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C. L. WILLIAMS,
Tobacco and Cigars,
Fruits and Nuts of all Kinds.
& L, WILLIAMS,
We are making Fresh Candies
daily. Come and see.
NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKAi JUMESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1894.
WATCH THIS SPICE
Happy Greeting to All !
Davis, the Hardware Man,
Has just received the
Nicest Assortment ot Lamps
to be found in the west. Also a nice line of silver-plated
Tea and Coffee Pots and Tea-kettles; something new,
combining beauty and durability. We handle the
cook and heating, for either soft or hard coal, which will
be sold regardless of cost for the next three weeks. Ee
member we carry a full line of Hardware, Stoves and
Tinware and would lie pleased to have you call and see us.
A. L. DAVIS, - - - CASH STO.RB.
Repairing Promptly Executed.
IT . J. BROEKE R ,
OIj 33 1ST IE DFSL j& TXT 2D DEL JEZ 3J u!2k 31 2f5 33 2rL
LARGE STOCK OF PIECE GOODS,
embracing all the new designs, kept on hand and made to order.
PERFECT FIT GUARANTEED.
PRICES LOWER THAN EVER BEFORE
Spruce Street, between Fifth and Sixth.
O. F. IDDING-S,
Order by telephone from Newton's Book Store.
Dr. N. McCABE, Prop. J. E. BUSH, Manager.
NORTH PLATTE PHARMACY,
Successor to J. Q. Thacker;
WE AIM TO HANDLE THE BEST GRADE OF GOODS,
3ELL THEM AT REASONABLE PRICES, AND WARRANT
EVERYTHING AS REPRESENTED.
orders from the country and along the line of the Union
Pacific Railway Solicited.
THAT SATIN SLIPPER.
Amid the confusion my mantel shelf bean
Of trophies and trinkets a bachelor guards.
Where foil crosses foil and a battered mask
From oyer the pipes and tobaeco and cards.
Just where the brush, and the crop,ksd the
Hang down from tho picture of Venus, whe
(So dainty she well might hare owned It as
The tip of a tiny white satin shoe peeps.
What bit of romance shall I weave yoa about ttf
Of some Cinderella, with prince as my part.
Or loss of a love with a woman to flout it
And only this left as the price of a heart?
Or tell you the truth, though it does not infold
For me any romance of lore or regret.
And say 'tis the slipper in which, I am told.
My grandmother stepped off her first minuet.
Of all the successful performers who
stepped into the arena of Gallaxy's fa
mous circus, none obtained each a de
gree of popular approval as did Signor
Alfredo Bosco and bis 8-year-old son Al
fonso. Whether it was due to the clev
erness of their feats, the daring skill
displayed in the execution of thorn, or
to a general attractive demeanor, cer
tain it is that from the day of their first
appearance down to the end of the tour
Signor Bosco and his son were received
with a genuine enthusiasm such as to
firmly establish them in the favor of the
audience. When, therefore, it became
known that the last: night of the season
was to be devoted to the benefit of these
popular performers, it was confidently
predicted that the boose would be a
Tho proprietor, deeming it advisable
on such an occasion that some special
novelty should be introduced into the
programme, it was with no small de
gree of interest that the populace that
morning found tho walls placarded with
flaming posters, in the reddest of red
ink, announcing that on this the last
night ot the season at Gallaxy's royal
circus and hippodrome, specially set
apart for the benefit of Signor Alfredo
Bosco. that eminent and world renown
ed performer would, for tho first and
only time, attempt a novel and danger
ous feat to wit, William Tell's historic
and never to be forgotten exploit of
shooting an apple placed upon the head
of his own son, a pistol on this occasion
being substituted for the obsolete bow
In private life Signor Alfredo Bosco's
name was plain Alfred Green, and he
was as little cf Italian extraction as any
one possessing the name of Green could
well be. Distinguishing himself as a
yonng man by marked and intrepid dar
ing, he had found a field for his talents
in the circus arena. Having married
an opera singer, a son was born to him,
hut the act cost the young mother her
life, to Alfredo's inexpressible grief.
