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The Herald The Herald Publishing Company VVILLIAn A. SPALDING, President and General Manager. EDITORIAL, DEPARTMENT: 221 Eaat Fourth street. Telephone 156. BUSINESS OFFICE: Bradbury Building. 222 West Third street. Telephone 247. RATES OF SUBSCRIPTION Dally, by carrier, per month t 75 Daily, by mail, one year 9 00 Dally, by mail, six months 4 50 Daily, by mail, three months 2 25 Sunday Herald, by mail, one year 2 00 Weekly Herald,, by mail, one year 1 00 EASTERN AGENTS FOR THE HERALD A. Frank Richardson. Tribune building, New York: Chamber of Commerce build ing, Chicago. SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE: 628 Market street, opposite Palace hotel. LOS ANGELES DAILY HERALD SWORN STATEMENT CIRCULATION. State of California, County of Los Ange les.—ss. L. M. Holt, superintendent of circulation of the Los Angeles Dally Herald, being first duly sworn, deposes and says: That for the five months from February 1, 1897, to June 30. 1897 (inclusive), the total circu lation of the said Daily Herald was 1,290,635 copies, being an average daily circulation of 8604. That the week-day circulation during the above time was 1,071,567, being a daily aver age of 8306 copies. That the Sunday circulation during the above time was 219,009, being an average fot each Sunday of 10;431. L. M. HOLT, Superintendent of Circulation. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 19th day of July, 1597. FRANK J. COOPER, Notary Public in and for the County of Los Angeles, State of California. MONDAY, JULY a 6, 1897 THE CITY ENGINEER'S REPORT City Engineer Dockweller has com pleted his report on the plant of the Los Angeles City Water company and it will be presented to the council today. The document is exhaustive and explicit, covering fifty-six pages of typewritten manuscript. The work which Mr. Dock weiler set out to do was to make a com plete inventory of all the tangible prop erty of the water company and estimate the cost of duplicating it in place. He has made a detailed inspection and sur vey of the works in all their ramifica tions; estimating the cost of duplicating the head works; measuring and calculat ing the cost of every ditch, flume, tun nel and reservoir; digging down to and examining the pipes to determine their depth, present condition and cost of laying; examining all the hydrants; looking into the real estate, buildings, pumps, machinery and other parapher nalia. The result of this examination, summed up in figures, shows a value of $1,190,655. This does not take into con sideration any allowance for good will, for water rights claimed at Crystal springs, for real estate owned by the cor poration, but not actually required for the works, or for pipes not in use. The data furnished by Mr. Dockweiler will be invaluable for the city In pushing its negotiations with the water company, since we now have an unbiased and tech nical inventory of the actual tangible property sought to be conveyed. This illustrates the wisdom of the policy ad vocated by The Herald of making haste slowly, and not getting into a fuss and flurry while undertaking a transaction of eueh magnitude and importance. Circumstances have combined to make the city engineer's estimate fall consid erably below the actual cost of the plant to the water company. For example, when some of the mains were purchased iron was worth from $44 to $70 per ton; now it can be had for $24. The cost of bricks, cement and other material is also much lower now than when the greater part of the works were constructed. All this inures to the advantage of the city, as calculations are based on what the materials and labor can be supplied for in the present market. One point left open for adjudication will be the matter of water rights. The water company claims to have developed its own water supply at Crystal springs. Independent of any rights conveyed by the city, and this claim, being contested, la now in litigation. That is a matter that the courts will have to determine. Altogether, the matter of the purchase of the water works le getting into a business-like shape, and there is no rea son why the negotiations should not pro ceed with all proper expedition. Three fourths of the task lies in getting a good •tart. DIED A'BORNIN The president's message to congress, recommending the creation of a special "non-partisan" currency commission, was laid before congress in the closing hours of the extra session, and it was not even given a decent burial. The message called for a commission whose duty it should be to make recommenda tions of whatever changes in our bank ing and currency laws may be found ex pedient, to report conclusions on or be fore the first of November next, in or der that the same may be transmitted by the president to congress for considera tion at the next regular session. No time was lost In disposing of the message in the senate, although Senator White in