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Kodaks, Fancy Goods, Perfumes
COa/cucda-lll IDx-o.g'
No Mystery
In the old time language of the arts printing was called a mys
tery. The chief mystery nowadays about printing is why some
business then will persist in using the sort of printing they
getting. It must be either because they do not know nor care.
If you do not care how your printing looks, if you do not
what sort of an impression you are making upon your customers and
we can do for you, although
even then we may be able to interest you in the matter of price.
If you do want your printing to do you justice, if you wish to get
it at the same prices that you have been paying for careful,
sidered, distinguished and noteworthy printing, then we have some
thing to say to you.
We know that we
business associates, there is nothing
are doing for many live, successful, pro
gressive business men the kind of printing which adds distinction to
their business and profits to their distinction. The kind of printing
you want is tbe printing that segregates you—that puts you in a
class by yourself.
That is what our printing does.
Don't you wish to know more about us?
The Signal, Weiser, Idaho.
Recommendation of a Well Known Ohioago
I use and prescribe Chamberlain's
Cough Remedy for almost all
obstinate, constricted coughs, with
direct results. I prescnble it to
children of all ages. Am glad to
recommend it to all in need and seek
ing relief from colds and coughs and
bronchial afflictions. It is non-nar
cotic and safe in the bands of the
most unprofessional. A universal
panacea for
Mary R. Melbndy, M. D., Ph. D.,
Chicago, 111.
sale by Churchill Drug Co.
How is the Water Question?
The Weiser Canal Company need
money to meet its obligations and
make needed improvements. They
expect an immediate settlement of
all accounts. Thos.C. Galloway.
Buy your paint of a practical
painter, who can tell you what to use
and how to use it. This knowledge
will he worth a great deal to you, but
will cost you nothing, if you buy
your paint from Moyer, the painter
Largest stock of paints, oils, etc., in
Weiser. Lowest prices for good
mankind. — M$s
This remedy is for
Patton's carriage paint at Moyer's,
Alahastiue—the great wall finish—
Advertised Letters.
Let ters remaining uncalled for in the
postofflee at Weiser, Idaho for the week
ending Nov. 30lh 1001.
Baumann, A A
Cottle, Jack
Craig, Edd
Hunt, Theo L
Morrish, Wm
Mickey, Perry
Shannon, E S
Ward, Mitchel
Line Butcher, H C Co
ladies' list.
Kraus, Miss Agnes Said, Miss Lelia
Sing Bros, San Louie Restaurant
Schlager, Heinrich
Black, Rev G W
Coonrod, Jack
Flaherty, M J
Kazminskv. H S
Mitchell. Wm
Owens. Chas B
Tregise, G W
Rumans, E A
In calling for the above letters, please
say advertised.
Crockery at Cordelle's.
77—W. of W.—77
at Moyer's.
M. & R. gives special prices on
coal in carload lets.
Window shades at McBratney &
Abernathy, 45c each. Telephone
38 N.
Half term, same 1
Piano, organ and voice lessons
given at pupil's homes. Terms of 1
twenty lesson, $10.
rate. Address,
Mus. Ida Schoenacer, .
[Continued from Page 6.]
told of onr unfortunate comrades whom
we had buried on the moon, and there
was one gleam of satisfaction when we
exhibited the wonderful crystals we
bad collected iu the crater of Aris
Mr. Edison determined to stop only
I long enough to test the electrical ma
I ohinery of the cars, which had been
I more or less seriously deranged daring
! onr wild chase after the comet, and
1 then to start straight back for Mars,
this time on a through trip.
The astronomers who had been
watching Mars since our departure
with their telescopes reported that
mysterious lights continued to be visi
ble, but that nothing indicating the
starting of another expedition for the
earth bad been seen.
Within 24 hours we were ready for
our second start.
The moon was now no longer in a po
sition to help us on our way. It had
moved out of the line between Mars
and the earth.
High above us, in the center of the
heavens, glowed the red planet which
was the goal of onr journey.
