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The Water Valley Progress
S. B. BROWN. Publisher. WATER VALLEY. : MISSISSIPPL COLLEGE GIRL’S SPORTS. Skeeing and Coasting on Dustpans Break Monotony of Their . Studies. 8keeing is the favorite form ol enjoyment for the Mount Holyoke jgirl just now. This sport, which was introduced from Norway, says [the New York Tribune, consists in getting over the ground with a tekee—a board about four inches .wide and seven feet long and curved up at one end—fastened to each foot. The best part of the skeeing is the dash down a steep hill. Needless to say, it is a mat ifcer of great difficulty to keep one’s balance in this standing position When skimming over the ground, land tumbles are of frequent oc currence. The beginner is ridicu lously awkward with the unwieldy skees, but the trick is soon mas tered, and after a light snow storm, or when the crust is hard, graceful figures in red sweaters and jaunty toboggan caps may be seen about the campus, guiding themselves with long sticks as they glide easily over the ground, leaving narrow tracks behind them. OKating aiso noius a arm piaur in the heart of the Mount Holyoke girl, and the ice carnivals that take place in the evening furnish the best kind of fun. Skates click on the smooth ice in time to the music of an orchestra, torches and red fire light the scene of merri ment and bonfires gleam across the pond, ready to warm the chilled skaters. For these carni vals men come to South Hadley from Amherst and neighboring towns. Bobs are in great demand for coasting during the winter season at Mount Holyoke, but the fact that a sled is unobtainable never deters a girl from indulging in the sport. When a hard crust forms the college turns out almost en masse to take advantage of it. Brooms, dustpans, notebooks, clothes-baskets and other flat bottomed objects are used as sleds. She who can obtain a good sized tray is especially fortunate. Boards and boxes are often used, but they are treacherous vehicles, for it is their habit to swerve sud denly about in the middle of a hill and deposit the rider quickly at the foot. Another sport which girls who attend a city college cannot enjoy is that commonly know nas “catch ing rides.” Given a long, low sleigh, such as is known in New (York state as a double runner, and in New England as a pung, two powerful horses and an accommo dating driver, the conditions for this sport are ideal. When the sleighing is good it is not at all un common to see several girls seat ed along the edge of such a vehi cle as it glides swiftly along the road. Of these varied and healthful recreations from study the Mount Holyoke girl never tires, and she looks back upon them in after years as some of the most enjoyable and characteristic fea tures of her college life. The Population of Japan. Japan’s population reaches a total of at least 5,000,000 more than Great Britain. With For mosa and the other annexations the Japanese people numbered 46, 500,000 six years ago, and they were then increasing at the rate of 500,000 a year. Japan has also some very big towns. Tokio has a population of about 1,500,000, Osaka between 800,000 and 900, 000, and there are 20 others with a population of more than 50,000 each. He Will Do. Any young man who can save up money during the engagement pe riod can afford to marry, all right. —Chicago Sun. (Dur 3luru System—3ltfi JHarn point of Uteatoas By GEN. CHARLES W. BARTLETT, Noted Criminal Lawyer of Boston. T IS perfectly futile to discuss the question of whether the jury I system as we know it and have known it for so long is sus ceptible of improvement. Nobody will agree to the proposi tion that the jury system requires any reform. As a matter of fact, those of us who have any practical knowledge of the subject, know very well that it is certainly the most practicable method that ever has been devised, or that probably ever can be devised, of securing the most exact justice. We all know this by experience. We all know that the average jury, with all its prejudices, is a safer tribunal to trust than a single judge with his single prejudice. We all know that whereas the prejudices or biases of any individual juror may be overcome by the arguments or persuasions of his brethren in the jury room, in the case of the single judge, however learned, however fair-minded on the whole, and disposed to exercise exact justice, there is no influence to win him back from his preconceived conception of the cdse. Governments are instituted among men upon the supposition that the voice of all is a more accurate presentation of the truth than the voice of any individual, however wise, however learned, however benevolent. That much for the jury system. But let us turn the shield. Is it not a fact that the gravest abuses exist to-day, and have for a long time existed, in the system of the selec tion of jurors? Do we not all know of the existence of a growing prac tice of professional jury service? This plan finds its fullest expression, of course, in large cities, where the machinery of justice is prostituted to the ends of the scalawag and the grafter. Whenever anybody asks me wnetner tne jury system is periect, i always feel like responding in these words: That if the system of the selection of jurors were as perfect as the jury system itself, we should have a perfectly ideal condition. I