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American League Notes.
It Js reported that Pitcher Chesbro
Is demanding an 18,000 salary for next
Short Stop Fred Parent last week
signed a two years' contract with the
Cleveland critics are pressing the
Cleveland Club to secure Jesse Burk
ett from St. Louis.
Arthur McGovern, the young catch
er, drafted from Lowell, has come to
terms with the Boston Club.
Manager McAleer and Bobby Wal
lace of the Browns have gone to Ar
kansas on a hunting expedition.
Manager Collins has arranged
games for the champions with Charley
Frank's Pelicans at New Orleans
April 6, 7, 8, 9.
Outfielder Ritty of the College Hills
of Cincinnati may be given a chance
to try for the outfield on the St. Louis
Umpire Tom Connelly gives it as
his opinion that the American League
, will rescind the foul-strike rule next
season with or without National
, Charley Hickman has asked Man
lager Armour to play him at second
base next season. Charley has fallen
'In love with the position and believes
he can play it better than any other.
National League News.
Ames, the boy pitcher of the Giants,
Is a whole hearted admirer of Man
It Is settled that Klem and Bauswine
will be members of Harry Pulliam's
iurnpire corps next season.
That Tommy Corcoran is still the
star short Stop of the profession is
the opinion of Miller Hugglns.
Miller Hugglns has signed a Cincin
nati contract for 1905. But few of the
(old players still are outside the fold.
i Umpire Bill Hart says that young
Jjnfielder Al Bridwell, purchased by
Cincinnati, Is the best young player
!he hrs ever seen.
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Outfielder and Utility Infielder of the
1 Roger Bresnehan is reported as be
ing very sore over the capture of the
Toledo club by Lennon and Kelley,
over his (Bresnehan's) head.
The reason why Joe McGlr.nlty did
not go to Los Angeles to pitch Is that
Manager Morley of that team, declined
to trke him without the consent of
Mr. B. uoh.
Outfielder McChesney, who joined
the Chicagoa last fall is telling his
friends that he Is certain of the right
field position on the team, and that
Davy Jones will have to go.
American Association Affairs.
Umpire George Black, late of the
South Atlantic League, will be a mem
ber of President Grillo's corps next
There Is little doubt but that in the
final adjustment Manager Mike Kelley
will be found at Toledo and Mike Finn
at St. Paul.
Manager Watkins of Minneapolis
has simed Ernest Frick, J. W. Moora
of Hophlnsvllle, A. L. Chap of Pough
keepsie, and E. Cheatwood.
The Milwaukee Club has drafted A.
11. Mott of the Dallas Club. Mott Is
a second baseman and was considered
the best infielder in the Texas League,
both in fielding and hitting.
J. Ed Grlllo is certain of re-election
to the presidency of the American
Association. He gave the organiza
tion a clean administrat'on last year,
and without offending players or mag
nates enforced discipline at all times.
Three-I League Tips.
The Decatur association took tin In
ventory of finances last week and
learned, to the surprise of everybody,
that there was a balance of $2,000 in
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the treasury, and that it would not be
necessary to solicit subscriptions to
cover the preliminary expenses for
The ousted Rockford Club declined
an invitation to enter the new I.-I.
League being formed by Mr. A. J.
Hine of Clinton, la. The towns pro
posed by Mr. Hine to compose the
league are Rockford, Kankakee, Mus
catine, Moline, Clinton, Freeport, Ga
lena, Maqucketa, Elgin, DeKalb and
President Holland was advised on
the 18th that the papers had been
completed In the proposed stilt for in
junction by the Rockford Association
to restrain .the league from trans
ferring the franchise from Rockford
to Peoria, and that the suit would be
filed within next ten days. The
League has taken no action as yet.
Central League Chatter.
Manager Jimmy Ryan's first engage
ment for Evansvllle was that of Pitcti
er Frank R. Fowler of Chicago.
