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8OWA FIREMEN'S STATE ASSO CIATION TO MEET. Big Days at Sioux City , Iowa , on June 18 , IB , 20 , fll , 1007 $3,500 in Cash Purses JJarge Attendance "Expected. Arrangements are rapidly beinj. Completed for the state tournament of tthe Iowa Firemen's State association , -which is to be held at the fair grounds in Sioux City , la. , on June 18 , 19 , 20 , 21 , 1907. It is anticipated that at least 2,500 "smoke eaters" will attend the tournament and some close and - exciting contests are looked for. The principal cities of Iowa will bo represented at the tournament by the : .paid departments , and there will also be a number of volunteer teams pres- -ent. Ilaces will be provided for each -class , making it interesting for all. There will be races between paid de partments , showing companies in their stations , horses in their stalls , men -in their bunks. Alarm is given , de- Apartment makes hitch , run one-hall ; mile and lay hose , giving a complete .reproduction of a run to a fire. Another interesting feature of the tournament will be illuminated street runs of the Sioux City fire department , -which will be spectacular and exciting. Program. Tuesday , the 18th , will be given over rte the reception of the firemen , and the meeting of the board of control ; Ther6 will be no races that day , but plenty of them the next three days , as .follows : ' Wednesday , June 19. 10:00 a. m.Grand parade. -Largest department from any one > -city , local department barred , first -.prize , 5100 ; second prize , $50. The best appearing company from any city , with or without appa ratus , first prize , $50 ; second prize. # 25. j JBvery company entering any of thf- congests of this tournament must join In this grand parade. 1:00 p. m. Straight-away hose irace , hub and hub , first prize , $50 ; second /ond prize , $30 ; third prize , $20. 2tOQ p. m. Amateur hose race , first jprize. , 565 ; second prize , $45 ; third , $25 ; fourth prize , $15. 3:00 p. m. Flag race , first prize , ; second prize , $25 ; third prize , $15. 3:30 p. m. State paid fire depart ment race , first prize , $200 ; second j5 > rize , $125 third prize , $75. -J.:50 . m. Tug of war , first prize , trope -and $25 ; second prize , $15. 7:30 p. m. Meeting of Iowa State firemen's association at headquarters. Thursday , Juno 20. 2:00 p. m. Hook and ladder race , jfirst prize , $100 ; second prize , $50. 2:30 p. mj First state race , first tprize , cup and $100 ; second prize , $70 ; -Third prize , $60 ; fourth prize , $35 ; TFlfth prize , $25. 3:00 p. m. Paid fire department 'tffree-lor-all. Open to the world. First eyrlze , $400 ; second prize , $200 ; third $100. 3:00 p. m. Running coupling con gest. Two gold medals ; one for coup- vier and one for pipeman. 3:30 p. m Hub and hub race be tween two teams making slowest time " , fn amateur hose race , first prize , $35 ; . -second prize , $15. 4:00 p. m. Fire company drill , corps , first -prize , $100 ; second prize , 5:00 p. m. Ladder climbing contest , medal. 7:30 p. m. Meeting of Iowa State firemen's association at headquarters. Friday , June 21. ' 2:00 p. m. Second state hose race , sfirst prize , cup and $100 ; second p ze 570 ; third prize , $60 ; fourth prize , r$35 ; fifth prize , $25. 2:30 p. m. Paid fire department iiub and hub race , first prize , $100 ; -second prize , $50. 3:00 p. m. Xovelty hub and hub Those race , first prize , $75 ; second rize , $50 ; third prize , $25 ; fourth -rprize , $15. 3:30 p. m. . Hitching contest , first -prize , $30 ; second prize , $20. 4:00 p. m. Hub and hub race be tween the two teams making fastest rlime at tournament , first prize , $25 ; -second prize , $15. .5 00 p. m. Leaders * foot race , med als , first , gold medal , value * 25 : second - . > end , silver medal , value $15. There is perhaps nothing more interesting - - teresting to the average person than : ihe sight of our brave laddies in their -.fierce fights with their enemy , fire. ; jCowhere can one obtain a better ' chance to see the different phases oi 'J -he work than at one of these tourna- -snents. Reduced rates have been secured on -jail railroads , and there should be a Tlarge attendance from the territory /surrounding Sioux City. Music will be furnished by Reed'a , of Sioux City. Found tae Vest. Little David has always been r . .girded by his doting relatives as par .fticularly clever. Still , says a write * tin the Philadelphia Ledger , he rathe ) himself when a rough-lookini Invaded the yard one afternooi . ; and asked him where his father kep1 jhis money. "It's In his vest in the kitchen , " ra -.plied David. A few minutes later the tramp carat rtbrough the kitchen doorway in J ' 'Siurry , much battered and torn. "Smart kid , dat ! " he muttered "Never said a .word about de old mai * d vest" Bad us u. iflr. JChere was once a sporty old Mr. Went to call on