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P- Be gtHN4S- D- W S MHC TTDt - liiVillJo Uli &QQ&&Qk Li W: T . --Li-X & PltV Jack IS not a ,.. , a - nerol sighed-.Irry, laying p, down, a paper. containing a list of the -. latest recipients Of tlfe V- C. "Dad ia so awfully gone on soidiers just now." 1 . She glanced toward a dainty writing-'- table, where the photograph of a - handsome curly-headed, young, bar-, 'vrister occupied a prominent place.' ' .iPo)ver -was expressed in every one of .V,xnose---cIear-cut features the power to .cleave a way through toe world. But Col. Warwick couldthink of nothing but soldiers, and his daugh terj 3Iary, clandestinely carried . on her love affairs, and concocted all "sorts of impossible plans to transform her civilian lover into something like a man for the colonel. She even went. to the length of inquiring, at the .waTr3fbi the half-open window office rif-lawyers, as well as jjpjSttirs BaSca the light of his lantern in all ily increasing prominence in the mar ..aTidclcrgymen, were notffached to dirQs. Then, upon a sign that all kets of the world. 4the' headquarters stall of the army m : South Africa, and, being .disappoint- ed in that, religiously set to work to - - ' .. - inculcate some maruai araor in ner shut the window, ciosea tue snutters, mana is tnere now, ana tnere is a .lover' by requesting him to take her ijt the gas and pounced upon the safe, ready market for every pound of our tjp all the military functions in town. That was Beat's -opportunity. coal. The English coal fields are be Yet the unconscious Jack would not "Hands up!" coming so difficult and expensive to be a hero. If an electric wire had been connect- work that it is impossible for that "Why don't you help me, Beat?" ed with the automatic figures, and a country successfully to compete with she cried, plaintively appealing to her button- had been pressed, the upper our coal much longer. Prices of coal cousin, who, gracefully reclining on a velvet ottoman, was devouring the Contents of the latest novel from Mudle's. "Your affair is all settled, and you've no troubles in the world. Do put that wretched book away and help me think of Jack!" "Marv. vou're a nuisance!" .ex-' claimed the calm-minded young-. lady, shutting her book with a slam. "And so is Jack! Why don't you think of something else for a few days? If I worried half so nluch about Geoffrey, I should pine myself into a conva- lescent home!" "Yes; but you don't have to. You're engaged; and, besides, your dad isn't toad on soldiers." Miss Beatrice burst out laughing, and her. charming cousin assumed a dignified pout. "My dear girl," she said, patronizingly, and ignoring the pout, "uncle's only a silly old man, and he doesnt mean one-half be says!" Mary was about to espouse his cause, and even sacrifice her Jack in his defense, when her cousin stopped her. "But as for being a hero, why, Jack can be that as well as anyone if he likes and he shall be, for all your un worthiness." "A hero! How, Beat how?" "Never mind. You say he's coming to stay over Sunday?" s "Yes. I worried dad into asking him, and he consented just to keep me quiet." Beatrice gave a sympathetic sigh. "Well, then, next Saturday will put him to the test, and unless he proves himself a hero and a man under such desperate circumstances I shall be sadly disappointed. Now, stop wor rying, and go and read the war news to uncle. He's dying for-it, I know." And before Mary had time to stop ner and demand an explanation she had flown from the room Jack Winchfield put in an appear ance on the following Saturday, and, with a little coaching from the two girls, made quite a good impression at dinner, when -he discussed military tactics with keen interest, if not cor rectness". At half past 11, after a game of bil liards, -and a. one-sided argument on the 'subject of cavahy remounts, the two men retired, and an hour later the house was dark and silent. "Mary, are you awake?" "Rather!" came in a sleepy voice. "I thought you were never coming." "Uncle's been reading and only turned his light out a few minutes ago, but he's snoring now." The two girls shivered simultan eously, and in sympathy. Midnight enterprises are wont to try the strongest nerves. Mary turned on the gas. "Why, Beat she exclaimed, "you. look just like a man! Where did you get those old clothes? And, oh! your face is so dirty and smudgy!" Beatrice laughed, in, spite of her nerves. "Shall I do?" she asked. "Do? You're simply horrible!" "Go'od-byr then; Listen for me corn- ing back; and if jou hear me running him, and at that moment the colonel open'the door and let me in." as called away. In obedience to which command "If. you mention my disgraceful part Mary, as soon a her cousin had left in the affair," said Beat, "I'll expose the room, locked the door,, threw her- your cowardice on the spot. Uncle self upon the bed and laughed and would have a fit if he knew I had been cried