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PICKINGS IN PLENTY MEMBERS OP CONGRESS GET MORE THAN FIVE THOUSAND DOL LARS YEARLY 111 SHAPE OF ALLOWANCES Clerk Hire and Stationery Alone lii-JiiH tlie To*Rl lp to Over Six Thousand Dollars, While Chair men of the Committees" Live 1" Legislative Clove*— Books of Hl«h Market Value Among: Perquisites. The compensation of a member of con gress supposed to be $5,000 a year. As u matter of fact it is "$5,000 and per quisites." Since the famous "back-pay coiigress"— the Forty-third— when the members raised their salary from $3,500 to $5,000, and made it retroactive, for the entire term of two years, no one has seriously proposed increasing the annual stipend, but year after year there have been tucked into the corners of appro priation bills items which are in the na ture of a bonus to members. The most substantial perquisite thiU goes -with a seat in congress, eays the I'hilailelphia Press, is mileage at the rate ol 20 cents per mile each way, to and from the capital, once each session. For example, if the member lives 1,000 miles from Washington, on arriving at the capitol, he firds? the sergeant-at-arms of the house, If he is a representative, or the secretary of the senate, If he is a Htnator, has credited his account with J-iOfi, or nearly an extra month's pay. The rate of 20 cents per mile was fixed long ago, when transportation was high. The members from the Pacific slope are luck iest in the mileage hand out. One of them gets $1,442 per session, or $2,584 for the term. If a member rides on railroad pusses the niiteage is all clear gain. ALLOWANCE FOR STATIONERY. Congress appropriates every year $125 per member for "stationery, postage and newspapers." The stationery clerk opens an account with the member, crediting him with $126 at the start. He may take hi.s choice between drawing $125 the llrst day of the session, or he may let his Recount remain open during the session, drawing from time to time such supplies of pens, ink, paper, etc-., as he needs, ■which "are charged to hi.s account as he gt>ts them. At the end of the session he Signs a voucher for the unexpended bal ance. "Wise members, old in the service, never leave a pen and holder on their disks in the house. If they do before the ink dries on the pen some colleague borrows It and absent-mindedly locks it up in his desk. Then, too, the congress man need not buy any letter paper when he can get it from the committee of which he is a member, paper on which bis name appears in splendor as a part of the committee's oflicial heading. The chief clerk of the house contracts with various jobbers for these supplies, and they are furnished to members at their actual cost to the government. Thus whether he draws his $125 in* cash and pays for what he takes from the sta tionery room or keeps an open account, the member pays about one-third to one half what other people woui'd pay for the same article. The allowance for "portage and news papers," included in the $125, is another relic of the old days when members put postage stamps on their letters and news papers—in which they were supposed to Uel the public pulae — cost fancy prices. The franking privilege has changed all that, and the congressman delights in nothing more than in his ability to aend tons of stuff through the mails free of charge. ABUSE OF FRANKING PRIVILEGES. The franking privilege hag had Its ups and downs. Years ago it was practically. carte blanche — members franked every thing, but the privilege was ao much abused that the law was repealed. Then the privilege was limited to public docu ments and letters to officers cf the gov ernment on official business. The last change was made in 1895, members being authorized to send under frank any com munication "on official business' to any person, provided the weight did not ex ceed two ounces. The weight limitation is Ignored by members and is not enforc ed. The congressman determines for him. self what constitutes "offlctaj business." At the beginning of the last session of congress there came into the house post office one day a typewriter, boxed, bear ing the frank of a Boston member of con gress. To him that was "official busi ness." Not very long ago one member used to frank to and from his home, &)0 miles away, weekly, the family wash, which was laundered and returned to him under frank as "official business." An apiarian member was accustomed to have sent in from his farm fresh supplies of butter, green vegetables, etc., under a frank which declared them to be, in the member's opinion, "official business." Then comes the matter of clerk hire. Up to the time of the Fifty-third con gress members not chairmen of commit tees had to pay for clerical work out of their own pockets. Some rich members maintained competent secretaries Jit a reasonable salary, but the majority sim ply paid small sums to a stenographer for an occasional batch of letters. Those who had no clerks were simply err;yid