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I Advertising U to business what it ram pow ex Is to machinery the grand motive power. There Is but one wayoftil t,ii:irl.iii!u'.. publloity; but one way "of nbt'i ; lit; pi.1 1 . Ity advertising.' Ci.aiky -i. VOLUME 6. ATHENA, UMATILLA COUNTY, OREGON, SEPTEMBER 29 1893. NUMBER 40 11 JLll-kOG , ive. 1 1 it ! The Malt. l closes for Pendleton. Portland, and all L": x east, except the Imkotau, Minnesota - tud Wisconsin, at 5:SO p. ra. . For Walla Walla, Bpokaue and Sorth Paci fic points at 7:6 Mail arrives from Pendleton, Portland and the east at 7:45 a. m. From Walla Walla, Spokane and North Pa cific points at 6 :5 p. ru. Office hours Oeneral delivery open from 8 a. ra. to 8 p. m. Sundays, 8 to 11 a. m. Money order window open from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. Gbo, Hakskll, Postmaster. LODCK D1RECTOBT A F. ft A. M. NO. 80 MEETS THE . First and Third Saturday Evenings of each month. Visiting bretheren cor dially invited to visit the lodge. I -O. 0. F. NO. 73, MEETS EVERY , Friday night. Visiting Odd Fellows in good standing always welcome. AO. U. W. NO. 104, MEETS THE Second and Fourth Saturdays of jaeh month. L. A. Githens, Recorder. PYTHIAN, NO. 29, MEETS EVERY PROFESSIONAL CARDS. J p S. SHARP. .' I ' Physician and Surgeon. I Calls promptly answered. Office on Third 5 Street, Athena, Oregon. JJR. CARLISLE, "PHYSICIAN & SURGEON. Calls promptly attended to day or night. Office : Main Street, Athena, Or. - TR. I. N. RICHARDSON, ATHENA, OREGON. W. & C.E. Ry; Co. in connection with ... NORTHERN PACIFIC R. R. Forms the QUICKEST AND BEST ROUTE Between Eastern Oregon and ashlngton and Puget sound Points, as well as the . , Popular and direct Line to all Points East & Southeast Pullman Sleeping Cars. fesFrb Piling 9?vs' : ng ground ree u-ass oieepera. lying on eMn to Chicago via this line pwn, and,, trains of this Company are run- lot ar ' nlng regularly between ayton, Waitsburg, Walla Walla, Wash, and Pendletottv Oregon.- Making close connections at Hunt's Junction with Northern Paciflo trains for Tacoma, Seattle, Victoria, 11. O., Ellensburgh, North Yakima, Pasco, Spragne, Cheney, Daven port, Spokane, Butte, Helena,- tit. Paul and Minneapolis. , ,i . . . AND ALL POINTS EAST. TOURISTS-SLEEPING-CARS. For Accomodation of Second-Class Passenger Attached to Ex , press Trains. w.F.WAMSLEY, G en'l Fr't and Pass. Agt., Walla Walla Wash W.D. TYLFR, Pres. and Ocn'l Manager. " 3. A MIJIRHEAD. Agent Athena, Oregon. SOMETHING NEW! Prof. Lane, the artist, has leased rooms over the First National Bank which he has converted into a ;. STUDIO v and is now prepared to instruct a large number of students in oil painting and free hand pencil draw ing. Nice, quite rooms. Prices reasonable. PROF. J. S. HENRY, I iTSTEUCT.O E PIANO AND. ORGAN. Will be In Athena on Thursday's and Wed. oesdays of eacn week hereafter. Leave ouder wltb F. Itozenswelg, at C. . Hollis' Atbena. '''....,' j J J. F. FORD, Evangelist. 3f lies Moines, Iowa, writes uufler date of March 23, " " S. B. Med. Mfg. Co., ' Dufur, Oregon. , i Gentlemen: ' On arring home Jast week,'! found all well and anxiously awaiting. Oar little girl, eight and one-half years old, who had .wasted away to .35) pounds, is now well, strong and vigorous, and well fleshed up. Sr B. Cough Cure has done Us. work well. Both of the children liKe it. Your S.. B. Cough Cure .has cured and kept away all hoarsness from me. So give jtto-every one, -with greetings for all all.- Wish- ing you prosperity we are Yours, Mr.& Mrs. J.F. Ford. rf yon wish to feel fresh and cheerful, a,nd eir for the Spring's work, cleanse your rim with tho Headache and Liver Cure, by taking two or three doses each week. SO cents per bottle by all druggi.. SoW-ttrtdfr positive guarantee by the Fwacer t'ms stow. LOVE'S SECRET. ' Never seek to tell thy love. Love that never told can be; For the gentle wind doth move Silently, Invisibly. I told my love, I told my love, I told her all my heart, Trembling, cold. In ghastly fears. Ah! She did departl Coon after she was gone from ma, A traveler came by, SUently, Invisibly; He took her with a sigh. -William Blake In New. York Ledger. THE MISSING COAT. My name is Frederick Putnam. I have been the last 10 years foreman and bookkeeper of the lumbering establish ment of William Winston & Co. Mr. Winston is the resident partner and man ager of the business. The other mem bers of the firm live in the city and at tend to the sales of lumber which we send to them by vessel. One cold evening as I was preparing for home I heard footsteps outside, and presently a tall, stout, well