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VTM II. MULLAXH, ruMUb.r. Eimr, . . r. . . . .v, m, PASTURE AND fAHM. From many sections come favorable roporte of the corn crop. (I run (t plentiful and corn prs Mti bright About San Diego. Com ml cotton r doing splendidly errand IIIoowImr Orovt, Jim llnlo has mode three shlpmcnta nf cattl to St. I.OUW recently (rota UotthiiM. A lVfl gardener reports that potato hugs nre eating bit plauta anil doing groat damage. At I-lmUli'. Smith county, from sue to two carloads of strawberries aro bo Jog Bbinjied ilally. During the month o( April MS) ear loads at tattle were skipped from Snn Anitlo to the Indian territory. Sorghum is pronounced by practical men to b one of tbe most prcfltabb) forage crepe known In Texan. (leorte lowere, one of tba moat prominent born breeder of west Tex an, died at Itaymond of Herman mono Ub. Tba remit lx-hnur ruin at A ma rl llo kn caused (train to grow rapidly timl ralaed tba spirits of tbe stockinou considerably. Cattle dealer at fjonbam report that rattle In great numuers art dying of blackleg In tbe Indian Territory, across lied river, not far front tionbatn. A good rain fell at Clranbury, tba only one thla year that put water in the branches and tanke. It will do oata tome good and make the grain of make more than half a crop of wheat. Two train load of cattle, ronalatlng of sixteen rare each, wern shipped from Corpu C'hrUtl to Red Fork. I. Y, They were put on grating landi near Ited Fork. , Tba laeat rnlna known In the vlcln. ity of Del Rio for ten yearn felt re ectnly. The rain extended weat aa far an Devil's river and eaat marly to Btandart. . Parties in from tbe Indian and Okla homa terrltorlea report good seasons and flattering crop proaperta. Cattle men especially are in good eplrita and aay eatle are doing splendidly. Home-rained vegetablea at Denlson nre supplying tba local market alto nether aow and some are being ships 1 north, Despite tba lata spring and ,bad weather, spring gardens rame In 4arly. Something like 1.W0.600 boraea are owned In Tasaa, but a great number are of little ralue. Texas' soli and cli mate are well adapt hJ to raUIng tbe 'finest breed'i and great progrcta It los ing made. In tbe strawberry districts nf the Wat tbla berry Is fast ripening, and n great many carloads are be In sent to various parts In the north and eaat, vIiIIh quite n number are being sblpp td to various points In tbla state. A fine rain fell nt ganger that In rare a fine Irish jiotato crop and all Harden stuff. Corn will be auviinctd to the "shooting" stage wit bout mora rain. Cotton on many farms Is up anil look tine. The rain pulverised a great ileal of freshly-sodded land that atn now be put In rot ion. The who! coun try looks beautiful and pros'ieroua. Tba breeds f entile raised around firs bam now are greatly Improved over tbi old-time row. Many of the ranch ui are sto-ke. with thoroughbred liar c fords awl Durbsms. Taking Hie situ HlloN. k'l In all, the country seems upon a bads of substantial prosperity. Tba Cotton llelt rjtilw h- Is hauling ia.mr carload of strawberries from tautarn Teias to northern itle. Maasrs. Richards. .1.1 Albaugb af Dan Aagalo have returned from a trip through the sheep country couth and weat. Tbey viewed about 15.ou sheep In good condition, Ihongh not yet ready to buy for sblpmeat. The rang t ' icra and weeds U la go i condition, nnd tko rains make the outlook full of prowl. A la ra n tke Hret since December, fell l Armstrong county, several days ngo. petting a gund aeaaon la tba Krouad. Barly rroaja were sugeriag rente on account of tbe continued dry weather, but now (key will romo out nil right aad tba pastures will be 1m in a short Mm, from reports from the etejHtry anrronndtag tbe rain wna general. I'nr seers an piaatlnu largo crop ami art mkw over tba pros pect. W. A. Ieare skipped out twenty-one cars of cattle from Italy, deal load tor Cuba via Oalveeton. Me nrh.mil tba cattw there from B. II, Harro'-" had aM