SOLD HIS SHOOTING BOOTS.
Man Fooled His Wife on the Price,
But the Result Was Sad.
Banks knew very well that he could
not afford to pay $20 for a pair of
shooting boots, but he reasoned with
himself, after the sophistical manner
of those who knew the joys Jf ex
travagance, that his twice-a-year trip
to his Long Island club for two days
of duck shooting was really the only
luxury be allowed himself and his
economies in other directions deserv
So Banks bought the boots, and
told his wife a nice little story about
a friend who had struck a bargain in
boots and had let him have a pair
"for practically nothing." The boots
were not worth much anyhow, he
carelessly explained, and congratulat
ed himself on having safely and
sagaciously handled a .del.'cfte situa
When Banks came back from his
next shooting trip he was tired and
sleepy, and threw his new boots, ail
muddy as they were, into a closet, to
be cleaned when he should have more
"And what do you think happened
to those boots!" he said two days
later to a group of sympathetls
friend? on 'change. "A junk peddler
cam* around the next day and my
wife sold him my $20 boots for fifty
cents. She knew th7 were of no
special value, as I had said so, and
thought she'd done well to get fifty
cents lor them."
"And what did you say?" asked one
man, betwixt pity "and amusement.
"Sayr What could I say? I be
came hysterical."New York Mail
MELTINQ OLD PLATES,
Ton* of Thoie Used for Printing Money
to Serve as Ship Ballast/
This was "melting day" at the Bu
reau of Engraving and Printing. All
the plates, rolls and^dies u.~,ed in print
ing gold and silver certificates, postage
and revenue stamps, bonds and postal
cards during 1901 were loaded early
this morning en two big trucks. Al
though the precaution had been taken
to spoil the face of each, plate with a
file, four strapping employes of the
Treasury Department rode on each
truck. A Treasury committee rode in
The procession went to the Navy
yard foundry, where the plates were
unceremoniously dumped into one of
the furnaces, to come out as pig steel
and to be used for ballast for war
ships. There were twenty tons of
plates, rolls and dies, from which
were printed last year $2,200,000,000 in
gold and silver certificates of various
denominations, and $889,000,000
postage stamps, besides hundreds of
millions of bonds, revenue stamps and
The engravers are now at work on
the plates, rolls and dies for 1903.
Those in use now will be destroyed
next February.New York World.
NOT A fOLYGAMIST.
How Bishop Potter Filled Out an Of
An army officer just returned from
the Philippines tells this story on
When tb/ bishop went out to Ma
nila a year or two ago, on his arrival
at the islands he was confronted by
a formidable list of about thirty
questions. The list, prepared by
Uncle Sam for Chinese and native
Filipinos was nevertheless submit
ted Impartially to all comers.
Gravely the bishop, as became his
respect of forms, wrote down his
name, age, occupation, place of birth.
He did not even smile as he wrote
"No" opposite the question "Have you
But the last question was too much.
look of mock pain crossed his fea
"Must I answer this?" he asked the
The examiner nodded.
And in the space opposite, "Are
you a polygamist?" the bishop grave
ly wrote "Not yet."
THE COLDEST WINTER-
Somewhat Remarkable Experience in
In a little wayside iua p* a small
station some fifty mites west of Du
luth a half-dozen men from various
places chanced to meet recently.
The conversation opened with a
remark concerning the weather, and
from that drifted easily to the se
verity of winters in the different
parts of the Northwest.
One man, who came from the Twin
Cities, told a sad story of frozen
water pipes and other household in
conveniences occasioned by the frigid
weather there one February.
Another recounted a tale of suffer
ing endured by men and beasts on a
_Noctb Dakota prairie during a bliz
Stories were thus told until five
of the group had contributed in
stances upon the subject.
Thpre was a pause in the conver
1'itica until an Irishman, who sat a
little apart from the others, quietly
snoliing a pipe, remarked: "Well, the
pcidost winter Oi iver put in was
lirnnse-? in Duluth.
Who V/as Demosthenes?
It was in Athens that the great
orator Demosthenes was born. Al
though he had many impediments to
overcome, he worked on untiringly, un
til finally he became not only the first
orator of Greece, but of all antiquity.
He remedied a stammer in his speech
by practicing with pebbles in his
mouth. On the death of Alexander
he gave his services as an orator to
the confederated Greeks, and in the
end made way with himself by using
noison to avoid falling into the hands
And Consequently Did Not Need First
.American 'pushfulness is an unlim
ited quantity. The women are as ir
repressible in society as the men IF
commerce. A ortain visitor to thr
Riviera found tnis out recently. He
was occupying first floor rooms at a
well-known hotel. An of a sudden,
without any introduction or prelim
inary, a note was brought to him
Bigned by the wife of a well-known
American millionaire. It asked him
whetuer he would object to giving up
his rooms to her niece. He was much
amazed, but wrote back inquiring
whether the niece drank. Mrs.
wrote in reply, in surprise and indig
nation, winding up with an emphatic
statement that her niece did not
drink. Lord concluded with
the following note: "Lord X re
grets that ho cannot give up his first
floor rooms to Mrs.
