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YOU IS NAMED SENATE CONFIRMS NOMINATION FOR NEW PORTFOLIO. Takes but Short Time to Approve Selection—Jsmes A. Garfield Will be Commissioner of Corporations Un der the New Department. Washington, Feb. 17.—The senate confirmed ihe nomination of Hon. George B. Cortelyou to be secretary of commerce and labor under the act creating the new department. The Domination was referred to the com mittee after the senate went into executive session, and the committee was polled on the floor. Senator De pew reported the nomination with a GEORGE B. CORTELYOU. favorable recommendation. He asked for immediate action, and as there was no opposition, Mr. Cortelyou was confirmed. Sketch of His Career. Few in American public life today are more widely or more favorably known than Secretary George Bruce Cortelyou. For years he has occupied a prominent place in the interest of the people and the exemplary manner in which he has met every emergency that has arisen before him has won for him the cordial esteem not only of those with whom he has been in timately assicated, personally and offi cially, but also of the body of the American public, to whom he is known merely by reputation. Secretary Cortelyou Is a man of at tractive personality, a scholar of abil ity and admirable training and a pub lic official of genius. In politics he S'!s a staunch Republican, but his pres ent position has been achieved rather by merit than political favor. He has Bet a high standard as secretary to the president. He is the personifica tion of courtesy, Is Invariably kind and obliging and may be depended on always to say and do the right thing. He combines rare tact with brilliant executive ability and his capacity for work amazes all with whom he comes in contact. Mr. Cortelyou was born in New York city on July 26, 1862. His offiical career in the government may have Bald to have begun in 1889, when he became private secretary to the post office inspector in charge at New York. After serving the surveyor of the port of New York as confidential stenographer, he came to Washington in July, 1891, as private secretary to the fourth assistant postmaster gen eral. His record in the postoffice de partment was such that in 1895 Presi dent Cleveland appointed him his executive clerk and confidential ste nographer. He served President Mc Kinley in the same capacity until 1898, when, on account of the vastly in creased amount of work at the white house, he was appointed assistant secretary to the president. On the re tirement of John Addison Porter, Mr. Cortelyou was nominated as the sec retary to the president. The wisdom of Mr. McKinley's choice has been demonstrated thoroughly. It was at the personal request of President Roosevelt that Mr. Cortel you continued as assistant to the presi dent, and in naming him as the first secretary of the new department of commerce and labor, and elevating him to a position in the cabinet, tfce president has done gladly that which Mr. McKinley would probably have done had he been permitted to provide for the organization of that depart ment. Both the president and Mr. xCortelvou have been inundated with ^congratulations from all sections and Jclasses of the country on the appoint ment and the senate stamped the nom ination with its cordial approval by ^confirminsr it unanlmouslv on the day ,It received the nomination. Turkey Warns Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria, Feb. 17.—In her re icent note to Bulgaria, Turkey declines ato accept the Bulgarian government's ieclaration as to the non-existence of ^evolutionary bands in Macedonia and ^varns Bulgaria that explicit instruc tions have been sent to the Turkish authorities to prevent the disturbance This note is regarded as being intend ed to justify Turkey's military activ ity. It was rumored that In the event of Turkey failing to execute the de manded reforms in Macedonia, Russia and Austria will convoke a European congress to deal with the situation. Garfield Is to Be Named. Washington, Feb. 17.—James A. Gar •eld of Ohio will be appointed by the president to be commissioner of cor porations in the new department of commerce. The appointment will probably go to the senate today. Mr. Garfield is now a member of the civil service commission. THE BURTON GHOST. It Scared «lie Iiitreilil Explorer nnd Killed IIIH Dog. Where wns there a braver man, I wonder, than Sir Ilk-hard Burton? Once, though, his face paled anil his breath came in trusts. A ghost did it, of course, and this was the manner of it: Burton was told of a house in London, quite a poor sort of house, by the way, which }vas said to be haunted. "I do not believe it." replied Burton. Then he was told that it was a specially terri ble kind ol' ghost, and he said