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THE OOOD TIME COMINQ.
bea't you know that thla heah country
win be coming ter ae cratch
Wen de peach Is on de peachtree en
de melon In de oaten?
Dat de barn'll bulge wld plenty, en you
gwine ter lit ae latch
Wen de peach la on de peach tree en
de melon In de patch?
Happy on de wayl
Gwlne ter see de sunrla '
At de breakln' er de day!
won i you know dey aln t a country
dat kin be dig country's match
Wen de peach Is on de peachtree en
oe melon In de patch?
Oh, 'tin den I gits ter glory, en de angel
lir de latch
sW'en Ue peach Is on de peachtree en
de melon In de patch!
Happy on de way!
Gwlne ter see de sunrise
At de breakln' er de day!
WARRINGTON, V. C.
1.-ON THE FIELD,
'A pitch-black night In a rocky ralley
Of Afghanistan; a few stars In the
heavy, black, moonless sky only In
tensifying the almost palpable dark
Dtm. A mile or two southward, where
the rocky valley swelled Into rocky
heights, little flashes of light recur
ring at Intervals, followed by sharp lit
tle cracks, showed where the late skir
mish and retreat waa fighting Itself
out around the camp.
Where one of the Innumerable bra
ken ridges that seamed the valley made
a darker wall across the darkness, two
figures were dimly discernible (when
you knew where to look for them), the
Otse seml-recumbent propped against
a bowlder, the other tall and straight
"Clear out, Warrington please go,
sir, the voice came faintly from the
recumbent figure. "You can get back
to camp and send 'em for me."
"Not Ukely, young 'un," observed the
other. "What says the great R. K. :
When you're wounded and left on Af
And the women come out to cut up
"Don't!" said the wounded roan, and
almost succeeded In stopping a groan
between his clenched teeth.
"Poor old Vlcary," said Warrington,
bending over him. "Let me undo
your belt. , . . Now grab yourself
With both hands."
"Fellows In books." said the weak
Voice drowsily, "never get hit In the
tummy. . . . Always head In a
bandage or arm In sling. . .
Those Johnnie that write books
ought to come out with us."
There was silence for a time; the
far-off flashes grew more rare. The
wounded man shifted himself a little
And spoke again.
"You're a brick, Warrlngtont" he
"Bllghtly different from Piccadilly
and the Strand this eh, Vic?"
"I wish the mater could see us now,
said Vlcary; "she's going to bye-bye
Just about now, She'd stick you pret
ty high up In her prayers if she knew."
"The next time you start talking
nonsense," said Warrington, "I shall
consider you delirious and past hope;
and I shall turn tail and make tracks
A long silence.
"It's getting beastly cold," said Vl
cary, with a shiver; "I shall never pull
"Cheer up, lad," said Warrington,
and pulled at bis mustache and glared
at the darkness; "only a few hours
till daybreak. . , . Pity you're six
foot four in your boots and solid In
proportion. I'm not equal to two miles
with you on my back, my dainty mid
Set." "Can't see how you got me this far.
, . . Why don't you sheer off now
and get bick and O, God! No! War
tngton. . . You're not going?"
"Another word like that, my son,
and I leave you for Mr. and Mrs. Pa
than and all the little Pathons to play
"All right all right, I wont. . . .
Let me hold your boot I can hardly
see you. Oh, Warry, what a funk I
am; all the bit of pluck I hod's run
out of the leak in my tunlo and I
am beastly cold."
Warrington knelt beside him and
cursed beneath his breath, and felt his
head and hands. The former was very
cold and damp, the latter were very
wet and warm.
"I must let them know they're want
ad, Vic!" he muttered.
The latter did not hear him.
"It'll be In tomorrow's dispatches,"
he muttered: " 'Missing; Lieutenant
Beverley Warrington and Second Lieu
tenant Vlcary of the What's up,
His companion had touched his fore
head lightly with his lips, risen to his
feet, and, with his arm raised above
his head, had emptied his revolver Into
the silence of the night.
"They'll know there's a British offi
cer where that revolver is," he said,
"But but, you fool you dear old
silly fool-so will those brown devils!"
