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HE SOLD HIS HEAD.
Peculiar Condition in Which Wealthy Russian Finds Himself. A curious story comes from Russia about a man who s^ld his head. About the year 1865 tr.^re lived a man at Keff with an eno-raous head. A Rus sian scientist, Prof. Walker, in order to secure the he?.d for scientific pur poses, bought it from its possessor for COO roubles. The condition of sale was that it should only be delivered after the man's decease but when the transaction got abroad a great scandal was created. The professor, however, stuck to his bargain, and the big head applied itself to business. Fortune smiled on the latter he Ml heir to a big fortune, and then he began to feel uncomfortable at the thought that the head belonged to an other. He went to the professor, offer ed biE-1,000,.1,500,. even. 2,000 .roubles If only he would" give him back the absolute ownership of his seadpiece. But the professor heid ov and for aught that is known to the contrary he Is still holding out.Pearson's Week ly. TO CURE A COLD. Uncle Allen Sparks Knew of Many Infallible Remedies. "Uncle Allen," asked the young man, "do you know anything that's good for a cold?" Mr. Allen Sparks opened his desk, took from one of the pigeonholes a large number of newspaper clippings tied with a string, and threw it over to him. "Do I know of anything that is good for* a cold?" he echoed. "My boy, I know of six hundred and twenty-seven infallible ways of curing a cold. I've been collecting them for forty-nine years. You try these, one after the other, and if they don't do you any good, come back and I will give you one hundred and sixteen more. Bless me!" added Mr. Sparks with enthu siasm, you can always cure a cold if you go about it the right 'way." He dug up a bundle of yellow, time stained clippings out of another pig eonhole and the visitor hastily left. Good Word for Mosquito. The announcement comes from Washington that the New Jersey mos quito is really a blessing in disguise. Not only is its bite not dangerous, but, it is asserted, this voracious in sect destroys poisonous immigrants of its genus that come from the south to threaten people with malaria, yel low fever and the like. All this may be true enough, but it is not likely that the long-billed New Jersey variety will be cultivated as household pets until some way is devised to muzzle them during their working hours. Few of us can stand the loss of blood nec essary for their salubrity.Indianap olis News. Made of elm, finished in golden, has glass doors, ad justable shelves, and place below for linen. Worth $9.50 Dining Tables $1.75 And Up. OAME BACrv rCtt HIS OWN. Mow WHklnson Was Outwitted by a Brainy Tramp. When Wilkinson went, to hfs office one day last week he felt calm and contented. He hadn't any need to worry about his wife's loneliness any more, for he had bought a capital watchdog for her. But, alas! when he arrived homo his wife met him with the deplorable news that the dog ha gone. "Eh!" said Wilkinson, "did he break the chnin, then?" "No," she replied "but a great, ugly-'ooklng tramp came here anrl acted bo impudently that I let the dog loose. But instead of tearing the tramp to pieces the nasty dog went off with him." "Great Scott!" said Wilkinson, "that must have been^tho tramp I bought Mm..from!". Danger in Big Guns. Recent accidents disabling some of our best battleships offer rather start ling evidence of the weaknesses that are inherent in vessels of this type. For years inventive genius has been applied to contriving guns of bigger size and longer range than those used before, and each Increase has added to the demands laid upon the strength of guns and turrets a.nd their mobility in action. InewUitty the line of safe ty has been passed .And the result i3 shown in accidents which have caused loss c* life, besides exiting the para doxical delicacy at massive machin ery.Philadelphia Nortu rf^irjcan. The Modern Race After Wealth. The mania fof money-making has developed into downright madness. And the explanation is easy. People see that it is fast becoming tha chief, if not the only, standard of respecta billty. When Talleyrand was asked if he was not ashamed to sell his influ ence in making treaties under the first empire he replied: "My friend, do you not see that there are but two things left In Franoemoney and the guillotine?" We are rapidly ap proaching the period in our own his tory when there will be but two things left in Americamoney and contume ly.JLouisville Courier-Journal. Mrs. Morgan Not FashtonaDle. Mrs. J. Pierpont Morgan was "the cynosure of all eyes" at the recent election of the Colonial Dames at New York. Contrary to the expectations of those who did not know her it was found that, she dresses simply and her cloth gown looked rusty. Her black hat was small and shapeless and a thick veil covered heT face. The decision of the women who SAW her was embraced in tbe word "frumpy." Mrs. Morgan's disposition is exceed ingly retiring and whenever she ap pears in public she seems ill at ease. pr are better pleased years after than when you first get them. This does not mean that otu prices are high. It means simph that we buy in unusually large quantities, and can and do sell for actually less than some dealers pay. We do and always will give our customers benefit of every cent we can save by big buying. Our terms are. carefully com putedbased upon a fair return for our money and upon the con-' venientability of the great bulk of the people to pay. Lawn Furniture. We have about 175 