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THE LUMBER SUPPLY.
Thera Is Plenty of It Left in Onr Pine Forests. Allknch Exports ax 4 CsxnnptlM Hst# Bees Isercaslaf Yasr After Tear There la Ha Preaeat Proapect of Bxhssattoa. “The Lumber Trade of the United States” is the title of a monograph just Issued by the treasury bureau of sta tistics, Washington. The lumber in dustry and trade, it finds, has within quits recent years changed from a small scale of production to one In which machinery, a large outlay of capital and a far-sighted policy of de velopme n t of properties arc becoming oomtrolling factors. This change is due partly to the growth of domestic de mand and partly to the fear of prema turely exhausting our timber re sources. The existence of surplus capital look ing for new fields of investment has had a tendency to eliminate the small scale lumberman and the policy of European states in rigidly limiting the anau&l cut of lumber to something like the rate of increase in the growth of for est, has forced European lumber con suming interests to come to the United States and Canada, especially for hard woods and lumber for building pur poses. As a result the foreign lumber trade of the United States has grown .anormously. Within quite recent years it has developed from a local to a world wide commercial movement. In the foreign* trade the Atlantic ports, the gmlf ports and those on the northern Pacific coast have shared moat liberally. Mon* hi in be ris now be ing shipped from these ports and from the country as a whole than at any pre vious time in the history of the country. The total exports of timber, lumber and manufactured wood for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1900, amounted to $50,591,908. showing a balance of almost exactly $30,000,000 of exports of this class over Imports. About half of these imports came from Canada, consisting mainly of planks, boards, logs and shingles. Another principal feature In our timber imports is the tropical tim ber, Including Cuban mahogany and cedar and mahogany from Central and South America and Africa. The wooded area of the United Stales, according to the United States geolog ical survey, is 1,094,496 square miles, or 37 per cent, of the land area. From this standing supply of timber it is esti mated that from 1.830,000,000,000 to 2,300,000,000,000 of board measure feet of lumber are available. The annual lumber cut has been estimated for the year 1899 at 40,000,000,000 of board measure feet; that it, we cut approxi mately two per cent, of our national timber resources annually. Of this out 11,000,000,000 are credited to the lake region, 10,000,000,000 to the southern states, 6,000,000,000 to the northwest and north Atlantic states, 5,000,000,000 to the central states, 4,000,000,000 to the Pacific states and 2,000,000,000 to the mountain state#, according to the New Orleans Lumber Trade Journal. These figures are, however, only an approxi mation on the part of those familiar with the industry as a whole, yet they indicate that our timber supply is not disappearing at an alarming rate, pro vided the destructive waste of forest fires con be prevented. The timbered territory of the coun try coVers five different sections, from which . commercial distribution ia made. Beginning with New England, the output of Molise is still the leading feature of this section, and the middle states, from the Adirondack* and northwestern Pennsylvania, still sup ply a considerable market of more or less local character. The greatest areas of standing timber ore found in the southern states, where the long leaf and the short leaf pine and the cypress are the leading feature# In the lake region of the northwest, in cluding Michigan, Wisconsin and Min nesota, we have the largest output, where the white pine and hemlock are the leading features. The Pacific coast section includes the pine and fir for ests of Washington and Oregon and the red wood of California as the leading kinds of timber. The Rocky mountain states are as yet of subordinate com mercial importance compared with the southern, northwestern and Pacific states. A comparison of southern exports of timber, lumber and manufactures thereof with the total from the United States shows that southern ports fur nish 88 per cent, of the sawed timber exported, 81 per cent, of the hewn Umber, 74 per cent, of the logs, etc., 68 per cent, of the boards, deals