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Sullivn Amendment Guaids Rights of
Municipalities and Parlshee-Fix
Maximum Taxation of Corpora.
tions Ovming RAilroads.
Baton Rouge.-The Legislature will
have the right after May 1, 1924, to
: s levy a state income tax not to ex
coeed 3 per cent.
This authority was granted when
the Constitutional Convention adopted
an amendment to this effect introduc
ed by Judge Robert R. Reid, of Amite.
The levying of the income tax is
thus left to the next Legislature to be
elected by the people as that new
body will be inaugurated in May,
Nothing Is final in this convention
until the constitution is finally
adopted, signed and promulgated. Un-!
der the rules any ordinance can be
reconsidered, changed and amended
at say time. There are many ordi
mances now on the calendar, with im
pertant amendments. There is no
certainty, therefore, that the vote on
the ineome tax is final. The ordinance
is still on second reading at this writ
iag. Even after it goes to the co-or
4iaation oommittee it can be brought
back with changes, alterations or
The vote for adoption of the Reid
amendment was 67 year and 62 nays,
Snd proeeeded down the alphabetical
sa, "eck sad neck" until the names
S 4 delegats begtlaing with "8" were
asched. These names produced sev
C- ysi and two nays furnishing the
l t of five.
The state ineome tax shall be In
- iqs of the state occupational license
tax, sad to make cemrfin that it does
sot apply to munlcipalities and par
aises, Colonel John P. Sullivan Intro
4aoed another amendment which also
lwas adopted. It provides '"but when
an ineome tax Is levied by the state,
M liN ef state license taxes, this
shall not prohibit the levy by the po
litleal sebdivsleik of the state such
Ilense taxes as the Legislature may
The Seid amendment reads:
"Provided after May 1, 1)24, equal
ead uniform taxes, not to exceed 2
der cent, and for state purpose only,
a ny be levied upon net incomes. Such
taxes when levied and paid shall be
ueedited, protanto, or entirely ofset
by all taes, state and local paid by
he taxpayer for the year in which
eia tncome tax Is due or paid Bauh
Iancome tax shall be In fleu of oocupa
a. al licemnse and may be In lieu of
other taes. Public officials shall not
1* excepted Reasonable exemptions
. ma be graatea."
The vote upon the Reid amendment
e.ase ikthe afternoon. . The debate
was Judge Reid a support and
B. Warren, indelne tax ex
op. opmsition. The latter was
-appsed" to maklag the iaeome tax a
lieu tax, but advocated the income
Colonel Sullivan expressed the fear
tlhat the Reid ameadment might serve
to prevent munielpalitimes and cities
".-eran levying an oeupational licese
lax and that New Orlens theresy
r alw d iee revenue totaling more than
USr00o.W a year. He theh ofered his
ed alat which expressly sutpulated
- h sat it did net apply to pomitical sub
pW: ieSesllSvil--L. . Ucheerrla,
,' ia nhown le planter and hide
Supvere ot this ety, reeently purchaseo
, > -nM -eS n 1 hide a Ase"mon
a... a ar awhsf h*are
___ *en held the mayor's
~Sbela i'Sbbh eta Obet o peose.
tet m esenh e bs m'
ty OinelI is pledged
atr."~r uurw is a arl
qimiuae S.r else isles
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divisons, and it was adopted witheat
a dissenting vote.
Many members of the convention
spoke for and against the amendment.
Pormer Governor Pleasant objected
to any limitation whatever being plac
ed upon the Legislature and. voted
against the Reid amendment placing
the limit at 3 per cent. He gave an
interesting review of the income tax,
telling of how it was proposed by the Al
noted English statesman, who was
mobbed in the streets of London for
his suggestion, but which finally was
put into effect in 1799. He said the
law proved a succes, but through a Al
reactionary movement was repealed
in 18816., but restablished some years
ago. Later it was adopted by other
European countries and also assessed N
by the United States.
"There should be no limit placed in
the constitution as to the rate of in
come tax." said Colonel Pleasant. "The
Constitution of England does not con
tain it and the English people make hi
the income tax high in times of war di
and low in times of peace. This same U
free rein should be given the Louis- ci
lana Legislature. There is no doubt il
in my mind but that the Legislature o,
will reflect the sentiment of people ,
and will assess or not assess the in- g,
come tax as the people desire."
