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Hunt for Century-Old Rum.
Ptccious Liquid Buried on Mount Katahdin One Hundred Years Ago Being Eagerly Sought For by De* scendants of the Man Who Hid It. During the forenoon of July 4, 1803, Amos Patten of Bangor climbed to the top of Mount Katahdin. accompanied oy two guides. They were the first white men who ever set foot upon the summit of Maine's highest moun tain. In his diary of the trip Mr. Patten records that he gave three cheers for the United States of America, three more,for the American eagle and then cried "Death to all traitors!" three times. After these ceremonies he sang "Yankee Doodle” in "a loud, clear voice," and when he had finished the patriotic exercises of the day he and ills guides took "two stiff horns of new rum, engraved our names on a sheet of lead, wrapped the same about a gallon jr.g of rum and burled both un der i. cat spruce tree on the very top.” At his death the patriotic mountain climber left an estate valued at $75.- OOu and a family of five sons, all of wnoni made repeated trips to the mouul&lu to find the hidden record and the aging rum. which was doing no good to anybody. On July 4, 1853, sixteen Pattens stood on the mountain top and sang "Yankee Doodle.” "Hail Columbia” and "The Star Spangled Banner.” They also camped among the trees and made a thorough search for the Courage of the Red Man. Old Miner Tells of Pathetic but Useless Show of Bravery Made by Indian Chief —Gives Tribute to an Unflinching Foe. “They can talk all they please about the cowardice and treachery of Indians but let me say they are the gatnest fel lows that ever breathed," says an old time miner. "After they had been whipped and driven from plain to mountain range time and again, of course, they became trenchers, but before they learned of the white man's tactics they were an unflinching foe. “The prettiest sight 1 ever saw was during a fight a lot of us miners had with a band of Indians in Montana in the early 'sos. We had been prospect ing along the Yellowstone and had not found any tempting gold-bearing gravel, so we started to go about a hundred miles farther down the river. We hadn't gone far before we ran into a band of hostile Indians. From the first we knew’ there was a fight com ing. but we pushed on. "Two days’ travel brought us Into the center of their rather shifting territory and we knew we were in for It. The redskins were camped across the river, but we knew there were others in the woods all about us. We built a raft and pushed out to a brush-covered sand bar to get out of the way. Indians generally make an attack in the night or early morning, but this band chose the time of sunset to strike at us. They piled into their rude canoes and floated down stream directly toward our camp on the bar. and you never saw a more fearless set of red demons In your life. Pine Lands of the South. Experts Maintain They Can Be Made Fertile and Profitable 11 Properly Cultivated—Good News for Mississippi and Louisiana. In the early days of California, when its mineral wealth had turned the eye of the whole world In that direction, an enterprising American planted n small patch of ground near San Fran cisco In fruit anil grain. He was the subject of much ridicule among the pioneers. says the New Orleans Times- Democrat. and one of the men most prominent In mining circles smiled derisively at the man who was trying to get money out of the earth with a spade Instead of a pickax. “I wouldn't give SIOO for all the crops that the Pacific coast will ever grow.” are the memorable words he said, and in this he only echoed pub lic sentiment. The sandy, semi-arid soil of California was regarded as un fit for cultivation. The country, it was predicted, would never be any thing but a mining camp. Agriculture was out of the question. The soil was poor and rainfall deficient. But the prophet, like most others, has proved totally wrong. The mining in terests of California have shrunk to small proportions; agriculture now contributes most of the wealth, ami the state is one of the richest In the union in its farms, producing In the census year crops valued at $131,690,- 606 of the most varied character. in an address before the immigra Very Appropriate. Several handsome paintings have been placed Recently on the walls cf the cfcfe at - the Fifth Avenue hotel. The man who hung- them evidently has a good Idea of the eternal fitness of things. Suspended Just over the sign of a firm of Wall street brokers is a picture of a flock of sheep, the thickness of whose fleece indicates that they are about ready to he shorn. "Very appropriate” is the inevitable comment of those who notice the juxtaposition of the sign and the palut iug.—Now York Times. jug of rum, which was fifty years ci age and no doubt very mellow, but their labors were without reward. Twenty-five years later, on July 4. 