and planks, 77 per cent, of the joints and scantlings, 51 per cenit. of the staves, 75 per cent, of all other lumber and 19 per cent, of the manufactured lumber— a remarkable exhibit of the progress which southern lumber products have made in our foreign trade. The Cataasa Worker's Itorv. “It’sclose quarters in those little cais sons, you ace,” went on the old Sand Ho* “It’s a wonder I'm alive. I came very close to it once, though. “Ton might asy you're never safe in a caisson. What’s coming you never can tell. We don't think of it when we go down’, but the danger's there, and when It’s on you, you haven't time to pray. even. This happened in a tunnel, an' I came near to being in the gang that went down that afternoon. ‘‘There were eight in the caisson, I think. Anyhow, the sir-pipe broke. Thst mesas that your sir is shut right off. If you were s diver you’d have a chance to get up; if you were in a mine you could live s while on what you already had. But ia aoaisson it*s different.”—Cromwell Child# in Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly. DEVICE TO SCARE WOLVES. Automatic Gan Recently Invented i Tlini Will Protect Sheep r >om Natural Unemics, Exumimia in the patent ojflce have learned i>v experience that it is a mistake to jump at coucluaions re garding the useiuhu'Es of in vein lons. A contiiviK.ee at which they were in clined to poke ii good deal oi fun,.‘de signed to frighten wolves on west orb prairies, wag patented less than three months ago, and already it has come Id to considerable use in the sheep growing districts in that part of the country, says the Presbyterian ban ner. The device Is nn automatic gun which gees off nt regular intervals, tearing the wolves av.-ny from the flocks. It consists of a sort of box which contains a clockwork attach ment, wi h a small steel barrel pro jecting from one. end. A magazine, also with the box, is loaded with blank cartridges, which are tired by the clockwork once in ter. minutes or so. By the help of a simple machan ical attachment the intervals be tween the diKchnrges arc made as long or as short as may be desired. Wolves do not attack sheep in the daytime, and the gun needs to be in operation on'., from sunset to sun rise. It is the period of lambing that the flocks nr'- in danger, the fierce wolves raiding then! and carrying off the lambkins, and hence the apparat us described is intended to be em ployed exclusively during that sea son. It may be that the wolf, which Is n decidedly intelligent animal, n»ny learn the det ,f ption after awhile and realize that the automatic gun has not a man behind it. In Russia it has been found that wolves are afraid of the humming of telegraph wires. LIVING ON HIS WIFE'S GRAVE. gaew Abode That Col. Elljok Do Board, • Georfrln Mob, Has Recently Dalit. Col. Elijah Be Board, of Gilmer coun ty, Ga., is probably the only' man in the Urtited. States whose home is over a grave. This unusual habitation is not due to eccentricity or for the purpose of attracting notoriety, but is simply x case of loyal devotion shown in a visible way to the memory of his wife, j The recent loss of his-partner in life affected him deeply, since which time he has become a recluse. Ills devotion hast been carried to nn extreme, it is thought by his neighbors, no he has given up living in his large home, nnd has just built a house on the spot where his bcinved wife rests, on the beautiful mountain side near his home. The structure is a small but substan tial octagon of stone, and on the iron opening into the single room is the fol lowing inscription: “One in life and one in death.” In the right-hand corner is the grave of his wife, while a secondary space dear by ho has reserved for himself, where, at the end, he can find repose. Around the windows flowers have heen plnnte-.1. n* d the venerable patriarch spends Hi? days in beautifying the sur roundirgs >' his strange me. On . : .i* anniversary c?f her death, w'.ib the r-"brtnncß of a local pastor, the funeral « eremony is repeated. The colons! hns turned a deaf car to numerous entreaties of bis friends to give up his solitary abode, ns he has expressed the desire to spend the re mainder of his days in this toinUike ■tructure. ZULUS OF THE RAILROADS. Qbmf Title Given to Men la Gksrft of Blooded Slock—Arc Hot Mo tives of Africa. “Do you know what a Zulu is?” said an old railroad man, according to the Chicago Inter Ocean. The trav eling mar “ho was waiting for his train amih d in away that was meant to indicate he knew all the species of Zulus that over existed, and told the railroad man about the Africans, called Zu!