The Cosmopolitan says the longevity
of the medical man is materially less
than that of workers of other profes
sions. Only those with a sound
physique, other things being equal,
can win in a struggle for success. The
sick look with confidence to the well.
Tijey demand the hearty dogmatism
that con.es from the overflowing of
animal spirits. They enjoy the cheer
ful optimism that comes from a good
digestion. They lean upon the doc
tor in their weakness and yield willing
obedience to his kindly influence.
Much of die power possessed for good
may be out3ide of pills or potions cor
rect theories or sound deductions.
A class in a Sunday school was list
ening to a lesson on patience. The
topic bad been carefully explained, and
as an aid to understanding the teach
er had given each pupil a card bearing
the picture of a boy fishing. "Even
pleasure," said she, "requires the exer
cise of patience. Look at the boy fish
ing! He must sit and wait and wait
He must be patient." Having treated
the subject very fully, she began with
the simplest, most practical question:
"And now caa any .little boy tell me
what we need most when we go fish-
ing?" With one voice was the answer
The coi respondent of a London pa
per, writing from British South Afri
ca, says the Kaffirs are bound to in
crease in population more rapidly
than the whites, whom they already
greatly outnumber, and, being barred
from work in many cases by the Im
portation of cheap labor from India
and forced to leave their land hold
ings, which they retain only under
lease from the Boers, to whom It has
been allotted, and under liability of
eviction, a serious uprising of the na
tives Is not beyond the possibilities o/
the near future.
Yeetotallsm In Texas.
When Gen. Horace Porter was la
Texas he came a^'oss a man who
went about telling everybody, in great
surprise, that he "had struck a big
thing here." "What's the matter?"
people asked. "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
Not Looking for Notoriety.
No author of the day has been less
photographed than Joseph Conrad,
who has just published a book of sea
stories. His publishers, when 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 fiom that half-tone, enlarged
and retouched, that all pictures of
Conrad recently published have keen
Light-Haired People Live Long.
Light-haired people, it is said, as
a rule live longer than those having
8H DID NOT DRINK. FILARIA 18 A NEW DISEASE.
for he is convinced that, as the young
lady does not drink, it is very much
easier for her to get up stairs than it
is for Lord ."London Tat
A NEW BOILED DINNEA.
Little One's Astonishment Natural Un
der the Circumstances.
"I have a little niece," said the ra
conteur of the Sewing Circle, "who
is never so happy as when she is al
lowed to visit the kitchen and watch
the servants at work. Fortunately,
her mother has good-natured servants
who rSther enjoy having the child
around, so many are the charmed
hours which Jessie spends downstairs
making little pies under the cook's
superintendence, and pretending she
is 'grown up.'
"The other day she descended to the
laundry to oversee the family wash in
her busy little way. She gave one
look of utter astonishment as Mary
put on the clothes to boil, and then
fairly flew upstairs to her mother, ex
'Oh, mamma! What do you think?
Mary's cooking the clothes for din-
ner!'"New York Times.
Responsible for the Death of Mary
C'apt. Charles Kieeffer, a United
States army surgeon, says the Phil
ippines are infested with mosquitoes
more troublesome nxni dangerous from
a medical point of view than those
that swarm in the Jersey swamps. A
strange malady known as filaria is
traced directly to them, and is com
mon among the American soldiers
quartered on the islands. Soldiers
contract the disease by drinking
water from. stagnant pools in which
the mosquitoes have laid their eggs.
The drst indication of filaria ap
pears in. the form of a worm in the)
victim's thorax. This develops into
elephantiisis, which causes the pa
tient terrible pains, accompanied by
a constant cough. The sufferer is
worst at" night, 8nd the patient be
comes a prey to insomnia.
The only remedy lies in an opera
tion, which in itself is dangerous and
rarely successful. If the worm, which
is a female, is injured' and dies
through the operation, it3 poison gets
into the blood, the disease is increased
a thousandfold and the chances of re
covery are small. Jf
For Those With Stomach Habit.
A Philadelphia baker is authority
for the assertion that the latest fad
of dyspeptics is bread made with sea
water, instead of fresh water. "It
has a saltier taste," he says, "than
we are accustomed to, but it Is very
palatable. In fact, he who likes salty
things Is apt to like it better than
the other kind of bread. A physician
asked me about three mortbs ago to
make some of this bread for his
patients. At first I made six loaves
a day, but now I make thirty. My sea
water comes up to me from Atlantic
City three times a week. The dys
peptics who buy the bread say it is
the only kind they can ^at 'resh
Lesson in Chaplain Milburn's Life.
