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A WONDERFUL PLANT IT BEARS INSECTS AND WAS SENT TO THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE. The Donor Said He Found It Growing; In Venezuela— It Is Apparently a Genuine Phenomenon, Though an Entomologist Attempts to Disprove This. Recently the Smithsonian institution at Washington reoeived the most re markable specimen of plant life, or of plant and insect life, in existence. This specimen is, to all appearances, an in sect bearing plant. It comes from Ven ezuela, and the natives there say that it is not uncommon. Unfortunately, both plant and insect are dead, but they are well preserved, having been care fully packed for transportation. The specimen was brought to New York by Captain Chambers of the Red D line steamship Philadelphia, and was sent on to Washington the following day. Q. T. McMillan, superintendent of the Venezuelan Great Western railroad, is the man who sends this gift to the Smithsonian. When Captain Chumbers saw him on this trip to Venezuela, he said to the captain: “I’ve got something that I want you to take to the Smithsonian institution for me.” “What is it,” asked the captain, who has had other experiences of this sort, "a three tailed monkey or a conversa tional parrot? Will you warrant it not to bite?” “I will,” Mr. McMillan said. "It’s dead. It’s a bug growing upon a plant. ” Thereupon Captain Chambers broke into derisive mirth and asked his friend if he, the captain, looked particularly simple. “All right,” retorted the superin tendent. “Wait till you see it. I've been hearing about this thing from the natives for some years, and have al ways regarded it as a fairy tale, but having found uud picked the plant my self I’ve had to change my mind. I tell you this is the most wonderful thing in the*plant line thatever grew.” He produced the plant, which was dead and dried, for Captain Chambers’ examination. The captain said that he would be very glad to bring it here and forward it to Washington. Thus it became part of his personal cargo. This Captain Chambers told a reporter in his cabin soon after his arrival. “You will think it’s a fake, too,” he said; “so I will show you the thing and let yon judge for youiself. ” Undoing a small cardboard box packed with bran, he carefully took out the ex hibit. It appeared to he just what he had said. There was a dead stem about 6 or 7 inches long, with a little branch and a small bunch of roots. On the end of the main stem was a perfect insect an inch long, body, legs, head and eyes complete. Plant and insect were joined at the middle of the insect's head. The brittle shell of the head had not been pierced by the stem, and tho insect seemed to iiave been growing there as naturally as a flower. “There you have it,” said Captain Chambers. “It’s a plain combination of plant life and insect life. All that I know about the thing is what Mr. Mc- Millan told me. He found it in the woods at New Site, Tucucas, Vunezue- J..1 V about an milcH from Porto Oahcllo. The plant, he says, is a wildwood flow er, growing to a height of a foot. It bears from two to four flowers, of a blue color, und in shape much like the bowl uf a clay pipe, but a little larger. As the flower expands the insect, which is the fruit of the plant, begins to form, und with the falling of the petals is full grown. ” A number of gentlemen saw tho spec imen, one of whom is something of an entomologist. He was particularly in terested in it and examined it with great care. “It is a most curious phenomenon,” he said, “and extremely interesting from a scientific point of view, but I can say with assurance that the appar ent combination of vegetable and ani mal life is nothing more than the result of ohanoe or accident—an accident, I should guess, in which the unfortunate insect lost its life. It is so well pre served that there will be little difficulty with a good magnifying glass in deter mining its exact species, and even with out that aid I feel pretty confident in saying that this is the pupa of a species of cicada allied to our dog duy harvest fly and so called 17 year locust. The cicada comes up out of the ground in the form in which you see this speci men, a wingless grub covered with a horny shell. It is extremely destructive and will eat nearly anything in the line of vegetuliou that it can reach. Presently the shell splits up the hack, and the full fledged cieada emerges, spreads his gaudy wings and seeks the top of a tree, where, clinging to some branch, he heats his long, whirring heat tattoo. “My