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KANE & SHEAR, Publishers. J. H. Kane, Editor and Manager. WIBAUX. MONTANA EPITOME OF EVENTS PARAGRAPHS THAT PERTAIN TO MANY SUBJECTS. ARE BRIEF BUT INTERESTING Record of What is Going on In Con gress, in Washington and ip the Political Field. Foreion. A Bitterfield (Prussia, Saxonia) dis patch says: The balloon "Delitzsch," which ascended here, fell to the earth with great force near the village of Reichensachen, about twenty miles northwest of Eisenach, in a thunder storm. The crew, consisting of four men, were killed. The balloon passed over Eisench at midnight, and soon drifted into a thunderstorm. It is as sumed that it was struck by lightning and that the gas exploded. Again rumors are current that the health of the emperor of Austria is such as to cause grave fear in the mind of his family and the govern ment. There seems to be, according to information, no specific trouble, but merely the feebleness incident to ad vanced age. The recent trouble over the reception of Mr. Roosevelt at the Vatican has, it is understood, worried his majesty greatly. A sensation was caused in the pal ace of justice at Paris when an an archist in revenge fired four shots at M. Flory, the president of the court ■which found the man guilty a year ago. Flory was not hit by the bullets and the anarchist was arrested. It is announced that the pope has struck from the list of candidates for the cardinalate all Americans, includ ing the archbishops of New York, St. Paul, Chicago and New Orleans. The chancellery of the vaticans confirms this without volunteering an explana tion. General. The late cold weather wrought great damage to fruit prospects. Foreigners in the disturbed prov ince of China were obliged to flee to save their lives. Senator Aldrich will retire when his present erm expires in 1911. Im paired health determines him from seeking re-election. The hamlet of Orleans, New York, was nearly wiped out by fire. Twenty two buildings, including a church and school house, were destroyed. Counsel for the various Oklahoma railroads secured an extension of time until May 18 to present certain data to the state corporation com mission. While engaged in collecting data for the federal census, Rev. G. W. Pratt, pastor the Methodist Episcopal church at North Riverside, la., dropped dead of heart disease. Rev. Dr. James Barton, foreign sec retary of the American board of com merce for forgeign missions, feara some misfortunes may have befallen those missionaries who have not been reported as arrived at Hankow. Senator Hale denied that fear ol defeat prompted his announcement of coming retirement from the senate. A large increase in the number of casualties on American railroads is shown by the interstate commerce commission report. William Randolph Hearst praises President Taft's administration. He says he is doing things that Roose velt ought to have done. Denial of any rivalry among the beef packers was made by a witness at the St. Louis hearing. The Pickett conservation bill authorizing the president to make withdrawals of public lands for pur poses of conservation, was passed by "he house. Believing he has all the evidence needed to begin the ouster proceed ings against tli meat packing com panies, Attorney General Major brought the meat investigation to a close at St. Louis. Quebec's probable prohibition of the exportation of pulp wood to the United States is regarded as almost unfriendly. Agents of the department of justice and the trasury are looking into cer tain features of the beet sugar in dustry in the west. The China-Japan mail leaving San Francisco over the Southern Pacific was held up by robbers, who cut mail sacks, no express being carried. The engine w'as then turned loose, making a wild flight, but was switched by telegraph orders before doing damage. T^iere will be no strike on the Dela ware, Lackawanna & Western rail road. Everything has been amicably arranged. , CAREER OF "MARK WrjlRIST Interesting Life of the Man Who Made the World Laugh. RIVER PILOT IN HIS YOUTH Did His First Literary Work in Ne vada—Sad Events That Clouded His Later Years—A Clean Life Record. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Ameri ca's foremost humorist and known the world over as "Mark Twain," was born in the little town of Hannibal, Mo., in November 30, 1835. His father, John Marshall Clemens, came from an old Virginia family, and with his young wife, Elizabeth Lamp ton, a descendant of the early settlers of Kentucky, he joined the sturdy band of pioneers who pushed over the Alleghanies in the early part of the last century and settled along the banks of the Mississippi river. In the uncouth environment of the then little frontier town of Hannibal the famous author spent his boyhood days. Here he fished, hunted and lounged along the river banks with his sturdy companions, living a healthy outdoor existence, which undoubtedly accounted for his long life, in the face if his many afflictions. He attended the little school, but not being of a very studious disposi tion, he learned far more from con tact with the rough companions whom he Immortalized in later years as "Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Saw ver," and others of their type. At the age of twelve his meager school education was brought to a sudden close by the death of his fa ther. His older brother, Orion S. Clem ens, was the proprietor of a printing shop in the village, and young Sam Clemens began his journalistic career there as a "printer's devil." In the course of a few years he learned the trade as a compositor, and in 