boys for their people at home. When they should have been in their committee rooms or on the floor preparing them selves to vote intelligently on public mat ters they were scattered about the pen sion bureau, the war department, the postofflce department and the seed di vision, using the time for which the pso ple paid them $16 a day in petty business that could be handled by any intelligent clerk. JOE CANNON AND HIS CLERK. The Firty-thlrd congress, therefore, pro vided that members should receive $100 per month during the session for clerk hire. But it was only during the ses- Bion. The Fifty-fourth congress met the proposition that a good clerk could not bo had on a session basis by making the plerk hire 5100 per month the year round. This did not Include clerk hire for chair men of committees. The chairman of a committee appoints the clerk of the c m mlttee and the clerk of the commutes acts as the chairman's private secretary. Twenty clerks on the annual roll of the house get $2,000 a year each. Clerks to committees for the sess'on only — "session clerks," as Ihey are called— get $6 a day during the session. In the second Besslon of the Fifty-fifth congress it was provided that chairmen of committees having annual clerks should also get $100 per month clerk hire, nat during the session, but, verily, during the recess of congress. Few people, even- about the capital, know Just why this was done, but the reason for it lay in the fact that the clerk of Uncle Joe Cannon's committee on ap propriations had all the job he could handle right in his committee room dur ing the recess in preparing for the suc ceeding session. Now Uncle Joe really needed n private secretary as much as any member of the house, for there was a campaign on and Uncle Joe's district, usually appreciative of his valuable serv ices, has nevertheless once or twice left him by the wayside. It would not do, however, to give recess clerk hire to one chairman unless other chairmen also re: ceived it. So they ail gol the extra fioO a month. Clerks of annual committees petting $2,000 a year thus received about $500 extra for their arduous labors in help- Ing to re-elect their chiefs to congress during the campaign of 1898. "RAKE OFF" FROM CLERKS. There is, however a well grounded sus picion that in a jjood many cases con gressmen have regarded the $100 monthly clerk hire a s another perquisite of their own. If clerks to members drew their $100 at the disbursing office and signed the pay roll, like other employes, of course there would be no rake-off for the member. But the clerks are unknown, officially. The member signs a voucher which states that he "has paid or agreed to pay the sum of $100 for clerk hire dur ing the month of ," and flltea It with the disbursing clerk, who thereupon sends the member a draft for $100, payable to his own 'order. The law says "not to ex ceed $100," and a few instances are known where members have certified only $50 or so. Some members have regular clerks to whom they turn over the $100 straight. Quite a number of bright men handle each the work of two, three or four mem bers, receiving from each $40 or $50 a month— the member making suitable dis position of the balance of the $100. A res olution was offered in the last congress to put the clerks to members on the pay roll, letting them draw their own money. Of course, it was promptly stifled. Salary, stationery allowances and clerk hire give the member $6,325 a year, to which must be added the variable sum re ceived for mileage. This exhausts his pull on the treasury, but if he is so minded he still has the opportunity to turn a penny by selling his seeds or public documents. His annual quota of "seeds, plants and cuttings" Is as follows: Vegetable seeds (five papers In a pack age), 5,200 packages. Flower seeds (five papers In a package), 400 packages.. Field corn, 50 quarts. Lawn or grass seed, 60 quarts. Strawberry plants, 140 plants. Grape vines, 40 vines. This seed luxury costs the people about $100 per year for each member. BOOKS OF GOOD MARKET VALUE. As for the public documents, the con gressman gets each year twenty-five large wall maps of the United States which cost the people $1.25 each. He gets nearly 100 copies of the Agricultural Year book, a bulky document, full of colored plates. He gets from time to time such valuable books as Richardson's "Mes sages and Papers of the Presidents, '' In sets of ten volumes, now selling at $24 to $32 a set; the "Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution," seven vol umes, bound in sheep; "Moore's Interna tional Law," quoted at $20 a set; the book on "Diseases cf the Horse," or "Diseases of Cattle;" reports of the geological sur vey and the bureau of ethnology, all full of expensive plates, and, in some cases, costing several dollars per volume. His order will draw a large number of expensive charts from the coast and geo detic survey and from the geological sur vey. Four thousand farmers" bulletins are