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BELGIAN SHARPSHOOTERS IN ACTION.
Photo copyright. 1914. by American Press Aasoct.-c Cousin o! tho Czar Who Is Fighting In Poland f Mg -'A GRAND DUKE DMITRL FRENCH LOSS 590,000 MEN Estimates Up to Nov. 10—Dead Not Quite 100,000. Paris, Dec. —The French war of fice does not issue lists of losses In the war. A correspondent, by inquiry in various quarters, estimates that the French loss in dead up to Nov. 10 was something under 100,000 men. Tfcs number of wounded and sick soldiery being cared for in French hospitals on Nov. 19 appears to have been about 400,000. The Swiss government's bu reau for the exchange of prisoners of war has the names of 90,000 French prisoners in Germany. Taking thess figures together the total losses of ths French army would be about 590,000. The French military authorities, through their agents and spies, are well informed as to the situation of the German army. The French esti mate the number of Germans killed in battle on the frontier as consider ably exceeding 100,000, because the German tactics have been more con- i tinually on the offensive, with corre spondingly heavier losses than the d* fensive, A Great War "Scoop," Days have changed for the war cor- I respondent since Archibald Forbes was praised in the house of lords by Lord Salisbury and received by Queen Vic toria at Buckingham palace in reeqj> nition of his exploits as a news gather- j er during the Russo-Turkish war 1877. Forbes' greatest exploit was his ride from Shlpka pass to the nearest telegraph station at Bukharest and his reception en route by the czar, to >j whom he was the first to communicate news of the Russian victory, the for mer trooper of the Royals having out distanced not only all rival correspond ents, but the official messengers as well.—London Mail. > Relics of the Past. *Td like to see a one hoss shay," re marked the city visitor. "Out of date," said his country host. •The nearest we can come to it now is a onq cylinder car."—Pittsburgh Post 1 His Grft ' "They say he gets $25 for his speech es!" "Yep. He's pecuniarily gifted."— Cleveland Plain Dealer. Pretty Weary. [Weary (lying under apple tree)— Say, mister, kin I have one of dem apples? JFarmer— Why, them apples won't be xipe for four months yit Weary—Oh, flat's all right I ain't in no hurry. 1* - to TRUTH. Truth is so estimable a quality that is will not permit of any tam pering. Like a mirror, to breathe upon it with cold falsehood only makes it reflect a dim image of its purity. An untruthful man is a man always to be feared. Well Answered. Restaurant Patron (caustically)—l am glad to see your baby has shut up. madam. Mother—Yes, sir. You are the only thing that's pleased him since he saw the animals eat at the zoo.—Puck. GERMANS ON GUARD DUTY. Photo by American Press Association. Rilici ot Old Persia. Bbuster. the old capital of Persia, Is one of Iran's wonder cities. li* the dawn of Persian civilization It took a leading part. On the bank of the only navigable river the country can boast, the city gets its name from the famous ruler, Shapur, who built great irrigat ing dams and a noble bridge across the Koran, now wrongly credited to the Emperor Valerian. Sixteen hundred years bave left the great bridges, a quarter of a mile in length, with yawn ing gaps, but the water of the river runs today through the channels and tunnels made to fertilize a land that bad not yet been overrun by the Arabic barbarians wbo destroyed the culture of Persia.—London MaiL Barley Water, Barley water la a safe and cooling drink and Is nutritious as well. Put Into a pitcher one large tablespoonfu! of well washed pearl barley, pour over It two quarts of boiling water, cover and let stand until cold. Drain off the llqnid, add one-half cupful of sugar and a little nutmeg. If liked the juice of a lemon is a pleasant addition. Knew the Exact Amount. De Faque—ll i could get some one to invest $l,OOO In that scheme ot mtn* 1 coaid make some money. Dawson— How much could you make* IX Faque—Why. sl,ooo.—Baltimore Sun. Perhaps. ••Sir, 1 came down trom a long line of ancestors." "Indeed! Were many of them hang ing on ltV—Exchange. -*>"* *V' J Try to do your duty and you at once know what is In you.—<Goethe Where Ignorance le Bliss. "Was that your intended that yon were walking with?" "Yes, but he hasn't yet caught on."— Life. Laughed and Won. When the British were storming Badajoz the Duke of Wellington rode up and, observing an artilleryman par ticularly active, Inquired the man's name. He was answered "Taylor." "A very good name too," said the date. "Cheer up, my men! Our Tay lor will soon make a pair of breaches in the wans!" At this sally the men forgot their danger, a burst of laughter broke from them and the next charge carried the fortress.