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HAS A FROG IN HIS STOMACH THAT CROAKS SO LOUD YOU CAN HEAR IT KANSAS CITY. Aug. 7— Rot L, Steward, a young farmer living near Mext, Yernon county. Mo., has a live frog in his stomach, and According to his positive declara tions it has been there for 20 years having grown from a half inch in length to unknown dimensions. Seward is now 33 years old. He says that one hot day in the summer of 18S6. when he was a lad of 13, he was drinking from a small stream known as Reed's creek, near Rich Hill. Mo. He was lying flat upon his stomach, and while in this position a tiny frog jumped into his month. He in stinctively clapped his hand to his lips and caught hold of one of the legs of the frog, but, frog-like, it gave another Jump and the next Instant had slid down Seward's throat. Though It made him deadly sick at ttie time and caused him consid erable pain he was ?o frightened that he did not say anything to his parents about the occurrence for several days. When he finally told them about it. they took him to a country doc tor, who quieted their fears by assuring them that the creature could not possibly live in the boy's Stomach. To make assurance doubly sure the doctor gave the boy some medicine calculated to put a quietus upon the most vibar cus frog. But Instead of dying, the frog, according to Mr. Seward's state ments, waxed and grew fat. Twen ty years have passed since the oc currence, but the frog has made its presence known more and more insistently, until it dominates its involuntary master to the extent of "compelling him to eat his meals regularly, and. more than tha;, to eat things which the frog likes. There are many things which Mr. fieward likes but cannot eat. be cause they do not agree with the frog, or because they and the frog can't agree in combination with Mr. Steward. But. more than all, the frog makes a noise. Mr. Seward says that it croaks most distinctly im mediately after a rain. Members of his family corroborate his state ment in this respect. They de clare they have heard It on num erous occasions, and that it croaks as vigorously as a frog of that age and circumscribed environment could reasonably be expected to do. Mr. Seward Is of a cheerful dispos ition, but if he is sometimes dis posed to take a gloomy view of the tf]T You can have no better -*' protection than to det behind the UNITED Shield. NO matter what you pay for your cigar, we intend to convince you by actual proof that we can give you at the same price a cigar that is from one-third to one-half better in quality. That's what the TJnited System of retailing means to the smoker. A dozen large factories in this country, in Cuba and in Porto Rico are pouring their entire output over our counters. The buying is dired. The selling is direct. We rip out all "in between* expenses and the saving is yours. The RICORO (Saratoga) CIGAR nation's future and Indulge in a little croaking himself he thinks he ought to be excused under the circumstances. Mr. Seward has been in con sultation with Kansas City physi cians regarding the advisability of having an operation performed for the removal of the unwelcome ten ant that Is becoming more and more dictatorial wirh the arrog ance of long residence. It give 9 him a great deal of pain, he says, and if surgery can dislodge it he is willing to try it. Some years ago Mr. Seward ad vertised for a wife, in order that he might be sure of getting his meals regularly and thus appeasing the clamorous batrachian which crawled around and made him a victim of violent nausea if he did not eat regularly. Tie married a woman who ans-wered the adver tisement, hut she eloped with a traveling man and he never tried to get her hack. He has since married again and Is living happily—as happily as a man with n living frog in his in terior could be expected to live. HERE'S A COUNT THAT'S SOME ACCOUNT LOS ANGELES, Aug. V.- In the botanical gardens of Arthur Letts, millionaire owner of a department store, labors "a man with a hoe," who la very different from the one Edwin Markham'a poem describes. He is Count Max yon Bueiow, bearer of one of the proudest and oldest names in Europe, which has furnished Berlin with soldiers and statesman who took leading parts in history for more ithan 800 years. Count yon Bueiow came to this country some time ago with his wife who, he says, is now keeping him out of a million dollar estate 'because he refuses to l>e bullied by her lawyers. So the count works in the broiling sun from 8 a. m. till 5 p. m. rather than let his titled relatives and friends know he is without funds. 'I like the outdoor work," he says simply. M H is good for my health and I love flowers. 