annually issued to him from the agricul tural department. The postofflce depart ment furnishes him each session a po*t route map of his state, mounted on a roller. He is entitled to have bound for his personal use at the government bind ery "one copy," and later a "remaining copy," of every document printed by or der of congress during his term. These are magnificently gotten up in full .mo rocco, with his name stamped on them in gold. Or he can have a constituent's name placed upon them. A member who serves several terms can accumulate a stock of books which have a satisfactory market value if the government binder has been instructed to omit the member's name from the binding. The clerk of the clerk's document room furnishes the member, each session, three packing boxes, two large and one small. They are made of smooth boards, with Iron handles, locks and keys, and the member's name is stenciled on the lid if he so directs. The large boxes hold about as much as a small trunk, ajid the member uses them to send back and forth from- home his valuable books and papers. The small box is sup posed to be sent by the member's order to the United States botanic garden, where the superintendent of that insti tution will fill it with a hundred or so of small plants— geraniums, fuchsias and what not— which the member franks home to set out in his own flower garden or to distribute to his constituents. GETTING AROUND THE LAW. But what the member really longs for is to be chairman of a committee. Ar rived at that distinction, he is In clover. The committee of which he is chairman has a large, pleasant room assigned to its use, and this room becomes the chairman's private office. The first thing he does after receiving his own appoint ment from the speaker is to appoint hie secretary clerk of the committee. The next thing is to obtain from the house leave for his committee "to have" printed and bound for its use such papers and documents as may be deemed necessary during the — th congress." On a simple order, with his name signed to it, the governme.it printer will turn out thou sands of letter heads, envelopes, pamph lets, cards— everything printable, and bind books in full morocco, ad lib. The law says the expense of this sort of thing "shall not exceed $500 during the session," but in Washington they have a smooth way of doing 1 things whereby this is construed to mean that the expense of any one order "shall not exceed $500." The doorkeeper of the house assigns a messenger to look after the room, see that It Is kept in order, guard the portal when the committee is in session and run errands for the chairman. These are some of the items that go to make a representative's life a happy one. Sena tors get the same perquisites, only more. Their clerks get higher salaries, they have more luxury in their committee room and they RSt a larger proportion of documents and like stuff. SILENT BROTHERS. Have Not Spoken to Each Other in Years. DETROIT, Mich., Jan. 13.-^John and George O'Brien, of Beaver Island, quar reled more than sixteen years ago, and swore they would never speak to each other again. They kept the compact un til George moved to Chicago two years ago. During the long reign of silence the brothers slept in the same bed, ate at the same table, and worked at the same bench in their cooper shop, where they made quintals for fishermen. They went into the woods together to saw losrs and worked all day without breaking the si lence with a spoken word. On one occasion John broke through the ice on the bay and called for help. George requested a friend to respond, saying "You go, Jim. He wouldn't take my hand If I reached It out to him. SHOT HIS FRIEND. .Minister Fired at a Mad Steer and Aimed Badly. HELENA, Mont., Jan. 13.— The Rev. E. W. Pool returned this afternoon from Fort Shaw, Indian reservation, where he delivered a lecture to the students at the Indian school. While hunting yester- day with Mr. Campbell, superintendent of the school, the men were pursued by a raging steer. Mr. Campbell, in endeavor ing to escape, fell, and the animal was upon him in an instant. Mr. Pool fired at the steer, causing the animal to divert his course, but a portion of the charge struck Campbell in the lungs, inflicting a serious and possibly mortal wound. WEDDED BEFORE WAR. Romantic Marriage of an American Girl to a Briton. LONDON, Jan. 13.—C. B. Ismay and Miss Constance Schleffelin were married in London this morning by special license. Mr. Ismay starts for South Africa this afternoon*! The bride Is the daughter of George R. Schieffelin, of New York, and the bridegroom is the son of the late Thomas H. Ismay, the founder of the Whi'e Star Steamship line. Miss Schleffelin sailed for England with her father about two weeks ago. Her sister, Florence, is the wife of T. Bruce Ismay, brother of C. B. Is may. The marriage, it is said, was has tered by Mr. Ismay's intention to sail for South Africa as a volunteer. THE ST. PAUL GLOBE, SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 1900. TO AID COLORED MEN ORGANIZATION INTERNATIONAL IN ITS SCOPE TO BE LAUNCHED AT CHICAGO IS OPEN TO ALL GLASSES Designed In the First Instance to Give the Negro the Benefits of n Fraternal Insurance Society, It 'Will Be Open to Every Cla»s and Raee— Prominent Mem Rre Inter ested in It. CHICAGO, Jan. 13.