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WK.V . ' 1' VU & WW. ftu . v.' tt .'.,.,,:. Ui r qjqwF'Tfrinw wyvn wfppfpywpi tsu&Ljo- j? J- - V ' Twice -a-Week Twice -a-Week, a fi ;) "You shall not press clown upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, You shall not crucify mankind upon this cross of gold." W. J. Bryan. i 4 VOL, IX, (Weekly)YaL. 4 ). 62 (Ssml-Weefcly) LOGAN, O. TUESDAY. APJLUL 5. L898- PRICE : $1.26 PER YEAR. ( $1,00 In Adyir.c ) & vZtfiQRimW ij. V I I I r i" lA l A pill girl with Apiil eyc.i, Gleaming w Itlt n shy umpiise, Wo tmbcrt When you pass u laughing by, Since you smile mid uinco you sigh, You'io a (lilt) Lady hcr.itd of the bi lug, Iluda and bees and birds you bring, Promise, too, Of tlic shining summer hours; April glil of sun and fh iwcra, Hail to youl OSTARA, GODDESS OF EASTER. lie Him e.lvpii Her ume tn Olio (it tho Urcateiit lit nut. in llio Cln lilliin Yenr. Ostara, the Goddess of Easter and of Spring, Is one of the most attractive personage? In German mythology, which Is also the mythology of what we ate In tho habit of calling the Anglo-Saxon race. This heathen goddess has given her name to one of tho greatest events in the Christian year. The name Is a form of the modern German "Ostern" tnd of the English "Easter." The early Church found it wise to adapt to Chris Man purposes many institutions and customs of a pagan nature which had become established In tho affections of ,'?v TUB HUATHKX oodih.s. the people. So tho observances whict In heathen times honored the advent of Ostara, the Goddess of Spring, sur vive to a certain extent in the Chris tian celebration of the Resurrection. Apart from tho religious services however, those observances vltl which the heathen Teutons honoreo Ostara still linger in their primitive form In many parts of Germany and possibly of England. In New York and other centres of Anglo-Saxon civ ilization they have absumed a more complex character. The Gorman rustic's feasting tit Easter time, according to a German mythologlst, repicsents the ancleut sacrifice to the goddess. That bacrl fice is offered by the urban Amcilcan In tho form of fine raiment and a bon net, which his wlfo weirs. When ho has to pay the bill for these things he may console himself by remombering that he is helping to perpetuate an ob servance of primeval antiquity. New clothe3, however, are not ap propriate for woman alone at Easter time. Man also at this season begins to notice 'that his winter garments are shabby and, If ho can afford It, replac es them in honor of Ostaia. Ostara is represented in mythologi cal 'art as a dazzling maiden, simply but beautifully clad. She is surrounded by winged bable3, blids, flowers, rab bits and other things emblematical of Easter and the springtime. Tho sun, Jt is reported, used to take three Jumps for Joy at tho appearance of Ostara on Easter Day. Easter eggs are supposed to bo laid by no common hens, but by Easter hens. The goddess Ostara was espe cially favorable to hens, which are us ually to bo seen with many eggs in her pictures. Easter eggs should bo red, because red was the favorite color of the Thunder God, and the first thunder storm of Spring was sacred to Ostara. The Easter Are which German peas ants make Is the funeral pyre of the Winter God. Into It they sometimes Ih'row a stuffed figure containing snow hovels and sleds. That once repre sented the defeated giant of winter, but tho Church substituted Judas Is- cariot. C'arlouN Kcnlure of EnNter, A curmis feature in the serviceB of the Iloman Catholic Church on Easter Sunday is the paschal candle, a huge wax candle, richly painted and decora ted with flowers. It has, moreover, five spike3 Inserted in it, which are filled with spice. They represent the wounds, of Christ, nnd the candle itself when-Mlghted. signifies His resurrec tion, tn ' thb" Greek nnd Armenian churches the paschal candle is divided ',Into thice branches, to represent the Trlully. The lloiiinn Hunter. In Home Easter Day is observed with much pomp nnd coremony, The day Is'iishered In by the firing of can non from the Castle of St. Angclo, and in (he evening the dome of St. Peter'i Is Illuminated. After morning mast v the Popo appears on tho balcony In front of the Cathedral and bestows hit Let'fdlctlon on the crowds assembled leiow. , . . . , vS(KfM'A'Mi i..f .tt" -- J &8$ mW fy SULTAN'S EUNUCH DEAD. lie Wuh Not I'rcUj, I nit Wna Itlch ami Unit lirmt Influence. Abdul Hamid has Just sustained ft severe loss throuch tho sudden 'death of