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M W 3 3 A HORSE RACE AT HOME 3 3 AMERICAN DERBY 3 There has never been such a Winner for Agents* COUNTY RIGHTS FREE. You Can Buy Exclusive State Right for $25.00. THE AMERICAN DERBY, Metamora, Mich. THE AMERICAN DERBY, Reading, Penna. THE AMERICAN DERBY, No, 422 Marshall Street, Richmond, Va THE AMERICAN DERBY. history. Popular belief associates the King's Evil" with blood poi and it is interesting to the history of this The King's Evil u soiling aere review mpression. irst appears in History just prior 0 the Twelfth Century when £dward the Conqueror imagined le possessed the miraculous gift >f curing certain diseases by the limple touch and by pronouncing 1 few sacred words. After the txample of Edward, the King of prance, became celebrated for jhe skill with which they cured crofula, goitre, etc., by his pro cess. Scrofula then became unil fersally known as the King' fevil and is to-dav sometimes as juded to by that name. Such a nethodof cure has been claimed to be the peculiar attribute of the Sovereigns of England and france, but history does not san |on this, for it appears to have fcen not unfrequently employed ■ Scandanavia. and to have been ftrived from the mystical prac Ices of the Divide in curing dis fcse. The exact words used for ■e cure of Scrofula by the Bench Kings were;—"Le roi te luche, Dieu te guerisse. Bln this enlightened age no* Bdy would be silly enough to list a case of Scrofula to a King |his words unless it happened lit the King aforesaid, had a |plonia or two from medical lieges of good repute. At this Biting none of the Kings in our Icle of acquaintance have taken I the study of medicine and we ftrefore suggest that every man, Kuan and child suffering from dreadful disease send fifty ■ts to Dr. Jonathan G. Tru Bi, Lemon City, Fla., for a ^Ble of "Marvelo." There is ^Bone cure for the King's Evil Scrofula—and that one tm is Marvelo. This marvel |^B>repaiation can only be ob g^Bd of Dr, Jonathan G. Tru H Lemon City, Fla. 1 The Historical information con in these advertisements will fce |Hto be abso.utely accarate and stu history will do well to preserve ^^Hcr future use ,i In one ofthe dozens of business that we can find foryo i than in anything else. Genteel, for either sex. at home traveling. Particulars FREE UaTWe will insert your name and address in our SALARIED POSI TION Manual, for to cts. a full year. May be worth hundreds of dollars to you Write at once. Address or S. M. BOWLES, Woodford City, Vermont. NO TAX ON AGENTS Canvassers and Drummers eed No licenses. DO NOT PAY TRIBUTE! .Justice Bradley of the United States Supreme Court decides that all State, County, and Town Regulations Ex acting Fees from Agents, Canvassers and Distributors are Unconstitu tional. No decision of the United States Supreme Court has attracted more widespread interest than that deliv ered by Justice Bradley exempting agents, canvassers, distributors, patentees, traveling salesman, etc., from all special State, County and own taxes. This decision and twenty-five other of like import will be sent to any addreso for one Dime. Address THE SUN, No. 2257 Van Pelt Street, Philadelphia, U. S. A. BW/IC0X COMPOUND J MNSWPIUS REWAIR OF COllJfTMKFFITS. The wily Hire anil aiway* irl al.le Belief for ladles. Accept no wintlilw tratldja gerous Imitations. Pave mono an > 17 ""™ health by taking nothing but ti e * njylK )L tne and orlRlnal Wilcox emponn I Tw» 1 'llls, In me"»l Poxes licnrlns eldek* wj™ mark, price VZ- 0 Q. alldrussl.is. **nd 4 cw. for Woman'eSafe Goal'll eoctw.ly inailed. WILCOX aPK« l_ •S8 Kouth Klaktb llrcel. Fhlla., Fa. of Water Color Paints with brushes, catapult pocket gun, i cameo finger ring, i false moustache and your name in our Directory one year, all for only 18 c. Address The Hindman Com pany, Thompsonville, Ind. ONE BOX or \ SECRET STRENGTH DEVELOPED. No medicine, no operation. 1 Rational and sure, treatment sent anywhere for One £)j me> Shadow System, Box 8, ! Philadelphia, Pa. „ Mode of KWSPAPKR ADVERTISING IN THE _ . United States A book of two hundred jiages, containing a catalogue of about six thous ami newspapers, being all that are credited by American Newspaper Directory (December edition for 1897) with having regular issues of 1,000 copies or more. Also separata State maps of each and every State of the American Union, naming those towns only in which there are issued newspapers having more than 1,000 circu lation. This book (issued December 15,1897) will lie sent, postage paid, to any address, on receipt dollar. Address, The Geo. P. Rowell Ad vertising Co.. 10 Spruce St.. N the of York. CIVIL SERVICE CANDIDATES. gemi-Annual Examinations to be Held For Special and Professional Grades of Employment. The United States Civil Service Com mission calls attention to the fact t! ,t its usual semi-annual examinations f- r