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A. P. SHEWMAN, Publisher. MESA CITY. ARIZONA In addition to the ready money, China la expected to ko-to vr to the rest of the universe for years to come. The aim of & person who gives & toy rifle’ to a boy may be all right, but It’s the lad’s careless aim that may do the damage. In case Prince Chowfa Maha Vajrla- Tudh decides to visit this country We shall Insist upon him having his name manicured. One burning question has grown cold and been laid away upon the historical shelf. Everybody Is now agreed we are in the twentieth century. Judging from that prune stuffing In cident some excellent boarding house managerial talent has been wasted In the making of some ordinary cadets. According to the Hon. Thomas B. Eeed, a trust Is “a body of very rich men entirely surrounded by water.” The definition undoubtedly fits some trusts. It has been discovered by scientists that hiccoughs may be stopped by smoking a cigar. The next time the baby gets them you may know just ‘ what to do. One West Point cadet declared his opinion that hazing there was not as bad as football. Probably it also has some humane advantages over shooting the Niagara rapids in a barrel. In defining a political candidate as ‘‘a man who is asked to stand, wants to sit, and Is expected to lie,” Winston Spencer Churchill, M. P., has nicely preserved the balance between wit and fact During 1900 nearly half a million for eigners decided that the United States of America is the best place on earth to enjoy life. If we do say it who should n’t they made a remarkably good guess.. The confession of the Chicago Wom an's Club that men are poor hands at conversation because the women insist upon doing all the talking Is not only candid but obviously true. The hon esty and perspicacity of the Woman’s Club are bound to win for It a place among the leading Intellectual organl- Sij zations of the world. After all the discussions as to the best method of preventing lynchings the placing of the responsibility on the ? sheriff must be selected as the best Better than public sentiment or gatllng | guns in the jail is a sheriff who is de termined to protect his prisoner if he is obliged to shoot down a dozen of the f|% *1)681 citizens” of his county. When lynchings become costly to the sheriff and to his bondsmen there will be less lynchings; - - : We believe sincerely that crime and Immorality among the lowly and weak of will have their origin to a great ex tent in the unpunished offenses of an other class who owe to the world a good fexample, but give a bad example in stead. There is no use for the social missionary to go among the Ignoble to restrain and admonish them when they know that the sphere whence the mis sion issues is defiled by the practices which In them are rebuked. The age Is progressive, productive, materialistic. It alms not at the ideal, but at the practical, not at the highest development of the few, but at the highest happiness of the greatest num ber. Its object is the welfare of the average man, and it naturally desires that he shall get the benefit of its exer .. tions before he dies. Therefore the age “gets a move on” and preaches the gos pel of “hustle.” The result is bene ficial to the average man—to the great est number. A movement has been begun by sev eral art Institutes in this country to check the exodus of American art stu dents especially girl students—to Paris. It has the approval of Ameri can artists of established reputation men who have studied in Paris, lived in the Latin Quarter, and know the un wholesome conditions existing therein. They assert that facilities for the first training in art are as good in America as In Paris, If not better. For a proper appreciation and use of the rich collec tions of art which exist in Europe, pre liminary training is necessary, and that can be obtained at home. “To go abroad for a postgraduate course,” said one of the most celebrated of these artists, “is all right, but by no mean for a begin ner. The Latin Quarter is vile,” he added. College football, during the past sear son, had no worthier representatives than the students of the Carlisle Indian School, in the essentials of manliness and sportsmanlike conduct generally. The gam*s in which they engaged were as many and as fiercely contested as those of any other college team, and the spectators, in some Instance., were neither so considerate nor so sympa thetic as they might have been. Yet their games were exhibitions of clean, straight football—such as all true lov ers of the sport like to -see. The um pire’s decisions were never once ques tioned, and their defeats were accepted with the spirit of men who had done their best, and who had, therefore, neither excuses nor explanations to offer. They have won a place for themselves In the regard of many who would rejoice in their success; in other fields where the rewards are less fleet ing than those of football. Various reasons are given for the fact that married people as a rule live longer than the unmarried. The Literary Di gest contains an Interesting extract from an article on this subject by Dr. Prinzlng, a German scientist. Dr. Prlnzing shows that the married are healthier than the unmarried, and ex posed to fewer dangers. The mutual care of husband and wife for each other, and of the children for their par • ents, if there be children, and various other factors are noted as making for long life among married people. But one important factor