"Can't help that!" said Warrington,
with a little laugh, "It s too cnuiy to
top oat late tonight." Then in a
lower tone, "For the sake of auld tang
syne, Vic, my boy."
He reloaded hie revolver. When the
echoes had rattled away Into deeper
silence they heard the distant shots
suddenly recommence, and distant
bouts and bowls came to them like
Whispers. From the Invisible hills fac
ing them came din and confused scuf
fling and scraping sounds as of cats
scrambling down rocks. A moving
White blur appeared somewhere in the
thtek darkness, then another, then an
other; and a suggestion of low-toned
guttural conversation, reached War.
rlngton's straining ears. He shifted
his revolver to his left hand and gently
drew his sword. Then from over there
where he knew the camp lay six re
volver shots came in quick succession.
"That's Welby!" he said to himself,
Vlcary's hand had been grasping the
heel of his foot tightly. Now he felt
the grip relax and In a moment more
the wounded subaltern slipped a little
with a slight tinkle of steel on rock
In another moment a dozen howling
hlllmen were blazing away at random
toward the spot whence the groan
seemed to have come. They aimed
low and erratically, and Warrington
held his Are for a few Interminable
Then they closed In, and one stum
bled over Vlcary's outstretched legs
before they could realize that two Brit
ish officers were within a yard of
them. Warrington felt the man grab
him as he fell, and fired with the bar
rel of his revolver touching bare skin.
After that he fired and slashed very
much at random, and the darkness
around him shrieked and howled and
spat Are, and long, graceful knives
suggested themselves to the imagin
ation of the man who had seen them at
work before. . , . For then long
minutes Warrington waa busy won.
derlng all the time what Vlcary was
doing down there between his legs, and
how he liked It, and which of them
would die first.
Then suddenly In a lull he heard
faintly a sound that sent the blood to
his head with a rush the scraping of
of many boots over rock hundreds of
yards away, and the dim echo of a
word of command. He shouted and
fired his last cartridge above his head
that they might see the flash, and flung
the empty weapon at a white eyeball
that was too near to be pleasant, and
cut and pointed and slashed away with
renewed vigor. Down the valley and
over the rocks came a hoarse, breath
less cheer, and pith helmets gleamed
faintly In the near distance. He an.
swered the cheer with a croak, and
went on carving and hacking as though
his foes still confronted him. But they
did not wait to meet his friends. They
left All but five, to whom even Brit
Ish troops were a matter of indifference
new, as they stayed behind, huddled
Into the grim seml-clrcle around Lieu
tenant Warrington and Second Lieu
tenant Icary. when his men came
up to him they found him with Vlcary
In his arms leaning against the wall
of rock, "looking," as Private BIU1
more said, "as though 'e'd 'ad a nasty
messy haccident with red paint"
Vlcary opened his eyes as he entered
the camp feet foremost.
"Warrington, V. C," be said, and
tried to cheer. But the others did it
for him. ' -
II AT HOME.
An afternoon In early November, a
cosy room, bright Are, big armchairs,
piano, pipes, photographs and decan
ters; a male figure extended to enor
mous length In one armchair, with
feet stretched out on the hearthrug;
another male figure with back toward
the room, gazing out of window at the
unceasing rain. Thick clouds of to
bacco smoke and silence.
"Of all the brutal, filthy, miserable
depressing days!" said the man at the
"Weather seems to worry you, old
man," said the man by the fire, settling
down a little deeper Into the depths
of his armchair. "Third time In twen
ty minutes you've got up to look at It
and talk about It"
"Sorry, VIc," said the other, and
turning, he came slowly toward . the
Are. "I must be lively company to
day; but this weather seems to upset
"Not me," said Vlcary, blowing a
cloud. "I'm pretty comfy, thanks. I
prefer rain in St. James to straight
The other did not answer, but stood
nervously opening and shutting his
hands over the cheerful blaze.
"Ry George!" said Vlcary, medita
tively. "It almost seems like a dream
now all but the souvenirs we carry
Warrington's hand went up to the
livid band that ran across forehead,
nose and cheek, and almost bisected
his strong face.
