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THE HOLBROOK NEWS. HOLBROOK, ARIZONA, AUGUST 12, 1921.
n ULL-BOG DRUMMOND c3 D AUTOMOBILE TIRES "Erie Corda" & "Olympian Fabrics" QUALITY AND SERVICE. Writ for prte lift. IIKHT A. IIOKKORD. la.te Ann . The Adventures of a Demobilized Officer Who Found Peace Dull By GYRIL McNEILE FAILURE OF SWINE TO MATE SAPPER' It May Be Caused by Improper Func HOME OF THE COLE ALWAYS THE I EST IN USED CAIS. Wrlta ü far CoapltU loforaatloa. Bay ay Hill. 1225 IIOADVAV tioning of System Brought About by Improper Feed. Copyright by Geo. H- Doran Co. LIVE IB "PEACE INCREDIBLY TEDIOUS" Demobilized officer, finding peace incredibly tedious, would welcome diversion. Legitimate, if possible; but crime, if of a com paratively humorous description, no objection. Excitement essen tial. Would be prepared to consider permanent job if suitably im pressed by applicant for his services. Reply at once Box X10." My dear Box X10. 7 don't know whether your advertisement was a joke; I suppose it must have been. But I read it this morn ting, and it's just possible, XlO, just possible, you mean it. And if you do, you're the man I want. I can offer you excitement and probably crime. I'm up against it, XlO. For a girl I've bitten off rather more than I can chew. I want help badly. Will you come to the Carlton for tea tomorrow afternoon? I want to have a look at you and see if f think you are genuine. Wear a white flower) in your buttonhole. So adVertiaea Capt. Hugh Drummond, D. S. O., lata of His Majesty' Royal Loamshirea. So answers Phyllis Benton. And so .begins a truly stirring story. For Phyllis is sura up against it. Her ' dear old father is involved with a clever and powerful band of inter national criminals, one of whom is bent on marrying her. Bull-Dog Drummond befriends the girl. Then begin battle, murder and sudden death quite comparable for thrills with Bull-Dog's war adventures in No Man's Land. And don't forget the adorable Phyllis. This engrossing story is by Cyril McNetle, who under the pen name of "Sapper" has the whole English-speaking world across the Atlantic reading his books. PROLOGUE Id the month of December, 1918, and Dn the very day that a British cavalry division marched hito "Cologne, with flags flying and bands playing as the conquerors of a beaten nation, the manager of the Hotel Nationale la Berne received a letter. Its con tents appeared to puzzle him some what, for having read it twice he rang the bell on his desk to summon his secretary. Almost immediately the door opened, and a young French girl came Into the room. "Monsieur rang?" "Have we ever had staying In the hotel a man called le Comte de Guy?" He leaned back in his chair and looked at her through his pince-nez. The' secretary thought for a mo ment and then shook her head. "Not as far as I can remember," she said. "Do we know anything about him? Has he ever fed here, or taken a pri vate room?" "Not that I know of." The manager handed her the letter, and waited in silence until she had read it. "It seems on the face of it a pecu liar request from an unknown man, lie remarked as she laid it down. "A dinner of four covers; no expense to be spared. Wine specified and if not in hotel to be obtained. A private room at half-cast seven sharp. Guests to ask for room X." The secretary . nodded in agreement. "It can hardly be a hoax." she re marked after a short silence. "No." The manager tapped his teeth with his pen thoughtfully. "But If by any chance It was, It would prove an expensive one for us. I wish I could think who this Comte de Guy Is." He took on his pince-nez and laid them on the desk In front of him. "Send the maitre d'hotel to me at once." Whatever may have been the man ager's misgivings, they were certainly not shared by the head waiter as he eft the office after receiving his in structions. War and short rations had not been conducive to any partic ularly lucrative business in his sphere; and the whole sound of the proposed entertainment seemed to him to contain considerable promise. - And so at about twenty minutes past seven the maitre d'hotel was hovering around the hall-porter," the manager was hovering round the maitre d'hotel, and the secretary was hovering around both. At flve-and-twenty minutes past the first guest arrived. ... He was a peculiar-looking man, in a big fur coat, reminding one irre sistibly of a codfish. "I wish to be taken to Room X." The French secretary stiffened Invol untarily as the maitre d'hotel stepped obsequiously forward. Cosmopolitan as the hotel was, even now she could never hear German spoken without an Inward shudder of