Large Grist of Interesting News
Furnished By IV R. County
SUDDEN DEATH AT LAUREL
Mrs. H. E. Loupe* Expires With 8hort
Warning Spence-Merritt Wedding
at Laurel Banger Woman Learns
of Sister Unknown to Her for
Twenty Yea Fine New Home.
county correspondents furnish
a line grist of news of more than ordi
nary interest this week. The death of
Mrs. H. E. Loupe^ of Laurel, Is
ohronlcled. Mrs. Loupee died very
buddenly, of heart disease. Laurel
also reports the wedding of two well
known young people, Mr. Robert
Spence and Miss Mary E. Merrltt.
From Bangor copies the Informa
tion telling of Mrs. C. R. Kirk learn-:
ing of the whereabouts of a sister of
whom she had known nothing for
twenty years, or since the family cir
cle was broken by the death of their
mother. Mrs. Kirk has gone to visit
A. C. Thompson, of Taylor town
ship, Is making preparations to build
a flne new modern home, which he ex
pects will cost him $4,000.
The sale of a Taylor township farm
Is also reported, F. G. Paul, of Laurel,
buying eighty acres from the O. M.
Lane estate, paying $130 per acre.
Several lodge installations have tak
en place at different points of the
county, especially at Rhodes and Lls
Tlie news of the county, classified by
towns and communities, is as follows:
Jan.* 9.—Stobert Spencp and Miss
Mary E. Merrltt were married January
1 at 7 o'clock at the M. E. parsonage
in Laurel, Rev. L. E. Gallagher of
ficiating. Mr. Spence is a son of Dav
id Spence, llvintf northwest of Lau
rel, and the bride Is a daughter of
E. A. Merrltt, living In the same
message that his wife was taken sud
flenly worse. He Immediately hurried
Vto her bedside, arriving but a few mln
•_ «... Tlifl fnnpra
Mrs. Vera McBroom went to Iowa
City Sunday fotv% short visit with
relatives. Her graU«iother, Mrs. W. F.
Everist, will accommny her home for
a few weeks* stay, a$d will then go to
Burr Oak, Kas., for a prolonged stay
with a daughter at that place.
Rev. J. R. Warren and wife of
Rhodes,, were calling on their old
friends here Monday and Tuesday.
Jan. 9.—Mrs. Ross Tabor a.nd little
son visited the I. G. Stanfield home
Mrs. C. R. Kirk left Tuesday for
•Mulvane, Kas., to visit her sister,
whom she has not seen for twenty
years. Until recently Mrs. Kirk had
not known of her sister's whereabouts
since the death of their mother, when
the home was broken up, and the chil
dren were placed in different homes to
be taken care of.
x'4^, IVThe sick are all Improving nicely.
A company met at the C. W. Hol
llngsworti home Monday to help Wan
da celebitete her *th birthday anni
Mr. and Mrs. Marrel White, of Zear
jng, visited the C. R. and R. W. Kirk
the latter part of the week.
Rev. Comfort visited his parents in
•jp&.x Des Moines last week.
Mr Jones, of Oskaloosa, was call
lng on .relatives here a few days ago.
John Jessup, Jr., Is visiting in Da
kota wWh a brother, who is sick.
The Bangor Sunday school reorgan
'fel. ,)• iZed Sunday. The following officers
hi a, aierrin, uvuig Woodland lodge, No. 361, K.. of P.,
neighborhood, and for some time past
L«oupee, aiea ai. uwuv
rel on Saturday afternoon, and while R. and S. William Beard. M. at A.
ahe had been a sufferer for years Charles Wignall, I. G. Charles Wal
from heart disease, her death came un- lace, O. G. After the installation a
expectedly. Her husband had gone to lovely luncheon was very much en
town on business, and soon after his joyed. Singing and mu&ic furnished
arrival In town he received a telephone amusement for the evening and ev
•^•yone reports a good time.
'to her bedside, arriving out kw South Dakota Tuesday, to visit their
trtes before her death. The funeral brother, William Girton, and family,
was held Tuesday, January 7, at the and also an uncle.
house. Rev. L. E. Gallagher In charge.
Interment in Adamson Grave oils, visited Monday and Tuesday at
ii .it Ul. W ltf
cemetery, southeast of Newton.
S. A. Mcllrath has been confined to
the house for several days past with a
badly bruised limb, caused by the
Horse he was riding falling upon him.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kramme re
turned home Friday from their visit
at Des Moines and Story City.
