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HER INCOME IS
According to a recent report Edward H. Harriman left to his widow a
fortune of $300,000,000. This easily makes Mrs. Harriman the richest woman
in the world, a title formerly given to Mrs. Hetty Green, who has $75,000,000,
Mrs. Russell Sage and Mrs. Frederick C. Penfield, who have $30,000,000 each.
JAP AIRSHIP FAST
Military Aeroplane at Hakodate
Said to Be World-beater.
Flies Sixty-eight Miles an Hour In
Secret Experiments, While Cor
don of Troops Surrounded
the Flying Field.
Washington. With characteristic
secrecy, the Japanese have been per
fecting a military aeroplane at Hako
date which in said to be a "world
beater." The llttlo brown men have
developed n birdlike craft that at
tained a speed of 68 miles an hour.
This is the record In aerial naviga
tion. There was no publicity in the Jap
anese trials. A cordon of troops sur
rounded the flying field, but they were
not there to preserve decorum on the
part of a throng of spectators. They
were to eliminate spectators alto
gether. Hakodate Is In the northern part of
the Japanese archipelago. The flying
ground over which the new craft has
been practicing is a flat tract sur
rounded by high hills. On these hills
were erected block houses and troops
were stationed In an Impenetrable cir
cle nround the field, which was large
enough to provide a 15-mlle courso.
Secretary Massanao Hannhara of
the Japanese embassy said that he
was not. sufficiently versed In aero
nautics to describe the new aeroplane,
"I know only that a commission was
appointed some time ago to study the
subject. I was under the Impression
that the experiments had not pro
duced much yet. But It Is a matter
that Is outside of my line."
The Japanese monoplane Is said to
bear a closer resemblance to the
"bird form" than either the Latham
or the Dlerlot machine. The engine
develops 80 horsepower and drives
the multlple-bluded propellers at 2.000
revolutions a minute, or nearly six
times faster that the driving power of
a Wright machine.
Control of tho machine In flight is
effected through a flattened tail which
can be distorted at the will of tho
aviator to meet diverse currents of
air. Tho machine has never been giv
en a sufficiently noar-at-hand flight to
afford outsiders a chance to observe
It In detail.
There Is a question as to the steer
ing gear by meuns of the dlstoitable
tall being an infringement of the
Wright American patents and tho
Dickenson pateuts in Great Britain.
BRILLIANT FARMS OF JAPAN
Rarely Consists of More TRan an Acre
. In Extent and Made Up of
Bright Little Patches.
Toklo. Land Is so scarce In Japan
and the people are bo numerous Hint a
farm rarely consists of mote than nn
acre or two. These lttle farms arc
divided up Into tiny fields.
During the season of tho year In
which we mado our journey, one of
these fields was filled with sprouting
barley, light green in color; another
field perhaps tho next with vetch, a
lavender-colored, clover-like fodder.
A neighboring field was covered
with a dark green grass, from the
seed of which a lamp oil Is manufac
tured; another with the palp yellow
flowers of the, mustard, an,d. scattered
here and there fields filled with what
looked, like a variety .Qt, lily some
white, some 'red, some yellow, but all
Then to gut the complete tlcturo
$300 A MINUTE.
you must Imagine patches of flowering
azaleas dotting the rondside; towering
round-topped camellia trees breaking
the skyline with frequent splashes of
bright green, usually In the shade of
these trees houses with white plas
tered walls and red tiled roofs; about
tho moro pretentious of these houses
white plastered walls, above which ap
peared a profusion of palms, roses
and strnnge native flowers; and In the
doorways or the garden walls kimono
clad Japaneso girls the kimonos as
many and as gayly colored as the
gardens that framed them.
KISS COSTS POLICEMAN JOB
Servant Girl Tells Board of Commis
sioners of Patrolman's Attempt
to Caress Her.
St. Louis, Mo. Ills desire to kiss
Lottio Hucher, a servant girl, employ
ed In Lewis place, against her will
caused Policeman Philip J. Relss of
the Deer street station to lose his star
at the board of police commissioners'
meeting the other day.
Relss, since his romantic marriage
three- months ago in tho pagoda In
Forest park, has been somewhat In
the limelight, and the charge is the
second registered against him before
the hoard since he became a benedict.
Miss P.ucher testified that Heiss at
tempted to kiss her, but that she man
aged to break away from him. Her
employer said that the girl had been
In his employ for the past eight years
and was perfectly reliable and trust
worthy and a good girl.
Relss In his own behalf denied that
he had attempted to kiss the girl, but
said that while walking his beat he
had merely nodded at her.