he didn't believe that either. lie would go and see. To the empty house (the three last tenants hail been found (lead in bed, and sueli things get talked about) went Burton with a friend and a »lng. "Come up with me," said he to his friend, and at his own request the companion locked Hurton in the room and took tlio key down with him. "I shall be all right here I've got my (log. too," the great traveler whispered confidently. "However, if I ring, get ready to come tip, and should I ring twice—well, come quickly." The friend wailed as he was bid. Min utes passed like hours. His eyes were glued on the bell hanging motionless. A long wait, Full of foreboding, he was on the point of breaking the conditions and going up to prospect, when the bell did ring. And before lie had tackled the first flight of stairs it pealed out ain and— Up those stairs lie rushed, two and three steps at a time, you may be sure. To open the door was the work of nil instant, and then into his irms reeled Burton, almost dead with terror. "The place is accursed," ho gasped. "What have you seen?" begged the friend. Burton's head shook. "No, no," he cried. "My poor dog's dead. I'm almost palsied with fright. More than that, no, no, I cannot tell you!" Now, this is quite true, and the house was immediately afterward pulled down. What did Burton see? No one knows. 1-Ie is dead now, poor fellow, and no one ever will. The three tenants could tell us, but terror and death came together to them.—London Tntler. ANCIENT MARINERS. Qucfr Belief* Tliey Held About the Unexplored Ocean. The landlocked Mediterranean, which was the only sea known to the Romans and Greeks of twenty odd centuries ago, was filled with mysterious terrors while the more distant lands bordering oil it were the abodes of wonders and strange peoples. Gods of monstrous shapes ruled the waters, enchantln: sirens dwelt on the islets and rocks, and on the dry land beyond were to be found weird enchantresses, fire breath ing beasts, fierce pygmies and dreadful cannibals. Adventurous voyagers who got as far as the pillars of Hercules, now called the strait of Gibraltar, brought back intelligence that the groat ocean beyond was not navigable. It was part of the mighty river which flowed around the flat earth in an un ending stream. Tradition says that there was in those times at Gibraltar a stone pillar 100 cu bits high, with a brass statue on it and an inscription stating this to be the lim it of navigation. Beyond was a "sea of darkness," infested with terrors beyond the power of the imagination to con ceive. Occasionally a bold navigator did, nevertheless, venture outside into the Atlantic, but was compelled to turn back very quickly. A whirlwind would arise and threaten to swamp the vessel, or, more alarming still, a gigantic hand supposed to be that of Satan, would emerge from the ocean of eternal gloom and warn back the mariners. Not merely on these accounts was the ocean impracticable for ships. It was reported to be so dense with salt ness and so crowded with seaweeds and huge beasts that headway could not be made through it. Even up to the time of Columbus such beliefs prevailed and his crews were terrified on entering the Saragossa sea by the weeds and calms. Tnkon at His Word. When dealing with black servants in India, it is necessary to be very careful in the wording of one's instructions, for they are sometimes taken very literally, A missionary voyaging on a river boat with primitive accommodation was compelled to use a bucket as a wash bowl. One morning his boy servant was bringing the bucket to his master when lie spilled some of it over the hit ter's feet. "Why don't you throw all over me?" said the missionary irri tably. "Aha!" exclaimed the boy and promptly did so. Cunvcriiiiii JMintlctoe. In "Wild Fruits of the Countryside" the author gives some interesting in formation about mistletoe. As a para site it possesses many curious peculiar ities, among others the fact that it is the only plant whose roots refuse to shoot in the ground. Another point about mistletoe is that it is supposed to grow on the oak tree. Mistletoe rarely grows on oaks. Most of it is gathered from apple trees. Cut Out. Girl Who was that distinguished looking foreigner that was announced just now? I didn't quite catch the ti tie. Other Girl—You won't either. I-.il Bui lion has made a catch of that.—Chicago Tribune. The BeHt He Conld Do. Wigg— Before they were married he said he would be willing to die for her Wagg-Well, he has partially proved It. At any rate, he doesn't seem able to earn a living for her.—Philadelphia Record. If we are long absent from our friends, we forget them if we are con etantly with them, we despise them.— Ilazlltt. FROM ALL OVER IOWA Poisons Self and Child. Janesville. la., Feb. 13.