the kindness of his heart com mented sarcastically on the efforts to hurry a final adjournment in the face of the fact that the president had asked congress to act. Senator Hoar cast a .reflection upon the sincerity of the president by declaring that no one had expected currency legislation at the present session. It was clearly evident that the message was stabbed in the back in the house by its friends. The body lay in state for a few hours while the senators dined, and then upon the motion of Pall-bearer Cullom was burled In the dark recesses of the finance committee, and, "Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note." The poor message fared a little better in the house, where, the dispatches tell us, It was "received with applause," In response, the Stone bill providing for an International monetary commission was rushed through, and sent to the senate when it was burled side by side with the message itself in that well filled grave yard, the finance committee. The house was more courteous than the senate; yet the house knew there was no chance whatever that the senate would take favorable action upon the president's message. Now, what does the incident mean? Two interpretations are permissible. One is that the president was simply making a grand stand play so that the party stump orators In. the next cam paign could "point with pride" to the manner in which the Republican, party had tried to carry out Its pledges re garding the reform of the currency. The other interpretation is that the senate has administered a deliberate, cold-blooded snub to President Mc- Kinley; that it has resented the courte ous suggestion of the chief executive just as it resented the counsel, or rather the dictation, of President Cleveland. "Viewed in any light, the incident Is not creditable to the Republican party. A GOOD RIDDANCE Congress has adjourned.,, and to the satisfaction of the good people of the country. It was called together osten sibly to provide the means of meeting the public expenditures, but the act It has passed, in all probability, will yield more revenue to the trusts than to the government. The theory of raising revenue by im posing high duties' upon luxuries, has been discarded, and on the whole the law enacted puts higher duties upon the „ a ii#„ . 1 „ i_ M 1870. It affords such advantages to manufacturers that by combination they will be able to monopolize the markets of the nation. The principle of imposing duties only high enough to make up the difference In the cost of production In this and in competing countries has not been resrectedi, though it is a principle which the majority party in congress has advocated. Such duties equalize conditions, and are an assurance against monopoly, either foreign or domestic. Duties in regard to many items are such as will tend to reduce rather than in crease revenue, for every intelligent per son knows that revenue may be reduced quite as effectively by putting duties too high as well as too low. Nor are many of the duties necessary to the adequate protection of American labor, and. as they could not have been Imposed for revenue merely, nor for protection to labor the object must have been to give advantages to trusts. The session has lasted more than four months, and no congress ever did so little work in the same length of time. The house of representatives has* spent three quarters of its time in absolute idleness. The majority has been, a machine, manipulated or coerced by a single mind, and in disregard of the public in terests. There have been no commit tees except on ways and means, rules, accounts and enrolled bills, they being such committees as were necessary to do the work which had been programed. The rules set apart times when the non-privileged committees are called' on for reports and for their consideration. The appointment of committees gener ally would have shorn the speaker and his committee on rules of much of their power. Bills would have been introduced, and their consid eration pressed before the commit tees. Members would have become interested in various measures for the general benefit or in which constit uencies have a special Interest. Under such circumstances it would have been difficult to make members take the lockstep of the machine. If committees had been named: they could have pre pared work for the regular session which would have contributed to its early termination. If the history of congress, and parliaments, and legis latures were ransacked nothing would be found to parallel tne action of the house of representatives during the ses sion just ended, for unblushing disre gard of the public interests or for the tyranny of its presiding officer. It has not been a deliberative body, but an or ganized force without individual voli tion. The senate has behaved with more re spect to the public interests and has ihown a better disposition In regard to rtneral legislation, but it has been