intermittently until she fell npsquerading in boy's clothes!" asleep from sheer exhaustion. "But what on earth were you doing The amateur burglar gingerly with that pistol?" piclced her way downstairs, and silent- "Oh. never mind. Perhaps I was re ly turned the key of the library door, hearsing a play, and the burglars en Feeling her way toward a comfortable tered at an inconvenient time. The couch, she threw herseh upon it .and rest of the comed3' went fairly well, waited, listening to the beating of her Though, onlj the poker was a little own heartland to the awful silrce undignified. But the audience appear that pervaded the house. Imagination to be well satisfied, and the colonel in ran wild and played her awful pranks, particular is delighted with the hero. Fearful animals crept stealthily Do your best for those poor villains .through the gloom, and omir.ous when you defend them, for thej' did noises came from every corner. A act their parts most beautifully! Now tap-tap from the direction oi the t..--" go to Mary. She's dying to scold you!" dow sounded most painfully, realistic. Chicago Hernld. and a low murmuring was like noth- ' ing more than the whisperings of hid den human beings. Beatrice shook herself and remem bered her errand. Partly to help her cousin and partly for ber own amuse ment she had planned to masquerade as a burglar to -arouse the unconsc'r? Jack and to test his courage. In t'-e light of day it was a splendid project with countless opportunities for harn. less fun. But here, in the dark and silent library, at one o'clock in the morning, it was cruelly unromantic. Creak, creak! This time it was no fancy, for the library window was be ing forced open, and through the blinds came the occasional flash of a lantern. Tn a moment Beatrice was on the alert. Of a sudden it dawned upon her that instead of a timorous mock burgiar the unfortunate Jak TKisrhf have to deal with a srang of hardened criminals, and tne probable .result of such an encounter would so Wet arrangements that Mary would iiu future thank her to leave her af- fairs-alone. So the little joke had de- velopW into a huge tragedy, and Jack mu-sWofr.be sacrificed. Even in the "-Ir.., , u ..-,T..e- uWhhthov the papers 4 would ake'such a .seisation "of 'the i ajSaif. No; Beatrice deemed that it hod.,no't;be. And so Jack slept on, the opportunities forj Aid inft-.Trtn airaiton film flown .' stairs. - " 1-n li . miinnfmii 1io fHif ornrlcinrr " uui., .-- wi..0 .rturt ladv with the smudrrv face and .ggtfd clothes had seized an old duel- ;Btr ntJi.l and inirenehed herself in , tjje rear OI fj,e 0fSt from which she could Obtain jin uninterrupted new of the proceedings within the room. There she propped herself up, with 0re arK extending over the back of the srifa. painting an unloaded '.pistol -o i h . . , . .. ..Va. jn K'jrinaciitr manner, .no tnere sne meant o fight and die, as she had heard her uncle tell of brave men in the trenches, for it was a desperate matter now, aiid it was scarcely real izable that such a terrible plight could pves?Beve originated in a harmless lit- tlejoke. . j-ttan crept stealthily into the - wes risrht, another long-legged villain followed, and the two conferred in muffied tones. Then thev carefully - - limbs could not have responded more prompf-v than did the -hands of those two desperate burglars. Scared and baffled as they were, thej staggered round on their heels, to discover the menace to their steel and iron manu source of that sudden command, and facturers, that leading English papers pninm . n-t.o'rr-f. tf.o f T-ntT-n in fr -mi.7-. nfa arfi fl f? VfiCH . i n rr r n PYnnrt -r- on nnal pistol. It. was enough. The younger man groaned and the older one said something beneath his breath, Five minutes"' passed, and not a word was spoken. Two pairs of hands still moved aloft and two pairs of cowed eyes fearfully watched the muzzle of the pistQl. But it never moved. The aim was deadly! " 'Urry up, guv'norl" at last groaned the younger foan. "Ring for the serv ants, or whit yer like, only don't let us get cold in our armpits!" Tn support of which the older man again swore, but the victorious one said nothing. Only the pistol contin ued to frown threateningly. Two more minutes that seemed like hours to the captured men passed by, and "the older burglar commenced to swear more loudly. The younger man also began to indignantly assert his rights to humane treatment, and mat ters were just becoming strained -when the door opened, and a poker, followed by the w'.iite face of Jack Winchfield, appeared upon the scene. Tt was the first time Jack had taken an. active part in a burglary case, and he was crrsiderab!y nonplussed to find two hard-featured villains straining their ariOs to the ceiling at sight of a common domestic poker. But he concluded it must be the usual thing among such gentry, and his face re gained some of its color as he took the cord from his dressing-gown