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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
“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,
Weary Willie Decides to Change H!»
Tale of Woe.
"Yea. lady, I have seen better
"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’
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
"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.
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.
Take Laxative Bromc Quinine Tab;et*. All
druggists refund money If it fails to curt*. J&c.
Witt—l am generally ulone. because I
like to be in good eomnany. Illtt —Well.
I'll leave you alone, because 1 like to be
In good company.
Pise’s Oars esnnot be too bight? spoken c* tm
• cough cure.—J. W. O Biuen. 3Si Thud At*.,
N.. Minneapolis. Mian.. Jan. 0. IMA
If you have a good temper, keep It; If
you nave u bnd one. don't lose It.
Try me Just once and I am sure
to come again. Defiance Starch.
Church—Do you think he Is a well-pro
portioned man? Gotham —No; Ills lungs
are uway out of proportion to his brains.
6moke Baxter's "Bullhead” 5-cent cigar.
When It comes to singing. Patti takes
the cake. A pattycake. of course.
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W. N. U. — DENVER. —NO. 17.—1903.
When Answering Advertisements
Kindly Mention This Paper.
(T K 1 5 $25.00 One Way
s4o<oo Round Trip
If you expect to go to California, why not go when the railroad fare la low? From now to June 15 1903 you
may go there for $25. You may buy a round-trip ticket May 13th to May 19th. Inclualvc. for $lO a considerable re
duction from current rates. These round-trip tickets will be limited to July 15th. and liberal stopover privileges
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.
An Interesting Letter Concerning Peruna.
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Miss Della Janveau, Glol>e Hotel. Ottawa. Ont., is from one of tne oldest and l>est
known French Canadian families in Canada. In a recent letter to The Peruna Medicine
Co., of Columbus. Ohio, she says:
“ Last spring my blood seemed dogged up, my digestion poor, my
head ached and I felt languid and tired all the time. My physician
prescribed for me, but a friend advised me to try Peruna. / tried it
and am pleased to state that I found It a wonderful cleanser and pur
ifier of the system. In three weeks / was like a new woman, my
appetite had increased, / felt buoyant, light and happy and without
an ache or pain. Peruna Is a reliable family medicine.**
Adia Brittain, of Sekitan, 0., writes: factory results from the use of Peruna.
“After using your wonderful Peruna write at once to Dr. Hartman, giving a
three months I have had great relief. I full statement of your case and he will
had continual heaviness in my stomach, be pleased to give you his valuable advice
was bilious, and had fainting spells, but gratis.
they all have left me since using Peruna.” Address Dr. Hartman, President of
—Adia Brittain. The Hartman Sanitarium, Columbus,
If you do not derive prompt and satis- * Ohio.
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