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I TIMELY TOPICS i
To U Hung Chang: Lillian Russell'
will get you If you don't watch out
This country Is exporting elevators to
England, which Is surely a good way to
give John Bull a lift.
It Is a pity that the civilized pillagers
can't be suppressed as easily as the un
civilized Pillagers were.
With sixty new warships on the ways
England's proceedings cannot be re
garded as ways of pleasantness by
Mexico, as well as the United States,
has the biggest cotton crop on record.
All of whlcli Is baleful In a double sense
for the cotton growers.
George Vanderbllt's palace In North
Carolina has cost him $10,000,000 and
Is called Blltmore. Perhaps George
wishes be had built less.
There Is no reason why Uncle Sam
should not secure a little action on his
murdered missionaries. China has con
siderable territory left.
The unforgivable thing about It Is
that you no sooner learn how to pro
nounce the names of the French min
isters than there is a brand-new batch.
The pugilist thinks foot-ball Is brutal,
while the foot-ball player thinks prize
fighting Is brutal—and the public comes
pretty near to agreeing with both of
Brigham Roberts asserts in an Inter
view that two-thirds of our Congress
men are in fact polygomists. Will Mr.
Roberts kindly give us the names of the
An Eastern exchange anxiously In
quires, "Was the war a complete fall
' ure?"' It was. We have this Informa
tion straight from El Naclonal, of Ma
Why not keep our naval and military
surgeons In constant practice during in
tervals of national peace? There Is the
base-ball field for them In summer and
the foot-ball field In winter.
A Connecticut woman sewed fish
hooks Into her pocket before going to a
county fair, and the first thief who at
tempted to get her purse was caught
"red-handed." Connecticut Is still in
the lead for Ingenuity.
You would have to go twenty times
as far to find cases of horse cruelty to
day as you would ten years ago, asserts
the President of the Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. May
we go farther and find less.
In Bridgeport, Conn., the girls have
organized a movement to freeze out
young gentlemen callers who monopo
lize their time without proposing mar
riage. Social life for a young man
who doesn't want to get married In
that town must be a sort of continu
ous performance in which he soon
plays the role of the Wandering Jew.
It has been no:ed that all Presidential
candidates whose surnames ended with
the letter "n," running on a ticket with
a candidate for Vice President whose
surname likewise ended with "n," were
elected, to wit: Jefferson and Clinton,
Madison and Clinton, Jackson and
Calhoun, Jackson and Van Buren, Van
Buren and Johnson, Lincoln and Ham
lin, Lincoln and Johnson, Harrison and
A good Illustration of the necessity
of a public sentiment thoroughly
aroused in favor of the enforcement of
Judicious laws Is seen In the annual
occurrence of destructive forest-fires
In the timbered regions of the North
west. Stringent fire laws have been
enacted, and there are live State for
estry organizations, but forest fires as
devastating as ever occur whenever
droughts prepare the material. For
destructlveness the fires of the past
lummer rank with the notable ones of
It cannot be long before there will
be established In the United States
schools for such specialized studies as
will fit young men for commercial em
ployment In foreign countries. The ex
panding field of American foreign trade
will, create a steadily Increasing de
mand for trained men to represent our
manufacturers abroad and will offer
splendid opportunities for this class of
men. Germany has found the plan of
specialized commercial education of
great value. It has played a very Im
portant part In the extension of her
trtde. Unquestionably the United
States would find It equally valuable.
The heir to the throne of Belgium,
recently traveling through our West
ern States In a private car, said to bis
' host: "Last year I was the guest of
the Czar. When I took my walk it
was between two linea of soldiers, who,
I feared, might shoot me by mistake.
It was not so pleasant as tbls, and the
rating was not so good." .Having thus
disposed of tbe greateat of democra
cies ana the greatest of absolute mon
' archies, be made a second comparison:
•"When you come to my country you
will send me your card? What can 1
do? You can see all my country In a
The latest report of the United States
Commissioner of Education, Dr. W. T.
