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vestigate the insurance scandals and that they can call upon District Attor ney Jerome for all Information and evidence he has. Send $1.00 for a year's subscription to The Independent and receive Mr. Berge's booK, "The Free pass tsnocry System," free as a -premium. This offer applies to full paid advance sub scriptions only. . Crop failures are things of the past in the United States, according to Secretary of Agriculture-Wilson, who declares that science has triumphed over nature to such an extent that all nf -weather such as usually are experienced can 'be set at' naught. Michigan has won in the ( supreme court a fight of years to compel rail roads to pay taxes at the .'rateat which other property is assessed. The state -gets $2,000,000 back taxes and the roads must now pay three times their, former rates. : r The reform - movement, . which is sweeping the country, is a" crusade against special privilege and the pirat ical rich, and not against wealth, and the people will overcome lawlessness and corruption,' says Governor Folk in a speech in Des ' Moines. 4 EGG CRAZE I N . E NGL AN D. Success of Cambridge Crew in train in on Albuminous Diet Starts a Boom. London. It is remarkable how great has become the interest in the forthcoming varsity-boat race since the 'discovery that the memhers of the Cambridge crew dieted - them selves largely on eggs, to which is at tributed their rapid progress inform There is no denying the fact tnat during the last fortnight the Cam- d tranced by leaps and bounds, and it is also as clear that the Oxonians have not impruveu to anything like the same extent. Earnest - efforts made to induce the Oxonians to follow the Cantabs lead in the matter of diet have so far "We don't want Cambridge to teach us how to suck eggs,' said an old dark blue "Let those who like eggs eat them,' said another rather testily, and so far as is known there is not likely to be any alteration in the Oxonian menu. . " "" Starts Boom in Eggs. During the first influenze scare oys ters, and oranges were recommended by prophylactics, and tradesmen could scarcely pack them quickly enough to satisfy the public. And now that the Cambridge boat race crew has demon strated that within the shell of an egg lie all the essentials of the su preme physical fitness, the egg boom is a fair way to rivaling that which once centered in the oyster and the or ange. . The effect is certainly being felt at the restuarants, where the demand for boiled and scrambled eggs has gone up suprisingly; The Globe says: "Public attention is now di rected like a searchlight on the egg, and it is not improbable that people going into training will make it the main plank of their platforms. - "Perhaps we shall find that it is not the roast beef of . old. England which has made us what we are, but the boiled eggs of old England." IRISH ADVISED TO STAY AT HOME Father O'Brien of Toledo Advises Peo ple to Remain in Native Land. Dublin The Rev. Father O'Brien of Toledo, one of the most popular Irish-American pastors, who is at present in Ireland, advises the people of this country to remain at home in stead of emigrating to the new world. There - has been considerable discus sion in Ireland recently over the marked emigration from England to the colonies in general and to Can ada in particular. Father O'Brien warns the poorer nonn1 of Ireland, felling them that some of the American cities are over crowded and that relatively and pro portionately wages paid are no greater in some sections of the United States than in Ireland-itself. He cites the cases of many of the larger cities and says that it is to a life of this kind that so many of the Irish emi grants go. Damage Suit in District Court Grand Island, Neb, Judge Paul and a jury in ; the district court are engaged in listening to a good deal of expert and other testimony in the of Miss Alma Hansen against the city 'for $5,000 damages alleged to hnvB hppn - sustained bv reason of a fall on a defective sidewalk. While walking along an old, decayed woouen walk in June. 1904. on a dark night, accompanied by her father, Miss Han- sen fell and sustained injuries, aa niwad in the netition. which have not yet been1 qutle overcome. Miss Han sen is quite stout .and the defense is trying to show that her physical con riitinn AiA not come from the fall and that the city was not responsible for the condition of the waiK. since uie beginning of the trial the family has i.t. imfrirttmate in having a death oc cur, the nephew of tne plaintiff. An- other incident is tne suaaen mucoo of Juror