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Yes they were all at it again the
net and robin the mavis and merle the
cuckoo telling us of his whereabouts in
the heart of the thicket the larks filling
all the wide spaces of the sky with their
silver song But for this universal twit
tering and clear caroling and fluttering
of wings the world was still enough and
silent enough The red kine hardly mov
ed in the meadows golden with butter-
1 cups The olive green masses of the elm
rising far into the pale blue of the
ens did not stir a leaf The warm sun
light seemed to draw forth a hundred
scents from herbs and flowers that hung
fn the motionless air
As one is idly gazing at all these things
and speculating as to how far a certain
white butterfly that has started early
on his travels will wander before the
heat of noon causes him to close his
wings on a head of clover there is a
quiet stirring of the willow branches and
then a footfall on the gang board con-
necting the boat with tne shore Turning
forthwith one finds that it is Miss Peggy
who has come down through those yel
Jowed meadows and it is Sir Ewen Cam
eron who is steadying the plank for her
She has been abroad thus early to gather
flowers for the breakfast table and in
each hand she has a great cluster of but
tercups As for the June roses in her
cheeks where did sht get them on so
extremely still a morning And as for
the speedwell blue of her eyes But she
passes hastily into the saloon for the
Sower glasses have to be filled
-Then this long sandy haired Highland
officer has he anything to say He ob
serves that the morning is beautiful
which is no secret He thinks he saw a
trout rise a little bit further along Pres
ently lie puts this question
Shall you have any neqd of Murdochs
jrvices this autumn -
I fear not i
He is an exceedingly handy fellow
dont you think so
I do
Yj And very willing isnt he
fHe is
- Well now dont you consider that a
young fellow like that would be better
in a settled situation than in doing odd
jobs about Tobermory with an occasional
month or twos yachting in the summer
I dare say he would if it was any-
- thing of a situation
i Do you think he would come to me
at Inverfask
4 Inverfask x
- iJ Yes I would give him a fair wage
11 1 11 AK l
- - nQf wouia aave eminuyuiuui uu mf t iu
round and he might look forward to
- - some increase of pay if lie deserved it
A permanent place at Inverfask is
that what you mean
Well when you put that offer before
hinr Murdoch will be a proud lad
jAnd you are sure you dont want him
-this autumn
Almost certain besides that could
not be allowed to interfere
I will go and ask him at once said
he and he too disappeared into the sa
Well now the Nameless Barge
seemed to be just filled with secrets and
mysteries on this busy morning but of
course one had no time to pay heed to
such trumpery things for we had to make
an early start in- order to get through the
chain of locks outside Devizes
Afteiyleaving Devizes tktre are fifteen
miles of plain sailing without the inter
ruption pf a single lock so that we made
good progress this afternoon The canal
which is here so little used that it
Abounds with all kinds of water plants
the white buttercup conspicuous among
them winds along a high plateau which
affords extensive views over the neigh
boring landscape Not that we saw this
somewhat lonely stretch of country un
der iiiost favorable conditions As we
stole along by Bishops Cannings and All
Cannings and Stanton Fitzwarren the
still air seemed to be threatening thun
1 der the skies were of a cloudy milky
white and the hills that rose to the hori
zon line both on north and south Rough
x bridge Hill Easton Hill St Anns Hill
Etchilhampton Hill Wivelsford Hill and
the like were slowly deepening in gloom
Then came rain and forthwith these idle
people fled into the saloon to books and
writing and tea and what not All but
the faithful Peggy that is to say Miss
Peggy not only went and fetched the
jteersman his waterproof but she also
brought out her own and having drawn
ihe hood over her pretty brown hair and
fastened it securely under her chin she
took up her position on the steering
thwart Was she still anxious then to
show her gratitude in some vague
tive way At all events her companion--ship
on this somber afternoon was suffi
ciently welcome
- But one soon began to discover what
had brought Miss Peggy out into the
i rain her remarks about the weather were
X cpeedily over
- v Has Col Cameron she asks
ently with a very becoming hesitation
has Col Cameron said anything any
thing particular to you
Nothing very particular
No 1 suppose not she continues
with the same pretty hesitation I hod
