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MINES AND MINING.
Iteu U 1th New Ideas Needed to Pro pect Eastern Oregon Min eral Fields. .Tames Duckworth, one of the original locators of the E. and E. mine, in Cracker creek district, near Sumpter, Oregon, and one of the best informed men in the camp, says that what this country needs is a thorough prospecting by men with new ideas. The old timers always look for a certain kind of float, and are particular about the formation. Now hardly a week passes without some find being made on hill sides that have been run over for years by the old timers and pronounced worthless. Mr. Duckworth visited a property at the foot of the mountain on the Sump-ter-(iranite wagon road, and found Ben Yeager and his partner, Montana min ing men, working on a 200 -foot ledge that he has been over many times and considered worthless. Development shows that the ledge is rilled with strata of quartz of a bluish appearance, and all of it pans gold. A number of assays have been made, giving $3 to f 13. The ledge can be traced for over two miles, from one side of the moun tain to the other, and it prospects throughout. At present a 25-foot shaft is being sunk, from which a cross cut will be run to determine if the values go down. If favorable results shall be obtained, machinery will be secured and a shaft sunk 300 to 400 feet. There is such a large body of ore that, with present values, $3 to $4 per ton, the property is another Tread well. Facilities for mining and milling are excellent. At the head of Bull Run creek, running alongside of this ledge, in early days there was placer mining. There was little wash gravel in the creek bed, and the diggings frequently dipped to the hillside, where no gravel was found, but rich dirt. At thai time it was wondered where the gold came from, and no one ever thought the big dike was guilty, but this recenl discovery is almost proof positive that the placer gold came from the dike. A MOUNTAIN OF QUARTZ. Remarkable Formation in the Blue I'.iier District. . ie Blue river, Oregon, district ii rapidly forging to the front, and is now enjoying an era of activity but little dreamed of a year or two ago. Extensive develpment work is being done, aand lmost without exception claims are proving valuable. The sta bility of the district has been conclu sively proved, and as a result prospec tors have flocked in here this spiing by the hundreds. Mining capital has been attracted, and one mill is in suc cessful operation and several more are in course of construction. New discov eries are being made in almost every direction; most notable among which are the discoveries on the Calapooia and McKenzie rivers, which show ex tremely rich ore, and the immense mountain of quartz four miles np Blue river. This mountain of quartz is a remarkable formation, and is probably unparalleled in mining discoveries. The mountain is 1,270 feet high, and appears to be nearly all quartz. At the top several cliffs of solid quartz project for a hundred feet or more above the surface, while veins of ore crop out in all directions. The ore as savs from $3.50 to $12 per ton. The Lucky Boy mine has been com pelled to shut down five stamps, owing to shortage of water,- since the dry season set in. The remaining five stamps are kept going day and night. The company has the machinery for a sawmill on the ground, and, as soon as it can be set up, lumber will be sawed and a flume constructed which will furnish plenty of water for operating all of the stamps. Jones & Co. have the foundation laid for a sawmill at the Blue river bridge, and already have a number of logs ready to saw. The machinery for the mill is expected to arrive in a short time. The mill will be situated at the new Blue Hiver city townsite, and is intended to supply the local market. It will be operated by steam power, and will have a capacity ot 10,000 feet per day. Stampede to Stewart River. The steamer Danube, which recently arrived at Victoria, B. C, brings news of a rich strike on the headwaters ol Stewart river, 400 miles from Dawson. A stampede is on, boats going up in a continuous string. At White Horse a whisky famine prevails. Saloons are licensed, but cannot get permits to bring in liquor. The police are watch ing the