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m ITII Professional Spongers of New York NEW YORK.-There are in New York city, of course, many men who, down and out and having no idea what the next 24 hours may bring to them in the way of misfortune, sim ply refuse to work. But of this class the most conspicuous and interesting, for the simple reason that almost without exception the bluest blood flows in their veins and the most charming graces of manner charac terize their every waking moment, are the remittance men from England. Good looking, of t hihe class which will go hungry rather than wear soiled linen or unpressed clothing, those men have all been sent over here by titled relatives who, in some way or other, they have disgraced. So long as the ocean rolls between the most these same relatives are glad to pay a little something toward their board and keep and somen of the remittance men liveooking on as low as $5 a week, for as has been said, they politely but firmly refuse to lift their hands in labor of any sor unpressd condition. There are from 200 to 300 remit tahonce men in New York city today and while they are not what may be termed scamps, when it comes to termed scamps, when it comes to money matters, many of them are ut terly unscrupulous. None of them has ever worked a day in his life, but ev ery one Is under the delusion that he could be a great business man on a large scale. They dream up the most extraordi nary propositions you ever heard. One or two have actually made money in this way. They have fallen in with some get-rich-quick geniuses, have made their personality useful, and have been shrewd enough to carry off a fair share of the profits. The remittance man of New York generally hires a room and tries to eat off his acquaintandes and friends Some of the big hotels have dollar-a day rooms on their top floors and these are useful to the remittance man. They give him an address that helps him along. One of these men has picked up some money by giving Americans go ing abroad letters of introduction to titled people. The letters are all gen uine and he really knew all the people he writes to, so there is no fraud. In each case he adroitly secures a loan from the man he has obliged. A number of remittance men receive their stipend from home quarterly, but this custom is being done away with, for these exiles are, as a class, im provident, and if several hundred dol lars is placed in their hands at once it is almost certain to go like water. Nearly invariably the remittance man is a persistent devotee of the tables of chance. Horse Thief Made Cave a Rendezvous P HILADELP.HIA.-Frank Brown, the self-confessed horse thief, accord ing to Captain of Detectives Souder, has stolen at least 100 horses. It was declared by the detectives that the young woman who was arrested with Brown and whom he calls his wife knows of many of the thefts. Captain Souder said that Brown would steal the horses and then sell them, some times getting in exchange another horse, which he would also dispose of. In this way scores of horses have got so mixed up that it will take Captain Couder some time to recover all the horses and have them returned to their rightful owners. Captain Souder admitted that Brown had made a long confession and that a number of the horses had been recov ered, but that he was not yet prepared to give out a list of the owners of the animals. Souder asked all those in Pennsylvania and New Jersey who had lost horses to communicate with him or call at the detective bureau at once, as they may have a chance to recover their property. It was learned for the first time that Brown and the woman who poses as his wife lived for a considerable time in a cave in the northeast section of the city and that their whereabouts was only discovered by the illness of the woman. Detectives worked on the case for some time before they made this discovery. They said that several times they were almost on his heels, but that he would disappear as fast as a rabbit to its burrow. The detec tives had no idea at this time that the fellow had a cave and that it was practically surrounded with shrub bery. So thick, in fact, was the shrub bery that when he passed into his cave it closed in around him in a way that rendered him for the time being safe from arrest. Brown had plenty of money and re fuses to eat or allow the young wom an arrested with him to partake of the meals supplied at the expense of the city. He orders their meals, which are of the best, and are always accom panied with many delicacies. Youth Ends 30,000-Mile World Jaunt GEE. THAI ' WAS SoME WALK - M RION, IND.