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HOT FIGHT FOR
FEDERAL BANKE Big Cities Have Commenced An Active Campaign. HALF DOZEN IN THE ARENA. Treasury Department Receives Tele grams Giving Reasons Why the Contestant Cities Should Be Selected. Washington. Active campaigning for federal reserve banks to be estab lished under the new banking and cur rency system has been begun by a ;half-dozen big cities in different parts of the United States, and among the scores of telegrams received at the Treasury Department more than half were devoted to laying bare the rea sons for executive approval of their claims. Secretaries McAdoo and Houston, the "organization committee” author ized by the new law to choose the re serve cities, considered tentative plans for making up the list of not less than eight and not more than twelve cities to be given federal banks. Under the jaw the organization (committee is given the utmost freedom in naming the cities, and the two cabinet officers intend to make an exhaustive but rapid inquiry into the geographical ad vantages and financial relations of most of the large cities. One plan that has been suggested to the secretaries is that they make a personal investigation of the claims of cities which are regarded as possible locations, and another is that they hold hearings in Washington. Officials who favor the first plan believe that it can be carried out more quickly and to greater advantage by reason of the number of persons who could be reached. A decision probably will be announced within a few days. The campaign for a reserve bank has been pressed most vigorously by Seattle, Wash. Scores of telegrams were received from bankers and busi ness men of Seattle pointing out its proximity to Alaska, which is to be included in the system, its advantages as a financial center and urging other reasons for giving it a reserve bank. According to one telegram, Seattle is planning a big demonstration to cele brate the enactment of the law and to boom her chances for getting a bank. Kansas City, Mo., is making a simi lar fight, with the support of many nearby Cities. Minnesota banks and business houses took up the cudgels in behalf of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and bankers in the South are speaking up in favor of Atlanta, New Orleans and Dallas, Philadelphia and Balti more are at odds over one bank. Al together, it promises to be lively for the organization committee before its work is done. / i Banks in the following cities applied for membership in the reserve sys tem: Beaumont, Tex.; Union, S. C.; St. Albans, Vt.; Portland, Me.; San Diego, Cal.; Adams, Minn.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Rochester, N. Y.; Little Rock, Ark.; Austin. Tex.; Portsmouth, N. H.; Mobile, Ala.; Carbondale, Col.; Tacoma, Wash., and Lewiston, Mont. HOSIERY GIRLS STRIKE. Nearly One Thousand Walk Out In Philadelphia. Philadelphia.—Nearly 1,000 hosiery workers, most of them girls, went out on strike in four different mills con -1 ■■oiled by William H. Tauble, the hosiery king, because of a reduction in wages. The strikers formed them selves into a procession and marched through the mill district, causing so much excitement that the police were called out to disperse them. The strike was started at a mill in Alle gheny avenue, where several hundred girls left their machines, and, form ing two abreast, marched, shouting as they went, to the other mills controll ed by the hosiery king. MRS. A. E. STEVENSON DEAD. Wife Of Former Vice-President Of United States. Bloomington, 111. —Mrs. Adlai E. Stevenson, wife of former Vice-Presi dent Stevenson, died here. She had been ill for several months. Mrs. Stevenson was 70 years old, and is survived by her husband and three children (Lewis G. Stevenson, presi dent of the Illinois State Board of Pardons; Mrs. Martin N. Hardin, of Chicago, and Miss Letitia Stevenson, at home. Mrs. Stevenson was elected president general of the Daughters of the American Revolution four times, a id had recently published a history of that organization. NO REVIEW OF "FASTIST’S” CASE. Conviction Of Woman For Manslaugh ter Stands. Washington.—Justice McKenna, of the Supreme Court, refused to grant an application for a review by the court of the conviction of Linda Bur field Hazard, a licensed osteopath and "fastist” in Kapsap county, Washing ton, of manslaughter. The woman was charged with causing the death rf Claire Williamson by withholding food from her. MAKES AVIATION RECORD. Lincoln Beachey Turns Five Loop-the- Loops At 750 Feet Up. San Francisco. Lincoln Beachey celebrated Christmas by breaking a world’s record, looping the loop five consecutive times from a height of 750 feet and landing in a narrow street on the Panama - Pacific Exposition grounds. Beachey turned a double loop at a height of 300 feet, which, he says, is a record in itself, as Pegoud, the originator of this particular freak of aviation, always has performed lrom a great height. A DIFFICULT FEAT | (Copyright.) KILLED IN XMAS FESTIVAL PANIC False Alarm of Fire Causes Panic in Hall. 74 BODIES IN GHASTLY ROW Perhaps a Dozen Other Corpses Thought To Have Been Taken Away By Friends and Relatives. Calumet, Mich.