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The World's Wonders
I STRANGE THINGS FOUND IN VARIOUS I PORTIONS OF THE EARTH Oldest Hotel in Germany 6.. -i rA n Miitenberg on the Main, stands what is believed to be the oldest hostelry In Germany, the Hotel Zum Riesen. The date of its building is mot known, but in 1158 the Emperor Frederick I. lodged there, and in the many years of Its existence It has sheltered numerous other princes. In 1518 Martin Luther was a guest of the hotel when on his way to Heidelberg. The Inn, still occupied. Is a great attraction for tourists. SAFETY SUIT FOR AIRMEN At the International Congress of Aerial Leagues held in Boulogne re cently some interesting demonstra tions were given of special devices for the protection of aviators in case of fall. Among these was a safety suit consisting of a padded head-piece and jacket six inches thick, the entire apparatus weighing only eight pounds. The inventor hurled himself head-first against a very spiky place in the stone work of the old walls of Boulogne and suffered no inconvenience from the impact ROOSTER HAS A LONG FAST A remarkable instance of fowl living twenty days without ,od oc curred at Stamford, near Hythe, Eng. A buff Orpington cock, belonging to a resident named Franks, had been missing for three weeks, and was dis covered wedged in the wooden founda tion on which a haystack had been constructed The bird was terribly emaciated, but has now recovered. WONDERFUL ENGRAVING FEAT. An extraordinary feat has been per formed by Paul P. Wentz of Sharon, Pa., who has, on the head of an ordin ary pin, engraved the alphabet four times and then added his name and the date when he completed the work, making 113 characters in all. FAMILY'S FATAL YEAR. The death of Fred. W. Cooper in Atlanta, Ga., some days ago, has brought to notice what appears to be a strange fatality in the Cooper family. Fred Cooper died in his twenty-ninth year, the same year at which his fa ther and eight of his uncles, brothers of his father, all died. The death of all had resulted from illness, and Cooper became uneasy as his twenty ninth year approached the half-way mark. He seemed to have a presenti ment of trouble, and said in speaking of his thirtieth birthday, which would have come next January: "If I can only live until then, 111 live to be a hundred." But it was not to be The strange fatality which had dogged his father's family overtook him. and he contracted typhoid and died after a short illness KNICKERBOCKERS ON CHICKS. One of the sights in Ex-Mayor Frank L. Brown's barnyard in Youngs town, 0., is a pair of chickens which BLOOMS ONCE IN 70 YEARS. At the London zoological gardens, says a correspondent, near the eagles' aviary visitors may now see the rare sight of an aloe in bloom. The specimen, which stands about 24 feet high, and is shooting upwards rapidly, is a plant of symmetrical growth, with huge fleshy leaves, fur nlshed with large spines, and disposed naturally in the shape of immense rosettes. The leaves contain a strong fiber, which is valuable for rope-ma king, and the expressed juice may be used as a substitute for soap. It may also be manufactured Into a liquor like cider. It has been called the "century plant," from the belief that it flowers only once in 100 years. It is a fact Opening the Oyster Season )i The ancient civic ceremony with which the opening of the Coyne Oyster Fishery at Colchester, England, is celebrated took place this year on board the lugger Henry VII off Brightlingsea. The deputy mayor of Col chester, the town clerk, and the town sergeant bearing the mace, were in thlir civic robes. The deputy mayor declared the Fisheries open, and the town clerk read a declaration, which dates from December 6, 1189, in the reign of Richard Coeur de Lion, confirming previous charters. Gin and gingerbread were handed round to the company. After the reading of the declaration, which ended with three cheers for the king and three for the mayor of Colchester, the chairman of the fishery board, and the deputy mayor cast the first dredges, and made a good haul of oysters. A luncheoa then took place on Peewit Island, Colchester oysters being the chiel Item on the menu. he has to dress in clothes to keep them warm. The chickens are four months old and have failed to grow a feather since their babyhood. The freaks are large and healthy and In their knickerbockers have attracted much attention. The el-mayor has a chicken farm and his featherless fowls have been viewed by chicken fanciers from all over the country. They seem to be in a class by them. selves and am eyed jealously by the less fortunate fowls, who envy them In their new style of dress. HE MADE THE DOCTORS STARE. Extraordinary fortitude was display ed by a little Irish boy named Mich ael Hanlon the other week in under going an operation for