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THE KANSAS CITY JOURNAL, SUNDAY. DECEMBER 10, 1899.
RURAL MAIL ROUTES
ITSTEM RECEXTLT IJTAtJGlJRATFD IS
A GREAT SUCCESS.
Farmer Fnllr Appreciative of Its
3Inny Benefits Second Assistant
Postmxster General Pleased
With the Experiment.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9.-In the annual
report of the first assistant postmaster gen
eral considerable space la devoted to the
parcels post and rural delivery experi
ments, the two innovations of the year.
Complete success does not seem to have at
tended the former, but with regard to the
rural free delivery system the report
speaks enthusiastically. There has been
nothing: In the history of the sen-Ice, It Is
EUKAi; CARRIER AMONG THE BUZ
ZAKD9 A.T BOWLING GREEN. O.
stated, so remarkable as the growth of this
system. Within the last two yeara. It Is
stated, "largely by the aid of the people
themselves, who. In appreciation of tfie
helping hand which the government ex
tended to, them, have met these advances
half way. It has implanted itself so firmly
upon postal, administration that It can no
longer be considered In the light of an ex
periment but has to be dealt with as an
established" agency of progress, awaiting
only the action of the congress to deter
mine how rapidly It shall be developed."
Among the advantages accruing from the
system the first assistant postmaster gen
eral enumerates the following:
Increased postal receipts; moreletters are
n-ritten and received: more newspapers and
magazines are subscribed for.
Enhancement of the value of farm lands
reached by rural free delivery. This in
crease of value has been estimated at as
high as J3 per acre in some states. A mod
erate estimate Is from $2 to $3 per acre.
A general improvement of the condition
of the roads traversed by the rural car-
RTJRAIi PEUVERY AT VICTORIA. TT.T.
rler. In tho Western states especially the
construction of good roads has been a pre
requisite to the establishment of rural free
Better prices obtain for farm products,
the producers being brought Into dally
touch with the state of the markets and
thus being enabled to take advantage of in
formation heretofore unobtainable.
The educational benefits conferred by re
Hevelng the monotony of farm life through
ready access to wholesome literature and
the keeping of all rural residents, the
young people as well as their elders, fully
Informed as to the stirring events of the
In the communities where it has been
tried free delivery Is considered the great
est boon that the government ever has con
ferred on them. One Missouri farmer has
calculated that In the last fifteen years he
has driven 12,000 miles going to and from
the postofflce to get his mall all travel
s9 Hrw'' mbiMsF i
RURAli MAIIj BOX. MAGNOLIA. ILL.
that' Is saved to him bji the free delivery
Savlnc In Time and Money.
Some earnest advocates of rural free de
livery, recently engaged In a public discus
sion of the question In Pennsylvania, esti
mated that every farmer not served by
rural free delivery went at least once or
twice a week to the nearest postofflre for
ma man, uiiu uccupiea on an average one
third of a working day on the trip. Taking
the value of the time thus lost in the busy
farming season at only 50 cents a head,
they were amazed at the magnitude of
their own figures, which ran up Into many
millions of dollars lost to the productive
agricultural interests through the necessity
imposed upon them by the government of
DELIVERING MAIL IN ARIZONA.
sending to the' village" postofflce for their
The families along the route must put up
boxes suitable for the reception of the
mall. These boxes must be on the route.
The carriers do not deliver to the houses.
The department has had some trouble to
induce the patrons of the routes to put up
roper mall boxes. Tomato cans, cigar
oxes, broken drain pipes up-ended, and
even sections of discarded stovepipe have
btsn used at time. Broken feed boxes ap
pear to appeal particularly to the econom
ical genius of some agriculturists.
It is a question now whether mails placed
In the ordinary rural letter boxes for col
lection or delivery fall within the provis
ions of the postal laws, which prescribe
penalties for malicious injuries to letter
boxes or destruction of mail matter depos
ited therein. The assistant postmaster gen
eral thinks that it would be a good thing
for the United States to furnish proper mall
boxes and to charge a small rental for
them. This would make each box a minia
ture postofflce and interference with its
contents would be punishable as severely
as Is all other Interference with the Unit
ed States malls.
