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PRICES UP IN A TUMULT. Torn. Oata ami Uhtit Advanca Sharply Ht the Opening. Chicago, July 23. Corn, oats and wheat advanced sharply on the board Df trade, price fluctuations at times bordering on the sensational. The pits were crowded to the limit with perspiring brokers, who, sans coats, sans vests, sans collars, shouted them selves hoarse attempting to fill buy ing orders. Wheat and oats opened nearly 2 cents higher and corn 2 to 4 :enta. There was buying by the pro fessional short, who, accustomed to take his profits and his losses alike without an extra pulse beat, bid sharply, but calmly, to make his specu lative loss as light as possible; but there was also buying of another kind for the farmer whose once promis ing fields are dead under the scourg ing skies. In the corn pit this demand was most prominent. In Kansas, Ne braska, Missouri, in parts of Iowa and in other sections where the visitation of the heat horror, as they are begin ning to call it, has been most pitiless, the farmers hopeless of anything but loss of money and most of their sea son's work.want grain as food for their cattle. Not only must food be bought In distant markets, but in many sec tions a pond of water is as precious as a jewel, and must be well paid for by the man whose parched acres con tain no such prize. FAIR HEIRS GET MILLIONS. Judge Orders DUtrlbutlon of Late Senator's reraonal Property. San Francisco, Cal., July 23. Judge Troutt has ordered the immediate dis tribution of $5,000,000 the personal es tate of the late James G. Fair to the three heirs Charles L. Fair, Mrs. Her man Oelrichs and Mrs. W. K. Vander bllt, Jr. It is also stipulated that should Mrs. Nettle R. Craven establish that she is the legal widow of Fair she shall share In this reservation. Judge Troutt's decision practically settles the long fight between Senator Fair's three children and the executors named in his will, unless the executors appeal to the supreme court. By a trust clause In Fair's will all his prop erty was placed in the hands of three executors In trust for his children. As the supreme court had held this In valid the children of Fair contended this decision applied to the personal as well as the real estate of their fa ther. Except for the possibility of an appeal to the supreme court, the decis ion by Judge Troutt settles the long controversy between the executors and the Fair children. FOR METAL TRADES COUNCIL. Meeting In St. Loala to Form National Organization. St. Louis, Mo., Julyq 23. The first meeting of the delegates of the differ ent metal trades unions assembled In St. Louis for the purpose of forming a national metal trade.) council will be held at the ofllces of the local metal trades council. The new national body is designed as an organization to em brace all local metal trades councils, which are themselves the governing bodies of the various metal workers unions In the towns where they are situated. The movement was launched at the convention of the American Federation of Labor at IxmisvHle, Ky., Dec. 6, 1900. More than 100 leaders of the metal workers will sit In the con vention, which will extend Its sessions over the greater part of the week. LATEST FOREIGN NEWS. Killed In Kleetlon Illota. Santiago, Chili, July 23. In the ex tra scrutiny of elections a conclusion has almost been reached, having been placed In the hands of the Judge for confirmation. The result so far shows a majority of 29 votes for Santiago Aldunate over Herquinigo. This re sult, the electoral college declares, would not be altered by the table of Nunos, which was kept out of the count, since the majority of that table belonged to Aldunate. A battle oc curred between the rioters and the se cret police, after which tranquillity was established. Seven coalitionists and three police agents were killed and twenty-three coalitionists and fourteen police agents were wounded. ItelRlan MlnUter Qmt. Brussels, July 23. Count De LIch tervelde, Belgian minister to the United States, will retire from that post at his own request. He will be succeeded by Baron Moncheur, Belgian minister to Mexico, who In turn will be succeeded by Viscount De Beughem De Houthem, councillor to the Belgian legation In London. ItnMl'i Suffer from Heat. St. Petersburg. July 23. Phenome nal heat prevails throughout all north ern Russia. The temperature in St Petersburg today was 117 degrees Fahrenheit. In Odessa It was 103. and the rate of mortality there Is 70 pei cent above the normal. Itoer ('iimumnilii Captnret Kroonstadt. July 23. Major Pine Coffin surprised a Ilorr commando at Honlngspruit July 10, capturing Com mandant Hatting, two sons of General Prlnsloo and twenty-four others, and killing and wounding seventeen. BELDING, II Ifl MICHIGAN The Helen Mine Claim was Not Jumped. STORM SWEEPS MARQUETTE. Gambling Debt are t'noollectable. 