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You JVlay Sfjoot Ducks .Next Thursday
/ The wild ducks on the marshes in differ
/ ent parts of the State have only a few days
' more to fly about at their owu sweet wills,
for on next Thursday the shooting season
opens — that is, for sportsmen. The mar
ket hunters will hr.ye to wait another
month, and so will all people with duck
appetites who are not hunters and have
no friends who kill duck and are willing
to send them a few.
All through the valleys of the interior
and the marshes along the bay shore
preparations are going on to give the
ducks a warm reception. Early Thursday
morning shotguns will commence to
"bang" and the ducks to fall. The bang
ing will be kept up as long as there is a
duck in sight, and when night falls there
is likely to be a big decrease in the duck
There is also likely to be sport of an
other kind. It will all be the result of the
old feud between the sportsmen who think
it their right to hunt wherever they can
find ducks and the men who Jease a por
tion of land and "preserve" the game on
it- Both are right according to their own
ways of reasoning and non-shooters can
only hope the others will not use their
shotguns on one another.
There is a possibility, though, that the
peace will not be kept, for both sides are
determined. As if to "baard the lion in his
den" a big ark has been towed from Ala
meda to the Suisun marshes, and all sports
men are invited to come and have a day's
shootniL'. It is said there will be arrests
and lawsuits and an awful lot of trouble,
but ail of which will in no way interfere
vritn the sportsmen who go only to places
where they are welcome. And there are
plenty of such places not far from San
_, Francisco where good sport can be had
' without the danger of unpleasantness. It
is true that many sportsmen thinfc it their
duty to upho:d their rights and will go to
the place of troubie. They are fighting for
a principle, and according to history j
they should come out victorious. Men
feel the same whether they are battling
for ducks or battling for a nation.
Hie ducks have arrived on the marshes
this year a little earlier than usual, possi
Women Witfe Scattered Serves and tfye ...Medicine Jiabit
Scarcely a paper appears without the
Btory of a suicide or some insane act of a
nervous woman. They seek the unknown
■side of death, or send another to find it,
for reasons too trivial to notice. Someone
loves a man too well, another not
enough ; a parent has spoken harshly to a
daughter, or a daughter has failed in her
duty to her parent; something has hap
pened or something has not. The only
remedy is suicide or the murder of an
other. There must be a desperate condi
t on of mind when a woman deliberately
sends her soul from her body, or else there
is a diseased condition of the nerve?, and
from the causes alleged the latter seems
true more often than the former. It has
fcee:i gravely advanced that girls all have
this desire ior self-destruction; that it is
born with them and stays with them until
the age of twenty-live. Why twenty-five?
And why are girls born so more than
boys? It is all moonshine. A healthy J
girl never has any idea of leaving this
world until she must. Sometimes it is
nerves, sometimes liver, and oflener than
either the lack of wholesome work.
There was a girl effected with melan
cholia who was miserable herself, from no
earthly reason, and who made every one
about her miserable. A fond father took
her to Europe, brought about her all the
reople of culture and strove in every way
to lift her mind from its slough of de
spond, without avail. It may be cruel,
but I never thought of her or saw her
•without wishing to take her away from
her leisure, her beautiful home, and her
kind parents, and put her where she
must labor for her daily bread, and help
some one else who had none. Work, an j
object in life, and wholesome self-sacrifice
would soon have driven away the mel
Presh air and exercise are wonderful
cures for low spirits. In fact I feel sore
that half the biues, despondency and
thoughts of death are caused by lifeless
air, sluggish liver and laziness. Women
are not as a rule victims of the liquor
habit, but they have some little habits of
their own which work sad havoc with
nerves and their bodies generally. The
very worst one is the medicine habit.
How many women of your acquaintance,
when they feel ill, look at their own
habits and food to see what they have or
have not done to upset nature? Do they
not, all of them, fly to a medicine bottle,
and that without, knowing whether the
medicine is good for them or not? Find
me a woman who does not dose herself
promiscuously and I will show you a
strong woman. It is worse in thecoun
try than in the cities, or else I have
noticed it more. I nave thought it comes
partly from the absence of a near physi
The country is the faker's paradise. He
can sell anything if he only puts diseases
enough on the wrapper. Why I have seen
shelf after shelf full of medicine bottles
in farmhouses, full of more kinas of
messes than I ever knew were brewed.