in prolonging life is not mentioned, though it is probably the most Important, namely, the will to live, wI.L.. more powerful with a man or woman on whom others are Intimately dependent. How often will a man or a woman threatened with illness fight against and overcome It, for the sake of the marital partner or the helpless children; whereas a single person would probably give Up to the attack. This idea that sickness and perhaps death can be postponed by a determined effort on the part of the In dividual is gaining ground, and the un doubted power of mental action over bodily conditions lends it strong sup port We are still only at the threshold of knowledge on the subject. But the facts already noticed show that it is a subject worthy of our most thorough Investigation. The court of Inquiry at the West Point Military Academy to Investigate the charge that the death of Cadets Booz and Breth was due to hazing brought out some interesting evidence on the methods of hazing in general use among the cadets. Absolute truth fulness is demanded by one of the un written laws of honor among them, and the telling of an untruth would be followed by ostracism. It may, there fore, be assumed that the evidence given by cadets before this court is accurate as regards facts, but It is not necessarily reliable In matters of opin ion. The cadets appear to be quite unanimous in the opinion that the methods of hazing In vogue at the aacdemy are not brutal. On this point the public will be Inclined to differ from them. Among the methods used by the upper class men to amuse them selves at the expense of the fourth class men Is that of “feet inspection,” which consists in dropping hot candle grease on the bare feet of the victim. New cadets are also compelled to run down the company streets while the men on both sides empty buckets of water on them. This is called “taking a bath.” Other ordeals to which fourth class men are subjected are “bracing,” or standing in an exaggerated soldierly position; “eagling,” or standing on tip toe; “wooden Willie,” or drilling to the point of exhaustion. Milder forms of hazing consist In numerous ridiculous ordeals, such as requiring a man to stand on his head In a bathtub half full of water, or In making him stand oh his head, speak a piece, and deliver a right-hand salute with his left foot. The list extends through a picturesque variety of items to such harmless tricks as naming the new men after different barnyard animals and com pelling them to imitate the noises made by the animals. The cadets assert there Is nothing brutal in any of these forms of hazing. They admit that if a cadet refuses to perform any of these things he will be compelled to fight, with the chances In favor of his being vigor ously pounded. This Is what happened to Booz. Whether these things are brutal or not may be a matter of opin ion, but It Is clear that th£ victim’s opinion might differ from that of the hazers. “Uncomfortable” would cer tainly be rather a mild word to apply to some of these ordeals, and even compelling a man to stand on his head, while It may not be brutal, Is hardly desirable or In accordance with the plans of nature. Col. Mills, superin tendent of the academy, says the more injurious forms of hazing described in this inquiry have been abandoned for the last two years, while the others are indulged In against orders. The insti tution would lose nothing valuable If the cadets were to abandon hazing al together. It Is a relic of barbarism at best. He Was in Demand. A merchant who lives on the upper West Side of the city was awakened at 2 o’clock the other morning by the continued ringing of his front door bell. He tried to go to sleep despite the noise, but had to abandon the attempt when a series of shouts coming from the street In front of his house assailed hla ears. Mingled with the shouts he heard the voices of men engaged In a war of words. Jumping out of bed he ran to a window, threw It open and leaned out. There were five men on the street, and seeing him they began to yell with renewed vigor. “What is wrong?” shouted the mer chant The five tried to reply at the same time and the only word the mer chant understood was “Fire.” “What is wrong?” he shouted again. One of the five got his voice before the others. “Your store has burned out,” he screamed, “and I’ll give you $5 more than anybody else for the privilege of pasting bils on the front of your build ing.”—New York Evening Sun. Voracious. Birds are blessed with large appe tites. The robin can easily devour two thirds of Its weight in earthworms In a day. It sometimes happens that a woman likes to play cards more to show hei pretty hands and rings than for the excitement of the game. jn urn our Interesting General Information About California MENTIONED IN THESE COLUMNS Selections That Will Be of Great Interest to Both Old and Young. Jtaising hogs on alfalfa and fatten ing them on barley is becoming one of the large industries of the Salt Riv er valley, Arizona. The unusual rain on the Colorado desert has made a wicked stream of Salton river, which is normally but a deep gash in the earth. The project for dividing Santa Bar bara county is reported to meet little favor in the northern portion, which has been expected by the promoters of the project to accede. During the last year the Riverside Water company’s receipts amounted to $104,042.71. Operating expenses were $60,687.09, and improvements were made in the system to the value of $25,302.89. Many nursery