After discussing the case the mem
bers of tho board decided that Relss
was persona non grata and he was
dismissed from the force.
Man Cured of
Cardiac Stitching Proves Complete
Success Man Leaves Hospital
in Good Condition.
St. Louis. Michael Lawless, in
whose heart 12 stitches were taken at
the City hospital a month ago, has
been discharged from that institution
cured. Lawless walked away unas
sisted, boarded a car and waved a
farewell to the physicians.
Lawless declared he felt no ill ef
fect, but on the contrary was in much
better physical condition than before
he received the wound. Photographic
tracings of tho action of his heart
showed his pulse was even more regu
lar than that of several of the physi
cians who attended him. The doctors
attribute his remarkable rally partly
to his youth and good condition, but
give full credit to Dr. W. C. G. Kirch
ner and his assistants, who per
formed the operation.
Lawless was taken to the hospital
from Wellston, whpre he wns stabbed
during a saloon brawl. He wandored
out of tho place aud was walking
around the streets when found by the
police. Although tho knife almost sev
ered his heart ho was conscious and
refused to tell how he came by the
Immediately upon his reception at
tho hospital Dr. Kirchner probed the
wound with his finger and found the
vital organ had been sliced.
Lawless was placed on the operat
ing table and a trap door opening
made over the wounded orsau. Two
Cornell University Professor En
joys Rare Privilege.
Eastern Scientist Depicts Color Scene
at Shooting Off of Parts of Gla
ciers During HI Exploration
of Yakutat Bay.
Washington. Prof. Ralph S. Tarr of
Cornell university has enjoyed a privi
lege rarely conferred on man. He has
been present at the birth of icebergs.
He has watched the glaciers discharge
This rcmakable experience was ac
corded him during his exploration of
Yakutat bay foreland, the largest gla
cler on the American mainland, under
taken in 190G in the interest of the
United States geological survey.
The glaciers that reach the shore
discharge icebergs of various colors,
he snys white bergs from tho ice
walls above the sea; blue, often a
beautiful Antwerp blue, from below
the water, and black from the base of
the glacier. In the warm summer air
the blue bergs quickly whiten, some
times in less than 24 hours.
A typical discharge of icebergs is
described by the professor as follows:
"First, a small piece fell from the
face; then a pinnacle at the ice front
rose 50 to 100 feet, reaching well
above the surface of the glacier; it
then turned slowly over Into the fiord,
sending a largo fountain of water to a
height of 73 or 100 feet.
"Immediately another Ice mass, clear
and blue, arose from beneath the wa
ter's surface, throwing it into re
newed and still greater commotion,
which lasted fully five minutes as the
berg rocked to and fro.
"A great series of ring waves spread
out for nearly ten minutes, causing a
heavy surf on the coast to a distance
of at least one and one-half miles from
"Prior to this fall there was almost
no floating loe In front of the glacier.
FJve minutes after the discharge of
the iceberg there was a ring of very
muddy water in which floated several
thousand Icebergs of small size and
six good-sized ones, all clean and free
"The ring of the icebergs kept
spreading until it reached both shores,
advancing half a mile In each direc
tion in about 20 minutes. The largest
bergs, one of which was more than
100 feet long, rose at least 30 feet
above the water."
Yakutat bay lies at the base of the
St. Ellas range, about 30 miles south
east of Mount St. Elias, where the in
ternational boundary strikes due
north. It Is the only harbor on the
300-mile stretch of comparatively
straight coastline between Cross
sound, opposite Juneau, and Controller
Along the coast the Falrweather
and St. Ellas mountains rise abruptly
to great altitudes. At their feet, bor
dering the sea, is a lowland fringe or
foreland of glacial debris.
Prof. Tarr says that the present gla
ciers are mere remnants of former ice
floods which extended to the mouth of
the Yakutat bay. Many of them are
still actively moving and some de
scend to the shore. These continue
to discharge icebergs at irregular In
tervals. Fined for Profanity.
Durand. Wis Tho city council re
cently passed an ordinance making it
a misdemeanor to swear. Tho judge
of the city court is a radical "anti
cuss" agitator, and 13 punishing the
offenders to the limit.
On the first day the law was In
effect three residents used profanity
and were fined $25. The trio swore
some more then, but did it on tho
quiet. The court fined the parents
of a boy who swore $5 because they
had not properly educated the young
ster. Sliced Heart
ribs were cut and the flesh laid back,
baring the heart.
With this accomplished the opera
tion itself was only Just begun. Blood
which constantly welled up in tho
wound was stopped up by one physi
cian between stitches.
