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The Ceredo Advance.
T. T. Me DOUG A L. I’ublUher.
J. M. Bell, of the geological survey
4epartuicut. has just returned to
Ottawa, ufter an absence of about 18
months, during which time he trav
eled across Canada, from the Arctio
to the boundury. lie saw immense
bands of cn'ftbou. There must have
been, Mr. Bell says, over 20,000 of
them in one baud. He never raw
anything like it.
Beds ure comparatively scarce in
Russia, and many well-to-do houses
are still unprovided with them. Peas
ants sleep on the tops of their ovens;
middle class people and servants roll
themselves up in sheepskins and lie
down near stoves; soldiers rest upon
wooden cots without bedding, and it
is only within the last few years that
students in schools have been allowed
There are m France—chiefly in
Paris over half a million registered
bicycles. In 1894 the number wrts
203.02C and in 1899 481,414. Each ono
pays a tax and carries u license. The
above number does not include mo
tor cycles and motor ears, which aro
far more plentiful in France than in
England. Motor cycles are to be
used l>y postmen for collecting hit
ters in Paris.
The deaths and injuries from liglit
ning strokes in the United States
during the year IS.):# just about
equaled the casualties among our
troops in the Philippines during ;J,e
*ame period, including deaths from
disease, says the Ar;nv and .Vinr
Journal. Five hundred and sixty-two
(persons were killed and 8?o were in
jured by lightning in this country
during the last year.
Many watches make 5 beats per
•second, 300 each minute, 18,000 every
•hour, or 432,000 per day. Thus it will
be seen that a half dozen turns of the
bey once a day, taking up four sec
onds of time, stores up a modicum
of power in the spring which is cut
up into nearly 500,000 bent;*. If you
multiply the daily beats by 365>4, the
number of days in the year, you And
that the watch ticks 157,788,000 times
while the earth is making oue an
nual trip around the sun.
Consul Hughes, of Coburg, inform*
the department that the medical fac
ulty of the University of Heidelberg
has made an interesting report on the
elteot of incandescent light (gas or
electrical) on the eyes. Their ver
dict, after weighing ail the pros and
cons of the question, is that incan
descent light is not harmful, l'or
lipliing large halls or places of en
tertainment electricity is especially
recommended Iroin liygieuic points*
of view.
Prof. ( umille Flammarion thinks
•we can get to talking with the Mar
tians after awhile and he indorses
Prof, h'ehmoil s idea for reproducing
«n outline of the luminous points of
the <treat Bear at Bordeaux, Mar
seilles. Strusburg, Paris, Amsterdam,
Copenhagen and Stockholm. If the
Martians respond by tracing an out
line of some of the heavenly constel
lations in points of light on their
planet then intercommunication be
tween the planets will have begun.
An Indianapolis paper says that
five or six years ago a Bradford man
bought an orange tree from a local
florist, lie placed the tree in the hot
house of another florist, after a time,
ant! this season the tree is bearing
#ruit which has every outward ap
pearance of being lemons, although
the pulp is sweet and is evidently
orange pulp. The owner of the tree
«*an not account for the change. The
oranges forim rlv on the tree were
line, round fruit, but this year's fruit
Is oval in shape.
Military authorities In the Philip
pines have organized a forestry bu
reau, in charge of ( apt. Ahern, of the
»tJi infantry. Preliminary investiga
tions directed by ( apt. Ahern have
disclosed the existence in the island*
of more than »00 tree species, scat
tered over from 20,000,000 to 40.000,000
acres of public lands. There are val
uable hard woods, gum. rubber and
ffutta p« reha trees, several kinds of
dye woods in short, everything that
could la- desired jn a timbered
region in the tropics.
The superintendent of education
for the state of SoutJi ( arolina
•hows in his annual report that wi.ilu
mr>re money iv appropriated for lug
education of the white* than for t‘>o
black* there are more Mack* than
white* in attendance ut the pnolm
reboots. There are 1.W0O2 co|«o ,J
children attending the schools for
whieh there was appropriated
371 this being at the rate of $1. ;o *
pupil. There are at the school* l
3{>j white pupils, for whom there
wan spent $700,;,40, or t a pupil.