Harris, brings down the statistics to
June 30,1897. At that date there were
enrolled In public Institutions, or
ppflroofar and colleges of all grades sup
tfitirtfd by taxation, 14,742,077 pupils;
* tWprlVate and parochial Institutions 1,-
613,016 more; a grand total of 18,265,-
083. There was a slight falling off In
the patronage of private schools, prob
ably caused by the "hard timet." Since
1870 the enrollment In public schools
has nearly doubled; there has been In
creasing liberality of expenditure along
all lines, with a steadily advancing
Standard of Instruction, administration
and humanlzatlon of discipline. Of
normal schools for the training of
teachers, the States support 166, and
200 others are maintained by tuition
tees v donations. Mors than thres
fourths of the school population Is
found outside of large cities and townS|
but the shorter school year Is partlj
compensated by rural Industrial oppor
tunities. Of course the statistics rep
resent all degrees of excellence and de
fect; but the movement U npwnrd and
the outlook hopeful.
One of the arts In conducting a polit
ical campaign Is for the candidate to
say all the good things he modestly
can about himself and his side of the
case without unduly criticising his op
ponent. In recent years there has been
a distinct gain In American politics In
decency, though there Is still room for
Improvement. A candidate who can
present the facts from his standpoint In
a clear, forcible manner, who knows
his case Is not so desperate as to call
for thw aid of mud-slinging, Is far more
apt to command the attention of the
public than the loudmouthed bawler,
who makes use of epithets that would
be out of place In the family circle. The
gentleman In politics on the stump Is
not an Ideal man. He Is In many
places a reality, and the methods he
pursues are becoming more common.
It Is fair and just to discuss all polit
ical Issues, which are those In which all
the people are concerned, fearlessly
and truthfully. If men are found to be
corrupt, it Is proper to expose their
practices to the people, but the speaker
can do this without sinking to the level
of those who arc worse than he Is. An
honorable candidate would not proper
ly represent the people whose suffrages
be Is asking for If he did not expose the
enemies of the people. The American
people like to see a clean, square, fear
less, standup fight in politics. The
man who loses such a fight cannot suf
fer by defeat: the candidate who wins
by dishonorable methods Is robbed, In
llie estimate the best people make of
him, of all the real fruits of victory.
There are at least a dozen claimants
for European thrones who have never
enjoyed the rights of sovereignty. Don
Carlos asserts that, ns the last of the
Bourbons, he Is heir to the thrones o0
Spain and France. The Due d'Orleans i
considers himself King of France, and
there Is a Bonapartlst claimant also.
The Duke of Cumberland Is known as
King of Hanover, and the Princess
Louis of Bavaria is sometimes saluted
as the last of the Stuarts, and the right
ful heiress to the English throne. The
Duke of Braganza Is a pretender to the
throne of Portugal. There are six
other wandering heirs to lost European
crowns. These claimants have never
been In possession of the strongholds
of power. The Empress Eugenie Is dy
ing In exile, after seeing the pomp and
glory of empire pass away from her.
She Is now In her seventy-third year,
and resides at Fnrnborough, In one of
the southern counties of England. She
Is rich, and owns a country house and
estate which cost her about a quarter
of a million dollars. She lives quietly,
and entertains few people who are not
relatives. The most distinguished
among her guests during recent years
have been the German Emperor and
Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess
Henry of Battenberg. The Empress
was once famous for her beauty and
the elegance of her manners. She la
now aged and feeble, a victim to rlieu
matlsm, with a deeply lined face, a
bent figure and sunken eyes. Yet even
In her old age there are traces of that
stately grace and dignity of carriage
which once enabled her to set the fash
ions for an empire and the world. For
ty-flve years have passed since her
marriage with Napoleon 111. In Paris,
with splendid pomp. For seventeen
years she was the greatest lady on the
Continent. For twenty-eight years she
has been an exile in England, making
occasional Journeys to Spain, and pass
ing through Paris a few times. Her
longest pilgrimage was to Zululand, in
South Africa, where her only son was
killed In the English service. The Em
press' misfortunes have been borne
with English fortitude and pluek. She
has lived in retirement, and made no
complaint because the fortunes of em
pire have gone heavily against her; but
simple and unaffected as Is her life, «he
has not lost the gesture of command
nor her Spanish elegance of manner.
The r trnngeat Curve on Any Railroad
in the World.
The strangest railroad curve In the
world Is found ou the Darjeellng-Hlm
alayan Railway In India. The railroad
Itself Is unique, as It runß far up Into
the mountains, Its terminus
being situated on a giddy eminence
8,000 feet above the level of the plains.
