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WITH THE NEW
Fans Keeping Close Tabs on
Work cl Managers.
WILL BILL DAKLEN SUCCEED?
Handler of Brooklyn National Will
Have Hit Hands Full Unraveling
Twists and Knots In Superbas Duf
fy's Big Task.
Never in the history of tbe big
leagues have there been so many
changes in the management of the
teams as there have been since last
season, seven new pilots having been
signed by as many clubs since the
1010 season closed. It Is no easy mat
ter to secure an expert team handler,
but, the National and American club
owners believe they have cornered the
best in the profession.
Since last year three changes in the
managerial ranks of the National
league the engagement of "Bad Bill"
Dahleu by the Brooklyn club, the ap
;wlntnient of Fred Lake by the Boston
club and the promotion of Charles
Doolu by the Philadelphia club. Dah
len has never handled a ball team, big
or little, before, but he has had a
world of experience on the Held and is
an excellent judge of playing talent.
"Bad BUI" certainly knows what "in
side ball" means. He is conveisant
with the methods employed by Anson,
Ilanlon and McGraw, and ho Is a
fighter for his rights. He Is not n task
master nnd Is popular with all pla-ers,
but hfc will probably Insist upon hard
work Hud will develop team play from
the very beginning.
Charley I)ooin, the new pilot of the
Philadelphia Nationals, Is a star ball
player and well liked, but he Is hot
headed and Inclined to look for trou
blo with the umpires, a weakness In
these days of discipline on the dia
mond, lie is an experiment pure and
Fred Lake has a problem to solve in
Boston. Ho made a name for himself
last seasou as manager of the Boston
Americans, but because of a difference
over salary he was released outright
by President John I. Taylor, who de
clared that Lake was not the man who
deserved credit fur the excellent show
ing of the Bed Sox. Lake in ncceptlug
the management of the Hub Nationals
saw a chance to redeem himself, but
he will begin with a splendid tall end
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team and will have to build It up grnd
ually. As tlrst class ball players are
not to be had for the asking. Lake
will have to be satisfied tvlth his pres
ent layout, which means that Boston
faus do not expect hlin to accomplish
Four of the American league teams,
Boston, St. Louis, Washington and
Chicago, have new team handlers. Pat
Donovan, who was released by Brook
lyn after the seasou of l'.HlS, has
Largo of the Bed Sox instead of Fred
Lake. Donovan was the team's scout
last year and picked up some speedy
voungsters. He has a rich club be
hind him this time, which means a
lot, and as be has had pleuty of ex
nerlence Fresldeut Taylor thinks he
will make good.
That Hugh Duffy will make a splen
did manager of the Chicago White Sox
is the general opinion of leading base
ball men. Duffy and Owner Comiskey
are old friends. They were players
in rival teams back in the old Broth
Jack O'Connor, the old catcher of
the Clevelnnds, Plttsburgs and St
Louis Browns, will manage the last
named team this year. O'Connor was
a star backstop under Pat Tebeau nnd
helped to make the veteran pitcher
Cy Young famous. In the old days he
made the lives of umpires miserable,
but he 1ms seen the error of his ways
and now believes in accepting the rul
ings as they arc laid down.
O'Connor takes the place of his old
sldo partner. James McAleer. They
played on the Cleveland team for
many years and were fast friends. Mc
Aleer had a crack team in St. Louis In
IPOS, but last year n hoodoo was busy
and all kinds of accidents kept the
Browns out of the running. The St.
Louis critics made It decidedly un
pleasant for McAleer ns a result, so he
oult cold when his contract was up
nnd signed with the Washington club
for a salary of $10,000 n year. Mc
Aleer Is n first class manager in fact,
tb best that Washington has had for
A BELIEF IN GHOSTS.
Finds Lodgment In Many Minds De
spite Scientific Denials.
Are there such things as ghosts'
The incredulity with which the
quest ion is often asked is paralleled
by the passionate Vliof with which
the aliirmative ansae, is often stat
ed. That there are apparitions is
granted even by the most skeptical
investigators. Put whe roas the im
pressionable seer of ghosts believes
they are supernatural the colder
scientist says they are nothing but
hallucinations. Frank Podmore, the
English "ghost hunter," has much
to say of the attendant circum
stances in most ghost seeing, cir
cumstances which do much to weak
en the value of the testimony of the
seer. Almost invariably there are
mysterious noises, by which the wit
ness is put in a state of nervous
alarm. Then comes the vision, which
often takes terrifying form. Is the
ghost seer viewing something objec
tive and external or is he merely
contemplating an image created by
his own imagination? Of the good
faith of many people who say they
have seen ghosts there can bo no
question, but Mr. Podmore shakes
his head as to their credibility.