dressed man with a small traveling bag in one hand and a shawl over his arm gntered the office. I was alone. I had Sready put on my overcoat and was turning down the light. . "Good evening," said the man, walk ing up to the stove and kicking the damp er open with his foot. " "Has Winston gone to the house?" . , ? s I answered that he had. "Whewl I was afraid of it." He drew out his watch. "I shall not have timo to go up," he said. "The train is due in 15 minutes." ' , "Is there anything I can do?" I asked. " "I wanted to leave some money with Winston. I intended to stop in town a day or two, but I have just got a dis patch that calls me home." ; ', ! "What name, siit" s '", , "Anderson of Anderson ville." I knew him then, though I had seen him but once before. He had been one of our best western customers. I say had been for the reason that during the last year his payments had not been so prompt. In fact, he was considerably behind, and Mr. WinBton had that very day told me to-write to him and "punch him up a little," as he expressed it. The letter was then in the breast pocket of my overcoat. "You can leave the money with me, sir; J will give you a receipt," I said, He seemed to hesitate, which nettled me. I never blamed anybody since however. ' "How much is my bill?" he asked, ey ing me sharply, , . ' , . ' "Eleven thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars and twenty-three cents," I answered promptly for I had strupk the balance not more than half an hour be fore'. "Humph! Less than I supposed Write me out a receipt for that amount." He left the stove and came and looked over my shoulder while I wrote. "It ia all right, Mr. Putnam. I know you now. You've been with Winston a longtime. I can tell your signature any where." ., He drew from an inside pocket a wal let and counting out 11 piles of bank notes be told me to count them. It was a short and easy task, for each pile con tained just 100 bills. The balance was in fives and twenties. At thia moment we heard the whistle from the station. Anderson sprang for his traveling bag, and giving me a hasty handshake was off. I closed the door and counted the money again. Finding it right, I wrapped a piece of newspaper around it and slipped it into my overcoat pocket. , I did not feel easy to have so much money about me, but as Mr. Win ston's house was at least a mile distant I concluded to keep it until morning, when I could deposit it in the bank. I drew on my gloves, took the office key from the nail over the door and walked over to extinguish the light. As I did bo I saw on the floor the receipt I wrote for Mr. Anderson. He had dropped it in his hurry. I put it in my pocket and thought no more about it, only that I would mail it to him. I would have done it then, but as the last mail for that day had gone on the train which took Mr. Anderson I could do it just as well in the morning. Then, too, I was in something of a hurry that night, for I had an appointment with a young wom an whom I hoped would be my wife be fore many months. . I hastened to my boarding house, ate my supper, and then went over to the home of my intended bride, wearing the coat with the money in it, as I did not feel easy about leaving it in my room. Carrie was at home, and leaving my coat and hat in the hall, I went into the par lor. At 10 o'clock when I prepared to leave Carrie went into the hall for my -coat and hat that I might put them on by the fire, but she came back with only my hat. , "Why, Fred," ahe exclaimed, "you certainly did not venture out such a night as this without an overcoat?" ,' "No coat!" I cried in a dazed way, for the thought of the money flashed upon me so suddenly that it almost stunned me. The next moment I tore past her like a madman, as I was. The soat was gone! Then I was unnerved. I grasped at the stair rail and caught it just in time to support myself. Carrie came tunning out, her face pale with alarm. "Oh, Fred, are you ill? Let me call mother and the doctor! You are as f white as a sheet." "No.no, Carrie!" I entreated. "There, I am better now." And I was better. I was strong all at once desperately strong. And what brought abort this change? That simple receipt which I had in my pocket An derson had nothing to show that thg money had been paid, and was not my unaided word as good as his? I was foolish enough to believe that I could brave it through, and I grew confident and quite easy at once. "There, Carrie," I said quietly, "I am much better now. The room was too warm, I guess. So some sneaking thief has dodged in and stolen my coat? WelL Jet itga. It was .an., old .one, and nowu