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THE MAN IX THE TEA1N.
The northern express waa about to
leave the Tedcroft Junction when two
girls rushed into the station. They had
Just time to hurry into the first car
riage at hand and have their bags and
tugs bundled in after them, when the
whistle sounded and the train started.
"How I hate a rush!" exclaimed An
gela Trevor, the elder of the two sis
ters, a handsome, resolute-looking girl,
as she sank breathless into her place.
"It is so upsetting to one's nerves."
"Disarranges one's clothes, too," added
"To think of our not having had time
to select a carringe for such a long jour-
Bey!" said Angela.
Both glanced involuntarily to the other
end of the carriage, where their one
fellow traveler sat in the corner seat
on the same side with Angela. II
head and face were hidden from view
by the ample pages of the Times spread
out before him. Two long, tweed-clad
legs were stretched out, finished with
flattish feet in well-finished boots. At
the side glimpses showed of a shoulder,
an arm, and a thin, nervous-looking
"lie looks all right," Molly said, care
lessly thrusting a hairpin into her back
"Undeniably a gentleman," said An
gela, with decision. "He has a good
tailor, and his boots are unexceptional.
The girls settled down for the journey,
extracting from among the surrounding
impedimenta the usual literary solaces
in the way of newspapers and vividly
bound books. First, however, they
talked over in low tones the visit on
which thev were going in Yorkshire,
Their hostess was a friend and con
temporary, who had lately married the
firm ire of Manledene. The eirls were
full of excitement, surmise and pleasant
anticinations reirardinrr the visit to
their friend in her new place and posi
tion. It was some time before the flow
of conversation ceased, and they took
up their books. Angela was soon en
p-ared in following the unwholesome
career of a modern heroine through all
its risky intricacies. Mollie had chanced
on a volume of short stories, plainly in
spired by the triumphs of Sherlock
Holmes. They wi re full of ghastly ad
ventures with criminals and lunatics;
the situations, though infinite in va
riety, were all alike thrilling and blood
curdllng. Moliie's youthful imagina
tion took fire; one story, an adventure
with a lunatic in a railway carriage, es
pecially excited her. It was not a par
ticularly happy selection for a railway
journey. She looked up from the pages
with a "shudder, her blood running cold.
It was only in books, however, that
awful, creepy adventures happened to
travelers. She had never known a real
person who was unlucky enough to
meet a criminal or lunatic in a train.
As the reassuring thought entered her
mind, her eyes wandered to the far end
of the carriage. They unexpectedly met
those of the man in the corner seat;
the shock was sharp and violent. He
was sitting up, the Times folded on his
knees, allowing his whole face to be
seen. Such a face! Just like so many
of those described in the stories Mollie
had been reading. The coincidence was
extraordinary and startling. The girl's
imagination rushed off on a series of
wild flights, and she drewquicKij un..,
behind her book. She had
never seen a stranger looking man;
hollow-cheeked, g-""t, grim, but, above
all, with the most peculiar eyes, star-
in and nrominent. She had so little ex
pected such a development in the harmless-looking
man behind the Times that
the shock and surprise were very greui.
;h retained, however, self-control
enoush not to appeal to Angela on the
impulse of the moment. Mollie was
used to having fears ridiculed. She
therefore decided to wait before giv-
in" any alarm, for it was possible that.
!lpr excited imagination was running
awav with her.
Vfter a few minutes ahe ventured to
nrpn cautiously from behind her book
The man had turned away, and was
Innkinir out of the window, the gaunt
face only showing in profile. Mollie
breathed more freely, relieved from
4oBtareof those terribleeyes; she made
Wr. ctndvnf the stranirer. As
ih scrutiny progressed, however, an
other change came over her face the
composure she had regained began to
diminish rapidly. Her eyes noted the
man's bare head, then went from it to
the rack above, to the seat opposite, to
v flnnr Xo trace of hat or hat box
t y.r, riif or lmrffage of any kind
..l,lhe discover. Her heart stood
still. Who but an escaped lunatic or
criminal would lie traveling hatless ami
without baggage? The ghastly ideas
me before, now took terrible and d
inite shape. She bent quickly across
and touched the unconscious Angela
still held wholly absorbed.
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"Take care," Mollie whispered
KnnH cffirl rind look around. I wan
to tell vou something.
"Gootl gracious! What has happened
A- T-Olt ill?"