prune trees are doomed to be burned on account of the lack of profit in the fruit and conse quent tendency to other fruits. There are not wanting those, however, who have faith in the prune for the near future. The prune growing sections of Cal ifornia appear to be thoroughly aroused to the need for working up markets for the surplus now in the hands of the growers, and heroic ac tion can be expected. It is probable that salesmen will be sent through the country to take orders for prunes. The Slack Canyon Coal Mining com pany is reported preparing to put in an electric plant at its mine to gener ate electricity which wilt be conducted along the coast from Salinas to Santa Barbara. Compressed coal dust will be used as a fuel at the mine, thus making the generation of electricity inexpensive. Fresno, Feb. 16. —Three cases of smallpox were identified in the county hospital this morning. The building which was formerly a hotel, and is in the heart of the town, has been quar antined and a police patrol set out side. The county hospital building was destroyed by fire in the fall of last year. San Diego.—lt is learned here today that a deal of much importance to San Diego has been consummated. The national government has pur chased forty acres of land from the Coronado Beach company opposite Ballast Point. It is understood that fortifications are to be im planted and a battery of rapid fire guns installed. This would necessar ily entail the erection of barracks and the sum of money in this city. Indio,. Cal. —At a meeting of the Melon Growers’ Association the ordi nance of impounding of cattle and stock was read and goes into effect March Ist. A good many members have been notified that if they under took to take up Indian cattle and and horses that have had the run of the whole valley for years that the whites might trouble as the Indians intended to fight if their cat tle were interfered with. The whites insist that they have gone about the impounding law according to the state law and will defend their rights as settlers and citizens. Unless the government steps in and does something at once a small sized Indian war may be looked for after March Ist, upon which date the im pounding law takes effect. Fencing the Indian lands by the government would be a mere nothing compared to the loss of life that may follow. By so doing trouble would be averted as both parties are determined to pro tect their rights if necessary. Drummer Commits Very Bold Drime San Francisco, Feb. 16.—Driven to desperation when his last cent had been lost at the race tracks and pov erty stared his wife and mother in the face Marvin Ford, a commercial trav eler, yesterday committed one of the boldest and most unprecedented high way robberies ever placed on record by the police department of this city. In the broad light of noonday he held lip Lee Leong, a Chinaman, on Sacramento street, near Montgomery, tnd took from him a bag containing $216 in coin. The crime was accom plished by knocking the Mongolian senseless with a piece of iron pipe in eight of hundreds of people who were passing the commercial district. Ford was well dressed and of such respectable apearance that pedestrians were astonished by the daring act. Be fore anyone could interfere, the high wayman had disappeared on Battery street. Official Statement of the Fruit Car Deal San Francisco, Feb.^l6. —George B. Robins, general manager of the Amer ican car line, has made the first au thoritative statement regarding the big refrigerator car line deal. He said: “Armour & Co., have succeeded to all of Mr. Earl’s refrigerator car in terests, but for the more convenient and economical management of the business of the Continental Fruit ex press, which is thus taken over by the Armour people, the corporate exist ence of the Continental Fruit express, will be continued, for the present year at least. $ “The Earl cars will continue to be known as the C. F. X. cars, and C. B. Dewees, who has been secretary of the Contineutal Fruit company, will be come manager of the line in Califor nia. Robert Graham will continue in his present position of manager of the Fruit Growers’ express on this coast. “The transaction does place the Ar mour people in full control of the re frigerator car business in the north ern deciduous fruit district, although the Santa Fe may endeavor to handle more green fruit in Its refrigerator cars from points along its line than it has done in the past. I want to say, however, that it is not the purpose or the policy of the Armour people to take advantage of this new condition to the detriment of the fruit growers’ interests. You can say positively that there will be no advance In refriger ator charges.” Mr. Robbins added that the purchase of the Earl car line by Armour & Co., entirely divorced the fruit ship ping business from the car line busi ness. The service in general will be improved, by the erection of several new Icing plants. SANTA FE CLERK ROBS EMPLOYES Had Their Time Checks and Cashed Them , San Francisco, Feb. 16. —Frank J. Gavan, nicknamed “Hennessy” a sten ographer In the employ of the Santa Fe railroad In the freight tlepot at Spear and Harrison streets, Is among the missing. So is a large sum of mon ey due various employees of the com pany, who Intrusted the young man with the collection of the checks re ceived for their monthly wages, which they received yesterday morning. In accordance with a custom which has prevailed In the yards for some time Gavan was handed the