"One comfort" Vlcary went on,
"mine don't show. Not but what that
has Its drawbacks," he added, with a
chuckle, "no one seems to believe they
touched me think I got my sick leave
on the bounce. And I can't continual
ly strip to prove It."
Still his senior was silent Vlcary
edged round a little to look at his face.
Then his eyes opened and his voice
"Warrington," he said, "d'you re
member that very Arst dust up we had
the second day out at Kir Wallah?"
"That was my Arst taste of the walk-up-and-down-as-a-target
Vlcary, solemnly; "and I was in a blue
funk. Couldn't help It, Knees all flab
by and face all twitchy when those bul
lets began whispering and pattering."
Warrington laughed nervously.
"I gave you the right sort of a dress
ing down," he said.
"It pulled me through," said Vlca
ry; then, leanlg forward, and still
more solemnly, "I say, what did X look
like all drawn up and ghastly?"
"A bit," admitted Warrington.
"Look in the glass now," said Vlca
ry. In an awestruck voice, for Warring,
ton was senior officer and brother and
AJax and Wellington and Lord Rob
erto all rolled Into one. In the subal
Warrington started, and looked not
at the glass, but at Vlcary.
You're right, young 'un," he said In
a moment, and dropped Into th other
armchair. 'I'm In an awful funk at
thla Ttry moment"
"Oh!" breathed Vlcary, and allowed
the amazing fact to sink Into his con-
"Fact" said Warrington, and drag
ged at his moustache and gnawed the
"In heaven's name," said Ensign Vl
cary, "what are you frightened of?"
"Of one little girl I could pick up and
carry under one arm," said Lieutenant
Warrington, V. C.
Vlcary drew a long breath.
"You gave me quite a turn," he said,
"It's serious, boy," said the other
man, bending his long, gaunt body for
ward, his grey eyes all alight "I
haven't the pluck to face her."
"Name?" said Vlcary, judicially.
'Rivers," said Warrington, with rev
erence, "Catherine Rivers.'
'Petty Kitty Rivers?" cried Vlcary,
"Old man, I congratulate you.
'Don't be a fool!" said Warrington,
angrily, and walked to the window.
"On your good taste, of course," said
Vlcary, with a grin. "Is it a bad
"I shall ask her to be my wife," said
Warrington, with a rush, "as soon as I
dare call which I haven't done since
we've been back more than a week.1
Vlcary whistled, rose, and started
over to the piano.
Well, I should advise you to go and
have It out with her," he said, twisting
himself round on the music stool.
"Come back, when it's ever, and spar.
kle up a bit"
"Shut up!" growled his senior.
Vlcary shrugged his shoulders and
struck a few aimless notes. This sort
of timidity was strange to him. In
matters relating to the opposite sex his
senior was a child compared with that
good-looking boy at the piano.
Suddenly Vlcary grinned, struck a
chord, and broke Into a muslchall song,
accentuating the twang of the Cockney
O-ownly one gurl In the world fer me
O-ownly one gurl 's my sympathee;
She m'yn't be valry pritty "
"Shakespeare" between the shoul
der blades cut his effort short He
twisted round, chuckling and rubbing
Steady on, old chap! What's up?"
I came here today for your help,"
said Warrington, and stopped short.
"Warry!" said Vlcary, nervously.
He had never seen him like this before.
"Vic, I'm going to see her to say
It! I've been longing for months and
now I simply daren't call."
"Bulldog heavy father comic pa
pers, murmurea vicary, quite uncom
If you're going to be a driveling
young idiot," he said, Icily.
No no! Drive ahead," said Vicary,
It's just her I'm frightened of," said
Warrington. "I'd rather go through a
week of Chukundra than speak; but
I'd go through a life time of them with
her at the far end."
"But Warrington," said Vlcary, puz
zled, "she's not such a Tartar."
She's the best girl in the world,'
said Warrington, V. C; "and the only
thing In It I'm afraid to face."
"Why, what would she do?" said VI
Do?" sold Warrington, with both
hands at his moustache. "Do? Why,
she'll drop her eyelashes, or she'll curl
the corners of her mouth, or she'll
rliuice at me over her shoulder, with
her chin up, and then and then"
And then?" said Vlcary, twinkling.
