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HER INCOME IS
i " rfcy? I
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 $80,000,000 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
Bccrecy, the Japanese have been per
fecting a military aeroplane at Hako
date which Is said to bo a "world
beater." The little brown men have
developed a 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 Btatloned in an Impenetrable cir
cle around the field, which was large
enough to provide a 15-mlle course.
Secretary Masnanao Hanahara 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. Cut 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 Blerlot machine. The engine
develops 80 horsepower and drives
the multiple-bladed propellers at 2,000
revolutions a minute, or nearly six
times faster that the driving power of
a Wright machine.
Control of the ninchlne In flight Is
effected through a flattened tall which
can be distorted at the will of the
aviator to meet diverse currents of
air. The machine has never been giv
en a sufficiently nearat-hand flight to
afford outsiders a chance to observe
It In detail.
There Is a question as to the steer
ing gear by means of the distortable
tall being an infringement of tho
Wright American patents and the
Dickenson patents in Great Britain.
BRILLIANT FARMS OF JAPAN
Rarely Consists of More Than an Acre
In Extent and Made Up of
Bright Little Patches.
Toklo. Lnnd Is .bo scarce In Japan
and the people are so numerous that a
farm rarely consists of moro than an
acre or two. These lltle farms are
divided up into tiny fields.
During tho season of tho year in
which we made 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 palo yellow
flowers of the mustard, and scattered
here and there fields filled with what
looked like a variety of lily some
white, some red, some yellow, but all
Then to get the complete picture
$300 A MINUTE.
you must Imagine patches of flowering
aznleas dotting tho roadside; towering
round topped camellia trees breaking
the skylino 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 more pretentious of these houses
white plastered walls, above which ap
peared a profusion of palms, roses
and strange native flowers! nnd in th
doorways or the garden walls kimono-
clad Japanese girls tho kimonos as
many and as eavlv colored tho
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
Lottie Bucher, 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.
Belss, since his romantic marriage
threo months ago In the pagoda in
Forest park, has been somewhat in
the limelight, and the chnrge Is the
second registered against him before
tho board since he became a benedict.
Miss Bucher testified that Relss 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 the 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 ho felt no 111 ef
fect, but on the contrary was in much
better physical condition than before
he received the wound. Photographic
tracings of the 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. O. Kirch
ner and his assistants, who per
formed the operation.
Lawless was taken to the hospital
from Wellston, where he was stabbed
during a saloon brawl. He wandered
out of the place and was walking
around the streets when found by the
police. Although the knife nlmost sev
ered his heart he was conscious and
refused to tell how he came by the
Immediately upon his reception at
the hospital Dr. Klrchner probed the
wound with his finger and found the
vital organ had been sliced.
Lawless was placed on tho operat
ing tablo and a trap door opening
niude over the wounded organ. Two
SEE ICEBERGS BORN
Cornell University Professor En
joys Rare Privilege.
Eastern Scientist Depicts Color Scene
at Shooting Off of Parts of Gla
ciers During His 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 remakable experience was ac
corded him during his exploration of
Yakutat bay foreland, the largest gla
cler on the American mainland, under
taken In 1906 in the Interest of the
United States geological survey.
The glaciers that reach the shore
discharge Icebergs or various colors,
he says white bergs from the ioo
walls above the sea; blue, often a
beautiful Antwerp blue, from below
tho water, and black from the base of
the glacier. In the warm summer air
tho bluo 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 large fountain of water to a
height of 75 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 Biirf on the coast to a distance
of at least one and one-half miles from
"Prior to this fall there was almost
no floating Ice in front of the glacier.
Five minutes after the discharge of
tho 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 iceberes kent
spreading until It reached both shores,
advancing hair a mile in each direc
tion in about 20 minutes. The largest
bergg, one of which was more than
iuu reel 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. EllaB, 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-
derlng the Bea, 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. The city council re
ccntly passed an ordinance making it
a misdemeanor to swear. The Judge
of the city court is a radical "antl
cuss" agitator, and is punishing the
offenders to tho limit.
On tho 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 the
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 the
wound was stopped up by one physf
clan between stitches.
Constant attention and quiet gave
Lawless strength day by day, and
although he practically was able to
leave the hospital ten days before he
did the physicians had him remain
until nil danger of a relapse had van
ished. Lawless Is 21 years old.
Big Georgia Crop.
Amerlcus, Ga. One million and
eighty thousand dollars was distribut
ed among the farmers of Sumter and
neighboring counties marketing cot
ton In Amerlcus during September and
the 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 tho
result of heavy cotton receipts and
Mexican Pepper Crop Falls.
Mexico City. News of the absolute
loss of the chill pepper crop of Mexi
co received by the Cnmara Agricula of
this city, as the last and one of the
most significant disastrous blows
dealt the farming industry of the
country by the recent general cold
wave. Not a shoot of chill is left !n
tho big producing Btates of the repub
lic. The loss In dollars is as yet not
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One might almost suppose from the accompanying photograph that
the god Mercury had left the heights of Olympus, and wus descending
once mote to earth by the aid of his winged sandals. Such is not the
case, however. It is merely Sisnor Vincenzo Macchiui, an Italian trick di
ver, got up as Mercury 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 the possession of a
Known to bo over a hundred years
old and the property of one family for
over half a century, this ancient per
ambulator belongs at present to S. It.
Budington of Leydon.