tad there tbla seasosi, itkHMMd two rata, the remaiHd buncb) hi ft. Uiui A train load of M head of beef c. tie trots) Dublin. T. i . where iney kavo ttftea totiaemd n ton ce. n.raj. paat ed through r Vutiii wmtfJ aara ago. ea rout to lua!. Kta., troir which plar ti-i will be slipped t( Cuba at oat. lh Hum. Mr. Cbllds called up In the homo Monday tho tnulieu offered by Mr. ilulley tome days ago to reconsider tke vote by which the senate Mil to ueflne and punish unjust dmerttnlna Uom by olUcats, ugeuta, servanta and mployes and recelrera, their oidcera, survauta, aftenis and ttKtphryee et rail road compantea In tbla state, woa was ed to a third reading. The dlecuaatafi of tbe motion to re conalder developed the fact tbnl mime members favored ellmlnatinK the pro vlehm which autkortseM convictions under tke act upon the unauppurted evidence et on ncvompllva or imrttcl pant. Tbe miKlon to reconsider was tabled cm inoUoti of Mr. Ilwuuu Mr. Klttrell offereil tut umendtHent to provide that any jiereon recelvltiK re buteo or drawiauks, or recelrtaK any preference such o Is forbidden by tke act to be given, shall be held to be guilty of violating Its provision and shall be punished tke eame om the par sou who allows such rebate. On motion of Mr. Shannon tho amendment waa tabled. The bill waa then imummmI finally In the exact form in which it came front the senate. A resolution waa adopted extending the court-elm of the house to Con sreeamnn It. c. DsUrafftnrled. On motion of Mr. ItaicllfTa the order or bualnesa wan suspended anil the Ihwm took up mill jMaeetl without amendment the at nets bill to Increase tho occupation tax on tenpln alleys from lioo to fzr.o. On motion of Mr. Morrow the order of buslucas was suspended and the house took up his hill to Impose a tax of 2 per cent on Incomes exceeding fiooo. An amendment by Mr. Smith of Orayaon to strike out the limitation ol the Incomes to be taxed to sums over and above t00 waa tabled on motion of Mr. Smith of CoIIIh. An amendment by Mr. ltillllpa ol Umpasas to apply the tax to Incomrj of more than tO, and a substitute by Mr. Crawford to apply It to Incown of more than 11000 were tabled. A motion by Mr. Crawford to Indef initely postpone tho bill waa defeated yeaa 7, nays 7S. Mr. flrldgea offered an amendment to apply the tax to Incomes of more than $4000. and Mr. )eery aa a substi tute proposed to nmke tho tax 1 per cent Instead of 3 tier cent, lloth were ue fettled. The bill was ordered engrossed yeaa M, nays I. Mr. Maxwell offered it reeotn'lon to allow tbe use nf tbe representative hall for a reception by the university stu dents during the commeneemenl oxer rises In Juno. The vote on the resolu tion developed the alwence of a quo rum and the house took a recnaa to 3 o'clock. I When the house met after recess Mr. Imrbe.) called up the report of tbe rou- ! ferenre committee of the occupation tax law which Imposes s tax on physi cians. Tba report recommends that the bouse recede from Its amendment to the bill which proposed to also ex empt lawyers from the tax. ( M rears. Rbooshlre and Orogan spoke ngainat the adoption of tbe report, holding that there waa no bUer exists for exempting lawyers, reason for exempting physicians than Messrs. l.loyil aud lleaty favored the adoption of the reKwt. The report was tdopted yeas M. nays IT. The bouse bill by Mr. Utile to amend article I)S of the relvaed stat utes ralaiiug U changes In the lines lietween scumI (IlKtrli ts so as to de ride mure equally the distance between Uie two sclmols ulfexted by the change, was laid before the house as a special order. The hill uiasd to engrossment. - Vhmiii' I'ren MineHllMn, Temple. Tex., May 1.The Texas Woman's I'ress association tonrened here yesterday In the sixth annual aea slon. Tbe programme covers tbrae days. Tb president. Mrs. M. It. Walton of Austin: Mrs. M. 0. Deane. recording .ecretary, I'ort Worth; Mrs. P. U. Hob Inson. lorresfwodlnil secretary, lluNla vllle, snd Mrs. I. M. Julian, treasurer, San