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BURIED WITH THEIR HUSBAND
Wives of Members of the Barau Tribe of the Congo Are Interred With the Corpse. The Barua tribe In the Congo dis trict of Africa have a number of strange an<> horrible customs, hut of them all their burial customs are the most terrible. When n man dies a large grave Is dug. The corpse and his wives—these may be anywhere from two to twenty—are escorted to the hole with wild music and the In terested attendance of the entire tribe. The chief wife Is thrust Into the hole, and the corpse Is then lowered. The second wife follows. The dead man’s relatives then proceed to break the arms and legs of the two wives so they cannot get out of the hole. The hend of the corpse Is pfueed In the lap of the head wife, and the feet in the lap of the second wife. The rest of the wives are then thrust Into the hole, their limbs broken, and they are forced, to sit In a circle about the corpse and Its human supporters. The priest chants a few words; and everyone falls to with rude shovels, dinhing earth Into the hole. They nev* ««r stop until the grave Is full and the •corpse and the living wives burled far under the earth. The howls of the wives with their broken limbs ami fear of the terrible death are drowned by the hanging of drums and the yells of the delighted tribe. IN THE NAME OF RELIGION! Weird and Savage Rites Indulged In by the Khlysts, Sect of Russian Fanatics. One of the queer religious sects of the world Is the Christs or Khlysts of Russia. They hold their meetings In their churches with hundreds of men, women and children attending. After prayers and hymns that last until midnight they begin a wild dance amid sobs and groans. After this con tinues for a while they abandon their garments and put on white robes and white stockings. Candles are lighted, and a new dance begins that consists of rapidly revolving, the men to the right, the women to the left. In a short time a sort of madness falls upon them. They. leap, scream, bent themselves and each other. In dulge In wild laughter and cries, and then begin to tear off the garments with shouts of "It Is coming, the Holy Spirit Is coming!” They begin to go about on all fours, riding on one an other’s backs, rolling about ou the floor, biting and scratching one an other. and at last go entirely Insane and dash about until they bill ex hatitrte*]. By dawn the church floor Is covered with naked men, women and children, unconscious and blood stalned. Weather's Effect on Birde. Cold end hunger In England lias driven armies of birds, even tb * wild est. Into streets and gardens and un wonted places. Croat flocks of green plover, which are singularly sliy as a rule, appeared In the stackyards hud paddocks of Hertfordshire villages. In Buckinghamshire several thousand rooks In a flock was no rarity; and old scouts came right up to the back doors and competed for their food with the poultry and the pigs. In Lon don It was curious to see the pigeons feeding busily on the ice, to the obvi ous irritation of the gulls, whose bills are useless for securing fragments from a hard surface. It was hard to he defeated by a land bird In their own element. Starlings showed even greater ability. In picking up morsels from the floes and even the water of the river, a feat very foreign to their nature.* The Boy of It. The three children were on the street car on their way to school— n boy and two younger sisters. The sis ters disputed who was to push the button to notify the street car con ductor to stop the car. The older sis ter won and held her Anger on tin button for more than a block. Then her brother rose, pulled her hand away arbitrarily and pushed the but ton. The older sister step|H*d into the vestibule, followed by her sister, to be the first to step off the cur. As It stopped, the brother brushed them aside and led the way. The sisters having alighted, waited for the car to go on, hut the boy rushed across the tracks. Ignoring the warning clanging of the hell by the motormnn. Microbes In Sugar Bowl. About one per cent of the Chilian sugar crop, valued ut $1,300,000, is each year destroyed by greedy micro organisms too small to be seen except when congregated in Crowds of mil lions. Molds and bacteria are the culprits. It Is estimated that each person In the United States consumes 81.84 pounds of sugar each year. At this rate, 873,000 persons could lie sup plied with the sugar destroyed by germs. The sugar loses Its sweetness when the molds consume the sucrose. Its “sweetening” principle. Marble Cheaper Than Wood. A report to Washington from the American commercial attache in Home li to the effect that American luml er has gone to such price heights in the Italian market that builders. find it cheaper to put In marble staircases than to build them of wood. Such Is the combined effect of mill Post, plus freight rates, multiplied by the ex change premium of four to one that Italian buyers have to pay to trans late our money Into theirs. — New or leans Times-Picayuue. PUT ONE OVER ON BUTCHER Incident Proves That Art of Shoppinf) Has Not Been Altogether Thrown in Discard. A dignified-looking woman slopped up to n showcase In the meat market, ami after she had bought several pieces of incut, she asked: "Have you any shinbone that 1 could use for soup stock 7" "Just the thing.'