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roiAfciln fc Laphom, Editors and Publishers. BELDING, MlCillGu'W. -- - The sherry cobbler is one kind of a shoehorn. Most men are too modest to ?dmU the size of their faults. ' Some men's charitable contributions are confined to suggestions. ' A bit in a horse's mouth doesn't pre vent him from getting hungry. The courtship of Romeo and Juliet discloses a spark of Shakespearean genius. ' Some people can't see what pleasure those who mind their own business find in living. Probably the happiest man in the world is the one who has Just Invested in his first wedding ring. France has no vice president, and probably doesn't know that this coun try is blessed with such an official. In attacking monopolies Gov. Pin gree carefully refrains from including his political monopoly in Michigan. Whatever country lands troops on the Philippines must make up Its mind to encounter a long list of robust troubles. The sad remnant of American In dians might get together and pass reso lutions that would be instructive to the Filipinos. Owing to the great distance Mr. Cleveland is from the democratic par ty, his wigwagging signals cannot be made out. An Ohio man is seeking a divorce because his wife refuses to talk. Some men haven't sense enough to let well enough alone. To meet the demands of the hour somebody should invent a blemish pow der that will remove green whiskers from embalmed beef. It didn't take Gomez very long to come down out of the mountains after he became assured that the $3,000,000 could really bo collected. ' Aguinaldo takes himself seriously, according to Consul Wildman. It now remains for Otis to take the young man by the nape of the neck. A rate war has been started by the Atlantic steamship lines, but it ha3 not as yet reached a point where a fried oyster is given with every ticket. The Indians who are. about to aban don the comparative civilization of the Indian Territory for the savagery of their ancient state in a Mexican wil derness, it is said, are buying bicycles on which to make the Journey to their new hunting grounds. And an enter prising company is building a trolley car line from Cairo to the Pyra mids. The most daring humorist never conceived a fancy more gro tesque than those two items of actual news. Topeka dispatches state that the Kansas legislature has determined to add to the state penitentiary a manu factory for the production of binding twine. A committee was sent to Min nesota to see how the twine factory was conducted there, and it returned with the most flattering reports. The action of the legislature meets with the hearty approbation of the Kansas farmers, for they have been buying a great deal of binding twine in the last two years. There is no twine made in the state, so that there would be no competition with free labor in Kansas, whatever it might be on the outside. The plant will turn out annually about 3,000,000 pounds of twine. The an nual consumption of the state i3 esti mated to be 25,000,000 pounds. One of our consuls in China reports to the state department that labor-saving devices are not wanted In that country. There is no demand for wheelbarrows, except occasionally for the conveyance of passengers, he says. Earth, or any heavy substance, is or dinarily carried by a coolie In two baskets hung on the ends of a bamboo rod balanced on his shoulders. Such a coolie, working from sunrise to sun set, receives what would be in our money about eight cents a day. A man is therefore cheaper than machinery. It is economy to supply the high-priced laborer with good tools in order that his efforts may go as far as possible. In the nations of the world where ma chinery and other labor-saving devices have reached their highest develop ment, the laborer is himself most valued and commands the highest wage. If it were not so, the ma chinery would not have been called Into existence. ' The governor of Indiana pays that large tracts of land In the state have been exhausted and abandoned, amounting in a single county to ten thousand acres. By deep plowing a?d proper fertilization those lands would again become fruitful. The richest silver veins in England were found only two yards beyond where the orig inal prospector abandoned his work as hopeless. The saddest of all failures are the not-qultc-enough. A little more courage, a little more top-dressing and a little deeper plowing will alter the whole face of the day's work. SCIENTIFIC TOPICS CURRENT NOTES OP DISCOV ERY AND INVENTION. Making Old Men Young Method of Ap ! plying Electricity la Bald to Have Re markable Reeulta Wild Dcatta Tamed bf Tobacco. To Lengthen Life. Dr. Julius Althaus claims to have discovered the philosopher's stone of the physiological world; in other words, he says that by suitable electri cal treatment old