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FREAK HAPPENINGS OF A YEAR
January, 1906, came In with proof that Kentucky deacons are made of much the same stuff as Kentucky col onels. Two of them had au argument as to John D. Rockefeller's fitness for iieaven, deciding tho matter with Bhot guns. The churchtnun who upheld Mr. Rockefeller got two charges of "buckshot In the breast. Juno brought news from Des Moines that some highwaymen hud returned to Jumrs Morgan, thulr victim of tlie night before, threo teeth they had "unintentionally" knocked out. They thoughtfully suggested a plate-setting. So the months of 1906 have run. In Germany, too, tho year opened oddly. One Schnield had hud carved upon his deceased wife's tombstone onto frigid words to the effect that ahe had died of unscrupulous treat ment, whcreuK)u libel suits followed. For the "23" Party. and tho widower went to Jail for 14 -days. In Manila, the meanest man In tho islands stole his mother-in-law's tomb stone and pawnod It. An actual sale of burial memorials wub held In September, In Ilreslau. A "ring" of undertakers had been formod to bear prices, but a speculative out sider Insisted on playing bull, and the local troop had to he culled In to quiet the resultant hard feeling. Just Lova. One lover has cabled his proposal to New York from Ruenos Ayres, and Another, over In tandon, took ad vantage of his dentist's trade to send In his heart-deep proposition neatly engraved on the plate of a set of falue teeth. Uoth won out. At Lynchburg. Mil., were married a couple who had found a new use for old love letters. The high contracting 1iartlo knolt upon white satin, pillows stuffed to crackling with their amatory epistles. i Letters of another sort have figured In the news of the twolvemonth. Hlisha Hawes, of Stoughton, Mass., has received. In his ninety-third yenr, mo written to him during the civil war by his boy, then at tho front; while nnother missive, mailed In Hos fon In 1!"8. never reached Its object iln Granville, N. Y., till last September. Vp In Hlddoford, Me., an honest 'farmer had a dream reminding htm that he owed a neighbor a dollar. Totli had forgotten It, but, having fig ured that the loan was of 20 years' standing. It was formally closed up. Law's Lighter 8ide. A London magistrate discharged n man ami his wife charged with con aplracy, on tho ground that they were legally ono person, and one person could not conspire. : A Chicago physician was found guilty of robbery. Inasmuch as he had diagnosed a certain case In a way afterward proved wrong. The Jury regarded his fee as distinctly obtained under false pretenses, and he hud to give back $100. ; Another glimpse of legnl methods has con across from Germany, where the mayor of n town was caught pick ing the pockets of a prisoner, and was "sent up" for a month. ' Wilmington produced the champion 13 story. Francis E. Davis, with 13 letters In his name, was arrested by ;rntrolman Francis G. Green (ditto) at 10:13 on January 13, the call going lu from box 13. At 9:13 next day he ,was arraigned before Edwin R. Coch ran (13 letters again), and hla fine land costs totaled exactly $13. ' Miss Mnrgaret Schldu, of Cleveland. Ion August 23, sent invitations to 23 friends to attend her twenty-third blrthdsy party. September 23, (it 23 East Twenty-third street. An orches tra 01 23 pieces discoursed exactly 23 Wiiet dances from behind 23 palms. ' Tho other hoodoo digits came up twice In April, once when a Paltlmore negro was arrested for stealing 13 chickens; again at St. Louis, where a baseball "fan" fell dead of heart dis ease during the thirteenth Inning of the St. Louis-Pittsburg game. The Old Folks. The annus! bridegrooms of an age 3ul expecting Just tLat of them were The Marvelous, the Laughable, the Weird, and the PatheticTales Extraordinary Culled from Press Reports from All Over the Civilized World Some Almost Unbelieveable Tales Among the Mass or Material Gathered. Isaac Lloyd, of Liverpool, who, at 90, was wed to a widow of 00 In March; while, a mouth earlier, Deacon French, of Nashua, N. II., at 88 married a spinster of 76. Tho "70s" have even more to toll. In January, Andrew Lansnlr, of To ledo, began cutting another set of teeth; In February a Lo Senr (Minn.) matron painted her entire hoase; In October, Frank llookwalter. returning to his