to ask him not to say anything because
because I dont wish Mr Duncombe to
know But you ought to know yes you
ought to know
Do you think I dont know
And this is the way they keep a young
ladys secret making it as plain as the
nose on a mans face or a weathercock
on a steeple And you are especially anx
lous to conceal it from Jack Duncombe
are you Dont you think it possible Mr
Dancombe may have hfs own little af
fairs to attend tol Well welL youve
done it at last I suppose and if s very
UttJe you know of the fate you are rush- J
JT 3ns upon -you poor fluttering timid sol
- HrMvAi i jfifflfeAi2 J
-O -
ItfilMl RifoiiilM IftA J
itary creature Banishment to the re-
1 gions of perpetual ice that is a pretty
future for you Think of the gales howl
ing down from the North Sea the glens
blocked up with snow o communication
with the rest of the wordl the rivers
and lakes hard frozen hail changing to
sleet and sleet changing to hail a Polar
bear prowling round the riofts a wal
And a carpenter you mustnt forget
the carpenter said this young lady who
isnt as easily frightened as you might
imagine Does he wear his decorations
when he goes to a levee at Buckingham
Havent the least idea
The Victoria Cross anyway He must
wear the Victoria Cross at any state cer
emony where the queen is present sure
ly Is it true that when the queen pre
sents the Victoria Cross to any one she
pins it on his breast with her own
I believe so
I should like to see that done she
observed absently
There was a long protracted ramble
and the curiosity of our young American
friend about everything relating to the
Highlands and the modes of life there
proved to be quite insatiable just as it
was simple honest and ingenuous When
we got back to the boat the dusk had
come down and all the little red windows
were aglow but Mrs Threepenny bit did
not go on board Col Cameron did and
we guessed that she had sent him to sum
mon Mr Duncombe away from his books
Your servant colonel says Miss
Peggy as we come up
What do you mean the smaller
womer woman answers Have you
changed services Peggy Youve been
a sailor all the way through are you go
ing to leave the navy fpr the army
Yes says Miss Peggy lightly 1
have enlisted And whats more Ive
got my marching orders
Where for
This tall young recruit brings up the
palm of her hand to her forehead and
makes a very fair imitation of a military
For Inverfask colonel she says and
the night conceals the laughing shyness
of her cheeks
Early on this fair morning the welcome
sunlight ris all around us touching here
and there on the red roofs half hidden
riniong the willows and elms making the
old fashioned inn and the ivied bridge
quite picturesque and striking into the
clear water so that we can see shoals of
small fish darting this way and that over
the beds of green weed And here is
Miss Peggy herself as radiant as the
iawn her eyes shining and without mal
ice a placid content upon her tranquil
So this is the last day of our voy
age she says
The last full day We shall leave a
few miles to do to morrow so as to get
JVo Reading about noon
rVVhen one looks back she says rath
er pensively all those places we have
seem appear to be very far away now
Doesnt it seem ages since we saw Wind
sor Castle with the royal standard high
up in the pale blue sky Do you remem
ber the fearful rain at Oxford and the
And Mr ABecket yes Tell me did
you ever answer the letter he was so
kind as to send you about the antiqui
ties of Gloucester
Well I did not slid says hastily
Dont you think your wife will do that
for me She ought The information
was for the whole party
At breakfast there was clearly a fore
shadowing of the end for already these
good people were beginning to talk of
the chief impressions produced by this
long water ramble of ours Miss Peggys
fixed ideas seemed to be the remoteness
and the silence of those solitudes through
which we had passed nd the profusion
i of wild flowers Mrs Threepenny bit on
the other hand had some fancy that in
these rural wanderings you got to under
stand something of the hold that the
Church of England has on the national
mind the prominence of it even in the
landscape the small venerable strong
square towered building dominating the
tiniest village the great cathedral the
principal feature and the proudest pos
session of the town
As we glided along through the hawthorn-scented
air our chief difficulty was
to tell whether we were on a river or a
canal for the Kennet and Avon canal and
the river Kennet intertwist themselves
in a remarkable manner and seem to
have all their chief characteristics in
About midday we came in sight of
Newbury the pink houses of which look