>r;, who maintained that continent’:* reputation for fighting be fore the Boors stepped in. j Little was doing in the railroad man's line. j :st then, so he listened. “Well, they may be Zulus all right, enough,” he remarked, “but they arc not the sort of Zulus that travel on railroads. There is the kind that runs into these yards,” and lie pointed down the track, where a box car stood. A stove pipe protruded through a hole in the door. The pipe waa at an angle of about 35 degrees. A cloud of smoke was coming from it. Four blooded horses nnd a man were the occupants of that. The man was ths Zulu. Taking care of valuable stock cn route from one market to an other was his business. He was a type of clans that railroad men on every line have named the Zulus. They fit up the center of the cars fer a sort of liring-rooin, and there in the midst of their animnls live as happily ns the road’s president who passes them in his private oar. Caught t»r Aniline Ores. A detective was recently employed by one of London’s West end clubs to discover a certain pilferer who had caused much annoyance to the mem bers by helping himself to cigars and other articles from their overcoat pockets. The disciple of Slicrlock Holtr.i s smeared a number of cigars with aniline dyes, placed -them in the pockets of several overcoats and next morning carefully scrutinized the mouth* of the chib'servents, with tne result r»at the culprit was found and persuaded to confess. Matehmaklnfr. Matchmaking, one of the most per ilous of handicrafts, has become per fectly safe through the discovery of amorphous phosphorus. WARNING TO AMERICANS. United states Consulate In Los4ss Issues Circular Shonlag tbe Von* Ity of Qncsts After Estate*. The United States consulate in Lon don fins issued a circular warning American who seek English fortunes ; and lam:-<1 estates thfit most of such ; claims nn* spurious. The dreamers are of three -lasses in general, the object of their quests being lauded estates, money supposed to be lodged in the Bank oi England and unclaimed chancery funds. The circular says: ‘‘As to land, no action to recover real estate in <I rent Britain can Ik- brought | after 12 \ j.r.< from the time the right j accrued, or, in case of disabilities or j infancy, r.fter 30 yen/s. I: is a pro digious error to think that there is an- I j claimed i forty deposited in the j Bank of England arid earning fabulous interest. The bank keeps a record of I unclaimed stock and dividends and , nothing e ; <•. Anyone who tliinks hira } self entitled to these must furnish pre- ; I else details respecting, the name of the j stockholder, the nmount of the hold ing nnd the date of issue. 1 ‘‘The total amount of unclaimed | j chancery funds is only about £IOO,OOO. i Not more than half that sum exceeds ! £l5O per account, and pot more than | one-seventeenth of these exceed £ !.Q')o.” Consul General Osborne xaid recent- ' i ly: “We consider that we have a dull week when less than eight or ten of our fellow countrymen apply for million dollar fortunes. Ninety-nine per cent, of the cases submit ted arc entirely visionary. Advertisements for alleged heirs or next of kin are the source of many of these great expectations. A thriving business is done by some al leged agents who thus traffic in Yankee trustfulness.” • THE SHIP'S COW BOOED. ; It Heard the Po*kora aad Mistook It tor a Relative—The Mys tery Explained. The captain of an English steamer spun a yarn the other day of the i mysterious “800-o-o” which answered his foghorn. He was steaming down ! the channel, when the thick fog came on. At such times he never leaves the bridge, and sounds the foghorn himself. On this ocension, after sounding the signal, he heard a fog horn in reply right ahead, nc turned the ship’s head a point to nvoid col lision, and then sounded ngnin. Again the reply came “800-o-o,” right ahead as before. The vessel’s head was put back to the same position as at first, and once more the foghorn waa sounded. Still the reply came, as before, right ahead, “800-o-o.” “It was very strange; I could not make it out,” said the captain, tell ing the yarn. “I tried again; still 1 the same ‘Boo-o-o’ right ahead. A feeling of superstition begun tq creep over me, and I was giving myself a mental shake to pull myself together, when the lookout man forward called out: ‘lt’s tbe old Coo, sir.’ And so ; in truth it was—the milk cow kept on | the for- castle for the use of.-the sh'*>. She, no doubt, took the 'boo-o-o-ing* of the signal for the cry of a com panion !u distress, and gave a sympa j thetic response.” OSTRACISED FOR HUMANITY. Prlaee Alphonse, of Bnwarta, Given the “Bine Letter** for Belnsr Too Gontlo. As a penalty for being too humane Prince Alphonse, the nephew of the regent of Bavaria, has been given the “Blue Letter.” In American slang vernacular this might be interpreted to mean that he will hereafter re ceive the “marble heart” in select official circles. Ifie “Blue Letter” means official degradation. He is, it. seems, too humane for his uncle and the military commanders, nnd he has been called upon to suffer for his hu manity. He was asked to resign from the Bavarian army for no other reason than that he was too gentle and easy going with those under his command. He Is not severe enough to please the military, nnd the mistake he made was to manifest too much considera tion for the horses under his charge. It was during the last maneuvers. On reaching a steep and stony de scent, Prince Alphonse ordered the men to dismount, so that the horses might be spared. It is said that the order completely upset the plan of action. Popular feeling is intense against the authorities who have brought about the prince’s dismissal, for he has always been popular with the subjects of his uncle. It is be lieved to be the first time a Bavarian prince has received the “Blue Letter.” WHY IT IS THE WHITE HOUSE. How tko of the President's Haas too at Wnsklsstos Orfsrlmated. . The question is often asked why the president’s mansion at Washington is call' d the white house. It has been so called for years and years, and now no one ' hinks of using any other name, al though executive mansion is the offi cial term. The term white house is a reminder of the second war with Eng land. August 24, 1814, the British j army captured Washington and i burned the public buildings, the presi- [ dent's mansion being among those to | suffer. It wns damaged to some ex- i tent, nnd to hide the fire stains was . paint ed white, and white it hns been | painted every .year or two since. The . home of Washington's mother was called white house, and this may have suggested the natne, but the fact that the mansion was assiduously painted white after the of JSI2 doubtless , brought the term into popular use. MEN BUYING THIMBLES NOW. VMtlßgajr of tbe Salciiflrl as te tbm state ef tbe Bachelor la Hew York. “One phnse of the notions depart ment liusiuess that would ttrike a essuc observer as peculiar,” said the rif 1 behind the counter.-.eccording to the Niw York Sun. “is the number of men "ho buy thimbles. The first time I sqj< :t thimble to n man I was almost coflv. ,ed with curiosity nnd lie was in th»- f iinc- condition with bashfulness. He tri. .i to make me think at li:st that hfe wn- buying it for his sifter, but he worr l so over the size that I sus pect*' there was something back of his at \!i ty, and at last I said: “‘Can't you give me some idea of the size of your sister’s finger? is it as large a.s mine, for example?' and I held up the middle finger of my right hand f r inspection. “‘Oh. yes,’ said he, ‘it is larger than that- much larger. It’s almost as large ns mine.’ “Ami then I laughed nnd presently he laughed and told me all about it. ! ‘The fact is,’ he said, ‘1 have no sister. ! I’m!roughing it in bachelor quarters here in New York, and I have to do so much mending and sewing on buttons and the like that I find a thimble is in dispensable. I suppose my ability in that line is nothing to be ashamed of, but somehow I rather shrank from letting on that I wns buying a thimble ty r myself. I thought it would make me seem effeminate.’ “But that was two or three year* ago,” added the girl. “They are not so squeamish nowaday*. They* march right up and buy thimbles and thread and even dnrning cotton without a tremor, just as women buy their own rifles and rowboats and ether sport ing goods, all of which goes- to prove that the sexes are reversing their old fashioned occupations with s ven geance. Most of the men who buy thimbles have the nicest tapering fingers imaginable. I suppose most of them work in offices or store* and don’t do anything to spoil their hands. They are very particular about the fit of their thimbles. They always want them as tight as beeswax. A woman likes a thimble loose enough to permit of circulation, but the men say they can’t do anything with the thimble slipping off all the time. “Men buy good tliimbles.Joo; much better than the average woman. It is no unusual thing for them to ask for s gold one. Then I have to send them to the jewelry department. This year I gave several young men nice thimbles for Christmas present# They all said I couldn’t have given them anything that would have been so useful and acceptable. It’s a won der to me why more girls don’t give their men friends tnimbles Instead of fancy handkerchief cases and neck-| tie boxes. I'm sure they would ap- j -Gtadste them mors. By another year, I fancy, fhey will get onto the ides, tor the social conditions in New York mike thimbles end even complete soring companions a necessary nd- Ju ct to overy young man's bachelor outfit.” HAMLET'S CASTLE. SastethtaMV Aksst the Home of tbs gossans Done at Elsinore, Danmark. Jacob A. Riis, the New York pov erty expert, lived as a child in the neighborhood of the castle of Kron borg. Elsinore, Denmark. He has re visited the place in recent years, and his early and later reminiscences are embodied in an article called “Ham let’s Castle,” which appeared in the Century., In 1573, os a first step toward mak ing it fit for a king to live in, Fred erik IL “swept it clean of .all hurt ful people end animals,' meaning, by the latter, vagrant swine and dogs. How his broom worked on tne “peo ple” is instanced by the treatment of outcast women under the edict.. They were to be whipped and brand ed ly the headsman, and turned out. If they came bock, both their ears wcr« to be cut off. If after that they weraj again found within the gates of the flty, the order was to stuff them intc 'sacks and throw them into the souitd. Four years of this sort of thitg was supposed to have clean'd the ground, and the erection was be gun.of Kronborg—the “crown castle.” j Thnt was the name, said the king, j and.for miscalling it “Flounder” or “H'fik” any man was to pay him the vm ile of one fat steer. Long before its gray walls had risen to half their height the new name stuck, and when it was finished, in 1585, the steer rev enue had ceased to be of account. Of the revelries that attended the opening of the castle it may well be that the echoes ring yet in Hamlet’s description of “this heavy-headed revel,” which to his mind is “more honour’d in the breach than the ob servance.” For In that year there played at Elsinore a troupe of stroll ing English actors, which for all we know with certainty to the contrary, iray have included young William Shsfcispeare himself, cornu fresh from peaching upon Sir Thomas Lucy’s pre- : serves to seek his fortune among , the playhouses in London. The old j town records contain two references ■ to them. One is a mere entry of the expenditure of four skilling “for the repair of the board fence between tie house of Lauritz, town clerk, the tew# hall and yard, which the people broke down the time the English 1 played in the yard.” That was in 1585, : and may have been on the occasion l oi the opening festivities. The i troupe came bock later and stayed 1 sense time. Little did tne clerk who i ettdred into the municipal accounts 1 the east of its play and keep dream < that hf was making a notable con- I trbution to the history of the great- - fit Of mil tragedies. > NEW ART JEWELRY. Curtail* and Very Costly Pieces Made by Master Workmen. Itnwlvnl of Woßdrrful Metal Work ot Koaalseauce Times Rupolnrlaod hr the Parle Expoeltloa— Feat area of Work. A new fad in jewelry has slowly beon making its way to favor iii recent years, and the Paris exposition brought it into something Eke popu larity. Fortunately, the expense of the work and the fact that it appeals to the artistic taste more than to*tho canons of elegance generally current promises to keep the fashion from be coming fatally common, says the New York Sun. The Salique jewelry is perhaps the fines: example of this new work, which is, after nil, old, for it works back to the wonderful metal work of renaissance times and makes the pre cious metals merely incidental. The exhibition of Rene Salique’a work at the exposition was a revelation to the host who had known nothing about him. This work has been eagerly sought for in Europe for