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The Herald
The Herald Publishing Company
WILLIAM A. BFALDCTO,
President and General Man agar.
138 SODTH BROADWAY
Editorial department. Telephone 158,
Business office. Telephone 247.
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Stealing the Herald after delivery to a
patron.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17. 1898.
PLATFORM
The Herald believes that the elty of
Cos Angeles should own and control a
complete system of waterworks.
Ihe Herald believes that the elty
should acquire such a system at the
earliest date possible and on the most
advantageous terms possible, consistent
with contract obligations and fair deal
ing.
The Herald believes that the con
tract with the !os Angeles City "Water
company should he enforced to the let
ter, and that, at the conclusion of the
pending lease, the plant should be taken
over ln accordance with the provisions
of that contract.
STILL IN DOUBT
The consensus of expert opinion re
garding the disaster to the Maine is that
it was purely an accident. Some of the
naval officers think it was caused by
spontaneous combustion in the coal
bunkers; others ascribe It to the over
heating of the partitions between the
boilers and the magazine; a few incline
to the boiler explosion theory, and one
officer thinks the dynamo may have
been short-circuited. It may be taken
for granted until the contrary is proved
that the catastrophe was not the work
of an enemy.
Still, this question ls not positively
settled, and It cannot be decided until a
thorough, careful investigation is made.
There is still room for the theory that an
Infernal machine was treacherously
placed in the magazine of the Maine,
or that a torpedo was exploded under
her bows.
Public sentiment In the United States
demands that the facts be ascertained.
The discovery that the explosion was the
work, of an enemy would make serious
business for our government and people
—and incidentally for Spain. The
gravity of the situation and the deep
seated feeling that exists, was evidenced
yesterday by the fact that not apolitical
speech that could have any pos
sible bearing on the Cuban question was
made in either branch of congress. It
was no time for buncombe.
In the meantime it must be admitted
that the Spanish government, and the
Spanish officials at Havana, are behav
ing admirably. Humanity makes the
two nations kin in the face of an appall
ing disaster.
EXTREMES MEET
"The law's delay" has come to be re
• garded as the bane of both civil and
criminal jurisprudence in this country,
and the average citizen is prone to con
template what often appears to be a
mockery of justice with ill-disguised im
patience. And yet the laws themselves,
and the rules governing the adminis
tration of them, appear to be based upon
the principle that it is better that ninety
nine guilty men should escape than that
one innocent man should suffer.
Neither Durrant nor his parents were
wealthy in this world's goods, and yet
no conceivable opportunity to produce
evidence, going to show that he had
been wrongfully accused or illegally
convicted, was denied the defense. On
the contrary, the rules of evidence and
the practice of the courts of the nation
were strained to the utmost limits of
safety in the prisoner's behalf. We be
lieve the consensus of public opinion was
averse to the theory of innocence, and
yet, because of the existence of a remote
and almost indefinable doubt in the
minds of some, and a sentiment upon the
part of others against the taking of
human life for a felony proved only by
circumstantial evidence, the law's ma
chinery was applied with such delicacy
and tenderness as to almost justify the
conclusion that It was being reversed
in the interest of crime and the unre
strained exercise of the criminal in
stinct and the murderous passion.
Nor was this an exceptional case by
any means. Who docs not recall the
incidents connected with the trial of
Guiteau, the slayer of Garfield and the
latitude given the notorious criminal in
the conduct of his own case, although
his guilt and guilty Intent were no
where questioned? For days and weeks
he was permitted to bluff and browbeat
the witnesses, to insult the court and
badger the attorneys, until the whole
country came to fear that justice would
at last fall to claim its victim.
However impatient of delays and ln
tolerent of Judicial laxity, in the one
case or the other, we believe the people
of this country are more generally sat
isfied than if the accused had been
hurried to their doom without having
been afforded every possible opportunity
to create in the minds of the jury that
"reasonable doubt" which alone could
save them from Just punishment of their
Crimea
In the trial of M. Zola by the courts
of France, however, we have the an
tithesis of this excess ot Judicial len
iency. In this now celebrated cause no
man's life ls ln Jeopardy, though the in
nocence of three people are Involved-
Dreyfus, Esterhazy and Zola. The
honor, fame and reputation of all three
are comprehended in the verdict, and yet
the government, which is the prosecutor,
has denied access to public documents
vital to the defense, and refused to com
pel the attendance of witnesses whose
testimony ls absolutely essential to Its
vindication. The Illustrious accused
stands at the bar of Justice to which he
has been summoned, bold and fearless
in the consciousness of his innocence,
while the government, ln the persons of
Its Judges and ministers, trembles with
apprehension lest the whole truth shall
be uncovered and the Innocent go free!