There Is a hitch in the organization
of the proposed new Springfield (O.)
Club and ten days more time has
Manager Grant of the South Bend
team has signed "Billy" Price, a broth
er of thi Wheeling captain-manager,
to play in the outfield next season
Of last year's team pitchers Fenias,
Schafer, Mofflt and Smith, Catchers
Andrews and Lieman, Second Base
man Grand, Third Baseman Sager and
Outfielder Anderson will return. The
other positions will be filled by new
players. Oroeschow, who was loaned
to Terre Haute las, season, will re
turn to South Bend next year.
Iowa League Items.
President Frank C. Norton of the
Iowa League was married at Burling
ton, Nov. 15, to Miss Lillian Miller.
Burlington will be in it again this
coming season, such being the senti
ment of a meeting held Nov. 12, when
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Decatur Club of the League.
a board of directors, headed by W. W.
Copeland, was chosen.
George Stovall, Burlington's former
manager and first base guardian, also
Mekemson, Burlington's star pitcher
during first half the past season, have
recently become benedicts.
They tell a good one on Pitcher
Mekemson of Burlington. The day he
got married, after the ceremony, some
of his friends got hold of Mek, har
nessed him up to a dog cart and made
him pull his wife around the town he
was married in, Biggsvllle, 111. They
had a warm time for about half an
Charley Dexter may become team
manager of the Des Moines Club !f
he can get his release from Louisville.
George Tebeau makes the state
ment that Denver and Colorado
Springs are firmly anchored in the
George Tebeau is at present in Den
ver arranging bis affairs there. He
says lie has no Interest in Cantillon's
purchase of the Des Moines Club.
Magnate Ctintillon of Des Moines
has just added Mike Kelley's brother,
William, a capable outfielder, late of
Winnipeg, to the Des Moines team.
New Denver pitchers are George
Hickman of the Monroe tLa.) Club;
Louis Straub, purchased from Ottum
wa, and Morgan Winter of East Liver
pool, O. Pitcher Kenna wiil be sold
Eleven shut-outs is the record
against the Des Moines team for last
season. St. Joseph and Denver, how
ever, outrank the Politicians at being
whitewashed, the former being shut
out 1C times and the latter 12 times.
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NOT A BLEACHED BLONDE.
Straw Colored Hair Made It Hard for
Good Typewriter to Get a Job.
A great majority of the girl stenog
raphers, as well as the men, sccuie
employment through some typewriter
establishment. A number of funny
incidents develop. A young woman of
a perfect bloude type called at an
office on Ninth street to secure a posi
tion. Her hair was straw colored.
She was sent out to an address, but re
turned with the following complaint:
"Though I am an expert stenogra
pher, as you know. I find it difficult
on account of my straw colored hair,
to get work. Men think that my hair
is bleached and they hesitate to em
ploy a bleached blonde, for they know
well that she who would bleach her
hair to so conspicuous a hue as mine
would have a soul too frivolous fjr
sober typewriting and shorthand.
"When I was out of work last year
I had to apply to six offices before I
could get a place. Three of the men
to whom I applied didn't test my abil
ity In any way. They said lamely
that they were sorry, but they pre
ferred an older, a more sedate person.
Two men, after a Irief talk, admitted
that my work suited them, but had to
admit also that their wives had pecu
liar viewd and would object to my
presence In their husbands' offices.
"The man who engaged me was a
bachelor. He, too, was about to re
pulse me, but I broke out desperately
" 'Look here, I am not a bleached
blonde. My hair Is straw co'ored nat
urally. If you object to it, I'll wear
a brown wig during office hours.'
"The man laughed and took me on.
He has told me since, though, that he
would not have taken me but for my
frank outburst. Now he tells me he
has been compelled to dispense with
my services because of the many
Jokes that his friends are poking at
him." Philadelphia Press.
