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CHINESE RIOTS Make It Unpleasant for Foreign Devils NATIVES ARE ALSO ILL USED MAGISTRATES DRIVEN FROM THE COURTS Japanese Priests Instruct Their Fol lowers to Make Things Uncom fortable for Foreigners Associated Press Special Wir* shanghai. Jan. ».—(Comapondsaci of the Associated Press.! Authentic reports have reached here of recent dale from all sections of the Chinese empire indicating that riot and attack upon foreigner* is the order of the day. The attacks swm to be those of Isolated ruffians rather than a concerted action on the part of the popu lace. ln one of the central provinces, Hupen, a riot was instigated by the students of the military academy. Property was stolen, and the m< rabers of several na tive churches were scattered over the country. Seventeen leaders of the riot have been arrested and are standing trial. A chapel of the Wesleyan mission was destroyed during the riot, ln the same province several Chinese merchants were set upon by marauders, and after a tierce fight the robbers carried away spoils con sisting of 7<»X> taels. which the merchants were carrying in coin to a neighboring city. From Soo Chow. In Central China, comes authoritative information that in the col lection of rentals In and around Soo Chow there has been a persistent refusal on the part of the natives, and that an alterca tion occurred in which a woman was killed and others injured. The native magis trates themselves.when attempting to hear those cases, have been mobbed, pelted with mud. and compelled to Bee from the court ' Of justice. In Canton, from the very Southern Chi na, where most of the traveling is by riv ers and canals, steam launches and boats carrying foreigners have been repeatedly held up by bands of ruffians, and recently a European woman missionary was bru tally treated, her boat being held up ln the river. The men. overpowering her coolies, boarded it by force, and, robbing her of her money, left her in a sorry plight. From Formosa, just off the coast of Cen tral China, authentic reports come that the whole of the country Is disturbed. Re- ' peatctl attacks by armed bands of robbers are belne: reported day by day. Travel in tile interior is unsafe at the present time. From the province of Chuen, one of the provinces nearest the highlands of Thibet, authentic Information comes of riots in stigated and led by military students, and of the destruction of property. in the well-governed city of Shanghai and the European section, there are con firmed reports of insulting treatment of foreigners by Chinese. A prominent lady riding upon a wheel passing Ihe west gate, was Insulted by a Chinaman who spat in her face. Chinese soldiers, even in Shang hai, have attempted to throw foreigners from their carriages. Hoys In the streets are set by older people to follow at the heels of prominent European residents of the city, throwing mini ami calling them indecent names. The emperor of China has issued a spec ial edict Instructing the governor of Kiang Su to accord Prince- Henry of Prussia in every respect a worthy reception. Telegrams from Kiao Chan say that the German anil French missionaries cele brated mass on Sunday outside the Tslns Tai. in the presence of the German forces and numerous Chinese. In view of the fact that the treaties arc soon to throw sections of Japan open to foreigners, there are interesting reports of the Buddhist ami Shinto priests assem bled in one of the principal provinces to discuSS the situation. They have promul gated the following four resolutions and request all Japanese to be governed by them: First—To cultivate feelings of abhor rence for foreigners and. to refuse on prin ciple to sell to or buy of them anything whatsoever. Second—To refuse absolutely to rent their bouses or lands to foreigners. Third—To refrain entirely from using foreign terms in speaking and writing Fourth—To decline positively to listen to Christianity. MORE BURGLARIES REPORTED Two Places Cnterad Sunday Night. Stolen Gcods Recovered There has been no suspension of opera tions on the part ol the burglars who have been committing their acts of lawlessness almost under the very eyes of the detec tives and two moreauoh crimes were added to the already long list Sunday night. One was on Broadway near Third, a room In the new Shannon building occupied by a merchant tailor being forced open arc bolts of cloth and finished garments to the value 1 of more than 1100 being stolen. The other burglary was In that Immediate vi cinity, hut In regard to both cases the de tectives, while admitting that there have been such crimes, absoluely refuse to make public the particulars, None