and requested One of the men to hold down his hands to be bound, which he did with a grateful glance. A curtain cord served for the other, and the two soon stood side by side, trussed like cock- erels. . "Now, then, guv'nor, tell the bloke behind the sofy to shift that pistol'. I d'ont like it!", exclaimed one. , VPistol? What pistol?" Jack looked round in the direction indicated, and staggered back as he encouutered the frowning muzzle. The idea suddenly occurred to him that this was another burglar in hiding, and that he had been outflanked, as the colonel would probablj' have cal'ed it. But as he moved, the pistol held stead fastly in its place, and at last he ma neuvered round and discovered a sl?ght form, dressed in ragged men's clothes, and propped up with cushions and chairs. "Now. young, 'un, put up that gun. It's all over. Why. look here! Great Scott! It's Beatrice! And she's fainted!" "Fainted?" echoed the two trussed men in chorus. "Fainted? Fainted? 'Ere, guv'nor, let us loose to kick our selves, and we'll go quiet." "A smart capture, Jack, and a bold venture on your part," said the colonel. "You ought to have been a soldier. my boy. There's a career waiting for you in the army!" "Yes," said Jack, "but" A vicious tug at his coat tail stopped ADMISSION TO WEST POINT. Superintendent Recommends That -Standard of Educational Re quirements Be Raised. Col. A. L. Mills, superintendent of the military academy at West Point, has made his annual report to the ad jutant general. ' He devotes the greater part of his report to an earnest plea for the ele vation of the standard of admission to West Point, to which end he sug gests that the secretary of war be empowered to prescribe taese requirer inents. He lays particular stress upon the fact that the entrance examina tions at present correspond closely to the educationaL qualifications of pupils of the public schools just emerging from the primary grades. According- to the commissioner of education, pup.s or an average age or i jea.s m tne,puonc scnoo.s nave me quaii- fications. Yet the average age of the agpli.cant-to West Point is above, and- boys at rtat time- of life should be- equipped with lugh school education, including subiects which, are net now a part of the entrance examination at West Joint but which should .he in .,.' ..,--- T5.n c-i. no., nt on r? a r coi-o , the.f?turel , The superintendent says' r it ''would be in every way advanta-i a 1 . XI . . A - t. L i "iu " J " .-w ' .-I.-.- mtinnlc - TTiai-n Jr. --..., . jiuuiiv, 43iivvij. ---i: .. u ucaaic that -?e entrance pxnTT.iT.at.nn: -."hrml-i be made more difficult, but only that if should rennirp whnt tnp -m.Kl.o. x - . . ... ----. . ' 1 r , i . schools of the country supply AMERICAN COAL IN LEAD. Col, W. P."Rend Say Conntries of Europe Muxt LooIj to Tills Coun try for Future Supplies. Col. TV. P. Eend has returned to Chicago from a two montts' visit to Europe, confident that the nations of the old world Hvill have to look to this country more and more for their coal supplies, and with a firm belief that the great natural resources of this country are certain to give it a stead- "There is no doubt that American coal is to be in steadily increasing de- mand in Europe," he said. "The de - - - - - there have doubled within the last 18 months, and so alarmed have the Eng. lish people become at this condition, .which carries with it a most serious in order to prevent the exhaustion of the supply and to protect their iron and steel makers from the further en croachments of the American makers." WEDDED A SECOND TIME. I Aged Couple Separated for Thirty Years Reunited -A Roman tic Affnlr. A Kansas Cii(y special to a Toledo (O.) paper says: "Matthias Stephanz, i aged 55 years, of Toledo, O., and Mary Stephanz. aged 55 years, of this citj-, were married the other day b3' Pro- j bate Judge Snyder, of Kansas City, Kan., in his office in the courthouse, i There is an interesting bit of romance . connected with the marriage of this aged couple. The union makes the second tine that their lives have been linked together as man and wife, their first wedding taking place in Oh'o 33 years ago. "Three years after their first mar- riage thry separated, Mrs. Stephan&a coming ci't west and makinjf her XlXCW.XX. home with relatives in this city. Ten years r.gr they were divorced, and Mr. Stephanz soon after became the hus band of another Toledo woman. She died shortly after the marriage, and it was then that Mr. Stephanz sought reconciliation with his first wife. A correspondence began which termin ated the other day in their marriage in the Kansas metropolis. Mr. Steph anz left the same night for Toledo, where they will make their future home." NEW SEA SERPENT IN JAPAN. One Twenty-Three Feet Long Caught at a Depth of 250 Fathoms. A new sea serpent has been discov ered on the coast of Japan, 100 miles from Tokyo. It. is classed by scien tists as a eoelenterate and one of