Plattsmouth weekly herald. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1882-1892, October 15, 1891, Image 10

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Kki.p jour cj e on Mchmley.
Anytiu.mi to beat the republican
ia the democratic watchword.
Hltv M'Klili to Itaby Clexeland
"KeepVtf' th white house ura.sji
WaHhington I 'us!.
I K j rl'.C TH N ami reciprocity g;o
hand in hand. Thin suit.' the eo
pie. .Let the democrat rant.
A IX parties im list admit tliHt the
Ht.ite ticket named by the repuh
limns is positively better than that
of the denio-ali-indeijendent ccni
Tiik voters of Nebraska should
not leave the (iff lit wholly in the
hands of the ticwupaperH. Kvery
republican nhould do a treat deal
of individual work.
G. C'LKVIiLAND Kmp, i nupport
inyfthe ctruig;ht democratic ticket
tli in year in the N. Y. campaign. It
appear that he and Hill are com
intf together al right.
1 M E tanners can now buy more
for one day'n labor than wad ever
poHHible before. The Hignu of the
times1 indicate that they appreciate
thin state of alTaitH and will be
heard from in November.
A (jKKAT many of the independ
cuts are beginning' to wonder if
they really have been led into the
democratic camp. Indeed, when
they all vote for the name candi
dates it begin to look that way.
TilK republican ticket which
head thia page county, judicial
and state -doe not contain a name
that i unworthy the vote of every
member of the party. And it is
evident that a Htrong, enthuaiuHtic
mid harmonium pull i being made
to elect the entire ticket.
OUK democratic coiitemporarie
do not ay a great deal these day
about that 25 per dent they propoHe
that the government ahull pay the
Hilverking for their silverproduct,
in exce8 of the market price. The
fact remain, neverthele, that
their platform favor pint hucIi
legislation. Why have a plank in
the platform that they are afraid to
defend? It i better otherwine and
appear much more houet.
Tiik majority of our democratic
exchange prefer I'oat to Kdgerton.
ltyrau come in tor hi nhare of
censure for intimating that the
candidate for reirent should
with draw. The giddy congrets
man has been elevated to a poi
lion oi responsibility iiy a mere
accident and now, he cares little
who is elected or w hat principals
the candidate represent, if it i
possible to beat the republican
In nominating Judge Chapman
to succeed himself a judge of the
second judicial district the repub
lican convention acted purely in ac
cord with the wishes of the repuh
lican party. Cass county nvog
-. ii i i . i . . . iiiai sue nas no man that is
better qualified to till the position
and Otoe county, in continually
supporting our candidate, doubtless
recognizes in him an able, honest,
impartial tribunal.
C'ont.kkssman Hkyan does not
lavor Kdgerton because of his fit
ness for the position to which he
aspires. He knows perfectly well
that to elevate him to that exalted
position would have a tendency to
rob it of the dignity that should
characterize it; hut simply to give
iluvor to hi spleenelic envy and
jealousy he yields to this dishonor
able method of knifeing the repub
lican party. The giddy congress
man will awaken to the fact hw.
ever, that honest loyal democrats
prefer lo maintain the dignity and
stability of our highest court of
justice by voting for Judge A. M.
The people ol Nebraska know a
few' thing about J. V. Kdgerton
which will keep thctn from giving
him their vote for judge of the
supreme court.
They know that lie has been trjl
ing lo practice law for thirteen
year without being able to make a
living at it.
They know that he has been a re
publican, a democrat, a union
labor man and an independent
within live years, and ha been a
candidate for something at the
hand of every party of which he
has ever been a member.
They know that he i a local wire
puller whose politic are not a mat
ter of principle but of expediency.
They know he was a member of
the conscienceless lobby which dis
graced the legislature, the state and
the independent party at Lincoln
last winter.
Tin y know that as a lobbyist he
rcpres?i!ic.i a local monopoly aim
assisted in the defeat of a measure
which the farmers of the state
sought lo t-iiact into a law.
They know that he joined ban
with oilier deteated candidate in
the elfort to steal offices to which
they were not elected and bolstered
hi claim ui) bv the most luii.en
Tliev know that he stood ready to
pocket the contest fees voted to him
by the legislature, although ho
knew there was no sort of ground
for attempting to unseat Attorney
General Hastings.