— (Special.)— Booker T. Washington, the foremost colored ed ucator in the world, will arrive here to morrow from Tuskegee to participate in the launching of a project which he and white friends of the race believe will go a long way toward removing race preju dices and uplifting the negro. Prof. Washington himself says that no piian has yet been advanced which promises so much to the colored man In the matter of education, and the inculcating of those principles which go to make the good citizen. He further has stated that there : §fl! hHHHHHHhbHBHK J. FTt A Jt K \\: iVm '. TO X. Impedal Organizer of the United Brotherhood. is nothing visionary in the matter, for personal Investigation has convinced him of Its worth ami) practicability. Something over two years ago Alexan der Miles, one of the weathiest and most successful business men of Duluth, end Mason H. Seely discussed the fact that it was next to an utter impossibility for one of the colored race to obtain life insurance. None of tho fraternal orders were open to the colored man, and the 227 orders oi' that character In the country declined to do business south of the Ohio river. Except In certain localities the same course obtained with the old line com panies. In other words, it meant that a section of the land containing about one quarter of the population of the United Sates was cut oft from any sort of life insurance. Investigation proved beyond peradven ture that the old line companies told only half the truth when they staled that the mortality of the negro race was greater than that of the Caucasian. Of the masses this is unquestionably true, the percentage among the Atrican being from £6 to 35 per cent per thousand. But ■among the insurable class the difference was amazing. It took eighteen months of the hardest sort of work in searching Southern cemetery records to obtain the vital statistics of the insurable class. When these were compared with those of the North it was found that the mortal ity rate of the negro was 4% per cent, aa against 8 per cent for his white brother. It should be born In mind that these sta tistics were taken from a prescribed dis trict to a great extent. NEW FRATERNAL ORDER. Prof. Washington was acquainted with these facts, and made the pertinent ob servation that "insurance and benevolent organizations apparently did not care to accept the negro as a risk, not on account of the high death rate, but rather on ac count of color. He strongly urged th£ founding of a fraternal organization in which no account should be taken of re ligion, politics or color, and which should be open to all males who were in purable. The matter was debated pro and con. Many were the puzzling ques tions which had to be solved, and it seemed at tlmea as though tha project woutd have to be given up, but in the end all of the obstacles were surmounted. Particular attention had to be given to the fact that the lower classes of both races were densely ignorant and could only understand the simplest things. From this condition grew one of the greatest benefits which the new order— the United Brotherhood— 'TtTl con fer on struggling youths, sons of mem bers. It was decided that whenever a pastor in any state of the Union had fifty members of his congregation in the brotherhood he could call them together for the purpose of selecting some young man to take a four years' course at col lege. The order would pay his tuition, the one restriction requiring that he be eent to an institution in the common wealth in which the council Is located; if there be no such seat of learning in the state then to the nearest stale which possessed one. It hSs been figured that the maximum sum for a four years' scholarship would be $300— this scholar ship fund to be taken from the general fund of the order. To assist in Improving the minds of the adult members of the brotherhood the constitution requires that each coun cil shall maintain a well equipped li brary, to be augmented from time to time by the order, and that lectures shall be given each wek on some of the topics which are puzzling the public mind. These are some of the ways in which it is proposed to spread education among members. As the negro is essentially a wage earner, some radically new form of in surance had to be devised. In the old line companies the older the assured the greater the premium. This clearly would not do In the present. So instead of piling up the premium it was decided to reduce the face of the policy. For I In 1858 Rev. HENRY WARD BEECHER | said of g I Brown's BrMjjSialTroches i I " I think bettor of that which I began I I thinking well of." P I