-The "around-the world" jaunt of Robert Matter, son of Philip Matter, Marion's wealth lest resident, taken because he was dissatisfied with his monthly allow ance, is at an end. The boy has re turned to his parents' home after cir cling the globe and traveling 30,000 miles. During the greater portion of the time he traveled in the true style of the American "hobo," working his way from place to place and stopping only long enough to secure funds to carry him to the next point. Young Matter started his globe trotting under the name of Robert Morton. Not until he met his brother in the east a week before he arrived home did he reveal his true identity. He always posed as a poor American boy compelled to work for a liveli hood, and never once did he mention the wealth or prominence of his fam ily, his college days or of his life be fore he started on the eventful trip. The young man first signed as a feeder on a London bound cattle boat from New York. He was sick almost the entire trip, but he did not give up the idea of circling the globe. He spent some time in London, then moved to Belgium and later to Aus tralia. He visited points in Egypt, Gibraltar and other places in the Old World. He worked in the Fiji and Hawaiian islands and finally landed at Vancouver, B. C. There he found a serious strike in progress. It was then Matter became an American tramp in the truest sense of the word. Wearing shabby clothes and badly in need of a shave, the young man started to "hobo" his way out of the country. He finally reached Swift Current, Canada, where his brother, John Mat ter, is located, and a happy reunion followed. John Matter was the first person Robert Matter had seen since leaving New York that he knew. Mat ter secured a position on a farm and worked until he saved enough money to ride to Marion "on the cushions." Baggage Porter's Tips Make Fortune KANSAS CITY, MO.-One of the men who have done well in this city during the last ten years is Gus Miller, head porter of the Baltimore hotel, who has gathered a fortune of $60,000 during that time, most of it in tips of a quarter from the traveling men who want their baggage handled quickly. Out in the Roanoke district he has a $12,000 home. He also owns a lodg ing house from which he received $150 a month and other realty that pro duces a comfortable revenue. Meanwhile his daily costume during the business hours is the usual blue flannel blouse jumpers and his busi rbss is transacted from the same little desk in the baggage room of the ho tel surrounded by big trunks, little trunks, suit cases and grips. There are a dozen men working un der Miller and while all the tips are supposed to belong to the boss there WOR AS 000 CP S DAY AS SESEERDA TIPS are a few of them that get away in transit from the free hand of the trav eling public to the desk of the head porter. The tips average $500 a month and Miller has accumulated $50 in a single busy day. Every year Miller takes a vacation and spends three or four weeks travel ing to the big cities and resort hotels. On these trips he distributes quarters like a farmer sowing oats. "Sometimes the service is very bad that I get while I am traveling," says Miller, "but I dig up a quarter any way, figuring that I am only putting it back where I get it. HE DECLINED AN INVITATION Jlnks Got His Letters Mixed and Em ployer Receives Scrawl He In. tended for a Friend. The following amusing incident showing the result of absence of mind when writing letters is quoted by a Birmingham paper. The culprit, Jinks, received one day two letters by first post. One was from his friend, Jack Smith, asking him to play in a football match; the other was an invitation from his em ployer, whose name was also Smith, j to spend the day at his home. Now, Jinks had long admired from I afar his employer's only daughter, and this invitation was most accept able to him. He promptly sat down and wrote a brief note of acceptance on an elaborate sheet of note paper, while to his other friend he sent a scrawl across an odd half sheet. The next morning Jinks was sur prised to see Jack Smith burst into his room exclaiming, "Why, aren't you ready?" "Ready? I wrote you I couldn't play." "Nonsense! Yor wrote me a cour teous note accepting my invitation. I took your excess politeness as a joke." "Then the guv'nor got the scrawl in tended for you!" Jinks gasped. "What did you say, old man?" "Dear Smith: Rats! I've something better on!" Two of a Kind. "I find that my husband has been having the office boy call me up every day and mumble terms of endearment.. That's a nice way to fool his wife. He's been going to the ball game." "How is it that you didn't catch on, to the voice?" "Well. I'm busy at bridge every day, t and I've been having the cook answer the telephone." HIS GRIEF. a Mrs. Benton Holme--Why, Tommy, g you're a perfect little pig. Now, aren't you sorry you ate so much roast beef? Tommy-Yes'm; cause I ain't got any room left for another plate of ice crea.m. Rectifying an Error. Uncle Joe Cannon, at a dinner in Washington, said of speakers' errors: "All speakers make queer errors now and then. Usually, though, they correct them with address. "Once, in the Illinois legislature, there were two men, Montague Harri son and Harrison Montague. The first was very short, the second very tall; but the speaker, during a debate, once addressed the former as the latter. "He recovered himself, however, quickly. He said, with a chuckle: " 'It is strange that I should take Harrison Montague for Montague Har rison-that I should make such a mis take as that-for there is as great dif ference between you two gentlemen as there is between a horse chestnut and a chestnut horse.'" He Understood. When the ice man came out of No. 37 he found a small boy sitting on one of his blocks of ice. "'Eere!" he roared. "Whot are yer a-sittin' on that for? Git off