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WORK OF CHARITY.
TO IT ARE THE LIVES OF THE LITTLE SISTKUS OF THE v POOR DEVOTED. FROM SMALL BEGINNING. ORDER THE OUTGROWTH OP THE LIFE OF TWO LITTLE GIRLS AT ST. SERVANT, THE INSTITUTION IN ST. PAUL. Prosperous mill Comfortably Housed— A Beautiful Refuse *•»!• the Indigent. On the right bank of the River Ranee, where it flews into the En glish channel, and opposite the sea port St. Malo, is situated the little town of St. Servan. in Brittany, with its 10,000 inhabitants. It was there in lStn. and for how many years or centuries before, the histories of to day, having little regard for St. Ser van. do not state. Lying upon the borders of the waste of waters, the position of St. Servan has suggested to its people an ail but common avocation: The St. Servanites are, and have been time out of mind, for the most part sailors and fishermen. They go down to the sea in leaky tubs of boats, spend the earlier portions of their lives in heart-breaking and unre munerative toil, are wave-tossed and tempest-torn until their energies are exhausted and they are cast as wreckage upon the beach of pre mature old age, helpless objects of charity, or dive to death to feed their own prey, leaving widows and orphans to mourn after them, and starve. Thus it comes that St. Servan has more than its fair complement of in digent old men and women, and l.as been so unenviably provided ever since that indefinite period when the memory of man runneth not to the contrary, including, of course, the year IS4O. In that year the priest of the parish of St. Servan, upon whom devolved almost entirely the care and relief of its poor, there being no public refuge for them. no asylum where they might find food and shelter after a long season of unaided labor in their behalf almost to the point of despair, received unlooked-for aid from an unexpected quarter. Two young girls of his parish, mere chil dren of sixteen and eighteen years of age, respectively, whose minds were of religious bent and who wished to become nuns, came to him to express their desire in that re gard. From him they learned of i this field of charitable labor, which to their young and unobservant eyes had hitherto escaped their not ice. Their attention once directed to if. they entered zealously upon the work of relieving these poor by per sonal ministration and by soliciting J alms for them from their more fort- | unate neighbors. They went about Bogether on their mission of mercy J md so grew to be familiar objects to . the e> es of the St. Servanites, who, I recognizing their constant compan ionship, called them the "little sis ters," to which designation, and as descriptive of their employment, there were soon added the words "of the poor." "I This is the small and unpreten- 1 tious beginning of that charitable ! order of Christian women now known ' the world over as the "Little Sisters ; of the Pour." From the little town ? of St. Servan the little sisters have ' carried their mission of benevolence I to other lands and climes, having now some three hundred established ! houses, about forty of which are in • the United States. Of the latter, the first was established in Brook- i lyn in 186S, and about twelve years ' ago that in this city was installed. ' Their work is directed to the care of ? the aged poor, and is carried on ! upon the same lines of those laid down by the original founders of j the order, amplified according to re- I sources at command. Their ministra- ! tlons are devoted to indigent old ! men and women,. without distinction' of creed, color or nationality. You The people hare shown an appreciation ot our unusual offer ings in the line of useful Holiday Presents, which has bi-en exceed ingly gratify in 7. We are making an heroic sacrifice of all our Rockers? Sideboards, Chairs, Conches, Bookcases, Fancy Tables, Desks. R\vx<, Lamps, and the numberless other household articles. These articles give continued satisfaction, and at our prices are the cheap -st and best presents for young or old. i Rolling Profits Frorrj \\ :^'ff^'^^r^l The largest line of well made, I illff aTffffi IB comfortable, easy, never-wear -1 inlllllMl I out Rockers, all the latest 1 Ulllllllll l styles, at S^^||l!ff»/i Close Cut Prices. \! Hi ii HiiinlWnr This Solid Oak Cobbler Seat Ii HI Hi mUlilli 1 1 Rocker, like cut, only $2.00: 151 I I '•■Mlwl cheap at $4. iUIUIJubWiW lj W Same Rocker in Mahogany <3~ Sses^S^SciK Finish at the same Low Price. Q3l , SPECIAL^-Z: }/ /t^ST'^ s^! //* A Large Onyx Table, /jfe-n ytl_T with Lamp and Silk dJ7 __*£_, i * S^'^"" Shade, worth §15. JJ/ .jjli (Jsk\W%__%Wr Our price &B*3W~ EASE GIVING couches. jf^^va^'^^g^ -*** ■r—ify' '-^'r—j-jrti-^ A large assortment in Leather, '« c^^' , ' i 's^ _^^^^^^^S^^i Corduroy and other Covers, es- Vf^__^^^j^^^^^^_t-^^^i pec-ally" appropriate for Holi i^_^f^%W^^_^^_mi_^^iM^^h%\ c * a >' Gifts. They are perfect in '■•■■■t^'i'^^^ r^4^Wj^4*^^tii\ CVC; T respect and in the latest l -^Sm^M_^^iMs-t£ii^^^^l\ styles? P.