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jit 1 I'ff 4 5.4 ^.r, y* g,o ltd fs ft i? m, "'*1 i# m&i sM "n ll ,'w J».fc f' 4 ll a Ht 3, *U 4 I jn ft THE TERRITORY BUSINESS HOUSES AT BOTTINEAU DE 8TROYED BV FIRE. A Blaze at Grand Forks—A Decision of Much Interest in the Northern Pacific Injunction Suits--A Case to Determine When Wheat in Elevators Is Tanablc— Minor Mentions. I'lBE AT BOTTIOEAI". Fire broke out in the basement of Mc Arthur Bro.'s store in the Budde block, Bottineau. December 30. and soon the business portion of the town was envel oped in flames. A strong wind was blow ing from the northwest and the flames spread to the opposite side of the street, the McBrnven hotel being one of the first to fall. Kapidly it spread to the south on both sides and swept everything. The in surance and loss, as near as can be ascer tained, is as follows: Ed Kichmond, furniture, $10,000 in sured for $6,000. A. Appel & Co., cloth ing, S'Jb.OOO insurance. §10,000. Partial loss on annex to the Syndicate block, •which cost $30,000, $l(i.000. Loss to •offices on second floor, $2,000. THE RAILROAD BEATEN. Judge R«ese delivered the celebrated Northern Pacific tax ease decision at •Jamestown December 31. The particular •eases on -which decisions were made are the 6uits of the railway company against the treasurer of Foster and Lawrence counties, in Dakota, for a perpetual in junction against the sale of railroad lands for the taxes of 1887. The cases also de cide about thirty other suits of the same character brought by the Northern Pacific company restraining the sale of their lands in both the indemnity belt and the orig inal land grant. The" cases along the line •of the road in Dakota are many and the amount in value is upwards of $500,000. The decision is against the railroad com pany and in favor of the counties. How ever, it gives the plaintiff ten days to amend the complaints, but it is probable the case will go to the supreme court on the pleadings as they stand. The coun ties claim the right to tax the lands in ad dition to the pro rata they receive under the gross earnings law of the territory. WHEN IS WHEAT ASSESSABLE? Testimony was taken Monday before Judge Reese at Jamestown in a case of gen eral territorial interest. The statutes provide that merchant.*' stocks and mer chandise are assessable May 1, while all other property is assessable April 1. The The elevator companies of the territory, claiming to be Belling —r Insurance. I In the Bndfle block. Slett*?lalv AKrbesvaitg, geu'I merchants $3,000 McArthur Bros.', drug ntore V. Fi. Noble, postoflice and land office Those living overhead lost ail. are as follows: Loss. I H. C. Mcliean $3.5U Mrs. Hurt l'rof. O.Uiro 303 D. Nordin.... OS3 $10,000 1,000 l.ooo They Loss. ...300 1 0 0 The following are the single buildings destroyed: Ins Loss. SO,000 P. E. Sandli, machine depot 81,500 M. O.TibbiUs, land and loan office Hover A- Wiley, butcher shop.. Free Ltnicc printing office D. Mcllniven. hotel W. B. PciiVe. vacant store Dr. Loranfjer Dougald McArtlinr, dwellin ... A. E. Aclioson, barber shop Kirk A' White, saloon Hendrickson 4: Bjornnby, liiml waie 900 500 600 500 1,200 1,080 «00 4.000 200 loss not known. 800 200 1,000 1,000 1,500 3,500 The following were d,imaged: Joe Syer. Restaurant, .*100 Piornvr iirinting office, S10U M. S. Harmon, bank. .$100. Archie MoArthur, judge of piobate. lost all Ac books of his office, and F. Cathro, superintendent of schools, lost all his books. A BLAZE AT GRAND FORKS. On the evening of December 28 smoke •. "was discovered issuing from the rear of Richmond's furniture depot in the north -end of the Syndicate block, Grand Forks. An attempt was first made to confine the fire to the basement where it originated, but after an hour's hard fighting, realizing the uiter impossibility of saving the stock •of furniture as the flames burst through the door, all efforts were directed towards keeping fire from the rest of the block. The tire corps fought nobly and by 11 •o'clock the fire was under control. From the furniture store the flames ate their way into the clothing store of A. Appel A Co., and his stock soon became food for the flames. Supt. Bovcraft, of the gas works, was the hero of the Hour. With two streams of water playing around he bravely entered the blazing basement and turned off the gas. thereby probably savins a terrific explosion. The losses are summed up as follows: mearcnants, buying and for profit, have always maintained that their wheat in store May 1 should be the basis of their assessment, but they have systematically run their whettt out of the territory and reduced stock to the min imum on that date. In LaMoure county, April 1 the Northern Dakota Elevator company had 100,000 bushels of grain in store. May 1, 5.000 bushels. The differ ence in the amount of tax which the coun ty would receive if the wheat in store on the former date were made the basis of as sessment is nearly $1,000, and