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two Xllllon area. Armed With. Modern
Xifles, Beady- loxv Action.
As the military forces of Ettssia
on a "war footing contain upward of
3,000,000 combatants, it would ap
pear that something mere than "co
ercion, that does not itself mean
war" would he required to enable
any nation of western Europe to
settle the eastern question without
first consulting the czar. This vast
army is raised throughout the Rus
sian empire, liability to service be
ing almost universal. As a rule
service with the colors lasts five
years, and in the event of a mobili
zation of the forces the field troops
would be brought up to war strength
by calling in reserves who had
served five years in the ranks. The
field troops and field reserve troops,
together numbering 2,000,000 of
men, would be formed into field
armies, which would each comprise
a number of army corps, rifle bri
gades and reserve divisions. The
remainder of the forces consist of
fortress and depot troops and im
The "three line rifle, pattern
1891," has been introduced in place
of the single loading Berdan rifle.
The new rifle carries five rounds in
the magazine, is of small caliber
(.3 inch), and has a smokeless am
munition. On service the bayonet
scabbards are left at home, and the
quadrangular bayonet is carried
filed. The barrel of the rifle is un
cased and screwed into the body, an
arrangement which helps to lessen
the weight, and, in fact, the rifle,
with bayonet fixed, weighs only 9
pounds, or about one pound less
than the Lee-iletford rifle and bay
onet used in the British service.
The regulations recognize four
kinds of infantry fire viz., volley
fire, which may be used at all ranges :
individual fire, which is employed
up to 500 or 600 paces: individual
concentrated fire the fire of all the
men of a section or squad at a com
mon object up to 1,200 paces; a
mass fire at greater distances than
1,200 paces. When within 200 or
300 paces of the enemy, fire attains
its maximum intensity by the em
ployment of magazine fire. After a
successful bayonet charge the shoot
ing line must continue its advance
to the far side of the captured posi
tion and press the enemy by a rapid
fire. A frontal attack must be sup
ported by one on the flank. When
acting on the defensive, infantry
must put forth every effort to shake
the enemy by fire and then attack
him with the bayonet
Throughout the Russian cavalry
the men are armed with a curved
sword 34Ja inches long and rifle
and bayonet. In the Cossacks the
front rank carry a lance. In artil
lery the Russians are particularly
strong, and their armament and
projectiles are of the latest and most
approved patterns. The active army
and field reserve troops alone conr
tain upward of 500 batteries, man
ning over 4,000 guns. General staff
facers form a closed corps and are
recruited from those who pass the
General Staff academy. The duties
of the general staff, broadly speak
ing, include the movements and op
erations of the army, intelligence of
the enemy and reconnoissance of
the theater of war.
It is laid down that on marches,
when at a distance from the enemy,
it is of the first importance to stndy
the comfort and convenience of the
troops by separating arms and
sending an billeting parties and
bakers to provide for the wants of
the troops beforehand. Whenijear
the enemy, however, and on a
march that may lead to an encoun
ter, the troops advance close up as
much as possible in columns and
aim mainly at swiftness and secre
cy. Pall Mall Gazette.
Hcmmlas Bird's Umbrella.
A writer in The American Sports
man tells a remarkable story about
a humming bird:
In front of a window where I
worked last summer was a butter
nut tree. A humming bird built her
nest on a limb that grew near the
window, and we had an opportunity
to watch her closely. In fact, we
cbuid'Iook right into the nest.
' "One day, when there was a heavy,
shower cqming up, we thought we
vxrald see if she covered her young
during the rain. Well, when the,
first drops fell, she came and took in
ier bill one of two or three large
leaves growing close by and laid this
leaf over the nest so as completely
to cover it Then she flew away.
On examining the leaf we found a
hole in it, and in the side of the nest
was a small stick that the leaf was
fastened to or hooked upon. After
the storm was over the old bird came
back and unhooked tire leaf, and the
nest was perfectly dry.
Was In a Harry.
He Miss Luella, I love you mad
ly. Will you be mine?
She This really is so sudden, Mr.