guess as to this particular speci men is thut it preserves an insect trag edy. Our locust emerges from the ground at the foot of a tree upon the roots of which she, as a grub, lias been feeding. I say ‘she,’ because the male locust in his final forms is unprovided with an appetite. Up she comes from the ground, possessed of a powerful hunger. Near her nods this blue flower on its supple stem. The stem bends and sways under the weight as she climbs, but she keeps on until presently she is ensconced in the soft calyx, eating away at its heart Now comes tho flower’s revenge. Prom the lacerated stem exudes a sticky sap. before the voracious invader knows it she is bemired. Struggle us she will she can get no foothold to pull away from her victim, now become her ex ecutioner. The plant sways and trem bles under her struggles, then becomes still. Presently the petals drop away, and'u here tlie blue flower bloomed is disclosed tlie skeleton of the destroyer. ” Another man suggested the theory of insect eating plants, hut these are differ ent in construction from this plant, and their ptey is small insects —New Yolk Sun. FROM A MOSQUITO BITE. An Italian Hit ten by One of Them Bo> ooines In Kant). The Jersey mosquito has many things to answer for, but the strangest of the accusations against him came to light recently when Carmine Lepre, an Ital ian bootblack, was taken to Bellevue hospital, New York, violently insane. His insanity was caused by a mosquito’s bite, and his particular delusion is that he thinks he is a mosquito. He persists in rocking himself to and fro and incessantly droning an imita tion of the mosquito’s hum. A week previous to his attack he took his family for an outing to Union Hill, N. J., and visited a friend there. While sitting in the garden Lepre was bitten by a mosquito. He slapped the iusect and killed it, and thought no more about tho incident. Presently the puncture began to itch and he scratched it. Dirt found its way into the sore, and in a few days he had de veloped a bad case of blood poisoning. His left arm began to swell, and finally, when the swelling hud spread to his breast, he went to a dispensary to have his arm treated. A physician cut it and relieved him of a large quan tity of poisonous matter, but the poison ing had gone so far that the case was a difficult one to treat. He became nervous and restless, and finally became violently insane. He tried to bite every one who ap proached him, and when she realized that he was beyond control his wife sent for a policeman and had him taken to Bellevue. He fought the ambulance attendants and did not quiet down un til he was placed in a cell. Then he took his position at the open window and began his monotonous droning like a mosquito. Dr. Robertson, who is in charge of the insane pavilion, says that Lepre will probably recover from the blood poisoning, but that he will undoubtedly be adjudged insane. —New York Herald. THE USES OF BACTERIA. The Delicate Flavor of Butter and C'lieeee Owing to Them. An American scientist, Professor Conn of Wesleyan university, Middle town, Conn., and Simon C. Keith of Boston ure demonstrating by experi ments thut bacteria serve a useful pur pose in uuture and contribute as much to one’s pleasure as to one’s discomfort. The outcome of their investigations is that it is to the development of bacteria in milk that the delicate flavor of but ter and cheese is due, und that the rea son some kinds of butter and cheese have better flavors than others is that different species of bacteria have been developed. They huve succeeded in iso lating these different species. In 1891 Professor Vilhelm Storch of Copenhagen succeeded in isolating cer tain acid bacteria from ripeded cream and was able to cultivate and utilize them in the creameries for accomplish ing an artificial ripening in the cream and consequent fermentation, in order that a more uniform and better flavor ed butter might be produced. But it was not until two years ago, when Professor Conn discovered a germ for the ripening of creum which was radically different from any heretofore used, that the subject, began to be stud ied in this country with the view of de veloping its commercial possibilities. Since then a laboratory has been fitted up in Boston by Orrin Douglass for the separation cultivation and investiga tion of bacteria from a commercial standpoint. Mr. Douglass has associated with him Air. Keith, who is a graduate of the Institute of Technology.