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VOL IX. BENTON, MONTANA SATURDAY SEPT. 8, 1883. NO.
MOVING THE SNAKES. The Reptiles of the London Zoo logical Gardens Given New Quarters. One of the most important events in the •aninals of the London Zoological Gardens was the transfer which took place of the reptiles and snakes from the various de part nient- in which they have been hither to l cata l to the new reptile house, com imencwd about a year ago. The task of trIn lfel'tree corrmmenced one day this month :tr: little before eleven, and was completed in the afternoon withouta hitch of any kind. The ,StanlcUrl gives an ac couiit of the transfer. The first moved were the snmallcr alligators and crocodiles, which were placed in the western oval l-e1 anrd sctl. ed to el:joy their new resi dence immeinsely. The pond is an open one, without railings of any kind, but the :mphibilous reptiles are prevented from' escapling by the overhanging of the rim of the basin. Tihe firt snake removed was the very poisonous hamadryad (Ophiopha ,,. /aqri.), :a rat ive of India and an in r.te' of the gain.:tl.is since 1875. This snake :il dart :r l;eight of live or six feet, and its t rl;sfclr was pl udently effected by getting it into a 1box, which, when placdd in the new abode, was opened by asort of trap door, and the snaike hooked out by a long iron wire forked at the end. T'ilE PYTIIONS. To extricate the large pythons from I their old habitations, of which they had been irinmates for m:any years, the fronts of the old cages had to be taken out altogeth- I cr, and in doing this on the previous day 1 tore of tihe reticulated pythons managed to c(':,pe. It was founid, however, under a the hot water pipes and was safely captur- a ed in a canvas bag. This proved a happy c incident, and the creatue reature was conveyed t to the new house with ease and liberated c with facility into it.= noble quarters. This i is one of the largest, and its companion is t the largest snake in the menagerie. It is e a lirne reptile, over fifteen feet in length, n and remarkably active. Thompson and ' Tyrrell carried the bag into the cage, and, untiying it, shot the great creature out, and o then retired by the rear door. Left to it- s self, it moved r':pidly forward, touching ti with its tifureated tongue the glass front, tl tle walls, everything as it went along. It then mountoited one of the two oak trees, n and wounrd and twisted itself over every sr branch, resting its hlead every now and tl again upon one or othier of them for a few c. s.ec(iis a. d t len mioving on :afresh. Af- d Ierw;lri its htige compiamion was sirmilarly al brgimht in to the cage and shot out of its al s:r,.k. when it coillllellcedi to move along bi the gravelled flor, its glassy skin and its ni ret tiiil:tat! iialrkii-t htoing shown off to tt tire greatest adivantage as the snl shone F down through the skylight of the roof up- ti on it, ibringing iout a purple sheen and a p golden glint truly marvellous as it slowly ni drew one fold over another of its massive eE body. tl. THE ALIG ATOR. Tihe mlost exciting incid(lent in the day's work was the transference of the great American alligator, a particularly savage beast, at least nine feet in length. Its des tination was the central tank of the new house, where two other smaller alligators were already basking in the warm water, with noses and eyes just above the liquid surface. Iiaving secured his long vicious jaws with broad bands of stout webbing, he was captured in the canvas bag and brought into the new house. Of course, lie had to be got out of the bag, which was not an easy operation, but to get the band age olff his mouth was the most ticklish business of all. The first was simply to lift himn and drag him out. No sooner was this (lone than the beast twisted itself over on its back with a suddenness and iower completely startling. The mouth bands holding on, however, the animal w:s lifted bodily by half a dozen men and iput head foremost into the water, in which he splashed with vigor. The mouth bands were then cut with a knife, and the monster, damaged only by a few scales knocked off and a sore nose, quietly set tied to the bottom of the pool and gave no more anxiety to any one. WATER VIPERS. The final operation was the transference of the North American water vipers, very dangerous creatures, the bite of which is sail to be fatal. Each had been captured in a wood n box, and, so tar, were well secured. They had been driven by sticks from their former den by the side door in to the boxes easily enough, but not so easy was it to get them out of the boxes again. This, however, was very cleverly accom plished. Thompson entered the cage and received the closed boxes from his com panion outside. Ie placed them carefully over the waterpool in the cage and then re tired by the rear door, through which he leaned over, opened the sliding lid of one box about six or seven inches, took the box up by the end, turned it over and shot the snake well out to the front. Opening the second box in a similar manner he hooked the snake out by a forked wire and then removed the box, closed the rear door and all was successfully accomplished. The interior of the Reptile Court is ren dered pleasant by flowers and foliage plants, and will undoubtedly be a popular 4 promenade.