Yaver-Aga, tho klzlar agassy or, i chief of the cunuebs of the Imperial seraglio, who throughout the present reign had boon one of tho most Influ ential figures in Turkish politics, a personage to whoso advlco many of (ho most shrewd and clever devices of tho Sultan in dealing with tho foreign powers were justly attributed. By viruo oi nis strnngo omco lie was on- , titled to bo addressed as your High- ness, and ranked immediately next to m, -..., i iri,.i it, t.i tho Grand Vizier, and beforo either tho Cabinet Ministers or the groat military dignitaries, even Khedive Ab- ' has of Egypt and Prlnco Ferdinand of Bulgaria, tho latter in his capacity of Trrklsh Governor-General of Eastern Houmella, being compelled ut Con-1 btantlnople to yield tho pas to the hid-1 eously ugly monster, for Yaver-Aga was frightful to behold, being almost ? , ?,., ,,. ii i ii ii i.i . G feet 6 inches high, coal black, with a Rmnll ho.-,.! r,nrrmv ciiniii.Wa nn ' enormous stomach and thp squeaky j nml t1l,.II l.n(.n nnmillnH .n Ittn ntnrn Ut Hl3 official title was that of "keeper of the keys of paradise," tho Oriental Idea of paradise being a place peopled with bonds as lovely as those of the Piiltan's harem. Yaver-Aga had been for the past two and twenty years in absolute control of the latter, the despotic master of tho whole feminine portion of the house hold of the Sultan and responsible xo the latter for the safekeeping and fi delity and tho discipline of every ono of the women, no matter whether Sul tanas or mere odalisques. He was pisbably the only man in tho whole of the Ottoman Empire whom the Padishah .implicitly trusted, and whoso advice was usually directed against tho Euiopean powers. Yaver-Aga was a Mohammedan of tho most fanatic and bigoted type, and there Is much at Constantinople to Indicato that ho was one of the principle instigators of tho Armenian massacies. As chief eunuch of the harem, it was his duty to attend to the punishment of those women who had offended tho Sultan, and many hundreds of fair one3 have, by his directions, been sewed into sacks and pitched, under the cover of night, Into the swift-flowing waters of the Bospoius. There are several hundred eunuchs employed In tho Imperial seraglio, two-thlids of them coal black and the remainder white. Hut they constitute a form of luxury which is slowly but sfiiely disappearing from modern Mo hammedan life, as is also polygamy, most of tho leading Turkish dignitar ies, pashas and beya at Constantinople nowadays contenting the"mselve3 with one wife, by which matrimonial rule they not only comply with tho re quirements of their marriages but try to avoid all thoso harem intrigues, Jealousies, and disputes that consti tute the curse of domestic life In Mo hammedan countries. The chief eunuch il the Sultan's eldest married daugh :er, PrInco3s Zeklo, has been nomlnat 3d to succeed Yaver-Aga as the soc Dnd dignitary of the realm. Yaver's colossal fortune, part of which he owed to the prerogative of his office of charging 10 per cent, on everything entering and leaving the seraglio, and to the costly gifts ho received fiom na tive and foreign dignitaries, has been confiscated by tho Sultan, tho Aga hav ing icit no neirs. .IK ills Two Iti-itrtN Don't IU-ut iin One. A colored man giving his name as "l-ln Willlorr, VMti" 1. n t, !,., .,-,,,,-tl 'Dr. William King" has been mystl fylng Pennsylvania doctors. Ho en Joys the distinction of having two hearts which ho can control lu their positions nnd boats at will. Ho has been examined by several Bradford county doctors and they have been nonplussed. King carries a cer tificate from a Philadelphia medical collcgo stating that ho has been oper - --ra .- a ... ..v ...... ,... VJt.v. ated upon by physlclaps to determine the freak nature of his heait, and big scars across his body are a further testimony to his truthfulness. Apparently King has two sets of ribs, ono outsido and overlapping the other, and by stroking his chest and by muscular contortions one set of ribs can bo drawn down to cover his stomach. Ills two hearts, ono on each side, can bo plainly felt to beat. Listening to tho right heart, and with a hand on the left pulse, tho observer Is startled to have tho pulse stop nnd tho heart beats continuo, yet such is tho cabe. JoflVrHOiiH 1'upcrH DlMcotcrt'il. In the course of tho removal of the books and papers of the Congressional Library to tho new building in Wash ington, an unexpected find has been made in tho sliapo of" a large box of papers written by Thomas