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PACIFIC COAST NEWS
Commercial and Financial Happening of Interest In the Growing Western Statei. Coal for Market. In the country surrounding Stella, Cowlitz county, Wash., it has been known for a number of years that crop pings of coal have been discovered, and some prospecting and development work have been done. The coal assay ed well, and it was comparatively easy of access, bat for some reason it was fonnd difficult to interest capital suffi cient to mine and ship the coal on a large enough scale to make it profita ble, and the man who owned the must valuable properties in that locality had not the means to do so himself. About six months ago the following capital ists of The Dalles became interested in the property: Hon. Malcolm A. Moody, J. M. French, J. B. Mclnerny and J. Nicholas. They employed a practical mining engineer who had had experience in this character of work, and had a thorough inspection of the properties made. The result was that they formed a company giving the awner of the land a half interest in paid-up, non-assessable stock, while they agreed to furnish all the money necessary. They purchased machineiy af the latest design in the East, and most of it has arrived and been set up. It is the expectation of the company to have coal from its mine on the market within 60 days of a quality equal to any that is now used in the Northwest, and at a price very much below that at which it is now sold. In carrying out their present plans they will build a railroad from Stella, four miles np Cold creek to where the mine is located. The Big Buffalo Sold. One of the most important mining deals ever made in the Northwest, whereby the former Big Buffalo mine at Buffalo Hump becomes the property of Charles Sweeney, the Spokane capi talist, has been consumated at Grange ville, Idaho. The sale embraces the Bert Rigley, Young and Bobbins inter ests, representing one-half of the mine, for $125,000 cash. Sweeney had pre viously secured the other interests for which he paid about $75,000. The deal on the property has been pending manv months. Mew Blue River Ledge. The newly discovered quartz pros pects on the Blue river, Or., reported about two weeks ago, are attracting a great deal of attention. Miners and prospectors are heading that way from all directions, and already a lively mining camp is there. The discovery is in the vicintiy of Blue river falls, several miles northwest of the old Blue river mining camp. It is easily acces sible by a horse trail from the main road up the McKinzie, and no difficul ty is experienced by miners taking in supplies. To Plant Tomatoes. The Davidson Fruit Company, at Hood River, Or., has furnished about 75,000 tomato plants to farmers who are going into the business of growing tomatoes for the cannery. P. F. Brad ford has the supervision of the growing of the plants, and has visited the farm ers and given instructions about setting the plants. The plants are furnished free and the farmers have engaged to plant about 30 acres for the fruit com pany. Next season if 100 acres of peas can be secured, the company will put in machinery to hull and can green peas. Mohair Fool Sold. A pool comprising 2,931 fleeces of mohair has been sold at Corvallis, Or. The purchasers were F. L. Miller and S. L. Kline, merchants of that place, and the price paid was 28 cents per pound. The total weight of the lot would be about 10,000. The pool is the second of the kind sold there this season. A former lot of almost the same number of fleeces sold recently at 28 Jb cents per pound. Northwest Motes. Fred . Wilmartb has purchased an interest in the Burns, Or. News. A new saw mill will soon begin operations at Alba, Umatilla county. The material for the Fossil, Or., waterworks, weighing 100 tons, will be hanled from Arlington by team. The new bridge crossing the Coquill river at Myitle Point has been com pleted and opened to traffic. It is the best bridge in Coos county. The Sugar Leaf Creamery, Coos county, has resumed operations. It will handle 10,000 to 15,000 pounds of milk daily as soon as the roads are good, and will make cheese principally. George Snodderly, a pioneer of Grant county, Or., died at Long Creek. He was 69 years of age, and went to the Canyon creek mines in 1860. The body was taken to Susan ville for burial. Field Superintendent Larson, of the La Grande beet sugar factory, reports that there is a total of 700 acres of beets planted and the ground is pre pared for seeding 800 acres more. J. F. Birney, of Everett, Wash., has gone to Snohomish to survey a logging camp for Campbell Bros., on Batt's slough, where 700 acres of timber will be handled. At a Port Townsend