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Same Manner as Did His First Ancestor. SHINTO PRIESTS IN CHARGE Yoshlhito, in Strict Privacy, Reads A'ddress to Family Spirits Before Public Ceremony Begins—Sa cred Dance Is a Feature of the Celebration. Tokyo.—Lucky indeed will be those few tourists who are in Kioto, the an cient capital of Nippon, when the Em peror Yoshihito is crowned. For they will view what is probably the most ancient ceremonial in the world. The modern ruler, with aeroplanes, dread naughts and submarines at bis com mand, will formally take his place on the throne of Japan in the same man ner as did his first earthly ancestor, Jimmu Tenno, in 650 B. C., which was several centuriea before Alexander the Great, unwitting of the island kingdom, wept for more worlds to con quer. For the western mind to' compre hend the Japanese coronation is diffi cult. The word "coronation" is a mis nomer, as there is no literal crowning. It is necessary for the American to attempt to grasp the fundamental idea of Shintoism. Every morning the Emperor Yoshihito. head of a Japanese family worships to his ancestors at the shrine in his home. The emperor worships at the shrine of the ancestors of the nation for the whole people. The spirits of Jimmu Tenno and the other 120 human ancestors of Yoshihito who have reigned in Ja pan are supposed to dwell in the sane-' tuaries of the ancient palace at Kioto. Informing His Ancestors. The coronation is the formal jour ney of the emperor and empress to Kioto for the purpose of dutifully in forming his ancestors of his accession and assuring them that he is carrying out the fundamental principles which have made the nation great. A Japanese sees nothing odd in worshiping his ancestors while clad in a prince albert coat and silk topper, and it is considered perfectly correct for the emperor to proceed to his an cient capital by train. Arriving at Kioto, he will drive in state to the vast inciosure of the pal ace. His coming may be several days before the coronation date, Novem ber 10. The details of this day are care fully regulated by the Shinto priests, who preserve the ancient records sup posed to go back to the reign of Jim mu Tenno. In the morning Yoshihito will bathe and purify himself. Then he will enter a plain wooden pavilion or temple, made entirely without met al and fastened with wood pegs and tougn vinos. The ceremony takes place before the national shrino called the Kashiki Dokoro which contains the sacred mir ror, sword and jeweled seal be queathed by the sun goddess Amate rasu O-Mikami to her grandson, Jim mu Tenno, the first nondeity to rule Japan, when she placed him upon the throne. In strict privacy, with only a few Shinto priests in their straw sandals moving about, the emperor will read a formal address to his family spirits. The next ceremony will take place in a big new pavilion in the presence of the leading men of Japan and the official representatives of foreign states. The emperor will take his seat on a throne set within an octagonal pa vilion of red and black lacquer, while the empress, if ill healr.h does not present, will occupy a smaller throne by nis side. Premier to Lead Cheers. The princes and great officerB of state will surround the throne the nobility will occupy one end of the hall and the foreign diplomatists an*, other. Count Okuma, the prime minister,' will stand at a designated spot nearj the tnrone and cali on the Japanese* people to give three "banzais" for the emperoi. Then he will ascend the steps of the throne and render' homage to the new monarch. Count Okuina has a wooden leg and some of his political opponents have mlsed the cry that by all the indent rules and regulations no such de formed person may take part in the coronation. Modern Japan simply laughs. It might be mentioned, however, that the practical count recently pro ceeded to Kioto and convinced him self by actual trial that he iB spry enough to get up the old-fashioned steps of the throne and down again without "spilling the beans," or what-j ever is the Japanese equivalent In the evening will take place the, principal religious rite. The emperori will offer rice and black-and-white] wine to the spirits of his ancestors] in the Yukiden and the Sukiden, two! small ancient shrines. The ceremony takes all night and before it the emperor again under goes formal purification. This Kaijo sai, or sacrificial rite is the highest ceremony in the Japanese religion. The Japanese, however, do not feel any awe as surrounding Kaijo-sai, it is simply an act of filial communing with the departed, a sort of Thanks giving dinner with the dead as well as the living gathered together. Sacred Dance a Feature. There are many, other interesting ceremonies