These poorly drawn pictures, at all
events, afford a somewhat striking con
trast between the criminal juris
prudence of the two countries, each with
a government professedly republican In
form, and while the practice of neither,
as outlined here, may be deemed Ideal,
the United States certainly does not suf
fer by It.
A MERITED REBUKE
The Stockton Mall of last Monday ad
ministers a scathing and artistic rebuke
to John D. Spreckels, proprietor of the
San Francisco Call, for the manner in
which he has allowed his paper to wan
tonly attack the character of citizens
without any provocation or foundation
ln fact.
The rebuke of the Mail was called
forth by a slanderous attack made by
the Call upon E. L. Colnon, one of the
proprietors of the Mall, and at the
present time president of the board of
harbor commissioners. The Mail shows
clearly the animus of the Call and the
total lack of truth in its charges, and
then says:
Tou arc rich, Mr. Spreckels, and your
newspaper has the remains of a great
reputation. But If you wre ten times
as rich and your paper ten times as
powerful, you could not convict an
honest man of crime In the face of the
evidence and the facts. The people of
California think for themselves. They
love fair play, too. And you will gain
neither esteem nor applause by permit
ting your newspaper to distort sworn
testimony and to lend its countenance
and approval to false testimony. Be
sides, Mr. Spreckels. you will lose your
own self-respect after awhile. No man
ever lived who could stand up always
against an angered and disgusted pub
lic opinion. And the public opinion of
the state ls rapidly becoming disgusted
with the methods which your paper
has picked out of the gutter into which
other respectable publications long
since dropped them.
The people of Los Angeles will cor
dially endorse the language of the Stock
ton Mail. The Call is pursuing ln Its
attacks ujaon well-known residents of
this city men whose characters are
above reproach, precisely the same pol
icy It has (tjlopted In Its warfare against
Harbor 'Commissioner Colnon.
The HeSBJd does not pretend to ex
plain the reasons for the course of the
San Francisco paper. If Mr. Spreckels
is trying to make a great paper he Is pur
suing the wrong course. If he is
working for a United States senator
ship he is on the wrong track. If he is
trying to make his paper loathed and
despised by all respectable, honest peo
ple he Is succeeding beyond the most
sanguine expectation he could possibly
cherish.
THE DISCLAIMER WANTED
The language of the now famous De
Lome letter, It will be recalled, was dis
creetly guarded, although it lacked
nothing of candor. He was careful—or,
at least, fortunate—in the choice of
language, in avoiding a direct charge
against the president of the United
States. He charged "Mr. McKinley," not
the head of this nation, with being a
"low politician"—quite a distinction in
fact as well as in diplomacy—and the de
lay of the Spanish government in for
warding a disclaimer In express terms
may be due to this circumstance.
But, whether forthcoming or not, it
cuts but little figure. The disclaimer in
which the people ot this country are
more interested is due from the admin
istration to them. They have a right
to know if there was any ground for
the allegation of the Spanish minister
that the president has been all through
the negotiations blowing hot and cold,
leaving the door open to him, while ca
tering to the rabble, and justifying the
mockery of commercial treaty negotia
tions purely "for effect."
So far as the president is concerned,
it were better that the incident be closed
with the displacement of the offensive
minister. He can scarcely afford to have
his Cuban policy thoroughly exploited,
the De Lome letter disclosing only a
moiety of the features of it which might
look ugly in print; and by this we mean
the consideration which the president is
believed to have given to the interest
of that small but powerful element which
has invested in Spanish war bonds, and
whose security will not be strengthened
by the achievement of Cuban independ
ence.
THE POLICE AND THE PULL
The developments in the case of Pas
cual Hiriart, a policeman against whose
character grave charges have been
made, do not reflect credit upon those
members of the police commission who
are apparently trying to protect the
man, under the influence of a marked
political pull.
