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Interesting Notes From Across the
HAPPENINGS IN THE FATHERLAND.
Principal Events that Have Occurred Is
the Old Countries About the
North Sea Within a Week
or So Just Past.
A large passenger steamer ordered
by a Russian shipowner as con
structed at the Kockum shipyards at
Malmo. Th passenger steamers on
the great rivers of Russia are as fine
as any in the world, and expenditures
seemed to be no object in the construc
tion and equipment of the boat.
I has been named the Isla and will
be used in the trade between Russia
and Persia. Th job as so well done
that the proprietors of the Kockum
shipyard expect more orders of the
Capt. G. O. Wallenberg, president of
the Swedish-Continental Shipping
company proposes to build up the
shipping of Sweden by the establish
of a bank for the special
benefit of shipowners. Capt. Wallen
berg is a very reliable authority on
commercial affairs, and his plan is
treated seriously by the business men
of the leading seaports of Sweden.
Th field maneuvers which were to
have taken place between Kristianstad
and Hessleholm may have to be
changed to some other place because
at locality does not furnish enough
water for the use of the army.
Eighteen men are engaged in exca
vatin the ancient, ruins of Falsterbo
in the interest of archaology. Some
of the most prominent archologists in
the world are superintending the
Th sawmill of the Gellivare Mining
company in Norrland as destroyed
by fire. Th property as only par
tially insured. The fire as started by
a careless cigar smoker.
Aug. Lindstrom, a sixty-year-old
pilot at Oskarshamn, noticed a seal
coming close up to his boat. Unfortu
natel he had no firearms at hand, but
he thought of some large bullets that
he kept in his vest pocket. Wit a
strong arm he threw one of these at
threw one of these at the seal and the
animal as hit so hard between the
that he as stunned long enough
to be picked up and hauled into the
Eigh thousand May bugs have been
gathered and killed it in seven par
ishes in Southern Sweden.
Elin Stal, the wife of Sodermanland,
has been chosen wet nurse for Princess
Margareta, the infant daughter of
Prince Carl and Princess Ingeborg.
The receipts of the post office show
an increase of 7% per cent in one year.
About 150 carpenters at Tranas
struck for higher pay.
Gen. Bjornstjerna, former minister
of foreign affairs, has expressed him
self in favor of the Norwegia flag
law because it as passed by the prop
er body in a proper manner and sanc
tioned by the king of Norway.
Premier Steen, in his address to the
interparliamentary peace conference
in Kristiania, mentioned that Alfred
Nobel, a Swede, had made the Norwe
gia storthung judge of award of the
prize for the best essay on peace, and
he whole audience arose, out respect
for the memory of the great million
One-half the recruits at the Fristad
drill grounds are sick it dipth
S. A. Hedin, the liberal riksdagman
from from Stockholm, is again im
proving and his physician has counter
mande his order to have Hedin
taken to a hospital.
he ravages of splenic fever in
Southern Sweden is abating somewhat
a to the vigorous sanitary meas
ures enforced by the people in the
A public meeting of patriots at
Halmstad passed vigorous resolutions
against the Norwegia flag law.
Lieut. F. G. Bergenstrahle and en
gineer W. Wallenberg of Stockholm
traveled by automobile from Paris to
Stralsund on the Baltic sea.
A has been mentioned in these col
umns, Bentsen and Bjorvig, members
of Well man's Arctic expedition, spent
most of the winter at Fort McKinley,
Franz Land. The agreed that
if one of them died the other should
keep the dead body in the hut until
help-came. Bentsen did die, and Bjor
vi slept it his dead body for
months Upon the arrival of Well
an and the rest of the expedition
Bjorvi said that he had managed to
keep up his spirits by reciting Ibsen's
poetry aloud, is safe to say that
Ibsen's poetry is not often put to such
use as this. Th body as buried un
der a heap of stones, and a few fitting
words spoken, presumably by Well
Th Scandinavian students' conven
tion at Mplde was attended by 430
students from the foUr Scandinavian
countries. The were enthusiastically
in favor of closer connections .among
Hundreds of acres of valuable tim
be was destroyed by 'fire in Remso,
near Fredrikstad. Several hundred
were on guard, but no amount of
could put out the fire, everything
being so dry.
