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H. G. GOODWYN. ManstL.' C t:
COLFAX, - LC I; A
The late I'rrmlir Stolyi,ln's recon
niticn of the calacity of \womn .n fo
putlic b. ir: t ook a very practica
form, oiu h 1., l" : -.g to the ".aottct
of Itui- .: t in 'lener. il as t.ill as t(
the s:rcmn-mindehd Dowager Empress
It is dirl n'':t ;tg to men hbo are , an
didat(s f.,r Oc:im ial honor, as it make"
(woNlen i; certa;in c:: es their success
ful rivals It is true tl.at by an
amentnue, nt ordered after tie origina'
promul:gat ion of the order only one in
ive of the civil service staff can be a
woman; ncrr can a woman rise higher
than the seventh of the twelve ranks
In the service. says the Milwaukee
Evening Wisconsin So men will con
tinue to monopolize the coveted title
"High Excellency." and the chance
that a woman will be a cabinet minis.
ter is very remote One noteworthy
feature Is that women receive the
same pay as men in positions of equal
rating. Women officials are to receive
full pensions, even if they marry be.
fore leaving the service, and their
children will get the same pensions as
If they had fathers in the service
When both parents serve, they will
get almost double pensions In all
cases, the women are to have the
same salaries, lodging and traveling
expenses as the men. This latter
feature of the Stolypin system is the
one that Is likely to make the deepest
Impression on the women school
teachers of the I'nited States.
Alfred Tennyson Dickens from far
away Austraila plutnges tPoston fem
ininity into glcom by observing that in
respect to ankles "the beefy sort
greatly outnumber those graceful ap
pendages that linger so much longer
in a man's memory," says the Boston
Globe This is one of the effects of
the recent rainy weather, and is not
to be taken too seriously Besides, so
far as our observation goes. the criti
cism is grossly exaggerated. not to
say unfounded. Mr. Dickens must
have poor vision or perhaps he spent
all his time in the shopping district
where. to be frank, the display of an
kles is very prosaic. Our women who
are stri-Ing to be beautiful, of course
will feel downcast over the unartistic
picture that Mr. Dickens frames. Our
ladies are accustomed to reduce their
weight or increase their avoirdupois.
as the case may be. to become more
Venuslike, but nobody yet has ever ad
vertised an ankle-reducing emporium.
nor does-it seem possible that such an
tabta'bttment debld operate to advan
tage. Probably this Dickens man, a
perfect Shylock on fashion, would sug
gest that a pound of flesh be taken
from each ankle, so that it might lin
ger longer in his memory.
The thing about Paris that seems
to have most Impressed our great fel
low American. Edison. Is that the
Champs Elysees is a twilight lane in
the country compared with the great
white way in little old New York. It
Is to be presumed that this is the
fault of Paris' age Being some thou
sand ye:rs the senior of Siahhattan.
she is rather averse to casting too
much illumination on her features
the same feeling has been known by
a part of humanity, it is said. It takes
irrepressible youth to stand the daz
zle of Broadway. But if Paris
doesn't burn so many electric lights.
It has charms that Gotham cannot
When she learned that her husband
had fallen heir to $1.000.000 a woman
who had gone.to Reno for the purpose
of securing a divorce decided to with
draw her application. N(sw if she can
convince the gentleman that she loves
him for himself alone all will be well
Jamaica has a new banana disease.
With modern methods of tracing the
origin and communication of disease.
It should be easy to handle It. If the
banana tree were a slow grower, the
outlook for this Jamaica industry
would be worse.
A historian declares that the "early
Christian fathers protested against the
wearing of false hair" But as usual.
under such circumstances, they fall
ed to say anything about padded
A Gotham minister says that bhappl
ness is the best cosmetic. This is a
valuable hintt to husbands who dislike
their wives to wear artificial complex
Only In essentials does the spiral
glide performed by an aviator differ
from that of the bibulous clubman re
turning home late.
They tell us that this is a busy
world, but one gains a different tm
presslon by watching a crowd around
Mr. Edison's remark tuat aviation
seeds scientifite revision should giv:
the aviators pause
DOINGS OF A FROGi
New Group in New York National
Work Represents About Two Years'
Study and Preparation by Mary
is Shown, Even Croaking.
New York.-The last word in frog
sociology is the way Prof. B3ashford
Dean describes the new bullfrog group
which has just been installed in the
e:.st tower of the second floor of the
.\merican museum of natural history.
The bullfrog group reprcscnts a July
scene typical of Souther;: New Eng
land and is unique inasmuch as it is
the first group with descriptive labels
to be placed on view in a public mu
seum showing the general biology of
the frog, its swimming, croaking, its
food habits in connection with small
mammals, snakes and fish and also the
metamorphosis from a tadpole.