A dispatch from Baton Rouge show-.m
ed Lieutenant-Governor Hewitt re
Bouanchaud. president of the Consti- g
tutional Convention, recorded absent ri
eleven days. but this was due to a
typographical error. President Bousa- tl
chaud %as ben absent but one day II
since the convention began its session tI
March 1, and that was because of ill- 'a
ness. !i
Another typographical error made it p
appear that Allen J. Ellender, delegate
from Terrebonne, was absent from a
some of the sessions. This was an in- v
justice to Mr. Ellender as he has at- e
- tended every session of the conven- o
tion and has the same perfect score a
for attendance of committee meetings. b
A third typographical error slipped
into the interview published with Jeff i
B. Snyder, first vice president of the
convention, on the splendid new con
stitution being drafted. The lead of
the story stated that the rate of tat
ation not only "had not been increas
ed," but a prohibition placed in the
new constitution against increasing t
it. In the body of the story, however.
Mr. Snyder was noted as saying:
I "In the matter of taxation, the Con- t
stitutional Convention not, only has
not introduced the rate of taxation
but has provided that the existing rate
be increased."
This was not correct, and Mr. Sny
der should have been quoted as say
"In the matter of taxation, the Con
I stitutional Convention not only has
T not increased the rate of taxation, but
has provided that the existing rate be
not increased." I
1 The convention, without division
and with but little opposition, adopted I
an amendment to the schedule of the
a tax committee provided that -arm I
s improvements" shall be exempted I
t from the taxation. The amendment I
Swas introduced by Mr. Abel of Winn, I
h and was supported by Mr. Roberts of I
b Webster and Mr. Sledge of West Car- I
- roll, who explained that its purpose
d is to aid in the development of the I
t rural sections of the state. The ef- 4
s fect of the amendment is to exempt I
from taxation barns and other out
t buildings as well as fences. I
e An amendment by Mr. Westbroot 1
d of Livingston exempting from taxa- I
c. tion all new homes valued-at $6,000 I
s or less, constructed prior to 1929, was I
a tabled on motion of Mr. Gilbert of I
e Assumption. This was the second 1
time a proposition of that kind was I
.r knocked out on the foor. The first
e was a report from the housing com
a mittee, which aroused so much oppo
a sition that it was withdrawn.
y Mr. Casedesus of East Baton Roune
a procured the adoption of an amend- I
Smeant fixaing the maximum taxation of
d the corporations owning railrose roll
i- Ing stock at forty mills. *
Crowley.-The local camp Woodmen
of the World and Woodmen Circle oh
served memorial and decoration day
Sby unveiling monuments in S Ebe
meser Cemetery, the Protestant Come
* tery and the burial place at Lyons
Haynesville.~-Work on the gravel
rmad from Haynesville to the oil field
Si progressing at a rapid rate and is
t to be fidised within six
weeLks. This road is being built -by
thei 8mitherman uoat holders.
Oberli.-Several dtppang vats hat
Ia beena blown up in Allen parish dun
ta the past ten days, the Pollce Jury
rhas ofered a reward of $500 for natolr
matin leading to the arrest and con
vioemo of any party or parties sgilty
. of the ofense.
SHammad.-T he lar pavilion be
lg erected on 'the anow site of the
lilda ulr h pir is marlag com
Splektes ad wi llo doubt, be ready for
Sthe large celebration whick will be
b hed Julway 4, the onicial eaenlig of the
Vhlr GOrede.