another man's Sr. 33e dyed bis mustache , "ffo make a big mache And left his trademark where he Kr. New York Globe. I'uxrled. Johnnie What does that notice say - over there , mother ? Mother It says , "No dogs admitted. " Johnnie But the ' dogs can't read , _ 4caa they ? How are they to know ? DWOBCED. flU' ! . . ! ! " ' ' , ! ! ! ! ' FIENDISH WRECK PLOT. Soawt L.IJIC Jjimitccl Hurled from Trestle A'ear LiO.s AngclcM. A fiendish train-wrecking plot was perpetrated near Los Angeles , Cal. , that resulted in the death of one man and the injury of twenty-two persons. Train No. 20 , one of the Southern Pacific's coast line flyers , Tuesday night was hurled from 'the tracks on a trestle at West Glendale by the delib erate work of murderous , train wreck ers. Seven cars plungedyoff the tres tle , while the train was inaking forty miles an hour , falling sir-teen feet to the bottom of a gulch. In accomplishing the wreck of the train , which was the "Coast Line Limited , " a devilish ingenuity was ex ercised. At a point on a trestle over the Arroyo Secbthe fishplates and bolts of two connecting rails on the south-bound track had been removed , and in the apertures whence the bolts were taken strands of heavy wire were fastened abthe end of each rail. From the appearance of the track after the wreck it was evident that some person hidden on a hillside close -to the tres tle 'had pulled the wire as the train approached and spread the rails out ward toward the edge of the trestle. The train , three hours late , was traveling at a rate of between thirty- five and forty miles an hour. The en gine wheels were first to leave the rails and the engine took to the ties , trav eling nearly 100 yards before itwas brought to a standstill. The tender , the diner , two Pullmans , the buffet , mail and baggage cars plunged over the edge of the trestle , falling a distance of sixteen feet The buffet car , the express car , and one of the Pullmans were turned upside down and the others landed on their sides. All were badly crushed and splintered. INVADING MEXICO. American. Farmers Arc Benefiting Themselves and the Greasers. More tban a hundred families from the United States have gone into the republic of Mexico during the last thirty flays to develop farming lands along the flortbern border. They took their household effects and went to live just like they have been liv ing in the United States. This is some thing of a departure from the plan here tofore followed with but indifferent suc cess by people from the States who have gone to live on farms in Mexico. The old plan was to form colonies. The colony proposition was not a great success. It was due more to the failure of the colonists to agree and adapt them selves to their environment than to any other cause that the colonies were not successful. It has been discovered by the pioneer Americans on farms of Mexico that con ditions in the republic are stable and there is no need for colonies. So indi vidual American families are now locat ing themselves on haciendas in Mexico just as they used to do in the West. They are becoming neighbors to the Mex ican families and each is learning some thing to advantage from the other. So far as the experiment of ! individual effort at farming in Mexico by Americans has gone , it has proven successful. The cotton-growing possibilities of the repub lic have never been appreciated by the people beyond the Rio Grande , and in this one line there promises to be great profit for the American farmers who un derstand growing the staple. The high price of cotton is an inducement to these farmers to plant cotton. The Mexicans are learning the Ameri can style of agriculture from their neigh bors from the States , and the general result of immigration of families of farm ers from the United States to occupy the cheap lands of Mexico promises to be very good. STORM AND TIDAL WAVE. Immense I oss of Life from Hurri cane that Svreeps Caroline Isles. A dispatch from Sydney , N. S. W. , says a report has reached there that a hurricane and tidal wave swept over the Caroline Islands. Immense damage was done to property and 200 persons are reported killed. The Caroline Islands belong to Ger many and consist of about 500 coral islets , in the Pacific ocean , of which Po- nape is the seat of government. The population Is chiefly of Malay origin , with some Chinese and Japanese. The chief export is copra. Francis Emory Warren , who is to rep resent Wyoming for the fourth time in the Senate , is a native of New England. He was a private art 17 in the Forty-ninth Massachusetts volunteers. He is one of the most extensive stock raisers in bis adopted Sta * MOB SLAYS WOMAN AND CHILD. Lives Lost in Kace Conflict in Geor gia Shots on Uoth Slile.i. At Reidsville , Ga. , a mob included a colored woman and children among its victims at a "lynching. " One white man and four colored persons were