The Nebraska independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1896-1902, September 17, 1896, Page 7, Image 7

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    Sept. 17, 189G
"Honor, Integrity." I
To the Editor-The "yellow jackets,"
are constantly prating about "national
honor and national inteenty." They
y in the face of history and all the con-
tl,e payment of United States bonds.
The payment of each bonds in silver
ollars was more particularly stipulated
for, than any provision for the payment,
in part with gold.
One stipulation is that these bonds
may be paid id silver dollars contain
ing 412?4 grains standard silver. This
was the outcome of a bitter struggle
which all interested citizens should not
forget. i
All have the opportunity to know this,
either, debtor or creditor. That law
controls all contracts now made by the
government contracts made otherwise
would not be worth the paper they were
written on. Rothschilds and all great
loaners know this, full well.
And every loan they make to the
United States they know is payable in
silver at the will or pleasure of the gov
ernment. It is dishonorable, or repudia
tion, to pay in silver dollars?
They say "we borrowed gold and
therefore are honor bouud to pay back
in gold." Rothschilds bad no mouey
that we would take, but gold he had to
put in gold, or he could not get our
bonds. He made but one paSJnt
difference between payment in golu or
silver. If he was paid in silver in New
York, or Boston the money could be re
loaned in this country or exchanged for
any commodities in this country. Roths
childs knows what he is about, and
no doubt despizes the toadyism of the
American cockney, who shouts long and
loud against the interests and integrity
of this country.
England is lareely our creditor, and
her people more than any other have
Intricmed and managed to increase the
value of the gold dollar by debasing sil
ver bullion, wheat, corn, oats, cotton,
wool, in fact, all of which the Americans
have a surplus and reacn European mar
Votn. Silver is the victim of a grand bold
consDiracv by large gold owners and
cold (ramblers.
It has brought this country to ruin,
and yet "repudiation'' is shouted if the
Eeople strive to better their condition
y and through weil defined rights under
the law. Nor will ins assersion of our
rights to pay a coin debt in silver dollars
in the least disparage our honest integ
rity. McKinley, Harrison and Sherman
outrage facts when they aver that ours
is a "fifty cent dollar" and is guaranteed
hv the government to be worth 100
cents in gold.
There is no such guaranty.
When "silver dollar coinage" was re
stored in 1878 it carried with it all the
prestige and power, as a legal tender,
that t ld possessed down to 1873, when
the silver dollar was the unit of account,
instead of gold. That its limited coin-
n ce did not impair its integrity as an
absolute legal tender it is futile to deny,
The enforced enhancement of gold by
the commercial bulls of Europe and
America is powerless to nullify our laws;
that 41214 grains of coined standard
silver ia one dollar.
The congress of the United States has
uttered this edict, and it will take more
than the sinister and combined attacks
of McKinley, Sherman, Harrison and
their echoes to render it null and void.
Nor can the fluctuations and ever vary
ing fortunes of the great national or in
ternational gold gamblers move its im
pregnable foundations! A more thur
ough study of the status of our dollar
has led to the conclusion of its absolute
and independent potency as a money
factor of the realm. It depends upon
gold for nothing! The silver dollar is as
independent of gold as the gold dollar is
independent 01 saver.
Sherman said our silver dollars cir
culated in London. Sir, if they do to
any extent circulate in London and by
weight, thev thus pass at 1.2929 instead
of 66 cents per ounce, or they would not
he offered.
It is a strange idea that coin of any
country should be valued by the fluctua
tions of the commercial prices of the
gross material of which it is made, bner-
man knows better than this. Congress
has power to coin money and to deter
mine its v, "tie. Without this regulation
"coin value would be utterly useless,
and impossible, as they might be subject
to daily or even hourly fluctuations.
In England, Germany, France, etc., in
cluding the United States, the silver
money of each respectively is fixed by
law and not by commerce. The dishon
est and artificial inflation of gold is the
only reason why there is any difference
between the coin value and the commer
cial value of silver.
