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'ft'' The Fire Demonf\l)roafl [Continued from page 9] |P George Withney's residence a total loss. W. Coburn's residence a total $*"• loss, J- Frank Cockburn's barn a total loss. Branchflower's barn a total loss. Fox's barn a total loss. LaRue-Miller Co. hold an extra $1,000 insurance on the wheat and groin destroyed. C. C. Gibney lost a valuable gold! ring from "his watch chain. It has a big set in and K. P. badge on it. :A reward will be given for its return. The insurances von the buildings are as follows: John Daeley, Pierce's barn, Man chester, $500. John Daeley, Pierce barn, Norwich Union, 1500, Prosser Serumgard, granary, Hanover, (partial,) 1200. Mrs. Jane Hale,' Hotel Beid, Brit •antna American, Manchester, Norwich Union, Lancaster Phoenix, of London, approximate loss, 150. Marie Pattie, hotel building, Traders, Orient, American Fire, London Lan caster- & Globe, (8500 each) 92000. Marie Pattie, furniture, German American, $500. Marie Pattie, barn, Commercial Union, 1300. Prosser & Seramgard, Budde build ing, Hanover, (partial loss,) $1000. Miller Co, mill building and auchinery, Phoeriix,.$lQOO,'. LaRue Miller Co., mill building and machinery, Fire Association, German tmoriwan Insurance company of North America4$2000. LaRue Miller Co., grain, Orient London & Lancaster, $3000. LaRue Miller Co., grain, Fire Asso ciation, German American Insurance company of North American, $750. LaRue Miller Co., grain, coal, twine and warehouse, Phoenix of Londoc, $1,100. LaRue Miller Co ., Insure with meroiai Union^$200. R. Daeley, dwellings, German Ameri can, $1,200. Mary A. Withey, dwelling, London & Lancaster, $100. F. W. Cockburn, barn, Fire Associa tion, $100. Ed. Hovey, shop and tools, American Fire, $500. Peter Haley, stock, German Ameri can, $500. F. T. Fox, barn and feed, Home insurance oomprny, $550, also small loss on house and furniture. J4aking a^tal of $16^ .* SOME INDIAN MAGIC. QUEER FEATS THE FAKIRS PERFORM .. IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. •. f?l: ij. .. 7 l" 12 DEVILS LAKE INTER-OCEAN, FRIDAY, APRIL 27 1900 i\ A •, •. .*• Fir* and Water Trlek. That la Pretty Hard to Explain and an Ap-' parent Dliplar of Strength That Paaaea t'lderatsnding. The question of how the fakirs of IndlA perform their wonderful tricks is a matter that has for centuries Interest ed scientists, and the best explanation that has yet been offered of the matter Is that it is done *by hypnotic power that is, that the fakirs simply hypno tize the entire audience and make thein think that they saw trees grow out of the ground in a second. Libraries have been written on the subject In his book entitled "Quaint Corners of An cient Empires" Mr. Michael fhleyers Shoemaker deals in an interesting manner with the Indian fakirs. In writing about the fakirs he says: "The statement has been made by such prestidigitators as Herrmann and Kel lar that they had never seen any tricks by these men of India which they could not explain. Be that as it may, these common street magicians of In dia do some very clever things. "Certainly the performance before the Grand hotel, Colombo, this morn ing, under the blazing sunlight and not three feet from the looker on was re markable. As to the mango tree trick, there appeared a strong resemblance between a tree grown yesterday and the one produced this morning. But it was In the other performances that the observers were most interested. "In one Instance the fakir took a •mall jar of metal and banded It around to show that It was empty. Then, placing a copper coin between his teeth, he bezan to blow, and smoke soon issued from nis moutn ana nos trils. The jar, which was held aloft all the time, was found filled with wa ter, which commenced to boil furiously. "Easaimr it aside, he oneped his AND HAIL INSURANCE COMPANIES. mouth and 'ejected Indeed the whole cavity of the throat appeared to be filled with fire, which ignited anything with which it came in contact. We all saw the empty jar, the filled jar, the boiling water and the fire, but the fire never approached the jar. "Another trick consisted in causing a dead and dried up cobra to come to life, or so it appeared. The snake is usually kept in a small, round, flat basket with a closely fitting cover. This we saw was empty, and into It the, fakir laid the, fiat, .dried skin of a dead serpent. "Placing it not three feet from our circle and in the brilliant light of the southern sun, he covered the basket