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THE BLACKTOOT NEWS. ! BATTLE OP SNAKES.
ruci jones. mum BLACK FOOT. IDAHO. — It Is easier for a person sj bear a 1 the misfortunes of his nelgbors than n tingle one of his own. London has 6,102 physiciens; ths provinces, 15,794; Wales, 1,117; SctA land, 3,462; Ireland, 2,559. j ! Taking advantage of the "closed season," a bull moose came out of the Maine woods recently and took a i mame woous, recenu,. ana toon a •troll through the streets of Bangor. Small boys threw stones at him. and 1 ^ he trotted awav he trotted away. , Christian De Wet. the famous '.wider 1 of the Boers, according to the St ! An authority on cats says that blue eyed cats are always deaf, and that pure white ones are afflicted in the same manner. So useful are toads In gardens that they are sold in France by the dozen for stocking gardens to free them from many injurious insects. The postal savings bank system is In operation In Austria, Belgium. Can ada, France, Hungary, Italy, Nether lands, Sweden, and in most of the col onies. It is stated that George Shergold, the Gloucester (England) shoemaker who 24 years ago invented the safety bicycle, Is living in poverty though he made millions for others. He la now 76. James' Gazette, was a wrangler at Cambridge and la said to have gained j golden opinions from all during his t i ; The sultan of Turkey has gone In ' for motoring, and is so pleased with his particular machine that he has university career. conferred a decoration upon the man ager of the German works at which it was constructed. . ; It Is comforting to learn, ln the pres- i ent coal crisis, that Britain has still 82.000,000,000 tons of coal unusued and available. According to the past aver age rate of consumption it will be over 500 years before this quantity Is ex The official returns for last hausted. year showed a consumption of 157, i ! 000,000 tons in Great Britain and Ire land. British killed In South Africa from fleers and 6S1 men died of wounds; a total of 3.527. For some reason the the beginning of the war to July 28 were 271 officers and 2,500 men; 73 of number of the wounded Is not given. Up to July 1 the total wounded were 11,576, and the deaths from diseases were 4,533. Twenty thousand men have been Invalided home. There is such a thing as too much realism. They are trying to have a "David Harum Day" at Tullay Lake Park, near Syracuse, where the fa mous "hosa trade" scene Is to be read by a professional Impersonator. But the farmers in that region who were buncoed by the real David, and who ] have never seen the humor or the merit In the book, are vigorously pro testing. and the chances are the day will not be held. i A negro conference In Charlottes ville, Va. .adopted what they call "a prayer to the intelligent white peo ple of Virginia" not to disfranchise the colored people of the state, and asks, if a measure of disfranchisement is to be passed, that it apply to both races ! alike. The appeal, which U describe;! J as non-partisan, goes further, and asks i the white race's aid In the matter of I education, the uplifting of the colored race morally, and Its advancement generally. Variot of Paris, according to a Lis bon paper, has discovered a process for embalming bodies which It Is thought will prove a great success. He not only embalms but metalllos the bodies by the Rouit process, Just ■s It Is done with a fork or a spoon. In this manner they can be preserved Indefinitely and In such perfection that the most Imperceptible wrinkles and lines are reproduced, and the em balmed body has the appearance of a metal statue. The modem craze, or vice, of syn dlcatlzation is this year the correct thing for the shooting party in Eng land. It Infallibly brings out the bad ln one's friends. One shareholder proves to be a hitherto unsuspected dipsomaniac with homicidal tenden cies. The next decamps, leaving hls liabilities to his fellow directors. The third is awkward with hls hands, kills a gamekeeper or two and bums down tbe shooting box. No. 4 pushes an Insurance system among one's aristo cratic guests. Holiday housekeeping la