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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
dent* of Toronto, S. D., had reason to
believe a section of New Jersey had
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 on 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 president's proclamation
withdrawing the land and hold them
fin spite of that order. The ruling in
volves much valuable mining property, i
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
dnto 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
r.he
man turned to go the elephant encir
cled Stacy with his trunk, suspended
him aloft for a minute and then flung
nim 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.
Herreid Scores a Point Over the
Mound City Settlement.
Herrled, S. D., Aug. 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
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 minors 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 Hie
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 Plans 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
cities of manufacturing and m'nlng
sections of the Northwest to aid the
injured, according to information de
ceived from Boston. It is planned to
[have bureaus at Butte, Portland, An
(aeonda, Seattle ^okane and Salt
l*fce.
HOW NOME WAS NAMED.
Insignificant Error Which Deter
mined Its Appellation.
There is to be a considerable rush
i for Nome next mnth, if one may be
I 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?"
i^i* interrogation point was inked In
by i 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? Nome.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 Ac
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. Bracebrldge'
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 wocden 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
I there is taking on many of the objec
i tionable features which characterize
the "rude and rich" New York set. It
it believed that some ot this is due to
i 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 be 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 matting, while her
toes drummed a quick 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 me which neg
lects to say that I am 'utterly unspoil
ed with all my popularity,'" wailed
the prodigy as it continued 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 brisky young miss.
Any unmarried lady that wants to get
a husband should write Mr. Hogan, or
see him at his office or home. His
postoflice is Bethany. His office is
anywhere on the square at Bethany.
His home is on Big Creek, five miles
north of Bethany.Bethany (Mo.)
Owl.
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, say's 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 onen 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
Bay, 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
marked a prosperous retail butcher,
"but I find that it costs me about $25
a year. My trade is with nice people,
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
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.
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
as stone quarries. It is anticipated
that the immense amount of nitrate
I the United States now gets from
i Chile for use in fertilizers will ulti
I 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
I which we are away behind Turkey."
"What's that?" Col. Bullet asked,
quickly. "Well, sah, after a general
I killin' the pone 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,
i 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 iu 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
by mandarins for their headgear. A
single skin is worth $500, and the
bird Irving would be priceless, for It
soon dies in. captivity.
STATISTICS OF N'GHT HERONS A WAITER'S RECEPTIVE BRAIN
Used to Quick Orders, He Becomes
an Automaton.
"I believe that there is no work In
the world that makes such machines
of men as does the business of waiting
in some of these 'quick lunch eating
places,'" said the business man. "The
brains of the waiters seem to work
like phonographs. What they hear in
the way of orders given them is seem
ingly registered and reproduced with
out any apparent mental activity or
realization of exactly what the order
means. The other morning, for in
stance, I overheard this dialogue and
monologue in one of these restaurants.
Two men seated at the same table
gave their orders to the same waiter.
"'Bring.me a couple of soft-boiled
eggs and a cup of coffee,' said the first
man.
"'Same thing tot me, waiter,' said
the second, adding in a Jocular way,
'but be sure the eggs are fresh.'
'All right,' was the reply.
"And a moment later his voice came
from the back of the restaurant: 'Soft
boiled for twoan' have two of 'em
fresh!'"
A GATHERING OF ARTISTS.
Commingling of Great Voices Made
the Windows Rattle.
Now that the operatic artistsor
most of tnemhave gone abroad, Mr.
Campanari is desolate. His comfort
able apartment has for several years
been a favorite trysting place for many
of the song birds during the long New
York season and Mme. Campanari
serves spaghettiEdouard de Reszke
can say how well. The singing giant
used to forego almost any other grati
fication of the palate to enjoy the
Campanari Italian paste, together with
strange sauces, anchovies, bovoli, fag
ioli, and caviare, like the fellow in
"Cynthia's Revels."
"Alas!" mourns the versatile and
semper paratus baritone, "what Sun
day suppers they were and how Ed
ouard and I did sing and how the win
dows rattled."New York Mail and
Express.
