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LICE AND PRISONS 1 IN JAPAN TkFniy Drags One Sees Smiling Rood the World MARSHALL P. WILDER (Copyright, by Joseph B. Bowles.) One evening while going through a street in a Japanese town, Yokohama, I heard a clanking sound at regular in tervals, and found it was made by a man who as he walked along was striking a sort of sword on the ground. At the concussion two plates of bronze or brass were driven together, making a metallic clang. I was told that he was a watchman, paid by con tributions of a few- sen a month from the households along the way. As he goes about, clanging his sword, it is a comfortable assurance to these peo ple that all is well. This watchman is for fire chiefly, as the houses of the Japanese town are mostly all of wood, and a fire once started means widespread de struction before it can be got under control. On a little cart are also carried two folding screens of asbestos, about five feet high, with which the men pro tect themselves when facing the flre. To anyone familiar with the American fire departments the whole outfit seems like a toy. The police department will much better bear comparison with those of other countries than the fire depart ment. I was told that about 125 police be long to each station house. Their names are written on little blocks of wood, in red on one side, and black on the other. The men are on duty in the station house for two hours, and outside for two hours, and the little blocks are turned as they come in or go out, the red or black showing the superintendent at a glance just where the men are. We were shown the cells, which were about ten feet square, fairly light, very airy, and immaculately Ni HERE WAS THE 8CHOOL FOR THE FAMOUS JIU-JITZU. clean. There were but five prisoners at the station house, all detained for petty offenses—rickshaw men over charging, and similar arraignments. Their names were on little wooden tags hung outside the door. These were turned inside, however, and upon no consideration to be looked at ex cept by the proper authority. The side that is clear has only the date of incarceration, and length of sentence printed on it. The guard opened a couple of occu pied cells, showing the prisoners, one man alone in one cell, while three •together were in the other They looked very comfortable, kneeling on straw mats, which are also their beds. While on our tour of inspection the most frightful cries came at intervals from one part of the main building. As they continued I began to be assailed by a nervous apprehension that I might be called upon to witness some horrible torture, for I felt sure that nothing short of that could call forth such unearthly yells. When I was conducted into a large room, where about 20 men in very ab breviated white linen suits were squat- A Japanese Policeman. .ting about the edge, the shonts were .explained. Here was the school for the famius jiu-jitzu, which is acknowl edged to be the most' effective and deadly form of wrestling. We were given seats on the edge of a platform, and two muscular Japs sprang onto the mats in the middle of the room. First they bowed, by squatting down, leaning their left hand on the floor, and bowing their heads. Then standing erect, first one, and then the othei gave vent to one of the blood-curdling cries I had= heard. This is the 'challenge, intended to in timidate the antagonist. Suddenly they clutched each other Bad lag jand struggling eachjirove to 41s lodge the other's feet from the floor/ All at once one of the men made a quick move, which it Would be Impos sible for me to explain and his antag onist was hurled backwards over his shoulder, landing on the mats with a terrific thud. This itofbrmarit&'was gone'throtifchr with a number of times with Infinite variety in tactics and methods of bringing about the flail, the most mar velous skill and training being dis played. In addition to the male wrestlers of Japan there is one band—and One only—of women wrestlers—Amazons of enormous strength, who travel about giving exhibitions. Their physical beauty' and development' are wonder ful,: and they create the greatest en thusiasm and admiration wherever they appear. Every man on the Japanese pclice force is required to become proficient in the jiu-jitzu. Every day there is practice, with the best teachers, from eight a. m. until noon. About 20 at a time take part in this practice, wrestling with the masters or each other, so that each man's turn in the school comes about once a week. Fencing is also a part of their edu cation, not for practical use, but mere ly to make them quick and supple. They practice with long bamboo swords, wearing wadded hoods and gloves. There did not seem to be any exact skill about it, the men simply rushing at each other, striking and slashing, holding the sword in both hands, the principal object seeming to be which one could yell the loudest. After the regular modern jiu-jutzu, two young men gave an exhibition for my edification of the ancient form of the art. It was not so easy nor so fin ished