SHammead.-The LIseV Improve
L miat 1ae bold their rgglar month
v) 11 mepetag the roms of the Ham
5 -ag 3tamd The treasrer's epaort
I *we a telasme in the gaseral fund
I eda.* and ts sum ot as in the
-J gOaggO i tad This tfis 1ad
..- Tne leasse has
to se Is et at is nrer a
_ ahi
Next Step In Controversy Will Be lin
Taken When Voluble Sailor Comes O• '
From Englandc-Inquiry May se
Be Pressed. Ka
Washington.-Remarks attributed to sit
him in press reports of his recent ad- trc
dress before the English Speaking
Union in London, in which he criti
cized activities in Irish sympathizers be
in this country, were not correctly ml
quoted, and were misleading, Admiral
William S. Sims declared in a cable- ga
gram by Secretary Denby. in
"Statements that were attributed to in
me," said the message, "were not cor
rectly quoted. Context misleading and
garbled. Report of statement is incor- ag
rect and inferentially aWrong. State- pe
ment actually made was substantially
the same as repeatedly made In public
In America and in my book, 'The Vic- Ni
tory at Sea,' and in public addresses
at meeting held for increasing good re
lations between the English-speaking y,
people." go
Secretary Denby would not com- is
ment on the admiral's message. In Si
view of the fact that Mr. Denby revok- dr
ed the remainder of the officer's leave b
of absence and ordered him to return R
at once to the United States to report a,
in person at the navy department, it a
was indicated no further steps would hi
be taken in the case until Admiral at
Sims' return. It then will be decided, ki
it was said, vhether Secretary Denby ct
f would press his inquiry into the mat- p
ter. w
Admiral Sims' reference in his ca-r
blegram to his speeches in this coun- U
try recalled the addresses he made in
Boston last winter, in which he as- p,
sailed Irish sympathizers in this coun- bi
try. Secretary Daniels was bombard
ed with telegrams and letters demand
ing that disciplinary action be taken
against the officer, but no such steps T
I were taken.
- B
Splrltualism Is Blamed for Their Hap- fr
lass Plight. h
t Berlin.--Craed by the study of e
s spiritualism, the entire family of 11 R
members of a bricklayer named
a Blank, of Talkirchendorff, had to be I
d placed in an insane asylum.
D In order to obtain "entrance to pgre I
a light," Blank and his family began h
d to demolish all furniture and cloth- E
t tag in his home. The upholstered fur.
, itore they heaped in a pile and set v
f fre to it, because they were an "over- c
r- thrown king's throne." o
e Blank was just about to sacrifice e
e the three-year-old illegitimate child
- of his daughter to the "pure lilht" as
t a "burned offering," when the entire
r volunteer fire department of the town, c
summoned by the neighbors, sur- a
a rounded the house and subdued Blank i
. and his family after a terrible strng- p
Sgle, before he could carry out his plan I
s of killing the baby and burning it on c
f the "overthrown king's throne," made a
d up of the demolished furniture of the 1
a house. I
it t
- Captures White Rattler. a
SPittsfield, Mass.-R. M. Smith and '
his son Robert, Sheffield, caught alive C
Swith a forked stick a white rattle- e
. snake at Black Rock, Mount Washing- s
t ton. It is said to be the only white 1
- rattlesnake on record. c
SRestrisction Lifted for Those 8ailing
b Beore June L
SWashangton.--avorable report was
Sordered by the house immigration comn.
mittee on the Johnson resolution per
mltting the landing of aliens who have I
arrived in this country in excess of '
I the quota Ulotted to heir country of
id origin under the immigration restric
Stionbi MlL
x Specfically the bill will permit the
y steamehip companies to land immi
granst who sailed on or before 'June
8, five daysftelr the restriction law
Sbecame etfeootive. and It. was amended
Sso that the exceuss would not cut down
y the total of aliens eligible for admis-(
s. lon during July.
S Wilt Exohange ClvIlIans.
Washinston.--Surseon General Cum- I
a lIg of the United States public 1
mhealth service has instructed ottiers l
mIn charge of stations of the service to
Sgive every assistance in the etaminae
Sthon of the 10,800 men who are expect
e d to apply for admittance to the army
training campe this summer.
Site Fp Longest Brldge.
Shilsdephia.-A site for the longest
asuspenasion bridge in the world, to cross
the Delaware river from Philadelphia
to Camden, was recommeaded by a
spetelal board oC eaginaeers, in a report
to the Joint pennsylvania and New Je
gay bridge eomm---ion.
SPepMtr Dintg oMe-Three menf.Fe
MavsW hem n a chaebor a having
1ste pms o- e ynamite from
srin essresm. *rhspleofve
mw.nha aJtWaes.
Important Centers Taken By Tommles
and Insurgents Active as Troops
Continue Advance.