1853 he left his native town and began a wan dering existence. He journeyed from place to place, working at his trade in New York and the principal cities of the middle west. But while he gained a vast amount of experience during his travels, which proved of the greatest value in the preparation of some of his works in later years, this period was rather un profitable from a financial standpoint, and he was finally compelled to return to his home along the banks of the great river, in rather straitened cir cumstances. Becomes River Pilot. The life of a steamboat pilot had al ways appealed to his youthful imagina tion, and now that he had grown to manhood, he resolved to realize his ambition. He was fortunate enough to become a pupil of Horace Bixby, and he was soon guiding the awkward river craft along the tortuous channel if the muddy stream. The idea of his becoming an author had never entered his mind at that time, but he absorbed enough of the pilot life to enable him to describe the difficulties encountered in guiding a boat along the great river in his "Life on the Mississippi River," which he wrote many years later. At the outbreak of the Civil war steamboating came to a standstill, and young Clemens enlisted in the Confed erate army. A soldier's life, however, was not to his liking, and after a few weeks' service he joined his brother Orion, who had received an appoint ment as secretary of the Territory of Nevada. He acted as secretary to his brother, but as his duties were almost nothing and his salary even less, he spent most of his time in the mining camps. His experiences in this sec tion are depicted in his "Roughing It," and "The Jumping Frog." First Literary Work. In 1862 he began his first regular literary work on the staff of the Vir ginia City Enterprise. He wrote a col umn daily, dealing with the political situation in the state, that attracted wide attention. These articles he signed with the nom de plume "Mark Twain," which he had heard sung out on the Mississippi steamers to let the pilot know that the sounding showed two fathoms of water. He resigned his position at Virginia City and w T ent to California, where he worked on the Sacramento Union; but after a brief period, he left his desk and went to Hawaii to write up the sugar interests. His work was very successful, and on his return to Cali fornia he delivered a number of lec tures, which netted him considerable money. In March of 1867, Twain published his first book, "Thd Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." The book made quite a stir in that part of the coun try, but only 4,000 copies were sold. It attracted the attention, however, of the editor of the Alta California, who sent the author out as a newspaper correspondent on a steamboat excur sion to southern Europe and the Ori ent. His letters were published from time to time, and in 1869 the author re vised them and published them in book form under the title of "The In nocents Abroad." This work made "Mark Twain" famous, and compelled his recognition as America's foremost humorist. In the first 16 months, 85, 000 volumes were sold, and many more subsequently. This was a record sale for those days. Marries Miss Langdon. It was on his trip in the Mediter ranean that Mark Twain met Olivia L Langdon of Elmira, N. Y. They fell in love with each other, and in 1870 were married. Their married life was one of perfect harmony and four chil dren blessed their union. Mr. Clemens resided in Buffalo for a year after his marriage, and was nominally the editor of the Buffalo Express. In 1871 he joined the liter ary colony at Hartford, Conn., where he lived for a great many years, and where he did the greater part of the work that has made his name im mortal. In 1S72 "Roughing It" appeared, and In the same year "The Gilded Age," written in collaboration with Charles Dudley Warner, was published. "Tom Sawyer" came in 1876, and "Huckle berry Finn" nine years later. Of the stories with an historical setting "The Prince and the Pauper," "A Connec ticut Yankee at the Court of King Arthur," and "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc," appeared in 1882, 1890 and 1894 respectively. In 1893 that curious philosopher "Pudd'nhead Wilson," made his bow. But while the great humorist was. meeting with well-deserved success from a literary standpoint, the imps of misfortune seemed to dog his very footsteps. In 1884, he conceived the idea of reaping the publisher's as well as the author's profits from some of his works. Accordingly he organized a stock company known as C. L. Web ster & Co., in which he was the largest stockholder, to publish his works. He had accumulated consider able wealth and was rated as a mil lionaire. His financial ability, however, wa& none of the best, and in 1S94 his en tire fortune was swept away by the failure of the publishing house. Mr. Clemens was abroad at the time, and although 60 years of age, he started out on a tour of the globe, delivering lectures and writing articles in order to pay the debts of the defunct firm. He had scarcely begun his great task when fate struck him another hard blow. This was the death of his eldest and most accomplished daugh ter, Miss Olivia S. Clemens, who died in August, 1896, at the age of 24. Bro ken in spirit, he continued his great task and in two years he had paid off his debts. It was during this dark period that the veteran humorist was reported destitute and dying in London. A public appeal was sent out through a New York paper and $3,000 was raised for him. But although pressed for funds, he still retained his dig nity and refused