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Expense of Malntalnlng Authority and
Replenlshlng Ranks Would Be
Too Heavy For Taxpayers.
This Philippine business has given
great occesion for expansion of mind
and oratory, if not of territory, and I
am proud to say that both in the sen
ate and the house our Georgia mem
bers have borne themselves well and
added luster to our state's reputation
for fore nsic eloquence. It now seems
to be settled tha' the policy of the ad
ministration will not be sustained and
the Filipinos will not be robbed of
their country. Mr. McKinley will
have to go back to his original decla
ration; "that forcible annexation would
be criminal aggression." Our twenty
millions are gone where the woodbine
twineth and all we have left for conso
lation is the glory of the Manila victo
ry. It may be worth that provided we
can settle up things and establish a
permanent peace. Peace is what our
people want.
If Edward Atkinson's utterances
even approximate the true situation,
we are in a bad condition to carry on
any more war. He is a great conser
vative statesman and is always careful
about his facts. A fresh regiment
every month to take the places of the
troops who die in hospital from mala
rial and venereal diseases. Just think
of it. No, we are not going to do it.
Heard an expansionist say yesterday
that the Anglo-Saxon race must rule
the world because it was manifest des
tiny. ' Who are the Anglo-Saxons, or
the English-speaking race, as they are
now called? My reading tells me that
Ihere is no such race. There once was,
but it has been lost by emigration and
immigration and amalgamation. It
came originally from north Germany
when the Saxons conquered England,
and is more Teutonio than English. It
has not preserved its blood nor its
language, as many other nations have
done. The Russians and Prussians
and French and Scotch and Irish and
Jews are today more readily distin
guished than the Anglo-Saxon.
Their purity as a race is gone,
especially in these United States,
where the blood of our forefathers has
been crossed and recrossed until north
of the line not one man in ten can lo
cate his paternal and maternal ances
try. And even down south this cor
ruption of blood is going on. Who
am I? A cross of English, Irish and
Scotch. Who is my wife? A cross of
English and Low Dutch. Reader, who
are you? But the preachers say we all
speak Engl;sh and that settles our
destiny under God to Christianize the
world. Well, Calvin dident speak it,
nor Luther, nor John Knox. The
Roman Catholics of this country speak
it, but our Protestant preachers who
are pleading for more missionary
ground do not recognize them as fitten
for missionary work. Verily, when I
think of trying to subjugate the Phil
ippines to please the preachers, I am
disgusted and am reminded of that
scripture which saith, "The zeal of
mine house hath eaten me up," and
of what Paul said, "They have a seal
of God, but not according to knowl
The Lord does not favor an unjust
war. He may let it go on, just as He
hardened the heart of Pharaoh that
the plagues might come to punish
him, but it is blasphemy to say that
the Lord is behind this criminal ag
gression. Might as well say He was
behind Napoleon in making widows
and orphans of a million of people. I
tell you, my brethren, if the scriptures
be true there is an evil spirit called
Satan, and be is still guiug to and fro
apon the earth and alkink:g up and
lown in it. For reasons we snow
not, he was not destroyed when he
fell and is still permitted to tempt
mankind from 'allegiance to the Cre
ator. This is not only taught in the
scriptures, but the greatest of the
heathen philosophers, such as CTyrus
the Great and Socrates, use the same
language as did Paul, when he said,
"Evil is present with me. That "
Swould not do that do I "
Cyrus said I am ever conscious of
the existence of two spirits within me
-one inclining me to evil and the
ther to good. Satan is a spiritual be
ing of great power and assutance or
the Lord would not have held converse
with him at Job's feast, nor would
Michael the archangel had a contention
with him abort the body of Moses;
nor would the Savior been led away to
Jhe top of a mountain by him and lis
tened to his persuasions. I heard a
good man. say that Satan was very
much of a gentleman in his way and
had most fascinating manners.
But I did not start to preach a ser
mon. My thoughts ruminated that
way, and I reckon that every man and
woman has had the same consciousness
f evil that Pinm and Cyrus had. The
tevil is not dead, and war is his revi
ral, his big campmeeting. During its
uistence be catches men by the thou.
uend-young men who behaved well at
aome, where they were under goodt
inluences, are turned into demons and
brutes. This late Spanish war has
seen a ho rible exhibition of human
Jepravity, both among officers and
men, The condnet of most of them is
a stench on the page of American his
tory, and the eountry will never re~
rver from the debasement of the 'ol
ia'rs who were in it, Coarage in bat
•l. is alw ato b admise butbt
the brutal courage which a bulldog
has. Courage without patriotic emo
tions or any other emotions except to
kill somebody. That is the reason
why I have no high regard for the
soldier's profession.
