Newspaper Page Text
THE COLONEL'S WIFE
BY WARREN EDWARDS Amxa? cr ‘Z'rr CQPf?tt7-/72Z> JSSG jr CHAPTER XIV. Cruel Mollie. Thus, as the day drew n-iar its end, Colony 1 John with one arm in a sling, and the thanks of Sherman ringing in his ears, galloped along the suburban road that would take him to Lynd hurst. The country was still excited. Once a bullet ripped past the head of the Federal rider. Some concealed marks man on the hillside had taken a flying shot ut him, in the hope of assisting the cause. Colonel John glanced up in time to see a ring of white smoke curl over tne bushes—drawing a heavy Colt's, which would throw lead almost as well as a musket, he sent a round of shots into the copse that nutst have made the unseen marksman uneasy even if no danger resulted. As he approached the Granger es tate he drew in his horse to get a second look at the figure of a man seen in the gloaming near the ruins, but the party vanished from view be hind a clump of magnolias. Somehow John seemed impressed with the idea that It was his cousin Crockett —the figure resembled him, and his walk was the same, a wound received during the fierce fight at Pittsburg Landing making him limp. Arrived at the plantation he made the round and found everything in apple pie order. Near the house John met the sergeant, who handed his horse over to an orderly. "She’s been here, kurnel," announc ed Shanks, in a solemn way. Colonel John frowned. “Then I see trouble ahead, for the woman is utterly unscrupulous and hates mo bitterly.” "I’ve seen her before, sir. and d'ye know I’ve got a good notion she’s a spy." "For my part, Shanks. I’ve believed that before, and I feel it my duty to send word to headquarters. She is a dangerous woman, and should h? either shut up or sent outside the lines. Tell me. did she see my—that Is. Miss Granger?" "They were together an hour. sir. and when that she-devil, beggin’ your pardon, galloped away, she had a smile on her handsome face. I reckon she accomplished what she came for.” Colonel John looked deeply troubled but he was not the man to avoid threatening evil. Such a spirit could nevor have won the victories that had crowned his career. He met his subordinate officers and nave them the stirring news of the day. Then Squire Granger joined them. His demeanor was grave, but the planter was a gentleman above even his hatred for any one wearing the blue. At the table Mollie appeared to per form her duty. Her manner was cold. John was unusually grave during the meal. When he caught Mollie’s eyes she turned her head away and f owned. , , . This told him something had hap pened to disturb her. and singularly enough he even ielt pleased to know he had so far entered Into her life that B he could be disturbed by malicious tales affecting his honor. Colonel John was watching his chance. Il# did not join the gentlemen in thotr post prandial smoko upon the porch, but kept an eye upon the draw ing room, and when a whlte-robed flu ure glided Into Its Interior, the soldier lost no time in following. So Mollie, turning from the table whither she had gone to get s book. | found herself fare to face with the man she would avoid. "I beg your pardon. Miss Mollie. but will you grant me a few minutes’ conversation.” he said. She lowered her eyes. “I see no reason why I should, sir. was her reply, but although John was not blocking the way she made no attempt to pass him. •‘I believe you would not knowingly be unjust to any one. Miss Mollie. Do you consider it right to condemn mo unheard?" *T condemn you?" she said, in some acorn —"indeed. I am not bothering my poor head about you one way or the other. Colonel Ridgeway." This was really a cruel cut. and he winced under it. but recovered as he saw how she was quivering with sup pressed excitement. "Nevertheless, I have reason to be lieve an enemy or mine has seen you to-day, and I fear, knowing her past history, that she may have traduced Ime In her mad desire to do an Injury. Her name Is Belle Stevens. I believe she follows the perilous occupation of a female spy.” "T* is to her credit —she loves the said Squire Granger’s dadgh- W. firmly. "I don’t gainsay a word of ft. While I tand ready to shoulder any sli-i of which I may have been guilty in the past I don't mean to let an adventur ess of this stamp play with my reputa tion as if it were a bubble. She has said something about me that has decreased respect. I value that more than I can say; therefore, I in sist upon your giving me a chance to defend myself." His eloquence caused Mollie to cnange her mind. Besides there was a secret hope far down in her heart, conceal it as she would, that Colonel John might prove himself innocent. "Sir. you are right. The courts allow even the most wretched prison er a chance to defend himself, and 1 shall ask you one question." "Which I promise to answer as truly as though it came from my an gel mother." "You admit that you have met this girl before. When you