he Norwegia bark Drot, bound
from Pensacola to Buenore A res, as
wrecked Aug. 15 off the Florida coast.
weeks later Mauritz Anderson
And Goodmund Thomasen, members of
he Crew, were picked up 250 miles
so of Charleston. The tell a hor
xible tale of cannibalism. Whe these
men and a German were the only
left on a raft constructed after
their ship as wrecked, their hunger
could no longer be endured and they
•drew as to should be eaten..
he lot fell to the German, fie as
killed and he blood sucked out of his
in by the survivors Soon after this
Anderson lost his reason and attacked
his only companion. Thomasen's face,
-and breast were bitten in several
places, considerable chunks of flesh
in torn out. The were taken
to a hospital in Charlston. Thomase
a native of Stavanger.
A horse*«vas taken to the Summi of
•Galdhoppiggen July 98. he height of
this mountain i» 8,800 feet, and it is the
loftiest mountain Scandinavia. he
poor animal bad to be assisted by
a men at the most dangerous places.
Prof. Olaf is dead.
Rev. Krogh Toi*n!ng, the greatest
living authority on dogmatics in Nor
way, has handed in his resignation as
pastor of the old Akcr church, in
Protracted rains caused a landslide
at Volden, Verdalen. About 10,000
square yards of ground as carried
info the bed of the Helgaa river.
Senator Knut Nelson arrived in
Bergen Aug. 10. I is just a little over
JW years since he saw Norwa as a boy
of six years.
Col. Johanne Sejersted as been
promoted to the rank of major general
of the Kristiansand brigade. is 57
years old and all but one of the male
members of his family for 250 years
past have been soldiers.
Kristiania, Sejpt. 2.—The cabinet has
decided to forward a copy of the a
for the introduction of a purely Nor-'
wegia flag to the Swedish minister of
war, Baro von Rappe, in order that
he may notify foreign powers.
Rev. Martensen-Lassen attended a
school teachers' convention which dis
cussed, among other subjects, the at
tempts made to discredit the historical
correctness of certain statements in
the Bible. yielded to the spirit of
modern criticism sufficiently to admit
that "considerable changes would have
to be made both in the Bible history
and in the means of instruction." Bu
he added that "the old apparatuses
ought to be retained as long as possi
sible."' In the same breath he said,
"the teacher ought to make verbal ex
planations," Th position of Rev.
Martensen-Lassen has been assailed on
the ground that he was inconsistent
He admitted that the traditional Bible
histories ought to be changed recom
mended that they be not changed, and
finally encouraged the teachers to con
tradict the text books on the plea of
Th most of the speakers at the
teachers' national convention ex
pressed themselves in favor of com
bating intemperance by appealing.t
the school children. But no definite
plan could be agreed on.
The profits of the National bank ex
ceeded 8500,000 for the year 1898-99.
An agricultural colony for poor chil
dren has been dedicated at Raaby,
Stevns. The establishment was named
Eliezer, and it will accommodate 20
The attendance at the teachers' sum
mer school in Askov is 150. History,
poetry and religion will receive a large
share of the attention of the school.
Th opening address was made by Dr.
F. L. Feilberg, a noted "folklorist,"
spoke on "The Heart's Longin for
Paradise," as mirrored in lore and
Herman Baang, the author, is con
Sofus Rasmussen, a noted temper
ance lecturer, is losing his eyesight
and has already been compelled to
withdraw from the field. has de
livered about 2,500 lectures in all.