IH have a better one." "But you must not go out without-an overcoat," the dear girl answered, "and If you will wait just a momeut I will get yon one of father's coats to wear home." She did bo, and I started for home. You may guess that my slumber that night was not sound nor refreshing. I never passed a more miserable night "Why, Fred, you look as though you met a legion of ghosts last night," said Mr. Winston as he came into the office the next morning. "What is the mat ter?" "I did not sleep well," I answered-, with a smile. "By the way," continued my employ er, "did you write to Anderson as I' re quested?' I do not know how I managed to re ply, for the question set me shivering from head to foot, and I was so weak that I could scarcely sit in my chair. I must have answered in the affirmative, however, for he said: "Then we may look for something from him tomorrow or next day." Im mediately afterward he added: "Why, Fred, you shiver as though you had the ague, and you are sweating like a butch er! You're ill, man! Come, jump into my trap, and I'll take you home." I was glad of the chance to get away, and on reaching home I locked myself in. Ah, those were terrible hours I passed, and night brought no relief. Can you guess what I was meditating? Cow ard that I was, I had resolved on self de struction. I began my preparation with the same calmness and deliberation that I would have used in the most common transaction. I wrote a short explana tion to Carrio, another for Mr. Winston, a third for my mother. In a fourth en velope I inclosed the receipt to Mr. An derson. All this accomplished, I went to my wardrobe and took out my re volver. ... Having, examined the cartridges to make sure there would be no failure, I sat down before the fire and placed the pistol against my forehead. In another second I should have been lifeless, but just as my finger began to press the trig ger there was a tap on my door. It startled me, and easily concealing my weapon I called out that I could admit no one. "Not me, Fred?" : I knew Carrie's voice, and a yearning to look once again into her. loved face mastered me. Quietly slipping the tell tale letters which I had left on the table into my nocket, I opened the door. . "Oh, Tired, you are really ill!" ex claimed Carrie the moment the light fell on my face. .. "Why did you not send for me? Aren't you better?" ' ' "Worse," I answered huskily, i "But, Carrie good heavens!" .As I uttered this exclamation I started back and then forward, for , hanging across ; Carrie's arm was my overcoat.. Recovering from my astonishment, I drew from the pocket $11,750.23. . . You have heard about the singular capers of a madman or the wild antics of those crazed with rum, but judging from what Carrie told me and from the appearance of my apartment after it was over I am led to believe that I was far more grotesque. . Then , I asked for an explanation. It was the simplest thing imaginable. I do not know why I had not thought of it before. It was simply a blunder of Car rie's father. - He had mistaken my coat for his own and had worn it down town, never thinking that a fortune was lying in the pocket I sent Mr. Anderson his re ceipt, handed the money to Mr. Winston and went on with my duties a wiser and, I hope, a better man. Thomas G. Mitch ell in Drake's Magazine. A Story About a Story. Mrs. E. P. Terhune (Marion Harland) tells a curious bit of fact in connection with one of her earlier novels, "Ruby's Husband." The novelist was living in Newark at the time of its writing, and on her frequent trips over the Jersey flats to New York her attention was of ten centered upon a, long, low roofed white house visible in the far distance from the cars. f She knew nothing of it nor of its' inmates but its isolation, and on late winter afternoons its single eye of light streaming eerily across the stretch of marshland attracted her story telling instinct, and she wove the tale about it - " .'' Long afterward she found that it was occupied by a sporting character very similar to the horsy Nick Sloaue and actually having his initials, and he had, too, a young daughter, whose beauty was as remarkable for her environment as was that of the brilliant and unscru pulous Ruby. In the story Nick Bloane f is killed in a runaway accident, and out of it the tenant of the meadow house came to a violent death by the cars, sev eral years after "Ruby's Husband" be came popular. Thank Offerings. When there came to the household of the Duke and Duchess of Portland a baby daughter some years ago, the duchess in sisted on the duke's convertingthe gift of diamonds he contemplated