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Photo by American Press Assooiat DACIA WILL BE STOPPEO .. English Government Notifies Washing tor of Its Intentions. Washington, Jan. 20.—Notice ol Great Britain's refusal to grant a re quest of the United States government that the former German steamer Dacia be permitted to carry a cargo of cotton for Germany to Rotterdam without molestation was received at the state department. The British government declared it could not consent to waive any of its rights in the case of the Dacia .and assigned as one of the reasons for its position the fact that such action might con'titute a precedent which might be_ invoked to the prejudice of the British position in regard to enemy ships transferred to neutral registry. While tbe officials of the state de partment are disappointed at the Brit ish refusal, it was said it is not the intention of the department to take any further action in the case. 200 Men Blown Into Bits by Mine. Cape Town. Jan. 20.—Two hundred of the South African soldiers who cap tured Swakopmund last Thursday were blown into bits by mines explod ed by the Germans as they retreated. The \rater tation and electric lighting and telegraph plants were destroyed. f Roumanla Buys $9,650,000 Supplies. London, Jan. 20. —According to a dispatch from Copenhagen the Ber lin Tageblstt states that Roumania has purchared in the United States VJ,650,000 worth of war supplies. Seeking Information. Little Wife—How do you like mes saline and brocaded satin with chiffoa over velvet? Hubby—What are yom talking about—clothes or the platform of the woman's party?— Chicago News. Musical Note. "Say, Hiram, what do they mean by a Stradevar'us?" "Oh, a Stradevar'us is the Latin name for a fiddle."—Musical Courier. Common Course. Hi—What course is Sarah studying at that boarding school? Si—l can't re member, but 1 think it's cosmetics.— Stamford Chaparral. The only failure a man ought to fear Is failure in cleaving to the purpose fee sees to be best. —George Eliot. Sporting Note. 1 Speaking cf mollycoddle games, how would you like to play cricket on the hearth ?—Judge. DEMONSTRATION BY UNEMPLOYED. Photo by American Press Association. Several thousand men without work recently assembled in the streets of New York bearing banners express ing their objections to charity. GIVING MEDALS TO SAILOR HEROES. Photo by American Press Association. The arrow designates Secretary of the Navy Daniels as he was giving medals to the sailors whose conduct at Vera Cruz caused them to be honored by congress. The presentation of the medals took place ia the Brooklyn navy yard. THE MALTESE DERSY. Its Curious Race Course With Go at You Please Rules. Horse raciug is a favorite sport the world over, but it is doubtful whether any nation can boast of such a curiou race course or claim more remarkable ideas of the sport than the Maltese Once a year the road skirting Slieina harbor is reserved as a racecourse, ami the people turn out in thousands There is no regulation of the course. The crowd simply clears out of tbo way as the horses come along. The jockeys ride without bridles or saddles, and each carries a whip in either hand —one for his own mount, the other to keep tack any horse which may try to overtake him. We saw one of the spectators deliberately trip a horse up by putting his leg out, at grave risk to himself. • These things, however incredible as they seem to sportsmen in this eoun try. are taken as quite a matter of course, and consequently hardly a year goes by without a fatality of some kind. All things considered, it Is not likely that the "go as you please" rule 9 of this Maltese derby are likely to com mend themselves to other turf author! ties.—Wide World Magazine. Quicksilver. The ore from which quicksilver If obtained is a brilliant red rock knowr as cinnabar. When of high purity 1* is actually vermilion in color China bar is the original source of the pip ment known commercially as verraii ion. It is a compound of sulphur unc quicksilver, and in order to separate the latter from the sulphur the rock Is roasted. Passing off in the form of a gas. the mercury is afterward eon densed and flows out in a fine stream. like a continuous pencil of molten sil ver. Like gold and silver, mercury 1" occasionally found in a native or pur© state. Sometimes the miner's pick penetrates a cavity that contains a cupful or more of the elusive and beau tiful fluid. Miners suffer much from the poisonous effects of the quicksilver fumes. Extreme cleanliness is the best safeguard for workers in this danger ous occupation. USE YOUR STRENGTH. In the assurance of