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SUMMER RATES at Hotel del CWonado,
Coronado Beach. Cal., effective after A»rtl 11
t«0 for round trip. Including tf day* at aot*t
Facine Coast s. S. Co., < Nn Montgomery sw
"I didn't know they had trolley, cam in
those day, auntie JVr^onkers jj Statesman.
. The Brooklyn lady : was - showing her
Uttlo niece through the art gallery.
,"Oh. look, nuntie, at the woman with
out any arms I" : ....
••Yes, dearie, that. is an ancient god
dens." - ¦;,'• .; . .-',. '" ¦.¦ K '• ¦'< V . V ! ' "-.¦-¦.
Judge Oeorto A. Gear of Honolulu, who
came to this country and unsuccessfully
opposed the admission of Robert Wilrox
to a seat in th« House of Representatives
as a delegate from Hawaii, will so back
with eertnin compensations for his dt»ap»
polntment-namely.a Philadelphia bride
and an appointment to one ot the tLrea
federal Judffeahlpa of Hawaii. .
The Santa. F* Rout* train leaving San Fr»n>
dsco 4:30 p. in. dally now runs through to
Fresno, making the shortest. Urn* between San
Francisco, : Stockton. Merced and Fresno.
Good Service and Quick Time.
Tourist Sleeping Cars to Cincinnati wtn leave
San Franclteo July 1 at' • p. m. Tickets oa
•al«.Jun« 30 to July 1: rat*. $T« 50 tot 'round
trip. July '1-1 we will sell round trip ticket*
to Detroit at *S3 23: July S-l to Chicago tT3 &\
and j to Buffalo I |S7. : For . sleeping car bantu
call on, or address \\\ D. Banborn, General
Agtnt, Hi Market str»«t.
Official Route Christian Endeavor«r»
. to Cincinnati, Ohio.
Th* Burrinrton Route via Dtnrtr nas b##n
telected as the official rent*. Through Pullman
The Supreme Court of North Carolina
has sustained a decision rendered in
Burke County imposing a fine of ttOOO on
a railway company for having given an
Annual pass to a doorkeeper of the Letts*
Inture in 1897. r\
"Th« Santa Fe to Mercvd and »t»*» Oimoe
tU Mtrc#rt Fall*. Coultervtll*. Rant Oiwr*.
Merced. Bit* Trees. Cascade Falls and Bridal
Veil Falls to fentlnri Hotel. _ This rets you in
at 5 In th* afternoon, which Is ahead of any
other Ur.« and costs you less. Ask at Ml Mar*
ket «. for particulars." -= . •
Quickest Way to Yosemita.
A search of the trunks of a young woman student
at the University of Nebraska resulted in the discovery
of twenty-four, pairs of kid gloves of various sizes,
four pairs of mittens, twenty^-five handkerchiefs, ten
veils, four fountain pens, seven pocket-books, V va
ried assortment of stockings and a considerable num
ber of other articles. The authorities are in doubt
whether to look upon her with scorn as a thief, with
pity as a kleptomaniac or with admiration as a col
A fond parent in- Missouri has jtist had his boy
christened Funston Aguinaldo, but it' is not clear
whether he '. intends • to make him a sprinter or a
brigadier general.
The Virginia constitutional convention has not at
tracted as much attention as , that of Alabama, but it
Is making about the same kind of record in a .quiet
way.""--, ' ,' '.''•'-', '".)¦>'•¦ .
Special information aupplltd dally ta
business houses and public man by tb«
Press Clipping Bureau (Allen's), StOMoaU
corner? street. Telephone Main 1011 •
WHILE our own harbors arc under consider
ation by the Committee on Rivers and Har
bors it should nut be forgotten that while
the purposes of our commerce are served by good
domestic harbors they arc served also by good and
safe harbors in other countries with which we have
maritime trade. We have trade now, and hope to
increase it, with the west coast of Central and South
America, but it is hampered by the lack of good har
bors. South of Acapulco there is not a land
locked harbor in use on that coast.