purchasing for her into an hospital where the tenants on his estate might be cared for. Now that a son has come to inherit the name and title, the duke has remitted 20 per cent of the rents of the tenants on the I Welbeck estate and has directed his agent to prevent the carrying out of the proposed baptismal present from the ten ants to the infant marquis, because in these times such a gift would be a serious tax on the resources of his friends. Ex change. ; - Oar Royal Landlords. It is reported that Queen Victoria has been investing quite actively in real es tate in this country of late. The German royal family have already heavy real es tate interests here, and in fact about every monarch in Europe, including the Russian czar, has set a stake down in our soiL This shows that faith in the future of the republic is entertained right roy ally abroad." By and by the candidate for naturalization who has forgotten to pay hia rent on American royal territory will be able to swear truthfully that he renoumoe all allegiacce to every foreign prince or potentate. Boston Globe. ; : "Abject Fear A witness at the inquest on the bodies of those who lost their tyvesin the Ford's theater disaster in Washington stated under oath that the attitude of the gov ernment' clerks toward their chief in that builHing was one of "abject fear." They had long known the ill starred old trap was unsafe, but dared not complain for fear of discharge. An admission more shameful for both the superior officer and those under iiim Was never made. It is likewise a suffi cient comment on the state to which he at length becomes reduced who ac cepts what so many hundred thousands of republican citizens this moment would almost break their necks to get a government clerkship. The hundreds of clerks In the Ford building had pre cisely the feeling toward their chief that the negro slave had to the overseer who stood above him with the lash. The lash in this case was the fear of dis charge, potent as an evil terror where the clerk had a family depending on him for support. For himself, he could have asserted all the manhood that had not yet been reduced by the machine and rebelled got out of the slave gang but where would be the bread for those dependent on him? One must not blame too much the clerks who submitted to sink all the manly ' spirit within them and cower under the frown of their over seer. But the overseer himself the chief of division in that old Ford's theater? The use of unlimited power in time makes average men crazy or despots. Man hood ground into tbo dust is bound to sprout anew. The person toward whom those under him have only the feeling of "abject fear" is bound to be overtaken by retribution. When the long crushed spirit reasserts itself, it breaks violently out, Every malediction that has been uttered under the breath against the ty rant finds voice at last in the cry, "Hang him!" "Lynch Mm!" Undoubtedly in the grief and despair of the moment the feeling against the superior officer in the Eord building was heightened to ex travagance in the breasts of those who looked only on the mangled bodies of those who gave them bread. But dan ger lurks always where the mental at titude of an employee to his superintend ent is that of a victim toward a tyrant. Summer Health Seekers. The Philadelphia Ledger gives useful information to persons seeking health at summer resorts. . Some invalids get most gain at the seashore, others in the mountains.- The following paragraph shows what class of ailments is helped by the sea and what class by the mountain air: Pleasure seekers need no advice. Open air sports, delightful communion with nature, rest, or the change from everyday life, are of fered to them on every side. They may choose for themselves. It is a little different with those whose summer holiday is spent in the search for health. Every speclno case requires specific direction, but there are a few general facts which should be iterated and reiterated. The seashore Is not the place for very weak people, exoept under certain conditions. The freshness and wholesomeness of the air are not a sufficient compensation for the increase In atmospheric density. On the other hand, it ia precisely the place for convalescents for those who are slowly struggling up to health and only need the added Slip of pure air and sun shine to restore them to the normal condition of health and strength. The mountains are hardly ever suitable for those whose circulatory system U out of order. The lessened pressure of the atmosphere pro vokes such a quickened action of the heart that the danger of accident is seriously