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and Tells Or His Terrible Experiences? Andy RuamcII tain been Heard From. Writes an Interesting; Letter. Andy Russell, the well known oil man, who started for Alaska several months ago, and who it was reported was burned to death in a fire at a hotel at Skaguay, has been heard from, and his many friends in this vicinity will be glad to know that he has gone| through the Chilcoot Pass in safety. The following letter hasjbeen received from him: Lake Bennett, Alaska, 1 April i, 1898. ) C. C. Richardson, Esq., Elizabeth, W. Va. ? My dear triend: I am going to inform you this morning that I am across the Chilcoot Pass, after the hardest experience ot my life. Ii have stopped to look around and ^ wonder it I am alive. Charley, I want to inform you on the T. Q. that it I had known what I was go ing up against, don't think [ would ever have started, but after having made the start I was bound to go through. I never once looked back. There is an awful rush for this country. You could not im agine it. The men are filing along the trail about as thick as they can travel. Each man with his little sled load ot provisions, and then again there are men with packs on their backs, toiling on, a loot at a time. Such a display of human endurance I never saw in my life. Every man is toiling as though his whole life depended on it, aud every man you meet has that same vacant, idiotic stare, bordering on insanity, blind to everything except that they must push on to some where, God only knows? perhaps death. Why if a man falls down by the wayside every man will pass him by, and pay no more attention to him than if he was a dumb brute. Such is what the human race is coming to in the wild rush for gold. The Good Samaritan in Alaska is very hard to find. It I thought the accursed filthy stuff would transform me into such a demon, I wculd stop right here, and not go one foot farther. But stop, Russell, you are not loaded with monev at this particular time. Charley, I have thought of you more than once since I have been on the trail. You know in case of emergencies, I hardly ever forget myse.f. Well, in this one instance I did not. When I left Seattle I bought four gallons of whiskey, the best in the land and brought it along. To get it through the Cus tom House without being detected, I had to put it in hot water bags and carry it through on my person (what I did noi have inside.) Well, it worked like a charm. I got through O. K. and they never once suspected anything. Now, I want to tell you right here that this was the nicest thing I ever did. I don't believe that I would have ever gotten through without it. I have met more than one poor wayfarer on this trail, tired and worn out, and after throwing a slug into him, he would up and back in to the shafts and start on again. This friend I always carry along with me when I am on the trail. He has never failed to do his work, and this is what has caused my mind to wander back and recall a few happy recollections. I have been so internal tired I could hardly speak, would stop, sit down on my sled, pull the bag, un screw the cork, insert the siphon and start the suction. Well, I will have to stop giving you so much of this, or you will think I am in dulging a little, but such is not the esse* * There is a great rush for the Big Salmon river, at the present time. A big strike reported there. There are lots of the fellows leaving their grub stake here and going down, this I don't like to do, as there is lots of thieving here. There have been several outfits stolen, and you are hardly safe to leave. If a man loses his outfit here, he is done for. One poor fellow had his outfit stolen, and he committed suicide; shot himself through the heart. The Big Salmon strike. I guess, is very rich. It averages something like $1 25 to the pan. That is can sidered good, and they have not bed rock yet. I am only 200 miles from there now, but don't see how I can go until the lake thaws or the ice breaks up. Guess I will stay where I am until I can go down in a boat. I am nearly played out aud need some rest. I have worked jay self down to 16^ poucds. Ther^ /i Almost 3 Skeleton Run Down In Health and Could Do Hardly any Work --Appetite and Strength Restored. " About two years ago I was all run down in health and was hardly able to do anything. I was little more than a mere skeleton. Although attended by two physicians I did not obtain perma nent relief. I was induced to try Hood's Sarsaparilla and after I had taken two bottles I began to feel better. I had a good appetite and my weight increased from 132 to 186 pounds. I now consider myself cured." Mas. Charles Bbickeb, Clay Center, Ohio. "For years I suffered with dyspepsia and liver complaint. I derived no sub stantial benefit from any source until I tried Hood's Sarsaparilla. From the first I felt decided benefit, and after taking 4 bottles was permanently cured." Miss Miuta Langstaff, Cottage Hill, Ohio. Hood's Sarsaparilla Is the Best? in fact the One True Blood Purl fler. 81. six for $5. Be sure to get HOOD'S. u rfc*ii act harmoniously with flOOU S HlllS Hood's Sarsaparilla. 