and observances connect ed with the coronation and these last many days. Western vaudeville stages will probably see this winter some gro3S caricatures of the sacred dance which will be performed by five young women of the highest rank at a great banquet before 2,500 diners. This is the "five-fold dance," and the story of how it originated is known to every Japanese boy and girl. The Emperor Temmu was strum ming the Koto, an ancient lyre with five strings, when five heavenly muses appeared in the clouds and executed some celestial steps to his measures. In the course of the dance the muses turned the sleeves of their kimonos five times, which is considered a mira cle of grace among the Japanese. Temmu carefully memorized the dance and taught it to' the ladles ot his court. It has been danced at every ccronation since through twen ty-four centuries. The girls who will dance are none of them over twenty-three years old.1 If one of them entered a New York! drawing room she would probably be perfectly at ease, for all the dancers' are daughters of the highest peers in Japan, who are carefully educated! according to both western and Japa nese standards and probably speak' English fluently. The Concluding acts of the corona tion will be journeys by the emperor: and the high priests to the national! shrine to worship Jimmu, and then to the graves of the four emperors im mediately preceding Yoshihito. Besides the cercmonies at Kioto, there will be observances and holi days. in every town and village of Japan. The schoolchildren will sing a song to which the committee of the board of education has awarded the prize out of 1,500 sent in as competi tors. Even in Hawaii, the ninety thousand Japanese there will show their regard for the emperor. They have subscribed for a bronze com memorative fountain, but this instead of being sent back to Japan will bo set up in Honolulu. MAKE MUDH0LR FOR LIVING Missourian8 Cultivate Traps for Auto ists, Is Charged by Highway Commissioner. Jefferson City, Mo.—That mudholes in the road are carefully nurtured in many communities in Missouri by per sons who find it profitable to pull auto mobiles out of them when they get stuck is charged by State Highway Coinmissioner Buffum is a road bul letin. The issuance of this bulletin fol lowed the action of a Callaway county farmer who refused to pull the auto mobile of Mrs. James Houchin out of a creek bed until she gave him $25. BABE TRAVELS IN BASKET Young Arizona Father Makes Long Journey to Iowa With Mother less Child. Eagle, Ariz.—With a clothesbasket as a cradle for his month-old mother less babe, R. E. Hiatt made the jour ney from Eagle to Sidney, la., to place the infant in the care of its grand mother. Mrs. Hiatt died ju3t a month ago following the birth of twins, one of which died at birth. A woman on the train volunteered to assist the young father and the in fant reached its destination safely. EARWIG PEST HERE AGAIN Found In Seattle—May Have Come on Roses From Europe—Is Second Appearance. Seattle.—The European earwig has been discovered in rose gardens in widely separated portions of Seattle. Trevor Kincaid, entomologist of the University of Washington says it may become a pest. He thinks it found its way here on rose bushes from Europe. This is the second appearance of the earwig in the United States. Last year it was reported near Baltimore. Finds Petrifed Heart. Ridgefield, Ariz.—Ernest Hawkins, while engaged in hunting for Indian arrowheads and other Indian curios at what is called an old Indian ar row bed along the shore of Lane River, recently picked up an unusual curio, having the appearance of a petrified heart of an infant. Fire Guard Watches on Icy Peal 11,225 Feet Up. Famous Guard, Elijah Coleman, Climbs High Frozen Summit of Mount Hood and Lives Alone to Help Forest Service. Washington.—At an altitude of 11,225 feet, his only protection against the elements a light knockdown liut, Elijah Coleman, mountaineer and guide, maintains a lonely out con-i stant lookout for signs of fire on the| Oregon National forest and a portion of the Columbia National forest, mak ing his observations from the snow capped summit ot the celebrated Mount Hood in the Cascade range. Coleman was chosen for this haz ardous lookout duty because of his familiarity with conditions on Mount Hood, which he ascended numerous times in the capacity of guide. The mountaineer had to pack his food, fuel, hut and all other necessi ties on his own pr.ck for the most perilous part of .the journey. Several trips were required. They were packed on the backs of horses as far as the animals could go, then Coleman had to be his own pack muie and bodyguard. At one point near the summit, which is the crater of an extinct vol cano, there