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M. If. SWEET, Publish«*, CH ALLIS, IDAHO Cincinnati girls are marrying dtfkeg counts, and things, and one Cincin nati belle, so the dispatches tell us, has Just knocked down a Cincinnati beau, but Cincinnati need not think she can bog the society swelldom of thin re gion. Louisville, hereafter, is to pull «ff her prize fights In evening draus. by ly The presentation shield Intended for Gen. Baden-Powell, and which has been wrought from 200 Kruger aova ereigne, has been completed. Owing to the Indisposition of the gallant officer, however, the date of its presentation has been deferred. He Is expected to visit Durban soon, when the ceremony will take place. A steady advance In prosperity has marked the career of Charles M. Hays, of St. Louis. At the age of nineteen he was a clerk In that city at the ofllcs of the Southern Pacific Railroad. His salary was then 310 a month. At ths age of forty-two he has just be»n elect« ed president of the Southern Paclfls Railroad, with a salary of 305,000 a .year. ' A persevering gentleman in St 'John, Kansas, has been convicted of .violating the prohibitory law by sell ing whisky. There were forty-nino dis tinct violations of the law, and he has Veen sentenced to forty-nine months ;ln Jail, as well as a fine of 3100 for each [offense. As he cannot pay the 34,900 he must spend a day in jail for each half-dollar of the fine—over thirty years altogether. The Sober Scot Society has changed It* name to the Scottish Self-Control Society, and has revised Its constitu tion. The terms of membership are: 1. Not to drink anything before 12 noon, and not at. any time treat any body, or to take a treat from anybody, i. Not to give or take a drink as re muneration for anything in the way •f eervice. The Duke of Sutherland Is the president of the society, and many high personages are members of it. ■ One day In the spring of 1884 Mrs. Frederick White of Coventry, N. Y„ asked her husband to bring her a sack of flour from a near-by store. Ha started to do so and that was the last she saw of him until one day last week, when he walked Into the house with a sack of flour on his shoulder, saying as he set it down that he had not forgotten his errand. He has been in the far west, has accumulated a good deal of money and will taka Mrs. White to his western home. The operations of the Wallan mili tary to destroy or capture the notor ious brigand and murderer, Musso lino, have assumed the dimensions of a small campaign. The robber is hid ing in a cave on Mount Aspromonte, under the shadow of a great rock which is only accessible to the eagle. ! Borne 660 troops and police form a cordon round the mountain. Musso lino's hiding place cannot even be reached by artillery, and It was there fore decided to blow up the rock with dynamite. Preparations to this end are now proceeding, and it is intend ed to displace a -mass of rock 10,000 cubic metres in extent. The Archivist of Hanover has jusi come across a eurlous relic of the Seven Years' War. It is a receipt given to a Hanoverian captain by a canon ol Dnlshurg. The captain had learned that this ecclesiastic had been mak ing In public reflections on the Han overian army and the patriotic officer determined to punish the offence In ths most expeditious menne*^vlz„ by «ending an adjutant forthwith to ad minister to the canon fifty blows with a stick. The officer faithfully carried out his Instructions, and the document which the Archivist of HanoTer hag jUBt unearthed Is a receipt duly drawn up and signed by the canon admitting that he bad received the fifty strokes from a stick an inch thick for hit "stupid and frivolous calumnies against the regiment of Chasseurs." Sir Thomas Drew's appointment as president of the Royal Hibernian Academy has awakened again the talk about the neglect of art in Ireland. Like everything else, are must be pecuniarily supported, or it dies a natural death. Art in Ireland is not countenanced either by government or by the wealthy, with the result that an artist finds It hard to make out a liv ing. If an Irish artist wishes ts live * little better then a peasant, he has to transfer his quarters to London, where patrons abound, if they are not alway« to be caught. Architects are in much ths same position, likewise sculptor«. Calculating th« muses on a tew potatoes 1s picturesque, hut not paying. Scotland is not In a much bet ter position than Ireland, as in both countries genius and talent are starved Into mediocrity. It has been said that If General Washington should return to earth and make a trip from Mount Vernon to Boston over the old routs, the only place he would recognise would bp Annapolis. If this. be true of the quaint old city which Is tha seat of the United States Naval Academy, it is certainly not to ba regretted. In re visiting any old horns place it is stim ulating to see the march of improve ments that has taken place; yet It is also a delight to go back and find some old scenes that