custom house sale of seized goods, consisting of silks, eigars and opium, the principal bidders were Chinese, and the opium brought $10.50 a pound, the regular market price. Over 500,000 shingles were floating in the bay and strewn along the beach at Port Townsend as a result of the capsizing of the scow towed from Dun geness with 1,000,000 shingles on board. Many have been recovered, but the loss will be heavy. A cattle buyer was on the Lower Co quille river the past week buying and contracting for calves and young stock for parties in Fresno county, Califor nia. He made contracts for some 600 head of calves at $8 per head, to be de livered the first of September. The Republic company has 52 teams, many of them six horses, on the road freighting from Repnblic to Columbia, B. C. A six horse outfit hauls 8,000 pounds, and makes the round trip in five days. SITUATION IS FAVORABLE. There Are Bad Features, But thty Are in the Minority. Bradstreet's says: Evidences of the fact that there are now two sides of the general trade situation, where for a year past there was but one, come to Bight this week. Different sections of the country and lines of business return different reports, but that the situa tion as a whole is a favorable one and suffers merely by commisseration with the enormous and almost fevrish ac tivity of some time ago, is also evident. Excluding the great speculative cen ters, the aggregate of business is un doubtedly larger than a year ago, and the business done in several industries reporting reduced activity would seem very large even to those bearishly in clined had it not been for the enormous aggregate done some short time ago. Crop prospects, except in the wheat area of the Central West, and in some Hooded sections of the South, remain all that might be wished for. Retail demand is improving and nothing of a definitely depressing character has yet developed. In the abrupt readjustment of steel and wire prices, the iron and steel in dustries received a notable shock, but have stood the ordeal very well. In agricultural products the situa tion is generally one of sustained strength. Some slight shading in wheat prices is largely the result of flattering winter wheat crop pros pects in the sections west of the Mississippi. Wheat, including flour shipments, for the week aggiegate 3,583,683 bush els, against 3,898,451 last week. Failures for the week in the United States are well down to the minimum, numbering only 182, an increase of 21 over last week. Canadian failures for the week num ber 18, as compared with 19 last week. PACIFIC COAST TRADE. Seattle Markets. Onions, $9. Lettuce, hothouse, 40 45c doz. Potatoes, $1617; $1718. Beets, per sack, 50 60c. Turnips, per sack, 40 60c. Carrots, per sack, 75 85c. Parsnips, per sack, 50 75c. Cauliflower, California 85 90c. Cabbage, native and California, $1. 00 1.25 per 100 pounds. Apples, $2.002.75; $3.003.50. Prunes, 60c per box. Butter Creamery, 22c; Eastern 22c; dairy, 1722c; ranch, 1517c pound. Eggs 1516c. Cheese 14 15c. Poultry 14c; dressed. 1415c; spring, $5. Hay Puget Sound timothy, $11.00 12.00; choice Eastern Washington timothy, $18.00 19.00 Corn Whole, $23.00; cracked, $23; feed meal, $23. Barley Rolled or ground, per ton, $20. Flour Patent, per barrel, $3.25; blended straights, $3.00; California, $3.25; buckwheat flour, $6.00; gra ham, per barrel, $3.00; whole wheat flour, $8.00; rye flour, $3.804.00. Millstuffs Bran, per ton, $13.00; shorts, per ton, $14.00. Feed Chopped feed, $19.00 per ton; middlings, per ton, $20; oil cake meal, per ton, $30.00. Fresh Meats Choice dressed beef 9teers, price 8c; cows, 7c; mutton 8c; pork, 8c; trimmed, 9c; veal, 8 10c. Hams Large, 13c; small, 13 Ji; breakfast bacon, 12jsc; dry salt sides, 8c. Portland Market. Wheat Walla Walla. 52 53c; Valley, 63c; Bluestem, 56c per bushel. Flour Best grades, $3.00; graham, $2.50; superfine, $2.10 per barrel. Oats Choice white, 35c; choice gray, 34c per bushel. Barley Feed barley, $14 14.50; brewing, $17. 00 17. 50 per ton. Millstuffs Bran, $13 per ton; mid dlings, $19; shorts, $15; chop, $14 per ton. Hay Timothy, $9 10; clover, $7 7.50; Oregon wild hay, $6 7 per ton. Butter Fancy creamery, 35 40c; seconds, 45c; dairy, 25 30c; tore, 20 25c. Eggs 14c per dozen. Cheese Oregon full cream, 13c; Young America, 14c; new cheese 10c per pound. Poultry Chickens, mixed, $3.60 4.50 per dozen; hens, $5.00; springs, $2.503.50; geese, $6.508.00 forold; $4. 50 6. 50; ducks, $5. 50 6. 