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v PEACE IN SOUTH AMERICA.
How the Acra Dispute Between Brazil and Bolivia lias Been Settled. A territory one-third larger than all New England has just changed hands In South America under a treaty be tween two nations. A territory larger than New England and the middle States combined Is about to be awarded as the result of peaceful arbitration. This Is the Acre or Aqulry dispute, Involving Brazil, Tcru and Bolivia. When Spain and Portugal claimed to divide pretty much all the world ex cept Europe between them in 1403, says the New York World, boundaries were left rnther vague. When in 1750 these countries made a treaty as to their South American boundaries the limits In the unexplored forests were still left vague enough. In general they adopted the "uti pos sidetis" maxim the rule of "hold" what you occupy" and this was gen erally reaffirmed a century later be tween Brazil and other countries which had inherited the vague Spanish-Portuguese boundary. When a few years ago the richness of the Aqulry region became known and settlers poured in there was bound to be a dispute as to Its ownership. It arose between armed Brazilian set tlers on the one hand and a big Boli vian land corporation formed in this city on the other, with Peru as an inactive claimant. But, Instead of going to war over the country, Brazil and Bolivia signed a treaty on Nov. 17, 1903, whlch is thus summarized by Prof. John Bas sett Moore: "Bolivia concedes to Brazil the whole of the basin of the Aqulry, embracing 101,000 square kilometers (about 00,000 square miles), part of which was ad mitted to belong to Bolivia under the treaty of 1SU7, and receives in return 2.290 square kilometers between the Madeira and Abunan rivers, inhabited by Bolivians, and certain tracts of laud on the Paraguay, the sum of $10,000, 000. which Bolivia accepts with the intention of using the same mainly in the construction of railways or other works to improve the communications and develop commerce between the two countries. 'Brazil in addition to the other compensation to Bolivia, agrees to build a railway and to grant to Bolivia the same privileges and rates as she shall herself enjoy in the use of the line. 'The gain,' says Col. Church, 'which Bolivia will reap from the construction of the Madeira and Mamore railway alone is worth all of her territorial sacrifices.' " A pretty sensible way to settle s boundary dispuate. Peru, which also claimed the Aqulry region and a great tract tc the north besides, has con sented to negotiate with Brazil con cerning her claim through the friend ly offices of an arbitrator if a treaty cannot directly be reached. Thus a threatened three-cornered war seems likely to be averted. Mean Thing 1 "My husband always expressed a preference for the brunette type," said the dark-haired wife to her friend. "Yes, I think he likes dark-haired women better still. The Jialr don't show so plainly on his cont, you know!" said the other, with a sneer. Yonkers Statesman. His Excuse. Deserted Woman How could you fly from me when you know that I believed you were an angel? Repentant Lover It was all a mis take, dear; you see it was the first time I'd ever been endowed with a pair of wings and I didn't know just how to work them! Kansas City Press. A Son's Suggestion. "Papa,", said little Arthur, after his mother had punished him, "will you do something for me?" "What is it you want?" "Marry somebody else, and I'd wish you'd pick out grandma, because she's always kind to me." Chicago Reeord-Herald. Timely Advice. When the financial panic of 1893 broke out, the senior editor of a trade journal published in the Interests of business men and financiers was on a visit to a mining town In the far West. Fearful lest his Junior, in the office at hoine, might give editorial ut terance to pessimistic views and weak en public confidence still further," he hostened to a telegraph office and de spatched a brief message of advice. It happened that the junior partner on this particular day had just be come the father of a pair of fine twin boys. While his friends In the office were congratulating him upon 'this event, a messenger entered with a telegram. He opened It, and read the following message from the senior partner: "Dear George Things look blue, but they will brighten