-Sccs From $4.00 to $45.00. Tufted Corduroy Coaches, like cut, full spring edges, &'7 £f\ fringed all around; worth £15.00. Price 0n1y ........ *!P * •Ov STORE OPEN EVENINGS TILL 10 O'CLOCK. Prompt Delivery of Goods Guaranteed. Wallblom Furniture & Carpet Go. 400 and 402 Jackson Street. THE SAINT PAUL DAILY GLOBE: SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 22, 1895.— TWENTY-FOUR PAGES. will find- them in almost. all the coun tries of Europe; in the islands of Sicily and Malta; in Calcutta, ; in. Asia and Tunis, in Africa; in the -United States, Canada and South America. Their mission, in a word, is ona of universal charity. c • l i l\i '■'■. ?*■ Their work is done unobtrusively and unostentatiously, and their man ner of asking alms is one of speech less solicitation. Familiar to our citi zens are the forms of the little sisters, clad in somber black, passing from door to door silently seeking aid for their aged and feeble -wards. And. as a rule, the people recognize the worthiness of the object.'receive them kindly and give to them liberally. The "Home" in St.? Paul is situated on Wilkin street on the brow of the bluff overlooking the river and com manding a magnificent view. The building itself is a substantial red brick of three stories and basement, and fine architecture. The interior is bright and airy and all that could be desired. It is divided into two wards, one for the men and one for the women. All the apartments are spotlessly clean and well kept, and the dormitories have rows of couches with ample bedding and snowy dra peries. The dining halls are spacious and well provided with tables where the sisters serve their charges first, dining themselves when the others have done. The building is lighted by gas and heated by steam, the plant for the latter being in charge of one of the sisters. There are infirmaries provided with invalid chairs for the helpless and sick; sitting rooms for the old and sick; sitting rooms, where the old people work or read; a chapel for prayer and divine service, and re ception rooms for visitors. There are now one hundred inmates of the home in this city, the men and women being about equal numeri cally. All are quite old and some very aged. There is one old lady there whom the attending sister told me on the occasion of my visit, was a little over one hundred years of age. She insists herself, however, that she is much older. I found her sitting in an easy chair, telling her beads. About her were grouped a dozen or more of her companions engaged in knitting, sewing and kindred em ployments. They were all keenly alive to the entrance of a visitor. On being presented to the centenarian, the old lady offered her hand very readily and hoped brightly that my health was good. I answered affirm atively as I shook hands, and re turned the query. "How are you today, Grandma?" I asked. "Oh, I'm well enough, thank God. But I'm old; I'm very old— a hun dred and twenty," whereupon the rest laughed derisively, which rather nettled her. "They laugh at me, d'ye see?" she remarked, looking about her with some scorn, "because I'm old; but I'll not mind 'em; they're young yet, an' frivolous. They'll know better against the time they're a hundred an' twenty themselves." I looked around, and with one ex ception, could not bring myself to be lieve that any of these "young and frivolous" laughers were a jot un der eighty. The exception was a comely, fair-faced lady of, perhaps, sixty years, with bright eyes and an attractive smile. She was? very pale, though, and her dainty hands, with well-kept and perfectly trimmed nails, were wan and colorless. Rest ing against her. chair were a pair, of crutches, speaking mutely and pa thetically of her crippled condition. In her lap she held a prayer book and a letter, the only letter I saw among them all, and which suggested that she alone had not yet been* forgotten by the outside world. Taking a seat beside