of the goods stol'ii Sunday night have been recovered unless the accidental discovery by a police man o! a trunk full of goods forms a part of the siolen property. In the rear of itSH South Spring street, early yesterday rneirniitc a patrolman found a large trunk the bototm of which had been torn out and around which was Scattered a large quantity of capes, wraps, dresses hats, handkerchiefs and other ar ticles which are the property of some wo man. There were also In the trunk a num ber of articles of masculine attire. The only paper which may lead to the discovery of the owner was a diploma Issued by the board of education in ISO] to John Bryan, indicating that hi had completed the course of study In ihe public schools. The dam aged trunk and Hie goods were taken to the detectives' office where they await Identification by the owner. CHARITY VALENTINE SOCIAL At Turnverein Hall Last Night—A Brilliant Affair About sixty couplei enjoyed a charity valentine social last evening at Turnverein hall In aid of the Ladies Hebrew Benevo lent society. Tho hall was most effectively decorated and Lowlnsky's orchestra was ln attendance. There were a valentine booth, a boutonniere table and an inex hausfble punch bowi. each of which was largely patronised. The former, decorated In the same manner and colors as the rest Ot the ha!!, was in Charge of Mis. Merit/. Meyberg and Mrs. ii. Frank: the bouton nlercs were sold under direction of .Mrs. M. H. Newmark; Mmes. S. Xordlinger and W. G. Harnett presided over the punch bowls. Henry Louis acted as floor man ager. His uides wer.-: Messrs, A. Fleish man, I. Laventhal, A. Edelman. s. Bchiff, J. fohn and A. Brownsteln. The supper! which was donated by the Indies of the society, was served from long tables, all of Which were decorated with flowers In Slender cut glass vasep. This is the tirst *enoe given by the society for two years, and the proceeds will all be used for the poor for whom they care. The officers of the society are: President, Mrs. Bam Hellman: vice president, Mrs. W. G. Bar nett; treasurer. Mrs. H. Newmark; secre tary, Mrs. V. Kara: trustees. Mines Max Meyberg. Citron and H. Susskind. The supper committee last night were: Mmts. Harris, Kremer, Schiff and Uewin. CAUGHT AT MADERA George Hector, an Escaped Burglar, Again in Jail A telegram was received at the cherlff's office last night from Madera, announc ing that George Hector, who escaped from Deputy Sheriff linrnhill August li, lS!>"r, had been recaptured there. Hector Is a Whlttier graduate and also an ex-convlct. having served one term for larceny. Nearly three years ago a hurg lary in this city was traced to him. and Detective Auble. meeting him on the street, arrested him. The criminal, who Is one of tho most desperate thieves with whom the local officers have ever tried to deal, at once drew a revolver and attempt led to shoot the officer. Before he could i use It he was knocked down and disarmed. lAt the police station he asked that he be I given his pistol, anxious to fight It out with the officer then and there. Hector's request was not compiled with, but he was convicted and sentenced to live years in Folsom. Deputy Sheriff Barnhlll started to the penitentiary with him. but near Fresno tho prisoner effected his escape in j much the same manner as did burglar Ftlkihs a few months ago from the same * officer. In spite of all the efforts that the | sheriff's officers and detectives have made ] since, no trace of him could be found. | Until the telegram was received announc ing his recapture nothing hail been heard or him. A deputy sheriff will be sent to Madeira today and Hector will be taken to prison. FOUND IN JAIL A Burglar Who Was Badly Wanted Discovered by Accident When ten days ago John A. The 11 an, bet ter known as Billy Phelan. was brought to the receiving hospital anil was found to be suffering: from a too close acquaint ance With opium and whisky, the detectives did not think that one of the men for whom they had been vainly searching for weeks had dropped into their hands. Ail unknown to [hem the poor fellow who has been a lope fiend for years was sentenced to sixty ilays' imprisonment. He began serving Ills term and only yesterday the detec :ives discovered his identity. Jt seems that several weeks ago a num ber of small burglaries were committed in :lits city and the work looked like that of Chelan. His peculiar skill was known, for he has served one term for the crime of housebreaking. The otflieers began look ing; for him and yesterday when he was founel In a jail v compliant was sworn to and a warrant issued for his arrest on a charge of burglary. He is accused of breaking into the residence of