strength there is strength, and they are the weak est, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their powers. —Lord Bacon. MILLIONS OF SH ES FOR ALLIES' HORSES. Factories Pressed to Fill Single Order Worth $25,000,000. American manufacturers of horse shoes are not lying awake nights In worry about the duration of the war in Europe. Instead they are employ lug both their nights and days turning out their wares to keep up with the foreign and home demand. Oue of their welcome burdens is the rilling of an order from tbe warring nations for 6.000.060 kegs of shoes. The factories at Providence. Pough keepsie. Pittsburgh and Troy are going at high pressure to make the output fit the order. The normal yearly exports of horse -shoes, a maker told me. amount to about 10.000,000 kegs. There are no factories in Europe comparable with those in the United States, he said, and hence no particular reason why the manufacturers of this particular prod uct in this country should stamp their shoes with the "Made in U. S. A." trade mark. When demand is well distributed throughout the year, he said, there is little difficulty in meeting it, but a sin gle order for G,000,000 kegs necessi tated abnormal activity by the makers. Some of the shoes have been delivered, others are on the way, and the rest are being turned out with the greatest possible speed. It Is understood that the big order came from a single firm in London and that the shoes are con signed to Holland as the distributing country. Extravagance. Extravagance in thought is as bad aa extravagance in living expenses.—E. W. Howe's Monthly. Their Novelty Wearing Off. Elderly Sister—So Mr. Hembridge said I had teeth like pearls? And what did you say? Young Brother—Oh. nothing: except that you were gradu ally getting used to them—London Standard. J ~ _ Rather Too Light. The landlady who had not a reputa tion for overfeeding her boarders asked her solitary boarder as he looked dole fully at his supper, "Shall I light the gas?" The boarder gazed at the scanty meal and replied. "Well, no, It isn't neces sary; the supper is light enough!"— London Telegraph. THE PATRIOT r . ~ . | i '-S- ci.S 1 1, j * v . (. istUiJLi i 54 ou; -i * . . UC tlOl T*u. 1 I nut two are L : S r* ic! .o j .ui . *' .utoi-e snouiu ' ever lir teso You .tu> ?•* r-t* mouse or .1 who... . I uf : Bui t!:e p:ui :ti of n>>us* is nouses not t "tr It liit- plural of man is always called men. Why shouldn't t:.e piurui ui pun be culled pen ? The cow in the plural may be cows or k'ne. But a bow. if repeated, is never called b:ne. And the plural of vow is vows, not vine; And if 1 speak of a foot and you show me your feet. And 1 give you a boot, would a pair be called beet? If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth. Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeih? If the singular's this and the plural Is these. Should the plural of kiss be nicknamed keese? Then one may be that and three would be those. Yet hat in the plural would never be hose. And the plural of cat is cats, not cose. "We speak of a brother and also of breth ren. But though we say mothers we never say methren The masculine pronouns are he. his and him. But imagine the feminine she. shis and shim. So the English. 1 think you all will agree, Is the most wonderful language you ever did see. —Springfield Republican. Quite Enough. Penman—Did j*ou wade through that last hook of mine? Wright—Yes. I did. "Were you much stuck on it?" "Only a dollar twenty-five."—Yonkers Statesman. An Old Larch Tree. Italy can boast of u larch tree the age of which is estimated to be 2.000 years. It is situated on the northern flank of Mont Chetip In the direction of the huts of Pian Veni, above Cour mayeur, a few steps from the footpath that skirts the limits of the meadow land. Due allowance being made for the extreme slowness with which the larch grows, for the altitude above sea level (1,650 meters) at which it is root ed and for its northerly exposure in the near neighborhood of the glacier, where the cycle of its development is barely five months every year, this venerable larch, untouched alike by woodman's ax and thunderbolt, cannot be less than 2.000 years old.