1 would rather do this and be independent." The Spokane Press delivered to your house for 25c a month. Tele phone Main 375. Imported from Porto Rico —Duty Free FOUR FOR 25c. Never in the history of the cigar trade were smokers able to get equal values for their money. This brand is the best product of the Porto Rican plantations and of a newly established Porto Rican factory. Leaf and workmanship are unexcelled. _ _ . »*f r > (NOTE — In Porto Ricans darker shades smoke sweetest.) UNITED CIGAR STORES COMPANY N. W. CORNER RIVERSIDE AND HOWARD ST. MAKES RECORD SWIM IN ICY LAKE WATER CHICAGO, Aug. 7—Mrs. Chas. L, Brown has established a new swimming record for women. The other day she swam to the Hyde park crib, a distance of five miles, a feat never before accomplished by a woman. For two hours and to minutes Mrs. Brown was in the GET READY FOR LABOR DAY The Labor Day committee of the Central Labor union reported last night that only a small percentage of the local unions are represented at the meetings of the general com mittee. Some of the delegats stat ed that their unions had refused to appoint delegates as the notice sent out did not bear any seal and is irregular. The secretary of the Central union was instructed to send out notices to all the unions affiliated with that boddy notifying them of the fact that Labor Day is coming, September 3, and that there is no excuse for not having a splendid turnout in the parade as all trouble between the musicians and the Structural Trades had been adjusted. MRS. CHAS. U. BROWN. fTJT The UNITED Shield is the acknowledged safeguard of smokers from Coast to Coast. BOX OF 50, $3.00 waters of Lake Michigan, which makes the feat all the more wond erful. Ten others, all men, accompan ied Mrs. Brown on the swim, but the pretty 1 i;tie woman won from them all and reached the crib fresh and strong, while some of the men were thoroughly exhausted. "While there has been some little misunderstandings between several of the local unions the situation in this city shows marked improve ment," said a ewll known union man this morning. "In question of jurisdiction coming up between the various bodies and it often takes considerable time and diplomacy to get matters straigh tened out in a satisfactory manner. At the present time the local unions have some questions of this ftind. but otherwise there is noth ing that should interfere with a big turnout on Labor day." WHERE'S ED SAMONS? Chief of Police Waller has re ceived a letter from the depart ment at Portland, Ore., inquiring as to the whereabouts of Ed Sa ranns, a racehorse man who has 'been in the northwest a long time. He formerly lived at North Yaki ma and Heppner, Ore. Samons' relatives want news of him. * THE SPOKANE PRESS. FILE FAIL RAT RAS INVADED THE CITY "Rats!" When the Spokane real estate dealer has had in tow a prospective buyer of farm property in the In land Empire, he has always laid stress upon the fact that that bane of the eastern grain farmer, the gray rat, is unknown in the Colum bia valley. Now all that must be changed. The rat has come and if his rapid ly increasing family is not speedily curtailed or rather decapitated in its blooming growth he will be come as great a menace here as he is to the corn grower of the east ern states. Twenty four young chickens have been killed by rats in the hennery near Natatorium park, and in the by-places of the park the rat is to be seen by the caretakers at all too frequent intervals. In more ways than one the place seems to be "ratted." "Joe" Rudersdorf of the Humane Society, whose knowledge of ani mals from white mice to grizzly bears, is both general and specific, pronounced one of the rodents from the park to be the genuine "file tailed, hump backed farm rat of the east." How the rat came to Spokane Is a question for which there seems to be a ready solution. Last year as soon as the Washington Water Power company had cleaned up the debris from the old C. & C. mill site at Post street and the river and exposed the foundation walls of the mill, the rats could be seen running from one stone walled compartment to another. They had come in grain cars. Many peop;e stopped at the Post street bridge and watched the ani mals, some wondering what they were. To one who had come from the east it was apparent at a glance that the gray rat had arriv ed in the Inland Empire. Ruders dorf's theory is that it is a very easy matter for the animals to travel down the river away from the noise of traffic. Certain it is that some rats have been seen about the north bank of the river along Summit and Ide avenues, and the men who have killed rats at the park know what they have killed. Before the pest spreads too far, the city beautiful committee or some other powerful organization should, at once take steps to ex terminate what is sure to become a great evil in this city if permit ted to propogate. EIGHT HOUR LAW OVERRULED WASHINGTON, Aug. 7.