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MAY NOT ACCEPT PRESENTS. Very naturally It was embarrahslng to Prince Henry to discover that Pres ldent Roosevelt could not, as an In- | dividual, accept the splendid gift which j his royal highness purchased for pres- ! •ntation at the White House. But the constitution la clear and em phatic on this matter of gift-giving and gift-receiving between our public serv- j ants and foreign officials. “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United Bute*. And no person holding any office of profit or trust under them shall without the consent of congress accept of any present, emolument, office or title of any kind whatsoever from any J king, prince or foreign state,” says the constitution. The President may give presents to whomsoever he sees fit to so honor. Postmaster General Payne may accept a gift from Secretary Shaw, because both the giver and the taker are of equally salaried rank. Prince Henry’s diamond-bedecked boxes and cups can be received by distinguished private citizens with perfect propriety. And so it goes. But there is no provision, constitu tional or statutory, against the receipt of gifts from distinguished foreigners by the families of our presidents or minor public servants. Hence. Miss Roosevelt may with impunity accept whatever bedianioned and be-Hohen tollerned finery the admiral prince may have bought for her nt the court Jew eler's. For the sake of diplomacy, our presi dents have been in the habit of accept ing. not as individuals, but "on behalf of the American people. ’ whatever i gifts have been proffered by dlstin- < Timber Wolves Numerous in Northern Minnesota.. Timber wolves are terrorizing the in habitants of northern Minnesota this winter. For the first time in the his tory of logging operations in that sec tions woodsmen are afraid to go any distance from camp after nightfall. Even when traveling in numbers and armed they are afraid of being pounced upon by a pack. Among the many adventures with wolves reported lately are a few of thrilling interest. The most extraor dinary was that of Paul McKay, a tie maker. He was working on a small contract thirty miles northwest of Du luth. getting out ties for a logging road. One night in the latter part of January he worked later than usual, and It was already dark when he start ed for camp, two miles away. McKay had not thought seriously of danger from wolves, though he knew that It existed. He had scarcely got started for camp before the woods resounded with the howls of wolves. McKay was Instantly panic-stricken. He took to bis heels and ran for his life, but he was soon aware that the wolves had scented him and were after him. Mc- Kay realized that his only hope lay in climbing a tree and lie hurriedly scram bled Into a poplar about six inches in diameter. In less than two minutes the panting, almost exhausted, and ter rified man was looking down on three wolves. Their eyeballs glowed like balls of fire, and McKay was so scared that he was afraid he would fall out of the tree from sheer terror. Then something extraordinary happened. Two of the wolves fell upon the third »nd killed and devoured It. It was a terrible fight for a short time. Then the other two wolves quarreled and fought, and finally left the tree, con tinuing their hostility toward each other, snapping and barking, until they could no longer be heard. McKay was taken from the tree almost dead from cold by two friends who had come to search for him. and bPar h “ve both been killed within the city limits of Duluth within the last year „r two. hut It was this winter, .or the tlrst time, that a man has been pursued by wolves within F * b - 2 oeo Rohr started at dusk to return to the cltv frum Knife River, a dlstanco of about RW fit m GB i Aft€r paaß,n « French River five or six wolves started in pur thlnL tt ale , !gh - The,r howls Bt ™<* through the clear, still M* like a knife gutshed foreigners This has been the liollte way out of It. j The most lavish generosity ever ac ! cepted in this tactful fashion was that I of the Imaun of Muscat, showered upon i President Van Buren. This Arabian ' sultan sent to the then chief magistrate n Persian carpet, two Arabian horses, j one case of attar of roses, five deml- I Johns of roaewnter. a package of cash i mere shawla. a box of pearls, a sword ! and 121 diamonds. None of these gor geous present appears to have ever • l>een retained by Mr. Van Buren. The patent office waa for many yeara the repository for gifts from foreign state* of potentates which