11 aatera In ir;ind Itapld. All Sort of New Flrked up from Varlon Points About tho State. DlNiiHter In (iriiml Iliiplda. A four-story M-k In (Ira ml Rapids, occupied by Vriediiian & Co., whole sale and retail dry goods, collapsed Thursday morning and tumbled Into the street. An hur later the most dis astrous fire ever known I3 the city began, and threatened the whole busi ness center. The flames spread rap Idly from the loose dry goods stock to the crockery store of Blickley Sc Co., and the furnislilnir iroods house of "Wurzburg & Co.. where the flames were cheeked after a hard light. The whole HlmWtr furniture block was nhlnziv wlnii nontenant of Firemen Connor fell from the top of a o.'i-foot ladder Into the street and will tile from his Injuries. Th rnnsr nf rln luiildlncr's eollanse was the remodeling inside, where workmen cut away some main pillars. Friedman J& Ca. eninlov "00 clerks. and terrible results can be imagined had the crash came a few hours later. The estimated loss to Friedman & Co. is S 150.000. total: Luce huildinir. SSO.- 000, total; WurzMirg. $40,000, partial: iwickley & Co.. $..0,000, partial; Blod gett building, $100,000, partial; a dozen furniture exhibitors in the Blodgett building, nami'le furniture. $3,000 each; White building. $l,ooo, partial. A number of other stores were flood ed with water, and this loss Is not es timated. The C.ront tJo-I.lnr. A Newaygo correspondent wrote this to a Grand Itapids paper: 'The heat here Is something remarkable. Our in habitants had the pleasure of going down to. I less lake and having a fish dinner. All the fish In the pond were boiled by the fierce heat, and all that was necessary in order to secure a square meal was to reach Into the pond and haul out a tish by the tail and knock the scales off. when the llesh underneath was found to be nice ly cooked. One sad accident has to be recorded In this connection. Little Willie Geezer, in his excitement, rush ed into the pond, and before he could be rescued one of his heels and three toes on the other foot were done to a turn. Willie was finally dragged out, and after inedleal treatment will be able to play around again." CnmblliiK Debt. The Supreme Court has atlirnied the judgment of the lower court in the case of the Maine Mile Track associa tion, which sued George II. Hammond. Jr., of Detroit, to recover a note for S1.12.'?. The defense was that the check was given in Maine for a gambling debt, and the Maine statute provides that all obligations given In whole or part for money or goods won by gam bling are utterly void against all per sons, exeept bona fide purchasers of real estate and holders of negotiable paper for n valuable consideration without notice. Hammond gave the check In payment for pool tickets and both courts hold that he need not pay It. A Marquette Storm. Beginning at o'clock, at the conclu sion of several hours of loo-decree weather, the fiercest windstorm which has been experienced in Marquette In fifteen years raged for twenty minute" Saturday evening. Immeasurable dam age was done to signs, awnings, chim neys and roofs all over the city. The greatest damage was worked at the new Froebel school, where the false front of brick on the roof whs blown upon the roof, crushing It and breaking the rafters and timbers. Bain did con siderable damage to the Interior of the building, and repairs will cost a couple of thousand dollars. (irnnil Itnplda Suffer AkmIii. The plant of the Michigan Barrel Co., located In Grand Baplds, burned Thursday night, with adjacent lumber plies and a large amount of stock. The loss will reach a quarter of a mill ion. Fire was discovered alout 9:.0 a few minutes after the watchman had made his trip through the factory and it spread with a rapidity that nothing could withstand. At midnight, the factory, which was the largest of Its kind In the state, was a