James Logan, a former Marshall
county resident ,but now of Pocahon
tas county, spent the past week with
his sister, Mrs. W. H. Paul, and fam
jjauvtLain, aaolstant superintendent, ter, Miss Ethel, Mrs. Early and Miss
Ella Whlnery, secretary and treasurer, Etta, John Speichf and family, and
Rosa Lancaster class No. 1, Belli Grandpa Updike, who himself, has
Whlnerv class No. 2, Bessie Dillon reached his Slst milestone. A most
clasa No' 3, Hannah Kinzer class No. pleasant time was enjoyed by all and
Kinzer class No. 5, Rev. Com- Mrs. Speieher was presented with
class No. 6. Susan Macy class numerous gifts to remind her that
No 7, Matilda Hill. years do not dim the appreciation of
A. rishaw accompanied his daugh- friends and neighbors, who have
ter. Mrs Clifford Rash, and little son, known and profited by examples of one
"to Texas, the first of the week, whe? who has ever been true to the best
they eJTpect to make their future honn.^..'principles which make a good and usa
life, and that. "Auntie" Spelcher
/Jan 9.—A. C. Thompson is hauling
material for a new house, which he
will erect in the spring. The house
will be of brick, modern thruout and
^8*^4 *111 cost about $4,000.
Ben Alien a aiudent at the Io,\v*
school for the Mtynd at Vinton.
Roy Cotton, Arthur Weatlierson and
Carl Colo are attending tho business
college at Marshalltown.
Mrs. It. G. Lewis and Miss Mary
Lewis, who have been visiting for sev
eral weeks at tho home of Carl anil
George Lewis, started Thursday even
ing for Pasadena, Calif., to spend tlio
There was a party Thursday night
at O. J. Parsons', in honor of Mrs. \V.
I. Lybarger, of Osaije. Mrs.! Lybarger
Is very well known in this vicinity,
having been away hut a few years. A
largo number was out to greet her.
The Ladles' Aid society met at A. L.
Colton's Wednesday. There was a good
attendance in spite of the cold day.
Theodore Furland, J. E. Furland,
Charles Robinson. A. C. Thompson, V.
H. Arney and C. S. Lewis attended the
Iowa Valley Insurance meeting at Al
The annual parly of the S. C. I.
club will be held at H. C. Stowell's
Friday night of this week.
Miss Alice Nogglo, who is the teach
er of the Maple Point school, ban been
sick this week, anil Lulu McDonald Is
F. G. Paul, of Laurel, has purchased
half of the O. N. Lane estate farm.
Mr. Paul gets the eighty acre? upon
which the buildings are situated at
$180 per acre. This will make a good
place for tho flne hog business In
which Mr. Paul Is extensively en
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dixon are par
ents of a boy, born Thursday of last
A. P. Ludvvig, who has been man
ager for a number of years of the
Alien Land, and Loan company farm,
will conduot a sale of the live stock
q.nd equipment soon. The farm has
been sold and Mr. Ludvvig will remove
to Clay county to operate another
large farm for the same firm.
Jan. 8.—Miss Anna Phillips returned
to Evanston Saturday night after the
holiday vacation spent among relatives
at this place.
Misses Malda and Ethel Titus re
turned Sunday to Marshalltown after
a two weeks' visit at the home of
Mr. SflkMrs. J. E. Mooers enter
tained ar^ilielr home Sunday Mr. und
Mrs. Charles Wallace, Mr. und Mrs.
W. C. Phillips and Mrs. Lu« 11a Wat
Mrs. Grace Stewart, of Eldora, has
been visiting at the home of her
mother, Mrs. Lillian Vauthrin, and
Mr. Willis Mooers, of Boden, N. D.
Who has been visiting his parents at
this place, returned to his home Mon
Miss Myrtle Daughtery returned to
Des Moines Monday after a few weeks'
visit at this place.
a tefceher in the schools of this town- Sisters, held Joint Installation Thurs
shlp. They will locate on the Kilday day evening, January 2. The lnstall
farm, aoutheast of town, where they jng offiot^ Mrs. Clara J. Weeks, in
•will be at home to their friends after stalled the following officers for Mys
-.1 -. r* Hfro MnpmA
Our Bchoois are again in session aft
er a two weeks' vacation, with Miss e. S., Mrs. Katie Baker E. J., Mrs.
Emma Pat ton as supply In place of Elizabeth Gruber M. of T., Mrs. Josio
Miss Baumann In the primary depart- Hale M. R. and C., Mrs. W. C.
ment. Miss Baumann Is expected to phillips M. of F., Miss Mary Hale:
return and take her position in the p.
Mystic Tie temple, No. TO, Pythian
school the coming week, but having F., Mrs. Nannie Johnson.
F., Miss Agnes Weeks G. of O.
to smallpox will wait un- Officers installed for Woodland
""•"til assured that she will not contract lodge were Charles Johnson, C. C. W-
Mrs. Mattle Loupee,
Loupee, died at. her home weist of Lau
C. Phillips, V. C. George Steiner, M.
wife of H. E. of W. E. C. Francis, prelate Andy
Hale, M. of F. H. M. Weeks, K. of
Mr. Louie and Ed. Girton went to
Mr. Willie Cunningham, of Minneap
the home of his uncle, J. E. Mooers,
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Thompson re
turned from Missouri Tuesday.
Harry Courttright went to Olin
Mr. and Mrs.'. Ellis Tribby are the
parents of a pair of twin babies, a boy
and a girl, born January 7.