boundary for smugglers, and have made many seizures. ortliwegt Notes. A cold storage warehouse is in conrse of construction at Troy, Idaho. A hay warehouse, 32x70 feet, 16 feet high is being built at Palouse, Wash. King county is said to furnish one fourth the inmates of the Walla Walla penitentiary. Walla Walla boasts of shipping 50 carloads of fruit and vegetables the past two weeks. Apple scab is reported among the trees in the vicinity of Moscow, jaarju, especially in the American Bidge dis trict. Deer are reported to be plentiful in Coos county this season. They are frequently seen in bands of seven or eight. Washington railroads are following a rule that no packages weighing more than 250 pounds will be accepted oi checked as baggage. Deposits in Walla Walla's banks reach $1,400,000; in the Spokane banks $5,000,000. Other Eastern Washington centers are similarly well supplied with money. The new wool scouring mill at The Dalles, Or., reports a rush of work. A firm at Eugene, Or., recently en gaged in the business of curing meats. The manager says he will soon begin to bny all pork products that may be of ered, and will sell direct to retailers. W. O. Owen, a government inspec tor, is in Wallowa county, Or., to ex amine some recent surveys. He ia ac companied by men from Wyoming and South Dakota. At Elgin thay bought a. wagon, four horse team and pack outfit, and employed a cook for their trip. KEYNOTE OF THE TRADE. the Improved Crop Conditions are the Great Factors. , ' Bradstreet'8 says: improved crop conditions furnish the keynote of the trade and price movement. As a re sult of them nearly all staple agricul tural products aie lower in price, and at the same time a perceptible livening up of demand for fall delivery is noted in the West, Northwest and South. The beginning of fail trade is conse quently more clearly visible in the sec tions mentioned, while at the East the markets are slow to experience this improvement and are consequently rea sonably dull. Bank clearings as yet fail to reflect ny perceptible improve ment in distribution, and railway earn ings, though of large volume, are, ow ing to comparisons being made with exceptionally good results last year, showing less notable increases both in gross and net returns. Hog products have gone lower with corn, as has also wheat, in which con tinued liquidation has been noted, with the result ot inducing partial returns of the export inquiry banished from the markets by the recent heavy rise. Iron and steel prices are evidently scraping the bottom, if reports from leading centers of cost of raw material and wages are correct. Soft coal is going abroad too, a cargo leaving for London shortly. Tin is cornered locally and higher on the week, while copper is finer. An encouraging feature of the wool market is the rather better inquiry foi raw wool at Boston, hut manufacturing Lwill not apparently do much until the light weight season opens. Wheat, including flour shipments, for the week, aggregate 3.029,381 bush els against 2,829,910 bushels last week. Business failures for the week num ber 202 against 221 last week. Canadian failures for the week num ber 26 as compared with 19 in thir week a year ago. PACIFIC COAST TRADE. W Seattle Markets. Onions, new, lJac Lettuce, hot house, $1 per crate. Potatoes, new. 80c. Beets, per sack, 85c$l. Turnips, per sack, 75c. Carrots, per sack, $1.00 Parsnips, per sack, 5075c. Cauliflower, native, 75c. Cncum bers 40 50c. Cabbage, native and California, $1.00 1.25 per 100 pounds. Tomatoes $ 1.50. Butter Creamery, 23c; Eastern 22c; dairy, 1722c; ranch, 1517c pound. EggB 24c. Cheese 12c. Poultry 14c; dressed, 14 15c; spring, $3.50. Hay Pnget Sound timothy, $11.00 12.00; choice Eastern Washington timothy, $19.00. Corn Whole, $23.00; cracked, $25; feed meal, $25. Barley Rolled or ground, per ton, $20. Flour Patent, per barrel, $3.50; blended straights, $3.25; California, $3.25; buckwheat flour, $6.00; gra ham, per barrel, $3.00; whole wheal flour, $3.00; rye flour, $3.804.00. Millstuffs Bran, per ton, $12.00: short?-, 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 heel steers, price 7 He; cows, 7c; mutton 8c; pork, 8c; trimmed, 9c; veal, 9 11c. Hams Large, 13c; small, 13 'a; breakfast bacon, 13jc; dry salt sides. 