in a tvrangle over the demands of the trusts. Many senators evinced a desire to ren der the best possible service, but noth ing received attention from the lower branch except what the programists laid jut for it. The character of the revenue law would not have been known to the country but for freedom of debate in the senate. The house ignored the demand of the people to have something done for the oppressed, struggling and butchered Cubans, and it refused to Join the senate in giving Instructions to a derelict cabi net officer, a war secretary, who ignores I law and refuses to do what it plainly commands. Extreme partisanism has been dis played by the majority in both brasches, and an obsequiousness in doing what ever bosses have dictated. It Is to be hoped the country will, never see the lik-r again. It is unfortunate that a general election is not to be held before congress again convenes. THE ADMINISTRATION'S MONE TARY PROGRAM Mr. Stone of Pennsylvania Intro duced a bill in the house providing for the appointment of eleven, commission ers to take into consideration so much, of our money system as relates to the currency or the government and na tional bank notes. It is-stated that the bill is a reflection! of the ideas of the ad ministration. The bill passed the house but went to the finance committee of the senate as is now gathered to its fathers through adjournment. Still, It is worthy of consideration as giving an indication of the administration's policy. The bill confines the commission to the consideration of the paper money or our system, and is an indication that the metallic feature is not to be investi gated. Our money system Is dual in that we have notes or paper money and coin, the latter being the foundation on which the paper superstructure rests. It would seem to be sensible to first in- vestigate the extent and solidity of the foundation before the plan of the super- structure is made. The theory which the administration and its supporters hold is that paper money is merely repre- semtative and is good for nothing unless it Is exchangeable for coin at the option of the holder. It would seem to be nec essary to first find out how much coin there Is available for redemption pur poses in- order that it may be deter mined how much the banking or other note issuing institution will be able to float. A commission should endeavor to formulate a plan, that will supply an ad equate volume of circulation In addi tion to one that will assure soundness. It is curious that there are men—sound money advocates—who have no con.fi -1 dence in treasury notes, but who put the utmost faith in paper money issued by bar.ks, whose resources arc-immense ly inferior to those of the government. What does It mean, except that they want to place the country more com pletely In the hands of the money pow er? They are quite willing that bank? shall issue five times more paper than there is goldi in the country, and not withstanding the bulk of it would be credit money, yet their confidence re mains unshaken. They call sliver token. of the government and by command of law will pay debts. No doubt such men would recommend that bank notes be made legal tender, for, if not made so, it is quite probable that there would be refusal to take them, and'that confusion, ar.d disaster would follow. The wise course to pursue would be to establish some plan by which an ade quate volume of circulation will be as sured., and if the metallic base is too narrow the plan should provide the means for widening It. Such a course would assure both soundness and ade quacy. It is impossible to devise a proper money system without considering both features. The work of a commission with such limited power as Mr. Stone's bill contemplates would be of no value-, nor would any action taken by it have any weight with those who entertain views which embrace the welfare of the masses. Let the administration form its own plans and. be responsible, and not attempt to get behind a commission composed of persons "specially fitted by experience, training and study." A PROPER DISTINCTION The big dailies print column after column of advice to their readers not to go to the Clondyke mines, and deplore the fever that has come over everybody to seek their fortune in that far-off land of ice and snow. The same papers pub lish pages of matter about these same mines that fire the mind of the gullible and add fuel to the fire of greed that is responsible for the exodus to Alaska. With this inflammatory matter left out there would be little need of repeated warnings for poor people to stay at home.