also conducted this year on the co operative plan and Is said to be quite as successful In destroying faith in human nature. The city of New York Is easily the «econd big town in the world, with Its population given by the census of 190o 3.437,^102. Tbe old city, now com prised in the boroughs of Manhattan and Bronx, contains 2,050.000 souls, while Brooklyn, with the two minor boroughs of Richmond and Queens, have 1,385,603 more. London must have now about 6.000.000 at least, but Paris has dropped 1er behind. China has some large centers of population, tmt neither Hankow nor Pekin can compare with New York In «is«. " KINO SNAKI AND RATTLER IN DEADLY ENCOUNTER. V Battler Dew HI* Bwt bet rvitahw a Uaa Set-to Wltawwl by Mike McDer mott, Hbuoo Soiacttj I* Not Qeoctloeod While scouting the banks of Bast lake, Georgia, In search of a break fast one morning a big king snake ran plump Into a rattlesnake four feet long, whose dimensions should have forced a retreat, accord ng to all rec g nised rules of warfare, but whosj fat proportions promptly suggested a gor geous feast to the hungry ruler of reptiles. Mike McDermott, a farmer's lad. from a clump of berry bushes near by saw the chance meeting of the two snakes and observed the fierce prize fight which followed. He had been picking berries on the banks of the lake and looked up just as the scaly fellows raised their heads to make the customary polite bow preliminary to the engagement. They were In a first rate prize ring formed by a sandy clear spot among the bushes. Mike says the king snake looked surprised when he saw the rattler pre paring for defense. Slowly and with extreme caution the rattler raised hla h.-j „„.it v„i. i„ . ad " atI , f ,ta bodr was ln the alr ' Then 11 stood rigid, as If expect- | ln 8 «n attack, but determined to ward ! off * Th ® k J n *- three fee * lon »* cir_ ; ^ Ied around the rattler several times. : drawing nearer with each round. When the king had narrowed the circle to a diameter of a foot be. too. ° ! suddenly raised his head and body in the air and stood facing his adversary. glared at < as of ed in ed j For several seconds they t eac h other in this attitude. i Then the rattler poked his tongue ; out at the king, an Indignity beyond ' the limits of princely endurance. The king very promptly resented the In suit by darting forward like a flash and hooking his neck around the neck of the impudent rattler. Then the bat . ! . . tie was on in earnest. The ratt er was ; fighting for hls life, the king for hli They fell from their loftv attitude and rolled In the sand. They marie no sound as they twist-d and writhed and whirled and squeezed. Now the rat Her was making fierce pecks at the i breakfast, king with his fangs; then the kirg kad the rattler by the back of the neck but lost the strangle hold as the s o it i diamond back heaved and squlrmel; ! all the while the lower parts of both bodies are twined like strands of vari colored rope. Sand flew up ln little cloud3 as they fought, Mike MeDcrmott says. At times the snakes were lost to view they battled in the hollows made by ft Fish mat Squirts • ink in your Face u u A 8 « it ' 8 ] ured three feet eight inches without ! i The largest loligo I have seen meas- ; tentacles. , observed, but when dropped on the other it was gripped at once. ; Their enemies are all the carnivorous fishes, which they often evade either : attempting to stretch Its Like the fishes, .they seem to sleep with one eye closed at a time, as I have seen them resting on the sea bottom for this purpose; and when the bait fell near the sleeping side It was un ! by evolution, fight or mimicry, for all J of which devices they have some spe- j i clal adaptations. In the first inst%ce, I they have two tough flexible fins or wings high on the back, which enable them to swim forward or backward without turning, which is an accommo- ! dation of great utility in either attack or retreat. Then, their eyes are so situated as almost to command a clr cle; this also ln a fight Is Invaluable, for they can see all their enemies and know their power, and can advance or retire as the