Marcos, were present at tbe open ing of the session. A complimentary concert was given mat night. i KiiielltftK IHiHl. lit Itoo, Tex.. May la A Mew York eoMpany baa pureliMad n slto bete am) will erect thereon a awelUafc ' and oro raDnlag plant to cost tUMO. I'emlon Hill. Austin, Tex., Uky is, Comptroltur Mnley sends out the following! To whom It may concern: I'ublle at tention Is Invited to an net approved May IS, 1SW, known as the Confed erate itenslon bill. Under the provi sions of this act all pensions shall be titn on the 1st day of October and April after the filing and establishing the application and are made payable quarter')1, the first peynumt being pro vided for Oct. 1, 1SU. The net carries an upprapi-itlou of 1 100,000 for the flrtt year and $150,000 for tbe second year, and fixes a minimum (tension of $3 per month to each applicant who can and does conform to the reqtilrernetita of the law, In tho event tho appropriation above referred to shall provi instiinclent to pay In full said pensions, no deflelenry run be created nmtlnst the slnto, but each pensioner will receive only his pro rata according to tho amount ap propriated. The act makes It the duty of the comptroller to prepare and furnish to the comity jnilgea of the sevoral coun ties of tho stato neteaeary blank ap plications for the tne of applennis. As eoou aa the ncceeary forma con he prepared and tbe blanks printed they will be transmitted, together with a copy of the law, to each county JikIko In the state. Special care will he ex ercised In the preiwratton of these forms, and I beg the Indulgence of all Interested persons until tho forms and blanks can be completed, with the as surance that tbey will be furnished a soon aa imaslble and In amplo time for applications to be filed before tbe 1st of October next, beginning of th first quarter. I will not attempt In thla notice to j advise as to the detailed requirement of the law In making proof, who Is eligible, etc, all thla will follow, who la above atated aa soon as the btanka can be prepared, The adoption of the constitutional niuritdmcut In K'-' ember last authoriz ing th estate to pension ex -Con federate j sold I era and the enactment of the law conforming thereto la Intended as a , recognition In some measure of the ! service rendered by the patriotic, gal lant ami brave Confederate soldier, In defeuse of home, honor and constltu : tlonal llbrty, who now In bis sdvnnc , Ing the state to pension ex-Confederata . In a condition that thla action on the j part of hla state government Is appre ciated and acceptable. I shall follow the strict letter of 'ho . law In pnsalr ir upon all pension claim. ' and tbe co-oiwretton of county )udga I aud commissioners' courts, whose d'tty j It will be to pasa first upon all app'.l I cations, Is earnestly lequestrd and I confidently expected. I All ex-Confederata soldiers also j should take an Intereat In the appli cation filed In their respective coun j ties; efforts thus combined wilt ma I terlally aid the worthy In securing the I benefits provided under the tow and , will teno greatly to prevent and detect attempts at fraud. M. V. P1KIMV. Compiroller. fane Itsue. I I.eBUUtlTe. Work. In the eennte Friday Patterson 0n raotlBn of ,,,, tJ(0 Mnn(6 cured the adoption of a resolution pro ThMni,nj. eane1,rmi n house amend Tiding: for sine die adjournment of the , ,, ,0 W, ,6W) rcUln(. t0 ,hQ submission at spoelal Issues to tho ! Jury. The pending mtslnee, the Ortlubs In- at 12 legislature Ttitsday, May S3, On motion of Morrlrs tho senate con curred In house anicndmitrts to his bill empowering grand Juries to sutntrnm wltnessos to bo In attendance on tho following term of tho court, so as to prevent wltnopses from getting nwny between tho sessions af the grand Jury and the court. , dtistrtal eeheol bill, was suspended on ! inflMnn nt tin 1 1 jm t m MArtaM. iiioiii'ii -.it i auvi puiii tut tv uuimiir oration of liouso bill by Ilohortson o( Hell, omptiwertng cities nnd