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WEDNESDAY
c San Francisco Call
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THE GOVERNOR AND THE BANK COMMISSION
GOY T ERXOR GILLETT is quoted as saying that the remedy for
present ills is more bank commissioners and a revision of bank
ing laws. That is- the politician's remedy. Has anything gone
wrong? Create another office and enact some quack legisla
tion. These are the patented substitutes for honesty and duty. Soon
the people will have forgotten alj about their troubles, but the newly
created offices will remain to help the political machine and bur
den the tax payers. Xow, in truth and in fact, the crying need of
the situation is not new offices or legislation but more honesty and
With common honesty in the bank commission, the California
safe deposit and trust company would haye been closed out more
than a year ago. The commissioners* knew that the bank was no
better than "a trap for .unwary depositors and they permitted it to
keep open. Now we are told that the cure for these conditions' is
more bank commissioners, presumably of the same stripe, backed
by a copious flux of legislation. The existing bank laws of Cali
fornia fill a book compiled by that useful politician, former Com
missioner Blackstock, who began on the railroad commission and
graduated to the bank commission.* The crisis now. demands more
BiackstockSj says Governor Gillett, and perhaps another Dunsmoor
or two.. Then, if the legislature will provide Mr. Blackstock with
opportunity to continue his literary labors and enlarge his book,
everything will be lovely. •
All that may provide comfortable places for. HerrinV heelers,
but it will not pay off a single unhappy depositor in the ' California
safe deposit and trust company, nor will it prevent. the; same thing
happening again if the bank commission. ts-;:iadean ; asylum for,
grafting politicians. The measures that -Governor Gillett proposes
are in their essence "encouragement for new". birik commissioners to
follow the example of their predecessors in" office. If the remedy for!
financial disease is' more bank commissioners, this can only mean
that present and past officials have done their duty as far as their
powers went, and only failed of complete and satisfactory fulfill
ment through physical exhaustion. ,
The real and effective remedy for these conditions is to send a
dishonest bank commissioner or two to jail. There is plenty of
law to cover the case and the offense is. clear. The question is up
to Governor Gillett. Will he set the criminal law in motion against
these delinquents? Fiddle-faddle talk about more offices anci
new legislation does not deceive anybody. .
POWERS IN A. FOOLISH COMPETITION
THE whole world seems to have gone mad at the same moment
with the mania for building monster battleships. England pro
poses to build twelve huge ships of the Dreadnought type
\u25a0within the next two years, and Germany is preparing to
complete within twelve years seventeen warships of equal size with
the English monsters. Our -own program is not less ambitious, for
Secretary Metcalf asks 1 congress -to provide for four battleships
nf the largest size, with other construction appropriations for the
session carrying a total of $69,270,000. Last year Secretary. Bona
parte asked .for $32,000,000 on construction accounts and -in 1905
his- estimates* called for $23,000,000. Secretary Metcalf asks for
three times as. much! .
Congress will not give as much as Mefcalf asks! but it will be
liberal. If other nations engage in a race or competition of this
sort the United States* cannot afford to Jag behind; The fact that
Japan is steadily and rapidly adding to its navy must not be forgotten
Dr ignored. In proportion to its means and resources, Japan is 1
really building more warships than any other nation.' ; It ms an
absurd, silly and dangerous competition for an impoverished country
to invite ; but there if is, a standing challenge.
AH summer long the peace conference sits at The Hague. ,In
winter the several, parliaments' get together and. 'provide means
for killing their fellow men. • -"r -V;
A WEIRD WAIL FROM OREGON
THE Portland Oregonian, morose perhaps from the influence
of a melancholy climate, sorrowfully inquires, "Will the worm
turn?" The subject of this. unhappy, similitude^ is the great
state of Oregon, which, we learn with distress, is crushed
under the heel of the oppressor, E. H. Harriman. The comparison
is not altogether complimentary to the native state .of the Ore
lonian. '••\u25a0-,':"
The special .wickedness of Harriman in Oregonian eyes is that
he is making that territory tributary to California instead of develop- j
ing the Portland terminal. By way of specification, the diversion
Df the Klamath country traffic to the south rather than the north
is quoted as one of Harriman's sins. Commenting on the unnatural
wickedness of Harriman in building south rather than north, the
Dregonian continues :
. Bat there was a difference in building a line which would drain busi
ness out of California and one which would keep it in its natural, time worn
channel. In the California project nd obstacle seemed too great to be over
come; in the Oregon project no obstacle was too smaHto be offered as an
excuse' for -not building. The climax of this policy, with which the California
trinity has placed the commercial curse on. central and southeastern Oregon
is near at hand, for while all work has been stopped on 'Harriman projects
which would in the slightest degree benefit Oregon, work onlthe line that
is to divert Oregon business to California is being rushed with : unusual haste.