consden- awoao orvrn to gsaht dy the ripuduc. sciniTC givlh to caul givdi to jomt qurncr amtis. ! tious presidents were unwilling to keep. ' Two long flintlock guns, presented to President Jefferson by the emperor of Morocco, were among these. Then'’ ; weapons are smooth bore. The stock ' of one is covered with silver nnd coral, of the other with gold. A scimitar with I and Rohr, who was unarmed, gave the frightened horse free rein and the whip. The horse was a well-bred ani mal and the road was good. Rohr said that the horse actually gained on the wolves for the first mile and then they gained on the home. Steadily the wolves drew nearer and their yelps contained a note of triumph that Rohr did not fail to understand. At last the wolves were only fifty feet behind. Rohr happened to notice some rabbits in the bottom of the sleigh. He had bought them from a boy at Knife River to take home to his wife. He was instantly Inspired by a new hope. There were three rabbits and Rohr experimented by throwing out one. It had the desired effect of halting the entire pack. The rabbit was but a morsel for half a dozen half famished wolves, and again they came on with loud, nerce cries. But the rap idly tiring horse had gained a few hun dred feel by the delay and at the proper time Rohr threw out another rabbit. The wolves fought for a moment over this and again did the horse In crease the distance between the sleigh and the pack. This was repeated once more and the rabbits were gone, but before the beasts could overtake the sleigh again the horse dashed up to a point opposite the Duluth pumping sta tion. nine miles east of the city hall. This meant safety for man and beast. The pursuit had covered more than three miles and It proved a close call for man and horse. Of all the wild animals found | n the Northwest, the great gray timber wolf la most feared. It Is only In win ter that the animal la dangerous. The gray wolf Is not as cunning as a fox but It la Just aa wise. The wolf, even when pressed by hunger, will shun poisoned meat, no matter how cleverlv the ttecoy has been placed. He la wine to the trlckß of man to compass hlg destruction. They are afraid of fire arms, Instinctively guessing their dan. SIT a Thß . W ° lf 18 ‘- oward ly a nd cruel but harmless when his stomach Is full' He Is one of the uncompromising foes of civilization. don‘* Think Rnoagh of Old People We do not consider serious enough here In the United States the comfort and dignity and happiness of old peo ple. The widowed mother of a pros perous man la often seen haunting the gold-mounted sheath was received by the father of Democracy from the same source and at the same time. A Kciid Ivory cane presented to Pres ident John Quincy Adams is exhibited j with these relics in the hall of history. A Spanish sword presented to ITesl dent Grant In 1873 by the Spanish re- i public reposes near by. A pair of buckskin gloves presented to President Lincoln In 1*65 by Wil liam Baker of New York Is also exhib ited in the museum. Many gifts received by presidents on behalf of the nation have been loft to adorn the White House. In the red parlor are a pair of handsome vases presented by the French government during President Pierce’s administra tion. They are of old Sevres, one bear ing an exquisite picture of Charlotte ' Cordaj before the tribunal, the other |of Marie Antoinette before Robca- I plerre. 5 house of a son or daughter like a ghost. i She has no place there, no work, no - Interests, no old friendi, and the aged I find it hard to make new friends, it ' Is Relflsh nnd inconsiderate for a son r to thus treat his mother. She Is un ' happy, and the cause of unhappiness i in those about her. Where means do r not permit the settling of old people In homes of their own It Is still pos ’ slble to make them comparatively ln -5 dependent. To raise a small sum and ; place it at her disposal, and assist her » to find a comfortable room or two in i the home of a family where the rent i will bo an acceptable addition to the s Income, to furnish the new place taste ; fully and thoughtfully. Is an easy task, f —Woman’s Home Companion, t I’ll grim by Trolley. 