Altho Rhodes can boast of having
the smallest man In size, he is not to
be classed as the smallest man for ev
erything. This is our popular-R. F. D.
mail carrier, William Gillman. "Billy,"
as he Is generally called, is grandpa to
the new pair of twin babies, and set up
the cigars to his friends. It Is thought
an addition will have to be built on the
mail wagon to make room for "Billy."
The Masonic lodges and Eastern
Star held joint Installation last Sat
urday evening. The I. O. O. F. lodge
also installed their officers for the
ensuing year, Saturday night.
Miss Ethel McCloskey, of Traer, has
been visiting relatives and friends at
Jan. 9.-—The annual business meet
ing of the Christian church was held
Friday afternoon, January 3, with a
large attendance of the members. The
following officers were duly elected for
the year: Elder, D. D. Bueghly dea
cons, D. B. Elliott and H. Ralson, all
of whom will serve for three years
Miss Ida Bixby for organist, Miss Ha
zel Adams, as assistant, and Mrs. J. L.
Meade, charister secretary, Frona
'Scott treasurer, Elkts Bueghly.
A pleasant surprise was planned for
Mrs. Barbara Spelcher, by her daugh
ter, Mrs. Emma Parser, who secretly
made all arrangements for a birthday
party to celebrate tha 79th anniversary
of her mother's birth. The plans were
successfully matured, and Mrs.
Speieher on returning from a short
ride in the country, on arriving home,
found her friends were there to give
her hearty greetings of the day. Those
iuc H7..UW..15 who were present were Mr. and Mrs.
Superintendent, Owen D. G. Bauman, Dr. Loucks and daugh-
may live for many years to bless the
community is the wish of all.
A number from here were in attend
ance at the funeral of Miss Lillian
Johnson at Union Wednesday. MLSS
Johnson as well and most favorably
known In this vi and much
•A, *[br %£•}*•$ ?5 f*
cern has 'been felt for somo tlnio for
tho young lady whose disease, con
tracted by over work, caused total
Chester L. Meade returned to Iowa
City Wednesday, where ho enters upop
the linal term ol his work there In th,
dental department, and will stren
uous eftorts ..'.merge a full Hedged D.
D. S., in June, of ho passes a success
The week of praver is boing observ
ed at the Grace Reformed church, and
on Friday evening they expect to have
present with them Rev. A. Casselman
of Wichita, Kos., who will hokl a two
weeks' meeting. liev. Casselnian 1m
a man Of earnest -spirit and consecrated
life and conuvs with only the desirn to
present the gospel In a plain straight
forward way, that may help men and
women to a. higher ideal ol life and
what Its possibilities are. A most
cordial Invitation is extended to all IJ
•attend these services when possible.
At a meeting of the lteformed
church congregation on Ne'vv Year's
day the following officers were elected
Elder, William Boyd detwons, V. H.
Humphreys, and E. .1. Dillon, choris
ter, Miss fitliei Loucks, a bountiful
repast was served at noon and later a
program carried out appropriate fo
the time ar.d occasion.
Miss Minnie liussel of Marshalltown,
was the guest of friends in Llscomb
several days this week.
Lowell Blxby went to DPS Moines
Tuesday, whero ho will resume Ills
Mrs. M. M. AlcFee ami children ar
rived home from a pleasant visit with
friends arid relatives near Independ
Emmet Smith has gone to Minne
sota, whero he will work in a pinery
Miss Delia Whlnery and Mrs. Lizzl*
Opplce of Marshalltown, wore visiting
at the home of Mrs. Sade Bueghly
Saturday and Sunday.
Mrs. Abble Sheets, district deputy
president of the Rebeluih lodges of this
county, installed the officers of Grum
me Rcbekuh lodge on Friday evening,
N. G., Mrs. Mattlo Gifford V. G.,
Mrs. Sade Bueghly recording secre
tary, Rose Lincoln financial secretary,
Mrs. Myrtle Culp treasurer, Mrs. Jesse
MeeUins R. S. to N. iJ., Mrs. Minnie
E. Lincoln L. S. to N. O., Frona
Scott! II. S. to V., Mrs. Mary Smith
L. S. to V. G., Mrs. George Jones
chaplain, Mrs. Biersborn warden, Mrs.
Schryver conductor, Mat Scott In
side guard, Mrs. Mil Gilford outside
guard, Simon Smith.
School began again Monday, with
a full attendance, after a two weeks'
Mrs. Oviatt is suffering an attack
of grippe, but Is reported better.
Miss Clara Bauman and Bessie Alex
ander went to Marshalltown Friday
and spent the day with friends.
Mrs. N. A. Middleton Is in Iowa
Falls visiting her brother, A. J. Mor
gan and family.
Roxy and Clinton Bueghly have re
turned to school at Drake University.
George Biersborn preached in the
Christian church at Union Sunday.
The Monday club met with Mrs.
Frank Dillon Monday evening, and
studied the "Literature of the Middle
West," which was especially present
ed by Mrs. Culp in an excellent pa
per. Miss Ethel Louclcs read a paper
on "Scientific Development," which
was followed by a general discussion,
led by Mrs..Ed Dillon. At roll call, tho
responses were Incidents, from lives of
notable pioneers. Dainty refreshments
were served by the hostess, assisted
by Mrs. Edward Dillon, at the usual
social hour, and the evening was In
every detail a success, both Intellect
ually and socially.
