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killed by an elephant.
It Took Revenue on a Man While He Was Asleep. A Lincoln county exchange says that news has reached it that Geo. Dilly, a former Lincoln county boy , had been killed at Ronceverte by an elephant. He had been teasing a female el ' ephant and her baby, and though warned to desist, kept it up at in tervals until the animal became en raged. George and two other ot the canvas hands layed down and went asleep in the tent where the elephant and her baby were. While thev were sleeping the animal man aged to get the chain from her leg, walked over to the boys who were asleep, picked up young Dilley with her trunk and thrashed hini over the ground until he was dead, finally winding up by tramping on him. A llUnd Farmer. Fayette Sters is a man who has mastered one of the most tr^ ing physical infirmities, and made his life useful when others would have given way in despair. Mr. Sterns is a farmer 70 years old, who, though blind for 18 years, has, dur ing all but two of these years, car ried on the cultivation of 10 acres of land. For two years after he be came blind, Mr. Sterns was obliged to lay aside all labor, though braw ny, and physically as able and anx ious to work as ever, writes a Rut land, Vt., correspondent of the New York Times. During this period he tried many times to plant portions ot his gar den by kneeling and trying to per fect measurements with his imple ments. Oue morning the idea came to him that he would take two stakes and a string, and sus pending the latter from the stakes could construct a satisfactory guide. Mrs. Sterns set the stakes for the first row to be planted across the garden. With this assistance he planted his first acre, setting the stakes over for each new row, ob taining measurements with the short hoe handle which he carried, while on his bended knees he opened the hill, planted the seed and covered it over. Before he could do much garden ing he earned money churning for neighbors. In this way he earned money enough to purchase cover ing for the addition to his house and afterward built the staging himself and laid half the co\ering. , Mr. Sterns mows, rakes and pre- 1 pares enough hay to keep three cowsland^a horse. For mowing the stakes are set at the outer edge of the field by Mrs. Sterns, with the striug suspended at such a height that with each swing ox the scythe the blind man's forearm just touches it. When lie has mowed a swath across the field he sets the stakes over the width ot a swath, which he measures with his scythe, then guided by his string, he makes his way back across the field. In this way, when once started he mows an entire meadow, and al lege that even at 70 years ol age lie is a brisk man to follow with ? a scythe. Working entirely upon this prin cipal, the blind farmer plants, hoes, weeds, and harvest's all kinds of farm products, aud with the aid of a faithful wife the crops are gath ered in the barn. M. E. Conference Jurisdiction. The West Virginia district is composed of nine districts, as fol lows: Buckhannon, with 27 church es; Charleston, with 26 churches; Huntington, with 30 churches; New River, with 23 churches; Clarks burg, with 19 churches; Parkers burg, with 26 churches; Morgan town, with 16 churches; Oakland, with 20 churches; Wheeling dis trict, 20 churches. There are three churches in the conferences outside of the district, one in Penn sylvania and two in Maryland. The number of communicants in the state, in round numbers, is 50,000. This is an increase of about 1,500 over the figures ot last year. YELLOW FEY Eli SPKE1I)I\G. Cnnnot bo Ktoi?i>e<l Until Front Comes. Washington, D. C.; Oct. 12. ? Reports to the Marine Hospital show the yellow fever to be on the increase in the South. Four hun dred and seventy cases are reported to date, and thirty-four deaths. There is no abatement expected till cold weather, three weeks hence, comes. Jackson, Miss., Oct., 12. ? It seems impossible to prevent the spread of the infection of yellow fever. More people are leaving the city, under the advice of the State Health Officer. Three new cases were reported today; all white. ' v REVENUE DECISION. Additional RhIIuks by the Deparlment at Wasbington.1 The following internil revenue decisions were received by Collect or J. S. Fruit today: Bankers who have not been in business during the preceding year must pay the special tax at the rate of $50 for the year, beginning July 1, 1898, A merry-go-round set up at fairs, not an exhibition or show, is sub ject to tax. Social clubs furnishing liquors to their members under conditions constituting a sale are required to pay special tax. Special tax is not required to be paid for. representing one, two or three firms to solicit and receive or ders, if the person is bound by agreement to give his entire service to them. Renewal of a note does not of it self renew the pledge ot securing it. The pledge must be specifically renewed to subject it to taxation. The renewal is subject to a taxa tion of 2 cents on each $100 of face value or fraction thereof. If the pledge is renewed it is also subject to taxation, but the