—While tem porarily insane Mrs. Charles Edgerton administered carbolic acid to her three-year-old son and took a dose herself. Neither can recover. Dead on Grave of His Wife. Grinncll, la.. Fob. 14.—Arthur R. Turner, traveling representative for the Messenger Paper company of Chi ago, was found dead yesterday morn ing on the grave of his wife in thi3 city. Me had committed suicide by shooting. Iowa Lutherans Elect Officers. Burlington, la., Feb. 13.—The thirty fifth annual Iowa conference of the Evangelical Lutheran synod yesterday elected these officers: President, Rev. A. Norrbaum, Swedensburg vice pres ident, Rev. Joseph. A. Anderson, Boone secretary, Rev. Bethenda treasurer, Mr son of Olds. B. Maddin, C. O. Nel- Woman Wins Legal Victory. Des Moines, Feb. 1G.—The famous Ventura case was decided by .Tudgo McVey in the district court Saturday, the victory going to Mrs. Ventura, now Mrs. Conrad. Judge McVey en tered an order modifying the decree some five years ago and giving Mrs. Conrad the custody of the child, Jllian, over whom the controversy arose. Favor Private Label Amendment. Marshalltown, la., Feb. 13.—The Northeastern Iowa Wholesale Grocery association, at its meeting yesterday, relative tf) the pure food bill now pend ing in congress, declared in favor of an amendment allowing grocers to put on the market goods under private abels. The desires of the association were wired to the Iowa delegation in congress. Dies of Unusual Disease. Anthon, Feb. 14.—Mrs. D. Hanker son, who lived five miles east of town, is dead, after an illness that extended over several years. Her ailment was a most uncommon one, being what is known as elephantiasis, or the ab normal enlargement of the tissues of the body. Her body at death weighed nearly GOO pounds and her suffering was intense. Trolley Line Opened 'to Colfax. I)es Moines, Feb. 14.—The interur ban trolley line was yesterday started to Colfax for the first time. The line has been completed there for some time. Owing to a disagreement with the Colfax people over the route through the town the company had not succeeded in completing its ter minals until recently. This has all been disposed of now and regular trains were started to Colfax. Iowa Farmer Robbed. Oskaloosa, la., Feb. 14.—Charles Carpenter, a farmer residing three miles east of Oskaloosa, was robbed last night of $3,750 that was secreted in the cellar of his house. The money was buried in an Iron kettle eighteen inches below the surface, and the thieves knew the exact spot, although Carpenter asserts that no one but himself knew of the hiding place. Carpenter had an encounter with the robbers, who fired several shots at him. The thieves escaped, leaving no clue. WOMAN ACCUSED OF MURDER. Charged With Killing Husband and Attempting to Burn Remains. Newton, la., Feb. 13.—Mrs. Frank Lavelleur was arrested here yester day, charged with the murder of her husband. It is set forth in the indict ment that she killed her husband with an ax and placed the remains in a barn, which she subsequently set fire to. The alleged crime occurred last summer. Mrs. Lavelleur, who had twice previously been married, quar reled frequently with her husband. It was explained after .his charred remains were found that he had been overtaken by the flames while at tempting to recover a buggy. A post mortem disclosed that his head had been crushed, the wound indicating that he had been struck with an ax. TROUBLE OVER STATE SEAL. Auditor Carroll Calls a Halt on Des Moines Printer. Des Moines, Feb. 16.—The new state auditor, B. F. Carroll, has compelled George A. Miller, a printer of this city, to turn over to him the cuts from which he was printing the fac simile of the signature of the former Btate auditor, F. F. Merriam, and putting on certificates issued to in surance companies a counterfeit of the seal of the state auditor of Iowa. It had been customary for the com panies to secure these certificates from the state auditor with the genu ine seals attached and for this the Btate received 50 cents for each. After the new state auditor entered the office he discovered that the fees from this source had stopped. He investi gated and found Miller was printing quantities for the National Life and Trust, the Northwestern Life and Savings, the Mutual Life and Savings, and formerly for tho Security Life and Savings, which latter had Auditor Merriam as its president. The heads of companies and the printer claimed they had received permission from the former state auditor to make cop ies of the seal and his signature. After consultation with the attorney general the new state auditor de| manded the cuts and put a stop to the practice, as the state law is rigid against counterfeiting the seals for purposes of deception and fraud. The matter has created