as the modern method, and was performed with such ardor that arms and elbows were cut rather bad ly on the sharp edgeB of the mats. The principal feature of their enter tainment was the fiendish shouts with which they inaugurated each clutch. With all this splendid training in quickness, adroitness and the wonder ful muscular power it develops a crim inal has no chance at all with a Jap anese policeman. One of my party re marked that he should like to see the Broadway squad try to do the things we were looking at. I am very much afraid a member of that august body would.be like a man of straw in the hands bf one of Japan's quick, cat-like policemen. At the Sugamo prison in Tokio 1 found many features that to an Ameri can were unusual. The corridors of cells were arranged like the spokes of a wheel, one war den sitting on a platform that was the hub. Labor is saved in this way, for one man can watch five corridors of 2S cells each, making in all 140. There are two of these wheels built in the inner court of the prison, so that 280 cells are watched by two men, who sit on revolving stools and, by turning, can take in at a glance the five cor ridors intrusted to their vigilance. A head warden sits between the two wheels and maintains a general super vision, so that practically the entire number of prisoners are watched by but three men. There is another inclosure where there are cells for punishment. The most severe form is the dark cell, where prisoners are punished for in subordination. They cannot be con fined in this cell for more than 11 days at a time. The cell for the next less severe punishment has a little light so, in gradation, there are several cells for varying degrees of punishment. The prisoners all work in different shops at basket-weaving, making mate, iron utensils and all sorts of things for which there is a ready market. They Wdrk from 6:30 a. m. until 11, when they have their midday meal. This is principally rice, and quickly eaten. Until 12 they rest (sitting comfortably on straw mats). Advantage is taken of this time for one of the four resident chaplains to give the prisoners a talk. The day I visited the prison it was during this midday rest, and the men in two large work-rooms were sitting quietly listen ing to a Buddhist priest Standing be fore a small altar, that looked like a reading desk, he was placed In a pas sageway between the two rooms, thus enabling the men in both rooms to hear him. He was talking earnestly, probably pointing out the error of their ways and exhorting them to lead better lives in the future. At 3:30 the work of the prisoners 1s finished, so it may seem they lead a life of comparative ease. It struck me as rather an Induce ment to crime, for they live better than, and do not work nearly as hard as, the average Japanese laborer. Every man is credited with a certain amount of wages for the work he does, and the money given to him When he is discharged, so that he does not leave the prison penniless. Every method seemed most humane and the prisoners treated with kind ness in every way. The same consid eration in regard to revealing their identity is practiced here, as In the police stations. Outside of each man's cell is a wooden sign with his name, age, crime and the length of his sen tence printed on ft. But a little extra tag comes down and hides his name. After my inspection I came away with the idea that to be sent to prison in JaLpan was not -the worst thingby any means that could befall a wm BT DUBiOtlS 1 ii BUYERS OP GOODS FORCED2TO PAY EXORBITANT PRICES. j*1. SOME COMMON GRAFTS Alleged Wholesale Houses Growing Rich Through Trade Secured by Agents Who Work lit the Rural Districts. It Is the desire to get bargains, to buy something at prices so low as will "save dealers' profits," that costs many residents of rural communities vast amounts of money. It is the seduc tive argument held out by certain classes of houses that seek to do busi ness through the mails, that the local dealers are charging too much for their goods, and that it is fair for the consumers to save their, dealers' profits themselves, that causes many to gain experience that is costly. For many years past traveling agents have been numerous in agri cultural sections soliciting orders for goods among the farmers. This class of agents is known as box-car men. They enter a neighborhood, and aim to sell sufficient goods so that a car load can be shipped to the nearest sta tion and distributed. The ways of these agents are much like the "heath en Chinee"—"ways that are dark and tricks that are vain." But neverthe less, they reap rich rewards, or they would quit the business. It should be known to every intelli gent person that all classes of goods have a real value. These values are based upon conditions. The law of supply and demand has not all to do with fixing prices. To concisely sum up the factors of cost of a manufac tured article there are three principal elements, viz.: The cost of the raw material, the expense of manufacture and the expense of distribution. From the producer of the