Caverns a Holiday Resort. '
One of the strangest of holiday re
sorts has been made accessible to the
public at Padirac, in the department
of Lot, France. There a wonderful
series of caverns, containing magni
ficent stalactites and a subterranean
lake and river, ":as yielded its secrets
to the adventurous explorer. The dan
gers of the visit have now been in
geniously reduced, so that the aver
age sightseer may traverse these
caves with ease and safety. For ages
the caves remained absolutely unex
plored. One vast crater-like opening
is 300 feet in circumference and when
a recent investigator made tils nrst
visit to the depths he had to descend
on a board attached to two ropes after
the manner of a swing.
Venus, she of the broken srms, and
the discus thrower have been igno
miniously banished from all buildings
controlled by the school board of
Gloucester, Mass. Poor Venus, she
has been gazing unabashed upon the
world these many centuries and the
discus thrower has been making 'his
cast with never a thought of sweaters,
but Gloucester has cried, "To the base
ment with the baggage and her trou
ser'.ess fellow!" Naked Truth had bet
ter lie low in her well or the school
bor.rd of Gloucester will send the
hu:-sy packing with her classical com
panions. Portland Oregonian.
Agreed on One Thing.
Not so very long ago a certain al
de.man who was running for re elec
tion to the board called upon Mayor
Col'.ics, of Boston, and tried to make
the general say "yes," but the general
wouldn't. "But, Mr. Mayor," ex
postulated me aiaerman, "iton t you
give me the credit of knowing some
thing about this? Do you think I'm
an Infant?" "Yes, I do," responded
the mayor, "and ycu ought to be
Cat Played With Fox.
A. A. Ginn of Prospect Ferry, Me.,
hr.s a fine yellow coon cat. One morn
Ir.g recently he did not come in at the
usual hour, and on looking around
Capt. Ginn discovered him in a field a
few rods away playing with a fox.
When the cat started for the house,
the fox followed for some distance.
Realizing he was too near civilization
for his own good, he turned and
skipped for the woods.
Traffic In Chinese Girls.
There Is a reason to believe that
the traffic in Chinese girls has ben
renewed In San Francisco In the last
six months on an extensive scale, and
the Chinese immigration bureau there
is under, hot newspaper fire. It cos;s
the slave dealers of Chinatown 11,000
to land a girl illegally, but how the
money is divided and whether any of
It goes to white officials are still optn
Gift to Kansas City Library.
Col. D. B. Dyer of Augusta, Ga., has
presented his collection of Indian rel
ics, valued at 1200,000, to Kansas City,
to be Incorporated in the public libra
ry taere. ine collection is consid
ered the most valuable In private
ownership In the country.
An Impossible Combination.
"Why has Mr. Flipkins disappeared
"Lost his money," answered Miss
Cayenne. "It Is Impossible to be a lion
In society and a lamb In Wall street
both at once."
Gossipers at the Club.
Aunt Jane How do you know there
Is so much gosBip at a woman's club.
Uncle George Aren't the women's
clubs patterned after the men's
HOW FAR BIRDS REASON.
John Burroughs Punctures Claims of
The robin is a very adaptive !)ird;;
certainly it adjusts itself readily to
new conditions, but it falls far short
of the intelligence that is often ascrib
ed to it. says John Burroughs In Out
ing. Thus there are persons who seem
to believe that when mud is scarce
the robin will bring water in his beak
to the dust of the road and so make
the mortar that it needs. This notion
is, of course, absurd. How could the
robins know that water and dust will
make mud? This knowledgo is th
result of reflection and experiment,
and is not within the reach of an ani
mal. More than that, if the robin
could find the water, he could certain
ly find the mud somewhere. I have
seen robins' nests with little or no
mud, and I have known them to use a
substitute for mud furnished by the
Another equally absurd claim for
the robin comes from a correspondent.
A robin had her nest in a tree under
his chamber window in such a losi
tion that he coi'ld see all that happen
ed in the nest. He says that when the
young robins were nearly grown he
saw the mother bird take them one
by one, by the nape of the neck, and
hold them out over the rim of the
nest to teach them to use their wings!