Constant attention and quiet gavo
Lawless strength day by day, and
although he praotlcally was able to
leave the hospital ten days beforo ho
did tho physicians bad him remain
until all danger of a relapse had van
ished. Lawless is 21 years old.
Big Georgia Crop.
Americus, Ga. One million and
eighty thousand dollars was distribut
ed nmong the farmers of Sumter and
neighboring counties marketing cot
ton In Amerieus during September and
tho two last weeks of August. Ware
house receipts of wagon cotton to date
will exceed 18,000 bales, all sold here
and proceeds spent here. Local bank
ers report collections excellent as the
result of heavy cotton receipts and
Mexican Pepper Crop Falls.
Mexico City. News of tho absolute
loss of the chill pepper crop of Mexi
co received by tho Camara Agrlcula of
this city, as the last and one of the
most significant disastrous blows
dealt the farming industry of tho
country by the recent general, cold
wave. Not a shoot of chili is left !n
the big producing states of the repub
lic. The losi in dollars is as yet not
3?MV , . -
One illicit almost suppose from tho accompanying photograph that
the god Mercury bad left the heights of Olympus, mid was descending
once more to earth by the aid of his winged sandals. Such Is not the
case, however. It Is merely Signor Vincenzo Macchinl, an Italian trick di
ver, got up as Merc.iry and performing an artistic descent into the yellow
Tiber at Rome.
AN ANCIENT PERAMBULATOR.
A baby carriage, which has the
reputation of being the oldest in the
country, s in t he possession of a
Known to be over a hundred years
old nnd the property of one family for
over half a century, this ajieient per
ambulator belongs at present to S. II.
Itudington of Leyden.
This great-grandfiither of all the ba
by vehicles and perambulators in the
country Is in Itself 110 per.unbulator
at all. It Is a true "baby carriage."
Not only in shape, but in construc
tion, it resembles Oliver Wendell
Holmes' "One Hoss Shay." It is, in
fact, built in every smallest detail aft
er the model of tho old two-wheeled
chaises such as were used by the
elite of a century ago.
According to Mr. Hudlngton, the I
small sons nnd daughters of whose
family have for the last 50 years
been hauled about in the old carriage,
no one knows the exact history of the
carriage. The address of its first own
er has been lost In the mints of an
tiquity. The only identification is the
name of its maker, "Charles Field,"
and the date, "1SU5." It is supposed
to have come originally from some
southern plantation in Virginia and to
have been brought north only a few
years previous to the outbreak of the
Mr. Budington, then in his twen
ties, got possesion of it in 1858. Short
ly afterward ho went west, journey
ing across country to Illinois, where
he settled in Cass county. The car
riage, then regarded as an licit loom,
was taken along. '
When Mr. Uudington with his fam
ily returned east in 18C4 he took tho
carriage back with him to Leyden,
where he settled with his family and
where ho has lived since.
Course of Hailey's Comet
llallcy's nouiet Is plunging through space toward the earth at Incon
ceivable sp-'tul, aud ever since It was sighted by Prof. Wolf of Heidelburg,
astronomers have kept their telescopes trained on the part of the heavens
where It uppears. Tho period of Us greatest brilliance will be toward tho
end of aext May, when It will bo within about ten million miles of the
cartk- It will then he vliible to tho naked eye. Our diagram shows the
patL of the comet In lis relation to tho earth's orbit. It should be noted
that the points in the diagram where It enters nnd leaves tho earth's or
bit are not really Its nearest .approaches, to the earth, ulihougli they np
ponr to bo so. The comet's position on May 10 shown lu tho diagram is
thtt point whore It lu nearest to the earth. "
OLDEST PIANO IN AMERICA.
America's oldest piano is now
owned by Charles W. Gray of Ports
mouth, N. H. u was built in London
by Johann Zampe In 1763, and 21
years later was brought to the United
States by John Jacob Astor. It was
with much difficulty that the strings
were kept from rusting during the
long passage across the ocean, and
after its arrival in New York the
much drier atmosphere caused the
woodwork to crack. For nearly 40
years the piano remained in the As
tor family, then it went into the pos
session of the father of tho late G.
Alexander Emery of Boston. On the
deatli of Mr. Emery, Sr., the piano
passed to his son, and on his removal
from Boston to Portsmouth ho took
the highly treasured instrument with
him. At his deatli it passed into the
hands of Mr. Gray.
FARMER PLOWS UP FORTUNE.
A farmer named Vostburg, living
near Champlain. N. Y., while plowim;,
turned up a quantity of gold coin,
tarnished by the weather and dirt in
which they reposed. Digging farther.
he found moro coins than ho could
carry home at one time. Their value
is estimated at $50,000.