25c. is no doubt of the richness of this country. There was a strike re ported yesterday , three miles be low where I am damping. Am go ing down tomorrow. Well, my fire is almost out and guess I will close for this time. There is no news that I can write you of interest, except that Dan Wallace took sick with pneumonia, and is going back; his lungs are too weak; can't stand the climate. With kindest regards, I am Respectfully, Andy Russell. current" MISCELLANY. In the small village church yard of Bolton-on-Swale, in Yorkshire, Eng land, there is a gravestone with this in scription ? "Henry Jenkins, aged 1G9. " He was thus one of the oldest men of modern times if not the oldest. Doubt has been expressed as to the fact of Lis hav ing lived so long, but from time to time intelligent men have examined the evi dence and have been satisfied of the fact. Ho died Dec. 8, 1670, and ho was accustomed to tell that when he was between 10 and 12 years old he was sent with a horse load of arrows to North Allerton previous to the battle of Flod den. As this battle occurred on Sept. !), 1518, that fact corroborates the state ment as to his age. In 1655, 15 years before he died, he appeared a" the York assizes and swore positively^ t a cer tain road to a mill had to his ~?owledge existed for 120 years, and his testimony was confirmed by a centenarian, who deposed that he had always known him as Old Jenkins. And several times in different courts of law he testified as to things which had occurred 140 years be fore. In his later life he was a fisher man and it is said that he was accus tomed to swim in the rivers after he J was 100 years old. ? Boston Transcript. A Jealous Maiden. She? Harry, you said something last evening that made me feel so bad. He? What was it, dearest? She? You said I was one of the sweetest girls in all the world. He? And aren't you, darling? She? You said "one of the sweet est." Oh, Harry, to think I should live to know that I have to share your love with another !? London Fun. A Story of Mr. Willard. On the occasion of Mr. Willard 's re turn to a city where ho had played "The Middleman" several years previ ous he was approached by a stranger, who said: "I want to thank you for what I know of 'The Middleman. ' I have made thousands of dollars out of it." On Mr. Willard 's expressing surprise and asking for an explanation the stranger said: "Well, you know the scene where yon ran out of coal and broke up the furniture and fired up with it?" "Yes." "Well, that scene put mettle in me. It was at a time when everybody was going against me, and I seuuied to be at the end of my row. " "Yes?" "But I took heart when I saw you smash the chairs for fuel and heard your desperate cry, 'I'm going to burn furniture!' Audi made up my mind that I'd go into the same business, fig uratively speaking, and I did, and luck turned in my favor and fortune smiled once more." ? Atlanta Constitution. His Choice. Beak ? Now, James Fitz-Costigan, which will yon take ? $10 or ten days? James Fitz-Costigan ? Thank yez, sor, Oi think Oi'll take the tin dollars. ? Ally Sloper. West Virginia Militiamen Want Officers Fairly Treated WILL REFUSE TO JOIN In the War With Spain if That Treatment Is Not Accorded Them? The Second R?Kimeut Determined That t'ol. Mmith MikII Not Be Tnrned Down Tor Col. Ciisteel. Charleston, April 28.? The capi tal city has begun to assume a military aspect. National flags blended with Cub an colors displayed from every business bouse and flying from the flagstaffs of every public building. Officers of the National Guard are everywhere in evidence. Tnev are busy doing the preliminary work incident to the establishment of their camp and the enlistment and filling out their regiment of volunteers to be furnished by West Virginia to serve in the war with Spain. Major J. C. Gluck, chiet quarter master, of Auburn; Maj. R. H. D. Willis, inspector general, of Wheel ing, and Maj. Phil D. Neal, chief commissary, of Parkersburg, have been working hard since yesterday preparing the camp and providing for the men. As nothing had been done toward getting the camp in readiness and supplies on the ground previous to the arrival of the troops, everything was naturally in a chaotic condition last night. Most of the men had neither blankets to sleep on nor anything to eat till late in the ninght, but they bore the hardship with becoming fortitude. The work of erecting the tents and getting the camp in order went on briskly today, and tonight the troops will have fairly comtortable quarters. The remaining companies of the Second regiment ? A, of Bluefield, and E, of Parkersburg- arrived early this morning. A special train of ten coaches ar rived just before noon today bring t ing Col, Smith and staff, with four companies of the Second regiment. These companies were B. ot Mounsville, with 75 enlisted men I and 29 new recruits under Capt. H. R. Hamphreys; H, of Burton, 52 men, under Captain Levi K. Hoge; G; ol Palatine, 66 men, under Captain W. W. Scott, and K, of Clarksburg, under Captain Harry Smith. ? The last detachment of troops, consisting of Companies A, ot Elkins; E, of Martinsburg; D, of Berkeley Springs; I, of Charles Town, and H, of Piedmont, ar rived at 2 o'clock this afternoon and went into camp. General Spil* man and staff arrived from Charles ton early in the afternoon and es tablished the