—. E xchange. Letter Rftfulvnd After Thirty-two Years. John 11. Hughes of Cedar Grove, Orange county, Va., recently mailed a letter which was given him in 1805 to mail, when he was a prisoner at Point Lookout. In looking over some papers he found the letter and wrote to the sheriff of Anson county to know if the man to whom it was addressed was alive. The sheriff replied yes, and that, strange to relate, he was in his office when the letter of inquiry came. The letter was sent in tho original envelope. —Norfolk Landmark. Flew Swifter Than tho Wind. Eleven of 13 carrier pigeons released by Mr. r A. L. Fogg of the Adams Ex press company, Cincinnati, on a recent morning at 7 o’clock reached their des tination, Oil City, Pa., at 6:20 p. m. on the same day, making their average speed while on the flight 945 yards per minute, or at the rate of one mile in 1.80 minutes. The distance by air line is 800 miles. Another of the birds ar rived some time later, but the thirteenth has not yet been heard from. Song uf the Season*. In the summer, when the gentle southern breezes blandly blow And tho troes nod joyous welcome with a bending to and fro, When the budding things of life leap forth to greet the summer's sun And in splendid suit of r&zzlu dazzle green the year’s begun, Then we feel a budding pleasure staging up ■within the soul As we view the sad demeanor of the man who sold us coal. In the winter when the blizzards from the northward fiercely blow' And the mercury finds zero and then scuds an inch below. When Juck Frost is glinting gayly, nipping noses, nipping ears. And no longer we find pleasure in encircling our beers, Still there is a full grown glory in our souls beyond a price As we view the joyless countenance of him who sold us ice. Yet there comes a sad depression every season of the year And tlie same is not to he subdued w ith mighty mugs of beer. Neither can the joys of winter, nor of autumn, nor of spring All combined o’ereast the damper of that soul depressing sting That we feel whene’er we hear the sound of happy, gurgling croons That ever surge from out the face of him who sells us prunes. , —Chicago News. THE TIMES: BRUNSWICK, GA„ SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 27, 1897. PEERESS AS WAITER. SHE MAY SUCCEED TO ESTATES VAL UED AT $250,000 A YEAR. f Is the Only Direct Descendant of the Earl of l'erth and Duke of Melfort —A Stir ring Romance of the Scottish and the French Peerage. While the Hou. Mary Harriet Geral dine Drummond of Brooklyn is look ing for a position her great-grand father, George Drummond, earl of Perth and Melfort and duke of Mel fort in France, is said to be looking for her. She is ready to he found by tho earl’s attorneys and expects eventually to como into possession of his great estate. May, as she calls herself, is 18 years old and worked until recently as a wait ress in an ice cream parlor in Brooklyn. She is striving to make her own living and said recently that she would not cease looking for another situation be cause of tho news that her great-grand father had begun a search for her. She said she was the only direot descendant of the Scottish earl, whose income amounts to $250,000 a year. The romance that finds its climax in the straitened circumstances of an apparent heir to an estate worth mil lions of dollars has been told hereto fore, but it will he news to most Amer icans, as it was to Miss Drummond, that her great-grandfather, now 90 years old, is seeking information about her, probably with a view to the dispo sition of his estate. There are other claimants to the property, but it seems likely that the title will disappear upon the death of the present earl, as it iias done before during the seven centuries since it was created. George Drummond is tho sixth earl of Perth and the fourteenth duke of Melfort. He was born in London, May 6, 1807. His lordship, in 1841, estab lished before the eon.-eil d’etat of France and the tribunal de la Seine iiis descent from the earls and dukes of Perth and Melfort and his right of succession to the French honors of Duke of Melfort and Perth. The earldom of Perth was revived in 1853 by the special command and recommendation of Queen Vic toria, through an act of parliament unanimously passed by both houses. George Henry Charles Francis Mal colm, Viscount Forth, the only son of the Earl of Perth, died eight years later, leaving one son, George Essex Montifex, Lord Drummond. It was He who while yet a boy married his grandmother’s maid, a number of years his senior, came to this country and preferred men ial employment and poor surroundings to deserting his wife for the