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A NATURAL BAROMETER.
| The Rattler's Skin Sweats When u Storm is Approaching. "It is going to rain within nix hours," said the man, with pro9 voking deliberation. The sun was shining brightly, and only a few lloating clouds broke the clear blue of the broad sky. "Rain !" said the other, deri sively. "And out of that sky? You're a pessimist. You always carry an umbrella." "I'll bet you a good dinner that it will rain within six hours," the i 1 I- - J ?- ' 1 - ljrtu hppHKer repneu wini unp'Tturbable good nature and gravity. The bet was made, and the bet vufl paid for by the map who had doubted. It rained in leas than four hourp. t ^ '"Now, if you will ccmo around to my room I will show you how I knew it was going to rain," said the prophet, who was without * honor in his own country. So there they went. Now the proph et was an original sort of chap and has fastened on the walls of his room many strange things of the sea, forest and field. On the lloor were llung skins of bear and deer and mountain lion, and on tlio wall near a window stretched from the top of the high wainscoating to within a half foot of the lloor was the grewsome Rkin of a giant diamond hack rattlesnake. The prophet pointed to it and said, "There's my secret." The skin was dripping wet, and sweat, so to speak,stood out upon its scaly back in huge drops, which would swell and swell and silently run together into little streamletf, which in turn would rush down in an avalanche of ? other drops and reach the lloor with a splash liko n great tear. Everything else in the room was ^ as dry as the humid atmosphere of a city after a thunderstorm would allow. "That's my barometer," said the prophet. "1 killed the snake myself in Florida and had it stripped. The skin is not fanned hut just preserved, liko rawhide. I had noticed in some of *the coasting noats along the gulf shorn little strips of snakeskin hung up in the cabin. The captains had told me they could always toll when a squall was com ing by watching this skin. I have had that for three yearn now, and it has beep far more accurate than the weather observer. No I mutter when the first indications' of a storm make themselves felt in the atmosphere, whether it be : night or day, summer or wiut?j, the faithful skin shows it by b ginning to sweat. I die st riri j passes oil", the drq dry the skin crisps and shrivels until it is more like sandpaper than! anything else. In the winter of course the sweat is not so profn ? because the air'is drier than in1 summer. uWhy the snakeskin siiould be so sensitive to changes in atmos f pheric conditions I do not know. 1 i.. .. .1... i ? i - ? 1 nil * V" Il-Iftfll I'AJJI'rl (SI111KO llilllll ' lers am) students of reptile life, but they were a? much at a loss an I was. 1 do not know, either, whether any skin but that of the rattlesnake will yield to humidity or not. I know that the Florida boatmen use the rattler's skiu exclusively for the cabin barometers. There's some thing grow some and mysterious about n, Til admit, but it tells the truth as accurately n? the most expensive glass that whh ever construct ed? and all it cost me was a bul let from a rifle."?New York Tribune. ^ ? For a bad taste in the mouth take a few doses of Chamberlain's Htoroacb and Liver Tablets. Prioe *25 cents. Warranted to cure. For ssls by J F. Maokey & Co., druggists. ? ANOTHER LIEUTENANT GENERAL 18 DEAD. General Lonestreet I'uhsps Away at Age of Eighty-Four. Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 2.?Gen. Longstreet, soldier,statesman and diplomat and the last lieutenant general of the Confederate army with the exception of Gen. Gor don, died at G.iinsville, Ga., this afternoon at 6 o'clock from an attack of acute pneumonia He had been ill two days. Gen. Longstreet was a sufferer lroin cancer of the eye, but his general health had been good until Wednesday, when he was seized with ? midden <t" veloping later into pneumonia ol violent nature. lie was 84 years old. He is survived by his wife, four sons and a daughter. He will he buried in Qainsville, which has been his home since the Civil war. Gen. James Longstreet was born in Edgefield district, S. O., Ian. 8, 1321. lie was appointed to the military academy from Alabama, where he graduated in 1842 He won his spurs in the Mexican war, where he particpated in eight important battles and was brevet ted captain and major for gallant conduct. When the Civil war began he enlisted on the Confederate side and was immediately made bri gadier general. lie had an important part in many of the hatties of the War and was known as one of the hardest fighters in the service. He was in the surrender at Appomattox. Atter the war ho took up his :.l r\ \ influence in ixew uneatis ami established a commercial house of which he was the head. lie was appointed surveyor of the port of New Orleans by President Grant, and was afterwards super visor of internal revenue in New Orleans and postmaster in that city. IIo was sent as United States minister to Turkey by President Hayes and under President Garfield was United State marshal lor the district of Georgia. Some years ago he was appointed United States comiuis sinner of railroads with headquarters at Washington, which position he held till the time of his death. A V<*ry Close Call. . "1 stuck to mv engine, although every joint ached and every nerve was racked with pain," writes U. W. Bellamy, a locomotive fireman of Builington, Iowa. "I was weak and pale, without any appetite and all run down. As 1 was about to give up, 1 got bottle of | Klectrir Bittern, tm<! after taking i it, I felt as well as 1 ever did 1 mv lite" Woak, sickly, rundown people hIwm'-h gain new life, strength and vigor from their use. Try them. Satisfaction cu ara nteeri by Crawford Brow., J.' F. Mao key &C ?..nnd Fnnderburk : Pharm ?ey. Price .10 cent-*. An 1 in p n't nut Humor at. Colon. Colon, Jan. 1 ?There were persistent rumors hero yesterday and again today that the Culom hian gunboat Gen. Pinzon had t>e?n sunk by American warships. There is no confirmation of tho report to this time. The Mayflower, to which Admiral Goghlan transferred his flagship yestorday, steamed out of tho harbor this morning. Th ere are no ships of war here. i 0(?ni?>Mtle Trou It in exceptional%> find a family where there are no domestic ruptures occasionally, but theRe can be lessened by having Dr. King's New Life Pills around. Mubh trouble they* ave by their great work in Stomach and Liver troubles. They not only relieve yon, hut oure. V5c, at Crawford Bros., J. F. Macker & Co., and Funderburk Pharmacy. > >V A It SEEMS VKKY N EAR. j I Clash Between Japan and Hussia | Considered Inevitable. , I Washington, Jan. 2.?The As- I aociated Press learns from a high j official source that Japan, in her | last note to the Russian govern | iuent, announced the minimum ' nronosition wliio.li ntx* /???. ? , | ? ??w?? ?" V7 v>?? II UV/V/U JM I from Russia must include rights i by Japan in Corea equal to those | eluimed by Russia in Manchuria 1 In return, it is paid, Japan agrees to recognize the supremacy of Russia in Manchuria. , This proposition, the AssoGial I e l Rrese is informed, the Russian government will not give its ap proval, feeling that Japan should | content herself witli modifications j in the form of concessions in Co. I rea tor her commerce. Count | Cassini, t lie Russian ambassador, , thinks the tar eastern situation | "gloomy, but not without some | hope of salvation." , At the .Japanese legation to- 1 night it was intimated that if the Russian reply does not give defi- | nile assurance that in general the | concessions asked for by Japan will bo granted the