towns In corporated under tho general net to regulate and fix the rales, charges, gtnffnrd secured encrs.iitnt of his corporations having public bill amending the statutes relating to rnnchlsea nnd furnishing utilities to forged Instruments. Miller's bill authorizing tho summon- the public. Atleo moved to sultstltttto tho ndvorie Ing of Jurors In speclnl vonure cases by 'minority for the favorable majority rc postal cards was passed finally under a ' port. suspension of (he rules. ! Patterson. Miller and Qoea objected Decker's house bill validating and , to tho motion quieting titles to public free school, university and asylum lands sold prior to Jan. 1, 1809, to provide for patents nnd to prescribe limitation for bringing no final action had suits for tho recovery of such land, Atlee offered resolution PsmwI finally. The bill waa killed by having the ad verse minority report adopted. Industrial school bill camo up, but recalling from tho homo the senate antl-truat Johnson secured consideration of his , hill for the purpose of correctltiK an , bin on third reading appropriating lie- orror the engroaament of the bill. 000 for tho construction of nn orphans' (Tno 8rror r-nnalntn of the omission to homo nt Corslcnnn for colored children, incorporate In the bill tho amendment Davidson offered an nmendment to ,0 ,, lll0 mw effective Jan. 31, 1W0. etrlko out tho onnctlng clauso. Iit yona 9, nays 12. The bill passed flnslly. , 0 wolIon of mrM tbe MnBto ro. Moyd secured final passage of his 1 fuM(, , concr , h(mn Bmon,,. bill to grant leave to O. W. llurkltt o t mcnU , , , np,rnpr,Rl,nR 10o.. Andorson county to bring suit ogalns 000 , ncllrm, , ,je ,. liic niuia 10 imici'iii iruin uiiiciiuiu nuu ' reaalo a section of school land In i llnrdeman county. Sebastian secured final pnsaago of his bill correcting the statute relating to ' commlaslonrra' courts nppolntng It alth ,-fX.l I 1 . .1 ......... i Oough secured consideration of tho " "'"" """. .. . . . I Ombba Industrial school bill. thi clmlr "PPolntcd Dlbrell Atlee. Pat- Davidson moved a call of the senate t"0"' ,,urw WnytaiiU. on the passage of the bill to a third : ' authorising the . reading, but the absentees war ex- admission to record and evidence in cuaed, anil tbe bill passed to a third lllzatlon of tho Texas troops In the late war. The act at congress require tho claims to bo audited at Washington, while the house amendment provides thai the claims shall be audited In Austin, which Is a direct conflict. Aa n OPPOP.TUNITIBS IN CHINA. Vt Field for Atntrfrsn Traits That Is atlll AlmtMt Untouched. At tho present time American com merce In China should be more than that of tho shopkeeplttg kind. There are new opportunities for vast specula Hons nnd strong syndicates. This is tho period of concessions, ot organis ing for opening up tho resources of that large empire This Is tnnro than idling behind tho counter. And horo Americana aro liable to Iota a magnificent opportuni ty. Along with tho Increas ed political Inflttenco of Huropeau countries have come Increased com mercial privileges. Our political In terests and our commercial men havo disliked the Chinese so much that they havo failed to seise even to see tho new openings In China at the most opportune hour. Russia has secured both tallroad and mining concessions In Maachurla. Germany has secured the same In Bhantung. Hngtand has jSeeureJ mining concessions In Shannl, and other privileges In central China. ;iloth franco and Itngland have secured privileges In southern China. America- where Is she? Two great railroad lines one between Peking and Han kow; tho other between Tientsin and Chlnklang could havo been built by Americans; hut notwithstanding this special opportunity Hurapean nations have pressed forward to secure these privileges for their own people. Though theso great concessions may go to others, thors may still ho an op portunity for American materials to be tired In connection therewith. This will depend on the