pas senger train. He had been sent to Ivau kauna by an employment agency at Chi cago as an extra section hand, bu. jn his arrival was told that he was too old. This seemed to greatly depress him, as he vas practically without money or friends. When the crew of sixty men started for dinner he fell in the rear, and at the rapid approach of the train all but he left the track. WILL BOOM WISCONSIN TOWNS. [own Liquor Law May Drive Trade to Badger Wholesalers. Wholesale liquor houses are being estab lished below La Crosse in the small Wis consin towns along the river and it is expected that a large part of the whole sale liquor business of lowa will be done on this side of the river hereafter as the result of strict enforcement of the mulct law in lowa cities. The liquor man by crossing the river into Wisconsin may do business under the interstate commerce regulations with individuals in lowa. A large amount of lowa money will proba bly be invested in improvements on the Wisconsin side. ASYLUM FOR BARRON COUNTY. S*ate Board of Control Acts Favor ably on Proposition. L. B. Dresser, President A. D. Conover and Herman Grotophorst, members of the State board of control, met in Barron with a committee eomposed of C. S. Tay lor, J. H. Johnson, K. E. Rasmussen. G. E. Scott and J. A. H. Johnson, appointed by the county board last fall to investi gate Che feasibility of rebuilding a county asylum, and as a result of this meeting the report of the committee to the county board this fall, when they meet, will be favorable to the building of an asylum for Barron county in the near future. RANCHER WITH $9,000 MISSING. North Dakota Man, After Selling Live Stock in Chicago, Disappears. With nearly $9,000 in his possession Henry Fischer, a wealthy rancher of Dickensen. N. D., lias disappeared in Milwaukee. He came from Chicago, where he had disposed of stock. He reg istered at the Schlitz hotel the other night. The next morning he called upon a boy hood friend, Marcus Mussler, a cigarmak er. Fischer and Mussler were together in the afternoon. Mussler reported the disappearance to the police. lie said he parted with his friend in a saloon. DEATH STOPS WEDDING. * Miss Berger, Who Was to Have Been Married In October, Dies. Death’s call came before the chimes of the wedding bells for Miss Emma Berger, a well-known young woman of Manito woc. Miss Berger died the other day. aged 25, after an illness of many weeks. She was to have been married in October to James Tegee, a Manitowoc boy now located at Tacoma. Wash., and plans for the wedding were well under way when she was taken ill. GAVE HIS WRONG NAME. Mnilison Horse T!le, Insist* I'pon Being Sentenced Under an Alias. Insisting upon being sentenced under the name of Samuel White, a Madison painter. George Mason, alias George Wil son. was sentenced to the Green Bay re formatory for three and a half years for horse stealing.. Mason 3tole a horse from Waunakee and sold it in Madison for $35. lie then took the train for Chicago, but was caught at Janesville and brought back. Austrians Held for Death. * Anton Krajnc. ajfsd 30 years, was found in a dying condition lu3t below the veran da of his boarding house in Sheboygan. Two Austrians, who boarded at the same house, are under arrest, charged with pushing him off the porch. Krajnc died at the police station. Millionaire** Widow lujnred. Mrs. Allan P. Lave joy. widow of a millionaire lumberman, and Mrs. F. E. Stevens u*ere severely injured in a run away accident in Janesville by being thrown from a buggy. Mrs. Lovejoy is in a critical condition. To Rebuild Paper Plant. The directors of the Wolf River Paper and Fiber Company held a meeting in Shawano and decided to rebuild their mill at once. They will put in two ma chines instead of one and will also build t finishing room. This will give employ ment to more men than it did before me fire last May. Fear Mnriler and Robbery. tharles Walters, employed near Jan- s vilk-. who disappeared S-p:. 7. Is being sought by the police. Walters had consid erable money, and has not been seen since Labor day, when, he came to town. TILL TO QUIT SOMERSET. Plaster-on-the-Back Artist Clalma Home People Deserted Him. Somerset may lose Johu Till, the plas ter-in-the-brek artist. Till doesn’t think that the Somerset people stood by him when he .vas in trouble wirh the New York immigration officials. He says that his manager deseited him in New York. Aimena. the home of Till's sister, sent two citizens to assist Till and they hustled the wonder healer to their city. Tilt's household goods and plaster parapherna lia have been shipped from Somerset to Aimena and stored there for the present, as Till is not positive where he wilt lo cate. RAISE FRUIT IN NORTH. F. R. Smith, Minneapolis, to Launch niK Enterprise In Bayfield County. Land is now being cleared near Wash burn for a large commercial fruit orchard which is to be opened up soon by F. It. Smith of Minneapolis. The land is lo cated on the shore of Chequamegon bay and it is an ideal location for the waters will protect the trees from the frosts. There are now hundreds of acres planted to trees, the work having been done by large fruit growers during the past two years. Bayfield county is fast opening up as a fruit center. MINOR STATE ITEMS. Practically all the tobacco raised near Ladysmith this season is now in the shed. O. E. Rice of Stevens Point has de cided to open a business college in Lady smith. Albert Johnson was fined $25 on con viction of operating an unsanitary dairy in Neenah. The contract for the new bridge across the Peshtigo river at Marinette was given to the Elkhart Bridge Company. John .1. M.vle, advance man for a the atrical company, was bitten by a spider at Kenosha and blood poisoning resulted. While bathing in Richland creek, a tributary to the Wisconsin river, Amos, the 23-year-old son of Adam Lawrence, drowned. 