—San Pedro American. The American takes a wrong view of the matter. The newspapers are pub lished for the purpose of furnishing the news to the public. What they have printed in their news columns about the Clondyke region is what has been said and what has been done by those who have been there. But not even the news columns have deliberately fired the hearts of those who are greedy for gold. They have simply printed the facts as the reporters have found them. There never before has been a great gold dis covery where the stories told have been so substantially backed up by the actual, visible product as has the tale of the Clondyke region. Editorially the newspapers have been very conservative. They have sifted the gold from the dross, so to speak, and warned the people not to lose sight of the latter while gazing greedily at the for mer. They have set forth the hardships and dangers of a Journey to the Alaskan gold fields as prominently as they have pictured the great wealth that undoubt edly exists there. They have shown that only a small proportion of those who go can realize their dreams and their ambition. Nor have the words of warning been confined to the editorial pages of enter prising newspapers. The stories that the American condemns/ as Inflam matory abound In wise counsel from the LOS ANGELES HERALDt MONDAY MORNING, JULY 26, J897 lips of those who know from experience what the dangers and hardships are. If the dreams of wealth shall loom large in the minds of the would-be argonaut* while the dangers shall dwindle by com parison, that is not the fault of the news papers. The great black war cloud that onily a few weeks ago obscured the whole Euro pean sky, and from which the civilized world expected to see at any time the thunderbolts of a great continental war emerge, has dwindled away into the nothingness of the blue above. Turkey has once more assumed its chronic role of the sick man of Europe; its troops are evacuating Thessaly; Greece must pay the price of its temerity and of the cowardice and mismanagement of its military captains and its statesmen. Crete will not be free; Armenian mas sacres will doubtless be resumed at the bloody pleasure of the Turk; and, when we say these things, we say that the dove of peace Is once more winging its unrrightened way over the map of Europe. There were two great primary causes that governed the concert of the powers. One was the balance of power, the bogy man that has scared the warlike rulers of Europe into being good children for near a score and a half of years. The other was the commercial spirit, the money power, that In these modern days has come to control not only the brains but the swords of Europe. And back of them both was Russia, patiently wait ing. It has been said that "peace hath its victories no less than war." But the victories of peace, in the relations of the great powers, have cast a blot upon their records that time cannot efface. The blot is red. It is the blood of the mas sacred to the Armenians. That the policy of the powers, particu larly with respect to that of Great Brit ain, was dictated by the money power, cannot be doubted. Money was more powerful than honor, greater than the spirit of Christianity, stronger than the combined armies and navies of Europe. It pemitted the bankrupt Turk to shake his bloody sword, reeking with the blood of over 50,000 Christian victims, defiant ly in the face of the civilized world. It averted the contingency of war, not bo cause war is bloody, because it might be wrong, or because it would sacrifice hu man life, but because war would injure, possibly overthrow, itself. It throttles the spirit of national honor and dictates the policies of nations. What will be the end if this condition of affairs, which is yearly growing worse, is to continue without let or hindrance? Is not the cloud' of plutocracy infinitely more dan. gerous than the cloud of war? The city council is to be commended for its expressed determination to keep the expenses of the city within the avail able appropriation. Now let it stick to wen.' , l'rTe"'tenri'Vn\ij--?ii trorjHC'VjvpyhJ-,- tures is toward a deficit rather than toward a surplus, and only eternal vig ilance and rigid economy can make the balance come on the right side of the ledger. The California newspapers having got back the breath that was knocked out of them by the Clondyke discoveries, are calling attention to the palpable truth that we have gold and plenty of it right here at home. It ill becomes the people of the* largest gold producing state in the Union to turn their backs upon the fact. The San Diego Union is greatly exer cised over the announcement that a steamer will ply between Ensenada and Los Angeles. It wants to know at what street corner in this city the vessel will dock. How did you find out that we were going to build a ship canal between Los Angeles and the coast? The Los Alamltos beet sugar factory is congratulated, upon its initial produc tion of granulated sugar, which, accord ing to all accounts, was up to the highest standard. All of the material and all of the machinery in this factory are of American manufacture, which Is an other pleasing phase of the new Indus try. Governor Pingree denounces the new tariff law, and can't see where the pros perity Is going to come in.