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Revised the Opinion as to the Intellect
of the Court.
Some years ago there was an old
judge on the bench in Berks county,
Pa., whose decisions, in consequence
of numerous reversals did not always
command universal respect. One day,
in a case in which he was sitting, one
of the lawyers lost patience at his in
ability to see things in a certain light,
and in the heat of the moment re
marked that the intellect of the court
was so dark a flash of lightning could
not penetrate it. For this contempt
the judge showed a disposition to be
very severe with the offender, and it
was only after much persuasion by
friends of the latter that he yielded
and decided to accept a public apol
ogy. The following day the lawyer,
accordingly, appeared before his honor
and made amends by saying. "I re
gret very much that I said the intel
lect of the court was so dark lightning
could.,, not penetrate it. I guess it
could. It is a very penetrating thing."
Small Boy's Distinction Between Ap
petite and Patriotism.
Gen. O. O. Howard occasionally ad
dresses juvenile patriotic clubs. An
organization of this type entertained
the veteran at a sociable and dinner.
A little chap near the general dis
played a good appetite. "You eat
well, my son," said the old soldier.
"Yes, sir." "Now, if you love your
iiag as well as your dinner, you'Ii
make a good patriot," Gen. Howard's
eyes beamed on the boy. "Yes, sir
hut I've been practicing eating twelve
years and I ain't owned a gun but six
months," was the laconic reply.New
York Times.
Mos'c Expensive Tree in World.
Probably the most expensive tree
in the world is in the city of London,
on the corner of Cheapside and Wood
street, about midway between the
Bank of England and St. Paul's. It
is an enormous oak and is said to be
100 years old. It is protected by a
clause in the deed of the property
which forbids destruction of tree or
branches. Architects were compelled
to plan a rather peculiar building to
avoid the branches. There it stands
in the corner of one of the busiest
streets in London, occupying ground
of enormous valueand positively
the only tree in the city of London
outside of the parks.
Development of the Electron.
Dr. Kaufmann of Germany, in a re
cent lecture, traced the history of the
development of the electron. The
roots of the idea go back about twen
ty-five years. The growth of the stem
has taken place within the last ten
years, and now we have a flourishing
plant and a large literature on the
subject. Broadly speaking, the latest
theory accounts for inertia, suggests
a cause for gravitation, explains the
leading phenomena of the spectra of
lot gases and co-ordinates hypothet
lcally a. host of miner phenomena that
seem at first sight to have no discern
ible mutual relationship, says Electri
cal World.
How Snakes Decoy Birds.
That the rattlesnake uses his tail
to decoy birds has been observed a
number of times by a correspondent
of the Scientific American, who says:
"The snake hides himself in the tall
grass and imitates the buzzing of a
bee. The Insectivorous birds, such as
the phoebe and kingbird, are attract
ed by the sound, and become an easy
prey for his snakeship. I have seen
rattlesnakes concealed in the dense
foliage of trees twenty feet from the
ground practicing the same. deception
on the birds and getting the bird
ever time."
Queen Victoria Paid a Debt.
King Edward's appointment of Sir
Evelyn Wood to be a field marshal
has brought out the interesting fact
that the family of the king was once
deeply indebted to the grandfather of
Gen. Wood, Matthew Wood, a London
merchant. It was through the gen
erosity of the old merchant that the
duke of Kent was able to come to
England from Germany so that the
future Queen Victoria could be born
on British soil. The first baronetcy
bestowed by Queen Victoria upon her
accession was on Matthew Wood.
Microbes Hard to Kill.
That the microbes which cause dis
ease cannot be killed by firing them
out of a gun has been proved in offi
cial government experiments. Mi
crobes of malignant postule, of ab
scesses and of the intestine were
smeared upon the face of the gun
wad, put next the powder and fired
into sterile gelatin nad agar-agar. In
each case the microbes developed,
each after its kind, in the medium re
ceiving the wad.
Rather Mixed.
One of the janitors of a public
building, who has more politeness
than book learning, was stationed in
the hallway of the structure to guide
the crowd which was pressing into
one of the rooms to see an exhibition
of artistic work. "Ladies and gentle-
men," said the janitor, "will you
please make your exit through this
door and go out of the other."Cleve
land Plain Dealer.
A Sad Outlook.
Auntie"Do you let your husband
have a room to himselt?" Mrs. Mc
,Bride"Oh, yes of course he must
have a place to smoke in." Auntie
"You poor dear, I see your future
through a rain of tears. He'll sneak
off there and lock himself In whenever
you want to talk to him seriously.
3Ton mark my words."Life.
Responsible for the Death of Many
American Soldiers.