Then I shall sweat like a coolie, and
stand gaping like a stuck pig," said
Warrington, savagely; "and my knees
will go flabby and my face twitchy, as
you elegantly put It Good-by."
I'm going there now; I mean to go
"Yes," said Vlcary; "and directly
you're outside you'll stand still for a
auarter of an hour and then cut off
home and spend the evening practicing
profanity In solitude
Warrington stood In front of his
Junior and dared not contradict.
Unless" said Vicary, and stopped
Unless," said Warrington, with pain
Unless," said Vlcary .coolly, knocking
his pipe out In the gTate, "unless I
come with you."
"Thanks," he said shortly, and
watched Vlcary putting on hat and coat
and pulled his mustache violently.
As they left the room he slipped his
hand through Vlcary's arm.
This la my Kir Wallah," he said,
Vlcary laughed roundly at him. '
There's a whacking big balance on
the Chukundra side," he Bald.
Needn't say goodby to the mater,"
he went on, as they descended the
stairs, "you'll come back to dine."
To be cheered up," said Warrington,
Vlcary did not deign to reply to such
an absurd remark. He hailed a hansom.
"Hadn't we better cr walk?" said
"You Jump in," said Vlcary; "don't
be frightened. I'm coining to hold
He gave the address and they bowled
away through the grey wetness. War
rington was trying to see the whole of
his person at once in a slx-tnch strip
"Now, I ask of you, VIc," he said
plaintively, "Is It likely she'd have an
object like me?"
"Fishing!" said the subaltern. "You're
not an Adonis, but a V. C. covers a mul
titude of sins."
"PoohJ What does a girl care about
that?" said Warrington; and Vlcary
laughed aloud at him. To himself he
said; "The girl who gets you will get
' "Why, we're there," said Warrington,
flushing and fidgeting; "how thai
horse has been going!"
"Three doors down the square," said
Vicary to the cabman through the
"Tell him to drive once round Arst,
said Warrington, pulling a glove o
and then beginning to put it on. "I'v
got something to say to you "
"It'll keep," said Vlcary. "Out you
, "No I say half a minute. Vicary
Is my tie straight? I ought to have
changed my collar. Hang It all right,
I'm coming. Wait for us, cabby we
shan't be Ave minutes. Vicary, don't
ring. I I don't think I'll call today,
after all It's a bit late, don't you
think? You have rung? Dash It! I
I let me ask?" The door was opened.
"Is Mr. Rivers In? No? Oh, thank
you. It don t matter I'll call again
Vlcary caught him as he turned and
held htm fast.
"Is Miss Rivers In?" he asked.
"Tesslr," said the man, who knew
"Say Lieutenant Beverley Warring
ton wishes to see her for a few mo
ments on most Important come here,
you old idiot on most imrortant business."
Inside the house Warrington mopped
his face and rehearsed speeches In a
low monotone until the man reappeared.
"Will you walk upstairs, sir, please?"
"Walk up," said Vlcary, sternly, and
marched him out of the room. "Right
half face! Quick march! Go on, you
conquering hero, and good luck attend
Warrington did not answer, but he
breathed stertorously and Angered tbs
'Up you go!" said Vlcary. "There's
no retreat. She's waiting for you."
1 I wish you could come, too," said
Warrington, In a loud, hoarse whis
Vicary grinned, shaking with Inter
nal laughter. Warrington glared at
him, groaned, and went slowly up
stairs, where the man stood patiently
waiting to announce him.
Vlcary heard him say breathlessly.
"Wait a minute!" but the man pre
ferred not to hear htm, and opened the
door with a most portentlous "Lieuten
ant Beverley Warrington."
Vicary waited in the library. He
smoked one cigarette and another, and
another. He tried to read, but he gave
It up. He tried to laugh at the scene
In which he had Just taken part, but
he gave that up, too. After all, he waa
In no laughing mood where Waning
ton's happiness was concerned. J
Aft at last, when the hands of the
clock showed three-quarters of an hour
gone, Warrington's voice from upstairs
called hoarsely, "Vlcary!"
He paused a moment, breathless.
Then another voice, far clearer and
sweeter, but with Just a faint tremor
In If. repeated. "Vlcary!"