remember that I was counsel once in a case where a member of the jury, after having been noted for drunk enness several times during the trial, was at last relieved of jury duty and finally sentenced by the learned justice for intoxication. The consequences of this necessary act were, briefly, that the trial, which already had cost not less than $25,000, had to begin all over again. But more harrowing and disgusting yet than all that had gone before, it was found that the offending juryman had been already recorded as a confirmed drunkard, was on probation as such, and had suffered from time to time the indignity and pain that accompany that record. Now, I think I may be permitted to ask, whether the system of the selection of jurors is perfect or ideal, or whatever you choose to call it, if this kind of character can get on the jury? ERITREA HAS NEW CAPITAL Italians Establish Fine City in Africa —Their Colony on the Red Sea. The Italian colony of Eritrea, in Africa, fronting on the Red sea, has a new capital. The distinction has been taken from Massawah, which is centrally situated on the coast, says the New York Sun, but is one of the hottest towns in the world and has a very unhealthful climate. All the government offices, lo cated here since Italy entered the country, are now to be moved. The governor of Eritrea, Ferdinand Martini, has induced the Italian government to transfer the cap ital to the salubrious heights of the interior. Asmara, a mile and a half above the sea, is the city se lected for the honor. Asmara is only 60 miles from Massawah, but a greater contrast than that between the two places could scarcely be imagined. Massawah has been a pest hole for the Europeans settled there. The death rate among the thou sand Europeans has been very great. It lies scarcely above the sur face of the Red sea, while Asmara is 7,800 feet above the sea level, with a climate that is scarcely sur passed anywhere. The temper ature of Asmara hardly ever rises above 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and the minimum temperature is about 14 degrees Fahrenheit. This is freezing weather and the natives down on the coastal plain could not endure it. But the hardy tribes of the great plateau, well wrapped in native cloths and im perial cottons, thrive in this fine air. None of the diseases which afflict the tropic can gain a foot hold here. When the Italians occupied As mara in 1897 there were only a few score huts and an Abyssinian fort. Asmara now has a population of 9,000, of whom 1,000 are Euro peans. The whites include a few Greeks and Norwegian mission aries, all the others being Italians. The town is in the midst of splendid pastures, and its name signifies “good place to feed flocks.” Many varieties of trees and not a few European crops are thriving around it. Italy spent two years in build ing the wagon road that winds up the face of the mighty wall of this plateau. It is one of the most re markable wagon roads in the world. The railroad from Massawah ex tends to Macatat, not many miles from the base of the wall, and the wagon road from Macatat to As mara is 42 miles long. Stages run daily over the road, the passenger fare to Asmara being $5. It takes 17 hours for the mules to draw the coaches to the top of the plateau from whose edge Asmara is only a mile and a half distant. Italy intends to build a railroad up to Asmara, but the enterprise may not be carried out for years. The cost will be enormous. The new capital is already a Eu ropean town, with fine villas for the well-to-do whites, cafes, a the ater, a casino, a hotel, a post office and fine public buildings and pri vate gardens. Some of the best farm lands of Africa spread away for a great distance and this lofty part of the Italian colony is sure to have great development. Keeping Up Appearances. Fanny—Why in the world do you send away for so many cata logues and then never buy any thing? Suzette—To keep the postman coming here. I don’t want those women across the street to know that Jack and I don’t correspond any more.—Detroit Free Press. The Real Sufferer. Mrs. Caller—I understand your husband is troubled with rheuma tism. Mrs. Growell — Yes; but his rheumatism doesn’t trouble him half as much as it does me.—Chica go Sun. Direct Import. Reggy—Do you really think G us sie went to London? Harold—Certainly, dear boy. He brought back samples of the fog in his trunk.—Chicago Daily News. TALES ABOUT THE YAQUIS. Indians Who Committed Massacre Described—Often Carry On Inroads. In central Sonora, Mexioo, live the Yaqui Indians, principally along the Yaqui river. It was at the hands of these Indians that the two Chicago men. Dr. Robert C. Coy and John Kenneth Macken zie, the civil engineer, lost their lives a few days ago, as did other white men in their party. The Yaquis are a race of fighters with a history of turbulence. In the year 1740 they were supposed to number about 40,000, but their continued wars have reduced them to about 13,000. They are a robust, active people, industrious, enter prising, talented in music and of determined bravery. At home the men concern them selves chiefly with stock raising and the cultivation of corn, cotton, beans, tobacco and the maguey, from which the mescal liquor is made. The women are expert weavers. The houses are light structures adapted to the warm climate. Each village has its own