renewal of the note does not itself renew the pledge: If there is no specific act of renewal in relation to the pledge it is not subject to taxation on the renewal of the ncte. A social club in which beer is supplied to the members who help themselves thereto, 4 and throw their contributions into a box through a slot," furnishes the beer under conditions constituting a sale of it to them and is required to pay a special tax thereon under the in ternal revenue laws. Special tax is not required to be paid for the artoscope, a nickel-iri the-slot machine set up in stores or other places, showing pictures au tomatically from the dropping of a nickel into the slot; but if in an ex hibition hail a number of these machines be set up, special tax must be paid by the proprietor. A bagatelle table is neither a bil liard nor a pool table within tiie meaning of the ninth paragraph of section 2, and no special tax is re quired. No special tax is required to be paid for an illustrated lecture if the money derived therefrom is de voted exclusively to the use of an educational institution. A harvest show, with an evening entertainment by local talent, tor the ben: fit of a grange, is not re quired to pay special tax as an ex hibition or show. A stamp affixed to an instrument and cancelled cannot lawfully be removed therefrom and affixed to another instrument requiring a stamp. Amounts paid for stamps used in error, or in excess, or on instruments defaced, or found to be defective and for which a substitute is prepared and stamped may be refunded. A tivoli table, which is material ly different from a billiard or pool table, even though the ball used thereon is propelled by a cue, is not subject to special tax under the ninth paragraph of section 2 and the former ruling is modified ac cordingly. TWO SKELETONS The Result ot Dr. H?l?*s Research In the Mounds in tSio Washington WoodN. Dr. Hale, last week, opened six of the mounds in the Washington Woods down the river, but nearly all the skeletons were so badly de composed that he was unable to , save any except two. They were in a fairly good condition. They were apparently buried lying down, both in the same mound. ' They were rather small of stature, and the skull indicated a very inferior degree of intelligence. He also found several arrow heads of very fine agate flint which probably came from the Rocky Mountains. There were also some tomahawks, but no other ornaments. Iu all the mounds he found evidences of fire and rock which had been in the fire. The Washington Bottoms seem to have been a great centre for the aborigines as innumerable skeletons and interesting relics have been found there. ? Ravens wood News. A Hnjipy Man. "I suffered with constipation and dyspepsia for five years, never having a natural operation. After eating I always felt as if there was a great lump in my stomach. Four packages of Thompson's Tonic Tea entirely cured me. ? T. M. Mc Cracken, 323 Washington Avenue, Oil City, Pa. Said by C. W. Grier. Mrs. Gayboy: "I'm ashamed of you, Susie. Why did you allow youraelf to be kissed in the hall by a total stranger?" Susie (the cook): "Please, ma'am, I thought it was only Mr. Gnyboy!" THEIFIItKT torpedo. W. rFiltM DKpntrg the RobrrfN Slory. Editor Review: ? In the Re view of October 4th you gave an account of the first torpedo by the j Hon. D. A. Roberts. Mr. Roberts j is four years behind the times 011 ] the torpedo business. I want to tell >011 what I know about the first torpedo. Mr. Drake struck the first oil well in the fall of 1859. In the spring of i860 Edgar Wads worth, T. Reed, N. W. Reed and myself procured an oil lease on the Steckpole farm, three miles south of Titusville, on the bank of Oil creek. About one-half a mile be low us, at the first ford, on the east 1 side of the creek, another well was j drilled, and I think that Wilard ?' Skinner, and Mr. Harper, ot Watts- j burg, Erie county, had an interest | in the well. We had built a shanty to live in while drilling the weil and Mr. Skinner and Mr. Harper j called upon us frequently while go ing to or returning from Titusville. I think in the month of September they completed their well, but it1 was nearly dry, so they conceived the idea of shooting it (Mr. Skin ner was a machinist). They went to the Pleasantville potter}'- and had some jugs made? I should say 2>l/i feet long and about 4^ or 5 in diameter. A one-half inch nip ple was fastened to the top of the jug by strips of tin passing under the bottom and up the sides of the jug and soldered to the nipple, so ' as to make it water tight. The jugi was then filled with powder through 1 this short nipple, after which it! was lowered into the well by one halt inch pipe and when it wasj lcfwered to the desired point the pipe was fastened with a small rope. I Then a slim red hot iron was! dropped down the pipe and the ex plosion occurred, throwing the wa ter some distance out of the well. It any one has an earlier account of a well being torpedoed we would be glad to hear trom him. Now I will tell you why I remember this so well. I was interested in it, for it was something new and it was talked over in our shanty and