And then he flew upstairs as fast as
his wound would allow him. Harms
WORKS POR HIS SLAVE.
Apples as Medicine.
Chemically, the apple is composed of
vegetable fiber, albumen, sugar, gum,
chlorophyll, malic acid, gallic acid,
lime and much water. Furthermore,
the apple contains a larger percentage
of phosphorus than any other fruit
or vegetable. This phosphorus Is ad
mirably adapted for renewing the es
sential nervous matter, lethlcln, of the
brain and spinal cord. It Is perhaps
for the same reason, rudely under
stood, that old Scandinavian traditions
represent the apple as the food of the
gods, who, when they felt themselves
to be growing feeble and infirm, resort
ed to this fruit for renewing their
powers of mind and body. Also the
acids of the apple are of great use for
men of sedentary habits, whose livers
are sluggish In action, these acids serv
ing to eliminate from the body nox
ious matters, which If retained would
make the brain heavy and dull, or
bring about Jaundice or skin eruptions
and other allied troubles. Some such
experience must have led to our cus
tom of taking apple sauce with roast
pork, rich goose, and like dishes. The
malic acid of ripe apples, either raw or
cooked, will neutralize any excess of
chalky matter engendered by eating
too much meat It Is also a fact that
such fresh fruits as the apple, the pear
and the plum, when taken ripe, and
without sugar, diminish acidity in the
stomach, rather than to provoke It.
Their vegetable salts and Juices art
converted Into alkaline carbonates,
which tend to counteract acidity. A
ripe, raw apple Is one of the easiest
vegetables substances for the stomach
te deal with, the whole process of tht J
digestion being completed In eighty,
five minutes. Gerard found that tht
pulpe of roasted apples mixed In a
wine quart of falre water, and labored
together until It comes to be as applet
and ale which we call lambswool
never fatleth In certain diseases of tht
rallies, which myself hath often prov
ed, and gained thereby both crownei !
and credit," "The paring of an apple, I
cut . somewhat thick, and the Insidt
whereof Is laid to hot, burning, or run-
nlng eyes at night, when the part)
Chicago, 111. (Special.) Te save tht
life of a former slave, with whom la
boyhood he played on Ms father's plan.
tation, William E. Belt of 18S2 North
Albany avenue has gone to Frederick,
Md. John Alfred Brown, colored, who
Is the youngest son of Mr. Belt's old
"black mammy," Is there under sen
tence of death for a murder, of which
he avows his entire Innocence. The
story of the flght being made for mas
ter by man Is of particular interest, as
an Instance of the regard still main
tained in many cases by former slave
holders for their one-time chattels.
William E. Belt's father owner a
large plantation and kept many slaves
at Dlckerson Station, in Montgomery
county, Maryland. On this plantation
William Belt and his brothers were
bom and brought up.
Following the custom that always
prevailed in the slave states, the care
of the growing youngsters was Intrust
ed to a slave woman, with a family of
her own. This "mammy" en the Belt
plantation, was Aunt Eliza, whose son
Is now In danger.
As each of the owner's children grew
big enough to toddle around he was
given a pickaninny as his especial pro
perty and playmate. It was the duty of
this little slave to look out for his little
master, fend for him and serve him as
he grew up. To William Belt waa
given John Alfred, the youngest son of
Together the two youngsters ran-
sacked the plantation. They fished in
the little stream that runs through the
grounds, ran away to circuses together
and weathered storms In comradeship.
The war and the freeing of the slaves
Interrupted this companionship, when
each was about 9 years old.
After the war the Belt plantation was
leased and the family scattered, but
William Belt kept track of his termer
playmate, who had adopted the name
of Brown. - A short time ago, while on a
visit east, he made a trip to Mont,
gomery county to see him, and found
him In jail, charged with murder. The
crime was the killing of an old couple
named Rosenateln, storekeepers, for
their money. A negro named Taylor
had confessed and said that Brown had
killed one of them and he the other.
Ihis Brown denied.