To reach this height many twists and
bends arc necessary and In descending
the trains swing around curves in a
hair-raising manner. The sharpest
curve Is at "Agony Point," where the
tralA almost describes a circle In lta
own length. One of the most striking
features of a Journey, up the Darjeel
lng-Ulmalayan Railway la the sharp
transition from the burning heat of the
plains to the cold air and the suowa of
this great height
Impnrities About the Home*
The careless disposal of the slops
and debris about the home Is one of
the most ruinous practices In rogue by
the fanner and his family. Impurities
about the home"brlng disease by filling
the air with microbes or disease germs.
All impurities should be emptied in a
keg or a barrel that doesn't leak, and
wheeled away and poured on the grass,
apd not In the same place twice. The
barrel or keg should be cleansed week
ly with carbolic acid and lline. Clean
liness Is next to Godliness. It Is next
to healthfulnass, too. The premises
about the house cannot bs kept too
clean and free of slops, etc. Vermin
breed diseases very rapidly and with
awful effect Keep the home and ail
the appurtenances thereof clean and
pure, and keep clsaa yourself.—Prac
tical Farmer. w __
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•Pollen Joints, Inflammation, Interne •of
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All th*u disagreeable symptoms an cured
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THE CONVICTS' TREADMILL.
Punishment Inflicted Upon the Pris
oners In the Rangoon Jail.
In the Central jail of Rangoon the Brit
ish officials have introduced a method of
making the convicts work which is a very
effective mode of punishment. It is a
tread mill on a large scale. Big wooden
cylinders about seven feet in diameter
are provided with koen-edged plank steps
all around. Above the cylnders at a con
venient height there is a heavy iron pole.,
stretching across the entire room, upon
which the chains of the convicts working
in the treadmill are fastened. When
they are all in their places the bolt hold
ing the cylinders in one position is remov
ed and convicts must tread without a stop
for two hours and a half. If one of them
stops treading he slips down as far as
the chain permits, but the plank step*
beat against his shinbones so vigorously
that the skin is bruised and scraped.
This is exceedingly painful, and the
convict hurriedly catches up the next step
and trise to tread along with the others
This barbarous punishment is a necessity
however, for the natives are extremeh
fanatical, and death has no terrors foi
them. Imprisonment would oe for them t>
favorite method of living a life of seclusioi
and me'ditation, with no care for food o
lodging, were it not for the compulsor;
work. The large Shed containing the si:
tread-mill cylinders is situated next t
■fhops where the power is used in wood
working machinery. About 70 convicts ar
at work there at one time.
Gen. Merrltt Starts Home.
Washington, Dec. 12. —General Wesle
Merritt recently notified the war depart
inent that he probably would sail froi.
Havre by one of the French line steamei
soon. No decision has been reached as t
General Merritt's future command, bu
he probably will resume control of th<
department of the east, with headquarter
it New York, now temporarily held b;
Hakes the Spot V&nluh.
A slight rap may cause & bruise, or a
alight blow a black one, sore and tender.
But it is easy to cure by the use
of St. Jacobs Oil, and make the spot van
ish and the soreness heal.
Loa Angelea Fire.
Los Angeles, Dec. 10.—The fire in tin
works of the Standard Oil Company ha
burned itself out, the entire property con
sumed. The total loss is estimated a
Nearly everybody smokes in Manila
t is a common sight, after sundown, t.
ee a father out for a stroll with his wif«
nd children, and everyone of them ove>
he age of 5 years smoking a cigarette.
Coal is dearer in South Africa than ii
any other part of the Old World.
• "A Perfect Type of the Highest Order of
Excellence in Manufacture." <
n WR Absolutely Pore,
Qa hD* Nutritious.
■■tosls LtM Bail 0)IE GEIT t Cap..
Be aure that 70a get the Genuine Article,
made at DORCHBSTBR, MASS, by
WALTER BAKER & CO. Ltd.
We are giving
25 per cent.
Everybody should avail
themselves of this
Rer what 15 per cent,
Men's Overcoat* $B.M, now $6.00
Men's Overcoats $10.00. now $7.50
Mea's Overcoats 112.M, new $9.00
Men's Overcoats $Is.oo, oow $12.25
MAIL ORDEBR promptly and care
fully attended to. State size and price
BRYAN TO QUIT SOLDIERING.
Will Rnl(i His Commission mm Col
en rl ol the Third Nebraska.
Savannah, Ga., Dec. 12.—Colonel W. J.