culled her Belle Stevens were you aware of the fact that she has a right to another name?" Ho flushed, then smiled. "I was aware of the fact," he re plied. "And that this name was Ridge way?” she continued. "My dear Miss Mollie, even that was known to me." "Then I can only repeat what I said before —a hypocrite Is the greatest abomination on earth, and I detest you, Colonel John Ridgeway.” CHAPTER XV. A Message. She was gone before the soldier could catch his breath and make a reply, gone with flashing eyes, sus piciously moist, and with a breast that heaved under more than ordinary emotion. As for Colonel John, when he found a vacancy where the charming Geor gia girl had Just stood, he recovered his wits and sprang to the door, but u was too late, for Mollie could no longer be seen. So the doughty warrior f ell to par ing up and down the room, gnawing his mustached lip in a manner sug gestive of at least annoyance, even If it could be called by no stronge'r term. “Here's a pretty kettle of flHh. sure etigugh. What can Ido to convince the dear girl that I ain not the base villain she believes me? Of course 1 can comprehend the motive of this Stevens woman— revenge lies at the Sierzzsr rocr CQZQ/YFZ SOS/7S bottom of It; revenge for the trouble I caused her up in Chattanooga, and she plays upon the fact that she has some claim upon the family name, thanks to my cousin Crockett." Then he pondered over the matter, and presently extracted a few grains of comfort from what had erstwhile seemed wholly forbidding. “Her coolness had flown—she even showed signs of anger and mortifica tion. Come. John, my denr boy, have courage. If she hadn't insensibly crown to care for you she would not have given way to such emotion. De tests me —ah. don’t you believe It. Fortune gave me her hnnd. and by the gods I shall yet win her heart.” Having arrived at this happy con clusion. the soldier philosopher joined his comrades upon the veranda, and was soon enjoying a pipe of tobacco, for in these war times the plehian pipe was a source of solace to officers ns well as men. It was problematical how long Sher mar’s army would stay In Atlanta. His avowed purpose of marching through the heart of Georgia was al ready known, but there were few among the Confederate leaders will ing to believe him daring enough to cut loose from his base of supplies and enter upon such a long Journey through the heart of an Intensely hos tilo country, upon which his legions must necessarily depend for subsist ance. This only proved that they did no! know Sherman. Colonel John could not tell what day or hour his com mand might be detached for action. Others were in plenty who would guard the shrewd planter's property as well as the cavalry colonel, and he was In demand just at present. Although compelled to evacuate At lanta. the soldiers of the Confederacy hovered near, ready to seize upon any advnn’oge that might present Itself. Knowing these facts Colonel John concluded it would be good policy td make hay while the sun shone. He began laying his wires at once. The others no doubt thought their unusually brilliant comrade rather dull, but beyond a little chaffing which he took in good part made no attempt to disturb his thoughts. Squire Granger Joined them. He had found that the society of Federal officers was less of a bore than he had anticipated, and .at times it was even a pleasure to talk with cul tivated Northern men upon subjects that had no reference to the war— commercial projects—plans for mak ing a great country out of the South in case thp war ended and found her deprived of slave labor—designs for improving the old time methods of cotton picking and kindred topics of intense interest to a Georgia planter whose good sense did not allow him to ignore the handwriting on the wall which eyes blinded by sectional preju dice \<ould not see. Thus another night settled down over the city. Little did Colonel Ridgeway dream what that night was destined to hold for him—of the strange adventure that must fall to his lot ere glowing Phoebus again 3wung his ruddy orb above the east ern hills. While he sat upon the veranda smoking and listening in a dreamy way to the conversation of his officers, the form of Sergeant Shanks loomed up in the gloaming. "Colonel, there’s a messenger here with a note for you. I chanced to run across him while he was having some difficulty with the pickets, and thought It best to bring him direct to you," said the sergeant. (To be continued.) ONLY "GROST OF ABBOTSFORD." Spirits Never Took Up Their Abode With Sir Walter Scott. The attempt at making "a ghost of Abbotsford" will probably end with the I'ady to whom the name was ap plied. This lady, the widow of Rev. John Carmichael, has just died at Edinburgh at the venerable age of 83. When u child she went as a visitor to Abbotsford, and. losing her way on one occasion, opened the dining room door noiselessly. It so happen ed that Sir Waiter and his guests were