- It is now in order for some protection organ to rise up and declare that Governor Pingree is no longer a Republican. A majority of the coal operators have consented to try arbitration. But will they agree to abide by the decision of the arbitrators. The difficulty hasalways been not in securing arbitration, but In enforcing it. President Andrews of Brown univer sity has tendered his resignation, which, of course, will be accepted by the mer cenary, small-souled trustees of that in stitution. Another victory for sound money! "Los Angeles Is about extending an invitation to President McKinley to visit that city. Let San Diego do likewise.—San Diego Tribune. Have you consulted Judge Kinney about the matter? An advertiser in the San Pedro Amer ican says that the Alger man has taken the place of the bogy man in San Pedro. Now, whose place does Mr. Huntington occupy? Is not the importation of the Mongo lian pheasant a violation of the Chinese exclusion law? "Did you see what that girl ordered for her iuncheon?" "No; what was It?" "Iced tea, ice water and ice cream." —Chicago Record. A VANISHED WAR CLOUD Summer Diet ON THE STREET There is one time In the week when you will never find the people of Los An geles at home, and that is Saturday evening. But, go down on Broadway, Spring or Main, particularly Spring, any time between 7 and 9 p. m., and you will find your friends and all the rest of the world there. Spring street is a cosmo politan promenade between those hours on Saturday night. People comedown town to market, to walk about and.geta little fresh air, and to see the other peo- pie doing the same thing. The crowds remind one of Broadway in New York on a busy day. "Why, you surely mus have more than. 100,000 people here,' exclaimed a little maid from Boston las night, as she almost vainly strove to pick her way through the crowds oi Spring street. "This is as bad as it is on our own Washington street." Which the maid evidently meant for a grea compliment. ♦ ♦ + Another noticeable thing about the Saturday night crowds is that every body buys fruit. One of the leading dealers tells me that he sells three times as much fruit on Saturday as on any other day, and no doubt the same is true of the others. The Angelenoshave prop erly got into the habit of eating fruit and there is no reason on earth why they should not. It is plentiful, cheap and of manifold variety. There is no need of killing one's self by eating green or overripe fruit in Los Angeles. If one kind is not ripe another is, and it is worse than useless to display poor fruit for sale in this city. ♦ -f Speaking of fruit, Elvira and I drove over to Pasadena last Sundayafternoon. Elvira took it into her head, that she wanted some fruit,and we drove over the whole blessed city without being able to find a fruit stand open for business. They are either awfully good or very un enterprising in. Pasadena. ♦ ♦ ♦ All the world loves a lover, and this tender sympathy has added a personal Interest to the leading members of the Lyceum opera company, who have been delighting large audiences at the Los Angeles theater the last four nights. James K. Hackett and Mary Mannering assuredly make as handsome a pair as eyes may wish to look upon, and their many admirers here will wish them a long and happy run In the drama of real life. + ♦ + Can anyone explain why the west side of Spring street is so much more popular than the east side? As far as fine buildings are concerned, the latter side has distinctly the advantage. Andi yet aa an ordinary sunny afternoon you may stand at the corner of Second and Spring and count twenty pedestrairs pass you on the west side to one on the Dther. If you are looking for a friend you are much more likely to find him on the west side, and there are many more retreats for liquid refreshme-nt on this <Ide also. + ♦ scores of men I meet every day who are •tricken wit.h the Clondyke craze and have got it bad. There is talk on the street of a Los Angeles expedition being itted up but if the moving spirits are wise they won't set sail till the spring. Within the last two or three days I have heard the following remarks from at least two score men: "Ah, if I were an unmarried man and had no ties and could lay hold of a few hundred dollars, I would be off to the new Eldorado p. d. q." And the strange part of it is that the women want to go, too. + ♦ ♦ We have not heard much of that anti expectoratlon-on-the-pavement ordi nance lately, but every day you can dis cover plenty of evidences of its violation without looking very far either. + ♦ ♦ Louis Vetter is bound to make a for tune and without going to Clondyke either. Although the Home Telephone company, by the grace of the supreme court, has had to retire into its own shell and possess its soul in patience, Vetter's assiduous study of the intricacies of the telephone business has not been, without profit, at least the promise of it. He has