Th much discussed war against he
rats in the Danish capital was opened
Aug. 3. Th bodies of the fallen ene
mies are delivered at the public fire
Out of a total population of 322,000
in South Jylland about 150,000 speak
German, the rest Danish. Bu this
German is strongly mixed with Danish
Kulturkamp—A girl recently wrote
her name as follows in the directory
of the Gothenburg historical museum
"Nissine Horluck, Weavin School,
Graasten, South Jvlland." A couple
of days later the words "South Jyl
land" were heavily underscored and
after them were written "in-Russia."
A German paper is positive that the
czar affd czarina of Russia will soon
be in Denmark and that they will stay
three weeks in Copenhagen.
Th fire in Vildmosen has been at
work about six weeks.
A Russian correspondent to the Lon
don Daily Mail maintains that the pol
icy of Russianizing Finland is not due
to any certain plan on the part of the
czar. In fact no single man can be
picked out as responsible for it. Th
momentum of the whole Russian peo
ple seems to demand such a policy and
those are at the head of the gov
ernment have yielded to it.
A Finnish agricultural journal has
been suppressed. Th obnoxious parts
of the paper were a lecture on stock
raising by E. Nyberg and an article
on the history of the potato!
Th waterfalls of Imatra will soon
be utilized for manufacturing and
lighting purposes. Theodor Hoffding,
a Dane, is at the head of a syndicate
which is backed by $4,000,000 and
which is to build power stations and
transmit the power to St. Petersburg.
PERSONAL AND PERTINENT.
Gov. John Lind, of Minnesota, has a
pet kingfisher at his country place. Th
bird has been trained to capture fish
and lay them at his master's feet.
A famous.'man as the late Jame
Bradt, of Mendon, Mich, fie gloried in
the title of champion pie eater of the
state. onee ate ten pies in one hour.
William M. Chase, the artist, says the
greatest difficulty which the portrait
painter has to encounter is to keep his
sitter in a natural pose. N man he
says, will ever, when being painted, as
me one of his own accord.
Th present Lord Byron is a man of
far more simple manners than his fa
mou ancestor. is extremely demo
cratic in his tastes, and there is a tradi
tion that he smokes is after-dinner
cigar in his shirt sleeves.
Th terrible scarxm the cheek of Gen.
Guy V. Henry was received in the Sioux
uprising of 1873. "When I was fighting
the Indians," he explains, "I as wound
ed and fell from my horse. The savages
didn't seem to think much of my scalp,
and so they took my cheek."
Desiring, at the age of 103, to leave
the Methodist denomination for he
Baptist, Mrs. Pendergrass, of Oxanva,
Ala., as baptized recently. A she
as been bedridden for some years, she
was carried to and from church, and
was immersed sitting in a chair.
Th only son of a prize fighter
ever amounted to anything, says Vic
tor Smith, is Rt. Hon. William Court
Gully, speaker of the British house of
commons. is father, Joh Gully, a
batcher, and afterward a prize fighter,
grew rich and as a member of parlia
for Pontefrac in 1835. Speaker
Gully incidentally receives a salary of
$23,000 a year.
County vs. state.
S Loui county is threatened it
a suit by the state and when it comes
will raise important questions in
a counter claim. A few days ago the
county, in sending he state the
amount of its apportionment of taxes,
took out $17,300.24, the state's share of
the county's losses in dead banks. he
state has disregarded this and drawn
for the full amount, and will sue if it
is not paid, which it will not be. Th
county will put in a large counter
claim on points. he first one is
the iron ore tonnage tax, which as
declared unconstitutional. Under it
the state took half the tax, a the
county will sue for the difference
between that and at they
should have had, one-tenth. Another
point is the railroads gross earnings
tax. Th county will claim that it
should have been apportioned among
the counties in which the railroad
property is situated, instead of the
state's using it, and will sue for its
share. Th amounts involved will be
several times the state's claim.
