The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899, December 28, 1893, Image 3

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TOPICS OF THE TJMfXiHUrfacl',,"lri8koflife and "mhand
i for transporting cut of life a fair pro
A CHOICE SELECTION OF IN- j portion of other peoplo who happen
TERESTING ITEMS. , . , . .. . ' .
Oaataale aaa CrlUctum Rm4 l'po
fc Mapavalae; r t. b;-Hiauriul
Whes you loan a man f 10 you are
ipt to learn that it is no easy
to "pursue the even tenoer."
thing
Notmnu encourage lynch law and
Other knds of anarchy half as much
as the weakness aud failure Df the'Cjiieg
courts.
Eioiit detectives are constantly 1
employed to protect Miss Helen Gould .
from adventuiers who have designs i
upon ner nana, ana especially upon
her fortune. I. all tne women were !
as averse to marrying as Miss (iould. i
and if their aversion expressed itself I
in the sapie way. what a lonana !
would 1 alTorde.l to amateur detect- i
jvft8j j
- " "
It is probably true that a good j
many of those who hold that the i
world owes them a living will go after !
it this winter with a sanbag, if not j
with weapons more dangerous to j
human life; and It is just as well
that the honest citizen should have i
ms neau as well as his hands in a
condition for prompt service, to say
nothing of occasions on which his
arms might be desirable.
m V . .i . I
offered In England for the best sensa-i
iinuai neaiiime. J lie one mat re
ceived the prize started out with
"Resignation of lueen ictoria,"
and proceeded to kill Mr. Gladstone
and the Prince of Wales, burn down
the House of Commons and destroy
the Bank of England. Mr. Stead's
leaven is working mightily when ai
solier English editor puts a premium
on sensational. sin.
Tiik physicians who have filed
away "heart failure" as the cause of
ex-Secretary Husk's death have some
thing to explain. Ihey might as
well say breath failure or brain fail
ure. Heart failure la a consequence
of any vital disease and may lie caused
by operations which doctors do not
nlwuv rnrA tn tint, on nyrnrii To rte-
sent heart failure as cause of death
is to provoke dericlon among profes
sional men and suspicion among the
lav-
y Haiu-kh's Weekly: What ex-
A traordinary givers those Chicago men
are! It Is exhilarating even a this : Faraday In the chair of natural phil
distance to see the superb confidence osophy in the lloyal Institution of
with which they back up their town.
Other cities get bequests now and
then, but Chicago's rich men have
not had time to die, and neither
ihe nor they can wait for that. They
want t see that Investment in actual
being. If any Eastern listener Is
holding his ear to the ground to catch philosopher now In the prime of life
the thud of Chicago's collapse he . who can take the place of l'rof. Tyn
tulgbt as well g t on his legs and go ' dall the general public is not ac
about his business. There Isn't go- j quaintcd with him. Prof. Huxley is
ing to be much of a thud. Those ; now far advanced in life, and as there
amaiing bustlers are still at It, and j Is no one to really Oil the vacancy
though their tide may ebb a little ' caused bv the death of Tennyson so
for a time It Is bound to flow again In there does not appear to be any one
due season.
History is going to write a chap
ter In etymology. The edict to Ger
manize names In Strassburg In all
legal documents will be profoundly
irritating to me rrenen. aieunier ; S(.,elice and ))laC(; tne results of gclen.
will not willingly call himself Mueller j t,flc work wlthin tne ram,c of gener.
nor L'hommedleur Man ngot; and ! aI comprehension. For that he Is
although legal duress may make the 1 knowo and rcmed 0B two continents
change on par It will not be equally ; and wiU ,,e remembered among the
easy to make the paper run through Krcat and Kreally useful natura, phl.
the community. All that will sur-1 08opner8 of an tilue.
vlve of the folly in a few years for ,
France will yet buy back the alien-1 About once a month some writei
atcd provinces will be a short tran-jof so-called "literary" sydlcate let
scrip In a grammar or other text book j ters that Is a person who beats a
showing how the temporary altera- j drum for a lot of second-rate novel
atlon was attempted. Efforts of this ' lsts becomes hysterical and asks the
nature were more successful several j public to sympathize with Mr. This,
hundred years ago, when languages j Miss That or Mrs. Somebody Else in
were more plastic and despotic edicts the great toll and suffering endured
were easily enforced In domestic as
well as in public matters.