with its ltd and then made the usual passeB with the inevitable cloth, about a yard square, which he held by two corners to show that it contained noth ing. "His costume consisted of one gar ment of the shirt order, the sleeves of which were tucked up at th£ shoulders, affording, It would seem, scant .oppor tunity to hide anything, yet-when, after a few waves of thg cloth, he removed the lid of the basket the dead snake was gone and in Its place rose the ma jestic head aad neck of ene of the lar gest of cobras. "It must be. remembered that when we see such work In England or Amer ica it Is done at a distance and on the stage, with all the assistance of stag» lights and shadows, but in this case we were out in the plain air and near enough for the serpent to have stung us. "The last trick consisted of a display of apparently wobderful strength. A boy of 10 years of age was tied up in a large scarf, with its ends attached to two strong cords. At the ends of these cords were hollow brass cups about the size of an acorn. The fakir, raising the upper lid of each of his eyes, in serted these cups thereunder, with the hollow side next to the eyeball, after which he pulled the eyelids well down. "Then, with hands on hips and head well back, he arose to his full height, lifting the boy a foot or more off the .ground and swinging him from side to side, the entire weight of course falling upon the brass cups. It seemed a mar* vel that the eyeballs were not destroy ed. "Perhaps those who understand these matters can explain all that was done, but certainly no magicians on our stage have accomplished similar feats, and yet these men are but common street performers." Rot Bangk Pla Money to Go Rraad. Ostend—Pa, I want a dollar to buy a set of tenpins. Pa—Well, you Just don't get it! It's all I can do to keep your mother in pin taoney.—Chicago News. MYSTERIES OF SLEEP SOME QUEER WORKINGS OF "NA TURE'S SOFT NURSE." Inatancea of Slnwber Under Extraor dinary Conditions Why We Can Awalcea at a Set Time—How Bleep la Rilled by Habit. (tee of the most remarkable facts to be found'in the history of sl$ep consists in the utter inability tbtaist its onset in ca&s of extreme fatigue. Several re markable instances are given in which persons have continued to walk onward while sleep has overcome them, the au tomatic centers of the brain evidently controlling and stimulating the muscles when consciousness itself had been coB»plft«^f abrogate^ It is recorded' that at the battle or the Nile, amid the roar of cannon and the fall of wreckage, some of the overfatigued boys serving the guns with powder fell asleep on the deck Dr., Carpenter give* another'in stance of allied kind. In the course of the Burmese war the captain of a frig ate actively engaged in combat fell isleep from sheer exhaustion aad slept mindly for two hours within a yard of •ope of the .biggest guns, which was be ing actively worked during his slum bers. It .is a matter of coquaon medical knowledge that extreme exhaustion in face of the severest pain will induce sleepL Here the imperative demand of the body—a demand implanted, aa we have seta, in the constitution, of oar frame* asserts its influence, and even( pain, (he ordinary conqueror of repose,' baa in its turn to succumb. One of the moat extraordinary cases in which the' overruling power of sleep was ever ex emplified whs that of Damiens, cen fined for treason in Paris in 1757. He was barbarously toi^sreS, but re marked that the deprivation of sleep had been the greatest torture of alL It was reported that he slept soundly even in the short intervals which elapsed be tween his periods of torture Among the Chinese a form of punish ment for crimes constats in keeping the prttdB6f^8dHtftiWI1^ 6Wake or in. arous ing him incessantly after short inter vals of repose After the eighth day of such sleeplessness one criminal besonght his captors to put him to death by any means they could choeae or invent, so great was his pain and torment due to the absence of "nature's soft nniaa Persons engaged in mechanical labor, such as attending a machine in a fac tory. have often fallen asleep despite the plain record of pains and penalties attending such dereliction of duty, to say nothing of the sense of personal "anger which was plainly kept before heir eyes. One of the most interesting phases connected with sleep is that in which a determination, formed overnight, that we should wake at a certain hour acts true to the appointed time In certain instances