amount of support, which the United 8tntes government and American merchants give to tho "open door" policy, which thus far baa been advocated by the Ilriilsh govern ment alone. Already many of the moat energetic supporters of British Interests abroad have turned from the "open door" imllcy to the policy of pedal "spheres of Influence." reading by n vote ot II to 0. Hill adding parlor earn to special coach law imtsed. The special order wan laid before the the courts of this state of duly certified I copies of all deeds and other Instni menta ot conveyance of land which have been duly registered or recorded In other states or In the republic of 8TORIK8 OP RATS. senate. It was the bill providing that Mexico, but which law. of such states where there are no bonking facilities and republic require to be rostalned in a county, that a sworn certificate In the deed or notorial archives ot such ot deposit In a reputable Imnk In atatea, was slightly amended and lines another county shrill he accepted an cil finally under u suep-nslon of tho cudi by tho commissioners' court, rules. Passed. I On motion of Mr. Hnrbee the order On motion of Mr. Cklhbt, n resolution of business was suspended and tho was adopted by the house nt the he ! house took up and passed the aanato winning of the morning sewlon. pro- j bill to amend article 017b, chapter 12, vldlug that the anti-trust bill should title IS, of the revised civil statute, be taken up and Ita consideration con- relating Icr the abolishment of munlcl tlnued f'eni day to day until disposed ' pal corporations. I On motion of Mr. Italley tko senate me anu-irusi mil was mm beforo t.trust bill waa taken m. An nmeuunieut u Mr. Hal ley waa lNwty-tkra students taedldMS. men In snultMtad In phnrmary ami eight In unreins "i tb nwellral deiwrt MMt ft tba Palversity ot Texas in I Oalveaton. MIRUm IIIIU-ii. IlcnUon, Tex.. May 11. A. II. Heath, who came In from Dripping Springs, Mated that Oeorge Odell. a prominent farmer living southeast of the city, was bitten by a copperhead snake, one of tbe moat poisonous of tbe snake family. Mr. Odell waa getting stimo corn out of hla crib when a snake that had crawled up In the corn struck him on the finger. Ilia wrist aud arm swelled rapidly and Mr. ndall suffered great twin, but It Is believed there will be no serious consequent es. I'MipIn- t'Hilr ( ummttiee. Dalwa. Tex.. May !.- The ststi txt rutlve committee of th Peiple's p rty met here Saturday. A resolution In strttctiMg the delegates to the mtetltig at Kansas City of the National lte.'orai Ptkss astu httlon and the national or ganisation rommttti of the People' party to vote aa a unit against tiie Ihilorsemint of any perron or prMS or candidates of said party for presi dent and vice-president of the Pnltel Statea waa unanimously adopt i. A number left lor Kansa City that night. SeilMH-IV MHltliril, j Sherman, Tex., May IB. Krtas HI j Conri, an Assyrian, while sitting on . tbe fit ii' 11 a fair er n la ot lit plate of reside-, waa assaulted and se riously stabbed la tba face. The wound la several Inches In Wngtk. ami tbe eiiosk bone was rut also. Kman Bl Court, a cousin ol tbe wounded Htn, started to tke assbMaw of tiki king man, but waa coiMjiolled to flee, and waa closely pursued for two block or more by tbe man who did tbe stubbing. the lvjuse Mr. Smith of Orayaon offered n nub- ndotitoil nrovldliiK that the ant shall stltute providing that all Individuals, I tnko effect on Jan. tl, 1000. 