All this* is very odd and interesting if true. . It introduces us to
t new Harriman. blind to his own interests, building his 1 ; railroads
an the line*of greatest resistance: and leaving open for some corh
EDITORIAL PAGE
petitor the "natural, time worn channel." This" is a: wholly hew form
of the . Harrimari myth, but it credits him with" -less "than human
rintelligence. Possibly, he was beguiled by the fact that the Klamath
is for its greater length a California river whose valley makes easy
grades. . ' . J"/ -'""'-; •.. • '
The unaccountable behavior of Harriman is attributed by the
Oregonian to a wicked conspiracy of Stubbs, Kruttschnitt and
Schwerin, , through whose wicked machinations „ and; evil" purpose
suffering Oregon has not had "a fair deal from the California trinity
oLSvedgalis/ for whom Mr. Harriman has been playing Trilby
for so many years.'' . y -
If the patient worm is at length ready to turn we suggest that
she — if that is the proper gender— should bite Svengali and not the
blameless Trilby. ...... ' -
MAYOR TAYLOR'S remarks -at- Stanford university have a
'very pertinent and immediate bearing on the condition of
San Francisco streets.' We quote: ' 7;
Everything will goto rack andr ruin unless watched. In San
Francisco it has been much this way in the 'past, and we hope 'in . the future
it will be different. For instance, the streets should be inspected. If not
daily or weekly, at least monthly. Things should not be as they have beep.
We. have laid new 'streets, and then left them and they have' gone to ruin
for want of attention; 7 \u25a0 \u25a0 •\u25a0:' -".,:\u25a0\u25a0 - % _ \u25a0;
-All very true and we hope the mayor will take his own lesson
to heart. The streets are not given; proper care, we presume for
lack of due inspection. Public service corporations are permitted
to destroy them and are not compelled to restore the breaks to
proper condition. All over- town the" asphalted street's are left with
trenches and chuckhotes, -mostly due to marauding gas companies
or telephone companies, which appear to have some pull that, pro
tects them. It is fair to say that -these complaints do not apply
to the- new work of the United Railroads, which, as far as observed;
has been excellent. V- . s ;
\u25a0'\u25a0 The bank 'commissioners should at
least refund the salaries thex^have
drawn.. • -*?£*••' V .
With an undertaker on the new
grand jury there is apt to be "grave
trouble ahead for the criminals.- '•.•
1 David ]. Walker says he hasn't a
cent. He ought'to-be ableto sympa*
thize . wth -some of the depositors in
his .bank. '/'.-.•"' \u25a0 ' •
When members 6i the~ present
board of supervisors accuse -each'
other ''-. of stretching ; the -truth . there
may be ' some doubt as to 'whether
either of them is ; right; but under -the
old "regime it "was a \u25a0 sure shot that
hftth would have been. \u25a0 •-' v
ST. CLARE— S.. City. In ; relation x to
your question about' the -body ; of ? St.'
Clare, Rev. Richard A, Gleeson of Santa j
Clara college writes ?to . this-:depart
ment : "A,bout . nve -; years . ago >\l ivlsited
the Mother. House. of r the Poor; Clare* at
Assist, in Umbrla;^ Italy. There.iln'a"
crypt under 'the -church;- ; l ;.' saw the
kneeling figure>of ,the\ salnt/S :ll saw
only.ithe head *'. and q the * feet J and >\u25a0 the
hands," as the "• rest of -the .body* was clad
in the garb^ofthe.order.^The head "was \u25a0
in ; good condition,^ s6,'J.too, "^ the* hands
and 'feet. 'The body : had\ been i
nearly 600 year»" and"waa~ discovered'
Sbigp Early
STREETS NEED INSPECTION
NOTE AND COMMENT
Slit looks as if a coin may have to.be
flipped -to decide v the -.San - Francisco
postmastershift. \u0084 , , , , .
• It might be a' good plan to throw a
cordon ;of police \u25a0 around '- Oakland's
Chinatown and', let the tongs fight
it but. :'.•":\u25a0:.