—Scots man. MRS. CHARLES S. WHITMAN. - iiiiiiuiiiiiiniiiiutiiinju.il. " nu'""""""""" 1 " J r '' ",'j, ' Photo by American Press Association. The wife of the new governor of New York is shown here as she pours tea for a visitor. TESTING CONCRETE. Experiments to Show the Action of Sea Water and Frost. One of the largest construction com panies in this country is making ex periments to determine what is the ac tion of sea water and frost upon con crete. According to Science Conspec tus. the company made twenty-four concrete columns, each sixteen feet long and sixteen inches square, re-en forced with iron bars near their cor ners, and in January, 1909, immersed them in the water at the Boston navy yard. At high tide the water almost entire ly covers them, but at low tide they are completely exposed. Thus in cold weather the columns are alternately thawed and frozen as the tide rises and falls. The columns are made with various qualities of concrete—mixed dry, plastic and very wet—and also with different qualities of cement Ex perts are studying the effects of the addition of waterproofing materials. Clay and other substances are added from time to time, and the effect is ob served. Many years must elapse before it will be possible to tell with certainty what £ind of concrete is most perma nent When last examined many of the columns were virtually unaffected, but others were badly eroded. The columns that contain the largest pro portion of cement mixed wet, have so far shown the least wear. Of two col umns made with one part of cement to one of sand and two of stone the one mixed dry was badly eroded over its entire length, whereas the other, which was mixed very wet, was only slightly pitted. The experiment, it is expected, will throw much light upon a problem that has long perplexed construction en ginaers. CHrysan. ct v n Although the rJir-sinOe 'in !i:i reached its high. * '< ;t t . r v !•>; meat in an I Is still rev e< as the imperii! 1 emblem, it v. : s '■ : e. to Japan from China where it I: > been brought to its high, st sp te of cultivation At the imperial < iirvsan theuium party given by Ids in:est the emperor of Japan in Nov< mhi rev cry year one sees the most m rv ' -ni blossoms known t< the f! >r eul wist. The number of blossoms from one rot is amazing. In one i-ase no less 700 flowers were seen growing fro n oue plant. The festival of the ehrysan themuni dates back to the Ileian er when the great ones of the empire used to call at the imperial palace and drink to the health of the imperial house from sake cups in which floated petals of tbe beautiful flowers. Old Time Coining. In the fifteenth century a skilled coin r, of whom there were but few. might be able to turn out by baud fifty or sixty coins a day. a result totally in adequate to cope with the vast quan tity of treasure, chiefly silver, that shortly began to arrive from America. To multiply coiners was to multiply forgers, and thus the coining machine became a necessity of state. A laminat ing mill and screw coining press was invented in Italy 1547, Spain 1548. France 1553 and England 1561, reign of Elizabeth. After several trials ami abandonments the mill and press were established permanently under Charles 11., whose golden guineas, struck in 1662, were the first regular issues of machine coins made north of the chan nel.—Argonaut Why They Don't Hear. Perhaps the limit of hymnic fatuity was reached by tbe writer of hymn 575 in the "Ancient and Modern" col lection. Here is the fourth stanza: They do not hear when the great hell Is ringing overhead; They cannot rise and come to church With us. for they are dead. The list of things which "they" are unable to do might be indefinitely ex tended, and it seems a thing incredible that the author of the above verse should have written so beautiful and moving a hymn as "There is a greea hill far away."—London Chronicle. Canada's Size. The area of the Dominion of Canada is 3,658.940 square miles. The urea of continental United States is 3.025.000 square miles. Canada is as big as the United States with a territory to spare that is as large as three German em pires and the state of New York.—New York American. EVANGELIST BILLY SUNDAY.'/ p • J f Photo by American Press Association. f Former baseball player, conductor of a successful revival in Philadelphia* y li 2!S i .i j jllty 9 1915, by American Press Association. MR. AND MRS. LONSDALE. Considerable publicity was given recently to the case of William Lorn* dale, an English soldier sentenced to death in Germany for assaulting the guard at the detention camp. Citizens of Leeds, Lonsdale's home city, asked the United States state department i intercede with the Germans on, behalf of Lonsdale The prisoner's sentence was later reduced to ten years' penal servitude. RUSSIANS WIN ADVANTAGE Three Times Victorious In Series of Actions Along Vistula. London, Jan. 21. —An official Rus sian statement describes a series of actions along the Vistula, northwest of Warsaw, during Jan. 17 and 18. In three of these engagements, it is said, Ihn.llu-sia"s .wowthe_advantage.