00 per dozen; turkeys, live, 10 11c per pound. Potatoes 40 70c per sack; sweets, 32c per pound. Vegetables Beets, $1; turnips, 75c; per sack; garlic, 7c per pound; cab bage. 1 2 c per pound; parsnips, 75; onions, $2.60 8.00; carrots, 50c. Hops 8 8c per pound Wool Valley, 12 13c per pound; Eastern Oregon, 10 15c; mohair, 27 30c per pound. Mutton Gross, best sheep, wethers and ewes, 3c; dressed mutton, 7 7 )2c per pound; lambs, $2.50 each. Hogs Gross, choice heavy, $5.00; light and feeders, $4.50; dressed, $5.006.50 per 100 pounds. Beef Gross, top steers, $4.004.50; cows, $3.50 4.00; dressed beef, 6)4 lo per pound. Veal Large, 67c; small, 8 8c per pound. Tallow 55c; No. 2 and grease, 3 s 4c per pound. San Francisco Market. WTool Spring Nevada, 14 16c per pound; Eastern Oregon, 12 16c; Val ley, 20 22c; Northern, 10 12c. Hope 1899 crop, 11 13c per pound. Butter Fancy creamery 18c; do seconds, 1717c; fancy dairy, 17c; do seconds, 15 16c per pound. Eggs Store, 15c; fancy ranch, 17c. Millstuffs Middlings, $17.00 20.00; bran, $12.50 13.50. Hay Wheat $6.509.50; wheat and oat $6.00 9.00; best barley $5.00 7.00; alfalfa, $5.006.50 per ton; straw, 25 40c per bale. Potatoes Early Rose, 60 65c; Ore gon Burbanks, 70c $1.00; river Bur banks, 40 75c; Salinas Burbanks, 80c 1.10 per sack. Citrus Fruit Oranges, Valencia, $2.763.25; Mexican limes, $4.00 5.00; California lemons 75c$1.60; do choice $1.752.00 per box. Tropical Fruits Bananas, $1.60 2.50 per bunch; pineapples, nom MARVEL AMONG MEN. PASSES 600,000 VOLTS OF ELEC TRICITY THROUGH HIS BODY. Before a Gathering of Medical Men a St. Louis Doctor Proves that High Voltage Currents Are Not Necessa rily Death Dealing. Dr. Heber Roberts, of St Louis, be fore a gathering of medical men in that city recently, proved that 600,000 volts of electricity could be passed through the human body without injury to it. and that the popular belief that high voltage currents were death dealing is a fallacy. According to Dr. Roberts, the injurious possibilities of a current depends upon its amperage, and the voltage when properly handled is with out the power to kill or even injure any one. The experimenter attracted much Interest among professional men DR. ROBERTS RECEIVES 600,000 VOLTS OF ELECTRICITY. in that city and will no doubt create widespread Interest throughout the country among students of electrical therapeutics. In the course of these experiments Dr. Roberts sent a cur rent through his body and thence to a Crooks tube. In this he created an X-ray by means of which a photograph of a hand was taken, showing perfect ly its skeleton. The X-ray was of rare brilliancy and penetrating power. But even were this not true the feat would be remarkable in that he Is the first man to ever make himself the con ductor of a current of electricity of great power enough to create an X-ray. The secret of Dr. Roberts' success in his experiments is that he employed what is known to be a static current through his body. The static-current has no volume, but great power. It is not the potential energy that kills, but the volume. This may be illustrated by an analogy. A needle might be passed through the body with great rapidity and power, but It would not be as harmful as a thousand needles passed through slowly and with little power. In other words, the power, the voltage, has nothing whatever to do with the physiological effect. It is the number of needles, the amperage. Still the experiment is not without danger. It requires a nice adjusment of machin ery to produce the proper kind of cur rent. It requires a thorough knowledge of certain conditions to apply the cur rent perfectly. It requires a familiar ity with electric currents to prevent shock. To Dr. Rolerts It had little or no danger. "The idea of passing an X-ray current through my body was conceived," Dr. Roberts explained, "while I was making experiments in electrical therapeutics. I became con vinced that it could be done if the cur rent were produced by a static ma chine, and I immediately proceeded to do it. Static currents have no volume and therefore do not kill. The only effect they can produce is that of a slight burning. I was used to this sen sation from handling the machine in my practice, and consequently the pow erful X-ray stream did not give me the slightest pain. "In the static current the medical profession has exactly what it needs to balance. The static current Is elec tricity restrained in a condition of high tension. It is sometimes called Frank linic because Franklin demonstrated its identity with terrestrial electricity. It Is electrical pressure without volume. It Is almost free from amperage and consists almost wholly of voltage. Poet ically, it is the great invisible messen ger for light, heat and electricity from the tangible storehouse of nature. The generating of the static current is sim ple. An initial charge of electricity must be imparted to the armature or receiving part of the machine. The plates