* responded tlu* obliging clerk as he took up a long shinbone and knuckle and balanced it on his left bund. "What is It worth?” asked . the woman. "Just n half-dollar,'' said he. "Ii Is such a large piece, woutdlyou mind cutting It at the Joint?” "Sure, I will," he replied. After cutting off the large knuckle In- again balanced the long, slim shin bone on his hand ami said: "Yon may have this for 40 centv" _Tlic woman looked at the piece for a moment, then ut the knuckle and said: ' "Is that piece you cut off worth* only 10 cents?” The clerk hesitatingly replied: "Yes. madam.” "All right.” said the woman. "I’ll take that knuckle." The clerk waited a moment, looked at the woman, then actually laurelled aloud. Hut he was game and will ingly wrapped up the 10-eent soup hone. NO WONDER THEY LAUGHED American Soldier in Paris Had Made a Small Mistake In Copying the . Street Name. During the war, while I was on leave of absence In Paris, relates a re turned soldier, I decided to take a walk alone. I thought It advisable to copy down the name of the street In which I was staying, so I wrote down some words printed on the sidewalk. When 1 was ready to return I found that I could not locate the street where my hotel was. so I approached a woman, showed her what I had writ ten In my hook, and tried to learn from her where the place was. She laughed and said something in French, which, of course, I did not under stand. and passed on. A number of times I did the same thing, and every one I stopped laughed, and passed on until a man said In English, “What is it you want?” Delighted to find that I had discov ered one person who spoke English. 1 said, "That is the name of the street where I am staying, and I am lost. Will you please direct me?" "You haven’t written down a street name." said the man, "but* ’post no hills.’" Skidding l« Overcome. Attention is called In ii circular re port from Sydney, Australia, to a new invention of a front-drive vehicle which entirely prevents skidding. A test over 10.000 miles of rough road has been made. It Is claimed, with no signs of wear. The front wheels are pivoted In the center, which enables the steering of the car with much greater ease than In the rear-wheel drlvcn machine. The device is now attached to an old worn British car which, prior to the attachment of the device, weighed 32 cwt., with a speed of thirty-eight miles an hour traveling fifteen miles on one gallon of gasoline. After alteration am] application of tin front drive device, the ear weighs 3T» cwt.. has a speed of forty-five miles an hour and will go seventeen and one half miles on a single gallon of gaso line. Tuberculosis In France. That of 308 anti tuberculosis dis pensaries In France only ten per cent are situated in Paris was hailed ns a "happy omen" at the second interna tional conference. Only.a few organ izations were actively engaged In anti tuberculosis work In France before 4lie war. Today, largely through the activity of the Rockefeller Founda tion. in addition to the dispensaries mentioned, there are 10.000 sanitarium beds for tuberculous patients; many hospitals have provided isolation wards; tin- boarding out of anaemic children in rural homes has been or ganized on a large scale, and tfcere Is national co-operation of all the agen cies concerned. British Soldiers and New Roads. Some seven and a half million dol lars' worth of new road construction has been taken In hand by various British cities to provide work for the unemployed. According to a report of the British Information service of the Bankers’ Trust company, the ministry of transportation contributes or.e-half of the cost —probably out of funds ac cumulated for that purpose for many years hv the development commission —and lends to the municipalities the other half for five years, repayable in annual Installments. Ex-service men, after due registration at a labor ex change. receive preference among ap plicants. • • • «. Unquestioning Admirer. “Are you tin admirer of Jeffersonian simplicity?" "I am," replied Senator Sorghum. "I don't know exactly what It Is. hut I admire anything that can command