Hoir Postmasters Look on It.
Some odd letters were received from the
fourth class postmasters when the rural
free delivery system was Inaugurated in
their districts. Here are, a few samples:
. Ohio. Aue. 4. 1893.
I am postmaster at this place, and they are going
to have rural free delivery come within one-eighth
of a mile of this office and take away all Its busi
ness. To take the office away takes part of my liv
ing away from me. I hare a wife and two children.
I haro only been In the employment of the govern
ment a little over a year. I beg you tor some kind
of an appointment. I am not "cholcy" any place
In the mall service of the United States.
... Iowa. Sept. 9. 1S99.
I write to ctate my grievance. I presume that ou
are aware that the next office west of here has es
tablished a rural mail delivery, and the carriers
come within two and one-quarter miles of this office
on cne side and within five and three-quarter mile's
east of It, taking In some thirteen or fourteen fam
ilies that used to get their mall here; and It tbey
continue to do this others will ask for rural boxes
that will take seven or eight more families away
from this office. What can be done to give this of
. Utah, Sept. 11, 1S99.
The free delivery route recently established seri
ously Interferes with the patronage of this office, and
It does not seem fair or Just to me, as It passes m
office, collecting over an extent of about four square
miles of my patronage. Cannot this matter be reme
died. In Justice to this office?
. 111.. Sept. 13, 1S91.
Than has been established a rural free delivery
service at , a email town three miles distant.
and they have extended the route within one mile of
my office on the south and west. By doing this they
take from me over fifty persons who formerly renteU
boxes at my office. Therefore, It Is a discrimination
against this office. Is there any remedy for the
above mentioned encroachmentt
, Ind.. Oct. IS. ISM.
I presume you know that a fourth class postmaster's
compensation consists wholly of what stamps he can
get to cancel. I have noticed for some time that our
cancellations have been gradually falling off. but till
quite recently did not learn the cause. A rural free
delivery man tells me of his orders to carry all the
letters he collects along his route to the office from
which he starts. It we would get the cancellations
that Justly belong to us It would amount to 140 or
IDO a year. It us hear from you on this subject.
Many Dlfflcnltles Enconntered.
An interesting history of the service Is
given the difficulties that were encountered
and overcome, and the satisfaction with
which the advent of the carriers was re
ceived by the farming community. The
carriers wear a uniform similar to that of
their city brethren, which, as well as their
conveyances, is proviaea rjy tnemseives.
On two routes there are girl carriers, and
they are as unflagging in their devotion to
the service as are men, and as efficient.
Instances have been very few where rural
carriers have been reported for misconduct
or inefficiency. They give bond in the sum
of JuOD for the faithful performance of their
duties. No case has yet occurred where the
department has been' required to call upon
Under present regulations the carriers
give receipts for money orders, and. If their
patrons desire, can inclose and mall these
orders after they have obtained them. At
present they deliver registered packages,
but are not authorized to recelvo such
packages for registration.
People Appreciate It.
There Is abundant evidence that the serv
ice is appreciated by those for whose bene
fit It was designed. reUtlczis from every
section of the country where the service
was given a fair trial began to pour In
upon the department. Special agents were
appointed to look into the claims presented
and to lay out services wherever the con
ditions seemed favorable to an economical
and successful administration. Such good
results were obtained that congress, re
sponding to the demand of the people, ap
propriated $150,000. for rural free delivery
for the fiscal year 1S37-9S and gave $300,000
for the same purpose for the current fiscal
year. The requests for the service multi
plied like an endless chain, every new rural
delivery route established bringing In three
or more like applications from contiguous
territory for like privileges, and before
four months of the present fiscal year had
expired the appropriation was found to
have been practically apportioned out.
That is to say, the existing service. If con
tinued to the close of the fiscal year, would
require the disbursement of the whole
amount appropriated by congress.