Miss Hazel Barber entertained a
party of friends at her home on Sat
urday night. A very pleasant time Is
reported, and all kinds of nice com
pliments made regarding the collation,
which was served by Mrs. Burkhart
during the evening. Games and music
furnished enjoyable past time for the
young people who were careful not to'
Infringe on the Sunday hour.
John Scott visited his sister, Mrs.
Dan Elliott, a few days this week.
At the business meeting of the aid
society of the Christian church, Mrs.
David Parnell was re-elected president
and Miss Ida Blxby secretary. The so
ciety reports excellent work for the
past year and hopes to increase re
sults during the coming season.
We are all beginning to be able to
write '08 successfully, tho lt was hard
to become accustomed to the change.
Jan. 9.—Mr. and Mrs. Guy Coulter
were shoppers in Marshalltown Sat
Frank Ralls spent Sunday night
with his friend, Willie Early.
Mr. and Mrs. Horace Rozencranz
visited Tuesday with Mr. and Mrs.
R. A. McKlbben.
Miss Ina Burkhart and Roy L. Ferre
cf Liscomb visited the school Thurs
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Thomas were
Marshalltown visitors Wednesday.
Mrs. G. C. Jones and Mrs. Cristy
Moore visited Sunday at Mr. John
Miss Susie Anderson has been con
fined to the house for several days
with a severe cold.
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Flathers were
transacting business in Marshalltown
Mrs. Ralph' Diller, accompanied by
her little daughters, visited last week
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron
Mrs. R. A. McKibben and mother-in
law-, of Wisconsin, visited Friday with
Mrs. Henry Rosencranz.
David Head left Tuesday morning
for Seymour, Mo., to look at the coun
try with a view of investing.
Mr. and Mrs. John Scheible visited
Sunday evening with Mr. and Mrs.
Miss Addie Hilsabeclf. of Bethel
Grove, came Sunday evening for a
visit at the G. E. Clapsaddle home.
Mr. T. J. McLarnan, of Marshall
town, took dinner Wednesday with his
niece, Mrs. D. B. Elliott.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Thomas vis
ited Sunday with Mrs. Thomas' sister,
Mrs. Will Cannon, and family, near
Mrs. D. B. Elliott, son, Willie Early,
and Frank Ralls attended a party at
Mr. Ed. Burkhart's, Saturday evening,
given by Miss Hazel Barber.
Mr. Charles Classen, accompanied by
his father, Mr. J. B. Classen, went to
Des Moines Thursday, where he un
derwent an operation for hernia.
Mr. and Mrs. John Wilkinson, of
Albion, and Mr. Boyle, of near Con
rad, visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. George O'Brian's'baby,
which has been seriously sick with
t. -A? *£..*
pnoumonla, is out of danger now and
Mr. ft. A. McKlbben, wife, children,
and mother, Mrs. Cynthia McKlbben,
visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Lee
KolsLon in Albion.
Tilie family of \V. 10. Elliott have nil
been sick but a.re Improving. The
baby was quite sick for several days,
Mrs. Georgo Roberts and daughter,
Esther, visited Sunday with the for
mer's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. lea
thers. Llttlo Esther remained until
Clarence Anderson attended a show
er Saturday evening given hj Mrs. 1.
('. Jones for Miss Llxzio Uundredmark.
whoso marriage to Mrs. Jones' nephew,
Mr. John Harqwitz, wl'l occur soon.
Mr. Thomas Johnson and wife en
tertained at New Year's dinnei, Mr.
and Mrs. I. N. Critzer, of Conrad Mr.
und Mrs. Kngkjvar of Minnesota, and
Mrs. Cook and daughter Alice, of
Arthur Shullz, .Mary Head and Clar
ence and Susie Anderson resumed their
work in the Conrad high school Thurs
day, after a week's vacation. Miss
Ruth Brlstley also enrolled as a stu
Mrs. Ralph Diller and two daugh
ters spent Saturday night with her
brother, Mr. Guy t'oulter. and wife.
Sunday all of the children took dinner
with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aa
Twelve members a.'tendod the all
day meeting of the North Star Aid
'which was held at tihe home of Mrs.
C. A. Rolston, Thursday. Quilting and
carpet-rag sewing was the work for
tho day. Mrs. Ralph Diller was a
guest of tho society.
Trease & Smith, of Llscomb, last
week finished for Mr. Horace Rosen
cranz, a buggy shed 30x40 feet. Mr.
Rosencranz Is determined to havo
things as handy aid convenient as
possible. In the spring he will havo
a cement floor put in and the Interior
Is arranged so he can hitch and un
hitch under cover.
iM r. and Mrs. Thomas Johnson had
«. pleasant family reunion Sunday.
Those present were their daughter,
Mrs. Cook, her husband and children,
of Tama another daughter, Mrs.
