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Soldiers Accord Popular Author a
Magnificent Demonstration.
One day while in Norway an oppor
tunity was given to an American trav
eler to see that the name of Bjorn
Btjerne Bjornson means much to all
Norwegians. "A battalion of Nor
wegian and Swedish cavalry, infantry
and artillery, between 3,000 and 4,000
strong, was returning from its maneu
vers to the post in Christiania," he
Bays. "In passing Aulestad the gen
eral in command sent, his adjutant in
advance to get Bjornson's permission
to give him an ovation. With his fam
ily and guests assembled about him
on the veranda the monumental figure
stood with bared head to receive the
military greeting. As each regiment
passed in review below, presenting
arms as to their chieftain, there went
up., a deafening shout of personal
salutation from each of the soldiers,
who then joined in singing the nation
al hymn, to whose author they were
offering this spontaneous salute.
There was the unique spectacle of a
man in private life, being accorded a
military demonstration by the nation's
army which a king might envy."
Newly Enacted Law a Blessing to
Abused Peasants' Wives.
By a newly enacted Russian law a
peasant's wife, on showing to the dis
trict judge d'instruction that she is
habitually ill treated by her husband,
or that he will not support her, and
makes her the drudge for his own sup
port, can demand a separate passport,
with which she is at liberty to leave
her oppressor and earn a living else
where. Hitherto there was no possible
redress or release for the long-suffer
ing victim so long as it was obligatory
that the wife's name was entered in
the husband's passport and papers of
legitimate. Anyone at all intimately
acquainted with village life in Russia
will readily appreciate the relief this
brings to tens of thousands oi peasant
women who are the grievously abused
domestic slaves and beasts of burden
to their drunken and brutal conjugal
Bird Vengeance.
A naturalist recently witnessed an
encounter between a large swan and
a little brown duck. The duck had
apparently insulted the swan by trying
to croas its path, for it was suddenly
seized by the swan and held under the
water until he was sure it- would be
drowned. But at last the swan let it
go and sailed majestically away. The
duck, after taking breath, looked*
around to see where its enemy was,
and seeing it rose into the air and
deliberately came down, flapping its
wings, on the astonished swan's back.
The swan Hod in tenor, and the duck,
apparently satisfied, quietly swam
away.Pearson's Weekly.
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ne like new, and its
11 be an ample reward
Flimflammed Again?
Has the alert J. Pierpont Morgan
been fooled again? In consequence
of the announcement that he would
gplace on exhibition a collection of car
pets that formerly belonged to the"
royal house of Spain several Spanish
newspapers havo asked for an investi
gation, as before the reign of Alfonso
XII. the royal collection was complete.
.The Heraldo of Madrid insinuates that
Pierpont. Morgan has been the victim
of unscrupulous dealers, who, it al
leges, have palmed oft imitations on
the multimillionaire.
Queen Christina asked, "Is there any
thing the queen is especially fond of?"
"Yes, flowers," was the answer, and so
Queen Victoria's Love of Flowers.
Queen Victoria was a great flower
"lover from the days when a toddling
child she made daisy chains on the
:lawns oi Kensington palace, and per
'haps wore them with more pride than
she ever did her jewels. When she keeping on the right side of the bed,
.paid her one and only visit to Spain, I
in lavish profusion decorated
the streets, the houses, the railway
station, and the palace.
A Lingual Phenomenon.
"An' you says, Brer Eph'm," said
the convert, thoughtfully, "dat Ah
kain't cuss nor sw'ar none alter I'se
ibeen baptize'?" "De Bible says so,
Brer Saul." "Nor say 'Good Lor',' nor
:one o' dera t'ings?" "Not, unless you's
In meetin', Brer Saul." "Urah! I ain't
drive no mules in meetiu' en I kain't
'take de meeting ter de mules. Dat
Baptis' 'ligicn ain' no 'ligion fu' a
,mule driver. De baptism li'ble ter
,swink his bocabulary."Washington
Feather Beds Coming Back.