the most gigantic ever seen. It was caught by a long fishing line at a depth of 250 fathoms. It was a magnificent specimen. A large disk surmount ed a long stalk, whioh evidently fixed the animal on the sen bottom. A cir cle of numerous graceful tentacles hung down from the margin of the disk, while on its upper surface arose an oval tube surrounded at its base by bushy appendages and having a second circle of slender tentacles around the upper edge. The total height of the animal ;as 7C0 milli meters (23 feet) and the prevailing color transparent scarlet. The speci men was entirely fresh, but not living. Youth and Old Afire. Emperor William has discharged his chancellor, saying the latter is too old for the job. On the other hand, says the Chicago Times-Herald, there are those who think Germany would make a hit by letting Wil.iam go on account of his perennial 3outh. Plenty of Advice. Rev. Anson Stokes the millionaire preacher who did not know what to do with his money, has found out, says the Chicago Record, if he ever gets time to classif- the advice. geous to na.e iciauuus ueiween - aocK m trreen street courthouse, arithmetic and algebra and geometry Lyons, the second city in France; Dublin, to a penal cell in Newgate pris morT ihd same as nnw pvlstc in Marseilles, thp twv.. and Lille, the see the different little groups of men . that assembled there ever- evening LUXuR X -FOR POOR, engaged in earnest conversation. One evening a group of well-known corre spondents, among them Bennett Bur Socialists of Paris, to Establish a Magnificent People's Palace. Their Purpo Is to Show the Work insr Classes How the Rich Live and Make Them DlKJ-atislied with Their Condition. Some 20 socialists, a.l members of x l-istiiute, wiaeiy Known artists tl u.u lumous physicians, have taicen te iii.i.uve in establishing at irarrs u people's paiace, which is to be a grander scale of simnar ijoat'uuoiiS in i-Tussei's, Antweip aud Lci'im. On.y socialists' nione3' win be --.ocp.ed''tu pay lor tmu-.g it,ia it i.- -.i.s4reu to escape any ob.a-ion to i. t moneyed cla5-.es or tne govern-lt-cnt., "vne-third of the'' 21C.0,000 francs "( 5 cv,&v-) needed was contriutt.d bj .- .ajt.ri.ig ciasses in live days. 'ILe i . wiJ ue obta.ned by means of -.certs and lectures to be given in t.try part of the city by distin i,... shed 'socialist' women. mis people's palace will provide I triors, a library, . a theater, offices lor workers" associations, a cafe, a roof garden, large conservatories, a g mnasium ana swimming baths. livery-thing is to ue sumptuous, be cause,, to quote the prospectus, "the laborers must become acquainted whh all the-modern, comfortable lux ury of the wealthy" classes and grow"" intolerably dissatisfied with the pres- ent conditions forced upon the work- ( ingmen by the professional .politicians ! and monminlicte in r.'rr.PT ATI ill- and monopolists in order that an in- telligent rebellion shall speedily fol- I J . t : , fifth nil )i!ipiT.n. r.-,.... ml. Tl .fMT.5.1 . j..-i"y sm-iuiiii"v .. . erovernments. nromnt.lv followed Paris' example and have started subscrip- tions to nrovidft -luxurious nalaces - . XI. . rt -1 --.-. nere tne masses may find recreation and mental stimulus HOGS DIG BRITISH GOLD. Treasure Burled in Revolutionary War Found in South Carolina; Jeff Hichards, a negro tenant on the Plantation of R. L. Wallace, near King's mountain, in York county, 3. C, has discovered, or rather his hogs discov ered, a quantity of gold believed- to have been buried by the British officers before going into battle at King's mountain How much was contained in the iron box cannot be ascertained, as Mr. Wallace is keeping Jeff from talking, but it is known to be a rich find 1 The dates on the coins show that all of . .n -.--n-. -IC- . .1 J iVir i. .V.n it is over 125 years old, and this is the reason for supposing that it was buried during the revolution. The money is in one and five-guinea pieces. After confining some "woods" hogs in a pen built on the bank of King's creek Jeff Richards went to feed them. The pigs had gone to rooting deep and Jeff's ees fe1 yeU,ow, sPts,in the llntllrnorl miul TTn innlr Vi a rrrylA - " ff uu.uxuvu X-..VX... v. v.vx. , 6uiu .xx . Wallace to ascertain the value. Ihen a further search was made and the rusty iron box, from which some of the gold had dropped, was unearthed. It was heavy with the weight of gold. WILL WINTER IN NEW YORK. lira, Potter Palmer Planning: to Give Notable Series of Social Entertainments. x Letters received in New York city from Mrs. Potter Palmer, whose so cial success in Paris has been grati fying to friends, announced that she will make her home in 3Xew York city next winter and will give a series of social entertainments which promise to be the most notable she has ever attempted. Mrs. Palmer writes she has leased Beaulieu, W. W. Astor's villa at Newport, where she passed the summer two years ago. She is al ready planning for