The needed computations of velocity
and direction of flight having been re
peated and the ships being all In readi
ness, we started direct for Mars.
An enormous charge of electricity was
imparted to each member of the squad
ron in order that as soon as we bad
reached the upper limits of the atmos
phere, where the ships could move
swiftly without danger of being con
sumed by the heat developed by the fric
tion of their passage through the air, a
very great initial velocity could be im
Once started off by this tremendous
electrical kick and with no atmosphere
to resist our motion, we should be able
to retain the same velocity, barring in
cidental encounters, until we arrived
near the surface of Mars.
When we were free of the atmosphere
and the ships were moving away from
the earth with the highest velocity
which we were able to impart to them,
observations on the stars were made in
I order to determine the rate of onr speed.
This was found to be ten miles in a
second, or 864,000 miles in a day, a
very much greater speed than that with
which we had traveled on starting to
j touch the moon. Supposing this velocity
to remain uniform—and, with no known
( resistance, it might reasonably be ex
i peoted to do so—we should arrive at
Mars in a little less than 42 days, the
distance of the planet from the earth
being at this time about 86,000,000
j Nothing occurred for many days to
j interrupt onr journey. We became ac
and many entertainments were provided
to while away the time,
mers in the expedition found plenty of
occupation in studying the aspects of the
stars and the other heavenly bodies from
their new point of view.
At the expiration of about 35 days w«
had drawn so near to Mars that with
our telescopes, which, though small,
were of immense power, we could dis
cern upon its surface features and de
tails which no one had been able to
glimpse from the earth.
As the surface of this world that we
were approaching as a tiger hunter
draws near the jungle gradually
folded itself to onr inspection there
was hardly one of us willing to devote
to sleep or idleness the prescribed eight
hours that had been fixed as the time
during which each member of the expe
dition must remain iu the darkened
chamber. We were too eager to watch
for every new revelation upon Mars.
But something was iu store that
had not expected. We were to meet the
Martians before arriving at the world
they dwelt iu.
Among the stars which shone in that
quarter of the heavens where Mars ap
peared as the master orb there was one,
lying directly in onr path, which, to
onr astonishment, as we continued on,
altered from the aspect of a star, under
went a gradually magnification and
soon presented itself in the form of a
little planet.
The astrono
"It Is an asteroid," said somebody.
"Yes, evidently, but how does it
come inside the orbit of Mars?"
"Oh, there are several asteroids,"
said one of the autonomere, "which
travel inside the orbit of Mars «long a
part of their course, aud for aught we
cau tell there may beumuy'whicb have
not yet been caught sight of from the
earth that are nearer to the inn than
Mars is. "
"This must be one of them."
"Manifestly so."
As we drew nearer the mysterious
little planet revealed itself to ns as a
perfectly formed globe not more than
five miles in diameter.
"What is that upon it?" asked Lord
Kelvin, squinting intently at the little
world through his glass. "As 1 live, it
"Yes, yes I" exclaimed several others.
"There are inhabitants upon it, but
what giautsl"
"What monsters 1"
"Don't you see?" exclaimed an excit
ed savant. "They are the Martians!"
The startling truth burst upon the
minds of all. Here upon this little
planetoid were several of the gigantic
inhabitants of the world that we were
going to attack. There was more than
one man in the flagship who recognized
them well, and who shuddered at the
recognition, instinctively recalling the
recent terrible experience of the earth.
Was this an outpost of the warlike
Around these monstrous enemies we
saw several of their engines of war.
Some of these appeared to have been
wrecked, but at least one, as far as we
could see, was still in a proper condition
for use.
How had these creatures got there?
"Why, that is easy enough to ac
count for," I said, as a sudden recollec
tion flashed into my mind. "Don't yon
remember the report of the astronomers
more than six mouths ago, at the end
of the conference in Washington, that
something which seemed to indicate the
departure of a new expedition from
Mars had been noticed by them? We
have beard nothing of that expedition
since. We know that it did not reach
the earth. It must have fallen foul of
this asteroid, run upon this rock in the
ocean of space and been wrecked here."