old earl’s favor. Lord Drummond died in New York city in 1887 and was buried in Trinity churchyard, tho expense of the funeral being defrayed by several of the Scottish residents of that city. He left one child, a daughter, who for a num ber of years past has supported herself by her labor. Miss Drummond remarked recently that she was making no plans on what she would do in case she inherited tho vast estates of her great-grandfather. “He knows where I am,” she said, "and will have no difficulty in reach ing me. Meanwhile i am nut, mak ing any plans. I never have seen my great-grandfather and never have been on the other side. I have seen pictures of his estate, aud they show.that it is very beautiful. But lam most inter ested just now in earning my living.” Miss Drummond is a bright girl, rather good looking, aud keen to keep in touch with the affairs of the aged Earl of Perth. She lives with her mother, Mrs. Henry Masters, in Prospect avenue, Brooklyn. Their home is neatly fur nished, hut Mrs. Masters, with a 4 year old daughter to care for, shares Miss Drummond’s anxiety that she may ob tain a position. The heiress of tho Earl of Perth, after a partial education in the Booklyn grammar and high schools, decided to be a trained nurse, but she found this work too trying for one of her age.—New York Herald. Negro Help In Cotton Milla. For the first time in the history of the south the experiment of employing negro help in a cotton mill is to be tried, says the Atlanta Journal. Charles ton, tlie most conservative of southern cities aud the last place where such a radical departure might be expected, is to furnish the trial. Sometime ago the Charleston cotton mills hud to be closed on account of tho dull markets, and since then the 800 men, women and children have been out of employment. The mills have one of tlie largest plants in the south. A large part of the stock is owned by O. H. Sampson of Boston aud other northern capitalists, aud they contend that had negro labor been se cured months ago the mill would not have Iveen compelled to stop. It is through northern influence that it hus been settled that negroes alone shall be employed when the factory resumes. A postoffloe clock in Sydney, N. S. W., emits an electric flash light lasting five seconds every hour during the night, thus enabling those living miles away to ascertain the exact time. Switzerland has issued anew 2 frano gftldpiece, Helvetia being represented on its face, a realistic peasant girl’s head. Around it arc 22 stars for the 22 cantons. l'he Cincinnati members of the Soci ety of Western Artists have formed a local chapter. The personalty of the late Due d’An male in England is valued at £840,000. The legislature of Delaware granted 99 divorces during the lust session, be ing double aud probably quadruple the number ever granted by any previous legislature. The new constitution of the state, soon to go into operation, tekes from the legislature the power to giant divorces. ONLY SEEMINGLY DEAD. Undertaker Found Her Alive When lie Caine to Embalm Her. Undertaker William J. Kelly of St. Louis was summoned recently by a res ident of the north end to come to his residence and take charge of his wife’s remains, she having supposedly died. Accompanied by one of his men Mr. Kelly repaired to the place designated, where, in an upper chamber, he was shown the body, still reposing on tho bed. The family present, consisting of the husband and two women, retired from the room while Mr. Kelly and his attendant proceeded to lay out the body on a cooling board, preparatory to em balming it. The woman was apparent ly some 80 years of age, slight of figure and possessed of refined aud handsome features, despite the ravages of con sumption, of which she had fullen a victim. "As we laid the body on the cooling board,” said Mr. Kelly, “I was struck with the lifelike appearance of the face of the corpse aud the great warmth of the body. We hastily and as tenderly as possible replaced tho body on the bed, and I called to the family to come in, telling them that the woman was not dead. I naturally expected a scene, but not so. The two women in attendance merely looked at each other in a bewildered way and hardly ex pressed any eurprise. while the husband seemed as little affected. Gathering up our traps, we hastily departed, aud I heard no more of the case until a week afterward, when I was again summoned by tho husband to embalm and bury bis wife’s remains. On this second trip I found the body still quite warm, but before proceeding to make an injection I allowed the body to heeorno quite cold to make sure that death had taken place. “The incident has impressed upon me,” continued Mr. Kelly, “how care ful undertakers should be not only in viewing a corpse, but in having reliable, sober men in their service, especially for embalming. Had a thoughtless, care less or half drunken man been sent out in the first instance on this case the poor woman would probably have been cruelly put to death.”