special, technical and professional grade of employment in the Government ser vice will be held on April 25, at tl • cities marked D in its schedule of ex aminations. Owing to the fact that there are i enough cligibles for these higher rac places to meet the demands of tl si vice, the Commission will waive fi the examination its general requirement ha applications must be filed in n.uij etc form ten days before the examinatio . Applications must be filed far em gh j in advance, however, to allow time t( I ship examination papers to the ci'ies, selected for examination. . The Commission is especially desirous of securing additional ehgibles for the following registers, and it requires that 1 all suitable persons who desire such i places apply at once for examination: | Assistant surgeon, Marine Hospital Her vice; aid, Coast and Geodetic Survey; as sistant Department of Agriculture; as sistant examiner, Latent Office; hospital stcwaid, Marini Hospital Service, in spectors and assistant inspectors of hulls and boilers, .Steamboat Inspection Ser vice; marine engineer, Marine Hospital Service; meat inspector, Department of Agriculture; sanitary inspector, Marine Hospital Service; weather observer, De partment of Agriculture. These examinations are open to all re putable'citizens who may desire to enter the service, and who comply with the requirements, without regard to race or to political or religious affiliations, and all such citizens are invited to apply. Application blanks and manual of ex aminations may be obtained from the United States Civil Service Commissioner at Washington. Successful Test. The members of the Phoenix Fire Company yesterday afternoon success fully tested a new spray nozzle. The test was made in front of the hose house and gave satisfaction in every particular. THE NEW BOXING RULES White Expects lo Have them Ready by April 15—Jerry Dunn's Views. The revision of the Marquis of Queei ( bury rules, as suggested, has been favor* ably commented upon all over the coun try. Charley Wh'te, who has been in trusted with the task of drawingjjup the new regulations, says that lie will have them ready by April 15. White lias encountered many draw backs in coming to a definite conclusion as to the establishment of proper classes, particularly the bantam and middle weight divisions. lie thitiks that ban tams'should weigh from 110 to 115 poundg. lie wants to have a separate class troth 105, to 110 pounds, which will be known as the "juvenile." White has received word from Jimmy Colville and Dave Blanchard to the effect that they are. much enthused over the proposed new rules, and add that they would he pleased to act on the commit tee. Both men promise to attend the meeting which White expects will be on April 15. Another obstacle winch White will have to contend against is the question of the referee officiating outside of the ring; also to make it binding upon the referee to give a decision, in the event of police interference, to the man who in iiis judgment had the better of the com bat up to the time of its determination. The old rule covers this point vaguely. It eays: Should the contest be stopped by any unavoidable interference, the referee is to name time and place as soon as possi ble for finishing the^ contest, so that the match must be won and lost unless the backers of the men agree to draw the stakes. The rule also says that there must he a decision,but this, as every sport is aware, has not been strictly observed. Jerry Dunn, the well known sport and referee, has this to say about the proposed code: "Tiie idea is a capital one, and I agree that the Marquis of Quecnsberry code is very much out of date. In the first place 1 should like to see a rule fixed to have the referee stationed outside of the ring. "They do this in England, at d why shouldn't America follow suit when it has proved such a success? Some persons will say that the thing is impossible, be cause the fighters in this country are too impetuous, and may commit many fouls if a referee is not at hand to come be tween them. "Now, that's the very thing I want to get at. Boxers, like all other kinds of athletes, must fie disciplined. If they violate any clause let them suffer. Just tell them once to break. If they do not pay any attention to the referee's man late, why just disqualify them. "As to the question of decisions 1 will say this much: 'In horse races there are In boxing the very few dead heats, matter can be regulated just as well. *• 'if a referee can't pick a winner in so many rounds, let hint order a few more rounds. Some one will fall, eventually. " 'if a champion permits his opponent to get a draw, the latter shares all the glory with his rival. A fighter's stock in trade is success. Without it he can not get along. " 'Let the best man win,' is my motto. Many bouts have been interfered with by the authorities