George W. Tolhurst of 1022 South Flgueroa street and Stealing a number of articles of value. The robbery of a house near the corner of, Beaudry avenue and Ccurt street is also rharged against him, as is the ransacking of a Chinese store in Chinatown. He will he given a preliminary trial this morninr. at II oclock. Phelan is a well-known thief. (Ie formerly associated with such celebri ties in crime as Avery and Bill Clock, "Kid" Kvans and others. Was Fixed for Trouble Tt cost G, Obencayo $2" to bp caught with i loaded revolver concealed on his person. He tried to explain to the court thnt he hail o be out lute at night and sometimes had o go into localities not consist red safe, rhis did not explain how he came to be arrylng a young cannon in the daytime .vithout a permit and be was told cither to iay or go to jail for twenty days. Tie paid he tine. THE MILITIA'S NEW COMMANDER John H. Dickinson of Ban Francisco has been appointed by Gov ernor Budd major general of the National Guard of California vice Na thaniel T. James resigned. John H. Dickinson's service ln the militia begun In IS7B w hen he en tered the San Francisco city guard as a private. Previous to that lime he had been military instructor at Denlcla, and his knowledge of tactics and his ability as an executive officer secured his election as captain of the guard sunn after he joined. When the company was made a part of the National Guard of California, Captain Dickinson was elected to the colonelcy of the First regiment, Jumping the Intervening grades, a short time later he was made a brigadier general by Governor Mark bam, a post he held during the great railroad strike, when he com manded the troops nt Sacramento under Instructions u:id subject to the orders of Majr,;- General Dimond. General Dickinson has been one uf the examining board of the National Guard during the last three years dur ing which tint!.- be has not been Inactive cor.imlssii.n. The resignation of Major General N. T. James, whom General Dickinson succeeds has been expected fur some tlrae, LOS ANGELES HERALD, TUESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY !5, 1898 LEADERS PLAN For the Conduct of the Fall Campaign CHICAGO PLATFORM PLANKS jFURNISH FOOTING FOR FREE Sa..VER ADVOCATES 1 i » I Republican Representatives Elect Of ficers and Push the Protection Doctrine to the Front Associated Press Special Wire WASHINGTON, Feb. 14.—At a meeting of the Democratic congressional commit tee tonight the following officers were elected, Senator White having been chosen I chairman some time ago: Governor Os i borne of Wyoming, vice chairman; James j Kerr of Pennsylvania, secretary; Judge Fleming of Kentucky, first assistant sec retary; Joseph Ohl of Georgia, second as sistant secretary. A committee of three was appointed to fill vacancies ln states not represented on the committee. The committee, before adjourning, adopt ed the following resolution, presented by- Senator Jones: "In the opinion of this committee, there should be the most earnest and hearty co operation between the Various friends of I bimetallism, as detlned by the Chicago ■ piatform. and they should use every bon | est and legitimate effort to propogate this j sentiment and to unite In Its support the , voters of every party opposed to the gold I standard." G. O. P. MANAGERS The Republican congressional campaign committee met tonight in the lobby ot the house with twenty-seven members pres ent, and after forming' its organization entered into a brief discussion of party issues. Representative Jos. \V. Rabcock of Wisconsin for the third time was hon ored with the chairmanship of the com- mittee. Representative James Shearman of Xew York was elected vice chairman. Representative David H. Mercer of Ne braska was nominated for re-election as secretary but he. too. declined and nomi nated instead Representative Jesse Over street of Tmliana. The latter was elected. Col. VV. B. Thompson of this city was then elected treasurer. A motion was carried authorising Chairman Babcock to appoint an executive committee at a future date he to both select the members and deter mine the number. This executive committe was authored to fill any vacancies which might be caused by death or resignation, thirty days notice to the state delegation affected being made a condition precedent. There were several informal speeches. Gen. Grosvenor referred to the Main elec tion, which is to follow that of Oregon. Representative Hilhorn of California made a short address in which he claimed that protection bad accomplished much for Cal ifornia and the country in general and because it was an assured fact the party should devote considerable attention to