Ma kki age of the only daughter of
the Mackays to an Italian prince was
made occasion, when it occured ten
years ago, of much roseate comment
Id order to meet the charge that
Prince I erdinand Colonna was ad
venturing for money to retrieve
decayed fortune he too the bride
without a dowry, but there seemed
some consolation In the allowance of
1 1 7. i, 000 a year given by her mother
In addition to gifts worth as much
inore. Three children have been
born to the pair. The romance is
ended. Separation for the usual j
reasons is sought lu the trench
courts. The story Is only a little
more protracted than so many others
In suppression of Its details and a
little more sensational on account of J
the consplclousness money gives one
of the parties and hereditary but di
lapidated rank the other.
Ciik ado nerald: The Recorder of
New lork la doing good service for
the country Id publishing a dally
summary of trolley accidents and
catastrophes due to this dangerous
taeniae for transporting people on
I lu K' I' I U UJ CCICUbl lUWtt'. IIIC
th: feats of th trolley the other day
was to (utriu a fence and take to a
field, tarrying car and passeogers
along and leaving some with not
enough strength to trudge back to
the thoroughfare. Another was to
fly the track an i knock down a tele
graph pole Th ; trolley Is the dead
liest thing that every was devised for
The community that tolcr-
j ates it is in ad. Aldermen who con-
nl t0 ve charter to a trolley are
ellhpr lodilTereDt to life or
are corrupt"
Chicago Herald: The football
plaver U 00t Peasant to look upon.
,le has "ot lhe areeahle outward
8WMull" of tne tralnt! 1 ,,0)ter stripped
10 the waist hu Dether limt)8 lncad
In tights, his body gracefully poed
for attck or defe se. He suffers by
comparison with the baseball player,
whose tasteful (uuirorm seta oir his
athletic figure. Jle is at a disad-
vantage even in competition with
the humpbacked bicycle rider, who
u certainly not a thing of beauty.
Jij8 whole appearance is against him.
He looks like a bundle of old clothes
topped off with a window mop. His
countenance is scarred and abraded,
his expression sto.id and forbidding.
i His mm i uvers, too, are of the earth
earthy. He wallows In mud;
. . . . . .. . .
he
In
j lll I UUf UIIIUUU VTIl.ll 1113 IILVtS. i VJ
I leaps Into. the air only to fall, writh
i Ing a a twisting, upon other mem
' bcrs of his tribe, also writhing and
twisting, until the pled up mass
' looks like a knot, of gigantic angle
worms. et he is the idol of the
1 hour, envied of the young men, be
loved of the maidens, mightly ap
proved of the elders. His bushy head
is surrounded bv a nimbus; his walks
abroad are triumphal processions.
Wherefore? What charm hath he
to steal away the hearts of men and
stick them in the pocket of hi
sweater?
Is- the death of Prof. Tyndall, the
world has lost one of its most illus
trious scientists. He belonged to a
! I'cri?(1' "nd
is a )are part of
It Darwin, Tyndall and Huxley are
the three most eminent men of con
te porary science. He was not only
gifted lu power of research, but In
the expression of scientific thought in
' Its varied i hases. He succeeded
Great Britain, a position of very
great responsibility, suggestive of the
familiar Inou ry: "What shall he do
that cometli alter the Kinir?" He
proved worthy riot only to unloose
the buckles of Faraday's shoes, but to
wear them. If there is any natural
to (111 the vacancy caused by the
death of Tyndall. He was able to
blend scientific research with philo
sophical rellectlon.acomblnation most
rare. liy his felicity in literary ex
preiwlon he m II)ueh t0 popularize
in producing novel. We are told
that these people work tbemaelvcf
into brain fever and fairly sweat
blood in writing one or at the most two
very bad novels a year. This may be
true, and considering the trash that
Is turned out every year !t probably
(g Uue
No such degree of badnese
as is exhibited In the contemporary
novel could tie attained with less
than six months' steady exertion.