All these remedies were swallowed, too,
and the swallower lived to tell the tale.
The stories told of the cures would fill
volumes, and each season calls fonh a new
one. I have been advised to kill myself
with hundreds of medicines while my
health has been perfect. After a hard
day's work, when fatigue caused pallor
tend heavy eyes, whose retoedy is sleep, I
wiave been pressed and importuned to take
m little of Somebody's Invigorator, with
the assurance that if I took it regularly
I'd never become tired like this. It must
be rare medicine to overcome the effect of
cause. But I never tried it.
You need medicine in the spring to
thin your blood after the cold of winter.
bly on account of the late spell of warm
weather. They can be seen in ninny parts
of the State flying over the marshes in
large nooks ready for the hunters, who
are likewise ready for them. From the
outlook it is likely that shooting will be
good this year. Ducks are plentiful and
the weather promises to be just the right
kind to make it pleasant to go after them.
But there is no telling what a week will
bring forth, and it may be by that time
the game will have all gone to some other
For the last two weeks the hunters have
been visiting their arks, cabins and lodges,
putting things in readiness for the open
ing of the season. The methods of going
after ducks vary with the different local
ities. In the San Joaqnin and Suisun
marshes arks are used, while in the Alviso
and other marshes along the bay shore
the hunters camp in small cabins built
and maintained for the purpose.
For the last six months these places
have been deserted by their owners. The
frying-pans have rusted on the walls and
rats have run about as they pleased. The
big arks were towed from the marshes in
the spring and laid up in some place
where they could be taken care of.
Numbers of these were in Stockton and
Sacramento harbors and at the cities alone
the bay shore. There they lay, drying up
in the hot summer sun, and all the while
their owners were waiting anxiously for
the season to reopen. The real duck
hunter does not care much for any other
sport. He may take a sort of interest in
almost anything else, but his heart is on
the marshes. He longs for the crisp morn
ing air that gives such steady nerves, and
the beautiful fat birds that look so tempt
ing when served broiled, fried, stewed, or,
in fact, any way.
Nearly all of the Stockton arks have
been towed to the shooting grounds,
where they are being put in order for the
season. They are generally laid up in
some "good" place, not far from town, so
the owners can get to and from them
without much trouble. Many of these
arks are as cozy as a bis ocean steamer and
are, of course, not likely to be shaken
You need more in summer to keep your
strength during the heat. You need a
fall cieaning, and of course you need a
tonic during the cold winter. In a word,
you were created that you might take
medicine, and medicine Is made that you
may have it to take.
"My dear, you look yellow and peaked
and all rundown; you must take some
thing. They say this new liver medicine
is wonderful for cases like yours."
And my dear obediently opens her
mouth and swallows the dose, though
'there is nothing the matter with her ex
cept laziness and need of sunlight. She
is pale— as grass is pale which grows in
the dars. Ail the doses she can take will
never make np that lack. She will simply
]oin the ranks of those women and men —
there is a great army of them — who take
medicine instead of taking common-sense
care of themselves. The medicine habit
grows and fastens itself on one as fast as
any other pernicious habit. We all know
those who have lost faith in their phy
sician because he gave them so little for
their money; "just talked about diet and
baths and exercise 1 Never told me a thing
to take!"
These people, some from notions of
economy and some from a mania for tak
ing something, begin to try every new
medicine, begin to read the symptoms on
the bottle and the wrapper and to find
they have them. If they are"rnn down,"
and most of them are. from the hetero
geneous messes they pour into tender
stomachs, each new remedy will for a
time stimulate. When the effect wears off
the victims look about for bottles new.
They grow to watch themselves and those
about them for the slightest look or change
to warrant a dose of the reigning mess.
