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Sixty languages are spoken in Rus
The Norwegian army Includes
corpa on skates.
England s food Importations aver-
age about $16 for each Inhabitant.
With all its possessions considered,
there are six colored persons to every
white in the British empire.
The first alarm of fire by an electric
telegraph system was given at 8:30
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Street sweepers of Chicago and Bos-
ton carry a Uny electric lamp on their
caps to keep from being run over.
Stockholm. Christiana. Berlin and
London In the. order named have the
lowest death rates of all the cities of
Of th races of the world. 000,000,000
are white. 700.000,000 yellow, 215,
000,000 black, 35,000,000 brown or Ma
layan, and 10,000,000 red, or Amerl
can Indians.
The first application of electric heat
ing for household use was the electric
flatiron. Now there are hundreds of
thousands of electric flatirons in use
In private homes and laundries.
Experiments made in Germany prove
that the germs of cholera or typhoid
may endanger not only those who live
below stream, but also those above the
polluted point, as fish carry the germs
. The first rotary converted in Ameri
ca, as well as the largest, was built
by the General Electric Company.
These machines are used to change al
ternating current into direct current
for street railway service.
Rhodes, the city of the Colossus, still
survives, a medieval city In all its de
fensive war gear of tower and cur
tain and keep. It Is the city which
the Knights of St John erected In the
midst of the Byzantines, after being
driven out of Jerusalem In the early
fourteenth century.
Joslah Qulncy, the prominent Boston
politician, was walking near the city
hall, when he heard a laborer accost
another thus: "That's Joslah Qulncy."
"An who's Josiah Qulncy?" the' other
asked. I never see such ignorance,"
rejoined the other. "He's the grand
son of the statute you see in the
A sailor enters a livery stable to
hire a horse for the day, to take some
friends into the country. The proprie
tor has one brought out for inspection,
and begins: .'There's a beauty for
you ! Small Lead, clean legs, . short
back " "Short back be Mowed i
We want one with a long back. It's to
carry nine."
Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, the
youngest son of one great novelist and
godson of another, has lost his seat In
the Parliament of New South Wales,
Australia, through the discovery of
rich silver mines at Broken Hills, a
thousand miles northwest of Sydney.
The new-comers, miners, elected a la
bor candidate.
Two French-Canadians were talking.
"Ah, Antonia," one of them exclaimed,
"eef you ave h'only been at dees wed
ding of Pierre Coubertln an' EtniUe La
Roche you shall nevaire forget heem.
So gentil! So mooch luxury! H'every
one so 'appy an', so grand an' fine
Theenk of eet, Antoine! H'every one
wear de Prince h'Albert pants an
dreenk de real ginger ale!"
Larger than Niagara Is the cataract
of the Iguazu falls, almost at the in
tersection of the three frontiers of
Paraguay, Brazil and the Argentine
Republic. The river takes its name
from a Spanish word meaning great
waters. Few sightseers ever catch a
glimpse of Iguazu falls because it
takes six days to make the picturesque
" journey of about 1,250 miles from Bue
nos Aires.
Goats, more than any other thing,
have assisted tbe rural Inhabitants of
Asia Minor to destroy the magnificent
forests which once extended from
Smyrna through to Konla, the ancient
capital of Karamania. Not only have
the peasants and nomads destroyed the
timber for the sake of firewood, bnt
they destroyed It also In order that
their goats might obtain suitable pas
ture. And the goats In their turn pre
vented the new shoots ever after from
replacing the trees which had been
cut down.
One of tbe leading comedians of tbe
Frankfurt Theater, In Germany, the
other evening went to the diiector and
asked ' for an advance on his week's
salary. The books showed that the
whole amount had already been drawn
and the director said "No." "Very
good," said the actor, "then I shall re
fuse to go on to-right" The director
saw that it was dangerously near cur
tain time and reluctantly gave the act
or the amount asked for, bnt said:
"Remember, sir, this is nothing short
of extortion .and a cowardly one at
that" "Not a all, Herr Director, said
the actor, stuffing the money in his
pocket, "my nam- is not on the "Mü
for to-night, anyway."