No fair-minded person who has read
the evidence submitted at the hearing
of the charges against Hiriart can have
any other opinion than that he is a
totally unfit person to act as a police
officer. His presence on the force is a
reflection upon the body of policemen as
a whole. Yet some of the police com
missioners seem disposed to disregard
the evidence and retain Hiriart, simply
because it is demanded in the selfish in
terest of politics.
How can it be expected that the laws
will be enforced if the men selected to
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LOS ANGELES HERALD* THURSDAY MORNING* FEBRUARY I7 f IB9B
enforce them and to protect the lives and
property are not of good character?
How can the police department be taken
out of politics If seducers, ward-heelers
and bar-room loafers are to be given
preference in making appointments?
The prejudiced character of the hear
ing ls shown by the action of a majority
of the commission in voting to allow the
man Hlrlart to be represented by coun
sel, despite their own rule to the con
trary. It ls evident that the officer is to
be saved if it be possible.
Is the police force of the city to be at
the beck and call of the Push and the
Pull in politics? Are the taxpayers of
this city paying $100,000 a year to that
end?
FIRE BONDS AGAIN
The board of fire commissioners will
submit to the city council a recom
mendation that another election be
called on the question of issuing 2150,000
fire bonds. It will be recalled that the
fire bond election several months ago
had the misfortune to be coupled with
the proposition to Issue 2334,000 in school
bonds. The necessary two-thirds vote
was almost obtained, but the miss was
as effectual as the proverbial mile.
According to the showing made, it will
be distinctly a money-saving move as
well as a measure of protection to vote
the bonds. Additional Are engines and
other equipment are greatly needed,
while the rent money the city is now
paying for engine houses exceeds the ex
pense of carrying the bonds. It was
promised that the difference should be
put into a sinking fund for the ex
tinguishment of the principal, and this
should be made an indispensable con
dition.
It should be made clear, too, that the
proceeds of this sale of bonds, if they are
voted, are not to be used in the further
ance of any private real estate jobs. The
city can afford to pay a fair, honest price
for what it buys and there the line should
be drawn. The taxpayers are doubt
less Inclined to consider the fire-bond
proposition favorably. All they ask ls
that the money be wisely and eco
nomically expended.
THE KANSAS PACIFIC
The first Kansas Pacific sale took
place yesterday at Topeka. The Union
Pacific reorganization committee was
the only bidder, and the government
claim of $6,303,000 was wiped out The
remainder of the Kansas Pacific sys
tem will be sold tomorrow and Saturday,
and in each case the bid will equal the
upset price fixed by the government.
If the Union Pacific indebtedness had
not been liquidated through the efforts
of a few senators and representatives,
backed by an unmuzzled press, the gov
ernment would have been a large loser
through the Pacific railroad invest
ments. After this week's sales are out
of the way, there will still remain the
Central Pacific, that unfortunate In
vestment In the manipulations of Mr.
Collis P. Huntington. Mr. Huntington's
gigantic pull will be tested as it nas
never been tested before when he-att
empts to make the government forgive
its claim against the Central Pacific;
but a precedent has been established
that even a Republican political debt
paying congress will hardly dare to
ignore.
The reported extraordinary activity in
the various steel works of the country
Is very gratifying information, to what
ever cause it may be attributed. That it
necessarily means war we do not for a
moment believe; that it is due to wise
precaution upon the part of the navy
and war departments Is possible and
even probable, for the axiom ls still
good, "In time of peace prepare for war."
But there is little reason for apprehen
sion of a collision with Spain or any
other power, for the very obvious reason
that we have no desire to fight them
nor they to fight us. Keep cool, read
The Herald with religious regularity, and
you will be virtuous without being neces
sarily lonesome.
It is no longer necessary for the people
of Los Angeles to tell their troubles to
a policeman. The chamber of com
merce has added to its field of usefulness
and filled a long-felt want by institut
ing a committee on grievances, of which
Mr. Louis "Vetter is chairman. There ls
no need of looking to the mountain de
files of India or to an expectant war
with Spain for deeds of valor. The man
who has the nerve and courage to ac-
cept the chairmanship of a committee
on grievances takes the kettle cover.