The chief end and aim of a profes
sional soldier is to fight and be pro
moted. I don't allude to privates, for
they are hirelings. Neither dol allude
to such noble men as Lee and Long
street and the two Johnstone and
Wheeler, but with a very few excep
tions the officers of the late war were
vain, selfish and corrupt. The coun
try has no respect for them. Let
them quarrel. No doubt they are all
telling the truth on each other. The
first commandment says: "The sins of
the father shall be visited upon his
children," but it nowhere says: "I
will visit the sins of the officers upon
the men." Of course, there are some
honorable men among the privates
and I have talked with some of them
since their return from Cuba, and they
all lament the moral depravity of the
majority of the white soldiers and the
total depravity of all the negroes. The
tendency of war is to demoralize. Men
will rob and plunder and commit
nameless crimes who never did it at
home; of mercenaries who fight for
pay, plunder is part of it, and it
winds up with apension.
But enough of this. It reads pes
simistic, and so do the speeches of
Hoar and our senators and the writ
ings of Bryan and Carnegie and Atkin
son. The hope of the country now is
that new party lines will be formed,
and any further war will be averted.
There are a few honest statesmen left
who have not bowed the knee to Baal.
What a sad spectacle it is to see the
son of General Grant openly buying
a seat in the senate with $20,000.
What is to become of the country
when money is openly used to secure
office in the highest tribunal that
makes our laws? But I forebear. I
must walk out in the garden and get
the ground ready for peas. Politics
is depressing and so is war and the
rumors of war. The best thing that
General Grant ever said, was: "Let
us have peace. "-BILL.AnP in Atlanta
Dr. William O'Neill, late physician to
several Lincoln institutions, sends the
following account of a strange expe
rience to the London Lancet. It de
scribes a case of that very old and com
monplace complaint, Jealousy, or
"spirit of jealousy," as it is named in
the scriptures, where it is fully de
scribed and treated. Some years ago,
he states, I was requested to visit a
lady who, it was represented to me,
was very ill, and required immediate
attention. On entering the house I
was shown into the so-called sick
room, in which there were three per
sons, all of whom seemed to be in good
health. There were present an old
lady (owner of the house) and her
daughter, who had arrived a few days
previously from a neighboring county
to spend two or three weeks with her
mother, and the daughter's husband,
whose visit was only to be for a day
or two. The man was about 35 years
of age, small in stature, swarthy in
complexion and plain looking. The
wife was a striking contrast to her
husband. She was rather tall, remark
ably fair and handsome and was a few
years younger than her good man. I
asked which of them was the patient,
but no answer having been given to
my inquiry, I asked again. Then the
younger lady, with some hesitation,
"I am the patient, and my complaint
is jealousy. I am jealous of my hus.
band and if you do not give me some
thing to relieve me I shall go out of
my mind." This accusation against the.
little man seemed to me to be most
ridiculous: indeed, I could not helpi
thinking that if the accuser had been.
accused It would have been more in the1
nature of things. I assured the ladyC
I was extremely sorry for her, the more
so that I was quite incomgetent to
treat such a case. The husband pro
tested his innocence and declared there
was no cause whatever for her accusa
tions. The wife persisted in reiterat
ing them, and so the wrangle went on
till suddenly she fell from her chair on
the floor in a fit, the spasmodic move
ments of which were strange and
varied. At one moment the patient
was extended at full length, with her
body arched forward, in a state of
opisthotonos. The next mintite she
was in a sitting position with the legs
drawn up, making, while her hands
clutched her throat, a guttural noise.
Then she would throw herself on her
back and thrust her arms and legs
about, to the no small danger of those
around her. Then, becoming compara
tively quiet and supine, she would
quiver all over, while her eyelids trem
bled with great rapidity. This state,
perhaps, would be followed by general
convulsive movements, in which she
would put herself in the most gro
tesque postures and make the most un
lovely grimaces.