discussing the question of the possibility of the appearance of a de parted spirit, nud the mysterious open ing of the door at the moment won for the little girl the name of "the ghost of Abbotsford." This name she retained through life. Another attempt at creating a ghost at Abbotsford was doomed to failure. Opposite to the entrance to the li brary there is an arched doorway leading to other rooms. It was dis covered that by an arrangement of lights the shadow of a person under the areh could be thrown on the op posite door with wierd effect. But Sir Walter, when called upon to wit ness the experiment, did not express approval of It. for a reason that even Lockhart could not guess. Scott’s interest in ghosts, however, is notor ious. and he liked telling ghost stories to his visitors. —From the London Academy. Curious Medical Phenomena. A Philadelphia physician, while making a social visit at the house of a friend, chanced to meet a colleague. After a general conversation a re mark was made that gave a profes sional turn to the talk. The first physician said; "You know one may look into the throat of a child and determine upon which foot it is standing merely by the way the blood collects on the other side of the body." "A more remarkable fact than that.” observed the second doctor. ’ is that by manual training you can actu ally increase the size of the brain of a stupid child, so that by proper men tal exercise It develops a marked de gree of intelligence." It Is probable that the host began to suspect that his medical friends were trying to "chaff" him; at any rate. he. as a layman, contributed the following extraordinary addition to the stock of medical knowledge: "Gentlemen." said he. "the facts you mention are nothing compared to one coming under my own observa tion. I have actually seen a man who by looking in his pocket book could tell you what he was to have for din ner!”—Success. Father's Forgotten Classics. John was home from college for the Christmas holidays, and one of the things that struck the impressionable young man was that Dorn Mason, the daughter of a near neighbor, had dur ing his absence, changed from u tom boy lsh schoolgirl into a very beauti ful young woman. His father had also noticed It. "Have ye noticed how old Joe Ma son's daughter's shot up. John" ho asked his son. "Seem’s to me she's getting quite a handsome young crit ter! ” “Father,” said John enthusiastically, "she is as beautiful as Hebe!" "She's a jolly sight purtler than he he!" objected the old man. •Where’s your eyes, boy? Joe's got a face like an old barn door! It's her mother she gets her looks from!"— Answers. Shining as a Witness. Senator Platt had finished testify, ing before the insurance Investigate Ing committee. “You did well." said a spectator. "I fear not.” said the senator. "It is hard to shine as a witness. When ever I am called on to give testimony. I think with envy of the old man of Owego. “This man in the witness box was never at a loss. In one case, some thirty years ago. he succeeded in greatly exasperating a lawyer who was cross-examining him. "Finally, beside himself with rag?, he lawyer shouted at the old man: " 'Why do you make such foolish answers?* "The old man murmured apologeti cally: •• 'You ask such foolish questions, sir.’ ** Might Have Been Worse. Cassidy had Just been injured in a b'ast. "Poor b’v!" exclaimed O’Hara, consolingly. " 'TIs tough luck to have yer hand Mowed off." "Oeh! Faith. It might have been worse.” replied Cassidy. "Suppose Ol’d had me week’s wages in It at the toime?” —Birmingham Post. Military by Marriage. "Huh! What do you know about war?" exclaimed the disgusted vet eran. “Know! Say. I want you to under stand that my wife belongs to the D. a. R." Naturally the veteran apologized. NEWSPAPERS HIT NO MOGE TRANSPORTATION FOR ADVERTISING. SUCH IS THE NEW RULING Interstate Commerce Commission So Interprets the Law—Railroad Tick* etc Must Be Paid for in Cash—Not Subject to Trade Like Merchandise. \\ ashlngton.—Under a ruling of the Interstate Commerce Commission, transportation over railroad lines no longer may be given i<> n wspuper publishers or editors in < hango for advertising space. A protest against this ruling lias been received from the Massachusetts Press Association, which .