atilt look familiar. ftftftftftftftftftftftft#ftftftftftftftftftftftftftft ft ft Current Topics ft ft ft ftftftftftftftftftSftftftftftftftftftftftftftftftftft of er at its to a Is Senator Vroctor'e Coup. Senator Redfield Proctor of Vermont, who has Just acquired the celebrated Carrara marble quarries of Italy, has by this coup placed himself practical ly in control of the entire output of superfine marble In the world, now in Italy closing the deal, which will make him the owner of the re He is m mm HON. REDFIELD PROCTOR, nowned quarries, for which, it is said, the interests he represents will pay the stupendous price of 310,000,000. Senator Proctor was governor of Ver mont from 1878 to 1880, and since 1884, when he was a delegate to the Repub lican national convention, has been eminent in American politics. He was secretary of war In the early part of President Harrison's administration, and resigned that portfolio in 1891 to go to the United States senate as an appointee to succeed Senator Ed munds. In 1892 he was regularly elected to succeed himself in 1898. CricKe of Seedmen. The seed catalogues of the country last year noted 692 different kinds of cabbages. The seed section of the De partment of Agriculture has been working on a general classification of American vegetables with the object of eliminating all the duplicate names which have been given to varieties, owing to the fact that each seedsman has his own specially named vegetable of each species or variety—always de scribed as an "Improved" or more select strain than the ordinary variety offered for sale by the rest of hu manity. The Department has sim mered these 692 cabbages down to a little over a hundred actual varieties. The seedsmen have catalogued 312 different lettuces, whereas the Depart ment can find only 87 actually different kinds. Beans, beets, cucumbers etc., hare likewise been taken up and clas sified and each variety has been found to have from three to four names.— Guy E. Mitchell. a >4! An Indian Millionaire. Melvin Dempsey Is tha richest In dian in America. He is now in Chi cago, which city he left three years «go, a poor man, going to Alaska as < / MELVIN DEMPSEY, the wjent of a number of capitalists whs had confldenee in his ability as a mining engineer. Today he is a mil lionaire. He has 15 claims duly re corded and has Just sold one tor |I00, 000. But he has done more than pros pecting in Alaska; he has done reli gious work, having organized a Chris tian Endeavor society. He is a full blooded Cherokee and is a famous man among his race, being a chemist, es sayer, miner, musician, linguist and poet. He speaks besides his native di alect, English, Spanish, and six In dian dialects as much different from his own Cherokee as German is un like French, ate. are the guitar, piano and mandolin. He is a college gradu Among the instruments he plays Heneteed "Boer Activity. The new and effective activity of the Boers under De Wet and other burgher leaders is as disconcerting as it is ex pensive for the British. It thoroughly discounts the official theory that the South African war is over. How thor oughly it does so may be seen in the official postponement of the Jubilation with which Lord Roberta was to have been received in London on January 3. Instead of celebrating the close of the war it now becomes necessary for the war office to consider the advisability of sending reinforcements to General Kitchener, in spite of the fact that he still has over 200,000 men with which to fight the remnant of the origin'-. 30,000 Boers. •Siberia or an Actuality. M. Pierre Leroy-Beaulieu, who has just embodied the results of a long Journey through Asia In tfis book. "The Awakening of the East," leaves an im pression of Siberia which makes it more like America than any other part of Europe. He even mentions the mis erable streets of Tomsk, one of the leading cities of the land, as remind ing him of the thoroughfares of Chi cago, they are so bad. In all the larg er towns the telephone is in use, and at a smaller rental than is charged in the country of its invention. Electric lighting, too, prevails in the three or four larger towns, and trolley cars are far from being unknown; in fact, the Innumerable poles with swinging, crossing wires In all the streets make the city view a most American one. In some things the Siberian city peo ple appear to have an advantage. Cabs ply the streets on demand for sixpence, the fare, and make much bet ter time than most cabs. But one striking difference did not fall to make its appeal to this traveled Frenchman: As in Russia itself, few persons are to be seen in the public streets, though a large and flourishing business Is transacted. Tomsk boasts a thriving university with 500 students already enrolled and the numbers increasing annually. Law Is studied, and a school of medicine Is soon to be added. There Is a library connected with the institution contain ing 200,000 volumes, nearly all pri vately contributed. At the theater, while