Filsihger, whom the coifrt was compelled to excuse. Bu mutual trial eoes on with eleven jurors, no record being entered as to nf the sick one. The evidence of the plaintiff was about completed when the court aajourneu to Monday: Remedy For Rattlesnake Bite This paper notes with deep regret that a number of persons , are dying from the bite of rattlesnakes m amer ent sections of Texas. Most all cases are young children, and in a good many instances they are oiuen uu me hand or foot. . . in such cases the following remedy is said to be a splendid antedote for the rattler's bite, provided it hT used immediately after being, Wtten; Take a pan or bowl and pour in . enough kerosene oil to cover the wound. It will draw the poison out immediately and in the course of a lew minute turn perfectly green. ..Then pour; out the oil and refill the bowl, being careful to put in enough oil to completely cover the wound. " Leave the foot or hand in the oil as long as . the oil turns green. Then put on a poultice of plain table salt and saturate thorougnly with oil. Keep this up for about an hour, and there is scarcely any danger of fatal results. Merkel Mail. . Unresponsive Parents An Ohio man tells of the sad case of a young fellow, the son of a wealthy Toledo manufacturer, who, against his father's wishes, insisted upon going to Chicasro to make his way, wnereas the parent desired tnat me son train himself in the Toledo Business house. At first the lad cxd very well in the larger city, but it was not very long before he was making urgent ap peals to . his father for financial as sistance. To these tne bid gentle man, who had himself been trained in a hard school, turned a deaf ear. Finally, the desperate boy wired the father in these words: "You won't see me starve, will you?" The old man's reply came ih tne form of the following telegram: "No, not at this distance." Then the boy decided to return to Toledo and go to work for the old man. Harper's WeeKiy. FREEDOM OF.THE PRESS Spain is. evidently not yet enjoying all the pleasures and privileges of the higher civilization. An editor there has been sent to jail for insulting the king. If this system of lese majeste prevailed here about every other newspaper would be edited from a penitentiary. Baltimore American. Excursion Rates Obtainable in Eng land at Nearly all Times and Places. United States Consul Mabin of Nottingham reports that the multi plicity of special excursion and week end rates makes it possible to travel almost .anywhere in England, at al most, any time, for a fraction of the regular fare. These low rates usually apply to only the third class, but some times are extended-to the first, when one may travel first class at less than ordinary third class fare that is, for less than 2 cents a mile in a compart ment nearly equal to the American Pullmen narlor car. The regular iare from Nottingham to Skegness, a sea side resort seventy-three miles distant, ia ) 57 first Has and $1.50 third, one way. Round trip week-end (from iri ri.iv to Tnesdav) tickets cost $1.95 first class and $1.21 third, or 1 1-3 cents a mile first class. w.vorv week one. or more special at tractions in London give occasion to nffr low excursion rates, and, in aa dition, every Saturday round trip re duced rates are given on one-half day up to six-day tickets. The regular fare from Nottingham to London, 125 miles, is $2.49. The special .round trip fares are $1.03 for half a day and $3.40 for eight days. Only the half iinv tMzetjt are limited to special ex cursion trains. The others are good on ordinary trains. Most local people who can arrange to return within the tirn limit urn to London on these tick ets. As would naturally be expected, people who do not intend to return often buy day or half -day tickets be cause they are cheaper than the reg ular one-way fare, and sen or give away the return coupon in London; Kt in oi,ho nf this the railways evi dently find advantage in continuing such rates. ' . The acme of cheap traveling in this country was reached this summer. Onde or twice each week ranroaas gave excursion rates from London and nrnvinriai towns to seaside resorts hich range from five to nine miles for a penny (2 cents). These are not on slow way trains, made up or od solete - cars, but on fast "expresses," some being no-stop and composed of new corridor cars. Taking account of all these reduced fares, it is probable that English railway travel is the cheapest in Europe, and, withal, the EngHsh railways and their services are inferior to none." OUR TRADE WITH MEXICO. Estimates Show That a Billion Dollars United States Capital