The recent accident by the swamping of boats in
the roadstead of Acajutla, Salvador, calls pointed at
tention to this condition. As the Pacific end of an
isthmian canal is approached there is not a safe har
bor on the entire coast where ships can lie to a dock
and receive coal or a cargo. The entire traffic has
to be done by lighters, in open roadsteads. Such arc
the seaport* of Acajutla, La Union and La Libertad,
Salvador, and all the rest. Some years ago our Gov
ernment made a hydrographic survey of a land
locked harbor in a bay on the coast of Salvador, but
the offered facility for commerce seems riot to be
available, and our trade with that republic is carried
on in the costliest and clumsiest way, in roadsteads
that arc exposed to gales and offer but indifferent
or unsafe anchorage. For. this reason Salvador, in
many respects the richest in resources of any of the
isthmian republics south of Mexico, remains unde
veloped and we are deprived of a trade that would be
profitable to both countries.
Upon such problems the commercial opinion 'of the
world should be brought to bear. Nations agree
upon many policies, political and administrative in
their nature. They have postal, commercial, extra
dition and expatriation treaties and agreements, in
the execution of which they co-operate and agree.
Why not by similar means agree upon furnishing the
very best facilities for mutual maritime commerce?
For instance, it should be easy to make Salvador
see that such an accident as that at Acajutla is inju
rious to her trade! by cxp'osing her lack of safe har
bors; and an agreement to send the steamers of an
American line, carrying mails, and merchandise for
exchange, and facilitating the social and business in
tercourse of the two peoples, to a safe harbor when
constructed, should stimulate her 'energies to attend
to such an important matter.,
If the Pan-American Congress is held this is a sub
ject that might well be discussed for the mutual bene
fit of all the nations represented. The internal wealth
and prosperity of, each is promoted by facilities for
external commerce, and a* the public welfare is the
Only a short time ago Senator Hanna was made
a member of the Grand Army, and now he has be
come honorary .member of a fire company; so it
looks as if he were working up a boom for something.
Best eyeglasses, specs., 10c to 40c Look
out front of barber and grocery, si 4th. •
Cal. ( lace fruit 60c per lb at Towniend'».*
Choice candles. Townscnd's, Palae* Rotftl*
. The letters are the more important because there
is an increasing need of a better understanding be
tween ourselves and the Mexican people. Mere works
of tourist travel full of picturesque descriptions will
avail nothing, and volumes of criticism upon the
shortcomings of Mexico arc worth less than nothing;
but such studies as these letters show Mr. Wilkins to
be able to make would be highly beneficial. Their
very friendliness would help to win us the favor of
the Mexican people and do much to promote trade,
travel and all forms of intercourse between ourselves
and our neighbors. The Tfrarin County Tocsin Press
is to be congratulated upon giving to the State a
book which though slight in form is by no means
slight in interest or in value.
Mr. Wilkins did not go to Mexico to find fault with
everything that is different from our own customs,
manners and civilization. lie went as an impartial
student of the country and its people, and soon be
came a sympathetic as well as an intelligent observer.
The consequence is that we have in the letters as
accurate and as instructive a summary of life and
labor in Mexico as cculd be expected from a work
written in such a casual way and designed only for
newspaper reading. Indeed, the letters are so excel
lent in many ways it is something of a matter for
regret that they "have been published in the book
form exactly as sent to the Tocsin instead of being
extended and elaborated by the author.
DURING a vacation of six weeks spent in the
mountains of Mexico, James H. Wilkins,
editor of the Marin County Tocsin, contrib
uted to his paper a scries of letters descriptive of what
he saw there, and giving his impressions of the char
acter and conditions of the people and the prospects
of the mining industry. The letters collected
and published in book form by the members of the
Tocsin staff during the absence of the 1 editor, and the
work constitutes a really valuable contribution to
our knowledge of the affairs of our southern neighbor.
Senator Platt has announced his intention to re
tire from the Senate at the close of his term in 1903,
but at the same time he has been careful to add that
he does not mean to retire from politics It appears
then there will be a Senatorial vacancy to be filled,
but the boss will reserve to himself the right of
naming the man to fill it. i
The 'volume of business throughout the country, as
reflected by the weekly bank clearings, was 59.5 per
rent larger last week than during the same week in
1900. AH the large cities except Minneapolis and St.
Paul showed a gain. The failures were 188, against
167 for the same week last year.