At last the fit ended and, exhausted
and in tears, she was put to bed. The
patient was a lithe, muscular woman,
and to restrain her movements during
the attack with the assistance at hand
was a matter of impossibility; so that
all that could be done was to prevent
her injuring herself and to sprinkle
her freely with cold water. The after
treatment was more geographical than
medical. The husband ceased doing
business in a certain town where the
object of his wife's suspicions lived.
HBe was enabled to do so by the kind
nees of a friend, who exchanged part
of his district with him. The fit was
not the disease, but it was the symp
tos or manifestation of a mind dis
eased or deranged, the state of the
mind being the result of a woman's
broodings over her real or imaginary
The Slag of Castile and Leen Hauled
Down From the Last American Pos
session-Once Floated Over Most o1
the Western Hemisphere.
More than four centuries of Span
ish rule in both the Americas ended
when the American flag was hoisted
oveP Havana, Cuba.
The Spanish flag is swept from the
western continent, north and south.
The Stars and Stripes now flies in its
place wherever the flag of some re
public or one of the humane European
monarchies did not already fly.
Spanish rule in America began in
1492, when Christopher Columbus, an
Italian, discovered San Salvador Isl
and. One voyage followed another
all South America and a good share of
North America, to say nothing of Cen
tral America, were once claimed by
Spain. Columbus died in chains, but
Spain was only too eager to profit by
his discoveries, and ships and men
followed wherever he had set his foot.
Cuba was discovered October 27,
1492, and named Juana by Columbus
himself. This name didn't suit, nor
did several others. The natives called
the beautiful island Cuba, and that
name finally became its legal title.
Pinzon explored, thinking the isl.
and to be a part of India, but soon
found out that it was an entirely new
land. He found the Cubans a mild,
hard-working race. It was easy to
fasten on the Spanish yoke. With but
a slight interruption it has endured
ever since, the British capturing the
island in 1762 with great loss and re
storing it in 1763 under a treaty of
The island was so fertile and its
climate so salubrious that it was soon
well populated, despite the never-end
ing cruelties and impositions prao
ticed by the Spaniards. The revenue
was enormous-$25,000,000 a year
and Spain took it all. Spanish sol
diers took care of the inhabitants
when they protested.
They ruled all the neighboring isl
ands, too, and put their unfortunate
inhabitants under the same cruel
yoke-imprisoning, executing, tortur
ing them upon the slightest pretext,
and allowing slavery to flourish.
Cuba is now free.
So are all its 1,750,000 people.
Porto Rico is also free. It
passed under Spanish rule soon
aftef Cuba, but never even had the
single year of humane British rule
that Cuba enjoyed. It is known as
the healthiest of the Antilles, and
but for Spanish oppression would
have been the garden spot of the
world. Its 800,000 inhabitants will
hereafter see nothing but the Star
and Stripes from the flagstaffs.
Jamaica was the first of the Spanish
possessions to get rid of the Spanish
yoke. The British captured it in
1655 and have held it ever since. As
a result Jamaica has outstripped all
the West Indies. It is a beautiful
island, rich in mineral wealth and
When Cortes invaded South Amer
lea in 1521 he laid claim to all South
America, Central America and North
Amerioa.jSpain claimed all the Pacific
Coast from Cape Horn to Alaska,* all
the Atlantic .Coast from Cape Horn to
Georgia, Central America and South
America, as well as Mexico. No other
European nation could well dispute
that claim, and Spain promised to be
the greatest nation on earth. Now
not a foot of earth on either side of
the continent owns the Spanish flag.
After Jamaica, Florida was the first
North American province to be free.
The United States bought Florida
from Spain in 1821. In 1822 it be
came a territory and a few years later
a State.
In 1810 began the revolt in South
America which endedin Spain's being
forced out from every possession in
that continent, though it took a quar
ter of a century to do it. Spanish
ornelties and impositionshad been too
terrible. One State after another re
The great Bolivar led the revolt. In
nine years he drove Spain out of what
Is now Colombia, Venezuela and
Encuador. Freedom got such a hold
that other oppressed provinces took
heart. Peru and Bolivia fought for
and gained their independence in
1825, after suffering Spanish rule for
more than three centuries. Argentine,
Uruguay, Paragnay and:Chile all cast
off the yoke in bloodshed. Spain was
east out of South America forever.
Mbxioo and Central America re
solved to be free or die 1821. It took
these Spain-ridden countries till 1835
to be free.
Then the United States absorbed
Texas and took California and all the
rest of the Pacific Coast. Spanish in
fluence was still further confined.
