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14 THE EAGLE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 1895. WITH GIANT POWDER, Narrow Escape of William E. Watson From Death. The House In Which he. wnti Sleeping at I'iiioH Altos Mown to J'iecen. a One of the moat dastardly ttttemjttH to commit niurder w hich wan ever made in this part of the country was made at Pinos Altos last Saturday morning ahout '.' o'clock. At tliat hour many of the residents of Tinos Altos were aroused from slinnher by a terrilie explosion which was caused" ly the setting off of a ijuantity of giant powder at the house where William E. Watson was sleeping. It was undoubtedly the intention of the perpetrator of the deed to blow Watson to atoms and it is not at all likely that he had any idea whatever that death would not be instantanons. It is believed that not less than ten sticks of giant powder were use.l, from the force of the explosion. Tim explosive was placed as close to the house as possible and in the immediate vicinity of Watson's bed. Va!son was sleeping on two wool mat tresses ami the force of theexplosion threw him against the ceiling with con siderable force. The house was literally torn to pieces. Watson was dazed by the shock but soon recovered. His lirst impulse was to get his shot l'uii. but I that particular piece of personal property j was not in a condition to be used. Me i went out and told the story of the explo sion from his point of view and the citi zens of Pinos Altos were soon looking for a clue to the perpetrator of the deed. Tracks were found leading from the res idence of E. A. Kobhins to the house where Watson had been sleeping and back again. This circumstance led to the conclusion that .Mr. Kobhins had placed the powder in position and ex ploded it. He was arrested and had a preliminary examination on Saturday afternoon before .Justice Lincoln. As the evidence was purely circumstantial, the justice did not feel warranted in holding Hobbins for the grand jury and be was discharged from custody. ' This was not the lirst attempt to de stroy human life with giant powder in Pinos Altos, a man mimed Murray hav ing blown up one of his own children there some three years ago. In i tint in stance the giant powder was placed in the bed with the sleeping child. Since the discharge of Uobbins there has been advanced a theory that the same person is responsible for the two explosions, and that the right one has not yet' been found. Such a thing is possible but there are not many who la-Heve it. The people oí Pinos Altos were roused to a high pitch of excitement and for a lime violence was feared. WOMAN ON A WHEEL.. She May llave a Good Time, Hut 8he Is Mot a Thins of lieauty. Bicycle riding for women may be a joy forever, but it is not a thing of beauty. If ' you're inclined to doubt this statement, says the New York Evening Sun, just take a stroll up the boulevard any line day, Sunday pre ferred. The Sabbath seems to appeal particularly to the woman bicyclist. It isn't alone her much-discussed cos tume that violates ull your accepted standards of the eternal fitness of things; the very act and motion of pro pelling "the wheel" becomes an extraor dinary feat when performed by a wom an. It looks neither graceful nor ele gant, and this, too, no matter how- slender and symmetrical of figure she I may be. Por that, though, there's no j help. If women must indulge in bicy cle riding, and if an awkward appear ance is the inevitable penalty, then all that each individual may for herself: consider is whether the game is worth ' the candle. Hut in the matter of suits there might surely be some improve-! ment. That the becoming and graceful 1 bicycle costume is yet to be invented is' one of the strongest impressions re sulting from a boulevard stroll. Now and then you see a costume not conspic uously dreadful, but the overwhelming majority recall the artist's criticism upon his pupil's latest picture. "That's not bad," said the artist. "No; it's not bad, it's worse.'' It would seem as though em-y style of bicycle suit had its own peculiar diasd vantage. Bloom ers, of course, entail masculine, not, to speak of feminine, disapprobu-1 tion. The short skirt is simplv in the way and is little or no protection; the long skirt gets still more in the way, especially if it be full, while if scant . it shows off the figure most unfortun-1 ately. A long-skirted iodiee spreads out like a sail and catches the wind: i a short-skirted bodice makes you wish ! it were longer. Wheel women, too, dif- j fer as to just which stye of suit is best ! adapted for riding. One of Philadel-! phia's best bicyclists declares that the only time she finds her long skirts in the way is when she dismounts her ma chine to climb n hill. All stout women, if one may judge from the spectacle ' upon the boulevard, are in favor of j bloomers and the stouter the woman i the scanter the bloomers. Some riders wear their Luster bonnets and new spring capes when upon the bicycle just as they would when in a buggy; but although they present a grateful contrast to the bloonicred chaperones of the track, suv.li apparel has a certain unfitness. Not the least interesting feature of the boulevard show is the spectators. They gather thickly upon the sidewalk and gape for hours at the rapidly revolving wheels before them. Most of the crowd are men, and it is curious to watch the expression on their faces when they catch sight of a woman bicyclist. This expression is always the same, only varying in de gree. Bloomers bring out its superla tive qualities. It docs not under any circumstances, however, suggest espe cial respect, reven :ice or admiration for the woman bicyclist; in Tact7"u seems hardly inclined to take her seri ously at all. The sooner that she is taken seriously, however, both by the onlookers and by herself, the greater, will be the chance of an improvement in her costume. MICROBES AND DIGESTION. (ierms Noiv Sulci to Ho Absolutely Nec eitsnry to l'ronnr AHolmilation. The ubiquitous microbe is known to present two sides or phases to its char acter. One i.i that of a disease-producing organism, the other that of the beneficent remover of decaying matter, writes Dr. Andrew Wilson, and of ac tually assisting the animal body to perforin certain of its ordinary vital functions digestion, to-wit. To what extent the animal may be dependent on microbes for its actual welfare is an open question, but, if certain researches undertaken by Dr. J. Kijanizin, of the ("niversit v of Ivicif , are to be credited, there may indeed exist a closer alliunce between germs and their hosts than ha i hitherto been deemed possible. This investigator experimented upon animals, feeding them on food which has practically been stelilized, and giv ing them air which had been rendered wholly germless. One result of this regimen was to limit the assimilation of nitrogenous matter; the idea here being that the presence of microbes in the digestive tract is necessary to ef fect this desirable end of nutrition. The microbes left in the intestine, or originally present there, no doubt ac complished much of the work; but the conclusion is that the microbes re ceived with the food constitute an es sential feature of healthy assimila tion. Death was not the uncommon fate of many of the animals supplied with the sterilized food and air. This result may, perchance, arise from proc esses of self-poisoning such as the mi crobes, naturally present in air and food, obviate and prevent. What seems specially interesting, however, is the new analogy which Dr. Kijunizin's experiments reveal between the animal and the plant worlds. Cer tain plants can only assimilate nitro , gen through the action and aid of the j microbes which live in nodules on their , roots. In these friendly j germs no of nitrogen is possible. Therefore the ease of the plant would seem to be closely related to that of the animal, if it be proved that the nutrition of the latter cannot proceed naturally without the aid of the helpful microbes. Frigid DullneM I''ahlmialIe. The order has gone forth that the manners and customs of the Russian court are to be remodeled on the Eng lish system. The said manners and customs have always had more of bar baric splendor than of western refine ment about them, but, although life under the new regime will be much more respectable, it will not be half so amusing, and it will be interesting to see now at. Petersburg society will I take to the change. As an example of frigid dullness English court life would I be hard to beat.