up soon. Take a cheerful view of the situation. Hiram." Poor, but Polite. "Want some money, do ye?" said Un kind old lady. "Now, I wonder ef ye deserve it. What would you do witli a penny ef I gev it to ye?" "Lady," replied the polite beggar, "yer kindness would touch me so dat I'd buy a postal card wid di money an' write yer a note o' thank?." Catholic Standard and Times. Cause for Anger. Amicus Why are you so irate at hav ing your poem reproduced in that paper? Great Poet Because the editor has appended a note to it, saying that he reproduces It, not on account of its merit, but to show the kind of rot a man with an established reputation can get ac cepted. Tidbits. A Wis Young Woman. lie It is true, darling, that I haveu't a penny that I can call my own just now, but my father is worth a million, and She (interrupting) Excuse me, but is your mother living? He No. She Oil, my dear boy! Will you do uie a favor? He Sure. What is it? She Introduce me to your father. Not in His Line. "What kind of a place would yoc like?" asked the manager of the intelli gence office. "Oh," answered the young lady ap plicant, "a place where I can have every thing I want with but little to do nuJ no one to boss me." "Excuse nie, miss," said the manager, "this is an employment office, not a uiat rimonal op'iiey." Translation. Miss Parvenue (at the dressmaker's, reading sign) Robes de soiree et d ville Mrs. Parvenue (Interrupting) Dis gusting. I hate these American dress makers who want to be Frenchy. Why can't she say in plain English: Dresses of silk and velvet? Town Topics. Japanese Victories. "You seemed to take the town of Fung-Wang-Chang very easily," said the admiring crowd, according to the Buffalo Express. "How did you man age it?" "Oh, that was nothing," said the Japanese commander, modestly. "We simply tackled it one syllable at a time." Modern Improvements. "It's colder than Greenland's icy mountains in our apartments this morn ing," said the irate tenant. "Why isn't the heat turned on?" "It's turned on in the rooms I occu py," replied the autocratic janitor, "and just as soon as they get warm I'll turn It on in the rest of the building." Her Discovery. "Did your wife give you the. usual box of cigars?" "No; she didn't. She found out that she could buy them cheaper by the bunch than the box." Cleveland Plain Dealer. Caustic. "Yes, Miss Myrtle," drawled Reggy Van Pickle, "there Is a time for all things." "Indeed!" yawned the girl In the Roman chair. 'Then you have really looked at the clock." Primitive Paper-Making. In Madagascar a kind of writing paper used by some of the native nota bles and the fetish priests is made from the bark of a shrub named ha hova. The bark fibre is boiled and macerated until a thin paste is obtain ed. Then a leaf of the plant called ravlnla, or traveler's tea, is coated with pulp formed from a particular kind of rice, and over this Is spread the hahova paste, on both sides of the leaf. After the coating has thorough ly dried and adhered, it is polished with a smooth shell, and the paper i? ready for use. The manufacture of the ink employed, like that of the pa per Itself, is a monopoly of tbo nota bles and priests who use it. This pa per may be bought by European trav elers at less than a penny a sheet, but only a few hundred sheets are pro duced in a month. Feminine Charity. Lulu At Stella's wedding last week, owing to a misunderstanding, she had to wait at the church nearly, thirty minutes for the bridegroom. Pauline Well, she had no kick com ing. What is thirty minutes to a girl who has waited tliirtj years? A Judge of Shoes. Stranger If I order shoes of you, are you sure you can make a good fit? Cobbler A good fit? Just you ask Mr. Richman. He always comes to me and gets his shoes made to measure. "Who is Mr. Richman?" "He Is the owner of that big shoe factory downtown." Forgot His Name. Magistrate Why didn't you answer to your name? Vagrant Beg parding, jedge, but I forgot wot name I gave las' night Fagistrate Didn't you give your own name? Vagrant No, jedge, I'm travelin' Incog. Too Bad. Mr. De Style Don't you think bam boo easels pretty? Mrs. De Style Yes, they are so light, and airy, and delicote, and so suggestive of nature in its pristine purity. I think they are lovely but they're disgustingly cheap. Bombardment. Stubb I read tbat the ancient