Bissnis. I must have time to think
it over before I answer you.
He Can't give you much; last
car goes in 15 minutes. Cincinnati
A gocBi I4ver SJafees a "Well Man.
Are you bullous, constipated or
ronbIed with jaundice, sick-headache
Bad taste in mouth, foul breath, coated
tongue, dyspepsia, indigestion, hot dry
skin pain in back and between the
shoulders, chill and fever Jec. If you.
have and of these symtoms. your liver is
out of order and slowly being poisoned,
because your liver does not act promptly
Herbinewillcare any disorder of the
liverr stomach or bowels. It has no
equal as liver medicine. Price io cents.
Free trial bottle at .North. Platte Phar
macy, J. E. BuEh, Mgr.
FOR BETTER OR WORSE.
Pome of the Quaint Old Marriage
toms sod Superstitions.
According to an old writer, the
wedding ring was first designed by
Prometheus and fashioned out of
adamant and iron by Tubal Cain.
The same writer says that it was
"'given by Adam to his son to this
end, that therewith he iiould es
pouse a wife. " When paradise had
quite receded from view, men, who
are deceivers ever, got into a fash
ion of wedding with a ring made of
rushes, to make their vows the less
binding. But in 1217 the bishop of
Salisbury effectually put his foot
down on this practice. Wedding
rings were made as often of silver
as of gold and of fantastic shapes,
with "posies" insider one of which
Fortune doth scad yon. hap it "well or ill.
This plain geld riag to wed. yon to your wilL
The wedding cake is the remains
of a Roman custom. In ancient
Eome a bride held in her left hand
three wheat ears ; the attendant girls
threw corn, either in grains or in
small bits of cake, upon the heads
of the newly married pair, and the
guests picked up the pieces and ate
them. In the eighteenth century the
wedding cake came into general use
It was then composed of solid blocks
laid together and iced over with
sugar. When it was served, it was
held over the bride's head, and the
outer crust was broken.. Then the
cakes inside f ell on the floor and
were distributed to the company.
Throwing the slipper has an origin
the reverse of sentimental and is a
reminiscence of those barbarous
times when the relations of man and
wife were much akin to those of
master and slave. The shoe was an
Anglo-Saxon emblem of authority
and was given by the bride's father
to her husband in token of transfer
ence of power, which the groom ac
knowledged by tapping his bride
lightly on the head with it as an
earnest of mastership.
The superstitions connected with
entering the married state are nu
merous and carious, and most of
them are a purely feminine posses
sion. As a preliminary there is a
little difficulty about choosing a day,
if this little verse is to be believed:
Slonday for wrealth,
Tuesday for health,
TTednesday the byst day of all.
Thursday for crosses,
Friday for losses,
Saturday no luck at all.
If a day has finally been chosen,
then comes the question of season.
"Marry in Lent, and you'll live to
repent," takes that period out of
consideration. Then each month
has certain . unlucky days, on which
marrying and giving in marriage
is not to be thought of. Then there
-ire other sibylline utterances to
which the prospective bride should
pay heed. She must know that "tq
change the name and not the letter
;s to change for the worse and not
the better;" also that to marry and
yet "to keep her own name is to,
keep her condition forever the
When all these little obstacles are
overcome, a bride in arraying her
self for the ceremony must be sure
Something okl and something new.
Something borrowed and something bine.
The sun must shine on her wed
ding day, and she must not trip on
the way to the church or cross the
threshold with the left foot first
The same applies tq the bridegroom.
3s o one must open an umbrella while
the bridal pair are in the house.
That would bring the worst of ill
luck. A horseshoe and a wishbQne
hidden in the flowers under which
the pair stand to plight their troth
have a most salutary influence on
their future life.
So, if those who are contemplating
matrimony wish to secure the prize
of happiness in that lottery of lot
teries, they have only to follow
faithfully all the directions here
given. Newark Advertiser.
lie KneTT the "Women.
