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CELEPHONE WIRES SEA
GOING UNDERGROUND | Silt'
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'l wo mltefl of tunnels, which the North
western Telephone company has con
structed for carrying underground wires,
and which has been suplemented by sev
eral miles of conduits, are still to have
other important additions in the now con
duit now under course of construction
between St. Paul arid Minneapolis. "When
this conduit is completed, which will be
some time this summer, all the wires be
tween the two cities will be several feet
rface, and the difficulty re
siiJtanl from induction will be largely, if
not entirely, removed, giving a service
; satisfactory than at present,
and r i a minimum the trouble of
lines in repair.
ttle over twelve years ago the busi-
Korthwestern Telephone com
led ;t magnitude rendering it
to lay the wires underground in
tlon of the city. At first
- thought that the ordinary conduit
was in use in most cities would
Lo ; nstructed In Ui<> streets of
the city. Engin< -rs were put to work
ig the ground and making exam
■ • the conditions. It was then
-I'd that a tunnel might be dug in
- if! sandstone which underlies the
formation in the region west <>:'
i stre< t. and South of College avenue.
soon as it was found that such a
nut only possible, but would
be much cheaper than to dig up the
is ami lay the conduit, the company
mined t" use the tunnel in as large
a district as the formation made it i>os
sihle. \ 'cordingly men were put to
Work, and i, ally two and one-half miles
was dut? fifty feet below the
surface of the streets. This tunnel un
- Fifth street from Cedar street to
fters; Fourth street from Cedar
■ inklin: Sixth street from Cedar to
Washington; VViabasha street from Col
te to tin- bridge, and Cedar
from Fourth to Second street. In
laid all the wires reaching to the
■ st of Cedar street.
Tunnel Is a Wonder.
■ tunnel is one of the wonders
of the city, and no visitor can say that
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n all the most interesting sights
of the ciiy until be has visited the tun
nel of the Northwestern Telephone com
pany. He may go to the beautiful parjes
and witn..ss their grandeur, he may see
the great commercial and manufacturing
-is of the city; he may inspect the
colleges and universities of which the
so proud, and yet when he has
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Here Are the Names of Eight American Rivers. What Are They?
Copyright 1902, by
Robert Howard Russell.
ONE Morning an energetic little Man who had
about a Ton of Work piled up on his Desk came
down Town with a Hop, Skip and Jump, deter
mined to cloan up the whole I.ay-Out Ix-tore
He had taken eight hours of Slumber and a
cold Souse in the Porcelain. After Breakfast he came
out into the Spring Sunshine feeling as fit as a Fiddle
and as snippy as a young Colt.
Hear* About Grave Poftslbilitii's.
"lie to the Office to get that Stack of Letters off my
Mind," <=aid the Hopeful Citizen.
When ho dashed into the Office he carried 220 pounds
of St^am and was keen for the Attack.
A tall Man with tan Whiskers arose from behind the
roll-top Desk and greeted him.
completed his tour, he will be compelled
to say that he has seen nothing wonder
ful, for each of them has its counter
part in other cities. Not so with the
tunnel. Jn no other city or place can
one find such a thing as it, for it is an
impossibility in other cities because they
have not the sandstone underlying them.
The tunnel Is dug at an average depth
of forty feet beneath the. surface of the
streets and has no wall, but. those, which^
were left when the workmen finished
with his pick. It 'is seven feet high and
four feet wide and has a smooth level
floor. Along the sides are strung the
huge cables containing the hundreds of
wires that are used for carrying the mes
sages ot the subscribers. Far beneath
the surface, removed from the atmos
pheric conditions and currents, the wires
are always ready to do the service for
which they are intended.
But the formation underlying a great
portion of the city is not of such a nature
as to make it possible to use the tunnel.