total wreck. The company manufactured re'-'ra-tors, baskets and boxes. Did ot Jump It. F. II. Clergue says there was abso lutely no foundation for the story that Helen Iron mine has been "Jumped" because the Clergue syndicate neglect oil to make Its title good. "Our title from the government," he says, "was granted long ago." Six thousand cars of furniture are shipped from Grand Baplds every year. William Howe, of Mlddleville, is un der arrest, charged with practicing shameful cruelty upon his VJ-y ear-old son. Tom Watts, n Negaunee miner, has been notified that a sister in Cornwall. Kngland. has died. leaving him $O.Oim in cash and real estate valued at $10, 000. Simon Valentine, of Stanton, is under arrest, charged with being Implicated In the Graham robbery committed last fall when Mrs. Graham was bound ami gagged and the house searched. The burglars deliberately ate a lunch at the house before they departed. Valentino has served time' at Jackson, and has lived In Stanton for several months past. Two boys were picked up by the po lice In the .Michigan Central yards. Kal amazoo, and if the story they 'ell Is straight, they took one of the most ex citing rides in the history of the road, clinging to the roof of a PulV.ian sleep er the 14.1 miles between Cblcngo and Kalamazoo. MINOK MICHIGAN MATTERS. Negaunee Is having a building boom never equaled since lsxs. Tho United States owns 4G2.157 acres of land In Michigan. The s alt and lumber mills of Manis tee are shut down by a strike. Detroit will bo In gala attire during the Cadillac celebration on July J3, L'tJ and 1!7. The first peaches from tho Michigan belt were shipped from St. Joseph Monday. Tho Michigan Salt Association has reduced the price from 70 cents to 43 cents per barrel. Ike Bonds, aged 18, was drowned in Dickinson's lake while bathing. Tho body was recovered. Ludington is putting up a hard light for a new fish hatchery, with good prospects of securing It. Van Buren county voted bv about COO majority to appropriate $.33,000 for a new county building. Francis Powell, of Deerfleld, has been held for trial In $1,000 ball on a charge of criminal assault. Andrews' hotel barn and contents, including a horse, burned at Holly. Loss 5600; Insurance $200. The Flaked Food Co. has been or ganized at Battle Creek, capital $500, 000, to make breakfast food. This year any brewery can send beer to the state encampment. Last year a Detroit concern had a cinch. The state pardon board will meet at Saginaw Tuesday to consider the cases of convicts from that locality. The total expenses of the state tax commission for the fiscal year, which ended June 30, 1001, were $120,(500. By slipping Into a soss-bucket In the Muskegon rolling mill. George Mohr was severely scalded about the feet. The Allegan village council has named tho village park Pingree park, In honor of the late former governor. It is alleged that a California woman will prosecute John McCormlck for bigamy. He has a wife in Saginaw. (Ben, the 8-year-old son of Lawrence Glessner, of Clayton, is dead from be ing kicked in the stomach by a horse. The Methodists of North Muskegon built a bonfire In the main street, in which they burned a $200 mortgage.- Flint farmers cannot get men to har vest their crops, and are offering as high as $,1 per day in some instances. The KIrby Carpenter Co.'s brick mill, of Menominee, has shut down for one year, throwing 100 men out of employ ment. Benjamin Luger, of Colon, deliber ately walked In front of a train near Milford, and his body was cut to pieces. The survey for an electric road from Farmlngton west to Lansing has be gun. Tills will make a direct line to Detroit. Matilda Canlff, mother of W. II. Oa nlff. president of the Nickel Plate rail road, died of paralysis at her home In Clayton. Tho raspberry crop Is ruined in Ber rien county by the continued dry spell, representing a loss to the farmers of $100,000. Work was suspended at the Michi gan Portland Cement works, in Quln- cy. Saturday, and everything Is being put in order. Grand Baplds is going to have a fight on with the government over tho ques tion of closing tho Grand river channel Inside the city. Charles Bitchie, an inmate of the northern asylum, eluded tho vigilance of a brother, and hanged himself from a tree In the woods. Two Alpena firemen were seriously Injured by Hying debris during a fire which nearly