occasion may require, Then, Jbesldes their Ink bag, they have a muscular siphon enabling them to shoot their enemies In the air some ten feet and ln the sea some three or four feet away. The bream had not got far down in the sea before a cuttle saw It and j quickly fastened on to the back of Its - neck, and before any steps were taken to scare It away a large Doree was seen coming to the front There was , Not long ago a friend of mine saw a skirmish between a loligo and its en emy ln which the cuttle came off the victor. He was fishing In the clear water oft Mevaglssey Bay, and, wishing to catch a John Doree, he tied the end of hls line to the tall of a live young ■ea bream and threw it Into the sea. Now, a Doree Is fond of living food, and likes to swallow It headforemost. This sulU tbe fisherman, as when de voured ln this form the spines of the bream act as hooks to the fisherman's line and are sure to bring all on board. I Mr. Kenneth Morell Mackenzie, son of the late noted throat doctor, ran up 1 a bill of nearly $250 for drinks at an English public bouse, and, when tbe landlord sued for payment, pleaded a statute of George II., the so-called "Tippling act of 1751," ln bis defense, by which an Innkeeper cannot recover for debts for liquor amounting to ■nor« than $5. The statut« Is still on th« books, and Mr. Justice Grantham wa« obliged to admit that It la good law now; he managed to daljvar a Fortla# Judgment, however, by dis Old I»«» Hold In England. m«iT «oniortlon«. One« th« lattNr got rattled and attempted to rua away, j The folds of the kins snake were . wound too tightly about him, how- ' ever, and be was held to the batt'e ground. After that the king had the fighting all his way and made the go " , Ä ra i';««°jr:r B . to ssrrss "ä'.'syfi: with uplifted head directly over the | head of the vanquished. Mike nw the colls of the ktng tighten about the body of the other. There was a con vulslve ahudder In the rattler's frame ! _ . „ , .. . , The new Elbe and Trave canal,which has been btilldlne five vears and has | completed at a coat of "M 500 000 ! ! &ee " c °" p i ete „, at " ca8t of S*- 500000 marks ($5.831,000), was formally open ; a b th Geriran rra0 m r0r i n j une I : length of tb" new canal Is about ! ine lenRln or ne# canal 18 "»oui m!1 1 98 ' 1 The avallable bre , adtb j ° f th * cana ' 8 . «* ve nty-two faetl i br * adth of ,he lo ^ k . Kate ?' f .° rty '* * ! feet: lenKth of the ,oeka ' < as the bone« in the diamond back bent ; and snapped. The fight, which lasted j half an hour, was over. The boy In the bushes saw the king snake lean forward and touch the Up of the rattler's nose with his nose. Then the red mouth of the king open ed wide ln exultation and aatlsfied anticipation of the feast perhaps In another minute the king was engaged in eating his last adversary. In keep lng with a time-honored habit of his ; race . ; When the rattler had half disappear- 1 ed Into the face of the king Mike Me- ! Dermott sprang out of the bushe« and captured the victor with a forked stick. Chucking him, with his partly swal- j lowed breakfast, in a bucket. Mike ; carried the snake homo. Elb« »ad Tr» t«. yards; depth of the locks, eight feet ' two Inches. The canal Is crossed by ! twenty-nine bridges, erected at a cost . of $1,000.000 The span of thu bridges is in all cases not less tha* thirty ! yards and their height above water : There are . level about fifteen feet seven locks. Sultan's Sliver JmMI Great preparations are being made for the sultan's silver jubilee, on Aug. ' 31, when he will have been 25 years on the throne. Poets and historians are busy writing accounts of all hls pious works and the great things hs has done for hls subjects. These will be translated and published ln all lan guages. Largfti Spider«* Ceylon Is the home of the largest spider in the world. This web-aplnnlng districts of that rugged island, and places his net, measuring from five feet to ten feet In diameter, across the chasms and fissures in rocks. monster lives ln the most mountainous P° s e. for it was seen that it desired to no doubt or hesitation about Its pur «wallow the