pieces of furniture, in the shape of chairs, settees and rockers, suitable for porch anJ lawn One third off the regular price to close them out. All col- ors: come early if you want a bargain. Kitchen Cupboard,$5.25 Now Let's Reason the Matter! POOR goods at any price are not cheap and it is not economy to buy a tiling without merit even at a little price. We've built a reputation for selling goods that you Oak Dresser, $9.95 Made of oak and finished in golden, has 3 good sized drawers a good, size 14x2* French Oval Bevel Plate Mirror. Worth $12.50 Book Cases, $4.50 Will buy a neat book case, made of birch, -polished finish in mahogany, adjust able shelves with brass rods, one of the best Grand Rap ids makes :worth $12.00. Trading Stamps Given with all Spot Cash Purchases '--I-*1 wft*trPW-*"T?TV i: NecKiace Awaits an owner. A strange story is told about a dia mond necklace wh! was found at one of the English con balls some years ago. One of the late queen's ladies in-waiting picked up a diamond neck laap from the floor. A ladv ram a roar. warn ana cmimsd it. The finder, how ever, declared it was her duty to give it in to the lord chamberlain's office, as this was the rule with regard to anything found in the palace. The lady protested in vain, but the oddest thing was that this necklace never was claimed, and is probably stil) at the lord chamberlain's office. Hare as a Universal Provider. I In the economy of nature the hare is the one creature that stands be tween most of the carnivorous animals I and starvation. In the northern woods where snow lies on the ground for I more than half the year,- and where vegetation is of slow growth, the hare serves as a machine for" converting birch twigs into muscular, lean meat, and providing it in such quantitiet that hawks, owls, wildcats, weasel* arid foxes can live in comparative luxury. A pair of hares under favor able conditions produce 70,000 indl Tiduals in four years. Cats to KiH Prairie Dogs. The owners of an enormous sheep ranch in Montana suffer so much loss fvom the consumption by prairie dogs of the tender shoots of grass, that they have determined to import cats enough to exterminate the dogs. The first company of 100 cats is being re cruited at St- Paul. A facetious writer in the New York Post shows anxiety for the future of the cats, their work being accomplished. He says if they do kill the prairie dogs they will have the choice, subsequently, of starva tion, cannibalism or brigandage. A Healthy Spot. The healthfulness of a certain sum mer resort is advertised by this story. Recently a visitor began to talk to an old resident of the town in question and asked him his age, whereupon he said: "I am just over seventy." "Well," said the visitor, "you look as if you had a good many years to live yet At what age did your father die?" "Father dead?" said the man, look ing surprised. "Father isn't dead why, he's upstairs just now putting grandfather to bed!" A Real Bargain, "In time," said the struggling artist, "that painting will be of great value. All you have to do is to tuck it away in an attic somewhere and keep It for about 200 years, by which time I will have become one of the old masters. Then you can sell it easily for $10,000. You see, I know the rules, but unfortunately I am not in a finan cial position to carry them out. So, If you want a real bargain, I'll let you have this liMe gem for $1.50." ^3WH8IPili'PP4)*w',,w,'u,'", NAYLOh BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA i KNEW WHEN TO QUIT. Judge Promptly Saw the Point in Pol itician's Advice. One of the most hospitable citizens of Sioux Falls was Judge Fuller of the Supreme Court. He was intro duced to the president's attention with the following incident of his career The judges made a strong campaign to get the legislature to raise their salaries. The bill met with great op position. Judge Fuller, who had no small political influence, went up to Pierre to see about it. He was met by one of the leaders of the party. "How about this thing?" said the judge. "Judge," said the other politician, gravely, "you better drop this salary business. I tell you as a friend. You don't want it to go through. It is not in your interest.". ~*'Why- aia't U&L Ej ,.:.r "Don't you see, judge," explained the politician, "that if we put the sal aries of the judges up to the figure you want, the people will turn around and elect real lawyers to the bench." The point of the story is that the judge dropped the amendment at once.New York Sun. A REMNANT OF OLD NEWGATE. Where Savage Torture Was Inflicted in Ancient Times. The most notorious part of the whole structureand which yet re mainwas the press yard. Here it was that peine forte et dure was in flicted upon prisoners charged with felony who, with the view of saving their property from confiscation, re fused to plead at the bar. This dread ful punishment of being pressed to death was, however, abolished in 1772. A Major Strangways, who was indicted for murder, having refused to plead, was condemned to this sav age peine forte et dure. He died in eight minutes, ar many of those who witnessed the dreadful sight threw stones at him to hasten his end. Her Equanimity Disturbed. one occasion Mrs. Patrick Camp bell was playing in "The Trumpet Call" at a London theater. In the middle of a strenuous scene the audi ence was horrified to see that the skirt of her dress had "come undone." It slipped until it had almost reached her knees before Mrs. Campbell noticed it. Then she grabbed and pulled back the garment, at the same time