digust. "A Boche," she murmured In disgust. Almost Immediately afterward the second and third members of the par ty arrived. They did not come togeth er, and what seemed peculiar to the manager was that they were evidently strangers to one another. The leading one a tall gaunt man with a ragged beard and a pair of piercing eyes asked In a nasal and by no means an Inaudible tone for Room X. As he spoke a little fat man who was standing just behind him started perceptibly, and shot a birdlike glance at the speaker. Then in execrable French he too asked for Room X. . "He's not French," said the secre tary excitedly to the manager. "That hist one was another Boche." The manager thoughtfully twirled his pince-nez between his fingers. "Two Germans and an American." He looked a little apprehensive. "Let us hope the dinner will appease every body. Otherwise " But whatever fears he might have entertained with regard to the furni ture In Room X, they were not des tined to be uttered. Even as he spoke the door again swung open, and a man with a thick white scarf around his neck, so pulled up as almost com pletely to cover his face, came In. All that the manager could swear to as regards the newcomer's appearance was a pair of deep-set, steel-gray eyes which seemed to bore through him. "Tou got my letter this morning?" "M'sieur le Comte de Guy?" The manager, bowed deferentially and rubbed his hands together. "Every thing Is ready, and three guests have arrived." "Good. I will go to the room at once." As he followed his guide his eyes swept round the lounge. Save for two or three elderly women of doubtful nationality, and a man In the Ameri can Red Cross, the place was desert ed ; and as he passed through the swing doors he turned to the head waiter. "Business good?" he asked. No business decidedly was not good. The waiter was voluble. Busi ness had never been so poor in the memory of man. . . .But it was to be hoped that the dinner would be to Monsieur le Comte's liking. . . . Also the wines. "If everything Is to my satisfaction you will not regret It," said the count tersely. "But remember one thing. After the coffee has been brought In, I do not wish to be disturbed under any circumstances whatever." The head waiter paused as he came to a door, and the count repeated the last few tvords.' "Under no circumstances whatever." "Mais certalneraent. Monsieur le Comte. ... I, personally will see to It . . ." As he spoke he flung open the door and the count entered. It cannot be sad that the atmosphere of the room was congenial. The three occupants were regarding one another In hostile silence, and as the count entered they, with .one accord, transferred their sus picious glances to him. For a moment he stood motionless, while he looked at each one in turn. Then he stepped forward. . . "Good evening, gentlemen" he still spoke In French "I am honored at your presence." He turned to the head waiter. "Let dinner be served in five minutes exactly." With a bow the man left the 'room, and the door closed. "During that five minutes, gentle men, I propose to Introduce myself to you, and you to one another. The business which I wish to discuss we will postpone, with your permission, till after the coffee, when we shall be undisturbed." In silence the three guests waited until he unwound the thick white muf fler; then, with undisguised curiosity, they studied their host. In appearance he was striking. He had a short dark "M'sieur le Comte de Guy?" beard, and In profile his face was aqui line and stern. The eyes, which had so Impressed the manager, seemed now to be a cold grey-blue; the thick brown hair, flecked slightly with grey, was brushed back from a broad fore head. To even the most superficial ob server the giver of the feast was a man of power ; a man capable of form ing Instant decisions and of carrying them through. . . . And If so much was obvious to the superficial observer, It was more than obvious to the three men who stood by the fire watchlng'hlm. Each one of them, as he watched the host, realized that he was in the presence of a great man. It was enough : great men do not send fool invitations to dinner to men of international repute. It mat tered not what form his greatness took there was money In greatness, big money. And money was their life. The count advanced first to the Am erican. - "Mr. Hocking. I believe, he re marked in English, holding out his hand. "I am glad you managed to come." The American shook the proffered hand, while the two Germans looked at him with sudden Interest. As the man at the head of the great American cot ton trust, worth more in millions than he could