checks of a number of employees. Just how many he received is not yet known, as those most interested in the mat ter have not yet reported to the main office. Gavan took these checks to the Bank of California and cashed them about 11 o’clock. Since that time he has not been seen or heard from. The amount that he received on the checks is estimated at about $550. Detectives and employees who have lost their money searched the city for the missing cashier last night, but were unable to locate him. The young man has been in the employe of the Santa Fe for the past five or six months. He was transferred from Pu eblo, Colo., and roomed at 526 Harri son street. He was popular in the "yard” and enjoyed the friendship of J. W. Walker, the Terminal superin tendent, and J. R. Donnelly, his as sistant Burlington Road to Come to the Coast Denver, Colo., Feb. 17. —The veteran railway superintendent, Alexander Campbell, for many years with the Burlington road at McCook, Neb., said today: “The Burlington Is going to Salt Lake and to the Pacific. No power on earth can stop it. The great am bition of Mr. Holdredge, the manager, of the road is to extend the lines to the waters of the Pacific, and it will not be long before his desire is accom plished. We are going to the coast, and what is the use of arguing the question. The talk about Mr. Hold redge meeting President Burt of the Union Pacific to listen to an argument against extending the line to Salt Lake and Ogden is nonsense. Nobody could argue with Holdredge on that subject, for he knows it is going to be accom plished-” % Huntington Estate is Worth 80,000,000 New York, Feb. 17. —The executors of the estate of the late Collis P. Huntington have deposited with Con troller Coler a certified check for $700,- 000 to cover the amount of Inheritance tax which will be collected by the state. This deposit indicates the worth of the estate at the time of testator’s death to have been approximately $70,000,000, making Its present worth $80,000,000. Action is taken at this time to save 5 per cent, by making a deposit with in a specified period. Much comment will result from the size of the check, which indicates that Huntington’s es tate in value will more than double the estimate placed upon it at the time of his death. When the will was filed for probate last August, Rus sell Sage expressed an opinion that the Huntington fortune would fall short of $30,000,000. The executors have Indicated that it would amount to more than twice that sum. Owing to the rise in railroad securi ties during the last six months, the Huntington estate Is now worth al most, if not quite, $10,000,000 more than it was when the will was offered for probate. Fresno May Import Vines Fresno, Feb. 1 16. —Heretofore it has been against the law here to import into the county any vines, whether re sistant or non-resistant, the theory being that phylloxeria could be intro duced on the resistant and spread to the non-resistant. Since phylloxeria has manifested itself In scattered places, the necessity for remedial measures has become urgent. The theory set out is not sustained and to day the supervisors adopted an ordi nance permitting the Importation of vines resistant to the phylloxeria, to become operative after three weeks. Negro Wounded With Bird Shot San Bernardino, Feb. 16. —Robert L. Thompson, a negro, 25 years of age, occupies a cot at the county hospital while the physicians extract from the lower portion of his body a quantity of bird shot which he received from the shotgun of an Irate orange grow er. Thompson arrived In San Ber nardfno via the brakebeam route from Kansas City. He started to walk to Colton, and on the way he passed along side an orange orchard. The fruit was tempting and thinking no one was about, he proceeded to help himself. The owner of the orchard observed him in the act of stealing, and went to the house to get a gun. He soon re turned and commanded Thompson to halt. Instead, the latter run, and the rancher fired. The shot crippled him, but he kept on moving at a lively rate. Another shot was fired, and the negro fell to the ground, where he remained for two hours, when a man passing by in a buggy found him. The wounded man was taken to the county hospital, where it was ascer tained that he was badly peppered with shot in both legs from his hips down. He is painfully but not se riously wounded. 1 THE HH ID FIELD Some Interesting Topics of General Moment to All RURAL HAPPINESS AND ACTIVITY California Fruits the Favorite in Siberia —The Fruit Law in Montana—The Prosperous Outlook for Stockmen— Prunes to Be Eaten as Figs. Mrs. K. M. Tileston sends tne fol lowing receipt for preparing prunes to be eaten as figs to the San Jo3e Mer cury, and it is here reproduce 1 because it certainly has great merit, and the method is so simple that any one can use It: “Put the prunes in a wire basket and dip them into a kettle of boiling water. Hold them in it two or three minutes. Then take them out and pour them on a cloth and pack them while hot in tin cans. Press them in well. Seal the cans and set away for a month or longer. They will keep a long time and become very tender and delicious. I prefer the quart can to keep them in, as they dry out soon after the air gets to them.” Accompanying this recipe for pre paring prunes to be eaten uncooked like figs was a paper box of the fruit prepared in this way in 1899 and just opened, says the editor of the Mercury. They were tender and delicious, hav ing considerable