ed very pleasant among the golden mead
ows and the various greenr of poplar and
We had a delightful stroll in the after
noon along the banks of the winding wat
erway that is sometimes the canal and
sometimes the Kennet and sometimes
both combined That night was our last
on board and yet it cannot be said we greater ease can now produce 4-
were a particularly mourmui company
To morrow we should be back in the
Thames again at Reading Should we
take her down to Kingston whence we
had started and find her quarters there
Or should we send her up the river to
Henley with a view to the forthcoming
I will settle that matter for you said
Col Cameron as we sat at dinner Or
rather I have settled it for you I am
going to buy this boat
Really says one of us who seems to
think he might have been consulted I
I will explain says this tall High
a hundred things
lander with great equanimity Just beV
low the belt of wood at Inverfask there
is a duiet little bay very fairly protect-
ed by rocks in fact close to the shore
it is perfectly sheltered I propose to an
chor aiwoy seme way out and have a
wire ropdvconnecting it with the land
then you perceive by means of a travel
er yon couldrun this boat along when
give your visitor afternoon tea Or yon
mfght haie a little dinner party in the
saloon for the fun of the thing I have
secured Murdoch he will be captain
cook and steward Or you migh be
quite by yourselves and if it was a hot
even g and the midges troubling you
on shore you just step on board and haul
yourselves out to sea Or again suppos
ing Mr Duncombe were coming round
that way I hope he will and wanted a
quiet days work done wouldnt that be
a secure retreat for him There could be
no better isolation surely or more per
fect silence That would be a place to
It sounds tempting certainly young
Shakspeare made answer perhaps with
mistful visions of not absolute isolation
floating before his mind
Of course you would have to ask per
mission Inverfask continued and not
from me It is not for myself I propose
to make the purchase It s to be a lit
tle present
Why was it that all this tiihe our pret
ty Peggy had been sitting with eyes
downcast Did she know of this auda
cious scheme and could it concern her in
any way
Then said he wfien I have got pos
session of the boat then she will no long
er be known as the Nameless Barge
Oh no when she is at her new moorings
in the North we must find a proper name
for her
He looked across the table and Peggys
eyes were still downcast And do you
know what I propose to call her Well
I have been thinking I could not do bet
ter than call her Rosalinds Bower
The end
Larjje Quantities Are Still Manufac
tured for Western Trade
It may surprise you to know that
paper collars are coining into demand
again said a traveling salesman who
handles mens furnishing goods and
it may also surprise you to know that
the demand right along for years and
years back has been large enough to
keep three or four good sized factories
going continually at full capacity I
used to wonder what became of the
output for I never saw anybody wear
ing the things and finally I made it my
particular business to ascertain I was
astonished at the extent of the trade
It reaches all over the West and South
west and along the entire Northern
frontier from Seattle to Bangor Wher
ever the towfis or camps are widely
scattered implying I suppose that
where laundries are scarce and poor
there is a demand for paper collars
The largest shipments however go
into the lumber districts of Minnesota
and Wisconsin where the men wear an
outlandish costume peculiar to the re
gion and not to be found elsewhere on
the continent Their Sunday trousers
for instance are generally plaids seven
or eight inches square in the brightest
colors imaginable their hats are in
solid red blue green or purple and a
paper collar on a fancy flannel shirt is
considered a very effective combina
tion 4
Thousands of gross go to dealers in
the small towns throughout the timber
belt up there and almost as many are
sent into the Adirondack counties of
Northern New York Vermont New
Hampshire and Maine I noticed that
there was an especially large and
steady demand from the maple sugar
district in fact there seems to be some
sort of mysterious affinity between pa
per collars and forests leading people
who earn their livelihood in the great
woods to yearn for paper collars when
they dress up It would be a nice
problem for students Still another sec
tion where the sales have been enor
mous is in the northern end of Nebras
ka where the country is settled up al
most entirely by Swedes and Norwe
gians I was amused in looking over
the order book of one of the big facto