It. Policelets Pat and Mary Garrlty, who tried to whip Patrolman Robbins, were found guilty of ! disturbing the peace yesterday by Justice Owens. They will be aentenced today. Joseph Berg, adjudged guilty of disturb ing the peace several days ago, was before the police court yesterday for sentence. He was given his choice of paying a fine of 190 or spending ninety days In Jail. Of neces sity he chose the latter. Thomas Roberts pleaded guilty to beg ging on the streets yesterday and was put where he will beg no more for thirty days. George Emory pleaded not guilty to a charge of frequenting an opium Joint and will be tried today. Owing to the absence of his attorney. John Sulk, charged wih burglary, could not go into a trial of his case yesterday. A continunce until tomorrow was ordered. James Murray was arrested yesterday on a warrant charging him with disturbing the peace. He denies that he wbs ever disorderly In his life and does not know who swore out the warrant. Mrs. Harriet Wilson and Mrs. Gay Lom bard, who were arrested several days ago on a charge of selling liquor without a licence, were to have been tried yesterday, ln the absence of their attorney they de manded and were granted a continuance until Saturday. F. Gill-cue. James Williams, William Bender. Joe Mormer, J. Dupee, T. Schel gert and P. Gullsett. who were found asleep In a box car In the Southern Pacific yards, were released by the suspension of Judgment of thirty days ln Jail on a charge of vagrancy. CUBAN SOUVENIR Practical Way to Sympathize With the Insurgents People who wish to express their sym pathy with the Cubans who are strug gling for liberty, in a practical manner and yet receive value for their contribu tions, can do so by purchasing one or more of the silver souvenir coins of the republic of Cuba. This souvenir will be a lasting memento of the cause ofllb- erty in the "ever faithful isle." The coin is about the size of the American silver dollar, but is somewhat lighter, weigh ing 348 grains of silver 900 fine. The price of the souvenir is 81 plus the fol lowing forwarding scale to all parts of the United States: One, 10 cents; two, 12 cents; three, 14 cents; four, 16 cents; five, 18 cents; six, 20 cents; seven, 22 cents; eight, 24 cents, and nine to twen ty-five, 25 cents extra for expressage. All orders for twenty or more sent ex pressage prepaid. Upon the successful termination of the war and the establishment of a free rs publlcan government in Cuba, these souvenirs will be redeemed by the Cuban republic for $1 each. Orders and cash should be addressed to Jose Zayas commissioner of the Cu ban republic, room 1, 56 New street, New- York city. The coin is a beautiful one, as will be seen by the accompanying cuts. The head is the likeness of a beautiful Cuban woman. The six stars under the coat of arms represent the six provinces of the island that together make one star on the Cuban flag. SECOND SYMPHONY CONCERT This Afternoon at Three Oclock in Music Hall The Los Angeles Symphony orchestra will give its second concert this afternoon at Music hall. The hour for commencing has been changed to 3 oclock. Strings am' brass have both been augmented, and the program is as attractive and popular as that of the first concert. The march d'entree is from Moszkowski's noted opera. "Boabdll," which has been very popular for the past three years in Berlin. The Lohengrin suite contains several of the most beautiful numbers from that great opera, as the introduction to the third act and the wedding music, march and chorus. The ballet music from Falist is In four movements and is rarely heard in this country except in the concert room. There is. besides the great "Unfinished" sym phony, Schubert and other delightful num bers. CHALK TALK At Y. M. C. A. Hall Last Night by Will £. Chapin Mr. W.E.Chapin.tUustrator of the Times, gave a very interesting "chalk talk" last evening at the Y. M. C. A. hall, before a large nudience. Mr. Chapin Illustrated his points as he talked with the aid of a black board and paper and charcoal. He first slated that technique is not art. it is sim ply the skeleton about which the artist moMs his ideas. He explained the various prases of character as depleted in the face and drew them to show what he meant. He elucidated some of the prin ciples of drawing, referred to the Hoganh line of beauty: explained breadth and tone and color. The audience gave the speaker absorbed attention, and his remarks were frequently Interrupted with laughter and applause. "Papa" Shurtz Again And "Papa" Shurlz came back because he couldn't stay away. The former pro prietor of the Palace saloon is in the city for a brief visit and has been renewing