killed and seven are on the injured list as a result of an effort to capture a colored man who attempted to attack Mrs. Laura Moore , a widow living near Manassas. Fifteen persons surrounded the house of Sam Padgett , whom they sus pected of harboring the colored man , and demanded to be allowed to search the 'home. Permission was given , but when within thirty feet of tUe house those inside the building opened fire on the posse , instantly killing Hare and wounding Pierson , Daniel and Ken nedy. The posse then returned the fire , killing Padgett and his 10-year- old daughter and wounding two other girls , aged G and 13 , and two of Pad gett's sons , aged 20 and 22. The colored man who shot Hare was started for Reidsville jail , together with Padgett's wife and son , who also were caught. On the way the officers were overtaken by about seventy-five men , who took the prisoners from them. The woman was told to run , and as sbe did so she was riddled with bullets , her son being shot to pieces where he stood. The other pris oner was jailed. WAGES ON THE CANAL. Secretary Taft Affirms Rates of Pa > and Hours of Labor. The decision of Secretary Taft affirm ing rates of pay , hours of labor , etc. , for men employed on the Panama canal work applies especially to steam shovel men , construction train engineers and conduc tors. The shovel men wanted higher wages , as follews : Engineers , from $210 to $300 a month ; cranesmen , from $185 to $250 ; firemen , from $83.33 to $110. The Secretary rules that the present rates are high enough "after comparing the advan tages which the isthmian shovel men have over their brothers in the States , with the disadvantages which they have to bear in living on the isthmus. " He explains that the present basis is from 25 to 35 per cent higher than the average in this country , while the canal men get steady work twelve months in the year , six weeks' leave with pay , twenty days' sick leave , lodging free , and the married men water , fuel and light at the public ex pense , free medical attendance and an eight-hour day. He says further that yellow fever has been stamped out and the sick rate greatly reduced. Although denying that the contracts with the men contain any promise of a gradual increase of pay , he has recommended a yearly in crease of 3 per cent to skilled men. The wages of the construction train en gineers are advanced to ? 210 , as re- ? aw , v quested. As to dismissals , the Secretary has ap proved a plan whereby final and summary action will rest with a committee consist ing of one representative of the craft con cerned , one of the foremen and one of tha commission. A May queen in flannels and furs bah ! Ellen Terry has become a bride at 59. Terryble ! This year's spring weather was ship ped to us by slow freight. The would-be assassins in Central America need a lot of target practice. France is going to examine our meats by microscope. Another case of seein' things. A Hoboken divorce suit hinges on the quality of the wife's , doughnuts. They were not like mother used to make. The Hon. Abe Ruef doesn't believe he can get a fair trial in San Francisco , but hardly anybody will blame San Fran cisco. The new San Francisco is reported to be "two-thirds finished. " Boss Ruef was caught before he could quite complete it. Growing a garden should properly be classed as one of the luxuries , rather than one of the economies , of modern civiliza tion. tion.Suburban Suburban gardening is again impress ing itself upon the public mind as one of our most ponderous national extrava gances. Commander Peary has succeeded in loading his proposed North Pofe expedi tion with everything except the funds necessary to make it go. 1 X They are marching down the street to-day Wst With their tattered flags above. And beside the column the busy throng Pauses a space as they march along On their mission of peace and love. tft The brows are wrinkled , the forms are bent rv That follow the drum and flfe ; And flowers of springtime fill the hands That once held rifles and flashing brands In the iDng-past years of strife. Though some are feeble anct some are hale , Time's hand has touched each head ; c But to-day they step with a martial awing , For the Stars and Stripes are beckoning , As of yore , to a place of dead. For these are the men of Gettysburg Ard Shlloh's bloody flght ; The men of a thousand fields of war , Who pledged their lives to the flag they bore , For Union and the right. Body and spirit they offered then , Free at the Nations call ; Now they are weary and few and old. Know we the worth of the trust Ke hold , We , who are heirs to all ? After Many Years "Now , Miss Jinney , you is alus a want- in' a story about dem tryin' times in Ole Caroliney , an' I's jes don' tole ye all I knowed ober and ober agin. " And our own colored cook , 'Tilda Jack son , knocked the ashes out of her pipe on the hearth of