--N1. Y. Herald. The Chinese government lately received a formal notice from King Kalakana that he could accommodate no more emigrants from the Celestial Kingdom. The Hawal ian Island, not long ago, were advertising for an increase of population, buf when the United States shut out the Chinese, Honolulu became a too convenient substi tute for the Mongoliaus, who crowded thither in such numbers as tothreaten the overruning of the islands. The Prejudice Against Children o- The American landlord has a great an tipathy to children. Those who have ten ements to rent are sure to draw the line at a small number of children or to forbid he any at all. The New York Tribune re ns cently spoke of the great lack of a class of he small tenements where a man and his wife le- "without children," can live in comfort !r- and at a small expense; but if there is n- a need of such tenements, how much more of is there a need for homes where ais children will be tolerated. To have as brought children into the world and cared ?h for them through their period of total help c- lesness and greatest burden seems to be ed regarded not as an honor, but a crime, to 8, be visited with a penalty. Under an ad al vancing civilization, there are a good many i- married couples denied natural children, n and many such have a mission to fulfill by le bringing up the waifs, who have by a oa similar mysterious Providence lost the of homes to which they are entitled But if is a high premium is to be put upon child 2. lessness, in the very essential matter of 1- shelter for families, this charitable dispo :e sition will be much straitened. ts In the United States the "sustaining g class" of the population, counting all those ie between the ages of 20 and 70. constitute p not quite half of the whole. In Massa g chusetts there are 659 dependents, that is, persons under 20 and over 70, for every 1,000 between those ages; in States where n there is a large colored population, the 3 proportion of children is greater. Dr. tf Jarvis in the Massachusetts health report for 1874, as quoted by Prof. Gregory in y his "Political Economy,' 'estimated the cost 0 of rearing of children in this country at $50 r a year, which is certainly a moderate - statement, as the average rate of raising y orphans by contract in England is $632 up 1 to the age of 11. In Ireland, the per cent. I of loss of those under 20 is fully one-fourth, s in this country one-eighth. Counting in s these lost years as costing $50 each, it rais e es the average cost of raising a child to , maturity in the United States to $1,112. I 'This computation," says Prof. Gregory, "does but follow the commercial custom I of charging the cost of all goods, lost or spoiled by the risks of manufacture or transportation, to those which come through safe." It needs but a slight knowledge of hu man nature to know that marriage is the surest safeguard of public morality, and that as a rule even in the modern state children are natural and wholesome inci dents of married life. We are not greatly alarmed at the decline of the birthrate, for after all it is not the number of children 1 born but the number raised, educated and I made capable of self-support who consti tute the vital strength of the community. For such there must be homes and institu- s tions,-in short, room everywhere. The I present generationl has done its work, t made its mark, had its failure and its suc cess. But for its children there is ever time hope of a broadening and brightening era. They shall see what we cannot see. a They are the sovereigns and masters of the future, before whom we go as foreridera before a king. They cannot be taught l1 even as childcen to use the world, as not abusing it, but let not the surley landlords, r themselves once children, be too severe upon the knocks and scratches inflicted by small boots, the wear and tearof which is necessary to the raising of our successors. There is many a childless home where a smashing boy or a romping girl would be welcome to the best bric-a-brac. Bric-a brac itself all depends for its value on posterity, and if posterity is to stop, where are we?