Jefferson. These were found stored away in a littlo room next tho entrance to the llbraiy, which had been under lock and key for many years. They aro entirely public papers, a note among them stating that all pri vate papers with tho lot had been re turned to the writers or contributors., it Is believed that these particular pa-1 pers came to tno uougressionai 1..1- brary ttuougu jonn uantioipn. Tho papers havo been transferred to the State Department, where- they will bo examined and filed away with other Stato papers by Librarian Allen, Huveil. It was nt an afternoon tea and the crush wna simply horrid. It scorned that nothing would save tho fow pien .fA,-AM mlian nnA niltnlr-wlHnrl tnmnr '"... exclaimed: "Lnaitw, please remembei theio bio gentlemen in tho crowd!" It was all that preserved tho pool filntE from -a borrluU tatev - ,,dimK.V.y - . - foltfciaMfttito,.t ... i. AtjUUk ivjfttfe.. 1 ..vJJ&uv-...-.-Af.iirt-, Sa A STRING E RACE. THE RAMAPO MOUNTAINEERS AND THEIR PECULIAR TRAIT& t.unm wiihinneeoroofMlUMoiNeiTYorii i.y U.tTillio of l'Mtplo Dlitluct from tliu .i()i.i--ii Aiiioiloau lu Their Wnysai Aro the ltd Iiulluiia. Pcoplo''who lmvo never been up in tho Ham ipo Mountains, in Nnw York, can have little ldei of how strnngo n race of eoplo live back In those high nn,i r()cl:y hills, nilles from any vll- ,ag nRtl wUh not a rod of roa(1 b . , . . ,, , , , , , , which there huta may be reached by ., , ,. , . waKn- In 0,her W0ri13- ll is uot Ecn- orally lcnown that wltuln thirty-five nillcs of Hroadway, New York City, there Is a community, as curious, al- most, as can bo found In the remote mountain rcccsse3 of Tennessee oi North Carolina. It is a sort of lost trlb rat an amalgamatlon 0, ,.,.,,, T. , , two 'ost tribes. If one can Imagine , . . , , , , ,. , what sort of beings would result from mr th!,,n a ot intermarryinj American Indians and Guinea no groes, with nn occasional dash o: white blood ridded to the mixture, h( may form a notion of tho people thai live back in the rugged hills that rist about Stiff cm, Hainapo, Sloutsburg Woodbourne, Tuxedo, and other placet In the Ramapo Valley. But It would take a pretty brisk Inclination tc picture some of tho queer specimeni of humanity that have resulted from this mixture. Albinos of the milkiest haired and pinkest eyed variety art common, and the dime museums re el ult their curio halls in that line from among these mountaineers, as did the gieat and only Barnum before them. Back In tho last century and during the first quarter of the present cen tury slaves were common tn that part of New York State and tho adjacent region ot New Jersey. These slaves were treated no better by their old Dutch!:inasters than were their fellow bondsmen In the South. They were worked long and hard, and the lash was not spared, i Consequently runa way slaves were many. These run aways Invariably sought the fastnesses of the surrounding mountains. It is a very difficult thing to make one'e way up and among tho Ramapo Moun tains, o.ven at this day, and it was al most an impossibility in the slavery days. As a result, when a negro once succeeded in hiding there he was as safe from recapture as It he had gone to Canada, although ho might bo with in sight and sound of his master's home. Scores of runaways In time peopled the Inaccessible hills, and in the spots where they throw up their first sheltering huts of bark or fallen trees or found refuge In cave3 their descendants dwell to-day. The woods had their Indian dwell ers already and tho two races mingled. Those are the strange people who are seen now and then In the little villages along the Erie Railway In Rockland and tho adjoining towns of Bergen and Orange counties, and whose home3 aro far back In the hills. A charac teristic of , these people is that the names of tho old Dutch families In which the original blacks were slaves have been retained by them, genera tion after generation. The mo3t nu merous family of the race goes by the name of Do Groat, but theio are De Freeses, Vnn Hoevens and many oth- or Des and Vans. In the bummer time you might climb and clamber and stumble up the Btcep sides and over tho rocky sum ....... . ?' U -..