her I asked her to tell me something of her history if she would. She responded willingly, arid briefly sketched her story. It was' a sorrowful one, full of trial, affliction, disappointment, bereavement, loss of fortune and of health. She had been wealthy onee — at least her father had been, and that was the same thing. Her mother had died before monetary misfortune came upon them. She was intelligent and had been well educated, as the refinement of her manner and speech plainly told me. Hers was the story, after all, .of many others; an investment which promised well and turned out ill; a family wealthy today and paupered tomorrow; a father made sick and childish through age, disappointment and misfortune; a motherless daugh ter — was the eldest — to be mother to her invalid brother and helpless sisters; a time to come when she her atively as I shook hands, and re turned the query. "How are you today, Grandma?" I self was to be stricken 'and placed I beyond the power of aiding herself or others; a fierce battle? with the world and its reverses, and finally a surrender of the unequal contest and flight to the shelter of the Little Sis ters' Home. I passed over to the men's ward. They are old, too; if years count for ! anything. as old as their sisters on the opposite side. But they seem to wear their ages better than the wom en, though some few of them have grown forgetful and absent-minded. The patriarch of this side has also reached the century mark, as nearly as could be gleaned; but he Is the con verse of the oldest lady in that he has ceased adding to Ids years for a de cade. ■ ••'? ? y ?• ' •• •■ v "How old are you now?" asked the sister, for my benefit. "Ninety," very abruptly. "Why, you told me that four years ago," she remarked, laughingly. "Well, if I was ninety, then, of course I must be ninety now," he retorted with a logic peculiarly fits. 0wn. ... ~& •'. • There were ten" or twelve old men" In the ? room' I first" entered,? and I was given a general introduction to them as "a gentleman from the Glob c." "Prom the Globe, are you?" asked a little old man with scanty whiskers of gray hair and twinkling inquisitive little eyes. "You see, sir," he contin ues!, wi»th a funny shrewdness of voice and manner, "we don't believe all we read in the newspapers." "Jimmie is an old politician," whis pered an aged, mild-mannered gentle man at my side, looking admiringly on the last speaker as one not afraid to tell his mind. Thai another spoke up, and with an air of conviction, said: "Well, we believe more of what's in the Globe than we do of what's in any other paper." "He is a Democrat," again whispered my interpreter by way of explanation. Passing from this apartment to the adjoining one, brought us to a work room where an industrious tailor of seventy was making a sewing machine hum over broad breadths of cloth which it eat up quite voraciously. Close by, his helper, older than himself, was brushing and cleaning clothes, while, on the opposite side of the room a fat old gentleman with an immense apron tucked under his chin and about his neck, was having his hair cut by a bright-eyed, wiry little compatriot who was making a first rate job of it. Over in the corner an octogenarian with his overcoat on and buttoned up to his chin and a particularly wooly looking hat of great amplitude pulled over his eyes, sat sleeping the few re- j maining years of his life away, oblivi ous of his surroundings. It was time to terminate my visit. The carpenter shop, shoemaker's, smoking and reading rooms, situated In a little frame house across the quadrangle, must be left for another day. On my way out I came across an | old gentleman seated at a table in a ' quiet corner of the hall, busily engaged i in writing.' A glance at his manuscript showed it to be a miracle of neatness and legibility, well nigh perfect in pen manship. "What does he write?" I in quired. "Odds and ends; little stories and sketches for his own amusement," answered th? sister. I thought there might be a mine of matter in those rolls of his, but forebore delving for it, since the writer seemed preoccupied; and being in the throes of composition evidently did not wish to be disturbed. It is a beautiful home, these old men and women, proteges of the Little Sisters of the Poor, dwell in. It is made more beautiful still by the kind, considerate, warm-hearted care be stowed upon them by the sisterhood. As I passed out from its portals, the thought came to me that