How does it work? -
Answer It adds vastly to the wealth
of creditor England, and the bankruptcy
of the United States.
S. M. Benedict.
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man afflicted with
any form of private
. or special disease.
Address the leadlcg
Physicians and Spe
cialists of this Coun
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cago, Ills. CURBS GUARANTIED. 48-62t
A fine chance
for a colony of
I settlers. I have
1,500 acres 01
the best lands in Florida a large
part of it improved. Good schools
and churches. Write for particu
lars to ,
Windsor, Fla,
It la Just Wonderful
The time the Union Paciflo "Overland"
fast mail No. 3 makes to Ogdea, Salt
Lake, Butte, Helena, Portland, Seattle'
San Francisco and Los Angeles. Tins
Daily Meteor has the finest equipment
consisting of Pullman Palace and Uphol
stered Tourist Sleepers, Free Reclining
Chair Cars, and Diner. For full informa
tion call on or address E. B. Slosson,
General Agent, 1044 0 St, or J. T. Mas
tin, C T. A.
FT nOTnu
A WMtikl
Only Two In America and One
In England Pecolarltle of
the Camelopard Its
Queer Neck.
HEBE are only two giraffes in
America. : This may seem a
startling statement to people
who think they can remem
ber seeing many of the long-necked
beasts, bnt it is nevertheless abso
lutely true.
There is only one in Lngland, and
on the Continent of Europe the dearth
is as remarkable. . In the wild beast
market there are none to be had, and
collectors are compelled to send agents
into the interior of South Africa to
secure them.
Three years ago the last of a large
herd of giraffes that had been im
ported by the Barnum & Bailey show
was killed by getting down in its car
daring a railroad ran and having its
spinal column badly bent. Its death
occurred at Glovers ville, N. Y., May
21, 1893. For two years Manager
James A. Bailey was constantly trying
to replace the animal, and he suc
ceeded last summer in getting a line
one after hunting over half the globe.
Animals are valuable when an exhibi
tor wants one badly and the whole
world of traffickers in wild creatures
can offer bat a single specimen for
purchase. Thus it happened that it
cost Mr. Bailey $14,000 to land this
young giraffe safely with the show.
About the same time that Mr,
Bailey's fine camelopard (that is the
older name of the animal, handed
down from the anoient Romans, who
saw some f anoied resemblance to both
the camel and the leopard) died, the
London Zoological Sooiety lost the
last of its herd of English-bred giraffes,
which had been maintained in its gar
dens since 1836, and like the Ameri
can showman, the London society
found great difficulty in replacing its
, A young female was landed in Lon
don about the same time that Mr.
Bailey got his new specimen, by Mr.
Beiche of Hanover, Germany, who
sent an expedition to the southern
limits of the giraffe country, with ' six
young animals, but five died from
various causes on the way. It takes a
journey overland, through a waterless
country, of some 15,000 miles to get a
giraffe to Cape Town, and the mere
cost of bringing one from South
Afrioa to New York, the freight, so to
speak, is something like $7500, count
ing the cost of the expedition by cars
The giraffe is fast disappearing be
fore the encroachments of man. and
long before the great central plateau
of Afrioa. which is its habitat, has
been opened up to civilization it will,
like the great auk, have been com
pletely wiped out Formerly giraffes
were exported from North Afrioa, by
way of the Bed Sea, but since the in'
troduotion of firearms, and their gen
eral use by the Bedouins and Soudan
ese in hunting, these timid animals
have been driven far to the south of
the Soudan, and the wars waged by
the British have closed the Soudan
route to the country lying south of
it. The only gateway that is practi
cable to bring them out of Africa now
lies through Cape Town, and for the
last half dozen years even that pre
sents almost insuperable difficulties, on
account of the constant wars between
the natives and the Boers and Eng
The giraffe is not a hardy animal in
captivity. It does not thrive on dry
food, like most ruminant animals,
which do almost as well on hay as on
grass. In the wild state the giraffe
feeds almost entirely on the leaves and
twigs of a species of acacia, which the
Boers call kameel-doorn, or camel
thorn, the giraffe itself being known
to them as kameel, or camel.