I suppose "our modern school of nat
ural study" would accept this state
ment without question. It is such pre
posterous natural history as this that
furnishes the stock in trade of this
"schod." Some persons deceive them
selves in what they think they see,
and not a few, I am convinced, are de
Question of Detail.
Former Judge Mayer was relating
how lawyers often badger witnesses
unintentionally, and cited the case of
a prizefighter who was on the stand to
testify concerning a street fight In
which he was a principal. The plain
tiff's attorney politely asked the burly
"Did I understand you to say that
you were a pugilist?
"Dat's what I am," proudly an
swered the prisoner.
"Oral, manual or callgraphic?"
suavely inquired the lawyer.
The pugilist looked as if he had re
ceived a blow in the solar plexus, his
face grew red as a danger signal and
he seemed about to spring cut of the
chair upon his inquisitor. Then, turn
ing to the bench, he growled:
' say, J:-z I'm a fighter, and dat's
all, but I ain't one o' dem t'ings dat
pie faced bloke calls me."
Judge Mayer said the attorney with
drew the obnoxious question, and the
case proceeded without further mis
understanding on the part of the
doughty defendant. Philadelphia Led
Invention Insures Dry Seats.
A new invention for insuring dry
seats on electric cars In; wet weather
has been displayed In Edinburg, Scot
land. As explained by the inventor,
the new arrangement is a simple one,
and can be. fitted to any style of gar
den, tramway or ship's deck seat. It
is practically a wooden covering for
the seat, can be lifted in wet weather,
the ordinary movement of the back
rest of the seat, locking it in position.
When raised, it forms a shelter for
the back of the passenger. In dry
weather the cover forms the ordinary
Excitement In East Africa.
There Is no lack of excitement along
the line of the Uganda, East Africa,
railway. At Nairobi, one of the prin
cipal stations, the postmaster found
a lion on his front stoop one morning;
several natives and more than one
white officer along the road have been
eHten by lions; on one occasion an en
gine could hardly make Its way
through miles of locusts on the track.
New Monte Carlo.
It Is stated that a building at Ava
lon, Catalina Island, off the southern
coast of California, for' which excava
tions are now being made, is to be a
large and fully equipped gambling
house, conducted by a syndicate of
San Francisco and New York gam
blers. The building is to cost $45,000.
Avalon Is a beautiful little seaside re
sort. Queen Helene Nurses Prince.
The little prince of Piedmont, un
like his sisters, Princesses Yolanda
and Mafalda, Is being nursed by his
mother. Queen Helene reluctantly
gave the other children up to the
nurse, but when the long-hoped-for
heir to the throne arrived ghe abso
lutely refused to let any other than
herself give him nourishment.
Sons Have Distinguished Names.
A Paris cabinetmaker has named his
thirteen sons, respectively: William
II., Victor Emmanuel III., Henry IV.,
Philip V., Charles VI.. Edward VII..
Charles VIII., Charles IX., Louis X..'
Louis XI., Louis XII., Alfonso XIII..
and Louis XIV. He did this In order
to be abbs to distinguish one from the
other according to their ages.
Knows Nothing of Slang.
Mr. Figgjam Tommy, do you ever
Tommy Figgjam No, Indeedy!
"Why, isn't 'no indeedy' slang?"
Sure nit. Who put that bug Into
"Timson never seems to be broke
and yet he says be blows his money
right in as fast as he gets it."
"Yes he's fo:; he blows It right
Into the bank!"- Detroit Frse Presa.
Chapel Built by Nature
Ex-President Cleveland, during his
sojourn in New Hampshire the last
summer, attended divine service In a
chapel unique on an island iu pictur
esque Lake Asquam.