the assess ment was made on that basis. The case now comes before Judge Rose on appeal from the board of equalization, before whom the elevator company tiled a pro test. The question at issue is whether the wheat in store is assessable May 1 or April 1. The argument on the case will be heard at some future time. Judge Rope ha6 a number of similar oases which will •soon be argued. It is said that the coming legislature will be asked to make some definite legislation on the subject. CLAWED BY A MOUNTAIN LION. Wallace Wells with several others went on a big hunt toward the Black Hills in •October. They returned to Chamberlain a few days ago, and relate a narrow escape -of Wells and Dr. Treon from death by a mountain lion. Wallace, when through with the combat with the ferocious ani mal, was almost destitute of clothing, and be was clawed and scratched to such an «xtent that he looked more like a pounded piece of beefsteak than a rugged hunter. The boys declare they do not want to tackle another mountain lion. —The Tribune says the report that it is the intrtition of some of the prominent members of the legislature which will meet in Bismarck in a few days to refuse to re main for the winter has knocked some of the enthusiasm out of the plan to tender the lawmakers a reception in the capitol upon their arrival. —Bismarck Tribune: Col. and Mrs. £. L. Whitford were recently blessed with the addition of a handsome boy to their happy and estimable family. The dimpled infant was round, of head and bright of eye and the happy parents saw that he gave promise of an honorable and u#efol manhood. They christened him Nehemiah in honor of his illustrious grandfather. El-Governor Xehemiah G. Ordway, of Dakota, and Christmas morning the lucky little favorite received $500 in government bonds as a Christmas present from his proud grandsire in Washington. Happy grandpa: lucky grandson. —After wishing all the delinquent tax payers in the county a merry Christmas and a happy New Year the treasurer of Custer county delivers the following soothing address: ,-I will not mnr the happy surroundings aiul destroy the festi vities of holiday week, but it becomes my painful duty to issue a full and complete list of delinquent taxpayers from A to Z. Tliis will be circulated through Custer county on the 2d of January. 1S89. and no further excuses cau be accepted for non payment. —The family and friends of Charles T. Clement a highly respected citizen of Fargo, are in a state of painful suspense and anxiety to know his wherea bouts. He left home for Chicago on business Thursd iy. December 0, and two days later arrived in Chicago, where he registered at the Saratoga house. Noth ing direct has been heard from him since. —The Iroquois Herald alleges that a large share of the costs of the late term of court in Clark county has been saddled upon the county by the justices of the peace in issuing papers and bindiug per sons over to court on criminal charges where the evidence would not sustain the complaint. —The new electric light plant of the Homestake company, at Lead City, has been set in operation. Eighty lights are at present carried on the circuit, and the first tests have been very satisfactory. At present only the mill and store are lighted. —A Chamberlain special says that a number of Indians were in the city las1 Wednesday trying to dispose of lila ikets, etc.. that had been given thein by the gov ernment. The savages evidently have great faith in Dakota's balmy weather. —Wmfred has a horse importing com pany lately organized that received its first carload of imported horses last week. The company is composed of E. G. Rice, pres ident F. A. Rice, secretary: and C. A. Duel, treasurer all of Winfred. —The Chamberlain Democrat remarks that the fanners of Brule county are be coming better fixed as the years roll by and are able to take better care of their stock and to have more Home comforts for their families. —One of the topics of conversation in political circles at Bismarck is the action of the retiring board of county commis missioners in reducing the salary of the district attorney from $1,200 to $400 per year. —The Methodists have just closed a very successful meeting at Rowena. Some forty-one were converted and have united themselves with the M. E. church. Rev. Mrs. L. Hartsough conducted the meet ing. —McCormic's Blues and Bayard's Reds played' a 'game of base ball at Fargo Christmas day. At the end of the four teenth inning each side had scored one run and darkness made the game a draw. —The Deadwood Pioneer reminds the superintendent of the street railway that there is nothing in the inter-state com merce law prohibiting the issuing of "an nuals" to newspapers. —Minnesela has a bad boy. His name is Frank Miller. Last Sunday he attempt to blow up the only church in the place with black powder, but only succeeded in burning himself. —News has been received in Bismarck of the death of W. B. Bell, which occurred