Fae-Slmlle £ / /jf JP on every I example: A young man of eighteen years can obtain a policy for $1,080 on which he pays $1 per month. If he lives beyond the age of expectancy he will have the option of receiving the amount he has paid in, $540, or a paid-up policy. But a man of fifty-four years of age can only buy a policy for $456, and pays the same premium as does his young asso ciate. UNITED BROTHERHOOD. The United Brotherhood will be in coiporated this week under the laws of Illinois, which, .barring Massachusetts, are the most severe from the point of in purance legislation of any state in the Union. Under the Illinois statute there must be 500 members before a charter i« issued, and $2 for each member deposited in a bank, and a certificate to this effect sent th*e commissioner of insurance. So it will be seen that the order will and must be on a self-sustaining basis from the start. Chicago has been eelected aa the home of the new organization be cause of its central location, and it is a peculiar fact that applications for membership have been received from over 1,200 men, nearly 26 per cent of whom are white. It is the intention to make the order international in scope, and inquiries have been received from the West Indies and South America dis tricts where the old line companies are loath to do business. The order will have an exhibit among the educational dis play of the negro race at the Paris ex popltion. The officers of the brotherhood, with one exception, are colored men. who oc cupy prominent social and business posi tions in the cities in which they have resided. Alexander Miles, the imperial regent, is one of the wealthiest real es tate- men in Duluth, who did much to aid the marvelous growth of that citv during the past decade. Mason H. Seely, imperial secretary, the one white man on the board, for the past fifteen years has been known as one cf the moat prominent railroad men of the Northwest. The imperial counselor and treasurer is S. Laing Williams, who for the past fifteen years^ has enjoyed a large lega) practice in Chicago. A' man of interna tional reputation is Dr. Dttniel H. Will iams, who is famous not only for estab lishing the first colored hospital and training school in the world, but as the n;ost daring and successful surgeon of his race. He is imperial medical director. The Hon. J. Frank Wheaton, the only colored member ever elected to the Min nesota legislature, a brilliant orator and lawyer, is imperial organizer. The di rectors are Edward 11. Morris, the wealthiest colored man In Chicago, and the foremost legal mind of his race; Ed ward H. Wright, another lawyer, who is serving his second term as a Cook coun ty commissioner, and the Rev. W. H. Weaver, D. D., of Baltimore, secretary of the board of missions of the presby. tery of the United States. When Booker T. Washington delivers his address on "Fraternal Insurance" to morrow afternoon in Bethel chapel, some of the most famous men of Chicago, friends of the negro, will be on the plat form. Among them will be H. H. Kolh baat, Judges Han3ey and Carter, G. II Webster, Natha-niel and Dr. Freer, the Rev. Drs. Locke, Thomas, Brushlngham and others who are interested in the moyement which bids fair to mark an epoch in the upward progress of the race. FRENCH MARBIAGE LAW. Effect I'pon American Women De serted by French Huslinmt*. WASHINGTON, Jan. 13.— According to a dispatch received at the state depart ment from Ambassador Porter, at Paris, American women who have become the wives of Frenchmen and subsequently have been deserted have a peculiar status before the law of France. The French law of marriage provides that marriages contracted by French citizens in foreign countries are valid if celebrated according to the forms habit ual in those countries, providing they conform to the requirement of the French code with respect to age and prior mar riage, kinship, parental consent and con eent of parties. If, however, these for malities have been disregarded the de serted wife still can claim regognitlon if she was twenty-two years of age and her husband twenty-five at the time of the marriage, and If there was no manifest intention to evade the provision of the French law. Under these conditions the alliance would be known by the courts as n putative marriage, the effect of which would be to give the wife the status of a legally married woman, and the children the right to bear the name of the father. They could also inherit -the father's es tate. The French law would further give the putative wife the right of ai-imony, and would enable her to enforce such a claim, not only against her husband, but in the event of his inability, against his relatives. ip" 7 t An American -wife of a French husband who has proved faithful, therefore, is properly protected by the law of France, and the husband- Is released from none of his obligations. If he should, under the circum&tarsceß, -remarry in France, he would be liable to sentence for bigamy