Bryan, colonel of the Third Nebraska, regi
ment, has either forwarded hi* resignation
to Washington or is about to do so. Of
this there seems to be no doubt. Today he
called on General Lee, commander of the
Seventh corps, of which Oolonel Bryan's
regiment is a part, and is understood to
have announced his intention of quitting
the service. General Lee is to sail-for
Cuba on the transport Panama tomorrow,
and Colonel Bryan is believed to have
hastened his decision in order that he may
acquaint his corps commander with his
intention prior to Lee's departure for the
ielond. Neither of the commanding gen
erals would discuss the matter and re
ferred to Colonel Bryan as the proper
source to get any news.
Colonel Bryan would neither deny nor
confirm the rumor, but stated that when
the time came he would prepare a writ
ten statement and give it to the press,
so that there would be no possibility ol
any misstatement as to his intention.
SETTLED ALL THEY COULD.
Spain Refuses a Conllnv Station In
the Caroline Islands, as Well aa
Paris, Dec. 9. —The treaty is finished.
The Spaniards have declined to grant most
of the requests of tlje United States which
were unsettled at the beginning of the ses
sion. They refused a coaling station in
the Carolines. Judge Day said yesterday:
"We have settled all points on which we
can agree. It only remains to engross bad
sign the treaty. This will be done in
two or three days."
A Russian Flood.
St. Petersburg, Dec. 10.—The river Ne
va suddenly rose nine feet Thursday
night, inundating the lower quarters of
the city. Great loss of life has been re
ported. The flood is now subsiding.
DEAFNESS CAN NOT BE CURED
By local applications, as they can not reach
the diseased portion of the ear. There Is only
one way to cure deafness, and that is by con
stitutional remedies. Deafness Is caused by an
inflamed condition of the mucous lining of the
Eustachian Tube. When this tube sets Inflam
ed you nave a rumbling sound or Imperfect
hearing, and when It Is entity closed deaf
ness Is the result, and unless the Inflamma
tion can be taken out and this Oube restored
to Its normal condition, hearing will be de
stroyed forever; nine cases out of ten art
caused by catarrh, which Is nothing but an In
flamed condition of the mucous surfaces.
We wiH give One Hundred Dollars for any
case of Deafness (caused by catarrh) that can
not be cured by Hall's Catarrh Cure. Bend fot
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Hall's Family Pills are the best.
There an* two great walls in China.
One, which is 40 feet thick and 60 feet
high, surrounds Pekin. It is 16 miles in
circumference. The other—the great wall
of China— is nearly 1300 miles long, and
was built 2115 years ago. t
TRY ALLEN'S FOOT-BASK,
A powder to be shaken into the shoes.
At this season your feet feel swollen, ner
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smarting feet or tight shoes, try Allen's
Foot-Ease. It rests and comforts; makes
walking easy. Cures swollen and sweating
feet, blisters and callous snots.. Relieves
corns and bunions of all pain and is a cer
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or frosted feet. We have over thirty thou
sand testimonials Try it today. Sold bv
all druggists and shoe stores for 25c. Trial
package FREE. Address, Allen 8. Olm
sted, Le Roy, N. Y.
A good deal of excitement has been
caused among English milk sellers by the
news that a large syndicate has been
formed in London for the importation of
French milk on a large scale.
Will Get Down to 11.
It ia certainly true that as deeply em
bedded as the sciatic nerve is St. Jacobs
Oil will get down to it and cure it. It is
a proof of how penetrating and efficacious
are its wonderful curative powers.
The greatest bay on the face of the
earth is that of Bengal. Measured in a
straight line from the two inlosing pe
ninsulas, its extent is about 420,000 square
To Cur* a Cold la Oae Day
Take Laxative Brotno Quinine Tableta. Al)
druggist* refund money if it faila to cure. Me
An enterprising firm of cycle manufac
turers in Paris are perfecting what they
term a gas-bicycle.
When coining to San Francisco so U
Brooklyn Hotel. 808-212 Bush St. Amer
lean or European plan. Room and board
$1.00 to 91*60 per day; rooms 50 cents tc
$1.00 per day; single meals 26 cents. Frea
coach. Chas. Montgomery.
Berlin is one of the most cosmopolitan
of European cities. Only 37 per cent of
its inhabitants are Germans by birth.
No household la complete without s
bottle of the famous Jease Moore Whig
key. It la a pure and wholesome atlmu
lant recommended by all phyalolana
Don't neglect this necessity.