In this section the company finds it nec
essary to build conduits for carrying tiTe
wires beneath* the surface. In order to
build a conduit a trench four or five feet
is dug along the street and tiling laid in
mortar. The cables are strung through
this tiling and thus they are protected
from the moisture. This tiling is
reached at regular intervals of about 300
feet by "manholes," where it is possible
for workmen to get on a level with the
wires to make connections and repair
All the district outside of that men
tioned where the tunnel has been dug
and where the underground wires are
needed, is supplied in this way. Each tile
in the conduit is about three inches in
diameter and affords sufficient space to
carry 400 wires. This system is almost
as satisfactory as that of the tunnel and
is much cheaper where a sandstone- for
mation such ac exists in certain down
town districts is not found.
Conduit to Minneapolis.
The conduit between St. Paul and Min
neapolis has been laid as far west as
Dale street and as far east as Washing-
ton and University avenues, in Minne
apolis. The company recently btgan
work to connect the conduits, and last
Monday morning a large force of work
mi n began at Dale street to lay the con
duit along Selby avenue. The trench was
dug and some of the tiling has already
been laid. The work will be pushed to
completion as rapidly as possible, and it
The Moderi) Fable of Ihe palch of Letters °V N P U3 Pv AVT
' now are you feeling this Morning?" asked the
"Swell and Sassy." was the Reply.
"And yet, tomorrow you may join the Appendicitis
Colony and day after tomorrow you may lie in the
darkened Front Room with Floral Offerings on all
sides," said the Stranger. "What you want is one of
our non-reversible, twenty-year, pneumatic Policies with
the Reserve Fund Clause. Kindly glanoe at this C*»*rt.
Suppose you take the reactionable Endowment with the
special Proviso permitting the accumulation of both
Premium and Interest. On a $10,000 Policy for 20 Zears
you make $S,SOO clear, whether you live or die, while
the Company loses $3,567.44, as you can see for your
"This is my " began the Man.
"Or, you may prefer the automatic tontine Policy
with ball-bearings," continued the Death Angel. In this
case the entire Residue goes into the Sinking Fund and
draws Compound Interest. This is made possible under
cur new System of reducing Operating Expenses to a
Minimum and putting the Executive Department into
the Hands of well known New York Financiers who
do not seek Pecuniary Reward but are actuated by a
Philanthropic Desire to do good to all Persons living
west of the Alleghenies."
"That will be about all from you," said the Man.
"Mosey! Duck! Up an Alley!"
"Then you don't care what becomes of your Family?"
asked the Stranger, in a horrified Tone.
"My Relatives are collecting all Of their Money in
Advance," said the Man. "If they are not worrying
over the Future, I don't see why you should loss any
So the Solicitor went out and told everyone along
the Street that the Man lacked -Foresight.
At 9:30 o'clock the industrious little Man picked up
letter number 1 and said to the Blonde Stenographer,
At that moment the Head of the Credit Department
hit him on the Back and said he had a Good One. It
was all about little Frankie, the Only Child, the Phe
nom, the 40-pound Prodigy.
In every large Establishment there is a gurgling
I'arent who comes down in the Morning with a Story
THE ST. PAUL GLOBE, SUNDAY. APRII, 6 , 1902.
is expacted that the work will be finished
The conduit that is now being laid will,
cairy ten cables, each containing 400
wires, which gives it a total capacity of
4,000 wires. At Victoria street the size
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LAYING CONDUITS FOR THE NEW CABLE.
will be reduced from ten flues to six,
and the capacity from that point to Min
neapolis will be 2,400 wires.
The route that has been selected for
the underground cable is along Selby aye-
lAIL SERVICE ON
THE YUKON TRAIL
The regularity of the winter mail ser
vica up and down the ice-bound Yui:on,
between Dawson and Fort Gibbon, a
distance of 800 miles, has called attention
to one of the greatest feats ever per
formed by a star route contractor in
the employ of the United States govern
ment. A weekly service is being main
tained, and it matters not whether the
thermometer is 20 above or GO below zero.
