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PACIFIO- "COMMERCIAL ADVERTISER, FEBRUARY i.r, 1888.
THE CHLORAL HABIT. THE CONFESSION OF A DRINKER OF HYDRATE OF CHLORAL. An Insidious Drug More Fenrful in Its Effects Than Opium The Horrors of Chloral Mania Effect ing a Cure. Brooklyn Eag-Ie. By this time never less than five drams of the hydrate of chloral was my nightly dcse. Ftohi the time I arose in the morn ing my suffering. were extreme. I had now lost all power of reading, writing, or speaking aloud; any attempt to do either was exerutiating brain agony, and if persevered in f;iintiug followed. I could hardly move my head from the pil low or sit erect, while my eyes seemed starting from their sockets if 1 attempted to walk. But toward night well, if ail of mental, all of bodily suffering I ever endured in my life could be com pressed into one hour, it would not ex ceed the torment I then underwent. Every vein in my body seemed swollen to double the size and "inflamed along the whole length, while the restlessness was so dis tressing that I could not lie for rive min utes in any one position. Add to this that time seemed indefinitely long min utes as hours and hours as days and you will have-some faint: notion of my experi ence of the u grand remedy for sleepless ness that had no after eilects. Then came a day when my landlady took fright and went of her own accord for a medical man to come and see me. I was worse that day than ever I had been. This gentleman hardly stopped a minute with me. and as he went out I heard him say to the landlady: "You ought to have sent for me before weeks ago. He can't last many hours now." So," then, it had come at last. I was almost face to face with the grim enemy. I wint quietly to bed and took more chloral. The doctor was to come at 10 in the morning and I was anxiously awaiting his arrival. lie came at last. The first thing he did was to glance up at the windows to see if the blinds were down, and I think he was dis appointed that they were not I did not like this man, and lay perfectly still, with closed eyes when he came in. He felt my pulse gently enough, and then stood looking at me a few moments with his hands in his pockets. Wondering what you'll put in my death certificate, eh, doctor?" .'aid I, opening my eyes. "1 am, " he replied bluntly. "Then, " said I, "here is the veniict felo de sa Now, good-bye; 1 can't bear talking. " He went away accordingly, thinking, no doubt, I was s 'ghtly distracted. Har tiy had the sound of this man's car riage wheels died away in the distance when a hale, hearty, bluff old gentleman stepped into my room He was a medical man I had often heard of; he had a good deal of bluntness about him, but hid a kind heart behind a rough exterior. He soon elicited from me the whole history of the ch.oral. Then he stood at my bed side and offered to bet me five to one that if I followed his instructions to the letter I would be a different man and in good health in five months. He examined my heart; said it was weakened by the poison imbibed, but nothing more. Though his words seemed to me only a cruel mock ery, I promised faithfully to obey him in every particular. Then he destroyed all my chloral, and asked me if I had any hidden store. I had no chloral that night, and such a night I never passed before, and I trust I never shall again. Sleep, of course, was impossible; but I tossed about all the long, long hours in a bath of per spiration. 3'awuing, stretching, and sneez ing The most painful feeling was a sensa tion of rending at my heart, as if some monstrous crab were gnawing out my vitals. I never slept a wink for over a week, and then sleep came in fitful snatches. I was, of course, to much pros trated to leave my bed. On the second night I was delirious, and so on for the several nights following. .My delirium, too, took at first a strange form. Some presence seemed to be ever with me ask ing me question after question in rapid succession, which I was compelled to answer in rhyme Words or meter never once failed me, and in one night I am cer tain I composed sufficient verses to set a dozen poets up in life; in fact, I had ben suddenly transformed into a living, brealh insr, rhyming dictionary ; but the distress this form of delirium caused me can hardly be imagined. On the third night there was an entire change in the performance; the rhyming pnwer left me, my eye no more rolled in fine frenzy, and the dilirium was changed to a dioramic entertainment to wit, in my travels and voyages around the world, I had gazed on many a beautiful coast scene from my cabin; these scenes were framed, as it were, by the round port hole, and very pretty pictures they often made, each one varied as the weather or climate varied, but always having the sea in the foreground, whether calm and se rene or ru i ed and angry; the sky above, whether blue with Hocks of snowy cloud lets or dark and lowering with the com ing storm, and the landscape in the mid dle. Now back from the realms of mem ory came those circulating pictures, one by one, and by the hundreds gliding be fore my half-closed eyes like dioramic scenes of enchantment. My recovery was a long one, but hop; had renewed in rny beart, and in three ru. n!hs I could walk as many miles. ileep, too. returned to bless me, and I felt indeed a new man. Blessing on the rough kindness of that good and clever doctor. Geography ami Treaties. (Ulysses I). tl.ly. Exporter. 