is a fumarole, or vol canic opening, from which issue sul phurous fumes and neat sufficient to cook an egg. Unfortunately this point is too far remote from the location of the lookout's hut to be of practical use to him. Coleman's means of communication with the outer and lower world is through a copper cable nine miles in length, which connects his -hut with the telephone system of the Oregon National forest below. During the six weeks which ne Has spent on the top of Mount Hood this lone look out has reported 30 fires to the fire-protection organizations below, all in time to prevent any consider able damage to the timber on Uncle Sam's preserves. Ihe station on this lofty peak has been an "unqualified success," to uso the language of forest service offi cials, in spite of the fact that it is located away above the usual cloud line. The plan to put a lookout sta tion on Mount Hood was opposed by some forest service officials on the ground that at such an altitude the lookout would frequently, if not con stantly, find the clouds below him and his vision completely obscured. In most regions of the West this objection would hold good and the higher peaks are not chosen for look out stations. It appears, however, that the atmospheric and meteoro logical conditions on Mount Hood are different. Now government scien tists propose to make an investiga tion to determine the cause of this difference. On account of its location in the very heart of the Cascade ran.£e, overlooking one of the most pictur esque regions in the country, as well as enormous values in timber and watershed covering, Mount Hood is regarded as one of the most impor tant points of observation in the en tire national forest system. It over looks the Bull Run watershed, from which the city of Portland, Ore., gets its domestic supply, practically tlie entire Oregon National forest, a good deal of the Columbia National for est, and a larg: pa-t of the Columbia river scenic highway, recently con structed at a cost of $1,000,000. The fact that this lofty lookout sta tion has proved a complete sue cess has attracted wide attention among scientists. Experts of t. United States weather bureau are a? keenly interested as the forest servi, officials to determine the reason i atmospheric and meteorological coi. tions about Mount Hood are so ferent from those surrounding of the high peaks in that section the country. If Coleman is suffering any inco. venience from his arctic vigil mii.js above civilization he has given 110 in dication of it over the telephone whu connects him with his fellows on ,.i lower levels. To hear him tell it, is naving a "bully" time. Occasion iy he knows the wind is blowing that it is decidedly frosty. BEE STINGS BLIND FARM*. Wife Rescues Delaware Man h.. Runaway Team Upset Hives Horses Suffer From Insects. Wilmington, Del.—When his team ran away, upsetting four hives of bees, Howard Johns, a farmer at Yorklyn, was so badly stung he may lose liis sight. The wagon became mired at the same time, and the bees also at tacked the horses. Johns' wife, with a shield of net ting and some molasses, succeeded in pacifying the bees and rescuing her husband. One of the norses may have to be killed. Dope User Robs Doctor. Aberdeen, S. D.—Frank Miller of Danville, 111., who was sentenced to serve 30 days in the county jail for stealing a hypodermic syringe from Dr. F. W. Freyberg, is being treated in prison by Doctor Freyberg. More than 1,000 grains of morphine *was found on Miller. Doctor Freyberg hopes to cure Mil ier of the drug habit before the exn tuuon jt his sentence. FREDA'S FICTION I $ By GRACE FAtSLIE. iiwXwXvXvX '.V VAVA'.VAV* Miss Markham scarcely tasted the dainty supper Freda served, but she drank every drop of the biacK cof fee. Freda gave her mistress many an anxious Bide glance as she re moved the dishes. She set the tray down on the kitchen table ana shook her head siowiy. "Ah, something's wrong," she mused. "She ain been like herself since she come home from the moun tains. I'll just wager there's a man back of all these blue spells. Well, 1 wish he'd turn out to be the right man, for she ought to be married and took care of." Freda kept Miss Markham's bun galow immaculate and served whole some meals, but felt that she ought to give additional service in lessen ing her mistress's indifference toward matrimony. She felt justified in us ing strategy if it led to her mistress' happiness. She wa'ked rather noisily to the door of the living room, which was lighted only by the b!aze from the fireplace. "Miss Markham, if I'm too bother some, just say so but this drizzly November day has Kept me all shut in till I've got to. thinking again about something 1 thought I'd for got." "Why, Freda, is it anything