Money to bring the Thirteenth regi
men from San Francisco to Minneap
olis has been raised and placed in the
hands of the proper authorities. A
fund of $20,000 is to be raised by Thom
as Lowr and the business men of
Minneapolis and every cent of this will
be expended in provided pleasure for
the returned soldiers. A a recent
meeting of the committees of the Twi
Cities the following agreement was
signed: "It is hereby agreed by the
joint committees of Minneapolis and
St. Paul, appointed to arrange for the
reception of the Thirteenth regiment,
Minnesota volunteers, on their return
from the Philippines that the regi
men be given a breakfast at St. Paul
upon its arrival in the in Cities and
that it shall not be detained in St.
Pau to exceed three hours, but in any
event the regiment shall leave St.
Pau for Minneapolis by 11 o'clock a.
m., to be reviewed there by the presi
dent of the United States, this being
the president's first appearance before
the regiment, said review to be fol
lowed by a dinner."
David W. Burkhelder as instantly
killed by falling over the banister on
the fourth floor of the Grace hotel in
Minneapolis, a distance of fifty feet.
Burkholder as a single man about
45 years of age and has lived at the
hotel for the past five years. He left
the office on the second floor and start
ed up the stairs to his room on the
fourth floor. Th stairway is an open
area from the second to the fourth
floors, the stairs being protected by
railings. Some a Burkholder lost
his balance on the fourth floor landing
and fell over the railing. Hi body
struck across the railing on the second
floor and fell to the floor. Hi left leg
as broken in places and his skull
was fractured at the base of the brain.
as picked up dead.
Killed by the Cars.
An an as killed by a
Minneapolis & St. Louis a freight
train near Eden Prairie. She called at
the home of S. F. Miller, postmaster,
of the village, and asked for a drink
of water. She as given the drink of
a and then she started down the
railroad track. She had gone towards
Minneapolis about a mile and a a
she reached a long trestle bridge
across which as coming the freight.
She started to step off the track but
as too late, and the engine knocked
her down. Her head as badly crush
ed, both legs were cut off and her en
tire body horribly mangled. Th en
gin carried her some forty feet.
News In Brief.
Th lumber pilers and wheelers at
Dulut struck for an increase of wages
While George Wilson as exercising
his horse on the fair ground at Monte
video, he as thrown from his sulky,
in to the sudden stumbling of his
horse, and seriously injured. will
Brakeman Ross Coney, Mountain
Lake, had his right leg cut off and his
left leg badly lacerated by being run
over by a tram.
While sons of a farmer named
C. U. Christensen, of Riceland, were
out hunting- ducks on Rice lake, the
younger, a lad 13 years of age, was
shot and instantly killed. Th older
boy took aim and discharged the
just as his brother raised up, receiving
the entire charge in his head.
Th 10-year-old son of Rudolph
Luscher, living near Redwoo Falls,
as killed by lightning while in the
Th university.extension bureau has
arranged for a series of lectures at
Winona by Prof. George E. Fellow of
Chicago on "The Close of the Century."
Prof. Fellow occupies the chair of his
tory in the Chicago university and the
lectures will deal it recent events
in American history.
A Northern Pacific freight train
broke in and several cars were de
molished near Clithoral. Te passen
gers in the rear coach were shaken up,
and I. L. Ferris and G. A. Erickson,
traveling men, were somewhat in
Miss Belle Austin, of Minneapolis,
has. been appointed teacher of the first
model school in the Winona state nor
Th Mississippi river as higher at
Winon a than it has been for several
years at the beginning of September.
I is 5 feet six inches above low water
he Minnesota Elevator company
as purchased he Cargill terminal ele
vator at Winona.
Visitors at Minnehah a park have
been 'forbidden to walk under the crest
of the fall. children, however,
eluded the policeman and were soon
traversing the slippery path back of
the cataract* A mass of rock weigh
in fully a to and a half gave way
and all but carried the children into
Knu Logmansf ord, living near Mon
tevideo, as killed by in while
Thu far 73 cans of minnows bass,
croppies, perch, etc., have been shipped
from Hasting to the state fish hatch
ery, for distribution in the inland
lakes throughout the state.
Mayor Joh Ludwig, of Winona,
lately appointed a of Governor
Lind's staff, as presented it a
handsome sword in honor of the event.