-Springfield 1Rcpublican. The Boss Liar. "Talkin' about high winds," said a seedy stranger to a crowd who were discussing the published account of the Rochester disaster as it appeared in the Tribune: "talkin' about high winds, that wasn't nuthin'. Why out 'yar on the Tongue river in '69 I seed it blow so hard that it peeled the bark off'n every bush an' tree in the valley. It actually blew every drop o' water outen the river, an' for three days the catfish laid around under the stones with their tongues loilin' out a pantin' an' prayin' fur rain !" When he had ceased a small man ad vanced toward him and said: "I'll bet that I kin prove you to be the biggest liar in America !" The stranger drew him aside and asked: .'Are you from Clay county, Missorry?' "I am not." "Ever live in Coffee county, Kansas!" "Never did." "Then yer assertion that I am a liar is entirely based on recent observation and not on previous knowledge o' my acquire ments ?" "Entirely so." "Then, pardner, I'm disappinsed. You spoke so confident like that I thought yon might 'a knowed me down beiow and that I might git some late home news from you. Come up an' drink with the damd est liar that ever helped to swell theftide o' Dakota immigration. A Captive _trem at. Paauti.RM Ja. KANsAs CIrr, Special Telegram, Aug. 23.-Charles Strong, the defaulting ex county clerk of Butler, Kane, who was ar rested at St. Paul about ten days ags, with his paramour, had his preli i -lsy examination to-day, at Eldordao, K;' and was boai4over' in the .sun of. *t$00 and in de4i4t was: sent" tW Jail. Strot forged a larngpesn berof county "warrant, and then eloe with a young; wo.mae leaving a w-i1 'Ma4. two childse Iamous penniless. For tp s h, hRd been ,ram ineont polit ilan w laved 4 y and women. lt& AeflssI, to tijee fods, i forged warrants. n. The Poet From the Bad Lands. ,n_ "I want ter see the pale-faced seraph n- w'at umpires the poetical game in this at shack!" he shouted as he loomed up six Id feet into the dim atmosphere of the room *e- Just after the night force had come on duty. of "Throw me into a position whar' 1 kin fe ketch a bird's-eye view o' the flowers an' rt heavenly breezes, man! I want ter get a is focus on the unwashed angel w'at acts as re hostler to the gentle muse as sings her re songs in the Tribune." re The literary editor had taken a walk ,d down to Apple creek on his semi-yearly p_. vacation, but the religious editor said he le would try to minister to the wants of the to visitor. 1- "I'm a rhyme slinger from the heart o' y the Bad Lands," he continued, "an' I 1, want the hull universe to ketch onto my y intoxicatin' warblesI I'm a revised an' a improvised edition o' Byron bound in e buckskin an' warranted not to spring in if the covers or rip in the stitchin'. I heat - my poetry in the onquenchable fires o' the f burnin' mountain o' the Little Missouri afore cuttin' the ropes an' turnin' 'em loose, an' when they fly in among the public the sunstroke record goes clear up e outer sight !" "How long have you been that way?" asked the religious editor, looking up from a church notice he was endeavoring to de cipher. "Ever since the first gray streak o' dawn peeped athwart my infant face. I war born that way an' I'll stick to the original racket tillgrim death shuts off the flow o' atmosphere to my lungs. I've brought in ta few o' my tender little ballads which I'll ) unwind if the chair raises no parliamen tary objection." No objection was raised and he contin tued: "The first one are a tender little ode that oozed out o' my brain only day afore yes terday, as I rode my hoss through the eternal hills. It is entitled SOUNDS FROM NATURE. The badger whined in the sun-dried grass, And sniffed at the heated breeze; The wild cat up in the rocky pass. Snoeze a sort of a wearied sneeze. The rattlesnak, raised its musical tail And sounded its battle alarm, While the jack rabbit wailed a low, pitiful wail, And the gopher remarked it was warm. The cataract roared in the wild, rocky dell, And its crystal spray dashed in the air; The wolves an' the catamounts raised merry- t well 'Taint proper for poets to swear. The deep thunder rolled in a terrible way, The hills bowed their backs in affright; The lightning like double-edged swords seemed to play Athwart the black mantle o' night, A lizard peered out from a hole in a rock, And winked at the buffalo calf; The Indian maid picked a burr from her sock, And laughed a lowfausioal laughs C The coyote howled in the canyon's dark shade, The magpie called out to its mate, The dragon-fly buzzed into earap and soft laid Its tail on the cowboy's tin plate. e "That's only a starter, pard. That n song'll contain 3(;5 verses when its coin- % plete-one for each day of the year-au' if b the muse seems to want to crowd matters g I'll tack another year to it." "Do you ever do anything in the love t( line?" asked the religious editor, nibbling d at a clove. 6 "Do I? Well, Ishould stutter. When e the tender mood comes on me I sing o' w love, and my song shakes the loose rocks from the towerin' peaks! Let out another B reef in your ears and take this in. r} TO SALLY. 