Hut sympathizing with these authors
because of overwork is quite another
matter. The average modern novel
is short running from 50,000 to 75,
000 words yet the modern novelist
considers that he Is doing wonders if
nc fll,,nCl, lt
ithin sii months.
The average reporter turns out that
quantity of "copy" in as many weeks;
so does the average editcrlal writer.
V et no one goes up and down the
world th,pmg a drum and calling
attention to the prodigies of labor
performed by the reporter and the
editorial writer. It may be said that
there Is no comparison between the
work of the novelist and that of the
reporter, and fortunately for news
paper readers this Is true. The re
porter has all the better of It Only
be Is not lucky or unlucky enough
to have a private drum corps.
DOMESTIC ECONOMY.
TOPICS OF INTEREST TO FARMER
AND HOUSEWIFE.
Kmll Plowing ! for Soma Kind, of Uad
Very Deairable Be Liberal with (hel'ovi
-The ' Lltlla Farm WrU Tilled" Low
Yield of luro.
fall riowlnc-
A great deal bad len written both
In fa. or of and in opposition to plow
ing la the fall. A large part of this
writing has been done by practical
farmers who have based their opin
ions upon the results of many tests
of the subject regarding which they
have expressed their views. The
writers were fully qualified to judge
ami their reports are certainly worthy
of consideration, At first glanie it
seems as if one of the parties mak
ing these conflicting reports must be
in the wrong, i ut when we take
into account the great variation
there is in the mechan cal tondition
of the soil in di erent localities, and
sometime in different fields of the
same farm, and remember that s in
ilar causes aJect these diver.-e soils
very differently, we can readily un
derstand that though the opinions
are directly oppo-ed to each other
both may be correct.
It is undoubtedly true that some
soils are Dot benefitted, either me
chanically or otherwise, by fall plow
ing. The writer once helped subdue
a field which had not been plowed
for a long period and which was well
filled with the roots of coarse grass.
The plowing was commenced lu the
tail but was not finished until spring.
The part plowed lu the fall, though
c.Hturally lik. the remainder of the
iield. proved much more diilicult to
cultivate t.ian that which was turned
over in the spring and at once fitted
for planting. With some soils the
result wnu.d have been exact'y oppo
site and the part plowed In the fall
would have been much easier to work
t an the other. Then there are soils
which are naturally, light and dry
the fertility of which is Impaired bv
plowing In the fall; and fields which
arc liable to wash, may be, and often
have I cen, seriously injured by work
ing at th s season.
On the other hand, there are soils,
such as stiff clay and heavy loams,
which are greatly benefitted by being
plowed id the fall. A freer circula
tion of the air is secured, the surplus
water is remo.ed much mere readily
than it can be from an unplowed
field, and much of the soil will be
finely pulverized by the frost All those
things will lie beneficial and there
will be the additional advantage of
having the land in condition to work
much ear.ier In the spring than It
co. ild be If it were not plowed In
the fall. Then, too, the work of
plowing can be more easily done in
the fail than It can be In the spring
when the warm weather, which often
comes suddenly. Is very exhausting
to the teams. resides, the
spring Is always a busy season and if
left until then the work Is likely to
be jierformed with less care than Ills
if done during the comparative leisure
of late autumn. Consequ. ntly. though
fall plowing is not to be indiscrim
inately adopted, and on some soils
should never be practiced, It is for
some kinds of land and under certain
conditions, very desirable John E.
Head, in Agricultural Kpstomist
rimutl Farnm.