8c. Portland Market. Wheat Walla Walla. 55c; Valley, 55c; Blnestem, 59c per bushel. Flour Best grades, $3.20; graham, $2.60; superfine, $2.10 per barrel. Oats Choice white, 35c; choice gray, 33c per bushel. Barley Feed barley, $14.00 15.00; brewing, $16.00 per ton. Millstuffs Bran, $12.50 ton; mid dlings, $19; shorts, $13; chop, $14 pei ton. Hay Timothy, $1011; clover,$7 7.60; Oregon wild hay, $67 per ton. Butter Fancy creamery, 4045c: store, 25c. Eggs 18ac per dozen. Cheese Oregon full cream, 13c; Young America, 14c; new cheese 10c per pound. Poultry Chickens, mixed, $3.00 8.50 per dozen; hens, $4.50; springs, $2.003.50; geese, $4.005.00 forold: $4.506.50; ducks, $3.004.00 per dozen; turkeys, live, 14 15c pei pound. Potatoes 40 50c per sack; sweets, 22jc per pounu. Vegetables Beets, $1; turnips, 75c; per sack; garlic, 7c per pound; cab bage, lac per pound; parsnips, $1; onions, lic per pound; carrots, $1. Hops 2 8c per pound. Wool Valley, 15 16c per pound; Eastern Oregon, 10 15c; mohair, 25 per pound. Mutton Gross, best sheep, wethers and ewes, 3c; dressed mutton, 7 7io per pound; lambs, 5)c. 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, $3.504.00; dressed beef, 68 7c per pound. Veal Large, 6g7ao; small, 8 8'2o per pound. San Francisco Market. I Wool Spring Nevada, 13 15c pei , pound; Eastern Oregon, 10 15c; Val ! ley, 1820c; Northern, 1012c. i Hops 1899 crop, 11 13c pei pound. I Butter Fancy creamery 19 20c; I do seconds, 19c; fancy dairy, 17c; do seconds, 1516,1-2C per poqnd. 1 Eggs Store, 16c; fancy ranch, 20c. , Millstuffs Middlings, $17.00 j'20.00; bran, $12.50 13.50. Hay Wheat $6.50 10; wheat and I oat $6.00 9.50; best barley $5.00 ' 7.00; alfalfa, $5. 00 6. 00 per ton; straw, 25 40c per bale. Potatoes Early Rose' 60 75c; Ore ' gon Burbanks, 80c 90; river Bur banks, 35 05c; new. 70c$1.25. Citrus Fruit Oranges, Valencia, 2.753.25; Mexican limes, $4.00 6.00; California lemons 'ioc$1.50; do choice $1.752.00 per box. Tropical Fruits Bananas, $1.50 8.60 per bunch; pineapples, nom- inal; Persian dates, 00'sc per pound. A GREAT INDUSTRY. ENORMOUS BUSINESS DAIRYING HAS COME TO BE. Seventeen Million Cows Giving Milk in the United States Aggresatc Val ue of Their Produce Exceeds $500, 000,000 a Year This Country LeutU. Comparatively few persons realize what an enormous business dairying has come to be in the United States. In this industry, as in so many others, this country beats the world. There are over seventeen million cows giving milk in the United States, and it takes an army of over three hundred thousand men working from ten to twelve hours a day to milk them. The aggregate value of the produce of these dairy cows exceeds $500,000,000 a year. They produce nearly a billion and a half pounds of butter, three hundred thou sand pounds of cheese and over two billion gallons of milk yearly, for the Yankee cow is a good cow, an Industri ous cow, and works all the year round. Dairying in other countries sinks into msigniflcauce when compared with the industry in the United States. So fond are the Americans of dairy products that it takes from twenty-three to twenty-seven cows to each hundred cf the population to keep the country sup plied with milk, butter and cheese and provide for the export trade. The ex port trade does not amount to much. It has fluctuated much, but never rose beyond the produce of five hundred thousand cows. Nearly all the great output of the dairies is consumed at home. We are the greatest butter-eating people in the world, our average yearly consumption being at the rate of twenty pounds to the person, or about one hundred pounds annually for a family of average size. As cheese eaters, however, we do not shine. The average consumption of cheese in this country does not exceed three and a half pounds per capita a year, which Is far below the European average. As milk drinkers we average twenty gal lons apiece yearly. Although we are not great cheese eaters ourselves we send about fifty million pounds a year to the peoples of the earth, who are fond of that form of food. In Karly Days. AH this great dairy industry of the United States has been built up in the last fifty years. Before that time he milch cows of the country were of the mixed and Indescribable race known as "native." It was the "old red cow" of