—St. Louis Re public. MARRIED ON THE TRAMP. Am Idle Lady and Gentleman Form a Life Partnership. Forty-two cents was the declared cap ital of a couple of tramps who loved each other after threo hours’ acquaint ance, and who were married at Custle ton, N. Y., recently. Tho Rev. Mr. Thomas was waiting for a wedding party to assemble when a seedy looking man and an equally ill clad woman appeared at his homo and asked for the “dominie.” They told Mr. Thomas they wanted to marry. They were tramping, they said, when they met each other and loved at first sight. The only obstacle to their con tinuing their tramp as a honeymoon journey was, they added, the price of a wedding. The good natured clergyman waived his fee and spoke the words that made them one. The couple described them selves as Frank Williams of Utica, N. Y., brushmaker, and Anna Nancy Jane Carley of Sharon, Litchfield county, Gunn.—-The-bride confessed siib was one year older than her husband, who said he was 38. Husband and wife thanked the clergy man and, after obtaining a bouquet of bride’s roses from the parsonage grounds, started westward, tramps to gether with but 42 cents as their entire wealth.—New York World. Sold Wife aud Children For fsloo. The transfer of a wife and six chil dren for u monetary consideration oc curred on a recent Sunday near Beloit, a small village a short distance east of Canton, O. Jacob Zellar and Brecht Yeuuu, two natives of Switzerland, a year or so ago rented a farm noar the village, worked it and shared the prof its. Oh April 1 they dissolved partner ship. Zeilar, who hud a wife and six children, was not otherwise blessed by fortune aud tired of the burdens he was obliged to carry. Yenna is about 40 years old, thrifty and well to do. So the two men made an agreement where by Zellar leaves for parts unknown, tak ing with him SIOO of Yenna’s money, aud tho latter becomes the head of the family. The compact was arranged in the presence of witnesses. Doughnut Stopped a Steamer. An ordinary doughnut of the lunch stand variety brought the revenue cue ter Chandler to a full stop in New York harbor recently. Pilot Bradley had rung the bell to start down tlie bay with Boarding Officer Walter Stiles to clear the steam ship Mobile at quarantine. The cutter had just passed the end of the Staten Island ferry slip when lierengiuo began to act queerly. The engineer said that something had happened to the old fash ioned jet condenser, and that ho could not go on. She camo back to the slip. The en gineer took the condenser apart and found what the doughnut had been baked for. He broke it up. It had been sucked into the condenser from tho wa ter of the slip. The Chandler was ready for business again in about an hour. All Mt*n Are Barred. The West park board of Chicago have decreed that some of the largest grass plots in the West Side park shall be re served as “common” for women and children only aud that men must not occupy them. Asa result of this somewhat high handed action, as it was considered by those who had to endure it, there has come overwhelming protest. Aud amid all this protest the West park board stand cold and firm. The warm weather has not served to warm their hearts, aud, iudeed, not even the hot anger of the complaining people has bad that effect The men are getting ready to begin a lawsuit übout it —Exchange. TALK ABOUT EUROPE. Highly Intomliiiff Notes ITpon Various Topics Social, Political and Military. At the request of the nizaui or king of Ilaidarabad tho British government at Calcutta has officially denied the widely circulated story with regard to the alleged disappearance from the Hai darabad treasury of the famous Moun tain of Light diamond. The gem in question, which is of the purest water, weighs 180 carats and was a few years ago the subject of a celebrated lawsuit between Mr. Jacobs, tlie original of Marion Crawford’s “Mr. Isaacs, ” and the nizam and is still safe in the keep ing of the latter, which it has never left since the conclusion of the trial. The plan of the grand manuvers of the French army, which are to take place in September next, was