'Way down in the valley Lives pigeon-toed Sally The queen o' the rock-breasted hills The sweet little fairy, So coy and so airy, Always wears a sweet smile 'round her gills. I met her one morning When she was adorning Her face with some pulverized chalk, And all my affection In Sally's direction Proceeded to take a short walk When I go to the range I'll Seek out this sweet angel, And explain how my hearstrings are cleft, And if she should shake me, All up it will break me, To be so confoundedly left! "Oh! I kin ladle 'em out In any size an' style from a tale of love to a description of a hurricane! How's this for a rough, off hand snatch o' melody ? "I grabbed a torna o by the tail, An' swung to the blazin' sun. I threshed the asteroids with a flail, And giggled wild over the fun. I straddles a thunderbolt on the sea, And rode till the elements cracked, Then laughed in my wild demoniac glee To see the wild steed I had backed." Just here an officer happened in and led the poet away and in the police court yes terday he explained that he lived over in Mandan and that one or two drinks al ways seemed to set him wrong side up. Bismarck Tribune. Biting Mary Anderson's Nose. A scene shifter in a Washington theatre tells the following to a reporter of the Republican of that city: "The public has formed a wrong impression of Mary An derson. People think of her as a living iceberg. Nothing could be farther from the truth. She is for all the world like a big schoolgirl, chockful of animal spirits, and overflowing with jollity. Why, I have seen her bound into the wings, and, in the exuberance of her frolicsome dispo sition, jump on a man's back and. make him carry her. Icebergs don't do that. She is just the sweetest, nicest and best girl you ever met, and not a bit stuck up when you come to know her. When Louis James was playing Romeo to her Juliet, in the theatre, two or three years ago, he took her nose between his teeth when she stooped over to take the poison effhis lips, and held her an unconscionable 'time1. Mamma Griffin saw what be was doing, .and she was in an agony of fear lest the audience should see it, too. "Just lp at that devil " she crikrd, a ling to where I was standing; abe is biting Mary's ni4 igat there on theastaget Oh, Iw dish otilget at htim W ' Whatya cr-ti ons there wias wbeat the curtaidn tang down Z Xary = aase4 ' ers all ver the tage wit a p eo 'hard, and the co» pany loked anad sittlhreir ed anil b luger; S. NOTE AND COMMENT. ph "In Western Union there is strength," his the operators think. Six A "corner in empty stomachs" is the )m latest defination of a strike. Ly. Knowing that nothing but whisky can in down him, Sulivan has signed the pledge. ta Some one calls on Courtney to row a as race against a flatboat up stream. er Cars for transportation of the president's party have been sent to the park. ik The shortage in the apple crop this sea ly son will create a boom in acetic acid. Peo he ple must have cider. he The president and senator Vest are en gaged in a fishing contest. The most ac o' complished liar will take the cake. Tecumseh tramp exclaimed, as he lay y down on the floor of a new barn: "Ah! this is what I like. Good country!" In China, corpulence is the symbol alike of social and spiritual distinction. David eDavis is waisting his time in America. A St. Paul lady who is in mourning X for her last husband has discharged her white servants and employed black ones. p The imported dude across the river says: "The difference: Mandan is a delightful " summer resort; Bismarck is a bummer n resort." "Turn a rascal out of the republican party and he is sure to become a democrat. n Therfore I say turn the rascal out." r Charles A. Dana. L1 John L. Sullivan now claims to be a distinguished member of Boston bar. His n bar is one finest in the city of istheticism I and baked beans. Colorado has a young man with plenty of money, who spends his.whole time trave ling for the express purpose of seeing all t the pretty girls in the country. New Orleans proposes to give Ben But B ler a banquet when he visits the city. The servants will probably be instructed to count the spoons after the feed. The Presidential boom for Gov. Cleve land of New York, is "busted." That gentleman is charged with saying that Walt Whitman is hia favorite poet. In Hooaic Falls, N. Y., a physician was shot re-cently by a man whose sick wife the doctor had refused to attend, and doc-, tors in that town now respond to a call with astonishing suddenness. The Cincinnati Enquirer says: "After Captain Rhodes sha lliave swammed," etc. This will break pioneer Tuttle's heart and probable cause hfi to write the En quirer a, personal letteri protest. The comet which Prof. Swift discover- 1 ed was not a comet, but