men can be made middle-aged, and middle-aged men can recover much of the flexibility, strength, and appearance of youth. His panacea is the galvanic current, which he applies to the brain in care fully regulated doses. He maintains that a week or two after the com mencement of such a treatment the energy of the system Is considerably enhanced. The old man takes fresh interest in the affairs of daily life and resumes work with some amount of vigor. He can take more exercise, he walks and stands more erectly, and he has a quicker digestion and a healthier sleep. He is no longer a nuisance to his friends, as his peevishness and irrit ability have given place to an even and contented temper. Not less grati fying to those who aro on the down ward grade of life i3 Dr. Althaus statement In regard to the treatment of the hair. He Insists that the growth of the hair is stimulated and even when gray or white it resumes, to a greater or less extent, its former brown or black color. In 100 cases treated the results of 40 per cent were noted as "very good;" In another 30 per cent as "fair" and in the last 30 per cent as insignificant. Dr. Althaus adds that in no case was the treatment entirely useless, and the function which was Improved In every case was that of walking. Dr. Althaus protests against the treatment being abandoned without a long and patient trial, for the longer it Is maintained the better are the general results. He has come to the conclusion that If old people receive, about the sixtieth or sixty-fifth year, or Indeed at any time when age has begun decidedly to tell upon them, proper and minutely carried out appli cations of electricity to the braln, either dally, or every other day, for some time, they may keep the facul ties fairly well until the age of 80 or 90, unless the case should be compli cated with serious organic disease of the nervous system, or other important organs, such as paralysis, agltans, in sular scelerosls, cancer, contracted granular kidney, fatty degeneration of the heart, etc. The letting loose upon the public of sensational stories as to the marvelous virtues of high tension currents, for in stance, in the scouring from the body, and the casting out to the distance of four or five feet of the microbes of the system, which has of late not been in frequent, has created some incredulity in the average mind as to the thera peutic value of electrical treatment, and possibly Dr. Althaus' theories may come In for their share of this distrust. At the same time, many of the physi ological effects of the various kinds of electric current are not yet known, and some discoveries In electro-therapeutic application are now being made by a leading scientific worker In this country which are not in any de gree less remarkable than the develop ment attributed to Dr. Althaus. Net Effsr Teeter. - For years It has been the custom of marketmen to determine whether eggs are fresh or not by the candle test. They would take the samples into the cellar or some dark closet and allow the light of the candle to shine through them. Thus they could "tell the con dition of each egg examined. No sim pler test could be devised, but the method of applying It was crude and old-fashioned. Several electrical de vices have been invented for the pur pose, but they involve too many extra expenses for the marketman. A simple lamp for "candling" eggs has Just been patented which enables a dealer to make the tests in any subdued light An ordinary kerosene burning lamp, backed by a strong re flector, furnishes the rays. The front of the lamp Is shielded by an upright of black Japanned tin, supplied with a broad, stubby spout, into the end of which the egg Is laid. The light of the lamp is concentrated through that spout and the egg becomes almost transparent. The Power of a Crclone. Careful estimates of the force of a Cyclone and the energy required to keep a full fledged hurricane in active operation reveal the presence of a power that makes the mightiest efforts of man appear as nothing In compari son. A force fully equal to four hun dred and seventy-three million horse power was estimated as developed In a West 'Indian cyclone. This is about fifteen times the power that Is creat able by all means within the range af man's capabilities during the same Were steam, water, windmills and the strength of all men and all animals combined they could not at all ap proach the tremendous force exerted by this terrible storm. Convenient Clothea-Drlera. You need not have a back yard; neither will you need to mount to the roof to hang out your week's wash If you provide yourself with one of these convenient clothes-driers, which may be used indoors or out. It may be suspended outside any window, where it will easily take any ordinary wash. These driers weigh, according to their