Tokio government will bo impelled to aban don diplomacy lor force. I)is patches received by Mr. Takahira the Japanese minister, from To kio today tell of the critical state ot public feeling there. It is stated that if Russia fails to give a definite reply, Japan will in terpret :t dilatoiy note as indicating Russia's wish to defer hostil Hies until the spring, when her forces on land an sea can be used to bettor advantage. If Japan is convinced ol Russia's intention tint to accept her proposals the Tokio government, it is declared, j will not hesitate to lake the in , itiative and assume the responsi- | bility lor making war. , A Vcst-Pocket Poctor. 1 Never in the way, no trouble to carry, easy to take, pleasant and ' never failing in results are DoWitt's Little Early Risers. A vial of these little pills in tlio vest-pocket is a certain guarantee against headache, biliousness, torpid liver and all of the ills resulting from constipation. They : tonic and strengthen the liver. , Sold by Crawford Hros. < Shocking Record ol Homicide. | I There were 222 cases of man- i InonKO.- ...1 ?? * I- - 1 nil. ur.un'i 1 r[H!i icu iw nia nivnr nev general during the year 1903. The record is appalling. And it . is possible that t!i re are aome I homicides which were not reported bv the clerks of court. In 1397 and in 1900 the nutn- ' her of eases reported war 225, ex- i needing tho record of 1903. Mr. (Junior has been examining th-i. ree irdn of other St ilea and find-" ! that South (Carolina shows up I badlv. Onlv 91 hotnic'd s were reported in North Carolina las* year, and that number wis thought to be a fearful record ft?r the adjoi .ing State ?Tho State 1 T? Cure u Colli In One l>u> 1'ake l,sxative Hroino Quinine | Tablets. All druggist refund the money if it fails to iure. K. W. d rove's signature is on eanh box 25cth I The German Emperor uses ns a ' I paper weight on his writing desk I the Rummit of one of the highest mountains in Africa, Dr, Bach ner, an African traveler of some \ fame, broke the piece of rork | from the highest point of Mount < Killioa Najaro, which is on Ger- \ man-African ground, and pre- < Hented it to the Emperor. , You Know What You Arc T?klu( J WIjhu jou take (irove'sTa^telces Chill Tonic becaune the formula it plainly neterf <>e every bottle bnwiag that , .1 is ai in pi j iron aud Quinine in a ' tasteless forna . No cure no pay. 00c ^ When a Man Ma S| lie assumes responsibility for lives. His responsibility doesn ? eomes. Sueh a thing might be f life insurance companies, but tl II business to take up where you I he roivment /?! -* email fat* fVrkr ? ~ I've, and tor this they will li ^ widow as long as she lives. ^ When a Man Die S And loaves the wile whom he 1 || protect?leaves her without tl ^ the long and weary years throu ^ way alone, he has not treated 1 W of it. lie has taken her from t ^ used her tor his own comfort at Ti time, and then left her with tlx in the hag, save, perhaps, hall ^ ever occur to you ? I). Sa S3 State Lit Whiskey Morphine Cigare habit. habit. hahil Cured by KEELEY I] 1329 Lady St., [or P.O. Uux 75] Columbia, S. C Important Notice. r_ Notice is hereby given that, it is a violation ot law for any per?on or corporation within the rt limits ot Lancaster county to sell (" rr offer lor sale any pistol, rille r cartridge or pistol cartridge with- 1 nut, first obtaining a license from 11 I lie county board ol commission- ' era. L. J. Perry, ( County Supervisor. How to Make Money 1 Agents of either sex should today write Marsh Manufacturing Co., r>38 Lake Street, Chicago, for cuts and particulars of their handsome Aluminum Card Case with your name engraved on it arid tilled with 100 n Dall'iitr or Business Cards. Every- ^ iwujr iirinrs litem. sample rase and | loo Cards, postpaid,40o. This Casel? md 100 Cards retail at 75c. You have i gj >111y to allow samples to secure an ' arde'r. Send us 20c at once for case ind 100 cards before some one gets itiead of you. sept 16-8m CTCTrBQ! READ MY OlOlJulllj: Free Offer rT?H l*; I'ON blow tilled out wit v- nr ?, A :,?1> 11'??i. |,|1>1 seal w ; 111 a l\Vu I'l-lil s ill: t i, LoNlrs. At. A. 11 iiion. Kershaw, S C., within lh? next thirty days entitles you to a pu ..nee ? containing a Homo Treatment discovered hy Mrs \| Summers Notre l?inu-, lie' wi hi ?'u.o-> leueorrhea. ulceration. d ic nc i t. Iitllln? of the womb menstrual disorders hot (taste s. tumors, growths, and .