in Draytone, Fla., on Christmas day. Mr. Bell was treasurer of Burleigh county for six years. —An effort will be made this winter to have a law passed requiring chattel mort gages to be filed with the several town clerks instead of with the register of deeds. —Thirteen Huronians have received gold watches for Christmas presents, and the Times claims there is not "a Waterbury agency or a 99-cent counter iu the town. —The new Chicago and Northwestern telegraph wire between Huron and Tracy is in use. This additional wire gives Huron direct communication with Chicago. —The civil calendar will be taken up in district court at Deadwood after January 1, and another effort made to clear up the docket of at least part of the cases. —Custer Fire and Hose company No. 1 contemplates erecting a building, the low er part to be used by the company and the upper part to be used for a hall. —C. J. Cotter, of Elkton, has challenged O. H. Smith, the champion heavy weight of Dakota, to fight for $50 a side and a percentage of the gate receipts. —The ladies having in charge the Bis marck reading-room contemplate throwing it open to the public at an early date with a sociable and reception. —The Turner County bank at Hurley has been purchased by W. H. Robertson, who will take possession February 1,1889. —Emmett Cole, of Columbia, has moved his family to Aberdeen and will act as deputy under Auditor Hedger. —C. E. Aiken has been commissioned postmaster of Brookings, in place of C. W. Hastings, resigned. —William Turner, one of the pioneer I residents of Turner counry, died last Wed nesdav at Turner. —The editor of the Herold Star dished up locals to his readers last week in the form of rhyme. —The old soldiers of LaGrace and vi cinity are taking steps toward organizing a G. A. R. post. —The last brick on the Northwestern bank building at Aberdeen was laid last Saturday. —The permanent improvements made in Brookings the past year foot up $70, 000. —The new Milwaukee depot at Aberdeen will be ready for use February 1. —The ice shipments from Ordway and Columbia will begin the first of next week. —The bob sled business in the territory bids fair to be almighty poor this winter. —The city jail at Aberdeen is being thoroughly renovated and refurnished. —The newspapers of Burlington are just now waging a red-hot war of words. —All outstanding registered warrants of Hand county have been called in. —Burglars and sneak thieves are com ing to the front at White. —Deadwood wants a fire bell of at least 2,000 pounds weight. THE MIGHTIEST NAME. AN ELOQUENT DISCOURSE BT THE REV. DR. IALMAGE Delivered In Hie Brooklyn Tabernacle Sun day, Dec. 30—Good Will to M»n-Why We Bring nowers. Subject—'"Barn-like birthplaces." Tezt—"\e shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly.there was with the angel a multitude of tlie heavenly host."—Luke ii, J-, 18. At midnight from one of the galleries of the sky a chant broke. To an ordi nary observer there was no reason for 6uch a celestial demonstration. A poor man and wife—travelers, Joseph and Mary by name—had lodged in an out house of an unimportant village. The supreme hour of solemnity had passed, and upon the pallid forehead and cbeek of Mary God 'had set the dignity, the grandeur, the tenderness, the everlast ing and divine significance of mother hood. But such, scenes had often occurred in Bethlehem, yet never before had a 6tar been unfixed, or had a baton of light marshaled over the hills a winged orchestra. If there had been such brilliant and mighty recognition at an advent in the house of Pharaoh, or at an advent in the house of Caesar, or the house of Hapsburg, or the house of Stuart, we would not so much have won dered but a barn seems too poor a cen ter for such delicate and archangelic circumference. The stage seems too small for so great an act, the music too grand for such unappreciative auditors, the window of the stable to rude to be serenaded by other worlds. No, sir. No, madam. It is my joy this morning to tell you what was born that night in the village barn and as I want to make my discourse accumulative and climacteric, I begin, in the first place, by telling you that that night in the Bethlehem manger was born (I.) en couragement for all the poorly started. He had only two friends—they his par ents. No satin-lined cradle, no deli cate attentions, but straw, and the cattle, and the coarse joke and banter of the camel drivers. No wonder the mediaeval painters represent the oxen as kneeling before the infant Jesus, for there were no men there at that time to worship. From the depths of what povertv He rose until to-day He is honored in all Christendom and" sits on the imperial throne in Heaven. What name is mightiest to-day in Christendom? Jesus. Who has more friends on earth than any other being? Jesus. Before whom do the most thou sands kneel in chapel and church and cathedral this hour!1 Jesus. For whom could one hundred million souls be marshaled, ready to fight or die? Jesus. From what depths of poverty to what height of renown! And so let all those who are poorly started remember that they cannot be more poorly born, or more disadvantageous!