The people generally In the rural dis
tricts are co-operating with the department
In promoting the efficiency of the system.
Thus far there have been twenty robberies
of postofflce boxes reported, and each ben
eficiary appears to take a personal interest
in assisting the carriers. The first assistant
postmaster general recommends an exten
sion of the system as far as consistent with
due economy and the convenience of the
AGED WOMAN SEEKSDIV0RCE.
Mrs. Burchfleld, 81 Years Old, Says
Her Husband Neglects
Charlotte (Mich.) Special to Chicago Times-Herald.
Mrs. Matilda Burchfleld, SI years of age,
has brought suit for divorce against her
busband, William, who Is a few years
her senior, a veteran of the civil war and a
The aged couple have lived together for
many years, so many, In fact, that they
are not Just clear on the point, but the
parting of the ways has come. In her
bill Mrs. Burchfleld says her husband has
utterly failed for eighteen months to pro
vide her with the commonest necessities
of life; that she has been compelled to
drudge In the fields, planting and putting
by crops, which her husband promptly
gave away to his son-in-law. Further,
she avers that he has threatened her life.
Broken down in health and unable to sup
port herself longer, she.says he attempted
to drive her from the farm at the point of
a revolver, and she was compelled to sleep
In the barn in order to escape his abuse.
She says their trouble commenced three
years ago. They have resided in this
vicinity for many years, and have always
been highly respected.
Recipe for "Prcservlnsj Wives."
From the New York. Sun.
To the Editor of the Sun Sir; The in
teresting recipe for cooking husbands found
In the Greenfield Village Improvement So
ciety's cookbook, as published In the Sun,
Is not complete without a companion
formula teaching how to preserve wives.
The following Is highly recommended.
- S. S. C.
HOW TO PRESERVE WIVES.
This special sort of preserve might prove to be an
Invaluable household article, did the many conscien
tious and well meaning men who believe In the
propriety of preserving their wives understand the
cnllnary art required for their best preservation.
The following method. If carefully adhered to, never
falls to give satisfactory results.
In the first place, wives are a fruit that should be
selected for qusllty. more with regard to their flavor
than appearance, which will result In the agreeable
surprise of tasting better than they look. They
should never be placed In an earthen agateware
pot of any old dimension or shape, but Into a gener
ous loving cup. having a true heart shape. Cover
with water Judiciously flavored with pure grape
s sgar to keep them sweet and palatable.
That they may be kept thoroughly warmed, place
the receptacle on the back of the stove, in which
must be used for heating purposes the free burning
coal, never gasl Do not make the mistake of sub
mitting the fruit to a varied temperature, as it Is
apt to impair Its flavor and extract an uncertain bit
terness. It may be necessary to stir It occasionally,
but this should be done with a heart shaped spoon.
Throw into the loving cup now and again a hand
ful of herbs, sweet violets and fragrant mignonette.
You will be surprised at their preserving quality
ana the aeiiciousness ox tne aroma which will per
meate the atmosphere will prove most anDetlzina-.
A few gold coins dropped gently at the right time
Into the water and allowed to simmer during the
process of preservation will tinge the mixture to the
Dor Stole for Her Pap.
Prom the New York Tribune.
William Wllderraan, of Mont Vail. N. J.,
has a dog, of which he is extremely fond,
although, he has had It only since Saturday.
He and a friend were wandering through
the woods between Mont Vail and Pearl
river on Saturday afternoon when he dis
covered tracks which he thought were
those of a fox.
These explain why a chicken or two dis
appeared from Mont Vail every day for the
last fortnight," said he to his friends.
"Let's see where these fox tracks lead
to." was the response.
The trail' led to a sapling,- to which a
young dog was found tied by a stout rope.
Lying at the feet of the pup was its moth
er, and all about were scattered the feath
ers of at least thirty chickens. An exam
ination of the rope showed that the mother
had made futile attempts to free her off
spring by cutting the rope with her teeth.
