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HOW NOME WAS NAMED.
Insignificant Error Which Deter mined Its Appellation. There is to be a considerable rush for Nome next month, if one may be lieve what one hears among mining men. There is no more sensational ism, but plenty of effort and inten tion. Men are going there who have thought over the situation very seri ously since the wild craze of a few years ago, and they will go prepared for hardships and disappointment How was Nome named? By a man on the Herald, one of the Franklin rescue ships. When tne manuscript chart of the Cape Nome region was constructed attention was called to the fact that the cape had no name by the insertion of this"? name?" *x% interrogation point was inked in by & draughtsman as a "C." and the "a" in "name" being indistinct he interpreted is as an "o" hence "C. Nome"Cape Nome." This little ro mance occurred in 1853. What's in a name? rfpme.New York Press. "JACK HARKAWAY" COMING BACK Story That Thrilled the Boys of a Gen eratlon Ago. For a regular thriller commend me to "Jack Harkaway." Thirty-five years ago this sensational bit of fic tion exercised a greater influence on the character of the average boy of 10 to 15 than father, mother and the Ten Commandments. It was devoured by millions on both sides of the water. "Jack" was the ideal of the youth of all English-speaking countries. I see that it has been started again for a long run in a periodical that claims 1,250,000 circulation. Bracebridge Hemyng died in 1901. He wrote not only "Jack Harkaway," but forty-odd volumes of readable fiction, yet you will look in vain for his name in "John- son's," "Appleton's," "Chambers'," the "International" and the "Standard" cyclopedias, and in the "Ridpath Li brary of University Literature." The editors of all such works seem to make it a habit to leave out just what one wants to know.New York Press. Mayor Cleared the Sidewalk Himself. They tell a story of Mayor Studley in New Haven that is characteristic He was walking along Church street one day when he found the way blocked by a "hog" of a builder who had filled the sidewalk with cement and planks, forcing everybody out into the street. The mayor picked up the planks himself and threw them into the street and rolled the cement after them. He left word with a near-by po liceman that if that sidewalk was obstructed again the builder would be arrested. Some men can do that sort of thing without diminishing their dig nity and greatly to the increase of their popularity. Studley is one of those men.Waterbury (Conn.) Amer ican. Plague of Wolves. Wolves are still the scourge of the Russian peasantry. During the present winter they have succeeded in de stroying 16,000 head of cattle in one district of eastern Russia alone. In the governments of Novgorod, Tver, Olonetsk and Archangel and in Fin land these animals are met with in great numbers. The frequently be come such a plague that the govern ment orders them to be hunted down by entire companies of soldiers, who surround the woods in which they dwell and afterward shoot them down in considerable numbers. Doom of Buzzard. The buzzards that have long infest ed Vera Cruz and served a useful pur pose as winged scavengers are doomed. A London firm is putting in a modern sewer and water system. The. birds have become so numerous that they are a pest. The protection of the municipality has been removed and when the new drainage system shall be completed the city will be rid of the pest, the numbers of which have already been reduced somewhat by catching the buzzards and placing them in wooden cages to be taken to the sea and drowned. Opulence at the Capital. Old-fashioned residents of Wash ington deplore the fact that social life there is taking on many of the objec tionable features which characterize the "rude and rich" New York set. It it believed that some of this is due to the fact that the president hails from New York, the Roosevelts being allied with many families notable on Man hattan island. Opulence at the capital is making great display in equipages, luncheons, dinners, dances, etc., and its coming to beu understood that now adays money not only talks, it howls. The Prodigy. The infant prodigy had thrown her self on the floor and was vigorously biting holes in the mating, while her toes drummed aquic march of fierce anger and her shrieks rent the air. "What in the world!" exclaimed the prodigy's keeper, in alarm. "Here is a newspaper account of m which neg lects to say that I am 'utterly unspoil ed with all my popularity,' wailed the prodigy as it coutinued to scream and kick.Los Angeles Herald. Chance for Every Old Thing. WantedMr. Edgar Hogan wants a wife. He is not particular about what kind most any old thing will doan old maid or some brlsky young miss. Any unmarried lady that wants to get a husband should write Mr. Hogan, or gee him at his office or home. Hia postoffice is Bethany. His office is anywhere on the square at Bethany. His home is on Big Creek, five miles north of Bettiany.Bethany (Mo.) Owl. HOW HE MIGHT LOSE. Millionaire Could Not See Why He Should Buy Burial Lot. Not long ago a prominent financier, whose most prominent characteristic, according to the popular opinion, is close-flstedness, was the recipient of a visit