lot, as it was quietly going forward all the time, but taking a side view as the opportunity best offered. When about five feet from its there was a violent rush on it. with jaws wide open, but there was just quick action on the other side, for the contents of the Ink bag were as quickly shot Into the open mouth. stant, with the Impetus of the rush, the Doree was in a cloud of thick darkness quarry and the cuttle slunk out of sight, The Doree appeared out of the mud die in a dreadful ■is In an In state; Its eyes rolled as if in terror, and its beautiful olive skin had turned deadly pale, while its coughing and fumbling something to be rfimembered, matter being again and again expector ated from gills and mouth, really thought that the creature about to die, and the gaff was got ready to take it on board, for it had floated up within four feet of the boat, hut noting her outline It gently sank into the depths below, wer» black It was was ,u ^ r ,' h „. f h ° £V h PUU 6 ba 1 th * face of the flsherman-unlesg he ha* something white about him—Is always the lollgo's target for shooting out of water. I rpmember having a noted London doctor out at sea for a little amateur fishing. He would like to see a loligo cuttle caught, he said, of what was likely to happen when gaffing was on. but he did not "Surely," he said, "I can dodge such guesswork as this must be for so short a time." I felt dubious as to the result, seeing bis white shirt was a prominent object through hls haring such an open vest. Finally a cuttle took the bait, and as 1 drew it toward us the doctor lost all thought of himself and hit adornments In hls admiration of the movements and the beautiful eyes of the creature, when In an Instant, as I gafTed It.-the whole ink charge struck him ln the throat. I warned him care. tlngulshlng between spirituous llqnor and mineral water, kenzle had not taken hls spirits neat, so that the landlord recovered $80 on Mr. Morell Mac hls bill for the soda water supplied with the whisky. Sslnt-Saen* Nesr-SIghleO. Camille Saint Basas, ths famous French composer, has become very noar-slghted, so that It la almost not too much to say that be Is blind. What little work b« Is doing now la with th* aid of th* strongest glass** and at great risk to hinuMlf. j ^ . ___ 0 ' ffc r M "*a« ^ At #» M M UjwlV w *m ^ » ^ *»****asw(»»#»«**«*sa#»o*o* & * * & & OOO. • ■- A. Dcvl«. on f of ,** *reat Darls estate. e . **"•'** circumstance, at the county h«*P»tal. Chicago, last week. His death was caused by brain fever over with of In St. ly , ! I ! j i ! brought on by years of worry !••»> complications connected thi will case and family trouble He | was only 35 years old and had a very »cUva career ever since his bo^ood. the Two yoars ago Mrs. Davis applied for and ««cured a divorce from him. Their war two young children were placed In the j hand» of a guardian, and the parting with hla little ones Is said to have contributed more than anything else ; to his mental distress and subsequent 1 fatal Illness. at ! Th« great Montana estât« of hl« of und«, the value of which has dwln dl«d from $40.600,000 down to *1.000,- , j «00. la still ln the courts, and It I* 1m ; probable that an early settlement will U reached. Th« cas« has been drag ! ! ! m rV. SL. L w hls ■ i «à/t'" ' ! : n I ! mm the the ; few . ti-SJ m fyi /' ' YwWi'ïfy •I' E. A. DAVI8. ging along for over ten years, and though the claimants came to an am icable arrangement among themselves three years ago. the Montana courta still hold the property intact, that Is. what Is left of It. Hundreds of law yers have grown rich upon the tees necessitated by keeping It tu the courts. A Cain for Ccj-iipj. Since sociology has taken inch a firm bold upon Inquiring minds that somewhat bedraggled lady, Dane Gossip, has gained a new dlgn.tr. i What used to be looked upon as I lie chatter about one's neighbors Is n-iw come to be regarded In the light of i scientific Inquiry about social units 1 Those old themes, the lore of dr> sv. 1 the love of one's neighbor, and the lack of love for one s family, which were supposed to set plvoty tongue.v to wagging now