Our local markets show no changes worthy of note.
Business is reported good in almost all lines, and
there ate no failures of sufficient sue. to cause com
tnenL Crop prospects continue good and collections
¦re normal.
The feeling in Wall street has been quieter and
easier during the past week. Prospects for another
great railroad deal arc apparently dwindling away,
and the public see no particular inducement to re-enter
the market at present. There has been no liquidation,
however. The July interest and dividend payments
are expected to be larger than ever before, and as
money even now is easy, no stringency in funds is
exprcted. The impression is that times in the street
* ill be quiet for some weeks to come.
V:\Vheat seem* to be the only laggard in the proces
sion of prosperity. Continued brilliant crop pros
pects have resulted in a shrinkage from the advance
noted several weeks ago. and for some days the
tendency in prices has been downward. But some
foreign countries are reporting a poorer crop out
look, notably France, which is coming forward as
a very heavy purchaser, the prospects there being de
cidedly unfavorable. At the same time, however, the
exports of wheat from the United States are ahead of
those for the corresponding period last year. The
minor grains, on the contrary, are ruling firmer, with
better prices for corn and oats. Operators on the
Chicago Board of Trade are advising their customers
all over the country that they see no present reason
to expect a bull market, nor, in view of the needs of
France, do they look for any pronounced decline.
The iron trade keep* up its record and. like the
boot and sho? business, reports !ar;tc shipments and
plenty of orders ahead, though new orders for for
ward delivery are falling off somewhat. Building
hardware is reported in enormous demand all over
the country. r.nd naiU and wire arc scarce in first
hands. The labor situation, too. seems to be slowly
improvinc from -.\ec!< to week; very little is heard
row of new strikes, and those already on are being
steadily settled, to the gratification of all classes.
The staple* e <pecialiy seem to be in particularly
good condition. Even cotton, which has lagged so
Ion?, is reported improving, and the demand for
woolen good* i» better than for some months. Ship
ments of boots and shoes from Boston continue far in
excess of former years, though the output of the
factories ha- fallen off somewhat and new orders are
afso fewer. Fall orders are especially quieter. Leather
is less in demand, owir.p to the decreased orders of the
factories, but heavy stock continues firm, owing to
light nxpplies. Hides arc firm everywhere, and are
quoted higher at Eastern markets. Clothing manu
facturer- report a good business and express confi
dence as to the tuturc In addition to the firmness in
the above important staples a number of advances
are reported in groceries and provisions.
AS yet the usual mid-ummcr lull in trade has
not appeared. The distributive business of the
country, on the contrary, actually shows an
increase, particular'}- in the Northwest, while all over
the land both \vho!e>aier» and jobbers report an active
demand for goods. The railroad lines are said to
be transporting more of the higher class of merchan
dise, commonly known as luxuries, than ever before;
and all branche* of trade are sustained, while not a
few show an improvement. In this respect 1901 re
semb!cs 1$*JO- when business continued active all over
the midsummer and to such an extent that
many work* and factories did not close down as
usual. ;• • .. ¦ • ¦
City. In twelve States of the Union,
aliens who have declared Intention to be.
come citizens of the United States, are al
lowed to vote at elections. Tho qualifica
tions of voters for all Federal as well as
for State officers are subject to tho con
trol of the respective States and they
vary.' For Instance, nn alien resident of
Arkansas who had declared his intention
to become a citizen would have the right
to vote in that State, but he could not
vote In California, because In this State
no one can vote unlesn a citizen by birth
or by naturalization (ninety days before
election).' v The fact that an alien who
has declared his intention to became a
citizen. may vote docs not guarantee him
all the rights of citizenship. It is to
guarantee him those rights that the alien.
nftcr making his declaration,' must obtain
his. second papers. , J : T ., ' v f ¦'¦'¦BtiKNNi
R. 8. V. P.— Subscr.ber. City. The let
ters "R. S. V. P." on an Invitation to a
reception at the house after a. church
wedding Is the abbreviation. of the French
phrase "responde*. s'll vous plait," which
translated ia "please answer." It Is In
tended to give those who tender the re
ception an opportunity to know how
many to provide for. One who has re
ceived a large number of such invitations
declares that tbe letters R. 8. V. P are
the abbreviation of tho Injunction. "Re
member, send valuable presents."