increased. On the other hand, it is the ideal place for those who for any reason fall to absorb and utilize the oxygen of the air. Careful experi ments have shown that under the reduced pressure of the atmosphere at high altitudes more oxygen is absorbed and more carbon con sumed than in the lowlands. This indicates with certainty the generation of force, for it is by the burning up of the tissues through the action of oxygen that all animal force is gen erated. In brief, it may be put (but very roughly and inadequately) that to grow fat one should go to the seashore; to grow strong, to the mountains, The one furnishes the tissue, the other the means to burn it up. Bravest and shrewdest of all the relief force at the Ford's theater disaster was a black man named Basil Lockwood. He fastened a ladder to his back and climbed like a cat to a telegraph pole close to the tumbling building. He thought to ex tend the ladder from the pole to the win dows of the theater and make a bridge of it while he held it, so that the imprisoned clerks on the highest floor could escape. But the ladder was too short to reach. Basil Lockwood's brain was equal even to that emergency. He inserted the pow erful muscles of his foot and ankle be neath the last round of the ladder, stretched out bis leg and thus made the other end of the ladder reach the window silL Then he told the clerks to come over. He was actually strong and steady enough to hold the ladder in its position till 20 men had crossed on it all that were in need. They slipped past him and down the telegraph pole. Then Basil Lockwood shinned down after them with his ladder and disappeared, asking no gold medal, not even an honorable men tion. But heroes and statesmen are made of that kind of material. 1 The execution of the murderer John L. Osmond at Sing Sing makes the fif teenth by electricity since the law di recting this mode of administering cap ital punishment was passed. No law was ever more desperately opposed than thia one. Every method known to the legal profession was tried to break it, but all failed. The opposition and excitement it aroused at first have died away entirely, and an execution by electricity in New York now causes no more of a stir than a hanging does in any other state. A singular accident occurred to Cobb Harris near, Oneonta, Ala., lately. He was riding a mule, when the animal sud denly threw hi s head up. striking Harris oh the chin and breaking his jawbone. Lifelike Death. The current number of The Popular Science Monthly contains a paper timely to the memorial season, and which will be received with interest not alone by veterans, but by men of science. W riting of the "Phenomena of Death In Battle," Mr. George L. Kilmer deals at length with the mooted question, "Do men sometimes retain in death the last atti tudes of life?" Citing the opinions of Grant, Sherman and Sheridan Grant in the negative and Sherman and Sheridan tn the affirmative the writer refers to cases at Belmont, Antietam, Williams burg and other fields of the civil war re ported by army surgeons, and also from cases in the Crimean and Italian wars. Soldiers were found dead from battle wounds with various parts of the body in the last attitudes of life and held so by a severe rigidity, the onset of which seemed to have been simultaneous with the coming of death. . The conservative view is that death is in all cases followed by relaxation of muscles; hence the attitude held when the body becomes rigid must be a new one caused by the contractions of rigid ity. The surgeons whose records are given, however, found the rigidity and the warlike attitudes upon bodies still warm and similar appearances upon others where death had taken place from a few hours to 24. 48 and even 60 hours before. Tho cause, the writer believes, is "heat stiffening" of the juices of the muscles. He finds that in all cases re ported the circumstances of the action favored great bodily heat combined with excessive muscular action that would create acid in the muscles and invite early rigidity. He finds also ah analogy in the action of lethal currents of elec tricity, which produce an instantaneous and firm, although transient, rigidity. Cases of rigidity in lifelike attitudes from lightning stroke have been fre quently reported, but in common with those found in the literature of the bat tlefield, have been attributed to the im agination of descriptive writers. The records of men who stake professional honor upon their statements contain cases as startling and as remarkable as any that have been brought into play to adorn tales of the battlefield. ' ' An