brigade headquarters. It is expected that the trcops will be in camp at Kanawha City at least ten days and the enlistment of men into the United States army will begin next Monday. It will be ascertained who among the of ficers will volunteer for service and the list of those who want to go will be submitted to the Governor and he will appoint the officers for the new regiment. A list of the men who want to enlist will then be taken and those who pass successfully the medical examining board will be mustered in. The list of volunteers from the National Guard will be exhausted before the raw recruits are allowed to enlist. The number of men who will volunteer from the National Guard will depend upon the appointment of their commanders. If there ap pears any unfairness in selecting the officers the men will kick and refuse to enlist. This will be the condition of affairs, especially among those ot the Second regi ment, where it is proposed to give the Lieutenant Colonelcy to Colonel Casteel, in the place of Col. C. L. Smith who is entitled to it. It is safe to say that Colonel Smith will get the place to which he is justly entitled or he will not go with the regiment at all, and if Colonel Smith is turned down it is equally sate to say that very few members of the First regiment will enlist. The effort to advance Col. Cas teel over Col. Smith has raised a storm among the National Guards men . Governor Atkinson received a telegram from Senator Elkins to irght stating that the Secretary 0! Liver Ills Like biliousness, dyspepsia, headache, consti pation, sour stomach, indigestion are promptly cured by Hood's Pills. They do their work Hood's easily and thoroughly. ? Best after dinner pills. III 25 cents. All druggists. I I I B ^9 Prepared by C. I. Hood & Co., Lowell. Mass. The only Pill to take with Hood's Sarsaparilla. War has yielded to the request that the West Virginia regiment be re cruited to its full strength of twelve hundred men, but insists that the troops be mobilized at Martinsburg. The Governor still refused to send the troops to Martinsburg. He says the removal of the troops to that point would cost the State $12,000 The troops will, therefore, remain here till they are recruited and readj for service. Dr. Davidson, a member of the medical examining board, arrived tonight from Parkersburg, and it is said that the board will be ready for work tomorrow. New Version. Richard Thirds ? A horse! A horse! My kingdom for 110 horse ! ? Fliegende Blatter. A Mistake. Officer ? Where did you steal that dress suit case? Shadysides Willie ? Officer, you are mistaken. 1 have just returned from my Europeau trip. ? New York Journal. The editors of the Star say we are supporting Sheriff Pyle in the late malicious spite work against him becanse "we want to injure the republican party." There is noth ing in this charge. All the ac cused parties are republicans and the accusers vote the same ticket. The democrats are too good to in dulge in any such tricks as these lepubiicans are accused of being guilty of. We favor Sheriff Pyle because we know he id an officer of our county! as much a democrats officer as a republi can, and we honestly and can didly believe he is the victim of about the most dirty, malicious spite we have ever heard ot. In taking this stand we do not say DUght against our prosecuting at torney, but if he is innocent let us nave the charges heard and his good name vindicated, and then we will ! icnow who is guiltv and who is in nocent. There is no politics in it. If one or both are guilty let us know it, but as to saying we are for Mr. Pyle because he is a repub lican is nonsense. We support any man or officer when we believe he is right no difference what his politics are. We love Mr. Strict ling equally as much as we do Mr. Pyle, but we honestly think that Mr. Strickling has been and is no* associated with bad advisers at his dome. Let him move to Sisters ville, forsake his old companions, and we can save him yet. Pyle is now the best man, having lived here some time, and we reformed him while he sojourned with us. The pure, mora! atmosphere of this | city will almost save aoy old wreck, j What Cuba Is. The two eastern provinces of Cuba are practically free and are commonly called "Cuba .Libre. Spanish garrisons still exist there because they are supported and supplied by forces in other parts of the island. These two provinces, Santiago de Cuba and Puerto Prin cipe, are in area more than half the habitable part of the whole island, and have not over a fifth of its pop ulation. Santiago de Cuba had, according to the last census, 272, 319 inhabitants, of whom 157*9*? were white. None of the ports de clared blockaded by the President's proclamation are in these prov inces. . Clenfuegos, the only port block aded on the southern shore of the island, is in Santa Clara Province, and is the meeting point of the four railways. Excepting Havana, this is the most popular province, hav ing ^4,122 inhabitants, of whom 254,345 are railroad crossing the ^island to Sdgua. la Grande is of military importance, though Spain would find it of no use if American troops were once firmly lodged on the island west of Santa Clara. This province and Pinar del Rio, at the west end of the island, have been