count, he was entitled to their respect. . . . "That's me. Count." returned the mil Hon a i re in his nasal twang. "I am in terested to know to what I am Indebt ed for this Invitation." "All in good time, Mr. Hocking. smiled the host. "I have hopes that the dinner will fill In that time satis factorlly." He turned to the taller of the two Germans, who without his coat seemed more like a codfish than ever. "Herr Steinemann, is it not?" This time he spoke In German. The man whose interest in German coal was hardly less well known than Hocking's In cotton, bowed stiffly. "And Herr Von Gratz?" The Count turned to the last member of the par ty and shook hands. Though less well known than either of the other two in the realms of international finance, von Gratz's name in the steel trade of Cen tral Europe was one to conjure with, "Well, gentlemen," said the Count, before we sit down to dinner, I may perhaps be permitted to say a few words of Introduction. The nations of the world have recently been en gaged in a performance of unrivaled stupidity. As far as one can tell that performance is now over. The last thing I wish to do is to discuss the wai-except in so far as it concerns our meeting here tonight. Mr. Hock ing Is an American, you two gentlemen are Germans. I the Count smiled slightly "have no nationality. Or rather, shall I say, I have every na tionality. Completely cosmopolitan . Gentlemen, the war was waged by idiots, and when Idiots get busy on a large scale, it is time for clever men to step in. . . . That Is the ralson d' etre for this little dinner ... 1 claim that we four men are sufficiently international to be able to disregard any stupid and petty feelings about this country and that country, and to regard the world outlook at the present moment from one point of view and one point of view only our own." The gaunt American gave a hoarse chuckle. "It will be my object after dinner,' continued the Count, "to try and prove to you that we have a common point of view. Until then shall we merely concentrate on a pious hope that the Hotel Nationale will not poison us with their food?" The next moment the head waiter opened the door, and the four men sat down to dine. It must be admitted that the average hostess, desirous of making a dinner a success, would have been filled with secret dismay at the general atmos phere in the room. The American, In accumulating his millions, had also accumulated a digestion of such an ex otic and tender character that dry rusks and Vichy water were the limit of his capacity. Herr Steinemann was of the common order of German, to whom food is sacred. He ate and drank enormously and evidently considered that nothing further was required of him. Von Gratz did his best to keep his end up, but as he was apparently In a chronic condition of fear that the gaunt American would assault him with violence, he cannot be said to have contributed much to the gaiety of the meal. And so to the host mutt be given the credit that the dinner was a suc cess. Without appearing to monopo lize the conversation he talked cease lessly and brilliantly.. But to even the most brilliant of conversationalists the strain of talking to a hypochondriacal American and two Germans one greedy and the other frightened Is considerable ; and the Count heaved an inward sigh of relief when the coffee had been handed round and the door closed behind the waiter. From now on the topic was the topic of money the common bond of his three guests. And yet, as he carefully cut the end of his cigar, and realized that the eyes of the other three were fixed on him expectantly, he knew that the hardest part of the evening was in front of him. Big financiers, In common with all other people, are fonder of having money put into their pockets than of taking it out. And that was the very tiling the Count proposed they should do in large quantities. . . . "Gentlemen," he remarked, when his cigar was going to his satisfaction, "we are all men of business. I said before dinner that I considered we were sufficiently big to exclude any small arbitrary national distinctions from our minds. As men whose inter ests are international, such things are beneath us. I wish now to slightly qualify that remark." He turned to the American on his right, who with eyes half closed was thoughtfully pick ing his teeth. "At this stage, I ad dress myself particularly to you." "Go right ahead," drawled Mr. Hock ing, v "I do not wish to touch on the war or Its result; bnt though the Central Powers have been beaten by America and France and England, I think I can speak for you two gentlemen" he bowed to the