SILVER DOLLARS— Inquirer*. City.
The first silver dollars of the: United
States were coined in 17M under the pro
visions of the act of April 2. 1T92. Such
dollars weighed 416 grains (317U of pure
silver and 4O; grain* of alloy). For such
a dollar there Is offered premium varying
from $14 to fc». A dollar of 1790 commands
a premium of from IS rents to II 60; one
of 1800 commands a premium of from 20
to 60 cents. The dealers' selling price for
dollars* of 1799 ts from $2 to $6 Sf» and for
the issue of 1S0O from $3 75 to $3 60.
MENDOCINO-E. O. M.. Heaidsburg.
Cal. Any of the United States Land of
fices will furnish a plat of United States,
lands In Mcndoclno County, which will
show what lands have been taken up un
der the homestead laws. The Land of
fices have maps which show what vacant
lands there are. The Government charge
for such maps Is SI.
Cruz. Cal. No premium is offered by deal
era for dollars of 1S71. They offer to sell
such at sn advance' of from $1 to $2.
There Is premium of 10 cents for Colum
bian half dollars of ISM. but none for
such issued In 1<W.
'•KID"-C. R.. City. The word "kid" as
applied to children Is slang.
The geologists say, that the lavas which
fill the ancient basin of the park at this
place rests upon the flank* of mountains
formed of fragmentary volcanic ejecta.
Gaseous emanations arc given out In great
volume. Theje come, the scientists say,
from deposits of altered and crystalline
travertine mix**] with pools In the creek.
Above those deposits the creek cuts into a
bank of sulphur. In the bottom of the
gully is a small stream sour with sul
phuric acid.
No wonder the poor animal* seeking
shelter In the gulch meet death there.
What Impressed the visitors most out
side of tho horror of the gulch was the
danger to visitors who might uncon
sciously enter the eulch. There was no
difference In the appearance of the gulch
from other gulches above and below the
mountains, and there was nothing to
warn a camper. For man to enter death
gulch to camp means that he has camped
In eternity.
For ages this death trap in the Rocky
Mountains has probably been luring the
inhabitants of the forest to their doom.
With the rains of spring the bones of the
dead of the preceding year are carried
down to tho creek and the gulch cleared
for the death harvest of the summer and
the winter.
The two men didn't dare to go Into the
ravine. What exploration they made re
sulted In headaches which stayed with
them for hours and pains in the throat
and lungs, which did not subside for a
long time.
The bed of the gulch and ravine was
littered with the bones and skins of ani
mals long since dead. They found twenty
three carcasses of bears, one big cinna
mon having his nose between his paws
just as if he had fallen asleep.
they had difficulty In breathing, yet they
entered at the end where the gulch is
practically open. They lit a wax taper
and found that when placed more than
forty Inches from the ground it was ex
tinguished. This proved tho existence of
carbon dioxide gas.
W. M. Burckhalter. the Truckee lumber
mun. Is at the Lick House.
Mr. and Mrs. James 8. Rice of Tustln.
Orange County, are stopping at the Grand.
N. K. de Voe. ' jv prominent Modesto
merchant, is stopping; at the Uek House.
Percy L. Schuman. a mining man of'
Chlttondcn, and Mrs. Schuman are at the
W. H. Storms/ a well-known mining
man of -Slitter Creek. Is registered at the
Lick House.
F. L. McConnell. a prominent merchant
of Omaha, and Mrs. McConncll are guests
nt tho Palace.
James H. O'Brien, the well known con
tractor, of this city. Is spending a few
days at Santa Cruz.
W. J. Martin, business manager of The
Call, accompanied by his wife, left Satur
day night for a trip through the Yosemlte.