years past, but his prices are fabulous and he does not sell to dealers, but works only no spe cial orders, which it may he Vs whim to accept; so, up t*> the ;* • - at time, liih jewels have been old dr- 1 < i: lv by royal personages or other ii! -drious patrons, and their number is not very great. (Y.stellani, in Rome, Inis had a repu tation for work of the same general order ns Salique’s, although he has achieved nothing to equal the Salique jewels, and a ernwd of lesser limits have, been following the same puth with more or less success. Of course, the central idea of this , jewelry is beauty und exclusiveness of i design. The masters of <#■- craft, like Salique, often make the jewel, what ever it may be, with direct reference to the appearance and personality of , ! th' 1 woman who is t.» wear it, anil this j op r.s up nn entile?:* vista of suggestive ■ Sir.l symbolic possibility. Then aguin the jewel may be made i m* rely to carry out a cent* plir.n in the j mind of the artist, without ref er< nee to the fut ure owner. Rare stones are introduced wherever the dei igr. requires their color, but very often the semi-preefous stones an swer the artistic requirements bet ter | than the more ce»rtly jewels nnd are used by preference, without thought of the comparative .cost. If r patron is willing to put a crown’sl ransom of rubies into an order nnd Salique thinks pink topaz or lapis azu’i accord* better with his design, j the buyer doesn't get the rubies', j Monasteries are particular favorite* • with Salique and with many of his followers, because they lend them selves to symbolism nnd suggest!' n without detracting from the effect of the mctnl work and design. One of the most rcmarkuM;* pieces of tiii:i art jewelry ever turned out wns a comb in a design of bats tiving through ! j the filtered light of moonstones. j AmeTicnn designers are taking up ' The art jewel idea, nnd a new era of extravagance in jewelry is evidently at hand. Gorgeous tiaras nnd stom achers of diamonds will not do now. My Indy must have specially designed nnd eccentric jewelry of which there is no duplicate, which bears the sig nature of a master craftsman.- Several of the New York jeweler* brought home quantities of signed jewels in unusual designs, nnd have sold them rapidly. One ring for a man, labeled “The Heart of the Oak” and signed by n famous French work man, was a particularly good speci men, although it- hadn’t a hint of a preoirius stone about it. The ring was wrought in semblance of hark, and bore a strange, satyrlike hend, -that at first glance looked merely like the gnarled knot on a limb of a tr.ee. One Chicago woman lias- taken up this art jewel craft with immense suc cess, nnd has orders so fnr in advance , that she saya it will be impossible for her to promise anything before 1903, Tronura for a Keprlesa Man. “I have an aunt, a dear old soul, who does the most remarkable things in the name of charity,” said a Phil- ! adelphian. “She always has starving family to attend to. .die ; would be quite at a loss without a starving family. Sometimes T know she is dreadfully imposed upon, but you couldn’t convince her of that. One day last week ahe came to me and said: ‘Nephew, have you an old pair of trousers you don’t want?* ‘ ‘What do you want a pair of trousers for?* I asked. ‘To give to n poor n.r.n who hasn’t, any legs.’ she re plied. It was all I could do to keep from laughing in her face, but I con trolled myself and said: ‘Why. yes; 1 can let you have an old pair of trousers., nnd an old pair of shoes, tool’ Even then the absurdity of it. didn’t strike her. ‘Oh, you arc *o good!’ she exclaimed. And she went nwny with the trousers and shoes for the poor man who didn’t have any legs.”—Philadelphia Record. Cat*s Fondness for a Babbit. ! The tiniest of rabbits wandered into the yard of a Denver woman recently, and when the family cat, a notable fighter, bore down upon the little bunch of fur the. onlookers expected to see it torn to pieces. Not so, how-, over. Thomas looked it. over, smelled it over, licked it over, and then led it to a snug retreat behind the kitchen Stove. According to the cat’s mistress, lie taught the little creature to drink jniik and even eat meat, and the two became inseparable. But bunnie was evidently killed by kindness, for he SickeneJ and died, since which time Thomas has been despondent and has Shown little interest hi his food. TATTOOED WOMEN. The Lnteat Fashion Is to Have Balter ■lei, Snakes, ISte., Kicked on tke Arm, The craze for Japanese things lias so far affected some women with much If isure time upon their hands that they nr<* having odd little dc worked upon their urius and shouldtiß in faint delicate tints. Au EngiiLh dancer began this fashion with a butterfly on her upper arm, and it hreume a ruge in London to have some design of the sort done on the flesh. People who go to Japan have their mttuoing done by the native nriif.ts; out it is done with equally good re ■ il‘» in New York by nn Irishman w’*o ha.