Th-3 mail leaves Puget Sound ports by
steamer to Skagway, going thence by
rail to White Horse and by stages from
White Horse to Dawson. B. S. Downing
hao the mail contract from Dawson to
Fort Gibbon, which is at the mouth of
the Tanana river.
To assist in his work Mr. Downing has
twelve regular and three special car
riers. He has also 152 dogs and 48 sleds
and toboggans, and 252 sets of dog har
ness. His is the longest star route in
the world, and it is one of the coldest
trips known to man today, the thermom
eter often registering 60 degrees below
zeco. But never yet has Mr. Downing
failed to deliver the United States mail
within the time limit, which is thirty
days from Dawson to Fort Gibbon. He
has the best dogs in the Yukon country,
and during his four years of service not
a single complaint has been entered
against him at the department at Wash ■
ington. Mr. Downing has been travel
ing up and down the Yukon since the
fall of 1597.
On the trail between Fort Yukon and
Fort llamlin the river is very wide, and
the snow drifts as badly as it does in
Dakota". A mail carrier has to go ahead
on snow shoes, and the six dogs follow
him with the mail on a toboggan. It is
certainly a hard trip, for there is no sign
of a trail ten minutes after a man passea
When Mr. Downing made his first trip,
nue to Snelling a\er U e" then on Snelling
to University, and out University until it
meets the conduit at Washington avenue
'in Ttoinneapolis. TVhertjUhe work is com
pleted, which will' l J(i a* goon as the large
force that is atw.jrk^in accomplish the
task, it will be potsibliito carry on con-
versations between the two cities witn as
much satisfaction as though the places
were not separated by several miles of
epaoe, teaming with electric light wires
and street car cables.
after the close of navigation, last fall,
he met with an, accident about half way
between Circle and Eagle City. After
leaving Circle on his way to Dawson,
about 9 a. m , without any warning
whatsoever, the ice gave way and Mr.
Downing and the mail Went into the Yu
kon. He immediately grabbed his sled
and called to the dogs to "mush on." As
the mail was roped to the sled he knew
there was no danger of losing it. Through
his assistance the dogs were able to pull
the sled out of the river. After a hard
struggle he not out himself. Then ho
struck out for the nearest cabin, which
was eight miles up the river.
He was wet from head to foot, and the
thermometer registered 45 degrees below
zero. He hastened as fast as the dogs
ci.uld carry him and the mail over the
ice and snow until he finally arrived at
a hunter's cabin, after tight hcurs of
hard travel. Finding the cabin deserted,
he took a bowie knife from his pocket
and cut his clothrs from his person, as
h.s strength, was leaving him very fast,
wrapped himself in a blanket, alhd lmi'.t
Next c"ay he continued his journey on
to Dawson City, a distance of IH2 miles,
with h's fept and kgs ?o badly frost bilten
that every step he took was marked with
bloody footprints. After six weeks of
suffering in the hospital, it was found
necessary to amputate, parts cf his toe.-.
He has finally recovered, and expects to
leave in a few weeks;on his annual trip
of inspection to Fort Gibbon and return.
It takes fifty-two tons of supplies an
nually to feed Dnwning's employes and
di gs during the winter months, lhe sup
plies have to be landed during the sum
mer season by the steimers, as there is
no pops Ms way to get any supplies during
the winter months. Between Eagle and
Circle City, a distance of 17t> miles, where
there is no town or gettlsment whatever,
Mr. Eown:ng built cab.ns, fifteen to twen
ty miles app-i-t, in order that when evening
approaches the mail carrier may go in and
build a" fire and cook a warm supper for
himself and doc.
These carriers average from thirty-five
to forty roilee a day with the mail going
down. Coming back they make a little
better time. After leaving Dawson with
the mail the first stop is at Forty Mile
Post Office, the se?ond at Eagle City, 100
miles below Dawson; the third at Circla
City, '76 miles below Dawson; the fourtft
at-Fort Yukon, 166 miles from Dawson.