are set in motion with artificial power. About the revolving plates a certain multiplication of the certain electricities takes place by the influence of one charged body upon another, with the resulting output of static currents depending upon speed, number of and diameter of plates and atmospheric conditions. This machine, which Is not more than five feet long, six feet high and three feet wide, is capable of gen erating 10,000,000 volts of electricity. Anybody could do the same thing un der the same conditions. This machine while throwing off a prodigious amount of energy, is much like a serpent whose fangs have been removed. The major portion of its destructive force is sub dued because its amperage is small, owing to its peculiar construction. Of course, it would be dangerous for a novice to attempt to perform this ex periment He would probably be pain fully Injured and worse consequences might ensue. The experimenter must have perfect knowledge and control of the machine. He must also have ac customed himself to electric currents, for there would be great shock to one unused to it upon getting into the cir cuit of an X-ray stream. These two conditions complied with. I see no rea son why anybody should not perform this feat" There were other interesting experi ments performed by Dr. Roberts along "he same line. In one of these he placed a patient on a table set on legs from the electrodes on the front of the machine was a copper bar, four feet long. One end of it rested on the wood en floor of the table upon which the patient sits. The patient then placed his foot upon the end of the bar and held it there, making the connection for the current. It was not necessary for him to remove his shoes or any part of his clothing. When the current was turned into him the only sensation he had consisted in the hair becoming erect and rigid. This was caused by the exit of the current which, passing through the cells of the hair and filling them, stiffens them until they .looked like tiny bars of iron. In the case of a woman her hair would have stood straight out after this fashion, even though it be four feet In length. "I made a photograph the other day of a woman whose hair is twenty inches long while she was sitting in this cur rent," said Dr. Roberts. "If the hair Is wet while the patient is In the pool, and the room is darkened, it will glow with a brilliant blue flame. The other day I placed a man on the table and turned the current into him. He bad previous ly stripped to the waist, and wet the hair upon his face, head and chest. When the current began its passage through him he became ghostly in ap pearance. His beard, head and chest were wreathed in blue flame. Yet he did not feel the slightest disagreeable sensation. Another peculiar feature about this static current Is that when ever it finds a point for exit it becomes a blue flame, one-half inch in length. It has heat yet It does not burn the person from whom it passes." The discovery of Dr. Roberts should be very valuable in the application of elec. tricity to therapeutics. Frog Showers In Arizona. Every once in a while stories are brought out about extraordinary show ers of fish, of bloody snow, etc., the latest being of a ship captain far out on the Atlantic who ran into a dust shower so heavy he had to set bis crew shoveling the dust from the decks when the weight began to get dan gerous. To this be there added a tale: "It rains frogs in Arizona. The old timers believe there Is no doubt of it though they can not explain from whence the frogs were originally 'lift ed.' But this much is straight let there be a summer rain along the line of the Southern Pacific In southwestern Ari zona, and behold, the next morning every little pool has a myriad of little lean green frogs, with marvelous croaking powers. They don't wait for nightfall like their more civilized brethren elsewhere, but keep up the music by day as by night They live where water comes only about once a year. "They can't live over the interim un der the sun-baked rocks; they assur edly haven't hopped from the Colorado River, and they are all of a size, to boot. If they didn't come from the ground or from the river, they must have come from the skies. And that's what the Hassayampers firmly be lieve." Arizona Graphic. Herb Parma. There are several kinds of farms, profitable ones, too, of which little mention is made to the public. Many herbs are grown on farms devoted to them, and they are a product not over done by growers. In New York are acres devoted to the growth of pepper mint In Illinois are farms where the castor bean Is raised for the castor oil that it contains. Many farms which have lost their productiveness could be