ries to note that the collars sent to
Nebraswa were all of one pattern a pe
culiarly hideous narrow little turned
over the design of which must have
been imported from Europe I have
seen pictures of Baltic peasants wear
ing such chokers but have never en
countered one in the life To return
to the point in reference to an increase
in the demand I know positively that
it has almost doubled since the 1st of
August and that several new factories
are now in course of equipment Where
the new trade comes froml havent the
least idea New Orleans
Mersrentjlaler Perfects Baslcet THTaking
Maclljine Just Before lie Dies
In the summer of 1S9S Ottinar Mer
genthaler the inventor of the linotype
machine who died in Baltimore recent
ly spent two clays at Painesville Ohio
studying the working of a basket ma
chine which he afterward modified and
improved and which was the last work
completed just before his death The
machine as completed is as much a rev
olution in basket making as the lino
type has proved to be in typesetting
Where an expert operator formerly pro
duced 300 grape baskets daily by hand
the same operator with the machine
000 baskets daily and these machine-
made baskets are said to be superior in
every way to the hand made article
The machine is of one horse power
and can easily be attended by a girl
its capacity being the same as that of
twelveJiand operators It is practicably
a self feeding machine iis the supplies
of bottoms strips for the sides and
bands are placed in stocks near enough
for the wonderful iron hands to reach
out and wize aud while one watche3
these wonderful hands reach out for
the material the basket is finished and
the machine as it were holds Its
breath or rather its hands for a sec
ond -while the basket is delivered when
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A Xiarxe and Notable Asaeniblace of
Christian Workers Much Important
Business to Be Transncted MeaBwrea
Which May Mark Innovations
One of the largest and most notable
gatherings of Christian workers ever held
assembled in Chicago Wednesday when
the twenty third delegated general confer
ence of the Methodist Episcopal Church
began its session which will continue
throughout the month About 050 dele
gates are in attendance and there is a
large representation of laymen Dele
gates have come from all parts- of the
world including four from Germany two
from Italy two from Norway two frorii
Sweden two from Switzerland two froin
Liberia six from India four fitom China
two from Japan two from Mexico and
two from South America and the list of
laymen embraces many Methodist leaders
of distinction and eminence
The general conference whudi is the
highest legislative and administrative
body of the church acts on behalf of a
constituency of nearly- 3000000 and an
organization embracing nearly 1S000
ministers and 14000 local preachers The
delegates at the conference naturalry in
clude the most able and experienced of
church workers and they came from
widely remote regions from all parts of
this country and Canada from Germany
from Europe and eyen from the orient
The work which this body must per
form is arduous and includes besides
the consideration of questions affecting
the general policy of the church the elec
tion of bishops and the administration of
the immense business involved in tlie con
duct of church finances and the various
enterprises in which the church is engag
ed This year moreover seTeral ques
tions of vital importance and unusual in
terest will come up for settlement Some
of these contemplate measures which
would mark an innovation upon the ac
cepted policy of the church A new con
stitution will be considered the question
of lay equality lias been brought for
ward much time and attention probably
will be given to the subject of the time
limit now placed upon the pastoral term
And among other things the conference
is expected to witness a wrarm debate
between the conservative and the liberal
elements upon the question of amuse
ments and the advisability of abolishing
certain restrictions regarding card play
ing dancing and other similar pastimes
Both on account of the character of the
work to be performed and the eminence
of the representatives assembled the ses
sions of the conference will be of wide
general interest by no means confined to
the church constituency The business
to be done is as formidably complicated
in variety and derail as that transacted
in an ordinary session of Congress
Bishop Merrill Presides
Bishop Thomas Bowman called the con
ference to order in the great Auditorium
and presided over the half hour religious
service Then he laid down the gavel and
Bishop Merrill the senior effective bishop