The child soon became the father's idol,
his whole existence becoming wrapped
up in that of the boy. It-was for his
sake that he worked doubly hard at his
profession, on his behalf that he denied
himself most of the comforts of life,
and for his benefit, and in order that lie
might be ever near him, that he reared
the lad in his own profession, never ac
cepting an engagement unless the boy
was included in it.
When, therefore, the proprietor of
Gallaxy'a suggested to him the per
formance of the feat alluded to, it may
naturally be supposed that so fond a fa
ther hesitated before committing him
self to it, and when, under strong rep
resentations, he finally consented it
was with no little anxiety and concern.
Not that he mistrusted his own powers
in the least. He was a sure Bhot. One
of his staple performances in the ring
was to shoot with a pistol, while gal
loping on horseback, at a number of
glass balls thrown promiscuously into
the air, and so accomplished was he at
this feat that he seldom missed one, and
never two, out of the number. There
fore it was not personal considerations
that made him hesitate, bat fear lest
the lad by any untoward movement
should jeopardize the action nnd endan
ger his own precious life. Nor was hit
anxiety decreased when, on the event
fnl day, he discovered that the boy was
far, from well.
"It's only a headache, father," the
lad said, in response to his question
ings. "I shall be better tonight!" And
when night came the anxious father
hong round the child's necK, secure
from observation, alittlemedallion por
trait of his mother, which he always
wore when any feat of a specially dan
gerous nature was to be undertaken.
It soon becamo evident that expecta
tions would be realized, and that the
canvas of Gallaxy's monster tent would
that night cover an audience out of all
former precedent Long before the doors
were opened the entrance was besieged
by crowds eager to obtain the best seats,
and an hour- before the time of com
mencement the place was filled to its
utmost capacity. Well might all con
cerned view the scene with satisfaction.
The performance comprised all the
feats that invariably find a place In the
programmoof a circus, the big event be
ing reserved for the conclusion of the
entertainment. Everything went off
well, and the delighted audience ap
plauded all that came before it, wisely
determining not to miss the other good
things in the menu for the sake of an
especial dish. The graceful evolutions
of the lady performers, the equestrian
feats of the gentlemen riders, the dar
ing somersaults, the quibbles and quips
of the funny clowns, all came in for
their due share of praise.
At length the piece de resistance was
reached, and amid the enlivening strains
of the band and the enthusiastic cheers
of the audience Bosco came forward,
leading by the hand his little son. As
soon as the applause had subsided, the
performer motioned the lad to his place.
An apple was then brought and osten
tatiously placed, by an attendant, upon
the child's head, and then, under the
glare of a powerful light, the unusual
paleness of the boy's pretty face was
plainly discernible especially to the
eager eyes or bis anxious father. With
sji outward coolness, in strong contrast
to the beatings of a tender heart within,
the performer loaded bis pistol and
raised it, amid the breathless excite
ment of the expectant audience.
A pull of the trigger, a sharp click,
Sid a murmur of disappointment told
at the weapon bad missed fire. Noth
ing daunted, and still with an apparent
perfect calmness, every movement be
ing eagerly watched by the audience,
Bosco reloaded tho istol and again
raised it. There was a sharp click,
followed by a loud report, and in an
other second the child stepped forward,
holding the shatterexTapple in his hari&
The suspended breath of the audience
returned and broke out into a deafening
"Bravo! bravo!" came from a thou
sand throats simultaneously, and a. thou
sand pairs of bands met in approval.
"Encore! Do it again!" rose above
the din, and the idea catching hold de
veloped into a loud roar, "Do it again!"
Bosco seemed pleased and pained at
once. He hesitated.
"Do it again!" and the shout assumed
a peremptory tone. Some one threw s
half crown into the ring; it was fol
lowed by another, and soon a shower of
silver lay at the performer's feet. How
could he resist? He motioned to the
boy, and a second apple was brought
and placed in position. The lad's ex
cessively pale face attracted general at
tention now,, but a few sympathetic
voices raised in protest Were howled
down by the impetuous demand, "Do it
Bosco showed some traces of excite
ment as he reloaded his weapon, and
the operation seemed to occupy a long
er time. Could it be that bis nerve was"
failing him, or was it tho sight of the
boy's face that filled him with dread?