I can help you to settle?" Miss Markham's tone was sympathetic. "Oh, I knew you'd be ready to help you're always doing things tor everybody but yourself." "Well, that is the right way, Freda. I'm less important than a great many people." The short si'ence which fol lowed this remark was bluntly broken by Freda. "What I wanted to talk to you about," she said, "was a man I couldn't seem to forget." "What! You, too, Freda?" exclaimed Miss Markham, quite unconscious of all that her words implied. "Yes'm you see it was this way: He was gardener and I was cook for the same family. He was a good lookin' Irishman and a whole year younger than me. He'd melt his blue eyes and tell me he'd never liked any other girl as he did me, but when wasn't a bit sure abent my feelings for him how could 1 be sure about his for me?" Freda gazed straight into the fire as she cencluded part one of the plan, and Miss Markham was leaning out from the big chair looking hard at ner. "How strange, Freda, that you should have told me all this tonieht." Then, catching herself, Miss Markham added, "that is, 1 mean it is strange you never mentioned it before.'* "Well, you see.' Freda answered, still looking it t)"e fire, "I used to think I did ri-ht, but sometimes now I wonder if I did." "What did you do, Freda?" "I Just came away without saying good-by or letting him know where I'd gone. I felt mighty smart about it till I got good and lonesome, and sometimes I thought he might be lone some, too. More than once I've thought"—and here Freda introduced a heavy sigh—"that having my own way is not so good for me as learning to live for other foil's and taking care of a husband and babies would have been." Miss Markham laid a sympathetic hand on Freda's shoulder. The other hand carried her handkerchief to her eyes. Having finished her story. Freda hurried out, but she did not go too far to hear every sound from the liv ing room. Miss Markham turned on the light and opened her desk. There was a rusfe of paper, a scratching of a pen. another rust'e of paper, and immediately Mies Markham, her water-proof and her collie by her side, took a walk in the drizzly darkness down toward the mail box. When they came back they had an old time romp on the veranda. The next day Miss Markham sang about the house and brought a cheerful face and good appetite to her meals. The morning following was a beau tiful Indian summer day and she went for a ride, wearing her khaki suit, tan boots and soft brown hat. While she was gone a tall, distinguished looking stranger came walking up the hill from the rai'.way station and asked for her. Freda, who thought he had some relation to that hurriedly writ: note, determined to keep him waiting until her mistress returned. He showed no disposition to be manip ulated by Freda, but questioned her about Miss Markham's usual riding route, and announced that he would walk in the direction that lady was expected to return. As ne walked away, Freda decided that she ap proved of him from his dark, well shaped head to his well-shod feet, with their determined way of Betting themselves down. Especially she ap proved of the fashionable cut of his close-fitting clothes. He met Miss Markham a short dis tance away, and in plain view ot the dining room window where Freda bad etationea herself. Her keen eyes sparkled as she saw the stranger take Miss Markham's right hand in botb of his. Miss Markham said little but smiled much. Presently he lifted her from the horse and, arm in arm, they started toward the house. "I never had a gardener for a lover in my life,'* cnuckled Freda as she hurried into the kitchen, "but I raked up the right Kind of a story to make Mi86 Markham love affair grow." (Copyright, I9lfi bv th« McClure News paper Syndicate.) MADE LOTS OF NOISE Mrs 'enton Holme Wake up, John. From the way the dog is bark iiib .tuere must be lour robbers in the cellar. Mr. Benton Holme—Don't be alarmed. That dog is a great exag gerti r. HER LOSS He—Our marriage waB certainly a failure. She—And the worst of it is that there are not enough assets left to pay alimony. ONE WAY "How did he make all liis money?" "Oh! just by raking and scraping. He's a barber, you know." SO MEAN Maude—Jack says he loves to study my face. Helen—But 1 thought he was a st* dent of nature. NO DOUBT „y_'X f(P Ti m0m Weary—Dere wuz one feller In a* ark wot would made a good railroad president. Kuggits—Who wuz it? Weary—Why, de feller wot watered Ae stock. •X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X^-X'X-X-XvX'X-V-X'X-X miamwf. ANONYMOUS. $ :&XvX*X-X-X-X-X\vX-X-X\ Bullerton's father said: "It doesn't natter whether it's time for it now or not. He wants it now and h3's go-: lng to keep on asking for it until he gets it. You might