When the late war with Spain was
declared the Spaniards ruled less
than 8,000,000 people in the Western
Hemisphere, and but two large isl
ands, Cubsa and Porto Rico. Mexico
was gone, Central America, all South
America and Jamaioas.
Now those last two remaining isl
ands have become free, and the Span
irds have betaken themselves back
to Europe, whence they camel
The Appetites of Monarehs,
The Czar of RBussia has a moderate
appetite. He hates the popular Rus
sian caviar. fle prefers French
eooking. The Emperor of Austria
ha a predilection for mutton. The
uBaltan of Turkey is a great lover of
eggs. The King of Italy is not a
gourmond. He loves dairy food, be
ing especially fond of all sorts of
oream dishes. Kaiser Wilhelm has a
gastronomical affeotion for feathered
game. Thrushes are his favorite
birds, and four thrushes for one meal
are not too much for him. Queen
Wilhelmina likes mutton ehops and
Uleo f abeefs l'AMlais.
Ona men who Beprsedseeda lew arse
Bm Rerbrae splendor of Tesdal Days.
During the Civil War the barbari
splendor and feudal rule of Engli'
nobles after the Norman conquest we
reproduced in New Mextco. The tes
ritory was isolated, and the Govern
ment at Washington gave little though
toit; but one man, Lucien B. Max
well, ruled the Mexicans, Indians an
frontiersmen who inhabited it. Bor:
in Illinois, he had wandered into th
territory as a trapper and hunter
where by marriage and purchase he
became the largest landholder in the
United States. He owned nearly twe
million acres, states the Youth's Com
His house, contrasted with th
dwellings of New Mexico, was a palace
It was large and roomy, American ii
construction. Its principal room wa
a baronial hall, with two fireplaces it
which six-foot logs could be burned
The house was the gathering-place fo
Maxwell's vassals and friends, * ane
they gathered there by scores.
"I have slept," writes Colonel In
man, "on its hardwood floor, with the
mighty men of the Ute nation lying
heads and points all around me, as
close as they could crowd, after a day'
fatigning hunt in the mountains."
The kitchen and dining rooms were
detached from the main residence. A
large portion of his table-service was
of solid silver, and covers were daily
laid for thirty persons.
Maxwell had no safe in which to do
posit the money received from sale oi
cattle, sheep, wool, barley, oats and
corn, and from his grist-mill. He pul
the cash in the bottom drawer of an
old bureau. "I have frequently seen,"
writes Colonel Inman, "thirty thou
sand dollars-gold, silver, greenbacks,
Government checks-in that bureau
drawer. I once suggested to Maxwell
the expediency of buying a safe in
which to keep his money secure from
robbers. He smiled as he said, "God
help the man who robbed mel"
Maxwell rode on a buckboard or on
a Concord coach, drawn by six harses,
driving himself. He was a reckless
driver-dashing through streams, ovel
irrigating ditches, stumps, stones, bul
although like Jehu, who drove "fari.
ously," he seldom met with an aooi
An Australian sporting paper ree
ords a ninety-foot jump by a kangaroo
During one week last November
eighty persons over eighty years o
age died in London.
The first coffee-house inLondonwas
opened in 1652 by the Greek servani
of a Turkey merchant.
Many houses in Berlin, Germany
are numbered with luminous figures,
which are easily visible at night.
The Grand Canal, China, is the
largest artificial watercourse in the
world. It is 650 miles long and con
nects the cities Tientsin and Hang
Before a Chinese woman is married
she sends with great pomp and state
to her future home her entire trous
seau which is packed in large boxes,
the keys of which she keeps.
Lake Morat, in Switzerland, hasthe
curious property of turning red every
ten years, owing to the presence of
certain aquatic plants which are nol
known in any other lake in the world.
The only man in Great Britain whc
has the privilege of wearing his hat is
the presence of Queen Victoria is Lord
Forester, the Mayor of Wenlock. This
privilege was conferred on his ances
tor by a grant from Kir~ Henry VII
Near Bois City, Idaho, 400 feet be
low the earth's surface, there is a sub
terranean lake of hot water of 170 do
grees temperature. It has pressure
enough to ascend to the top floor eo
most of the houses, and will be piped
to them for heating purposes.
Ostrich Hunting In the Soudsa.