size, two, four or six pounds, carry ing, respectively, twenty, forty and sixty feet of line. Fumed by Tobacco. We have all heard the old wheeze of taming a Hon or tiger by steadily keeping your eye fixed on him. Ac cording to one of the keepers at Bar num's a more effective method is a cigar or cigarette. "Nearly every wild beast that I have ever come across," said this official to the writer the other day, "is fond of tobacco in some shape or form. I made this discovery quite accidentally. Once, when I was in America with tN show, one of the visitors who w smoking a cigar puffed some of t smoke into the lion's face as he 1 asleep in the cage. I expected to s a real riot, but instead of that the Ho after giving a couple of sneezes, mov quietly up to the bars and raised b nose snifflngly as if asking for a se ond dose. I have tried the cxperlme on all sorts of wild animals since, ai I have found that most of them enj thoroughly a big sniff of tobacco. V had a bear here once that used to n his nose and back against the bars his cage. Just like a cat asking to " stroked, whenever any one smoking , cigar came near him. Antelopes an wild goats aren't satisfied with tt mere whiff. If you give them a clga or cigarette they will swallow eagerly, and, what Is more, seem tc suffer no bad effects from their meal." Cocoa In Samoa. According to a British foreign o flee reported (quoted in the Board of Trade Journal lor January, 1899), it appears that a potential commercial feature has at length arisen for the Samoa group, after years of depression, owing to the fall In price of copra, and the apparent unsuitability of the cli mate for other cultivations, such as rice, sugar, tea, or cotton. Small capitalists ($2,500 to $10,000) going to Samoa and purchasing or leasing land for the purpose of cocoa planting, would stand a good chance of making a fair income after the first three or four years, provided they pos sess a practical knowledge of tropical planting or will take advice from those in Samoa who have experience in tho matter. The number of small planta tions is rapidly increasing, and it la estimated that 75 acres are now plant ed with cocoa trees. The tree Is ro bust and hardy, growing luxuriantly In Samoa, and yielding abundant crops after trifling cultivation. The quality is considered good, the price varying, according to reports from Hamburg, San Francisco, and Sydney, between $290 and $390 per ton. A small plan tation of six acres holds about 1,200 trees, and these In the third year pro duce some 140,000 pods; and it is ap parent that, even with the liberal al lowance of 15 pods to the pound of marketable bean, each tree would pro duce from six to eight pounds of pre pared cocoa bean per annum. The trees are In full yield after the fifth year, and there is apparently no age limit to their bearing. The cost of land n?ar Apia, contin ues the British consul, is from $7 to $14 per acre if purchased from whites, and from $1 to $2 per acre if leased from the natives on a 20 or 40 years' lease. The soli s rocky and volcanic Although labor in large masses ! practically unobtainable and the na tlve Samoan is by no means energetic, sufficient floating labor for small plan tations Is to bi had. The price is from $6 to $8 per month for a laborer, his food costing about $4 per month. One man ought to look after six acres of well-grown cocoa In the dry season, but two are required during the wet season from December to May, tTlnd Carrlee Infection. Doctors in their flght against disease have had their attention called to a common, but hitherto unnoticed me dium for carrying infection. It Is the wind. Examination shows that germs have been carried Immense distances by the breeze and deposited In places where all the circumstances were fa vorable for their growth and spread. Bill She said her face was her for tune. Jill Poor thing. Yonkers Statesmn. dSSp nil i Iftill Sfa cSiSj Wig o. TALMAGE'S SERMON. "7 HE STAR WORMWOOD" LAST SUNDAY'S SUBJECT. "There Fell a Great Star from Heaven, Itornlnc aa It Were and It Fell Upon the Tblrd Part or the Klvera, Etc." Her. 81 10. Patrick and Lowth, Thomas Scott. Matthew Henry, Albert Barnes and some other commentators say that the star Wormwood of my text was a type of Attila, king of the Huns. He was so called because he was brilliant as a star, and, like wormwood, he embit tered everything he touched. We have studied the Star of Bethlehem, and the Morning Star of Revelation, and the Star of Peace, but my subject calls us to gaze at the star Wormwood, and my theme might be called Brilliant Bitter ness. A more extraordinary character his tory docs not furnish than this man, Attila, the king of the Huns. The sfory goes that one day a wounded heifer came limping along through the fields, and a herdsman followed its bloody track on the