Aoi r. suddenly aroused from
Jin, found it hard not to ex
claim aloud at her sister's words and
the sight of her pale face.
n no. I am all right. Only 'it
r.-it deal worse. It's about the man
in the carriage." Moliie's voice sank to
,. lAwest whisper.
"-nnt do vou mean? Has he been
"No, but he is dreadful-looking; such
a strange face and staring eyes, at
must be an escaped criminal or a luna
tla. A lunatic. I think, he looks bo
no. fVh. it's dreadful!"
"Why should you rush at such I wful
conclusions," Angela exposiumieu,
"merely because a man is queer-looking?"
"But it's not only that. Oh, I wish
it was!" Moliie's teeth chattered with
"What else? What is it? For heav
en's 6ake, speak plainly."
"He is traveling without a hat; his
head is bare," Mollie gasped out, m
strangled whimpers. "And he has no
hat in the carriage, no luggage of any
"Good gracious! Are you quite
Quite. He has nothing with him but
the Times. Would any ordinary man
travel like that?"
Angela's face bleached to the color
of her sister's; her fears started into
just as acute life. "o ordinary man
would travel bareheaded. There was
an awful probability about the con
clusions drawn by Mollie from his hat-
"Oh!" she gasped under her breath.
It is awful! And to think that we're
nearly half an hour from the next sta
tion!" A movement at the other end of the
carriage made botn gins siuk oacK in
their places with beating hearts. As
Angela sank against the cushions, she
caught a sudden and unexpected
glimpse of the suspected stranger. He
had turned again from the window, and
was reojiening the Times. Alas! Mollie
had not exaggerated, as fear som times
made her prone to do. The man s face
was dreadful in its gaunt grmii.iss.
And then the staring eyes and bare
Angela could not but accept the situ
ation, as the more suspicious ana iimiu
Mollie had accepted it. There was some
thing wronsr with the man; he had all
the appearance of being a lunatic. Aw
ful though the thought might be, that
thev were alone in the carriage w ith a
madman, it had to be fated. Angela.
less helpless than Mollie. rapidly be
gan to consider what could be done.
The train was not due to stop for at
hast 20 minutes longer. Would the
cuiiet pkave in which the man evidently
then was. last during that time? a ter
rible and vital question. And if it did
i.ot? Angela clenched her hands in the
agony of the thought, and thrust it
from her resolutely. Better not to
think of the worst, not to anticipate a
situation which would iii-d them help
less. The thing was to staeoff danger.
to do all that they could to preserve
he man's present state of calm
Angela made a rapid mental review
of all her knowledge-principally gath
ered from sensational literature con
prnintr the insane. As a result, sr.i
i,..i,..i ih.it whzit thev Had to oo
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now was to avoid everything wl.icn
nmilrl attract the man's notice. or,ex-
ite him in any way. They must noi. lor
the world, let him see them loosing at.
him. nor rouse any suspicions in
mind that they were talking or iiuns.-
in of him. The difficulty was to com
municate these decisions to Mollie witn
nut. pveiting suspicion.
Anemia first ventured a swilt giante
from behind her book to the other end
of the carriage. The man was again
concealed by the newspaper; the peace
ful, ordinary way in which his long
legs were stretched across the carr'age
would have been more reassuring were
it not for the top of the bare head in.ii
showed above. He was quiet, however.
A gleam of hope kept up Angela's spirit.
That calm state, if undisturbed, might
ell last until their arrival at tne
She snatched the opportunity to stoop
, ,,-if Vi thR turn
over and coniuiuuitaio ..
Winn- Mollie. It was diflicult to restore
her to the appearance of a moral state
to prevent her little gasps dccoiuiub
Try not to look so frightened, ior
heaven's sake, Mollie," Angela
whispered. -Quiet and calm are our
best chance. Don t give way u.e ...i.,
it may not be so bad after all. If we do
to attract his atieiiuou uc
not notice us
They often do not. 1 er-
ips he will fall asleep; ne must
drowsy going over mat p;iin
A smothered "Oh:" answered An
gela's well-meant attempt xo
lies not a bit drowsy," she gasped.
"I've just caught his eye over the news
paper. And and ne iookcu n .
. .. twit ivluif are
was going i"
we to do! Oh, Angela!
Angela had turned deadly pale, Du.
her presence ot niinu uiu uui viv-i.