in the courts of his own land, if it could be shown he was over twenty-five years of age at the time of his first marriage, and had entered into the contract in good faith. l.eni 1»B Iceland. The depopulation of Iceland is going on steadily The depreciation in the value of the land has been very marked of late, while the taxes have considerably in creased, arid the Icelanders are said to bo emigrating in shoals. Worffl*« Railways. The length oh the world's railways is more than seventeen times the circum ference of the earth at the equator. Boycott vs. Boycott. English business men in Paris are be ing boycotted because of England's talk of boycotting the exposition. KAZLE'S HEADACHE CAPSULES Are sold by all Druggists, and they guarantee them. PASSION FOR PEAITS PHILADELPHIA MAN A SOCIAL OUT CAST BECAUSE OF HIS PE CULIAR FANCY HE SHELLED A PECK A DAY Did Not Care for Goobers and Never Ate Them, tint Wanted to Hear (he Sound of Crancliiiigr Shell*— Driven From Church and Clubs, and Finally Loat His Bride That Was to Be. An uncontrollable, ever present passion j for shelling peanuts has robbed Edwin ; Levlne Hollls. of Philadelphia, of a bride, ■ drove him from several swell clubs and ostracized him from society. He Is only permitted to enter the theaters condition ally, is invited to leave the trolley cars, Is told that he is not again wanted at a church, and Is ordered out of the Sal vation Army barracks. At several places of amusemcmt he is flatly refused admis sion under any circumstances, and the park guards have orders to keep him away from the monkey cages in the zoo, ami his queer penchant Is compelling him to close his cracker factory. But the urchins love him for his" peanuts, "ready , shelled," and the newsboys follow him ' for squares when they see the left hand pocket of his overcoat DUiging out, for they know that a peanut feast is in store i for them. What makps his friends marvel still the more at his strange passion is the fact that Mr. Hollis declares that he has never eaten a peanut in his life, and cou A i not tell what they taste like. Mr. Hollis frankly admits that he has tried innumer- \ able scJiemes and contrivances suggested by his friends in a vain endeavor to find [ a less conspicuous substitute for his un- i explainable passion. But he loves the music produced by the crunching, crack ing and the dull thud of the peanut shell between his thumb and fingers, and con fesses that he can find nothing to take its place. Mr. Hollis estimates that he sheiia and gives away a full peck of peanuts every day of his life. ACQUIRED THE PASSION. Mr. Hollis is forty-two years of age and possesses eonsiderabio wealth. Con sequently he is not. in a measure, dis turbed by the criticisms heaped upon him because of his passion. Stranger than the passion is the crrangs Ir.anuer of acquir 'ing it. Some years ago Mr. Hollis con ducted a cracker bakery in Philadelphia. His factory produced the little hard, brown crackers so frequently found on the table of the first-class oyster houses and cafes. A Yankee economist from down East happened along one day and suggested that the crackers of a batch that was so badly burned that it became mere waste, because its sale was impos sible, might be turned into profit by grinding it into cracker dust. Packed in prettily labeled boxes, it will sell readily, said the shrewd Yankee. And wq from this suggestion cracker dust became a household staple. Mr. Hollis stood by and watched the Yankee develop his sug gestion to utilize the waste, and all day long- the crushing of the stone-hard cracker would ring in his cars. Go where he would and try as he would at night, he says, the sound of the crunching oil the little brown cracker followed him. Money poured in upon him from the sale of cracker dust, and coon improved ma chinery took the place of the wooden hand roller. But not a sound would it proiiuce. He had found difficulty in con tenting himself wiien away from the music of the wooden roller at night, but now that even this was gene Mr. Hollis craved the sound. As a lark someone at the club one night suggested that the party attend tho opera from the "peanut gallery," and the cracker baker Joined the party They took eents amid a. group cf urchins who were crunching peanuts between yells. Mr. Hollis at first started, and when his friends Inquired the cause the nervous cracker baker explained that the noise of the crunching of the peonuts was mufic to his ears, because it reminded him of the sound of the crunching of the little brown cracker by the old wooden roller. For several successive nights f 3l loving Mr. Hollis was found In the "pea nut gallery" distributing peanuts to the urchins, simply that he mig'ht hear them crunched. His actions became noticeable and he was obliged to abandon the "pea* nut gallery" and take to the peanuts himself. And this he did with a ven geance. MADE HIMSELF POPULAR. "Have some peanuts?" was his query to everyone he met, whether at the club, In