our boyhood, specimens of which occa sionally are seen in out-of-the-way parts of the country living in the "old red barn." The keeping of cows on an American farm was incidental to the general work. In the fall and early winter the cow was allowed to go dry. Winter dairying was practically un known. The care of the milk and the MILKING FORCE ON A making of the butter and cheese were in the bands of the women of the household, and the methods and the utensils used were crude. The average quality of the products was inferior, and the supply of the domestic markets was unorganized and Irregular. In the Eastern and Middle States the milk was usually set in small, shallow earthen vessels or tin pans for the cream to rise. Little attention was paid to cooling the air in which it stood in summer or to moderating it in winter so long as freezing was prevented. The few who scalded milk had no idea of the true reason for so doing or why beneficial effects resulted. The pans of milk oftener stootl in pantries and cel- Cow of 1900 (Jersey). DEVELOPMENT OP THE COW. lars or on kitchen shelves than in rooms specially constructed or adapted to the purpose. In Southern Pennsylvania and the States further south spring houses were in vogue. Milk received care, and setting it In earthen crocks or pots, standing in cool, flowing water, was a usual and excellent practice. Churning the entire milk was common. This is still done to some extent in the Southern States, where butter is made every morning, and where all the milk is buttermilk. In seasons of scarcity of milk there was no butter. In the North ern States there were some instances where families were supplied with but ter weekly during most of the year, and with an occasional cheese, directly from the producers. But the general farm practice was to "pack" the butter in firkins, half firkins, tubs and jars and The Oakes Cow BUTTER MAKING THE OLD WAY. THE NEW WAY. let the cheese accumulate on the farm, taking these products to the market only once or twice a year. Not only were there as many different lots and kinds of butter and cheese as there were producing farms, but the product of a single farm varied in character and quality according to season and other circumstances. Every package had to be examined, graded and sold upon its merits. It was usual for half the but ter in market to be strong, if not actu ally rancid, and for cheese to be sharp. With the products largely low in grade, prices also were low. As a rule, -except in the pasture sea son, the cows were fed insufficiently and unprofitably and housed poorly, if at all. It was a common thing for cows to die in winter of starvation and ex posure, and it was considered no dis grace to farmers to have their cattle "on the lift" in the spring. "On the lift" was a common expression in the past in some localities, indicating the actual necessity of human aid to false the emaciated animals to their feet. LARGE DAIRY FARM. There were, of course, some farmers who took care of their cattle and who made a specialty of turning out first class dairy products, but as a rule things were in the condition described. Toward the middle of the century, the production of cheese being in ex cess of the home demand, an export trade in it began. With the growth of cities and towns the business of milk supply increased and better methods began to prevail. Then came the es tablishment of "creameries" and the improvement of the breed of dairy cat tle. When the improvement of the na tive stock of cattle began, a cow that would give milk that would make a pound of butter a day for two or three months was a local celebrity. As late as 1865, when good cows sold for $40 or less, an enterprising farmer in New England advertised widely that he would pay $100 for any cow that would yield fifty pounds of milk a day on his farm for two or three consecutive days. Not an animal was offered on those conditions. Nowadays a cow that does not average from six to seven quarts of milk a day for 300 days being 4,000 to 4,500 pounds a year is not consid ered profitable. There are many herds having an average yearly product of 5,000 pounds a cow, and single animals are many which give ten or twelve times their own weight in milk during the year. The quality of the milk