- \u25a0 Perhaps "Big" Jim Gallagher's ab
sence^is "to be of; the Kathleen Ma
jvqurneen - kind-^-"It - may be f or: years
and, it may be. forever.*'; v " \u25a0\u25a0"\u25a0:
'; Sir Clifton Robinson, known as ithe
tramway. kingiof;the ; ;Britishisles^ is
here. He v,*illbe ab^eio pick up many
pointers, on how not .to ran a street
railway-system. .- . x »
Ansvers'to Queries
.'. , % . v . . : ,". \u25a0\u25a0 l ;':';yr,"" 1 ;'." . — -f
to .be 'virtually . incorrupt only, when
exhumed " prior,: to] removing: . it|o ; a : new
resting; place. \Thls v removal? took; place
in : the first ; half |bf; the \u25a0 last > century. • I
give Uo^thls; fact Uhe'credence^that-is
due to any ' well: authenticated < historic
fact."/, -Consult I her; lit*, i'The : Princess
of i Poverty.:? printed lat I the - Convent of
Poor- Clare, Omaha,? Neb."
; • SHIPPING; PORTS--Subscrlber, City.
Duluth,': Minn.; flays|clalm^tolbelng^ the
greatest ' shipping -i port i. in 1 ; the^ world."
According jto .the • United? States bureau
of '• statistics \u25a0 -'• the"- total* " r tonnage -of
By The Call's Jester |
BALLAD OF >VILD HTJXTIXG
Some go .^out in quest of the ivory
mounted boar,'''',
Getting thunderous excitement, quite a
lack of dull Vepose:
Others plan to slay the^ fish armored
, osprey.
Or chloroform the butterfly that loiters
on the rose.
Moose, hunting, goose hunting have
.their clientele
"Whale drives, quail drives draw a mot
ley throng,
Some go after venison , with a godly
benison— .'
They can stalk their quarry with a
«: happy Hunting" song. '
Men go to the Congo after hippo
potamus ; . -
Steaks and cutlets: breaded, with the
gizzard on the side;
All they have jto do • there is to slay a
beast or two there—
'Steen pound.-soft nosed projectiles will
pierce the creature's hide.
Some hunters. % glum hunters, say that
sport is hard; .
They i can't, they ; shan't use that ad
. ' Jectlve; \u25a0'\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0.-'. \u25a0 \u25a0 : •
It can only be applied to the sport. that
. I have tried— . ••
Hunting o'er the city Just to find a
pla.ee to live.
Some think apartment houses lurk in
- every street — -
They are cunning?, creatures with most
subtly -hidden lairs;
A new and modern flat for two, such a
one that - ought ( <to do..
Is far . more' s difficult to 6talk r than ex
. I tlnct grirzly bears. ' ; \u25a0 'Sp^ll
Steam heat, parlor suite rarer than the
;.;; •\u25a0Jauk,;^;-' ',':•: _ \u25a0- . ' \u25a0' _ ._; {\*~
My rent (high rent) 's ; evasive as a
mouse; ,• , . •
Lead will bag a tiger cat; gold you
need to land a flat—
If you re after sport imperial just try
'\u25a0; \u25a0=; , to • hunt a^'flat. 1 . ' — A. . L. P.;
freiglit. handled during 1906 was>37»
376,213. ..That of New ; York and jghl-^
cago ?• f or . * the i same year, " respetitlWly,
wa5;30,314,062 and ;14.740,115. t0n5. <*The
reports s for: 1905 • • show: rLondbhT^Ens
land,". 33,478,158 -itons; \u25a0 Liverpool,,:;24,'
365,519 tons; H0ngk0ng," 22,653,616 tons;
Hamburg, 20,762,000 tons,* and Antwerp,
\ CONTRACT—C. \u25a0E. E., , Berkeley. A
contract | is jan. agreement .between \ two
'or. ,more; partle3.T, The .'writing contains
the tterms 'and conditions ; of. the agree
men t be tween i the ; par tl es. ;If you ; wish
to 1 be 'sure 'that. »' contract'Js properly
drawn up, consult a reputable attorney.