Eighteen or twenty years ago Ern
est Balch, who was then a student at
Harvard college, conceived the idee
of a summer athletic school for boys,
and chose the island l'.entloned as the
location. "Camp Chocorua" was there
established, and had a very successful
existence for a decade, being the pio
neer of the large number of such
schools now In existence.
There was provided a chapel, origi
nal in conception with Mr. Balch. Its
walls were the environing trees of the
forest. Its ceiling was the Uver
changing sky. Rustic seats were
built for choir and congregation. The
most prominent feature was a mas
sive stone altar, surmounted by a
heavy stone cross.
This chapel was at the eastern end
of the island, and there the members
of the camp, numbering half a hun
dred, would gather regularly every
Sunday, wh .never the weather per
mitted, for divine services.
How the Pigeons Mate
On a south Jersey farm, which was
the home of a tnousand pigeons and
which was conducted by a woman
who had formerly been a bookkeeper
in Philadelphia, was found one par
ticular fly and coop which was the
abiding place of young doves that had
reached the mating season, says the
Era Magazine. These young birds
were associated together so that they
might select their life companions.
The interior of the walls of the coop
was filled with boxes and those
pigeons which had mated would
select one of these boxes for their
home and nest.
This period of courtship is one filled
with excitement for the birds. Two
young pigeon cocks, having selected
the same 'hen for a mate, have been
known to fight to the death in their
rivalry. The method of combat la
peculiar. The beak and wings alone
are used, the combatants catching
each other with their beaks by the
skin of the head and beatlp each
other with their strong wings.
Having once chosen his mate, the
dove, with an occasional exception,
There is a childlike simplicity about
the peasant folk of Montenegro. A
woman who has traveled among them
bays that both men and women, on
her arrival, asked her, with perfect
frankness, the most personal ques
tions. When she explained that she
had come by train and steamboat, the
inference was that she had great
"And you have come so far to see
us.' Bravo: Are you married?
"No," said the traveler.
There was great excitement and
"Wait! wait!" cried a woman. Then,
at the top of her voice, she shouted,
A tall, bronzed boy about 18 years
old edged his way through the crowd.
His mother stood on tiptoe and whis
pered In his ear. He looked coy and
twiddled his fingers.
"Ask her! ask her!" cried men and
Milosh plucked up courage, thumped
his chest and blurted out:
Cantor in Great Demand
Jews on the upper East Side have
gone wild with enthusiasm over the
voice of a Russian cantor who sang
the services in the New York Star
theater Saturday morning. The theater
has beta turned into a temporary tem
ple. His name Is A. L. Schlossberg,
and those who have heard him declare
he has the most remarkable voice a
human being ever possessed.
The cantor could be a rabbi. It Is
said, if he wanted to; but, knowing
the quality cf his voice, he prefers to
remain a singer. He has had dozens
of offers to go into grand opera or to
sing in concert. But the bent of hla
mind Is religious, and he has no in
tention of changing his vocation.
The demand for him by the Jews of
this country Is so ?,eat that he finds
it Impossible to accept all calls. Satur
day he was at the New St?.r theater;
this week he goes up to Bronxville,
and then comes down to a temple In
John Haviland, whose home is in
Bphingfleld, O., arrived in New York
from Ecuador some days ago with u
butterfly such as was never seen be
fore here one so beautiful and so
rare that It is worth $5,000. It has
been sent to Iord Nafnnnial Roth
schild in London, who has for years
collected remarkable fleas and strange
Mr. Haviiand was private secretary
to Major John Harman, manager of
the Guayaquil and Quito railroad, now
being built between these two South
American cities, thereby opening up
During his spare moments Mr. Havi
land amused himself by catching and
mounting the many beautiful butter
flies and drag'm flies which flitted
about the orchid hung trees of his
Ecuadorian home. One specimen was
if such beauty that fearing his mount
Ten years of disuse now has
wrought sad havoc with the once trim
structures of the camp. The forest
chapel alone remains intact, with
very little change, and is still put to
the use for which it was designed by
A custom has sprung up among tho
summer residents of the central por
tion of Lake Asquam region of gather
ing every pleasant Sunday morning at
this open-air auditorium for divine
worship. From cottage, camp and ho
tel about the shores boats put out
with their freights of worshipers, a!J
bound for one common goal the nat
It was in one of these rustic seats
that ex-President Cleveland sat as
one of the band of worshipers on a cer
tain charming Sabbath morning last
August. Mr. Cleveland was at the
time the guest over Sunday of Col.