from an agent whose line it is to solicit orders for burial lots. On emerging from the private office of the moneyed man the agent was met by a colleague who had been waiting for him, and who inquired anxiously as to the success of his in terview. The agent shook his head regretful ly. "No go," said he "he was afraid he might not get the full value of his investment" "What could he mean by saying that? Confound it, a man must die some time, even though he is a mil lionaire." "That's what I told him," replied the agent, "but he only answered, 'Suppose I should be lost at sea?'" SWISS PASTORS KEEP INNS. Are Forced Thus to Supplement Their Scanty Incomes. A note from Geneva states that a fortnight or so ago a Swiss pastor bought an inn at Ufhusen, a little vil lage near Basel. This is said not to be an exceptional case. In the can tons of Upper and Lower Unterwalden and Uri many of the clergy are propri etors of Inns. The reason for this is that the priests are so badly paid that they are obliged to supplement their incomes by other means. Their aver age income in Switzerland is $125 a year. The establishments under their control are said to be models of their kind. The priests have succeeded in reducing drunkenness in their par ishes, for they attend on their custom ers in person, refusing to serve those who they consider have had enough. "The Author Of "Have you noticed," said the tall girl, "that In several new books the writer is described as 'the outhor of' and then follows a list of books begin ning with the one Immediately pre ceding the present production and run ning back to the earliest period? I have In mind now the case of Mrs. Ward in particular. 'Lady Rose's Daughter' is by the outhor of 'Elean- or,' Tressady' and 'Robert Elsemere.' A year or so ago the previous books have been enumerated in chronolog ical order, 'Elsmere' heading the list 'Eleanor' ending it I wonder if that way of putting the cart before the horse is a fad among publishers these days, or is it merely a coincidence that I have noticed several cases of the kind within the last few weeks*" Coroner's Jury's Qualified Verdict. During the landlord and tenant dis turbance in Ireland some years ago a certain property owner was discov ered lying dead near a village of which he was owner. The coroner's Jury, knowing full well that the man had been shot down by "the boys," were nevertheless loath to further in vestigate therefore they rendered the following verdict: "We find the de ceased gentleman died by the visita tion of Godunder suspicious circum stances." Philadelphia Public Ledger. Faking Used Stamps. Rogues in this country are gener ally about as artful as we desire them to be, but evidently they have some thing to learn yet from the heathen Chinee. In West Java Ah Sin man ages to cheat the postoffice very in geniously. On sticking a new stamp on an envelope he smears the stamp on the face with paste or a thin glue. This takes the impression of the de facing stamp at. the postoffice, and can easily be washed qff, so that the stamp is once more serviceable. Heaven Had Its Limits. There was once a Boston woman, says Congressman Powers of Massa chusetts, who had afternoon teas, be longed to a Browning club, fell ill, and finally died. When she had been in heaven some clays her husband called her up through a spiritualist. "Well, my dear," inquired the husband, "how do you like heaven?" "Very well," she replied. "We have afternoon teas here, and also a Browning club. But, after all, Henry, it's not Boston."New York Times. Bits About the Moon. If there were a "man in the moon" the earth would look sixty-four times larger to him than the sun does to us on earth. The surface area of the moon is about as great as that of Asia and Australia combined. Once in twelve and a half years there is a "moonless month that it, the moon has no full moon. The last moonless month fell in 1898 and the next one will fall In 1911. Amethysts in High Favor. Amethysts are In high favor. Some times they are set in gold, but oftener I In gun metal. They are seen as sash pins, belt buckles, long chains, as well i as in the tops of purses and wrist I bags. One woung woman is the envy of her associates by reason of a superb i heart-shaped locket composed of a single deep hearted amethyst which she wears dangling from a gold snake chain. Consequences. Once on a time a Prudent Girl met a Frivolous Girl. "Don't you know, my dear," she said, "that if you con tinue wearing a veil that you will spoil your eyesight?" "I saw that in a medical journal," replied the Friv olous Girl, "and I would have followed its advice only I happened to read in I my Beauty Book that if I didn't wear i a veil I would spoil my complexion." HE SOLD HIS HEAD. Peculiar Condition in Which Wealthy Russian Finds Himself. A curious story comes from Russia about a man who sold his head. About the year 1865 tnere lived a man at Keff with an enormous head. A Rus sian scientist, Prof. Walker, in order to secure the head for scientific pur poses, bought it from its possessor for 500 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 fell 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 him 1,000, 1,500, even 2,000 roubles if only he would give him back the absolute ownership of his headpiece. But the