raw material to the consumer, all interested in the transactions are entitled to equitable compensation. The farmer, the grow er of oats sells his oats to the mill op erator. The oats is manufactured into oat meal, or breakfast food. The wholesale and retail dealers are em ployed to distribute it. The wholesale dealer is nothing more than a ware houseman, and his compensation is for storage, and for costs of handling, and the guaranteeing to the manufacturer the cost of the goods sold. He receives only a small margin of profit. It may be said that the retailer fills a place as to the consumer as does the whole saler to the retailer. Now it is im practical for the manufacturer to maintain stores of his own in hun dreds and thousands of towns. If he could find a more economical way of distribution than the wholesaler and the retailer he would do so. But if they are cut out a more costly system of distribution must be in augurated. Now as to the traveling sell-direct to-the-consumer agent. He does his business chiefly with the people who give little study to commercial mat ters.---He represents himself as agent for a large Wholesale house. He talks continually of how the consumer by buying from him can save the profits that the retailer would makA. But the fact is that the expense is not eliminated. The average traveler who sells goods to the farmers re ceives a commission of from 25 to 40 per cent., or about 15 to 20 per cent, more than the retailer's average on such goods as he sells. But this is not all. These men are downright dishonest as a general rule. They are a development of the proverbial lightning rod agent. They practice the same principles, only shift the kind of goods sold. In fact the majority of them represent alleged houses that exist only in name. In one western city are located a number of men who are doing business under a half dozen different names. They even haven't a warehouse. When or ders are sent to them by their agents, they go to some wholesale grocer and buy the goods. Not alone this, but after they purchase what they need they adulterate the same. They buy dried fruits in bulk, the cheapest kind, and repack them in boxes supposed to weigh 25 pounds each, but in reality only weighing from 20 to 22 pounds, cases included. The spices that are bought are adulterated with ground nut shells, starch, and other material that makes up weight The coffees are of the very cheapest and the teas the same. It is seldom that the articles sent to the purchaser are the same as the samples shown. It must be re membered that the agent is under heavy expense, four to six dollars a day for team and hotel bills, and then he receives 25 per cent, commission on what he sells. To this must be added the profits for the house, which is about another 2.5 per cent All this must be made and the buyer of the goods is the one who must make good. Lately In the western states the box car men have adopted dubious meth ods of getting trade. Knowing how anxious the farmers are to secure the highest prices for products, they have been traveling around through the country pretending to be buyers of produce. They contract with the farmer for butter, egga, poultry, etc., promising about 25 to 30 per cent, above the market price. They claim they are shipping to Arizona, New Mexico, or somewhere else, where higher prices are received. Incident ally they say that their house runs a number of large stores, and also sells to the farmers, saving them the aver age profits of the dealer. This is suf ficient. The farmer falls into the trap, gives a good large order for supplies] and a few weeks later he finds a cheap lot of goods awaiting him C. O. D. at the local depot He waits In rain for the cratesj. the egg cases, etc., prom lsed to be sent so he can pack his eggs. If he fails to take the goods the legal end of the company comes into play, and rather than have trou ble, the gullible farmer pays dearly for his supplies. He remembers the deal. He is de termined to not be again caught te a similar trap. A few months later'an other agent appears: He promises to- sell a farm wagon something $Ise, perhaps, that the farmer needs, at a price so low that the fanner feels traveler turns loose his vials of wrath. accuses the concern represented ay the first agdnt as a4-obfiing outfit and one that should be pat out of business. He gets an order, but the 'farmer-does not und&ttand that1 the goods,come. fromthe ^ameconcernthat the other agent represented. ThMt* only a different name was- used, and the former is on their-Tegular list of "suckers." The onljr safe way for the consumer to do ls to patronize home concerns. His home merchants are interested in, being fair and square. They know that they must deal hon estly or they will lose customers. Their percentage of profit is far less than that made by the box-car con cern. Then, again, the,- principle of pending money from the neighborhood where it is earned is all,wrong. It Is against the interests of the consumers of every class and A lively home town always affords the best market. There