Again be raised the weapon amid in
creased excitement and fired. The shot
was again true, and for the second time
the lad brought forward the shattered
Amid the applause that followed,
Bosco took tho hand of bis son and was
about to retiro when once more tho un
reasonable shout was raised: "Do it
again! Do it the third time!" The
The shouts grew louder and more de
termined. "Again! again!" resonnded through
the place, until it seemed that a mad
infatuation had seized upon the people,
and they were thirsting for a tragic end.
"Again! again!" rose the shout, each
time uttered in a more angry tone, it
was flung from gallery to pit; the
amphitheater caught it up and threw it
back again, until the whole house rang
with the tumultuous demand.
Still Bosco declined, until on a per
sonal appeal from the proprietor, who
feared the growing storm, he reluctantly
When it was seen, that he bad given
way, a wild Bhout of triumph rent the
air, almost inhuman in its ferocity. Is
it thus that audiences play with their
For the third time an apple was
placed in position and the glaring light
again thrown on. How terribly pale
were those features now! Bosco's band
visibly trembled as he loaded the dead
ly weapon. The few tender hearts in
that vaBt multitude sickened at the
Making a tremendous effort to recov
er his self possession, Bosco raised the
weapon and took aim. There was again
sharp click, a loud report and the boy
fell heavily to the ground.
"My God, what have I done? What
have I done?" exclaimed the performer
in an agony of grief and rushed from
the ring. A few atfendanta .lifted the.
lad's prostrate form and conveyed it to
an inner tent, while a murmur akin to
remorse escaped the vast crowd.
A painful suspense followed, during
which the band struck up a lively tune,
but it sounded like a funeral march.
"The boy! the boy! what about tho
boy?" the audience shouted. They were
human again now. At length the man
ager appeared. He told them that tho
lad had been ill all day and had taken
part in the performanco at great rink.
The mental strain was too much for
him, however, and as the last shot was
fired bis strength gave way, and be
swooned. "But he is not hurt," the
manager concluded, "and as soon as the
fainting fit is over be shall be presented
to yon. See, here he comes!" anda&
be spoke Bosco emerged from the test.
leading by the hand his little son. dial
Such a shont arose as has never since
been heard under the canvas of Gal
laxy's monster tent, and when Boaco
raised the boy in his arms nnd kissed
him affectionately on both cheeks the
cries of "Bravo, Bosco!" could have
been heard for miles around.
Alfredo Bosco has never told how
that very fainting fit of Alfonso's saved
the lad's life, for he, nnd he only, knew
that his aim was defective, and that
the shot struck the applo just as the
swooning boy was falling to the ground.
William Tell's historic and never to be
forgotten feat no longer form's on item
in Signor Alfredo Bosco's extensive rep
ertory. London Tit-Bits.
Fish as Fertilisers.
The steam fishing boat James Woodall,
belonging to C. F. Bussell of Irvingfon,
on the Rappahannock river, will shortly
leave Baltimore for Florida to catch a
load of fish. Heretofore the Woodall
has worked in the Chesapeake bay or
Rappahannock river, but as the winter
has been warm and fishing can begin
early the Woodall will meet the fish off
the coast of Florida and accompany
them up the coast. She will be pro
visioned for a long stay and will re
main out in all kinds of weather. Mr.
Bussell will use the fish in his fertilizer,
factory on the Rappahannock river.
They will be salted on the boat.
A LOVE AFFAIR.
The girl I am going to tell you about
is rather pretty, and her name-is Edith.
She has dark hair, and hor eyes are blue,
and she dresses well. She has been
graduated from a seminary of good re
pute, and her disposition is amiable to a
degree which more than a year ago
brought all the young men of tho neigh
borhood at her feet. I think she won a
tennis championship in singles some
where last year, but .1 am not certain
about that. What I can recall among
her most pronounced accomplishments
I will put down hete later on. I met
her so long n time ago that I havo for
gotten the circumstances of our meet
ing, but I guess they were of the ordi
nary sort. I live two doors from hor
house, and I drop in to see her and Mrs.
Burke at least once a week. Even her
merriage, which hurt mo so much at
the time, did not separate ns for very
long, and I think I have lived to forget
my first rash determination never to
look upon her face again. I called the
night of tho wedding, and I have been
calling regularly ever since. I am be
ginning to believe that it was a good
thing, after all, that sho didn't marry
What I want to tell and it won't
take long to tell it in my dry fashion
is the story of old Browne's courtship.