Let us pretend to be admiring tne
view," she whispered. "How lovely the
light n those fields is!" she said, in a
louder tone, turning to the window.
Do look. Mollie.
"He might spring on us "
"Look." Angela severely interrupted
the faltering whisper, at mat eneci.
Out of the window beside you, a litthMO
the right; the Fhadows on tne irers.
"Yes yes I see.
"Go on looking, and talking about
what vou see," admonished Angela in
undertones, "and when you can think
cf nothing more to say we will go on
to the weather, and to Yorkshire, and
the hours of arrival at the stations."
She gave the lead, taking up the pre
scribed topics in a quiet, level tone, the
least calculated to arouse interest and
attention. Her ears, all the time.
were fairly alert, listening for tne
slightest sound from the other end of
the carriage. The chief burden ot t ne
conversation rested on her. for Moliie's i
part in it, even with the most heroic ef
forts, was very weak and disjointed.
Sometimes it broke off altogether, when
a rustle, or movement in the far corner,
made her teeth chatter and all power
of speech fail. Thrngh the stronger
minded Angela's heart beat just as
quickly at these awful moments, she
always rose to the emergency and ken
up the discourse with unvarying calm
ness. To those, stretched in agony upon a
rack, minutes are as hours. Never had
the sisters dreamed that 20 minutes
could be diawn out to such dreadful
length. Ten times 20 teemed to have
passed, when at last the engine bega
to whistle and the train to slackea
speed, before pulling up in the station.
On the instant the stop was made the
man sprang from the carriage and dis
appeared in the crowd on the platform.
It was hard for the girls to realize at
ence that the danger was over; the reac
tion after the great strain had such a
Angela found her voice first.
"Oh," she drew a deep breath
"what an escape we have had! He is
stark, staring mad."
"To think of his rushing off like
that! We need not leave the carriage
now. Oh, it was dreadful while it last
d!" sighed Mollie.
He is evidently evading pursuit. I
hope he may be caught. I wonder if we
ought to tell anyone about him, Mol
The girl had not decided the question
when the signal for departure was
given and the train began to move. At
the moment there was a rush and a
shout, the door was dragged open.
the bareheaded man precipitated him
self into, his former place in the car
riage, breathless and panting. The
girls, literally paralyzed bj the terror
of the awful surprise, were struck
dumb. They could not call for help un
til it was too late and the station had
been left behind.
Several moments passed in silence.
Although Angela did not look, she felt
the staring eyes fixed on her, as surely
as if she saw them.
The man moved uneasily and cleared
his throat. Angela's heart beat wild
ly; the crisis had come.
I beg vour pardon " he jerked out
the words in a peculiar and awkward
way l Iriguten you.'
Yes," she agreed, hastily. "You
"I failed in mv attempt, though I
ran half wav through the town. I hope
to have better luck next time. I shnll
try again at Darlingham, the next sta
"Oh! I hope so. Indeed, I am euro
vou will succeed at Darlingham.
"You know the town? Then perheps
vou can direct mc where to go.'
"Yes, I know the town very well,"
said Angela, boldly.
"Hut how do you know what I want
"I don't know what you want. Cer
tainly not, I haven't thought aliout it
"But you said vou were sure I wc ihl
succeed at Darlingham."
"Yes that is no that is. I should
be very glad if you succeeded in what
ever it is."
"Success would lie very convenient,"
he said, drolly. "I was looking for a
hatter." He gave a .short laugh. "I sup
pose that does not surprise you, does
"Xo," Angela managed to answer.
"Not at all; it is very nice very nat
ural, I mean."
Moliie's heart gave a first, faint throb
of hope on seeing how closely the luna
tic was attending to Angela's words.
To have his mind well fixed on Darling
ham was the lest way of keeping dead
ly thoughts out of it.
"Do you know a hatter? And can
you direct me to the bhop?"
With his staring eyes fixed straight
before him, he began fumbling in his
pockets. From one of them he finally
produced a small leather case. The eyes
of the girls followed his movements
with a terror far more deadly than any
which had before possessed them. Mol
iie's pupils dilated still more; the man
had drawn something from the case.
What was it that thing clasped within
his hand? The lunatic's sudden draw
ing forth of a razor from a bag, his ad
dress to the other occupant of the car
riage, "I am about to sharpen this for
you. I have been studying your throat;
it looks as if it would cut well."
