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THE 8EMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE. NORTH PLATTE, NEBRA8KA.
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In this old castle of San Juan do Ulua, on a rocky lslot half a mile oft Vera Cruz, the Americana found n
largo number of political prisoners whoso condition was deplorable. Tho fortress has been used as a prison by the
Mexicans for many years.
WORLD CONTAINS NO
FULL OF CONTRASTS AS 1EHC0
Although a University Was Established There Before John Har
vard, Elihu Yale or William and Mary Were Born, the
Masses of Its People Are Hopelessly Ignorant
Parks Victim of Poisoned Cigarette.
Washington. "Porhaps nowhere
clso In tho world is there a country
no full of contrasts ns Mexico," writes
William Josoph Showalter to tho Na
tional Geographic society, at Wash
ington, D. C. "With a university es
tablished before John Harvard, EUhu
Vale, or William and Mary were born,
tho masses of Its people aro hopeless
ly Ignorant. With a hospital founded
before Jamestown was over dreamed
of, It Is one of tho most backward
regions of the earth In a modlcal way.
With natural rlcheB greater than thoso
of a thousand Mldasos, Us masses are
just as poor as tho proverbial church
mouse. With a constitution as per
fect as nny organic law In tho civil
ized world, It is a nation whoso rulers
Statue of Columbus, City of Mexico.
alwaB havo been a law unto them
selves. "Hero you will boo a Mexican half
breed, barefooted, wearing a dollar
pair of trousers, a flfty-cont shirt, and
a ten-dollar sombrero. There, at a
singlo glance and within tho longth nt
a singlo city block, you may sco an
Indian cargador, a donkey, an ox-cart,
a carriage, a railroad train, a street
car, and an automobile almost every
typo of locomotion since Adum. Yon
may tread tho burning sands of a
tropical dosert with the wot of tho
perpetual snow of toworlng mountains
Btlll upon your Bhoes. You may tnko
n single railway Journey of 36 hours
Jn which tho peoplo you sco nt tho
railroad station will ho dressed In four
different weightB of clothing. Every
where you turn thero Is contrast, high
lights and deep shadows.
"Mexico probably has a greater
range of romarkablo vegetation than
any other country In tho world. Tho
parrot fruit tree produces an odd-
Bhuped fruit, bearing n cIobo resem
blance to green parakeets. When tho
parakeet Is frightened It makes a dash
for tho parrot tree, whoro It usBumes
a position which makes it look ilka
tho fruit Itself. So closo Is tho re
semblance that their enemies, the
hawks, occasionally fly by a treo on
which a dozen or moro of thoso birds
nfo Bitting, apparently unawnro ot
their presence. Another rcmarknblo
treo In tho 'Arbol do Dlnnmlto' dyna
mite tree whoso fruit, If kept In n
warm place; bursts with considerable)
force and a loud report, scattering Us
flat seeds to a surprising distance. Ono
of tho most Interesting fruits In Mex
ico Is known as tho melon zapoto, or
papaya. It contains conslderabo pop
sin, which reacts against both acid
und ulkallno conditions of tho stom
ach, nnd it Is said that a diet which
includes papuyn precludes dyspepsia,
lloth tho fruit and the leaves possess
tho singular property of rendering
tough meat tender, When tho pulp
ot tho fruit Is" rubbed over a piece
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PRISON OF SAN JUAN
of tough meat tho Juice attacks tho
Hbor and softens It.
'Wo other country south of the Rio
Grando is' so well supplied with rail
roads. Prior to tho Madero revolution
It had 20,000 miles of up-to-date Ameri
can railroad, which carried 11,000,000
passengers annually and handled
nbqut 11,000,000 tons of freight Their
total rovonues amounted to about S40,
000,000. Tho government owns a con
trolling Interest In tho major portion
of tho mileage oi tho railroads. '
"Mexico produces one-third of tho
world'B silver, a. considerable percent
age of its gold, bne-nlnth of its lead,
nnd ono-twontleth of Its copper. Tho
country's mineral production, exclu
sive of iron, coal and petroleum
amounted to $158,000,000 In 1910. Tho
fuinouB Iron mountain nt Durango Is
estimated to contain COO million tonB
of Iron ore, which Is worth seven times
the value of all tho gold And silver
mined In M6xIco In two centuries. Tho
Santa Mario graphlto mines aro tho
largest and most important in the
Western world. Tho region around
tho Gulf of Mexico Is very rich In pe
troleum. Ono cohipany nt Potorl del
Llono struck a gusher which flowed
100,000 barrelH of oil a day.