1878, twenty-three I’attens, all of whom were descendants of Amos, toll ed up the side of Mount Katahdln and spent two days In camp above the hardwood line. They repeated all the old songs with which the mountain was familiar and added “Rally ’Round the Flag.” Marching Through Geor gia” and several others left over from •the civil war. but though they looked and dug holes under every cat spruce tree on a five-acre lot at the summit, the seventy-five-year-old rum was not discovered. As 1903 is the 100th anniversary o' the first ascent of the mountain, the descendants of Amos Patten will make still another trial to unearth the elu sive rum. and will pass a week on the summit, singing patriotic hymns, mak ing speeches and digging for a jug of liquor which is more precious than gold. There are forty-two male descend ants of Ames Patten between the ages of 14 and 70, and of these more than thirty have pledged themselves to ac company the party. A fife and drum corps will go along, and if that century old rum can be found they are re solved to know just how It tastes. "Standing erect In the bow of the front canoe was tlie chief. He looked like a tall bronze statue. The light of the low sinking sun fell upon him, lighting up his face, arms, and bare chest. He was the noblest looking creature*my eyes ever rested upon. I knew we had to kill him. but I was touched with pity at the thought. I couldn’t raise my rifle to do it, but one of the boys did. The boat drew nearer. The Indian*still stood with one foot In the bottom of the boat, the other rest ing on the curved top of the bow. He surely knew he would be killed, but he never moved. "A little puff of smoke and fire burst from the muzzle of the miner’s rifle, and in an instant the chief’s hands fell to his side. He raised his right arm again and pointed directly before him at the red sun sinking behind the mountain. The boat came on. and as it drew nearer we could see a red stream coursing down the bronze skin of the warrior. The rifle cracked again, the Indian raised his face to the sky and fell into the water. "It was a hard fight to drive the rest of the band away and we lost sev eral of our men in doing it. It was a hard fight, but it was worth while to me, for the picture of the great name less chief lias always remained with me. He gave me the grandest exhibi tion of courage I have ever seen and I have respected the red man ever since." lion convention. Prof. E. B. Ferris, as sistant director of the branch experi ment station at McNeill, Miss., point ed out how the same mistake had been made in regard to the pine lands of the Southwest. McNeill is fifty-seven miles from New Orleans on the New Orlenns & Northeastern and in the heart of the pine belt. That belt has been viewed with disfavor by the farmers, it was good for lumbering, they said, but scarcely suitable fpr agricultural purposes, and most of the farmers have passed by and moved on to the rich river bottoms. It would lie a groat misfortune for the South were this so, for its pine lands take tip a large portion of its area, nearly half of .Mississippi• and Louisiana. But Prof. Ferris shows very clearly that It is not so and that the pine lands, like the sandy lands of California, can bo made most productive if it be gone about in the right way. This is good news, as the pine lands are occupied mainly by whites, while the river bot toms and alluvial innds are given over to the negroes. Whatever white im migration. therefore, comes to this section is likely to sett-e in tho pine hills and it is well to know that we have so much land there open to set tlement that will be profitable to the state. Are Away Behind the Times. Goose quill pens and drying powders are still used In English law courts and the House of Lords and In the French Chamber of Deputies. Policemen in Various Cities. The proportion of policemen to pop ulation in one of 207 in Paris; one to 408 in London, and one to 458 in New York city. Growth of German Exports. Germany's exporta grew from $99.* GOG.000 in 1901 to $114,495,000 In 1902. THE SAME, BUT DIFFERENT. Irishman’s Humorous Changing of Popular Slang Phrase. A young man walking down the street the other day met an old Irish man whom he knew. and. asking him how he felt, was answered by the Celt that he felt pretty good. The Irishman in return asked him how he was. and was answered by the young man that he "felt out of sight.” Pat did not seem to catch the meaning at once, but In a few mo ments his puzzled face turned into a broad grin, and he walked away mut tering "out of sight.” Now, at the next corner there hap pened to be standing a particular •friend of the Irishman, and walking up to him he inquired how he was feeling. “Same ns usual. Pat.” he answered, “but how do you feel?” Pat wondered at the blank look that appeared on his friends face as he answered, "You can’t see me, Dan.” NICE HARD LUCK STORY. Weary Willie Decides to Change H!» Tale of Woe. "Yea. lady, I have seen better days.” "No doubt. You were once a proud and successful business man. You held your head as high as the high est. Then came the defalcation of a trusted cashier and the elopement of your only child with a bogus count. You were crushed, you took to drink. You became a vagabond. You have nothing to live for—save to find the man who wronged your trusting child. And you ask me to help you on your weary way.” "Madam, you make me weep. Will you please say that over again? I want to learn It by heart —it's so much better than the story I was about to tell you.” Famous French Curfew Bell. A note from Rouen states that the Rouvel, the celebrated bell In the belfry of the town hall, which rings the curfew every evening from 9 o’clock to a quarter past, is cracked, and It Is feared that further use may cause It to fall to piece. The curfew has been temporarily discontinued in consequence. The Rouvel dates from the thirteenth century and is generally called the “silver bell.” In 1382 Charles ’VI ordered the confiscation of the bell because it had been used to give the signal for a popular rising, but a compromise was subsequently arrived at. and the king accepted a sum of money instead of the Rouvel. It appears probable that the bell will either be recast or preserved in the local museum. Long Career In Law. Almost half a century has passed since the death of Daniel