They know lvdgerton is entirely
unlit by education, experience and
associations for any judicial office
above that of justice of the peace
They will know more about him
to his discredit before the campaign
is over from his own lips if he con
tinues his harangues on the Btump
and attempts to explain away the
unsavory record he has made in
Stromsburir und South Omaha.
- Omaha Flee.
Tiik Cincinnati Enquirer, speak
ing of the sugar boutitv clause of
the new tariff law makes the follow
ing rediculous statement:
"So we pay bounty an unconsti'
tutional and outrageous perform
ance on its face of something like
$ H,tXX).(MX a year. Where do we get
that $IH,iKK),(X)0? Do we pick it off of
currant bushes? Do we find it in
the street? The people pay it.
They pay as much for their Htigar
a they ever did."
This money its not picked "off of
currants bushes"-certainly nof.
It is paid out of the U. S. treasury.
Hut for every $18 paid the Amer
ican larmer tor growing wugar
beets, $." is saved, by taking the
duty off imported sugar. The out
rage of which the free trade organ
speaks consists in placing a tax
for a revenue duty is always a tax -
of $."3,(XK),(KX) per year upon a com
modity which we cannot produce
in sufficient quantities but which
every family must use.
The republican party, true to the
principle of encouraging home in
dustry, pays the American producer
of sugar two cents bounty per
pound. In this way our farmers!
are encouraged to diversify their
iroducts, employ more labor and
at the same time produce a Htaple
commodity for American use. It
is noticeable that every move of
the republican party that seeks to
encourage American industries
ind thus . cripple foreign mono
polies meets with rediculous op
position of which the clipping
from this organ is a sample.
The American Economist recently
addressed 1,400 merchants in the
different part of the Union re
garding the prices of articles in
common use. Hy referring to
authoritative statistics the prices of
the same commodities during the
free trade time 18a7, September of
lastjyear and October of tliisyearnr..'
given. It would be well to preserve
theeopy for the purpose of silencing
the exponents of the would-be Hrit
! .1. ,.ir .a 'ti. ...
ism nionopoiisi. i ue siau'ineiil is
as follows:
F ss
.1 70
HIiiilniK twine, Hi..
Hliiiikcto. iah'
HlueshlrtliiK, yd ...
I Hiiro, yl
I'anirt. yil
Cotton i Hives
Cotton Hosiery
Cotton knit goiaN. .
Cotton Hi 'it, i-pool .
Crowbar, iti
Pi'wioKch'iir, nr..
Fork, S-MiiimI.. .. .
Flannel, yard
Krult cans, do . .. .
(illlKllHIII, VHlit .. .
Ilaml taw
IIhiiiu rtipe. Hi ,..'4
Linen, ya it
MnwiuKiiiaclili.e . .
Nails, wire, Hi .. .
Nulla. Iron, ih
1 4u
i W
.1 07
1 3
I J',
3 0
i 13
v: i,'
2 TS
72 S,
1 M
I ,T
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47 m
12 no
19 4n'i
Oilcloth, iti .1
1.1 !OV,
1 '.iii'S
m r,
41 2.1
247 (CI
4 MS I
2 -M
&M I
12 V1
I 47
I 44 4
I'earl t'
t'lns. iaicr
Hake, liurse
Hake, hand. ..
Heaper mid binder
Hiiblier bouts
MieetiliK. yd
Match, lit
Straw hat, Rood....
Straw hat, coin. ..
Nunr, ui, (raim...
Siniur, ll. brown... .
Miliar bow I
21 21',
I J0 K
;i isi
:i 1
17 H'
'JO Oil
I 4 Ml
2 7'j
i (Si
1 I"
1 75
1 22
'Jin dipper
Tin milk pail
Tin milk imn
TlekliiR, Yd
Wood iiiiiiiI
l.l no
1 20
2 2.1
'.'4 00
lb no
1 40
20' i
14 2
WoulM clothing...
After the prohibitionists hold
their convention every voter ought
to be able to find a suitable man.
They had better endorse lvdgerton,
however, as' the republican feel
strong enough to down everything
this venr.
The Golden band dispensed some
line music upon our street today,
It is one of the finest eouinned and
hilled band that has ever ap
peared in our city.
Who I male I. x termination llrfure tlie Valur
of Their S.kln Wan Knon 11 Hot it
!iiiliuruo III-.. nilioHrln a SI xn or a
Diijj rouglit Only un tlie Jleh-imito.