is a saving in freight rates and commissions to middlemen. D- M. CARR. FOR SPRING AND SUMMER TRADE Right Kind of Advertising Brings in the Customers arid Builds Up Business. Merchants who get out and present their lines in the rig&t way are going to capture the trade. Questions that the retailers should ask themselves, are: What am I doing in the way of advertising? Have the right kind of space in my home paper? Have I the proper style of copy? Have I spoken to the printer about getting up the advertisement tastefully and with a border, etc., and in the right kind of type? Spring goods should be in show win dows now, and much of all that is ready for the buyers. If the merchant uses a page or a half page in the local parfer, he should have the printer lift the form and run off a thousand or more handbills that can be circulated about the country. No use in doing this unless it is the right kind of advertising. No use In just saying: "Spring goods of all kinds at Brown's." Such won't bring busi ness. Give prices, and tell how low the prices are and how gpod the goods are. The advertisement should be so divided as to give a space to different kinds of goods, and some good illustra tions, and some prices that will talk, so when the prospective buyers^ come they will not be disappointed." Mer chants should see that clerks don't lie, don't misrepresent, and that they treat every caller courteously. See that de liveries of goods are promptly made, and* that in each package there goes out a circular telling pf other bargains. Now should be the merchants' harvest time. Everybody who has money ex pects to spend a goodly share of it Don't neglect advertising right. Tell your patrons that you can secure for them any kind of goods that they want if you should happen not to have what is inquired for in stock. Tour jobber will take special pains to put up a small order for you. if you tell him that there is need for it,, and will try to assist you all he can. Now is your harvest Ume .and^ the best of it 8YSTEM IN BUS|NE8S. Necessity of Making Appearances Such as to Please the Sensitive Public. System in the average retail or even wholesale house has advantages in more ways than one. It is now gen erally conceded that system is a neces sity to dispatch of either office or house work. It also is necessary to appearance. A well-systematized store, no matter what kind of stock it contains, presents a much handsomer appearance than one with the odds and ends jumbled together as if defy ing human ingenuity to unravel it. The eye-photo or unconscious mipd impres sion received by the customer, while totally unconscious of its impression, is lasting and decisive. The dealer and each of his clerks may enter the store in which they work and not notice the want of sys tem, but the impression is constantly going out with each visitor to your place of business. It is well to occasionally look at the matter from the other side of the counter. Imagine yourself in the stead of the customer. See what sugges tions you could make for an iifternal improvement if the store belonged to the other fellow. You will be sur prised to see how many things you would change. Cleanliness About Stores. Close observers note that the most successful grocery stores are the ones which are kept in the cleanest and neatest order. There is a large class of people, and they are not the richest ones, either, who would rather have good, clean groceries, things they know are pure and kept right and pay a good price for tiufm, than have in ferior, carelessly kept goods at a cheap price. Attractiveness about the grocery is a most important thing. It means a saving all around. 'In the southern country where the summer weather continues for the greater part of the year too great care cannot be exer cised in the looking after' stocks. A little neglect will cause losses that will prove serious. 4Some classes of goods if not protected from insects will be soon ruined.. The grocer Who would have his1 windows attractive will do well to avoid having stale things displayed. He should strive to make an impression that his stocks are clean and well-kept. Fake Investment Concerns. Fifty million dollars annually is the amount that is conservatively esti mated the people of the United States lose by patronizing fraudulent invest ment concerns. The government has been diligently fighting the operations of all kinds of illegitimate mining com panies, bond schemes and the like, still it is a difficult matter to head off their operations^ The people are anx ious to get the greatest returns for the money they have to invest, are too deisirbus of taking a "long chance." If the misses would only realize that any investment which is sound and will pay a fair profit can easily secure all needed funds for its operation without ^calling on' the passes,K it would soon drive ttte concerns out of business/* -.v FACTS FADS 1 Dealing with Ferseaal Magnet ism. Telepathy, jPaychslefy. Satfestita. Hjpitiia, and Spbttsaliaa. By EDWARD B. WARMAN, A.M. HnMa SPIRITISM. Clairvoyance and