The feathers Indicated that, falling In this,
she had stolen chickens. for Its food.
Mr. Wilderman led the pup home by
means of the rope. The mother followed
SHARE OUR MULES TOOK
WHY THEY ARE PREFERRED IN
THE TRANSVAAL TO HORSES.
Good Mountain Climbers When the
Conflict Is Over They "Will Be
Used for Farming In
London Correspondence of New York Press.
At a meeting of the United Irish League
in South Mayo, over which Michael Davitt
presided, the other day, this resolution was
"We cannot refrain from an expression
of our approval of the conduct of some
thousands of the British mules in. the
neighborhood of Ladysmlth. in Natal, nor
the expression of sincere hope that some
fitting testimonial will be made to the
common sense of these intelligent animals
In following the example of British sol
diers In running into the camp of the vic
Although Mr. Davitt didn't add greatly
to his reputation by fathering that reso
lution, he at least called attention to a
humble warrior from the United States
WHY DID I LEAVE AMERICA?
who 13 doing far more important wcrk
than he gets credit for, and without whom
the British would find It exceedingly dif
ficult to make the contemplated changes
on the map of South Africa.
The Marquis of Lansdowne, secretary of
state for war, says the government has
bought 15,000 mules, to carry troops and
supplies from tho coast to the scene of
war. Of these 8,000 or 9.000 were bought
In the United States and several thou
sand of them are already in active serv
ice. The rest are en tha war from JVw
Orleans and Charleston. The remainder
came rrom Italy and Spain, and thus we
see the Spanish and American mule labor
ing side by side against a common foe.
On general principles we may suppose
It was the Spanish variety of mule that
was directly responsible for the great
calamity at Nicholson's Nek, causing the
capture of 1,500 British troops and the
death of several gallant officers. The
thing never would have happened if the
mules had not stampeded and run away
with the ammunition. In a private letter
which an infantry officer wrote from Lady
smith some days previous to this disaster,
stating that a lot of unbroken mules had
just been received, he predicted that they
wouia siampeae tne nrst time tney got into
The mule was responsible not only di
rectly for the one great reverse of the
war, but It was the lack of him that de
layed the embarkation of the First army
corps and enabled the Boers to have a
brief hour of triumph. The humble ani
mal figures a bit In diplomacy, for the
fact that he had not been bought when
hostilities became certain was held to be
adequate refutation of the charge that Mr.
Chamberlain deliberately brought on war.
Boom In Mule Market.
Up to date the war office has bought and
paid for mules about $1,500,000. The latest
mule quotation is 100 a beast, and I am in
formed that the market is firm and that no
difficulty wheatever has been found by the
government in getting all the mule help
they want. In fact, the war office's repre
sentatives In Cape Colony have been gath
ering in all the mules In that neighborhood
for the last six months, and got about 2,000
there alone. No further than three months
ago officers were sent to Europe and Amer
ica hunting. The men taking them have
orders to "proceed to the Cape for instruc
tions." In buying these mules the officers have
been careful, as far as possible, to get those
that have been trained. This word "trained"
suggests a possible mule curriculum, but it
means merely those who have been in har
ness and done a bit of knocking about al
readyalthough, as my Informant, an army
MULE LOADED WITH MOUNTAIN
officer, who knows mules from A to Z, re
marked. "You get even a raw mule In front
of a stout wagon with a couple of tons In it.
una ne can r. uo mucn narm.
These new mules are to be used only for
transportation purposes that is, for haul
ing the long "Cape wagons," ten or twelve
mules to each and none of them is destined
to carry packs, the former function of the
mule In war. None of the new recruits will
be pressed into service as members of
mounted batteries, either, for there are two
mule companies that have been accustomed
for years to act as flesh-and-blood gun car
riages at the Cape. These last animals
served their apprenticeship at the govern
ment barrack at Newport, and have be
come used to the smell of powder, and arc
entirely blase about having small cannon
on their backs.
Male Has Center of Stage.