boyhood home In Attica, Ind., after B3 years 'absence, had tho door step lifted that he might find a dime ho had lost down the crack an a boy of five. Ho found It. And each of these was Just three scare years and ten. The note of pathos, which so often sounds with age. came from Mlddlo- town, N. Y., In April. Matthew Smedes, aged 70. could no longer re HlHt the call of the fields. He took to the plow again and was found dead In tho first furrow he hud cut died In harness, us he had wished to die' Australia may cliilm something near tho record! At some amateur the atrlcnls near Victoria, In January, two people In the stalls, whenever the he roine wns kissed, kissed each other loudly. The man of this couple was husband to the stage heroine, and this was his way of reproving behavior across tho footlights to which he was distinctly opposed. Babes and Divorces. Tho divorce mill aeems to have re cnnled a new "Farthest North." A Seattle Judge separated an even dozen couples In 75 minutes In February, one formerly fond husband receiving tho boon for which he prayed because his wife has become a Shakeress, and another because his better half had circulated a report that he was au anarchist. Mrs. tarenz, on tho other hand, re ceived a divorce In Clncluna'.l on the plausible ground that It was difficult to live peacefully with a man wuo in- "TO Joined In the Kissing. Blstisl on appearing in '.he parlor with neither shoes nor stockings. Des Molnos produced, in May, a baby who changed color three times a day. Whim little Ell Rami awakes he Is a proper pink. Uy noon ho is a dark ginger In huo ami before bedtime is startllugly pale. Hut then, ho Is the son of a Hindis) father and an Illi nois mother. In August tho "hello lady" on the line between Meredith and Wolfboro, N. 11., heard the voice of a twohour- old subscriber. Tho news of his ar rival In the world came first, and then his Infantile Indorsement traveled across Lake Wlnniplseogee. Hard Liquor. Chicago and Kansas City give two of the best of tlie year's hard-liquor yarns. In one case three saloon keep ers were fined $7,."00, to bo paid tho orphans of a man who had died of drink; and in the other a certain Sel by Jones was sentenced to get drunk and stay so. Poor Jones was later ar rested In Chicago for itoullng in order to raise the wherewith to carry out the Kansas City sentence. taudon Is resonslble for this: The arm-chair of a continued tippler, used at a "psychometric lecture," made tipsy every one who sat In It. The signs of drinking continued upon four BUbJecta till the clialr was burned, when they at onco sobered up. Weird Wills. When the Into Michael Dnvltt be queathed to all his friends "kind thoughts, to my enemies the fullest posslblo forgiveness, and to Ireland my undying prayer for her absolute freedom, he did not leave tho 3trange will of the twelvemonth's probate. Mrs. Christina Hoch. of Brooklyn, willed the ashes of hor body, when cremated, as fertilizer for a rose bush on her son's grave; Mrs. Isabel Kream er, at Westminster, Eng.. left hor cork leg to the parlBh poor warden; and a lady of Florence. Italy, bequeathed $3,500 to the staff of a local newspaper V S-LiWLli!! Ill I "In gratitude for having been so often entertnlned by their writings. Alphonse Strnuss, ono of tandon't millionaire merchants, dying last May, disposed of an estate of $HKI,105 In Just 43 words, nenrly f:if.0o a word; while January brought sudden wealth to a poor French girl who attended the sale of a grout-mint's effects to buy In some trilling memento of her. Tho only bidder for a shabby old book of devotions, she found between Its loaves a will bestowing upon her tho entire property, valued at Jso.uno. Life's Little Ironies. In Milwaukee (February) one Harry Martens, playing ghost to frighten some negroes, fell down stairs in tho dark-and berime a ghost! A fellow named Diirenne, living near yuetiec, In the belief that the rope by which a suicide hns hung himself will bring a later owner luck, stole such a rope, onlv to fall to his dentil the next min ute through tho rotten flooring of tho belfry. Was it not Ironical, too, thai a mere fragment of the hundwrlting of the English poet Chatterton should havo sold (October) for $ljii, and that In the unfortunate verslfyer's native town of Bristol, where he had died of starvation In his