Clairaudience. There Is quite a question among in vestigators of "psychic phenomena" as to the existence of What is known as "independent clairvoyance." Dr. Hudson was loath to believe in it. He frankly stated that he did not be lieve in the genuineness of the power that he had never been able to lo cate the boundary line between telep athy and clairvoyance that they are divided only by their names that he had looked in vain for indubitable evidence of the reality of the power of "independent clairvoyance." This was his conclusion at the close of his investigations as recorded in his "Law of Psychic Phenomena" (1893), but in talking the matter over with him in 1889 he modified his statement by saying that "in almost every case" that had come to his notice he found that telepathy offered a satisfactory explanation. We fully agreed on this point but it is that "almost" that causes us to seek elsewhere for an explanation. It is readily accepted that telepathy is the means of communication be tween subjective minds, but we should not lose sight of the fact that telepa thy deals and can deal only with past and present occurrences, while "clairvoyance" is the "clear seeing" of that which has not yet occurred therefore cannot be telepathically re ceived by anyone's else mind. I am slow, however, to believe that "clairvoyance" is the proper word to use. It has long been a question in my mind if anything is ever actually seen subjectively. The subjective mind perceives, but perception is not seeing. Some persons see things and are ever ready to say: "I see, I see," but they do not always perceive. This distinction is well made by Locke, as follows: "Till we ourselves see it with our own eyes, and per ceive it by our own understandings, we are still in the dark." The subjective mind perceives intu itively. Our knowledge (objectively) of what is perceived comes to us in one of three ways, viz.: (1) by im pression (to those of us who are im pressionists) (2) by dreams (to those who are not susceptible to im pressions) (3) by psychics (to those who receive neither by impressions nor dreams, but depend upon others for their admonition),. The psychic may think it comes from the spirit, but that does not make it so. The message is subjec tively received from your subjective mind, which, of itself, failed to reach your objective consciousness. The phychic, in that case, merely gives back to you that which you yourself do know, subjectively. Dr. Hudson acknowledges that, in cases of premonition, the subjective mind possesses the power to see that which is not within the range of the objective vision. Search the wide world over, you would fail to find a better definition of that faculty clairvoyance. I would, however, suggest the substitu tion of the word "perceive" for that of "see" as used by Dr. Hudson. Clairaudience. The word "clairaudience" signifies "clear-hearing." These sounds or words are not supposed to be audible to the ear in the natural, waking con dition at least the sounds, so-called, do not cause atmospheric vibrations. They are never heard by anyone but the psychic or the one for whom they are intended. The Bible records many instances of most important messages being conveyed in this man ner. There are also many persons living to-day that claim, like Socra tes, to be clairaudiently warned from impending danger. Thus clairvoyance and clairaudi ence are of the most practical benefit in fact, among the most useful in all the range of "spirit phenomena." This I shall endeavor to prove from my own experience when treating of the subject of "premonition." Examples of Clairvoyance. The illustrations given herewith are first experiences of the use of this wonderful faculty experiences of my own pupils who never dreamed of the latent power possessed by them. While all clairvoyance is preceded by hypnotism (either self-induced or in duced by another), all hypnotism does not produce clairvoyance. These two cases are more interesting be cause nonprofessional. (1) In one of my classes in Texas a lady was very desirous of being hyp notised for the purpose of ascertain ing if she possessed clairvoyant pow er. She importuned so persistently that I complied with her request in order to give a practical demonstra tion to the class. The fact of her persistency led me to believe that she was impelled in the matter, and subsequent develop ments proved the correctness of my Impression. She passed quite readily into the hypnotic condition—the highest state of suggestibility. I informed 'her, while in that condition, that she could go anywhere she chose if she held the desire with a quiescent concentra tion—not with intensity. But a few moments elapsed ere she laid, with the tears streaming down her face: "Why, I am back in my old home once, more, away up here In Muscatine, la. The old home has had many changes, and father has passed away #inpe .J was last here." -v-?. There was -a lull for a moment'or two. then she said: "Oh, I see. Yes, I see the papers that Acher *ut so iMrefuliy^th&papeirs. the property. Tea, he died without telling