Th sword represents the individual
contributions of several hundred citi
zens of Winona.
A TRICK CAMERA.
0 at W as IMaa-«l«ed aa TVIclcer
Uauket a Used to to
"A traveling photo salesman showed
me a very ingenious trick camera the
other day," said, a local dealer to the
Ne Orleans Times-Democrat. It was
a box about six inches square, set in
side of what seemed to be an ordinary
wicker lunch basket. When de*ired,\
the box could be pushed down through
the basket, so that its top was on a
level with the wicker bottom. The top
of the box was also covered with wick
er, and the basket would then appear to
be perfectly empty. The camera pro
truding meanwhile from the under side.
A upward push would restore it to its
original position, and the lens worked
through a small hole near the end. The
contrivance as evidently of foreign
manufacture, and the salesman told me
it had been made especially for an
agent who was sent to take pictures of
fortifications on the French frontier.
According to his story, which is a
A pretty story is told at Vienna about
Archduchess Valerie, youngest daugh
ter of the emperor. It seems that when
traveling the other day from Linz to
Vienna she noticed on the platform at
Linz a 14-year-old schoolboy crying bit
terly. She had the conductor bring the
lad to her compartment and, finding
that he was proceeding to Vienna to
attend his father's funeral, she insisted
on his traveling with her, paying the
difference in his fare, as he had only a
third-class ticket. During the trip he
LIEUT. GEN. SIR FREDERICK WALKER.
This gallant British soldier who has just been appointed commander of the Brit
ish forces in South Africa enjoys the distinction of being the youngest lieutenant
general on the effective list. He Is not yet 51 years old, but has seen service
in the Kaffir war of 187S. for which he received the C. B. in the Zulu war of 1879
in the Bechuanaland expedition of 1884-85, and in Egypt from 1890 to 1895. His pro
motion to K. C. B. came to him in 1894. He joined the British army in 1862, as an en
sign in the Scots guardsmen, and left the regiment a lieutenant colonel in 1886.
little romantic, but which I have no
reason to doubt, the spy would saunter
out, dressed as a tourist, and carrying
the lunch basket on his arm. Whe
an officer came along he would push
down the box and show him that the
basket was perfectly empty. It never
occurred to the guards to turn the
thing upside down or it would have
been promptly confiscated. The pres
ent owner carries it around as a curio,
and it is certainly the oddest little ma
chine I ever laid eyes on. As far as I
know, it is the only camera in the
world that is mounted on a disappear
A DEWEY TABLET IN BURNT WOOD.
Arizona's Burle Cities.
A petition is to be presented to con
gress at its next session asking that
steps be taken to protect against van
dals the buried cities of a wonderful
prehistoric race in southern Arizona.
The ruins of an ancient temple at Casa
Grande have been preserved by the cre
ation of a government park, and con
gress will be asked to create a similar
reservation-embracing the best pre
served remains of prehistoric cities in
the Gila valley.
One of the latest tokens of appreciation which' has been prepared for Admiral
Dewey Is a decorative tablet, designed by Raphael A. Weed, which has been pur
chased by C. C. Shayne, of the New York Dewey reception committee. The tab
let .which measures about three by four feet in'sISe is.something unique, the design
being burned into prepared and polished white basswood by the application of heated
irons, producing an effect of rich brown tones, combined with a slightly modeled
surface that suggest wood carving. The picture of the tablet here shown is taken
from the New York Sunday Times.
devoted herself to the task of comfort
in him, telling the boy, among other
things, that she too, had suffered
from the loss of a fondly loved parent,
who had died suddenly in a foreign
land. I was only when he boy reached
Vienna and as leaving the train that
he discovered that the kind lady was
W JBxported for Spool*.
About 10,000,000 feet of birch wood
will be sent this year from Maine to
England and Scotland for spools.
/TURK IN GERMANY.