professor heid out, 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. Necklace Awaits an Owner. A strange story is told about a dia mond necklace which was found at one of the English court balls some years ago. One of the late queen's ladies in-waiting picked up a diamond neck lace from the floor. A lady came for ward and claimed 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 still at the lord chamberlain's office. Hare as a Universal Provider. In the economy of nature the hare is the one creature that stands be tween most of the carnivorous animals and starvation. In the northern woods where snow lies on the ground for 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 quantities that hawks, owls, wildcats, weasels and foxes can live in comparative luxury. A pair of hares under favor able conditions produce 70,000 indi viduals in four years. Cats to Kill Prairie Dogs. The owners of an enormous sheep ranch in Montana suffer so much loss from 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 healthfulneBs 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, Til let you have this little gem for $1.50." 1 THE EXPANSION OF RUSSIA. Nothing Stops the Progress of the Giant of the North. The progress of Russia is like the spreading of ink over blotting paper. There is no natural barrier in Persia to throw her back or head her off, euch as the mountainous frontier of India. But the prospect of Rttssian absorption of Persia is not practical politics to-day. Neither is it practical politics nor healthy patriotism to hound on Great Britain to occupy, finance, protect or claim rights in every country which lies upon her road to India or Africa or America or the South Seas. Such a policy is mere ly suicidal. We can barely govern I efficiently our present possessions. Fresh large responsibilities in Persia, In China and ultimately in Turkey would simply weigh us down to the I gunwale and finally sink us.London Chronicle. FAD OF A FAMOUS JACKDAW. Bird Took Trips on Buses and Gave His Foes a Tongue Lashing. The Brixton jackdaw, which was found dead recently in the bar of the i Angell Arms at Brixton, London, was a great celebrity in his own way. All jackdaws have fads of their own, and the favorite fad of this particular bird was to travel all over London on omni buses, trains and cabs. He was thor oughly well known to every 'busman in the Brixton district he used to take his seat on a bus beside the driver, and would chatter most volu I bly till the journe- lo the city or else where was accomplished, when he would fly back to his Brixton home. He was a bird of strorg likes and dis I likes, and when any ot his master's I customers failed to find favor in his sight he would assail th^m with the most embarrassing to of language. Billiard Players. The game of billiards has grown in popularity of late with the fair sex. According to Shakespeare, Cleopatra played billiards with her favorite, Charmion, in the year 30 B. C. At present the best women players are the French, who frequent professional games and eagerly follow the billiard i news of the day. Patti is fond of the i game and had a table made in this country to take to her Welsh castle, i for which she paid 2,500. Among American billiard players of repute are Mrs. George Gould, Mrs. Edwin Gould, Mrs. Almerlc Paget, Mrs. Burke-Roche and Lillian Russell. Bil liards are said to afford excellent ex ercise. Minister Bowen's Wife. Mrs. Bowen, wife of our minister to Venezuela, talks very entertainingly of the Venezuelans, whom she de scribes as models of domestic virtue. Many are also very beautiful, but they go out very little- in public, being of Spanish descent. Mrs. Bowen, who is slight in figure and of girlish man ners, was a Miss Clegg of Galveston, Tex. She is fond of pets, and among the unusual ones entertained at the legation in Caracas are several par i rots, a fine peacock and some monkeys I -which are allowed to roam at will in the garden. The Deacon's Climax. "Yes," said Deacon Stuckup, "the works of Providence are manifold. The omnipotence of the Almighty is seen in all things, great and small, high and low. The good Lord who made the great mountains made the smallest insect that crawls over them the good Lord who made the mighty ocean made the smallest fish that swims in it the good Lord who made man, the greatest of His works, made the smallest flower of the field. The good Lord, brethren, who made me, made a daisy!" The Methods of Novelists. And here is Maxim Gorky paying $150,000 cash for a beautiful palace on the banks of the Volga. This is the reward of the skilful use of his pen In glorifying the tramp and the out cast, and vilifying and scandalizing their opposites in Russian society and politics. It is frequently thus, though Tolstoi began at the other end of the social -ladder, sacrificing a title and a fortune for the rewards that have come to him as a novelist and a cham pion of the oppressed. Few Motor Cars in Portugal. Motor cars as yet show no signs of being used in Portugal. Last year only twenty were imported, of which eighteen were French, one English aoid one German. The bicycle trade is also languishing only 572 bicycles were imported in twelve months222 from the United States, 151 from France and 35 from the United King dom. The