The feather bed, after its banish
ment during about half a century, is
'being received back into favor in cold
-er countries. Hygiene experts con
jdemned it on account of its heating
[nature and the difficulty of thoroughly
airing and purifying nevertheless, It
[Is actually being recommended during
[the winter for delicate, nervous, neu
jralgic women, and particularly for el
[derly persons and those who are trou
bled with insomnia.
It Is Practically Certain to Be the
Best in the World.
The new United States army rifle
is a remarkable evolution in small
arms since the old Springfield single
loader had its day. Practically twelve
years cover the period of the develop
ment, although the experience of the
Spanish and Philippine wars has nat
urally made the progress more rapid
since 1898 than before that time.
"When the Krag was made the basis of
the army magazine rifle there was
more or less criticism, but it was
poorly conceived. The Ordinance de
partment has never regarded any
model as necessarily a finality, but has
ever been bent on improvements.
Consequently modifications have been
numerous and steady, and there is no
reason why, with this constant appli
cation of experience and inventive ge
nius the United States service maga
zine rifle should not be equal to any
in the world.Springfield (Mass.) Re
Came sNear to
Causing Physician
Lose a Patient.
A doctor tells a good story in con
nection with a lad who until recently
was in his employ. It was part of
this youngster's daily duty to answer
the surgery bell, and usher the pros
pective patients into the consulting
room. One morning there presented
himself at the surgery entrance a
mechanic, with whom Buttons was on
speaking terms. "Hullo, Jackson!" he
remarked, "what's the matter with
you?" "Oh, I just want to see the
doctor," replied the visitor. "Have
yer brought yer symptoms with yer?"
inquired Butons, '"cos that's the fust
thing he'll ask yer about. If yer ain't
got 'em ye'd better pop back an' get
'em." "And would you believe it?"
adds the doctor, "that fellow was actu
ally about to act on the boy's advice
when I entered the surgery!"Pear
son's Weekly.
Take a Look at Venus.
Young man, when you have finish
ed your dinner to-night, go up to the
roof or out in the street or yard by
your home and take a good, long look
at the star of the evening. She will
do you much good. In the first place,
the mere fact of your having thought
enough to spend the time to do this
will aid your mental development. In
the second place you will havo to lift
your eyes and chin from the mire of
the street about you to clean glory of
Omnipotence. In the third place, you
cannot look for five minutes at Venus
a any other planet or star without
absorbing into yourself some of the
calm, silent power which wheels this
universe along its unbroken track,
With nevejr a slip of the tire or jostling
of the axlo.New York News.
Charity in England.
Some idea of the charitable disposi
tion oi the British people is found in
the report of the charity commission
ers, jusl issued. The total value of in
vestments held by the official trustees
of charitable funds at the close of
last, year was 22,314,735, divided
into 22,798 separate grants. The ag
ate income from stocks, securities
at annuities aggregated 646,517 in
1902. During the three-quarters end
ing Dec. 3JL 1901, 1,670 new charities
founded by will or deed came t the
i'. Me. the commissioners, involving
a Capital of t,50u,O0 and upward.
Differing Views on Providence.
A recent traveler in Macedonia
writes: "The views on Providence
entertained by Turks and Jews re
spectively and the extent to which be
lief influences the conduct of each
are well illustrated by the following
anecdote: A Turk and a Jew were
one day in a boat. Suddenly the
weather changed and a fierce sq\iall
arose. The Jew proposed that they
should turn back at once. The Turk
was for going on. 'Fear not, my
friend Allah is great,' he said, 'Allah
is great,' retorted the Jew, 'but our
boat is small.'"
Wrong Foot Out of Bed.