"Vhen the farmers of the United
States fully under.-.tand that real
prosjierity attends the "little farm
well tilled" we shall see a larger num
ber of small farms. One of our most
successful truck farmers (now a re
tired money lender) had only thir
teen acres. He raised a large family
of children, giving to one son a"j,ooo
farm and to another a $2,500 farm,
and always had a good large bank
deposit and money out at Interest,
and all from the cultivation of only
thirteen acres of land. One year he
sold 1 , 1 00 worth of lettuce from one
acre of land. As all the labor on said
acre was performed by members of
the family there was nothing to
charge against the crop, except seed
and fetillzer, which left nearly all
the gross sales as the profits, .sup
pose such a man had attempted to
cultivate 130 acres instead of thirteen,
where would he bo now? surely not
lending money. His case illustrates
clearly the advantage of intensive
farming. In his case the nurnl er of
acres (thirteen) brought no bad luck
lt we can get four times the present
number of farmers at work on the
same number of acres as at present
are under cultivation, the prosperity
of the farmer will be assured. Of
course, we know there are sections of
the country where, from the nature
of things, the farms must tie larger
that at other places. Hut if the old
estates of the : outh were cut up Into
four, six, or even ten smaller farms,
and each subdivision occupied by a
good worker, we should speedily see
the ! ontliern "wilderness blossoming
like the rose." The trucking sec
tions of the outh, as well as those
further North, have reached the stage
to sliow most clenrly the truth of the
ttatemcnt that t he intensive farmer
will be found doing a successful busl-ie-8
at he old stand long after the
extensive neighbor has gone out" or
the work. Not more farmers, but
belter, are now needed. Virginia
(Cor. ) Country Gentleman.
He Liberal Willi I lie C'otv.
There is no foolishness worse than
that of I c ng stingy with cows., lt Is
an attempt to gel something out of
nothing, which no or has and never
can be done. ( ows that are fat will,
If they are good milkers, gradually
lose the r surplus fat, which will go
Into the nil IV pall. I ut aside from
this, e erv ounce of eith r fat or al
bumen tn the milk that a cow fur
nishes mm l rcv rh"uugh the food
she rits. C P. Goodrich in Hoard's
Dairyman relates the following inci
dent, showing how thort sighted
farmers may be: '-There was a man
on a farm near nay place; he had the
farm four or five years. He was paid
MOU a ve.ir to run the farm by the
owner. The owner asked me to talk
1 to him about taking goid care of the
cows, feeding, etc I talked to him
about feeding, watering, cleaning,
and tak ng care of them, and he did
first rate with the cows. Now this
man thought that because there was
so much money ma le keeping cows
that he would run in deiit for the
farm, so he bought it He had foiue
good cows, but do you suppose he
kept on feeding the way he had been.'
.No, indeed. 1 asked him what he
got from those cows, and he tells me
that fS4 was all be got ter cow, and
he says, 'I wish I was Dot so poor, so
I could feed.' I tell him he will al
ways be KHir If he doesn't feed. I
teli him to run in debt and get some
feed, or else kill bis cows and be
done with it"
IUw Yield of Corn.
It is surprising how low the aver
age yields of corn are, taking the
country as a whole. Twenty-two to
Z4 bushels per acre Is the yield re
ported for 1 -!)L', and yet with good
culture and manuring yields of more
that loo bushels of shelled grain have
been attained. No crop has its yield
iucieaed more certainly than corn
by manuring and thorough culture.
The soil cannot I e made too rich for
corn, as it easily may for any of the
smaller grains. The average yield of
this crop is, therefore, a fair test of
the Increas3 or decrease of soil fer
til.ty. It is doubtless growing hard
er to secure large aim crops than it
used to lie. The longer land is cul
tivated with poor management the
less vegetable matter it contains.
So long as soil is full of its original
supply of decaying roots good corn
crops are growa Now the old con
ditions must be supulied by manure
and the plowing under of clover.
How to Repair Fencepofltit.
An exchange tells of a careful
farmer who, when his grape trellis
josts rotted off, dug down Into the
earth where the post was still solid,
and then cut the post half In two a
foot or fifteen Inches below the
ground and then fastened to this half
an upright post of the height de
sired, if the post below was mostly
rotted off, he used to reverse the post,
putting the top side In the ground
and then mortise to It above the sur
face. In this way he made each
post do double duty. The rotting
off of posts is almost always just at
the surface, and by putting bolts
through each half and thus fastening
them together the end will last as
long as did the original posts at the
surface.