The food causes tne animal to give
out a pleasant odor, similar to that of
the acacia, while it imparts to the flesh
a pungent aromantic flavor, which
makes giraffe steaks a delicacy highly
esteemed by African hunters. There
is no animal that gives its keeper more
I iron Die iu a ujuuagcrie, iius eveu tne
I treacherous elephant While the giraffe
I is gentle in disposition, and not given
to attack, even in the wild state, it is
i stupid and obstinate and cannot be
tauKUv w uiiuu.
A full-grown one cannot be taken
alive, for when defence is no longer
possible it will kill itself. Self-de
struction is not difficult in its case,
either, for the long neck is easily
' The giraffe presents a peculiar com'
bination of grace and awkwardness, of
beauty and malformation. With hind
quarters that are as graceful as those
of an antelope, and not larger than
those of a horse, its forelegs are as
stocky as those of a camel, and its
neck raises its head to a height of
eighteen feet The neck tapers pret
tily, the head is small and graceful
and the countenance decidedly beau
. Though of such enormous length,
the giraffe's neck is far from swan-like
or flexible. It contains only the usual
seven cervical vertebrae, but each is
greatly elongated. When the animal
runs the neck waves up and down
stiffly, with little more undulation
than if composed of a single piece,
The neck is not usually carried up
right, which might be expected to be
the most natural position, but slopes
forward nearly on a t line with the
slope of the shoulders. Otherwise it
would be a pretty serious matter to
provide for their tranportation, for
unless the head was bent downward no
wagon or railroad car high enough to
accommodate it could be hauled
Jthrough the country. ,
The giraffe's eyes are mild and bo
vine, nice tne "ox cyo ascribed Dy
the Greeks to their goddesses. These
large, lustrous eyes give to the face an
intelligent and pathetic appearance.
Every day the Barnum & Bailer giraffe
stares steadily for hours at the mem
bers of the Ethnological Congress,
probably without noticing what it
stares at ; but it has every appearance
of almost childlike wonder, as if it
were trying to solve the problem of
the existence oi these strange peoples,
and wanted to ask a whole battery of
questions about the animals in the
menagerie. boston Ulobe.
Largest School m ihe World.
Within a stone's throw of White
chapel, London, surrounded by some
of the very worst slums, stands the
argest sohool in the world. It is pre
sided, over by a peer of the realm,
Lord Bothschild, who is regarded with
love and admiration by every pupil,
for he is, indeed, their good fairy.
This school educates 3500 children be-
on cring mostly to the poorest foreign
Hebrews, and has a staff of 100 teach
ers. It is well known that this is Lord
Rothschild's pet institution, and that
were it not for his munificent support,
the school would be unable to meet
its vast expenditure. It is owing to
his generosity that free breakfasts are
given every morning to all children
who wish to take them, no questions
being asked. Again, he presents every
boy with a suit of clothes and a pair
of boots, and every girl with a dress
and a pair of boots in the month of
April, near the Passover.
An idea of tne poverty oi tne cnu-
dren may be gleaned from the fact
that not more than two per cent, of
them declined to avail themselves of
this charity. A second pair of boots
is offered in the month of October to
every child whose boots are not likely
to last during the approaching win
ter. It is soarcely necessary to state
that few do not get thorn.
A very popular feature in the school
is the savings bank department, insti
tuted by the kindly.President, In or
der to encourage nabits of tnriit, ne
allows an interest of ten per cent, per
annum on all savings, the said savings
not to exceed 1325 in a year. The
teachers are also permitted o avail
themselves of the benefits of the bank,
the maximum savings allow them be
ing $75 per annum.
It remains to be mentioned tnat in
pursuing this noble work Lord Roths-
ohild is following in tne loot steps oi
other members of his family, who have
supported this school in a princely
fashion since its foundation, fifty-five
years ago. Tit-Bits.