Hot water (|mndii-s thirst in roost
Instances better than cold. Taker*
regularly at the rate of one glassful
half an hour Ik*fore meals it pro
motes digestion, and hi catarrhal eon
ditions of the stomneh it is recom
mended by physician*. I* has also
been tried u* .* remedy for insomnia.
Constipation is frequently the result
of an inadequate supply of water.
One of the reasons people thrive at
Hydro* i* that beside* any medicinal
properties the springs may possess,
they drink much more water than at
Dr. Talmage Preaches a Sermon on
the Story of the Fishermen.
Chriat’« DI»pl|tlM mm I'lakacr* of Mr*
'l'*»c <io«p«*| Mel aud llovr li
Should Be Kepi lu
|Cop\ t iglit. llkil. by Louis Klopsch ]
lu this discourse L)r. Taluui^e de
scribes the Gospel net and how it is to
be repair* ci after being tlnmaireti;
text, Matthew 4:21. “James, the son of
Zebedee. an.I John, his brother, in a
ship with Zebodee, their father, mend
ing their nets.”
“1 go n-fishing!” eri**d Simon Peter
to his comrades, and the most of the
apostles hud hands hard from fishing
tackle. The fisheries of the world have
always attracted attention. In the
third century the queen of Egypt had
for pin money $470,000, received from
the fisheries of Lake Moeris. And. if
the time should ever come when the
immensity of the world’s population
could not be fed toy the vegetables and
meats nf the Hind, the sea has an
umount of animal life that would feed
all the population of the earth and fat
ten tliem with a food t tint by its phos
phorus would make a generation
brainy and intellectual beyond any
thing that the world has ever imag
ined. M t text takes ns among the Gali
lean fishermen. One day Walter Scott,
while hunting in an old drawer, found
among some old fishing tackle the
manuscript of his immortal book.
“Waverlev,” which lie had put away
there as of no ■worth, and who knows
but that to-day we may find some un
known wealth of thought while look
ing at the fishing tackle in the text.
It is not a good day for fishing, and
Mirce men are in the boat repairing
the broken fishing nets. If yon are
fishing with n hook and line, and the
fi^>h will not bite, it is a good time to
put the angler’s apparatus into better
condition. Perhaps the last fish you
hauled in was so large that something
snapped, or. if you were fishing with a
net, there was a mighty floundering
of the scales or an exposed nail on the
tide of the boat which broke some of
the threads and let part or all of the
captives of the deep escape into their
naturul element. And hardly any
thing is more provoking than to nearly
land a score or a hundred trophies
from the deep, and when you are in the
f**• * fr'v*e oi hauling in the spotted
treasures, ihrough some imperfection
of the net they splash back into the
wave. That is too much of a trial of
patience for most fishermen to endure,
and many a man ordinarily correct of
speech in such circumstances comes to
an intensity of utterance unjustifiable.
Therefore no pood fisherman consid
ers the time wasted that is spent in
mending his net. Now, the Bible again
and again represents Christian work
ers ns fishers of men. and we arc all
sweeping through the sea of humanity
some kind of a net. Indeed there have
been enough nets out and enough fish
ermen busy to have landed the whole
human race in the kingdom of (iod
:ong before this. What is the matter?
The Gospel is all right, and it lias been
a good time for catching souls for thou
sands of years. Why. then, the fail
ures? The trouble is with the nets,
and most of them need to be mended. 1
propose to show you what is the mat
'* r " ‘ ■ li most of the nets and how to
mend them. In the text old Zeherlee
and his two boys. James and John,
were doing a good tiling when the\ sat
in the boat mending tlieir nets.
The trouble with many 01 our nets
,s r|,at tiu* meshes are too large. If
a hsh can get his gills and half his
body through the network, he tears
and rends and works l.is wav out, and
waves the place through which he
squirmed a tangle of broken threads
In our desire to make everything so
easy we relax, we loosen, we widen.