The bullfrog group represents about
two years of study and preparation by
'Mary Cynthia Dickerson, of the mu
seum staff, and is novel in that it has
a transparent porous background
curved in panoramic fashion and made
of fine and durable linen. The back
ground was painted by Hobart Nich
ols and Albert Operti and is in trans
parent colors, the high lights on the
front, the hhadows on the back in an
effort to obtain a realistic woodland
scene with shifting light in and
through it as In nature.
The light at the back of the canvas
has been kept at the minimum and
balanced on the canvas in front by a
weak Indirect light, while a relative
ly strong direct light has been focused
on the foreground as if from the west
ern sky. To help the perspective in a
minor degree, the arranger of the
group has retorted to various small
devices. For instance, the foreground
slopes upward to meet the back
ground; tall shrubs In the front are
made to lead into others less tall tar
ther back, while the large leaf plants
such as alder and birch have been
placed in the Immediate foreground.
The story of the group tells itself
at sight. One frog is moulting its
skin in typical frog fashion; a second
is dashing from the water to catch a
white footed mouse descending from
a sparrow's nest; another is croaking
and a fourth is demonstrating how
large a mouthful of young water
snakes a bullfrog can master. A
smaller bullfrog, giving his attention
to a chickadee just alighted on a birch
branch above his head, and oblivious
of danger, is about to fall a prey to a
RETTUNG KEEPS MEN AFLOA
New Material Invented In Germany
May Replace Old Life Preserver
Successful Tests Made.
The Hague.-Most interesting dem
onstrations were made recently at the
Hook of Holland by the crew of the
lifeboat with the new safety girdles
made of a material called "rettung"
(saving), which possesses the prop
erty of keeping those who wear it
afloat in the water. Previously the
first demonstration In Holland had
been given before the queen and
prince consort on one of the orna
mental lakes in the zoo palace garden.
A few days later the Rotterdam river
police tried it and then at the special
request of the prince consort, who is
always to the fore where anything
having to do with life saving is con
cerned, the Lifeboat society of South
Holland'arranged a test, at which
Prince Henry h!mself was a most in
The test was made in the open sea
near the north pier. The lifeboat crew
all wore girdles of "rettung." which
they declared did not incommode
their rowing at all, as it was much
SAVE THE CRYSTAL PALACE
Threatened Sale at Auction of Historic
Building Arouses People of
London.-Shall the Crystal Palace
be saved to the people of Britain, or
shall the wonderful building now
gracing the heights of Sydenham be
removed to make room for the villas
which are spreading around London
like a network? This is a question
uppermost in the public mind today
Whatever the issue may be, certain it
is that the historic structure will not
be lost to the public without a strug.
The lord mayor has convened a
meeting to be held at the Mansion
House of all bodies and individuals in.
terested in the preservation of the
building. At this meeting the prob
amilities are that the fate of the place
will be settled. Should no feasible
suggestion be made the place will be
disposed of at auction next month.
The story of the Crystal Palace is
one of romance, and is most intimate
ly connected with the life of Queen
Victoria. Erected first in Hyde Park
for the great exhibition of 1851, It was
in 1854 removed to its present site on
Sydenham slope and was opened by
the queen with great pomp and cere
mony in that year.
It soon became a national Institu
tion of which every, Briton was proud.
and the story of its splendors spread
to all parts of the world. When It
was partly destroyed by fire in 1866.
the late King Edward, then Prince of
Wales, led the movement for raising
the funds necessary for the recon
structton of the building
ITALIANS ARE IMPROVING TRIPOLI
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F ELING confident that their occupation of Tripoli is to be permanent, the
italians. under the direction of Admira l 'Olino, the governor, are al.
ready making considerable improvements in tlhe city. In our photograph a
detachment of soldiers is seen putting up te ephones. Others have been
busy bettering the sanitary conditions.
blacksnako. A swimming frog is send.
ing up a stream of bubbles from her
nostrils, showing that the lungs are
emptied of air as the skin comes into
play for breathing.
In addition to the bullfrog group
there hnve been put on view recently
a Monitor group and various smaller
exhibits. The modeling of these
groups in form life: all work on btbh
form and color is done from the 1int
animal, the New York zoological p4rk
and the New York aquarium havng
lent many living specimens for sta y.
News has been received of the
Congo expedition of the muse m.
which is being conducted in Africa n
more comfortable than the old
loned Wtte savibg bolts. -
Holland's champion swimmer,
Ooms, who also wore the "rettuag."
over which was a seaman's heavy oil
cloth coat, and who had requested to
b^ permitted to join in the demonstra
tion, was the first to jump overboard.