Mr. Belt called on the Judge, and he
says was refused permission to see his
old playmate, being told that there was
no doubt he was guilty. Brown had not
then been tried. He waa later conviot
ed. After the trial Taylor, who had ex
pected to be let off for turning state's
evidence, made another statement in
which he said his confession was wrong
o far as it implicated Brown, and that
the latter was Innocent.
This statement Mr. Belt will lay be
fore the governor of Maryland, In the
hope of gaining a respite during whloh
Brown can procure evidence) Is prove
n alibi. He has yet had no opportun
ity of making up his oase. Brown Is
aid to have borne a good reputation,
and had saved his money and bought
him a home. This he mortgaged to pay
the lawyers who defended him.
Letters from the other members of
the Belt family have been sent to thef
Maryland authorities, and strong hope
Is entertained of saving Brown's life.
NOTES OF THE DAY.
Has a Solar Furnaoe.
Chicago, III. (Special.) One of the,,
argest glass reflectors In the world la
loused in a little wooden shack on the
prairie near Kedzle avenue and Fulton,
itreet. Its area Is 84 square feet and
llameter 124 Inches. The mirror or re
flector Is the invention of Knute C. WU
Seen, a young Swedish olvll engineer.
He claims to have generated a greater
legree of heat already than ever before
bos been produced, and his apparatus Is
still in a crude condition.
A reporter who visited the workshop
with Mr. Wideen saw strips of anti
mony and other metals shrivel like dry
grass in a flame and disappeared in
gaes when held beneath a lens In the
focus of the big reflector. The Idea is
an old one. but the value of the ln-
' ventlon lies In the cheapness of the ap-
paratua Wideen claims to be able to
manufacture such reflectors for the
market at $500 each, and with a group
of them he says It will be possible to
concentrate such a degree of heat on
any desired point as will revolutionize
all Ideas of welding and the use of heat
for generating energy.
The process by which the huge glass
plate is curved to form a reflector is
sold to be extremely simple, but the
secret is closely guarded. The glass Is
mounted on a huge casting, and behlng
It is a cavity several inches deep. It is
here that the apparatus for curving the
gloss Is contained.
At present the morror Is hung by
chains and blocks from a cross beam In
the roof of the shed, and by means of
braces can be placed at any required
angle. When In use the front and top
of the shed are thrown open and the
mirror Is placed In position to oatch
the sun's rays. A broad path of brill.
Innt white light shoots from It to a
focus in which the weeds and grass
shrivel. In this focus a reducing Ions
Is placed and the point of the second
focus Is the solar furnace. The Inven
tor Is handicapped at present by lack of
a large reducing lens. He has been
goes to bed, and Is tired or bound tt able to secure one only eight Inches In
mc n4iiic, uuiu nciy itiv vi vu wic
speedily, and contrary to expectatlon-
an excellent secret.
"Why, darling," exclaimed the pret
ty bride of three weeks as she rushe
to embrace her husband, "how good N
waa of yon to skip baseball once anl
diameter and has sent to Germany for
one of larger size. With this he ex.
pects to secure a heat of 10,000 degrees
over an area a foot square. Mr. Wi
deen Is confident he has more than
doubled the advantages of the else trio
A man from Wisconsin, aowtsig of
attempting to poison a resident of Coio-
tbe bravest, cleanest, best man that I come heme early! Tou're
wears the queen's uniform; and the 1 tweet ' And ho accepted It all wlthool rsdo Springs, has been acquitted on tho
girt that w. refuse yon dcotn't . a TrtT " iXVlhaTh
' game. iww irree itiss, I hih .iih.,4. w
About half an average crop of apples
and plums la expected In Iowa thla
The lifeboats around the Brltlah coast
during' the last year rescued 680 people.
Projectiles for modern big and raptsV
flre runs require about half their
weight in powder to fire them.
Thirty years ago there were only two
dosen explosive compounds known; now
there are over 1,000.
Of tho world's annual yield of petro
leum, amounting to 5,000,000,000 gallons,
the United States produces half.
In St Paul recently a boy fell from a
wall sixty feet to a railroad track be
low, and escaped without serious In
Jury. Baltimore has the largest negro pop
ulation of any city in Christendom. Tho
census is expected to show at least
At tho imperial court of Austria tho
chef of Emperor Francis Joseph esti
mates that of $250,000 expended on tho
tables every year, tho "unused" repre
sents about $100,000.