Thomas Stotts, her children and hus
band, of Marshalltown. and their son,
Mr. Charles Johnson, wife and baby.
Mr. and Mrs. I. L. Negley very
pleasantly entertained their neighbors
Tuesday evening. There wero atKhit
fifty present and tho evening was en
joyably spent in playing games, also
a "spell down" was Indulged in which
was enjoyed by all. Misses Lura Clap
saddle. Bertha Lelghter and Julia
Fathers assisted the hostess to serve
the refreshments. All returned homo
at a late hour, v-.itlng Mr. and Mrs.
Negley royal entertainers.
Jan. 9.—Miss Marie McCiure of Mar
shalltown, visited over Sunday with
Alfred Wardman, of Eldora, visited
at the homo of his uncle, Chris Ward
man, and family the first of the week.
Channing Nichols returned to Iowa
City Sunday to reaume his school
work, after having spent his vacation
Miss Gertrude Tomllnson, of Mar
shalltown, who has been spending sov
eral days with her sister, Mrs. W. H.
C. Woodward, returned home Tues
vMr. and Mrs. Chris Wardman vis
ited at the lattcr's home near Albion
M. V. Hall, vlio has been visiting
relatives at Malcom and Boone, re
turned to Marietta Tuesday, and will
work for John Tlmmons.
Jan. 9.—A. A. Bartine has been to
Pierre, S. D., and taken a homestead.
William Van Meter of Artesian, S.
D., is visiting in St. Anthony.
W. J. Irvine, of Oklahoma City, ar
rived in St. Anthony, this week, be
ing called here on account of the ser
ious illness of his mother, Mrs. Kittle
Mr. Wallace, of Canada, has been
spending several days in St. Anthony,
being called here on account of the
serious illness of Mrs. William Dickin
Mrs. Wooding has been quite sick,
but is' improving.
Thomas Gannon, Jr., is spending a
few weeks with his parents.
John Dowling has quite the drug
store and gone to Des Moines to at
G. A. Turner was a St. Anthony
caller on business Monday.
Will Schafer shipped three cars of
stock to Marshalltown last week.
John Mackin, Joe Dann, B. F. Bacon,
and John Deal %ach shipped a car of
stock to Chicago Wednesday.
J. S. Hixson received his commission
as postmaster of St. Anthony Wednes
day. D. H. Buck checked the office
overs to him and John is now a full
fledged postmaster. Everybody wishes
him well in his new venture.
Yarnell Rockhill and wife, of North
Dakota? spent several days visiting in
St. Anthony and returned to their
A story is told of Marshal Lefebvre,
duke of Dantzlc, that favorite of Na
poleon, which illustrates his own con
sciousness of tho qualities that had
made him what he was. He was vexed
at the tone of envy and unkindness
with which a companion of his child
hood, .who met him In his prosperity,
spoke of '.lis riches, titles and luxur
ies, and saiid in reply:
"Well, now, you shall have it all,
but at the price which I have paid for
it. We will go into the garden and I
will fire a musket at you sixty times,
and then if you are not killed every
thing shall be yours."
The Green Sailor.
Mark Twain was talking about a
play that had failed.
"No wonder it failed," he said, "It's
author was a greenhorn. He knew no
more of stagecraft than young Tom
Bowling of Harvard knew of sailorlng
when he skipped before the mast.
"Greenhorn, Tom, you know, being
told to go aloft one dark, wet night,
started up the rigging with a lantern
and an umbrella."
This is to certify that all druggists
are authorized to refund your money if
Foley's Honey and Tar fails to cure
your co jgh or cold. It stops the cough,
heals the lungs and prevents serious
results from a cold. Cures la grippe
coughs and prevents pneumonia and
consumption. Contains no opiates. The
genuine is in a yeilotf package. Refuse
substitutes. iicBride & Will Drug Co.
ti*"?HS^iJkni^"''3^,n'|luu»ar^ 'J' 90S
I, lessor Tnltl Explains l'ic-
tuica Aiikeu From Plateau
SAYS PLANET IS INHABITED
Show* System of Canals to Substan
tiate Theory Believes Communica
tion With Neighbors on Mars is
Possible —Changes in Seasons Noted
by Decaying Vegetation.
Washington, Jan. 8.—Professor Dav
id Todd, the eminent astronomer of
Amherst college, delivered a lectin of
absorbing Interest in Washington the
other day und related his experiences
during tiie lust summer, which he
spent on the desert of Tarapaca, Chile,
observing tho planet Mars and making
photographs of what Ills telescope dis
"Mars Is 2SO.OOO.OOO miles away from
tho earth," said Professor Todd the
other day, "but in ills—I speak of the
War Star in the masculine gender
revolutions around the sun ho some
times comes within 36,000,000 miles of
us. Venus is still nearer. The Star of
Love comes within 26,000,000 mllos of
tho earth occasionally, but that is of
comparatively little satisfaction be
cause she Is between us and the sun
and we cannot sec anything of her.
Eros, one of the asteroids, In Its trav
els, comes within 13,000,000 miles of
the earth, but Is of no particular in
terest because we cannot raise a disc.