of the flavor of pressed figs, but being pleasantly free from the annoying seeds. The flesh was tender and came away from the pit easily. As a dried fruit to be eaten without preparation of any kind this is certainly superior to anything to be purchased on the market. Every housewife can fix a few cans for her self and have them on hand. Common jars are as good as cans. Any thing will do that is air tight and non-absorbent. Old prunes bought in the market may be used as well as those newly dried. too dry they should be soaked just a little longer. An understanding of this manner of preparing or preserving, prunes ought to increase their consumption im mensely. Let the housewife once learn that she can herself in a few minutes “put up” prunes in this way and she will be certain to add them to her stock of household canned fruit. i Prunes Served as a Syrup Mrs. K. M. Tileston also sends this receipt: I have lived ten years in a prune or chard, and met many people who did not like prunes until I taught them my way of cooking them. Five years ago I went east and found no one who liked prunes or knew how to cook them. After teaching them my way they all liked them very much. Here it is: In the evening take the desired amount of prunes wash them well, put them in a porcelain kettle, just cover them with cold water, and let them stand all night. In the morning put them on the stove in the same water and boil until tender. Don't stir or mash them. When tender set them back on the stove to simmer until the juice has become a thick syrup and very little of it left in the kettle. Then pour into a dish. When cold to be eat en with or without cream. The long cooking brings out the flavor and makes them healthful and delicious. “A dish fit for the gods.” Try it. Stockmen Elated The excellent prospect which appar ently stretches before agriculturists this season, induced by timely rains coming at short intervals, have in spired stockmen with such confidence that thousands of head of stock have been imported from Texas and Ariz ona. The extensive stock raisers of the Simi report a bright outlook. The hills and valleys of the country are clothed knee deep in verdure. Charles Donlon, of Donlon Brothers, in com pany with Sheriff Charlebois, have just returned from a trip through Southern Arizona and the state of So nora, in Mexico, where they secured bargains in cattle. As a result of their venture, they brought back 900 head of cattle, with 1000 contracted for and being rounded up for ship ment here. Donlon returns in a few days to oversee the purchases, and bring them in safety to the ranges in Ventura county.—Ventura Independ ent. Farm Cattle It is true that the cattle business to be profitable must be conducted on the broad ranges of the western plains. That is one profitable system of cattle raising, but there is another which yields as great profits for the capital invested. Raising cattle on the farm has in all countries and all ages teen found profitable, and more so now than ever. By raising cattle on the farm the farmer has a good market for all the feed he can raise, saves labor and ex pense of transportation and avoids much loss from waste and the hocus pocus of commerce. And one of the main features of stock farming is that it can be made to continually im prove the fertility and va;ue of the farm. —Texas Farm and Ranch. Prize Jersey Cow The Jersey cow Golden Lad’s Jean ette 149,153 is owned by W. W. Har rison, Glenside, Montgomery county, Pa. She took first prize at St. Mary's in 1897, and 1898, se :ond in 1899. She was got by Golden Lad P. 1242 H. C., out of Melvina F., laos. She is a long, rangy cow with lovely head, prominent over eyes, long thin neck, straight in back, good hips, slim, loug tail with splendid switch, neat in bone, sharp withers, splendid body of great depth and width, skin rich, soft and mellow; magnificent udder, running away out front, with good sized and beautifully placed teats, and she has given since last calving, as high as twenty-two quarts of milk daily. Brussels, Feb. 17. —Dr. Leyds, the Transvaal diplomatic agent, returned here last night from The Hague. Shortly afterwards -it was ascertained that thieves had entered the house by using false keys and stolen a valise containing diplomatic papers. A VERY PROMINENT MAN Owes Health and Happiness to Pe-ru-na Congressman Howard from Alabama, Washington. Feb. 4th, 1899. Pe-ru-na Drug M’f’g Co., Columbus, 0., Gentlemen—l have taken Pe-ru-na now for two weeks, and find I am verv much relieved. 1 feel that my cure will be permanent. I have also taken it for la grippe, and I take pleasure in recom mending Peruna as an excellent remedy to all fellow-sufferers. Very Respectfully, M. W. Howamd. Congressman Howard’s home address is Fort Payne, Ala. Any man who wishes perfect health must be entirely free from catarrh. Ca tarrh is well nigh universal; almost om nipresent. Pe-ru-na is the only abso lute safeguard "known. A cold is tha beginnißgo catarrh. To prevent colds, to cure colds, is to cheat catarrh out of its victims. Address Dr. Hartman, Co lumbus, 0., for a free catarrh book. ■ (O " This signature is on every box of the genuine Laxative Bromo=Quinine Tablets the remedy that cares a cold in one day n I TrilTA wnaouT fee U AIL nl I Vr unless successful § 11 I rill I A Send description ■ ■ ■ I bI ■ I and get free opinion MlliO B. STEVENS & CO., Estab. 1864. Div. 4,817—14th Street, WASHINGTON, D.C. 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