"I shall follow your directions close
ly," he paused in the doorway of the
mo-o t, snv. "Excuse me, I hav
not a moment to lose. Au revoir. youn
He disappeared from sight at or.ee.
Angela's nerves broke down completely
t i i...:.... f !,. utiviiii
in the suinien rtriaiiuii ...
-Let us call the porter. Quick, quick."
Even as she spoke the. train w hich
still had to make up for lost time waa
in motion, lor some awful instants
the girls' eyes were riveted in agony on
"We are safe! safe at last! Heaven be
Next morning as Angela passed
through the hall, a fly. with luggage,
drew up at the door. The interchanged
greetings, "Hello, professor!" "Well,
Tom!" reached her ears. The first
voice was the squire's, hearty and w el
coming; the sound of the second made
Angela start and turn abruptly round.
Descending from the vehicle appeared
.1.:.. ii., ru with n p-aunt face
a long, 8""-
and staring eyes. Ji'.s neau
bare but covered by a soft hat. Still
there was no mistakir g-the lunatic!
Some hours later the Trevors were
holding a private conference with the
ladv of Maplcdene in her boudoir.
Tears of laughter still filled the eye.
of the latter.
"I cannot help it, girls, you mustn t
mind. It is too killing!" she said,
"nvone would have made the mis
take". I never saw the man until now.
Such a being. No wonder you thought
him a lunatic." London Bunch.
1 1 ....... .w.fc
When it is necessary to use sash cur-
front windows, especially those
-f . .ri.r or drawing-room, the ugly
uj.iv effect that they often have
n.ay be changed into one quite pleasing
hnd artistic by setting across the lower
third or half of the window a narrow
frame of Venetian bent-iron in a simpie
i attern, which frames in a curtain of
colored China silk very prettily. The
Wees of the frames that make the
top and bottom should be wider
than the sides. The curtain should oe
secured at the top by running it
through ft verv small brass rod. N. Y.
"Your life has been one of tstay
reverses, said the kind laay. -lesm, I ik
.... . ,, , , ,t I v..
answered Dismal Dawson, " "bout every
place I turn up I git turned down." In
Atd you broke off the engage-
mert?" said one young man. esr
not brutally, you know. But I man
aged it." "How?" "Told her what
my salwy is." Washington Star.
Exdted TravelerGet me to the
station in three minutes and I'll give
vou five dollars!" Driver "Cant do
it. sir; ye might bribe me, but ye can't
corrupt me horse." Detroit Free Tress.
Judge (to defendant) "lou are
accused of having terribly beaten two
night watchmen last night. What
tempted you to do this?" Defendant
"My feeling of hum Jty, juuge; De
cause for one night watchman that
clubbing would have been too much."
Hayseed "Where is the durn gas
light in my room?" Hotel Liertc
"You will find the electric light near
the wuulow." Hayseed "Do you mean
that old fish-hook in a glass ease? .1
turned the orank, and the fish-hook got
red-hot. Then I shut her off for feai
it might bust." Harper's Bazar.
Tho sightseer was going through
the prison. A liberal fee had procured
from the jailer many talcs of the vari
ous crimes of the prisoners. They had
passed 72 cells, and, stopping before
the next, the. sightseer said: "And why
was this poor wretch convicted?" The
jailer paused. "I never," said he, glanc
ing up at the number over the door,
"speak of the crime of 73." Harvard
A NEVER-FAILING MAGNET.
Why the Crowd ;athred and Remained
for tha Show.
For days lef orehand the billboards of
Queen City had been aflame with post
ers announcing the nature of an enter
tainment which was to take place on
the outskirts of the city on the after
noon of June 12, and which was her
alded as the greatest effort to which the
professional entertainer could aspire.
Great were the excitement and joy
when the news became known, for what
man had not cherished the fond hop)
that he would some day behold this
When the day came round the resi
dents of Queen City turned out en
mat.se and, with beaming faces that told
of car s for the once forgotten, they
repaired to the rendezvous on the out
skirts of the city. Arrived there, they
found a square inclosure of great area
which had been lioarded to a. height of
some 20 feet, added to which, after one
Lad been successful in the mad rush for
admission, one beheld a three-story
brick house in the center of the inclo
sure. This house was all thatthearena
contained, and as every spectator made
a point of getting as close to it as possi
ble, it w as evident that it was to figure
prominently in the day's s pectacle.