Captain George A. Nlhue of Nevada City,
Is at the Ll<*k House,' returning. from th©
National Guard encampment at Santa
H. Watanabe. a former member of the
Japanese Cabinet. Is registered at the
Occidental. He was a passenger on the
Chin.i. .
A. Lh Farlsh. deputy and office clerk for
thn United States Marshal, has gone on a
two weeks' vacation with his wife to Yolo
County. . .
Roy Fryer, a former University of
California athlete, now vice principal of
thn Ran tii Rosa High School, Is a guest at
the Grand. t ,
Captafn Robert Wankowskl, who was in
command of Company A of the Seventh
Reglmrnt. California Volunteers, -Is reg
istered at the Occidental from Los An
Charles L. Fnlr and wife leave July '3
for ft trip throughout Europe. They sail
on the Deutsehland from New York July
11. They will visit Paris, London and
Cnrlsbad. , :
Ex-Governor Ernest Casey of Connecti
cut, whose 1 residence la at Hartford, ar
rived Saturday from Los Angeles, .where
he has been transacting business In con
nection with oil land claims.
KrlKfidter General J. P. Wcston of tha
Commissary Department of the United
States Army returned yesterday on the
China from a tour of inspection In tho
Philippines. He 1m registered nt the Occi
dental, with his wife and daughter. . '".
IN the northeant corner of the Yellow
stone National Park, in Wyoming. Is
a ravine which Is fully entitled to its
irrcwBome name — Death Oulch. It Is a
V-shaped trench, cut in the mountain
side, and begins about 230 feet above
Cache Creek. Apparently It forms a nat
ural shelter for the beasts of the forest,
as food, water and shelter are there, but
entrance to the gulch means death to any
animal, for the poisonous vapors that rl«e
out of the ravine are more deadly than
the bullets of the huntsmen, says the)
Laramle (Wyo.) correspondent of the New
York Press.
Various expeditions under the direction
of the United 8tates Geological Survey
have reported as to the characteristics of
Death Gulch, the last being by Harvey \V.
Weed. He eald that he had tested the
hollows in the gulch for carbonic acid gas
without proving its presence. The atmos
phere In the gulch, however, was oppres
sive. There was a strong smell of sul
phur and ho suffered from a choking
sensation, although a. strong wind pre
vailed at the time. At tho bottom of the
gulch were the carcasses of many ani
mals, some of which hr.d met death but a
short time before. Theso carcasses wore
of bear, elk, hares, Kqulrrcla, etc. Mr.
Weert exr»mln«".l the body of a grizzly
which evidently had died but a day be
fore, as Its tracks were quite distinct and
the carcass perfectly freah. There was
some blood under tho nose. Nothing
Later on Charles IS. Oeorgo and a Mr.
Everett of Boston vlftlted the gulch and
made an extended examination. They de
clare the gulch Is a death trap which
while different In many ways from the
famous Death Valley of Jnva Is as cer
tain In Its effect. At one end the gulch
is comparatively open and the wind
sweeps through, but at tho other, where
it forms a ravine, the gases, accumulate
and asphyxlato all animals that come
within the walls of the, rock. When Mr.
George and Mr. Everett entered tho gulch
tho gaseous fumes were so oppressive that
Earth Emits Poisonous Vapors That Slay More Animals
Than Do the Bullets From Hunters' Rifles.
MONDAY JUNE 24, 1901
>:.-. JOHN D SPRECKELS, Proprietor.
••"" ~^ Alton* in"c«mmMie»tlent U W. 8. LEAKS. Manager.
MANAGER'S OFFICE Tel^5*5^5^Tr^!^£!!!l
f*CBI*lCATlOX OFFICE Market and Third. S. F.
Telephone Prew 2O1.
EDITORIAL ROOMS 217 to 221 Stevenson St.
Telephone I'rnm 202.
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Single Copies, R Cent*.