destroyed the plant of the Beck Brewing company. Miss Amy Leslie, the dramatic critic of Chicago, and Frank II. Buck, a ho tel employe of Chicago, were married at St. Joseph a few days ago. Max Summers, a farmer living 11 en Sheridan, left a box of Paris green ly ing about where his cows could get at it. and three of them are dead. Tho main belt on tho generator at the Buchanan electric light station broke, and tho end of tho belt, striking the switchboard, demolished It. Henry Larnee. and 1M. Van Fleet, who broke Jail In Concord, have been captured at Niles. They are wanted at Jackson on a charge of burglary. (label Jcnes, of St. Joseph, Is suf fering from terrible knife wounds, al leged to have been inflicted by a man whom ho had generously befriended. Mrs. Nellie B. Krogman has taken charge of the postotllco at Isphemlng. She Is tho first postmistress of a second-class otlice In tho upper peninsula. Five tramps were captured near the north limits of Adrian. They held up Dwlght Hinkley near the Lake Shore station and took two $3 bills from his pocket. Forest fires in Alpena and Montmo rency counties are assuming threaten ing proportions, and quantities of tim ber ami forest products are being de stroyed. There will be another old-time en campment of soldiers, sailors and ma rines of both wars held at Camp Houk, Oceana county, Mich., Aug. 10 to Inclusive. George Hodges, aged is charged with committing a criminal assault on Tlllic Taylor, aged 11, tho daughter, of Koyal Taylor, at Black Lake, Cheboy gan county. Tho section foreman on the Grand Trunk at Fort Gratiot says men are scarce. Ho has never known such a demand for labor In tho past quarter of a century. The health boards of Michigan. Wis consin and Minnesota will meet at Madison to plan a campaign for the extinction of smallpox In this portion of the country. There are two cases of smallpox In a mild form and several cases of vario loid In tho women's hospital at the Michigan Asylum for tho Insane, Kal amazoo. Beth patients nnd nurses are sick. Arthur Grltlin. son of n farmer liv ing two miles north of Mr, Pleasant, got tangled up with a mowing ma chine ami received a terrible cut In the abdomen. Ho had good nerve and walked half a mile for assistance. Ho will probably recover. T60 Bloomlngdab Cheese Factory received over J7,ooo pounds of milk during tho month of May and paid the patrons for tho same $1,072. . Tie Supremo Tent, Knights of tho Maccabees, has dropped Major Boyn ton from his position as adviser at a salary of $3.oo) and also from the board of trustees. The 11 -year-old son of Charles Wler, of Ann Arbor, died Tuesday from the cfl'ects of a kick In the abdomen re ceived In a fight with a young lad about a week ago. Arthur Goldbeck, 2-year-old son of John Goldbeck, of Grand Baplds, died from the effects of excessive heat Tuesday night. The boy had been playing In the sun. The cruise of the Yantlc ended in Detroit Wednesday night. Michigan's Naval Beservo had a line cruise nnd are to be congratulated for their efll clency and discipline. Sheriff Hammond reports that the Mason county jail received 500 prison ers during the past year, of which only 12 were women. The cost of maintain ing the Jail was $.1,320. Sugar beet weeders for the Lansing sugar factory were paid over $4,000 for their work last week. The company has paid out upward of $30,000 to the weeders in this section. The promoters of the Detroit, Pon tlac, Lapeer and Northern electric rail road have applied to Bay City for a franchise from there to Detroit, through Caro and Lapeer. The Adventists have paid $10,000 in cash for tho three Berrien Springs farms upon which their $130,000 col lege will bo erected. Work on the building will begin at once. Gov. Bliss has appointed Manvllle Jenks, of Ishpenilng. a memler of the state tax commission to till the va cancy taused by tho failure of Graham Pope, of Houghton, to qualify. Miss Phoebe Stevens, a well-known woman of literary ability, and William C. Coekrill of Saginaw, were arrested on a charge of grand larceny at the in stance of Cassopolls authorities. Bryon Peck, of Allegan, weighed :iOO pounds six months ago. Ho was af flicted with blood, poisoning and wasted away until ho weighed but SO pounds, and died. Ho was 38 years old. Bert Montgomery was released from the Michigan reformatory, at Ionia, on parole, making a total of 123 