—Fourscore persons, mostly children, lost their lives at a Christmas celebration by copper mine strikers in an Italian hall because of a needless panic caused by a false alarm of fire. While several hundred miners and their wives looked on, the children pressed eagerly toward the stage to receive Christmas presents. At that instant a man put his head in at the door of the hall and yelled “Fire!” The cry was taken up by those in the half. Everyone rushed for the doors. The weaker were thrown to the floor and those behind tried to climb over those ahead of them. A merciless, frightful scramble, a desperate fight for life ensued. The narrow exits soon become completely choked upon the shrieking and frenzied humanity. Cries of agony, mingled with the screams of women and chil dren in mortal terror, filled the air. The principal exit was a narrow stairway at the back of the hall. When this had been cleared of the bodies tnat filled it to the top and a quick accounting had been made, it was found that 74 corpses were piled up beside the building. It is thought that a dozen others were carried away by friends. Victims Mostly Children. The dead included 37 girls, 19 boys, 13 women and 5 men. Excited men and women stood about the building, some dazed by the sud den change from holiday festivities to tragedy, others calllc;; hysterically for missing children and a few even threatening violence to the rescuers for keeping them back from the long row of bodies. There was not much work for the many doctors who hurried to the scene as soon as the alarm was spread, for those not killed in the first rush were held upright and safe by the very force of the onrush toward the exits. Only three injured persons were taken to hospitals and a few went home with assistance of friends. $80,135,476 TO CHARITY. Benjamin Altman Leads the List Of Donors For 1913. New York.—Charitable gifts in the United States during the last twelve months amount to $80,135,476, or at the rate of $2.91 for every tick of the clock, according to a compilation pub lished here. The bequest of Benja min Altman, valued at $15,430,000, to the Metropolitan Museum* of New York, heads the list and the gift of $10,000,000 by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., to put an end to “white slavery,” is second. Colonel O. H. Payne’s gift of $4,350,000 to Cornell comes next in size and is followed by Ferris S. Thompson’s gift of $3,655,000 to Princeton University. Andrew Car negie’s 15 donations aggregated $3,- 633,000 and the next largest gift is $3,000,000, the sum given Washington and Lee University by Robert P. Doremus. After that the list shows that the donations dropped in size to a mere million or two. $5,000,000 NEW COINS ISSUED. Treasury Supplies Demand For Bright Pieces For Xmas. Washington.—More than $5,000,000 worth of bright new gold and silver pieces of 1913 mintage, most of which found their way into Christmas stock ings were distributed by the Treasury this month to the banks throughout the country. Brand new $5 gold pieces were presented to each of the 46 House pages as Christmas gifts by Representative Farr, of Pennsylvania. TWO MEN KILLED BY TRAINS. Accidents Occur On B. & O. About Same Time. Cumberland, Md. —Two men were killed about tbe same time Monday on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. David J. McDiffett, near Rockwood, was run down while on his way home from work. Hoy Evans, 38 years old, son of Doctor and Mrs. Joseph Evans, Jane Lew, W. Va., died at a hospital in Clarksburg from injuries received a few hours before when he was run over by a train at the Baltimore and Ohio passenger station. BILL IS AIMED M FREE TOLLS Troublesome Canal Problem Again in Congress. A TWO YEARS’ SUSPENSION. The Measure Introduced By Chair man Adamson and Referred To His Own Com mittee. Washington.