The window dresser for a big
State street firm in arranging a dis
play of mourning goods recently
used as a centerpiece the wax figure
of a young widow dressed in the sable
habiliments of woe. The proprietor
sent for him. "See here,"' said the
latter, "that black goods, window
won't do. You've rigged up a dum
my in mourning who wears a smile
as broad as a French joke, and who
looks as radiant as the dawn of pay
day. " "Well, " said the artist, "I'm
not advertising trouble. I'm bidding
for business. When the women pass
that window and see how beautiful,
how charming, how dangerously
alluring our dummy looks, the wid
ows will tumble over each, other to
buy our goods, and the girls will go
right away and get married in order
to fall into line for a chance." "Fn?
wages were raised on the spot.
In eastern countries cloth is still
measured by using the arm, the
length of the forearm, with the ad
dition of the breadth of the left
hand, making the measure.
Hormisdas of Persia was the
Noseless, from a natural defect.
A Venomous Bird.
Tew Guinea is the home of the
most wonderful featured creature
known to the student of ornitholo
gy the awful rpir n'doob, or "bird
of death." The venom of this bird
is more deadly than that of any ser
pent except the cobra. In fact, no
antidote for the bite of the creature
is known. A wound from its beak
causes excruciating pains in every
part of the body, loss of sight,
speech nnd hearing, convulsions,
lockjaw and certain death. Phfla
A BARN THAT GREW.
It Was StUl TnlargiBg When the Smart
"Say, stranger, how high mought
that building be?" asked a countri
fied looking individual as he stood
at Broadway and Ann street, gazing
up at the towering structure there.
The man of whom he asked the
question evidently thought he would
have some fun with the farmer. He
looked at the latter a moment and
then said: "Oh, that little house
there. Oh, that's about 300 feet
high. But that's nothing to several
buildings that are going to be put
up farther up the street."
"Shu, you don't say so !" exclaim
ed the farmer. "How high mought
some of them buildings going to
"Six to eight hundred feet, not
counting the towers," replied the
"Shu. you don't say so I" ejaculat
ed the f armer.
"But, say, stranger, how's the
people to get up to the top of them 1 ' '
"Oh, that's easy enough," said
the smart man, thinking of the fun
he was having. "They're going to
have pneumatic tubes in them. Ton
get into a box, and they shoot you
up to the roof in two seconds. "
"Shu, you don't say sol" once
more remarked the farmer. "Your
houses don't cover much ground,
stranger, do they? 2sbw, out in my
part of the country we go in for
more land than high buildings. My
brother started in to build a barn
once, and that barn covered about
as much land as all the buildings in
your town put together."
"Oh, say, old fellow," replied the
funny person, "you're talking
through your hat. No man could
build as big a barn as that"
"That's all right, " said the farmer,
"but my brother's barn wasn't no
ordinary barn, b'gosh. It wasn't so
big at the start, but, you see, it took
a-growing, and before it stopped it
covered his whole farm a whole
section, sir, about one square mile."
"It took a-growing, did it?" re
marked the puzzled person who had
been having the fun. "Say, mister,
what are you driving at anyhow?
Who ever heard of a barn growing ? ' '
"WelL there's not many people,
I'll admit, stranger," proceeded the
farmer. "It was the first time that
I ever heard of one; but, as I said'
before, my brother's barn wasn't
no ordinary barn. You see, he built
it of green hemlock, and as he was
in a hurry to get it built before har
vest, he couldn't wait for the wood
to dry out Now, that wood was full
of sap when my brother slapped
that barn up, and when the weather
began to get warm the sap began
to run, and that set the wood to
growing. Well, sir, you never saw
anything grow like it before in your
life. Talk about your big houses in
this town 1 Why, they can't compare
with the way my brother's barn
growed, He would go to bed at
night thinking he had located the
door of his barn all right, but when
he got up in the morning he would
have to walk a quarter of a mile
farther to get into the barn to feed
the horses. It got to be monoto
nous, sir, but he stood it all right
until the barn began to run off his
farm and go over Bill Johnson's
wheatfield. You see. Bill set great
store p.n that wheatfield. He had a
")ig mortgage qn his farm, and he in
tended tq sell the wheat and pay
But the farmer stopped and found
that he had been talking to himself.
