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I BETROTHAL OF GERMAN CROWN
I PRINCE FORMALLY ANNOUNCED
“All mankind loves a lover,” and
for that reason the German Crown
Prince Frederick William is now one
of the most interesting young men in
Vie world. His betrothal to the Duch
tss Cecile of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
t>M been announced by the German
Emperor, and the wedding will prob
ably take place early in the new year.
“The Crown Prince proposed to the
Jhichess while taking a cup of tea at
)er home. He had been visiting near
her home and had been seen automo
biling with her, and that set the gos
It has been said that it is a love
match. Whether or not it is one, it is
' ertain that there are strong reasons
education has been one that will fit
her for the station in life she is to
occupy. She is fond of riding and
driving, and speaks English and
French perfectly and Russian well.
For a youngster the Crown Prince
has quite a lot to shoulder in the way
of names and titles. His full name is
Frederick William Victor August Ern
est. He holds many military commis
sions. He is a Knight of the Black
Eagle, of the Annunizata, of the Or
der of St. Hubert, of the Order of the
Seraphim, of the Spanish Golden
Fleece, and of the Garter.
He was born in the Marble Palace
near Potsdam on May 6, 1882, and is
consequently in his twenty-third year.
for the marriage, outside of the views
of the two young people. The match
is a pleasing one to the Emperor be
cause it will unite the royal families
of Denmark, Great Britain and Ger
many, and through other marriages
those of the Netherlands and Russia.
The Emperor has long desired to bring
these families into closer relations.
The present Duke of Mecklenburg
Schwerin, Frederic Francis IV., suc
ceeded to the dukedom in April, 1897,
but being a minor his uncle acted as
guardian until 1901. He married last
June the Princess Alexandra, second
daughter of the Duke of Cumberland.
The sister of the Duchess Cecile,
also named Alexandra, married Prince
Christian of Denmark. Prince Chris
tian is the eldest son of Denmark’s
Crown Prince, and the Duchess will
eventually be Queen of Denmark if
ahe lives. Prince Carl, a brother of
Trince Christian, married Princess
ffoud of Wales.
The mother of the Grand Duke and
lie Duchess Cecile was Anastasie, a
daughter of the Grand Duke Michael
It will be seen that by the marriage
af the Crown Prince and the Duchess
Cecile of Mecklenburg-flchwerin the
royal houses of Germany, Denmark
and Great Britain will be closely ai
ded. The Duchess is also a niece by
giarriage of the Prince Consort of Hol
land, so that the Netherlands court is
also brought into the alliance.
The Duchess Cecile Augustine Ma
rie was born on Sept. 20, 1886, and is
just a few days short of being 18. She
has been brought up very simply and
so far little has been seen of her.
She is a tall, slight girl, and has
fight hair and brown eyes. She is not
Emperor William II.
what might be called pretty, but has
a bright face and a vivid complexion,
anil is of sprightly demeanor.
For many years she has lived out
side of Macklenburg-Schwerin. Her
He is a slightly built young man,
somewhat taller than his father. He
is as fond as his father of outdoor
sports, and he has shown that he pos
sesses artistic tastes, which he doubt
less inherits from his grandmother,
the Empress Frederick.
The home life of the Prince was
managed on by no means a luxurious
scale. As soon as he was able to be
gin his studies he was obliged to study
constantly. He rose punctually at 6
a. m., summer and winter. At 7:30 he
breakfasted with the Empress and his
brothers, and this meal consisted of
tea and bread and butter.
Lessons began at 8 o’clock. The
course of study was a severe one, and
foreign languages, especially French,
were ground into him. At 9:30 a sec
ond breakfast was served and then
more lessons, a military drill and ex
ercises followed until 1 o’clock, when
luncheon was served.
After luncheon there was a short
time spent in recreation and then
more study. This time science and
music, until 6 o’clock, when supper
was served. After supper there was
allowed one hour for recreation and
at 7:30 the young Prince went to bed.
The Crown Prince Is extremely fond
of music and he learned early to play
the piano. Then each day he had to
take riding lessons. As soon as he
was able to sit on a horse he had a
pony of his own, which he learned to
mount and ride barebacked.
It was in 1902 that he attracted
much attention through his Infatua
tion for Miss Gladys Deacon. He met
her in England and her beauty so at
tracted him that he fell deeply in love
with her and was ready to give up his
prospects as heir to the throne in or
der to make her his wife.
He gave her a ring which was an
heirloom. When the Emperor heard
of it he sent a messenger to Miss Dea
con, demanding its return, saying that
the ring was not the property of the
Prince, bat was a gift of the Empress
Frederick to the German nation. Miss
Deacon, backed by the Duchess of
Marlborough, indignantly refused to
part with the ring.
The ring, though, was finally re
turned. Meantime, the Crown Prince
was closely confined to his room, and
his uncle, Prince Henry of Prussia
was sent to represent Emperor Wil
liam at the coronation of King Ed
l ward in his stead.
Will Be Quiet Wedding.
Invitations have been issued to a
wedding which will be unique. The
parties are Miss Emma Blanche War
den of Harrisburg, Pa., and James W.
Ladd of Bingham Center, Potter coun
ty. Both are deaf-mutes. The at
. tendants, who are also mutes, will be
mim Belle Wink of Reading, Miss
Helen Nichols of New' Bloomfield,
William Jones of Steelton and Frank
Anhursh of Reading. Rev. Franklin
C. S. Mileau of Williamsport, who will
perform the ceremony, is also a mute.