<ii femnlo trou tnes The freo pttekugo contains ten days treatment, and it yomwlsh to continue, it wlili I L'ost voii abOIII live vo cents i Wi el; to I ' 111 I || loo a cure. Kill out Hie spaces below, sei'd to, Mrs liti on nd you will receive lbs fret jw ireniyn-ni ov re inn mall. Ci o COUPON. |p * Name a f? Town Comity State ~ 1% ff' uyspepssa vjurc; Digests what you cat. ilf I'his iifcpur.it ion contains ail of the ' ligestants and digests all kinds ot > "odd. t, gives Instant relief and never Lads to cure. It allows y >u to eat all ? the food you want. The most sensitive itomachs can take it. By its use many _ thousands of dyspeptics have been cured after everything else failed. Is unequalled for the stomach. Child* x ren with weak stomachs thrive on it. Cures all stomack troubles pn>parwl only by K. O. l)?Witt A.Co .Chicago _ The II. bottle contains!!!* tlroestbe&Oc. else. ? ??? ????????? a i One Minute Cough Cure For Coughs, Colds and Croup. a n =======^^ irries ^ his wile as long as HL1K ^ 't end when the undertaker *3 possible if there were no lev are here, and it is their gfl lelt ofl\ They only require n y.-u each year while you irnish an injonte lor your WM js >as promised lo cherish and ?e means of support during gh which she must fii.rht, her Iter fairly, to say the least mfl he roof-tree of her fat Iter, id pleasure durin'g IIIS hte i bag to liold, and nothing km a dozen children. Did it ra Cox. Gen. Agent., e Insurance Company, Ej Columbia, 8. C. J| tie All Drug and Tobacco t-. habits MSTITUTE of S. C, !. Confidential correspondence solicited. rrespass Notice All persons are hereby warned nd notified not to ride, hunt, fish, lit timber, allow their stock (?? un on, or other iv^ise trespass upon he McManus-Gardner lands sitate about 4 miles east ot Lanaster court house, north ol'the tedfield road and south of the Mieoterfield road. A. J. CLARK. )ec. 2,1903. Manager. Trespass Notice All persons are hereby warned ot to hunt, fish, or in any way respass upon any ot the lands wned or controlled by the under i^ned, under penalty ot law. 11. W. McGinn, i. ii. is truer, W. L. Patterson, II. N. Patterson, 0. Barber, 1. A. Patterson. r, 3-15-04 I f\ Money to Loan. On a recent visit to New Yo ? (' 'y inaiie artHnjf?MiiPiits by which I can .itfotiatc lotus of $HOO.OO mm' ti ; ards on tlrst inort urates on in fir vi \ lit ton farms at 7 per cent . interest n sums of .<l<i(ioi)<) and over, . er cent, interest on sums ??.' < <- . nan 100000. No nommissimi or broker?? charged?on I> a reasonable lt*e r ab.strant of title. Ft. K WYl.I K Attornej at-baw Lancaster, S. C., Sept. 1(5, '0.5?dm. O WHOM IT MAY COMLUN: Notice is hereby given that lie County Board of Conimis ioners will not approve or pay ny claim against the county or work, such as repairing oacls or ground bridges, unless ho pa mo shall have boon uthorized bv, or a contract inde with srtmo rnnmhpr of t-he >oard. \j. J. I'orry, County Supervisor. V. B. Bruce, Clerk. ,?? >s??w^' (INCORPORATED) Capital Stock, 130,000,(0. usiness. -When yoii think of going off to ' Hcbool, write for College Journal id special Offer of the Lending Ilusincna and borthand School*. Address KlNOR lltTMNKSS Com.kok, Rai.kioh. N C, <:hAHI.OTTB, N a |We alxo teach Itookloping, Shorthand, etc. by mail.] lOuoS ly 4 f