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STRIKES ON RAILROADS. They Are Ordered Only After Careful Invectlgatiou. The opinion that the leaders of labor organisations can and do order strikes In an arbitrary fashion Is prevalent, soys the Chautauquam This, however, Is not the ease with the railway or ganizations. The firemen have engaged In strikes on four systems since 3885, the .conductors on four since 1800 and the trainmen on two since 18S3. While the Pulliuun strike of 1894 was con ducted by the American Railway Union, many members of the other railway orders were concerned In It. The result of this affair Is thus sum marized by Mr. Carter of the firemen: "It cost many thousands of railway men tholr positions, it brought sorrow to many homes, but It did something else it put a stop to the wage reduc tions that bad become so popular, It served notice on railway corporations that when conservative labor organiza tions could or would not fight, radlerl organizations would, It convinced stockholders that they had permitted thtilr greed to go too far." The steps which are now taken for the adjustment of grievances are much the same in the different organizations and an outline of the method pursued by one will suffice for all. The aggriov ed member Is required to make a writ ten statement of his complaint to the division to which he belongs. If ap proved by a two-thirds vote of the di vision it Is referred to the- local com mittee, composed of employes of that section of the road, who investigate and endeavor to come to an under sianding with the local officials. Tim result of these negotiations is re ported back to the division. If un successful, and if the division deems the case meritorious, It is turned over to .the general committee for that sys tem. This comniittt-e Is made up of representatives from the entire system, one member from each of the subordi nate divisions. The grievance is pre sented by thu to the general officers of the road. If no agreement is reach ed the general committee may call for the assistance of a general officer of the organization. If the general offi cer together with the general commit tee cannot arrive at a settlement with the railway management then the ad visabllity of a strike may be-considered. A complete statement of the sit uation is furnished each member em ployed on the system and a sealed bal lot is taken. A strike can be ordered only when a two-thirds vote is cast in favor of it. "Xo officer or committee or board has any authority to order or authorize a strike unless such action is approved by two-thirds of the members affected and who would be involved." The Word Picnic. The derivation of the word picnic is uncertain. In London Notes and Que ries of 1853 attempts were made to trace its origin. One correspondent says: "Under a French form the word ap pears In a speech of llobesp'.erre, 'C'est icl'kqu'il doit m'accuser, et non dans les piqucstilqucs.' An earlier instance occurs In one of Lord Chesterfield's letters, dated October, 1713." Another writer of the same date trie.s to trace the word from France 'into Italy. Starting with the assump tion that piqueniiiue in French Implies a party at which each guest provides some particular dish or perforins some special duty, be linds the Italian ex pressions niccbia (duty) and piecola (n trifling service), and from these . he coins piecola nicchia (picnic). A French encyclopedia, lM.'J. hns it that the word is compounded of the simple English pick (to choose) and nick (in the nick of time, on tile spur of the moment). In France the term Is also used for Indoor nlcnlcs. College Girl. Ernie Papa may be very bright in 'justness, but I don't think he knows much about love affairs. lie asked if my George was a good provider. Eva And is he, dear? Ernie Certainly. Why, he's been providing me with novels, chocolates and matinee tickets for the last two years. Pa didn't seem pleased, though. BEST BY TEST "I have tried all kinds of waterproof clothing and have never found anything at any price to compare with your Fish Brand for protection from all kinds of weather." (The imitm tnd addreu of the writer of this unsolicited letter, may be had upon application.) The Sign of the Fish Matters of Warranted Wet Weather Clothing A. J. TOWER CO. Boston, U.S.A. TOWER CANADIAN CO., LIMITED Toronto, Canada MUtaken Identity. The woman thought that she rec ognized the cherubic little boy sitting next to her In the street enr, and when the conveyance made a long stop at in open bridge she undertook to make the waiting pleasant for her small fellow-passenger. She was heard to ask sweetly: "How Is your little sister to-day, Tommy?" "Huh!" snorted the offended small boy, lifting an Indignant countenance that was not Tommy's, "where'd I get any sister, I'd like to know? I haven't ever been married!" The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have. llazlitt. Meat Swindle by Redskins. The Indian apparently has caught on to the modern "crime." Fearing that the seals will gobble the fish, the State of Maine pays a bounty of $1 for ev ery seal tilled in its waters. The law provides that, upon presentation of a seal's noso to the treasurer of the nearest town, that official shal. pay the bounty to the killer. It lias not been the custom to inspect the noses closely. They are not attractive to the eye. Hut there came to be an extraor dinary increase of the supply of seols' noses. Two Indians collected $200 in a lump: two other Indians, $145. The town officials smellcd a seal. They found that the seals' noses at a dollar a nose wcro made of a wad of fat, en closed in a piece of singed sealskin. Two silts did duty for nostrils. Hairs