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'K ! ACI.K: WKDNKSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, lttHtt.
13 SülcNo. A. .u .. The total railway capital of the world in $30,01)0,01.0, of which i nut 1 j ,1 jiin owns one-s..th. Tin1 loíul i.. Ici ge of tho woild i 400.C00, t.i.d c-f thin t:.e British empire haH 70.L00, employing 400,000 men nr.d carrying nnmitilly 900,000,000 passengers. Missouri stands highest in coin condition, the agricultural depart ment's figures for that Btatc bcir;r 111. Illinois' are 97, Iowa's 90, Kansas' Ml and Nebraska's 5G. The average t'u. the whole country is 9G.4, as cotnpuiui with 03.4 a year ago. The yield now h estimated at ubout 2,300,000,000 bushels, which Is about 100,000,000 above the largest previous crop. It appears that certain fungi may be dit,!,,c::nated by tmnils aiul tor. '.. An Italian naturalist, Voglljio, I1p.11 found in the digestive canals of tin f - animuls an abundance of the Bporen of , species of Kussulu, Tricholoiui, Iaw.- turius and other kinds of toadstools. But the power of germination of these spores hud not been destroyed by paw ing through the body of the animuls in question, I Last winter's cold seems to hove been futal to sea animuls on the French coast, living as deep as ono hundred feet below high water, reports M. I'uuvel to the Academic des Sciences. DraY'i g for the Tatihou laboratory In May brought up nothing but dead or de composed specimens. The fishermen said: "The bottom of the sea has rot ted." Creatures living only in th - deep sea were found on the coast, together with species that have never been fccii outside of Iceland and Norway, It is well known that the thicknesi of the layer of fine sand in filter'!. gbedii cannot bo reduced beyond u certain point without endangering the quality of the water thot filters throurh. Pi. Kurth, of Bremen, has found in exam ining water filtered through a layer not sufficiently thick that the number of bacteria was greatly increased, ow ing to the presence of a special microbo that could not be found in the water before it entered the filter. These microbes must, therefore, huvo existed in the filtering material and have been devel oped by tho rmssngc of water through it. There had been a great fiil'.'ng ol7 in the quantity of fruit t;h!p ed iron California to tho eust up to Septcnibi r 1 this year as compared with 1 revlou.i years. Thisyear's shipments fall liO.OCO, 000 pounds bi low those of last year ti; to tho same date. Only 2,990 ear YnuU crossed the Siena Nevnduu this yea;, as against 4,280 car loads during the same period last year, or 71,7C0. Of) pounds, as compared with 102.7ao,our.. It is estimated that 1,500 car loads will yet go forward this season, but even then the nhipmcnts will be fully 1,500 ear loads, or 30,000,000 pounds, below last year's record. The decrease Is at tributed to the failure of the aprieol and early pear and peach crops. Two severe frosts last fcpi ing caused most oí the dnnmge. The rjapc crop In wy :.. 0 !'ic late pears and pcaeluK .:.' temed out well. As now est! :in!'( the total fruit shipments by roll .'rom Cal.fornla this year will foot up lfV,7üO pounds. HE "OUTSOT" THE MULE. When It Came to Sutncna" the Mule Waxn't I It As the road turned around the hill f came upon a mule mid a curt and a ,,:.u. The wheels of the cart hud sunk own into a nimlhole, and the nude toad with head down and ears laz'.ly ,1 oi l. lug to find fro. As for the man, ic lay on his back in the shade of a tree .iii'l i.cemed to be taking solid comfort. "What's the matter?" I asked, as ho rat up and looked at me. "; '.'vl has balked," he slowly replied. " Volt mean that he hos refused to ;mll the curt out of the mud?" "Xaetly." '-ut it's a big load onda small mule," f u.gi'd. "Why don't you give him xr-hr help?" 'K's agin my principles. I've yelled it h ;n and I've licked him till I'm tired, :.u! i II be dog-goiH il if I take anything that load or boost that cart! No, . all we stay right yero till tho pesky 1 Iter gits up and humps hisself and pulls that cart out 0' the mud!" "Then yotiorenotinahurry?" I que ried. "Xo, snh, no hurry 'toll," he replied, ::r he hitched back to get more shade. .f .on Hun is plowln' outeo'n w ith the w, the ole woman is iixin' up the :i:a ... and I've a gallon of whisky ond 1 pound of tcrbucl.i r In the cart. It's ; question of belli' sot, and if I can't .ay sot longer'n a thirty-dollar mewl t! en I d better move out or Alnbamy. 