his numerous old acquaintances. He stated last evening thai he had been misrepre sented by the San Francisco papers in the assertion that he had been the cause of Germany's shutting her ports against Cali fornia fruit, This had been done largely Lhrough the representations of a Mr. lier skowlscb, an Importer of Mexico. "Papa" had been asked by the German authorities about ihe matter and had merely suggest ed that they investigate ihe situation. He states that he Is engaged in working up immigraion for the Argentine Republic nnd will remain In this city for several days at least. A Small Fire A fire which occurred at 11:20 oclock last night in the rear of the restaurant con ducted by A. J. Wells at 122 East Fifth street, would but for the prompt and effi cient work of the fire department have re sulted In a large loss of property ami pos sibly life, as the neighborhood is composed entirely of frame structures very compact ly built. it is supposed to have resulted from the exploding of a lamp In the room occupied by William Ward and was conlined to two rear looms. The loss to the building and contents was about $250 with no insurance. Hoston is to have a vegetarian restau rant. The li-ocopeia club held a meeting ih" other night In favor of the project, and sat down to a banquet consisting of corn soup with i-rackers. escalloped eggs, rice croquettes and green peas, apple and celery salad with mayonnaise dressing, cheese wafers, ice cream and cake, coffee and fruit. Stealing telephone service Is a new form of misdemeanor in London, classed by the Croydon police magistrate as petty lar ceny, and punished by him with a line of 5 shillings. An ingenious ycfung man bad mode a false key admitting him to the pub lic telephones of the National company, which lie used without paying. REV. MEYER'S FUNERAL HIGH MASS AND ABSOLUTION WILL BE CELEBRATED The Cortege Will Be Long—Line of March—The Order of Proceesion. Resolutions Adopted A continuous line of people viewed the remains ot the Very Rev. A. J. Meyer, C. M., Sunday evening and all day yesterday, as they lay In state In St. Vincent's church. The floral offerings are numerous from so eioties and friends, and were very beauti ful. Last night vespers were chanted for the dead. The funeral services will commence at 9 oclock this morning, when the office of the dead will be chanted. At 9:30 a solemn requiem high mass will be celebrated. Rev. Father Harnett of the Sucred Heart church will preach the sermon. The absolutions will be made by Bishop Montgomery. Im mediately afterward the funeral cortege will move. Bishop Johnson finds It impossible to attend the funeral, but has delegated the Very Rev. A. G. L. Trew. D.D.. and the Rev. John Gray as his representatives. Both active and honorary pall bearers will meet ln the parlor of the college adjoining the church at B:ts a.m. The, line of march will be, Washington street to Main, thence to Ninth, to Spring, to Seventh, and will follow Seventh east to New Calvary cemetery. At the orphan asylum, on Boyle Heights, the children of the asylum. 100 ln number, will be formed In double columns on either side of the road and will view the cortege as It passes. The order of the procession will be: Alumni of St. Vincent's college. Young Men's institute, two branches; Ancient Order of Hibernians, l.os Angeles Catholic Beneficiary association, Catholic Order of Foresters. St. Joseph's society. Sodalities of parish, St. Vincent's college boys, altar boys of St Vincent's church, pall bearers, clergymen, representatives of religious or ders from different parts of Southern Cali fornia. Sunday afternoon the gentlemen of St. Vincent's parish met in the college hall .and adopted the following expression of their sorrow: "The parishioners of St. Vincent's church this day in meeting assembled, our hearts heavily weighted in sorrow, with heads bowed down In grief, deem it meet to give expression to the sentiments which afflict ed nature now crowds upon us. "Yesterday we awoke to learn that the grim reaper had been In our midst. Today we stand appalled in the face of death. "That spirit, who was largely Instru mental ln first causing the establishment of this parish—who then gathered us to gether to worship at a common shrine, who in the many years past has blessed our nuptial ties, poured the baptismal waters on our children's heads, and sprinkled the biers of our dead—has been translated to the other and eternal life. He whom we knew as Father Meyer, Is to us here no more. Death has released his soul, and his Inanimate and motionless physical self serves now but as the ex hibition of death's judgment. "A leader In Israel has fallen. To us parishioners our loss seems Irreparable. For the first time In our nar'sh life we are now, one and all. In the painful throes ot a great affliction. "Oh. would I hat we could give our sor row words: " 'The grief that does not speak. whlKpers the o'erfraught heart and bids It break.' "Father Meyer was our spiritual father ln the fullest sense of the term. To him no sacrifice appeared too great, provided it but promiseil spiritual benefit. He was assiduous in his ministerial work. Inde fatigable In his labor for us. He recog nized no season for his personal rest or rec reation. He was at all times accessible. "He was not alone the beloved pastor, the finished educator, tin 1 man of affair.