Making More Iaa Meat.
The Irishman's notion that he
could make a streak of fat and a
streak of lean in his. pig by stuiTing
one day and starving the next seems
to prevail yet among certain farmers.
They starve their pigs through the
early part of their life after weaning,
and then on a poor frame at the ajze
of a year or 18 months they pile on
all the fat they can by feeding corn.
Pork so made must cost more than
it can be sold for. Thrifty growth
from the beginning, with milk and
wheat middlings as the main feed,
will keep pigs always fit to kill, and
yet always having a due proportion
of lean meat. It is the kind of feed
that Is responsible for the character
of the flesh it produces.
LI ve Htork Notes.
The careful farmer provides shelter
cf some kind for all of bis stock.
Ik a young sow is bred, she should
have a good rest before she is bred
again.
Many a farm can be run to a bet
ter advantage without a dog than
without a pig.
Imhiopkr feeding is the cause in
nine cases out of ten of sickness
v uong the horses.
liiiKEuiNG too young is rather apt
to check development than to stamp
it on the offspring.
Gkound oats and rye, with a little
commcal added, makes a good ration
for the young brood mares. .
Tun surface of the body constant
ly gives oil heat and the colder the
air the more heat given off.
Bran, when Its manorial value is
considered, is one of the cheape-t
feeds that can be fed to animals.
Thkke is considerable difference in
the appearance of a lean, thrifty pig
and a lean, poverty stricken one.
Nati ke's way with all young ani
mals is to push growth to make bone
and frame at the expense of flesh.
Evkhy successful stock feeder
knov4rhow necessary it Is for an ani
mal fattening to be regular at its
feed.
The shorter we can make the corn
feeding time In the fall, the les of
hard labor for the men and teams on
the farm.
Ik you want the good of the calf,
above all else you will let it have its
mother's milk: from nothing else will
it thrive so well.
In order U make good beef and
make it early, the steady feeding of
the most suitable loods from the
very first Is very necessary.
D.i Noy allow dug wallows to be
made around the watering tanks, as
troughs; in addition to the fllthincss,
there is danger of Injury from falling
later on.
The watering of the horses, and,
in fact, of all kinds of stock, is of
more importance than is usually at
tached to it and care should be taken
to have the arrangements as clean
and comfortable as possible.
A pi'i.Ks were worth from one shlll
Ing to two shillings earb in the reiga
if He.ry ML
WAR AS A RELIEF.
mil Kuropa Marlit Karape from (he Burden
of fet-aDdlng Aroilen.
Europe's annual outlay for w:ir
li'e purposes has been continually
growing for more than twenty years,
and is now much greater than former
generations supposed the peo le
c.uld endure, t-ays the Youth's Com
panion. Many persons have expect
ed that the armament must eventual
ly bankrupt Rome of the govern
ments. Or, at all events, it has been
feared that some government, seeing
bankruptcy sure to come if armed
peace continued, would desperately
bring on war.
The reasoning in such a case would
His supposed, be this: National ruin
will come If we cannot pay our way
because, in that case, we should have
to reduce our forces, and 60 lie at the
mercy of neikhbors not yet bankrupt;
nothing worse than national ruin cau
come of war; we might beat our op
ponents, and force them to pay us
some great amount of money; finally,
the war would prooaMy become gen
eral, and be so destructive that ths
nations would afterward consent to a
general disarming, and tiius relieve
us of the military burden.
But a distinguished English states
man, well versed in such matters,
declares that it is a popular error to
suppose that the European govern
ments are becoming less able to pay
for their forces. He says Italy is the
only great power In such danger, and
that France, Germany, Austria-Hungary
and Russia are all more capable
than formerly of meeting the military
expense.
No doubt the English statesman is
correct so long as be confines his at
tention to the condition of national
treasuries. But this does not show
that the.military expenses are not
ruinous. It proves nothing except
that the dnance ministers have suc
ceeded in increasing taxes faster than
the war ministers have increased
army expenses.