the amputation of a finger in a Dublin hospital. While holding a horse the youth wound the cord round the middle finger of his right hand, and the animal becoming restive. Jerked the cord with such vic lence that it severed the finger at the first joint. Before he was put under an anaesthetic the boy made the doe tors stare by producing the severed that it takes many years to come to maturity, in some cases extending to seventy years. It flowers but once, and then dies. The zoo is fortunate in having a second example of this wery rare flowering plant, for it Is just four years ago since a similar oc, currence took place there. A specimen of the aloe bloomed in Victoria Park ten years ago, when it v as found necessary to remove a lane of glass from the roof of the house in which it was growing, so that the stem might have space to crow upwards. The crown of blos soms in this instance towered above the roof. At Kew Gardens, about twenty-four years ago, a similar method had to be adopted when the alo. bloomed there. The flowers when in full bloom will be a sight worth going a long way to see, not only on account of the mag niflcent golden blossoms, but also be cause of the rarity of blooming in i this rountry. FROGS FROM THE CLOUDS At the conclusion of an extraordi1 narily violent thunderstorm the other week, Mr. Jacks Ayre of Temple Bot tcm, near Cruwys-Morchard, in Devon shire, Eng., found a long stretch of road covered with thousands of frogs, which, it is declared. "cried like rab bits." Mr. Ayr expresses the opinion that the frogs came down from the sky, and he is supported in this view by another resident of the district, who has experience of monsoons abroad. This expert says that in the still ness which precedes monsoons in trop ical regions all sorts of creeping things come out of their hiding places. They are often carried up into the air by whirlwinds, and when the mon soons break down they are deposited again in rainstorms, as appears to have been the case at Cruwys-Mor chard. CHILD BORN WITH ONE ARM A child has been born at Willesden, Eng., with the left arm missing from a few inches below the shoulder. As having bearing on the occurence it is stated that some months ago the mother was motoring when an acci dent occurred, the motor coming into collision with another vehicle. The motor-car driver's left arm was so badly crushed in the collLsion that it had to be amputated almost immedi ately. SHELL-FISH KILLS SEAGULL A singular occurrence is reported from Barnstaple, England. A seagull was observed struggling in the air near the River Taw, and then to fall to the ground. It was discovered that a bivalve had closed on the bill of the bird and gradually suffocated it. joint from his pocket and asking them to try and fix it on the finger again. He then underwent the operation without displaying the slightest nerv ousness. GIRL CURED BY LIGHTNING A girl of twenty, bedridden with a bone disease since the age of six, was wonderfully cured at Chalons, in Prance. one day recently. Her house was struck by IgI . and she got such a fright that Jumpw i out of bed and ran do rs. She was quite well next day. Doctors say that the sudden shock and leap may have adjusted the dislocated Joint (which was the primary cause of the girl's disease), an operation which the phy. sicians were unable to undertake ow-. ing to her extremely weak state of body. Easy. When a woman is getting ready to celebrate her silver wedding it is easy to stand well in her estimatio. Merely tell her you think she must have been married verl youn, A CHANGE of IND I used to think it would be great To grow up to he president And safely hold the helm of state No matter how the old ship went. I used to think it wouid be fine Some day to, fill that hunored chair But the digestion tha:tt is mnl:l Can't do what 'twould be calledl to bear. When presidents were not required To eat all folks could broil or take, To vow they never could growx ired Of 'possum. 'coon and Johnnycake. Of alligator. crocodile. Of ostrich eggs and all the rest. Why, then the job was worth one's while And for it one might do his bdst. But nowadays a president Is always cleaning off his plate Which is heaped high to represent The hunger of a certain state, And though the dish they serve to him May be a fine one. I suppose He must reflect with doubting grim That after all nobody knows. I should not care to go somewhere To dine, and through the table chat Perplexedly muse if the fare Were eagle, crocodile or rat. I should not like to have them gase Until I choked It down my throat, Knowing that any doubts I'd raise Would Influence the next year's vote I uses to think it would be grand To *5ow up to be president And rlle my dear and native land. But that ambition has been spent I could not love my fellow men If every now and then they'd wish To ge catch something in its den And make me eat their fav'rite dish. A Disappointed Patriot. Boarding the elevated train, a man of square jaws and determined eyes selects a seat in the center of the first car. Glaring defiantly at the guard he takes from his pocket a big, fat, black cigar and lights it. Grimly, methodically he puffs away, ever and anon casting a steely glare at the guard. Finally he calls to that worthy: "I'm smoking. Why don't you try to make me stop"' "I don't care how much you smoke, sir," answers the guard. "This is the Northwestern L you are on. Did you think you were on the Oak Park L?" Alas, this shows how hard it Is to be a martyr. No Exceptions. 