prisoners that have been released under the pa role law since Its enactment In 1803. While Mrs. Henry Flklns, of Fntrl can, was at her daughter's home, her son Howard, two years and three mouths old. was missed. After a search they found his body in the cis tern. Kefreshment booths will not be found within the limits of the state camp this year, as the military itoard decided to grant no concessions, and to accept no payment from any such en terprise. Notes and mortgages found In a hol low stump proved to be the property of Mrs. David Myers, of St. Joseph, hav ing been stolen from her residence a few days ago. The cash taken Is still missing. The 2-year-old child of James Jewell, of Negaunee. was playing about the house when It fell Into a pan of boiling milk. The little one was terribly scalded and death soon relieved It from its agony. Baymond Cod. aged 14. an inmate of the reform school at Lansing for boys, ran away and was captured in Ferry after a hard chase. Ho was sent from Ietroit two years ago for burglarizing a laundry. The annual report of Capt. Charles Keller. In charge of river and harbor work for tho Grand Baplds, Mich., dis trict, recommends appropriations for tho next fiscal year to the amount of .i.."4r,iii. Then Is something of a boom on In Kalamazoo building clrVles. two of the most Important structures In sight be ing a steel spring plant, and a hand some new armory by Co. C, Second Regiment. Governor Bliss has issued a call for a special election In the Tenth Con gressional district to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Bosseau O. ('romp. Tho date of the election was fixed on Oct. 13. Henry Willis and W. B. Harmon each claim $:t,000 damages from John Klblor iK'cause. as they allege, beer was sold to their minor daughters at the defendant's saloon. In St. Joseph, on Sunday, Juno 0. The laud commissioner will confer with the attorney general before issu ing a patent to S. S. Olds for that por tion of the St. Clair Flats claimed by li 1 111 in accordance with the opinion of the Supremo Court. Bay City's increase in personal as sessments is larger by far than last year. One estate which escaped last year is assessed at $82,000 this year, and another personal assessment now on the rolls Is one for $SO,000. The state land office asserts that the swamp land scrip held by E. W. Spar row covers exactly the same lands at the St Clair Flats as the Olds patent, recently allowed by the Supremo Court, and docs not affect other lands. F. A. McKenzIe, proprietor of the Qulney roller mills, was slacking lime in a pall when the mixture exploded, tilling his face and eyes with the burn ing liquid and causing him Intense suf fering. It Is feared that his sight may he destroyed. John Manchester of Flint township, who was arrested several weeks ago 011 the charge of criminally assaulting Ids 0-year-old stop-daughter, was dis charged. The girl claimed on the Maud that the story she told of the alleged assault was untrue. Petoskey suffers loss by the destruc tion of the big maple flooring factory belonging to tho TJos. Forman Co., Ltd., by fire together with all the build ings connected with It. 0,000,000 feet of lumber and one dwelling house. It was the most disastrous fire In Pe toskey's history. The loss will be near ly SIhuhiO, with Insurance only $30,- (Ml(. One of the most prominent residents of Hancock. 74 years old. is under ar rest charged with sending obscene and scurrilous communications through the malls. The case causes great excite ment hero, and Is regarded as senile dementia. 1 for the TEETH and BREATH Utw Size S0Z0D0NT LIQUID ... 25c Niw Patent Box S0Z0D0NT POWDER . . 25c Largo LIQUID and POWDER . . . 75o At the Stores or by Mail, postpaid, for the Price. A Dentist's Opinion: "As an antiseptic and hygienic mouthwash, and for tho caro and preservation of the teeth and gums, I cordiallv recommend Sozodont. I consider it tho ideal dentif rico for children's use." Name of writer upon application. HALL & RUCKEL, NEW YORK. WHAT TRADE-MARKS COST. Cbeapar IUr than In Many Other Coaiitrlaa of the World. Tho registration of trade marks has become a necessity of late years, for unless an article of merit is protected by such means or by letters patent it Is sure to be imitated by some unscrup ulous person. It is only within a few years, however, that the question of protecting trade marks has