1 The argument for a union of western peoples by means of commercial treaties loses much of its force with reference to the South American states by reason of a few hard geographical facts generally overlooked. The best, trading portions, as Brazil, are actually nearer to England than to our ports. Most of the corre spondence between New York and Rio Janeiro goes by way of London. As for the western part of the continent, it is still further off, and will be until the opening of the Panama canal. At pres ent England's commerce preponderates in the fcouth American states and will pre vail for the geographical causes I have noted in spite of state treaties. Beware of the Widows. ' French Paper. "I've a big piece of news for you, old fellow going to be married next month to the cbariningtst little widow ever was "A widew.' Beware of widows. A widow's heart is like a house one moves into you are always sure to find some thing that recalls the previous tenant kick ing about in some cupboard or garret w Philadelphia Call: An exchange says that a folded newspaper placed under the coat in the small of the back, is an excel lent substitute for an overcoat. Now is the time to subscribe. NIGHT AND DAY.I. Sidney Lanier. The innocent, sweet day is dead, Dark night hath slain her in her bed, O, Moors are as fierce to kill as to wed Put out the light, said he. A sweeter liht than ever rayed From star of heavn or eye of" maid Has vanished in the unknown shade She's dead, she's dead, said he. Now, in a wild, sad after-mood The -tawny night sits still to brood Upon the dawn-time when he wooed I would she lived, said he. Star-memories of happier times, Of loving deeds and lovers' rhymes, Throng forth in silvery pantomimes Come back, O day! said he. He Was Visibly Affected. Minneapolis Tribune. The Tribune office has been for some time afflicted by the fitful and irregular but frequent visitations of a young man who professes great friendship for the management, and an overwhelming desire to furnish items of interest for the benefit of The Tribune readers. The items which he contributed ran after this fashion: "The young and charming Mi3.s Myrtle Blossom has gone to St Paul to spend the week with her sister. Had it not been for a previous engagement, Miss Blossom would have no doubt won golden laurels as the impersonator of the three graces. " A day or so later the presence made itself felt through the announcement that "The cookstove in the house formerly oc cupied in St. Paul by the sister of Miss Blossom has exploded, scattering the cooking -utensils about in & very disagree able manner. Had Miss Jlossom made her visit a little earlier it is painful to con template what might have been her sad fate. " Last evening the young man dropped in again. From the expression on his coun tenance, it was felt by all that this was at last a time for immediate and decisive action. "I came in to say, " he began, in a voice trembling with the emotion he strove in vain to conceal "that I saw the recent fire at the Academy of Music. I saw the desperately narrow escape of Mr. Billy O'Neill, and and I will not try to tell you what my feelings were, but I wish you would just say that, Ilad not Miss Blossom started yesterday for the New Orleans exposition, where she will spend the winter, she might have accidentally witnessed the frightful peril of Mr. O'Neill, and it is fearful to contemplate the shock it would have given to her deli cate and highly-organized constitution.'" It was impossible not to sympathize with the sad mental condition of this young man. The thought seemed to dawn simultaneously upon every intellect present that a prolonged session in some quiet and retired hospital was what wa3 needed to restore this disturbed equilib rium. 'Gaines' Long-Stem Pipe. Here's a good piece of advice, " said Capt Quibley, putting aside a news paper and turning to his wife. UA para graph here says that a man should never smoke a pipe while going down-stairs. In case he should fall, he would be likelv to drive the stem through the roof of his mouth and out at the top of his head. " 44 1 never heard of such a thing, " replied Mrs. Quibley. "It's not by any means improbable, " re joined the captain. There's our old friend George Gaines. He is a great smoker, you know. " " Yes, " with interest. "Well, the other day I forgot to men tion it, by the way he was coming down stairs and his foot slipped and down he went He always smoked a long-stem pipe, you know " "Great goodness, captain!" " Yes, he had a passion for long-stem pipes. One day when we were out hunt ing he found a cane root about five feet long. He took it home with him and had it bored out. Beat any " "But when he fell .did he drive it through his head?" " O no. Y'ou see he had to stop smok ing on account of his health, but I wa3 