I make my living by keeping the cash
accounts of a big Market street whole
sale house, and Browne is tho man
whose desk is next tomino in tho count
ing room. Our salary is about the same,
and although ho is two years younger
than I am, I being 51 now, we. both
have held tho same positions for 20
years. Browno weighs more than 200
pounds, and I weigh a trifle less.
Mrs. Burke, who is Edith's mother,
came to me this summer and had quite
a long talk with me about her personal
affairs. She said that her late husband's
eetato was pretty much entangled, and
that to keep her present establishment
on Arch street going she would have to
rent some of the handsome rooms in the
house to boarders. Of coursoshe didn't
want to do that, and of courso I depre
cated tbo plan, but in the end it turned
out that we both ha'd to give in.
Old Browne rented the second story
front room the day after I told him
about it. He had been living away up
tbwn, and he was glad to get a little
nearer to the office, besides enjoying all
the social prestige which geographical
conditions could give him. He moved
into the rooms with a dozen tmnks and
a wealth of bric-n-brac, which, to my
mind, did not become his age. Mrs.
Burke was glad to accept the reference
to me which he gave her, and Edith
smiled upon him when she gave him his
I thought a good deal of Edith, and
every night or two wo played cards in
her mother's rooms. She and I played
partners ngainst.y.oung Bob Smith and
wa warn nrorrv Avon r
jr -rnr- Knh Tilnvcfl'n stiff f I
game or w.niscajHTA wen, you may
remember-tbati was one of the Pente
cost club's priae team last fall. Edith
and J wWme.oIrthe games, though,
for Bob waalooinfernally lazy ever to
do anythrBgweil.' And then he never
seemed to miad itfif he lost.
Tl'presence';of old Browne annoyed
men a great deal,!and I don't mind say-
ine so. About : .week alter ho took his
rooms there '.
nd him occupyiug my
table when I called.
the cards in his awk-
Edith was laughing
engaged in giving on
Blaecoata Study the Bible.
Ever since an eloquent book canvasser
paid a visit to the Manayunk police sta
tion the unusual sight may be daily wit
nessed thereof dozen or more blue
coats pouring over handsomely bound
volumes of the Bible which the agent
sold to them. Their earnest study of the
book in order to become familiar witk.
its contents is due, it is said, to a new
rule that at every roll call each officer
is required to quote a passage from mem-f
ory. Lieutenant Allison acta as spirit
oal director. Every man giving a ers
rect quotation is to be presented witk at
blue ticket as a reward of merit. Phfl
risk Straagely Broagfcs te Air.
During the cold weather the Horseshoe
slough at Peeatonica was frozen to svek
a depth as to freeze the fish fast in the
ice. Now that the ice has thawed some
thousands of fish can be seen protruding
from the ice. Several fish that were
near the bottom have been chopped put
and found to be quite lively after being
left a little while in cold water. Book
ford (His.) Dispatch.
A little gravel strung along a great
distance is little benefit. Make a small
piece at a time, but make a good job.
First the grading and draining, then not
less than eight inches of gravel. Next
year do another piece.
ion of me telling a war story, and
Mrs. Burke was approving the ri-
lous proceedings. I coughed, and
stopped the game, but I was un
comfortable all the evening. But Bob
ad the good sense to apologize, but old
Browne simply tittered for an hour over
what he seemed to consider a good joko
After that all my affairs seemed to
gojwrong, and I began to seriously con
sider whether 1 shouldn't rent every
room in Mrs. Burke's house myself. I
was actually contemplating this propo
sition one night in my own apartments,
smoking my last bowl of tobacco the
wEile, when tho colored girl who waits
on the door said that a man had called
to see mc. I havo few callers, and I
thought it might be Mr. Phipps, the
managing partner of my house, whom 1
had invited to come to see me more than
a month ago.
With this idea in mind I told the girl
to delay the man below stairs for a mo
ment while 1 slipped into other clothes.