the church, on the street, at the hotel or in the cracker bakery. At first the club members did not decline the offer, because Mr. Hollis was exceedingly pop ular, the church folks took the peanuts because they liked to eat them and the friends and acquaintances met en the streets and elsewhere took the proffered peanuts because they were ready shelled and toothsome. But it finally reached the point that to meet Mr. Hollis was equivalent to eating a pint or so of pea nuts, and as a steady diet some folks ob ject to peanuts. While the crunching and cracking and dull thud were as music to the ears of Mr. Hollis, the incessant crunching of the peanut shell became a great annoyance to the members of the club. Mr. Hollis was a regular nightly visitor at the club. So were his peanuts. At each visit he found his way into the whist room, but not since the first visit to the peanut gallery at the opera had he taken a haJid of cards. Instead he would place himself behind a player's chair, and there would be a constant crunching and cracking of the peanut, much to the annoyance of the members. The steward would also be obliged to keep by his side, broom in hand, to gather up the shells. Mr. Holl's and his peanut-shelling became a nuisanco. At length the Capital City club adopted reso lutions fixing a fine of 25 cents upon any one who crunched peanuts in the club. Mr. Hollis paid it eagerly and crunched on. The offense was. then made punish able by dismissal. Mr. Hollis fell under the ban and was dismissed from the club. Other organizations followed suit. SPOILED HIS MARRIAGE. Upon his social calls Mr. Hollis was alwaya accompanied by his poeket of peanuts, and while In the parlor his fin gers would nervously crunch them. His friends would remonstrate, saying the lady of the house objected to the shells on the carpet, and he would promise not to offend ag-ain, only to break his prom ise at the next call. Consequently bis invitations grew fewer and fewer, and not even his bachelor friends relumed his calls. Invitations were out for his marriage last Christmas, but the wed ding did not take place, because Mr. Hollis was unable to shake off his desire for crunching peanut shells, which was made a condition. Every other person refusing the pea nuts he would shell in the course of the day, Mr. Hollis ultimately got in the hab it of distributing them among the lads at the cracker bakery. The result of this habit sent several boys to the hos pital from overeating of peanuts, and when they explained to their 'parents where tl ey got the peanuts the boys were kept from the cracker^akary. This resulted 1n the closing of the 1-aKery more than once for want of boys, and its ultimate sale to Harper Worthington, the Yankee who originated the cracker dust scheme, in the_ Hollis cracker bakery. Mr. Honis was a. regular attendant at ; the Yardley Episcopal church, but the j cracking of peanuts spoiled many a sermon and he was finally asked to leave. He tried the Salvation Army and was requested to stop shelling peanuts lor get out of the barracks on East Han over street, which be did. ; Remington Typewriters j . Are in Creater Demand than mi baforj. TT.e «a!e of t&e JfjpWPflSf^fSsffi gT??^*',! '£« ffl The sale of th« < Kemlnzton was ?£r fc tSy-^Hr «i RemlnK'ou to < 2o per cent Sm /WfeSsiS ■ " ts^^i- dflte hal bee " ' ' greater than in fcl/ffigj ■HnSS3^PSRSB«ai. 27 P* r Cel " ' any I rfvlons (M¥J?iiffilii?iSnMffi^WWf!HH*^ grexter tli • n ' year in Its bis- ~ f '^^ftgTOHESßllWaß-ii di.riuK the "«>n^ ', ' . The annual salt of the rj«ralnsrto:>. h«» Riwtyi'l sen create? ' (ban t:i»t of «ny other typewriter— of mauy oilipr»cona« blued. It is known the world ov«r aa , i The most Durable and Reliable Writing Machine. We sell the Paragon Ribbons, the Remington Let ; ter Books, the finest line of Typewriter Pap:rs and ! I Stenographers' Supplies. '. First-olass ittaohlnss for Rent. ! -WYCKOFF, SEAMANS & BENEDICT ! 94 East Fourth St., St. Paui- Ql \ XTT Cf^AT Curious Natural Formation Dis covered Near B.oomer, a C:ty i IN STONE. in Northern Wisconsin. THE STONE FOOT. Showing Where It Seems to Be Broken From the Ankle. A curious formation of sandstone ha-s been found at Bloomer, Wls., a thriv ing little city in Northern Wisconsin, on the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha railway. The stone is In the exact shape of an Indian's foot, encased in a moccasin. The resemblance ia so close that when the foot was first found it was thought to be a pctrification, and the townspeople of fered various conjectures as to the prob able size of the man that in life had been possessed of such a remarkably large foot. From the outer edge of the heel to the end of the toes the foot is just thir ty-two inches, lacking only four inches of being a yard In length. The forma tion of the foot is perfect and at the ankle the stone is broken aa though thus separated by some titanic force from the l«g, of which it had once formed a part. The circumference