going to say for example " " Quibley, you are the biggest fool I ever saw. Go on, now, and split up some wood. You ought be ashamed of your self to disappoint any one that way. " "J he Pepper "Pot." A London letter describes a novel dish introduced by a cockney restauranter called "Pepper-pot n The mess is made of meat and spices preserved till three years old by the introduction of a West India vegetable liquid called cassareep. Cassareep is the juice pressed out of the cassava, and in its raw state is a deadly poison. It is the basis of the stuff the Carib Indians use to poison their a: rows with. But when boiled it is perfectly harmless, and possesses the curious prop erty of preserving meat for any length of time. In the West Indies the "pepper pot" is always on the go; it is never en tirely emptied, and the contents are added to day by day, Any pieces of cold meat pork is best and fish go into the pot Of course there are spices and sauces put in to give the stew a flavor, beside the cassareep, which, in addition to its pre servative and antiseptic qualities, has a distinct, if slight, flavor of its own. A bottle of this peculiar sirup produced for inspection, was of a deep mahogany color, and of the consistency of molasses, much resembling, in fact, Indian soy. Wished She Was an Orphan Boston Transcript. A little Newport child of rich parent age, carefully nursed and richly clothed and guarded tenderly by its elders, was driving by the orphans s home the other day, when it caught the sound of the many childish voices in the yard where the children were at play. It eagerly asked: "Oh, mamma, what is that?" "They are poor little orphans without any parents. " impressively answered the mother, hugging her darling closer. "Oh, mamma. " exclaimed the child, crossing his little hands over his velvet gown and drawing a deep sii?h, "how I wish I was a poor .little orphan!" The mother ap preciated the situation and has since given her child companionship of its own stat ure and a little more freedom from fine clothes and constant nursinjr. Photographing Mosoow's Armory. (Foreitfn Letter. The armory of Moscow, which is not familiar to the a.erage European tourist, has lately been rearranged and its treas ures photographed. Besides the curious specimens of armor, representing various phases of Russian history, there are weap ons of Oriental tribes that have contested the advance of the empire, and silver orna ments and vessels which illustrate the artistic skill of conquerors and conquered. The photograph of these most interesting objects will shortly be published in an album. Tocsin: A man who is overworked is not only injured himself, but he is the means of injuring his unemployed fellow-worker. COUNTERFEIT BANK NOTES. New and Bewildering Processes hy Which. They Are Turned Out. Philadelphia Times. "The photographed counterfeit bank bill is very common, " said John S. Dye, government counterfeit detective, to a reporter. There are two processes, the 'old' and the new. " By the old process the whole of the back of the note is copied and appears in black on the photograph. These are then tinted with pens and brushes by hand. The black, however, can be seen under the tint, which on the seal is blotted and covers the white lines which appear in the genuine note. The numbering is also blurred with color, and the whole of the tinting on the back of the note is badly done and incomplete. "The detection of photographed coun terfeits depends upon a critical observa tion of their character and appearance. Unless they are perfectly new they are off color, and show the reddish brown pecul iar to faded photographs. By the new process the seal, numbers and color work on the back, whether pink, carmine, chocolate cr green, are first entirely re moved from the note to be imitated. A negative is then taken from the block which remains. To produce the color work an en graved plate of the seal and the tinted part of the back are used, and the tints are clearly suri'ace printed in their places. The numbers i.ie also printed in colors from separate engraved figures used in combination and changeable. These figures are well done, and run in a series, and, unlike the spurious bills made by the old process, are really dangerous. " "Are there any other methods of coun terfeiting besides photography and en graving?" "Oh, yes; but they are easily detected, being generally clumsy executed. There are lithographs, etchings and pen-work counterfeits. Spurious 1 and 2 L'nited States treasury notes are of this kind, and it is only on account of their small de nomination that they have any circula tion. Then, again, the vignette heads are occasionally cut from notes of small value, the back removed and the face neatly cemented over the interior work of poor counterfeit fifties, which are thus made passable, " "How are the public to discriminate between genuine bills and forgeries?" "Well, of course, therein lies the possi bility of successful forgeries. If the gen eral public was so well acquainted with the appearance of genuine bills as in stantly to be able to detect spurious ones, the counterfeiter's