It was of the late William H. Mil
burn, the blind preacher chaplain
of the house, and afterward of the
Senate, that William R. Morrison
once said: "Mr. Milburn is a man
who fears God, hates the devil and
votes the straight ticket." Mr. Mil
burn's life illustrates what one can
do in the face of hardships. He was
totally blind before becoming of age,
but became a Methodist clergyman,
successful lecturer and author, keep
ing at his work until a few months
before his death at the age of eighty.
The newspapers were read to him
every day and he kept fully posted on
Mrs. Morgan Not FashionaDle.
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. Hex
black hat was small and shapeless
and a thick veil covered her face. The
decision of the women who SAW her
was embraced in the word "frumpy."
Mrs. Morgan's disposition is exceed
ingly retiring and whenever she ap.
pears in public she seems ill at easa.
Point of Vtew.
"Hope springs eternal in the human
breast," remarked the person with a
mania for quotations.
-Yes,'' rejoined the morbid party,
"and I suppose that's why the pool of
disappointment is always slopping
Historic Portrait Spoiled.
Among the best portraits in the
white house previous to the recent
"renovation" was that of Mrs. Benja
min Harrison by Daniel Huntington,
for many years America's foremost
portrait painter. In the "restoration"
this portrait has been rehung to suit
some modern interpretation of the
alleged original plan of the mansion
by George Washington. In doing this
the paint has been scratched and
scraped and in some important spaces
has been knocked off entirely. Worse
than this, a hole about three inches
long has been punched in the canvas.
Gas From Peat Not New.
At the Motala steelworks in Sweden
gas made from peat has been em
ployed as fuel for more than twenty
Full of Absentees.
There was a larger attendance tnan
usual in the "Ame^ cdrner" at the
Fifth Avenue hotel last night, and
these we-e some of the interesting
stories told: "Judge Gildersleeve," re
marked George W. Wanamaker, "was
telling the other night of a laughable
'bull' made by Mai Leach, once fa
mous &a the head of the Irish rifle
team. The judge was visiting in Ire
land and remarked: 'Major, is it true
that much of the trouble in this little
country of yours is caused by ab
sentee landlords?' 'It is, sir/ re
sponded the major. "Sure, our little is
land is full of them.'"New Torfc
Mail and Express.
The One Thing Wrong.
A foreigner went into one of Bos
ton's bis hotels one Suuday morning
not long ago and asked for a typical
Boston breakfast. After some con
ference with the bead waiter an espe
cially nice breakfast was served, In
cluding of course codfish balls, brown
bread and pork and beans. The visitor
ate with apparent relish, but after
some minutes summoned bis man.
"These beans are delicious," he said,
"and the coffee could not be better,
but"pointing to the codfish ball
"you may remove the little bun.
There appearr to be something dead
BEASTS BORN IN CAPTIVITY.
Those That First Set the Light In
Bristol. England, Ar the Best
The birth of a litter ol lions at
Haslemere Park, a private menagerie
In England, leads one of the English
papers to note a fact that has for long
puzzled biologists, and that Is notori
ous among those who interest them
selves in the study of wild beasts in
captivity, this being that nearly all the
lion, tiger and leopard cubs born in
that country have a cleft palate, which
prevents them from being properly
suckled, and usually leads to their
premature death. But, beyond this, a
more astonishing 1'ict stilland one
that also greatly puzzles biologistsis
that which determines that of all the
wild animals born in England those
born in Bristol are regarded as the
iinest and as the most likely to live.
So well known is this to professional
Kfcowmen and menagerie keepers that
"Bristol born" is a recognized brand in
tjim wild animal trade.
Cures Diseases of Plants.
By his method of feeling through
the stems instead of the roots S. A.
Mokrsezki, the Russian entomologist,
bslieves that trees and plants can be
cured of disease and greatly stimulat
ed in growth. His special apparatus
is intended introduce salts of iron
either solid or in solutioninto
apple and pear tree3, and he has used
it for applying chemical treatment to
800 fruit trees on the southern shore
of the Crimea. The weak and dis
eased condition of the trees was
remedied, while an unusual develop
Against Duty on Works of Art.
J. Pierpont Morgan, Chas. T. Yerkes
and other wealthy men have formed
an association the object of which is
to secure a repeal of the tariff duty on
paintings and works of art imported
into this country. An appeal is to be
made to President Roosevelt and In
dividual members of Congress will be
asked to use their influence to have
the law changed. Mr. Morgan has
more than $1,000,000 worth of paint
ings stored in London. Paris and Ber
lin. Yerkes has paintings to the valua
of $250,000 in his London apartments,
and says hf^ will not bring them here
until the duty is taken off.