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Jesse James a l'attomobile, Jesse James under the
noses of a garrison of United States soldiers, a twentieth-
century Jesse James, with one lone helper, holding
up a train within twelve miles of a great city, the
capital of a great State, is the lurid story that recently
came from Colorado, where a one tall man of the Jesse
James type, with a short and 'chunky mnn for a helper,
held up and robbed the Atlantic express of the Denver
and Rio Grande Railway at Military Junction, twelve
miles from Denver, and less than a mile and a half
from the fort, where Cncle Sam's boys In blue were
sleeping peacefully. The Imitators of the James boys,
the Quantrells and the Daltons got away with an un
known amount of treasure, but It is estimated by con
servative persons who know what was in the regis
tered bags taken by the robbers that the Toungers in
their palmiest days never made such a haul, as the
mnallest figure is set at something over $50,000.
It would seem from this hold-up that all the daring
robbers have not yet died, and that the old days of
Old Order of Thlngn I TSott Yield
ing: to tbe TStTr.
The Territory of New Mexico, which
has been knocking for admission into
the sisterhood of States, has witness
ed a great struggle in the last few
years between the old and tbe new
order of things, and the old has been
forced to give way. The ancient adobe
churches erected by the Spanish friars
when the 13 colonies were in their
swaddling clothes, still stand, and the
old bells that were cast In Spain at the
height of that nation's glory still call
devout worshipers to service. But
next, to these old churches one Is apt
to stand In the shadow of a modern.
steam-heated office building. The an-
cient Governor's palace, at Santa Fe,
has been abandoned for a Capitol
building and a mansion that are the
last word of modern utilitarianism.
The patient burro New Mexico's chief
means of transportation, for genera
tions is being met on the highways
by automobiles, and Jose, the burro
driver, has gazed with mild wonder
upon tbe goggle-eyed chauffeur. And
out on the broad plains, that have
known only sheepherders and cowboys
since . the days 'of Coronsdd and de
Vaca, homesteaders have made a ver
itable checkerboard of ranches...,- -According
to the Postal Guide, -more
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new post offices are being opened In
New Mexico, In proportion to the pop
ulation, than in any other State or
Territory. Not alone are thousands
of acres being reclaimed under irriga'
tion schemes, but "dry farmers" are
wresting crops, without ' irrigation,
from lands that heretofore have been
regarded as irredeemable desert.
In the fiscal year of 190S there
were 14.9G2 homestead entries, cover
ing 2,2558,704 acres and 070 desert en
tries, covering 162,430 acres. Four
fifths of these entries were made by
"homesteaders" from other parts of
the country men and women attract
ed to the southwest by its fine cli
mate and its farming possibilities. In
two years there have been 30,000 home
stead entries in the Territory, cover-
lug more than 5,000,000 acres, and
Gov. George Curry estimates that New
Mexico now has a population of more
than 450,000. In live years Roosevelt
County. In the southeastern part of
the Territory, which was regarded as
hopeless desert a decade ago, has
grown from 5,000 population to 30,000.
Not alone is New Mexico being dot
ted with homesteads, under private
irrigation enterprises and in the "dry
farming" districts, where no water
can be secured, but the United States
government is constructing some of its
greatest reclamation works in the Ter
ritory. The Carlsbad, Hondo and Ele
phant Butte projects, under the recla
mation service, are well under way,
and will reclaim over 500,000 acres, at
a cost of something like $15.000.000.