Then the dcor opened, and old Browno
came ambling in. I was disgusted on
the instant, but I managed to conceal
my real feelings and invited him to be
seated. He looked all around him to
see if 1 was alone, set his hat on the
floor and then accepted my invitation
with a kind of sigh.
"Thank you," ho said, "I only want
to see you for a moment."
I offered him a pipe, and he declined
it. I told him my cigars were ont.
"Jt doesn't make any difference," lie
said. "I'd rather not smoke. I came
here to ask you some things about the '
The Lord only knows how 1 looked at
him as ho hesitated for a moment.
''I have seen enough of them," he
went on, "to believe that they are per
fectly respectable people otherwise 1
would not have taken lodging there.
xba and I are old friends, and yon will
take away even the slight doubt tbero
is in my mind. Are they perfectly re
spectable?" Somehow or other I managed to nod
my head, but his presumption was par
"Thank you again," he proceeded.
"The reason that I asked you is that I
am going to marry Edith."
.It took- me a couple of minutes to
master my emotions, but I am proud tc
saj; I did it. My reply was cool al
"Indeed!" I said. "Has she accept
"No, because I haven't proposed yet
I have given the matter a good deal of
thought, but before I took so serious a
step in my life I wanted some such wise
old head as yours to advise me. Now
I am happy, and we'll get married at
He shook hands with me, and tho old
idiot didn't notice that I failed to re
spond. At tho door I managed to nsk
him this question :
"What makes you believe she'll have
He seemed astonished.
"Have me!" he repeated. "Why,
she's been after me ever sJnce she knew
me. I'll settle it tomorrow evening."
As he turned the stairs I noticed that
he had on a suit of new clothes, a white
vest and a red necktie. He-said some
thing about feeling like a schoolboy,
and I rushed back to my zoom more af
fronted than I had ever been before in
my life. I can always think best when
I am in bed, and so I undressed and got
under covers very quickly. When I had
thought diligently for an hour, I turned
over and said this to myself:
"The old fat beast ! The idea of her
marrying him! I'll propose myself to
her tomorrow morning. She has been
expecting it, I know, for a long time."
I didn't sleep very well and arose a
little after 7 o'clock. It took me an
hour to dress myself, and having no ap
petite for breakfast I only drank a cup
of strong coffee. I then walked nearly
a milo before I had decided what to
say and was barely satisfied with the
result. Edith was the sort of a girl to
be particular about such things, and I
wanted to please her fancy.
Mrs. Burke canio to the door and was
just as much surprised to see me as I
thought she would be.
"It was very good of you to come so
scon, "she said, "and I didn't think you
knew it yet."
"Knew what?" said I.
She pulled mo insido the hall and
looked at me, half smiling and half
"Didn't you come to er congratu
Then I sat down on tho hatrack and
shook my head. I felt that it was all
over, and that old Browne had won, and
never in my life did I suffer so much
misery in so small a space of time.
"Then," said Mrs. Burke, "I am glad
to be able to inform you myself. Edith
and Bob aro engaged to bo married."
1 arose and sat down again. I thought
of many things, but only one sentence
struggled through my lips.
"Does does old Browne know about
it?" I asked.
"Oh, yes, but it won't interest him.
Bcforo ho went down town this morn
ing ho told ino that ho would have tc
give up his room on account of the sun
shining in it too brightly in the morn
ing. I'm going to turn the whole house
now over to Edith." R. B. Cramer in
"Tho latchstring hangs out," ex
pressed the hospitality of the southern
frontier in the days "before tho war."
If a traveler rodo up beforo the fence
that separated tho log cabin from tho
road, he was greeted by, "'Light, stran
ger, 'light!" Without this salutation
no ono dismounted, but it was rarely
withheld. Mr. WilliamB, in his book,
"Sam Houston," thus describes tho im
pulse of hospitality, which made every,
traveler a guest, daring the early settle
ment of Texas:
The traveler who rode np to tho front
fence was instantly invited to alight.
HisIiorsoTvaB staked out or hcbbled to
feed on tho prairie grass, and the vis
itor Br.t down to exchange the news with
Majj'ost. The coffee mill was 'set go
ing, if there were any of the precious
grains in the house, and tho hopper in
tho hollow log to grinding tho corn.
The venison or bear meat was put on
the coals, and the ash cake baked.