Berlin.-The Polish uprising in Up
per Silesia is ending. Unless Kor
fanty's rebels kill British soldiers as
they enter the coal capital there will El
be a complete collapse of the move.
ment which began May 1 and which
resulted in 7,000 casualties and threat
ened to embroil war-weak Europe into
a bloody war. Al
Thanks to British energy and going
ahead with a plan which did not take
into consideration the Polish battle
lines or the fact that a revolution had
occurred, Gen. Heniker insulated his
6,000 black watch, Royal Irish. Middle
sex and Durham troops throughout
Korfanty's kingdom, undermining Po
lish control until it is almost impos
sible for the insurgents to make any
trouble again. 0
The British have occupied a line N
passing through Kreuzberg, Rosen- t.
berg, Lublinitz and Tarnowitz. Ulti- n
matums have been given to the Polish `
garrisons to be quiet. Beuthen, Kat- ti
towitz and Koenigshutte will soon be li:
in the hands of the British unless il
Korfanty at the last minute changes ,
his tactics and decides to use violence p1
against the British army, which is ex- n'
pecting another brigade from Cologne. it
Not Enough To Carry U. S. Without
Cuban Aid, Says Leader.
New Orleans.-Reports from New p
York quoting the Federal Refining Su- a
gar company to the effect that there n
is enough sugar to carry the United v
s States to the end of the year without v
drawing on the Cuban supply have t
been assailed in a formal statement by c
1 R. M. Murphy, president of the Sugar n
t and Rice exchange. Mr. Murphy char'
t acterized the report !s an effort to 0
harass the Cuban finance commission
and demoralize the Cuban sugar mar
ket. Should "certain interests" gain
control of the Cuban crop at low
prices, according to Mr. Murphy, it
would mean the destruction of the
cane and beet sugar industry of the e
United States. Mr. Murphy charges
M these interests are attempting to de
press the price of sugar, although it is
bing sold below the cost of production. ,
s Two New Witnesses AFe Brought
From Canada.
New York.-James A. Stitlman, the t
former president of the National City ,
Bank, has brought two new witnesses ' a
I- from Canada. who will testify against c
his wife when the~uring in the fa- I
f mous divorce suit is resumed before 1
1 Referee Gleason in Poughkeepsie. I
d The new witnesses are from Three 1
e Rivers, Quebec, and it is known that
their testimony will seek to involve I
, Mrs. "Fifi" Potter-Stillman deeper in
a her alleged love intrigue with Fred
t. Beauvais, the Indian guide.
r" That hitherto unrevealed Incidents
st will be spread upon the records, is
r- certain, for no charges of misconduct
on Mrs. Stillman's part in Three Riv
e era has previously been made.
a Clay Pipe Wine.
e London.-British smokers have de
, cided that clay pipes smoke better
r. and longer than briars. In a cham
k pionship contest held under the aus
g. pices of the British Tobacco Fair in
n London, Robert Woodcock made a
in clay pipe of tobacco last two hours
le and five minutes. This is seven min
ie utes below the world's record, estab
lished in 1907. Sixty-three competi
tors entered the lists equipped with
all sorts and shapes of pipes. They
ad were each given an eighth of an
re ounce of shag or mixture, and all light
e- ed their pipes simultaneously. Once
g- a pipe went out its owner did like
e wise. Less than a dozen entrants
completed an hour.
1g Their Place is in the Home, Says
Lake Forest Board.
SChicrago.-A wife's place is at hoehe
and not in the school room. This was
the dictum laid down by the LakWe
Forest school board when it dismissed
all married ·sachers and replaced
, them with single women. Because of
Ic- having been mared within the last
few weeks, three of the teachers will
oe not appear next year. The others
Shave resigned because they are soon
to be married.
*- Chloge's Labor War Regarded as Vir
tually Ended.
hicago.-Approxlmately 30,000 men
employed in the building trades will
m- be at work, and construction valued at
ie nearly $100,000,000 will be under way
rs in a short time, contractors declare,
o as the result of the selection of Fed
1 eral Judge K. M. Landis to be arbiter
ctin the wage controversy in Chicago
l' between the building trades and con
Rea Beer Alleged.
SSt Louais.-A federal warrant char.
5ing violation of the Volstead act, wil
Sbe applied for against the Griesedleck
aBroe. Brewing company, following the
srt seizure of 54 barrels of beverage said
i by prohibition officers to contain 6%
per cent alcohol
Plies Plane into Gorge.