—Chairman Adamson, of the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, struck his first blow at free Panama Canal tolls for American coastwise vessels. In a joint resolution he proposes a suspension of the existing law for free tolls to American ships for two years, tnat the cost of operation of the Pan ama Canal may be ascertained. Dur ing these two years American ships, coastwise and ocean freighters, must pay the same tolls as all foreign ships. The President of the United States is given authority to pass on the re lative cost of using the Panama Canal and its maintenance, and at the end oi tYv. Real's may decide whether the tolls thus collected will he more than sufficient for maintenance of cost of operation of the canal. In this event the President is to enforce the law for free canal tolls for American ships. The Adamson resolution was refer red to his own committee. He has been beaten twice on a like proposi tion and the committee membership has n,ot been changed in the last two years. Adamson’s resolution provides: "That me operation and enforcement of the following provision: No tolls shall be levied upon vessels engaged in the coastwise trade of the United States, which provision is the second sentence in Section Five of the act en titled, ‘An act to provide for the open ing, maintenance, protection and operation of the Panama Canal and the sanitation and government of the Canal Zone,’ approved August 24, Wl2, shall be and hereby i? suspended sub ject to the following conditions: Two Years’ Experiment. “At any time after the Panama Canal shall have been opened and suc cessfully operated for two years, if, in the judgment of the President, the revenues derived from tolls of vessels other than those engaged in the coast wise trade of the United States, shall be sufficient to defray the cost of maintaining and operating the canal and the expense of government and sanitation of the canal zone and all diplomatic questions touching the treatment of vessels as to conditions or charges of traffic at the canal shall have been adjusted, then the Presi dent is authorized to issue an execu tive order declaring such suspended exemption of full force and effect. From the date of such executive order such exemption shall be allowed and enforced, but until such executive or der shall have been issued the vessels engaged in the coastwise trade of the United States shall pay the same tolls required of other vessels.” EATEN BY CANNIBALS. Two German Scientists and Their Escort the Victims. Brisbane, Australia. —Cannibals in Neumecklenburg, an island in the Bis marck archipelago, have killed and eaten Dr. Deininger and another Ger man scientist, togetner with 14 natives who accompanied them. MANY PERISH IN FIRE. A Terrible Conflagration At George town, British Guiana. Georgetown, British Guiana.—The loss caused by the recent fire here was estimated at $2,000,000. Six blocks of business houses and tenements were destroyed. The total of known dead is 23; many more are missing and a large number jwere injured. The gov ernment and the Salvation Army have provided shelter for hundreds of home less. POOR HARRY’S MUSTACHE! Sprouts Of His Ambition Condemned By Barbers. New York.—Mustaches from an economic point of view were discussed by the boss barbers of Harlem. The fad of raising the upper lip adora ments was condemned, and the recent royal comment of the Kaiser that Germans must not shave off their mustaches and thereby become ef feminate was blamed for the waste of four minutes —the extra time required, it was said—to shave around the edges of a mustache. THE FROSTBURG SPIRIT, FROSTBURG. MD BELIK IS NOW OFFICIALLY DEAD Remarkable Career of Abyssin ian Ruier Ended. WAS A IViAKER OF HISTORY Had Been Many Times Falsely Re ported Dead—His Principal Achieve ment Was the Raising Of An Army Of 70,000 Men. Addis Abeba, Abyssinia.—lt was offi cially announced here Tuesday that the Emperor Menelik is dead. Emperor Menelik 11. had been re ported dead on many occasions, but this is the first time an official an nouncement has been published. Rumors of the occurrence had been in circulation for several days in the European capitals, but were received with skepticism. Emperor Menelik was born at Anko bar on July 17, 1844. He was a son of Haeli Melicoth, King of Shea, and was reputed a direct descendant of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. When his father died Menelik was only twelve years old. The throne of Abyssinia was seized by Kassal, Gov ernor of Kondor, who took Menelik captive and proclaimed himself Em peror, but Menelik escaped and be came ruler of the kingdom of Shea. Menelik became famous chiefly in connection with the war between Abyssinnia and Italy when he organ ized an army of 70,090 men and de feated the Italians in a series of bat tles, dictating his own terms of peace. One of the fiercest battle of the war was fought at Adowa on March 1, 1896, when the Italians lost more than 4,200 whites and 2,000 native troops in killed and wounded. The Abyssinnians admitted a loss of 3,000 men. Menelik declared himself a Chris tian and maintained a church estab lishment in which there was a mix ture of Christianity and heathenism. : The heir to the throne, Prince Lidj Jeassu, is only 18 years of age. He is said to possess great intelligence and speaks English, French and Ger man. He was chosen several years ago by Menelik himself as heir ap parent. The late monarch is said to have possessed a private fortune of $25,- 000,000. MISS KERN A BRIDE. Senator’s Daughter Married To Dr. George B. Lawson. Roanoke, Va. —Miss Julia Kern, daughter of Senator John W. Kern, of Indiana, was married to Dr. George B. Lawson, of this city, at the Kern summer home, near Hollins. The house decorations were in keeping with the holiday* season. Preceding the ceremony dinner was served, after which the marriage took place in ,the large dining room. There were no at tendants, and Rev. Arthur Row botharn, D. D., officiated. The brides’ dress was canary satin. REFUSES TO PAY INCOME TAX. Dr. Anna Shaw Says Taxation With out Representation Is Tyranny. New York.—Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, has re fused to pay her income tax and an nounces her intention to fight the law. While at her house in Moylan, Pa., re cently She was asked to fill out a paper stating the amount of her in come and from what source it was de rived. Instead of obeying she wrote on the official sheet her declaration of principles, which in brief are that 'taxation without representation is tyranny.” BORDEN REFUSES TITLE. Premier Of Canada Was Selected For New-Year Honor. Ottawa. —Premier Robert L. Borden has again declined a title in connec tion with the forthcoming New Year’s honors, according to a London dis patch to the Journal. Mr. Borden, it is stated, is democratic in his tastes and prefers to follow the example of Balfour, Chamberlain, Gladstone and Bright, each of whom refused to ac cept a title. JUDSON C. CLEMENTS RENAMED. Senate Confirms Him As Inter-State Commerce Commissioner. Washington.—Judson C. Clements, of Georgia, was reappointed by Presi dent Wilson a member of the Inter state Commerce Commission and his nomination was hurried to the Senate, which Immediately confirmed him. ENGINEER KILLED IN WRECK. Fireman Hurt When Their Locomotive Sideswiped Another. Wilmington, Del. Hamilton R. Woolford, engineer, was killed and J. H. Rawlins, fireman, was probably fatally injured at Clayton, Del., when the locomotive they were running side swiped another locomotive drawing a freight train. Both lived in 'Washing ton. The accident occurred on the Pennsylvania Railroad. WASTE WOULD GIVE WARSHIPS. Hudson Maxim Tells Of Chewing Gum and Whiskey Cost. i New York.—The jaws of the Ameri can nation chew away every year in : gum the price of three dreadnoughts, ' according to Hudson Maxim, in an ad ; dress delivered at a theatre here, ; where the Rev. Dr. Madison C. Peters conducted his weekly service on ' “Peace.” From the profits of “John : Barleycorn,” the inventor said, 200 • battleships a year could be built, 1 while tobacco would contribute almost as heavily to the national armament. Pi FLEE SCENE OF NEARJOLD-UP “I Don’t Like Your Looks,” ts Man’s Response to “Hands Up” Order. WILL RUN THEM DOWN Cashier’s Antipathy Toward Hol,d-Up Men Saves His Firm SIOO Which Was in Cash Register—Guests Aroused by Revolver Shots. Chicago.—“lf there’s one thing I don’t like it’s a hold-up man,” said Joseph Smith at 6 o’clock the other morning. He was talking to two men each armed with a revolver which was pointed directly at Smith. The two were, or thought they were, about to hold up the Thompson restaurant which straddles with its L-shaped rooms the southeast corner of Ran dolph and Clark streets. Smith is the night cashier there. “Stick up your hands and back against the wall,” commanded one of the men. “I don’t like your looks and 1 don’t like your trade, so get out o’ here in a hurry!” Smith’s words were punctuated by the roar of a revolver that he grabbed from beneath the counter and swung into instant action The pair of would-be hold up men then realized that the cashier was sin cere in his personal remarks. The heel of one of them passed through the Randolph street door a split sec ond ahead of a bullet. The other rob ber cracked the Clark street atmos phere by his lightning-like exit. Both escaped temporarily, but — “As soon as I am off duty I’m going out and look for those fellows,” Smith told the police after the excitement had subsided. “I’ll find them, too,” he added. "I’ve done it before.” Two years ago, when Smith was night cashier of Thompson’s restaur ant at Wentworth avenue and West Thirty-first street, two robbers held him up and escaped with the contents of the cash register. He found them after a three days’ search and obtained their conviction. They were sentenced Punctuated by Roar of Revolver. to terms of one to fourteen years in the penitentiary. Smith’s antipathy toward hold-up men saved SIOO which was in the reg ister. Guests in the Hotel Sherman, the Union Hotel and the City Hall Square Hotel were aroused by the shots fired by Smith and by Michael Levy, house detective in the last named hotel, who gave unsuccessful chase to the fugitives