-..?L-i- .11 .,. mlts of the iiamapo Mountains all day and not see a solitary sign of a habita tion, although thero would be many on all sides of you. They are so deftly tucked In among the rocks and hidden . by the trees and follf'go that only one acquainted with the ways of the moun taineers could find them. In tho fall, when the trees nre bare, tho huts star.d , revealed to nny ono who may pass that (wcaicu IVJ 1JJ uuu nnw ium puia ttiut ' Way, and such aro few, for although i there Is no better ruffed grouse shoot ing anywhero than in these mountain fastnesses, tho weary climbing neces sary to get to tlio hauntH of those birds Is more than the average sports man cares to undergo. There U no ground that might grow anything nbout any of these huts; not a chicken nor a fowl of nny kind; not even a pig. But there arc dogs without limit mongrel, wolfish-looking dogs, such as might hang about Indian camps, and ilwaya from one to half a dozen half naked, aerie, olfiah-looklng chlldreu, who, at sight or sound of stranger, scamper to cover In the hut, in the" brush or among tho rocks, disappear ing as completely as a startled brood 3f young quail. How do these people subsist? They iro the best hunters and fishermen In the lnnd, nnd game and trout are abundant all about them. They hunt I and snare grouse and labblts and catch trout for tho market during the season. The women nnd children pick berries. For the products of the for est, streams and berry patches these people obtain storo goods at tho vil lages, both the luxuries and the neces sariesthe latter being chiefly whts- koy nnd tobacco; the former flour, meal aJld cheap dr.33 gooda Kor thelr 1 own homo proviainB the 'possum nnd .., ,nnnn nro ..lontlful nt their verv . an , the chlcien COops of the outlying farm3 and villages aro not entirely Inaccessible. Now and then a De Qroat or Van somebody or other will hire out to do work by the day, but he is looked upon by his fellow mountaineers as a degenerate. Some of the female children grow to be ex- I t..MAln liflnifcnmo nnrl slmnplv vniin. " ."--"- - ",-' '- I women, but It is rate that there an W marriages among thoso peoplt I outsl1,: ot lUelr owa rac' , II ,. LORD'S PRAYER BY BOOTH. Hon the Actor Ktttrnnceil n Coterie of UliiIouintH (n Noil Vmli Cl(. "I thlnlc," said James O'Neill, in his talk about tho Booths, "tho most thrilling experler.co I ever passed through was In New York city one time, when quite by accident a num ber of foreign diplomats from Wash ington, a few American statesman, borae Prominent New Yorkers, and one or tvo of us professionals were gathered together In a smoking room of tho Fifth Avenue Hotel, v. lien somebody naked Booth, who by the merest chance happened to be there. If he would not repeat the Lord's Prayer for the assomblago. I was sit ting not far from the tragedian whSn ho fixed his eyes ufon tho man who made the request. I think that it was Lord Sackvllle West, at that time British Minister to tho United States, and I shall never forget tho peculiarly searching expression that Booth shot out of his dark eyes. They seemed to penetrate the very soul of the man at whom they wero directed, and then, as if satisfied, resumed their wonted vacuous density. "Wo were all breathlc33 with anx iety, at least I was, for seldom would he ever recite off the stage, but at length he arose, walked to a little cleared space at one end of the room, and began a. recital that even after all these years make3 me tin ill through and thiough. He sild 'Our Father,' and never before had those two words been clothed with tho ma jesty and reverence with which his look and tone enveloped them. And then he carried us Into celestial re gions, our spirits seeming to leave our bodies and to follow his behest; ho lowered us into depths too dark for Danto's genius to conceive or Dore's pen to portray; the power exerted over us was simply unnatural. His musically resonant tones sounded slowly through the room, and as he swayed his lithe body wc unconscious ly followed his motion. It was some thing horrible, beautiful, terrible, fascinating I can not find word3 in the language to express It. There are none. I "I would not go through the scene again for a thousand worlds, and yet ' if I had the opportunity I would brave any danger to hear it once more. Do you understand? Those few score words as delivered by Edwin Booth were the most powerful argument for Christianity that I ever heard, and could eveiy being on the face of the globe have heaid them there would no longer be atheism. Booth stiode out of the room when ho finished and a simultaneous sigh of relief aiose, while without a woid we stole away singly and on tiptoe, and I do not be lieve that any of us think of that thrilling evening without a shudder. He was a great man, a great man." Womnn'N AVny of Keeping Accouutn, A famous evangelist recently