The Editor Ate Too Much.
The editor and wife had another
iiquare meal Sunday on account of
having received an invitation to dine
at the hotel. Perk said he was afraid
we wouldn't accept, but we did. For
the benefit of our lady readers we will
state that they had chicken and the
stuff that goes with such a layout, and
strawberry shortcake and lettuce. Our
wife wore her blue and white and
looked real dear. Mrs. Perkins had a
new skirt and looked tod sweet for
anything. The editor wore his Sun
day, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday Friday, Saturday suit and
was sick all night.White (S. D.)
Leader.
Razor 150 Years Old.
Charles Morton of Bardstown, -Ky.,
is the proud possessor of a razor that
is something over 150 years old, but
is in a splendid state of preservation,
and is far superior to the razors of
modern times. The razor was former
ly owned by Judge Veneble of the col
ony of Virginia, and who was a prom
inent patriot. Judge Veneble was ap
pointed judge of Kentucky county by
Patrick Henry, governor of Virginia,
Kentucky then being a county of that
commonwealth. The razor was made
at Sheffield, England, in the year 1751,
and is very heavy, the blade being ex
tremely thick and broad, with a large
wooden handle.
Trees and Novels.
Nine successful novels recently pub
lished In the United States had a 'total
sale of over 1,600,000 copies. Since
the average weight of each book, sold
was probably twenty ounces, a little
calculation will prove that these 1,600,-
000 hooks contained approximately
2,000,000 pounds of paper. A manu
facturer of paper asserts that the aver
age spruce tree yields a little less than
half a cord of wood, which is equiva
lent to about 500 pounds of paper. In
other words, these nine novels swept
away 4,00 trees and they form but
a small part of the fiction so eagerly
read by the American people.
Monument to Rjmsey.
An effort will be made to secure an
appropriation from the West Virginia
legislature for the purpose of erecting
a monument to the memory of James
Rumsey, who. it is claimed, was recog
nized by George Washington as the in
ventor of the steamboat. The pro
posed memorial will be erected on a
high cliff of the Potomac river at
Shepherdstown, overlooking the spot
where it is ailege 1 that the first ap
plication of steai. tc
purpose of
marine propu'.sic.i v. z* ...ade.Scien-
tific American.
Demand for Rolling Stock.
The exceptional activity in Cava
dian railway circles, with the a ".nit-
ted scarcity of rolling stock and mo
tive power, has led to a large number
of orders being placed by the railway
companies for new equipment with
both Canadian and American firms,
and the facilities of the companies
have been taxed to the utmost to fill
these orders, while the Canadian Pa
cific has had to go to Scotland and
Saxony in order to obtain the loco
motives required by the road.
New to Londoners.
The Londoner will be greatly an
noyed by innovations when the
American electrical cars are running
in the Metropolitan underground and
tu'penny tube railways. The fare
will be five cents for any distance
there will be no first, second or third
class: the high speed will be over
sixty miles an hour, and the twenty
second limit to stops will give him a
Chicago education in movemenL
His Momentary Lapse of Deference
Cost Him High Position.
It does not pay to laugh at kings,
at least in their presence. On several
occasions where men have been given
to levity before monarchs it has been
amply proved that this is so. It was
awkward for the confidential adviser
of the czar of Russia, not long ago,
that he was unable to control his im
pulse to smile. On the occasion in
question the czar was tired and in an
unpleasant frame of mind. His foot
slipped on a wolf-skin mat. There
was something so funny about it that
the confidential adviser lost control
of his features. That laugh at the
wrong time cost him his high position
and a salary of many thousands of dol
lars a year.
WASTE OF PUBLIC MONEY.
--L'Kample' cf -the {.-.competence of Brit
ish Officials.
A somewhat curious waste of public
money has just been .brought to light
by the report of the British Committee
of Public Accounts. Recently the war
department built a store for the am
munition of the navy at. Gibraltar,
costing 42,000, to be charged to navy
votes. The store was found too damp
to keep ammunition in so it was
converted into a cold meat storehouse
for both army and navy. This was
done at the expense of 47,000, in
cluding the cost of freezing machin
ery, etc., making a total expense of
89,000, of which the army pays only
23,000, although each department re
ceives the same accommodation as the
other.