Capt. Charles Kieeffer, a United
States army surgeon, says the Phil
ippines are infested with mosquitoes
more troublesome and 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 first indication of filaria ap
pears in the form of a worm in the
victim's thorax. This develops into
elephantiasis, which causes the pa
tient terrible pains, accompanied by
a constant cough. The sufferer is
worst at night, and 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, its poison gets
into the blood, the disease is increased
a thousandfold and the chances of re
covery are small.
How Wilkinson Was Outwitted by a
Brainy Tramp.
When Wilkinson went to his office
one day last week he Celt calm and
contented. He hadn't any need to
worry about his wife's loneliness any
more, for he had bought a capital
watchdog for her.
But, alas! when he arrived home
his wife met him with the deplorable
news that the dog had gone.
"Eh!" said Wilkinson, "did he break
the chain, then?"
"No," she Replied "hut a great,
ugly-looking tramp came here and
acted so impudently that I let the dog
loose. But instead of tearing the tramp
to pieces the nasty dog went off with
"Great Scott!" said Wilkinson, "that
must have been the tramp I bought
him from!"
Danger in Big Guns.
Recent accidents disabling some of
our best battleships offer rather start
ling evidence of the weaknesses that
are inherent in vessels of this type.
For years inventive genius has been
applied to contriving guns of bigger
size and longer range than those used
before and each increase has added to
the demands laid upon the strength
of guns and turrets and their mobility
in action. Inevitably the line of safe
ty has -been passed and the result is
shown in accidents which have caused'
loss of life, besides exposing the para
doxical delicacy of massive machin
ery.Philadelphia Nortu American.
The Modern Race After Wealth.
The mania for money-making has
developed into downright madness.
And the explanation is easy. People
see that it is fast becoming the chief,
if not the only, standard of respecta
bility. When Talleyraad was asked if
he was not ishamed to sell his influ
ence in making treaties under the
first empire he replied: "My friend,
do you not see that there are but two
things left in Francemoney and the
guillotine?" We are rapidly ap
proaching the period in our own his
tory when there will he but two things
left in Americamoney and contume
ly.Louisville Courier-Journal.
Enjoyaole Denunciations.
Society to-day in search of fresh sen
sation flocks to hear its manifold follies
denounced from the pulpit, and the
more outspoken the preacher the more
it enjoys his discourse. Times have
changed since the day when Lord
Melbourne walked out of church in
disgust after a rousing sermon on the
consequences of sin, exclaiming:'
Things have come to a pretty pass
when religion is allowed to invade the
sphere of private life!" To-day society
revels in hearing itself denounced and
plumes itself with joy when a fashion
able preacher discourses on bridge
scandals and divorce cases.
Cecil Rhodes' Dream Realized.
The dream of Cecil Rhodes is real
ized in America before the funds left
by him have made it possible in Ox
ford. The* workshop university in the
great electric mauufacturing works at
Schenectady N. Y., has among its
studentsall college graduates
young men from England, Scotland,
France, Germany, Switzerland, Nor
way, Sweden, Denmark, Holland,
Spain, Italy, Russia, Brazil, Mexico,
Canada, Siam and Japan. Nearly all
the leading engineering schools of the
world are represented there.
His Strong Recommendation.
The old gentleman showed his dis
pleasure plainly. "It seems to me
rather presumptuous for a youth in
your position to ask for my daughter's
hand," he said. "Can you advance
any good reason why I should give my
consent?" "Yes, sir," replied the
young man promptly. "What?" "I
am comparatively modest and eco
nomical in the matter of my personal
expenditures, and I think you win find
me less costly to maintain than any
other son-in-law you could pick out!"
The Spare Room.
The guest from the city sat in the'
bedroom that had been alloted to him
in his brother's house in the little
country town. He watched his breath
turning to icy clouds as it left his
lungs alid wondered how long it took a
man to freeze to death. "They call
this the 'spare room,'" he said,shiver
Ingly, to himself. "And it is well
named. I don't wonder they can spare
it I think that I could get along with
out it myself."- -Magazine of Humor.
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
alose-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
The agent shook his head regretful
ly. "No go," said he "he was afraid
he might not get the full value of his
"What could he mean by saying
that? Confound it, a man must die
some time, even though he is a mil
"That's what I told him," replied
the agent, "but he only answered,
'Suppose I should be lost at sea?'
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 he 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.1
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. I
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
Faking Used Stamps.