For a while he floated on his back
full length, then he swam in all sorts
of positions, and at last tried to dive.
but this he found was quite impossi
ble, owing to the buoyant qualities of
the material. Some .of the lifeboat
men next tried the experiment, and
all were entirely satisfied that "ret
tung" will prove a most valuable ally
in their struggle with the elements
when next they go on a life saving ex
Kill Jersey Cows for Deer.
Duluth, Minn.-Jersey cows may be
fawn colored, but that is no reason
why they should be taken for deer and
slain for venison. A farmer near
Spina, Minn., has written thus to the
county attorney, asking for an inves
tigation. He owned the two fawn-col
HICKORY NUTS ARE SCARCE
Boy From Small indiana Town Mar
vels at Chicago Prices and Re
calls Boyhood Experiences.
Chicago.-"I tried to buy some hick
ory nuts the other day and what do
you suppose they wanted for them?
Five dollars a bushel Goodness!
They ought to be as plentiful in some
parts of the country as ever, and as
it used to be,you couldn't sell them."
A south side resident expressed his
opinion of the annual fall nut crop
recently. He has not lived in Chi
cago long, having come here about
eight years ago from a small Indiana
"Why. we used to go out every fall."
he continued, "and we would get all
the nuts we could carry home. Shell
bark hickories, walnuts, hazel nuts,
chestnuts and 'chlnkapins' used to be
so plentiful in my locality that we had
h good store of them every year But
ternuts were not so thick, and we
prized them more than all on that ac
count. Southwest of my home town
there was a grove known as "Hinck
ley's woods.' and the boys from town
would tramp out there after the first
frost and carry back grain bags filled
with the fruit of the big trees
"I like walnuts best of those we
could get easiest, and my brother and
I would take a small wagon out to
the woods and bring It back loaded
with the green barked goodies. Then
would come the hulling
"There. is only one way to hull wal
nuts and that is to lay the nut down
on a brick, hit it with a mallet or ham
mer and then peel off the hull with
-hare hands We did not deign to
der the leadership of Herbert Lang.
The expedition has been unusually
:ucce.sful among the Mangbetu.
The collection in anthrorology now
consists of some 1,400 specimens, ac
cording to Mr. Lang. and Is unique not
only on account of its numbers, but
especially by reason of the selection
that has been made throughout the
territory inhabited by the Mangbetu
and other tribes. The expedition has
traveled with a caravan of 180 men
and in the report 2,400 mammals are
listed. 1.300 reptiles and 2.850 birds.
Specimens include a white rhinoceros.
two elephants, a black rhinoceros and
Degrading to Wash Dishes?
Roswell. N M.-Seventy-flve high
school girls have sent a petition to Su
perintendent M. H Brashear of the
They aver that they believe dish
cashing to be degrading and not con
ducive to higher mentality. The pe
tition also sets forth that the girls ar'e
not accustomed to such menial work
at thme. and that they do not care
to learn the art of cooking
No indication of the disposition to
be made of the petition has come yet
from the authorities.
Pony Is Fond of Chicken.
Denver. Pa.-Parke Lutz. living at
Brankside. near this borough, has a
pony with a .fondness for poultry.
Some time ago the little nag devoured
an entire flock of young turkeys. a
dozen disappearing down his throat
in as many minutes.
Since then an effort has been made
to keep the pony and poultry separat
ed. The other afternoon, however.,
the pony found in his stall a hen with
a brood of young chicks, and before
they could be taken from the stall the
pony ate six of the peeps.
wear gloves, as only 'sisies' did that.
and we gloried in the beautiful black
stain our hands used to have until al
most Christmas. The boys would see
who could have the blackest hands
during nutting time."
MANY YEARS IN ONE HOTEL
Moving Picture Shows is Chief Diver
sion of Old-Timer-Occupied Ev
ery Room in Structure.
New York.-Charles Preston, one of
Red Bank's oldest residents, has just
celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday at
the Globe hotel, where he holds the
world's record in the number of con
secutive years any one man has lived
in one hotel.
For sixty-eight years Mr: Preston
has lived at the Globe, during which
time he has 'nown all the traveling
men who have stopped at this hos
telry. He has occupied about every
room In the hotel and has seen mine
changes in the proprietorship.
At the hotel Mr. Preston is Invar
iably the first man in the dining room
at his meals. He never misses a mov
ing picture show.
Bear is Killed by Train.
Wausau, Wis.-Moving aldog at a
good rate of speed the Green Bay
freight on the Northwestern road
killed a large bear near Eland Juno
tion the other day. The englnemen
saw the animal, but supposed it would
get out of the train's way. Bear meat
was scattered along the track for
half a mile.
