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MUSKRATTING IN MARYLAND
A Unique Indntitry Wlto Follow It. Many interested fur dealer»» have be keeping themselves informed abont the prospect of the winter's yield of musk rats in lower Maryland, and from the opening of the season, limited by law from Jan. 1 to April 1. their agents find their way in the fresh marshes of Dorset, where, area of perhaps ten miles, the industry is almost wholly confined. The season was formerly from No vember to May. but the little gray creatures were slaughtered so merciless ly for their furry coats that sometimes turn into mink and otter collars and muffs that legislation became as imper ative for them as for the protection of the partridge and terrapin, to which delicacies the inuskratter considers the flesh of his victim in nowise inferior. This industry is the most unique phase of economic life in Maryland, and the revenue from the skins, flesh and perfume is greater than that from the surrounding wheatfields. The yield becomes greater each sea- ; eon, owing to the protection of the rats, and, as the skins bring from 10 to 15 cents, many thousands are annually hunted and caught They are secured in three ways—by gigs, by snares and by shooting, the latter mode being supposed to bring the ■slaughter up to the level of sport The house that the marsh rat builds for itself is a study for the naturalist in its perfect adaptability to its needs, made by mud and reeds and thatched over its dome shaped roof, standing two feet high among the tall grasses. Down into this many chambered adobe, in which the rats are domiciled like the cliff dwellers, the two long, sharp points of the gig descend and spear five .dr of them on each prong The snares are set in the little ditches about the marshes and catch rats after the manner of rabbit snaring The shooting is done mostly at night, when the rats come out to drink, and the scene is wild and weird in the ex treme The inuskratters, in long rubber boots that come up to their thighs, have torch bearers carrying great sticks of lightwood that send a flaming glow far around. They make a peculiar clicking pound through their teeth that, like the Pied Piper's music, brings all the won dering creatures from their hiding places, and, presto, the guns bang and «end them to rat heaven -—for their curiosity. Neither is this unique industry fined to the masculine element of the marsh lands. Though they have never heard of the New Testament, there are among these mighty hunters of the ro dent som'e champion rat slayers in pet ticoats and long boots—less of petti coats and more of boots—who can boast as many trophies in muskrat hides as their "men folks. " und the People en water within an C # ;r elsewhg' con Cat Kill« aii Eairle. A tiger cat belonging to Farmer Haz ard of Herrick. Susquehanna county. Pa., was strolling out toward the barn a few days ago. carrying in her teeth a piece of meat for her young. A bald j eagle, which had been hovering over the farm for a week, suddenly descend ed upon her and whirled her upward in a rapid vertical flight. The path of ascent to the eye of a spectator watching the secne was clear ly indicated bv loose feathers violently tossed from the point or combat. In a brief time the struggling pair came to a standstill in the sky. The eagle's wings had drooped now and then, and he had given plain evidence of pain and terror, yet not once had his awful grip appeared to relax. At length a de scent was begun, with a rapidity which increased every moment, and the two animals struck the ground at the very point where they had at first encoun tered each other, but the eagle was dead, and the cat. as soon as she felt terra firm» beneath her feet, shot away for the barn, «till carrying her bit of meat. Investigation proved that the cat had cut the eagle's throat and so lacerated its breast that its body was literally laid open. After the death in midair, however, the cat had been too clever to relax her hold and thus fall to the ground, but had let her enemy serve as a parachute to ease her descent. The cat is none the worse for her aerial flight and battle. ! Victims of Cdlnlsld Combs. A trio of uccidents of the same kind in three different towns yesterday re sulted in the scalping of the girls who were the unfortunate victims. Miss Sallie Vanmeter, a charming daughter of Judge Vanmeter of Chillicothe. O. had her hair all burned off While lean ing over a grate by her celluloid comb catching fire She is terribly injured. At Zanesville. O., Miss Lulu Moore, a society girl, got too near the grate. Her celluloiu comb ignited, and she was scalped before help could reach her At Wheeling Miss Mary Conner, while raking coal in the grate, got too near the fire, and her celluloid comb was ignited, burning her terribly. It was the second accident of the kind at .Wheeling in a week. —-Louisville Post. W. WILLIAMSON, R. ATTORNEY-AT-LAW. ; Attorneys at Law Practice in State District and County courts. Greenwood, Miss. gAMUEL L. GWIN, Attorney