a series of big summer entertainments. Mrs. Palmer is negotiating for a winter house in Fifth avenue. She wants one already furnished, as she does not care to bring any furniture ,xru ,,b , , , , Paris she tried to obtain his house, but Mr. Yerkes was not ready to give her an answer until he returned to New York. Mrs. Palmer also tried to rent the house which Howard Gould has taken for the season. v, HOWE SHUT OUT. Mistake In the Count Leads to Report That Inventor Had Secured Place in Hall of Fame. According to Chancellor Henry M. MacCracken, of -he New York univer sity, an error was made by the count ing committee in the canvass of votes sent in by the 100 Hall of Fame electors by which 53 votes were cred ited to Elias Howe instead of 47. The mistake arose through counting 17 chief justices as supporting him, when the correct number was 11. Failing, therefore, to receive 51 votes, the name of Elias Howe is not included among those to be inscribed this year. This reduces the roll of names to 29, and leaves 21 vacan-. panels to be filled two years hence. The official count will be published in a few weeks in the book of the Hall of Fame. - Up to Stay. The price of coal took the elevator when it went up, but, saj's the Chi cago Record, it will leisurely walk down the stairs coming back. In-Famous. The Chicago Tribune has discovered that Uncle Sam himself, being much alive, can have no place in his own Hall of Fame. RESENTED THE COMPLIMENT. British War Correspondent Who Did Not Think Churchill a Com petent Judge. The porch of the Bloemfontein club was a favorite meeting place for the notables engaged in the South African war while Lord Roberts' forces occu pied the town. Here many discussions and a few quarrels took place, says a London "paper. It was quite a. sight to leigh, were talking together, when Winston Churchill suddenly appeared on the scene and rushed up to Mr. Bur leigh to congratulate him on that bril-, liant stroke of his in getting awaj' from Ladysmith just at the right moment. He began by saying: "Mr. Burleigh, that was the finest thing you have ever done in journalism in the whole of your life it was simply g. eat." This "was kindly meant, but, unJuck 5.y, it was one of those things that, as l unch- used- to say, "might have been t -jrcssed differently." . By conse-i.op'- it only nettled the great war i ov.C.t nt. who replied: .I. ! it is presumptuous in you to tl! n.- what is the greatest thing I have done in my life you, a lad, just beginning your career!" CONVICTS IN PARLIAMENT. There Have Been Many Membera-Who. Have Served Terms in Prison. Michael Davitt is the most conspic uous of the present members of the British parliament who have occupied seats iu that body after having served terms of penal servitude, says the Chi cago Cliii omcJe. Mr. Da-vitt's-term was 15 3-eais. His experience is by no means i-.vc. ptional. J. F. X. O'Brien, one ax "J .i.bers for Cork city, was in ai .? d to be hanged, drawn and quaV.-, .is.-i.tcnce that vassub-. -sequent ...uted to penal servitude for life. Ja.ues O'Connor; who sits for We?Wicklow was condemned to seven years' penal servitude in 1865 and spent chroral -.-.-i-- -a r -r several years in 1S4S John Marti convict orisons. In tin was removed from 41. -J i ' f.j-uuiuij v- uuuciijviiiiy x ocu. fonno n-e , . - - -v. .... Leu j ears transportation. Mr. Martin .vr.c. 4o., f,n, icrn 1 to 1S75, member for Meath,' and it was on his (Jpntli in flip lotar r. ! --. t . -Lit- .. . T T i . - . ' I I'amell stepped into parliament fori the first time as his successor in the' representation of Meath. Dr. Kevin Izod O'Doherty, who sat for North Meath for a little time after the 1SS5 eiection, was. like M. Martin, sen- tenced in 1S48 to ten j'ears'transporta- "uu. SHE GOT THE SEAT. How a Clever Woman Makes a Man "Give Up" In a Philadelphia Street Car. In the matter of stratesrv a woman can get the better of a man every time, in minor allairs, at .east." said a man who isr in business downtown, and who rides home in a West Philadelphia car during the rush hour every evening, I'-lIafos. 1. I.1.J. . -r- . . . Glares me i-miade.phia Record. "I usually get a seat, for I take the car away down at Fourth street. The other evening I was busily reading my' paper when a woman got aboard at Twelfth street. I glanced up slyly and saw that all the seats were occupied. : Hasty as my glance was she cauirht mv eye and that was my finish. Smilin Viror. H T c-T. n . t . -. u xt, , oxxc vaiuc over xo wneore 1 was sitting and exclaimed: 'Why, how do you do? How are all the folks?' I couldn't place the womah'to save mv kfe, but I lifted my hat and replied that we were all well. 'She must be some from $600 to $700 each, enough to keep friend of the family,' I argued with my- their families in affluence for years. ' self, so I folded up my paper and gave ' Of the 540 deer imported by the gov her my seat. After she had settled ern.ment many died of starvation be herself comfortably she looked, up at fore they reached the tundra, hay he me in a queer sort of way and said: -n.