About half the world puts the wrong
foot out of bed in the morning. But
which is the wrong foot? It is a
superstition as old as the hills that
if the left foot touches the floor first
you will have bad luck that day.
the right foot natur
many men avoid this by
ally comes first in contact with the
floor. It is said to be a fact that most
people lie on their right side because
of the prevalent notion that the heart
has frtur action.New York Press.
What We're Coming To.
As we have already transmitted fair
ly recognizable pictures of individuals
by wire we may be able, before long,
to do the same thing without wires.
Why not? And then for the wireless
by which we can see everybody, hear
everybody, talk to everybody, when
ever and wherever we please without
cost, anywhere on the surface of the
globe. And then, hurrah for a short
trip to Mars just to inflate our chests
and show off!Magazine of Humor.
The Development of Mexico.
Facts in regard to the commercial
annexation of Mexico are given in the
National Magazine. Twenty-eight mil
lions of United States capital is now
invested in that country, and forty
Mexican investment companies in Chi
cago are sending in a million dollars
a month. In the city of Monterey
alone $10,000,000 was recently invest
ed in one plant The Standard Oil
company has invested $18,000,000 in
Mexican mines within two years, and
will put in |40,000,OQO rapre.
Several Important Points That Must
Be Remembered.
To teach a child with success re
quires only common sense, good judg
ment and gentleness. There are, how
ever, three other important points that
must ever be foremost in the mind
of the teacher.
First of all, she must remember that
to teach is to impart instruction not
to find fault with ignorance, with lack
of comprehension, with listlessness or
with forgetfulness. Often, indeed, for
these last named faults, poor teaching
is to blame. Second, there is the
inflexible rule that requires a teacher
to prepare every lesson carefully be
fore giving it, in order to present it
in an interesting and intelligible way.
Third, there is the ever present dan
ger of overdoing, against which the
teacher must always be on guard.
In the beginning short lessons fre
quently varied give the best results.
Ten or fifteen minutes for each study
is enough, and this time limit must
not be overstepped so" long as to
morrow represents another day.The
It Is One of the Great Facts of Our
"The intauest" on Robert Burns was
concluded long ago, but from time to
time the findings are reviewed by crit
ical writers, as in a recent symposium,
says Collier's. A curious result thus
chances. From every such inquisition
the poet emerges the more radiant and
triumphalthe critics are lost in the
splendor tley have evoked. It is one
thing to make literature it is another
and quite different thing~to write about
literature and the makers thereof. This
is a truism, and yet the distinction is
often confused, especially by the writ
ers of criticism. Burns has survived
several generations of critics, many
of whom made a vain bid for remem
brance by their praise or dispraise of
him. The vitality of his fame is one
of the great facts of our literature.
Just an Incident In Georgia.
Mr. Bud Spinks was awakened the
other morning by a Strang, grunting
noise in his room, which proved to be
the voice of a medium-sized alligator
that was warming itself by the smol
dering ashes of his fireplace and inci
dentally trying to swallow his boots,
which he liad placed there to dry, and
which he had bought on the install
ment plan a.nd had only made one pay
ment on them. The saurian had suc
ceeded in swallowing one boot and
had the other downclear to the
fitraps, which Mr. Spinks seized and
pulled it out. The 'gator is now on
exhibition at Minche's drug store, but
will soon be slain in order that Mr.
Spinks, wlio is going around with one
boot and one slipper, may recover the
other boot.Adams Enterprise.
The Roentgen Rays Failed.
Hearing of the efficacy of the
Roentgen rays for the removal of
hairs from the upper lip a lady in
Hanover, age thirty-five, applied to
Dr. Karl Bruno Schurmayer, a prop
erly qualified doctor and Roentgen
ray specialist, for treatment. He
operated twice, but instead of remov
ing the s-uperfluous hairs the opera
tion resulted in the skin of the face
becoming red and the lips swollen.
The lady thereupon brought an
action against the doctor and was
awarded $50 damages, against which
he appealed, but the decision has
just been upheld.
The Development of Africa.