In fact, the humble mule is playing a big
ger part in this campaign than any repre
sentative of his species ever did before, for,
as my informant puts it, "this is the big
gest expedition sent out from England since
the Crimea, and the use of mules In the
Franco-Prussian war was only a fraction
of what it Is in this one. You see, it would
be next to impossible to carry on our war
in the Transvaal without the mule. We
chose him for this expedition especially be
cause ha will stand the climate of South
Africa better than the horse. In fact, you
get more out of the mule than you do out
of the horse. Of course, he's slower, but
then he's stronger, too, and he stands the
work better. 1 fancy I know all about
mules I've handled 'em in India and in
South America and at the Cape, too. We
usually get twenty years' work out of a
mule, and that puts the horse's record no
where. Mules don't contract disease as
easily as horses, but, on the other hand,
when a mule does get some trouble he
plays out faster than the horse does. i ny,
as far as we know, out of the 6,000 mules
now under observation we haven't lost
more than three. What do they eat? Oh.
radically the same as the horse only a
eal less than he requires."
I asked what would become of the mules
that come out of the present campaign
with whole skins.
"There's no reason," he said, "why they
can't be sold right there on the ground;
that's what wo expect to do with them.
You know, the Transvaal Is going to be a
dinerent sort or a piace alter this war Is
ended from what It was before. I've Just
got back from there, and I think I know
what I'm talking about. The Boer farmer,
although owning, say, 100 acres of land. Is
entirely content to sit In one little corner
of It and smoke his pipe and make perhaps
$5 a week, or a bit more. But, after the
war, capital will step In and things will
boom. That Is where the mules come In.
There won't be any trouble over disposing
Mnle Story Called Yellosv.
"I know where you got your idea that
there might be a- scarcity of mules at
present. That comes from the yellow press
of London, but It's the merest rubbish. It
was) started In a yellow Journal that one
I r- n
of our officers was sent to Spain to collect
a lot of mules and was limited to a- certain
sum for each animal. Then it added that
he succeeded in getting only thirty, at a
price several figures above the limit which
the war office had set, and that, when he
returned rather Jubilant over his small
pack of mules, he was informed that the
extra money paid for them would come out
of his pocket. As a matter of fact, we
sent, as I've told you, over 2.000 mules from
apain, and no limit whatsoever was set
upon the price to be paid."
Incidentally a lot of tough and lively
American citizens accompanied the mules
that went from New Orleans and the
Southern mule belt was chosen because it
was nearer South Africa than mule fields
in the north of the United States. A good
many of the mule tenders who went along
had an Intention of enlisting, so it was
Jall. Among them were many negroes,
for the negro has an uncommon knack of
getting along with the mule. There were
more applications than there were places
for mule tenders, and then men chosen
were picked out with an eye to their effect
iveness as soldiers.
The Mule Militant.
The mule used for the mountain artillery
ordinarily holds much higher rank than
the common, or garden, mule, and usually
has special training for stability. It is ins
duty to help carry to high and difficult
places the seven-pounder screw guns which
?.re ?, Fn ,used wlth sch deadly effect by
the British. This screw gun is so called
because it Is in two parts, each weighing
seventy-five or 100 pounds. Each hair is in
trusted to a mule, and the two parts ate
Joined together at the mountain top in a
Jilty, the carriage is brought on the back
or another mule, and others bring along
the ammunition. It is expected that these
mountain batteries will soon be more ef
Jectiye than ever, for much improvement
has been made lately in the pattern of the
The mule has many advantages over the
norse in the present campaign, especially
because he has the reputation of being
able to hang onto a precipitous pathway
wnere a horse couid not be made to ven
ture witli any amount of urging. Kxcept
in mountain climbing, he carries ordinarily
about 100 pounds, although, if well fed, he
sometimes can take 300 pounds. He not
only is much freer from disease than the
horse, but his skin is so much thicker that
the pestiferous tropical bug cannot make
life so much of a burden for him. Besides,
he Isn t half so fussy as a horse about
what he eats or drinks. His usual rations
in South Africa are ten pounds of grain or
twenty pounds of oat hay, with halt an
ounce of rock salt: that, however, is whn
times are good, and if he has to work along
on short rations he is as cheerful and con
tented about It as possible. Put blinkers on
him and have a white mare to lead the
procession, and he will go anywhere.