;'e Iet rn»‘n «'tcr they are once it,
the (.ospel net escape into the world,
and go into indulgences and swim aii
around Galilee, from north side to
south side, and from cast side to west
Mde. expecting that they will come
back again. We ought to make it easy
for them to get into the Kingdom of
God. and. as far as we tan. make it
impossible for them to get out. The
poor adtice nowadays to many is:
‘•Go and do just as you did before you
were captured for (iod and Heaven.
The net was not intended to he any
restraint nr any hindrance. What von
dm before you were a Christian* «|0
now. Go to all style* of atmiserm nt
rend a'l the styles <,f books, engage
in ail styles or behavior as before you
vver, converted.” And so, through
, ' ' ,n< -lii a of permis-ion and laxity
they wriggle out through this open
ing and that opening, tearing the net
n they go. and -oon all the voids fj,a|
we exported to land In Mem n. be
lure we know it. are back in the deep
of 1h,‘ "°rld. oh. when w.
-»fishing. |c| us make it ,is
ns |K v»il,:#. for soul* If, p,., jn a,
JiJird IIS |to- MbJ.‘ U, I'rt out.
U ,,,p •»»nruiiarr nt> tinrarnnimr
verbiage when if
niHl. and ki-«-|»ir ir the body under anil
about un.Kinp tin* umruH «»•> iU ,,
entering the strait gate „n,|
mrrUr.ir tin msiV f> (| r(. fo )>t , ,,
\flv ,,f telling whether a man js ,
« i.nstiari except t,y his taking the
| ' omintinion chalice ^eminent;.I
•lay'! .Vb.v a man In- ^ rr-cklc about
h5* thought*. about 1,|. words. about
l.i« temper, «»*><.♦ I,Is merit*
*(i,r cijnv f rsion as before/ Alas, the
worrfp of t hrift an- so Jit*T«* herded
\shsn He suid: “\\hosoovt r doth not
bvar hi* cross and comr after me ciin
- :tof he my diaoiple ” The church is
fast becoming ns had as the world,
and when it gets ns had ns the wor’d
it win be worse titan iltft vvoiid by
much, it will and hypoe'.’s\ »,f a
I most appa ling kind to it* other de
I feeta.
Furthermore, many of our Vtts j»re
torn to pieces by being cntunglWl with
other nets. It is a sad sight tto see
fishermen fighting about sea room
and pulling in opposite direct ions, each
to get his net, both nets damaged by
the struggle and losing all the fish.
In this land, where there are more
than 70,000,000 people, there are at
least JO,000.000 not in the Sunday
schools and churches. In such an At
lantic ocean of opportunity there is
room for all the nets and all the boat*
and all the fishermen and for millions
more. There should be no rivalry be
tween churches. Kach one does a
Work peculiar to itself. Hut there are
cities in this country where there is
now going on an awful ripping and'
rending and tearing of fishing nets.
Indeed all over Christendom at this
time there is a gerat war going on
between fishermen, ministers against
Now, I have noticed a man cannot
fish and fight at the same time. Me
either neglects his net or his musket.
It is nmn/.rtig how much time sonic of
the fishermen liavt to look after other
fishermen. It is more than I can do
to take care of my own net. You see
the wind is just right, and it is such a
good time for fishing, and* the fish are
comiug in so rapidly that I have to
keep my eyes and hand busy. There
are about 200,000.000 souls wanting to
get into the kingdom of Cod. and it w ill
require ail the netsi and nil the fisher
men of Christ ends) in to safely land
them. Oh, brethren of the ministry,
let us spend bur time in fishing in
stead of fighting, lint if I angrily jerk
my net across your net, and you jerk
your net angrily across mine, we will
soon have two broken nets ami no fish.
The French revolution nearly destroyed
the French fisheries, and ecclesiastical
war is the worst thing possible while
hauling souls into the kingdom. My
friends, I notice in the text that James,
the .‘-.1)11 of Zebedce, and John, his
brother, were busy at mending some
body else’s nets, ami I ratlu r think that
we who are engaged in Christian work
in this opening century will require
all. our spare time to mend our own
nets. God help us in the important
d uty!