Let us then be up and doing, with a heart
for any fate. Tell your troubles all to
Mr. Vetter, he will mend them while you
wait.
The regular annual drought scare ls
making some progress on the coast, but
its spirit is likely to be dampened before
many days have passed. The greatest
alarm, as a rule, immediately precedes
a good, refreshing, nourishing, invigor
ating rain. We are all prone to worry
about the things that never happen. The
weekly crop and weather bulletin, is
sued yesterday, is quite in the nature
of an assurance that all is well, with a
fair prospect of an improvement.
Expert examination of California dried
fruit just received at German ports has
disproved the recent claim of the Ger
man government officials, upon which
the late restrictive order was based.
Out of 4000 packages of such fruit only
two were condemned. Advices indicate
that the tests are being fairly conducted.
This information conveyed by our dis
patches this morning, will be very grate
ful to all, and especially to those engaged
In the dried fruit trade.
Ex-Governor Boles, having made his
regular semi-annual attempt to break
into the Democratic party, has again
slipped back into quiet, decorous and
unobtrusive oblivion. The Chicago
platform is big enough and broad
enough to hold every man desiring to
co-operate with the Democratic organ
ization. Mr. Boles has publicly de
clared his Inability to stand upon it, and
that closed the incident. It also settled
Mr. Boles.
The developments in the legislative
hearing, regarding the merits of the
New Bedford strike, are not favorable
to an early resumption of industry,
since the owners yesterday testified that
the reduction in wages demanded would
not enable them to resume, owing to
the fall In prices since the demand for It
was made, and the present hopelessness
of an improvement
A smelter and a rolling mill for Los
Angeles are being contemplated. No
city attains its greatest growth and im
portance without manufactures. There
is a future for Los Angeles as an In
dustrial city, and the sooner action
based upon that view is taken, the better.
The loss ot the Clara Nevada, now
credited to the bursting of her boilers,
accentuates the Importance of the most
rigid inspection of vessels In the Alaskan
trade, many of which were concededly
unseaworthy before charter.
THE KING
Lo. the king wakes and his subjects all
Hasten, without delay,
To answer his call; and faithfully
His every mandate obey.
Here Is his rattle and here ls his ring;
Now to the cradle; and now to the swing;
Hail, all hall: to the household king-
He wakes, the monarch wakes!
Ah, the king sleeps! All hush-a-by, hush,
Silence must reign profound.
Whisper and tiptoe; break his rest
By never the slightest sound.
Softly a downy coverlet bring,
Carefully, gently over him fling;
Naught must disturb the sleeping king-
He sleeps, the monarch sleeps.
Hush, the king lies silent nnd cold—
The angels have claimed their own.
He has left his little kingdom here
For a brighter, grander throne.
While anguish and pain our sad hearts
wring,
Still loyal we will smile and sing:
"The king ls dead. Long live the king!"
He sleeps, our monarch sleeps.
—Arthur J. Burdlck In the Buffalo Even
ing News.
Piper Findlater's Story
A letter from Piper Flnlater of the Gor
don Highlanders—the first in which he
refers directly to his having played the
pipes after being wounded—says the bone
of his leg was all smashed away, and the
doctors took out six pieces of bone, but
adds: "I was not dangerously wounded,
as was said in tho papers, but it was me
that played the pipes when I got shot, and
I wonder that I got away with my life, for
I was sitting right ln the open, and the
bullets were glancing round me in all di
rections." He adds that he is still lying
on his back ln hospital at Rawal Plndl, but
expected to be all right by the time the
letter reached Scotland, and It was untrue
that his leg had been taken off.—Aberdeen
Journal.
The Original Handy Man
X man living in National City, Cal., has
inserted the following unique advertise
ment in the local papers: "Tho Original
Handy Man Still lives and loves to labor.
Makes Door and Window Screens. Files
Saws. Sharpens Cutlery and Fits Keys.
Repairs and Polishes Furniture, Makes
Store Fixtures and Does General Jobbing.
He is at home In the sick room to offer
consolation to those who mourn and pa
tiently nurses by day or night the sick In
body. God bless the Handy man and keep
him safe. He may be found at his old knoll
on Street S, near Avenue 2. N. B.—Makes
a specialty of church and schoolhouse
work."