something of a •ensation, as the companies are otfl o-.t'jc b** high I" flnancial affairs, Vegetable Compound." MRS. honest endorsement. —Yours very truly, SARAH C. ALLIGATORS AS BOATMATES Experience With One liad iieen Apyurcintly Alligators move rapidly under water, are hard to see. harder to hit, and the harpoon will penetrate only the least accessible portions of the body. Nor does tlio title to the hide necessarily pass with making fast the weapon. One afternoon in the Cheesehowi'.z Jteo river I harpooned a large alligator which towed me tip i-nd down the stream for an hour or two aiul then sulked in its deepest pari. 1 pulled on the Hue until the boat was directly over him and stirred him up with the harpoon pole, lie rolled himself up on the line in the manner peculiar to sharks and alligators and hanged the boat suggestively. Wo rowed to the bank and, making fast to some hushes, hauled on the line until we succeeded in worrying him nearly to the boat, when he rose to the surface and at tacked us with open mouth. We re polled tl'.e attack with harpoon pole and rille. The former was promptly bitten in three pieces, but tho latter ap parently finished him. It was so nearly dark that we decided to carry him in tho skill' a mile down the river to where our sloop was anchored. We broke the seats out of the boat and together man aged to lift the head of the alligator aboard and tie it. We then tied the other end. when the reptile came to life and landed a blow with his tail which lifted me out of the skiff into the saw grass, with the breath knocked out of my body and my hand and face badly cut by the grass. Boat and boatmen were capsized. As my rille had fortunately been left upon the bank, 1 was able to kill the alliga tor again. We secured him by tloating the boat under him and then bailing it out. The alligator completely tilled tho boat, so that my companion and 1 sat upon his back as we paddled down the river with gunwales unpleasantly near the water. It was growing dark, and the water I around us was becoming alive with alligators. While we were reflecting upon our overloaded condition our alli gator came to life again and shifted ballast until water poured over the jzumvole. We aulekli: .balanced, the The 'wonderful power of Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound over the diseases of woman kind is not because it is a stimulant,—not because it is a palliative, but simply because it is the most wonderful tonic and reconstructor ever discovered to act directly upon the whole uterine system, positively CURING disease and restoring health and vigor. Marvelous cures are reported from all parts of the country by women who have been cured, trained nurses who have witnessed cures, and physicians who have recognized the virtue in Lydia EL Pinkham's Vegetable Compound and are fair enough to give credit where it is due. One of Many Women Cured by Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound1* Without Submitting to an Operation, Writes: "DEAR MRS. PINKHAM :—I was a great sufferer for three years, had some of the leading physicians^ and they all said nothing but an operation would cure me, but to that I would not submit. I picked up a paper and saw your advertisement and made up my mind to try your medicine. I Every suffering woman should ask for and follow her advice. WM. A. COWAN, 1804 Bainbridge St., Philadelphia, Pa. A Graduate Nurse, Convinced by Cures, Endorses Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound. She Writes: DEAR MRS. PINKHAM Ministering to the sick I have had numerous chances to compare Lydte E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound with other medicines in cases of diseases of women, and th» number of cures recorded where your medicine was used convinced me that it is the safest and sureat medicine for a sick woman. Doctors certainly must know the value of Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound. I am convinced that you deserve tho splendid record you have made. Yours very truly, MRS. CATHERINE JACKSON, 769 Beaubien St., Detroit, Mich." (Graduate Nurse and President Detroit Emergency Association.) Many Physicians Admit that no Medicine Known to the Profession Equals. Lydia E. Pinkham's Compound for the Cure of Woman's Ills, and We are Permitted to Publish the Following: "DEAR MRS. PINKHAM:—It gives me great pleasure to state that I have found Lydia E. Pinkham*!