made to grow sage, catnip, thorough wort and the other vegetable necessi ties of the pharmacopoeia. The business Is one of the few that are not ruined by competition. Rose farms are to be found In different sections of the coun try, and there is a sweetness in this method of earning a livelihood, al though that is not all there Is In it by a good deal. In California some rose farms are carried on to raise roses for rose Jelly. Both Vegetarian and Cyclist Count Tolstoi is an enthusiastic cy clist. He declares that he has to thank his bicycle and his vegetarian diet for the robust health which he has so long enjoyed. Twenty years ago his phy sician advised Tolstoi to avoid too mnch muscular exercise, but the pa tient was obstinate, and did exactly the contrary; in fact he has ever been a lover of sports of different kinds. Just as Eff ctive. "There is nothing like being in love to make a man gentle and thoughtful In all his actions." "No except a touch of rheumatism between the shoulder blades." Har per's Bazar. He Believe. J It. They say there is arsenic in playing cards." "Well, I thought I'd been holding some mighty pizon' hands lately." Cleveland Plain Dealer. Every railroad man's wife joshes her husband a good deal about some wom an where he gets his meals at the other The Old Cane Pole. Oh, the old cane pole how my heart beat high When I used to swing it in the days gone by Where the bending rushes and the long lake grass Furnished hiding places for the hungry bass! When a great big bunker that was tempt ing fate Telegraphed a message that he had the bait 'Twas a sweet sensation that'd stir the 80Ul Spattin' in the rushes with an old cane pole. My whole anatomy with laughter thrills To see a rod and reel and the other frills The hifalutin' artist brings into play To snake out bass in a scientific way. He'll look around with a pitying smile At the fellow fishing in the good old style, But in every case I will bet my roll That he won't be in it with the old cant pole. Oh, the old cane pole there's nothing so fine As to feel a bass tug on a good stout line. For if you've got your nerve and you work It right You are sure to land him in a good square fight; And when you're going home you won't have to guess Where your fish are coming from you'U have a mess. So let the fancy fishermen cast and troll. But I will spat the rushes with an old cane pole. Chicago Record. The Man with the Kodak. O what a great diff'rence in history, What a rich absolution from mystery. We moderns would know Of events long ago, If only a man with a kodak had been At the following events, just to snap, shot the scene: When the Red sea was divided, When the bald-headed man derided Called ont bears to eat the children When the brazen serpent healed them, When the Gorgon's head congealed them. When Horatio held the crossing; When St. Patrick drove the snakes out (There are many just such fakes out), When young Jeanne d'Arc led the army; When old Barb'ra Frietchie dared them Shoot her gray hairs, and they spared them When King Arthur's knight's sat ring style; When Columbus struck our borders Bearing Isabella's orders, When the Pilgrim Fathers landed O if some good man with a kodak had been On hand with his dinky to picture the scene, 0 what a very great diff'rence in historyl What a full absolution from mystery! Great Schemes. I'm going to write great poems some day, Exactly when I will not say. Just now some things are in the way; I'll begin well, a week from Tuesday. There are pictures, too, I mean to paint; My plans, as yet, are a little faint. But my notions are really new and quaint. As you'll see a week from Wednesday A drama great I have in mind, As goon as I a plot can find. Striking, original, refined, Perhaps a week from Thursday. 1 hope to form a stock concern. Enormous dividends I'll earn. Till coupon bonds I have "to burn,' About a year from Friday. Or, no I'll just invent a toy. Some simple gimcrack to give joy To each enraptured girl or boy I'll work on that next Saturday. I can't decide which scheme to choose, Each idea seems too good to lose; . Meanwhile I'll take my Sunday snooze-" To-morrow's only Monday. Woman's Home Companion. Soldier on Stilts. Improbable as It may seem, says the Paris Messenger, the French army has lately been making experiments with the view of testing the value of stilt walking. The result appears to be such as to render their adoption by the French army for special purposes high ly probable. They are found to be ser viceable not only In placing telegraph wires in very rough country, but also as a means of quickly ascertaining where a river can be safely forded by troops. The stilt man, by the aid of his lengthened legs, can measure the