In this wo**k of repair we reed to
put. into the nets inure thrends of com
mon sense. When ho can prevent reli
gion us a great practicality we will
catch a hundred souls where now we
-catch one. Present religion as an in
tellectuality and we w ill fail. Out in the
fisheries there are set across the wa
ters what are called gill nets, and the
tlsli put their heads through the meshes
and then cannot withdraw them be
cause they are caught by the gills.
Hut gill netscannot be of any service in
religious work. Men are never caught
for the truth by their heads; it is by
the heart or not at all. No argument
ever saved a man and no keen analysis
ever brought a man into the kingdom
of tiod. Heart work, not head work.
A .• ny with your gill nets! Sympathy,
helpfulness, consolation, love, are tlu*
names of some of the threads that we
need to weave in our gospel nets when
we are mending them.
When you are mending your net fur
this wide, deep sea of humanity, take
out that wire thread of criticism and
that horsehair thread of harshness
and put in a soft silken thread of Chris
tian sympathy. Yea. when you are
mending your nets tear out those old
threads of gruffness and weave in a
few threads of politeness and geniality.
In the house of (iod let all Christian
faces beam with a look that means
welcome. Say "‘good morning” to t lu
st ranger as he enters your pew and at
the close shake hands with him and
say: **Ifow did you like the music?”
Why, you would be to that man a panel
of the door of Heaven; you would be to
him a note of the doxology that ser
aphs sing when a new soul enters Heav
en. 1 have in other days entered
a pew in church, and the woman
nt the other end of the pew looked at
me as much as to say: “liow dare you?
This is my pew, and I pay t4ie rent for
it!” Well. I crouched in the other cor
ner and made myself as small as pos
sible and felt as though I had been
stealing something. So there are peo
ple who have a sharp edge to their re
ligion. ami they act as though they
; thought most people had been elected
i to be damned and they were glad < f it.
; Oh. let us brighten up our manner and
i appear in gentlernanlincss or lady
Nij.'wn. in TTiemliiiir « ur nets wp nrrd
nI«o to put in the thro w’s of fnith and
tear out all the t,'merit'd implies of un
belief, Our work i* -ucoi s-fill neeonl
in? to <»"»• faith. The man who be
litws in only half a llible or the Ilible
in spot*. the man who thinks he can
not persuade others, the man who
halts*, dnuhtintr :• l»r»ut this and doubt,
intr about that, will l»e a failure in
( bristian work. Show n e tin man who
rather think- that the uardm of K<>n
ti.ay have hat an allegory and is not
•|nite certain but that there may he
j another chance after death and does
not know whether or not the p.ib’e is
inspired, and I tell you that man for
-on! savin" is a poor stiek. Faith in
(>• d and in .le-iis Christ and the Holv
<*bo**t and the absolute neee*>it> of
regenerated heart in order to *. «■
in penei* is one thread yon niu«t have
in your nien< rd net. or you will never
be a .successful fi*her for men. Wb\.
! how run you doubt? Tie roifeneitt
tbre ol to tear out r,f y our net in tiube
ef. ..no tin- u <-1 important thread
• bat you are t*. put in it is faiih faith
| in (iot! triumphant faith, everlasting
t»h * hi* important work of mendlnp
r> * i r lief-. If we eon Id ;jct our nets
ri'/ht. we would accomplish more in
s*<id sarinif in ‘lie next year than we
have ill the >as, 20. T?u where shall we
k'f’- C m mended? .In t wh* re oh! /eb
(f’ee and his two boys mended their
i nets where you are. .lame and John
had no time to irn ashore. They were
not fish in if for fun. an you and I do
! In *urnrner time. It wav their Mvejl
1 boo<; t»r! that of their families. They
i u-an I'. d I he.4 nets vLtiii they were—
in the ship. '*Oh,” says some one. **1
inrun to get my net mended, and I will
ffO down to the public library and I
will see what* the .scientists say about
evolution and about the ‘survival oTthe
litterft,’ and I will read up what the
theologians say about 'advanced
thought.’ I will leave the ship awhile,
and I will go ashore and stay there
till my net t* mended.*’ l>o that, my
broth* r.undyouwil have nonet left. In
stead of their helping you mend your
net, they will steal the pieees that re
main. Better stay In the Gospul boat,
where 3 on have all t he mea ns for mend
ing yotir net. What are they? do you
n«k. 1 answer, all you need you have
where you are—namely, a Bible and a
place to pray. The more you study
evolution and adopt what is ealled ad
\anecd thought, the more useless you
will be. Stay in the ship aud mend
your net. That is where James, the
son of Zebcdee, and John, his brother,
staid. '| hat is where all who get their
nets mended stay.