it will be well for many of us should we be provided with as good when we fall into "the sere and yellow leaf." r . — C. J. W. * ■«a» The Great Tobacco War. Many of our readers know of the war existing between the manufactur ers of plug chewing tobacco, .but few, perhaps, are familiar with the cause. For years some manufacturers have been making enormous profits by giving consumers a small piece of plug for 10 cents. Recently . a very large manufacturer, seeing that the time had come for better things, has placed a . new brand called Battle Ax on the mar ket, which gives the consumer a very large piece of most excellent quality i for the same price. This has raised a great storm among those who are hurt by it, but it gives joy to those who use the goods. In Battle Ax they get a greater quantity for their money, while the quality is equal to the finest of other brands. This has naturally had the effect of greatly decreasing the business of those who have held to the old way, and it has materially cur tailed their enormous profits. On the other hand Battle Ax now taxes the resources of three large factories, which, by lunnlng night and day, are I still unable to make the goods fast enough to satisfy. the enthusiastic de mand; ?'•'■* ' The people want a good thing and the most of it that they can get for the price. The manufacturers who do the j best by them will get their trade. Their rivals naturally do not like it. They raise a mighty howl, but the AX will cut them down. _ I Should Say Yen. The "Soo Line" is always ahead on rates for the holidays, as well as time. ' A GENTLE HIXT. Cholly— Why do you nevah awsk me to come Sundays? :? ■ ' Miss Sharppe— Because Sunday is a day of rest. iipjiTj iiioii TWI.CE IN THIS DECEMBER WILL LUNA SHOW A FULL?; .;*,' : il^^u-f'FACB,?^'. 'v?-^:^' . ■*% PHENOMENON NOT RARE, RUT NOT EASY OK EXPLANATION^ ! ? ?. TO THE UNINITIA- ? .?."; "' ! ].>;.^-._ : TED. '•;••;; -^^t '.-'1 )H 1 wal -jit ; A TO OLD-TIME ASTRONOMERS' . — ■ . • • ■ i->wa .-. , , ■ • ■ ••--??•? -iT The Division of .Time Was a V.M*-. sle— No Mystery to the Night . l Rounder, :rs v i •"*:"•". • - • • — : : - -t-'i-i :'■'■ ■ " . ■ i . '.'-Z There will be two full moons in December this year, one on the 2d and one On the 31st. A full moon is supposed to occur once a month, but, as a matter of fact, it is not so ac commodating. The result' is a com plication of the calendar which gives the mathematical astronomers some figures to keep them busy while they are waiting for a new comet or a double star to be discovered. The month, one of the twelve di- i visions of the year according to mod ern calendars, has no very exact standing among astronomers. There is no astronomical reason why one particular month should have, thirty one days and another thirty. And yet the astronomies are full of refer ences to the month. They are not satisfied with a plain, simple month, which is good enough for the aver age man, but they have solar months, nodical months, anomalistic months, siderial months, synodic months and no telling how many other varieties. When the ancients commenced to reckon time they used the day and the year, these being the more ob vious divisions. Then they saw the moon and invented, the month. Then they saw the stars and observed that a belt around the heavens was marked by twelve constellations, which they called the signs of the zodiac. But their divisions were en- I tirely too inaccurate for modern as tronomers, who add a restricting ad jective whenever they speak of "month." MANY KINDS OF MONTHS. .The calendar month is the month as it is known to business men and others who talk plain English. The solar month is an exact twelfth part of a year, and is reckoned by the signs of the zodiac. It amounts to j thirty days and something over ten ! hours. Thus there is the nodical ! month, which is the time of . ,tlje | moon's revolution from one of -its i nodes to the same node again, ?