—London Answers. GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK HAS TICKED 75 YEARS. And It Is Still Ticking In a Home In Kansas City. For three generations an old grand father's clock owned by W Nash, of 2011) East Eighteenth street. Kansas City, has counted off the seconds. Seventy-five years ago the mother of Mr. Nash, then a young girl, sent back to her old home in County Tyrone. Ire land. for some things for her new home. She was to marry an Irish lad she had met in this new country. Most tmiMirtaut of her orders was one for a clock to be made especially for her. "There is an old elockmaker at home," she told her sweetheart, "whose clocks are the finest to be had. His name is Jonathan Frost, and his clocks, they say. will last forever," The clock came at last, it was in a ease of cherry wood, grand to behold. Bat its most interesting part at least to oar modern eyes. Is the works. The wheels with on exception are of ! wood. So carefully were they carved i and of such fine hard wood wore they made that today the old clock still keeps almost perfect time. There is one small brass wheel in the case. | Only twice has it ever had to be re paired, and tben a thorough cleaning I was all that was necessary. In 1859 it was sent to a clock repairer, L. Reicht, In Platte City. Mo. And fifty years later. In 1909, it was sent again to him. Although he was then an old man. his i hands were still skilled In the repairing of delicate machinery. However, the old clock was ooce more merely in need of cleaning, and it was soon sent back to the home of Mr. Nash, where it Is now ticking as cheerfully as ever. There Is no Indi cation that it will cease soon, it re ; quires winding every twenty-four hours. There is also an alarm, which is as good as ever. The clock has out lived its first owner by many years as well as a number of others in the fam ily. Hard to Explain. It was a soulful night, and they sat together in the parlor. The following conversation was going on: He —I gave you that parrot as a Vfethday present, did I not, Matilda? elhe—Yes; but surely, Albert, you are not going to speak of your gifts as if— He—lt was young and speechless at the time? She—Yes (with Increas ing wonder), and it has never been out of this parlor. He—There are no oth er young ladies in this house? She— No, there are not. He —Then why why, when I kissed your photograph In your album while waiting for yu did that wretched bird imitate yo r voice and say, "Don't do that. Chart please don't?" —Exchange. THE KRUPP GUN WORKS AT ESSEN. Hie Definition. "Pa, what is an 'lnterior decorator T " "I'm not quite sure, Wilfred, but I jhinir tt'g a cook."—New York Times. The Cutup. 'There goes the village cutnV' "Is he a joker or a surgeon.'—Balti more American. Being Right. You can't be sure you're right sim ply because you believe you are.—Al bany Journal. A Demonstration. T distinctly saw you with ft pollc# l man's arms around you." "Oh, yes, mum! Wasn't it nice of him? He was showln' me bow to bold a burglar if I found one in the house." -Life. THF PATRIOT What disconcerts the European in the great American restaurant is the ex cessive. the occasional maddening slow ness of the service and the lack of in terest in the service. Touching the lat ter defect, the waiter is not impolite; he is not neglectful. But he is too often passively hostile, or at best neutral. He. or his chief, has apparently not grasped the fact that buying a meal is not like buying a ton of coal. If the pur chaser is to get value for bis money h* must enjoy his meal, aud if be is to en joy his meal it must not merely be effi ciently served, but it must be efficient ly served in a sympathetic atmosphere. The supreme business of a good waiter Is to create this atmosphere. True, that even in the country which has carried cookery and restaurants to loftier heights'than any other—l mean, of course, Belgium, the little country of little restaurants—the subtle ether which the truly civilized diner demands is rare enough. But in the great res taurants of the great cities of America It is, I fancy, rarer than anywhere else —Arnold Bennett in Harper's Maga Bine. Even the least superstitious are often struck by the misfortunes which at tend some persona on certain dates. A large firm in the city has in its em ploy a living instance of the fact. On June 12 an employee lost his left arm by coming in contact with machinery The accident disabled him for his then employment, and he was given that of ft messenger. On another June 12 he was run over in the Strand while on an errand. Result, a broken leg The next accident was a fall on the stairs In the firm's buildings—again June 12—the right arm broken this time. The fourth mishap on another anniversary broke three ribs. The firm took the case Into consideration and Issued an order that in future the employee was to take a holiday on that date, an order with which he has now complied for several years.—Lon don Tit-Bits. Longfellow, the great poet, was not ed for his fondness for children, and this extended to all little folks, wheth er of his family or not. There was on*, little boy of whom he was very fond and who came often to see him. One day the child looked earnestly at the long row of books in the library and at length asked, "Have you 'Jack the Giant Killer?'" Longfellow was obliged to confess that his great library did not contain that venerated volume. The little fellow looked very sorry and presently slipped down from the poet's knee and went away. But the next morning Longfellow saw him coming up the walk with something tightly clasped in his little fists. The child had brought 2 cents with which Long fellow was to buy a "Jack the Giant Killer" of his own. Napoleon, who tried to smoke once and then with dire results, instituted the French tobacco monopoly, which the German government now proposes to adopt so far as cigarettes are con cerned. At a court function held early in 1810 the emperor remarked a lady wearing jewels of such magnificence