11. C. Wilson, a pioneer farmer south of Madison, was accidentally shot in the hand by two boys who were hunting near his pasture. Word has reached Marinette that Dick Doyle, a former resident of that city, has been shot and killed in a small town near Tacoma, Wash. Refugees from northern and eastern Wisconsin are flocking into Eau Claire to escape forest fires that ‘are ravaging the region east of there. The Kenosha county board is seeking a new farm large enough to take care of the county poor. The present farm is too small and will be sold. Scratching a match in a room filled with fumes of gasoline caused by his wife’s crusade against vermin. Oscar Laud was almost burned to death in Janesville. Dr. F. W. Epley, former mayor of New Richmond, and at one time president of the Wisconsin Medical Society, was .found dead in a cistern. It is supposed that he fell in by accident. Because of the dry weather and the numerous fires along its right of way the Milwaukee road has put on an “xtra train to fill the water barrels on all the wooden bridges and culverts. Provided the trustees raise three times its value either in money or its equivalent, E. H. Van Ostrand has agreed to present the Wisconsin Farm and Trades School for Boys with a tract of 240 acres in the town of Evergreen. Mrs. John van liooy, who died at Lit tle Chute at the age of 53 years, is be lieved to have been the mother of the larg est family of any woman in Wisconsin. She was the mother of nineteen children, seventeen of whom are lining. After a long \ :<sil for thieves who stole his grain, Henry Rowe of Chilton fell dead at the door of his home shortly after he had been relieved by his son. Heart failure intensified by the excitement is be lieved to have caused his death. The finding of a woman's hat in the river at Janesville near the scene of last winter’s mysterious deaths of the Clayton and Malone women caused a commotion, but search of the river and banks result ed fn no further developments. A ban has been placed on cigarettes and smokers of the “coflin nails” by the Fond du Lac camp of Modern Woodmen. Hereafter no cigarette smoking will be allowed in Woodman Hall or any part of the building. Other fraternal societies will take similar action within a short time. Frank Fowler of the town of Omro was probably fatally injured at North park in Oshkosh. Fowler is a heavy man and he dived off a platform into shallow water, striking his head violently on Che bottom. Either his neck is broken or he suffered a concussion of the brain which produced paralysis. A report has been filed by the State railroad commission’s engineers of the valuation of the plant of the Manitowoc Electric Light Company. The present value of the plant is fixed at $70,888 and the cost of reproducing the plant is given at $110,123. the depreciation being about 25 per cent in the twenty-six years tlm plant has been in operation. An attempt was made to wreck on of the large Milwaukee-Northern cars near Cedar Grove. John Hutchinson, a farm er residing near there, is charged with having thrown a railroad tie in front of the car. There was a number of people on the car. including General Manager Walker. The car struck the tie but was not derailed. Hutchinson was placed un der arrest A son of Hutchinson was ar rested in ihe afternoon charged with put ting a sandbag on the track. Ilea-y rains at many points in Wis consin tended to check the forest fires burning along the Chicago, St. Paul, Min neapolis and Omaha line, according to re ports received at the general offices of the railroad. Or the Hannibald ranch, how ever. the fires are still raging and th” sit uation there is yet grave. Word has been received of the destruc tion by fire of the sawmill at Phillips. Mis.*., owned bv W. H. Hatton and W. H. Dick tf New London. The mill had a ca pacity of 50.000 feet a day. The loss is $50,000. partly covered by insurance. Th lumber yard and adjacent buildings wen saved after a hard fight. The Social Democratic State platform convention was called to order in Madi son at noon and lasted fosty-five minutes the other day. The proceedings were de signed -o conform with the State primary election. The chairman was Victor L. Berger of Milwaukee and the secretary was Carl I>. Thompson of Milwaukee. A freight wreck on the new Green Bay ex' msion of the Chicago and Northwest ern line near Francis creek, cost the life of IV-rt Sweeney, a Green Bay brafceman. who fell under the wheels of one of the cars and had both legs cut off jnst beiow the knees and had the lower portion of his body crushed frightfully. SAWYER COUNTY IN PLANES. Inhabitants Fight Back Fire at Badisson, Winter and Draper. I .