&n(i iis equal to 27.21222 days. The a normal-? ! istic month is the time of revolution' I from perigee to perigee again '.arid I equals 27.5546 days. The . siderial . month is the time occupied by -the' ! moon in passing from one star to' the I same star again and is equal- to 27.32166 days. The synodic month is 1 simpler, this being the interval from 'new moon to new moon again. , It ! varies somewhat on account of the | eccentricity, of the moon's orbit,- and; I of that of the earth around the sun?, i but its mean value is 29.53059 /days, or 29 days •?12; L hours .44. niin-; ! utes and 2.684 seconds, . with | the possible variation of a hun j dredth part of a second. The "rea- I son why this synodical month is long i er than the siderial is that during each siderial month of twenty-three and one-third days the sun has ad vanced among the stars and must be caught up with. . ? ; These figures appear to be suffi ciently accurate for all ordinary pur poses, but the astronomers are not yet satisfied. They have discovered that the month is a trifle shorter now than in the days of Ptolemy, and | this ; trifle must be computed down to the fraction of a second. But that is another question. PHENOMENON NOT RARE? '■?■?, Enough figures have been given to show how it Is possible for two full moons, which mark the beginning of I two lunar months, to happen in a sin ! gle calendar month. Owing to the dif i ference in the length of the different [ kinds of months the phenomenon must i happen in some month or other about ! once in three years. Way back before Christ, Meton, a ! Greek, . in an effort to reconcile lunar j and solar time, discovered the Metonic circle, which constats of 235 lunar months and is equal within two hours to nineteen common years of 365% days. j Every nineteen years the new and full moons recur on the same day of the year, and about the same hour of the day. The calendar of the phases of . the moon, therefore, is the same for 1895 that it was for 1876, and that it will- be for 1914, except that the leap years may in some cases make a dif ference of a day. : ??•'' ' An item has been floating around the -newspapers- stating that -this is the first .December;? since the? advent of Christ, in which there haver been two .full moons. The superstitious have ' been ' reported to ! be looking . upon this statement with awe; as though It were ¥ a foreboding. It is possible that a month should go 1,900 years without ' two full moons, but no astronomer k 'could lie found* who would back the , statement with figures. So far as De • cember is concerned the statement is Incorrect, for in 1870 there were two j full moons in the last month of the : year, one on the first day of the month and the other on the 29th day? If., you do not believe it hunt for a -patent medicine calendar, for that year and ;' find out. .-.■•^- WHAT PROFESSORS SAY. A learned professor of astronomy was asked about this. alleged phenom enon. "Yes, perhaps that's so; but it is not in my line. I am busy hunting for new comets.'.' ???,.??'?:'•-•?■ Another replied: "That has nothing whatever to do with the discovery of argon, in which I am interested. Go to some one who makes a specialty of those queer freaks of figures." y Another, as he looked up from his drawing table, replied: "I think there is a mistake of the orbits of the double' stars to figure somewhere, but I am too busy making charts to figure it out." .. ' • i The question was put to a night policeman who spends his hours com paring the stars of the heavens with the star on his own breast. "Two full ..moons in December.? That's moving. I've seen lots of men who could point two full moons in the sky at the same time, though the moons were nowhere near so full as they were." — -^ISSS"-. .COWBOY WAS A HAD MAN. Tried to Rnu Thins* AVith a. Re volver at Pierre. Special to the Globe, . PIERRE, S. D., Dec. Will Crock ett, a cow-boy, attempted to play bad man in this city this evening. He opened fire on Policeman Johnson, who was attempting to serve a warrant for a petty charge on him, and a half doz en shots were exchanged on the crowd ed street, but no one was injured. Crockett then ran for the river and es caped to Fort Pierre. A warrant is • now out for. him on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. GOBS IP FOR LIFE. Dufran, the Murderer of Marshal Roose, . Convicted. Special to the Globe. TYNDALL, S. D., Dec. 21.— Dufran, the murderer of City Marshal Roose, was convicted today and sentenced to life imprisonment. One AVent to Jail. Special to the Globe.' ABERDEEN, S. D., Dec. 21.— E. Levers and Thomas Wells were bound over to the criminal court in the sum of $400 for burglary. The former gave bonds and the latter went to jail..; The crime for which Dv Fran has been on trial for the past week was that of murdering the city marshal of Tyndale last July. Marshal Roase had arrested Dv Fran for shooting a re volver in the strets and was taking him to the city jail. Upon arriving there Roase discovered that he had loaned his keys to a friend to enable the latter to get his mail, so he told Dv Fran that he would let him go if he would behave himself and go home. Dv Fran said he would. and turned to go, and when about six feet away drew his revolver, and, exclaiming,. "D— n you, take that," shot the marshal in the abdomen, from which wound he died two days later. Most people be lieve that life imprisonment is too easy for him. ?: "-. .? ..,;' ?".?.