-., whose consummate genius stands por trayed on every page of the history of this parish, he was a lover of mankind, anil fully typified the words: 'He loved his fellows and their love was sweet." "No line of creed did he know in his friend-ship, his kindnesses, and amcng those who mourn today are many attached to other forms of religion. He was an ex ample in bis every transaction, whether as priest, teacher, man of business or citizen. His Impress was always as plain and simple a.s it was touching and well formed. To live such a life was to elevate man kind, to leave such a chapter was lo add PATHETIC LETTERS FROM DREYFUS Here Are Letters Pub'ished For the First Time in America Which Will Be Received With Great Interest PARIS, Feb. I.—(Special Correspondence to The Herald.)— Here are extracts from some letters written by Captain Dreyfus. They will no doubt be received with great interest in America. They were written by Dreyfus to his wife and other relatives, when he was an inmate of the Cherche Midi military prison, and are all addressed to Madame Dreyfus. The first, indited on De cember 18 or 19, 1894, begins as do most, "Ma Chere Lucie." He asks his wife to tell the members of their 'two families how much he has felt the marks of sympathy. He cannot reply to them as what would he sayP They can understand his sufferings, and he does not care to complain. Besides, he adds, "My brain is bro ken, and my ideas are sometimes confused. My soul alone has remained valiant as at the outset, >n presence of the terrible and monstrous accusation which has heen flung in my face. All my being still revolts at this thought- But truth always ends by com ing out in spite of everything. W e are no longer in an age when light can be shut oue. It must emerge complete and absolute. My voice must be heard by our dear France, as my accusation has been. It is not only my honor th at 1 nave to defend, but that of the whole corps of officers to wh lch 1 helong, and of which lam worthy." Kisses are sent to Ma dame Dreyfus and all their rela tions, nnd the letter is signed " Ton devoue Alfred." In another missive Dreyfus says that he is strong in his innocence, and thanks to his feeling is maintai nin tT nia terrible struggle. He tells his wife to be brave and to ho P e > " if there is Justice on the earth." In a third he writes that he n °t give way to recrimi nation, as he will not lower him self to utter any complaint. "The martyrdom which on innocent man is made to suffer can only devote him." Dreyfus says in another letter, "It is my consci ence alone which has enabled m e t0 resist, otherwise I should have died of grief, or be in a lun a t ic ' 8 cell. I cannot recall to mind the first days without a shudder of dread; my brain was like a burning cauldron; every momen* 1 fea »ed that I should lose my reason." In sending messages t° their relatives he continues: "Tell them that I have often tho u S ht ot them, and of the grief that they must feel. We must a ll knit ourselvee tightly togeth er in a bundle which nothing can undo - P ure and honest lives, nil the antecedents of our famili 68 ' our devotion to France, are the best guarantees what we ar e> 1 hay * received two kind let ters from Jacques and Rachel, which have given me great pleas ure. Thanks, too, for your news of the children. Ah! the poor darlings; what joy it would be if 1 °° uld embrace them, and you too. ma bonne cherie. To have sacrificed everything to one's country, to have served it with a » m uch devotion, energy, and intelligence, and then to be accused of so fearful a crime. No! No!" materially to the great book wherein man's noblest deeds are told. " 'His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed ln him that nature might stand up and say to all the world, this was a man!' "And to sum up, he was a priest, a true priest, according to the order of Melchlz edek While we cannot give adequate verb al expression to the grief-laden feelings that well up from our hearts, It is yet