the kitchen range , which to us children was a preliminary sign that old 'Tilda held in reserve one of her reminiscences of her life on the Old Car ter plantation , near the city of Charles ton , and of the Civil War. We children , my sister and I , used to love to steal down to her especial do main in the gloaming , and tease for a story of that enchanted land of flowers , and especially of those battles fought near the Carter place , and of which the old negress was an eye witness. Refilling her pipe , and settling herself in her easy chair , she continued : "I jes' done recolmember one moah ob. dem yarns , but it's erbout how my ole missus kep Decoration Day all by her lone self , an' how she done put posies on one grave fur fifteen long years afore she found out who de poah young fella was. " Here old Tilda stopped and lighted her pipe , puffed away with a retrospective glance at us two girlsas we crept closer to this oracle in ebony , and , having stim ulated our curiosity , she continued : "Wai , jes' a couple o' days after dat ere big fight at Charleston my ole man , Lige Jackson , he was down back o' de field a cuttin * bresban' all at once I seen him drop the ax _ an' start fur de jjQuse on a run. An * I was dat scart I let aejoap ; boll over , case I was makin' soap jou , 13..de l& d _ jyi. ' 5.5.bound dat 2'snake had bit him , or he had got a lick wid de ax fur Lige was de laziest niggah in de whole kentry , an' I knowed some thing had happened when I seen him git such a move on to him. An' shore enough , when he came up , all out of breff , I knowed it was time to git scart , jm' says he : ' 'iTldy , tell de missus da'r's a sojier lyin' down dar back.ob de fence , by de run , an' I reckon be is pov/ful bad hurt , 'case he's a grownin' an' done seem to sense notin' . ' "Wai , my missus wan't berry ole in dem days , but she was jus' done fading lake a putty posey , along ob dat dread ful wah , expecting to heah dat de cunnel was killed , an * all de oder trouble erbout de niggas gittin' free , wid de place half woked an' fust one army takin' rations and den de oder till it 'pears like day wasent much lef. Wall , I jis pulled de stick from under dat soap kittle an' run round to de front porch , whar missus was sittin' , an' tole her what Lige seen. She got right up au' made Lige an' ole Minkey , de coachman , go and brung dat fellah to de house. ' pooh Slip an' me a fixin' up a bed fur him while dey is gone. "Byenby dey teats him in an' lays him in It. He was outen his hade lake , an * missus send right off fur a doctor , and he foun' he was shot in de side , de ball goin' roun' by de spine , an' he say dat air pooh boy dun got he death blow , and de doctor reckon he was eider shot while on picket duty or had dropped be hind when he dun got hurt , while de army inarched on an' let' him. Anyway , dar he was , an' he doant know nobody ner nothing , an' de doctor say he was par- lised , so he couldent even move his pooh tongue. "Wall , missus an' me nussed him till we both pretty nigh dun drop iu our tracks fur a week. Den at las' he dun went home to glory , as de sun was set- tin' lake in a sea of fiah. "But jis' afore he breaved his las' he kinda com'd to his senses , an' kep' a lookin' at missus an' he try'd so mighty hard to speak an' was dat distressed bt couldn't , de big tears roll outen his handsome black eyes an' roll down his cheeks dat was as white as de sheet , an' de sweat lay so cole an' thick on his hade dat his pretty dark curls looked like dey were don got dipped in de rain water barrl. "De missus take his ban' an' say : " 'Nebber mine , de lovin' Jesus knows jes' what ye want to say , ' an' would help bun ter make her en'stan' , anyway she would dun find out who his folks war an' write 'em all'about how he fit an' died duin' his duty , or what he thought war his duty. "Den he kept looking at his pooh ragged clothes , dat was a hangin' whar he could see 'em , till missus takes de hint from his appealin' eyes , and goes 'and hunts through de pockets. She dun found nothin' but a little Bible , an' when she bring it to him his eyes jes shine , lake de stars in de night , an' missus opened it an' a leetle tintype of a putty young thing a holdin' a little baby er about a year old drapped out , an' then he looked so glad. Missus axed him ef dat war his wife an' baby , an * he nodded yas , an' den missus say : 'I kin find dem by 'vertisin' in de newspapers , an * I tink I dun know what ye want me to tell dem , ' an' den she see dat he was satis fied , an' his poor eyes was loosin' deir light. She dun took his ban' in hers , an' sang lake an' angel dat pretty hymn about : " 'All my trus' on de is staid. ' "Dar was two or three verses , but I disremember 'em. Anyway while she was singing de gates ob glory opened and tuk dot poor boy in. "Ef he war fightin' on de wrong side he dident dun know it. He just did his duty