5 It gives one something of a shock to read of a trolley line from Cairo to ML ■ Sinai. This is the latest Ohio scheme. ‘ The projected system appears to follow the route of the exodus, and Bible stu dents may hereafter trace the footsteps of Moses with convenience and dis patch. The lines are to extend also to ‘ Mecca, and a good business is counted J upon In the transportation of pilgrims. The thought of a trolley party pilgrim age has more than a suggestion of the i grotesque. Yet there Is no doubt that Mohammed would have preferred a trolley car to a camel If he had known 1 _____ I ' Nrnntor Sorghum's Opinion. , "This Is an Irreverent age," said the • *Eoußhtful man. "I have even heard some people intimate that Oeorgc Washington was not so great In all respects as we have learned to consider him." “Well," answered Senator Sorghum • I never liked to say anything about a , fellow statesman, but It baa always struck me that Washington didn’t make near as much mono* as a man In his position might have made Washington Star. One of Bishop Horne's sermons la he aourcc of "it | 8 better to wear out than to rust out." suo'm. r aln,y a m ® a " man who support °° tbC grOUOd ’ D °- „ ? n f,i l ' as often to draw upon the im agination even in a serious "realm confessions of a Caricaturist " Inlands That Float ‘‘Of all passengers carried by ocean currents floating islands are the moat i Interesting. Many of them have been found voyaging on the Atlantic. Theae islands were originally parts of low lying river hanks which broke away under stress of storm or flood and floated out to sea. says 'I hoodoro Waters lu AI ns lee's The Orinoco, the Amazon, the I<a Plata and other tropi cal rivers often send forth such pieces of their shore*. Some of the bits of land are of large size and carry ani mals, Insects and vegetation, even, at times, including trees, the roots of which serve to hold the land intact, I while their branches and leaves servo i as sails for the wind. Generally the , waves break up these Islands shortly 1 after they put to sea. but sometimes, under favorable condition*, they travel long distances. “The longest voyage of a floating ■ Island, according to government rec ord*. took place In 1893 This Island was first seen off Florida, and appar ently It had an area of two acres. It bore no trees, but It was thickly covered with bushes, and In one place it was thirty feet high above the sea level. It was In the gulf stream, trav eling slowly And with occasional un dulations to show where the ground swell whs working beneath It. l*rob ubly It got uway from Its river anchor- How Senator Perkins Get His Start in Business. Senator Perkins of California Is one of the few members of the United ’ State- Senate who could afford to * lose $365,000 and then have a balance sufficiently large to purchase a don trolling Interest In n large ocean steamship company. That, however. Is Just what he did, but the interest* • Ing event took place half a century ■ ago. when he was a merchant In a small California town, during the time that the gold fever was at its height and the "dust” was plentiful. The Senator had none of the ad i vantages that accrue to most boys of the present day, and when u lad of 12 years lie landed in California with • nothing but plenty of pluck and de | termination to begin life’s battle for j I himself. He lost no time in stnrtlng ' out. and managed to secure employ- j I ment as an errund boy In a grocery I store, receiving for his services S3O a month and board. His earnings were J carefully laid away, and when an op portunity came to Invest them he hud a hank account which reached the 1 sum of SBOO. One day he met a man who operuted the ferry across u noar- K by stream and learned that the boat n ha, l Kone aground on a sandbar. c Disheartened over his failure to get the boat off. the man was anxious to - sell out the business, and young Per :l kins was quick to see an opening for r embarking on his own account. [1 .-u-u-u-u-u World’s Greatest Monarch. San Bias Indians Have an Exalted Opinion of Their Ruler. "The Mormon explorer's reference v to the San Bias Indians, In an Inter view printed In a local paper, waH of „ Kreat Interest to me," said a well known physician of Galveston. Texas. 5 "I happened to have some knowledge of the curious people myself. Just after I left college I took a trip to ■ South America for the purpose of studying fevers, and I had several en ’ counters with the San Bias. There 1 are no more curious people in the 1 world than these presumptive, self 1 sufficient, stubborn Indians. During a sojourn of several months In the vtclnlty of their reservation I was able to converse with only one of their . number. He was an old fellow who I had made several trips to New York , on a steamship and who had picked I up a little English in his wanderings. . He assured me that the king of the San Bias—that Is the title given to their ruler—was the greatest monarch that ever sat upon