In our power to supplicate, by most humble petition, the Almighty and triune Ood to grant eternal rest to the soul of our dear and beloved Father Meyer, and to the per formance of which we now here most sol emnly and eagerly pledge our mothers, our wives, our sisters and our children, as well as ourselves. "The privilege is ours lo commit gently, reverently and affectionately, c'en though with breaking hearts, his mortal remains to mother earth, and while doing so. and over his dean corse, we shall renew and voice again our belief In Immortality, and our unalterable acceptance of and llrm adhesion to the dogmas, teachings ami precepts of our holy mother, the Catholic church: and over his newly made grave le us cry out: 'Oh! death, where Is thy sting. Oh! grave, where Is thy victory!' " ERRORS MADE BY PRINTERS Some Ludicrous Mistakes Compounded in the Composing Room "What is this?" exclaimed a compos itor, who was expecting to be promoted to a proof-readershlp shortly. " 'Ser- mons In stones, books in the running brooks?' Impossible; He means, of course, 'Sermons In books and stones In the running brooks.' " and a new read ing of Shakespeare appeared next morn ing. A sporting compositor thought "Cricket on the Hearth" must be a slip of the pen. He made it "Cricket on the Heath." A writer on angling had the Joy of seeing his sentence, "The young salmon are beginning to run," printed, "The young salmbn are beginning to swim," another thoughtful compositor having been at work. Happier was the transformation of the sentence, "Bring me my toga," Into, "bring me my togs." There Is a less subtle vein of humor In the story of the editor who wrote dur ing an election, "The battle is now opened." The compositor spelled "bat tle" with an "o," and the other side said, of course, that they had suspected It from the first. It was by a similar mis take that the late Baker Pasha, who might fairly be described as a "battle scarred veteran," was called a "battle scared veteran," the libel being by no means purged when the newspaper called the gallant officer a "bottle-scarred veteran." Owing to an error In printing the anouncement, "A sailor, going to sea, his wife desires the prayers of the congregation," became, "A sailor going to see his wife deserves the prayers of the congregation." It is not necessary to believe this in order to enjoy it. The statement, "Messrs. 's preserves cannot be beaten," was rather vitiated as an advertisement by the omission of "b" In the last word. Innocently gay was the newspaper report which said that the London express had knocked | down a cow and cut it Into "calves.— Gesta Typographlea. Prejudice Against Railways .a. ivjuuiv.c iip,nniJt uaiii n ayo The prejudice of the Chinese against railroads has not yet been overcome. The latest mails bring a curious story about the experience of the surveyors who are laying out the line between Pe kln and Hankow. The route is very cir cuitous. In order to lift the track above the overflow of the rivers upon the plains, and was decided upon after long study and many difficulties. Imagine the disgust of the surveyors when, after an interval of three or four months, they attempted to go over the line a sec ond time and discovered that every one of the stakes they had driven had been carefully removed and every other land mark they had left to Indicate the route had been obliterated. Nearly two-thirds of the work had to be done over again, but it was not attempted until an edict was issued by the governor of the prov ince prohibiting the disturbance of any of the surveyors' marks under penalty of death.—New York Tribune. The dealer In glnssware ought to keep on advertising without a break. The more we think of some people, the less we think of them.—Chicago News. CENTENARIANS OF 1897 HUMAN LIFE SAID TO BE SURELY LENGTHENING Some Interesting Corroborative Evi dence Offered by London Newspapers The number ot centenarians whose names have been thus recorded ln the course of the last ten years may h< tabulated as follows: Year. Men. Women. Total. IttSS IS 28 Zt im 10 20 36 lt>9o U 25 3*l 1591 21 27 48 1592 22 23 41 1595 1» 14 31 1891 12 30 41 1595 IS 23 1596 1* 29 1597 ft 23 Total lot 237 The census returns of most Europe countries and of the United States gi erally concur in the result that there ; always living about three female cent arians to two males. The inequality I tween the sexes ln this year's Hot greater than It has been since 1890; 1 during the ten years covered by the tal it Will be seen that the general ratio steadily maintained.