of it!" The small boy raised a tear-stained countenance. "Was yer ever a boy?" he queried, faintly. "Of course I was!" fumed the man. "But-" "And did you never play truant?" cut in the youngster. "Of course I did!" snarled the ice man. "Now, then, you-" "An' when you got home did yet father never take a stick an'-" A lump rose slowly in the ice man's throat. "Sit where ye are, my little man!" he gulped. "I understand!" Real Thing Wanted. "I want to talk to the office boy about that ball game yesterday," de clared the junior partner. "You read the accounts of the game," said the senior partner. "That was the way the umpire saw it. I want to hear about the game as it really happened." Co-Operative Economy. The Wife-After all, Adolphus, this visit isn't going to be so expensive. With the half-dozen dresses I simply had to get, and your clothes cleaned and pressed, we'll manage speldidly. -Pathfinder. The Spirit That Wins. Griggs-I admire Parker immense ly. He has a hard time making both ends meet, but he's game from the word "Go." Briggs-Game! Why, Parker looks upon the struggle with the wolf as a mere sporting event N BEST OF ALL BARBERS TO BE SHAVED BY AMERICAN NE-. GRO WAS A DELIGHT. d Entertaining, 8kllful and Humorous, Y He Has Been Supplanted by the e More Business-Like Modern Tonsorial Artist. The tear of regret may glisten for a moment in the corner of the eye of some elderly man when he revisits in imagination the barber shop of long ago. That was in the day when in the middle west popular prejudice held fast to the opinion that the negro was a natural barber, the American negro the best barber in the world. He knows more about family trees than any college of heraldry-if there is such an institution-could possibly know and how long and interesting he would talk of your folks' folks in Lexington, Ky.! "Let me rest ye' hat, and yo' coat, sah. Yes, sir, Judge G. was beah this mornin' and Col. B. got out of the cheer only a few minutes ago." With a sigh of anticipated comfort you sank Into the chair and stretched out your legs. "Yes, sah, yo' really do need a shave, sah. it's a pleasure fo' me to shave you. Yo' beard is just as it should be. Now and then I get a rough neck with squirrel whiskers that upsets me fo' a whole day." Perhaps you may recall a story In an old text book about a very differ ent kind of a barber, that began after this fashion. "A prating barber who waited upon a certain king, came one day to trim his hair and asked him: 'Sire, how will you have it done?' 'Silently,' said the king. It is not necessary to continue that story, the Indianapolis News remarks. One may know at once that the bar ber of this churlish king was not a negro. He was probably a mere ton sorial artist, wholly devoid of the de lightful charm of entertaining that Is possessed in so high a degree by the black knight of the razor-one might now, alas, call him the disinherited knight, as so many have come in to crowd him from his place. Only one superfluous question would he ask, and that was from long estab- I lished habit: "Does she pull, sah?" t Yet he well knew that in his skillful hand the keen blade was as light as C gossamer, for as he afterward ad- I mitted he had "honed and stropped her down finer'n a gnat's heel." How deftly he would spread the cool lather f over the rough and razorable cheek e and chin! With what tender care he t avoided the wart that nestled on your c upper lip, close to your nose, and never say a word about this blemish on a very handsome face! But you did not get out of the chair I in any such brief time as this tale c has required in its telling. By no £ means. How he would dally about you, comb and shears in hand, clip ping here and there an infinitesimal t bit of hair enhich, in his critical judg ment, spoilt the symmetry of his I work. And, at last, as though loath 1 to let you go until his sense of the perfection of his work had been satis- I fled in every artistic detail, he would still detain you for a last lingering, re gretful inspection, following you to the door and watching your shadow as it lengthened in the afternoon sun. What a genial humor he had, what a knowledge of human nature, white c and black? The newspaper, even then, was well enough in its way, but not 0 to be compared as a news teller to him who gave the gossip of the dear old town with a racy flavor and pic turesque beauty that proclaimed the t master. The new barber has a finer shop and sometimes a foreign accent, is more matter of fact and business like, but-candidly, you know he is t not-well, he's not the old barber. c Germany and Heine. Lord Haldane in his recent univer. sity address, "Great Britain and Ger many: A Study in Ethnology," had words of reproach for Germany con cerning her treatment of Heine. He pointed out that Germany in the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century had her Eliza bethan age, so far as literature and philosophy were concerned: How much poorer would the whole world be but for this period of Ger man life, in which she for the time outstripped every other country! Yet even then she indulged in tendencies which needed correction, and if she had listened to Heinrich Heine they might have been corrected and the outlook enlarged. And