The traveler wImuu late brings to the
colonies may journey from end to end of
them without seeing in the flesh either
of the a:iima!s that figure upon the Aus-
tralian cunt of linns the kuni;aruo urn
meeinu. liieraare plenty of both la
certain districts, hut they are many
iniiea sway rrum the railroads, as a rule,
and are seen only by those who Lave oc-
ciiwiun to vihit remote "btutious," and to
explore the alternate stretches of plain
and "bush," which constitute the "back
flocks," as the interior portions of the
country are ntyled iu colonial phrase
When the early settlor entered the
country they found the marsupial tribe
swarming in countless millions all over
it, and when they sought pasturage for
their Hocks discovered that the ungener
ous soil would not furnish grass enough
tor kangaroos and sheep together. A
war of extermination ujion the original
panturers upou the land was therefore
inaugurated, and waged with such dead
ly effect that at present a kangaroo is in
most districts quite as conspicuous hy
his absence as the buffalo upon the plains
of America.
The old squatters relate extraordinary
tales of the former abundance of these
strange features how the eye could
not range in any direction without see
ing hundreds of them; how they entered
the "paddocks" and grazed in the midst
of the bheep, and how, when the grass
grew scant ami tlio Bocks were on the
verge of starvation, "drives" were or
ganized, iu which thousands of the kan
garoos were killed and the sparse pastur
age was eased. Wanton as seems the
wholesale slaughter of these animals, it
was, from the squatter's point of view.
astern and imperative necessity. The
only regret of pastoralists in the prem
ises is that they did not then know the
fortune that they lost by allowing the of the slain to lie and rot where
they had fallen; for there was no sus
picion then that kangaroo leather was of
any value, or that a demand would
spring up for it that should make the
skin of one of these animals worth more
than that of the sheep whose protection
was bought hy their slaughter. So im
portant hag the trade iu kangaroo hides
now become that the question of how the
animals that furnish them shall be pre
served has taken the place of devising
inuasnres for their extinction.
The progress or the kangaroo is rapid,
and for a mile or twolt requires a good
horse to keep iu sight of him. After
that, however, he tires, and is overtakeu
without difliculty.
The chase of tlie kangaroo is under
taken variously on horseback, with or
without dogs, and hy stalking, either
with rifle or shotgun. A kangaroo hunt
on horseback is an exciting and often
dangerous pastime. In timber, where it
usually takes place, it is particularly
hazardous, owing to falleu logs and low
set branches, which often sweep the
incautious hunter over his horse's tail
and drop him in an undignified position
ou the ground belaud. Firearms are
uot employed in this pursuit, and when
the game is cornered it is killed by a
blow from the butt end of a heavy rid
ing whip or from a stirrup which is un
shipped from the saddle for the purpose.
The dogs used iu the chase are a rough
breed of large greyhounds, which have
not only the strength necessary to pur
sue a flying kangaroo for miles, but also
lo attack him when he is brought to bay.
The old dogs in a station pack of kau
garoo htiuters are often marked from
ears to tail with frightful scars, the rec
ords of many tough encounters with an
tkuiinal which, timid ai.d inoffensive as
it is by nature, develops in iieril a cour
age aud even ferocity that are rarely
found outside the order of camivora.
Tlio kaugaroo seems jioorly provided
by nature with offensive weapons. His
powers of biting are not formidable, and
his forepaws are so weak as to s!em al
most rudimentary members and of little
use. His hind legs are muscular aud
strong, but are apparently of use only to
sssist flight from his enemies. In these
hind legs is found, however, a most for
midable weapon in the shape of a long
claw as hard as steel and sharp as a
chisel as terrible to dogs as the scythe
ihariots of the ancients were to their en
einiea. When ran down, the kangaroo,
placing a tree behind him to protect his
rear, will seize iu his forepaws such in
discreet dogs as rush upon him, and,
holding them firmly, disembowel them
with a sweep of his sicklelike claws.