tookhis place and announced the opening
of the business session David S Mon
roe who has been secretary of four con
ferences then called the roll of districts
and delegates in alphabetical order
The provisional delegates were admit
ted without a contest There were 157
provisional delegates elected to fill up
the disparity in their proportional repre
sentation Only eighty five however re
sponded to the roll call following their
admission The limited lay representa
tion gave the pews 215 votes Four min
isterial delegates were absent As the
roll was made up on the opening day
there are 3G5 preachers and 23G laymen
on the regular list
Without a dissenting vote the confer
ence at its first session ratified the action
of the annual conference in extending
equdl representation to the laity The
pulpit and the pew share equally in the
highest governmental body of the Meth
odist Church The ministers were more
enthusiastic over the loss of their au
thority than the laymen over their addi
tional powers The victory was celebrat
ed by singing the doxology The Old
Hundred is the battle hymn of the Meth
odists It announces the conversion of
the penitent at the revival It is the pean
of rejoicing when a church debt has been
raised It is the safety valve of pent up
enthusiasm It rang through the vaulted
chamber of the Chicago Auditorium in a
roar that drowned the roll of the organ
The step taken makes the Methodist
Church a democratic body the rule of
the preacher passes with the century
The episcopacy in the church long since
has been restricted to a superintendence
without any authority beyond the placing
of ministers and suggestions to the gen
eral and annual conferences
The bishops address was read to the
conference Thursday It deals with the
state of the church and the progress of
the past four years The committees
were announced and organized All the
proposed revisions of the book of disci
pline especially those relating to amuse
ments and dress and creation of bishops
with limited powers were initiated Thurs
day by resolutions that were referred to
Neivs of Minor Note
Newport is expecting a crush of noble
lords of high degree this summer
Gertrude Ddspaines 25 of Chicago
died from ptomaine poisoning in New
Homicides in South Carolina have aver
aged over 200 a year for the last five
Republicans at Boston indorsed Secre
tary of the Navy Long for the Vice Pres
The plague has appeared in the Tava
rood district of Persia 195 deaths being
Fifty thousand dollars worth of auto
mobiles have been shipped to Havana
The torpedo boat destroyer Farragut
will make its first real sea cruise- from
San Francisco to San Diego
Because girls devote too much time to
gossip men will replace thvem as operators
in Paris telephone stations
Atlantic liners leaving New York are
by no means crowded despite predictions
of a rush to the Paris exposition
M Coquelin and Mme Bernhardt will
tour America after the Paris exposi
tion with Cyrano de Bergerac
Wet Weather Does Considerable Dam
age in Many States
The most unfavorable features of last
tveek asgiven by the crop division of the
Weather bureau were the excessive rains
in the Southern States and the unseason
able iovr temperatures over the central
and southern plateau and Pacific coast re
gions A large part of Texas Inchiding
the region of the great Hood of June
July 1899r has received from two to
more than seven inches of rain washing
out and inundating crops to a great ex
tent over the central aud southern por
tions of the State Too much rain has
generally retarded farm work in the
States of the Missouri valley and middle
Rocky Monntain slope
Eastward of the Mississippi river corn
planting and preparrions therefor have
progressed rapidly planting being in pro
gress as far north as the central portions
of Illinois Indiana and Ohio and in West
Virginia and Maryland Some corn has
beca planted in southern Jowaand plant
ing will be general the coming week On
account of wet weather little ccyrn was
planted in Nebraska and planting has
been retarded in Missouri and Kansas
In Kansas and Texas and portions of
Mississippi Arkansas and Alabama much
replanting will be necessary as a result of
Further improvement is generally re
ported in the condition of winter wheat
although in Michigan and Wisconsin
farmers are continuing to plow up wheat
fields for other crops The crop is now
heading- as far north as Tennessee Ar
kansas and Oklahoma In central and
northern California high winds have been
unfavorable but the crop has been im
proved by rains in the southern part of
the State All reports indicate that spring
Avheat is coming up finely and making
excellent growth Seeding is now prac