I notice that all who leave the (lo.v
pel boat and go ashore to mend their
nets stay there. Or if they try again
to tixh they do not eateh anything.
Oot out of the Gospel boat and go up
into the world to get your net mend
I ed, and you will live to see the day
I when you will feel like the man who,
j ing forsaken Christianity, sighed: “I
I would give a thousand pounds to feel
, as 1 did in 1S20.” The time will come*
! when you would he willing to give a
thousand pounds to feel as \ow did in
I 1901. These men who have giwn up
their religion cannot help von a bit.
IliPKC dear brethren of a'.l denomi
nations, afllioted with theological fidg
I ‘ had better go to mending nets in
stead of breaking them, lleforc they
break lip the old religion and trv to
| foist, on ns a new religion lei them go
through some great sacrifice for God
that will prove them worthy for such
a work, taking tin* advice of Tally rand
j to a man who wanted to upset the re
I ligion of Jesus Christ and start a new
| one when he said: “(» > and be cruci
fied anil then raise yourself from the
grave the third day!*- Those who
propose to mend their nets by secu
lar and skeptical boot's are like the
man who has just on* we k for fish
ing. and six of the days he spends in
reading Iznak Walton’s “Complete
Angler" and Wheatley’s “Hod and
Line” and Scott’s “Fishing In Xorfht rn
Wliters.’* and Pullman’s “Vnde Me cum
of Fly Fishing for Trout,” and then
on Saturday morning, his Inst day out.
j goes to the river to ply his art. lint
that day the fish will not bite, and
i late on Saturday night he goes to his
j home with empty basket. Alas, alas!
if when the Saturday night of our
life drops on us it shall be found that
we lmve spent our time in the libraries
of worldly phi’osophy, trying to mend
our nets, and we have only a few souls
to report as brought to God through
our instrumentality, while son »* hum
ble fisherman, his library made up of
a Pible and nn almanac, shall come
home laden with the results, his
trophies all the souls within IS miles
of his log cabin meeting house.
In the time rf great disturbance in
Naples in ir. it> Mnssaniello. n barefoot •
ed fishing boy. dropped his fishing rod
and by strange magnetism took com
mand of that city of OOO.OOO Fouls. lie
took off his fishing jacket and put on a
robe of gold in the presence of howling
mobs. He put his hand on his lip as
a signal, and they were silent. He
waved his hand away from him and
they retired to their homes. Armies
passed in review before him. He be
came the nation's idol. The rapid rife
and complete supremacy of that young
fisherman, Massaniello, hns no parallel
in nil history. Put some!hing equal to
that and better than that is an every
day occurrence in Heaven. God takes
some of those who ill this world were
fishers of men and who toiled very
humbly, lint because of the way they
mended tlnir nets and employ-id their
nets after they were mended He sud
denly hoists them and robes them and
scepters them and crowns them and
makes them rulers over many cities,
and He marches armies of suieu ones
before them in review. .
Mut c:o not spend your time fishing
with hook and line. Why did not
.1.1 in**.«. the son of Zebedee, sit on the
wharf at (’ana. his feet barging over
tlie lake, and with a lomr pole and n
worm on the hook dipped into the wave
wait for some mullet to swim up and
he naught? Why did not Zehedee
spend his afternoon trying toeatch one
eel? No. that work was too slow.