The grounds were quickly packed
with an eager, surging multitude that
impatiently awaited the happening oi
what was destined to bo the greatest
event in Queen City's history.
"Hush! It has begun!" As the word
is breathlessly passed, everyone is on
tiptoe, with eyes riveted on the brick
Five, ten, fifteen minutes pass. Dur
ing this time the immense throng
stands transfixed w ith awe and admira
tion. Then comes the rude awakening from
that blissful repose; for the block and
tackle have done their work, and as tht
fireproof safe disappears through a second-story
window the mob breathes
freely again and then sallies forth to
continue the battle of life. N. Y
A Water Microbe.
One of tine unaccountable pJienomenu
nf t.he Black sea has lately been ex.
1 nrtorio I ovists and the
JMU1IH n "
niirrolx.logists. Since time out of mem
r-y it has been a well-known fact thai
'..here were no deep-sea nsn in ine ixmi
of water mentioned. Away back in is
the scientists made an investigation
and found that fish could not live at a
Teater depth than 100 fathoms in the
water of the Black sea on account oi
the. presence of a superabundance ot
s-ulnhuretted hydrogen. rime nnil
"ain the waters were stocked w:tfc
deep-sea fish, but all died on account
of the poisonous gas wlncn was Peu
crr.tcd in such quantities in those por
tions of the water which should nave
been their natural habitat. It wat
known that the gas was at the bottom
of all the trouble, but exactly wucrs
the gas came from was whatfo puzzlec
the investigators. The m:crobolog:su
finally look the. matler in hand nnu 3
recent observer now nnnounees4hat the
gas is generated by the countless num
ber of microbes which make their r.onii'
iu the ooie at the bottom. This microb
decomposes mineral sulphates and has
been named Bacillus Hydrosulfuricni
Ponticus. St. Louis Republic.
The discussion had waxed warm. H.
had given his views uprm women and
marriage and she had disputed ererj
assertion the had made in regard to thi
age at which a girl should marry.
"We'.l," he said, in desperation, at
last, "what do you consider the mo"
"Why. I don't believe there can be
any iron-clad rule in such a matter,
she replied. "It's different with dif
fi rent girls, and it isn't safe to ndevo
to be too STiecific. However, 1 may suj
iu a general way that the age at which
a girl should many- depends entirely
tirrfin the age at which she gets ti
first real good chance." Chicago Post.
Borrowall (happening to come in)
That's a fine machine of jours, Fer
guson. Some day I'll come mnnd anc
take it out for a little spin. By thi
wav, what kind of a bicycle would yot
advise me to ride?
Ferguson I'd advise you to rid on
of your own. Lcndun t un.
Surpasses All Others In the
Diversity of Its Products.
erataiT of state A. A. Leanenr Make
a Report of the Bmourcea, frod
licit and General Condition
The Manufacturers' Record of Balti
more published in its issue of January
1 the following letter by Hon. A. A.
Lesueur, secretary of state of Mis
souri, in regard to the material prog
ress and condition of the state.
Id compliance with your request
made to Gov. William J. Stone, and re
ferred to me for reply, I submit the
following summary in regard to the
material resources, products and gen
eral condition of the state of Missouri:
Missouri is the fifth state out of 45
in the American Union in population,
which, according to the last census,
was 2,678,184. The population is now
estimated to be 3,250,000. Missouri is
the eighth state in assessed valuation,
only the states of New York, Pennsyl
vania, Massachusetts, Ohio, California,
Michigan and Indiana being greater.
It is doubtful whether the real value
of property in Michigan or Indiana
surpasses the real value of property in
Missouri, and it will be noticed thai
the assessed valuation OI tne great
state of Illinois is less than that of
Missouri in area has 69,415 square
miles, or over 44,000,000 acres. It is
larger than any state east of or boder
iug upon the Mississippi except the
state of Minnesota. The length of the
state north and south is 282 miles; its
extreme width east and west is S48
miles, and its average width 335. Some
idea of the immensity of this magnifi
cent domain may be gained from the
fact that the entire states of Maine,
Massachusetts, Connecticut, New
Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island
and Delaware could be put down side
by side within its limits and still leave
a margin of 9,000 square miles.