so much public approval and political influence.” Calumny In the Calendar. "Do you regard Friday as an un lucky day?” "Most nssuiydly any day with such a bad reputation Is unlucky, whether It deserves It or not." Uncle Walt's by Story Walt Mason MAKING WORK EASY US. SIDEWINDER made a sensible talk at our club incct- I . f, \f l*u T*l 111. . “M Ing yesterday,” explained Mrs. James worthy- “She said there are many disagreeable tasks which might he mmh* easy anti pleasant If worked together nt them. Things , tliut ure tedious i when one does i them alone, are Interesting when j done by a crowd, i She pointed out : that the dande lions are becom ing a terrible pest, ruining most j of the lawns in j towns, and sug- j gested that the j women hold dun del lon parties." "I can imagine the rest,” said James- | worthy. “You don’t need to hand out 1 the sickening details. A gang of old beldames will come to our place, for j instance, and pull about five cents’ j worth of dandelions and then sit and j have a photographer make a large pic- i t.un.> of them; after which they’ll eat ! two dollars and eighty cents’ worth of ice cream, and a lot of sponge cake and anything you happen to have in the refrigerator. One of the be'dumes will he appointed a committee to write up the affair for the newspapers, ami Airs. Sidewinder will set- that she gets most of the glory as the originator of tin* scheme, and next spring her hus tiand will be running for alderman on the strength of it. ■"Nowadays the women never get down to brass tacks and do real work. They must make a society function out of every little chore they do. They won't, carry a dead cat out of the front yard unless there’s a photographer on hand to make a group picture of it. j If work cun he reorganized so It looks liice a game they wlh be Industrious enough, otherwise they strike and send coiamuidcations* to tin* newspapers ex- « plaining that no woman should permit herself to l»e a drudge. "One able-bodied man will destroy more dandelions in half a day than 18 women will in three weeks. The man takes oiT Ids coat and gets down on his. marrowbones and pulls dandelions. The 18 women lean ni'ainst trees and fan themselves with Japanese fans, and try to look like so many Mary Ander sous, and wish there was somebody around to set them to music. “Women are becoming more and jmore an expensive luxury since they organized themselves into clubs. I have nothing to say against the club idea in itself, Mrs. Jamesworthy. I want to see the females .have as good a time as they can, within reasonable limits. The men belong to clubs and lodges*, too, hut they have hulls In which to hold their meetings. “The women wouldn't enjoy holding a meeting in a hall. They have to as semble in the lionie of one of their suf fering sisters, so they can size up the furniture and fittings, and be able to say, when they go away, that they never saw such execrable taste. And tin* suffering sister sees that her home is a frost, uud she makes up her mind to give her heart-sick husband no rest until lie has chartered u string of painters and paper-hangers, decorators und glaziers. "But ibis isn’t the worst of it. The suffering sister who entertains tin* club Is expected to set up refreshments, and she feels it her duty, as a good sport, to furnish the best the market affords. The last time the ladles of the Busy Bunch club met at this bouse you bought all the strawberries in town, and at that period strawberries were shipped in from points 3,000 miles away, and wfcen the bill came in, at the end of the month, I bad a stroke of jiaraiysls and an attack of paresis. If you get up a dandelion party you will want to buy out the? leading confec tioner, so I'll advertise for a man to come and do the job.” One Good Point. A very kind-hearted mini could nev er he brought to say an unkind word about anybody. One day a friend ex postulated with him. "Look In-re,” he said, "It’s all very well being cliarituble | and all that, hut you can curry that sort of thing too fur. Now, there’s Blank. Can you honestly find a single good point about Blank?" The kind-hearted man appeared to he nonplused, for Blank was a very Imu man, and it seemed impossible to find anything good to say about him. “Well," he said, at length, "you must admit he wears a fine fur-lined coat I” —London Tit-Bits. Chinese Carry Stoves. Chtyiese women wear practically the same clothes in winter as in summer. In the most severe went her, however, they wear heating baskets under their cloaks. These baskets are plain wicker ones, such as we use for trash. Inside the baskets charcoal warmers are placed. They will radiate heat for hours. The charcoal Is mixed with chemicals that generate oxygen, and thus the ''liar