--., j. must oeg your pardon. I took you for Mr. Jones. You look so much like him,' But she had the seat and she kept it. It was a clear case of bunko." IT 1. T i . HOW PEOPLE GET DRINKS. ProlTlbitlon Laws Are Ineffectual to Prevent Alcoholic In- dulgrence. "I have spent the summer in a nrn- hibition' state," said "the woman who has just come down from Vermont, relates the New York Tribune, "and I was amused at the experience I had with the town agent when I wanted j to get a little alcohol to use for toilet purposes. I really wanted it to put on my hair to keep it in curl. When I stated my reason for wanting it, as is neccssarj' in order to comply with the law, the agent, who was a regular New England Yankee, grinned from ear to 1 ear as he said: ) " 'Wall, miss, that's a new one on me. They give all sorts of reasons? for want ing alcohol, but I never heard tell of using it to curl the hair before. When j the clock mender comes through the j country they buy gallons of alcohol to j clean their clocks with. Everv old ; boozer in the country around has a ' clock to be cleaned. Then thev use it for sprains and for cleaning spots off clothes, but never before for curling the hair.' "I really felt guilty, as though I wanted it myself to use as a beverage, but my name was entered in the book and against it were the words: 'Half pint alcohol for curling the hair.' Stuffed Birds in Arkansas. A law has been passed in Arkansas making women who wear stuffed birds in their hats liable to a fine of from $25 to- $50. CITY MAY BUY COAL MINES. I I English Municipality May in the Near Future Solve the Cheap Fnel Problem, ' In 1903 Manchester citizens may work a colliery, says the London Mail. Why not? If the victim of inexorable de mand notes may be a washhouse pro prietor, own a park, run his own tram cars, supply himself with water and draw illumi-nation from his own mains .and all at a profit surely he may go deeper afield and annex the bowels of the earth. Thus argued a. member of the Man chester corporation gas committee. Taking his cue from a wise Glaswegian he has bidden his colleagues to con sider the question, for a monith. He has dirawn a veil of anon.imity around his plan, and until the officials have had time to prepare it means to keep it as dark as a coal mine. - This year the Manchester city gas works will use 5CQ.0C0 tons of eoal and can-nek Already the increasing cost of it has sent gas up three pence per l.COO cubic feet. Of the extra 503,000 times five shillings, say CO per cen'it. is clear profit to the mine owner. Butco.il is dearer as gas is costlier, and the contri bution of 50,KX) a year to the city rates out of gas gain is in jeopardy, all. of which need not have been if the Manchester rate payer could' have beeai digging his own coal as well as making his own light. Those who are of the corporation predict that the project will come to fruition and Special bargains in. coal mines are being looked for. The chief took of offense will be that colliery, ex ploitation is too hazardous and specu lative a business for the public to xoucn. jlo wnicn me answer is ua.i when you buy coal you pay forallmin.-in-g risks, and that citizens' pits pro ducing 10.CCO tons a week would pro vide their own insurance. WANTED A JOB AS -BOSS. Younggtcr Surprised the Proprietor - and May Work Dp to the Place. A boy of about 14, with well-worn clothes' and a face in which timidity and determination struggled for tfie mastery, entered the office of a shipping house on Front street one day lately, -.ays the New York Times, approached he dk 01 Ha. v-hcee appearance spoke . ctnt ol of the establishment, and, ;chit;g h;s' eye, said: "L(, v i. want a boss, mister?'4 , tl" exc.aime.d the proprietor, c.d out of. his? 'self-control. . . v.ant to know if you want a boss, understand you; what. do. t j ' .-;- - . - -"VVeL,4r, I've been looking for some- thing to do for three weeks, now, and. nobodv wnntc A -."- cn 4n T "u""uy wants a Doy, so to-day I lIougnt J- a see lr somebody didn't want a boss. I'd like to be a boss." ' ''Well, well! That's not bad. Are you willing to work up to the job? It ' took me 25 years to get it." " 'Deed, I am, sir, if you'll give me the chance!" To-day an earnest bov in jumper and overn"S is struggling with bundles and Pack5ngT cases? in the shipping room of the concern. He intends to . be boss of the estalishment before his side whiskers (which have not yet sprout- ed) are as Sra3' as those of the present incumbent. . Ana uie cnanepj?. Trifl. .., .