A spoonful in the morning to wake them
is as necessary as a spoonful at night to
pat them to sleep. Each meal must be
either preceded or iollowed by a dose, ac
cording to directions, and never day or
night is the tortured stomach free to do
its own work.
A woman works all morning in the
house, among the stuffy airs and odors,
and when in the afternoon there comes a
time ior rest she sits behind closed win
dows and sews or reads, and to make up
for the air she has not breathed all day
she takes some medicine.
The genius sits humped over a desk half
the day, writing, and sits humped over a
grate the rest of the day, reading, and de
pends on eyeglasses and medicine.
The young lady of fashion dances and
flirts in a heated and lifeless air all night,
sleeps in a close room all morning and
wakens herself like a toper after a spree
with a selzer.
Who would not need an inrigorator of
some kind if the glorious sunshine and
the life-giving oxygen were denied us?
If some one could and would only bottle
a little fresh air and call it by a nice long
name, to be taken three times a day !
Once one gels the medicine habit the
power of endurance is lost There are
pains we must bear and expect. There
are aches and stiffness after unusual
fatigue, there are headaches from over
eating or from worry, there are wakeful
night hours. They cease with rest and
nature's care, and what a weak will it
is which resorts to a little black botile
rather than face a few hours of wakeful
ness. Better get up and do something or
watch the quiet stars than to put a demon
Into one's mouth to steal away the will.
Many and many women grow so used to
exaggerating their own ills that they grow
ill and die from their own imaginations,
and many more who are ill from too much
of their own medicine become convinced
around in such a way as to destroy all ap
petite for ducks. But duck-hunters usually
have good appetites, and no case is known
of where a man failed to take one with
him. '
The most popular duck-shootiug grounds
around San Francisco are on the Alviso
and Suisun marshes along the bay shore.
The former is, of course, the easiest to get
to and must be considered one of the most
unique places of its bind in the country.
It is reaily a duck-shooting village as
there is no other business carried on there,
and no inhabitants except hunters and the
men who watch the cabins.
The Alviso marsh duck-shooting village
is known as "The Bridges," for it is close
to the bay shore, three miles from Atviso,
and the railroad crossed numerous
sloughs at that point over trestles and
other structures of a similar kind. In all
there are twenty houses, owned by men in
this City except two, which belong to San
Jose people. It is here that the duck
shooters go for a good day's sport They
are sure to get it because nobody in
terferes with them. In fact, every induce
ment is held out for them to go there.
The syndicate that owns the marsh allows
anybody to shoot over it, and the owners
of the cabins have to pay only $1 a year
ground rent. Special trains are run for
their benefit, and on many occasions last
year there were over 200, men on the
grounds. Everybody respects everybody
else, and if a man fixes a place for himself
he can feel sure that nobody else will in
terfere with it. At least, such a thing has
never happened so far as known.
The Alviso shooting village is located
in such a position that it is not far from
the bay shore, and is on a slough that
empties into that body of water about one
mile from the place. It is very handy, and ,
makes thing equally convenient for hunters
who have boats and those who prefer to -
walk over the marsh land and shoot what- •
ever they can see. (
All during the summer the caoins at 1
this place have been vacant, but within i
the last week have been occupied by those I
who were putting them in shape for the
coming season. This made things quit e <
of a danger which doe 3 not exist, and with
the example before them in every news
paper they take one final dose and need
the Coroner.
Medicines are necessary; doctors are
necessary; but nature is a powerful old
dame still, if she be given a fair show.
Men smoke; women drink tea. It is
hard to tell which habit shatters the nerves
more. No one denies the existence of tea
topers. They endure tortures if kept
twelve hours without their stimulant.
More women than realize the fact are on
the road. If one gets to the place where
she has a headache if she misses her tea
for a meal it is time to take heed. If the
first thought when a little tired is a desire
for tea or coffee instead of food the. evil
has begun. That woman need never say
a word to the male relative who must
smoke after each meal. Of course, each
one of us hugs her own pet vice and says
the others are worse, yet the effect follows
cause. It is so much easier to cure other
people's bad habits than our own.