J. H. Coit of Concord, N. H.. at the
camp of the latter on an Island In
Lako Asquam, and accepted an invl
tation to rejoin the members of tho
camp in their novel church attendance.
remains constant to her through life.
The occasional Instances of infidelity
cause discord in the coop, for when
one pigeon tires of his mate and seeks
another he meets a vigorous protest
from the companion of the bird which
he covets. When they have agreed
to spend their lives together Mr. and
Mrs. Dove select a box and the layln?
begins. The parent birds may then
be less than eight months old.
The pigeon's worst enemy la the rat.
In the absence of the mother or the
father bird, the rat will crawl into a
nest, steal a young squab, drag tt bod
ily away and devour it. So a good
cat Is a necessity In a pigeon coop a
cat that is taught not to disturb the
pigeons, but to be death to rats. Mice
are a pest among the pigeons, Uio,
but they eat only the grain, not dis
turbing the eggs or the young.
Frequently, however, the most dar
ing mice will crep under very
nests of the pigeons, even svhlle the
birds are on their eggs, anil the pre
sumptive rodents will make their own
nests there, rearing their young In the
genial warmth of the sitting pigeon.
"Wilt thou have me?"
"No, thank you," said the traveler,
laughing, and Milosh, much relieved,
retired, amidst the jeers of his friends.
"Milosh, thou are not beautiful
enough," said the men.
Then they suggested Gavro as being
more likely to please. Gavro made
his offer and was smilingly rejected.
The crowd was enjoying itself vast
ly, and totik much pelns to provide the
lady with a really handsome suitor.
She, on her part, looked about, and
chanced to catch the eye cf a goodly
"No! no!" cried a woman seizing
his arm. "He's mine! he's mine!"
"And he Is good and beautiful," his
friends hastened to add.
But he. In his turn, was rejected,
and the enthusiastic crowd pushed for
ward another candidate. Five suitors
in twenty minutes made, the traveler
though, a noble record. Youth's Com
panion. Broome street. Before he leaves this
country he will sing In many temples
in New York and throughout tho
He ";iis won a considerable fortune
through his voice. He gets at 1 ant
$500 every time he sings the services.
A moderate price of admission is
charged, the seats at the NVw Star
having ranged from 25 to 75 cents.
Mr. Schlossberg is 4G years old. He
was born In a small town in Russia.
It was not until several years after ho
became famous there that the Jews In
America heard of him. Then he was
induced to come to the United Stat?,
and arrived here in September, Just
in time for the great Jewish holidays.
In appearance the cantor Is very
striking. He has a big beard and
piercing black pyes. His musical
voice and easy manners make Mm an
attractive person with whom to talk.
ing might be too crude for perfect
preservation, he brought It to a pro
fcsslonal In New York city to have the
beautiful fly more carefully preserved.
Immediately the old collector went
"You have," he said, "the only but
terfly of this kind I have ever seen.
I am the American agent for Lord
Rothschild, who la collecting flies and
fleas, and has the rarest collection and
the most valuable In the world. He
has just paid $250,(o for a pair of
fleas. Yon must send this butterfly to
England. If Lord Rothschild has rone
like it he will pay you good for it. and
it shall be known as the Haviland
The amateur butterfly catcher was
more than surprised. He had not
dreamed that his little Insect was
worth so much money. But he left It
wllh the old collector, to bo snipped
to London. New Ycrk Globs.