—St. Jameß Uaset Last year seems lo have been fatal a good many old people In this count! and to no fewer than twenty who we at least centenarians. And yet It w maintained not many years ago that instance could be established of man womun making their century in the.co test with death. The st;ge of eredull was followed, as usual, by that of unb lief, and we have now settled dov into the customary intermediate pot tion. Of course Scriptural authori might be cited for longevity surpass!] that of the raven, and Methuselah hea the list, with his 969 years, though t duration of those ages was reduced 120 years, and the psalmist looks up even eighty years as excessive. Ant dlluvlan longevity was, Indeed, regard with skepticism in eras less disposed doubt than our own, for even St. A gustine says that these figures signi gentes non homines—the duration races, not of Individuals. Still, flf years ago no one would have felt sta gered at hearing occasionally of sor one who had reached the limit of 1 years, and even Thomas Parr, with r 152 years, and Henry Jenkins, with 1 169. "besides several others, male ai female, not far behind them, were r garded as historical facts. Then came the age of the skeptli among whom llgutvd SlrG. C. Lewis at Mr. W. J. Thorns, who subjected there ords of these venerable antiquities ruthless scrutiny, from which proce they emerged ln a very tattered con' tion. The whole story may be read "The Longevity of Man," by the latt author, the general result being that n only the majority of the cases could n be established, but also in some I stances they could be actuully dlsprov —in other words, the duration of Ml particular person's life could be shoi to be considerably shorter, perhaps 1 twenty years, thun had been alleged, few persons even went so far as to dei that a centenarian had ever exlstt But Mr. Thorns, though inclined, as w natural, to take a skeptical view, fran ly admitted that some few people h undoubtedly lived rather longer thar hundred years; and the quarter Of century which has elapsed since 1 book was written has given abundn proof that such is the case. Two three centuries ago it was almost ii possible to obtain very trustworthy e deuce as to age. Registration of birth comparatively modern; the records baptism were not kept with any regull ity between three and four centur ago. and even ln these there Is son times danger of a confusion of Identi or that the supposed centenarian h really been borrowing from some c else. But of late years it has been compi atively easy to obtain evidence which sufficient to place any person's age 1 yond reasonable doubt. This shows tl the limit of a hundred years is occasii ally exceeded. Most of the extre: cases come from Ireland, where soi pass one hundred and live years a there are even two claimants for c hundred and fifteen. Ferhaps in tht cases a little shrinkage might be I result of a skeptical examination, 1 that the goal of a hundred Is more th turned seems to be demonstrat Whether centenarians are on the crease we have at present no means knowing. That the average length human life is becoming longer Is a co monplace; but this would be quite co patlble with a decrease in extreme cas Neither do we know to what longev may be ascribed. Probably longev <s partly inherited—in other words, ci stitutional-and partly dependent vi habits of life. But, aB regards thf little can be said beyond generalltl Avoidance of excess seems to be the b rule and so some professions are m favorable than others. A fair amount work and the absence of care apparen give the best chance, and we cannot much beyond Welssman's dictum ti •duration of life Is really dependent adaptation to external conditions. London Standard. J* et* Alfalfa King's Dodge Capt. J. H. Churchill of Dodge C who Is known throughout the state the "alfalfa king," says that Dodge C has so changed lately that it is r called "New Dodge," and that It Is f becoming a prosperous place and center ot a great cattle raising territi From this district thousands of ca are furnished to feeders, and the w< is supplied with meat. Capt. Churchill Is the man who cently became famous for his feat grafting alfalfa roots to strawbe plants and raising large berries wl startled everybody. This story was culated about him ull over the coun and people in Texas actually placed ders with him for strawberry planti %vhlch alfalfa roots had been graf He has 3000 acres in alfalfa and Is r Ing about 600 head of cattle.—Tor. Journal. The board of managers of the Cci Presbyterian church of Hamilton, ( has Just passed a resolution Indorsing I day street cars, declaring, among o things, tht they are a great convent to church-goers and that "the evils s< travagantly predicted by the opponents ot Sunday cars are conspicuous ln Hamilton only by their absence "