^???? Two Smashups.' '. " Special to the. Globe, v.. . -^i . ■ ANOKA, Minn., Dec. 21.— west bound Northern Pacific passenger train No. 5 was wrecked two miles west of this place at 10:15 this morning." Engi neer Pat Kearney? was thrown from the engine, breaking his shoulder blade and was otherwise badly Injured. He will probably recover. There were no other fatalities. The wreck was caus ed by the breaking of a connecting rod. The train was delayed two hours. The smoke stack on the Eastern Minnesota passenger train fell off. just before the train reached this station last night, tearing a hole in the baggage car and carrying off every step on that side of the train. A delay of two hours oc curred. ■ ?■. ,-.. Pops Procrastinated. • .?. Special to the Globe. ABERDEEN, S. D. Dec? 21.— Judge Campbell knocked the pins from under the county Populists today by denying their motion for an order of mandamus, compelling the canvassing board to canvass the vote for county commis sioner in the first district. Both Re-. publicans and Populists failed to file their demands in time, according to law, and there was no authorized elec tion. The Populists went ahead and voted, however, and then sought to have their man counted in. The va cancy will now be filled by appoint ment and Republicans will get the seat and thereby a majority of the board. Lloyd* May Go Free. JAMESTOWN, N.D.,Dec. 21.— Owing to the postponement from time to time of the case against William Lloyd, for merly the president of the bank in this city, now in the hands of a receiver and in the process of winding up at about 55 cents on the dollar, and the apparent indifference of the ' prosecu tion, also to rumors of an understand ing of some character, it is believed by ] many that the indictments in the Unit- I ed States court will shortly be dismiss- I cd. • •' Captured the Burglars. Special to the Globe. BUFFALO, Minn., ' Dec. 21.— three thieves who broke into McGaffey's hardware store night before last, and stole over a $100 worth of goods, were captured at Big Lake yesterday by Deputy Sheriff Grant and Detective H. B. Cody. They had in.thelr possession nearly all the stolen property. They give their names as Nick Conners, A. B. and G. Macvicker. Reservoirs for the Red. GRAND . FIRKS, N. D., Dec. 21.— Another effort will be made from this section of the Northwest to crowd | ahead the improvement of the Red river by a system of reservoirs, and a bill to that effect will be introduced in : congress. Under existing conditions it 1 is considered that the cost of reservoirs would be low in proportion to the bene - fits derived. It is proposed to place these reservoirs at Red lake, at the i head of Otter Tail river, and at the head of the Bols de Sioux. Fowl Affair at Anoka. ANOKA, Minn., Dec. 21.— The Anoka county poultry show is proving a great* success. Over four hundred birds are on exhibition, nearly equaling in size the show made at the state fair. Mr. Holden Is judge, having been en gaged for the event, and E. L. Crial is secretary. The awards will be made public Monday. ;-";y Iliwuhil.. to Incorporate. ;, DULUTH, Minn.. Dec. 21.— Blwabik will, on Jan. 17, hold an election to see whether it shall Incorporate as a city. It is proposed to Issue $10,000 bonds to extend the water system and put in electric lights. . This morning Andrew Anderson's body was found under a bridge two miles south of Biwabik. He had been missing several week/*. A POSTMASTER'S WIFE. "■___"- ggs| A LEERS WOMAN WHO ASTON ISHED HER FRIENDS AND ?^y NEIGHIIOHS. «'■.-<;;•- .