seventeenth year! In Foreign Parts. Europe has had many an odd tale to tell during the year. Antrim has pro duced a man beside whom Pooh-Dah wns a laborer of very single aim. For this busy Irishman is land steward, pier overseer, port pay clerk, game keeper, mining superintendent, Dog ballff. auctioneer, real estate agent, supervisor of shipping, and the man ager of a private business besides. Colored rain, In tho shape of mil lions of tiny red, green and yellow In sects, fell at Angers, France, In March; while In Nantes a young fel low, Oautier by name, bus murdered bis stepfather that his military serv ice might be a year shorter througn his being "the only son of a widow." At one of London's West Lnd clubs a mutch game of billiards was played by two men, one clad In full armor, save for his hands, which wero en rased In tho heaviest woolen gaunt lets, and the other dressed as usual, but wearing boxing gloxves. Wool mittens won after a hard fight. Coincidence and Paradox, Two other all but-unbelievable trans Atlantic tales tell of a New Zealand horse race, which was won by a one eyed mare, ridden by a one-eyed Jockey, the two weighing-room clerks also having but two eyes between them; and of a Parisian Juno wedding when the twin brothers Charteon mar ried the twin sisters VoUse, twin cousins (mnle and female) acting as best man and maid of honor. In New York, during a February masked ball, there was a panic and manv casualties, all because the cot ton snow man of the grand march bad suddenly caught lire. Pulpit and Platform, Ituttons sewn on a silk ground formed a scrollwork sold nt a rerent Bare Feet ! the Parlor. church fair In Montreal, Canada It was the work of the clergyman's wife who thus converted Into UBcful ca:.h the buttons contributed to hor hus band's offertory baskets. The Hon. 1 1 olio Smith, speaking at Atlanta in September, was enthusi astically hugged by Policeman T. J. Williams. Tho latter was then hauled before his commissioners for "taking un Interest in politics." The rhlludolphla Westminster re ports that a New York firm offers to (It out any church with small mirrors set In the pewbacks to enable femi nine worshippers to see If their huts are on atralgtit during prayer time. The Kansas cotton crop having shown a surplus, agricultural papers of the state urged that shirts be mado an tu-.h longer by law. That, they say, would Increase the demand for cottoti Just enough "to make tblugo come out evoW I if, ,J, I TM i til 1 1 ' Ll Missouri Legislature HOUSE. All trust companies and financial Institutions, exclusive of building au.I loan associations and national bunks, are to be placed under the supervision of Slate Hank Commissioner If a bill Introduced by Representative Hum phrey, of Plate County, In the House Thursday niorn'ng, passes. The measure requires that the banks be taken from th.1 supervision of the Secretary of State and placid in the hands of a Hank Commissioner, who Is to be an appointee of the Governor n! a salary of $3,'ii)on n year. lie and his deputy must have had at bast three years' experience in the banking busi ness. Representative Humphrey stated that the bill was drawn up at the re quest of the Mlusouii Hunkers' Asso ciation. There will be eight examiners who will visit every bank and trust company In the State once a year. Another provision requires that three of the directors or eaeb bank j shall make a persona! Inspection of the condition of the account at least twice a year nnd forward the report to the Hank Commissioner, the same j to be regarded us a strictly confidential communication. ; Representative Austin lllgcs. of St. ! tauis, offered uu amendment to tlie election laws to Increas;' the salaries of the Judges nnd clerks of elect Inn for the city of St. tauls from M to $5 a day and to allow them $2."0 a day for every day they are called upon to visit the Election Commissioner's office. t'pe.iker Atkinson, of the house of representatives, on Wednesday an nounced the standing committees of that branch of the general assembly. Not a chairmanship was given to the S' Umls members, but It was at their own request. Every candidate for speaker of the house of representatives gets a chair manship of some committee, and the other democratic members of tho house are taken care of by appoint ments on important