Verms by Mall. Including Poataarei
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1TEPHEN B. SMITH SO Tribune Bnlldlnir
Walfitrt-ArtrrU BoUl; A. BreoUno. II Union Squire:
Murray Hill HeteL
Fterrran HcUf*: P. O. New* Co. :. Great Northern Hotel:
*>•«!»«« House: Auditorium Hotel
• ColuisMa— " T*n<5pr Two Vlac*."
Alratar— ' "Fapho."
Grand Or^ra Hmi»- "F^n "
Central— "fncle T<»m'« Cabin "
T»volt-"The Toy Maker."
Orr-heum— Vaudeville.
r>!yropla. corner Uaiin *rA F.Aiy street*— Specialties.
Chute*. Zoo ar.d Theater— Vaudeville ever*- afternoon and
Fischer" f— Vaudeville.
Sixteenth and Folsora streets- Scientific Bextnr. Thursday.
July 4.
5utro Rath* — Fwlmmlrx-
UUCXrE SAM: "Don't you goah darned chumps know that the
sun hain't set yetP"
—St. Paul Pioneer Press.
As Mr. McAdie has pointed out, the new system
of telegraphy promises jto be of exceptional advant
age to San Francisco by reason of the prevalence of
fogs. "Very often," he says, "a vessel arrives in a
dense fog and cannot be seen by the lookouts at Point
Reyes or Point Lobos. Wireless telegraphy would
solvAhat problem. Vessels equipped with the instru
mentsVould report in to the Farallones when they
were many miles out at sea, and if aid was wanted
in case of accident word could be sent to the city at
once for tugs. It requires no stretch of the imagina
tion to picture the many advantages that will follow
the installation of wireless telegraphy here."
It is hardly necessary to add further arguments
upon the feasibility and the utility of the new system.
Those who were incredulous a year ago are now fully
convinced of the merits of Marconi's great invention.
Even the yellowest of journals will never again call
him "Macaroni" for the purpose of discrediting the
enterprise of The Call. We have now a promise of
the permanent establishment of a wireless news serv
ice between this city and the Faraltoncs. The local
weather bureau officer shows an earnest zeal to
promptly provide it. He should have every assistance
and support the public can give hinK The movement
has been well started. Let us sec that it keep mov
ing until the end is attained.
In fact the first experiment made by The Call in
obtaining an announcement of the approach of the
Sherman proved the availability of the Marconi sys
tem for practical use in the transmission of news.
Since that time it has come into such general use
that the great steamship companies arc equipping
their Atlantic liners with the apparatus, and all along
the stormy European coast France, Holland and
Germany have established stations cither upon land
or upon lightships, end their value has been again
and again proven even during the comparatively short
time they have been in operation.
It is to be boruc in mind that this is not a case in
which the Government will have to expend time or
money in making experiments. Wireless telegraphy
is < now in use by the British Government not only
at the ports of the home islands, but at the principal
ports of the wide extended empire in all parts of the
globe. So extensive have been installations of the
wireless system that when the Duke and the Duchess
of Cornwall set forth on their tour of the empire it
was found worth while to equip the royal vessel, the
Ophir, with an apparatus for wireless telegraphing;
so that as it approached any of the great harbors of
the empire messages might be sent and received'
while <he ship was still far out at sea.
MR. McADIE, of the local weather bureau, in
commenting upon the dispatch from Wash
ington announcing that Secretary Wilson will
authorize the Weather Bureau to install a wireless
telegraph service at the Farallones "as soon as there
is any system suitable for installation," announced
that he intends to go East this summer for the pur
pose of studying the system which the New York
Herald has established at Nantuckct. The statement
is gratifying. It is an evidence that the officials of
the weather bureau arc not going to sit down and
wait for somebody to bring a system to them. Mr.
McAdie is going forth at once to find the system
that will be suitable for installation, and there is
every reason to believe the search will be immediately
We may bclievx: that the law should deal more
sternly with that erotic insanity which causes so many
of these murders. When a man threatens to kill a
woman for non-subjugation to his will in anything,
if she cannot get the drop on him a male relative
should be called in with a gun. Such threats almost
always end in the murder of the woman, and yet if a
man is arrested for making them it is treated rather
as a laughing matter ihan as a most serious peril for
the threatened woman.