Is Reg-nrded One of the Most
Prise Occupations of the
While congress and the several state
legislatures have for years been, flood
ed with petitions and proposed laws for
fhe preservation of the forest trees oi
the country, nearly all of them more
or less defective, the people of German
have solved the problem with very little
ado. Germany is an old country. Cen
turies ago what we might call its vir
gin timber was exhausted and the
country found itself with a dense popu
lation dependent on a limited area oi
land to supply its needs for wood ma
terial. What should they do? Should
they stint their use in this direction tc
a niggardly amount? Should they cal!
on the stock of newer countries for
their supply? The did neither ol
these things. They to work tc
develop the resources and capabilities
of their own lands. The states and
the nobles supported the work. Sci
entists labored and managers experi-
mented. Forest schools were esta
lished to spread through the land the
knowledge that had been gained.
Finally they piled up a mass of exact in
formation about trees and everything
related to their life, and established a
system of forest management that is
one of the finest monuments of the
thoroughness, the conservatism and the
patience of the German race. And to
day the forest stands as one of the
prime objects of the people's regard, a
source of health, wealth and national
OLD FOES WATCH EACH OTHER.
Navajos a Mokis Still Keeping- a
Guard Thei Ancestor E a
lishe SOO Year Ag-o.
The Navajos and the Mokis are an
cient enemies. The Navajos stalk the
plain, wide scattered. The Mokis
huddle on the point of a precipitous
mesa towering a thousand feet above
the red desert. Inch by inch they
cowered before their persecutors
through a hundred years until at lasi
they built ».heir village of to-day on the
heights four centuries. Thoug bittei
foes, the Navajos peaceably visited the
Mokis every alternate year on the day
of the mysterious ceremony of tJhe
Three hundred summers ago, so runs
the tradition, a Navajo boy while watch
in the dance fell from the brink of
the mesa to a mangled death on the
tumbled rocks far below. And every
second summer since, the visiting
Navajos come on to the mesa they stand,
in groups, singly, at the spot
where the boy fell and gaze down from
the heights for hours at a time.
Th Mokis believe the Navajos are
only waiting a favorable opportunity
to pounce upon them and avenge their
clansman's death. Decent visitors to
the land of the Mokis say that on he
day of the dance there is always a red
blanketed Navajo on the point of rock
gazing stolidly below. Behind on the
pile of the village and outlined against
the sky is the solitary form of a Moki
watching the Navajo intensely. Both
were standing the guard their ancestors
stood through 300 summers.
His Greed In the Scramble or Gold
Host in Many Cases Over
The money lender says to himself
that if he can make money scarce there
will be a scramble for it.Ntnd interest
rates will be high. This a of
the impelling causes of the gold stand
ard. Bu we see exactly the opposite
result taking place. The rate of inter
est has fallen along with the prices
of commodities. There has been no ex
ception to the rule and Shy lock is now
glad to get four and five per cent, for
only a fractional part of his money,
when in former times he could readily
lend it all at eight, ten and twelve. In
the frenzy of his greed he killed the
goose that laid the golden eggt and
now he sees his yellow hoards stacked
up and idle in his vaults because the
contraction of the currency has so im
poverished industry that men can ap
longer afford to pay interest on money
to do business with. There is no profit
in a declining market, and consequent
men stand idle and Shylock grinds
his teeth with rage because he cannot
lend his money. Still he will not learn
sense and do the only thing that will
restore prosperity and create a demand
for his money.
But another and the principal reason
for the establishment of the gold stand
ard was the certain knowledge that a
contracted currency would create pov
erty in the prices of property, and
Shylock hoped to carry this principle
to the extent of possessing himself of
all the property of his neighbors. Here
again his greed has, in a measure, de
feated his purpose, for in many in
stances property has depreciated to
such an extent that Shylock cannot af
ford to pay the taxes and keep up the
necessary improvements, and conse
quently we see fields rank with weeds,
ramshackle and unpainted barns and
houses, and fences that no longer pos
sess any terrors for wandering stock.