From Fort Yukon 1 to Fort Hamiin, a dis
tance of 2SO miles, there is not a single
house. Froi- Fort Hamiin it is ninety
miles to Rampant City, and the next and
last stop, ninety inilesifrom Rampart, is
at Fort Gibbon, at the mouth of the
$5O 10 California and Return.
The Minneapolis and St. Louis R. R. will
sell tickets April 20-27, May 27-June 8,
good for sixty days, at $50. The only line
with morning sleeper from Minneapolis
making direct connection with through
trains at Omaha and Kansas City. For
full information call on W. L. Hathaway,
C. T. A.. No. 1 Wash. Aye. So.. Minne
apolis, or F. P. Rutherford, C. T. A. 398
Ilohert St.. St. Paul.
A Child's DeserinUon.
He was only four, and convalescent
from the grip. Leaning his little head
on his mother's arm, he said, wearily:
"O mamma, I feel like a broken toy!"
concerning the incipient Depew out at their Ho^se. It
seems that little Frankie has been told something at
Sunday School and he asked his Mother about it and
she told him so-and-so, whereupon the Infant Joker
arose to the Emergency and said; and then you get it,
and anyone who doesn't laugh is lacking in a Finer
Appreciation of Child Nature. The Busy Man listened
to Frankie's Latest and asked, "What's the Rest of it?"
So the Parent remarked to several People that day
that the Man was sinking into a crabbed Old Age.
Hears «f Another Xew Scheme.
At 10 A. M. the Man repeated "Dear Sir" and a
Voice came to him, remarking on the Beauty of the
Weather. A Person who might have been Professor of
Bee-Culture in the Pike County Agricultural Seminary.
so far as make-up was concerned, took the Man by th«
Salesman to QJ£^P|N&^^ JpD"^£L']p^H '£^1 AMERIc7y w W
"JJBst~'', Lively Selling of Spring Clothing.
;'^^^W- For Men, Women and Children. ~~T
'J§^i^ *Tr*HE .WONDERFUL INCREASE of our Spring trade is proof lar~V
fTTfffriflTTfil*^. h positive that our styles are latest, our qualities finest and our X ~Y
w/fffll 11Ik \ prices lowest."You can fool some of the people all of the Y--7
; 11111111 111 V \ time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the _<^rsv^>~
* 88111/iidvi jl^ \ people all the time," said Lincoln. /£§sP^£^^?\
wMli I fis^n.3.^f^ffiA If we didn't givs the people as much, or more, for their money .*-"*i'-'\
I^^v '^wl^isnt ' than cash stores, this increase of business could never be recorded. . £ " ;"*"!/,] '-»' \
:v .:- I^^^^^^X^-—-^ We advertise only for new trade, our old trade we don't need to ad- ir^^ ife|( iN;*l" ! V^X
ftt~y§Mp&M' vertiss for; once a customer here, always a customer. Small weekly fes t^|fci^;y l.|V^-:i\
li' )W* \ Ladies' Tailor-made Suits. $7.50 to $40.00 V^ ', ;V
\j£w '■ f§ \ Ladies' Spring Waists $1.50 to $10.00
jM \% |\ Ladies' Stylish Shirts $2.00 to $30.00 %%■="-^
i i jf\ Ladies' Trimmed Hats $2.00 to $10.00 Wj^fe '^
f i § \ Men's Fine Suits $6.00 to $20.00 WlW'
'■' ' ff §■ ' Boys' Suits $5.00 to $15.00 IV
telephone MENTEB, 30SENBLOOM & CO. store open 1|
9W»9 II Ua'n (Formerly People's Credit Clothing Co.) CUCUIUPC MA it
-37C Robert Street Up Stairs w J lg
Plans Behring Strait Tunnel
One of the most daring engineering
projects ever contemplated is ttea-t of a
tunnel under Behring strait, to connect
the Trans-Siberian railway with Ameri
can lines. Chimerical as the scheme may
at first appear, its author. M. Loicq de
Lobel, says that within six years Lhe
work wili be practically realized. The
European edition of the New York Her
ald publishes an acocunt of what has
been already done in an inter vif.v with M.