largely held by the insurgents, but not entirely. The westernmost point covered by the blockade, Bahia Honda, is in the province of Pina del Rio, but in its eastern limit, and the popula tion of that province is 225,291, of which 167,160 are white. There remaim the two provinces of Havana and Matanzas, covering in length about 140 miles of the narrowest part of the island, but having nearly half the entire popu lation ot Cuba. Havana Province has 45e,628 inhabitants, of whom 344,417 are white, and Matanzas 259,570, of whom 143. ^9 are white, the colored population being greater in the latter than in any other province. Cardenas, the most eastern of the northern ports block aded in Cuba, is about hall way be tween the eastern and western borders of Matanzas, and has been considered an eligible poitt for the landing of troops, as it is not fort ified, and is the terminus of two railways. The road thence to Matanzas is not very difficult, judg ing from military maps, though it runs* in part through a somewhat hilly country. Practically the entire hold of Spain in Cubh depends on its strength in the two provinces of Havana and Matanzas and it prob ably could not hold the latter a single day if it were not in posses sion of Havena. But where the island is narrowest, only twenty eight miles southward from Hav ana, are found the chief support and strength of Spain, and not un naturally, since its Government has maintained itself for many years by plundering a great portion of the benefit of the small number of Spaniards and other beneficiaries ot the Government residing in or about Havana. It is that province, with a quarter of the whole popu lation of Cuba, and more than an eigthth of the entire population outside the city, that Spanish au thority supported for obvious in terested reasons. Once broker, there, that authority would imme mediately cease to exist anywhere on the island. The Storks of Larisna. To me the most peculiar thing about Larissa was the life in the air above us. To see one, two, even four, storks on almost every one of the heavy roofs of bent red tiles re mained a novelty to the end of my stay. No one ever disturbed the great birds. They built their large, -flat, basketlike nests on the most ex posed gables and used to stand on the most prominent points as a sort of architectural finish to the blue and white houses. The rattle of their bills, as of dry and hollow bones, sounded all night long.? Ju lian Ralph in Harper's Magazine. Not According to Hofle. "I held the 13 trumps in a game of whist we played one time at Kocky Gulch," said the retired min er. "You took every trick, of course?" 44 Just get out with .my life. My partner led an aoe, I trumped it, and he bad emptied his gun miscellane ously before I could explain. " ? De troit Free Presa Rheumatism Cored. My wife has used Chamberlain's Pain Balm for rheumatism with great relief, and I can recommend it as a splendid liniment for rheu matism and other household use for which we have found it valuable. ? W. J. Cuyler, Red Creek, N. Y. Mr. Cuyler is one of the leading merchants of this village and one of the most prominent men in this vi cinity. ? W. G. Phippen, editor Red Creek Herald. For sale by C. W. Grier. * THB^ BAZAAR CALLS YOUR ATTEN TION TO Hotel China Porcelain Ware. Decorated Sets, Toilet-ware, . Royal Blue. Fine China in... Olives, Naiads, Fruits, Pickles, Bones, Celerys. E. S. Harvey j Wells Hi. Wam Delnyrd. The car load of roadsters pur chased for McCoach and Stealey's new livery stable did not arrive last evening ns was expected. Mr. Stealey is somewhat worried ovtr their delay. They were purchased by Mr. Stealey in northern Ohio and shipped over the B. & O. which failed to make connections with the O. R. road's freight last evening at Moundsville. Don't Tobacco 8;>lt and Smoke Tour Life A way. If you want to aud tho wonder-worker that makes weak men strong. Many gain ten pounds in ten days. Over 400,000 cured. Buy No-To-Bac from your own druggist, who will guarantee a cure. Booklet and samplo mailed free. Ad. Sterling Remedy Co., Chicago or New York. Farnlittaed Room To rent, situated on Main street in very desirable quarters. Address, Oil Review. 3-tf On last Saturday evening our voung aud old men vied in making a demonstration of their feelings toward Gen. Weyler for his crimi nal and treacherous conduct in the island of Cuba under Spanish au thority. They carried a figure rep resenting Gen. Weyler in front of ihe parade, and when the parade was over that figure was stood up right, safurated with oil and fire applied. The flames rolled high and the order to fire was given. Then volley after volley was fired at the figure until it was reduced to ashes by the flames. Amid the thundering of guns, the roaring of flames, the patriotic songs of our citizens and the ye*ls of those who couldn't sing, the form of Gen. Weyler was burned in effigy. We do not believe any other man will be burned in effigy as many times as Gen. Weyler has been in the United States, within the next de cade. ?Wetzel Democrat. 60 YEARS' EXPERIENCE Patents UowSSS*,1: Probubly tSJSh'jIom! *< I bout ensure, la the SckMlific American. ?- ntn(?n??( ?A*klr. LtfMt dr? IE Luwmtm* Terse. <3* levadeeJer*. 1 ? handsomely flhutrsted weekly.