grass to see where the heifer was wounded, and went on back, further and further, until he came to a sword fast in the earth, the point downward as though it had dropped from the heavens, and against the edges of this sword the heifer had been cut. The herdsman pulled up that sword and presented It to Attila. Attila said that sword must have drop ped from the heavens from the grasp of the god Mars, and Its being given to him meant that Attila should conquer and govern the whole earth. Other mighty men have been delighted at be ing called liberators, or the Merciful, or the Good, but Attila called himself, and demanded that others call him, "The Scourge of God." At the head of seven hundred thou sand troops, mounted on Cappadocian horses, he swept everything, from the Adriatic to the Black sea. He put his iron heel on Macedonia and Greece and Thrace. He made Milan and Pavla and Padua and Verona beg for mercy, which he bestowed not. The Byzan- " r, y .8 ;e o v ie e ;-d ?- e k ie :f 3 I I 3 8 3 5 a cloud of dust was seen in the dis tance, and a bishop cried, "It is the aid of God;" and all the people took up the cry, "It Is the aid of God." As the cloud of dust was blown aside, the banners of reinforcing armies marched In to help against Attila, "the Scourge of God." The most unimportant oc currences he used as a supernatural resource. After three months of fail ure to capture the city of Aqullela, when his army had given up the siege, the flight of a stork and her .young from the tower of the city was taken by him as a sign that he was to cap ture the city; and his army, Inspired with the same occurrence, resumed the siege and took the walls at a point from which the stork had emerged. So brilliant was the conqueror in attire that his enemies could not look at him, but 6haded their eyes or turned their heads. Slain on the evening of his marriage by his bride. Ildlco, who was hired for the assassination, his followers bewail ed him, not with tears, but with blood, cutting themselves with knives and lances. He was put into three coffins, the first of iron, the second of silver, and the third of gold. He was burled by night, and into his grave was poured the most valuable coins and precious stones, amounting to the wealth of a kingdom. The grave dig gers and those who assisted at the burial were massacred, so that It would never be known where so much wealth was entombed. The Roman empire conquered tho world, but Attila conquered the Ro man empire. He was right In calling himself a scourge, but Instead of being "the Scourge of God," he was the scourge of hell. Because of his brilliancy and bitter ness, the commentators might well have supposed him to be the star Wormwood of the text. As the re gions he devastated were parts most opulent with fountains and streams and rivers, you see how graphic my text Is: "There fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the riv ers, and upon the fountains of waters, and the name of the star Is called Wormwood." Have you ever thought how many embittered lives there are all about us, misanthropic, morbid, acrid, saturn ine? The European plant from which jwormwood is extracted, Artemisia ab sinthium, is a perennial plant, and all the year round it U ready to exude its oil. And In many human lives there 'is a perennial distillation of acrid ex periences. Yea, there are some whose 'whole work is to shed a baleful Influ ence on others. There aro Attilas of 'the borne, Attilas of the social circle, Attilas of . the church, Attilas of the state, and one-third of the waters of all the world, if not two-thirds of the waters are poisoned by the falling of the star Wormwood. It is not com plimentary to human nature that most men, as soon as they get great power, become overbearing. The more power men have the better, if their power be used for good. The less power men have the better if they use It for evil. Birds circle round and round and round before they swoop upon that which they are aiming for. And If my discourse so far has been swinging round and round, this moment It drops straight on your heart, and asks the question, Is your life a benediction to others, or an embitterment, a blessing or a curse, a balsam or a wormwood? Some of you, I know, are morning stars, and you are making the dawning life of your children bright with gra cious Influences, and you are beaming upon all the opening enterprises of philanthropic and Christian endeavor, and you are heralds of that day of Gos pellzation which will yet flood,, all the mountains and valleys of our sin-accursed earth. Hail, morning star! Keep on shining with encouragement and Christian hope! Some of you are evening stars, and you are cheering the last days of old people; and though a cloud sometimes comes over you through the querrul ousness or unreasonableness of your