We can see but a point—altho Eros
is of great value to astronomy for the
reason that lt affords us a standard
of measurement of the sun's distance.
The moon is our nearest neighbor and
is only about 238.000,000 miles away.
It varies a few thousand miles In its
distance during the season, but is quite
regular, and we are rather well ac
quainted with the moon. We know how
big she is and that her surface is cov
ered with mountains and craters.
There Is practically no water on the
moon and almost no atmosphere—very
little if any—and on evidence has ever
been discovered that the moon Is In
habited. Professor Pickering of Har
vard thinks he has found some little
signs of vegetation, sparse remnants
of what might have been forests and
other botanical growth, but his obser
vations have not been confirmed by
other astronomers, and science re
quires at least two witnesses to es
tablish a theory.
"Mars has been under Investigation
slncc 1666, and Is now the most pop
ular object of Interest in the heav
ens. It has excited more scientific
discussion and more general curiosity
than any other of the planets, and
the theories which have been advanced
concerning conditions there by our
progressive astronomers will probably
occupy attention for generations, as
they may be gradually developed. Dur
ing the past summer Mars came with
in 39,000,000 miles of tho oarth—near
er by 4,000,000 miles than he lias been
for a long time—so that it was a very
favorable opportunity to make ob
servations, of which the astronomera
of the world very generally took ad
vantage. Perclval Lowell of Flagstaff,
Ariz., the leading authority on Mars,
because of his exhaustive studies and
successful Investigations, probably
did more to utilize the occasion than
any other astronomer, and, under hla
auspices, I took the new ejghteen
Inch Clark telescope from t'he observ
atory at Amherst, packed It up and
carried it to Chile, where it was set
up in the elevated desert of Tarapaca,
where our supply of nitrate of soda
comes from. That situation is espec
ially favorable for observation because
it is 4,000 feet above the sea, afid the
atmosphere Is remarkably pure. There
Is no moisture whatever, lt has not
.rained there for a quarter of a cen
tury there Is absolute freedom from
clouds, from winds, from atmospheric
waves and other forms of motion.
"We set the telescope up in the open
air and camped out around it. Our
party consisted of Mrs. Todd, A. G.
Use, expert mechanist of Alvan Clark
& Sons, the" telescope-makers E. C.
Slipher, a photographer who has been
especially trained by Mp. Lowell for
such work, and Mr. Eaglesfleld, a stu
dent from Amherst. We were In the
desert for two months making contin
uous observations and photographs by
semi-automatic cameras which gave us
a record of every phenomenon, of
every phase and every feature and
every change of the surface of the
planet as it revolved upon Its axis.
We made more than 10,000 photo
graphs, which are now being arranged
for more careful and more thorough
study. Similar photographs were tak
en in Europe by various astronomers
at the same time, but we have not yet
received the results of their observa
"The net result of my observations
was the absolute confirmation of Mr.
Lowell's theories concerning the double
canals which appear upon the surface
of the planet and which have been a
subject of discussion for thirty years.
These canals have been observed to
have certain peculiarities. As the sum
mer advances in Mars they appear in
parallels—two canals running side by
side, but several have refused to accept
side, but several astronomers
have refused to accept that
as a fact. They have doubted the
accuracy of the observations until now,
during our recent stay in South Amer
ica, It has been absolutely demon
strated. We have photographs which
prove the existence of the double can
als beyond a question."
"What are these canals?" I asked.
"I wish I could tell you." answered
Professor Todd. "I wish I knew ab
solutely, but they are still a subject
of controversy. Some astronomers
think that they are volcanic cracks In
the crust of the planet. Mr. Lowell's
theory, however, which has been
strongly confirmed by our recent ob
servations, is that their periodical
change of appearance, sometimes being
v»ry pia'n and at other times quite
indistinct, is caused by the develop
ment of vegetation—vegetation pre
sumably like ours,
a f|W fJjJiSSjflS
plants, which by their growth and do
ciiv bring out tho phenomenon more
clearly at ono tlnio than at another.
I he rxlHtencu of that vegetation means
a sull, an atmosphere, moisture and a
a temperature In Mars .similar to those
of tho eurtli, which conditions will per
mit ot human habitation. Thai conclu
sion follows logically, for men live
wherever vegetation exits!* animal and
vegetable llfo are naturally synony
We can distinguish not only th«
vegetation upon the surfaco of Mars,
but we can observe changes that oc
cur with the successive seasons, just as
they occur upon the earth around us,
and If the canals were merely volcanic
cracks In a lifeless crust such phen
omena would not exist."
"Do you mean to say that 011 can
see the growth ai.d tho decay of vege
tation on the surfaco of trie planetat"
"('ertalnlv. And by those signs W*t
know the beginning and the ends of
the several seasons of the year on the
planet .Vlars as accurately as you know
them here In the City of Washington,
and wo can predict with just as much
accuracy as the almanacs the seed tlm#
and the harvest of the Inhabitants of
our Interesting neighbor. The seasons
In Mars correspond almost exactly to
those of the earth, except that they are
double tho length of our seasons, which
Is due to a difference In the orbits
and tho revolutions of the tW91
She Had Something to Say.