And yet when the testimony of
people who believe they have seen
ghosts has boon attenuated to the
utmost people will still believe. Sci
ence may discredit evidence, but it
cannot prove that ghosts do not ex
ist. Throughout the ages there is a
cumulative mass of testimony
which, though it does not amount to
proof, yet commands shuddering re
spect. The sternest materialism
will not eliminate from people's
minds that credence in the un
known and the undemonstrable
which has been handed down U
them from the beginnings nf time.
Plato himself accepted the exist
ence of ghosts, and he makes Socra
tes explain their frequenting of
graveyards. These gliosis, savs the
reiit Athenian, long to re-enter the
bodv in which they could gratify
th;ir desires. It is hopeless, but
memory tortures them with vain af
fection for the fleshlv abode in
ihich they formerly dwelt. Shake
pcarc is full of allusions to the
dwellers in the realm of shadows.
Hut he, too, knows the meaning of
phi'osophic doubt, for I.e makes
Hi! mlet wonder whether the image
of his father mav not be some coin
age of his fancy. He hesitates be
tween contrary opinions, but in
clines toward belief in the supernal
urat. He says to his friend
There are more things In heaven and earth,
Than are dreamt of In thy philosophy
from Miakespeares day to now
we have advanced in one particular.
e know more of the composition
of the brain aud the susceptibilities
of nervous tissue. We ure assured
today that a man may honestly be
licve he sees a ghost and yet set
nothing but the projection of an
image within his own brain. But as
to the existence or nonexistence of
ghosts we are as ignorant ns the an
cient Egyptian or the modern red
skin. IJeason learnedly as we mav,
we cannot eradicate from our mind
that vague feeling, half fear, half
hope, that ghosts may be. Sir
Thomas ISrownc touches on this
matter with characteristic quaint
ness. Some people, he says, hope to
see a ghost that they may be per
suaded of the immortality of the
soul. P.ut he adds that the devil
will never let them see one, for that
would be to turn them away from
himself. liochestcr 1 ost-Kxpress
Colonial Mail Routes.
The first record contained in our
colonial history of any kind of mai
service dates from 1G7G, when the
court in lioston appointed Mr. John
Hayward to "take in and convey let
ters according to their direction."
In December, 171G, arrangements
were made to receive letters in Bos
ton from Williamsburg, Va., during
four weeks of the summer time and
eight weeks in winter. In 1738
Henry Pratt was appointed "riding
postmaster" for all the routes be
tween Philadelphia and Newport
Va., to set out in the beginning o
each month and return in twenty
lour uavs. l'ostage stamps were
first introduced into the United
States in 1847. New York Ameri
Contrasts In Populations.
The population of the known
earth at the death of the Iloman
emperor Augustus, about the time
of the beginning of the Christian
era, was estimated by Bodio, an
Italian statistician, at 57,000,000
The Iiomans knew nothing of Asin
beyond the Indus river and nothing
of Africa save the Mediterranean
states. In 1192, at the time of the
discovery of America bv Columbus
the population of Europe was placed
it only 40,000,000. Today Europe
has ten times that number, or 400,
000,000 people, with about a hun
rired to each tauaro mile.
FOR THE REDS.
Cincinnati Has Becoir.3 Logical
Factor In Pennant Race.
TEAM LOCKS FORMIDABLE.
Much Depends on Shortstop, as Team
la All to the Good In Other Places.
Griffith's Pitching Staff Stronger
Look out for Clark Grllllth and his
band of Cincinnati Iteds this season.
Watch out for.thein lroni the very
Jump, and dou't let your vlgllnuce
slacken anywhere along tbe route. A
little curelessness, a little bullbeaded
ness, a lack of precaution In dealing
with this formidable baseball outfit,
and the eunaut will be Hunting over
the park near the Ohio river. The Cin
cinnati aggregation hicks a few num
bers of being of championship team
cnliber, and any slackness In lighting
the Keds will mean n jolt that will
make Pittsburg. Chicago nnd New
York howl like lions.