assumed grave Importance. This is due to the enormous Increase in advertising of health foods, cereals, patent medicines and athletic novelties. The tariff of charges for registering trade marks in the various countries 6eems in some instances to be based upon the idea that authorized labels and the like are as much a luxury as a coach and four. In Zululand, Peru, Uraguay, Hong Kong and Granada the tariff fixed by law for each trade mark Is $145 in gold, the highest on the entire list. In this country trade marks are filled with the patent office and the price for register ing one i3 $55, which Is the lowest rate charged anywhere. Canada charges $60 for a general or special trade mark. There are some countries of Europe that demand $100 for registering a trade mark, but In Great Britain, Ger many, Austria, France and Spain the fee in each case is $76. This Is tho rate asked In the majority of the Eng lish colonies, including New South Wales and New Zealand, but in Cape Colony it is $115 and in South Africa $135. The latter price is also demanded in Costa Rica. Some of the bargain counter sales in the Leeward islands, Jamaica, British Guiana, Mauritius, Argentine Republic, Bolivia, Chill, Guatemala, Sierra Leone and Bulgaria, each of which charges $115. Little Venezuela is content with $100 for the privilege of recording the existence of a patent label. There are thousands of trade marks that are never heard of by the great masses, because they are not properly advertised. The majority of trade mark lawyers realize big prof its fighting Infringements of private marks rather than in registering new ones. One of them has Just settled a case that was in the courts for four years. The single word "favorite" was at issue and the courts have decided that there is no exclusive proprietary right in the word as a trade mark. One of the most successful lawyers, who represents the interests of a big cereal firm and cracker establishment as well, says that it costs more than $15,000 an nually to protect his clients from those who twist the names of brands in every conceivable way. THE POLAR BEAR. lomi of IIli Charaotartatlea Dorlbd by an Obaarrar. The character of the polar bear Is a curious mixture of cowardice and daring, for It will fly at the sight of man, but will often come close up to the huts and sometimes even try to enter them. When met with in the water, bears are killed with harpoons. On receiv ing the first wound, the animal utters loud roars, seizes the weapon with his teeth, pulls it out of the Injured part and hurls it far away Sometimes, but by no means invariably, it will turn upon its assailant. Quickly it re ceives another spear or bird arrow from a second kayak man, against whom It turns after treating his weap on in the same manner, and some times breaking it, and in this way the struggle Is continued until the bear is overcome. The most important pre cautionary rule which the hunters have to observe is, when during the fight the animal has dived, to keep a sharp lookout down into the water In order that it may not come up unawares right under the kayak. Its white gleam can always be seen when It approaches the surface, and there Is time to get away if it be coming too near. When a bear is en countered In the water, or amid some what scattered ice, its capture is con sidered a certainty for, although an excellent swimmer, it cannot get away from a kayak. In the northern colo nies where they are seldom seen, the Greenlanders appear to be afraid of them, but such is far from being the case in the Jullanehaab district, where. In the water, at any rate, they are con sidered much less dangerous than the walrus or the hooded seal. A Un Mowtr'i lae. "I have invented a lawn mower that won't make any noise," said the earn est young man. "To whom do you expect to sell it?" Inquired the hardware merchant, cold ly. "You don't suppose people will get up at 5 o'clock in the morning for the sake of shoving one of these ma chines around in dead silence, do you? Lawn mowers are not made merely to cut grass. Their principal purpose 1j to have fun with the neighbors." A good mirror tells the truth, no matter on whom It reflects. FRAGRANT A TICKET'S LIMITATIONS. Cnlqaa Faatar of DaaUh Railway 4.ra Fortnightly Tlckcta. Denmark was absolutely the pioneer in cheap railway fares. The fares were reduced all round, so that