from the back of seals played whis kers, being knotted on the Inside to keep them in place. Then the w hole work of art was dipped In fat, rolled in mud, and used as a voucher for $1. Two Quoddy Indians made 80 false seal noses in one day. Siberia's Intense Cold. Siberia has the greatest known cold in the world. At Ynktuck the average for three winter months Is 40 below zero, while individual drops to 75 and 70 below zero are not unknown. Hut at Verkjohansk the averago for the month of January, 1885, was 09.!) be low zero and the mercury at one time dropped to 00.4 below the lowest on record anywhere In the world. Ayers Take cold easily? Throat tender? Lungs weak? Any relatives have consumption? Then a cough means a great Cherry Pectoral deal to you. Follow your doctor's advice and take Ayer's Cherry Pectoral. It heals, strengthens, prevents. Vr 40 yeare I have depended on Ayer'l Cherry I'er-toral for cihikIis mid colds. 1 know it urontly atretmtheiii weak lungs." . Mils. V. A. KoBtMSOK, Saline, Midi. 2SR..B0R .Si 00. All lrni'i!itfl. for .1. O. ATKIt CO., I.owt'll. MuM. Weak Lungs Ayer's Pills increase the activity of the) liver, and thus nld recovery. Fair Warning. Mifklns Say, old man, 1 thought of a good joke just now! Bifkins Well, please don't spring it on me. I feel sad enough already. High Glass Druggi AND - OTHERS. The better class of druggists, everywhere, are men of scientific attainments and high integrity, who devote their lives to the welfare of their fellow men in supplying the best of remedies and purest medicinal agents of known value, in accordance with physicians' prescriptions and scientific formula. Druggists of the better class manufacture many excellent remedies, but always under original or officinal names and they never sell false brands, or imitation medicines. They are the men to deal with when in need of anything in their line, which usually includes all standard remedies and corresponding adjuncts of a first-class pharmacy and the finest and best of toilet articles and preparations and many useful accessories and remedial appliances. The earning of a fair living, with the satisfaction which arises from a knowledge of the benefits conferred upon their patrons and assistance to the medical profession, is usually their greatest reward for long years of study and many hours of daily toil. They all know that Syrup of Pigs is an excellent laxative remedy and that it gives universal satisfaction, and therefore they are selling many millions of bottles annually to the well informed purchasers of the choicest remedies, and they always take pleasure in handing out the genuine article bearing the full name of the Company California Fig Syrup Co. printed on the front of every package. They know that in cases of colds and headaches attended by biliousness and constipation and of weakness or torpidity of the liver and bowels, arising from irregular habits, indigestion, or over-eating, that there is no other remedy so pleasant, prompt and beneficial in its effects as Syrup of Figs, and they are glad to sell it because it gives universal satisfaction. Owing to the excellence of Syrup of Figs, the universal satisfaction which it gives and the immense demand for it, imitations have been made, tried and condemned, but there are individual druggists to be found, here and there, who do not maintain the dignity and principles of the profession and whose greed gets the better of their judgment, and who do not hesitate to recommend and try to sell the imitations in order to make a larger profit. Such preparations sometimes have the name" Syrup of Figs" or "Fig Syrup" and of some piratical concern, or fictitious fig syrup company, printed on the package, but they never have the full name of the Company California Fig Syrup Co. printed oh the front of the package. The imitations should be rejected because they are injurious to the system. In order to sell the imitations they find it necessary to resort to misrepresentation or deception, and whenever a dealer passes off on a customer a preparation under the name of "Syrup of Figs" or "Fig Syrup," which does not bear the full name of the California Fig Syrup Co. printed on the front of the package, he is attempting to deceive and mislead the patron who has been so unfortunate as to enter his establishment, whether it be large or small, for if the dealer resorts to misrepresentation and and deception in one case he will do go with other medicinal agents, and in the filling of physicians' prescriptions, and should be avoided by every one who values health and happiness. Knowing that the great majority of druggists are reliable," we supply the immense demand for our excellent remedy entirely through the druggists, of whom it may be purchased every where, in original packages only, at the regular .price of fifty cents per bottle, but as exceptions existitis necessary to inform the public of the facts, in order that all may decline or return any imitation which may be sold to them. If it does not bear the full name of the Company California Fig Syrup Co. printed on the front of every package, do not hesitate to return the article and to demand the return of your money, and in future go to one of the better class ot druggists wno win sen you what you wish and the best of everything in his line at reasonable prices. PUTNAM FADELESS DYES. Color more goods brighter and faster colors than any other dye. One lOct. package colors Silk, Wool and Cotton equally well, and is guar anteed to give perfect results. Ask dealer, or we will send post paid at lOcts. a package. Write for free booklet bow to dye, bleach and mix colors. riONROB DKUU CO., Unionville, Missouri.