aged father and mother, it is only for a moment, and the star soon comes out clear again and Is seen from all the balconies of the neighborhood. The old people will forgive your occasion al shortcomings, for they themselves several times lost their patience with ycu when you were young, and per haps whipped you when you did not deserve it. Hail, evening star! Hang on the darkening sky your diamond coronet. What is true of individuals is true of nations. God sets them up to revolve as stars, but they may fall wormwood. Tyre the atmosphere of the desert, fragrant with spices coming in cara vans to her fairs; all seas cleft Into foam by the keels of her laden mer chantmen; her markets rich with horses and camels rom Togarmah; the bazaar filled with upholstery from De dan, with emerald and coral and agate from Syria, with mines from Helbon, with embroidered work from Ashur and Chllmad. Where now the gleam of her towers? where tho roar of her chariots? where the masts of her ships? Let the fishermen who dry their nets where once sho stood; let the sea that rushes upon the barrenness where once she challenged the admiration of all nations; let the barbarians who set their rude tents where once her pal aces glittered, answer the questlona. She was a star, but by her own. sin turned to wormwood, and has fallen. Hundred-gated Thebes for all time to be the study of antiquarian and hleroglyphlst; her stupendous ruins spread over twenty-seven miles; her sculptures presenting in figures of war rior and chariot the victories with which tho now forgotten kings of Egypt shook the nations; her obelisks and columns; Karnac and Luxor, tho stupendous temples of her pride! Who can imagine the greatness of Thebe3 in those days, when the hippodrome rang with her sports and foreign roy alty bowed at her shrines, and her avenues roared with the wheels of pro cessions in the wake of returning con querors? What dashed down the vis Ion of chariots and temples and thrones? What hands pulled upon the columns of her glory? What ruthless ness defaced her sculptured wall and broke obelisks and left her indescrib able temples great skeletons of gran ite? What spirit of destruction spread the lair of wild beasts In her royal sep ulchers, and taught the miserable cot tagers of today to build huts in the courts of her temples, and sent deso lation and ruin skulking behind the obelisks and dodging among the sar cophagi, and leaning against the col umns, and stooping under the arches, and weeping in the waters which go mournfully by, as though they were carrying the tears of all ages? Let the mummies breik their long silence and come up to shiver in the desola tion, and point to fallen gates and shattered statues and defaced sculp ture, responding: "Thebes built not one temple to God. Thebes hated right eousness and loved sin. Thebes was a star, but she turned to wormwood and has fallen." ' e From the persecutions of the Pil grim Fathers and the Huguenots In other lands. God set upon the3e shores a nation. The councll-flres of the abo rigines went out in the greater ligUl of a free government. The sound af the war-whoop was exchanged for th thousand wheels of enterprise and progress. The mild winters, the fruit ful summers, the healthful skies, charmed from other lands a race of hardy men, who loved God and wanted to be free. Before the woodman's axe forests fell, and rose again Into ships' masts and churches' pillars. Cities on the banks of the lakes began to rival cities by the sea. The land quakes with the rush of the rail car, and the waters are churned white with the steamer's wheel. Fabulous bushels of Western wheat meet on the way fabu lous tons of Eastern coal. Furs from the North pass on the rivers fruits from tWs South. And trading In the same market are Maine lumberman, and South Carolina rice merchant, and Ohio farmer, and Alaska fur dealer. And churches and schools and asy lums scatter light and love and mercy and salvation upon seventy millions of people. I iray that our nation may not copy the crimes of nations that have per ished; that our cup of blessing turn not to wormwood and we go down. I am by nature and by grace an optimist, and I expect that this country will continue to advance until the world shall reach the millennial era. Our only safety Is In righteousness toward God and Justice toward man. If wa forget the goodness of the Lord to this land, and break his Sabbaths, and la prove not by the dire disasters that have again and again come to us as a people, and we learn saving lesson neither from civil war nor raging epi demic, nor drought, nor mildew, nor scourge of locust and grasshopper; It the political corruption which has poisoned the fountains of public vir tue, and beslimed the high places of authority, making free government at times a hissing and a byword In