}-, than this Christ. Let them look up to his exam ple while they have time and eternity to imitate it. Do you know that the vast majority of the world's deliverers had barnlike birthplaces? Luther, the emancipator of religion, born among the mines. Shakspeare, the emancipator of liter ature, born in a humble home at Strat ford-on-Avon. Columbus, the discov erer of a world, born in poverty at Genoa. Hogarth, the discoverer of how to make art accumulative and adminis trative of virtue, born in a humble home at Westmoreland. Kitto and Prideaux, whose keys unlocked new apartments in the Holy Scriptures which had never been entered, born in want. Yea, I have to tell you that nine out of ten of the world's deliverers, nine out of ten of the world's messiahs—the messiahs of science, the the messiahs of law, the menssiahs of medicine, the messiahs of poverty, the mesiahs of grand benevo lence—were born in want. I suppose that when Herschel, the great astronomer, was born in the home of a poor musician, not only one star, but all the stars he afterward discovered, pointed down to his manger. I sup pose when Hayden, the German com poser, was born in the humble home of a poor wheelwright, that all the angels of music chanted over th.e manger. Oh, what encouragement for those wbo are poorly started. Ye who think your selves far down, aspire to go high up,' I stir your holy ambition to-day, and I want to tell you, although the whole world may be opposed to you, and inside and outside of your occupations or pro fessions there may be those who would hinder your accent, on your side and enlisted in your behalf are the sym- Sathetic heart and the almighty arm of ne who one Christmas night, about eighteen hundred and eighty-eight years ago, was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. Oh, what mag nificent encouragement for the poorly started. II. Again I have to tell you that in that village barn that night was born good will to men. whether you call it kindness, or forbearance, or forgive ness, or geniality, or affection, or love. It was no sport of high Heaven to send its favorite to that humiliation. It was sacrifice for a rebellious world. After the calamity in Paradise, net only did the ox begin to gore, and the adder to sting, and the elephant to smite with his tusk, and the lion to put to bad use tooth and paw, but under the very tree from which the forbidden fruit was plucked was hatched- out war and re venge and malice and envy and jeal ousy, and the whole brood of cocka trices. But against that scene I set the Beth lehem manger, which 6ays: "Bless rather than curse, endure rather than assault," and that Christmas night puts out vindictiveness. It says: "Sheathe your sword, dismount you guns, dis mantle your batteries, turn he war ship Constellation, that carrieu shot and shell, into a grain ship to take food to famishing Ireland, hook your cavalry horses to the plow, use your deadly gun powder in blasting rocks and in patri otic celebration, stop your lawsuits, quit writing anonymous' letters, extract the sting from your sarcasm, let your wit coruscate but never burn, drop all harBh words out of your vocabulary— 'Good will to men.'" "Oh!" you say, "I can't exercise it I won't exercise it until they apologize I won't forgive them until they ask me to forgive them." You are no Christian then—I say you are no Christian, or you are a very inconsistent Christian. If you forgive not men their tresspasses, how can you expect your Heavenly Fa ther to forgive you? Forgive them if they ask your forgiveness, and forgive them anyhow Shake hands all around. Good will to men." Oh, my Lord Jesus, drop that spirit into our hearts this Christmas hour. I tell you what the world wants more than anything else—more helping hands, more sympathetic hearts, more kind words that never die, more disposition to give other people a ride, and to carry the heavy end of the load and give other people the light end, and to ascribe good motives instead of bad, and to find .our happiness in making others happy- Out of that Bethlehem crib let the bear and the lion eat straw like an ox. "Good will to men." That principle will yet settle all controversies, and un der it the world will keep on improving until there will be only two antagonists in all the earth, and they will side by side take the jubilant sleigh ride inti mated by the prophet when he said: "Holiness shall be on the bells of the horses." III. Again, I remark that born that Christmas night in the village barn was sympathetic union with other worlds. 