Stamping Out Use of Opium.
When the Japanese took possession
of Formosa they found there a popu
lation more or less addicted to the
use of opium. It was decided to abol
ish the practice by degrees. Only
those who have suffered from its ef
fects to the extent that it occasions
intense pain to deprive them of their
pipe are now permitted, by a special
warrant which they are obliged to
procure, to continue the use thereof.
To newly commence opium smoking
is strictly forbidden, or even continue
it unless it can be shown that absten
tion is impossible. A government
monopoly of the article" was expressly
established to facilitate the final ex
tinction of the habit of using it.
In the Wrong Place.
A well known and popular physi
cian, whose belief in the future ac
cords witn that of the late Col. Inger
soll, had occasion recently to perform
a surgical operation upon a man not
select in his language. After etheriz
ing his patient the operation was suc
cessfully performed. When the effect
of the ether had passed off, the sub
ject, looking wildly around the room
exclaimed: Wnere am J,?" The doc
tor replied, "Oh! you are all righL"
"But," said the man, "I may be all
right, but where am I?" The doctor
answered jocularly, "In Heaven." The
patient responded: "If that's so, I'd
like to know what in you are
doing here!"
Recklessness of the Motorist.
That the motorist can not help
reckless driving was maintained by
a French savant in a recent meeting
of scientists in Paris. The furore
steals on them. In setting out they
intend to go at a moderate pace, but
as they warm to the work they must
rush on faster and faster. The flying
landscape through which they tear
forward produces the kind of giddi
ness which Arabs say takes hold of
them in the fantasia. In this state
motorists would run down those
nearest and dearest to them as un
hesitatingly as though they were so
many animals.
Is Richest Woman in World.
Mrs. Mary Louise B. Owen of New
York has become the richest woman in
the world through a decision of the
California courts awarding her the
title to 40,000 acres of land in Mexico
valued at $50,000,000. Her husband,
Col. A. K. Owen, secured a grant of
the land from the Mexican government
in 1872. This grant has recently been
affirmed by the Mexican courts, while
a dispute between Mrs. Owen and
rival claimants in this country has
just been settled by. the California
supreme court in Mrs. Owen's favor.
The Hungry Lion.
A little boy was being shown a pic
ture depicting a Roman arena, in
which there were a number of Chris
tian martyrs. A pack of lions were in
the act of springing upon their vic
tims. "It isn't fair," said the little
fellow, excitedly. "No, my son,"
agreed his mother "it isn't fair all
thosejfeig, hungry lions "But," in
terrupted the young hopeful, "there's
one poor lion that hasn't got any
Christian."
Will Be Credit to America.
Eugene H. Lehman, the young Col
orado college student, the first Amer
ican to be awarded a Rhodes scholar
ship at Oxford, worked his way
through Yale, where he got employ
ment as a tutor at $1 a day and
wheeled an invalid in her chair for 25
cents an hour. His credentials
showed a higher percentage than
those submitted by twenty other stu
dents.
Morgan's Gold Dinner* Service.
Pierpont Morgan has a gold dinner
service, said to be worth $80,000,
which was presented to him by Will
iam H. Vanderbilt when he (Morgan)
made an extensive sale of New York
Central stock in Europe. It is a re
production of a service in the British
royal family, but the Morgans are not
fond of display and seldom use it.
Subscribe for the Pioneer.
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-fistedness, 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
I 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
i 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
i 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
erf 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 postoflice 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 postoflice, and
can easily be washed off, 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 days 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
I 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
i pins, belt buckles, long chains, as well
as in the tops of purses and wrist
bags. One woung woman is the envy
of her associates by reason of a superb
heart-shaped locket composed of a
single deep hearted amethyst which
she wears dangling from a gold snake
i 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
my Beauty Book that if I didn't wear
a veil I would spoil my complexion."

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