The Government's Coal Bin;
"Coal contracts are awarded by the
Government," said an official of the
Quartermaster-General's office- of . the
War Department, "on the basis of the
evaporating capaoity of the same, the
standard being a cord of oak wood.
We have ascertained exactly how mnoh
water a cord of wood will evaporate.
From this we make tests in regard to
the evapoiating quality of the various
coals that are ottered, in tne far
West and for the various posts on the
Pacific coast it is found to be better
to use the coals that are mined in that
section than to ship anthracites from
Pennsylvania and other States, for the
expense of transportation would more
than consume the difference in price,
There , is considerable coal mined in
Oregon and Washington, the mines ,
near Coos Bay, in Oregon, being the
best. The coals there, however, are
by no means as good as the anthracites
of the East, for one ton of Pennsyl-1
vania or other hard coal will evapor-'
ate nearly as much water as three tons I
of the Oregon coals. The Western ,
coals are more of the lignite or bitum
inous order. The Pacific coast is also
supplied by foreign coals from Van
couver's Island, British Columbia and
from -Wales. Strange as it moy ap
pear, coal is brought from Wales as
ballast at a less expense than it can
be shipped from Pennsylvania by rail
or by sending around the Horn in
ships. The British ships that bring
over Welsh coal depend upon other
freight back, so as to make the trip
pay botn ways, xne javy depart
ment makes the same cnaracter oi
tests in awarding their contracts for
the coal!used by the Pacific squadron."
Washington Star.
Queer Customs a Century Ago.
I thought that I knew most of the
manners and customs oi tne eignt
eenth century, but I find two or three
with which I was unaoquainted. So
that very likely there are a great
many more still undiscovered.
In the year 1792, for instance, visit
ing was managed by sending round an
empty chair attended by footmen
that 'is to say, the chairman carried
the chair, and behind it walked two
footmen, who carried the cards, 1 and
with grave faces asked at each door
whether Lady A. was at home. She
never was at home.
Again but only if one was a very
great lady it was common to invite
one's friends to a rout, and when the
street was blocked with the coaches, !
and the rooms with the company as- j
sembled, the hostess would call her
own coacn acd go on to someooay
else's rout
Also, for another pretty trait, there
were ladies, but not great ladies, who
cave frennant card narties. and found
their hospitality profitable on account
of the "oard money." At that time
every player was supposed to slip
' 4 a:
the company departed the wrruta
collected the money for themselves.
In the case of this prudent house
wife she lifted the candlesticks here elf,
and kept the coin. London Queen.
Argentine Bepublio is negotiating
an extradition treaty with Brazil, with
reference to counterfeiters.
Defending the port.
William Connor and his fndiaa
guides stood before the youthful major
of Fort Stephenson ,tne former as
bearer of dispatches from Gen. Har
rison, recommending the evacuation, if
the commander deemed it risky to at
tempt to hold it It was, however, at
first a question whether the bearer of
the dispatch would consent to deliver
It to the young officer in charge so
very young did he appear.
'You Maj. Croghan!" said Connor,
looking at the slight smooth-faced
young man before him. "Not much!
You can't fool me. You're nothing but
a boy. I want to see the commander
of this fort."
"I'm Maj. Croghan," replied the
young man, his face Hushing and his
eyes snapping. "I'm twenty-one years
old, old enough to command this garri
son of one hundred and sixty-seven
men, and old enough to put you in
irons if you don't hand over that dis
patch instantly!"
"I swan!" said the rustic Connor,
under his breath, as without another
word he handed the letter of Gen. Har
rison to the boy officer.