depth of the water with great ease and precision. He can feel about for the shallow places and thus lead the way. What a Kopje Is. No one who has not seen an African kopje can easily realize it It Is not a hill so much as the stump of a hill what is left of it after ages of denuda tion, but the special feature of it is that it is almost invariably covered with a breastwork of bowlders. Trop ical torrents have washed away the earth and all the soluble components of the rock and what is left consists of heaps and lines of detached masses of sandstone, ironstone or granite. The kopjes are the Boers' fortifications and he has any number of them. He Had to Good Reason. "I've nothing to give you. my poor man, except a piece of pie." "That'll do, ma'am. I kin eat a pie, Thanky." "Have you any occupation?" "Yes'm. I'm a snow shoveler." "You didn't expect to get any oppor tunity to shovel snow in this part of the country, did you?" "Nome. That's why I come down here. There was too blamed much of It up in Michigan." Chicago Tribune. Metric System Adopted In Russia. By a decree of the Czar, the metric system of weights and measures has been adopted for use throughout the Russian Empire, and a commission has also been organized to consider the re form of the Russian calendar so as to harmonize with that prevailing In the other civilized countries. Khaki Note Paper. Khaki letter paper is the latest and being linen it might be made out of the very material made into uniforms, from its appearance. This may not mean that it is altogether beautiful. Small Discount. The Bank of France last year dis counted in Paris 2,101,830 separate bills for less than 100 francs each. When yon have anything to say to f HUM0B OF THE WEEK STORIES TOLD BY FUNNY MEN OF THE PRESS. Odd, Carious and Laughable Phases of Human Nature Graphically Por trayed by Eminent Word Artists of Our Own Day A Budget of Fun. First Artist Did Mobley make you any offer for your last picture? Second Artist Yes; he said he'd give me a new canvas for the one I had spoiled. The Emblem. "Horseshoeing has gone up in price." "Well, can't you let the blacksmith take a whack at good luck once In a while?" Increasing Anxiety. "This don't-worry button Is a fraud." "In what respect?" "Why, every fellow that sees It wor ries me hy wanting me to give it to him, Her Own Fault Wife It really is too bad of you to keep me up like this! Hubby Not my fault, m' dear (hlc). You know where the bed Ish! The Cigarette. A Matter of Contrast. "Whew! This office is freezing cold." "I can tell you how to make it feel warm." "How?" "Go outdoors and then come in." A Master Stroke. Clarissa Clarence, you had better write your offer for my hand to pa on your typewriter. Clarence Why, dear, that would be bad form. Clarissa Yes, Clarence, but it would make pa think you were full of busi ness. The Savage Bachelor. "If you had been at the Browns' gold en wedding celebration last night" said the sweet young thing, "you would have altered your views on matri mony." "I wouldn't either," said the savage bachelor. "If matrimony were not a fake there wouldn't be such a pow-wow raised over a couple that had managed to endure each other for a few years, and don't you forget It" One of the Lost Arts. Father That man should be an ex ample to you, my son. He entered a store as office boy and worked himself up until in a few years he owned the business. Son He could never do that In these days, pa, when they have cash regis ters. A Crying- Shame. Uncle It's disgraceful, Karl, that you have so many debts! Nephew Isn't it when I have such a rich uncle? Why She Frowned. She Do you know, General, I'm told look five years younger when I'm on horseback? The General (gallantly) In my opin ion you look twenty years younger! The Cigarette. Strategy. "What Is in that box yon are so care ful about, if I may ask?" Inquired the man who bad secured the lower berth In the sleeper. "That's a collection of rare snakes I am taking to a museum. They are too valuable to be trusted out of my sight," replied the man. who was preparing to climb to the upper shelf. "Say, I'll trade berths with you." "All right. I'm not particular where I sleep." Chicago Tribune. New York and Chicago. "Some day," we ventured to predict "a man will be able to go to sleep in Chicago and wake up in New York." "Do you really suppose Chicago will ever get to be so quiet as that?" fal tered the Chicago man, in evident con cern. Detroit Journal. The Part He tikes Beat "Don't you admire Miss Bangs' finish as a pianist?" "Oh, yes; so much that I always try to come into the room just as she fin ishes." Philadelphia Bulletin. A Worked-Ont Mine. "I am the gas meter Inspector," an nounced the caller. "Come