M. Leroy-Beaulieu was there, an excellent performance of "The Tam ing of the Shrew" was given in Rus sian, with "Mme. Sans-Gene" as an af terpiece. He Tiefende Sla-Very. Major Richard H. Pratt, superin tendent of the Carlisle Indian school. J~êT v ' ; LSi Â $ ;• ■■ MAJ. RICHARD H. PRATT, who has created a sensation by writing a letter to Francis H. Hill, colored bishop of the African Methodist Epis copal church, In which he defends slav ery of the negro, is an officer of the Tenth United States Cavalry, a negro regiment. The major wag appointed to the army from civil life. He is 60 years old, and began his military ca reer as an enlisted man with the Ninth Indiana Infantry. He afterward joined the cavalry and fought with distinc tion during the civil war. He entered the regular army in 1867 as lieutenant, and was brevetted captain for gallant services in the war of the rebellion. Major Pratt is a native of New York state. He will retire in 1904. The All-American Idea. Why should England refuse to ae cept the compact that the senate is now formulating as a substitute for the outgrown Clayton-Bulwer treaty? asks the Chicago Inter Ocean. British government must understand by this time that the American people will have an American canal or none. Lord Salisbury must réalisa how great ly the world position of the United States has altered in the last fifty years. attempt a perpetual veto of American aspirations is a task certain to involve the greatest hazards for England. Tha He must also realise that to Hi-rtorio V ee-teTe Mt'jeion.i I ing ship. ters. IV Admirai Farragut's old flagship will back up Minister Loomis' representa tion to the Venezuelan government on the subject of American concessions In that oountry. The Hartford was re modeled a year ago, and la now a traln She Is In Venezuelan wa B««llu« Alfalfa» Probably the plant doing most to revolutionize agriculture in the cen tral west Is alfalfa, and in his latest publication, "Forage and Fodders," Secretary F. D. Coburn of the Kansas department of agriculture, presents an article on this subject The author is Prof. Geo. L. Clothier, a most careful student of alfalfa, and for many years identified with the Kansas Agricul tural College. He and the general in terest in alfalfa have grown up to gether, and as Kansas has been and Is the great alfalfa experiment station of the world, a recital of his observa tions and experiences should prove of inestimable value to all in any wise Interested in this wonderful plant An excerpt from the article is presented herewith: The preparation of the soil should rightly begin two or three years before the time of seeding alfalfa. If the land is so weedy that it cannot be cleaned by cultivation, it should be fallowed for one season prior to the seeding. If it is desirable to subsoil the land, this should be done a year before seeding, to a depth of 15 to 20 inches, and may be followed either by fallow or a cultivated crop. Time enough should intervene between the subsoiling and the seeding to allow the soil to settle, and to store a boun tiful supply of moisture. The seed-bed should be as fine as an onion-bed, and the subsurface be rather firm and well supplied with moisture. If the soil is deficient in humus, a liberal spreading of barnyard manure plowed under at the time of subsoiling will add greatly to its physical condition, and thus help to start the young plants. If the soil is very sandy, the manure will be of great value in preventing the sand from blowing and in conserving moisture. A very sandy soil is not benefited by deep plowing or subsoil ing. If the soil is heavy, and it is not practical to subsoil, it should be plowed to a depth of eight or ten inches several months prior to seed ing. If the land is allowed to lie fal low after this treatment, or has been fall-plowed, it should be thoroughly disked every three weeks during the summer or autumn, as the case may be, to keep a dust mulch on the sur face and prevent evaporation. The time of seeding is of great im portance. This should bo determined more by the absence of unfavorable conditions than by the season. Alfalfa has been successfully sown in Kansas in every month from March to Sep tember. Where the ground is not weedy, spring seeding has been prac ticed with success. The cold rains of spring, however, when excessive, sometimes cause the young plants to rot off, as would be the case with the adult plant when submerged for two or three days. Alfalfa may be seeded broadcast or in drills. It is preferable to seed with a drill having a press-wheel attach ment, because the depth of planting can be better regulated. The seed should be covered about one inch in depth, unless the surface be very dry, when a somewhat greater depth is ad missible. A good method to secure a better distribution of plants is to sow ten pounds of seed, running the drill in one direction across the field, and then cross-drill with the other ten pounds. If the drill has no grass seeder attachment, the seed should