that he inquired how her husband made his money. "He is a tobacco merchant," was the reply, which led him to seek further, information as to such a profitable business. Before the year expired Napoleon issued a decree restricting the sale and manufacture of tobacco exclusively to the state. It has remained a monopoly ever since and for many years past has brought in an annual revenue of over $80,000,- 000. "I've had my daughters learn to cook so that they might get better hus bands." "And did they?" "No. they feel above marrying now." —Boston Transcript. I Our First SswmiTl. It Is said that the first sawmill in 1 the United States was at Jamestown, from which sawed boards were ex ported In June, 1607. A water power sawmill was in use in 1625 near the present site of Richmond Our Funny Language. A mam feels put out when he discov ers that be has been taken in.—Chicago News. Never Touched H lie- Landlady (to new boarder, crushing lyV-Mr. Newcome, that is the cream and not the milk you are pouring on your oatmeal. It was Intended for the coffee. Mr. N.—Oh, never mind, Mrs. Balkins. I like it just as well. American Restaurants. His Unlucky Day. Helping the Poet. Napoleon and Tobacco. Gooo Cooke In Demand. | Christmas Buying J I've done my buying Of Christmas J®>s, For time is flying And rush annoys; Long, barren aisles I walked for miles. The while defying The teasing toys. I've stocked the stocking Of every friend- It's simply shocking How one can spend! I pawned my pants To buy my aunts A gift! Cut knocking Won't make or mend The circumstances klade tt a bore; Henceforth, the chanc* is I'll pay my score With bales of cards And scrawled "regards" And such advances Forevermore —A. Walter Uttlng EVERY GERMAN A SOLDIER FOR TWENTY-EIGHT YEARS. Each Bubject to Military Duty From Tim* of His Seventeenth Yoar. As the result of the inquiries whlcfc have urisen abroad as to the maimer la which Germany could recruit the army of 12.000.000 men which It is re ported she can put in the field, the foi lowing statement shows the militarj service which every German subject Is expected to render: "Every German from hfc seventeenth year until bis forty-fifth year is sub ject to military duty. He cannot ob tain a substitute in his place. Those who are disqualified through their state of health or are of iasufficieut bodily dimensions, as well as all who have been in prison, are excepted. "The period of active duty Is two years for the Infantry, the field artii lery and the commissariat; the oth er arms, which require a longer train ing, three years. Whoever can prov higher education or has specially ex celled in any field of human activity does active service for only one year "After fulfilling his duty of active service, the soldier enters the reserve active duty and reserve together last ing seven years. Then he enters tht landwehr for twelve years. The firsi levy extends from the age of twenty seven to thirty-two and the second lev} from thirty-three to thirty-nine. From the age of thirty-nine to forty-five the citizen belongs to the landsturm, who. however, are sent to the front only lu extreme emergencies. "When calling in the landwehr and landsturm the unmarried men are, as far as possible, sent to the front first; then the married men without children and finally the others, according to the number of children. "As long as the soldier belongs to the reserves he has to undergo military drill for two weeks every year. The officers do thxso exercises of sight weeks each. The first levy of the land wehr are trained twice, fourteen days each time. 'The pay for the active private amounts to 55 cents for ten days. The food, which is very good, is provided In the barracks, where the soldiers have to live. In time of war the pay for officers and soldiers is doubled. In times of peace family and business matters, etc., are taken into considera tion in calling out the reservists or the men belonging to the landwehr for drill. "During the drill and the grand maneuvers the wives and children of tba older men are supported by appro priate allowances. Every noncommis Honed officer who has served for twelve years has the right to a cash payment of 1,500 marks when resign lag and to a permanent position as a government or city official, with a right to pension." NO VISITS BY WOMEN. German Commander Baya Prisoners' Camps Are Not Family Rendezvous. Freiberr von Biasing, acting com manding general of the Seventh army oorpa, has issued the following procla mation forbidding German prisoners' camps to German women: "Women might as well save them selves the trouble of asking perm Is sion to enter the prisoners' camps even though their husbands are on military duty there. Women have no business in prisoners' camps. Such places are no family rendezvous. Also visits In barracks, training camps or drill grounds cannot be permitted to the women, not even on Sundays. The In terest of the military service knows no considerations of feelings and seutl mentalities. "This may not seem very polite to the women, but they should be glad that it is this war service which pro tects their home and which keeps the misery of war from Germany. So, women, stay at bomef' AT 89 HE'LL QUIT TOBACCO. Vwawnf, Old,* Living FjcCmnw Also te Give Up Btidgi. Vermont's oldest living ex-governor. John W. Stewart, observed his eighty ninth birthday qaietly. When asked If he had any message for his