now the re vanche was in progress, much as Heine predicted, and, looking at the German railway bookstalls he could see that the spirit of Paris was ad-' vancing on Berlin. It need not have been so, and it should not have been so, and Heine told of a better way. Had his counsel been listened to there would have been no Nietzsche period --so at least it seemed to a foreigner. Suspicious Move. "That woman views me with con. dderable suspicion." "Why should she view you with suspicion, Mrs. Wopp?" "Well, you see, we have been living in the same apartment house for the last seven years and once in an un gu.ared moment I bowed to her." Both Had to Guess. "Ethelinda writes a very peculiar hand," said Maude. "Yes," replied Maymie. "It's Just a lot of straight lines and angles. When you read it. you have to guess at the spelling, the same as she does." MANY USES OF THE MAGUEY Speeles of Cactus That Supplies the Mexicans With Medicine, Drink and Fiber. In Mexico there is a plant that feeds a greater number of persons in more different ways than is known perhaps in any other country of the world. The maguey is a species of cactus which thrives in profusion on the great mesa of the republic of Mexico. It is perhaps the most remarkable plant, as regards its utilisltion, of all the more common tropical plants on earth. In this country a plant of the same family is known as the century plant, but of course the variety in Mexico is different, and here apparently the plant is used for ornamental purposes. This plant throws out tiny sprouts with from five to eight branches edged with small espinas, or needles, which identify it as of the cactus family. It does not attain to its full growth until its fifth year, but it may be made useful two years earlier. In its third year one or all of its branches are tapped, making cavities in the sides of the branch in which the sap or juice of the plant collects. This latter liquid is what is known in Mexico as aqua miel, an efficacious medicine in many disorders of the hu man system, but it must be used as such the first day after it is picked. If allowed to stand fermentation takes place and the aqua miel changes into what is known as the most common of the intoxicating drinks of Mexico pulque. When distilled, pulque is the great national drink of Mexico and is known as mescal. The mescal distilled in the state of San Luis Potosi is re garded as the' best quality and is called tequila. It is not only in its medicinal and drinking qualities that the maguey plant is useful. It is one of the most important fiber plants in Mexico, and is utilized in the weaving of baskets and clothing. It is a tough fiber, but as flexible as a linen thread.-Wash ington Post. Well Supplied. A young woman of Baltimore, who recently entered upon the happy state, knows so little about housekeeping that she shudders lest the butcher and the baker and the rest of the trades men discover her ignorance. She or ders only articles with which she has some acquaintance, and ends her busi ness interviews as quickly as possible. On one occasion this young wife was feeling rather puffed tip by reason of some newly acquired knowledge of things domestic, when the ashman came through the street, uttering his •'sual cry: "Ash-ees! Ash-ees!" As the man neared her window she grew more and more perplexed. "What on earth is he saying?" she asked her self, At last he appeared at the back door, and there she confronted him. "Ash-ees?" came in a husky gut teral. For a moment she looked at him hesitatingly. Then, drawing herself up with great dignity, she replied: "No, I do not care for any today." Lippincott's. Want No More Funiculars. In a memorial presented recently to the Swiss government the ligue for the preservation of scenery in that country asks that no more concessions should be granted for the construction of Alpine railways. It is probable that concessions in the future may not be obtained so easily as in the past, as there is a cer tain amount of feeling in the country that these railways, though they cer tainly appeal to a large number of vis. itors, do not improve the beauty of the Alps. Many of the mountaineering visit ors dislike these railways, but they very seldom care to climb on foot a height which can be scaled in a com fortable carriage. Such a mountain loses all charm, it appears, for the pedestrian and he generally goes off to districts where the mountain rail way has not been introduced.-The Queen. Manila on the Map. The decision of the North German Lloyd Steamship. company to make Manila a port of call for its steamers plying between Bremen and Yoko hama puts Manila on the map of the world in the view of the globe trot ters who have up to now passed no nearer than Hongkong. The Cablenews-American observes that it is the business future of the Philippines that causes the North Ger man-Lloyd line to send its steamers to Manila. At any rate, the business outlook should be helped by an im provement in transportation facilities that will bring many more travelers to Manila and give it a good deal of fred advertisement.