"You wait right here," said the ma
jor as soon as he had read the letter,
and leaving the astonished messenger,
I who still appeared to be unable to con
ceive how a boy should be In command
Tecomnch Braves.
of such a post he hastily summoned
his officers, and after a very brief con
sultation returned with the following
; letter to Tippecanoe: "Sir I have Just
received yours of yesterday, 10 o'clock
p. m., ordering me to destroy this place
and make good my retreat, which was
j received too late to be carried into ex
; ecutlon. We have determined to main
jtaln this place, and by heavens we
! The next day the watchers at the
fort saw the British gunboats, a mile
away, coming up the river. "They're
coming! They're coming," shouted the
guard, and the men, frightened 'and
pale, obeyed the word of the boy offl-
1 cer, and wheeled the one six-pounder
the fort possessed, and which had been
named the "Good Bess," into position. )
But Proctors four hundred regulars
and his Indians paid no attention to
the "Good Bess," and' coolly proceeded
to arrange their forces to attack the
fort, and cut off every possible escape.
) When all was ready Gen. Proctor
sent three of his officers ahead with a
flaer of truce, demanding the instant
surrender of the fort. Young Maj.
Croghan sent another Kentucky ooy
i officer, Lieut. Shipp, to meet them,
while he himself stood upon the ram
parts watching the conference.
Refusal to Surrender.
At first the British officers demanded
the surrender of the fort, but when
young Shipp coolly refused, they began
to plead, urging their inability to re
strain the Indians.
"Remember the River Raising," said
Col. Elliott
"We do remember it" replied young
Shipp angrily, "and that is enough."
"It is a great pity," said Capt. Dixon,
beseechingly, that so fine a young man
as you, and as your commander is rep
resented to be, should fall into the
hands of savages. Sir, for God's sake,
surrender and prevent a dreadful mas
sacre." ,
"When this fort is taken," replied
Shlpn "there will be none to massa
cre." "Look out, Shipp," called out Maj.
Croghan suddenly. He had seen an
Indian stealing upon his companion
boy officer. "Come in, Shipp, and we'll
hum thom
an into anoiuer wunu;
! and the interview ended as the young
lieutenant nasienea uuo me wi.
I At once the British began their at
! rnrk. All nicht lone their fine six
without any serious effect. The "Good
Bess" was taken from one block house
to another to give the Impression that
the fort had more guns. What would
Proctor have thought if ho had known
the boy officer had only one cannon,
and that his ammunition was soon so
low he dared not fire that often? Bags
of flour and sand were piled against
the weak places, and, wltn grimy and
- : rs7"
set faces, tho men stood to tlwir work, j
The boy officer was everywhere. His
example fired his men, and as he pass
ed from place to place many a cheer
went up for the young commander.
The Major' Opportunity.
But he well knew the end had not
yet come. In the night the British had
dragged three cannon to a spot within
250 yards of the fort and in the morn
ing light the lire was renewed, but
owing to the vigilance of George Cro
ghan produced but little damage.
Four o'clock In the afternoon came.
The British general was becoming des
perate. His steady Are provoked no
return. He could not see that he had
brought the fort one whit nearer to a
surrender. His Indians were becoming
discouraged, and something must be
done. The clouds were heavy now and
the bellowing of the approaching thun
der increased the confusion. The mo
ment for which the boy officer had
been waiting had come.
Realizing that the northwest angle
was the weakest spot in his defense,
Maj. Croghan had brought the "Good
Rnss" there, silent for a long time now,
and loading her with a lialf charge of
powdor, he filled her to the muzsle
with shot and slugs. But he had
masked her In such a way that her
presence was unknown. There also he
had stationed the Kentucky sharp
shooters, and he knew he could depend
upon them. The decisive moment for
which he had been planning had ar
rived. Feigning an attack on the south
ern sldo, Col. Short suddenly led his
British soldiers in two close columns
against the northwest angle. Leaping
into the ditch and calling to his men to
follow, the angry colonel shouted:
"Cive the Yankees no quarterl"
"Now! Let them have it!" shouted
the excited boy officer, when he saw
the ditch full .and the sharpshooters
and "Good BeSB" spoke together. The
masked port flew open, the slugs and
grapeshot poured into the ditch and
groans and cries arose on every side.
Another column of British advanced
and again the "Good Bess" spoke. This
was enough. The British turned and
fled and left the colonel, who had cried
out to, give the Yankees no quarter,
dying among the dead, and feebly
waving his handkerchief on the end of
his Bword and begging for that mercy
he himself had refused to offer.