only a beggarly nebula. Disappointed Minneapolis people will have to fall back on the top end of the i big electric light mast, as something to 1 gaze at evenings. New Hampshire thinks of giving prizes t to married couples who do not apply for divorce in five years. As a New IIamp shire divorce costs just about $5, the mon ey will come in handy for those few couple who hang out that long. Just as has been expected Miss Jessie Buckner, of Harrodsburg, who figured in the recent Thompson-Davis murder case, is, it is said, going to New York to make her debut on the theatrical stage at the Casino theatre, in October. Visitors to Minneapolis fair may not think that Washington avenue is paved with cedar blocks; but it is. An indus tri ous man with a spade settled the ques- a tion yesterday. After an afternoon's hard work he got down to the cedar stratum. Minif %1 aw'h~rnna u111iiiir "Ir ulle. Minnie Palmer burst into tears because the Edinburg students insisted in joining in her songs when she sung them on the stage No wonder. We should think it would make anybody cry to hear a party of scotch students sing a funny song. Burlington Bawkeye. "What is the use of this impetuous haste ?' a sweet American poetress. She probably took her observations at a picnic while a dude was rushing for some secluded bow er where he could expel an ant that was marching up one of his nether limbs with slow and measured tread. A young lady who had been at Molly chukamunk, Mooseluemaguntic, Aybol jockamejus, Majagudavic, Cobbossee, Cou tee, Togus, Tomhegan, Kapepskowegan, Brassau, Azlscoos, Ripogenus, Ebeeme, Nahmakanta, Millnoket, Monsweag, Mat trwamkeag and other fashionable resorts down in Main, had an awfully nice time but she lnmed her jaw in trying to tell the Home Circle in her village about her tray els.-New Orleans Piccayune. Louise Rial, who passes, among the in nocent people of Winnipeg, as an actress, repays their confidence with taffy. Win nipeg people, she says, "saw very little point in the drama, and laughed over many little things which the audience all through the states could not see." Come, Lousie, that won't do. YoU know that the people "all throguh the States" bad finished laughing at those little things so long ago that you were less than forty at that time. Dublin is just now given over to the tonriats,of whom an unusal number, ee pecially from America, fill the hotels. The "makers of, history" have at least contributed an histosieal spot; to the fhcenix Park Vmwda i tsp may be daily seen v.wnFt the ia the me ur ders, whtle artiate ma i a ia favorite ltudy. Jay Gould thinks EZuos b de'fina up4 3 an h Unitdatesotr Tia TO REFORM THE WORLD. ", Don't Club It, But Butter It-Or Pitch Into the Mlormons. ie Do not long to destroy your neighbors simply because you can't compel them to .n think and vote as they should, which is e. the way you do. It will seem to you a sometimes that it would be very pleasant if you could only tie a Republican neigh bor to a post and build a fire about him, and could keep it going until he could see his plain duty to vote the straight Demo cratic ticket. And now and then you will want to take the Democratic candidate and tie him in a sack and drop him off the sus pension bridge. If he drowns he's beaten, and if he swims the other man's elected. But this plan would gain no votes for the y party in power. They used to electioneer I that way. And in every instance the party that owned the thumb-screws and the e whipping-posts, the fagots and the axe, 1 lost. ground, and the fellows who were burned, branded, drawn and quartered, handed victory down to their children. r My dear boy, if you want to reform this old world don't club it; coax it. Butter it, my son; butter it. If you can conduct the campaign on the issue of ancient Spain and the Kings of Castile, so much the bet ter for the feelings of the candidate. Ors pitch into the Mormons. I am very firm on the Mormon question. Scarcely a day passes that I do not demand the suppres sion of Mormonism, including Sara Bern hardt. And at times I reproach myself for this, too, because I never saw but one real Utah Mormon in my life. And he had only one wife, and was living in a gypsyish fashion with his family, in the bottom woods below Prospect Hill, near Peoria, and he found me wandering about in the woods one day, and taught me how to mark wild bees and follow them, and thus find a bee-tree. And all the bee-tree legislation I ever knew that wandering old Mormon taught me, as follows, to-wit, viz: "Whurever a man finds e'er a bee tree, no matter whose land, it's his'n." And even now, when I find myself abu sing the Mormons, the tall, lank, ill-clad figure, and the sun-burned beard, brown face and long, straggling hair loom up be fore me, and the pale blue eyes of my tu tor in the mysteries of wild bees and the law of bee-trees look at me in wild re proach. I wish he had stung me with a hornet. Still, I am down on the Mor mons. There are hardly enough wi ves in this country now to go around the New York actors.