India Imported 2,836,298 gallons of
beer In 1897-98, and the product of too
breweries In that country amounted to
about 6,000,000 gallons.
The coal production of Great Britain
amounts to 190,000,000 tons a year; of
Germany to 100,000,000 tons, and Franco
to 28,000,000 tons.
Telegraphic communication Is to bo
established between the Scottish Isl
ands Rum, Egg, Canna and Muck, and
they are all to be connected with, tho
mainland through the Isle of Syke.
The Oklahoma wheat harvest, which
began last week, promises to yield
18,000,000 bushels. The territory will
have its greatest crop of corn this year.
In six of the largest cities of Switzer
land foreigners make up 40 per cent of
tho population; but of these all but 1
per cent were born In Switzerland.
It Is calculated that during the Lon
don season the average amount of
money spent daily In flowers is $25,00,
most of which goes to foreign flower
The secretary of the Massachusetts
board of health has Issued the state
ment that codfish Is as nutritious as
sirloin steak or oleomargarine. It Is
plain that locality sometimes Influences
even the scientific judgment
An expert has arisen to explain that
stage fright really comes from a disor
dered stomach. He argues from thla
that persona meditating public appear
ance should be careful of their diet and
adhere to regular habits.
The British army on January 1 num.
bered 233,560, of whom 107,000 were sta
tioned at home; 74,500 in India, 49,000 In
the colonies, 1,800 in Crete. There are
18,000 cavalry. Last year the deser
tions in round numbers were 4,000.
The law of lese majesty has been ap- .
piled by the Berlin courts to the verses
"Me und Gott" recited by Captain
Caghlan at New York recently, and the
edition that had been published for sale
in Germany has been confiscated.
M. Sec re tan of Paris, the owner of
the famous Secretan college, which was
dispersed some years ago, is dead. After
having made a large fortune In copper
he lost his fortune, and his collection
was sold. He was the owner of Mil
let's "Angelus," which sold for $110,000.
At Aetl, In California, last year, a cis
tern 104 feet long by 34 feet wide and
24 feet deep was formed in a hillside
for the storage of wine. The immense
tank was lined with concrete two feet
thick, and coated inside with a glass
am Impermeable as glass. The capacity
of the tank is 500,000 gallons.
An association of London women
ducts the congenial business of caring
for window boxes and growing flowers
for balconies and small gardens. It
will take the contract for filling a bow
window, a conservatory, little or big, or
will look after the half dozen or mora
drawing room plants that one may
Thomas Carleton of Watervllle, Me.,
has a decided novelty for this sectlonln
the shape of a shamrock which he
raised himself. It is thought to be the
only one ever cultivated In the state of
Maine. He started to grow it last (De
cember, and his efforts had such suc
cess that he now has a full-fledged
A dispatch to the London Graphic
from Sebastopol says that a Cossack
ex-officer, who has Just returned from
Teheran, Persia, declares that tht
Shah Is mentally and physically Inca
pacitated and that he suffers hallucina
tions. He finds his chief amusement
with the telephone, which la elaborately
Installed throughout the palace.
There Is no part of the world which
has such a black record for wrecks aa
Ue narrow Black sea. The number In
some years has average mere than ona
a day, the greatest number of wrecki
recorded in one year being 426, and tht
smallest 134. About 60 per cent of these
vessels become total wrecks, all tht
crews being lost
A Minnesota man captured a king
fisher When the hlrrf waa iil wmma.
and made a pet of him and trained tht
! bird to capture flah and lay them at hit
I master's feet In summer the bird If "
taken to tho river, where flah art
known to abound, and set at liberty.
The bird poises high In the air, anl
suddenly dropping grasps his victim
land promptly delivers tho flah to tht
I A Russian inventor utilises coal dual
by mixing it with a coarse molasses and
a little reatjfi,' and working the mixture.
These artificial lumps burn wall, and
an being made In Increasing auaatt
ties. Tho "briquette" Industry Is car
ried on to asms extent In western Bs
rono also, tho cheapness of the oat -dust
enabling maker te sell their pr
In competition with the tats
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