American Inferno. ' ' A correspondent of The Globe-Democrat describes a weird and wonderful region he visited in the northwestern part of Mexico. On the dividing line between the Mexican states of Sonora and Lower California is a tract 85 miles long from cast to west and 10 to 13 miles in width from north to south, which the Indians long since poetically named "Bad Men's Hunting Grounds." It is probably such a region of miniature vol canoes as exists nowhere else on this globe. It contains thousands of volcanic mounds, ranging in size "from a hen coop to a house of moderate dimensions," and not a trace of life, animal or vegeta ble. . The district is 200 miles southwest of I Yuma, A. T., and is reached by following the Kio Colorado to tne dry bed or one of its tributaries, thence following this dry bed to the volcanic pit. It is really a basin 200 to 800 feet below sea level, and why it does not fill up with water, either salt or fresh, is one of nature's un explained mysteries. But the smells of these nheol vomiting mounds! In de scribing them the writer rises to the height of the poetic. There are hot springs, showers of mud, water and ash es, puffs of smoke, and such a boiling, seething and scenting that it makes the beholder first dizzy, then sick. There is a lake of some kind of demonish stew that is as black as ink. The prevailing smell is that of a mixture of burning sul phur and blue lick water, added to the odor of a tar roofing pot. The writer makes the statement on his honor as an honest man that yon can smell the basin 20miles away. " At the basin itself, however, strangely enough, scores of springs of delicious sweet water sparkle alongside the volcan ic spouting mouths. Some day undoubt edly thia basin will become a famous re sort for travelers. As to the effect of its appearance on a stranger, our poetic cor respondent says, "After the feeling of awe wears off, the first impression is that you are standing oa the edge of hell." What the impression is before the feel ing of awe wears off we are not told. ' With the advent of the hot weather comes the customary epidemic of sui cides. This year there have been several instances in which the impulse to self destruction has led its victims to leap from heights. Why people should be S more ready to kill themselves in summer j than during the cold and dreary days of ! winter is a mystery to the student of I mental unbalancement. It would be in- teroeting to know if the proportion of tuicides in hot countries is larger than lu those lands that are located in tem perate climes. A Chicago employer is trying the ex periment of rewarding his help accord ing to their efforts instead of in propor tion to their talents. When this idea becomes general in its application, look out for the millennium. If you see a bicycle coming, do not, change your pace. If you stop or hasten, it may knock yon Over. A bicyclist can appreciate this admonition. So President Cleveland was not the author of the phrase "innocuous desue- tilde" after all. Tt was invented by a White House factotum, An Income Tax, It is reported that the next congress will pass an income tax bill, This idea Is opposed by the influential press of the east and favored by many of the news papers and statesmen of the west. The idea of a graduated income tax is also popular in the south. Those who oppose this idea claim that It would impose a burden only upon the comparatively fow who have themselves, by their greater ability, energy and en terprise, gained wealth, while at the lame time contributing to the riches, power and dignity of the nation. They claim that it is an unfair tax and can not be successfully defended on any ground. Further objections urged are that it would be a most fruitful source of lying, as the untruthful would avoid payment by making false statements of their income. But there is another side to the ques tion. An income tax can be defended on the ground that it will secure a wider diffusion of moderate welfare, and it will act as a leveler, smoothing off the extremes of poverty and wealth. In all questions of this kind the feelings and the rights of individuals must be sub servient to the general welfare. We make laws forbidding the shooting of game and catching of fish at certain sea sons; they may be unjust to the individ ual, but they are a benefit to the mass. So likewise we grant franchises and often benefit individuals, although it is not done for this purpose, but to sub serve the welfare of the many. The question of an income tax must be considered from the same standpoint not as to its effect upon the individual, but its