Rogues in this country are gener
ally about as artful as we desire them
to he, but evidently they have some
thing to learn yet from the heathen
Chinee, In West Java Ah Sin man
ages to cheat the postofflce 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 postofflce, 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
chussetts, 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
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
1 and Australia combined. Once in
twelve and a half years there is a
"moonless month that it. the moon
has no full mcon. 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
in gun metal. They are seen as sash
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
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."
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 inquest" 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 they 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 tho
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 hoots,
which be had placed there to dry, and
which he had bought on the install
ment plan and 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, who 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 I
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 superfluous 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 $60 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 the early construction of the
Berber-Suakin railroad via Kassala
(costing some $15,000,000) yind the
subsequent extension of the Kassala
line southward to Lake Rudolph,
where eventually it willform a junc
tion with the Uganda railway, at the
same time marking a long step toward
the realization of the Cape-to-Cairo
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 number 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
qrder among the revelers. There were
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. I
William Glackins, who admires
Whistler, cited the other day two let
ters written by a collector of etchings
to a certain print seller. Between the
letters there was an interval of five
years. The first said: "I do not want
etchings by Whistler. They impress
me as if flies 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 whicfe
is not ruinous."Philadelphia Record.
Got It./
At the close of the third act the
gifted tragedian was called before th.
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 the 6uprise of the moment I
find myself utterlyI hesitate tor
want of a suitable word "Rat si*
shouted a gallery hoodlum.
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
Btjerae Bjomson means much to all
Norwegians. "A battalion, of Nor
wegian and Swedish cavalry, infantry
and a.rtillery,, between 3,000 and 4,0u0
strong, was returning from its maneu
vers to the post in Christiania," he
says. "In passing Aulestad the gen
eral n command sent his adjutant In
advance to get Bjornson's permission
to give him an ovation. With his fam
ily axd guests assembled about him
on tke 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 whic a kin might envy."
which a king
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 of 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 cross 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
dnck, 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.
Tlie swan fled in terror, and the duck,
apparently satisfied, quietly swam
away.Pearson's Weekly.
To Clean a Sewing Machine.
Place it near the fire to get warm,
that the congealed oil about it may
melt, and then oil it thoroughly with
paraffin. Work it quickly for a few
minutes, then wipe off all the paraffin
a_nd dirt and treat it to a little more
clean paraffin. Wipe it again, and
aJter the application of a very little
of the ordinary lubricating oil it will
be ready for use. People often shirk
the trouble of thoroughly cleaning
their machines like this, but a clogged
and "heavy" machine under this treat
ment will become like new, and its
easy working will be an ample reward
for any trouble incurred.
Flimflammed Again?
Has the alert J. Pierpont Morgan
tieen fooled again? In consequence
of the announcement that he would
jlace on exhibition a collection of car
pets that ftirmerly belonged to the
royal house of Spain several Spanish
newspapers have 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 eff imitations on
the multimillionaire.
Queen Victoria's Love of Flowers.
Queen Victoria was a great flower
lever frcm the days when a toddling
child she na.'e daisy chains on the
lawn? of Kensington paiaee, and per
haps Wotie Jhein with more pride than
she ever did. her jewels When she
paid .her one ard Only visit to Spain,
Queen' Christina asked, "Is there any
thing the queen is especially fond of?"
"Yes, flowers," was the answer, and so
flowers in lavish profusion decorated
the streets, the houses, the railway
station, and the palace.
A Lingual Phenomenon.
"An* you says, Brer Eph'm," said
1 the convert, thoughtfully, "dat Ah
kain't cuss nor sw'ar none atter I'se
been baptize'?" "De Bible says so,
Brer Saul." "Nor say 'Good Lor',' nor
one o' dem t'ings?" "Not unless you's
in meetin'. Brer Saul." "(Jnih! I ain't
drive no mules in meetin' en I kain't
take de meeting ter de mules. Dat
Baptis' 'ligion 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
demned 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
ralgic women, and particularly for el
derly persons and those who are trou
bled with insomnfa
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?"
'I*** 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 18bS. What's in a
name? Nome.New York Press.
Story That Thrilled the Boys of a Gen
eration 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. 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 hVme 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
Plague of Wolves.
"Wolves are still the scourge of the
Russian peasantry. During the present
winter they have succeeded in de
stroying 1600 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 he taken to
the sea and drowned.
I 1
I Opulence at the Capital.
Old-fashioned residents of Wash
ington deplore the fact that social life
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 of this is due to
the fact that the president hails from
i New York, the Roosevelts being allied
with many families notable on Man
i hattan island. Opulence at the capital
i is making great display in equipages,
I 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 inarch 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 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
postofflce is Bethany. His office is
anywhere on the square at Bethany.
His home is on Big Creek, five miles
north of Bethany.Bethany (Mo.)

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