two Germans "when I i say that It Is neither France nor Amer- lea with whom they desire another round. England Is Germany's main enemy: she always has been, she al ways will be. I have reason to be lieve, Mr. Hocking, that you personally do not love the English?" "I guess I don't see what my private feelings have to do with it. But If It's of any Interest to the company you are correct In your belief." "Good." The Count nodded his head as If satisfied. "I take It then that you would not be averse to seeing England down and out." "Wal," remarked the American "you can assume anything you "feel like. Let's go to the show-down." Once again the Count nodded his head ; then he turned to the two Ger mans. 'Now you two gentlemen must ad mit that your plans have miscarried somewhat. It was no part of your or iginal programme that a British army should occupy Cologne. . . ." "The war was the act of a fool snarled Herr Steinemann. "In a few years more of peace, we should have beaten those swine. . . ." "And now they have beaten you The Count smiled slightly. "Let us admit that the war was the act of a fool, if you like, but as men of bus! ness we can only deal with the result . . . The result, gentlemen, as it concerns us. Both you gentlemen are 'I Will Return in Ten Minutes. By That Time You Will Have Decided One Way or the Other." sufficiently patriotic to resent the pres ence of that army at Cologne, I have no doubt. And you, Mr. Hocking, have no love on personal grounds for the English. . . . But I am not propos ing to appeal to financiers of your rep utation on such grounds as those to support my scheme. ... It Is enough that your personal predilec tions rnn with and not against what I am about to put before you the de feat of England ... a defeat more utter and complete than if she had lost the war. ..." His voice sank a little, and instinct Ively his three listeners drew closer. "Don't think I am proposing this through motives of revenge merely. We are business men, and revenge is only worth our while If it pays. This will pay. There is a force in England which, if it can be harnessed and led properly, will result In millions coming to you. ... It is present now in every nation fettered, inarticulate, un-ctf-ordinated. ... It is partly the result of the war the war that the idiots have waged. . . . Harness that force, gentlemen, co-ordinate it. nd use it for your own. ends. . . That Is my proposal. Not only will you humble that cursed country to the dirt, but you will taste of power such as few men have tasted before. . . ." The Count stood up, his eyes blazing. And I I will do It for you." " He resumed his seat, and his left hand,' slipping off the table, beat a tattoo on his knee. This is our opportunity the oppor tunity of clever men. I have not got the money necessary: you have." . . . He leaned forward In his chair, and glanced at the intent faces of his au dience. Then he began to speak. . . . Ten minutes later he pushed back his chair. "There is my proposal, gentlemen. n a nutshell. Unforeseen develop ments will doubtless occur; I have pent my life overcoming the unexpect ed. What is your answer?" He rose and stood with his back to them by the fire, and for several minutes no one spoke. Eaeli man was busy with his own thoughts, and showed It in his own particular way. Comte de Guy stared unconcernedly at the fire, as if Indifferent to the result of their thoughts. In his attitude at that moment he gave a true expression to his attitude on life. Accustomed to play with great stakes, he had just dealt the cards for the most gigantic gamble of his life. . . . What matter to the three men, who were looking at the hands he had given them, that only master criminal could have con ceived such a game? The only ques tion which occupied their minds was whether he could carry It through. And on that point they had only their judgment of hla personality to rely on. Suddenly the American removed the toothpick from his mouth and stretched out his legs. "There is a question which occurs to me. Count, before I make up my mind on the matter. Are you disposed to be a little more communicative about yourself? If we agree to come in on this hand. It's going to cost big money, The handling of that money Is with you. Wal who are you?" Von Gratz nodded his head In agree ment. Steinemann raised his eyes to the Count's face as he turned and faced them. . . . "A very fair question, gentlemen. and yet one which I regret I am unable to answer. I would not insult your In telligence by giving you the fictitious address of a fictitious Count. Enough that I am a man whose livelihood lies in