Even the hunters themselves thus caught
in the viselike grip of an "old man" kan
garoo of the larger breeds have some
times suffered iu like manner, and have
uow aud then taken their own turn at
being hunted as the enraged animal
turned uimn them and attacked their
horses with blind ferocity. The kanga
roo tights with great address and intelli
gence, and if he can find a stream or
water hole in which to await his foes,
will station himself waist deep in it aud,
pushing the dogs under one by one as
they swiiu out to attack him, either
drown theiu outright or compel them to
retire from want of breath. Against
human enemies, armed only with clubs
or stirrup irons, the kangaroo often
shows himself a clever boxer, warding
uff blows very dexterously with his fore
paws, aud now and then making for
ward bounds, with rapid play of his dan
gerous hind feet, which ar difficult to
avoid. Melbourne Cor. Huston Journal.
A Delli'( Him.
He 1 stej.pvd on ytfAv &vss.
must think mo a jierfect bear.
She Oil, no, Mr. Bashful; you do not
remind uih iu the least of a bear.
And he has been wondering ever sunt
what she meant. Detroit Fre Press.
4 Ielil Wlilih His tuhiibllitiiti of Iht
I'y ri iiiM-s Huvn Ki litiously I'ald Annu
ally lor Over I'lv t'eiilnrie The Cei
liiony llesrribcd by 1 Witimu.
The ludepeinl'jut des Basses-Pyrenees
publishes a very interesting description
written by M. Alfred Cadier, a French
Protestant clergyman at Pau, of a cer
uinuial which ho witnessed on the fron
tier of France aud Spain. This con
sisted in the payment of a blood tai,
and it appears that there are two or
three places in the Pyrenees where the
custom, founded upon the beliof that "a
murder committed by the inhabitants of
a village or canton npon those of an ad
joining village or canton must forever
remain g burden upon the descendants
of their descendants," is still observed.
Thus, about the middle of the Four
teenth century, the inhabitants of the
valley of Lavedan, having massacred tlw
defenseless residents of Aspe, were con
demned by the pope to pay a perpetual
tax of thirty sols, which was levied upon
twenty-two villages aud paid up to the
time of the revolution. Iu the Thir
teenth centnry, if not earlier, a similar
crime was committed between the val
leys of Baretons, in French Navarro, and
Roncal, in Spanish Navarre.
The blood tax which the inhabitants
of the former were ordered by the pope
to discharge is paid still, the ceremony
taking place annually on July 13 in the
mountains, about anven hours' march
from Osse, at the pass known as La
Peyre St. Martin. It is thus described
by M. Cadier:
A crowd of people is to be seen mak
ing their way to the rendezvous. The
shepherds of the Baretons valley, with
their red waistcoats intersiiersed with
dark threads, the mayors and delegates
of the villages of Arette, Laune. Aramits
and Issor, the foresters of the mountain,
the custom house officers without their
guns, the clergy, represented hy the priest
of St. Engrace and two curates, and a
few English tourists from Osse helped to
make up this singular assembly. When
we reached the narrow stone which
marks off the frontier, with the name
St. Martin inscribed upon the two sides
of it in French aud Spanish, we found
ourselves face to face with the Sjwniards,
wiio tormed an imposing group.
t irst was the alcalde of Isaba, who
was to act the part of lord chief lustice.
He was wearing a black robe, bordered
with red, and a large collarette by wav
of bauds, while he carried in his baud
the wand of justice, in the shape of a
black stick with a 6ilver knob. The al
caldes of three or four other Spanish vil
lages were similarly attired, aud they
were accompanied by a numerous suite,
made np of delegates from the general
junta of the valley of Roncal, the notary,
the veterinarian, and others, the escort
consisting of seven or eight armed car-
raniueros and guards, while in the rear
were a number of "bourriqueros," who
had come iu tlie Lope of sellinir the skins
of wiue with which their donkeys were
It was about 9 a. m. when the cere
monial, which has been observed without
interruption since 13T5. commenced bv
the French mayors donning their tri
color scarf, and by the Spanish alcaldes
advancing toward the frontier stone,
accompanied by a herald bearing a lance
on which was painted a red flame, the
symbol of justice.
The two parties having halted at a dis
tance of about twenty feet from their
respective frontiers, the herald substi
tutes for his red flame a white one,
which is the Rymbol of pacific intentions,
and the alcalde of Isaba exclaims iu
Spanish, "Do you wish for peace?" To
this the French mayors reply in the af
firmative, also speaking in Spanish, and
in order to testify to the sincerity of
their intentions, their herald lays down
bis lance upon tha top of the stone in the
direction of the frontier, whereupon the
Spanish herald comes and inserts his
lance into the French soil, resting le
shaft against the stone so as to foriC
crot-s with the French lance. The mayor
of Arette then comes and lays his hand
ujKn the cross so formed, a Spanish al
calde places his right hand npon that of
the Frenchman aud the other mayors
and alcaldes do the same alternately.