Ages of civilization seem to have merely hidden
the barbarian under the skin of the race. Perhaps
worse may be said, but the barbarous ages hardly
equaled this in this kind of crime.
On the murder side of the docket appear a very
few murders of men by women. Mrs. Kennedy has
just been convicted of shooting her husband to death
in Kansas City. The jury had no compunctions about
convicting her, but about the same time Dr. Kennedy
escaped conviction in New York City for the killing
of Dollie Reynolds, so that the Kennedy luck is a
tie, the woman getting the worst of it. There are
occasional variations. One young man in Pennsyl
vania was murdered by a rival and left on the door
step of the young lady.
Then there are other crimes of which women are
the victims that arc not adequately punished. A
jury in this city has recently failed to convict the de
ceiver who entrapped Norine Schneider into a mar
riage by forging a telegram from her mother, though
he boasted in his testimony of deceiving a Canadian
lady into a mock marriage, and explained gleefully
and in detail his despicable crime.
To enlist in matrimony is getting to be as danger
ous as to go abroad as a Red Cross nurse to work
in a yellow fever hospital.
The same caterers to polite curiosity in reporting
weddings may yet have to describe the^bride's dress
as made of beautiful, polished bullet-proof moire an
tique steel, cut low, revealing a chemise of mail, of
a beautiful fishbone lace pattern, fastened with gold
wire. The groom may yet be referred to as armed
to the teeth, with a cartridge belt under his Prince
Albert coat and a bowie-knife in his right hand.
If this special class of bloodshcdding continues we
may expect the society reporter to say that when the
beautiful ami charming favorite of the exclusive set,
whose engagement is announced, received the pro
posal of the happy party of the second part, she was
guarded by three policemen in plain clothes, while
her father stood guard in the cupboard, armed with
a sawed-off- shotgun filled with slugs to the muzzle,
lest the candidate for his daughter's hand should be
seized with a desire to cut her throat.
Hard times usually promote crime. They furnish
the pretext of despair, of hard drink and other ex
cuses which weak humanity gives for its offenses. But
the murders of women during the last twelve months
are not traceable to hard times, for the. times have
been cood.
During the past year murders of this kind have
outnumbered any other special class of homicides.
Women have been the victims of more fatal attacks
from those to whom normally they should look first
for kindness and defense than in any similar period
of time in the past.
Young men are killing maidens to whom they arc
engaged for the offci'.sc of speaking, more or less
kindly, to other young men.. In other cases mur
der is committed because the girl declines the at
tentions of the murderer, preferring another. Thc^,
procession is plentifully sprinkled with husbands who
kill their wives, after married life together ranging
from a few months to past the silver wedding. Some
times, and not infrequently, such murderers kill their
whole family, including father-in-law and mother-in
law, and usually end where they should have begun,
by killing themselves.
THE country is in another epidemic of the mur
der of women by men, for various alleged causes,
principally erotic.
The battle of the boilers In the British
navy promises to be protracted, and It is
believed in some quarters that the old
style cylindrical boiler will again be
adopted. The chief needs of a naval boil
er are reliability and ability to raise steam
quickly. The first qualification is met In
the cylindrical boiler, and the second
requisite. It Is claimed, can be obtained
by the application of the Howden system
of forced draught. The Belleville boiler
will raise uteam quickly, but Is unreliable,
and the* same is said to be the case with
all other water-tube boilers. The How
den system Is used to the extent of 3,500,000
horsepower in trans-Atlantic steamers,
and it is argued that the system which
proves efficient In the mercantile marine
should be adopted for navy vessels. It Is
Interesting to notice that England Is the
only naval power which, shows so singu
lar a reluctance to depart from old usages,
while all other navies are progressive and
meet with good results, and the conclu
sions to be drawn irom this condition of
affairs In that British box bolterma&era
are aided by the inability of British en
gineers and stokers to adapt themselves
to new conditions. •
Rear Admiral C. C. P. Fitzgerald of the
British navy advocates fast scouts as
greatly needed in the navy, and Philip
Watts, constructor at the Els wick yard,
has prepared designs for such a vessel,
embodying the Ideas of the admiral. It Is
of 3900 tons displacement, with a normal
supply of SCO tons of coal. 400 feet in
length. 44 feet beam and 14 feet draught.