There is another litile habit which
makes us bundles of nerves, ready to do
desperate deeds — eating. Now eating is
lively down that way. There is a grea
deal to be done before a duck-shooting
cabin is ready for occupancy, although all
of them have been left in tue most perfect
But a great many things may happen
in six months. Very likely the sheetiron
stovepipe has rusted away and a new one
must be put in place. The hunting clothes
must be hung out and aired and consider
able cleaning must be done. But the boys
work with a will, for it is a job they like
in view of the amount of fun they Know
they are likely to get out of it.
As well as getting the house in shape,
it is necessary to overhaul the boats that
have been drying during the summer.
These must b6 put into water and allowed
to soak until the cracks in them close up,
after which they must be hauled out and
allowed to partly dry, and then be given a
coat of paint. All this takes time, and at
least a week is necessary to get things in
shape around a moderate-sized cabin.
Another thing to be done is to build
"blinds" out of which the ducks cau be
shot as they fly overhead. These are gen
erally made out of an old hogshead and
covered with brush so as to conceal them
from view. The barrel is partly buried in
the ground so that little of it can be
seen. The dogs are taught to lie close to
the barrel, out of sight, until the game
It is while constructing these that the
builder is sorely tried. The buiJder is
sure to be a hunter and while at work
takes his gun with him to be ready for
any curlews that may fly near.
At such times fine fat ducks are likely
to 11 y overhead. It looks such an easy
thing to drop a couple of them and nobody
be any wiser. But the game warden is a
close watcher and has a most inconve
nient habit of turning up when he is not
wanted. It is very inconsiderate of him,
►o be sure, but that does not stop his
coming. And when he does come Mr. _
hunter who is unable to tell a duck from ~
ci curlew is likely to pay about $25 for his
fun. As a consequence tte ducks fly by
without striking dancer. But things will
•hange after next Thursday.
somewhat necessary and may be quite
beneficial if one does not overdo it We
all eat too much. You know the worn
phrase, living to eat. We may wish to live
to eat, but there Is certain machinery
within us, fitted to do a certain amount of
work and no more. If we make it do
double work to obtain scant nourishment,
we must pay the bill: and if we provide
good material, but too much of it, the
machine exacts pay for overtime.
Many a tragedy was caused by indiges
tion, many a violent quarrel might have
been traced straight back to pie.
Laziness, which is only another name
for selfishness, is a fast growing habit. It
means nursing your own fancies and
morbid ideas in solitude and inaction.
Idle purposeless leisure is Satan's own
time. It is a bad sign when a woman with
nothing to keep hand and brain busy stays
at home. She would far better be talking
about some one else than brooding about
herself. Can selfishness go to greater
lengths than this morbid brooding over
ones own trouoles ana pitying one's
If we could realize, each for herself, how
Hours of Temptation and Anticipation — "Will They Fly So Gose After the Jsth ?
Telegraphing Without Wires
The great need of the commercial world
is an enlarged facility of communication
between commercial centers separated by
large bodies of water. The value of a tele
graphic cable between the United States
and the Sandwich Islands cannot be over
estimated. ' The letter that goes by the
fleet greyhound of the seas travels all too
slowly to meet the requirements of the pres
ent men of business. Commercial trans
actions between the United States and the
continent of Europe, which a dozen years
ago were conducted by written corre
spondence, are to-day entirely entered
upon and consummated by means of the
Atlantic cables. The extra expense is more
than compensated for by the expedition
of the business transaction. So emphatic
is this condition that there is now under
crave consideration the laying of addi
tional cables and the em\ loyment of tele
phone cables, although competent elec
small we are and that each drop in the
ocean of humanity has the same fate
some time or other, we might see the ab
surd o! trying to be the one to
escape its share by fleeing to the un
A healthy body is the first requisite for
8 healthy mind. Given a healthy normal
appetite, plenty of air, a purpose in life,
and something to call out self-denial, the
result will be a woman who dares to live
and would be ashamed to think of escap
ing her share of the work and tears by the
path of suicide.
The bicycle is a moral agent. By taking
girls out in the air, by occupying their
minds "with outside things, by causing
healthful fatigue, and tearing down old
tissue in body and mind it does the work
of a reformer.