"There Is something," said the sweet
tho rathe.r plain girl, as sho moved
little nearer to the young man, "that
I have for a leng time wished to tell
"Creat heavens," he thought, "this Is
leap year. Why, was I fool enough to
come here this evening? What can I
answer? This is horrible." Then
drawing himself up rather proudly and
assuming an uir of reservo that was
hardly natural to him, he replied:
"Yog cannot have wished. to say
anything to me for so very long. We
have not known, each other long, you
"Not long as somo people reckon
time, perhaps, but long enough, don't
you thing, to bfe perfectly frank with
each other? 1 hope you will permit
to to say—"
Sho paused apparently fn doubt as to
the propriety of continuing, and he
drew a deep breath, hoping his frig
idity might havo caused her to recon
"That is," she went on. "I hope you
may accept In the proper spirit what
I have to say. I know I should, If
Tho "Answers to Correspondents"
man. feverishly rumpling the hair that
his duties had too soon made gray,
tossed a letter on the table.
"An ex-widow of 30," he groaned,
"says she loves her second husband
better thsm her first. She wants to
know If this is wicked or unchristian."
He sneered and ripped open another
letter. Then he said:
"A Methodist minister has too large
a nose. What Is he to do? What, In
He read a third letter.
"Here's a girl," he said, "who
wants to know In what winter resort
hotels she will meet the largest num
ber of ellgibfe bachelors."
"Reggie," he went on, "asks me
the best way to avoid the effects of
heavy drinking. I'll tell him. I sup
pose. to avoid the heavy drinking.
'Is it possible,' Charles inquires,
'to tell when a black man blushes?'
"So the questions go, ten or twelve
of them a day. Is it any wonder I am
gray before my time?"
Chesterfield's Idea of excellence was
essentially superficial, for his praise of
solid acquirement and genuine princi
ple is alwayB coupled with the asser
tion of their entire inutility if unac
companied by grace, external polish
and an agreeable manifestation. He
omits all consideration of their in
trinsic worth and absolute dignity.
Their value to the individual, accord
ing to him, is wholly proportioned to
his skill In using them in a social
In one of his earlier letters to Philip
Stanhope he writes: "What an advan
tage has a graceful speaker with gen
teel motions, a handsome figure, over
one who shall speak full as much good
sense, but who is destitute of these
ornaments! In business how prevalent
are the graces, how detrimental Is the
want of them! If you should not ac
quire manners, all the rest will be of
little use to you. By manners I mean
engaging, insinuating, shining man
ners, a distinguished politeness, an al
most irresistible address, a soperior
gracefulness in all you say and do."
He would have manners overlay indi
viduality and goes so far as to deel
that a soldier is a brute, a scholar
pedant and a philosopher a cynic with
out good breeding.—London Standard.
A Submarine Carrier.
It is reported that the construction of
a novel type of vessel has recently
been arranged for by Japanese officials,
the builders being Messrs. Vlckers,
Sens & Maxim. This vessel will be
used for the transport to Japan of two
submarines now under construction,
8fiys the Engineer. In addition to this
duty of transport, the ship is to be so
designed that It can take the subma
rines into action.
Baby 8how by Clubwomen.
Clubwomen in San Francisco, ac
cording to a' special dispatch to the
New York World, will give a baby
show to pwve that clubs are not re
jponsibie for t'.horccs.
were in your place, take lt as a great
kindness. Still I hardly dare go on,
for there Is not among all the girls I
know one who would—who—that Is—
He looked about for a chance to es
cape, but no way seemed to be open,
and. shutting his lips tightly, ho wait
ed for her to continue.
"Who would." she went on, "have thp
courage to tell you, but, really, don't
you think you ought to quit plastering
your hair down over your forehead as
you do? You would look so much more
Intelligent than you do If you fluffed It
up a little."
With a glad cry he caught bpth of
her hands In his and assured her that
she was the best friend he had In the
Doomed Unless Native-
Are Protected, tin) 8
HAVOC WROUGHT BY INSECTS
Our Only Hope Lies In American
Birds That Feed on Them, 8ays Tree
Lover—English Sparrow Must Go,
He Declares—Cats a Serious Menace
Joliu Davcy of Kent. O.. whose lec
ture on trees and their diseases is at
tracting national attention, has been
chosen to give the opening lecture at
the groat summer school In Chautau
qua, N. Y., says the Kent (O.) Courier.
The intense interest recently shown
in Dayton. O.. and in Yonkers. N. Y..
Indicates that a great national cam
paign is about to be inaugurated for
the restoration of the native birds.
William Dutcher. national president
of the Audubon society, was at the
Yonkers meeting and said: VI am an
Audubonlst not from an aesthetic but
from an economic standpoint. Our so
cieties will gladly co-operate with the
civic leagues to help save the trees by
the restoration of the native birds.
The agricultural department at Wash
ington Informs us that $800,000,000
damage annually Is done to the crops
of the United States by Insects and
this through our folly and sins of de
stroying the native birds."