coal will burn constantly even though It is sealed In the containers. RICH ASIA MINOR PROVINCE Smyrr.a, Blessed With a Fertile Soil and Temperate Climate, Is Pleas ant Dwelling Place. The modern province of Smyrna Is i lie most favored of all the provinces of Asia Minor. It contains three of the most considerable rivers of the country, including tbe Meander, whose serpentine course bus given the Eng lish language o*i expressive verb. Fer tile soli and temperate climate have added to the region’s attractions, while the possession of a port anil city—the eiiy of Smyrna—unequaled by any oili er in Asia Minor has contributed an other immeasurably Important asset. Though Imperfectly tilled during Us control by Turkey, tbe province of Smyrna lias nevertheless been noted for Its fine fruits. For a long time It Ims furnished the best figs and rai sins which reach the markets of Eu rope. I’oets and travelers have sung and told of the beauties of the city of Smyrna throughout tbe ages. The nu cleus nestles in tbe lowlands about its harbor, and behind, the city rises tier above tier against the neighboring high lands. Unlike many cities that have survived for long ages, Smyrna lias retained the same name from the dawn of history. This city should be dear to the heart of the modern feminist, for It took Its name from an Amazon a ho Is reputed to have played an Im portant part in Its early life. -Nation al Geographic Society Bulletin. FORTUNE AWAITS LUCKY ONES Prospecting for Radium in Madagas car Is Latest Lure Held Out to the Enterprising. The exciting days of prospecting In Cripple Creek or Alaska may he over, hut anyone who Is looking for experi ence and Is willing to suffer ii few dis comforts for tin* chance of gaining a fortune can do so in Madagascar, ac cording to Secretary LaCrolx "f the French Academy of Science, who has completed an exhaustive study of nidium-hcarhig deposits there. M. I.itCroix says that millions prob ably are there awaiting to reward the patient searchers who are able to start out with the proverbial shoe string as far ns finances are concerned, but it Is recommended t lint Intending pros pectors take along a few camera dry plates, developing outfits and. If pos sible, a gold leaf electroscope, al though the latter Is not absolutely es sential. The principal radioactive mineral In Madagascar is known ns betnphlte and Is brownish-black in color with irregular radium content. But even if only one milligram Is obtained from each ton of mineral examined, it will mean 200 francs to tin* prospector, while'certain deposits are so rich as to assay as high iis 1.'.00u francs a ton. Patching the Czar's Trousers. In his recently published memoirs Count Witte, ii member of the old Rus sian regime, relates that Alexander Ill's prudence In government expendi ture was. matched by Ills personal thrift: "Alexander 111 was extremely economical with his wearing apparel. I had ii curious proof <>f this when I accompanied the emperor on one of bin railway trips. Since I found it impossible, on account of my responsi bility, to sleep of nights, I would often eat eh glimpses of Ills majesty's valet mending the emperor's trousers, tin one occasion I asked him why he didn't give his master a new pair In stead of mending the old so often. ‘Well, I would rather have It that Way.’ he answered, ‘but Ids majesty won’t let me. lit* Insists on wearing his garments until they are thread bare. It Is the same witji Ills boots.”* Huge Stone In Roosevelt’s Honor. The greatest chunk of stone ever quarried or transported in the Fulled States or anywhere else oti earth Is going to he hewn and brought to Washington for the monumental Theo dore Roosevelt national memorial. The memorial Is to take the form of a lion, some 315 by 40 feet in dimensions, aid It is to be carved by Carl Ethan Al:eloy out of a solid block of rock. Where the stone Is to come from ap pears not yet to he determined. One authority suggests it may be neces sary to build a special railroad and equipment to bring It to Washington. The memorial will be the biggest Job hi stone. It Is said, since the sphinxes were sot’ up on tin* plains of Egypt.— Philadelphia Public Ledger. Floats fof Boats. S. E. Van Horn *>f Manlmssot, N. Y.. Is the Inventor of a scheme for making boats unslnkalde. The safety boat Is provided with n couple of um brellas of rubberized fabric, one <»n the port and the other on the star board side, attached to the gunwale by a sort of outrigger. When not In use the umbrellas are collapsed and take up little room, the outriggers being swung alongside* of the craft, out of tbe way. But la case of danger the outriggers are hastily swung outward Into position, the um brellas spreading automatically. Harrowing Experience. "What's the trouble?" asked the sec ond assistant sporting editor. "I’ve just had a call from a woman who had written some 'free verse,’" said the Sunday editor, who was shaking all over. "That ought not to upset you." "Ah!” groaned the Sunday editor. "But she read It to me and threw In a lot of gestures."