r-'-A JAMES— -Reader/ . Oakland, Cal. .The
given; name "James Is Jakob in German.*
The' name indifferent languages,
as):- follows: U'- Latin, r Jacobus; > French,
Jacques ; '\u25a0 Italian.^Jacopo,"; Giacomo, Gia
cobbe; £ Spanish;?. Jacobo, Dlego, v Jago,
Jaime: Portuguese,-- Jayme^Diogo. -
..liLEFT. : THE . CITY—A 'Subscriber,
City; It • is ) imposslble* t to "give any-ap
proximate 'figure i as ';to'» the snumber* of
persons: .who * left San ; Frtnclsco on
•Apri1 5 18, ',11896, \u25a0• and Y during; the week
following.^" .- \u25a0
DECEMBER 11, 1907
m N; interesting engagement, which
•/\ ~ is. being announced informally
fr\ this week to the friends of the
L -\u25a0*\u25a0 J principals, is that of Miss Anna
Nicholson Scott and Joseph Wllber.Cof
flni'both of whom are prominent in the
younger -smart set. Miss Scott, whose
parents died some years ago, has made
her"; home with her grandmother, Mrs.
Mearns, with whom she traveled recent
ly in the east and in Canada. Shortly
after the fire they took delightful
apartments in the : Frederick, where
they are Just " re-established, after the
summer's outing. Mis 3 Scott, however,
spends almost-half her time with her
cousins, the hospitable Foster family of
San Rafael, whose big country house,
Fair ' Hills, has been like another home
to her. It was: while on a visit, there
that she-first met Mr. Coffin, whose
admiration, from the first day of their
acquaintance, led their friends to expect
the pleasant bit of news Just received.
Miss Scott is a pretty girl, with blu«
eyes and light , brown hair. She is a
graduate of the University of California
and unusually - olever and attractive.
Although Mr. Coffin Is a New York
man and came to California only a short
time ago, h* Is connected with some of
this state's most prominent families
and has many friends here. He is a
nephew of Mrs. James Coffin of Ross
Valley and connected through her with'
the Aliens of Rosa and the Andersons of
Mar* Island.' . .
Miss Scott's cousins, Mr. and Mrs.
A. VW. Foster,, have offered her their
home for the- wedding, , which is to be
one, of the events of April next. No
definite date has been selected, but, the
affair will not be "a very large one. Mr.
and Mrs. Coffin will make their home
in New York.
Miss Hannah dv Boia was hostess
yesterday at a delightful luncheon
which was given at the Francesca club
to ; several of the year's debutantes.
Her guest of honor was Miss Augusta
Foute, the other guests being Miss
Helen Jones, Miss Dorothy Boericke,
Miss Ruth Boericke, Miss Dolly Mac-
Gavin, Miss Kathleen Ide Young, Miss
Louisiana • Foster, Miss) Eleanor dish
ing". Miss Christine Pomeroy. Miss Les
lie Page, Miss Lucile Wilklns, Miss
Louise Boyd. Miss Helen Baker.
Dr. and Mrs. John Rodgers Clark will
leave' San Francisco In ''January for
Now York, whore they will spend sev
eral weeks before sailing- for Europe.
They do not plan to return to San
Francisco until late In the- fall and
will visit • England.- Italy and France
during the spring- and summer months.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles -Peter Weeks.
who spent November at the Potter, in
Santa. Barbara, have returned to their
San Mateo home and will remain there
during the winter. Miss Kempff, who
.4.—— — — . : :
Britain Suppresses Truthful Editor
•<r l THEN- the war with Russia began
A 11'/ an English newspaper in Kobe,
1 V V Japan, had a subordinate editor
i named Bethell— E. T. Bethell.
Ha was* a British provincial Journalist
who had somehow drifted out to the
far east. His task of grubbing through
the exchanges and an occa
sional editorial article in the ponderous
English style r was not" of a kind to
bring distinction.
In the middle of the war Bethell had
an -inspiration which was destined to
make him a thorn in the flesh to the
Japanese government, and which lifted"
him to such prominence that an inter
national combination had to be made
to suppress. him— at least for the time.
He moved to Seoul and started a little
four page rag of a paper called tho
Korea Daily News, printed at first in
English and then in" Korean as well.
At first all the .knowing smiled at
Bethell's enterprise. The circulation
field was so miserably narrow and there
was not enough advertising in all Ko
rea to wad a gun. Bethell could not
afford. a cable service; he had to clip
his foreign news from Japanese papers
a week old. He had no English com
positors, only Koreans who set the type
by the looks of the letters. . He had io
be his : own '; editorial writer,- reporter
and circulator.