Missouri is the third state in the
Uniou in the number of its farms. End
the third state in the number of acres
of improved lands, having over 17,000,
000 acres under cultivation, or a larger
acreage for the harvest than is pos
sessed bv the states of Michigan and
Minnesota combined, or the states of
Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut,
Maryland, Minnesota and Rhode Is
land. Missouri raises more corn man
Indiana and Maryland.
Mirpmise Oilier Male in l'roducta,
It uroduees as much wheat as the
states of New ork, Kentucky and Da
kota combined. Missouri ships nearly
50,000,000 pounds of poultry every year,
not beiug equaled by any state iu the
L'niou. It is the fourth state in num
ber of horses, and leads every state in
the Union in the number of mules.
producing last year 936,808 horses and
It produces annually 1,000,000 more
pounds of wool than does Texas, and
as much of that staple as the combined
states of 111 inois and Georgia. Its yield
of hav surpasses that of Kentucky,
Tennessee and New Jersey, and its to
bacco crop is in the neighborhood of
15,000,000 pounds. Its soulliern coun
ties raise an excellent quality of cot
ton. All the cereals, all the grasses.
all the fruits aud timbers of the lati
tude flourish in abuudance and grow
to maximum dimensions.
Missouri is abundantly supplied with
large streams and springs of pure wa
ter, many of them distinguished for
their volume. The water-powers of
the streams and springs south of the
Missouri river are unlimited, and not
excelled by those of any state in the
Uniou. The day is not distant when
these vast water-powers will be
hrnmrht into use and made to turn
the wheels of thousands of factories.
Nearly all that portion of the state
lyiug south of the Missouri river is
heavily timbered. These immense
forests embrace pines, poplars, ash,
oaks of in different kinds, hickories,
walnuts, linden, Cottonwood, sweet,
black aud yellow gum. cypress, syca
more, locust, clin, birch, lupelo aud
every kind of timber required in man-
ufacturies of woods.
During the past year Missouri has
n,it. iintv sun nliud the wants of her
neonle with timber, but exported .100,
000.000 feet of lumber, in addition to
millions of railroad ties aud 40,000,000
f..-t. nf Iocs not manufactured into
lumber. Her forests must be seen aud
examined before they can be fully ap
(rent Lead. Iron and Zinc Mine.
Missouri has no great mountain
ruitm-L 1 lie maximum uiucicucc
: .i : ec .n ..r
elevation is 1,500 feet; local relative
differences are less than 700 feet.
Missouri nroduces more lead ore
than auv other state except coioraao,
aud owiutr to the decreased output o
silver in that state (much oi tne leau
accompaning that production), the
m-.nwt is that Missouri will soon oe
the first state iu the Uniou in tne pro
duction of lead. It has a lead mine
the St. Joe mine, at Bonne lerre. in
St. Francois county w hich is though
to be the largest producer in the
world, the estimated daily product be-
iuz in the neighborhood of 1,500 pigs.
The state possesses in great a bun.
dance clays suitable for pottery, tiling,
fire-brick, retorts, etc lliese clay
have a hiirh reputation, and besides
their use at home, have been shipped
manufactured and crude, to all parts
of the world.
Missouri possesses building stones l
rrreat abundance, among them lime
stone, sandstone, granite, marble, and
for ornamental purposes, a Mexican
onvx susceptible of the highest polish
It has building sands, gravels and
lime in inexhaustible quautities. and
valuable mineral waters of varied prop
erties. In addition to these, Missouri
has 33 coal-producing counties, which.
iu 1803. yielded 3,017.000 tons.
Diversified Keooree of the State.
Missouri trained in population in the
last United States census decade 23.56
percent. While there are countries
which may surpass Missouri in special
products, .one in corn, another in
wheat, at ther in cotton, another in
tobacco, and ao on, when all the art 14
cles which are necessary for the anaia
tenance of man and for his physical;
comfort are taken into consideration
together, it is not too much to say that
Missouri surpasses them all; in other
words, that it can come more nearly
supplying from within itself then cant
any other equal area in this or anyj
other country all articles which are
necessary for the comfort and happi
ness of man.
It ia capable of sustaining in com
fort ten times as many people as ar
now within its borders. From its cot
ton fields in the south, its corn field
in the north, its splendid cereals and
grasses, its endless variety of fruits,
and woods, its limitless deposits of
coal, iron, lead, sine and other miner
als, it can come as near being self-sustaining
and independent of other com
munities as it is possible for any stt
to be. Missouri has over 14,000 busi
ness manufacturers, with a paid-up
capital of $189,558,546, with 143,139 em
ployes, making finished goods of all
kinds amounting to S324,5C1,933 an
nually. Largeat Available TnhMe School Fnnd.