These government projects' rival in Im
portance the work the British govern
ment has done In the valley of the
Nile. New Mexico also has an arte
sian belt which is proving a wonder
ful source of wealth. In the matter of
water supply. Chaves a n4, Eddy Coun
ties alone have 650 of these' gushing
wells, and cultivation under, artesian
irrigation, has" reached, more", than
25,000 acres,', and ia Increasing rapldj
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the red, red West were coming back again. Again we
may look for lurid stories from real life rivaling the
doings of Diamond Dick, Dare Devil Harry, "the Ter
ror of Raw-Hide Gulch," "Dead Shot" Jimmy, the Man
eater of Bloody Mountain, and other heroes of our long
gone boyhood days.
The Colorado incident comes as the culmination of
a series of train robberies during the past decade which
Indicate that the West is by no means the decadent
and effete land which many of us had almost become
ready to believe. The series began with the comic hold
up in Missouri some years ago, when a country school
teacher with a broken horse pistol held up the' train
which was carrying the Governor of the state to the
capital and got away with the express bags. This rob
ber also performed his work at the gates of a great
city, the train being only a few miles out of St Louis
when the' robbery occurred. The Denver robbers, how
ever, adjured the broken horse pistol and did their
work with the aid of an automobile.
Santa Fe, the ancient captal of the
Territory, Is one of the most Interest
ing cities in America. It had been an
Indian pueblo at the time of Its dis
covery and occupation by the Span
iards in the latter half of the six
teenth century and has remained the
seat of government ever since. In 16S0
the Indians revolted and drove out the
Spaniards, but after fourteen years
the latter regained the ascendency and
the Spaniards and their descendants,
the Mexicans, continued to govern the
Territory from Santa Fe until the
Americans, under General Kearney,
took possession, in 1S46.
Two-thirds of the present popula
tion of Santa Fe is Mexican. The
boys who drive the wood-laden burros
from the distant mountains are Mex
icans. The man who sells you gro
ceries would rather talk Spanish than
"United States." and official docu
ments are printed in the language of
the Dons as well ns in our own unor
nate means of communication. The
influence of the Spanish pioneers is
everywhere visible. One sits in the
plaza In the center of town, and looks
upon the long, one-storied structure
that was graced with the name of
"palace" by the long line of Spanish
governors that lived in It
One hears the silver tinkle of an
ancient bell, and it calls him to o!d
San Miguel Church the hoariest re-
ligous structure in the country, save
one. The adobe walls of the old
church have been repaired, but In gen
eral outlines it is the same as when
the old Spanish pioneers built It A
little way from the old church one is
directed to the oldest house In the
country and so one wanders through
the streets of Santa Fe. sometimes
amused, but always fascinated.
Calling ne Dear.
"To waken a deaf person who wishes
to be called at a certain time In the
morning Is about the hardest projiosi
tion a hotel clerk runs up. against."
said a member of that fraternity. "To
ring the telephone is useless, because
the man can't hear. Knocking, for the
same reason. Is rutile. Now and then a
guest who has lost his hearing suggests
that he leave his door open so we can
walk right In and shake him, but even
if he does appear to be dead game there
are so many chances of somebody esa
guileless than ourselves walking in
ahead of us that we can't consent to
that simple expedient It seems to me
the man who can patent a device for
waking the deaf Is sure of fame and
fortune, not to mention the gratitude
of the brotherhood of hotel clerks." .
Fortunate is the woman v ho remem
bers that frowns beget mure wrinkle
than smiles. '-' ---
latciatrlng out 'for""Üi
Begun oa Rafts of Tree Trunks la a
Lake, N'ovr a Metropolis.
The story of the founding of the City
of Mexico is one of the most extraor
dinary tales in history. It happened
in 1325, at least it began a long time
before that but was an accomplished
fact about 600 years ago.
In the first place, says the Rosary
Magazine, imagine an almost Inacces
sible mountain, crowned with a valley
nt the height of 8,000 feet above the
level of ihe sea. In the center of this
valley was an immense lake. When the
Aztecs arrived, led- by the priests of
the god of war, they found It in the
possession of hostile tribes.