Ostrich hunting involves good rid
ing, and is animated sport. Having
ascertained where a nest is to be
found, three or four mounted men go
out on the plain together, and one o
them rides in the direction of the
Instantly the bird sees him it starts
off at a tremendous pace, the hunte
following in hot pursuit, until, aftez
running perhaps a couple of miles,
the ostrich begins to circle, its objeci
being to get back to its nest, fro
which it fondly hopes it has diverted
its pursuner.
The other hunters, who are seat
tered over the plain, take up the run
ning by turns, succeeding each other
as each horse becomes spent* they
are thus able to press the bird to it.
utmost speed, until it falls exhausted
on the ground, with outstretohed
wings, gasping for breath.
The nearest hunter then gallops up
and severs its head with a blow from
his sword. Hastily dismounting, he
at once siezes the bleeding stump and
thrusts it into the sand to prevent the
feathers from being soiled by the
blood, which is spurting in all dire.
tions from the convulsive movement.
of the neck, even after death.
The feathers of a full-grown bird
fetch from fifty to seventy-five dollar
at Kassals, where they are boughi
by Arab traders from OCairo, but they
ultimately realize treble that value in
the European markets.--aptain T.
0. 8. Speedy, in Harper's Magazine,
How Beavers Feil Trees.
Mr. Vernon Bailey, who has re
oeutly studied the work of beavers,
says that those animals have an in
genions method of cntting the trank
of a tree which they wish to fell. In
stead of attempting to gnaw it straighi
through, they make two cuts, one
above another, and then pry onul
pieces between the outs. The resull
of their operations is a V-shaped
notch, resembling that aade by a
,oodwmaa with his su,
We Are Absolutely Frank in Our Deal
ings With Other Nations and Do Not
Send Our Representatives Abroad to
Lie-Dewey Our Typical Diplomat.
At the recent session at New Haven,
Conn., of the American Economic and
Historical Association Professor E. A.
Grosvenor, of Amherst College, made
the most enthusiastically received ad
dress of the convention on the subject
"American Diplomacy." He declared
American diplomacy to be superior to
European diplomacy. Professor Gros
venor said:
"A few days ago a learned lady of
my acquaintance asked me on what I
was to speak here. I replied 'Ameri
can Diplomacy.' She exclaimed: 'I
didn't know there was any.' Quota
tions might be multiplied that voice
the conviction that the United States
possesses no diplomatists, or at least
none to be cofipared with those of
Europe. If the opinion current in
America of American diplomacy be
founded on fact, our condition it piti
able, even perilous, and cannot fail to
produce in each of us a feeling of hu
miliation and shame. The recognition
of American independence by the
Dutch Republic was a memorable
achievement of American diplomacy.
For months John Adams, the Ameri
can Envoy, had been denied an en
trance to the States General. The
second treaty with Great Britain, ef
fected by Chief Justice Jay,was hardly
less an American diplomatic victory.
Its stipulations were 'fair for both the
contracting parties, but the gains were
distinctively our own.
"It would be an agreeable task to
trace the history of American diplo
macy, decade by decade, down to the
present time. It is not difficult to
prove that there has been no degener
acy in it since those heroic days.
There is no better training for the
business of European diplomacy than
the school of practical American poli
tics. It is a better training than is
afforded by the inherited blood of an
ambassadorial line or by the partiality
of a prince or by routine from child
hood in the monotony of office.
"Imake no claim that our diplomatic
service is perfect, or that all American
Foreign Ministers have been saints or
sages. Sometimes we have had inef
ficient, sometimes timid, shuffling
men, but what General Woodford said
of himself was the record of his col
leagues; 'When your Minister reached
Spain he was absolutely direct and
frank in his dealings.' In scholarly
culture our diplomatic representatives
have surpassed those of any other
land. No foreign country has sum
moned to its services such a host of
historians, political economists, poets,
orators, journalists and educators of
every class. Any discussion on this
subject is incomplete which does not
recognize the ability in diplomacy dis
played by the officers of our navy-in
1815, Decatur in Algiers; in 1854,
Perry in the Gulf of Yeddo; in 1867,
Farragut in his European visit on the
flagship Franklin; in 1898, Dewey in
Manila Bay.
"The American diplomatist lives in
a glass house, where he may not only
be seen, but stoned. The European
diplomatist still inhabits a half-medi
seval castle, almost impregnable to
criticism and difficult of access except
by the privileged few. In this later
day the nations listen to catch the ac
cents of that Western State which has.
revealed itself to them.