Newspaper Owned by a City
Dresden owns a slngulr piece of property 5 :
It is a morning newspaper, the Dresdener
Anzeiger. This dally paper, upon the death
of Its last proprietor, was willed to uhebitt'
upon the condition that all profits arising'
therefrom should be spent upon the jHib*
lie parks. This year a large playground
of nearly eight acres was purchased from
Prince George,, the king's brother and
heir apparent, and It will be ready for use
next spring. The paper continues to hold
the respect of all cltzens, for the trust has
been carried out ln the broadest spirit,
and the paper has never been employed to
foster any school of opinions..
She Bet Against Hanna
A certain citizen of Parsons ls a staunch
Republican, while his mother-in-law, who
lives with him. is an Implacable Democrat.
The old lady was very sure that Hanna
would not be elected, and offered to wager
with her son-in-law on the outcome. By
the terms of the bet she was to carry In the
wood and coal for one year If Hanna won,
while the man agreed to perform the same
service for eleven years if he was defeated.
The man won, and he is grimly holding the
old lady to the performance of her agree
ment, while she Is just as grimly perform
ing it.—Parsons, Kan., Sun.
In the Midst of the Millionaires
There is but one saloon in Fifth avenue
between Washington square and Fifty
ninth street, a distance of nearly three
miles. It is situated near Forty-fifth street,
almost within the heart of the million
aires' district. The little frame building
which It occupies ls striking in comparison
with the costly mansions which surround
It. The proprietor of the place owns the
property and he has refused several sub
stantial offers to move.—Ney York Even
ing World.
Origin of the Word Filibuster
The name 'buccaneer" wae chiefly af
fected by the English adventurers on our
coast, while the French members of the
profession often preferred the name of
"fillbustier." This word, which has since
been corrupted into our familiar "filibus
ter," ls said to have been originally a cor
ruption, being nothing more tthan the
French method of pronouncing tl>e word
"freebooters," which title had long been
used for independent robbers.
Indian Numeration
The Indians of Guiana have a queer sys
tem of numeration. They count by the
hand and its four fingers. Thus, when they
reach five. Instead of saying so, they call
it a "hand." Six is. therefore, a "hand and
first finger." Ten is "two hands/ but
twenty, instead of being "four hands," Is
a "man." Forty is "two men," and thus
they go on by twenties. Forty-six is ex
pressed as "two mjen, hand and first fin
ger."
Boy Criminals
Generally speaking, the good little boy
is scarce. There are 90,000 criminals behind
the bars in this country under thirty years
of age, and 10,000 in reformatories ranging
from 7to 17 years. There are more chil
dren of the House of Refuge and various re
formatory institutions in this state than
there are criminals ln our Jails.—Philadel
phia Press.
Hard to Decide
As between Matt Quay and John Wana
maker the Republican party of Pennsyl
vania ls between the devil and the deep sea,
but which ls the devil and which the deep
sea Omniscience can only determine.—Chi
cago Chronicle.
Faint Praise for Cleveland
The sapient London Times has reached
the conclusion that Cleveland Is a stronger
man than McKinley. Of course, but that
wouldn't of Itself prove Mr. Cleveland very
strong.—Nashville, Term., American.
Alaska's Greatest Glacier
The front end of the great glacier of
Alaska presents a wall 500 feet thick, and
its breadth varies from three to ten miles,
while its length Is 160 miles.
Dingley Doesn't Count for Much
In the house of representatives Mr. Ding
ley and Speaker Reed make a majority.—
Philadelphia Ledger.
Birds in Colorado
A Colorado ornithologist computes that
363 species ot birds are to be found in that
The Bear Got Even
The town of Medicine Hat, In Asaina
bolne, -on the Canadian Pacific railroad,
had, in 1894, an attraction In the shape of
a captive grizzly bear. He was a hungry
looking- brute, about the size of an or
dinary cow, and was chained to a post
In the center of a strong log pen. The
pen stood beside the tracks, about 300
feet from the station, and a recent rain
storm had made a veritable mudhole of
It. The bear was an object of lively in
terest and curiosity to the townspeople,
but more particularly to passengers of
trains which stopped at Medicine Hat
to change engines.