Hatting counts terribly nowadays,
when there Isn't much of it, and the
Jtods will come very near being the
best but tin team in the National
league this season. A little money can
he found. If need be, that they will
juthlt l'itlslmrg on the official aver
ages when the count is taken, wise
running? They are the best base run
ning team In the National league right
now, and they are not going to lose
any of their speed. Fielding? They
were uot ns good In the field work last
season as they slioulu nave iieeu, out
this year they lire going to be there
with the stops nnd pickups almost 89
accurately as even the Cubs, who are
the smoothest and llosslest machines
in baseball. The pitching department
of the Jlcds hold them back last sea
son aud now (Jiillith thinks this has
been corrected. Net result: Tbe Cin
cinnati team comes pretty near being
the one best bet in baseball today If
anybody offers decent odds. While it
is generally accepted ns a solid prop
osition that 1'ittsburg and Chicago will
fight It out, Cincinnati will be the
The batting strength of the Cincin
nati team, as Orllllth has doped it out,
is tremendous nnd is sure to be much
better this season for several reasons.
De it remembered also that both
Lobert nnd Downey are great base
runners naturally and that If they
come back to their proper batting
form this year they will also steal a
heap of extra cushions.
Iloblitzel, on first, is a magnificent
bnlsman, n mere boy, nnd likely to hit
better ns be gains muscle. Fgan, on
second, is a splendid hitter nnd one of
the classiest base runners in the game.
Lobert nnd Downey, as lias been said,
are almost certain to come back to
form. These four men were new to
one another last season and playea
tbe Infield raggedly. All of them nre
natural fielders, and this year they
will play luficld bull of tbe machine
pattern. Kgan in particular will teach
the ginger nnd speed and will mold
them into a quartet of winners.
Mike Mitchell, In right, Is a fine
fielder, swell thrower and one of the
best batsmen in the country. In cen
ter OHIT has his choice among Tas
ked, Miller and McCabe. Paskert is
a neat batsman nnd fast fielder. Mil
ler Is easily the master of the lot with
the stick and the best base runner,
but has had an nlmost useless throw
ing arm. If tbe wing gets well he
will yet nnll tbe regular Job; if not,
I'askert will take It at the start, as
MeCabe, though a fine bitter. Is crude
and also a slow runner for so young a
Another element of added power is
found In left Rob Itescher. This man,
new to the big lengue, was the load
ing base runner of the circuit last sea
son, though he hit lightly. Heseher Is
by rights a fine hitter and should re
turn to form without fall.
It will be seen, therefore, that Grif
fith can count on nil tbe batting and
base running strength ho had in 1009.
The catchers. McLean. Clark and a
new man named Konniek. are all good.
McLean is n corking catcher and swell
hitter when in good condition. Kon
niek is touted as a sure comer, and
Clark showed more than common qual
ity last autumn.
Fromuie, Spado, Gasper, Itowan, Dee
be and Covuleski make up a pitching
staff that is good enough to win with
nnd more than good enough with a
team of sluggers back of them.
Give the Keda the least bit of lock,
start them on a winning streak, and It
will be almost Impossible to choke
them. Tin a deep tack right here:
The lied ure going to be the heavy
titters of the league, and if Pittsburg
or Chicago lets go the traces for even
n little time that lied team Is going
to win the flag.
Steinfeldt In Creat Shape.
Harry XtolufoMt, the Cutis' star third
sucker, Is faster than he was In 1909.
Instead of golnv back he Is displaying
more finder ihnii ever. He attributes
Ills tin condition to his workout nt
Mnrllu Springs. 'Finest place In the
vorld to train." be says.
VYeetjrn Handicap Shoot.
The event western handicap shoot
will he heid In lies Moines, May 24 to
THE POISON CURARI.
Mysterious Mixture Makes Deer,
Wounded to Death, Bold.
Curari, the vegetable poison with
which the Indians of the upper
Amazon tip their hunting arrows,
remains a mystery in its composi
tion alter a hundred years of inves
tigation by scientists. The Indians
will sell it for its weight in silver,
but will not reveal the plants from
which it is derived. Not long ago a
professor in a tlerinan university
was sent to the Amazon wilderness
for the express purpose of discover
ingjthe secret, for curari, or urari,
as it is otherwise called, is now
thought to be of great value in
medicine. The professor lived two
years in Indian villages, and, while
he was permitted to witness the
boiling of the "witches' broth,"
which lasted several days, he could
not tell what plants went into the
brew. Returning from his baffled
quest down the Amazon with a
quantity of the poison, the profess
or was met by another traveler,
Dewey Austin Cobb, who had got
possession of a native blowgun.