\ousauds of feet of logs and standing timber have been destrbyed, clearings have been devastated and settlers driven from their homes by the forest tires that have been raging throughout Sawyer county. Ihe towns of Itadisson, Winter and Dra per have been fighting the flames back, and although property within the villages has been saved from destruction the loss to the lumber, companies will be heavy. The most thrilling fight that the inhabit ants of the town engaged in was the fight to save the Wallace school and the cordu roy bridge across the Chippewa river. The fire was eating its way up from the south when the alarm was given and the entire population turned out to save the school house. The buildings surrounding the school were damaged, but after hours of incessant, fighting tho school itself was saved. Equally as exciting was the fight put up by Frank Shimcusky and his wife and daughter to save the corduroy bridge, the only span across the Chippewa river at Itadisson, and had it not been for their efforts the town would have been deprived of its roadway across the river. While the owner was out fighting the fires, the farm belonging to A. Rynda was burned. A lumber yard adjacent to the house was destroyed, but the sawmill was saved after a hard fight. 11. A. Sweeny lost his house and barn and all his house hold goods. The Edwards farm is devas tated. Families to the south of Itadis son are moving their, effects near the river to be ready in case the fire sweeps down upon them unexpectedly. WISCONSIN MAN $2,000 SHORT. Michael Malone Stops lit Chicago Hotel anil lx Kohbed of Money. Michael Malone, a well-known resident of Rhinelander, was robbed of about $2,- 000 in Chicago the other night, and it is supposed that one of the light fingered gentry in the vicinity of the Chicago stock yards has the money. Several days age Mr. Malone came to Milwaukee. lie had with him at that time about $2,009 in currency. He transacted his business and then went to Chicago. He visited the stock yards, and after making an inspec tion of the big institutions decided to stay at a hotel in the vicinity. He awoke in the morning to find that all of his money was gone. Mr. Malone returned to Mil waukee and later left for his home at Rhinelander. He notified the Chicago po lice. FATHER ROUTS LOVERS. Youthful Pulr Seared Out of Court by Squeak of Elder's Shoes. The unexpected appearance of an en raged father caused a hurried exit of 17- year-old Carrie Beldus and her boy lover from Probate Court offices in Manitowoc when the two came there to appeal to the court from the father’s orders that their courtship cease. The girl claimed that she had been ill-treated when she refused to give up her lover and the boy was tell ing the court that he would protect her when the squeak of the father's shoes, recognized by the pair, sent them ia flight. Refused a warrant for the arrest of the boy. the father left the court room in pursuit of the couple. It is rumored that the pair planned an elopement, but were discouraged by the court. FASTS FOR NINE DATS. Fond ln I.lie II ri rbor Fill lx Short in Performance of'“Oriwinnl Stnnt.” After going without food for nine days and drinking nothing but water, Julius Coleman, a Fond du Lac barber, was compelled to abandon his fast nud also his position. For the first few days Oolemau did not mind the absence of food in his stomach, but on the eighth day he was afraid to even smell cooking food as it made him sick. On the ninth day he could hardly continue his labors and on the morning of the tenth he had to,quit work and break bis fast at a nearby res taurant. He lost about four pounds in weight. HUNTER IS KILLED. John Dnerrsteln Meet* with Fatal Accident While Hunting: Rabbit*. The first hunting accident of the season occurred the other day when John Duerr* stein of the village of Marathon, hunting rabbits, jumped from a stump and the double barrel shotgun butt hit the ground. Both barrels were discharged, the shot entering his abdomen. Another hunter, George Lang, found him yelling and got help, carrying him to the village, where he died, lie was prominent as marshal and street commissioner. Injured l.nd Awarded Damage*. For injuries alleged to have been in flicted upon Adolptfllulbert, a 10-year-old boy, C. M. Mundstock, in a suit for dam ages was ordered to pay the sum of 200. The boy, who was a toimer ward of the Wauwatosa Lutheran school, was sent to the Mundstock home. It is claim ed his health is permanently impaired from the cruel treatment he received. Mundstock is. a wealthy farmer uear La Crosse. Farmer Meets Death. Fred Schultz, a town of Westcott farm er, was accidentally killed the other day. A fence post fell off his load and caught in the wheel of the wagon. When he at tempted to remove it the team stnrted up and the post struck him on the skull, kiiling him almost instantly. llody of Mlxslmc .Man Found. The mutilated corpse of Frederick Baich. who had been missing for five weeks, was found near Janesville. The cause of death has not been determined. Fair I* IIIk Surer**. The New London fair was the biggest success in years, over f. r W) people being present one of the last two days. Ibe weather was favorable and the exhibits w 4>re large and varied. On children's (lay all the factories and stores in the city closed. Three Children Drowned. Three children of Ed Weisenborn. aged 11. 