-Louisville Cour ier-Journal. Solving the Problem. Bishop Goodman was one day ad dressing a Sunday school, when he said in a most expressive way: "And now, children, let me tell you a very sad fact In Africa there are ten mil lion square miles of territory without a single Sunday school where little boys and girls can spend their Sun days. Now, what should we all try and save up our money and do?" And the class, as one voice, replied iri ecsts.tic unison, "Go to Africa." The Drawback. "Here's a scientist proposes to kill off all the idiots in their infancy." "But what will the wise men then do for their material?' Y GAMBLERS' GRIM DUEL Ie DYING MAN WON WAGER THAT Lt HE WOULD OUtLIVE OTHER. n 1 "I Could Always Beat Sam at Any Game," He Whispered, and a Passed Away Peacefully as Any Saint. 11 "The ruling passions of men assert n their power even in the face of death," said a physician connected with a e leading New York hospital to a Herald t, reporter. "They will possess the dy a ing at the final moment as intensely e as they did throughout life, and they 1. prove beyond question that the a thought of dissolution is subordinate d to the dominant passions that control h the mTh.,." !. "How do you mean?" asked the re h porter. e "I mean that men who have followed d certain paths of life cannot depart S from them even at the final moment," f was the reply. "It is as simple a 9 proposition as a common rule of mathematics. When a financier is dy I ing his last thought is upon the se 5 curities and funds he is to leave be hind him, and until he falls into the 5 state of coma which generally pre cedes death he discusses his financial affairs with members of his' family. if a man's life has been devoted to 1 thoughts of revenge upon his enemies and death overtakes him before his mission has been accomplished, his only regret in passing is that his ob ject in life has not been attained." Then the doctor told of two gam blers who died in a hospital some years ago. They had been chums and both contracted consumption about the same time. One was thirty-eight years old, the other ten years his jun ior, and each was willing to bet his last coin upon the right or wrong of any question as he viewed it. "I was in the ward one day when I heard these dying gamblers discuss ing their situation," said the doctor. "They occupied cots only a few feet apart, and faced each other cheerful ly. They were so exhausted they could hardly speak above whispers, but they felt confident they would recover. I knew differently and I realized, if they did not, that both would be dead within ten or fifteen hours. "'Say, Jim,' said the elder man, "we're getting down to cases. 'Pears to me like you're goin' to cash in ahead o' me.' "'Bet you $3, all I've got, Sam, you cash in ahead o' me,' replied Jim, his face flushing with excitement. "'You're on, Jim,' returned Sam smilingly. 'I've got the dough in my wallet.' "This remarkable duel of two dying men," went on the physician, "necessi tated a stakeholder, and the money of both was taken by a nurse and placed upon a chair between them within the reach of either. They chaffed each other for a time, and Jim asked if Sam would donate the stake to the hospital if he won. Sam answered that he pur posed to have a good time with it at Coney Island or elsewhere. Their jok ing really was ghastly, and it was quite evident that all thoughts of death had been forgotten in the ex citement of the outcome of the wa ger." "The end came swiftly; Sam was eyeing the little roll of bills upon the chair longingly, but his eyes began to droop and his respiration became stertorous. Jim watched Sam long ingly, and his quickened respiration and glazing eyes indicated that he was in the final throes. Three hours after the bet was made Sam lay si lent, a smile of expectancy upon his wan cheeks. "The poor chap had lost the bet," said the doctor, "and I lost no time in telling Jim he had won. If ever I sa' rapture in the eyes of any man 1 saw it in Jim's. He asked me to give him the money, and as I placed it in his nerveless hand he whispered, '1 always could beat Sam at any game,' and died as peacefully as any saint. "Jim had a sister, and the money went to her, with some Jewelry or slight value." Wealth In Long-Submerged Logs. Probably the most peculiar lumber ing operations in the world are being carried on in the Bay of Quinte, on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, forty miles from Oswego, N. Y., where powerful engines are hoisting valuable oak and walnut logs from the bottom of the bay. Some of them are fifty feet long and sound as the day they were felled, though many of these logs have been submerged for twenty. five years. Long ago the lake was sur rounded by magnificent forests of oak. pine and black walnut, and when the logs were felled and run into the lake for shipment, great numbers of the heaviest sank through their own weight or because they were covered with snow. Divers recently ascer tained that the bottom of the bay was full of logs, and barges equipped with engines and grappling hooks are now hoisting them for commercial pur poses. Hundreds of dollars' worth are raised daily. Her Only Way. "Can you tell me how to be beau tiful?" "Certainly." "Then tell me." "The same way a man succeeds in entering the kingdom of heaven." "I don't quite remember-" "Except a man be born again he cannot- Ouchl Leggo my hairl" k ouston Post.