and Counsellor at Law. GREENWOOD, MISS. Oflice over Delta Bank. QASTON MONTGOMERY. Dentist. G BEEN WOOD. MISH. Office over C. W. Crocketts' Drus Store. R. V. POLLARD, W. B. WATKINS. POLLARD & WATKINS, GREENWOOD, MISS. Special attention given to collections. A. McC. KIMBROUGH, Attorney at Law GREENWOOD, MISS. Practices in all the courts of Leflore and surrounding counties. J. W. SLACK, inter and Paper Hanger Un rB GREENWOOD, MISS. All work guaranteed. Estimates made on work when desired G. B. STEWART ? It 3E> 3=3 tv:* Office over Cassity <fe Co's, store, idence at Henry House. Will attend night calls. Res C. L. LOMAX, Attorney fit Law, j Respectfully solicits a share of the pa tronage of the people, of Greenwood and vicinity. Oflice over Yancey's Barbet F\ 0 ." e Jj 8 residence, or 14 at C. (<t re«u wood, Ulil. Any business entrusted to me will re aeive prompt and careful attention. C. D. N. CAMPBELL, M.D ! Physician and Surgeon •9 J. W. DULANEY, Physician and Surgeon Tenders his professional services tc the citizens of Greenwood and vicinity. Office, Greenwood Drug Co., next door Vo Delta Bank. MOKKOK U'CLUR«. S. B. OOLMUir, COLEMAN & McCLURO, Ortenwood, Miss. Will practice in all the State courts ind the Federal courts at Jackson and Oxford, lection of Special attention given to claims. col A. 9 . •AKDVKB, W. T. BUSH. RUSH & GARDNER. Miorsays ni Gouidlon at Law, Orecnwood, Miss. Prompt attention given to all bust cntm«»eA t.o ns. ViCKSBUafi AKD YAZOO RIVER PACKET . COMPANY. J. J. POWERS C. n. KAIN.... Steamer "MEMPHIS' FreaMeaC iMRiflitoii m . and BtrfM. Leaves Vicksburg every Tuesday at noon for the Yazoo river,"going as high as Greenwood. For Sunflower river—Steamer "NOV. ELTY" leaves every Wednesday. Office—323 South Levee street. Telephone—Old 182; new 58. JOHX J. DONOVAN, ■«perintendent Wharfbaat, Afiat ZB* PLATT, Passenger Actat GREENWOOD FDNERAL DIRECTOR xT. T\ SPIVEY, With the Green* ood Coffin Company. ['AHMYINO THK 1.1 KK OF Caskeîs and Coins Found in ina Ciiy. PRICES REASONABLE. We furnish Hearses and Carriages if desired. Prompt and satisfactory service guaranteed. Will take charge, dress and embalm bodies when desired. E "\© -\© Has never been any thing but real advertising. It is onlv the "just as good kind which is experimental. ■ii Circulation : Weekly 9 Commonwealth 1353 . *-• ■* -*•—— Our Druggists A re the best judges of med Tliey ici ne. know what is the best kind in shelves and tions of different kinds. sickness. Their cases are recomruenda Tlie seven named below are always found on the shelves of every first class drug store. For Chills and Fever— They will recommend Chilton's Chill Cure as the host. For Broken Down Constitution - Take Chilton's Improved Iron Tonic. It makes health. For the Blood— Chilton's I mproved Fsirsapr boils and skin diseases. For Constipation Ta ke Wi I kinson's Yeg None are bett er. For Sprains and Bruises Call for 'Wilkinson's Oriental or Chil ton's Arnica Liniment. For Toothache— Ca'ii on the Dentist, out it not there try W ilkinson's Toothache Stopper. Buchanan's Quinine Dorse o- Cattle Pow ders. Makes them sleek and fat. Stops in ha. able Liver Pills. Gus. MOORE Contractor Builder and Office Near Delta Machine Shops, GREENWOOD, MISS. Will make estimates and take con tracts for buildings anj'where in the Delta. should write or call on him. Parties desiring work done J. D. DOWNS Greenwood's Shoemaker Guarantees all His Work. Mnkin«r. liepairing. Reasonable Prices. ITalf-Soling Done at Give liim your work. Shop Near I. C. Depot. Wanted, At once, a correspondent at Webb, Glendoria, 'Swan Lake, Sunny Side, Sidon, Minter Cit}', Shell Mound, Black Hawk, Ueinmingway, Phillips, Leflore, Parons and Carrollton for The Common wealth. The postmaster or assistant preferred. A liberal offer will be made the right persons. Address L. B. 346, Greenwood, Miss. Me Off At i lie 1 . Located 2o miles from Moorehead, Miss., on tlie Pond Branch railroad, in one of the most fertile sections of the whole state . . . THE TOWN IS NOT ON THE 330 m, ... BUT BUSINESS IS ... Lots today selling at $lo<>, will he worth $5<>o in 5 years. Two new stores going up, Now is the time to buy while you can get them cheap. For full particular*, call aaxlri **, on or RILJX^E: BRO <§> ® <§> Ruleville, Miss. 8 K «Ht ■> öiufüü 1 >ï i i.4-» I ISÉ WAKES JlftD REH fSFAT m f h- ~ V y •V missel II Vs \ 'll \«àlwV 1 \\\ w. MV \% 1 \ z/A I* k to \l f. m \ N' Jt «Ir— -• tog. VS/ v. k kZx vV C." CURES Chills, Malaria ^ Biliousness DELIGHTFUL TO TAKE. WARRANTED. * 4 NO URE, NO F=A'v'. y 9 I» Just ns good for Adults «.?■* for CIillcIron. Paris Medicine Co., Galatia, 111., Nov. 10, 1S93. Gentlemen:—We sold last year 600 bottles of GR0YE , S TASTELESS CHILL . TONIC and have bought 3 gross already this year. In all our experience of 14 years in the drug business, have never sold an article that gave such universal satisfaction as your Tonic. Yours Truly, ABNEY, CARR & CO. PRICE. 50 CENTS. Subscribe for the . . Commonwealth . . Mississippi's Leading Weekly.