Nevertheless the Japanese govern
ment soon began to take notice of Ed
itor Bethell.: The first sign was an elab
orate attack on him In the Yokohama
Daily Mail, edited by an Englishman
who sneezes : whenever the Japanese
government takes snuff. The Daily Mail
said, in brief, • that Bethell was a hire
ling of Russia and a disgrace to British
manhood.
The trouble was that Bethell refused
to accept the pplite official version of
Japan's purposes and methods in Korea.
He told the truth as he saw. it, and not
only in English but also in Korean.When
the Japanese soldiers began to evict
Korean peasants from their lands under
pretense ofitnilitary necessity he told
about it in terms that burned their way
through even the clouded Korean mind.
Every incident of Japanese outrage and
cruelty that came to his ears he printed
with a spirit that blinked no unpleas
ant facts. .
Bethell's little paper was the first to
give the' He to the official Japanese ro
mance that ' on a certain N6vember.
night in 1905 the Korean emperor had
willingly signed away his inherited
rights and his country's independence.
He told how Japanese soldiers had sur
rounded, the palace," how Marquis Ito
had threatened the emperor, and how
when the. latter still refused to affix his
seal to v protectorate the
strongbox of the Korean prime minis
ter had been forced and the great seal
stolen from it and affixed to the docu
ment at Marquis Ito's order.
\ "When a; so called patriotic society of
Koreans was formed to applaud and
uphold the Japanese proceedings Beth
ell declared ;that its members were pat
riots for revenue- only, and proved it by
tracing the ; ' \u25a0 money to the society's
leaders from high officials of Japan. He
fwas also the first to let the world know
about -the delegates whom the old em
peror had 'sent to The Hague to plead
against Korea's extinction. .;
'All these things made Editor BetheH
exceedingly /obnoxious \u25a0to the Japanese
powers.' -The \u25a0 short oriental: method of
dealing with :\u25a0 him— -that . of assassina
tion—^could hardly be taken, for he was
an . Englishman,', and " up *- to about six
weeks ago Englishmen still had soma^
rights, even in "Korea, that Japan felt
Conditions in Calif ornia
. Tha California Promotion committee vired tho follawiar to its •asters lnioaa ia ITaw
California. { tempentuie* for th» last 21 hours :
San Francisco ..:... .....".MiElaauia......s3 - Jtaxlaaia '..to
San Dieff0. . ....................... .Minimum. .... .52 Virtmim . . . . .gg
- Reports received ty the California Proinotiaa conimittee from Glenn coanty say that
rapid 'progress is beia? made on several larja irrigating systems in that part of the state.
Humboldt county is sending large' quantities of redwood to Australia. One vessel lately
left Eureka' for Adelaide with 85 0,000 feet o/ rough clear redwood, ia addition to nearly -
half a million feeVofptbef During the year nearly twelve million feet of tustber hays
left Eurika for Australian ports.
; Four hundred men are rashingr the rehabilitation of tha Mills building is San Francisco,.
on which half a million dollars are being expended. It Is confidently promised that ti«
\u25a0 great structure will " he ready . for ; occupancy , l>y January 1. n
Smart Set
has been with the Weeks for several
months, will be their guest In San
Mateo until the spring. Dr. and Mrs.
Edgar Bryant, Mrs. Week*' sister and
brother in law, have taken a house in
the popular southern town.
Miss Hope Bliss will be hostess at a
luncheon today, her guest of honor
being Miss Dolly MacGavin. Her guests
will be 12 in. number and Include sevv.
eral of the debutantes. The affair will
take place in the Bliss home on Broad-
Mr. and Mrs. Aylett Cotton are at
the Potter hotel in Santa Barbara,
where they went \u25a0 Immediately after
their wedding a week ago. Mrs. Cot
ton was Miss Alice BoreL
Two dances take place on Friday
night of this week, through a con
fusion in the original dating of thesa
events. One is Mrs. Ynez Shorb
White's second cotillon at the Fairmont
hotel, which will be attended by\about
150 young society people. Mrs. White
will be assisted in receiving by Mrs.
Reginald Knight Smith and Mrs. Elea
nor Martin. The other dance Is the
second of the Friday night dances, la
which Mrs. George Moore, Mrs. Lang
horne," Mrs. Wakefleld Baker and Mrs.