chief. They have the clan system and several ceremonial societies resembling those of the Pueblo Indians. In the outlying country L . tne men are employed as miners, teamsters, cattlemen and pearl divers. They make good soldiers, but their history has been one of almost constant revolt against the Mexican government. Small love for gold hunters have these Yaqui Indians. Persons who are familiar with conditions in the Yaqui country say that the receht massacre of the white men which has shocked Chicago was due to the Yaqui desire to “dis courage business encroachment.” Their biggest war of recent years was brought about by encroach ment on Yaqui territory. It be gan in 1884 and ended three years later. The Yaqui chief was cap tured and publicly executed in the presence of his people. This wTas supposed to have put an end to the Yaqui insistence upon exclusive ness. Continued inroads, however, of the gold hunters upon Yaqui ter ritory with the connivance of the Mexican government led to seri ous disturbances afterward and to a general uprising in 1900. In one of the first engagements a small detachment of Mexican troops was surprised near Mazatlan and half their number were killed. Soon afterward Gen. Torres with 700 troops surrounded a large force of Yaquis in a canyon near the same place and killed 124 men, women and children and captured 234 women and children, who were at once deported to practical slav ery in Yucatan. Women with Beards. Two German doctors have been looking into the question of beard ed women, and they have discov ered that out of every 1,000 sane females 280 are bearded. Of these 230 have only a slight down, 40 have a very visible beard, and ten are unmistakably adorned with this hirsute appendage. Out of 1,000 insane w omen examined 431 had slight beards, while 56 had beards well grown.— Reynolds’ Newsnnner. Certainly. “Money doesn’t bring happi ness.” “No; but it isn’t necessary that it should. If you have money and want happiness you can afford to' go after it.”—Houston Post. Bather Personal. Stubbs—Yes, my wife is like all other women; she can’t take a joke. Penn—Well, how did she come to marry you? — Chicago Daily News. Poor Dad. “I would like to see your moth er. I am giving lessens in firing hand-painted china.” “Gee! ma don’t need no lessons, she’s an expert at tirin’ anyt’ing.” ^-Houston Post. BEAUTIFUL WOMEN HOW THEY MAINTAIN THE OHABMS OE THEIE SEX. The Importance tliat Attaches to the Care of the Blood If One Want* Bright Ejrea and a Clear Complexion. Every sensible woman naturally wishes to appear attractive. She knows the value of bright eyes, delicate complexion and lively spirits. She knows also that good health is at the basis of her charms, and that good blood is the source of good health. Miss Mamie Conway has a complexion which is the admiration of all who know her. Asked if she could make any sug gestions that would be helpful to others less fortunate, she said : «* My Complexion would not have pleased you, if you had seen it two years ago. It was then about as bad as it, could be, and it gave me a great deal of dissatisfaction. If you want a good complexion you must take care of your health, especially of the condition of your blood. My health was at that time completely broken down. I was nervous, had frequent headaches, a torpid liver and a great deal of pain in that region. I suffered also from indigestion. It was clear that mj blood was in bad condition, for pimples bickeout all over my face.” “ It is hard to realize that, for there isn’t the slightest trace of such blem ishes now.” “ Ifc was unfortunately quite other wise then, and a long time passed before I found anything that gave mo any re lief. I became very weak and listless. The doctor’s medicine did me no good, and I took a number of highly recom mended tonics with no better result. As soon, however, as I began to use Dr. Williams’ Pink Pills for Pale People my complexion cleared up, and after I had taken two boxes there was not a sign of a pimple left on my face. My cheeks became rosy, I gained flesh and have had perfect health ever since.” Rosy cheeks and sparkling eyes are merely signs of healthy blood. They have come not only in the case of Miss Conway, whose homo is at 1241 East Eighth street, Canton, Ohio, but to thousands of women for whom Dr. Williams’ Pink Pills havo made newr blood. There is no surer way for you to obtain them, than tc buy a box of these pills from any drug gist and try them for yourself. They cor rect irregularities and banish weakness. It is always better to shake hands than to shake friends.—Chicago Daily News. Millions in Oats. Salzer’s New National Oats yielded in Mich., 240 bu.; in Mo., 255 bu., in N. D., 310 bu., and in 30 other states from 150 to 300 bu. per acre. Now this Oat if gen erally grown in 1905, will add millions of bushels to the yield and millions of dol lars to the farmer’s purse!* Homebuilder Yellow Dent Corn grows like a weed and yields from 157 to 200 bushels and more per acre! It’s the big gest yielder on earth! Salzer’s Speltz, Beardless Barley, Maca roni Wheat, Pea Oat, Billion Dollar Grass and Earliest Cane are money makers for you, Mr. Farmer. JUST SEND this notict: and IOc in stamps to John A. Salzer Seed Co., Lg Crosse, Wis., and receive their big catalog and lots of farm seed samples. [K. 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