of the ankle, where it was broken, Is thirty-five inches. The foot is nearly four times as large as an ordinary man's foot, and In pro portion the man that might have had such a foot must needs have been a giant more than twenty feet tall. What a wonderful ogre he wouid have been. Jack would have needed an ele vator, rather than a beanstalk, to have done business with such a giant. But it is not very probable that the foot Is a petrification, although geolo gists who have examined the stone are not as one on the proposition, some as serting in their opinion that It Is the fo >t of a giant prehistoric denizen of this coun try, which by action of certain chemical elements In the earth where it had lain hundreds of years, perhaps, had become a piece of stone. Others assert that it is merely a piece of sandstone, which by some strange freak of nature was given Its present shape. The stone is very hard and we'ghs eighty-seven pounds. It was found last summer in a sand quarry on the farm of W. W. Hillman, a pioneer resident of Chlppewa county, Wis. Mr. Hllman's farm is about six miles southwest of Bloomer, on the county road to Col fax. His eons were getting some sand from the side of a bluff, when they came across the curious stone, and carefully digging it out, they carried it home. Mr. Hillman was considerably struck with the peculiar sthape of the stone, and, thinking that It would prove a good shoe sign for a friend, the proprietor of : a general store at Bloomer, Mr. Hiilman loaded the stone on his wagon one day and took it to town with him. Hia friend was as practical as Mr. Hillman. He had a painter print on one side of the store the legend: "I sell shoes as solid as thla stone." And so in front of the country store the stone that, may one time have been the foot of a prehistoric monarch of the then unknown new world, served for Best Line to Chicago and St. Louis. The Finest' Train in the World leaves St. Paul daily at 8:05 P. M., for Chicago and St. Louis. Electric lighied, steam heated, with Standard and Compartment Sleeping Cars, Reclining Chair Cars, Pullman Buflfet- Library-Smoking Car, and a Dining Car operated on the "European plan. Ticket Office, 400 Robert St. (Hotel Ryan.) Telephone, Main 36. ■ several months the humble office of an I advertising medium for a country dealer I in shoes. Patrons paid little heed to the oddly shaped stone until one day a commercial traveler for an Eastern shoe house chanced to espy it and asked so many questions about it that Mr. Hathaway, | the present owner, began to wonder what !he had. A few days"""uter Air. Hathaway | received a letter from the boot and shue j house, offering a good, round price for the stone, and since then several flat tering offers have been made Mr. Hatha way, all of which he has el eadfaptly re fused, for Mr. Hathaway is rather a pe culiar man. "I do not wish to sell the stone,"' he said, when asked what he considered a fair price for It, "because Mr. Hillman gave it to me, you know, and It would not look well for me to sell it." The growing fame of the stone, how ever, has led Mr. Hathaway Zj remove it from in front of his store and it has been kept for some time In the Central hotel, where it has been viewed by many hundreds of eurlcus folk during the past dozen weeks. Mr. Hathaway has loaned the stone foot to the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapo lis & Omaha road and it will be placed on exhibition in a few days in one of the St. Paul store windows. LIEUT. BLUE HONORED. Given n Gold Medal by Women of S: ntli Carolina. NEW YORK. Jan. 13.— Lieut. Victor Blue, of the United States navy, was hon ored today, on board the battleship Mas sachusetts, at the navy yard.by the wom en of South Carolina, the lieutenant's na tive state, for his heroic work on land and water during the war with Spain. Ex-Gov. Hugh S. Thompson, of South Carolina, presented the lieutenant with a gold medal, one side of which bore the inscription: "Explorator fortusslmus In Ponto Byl vlsque fortuis," and on the reverse sides the words "The women of South Caro lina, to LJeut. Victor B;ue, in high ap preciation of his courage, enterprise and distinguished services in the Santiago de Cuba campaign, 1898/' TO BE SETTLED AMICABLY. French Warship* Have Had Influ ence With Dominican*. SANTO DOMINGO, Jan. 13.— (via Hai tlen Cable.)— Another French warship ar rived here today, -but the difficulty be tween France and Santo Domingo has been satisfactorily arranged through the French admiral and the officials of the government. The latter will probably 13- Bue a proclamation, thanking the pub lic for Its patriotic greetings and declar ing at the same time that there was no Intention to offend France In the patri otic demonstrations, or to molest Its rep resentative. The French warship Suchet left here yesterday. According to rumors, the government 'Will employ the amount raised in useful public purposes, tlifi amount due to France being covered by an Interior loan.