other people's pockets. As you say Mr. Hocking, It Is going to cost big money; but compared to the results the costs will be a flea-bite. Tou will have to trust me, even as I shall have to trust you. . . . Tou will have to trust me not to divert the money which you give' me as working expenses' Into my own pocket. ... I shall have to trust you to pay me when the job is fin ished. . . ." "And that payment will be how much?" Steinemann's guttural voice broke the silence. "One million pounds sterling to be split up between you in any proportion yon may decide, and to be paid within one month of completion of my work, After that the matter will pass into your hands . . . and may you leave that cursed country groveling In the dir ty . . ." His eyes glowed with a fierce, vindictive fury ; and then, as If replac ing a mask which had slipped for a moment, the Count was once again the suave, courteous host.. He had stated his terms frankly and without haggling: stated them as one big man states them to another of the same kid ney, to whom time is money and Inde cision or beating about the bush ana thema. "Perhaps, Count, you would be good enough to leave us for a few minutes.' Von -Gratz was speaking. "The deci sion is a big one, and . . ." "Why. certainly, gentlemen." The Count moved toward the door. "I will return In ten minutes. By that time you will have decided one way or the other." Enter Bull-Dog Drummond and Phyllis Benton. (TO BE CONTINUED.) GRACE DARLING REAL HEROINE Bravery of Frail Girl Thrilled All England Died of Consumption at an Early Age. Grace Darling, one of the greatest heroines of British marine history. won undying fame when but twenty- three years old, and of frail physique. by accompanying her father, and In spiring him to the effort of saving the Uves of some passengers on a ship wrecked In a terrific gale that swept the seas near her island home. The Forfarshire sailed from Hull with 22 cabin passengers, 19 steer age passengers and a crew of 20 on a day in September, 1838. Passage was made through the Fame islands' channel, and the ship entered Ber wick bay. Here the gale was at its worst, and the ship was swept on the Farne island rocks. The mate and eight of the crew, with one cabin passenger, hurried away in a lifeboat. The screams of the other survivors were heard by Grace Darling. When her father hes itated to launch their lifeboat on the heavy sea, she jumped into it, and he followed her. On the first trip they rescued nine, and on a later trip her father saved four .more. The British government gave her a money grant. and the public, thrilled by the story. raised a huge subscription list Four years later Grace Darling died of con sumption. The First Soviet. The city of St. Petersburg, the intel lectual capital of the country, with its large industrial population was, natur ally enough, one of the chief storm centers of ' the revolution. It was there that the council (Soviet) of workmen's deputies came into being. The idea of setting up this institution was born in the early days oí October, 1905, and the press began , to agitate for It among the working population of the capital. On October 12 the first session of the Soviet took place In the Technological institute. At this session an appeal was Issued to the workmen of the capital, urging them to strike and to formulate extreme political de mands. I ordered the arrest of the whole Soviet, which order Durnovo carried out on December 3. Durnovo feared that the members would dis perse and escape if he started arrest ing them separately. He therefore waited for the Soviet to meet, which the latter hesitated to do. Their fears were well founded, for as soon as the body gathered on December 3 In the hall of the Free Economic society, the members, 190 In all, were rounded up and arrested. Count-Witte in the World's Work. Dream Has Various Meanings. To dream of a silver mine denotes trouble which will be settled by the courts. A gold mine, successful love suit. Iron mine, health and happiness. Copper mine, wealth, health and pros perity. Lead mine, unprofitable em ployment. Tin mine, slander. Zinc mine, discovery of a friend's treach ery. Coal mine, brilliant future. Salt mine, dishonor. Love In a cottage Is usually plan ning for the time when it can build 540,000 house, . j (Prepared by the United States Depart ment ot Agriculture.) Failure In the ability or desire of swine to reproduce may be caused by any of several conditions, say special ists of the United States Department of Agriculture. It may result from a disease or Injury that seriously af fects or -destroys the secretory repro ductive