-,. and will, are in his favor. .:,, . . " GOING HOME RICH. Laplanders Who Took a Herd Reindeer to Alaska for the Government. of Dr. Sheldon Jackson, commissioner of education for Alaska, has convoved across the continent 25 Laplanders who were sent by the government to Alaska 30 months ago with reindeer and who are now on their way home to Jokkonkk. The Laplanders, says the New York Sun, were sent to Alaska early in the Klondike excitement with reindeers that were to be usedas beasts of burden and food by the starving miners. The Klondikers were found j to be less needy than was supposed, and ' the deer were not used for food. The Laplanders were employed -as mail car- . riers and deer drivers at a salary of $268 a year.each, besides food and cloth- . mg. lney are now sroinsr home rich : beyond the dreams of avarice with ing found so rich a diet that they would not eat it. Later TOO reindeer doe were brought over from Siberia, and the Alaska herd now numbers nearly 3,000. Dr. Jackson says the services of the Laplanders to care for them are no , longer needed, and that they will in- ' crease rapidly under government pro- i tection. He looks for them to-become ultimately an important source of wealth in interior Alaska. i Fancy Hike, for a Queen. j Queen Margherita of Italy has the most beautiful bicycle in the world. The wheels are of gold and the frame is : richl inlaid with jewels and mother of pearl. j Sunshine in Hamburg-. ' Hamburg had S2 days in 1899 when the sun was not visible at all. There were in all 1,367 hours of sunsihine, or 400 hours less than in Heligoland. Prohibition of Automobiles. The canton of Graunbunden, in Switzerland, has passed a law prohib iting the operation of automobiles within the limits of the canton! Want Amcrlcnna to Do the Work. The Siamese government has asked for American bids for the construction of a plant for the manufacture of am- munition in that country. TELL OF NAVAL PROGRESS. Officer. Describe Advances Made by the jVations in the -Last Year. In the latest issue of the naval an nual, published by the office of naval intelligence, is an article by Lieut. W. L. Howard, summarizing the in- i crease of naval strength effected dur , ing the past year by the great mari time powers. Lieut. L. R. Ds-Steiguer discuisea the subject of wireless teleir- rphy' rflhti"S Ilat the naval powers has done toward the utiliza- tion of Marconi's diseover3 aod in cluding a r;-vi"w of the state of the art of long-distance transmission by a competent German authoritv. In gen eral it appears thnt the experiments have resulted satisfactorily. The British army in South Africa, by the use of kites for, the vertical wires, have managed to transmit messages, a distance of 85 miles, or more than ten miles further than the distance which separates Tientsin from Peking, which still proves to be impracticable.' for ordinary telegraph methods. There is also an illustrated description of the j fastest vessel, in, the world, the famous'' turbine torpedo boat Viper, which runs over 34 knot v an hour with ease.. GAVE MONEY TO FRIEND. John Sweeney Th.n Disappeared ancl Has Not Been Seen Since Tronble Over the Money. . "Say, old man, you have always ; been oad to me. take -these bank'' books, draw the money, and have .- ood time.' I am going away and- you will never-see'me a'gain." These words were spoken-by John Sweeney, old and partly blina, to his .'riet-d. and. employer, Daniel Tyrel, a r.rraeting carpenter, more than nine J t? ago. Two bank books were-' 1 . d into Tyrel's hands. Sweeney d down the block, turned the ' r had a drink with Tyrel's .spn : : rue to his word, has never since - seen. ' ' ' rv'. was then well to do and pros- ' r s and thought. little Qf.tke bank k. until adversity overtook him. a he would like to get the money eer.ey gave him, some $l,GCO, but r-e bank refuses to surrender it and . the courts have been appealed to to j settle the matter. ' Fortune Tellers In Paris.. More than 2,000 people earn a living in Paris by fortune telling, their'total yearly earnings being estimated at $2,OCO,000. ROCKEFELLER FEUD BITTER." Frank Removes His Children's Bodies from the Family Lot in , Cemetery. . That the quarrel 'between- Frank ,ad John D.- Rockefeller is extremely bitter and lasting was evidenced again by the action of Frank Rockefeller, when he had the bodies of his two chHdren removed from the magnifi- cent Rockefeller lot m Lakeview ceme- tery. Cleveland, O., and moved into a new. lot which he recently purchased. JETje, Cleveland friends of the famous millionaire brothers can place no '-'their interpretation on. Frank Rocke- feller's action. v Over"" the 'family burial lot stands one of the finest granite monuments in the world, which cost an enormous sum of money, in addition to the small fortune spent in . moving it to Cleveland and placing it in. position It consists of a single immense shaft of granite. Frank Rockefeller'-j friends say that he wanted the bodies of his dead removed because John Rocke feller had consulted no other mem bers of the family when he designed and erected the monument. . The. quarrel between the Rockefel ler brothers began over money mat ters, chiefly mining stock transac tions. It "grew so violent that