in," replied the man of the house, "but I don't think you'll find much left The plumber has just left and we were visited by burglars dur ing the night." Philadelphia North Easy to Oness Her Choice. Ostend Do I get a bike, paw? j Paw Well, It depends, my son. . Ostend Depends on what, pawt Paw Why, the bonnet that yotu mother selects. If she selects French straw and flowers, you don't get the bike. If she selects ordinary straw with a single quill, then you do get It Information While Ton Wait. Mr. Spellem, of Hlghlandtown, writes: "Dere Sur Please tell me wat is the holesumest food fer children?" You will find doughnuts about the "holesomest" articles of diet Balti more American. The Roadside Idea. Hungry Higglns What Is these here "progressive dinners" the swell aristo crats is havin'? Weary Watkins W'y, you git your soup at one place, your fish at the next place, your meat at the next place "An' dog-bit at the next place?" In dianapolis Press. The Lot of Woman. "You certainly can't call the eel skirt very sensible." "No, it seems to be decreed that a woman may not show good lines and a good sense at the same time." Do trolt Journal. Over Scrupulous. Agnes Why, I don't see how you can think that a young man can be too honest Grace You would if you knew one who was too honest to even steal a kiss. Comprehensive. On a tombstone in an old New En gland churchyard there is an epitaph which never fails to bring a smile to the fact of the reader: "To the mem ory of Ann Sophia and Julia Hattle, his two wives, this stone is erected by their grateful widower, James B. Rollins. They made home pleasant." Woman's Journal. Purely for Glory. "Do you expect your son to take hon ors at college?" "I want him to; yet no matter how many honors he gets. I shall object to him playing professionally." Phila delphia North-American. A Hard World. "Frlnds are always rldy to push ye up," said the janitor philosopher, "but viry few av thim will put a fither bid under ye whin ye fall." . A Modest Request Sergeant (to company barber) What did you cut this man's hair so short for? Do It over again, and see that you leave It twice as long as it is now! Polichineile. Very Little. - Mr. bellefield There isn't much dif ference between a farrier and a horse. Mr. Bloomfield (resignedly) Go on. Mr. Bellefield No; there Isn't. For example, a horse is a horse, sure, and a farrier Is a horse shoer, too. Pittsburg Chronicle-Telegraph. Uuamiable. "I see those friends of yours, the Rustlers, have their names in the pa per again," said the lady who Is inter ested in social topics. "Have they, Indeed?" responded Miss Cayenne, languidly. "I didn't know the delinquent tax list had been pub lished again!" Washington Star. The Way of a Boy. Mr. Figg Mr. Brown tells me you gave his boy a beating. Did you? Tommy Course I did. His paw got him a new bicycle and a dog. Indian apolis Press. The Facts of the Case. "I understand that Banker Rustupp was really the victim of people in whom he had placed confidence." "I guess it is so. Poor man, lie was more skinned against than skinning." Indianapolis Press. A Prolific Writer. Asklt Whom do you regard as our greatest writer of fiction? Tellit The weather man. Baltimore American. At the Seat of War. First Correspondent A native run ner has arrived, but the Boers waylai.d him and he swallowed his dispatches. Second Correspondent Oh, well, that's probably more than the public would have done. Puck. Indestructible. Mrs. Nuwed (to market man) I want a chicken that I can fry, or stew, or roast or fix up any way I like. Market Man Sure, mum, here's one you can do anything you like wid, an' not hurt it Baltimore American. German Progress. During the last thirty years there has been nothing like the urban and industrial development of rustic Ger many except that of America. Berlin has increased in population faster than New York. Hamburg, in the last quar ter of a century, has tripled the num ber of Its Inhabitants. Between 1880 and 1890 Cologne doubled itself. Leip zig has grown more rapidly than San Francisco. The agricultural population of eastern Germany has swarmed into the great industrial districts of the west and still these are so far from being glutted that the employer holds out yet higher temptations to the peas ant to come to the city and leave field work to Russians and Poles. Wages are rising, and hours are becoming shorter. The emigration which for merly streamed fast from Germany Is diminishing from year to year. So far is Germany from being crushed by conscription that the -splendor and ex pense of municipal Improvements go hand-in-hand with the extraordinary increase of the towns in mere point of e are 219 national ban' inal: Pe: it bis Ameri'