Last of all, the alcalde of Isaba steps
forward, and, lifting his wand of justice
over the pile of hands, pronounces the
oath, which all swear to keep. After
this oath has been taken the alcalde of
Isaba exclaims three times, "Paz
daraus" (peace in the future). Peace is
thus anew concluded, and to ratify their
having given up all idea of vengeance
tho men of Roncal order the escort to
discharge their guns in the direction of
France. Then comes the receptiou of
the blood tax, which used to consist of
three perfectly white mares, but owing
to the difficulty of getting them exactly
alike three white heifers have been sub
stituted for them. The three heifers
presented this year were v.orth about
twenty-three pounds, which is a large
sum for tlie district, and after the Ron
cal notary hud drawn up a proces verbal,
which was signed all around, a repast was
served at the expense of the Spaniards,
toasts being proposed in honor of Spain,
France and England, the introduction of
England being due to the presence wf
several English visitors. After the re
past was over dancing followed, aud we
then said good by till next year.
How a riant 1'nilrcU lUflf.
One little plant of South Africa pro
tects itself by assuming a curious like
ness to a white lichen that covers the
rocks; the pliiut has sharp pointed green
leaves; these are placed close together
with their points upward, and on tho
tip of each leaf is a little white, scaly
sheath. The resemblance of the sianot h
surface these present to the lichen grow
ing on the rocks, beside which it is al
ways found, is so great that it is not
till you tread on it that you discover ti.e
Jeceptiou. Fortnightly Review.
Ti.i ai, U I'liiit limn Oal of he Air,
Nl Iroia the liruuud.
Take an ordinary seltzer water siphon
and empty it till ouly a few drops re
main in the bottom. Then the bottle is
full. of gits, and that gas, which will
rush out with a spurt when you pre.-s
the knob, is the stuff that plant eat -raw
material of life, both animal and
vegetable. The tree grows aud lives by
taking in the carbonic acid from the air
and solidifying its carbou; the animal
grows aud lives by taking the solidified
carbon from the plant aud couvertiug it
once more into carbonic acid.
That, in its ideally simple form, is the
Iliad iu a nutshell, the core aud kernel
of biology. The whole cycle of life is
one eternal seesaw. First the plant col
lects its carbon compounds from the air
in the oxidized state: it deoxidizes aud
rebuilds them, aud then the animal pro
ceeds to burn them by slow combustion
within its own body and to turn tliun
loose npon the air once more oxidized
After which the plant starts again on
t ha ariiM rn.-Lrl ub liurnra nnil iha nnmi.-il
also recommences da capo. And so on
..i i, finim...
But the point which 1 want particti-1
larly to emphasize here is just this: That
trees and plants don't grow out of th
ground at all, as most people do vainly
talk, bnt directly out of the air, hikI
that when they die or get consumed
they return once more to the atmosphere
from which they were taken. Trees un
deuiably eat carbou.
Of course, therefore, all the ordinary
unscientific conceptions of how plants
feed are absolutely erroneous. Vegetable
physiology indeed got beyond those
conceptions a good hundred years ago,
But it usually takes a hundred years to
uie worm ai large to make np its lee
way. Trees don't Buck up their nutri
ment by the roots, they don't deriv
their food from the soil, they don't need
to be fed like babies through a tube with
terrestrial solids. The solitary instauc
of an orchid hung np by a string in
conservatory on a piece of bark ought to
tie sufficient at ouce to dispel forever
this strange delusion if people ever
thought; but, of course, they don't think
I mean other people.
The true mouths and stomachs of
plants are not to be found in the roots
but m the green leaves; their true food
is not sucked up from the soil, but is in
haled through tiny channels from the
air; the mass of their material is carbon,
as we can all see visibly to the naked eye
when a log or wood w reduced to char
coal, aud that carbon the leaves them
selves dnuk in by a thousand small
green mouths from the atmosphere
around them.