19 Prescott, Aris.-Lioat Alexader
i Pearmoe, fyiing in an army plan,
Sersesem the rand can~a several
* times sd later flew into the
asesseid to wet reeeaed hass
: ;
creation of New Monopolies Planned. isi
Sales Tax and Coal Tax Must Be W:
Increased, Says Robert
Schmidt su
Berlin.-Robert Schmidt, Socialist ve
ainister of economics, admitted to the at
National Economcs Parliament that
taxation alone would not suffice to ti,
raise the fifty or sixty billion paper at
marks annually which must be paid Si
the allies for reparations. He out- th
lined the government policy as antic- h,
ipating the government policy of new w
monopolies and a participation in the to
profits of private business in a man- si
ner similar to that now in operation
in the Swedish mines. The govern
ment would have to impose a turn
over tax and increase the coal tax. H
he announced.
"The allied ultimatum," he said,
"requires from the German people the w
payment of 2,000,000,000 gold marks ,
annually and a variable payment s4
measured by Germany's exports, si
which, according to present trade, ei
will mean 1,250,000,000 marks addi- ti
tional. To this must be added the n
cost of occupation and other settle- ei
ments, so that the total reaches 3,- d
750,000,000 gold marks or 50,000,000,
000 to 60,000,000,000 paper marks an- ri
nually. tl
"Part of this sum is to be raised by p
the deduction of 26 per cent of the
value of our exports to enemy coun- A
tries. The question arises whether the fi
exports, since they are to be an index f,
of what we must pay, should be r
furthered or choked off. The gor
ernment believes the export trade
must be advanced, but imports must
be controlled and limited, especially 2
as regards luxuries.
"But our export trade cannot serve
permanently as an index of our ca
Spacity to pay, and it will be part of 9
the duty of the National Economic I
Parliament to find a better one-pos
sibly our production of coal or iron, t
our harvests or railroad transport- t
tion. For these great payments we c
must have great resources. raxe4 t
must be made productive. The sales t
tax and coal tax must be increased. C
t "A further source of revenue is by "
the creation of new monopolies and c
participation by the state in actual
I values as distinguished from paper ]
values. But since taxes alone cannot j
I cover the needed 50,000,000,000 marks J
annually, we must prepare for profit- I
t sharing by the government in indus- c
try similar to the Swedish govern- 4
ments participation in the mines and
the German government's participa
tion in the profits of the Reichsbank."
Sen. Sutherland 1Head Committee I
Investigating Soldier Treatment.
Washington. - Senator Sutherland,
s republican, West Virginia, heads the
committee which is to investigate sol
dier treatment and hospitalization con
l- ditions provided for under the Walsh
h resolution which was adopted by tha
r senate. The other members of the
o special committee were named by i
Vice President Coolidge, are Calder of I
s New York and Weller of Maryland .'re
,publicans, and Walsh of Massachu
Ssetts and Pomerene of Ohio, demo
140-Year-Old Turk Doesn't Smoke or
Drink or Anything.
London.--Claiming to be 140 years
old, a Turk named %orah, who lives
in the Top Haneh section of Constan
Stinople, gives the following details of
the regimen he has followed for many
1. A cold bath every morning.
U 2. No meat, alcohol or tobacco.
3. Plenty of "yaourt" (boiled milk
Scardled by yeast), with sugar, and as
much bread, cheese and sweets as he
can eat.
4. A drink of water once a week; at
other times plenty of very sweet,
weak tea, without milk.
Except that his throat is withered
and loose-skinned beneath his white
n beard, nothing in Zorah's appearance
11 indicates his extraordinary age. He
t has lately been suffering from dys
y ppsia, for which he blames a loose
2- Missouri Bank Robbed.
r Ava, Mo.-The Peoples Bank of Ava
l was burglarized. The thieves gained
0- entrance by removing bricks from a
wall 24 inches thick.
Mitchell Case Will Not Be Called to
Attention of President
Id Washington.-Secretary Weeks ex
% pects to settle personally the row in
the army ar service, which has re
sulted in a request by MaJ. Gen. Men ,
her, chief of the air service, for the re
et moval of his assistant, Brig. Gen. Mtt
al chll. The war secretary said before
5 the regular ealbmet meeting that he
not Intend to call the matter to
stmtetlm atof President Nadin
Secret Negotiations Disclosed-Ad.
ministration Hopes Will Lead to
Cutting Down Armament.
Washington.-Informal responses of
a favorable character have been r«
ceived here from several of the gov
ernments to which the United States Ca
recently addressed informally the sug
gestion for international negotiations
regarding disarmament.