After tho meal and tho evening pipe,
the visitor stretched himself on a buf
falo robe on the floor with the members
of tho family nnd slept tho sleep of
health and fatigue. In the morning the
response to any inquiry as to the charge
was, "You can pay me by coming
The story that a certain hospitable
settler used to waylay travelers on the
road and compel them to visit him at
tho muzzle of a double barreled shot
gun was only a humorous exaggeration
of the instinct for hospitality which
characterized tho community.
Tho visitor was a living newspaper,
who brought the only news obtainable,
and was a welcome relief to the monot
ony and loneliness of tho wilderness.
A dead white surface has decided ad
vantages for reflecting light over a look
ing glass or a bright surface. Good
whito blotting paper reflects back 82
per cent of tho light cast upon it. Many
persons aro under tho impression that
looking glass must be a better reflector
than paper or whitewashed surface bo
canse with looking glass a strong shad
ow can be cast, while from a dead sur
face no hoavy shadow is obtained.
The reason is not so much that tho re
flected light is less from the dead sur
face, but that the reflection is concen
trated in the case of the looking glass.
With paper or whitewash it proceeds
from a vast number of points. Brook
Congressman White Fines Himself.
Mr. William Bayne, chairman of the
Fifth district relief committee, received
a welcome letter from Congressman "W.
J. White Monday morning. Mr. White
had promised Mr. Bayne that in addi
tion to his other donations to the poor
he would give the Fifth district commit
tee $100. Some time passed, and nothing
was heard from the congressman until
Monday, when the letter arrived from
Mr. White. Tho matter had slipped his
mind, the congressman said, but he had
come to the conclusion that a slip of that
kind ought to be met with a fine, and he
had fined himself $150, and would there
fore inclose a check for $250 instead of
$100. The money will be applied to relief
work at once. Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Tito Septenate Beglme.
The presidential term of M. Carnot
will expire next December. That will
complete 20 years of the "septenate"
regime in France, where presidents re
main seven years in power. Marshal
MacMahon resigned in 1879, 21 months
before the regular end of his term. M.
Grevy tilled a full period of "eeptenate,"
seven years. Bat he resigned his second
presidency two years before its constitu
tional end. Before the establishment of
the septenate M. Thiers had also resigned
his presidential functions. New York
Dr. Everett's Epigram of Congress.
When Dr. Everett was in town tho
other day, he called on Colonel Wheel
wright and Mr. Winslow Warren.
"How do you like congress?" he was
asked by Colonel Wheelwright.
"Oh!" said the Seventh district con
gressman. "It's the funniest place I
ever saw. In the house they havo got
the rules so fixed that you can't get any
business in, and in the senate they have
them so arranged that you can't get any
business out" Boston Globe.
Awarded Highest Honors World's Fair.
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Used in Millions of Homes 40 Years the Standard.
THAT HEADSTRONG BOY.
The English Gorerament Has Withdraws
Its Threat to Spank the Khedlre.
The boy who is the khedive of Egypt
has taken it back and said he didn't mean
it, and so tho English government has
withdrawn its threat to spank him. The
incident has much aggravated the Egyp
tian situation locally, but has improved
the British position before the other
powers. The exhibition of headstrong
stupidity by the modern pharaoh serves
as an abundant excuse for England to
continue 'tho protectorate until the lad
develops ordinary discretion. Tho first
suspicion that the khedive was prompt
ed by European mischief makers to in
sult his unwelcome British guests is no
longer held in view of the utter folly of
The matter is regarded merely as an
other proof of the incompetence of the
youngster for serious responsibilities.
The government accounts agree that his
renewed display of hostility toward tho
English will make the task of British
supervision exceedingly difficult and may
lead to serious native outbreaks.
The khedive's silly conduct and the
sad death of Sir Gerald Portal have up
set an admirable diplomatic arrange
ment. It had been decided that Lord
Cromer should go to St. Petersburg, and
that Sir Gerald Portal should succeed
him at Cairo. The government was
only awaiting Sir Gerald's restoration to
health to carry the arrangement into
effect. London Letter.
THE ANTWERP EXPOSITION.
His Mouth Growing TJp.
A very singular case is that of a young
man of this county named Chandler.