-'j^V ■-;•.' Near to Death, hut Restored So Completely That She Has Been Accepted -by a Life. Insurance' Company un a Good Risk. » \. From the Journal, Lewlston, Me. * - '- A bright little woman, rosy and fresh from her. household duties, dropped Into a. chair before the writer and talked with enthusiasm shining In her snapping, black eyes. The people in the pretty village of Leeds Center, Me,, have watched with some interest the restoration to com plete health of Mrs. W. L. Francis, wife of the postmaster. So general were the comments on this interesting case that tho writer who visited Mrs. Francis and learned from her that the statements regarding her troubles and her subsequent extrication therefrom are enrtlrely true. All of her neighbors know what has been the agency that has performed this cure, but that oth ers may be benefited by her experi ence, Mrs. Francis has consented to allow her story to appear in prjnt. "If there is anything on earth I dread more than another," she said, "it is to see my name in the papers. But in this case I conquer my repug nance and give publicly the same cred it to the savior of my life as I would to one who had dragged me from a death beneath the waves. In fact, I have extolled my preserver so enthusi astically and unreservedly; have sought out sufferers and recommended the remedy to so many friends and ac quaintances that already my neigh bors jocularly call me, 'Pink Pills Francis.' But really, my recovery is something that I consider wonderful. I know that there are so many testi monials of medicine in the papers now adays that people do not pay as much heed as formerly, but I do wish folks who are suffering would remember that what I say comes right from the heart of a woman who feels that she had a new lease of happy life given to her. .... " "Eleven years ago I was afflicted with nervous prostration. My exist ence until two years ago was one of dragging misery. Any one in the vil lage will tell you of my condition. My blood seemed exhausted from my veins, and month after month I grew weaker. I was able to undertake only • the lightest household work, and even then I could perform it only by slow and careful movements. During all these sorry months and years I was, under the care of this doctor and that, but their medicines helped me only spasmodically, and then I fell into re lapses more prostrating than ever. "In the night I used to be awakened by the most excruciating pains in my heart and side, and was obliged to use pellets of powerful medicine that the doctor gave me for relief in such at tacks.' At last my condition became so grave that I went out only infre • quently. We. live up stairs, you notice, I over my husband's store, and in de i scending the stairway I frequently was j obliged to sort of fall and slide over j the steps in order to descend, such | was the strain on my system resulting j from even this slight exertion. Occa j sionally I visited the neighbors, but I I was obliged to sit and rest to re- I cover breath while _ ascending any ele ! vation. In short, 'it did not seem that • I could live, such was my complete physical prostration. "One day I saw an advertisement of ! Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale Peo ple, and although my faith in remedies • I was weak by that tim?, I sent for a box and tried them. That was two years ago. Now I call myself a well woman. Isn't it wonderful? "I .haven't had cine of those excru ciating pains in the heart for a year and a half. Why, even the first box I of pills hs-lped me. I can walk miles ; now; can. do my work easily; have I gained in weight constantly, and you ; would scarcely believe it, but a little i While ago I was examined for endow ment life insurance and was accepted j unhesitatingly after a careful examin : ation by the physician. ••'_" y. "Do you wonder that I'm shouting 'Pink Pills' 'all through our village? . I haven't taken any of the remedy for some months for it has completely | built me up, but at the first sign' of trouble I know to. what refuge to flee. "Last year my aunt. Mrs. M. A. Blossom, of Dixfield, P. 0., was vis iting me. She was suffering from lack of vitality and heart trouble, but she I was skeptical about my remedy that I j was so enthusiastically advocating. At last, however, she. tried it and car ried some home with her when she went. A little while ago I received a letter from her and in it said, 'I am cured, thanks to God and Pink Pills.' She also wrote that her husband had been prostrated but had been restored by the remedy. "We feel up this way that such a sovereign cure cannot be too widely i known. That is the only reason why I I allow my name to be used in this con nection. I know also that by personal ly recommending them I have helped many of my friends back to health, for I never let an opportunity pass i when a word of counsel may direct | some one." | One of the persons to whom Mrs. Francis recommended Pink Pills is sta- I tion