"Tho drnwn-work of tho Mexican
Indlnn Is Justly famed throughout tho
world, and deserves to 'rank with tho
finest of Spanish and Italian laces.
Tho Indians make all sorts of small
objects to nttract tho centavos of, tho
tourist. Tho llttlo dolls of Cuerna
vaca, n half-Inch tall and dressed In
flnoly embroidered raiment, aro the
admiration of overy ono who sees
them. Tho small clay animals, per
fectly fashioned and" ranging from the
peaceful dog to tho charging bull nnd
tho bucking mule, would do credit to
tho genius of many n sculptor whoso
namo figures in tho art publications
of the world. Hut perhaps tho most
wonderful of nil aro tho tiny dressed
fleas, which may be bought In Mexico
City. Another wonderful work of tho
Indians Is tho making of feather pic
tures from tho plumage of, humming
birds, now nlmost a lost nrt,
"Tho Indians of Mexico eat many
curious foods. Ono of tho most ro
markablo of these Is mndo'bf tho eggs
of a specleH of marsh fly. This fly do-
Picturesque Old Mexican Church.
poBlta Us cggB in incredible qunntltles
upon flugB nnd rushes. Tho eggs are
gathored and made Into cakes which
aro sold lu tho markets. The Indians
call tho eggs water-wheat. Thoyrd
Bemblo flno fish roo, nnd when mixed
with corn meal and fowl eggs form a
staple nrttclq of diet, particularly dur
ing Lent. Tho insects themselves,
which are about tho size ot tho house
fly, aro captured, pounded Into a pasto,
boiled In corn husks tn much the same
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fashion as tamaleB, and in this form
The report that Private Parks was
temporarily insane from a poisoned
cigarette given him by a Mexican girl
hen he rodo straight Into tho Mexi
can lines on the back of one blooded
horse and leading another, Is highly
credible to thoso who havo traveled
In the "land of tho greasers." Tho
Mexican women have often given this
poison to their lovers out of Jealousy.
This herb, Is neen, or toloachi, and
tho plants spread in many slightly dif
ferent species nlmost all over the
earth. It Is our Jlmson weed. Tho
Private Samuel Parks.
Hindu women uso It for tho same
purpose as their Mexican sisters, to
causa their lovers to loso their minds.
Hindu robbers mix It in candy and
glvo It by Bomo tricks to tho Inmates
ot n house. Tho eaters of tho candy
aro thrown into a doep sleep, under
cover of which the burglars loot.
Toloachi Is a low-growing plant with
whlto flowers and curious seed vessels
projecting much like the horns of a
steer. Tho seeds nro pounded and
mixed in tho tobacco of a cigarette.
Usually melancholic ldocy and Blum
ber are Induced, but sometimes thero
is violent madncBH and even quick
death. It has been used by Mexican
men to kill a rival.
ENGLISH AND CELTS TOP LIST
Mother Tonnuo Bulletin of, Census
Bureau Shows Number In
America In 1910,
Washington, D. C Of tho 32,243,382
persona of white stock in the United
States In 1910, tho English nnd Celtic,
including Irish, Scotch and Welsh,
had tho largest representation, accord
ing to tho mother tonguo billlotln Is
sued by tho censuB bureau.
As reported, tho total foreign whlto
stock whoso mothor tonguo was Eng
lish and Celtic numborod 10,037,420.
This represented 12.3 per cent of tho
total whlto population of tho United
States in 1910. which was 81,731,957.
Tho Gormnn group numbored 8,517,271,
or 10,8 per cent; Italian, 2,151,422, or
2.CG per cent; Polish, 1.707.G40, or 2.1
per cont; Yiddish and Hebrew, 1.C7C,
702, or 2.1 por cont; Swedish, 1,445,
869, or 1,8 por cent; French, 1,357,169,
or 1.7 per cent, and Norwegians, 1,009,
854, or 1.2 por cent.
Tho number of persons in tho Unit
ed States of loroign whlto stock re
porting other principal mother tongues
woro: Bohemian and Moravian, 539,
392; Spanish, 448.198; Danish. 446,473;
Dutch und, Frisian, 824,930; Magyar,
320,893; Slovak, 284,444; Lithuanian
and Lettish, 211,235; Finnish, 200,688;
Slovenian, 183,431; Portuguese, 141,.