In Ethiopia and the Soudan, the
work of development and exploitation
is progressing. The treaty recently
concluded between King Menelek and
the British government probably
means tike early construction of the
Berber-Snakin railroad via Kassala
(costing some $15,000,000) and the
subsequent extension of the Kassala
line southward "to Lake Rudolph,
where eventually it will form a junc
tion with the Uganda railway, at the
same time marking a long step toward
the realization of the Cape-to-Oairo
This Lunch Was a Success.
A lady in Budapest recently gave a
charitable lunch party to the" poor of
her district. She placed no limit on
the numle of invitations, and the re
sult was that 3,000 people arrived, all
eager for the treat. Eventually the
police had to draw their sabers to keep
order among the revelers. There were
no two opinions about the success of
the function. The guests to a man
declared -they had never assisted in so
intense and exciting a lunch before in
their lives. They were quite cut up
when the time came to go.
Different After Five Years.
William Glackins, who admires
Whistleiv cited the other day two let
ters written by a collector of etchings
to a certain print seller. Between the
letters ttiere was an interval of five
years. The first said: "I do not want
etchings hy Whistler. They impress
me as if Hies that had fallen in an ink
well had walked on old paper." The
second letter said: "Send me every
etching by Whistler the price of which
is not ruinous."Philadelphia Record.
Got It.
At the close of the third act the
gifted tragedian was called before the
curtain. '"My friends," he said, ap
parently much astonished and embar
rassed, "your kindness overwhelms
me. I have striven conscientiously to
win your approval, but I was not pre
pared for so magnificent a welcome
and In ti eupxlse of the moment I
find myself utterlyI hesitate for
I want of a suitable word "Ratsi*
I shouted gallery hoodlum.
Old Darkey Was Satisfied the Animal
Could Read.
Three colored men were discussing
the intelligence of different animals.
One claimed that the dog knew more
than all other animals put together,
The horse was favored by a second
man, but old Peter Jackson said that,
"in my opinion de goat am de 'telli
gentest enter livin'. I kin prove dat
de goat kin read. I saw him do it,
an' I know it arn true. Several days
ago, I wuz walkin' down street,
dressed in mah best suit ob clothes,
an' wearin' mah new plug hat. When
I got down on de main street I seed
a billboa'd on which it said, "Chew
Jackson's plug.' A goat wuz standin'
thar when I passed, an' when I wuz
about ten feet av/ay he must hab rec
ognized me, for de next thing I knew
I went sailin' out in de mud. When
I looked 'roun', dat goat wuz chewin'
mah plug hat for all he wuz worth.
Gem'men, da is no question in mah
mind about de 'telligence ob de goat.
He am a wondah."
Why Conductor Thought Women
Should Not Have Ballot.
How many-sided and how funny is
the life load in a city street car. Not
long ago a woman gave the conductor
of one a dollar bill. On receiving the
change she counted and recounted it
"This is not right," she called after
him. "Ain't, eh there's 95 cents.
Don't suppose yer wanter ride free."
She made another mental calculation
and blushingly subsided. As the man
reached the rear platform he was
heard to grumble: "And them's the
things as wants to vote."
Wig Good Cause for Divorce.
The widow of a large estate owner
in Germany, who recently married a
count of small means, has obtained a
separation from
her second husband
on exceedingly novel grounds. Alter
the marriage the bride discovered
that her husband wore a wig and re
ceived such a shock at the sight of
his bald head that she took a violent
antipathy to him, and commenced
proceedings against him. Her suit
was successful, and she obtained a
separation after three weeks' mar
riage. The grounds upon which the
decision was based were that if she
had known of the wig she would
never have married the count.
Will Loan Money to Poor.
A body of philanthropic New York
ers have formed themselves into the
Personal Protective Loan Associa
tion, with the purpose of loaning
money to the poor at 6 per cent per
annum. The capital of the organiza
tion is $10,000 and the incorporators
are Thomas M. Mulry, Edward F.