any of usaboutthem, and, so fiirj!fill search for them itShta tjeen without avail. I now know why have been so anxious topass into |hhi Condition. The longing has been fully satisfied, and I am ready to, re- Then, by a word, lealled.her hick to her normal condition. The teirl had not yet dried upon her cheeks, and aa she brushed them away ahe expressed surprise at their presence. She did not in reality,puffer nor doei anyone in that condition. The next day she wrote home all the Impressions of the previous night came readily to her. In a few daya came a letter from the old home which proved the accuracy of her clairvoyance yes, to the minutest detail. Let us reason together a moment. Was this clairvoyance or telepathy? As for myself, I think it plausible, possible and probable that ere the death of the father he had been sub jectively in telepathic communication with his daughter neither being ob jectively conscious of it But what about the changes that had taken place since the death of the father? They, too, may have been telepathically transmitted by some member of the family. We really cannot or should not say that it- was not telepathy, if it can be thus accounted for. Nor can we or should we deny the possibility of clairvoyance. If it was clairvoyance, then the subjective mind clearly per ceived the changes that had taken place and the putting away of the papers. Of one thing you may rest assured, viz.: She thought she saw, and she thought she was there. Some very interesting questions arise here. Let us consider them. Was she there? Could she be in Iowa and Texas at the same time? Mark her words: "I am ready to come back." We would naturally assume that she thought she was still there. Note how amenable to suggestion is the subjective mind when the sub ject is under hypnotic control. I had previously said: "You may go where you desire." The going naturally im plied the coming back. But when 1 said: How can you say "I am there," when you are conversing with me here? she said: "Everywhere is here." She had now passed beyond the state known as hypnotic, beyond the state of amenability to suggestion, and the Ego assumed control therefore the response which proved so conclusive ly the omnipresence of the soul: "Everywhere is here." 'Tis true, the soul takes no cogni zance of space. Does the soul go out or does it look out? This is a question that has caused much con troversy. It seems to me that it is best answered by the soul itself: "Everywhere is here." Why did the lady insist on being hyp notized and so strongly desire the clair voyant condition? Because the subjec tive mind held a message of Importance which it wished to convey and there fore impelled her to seize this oppor tunity. If she could have become suf ficiently passive (objectively). si|,e would have received it" Had she gone to a psychic, the psychic would have received it telepathically from her, and then delivered the message as if coming from the father. She would also have described the father, perceiving the mental image held, unconsciously, by the daughter. Fur thermore, she might—have—been— honest in it all, from her view point. The question has been asked times without number: "What is the differ ence in the condition of one who is hypnotized and one who is clair voyant? Hypnotism is a condition of hallu cination, the subject being wholly un der the control of the operator, and, as such, accepts any suggestion given that is not in violation of his settled principles. Whereas, the clairvoyant passes through and beyond the hyp notic state and conditions pertaining thereto, becomes wholly independent, is no longer governed by suggestion, because the initiative is in the ascendancy, yet will return to normal condition—that of objective conscious ness—at the call of the operator. Perhaps I can better illustrate it as follows: When a boy flies a kite he cannot control its motion when once he lets it out, but he can draw it back at will. So it is with the one who becomes clairvoyant. The string is to the kite what hypnotism is to clairvoyance—the means whereby freedom is attained. As the boy can send out and draw back the kite at will, but cannot otherwise control it when out, so I can send out and re call my subject at will, but cannot otherwise control or guide when the soul is on its mission. (Copyright, 1907, by Joseph B. Bowles.) Washington College Girls Angry. When Bishop Scadding of the dio cese of Oregon, in the Episcopal church, said that western girls are cheaper to entertain than the eastern variety, he was unaware that he touched a tender spot in the make up of the girls at the University of Washington. The varsity young wom en say the Bishop does not know whereof he speaks, or he would not make such assertions. The girls say that a gaze at Mount Rainier is not a substitute for ice cream, and that they demand other ar ticles of diet besides sea food. They also intimate that the Bishop has not been in the habit of entertaining the sweet girl graduates of the land or he would not say they are cheap to feed. The girls do not want the impres sion to get out, however, that they are expensive luxuries and that they "bleed" the youthful swains of the west A happy medium is the key note of their sentiments.