Is Too Good for
Visitors Country FrLend
By LAURA BINGHAM
011"E time a,'o I re::d an arti:!e which criticised sotn., of our
city people for our extravagant ideas of entertainmllnt. As
I renlmbeer the situation, a woman from the country came to
our city to meet sonic friends and after a dainty luncheon at
some ice (reaCm parlor she was taken to the nmatinee. She had
anticipated mer.ly a lunch at a department store and an
afternoon spent shopping.
The country woman thinks us extravagant as to dress and
as to taste in general. Perhaps it is true, but the young women
who entertained their friend in the story I have in mitnd prob
ably had been prompted by the same motive which had led me to do like
wise, not infrequently, but on 'special occasions."
When I am to meet a friend who lives out of the city I dress in my
best gown, or at least-the one most sutiable for the occasion. This is done
for two reasons. First, we all bring out the best in ourselves when
"dressed up;" secondly, in deference to the friend, we want to appear to
the best possible advantage.
In choosing a place to dine I do not wish to take my friend to the
places either she or I might frequent if alone for the sake of econotfy. I
want to treat her to the best I can possibly afford. It may be extravagant,
but, like nonsense, just a little extravagance is relished now and then.
Shopping is a tiresome pastime, or rather work. My woman friend
from the country can shop when I am jnot with her, but if I can take her
to a matinee for a reasonable amount of money I may help her to while
away a few hours pleasantly, and bring a smile to her face, as she comfort
ably sits there ard rests.
When one loves a friend there is nothing too good for her. If to heir
the robins singing in the woods is sweeter than the voice of a prima donna,
she, at least, has had variety of pleasure, and the birds' songs have lost
none of their sweetness.
If the good time she enjoys with her little sewing
circle outshines the amusements of the theater, she
can better appreciate her home pleasures by the corn
'Then, too, let her consider the subject from her
friend's standpoint. If she cares for them she will'
allow a little extravagant expenditure of m:,ney, not
suflicient to harm the bank account, but just enough
to ple:ase them and fulfill the desire to show her some
pretty books and amusing plays.
Many people are, no doubt, interested
in the subject of sleeping out of doors.
Benefits of Many have probably utilized their porches
Sleeping for that purpose during the summer
months who will move indoors with the ap
in O pen proach of the first cool night. Like the
Air in " birds, they, migrate to warmer climes.
My advice is. stay out all winter. It
a MRas. MA(Y MOOIE really be a benefit to the average person.
Milw.au. My husband and I "canvased in" our
back porch at about this time last year.
We arranged it so that one side could be
rolled up in the morning and readily put down at night. The cost wasu
about $8, including enough extra canvas to make a covering for the bed.
Really, we find the cool nights of early winter and spring the most
pleasant of all the year. In extreme cold weather we place a heated soap
stone in the bed to warm it up before we retire.
Ike do not bring in the bed clothes during the day, although such a
plan is a good one if they seem inclined to become damp.
We have been freer than usual from colds, and my husband's chronic
catarrh is much better now than ever before. This in spite of the fact
that we live only a few blocks from the lake.
Try sleeping out this winter. You won't regret it.
__One word I should like to nrub out of
the vocabulary used by human beings, one
O ne W ord toward another. It is the word "don't."
Looking back over a somewhat full and
That varied experience, I can say that in my
Should judgment didactic prohibition issued from
soul to soul, for every ounce of good it
Never be Ias dohe, has made' a pound of harm.
Ud "DI)on't" is the stupidest, most brainless
Used and laziest of all parental terms. To tell
a child what to do requires thought, inves
By FRANK CRANE tigation, interett. To tell anyone what not
to do requires no cerebration.
"Don't" is the language of annoyaqce,
"Do" is the language of love.
"I like very well to be told what to do, by those who are fond of
me," said Alcibiades; "but never to'be told what not to do; and the more
fond they are of me the less 1 like it. Because when they tell me what
not to do, it is a sign that I have displeased or am likely to displease them.
Besides-I believe there are some other reasons, but they have quite
To be sure the ten connmandments are "don'ts." But they are God's,
which is different.
__I notice the department of agriculture
W hy is trying to devise means for ridding the
W hy country of English sparrows.
English It is a problem that has now assumed
enormous proportions and the solution has
Sparrow been too long delayed.
I believe that some states have offered
Should be bounties for the dead sparrows. Is this
Killed not the ease?
Does the state of Illinois offer bounties
B, M'S. L. SWEENEY for them, and if so how much ? And where
Caseo shlould they be taken?
Newspapers could do a great deal of
good by making known to the publie the
reasons why the English sparrows are our enemies and other birds are our
best friends and should be protected.