Mr. Davey shows in his lecture that
in fifteen years Ohio and the adjoining
states will be treeless If the "fail web
worms" canuot be brought under con
trol. Already they are throughout the
woodlands, and lt is beyond human
power to control them. "Any tree," he^i
says, "defoliated five $ears in succes
sion will perish." Again, he says: "Go
ing from Pittsburg to Marietta on the
B. and O. last fall I saw thousands o(
hickory nud walnut trees standing
dead, killed by tfie caterpillars. They
first attack the wild cherry, then the
hickory and walnut trees, then the
apple, elm. ailanthus—indeed, anything
and everything. The gypsy and brown
tail moths are sweeping westerly from
Massachusetts, and our only hope is
from our God appointed friends, the
American native birds."
The English sparrow must go, for it
will not allow the bluebird, the oriole,
wren or any of our Insectivorous birds
to stay near a human dwelling. These
are driven from our homes by this
abominable pest—the English "house
sparrow." Then in the nesting season
these innocent little fellow workers
of ours (the native birds), whose main
living is the larvae, grubs, borers, etc.,
become a prey of the hawk, crow, red
squirrel and other enemies that prey
rasslng through the woods at Mr.
William Rockefeller's estate at Tai|ry
town, N. Y.. oue morning last May. 1
noticed the crows flitting from shrul
to shrub. I called the superintendent":
attention to IK "Why." said he, "there
are probably a thousand crows In thfc
region, and this time of the year the
do little else but hunt for young birds
Within ail these beautiful woodlam'
surroundings there is scarcely a song
In a discussion following Mr. Da
vey's lecture In Yonkers the facts wen
there brought out that the domestic
cat is one of the worst foes of the
birds. Said a gentleman: "We have
a pet cat None of ua baq ever seen
it catch a mouse or a rat, but last sea
son it brought fifty-two young birds
into the house." An Audubonlst said
that his society had considered the
"cat nuisance," and there are estimat
ed to be 60,000,000 cats in the United
States, and that most of these would
have to be shot or taxed out of ex
Said Mr. Davey: "Without the trees
man could not live. Without the aid
of our native birds the trees will sure
ly perish. I am told that in the south
every boy big enough to carry a gun,
whether be be white or black, spends
his winter months in shooting and
shipping robins, catbirds, orioles, red
wings, meadow larks, etc., ander the
name of 'reedbirds.' Will the nation
a ake and save the trees by restoring
and protecting the birds? Will not the
newspapers speak to the people?"
Maine's Wasted Wood. fc-'-Sfi
There are £6,000 cords of wood at a
modest estimate going to rot in York
county, Me., according to John Mer
serve, the agent for the Biddeford Rec
ord, who knows every crossroad and
about every farm in the county. This
wood Is left by the portable mills In
the shape of tops. It is not cut up, be
cause it would cost more than it is
worth to haul it to market, so it lies
there rotting on lots stripped by the
portable mills, says the Kennebec
Journal. Mr. Merserve says that he
was offered as much ns he wanted of
oak, maple and beech tops for 30
cents a cord. In some cases, where the
stripped lots are near enough to make
it worth while, farmers are saving
their own wood and cutting up this
refuse for fuel, paying 25 cents a cord.
In one lot over In Lyman he estimates
that there are 500 cords of good wood
going to waste.
Wisconsin's Banana Crop.
The banana crop in Wisconsin
ported to be flourishing, and a full
yield is certain, says the Washington
Post. The crop is of six years' growth
and is inclosed within the limits of one
room In the horticultural station of the
University of Wisconsin. In other
words, the one tree In the university is
also the only one in the state, and it is
growing nicely. There
He—How can I repay you for tlmt
delightful waits? |5he (whose train has
suffered!—Oh. don't repay me: Settle
with my dressma^c/.—Ally Sloper.
Intellectual Powers of Artieta.
Between the art value of a flne paint
ing or a great sculpture and the most,
artistic and faultless garment made
there Is, of course, as wide a differ
ence as there is between a diamond
and a piece of polished glass, but this
does not prove that the knowledge nec
essary to the production of the former
was gieater than for the latter, that t.'
piau is required higher order of in
tellect or that the, carrying of it from
its beginning to its completion involved
deeper thought or depended on greater
•kill.—London Tailor and Cutter.
are you screaming so?"
"Mamma, am I all here?"
"Certainly you are all here,
R. A. SALISBURY
Over 10 West Main 8treet
Little Virginia, three years old,
brought her mother to her nursery a
few nigbts ago with heartbroken
"What is the matter, dearie?
1 Have a Call
for 100 acres,
20 acres or
"But, mamma, feel of me see if Vjn
all here. Aye my feet here and the top?
of my head both?"
"Certainly, Virginia, every bit
is here, tucked In your little trundle
bed. Why lo you think you are not?"
"I dreamed," this with another
sob, "I dreamed I was a
stick and I had eated myself."—Ex
30 acres, from
1 to 3 miles
from town. If
s. .At Jhi
you have such
:fa tract write me
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