got hold of an invention, with the pat ent locked up in his safe, of a really good thing. Vetter calls It an "antiseptic diaphragm," but it is not as might be expected any safeguard for the epicure It is a very neat and simple contrivance to make telephoning cleaner and less dangerous. We can never tell what germs the last man who used the tele phone has transmitted Into the receiver. Weschcke's "Antiseptic Telephone Dia phragm," Just slipped over the mouth of the receiver, prevents any such un pleasant possibilities. Vetter intends taking his good thing with him to Chi cago shortly and will undoubtedly lay the foundation of his fortune forthwith. BYSTANDER. MY OWL-EYED TROUSERS I have suffer'd a deal In this troublous world. Though most of my grief now seems mild; Yet I'd rather have died than have my hair curled As per force It was curled when a child. But nothing so ground me, so bitterly stung, So filled my proud soul with annoy, As—my pen shakes with rath and I daren't trust my tongue— My old owl-eyed tro'isers when a boy. Did I start off to aehool with a feigned serene face. Mine eyes meekly bent on the ground, A voice from the rear would soon alter the case: "Your goin' the wrong way; turn around.' "Whatoh you doln', walkln' backwards? they'd say. I can hear all these Jeers to this day. And while pleasures enough have since brightened my years, Sad memory pours in alloy When I think of those days overflowing with tears And my owl-eyed trousers when a boy. One patch was light red, the other was green. On a blackboard of Jeans, silver gray; Though my hands were expansive '.hose "eyes" could be seen Full a mile'tween my fingers, they say. Whew! If ever I should gain the reward of the Just And mount to the kingdom of Joy, 3hould I see them, I'd simply get up and dust; My old owl-eyed trousers when a boy. —New York Bun. At~ur* j I The .. . I all c,oth, £ n j & — —=4 Thin man, 7 feet high, just passed out of our store. We couldn't fit him on the $1.75 Suits, and he went "shopping." He Didn't Read Because we have been talking about Suits for Boys from ? to 15 years. f $1.75 \ ru i\;a //pro \ There Did For Boys' Suits I Mo 1? years, value J] \fQ _ \ #2.50 and jM Jl Say Others! 201-203-205-207-209 West First St. Consumption Cured... "Treatise on Consumption" .jmstT free to any address DR. W. HARRISON BALLARD, g STIMPSON BLOCK. Corner Sprinsr *ud Tnlrdjujflete. Los Ancalw. CALIFORNIA OPINION The Menace of Trusts The Star.idard. Oil company has com menced, to crush a local oil company in Los Angeles, which refused to sell out to the trust. That the Standard Oil com pany will win there can be no doubt, for, with its millions of profits, it can af ford to sell oil In Los Angeles at a figure that in time will certainly bankrupt tihe local concern. The way to avoid such proceedings would be to pass a law pro hibiting a growing monopoly from sell ing its product any cheaper in one mar ket than another, plus, of course, the cost of freight from the point of dis tribution.—Sacramento Bee. ttw. m ti ; — .„i „ Htj«i \m sertion that the long association oi a uoj and a wheel will produce a bicycle spine, a bicycle eye and a bicycle face. Is it not reasonable to conclude that the same combination has developed the bicycle brain? Something ails the youths who twist themselves into colicky positions and scorch through the crowded streets like maniacs—Orange County Herald. What Might Have Been Our Republican contemporaries re joice in the rise in the. price of wheat. So do we. Our rejoicing would be much sweeter, however, had this rise been brought about healthfully and. naturally by the free coinage of sliver instead of by short crops and by famine, which cruelly slew eight millions of men, women and children In other wheat growing countries. Puncturing a Conspiracy The Fresno Expositor, perhaps the leading Democratic paper of the San Joaquin valley, has inserted' Its horn handled knife in between the ribs of what it terms the Examiner-Budd-Magulre combination and given it a few vigorous twists. —Pasadena Star. Mostly Good People The orator at Coronado July Bth con cluded that, Inasmuch as out of seventy three million people there are only about one million lawyers, "the most 1 of "our citizens are good people."—Oceanslde Blade. Love's Labor Lost It begins to look as if) the task of picking the mud from between our toes after the Reed parade was love's labor lost. —San Pedro American. The Best Must Walk The trusts are now in the saddle se curely. The rest of us must be content to walk.