'ccmitaiilra or corporations transacting i Mr. ShrniMhlre offered ns n nubatl bHsluesa contrary to tho provisions ot lllto for , Mm(llK m lhe nrlglnnl the act within this state or elsewhere ll0IIM u, (lhe ArUmtiMa mmt). arc hereby prohibited from Instltull Mil maintaining any character of ...It Bm8I),IH.nl l0 change portions of the ii mij twin in uie sinie. Aiiuptwi. ( Went over arogan'a and Vaughan'a amend- 0n niollon of'Mr. Monroo Ut, frM XWf" ' WU VM nfwanro committee report on the piiHi0 om io niritriiu uie aci oi Jims S3, 19S7, to regulate and limit the ex penditures ut state, county and local public school fuuds and regulate treas urer's reports thereof, was adopted Cliuioil UT Mnrm, Sherman, Tax., May is. Thumday night near Van Alslyne n noat eottogo roeweneo belonging to P. h. Sntirlon. U,... ..... ..,,.... ' . I...I ........I. i ...... . hiiuwb uiiiiiii; irvnniiiviB ! Z' J; t0n' WM do commlslon of one-half of 1 per cent uetl at IflOO. .Inst yet tho Iom on , i. ..i...i , ( t.M..u I...I.I . , . , I U I UlBHIIIVIlia ItVIIVWI IHillie, iiotioiiuiu uiimiii con not dc esiimatod. Iiinlni' Jlertianlr. Grapevine, Tex.. May 12. Tho Texas U. A. M. met at (Irapevlnc on the 9th and 10th. Tho following omrors wro olectod: llrulnl AtlHit. Sn Antonio, Tex.. May 1.-A bra (At atuwpt at Infaatkid was levaalod Jtare yaateniay when a live female In fnni waa dhMovered In a dry espoool jxwar of iJdKk and IttiWIa 4 In tba heart of the illy. Tba vaway bad apparently Hot received po4tel attention. Tba child mttat tatra min where It waa found some twelve hours or more. There hi no cine. Thmo was no Insurance, "tiring th night the llkllhood of! milL?)l U'ftnllion ltAsst. ... ..4 .i 1 it; :v. rrr ' " """"ro"1 nn etnto council j. o, ...w ,n,,,f ni in nit) atonnuuuso. Af ter the wind and rs'n had subsided tiny etiinrixul I,. n...i i ii - 1 " ioiiowhik ouicura vita uiccvuu. b,"'""! " 0 N. U. Moore of Port Worth, stato oouit- Somo of hi ZLT , , e, . ,re' ' cuor Wl Hornbeck of llonlmm. sUtt tamo of tbe household effects wereVlfe nuncUar, II. It. Wall of Ornpe , vine, stale secretary; W. II. Collins rl ! Cleburne, state treasurer; W. C. Hud Mnnnnirnt t a biir. nail at OalvMton, state warden: Willi Tyler, Tex., May 12. A handsome ! Plernon of Hmory, stato conductor: C, marble tablet to (he memory of Josh- Koark of Denton, stato Inside sent! ua M. Ilrooks had Just been erected In I nf,; neorge P. Hall ot Dunham, stato the cemetery at Troupe, this county, outside sentinel; A. P. Parks, chaplain, by the former officers and men of com- pany K. fourth Taxaa Infantry. I'nltad T.rrit.1. Trnn.i. Statea volunteers. Capt. llnmiHMiH ""P'0 P"M' Tox" M"y The Hon Oary will have tbe lot Incloied by an wwl ,H,ne' 190 m,,0, ,K)e,h of n,re ,n ornamental lion fence ' Mexleo, was visited Weilnnday by a. Mr. Ilrooks died of pneumonia while .terrible tornado, dealing death nnd de tke fourth Texas waa In winter quar- ," ln P ters Rt Saa Antonio. I The upper story of tba gonaral aOlee, i hotel, depot nnd pump-house wero An AeeMenu ,Wewn away. A string of freight oare Paris, Tox., May II. During the nre were Tled aavaral hundred yards out i works oxhlbltlun last nght a long seo- lnto llie t""''"- ' tlim of the circus soots fell, Iwidad I M,Rkt tnxlles have been recovered j down with thiHHHtnils of people. Bnd others nre euppoeed to be lu ths no one wm soriowiuy nun. Uete ' "'" gates Pitt Turner, Uftgrge King and Martin and several others were bruiser. I. V. Daker ot Parts had his Jaw broken. Tbe Arkansas Central railway was formally opened to tratQc on -tke UUi by a barbecue at Paris. Atk. ('rented n SeiMitllivn. Dallas. Tax., May It. A decide I sen fatlon waa caused her over tbe Indict ment by tho grand Jury ut c. II. Alex 1 andar on th ckarn ot being accessary I io the burning of tke lfaklrts tesldenco ( and Aldermen Uncecum and Woirsen, 1 charged with accepting bribes. All t Utrto were arrested and gave bond, Alexander In the mm of ItosO, and the two aldermen In MM each. 1 Ilugene V. Debs lectured at Dallas on th 14th. State Ilraman's asaeclgtlan trans aeto4 much business on tbe 11th InsU at Purls. The Woman's Christian Temperanie Union sonvtiiiwl In Denlson on lwe 9th, fctrluuiljr Miot. McKlnney. Tox.. May 13. While to Ing with what he supposed to be an empty pistol, a young son of Usqulre It. IC Holt ot Illuo Itldge, thla eounty, very seriously, If not fatally, shot him elf. He first snapped the pistol at hla 1 brother, but It failed to go off, he then ) turned It en himself and pulled