set lofty brains to brooding, and to accumulate Items of news Is a pursuit worthy of the most dignified of Investigators. It Is now th« business of half the world to find out how the other halt lives, and that old statement of Pope's that the prop«r study of mankind Is man It today ac cepted In a broad sociological spirit. le j Stp Winner Again at Worg, Th« venerable Sep Winner, despite hla 7$ years. Is the author of a ram- i palgn song, which he expects to score as big a hit as bis compositions 3* | ! o' / years ago. that have brought him fame, if not fortune. For some l| time hls pen has *' been Idle, but the melody in bis heart could iy ■ ; i V» never ■ep. Winner. die, and It «aired little stimulus to reawaken Into song all the chords aud harmonies • i b*" 1 ra "G through hls soul and found 1 "*• "Hocking Bird," and other popular ! «1rs. What success may await hi i with hla new re j, • song one can not soy, but there will be hundreds of old nd- of mirera of hla compositions who will welcome It on account of Its author, If for no other reason. These will be Interested to learn something of lu writer. If only to reawaken old mem ' "ries. m "Death of Trine« Henry. The death of Prince Henry, who was Um uncle of the Grand Duke of of V v' I b Tr: : r 'L? X PRINCE HENRY. H****, remove« the only mal« relative *n direct succession to tha Hessian BroM. Hs was married morganatlc dHy» 1» this way hls children precluded from auccesalon. . i era I Judge Abraham Marks, the original Harriet Beecher Stowe's charaetor "Uncle Tom's Cabin.' 1 U quite 111 In St. Peter's hospital, Brooklyn, at the eged of $7. Judge Marks was hard the uuu de scribed by Mrs. Marge the Latoyer. Stowe In her »a mous book. U the reverse, a fact, for he was a war friend < __ Henry War< * N Beecher. t nc e 1 Tom's creator used only his ■ I /JMJ name, and d d eo 1 th. tu*s-st:on fw her rever.nl Judg« Mark*. brother, ofTered in moment of merriment. But th« name struck, and the judg« - « friends have never since called him to any fashion of speech except "Marks, th« Judge Mirks Is • courteous, -'V, of lawyer." M | learned, old-style gcntlerasn, with • heart as tender as that of the fictional Marks was hard. He came from Vlr glnla to New York In 1632. was a r* porter on the old Star, and afterward atudled law. He laid away • compe. ence for his old «ge I In th« Tubhc Byt Again. If rumor rau oe re.icd upon. King Leopold ll. of Belgium, may abdicate hls throne this fail to favor of bU nephew. Prince Albert, who wilt be married aoon to Ducheas Elizabeth, of Were It not for the tact that Bavaria. the retirement of King Leopuli has been the sub.'eet of repeated rumors heretofore, some credence might be at tached to the report which now comes from Belgium, but so frequently has the good-natured monarch of lal# years had occasion to contradict such reports that there are comparatively few readers who will stop to gtve th* matter second thought. King Leo pold has held the reins of govern ment continuously since 1665. Prnce Albert is the son of the täte Count of Flanders, brother to the king He suc ceeded to the claims of I'rinc- Bald win. hls elder brother, who died In lk91. Leopold has three daughter*, bat ! these sr* disqualified by th* Belgian constitution, the succession being » Û »I m » " n I <v :} m Cu iWi A K w h > I W, Girl Tramp u f/umrrouj. New Jersey ha* come to the front with n product entirely m own . | t le nothing less than the female tramp, dressed In boy s clothing and steal ng rides on freight train* KINO LEOPOLD. shifted when th* monarch has no male issue to the eldest brother and bis heirs. She is be rorn,n * common. The other morning Jam*-- Robinson of Philadelphia waa r,; !