Cragin, Rev. Dr. David J. Burrell,
Father A. P. Doyle and Robert B.
Miller. Individual money lenders
never charge less than 30 per cent,
and sometimes a great deal more.
There are 300 pawnshops in New
Had to Pay to Find Out.
At one of the New York theaters
they are playing a piece called "A
Fool and His Money." A preacher
from Wisconsin was visiting Gotham
last week and in passing the theater
one evening was curious to know if
.the play conveyed the proverbial les
son suggested by its title. Stepping
up to the box office, he inquired re
garding the matter. "I think," said
the suave party behind the grating,
"that the moral of the piece is that
the fool and his money gather no
moss. It will cost you $2 to find out
exactly." The preacher murmured
"Thank you" and withdrew. He tells
the story himself.
New Way to Do Time.
Dr. Lillinksjold, of Butte, Mont., is
credited with having adapted hypno
tism to a novel purpose. The doctor,
having been placed under arrest, tried,
fined and sentenced to gaol for twenty
days for some small infracton of the
law, deliberately hypnotized himself,
saying he would awaken from his
trance at the expiration of twenty
days. All efforts to awaken him were
unsuccessful till the end of that peri
od. As a mean of "doing" time, or of
whiling .away long intervals, Dr.
Lillinksjokl's plan is probably unique.
Inspecting American Railroads.
J. T. Tatlow, John Wharton, George
Banks, F. T. Dale and H. O'Brien, offi
cials of the Lancashire and Yorkshire
railway of England, are in this coun
try and will make extended inspec
tion of American railroads. They
have been viewing things in several
eastern cities and will shortly vist
Chicago. They represent the me
chanical, freight and passenger de
partments of the Lancashire and
Yorkshire road.
The Coming Man.
"Mrs. Frisbie is suing her husband
for divorce." "Indeed? What is the
trouble?" "Well, she says she tried
not to mind when Mr. Frisbie used
her curling irons, wore her shirt
waists and borrowed her collar but
tons. But when he began to go
through her pockets and extract her
small change after she was asleep
st.e felt that patience had ceased to
be a virtue,"Brooklyn Eagle.
Costly Skipping-Rope.
A skipping-rope has been presented
bj a fond Pittsburg millionaire to his
six-year-old daughter. The bandies
are gold, studded with an odd jewel,
while the cord, the finest procurable,
cost more than a dollar per inch.
When the child grows a little older
she will be able fully to appreciate her
papa's gift. At present she treats it
as if it were an ordinary rope. fifcszjcz
Part of the Show That Was Woefully
Little Willie's father took him to
the show. It was a variety show, end
ing with a sketch called "The African
Belle," in which, after a missionary
had been bound to a stake by a lot of
dancing savages, he is rescued by the
chief's daughter after the manner of
Capt. John Smith. This last part of
the show Willie's father thought
would please the boy immensely but
the son and heir fell into a state of
gloom at its close. On the way home
the fond parent inquired: "Willie,
didn't you like the part where all the
savages come out?" "No," replied
Willie with a sigh. "Me and the other
boys play that. When you pay to go
to a show I should think they might
kill the missionary."
Their Product Unlike Anything Known
at Present.
There are bargains and finds to be
made in the plant world equal to any
picked up in old curiosity shops. Some
time ago a Glasgow gentleman re
ceived from his son in Egypt an en
velope full of peas, which were said
to have been found in the tomb of one
of the Pharaohs. He sent them to a
friend of his at Karnes, in the Isle ot
Bute, who sowed them. They grew
up into plants quite unlike anything
known at present, strong and about
six feet high, with a great white flow
er having a red center. The pods
were long and full of excellent peas.
This new old variety found a ready
sale at good prices.
Muscular Christianity.