> s the as sociation lias voted to ent. ■. its protest against the reported rulin • in holding that the payment for railroad trans portation at full rates in advertising shall he treated on an- other basis than that of transportation paid for in cash. In response to tin* prot- Chairman Knapp of tlie commission . "You arc, of course, a -a are that all tariffs filed in complianc' -iili the reg ulating statute names rates in dollars ami cats and do not in any case pro vide that transportation can lie paid for with property. It s fins plain *> the commission that Mi* law above quoted, coupled witli the fact stated, permits tlie payment for services of inteistate carriers only in money. "A contrary rule would sanction un equal compensation by different per sons and involve ordinarily some de gree of discrimination in favor of those permitted to exchange their commodities for the transportation they desire or secure. It is the aim of the law to prevent every sort of favor itism and secure equality of treatment in all cases. “This ruling of the commission in nr- way interferes or abridges tne rights of private contracts. Newspa pers and their advertising space may be freely exchanged for any species of pioperty upon such terms as may be acceptable to the parties to the tran saction. But the facilities of the pub lic are not private property, nor are they subject to bargain and sale like merchandise. The right to travel or have property carried by railway, like the right to common highway, is not a contract right, but n political right, the very essence of which is equality. "Conceding that the advertising ar rangements in question are ordinarily made and carried out in good faith, it seems plain to me that tlnse arrange ments must Involve souk m.-nsure of discrimination, and it is not easy for me to see how an honest newspaper cun seriously object to a ruling of the commission which appears to he In ob vious accord with the provisions and the purposes of the regulating stat ute." POSTOFFICE ESTIMATES. Submitted to Congress by Postmastsr General Cortelyou. Washington. Postmaster General Cortelyou has submitted to the secre tary of tlie treasury for transmission to Congress estimates for the Post office Department and the postal ser vice for the coming fiscal year. The amount asked for salaries In the Post office Department is $1,528,020, hiring a net increase of $121,530 over the ap proprialion for the current year, while the amount asked for tlie mainte nance of the postal service is $200,002,- 190, net increase over the present ap propriation of $15,000,000. The estimates last year were about $12,000,000 of th- appropriations for the year before. The apparently large increase in expenditures contemplated by the present estimates, according to the department, represents but a nor mal advance over the expenditure s of last year, made necessary to meet the constantly growing needs of tlie ser vice and the pub’ic demand for im proved facilities. The principle items for which in creased appropriations were submitted are us follows: Compensations of postmasters, an in cre.ase of $1 ,50U,000, compensation to clerks iu first and .- > cond-class postof fices, an increase of $3,000,000; pay of letter carriers, an increase of $1,150,- 700; pneumatic tube service, an in crease of $250,000; railroad transpor tation of malls, an increase of $1,000,- 000; pay of railway mail clerks, an in crease of $978,300; foreign mall ser vice, an increase of $208,000; rural de livery, an increase of $1,475,000. A new item of $500,000 for freight and expressage on supplies is incor porated to meet the requirements of the law passed at the last session of Congress, which it is expected will re suit in a considerable saving to the government. WOMEN FOR LOCAL OPTION. Resolution of Woman s Home Mission ary Society. Colorado Springs An active part in politics will be taken by the Wom an’s Home Missionary Society of the Colorado conference *>f the Methodist Episcopal Church, which concluded its fourteenth annual convention here tty-day. The convention decided to Issue to all members of the Colorado confer ence the names of the candidate for the Sixteenth General Assembly. to gether with advices as to whether or not each candidate has pledged himself to vote for the local option bill, to be Introduced during the next session of the Legislature. There are several thousand members of the conference In Colorado, and th* ir vote in favor of the local option candidates for the Leg islature will be an Important factor in the campaign. The state officers, all of Denver, were re-elected, as follows: President, Mrs. A. C. Peck; vice president, Mrs. W. !> Phifer; record ing secretary, Mrs. ( M. Kellogg: cor responding secretary Mrs. H. E. War ner, and treasurer, Mrs. D. K. Lee. Officers were also • h eted by the va rious districts comprising the Colorado conference. Trinity church, I)- nver, was chosen for the 1907 convention place. Rumored C. & S. Sale. New York —The Tribune says reports are now current in the financial dis trict that control of the Colorado & Southern Railroad Company is likely soon to pass to th In ion Pacific and the Rock Island, which would hold ic jo.ntlv, as they hold the Chicago & Alton control. There lias been frequent rumors that the Rock Island was to take over the Colorado & Southern, but the story of join’ control has not previously been heard. The traffic relations of the roads named " r e close and friendly. HOUSEKEEPING A BROAD FIELD. A Good Housekeeper Knows Someth'nj of Several Kinds of Effort. Housekeeping implies the Unowl edge of several kinds of effort. A good