told this story of a woman's way of keep ing accounts the other day: They had been married but a few months and had begun in the right way, determin ed to keep track of every penny and to save a little if possible. He bought her an expense book and told her how to keep It and she faithfully scrawled her accounts every evening like the thrifty housewife that she was. One evening the young husband asked to see the book. His wife beamed with Pride as he glanced at the red lines and tho next array of figures. Every few days this cabalistic sign appeared, "G. K. W 25 cents," or "G. K W., ?1," or "G. K. W., ?2." The sums varied, but tho Initials were always the same nnd they appeared with as tonishing regulailty. The young hus band was disturbed. "My dear," he asked, "who Is this G. K. W. and why do you give him or her so much money?" The brldo laughed. "Why, that Isn't any one, Tom," she said. "You &ee at tho end of every week there is always a certain sum foi which I can't account, so I put down 'G. K. W.' goodness knows what, don't you see?" Another bride, who began keeping accounts scon after her marriage, made the following entries In her ac count book: "Jan. 2. Received from Bertie, 585. Jan. 7. Spent it all." Trnc to Ills Colore. A few year3 ago an Irishman, fresh from the "ould sod," secured a posi tion as porter, messenger and man-of-all-work In a Now York store. It happened to bo the last day of the month, and tho merchant was making out his statements. "Hero, Pat," he said at noon, "gc out and po3t these bills. Wheie? Oh yes; I forgot that you were still a littlo green. There's a mall box on the telegraph pole at tho corner. Post tbe bills there." Pat soon returned and laid the bills on the merchant's de3k. "Ol may be a little grane yet, sor,'1 he said, with n cunning leer, "but be the slvin slapers, Ol'm not postln" thlm bills will a big OlrlEh perllce man watchln' the box." "Not posting them? Why not? What about the policeman?" naked the astonished merchant. "Thot's all right, but ycz'll not bo foolln' mo If Ol um grane," Pat ie piled, with tho same cunning leer, ""Shuro, didn't OI see tho sign an tho pole over tho box 'Post no bills un der plnalty nv the law'?" A Iiiii'Uy l'uruu, In Louisville, Ky recently n clergy man who wns called upon by n friend to perform tho ceremony at his wed ding refused bt-causu he was in lovn with the girl himself. The rlrl over heard the statement, dismissed her be trothed and mart lei the parson. r tt GERMAN MIMIC AVAR. AN ELABORATE SYSTEM OF DUMMIE3 REPRESENTS THE FOE. Vint Tract or Land Are Appropriated for tlio Operiillniio, nml Shut nml bhell Are Usoil Ju'tt nt In Aittml Ilattio Remark nhlo Mllltnry hhoolln-. Though tho Gorman soldiers do not get tho steady pritctlco In real fight ing that tho British troops have, the Kaiser is not allowing his men to rust. Periodically bodies of German troops are dispatched Into some part of German territory that presents as many difficulties as possible, with or ders to attack or defend certain posi tions under all ths conditions of real war. If tho cavaliy his orders to charge, the charge must be mado with the desperation and recklessness ot men who are riding through deadly firo. Artillery is hurled headlong into coun try that often Is difficult for infantry. Men and horses go down and accidents aie common events of tho routine. Only occasionally are they mado pub lic, a3, for instance, the great ono ol last year, when two bodies of heavy cavalry rodo into each other at full speed, killing and wounding many men. Great areas are "reserved" practi cally seized for tho purposes of these evolutions. A circle of sentries la posted around tho reserved territory, and tho people who live In It are or dered to leave their houses and to re main outside of the line3 until the practice is ended. In artillery prac tice, particularly, this, clearing of the terrltoiy to be used Is done with par ticular care, for the artillery fire is genuine, service shot and shell being used. A remarkable feature of German ar tillery mock battle Is tho use of mov able wooden figures to represent the enemy. They are exact copies of in fantry, artillery and cavalry, and aro worked by an elaborate system of vir03. I An official German eye witness de ' scribes nn artillery attack as follows: "The terrain has been cleared of all except the military. In long columns the guns crowd a ravine, the last cov er befoie they go into action. Six great horses draw each gun. A mes senger comes galloping from the front with the order to move. 