has improved so much that the nrilk of one cow now will make as much butter as did the milk of three or four of the old native animals. Prodigies. Though the old native stock was a pretty tough and disreputable race of cows, there would appear once in a while in it a prodigy. Such was the famous "Oakes cow" of Massachusetts, which astonished the world, In 1816, by giving forty -four pounds of milk a day, out of which was made 467 pounds of butter in one season. This ostenta tious cow did this when her friends and neighbors were proud they produced sixty pounds of butter a year. It made her famous, and she had her picture painted in oil, but none of her de-' scendants took after her, and she was regarded as a freak. Nowadays the Oakes cow would be regarded as a good cow nothing more. The Shorthorn breed led in the intro duction of improved cattle Into the United States and formed the founda tion upon which many fine dairy herds were built. They were brought from England, and much of the Shorthorn OLD AND NEW. blood can still be fouud in prosperous dairy districts throughout the United States. Soon, however, they began to breed the Shorthorns for their beef qualities, and now few full-blooded Shorthorns are classed as dairy cattle. Ayrshlres from Scotland, Holstein Friesians from Holland and Jerseys and Guernseys from the Channel Islands were then brought in, and upon animals graded and improved from these breeds the vast dairy indus try of the country now mainly depends. The Ayrshires and Holstems are great milk givers, and the Jerseys and Guernseys (often miscalled Alderneys) are great butter makers. Brown Swiss and Simmenthan cattle from Switzer land, the Normandy breed from France and red-polled cattle from the south of England have also been imported, but are in what is known to dairymen as the "general purpose class." They are pretty good in everything, but have no specialties. It used to be-believed that successful dairying could be carried on only in the ' United States in a belt lying between the latitude of Philadephia and the lati tude of the northern boundary of Ver mont and extending as far west as the Missouri River. Even in that belt it was believed that the true dairying dis tricts were in detached sections which did not occupy more than one-third of Its area. This idea has been exploded. It has been found that good butter and cheese can be made in almost all parts of Northern America. As a rule good butter can be made wherever good beef can be produced. Mechanical Devices. Along with the growth of the dairy business came the invention of many mechanical devices for doing by ma chinery what had hitherto been done by hand. One curious device is called the dairy "centrifuge," "cream separ ator" or "skimmer." It is' a closed bowl revolving at the rate, sometimes, of 25,000 times a minute. The milk flows through a feed pipe into the rap idly whirling bowl, and from the bowl two projecting tubes discharge continu ously the one cream and the other skimmed milk. A skimmer of standard factory size handles 250 gallons of milk an hour. This is different from the good wife "setting" the milk and then going around with her little tin skim mer and removing the cream for the morrow's churning. An excellent example of the changes wrought in dairy practice is afforded by an instance in Northern Vermont, a region long noted for its butter pro duction. St. Albans is the business center of Franklin County. During the middle of the century the country made butter from miles around came to this market every Tuesday. The aver age weekly supply was thirty to forty tons. This butter was varied in qual ity, was sampled and classified with much labor and expense, placed in three grades and forwarded to the Boston market, 200 miles distant. All this but ter was made upon 1,000 or 2,000 differ ent farms, in as many churns. In 1880 the first creamery was built In this county; ten years later there were fif teen. Now, a creamery company in St. Albans has fifty-odd skimming or sep arating stations distributed through this and adjoining counties. To those is carried the milk from more than 30, 000 cows.. Farmers having home sep arators may deliver cream, which, be ing inspected and tested, is accepted and credited at its actual butter