committees. Representative Simmons, who was the most formidable opponent to Speaker Atkinson In the raco for the honor of presiding over the house at this session, is named at the head of the committee on wnys and means. Wallace Crossley, of Johnson county, heads the committee on education nnd public schools; Representative Hous ton, of Cass county, will preside over the committee on private corporations, and Representative II. F. Stapel, of Atchison county, heads the committee on the Jamestown exposition. Speaker Atkinson, In making his se lections, stated that ho hoped they would ptove satisfactory to all of the members, us be hud made his selec tions without fear, favor or affection. No republican Is plnced nt the head of any committee, hut they are given repi escalation In each. There was a big slump In the num ber of bills Intorduced Wednesday, only twenty-eight proposed measures being sent In by the members. Soma covered propositions nlnndy incor porated In other bills, while the ma jority were local III nature. The second reading of bills was car ried out. Wednesday for the first time this session, and the first thirty which were returned from the printer were read nnd referred to the respective committees. SENATE. Senator Hurt Is, of Oregon, Introduc ed a bill In tit" Senate Thursday mak ing It unlawful for any business cor poration, either In Us own name or the name of any person, to own. bold, control or vote the stock of tiny other corporation. The bill provides that It a majority of the stockhotucrs snail permit the shares of stuck owned by another cor poration In tho corporation of which they are stockholders to be voted, or If majority shall permit Its business and affairs to be controlled by another corporation, then the Attorney General muy bring proceedings to forfeit Its chnrter. Another section provides that any election, Insurance, labor und engross person who knowingly attempts to vot: Ing bills committees, or votes any shares of stock which ure ' Senator Methudy. of St. tauls. In directly owned, held or controlled by I troduecd a bill In the senate Wednes another business corporation, with In- ' (ay under wbl. h, should It become a tent or effect of securing to the cor- j law, there will no longer be any such porn Hon owning, holding or controlling ' thing as the legal recognition of com such shares the management, control num (lw marriages, or direction of the business of the nth ; Senator McAllsler Introduced n bill cr corporation, shall be deemed guilty i n t. senate Wednesday extenling of n mlsdcmi nnor, nnd punished by , the parole law so us to permit nit ,'r fine of not exceeding $1,000 or linprls- ! sons with a previous good character, oned In Jail not cxceedlns one year. ! who lire convicted of their first crime, It. Is not very often that Senator I to he paroled by the trial Judge, pend Hradley, of St. Francois, makes a rec- : ing their good behavior. Fiuler the ord as a humorist in the Senate. I'sn- present law, the parole system only ally, he Is so busy with bills affecting j extends to persona under 25 years cf the mining Interests, reminding the ago who urc convicted for the first railroads of their sins nnd providing time. LEGISLATIVE NOTES. Representative Dale of Andrew county has heard so many persons talk of the barrel of apples his prede cessor, tho late Representative Moser, sent to the general assembly, that ho has confided to Railroad Clerk Reed of tho stale auditor's department, nl Intention to do likewise. Representatives Hnrker of Macon nnd Trnughbi r of Carroll and Sena tor Hudson of Livingston wore all born In Carroll county, where all c! them resided until after they had reached their majority. heavier penalties for merchants wh sell whiskey under the guise of "wet groceries," that he has little time to pose as a funmnker. He found time Thursday however, aod Improved It by Introducing a reso lution, reciting that tlie Senate Is about to pass Into tho hands of lobby ists who are stalking about tho legisla tive halls seeking to corrupt members of the General Assembly, nnd conclud ing with, "Resolved, That the Presi dent of the Senate appoint six stal wart sergeant-nt arms to scire each member of the Senate at the hour of adjournment, take blin by the heels nnd shake him until all the corruption funds In his possession have been scat