These men were not mending a hook
and line; they were mending their
net-. So let tiie eliureh of <5od not he
content with having here one soul and
next month another soul brought into
the kingdom. Sweep all the sens with
nets scoop nets, seine nits, dragnets,
ru! encompassing nets, and lake the
treasures in by hundreds and thou
sands and millions, and nations win hr
born in a day and the hemisphere? i
quake with the tread of a ransoming
(iod. I to you know what will be the
two most tremendous hours in our
Heavenly existence? Among the quad
rillions of Hg* s whieh shall roll on
what two eeeasiotis will lie to us the
greatest? The day of our arrival there
will he to 11* one of the two greatest.
The second greatest. I think, will b<
the day when we shall have put ir
parallel line* before us what < hr!?t did
for us and what we did for Christ, the
one *o great, the other so little. That
will be the only < rnbnrrav*menf in
Heaven. My Lord and my Hod. What
will we do and what Will we snr when
on one side are placed the Saviour’s
t'i-eat saeriflres for m and our small
sacrifices for Him; His exile. His hu
mill ition, His agonies on one h ind and
oui poor. weak, insufficient sacrifices*
on the other. To make the contras
le*s overwhelming let us quickly mend
our nets. ,ind. like the Hslilean fisher
men, may we be divinely helped to east
them on the right side of the ship
Hermany secured in the Arncriefn
market in li*00 over fihOGO.OOO worth ot
mineral oil.
Released by Pe-ru-na—Congressman
Howard’s Recovery—Congressman
Geo. H. White’s Case.
La Grippe is epidemic catarrh.—It spare*
no class or nationality. The cultured and
the ignorant, the aristocrat and the pau
per. The inaisses and the clae-ses ore alike
subject to la grippe. None are exempt—all
are liable.
Have you the grip? Or. rather, has the
grip got you? Grip is well named. The
original French term, la grippe, has been
shortened by the busy American to read
"grip.’ Without intending to do so a new
word has been corned that exactly describes
the case. As if some hideous giant with
awful Grip had clutched us in its fatal cla&p.
Men, women, children, whole towns and
cities are caught in the baneful grip of a
terrible monster.
I’i--rii-mi for Grip.
Mrs. Dr. C. D. Powell, President of Ep
worth League, also President of Loyal Tem
perance Legion, writes from Chelialis,
"I have used several remedies in cases of
severe colds and la grippe, but none I con
sider of more value titan Peruna.”—Mrs. J)r.
C. D. Powell.
The Peruna Medicine Co., Columbus.
After-KITect,» of I.n Grippe.
Miss Emma .Joijis, President Golden Tlod
Sewing Circle, writes from 40 Ibirlmg street,
Chicago, III., as follows:
“This spring I suffered severely from the
after-effects of la grippe. As the doctors did
not help me I bought a bottle of Peruna.”—
Miss Emma Jouris.
Conte re an in a n Howard’* Letter.
Fort Payne, Ala.
The Peruna Medicine Co., Columbus,
Gentlemen—“I have taken Peruna
now for two weeks and find I am very
much relieved. I feel that my cure
will be permanent. I have also taken
It for la grippe and I take pleasure In
recommending Peruna as an excellent
remedy to all fellow sufferers.”—
M. W. Howard, Member of Congress.
I.n Grippe I.envea the Hj-strui In u
Deplornhle Condition.
D. L. Wallace, a ( h i tor member of the
International Karbtrs l mo: , writes from
L> Western Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn.:
"Following a severe attack of ]a grippe I
seemed to be affected badly all over.
"One of my customers who was greatly
helped by Peruna advised me to try it, and)
I procured a bottle the same day. Now my
head is clear, my nerves are steady, 1 enjoy
foot!, and rest well. Peruna has been wurtlx
a dollar a dose to me."—L. D. Wallace.
Grip runup* Dratneu.
Mrs. M. A. Sharick, chaplain G. A. R.