The Horse's Share.
So it Is that the humble mule Is taking
away nearly all the laurels in this war
from his haughtier equine cousin. General
Truman, in charge of the department,
which Is attending to all the purchases of
mules and horses for the war, has been
receiving more offers of horses for service
in South Africa than he can accept. No
horse under 5 or over 9 years Is taken. Of
the 2,000 horses bought outside of those al
ready reserved by the government, many
have seen service in London on the street
car and 'bus lines. One who doesn't know
the London 'bus horse mleht draw n. men
tal picture of a wornout bag of bones, and
that would be a gross libel, for the London
.u3 uuieo 43 uih, strung unu sieeK.
The horses cut a sorry figure beside the
mules in the matter of steamship. One
transport sailing from Liverpool recently
with 330 horses aboard, was struck by a
hurricane, and the animals on deck broke
loose and those that were not killed or
maimed became terror-stricken and mixed
up in a struggle that was described as
terrific. In all 137 were killed, manv others
were hurt and nearly all the rest became
so seasick that they scarcely could stand.
And, by the way, a horse-loving English
man has Just written a letter to the Times
urging the formation of an ambulance
corps which will visit every battlefield and
put a bullet in the head of all horses found
seriously wounded. He tells of an officer
who was crossing a battlefield two days
after an engagement, when a horse came
up to him and laid Its head across his arm.
The officer pushed It off, but the horse
came back and again laid Its head on his
arm. This time tho officer noticed that his
coatsleeve-was covered with blood, and, on
examining the horse, he found that the
whole of Its under jaw had been blown off.
Of course, the officer did the only decent
thing he could do and put tho animal out
of misery. Every old army officer can tell
many pathetic stories of the same sort
SOLEMNITY jT, WEDDINGS.
There Is Some Giddiness, of Coarse,
bat More Seriousness Bishop
Those are harsh remarks ahout weddings
that Bishop Doane has been making at the
annual Episcopal diocesan convention at
Albany. Speaking of marriage and the
need of protecting it, he calls for more
solemnity in the solemnization of matri
mony. The sentiments of the prayerbook
seem to him not' at all In keeping with
"the excitements and extravagances that
precede weddings, the crowds of Irreverent
spectators that profane the house of God
with display, gossip, and curiosity, and the
violence which exposes to notoriety the
man and woman who have a right to time
ly privacy and peace."
There is some giddiness about weddings
to be sure, though it will not seem to all
persons so reprehensible as it does to the
bishop. But for all the notes of lute and
hautboy, and all the fine raiment in church,
and even In spite of champagne at the re
ception, weddings seem to many of us to be
solemn enough. Only geese are Irreverent
during the actual progress of the marry
ing In church, and you can't well provide
against the foolishness of geese.
A wedding is about the solemnest thing
that is done out of court; solemner than
most funerals because riskier: so solemn
that most of us can't afford to show our
feelings about It, and are glad of most
of the trivial things that abate its seri
ousness. It is a duty to make the best
of weddings and try to cheer them up
not with a whoop and a yell, of course,
but with such chastened gayety as may
be available. Everybody who has any
mirth on deposit anywhere goes and draws
It out and takes It with him to a wed
ding as a matter of honorable obliga
tion. But anyway, if there Is aught amiss
about weddings it Is no fault of the clergy
or of mankind. Weddings are what wom
en make them; men make the best of them.
Speak to the ladles, bishop!
MAN WITH THE IRoT FINGER.
An Extraordinary Trick Performed
by a German
A German acrobat Is making a great
success In Berlin by his clever work. The
trick with which he never falls to bring
A MARVELOUS TRICK.
down the house consists In his balancing
his body aloft on one finger thrust through
the mouth of an empty champagne bottle;
truly a remarkable feat, even In this ag
of record baiting performance.