All night the boy officer stood on the
ramparts and lowered pails of water
to the wounded. He dared not open
the gates for fear of treachery, but the
k ad-hearted young commander dug a
trench, by which the wounded were
brought Into the fort.
What think you were his feelings
neTrt dav when he wrote Tippecanoe
that he had held Fort Stephenson with
the loss of one man killed and seven
wounded, against the British Proctor,
who lost in killed and wounded 125?
And what was done for the boy offi
cer? Gen. Harrison, when he unuer
stood that escape from Fort Stephen
son would have been Impossible, could
not praise him enough in his dispatch
es, the ladies of Chilllcothe gave him
a beautiful sword, congress voted him
the thanks of the nation and twenty
two years later presented him with a
gold medal. The boy officer was in
deed old enough to command and until
his death, which occurred at New Or
leans in 1849, wherever he went he
used to hear a song written in his
honor, one stanza of which was:
"Sound, oh, sound Columbia's shell!
High the thundering pean raise!
Let the echoing bugles swell
Loudly answering sound his praise!
Tis Sandusky's warlike boy,
Crowned with victory's trophy,
High arise ye shouts of Joy,
Sound the trumpets, beat the
Philadelphia Inquirer.
Tavoralo, an Island Tear Sardinia,
Claims the Distinction.
Some of the encyclopedias and many
newspapers have commented on the
smallest independent country in the
world, and have given the credit there
for to either Andorra or San Marino.
A late issue of the Westminster Ga
zette takes these authorities to task,
declaring that they are mistaken as to
the government which can lay claim to
the Fort.
being the smallest independent terri
tory on the globe, and says that the po
sition belongs to Tavoralo, an islet off
the northwest coast of Sardinia. Its
size is three miles long and three-quarters
of a mile broad ind its popula
tion numbers exactly fifty-five souls.
From 1S3G to 18S2 the islet was gov
erned by one Paoloto, who had all the
authority of a king, but when he died
in the latter year he advised the in
habitants to form a republic, which
was done. All the adult islanders,
women equally with men, have votes,
and every six years a president is
elected for that period. Nominally the
island is elaimed by Italy, but no at
tempt Is made to exercise any control
from there or from the near Island of
Sardinia. Deseret News.
Highly Appropriate.
"Uncle George, what is a valedic
tory?" '
"It's the farewell address the girl
graduate reads to her weeping class
mates the night before she packs her
trunk to visit among them all sum
mer." Chicago Record
Victim of the Habit Telia O It"
Pleasant Seasatloas.
"What is there so attractive about
the cigarette?" asked the reporter. -
"I hardly know bow to express it"
was the reply. "It Is an intangible
something which you don't gat out of
a pipe or cigar. I don't think I would
give a hang for all the cigarette made
if I was unable to inhale the smoke
that is, to draw it down into my lungs.
That I guess, Is the principal induce
ment to cigarette smoking. When a
cigarette smoker first begins he
smokes as you are smoking that cigar;
that Is, he simply draws the smoke
Into his mouth and blow H oit again.
In a short time, however, he finds him
self drawing a little of the smoke into
his" lungs involuntarily, and he get a
new sensation out of that a yery ex
hilarating one, too. Pretty soon be
has to draw more smoke Into his lungs
to get that sensation, and then still
more, and as time goes on and he con
tinues to inhale the smoke he can only
occasionally get the sensation of ex
hilaration, but he has fixed the in
haling habit for all time. It makes no
difference to me whether I am smokf
ing a . pipe, cigar or cigarette, I take
into my lungs every bit of smoke I
take Into my mouth. One get so he
can hold the smoke in his lungs quite
a while, too. I can slowly drink a
whole tumbler of water with a big
puff of smoke In my lungs all the
while. You don't believe that? Com
over here."
The reporter followed the young man
over to the ice water stand. He filled
a glass with water, slowly drew Into
his mouth a long puff of smoke, held
it In his mouth a moment and then It
disappeared as he drew a long breath.