fairly hypnotizing the spectators with her blazing black eyes. The act was concluded somewhat hur riedly and the orchestra was instruct ed to play fortissimo in order to drown the remarks Mrs. Campbell was addressing to her maid. Bear Worshipers in Japan. The queerest .and perhaps the old est people of the earth are the Ainos, the bear idolaters, who are found in the Japanese islands of Kovrlles, Sah kalino and chiefly in Yezo or Hon naido. They number not more than 18,000 souls in all and they are fast disappearing. They have the broad nose and the obliqu eyes, which char acterize the Chinese and Asiatic races generally, but there the resemblance ends. The Ainos are a large and powerful people, straight as an arrow. All the Ainos declare they sprang from the Great White Dogthe bear and a princess of the south. The bear is their chief god. The Philosopher Wondered. An Englishman used to meet the great philosopher Arthur Schoppen hauer every morning walking with hia ugly poodle along the promenade 1n Frankfort-on-the-Main. Schoppen hauer's eccentric appearance, deeply immersed in thought, excited the Eng lishman's curiosity to such an extent that one day he could contain himself no longer, and, walking up to the philosopher, adddressed him abruptly thus: "Tell me, sir, who, in the name of fate, are you?" "Ah!" Schoppen hauer replied, "I only wish I knew that myself." Had Missed Him. When a shot was fired in the wings of an opera-house during the third act of "Carmen" on Zelie de Lussan's opening night in San Francisco a dis appointed spectator, who considered Tennery's Don Jose about "the limit," remarked with a sigh of relief, "Thank God." Those about him, who shaied his feelings, snickered sympa thetically. But their smiles were turned to peals of laughter when Don Jose presently bobbed up serenely, and the talkative wag exclaimed trag ically: "Ye gods, her aim was bad. She missed him!" New Universal Language. "Esperanto," an artificial language made by Dr. L. Zamenhof for a uni versal language, has gained 80,000 ad herents, among them members of the French Institute, professors in conti nental universities, Count Tolstoi and W. T. Stead. Its object, as stated by a writer in Le Monde Moderne, Paris, is: "To furnish people who need to communicate with foreignerstravel ers, scientists and business menthe way to a mutual understanding with out necesity of resorting to the study of many foreign languages." The Young Critics' Idea. Friends of E. J. Couse, the artist, are laughing over a remark "made by some seminary girls who attend ed an exhibition where his picture, "The Peace Pipe," took the Hallgar ten prize. "I like that Couse canvas better than anything I've looked at," said one, "and I want mamma to come and see it." "Which one was that?" her friend inquired. "Oh I That Peace-Pipe Dream/' was the rs ply. Teetotallam In Texas. When Gen. Horace Porter was in Texas he came t-rcse a man who went about telling everybody, in great surprise, that he "had struck a big thing here." "What's the matter?" people aeked. "Why," he answered, "I was sent down here by a temper ance society in Kansas to distribute these tracts. Well, whenever I hand ed a man a tract he glanced over it, hauled out a revolver from one pocket and a quart bottle of whisky from the other and then said: 'Look here, you just have a drink of that, or my gun'll go off.' Would you believe it! I haven't had to pay for a drop of liquor since I came here to distribute teetotal tracts." Not Looking for Notoriety. No author of the day has been less photographed than Joseph Conrad, who has just published a book pf sea stories. His'~ publishers, whten"- his book was about to come out, having failed to persuade him to face the camera for a new picture, hunted high and low throughout England and America for som sort of likeness. Finally, in the files of an old English illustrated magazine, someone stum bled upon a small oval head of him, and it is from that half-tone, enlarged and retouched, that all pictures of Conrad recently published have been made. Beltrami Avenue. BUY A LOT IN THE. NEW TOWNSITE OF MALLARD LOCATED ON MALLARD LAKE.CLEARWATER COUNTY F. O. SIBLEY PROPRIETOR SOLWAY MINN First Class Sample Room. MAC'S MINT Geo. McTaggart, Prop. Choice Wines, Liquors and Cigars. Few Cattre Die in Transit. Live cattle are so carefully stalled* on board ship that out of 12,000 brought from Montreal to Lu ool last year by a single firm the lo a less than 1 per cent. Pierpont Morgan's Success, Pierpont Morgan, who celebrated his sixty-sixth birthday recently, achieved his greatest business suc cesses since he reached the three score mark. He first became promi nent in the financial world about twenty jears ago, when he went to Europe and successfully sold $25,000,- 000 worth of New York Central stock. This made the old financiers gasp. By this piece of work Mr. Morgan won th "^sting friendship of the late William K. Vanderbilt and incidentally cleared $1,000,000 for himself. Missed His Calling. An Italian has, beep discovered on. a fruit ranch at Riverside, working for $1.50 per day, who proves to be an artist in sculpture of the highest rank, and he has been set to work completing the stucco finishing of the interior of the Carnegie library build ing. H-TJ name is Luigi Ianni, and the only words in English he can use are "You bet" He is now at work on some Corinthian columns of original design that are marvels as works of art.Los Angeles Herald. 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 Choicest Brands. Bemidji, Minn.