housekeeper must have personal ac quaintance with marketing, catering, cooking, laundry work, scrubbing, scouring, bodmaking, managing, serv ing and home making. She need not do everything herself but this being her time-honored vocation, she must at least have a sufficient preparation for it to enable her to set others at work us well as to work herself, says the Woman's Home Companion. Con sidering that a multitude of AmeHcan women not only keep house well!, hut nurse their families In Illness, assist their children in homework, supervise the piano practice of their daughters, take an interest in the athletic sports of their sons, and economize in order that their husbands may enlarge their business or buy more acres, we c un pot look upon housekeeping as an easy trade. On the day of the San Francisco earthquake u lady was awakened in the early morning by tire rocking to and fro of her home, the falling or I ietures and the crush of breaking glass. It was not until the later ; fter noon that she decided with her hus band that they must fly for their lives and leave the dear home behind t.uern, probably to he seen no more. In t‘-o interval, as she later wrote to her mother in the east, she did not Jose her composure. "I cooked a good dinner as best I could.” she said, "not knowing when we would next gpt a regular meal, and I had tho sweeping qone ns usual.” Here was tho poise of a perfect housekeeper whose head did not fall her. although there was no little heartache in the flight from Lome, a flight from a whirlwind of de \ouring flame. Some Tasty Dressings. Every housewife has her own recipe for tasty dressings. A somewhat un usual dressing is this, commonly 'known a3 "sour sauce.” Having boiled or baked tho beets until tender, peel and slice. Put a half cup vinegar over the Are with a tahlespoonful butter, a teaspoonful of sugar, a half teaspoon ful salt and a good dash of pepper. When it boils thicken with a table- H|s>onful cornstnreh dissolved in two of water. Stir constantly until smooth, pour over the beets and serve at once. Under tho ”C's” comes such a wealth of vegetables riches that it is hard to know where to begin or where end. With tender young cabbage in the markets, cold "slaugh" made In the real old-fashioned Pennsylvania way. becomes an appetizing possibility. Weimar Pudding. Have you tried Weimar pudding? Place in a large howl two ounces of good butter and thoroughly stir with a wooden spoon for ten minutes; then add the yolks of threo eggs, one by one. sharply stirring meanwhile; add two ounces of grated cocoa, two ounces of grunulated sugar and one ounce of cake or broad crumbs. Mix well for one minute, then add the white of the three eggs, well beaten up. and gently mix with the skimmer for half a minute. Fill six lightly but tered Individual pudding molds with the preparation: lay the molds In a tin. pour boiling water up to half their height; set in the hot oven for HO min utes. Remove, unmold on a hot dish. Pour a chocolate sauce over them and serve. Try Some Frozen Coffee. Frozen coffee makes a desirable change when fruit creams and water Ices are no longer a novelty. Grind very fine a quarter pound of freshly roasted coffee; put it in a cheesecloth bag, and then in a porcelain farina boiler; pour on it a quart of boiling water taken at its first boil. Tho water should he freshly drawn. Cover and let it stand away from the flro for five minutes. Remove the hag of coffee and add half a poond of granulated sugar. Dissolve this by stirring nnd strain through a fine cloth. When cold add the unbeaten white of one egg. Turn into the freezer and freeze, turning slowly until tho whole mass Is frozen like sort mush or wet snow. Serve in frappe glasses or lemonade cups. If preferred, add cream In the quan tity you do for coffee you intend to drink, just as you are going to put it in the freezer. Black Hats for Winter. If the hat prophets of Paris are to be believed, the winter fad will be the all black hat. They say this fashion will extend to the everyday toque as well as to the sweeping picture hat nodding becomingly with feathers. Already small felts are draped lux uriantly in black velvet and finished with sweeping eoq feathers of heavily built up with black grebes. Pine with great Jet balls relieve the somberness of most of these all black chapeaus. A toque formed of- a “cap” of black beaver Is trimmed with black wings on one side, with large Jet pins hold »ng them on. Velvet ribbon loops are tucked In under the back and set in so that they seem to fall naturally down on the hair. Excellent Cleaner. An excellent cleaner for guitars, vio lins and other stringed musical instru ments Is made of one-third each of lin seed oil, turpentine and water. These shaken together in a bottle form na emulsion or cream. Rub the instru ment with a cloth dampened in the cream. Wipe dry and polish with A woolen cloth. Saves the Furniture. When arranging china Jars on pol ished