as he had learned it from older hades. So de missus had him laid to res' up in de grove back of de house , an' ebery Decoration Day she dun put posies on dat lone grabe , rain or shine , sick or well. " "Did she ever advertise ? " asked Jen nie , wiping the tears out of her eyes. "Deed she did ! an' fur years she war tryin' to fine dem folks ob hisen , till It went on fur nigh on ter fifteen years. De wan was dun , de niggars all free , Massah Carter loss an arm a fightin' agin It , an' his only chile , young Massa John , war growed up to b _ a man , Jin * like his " ma , as putty as "a picter , and oat smart dat he run de plantation his own _ seTFj. Iefell6 e nio5aDS to work dat war good 7ur anything , an' let de triflin' ones go. . .a3 , . , _ . . * "Wall , cler used to be lots of company" allus a "comin' up from Charleston , an' one day in May dar war Massa John's cousin , Miss Liddy Carter , dun come out to de plantation ter make a visit , an' she brung erlong a young school friend' , Nellie Munson , an * she was as putty as a picter , with eyes as black as de night when de moon don't shine , an' de color ob her cheeks war like de roses iu de gardin. "Wall , such' time as dem young critters had. Day was boatin' an' fishfa' , an' hossbnck ridin' ebery day ob der lives. Wai , one sweet , putty morning my ole missus say. dis is Decoration Day ; ef you young ladies want to go wid me to put flowers on my grabe , I would like yer company. Miss" Liddy she jes' dun streach herself outen de hammock on de veranda , an' she say : " 'Scuse me , aunty. I'm awful tired of dat grabe ; eber since I was a baby I recolmember it. ' "Bat Miss Nellie she dun jump up an' say : " 'Please let me go , I've dun hear how good you war to dat poah sojier an' I know some day you will git your re ward. ' So she an' missus walked off in de bright sunshine , de bees war a huinmin' and de birds a singin' , and dey carried a great baskit of posies de hun- ney suckle an * roses , an' jasaminc , an' Miss Nellie de prettiest flower of all in her white frock and sky blue sash. "Miss Liddy she- Fay dar swingin' in de bammak , arid Massa John , after a lit tle , gits up and starts for de grove , too. Den Miss Liddyla s > and sals kinder scornful lake : 'Is it Miss Nell or da grabe that takes you out dar dis hot mornin' ? " "He jes laugh back at her an * say : " 'Ob corse it's de grabe , dat's my 'lly eous duty , ye know , 'specially when dar'a a lovely young lady In de bargain. ' "De ole missus allus like to babe us all come up dar , too , so I war dar je ' as Mr. John got dar , an' , as usual , my mis sus opened dat sojier's Bible an * was jus' goin' ter read when Miss Nellie saw de leetle tintype , and she gabe a leetle cry lake , an * takin' it from de missus ban' sbe said : " 'Oh , Mrs. Carter , my ma has got jes such a picture , an' it's hers and mine when I was a baby. ' Den she laid her haid down into missus' lap" an' began ter cry , an' she sobbed out dat her pa was in de wab , an' disappeared , an' day dun tried ebery way to fine out someting er bout him. Missus axe her what was her pas and mas name , an' she tole her dere names war 'George an' Lucy. ' An' missus opened de Bible , an' dar was writ on de leaf 'From Lucy to George. ' Den she took de poah young lady in her arms , an' said : ' "How wonderful are dy ways , oh , Lord ! " An' , my chile , dare under all dem flowers sleeps your father , an' In this peaceful spot. He has not been like a stranger , or neglected , so now in de Providence ob de good Lord , de dearest wish ob his heart is fulfilled. I trus' you will be comforted. ' "Massa John walked erway wipin' his eyes , an' ole missus read a comfortin' varse or two outen dat little Bible , an * we uns sang a hymn , and 'de decoration was ober fur dat day , an' missus said to all ob us : " 'Let dis yar teach yer a lesson ob faith. Do your duty , no matter how long de way is , or how dark de cloubds. ' "Wall , chil'en , it is time ye were in yer beds. It's jes erbout true , dis yarn. Ebery word is as true as de gospil. Yas , Miss Jinnie , dat are grabe is decorated ebery year when dis day comes aroun' , though de ole massa and missus la lyin' down beside dat young sojier boy , an' it's Miss Nellie's grabe now , for she dnn. gon' an marr'd Massa John , an' he jus' lubs de ground she walks on. De ole. missus lubed her , too , and you ought tea a seen what care Mjss Nellie djjat pk ob de ole mfssujT jn JTPT ] as' sickness , fur "month afore sne unwenTto her.reward , and she say ober"and" er again : v " 'No kind act is overlooked by de Mas ter ; an' , honey , I'm gittin' my pay now for honorin * de dead by a few flowers on a lonely grabe upon de day de nation1 set apart to 'memorate dose dat fell. ' " - , - * * r. - ' MEMORIAL DAY. St. Louis Chronicle. Although South America lias about twice the area of the United State * it baa onrr half the population.