Maurice de Lobel. who recently returned
to Paris after spending two years at
Behring strait and the shore of the Arc
M. Maurice de Lobel has had sums
thrilling experiences during the long
months he spent in the Arctic circle. To
carry out the task his father had sol him
i in the matter of soundings and measure*
mints in the treacherous strip of water
that divides America anJ Asia he crossed
the strait twice in a small open boat;
with a single companion, a fact that had
never before been accomplished by a
white man. The strait here is fourteen
miles wide and about 350 f<:et deep.
Through this narrow channel the waters
of two oceans rush with never ending
! change. The boat of the young explorat
i was upset tw?ce. All his notes wore tost
and he escaped narrowly with his life,
: He is now at work reconstructing his
data from other memoranda, and soon
will have them again in hand.
A Dnnfierons Clmnm-i.
The nature of the currents in the strait
and the drifting ice encumbering the wj.
ter most of the year would render a sys
tem of giant ferries to carry the trains
across, as was lirst intended, wholly im
practicable. The tunnel, owing to the
nature of the floor of the strait there, »3
declared entirely feasible.
"I have instituted in France." said M.
Loicq de Lobel, in reply to my questions,
"a committee of patronage of my project,
comprising the names of the most emi
nent men of the senate, of the chamber of
deputies, cf the diplomatic corps, of the
institute nnd the army. With such collabo
rators there can be no doubt that 1 shall
receive in Russia the same warm wel
come I received during my lest visit to
Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago. Wash
ington and New York from the for.-mo.st
financiers of those cities."
This committee of patronage, said M.
de Lobel, has designated three of its
rhi^mbers—Quartermaster General P;;v»>t,
Marquis de Roussy de Sales and Boran
F. de Lrmrmel dv Hourmelin— to assist
him in his Russian interests. The Rus
sian press has been extremely cordial to
the enterprise, he said, and even the
German press, which might have been
expected to evince some antipathy to the
project, had thus far voiced nothing but
encouragement and admiration.
"If all the formalities in Russia can
be gotten through with this year," con
tinued M. Lobe.l, "we shall be able to
commence the construction of the Trans-
Alaskan-Siberian railway simultaneously
at three different points—one in Siberia,
one at the Behring Straits and one at
Fort Cudahy, on the frontier of Alaska."
"Where do you cross Canada?" I ask
"For the moment we need not think of
that," said M. Lobel. "The White Pass
Railroad company will look out for that.
This line accomplishes one of the most
difficult parts of the route, and will con
nect with our line at Fort Cudahy, where*
construction is soon to be begun. The
road thus formed will tap a vast region
of almost unimaginable mineral wealth
People are prone to consider Klondike as
a worl to conjure with, but this is mere
detail, almost insignificant in compari
son with the rich area through which the
road runs. Not only gold, but copper
in vast quantities and iron are also there.
Hand and informed him that he (the Man) was a
Prominent Citizen and that being the case he would be
given a Reduction on the half-morocco Edition. While
doing his 150 Words a Minute, he worked a Kellar
Trick and produced a large Prospectus from under his
Coat. Before the Busy Man could grab a Spindle and
defend himself, he was looking at a half-tone Photo of
Aristotle and listening to all the different Reasons why
the Work should be in every Gentleman's Library. Then
the Agent whispered the Inside Price to him so that
the Stenographer would not hear and began to fill out
a Blank. The Man summoned all his Strength and
made a Buck.
"I don't read Books," he said. "1 am an Intellectual
Nit. Clear Out!"
So the Agent gave him a couple of pitying Looks and
departed, meeting in the Doorway a pop-eyed Person
with his Hat on the Back of his Head and a Roll of
Blue Prints under his Arm. "The Man looked up and
moaned. He recognized his Visitor as a most dangerous
Monomaniac—the one who is building a House and
wants to show the Plans.