be mixed with about three times its weight of coarse corn meal. When in tended for a seed crop, alfalfa should be sown thinly. Thick sowing im proves the quality of the hay; but the plant has wonderful ability to adapt Itself to either thick or thia seeding. One good, stout, healthy crown has been known to produce 360 stems at one cutting. When seeding broadcast, the seed should be covered with a light smoothing harrow or with a brush drag. The majority of farmers seem to prefer broadcasting, presumably because they hare less difficulty in getting the plants covered shallow enough than with a drill. The ma jority of grain-drills are not properly manufactured to admit of the nicety of adjustment necessary In seeding grass seeds. ' Preventing Potato Senk. Potato scab ean be prevented by the use of corrosive sublimate *r of for malin on the seed potatoes. In tests mads this year at ths Vermont Ex periment station the potato«« treated with corrosive sublimate showed loss than 4 per cent of the crop scabby, and those treated with f*rmalis showed 9 per cent scabby. In the same soil and from the earns seed, un treated potatoes came out with 41 per eent scabbed. An Increase of 87 per cent in the measure of flrst-elaea po tatoes ought to be worth any man's time. Grap«« packed In M*4ud he® bot her In cold storage than pecked in any •thee: subs Lane« unless R ba eat seek. whin grape« ar« to b« ««at to th« United State«. Red varietle« of gtap«s ke*<p longest, with white second and black third. For best results in cold storage, the crop should mature slowly and ths climate moderately cool with a regular temperature. Aa English authority say* that thou sand-headed kale is cultivated th« same as cabbage. It adapts itself to a wide range of toils, and has bean found to do well on chalky land. Th« land for potatoes must contain plenty of available plant food; It must be clean, well drained and fre* from acidity. _ Flax requires good fertile land In good tilth and clean condition. It do«a not suit either heavy clays or gravels. There is nothing upon the farm that will give as steady an Income as the making and selling of good butter. mrvT TV W A XTTP A T 1 T T A t? with TOLDBl ANEAI LlAli. on tlon tion acres tiers story CHARACTERISTIC STORIES OF JOE MULHATTAN. lu u llAdlionuu The Poor Fellow Is New ' —Never Told I.les That DI<1 Anyone Personul Injury—Thu Natural Foun tain. There is no change in the condition of Joe Mulhattan, the famous newspa per correspondent who is now in a madhouse in Arizona, and no likeli hood of his recovery, says a PhPoenix dispatch last week. Since the an nouncement was made of his misfor tune, all sorts of reminiscences have been brought out concerning him. Mul hattan rather prided himself on his ability to invent falsehoods that were entertaining. He was never vicious and never defamed anyone. He merely tried to outdo Munchausen and he ap pears to have succeeded. Th« Girl and th® Dalloe«. The following, which was one of Mulhattan's first, gives some idea of his life: There was a man by the name of John Smith of Lindon, Kan., who be came acquainted with a little girl at the seaside. She was a nice girl, and her name was Lulu Avery, from Al bany, N. Y. He bought the little girl a bunch of toy balloons. She wrap ped the string holding them about her waist, and when a strong gust of wind came the balloons sailed away and carried her with them, to the hor ror of her new friend. An old hunt er out in the fields saw the predica ment of the little girl and fired so that he exploded two of the balloons. The others acted as a parachute, and the little girl safely descended to the ground and thanked her rescuer. In 1833 telegraph editors in all the important cities of the country re ceived a telegram in the course of the news service which read: Story of tha Natural Fountain. "McCook, Neb., June 14.—A slight earthquake shock was felt in this vi cinity at 6 o'clock this evening. Houses shook, dishes in cupboards were rat tled and several people in the streets at the time were thrown down. It is reported that 50 miles north of here a great fissure has opened in the ground and that water is gushing from it. Investigating parties will start out tomorrow." That is a harmless squib which everybody accepted without Just de zens they as were and son et ther 1868, tor land, last the and Ah ' » , -v 1 4 F 1 . to T JOE MULHATTAN. tecting its earmarks. A week later a number of southern papers of reputa tion received a typewritten account of the "flowing and spouting well" of Mc Cook, Neb., which an earthquake had created. The story was circumspect, scribed the earthquake, the opening of a fissure la the plaia land a hundred feet wide and of bottomless depth. This fissure was located in the arid waste of the state, where water was most needed, and where for the lack of it settlement was next to Impossible. Aft er it had opened a stream gashed forth which rose 50 feet above the surface of the earth. It overflowed the land, created small streams, was