Although nothing of a definite
character has been done in the way of se
actual diplomatic discussions, the in- at
timations received here are under- o,
stood to have encouraged the admin- ti
istration in its preliminary steps to- th
wards a disarmament conference. It u,
was indicated that considerable time
might be required to actually bring tt
such a conference about, but that of
flicials thought the situation was de- ,i
veloping as rapidly as could reason- ft
ably be expected. B
It was not revealed from what na- ci
tions the responses had come nor ex- 1 o
actly how definite they had been. o0
Since the subject was broached by
this government, however, officials rt
have been careful to describe it as C
wholly informal and as intended qnly b
to lead up to a more concrete discus- ,
sion later. ft
House Republicans Will Meet Thur- o
day to Consider Reapportionment s
Washington. - House republicans
will hold a conference to consider re- b
apportionment of congressional repre- It
sentation on the basis of the 1910 cen- f
sus. The discussion is expected to
embrace the proposal of Representa- r
tive Tinkham, Massachusetts, that the r
number of representatives from south
ern states be decreased on account of t
disfranchisement of negroes. t
Representative Towner, Iowa, the c
republican conference chairman, said
that Mr. Tinkham had submitted a t
petition with the requisite number of '
signatures for calling a conference.
Another petition, he said, has been
filed by Representative'Barbour, Call
fornia, requesting party discussion of
reapportionment generally.
200 Will Attend International Cham
ber of Commerce Meeting.
Washington.-More than 200 leading
American business men will partici
pate in the first annual meeting of the
International Chamber of Commerce I
in London. One group has sailed on
the Cedric, and the second goes on
the Aquitania. Virtually every phase
of American business is represented
, by the Americans, bankers of interna
tional reputation, manufacturers, econ
omists, publicists, -uerchant marine ex
perts and leading distributors are in
I cluded in the list.
"With the restoration of the world's
Icommerce," as the main theme, the
t London conference promises to be one
B of the most Important International
meetings of business men held in re
I cent years. Eleven countries will send
Three Americans Are Sentenced to
Prison in Italy.
Florence, Italy.-Three Americans
s have been condemned to 40 days' im
prisonment here. They are Benjamin
I. Cook of New York, a man past 60, his
e wife and his daughter, Mrs. Jessie
I- Smith. While traveling they were
requested by Carabineers to leave the
b car, which had been engaged for the
3 transportation of military flags. They
e refused, and a quarrel ensued. The
F Carabineer had his ears boxed. Then
if the Americans were placed under ar
- rest, and were eventually sentenced
a- to imprisonment, notwithstanding that
- the American consul pleaded in their
behalf ignorance of the Italian tongue.
r Turks Claim Hellenic Torpedo Boat
Sheled Hereka.
SConstantlnople.-The sublime porte
Shas sent a communication with the
1 allied high commissioners, complain
ing that a Greek torpedo boat had
Sshelled Heraclesa (probably Hereka, on
the gulf of Ismid, an arm of the sea
of Marmora) 'thus violating, it is
claimed, the neutral sone recently pro
k claimed by the allies, which specd
Sfled that Constantinople, the straits of
0 the Dardanelle) and the gulf of Ismud
must be considered neutral territory.
t Greek warships left Constantinopld
Sit is said, for the Black Sea, presum
ably to blockade the Anatolian coast
and prevent the Russian soviet authos
e ities from sending supplies to the
Turkish nationalists.
a- Urges U. 8. to Buy Oil Now.
e Tulsa, Okla.-A telegram urging the
federal government to purchase 100,
000,000 barrels of oil at present low
Sprices for future use of the navy and
merchant marine was sent trom here
* by Upited States Senator Owen to
Presidlwt Harding.
Wound Another and Escape With Ca
celled Checks.
Detroit.-Jermoe Kastead, messen
ix- ger for the Bank of Detroit, was shot
in and killed, and Clark Thompson, an
-o other messenger, severely wounded
, by three men who held them up. The
e- band:ts escaped with a bag understood
it- to have contained cancelled checks.
re The messengers were delivering the
he checks from a west side branch to the
to bank's main office downtown, when
the tandits withouant warniag fired
Apparently Everything Was "Rae,
tions" to Ostriches.
Canadian Soldiers Will Testify That
the Birds' Appetites Cannot Be
Called Capricious.