FIRST SHOES MADE HERE
BEGINMXO OF A NEW INDUSTRY
FOR KANSAS CITY.
Hott Leather Is Transformed Into
Footgear- First One Hundred
Pairs Taken by a Kansas
City Department Store.
Shoes "made in Kansas City. U. S. A."
have become a reality and there is a fac
tory In this city that is turning out from
500 to 1,000 pairs of women's and children's
shoes daily. This factory is located at the
corner of Wyandotte and Sixth streets and
it Is being run by the Maynard Garner Shoe
Manufacturing Company. Mr. Garner has
been a resident of Kansas City for a num
ber or years as he representative of an
Eastern shoe house and last spring he con
ceived the idea that Kansas City was a
good place to make shoes In. His long ex
perience in the shoe business prompted him
to invesigate the manufacturing conditions
and as a matter of fact Mr. Garner began
the establishment of a shoe factory long
before any of the other big factories had
been announced as possibilities. Whcp. the
Bond Shoe Company made public its pur
pose to build a big factory for the manu
facture of shoes Mr. Garner's machinery
had been already ordered.
1 he Garner shoe factory was not started
on a large scale and even now all the work
is none on two small floors where about
twenty operatives find plenty of room to
y.orK in, but so energetic has .Mr. Garner
been In pushing the distribution of his
pods that he has orders on his books to
Keep his factory busy until the latter part
"No more loyal merchants live on the
face of the globe than those right here In
Kansas City." said Mr. Garner to a re
porter for The Journal yesterday. "The
nrst one hundred pairs that we turned ou:
were taken by a Kansas City department
store and ever since I have not been com
pelled to go outside of Kansas City to find
a market for ail the shoes that we can turn
out. Every shoe thus far turned out by us
has been sold right here and our goods are
displayed In nearly every store in the city.
Only tills morning I got an order for a
thousand pairs from one of the big depart
ment stores. This Is encouraging to me
and I don't think any other city In the
country would have come to the front so
royally In patronizing home made goods.
But my trade has not been confined to
Kansas City, although, as I said. I have
not done any soliciting outside. A few days
ago I received an order for shoes from a
store not fifty miles from St. Louis, which
is the recognized shoe center of the coun
try. This order came unexpectedly and
several others have followed from the same
Mr. Garner took the rennrtpr thrnni.h rii-
factory explaining the various processes
in the manufacture of a hard, dry piece of
leather Into a soft, fine finished shoe.
In the cutting department the leather Is
CUt UD into all sorts nf Shanes. ThprA nn
about thirteen separate pieces of leather In
the ordinary shoe and when an order Is to
be filled the cutters prepare the pieces of
leather which are all tagged for that par
ticular order. The pieces are then distrib
uted among half a dozen workmen who sew
and hammer and twist and trim until at
last all the pieces, after changing hands
dozens of times, come out of the first pro
cess of manufacture complete shoes, so far
as the uppers are concerned, but lacking
The department where the lasting Is done
Is down stairs and here ten men and boys
are in charge of machines that finish the
shoes. One machine makes its own Iron
nails and drives them into the soles at the
rate of about 1,500 a minute. Mr. Garner is
contemplating a move to larger quarters.
Ills experience thus far Is that Kansas City
offers splendid opportunities for the making
of shoes. He may also add later a full line
of men's and boys' shoes.
Yonngr Southern Girl Who Has Been
Invited to Christen Torpedo
From the Philadelphia Times.
Miss Maria Ten Eyck Decatur Mayo, a
fair young daughter of the South, has been
Invited to christen the torpedo boat de
stroyer Decatur, now building at the ship
yard's of the William R. Trigg Company,
of Richmond, Va., and which will be
launched early next spring. Miss Mayo
has accepted the Invitation.