value. just as other raw material is sold to mills and factories. The separated cream is conveyed by rail and wagon largely the former to the central fac tory. There, In one room, from ten to twelve tons of butter are made every working day. A single churning place for a whole county! Only one thing in dairying remains unaltered and unchanged. That is the milking of the cows. Many mechanical devices have been invented and pat ented for the milking of cows- by ma chinery, but none of them has been a success. Cows'are milked now as they were in the days of Abraham, and still Mary "calls the cattle home across the sands of Dee." There Would Be No Change. "No, Harry, I am sure we could not be happy together; you know I always want my own way in everything." "But, darling, you could go on want ing it after we were married." Brook lyn Life. It's far easier to show another man his proper place in the w ''d than It is to find your own. HraOR OF TEE WEEK TORIES TOLD BY FUNNY MEN OF THE PRESS. Odd, CuilH susd Lsatsssl. KsM ot Busman -Nature Graphical' y Par tray ad by Kauinent Ward Artists of Our Own Day-A Budget of Fna Farmer Do you think much butter Is healthy? Gardner Yes, it may be healthy, pro vided It is strong but not healthful. Boston Transcript No Last Train. Porter (at the Irish country railway station, in voluble, but dreary mono ton) The half past 9 o'clock train win't sthart to-night till 10 o'clock, and there'll be no lasht train. Tit Bits. Mental Arithmetic in Boston. "And now, Georgie, if I take three oranges and cut one in halves, what popular story will It remind you of?" "That's easy, dad. "Two Half and Two Whole, of conrse." Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Modern Kngagement. Heiress Your offer Is flattering, Baron, but I cannot marry you! Baron Well, then, at least become engaged to me for about three weeks to improve my credit!" Fliegende Blaetter. Get All the News. "No," said the Oldest Inhabitant, "I don't s'pose a daily paper could do well here in BowersvilJe. You see, there's either a quilting bee, a sewing circle, a literary society or a sociable every night, an' when they don't happen the women folks goes to the milliner store or the dressmaker's." Discomforts of Home Comforts. "That's a cozy-looking couch, old man." "Yes; but I never go near It" "What the matter?" "Well, there are only three pillows that I'm allowed to put my head on, and I can't stand the wear and tear of picking them out from the other seven." Chicago Record. Expedience. Blobbs So Bjones has married his deceased wife's sister. Slobbs Yes; he didn't want to take chances with a new mother-in-law. Philadelphia Record. Terrible Risk. "Well, Maria, I have, decided to take the awful risk " "What risk, John?" "Even though it may be my death." "John, for goodness " "And I better tell you In advance that I prefer a granite monument" "What in the world are you going to do, John Stubb?" "I am going to take off my flannels, Maria!" ' Superfluous Question. AWas your wife still awake when you came home this morning? B Was she! I should say she was! Fliegende Blaetter. Juvenile Foresight. "Sammy, where did you get that ice? "Th' Iceman gimme it" "Isn't It too cool a day for you to be eating ice?" I "P'raps; but mebbe he'll come along some hot day an' won't gimme any." Chicago Record. A Medinm Rap. The medium stood behind the black curtain. Suddenly there sounded a loud rapping. "Is that dear Charles rapping?" in quired the lady who was there to inter view her deceased husband. "No'm!" spoke up the medium's son; "that's the iceman at the front door." Loud Demonstration. Pearl Were the clown's jokes funny? Ruby Yes, he succeeded in making the lion roar. Good Definition. Little Willie What is a hypocrite, pa? Pa A hypocrite, my son, is a man who always acts differently when he knows some one is watching him. Soft Boiled. Ida When we were In London our waiter insisted upon calling an egg a "hegg." I told him to drop the "h." May And did he, dear? Ida Well, my silk gown shows that he dropped the "egg." The Usual Reason. Daughter Papa, I wish you'd get me the New Universal International Un abridged Encyclopedia, complete in ninety-nine volumes. Father Gee Whittaker! Why do you want that? Daughter Because Clara Wayupp baa one. New York