-Cincinnati Enquirer. A Curious Story. A curious story "cmesfrom "leveTanl in regard to the anonymous novel, "The Bread Winners," began in the August Century. The manuscript of the story it said to have been found in the desk of the late Leonard Case of that city, the bach elor millionaire and munificent founder of the Case School of Applied Science. IIe was a man of amiable character, of fine culture and of remarkable natural abilities, but his life was so clouded by constant ill health and by a singular constitutional shyness that his talents were unknown even to his own townspeople, and hardly appreciated by his few intimate friends. He wrote poems, sketches and tales for his own amusement, rarely publishing any thing but an occasional mathematical pa per in the transactions of the Smithsonian Institution. The manuscript of "The Bread Winners," was found shortly after his death, several years ago, in a mass of other documents, and only recently ex amined by his friends and executors. It was put into the hands of a competent editor and prepared for the press, and then submitted to Mr. Gilder of the Century who at once accepted it for publication in his magazine, declaring it one of the strongest stories which has ever come in to his hands. The personages are rather thinly veiled portraits of Mr. Case's friends -the hero being "pretty generally recog nized as Col. William H. Harris, a retired army officer, whose house and grounds are accurately described in the-first chapter of the novel. Dahomey's Mounted Artillery. The king of Dahomy received an invoice of Krupp's cannons not long ago and con ceived the idea of having them mounted on elephants' backs for use in the field, says the San Francisco Post. With much difficulty this project was carried out, and at the next military review the king or dered that one of the guns be fired imme diately in front of the royal palace, first taking the precaution to place a couple of thousand of prisoners about where it was calculated the ball would strike, so as to judge of the effectiveness of the shot. When all was ready one of the biggest ele phants was backed around and sighted. Just as the lanyard was jerked, however, the animal turned half around to reach for a peanut or something, and the shell took off the prime minister's head and knocked a hole as big as a sewer through the royal palace. His majesty wouldn't have cared so much if the matter had ended there-as the minister wasn't very prime, and the palace needed ventilation-but it didn't. On the contrary, the elephant, which had been stood on its head by the recoil, picked itself up in a fury and start ed in on the down grade ahead of its ticket. It upset the grand stind the very first rush, slung the .grand ehiamberlain and pt grand carver of missionaries into the next street. Itthen junmpeditothe brass band with all four feet, and it It hadn't got the bass drum over it's headso th..it couldn't see, wool& las*ed oIt4he entire ¶-e g found notil the `eX m gmsngant then, 'a he al d down out qt a ban #paq he wast e fi hm I. A CURIOUS CASE. Or Alleged Cure of Confirmed Disease by Faith and Prayer--A1 Nut for fors MTedical Experts to Crack. to is From the Minneapolia Tribune. rou NORTHFIELD, Minn., Aug. 25.-A most ant remarkable case of practically jinstantane h-. ous recovery from long standing disease m, and intense suffering has just occurred in ;ee Northfield and is creating wide interest. 1o- In order that the facts may be placed be rill fore the public in authentic form and nd without any sensational accessories, a re us- presentative of the Tribune has taken pains !, to have personal interviews with all the d. parties interested, and with the following he result: r Mr. C. E. Wilcox served in the Union -ty army during the war, as captain of com he pany B, 92d regiment, United States col e, ored infantry, and near its close in 18G5 re suffered sunstroke. From that time until d, the present week, more than 18 years, he n. has been a confirmed invalid, mostly un is able to perform work, and during most of er that long period enduring intense suffer el ing. The result of the sunstroke was to in develop a condition of the spinal cord and t- the connected ganglia of nerves closely re rs sembling if not constituting what may be m called chronic spinal meningitis. About ay two years ago, while Mr. Wilcox was liv , ing in St. Louis, he and his wife were in n- formed of a rremarkable case of recovery If from paralysis, which recently occurred in re Ohio, as the alleged result of prayer. Both ie Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox being devout per a