The man to whom he had been tell
ing the story was a block away, and
he was walking as if he had a letter
to post for his wife or an extremely
important engagement to keep.
New York Tribune.
The Parrot Was Good Company.
"Yes'm," said the dealer in cap
tive birds and animals, "you want a
parrot for company? I have the bird
here, the very bird. You are mar
ried, are you not?"
His fair, customer bowed.
"And your husband is away? I
thought so. And you want the par
rqt to keep you from feeling lone
some? Yes? This is the very bird."
"Is it a fluent talker?" asked the
-The dealer hesitated,
Well, no'm," he said at last
"You wouldn't hardly call him a
fluent talker no, not that But for
what you want he's the best I have. ' '
"What can the bird say?"
'That's what makes him the right
one, ma'am. He ain't got but one
remark, to tell the truth, but he's
been brought up for just what you
want Every morning he makes a
sound like a bureau drawer opening
and says, crosslike:
" 'Where the deuce have you hid
den my clean collars this time?' "
Wooden Versus Iron Ships.
Mathematical calculations show
that an. iron ship weighs 27 per cent
less than a wooden one and will
carry 115 tons of cargo for every 100
carried by a wooden ship of the
same dimensions, and both loaded
to the same draft of water. Popu
From a letter written by Rev. J. Gim
dermac, of Dimondale,Micb we are per
mitted to make this extract: "I have
no hesitation in recommending Dr.Kmg's
New Discovery, as the results were al
most marvelous in the case of my wife.
While I was pastor of the Baptist Church
at Rives- Junction she was brought down
with Pneumonia succeeding La. Grippe.
Terrible paroxysms of coughing would
last hours with little interruption and it
seemed as if she could notsurvive them.
A friend recommended Dr. King's New
Discovery; it was quick in its work and
highly satisfactory in results. n Trial
bottles free at A.F. Streitz's Drugstore.
Regular size 50 cents and 31.00. 1
Glaciers Is Xew Zcalaad.
The rocky precipices descended to
the very edge of the Fox glacier
and were covered with a mass of
fern, shrub and semitropical creep
ers, forming a brilliant wall of in
tense green down, to the very lip of
the dazzling white ice. The mists
had by this time lifted, and the sun
was already making its appearance
and investing this strange and new
! spectacle with all its splendor. This
j luxuriant vegetation grew from the
moist earth in the crevices of these
cliffs, which were almost vertical,
but of a stone sufficiently soft and
crumbling to allow of numerous fer
tile deposits in its fissures. These
cliffs reached in places some 400 or
500 feet in height, above which, the
slopes receded, clad with a luxuriant
forest of scrub. Here and there lit
tle rivulets fell in bright cascades
down this veritable tapestry of veg
etation. "Climbs In the New Zea
A grocery firm of Liverpool re
cently sent out circulars announcing
the sad death of a partner, and on
the blank page gave the current
prices for bacon, eggs, butter and
other staples dealt in by the firm.
The nests of South American hor
nets are used by the natives as bas
kets, being light, strong and so
tight as to be waterproof. They are
cleared of the partitions and cells in
the interior and with handles affix
ed make useful domestic utensils.
The daffodil is a symbol of chiv
alry. It was once a favorite flower
in France, and at onetime a fashion
prevailed of gentlemen wearing
bunches of daffodils in their hats
with their plumes.
The marquis' crown bears four
strawberry leaves and four pearls.
In France the strawberry leaves are
replaced by leaves of parsley
wrought in gold.
A legal bushel of anthracite coal
weighs from 76 to SO pounds, ac
cording to locality.
A letter posted in Constantinople
will be delivered in Nsw York two
The first insurance company to
begin business in this country open
ed its doors in Philadelphia in the
Catarrh is seemingly one of the
most complicated of ailments, and
one which the doctors are absolutely
unable to cure. The reasons for
this are easily explained. Catarrh is
a blood disease, and only. a. blood
remedy can effect it. various
sprays, douches and washes which
are employed as a local -treatment,
may, for a time, alleviate the
trouble, but no one ever knew of
such treatment producing a cure.