O'Connell, but there is at least one barrister still alive who acted as his junior counsel In Ireland. He is Townsend McDer mott, the father of the Australian bar and possibly of the Irish bar also. He graduated at Trinity college, Dublin, in 1840 and was called to the Irish bar shortly afterward. In the early ’sos McDermott emigrated to Australia and established himself on the Ballarat gold field, where he has lived ever since. He acquired a leading practice In the mining courts and represented Ballarat East ‘for some time In the Victorian parliament, also holding office as solicitor general. He is now nearly 90. Slang from Royal Lips. When Prince Henry of Prussia vis ited the United States about a year ago persons were surprised to see how' quickly he picked up American idioms. To those associated with him It was not uncommon to hear such phrases as “made him feel like thirty cents,” “out o’ sight” and “go ’way back and sit down.” with other current slang of twelve months ago, come trip pingly from the royal lips. Therefore no one hero is surprised to learn that in speaking of a statement he deems particularly direct and appropriate. Baron Von Sternburg frequently says: "It’s bully—right off the bat." Difference in Prayers. I.ittle Alice always satd her pray ers regularly before going to bed. 'One night, however, as she rested her head on the pillow, she remarked, in a questioning way: "Mamma, my prayers are so much longer than the one nurse says in the morning. Can’t I say hers when I’m tired?” "Does the nurse pray In the morning?” asked the mother, with a puzzled look. "Yes.” said Alice sweetly. “She says, ‘Lord, have I got to get up?’ ” The Art of Conversation. “Tell me,” pleaded the artless maid, “wherein lies the secret of the art of conversation. The sage assum ed the attitude he was wont to as sume when In the act of Imparting wisdom and said: "My child, listen.” "I am listening,” breathlessly she an swered. "Well, my child,” he rejoin ed, "that is all there is in the art of conversing agreeably."—New York’ Herald. Why He Was Safe. Dr. Edmund J. James, president of the Northwestern University, has in his office, near his safe, the bust, done In clay, of a man famed no less for his sharp practices than fpr his wealth. One day a visitor gazed at this bust somewhat pointedly. There upon Mr. James said, with a laugh: "I suppose you are surprised that I should risk having Mr. So-and-So here In my office so close to the safe where I keep my money, pon’t you see. though, that our friend ha? no hands?” Substantial Minnesota Mayor. Charles T. Taylor, mayor-elect of Mankato, Minnesota, is the heaviest chief executive of any city In the United States. He weight, 403 pounds, but is as nimble as a kitten and one of the fastest pedestrians iu the city. He is a Democrat of the strictest sort Mother Or»y*» Sweet Powder* for Children. Successfully used by Mother Gray, nurse in the Children’s Home in New York, cure Constipation, Feverishness. Bad Stomach, Teething Disorders, move and regulate the Bowels and Destroy Worms. Over 30,000 tes timonials. At all druggists, 35e. Sample FREE. Address A. S. Olmsted, Lelloy, N. Y. Aunt Fanny —And you can spell lots of big words now. I suppose? (Iracie — Yes; but I can't always spell them the right way. Try One Package. If "Defiance Starch” does not please you. return it to your dealer. If It does you get one-third more for the same money. It will give you satisfaction, and will not stick to the iron. "The plural, then, of “wife* Is whatT* The teacher asked. Said Hess, A most precocious little tot: "It’s bigamy. I guess.” The mildest tobacco that grows »s used In the make-up of Baxter's Bullhead 5- cent cigar. Tty one and see. Fond Youth—Why. Nellie, yotrve been eating onions. Lovely Malden <wlth spir it)—lf you don’t like onions you cun move —to the other end of the sofa. PUTNAM FADELESS DYES pro duce the brightest and fastest colors. The man who thinks his wife Is blind to his faults Is entitled to another think. “The Klean.Kool Kitchen Kind” of stoves make no smoke, smell, soot, ashes or ex cessive heat. Always look for trade mark. Fussy Old Lady—l can't ride with my back to the engine. What shall I do? Kidder Wright tin the opposite seat)— Speuk to the conductor. Maybee he'll turn the truln around. If you have smoked a Bullhead 5-cent cigar you know how good they are; If you have not. better try one. In a Montana hotel there Is a notice which reads: "Boarders taken bv the day. week or month. Those who do not pay promptly will be taken by the neck. - ' To Cure a Cold in One day. 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These round-trip tickets will be limited to July 15th. and liberal stopover privileges accorded. The one-way tickets will be accepted for passage in free chair cars carried on fast trains. If sleeper is deaired. tickets will be accepted for passage in tourist sleepers on payment of customary Pullman charge. The round-trip tickets will be honored on any Santa Fe train—Pullman space extra. Santa Fe all the way. A profusely illustrated folder issued by the Santa Fe describes the trip to California and also contains complete schedules of the special trains to be run for those who avail themselves of the low rate made for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church and the General Convention of Wf Master Plumbers. Sent free on request. J. P. HALL, General Agent A. T. & S. F. Ry. “ POOR DIGESTION • ' LANGUID AND TIRED." An Interesting Letter Concerning Peruna. 1 I DELLA- I I y U< - Miss Della Janveau, Glol>e Hotel. Ottawa. 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