effect upon the people at large. An income tax has been levied by the United States but once in its history, and then it was established because of the necessity for revenue caused by the civil war. An act passed in 18C1 created a 8 per cent tax on incomes of $800 per annum and over. The rates of taxation, the amounts of the incomes taxed, and the proportion of the income exempt from taxation, were averaged by various acts, till in 1873 it was abolished. During the 10 years the law was in operation nearly $350,000,000 were col lected. There is no particular need of such a law at the present timo to raise a revenue, but it is the right and the duty of the government to do eve jy thing that lies in its power for the general well being even to the extent of sacrificing the individual. Noah's Ark Leads. They are turning 6ut some large wooden sailing vessels in our home ship yards this season. Some of them are four-masters. But after all some of the wooden ships of olden times were larger even than the steel steamships of the present day. One of Ptolemy Philo pater's carried 4,000 rowers, 400 sailors and 6,000 ooldiers. But this even was nothing to a ship constructed by Hiero, that old Syraouse tyrant. This is re ported to have had all the variety of apartments of a palace banqueting rooms, galleries, gardens, fishponds as if there were not fish enough just out side), stables, mills and ballrooms. It had eigtt towers with walls and bul warks and one machine of war which threw a stone of 800 pounds a half mile. : It seems that there was no port in Sici ly capable of containing this vessel in safety, so Hiero had to give it away. Such vessels as this will compare very favorably with the leviathans of the big ocean steamship companies of the pres ent day. ' If, however, larger ocean steamers yet appear, as is reported, there will be nothing to compare with them if we ac cept Noah's ark, which still has the lead as to size. . There is sometimes room for honest differences of opinion concerning the making of improvements that must needs destroy historic spots, but there seems to be little chance for twoviows regarding the project of those who would deface the field of Gettysburg by the con struction of a trolley railroad through the grounds. The preservation of Get tysburg in the same condition as it was when the awful struggle took place is as important to the defeated as to tho vic torious, and it is an encouraging sign of the times that the proposed improvement is generally regarded with indignation. Probably Lewis Morris will be the poet laureate of England. Euskin has apparently declined the job. Morris is an estimable gentleman, but not much of a poet. Ah, a great light went out when Tennyson died. He was as completely separated from all other poets that now live as the Caspian from all other seas. The cruiser New York is the fastest naval vessel afloat. Yet she ia built to fight and not to run away. She is the most remarkable warship that skill and ingenuity have produced up to this time. Hands all round! Three cheers and a tiger! ' It costs $2,500 per week to entertain the Duke of Veragua. By the saino to ken how mnch will it cost to entertain the infanta? But never mind the cost We are not having World's fairs every year. ; . The man who first suggested the use of bicycles instead of horses in the army ought to try to ride the two wheeled ve hicle across country once. ' Richard W. Gilder is writing a long poem, which be will read before the , Army of the Potomac Juno 27. The vets deserve better treatment. . .... Pat on Troaaer and Saw the bights. - Miss Emma Wood, who claims to be the daughter of a wealthy Colorado ranchman, was arrested in company with a young man who said his name was Frank Patton, and both were dressed in masculine attire. The story of the couple is that they both reside a short distance from Denver and for the last two years have kept company. When Patton, who is employed on a neighbor ing ranch, was sent to South Omaha i:i charge of a consignment of cattle, tl:iy thought it an excellent opportunity H give the old folks a surprise p:r::; making the journey an elopenxu.'