For years his mouth has shown a tend
ency to grow up. Four years ago it be
camo so small it was feared he would
starve, and a fund was raised by neigh
bors, and he was sent to Chicago, where ,
tne moutn was cue to tne natural size
and pieces of flesh grafted into the cor
ners, thus hoping to prevent the closing.
This has been overcome, and his mouth
is rapidly growing up again, the opening
at present not being larger than an or
dinary goose quill, through which he
takes all his nourishment; IJ-ia thonght
that he must eventually start a to death,
as there seems no way of preventing the
complete closing of the mouth. Oth
erwise the voumr man seems healthv
and is canahle of doinzr dsnslderablo
work. Black River Falls (Vis.) Letter
in Minneapolis Journal. 1
The Buzz of the Machine Typesetter.
The Pres3 composing room has been
equipped with typesetting machines.
The operation of these machines will be
given to tho bid compositors of the pa
per, who will soon be adepts therein.
The machines are new, and the workmen
will not for a time be familiar with their
working, and it is possible a great many
mmmstakes, some of them doM ridicyyy
ouls, will creep into tho paper, to tho an-
noyanncccceeo of our readers, but this
trouble will only be tempqqquifquily,
and we hope our condeMned setters will
be able to set alllll wrvwrigghtt ppppret
tysqqn. Mean While we hex thekkind
indulgdulggggence of our ffffriendz.
The American Building Will Be Gives a
Unnsoallj; Prominent Place.
The Antwerp international exposition
of 1894, "under the high patronage of
Leopold H, the king of the Belgians,"
will be inaugurated May 5, with the fan
fare and trappings of royalty.
When the visitor to the exposition on
the banks of tho "lazy Scheldt" passes
into tho grand entrance on the Place
Public next summer, one of the most
striking pictures to greet his eye will be
the facade of the American building. It
will bo one of the most beautiful and
pretentious pieces of architecture on the
grounds. Facing the grand entrance
from an advantageous position on the
right, its site is regarded as the most
prominent ono ever accorded a foreign
country at an exposition.
The building will be a modern renais
sance in style, 240 by 150 feet. It will be
constructed of steel, iron and glass,
after tho fashion of the exhibit buildings
at the Columbian exposition, and in
teriorly it will be arranged to serve aa
an exhibition hall. There will be club
house features to the building, but the
main feature will be its arrangement for
the display of American manufactures
that may find a market abroad.
The Antwerp international exposition
will continue from May 5 to Nov. 12. It
will be general in its scope, and, com
pared with previous foreign expositions,
of commanding proportions. It will oc
cupy about 200 acres of ground in the
new quarter of the city beside the river
Scheldt. New York Herald.
His Heart Gnawed by a Bug.
A case of a boy being killed by a bug
that gnawed his heart deeply interests
local physicians. Samuel Lennox, 7
years old, died a few days ago with very
peculiar symptoms. The boy had been
sick for some time, but his case was dif
ferent from any other. A post mortem
examination revealed that part of the
heart had been eaten away by an insect,
causing death. Nearly a yearago the
boy drank water from a brook and swal
lowed a water bug. The insect ate its
way through tho boy's stomach and then
began devouring the heart, the boy
bleeding to death. Muncie (Ind.) Dispatch.
Fast Bay Doomed.
It is said that the movement for the
abolition of Fast day is much stronger
at the Btatehouse than it was last year,
but that it is not strong enough to win
yet. However this may be, there is no
doubt that it is destined to keep right on
growing. It is bound to triumph in the
end. Boston Herald.
History repeats itself. At the Man
chester meeting last week three horses
ran in ono race, named Tranby Croft,
Star and Garter and Baccarat. Tranby
Croft won. Star and Garter was second
favorite in the betting, but Baccarat beat
him. London Truth.
Following a Prophet.
A false prophet has arisen on the island
of Jamaica. He teaches that God has
given him power to make a new Bethes
da of a small river on the island. Ev
ery Wednesday he stands on a rock in
the stream and blesses the waters, which
aro then supposed to have the power of
healing any disease.
The natives are crazy in the fanatic
belief in the new prophet, and 20,000 pil
grims a day bathe in the waters. Chi
A Bead Moose.