The latter tells in the National
Geographic Magazine how ho put
some of the professor's curari on
some of Ins blowgun arrows, which
are like toothpicks feathered with
cotton, and tried it on a buck deer
in the forest.
"After a deliberate aim our hunt
er fired," says Mr. Cobb, "if I may
use such a word for the little puff,
scarcely heard by us and entirely
inaudible above the rustling corn
leaves at the distance of the deer.
The animal gave a Blight start as it
felt the prick of the arrow on its
flank and turned partly around,
smiling the air for a scent and look
ing about as if searching for the in
sect that had bitten or stung it.
Detecting nothing, it stood still and
unalarmed. At the end of a minute
or a minute and a half at most its
head dropped a little, as if it wni
"We all approached its side, and
the hunter laid a hand on its shoul
der. It looked up at him, but show
ed no resentment or fear. Even its
breathing seemed easy and natural,
which surprised me, ns I had heard
that death resulted from paralysis
of the lungs when caused by urari.
At the end of ten minutes, though
it opened its eyes when touched, its
breath became shorter and slower.
Eighteen minutes after it was
struck by the arrow it was dead."
The Basking Shark.
The ferocity of sharks is not
necessarily in proportion to their
size. For example, there is the
great basking shark, so called be
cause of its habit of lying motion
less at the surface of the water. It
often attains a length of nearly
forty feet, but its teeth nre small
comparatively, and it probably nev
er attacks man, depending upon
small fishes and Crustacea for its
diet. Another name for this species
is "saillish," because of its great
back tin, which shows out of the
water like a sail when it is basking.
Although sluggish ordinarily and
easily harpooned, it exhibits great
activity and enormous strength
when struck, diving immediately to
the bottom and requiring a great
length of rope to hold it. These
basking sharks are caught for their
livers off the coast of Iceland; and
the oil obtained is used to adulter
ate cod liver oil.
A Household Industry.
The advertisements were the most
interesting things in the paper, ac
cording to Mr. Hobart's ideas. He
read them to his wife as she sat at
work on the stockings of their ac
"No need to spend your time
hunting for antiques now," said Mr
Hobart after skimming the cream
from a long article, as was his wont
"Here's a man that will undertake
and guarantee to make vour new
furniture look as if 'twas a hundred
years old by a process known only
"I don't see any need of processes
for our furniture, remarked Mrs
Hobart ns she cast a hopeless stock
ing to the flames of the Franklin
front. "Tommy's feet are all the
process we need. Perhaps we could
rent him out by tho day." Youth's
Bad Hand Made Him Money.
)Ylien Lord Curzon was at Ox
ford he wrote an abominable hand.
One day he penned two letters, cne
of them to a relative and one to
chum with whom he always di?
cussed the faults of their respective
relations, nnd accidentally put these
letters into the wrong envelopes.
He was abo;it to write a profound
apology to his relative when ho re
reived the following note from him
"Can't read a word of vour four
pages, but guess you want some
money, you young rascal." Inclosed
was a Bank of England note for s
ROSE TO THE OCCASION.
A Polite Elephant and a Ready Witted
That everything should be in it.
own pi:uc is a matter not only ol
convenience, but of necessity foi
some people nnd some animals, al
the following examples from John
Augustus O'Shea's "Leaves From
the Life of a Special Correspond
ent" go to prove. Certain orden
of intellect run smoothly in accus
tomed grooves, but have no abilit)
to meet any unusual occasion. Tin
author describes a visit to a travel
The showman was repeating hit
lesson like a schoolboy. He was en
larging on the peculiarities of the
ostrich of Africa, upon the uncannj
form of which the visitors were sup
posed to be gazing.
"But, my friend," I remarked ix
an undertone to that functionary,
"that i3 not the ostrich of Africa;
that is the pelican of Australia."
"They're always playing jokes on
me!" exclaimed the showman plain
tively. "How can a cove tell which
is which if they goes on a-changing
of the cages when his back is turn
ed?" In the other instance of the value
of order it was the animal which
was not equal to tho emergency
Tho showman roso superior to suet
slight vicissitudes of fortune.
In the illness of tho regular show
man a substitute was furnished witb
a piece of paper setting forth the
"The behemoth will now walk
around the ring on threo legs!'
shouted the showman.