Frank Rockefeller and his family withdrew a year ago from the Euclid Avenue Eaptist church because his brother was the most prominent and influen tial member,. W:hat especially angered Frank was that John Rockefeller,, ac cording to some 'membersof the con--gregation, forced the retirement of Rev. H. D. Applegarth, his close friend, who is now pastor of the First Baptist church, of Cambridge, Mass. FIND MANY RARE SKBLETOHS. Carnegie Museum Expedition 3eares the Remaluj. of Bsctlaetr Monsters. Prof. J. B. Hatchen, the curator of palaeontology at the Carnegie mu seum in Pittsburgh, has just returned from the we'stt Under his direction extensive explorations were made by the order of Dr. W. J. Holland, the director of the museum, in Utah, Wy oming, Colorado and Nebraska. As the result three carloads of material, weighing 30 tons, are on their way to the museum. The collection con tains complete skeletons of diplodocus and brontosaurus, monsters about 75 feet long from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail and standing 17 feet high at the hips. No other mu seum in the world possesses such per fect skeletons of these creatures. In the White river beds immense success was achieved by the expedi tion. The party recovered beautiful ly perfect skeletons of. titanotherium, a beast nearl3 as big as a mastodon; of acoratherium, a hornless rhinoc eros; of the excessively rare mery cochoerus, a beast half pig, half deer, of which only a few fragments have been heretofore known. HOME ARMY IS STRIPPED,' Uncle Sam's Military Departsieata Greatly Reduced for tk Foreigrn Service. Soipe idea of the extent to which the military departments of the Unit ed States have been reduced in strength to meet the demands of for- ' eign service is conveyed by the report of Brig. Gen. Henrj C. Merriam, com manding the department of Missouri. So few are the officers on duty in the department that one officer of the reg ular line, an artillery officer, Lieut. Delamare Skerrett, besides being fifst lieutenant of the Third artillery, is an acting captain, an acting judge ad vocate, . chief ordnance officer, chief signal officer and acting engineer offi- -cer of the department of Missouri, making separate reports in these va rious capacities. Gen. Merriam re ports a satisfactory condition of af fairs in his department and says: "I am glad to note that all Indian tribes residing within this depart ment or contiguous to it have contin ued to be quiet and peaceable during the past year, as during the previous year-, so that no calls have been mada for troops in connection therewith." : - SAGE FEELS HURT. Annoyed by Statement That Farnr Said to Belonar to Him Had Been Sold-for Taxes. ' A fine hundred-cre farm near-Nyac!c,. standing in the name of Bussell Sage, was sold at, auction the other day be cause Mr.. Sage refused to pay the taxes. The amount due "was only $150,. and the farm is worth $7,5CO. The salty took place at New City, the Rockland' county seat, and was made by County Treasurer .Randolph. When the crowd learned that Bussell Sage was the otth er an'd that he M letting the farm go ior iau not a oiaoer openeomsmoutn. -.-leV SU-pC.lCU Ilia U kUC 11-1C XULUiL ue full of holes or that there was some other hidden defect about the placet . else why should thesagaciousnancier let property worth $7,500 go for $150? Vainly Me. Randolph tried to. coax a bid out of the crowd, and finally he was forced to buy. it in for the county for$150. ' Mr. Sage was seen at night at-hisv .borne on Fifth avenue. "I always pay not have been any land owne'dby me." . Mr. Sage turned away as if his busi ness sagacity-bad- been motally in- suited. One Commendable Tklag-. There is a man. in Pennsylvania who is penniless, after having spent $400,-' 000 in two years. Let a good word be; said for him here and now, exclaims the; Chicago TimesrHerald.- He? put it in, circulation. ;.CHINESE LANGUAGE LOGICAL.' -uuiv-u.. It Becomes Exceedingly Simple "When Yon UHderatand the Common Character. Every word in the. Chinese language' has a logical reason for its existence and peculiar formation, and each word consists of either one individual char- , acter or a number of them combined in' order-to make a complete wordK Take' the word field, a square dividedT4.. ? info sections or lots, writes Frederic .J" -,Tf 3 Poole, in Ladies' Home Journal. Whenr the word man is written by the word field the combination makes the word farmer, indicating the avocation of a man. who is associated with fields and agriculture. Still more suggestive is the Chinese word for truth, sincerity, faithfulness, honesty. It is formed by the combir- ion of a man and word, fHis exp i.g that one form of hen- The word for box is inCc.: . . . of j- length, while a prisoner is litem..", a man in a box, a fact which is, "of grewsomely illustrated in China wi a criminal is sentenced to death.-mi$! carried to the place of executidiiirfn? -r .S-. r square box-