'Mount! Trot!' command the officers. The long lines thunder up the ravine, offi cers fre3h from leconnolsance clatter down the lines and report to battery chiefs that theio Is no cover where tho artillery must go into position and that swift movement of the guns Is necessary to bring them into action with the least possible loss of men, as the enemy's file controls the place. "By this time the upper end of the ravine is reached. 'Battery, gallop march!' and with furious speed the hetvy cannon go into the open into unknown, snow covered country full of trenches and deep cuts. Perhaps this Is the most exciting manoeuvre of tho day. Last year an ensign with his battery rodo over tho snow-hidden edge of a hill and disappeared with horses and men, wounding many serloi sly. Snow-covered water courses and drainage canals cut tho country up. A horse falls. Riders and gun thunder on top of it. Axles break and men fall beneath iron hoofs. "Now there Is p.Ue lightning In the mlbty distance. Then, even during the rcckle3s charge, the artillerymen must mark the direction from which the shots come, for the, flame Is the only sign of tho whereabouts of the enemy. "Quickly the batteries form In line, the battery chiefs, far ahead, stand high in their stirrups and raise their arms to slgnnl 'Halt!' in an instant tho cannoneers aro out of the saddle, and almost at ones tho first shot booms from the right wing. A great crowd of smoke and snowdust shows wheie it has stiuck, but the dim flash ot tho enemy's gun through the vapor shows that It ha3 fallen short. Tho next shot comes from our left wing, and this time wo have dropped it Into tho woods that cover the foe. "Now we have him caught between tho tines of our fork shots, and closer ami closer we crowd him with the ever-concentrating firo df our whole batteries. At last wo throw a shell In to tho woods in Just the right place As tho white smoke rises it makes a shining background, against which the dummies, representing the enemy's artllleiy, aie plainly visible for a mo ment. Merrily the shrapnels fly now and bmash into thcrn. "Then, moved from tho sides with long wires, infantry and sharpshoot ers appear here and there. The bat teries must direct their fire in nil di rections in quick changes until they have made tho whole lino ot woods untenable. "When that Is accomplished there burst with startling suddenness sev eral squadrons of cavalry from tbe tics3. They come swiftly, as If they had grown out of the earth, and ap proach the batter le3 with startling speed. "Sloyly a few trial shots nro thrown toward them to get tholr range. There I3 silence for a second. Then the air Is full of metal. Figures fall here nnd thore, more and more, faster and fast er scream tho shots; at laBt the Una 1 of fire makes a s'eatly roar, In which I individual guns cannot be discerned, and the squadrons nro wiped out." I.ontr Time Uniler Water, Pearl diver remain under water from fifty to eighty seconds on an average, but cases have been reported of their remaining as ions as slxmiu ute under water. I MIS HAIR FOU AN OFFICE, llml tto Snrrlllce It Hi furs Senator AIIUod Wmi hi rrcicnl Illin to (he Vrcildent. Ono of the brightest lights of tho editorial profession In Iowa has en- tered tho consular servlco under tho auspices of the pretBnt administration. He Is as tall as a yung sycamore and as straight as a hemlock. His faco is long, his feature! are large and bis skin is tawny, as I.: his race had been bred tinder a desert sun. His cheek bones are high nnd his dome of thought projects ever his eyes and throws a shadow upon tho lower part of his face, like tha. of a North Ameri can Indian. This resemblance has given ground for a legend that the blood of the noble red man pulsates In his veins. To tcccntuate the like ness he formerly wore his glossy hair so long that It hl'l the collar of his coat and fell upon his shoulders like the water of a blsrk cataract. The editor's appo '. ranee was peculiar and very much admired by the people, but there were sc-me exceptions. It made him a conspicuous figure In ev ery assembly that 1 e honored wUh his. presence, but there uro thoso who pre fer the commonpla.'e and Senator Al lison Is one of them. When the edi tor came to Washington in search of official honors and emoluments and asked to be escorted to the White House and be presented to tho Presi dent, Senator Allison said emphati cally: "I won't present you to any body until you cu'. your hair." The editor sighed, tool; a