we stopped our work and went down and saw the well shot. I think I can give you the names of those who went with me. As I remember there were Edgar Wadsworth, Bruce WadsWorth, N. W. Reed and myself in the party. We started just after dinner ? it was a beautiful day and I think it was about 2:30 o'clock when the well was shoe. The date was early in September, 1S60. Edgar Wadsworth now lives in Michigan; Bruce Wadsworth in Kansas. They are brothers of our late townsman, Oscar Wadsworth. N. W. Read lives in Kane, and the writer in Bradford. I do not think Mr. Roberts was entitled to his patent on torpedoes, nor to the fluid packing as this well was full of water when it was shot. I think Mr. Williard Skinner died in Rousevilie in the fall of 1861. I don't knovv when Mr. Harper died, but bis son was in the torpedo business a lew years ago. I was subpoenaed as a witness 1 iiiiuk in 1866, when tile oil men were fighting, Mr. Roberts on his patent, but I never had an oppor tunity to give my testimony, but this is a true description of the first torpedo for oil wells. J. W. Fritts, Bradford, Pa., Oct. 1893. f3 CLIM ATE AM) CROP SERTICK. Went \Tirp;inl? Section? Climatology For IH9S. Temperature of the air (in de grees fahrenheit)-- -The mean tem perature of the month was 67.6; mean of maxima temperatures, 806; mean of minima temperatures, 55.2; highest recorded temperature, 97 ou the 1st at Xew Cumberland, lowest recorded temperature, 33 on the nth, at Upper Tract. Daily mean temperatures were above the average on the i*t to 7th, and 14th to 30th inclusive, with greatest departure above on the 1st, and below on the 8th to 13th inclusive, with greatest de parture 011 the 8th. Precipitation (in inches and hundredths) . ? The average pre cipitation for the state was 2 42; the greatest, locally, 4.75 at Hunt ington, ~nd the least, 0.80 at Green Sulphur Springs. The greatest rainfall in any 24 consecutive hours was 2 28 on the -jrd and 4th at Huntington. General rains tell over the State on the 4th, 5th and 6th and 7th; 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Scattered local rains iell on the 9th, 14th, 18th, 20th, 2 1st and 26th. The rivers of the State were \ery low duriug the month and no dam age was caused from overflow or excessive rains to crops. MISCELLANEOUS DATA. Dates of thunderstorms: 3,4, 5< 6, 22, 25, and 26. Solar halos, 13th. Lunar haios, 23rd. Light frost, Buckhannon, 8, 12; Burlington, 12. Hail, 26th. Aurora? Grafton on the 2d. EFFECT OF WEATHER ON CROPS AND FARMING OPERATIONS. To Sept. 5. ?Excessive heat and sunshine rapidly maturing corn, fodder being cut and buckwheat, tobacco and potatoes secured in good condition; lall plowiug pro gressing, with some wheat sown; pastures and gardens in good con dition. To Sept. 12? Corn cutting in general progress with good yields; buckwheat and millet being har vested and potatoes dug; tobacco secured, fall plowing well advanced and pastures in fine condition; ground in good condition for seed ing. To September? Corn cutting about completed and some corn cribbed; fall plowing nearly com pleted, and w -eat, oats and i\e seeding in progress; pastures re vived by the rains and stocks doing well; garden vegetables matured. To September 29th? WEATHER BEREAU CONVENTION. The chief of weather Bureau an nounces that it has become neces sary to change the dates for the Omaha convention of Weather Bureau Officials from October 20 to 21, to October 12 and r 3? Wednesday and Thursday. The Secretary of Agriculture will be present. C. M. Strong, Section Director. Evervbody's liable to itching piles. Rich and poor, old and young ? terrible the torture they suffer. Only one sure cure. Doan's Ointment. Absolutely sate; can't fail. .. " ITS WORK IS FINISHED The 29th Annual Convention K. of P. Passes Into History.^ THE EVENTS IN DETAIL. Col. S. A. Posten Promoted to the Grand Chancellorship. OFFICERS ADVANCED. Everyone Well Pleased With the Celebration. From Friday's Daily. The 29th annual convention of the Pythian Knights of West Vir ginia closed last evening with the completion of grand lodge business. The occasion has been a peculiarly happy one, albeit numerically con sidered the general expectations as to visitors and participants were hardly realized. But everything in connection with the convention has passed off very pleasantly, and without the least friction in any particular, and this fact is a satis factory offset agaiqst disappointed hopes in other directions. The city is now nearly cleared l of its guests. At every train which carried the visitors to their respec tive homes, the Review reporter overheard our city's hospitality ex tolled in highest terms. Words of praise were on the lips of every parting guest, each one vied with tbe other in commending the treat ment received at the hands of their hosts. At 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon a large crowd concentrated at the reviewing stand at the corner of Charles and Water streets, to view the competitive drills. Only our Edward Dalton company entered the lists. The Wheeling company for some reason did not wish to compete and their backwardness de tracted tsomewhat from the interest in the exhibition. The judges were Capt. H. A. Stead, of Sistersville; Major Leo Schaffer, of Sewell and Lieut. H. W. Bloss, of Huntington. The D.