The coroner would come nearer a true
verdict if he would ask about the suicide's
habits of eating, drinking, sleeping and
readme, and while the family might ob
ject to a verdict of suicide from selfish
ness, or overeating, or overindulgence in
patent medicines, the number of suicides
might decrease. Olive Heyden.
trical engineers estimate the cost of a
telephone cable between Valentia and
Hearts Content to be not less than lift een
million dollars. Every device that prom
ises increased speed of signaling over the
present cables is exploited in the hope of
enlarging the capacity of transmission
and thereby increasing the revenue of the
cable. Unfortunately but very slight im
provement, if any, seems probable in this
particular. In the meantime, increasing
business and expanding markets clamor
for greater facilities of ocean telegraphy.
Peculiar interest therefore attaches to
the announcement that there has been
discovered a means whereby telegraphic
and telephonic communication may be
had between distant points, as Ne w York
and Liverpool, without the use of wires.
A number of inventors in the field of
applied electricity, among whom are
Hughes of England, Siemens of Germany
and Calaban of New York, have experi
mented upon induced currents, in the
hope of solving the problem of telegraph
ing without wires. One of these devices
was exploited by Edison in his attempt to
telegraph from a moving train. But the
cumbersome character of the machinery
and its unsatisfactory results relegated it
to the domain of scientific toys. Very
pretty, but commercially impracticable.
The latest in this line is based upon the
assertion that the earth is surrounded by
a current of electricity moving from west
to east; that this current is fairly con
stant at a certain altitude, and that its
potentiality increases toward the equator
and diminishes toward the poles.
The discoverer has been for some months
past engaged In a series of experiments
conducted from the summit of Longs
Peak, a mountain of some 14,000 feet eleva
tion, located about eighty miles north of
Denver, Colo. Another station is located
upon one of the high peaks of the Uintah
range in Utah, immediately west
The discoverer claims that messages
have been transmitted between these
points. The next trial will be had using
Longs Peak, and the top of Mount Shasta,
or some adjoining peak, which is nearly
upon the same meridian of latitude as
Longs Peak.
The technical description of the ap
paratus employed is kept a secret, but its
operation is understood to be an affair
whereby a charge of electrical energy of a
M Bric-a-Brac Doctor
In the workshop of the museum in
Golden Gate Park there has been working
for some time a man who has accom
plished wonderful results. He is a hard
workine, conscientious artist, a Parisian
by birtb, whose name is A. Barthelet.
Seen in his "atelier," as he calls his work
shop, he is surrounded by a great mass of
bric-a-brac, bisqueware, wood-carving, ma
jolica ware, ancient pottery and curios of
all kinds, all in a demoralized condition,
looking. very much as if they had been
struck by a cyclone.
There is a marble bust of one of the
monarchs of England whose nose is so
badly shattered that it looks as if it were
beyond repair. There are the broken bits
of a figure of Marcus Manilas, who saved
Rome during the terrible Gallic siege, and
which is a sample of what that individual
must have looked like after being hurled
from the Tarpeian rock Jor having aspired
to the monarchy. On a table is a shat
tered statue of victory crowning a hero
with a crown of laurels, but the crown is
lacking; there remains only a fragment of
it. Against a wall is a very ancient paint
ing from -which part of the coloring has
peeled off, while at the bench where the
artist sits is a one-legged and one-armed
equestrian figure of Napoleon I, showing
the result of careless handling.
To the ordinary onlooker these and the
many other cracked and broken articles
appear as a mass of* useless truck fit only
for the ashman's cart, but not so to the
bric-a-brac doctor. "My dear sir," s»ys
be, pointing to one or the other of these
articles, "these will be put in such condi
tion that it will be impossible for any one
to detect where the break ended and the
repair commenced; but to be able to ac
complish this one must be gifted with a
great amount of patience, a perfect
knowledge of sculpture, wood-carving,
painting, color and an imitative faculty
which, I believe, is inborn. Take this
figure of Victory, the crown in her
hand, you see, is shattered, leaving only
a piece half an inch long, just enough to
give me an idea of what it had originajly
been. Well, I will have to drill a hole in
what remains (for you notice it is china
ware), insert a wire and on thai, build an
other crown of plastic matter in imitation
certain potentiality is liberated at th
place of sending in a series of inter
mittent pulsations corresponding to the
dots and dashes of the Morse alphabet.