This great-grandfather of all the ba
by vehicles and perambulators in the
country is In Itself no perambulator
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 the old two-wheeled
chaises such as were used by the
elite of a century ago.
According to Mr. Budington, the
small sons and daughters of whose
family have for the last 50 years
been hauled about In tho old carriage,
no one knows the exact history of tho
carriage. The address of its first own
er has been lost in the mists of an
tiquity. Tho only Identification is the
name of Its maker, "Charles Field,"
and the date, "1S05." 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 tho outbreak of the
Mr. Budington, then in his twen
ties, got possesion of it In 1858. Short
ly afterward he went west, Journey
ing across country to Illinois, where
he settled in Cass county. The car
riage, then regarded as an heirloom,
was taken along.
When Mr. Budington with his fam
ily returned eaBt In he took the
carriage back with him to Leyden,
where he settled with his family and
where he has lived since.
Course of Halley's Comet
JVttl t t I
Halley's comet Is plunging through space toward the earth at Incon
ceivable sp'jod, aud ever since It was sighted by Prof. Wolf of lieideilmrg,
astronomers have kept their telescopes trained on the part of the heavens
where It appears. The period of Its greatest brilliance will be toward tho
end of next May, when it will be within about ten million miles of the
eartb. It will then bo visible to the naked eye. Our diagram shows the
patL of tho comet In lis relation to tho curth's orbit. It should bo noted
that, the points In the diagram where it enlcs and leaves tho earth's or
bit are not really Its nearest approaches to the earth, although they ap
pear to be bo. The comet's position on May 10 shown in tho diagram is
the point where It is nearest to the eat th.
OLDEST PIANO IN AMERICA.
America's oldest piano is now
owned by Charles W. Gray of Ports
mouth, N. H. It was built iu London
by Johnnn Zampe in J7C3. 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 the late G.
Alexander Emery of Boston. On the
death of Mr. Emery, Sr., the piano
passed to his son, and on his removal
from Boston to Portsmouth he took
the highly treasured instrument with
I him. At his death it passed Into the
j hands of Mr. Gray.
FARMER PLOWS UP FORTUNE.
A farmer named Vostburg, living
near Champlain, N. Y., while plowing,
turned up a quantity of gold roins,
tarnished by the weather and dirt 'u
which they reposed. Digging farther,
ho found more coins than he could
carry homo at one time. Their value
Is estimated at $50,000.
It is believed the treasure was bu
rled by persons who stole it from
the British army which camped near
Chnmplain during tho Burgoyno cam
paign. The robbers probably lost
their lives subsequently and no one
knew what they had done with their
DEER CHASED INTO TOWN.
Carl Snell, a butcher of Iittsfleld.
Mass., found an exhausted buck deer
In North street. He placed a rope
around its antlers, led tho animal to
his stable and placed It in a stall. The
deer had been chased 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 and capacity, In tho
rrm. Jivt. j-.iit -nJ'rn ' .
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 death. Andrew Clark, a brick
mason, was climbing up staging to
get to his work when he fell nnd
caught on a projecting board. Clark
believed he was impaled on a great
splinter and that he was bleeding to
death. He carried a bottle of coffee
in his hip pocket and this was broken
by tho 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, ho sent for his wife nnd family
and a doctor. The doctor arrived first,
but the man was dead before he was
taken from his perilous position high
above the street. There was nothing
the matter with Clark, according to
the autopsy and it was decided that
he came to bis 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 his 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 the Reading terminal market
in Philadelphia told a story of a snake
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'H nest under a hedge
Although the eggs were larger
around than the snake's head, its neck
or even its body, it had no troublo
getting them down its narrow passage.
He could see them go without any
trouble and then saw four knots on
the snake's body.
The digesting process was Interest
ing. The snake crawled up the body
of an apple tree, w rapped itself around
it until pop, pop, pop all the eggs
WALKS ONLY CN HIS HANDS
The pious beggars nnd fakirs of In
dia are notorious for their curious and
often repulsive methods of attracting
charity nnd "aciuliing merit." One
of the 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 he uses only to bit on and rest,
and In consequence his legs have be
come shriveled nnd useless.
HORSE GOES TO CHURCHJ
East Longmeadow, N. Y., has threo!
unusual horses. One owned by E. KJ
Sellow, If grazing by the roadside, will
start for the village church on a can
ter when the bell rings on a Sabbath
morning. On all other occasions the
animal can bo trusted without a
Tho horse of George James has
twice been stolen from In front of ,i
Springfield church. Mr. James Is
thinking of worshiping elsewhere.
On n farm near tho Hampden line
la a horse, still vigorous, which never
works. Tho owner, a Springfield man,
died suddenly, nnd wheu his will was
read one specific provision was that
his favorite horse should bo cared for
as long as it lived, and that no service
of nny kind should be exacted of th
CALF BORN ON A LINER.
A calf born aboard the Atlantto
liner Minnewaska was taken Into the
cabin while the ship was entering
New York and christened Bossy with
chnmps'guo by passengers. As the
wine trickled down Its neck there
were yells of "Good ln.-k, Bossy!"
Then it was returned to Its mother.
LADY'S HATST0PS A CAR.
In one of the busiest thoroughfares
of Edinburgh recently a lady's hat
was responsible for stopping a tram
car. The millinery had blown o5
got among the wheels, nu.l Jammed
the machinery. Tho car had to ba
stopped till tho hat was pokered out
of tho jam. The car wna nb0 to pro
cccd, but the hat was a tcrrlblo wreck.
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