One day, early ln August, the east
bound overland pulled In, and ln a few
minutes the occupants of several coaches
were viewing the grlzzlzy. which was
shuffling around his quarters, looking
very innocent and unconcerned. Hie
paws and shaggy gray coat were covered
with mud, and bruin was not a thing of
beauty; still he appeared contented and
seemed to enjoy being on exhibition.
Now, a miscellaneous crowd of men
has, as a rule, at least one individual in
It belonging to the class known as
"smart Alecks." This gathering was no
exception, and the aforementioned per
son soon manifested himself. He began
by throwing sticks and small stones at
him. Falling to excite him by these
means, he resorted to others. Fixing a
handkerchief on a stick, he flaunted It
in bruin's face and tickled him on the
nose with It, then poked him In the ribs,
but, save an occasional growl, the bear
did not seem to mind his tormentor. One
or two gentlemen now advised the funny
man to desist, suggesting that his bear
ship's patience probably had limits. Ig
noring the friendly warning, the fellow
waxed bolder, and, coming up close to
the pen, thrust an arm ln between the
logs. Then the long-suffering bear saw
his opportunity and improved It.
Suddenly and with startling swiftness
he reared on his hind legs until he
loomed high above the astonished man,
and then, with a deep growl of anger, he
struck fiercely at his persecutor. For a
breathless second the man stood bereft
of the power of motion; then, with a
scream of fright, he tried to draw back,
but too late. The enormous bear caught
his arm in a glancing fashion, shredding
his coat and shirt sleeves and scoring
several ugly scratches in the flesh, while
an avalanche of mud and filth descended
on his luckless head, fairly obliterating
his features and thickly smearing the
whole upper part of his person. The
bear's revenge was complete. Swift and
sudden justice had been meted out, and,
with shaken nerves and ruined clothes,
the smart man made his way to the
train, while some unfeeling men laughed
outright, and the grizzly lay down with
what resembled a sigh of relief.
The Canadian Pacific eastbound over
land bore that day a man who was not
only sadder and wiser, but whose pro
pensity for "stirring up the animals"
had received a decided shock.—Detroit
Free Press.
No Man Is Spared
me reports of the annual dinner of the
Gridiron club of Washington, Saturday
night, which have reached New York, ln
dacate that the presence of the president
of Hawaii, the German and French am
bassadors, the ministers of Japan and
Chfna and a scort or more of senators
and congressmen did not make the affair
any more sedate thart previous dinners of
this organization: So popular a feature of
Washington life have these dinners become
that guests from all over the United
States assemble for them, not because
they are in need of a dinner, but ln the ex
pectation of seeing some one else guyed No
man's dignity is proof against the quips
of the Gridiron men. It was estimated at
Saturday's dinner that if the distances
traversed by special journeys on account
of this dinner could be placed ln a straight
line they would circle the globe. Because
of its reputation this club te always sure of
many distinguished guests when it chooses
to give a dinner. Imitation Grirlron clubs
have been started In this city on various
occasions with a great flourish of trumpets
and then died lingering deaths.Phlladelphla
sent over ts club of witty men several years
ago to teach New Yorkers how It Bhould be
done, but the evening was dismal for
everyone except the Philadelphlans. They
were disappointed when they found the
next day that the newspapers had not
taken them seriously.—New York Sun
Troubles of the Chinese Emperor
The emperor of China Is a very highly
educated man, and he Is especially learned
in the maxims of Confucius, on which all
Chinese rules ot morals, philosophy and
jurisprudence are based. Ten years ago
he undertook to study the British language
and an American missionary was Invited
to become his teacher, but he was warned
that he must always bring some one with
him, for no man Is ever allowed to see the
son of heaven alone. The emperor is very
skillful with the bow. and of late years he
has practiced a great deal with the ride
Dike his fellow sovereigns of Europe the
emperor has anything but an easy life of
it. When LI Hung Chang returned to
Pekin after his travels round the world
the emperor heard him read his report of
all that had occurred to him, through one
long night.—Pearson's Weekly
Dutchmen the Hardest Smokers
Holland holds the first place in the world
as a nation of smokers. Every Dutchman
consumes on an average 100 ounces a year.