Woman’s Relief Corps, writes from Fro*
mont, Wash.:
‘/When la grippe was the prevailingilinee®
in tliis Western country 1 was laid up the
whole winter, 1 partially lost my hearing,
and had a very bad ease uf eaUu-rh of the
head and throat.
“I read of Peruna, tried it and had my
hearing restored and catarrh cured. I can
not speak too well of Peruna.”—Mrs. M. A.
Ln Grippe ('tired In It* First Stn«e.
Lieutenant Clarice Hunt, of the Salt I.ak®
City Barracks ot the Salvation Anny, write*
from Ogden, Utah:
" I wo months ngo I was suffering with so
severe cold that I could hardly speak.
"Our captain advieed me to try Perun*,
and procured a bottle for me, and truly it
worked wonders. Within two weeks 1 was
entirely well.”—Clarice Hunt.
Congressman White’s Letter.
Tarboro, N. C.
Gentlemen—“ 1 am more than satis*
fled with Peruna and find it to be an
excellent remedy for the grip and ca
tarrh. I have used it in my family and
they all join me in recommending: it
as an excellent remedy.” Geo. H.
White, Member of Congress.
Hiinnliwd In Feehle Ilenith At tern
Cared ot La Grippe.
Mrs. T. W. Collins, Treasurer Indepen
dent Order of Good Templars, of Kvcrctt,
Wash., writes:
"After having a severe Attack of la gripp*
I continued in a feeble condition even after
the doctor called ine cured. My blood
seemed poisoned. Peruna cured me.”-Mjs.
T. W. Collins.
Address The Peruna Medicine Co., of
Columbus, O., for a tree book on catarrh.
Mn Onnerr (o lln III r* li I |>n from Th/ie
Obsolete (ini!*-Arriirnte Aim
la Imponsilile.
Tt is an open secret in both the navy
ami war drpurtments that the average
battleship would think nothing at all
of sailing rich! up against a whole bat
tery of mortars, whereas it would hesi
tate to encounter a single tsf-ineh rifle.
The mortar battery fires it* shell up in
the. air at a distance of several miles,
and it is not an extravagant statement
to say that there is not one ehance in
a thousand of the shells striking a baf
t'eship moving even at the lowest rate
of speed.
It is impossible to aim these mortars
at a moving ship, and even the range
finders are of slight assistance. Naval
experts estimate Hint battleships nre
in more danger of being struck by
lightning than a hostile blow from aij
the mortars in the world.
There are now in position 240 of these
12-inch mortars, scattered along the
coast and supposed to guard important
ports on the Atlantic, gulf and Pacific
coasts, Itesides that the mortars taka
as much care as a rifled eannon.
To cap the climax of the absurdity,
It is to be noted that even during the
last year no less than f>4 of the 12-ineb
mortars have been put into position..
To show the contempt with which mili- |
«arj men view tlw e relic* of bvgone
j ^htk it is sufficient to say that a prop*
osition has seriously been miu!e by
cevtnin gunnery exper*s absolutely de«
fvine- tlie war department to ancho*.
an old barge a mile or so ofL-.S«r6dy
Hook and then attempt to hjeit with
any of the mortars in posit ism there.
t c w Invention.
One of lim recent inventions tried on
the British soldier* in South Africa
is called "soldier beer." It is a jell«
made from malt and hops, from which
beer can be made anywhere and fer*
menterf. It is said to make excellent
beer and to work equally well in hot
or co.d climates, the prtn’tfs beinp ve|-y
‘■imple, and the military authorities
have reported favorably upon it.
A Chinese Urdtlln*.
When a marriage takes place in
China the wedding party enter the tem
ple and light a quantity of fireworks,
including a number of crackers. This
is supposed to w ake the "fir* at doss’*
from his sleep. The priest repents thn
service at express speed, tht bride and
bridegroom take two little glasses of
wine and are thesi declared man and
It ill trend KflmUos In We stew.
During the perioq from August. 1L
1*09. to July .11, lOCO/.t he Mexican C*n.
tral railway expend.il for the eon
struction of new lined and equipments
$3,840,000. fl

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