—Seattle Times. Home, 8weet Home. The chief reason for leaving home is that one may the better enjoy com ing back to .it. Home is the place we have so studiously suited to our own needs that it fits us like on out er envelope. In, no other house do we feel -so, absolutely, ourselves* Lon don Truth. If there is any one thing that woman dreads more than another it is a surgical operation. We can state 'without fear of a contradiction that there are hun dreds, yes. thousands, of operations performed upon women in our hos pitals which are entirely unneces sary and many have been avoided by LYDIA E. PINKHAM'S VEGETABLE COMPOUND For proof of this statement read the following letters. Mrs. Barbara Base, of Kingman, Kansas, writes to Mrs. Pinkham: For eight years I suffered from the most severe form of female troubles and was told that an operation was my only hope of recovery. I wrote Mrs. Pinkham for advice, and took Lydia E. Pinkham'a 'Vegetable Compound, and it haa saved my life and made me a vtell woman.** Mrs. Arthur R. House, of Church Road, Moorestown. N. J., writes: "I feel it is my duty to let people know what Lydia E. Pinkham'a Vege table Compound has done for me. I suffered from female troubles, and last March my physician decided .that an operation waa necessary. My husband objected, and urged me to try Lydia E. Binkham'a Vegetable Compound, and to-day I am well and strong.** FACTS FOR SICK WOMEN. For thirty years Lydia E. Pink ham's Vegetable Compound, made from roots and herbs, nas been the standard remedy for female UIsl and has positively cured thousands ox women who have been troubled with displacements, inflammation, ulcera tion, fibroid tumors, irregularities, periodic pains, and backache. Mrs. Pinkham invites all sick women to -write her for advice. Bhe has guided thousands to health. Address, Lynn. Mass/ Gazetteer Humor. Many specimens of unconscious hu mor are received by the editors of that monumental work, the new Imperial Gazetteer of India. A district was said to be "an extensive rolling plain, consisting of alternate ridges of bare stony hills and narrow fertile valleys." An interesting item of natural history was afforded by the remark, "the buf falo differs from the cow In giving a milk which is richer in fat, in voice, and in having no hump."—London Globe. Restaurant Prize 8eat. A novel method of advertising a table d'hote has been invented by a New York restauranteur. Every Sat urday night he selects a certain chair in his restaurant and places its num ber in a sealed envelope in charge of the cashier. All the guests select their own seats. The person who is lucky enough to occupy the selected chair receives, as a present, a hand* some gold watch. Evidently Strange. "A gentleman to see you, sir," aa* pounced Mr. Struckitt Wright's new butler. "Ah—tell him I'll be down in a min ute. I guess it's my brother, proba bly. I'm expectin' him. Does he look anything like me?" "No, sir—not at all. He is very gen tlemanly in appearance." Perils of Fence Mending. "I understand that member of con gress hurried home to mend his fences." "Yes. But he doesn't appear to have made a neat job of It. His pros pects look as if he had gotten into a tangle with a lot of barbed wire." THEY GROW. Good Humor and Cheerfulness from Right Food. Cheerfulness is like sunlight. It dis pels the clouds from the mind as sun* light chases away the shadows of night. The good humored man can pick up and carry off a load that the man with a grouch wouldn't attempt to lift. Anything that Interferes with good health is apt to keep cheerfulness and good humor In the background. A Washington lady found that letting coffee afone made things bright for her. She writes: "Four years ago I was practically given np by my doctor and was not expected to live long. My nervous system was in a bad condition. "But I was young and did not want to die so I began to look about for the cause of my chronic trouble. I used to have nervous spells which would exhaust me and after each spell it would take me days before I oould sit up in a chair. "I became convinced my trouble was caused by coffee. I decided to stop It and bought some Postum. "The first cup, which I made ar cording to directions, had a soothing effect on my nerves and I liked the taste. For a time I nearly lived on Postum and ate little food besides. I am today a healthy woman. "My family and relatives wonder If I am the same person I was four years ago, when I could do no work on account of nervousness. Now I am do ing my .own housework, take care of two babies—one twenty, the other two months old. I am so bpsy that I hard ly get time to write a letter, yet I do it all with the cheerfulness and good humor that comes from enjoying good health. "I tell my friends is to Poetum I owe my life today." Name given by Poptmn Co., Battle Creek, Mich. Bead "The Road to Well* villa/' in pkgs. "There's a Reason."