The Belgian comes a good second, with ari
annual consumption of eighty ounces fol
lowed closely by Turkey, with seventy
ounces, and the United tSates with sixty
ounces. Germany, France, Spain and
Italy tread closely on their heels, while the
United Kingdom comes comparatively low
on the list, with twenty-three ounces.
Orient Wants Our Cotton
There Is such a demand for American
cotton ln both Japan and China that the
steamers from San Francisco to those
countries have room for nothing else. They
are loaded down with cotton, and 14,000
bales are now in San Francisco awaiting
shipment. This, it ls to be noted, is raw
cotton. Japan and China have their own
mills now, and are making their own goods
ln constantly Increasing proportions.
Two Parsons Needed for the Job
At the recent dedication of the chapel
at Fort Riley two chaplains divided up the
task of praying for the government, Rev.
Bernard Kelly Interceding for the presi
dent and Rev. Mr. Dulln for congress. The
whole Job was thought to be most too much
for one man.—Kansas City Star.
Why He Looked Glum
Wife—What's the matter, dear?
Husband—l had a chance to bet $10 on a
"sure thing" this afternoon.
Wife—And you didn't do It? Well, no
matter. Getting money by betting Isn't—
Husband—You don't understand. I did.—
Chicago News.
Quick Distribution
"I'm proud of you," said the head of the
firm. "I have letters from all over Kan
sas saying that they have seen our samples.
How ln the world did you manage it?" and
he patted the traveling man on the back.
"Cyclone."—Detroit Free Press.
No City Councils There
Under the laws of China the man who
loses his temper in a discussion is sent to
Jail for five days to cool down
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IN THE PUBLIC EYE
"The one-eyed plowboy of Pigeon's
Roost" Is what they call Colonel Chandler,
candidate for governor of Georgia.
The oldest clergyman of the Church of
England ls Rev. Edward Allen, who has
Just completed his one hundredth year.
He Is still fulfilling his functions at Atver
ton.
Richard C. Parsons, Jr., of Ohio, who
has been appointed second secretary of
embassy at Rome, ls a son of ex-Congress
man R. C Parsons of Cleveland. Mr. Par
sons ls said to be well fitted for a diplo
matic position.
The wife of Prince Duronsoff, Russia's
new ambassador to Paris, has announced
that she will not live ln that city, but ln
Rome, where society, she says, ls more In
tellectual and less frivolous—a harly dip
lomatic announcement for a diplomat's
"wife.
Count Eugene Zlchy, the Hungarian
magnate, who has already been ln Turkey
ln Asia ln search of the original home of
the Magyars, has started on a third expe
dition. His route will be by way of Si
beria and Manchura to Vladlvostock,
through Corea to Pekln, thence to the
Gobi desert, and through Tibet to Kabul,
thence to the Pamir plateau and to the
central Asian desert, and into the Sheref
zen valley, and by way fo Samakand and
Bokhara back to Europe.
Fishing With Shovels
The greatest sport we have heard of ln
this section recently ls the catch of fish
that Hubert Bares, Anton Fergen and
some others recently made. They went lo
the Jim river, near Victor Uhrlch's place,
and ln a slough which was formed last
spring from the overflow of the Jim river
they cut a hole ln the Ice and, with scoop
shovels, they took out over 250 pounds of
fine fish. They said that they had found
fish frozen fast to the Ice, which, when
held ln their hands, revived and assumed
their natural condition. It is said there
are thousands of fish in the ponds and
sloughs that were formed last spring by
the overflowed river. Most of these will
perish In a short time after the Ice com
mences to freeze, for want of water and
air. There are, no doubt, many fine pick
erel ln some of the creek ponds.—Parsons,
S. D., Advance.
The Bonded Debt of Cities
The Newark Advertiser In compiling sta
tistics for 1898 finds that in the last eleven
years Boston has added 216,500,000 to its
bonded debt; Baltimore, $9,800,000; Chicago,
$3,400,000; Cincinnati, $1,000,000; Brooklyn,
$15,700,000; New York city. $16,000,000. Phila
delphia and St. Louis have decreased their
amounts of permanent debt. In a list of
105 cities given there was a total net debt
ln 1890 of $480,000,000 and ln 1897 this total
was Increased to $521,000,000. The total city
debt In the United States today is over
$80,000,000. The cities in England had a
total debt of $11025.000.000 ln 1892. In the
last seventeen years the Increase for Amer
ican cities was $116,00,000, and for English
cities, $565,000,000, while the cities ln France
are bonded for $640,000,000-Eltzebeth jour
nal.