'J*he only skepticism I have ever had about Christianity was an astronomical skepticism which said: "Why would God out of the Heavens and amid the Jupiters and Saturns of the Laiverse have chosen our little bit of a world for the achievement of His only begotten Son when He might have had a vaster scale and vaster worlds?" But my skep ticism is all gone as I come to the man ger and watch its surroundings. Now I see all the worlds are sisters, and then when one weeps they all weep, and when one sings they all sing. From that supernatural grouping in the cloud banks over Bethlehem, and from the especial trains that ran down to the scene, I find that our world is beautifully and gloriously and magnifi cently surrounded. The meteors are with us, for one of them ran to point down to the birthplace. The heavens are with us, because at the thought of our redemption they roll hosannas out of the midnight sky. Oh! yes I do not know but our world may be better surrounded than we have sometimes imagined and when a child is born angels fetch it, and when it dies angels take it, and when an old man bends under the weight of years angels uphold him, and when a heart breaks angels soothe it. Angels inthe hospital to take care of the sick. Angels in the cemetery to watch our dead. Angels in church ready to fly heavenward with the news of repentant souls. Angels above the world. Angels under the world. Angels all around the world. Rub the dust of human imperfection out of our eyes and look into the heavens and see angels of pity, angels of mercy, angels of pardon, angels of help, angels crowned, angels charioted. The world defended by angels, girdled by angels, cohortedby angels—clouds of angels. Hear David cry out: "The chariots of God are twenty thousand. Even thousands of angels." But the mightiest angel stood not that night in the clouds over Bethlehem the mightiest angel that night lay among the cattle— the angel of the new covenant. As the clean white linen sent in from some motherly villager was being wrapped around the little form of that Child Emperor, not a cherub, not a ser aph, not an angel, not a world but wept and thrilled and shouted. Oh! yes, our world has plenty of sympathizers. Onr world is only a silver rung of a great ladder, at the top of which is our Father's house. No more stellar soli tariness for our world, not a friendless planet spun out into space to freeze, but a world in the bosom of divine maternity. A star harnessed to a manger. IY. Again, I remark that that night born in the village barn was the offend er's hope. 'Some sermonizers may say I ought to have projected this thought at the beginning of the sermon. Oh! no. I wanted you to rise toward it. I wanted you to examine the cornelians, and the jaspers, and the emeralds, and the chrysalis before I showed you the Kohinoor—the crown jewel of the ages. Oh! that jewel had a very poor setting. The cub of bear is born amid the grand old pillars of the forest, the whelp of the lion takes its first step from the jungle of luxuriant leaf and wild flo,wer, the kid of goat is born in cavern chandeliered with stalactite and pillared with stalagmite. Yet the nativity was the offender's hope. Over the door of Heaven are written these words: "None but the sinless may enter here." "Oh, horror," you say, "that shuts us all out." No. Christ came to the world in one door, and He departed through another door. He came through the door of the manger, and He departed through the door of the sepulcher, and his one business was so to wash away our sin that one second after we are dead there will be no more sin about us than about the eternal God. I know that is putting it strongly, but that is what I understand by full re mission. All erased, all washed away, all scoured out, all 'gone. That under girding and overarching and irradiating and imparadising possibility for you, and for me, and for the whole race was given on that Christmas night. Do you wonder we bring flowers to day to celebrate such an event? Do you wonder that we take organ and cornet and-youthful voice and queenly soloist to celebrate it? Do you wonder that Raphael, and Rubens and Titian and Giotto and Ghirlandajo, and all the old Italian and German painters gave their mightiest stroke of the pencil to sketch the Madonna, Mary and her boy,? Oh! now I see what the manger was. Not so high as the gilded and jeweled and embroidered cradle of the Henrys of England, or the Louises of Francis, or the Fredericks of Prussia. Now I find out of that Bethlehem crib fed not so much the oxen of the stall as the white horses of Apopalyptic vision. Now I find the swaddling clothes enlarging and emblazoning into an imperial robe for a conqueror. Now I find that the star of that Christmas night was only the diamond sandal of him who hath the moon under his feet. Now I come to understand that the music of that night was not a complete song, but only the stringing of the instruments, for a great chorus of two worlds, the base to be carried by earthly nations saved, and the soprano by kingdoms of glory won. Oh, Heaven, Heaven, Heaven! I shall meet you there. After all our imperfec tions are gone, I shall meet