It is eminently fitting that the beautiful
young Virginian she Is only 17 years of
MISS MARIA TEN EYCK DECATUR
age should officiate at the ceremony which
will honor the memory of her illustrious
ancestor, the great Stephen Decatur. She
Is the great-grandnlece of the famous sea
warrior and his nearest living descendant:
and a glance at the heroic lineage ot the
youthful sponsor of the warship named in
his honor has a timely interest.
StephenDecatur he of the Revolutionary
period, L16-ISOI was In the service of his
country during the war of Independence,
and afterwards when the trouble with
France threatened serious consequences.
He also at one time commanded a squadron
operating in the West Indies, his flagship
being the Philadelphia, destroyed by his
son Stephen In 1804. This first Stephen
iiau inree suns. oteDnen. James nnrt .inhn
Ot these three worthy sons or a noble sire
James was killed In the war with Tripoli,
while very young. Stephen married Miss
Susan Wheeler, of Norfolk, Va.. the daugh
ter and only child of Luther- Wheeler, at
one time mayor of Richmond, and presi
dent of one of its boards. There wero no
children born of this union, but the third
son. John, married Miss Maria Susanna Ten
Eyck, the only child of a Dutch gentle
man and merchant of New York. This
John Decatur was Colonel John Decatur,
of the United States army, and to him
were born several children, among them
Stephen Decatur, 3d, also' of the navy, and
a daughter, the present Mrs. Wyndham R.
Mayo, who is the mother of the maiden
chosen to christen the. warship named for
her distinguished ancestor.
On the paternal side the charming spon
sor of the ship is likewise distinguished.
Her father. Captain Wyndham R. Mayo,
is a sun of Judge Peter Mayo, of Norfolk.
He Is highly connected, his mother having
been Miss Upshur, of the old Virginia fam
ily of that name. He served In the Con
federate navy, and after the war com
manded one of tho Bay Line steamers ply
ing between Baltimore and Norfolk. His
wife, the mother of the young woman
whose portrait herewith Is given. Is speak
ing evidence of her own personal graces.
Is a very beautiful woman. She was Mist
Said the Saltan of Salu.
From the Washlntton Star.
."Marriage," said, the proverb quoter, "is
a lottery." .
"Yes." answered the sultan of Sulu, as
he sadly waved his hand toward the ha
rem, "and there's a bunch of blanks."
"Sixteen boys went to. the canal on a
summer's afteroon to swim," said the
teacher, "but five were told not to bathe.
How many wsnt in?"
"Blxtsen," said Bam
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A v ) ii, 1
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KIDNEY AND BLADDER TROUBLE,
but without any help. At last I was per
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wearing it a few times 1 commenced to Im
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The only trouble heretofore with electric belts and batteries was that the
current did not penetrate the system, but was retained upon tha surface, which
caused frightful burns and blisters. I have done away with all that. My Belt
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When the Kidneys are healthy they per
form their natural duties of removing cer
tain poisonous materials from the blood,
but Just as soon as they become affected
these poisonous deposits are retained 'in
the blood, and If allowed to remain thero '
very long cause those most Insidious and
dangerous diseases, Bright's .Disease.
Diabetes, etc. When in addition to ach
ing pains in the Kidney region there is a
loss of flesh, poor appetite, sallow com
plexion, sediment In the urine, you should
not delay a minute, but set at once to
strengthen your Kidneys, so that they
can resume their natural functions.
If you are using drugs for Kidney
Trouble. Halt! Drugs blunt the patn, but
never cure. You cannot improve on Na
ture with drugs, and when. Instead of
assisting nature to perform Its natural
functions you add poisons to an already
poison-loaded system, you will allow that
taking drugs to cure Kidney Trouble is
Electricity as applied by
Dr. Bennett's Electric Belt
Is the only positive remedy for Kidney
complaints. Just as soon as you apply
my Belt renewed nerve force Is given to
all the urinary tract and the poison Is
again being expelled from the system,
and health once more gains ascendancy
Darr After Drugs Had Failed.
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