agent, C. H. Foster, of Leeds Cen i ter, and the reporter found him patroll j ing the platform awaiting the arrival j of the morning train. Mr. Foster, who ! is one of the most trustworthy, capable I and energetic men in the employ of the Maine Central railroad, appeared in un usually good health and spirits and we made inquiry as to tfr a cause. "Do you know," replied he. "I think I've made a discovery, or at least Mrs. Francis has for me. I have been in poor health' for a long time. with heart trouble variously complicated. We have been so fully interested in Mrs. Francis' wonderful recovery that I at once determined to give the medi cine recommended a thorough test. So, about two months ago, I bought the first box of Dr. Williams' Pink Pills. Only two months, please note, yet al ready I am so much improved, so much better able to fulfil my duties, so san guine that I am on the road to recov ery, that I feel like a new. man. "I can now walk without the fatigue I once experienced, my heart affection appears to be relieved, and I have joined the Pink Pills' band in our com- i munity." Mr. Foster commenced taking the pills at a time when he was complete ly prostrated, after he had suffered such a severe attack of heart trouble that it was necessary to carry him home from his office. Since then he has faithfully adhered to the remedy and is constantly improving, so much so as to excite his enthusiasm and his i gratitude. J ;•: ' Dr. Williams' Pink Pills contain, in a condensed form, all the elements necessary to give new life and rich ness to the blood and restore shattered ' nerves. They are an unfailing specific •for such diseases as locomotor ataxia, partial paralysis, St. Vitus' dance, sci atica,, neuralgia, rheumatism^ nerv ous headache, the after effect of la grippe, palpitation of the heart, pale and sallow complexions, all forms of ■ weakness, either In male or female. 1 Pink Pills are sold by all- dealers, or j will be sent post paid on receipt of price, (50 cents a box, or six-hnxes for I $2.50— they are never sold in bulk or by I ; the 100) by addressing Dr. Williams' j i Medicine Company t Schenectady, N. Y. Positively Going Out of Business, ' '■$& : : ■' ■ • '.':' '.v--.^ : ;? :_ • ...-.• ■•' 'AT* .-. ■ •-" — ; -J- >- ; -yy, • Goods Must Be Sold in Next Ninety Days — — ' — If You Wish to Make a Xmas Present Of anything in the Dry Goods line, you would not be wise if you did not get our prices first. Anything you want you can buy at just what it cost us, and thousands of articles at LESS THAN COST. Gar, Seventh and Minnesota Streets. ■^^^^■■■^^■■■■■^■^■■■™^ss^»i^aMis^ils^i^l^l^.^l^,^, M^,^^^^ M^, MMM^ M^^ w^^,l^ M .^.^s MPj^il M .^»i»^»l»^ ' ■■> PAYS I*^ I it »(' g I ' • ?? ? ••••To L>ose Money Occasionally..*. j I Gaining- so many new patrons. I g Proving the truth of our store talk. . 5 | Showing that our Sales are "on the square." ?..?. , v j I Satisfying every one that we sell the best and most stylish Ej $ Clothing on the street. Sell the cheapest, and, j| s — Incidentally, j5 g Clearing out our Surplus Stock— keeping up our spirits. fe | THAT'S OUR PROFIT, 1 | in giving you choice of any suit in our stores (except Prince % | Alberts) for g I $13.60- I \ Swell Double Breasted. ,.... | % New Style Single Breasted. , p, | Dress Cutaways. ' ■■■ \ I ■••-■ Any Fabric (§25, §22, $20, §18) now $13.50. \ ■ $15.08 | I the magnet price that's sweeping out our spirits. Im- ? THAT'S OUR PROFIT, in giving you choice of any suit in our stores (except Prince i Alberts) for $13a50a Swell Double Breasted. New Style Single Breasted. Dress Cutaways. Any Fabric ($25, §22, S2O, §18) now 513.50. $15.00 I Is the magnet price that's sweeping out those elegant Im ported Kersey and Melton Overcoats, not one worth less than | §20, and up to $25. Have you bought yours? Get into the race. H 3 : You'll win a prize. Any color, any shape and no inossbacks. f\ | Another 100 of those §2.00 Silk Umbrellas for $1.00. ? 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Yon can Bad many article* suitable tor Christinas presents at .\. ... WM. R. BURKHARB'S, "m CHEAP and In reach of every one. VEX BSOS. ! ■ I ■ I I Use Our Self-ris- | ing Buckwheat? Flour ! j i Patronize Home Industry. > ALL GROCERS SELL IT. ! 15 ! ___. f l^T -. — fZT MniuiMctnw J JT~X. ■_. *_»>»_ _.-. i — , y and dealer la Imnorter of Billiard Cloth ni <J Simnllcs. AH lerlnp: and repairing done on short notice. Second-hand tables bought aud ."old. 220 E. Seventh St P«yl, Mi 5 n