Prof. Bryce, in his biographical
study of Bishop Fraser, of Manches
ter, tells of a clergyman of Fraser's
diocese who had knocked a man down
who had insulted him. The bishop
wrote him a letter of reproof, point
ing out that exposed as the Church of
England was to much criticism on all
hands, her ministers ought to be very
careful of their demeanor. The of
fender replied by saying: "I must re
gretfully admit that, being grossly
insulted, and forgetting in the heat of
the moment the critical position of
the Church of England, I did knock
the man down, etc." Fraser was de
lighted with the turning of the tables
on himself, and afterward invited the
clergyman to visit him.
Superfluous Boys.
A British parliamentary paper
shows that, as usual, nearly 20,008
more boys than girls were born in
the British isles last year. Whence,
then, the "superfluous woman?" The
boys die, during the first weeks and
months of life, at a far greater rate
than the supposed "weaker vessels."
In a few months they have sunk to an
equality and soon woman takes the
lead, numerically, and keeps it, nu
merically. The reason is not uncon
nected with the larger size of the
baby boy's head, for which he either
pays the penalty very early or reaps
the rewardif woman will forgive
the hintlater.
Why He Disliked Spelling Reform.
Senator F. Dumont Smith of Kins
ley lectured on "Words" in Wichita,
Kan., a few nights ago. He is for
spelling reform, and in advocating it
in his lecture said that he knew of
only one argument in favor of the old
way and that was given by an Eng
lish bishop who declared that the
present method of spelling helped the
churches. According to .the bishop:
"By the time you can make a boy be
lieve that 't-h-r-o-u-gh' spells
'through,' that 't-h-o-u-g-h' spells
'though' and 't-o-u-g-h' spells 'tough'
you can make him believe anything."
Motor Cars in Switzerland.
Should the experiments in progress
in the neighborhood of Berne prove as
successful as is anticipated travelers
to Switzerland in the summer of this
year will be able to cross the moun
tains by motor car instead of the
usual post diligence. The actual trials
will be made in the spring, and the
result, if successful, will be not only
to allow travelers to make the differ
ent journeys in half the time, but to
open the mountain roads, which are at
present closed to them on account of
the horses.
Much Money In Tramp's Clothes.
A lot of young fellows in an Ohio
town had a good time with a tramp
last week. They took him into a shed,
gave him a good bath, shaved him
and cut his hair. They then bought
a new suit of clothes, white shirt and
stand-up collar and dressed him out
complete. But when they attempted
to burn his hobo clothes he objected
and fought for them with euch des
peration their suspicions were
aroused, and upon searching they
found $1,400 sewed up in the coat
Girl an Excellent Athlete.
Miss Agnes S. Wood, the champion
basket ball player and all-around ath
lete of Vassar college, has beaten the
girls' record at running and almost
equaled that of men, despite the fact
that her gait was somewhat impeded
by a rather cumbrous costume. She
does not allow athletics to interfere
with her studies and will graduate
near the head of her class.
Few Automobiles in Washington.
Official Washington does not take
kindly to the automobile and very
few persons in the executive or dip
lomatic service are seen in vehicles
other than carriages. The president
is too fond of horses ever to take up
the craze. He has always shown a
preference for surreys and seldom
drives out of town in any other kind
of vehicle.
Writer Recommends Dipping the Ver
min in Varnish.
All tradesmen being liable to the
incursions and depredations of rats,
it may not be out of place to mention
a method of getting rid of these pests
which is recommended by a corres
pondent of the Birmingham Daily
Post. This consists in thinning down
with petroleum ordinary slow-drying
tar varnish such as bedstead makers
and japanners use and pouring the
mixture into the runs of the rats.
The vermin are said to loathe the
smell of the stuff, and will do any
thing to get clear of it. A still more
effective plan is said to be to catch a
rat alive, dip it up to the neck in the
varnish and turn it loose. Its fel
lows will flee from It as from the
de'il. The dipping process is said to
be harmless to the rat. But some
ironmongers may not care to "dip a
live rat up to its neck."