When a bull mooso lies dead in the
forest, he looks like some strange ante
diluvian animal, with his square pre
hensile muffle and horns spreading lat
erally a peculiarity which he shares
with the prehistoric Irish elk and the
nearly extinct European elk of later
times. The huge form tells of strength
and swiftness, and withal tho still dan
gerous gleam of the eye, glazed in it"
last stare, bids tho hunter pause and
feel almost guilty of a crime in the de
struction of so much that is grand and
weird, a feeling very different from the
sentiment supposed to attend the slaugh
ter of a deer. But the triumph of mas
tering the wariest and bravest animal
in tho woods ty fair still hunting and by
grimly sticking to the track for many a
weary mile amply atones for any re
Mr. Balfour Declares the Time Has Corn
For Science to Kecogalze Spiritualism.
A regular London correspondent says
that Mr. Balfour, the leader of the oppo
sition, has recently distinguished him
self not only by the delivery of a series
of strong political speeches, but by open
ly advocating a thorough scientific in
vestigation of psychic or spiritualistic
phenomena. As president of the Society
of Psychical Research he said in aa ad
dress that he thought the time had come
when the leaders of scientifio thought
should recognize that there were well
attested facts which do not naturally
fair into the framework of the sciences
or of organized experiances.
The proposed investigation was differ
ent from a scientific cross examination
of nature, for they would have to deal
with abnormal or incomplete faculties,
with exceptional conditions in exception
al individuals. He saw no inherent im
possibility in such half formed senses be
ing sporadically developed in the human
race. They seemed to come across hu
man facts which could not he made by
any manipulation to fit into the interstices
of tho accepted view of the psychical
world. If that were so, they were engaged
in a work of prodigious difficulty. They
had a refractory class of problems to deal
with, but it seemed to him that at least
they would bo able to prove the existence
of an outside world.
There was a region not open indeed to
experimental observation in tho same
way that the more familiar regions of
the material world were open, but from
whichsome information could be gleaned,
and if they could not as the result of their
exertions discover what laws these
strango phenomena obeyed, it would at
all events be something to have shown as
a matter of ascertained fact that there
were things in heaven and on earth
which wero beyond the philosophy of
even the most scientific
INVOLVED WITH BALFOUR.
Dark Hints as to What Will Come Oat at
the Embezzler's Trial.
The government has shown remark
able courage in obtaining tho arrest of
Jabex Balfour, and the Tories are not a
little astonished thereat. It has long
been a part of their political creed that
the ministers would do everything de
cently possible to prevent extradition
and the consequent raking up of old
aaandals wherein those most involved
are all Gladstonean Liberals. It is an
open secret that Harcourt and several
other members of the cabinet were of
this opinion, but tho majority yielded to
the views of Rosebery and Asquith, who
contended that the credit of bringing tho
arch swindler to justice would amply
compensate for the disadvantages. Thero
is little doubt that more than one honor
able reputation will be smirched in the
course of Balfour's trial.
Only the select few, mainly lawyers
and bankruptcy officers, axe concerned
in the elaborate investigation of the af
fairs of the Liberator Building society.
The other companies involved in its fall
were really aware of the vast ramifica
tions of Balfour's sinister influence and
of the stupendous audacity of his meth
ods. These people more than hint that
several Liberal members of parliament
ought to be placed in the dock alongside
Balfour, and that the law and the facta
would not be unduly strained if at least
one minor member of the government
should be included in the indictment.
There is reason to believe that the
charges against Balfour include forgery,
in which case a sentence of penal servi
tude for life is assured. There will not
be the slightest difficulty in securing a
conviction on any charge the prosecution
may prefer. New York Sun's London
'Ta-ra-ra" Divides a Charch.
"Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay," played during
last evening's services at the Grand Av
enue Methodist church, has caused a
split in the congregation. The Rer
Mr. Wheat, the former pastor, arose in
meeting and denounced the profanation
of the temple with such musie. There
upon the pastor, the Rev. Mr. Wilkin
son, announced that he was running
the church and advised Mr. Wheat to
mind his own business. The older folks
are inclined to feel scandalised, while
the younger members side with the pas-.,
tor. Dubuque (la.) Dispatch.
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