long last look at himself In a in rror and sought a barber shop. LIkt Samson, he may . have been shorn of some of his strength, but he pit an office and oc cupies one of the best consulates In South America. bhi-arlnp CO,000 Sheep by Stentn. A force of expert operators did the work of shearing the 60,000 sheep penned in the yaids of the Chicago, Burlington and (Julncy Railroad at Montgomery, 111., this season. The shears used are operated by steam power, and the lambs and sheep alike aro shorn at the rate of nearly a thousand a day. '1 he members of tho local Humane Soc;ety have protested to President Shoriall of tho Illinois Humane Society artulnst the shearing of the sheep In winter, and Mr. Shor tall to-day notified the shearers that ho would interfere in the matter as a violation of thelaw relating to the i proper protection of animals from heat or cold. The sheep men claim that the animals arc kept In awarm shed nftpr hplnir Hhnrn. nnH jith thprn Igek tnan a WMk before belng ghl d t0 Chlcago for slaughter. They also point to the fact that the sheep fatten more readily after losing their wool A I'nthetlo Letter. The secretary of agriculture at Washington, has received the follow ing pathetic communication from Bell county, Texas: "Dear Sir: I want to ask you a question. It my vest on the horse trough the money in the inernest. A young horse of mine eat up $30 of green back notes last night. We pick ed up a few bits of mestlcated money to-day. I carelessly left my vest on the horse trough the money on the Is Inside pocket hence the result there any way for me to have the money replaced? If you cant tell me what to do will you kindly site me to some one who can as I need the money bad and have to work hard to support my family. I anxiously wait your answer." The secretary cf agriculture pro poses to refer this matter to the com mittee in charge ot the bill to retire the greenbacks. A Vctldlni; lllnur In a Hori.e Hoof. Some woman 1st wondering where her wedding ring is and also whether she will ever regain possession of It. Stephen S. Cook, of St. Paul, Minn., ordered his driving horse Major,, n smart-looking brown gelding, brought ,lu '"" , " " ,. , , , . ? I t n tiln n(T nsi nt iUn T)aini TJn itl A ier ituiiiie; u uiiu iui. vuun. mow uuicu his man to take the animal to a blacksmith shop to be shod. The blacksmith found wedged In between the ftog nnd the diamond-shaped caulk, on one of tbe shoos with w.hlch the horse was shoi", the ring, bent up Into the shape of an ellpse. On the Inside of the ring Is engraved "F. P. B., Oct. 20, 87." That the ring was not In the least scratched or Injured, beyond the bending. Is rather re markable. IUn Tomb n I.IVInK Tree. Lumbermen cut down a large oak tree on the Baker farm, near Dun kirk, Ohio, that had probably been standing for over 100 years. They dis covered, after tho tiee was down, that It was hollow, and they cut several feet off tho end. They had not gone fnr until they came across tho skele ton of a human being. From the growth of the tree it is npparent that this man', who is supposed to have been nn Indian, had crawled Into this tree at least seventy-five year ago and had died, the tree having grown over him. The bones were In a good state of preservation. An AlllKOtor Tlta Slnutliiu Teeth. A big nlllgator was caught recently it tho mouth of Salt Creek, In tho Osage county, Oklahoma. Its mouth was full of teeth and they all slant lu- ward. One of tho l'ranklln boys had his coat caught In the gar's mouth and camo very near being n victim of tho big fish. Ho measured about blx feet In length. The gf.r wns brought to town by Mr. Northup. The Turks belle; e amber an Infalli ble guard against tbe injirlois ef fects -of nicotine, hence Jts extensive uso !'." the uaouthulcccs of pipes. e'MiTRKMi FIERCEST OF BRUTES ODD TRAITS OF THE JAVELINA OF THE NO'lTHWEST. Cfillontilnllj- tin In IC iiirrn in the Willi linn Ill Irrmllr In 11 Uy Woriliinil Ho Will, right l the Drop ol the IJut 1 he l"at of. Mull Currier. The wild hog of tho southwest, writes H. S. Caufldd, Is known to na turalists as the pe-ccary and to Mexi can herders as the "javeltna," so call ed because tho spines upon his back are like spears or Javelins. The ani mal kingdom doci not hold a morn cunning, mallcioim, stealthy and pa tiently ferocious brute. He is not pretty, but his appearance is as good as his disposition. He lni3 no morals, no love of home or family, no grati tude, no self-respect, no liking even for his own kind. He will eat any. thing he