at the request ot the man second of the man who is losing. ager or It is done to save bis protege, of course. In nine cases out of ten the reteree calls it a draw. That is wrong. Give it to the having the better of it, and there'll be no 'jobs,' I assure you.' " man "THE SONG OF THE SKIRT." With accents heated and high, With cheeks that were angrily red. A woman stood, in unwomanly "Dags,,' Scornfully tossing her head. At a platform's front she stood The claims of her sex to assert; And there, with a voice of indignant pitch. She sang this "Song of the Skirt." "Work ! work ! work ! Oh, woman, though men W'ork ! work ! work! Till you've thrown this incubus off! For the skirt is the badge of sham# That Men to our sex allots,; So work till you've changed that humbling badge For a pairof-you-know-whats. "Work ! work ! work ! However the cynics laugh; Work ! work ! work ! Though the comic papers chaff; ujov neither ease nor rest Till your end at last you gain. And proudly stand as you see int Arrayed in cylinders twain ! "The tyrants whom I denounce Have sisters, and mothers, and wives. Yet they'd make you wear the badge Of slavery all your lives. New Women ! uprise, I say ! For unless you soon rebel, This skirt which clings to your waist will lx* The shroud of your hopes as well. iy scoff! E • now, j I "go, work! work! wo.k! "or the cause you have at heart! . With pamphlet aiid with speech 0n t t,eplat?orm wke ymar stand, Ami the downfall there proclaim 1 Of the hated skirt, and the advent hail i ,t l1 ' thnK * Inc ° | "Twin omens of victory. , These garments should lead you on 1 '^K^^amn', ' Already has trembling Man Uood reason to fear our raid, Through the breaches we have made!" "The Spirit of the Ape You will all in vain i •oke Fora latchkey—Freedom's sign— And the precious right to smoke. You will still remain the slaves Of man's tyrannical whims. °o long as the skirt is still begirt Round your—well, your nether limbs. • As long as that skirt you wear, Your onward path 'twill block; You must still Man's dinners cook, You must still his cradles rock; You nil* still remain his toy, You will never bestride the barb. As Emancipated Woman should, In a bifurcated garb! With accents heated and high, With a face that was angrily red, A woman stood, in unwomanly "bags," fully tossing her head. At the front of the platform stood, The rights of her sex to assert; And there, in a voice of indignant pitch— And giving her "knieks" i She sang this "Song of Sr a o.THsionul Mt.li— tile Skirt." William Vansant, of Union, Del., was in this city yesterday. Miss Marie Taylor, of Choate, Del., visited in this city yesterday. William Dean, of Newark, Del., was a Wilmington visitor yesterday. Miss Margaret Kane has returned from a visit to friends in Philadelphia. Miss Fannie K. Armstrong, of Chris tiana, Del., visited relatives in this city yesterday. Mrs. William Armstrong, of Pleasant Hill., Del., was the guest of relatives in this city yesterday. | ! : j ! The Government Has Had Men at Work for Weeks. a it SUB MARINE §MINBN HERE. Major Charles W. Ituyiuond Has Effluent Force of Engineers Placing the Mines—Cities Amply Protected. an The Government plans for the Dela ware river and Bay fortifications, and work on new sub-marine or dtefonse, have been car ried into effect with such expediency by the United States Army corps of engi neers, under Major Charles W. Ray mond, that the work may now be said to be practically completed. The finishing touches are being put oil at all the strategic points under Govern ment control, and, though all detailed information is scrupulously guarded by those in charge, it is known, from trust worthy sources, that the passage Delaware by any hostile ship is i impossibility. So carefully have the Government plans been studied out and carried into effect that, even allowing the possibility of flaws in material or construction in any one part of the general plan, there would be at least three and in some in stances more than that number of other combinations to meet such contingency. The work of the engineering corps has been carried on with a great deal of secrecy, as, in the very nature of tilings, the usefulness of the sub-marine mines depends upon ah enemy's lack of knowl edge as to their location. For this pur pose a great part of the work has been done at night and in such a manner as to avoid notice. Not only has the main channel of the Delaware been supplied with the hidden engines of destruction,but also some por tions of Delaware Bay. It lias been learned that within the E ast two weeks protection of this sort as been afforded both ('ape May and Lewes. Del., where mines have been placed at various points to intercept an enemy. The Government searchlight at Fort Delaware is also now being used at ir regular intervals during the night forthe purpose of experimenting. In case