Weekly. A. Prairie Tale. "Hank" Green came in the otbw day with a drove of steers. "Hank" saya there Is a man in his settlement so stingy that he wants to die right away because he heard tombstones are going P. Never Limited. "Sometoimes," said the janitor phil osopher, "th' soize af a doctor's practice is limited, but thor's nlver iny limit to th' soize av his bills." New Toes. Shoe Clerk "Entirely new toes will be seen In shoes this year." Customer "Well, I guess I will be satisfied with the same toes I've always had." Logical. Little Willie Where do sea horses come from, pa? Pa Why, from the sea, of course." Little Willie "Then bay horses must come from the. bay, don't they, pa?" Point of View. The Dear Girl Life in camp must be truly grand. The Rough Rider Yes, indeed! It's simply in-tents!" About the Size of It. The Youth What is the secret of true happiness? The Sage To have what you want when you want it The Man of It. "Poor Lot!" exclaimed a lady In the art gallery as she paused in front of a painting representing the family leaving the doomed city; "I wonder what be thought when he beheld his wife transformed into a pillar of salt!" "I suppose," replied her husband, "that he thought he would now have a chance to get a fresh one." Chicago News. All He May Expect. "So, there," said Mrs. Henpeck, con cluding her remarks, " 'A word to the wise is sufficient' " "Yes, my dear," replied Henpeck, "and to the average married man a word in edgewise is sufficient." Phila delphia Press. A Financier. Browne He's to marry Miss Sumrox, eh? I didn't think he had enough money to support a wife. What's his business? Smythe Banking. Browne Really ? Smythe Yes; he's banking on the money her father will give her. Phila delphia Press. New Field of Labor. "Work? You make me laugh. What kind of a Job have you got?" "Cleanin' horses fer an autermobile line." Feminine Intuition. Mistress Jane, you may clear away the breakfast dishes and put the house In order. I'm going to my dressmaker's to have a new gown fitted. Jane Yes, ma'am; Are you going to take your latchkey, or shall I sit up for you? Chicago News. Nothing Serious. Sweltering Passenger Ton railroad train) This window sticks so 1 can t get it up. Conductor Yes. Wood Is swollen a little by the rain. It'll be all right iu a few days. New York Weekly. Got It All. Superintendent I was watching you and observed that you entered but one house in the square between Upth and Blank streets, yet your report gives full statistics of every family in that square. Please explain this, sir. Census Taker The lady whom I saw in that one house belongs to the same card clubs as do all the other ladies in that neighborhood. Baltimore Ameri can. It Impressed Her. Bob Nan, what first attracted youi attention to me? Nan Well, Robert, if you musi know, it was your pale, silly-looking little mustache. Indianapolis Journal. In the Case. Stubb Young Stillman said that ii is girl always kept him waiting. Penn So I heard. Stubb Well, he has had her picture reproduced on his watch so that she will always be on time. In Dear Old Lnnnon, Ida Is the air very thick in London I May So thick that it frequently chokes the air-brakes on the trains. From the South. Ida I wonder where the new board er got those sandy whiskers? May I guess he got them from eat ing strawberries. Muny Theaters in Italy. The population of Italy is 8,000,OOC less than the population of France, but Italy has more theaters than France and twice as many as England, though the population of the United Kingdom is fully 5,000,000 larger than that of Italy. There are approxithately 1,000 places of amusement in the United States. In Italy there are 448, in France 437, in Germany 390, in Great Britain 352, and in Spain 210. One explanation of the large number of theaters in Italy is to be found in the fact that the culti vation and appreciation of music are perhaps more general in Italy than in any other country, and many of the playhouses, therefore, are devoted not to theatrical, but to musical, entertain ments. Pie In Philadelphia. "Really." exclaimed the waitress fir Mrs. Starvem's boarding-house, who had seen better days, "we never fur nish a knife with pie." "No?" remarked the new boarder,, "well, then, bring the ax." PhiladeV Dbla Record.