This certain charge of electrical potential
is carried by the natural electrical strata
current in the same manner as the wires at
present used perform their functions, and
is received at the objective station by a
specially constructed electrical condenser
which operates a magnetic balance.
The transmission of electrical energy
without wires across a considerable body
of water was accomplished in Europe some
years ago by a wealthy dabbler in experi
mental science. But for some unexplained
reason no practical application has been
made of his labors. In this case a lot ot
wires were stretched along and parallel to
the coast of a strait several miles in width.
On the opposite side of the strait were
stretched a similar line of wires. Upon
charging the first set of wires with a strong
current of electricity a current was mani
fest upon the wires on the other side of the
Should the discovery of the Colorado
genius prove to be what is claimed for
it, oceanic canles will be things of the
past. Electrical communication will then
be had between points by eittier employ
ing as the stations of transmission and
receipt natural elevations, like the tops of
mountains, or, where such are lacking,
the erection of lofty pole-towers.
It is claimed for the transmitting and
receiving instruments that their mutual
electrical balance is self-maintaining. So
that if the balance of a transmitter ex
posed on the summit of a mountain be
disturbed, every receiver on every other
mountain situated within a belt say of
two miles in width upon the same lati
tude will instantly be thrown out of bal
ance and indicate the signal transmitted.
This occurs when transmitters and
receivers are adjusted each and all
to. the same balance. Were their
mutual balances to differ, there would be
no ; and. in this is a most valua
ble feature, as thereby a million trans
mitters may be placed at each station and
a corresponding million of receivers be
side them, and if the electrical balance of
each set — i. c. transmitter and receiver —
be changed in the slightest form from the
other sets, it will be possible to transmit
and receive,,^- ■million separate and dis
tinct mesSages without inteiference.
Such are the possibilities of the new
discovery. F. M. Close, D.Sc.
of the pattern remaining, and then the
nicety of coloring will hide the lines of
old and new. This piece lam working on
now requires a new arm and a new leg
and when I get through with that I will
take up the fragments of Marcus Man
lies and make a new man of him.
"One of the most difficult features of the
art of restoration Is that of reproducing
the effects of lime upon articles, as, for in
stance, on this picture," and he holds up
the one from which a patch of color has
disappeared. "This wilt have to be
matched so that even the most expert can
not tell that it has been 'touched up,' as I
call it The colors I put on wW have to
be mixed to the shade that the original
that has been on for 200 years has turned,
and that is where a knowledge of coloring
comes in. The work that Ido is the de
ception of art," and he draws attention to
a very pretty ornament. "What do you
think of it?" he &ays.
"What is the matter with that?" I ask,
for it looks as if there were not a blemish
on it.
"There is not," says C. P. Wilcomb, the
curator of the museum, who is standing
by, "but you ought to have seen it before
it was repaired. More than a quarter of
it has been built on."
'•Th 9 ability to become an adept in the
art of doctoring articles of vertu is not
acquired in a day or a week," says
the bric-a-brac doctor, "but it takes
years of close study, and hardly a day
passes but that I discover some means by
which I can improve on my methods.
Particular cements have to be made to
suit Darticuiar articles, non-shrinkable
plastics have to be made and there must
be a study how to deceiva tie eye. In
marble it may cot be sufficient to simply
cement on the piece that was fractured,
but it may be necessary to increase the
original fracture, and by manipulation,
after restoring the piece brok»w <-ff, give
the fracture the appearance of * aatural
in the bloctc."
This peculiar art is a wonderfth one, and
by its craft collectors may restore many
damaged beauties they would like to pos
sess. It offers to many tb» opportunity
to restore treasures whioJi have become
the victims of age, acciden;. or mischief.

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