268; Greek, 130,379; Serbo-Croatian,
129,254 (including Croatian, 93,036;
Sorvlnn, 36,752; Dalmatian, 5,505. and
Montenegrin, 3,961); IluBsian. 96,137;
Roumanian, 51,124; Syrian and Ara
bic, 40,727; Flemish, 44,806; Rutho
nlan, 35,359; Slavic (not specified),
35,196; Armenian, 30,021; Bulgarian,
19,380; TurklBh, 6,441; Albanian, 2,
366; all other and thoso whose mother
tonguo was unknown. 81?U.
Rare Assortment of Swords in National Museum
WASHINGTON. Tho sword collection In tho National museum, comprising
somo 180 pieces, proves perhups of greater general Interest than any
other of tho many extensive exhibits, It not only covers a long period of
doubt resulting from tho contact brought about by wars as well ob follow
ing peace regulations. ,
In tho ethnological division of the new building thero Is an Instructive
exhibit of swords and cutlery which forms part of the Georgo Konhan collec
tion, and Includes Turkish nnd Arabian yntaghans, two Russian Bwords, a
Scotch dirk, a Crusader's sword, and a sample of two-handed weapon dated
1710. In tho Mason family collection, lent to the museum by Mrs. Julian
James, thero aro several Amorlcan swords, bayonets and cutlasses, besldos
many Implements from Japan, China, Turkey and North Africa.
Two other notable collections aro tho deposits of tho late Dr. Charles W.
Hickman ot Augusta, Ga., and Capt. J. R. R. Hannay, U. S. A., which include
70 weapons of exceptional rarity. Other collections pertain to tho native
weapons of tho Philippines, Cuba and Porto Rico.
Among tho Individual exhibits aro numerous swords connected wltn
Important epochs In Amorlcan history. Tho earliest types are thoso of tho
Revolution, particularly those which were presented by the Continental con
gress to John Hancock and Col. Return Jonathan Meigs; a service sword of
Gen. Peter Gansovoort, Jr., and another engraved "Tho Sword of Rocham
beau;" a cutlass from the Bonhommo Richard, presented to Lieut. James B.
Safford In 1784, and several swords of the period, the ownership of which Is
In connection with later wars there aro swords which belonged to Deca
tur, Shulbrlck, Ripley, Gansovoort, Brown, McGruder, Morgan, Shields, Paul
de Peyster, Vincent, Howard, Hancock, Custer, Grant, Sherman, Kilpatrick,
Trenchard, Mnson, Wilkes, Schley, Phillips, Capron and Ord.
Do Senators and Congressmen Like Applause?
SOME wng recently posted up In the halls of congress a card that had evi
dently been used In a moving picture show. Visitors were astounded to
read on going Into the galleries a noticed mnrked "Information: Please
applaud any act that you like, as this
not only stimulates tho performer, but
gives the management an Idea of tho
particular kind of vaudeville you most
enjoy. Please report any discourtesy
on tho part of employes to manager
and their services will be promptly
Thero was a good deal of titter
ing before an attendant spied the
card and hastily removed It. A sen
ator who heard of tho Joke declared
that It was a pity to spoil tho fun, for
the card was only an Indication of the frank way Americans havo of express
ing themselves. A great many bellovo that tho progress of culture means
the repression of suggestions that under ordinary circumstance would be
frankly made. "Tho actors on tho stage seek applause," continued the sen
ator, "why then not frankly admit that they like It, and ask tho audience to
stir themselves now and then? Thero Is never n time In debate when a
congressman or senator who is speaking Is not consciously pleased when tho
galleries applaud or burst Into laughter despite tho rap of tho gavel and tho
admonition of tho speaker, "If the noise does not cease, the galleries will bo
cleared.' " Of course, playing to the galleries In congress Is expressly pro
hibited, but who would dare to say that It Is not practised assiduously by a
largo proportion of tho men In public life, for, In tho last analysis, who aro
tho gallery but tho people and who nro tho peoplo?
Youth Dips Into Fountain
A MEMBER of tho Western High school housed at the Franklin school Is
endeavoring to collect a wager from hlf? schoolmates, won at noon recess
tho other day. Tho youngster, said to be tho son of a prominent Washington
banker, is not only trying to collect
4$$& w v,
"Bet you two beans you won't,"
Bald a reckless wagerer who was a momber of tho party.
"Nothing to it," returned the youth challenged.
Stopping upon tho concrete rim of tho fountain, tho youth stood poised
for a second, and with a graceful Annette Kollerman dlvo performed the
"Australian splosh" Into tho water.