confined to courses by the delighted ranchmen, and people some distance away came It de H A NOTED PREACHER ! One of the most soted Episcopal clergymen In the west Is Rev. Dr. Clin ton Locke, the dean of the church in Chicago. For 41 years he ha« been as sociated with Grace church in that city. Clinton Locke was born ha New York city In 1829. From the public schools he went to the academy at ding Bing, and from the academy he went to Union college at Schenectady, from which he was graduated In 1849. Then he became a private tutor for two year«, after which he entered the g li erai seminary of the church. In 1855 he was ordained deacon at Dobb's Ferry. From there he was called to a Joliet (111.) church. In 1859 Dr. Locke was ealled to Grace church, then a email parish with a small building, in Chicago. He found It a struggling congregation, and, as the shepherd of the little flock, he gave it all the force and strength of his character. The church grew un der his ministry. In 1864 Dr. Locke took the initiative in founding a church hospital. His congregation was with him, and St Luke's was founded in that year, institution that for years has taken a front place in the hospitals of the big western city. In 1895 an affection of the throat de veloped, and Increased In severity un til he was compelled to take leave of U with barrels to cart the waîer to their barren farm patches. The article went on to say that owing to this kind aa tlon of nature the problem of irriga tion in Western Nebraska had been solved, that water for millions of acres was tiers were pouring in by every train. There was not a side or phase of the story that was not carefully covered. Needless to say that the newspapare printed it; that it was reeopied in northern papers, and that finally it reached the eyes of the astounded cltl of McCook, who had enjoyed no now at hand, and that set zens earthquake, no earth fissure, and wer* much without irrigation water as they ever were. The story was only * "Mulhattan." as NEW BRITISH PEERS. Sir Michael Hicks-Eeach and Sir Matthew Ridley, who have Juet been, elevated to the peerage of England, the chancellor of the exchequer were and home secretary In the las': cabinet Ridley Is the eldest of the late Sir White t son Matthew Ridley, fifth baron- Æ et of this title, and jm succeeded his fa JiH ther in 1877. HeJSS began his parlla /M mentary career in <M\ 1868, when he sat • tor Northumber I r <3 land, which consti tuency he repre sented until 1885. In 18S6 he was re turned for a constituency in Lanca shire. His wife, the very popular daughter of Lord Tweedmouth, died last year. Sir Michael Hlcks-Beach la the ninth baronet of his name. H b succeeded his fa ther in 1854, and has been prominent n British politics •>1.M idnee 1864. His first 1 m portant office I was that of chief I ecretary for Ire land, to which he was appointed in 1874, when he was sworn on the privy council.Since Mr. luuicÿ. H W» I yf r/ y// Mr. Beach, that time he has occupied numerous high offices, participating In the ups and downs of the conservative party with imperturbability. Old Friends. Ah yes, our hands met here and there, Our wandering eyes met now and then, About Life's crowded thoroughfare— But coldly seeing we were men. And looks are slight, and hands are slow, And words so hard to say, and weak; Even the best the poets know Mean more than even tl_ey can speak. Tnen Death struck lightning through the air; A rock was rent, set free a heart; And two old friends communion share When one lies speechless and apart. ▲ New German Punishment. The young Germans who emigrate to America and elsewhere without do ing their fair share of military service have long been a thorn in the side of officialdom. A method of dealing with this etata of things has at last been hit upon which bids fair to work cessfully. One Friedrich Grcbbler, a runaway, settled In Kansas, has been Informed by the German military au thorities by cable that he must re port at home for duty, and notifyingj him that unless he returns and serves him time his father will be fined a sum equivalent to 200 pounds. If this! procedure Is followed out In every eat* German fathers are likely to be tray a more affectionate interest la keeping their sons at home. ns I Mnlutnre Nuuderl by Oub Trem. An oak tree of average size, with 700,009 leaves, lifts from the earth into, the air about 128 tons of water daring the five months it is in leaf. I hie church, to the regret ef every mem ber. Although his eloquence is "or® heard, he ministers to his fellow men through the medium of written language. He is a remarkable linguist, and has pursued hi« passion for litera ture into many tongnee. no He Is never s REV - D R- CLINTON LOCKE. (The dean of the Episcopal church in Chicago.) He passee hours every day In h » sunny library, with his books and his papers. He write* for denomina tional papers, and occasionally for the magazines, and has published several books that have proved acceptable tol the public. idle.