of hostilities the Government will provide special pilots, it is said, to bring ships up the Delaware from the bay, so as not to risk exploding any sub marine mines. The Government officials apjiear very confident of being able to give a good account of their preparations if necessity occurs. Major Raymond's staff of engineers may now be said to be upon a war foot ing, with the arrival yesterday from Wil let's Point of Corporal Boyle and a squad of six of the most efficient en gineers stationed at that point. The men are all between 30 and 35 vears of age and of splendid physique. They have seen seven years of service in the corps and have been trained especially in work requiring skill and knowledge regarding sub-marine work. The men were Pri vates Efaw, Childers, Boohgher, Tood, Sorenson and Tabor, and formed a gri in looking, determined squad of veterans, Major Raymond reviewed them and sent them to Fort Delaware to await orders. the emergency mines for harb of the now an BASE BALL ADVICE To t ho Dowi State Towns, Also this City, ami it* Heeded Will Cer tainly Room the Game. It's to be hoped that (the down State towns are now thinking of the baseball season, which is so close at hand, and are organizing teams. How about yon, Dover? Is your team ready? Are you lovers of the national game going to have a club in Smyrna this year ? And Seaford, I suppose you're going to gather a nine together! Townsend, you are certainly going to have a club, for you know you have a crack pitcher whose name is'tlie same as your town! Now, all you down State towns get to gether and form your baseball teams, and we'll try to get a good club up in our town, and then will form a league. If that is done there'll be a hot time in Delaware, for baseball will boom and the cranks will be happy. So will the Wilmington Cltv Railway Company, when they sie tiie crowds going to the ball park at Front and Union and the nickels cornin' a rollin'. THE PASSION FLOWER. Nature's American Symbol of the Crucifixion—Its Discovery, Popu larity and Symbolism. Art thou a type of beauty or of power. • Of sweet enjoyment or disastrous sin ? For earth thy name denoteth Passion Flower O no! thy pure Corolla's depth within We trace a holy symbol; yea. a sign 'TwixtGod and man, a record of that hour When the expiatory act divine Canceled that curse which was our mortal dower. It is the Cross! Aubrey Di; Vehe. at Holy Week, of all weeks of the year, is most directly associated in our minds as the season of reflection, of self-ex amination, of quiet, reverent peace of mind. Yet, witli sad satire, war and the hor rors of war, forced on us by the inhu manities of the most professedly religious country in Europe, overshadows us, dis turbing our worship and unsettling our calm. Spain brought Christianity to the New World and back to the Old World; her Jesuit missionaries sent the Passion Flower as a sure sign that the loving Father had already planted in this New World a symbol of faith—the miraculous flower—whose every organ spoke of Christ's sacrifice for man and death upon ths tree; tiie whole a perfect union of the emblems of the crucifixion. And the Latin Church received and accepted it gladly, and joyously twined the Passion Flower and the Easter offer ings of roses and lilies to the Blessed Virgin; embroidered it on altar cloth and vestment; hammered it in bronze and copiier and iron on chair and chancel screen, and carved it o« wreathed pillar and capital in cathedral and cloister. It was to tlieui a true nigii of the times —that the promise was, indeed, for Jew and for Gentile, and that the West the East was to be gathered in. Sad satire, indeed, for ns, that Spain, and the Holy Week with its Symbol, the Passion Flower, our only contribution to Christian floral decoration, should be closely associated together. Its story is well known, even hack neyed, and yet eminently suitable at this time. As a people, we are very rarely credi ted with loving aught but the real, the practical, the commercial in value, but, | none the less, we know and feel that the ! sentiments and associations of religirin : and art are as keenly appreciated and j valued bydis as bv any. We keep the festivals—solemn and ! joyous—or the Church :quite as univer sally as does any other nation, and in the liberal interpretation and broad practice of the virtues, humanities and graces of Christianity no European country excels •ith SO ns. The Passion Flower (ells our very own story of the crucifixion, the one Western wild flower of the Church. Althpugh ranked as a flower of South America, it grows as freely as the honey suckle or trumpet-vine or Cherokee rose in the woods of Florida, and over the fields and sandy Mav it trails and wastes in April and , twines so luxuriously that no carpet could more effectually or effectively cover the ground. We hear much and often of the beaut