They can not reach the seat of the dis
ease, aa the experience of many
sufferers will prove; nothing can do
so except a real blood remedy.
In the treatment of Catarrh, S. S.
S. has demonstrated the fact that it
reaches deep-seated diseases, which
other remedies can not touch.
Mr. Chas. A. Parr, the leading wall
paper dealer, of Athens, Ga., writes :
"For months I suffered from a severe
case of catarrh. The many offensive
Mh. Chas. A. Pars.
symptoms were accompanied b y
severe pains in the head. I took sev
eral kinds of medicines recommended
for catarrh, and used various local ap
plications, but the disease had become
so deep-seated that they had no effect
whatever. I was alarmed at my con
dition, as I knew this disease invari
ably descended to the lungs, ending
in. consumption. I was induced to take
S. S. S, (Swift's Specific), and after two
months I was perfectly well, rnA
have never felt any effects of the
S. S. S. is the only blood remedy
which it is impossible to imitated There;
is a substitute for most of them, for
they are all alike contain the same
ingredients, and are made in the same
manner. But there is no substitute
far S. S, S., as it is in every way dif
ferent from every other blood remedy
offered. to the public. It is nature's own
remedy, being made from roots and
herbs gathered from the forests, and
contains not a particle of mercury,
potash or other drug. It is not a drug
store remedy, and not a single ingredi
ent can. be obtained from a chemist's
shop. S. S. S. (Swift's Specific) is the
only blood remedy which is guaran
teed to be
All others are founded on mercury and
Deep-seated and obstinate blood
troubles, such as Cancer, Scrofula,
Catarrh, Rheumatism, Eczema, Con
tagious Blood Poison, etc, which oth
er remedies do not reach, yield readily
to the curative powers of S. S. S.
Books on. blood and skin, diseases
will be mailed free to any address:
Swift Specific Co., Atlanta, Ga.
There's no Use!
(see the name ox the leg. them, when rr S IN OT SO.
If you are posted you cannot be deceived. We ivrite
this to post you. SOLD ONLY BY
A I H A VI The 6reat an(i 0nly Hardware Man
M UPL Y ao in Lincoln Co. that no one Owes.
Full Line of ACORN STOYES AND RANGES, STOYE
PIPE, ELBOWS, COAL HODS, ZINC BOARDS,
etc., at Lowest Prices on Record.
NORTH PLATTE, - - - NEBRASKA.
Drugs, Medicines, Paints, Oils,
WINDOW GLASS, -:- MACHINE OILS
D eiatsoiie -A-potiLeke
Corner of Spruce and Sixth-sts.
C. F. IDDINGS.
Order by telephone from
WALL-PAPER, PAINT AND OIL DEPOT.
WINDOW GLSS, VARNISHES, GOLD 17EAF, GOLD
PAINTS, BRONZES, ARTISTS1 COLORS AND BRUSHES, PIANO AND
FURNITURE POLISHES, PREPARED HOUSE AND BUGGY PAINTS,
KALSOillNE MATERIAL, WINDOW SHADES.
ESTABLISHED JULY 1868. - - - 310 SPRUCE STREET-
NORTH : PLATTE : PHARMACY,
Dr. N. McCABE, Prop., J. E. BUSH, Manager.
JNTOIRTia: PLATTE, - - ISTBBBASKA -.
We aim to iiandle ike Best Grades of
G-oods, sell triem at Reasonable
ITigTLres, and W arrant veryth ing
Orders from the country and along the line of the Union
Pacific railway respectfully solicited.
Elder & Lock's Stable.
Northwest corner Court-house Square.
FINEST SAMPLE BOOM IS IT0ETH PLATTE
Having refitted our rooms in the finest of style, the public
isinvited to call and see us, insuring courteous treatment.
Finest Wines, Liquors and Cigars at the Bar.