you there. I look out to-day, through the mist of years, through the fog that rises from the cold Jordan, through the wide open door of solid pearl, to that reunion. I expect to see you there, as certainly as I see you here. What a time we shall have, in high converse, talking over sins Eattles ardoned, and sorrows comforted, and triumphant! I am going in. I am going to take all my family with me. I am going to take all my church with me. I am going to take all my friends and neighbors with me. I have so much faith in manger and cross I feel sure of it. I am going to coax you in. I am going to push you in. By holy stratagem I am going to surprise you in. Yea, with all the concentrated energy of my nature—physical, mental, spiritual, and immortal—I am going to compel you to go in. I like you so well I want to spend eternity with you! Some of your children have already gone. Some time ago I buried one of them, and though people passing along the street and seeing white crape on the doorbell may have said: "It is only a child," yet when the broken-hearted father came to solicit my service he said: flSSSSWlRj "Come around and comfort us, for though she was only 15 months old we loved her so much." Ah! it does not take long for a child to get its arms around the parent's whole nature. What a Christmas morning it win make when those with whom vou keep the holidavs are all around you in Heaven! Silver-haired old father young again, and mother who had so many aches and pains and decrepitudes well again, and all your brothers and sisters, and the little ones. How glad they will be to see you! Thev have been waiting. I he last time they saw yonr face it was covered with tears and distress, and pallid from long watching, and one of them I can imagine to-day, with one hand holding fast the shining gate, and the other hand swung out toward you, saying: Steer this way, father, steer right for me Here safe iu Heaven I am waiting for tnee. Oh! those Bethlehem angels, when they went back after that concert tli&t night over the hills, forgot to shut the door. All the secret is out. No more use of trying to hide from us the glories to come. It is too late to shut the gate. It is blocked wide open with hosannas marching this way, and hallelujahs marching that way. What almost unmans me is the_ thought that it is provided for such sinners as you and I have been. If it had been provided only for those who had always thought right, and spoken right, and acted right, you and I woulfl have had no interest in it, had no share in it you and I would have stuck to the raft mid "cean, and let the ship sail by, carrying perfect passengers from a perfect life on earth to a perfect life iu Heaven. Oh! I have heard the commander of that ship is the same great and glorious and sympathetic One who hushed the tempest around the boat on Galilee, and I have heard that all the passengers on the ship are sinners saved by grace. And so we hail the ship, and it bears down this way, and we come by the side of it and ask the Captain two questions "Who art thou? and whence?" and he says: "I am Captain of Salvation, and I am from themanger." Oh! bright Christ mas morning of my soul's delight. Chime all the bells. Wreathe all the garlands. Rouse all the anthems. Shake hands in all the congratulations. Merry Christmas! Merry with the thought of sins forgiven, merry with the idea of sorrows comforted, merry with the raptures to come. Oh! lift that Christ from the manger and lay Him down in all our hearts. We may not bring to Him as costly a present as the magi brought, but we bring to His feet and to the manger to-day the frankin cense of our joy, the pearls of our tears, the kiss of our love, the prostration of our worship. Down at His fe.et, all churches, all ages, all earth, all Heaven. Down at His feet the four-and-twenty elders on their faces. Down the "great multitude that no man can number." Down Michael, the archangel! Down all worlds at His fept and worship. "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will„to men!" The Winter Evenings. If the parents of a large family can afford a room, comfortable in all its ap pointments, as a reading-room for the children, and let them make a display of their own tastes and means in its decor ations, they will give them something to love home for. Require the boys and girls to keep it neat and clean. Let them use it of evenings to crack nuts, pop corn and roast apples, and enjoy themselves to the full extent in their own way and in their own room, and when the evening is over leave the room neatly cleaned for next evening. It may be that the young folks have neither time or means to use this room through the day but when evening comes the boys should take turns at making the fire and carrying the coal, while the girls see that it is cleanly swept and dusted and the lamp filled and trimmed, and each one's papers oi books are arranged around the lamp in piles as they like them. To