---Birmingham Age- Herald. Uncle Walt's by Story Walt Mason MARRYING A FAMILY '.M GLAD Jim Slather and Sophie Gherkin are married." said the “1 druggist. "They are well stilted l" each other, and should live happily ever after. Sophie is a fine young woman. Of course, she has ii good many punk rela tives. but Jim ! didn't marry the j family," "I'm afraid he did," remarked the village patriarch. “A miin can't mar ry a girl like j Sophie without having the family thrown in. She may be deter mined io keep her sisters and cous ins and mints at a distance, Intt such people won't take a hint. In order to keep them off the premises, Sophie j will have to stand at the front gate with a double-barreled shotgun, and that would interfere with her house work. "If a man marries a woman who has a string of undesirable relatives, la- should at once take his bride away from them. Let him hoard ii fast train and travel as far as the rails go. and then mosey Into the brush, and per haps he'll escape the wrath to come. If he camps down in the old home town, where those relatives are hang ing out. he Is sure to have trouble. "My third wife was gifted with many | uncles and cousins and brothers mid j sisters of the bargain counter kind. Any six of them would have been de.ir j at 30 cents. Before we were married, 1 I explained to Marla Hint I wouldn’t j stand for those relatives, and she said j she wouldn't expect me to. Sin* gave I me her word of honor that she wouldn't have anything to do with them, or let j them have anything to do with her, and she meant every word she said. "In those days I was poor, and I realized that Ii would keep me hustling to keep the wolf away ffom the door, j without having to provide for any j cousins or aunts. About a month j after wo were married. 1 went home ! unexpectedly In the middle of the nf- I ternooii one day, and f< und my wife ■ filling a basket with pieces of fried j chicken, and jam. and oranges, | and various expensive tilings adapted j j to the Idle rich. "I asked her what she was going to ' do, and she colored up and stammered ; around, and finally explained that her ' Aunt Rachel was dangerously sick and ; she thought It would be a real kind- ; ness to take her a few delicacies. ’Of I course.’ Marin said. *1 haven’t forgotten my promise, and I don’t intend to have anything more to do with my folks than I can help, but In a case of sick- 1 ness the rules should be suspended.’ *”I am willing to suspend them to the extent of a slice of buttered torst and a hard-boiled egg.* I said, 'but you have four dollars' worth of victuals in . that basket, and that's rubbing it in your Aunt Rachel a little t**o strong.' "So slu* unloaded most of the things , she lmd put in the basket and said I had no heart, and went away weeping. ; I'p to that moment our married life had been like a sunny morning, but this experience mafic it cloudy, and our house never was the same afterwards. I had lost confidence in my wife, and sh»* had sized me up as a tyrant. "That Aunt Rachel experience was merely tin* beginning. A week or two later I went home famishing, expecting to see an uplifting and ennobling sup per all ready on the table, but there was nobody at home. 'Flu* fire was out. and there was nothing to eat In sight. I dug up a cun of salmon and I some crackers and had a heartbreaking meal. "About nine o'clock in tbe evening my wife came home, and when I asked her where sin* had been, she answered defiantly that her Uncle Ebenczer had been seriously Injured while chopping down a tree, and she considered ii her duty to take care of him. I would have to get along the best way 1 could for a day or two, she said, for she was going to nurse Uncle Ebene/.er. Ib*r relatives soon found that they could , have anything they wanted from my | larder by being invalids, so they took turns falling sick, and my wife resolved herself Into an ambulance corps. That 1 sort of thing couldn't lasi long, my j friends, and it didn'l.” Sure Enough. "We'll have to assess your copper j stock." "But 1 thought I was to bo In on the ground floor." "You are. And that's the point whore wo start digging.” God’s Voice on the Ocean. Ocean winds: They come from the Immeasurable deep. Their wide wings need the breath of the mighty gulf, the spaciousness of vast soli tudes. The great blue plains tire their delight. —Victor Hugo. Hopeful. 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