who considered Randolph street healthier than the neighborhood of a peevish cashier. DOWN WENT MR. BURGLAR Minneapolis Girl Outdoes Famous ’Possum Act by Shaking Prowler From Ladder. Minneapolis, Minn. —The exploit of Secretary of State W. J. Bryan, who recently shook a tree in his back yard and brought down a possum, was out done in Minneapolis the other day by a 16-year-old girl. She shook a ladder and brought down a burglar. The heroine of the Minneapolis story is Miss Babe Noonan, who re sides with her mother. She was sleep ing on the first floor when her ten year-old brother came to her door. “Ooh, burglars,” he whispered be tween his chattering teeth. The girl ran to the back window. There was a ladder reaching to the second floor. She peeped out and saw that a man was at the top of the lad der opening a window. "I just reached out and gave that ladder a hard jerk and then scream ed,” she said. "Then I heard a ‘ker plunk’ sound, heard a man swear and then footsteps as of a man running.” By the time the family was aroused there was no burglar, but Mrs. Noonan is ahead one perfectly good ladder. To Roll Around World in Barrel. New York. —Antonio Zanardi and Eugene Bisbiarne, Venetians, will at tempt to roll around the world in a huge barrel for a prize of $2,000. Start ing here, they expect to make the trip in 12 years. Would Bar Photographers. Paris. —The dressmakers’ syndicate has asked the police to exclude pho tographers from race courses, assert ing they are “American spies” who obtain pictures of the ■ latest fash ion. Wedding Dress Is Funeral Shroud. Saratoga Springs, N. Y. —One week after she had selected her wedding gown, Miss Ada M. Beagle, 20, died suddenly. The dress will be her fu neral shroud. BOY THREE YEARS OLD SMOKES BIG CIGARS i Connecticut Lad, Habitue Since He Was a Year Old—Re fuses to Stop. Waterbury, Conn. —Physicians are puzzled over the case of John Lippke, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lippke of 305 North Main street, who at three years old smokes daily three cigars. The child, according to his parents, has been smoking since he was a year old and all attempts to }>reak him of the habit have failed. The physicians declare they have never heard of a parallel case. Con sumption of more than one thousand cigars a year is not his only accom plishment, for in addition, this infant relishes a pipe and cigarettes. The boy’s father is a machinist in a local factory and an inveterate He Puffed Away. smoker. About two years ago, accord ing to Mrs. Lippke, her baby found a lighted cigar on a table and picked it up. He placed it between what few teeth he had and puffed vigorously. His mother took the weed away from him, but the baby cried so hard that she finally gave It back to him. Even in the case of a boy fifteen years old, physicians declare, the habit would have a serious effect on his health, yet this child of three seems to thrive on the weed. When a reporter called at the house Mrs. Lippke had the boy “perform” for the benefit of the visitor. As there were no cigars in the house she filled a pipe with strong tobacco and gave it to her son. He seized it eagerly and, after applying a match, stretched back in a chair and puffed away. Asked to inhale the smoke, the child drew a deep breath and exhaled the fumes from his lungs through his nostrils with the manner and ease of a veteran smoker of ten times his age. BALL OF HAIR IN STOMACH Unsuspected Cause of Woman’s Ill ness Is Revealed by Knife of Hospital Surgeon. Wausau, Wls. —Without doubt one of the strangest discoveries made as the result of a surgical operation came to light when a farmer’s wife residing in the town of Poniatowski, Marathon county, submitted to an operation at St. Joseph’s hospital, Marshfield. It was first supposed that the in valid was suffering from a tumor, but the surgeon’s knife revealed a far dif ferent ailment. A bunch of human hair weighing nearly one and a half pounds was taken from the patient’s stomach. So closely was the hair mat ted together that it resembled a solid ball. One of the theories advanced by physicians is that the hair was taken into the stomach by the invalid when she was in a delirium during an at tack of typhoid fever quite a while ago. Another theory is that they are loosened hairs from the strands as she would hold them crossed in her mouth when dressing. She has suffered from stomach trouble for some time, but the nature of the trouble was not suspected. She is twenty-five years old, and has four children. HOBO HAS SI,OOO IN SHOE Mayor John Kramer Frees John Kram er, Who Invites Namesake to* Dinner. Joliet, 111. —John Kramer, mayor of Rockdale, a suburb of Joliet, is noted locally for his benevolence. He is a friend of the friendless and is proud of his reputation as such. The other morning a ragged, dirty, unkempt