\lton company were drilled first. They easily scored above their competitors in general appear ance and alignment, but were great ly inferior in drilling efficiency. This was, of course, expected as the members ot the company have not had sufficient practice to insure excellence, and furthermore, make no pretensions to especial merit in that direction. The Ravenswood company fol lowed the Sistersville Knights, and they performed the drill in a fault less manner. They are easily the "crack" company of the order in this State, and have never yet failed to land first money at a Grand Lodge meeting. The judges gave this percentage: Edward Dalton Company, 65; Ravenswood Com pany, 98^. This is a reduction of three-quarters from the percentage received by the victors last year at the Grand Lodge meeting at Char leston. By this decision the Ravenswood Knights won the tidy sum of $185, of which the Grand Lodge gave $140 and the subordinate lodge $35. Sistersville received the sec ond prize offering $65, the Grand Lodge's donation of $40 and $25 from the blue lodge. A larger crowd than that of the afternoon met to sea the exhibition drills, advertised for 8 o'clock in the evening. But the rain man or dained that this event should not take place. At the appointed hour a heavy rain began falling and in an in credibly short time there was not one of the large crowd in evidence. Those in the reviewing stand did not even wait to have their money refunded. In the meantime the Ravenswood company in white coats and spikes in rheir helmets, instead of plumes, had reached the corner of Diamond and Water streets, but decided to retrace their steps as the rainfall , increased in volume. The exhibi-i tion drill would have been more in teresting than the competitive drill as more intricate movements and maneuvering are introduced. In the evening the grand lodge completed its labors. The follow ing officers were elected: Grand Chancellor, Col. S. A. Postep, Mor gantown; Grand Vice Chancellor,, C. Y. Benedum, Middlebourne; Grand Prelate, Capt. C. H. Wolfes* Martinsburg; Grand Keeper of Rec ord and Seal, Col. Maner Jenkins,. Piedmont; Grand Master ol Ex chequer, W. H. Smith, Keyser Grand Master at Arms. B. F. Sayre; Grafton; Grand Inner Guard, Wm. L. Mansfield, : Wayne county; Grand Outer Guard, O. C. Wilt, Preston county; Grand Trustees, C~ C. Rand, Charleston, T. D Bennett, Wheeling, T. H. Clay, Huntington; Supreme Representatives, W. T. White, Terra Alta; F. A. Lang,. Clarksburg. * The special committee on thanks made the following report: To the Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of West Vir ginia Knights of Pythias; Brethren: ? Your committee rec ommends the following. Resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge are due and aie here by most cordially given to the mem bsrs of Monarch lodge, No. 91, the local Sir Knights and the officials and citizens of the Town of Sisters ville for the warm welcome given and hospitable entertainment ex tended us. We are pleased to note the rapid and permanent public improve ment made in this city, and that they are only equaled by the open hearted generosity of the people.. Resolved, That we appreciate the acts of the railroad companies that gave us reduced rates of trans portation, and hereby tender ia them our thanks for same. Fraternally Submitted,, J. V. Blair, G. E. Van Gildek, J. H. Cummins, Committee. The Grand Lodge then adjourn ed to meet in Wheeling during the second week of October, 1899. NOTES. The Uniiorm Rank had a large * parade yesterday afternoon, about five hundred Uniform men in the parade. Col. Lancaster, of Wheeling, in the absence of Brigadier General C. C. Rand had charge of the pa rade. Captain Charles W. Walker, ad jutant of the Second Regiment of Charleston, in the absence of Colo nel West, had charge of the Second regiment. The Ravens^ood company of Ra venswood, Captain W. E. Hoyt. gave a display a; ill and carried off the $150 prize. They were the best drilled men that ever walked the streets of Sistersville. SENT TO JAIL. lVitrl liny R?*nt Up For Alkffrd Pnim lotf of For^rd C'h'fckN. About a year ago Pearl Ray, a workman in the oil# field, passed two checks on A. J. Barton; one for $12 and the other for $6.60, which were signed "Fisher Oil Co." The checks were taken to the bank and they were pronounced to be for geries. Ray disappeared about this time and until last evening had not been seen. Constable Soles arrested him last night, and this morning he was given a hearing before 'Squire Hen derson who remanded him to jail in default of $500 bail to answer at the next session of the grand jury. The public school opens in Mid dlebourne Monday the 24th. Tutfs Pills Core All Liver Ills. Prevention better than cure. Tutt's Liver Pills will not only cure, but if taken in time will prevent Sick Headache, dyspepsia, biliousness, malaria* constipation, jaundice, torpid liver and kindred diseases. 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