Behemoth did as ordered, and the
"The behemoth will now stand
on his hind legs!" The elephant
performing his tasks faithfully.
At last a mistake was mado in the
order. Throwing his whip on the
ground, the showman announced
that tho behemoth would now lift
the whip with his trunk. Nothing
of the kind happened. The ele
pliant began moving around the
ring backward. A negro attendant
whispered to the showman:
"That's his next number 1"
The showman was equal to the
occasion and said:
Ladies and gentlemen, my fa
vorite is not backing out of his en
pragement, but he is more polite
than 1 fri wishes to make his fare
well before ho goes. So polished
are his manners that he retires as
he might at court and presently wiL
follow with the whip.
A Weird Incident.
years ago the following
strange incident took place in
west end club: There lay on the
table in one of the rooms a list o
members who had put down their
names for an approaching house
dinner. A workman on a ladder,
who was putting the finishin
touches to the decoration of the
ceiling, let fall a single tiny splash
of red paint, which dropped on the
first name on the list and obliter
ated it as if with the stroke of a
pen. home of the members who
noticed this occurence thought it a
very bad omen. Others, like Ham
let, defied augury. But, curiously
enough, the member whose name
had thus been struck out was taken
ill the next day and died in the clu
on the nifrht before the dinner wa3
to have taken place. London Tele
New Metal For Watchmaking.
The alloy culled "Invar," consisting
of steel mixed with about 3(1 per cent
of nickel, which Is practically Invari
able in volume with ordinary change
of temperature, was adopted a yea
or two ago by Swiss watchmakers for
making balances in the majority
their best timepieces. The compensa
tion for temperature thus obtained
superior to any hitherto knowu. For
mftyy years watchmakers struggled
with an untstitiidlng trouble In the
best' compensated chronometers, due
principally to the uoullcear variation
of tbe elasticity of the steel of the
hairspring. Hy the use of tu "invar"
this error, it Is stated, may be prac
tically eliminated.-London Mail.
Daniel K. Pearsons.
Daniel K. i'earsons. who has given
away cor- than IN.OOO.OOU to forty
seven colleges in twenty-four states,
was bom in Vermont In 181'U and grew
up among the granite hills In poverty.
He was successively a schoolteacher,
a pbysleian nnd it farmer, lot finally
began to uiuM- his fortune us a real
estate dealer in Chicago. Mrs. I'ear
sons died recently, and since then Dr.
I'earsons has lived quietly at Hins
dale, III., looking after the colleges In
which he Is Interested through his
gifts. At ninety years of age he Is
still strong and vlgorous.-Argonaut
Turbine Torpedo fleet.
Germany's first complete flotilla of
turbine torpedo boats was commission-l-d
n short time ago. It consists of
levcn vessels of the newest type built
In Vienna. Ornianla and Schlehmi
yards Thoe built In the two first
named establishments have attained
a speed of over .'It Knots Iti-sldcs I'ar
Soii4 tlll'tilliei. i;nee types of (Jermnit
turbine are represented in the flotilla.
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lie has just received some
He also will convince you if
you call at his store that he can
fit you out with
in a very satisfactory manner.
Tho many fine points about this
store, should induce you to buy hero
when it conies to cigars, tobacco, con
fectionery, ice cream and cold drinks.
t is not pi ice alone that makes our
values, but price nnd quality. Noto
tho following: Cream, 35c quart;
()c pt., cones 5c; and thcy.nre always
filled. Try our Blue Seal Fruit Tunch
5c. Ice Cream Tarbr.
J. E. MASON.
Cigars, Candies and
I cordially invite my old
friends, as well as new, and
all others in search of a cozy
corner for an hour's rest, to
come to my place, where you
can enjoy a refreshing smoke
An unexcelled line of choice
Tobaccos always in stock.
Ed. Brantncr, Prop.
OUR LINE OF SHIRTS.
is'well worth an inspection. We make
a specialty of fine shirts at the lowest
prices ever quoted for such quality.
FOR THE SHOP MAN.
In working shirts we have a com
plete stock. Come in nnd look over
our big values and then use your own
judgment about buying.
Try one of our "Khaki" or "Chamois
J. E. TUEY
Tho Methodist ladieswill hold thoir
annual bazaar on May Cth and 7th
and will have on salo a nice line of
flowers, aprons and fancy work. tf
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