with which I am acquainted the idea acts perfectly, in others it acts occasionally, and in other cases, again, it fails completely The explanation of this habit depends on what one may term a "dominant idea." or an idee fixe si the French term it There is something akin in this waking/notion to the "dominant idea" with which a hypnotist may impress his facile sub ject If we substitute for the hypnotist the individual himself, or mayhap the idea of the friend who has been im pressing upon him the necessity for Bounding the reveille at a given hour in the morning, we caa discern the ra tionale of the action with a fair degree of clearness. The dominant idea in the shape of the necessity for awaking at a certain time is impressed on the brain and is probably transmitted to those automatic or lower centers which rule our me chanical acts which are responsible for the vieions of the night and which are capable of carrying out, either in the entire absence of consciousness or in the exercise of a subconscious condition, many complex actions. Through the hours of sleep the dominant idea re mains impressed on these lower centers. The head of the business sleeps on while the night watchman is awake, and so, prompt to the time or shortly before or after it. the desired result is attained and the slumbering brain is awakened to the full measure of its activity. That sleep is ruled by the habits of the individual is extremely evident An instance is given in which a person who had taken passage on board a warship was rudely awakened by the morning gun. which startled him exceedingly. On succeeding mornings the gun woke him at first sharply and then much more quietly, nntil at length he slept on without being disturbed at all in his slumbers by the report It is also nota ble that when a special habit of life has become part and parcel of the daily routine sleep is liable to be disturbed by even the slightest appeal which or dinarily wakes the individual in the exercise of his profession, while noises «f much more grievous character fail to effect that result The doctor wakes on the slightest agitation of his night bell, while the click of the needle awakes the tired telegraphist when a load noise might fail. Sir Edward Codrington was serving in the early days of his naval experi ences as signal lieutenant toLdtd Hood at the battle of Toulon. His duty was that of watching for and interpreting the made by the lookout frig ates. and in tMa capacity he remained on deck for 18 or 10 hoars oat of the 84. Exhausted with tbe strain of watch ing, he went below to obtain.skep, and reposed soundly, undisturbed by any ordinary noise Yet whenever a com rade lightly whispered in his ear the ward "signal" be at once aiwofcs, ready for duty. The cause of sleep is as yet a matter of scientific debate In the pres ent state of our knowledge there can be no absolute certainty in the matter.— "The Ape of Death," by Dr. Andrew Wilson, F. & & in Harper's Magar aine DO NOT BAND TOGETHER. There Are No Such Things aa "Gaaga" Criminala. "The 'gang* idea as applied to crim inals is a ridiculous blunder," said an experienced detective. "There are no such things except in story books. There seems to be something about the inner nature of confirmed crooks that forbids them to band together. Honest folks instinctively drift toward each other and form societies and combina tions for self, protection and mutual interest, but' criminals are exactly the reverse. "Safe burglars generally work In parties of three, but that Is because three men are necessary to the average 'job'—two to manipulate the drill and other tools and one to *pipe' or watch the outside. Whenever it is possible for a burglar to 'turn a. trick,' as they call it, single handed he is certain to go alone. It is the same with all other thieves. "You read of a 'gang of pickpockets' descending on some country fair. They do their work in pairs, So in that case it would simply mean that six or eight of the crooked couples happened to strike the place at the same time. The detective novel theory is that criminala aye organized into great societies with regular heads and cast iron laws and bylaws, to violate which means sud den and mysterious death. "That is all rubbish. If such an or ganization was formed, the police would know it ten minutes after the first meeting adjourned. One of the things that keep thieves apart is their horrible treachery. I have been a de tective for over a quarter of a century, and I never knew a single crook who would not betray any other crook merely to curry favor with the officers. They are well aware of that little pecul iarity themselves and dread one an other a good deal more than they dread the authorities."