Abundant money not only increases
prices of property and produce, but it
stimulates enterprise, creates an activa
demand for cash, brings the whole
stock of money into use and raises the
rates of interest. It is strange that
money lenders cannot and will not see
this natural order of things, especially
when the facts are spread out under
their very noses.
Take our Missouri lead mining Klon
dike as an instance. The demand for
lead brought millions of dollars into the
southwestern section of the state. Im
mediately prices bean to jump, a mar
velous energy was infused into the
people of that section, dormant towns
and villages became rampant with vig
orous life and restless enterprise, and
the banks, over whose counters the cob
webs had grown, suddenly found them
selves unable to meet the demand for
money and more money, and with this
demand came an increase in the dis
count rate to the old war-time basis.
The banks are now compelled to re
main open both day and night and a
portion of each Sunday, in order to
meet the requirements of their eager
customers. But this is not all. Not
only are loans at high rates of inter
est easily made, but they are secure,
because the borrowers are making
money and can readily meet their ob
ligations. strange it is that
money lenders and those who profess
to be adepts .in the science of finance
cannot" or will not see this plain law
of common sense. If we could only
get rid of the curse of the single gold
standard, we would soon see conditions
like those in the lead mining districts
of this state prevailing all over the
eountrj-.—Mississippi Valley Democrat.
Single Standard Men Still Claimin
Coinag W Driv
Out All the Gold.
The gold men are still claiming free
coinage would drive all the gold out
of circulation and bring us to a silver
basis. Then those who have promised
to pay in gold would be unable to get
it except at a high premium, and would
be ruined. If there is anything that a
gold worshiper will not say in order
to fittingly paint the horrors of
free coinage, we hope never to hear it
or see it in print. We are told that un
der free coinage, the great banks and
trust companies could pay off their de
positors with 60-cent dollars. Still the
bankers, as a class, are fairly frantic
in their opposition to a measure which
they claim is going to give them a profit
of 50 cents on each dollar of their enor
mou deposits. Their pious souls re
volt at the idea.
Again it is claimed that those owing
debts payable in gold would be ruined
because of the high premium they
would be compelled to pay for gold,
and yet, strange to say, the holders of
gold mortgages are wild with fear at
the thought of being paid in gold dol
lars at a premium, or,, failing to get
the gold, be compelled to foreclose and
take the mortgaged property at half
its value. Their Christian sensibilities
are shocked at the thought.
Wha nonsense! If the great banks
would double their money as a result
of free coinage, does anybody doubt
that they would jump at the chance?
If the holders of gold mortgages would
increase their .value by forcing gold to
a premium, would they let such an op
portunity go by every trick and
scheme of manipulation known to
finance, a re working to add to
their accumulated millions, all the time
pretending that they oppose free coin
age in the interest of the laboring man.,
the savings bank depositor, and the
down-trodden debtor. I ought to be
apparent to any person of usual in
telligence that they are looking strictly
for themselves that the gold stand
ard gives them certain advantages
which they might lose under free coin
age, and hence their opposition. Like
all other claims of the gold standard
people, this one involves many assump
tions and absurdities. I assumes that
several hundred millions of dollars in
gold are to be driven out of circulation,
making money scarce and at the same
time cheaper. I assumes that the
United States, the greatest and riches
of nations, is going to stop using gold,
and still gold becomes dearer and more
difficult to get.
Nationa a West
N York World: Some day soon
the. east is going to realise the full
meaning of the fact that the center
of population in this country is in the
state of Indiana and moving toward
We've AH Been There
By M. QUAD. Copyrighted.
B**o^ i^o^^e y^ s* I
When the lame and dejected-looking
man had finally got a seat in the ear
he seemed to feel that some explanation
was due the passengers, and he said:
"I didn't go down -with a bridge, and
I wasn't blown up on a steamboat. I
was simply run over by a bicycle." A
none of you may have ever come in
contact with one of those vehicles it
will perhaps interest to—"
"Say!" interrupted the man on his
right, "you can't tell me anything
about it. I was run down about three
months ago, and I left my cane at me
to-day for the first time. N use to'
go on and describe to me I took a
jump about seven feet high, and then
landed on my ear on the pavement with
my legs tied in knots. I've been run
over by a butcher cart, but between
the two I'll take the cart every time."