* Vegetable Compound very efficacious, and have often prescribed it for female difficulties. My oldest daughter found it very beneficial for uterine trouble some two years ago, and my youngest daughter is using it for female weakness, and as a tonic, and is slowly but surely gaining strength and health. I freely advocate it as a most reliable specific in all disorders which women are subject to, and give JBRIGHAM, M.D., praise of Lydia 4 If physicians dared to be frank and open, hundreds of them would acknowledge that they constantly prescribe Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound in severe cases of female ills, as they know by experience that it can be relied upon to effect a cure. Women who are troubled with painful or irregular menstruation, backache, bloating (or flatulence), leucorrhoea, falling, inflammation or ulceration of the uterus, ovarian troubles, that bearing-down feeling dizziness, faintness, indigestion, nervous prostration or the blues, should take immediate action to ward oft the serious consequences, and be restored to perfect health and strength by taking Lydia E. Pinkham'# Vegetable Compound, and then write to Mrs. Pinkham, Lynn, Mass., for further free advice. No living: arson has had such a vast and successful experience in treating female ills. She has guided thousands boat, only to see it again disturbed and to ship more water. A scramble for the shore followed, which we readied with out capsizing and where we left our victim for the night after again killing him. In the morning our buzzard friend from the llomosassa river, sur rounded by his family, was sitting above him h: the tree waiting for us to attend to our carving duties.—Country Life 111 America. UNPLANTED CORN. It Has a Habit of Getting Uneasy In the Spring-. "It. beats all." said a Bergen county farmer, "what curious things we tind in nature that we can't explain. You kin go over a let of 'em, and there's yet one that you can't tell nie why it is. That's corn heatin' up in the spring. "You take a lot of corn. 1 don't care if it's whole corn or cracked corn or cornmeal. You keep it in any kind of storehouse—the common granary, like we have on the farms, or the stone or brick buildin', like many of the gro cers and feed dealers have it in. When it comes corn plantin' time, that corn of yourn '11 git oneasy. Soon's the blades start out of the ground, then you'll have to hustle to save your grain. "Seems as when the time comes along fur corn to be planted the corn in the bags, no matter what shape it's in. be gins to heat up, and when the planted corn begins to grow what you've got stored will git so hot it'll fairly smoke. You've got to take it out of the bags and spread it out so it'll cool off or you'll lose it all. In a few days it'll cool down again, and you won't have no more trouble with it durin' the sum mer, no matter how hot the weather gits, it's jest when the planted corn starts that's all. "CuriousV (if course it's curious or I wouldn't speak of it. I might under stand how whole corn would act that way, bat when it conies to cracked corn and cornmeal then it's too much fur me. And I'll bet you can't tell why it is, 'cept it's jest nature try in' to assert herself."—New York .Mail and Express. Writing' on Wood. Some persons are of the opinion that the first writing va_8 upon this, pieces Brigham Park, Fitchburg, Mass." it of wood. From their convenience this seems probable. Such boards were used at an early period by the Greeks and Konians, and were frequently covered with wax, which was of course more easily written upon than the bare wood. Whore wax was used errors were readily erased by rubbing with the blunt end of the piece of metal whicb served for a pen. To make the writing more visible it appears that some black substance was smeared over the sur face of the white wax and remained in the scratched marks. Good Enuugli as It In. "Doctor, if a pale young man named Jinks calls on you for a prescription don't let him have it." "Why not'.'" "lie wants something to improve his appetite, and ho boards at my house." It Would Seem So. Fair Xiece—Why do you object to iuets*so strenuously, V'ncle Tom? Uncle Tom—Because when two peo ple attack one inoffensive piece of music simultaneously it's taking an un fair advantage.—-Chicago News. Very conservative in all matters'are the Turks, and especially slow to adopt modern improvements of any kind. When a man quits smoking and goes to chewing he is not much of a hero.— Atchison Globe. Literary Dl»cn»e«. Many occupations have diseases which are more or less incidental to them, and literature is not exempt. The two most prevalent literary maladies are writer's cramp and swelled head. The unfortunate thing about writer's cramp is that it is never cured. The unfortunate thing about swelled head is that it never kills.—Exchange. Mysterious Circumstance. One was pale and sallow and the other fresli and rosy. Whence the difference? She who is blushing with health uses' Dr. Kings New Life Pills to maintain it. By gently arousing the lazy organs they com pel good digestion and head off con stipation. Try them. Only 25c at Nick Dolling & Co., druggist.