v of the Bermuda lily fields, but, after alf, they but represent the perfection of culture. ' Tourists leave Florida too early in the season to see the perfect beauty which named it "land of Flowers"—acres upon acres of nature's thickly-starred carpet of purple and white passion flow ers, with richest green foliage, spiral thread-like tendrils and perfectly shaped fruit—"May-pops," full of sweet,luscious pulp, grateful and pleasant to thirsty palate. With each trunk and bole and waving branch garlanded in gayest colors, ex haling perfume on every breeze, such living noor-s and walls and roofs of flowers may fitly be called sanctuaries of nature. * Its Indian name is maracot; and from the likeness of its fruit to a small pome ranate it has also been called Grana illa. Mexican Jesuits named it flower of the five wounds, and only after its ar rival in Italy, in 1010, did it receive its now well known name. Jacomo Bosio, author of a well known treatise on the Cross of Calvary, ex ploited the flower, but it was Emmanuel de Villegas, born in Mexico and a friar of the Augustinian Order, who brought it to Bosio's notice. Other Mexican friars confirmed the story of the miraculous flower and then the 'Dominican friars of Bologna pub lished drawings and wrote essays de scriptive of the wonders of this' croje trionfante of New .Spain, which the Creator clearly had planted there as a sign that the Indians must be converted. Whilst expanding and fading its pecu liarly beautiful bell like shape is simply, yet graphically, told by Bosio thus: "And it may well be that, in Mis infi nite wisdom, it pleased Him to create it thus shut up and protected as though to indicate that the wonderful mysteries of the Cross and of If is Passion were to re main hidden from the heathen people of those countries until the time pre-or dained by His Highest Majesty. * * * "The upper petals are tawny in Peru, but in New Spain they are white, tinged with rose. The filaments above resem ble a blood-colored fringe, as though sug gesting the scourge with which our blessed Lord was tormented. The col umn rises in the middle. The nails are above it; the crown of thorns encircle the column, and dose to the centre of the flower from which the column rises is a portion of a yellow color about the size of a reale, in which are five spots or stains of the hue of blood, evidently set ting forth the five wounds received by our Lord on the cross. "The color of the column, the crown and the nails is a clear green. The crown itself is surrounded by a kind of veil or or very fine hair of violet color, the fila ments of which number seventy-two, answering to the number of thorns with which, according to tradition, our Lord's crown was set, and the leaves of the plant, abundant and beautiful, are shaped like the head of a lance nr pike, refer ring, no doubt, to that which pierced the side of our Saviour, whilst they are marked with round spots, signifying the thirty pieces of silver." Such is the reverent Bosio's descrip tion, and as all later writers have only produced variations of the same, it is better to quote from the fountain head. Cardinal Odoardo l'arnese, much inter ested in this "stupendous flower," of which all Latin Christendom w as talk ing, obtained a plant, and in 1025 (the year of accession of Charles 1), whilst Protestant England w as deeply engrossed in discussion of the ritual of the Prayer Book and the form of Episcopacy, pil grims to Rome were flocking to see the Passion Flower, messenger from Chris tianized lands beyond the sea. Not till long after the exodus of the Puritans was it, made familiar to English eyes, although Parkinson, who first de scribed it, assigned it "to that bright occidental star, Queen Elizabeth, and named it, in memory of her, the Virgin Climber." LOCAL DOTS. Miss Georgetta Kline, of this city, lias returned from a visit to friends in Phila delphia. Mrs. Eugene W. Murphy and family, of Fairville, l'a., are the guests of friends in this city. The Rev. N. F. .Stahl, of Princeton, will preach this morning and evening at Hanover Presbvterian Church. Mrs. K. C. Joyce and daughter, of this city, have returned from a short visit to relatives in New York city. Mrs. 8. A. Whiteman, who lias been visiting lierdaughter, Mrs. W.J. Bockus, at Newark, returned home yesterday. A special train laden with ammunition for the squadron at Key West passed through tills city over tne P., W. A. B. railroad on Friday. \V hat might have proved a serious ac cident occurred at Fourth and Market streets yesterday, when a young lady cyclist collided' witli a small boy, as he and a lady alighted from a trolley car. The lad was thrown down, but was not seriously injured. The streets of Wilmington were crowd ed yesterday with Faster shoppers. Almost everyone could be seen carrying some favorite swe»t-sccnted flower for home decoration.