tically completed except in North Da
Filipinos Twenty Victims at Catubijr
Avenjjeu by Comrades
Further details of the fighting at Catu
bug Island of Samar in which twenty
Americans were killed and two wounded
have been received The American gar
rison of Catubig Island of Samar con
sisting of thirty men belonging to the
Forty third regiment was attacked by
rebels Twenty of the Americans were
killed The remainder were rescued
The Americans were quartered in the
Ctitubig Church which the enemy num
bering several hundred men surrounded
and fiercely attacked The Americans
fought for two days and then the rebels
managed to ignite the roof of the church
and it burned away and finally fell upon
those inside the edifice The walls re
mained intact however and were used as
a shelter by the besieged Americans for
three days longer the enemy attacking
the building on all sides at once The
Americans continued firing from the win
dows and doors of the church and did
great execution among the Filipinos It
is estimated that over 200 of the latter
were killed many dead bodies being re
moved from the scene of the fighting
After five days resistance by the Amer
icans a lieutenant and eight men arrived
from Laoan and engaged the besiegers
who thereupon retired The fortunate ar
rival of these re enforcements prevented
the annihilation of the American force in
trenched in the church who hau repeated
ly declined to surrender when ordered to
do so by the Filipinos The ten surviv
ors were without food had little ammuni
tion and were physically exhausted when
House Adopts Measure by a Vote of
225 to 35
After a stormy debate which developed
much bad blood and nearly provoked sev
eral physicalencounters the Nicaraguan
canal bill passed the House late Wednes
day afternoon by the remarkable vote of
225 to 35 Democrats and Republicans
vied with each other in an effort to get
on record in favor of the waterway that
is to connect the Atlantic with the Pa
cific The only party division during the
two days debate was over the committee
amendments substituting the word de
fense for iortifications The Demo
crats voted almost solidly for fortifica
tions claiming that the Clayton Bulwer
treaty was dead The Republicans stood
by the committee on interstate and for
eign commerce A motion to recommit
the bill with instructions to report back
another bill leaving the selection of the
route to the President was buried under
an adverse majority of 52 to 171
The passage of the Niciragua canal bill
by the House does not mean that the bill
will become a law A Washington corre
spondent declares that the Senate will not
pass it at this session and may not con
sider it
The severe strain of university duties
has compelled President Hadley of Yale
to take a rest of a month in the South
Mrs Caroline S Tilden of New Or
leans has given 50000 to Tulane Uni
versity of Louisiana for a library build
The School of Political Science at Co
lumbia has opened a course to fit young
men for the Government service particu
larly in the new colonies
At the University of Nebraska a tabu
lation of the churches represented among
2005 students was made recently There
were found 155 Baptists 60 Catholics
220 Congregationalists 102 Episcopa
lians 70 Lutherans 458 Methodists 302
Presbyterians and smaller numbers rep
resenting other denominations Two
hundred and fifty gave no information
regarding their church relationship and
seventy were- not adherents to any
Dr John Guiteras has been appointed
to the chair of intertropical pathology
which has just been created in the Uni
versity of Havana Cuba
Prof Edward Everett Hale Jr of
Union College is to take the place of
Prof Frank H Stoddard in the historical
department of the New York University
summer school this year
President Sierra of Honduras has con
ceded to Harvard University the charge
of the ruins of Copan and its islands for
a period of ten years with the Tight to
make excavations and remove any inter
esting things discovered to Cambridge
SI Hnnu
One of the most prominent figures in
the political life of the national capital
is Senator James K Jones of Arkansas
chairman of the
sentntives in 1SS1
Democratic jiation
al committee Mr
Jones is regarded
by his colleagues as
a man of sound
ideas and great po
litical sagacity He
is one of the vet
erans of Congress
lnvinr none to
Washington as- a
member of the
House of
He served two terms
in tho lower house and then was ad
vanced to the Senate of which he has
been a member fourteen years Senator
Jones is a Mississippian by birth but
since boyhood has lived at Washington
Hempstead County Ark He served as
a private in the Confederate army
throughout the war and at its close went