to accept the money, Wife Passes Away. As if in sympathy with her hus band's misfortunes, his wife's health began to fail. He moved to Florence, Italy, in the hope that the mild climate would restore her, but it proved of no avail, and on November 6, 1904, she died in that far off land. About this time the humorist met H. H. Rogers, the Standard Oil mag nate, and the men became fast friends. Rogers gave his literary friend the aid of his financial experience, and Clem ens was soon in possession of a com fortable income. Although the future took on i brighter aspect, his evil spirit was only slumbering, and one day, without asking the advice of his shrewd com panion, "Twain" was lured into anoth er disastrous investment. He placed $32,500 in the "Pleasure Company oi America," a pure food organization, and was elected president. But the company went to the wall in 1907, and with it the $32,500 disappeared. And now misfortune selected an other weapon with which to attack the white-haired author. Heretofore his books had escaped harsh criticisms, but in November, 1907, "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn," his boy mas terpieces, were withheld from youths by the Brooklyn Public libraries, as "unfit for young minds." Comptroller Joy of Detroit, Mich., declared his work, "A Double Barrelled Detective Story," was "literary junk, unfit for a public library," and a Massachusetts public library refused to give shelf room to his "Eve's Diary," declaring that the book was "shocking." Worn out by his lectures, after din ner speeches and misfortunes, "Twain" purchased a farm in Redding, Conn., and erected a $40,000 villa, which he called "Stormfield." With his two daughters, Clara and Jean, he moved there in 1908, and settled down to a life of ease. But a series of fresh misfortune* was in store for him. He had vigor ously denounced the rule of the late King Leopold II. in the Kongo Free State, and just when the reform move ment was at its height, his ill health compelled him to abandon his work. The "Children's Theater," which was founded by "Mark Twain" in New York, and which represented one of his life-long ambitions, was forced to close through lack of funds. Then the humorist and his daughtei Clara became involved in a lawsuit over a farm which he had presented to his former secretary, Mrs. Ralph Ashcroft, on her wedding day, and which he later attached on the advice of his daughter. The facts regarding this disagree able affair were aired in the press, much to the humiliation of the veter an humorist. In the early part of 1909 his staunch friend and adviser, H. H. Rogers, died suddenly at his New York home. This great financier and the white haired humorist had been inseparable com panions for a number of years. They had made trips to Bermuda together, and when Rogers opened his railroad in Virginia, "Twain" was one of the guests of honor. The author was greatly affected by the financier's sudden death. Daughter Dies Suddenly. In the latter part of 1909, "Twain' made another trip to Bermuda, and on his return his feeble appearance at tracted a great deal of attention. Then the last crushing blow came the day before Christmas, when his youngest daughter, Jean, was found dead in the bath tub at his Redding home. The young woman had been a victim of epileptic fits, and had been seized with one while In the bath tub, which re sulted in her death Hix—Why does Henpeck kiss his Wife so much? Dix—To prevent her talking, I guess. REST AND PEACE Fall Upon Distracted Households When Cuticura Enters. Sleep for skin tortured babies and rest for tired, fretted mothers is found in a hot bath with Cuticura Soap and a gentle anointing with Cuticura Oint ment. This treatment, in the major ity of cases, affords immediate relief in the most distressing forms of itch ing, burning, scaly, and crusted hu mors, eczemas, rashes, inflammations, irritations, and chafings, of infancy and childhood, permits rest and sleep to both parent and child, and points to a speedy cure, when other remedies fail. Worn-out and worried parents will find this pure, sweet and econom ical treatment realizes their highest expectations, and may be applied to the youngest infants as well as chil dren of all ages. The Cuticura Rem edies are sold by druggists every where. Send to Potter Drug & Chem. Corp., sole proprietors, Boston, Mass., for their free 32-page Cuticura Book on the care and treatment of skin and scalp of infants, children and adults. Not Quite. "Young man," inquired her father, sternly, "will you give her a home like the one she has been used to?" "No," replied the truthful suitor, "for there will be no grumpy father to come home and make everyone mis erable by his kicking over trifles and swearing at matters in general. There will be no mother to scold her from morning to night for wasting time merely because she wants to be neat. There will be no big brother to abuse her for not doing half of his work, and no little brother to make enough noise to drive her crazy when her head aches. There won't be any younger sister to insist on reading some trashy novel while she does all the work. She will not have with me a home like she has been used to, not if I can help it."—Puck. Another Instance. The Fiji cannibal reluctantly pro duced a quarter in response to the Lightning Calculator's pathetic plea at the psychological moment. "If you would only cut out the booze," he growled, "and pass up the crap and dice and the handbook thing, you wouldn't have to be touching your friends for a grub-stake so regularly." "Ah! 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