"We've got 'em, then!" shouted our
electric steersman, who had been a
workman in Mr. Edison's laboratory
and had unlimited confidence in his
The electrical ships were immediate
ly instructed by signal to slow down,
an operation that was easily effected
through the electrical repulsion of the
The nearer we got the more terrifying
was the appearance of the gigantic
creatures who were riding upon the lit
tle world before us like castaway sailors
upon a block of ice. Like men, and yet
not like men, combining tbe human and
the beast in their appearance, it requir
ed a steady nerve to look at them. If
we bad not known their malignity and
their power to work evil, it would have
been different, but iu our eyes their
moral character shone through their
physical aspect and thus rendered them
more terrible than they would otherwise
have been.
When we first saw them, their ap
pearance was most forlorn, and their at
titudes indicated only despair and des
peration, but as they caught sight of ns
their malign power of intellect instant
ly penetrated the mystery, and they rec
ognized ns for what we were.
Their despair immediately gave place
to reawakened malevolence. On tbe in
stant they were astir, with such heart
chilling movements as those that char
acterize a venomous serpent preparing
to strike.
Not imagining that they would be in
a condition to make serious resistance,
we had been somewhat incautious in
Suddenly there was a quicker move
ment than usual among the Martians, a
t A

Another of our ship«, with all its crew,
mas destroyed.
swift adjustment of that one of their
engines of war which, as already no
ticed, seemed to be practically nuiujur
ed, and then there darted from it and
slighted upon one of the foremost ships
a dazzling lightning stroke a mile in
length at whose touch the metallic
sides of tbe oar curled and withered
and, licked for amomeutby what seem
ed lambent flames, collapsed into a mere
For an inatnnt not a word was spo
ken, so sudden aud unexpected had been
the blow.
second flaming tongue of death shot
from the fearful engine, aud another of
our ships, with all its crew, was de
It was an inauspicious beginning for
us. Two of our electrical ships, with
their entire crews, had been wiped out
We knew that every soul in the
stricken car had perished.
"Back I Back I" was the signal in
stantaneously flashed from the flagship,
and, reversing their polarities, the mem
bers of the squadron sprang away from
the little planet as rapidly as the elec
trical impulse could drive them.
But before we were out of reach a
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of existence, and this appalling blow
bad beeu dea lt by n few 8tranded and
disabled enemies floating on an asteroid,
Wbat bope would there be for n9
when we came to encounter the millions
0 f Mars itself on their own ground and
pre p are d for war'
However, it would not do to despond,
We bad been iucautiouSi and W0 fibonld
take good car8 nofc to oomulit tbe
fault again.
The drst bb j D g t0 do was t0 nven g 8
the death of our comrades. The question
whether we were able to meet these
Martians and overcome them might as
well be settled right here and now.
They had proved wbat they oould do
even when disabled and at a disadvan
tage. Now it was our turn.
The squadron had been rapidly with
drawn to a very considerable distance
from the asteroid. Tbe range of tbe
mysterious artillery employed by the
Martians was unknown to ns. We did
not even know the limit of the effective
range of our own disintegrators. If it
should prove that tbe Martians were
able to deal their strokes at a distance
greater than any which we oould reach
then they would of course have an in
superable advantage.
On the other band, if it should turn
out that our range was greater than
theirs the advantage would be on our
side, or—which was perhaps most
probable—there might be practically no
difference in the effective range of the
Anyhow we were- going to find out
how the ease stood and that without de
Everything being in readiness, the
disintegrators all in working order, aud
the men who were able to handle them,
most of whom were experienced marks
men, chosen from among the officers of
the regular army of the United States
and accustomed to the straight shooting
and the sure hits of the west, standing
at their posts, the squadron again ad
In order to distract the attention of
the Martians the electrical ships had
been distributed over a wide space.
Some dropped straight down toward the
asteroid; others approached it by flank
attack, from this side and that. The
j flagship moved straight in toward the
point where the first disaster occurred,
j Its intrepid commander felt that bis
post should be that of the greatest dan
j ger aud where the severest blows would
! be given and received.