Missouri enjoys the proud distino
tion of having the largest available
public school fund of any state in the
American Union. This fund is divided
as follows: Common school fund, 83,
141,537."; 7; state seminary fund, 81,229,-
60.03; permaneat county, township
and district school fund, 87,912,692. 39(
total permanent school fund, 812,283,-
The total enumeration of school
children for 1895 was 944,935; total re
ceipts. $3,282,978.21; total expenditures,
b,45t,73. 17; average length of school
terms in days, 140; number of publio
schoolhouses in state, 10,000; total en
rollment of children for 1895, 644.5.77;
value of public school property, 815,
The state university, located at Co
lumbia, stands at the head of the great
educational system of the state. The
university is divided into the follow
ing departments: Acauemic, normal.
agricultural and mechanics, law, med
icine, engineering, military science
nd tactics, mining and metalurgy.
Each one of these departments occu
pies a splendid building especially de
signed for the purpose it fulfils.
Total number of students last year.
6G1. The state has three normal
schools, located at Kirksville, War
rensburg and Cape Girardeau. These
institutions were established and
equipped to prepare teachers for the
For the year 1895 the total enroll
ment at the normals was 1,883. Lin
coln institute, located at Jefferson
City, the capital of the state, was es
tablished as a normal school for the
exclusive purpose of training colored
teachers, but it also has an industrial
department. It has become a college
for the mgher education oi colored
boys and cirls. The institute is doing
a good work, and is well supported.
Low Kate of Taxation.
The eleemosynary institutions con
sist of three insane asylums, located
at Fulton, St. Joseph and Nevada; a
school for the deaf and dumb at Ful
ton; a school for the blind at St. Louis;
the reform school for boys at Boon-
ville, and the industrial home for girla
at Chillicothe. These institutions are
liberally provided for by the state, and
are iu the forefront as to scientific and
The government of Missouri is con
servative aud careful, guarding with
jealous care the credit of the state.
The bonded debt of the state, which
was over $21,000,000 in 1873, has been
reduced to $5,097,000, and Missouri 3
per cent. 5-20 bonds sell at a premium.
Taxation is very low, the state tax be
ing but 25 cents on the 8100 valuation
upon a low assessment.
Ten cents of this levy is for payment
of interest and principal of bonded in
debtedness, 5 cents goes to the common
schools, so that a tax of JO cents on the
S100 valuation pays for all the govern
mental expeuses, including what ap
propriations are made from the rev
enue fund lor tne university, normal
schools and eleemosynary institutions.
No state can show greater results foi
the small amount of money taken from
Manufacturing and Finance
Missouri has four cities which manu
facture larirely St. Louis. Kausas
City, St. Joseph and Spriugueld be
side a number of thrifty and progres
sive minor cities. St. Louis, which
now has a population of 700,000 people,
is the third manufacturing city in the
It has often been asserted, and the
assertion -can be maintained, mat in
no country on the globe can a greater
variety of industrial pursuits be made
profitable than in the state of Mis
souri. Its resources are practically
inexhaustible. They are greater in
variety than those in any other state
of the American Union.
Their development is in its infancy.
and yet sufficient has been learned in
regard to them to show that it is safe
and profitable to invest money in a
thousand aveuues to assist in their en
terprises. In all walks of life upon
the farm, in the workshop, in the office
where intelligence, sobriety and in
dustry have prevailed, success baa
crowned the efforts of her people. Her
farmers, her merchants and her pro
fessional men are her bankers, and ber
financial institutions are among the
strongest and most conservative and
the most safe in the Union.
Daring the recent financial depres
sion which visited the country her
metropolitan city not only passed
through the pan'.c without a bank fail
ure, but was sufficiently strong in gold
reserve to offer millions to the gov
ernment to aid it, should it need them.
It is a land of schools and churches,
of education, refinement and culture,
a land flowing with milk and honey,
where the lack of bread ia something
unknown, where hospitality, kindness
and fraternity prevail, where the lawt
are strictly and impartially enforced,
and where bappinessand contentment
prevail as nearly as they do in any
country upon the earth.
A. A. Lesctccb,
Secretary of State.
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