The effect of the armaments is not
shown in depleted public treasuries so
much as ia masses near starvation.
A treasury may be very full, and a
people very empty. Such a condition
was often seen in France under the
monarchy, and often in Oriental
countries. But that an empty peo
ple can long continue to till a treas
ury Is disproved by the evidence of
all history.
It is notorious that the masses in
Italy were never poorer than now.
Travellers through the country are
shocked by the desperate poverty of a
people taxed almost beyond endur
ance. Over great districts of Rus
sia the situation of the multitude is
frightful In France and Germany.
Socialism, the political creed of those
who find life scarcely worth living,
advances apace.
Europe, including comparatively
wealthy England, has seldom seen
strikes so great and poverty so dis
tressing as of late. The diseases
that spread from lack of nutrition
and comfort stalk over the continent
These things explain the prosperous
treasuries of the present On almost
every article of human consumption
taxes have been laid for military pur
poses and milit iry debts.
While the wealth of every country
has been increased by modern inven
tions, the musses of Europe have not
been permitted to enjoy their due
share of the gain. It has been taken
from them by the skilful devisers of
taxation, and spent in ships, guns,
uniforms, powder, torpedoes, autumn
man i uvres and brilliant military dis
plays. I nder this strain a re-kindling of
national animosities is apparent It
was hoped by the last generation that
race hatreds would gradually die
out
But nothing is more striking In
these days than that the continental
peoples are quick to resent every
movement of a neighbor that can pos
sibly be construed as defiance. Noth
ing but eagerness for war could re
sult from the feeling of each nation
that it is taxed to wretchedness in
being compelled to go armed to the
teeth because its neighbors do so.
This general exasperation Is what
Is likely to bring on war soon, and
not the lack of treasury funds.
Tale of the Strip.
"We were all waiting to hear that
starting gun go off, and, thoutrh
there was a lot of cussln' goln' on, it
was done under the breath, and
things were quiet like and hushed,"
said a returned Cherokee boomer to a
Kansas City Times reporter. "1 was
standing on the platform and wond
ering how it would all end, when 1
saw a man shake his partner's hand
and start to run into the open spice.
Somebody yelled, and a soldier, toho
was standing near me looked up and
saw the 'sooner' running. He called
on him to halt, but the sooner' was
in a hurry and didn't stop. Then 1
saw the soldier pull up his gun and
take aim. Just as the 'sooner's'
partner rushed up to the bluecoat
and shouted: "Don't you fire at him;
he Is my brother, and if you hurt him
I'll All you full of lead.- The soldier
never as much as winked, but lust
pulled the trigger of his gun. I saw
the flash, and 1 knew the 'sooner'
was hit because he tumbled on his
face. The smoke had hardly cleared
away when there came another crack
of a rifle, and the soldier dropped,
with blood pouring out of his head.
The Sooner's' brother had kept his
word. The train started then, and I
don't know whether they caught the
murderer or not"
Which Had the Beat of It.
There is a man in Boston (says the
i Budget) who is far beyond the finan
cial condition denominated "well-to-do,"
but he has a great fondness for
an old soft bat, and at bis summer
resort insist on wearing one. A
certain young lady undertook the lib
erty of taking exception to his head
, gear, and asked btm why he wore It
Mr. A looked at her reproaui-
fuRv. -'I dress well as lean afford
to." he answered. The lady did not
iiov7 h!s real financial status aod
was consc ence-stricken. But in a
week or so she found it out and de
termined to be avenged. Her oppor
tunity came after their ietu:n to
town. Mr. A w is t b- her es
cort to some tunctiob, and when she
came trailing down the stairway in a
most fetching evening-gown, be made
some remark that gave her the long -e'esired
opening. There was a touch
of triumph, minified with reproach, in
her tone, as she answered: "I dress
us well as I can afford to " But the
triumph was of short duration, for
Mr. A only answered aoftly:
"Ves, you bet you da"
Neglect of Infants.