-: a .small shop * n the. Bowery ai;.l has worked up a fashionable trade in this odd pursuit that has made him rich, says the Sun. Old-fashioned tattooing was done crudely with a needle, which often in flamed and irritated the skin. Now adays ft ir. done with an electrical con i' ivnnee which elclica u i'. sign finely and painlessly. Colored inks are used, and their use is a secret which the sTnpnnere artists have mastered to perfection. There are books of won derful colored designs for tattooing which one can chouse from; bird*, lienst.s and reptiles. The suako is u favorite with the tattooed, some of whom have one represented as being wound about the arm from the wrist to the shoulder. , Women who go in for thin fad choose us a rule some small, dainty and less terrifying pattern, butter flics being the popular fashion at present. New York’s tuttooer visits the her -i s of his fashionable patrons. At hardly any hour ot the day is he disengngrd, ax a steady stream of less fashionable customers throng his shop for the purpose of having va rious designs of trade, religious sym bols, portraits, landscapes and name* sketched upon their arras in colored Inks j Fnvorn (ioverument Irrigation* j Secretary of the Intelior Hitchcock, . who lias developed a strong interest in | irrigation, is stated to lie preparing a report to the president, endorsing a systern of Irrigation dams for the arid lands of the \Vest and recommending legislation by congress along this line. The western trip made by the presi dential party graphically demonstrated to the members the great need of irri gation dams, and showed tho benefits derived from tbe work already accom plished. It has been further intimated at Washington that in his forthcoming message to congress tbe president will recommend an appropriation for the construction of storage reservoirs in the arid west.. Secretary Hitchcock is now preparing , a lengthy brief on the subject of irri i gatinti legislation, and will, it Jb stated. ! recommend an appropriation for the Gila river dam in Arizona. Hois bas ing bis report on the surveys and recom mendations of the geological survey of bis department. _ The erection of the Nile dam by tho British government will form a lake with a capacity of over a billion tons of water. When the sluice gates ureopen, while tho Nile is at high water, some thing like live million tons of water will rush through every hour. Protecting flic Ciunio. A largely attended meeting of citizens of Mesa county was held at Grand Junction last Friday evening, at which a County Game Protective association was organized. The citizens of this county should do likewise. We believe the large major ity of our citizens are in favor of pro | tectliu wlmt remains of our deer and elk. and tho way to do it Is through united effort. At the Grand .Junction meeting,' M. Ij Allison, chief warden for that district reported he had just returned from a trip through Garfield, iiio Blanco anil lloutt counties, and said: “The great difficulty encountered Is the belief of the settlers in tiie northern counties that the people down here slaughter game all winter, and to get even they believe they have tho right to slaughter nil summer. This makes it hard on tho game; but the suggestion has been made by Mr. Allison that local game protective associations be formed ail over the western slope into which B*inll lie admitted as members genuine sportsmen nnd the best class of citizens wiio have really at heart the protection of our wild game. Mr. Allison is going to take up this question at once and proceed to organize some of these asso ciations.” Magistrate—*’ What Is your occupa tion Sandy McDermott—“Sailor.” Magistrate—“ You don’t look it. I don’t lielieve you were ever on a ship iu your life.” Sandy---Hoot, tnon! Uo v« tink f Item from - eotland iu a h;i« I.V '