Incongruity of Surroundings in a Wild
One of the strangest sights I ever
saw in a wild country was a little min
ister garbed in solemn black, white
"dog" collar, buttonless vest and stiff
black straw hat. The dominie was
standing in a leaky boat in the midst
of a primeval woods, fishing the boil
ing waters of a mountain torrent. At
his back a cataract roared and
pounded the rocks, churning the water
to white suds above him the eternal
snow glistened on the mountains, and
but a few yards away a gaunt cinna
mon bear was quietly nosing among
the driftwood.Dan Beard in the
World's Work.
Here's a New "Drink" Cure.
A novel remedy for the "drink hab
it"or, rather, for enabling those
who have "sworn off" to remain
"on the water cart"consists of ice
water drunk through a raw potato.
Take a bowl of ice water and a pota
to. Peel the potato and cut down one
end of it until it can be easily insert
ed in the mouth. Dip the potato in
the ice Water and suck it every time
a craving for strong drink comes on.
It is claimed that this treatment will
effect an absolute cure. The why and
the wherefore are not stated, but the
process is such a simple one that
there can be no harm in trying it if
any one is afflicted with a thirst
which they really and truly desire to
To Cut Record Diamond.
In Amsterdam a syndicate has been
formed which will bear the great ex
pense and risk attending the cutting
of what is the largest known diamond,
the Excelsior. The Excelsior was
found at the Jagersfontein diamond
mines of South Africa in 1893. It has
the size of a hen's egg and weighs in
its present raw state 970 carats, which
is nearly twice as much as the Kohi
noor weighed before it was reduced
to its present size. Specially con
structed machinery has to he em
ployed for cutting the Excelsior and
greai care is used in insuring its safe
ty from theft.
Luncheon a Decided Success.
A lady in Buda-Pesth recently gave
a charitable luncheon party to the
poor of her district. She placed no
limit on the number of invitations,I I
and the result was that 3,000 people
arrived, all eager for the treat.
Eventually the police had to draw
their sabers to keep order among the
revelers. There were no two opin
ions about the success of the func
tion. The guests to a man declared
that they had never assisted at so in
tense and exciting a luncheon before
in their lives. They were quite cut
up when the time came to go.
Remarkable Sea Monster.
A remarkable sea monster was re
cently caught in Port Fairy bay by
some fiishermen. It measured nine
feet six inches in length, had a tail
like that of a screw tail-shaft, no
teeth, a nose like a rhinoceros, a head
like an elephant, two dorsal fins, four
side fins and two steering fins. The
skin was black and very soft. The
most experienced fishermen say the
specimen is altogether new to them.
They cannot hazard a guess as to the
species. The fish has been sent on to
the Melbourne museum.
Corean a College Graduate.
Roanoke college at Salem, Va.,
*hich has had more foreign students
than any other college in the south,
will this year graduate the second
Corean to take the degree of bachelor
of arts anywhere in the world, the
first being Kin Beung Surb, who re
ceived his A. B. at Roanoke in 1898
and his A. M. at Princeton in 1899.
Kinsic Kimm, who will be graduated
this year, is so good a speaker that
he won a prize in declamation several
years ago.
From Immense Wealth to Poverty.
George Kettler, an aged cobbler
who died recently in Argentine, Kan.,
at one time was worth $12,000,000.
Kettler was of German birth, and dur
ing the Franco-Prussian war operated
a large shoe factory in Hanover.
Profitable army contracts swelled his
fortune to the figure named, but he
lost everything in speculation. Then
he came to this country penniless to
begin life anew.
Woman's Logic
As one phase of life this is interest-
ing.' A woman was overheard to re
mark to her companion: "Yes, she
was terribly sore about that day she
lost $45 on the races." "What did
she do it for?" asked the man. "Why,
she must have some fun she works so
hard all the rest of the .time."

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