But how about the juice, the sap, the
qualities or the ou, the manure required,
is the Incro-v :.a cry of other people,
What is the m of the roots, and espe
cially of the rootlots, if they are not the
months aud supply tubes of the plants?
well, I plainly perceive I can get "no
torrader," like the fanner with his claret,
till I've answered that question, pro
visionally at least; so 1 will say here at
once, without further ado, that the plant
requires drink as well as food, and the
roots are the mouths that supply it with
They also suck up a few other things
as well, which are necessary indeed, but
far from forming the bulk of the nutri
ment. Many plants, however, don't
need any roots at all, while none can
get on without leaves as mouths and
stomachs that is to 6ay, no true plant-
like plants, for some parasite plants are
practically to all iutents and purposes
auimals. to put it briefly, every plant
has one set of aerial months to suck
carbon, and many plants have another
set of subterranean mouths as well, to
suck up water and mineral constituents.
Cornhill Magazine.
Tbli Knew a Gnoit Thlnr.
It would be quite impossible for any liv
ing being, it would seem, to be insensible
to the charms of camp life. One morn
ing when the Listener was in camp, a
queer looking black dog of uncertain race,
out nroad betweeu the eyes.hkeall intelli
gent dogs, suddenly popped into the nlace.
evidently upon some journey around the
lake. He looked about him in astonish
ment, aud then sat down and looked
again. Then he settled instantly down,
in a sort of glad, grateful .way, which
was as much as to say, "This is exactly
the sort of place that I've always been
looking for!" Not another step did he
stir on the journey.
He adopted the camp from that mo
ment and everybody in it. Nobody
knew where he came from or to whom
he belonged. He was a total stranger to
the people who lived on the farm not
far away. He slept in front of the tent
at night, and barked at any stranger who
came that way, and answered amiably
to the name of Liberty Moses. No doubt,
when the camp broke up, he went back
to his more civilized home, wherever it
was, but as long aa that charming spot
remained in existence there was no other
place for him. Boston Transcript.
To Item I ud HI in.
Little Pete is a good boy as well as a
boy of a great deal of originality iu his
"notions," but he has the serious fault of
being extremely forgetful.
One day, after having gone on an er
rand and forgotten what he was sent for,
he exclaimed bitterly to his sister:
"Oh, dearl I wish I was a snake!"
"Yon wish you were a snake?" said his
sister, horrified.
"Yes. aud a great long one as much
as six feet long."
"Why, what for, Pete?'
"So 1 could tie knots in mvself to
make mo remember tilings!" Youth's
Threa Uuofa In a Ontiirjr ami a Half,
Morgan Mory, of Upper Saucon, Pa.,
has had his burn reroofed with tin. The
structure was built in 1753, when it was
roofed with cedar. A number of years
later pine shingles took the place of the
cedar. It has been roofed only thme
times during its existence. The barn ii
still in a good btat. of preservation, and
will outlast a few more roofs. Exchange.
Mil J II Chauged.
Cond actor C , of our early train, was a
church member with a reputation of be-
i .,r,l ut,,4 milil timrmered fe
llig JJOOU IWlUivu nuv u.ii -
all. He's changed in appearance
Saturday's trip. Our train had juststl v
ed from E station when we saws.M
Ait an nfT nn old woman of the coKf
iv'rsuasiou and of 200 pounds welghlX
shiny and nervous, with carpetbag and
umbrella swinging with the energy of
. ,ii i,i euteli t,h train
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His heart was touched and he pulled
the ropes for "down brakes." At this
unusual signal every window was pushed
up aud au eager head thrust out of each
The conductor Buiilingly encourage,!
the would be passenger, and the others
cheered her as she thundered along in a
full duck gallop. Two lady friends of
hers (brunettes) stood npon the platform
of the car and frantically beckoned hVr
approach. When at last she was landl . 1
by the train, aud was helped on bj the
conductor, three brakemen and a boy
she greeted her two friends with several
affectionate "smacks" and a "goodbr
children," then rolling back again to the
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ground 8he turned to our polite comlne-
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tor and said, "Tbank you, boss, and
waddled away.
That train was started as by one in
spasm, and the minister read on the I A'
lowing evening a prayer request from ifm
wife of a backsliding conductor, Troy
A H'oiulnrful Mineral Sutntanee.