In that part of Africa that was the
seat of the war between the British
and the Boers there are now many
ostrich farms. It was at the time of
the war a thinly settled country, for
the most part bare and comparatively
unproducti. e.
As the ostrich farmers often left
their flocks to subsist on whatever they
could pick up, and as an ostrich will
pick up anything thtlt is not too large
for It to swallow, the advent of the
British and Boer forces, with the
chance that it gave at the leavings
of the camps, was a great boon to the
At Belmont a flock of ostriches came
roaming into the British camp. The
Canadians had never before seen these
birds on their native heath. They
were tame, and much on the lookout
for rations. The Canadians had heard
of the "digestion of an ostrich." and
were resolved to test It.
One of the men threw the foremost
ostrich a bar of soap. The ostrich
swallowed it, and looked for more.
Another man tossed out a match
box. The ostrich swallowed that, and
looked pleased. An empty jam-can
followed, and the bird ate that.
"I wonder if he would eat cart
ridges?' said an Irish member of the
No one ventured to violate regula
tions or waste ammunition by trying
the experiment, but suddenly an out
cry was raised among the soldiers near.
While the attention of the men had
been centered on the bird that was
swallowing the matches, soap and
jam-cans, another hungry bird had en
tered a tent and was actually engaged
in eating brass-headed cartridges out
I of the bandoleers l
All the ostriches had particularly
long and naked necks. The soldier
wanderers from the Far North noticed
that any bulky object which an ostrich
. swallowed went down his throat so
near to the skin that its descent could
g be plainly seen all the way.
So the soldiers stood in a group.
e throwing bits of all kinds of refuse
to a particularly long-necked ostrich.
He swallowed one bit after another
n with lightning speed and then stood
upright. while the soldiers laughed till
d they could hardly breathe to see the
objects chase one another down fouear
feet of the neck.
As the ostriches helped themselves
to many useful and needed articles
the soldiers found it necessary to re
fuse them admission to the camp.
But before they were banished an
unatoward accident-for tie ostriches
only-deprived two of the big birds
of life. They were cut up and eaten
d by the Canadians, who found them
very good, the flesh resembling beef
both in appearance and taste.
Treasure Trove in Geedwin Sands.
The idea of searching the Goodwina
sands for treasure is not quite a nov
eity. Several proposals have been
made before to recover the millions
a- mentioned by Lord Headley in his
n presidential speech to the Society of
Engineers. The chief and most prom
i Ising of them came from two men
a civil engineer named Bush and J. D.
'Pain, an architect. They proposed to
1o construct a harbor of refuge out of
'y Trinity bay, and from it to tunnel the
ie sands, says the English Mechanic.
n The work was to take many years.
SThe idea caught on, money was prom
SIsed, but more practical men pro
t nounced against it Another snuges
r tlon was to run out a master tuannel
Sfrom Deal, and from it to have short
tunnels branch off. A third scheme
was that of a Midland mining engineer,
who became so obsessed with his idea
2 that at last he went mad and drowned
himself on the very sands he proposed
e to explore.
Now an Eskimo Opera.
SCopenhagen opera goers recently
Shave witnessed the production of an
a Eskimo opera, "Kaddara." Hakoe
is Boerresen, the compoeer, has based
Shis score on the few vestiges of an
c- dent song which the Oreenlanders
of posess. A group of Eskimos tray
ed led to Denmark to assist in prepar
Sing the stage pictures and to ap
Spear In minor roles. They carried
m- with them a large collection of na
t tive costumes. Mention of an opera
Swith Greenland's icy mountains as
he background naturally connotes India
as a scene for stage entertainment.
One would not be greatly surprised
he to learn that the next Drury Lane
- melodrama is to have Tibet for scene,
Snow that the Mt. Everest expedition
is so much in the public eye.-Chrls
r tian Science Monitor.
Will Usm Bees in Next War.
The next time France goes to war
she's going to mobilize the bees.
It all came about in the senate's
discussion of the exp,-dltures for agr
cultural purposep ' e senator re
en- narked oratoric ' ;:a the French
ot people ought to work like the
n- "busy bees." tIded Senator
ed Menier that If . ment had
he been up to ene tsed1
od a lot of honey .. IM
'sugar shortag
he minister of a
the good idea an
Snene4 m
' *- to
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