1! "I wouldn't like to marry a man who is away from home nearly all the time." "No more would any other woman, but most all-of them do." A Compromise. A thirty-dollar hat she'd buy, Her husband said she couldn't; She promptly then began to cry. And he said things he shouldn't. They compromised, as I'm alive: She went and bought a bonnet; Her husband dug up thirty-five That was the price mark on it In a Friendly Way. "One of these pictures is entitled 'Relics of the Past' and the other is a portrait of Imogene Millyunnare. who lives four doors below us. Do you know her?" "Yes. I should think It would be hard for the casual visitor to distin guish which picture was painted from the relics." The Dog's Troubles. "What ails your doggie, llttle boy, Is he mad?" "No, sir. I guess he's got the hives. He Jest tried to swaller that bee." Affinitiesr "It certainly seems poetically ap propriate," says the man with the rec tangular ears. "What does'" asks, the man with the peeling nose. "That a man with hay fever should marry a grass widow." His Message. "Daddy, Pahson Brown done sent word he unnahstood yo' was about ter backslide en he 'lowed he'd come to' dinneh termorreh en rassle wid yo' in de sperrit" "Humph ! Ah reckons Pahson Brown knows I isn't gwlne ter back slide no furder back dan ter de back do' ob Mistah Johnslng's henhouse. so's ter hab chicken fo' dat dlnneh he wants." He Bumped. "This protuberance here indicates that your sense of location is devel oped to a marvelous degree, sir." "That so? That's where I ran into a door in the dark." AN EARLY MENNONITE LEADER Hans Herr, Who Led a Little Band to the New World 200 Years Agp-Many Descendants. Lancaster. Pa.-In the early days of American history, before men dreamed of a war for independence, there crossed the perilous waters of the At lantic Rev. Hans Herr, with a band of followers, driven from Europe by religious intolerance. With his little band he landed in America in the year 1710 and began at once to settle that part of Pennsylvania known now as Lancaster county. They turned the hunting ground of the Conestoga In dians into an agricultural paradise Hans Herr was pastor of the flock and inspired by industry, persistence I Hans Herr. and the grace of God he made a home for his followers out of the dark woodlands and heavy swamps that constituted the virgin wilderness. These settlers of the Pennsylvania woods were believers in the creed of Menno Simon, the founder of the Men nonite church, and were driven step by step from Europe by the religious intolerance of the time. Under the leadership of their pastor, Hans Herr, they sailed for America and became the pioneer settlers of Pennsylvania. Since the first breaking of the soil the county has felt the influence of many newcomers. There were the Scotch-Irish in the south and the Quakers, who pushed over from Ches ter county, and the Welsh in the northeast, among their iron furnaces; so that Lancaster, in its radical and religious aspect, is as cosmopolitan as the state of Pennsylvania itself. But the language, the dress and the racial types of the early German set tiers still hold on tenaciously, and it is well for Lancaster tounty that the spirit of the first comers is still the spirit of the community. The wealti of the community, the fields cultivated like gardens, the houses as neat and clean from cellar to garret as mirrors and the people, quit, peaceful, thrifty and abounding In business ability and useful energy, are the heritages of oL Hans Herr and his fellow-pilgrims. Today the descendants of the little band which Hans Herr led to the new world number 25.000. RELIC OF QUANTRELL'S RAID Old Revolver Found In Lawrence, Kan., Thought to Have Been Used in the Massacre. Topeka, Kan.-John M. Loper of Pomona, Kan., owns an interesting rel Ic om the Quantrell raid at Lawrence Kan., in the shape of on old revolver found in Lawrence. The weapon is what may be called a six shot double action cap and ball re volver, and was made in 1860 on pat ents issued in 1856. Of the twc triggers the larger, with the ring was used to raise the hammer, while the The Old Quantrell Revolver. smaller released it and fired the shot. When found the old revolver was broken, giving the impression that it was used in the raid and discarded when It got out of order. Has Four Different Times. Atlanta, Ga.