The twin-screw engines are of 16.000 horse
power, calculated to give a trial speed of
SS knots and a sustained sea speed of 23
knots. The vessel will have a protective
deck two Inches thick, and the gun posi
tions are to be protected by four-Inch
armor. The battery consists of sbc four-
Inch quick-firers and a dozen machine
guns, and the coal capacity Is 1C00 tons.
• • •
Two armored cruisers. Orlando and Nar
cissus, have been assigned as cruising
gunnery vessels. They have the regula
tion allowance of officers and crew on
deck and In the hold, except on the Nar
cissus, where there Is not a single en
gineer officer. This singular omission
would indicate that Great Britain is about
to try the experiment of the United States
navy to leave the engine department in
charge of warrant machinists, which does
not appear to have resulted disastrously
thus far after nearly two years' experi
ence in our nary.
The first torpedo-boat was the Rasp,
built In 1S73 by Thornycroft for the Nor
wegian navy. She is still In existence and
Is of 18 tons displacement, S3 feet in
length. 7 feet 6 Inches beam and 3 feet 11
inches draught, and had a trial speed of
IS knots. The horsepower was about 300.
From this small beginning the modern
and latest torpedo-boat destroyer has
been developed In the Viper, a vessel of
312 tons displacement, engines of 10.000
horsepower and a speed of 35 knots.
The Czar has Issued a ukase upon the
advice of the Minister of Marine directing
that hereafter all naval ships are to be
built of material of Russian manufacture.
No foreign firms will receive contracts
without this stipulation, which practically
shuts out competition of shipyards outside
of Russia and will necessitate building the
ships at home. The Engineering doubts
whether the present state of Russian
manufactures will make the Emperor's
plans feasible.
• • •
At the recent target practice at Bermu
da against the old ironclad Scorpion twen
ty lyddite shells were flred from the Cres
cent's 9.2-inch guns. Only three shots hit
the ship, and the idea of the terribly de
structive effects of lyddite appears to
have been somewhat exaggerated, as one
shell was supposed to have been sufficient
to destroy the ehlp, whereas the old Scor
pion was still afloat when the firing
ceased. '
• • ¦ •
Japan Is getting ready to build a factory
for armor and other shipbuilding material
at Kure, and 13,780,000 was included In the
navy vote for 1301-2 for that purpose. Th«
Minister of Marine pointed out that there
would be a clear saving of $1,000,000 In the
cost of building and bringing out a ship
like the Shikishlma from England If Ja
pan could produce her own armor and oth
er ship material and build Its ships at
The German naval maneuvers shortly to
take place In the North Sea will be on the
largest scale yet attempted. There will
be forty-four vessels In all, consisting of
fourteen battleships, three armored and
several cruisers and two torpedo flotillas
of destroyers, division-boats and torpedo
boats. Admiral von Koster will be in chief
command and Prince Henry of Prussia
will be In charge of one division.
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Turkey Is scattering her shipbuilding
favors Indiscriminately In all countries.
Italy has the largest orders for repair* of
obsolete vessels. Krupp at Kiel has/klso
some large orders for guns and repairs of
ships. Cramp's at Philadelphia Is build-
Ing a small cruiser, and it Is said that
Elswlck Is to build a large battleship lor
the Ottoman, the Sublime Porte, etc. of
A school will be opened at Kiel on Octo
ber 1 for the Instruction of naval en
gineers In the higher grades.
Captain Merry of this State, United States Minister
jo Salvador, is a sailor, long interested in deep water
commerce. Perhaps he could make*- valuable sugges
tions to our State Department on this subject, which
lies so well in line with his experience. "L
It is probable that the commerce of Salvador, its
coffee, rubber and other productive interests, would
be vastly multiplied by attention to this one need,
and it is certain they are all held back and injured
by the report of such affairs as the wreck at Aca
first concern of all government, it" should be secured
by making good harbors. 4
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