13 and 15 years, were drowned crossing Big Twin lake at Haekiey, in & boat. The boat was loaded with pulp plaster, and it is presumed that the chil dren became lost in the forest fire smoke. Sent to Insane Asylum. Henry Bushman of Kenosha, arrested on a charge of committing criminal as sault upon Anna Doherty, was sentenced to spend thirty years at hard labor in the State prison. He stood before the court like a manakin. seemingly dazed by the sentence. Sentenced to Hard Labor. Mark Bowen of Mattoon was examined as to his sanity and sent to the Oshkosh insane asylum. His insanity was due to a religious mania and the last few days he has been wrought' up over the forest fires in the vicinity of Mat toon. Lord Twoedmouth. first lord of tho British admiralty, is "in a beastly fix.” The Kaiser wrote him a letter aud _—_ criticised the Brit ish naval program. L or and Twoedmouth " as I>u^*Ciltiou LORD TWEED MOUTH. SeilSatl ° ffl'th'le and a bitter edito rial demanding that he make the Kai ser's letter public. The other English newspapers followed suit, and every body began to want to know what busi ness it was of the Kaiser's what En gland did about her navy, and why lie dared to write Lord Twoedmouth about it. and how it could have happened that Lord Twoedmouth forgot himself so far as to reply to such a letter, and why Lord Twoedmouth couldn’t let ev erybody know what was iu the letter. One of the cleverest cracksmen that ever oi>erated in London lias been ar rested in the person of John Frederick Spencer, well known citizen ami Sunday -school teacher. Only re- ) eently he was given prize of SSOO ns \ J “most respected clt- Vi Hw izeu.” Had not W* ~~mn Spencer been nr- - k VJ rested while in the act of burglarizing against him. He has made a com- ■ - /ilr--u£~ plete confession. “I John f. spencer. was caught red-handed,” he said, “so there is no use denying anything. I am the so-called ‘Mr. Raffles,’ to cap ture whom the municipality employed an extra force of detectives at a cost of $4,000.” Victor Rosewater, editor of the Omaha Bee and member of the execu tive committee of the Republican nn “—lonnl committee, Is 1 native of Omaha, >|P ' vhere wns * ,orn in >i||& Bee was established // ' v . ( llis ’ !l ;' the public schools hi university, at VICTOB bosewateb. Baltimore, and Co lumbia university, New York, taking the degree of doctor of philosophy at Columbia. Since 1895 he lias been active in newspaper work, being the managing editor of the Bee from that year until the death of his father in August, 1900, when he succeeded to editorship of the paper. Bert M. Fernald, who has been elect ed Governor of Maine, Is a wealthy farmer and proprietor of a large can nery. He has a farm of 300 acres that Is one of tho & finest in the East, * < j and lives on it be- fPpk'fl cause bo prefers it y Born on a farm, Ifc/foss*-'* he has lived on " L one all his life. years old. lie lias served in the Leg- l!lltT M - veknald. islature and two years ago sought the Republican nomination for Governor, but was defeated. Lady Dorothy Howard, to whom Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, tiie young English statesman, is said old. She is said to family that is eu speeehes at street lady howabd. corner meetings in favor of the liberal licensing bill. Her father, the earl, is a unionist and the ninth of the title, which is one of the oldest In Great Britain. Henry M. Nevlus, who has been made commander-ln-chief of the G. A. It., is a native of New Jersey. He was a law with enlisted from his ! mmm\ department com mander for New 11 ™ M ’ NEVIUB ’ Jersey twice. He has also been a Judge and president of the state senate. CURRENT NEWS NOTES. A log train of a lumber company was wrecked near Samson, Ala., and three persons were killed and twenty injured. Magistrate A. C. Marsh at Washing ton, I'a., discharged four boys accused of turning in false fire alarms on the con dition that their parent* give them sound thrashings. In an interview Mrs. William Astor, who recently, owing to her years, abdi cated her position as social leader of New York, scores the so-called “society” wom en, whom she brands as notoriety seekers who give entertainments that belong in a circus tent. A bear weighing 430 pounds, which was fleeing from the forest fires, was killed in the streets of South St Paul, Minn., the other day. Lack of water to flush the sewers is given as the cause of an epidemic of diphtheria at Greensburg, Pa., which has resulted so far in the closing of part of a school. The United States army signal corps has established six wireless telegraph sta tions in Alaska at a cost of more than. SIOO,OOO and it is expected direct connec tion between Washington, D. C., and Alaska can now be maintained the year around.