recently officially announced. The field of oper ations will he confined to the north, Arras and Douai forming the base on one side, while on the other Soissous and Villers-Cotteret mark tho farthest limit. Thus the ground covered is that by way of which Paris has more than once been approached by a real invader, and the movements will reproduce in some degree those of Generals Faidherbe and Farre in 1871. It is comforting for Americans to learn from the returns lately published by the Journal Officiel at Paris that not a single citizen of the United States has abandoned his country in order to secure naturalization as a Frenchman during the last 12 mouths. France ac quired no less than 8,037 new citizens by means of naturalization last year. Belgians, Germans, Spaniards, Poles, Russians, Moors, Chinamen and Britons figure among the number, but not a sin gle soil of Uncle Sam. Anew use. has been found by the mil itary authorities in Germany for the dogs of war, aud Great Danes are now being trained in the various garrisons to attack military cyclists. Wheelmen clad in various uniforms and so protect ed by padding that they are safe against bites, lido past the dogs, who instantly rush at the men, if costumed as French or Russians, and throw tl.im to the giouud. If by any chance the dog should attack a representative of the triple al liance, bo is severely whipped, while a reward is given to iiim when he assails tho man who personates an enemy. Speculation is rife in Europe as to the cause of the astounding percentage of suicides among the medical profession in Russia, in the Muscovite empire the rate of suicide for ordinary mortals is 30 in 1,000,000. But the rate lor doc tors is no less than 831 in 1,000,000, according to recent official returns. This is all the more a matter for concern, as ! Russia suffers more than any other na tiou in Europe from a scarcity of med ical men. The libraiy of the Vatican has just received as a gift from the University i of Oxford the 49 volumes of the “Sacred Books of the East,” which are the Eng lish translations by Professor Max Mul ler of the liturgical works used by tho followers of Buddha and Confucius. One of the most eminent naval ex perts in France describes in the Paris Temps tlie French fleet as a “museum of specimens, ” owing to the fact that no two vessels are alike. Those now in process of construction represent no less than 21 different types, and it is need less to point out the tactical disadvan tages that must inevitably result from dissimilarity in the fighting units of a squadron. The expert likewise points out that if France had received the same value for the money which she has spent on her ships during the last 20 years as England the tonnage of her fleet today would be greater than it is by over 200,000 tons. This conveys a faint idea of the extravagance and mis management of tlie French department of the navy. China is decidedly getting on and in a vein of progress and of enlightenment, for, according to news received in Lon don from Peking, an imperial edict hus recently been issued making the teach ing of English compulsory in all the higher schools of the leading provinces. This is a reform which has not even been attempted as yet by the Japanese government, although frequently recom mended. Japan, indeed, is sadly back ward in educational matters. While she ! is spending colossal sums of money on her army and navy, official returns show that there are close upon 2,000,000 chil i. dren of school ago who are without 1 schools or any educational facilities i whatsoever. Tlie present activity of Vesuvius has been much exaggerated, the volcano be ing merely in what is known to scieu j tints as a condition of “mild eruption.” The lava issuing from the various | mouths of the Atrio del Oavallo forms j a torrent flowing down the steep side of the new cone formed in that portion of the mountain by recent eruptions and has interrupted the funicular rail road. The main crater, however, shows no signs of activity, and the openings from which the lava issues are relative ly small and situated at its base. Much comment is excited in London by the extraordinarily slow progress made in tlie construction of the Uganda railroad, which, connecting the great I equatorial plateau of Africa and the lake districts with the eastern seacoast, is destined to open up to civilization and to the commerce of the world tho whole of the interior of the dark conti nent. Owing to - red tape and lack of energy of the British foreign office, which has the mattc-r in hand, barely 50 miles of track have been laid, where as during the same period General [ Kitchener’s men on the upper Nile 1 have managed to lay some 300 miles of track across the desert in the direction of Abu-Haiued.