this room let the girls bring their sewing or knit ting. If the family is large they prob ably are having to sew and knit to help mother get them ready for school and while they buisly apply their fingers the boys can select one of their com pany to read alond something that will interest the girls as well as themselves. After the winter clothing is all ready for use then the girls can have some» thing fancy in embroidery, crocheting, or knitting, as their tastes may desire. —National Stockman. Turning Leaves. The warning that has been sounded against turning the leaves of books &ith wet fingers, for fear of microbes,, was based on investigations by the author ities among the circulating libraries at Dresden, to determine whether they were a medium for the communicatioii of infectious diseases. Soiled leaves oi books were rubbed first with dry fing ers, and then with wet ones, and the re sult microscopically examined. No, microbes, or few, were found on the dry finger, but many on the wet finger. It did not appear that any of them were infectious, but the result of the experi ments was held to justify an earnest warning against putting the finger ip the mouth when turning the leaves of books. Glues for Many Purposes. fr^ak half a pound of glue over night in a quart of good milk and boil it the next day it will dissolve moisture much better than glue dissolved in water. An adhesive mucilage for labels, suit able for bottles or glass, may be pre-' pared by soaking glue in strong vine gar then heat to boiling and add flour. This is very adhesive, and does not de compose when kept in wide-mouthed bottles. The following preparation is very use ful for gumming large sheets of paper, which may be kept on hand ready fo* use: Starch, two drachms white sugar, one ounce gum arabic. two drachms tc be boiled with a sufficient quantity ol water.—Jewelers' Record. In the United States $900,000,000 ia spent annually on liquor, $600,000,000 on tobacco, $100,000,000 on popular amusements, and yet $9,500,000 is all that is given for the support of Home and Foreign Missions. Throughout the world Methodism numbers 38,000 preachers, 6,320,000 members, and a population closely identified with it of 30,000,000. There area million wild Tmliftna fa Brazil who are practically ignored by the Christian world. IS WM. B.TASC0TT DEAD?' gKILtrDL DETECTIVES BEI.IEVE HK is BEYOND HUMAN CA1TUKE. Six Month* Hare Passed Without Bringing to Light Any Tidings orMlHionalre 8nell*» Murderer, Despite the Immense Reward* Offered. ,, [Chicago special.} William B. Tascott. the murderer of. Millionaire Bnell. of this city, is dead—at least that is the deliberate opinion of somo of the most skillful detectives in Chicago. Thev say that beyond a doubt tho knell) family might just as well increase th®J $50,000 rewuril now offered for the young, man to one of a million dollars. It a id will "What makes you think he is dead? asked a reporter of the local Superintendent of a well-known detective agency. ••Because unquestionably if ho were alivd he would have been caught long ago." waa the replv. In the whole history of crime: he re a a ad or a To begin with, the reward offered for his' arrest is very much the biggest offered for any criminal. That alone would probably! have secured his capture if he wer® not ia| his grave. Then think of the way hia description has been scattered over the civilized world. There isn't a Postoflice in, the United States where his appearance ia not as well known as it is here In Chicago— there is hardly such a Postoflice in the wido world. The circulars offering tho enormou» rewards have been translated into every European language and sent around the globe. How Tascott looks and what ho is wanted for are known in Paris and Borneo, in Vienna and Melbourne. Even the island ers in the Pacific Ocean have heard of him. There are spots he might hide in where he would be safe, like Kamschatka or somo place of that sort, but it would be impoa-, sible for him to reach any such place with-, out being seen on tho way by hundreds of I people who would afterward remember him from the descriptions in the reward] circulars, even if they did not recognize him at first. "One police official has been quoted as saying that he thinks the murderer is hid-1 ing in the dense swamps or sloughs along the Mississippi River on the borders ofj Wisconsin. That would be a good place tffj hide in, but he could not stay nidden theren all this time without somebody discovering him. It is simply impossible. This, too,, brings up another point. If ho is alive, how! does he live? All he got from Mr. SneH"^ safe would not support him two weeks. If, his father or any other person here sent him money, that fact would be almost immediately discovered. He] could not ply his old trade of thiefj without associating with the criminals] watched by the police, without being be trayed by some one of those he would have to work with or without being cap