tered over the floor." Slate Treasurer Gmelich Is going to stand on bis record of two years ago and refuse to cash warrants for mem bers ami employes of the Legislature until after the appropriation bills have passeil and been approved by ttle Gov ernor He Is clearly within the law In so doing, but nil of his pr -ilecessors hon ored requests from the Legislature nnd cashed these warrants, and then held them against the appropriations, thus saving an endless amount of un novnnce, to say nothing of the small losses everyone must have sustained In having his warrants shaved. Arrangements have been made with the Mercantile Trust Ci.mpatiy of St. tauls. under which It will cash those warrants, In Jeff Tson City the 2d and loth of each month, at the nominal cost of one-half of I per cent, Senator Karris presented n hill In the Senate Thursday to regulate the sale of proprietory medicines. It Is similar to a measure that bus been In the Legislature before and which is now being urged by petitions from va rious ptirts of the Stale. Indicating an organized effort to secure Its enact ment. It requires all patent medi cines to bear upon the label of each bottle the percentage of morphine nnd other narcotics or spirituous liquors that ench bottle or package contains. The bill recommended by the Fed eration of tabor to abolish the con tract system of working convicts In the Penitentiary was Introduced In the Senate Thursday by Senator Hradley, who hinted that he offered It by re quest. There will no doubt be n warm pontes' over this measure, us the labor organizations all over the State are urging Us enactment. They buse their opposition to tho contract system on tlie ground that the products of convict labor come In competition with out side labor. Senator McAllister Introduced a bill In the Senate amending the law relat ing to the qualifications of Probate Judge, so as to conmpel the latter to be a man learned in law. In other words, the bill requires a Probate Judge to be a lawyer. Senator Gllmore, of Kansas City, wants to put an end to dilatory pro ceedings In civil suits. He Introduced a bill In the Senate providing a flnp of $10 for every mollon in a civil ac tion which Is of a dilatory character anil made solely for the purpose of delay. He also proposes to change tho methods of reversals In civil actions on appeals. The standing committers nnnounced In tlie senate Wednesday morning by President Pro Teni. McHavid are re garded as about the best that body has had In many years. Seemingly, everybody Is satisfied. As the democratic leader In the sen uto, be was empowered by the demo cratic caucus to arrange these com mittees, u privilege that would have been accorded the lieutenant governor had he been a democrat. Senator Fields, of Linn, beads the Judiciary committee, regarded as the most Important of ull. Associated with him are the strongest men In the senate This committee will havo charge of trust legislation, ns well as many other Important matters. Senator Ely, of Dunklin, Is chair man of tho criminal Jurisprudence committee, which Is composed of strong limn. This commit tee will havo charge of the criminal laws aud also dninediop legislation Tlie St Louis members fared well In the makeup of the committee. Hen- utor Kinney, who Is the only demo- erntle senator from St. Louis with leg Islntive experience, Is chairman of on committee nnd u member of five other Important committees. He Is chair man of the committee on penltetr.iary and a member of the ways and means, Senator Dorrls Introduced a bill which he said wns not an administra tion measure, but was along th, line of the series of null-trust bills, nnd sought to attain an end In the sumo direction. It provides that it shall bo unlawful for any business corporation to own, bold, control or vote tho stock of another corporation. Official Reporter Daniels Is a school tencher.' From his desk In the house he can seo three of his former pupils occupying seats as members of tin legislature. These ore Representa tlves Oliver of Pemiscot, Settle ol Wayne and Swecza ot Reynolds. J State Happenings. Fire In a State Institution. Marshall. Fire started In tho laua dry of the Missouri colony for tht feeblo minded at this place. Tho 0r was caused by the explosion of a gas ollne tank situated In tho laundry which caused the fire