—New Orleans Times Democrat. SOLDIERS IN BATTLE. Th« Pecmltar Way Some Ilea Aet When They Are Wonnded. If you take a dozen soldiers as like each other as peas so far as height, weight, strength, age, courage and general appearance go andwound them all in precisely the same way, you will find that scarcely any two of them are affected alike. One man on receiving a bullet in his leg will go on fighting as if nothing had happened. He does not know, in fact, that he now contains a bullet. But perhaps in two or three minutes he will grow faint and fall. Another man, without feeling the slightest pain, will tremble all over, totter and fall at once, even though the wound is really very slight. A third will cry out In a way to frighten his comrades and will forget everything in his agony. A fourth will grow stupid and look like an idiot. Some soldiers wounded in the slight est manner will have to be carried off the 'field. Others, although perhaps fatally injured, can easily walk to the ambulance. Many die quickly from the shock to the nervous system. A very curious case is recorded in the surgical history of the American civil war. in which three officers were hit just at the same time. One had his leg from the knee down carried away, but he rode ten miles to the hospital. Another lost bis little finger, and he became a raving maniac, while a third was shot threugh the body and, though he did not shed a drop of blood externally, he dropped dead from the shock.—Mew York Telegfem. Origin of the Boat. Only lately has the original boat been found in use and among the1 savages of the south sea Islands. There the natives take the stump of a tree whose roots offer a good seat, and, launching this primitive craft, they paddle around as contentedly as if there was no such thing as a European steamer, and, to tell the truth, they do not suspect its existence. There can be no doubt whatever that in this stump boat we have the original method of transportation by water. Accident certainly contributed to this discovery. A tired swimming savage found a log floating near him. He grasped it and found that it held him above water. He mounted his log and used a floating branch to propel the log. It was but a step from the log to the more comfortable root of a tree and another step from the branch propeller to a shaped paddle. Fowid, "Put this in your 'lost and found' column," he said, handing a slip of paper to the clerk. The latter read: "A purse containing a considerable sum of money and valuable papers. Finder will keep money and return papers." "Don't you think," suggested the clerk, "that it would be well to say, 'No questions asked?'" "No," replied the other. "But you might say, 'No questions answered.' I'm the finder."—Philadelphia Press. Vitality. Because one's parents and grand parents lived to be nearly 100 does not make it certain that their descendants will do likewise, for the inheritance of vitality may all be dissipated in 20 years of high living. A small stock of vital force well taken care of may last twice as long. In the time of Louis Quatorze in France food In general was placed up on the table In one huge dish, and each helped himself with his naked hand. As late as the middle of the sixteenth century one glass or gobfet did duty for the whole table. Men have missed their opportunities more often than opportunities have missed them.—Elliott's Magazine. THE SAD "STORY IT TOLD. Cnnl'i Flrat Glance In a Loo Glaaa In Fifteen ears. Shortly after Cuzzi's rescue by Qen era! Kitchener, when the latter entered Omdurman.the long suffering man said "During my 15 years' imprisonri|ifchl I never saw a mirror, and gradually all interest in my personal appearance faded completely away. When it be-, came sure that, an expedition was on its way to Omdurman, I began to live again. When at last the cannon beayn^ to thunder and* the wild cries of* \2W~ battie penetrated the city, I laid my. •word ready, determined, should this last hope he destroyed, to pat an end to my life- When finally the noise of the cannon ceased and the victor Kitch ener stood before me congratulating me on my release, I thought I should, suffocate with emotion. "The next day I made my toilet in an officer's tent, and held in my hand the first looking glass I had seen for 15 years. 