A new mineral substance, resembling
asphalt, has been discovered in Texas,
which promises to become Very usef'il
to the scientific and industrial world. It
is unaffected by heat, acid or nlkuliea,
and is said to be the most perfect in
sulator yet discovered. It may be used
for paint and is a perfect covering for
wood or iron, resisting all the influences
which destroy ordinary paints. As a
varnish it retains its character under all
conditions. It may lie rolled into atissue
and used for waterproof tents, clothing,
etc.; it makes leather impervious to
water and prevents iron ami steel from
Professor Hamilton, of the Western
Electric company, finds that .wires cov
ered with this substance offer sevenfold
the resistance offered by other wires,
and the results of its use in electrical
engineering are likely to be very marked.
The material is found in unlimited quan
tities, from two to forty feet below th
surface, and if it proves as useful as it
promises will be a new source of wealth
to Texas. Boston Transcript
Why People Go to Europe.
The high fares on American railroai
result in sendiug people to Europe. Alt
of New England and the Middle staWs
are full of people who have climbed Alps,
visited Rome, boulevards of Paris, been
all over the United Kingdom and seeu
the midnight sun on the coast of Nor
way, and yet who Lave never been west
of Chicago. They hear of the beauties
of the Pacific coast, they read about the
glories of the Yosemite valley and they
want to go and see them, but when they .
learn what it will cost they think theyJ
cannot afford to go farther than NiagaiC
Falls. After that they go to Europe, an-
ens j vj in? autuiuu ('oaoeugi-i'
lists have been swelling rapidly until
now they are something stupendous to
contemplate Bangor (Me.) News.
mr i ' u 'i l,n -lw. A llnnl.n n ,
Ilrcau Gruwlnsr After Ha Was TMrl .fla.
uaK cim nas a citizen who is now a
robust old gentleman of fine physique aud
is descended from a very long lived an
cestry, their ages running to ninety-six,
ninety-eight, one hundred and six, and
up to one hundred and twelve yeurs.
He has all his teeth except two which
were knocked out by an accident, and
they are as sound as a dollar, although
he is now seventy years old. He has
grown three-fourths of an inch in height
6ince he was thirty-hve years old, and he
wears a size larger hat now than he
wore then. From that age up to forh4
one or forty-two years his weight r
mained at 190 pounds, and now, at three
score and ten years, his mental faculties,
he says, are brighter than ever before.
Dallas (Tex.) News.
Arrete4 for Selling KranUleri I'eaclirfc.
A peculiar case of innocent violatiiiti
of the revenue laws has developed fti
uecatur. tr. S. fox bought a Quantity
of imported brandied peaches. He took
tnem to Cerro Gordo and sold them at
his restaurant. Jacob Leslie's boy bo
came intoxicated ou the peaches, and
this started quite a run on the peaches.
rox tiaa to order a fresh supply. Mr.
Leslie had Fox arrested for violation f
the liquor law, and the trial will take
place at Cerro (Jordo. A Decatur chem)
ist analyzed the peaches, and found thJTt'
one bottle contained 87 per cent, of al
cohol. Cor. Chicago Tribnnn.
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Moral, Chew Cum.
A man from Oxford countv lost a rail.
road coupon ticket to the fair and in.
quired at the ticket office if one had been
found. One had been found, but how
were they to know that it was his. IU .
asked to look at it and it was shown
mm. tie said: "It is mine. 1 can nro1
it. See. the face of it is torn off 1. ,M 1
here." and he oiieued his vest nnrbot. .ilr I
showed a hearty cud of gum and the lCr
a imuouii coupon sticking to it The
two matched, aud the ticket was nftsswl
over to hiim-Lewiston JoumaL
Made a Fortuue Ka.llr.
Captain D. S. Ooodell. a retired sea
captain, of Searsjwrt, Me., advanced
money to enable James Knibbs, of Troy,
N. Y., to prosecute a suit for an infringe
ment npon his fire emrine valv nutnnt-.
on coudition that he sbotdd have a cer
tain percentage of the damages recov
ered, if any. Captaiu Goodell's share of
the winning? thus far foots up f 750,000.
uangor Letter.
Appearaucei Are Deneiirul.
While riding down Washington street
the other aftoruoon the seat beside w
was occupied by a poorly dressed, igno
raut looking man, with the misshapen.
ui tum uuaver. X et lie
icuuuii;, wuu apparently intent in
leresc, a wen thumbed copy of Herodo
tus in tne original Wreck. Boston News