occupation would be gone. Whenever a counterfeit (with the exception of a photographic, lithographic, and etching or pen-made one, am- of which frauds should be detected at a glance) of a national bank bill appears, the genuine bill is as rapidly as possible with drawn from circulation. The fact that a counterfeit has been 'shoved' is published as soon as discovered, and it is the duty of everybody thereafter to refuse or be very careful in accepting a bill of that de nomination. We are even now expecting that in a short time a new spurious bill be 'shoved.' We have not yet traced it to its origin, but we have our eyes open and are onthe lookout. " Prices on J.e Wing. Denver News. Changes in the weather maybe detected by a thermometer, and also by the pri e of chickens, but much quicker by the lat ter. On a hot day recently a Larimer street grocer man was asked the price of chickens. "They're only 10 cents to day. " "Why are they so low?" "Oh, the thaw makes it Yesterday they were 20 cents. " "Are they fresh?" "Certainly. Just look at them. " At this point a cool breeze sprung up. "I guess I'll take a couple of them. " "Them's 15 cents a pound, and not over fresh. " "Why, I thought you said they were only 10 cents. " "Different weather then. " By this time the weather had changed to a blizzard, and the storekeeper gathered in the fowls, fearing they might be sold, with the remark: "Them's 2. cents a pound, and so poor a lot of chickens as you could want to look at Know they wouldn't give you satisfaction. " The conversation and the changes in the weather had occurred in just 27 i seconds. m i a cave of 3Iarvelous Beauty. London News. A remarkable grotto has been discov ered at Dorgali, in Sardinia. It comprises a vast hall of such magnificence that it ex torts an exclamation of wonder. Sixteen columns with vari colored capita's rise from the marble floor and sustain a pure white roof, frcm which depend the figures of birds, guns, serpents, baskets of fruit and a thousand other tricks of nature. But the most striking object is an altar ornamented with enormous baskets of colored flowers, and on which are large candelabra and a shrine so exactly imitated that you are tempted to try to open it in order to see the chalice within. From the roof above hang festoons of flowers, which reach down almost to the altar, as if attempting to conceal it The most wonderful thins: in the hall was, however, the petrified skeleton of a majestic stag, which was partly destroyed by visitors, and the spine of which has been sent entire to a pro fessor of natural history in Cagliari. The grotto contained six other large chambers, decorated with arabesques in stalactite, and full of pill; s, human figures, opaque mirrors, and other wonderful imitations of objects of art and nature. Papermaking in China. Philadelphia Press. Eighteen hundred years ago the Chinese made paper from fibrous matter reduced to pulp. Now each province makes its own peculiar variety. The young bam boo is whitened, reduced to pulp in a mor tar, and sized with alum. Prom this pulp sheets of paper are made in a mold by hand. The celebrated Chinese rice paper, that so resembles woolen and silk fabrics, and on which are painted quaint birds and flowers, is manufactured from compressed pith, which is first cut spirally by a keen knife into thin slices six inches wide and twice as long. Funeral papers, or paper imitations of earthly things which they desire to bestow on departed friends, are burned over their graves. They use paper window-frames, paper sliding-doors; and paper visiting-cards a yard long. It is related that when a distinguished repre sentative of the British government vis ited Pekin, several servants brought him a huge roll, which: when spread out on the floor, proved to be the visiting card of the emperor. Englishmen claim that the changeable climate of America prevents the manufac ture of perfect writing paper in this coun try. A mine of magnetic ore has been found in Fresno county, California;" also a spring near it that cures the itch. INDIAN HOP-PICKERS. i AN EVENING IN THEIR CAMP AT PUGET SOUND. I Dusky Faces Turned Heaven-Ward Pas sionate Fondness for Gambling Sun day a Gala Day "Close Turn Turn" Dance of the Alaskans. LCor. San Francisco Bulletin. In the evening the w'eary pickers return to their tents. An hour later and the savage element appears in stronger relief. The braves, in lazy enjoyment, bask be fore the blazing embers while the women prepare the evening meal. Fish is the . principal dish, baked in the ashes, boiled, or dried. Cakes or dough, together with wild crabapples and clams, form the bill of fara The different tribes camp by themselves. A Klickitat, from the cas cades, struts around in his new blanket and challenges his Alaska tillicums to a gambling game. But they are not yet ready. They are seated around the coun cil fire in their bark lodge. The Chief Loolish has charge of the cuisine, and from an immense kettle deals out their re past The dishes consist of wooden trench ers shaped like boats, some two feet long. Two men possess one of these in common, from which