For that reason and because the
priests declared that In a certain pare
of the lake where there stood an ele
vation of stones un eagle had been seen
devouring a serpent they began the
construction of the city on the spot im
mediately ever the deepest waters of
the lake. There had long existed k
prophecy among the Aztecs that their
wanderings would end when they
should hz'e reached a place where the
priests would behold an eagle resting
on a cactus plant devouring a serpent
Confident that they had found the
spot ordained to be their abiding home.
they began to consqjet rafts of the
trunks of trees, covering them with
thick layers of earth, upon which they
built rude huts of more or less solidity.
Groups of dwellings soon began to form
themselves in regular order, thus de
termining the primitive streets of the
new city.
They also constructed boats and oars
of different sizes, useful in peace and
war, and, while certain of their num
ber occupied themselves in defending
their homes and brethren from the on
slaughts of hostile tribes, others con
tinued to improve and enlarge the new
city. Gradually the lake was filled up
and terraces arose, one after another.
In the place once occupied by the deep
This was in Itself a herculean labor,
unsurpassed in ingenuity and durability
by any similar work of ancient or mod
jrn times. Upon the first of these ter- .
races was constructed the Teocali!, or
sacrificial temple. It was begun in 1218
and not completed until 1325, a period
of 100 years, from which yme may be
dated the official foundation of Tenoch
tltlan, to-day the modern city of Mex
"co. Man Money.
The system of atoning for death ot
bodily injuries inflicted on others by
paying damages is as old as the earli
est Teutonic laws, praised by Taclrua
The trespasser was always required to
make peace with the aggrieved family
of the victim by "Wer-Geld."
"Wer" is the ancient German for
man. "Geld," now, as in the days of
Wotan, means money.
Damages were assessed in accord
ance with the rank and wealth of the
injured - party, and the money- was
paid over in the presence of the whole
community, its acceptance forestalling
feuds. Indeed, the recognition of Wer-
Geld ("money for the man" killed) by
law precluded further bloodshed or
other forms of revenge.
If the slayer was not rich enough to
pay the required sum, he turned over
to the Injured parties his sons as
slaves. If his sons were not sufficient
guarantee for the payment of the
debt the slayer himself had to turn
bondsman, both the letter and the
spirit of the law requiring that the
full amount of damage Inflicted be
recovered by the aggrieved parties.
New York World.
Scotch Thrift.
"Hey, mon," exclaimed the braw.
bonnle north countryman, "thrift is a
wunnerful thing!"
"Tes." replied his English traveling
companion, "lou r eright there. Now,
I gave my wife a ten-pound note to
manage on last time I was away, and
would you believe It? Instead of ex
ceeding It she saved nearly a sover
eign out of it to buy herself a hat!"
"That's nowt" replied the Scotsman.
"My wife gives the kids ha'pennies
apiece to go to bed aupperless; when
they're asleep she takes the ha'pen
nies off on etn ageeán, and then she
makes 'em do wl'ont ony breakfasts
for losln' 'em! Hey, iuon, that's
thrift!" London Scraps.
Heaven's Klrat Uw,
The Rev. Dr. Frank Crane tells of
bride who refused to answer the
question. "Will you love," honor and
obey?" Her friends Interceded, but it
was of no use. Finally the Intended
bridegroom gathered up his hat ami
started for the door. Instantly she
sprang after him, and, leading him
back, looked up meekly and said. "I
win."y-From Success Magnzlne.
Good Food for Stock.. . ,.;
"Do you think alfalfa muffins could
be appetizing?" ., ;
."I don't see why. they, shouldn't-be
to horses and mules." Birmingham
Age-Herald. . :;
Our Idea of a good 'cook is -one' wíió
keeps her temper from" boiling éverv
. - - u '.t. rt.T
Doutt try tot,tIatter one .woman Jby
eoamllmentlna- jinotlier . .; .v v.-u

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