1 looked Curiously at my reflec tion in it and started back. I had gone out into the world a young,* active strong man, and the image which stared at me was that of a sick, hollow eyedi wrinkled, broken man. Never did all that I had suffered enter my mind with feuch strength aa at this moment, and I wept wept like a child—the first tears in 15 years 1 "The day after I was made a prisoner I aaw my wife die, but my grief was too great for the relief of tears. (My chili was torn from me and died of starvation far away, and I could not weep. I suffered deprivations and ill treatment without a sign of weakness, but now, before this small looking glass, I was overwhelmed. The pafcfcjnf all that I had lost seemed concentrated in then grief stricken features reflected in the mirror. At one glance I saw the story of my sufferings." ADDERS FOND OF EGGS. Little Reptllea With Ren«rkajf« Swallowing Ability. Among a lot of very interesting speci mens of prepared animals sent to the Museum of Natural History at Paris by Father Guilleme, a missionary in the upper Kongo country, there is one group of nattte adders, in the act of swallow ing eggs, which excited uncommon &*• tereat The most remarkable part of it is the relative size of thU snake and its common food. This adder is rather small it is seldom longer than 28 inch es, and its thickness never exceeds aa inch Yet it feeds regularly on duck eggs, the smaller diameter of whiolria almost two inchee How the snake can get such an egg into its month is difficult to understand, and the aspect of these reptiles while swallowing the eggs is most strange. The only way to account for this pe culiar manner of swallowing who to eggs is the presence in the neclCjnst back of the head, of a series of pointed bones slanted backward and piercing the esophagus. These not only assist to bold the egg in place, but act like a saw- When the egg has advanced far enough, their pressure will cut the eggr its contedi^illcontinne into the stom ach, while the empty shell is crashed afterward and thrown out through *h» meuth. While in the act of swallowing the egg the snake is easily caught, for it is then almost in a state of complete in ertia it then looks very much like the bulb„as used by photographers for open ing tiieir shutters. "Chimney Climate." "Chimney climate" is the latest for the climate that is to be found in all large citiee Its characteristics, says & man of learning, are mildness, absence of rain and frequency of fog aa com pared with surrounding rural districts. And he gives a very clever explanation of the presence of the fog. It is actually manufactured right under our eyes. You know if you look crosswise at sunbeam you see in it a myriad of very small particles of dust, sa densely crowd ed together that some scientists ogfen attribute to them the color of the sky. And there is also about us an invisible vapor and this combines with the parti cles to give us fog. It may be sa It sounds reasonable enough when one takes into consideration the fact that fogs are more frequent in large mtmu facturing cities than elsewhere But if it be so, what are men of soience about that they don't find an antidote for the evil?—Boston Transcript No Wonder Yon Cant Keep Qnlet^ If you never wholly give yourself fcip to the chair you sit in, but always keep your leg and body muscles half contract ed for a rise if yon breathe 18 or 19' instead of 16 times a minute and never quite breathe out at that what mental mood ean you be in but one of inner panting and expectancy and how can the future and its worries possibly sake your mind? On the other hand, how can they gain admission to your mind if your brow be unruffled, your respiration calm and complete and your muscles all relaxed#—"The Gospel of Relaxation." by Professor William. James, in Scribner'e Cleaning Chamois: To clean chamois polishing pour six tablespoonfuls of «mnu»ni!t into a quart of tepid water and soak the chamois skin for about an boos. With a spoon work and press it to free as mnch. of tfcedfert as pmyiM* yfc, into a basin of tepid water and 'rUfe well with the hands.' in fresh water until clean. Dry in the and when dry rub between the hands. Wales is the richest part of Great Britain in mineral wealth. Bnei-if* produces annually about £2 to mwh acre Scotland a little less than £2, but the product of Wales amounts to oven £4 per acre At the present rate of increase the population of the earth will dout itself, it is said, in 260 years.