to broak out li groat number of places at the sam time. One girl Inmate of tho Institu tion was standing close to the tank at the time of the explosion und wai burned severely, but the doetiiTM b lleve that she will recover. The en tire building. Including laundry, kl 'i en, cold storage, grocery room, bake hop, employes' dining room and gen eral dining room of the Inmates wai burned to the ground. Tho lors is es timated at $00,000. Got Thousand With a Brick. St. Joseph A robber, equipped only with a brick for the foray, sinatihed s large plate-glass window of the C. & T. Ilurnett Jewelry store at K o'clock nt night, seized u tray of diamond rings und escaped. Clerks and pedes trians were attracted by the mulling of glass and saw a tall young man without musk wl.dd a brick, and when nn opening was effected, quickly push his hand Into the window, and picking up $I.0'MI worth of diamonds, saun tered off. Clerks In the store gave chase, but he escaped. Oavage Assault on Young Woman. St. ta -Is Miss Alice R. Gray was sav'Lgely assaulted near home, arter dark. In Tuxedo Purk, a suburb. A man stepped up behind her and struck her on the head with a base ball bat. The man then ran away. Miss Gray was se verely injured. No cause Is known for the deed. A youth of If. was arrested on suspicion. A yenr ago a twin brother assaulted a young woman In a simtlur manner, and Is now In the Hoouvlllu reformatory. Fogg Released On Bond. Springfield At Cussvllle, at the con clusion of the preliminary examina tion of Walter Fogg, charged w ith the killing of Leo Heffley, a wealthy Barry county farmer, and the wounding ol his son. Clyde Heffley, and a bystander named tan Tulman, the night of De cember 28 at Milwaukee, a short die tancc from Cnssvllle, the prisoner wai released on $2,000 bond. A Sharp Letter. Springfield Corporation Counsel Lewis, of Chicago, bus oddressed a very sharp letter to the Btate board of equalization. Tho letter accuses tho board of fulling to notify either him or the attorney genural of the state when representatives of tho cor porations, for whoso higher assess ment he had mnde a plea before the board, were to muke their arguments. Woman Badly Burned. Chllllcothc Mrs. Small Krause, nn aged woman, living In the west part of Livingston county, sustained burns that II is though will prove fatal. Mrs. Krause lived alone. Neighbors passing her home saw her In Hie yard envel oped In Haines. Tiny hastily went to her rescue, but not until she had hi en dangerously barnid about the head ami body. Died From Laudanum. Kansas City. Allen Moore, presi dent of the Chilllcothe normal school nnd business college, died In a police ii in 1j n la lief while being taken from a hotel to the emergency bosnltal III tho city ball. An overdoie of laudanum was the cause. It was said nt tho hotel that Prof. Moore had taken the drug lor stomach trouble. For Annapolis and West Point. Washington Congressman Champ Clark has appointed two examining Mr,u to mei t nt Mi xico, Mo., on Sat- V.,.,1.1V F,.,,ru.lrv o l0 ..,,., vouln, vh .'wlll ricelve bis Appointment 0:"1' 's '" ,lln 'l!'tary academy at West Point and t!i-t naval academy at Annapolis Ordered to Cut Out Dangerous Wires. So-.laliu Two deaths from "live" wins iu Solatia within two weeks Caused tlie city council ill a spvciul luieting to order Electrician George Pope to cut out and ground, wlthaut notae. any dangerous or Imperfectly Insulated wire found in tlie city limits. Two Years for Two Convicts. Jefferson City. Harry Grimm and Sain Thompson, two negro convicts, who came here from St. Louis, and who walked nwny from the powet Ik use ut the penitentiary a few i!a.s ago, In the circuit court wero glvea file years ouch for Jallbreaking. A Legislator's Wife Dead. St. Louis. The wife of Represent. tlve Charles E. Wlilnrd was burled here. She was 71, and married Mr. Wlllard 19 yenrs aco at Cleveland, O. Will Not Oppose Williams. Washington Champ Clark, of Mis souri, It Is stat 'd, will not oppose John pyarp Williams for democratic leadi Lip In house. Died at the Breakfast Table. St. .Louis With a sigh. John W. Bpargo, a well-known educator, fall from his chair at the breakfast table, lead. Charged "wittTa Killing. Washington. Charles Simoon and Waller Kink Indicted on tho chargo Of killing Walter Robinson and OlUt Buddsaiuyer In this city.