organs. It may be caused by Improper functioning of the system, which In turn Is often brought about by unsuitable feed or faulty elimina tion of waste products, or it may be due to a general lowering of body vi tality. There are also cases of sterility or Impotence for which definite causes are difficult to find. Failure to breed quite frequently occurs In boars and sows which have been fitted and kept in high condition for show purposes. In some instances the sow falls to come In heat, or perhaps indicates that she Is in heat and is successfully served by the boar without resulting conception. In other cases the boar shows no desire to mate, or acts in effectively. The first step in overcoming the trouble is to find a positive cause. when possible, by making a thorough examination. This should Include a search for physical defects, the pres ence of disease, the results of injuries, or lowered vitality from any cause. When, from such examination, it appears that proper treatment will prove successful, remedies should be administered promptly. But If the cause Is obscure, or if there Is little likelihood of correcting the defect suc cessfully, It Is best to remove the ani mal from the breeding herd. Boars may be castrated and fitted foi laughter as market hogs. Similarly, sows should be discarded when thej become uncertain breeders.- When there Is no apparent cause for failure of swine to mate, experts of the United States Department of Agriculture frequently have observed a lazy or sluggish temperament. These hogs generally are of the type known as "hot-bloods." They are fat and show an unwillingness to exer cise. The tendency is more common In mature hogs and increases with age, but Is frequently found in young stock. Careless and unwise Inbreed ing practices tend to produce hogs of this type, but Inbreeding does not nec essarily bring about the condition. When the lack of sexual vigor is seen in only an occasional animal it Piga'on Oat and Pea Forage. may be possible to recognize, the fault in blood lines or type. But when fail ure to mate occurs frequently and when the type Is right, the Indications are that the system of management is fundamentally wrong. Upon the appearance of this condi tion an effort should be made to cor rect it by a restriction or modification of the diet and an abundance of exer cise. The ration must have the fat- producing feeds largely , reduced and protein feeds plentifully supplied. Pastures should be provided where pos sible, but when these are not avail able then the ration should consist of alfalfa meal, alfalfa, soybean or clover hay to supply protein and vltamines, high-grade tankage, fish meal, linseed meal, or a good grade of white mid dlings and whole oats with but small amounts of corn or ground barley, to gether with a good mineral mixture. In addition an abundance of daily ex ercise must be given. This will prob ably have to be forced by driving the boar or sow about the paddocks- or pastures daily until the animal is tired. By maintaining the digestive func tions In a proper manner, by causing abundant exercise and by supplying proper nourishment, there will be brought about a proper elimination of he body wastes and a rebuilding of the tissues. This should cause the -eproductive organs to function prop erly and bring about a toning up of the system in such manner that breed ing operations will be successfully con ducted.. Swine breeders must be alert to the necessity for ruggedness in herd hoars in addition to other qualifications. Breeders must refrain also from too great a degree of fineness and smooth ness In the selection of their breeding miniáis, or loss of breeding power will ultimately develop in their herds. Roughage for Cattle. Sweet corn with the ears picked off makes a good roughage for cattle, be ing somewhat better than the same amount from field corn. . Satisfactory Hog Oiler.' Keep hogs free from lice by using crude oil. A post wrapped with a burlap sack and saturated with oil makes a satisfactory hog oiler. Watch Sows Carefully. Watch your brood sows carefully. They will pay you for it. SHOES REPAIRED I? abara In Ü. 8. it Dram prim. Fmusfattara war rtturncd ir pama. CASTERS SHOE OEPAIt E AC TOBY, YELLOW FIQKT, 1553 CHAMPA STIEET. T'V'p AVP AHÍ KODAK FISISKII6. Tea AUlAIiO tm Mata Sitarían Caaaaaaa. EASTMAN KODAK. COMPANY. 