furniture cut a piece of thick baize to the exact size of the base and pink It out at the edges, choosing some dull color which will barely show. This neat mat will effectually preserve the polished surface and will never be an eyesore. Beware of Cold Feet. Never go to bed with cold feet. For nothing In the world Is tho hot water bottle a greater boon. The old fashioned soapstone or a flatiron, a small stone the latter never seems quite safe —anything Is better than cold feet. Our Washington Letter K Bevy of Pretty Debuntantes Will Make the Comiaj Social Sea son at the Capital an Unusually Interesting One—Figures Show ing the Salt We Eat. WASHINGTON—There is always a delight ftil expectancy relative to the debutantes of a Washington reason, and this year's crop presents unusual features in many ways. There are rich girls and poor girls, pretty girls and homely girls, accomplished girls and athletic girls, but there is no gainsaying that they are all highly interest ing girls, and each possessed of many endearing young charms. There will he at least 40 to enjoy the Bache lors, the Sixty Couple and the numerous subscrip tion dances, and there are more ballrooms to ho open next season than ever before In this city. Usually a girl has established a reputation for dancing before her formal presentation, and even thus curly In the game it is not unusual to hear some well-seasoned bachelor remark that a cer tain girl of his set is almost as fine a dancer as was her mother or perhaps her elder sister. There is no longer such n thing as surprising If IBS MAIKiAKIiT SHONTS. the social world with Home shy beauty who has been kept housed, sheltered and almost smothered with accomplishments and learning. Not much. Tho oud of to-day generally has a generous foretaste of the world for at least a season before she is launched. Just to make her easy and at home, you know. She dances through n winter, romps through tennis and golf on the open field In the summer, rides with all the old beaux, and is even pretty well Introduced abroad before formally making her bow hero, and sometimes even presented at court abroad Just to give them experience. Most all of the girls will make their debuts In December, and. so far as now known, the old-fashioned afternoon tea will prevail, witli a charming exception, such as a pretty hall like the one at which Mrs. Gaff Introduced Miss Zaidee Gaff two winters ago. or the series of dinners, which method was adopted by Mrs. Postlethwalte in presenting her daughter, who was mar ried Wednesday, October 3. to Henry Ives Cobh. There is quite a little story connected with that series of dinners of Mrs. Postlethwalte’s. however, which was revived by her daughter’s marriage. All of the guests hidden to tho first dinner were surprised not to find the bud there at all. Then ensued an explanation to the effect that Mrs. laingworth. then Miss Alice Roosevelt, had telephoned over to Miss Postlethwalte saying that the President nnd Mrs. Roosevelt were dining out and that she would like the debutante to come over and enjoy dinner with her and a few of her irfonds. Miss Postlethwalte, now Mrs. Cobb, in her charming manner ex plained to Miss Roosevelt that sho was having a dinner at home that night. Mrs. Postlethwalte. however, who took a different view of the situation and looked ujKtn Miss Roosevelt's Invitation as an order, insisted that her daugh ter leavo her own guests and go. So Washington had Its flrßt experience or a debutante dinner without the debutante, au event quite as cheerful as a wedding without a bride. CAPITAL BEAUTIES IN GREAT VARIETIES. There Is a delightful variety of girls to be presented. One cabinet girl, Miss Erma Shaw; one diplomatic girl, so far as known. Ilaroness Elizabeth Rosen, who astonished the North Shore with her expert swimming, strong tennis and de lectable horsemanshli) all last summer. There are more than a half dozen girls from the army and navy sets, and others from offlclul and resident society. Newest of all the girls In Washington who will be presented this season Is pretty, tall, wil lowy Katherine Jennings, who Is one of the most winsome girls ever introduced from what is known In Washington as the "South African con tingent." She Is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. .Hennen Jennings, who last year, as they will this, occupied Mrs. A. C. Harney's residence In Rhode Island avenue, near the French embassy, from which Miss Zaidee Guff madu her debut two years ago. The daughters of chairman of the Panama canal commission and Mrs. Theodore P. Shonts, Miss Theodora, and Miss Marguerite, have the double advantage of having been presented at the spring court in London this year, where they were much admired, und a good share of the entire season tinder tlu> rhaperonage of Mrs. Whltelaw Reid, but they also have many frlenda la Washington. INTERESTING FIGURES ABOUT SALT. Tho United States consumes 26.872.700 bar rels of salt annually, or