the trigger again, when the discharge oe curred, passing through his body. J Tbe famous Fair Will case has rorao up In court again at Ban l'rsudwu. I'alittlua fire, Palestine, Tox., May 12. A halt block of business Iioiism were do od by fire yesterday morning. Mlitrot lire. & Co., dry goods; Max Chetlner Oresery oampaHy, A. Kohii, saloon; I. Hotporn, geocery; lien I-aadsu, sa'oon; Ieo Davidson, salaoni John Preasony, grocery, and Jim Johnson, barber, wore sufferers. Tke low of buildings and fully $76.003, pirtly covered by Insurance Mill lllto tllT a I.hl- In llimne from m Oeorge Ptireell tells th PltUburg News some stories about mining con! that are interesting. Purcsll says n rat. when raughl In a trap, will tit off limb to escape. He on day caught , a rat with n blacksmith's pincers. He Jtad only time to fix the pincers on tho rat's tall, hut with sufficient grip to hold the rat for a time. He Inu-iulcd taking the rat to n feed-box in the barn, where It fighting qualities could, bo tested by n Urrlor. The ra. hang ing by Its tall, turned around to Ueo Itself from the pincers. Plndlng tha' the plncore were hnrdor than Its teeth It tumd Its attention to Its own tall, it cut with Ita teeth n ring around the) tall, .mil then mailu a Jump. The nkln, pcdfd oft the tall, leaving tho tall, covering In tho grip ot Ptireell and tho. pincers. It Is noodles- to say t- tho rat escaped. Miners hollevo that rats, leave u fulling mine. M. W. Kerrigan met a horde of rats ono day when ho was entering a mine. He attempted to kill them with a stick, hut as fnt as he, knocked one nut another took his place. He was accompanied by a dog, gud the dog was so badly bitten by the yals that he sought shelter behind Ker rigan. Seeing that the dog was badly Injured by the attack of the rats Ker rigan took him outside the mine to havo his Injuries attended to. Kerri gan then returned to (lis workings, but was surprised io find that tho entry In which ho had met tho rats had fall cm In during his absence. Tamilian" Hull, "Tammany Itlng" was formed In the city of Now York so far back as 1763 as n groat Democratic organization. Its founder was William Mooncy, an upholstorer rosldlng In the city. Tho Tammany nunlvomiry became a popu lar hollduy. The Ideal patrons wero Columbus and Tammany, the latter, who glvoa his namo to tho society, bo-t Ing n logeudary Indian chief, once lord ot tho Island of Manhattan, and now a kind of pntrou saint of Ain.rka The president rejoices In the title ot "grand wichatn." Tho 'Tammany Hall" Is an offset more Intensely Dem ocratic, and represents the "Democrat ic nepubllcau general committee ot S,000, who seek to govern New York and select all candidate for olllco. There are district Jtnmltiees, over whom is set a eaptulu known as the "local boss;" he Is responsible for tbe . vote of his district. There are 1,100 ot these bosses to co rase pond with thfj 1,100 districts. As a rule the bosses, arc "liquor dealers" with a cllei)t of follower whom they "awing." Tbe boss Is im ill for his services, and baa. money to distribute. It la always easy from the reports of these l.ioe bossea to say how the vote of the city will) go lu municipal elections. n-rloir llepalr Work. Daring repairs Inside a water main were recently made at the water worka In Kansas City, Mo. The threads of the valvo seat In a 80-Inch main had become broken, and In order to raski the repaint without removing tbe valve It was necessary fur someone to go Into the pipe. To leave tho main closed' for the day meant to leavi. part of the city without protection from fire. A maohlnlst, Charles I.unstedi, volun- v teored to do the work. He entered the, main through a 21-Inch pipe and put In a new seat In about three hours. It was a cold Job, as the temperature of the water had been running about 26 to 38 degree, but hot Irons were,!, placed Inside the pipe to remove tbe chill as much as possible. Air was Ut Into the pipe through a pit around, the valve ualtlmore Ncwa.