can swallow and steal any thing he can eat. Next to inflicting useless and causelois injury, he would rather flght, and, strong in numbers, ho will fight anything from a 2-year-old Mexican bay lo3t In the chaparral to a puma that has gone a week with out food. Like any other corsair, however, his namo is linked with one virtue and a thousand crimes: He will kill rattlesnakes. He is fond ol their flesh. Certainly no desire for the betterment of the world leads him tc slay them. He Is not in peril in hie combats Mith the deadliest monstei of tbe west. The poisoned fangs nre sent deei- into his body, but he goes away and eats of an herb that no mac has been wise enough to And and re turns to dine upon his late foeman If everything has its use in tho grand scheme of creation, the use of the Javellna is to kill lattlesnakes. He Is not good for anything else. HI: meat is not edible to anyone save a starving man. Hl3 hide is valueless. Like other wild animals, tho Jave llna has been beaten back by the ad vancing waves of civilization. Twen ty years ago herds of 150 to 200 were not uncommon in southwestern Texas. To-day the largest band does not num ber more than , fifty. Ho will not stand close contact with the works ol man. He detests tho wlro fence and will break It down when he finds It. I He has a peculiar enmity to the do- mcsticateu aog. woe oeuue tne ranch hound that meets him and his comrades In guilt. The Javellna slays him forthwith aud then of course eats him. He will rcot up-anythlng which he finds planted. Being an omnl- vorous feeder, he will destroy newly dropped calves and lambs. He Is a terror to children who live in lonely localities. Ten of him will not hesi tate to attack a man. Providence ha? been unkind to him in that it has not gifted him with power to climb a tree. But for this defect there would be no escaping him. The Javellna Is quick to anger. Indeed, he is in a stato of chronic irritation. He objects on principle to things aa they are. He is against the government. He Is .1 four-legged an archist, hating water and older and restraint. His home is any cae in a I mountain side or hole in a river bank mat ne aiscovers. 11 it oe a large cave, ho Is content. If a hole In the river bank be too small, ho will enlarge it with a good deal of art. Ho digs out separate chambers and connects them with galleries and halls. The whole Is not unlike the underground dwellings of the termites, but much larger. Manuel Bermala, who "rode the mail" from old Fort Ewcll to Twohig, was armed, as were all mall carriers In that day, with Winchester 'under knee and revolver buckled to his waist. He saw a Javellna stardlng in the road, shot It, Incautiously dis mounted to examine it, and was sur rounded in an Instant by fifty of them that smclled the blood and poured out of the chaparral. His frightened horse plunged away. He managed to gain a hulsache'tree and climbed it. He used up all ot tho cartridges in his revolver and in his belt and slew ten of tbe besieging animals. How long he remained perched In tho tree nc one knows. He must have moved about In the branches, for a rotten limb broke with him and he fell. Whec he was found only some scattered bones and fragments of clothing re mained ot him. The mail bags had fallen from the horse, and they, too were ripped to pieces. The incident attracted no particular attention. It was one of the many unimportant tragedies of the southwest. A new mall carrier was hired, who let th Javellnas alone. Chasing the javellna Is a favorite diversion of the southwestern ranch man. He has little to do save watch the Increase of his Hock3 aud roll shuck cigarettes, a nil welcomes any thing that promtson to break the mon otony. Tho v lid hog Is swift nnd un tiring and frequents only the roughest and most Inacewlble country. He emits a strong scent, which even 0 toarscly hied dog follows easily, am" Is expert at all dovlce3 for throwing his pursuers of tho track, doubling frequently, making ills way through I 1 ndei ground passages known only tc ' himself, nnd even taking to the watei ' when forced to It. When brought tc bay he Is certain to afford the llvelies kind of flght to anything less than 1 dozen dogs. His curved tusks are ai e-harp as daggers, and he used thou with wondeiful rapidity and force The dogs never escape without seriout wounds, and frequetnly they are dls embowled. There is no reason whj the Anglo-Indian sport of pig-atlck. lug should not be lopular in the zcutu. weal,, but-U Is-cotv I, '? 1 " " 4 im 4 F f !