"I've got everything figured out," he began, "except
that we can't get from the Dining Room to the Library
■without going through the Laundry and there's no Flue
connecting with the Kitchen. What do you think .■. d
better do?" A
"I think you ought to live at a Hotel," was the re
. The Monomaniac went home and told his Wife that
he had been insulted.
| At 11:30 came a Committee of Ladies soliciting Funds
for the Home for the Friendless.
' '■■: "Those who are Friendless don't know their own
i Luck," said the Busy Man, whereupon the Ladies went
outside and agreed that he was a Brute.
"At Noon he went out and lunched on.Bromo S*it>
. zer. y' -=
\Vhen he rushed back to tackle his Correspondence,
he was met by a large Body of Walking Delegates who
« told him that he had employed a non-union Men to
paint his Barn and that he was a Candidate for the
Boycott. He put in an Hour squaring himself and then
he turned to the Stenographer. , '-.'.'"
"How far have we got?" he asked
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To make the mineral endowment com
plete, great coal regions have also
discovered and are now being regularlj
"On the Asiatic side, it goes without
saying what an important adjunct the
SCENE OF TKE PROPOSED TUNNEL.
I ~ , if
At the narrowest part East Cape, In Asia, approaches within about thirty-six
miles of Ca;:>e Prince of Wales on the American shore. The strait Is In
from twenty-three to thirty fathoms in depth, and contains a few small Islands
known as the Diomede Islands. Vitus Bering, a German in the Russian service,
discovered the passage in 1728.
new road will be to the Trans-Siberian
In speaking of the White Pass road,
which forms, so <o speak, the link be
tween Alaska and the railway systems
£* GREAT-GRANDMOTHER AT 45 0
Married «t 13
A mother at ..... II
A grandmother nt . . .2&
A great-grandmother at . 40
Such is the remarkable record of Mrs.
Minnie Davis, of Omah 1, who today, at
the age of forty-eight, has a great-grand
daughter three years old.
Mrs. Davis was born In Boston, Mass.,
in 1855, and married wh<_-n thirteen yean
of age. At fourteen a daughter, now
Mrs. Ellis, of Council Bluffs. lowa, was
born. This child was married when thir-
"Dear Sir," was the Reply.
Just then he gut the Last Straw— a bewildered i
with a Letter of Introduction. That took U) Ml
When Rufe walked out, the Busy Man fell wttn hid
Face among the unanswered Letters.
"Call a Cato," he Bald.
"The 'Phone is out of order," was the Reply.
"Ring for a Messenger," h>' said.
The Man let out a low Howl like that o£ a F
Wolf and ran from the Office. When he arrived ?t
Home he threw his Hat at the Rack and th«n BMitte the
Children back Into the Corner and keep quiet. Ilia
Wife told around that Henry mi Working to > hard.
MORAL: Work Is a Snao but the Intermissions dc
up the Nervous System.
\ Daring Project of M. Loicq d* Lo- \
< bel to Connect Two Continent.,, *
r'f the United States, M. de !-#«._*.' said
that it was one of the i icious
all times. Thla
at present extends from Sk
White Horse Rapids, on the other si.! •
of the famous pass, much of ii
ing been hewn out of the solid rock. Th©
road will be pushed on t" Dawson within
the next twelve months, and it. is I
that th>' principal junction with th
tercontinental line will be establisl
teen, giving birth to a daughter on<
later. This daughter, now Mrs.' Rlgsby,
of Seattle, Wash., married when fifteen
years oM. and little Eva Rigsby was born
when her mother was just » venteen.
T-hi' Lgo when the last link in
th> chain was born, the record was:
Mrs. Davis, great-grandmother
Mrs. Ellis, grandmother, tliirt
Mrs. Rfgsby, nioth.-r. seventi
Miss Rigsby, the daughter, ■
At that time th imbtned a^.. o
four generations was only ni
By George Ade.
Is Greeted I>>- Hit- I.:-.ili«M.