they eat with enormous spoons, larger than soup ladles. Some of these spoons are bjautffully wrought with ebonized wood and mother of pearl. Their wives dutiouly wait on them until the re past is over, when they and their children receive their share. A vesper-bell vibrates on the breeze, calling the faithful to prayer. Towards a large tent they wend their way, where, falling on their knees, they offer their supplications as earnestly as if in pillared church with white-robed priests. It is an impressive scene to watch the dusky faces turned heavenward. But "Sla Halle" is cried, and the gamblers assemble in the center of the campus, where they prepare for the night's elissipation. A fire is built Two poles aie laid on either side, behind which those who engage in the game take their places. They beat upon the poles with sticks, to exor cise tiie bad spirits, chanting a wild song resembling the Chinese gambling ditty, but ten times intensified. The money or other articles at stake are placed in a pile. Two bits of carved bone are the means by which they gamble, and are used by be ing swiftly changed trom one hand to an other, while tho-e on the opposite siele at tempt to guess in which hand they are held. If successful, they gain one point; if not, they lose one. This is repeated first by one side; then by the other, untii all the points are held by the one side, when Ihey receive what is at stake. The Indians are pa sionately fond of this game. Twenty of them will gamble a whole night for a single dollar. The scene reminds one of "Dants's Inferno. " As the- grow excited it is not safe to trifle with them, especially if they have imbibed a little fire-water. Sunday is their gala day. Then mounted on their cayuses, they throng the thoroughfares or engage in races. An occasional dance is held, especially at the close of the season. I attended the ( lose Turn Turn'" dance of the Alaska Indians. At a signal from their chief a large circle was cleared. On one side were ranged a sea of dusky faces; on the other, the na tive orchestra, consisting of a dozen men with curiously-shaped drums and wind instruments, upon which they phued. Suddenly a figure sprang into the center of the ring, whether man or beast was hard to tell. Bare feet and arms, a robe trailing the ground, upon which were all manner of hideous dragons, reptiles, and birds. Above this towered an enormous head sur mounted by a glit crown, under neath which peered out two great horns, a mop of shagsry hair, gleaming eyes, and four rows of "shining teeth. With a 3-ell he rushed from side to side, now on his hands, then on his feet, jumping, danc ing, crawling, flinging his fingers into his face. Other grotesque figures join in the wild orgie. As they grew exhausted they were escorted outside the circle, but to return more frenzied than ever. The scene was one wild pandemonium, but to these savages it was a sign of a friendly heart I was told that if I should visit their country they would show me a war dance, but this was sufficient A week ago the Indians returned to their homes. The hop season is over. Probably $."300,000 will be realized from the hop sales, principally made in San Francisco. riow mcKen.s Prepared a Speech. St. James' Gazette. At supper one evening, the conversation turned on the subject of speech-making, and Dickens was asked to explain how he prepared an important speech. He told us that, supposing the speech was to be delivered in the evening, his habit was to take a long walk in the morning, during which he would decide on the various heads to be delt with. These beins: ar ranged in their proper order, he would, in his "mind's eye" liken the whole subject to the tire of a cart-wheel he being the hub. From the hub to the tire he would run as many spokes as were the subjects to be treated, and during the progress of the speech he would deal with each spoke separately, elaborating them as he went round the wheel: and when all the spokes dropped out one by one, and nothing but the tire and space remained, he would know that he had accomtlished his foist i and that his speech was at an end. The liritish Commons' Chamber. London Letter. Notwithstanding the vast sums of money lavished by Great Britain upon her palace of Westminster, she now finds the commons chamber wholly unfit for the purpose for which it was designed, and discussion of a new chamber has already begun. The size of the present chamber is based upon the idea that the best thin" members have to do is not to listen to de bates. There is not near seating capacity for all the members, neither is there proper ventilation. .Members also begin to de mand desks for writing purposes similar to those in the French assembly and Amer ican house of representatives. Keasons for the Change. Detroit Post. Husband (at the dinner-table) It strikes me, my dear, that the new cook is not as good as the old one. Fashionable Wife No, her cooking is very bad. For the past day or two poor little Fido has displayed signs of distress and I attribute it all to her having eaten improperly cooked food. 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