the longer the distance the greater the re duction, but, at th'e same time, the return ticket system was abolished for Journeys within Denmark. One of the greatest boons to business men and holiday makers is the so-called fort- nightly ticket. For third-class it costs 22s 3d and for second class 16s 6d. Such a ticket entitles the holder to travel all over Denmark for a term of fourteen days. He can go wherever he cares to go, and as many times over the same route as he may wish within the time paid for namely, fourteen days. A holiday maker may visit every place of interest in Denmark during that time and, if he found any pleasure in traveling from town to town night and day for the period he could do so. He pays the price of 1 2s 3d, with a deposit of 5s 6d for the ticket, on which a photograph of the holder is pasted, and at the ex piration of the fourteen days he re turns the ticket and gets the 5s 6d de posit back. He can also buy a ticket for a month, and the longer the time the greater the reduction. While a fortnightly ticket coets 22s 3d, a 12 month ticket costs 10. If the pas senger had to pay for a twelve-month ticket at the rate of 2s 3d per fort night it would cost him 26 14s.' Thus the reduction is over 150 per cent. If instead of paying for a fortnightly ticket a traveler went from Esbjerg to Copenhagen and back as often as he could within fourteen days, and bought ordinary tickets for each trip, they would cost him over 6, and this amount would be doubled In a fort night if he went sightseeing from one place to another, traveling all over Denmark in easy stages. Season tick ets can also be had for Journeys be ween two towns. In this case the jrice for one month Is 5s, 7s 6d for two months and 1 10b for a whole year. Young people under the age of eighteen travel for half price. Lon don Express. THE VERSATILE KAISER. Tba Extent and VarUty of Ills Informa tion la hnrprUlnr- Beyond any question the most mod ern of the world's monarchs is William II, says the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. The other day he cabled to Baron von Holleben, the German ambassador at Washington, to "transmit to the broth erhood of Young Men's Christian As sociations of America, assembled for their Jubilee convention, my hearty congratulations." He added that he was glad to see the German associa tions "active in the same endeavor, take part fraternally in this solemn gathering." Here, as on many other occasions In the past few years, the German em peror shows that he keeps himself in formed of the doings of the world. Hi is a close reader of the newspapers. Everything of any particular import ance to any country which is going on William II hears about and expressea an interest in It. He has a far greatei knowledge, apparently, of the affairs oj the day everywhere than Is possessed by any other head of a European state, monarchical or republican. Th amount and exactness of his informa tion about the affairs of England, France, the United States, Mexico Spain, and other nations, as Imparted by him to representatives of thost countries, respectively, has oftet caused them to marvel He has alwayt been a close student of the politics ol the world's principal states; he hat quick Intelligence, a retentive memory; active sympathies and a democratic disregard for the traditions which dij clare that a king h.is no business t evince or to express any Interest ii the ordinary affairs of life, inside oi outside of his own country. So lon as crowned heads remain extant any where, it is well to have them of dem ocratic sympathies and tendencies Foreigners who know him and hli country intimately have paid that ll Germany were to be transformed lntr a republic today, William II would bi chosen president of it by an over whelming majority. Llttl Klnc'a Ilody Guard. The little king of Spain la guarded every night by a body of picked men, who are natives of Eaplnosa, and hav served wth distinction in the army. It is by them the gates are locked at midnight and with ceremonious sol emnity reopened at 7 o'clock In th morning. Should one of this guard prove false to the person of his sov ereign Spanish faith in Spanish loyalty would die as if by lightning stroke and something very dreadful would happen to the traitor. It Is a curious custom of very ancient tradition, which the queen regent has not been sorry tc maintain.