sons, were much impressed with the facts ie given them, and shortly developed a strong ir confidence in the efficacy of what has It come to be known as the prayer cure. St. w Louis physicians regarded Mr. Wilcox's id case as e IN ALL RESPE.CTS HOPELESS, ig but as a last resort advised him if possible t, to try the climate of Minnesota. He did so, e- spending a year at Lake Minnetonka, and " the past 12 months in Northfield, where he i- has been little known except as a suffering td invalid whom few of our citizens had ever n seen. e- For the past 11 months Mr. Wilcox has 1- been confined to his bed, from which he 1e could not be removed except as aided by attendants. HIe has lain most of the time with an ice cap on his head and in such a n condition of nervous irritability that all R noise of evey description had to be care fully suppressed. Even music of any kind was distressing beyond measure, and the simple rattling of dishes in the kitchen, d two rooms away, iwas fi:qmttently stffifciint e to make him almost frantic. Dr. G-co. E. ;t Ricker of Northfield, one of S Vot: LEADL'NG I'HYSICIANS, e who has been attending upon Mr. Wilcox - during his residence here, informs me that 'f he had every reason to believe that the case C was abiolutely hopeless, and had so re e garded it, treating him more with the hope 5 of alleviating his suffering than with the slightest expectation of witnessing any permanent improvement. Dr. Ricker T states t:nat the spinal column along its V whole length hasbeen for months as sore to the touch as an ordinary boil, or, as he expresses it, "as sensitive as the eyeball." - Of course this long confinement, added to Sthe severe illness, had reduced his strength " to the lowest ebb, and he seemed like a e child in his physical helplessness. r Tuesday afternoon of this week, at 3 f o'clock, without any premonitory symp - toms of change or gradual alleviation o t suffering, Mr. Wilcox became suddenly t conscious that all pain had left him-a 2 delightful novelty in his sad experience. V The question came to his mind: "Why " should I not get up?" Promptly, he says, a the conviction cantme like a revelation: -"You can-you are cured." And get up She did. Hlie dressed himself with the partial aid of his overjoyed wife, and from I that hour to the present writing (Sunday afternoon) he has continued to feel and act Slike a well or thoroughly convalscent man. Tuesday evening following his marvelous recovery he walked nearly a mile from his home to the Congregational church and attended prayer meeting with his wife. - After the meeting he was introduced to I several persons as Mr. Wilcox, and was at first supposed to be a brother of the invalid ' from out of town. On the assurance being i given that it was in fact the late sick man, th e the AMA.ZEhIMENT WAS UNBOUNDED. Mr. Wiloox fully believes his cure the f result of the holy anointing at the time of 9 the glad change. Several were present on the occasion, and the season of prayer was by appointment. By pre-arrangement al so a noted leader in another State and a prayer circle were simultaneously praying for his recovery. Mr. Wilcox has slept restfully every 1 night since Tuesday, and has steadily I gained strength and command of his long disused muscles. No vestige remains o his distressing pains in head and back his nervous susceptibility has departed and noises which three days ago would : have set him wild with agony now pro duce no inconvenience whatever. As nhe B goes about he frequently finds himself i thrusting his arms vigorously out in all directions, 'and stamping the ground t, assure himself thlat iis really himself` anM ; his recovery no deluilon. t Dr. Ricker, in 'answer to the quesrtl~o j whether it might not pq lily be a ease o1 * dseeption or sel-deceptton, said no mar ScanI at wSi . t * tg own palq to fo. a " beatsqr mdinut# an hold is there. Dr Rt Rieker, op *ftg told athat his incurabli portionate. Of course Mr. and Mrs. Wil cox firmly believe it is a DISTINCT CASE OF FAITH CURE, e but they are very reluctant to have any parade made over an event which seems to them and their friends peculiarly sacred. A praise meeting will be held at the Wil lost cox residence to-morrow. There is noth we- ing in the bearing or speech of either Mr. oase or Mrs.Wilcox to suggest fanaticism or in l in sincerity. As they have a small but suf est. ficient income from a Kansas farm they be- are not candidates for charity, and hence nd no improper motive can be suggested in this direction. As seen this afternoon by the Tribune correspondent, his vigor and the energy are simply amazing. ins This unvarnished statement of facts is given without an attempt to account for ion them. The case is evidently one which trom a scientific point of view, if no other, ol- merits attention and investigation. B, Itil With the