suit ors of Egypt used to inscribe their love letters on bricks. Penn Goodness, suppose the girl got angry and returned all the letters by throwing them! Those Boston uirls. Gertrude Do you think a woman It justified in using deception in order to secure a husband? Frances For mercy's sake, how do you expect a woman is ever going to get married, I should like to know? Boston Transcript. His Busy Season. The Drummer Well, how's busi ness? The Druggist Booming. The Drummer That's good. Re ducing your stock rapidly, eh? The Druggist Sure thing. The Drummer What articles seem to have the call nowadays? The Druggist Almanacs and calen dars. A Modest .Bequest. "Madame," said the soldier of mis fortune, who was touring the country disguised as a tramp, "I do not want anything in the way of home-made delicacies for the interior department, but if it ain't asking too much I would like to have you do a little sewing for me." ' "Very well," replied the kind-hearted lady. "What can I do for you in that line?" " Tis but a trifle, madam," explain ed the lone globe, trotter. "I have a button here that I will thank you to sew a shirt on." Her Only Wish. ' "You told me that when we were mar rled you would see that my -every wish was gratified," remarked the bride of a few weeks. "Well?" replied her husband, rather curtly. "Well, I wish I was single again." Philadelphia Press. What's the Matter. la a certain town in the North of Ireland there is a fishing-tackle shop, the sign whereof is a brazen trout banging at the end of a fishing-rod of massive proportions. Late one night a townsman who bad been dining "not wisely but too well" happened to see this fish. He looked at it, then, went cautiously to the door and knocked gently. "Who's there?" demanded the shop keeper from an upper window. "Sh-h! Don't make a noise, but come down as quickly as you can," was the reply. Thinking something serious was the matter the man arose and stole down stairs. "Now, what's the matter?" be In quired. "Pull your line in quick; you have got a bite," roared the tipsy one as he erratically turned a corner. Painfully Frank. An Individual recently went into a drug store and asked for norphlne. The druggist objected to dispensing It without a prescription. "Why?" asked the customer. "Do I look like a man who would kill him self?" "I don't know," replied the druggist "If I looked like you I should be tempted!" Had a Kick Coming. Short Hello, Long! Where are you going? Long I'm on my way over to the postofflce to register a kick against the miserable delivery service. Short What's the trouble? Long Why, that check you promis ed to mall me ten days ago hasn't reached me yet! Not Very Consoling. "Madam," said the unlaundered hobo, "you see before youse a pore man wot is slowly starvln' ter death." "Serves you right," answered the heartless female. "You're not fit to die suddenly, like decent folks." Well Mated. Ross Say, I've got a dog that can do almost anything but talk. Bateman Well, you and your dog ought to make a good team. Ross What do you mean by that? Bateman About all you dp Is talk. Near Enough. "Guess what I am thinking about?" "Yourself." "No, but you are close to It." "I did think of saying 'Nothing' at first." Had Been There. Teacher (at night school) What Is the "Deserted Village?" Shnggy Haired Pupil It's any vil lage when the reg'lar day passenger train goes through. Hare Opportunity. Man Overboard Help! Help! Stranger Phuy don't yez swim? -"I don't know how." "Be gorry, ye've got an illigaut chance to learn." Proper Thing. "Here is a chap," said the literary editor as he glanced over a manu script, "who rhymes 'politics' with 'kicks.' " "Huh!" growled the political editor. "That fellow Is on to his job, nil right" Still In Doutt. Frank So you proposed to Miss Cash leigh last niijht, eh? Well, what was the result? Harry At the present writing I'm like t small boy's stocking on Christmas eve. Frank How's that? Harry In suspense. ' Obeyed the Doctoia. Housekeeper You don't look as if you had washed yourself for a month. Tramp Please, mum, th' doctors says th' proper time to bathe is two hours after a meal, and I haven't had any thing you could call a meal in six weeks. It Depends. She Do you think that a woman can truly love but once? He Well, if that's the only chance she has yes! Detroit Free Press.