Invested Trade of the United States with Mexico in the fiscal year 1905 aggre gated in value $29,000,000.' In 1895, only a decade earlier, it was $31,000, 000. and in 1885 $18,000,000. thus prac tically doubling in the decade ending with 1895, and trebling in the decade ending with 1905. The exchange of merchandise be tween the United States and Mexico are more nearly equally divided as to imports than is the case with most countries. In pur trade with the coun tries of Eurone. for example, our ex ports thereto are twice as great as our imnorts therefrom : in the case of Mex ico, our exports are not greater than our imports. Indeed, in the fiscal year 1905 exDorts to Mexico were about $1,000,000, less than imports from that country, though in 1904 the conditions were reversed, exports to Mexico being about $2,000,000 greater than imports therefrom. The United States narticlpates more largely in the foreign trade of Mexico than does any other country. Figures compiled by the department of commerce and labor, through its bureau of statistics, show that of Mex ico s total imports of merchandise, 53 ner cent is drawn from the United States. Indeed, no other country, with the single exception of Canada, draws as larce a nercentace of its imnorts from the United States as does Mex ico; and no other country except Cuba sends- as large a percentage of its exports to the United States as does Mexico. . In the case of Canada, 60 per cent of the imports is drawn from the United States, and in the case of Cuba. 83 per cent of the exports is sent to the United States, r In Canada the similarity of language, climate and customs tends more strongly to close commercial relations than in Mexico, while in the case of Cuba the demand in the United States for tropical pro ducts given through the reciprocity treaty suggests a cause for the high percentage of Cuban exports to the United States. Proximity and plenti ful facilities for transportation 'of merchandise, mails and people stimu late exchanges and have resulted In a very rapid growth of the trade rela tions is doubtless found , in the large investments of American capital . and in the presence of large numbers of citizens of the United States in the countries named. Estimates made, by . our consular . representatives and others, and by persons in tne united States familiar with the subject, in dicate that fullv, a $1,000,000,000 of capital from the United States is now invested in Mexico, Canada and Cuba, of which about one-half is in Mexico. During the laat ten years trade be tween the United States and . Cuba has doubled; tht between the United States and Canada has more than doubled ; and that between the United" States and Mexico has trebled. H HOW TO LIVE TO BE 117. "Plenty of Sleep and Don't Worry," is Mother Kelley's Advice Mrs Margaret Kelley, the. remark able old Irish woman who added to the spirit of the occasion when she attended the dinner and celebration of i St. Patrick's day at the Irish club, 146 East Fiftq-eighth street, on Saturday night, showed no bad effects from the lively time when seen Sunday at her home, 964 Third avenue. , Mrs. Kelley is credited with being 117 years old. She says she has lived that long, and asserts that she has kept tab on her years since she was a little girl. She was up as chipper as usual yesterday morning, but must be recorded that she slep a little later than has been her custom for years. Mrs.' Kelley says she was born In the little town French Park, 'County of Roscommon, Province of Con naught. Ireland, early in March. 1789. She isn't cjear as to the day of the month, but says she is positive as to the year. Her eldest child died eleven years ago, at the age of 81. Mrs. Kelley has given birth to fourteen children. Her husband died some years ago. She looks not to be more than 85, and talks with a firm voice. She says she has never been sick in her life. She has , three children still living. Mrs. Kelley has but one affliction, she is quite deaf. She couldn't understand why a newspaper should be Interested in her, and all attempts to get her to talk at length about herself were in vain. ' Mrs. Kelley ''has often been asked as to her idea of the best way to live in order to attain a ripe old age. To such queries she has always replied: "Have a good time, get plenty of sleep, and. don't worry." Many times Mrs. Kelley has bcfin bothered ,with questions as how she accounted for her deafness, and her invariably reply has been that she thought her ear drums were affected when she was a young girl by the blarney of young gallants In Rosconv mon. From the New York Sun.