—New York Tribune. THE BASE-BALE CRANK. It ought to interest a great many peo ple besides base-ball cranks to know that when a ball “curves” through the air first one way and then another after leav ing the pitcher’s hand, it does what sci entific men once declared was imposible. They made fig ures an and di a -and proved that “curve” / ) pitching couldn’t £ J '”T~ fhe done; then f'yZ' j J the pitchers did /j/ )-/ it; and the scien /pf / tists Concluded tl/ -- that something was wrong with the diagrams. In face of facts some sci entific “certainties” become mighty un certain. Consumption, scientists once declared, was incurable; now they see it cured every day by Dr. Pierce’s Golden Medical Dis covery. It purifies and vitalizes the blood; drives out the poisonous elements; sup plies the life-giving red corpuscles; stops the accumulation of morbid deposits; heals and builds up the lung tissues; puts good solid muscular flesh ou to the frame; aud imparts fresh nerve-force and vital energy. It is the most perfect cure ever discovered for throat and bronchial af fections, wasted, run-down conditions; and all diseases due to impoverished blood. It is the invention of an educated and experienced physician. Dr. Pierce has been for nearly thirty years chief consult ing physician of the Invalids’ Hotel and Surgical Institute, Buffalo, N. 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I began at once to use the medi cines that lie prescribed—‘Golden Medical Discovery,’ three bottles, and the ‘Favorite Prescription,’ one bottle, and the little ‘Pleasant Pellets.’ I can truly say they did me great good. I call now eat anything 1 want, work all day, sleep well, and I weigh one hundred and twenty-three pounds— nearly as much as I ever weighed in my life.” It would save doctor bills for any fam ily to have a copy of Dr. Fierce's splen did thousand-page free book, “ The Peo ple’s Common Sense Medical Adviser,” explaining the laws of life and health in clear and interesting language, with many valuable suggestions and receipts for curing common ailments by simple home-treatment. It has over three hun dred illustrations and colored plates. A strong paper-hound copy will he sent ab solutely free, on receipt of 21 cents in one-cent stamps to pay the cost of mail ing only. Address, World’s Dispensary Medical Association, No. 663 Main St., Buffalo, N. Y. A handsome cloth-bound, beautifully stamped copy will he sent for 31 cents. This popular work con tains important information for the young and old, both male and female, single and married, not heretofore pub lished in this country, for the non-pro fessional reader. 0 A FREAKISH OLD WELL. Faithful For Twenty-five Years, It Now Gives Salt Water* One of tlie .strange caprices of nature is illustrated in a well on the premises of Thomas B. Craft of Belle. Plaiue, la. The well has been oil the family homo stead and supplying the family with water for the past 35 years. The supply of water never diminished, even in the driest periods of the year, and has sup plied neighboring families with water when surrounding wells gavo out. Recently the water in the old well commenced to taste salty. It was pumped dry and thoroughly cleaned out. The w" ter became worse, and the well was cl, aued out again. This time the water became literally a salty brine and so thick that when placed iu a ves sel a clear, white salt would settle in the bottom. No explanation is advanced for the remarkable phenomenon. None of the wells in the neighborhood gives any evi dence of salt, and, as there are no sa line lands in the community, the chang ing of this old homestead well into salt water has nonplused the people.—Chi cago Times-Herald. It is Choice. A:i Irishman in France was chal lenged by a Frenchman to fight a duel, to which lie readily consented, and sug gested shilhilahs. “That won’t do,” said the second. “As the challenged party you have the right to choose the arms, hut chivalry demands that you should decide upon a Weapon with which Frenchmen are fa miliar. ” “Js that so?” returned the Irishman. “Then, befcorra, we’ll foight wid guil lotines. ” —Luiidon Tit-Bits. It is said by philologists that there are lb’ original European languages— the Greek, Latin, German, Slavonic, Welsh, Biscayan, Irish, Albanian, Tar tarian, Illyrian, Jazygiau, Cbauciu and Finnic.