a throne. , "From the general run of Ills talk I saw that the San Bias looked upon the rest of the world with pity and contempt. They have a great horror of any other race mingling with theirs. They guard their women closely that no marriages with aliens be possible. In fact I learned there were few per sons In the vicinity that ever saw a San Bias girl after she was 8 years old. The king very naively boasts that although his people absolutely forbid any trespassing on their lands, that no one had ever been shot In the back by his warriors. This would In dicate a high sense of honor, but It la further explained that when a strang Ocm (mMs (my Aw# Hrfc Seethes of L« as* in the aprlng of the year. for. to ward the latter part of July It had reached the latitude of Wilmington. Del. No large animal life had been seen on It, though there muat have been myriads of the small crecplug things which abound In the tropica By the end of August it had pubm**! Cape Cod and was veering toward the Grand Bank*. "It followed the steamer lane route* quite accurately, and several vessel* reported It. One mouth later It was In mid-ocean, northwest of the Azores, and Its voyage evidently was begin ning to tell on it. It was much smaller and less compact. It was not seen again, and probably It met destruction In the October gales. But It hail trav eled nt least 1,000 miles, and If. as was thought. It came from the Orinoco. It must have covered twice that distance It Is quite possible that floating is lands. larger than this one,under more favoring curcuinstances, might during post ages have made the complete Journey from America to Europe or Africa, and so brought about a dis tribution of anlniAl species. Of course. It is not absolutely certain that this island went to pieces In October It might, though this Is not probable, have floated down Into the region of cnlms and seaweed, where it would lie longer preserved." "How much would you take for the boat ns It lies?" asked Perkins. i "A thousand dollars, und not a cent less." was the reply. Perkins closed th© bargain on th« spot, agreeing to pay the money be fore sundown. Going to the bank, be drew out his savings, and Instead of returning to work spent the afternoon In visiting every store along the busi ness street of which the town boast ed. borrowing money to make up the balance. From one business man he secured $4.1. but In most instances he was only able to negotiate small loans, and even now he remembers that ev ery 60-cent piece was a welcom© nddi | tlon to his pile; but he had the satls i faction of obtaining the needed ; amount, and was the owner of the I boat before he went to bed. j His new Investment was nonpro ductive for a long time, as it took I him three months to cut away the sandbar, ns he was obliged to do the work himself. He never lost heart, however, and his natural business acumen Is shown uy the fact that after operating the ferry for only a few months he was able to sell out for s3,ooo.—Washington Post. L > Dogmatism sees two sides to every question, its side and the wrong one; bigotry discerns but one side, and that usually the latter. er Is assassinated from ambush, his murderers first whistle to him from the rear, and Just as he turns, shoot him to death. This is certainly droll and a peculiar way to ease the con science. ns I suppose It is calculated to do. I would not be surprised If some day an organized party of Amer icans with a hatred for vanities were to Invade the Saj Bias reservation, and forco the Indians to extend the welcome hand to the outside world, with which they maintain a perpetu al defensive and often offensive war." Tvlegraphle Talking. "Telegraph Talk and Talkers." by I,. C. Hall, In McClure'B. Is a revelation of some of the myBteries of "telegraphese " or "Morse," the garrulous tongue of dot and dash that clicks Incessantly around the globe. Its simplicity to spoken discourse Is really startling. It Is al most uncanny to read that to the Ini tiated an operator’s 'Morse' Is as in dicative of character as his speech, his face, or his dress; nay. that from his “° r “ , .° ne can often r «°«>>ixe at until * “*? Wh ° m ° n ® h “ until this meeting, been within many hundred miles. By dally communica tion over the wire operators grow to mndl ,r *® n( ** h 'ps as ever were made within four Inclosing walls. Emo tion la as clearly conveyed by these little metallic taps as by tbs moat skill “oOulatsd voice. The tricks n ? 0 ‘‘. b * <toll< ' r * * Bd “ »*kwsrd operators by the Installment furnish a very amua!ng aeries of stories.