. rr, well. The girl declares that they vcvn married by a Lutheran clergyman bo fore they left Denver. They arrived in Omaha Thursday nigii t and devoted the next day to seeing the sights. The girl had often worn her brother's clothes out on the ranch dr.r ing a roundup and helped the men drive up the cattle, and last night she declared her intention of putting on one of her husband's suits and going out to eeo tho town by gaslight. She assumed the trousers, and the pair started down Dedge street and visited one or two swell resorts, after which the woman con cluded she had enough, and they started to the hotel, but wero arrested. They were released today without being fined. Omaha Cor. Chicago Tribune. Just as a Bracer For the Fish Season. While a large pine log was being work ed up at the Brown & Hall sawmill, Acton, Ontario, a wonderful discovery was made. After the outside "slab" had been cut off a large toad was seen to poke his head out of a hole in which he was imbedded, and where he had barely escaped being cut in two by the saw. , .. How the creature ever got there is a mystery, as he was perfectly incased J i the wood with no possible means of i -gress or egress. As the log was the four ut or fifth up from the butt of the tree Lis position must have been at least 50 or 60 feet up from the ground. Thero is but one way of accounting for the fact that he was found in the situation mentioned. He had grown up with the tree from in fancy and was probably hundreds of years old when the saw awakened him from his long nap. Naturalists of Acton say that he is of an unknown species of the roptilia, and that the cavity in which he was found was perfectly sound and as smooth as though chiseled out by a carpenter. Ho was surrounded on all sides with solid wood from 4T inches to 2i feet thick. St. Louis Republic. A large Group of San Spots Visible. Professor Holden of the Lick observa tory says that a large group of spots is now clearly visible on tho sun, which., by the use of a smoked glass can be seen with tho naked eye. . It will be extreme ly Interesting to note what, if any, ex- J . . -.J iiauAUiuaijr quango iu bua nmtuur ui uxu In any case experience shows that as a rule whdn the sun's activity Is increased remarkable meteorological changes very soon take place on the earth. The pres ent indications from the large group of spots telesooped by Professor Holdon are that we may shortly look for an in creased movement of the trade winds on our gulf and south Atlantio coasts, and consequently "warm waves" in the in terior of the country." New York Her ald. ' "... Kew Ruling on Railroad Liability. A drummer for a firm of jewelers lost a checked trunk in an Illinois railroad accident. It was the kind of a trunk in which jewelry drummers carry their samples, and its contents were worth 7,000. He brought suit and recovered judgment for the full amount of the loss. The railroad company carried the case up. Now the supreme court of the United States "reverses" the court be low, sets aside the judgment and lays it down as law that the railroad compa ny's check and liability cover only the personal effects of the drummer hia shirts, collars, cuffs, etc. As for the de stroyed jewelry, he and his employers must arrange that matter between them selves. It is no concern of the common carrier's. Hartford Courant. The Fateful Opal. , . Miss Gizzelle Sikay, 16 years old, daughter of John Sikay of Bridgeport, died Sunday. She was to have been mar- finri t Mflniiv a i mrton iviiaa wo tt tm just been trying on her wedding dress, and displaying an opal pin Intended for -the veil remarked to her bridemaids: "Some girls think opals bring ill luck. I am sure thia will bring Henry and ma nothing but happiness." ' ' She deposited the pin in its case and turned to rearrange the display of her wedding gifts, when the muscles of her face contracted and she was seized with a convulsion, during which she sank to the floor unconscious. Her heart ceased to beat in 40 minutes. New Haven Regis ter. ' " . " -v - y .. Royal Belies. 'r' has discovered that an old box in the lum ber room of tho Louvre museum instead of containing archives, as was supposed by many, is full of the relics of royal per sonages jawbones, shoulder blades, shanks, ribs and vertebra). Tho writer rtates that there are among them the . tcapula of Hugues Capet, the thighbone of Charles V, the shinbones of Charles VI and Francis I, the vertebrra of Charles . VH and Charles IX, the ribs of Philippe le Bel and Louis XH and the lower jaw bone of Catherine de Medicis.. The au thenticity of these relics is, ho' says, provod by papers also found iu the box. Endurance of a Young llunnlan TVomau. Last winter a BussUu girl of 17, giv-, ing way to fatiguo, foil down asleep by the road, and when she awoke found herself buried so deeply in snow that es cape, was impossible. Fifty -one days later she was still found breathin.ir and was brought aucceMfnliy back to life. . .' ' . During all, this timo the poor girl hud to eat only soma oruntj o ln:;i l that huppvaed to be in her pock t.Ouirri- r aos Etats-Unis. . 1 '