"And I don't need to be told the sen
sations," added the man on the left.
"It's only about a month ago that I
was crossing the street at night. Along
came a ^bicycler without a lamp and he
was just humping himself. The wheel
didn't seem to hit me in any particu
lar spot, but all over. I was knocked
into the middle of next week and lay
there for half an hour, and I'm feel
in sore and lame yet. Of course the
man on the bike didn't suffer the least
injury. They never do, you know."
"I was going along, you know," con
tinued the lame man—"I was going
along about my business, when—"
"Being run over by one bike ain't
enough to raise a fuss about," inter
rupted a man across the aisle. "It
stirred you up some, of course, but you
wait until you've been struck by a tan
dem going like a cannon ball! Then
j'ou'll have a story to tell. I was driv
ing out with my wife, and I got out
of the buggy to pick up my lost whip.
That tandem came smoking around a
corner, and as I straightened up with
the whip in my hand the heavens and
the earth came together with a crash
and midnight darkness was upon the
land. Two ribs broken, a shoulder dis
located and one of my knee-caps frac
tured, and my whole body generally
bruised. The shock didn't even throw
the fellows off the tandem. It just
checked 'em for a second, and as they
went on one of the would-be murder
ers threw a kiss at my wife! Don't go
to giving us any vivid yarn about being
tun over by a common bike, for it's
nothing* to brag about."
"I was knocked down by one," re*
marked a timid-looking woman.
"And so was I," added the big woman
**ith a satchel.
"And I, too."
In fact there was only one person in
the car who hadn't been made a vic
tim. He seemed to feel his position,
and when everybody looked at him
-askance he rose up and bowed and said:
"I've been expecting to be run down
every day for a year past, but have
somehow escaped. However, just be
fore I left Texas I had a herd of 800
steers run over me, and as near as 1
can calculate 795 of 'em stepped on
«ome portion of my body."
Then everybody looked at the lame
man ttt sec if he ad anything more to
say, but he hadn't, and neither did any
one sympathize with him.
He an Excuse
The woman had been carried a block
beyond her corner, and as she finally
caught the conductor's attention and
got the car stopped she looked at him
in a a which twenty mtr^ promptly
understood. A dozen hats were raised
and a dozen men rose up, but there ia
always a leader. In this case he mo
tioned the men to sit down and said to
the' woman as she slowly descended:
"Yes'm, you bet I will! I've got a
soft-corn, a sore throat and a headache,
and all I wanted was a decent excuse!"
"Thank you," she replied.
"Not at all, ma'am—happy to accom
modate," and he worked his way back
to the platform and opened such a flow
of cuss-words on the conductor thai
after going five blocks further the cur
rent grounded and the car came to
The pessimist looks in the sky.
And If a cloud be there
He straightway heaves a doleful su,-n
Because it isn't fair.
Or if, perchance, no cloud appear.
He gravely shakes his head
And groans: "Unless it rains, I e*r
The crops will soon be dead."
NOT HIS FAULT.
The Vicar's Daughter—Papa was very
shocked, Giles, to see you standing out
side the "Green Man" this morning,
The Village Beprobate—Oi can 'sure
ye, miss, it wus na fault o' moine that
I us standin' ootside!—Punch.
Th Righ Taelc.
"There's the smartest little an
that ever took hold of this servant girl
problem," said he old gentleman,
pointing with pride to his only daugh
"How's she going at it
"Gettin* up a popular song to idealise
dish washin'."—Detroit Free Press.
a Par of the Trip.
"Papa," asked Willie, "has Mr. Jig
gers ever crossed the ocean?"
"Never," replied the old gentleman.
"WelL how did he get a
"Get back! What do you mean
"Why, twice I've heard sayysjsVj
seen hiss half seas over.*