The approach of the ships was made
| with great caution. Watching the Mar
| tians with our telescopes we could clear
ly see- that they were disconcerted by
the scattered order of onr attack. Even
if all of their engines of war had been
in proper condition for use it would
have been impossible for them to meet
the simultaneous assault of so many
enemies dropping down upon them from
the sky.
But they were made of fighting metal,
as we knew from old experience. It was
no question of surrender. They did not
know how to surrender, and we did not
know how to demand a surrender. Be
sides, the destruction of tbe two elec
trical ships with the 40 men, many of
whom bore names widely known on the
earth, had excited a kind of fury among
the members of tbe squadron which
called for vengeance.
Suddenly a repetition of the quick
movement by the Martians which bad
been the forerunner of their former
coop was observed. Again a bliudiug
flash burst from their war engine, and
instantaneously a shiver ran through
| the frame of the flagship. Theairwith
| seemed suddenly to have assumed the
j temperature of a blast furnace,
in quiveaed with strange pulsatious aud
We all gasped for breath. Our throats
and lungs seemed searched iu the act of
breathing. Some fell uncouscioos upon
the floor. Tbe marksmen, carrying the
disintegrators ready for use, staggered,
and one of them dropped his instru
But we had not been destroyed like
our comrades before us. In a moment
the wave of beat passed. Those who
had fallen recovered from their momen
tary stupor and staggered to their feet.
The electrical steersman stood hesi
tating at bis post. ,
"Move on," said Mr. Edison sternly,
his features set with determination and
his eyes afire. "We are still beyond
their effective range. Let ns get closer
in order to make sure work when we
The ship moved on. One could hear
the heart beats of its inmates. The other
members of the squadron, thinking for
tbe moment that disaster had overtaken
tbe flagship, had paused and seemed to
be meditating flight.
"Signal them to move on," said Mr.
The signal was given, and the circle
of electrical ships closed in upon the as
In the meantime Mr. Edison bad been
donning his airtight suit. Before we
could fully comprehend his intention
he had passed through the double trap
ped door which gave access to the ex
terior of the car without permitting tbe
loss of air and was standing upon what
served for the deck of the ship.
In bis baud be carried a disintegrator.
With a quick motion he sighted it.
As quickly as possible I sprang to bis
side. I was just iu time to note the fa
miliar blue gleam about the instru
ment which indicated that its terrific
energies were at work. The whirring
sound was absent because here in open
where there atmosphere,
there could be no sound.
My eyes were fixed upon the Martians'
engine, which bad just dealt us a stag
gering but not fatal blow, and particu
larly I noticed a polished knob project
ing from it, which seemed to have been
the focus from which its destructive
bolt emanated.
A moment later the knob disappeared.
The irresistible vibrations darted from
the electrical disintegrator had fallen
upon it and instantaneously shuttered it
into atoms.
"That fixes them," said Mr. Edison,
turning to me, with a smile.
And indeed it did fix them. We bad
moat effectually spiked their gun. It
would deal no more deathblows.
The doings of the flagship had been
closely watched throughout the squad
ron. Tbe effect of its blow had been evi
dent to all, and a moment late* we saw
on some of the nearer ships men dress
ed in their air suits appearing upon the
deck, swinging their arms aud sending
forth noiseless cheers into empty space.
The stroke that we had dealt was
taken by several of the electrical ships
as a signal for a common assault, and
we saw two of the Martians fall beside
the ruin of their engine, their beads
having been blown from their bodies.
"Signal them to stop firing!" com
manded Mr. Edison. "We have got
them down, and we are not going to
murder them without necessity. Be
sides, " he added, "I want to capture
some of them alive."
The signal was given as he had or
dered. The flagship then alone dropped
slowly toward the place on the asteroid
where the prostrate Martians were.
As we got near them a terrible scene
unfolded itself to our eyes. There bad
evidently been not more than half a
dozen of the monsters in tbe beginning.
Two of these
stretched headless
neon the erouud.

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