population of Portugal is about the same as that of London. London's Army of Horses. In a recent paper on "Electric Auto mobiles," read before the Institution of Civil Engineers, Mr. H. F. Joel stated that in London alone there were over 16,000 licensed horse-carriages, I apart from private vehicles, trades men's vans, etc., and it was estimated that over 200,000 horses were stabled each night in London, necessitating the daily removal of more than 5,000 tons of manure and refuse. Too Much for Him. "And do you mean to say," ex claimed Farmer Brown to a policeman in Lebanon, Pa, as he gazed at the trolley wire, '"that that thing is used for travelin' purposes?" "Yes." "Hu- man bein's go that a-way?" "Of course." "Good-bya" "Where are you going?" "Back home. I'm get tin' used to the steam cars, hut I'm durned ef I'm ready to be sent by tele graph." CARLOAD OF HOGS STOLEN. Nebraska Man Arrested at Jamestown, N. D. Jamestown, N. D., Aug. 12.Grant Smith, who is alleged to have stolen a car load of hogs valued at $900 from Tekamah, Neb., was arrested here by Sheriff Eddy. Smith's capture came about in a peculiar manner. A broth er of the sheriff in Nebraska was here to attend the carnival and met Smith on the street. He knew of the theft of the hogs and notified his brother. Smith will go to Nebraska without requisition papers. The theft of the hogs was accomplished in a clever manner. The animals were in a yard, and it is claimed that Smith drove them into a car and sent them to mar ket. PLAGUE OF MOSQUITOES. Dakota Town Overwhelmed by a Dense Cloud of Night Pests. Toronto, S. D., Aug. 12.For a few hours an evening or two ago the resi dents of Toronto, S. D., had reason to believe a section of New Jersey had i temporarily been moved to South Da kota. About 9 o'clock in the evening, without the slightest warning, a dense cloud of mosquitoes settled down over the town and for a brief period were practically in complete possession. Great numbers of the pests were de stroyed by men and boys lighting newspapers and burning them. Those not destroyed left the town as sudden ly as they came. The next morning the sidewalks were covered with dead mosquitoes. TROUBLES OF A PASTOR. Congregation Is Angry Because He Makes Some Money on the Side. Kimball, S. D., Aug. 12. Because Rev. T. A. Miller, for some time pas tor of the Methodist Episcopal church here, painted and papered a saloon building, he has been compelled to re sign his position as pastor. His salary was not sufficient to support him, and he has on week days been spending his time papering and painting build ings. He was looked upon by mem bers of his flock as a very industrious man until he papered and painted the saloon building. Then the members of the church held an indignation meeting and decided It was time for him to retire from the pastorate. GIBSON MUST GO. Mining Claims en Reservation Are Worthless. Spokane, Wash., Aug. 12.In the in junction suit of M. F. Gibson vs. Indian Agent Anderson, Judge Hanford of the United States circuit court handed down a decision upholding Agent An derson in expelling Gibson from the Spokane Indian reservation, where the latter has located mining claims. Gibson contended that under the gen eral law he could locate claims previ ously to the presilent's proclamation withdravring the land and hold th^m In spite of that order. The ruling in volves much valuable mining property, claims to which are now declared worthless. ELEPHANT INJURES MAN. Picks Him Up and Throws Him Across Circus Ring. Tacoma, Wash., Aug. 12.Venus, a big circus elephant, attacked a stable man just before the evening perform ance at Ellensburg. The elephant got Into the pony yard, and James Stacy picked up a rawhide whip and began to beat the huge beast, which, instead of retreating, became enraged. As T.he man turned to go the elephant encir cled Stacy with his trunk, suspended him aloft for a minute and then flung him to the ground on the other side of the ring. He was picked up and found to be seriously injured internal ly. RIVALRY OF TOWNS. the Herreid Scores a Point Over Mound City Settlement. Herrled, S. DAug 12.This town, which was established as a rival to Mound City, has again scored over that place. Presiding Elder E. P. Hall has advised that the Methodist church building and parsonage at Mound City be removed to this place at once. During the past few months numerous buildings, including a hotel, have been moved from the old town to I the new. a distance of only a few miles separating the towns which are engaged in this interesting fight to a finish. TWO MINERS KILLED. Lives Crushed Out While Rescue Was at Hand. Duluth, Minn., Aug. 12.John Ma gie, one of the two Finnish miners im prisoned by the cave-in at the Cbis holm mine Saturday evening, survived until the rescuing party reached him, but before he could be taken out the timbers settled in-a lesser cave-in and literally crushed out his life. The body, bruised beyond recognition, was extricated from the fatal pit seven hours later. The body of Matt Huodeo has not been recovered. RED CROSS BUREAUS. What Miss Barton Plan6 for Western Mining Regions. Butte, Mont., Aug. 12.Clara Barton is planning a chain of Red Cross bu reaus to be established in the large i cities of manufacturing and mining I sections