A matter that is of great import
ance in the successful rearing ol
children is, to know how to conserve
the vitality In a feeble child. The
same management that would be
suited to a robust ittle fellow would
be altogether too heroic for one with
leeble vital powers. The one child
would require more warmth, greater
regularity in the matter of feeding,
stricter attention to the quality of
the food, and, in fact, extra care in
every way. These feeble children
w.ll not stand a great deal of bath
ing; but frequent band-rubbings,
gently administered, do them a vast
amount of good. They should be care
fully protected from all excite nent,
and from all disturbing influences
allowed to vegetate, in fact with as
slight disturbances to their de.icate
anatomies as posdble. In this re
spect there is such a thing as whole
some neglect; many babies are over
handled and over-nursed, and envel
oped in such an atmosphere of anx
iety that their thriving, when, by
chance, they do, is a miracle, .lust
as you shouldn't pull a young plant
up by the roots to ee If it is grow
ing, you shouldn't snatch a baby
from its pillow, and begin to fondle
and caress it the moment lt opens
its eyes. They ought also to be
taken much into the open air and
sunshine as they grow older they
need rather active exercise, not too
much exposure to cold or heat, and
very little confinement in the school
room or elsewhere. It is by extreme
care in all these so-called little
th ngs, that the delicate child often
times matures into a fairly strong
man or woman, and lives to a good
old age. Demorest's Family Maga
zine. I Coal That Kxplodes.
I An unknown and pow rful explo
1 sive appears to be concealed within
coal from a newly-opened mine near
Cotnox, British Columbia. Some
weeks ago an explosion occurred
, aboard the steamship Barracouta
'; loaded with Ooruox coal. The mis
hap was attributed either to gas or
dynamite.
i W hen the vessel d ischarged her cargo
every bu. ketful of coal was carefully
inspected with the result of ascer
taining that none of the coal had
been heated, thus disposing of the
gas tlieory, and that none of the coal
was shattered. This effectually com
bated the dynamite theory. How
ever, the presence of sulphur was dis
covered. Last week an explosion occurred
aboard the steamship San Mateo,
which loaded at the same mine,
under exactly the same mysterious
circumstances, with an equal amount
of damage as the Barracouta's mis
hap. Tne coal bad been In the hold
less than forty-eight hours. Experts
have been engaged to make examina
tions of the coal, with a view of con
necting the sulphur with the cause
of explosion.
I This much is known: A secret,
: potent force exists in this coal not
ki own to other coals ot commerce.
The problem to be solved is the dis
covery of the explosive agent, and
the chemical process by which its de
structive power is exerted. Mining
Press.
Quibbles of the Law.
.A man was indited for burglary, so
the story goes, and the evidence
clearly proved that he had cut a hole
throueh a tent In which several per
sons were sleeping, and then insert
ing his head and arm through the
hole, had abstracted several articles
of considerable value.
It was argued by the prisoner's
counsel that inasmuch as the man
had not actually entered the tent
with his entire body, he had not com
mitted the offence charged, and
therefore must be discharged.
The judge, in his charge to the
jury, toid them that in case they
were not satisfied that the whole
man was involved in the crime, they
might bring in a verdict of guilty
against as much of him as was thus
involved. The jury, after a short
period of consideration, found the
riL'ht arm, the right shoulder and
the bead of the prisoner guilty of
burglary.
Thereupon the judge sentenced the
right arm, the right i-houlder and
the head of the prisoner to imprison
ment at hard labor in the state
prison for two years, remarking, with
a half-glance at the discomfited coun
sel, that as to the rest of bis body he
might do with it whatever be
pleased.
! Helping the Rarber.
! "Some men think that if they
draw down the upper Up it helps us
In shaving the lip, but itdossn't,"
said a down-town tonsorlal artist the
: other day. "On the contrary, it
really makes matters worse, as It It
then almost impossible to get at the
corners of the mouth properly- I al
ways hate to say anything about It,
for some people are easily offended,
' you know, and then they are doing
, their best, as they think, to help us
; along." Philadelphia CalL
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everything, not excepting iron. ,
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