«'a»ed from the county rorrec l| on farm at Trenton on payment of a *' 1 ß' 1 "' 'he money having l»e n n-ril by tclpgraph from Philadelphia. James'' Is a girl about 16 year* old Khe was arrested by a railroad detec tlve and 8)1 tramp; • lent* revolver strapped to «round her walat, and questioned promptly mt to the farm chained to When aptured she had a belt being admitted her sex. upon j, , . h ® "fueed to give her name, but •«-'• *be was trying to reach the home of hf '' uncle In New Brunswick The Justice committed her to the stoue quarry for thirty days in default of 'ha $3 fine Imposed. This is the third «Irl tramp the detectives have artest ' Mi at the few day*. coal chute* there within a 2>r. Millar *_» . Dr. George L Miller Ih^rateran physician, <« tor and political writer of Omaha, P.s been suffering from a mental ailment for some time, and hls disease took a violent form last week. He was taken to 8t Ber nard's hospital la Council where be will be kept until it «hall ascertained i Bluffs. b e ¥<' whether ever since issr Ub w* h *? h * 0ni, ' ha H»f«l<> In 1 „ F, ' r ,f°" r y * ar8 h8 ■ er v«d as £ urn « ^v 1 ° r 0m,ha ' uu*[nt.A IL lntlmata,y «o- 1 men T*' • tulant 8UtM men, among whom the lat« Horatio Seymour and th« late Bamuel J. Tilden were conspicuous. or not there la any hope ot hin ultimate haa been conspicuous In all for public good In Nebraska Dr. Miller, recovery. Dr. Miller movements r. .. H« la a nativ« of Oneida county, New York and I« 71 years old C "he Wc3l(fy Vanoramo. \ Actw Trejidant pf Dr. Winthrop Ellsworth gt Who haa succeeded ths tsle v. j| Smart as president of v er »lty. lAfaysttr, ind *** ^ eoliege *• IW president J,'.J 1692 until hktU lion to tl* J? deniy lut J,. . Ur StOhiJj 1 young »n J ^ thuslastla j|Jrj I ,at: °"»i **rt mJWr/flfc Although ^ k years qm hi ! Dr. Btone. *' UQ wld ® RNgf 1,011 Ik lag and ht» progr. „ h eam * u * Irani th« i^,, ehunetu Agilcullural coli rn ^ ** lJot ' lu k e n. ceiveo a doctor'« degree, rr** '® n «>"l»enilty he received th« 4 of bachelor of «clence. an ho«org by his reasesr tu* In ohmaktiy. After completing hts studies jgjj, many Dr »ton« was for « ti*« ** nocted w h th« cbemU-al 4 mm^m *"**• k* ___ °f the l Diversity of Traa«m^ a. Î6H9 he left the Tenne-vee tDgg, t» seeept the ehalr of cbeMfcgy * Pordue uni erslly Dr. «(one la a great ftrortto g^i students at the Indiana colkp^ t*» opsaing of the imrltatl«« I bring him enthusiaatte g—. the members of his old class««, Mtra of "Big TXioU, j Polle* Lieutenant Edward J. |^j Of Chicago, who died » c.llesly ± Other tnornlng. took a (■:miaeat p* in tupprwMlng the Ha> markst H*, hls company being at the bead tf fir column that advanced to it* i|hib ft)j anarrhlsta with bullets and be injursd hh In clubbing one of tb< rlotan l lesa with hl« empty rrvolvsr. tenant Steele waa out for tw« HI* clothing wm Mfifi T; ! fi '//ft-A. » Fill S'Aie* f/ my 't. 7, 73 EDWARD J. BTKEUl and two alghU. and nine cd the (*• ty-four members of bis co mHW sfij seriously wounded. "Dtfrndj Her Wo HU. Sarah Grand, the novelist, 1 igagr-l in a sharp eontruvw* * an Euglish clergyman as tot!«« of her stories upon the minds 4f ei young was born to Ireland. She began writing «I th« *(" of 11 «nd at U was married to an army officer with whom aha traveled i n OqrlM, t hina. Japan «ml Egypt. I Her contributions , to periodicals were at first A re turned with unfailing rcgutalWI sin» refused to lie dlecouTSfiM $ kept on sending tnannsrrlptt «! publishers until they »er« «■» to give her a hearing. "IdMlA* nm Important work. w«s **• »t her own coat, while "Th* DNj Twins," perhaps her most •*** effort, had to w*!t three publisher. Sarah Grand s |M»" contemporary English I He rat*** been the subject for much MJ* 1 Kh# has many friends»** r*al tjftnw • *y. enemies. Her Chamber« MeFill. Bark ln *b* "60 8 Bryan, the standard bearer of* 8 moorary, was a lawyer at Jack*» _ 111 ' b * WM ' Bryan'e Heme *Bu«i W when WB*» ball and beloafN theft, baseball ^ Morg** * club Bel** bar fad this \ brought '• \ by the 1 John W. i of I» citizen* tl of a graph, shew Bryan form of J [/ I on* i i fadti la 0* .player. Bryan In Base Ba» of lhe msB* costume, 18*4 S priai * 1 * "Th« picture of Mr. Bryan after th« club had partlclpN**| vigorously contested gam«. ***. series of charity gam«* 1 Jacksonville, In th« «urnm» • Th« day th« plctur* w»s »"j Springer recall« that th« 1 which Bryan waa pltch.r catcher had Im fletorle» ■ team mad« op of th« among th« town «tort el * T, *L recall« that vlatory wa« datent la tho ninth InalM W hamo ran hit"