26 Sixteenth Street. Denver. Colorado. i Pre-war Prirea Coffee LS &fai $1.00 for 3 -pound aaanaa. rt- . paid. THE SPIAY COFFEE 4 SICi CO.. Slat and MvkK 8U.. Daaaar. CMl MARCEE, WAVING We lead in thla aa all other linea. Charlea Hair Beauty Shop. 410 Kth St.. Denver. Colo. FLOWERS FOR ALL. OCCASIONS. Park Floral Co.. ltX Broadway. BEAUTY PARLORS.. Hair Good by mall. Mllllcent Hart Co.. 711 15th St. BOHH-ALLEU JEWELRY CO. Dia monda). watches, allrerware. Out towa rdera careful attention Eat. 1171. THTB NEW YORK PLEATING CO. or baat ahaiinc. haaatlidiliif. eaaaratf battaoa aso kaa- Me MM. Writ Cat cátalo. 152S l 0UY TONS 00CE0IES AT WN01ESALC POICES. StMkfraMri' WaalaiaJa Saaalj Ca.. 153 Maauaaak OA. Present Membership Large Enough. Washington. Six members of tho House Census Committee, which re cently voted to report a bill for In creasing the membership of the House of Representatives from 435 to 460, declared in a minority report filed that the present total was big enough. Chairman Slegel, who presented the majority report, said that the re-apportionment was required after each ten-year census. Maine and Missouri would lose one representative each and the annual cost for adding twenty five members would be around $296. 000. Opium Shipments Decline. Washington. More "quor is going into China as the use of opium falls off, according to a report to the Com merce Department from Consul Gen eral W. H. Gale at Hong Kong. The net revenue collected In Hong Kong from liquor duties and licensed ware hauses during 1920, Mr. Gale said, was $779,000, compared with $739,000 in 1919, while the revenue from the opium monopoly in 1920 was $4.300,000. as compared with $6,800,000 during 1919. Senator Norria Collapses. Washington. Senator Norrls, Repub lican, Nebraska, suffered a partial col lapse in the Senate at the close of an address of nearly three hours. The ef fort, combined with intense heat, ex hausted him and he was taken to an adjoining committee room where first aid remedies were applied by Senator Ball of Dele ware, a physician, who said Mr. Norris' condition was not be lieved to be serious. 'Killing Pigeon in Wisconsin. Madison, Wis. Riflemen posted in the Wisconsin capítol building began killing hundreds of pigeons at the re quest of the superintendent of prop erty, who offered the plea of economy. Superintendent Moriissey said that the capítol was being made a "chicken roost" and that It was costing the state hundreds of dollars to feed the birds. Wisconsin people visiting Capitol park had long regarded the pigeons as pets. Big Warehouse Blaze. Chicago. Fire thought to have been due to spontaneous combustion caused a loss estimated at $1,500,000 to the building and contents of the Crook Terminal Warehouse and Chicago Stor age and Transfer Company on the southern outskirts of the city. Two men were Injured In righting the fire. Anti-Soviet Plot Uncovered. New Xork. The entente espionage system was directly Involved In coun ter revolutionary plots unearthed at Petrograd and in the western prov inces of Russia, according to a cable received from the official Russian Telegraph agency, by the publication Soviet Russia. "The ring leaders ln the Petrograd conspiracy, said the message, "neaded oy tne notorious monarchist leader, Professor Tagant- sell, confessed to plans, backed by French espionage agents, to assassi nate leading Communists and Soviet workers and to blow up offices, rail ways, factories and poison red troops. etc. Elevators Sign With Growers. Fargo, N. D. Eighty-nine farmers' elevators and local associations have been signed by the United States Grain Growers, Inc., In North Dakota, U. L. Burdick, director of the National Grain Sales agency, announced. With eighty equity elevators which have been signed, this makes 160 elevators or associations In the state which have agreed to deal through the growers this fall, he said. To Make Parks Sanitary. Washington. A concerted effort is being made by the United States Pub lic Health service and the National Park service to make the national parks of the United States safe and sanitary for the vast numbers who have recently taken to touring them. When tourists were fewer and roost of them treveled on stage lines and stopped at park hotels, the sanitary problem was simple. More recently, however, the great majority travel in automobiles and camp out, enormous ly complicating all health matters. Mexico Crops Poor. Mexico City. A gloomy crop report for virtually the entire republic wa Issued by the Department of Agricul ture which signed the lack of rain, pests and the unwillingness of farmers to cultivate their lands as the chief causes. The report says mat tne northern states of Chihuahua, Neuvo Leon and Coahulla suffered the heav iest, necessitating heavy Imports of grains from foreign countries, while no state produced more than 50 per cent of the usual crops of rice and beeps, the nation's staple. (