back to the humble life of a planter At
the age of 34 he began the practice of
law and at the same time entered politics
being elected to the State Senate in 1873
He was president of that body during one
term He has long beenregarfied as the
most influential man in Arkansas poli
Four widows of revolutionary veterans
are still on the pension roll although the
war of the revolution ended 120 years
ago They range in age from S3 to 90
Seven daughters of revolutionary soldiers
are still drawing pensions Of the G9
000000 which has been paid in revolu
tionary pensions 20000000 was drawn
by widows One pensioned survivor of
the war of 1S12 remains He is Hiram
Cronk 99 years old and his home is in
northwestern New York The last pen
sioned soldier of the revolution did not
die until 1S09 He was 109 years G
months and S days old He lived in Free
dom N Y More widows than soldiers
of the war of 1812 were pensioned In
that war 290916 soldiers served sixty
days or more The pensioned were 30
000 soldiers and 35000 widows To the
sole survivor of the war of 1812 the Gov
ernment is now paying 193 a year and
to widows of that war 293097 To Mex
ican veterans the payments now are 1-
107594 and to widows of Mexican war
soldiers 818067 On the Union side the
enlistments for the civil war were 2778
394 Of these there died in service 349-
944 The pensions paid on account of
the civil war amount to 2300000000
and there are now on the pension rolls
991519 veterans and widows The pen
sioners who died last year numbered 14-
066 At the rate the veterans are dying
it is estimated there will be reduction
of the pensions to S0000000 in the net
fifteen years a little mote than one half
of the present annual appropriation
Since the present system of money was
adopted in 1866 the United States has is
sued a grand total of 8152621108 in
United States notes treasury notes gold
silver and currency certificates and other
forms of paper currency of which 7
2506S34S9 has been presented for re
demption leaving outstanding 901937
619 How much of this money is actually
in circulation and what proportion of if
has been permanently lost worn out or
destroyed can only be conjectured United
States notes or greenbacks have been is
sued to the amount of 2997189808 and
265050S792 has been presented for re
demption leaving 346GS1016 outstand
ing The latter sum is daily reported to
be the amount of greenbacks in circula
tion but striking an average in the opin
ions Nof the treasury experts as to the
amount lost and destroyed the actual
value of greenbacks outstanding is not
more than 332000000 and is growing
smaller evory year
Speaker Henderson wears a wooden leg
and uses a heavy walking stick He was
wounded at the battle of Shiloh and the
injuired lug was cut off on the battlefield
to save his life Thcrsurgeons made a bad
job of it the wound never healed ahdt
the Speaker has been subjected to four
operations upon the Stump since the last
about two years ago On that occasion
he declined to take ether and sat upon
the operating table directing the sur
geons As the three former operations
had been unsuccessful he was determin
ed that the fourth attempt should not fail
and his supervision did not bring bad e
sults because the stump has troubled
him less since the operation was perforin
ed V
At the close of the last fiscal year tfie e
were 2617 railway iriaif routes ofa fStal
length of 17672095- miles ov Qr whfch
the mail cars traveled that year 2S759l
26921 miles The Government iTaid for
the railway postoffice cars 41757246
and for the transportation of the mails
31942150S8jr a total to the railroads
of 3611787574 which was an average
of 12i cents per mile- for transportation
and jpostal cars combined li cents a
mile for the cars alone
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Congressman King the successor of
Brigham H Roberts of Utah who was
not permitted to take his seat in Con
gress on the ground that he was a big
amist has undertaken to convince his col
leagues that his predecessor should be
recompensed for certain of his disburse-
ments made in the endeavor to obtaini
his seat T
The labor bureau has completed a very cv
important investigation bearing upon the
subject of trusts and the effect of the-
consolidation of industries upon wages
The results will be published in the July
bulletin Detailed and accurate informa
tion has been obtained of the variation in
wages paid to the different trades from
to the 1st of January 1900 The
report will be a very interesting and valu
able contribution to the discussionnow
going on -
Dont get Ktlght becnse monty ta

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