and half-starved hobo appeared before the Rockdale police magistrate, who sen tenced him to jail. Mayor Kramer asked the prisoner his name. "John Kramer,” was the reply. The mayor ordered the man freed, whereupon the hobo asked him out to dine. “I thought you were broke and hun gry,” said Kramer to Kramer. "No, indeed,” replied Kramer to Kramer. The hobo then took off his shoes and extracted SI,OOO in bills, which were tucked between the holes of his ragged sox. Must Wed to Avoid Tax. Paris. —Unmarried persons of both sexes in France are to be subject to an increase of 20 per cent, in the income tax to be imposed by the bill now be fore the country’s parliamentary bod ies. Childless couples also will be taxed and rebates given where two and three children are born. Big, Blue Eyes. Chicago. —“She had big, blue eyes,” was the only description the police could get from Robert Phillips, Roch ■ ester, N. Y., of a girl he says left with his bank roll containing SI,BOO. Ml IS RESTORED BY SHOCKOF FALL New York Cabman, Who Lost Reason in 1908, Now Assem bling His Fortune. WAS WORTH $500,000 Broke Down Under Stress of Activi ties and a Nervous Disorder Devel oped Insomnia—Recovery Is of Na ture to Excite Wonder. New York.—James Hebron, known as Delmonico Jimmy because he had the cab privilege of Delmonico’s for more than 30 years, and who lost his mind in 1907 through an attack de scribed by physicians as “extreme rasthenia,” has regained his mental faculties through an accident, and is now recovering some of his fortune, estimated at $500,000, which disap peared while he was unable to direct his affairs . This became known the other day when Supreme Court Justice Seabury signed an order discontinuing four suits brought by Hebron against the stock exchange firm of Wassermann Bros., for an accounting of the pro ceeds of stock which were held for his account when he lost his reason. In his suit it developed that his account was operated by a member of his fam ily without his permission or knowl edge, and the Wassermann firm made a settlement for $27,000. Hebron’s recovery was of a nature to excite the wonder of physicians. He is now 59 years old and previous to the time his mind became clouded he was most active. While maintaining his livery business at Delmonico’s, he car ried on a real estate business and worked in Wall street. The big men of the street called him Jimmy and he knew most of them by their first names. In May, 1907, he broke down under the strain of his activities. A nervous disorder developed insomnia, and he went to Europe for treatment. An op eration was performed on him in Dub lin, but he did not get better. His mind was gone. He was helpless and use less. His business interests fell away, and he was content to go about with his wife, letting things take their own course. In May, 1911, exactly four years from the time his illness began, he Stubbed His Toe and Fell. and Mrs. Hebron went to Bernards ville, N. J., on a visit. The train on which they rode had pulled into a sid ing and in reaching the platform they had to cross the tracks. He stubbed his toe and fell upon his face. When he got to his feet his mind was com pletely restored. As he described it, “I got up, and as Richard 111. said, ‘Richard was himself again.’ ” "I was as sound as bell metal.” said Mr. Hebron the other night, and a new horizon dawned on me. I immediately began to look after my affairs again and brought suits against several firms. Wassermann Brothers and others have settled with me, and others give promise of doing so. I think most of them recognize the fact that I was not myself during those four years. lam fifty-nine years old now, but I feel as well as ever.” “COON MEAT” WAS SKUNK John F. Rldgeley's 25 Guests Were Happy Until the Truth Was Divulged. Huntington, W. Va. —John F. Ridge ley entertained a party of 25 of his friends at a cafe here at what the host told his friends was to be a raccoon supper. At the conclusion of the feast Mr. Ridgeley’s guests informed him the “coon meat was great.” There | upon the host informed his guests that it was not raccoon, but skunk meat they had been eating. Several of the guests showed symp | toms of distress after the truth -was divulged. Cat Catches Eel. Tarrytown, N. Y. —Ernest' Ballard says that while he was on his way to church he saw two cats coming up the road from the lake. One of them had an eel in its mouth and the other was i dragging a fishing line. He concluded . that a fisherman had forgotten to draw . in all his lines and the cats found one, . and in a playful mood pulled it in with i the fish hooked on it. He Bit Her, She Says. Chicago.—Mrs. Ethel Smith, wife of ’ the Rev. Paul Jordan Smith, com i plained that her preacher husband pre - tended he was going to kiss her and i bit her on the neck. She got a di- I vorce.