Small Congregation
On a recent stormy Bargain mere iwer«
light congregation* ln Saco. At one church
the congregation was so small that the
pastor put It to a vote whether or not he
should deliver the sermon which he had
prepared for the occasion. The vote was
against the delivery of the sermon by a
small margin. I?ut one of the minority
made a touching appeal in behalf of the
"eleven hungry souls who had struggled
through the storm" to hear the sermon,
urging that It was not right to deny them
their reward. The sermon was delivered.
-Bangor, Me.. Commercfltl.
Variation in Boiling Heat
Water bolls at different temperatures,
according to the elevation above the sea
level. In Liondon water boils practically
at 213 degrees Fahr.; at Munich, ln Ger
many, at 209V4 degrees: at the City of Mex
ico at 200 degrees, and ln the Himalayas,
at an elevation of l»,000 feet above the level
of the sea,- at 110 degrees. These differ
of the atmosphere at these points. In Lon
don the whole weight of the air has to be
overcome. t In Mexico, 7000 feet above the
sea. there are 7000 feet less of atmosphere
to be resisted and consequently less heat
Is required and boiling takes place at a
lower temperature. Boiling water, there
j fore, ls not always equally hot.
Marriage Conduces to Longevity
Marriage, according to Dr. Schwartz of
Berlin, ls tho most Important factor ln
longevity. Of evory 200 persons who reach
the age of 10 years 125 are married and 75
unmarried. At 60 years the proportions are
18 to 22; at 70 years, 27 to 11, and at 90 years,
9 to 3. Fifty centenarians bad all been
married. Tho doctor asserts that the rate
of mortality for husbands and wives be
tween the ages of 30 and 45 years ia 18 per
cent, while that for unmarried' persons ls
28 per cent.
American Iron Products the Best
The United States now easily leads
Great Britain In the amount of Iron pro
duced, and in prices we have also left
Great Britain behind. Pig Iron, steel bil
lets, steel rails—they are all selling today
below the English prices. The Industry
stands no longer In need of any tariff pro
tection, and It Is now prepared to reach out
and take possession of the markets of the
world.—Springfield, Mass., Republican.
Ten Cent Cotton Gone Forever
It ls unreasonable to expect that we shall
ever see 10-cent cotton as a permanent
thing under any conditions. The cost of
cotton production has been greatly reduced
in recent years, the average yield per acre
has been Increased, and tbe by-products
of cotton have become very valuable.
These conditions give a different meaning
to a low price for cotton froftt what It once
did.—Atlanta Journal.
No Quarter
"You couldn't call a quarter-off sale a
slaughter, could you?"
"Why not?"
"Well, In a slaughter they give no quar
ter."—Chicago Journal.
Handicapped
He was strong ana ne was ague.
With his strength he made things hum,
To the prize ring he aspired,
But alasl the man was dumb!
—Jack Appleton, In Cincinnati Tribune.
Abandoned
"The doctors have given him up."
"No!"
"Yes. his case baffles the highest bill
collecting skill-"—Detroit Journal.
IN FORMA PAUPERIS
Oh. pity a poor Chinee,
Who mobbed a mlsslonaree
And made his peace
By granting a lease
Tto Willie of Germanee!
Aye, pity tile poor' Chinee!,
Ah Sing Is In dlfflcultee.
And cannot resist
The "mailed fist"
That is sailing over the sea-
Do pity the poor Chinee,
For useful he may be.
If you'll please contrive
To keep him alive
With a diet of £ s. d.
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He has ports some two or three.
With a trade ln silk and tea; *
So save him from smash.
And lend him some cash,
And then you'll see, you'll seel
You talk most pleasantlee,
But Ah Sin he knows, does he.
That unless you act.
Your words In faot
May be only fiddle-de-dee!
•Tis your Überalltee
Must prove your sympathee:
So a loan produce,
Or 'twitt be no use

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