all the earth; if the drunkenness and li centiousness that stagger and blas pheme In the streets of our great cities as though they were reaching after the fame of a Corinth and a Sodom, are not repented of, we will yet see the smoke of our nation's ruin; the pil lars of our National and State Cap itols will fall more disastrously than when Samson pulled down Dagon; and future historians will record, upon the page bedewed with generous tears, the story that the free nation of the West arose in splendor which made the world stare; it had magnificent possi bilities. It forgot God. It hated Jus tice. It hugged its crimes. It halted on its high march. It reeled under the blow of calamity. It fell. And as it was going down, all the despotisms of earth, from the top of bloody thrones, began to shout: "Aha! so would we have it!" while struggling and op pressed peoples looked out from dun geon bars, with tears and groans, and cries of untold agony, the scorn of those, and the woe of these, uniting in the exclamation: "Look yonder! 'There fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and It fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; and the name of the star Is called Worm wood!' " WITH APPENDICITIS. She Suffered, bnt Announced There Wil a Core In 81s ht. A woman from near Sabatls came into Lewiston after a doctor to go out and visit her daughter, who was 111 in bed, as she said, the other nigat. The woman explained that once a week as sure as a certain night came around, the daughter was taken ill and went to bed with all the symptoms of appen dicitis, as soon as supper time came. The doctor didn't like going out to Sabatis in the cold, but went. The woman said that her daughter didn't know that she was coming in after the' doctor. She had gone to bed and locked the door of her room. When there the doctor warmed himself while the lady went up to tell her daughter that the doctor was there. In a little while the woman came down, and, with a scared face, said that the door was locked and she could not arouse the girl. The doctor went up and tried to shake open the door, but it would not shake. So the father of the young lady put his shoulder to the door and forced it open. There was no one -a the room, and the bed had not been tumbled. That they were startled is putting it light. They adjourned to the kitchen, and finally went out to search for the girl. Nothing was found of her, and the next morning they were' talking of It at breakfast time when down she came from the bedroom as if she had been asleep in her bed all night. The consternation on their faces showed that she was found out, and she confessed that she had been going to dances once a week; and that In stead of being 111 when she went to bed, she went out her window, and in that way found her way to the street, where a beau waited for her. "But I am go ing to be married now, and it will not make much difference whether I go to the dance with your consent or not," she said. Lewiston Journal. MEXICO'S SIGN LANGUAGE. Ita 8hadlnge and Snggeatlona Are Ite yond All Translation. Mexico is a land of many tongues; but above the Indian dialects and Spanish there Is one universal lan guage, the language of signs, says Modern Mexico. It is the roost ex pressive of all; the Mexican eye and hand are eloquent members. It Is capable of Infinite variation; Its shad ings and suggestions are beyond all translation. But there are certain ges tures that have a fixed meaning, a sig nification well understood to every na tion and every tribe from Guatemala to Texas. A general upward ihove ment of the body, shoulders shrugged, eyebrows raised, lips pouted, the palms outspread vary In meaning from "I don't know and I don't care" to a mo3t respectful, "Really, sir, I do not under stand you." The index finger moved rapidly from right to left, generally before the face, means, "No more," or simply "No." To move the right hand , palm outward from the body toward another person means, "Just wait; III be even with you yet" The index fin ger on the temple, moved with a boring twist means, "He's drunk." The right hand held to the lips three fingers doubled, thumb and little finger erect, varies from "He drinks" to "Have one with me." To move the open hand over the cheek In Imitation of a razor has reference to the Idiom "playing the barber" and means "to flatter." All four fingers and the thumb held points together and moved toward the mouth means "to eat." The right hand neiA before the face, the two middle flngera" moving rapidly. Is a familiar saluta tion. Two commercial travelers were com paring notes. "I have been out three weeks," said the first, "and I have only got four orders." "That beats me," said the other. "I have been out four weeks, and have only got one order, and that's from the firm to come home."