Qur billiard hall is supplied -with the best make of tables
l Ll .7 I. MT 1 H J-
(SHU Competent attemiauw
EEITH'S BLOCK, OPPOSITE
You can't find in these
United States the Equal
of the (jrenuine
You may try; you'll get
left. Remember, ifrs the
combination of good points
that makes the Perfect
btoye. That's where we
pet the BETATIONS.
They can't steal the whole
stove. They steal one
thing and think they have
it all, but it FAILS. They
build another. It fails.
Still they keep on crying
good as the BOUND
OAK. Some peculiar
merchants sav thpv Tihva
Newton's Book Store.
For Fine Rigs
win uypi.y hii vuur auta.
x'HE ITJsION PACIFIC DEPOT
U. P. TIME TABLE.
GOEN'G EAST CEIvTRAI TUTE.
No. 2 Fast Mail S:A5 u m.
No. 1 Atlantic Express 11:40 p.m.
No. 2S Freight- 7:00 a.m.
GOING WEST MOCTTTAIN- TLJfE.
No. 1 Limited 355 p. m
No. 3 Fast Hail 110 p.m.
No. 23 Freight 735 a. m.
So. 19 Freight 10 p. m.
N. B. Oijjs. Agent.
NOTICE FOR. PUBLICATION.
Land Office at yorth Platte. Neb..
November 17th. 1S&5. f
'tice is hereby frf-seo that Michael C. Harrinsioii
haa filed sotiee af intention to make final proof be
fore Eegfcter and Kecelver at his office in North.
Ptatia Neb., on. the 29 th da j- of December. &G. ea
timber culture application No. V-u, for the sonth-
westqnarter of section No. 4. in township No. 14
north, range No. 30 west. He names aa witnesses
Isaac Lacplash. Harry Lamplogh. Allen Tift
tester 'Walter, all or North. Platte. Nebraska.
'Ji-ti JOHN T. HINiiAN. Register.
NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION.
Land Office at Nrth Platte. Neb.. 1
December S.ISBtf. f
Notice is hereby sivea that toe feltowinc-named
settler has filed notice of his intention to make
final proof la support of his eioim. and that eaid
proof will be mode before the Besrfster and Re
ceiver at North. Platte, Neb., on Jaasary 10th
who made Homestead Entry No. K.Tj. tr the
southwest quarter section 34. township M north.
ranee - west. He aomea ifie dMewtair witnesses
to prove his continuous residesce upon awl cnHi
vation of said hind, vfc Basses Hoases, Petec
Horn!. Georce Schmid and He err VT. Mater. aW
m-S JOHN F. HIN3IAN, Register.
ILCOX & HALUGAN,
rORTH PLATTE, ... NEBRASKA
Office ever North Plotta National Bnnir.
N. F. DONAIJ)SON,
Assistant Snrgeon Union PacJic Rp
and Member of Pension Board,
NORTH PLATTE. - Nl
Office ever Strelts'a Drug Store.
Room No. 6, Otteostetn BefMisg-,
NORTH PLATTE, NEB.
JjlRENCH & BALDWIN,
NORTH PLATTE, - - NEBRASKA.
Office over N. P. Ntl. Bank.
1 C PATTERSON,
Office First National Bank B!dg.f
NORTH PLATTE, NEB.
Fresh, Smoked audi
Haying" re-opened the City Meat
Market, opposite the Hotel NeviHev.
I am prepared to furnish customers
vrith a choice qnality of meats of
A share of your patronage is re
In search of a good cigar
will always find it at J.
F. Schmalzried's- Try
them and judge.
And Crude Petroleum.
Leave orders at office
in Broekers tailor shop.
P. J. BEOEKES,
A well assorted stock of foreign
and domestic piece goods in
stock from which to select.
V . Si
A A A A-A
I F. PILLION,
Special attention given to
WHEELS TO KENT
of same liapl
tbisg to patent?
Protect rotxr Ideas; they may bring- too. -wealth.
Writ JOHJT WKDDEHHtrRV HI Tfnf tr
oey. Washington. D. Cfor thetx 3LSC9 prise offer
sml llae oT two hundred. lnrenttocB wanted.
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