—Visalia Times. Trainmen and Liquor There is a fairly good prospect of a lively boycotting war between the At lantic and Pacific and Santa Fe rail roads and the California Liquor Dealers' Protective association, says the Elsinore Press. Recently, according to advices received by the latter body, the Santa Fe Railroad company issued an order pro hibiting Its employes from entering sa loons when either on or off duty. This order was promptly taken up by the board of trustees representing the liquor dealers of this state, and at a meeting held at the rooms of the association, resolutions were adopted requesting the Santa Fe to modify its order, which, they claim, Is a discrimination against many of the larger interests of the state. Copies were sent to each member of the organization and to H. C. Bush, general freight and passenger agent of the road. Macedoine of Mixed Fruits Take a sufficient quantity of mixed raw fruits, as, for Instance, grapes, bananas, strawberries, cherries or or anges, If obtainable, and a couple of apples. Peel andi slice the apples, ba nanas and orariges, stone- the cherries and pick and divide the strawberries. Place altogether In a deep fancy bowl, and sprinkle over them about two ounces of sifted sugar, add a wineglassful of cooking brandy and a tablespoonful of any kind of syrup preferred, set in a cool place until needed and serve with or without whipped cream, handled sepa rately.—London Telegraph. CHAMPION SNAKE STORY How a Glass Snake Managed to Get His Sundered Parts Together "During my early boyhood I heard a great many stories about the glass snaite," said Trafflo Manager J. G. Schriever of the Southern Pacifio com pany a day or two ago, "but It was a good many years Before I placed any credence in the fact that the glass snake ever exinsted. It happened in an odd sort of a way (my belief in the fact) and the existence of the creature was made manifest during a most delightful outing spent some years ago in Western Texas. I company with a number of friends I was camping on the banks of a small stream in the hill section and it was dur iwr.a iftnn-t nlnnjr thaVmnVo nf m in the sun upon the top of a smooth rock by the creek. I took up a stick to kill the snake, but before the stick reached It it suddenly went to pieces, just for all the world as If it had been in sections, the several joints remaining upon the rock, the head excepted, which dropped over the sidle of tihe rock into the grass. There was no blood spilled and the joints look ed as if they had been smeared on the ends with sealing wax. To say that I was surprised would express It mildly. I had never seen anything like it before. "I concluded to take away a section of the glass snake, for this my compan ions termed It, for a memento. I wrapped a joint in a piece of paper and took It to camp. That evening I unrolled it and after a good look, tied It about the mid dle with a stout piece of string andi sus pended it from a low branch near the tent. Then we all went to sleep. In the morning before we had drunk our coffee I thought to take a look at the sec tion, and to my unbounded astonish ment, instead of a joint I had a whole snake. I was paralyzed with astonish ment. I did not see how in the deuce a snake could grow from a single section, even if it was a glass snake, but the solu tion of the problem was even more re markable than my first conjecture. The head and tail of the snake had set out on a still hunt for the missing joint and, having found it, had managed to reach it as it swung at the end of the string. And not caring to again be come separated' from so important a portion of its bone and sinew, had pre ferred to dangle In midair, possibly hop ing by some unlooked for circumstance to regain its liberty. Touched by so remarkable an exhibition of snake sa gacity, we untied the string and the glass snake glided into the verdant fastnesses of the forest. I have never seen another reptile of the sort."—New Orleans Times- Democrat. The Jubilee in Kinetoscope The diamond jubilee will not be de barred from Americans who did not make a European trip this year. Early yesterday, as I took a ride along the whole route, I caught sight of a lot of American bunting festooned over a wood/ere fence. The fence surrounded a tree in the middle of the road near Hyde Park corner. Up in the tree were a series of odd-shaped boxes that looked like pigeon houses. But they were not. They were a range of kinetoscopes ready for the procession. The man who owned them was an American and told me he had extensive orders for films from the other side as well as throughout the British empire.—London Letter to the New York Journal. He Swamped Chicago's Violet Market The original "AUegretti" ice cream man Is now living in Chicago at the age of 70. Ignazlo AUegretti left Italy in 1860 for political reasons, and went to the United States. In are early seven ties he sought San Francisco and made money as a confectioner. Five years ago he shipped 1,000,000 violets from California to Chicago in a refrigerator car, and, placing them on sale in the Masonic temple, offered! them at prices that broke the market there. In 1895 he went to Chicago and opened a little candy store in State street. The first day he made 15 cents. Now he occu pies an entire building and has- a large corps of clerks to attend to his busl ,ness.—London Sun.