a barrel for avery three persons In the land. Last year It went abroad for only 1,151.133 barrels. In 1880 63.5 per cent, of the salt used In our country was of borne pro duction. I«ast year 95.7 per cent, of the product consumed was produced within the borders of this country. In 1880 the consumption In this country was only 9.384.263 barrels. Thus we see that the people of the United States are using an nually three times as much salt us they used 26 years ago Only 5,961.060 barrels were produced In this country in 1880. and the consumers were forced to go abroad for 3.427.639 barrels. Last year tho total production at home was 25,966,122 barrels. The tariff act of 1894 placed salt on the free list and the importations Increased to nearly 560,000.- 000 pounds the following year. The tariff act of 1897 returned salt to the dutiable list, and salt in hags, barrels or other pack ages is now subject to a duty of 12 cents a hundred pounds, or 33.6 cents a barrel. The chief salt producing states are Michigan nnd New York. Statistics recently gathered by the government show that the combined output of theso two states amounts to more than two-thirds of the total production of tho United States. No attempt has ever been made to ascertain what per cent, of the salt consumed In the United States Is used for culinary purposes. The annual out put Is largely consumed in the Industries of moat packing, Lsh curing, dairy ing and the like. REHABILITATING “OLD IRONSIDES.” Under an act of congress. "Old Ironsides" Is to be rebuilt once more und refitted for sea serv ice. The work is to bo done where she was orig inally built—Boston —and the money Is being raised by the Massachusetts State society. United States Daughters of 1812. through an appeal to patriotic Americans for the preservation of this historical object lesson, which will once more cruise under "Old Glory" as a training ship for naval apprentices. The original plans or this old fighting ship were recently unearthed in the East Indian Marine Museum. Salem. Masv, und will play an Important part In the rebuilding. In 1830 It was reported In the newspapers that it was the Intention of the ‘government to destroy tin- Constitution, together with a number of other ships. But the very announcement met. with a public clamor of disapproval, as did Secretary of the Navy Bonaparte’s recommenda tion. late last year, that she he used tor a target. The Constitution was built in Boston In 1797. a frigate of 1,570 tons and designed to carry 15 guns. She was one of the first ships to see active service In the war of 1812. Small wonder indeed that the New Englanders were moved to recite tho career of tho famous old ship to the navy secretory. Inasmuch as it Is tho real relic of that branch of American arms that preserved the United States in her second wpi with Great Britain. The "Old Ironsides” remained in active commission until the advent of the real ironclad, when she was used for auxiliary purposes. At last, having no utility, even as a training ship, her destruction was ordered, and had been begun when the wave of popular dissent, voiced In the poem of Oliver Wendell Holmes, forced the navy department to desist. Since that time she has been lying In the Boston navy yard—her decks roofed over like a nondescript building. BAY 3 UNITED STATES OWNS CUBA. «• ... I-.....-. Congres man John James Jenkins, of Wiscon sin. chulnnai of the Judiciary committee of the house, insist • that wc have absolute sovereignty over Cuba. He says: "Cuba is domestic and not foreign territory. Under international law. Independent of nil treaty obligations. Cuba became domestic territory at the close of the war with Spain. But after the ratification of the treaty with Spain Cuba became domestic territory by virtue of.the treaty and subsequent action of the United* States. "The United States can only divest #its sov ereignty over Cuba by an act of congrc-ts. That has not been done. The supreme court of the United States in Neely vs. Henkel sustains my position by hol.li ig that In June. 1900. the Island of Cuba was occupied by and was under control of the United States and that It Is still so occu- pled, and control cannot be disputed." Con -rcssniun Ji-nkins has repriMi-ntPi! th<- Tenth Wisconsin .llstrict ~t Washington since IS'jr. He Bervetl .lurinc the civil war with a Wisconsin regiment. Ho was horn in Weymouth. England In ISI3. and came to America at the age of nine years. At the time of the insurance scandals last si ring Mr. Jenkins, as chair man of the judiciary committee, reported that, after an exhaustive study, they round that congress had the power to regulate insurance companies. Mr. Jenkins has spent most of his life in Chippewa. Wis.. where ho has held the offices of city clerk, city attorney and county judge. In 18.6 he went tc Wyoming for several years, haviug appointed United States attorney ter tLe territory by President Grant. M IBS KATIIKIUMI J KN MINUS.