Monteagle will chaperone. It will take
place at Century Club halL
Among last week's informal bridge
parties were two given respectively on
Tuesday and ."Wednesday by Mrs. Alex
ander Heynemann In her pretty home
In FlHraore «treet Among those who
played were: Mrs. Arthur Watson, Mrs.
Hewall Dolllver, Mrs. J. C. Myerstein.
Mrs. Whiting. Mrs. Walter Holcomb.
Mrs. Sexton. Mrs. Edward Younger.
Mrs. Maurice Casey. On both days an
informal tea followed the game.
Miss Florence Lundborg was th«
guest last week of Mrs. Laora Roe in
the latter's pretty Ross Valley Rome.
Mrs. Roe returned only recently from a
short eastern trip, where she visited
various relatives and friends.
Mrs. TVilliam! Collier, who left San
Francisco some' months ago to attend,
the Episcopal convention at the James
town fair, will return to San Francisco
thi9 week and will soon reopen her
home on Pacific avenue.
The Newhall dance, which i 3 to be
given this evening in the handsoma
Newhall home on Scott street, promises
to be one of the brilliant affairs of the
winter, although it is not to be very
large. Mrs. Newhall'a guest of honor
\u25a0willjjje Miss Alexandra Hamilton, on«
of- the year's debutantes, and Miss
Elizabeth, Misa Marian and Miss Mar
garet Newhall will assist them in re
ceiving their guests. This will be the
first private'dance yet given this winter
and the younger society folk expect a
delightful experience.
bound to respect. Besides, the "alli
*nce' r must not be endangered by any
thing that the British voter might re
sent.
And so finally the British govern
ment was induced to instruct its repre
sentative In Seoul that Bethell and his
paper were a menace to "the peaceful
Japanese regime." Accordingly, about
six weeks ago, Bethell was arrested
and tried before the. British resident,
and held In bonds of S.OOtt yen, to curb
his pen or be expelled from the coun
try, while his paper was suppressed.
However, the seed of Bethell's sow
ing is bearing fruit in the stubborn,
guerrilla warfare that goes on in the
Korean hills against the Japanese con
queror, and the British government is
left In the bad position of warring on
a subject whose only offense was that
he told the truth. — Chicago Inter
Ocean. *
Items of Interest
* . , . j.
A Chinese merchant of Peking who
was convicted of murder was sentenced
to death by being deprived of sleep.
Four warders kept watch over him £o
keep him awake and on the tenth day
he died.
A New York man who has spent 72
years in mailing models for inventors
to send to the patent office say 3 that
there are 67 men In New York whom
he knows of who are working on per
petual motion machines.
"What is claimed to tfe a record day's
mining for any colliery in the united
kingdom was made recently at the
Bar ?oed colliery of the Powell Dyffryo
company. The quantity of coal raised
during the day was 3,245 tons.
If American cotton were baled as
well as the Indian there would be thres
advantages, viz., saving in freight, sav
ing in trouble at mill due to buckles,
and saving in tare and liability to dam
age. The most important is the savins
in freight.
Brazil Is preparing- for tha celebra
tion next year of the hundredth anni
versary of the. opening of the port 3of
that country to international commerce
by a national exhibition of Industrial,
pastoral a«d art products, to beneld at
Rio de Janeiro from June ,15 to Sep
tember 7.
Knud Rassuesen of Copenhagen, who
has been studying ethnology at Un
manak. North Greenland, has started
f dr Smiths sound to find an Eskimo
tribe which is reputed to have never
come in contact with civilization. His
aim Is eventually to reach the Canadian
mainland some time in 1903.
Christopher B. Stout, who has been
retired by the discontinuance of the
postoffice . at Centerville, N. J., is sa^u
to be the oldest postmaster in point of
service in* the United States. He has
served continuously since his appoint
ment in 1555.
Tho, natives of Borneo place rudely
carved image* of female figures by the
side of the entrances to their huts. The
image represents a goddess, which
protects the house from any harm or
Mckness. If there should be illness
previously, to the placing of .the
butlong at the entrance, sfc« prevents
it from becoming worse.
A new \u25a0 plague protective or rat
poison has been discovered In China.
Ii Is called "ratln," and consists of a__
pasty substance inoculated with a
bacillus. A rat which takes enough to
covei a pin's head will not only die,
but will Infect every other rat with
which it comes in contact. Five vil
lages* have been selected in which to
make the test.

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