1'ive davs later I met tho man nt li '-Hiville and asked him how the"sot :ii" s" came out. "Oh! yes!" he replied with a grin. Wall. I camped right thar' fur two lays and nights, a-slngln' hymns and siin' up an' hevln' a good time, and '.hen that mewl, a-seein' that when it tu.i down to sotiies.s ho wasn't in it v ;th me, took right holt and pulled that i-urt outer the mud and galloped all the way home!" Detroit Free Tress. flip Crown Prince' Pigeon. Cen. von Verdy du Yernois tells a pleasant story about tho war of 1870. At Villciieuvo-le-F.oi he was obliged, for want oí time, to refuse r.n invitation to lunch. A brother otlicer rushed out of the house with 11 ragout, which Verdy ale with gusto. A few doys later the jl I "inperor William said to him at din ner: "That is 0 pretty affair of yours my son haR told me all about it." What affair does your majesty refer ;o?" OBked Verdy. It was this: The Town prince had received the news hut two carrier pigeons hod been jaiight and he had ordered them to be -cut to Versailles. On returning home it the evening he found the following :. legrara: "Lieut. Col. Verdy has Just aten them." They had furnished n th the ragout nt Vllleneuve-le-RoI. 1 ''dm. LOST FOR AGES. Discovery of a Burled City In Turkestan by a Party of Fruwtlnni. In Turkestan, on the right bank of the Amou Diura, in a chain of rocky hills, near the Bokharan town of Karkl, are a number of large caves whteh, upon examination, were found to lead to an underground city, bui.. apparently long before the Christian era, According to effigies, says In formation, inscriptions and desij-n , upon tho gold and silver money uu earthed from among the ruins tho ex istence of the town dates back to sume two centuries before the birth of Christ. The underground Bokharan city is ubout two versts long and is composed of an enormous labyrinth of corridor:., iilrcets and squares, surrounded by houses and other buildings two or thi . stories high. The edifices eoiúai.i a! kinds of domestic utensils, pots, 111:. .: vases and so forth. In some of the streets falls of earth and rock have ob structed the passages, but generally tho visitor can walk about freely with out lowering hls head. Tho high ih rivo of civilization attained by the in habitants of tho city is shown by Um f iut that they built in several storil:., by tho symmetry of tho streets and iquaro, and by the beauty of the clay uad metal utensils and of the orna ments and coins. Draining take. Tne Fanfulla of Rome announces that tho project of the draining of the Trasiraenlan lake, which has been talked about for moro than two thou s ind years, will at last become a faet. A syndleato of capitalists has bought up tho territory surrounding tho lake, a id the immense undertaking will be ü'..trted this year. Tho circumference o tho lake, in which there are three :iull islands, is moro than thirty miles. Its depth averages nine feet. It 1.1 proposed to finish tho work inside of two years, and it is to eo:tt twelv. million liro (two million four htindr. .1 thousand dollars). Treasure In n Ilufl 1' O -ni i I, Near tho battlefield o! l h-uUhh, : . '.'tveoe, u pi'uhlstorio burial itwi.i;.!. e.nlly opened yUt'ul . : v -1 , My.'ontoan vases, tw.iof il..'.. j. . i 10 gold earrings. A'. ;.. , .CriUella, whero the (aul , v. j.uh by the Orcelu i:i 1.. v.-.r twenty thousand of 'ironzo helmet has been fotiu,. e... : ; fyeosura tho inosuio Hour of t of Djspoiua hau been luid bar-;. I.i .enter two lifelike lions of natural i.i , .ire depleted, surrounded by kucccsmw 'nMiimontal borders. Training RUmt Tou l. Kvery yeor a number of lKy are F.ent from Klam by tho king to England to learn different things. Ono learns upholstery, ono learns typotvrltlii.f, one learn i languages, ono learns sci ence, and so on. When they return to Skin r;i .h tnkes with him some dilfer-