of the Northwest to aid the injured, according to information re ceived from Boston. It is planned to have bureaus at Butte, Portland, An aconda. Seattle S-^l:ane and Salt Lake. 1 STATISTICS OF NIGHT HERONS They Are Sought by the Smithsonian institution. Eight hundred night herons are wan dering free about the United States, each wearing on one leg an aluminum band inscribed "Smithsonian Institu tion" and a number. If any person shoots one of these birds he should write to Paul Bartsch, biologist of the Smithsonian, telling where it was and how large was the bird. The night heron is one of the most beautiful of the aquatic birds of America, but scientists know less about it than they are satisfied with. Last year Mr. Bartsch discovered several breeding places of these birds on the Potomac in the District of Columbia. Recently he visited the place with several as sistants in the night and the 800 aluminum bands were fastened to the legs of as many young herons. Science Is anxious to know how long the night heron lives, where it spends the win ters and how much of the country it covers in its wanderings. It is be lieved that by the time a few of the numbered aluminum bands have been reported some of these facts will have been established to the satisfaction of the ornithologists. Cleveland (O) Plain Dealer. THE RAINFALL IN ENGLAND. Cyclonic Disturbances Had Little Ma terial Effect. Fortunately for the south of Eng land the cyclonic disturbances, which this year have been more than usually numerous, have kept fairly regularly to their normal track, says the Lon don Chronicle. This course has tak en them across Ireland and Scotland, and as a result the rainfall account in these two countries is now much ahead of the average. Scotland north has had an excess of nearly ten inches the surplusage in the west and east being nine and five inches, respective ly. Ireland has beaten the average by between five and six inches. The south of England has had but a trifle more than Its usual allowance the eastern counties, on the other hand, being nearly an Inch short. Advancement of Women. At a meeting of the English Wom en's Liberal association a letter was read in which the daughter of George Meredith, the novelist, said: "My father, George Meredith, wishes me to say that it heartens him to see women banded together in union. What na ture originally decreed men are but beginning to seethat they are fitted for most of the avenues open to en ergy, and by their entering upon ac tive life they will no longer be open to the accusation men so frequently bring against them of their being nar row and craven. Much more he could say, but he has short time at his com- mand." A Good Place to Stop. He really ought not to have gone into the Latin class that day. He was called up first, and read as far as he had prepared. Then he skirmished on a little farther. This is the way it went: "I, Ulysses, saw her (Dido's) heavenly form advancing like a god dess in the sunlight. I sprang to ward her, and she welcomed me. Her hair fell down upon her shoulders like the sunbeams on Olympus. Her eyes shone like two jewels of the sea. II threw my armsmy armsabout about herher neckneckandand that's as far as I got, professor." Philadelphia Ledger. The Butcher and His Hat. "I always thought it paid to be po lite until I got into this business," re I marked a prosperous retail butcher, "but I find that it costs me about $25 I a year. My trade is with nice people, i and when fashionable women come into the shop I have to tip my hat to them. A butcher's fingers are always more or less greasy from handling the meat, and in about a month a new hat is no longer fit to wear. Grease Is 1 about the only thing that won't come out of a derby, and I will be the hat ter's best customer until the weather grows warm and I will be able to go bareheaded." Production of Nitrate of Soda. I The annual report of the Nitrate Association of Chile, which controls the world's supply of nitrate of soda, shows the production in 1902 to have been 2,982,522.80 pounds from sev enty-eight works. The nitrate beds are near the surface and are worked I as stone quarries. It is anticipated that the immense amount of nitrate the United States now gets from Chile for use in fertilizers will ulti mately be supplied by factories mak ing It by electrical process from the air, as is being done at Niagara Falls. Etiquette of the Feud. "There's just one thing, sah," ob serbed Col. Gore of Kentucky, "in which we are away behind Turkey." "What's that?" Col. Bullet asked, quickly. "Well, sah, after a general killln' the porte always sends a polite* note of apology to the survivors of the massacre. If we could only end our feuds in that way, sah "But we can't, sah," exclaimed Col. Bullet, excitedly, "for the simple reason, sah, that when one of our feuds ends no body's left, sah, to apologize to!" The World's Rarest Bird. To find the rarest bird in existence you must go to the mountains between Anam and Loas, where there is a cer tain kind of pheasant. For many years Its existence was known only -by the fact that its longest and most splendid plume was In much request i by mandarins for their headgear. A I single skin Is worth $500, and the bird living would be priceless, for It I Boon dies in captivity.