The public debt of France is the latest
in the world, and amounts to about
1,600,000,000 pounds sterling. i
PITS P®£manmiUy Cure<L Ho fltaor nerronanei
Ml® after flret <Uy'» um or Dr. Kliue'a Orwe
Nervr jieetorer. Send for VHKI •S.OO trim
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Arefc street, Philadelphia, Pw
The largest building is the Coliseum at
Rome, 615 feet in greatest diameter and
120 feet high.
Plso's Cure for Consumption Is the only
cough medicine used in my house.—D. C.
Albright, Mifflnburg, Pa. Dec. U, '85.
The government of India has decided
to join the schcine of imperial penny pos
rry Schilling* a Beet Tea and Baking Powder
A letter travels from Khartoum to Lon
don in 17 days.
Before long a party of Roman Catho
lic nuns will be settled at Timbuctoo.
money-back tea and
baking powdert at
GENU film IS DHL
DIED IN WASHINGTON CITY
The Famoni 'Cuban Patriot, Who Has
Fought For the Cause of Cubans for
the Last Thirty Years,hat Passed Away
—The Funeral Arrangements.
Washington, Dec. 13.—General Calixto
Garcia, the distinguished Cuban warrior
and leader, and the head of the commis
ision elected by the Cuban assembly to
visit this country, died Sunday morning
shortly after 10 o'clock at the Hotel Ral
eigfa, where the commission has its head
quarters. The sudden change from the
warm climate of Cuba, with the hardships
he had there endured, to the wintry
weather of New York, was responsible foi
the pneumonia which resulted in his de
mise. He contracted a slight cold in New
York which did not assume an alarming
stage until the early part of last week.
On Tuesday night General Garcia, in com
pany with the other members of the com
mission, attended a dinner given in hi*
honor by General Miles, and it was ex
posure there that caused the disease
which culminated in his death.
Washington, Dec. 13.—The funeral of
General Garcia will be held Wednesday
at St. Patrick's church, this city. The
body will be placed in a metallic casket
and deposited in a vault at Arlington
pending removal to Cuba.
The Dolphin will be designated by the
navy department as the vessel to carry
the remains to Cuba. She is now lying
at the Washington navy yards.
MILES EXPLAINS HIS BILL
Head of the Army Before the House
Washington, Dec. 13.—General Miles
appeared yesterday before the house com
mit teer on military affairs for a hearing
relative to the proposed reorganization
and increase of the army.
Two bills for this purpose are pending
one drawn by Miles and introduced in
the senate as the Hawley bill, and anoth
er introduced in the house by Chairman
Hull of the military committee.
It is necessary now to consider both oui
military requirements at home, those in
the new colonial possesions and also
those raised by the increasing demand*
for our seacoast fortifications, says Miles
When the entire increase in coast defense
is completed 365 batteries would be re
quired. These considerations, said Miles
had led him to recommend a standard oJ
one soldier for one thousand of the popu
lation at home, with native troops on the
basis of two native soldiers for every 1000
of the population. .
EIGHTS IN SAMOA MAINTAINED
Our Government Not a Party to Any
Scheme of Germany**.
Washington, Dec. 13.—The United
States government is not aware that any
arrangement has been made for transfei
of the title of the Samoan islands to Ger
many, and being one of the parties to the
tripartite agreement under which Samoa
is now governed, it is not conceivable that
any change in the status of the island*
can be made without the knowledge oi
The publication intimating Germany
has acquired sole rights in the Samoan
group is recognized as a diplomatic feeler
The importance of the islands as a port ol
call for American shipping promising to
become very great in the event of the
opening of an isthmian canal, the gov
eminent of the United States will not
consent to relinquish any of its rights.
The German ambassador. Von Holle
ben, called at the state department today
and had an interview with Mr. Hay.
Washington, Dec, 13.—The president
today sent fhe following nominations to
the Benate: War—Regular army, cav
airy arm: Caiptains to be majors, Charier
A. P. Hatfield, J. H. Kerr, J. H. Dorst
George S. Anderson; first lieutenants tc
be captains, Leslie W. Cornish, T. R Riv
ere, John A. Lockwood, Henry T. Allen
Also a number of second lieutenants to bf
first lieutenants of infantry and several
appointments from eastern states to tht
Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 12.—The thir
teenth annual convention of the American
Federation of Labor met this morning
About ISO delegates from all parts of tht
country were present, also William
Thorne and William Inskip of London
representing the British trades union oon
Delegate Inakip's mission ii to present
plana for a closer alliance between the
United States and tlhe mother oonntr}
along industrial as well as political lines
Counterfeiters at Work.