view of securing a competent he medical opinion of the case, a representa tive of the Trfib,ne sought an an interview wof ith a physician of Minneapolis and brief er- ly stated the reported facts. To the request to for a professional estimate of the case the nd doctor replied substantially as follows: re- Nothing short of a full investigation of be the particulars, embracing not alone the out testimony of the patient and his immedi iv- ate family, but also of other relatives and in- unbiased observers familiar with the facts , of his illness, and extending itself also to in the written report of its details by present >th and past medical attendants, could war er- rant the expression ofan ultimate opinion. ets The theory of fa prayer cure may be ag briefly disposed of from a scientific stand ias point by saying that certain abnormal 3t. physical conditions, often of great dura 's tion, have been and still may be, in iso lated cases, influenced in the direction of recovery by that mental condition, how ever excited, which we are accustomed to ile call faith. Beyond this, the theory can ud only be regarded scientifically as without he foundation. ng Medically, the event, or rather the series er, of events, leading up to this curious recov ery may be susceptible of one or two ex as planations. A number of instances simi he lar in history, and culminating in a like by peculiar manner, have proved upon care ne ful inquiry to be cases of closely simulated a disease. Arguing upon this suggestion, ll it need not necessarily be assumed that .e- the malady had no primary origin in fact, id but rather that some existing complaint he had begotten in the sufferer that peculiar morbid and frequently observed-tendency nrtocourt the tecognition of suffering for the E. sake of sympathy. The seemingly long existance of disease noted in this instance has many parallels in detected cases of feigned m:alady, and the long-continued )X and complete deception of physicians, and at possibly of personal attendants' which this se supposition would involve, has more than once been successfully accomplished. A pe notable illustration is that of a man who me for years feigned himself an epileptic of 1p the gravest type, and sustained the decep tr tion, for the purpose of illicit gain, at the ts cost of severe physical injury to himself, re and before the eyes of a score of exper me ienced medical observers. It is not inti mated that the Wilcox case is such a one. SThe fast is stated as bearing on this gener al class of phenomena. A possible explan ation which the report suggests is that the patient is one of a few rare male sufferers from a complaint which is almost exclu sively confined to women, viz., hysteria. It is well known that nervous symptoms Sof a strongly imaginative order with a re m note causal origin and extended dluration, * and an :abrupt-almost inexplicalde cure Sare frcqueint attendants upon this condli ' tion. An inability to speak, or to eat or to use the v'oluntatry mlis'les, is often of sud Sden appearance and as sudlden removal, e Another possibility is that there has been a sudden change in the location of the dis ease, causing present relief. S The element of imagination, so strongly Scausative of these phenomena may be,when excited in another direction, as strongly d operative for their dissipation. Medical science can probably aftford no Sother explanation of the case in this point, t but it has, as yet been unable to take d any cognizance of the curative of the pray A FLYING LEAP. A Pilsoner Jumps Through a win dowv of a Northern Train. BnAIN ERD. Aug. 26(.-As the Northern Pacific train which left Fargo for St. Paul yesterday morning at 7 o'clock, was com ing along three miles east of Motley, a man jumped from a window. He was a pris oner in charge of Henry Rasicot of Little Falls. Some three weeks ago the prisoner and another man, who lived at Rich Prai rie, stole a couple of horses from a fat mer named Michael Sand. Great efforts have been made to find the thieves and this morning Rasicot, having found one of L them, put him on board the train at Fargo, intending to accompany him to Little Falls. p The horse thief had shackles on his legs, fastened by a chain. While the train was running at a speed of about twenty miles an hour he went into the closet A few I minutes later it dawned upon the mind of Rasicot that his prisoner had gone. The eloset was found to be empty and the win dow open. The train was stopped and ran r back for a mile or two, but no glimpse was eastght of the late prisoner. The train startediagain and the conductor seeing that iasfot was still on the train, advised rha t~aget off and look for the illeged |-6d. W.asot followed his advice and he train came on toward St. Pautl. l Twehtyfive artesian wells were s.ntj : - Denver within sixty tays. : .-