friends Mr. Stewart said: "Eefti them that I practiced law for •fly years, and then I took up bridge whist playing. I am probably the poorest player In the world and may for this reason go back to the practice of law." He also announced that after having smoked tobacco for seventy years he totoftfln to give op the habit. A Christmas Wedding By OS*\R CO., \ X ifl Jim Ruggles drove a mule, and . efl he was a grade higher than a mull driver. What put Jim up a peg tsol the fact that his uiule towed a can; t loat. Jim was not especially proud -4 his mule, but he was very proud of til boat. He could tie up nights, pick f his mule aud turn into the luxurio u , quarters in the stern for a good sleep., Most of the other boats on that can 4e contained families. Jim was a bachelor, and when he passed other, boats and saw clothes hanging out to dry he felt more lonely than ever, and when he saw dirty faced children look ing at him out of the stern windows it made him positively homesick. The hardest days for Jim to gert through were holidays. There was one Christmas that he kept the towpatb all day to drive away the blues. And even then he couldn't help seeing the win dows along his route hung with ever greens and children running about showing one another the toys that San ta Claus had brought them. There was a small house a short dis tance from the canal in which them lived an old woman. She kept chick ens, a oow and several pigs. Jim had no Interest in the place until one day when he was passing with his boat ft comely young woman emerged from the house with a bucket in her hand and dumped the contents into the pig sty. Jim passed out of sight of the red cheeked girl with n bucket to the mu sic of grunting pigs. Men have falleu in love to the sound of a lute. Probably their refined na tures could not have fallen into the same condition to the grunting of pigs struggling for swill. But Jiui was not a gentleman; he was a mule driver. At any rate, that's exactly what he did. His lonely heart yearned for that red cheeked girl, and love was born within him on the same principle that it la born in a man listening to a lute. As Jim went back and forth on the towpath whenever he passed that bouse he looktd for the girl with the red cheeks. One day he reached the place just as she stepped out into the yard. Naturally, seeing a boat moving by. she looked at it Then, seeing Jim, she looked at hlin. He was only a man driving a mule attached to a ca nalboat, but perhaps she was sighing for a mate, just as Jim was. At any rate, she didn't look away till she had noticed an admiring look on Jim's hon est, but homely, face. As He passed on she continued to look at him. The next time she saw the boat go by It was in the late fall, but the lee bad not closed navigation. Jim had an overcoat buttoned tight around hhu aud was smoking a short pipe. O* the deck of bis boat was a board prop* ped up to show dbalked letters, "Christ mas is cornin'." How did that girl kuow that till* was a message for her? Maybe she didn't, but the next time Jim passed the house he saw chalked ou the roof of the pigsty, "Hope you'll enjoy It." The ice was broken—not In the canal, but the ice of nonacquaintauce be tween these two piuers for each other. The next passing message was, "How would you like to spend it on a canaL boat?" To which was made a reply, "Fust rate." Much less has been taken for a pro posal of marriage and an acceptance. The singular part of it is that the con tract in this case was made before these two had a closer view of each other than a hundred yards. Never theless Jim regarded the matter set tled, and his heart was overjoyed that he would not have to spend the com ing Christmas on the towpath to keep from being lonely. His next message was "Christmas eve?" To which he received a reply, 'lsn't that suddent?" On seeing this loving message chalked in beautiful pure white letters on the roof of tho pigsty Jim halted his mule, sat down on the deck of his boat with his legs dangling over the side and waited for a sight of his ladylove. Presently sho appeared at a window and threw him a kiss. He was not satisfied with this and waited longer, but she did not ap pear again. Turning the board over, he chalked on the other side. "Be ready Christmas eve." Having waited till h# felt sure she had seen his message, ho drove oh. The day before Christmas Jim loaded up at the terminal with Christmas vi ands and on his way out again called on a parson living beside a church that he had often noticed near the girl's house. The parson promised to be on hand on Christmas eve. Mind you, Jim was taking It all on faith. He didn't know what the girl would do, but he said that he "kind o' reckoned she would." Dusk was fail ing on Christmas eve when Jim's home, containing a bridal-Christmas outfit, stopped opposite the girl's home. He and the parson went there and found her in her best dress. Jim bad on a store suit, and at nearer view tho two were mutually pleased. The old woman gave Jim a shrewd glance and was evidently satisfied. The party sat down to a supper for which a chicken had been killed, and after the dishes were washed and pot away the cere mony was perforated. When the old woman bade the bride good by she said: "1 reckoned when 5 tuk you out the poorhouse them red cheeks would git yon a home." Jim and his bride passed a merry Christmas in their apartments on the .T . *