-The town of Augusta, this state, is probably the only city in the country having four different times and all of them in use. It is on the ninetieth meridian and the railroads in Georgia use central time, while the Carolina roads entering the city use seventy-fifth meridian, or eastern time. To try to avoid confu sion, the city has a local time of its own, which is half way between the two. But what really adds to the com plicated situation is the fact that farm era in the surrounding country nearly all use "sun" time, which is different from all others. This last-named time is controlled by the almanac that is in every southern farmers' home, e peclally that of the colored farmer. A stranger has some amusing and sometimes exasperating experiences if he stops the average Augusta person on the street and asks the hour. He is probably told: "It's 10 by Georgia railroad time, 20 minutes to 10 by city time, and 9 if you are going out into Carolina." If the person asked is a farmer, the stranger, if he will wait until calculations and an astronomlcal observation are made, will probably be furnished with an answer of: "Well, I reckon, stranger, it's about nigh on to half-past S." His First Case By DONALD ALLEN Copyrihbt. Igo@ by Asacciated Literary Press Mr. Paul Franklin has passed his examinailon and become a member of the bar. Not that he intended to hang out a shingle and become a practicing lawyer, but more to oblige the good old aunt who had brough. him up and sent him through college and had oft en said: "You will have the estate to man age during my life, and when I am gone you will have to manage it for yourself. One should be a lawyer to do these things." Within a week after Paul had been granted a legal right to add "Attor ney at Law" after his name, the old lawyer of the estate, in turning the papers over to the young man, said: "There is one matter I wish to call your particular attention to. The estate owns Lake Placid. 1 stocked it with choice fish several years ago and put up many signs of "No Tres pass." Those signs have been gan erally respected, but last summer one particular person, having a camp a short distance away, persisted in fish ing in spite of all protests. I have just received word that the same per son is back there for the summer and is fishing again. Our man there thinks an example ought to be made. He says that when he made protest this person told him to go to grass." "A very nervy person," remarked the young lawyer. "Truly so. I think you should write to the agent there to take out 'a warrant, make an arrest and bring the case to trial. You can go up there and appear for yourself and 1' "If I Had Known-" make it your first case. The justice is bound to find a verdict for you and impose a smart fine. and that will de ter other campers from trespassing." "I don't want to get the reputation of being arbitrary and mean." said Paul. "But people must respect the law," put in the aunt as she came into the discussion. "If the laws can't be enforced what will become of us? People have no more right to catch my fish ttan to catch my chickens. It is my desire, Paul, that you take un this case. Those people who come out from the city to camp for the summer are a very reckless lot. They don't pay the slightest attention to signs. What they need is a good scare. Lake Placid was three miles from thA manor house, on another piece of land. It was a favorite place for sum mer camping, and there were no re strictions except as to the fishing. It had been stocked with carp as a fad of the aunt Word was dis patched to the man who acted as watchdog, and in two or three days subsequently he reported that a sum mons had been issued for the guilty and defiant party, and he named the date when the trial was to come off before the justice of the peace In the village. Mr. Attorney Franklin ,rew a men tal picture of a bearded ruman with a political pull who was setting coun tr- law at defiance and denuding Lake Placid of its carp in spite of all signs and protests, and he at once looked up the law . trespass and made himself familiar with it When he bad learned all about it, he in vented a plea to the Jury. Of course, the defendant would call for one. He went out to the orchard and repeated his plea over and over again. It was strong. It was logicaL The Jury must not look at the value of the carp, but at the principle of the thing. "Paul. that will be one of the great est pleas of the decade! The Jury BIBLE TRANSLATION SNA G& Proper Nanes of Holy Writ Look Queer When Put into the Hot. tentot Language. Some of the difficultles in Bible translation are of a curious nature, be ing concerned solely