"I am well aware that many are
clamorous for, the adoption of the Eu
ropean system of diplomacy. Does
American diplomacy offer only an un
certain title and (promise nothing of
real accomplishment? The immensity
of its achievement covers the whole
nineteenth century of international
law. It has broken the caste shackles
of birth, has successtully asserted the
right of expatriation, has declared the
seas and straits and continental rivers
'God's highways,' destined to be free
for man. It hai compelled the rights
of neutrals to be recognoed by every
civilized State. Now it is building
the scaffolding for achievement no leas
great, the exemption of private prop
erty from capture on sea as it is ex
empt from capture on land.
"'During 1898 three famous anivers
ities held a regatta. One crew rowed
Sa foreign stroke, one a stroke half for
eign, and the third one American. In
Sthe van finished the boat propelled by
the American stroke. In honorable
nearness followed the boat with the
stroke half foreign and half American.
The crew taught with the foreign train
ing was left behind. The American
stroke is the stroke for us, whether
on the Thames, the Seine, the Tiber,
the Spree or the Wein. And that not
because of provincial prejudice or na
tional pride, but because of the facts
of history."
Th. Bight Shop.
Owing to good crops and other
causes, the prosperity of Kansas has
been very great during the last year
or two, and thousands of farmers have
been enabled to remove the financial
eneumbrances that rested upon their
broad acres.
A man in one of the interior conn
ties, having disposed of his crop to
good advantage and finding himself
possessed of several thousand dollars
in cash, went to the county-seat one
day, and while on his way to the court
house stepped into an attorney's of
fice to obtain a little legal adrice.
"You're a lawyer, ain't you?" he
said, addressing the only Gocupant of
the room.
"Yes, sir," answered the other.
"What can I do for you?"
"What's your name?"
"My name is Derrick."
"You'll do," rejoined the farmer,
nodding his head. "I want your
help, Mr. Derrick, in lftin' a mort
eo'.Lw -="
A Restrlicted Diet is the Mdin Care of All
the Famous Spas sad Health Resorts.
"Of the many cures in vogue, and
recognized from their records as
worthy the name, nine-tenths of them
depend upon reducing the diet for
their effectiveness," is the position
taken by Ella Morris Kretschmar
writing on "The Subject of Diet" in
the Woman's Home Companion.
"A wide-spread fad during the last
few years has been the 'no breakfast
cure,' and thousands of dyspeptics
have gained health, the stout have
grown thin and the thin have grown
stout, all through lifting the burden
from overtaxed-digestions. An equally
popular cure preceding this was the
leaving off of the evening meal
equally effective, of course, just as a
'no mid-day meal cure' would be if it
should be promulgated.
"One of the most splendid cures,
for all ills, in Europe is the grape
cure, practised in Germany; and it is
said that any one taking thetreatment
drcps off the wear and tear of five
years-actually renews himself by so
much. The sanitariums where this
treatment is given are beautifully and
healthfully situated and comfortably
appointed. The patient is given
nothing but unfermented grape-juice
for a period of four weeks-beginning
with a generous amount, decreased to
a minimum allowance (as little as the
system will bear without great weak
ening), and gradually increased to the
first amount.
"At all European spas and Amerl
can springs, where people are so
benefited, what is the coursef A re
stricted diet and a flooding of the
system with pure water-resting and
washing the system, in other words.
"Animals, those not dominated by
the habits and thought-atmosphere of
man, do not overeat, and even domes
tic animals stop short their nourish.
ment when in anywise ill. A dog
will bury the food not immediately
required; other animals leave off be
fore or at repletion. Man alone will
eat without hunger, solely to tickle
his palate, being, indeed, the only
gorging animal save (truth is meroi
less) the occupant of the sty."
First Firing on the Merrimae.
Probably no single vessel was ever
exposed to such a hail of shot and
shell as fell upon the Merrimac before
she sank in Santiago Harbor. From
Lieutenant Hobson's account of this
famous exploit, graphically given in
the Century, we extract this account
of the first firing upon the ship, when
it came within a quarter of a mile of
Morro Castle.
Another ship's length and a flash
darted out from the water's edge at
the left side of the entrance. The ex
pected crash through the ship's side
did not follow, nor did the projectile
pass over; it must have passed astern.