It is believed the treasure was bn
tied by persons who stole it from
the British army which camped near
Champlain during tlu Burgoyne cam
paign. The robbers probably lost
their lives subsequently nnd no one
knew what they had done with their
DEER CHASED INTO TOWN.
Cnrl Snell, a butcher of Pittsfleld,
Mass., found an exhausted buck deer
in North street. He placed a rope
around Its antlers, led the animal to
his stable and placed it in a stall. The
deer had been chafed by dogs from
the foothills of Greylock mountain.
LARGEST CHIMNEY IN WORLD.
The new chimney of the Great Falls
(Mont.) smelter is 50G feet In height
above the foundation nnd Is the larg
est, both in size nnd capacity, In the
, timitn ttto t1vf "
THOUGHT COFFEE WAS BLOOD.
Blood-warm coffee from a broken,
bottle in his pocket, running down his
legs, caused a man in Seattle to die
from Imagining that he was bleeding
to deatli. Andrew Clark, a brick
mason', was climbing up staging to
get to his work when he fell and
eaup.ht on a projecting board. Clark
believed ho was Impaled on a great
t-plinter and that he was bleeding to
deatli. He carried a bottle of coffee
in lis hip pocket nnd this was broken
by the fall. The warm coffee oozed
from the pocket and. dripping slowly
out, glided down the chilled legs of
the workman. Calling to the men be
low, he sent for his wife and family
and a doctor. The doctor arrived first,
but the man was dead before he was
taken from his perilous position high
nbove the street. There was nothing
tho matter with Clark, according to
the autopsy and it was decided that
he came to lis death purely from
imagination. As he fell, the stout
cloth suspenders of his overalls caught
on a part of a scaffold, breaking the
bottle of coffee. Not a part of the
scaffold bruised lis body, nor were
there any internal Injuries.
SNAKE EATS EGGS WHOLE.
Few city people know that a snake
will eat a hen's egg. A farmer who
visited tho Heading terminal market
in Philadelphia told a story of a snako
swallowing four eggs and of the man
ner in which they are digested.
Strolling down a lane near his barn
he saw a blacksnake helping itself
out of a hen's nest under a hedgo
Although the eggs were larger
around than the snake's head, Its neck
or even its body. It had no trouble
getting them down its narrow passage.
Ho could see them go without any
trouble and then saw four knots on
the snake's body.
The digesling process was interest
ing. The snake crawled up tho body
of an apple tree, wrapped itself around
It until pop, pop, pop all the eggs
WALKS ONLY ON HIS HANDS
The pious beggars nnd fakirs of In
dia are notorious for their curious and
often repul.Mvc methods of attracting
charity nnd "acquiring merit." One
of tho strangest of these mendicants
is the inhabitant of Meerut herewith
pictured. He goes his dally rounds of
four or five miles on his hands alone.
From years of this constant exercise
his wrists have developed extraor
dlnary strength and thickness. His
feet ho uses only to fclt on and rest,
and In consequenco his legs have be
come shriveled and useless.
HORSE G3ZS TO CHURCH.
Fast LongT.eadow, N. v., has threa
unusual horses. One owned by 12. K.
Scliow, if grazing by the rondside, will
start for the village church on a can
ter when ti e bell rings on a Sabbath
morning. On all other occasions tho
nnitual can bo trusted without a
The horse of George Jaircs has
twlco been stolen from In front of a
Springfield church. Mr. James la
thinking or worshiping elsewhere.
On a farm near the Hampden Una
is a horse, still vigorous, which never
works. Tho owner, a Springfield man,
died suddenly, nnd when his will was
rend one specific provision vvag that
his favorite horse should b0 cared for
ns long as It lived, and that nn rvia
of any kind should bo exacted of tht
CALF BORN ON A LINER.
A calf born aboard the Atlantic
liner MimiMunnku una t .i 1.1. n.
' "wa vtiltl-ll 1IUU U1(J
cabin while the ship was entering '
New York and christened Bossy with
tiiampngnn by passengers. As tho
winn trickled down Its neck there:
were yells of "Good lnt U. Bossy!"
Then it was returned to its mother.
LADY'S HAT STOPS A CAR.
In OHO of tllf" tutalnut
of Edinburgh recently a lady's hat
nuo imiMuiMuiu mr stopping a trntn
car. Tho nilllir,,... i. , , . "
- 1 j "u mown off,
got nmong the wheels, and Jammed
the machinery. Tho car had to bo
Stopped till the lint
of the jam. Tho car was ablo to uro.
cecd, but the hat was u tcrrlblo wreck.
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