Then the young man lifted the glass)
to his lips and with perfect ease drank
the water, swallow by swallow, as
slowly or more slowly than he would,
have under ordinary circumstance.
Having done so, he laid the empty
glass on the tray of the stand and then
turning around to the reporter so a to
fully face him, blew a cioua oi smoie
out of his mouth.
"It's as easy as rolling off a log,"
said the young man .smiling. Clevo
land Leader.
Experiences In South America, , M
Related by a Good LUv.
"I'm done with South America," h
declared with an air of disgust as b
looked at the other loungers in the
hotel regaling parlor and sipped a
glass of beer. "Nature overdoes every
thing down there. Meldn vines grow
so fast that the melons are ruined by
being dragged over the.ground. Wher
the soil is most fertile the natives hay
to go up in a baloon to pick grape.
Corn grows so tall that crows eat It
out of gun range and the stalks nave
to be cut down with an ax. The grass ;
comes on so fast that the farmers
make hay every week, and there 1
enough fruit raised to supply the mar
kets of the world. A man can llv
there without turning a hand."
"I guess not," grunted an old toper
who was looking for Just that kind of
a snap.
"I say you can and have the best
there Is going. But I wouldn't live
there if they deeded me the whol
shooting match. There are more snake
there than there are leaves in Vor
mosa, or wherever it Is. They can
run like a motor car and climb a tret
like a cat."
"Ugh!"" shuddered the toper.
"And you people don't have any
storms up here. One of your cyclone
wouldn't be a fresh breeze down there.
I've seen a blow In Brazil turn an Iron
kettle Inside out. I'd Just bought a
ticket for a place Bixty miles away,
one evening, when I'll be durned 11 tne
wind didn't pick the little station up
and land me right where I wanted to
go. It was done so quick that the old
clock didn't get through striking seven
while we were making the trip. I lo
cated gold mine on top of a hill and
it was full of gold. One night the
whole top of that Infernal hill blew
away and when I found It a lot of
Spaniards had Jumped the claim."
"How's the grocery business?" In
quired a man who had come In a min
ute lefore; but the South American
traveler had vanished as though on
the wings of a South American storm.
"Runs a little one-horse grocery out
here at Jumptown." continued the
newcomer. "Never been out of Michi
gan in his life. Heavy weight cham
pion liar of the world." Detroit Free
Press.' ..
Two Minutes Lnder Water.
Drowning Is a quicker death than
most people suppose. Insensibility is
said to begin in about one minute, and
fatal unconsciousness generally super
venes' in the neighborhood of two.
Even practiced divers cannot remain
under water n ore than a minute and a
half, and it is almost fatal to remain
beneath the surface longer than that
At Navarino, where there are many
expert divers who' plunge into the sea
after sponges, not one was found who
could remain under water for two min
utes. In the Red sea the Arab divers
generally remain under water one and
a quarter minutes; while at Ceylon, the
pearl fishers can seldom remain below
for over one minute. There 1b a case
on record at Falmouth, England, where
a diver had descended eighty feet and,
on giving the signal, was drawn up
slowly, so it was two minutes before
he reached the surface. Blood ran
from his ears and nose and he was in
sensible. He died without speaking.
Insensibility, however, does not al
ways involve death, for in many cases
a person may be resuscitated by the
use of energetic measures. The bring
ing to of people who have been under
water for five consecutive minutes is,
however, considered doubtful by phy
sicians. There have been extraordin
ary cases related, nevertheless, where
persons have been brought back to ltfe
after having been submerged ft fif
teen o twenty minutes, but it Is prob
able that they have come to the surface
again and again during that time.
New York Journal.
' Same Old Ctnanel. :
"A girl," said the typewriter lady
boarder, "may have lived In the eotu
try all her life, and yet she will bare
attained a city air in less than a month
after stve has settled In town, while a
count boy will need years."
"Of course," said the bachelor board
er. "A man has an individuality of hi
wn.M Indianapolis Journal.