Memphis, Torn., Doc. IS.—A smooth
gang of counterfeiters are at work in the
Mississippi valley. The counterfeit is of
the standard silver dollar and all which
have so far been discovered bear the date
of 1890. It is believed something like
200,000 of tfiem have gained circulation.
Balldinc Trades Oosaell.
Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 13.—The sec
ond annual convention of the National
Building Trades Council began in thir
city this morning. All parts of the coun
try are represented. The convention will
be in session about four days.
Admiral Mfclcr la 111.
New York, Dec. 13.—Admiral Seheley.
who ia. living with bis family at the Ho
tel Kensington, baa been seized with a
•light attack of la grippe.
Mr. Ootter estimates the bop crop of
1898, which ia being marketed th'rougb
Puyallup dealers, at 4,000 bales. At the
present prices this represents a boot $126,-
000. The fruit crop of 1898, including
that which ia consumed by growers, meas
ured by selling prices, will aggregate 130,-
000, and will exceed rather than fall be
low that figure.
During the year ended June 30, 1808,
Missouri produced 2,838,152 tons of coal,
an increase over tbe preceding year of
17 per cent. During the same time it pro
duced 139,608 tons of Hoc and 73,667 tons
Feel the laflmnce.
Cold and beat alike aggravate neural
gia, became tbe nerve* (eel the cold and
beat aenaitlvely, but nerves are aenittive
to treatment and feel the influence of St
Jacob* Oil, which cure* the ailment
RATTLERS AND THE WEATHER
California Theory The? Will Not
Bite When There la a Drovght.
Seldom has it happened that a rattle
snake bite has been sufficient to destroy
the reputation of a weather prophet Rat*
tlesnake Jack Mogan is known from one
end of Mojave desert to the other. An
eccentric sort of man, he likes to visit
the haunts of snakes, and often pitches
camp for the night in places which gila
monsters and rattlers have long pre-empt
ed. Just before the recent election he
rounded himself up in Merced and began
talking of his adventures. It takes two
drinks to get Mogan's eloquence started.
The number of drinks that will bring him
to a full stop has never been ascertained,
although the health and fortunes of the
entire San Joaquin valley would willingly
be gambled away to find out.
"There is going to be a dry winter,"
he began. "There won't be enough rain
*this season to give the wheat any sort of
a start; 'twill be worse nor it was last
year, which was a proper corker. How
do I know! WTiy, I found tlhat out by
the rattlesnakes. They know, you bet
When there is a dry winter coming the
rattlers, leastwise in Oaliforny, cannot be
coaxed to bite. I've watched 'em 25 years
now, and 1 know what I am talking
about. The snakes will not bite, and that
means we will have a winter as dry as
None of his circle of listeners betrayed
any desire either to test the accuracy of
his observations in natural history or ta
question his meteorological deductions
from the facts observed. He occupied an
impregnable position, and for a variety of
reasons, for some time; and the matter
was considered of sufficient interest to
cause the publication in San uoaquin val
ley papers of the statement that snakes
will not bite tuis year, and also the inter
pretation put upon the sign by the snake
Since then the barometer and the local
weather forecasts have been watched with
a degree of attention calculated to awaken
ine approval of the United States weather
bureau. No one has been bitten by a
snake in the valley since the prediction
was first made, and this has brought into
contempt the doubters who have regularly
been saturating their systems with alcohol
in the fear that they might be bitten and
be taken unawares.
The Merchants' Association of New
York at a meeting determined to begin a
crusade to compel the express companies
to pay the war stamp tax.
The state department is informed that
the cxportß from Germany to the United
States during the quarter ending Septem
br 30 amounted to $19,789,007, an increase
of $5,110,003 over the previous year.
Without any warning, the Spokane
Falls & Northern last week increased the
rate on oats from Spokane to Bossburg 10
cents per 109, making the rate now 25
cents per 100," said B. F. Shields, a local
grain dealer, yesterday. Continuing he
said: "The old rate was altogether too
high. The new rate is almost prohibitive."
John Grady, an employe of the Bald
win hotel at San Francisco, has died from
heart failure, the result of fright during
the recent fire.
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Mrs. Hoffman Describes How Slw
Wrote to Mrs. Pinkham for
Advice, and Is Now WelL
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