Whoops and shouts attracted attention as tho youth emerged In the cen
ter of the pool and made his way to the edgo, In less than a second'B tlmo
tho youngster mado his way across tho park, scared, soaking wot, but entire
ly Euccessful In accomplishing the stunt.
JuBt.how he managed to explain his condition or successfully elude de
tection Is not known, but a frightened youngster Is today trying to collect
his bet nnd avoid tho publicity which usually accompanies such stunts.
Girls in Printing Bureau Must All Be Healthy
HORSE power! Thnt's what thoy havo to have thoso girls who work as
printers' assistants. And horse power is what wo would make a require
ment of their appointment, it's no use putting a race-horso to draw a truck.
"It's hurd work to he a printer's
assistant; a severe physical stress Is
upon tho workorc. If they nro not
healthy and strong woll, the work is
too much for them."
Director Ralph of tho bureau of
engraving nnd printing mado this ex
position of his point of view in ex
plaining the investigation undertaken
by Dr. Benjamin S, Warren of tho
public health service. A physical ox
nmlnntlon, rigid enough to determine
tho fitness of applicants for tho labor
required of them ns printers' assistants, it Is expected, will bo directed as
part of tho civil service requirements. It is brawn, not brains, that tho
Thero aro 500 printers' assistants employed In tho bureau. Most of
thorn are physically capable, and tho investigation is not especially aimed
at present conditions, but to Insure that future appointments shall be of tho
right metal -In tho matter of strength and endurance. The girls nro on their
feet throughout tho hourn of tho work day, and tho strain Is sevcro when
thero Is not bodily fitness.
Examinations of tho lungs, to determine the freedom from tubercular
tendencies, und of tho body generally to provd normal development, Is tho
Idea ot what 'should be tho tost of fitness, A tubercular employe Is regarded
as a menace to her follow workers, and ono of Inferior strength as putting
an unfair burden upon her fellow workers to keep up the average production
of labor, as well as a detriment to tho public service.
history but shows the dovolopmont of
tho sword as a weapon and as a badgo
of rank and office.
One good-sized collection, turned
over to tho museum by tho war de
partment somo years ago, Is represen
tative of all branches of tho war Berv
Ico for the different periods In United
States history, nnd Includes also sev
eral foreign naval nnd military types.
Hy comparison, it is seen that tho
types changed nil .over the world every
ten or twenty years, a fenturo no
on a TwoDoHar Bet
the wager, but Is endeavoring to elude
the watchful eye of tho park pollce
mnn. It all happened in this way.
Gathered around the stands in course
of oroctlon for the Barry memorial
statue ceremony, several boys were
"For two bits." said one boy, "I'd
dlvo into the fountain."
"You're on," cried half a dozen
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kills germs. It doet
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Cnrbo Naptha Soap
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The Rub-No-Morc Co., Ft. Wayne, Ind,
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of W. L. Douclaa ftboet ha ! ttlllnr
of t3.0f2.GO, 58.00, fS-M, ft 00 and $4 CO.
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W. N. U OMAHA, NO. 24-1914.
SUGGESTIONS FOR ICE TRUST
Just a Few Reasons Why Thero
Should Be an Advance In Prlco
of Summer Necessity.
Tho lco trust having offered a silver
loving-cup for tho best excuse which
might bo invented for raising tho
price of ico after tho cold winter, wt
hopefully submit tho following:
1. Tho ico being so thick and heavy,
It costs moro to handle it.
2. Tho blocks are so largo that there
is great waste In cutting tham up for
tho retail trade.
3. Tho ico is so cold It freezes solid
In the storage houses and ij very diffi
cult to get out.
4. As tho winter has been so cold,
tho summer will necessarily bo very
hot, and tho demand for ico very
great, eo that it is doubtful If there
will be enough to go around.
5. Tho lco being extra thick, extra
cold, and extra quality all through, it
Is only proper that an extra price
should bo demanded.
6. Tho prlco of lco never had. any
relation to tho cost of production, any
It's a wasto of timo to contradict
tho average weman. Givo her timo
enough and se will contradict her
self. But a cranV ceases to bo a crank
when ho doea you a good turn.
come from the ovens to your
table in tightly sealed pack
ages ready to eat when
opened with cream, good
milk or fruit.
Every crisp flake of this
attractive food represents the
best part cf choice white
Perfectly cooked, delicately
flavoured and toasted to an
appetizing golden "brown."
Post Toaaties are made for
your pleasure and nourish
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