as well give it to him' So Bullerton got it. One of Bullerton's earliest friends relates the following anecdote Buller ton's father and mother were visit'ng his father and mother and Bullerton was along. At dinner Bullerton held up his plate and requested a secoi.l helping of pie. "Why, Harvey!" exclaimed his mother. "You shouldn't ask for things. That's very naughty and Im polite." "They wouldn't know I wanted it If I didn't ask," said Bullerton. That, Bullerton's boyhood friend said, was perfectly true, especially considering the size of the first p ing and the extent of the meat courses that he had previously consumed. It was a more commendable appli cation of the prinHole when on leav ing school he asked the president of the local bank for a position as as sistant cashier. It is probable that he would have got the position if he could have demonstrated his Strews for it. Failing to do so, he asked for a Job as office boy—and he got that. Ins'de of two weeks it occurred to him that three dollars a week was an insufficient wage. He asked for five dollars and there again he proved the soundness o" his ro'icy. They gavo him $3.50 and promised him four dol lars at the end of the month if he could show that he was worth It. But they got tired of being asked for raises after a while and let him go. Then Bullerton went to the city bnd disappeared As the years passed it became generally understood around the little town through the medium of his parents that Bullerton was doing well—getting on. When he came back one summer on a visit his appearance seemed to bear out the report. He certainly looked prosperous. One of the envious fel lows of the town said that Bullerton must have asked a tailor for credit and got it but no one paid any atten tion to that slur on a rising young man. When Bullerton had been home a week there was a meeting of the town council, at which he appeared and, on the part of the Bellevue Construction, Investment and Improvement company of New Jersey, asked for a franchise for an electric street railway. No body knew who or whr.t the company was. Nobody seemed to care. The bank president who had given Buller ton his start in life was then presi dent of the council. He was perfect ly satisfied with Bullerton's vague as surance that the company was com posed of men of unimpeachable finan cial standing, whose names Bullerton was not at liberty to mention, so the rest of the council were satisfied, too, and gave Bullerton what he asked for Then Bullerton asked for desk room' in the bank. He asked for options on property along the nroposed lines of the railroad. He asked for the assist ance of the editor of the local paper. He got them all. Soon he left for the city, having first disposed of his options at a ridiculous sacrifice to business men of the town who, with the assistance of the local paper, awoke to the almost assured fact that the town was on the eve of a great boom. Then the news came that the Bellevue Construction, Investment and Improvement com had sold its franchise to a great capitalist and prices of real estate went up. Shortly a'ter that the cap italist visited the town and seemed somewhat disappointed. The railway is not built yet. It would have b?en no surprise to the town after that to learn that Bul lerton had married the daughter of a millionaire or had been appointed am bassador to Great Britain. The old people died in course of time, so there was no longer any news of him. Finally one of the citizens of the town who had occasion to visit the city resolved to look him up. He did so—in financial circles more particu larly. Strange to say, Bullerton seemed to be unknown. Hie name did not even appear in the city directory, so the citizen naturally concluded that his old townsman had sought a larger field for his activities. He was on his way to the railway station to take the train home when a man in shabby clothes and with a week's growth of beard touched his arm. "Pardon me," said this man. "You are a stranger to me and it may seem a liberty that I take, but I find myself In a pecuniary embarrassment and if you could favor me with the loan of 25 cents I should appreciate it." There was something familiar in the voice. The citizen, looking more closely at the man, recognized Buller ton. He said he was never more sur prised in his life. But, after all, cheek is not everything. Supposed It Had Settled. "We think," wrote the manufac turers of printing machinery, "that it is about time you were paying some thing on the press you bought of us. it is now almost a year since you got it.*' 'T wasn't aware that I owed you anything," answered the owner of the Stringtown Bazoo. "You told me, when I ordered the press that it would pay for itself in six months."