—Secre tary Moody has ruled that the eight hour law does not apply to warships being built under con tract for the navy. He cites a case wherein the supreme court holds that the title to a warship does not rest in the government until the conditions of the contract are ful filled. A similar opinion has been given by Secretary of War Taft tnat the law does not apply to con tracts for furnishing supplies for 'the quartermaster department of the army. MAZAMAS POISONED BY MUSHROOMS BELLING HAM, Aug. 7.—Fifty Mazamas were poisoned here yes terday by eating canned mush rooms. Half of the expedition Is Incapacitated and unable to make the ascent of Mt. Baker. The trip Is probably a failure. SUES CLEAR TITLE. Minnie O. Mlddleton has brought action against Andrew J. Clifton, or heirs, to clear title to lot 16, block 24, Cannondale addition. An drew J. Clifton is now supposed to be dead. FEEL IMPENDING DOOM. The feeling of impending doom in the minds of many victims of Uright's disease and diabetes has changed to thankfulness by the benefit derived from taking Foley's Kidney Cure. It will cure incipient Bright's disease and diabetes and even In the worst cases gives com fort and relief. Slight disorders are cured In a few days. "I had diabetes in Us worst form," writes Marion Lee of Dunreath, Ind. "I tried eight physicians without re lief. Only three bottles of Foley's Kidney Cure made mo a well man." Watson Drug Co. 421 Riverside Avenue. Prevents Diphtheria 2Sc. Stowell Drue Co., Corner Riverside and Steven* Ajrnroxxo mau POOR OLD LADY DEFEATS OIL OCTOPUS This frail old lady, over 70 years of age, has worsted the Standard Oil octopus in Los Angeles, after a five month's battle. Her name is Mrs. Louisa Riley and the little cottage she has occupied for a quarter of a century stands at the corner of San Fernando and Aurora streets. Just across the street from MRS. LOUISA RILEY. building extensive oil storage tanks despite the fact that this is a flag rant violation of the ordinance con fining the oil business to a certain district. Six months ago John D's minions began the construction of this plant. Mrs. Riley made immediate protest to the city council, but without the least success. Since that time she has kept it uip, ap pearing regularly and asserting her rights until, at last, the council has been forced to recognize the justice of her demands and deny the Standard "special privilege" for the extension of the oil district in such a manner as to make their brazen disregard of municipal reg ulations legal. Unless 4he billion dollar trust can compromise with the tiny and aped woman who re fuses to have the value of her prop erty ruined by the illegal proximity of huge oil tanks, Mr. Rockefeller's $100,000 structure will be useless for some time to come. The Spokane Press delivered to your house for 25c a month. Tele phone Main 375. RUMMAGE SALE Opens Tomorrow Morning at 8:30 a. m. If you have not visited one of these great sales you have not done yourself justice. Bigger and better bargains are offered tomor row than ever before- Get [wise and come early— You will not regret it BOSTON STORE 406-408 Riverside Aye. TO SHARPEN KNIVES Friday evening's meeting of the Thirteen club of the Fourth ward is expected to discuss the rumored deal between the Daggett demo cratic city hall crowd and the so called courthouse ring of the re publicans. That there is an understanding between the two party camps is a matter of comment, established since early in the campaign. Old line democrats say that they are out to fight for a victory this fall, and declare the prospect of sacri ficing county candidates for the sake of a city machine is all wrong. The Thlrteeners are not in tne deal, they claim. BTANDARD DINING CARS TRAINS 15 AND 16. To accommofrate th© lncreasod travel on trains 15 and 16 —the "Spokane-Puget Sound local"—tne Northern Pacific has replaced tho "grill" cars with "standard" diners, beginning Sunday, July 8. Break fast will be served, westbound, at 6 a. m. to take care of Tacoma pas sengers before sleeper Is out out at Auburn. Our Semi-Annual Nathan Weil, Proprietor Pure Wines $1 Per Gallon T FREE JUG —FREE DELIVERY. Port, Sherry, Angelica, Muscatel, Tokay DURKIN'S TWO STORES 121 Howard St. and Durkin'a Corner and Sprague Aye. Phone 731. Free Delivery. TUESDAY, AUOUtT 7, ItOi. Fowles and McLean annornce the opening of a first class lunch counter on the north side of Main aveue, between How ard and Wall. Everything of tho heat, and they will he pleased to serve their friends at the now loca tion. Rubber Stamps Per Line 10c Spokane Stamp Works 518 First Avenue, Opposite Hotel Spokane. Cures a Headache ■TOWEJLL. DRUO 06.. Omwr Riverside —4 fUvena, Temple Court Block PHONE 731.