tured as a burglar long ago. As to manual] labor he knew no honest occupation exoept: running an elevator. He could not work: without being employed by some one else, and how could he do that anywhere without discovery? At everjr hamlet and crossroad^ he would be recognized. It has been sug gested that some woman or criminal friend] in a big city is keeping him in concealment. Tascott was of such a restless, uneasy na-1 ture that it would be impossible for him to remain concealed as long as this. SomeJ trace of him would surely be found." "Couldn't he have gone abroad? Superin-J tendent Hubbard has been reported as' thinking he has slipped across the ooean." "I don't see howhe could get abroad with-, out leaving a trail which the extraordinary' search that has been made would surely find." Other detectives also supported the idea that Tascott was dead. One of them aald: "This is my theory: Inspector Bonfteld's men positively traced Tascott to St. PadL There they tast him. tnough they brought back indisputable evidence that he had been in'the eity. About a month after the mur-4 der a body was found under the ice some distance below St. Paul which was said to resemble Tascott. I never heard that th4 matter was closely investigated. In my judgment, if that was not the body of Tas cott, he died about that time and in about that way. I think Tascott committed tbe murder on a sudden impulse. If was the first time he had shea! blood, and he was dazed and half-crazed by his crime. He hung about Chicago un-j til he saw that the hunt was getting olose to his trail, which was two or three days before(he was positively identified murderer. Then he lied to St. Paul While he was there the full idea' tiflcation came, and he killed himself. II may be argued that he was not the kind ol a man to commit suicide. If he had been! an ordinary old and hardened criminal thi would be true but Tascott was young, This was his first great crime. He was jasf the man to make away with himself undei such circumstances. Of course, Inspec Bonfield, who has done so much hard work] on the case, does not like to own up beaten. Eventually he will have to come to this con clusion." There is an intimate friend of Colonel Tascott's, who was his adviser when his son was first charged with the murder. This friend was suspected by the police of having young Tascott concealed in hift house or his office. For this reason he wa» for a long time carefully shadowed by de tcctives. He said to a friend one day: "I am dogged by detectives, who think I have young Taseott hidden somewhere. I haven't# but I can assure you positively that the young man will never be caught in thia world." from which it was inferred that he knew Tascott was dead. The man who made this remark is reputable citizen,! who stood in a delicate and confidential position toward the elder Tascott. It would bo manifestly unjust to give his name. Neither Inspector Bonfield nor Superin-, tendent Hubbard, anymore than A. J. Stone.! Mr. Snell's son-in-law. will admit a belief that Tascott is dead. They still cherish, hopes that he will be caught some day. Nevertheless, they do not assert that the prospect is any brighter than it was sixl months ago. The search has now beea going on ton months. It has cost in the neighbor-' hood of $16,000 for printing and postage alone. As an evidence of the keen interest that is taken in it all over the world, it May be mentioned that Inspector Bon&iid re ceives every day a pile of lettera about' Tascott half as high as his desk. Superin tendent Hubbard and Mr. Stone are also deluccd with correspondence. It is no ex-1 aggeration to say that there are many thou sand men scattered over the globe who are, keeping a keen watch for "a slender young man with gold tilling in his teeth," etc. In creasing the reward has increased their number and their vigilance. He Wants His Money. M. M. Gray, one of the lawyers for John Arensdorf in the famous Haddock murder case, at Sioux City, Iowa, has sued Arensdorf for $1,000 for services rendered during the trial. Arensdorf is now run ning beer bottling works across the Mis souri River from Sioux City, in Covington, Nebraska. Lots of Fish. Exploring schooners have reported at Victoria, British Columbia, that tnere is great abundance of fish on Blaok Cod Banks, oft Queen Charlotte's Island, and that the coasts are dotted with natural' harbors, in which the anchorage excel lent. Victoria people are elated by the repo.ts. A Fatal Explosion. •^n explosion of naphtha caused the burniay of F. Brighan t, Co.'s rubber factory at Hudson, Mass., causing a loss of about $10,000. The explosion killed John Coleman and seriously in tured Dan iel Harkins. Furniture Dealers Fall. C. Weinmann tc Co., furniture dealers, at Philadelphia, have failed, with ftft.OOO assets and $120J)00 Vrfr Titis« A DisastiwasBlase. The skating rink, seven shops, and one dwelling at Beaver, Pa., hare bean de stroyed by fire. The loss is $15,000.