Cure for Smallpox.
A subscriber requests the publics*
Won of the following: "I am willing
to risk my reputation as a public
man," wrote Edward Hines to tba
Liverpool Mercury, "if the worst^casa
of smallpox cannot be cured in three
cays, simply by the use of cream of
tartar. One ounce of cream of tar
tar dissolved at intervals when cold
is a certain, never-falling remedy. It
has cured thousands, never leaves a
mark, never causes blindness and
avoids tedious lingering."Canton
Pleasure in Doing Good.
Rev. A. P. Doyle of New York re
marked the other day: "A woman who
has an abundance of the good things
of this world appreciates them all the
more when she tries to uplift the
fallen or bring comfort to the heart
broken, and it sweetens her enjoyment
of God's gifta On the other hand,
there is no more useless creature on
God's earth than the woman of wealt*
h* HTM for herself alon*"
First AuvfcraMan Woman Physician.
The first Australian lady duly qual
ified physician, Dr. Emma Constance
Stone, recently died in Melbourne at
the age of 46. She was the daughter
of a London contractor of scientific
tastes who settled in Tasmania. She
studied first at the Woman's Medical
college, Philadelphia, afterward in
London and finally In Melbourne,
where she started practice and en
couraged a number of young ladles to
follow in her footsteps. Dr. Stone
was a strong advocate of female suf
li*)io Ivon .si.
Xn view of the rapid disappearance
iff the herds of elephants which for
merly roamed in Africa, and the limit
en number of those animals remaining
in Asia, Dr. R. Lydekker calls atten
tion to the enormous supply of ivory
which exists in the frozen tundras ol
Siberia, and which, he thinks, "wil!
probably suffice for the world's con
sumption for many ?ears to come.*
This ivory consts of tu.ks of the ex
tinct species of elephant called mam
moths. The tusks of these animals were
of great size, and ar* wonderfully
abundant at some places in Siberia,
where the frost has perfectly pre*
served them, and in many cases has
preserved the flesh of the animals
Wood is vevy scarce in the Sandwicr
Islands and what there is of it corae*
dashing down from the mountain
streams In the time of tine spring
floods. It Is heavier than our wood
v.-ad sinks to the bottom of the bay*
nto which the streams empty. Thop.
the natives wade out into the water
yntil they feel a bit wood under
their feet and at once they di7e for it
the women and children helping, and
all laughing and shouting and havlnf
Ho Are you si? that I am the onlj
-na.n you ever really and truly loved!
She: Perfectly sure. I went over
the whole list only yesterday.New
A Wasted Attraction.
"She has an engaging smile.
But it hasn't engaged afc'^--C2evelAnd
C. D. Steece
The Sign Man
Is here to stay, and is prepared to do all
kinds of UD-to-date Painting, Paperhang
ing, Free Hand Relief Work, ELalsomin
AL WOR IS GUARANTEED
DON'T F0JKJET TO SEE HIM BEFORE LETTING
YOUR JOB. HE CAN SAVE YOU MONEY.
LEAVE ORDERS AT BEAUDETTES TAILOR SHOP.
C. D. STEECE
THE SIGN MAN
First Class Sample Room. Choicest Brands.
Geo. McTaggart, Prop.
Choice Wines, Liquors
The Celebrated Scientific
Palmist and Clairvoyant
Has arrived and remains a short time only. The
Professor is recognized by press and public as the
foremost and most able Scientific Palmist and
Clairvoyant before the American public, and he
especially invites those to call who have been dis
appointed or deceived in the past by some incompe
tent personthey will notice the difference be-
tween an adept and a pretender.
HRE YOU I N TROUBLE?
Do you find that with all of your natural gifts and talents that-.
you are baffled, discouraged and unsuccessful? If so, come and be-
advised and find out the cause of your bad luck, and how you can
change your bad conditions to success, joy and happiness. Thous-
ands live today to bless and give credit of their success and happi-
ness to this wonderful man. Are you sick? If so, come to me
and I will tell you free of charge what ails you. I do not give medi-
cine, but tell you how to be cured without asking a single question-
Come and be convinced. Palmistry and Clairvoyant taught.
Prof. Seaton is located at
Roo 8 Remor Hotel
REED & KNUTS0N
Reed makes a specialty of horseshoeing1
& KNUTSON have opened a blacksmith and wagon shop one
door south of The Pioneer, and are prepared to handle any and
all work in their line and
and his work is too well known to need any introduction to the people
of this vicinity.
Mr. Knutson has been in the employ of the St. Hilaire Lumber
company for four years, and comes well recommended by that company.
Give the new firm a chance to show you what
they ean do, and you will not be disappointed
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