Strange to miss at such short rangel
Another flash-another missl This
time the projectile plainly passed
astern. Nightglasses on the spot re
vealed a dark object-a picket-boat
with rapid-fire guns lying in the
shadow. As sure as fate he is firing
at our rudder, and we shall be obliged
to pass him broadside within a ship's
lengthl If we only had a rapid-fire
gun we could dispose of the miserable
object in ten seconds; yet there he lay
unmolested, firing point-blank at our
exposed rudder, so vital to complete
success. A flash of rage and exasper
ation passed over me. The admira
tion due this gallant little picket-boat
did not come till afterward.
Glasses on the starboard bow showed
the sharp, steep, step-like fall with
which the western point of Morro
drops into the water. This was the
looked-for guide, the channel carrying
deep water right up to the wall. "A
touch of port helm, sir," was the
order. "A touch of port helm, sir,"
was the response. "Steadyl" "Steady,
sir." Now, even without helm, we
should pass down safe. Suddenly
there was a crash from the port side.
"The western battery has opened on
us, sir!" called Charette, who was
still on the bridge, waiting to take the
message to the engineroom if tele
graph and signal-cord should be shot
away. "Very well; pay no attention
to it," I replied, without turning.
Esee Ceolet in Austria.
The struggle of the races in Austria
grows more acute. The Germans,
despairing of their old ascendeney,are
advising their followers to taurn
Protestant in a body and so remove
all prejudices against them in the
German Empire. The advice is not
likely to be followed, but it reveals
the bitterness of race feeling more
than any recent incident. Even in the
Tyrol, it is said, the Germans de
mand that the clergy shall no longer
intervene in politi-s. The quarrel,
too, has reached the army. Some e
servists recently answered questions
whether they werepresentin Ozeohish,
though it is an unalterable maxim in
Austria that words of command or
obedience should all be in one
language, and that language German.
The Minister of War, therefore,
punished an ofeer who had accepted
replies not made in OGerman, and the
popular irritation is directed against
the war office, which is in theory re
sponsible to the Emperor only. In
the excited state of feeling any aoci
dent may bring matters to a head,
and compel the Emperor to enforce
silenee for a time, and therefore to
govern alone. His alternative is to
restore the Germans to their ascend
ency, which the Slavs would now
hardly bear.-London Spectator. "
MakiaL Good Use of Thet.
It may offeyd the ladies of the emer
gency relief board to know it, but tha
linen which was sent to the Manila
volunteers, including night-shirth, was
used to clean the rifles. "Rags are
scarce," was the laconic explanation,
"and it is better to have' our guns in
good shape than to sleep in niagh
First Boy-"Is that a good house
dog ?"
Second Boy-"No."
"Good bird dog ?"
"Good for rabbits ?"
"Knows some tricks, perhaps ?"
"What is it good for ?"
"Nothin', only to take prizes at
shows. "
f"Oordelia is selling everything to
go abroad again."
"She is ?"
"Yes; she offered to sell me her
bicycle and her engagement to Mr.
City Boarder-"I notice you keep
a big bar of soap outside by the
pump. It is for the farm hands, I
presume ?"
Rural Hostess-"Yes, farm hands
and faces."
"That motor you are interested in
never worked, did it ?"
"Of course it worked," was the in
dignant reply. ' "It never pulled any
cars or moved any machinery. Bdt
it made money for its owners, and
that's more than most inventions do."
Vainly the landlord tried to carve
the chicken.
The impudent boarder arose half
froth his chair to get a better view of
the affair.
"Rubber I" said the landlady sar
"Why is it," they asked, "that you
let your husband have his own way in
everything ?"
"Because," she replied, "I like to
have some one to blame when things
go wrong."
"The railroad engineer," said the
smart boarder, "must be a happy
man. He whistles at his work."
"Begging your pardon," said the
Cheerful Idiot, prompt to crush all
possible rivalry, "he works at his
whistle "
First Burglar.-Did you see do
"ad" nv dat big jewelry house ? I
wish I could break in dere some night.
Second Burglar.-Well, if you do,
you might leave some word mention
in' de name uv de paper where you
saw de "ad."
A burglar who was doing a neat job
on a large safe was horrified on look
ing up to see a man standing quietly
beside him. He was about to retire,
when the gentleman said:
"Go ahead; I am interested in this
"Why ?" asked the astonished
"eBecause I have lost the key. If
you can get the safe open, I' will
make it worth your while."
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