with the form of the proper names of individuals, places, etc., occurring i the Old and and the New Testamen. In translat ing the New Testament into the Nama or Hottentot language of South Af rica. the very name of Jesus creates a difficulty from which no escape is possible save by strict conformity with the grammatical and morphological peculiarities of this somewhat primi tive form of human speech. The de vice, so commonly resorted to by Bib Ilical translators, of simple transplant ing the Latin Jesus and Christus (or Greek Christos) will not avail here. For in the Hottentot tongues is a sufx indicating the female, and Jesus, SChristus, would really signify that the principal figure In the New Testa. must convict the ruffian leaving the box. You must sgm copy for your hlildren to read.",, Mr. Paul Franklin drove over a village at the hour named ta' papers. All the campers had out for the trial, as well as all idlers of the village. His honor on his dignity. The defendant retained, a lawyer. There was to a mighty legal battle. "We ought to apply for thrr four warrants," said the watch Paul, arrived. "The same perss out fishing again this morning, when I yelled at her she rum tongue out at me!" Paul did not catch the "bet "she." It was the black-boearded fian he was thinking of. Under mons, and yet fishing for more There must be no letup until doors of the county jail closed him. It was for Paul to state his to court and spectators. He bha feeling of trepidation as he arose, it passed as soon as he heard his voice. He didn't see the black ed ruffian among the crowd, course he was there. There were men, the lawyer , the court, who respected the law, there were others who deemed selves superior to it. This was a e where a man, coming from a city torlous for its graft and "pulls," deliberately and defiantly the law under foot. He would forward witnesses to prove that man had not only seen the sign "No trespass," but had deli and defiantly- " Here there was some titterlig giggling in the room, and his rapped for order. "Yes, this man-this ruffiman, had been accustomed to trampip the law-" More giggling and applause. "You should keep to the case, ly advised the court "Thanks. There were the saflg 'no trespass,' and yet this "What man!" asked the counsel, while many s laughed. "The guilty party, sir," replied with all proper austerity. "But let me explain that no man under summons," adI honor. "Can you be thinkin," l other case?" There was more laughter, and Paul realized that something had pened to the machinery to st boat "It's a woman!" whispered a behind him. "It's a girl," whispered "It's that staving-looking gilt. front of you," whispered a third "Your honor, I was led to that a ruffian had been tram the law," said Paul, as he around in a helpless way. "No. The summons was fa' Katherine Lacy, and she's heg court. I haven't heard anything ruffian." "But-but-" persisted Pal,. he saw the defendant at last sat ed the fact that she was one ed best looking girls .he had eves "My client pleads' not gullty," the opposing counseL "She w . mit being on the lake in a boat ~ rious times, and of fishing for Id-l she denies catching any.. 8ISa denies that she is a ruaan. t learned brother on the `other wishes to go ahead with the "But how can IT" asked Padl helpless way. "I prepared to cute a tlack-bearded rufian w - trampling the law under foot, bat I find "A young lady. wlb hasn't trampling," finlshed his hoemg think it would be wall for the. plainant and defendant to wa . to that window together and maoe amicable understandlai be arrived at" Miss Lacy roe uplwith m her eyes and walked, and the ing young attorney col4 do as than follow her. There wasan't conversation after reaching the down He said: "My dear Miss Lacy I beg yeoa don a thousand times over." "Don't mention it" - "If I had known--" "But you didn't." - "But you may catch every M the lake." . '"Thanks." " All that was left was to the case and take the raillery Is part. Of course, the young the law found his way over tI camp, and of course he was bly received and before the season was over-well, the and the lawyer were engaged I married. ment story was a woman, a vew would certainly antagonize ly modern Christian theological trine. The Hottentot sumx whilI dicates the mate is b, and, Jesub and Christab are the which these names must take in to be thoroughly exact and cal. And in line with Christub Jesub must also be Paulub, Amob, Judab, Thomab, Zabbeub man' other Biblical names. Only Job, Beelzebub, Jacob, Moab ads few others would pass muster is form best known to us. And Rah at whose house the spies of lodged, would find her name Into Rahas, while the more Sennacherib could retain his with punity.-Harper's. "That pretty woman over there the widow of one of the cel team of Brace Brothers." `Which brotherr "The dead "a,"