Well Versed In Things Oriental.
Durham White Stevans, the unas
piring American who is to be the
mflfltnm of Japanese control and in
fluence in Corea, has seen twenty
three years’ service under the govern
ment of Japan, and has been decorated
peveral times by the mikado. He
flnt went to Tokio Jn 1873 as sec
retary of the American legation. He
Is now spoken of as the coming ruler
of the hermit nation, a title which he
disclaims, tor he insists that
ha will be merely an adviser.
Senator Platt at a Singer.
An original copy of “The Freeman’s
Glee Book,” owned by Senator T c
Platt and used by him as member of
the Fremont Glee club in 1856 has
been loaned by the senator to ihose
having charge of the arrangements
for the semi-centennial celebration of
the birth ot the Republican „ °
Saratoga, and the singing of the old
so"** 1e made a feature of the
celebration. Senator Platt waa ,ulte
f ',niis youDger d*« and often
led the singing at Fremont meetings.
Long Distance in Rowboat.
H. W. Mew and W. B. Andrew re
cenGy rowed from Sandown on the
English coast, to Cherbourg, France,
a distance of about sixty-four miles
in twenty-nine hours. Their boat was
a stout deckless craft, fifteen feet
long. As provisions they carried a
gallon of water, three pounds raw
rump steak, cold tea and cold coffee
six bottles each, thirty-six hard-boiled
eggs, six cans of biscuits, three loaves
of bread, a small quanGty of brandy
and a bottle ot pSh.
| AS THE WORLDS
§ REVOLVES §
PHYSICIAN TO SHAH OF PERSIA.
Dr. W. L. Smith of Worcester, Mass.,
' Has Unique Honor.
Dr. William Lord Smith of Worces
ter, Mass., graduate of Harvard, sports
man and hunter of big game, is head
ed for home, loaded down with decora
tions from the grateful MuzafTer-ed
Din, shah of Persia, whom he cured
of a malarial disease which had bat
fled native and foreign physicians.
Dr. Smith has also now the title of
physician in ordinary to the throne
of Persia, but it is not certain that he
will return to the land of the shah and
fill the position. Dr. Smith is ending a
two-years’ tour of the world. Early in
the summer he arrived in Persia and,
as the plague was raging there, was
quarantined. But just then the shah
was taken ill at Teheran and Dr.
Smith was summoned. A journey of
210 miles to the palace on camel back
across the desert followed. After the
shah was cured he and his doctor
went hunting together and this ce
mented their friendship.
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CHIEF OF POSTAL CLERKS.
Arthur Donoghue of Chicago, Chosen
for the Position.
Arthur Donoghue, the newly elected
president of the National Association
of Postal Clerkb, has been lor four
teen years connected with the regis
try department of the Chicago cen
tral office. Mr. Donoghue graduateu
from high school in 1887. Ten years
later he took his degree from the Chi
cago College of Law. He nail never
held office in the local organization
oi postal clerks and the action of the
convention at St. Louis was a pleas
ant surprise to his fellow clerks in
the Chicago office.
Marveled at Time’s Changes.
When Henry James, the novelist,
returned to the United States, after
an absence of twenty years, he was
overwhelmed by the changes wrought
in New York during that time. As he
stepped out upon that part of the pier
which affords something of a view of
Manhattan he stood silent several
moments, deaf to the question of his
friends, and gazed at the outline of
his native city in true Rip Van Win
kle wonderment. At the same time
Mrs. Mary King Waddington, widow
of the famous French diplomat, arriv
ed in New York after an absence of
thirty-nine years. As one after an
other of the huge shapes that scrape
the clouds over the city came into
view she turned to her son and ex
claimed: “Ugh, how hideous!” Mme.
Waddington also is a native Ameri
can, the granddaughter of Rufus King
of New York.
Joke on Edmund Rostand.
Edmund Rostand was the other day
the hero of a little episode which might
furnish him with the material for a
scene in a future play. During a visit
to a friend in the country M. Rostand
was requested to accompany him to a
maire, in order to register the friend’s
new-born infant. The adjunct of the
maire, a conscientious little man,
booked the infant and then turned to
M. Rostand as the first witness. “Your
name, sir?” “Edmond Rostand.” “Your
vocation?” “Man of letters and mem
ber of the French academy.” “Very
well,” replied the official, “you have to
sign your name. Can you write? If
not, you may make a cross.”
Czar’s Numerous Relatives.
The list of the czar’s relatives In
cludes a brother, an uncle, four cou
sins of the first degree, ten of the sec
ond, thirteen of the third and a great
uncle. All of these except the thir
teen cousins of the third degree must
be addressed as “imperial highness.”
These thirty-three male relatives of
the czar are a great financial burden
to the empire, as each of 'them re
ceives an annual income of $460,000.
They moreover own in the aggregate
5,COO square miles of land and 325
palaces, employing an army of 20,000
Anti-Cigarette Law Not Popular.
The agitation over the decline of
the English physique, to which atten
tion was so forcibly called during the
Boer war, has led to a crusade against
juvenile smoking and an “anti-cigar
ette bill” is now before the house of
commons, though it is not believed
that there is any probability of its
passing. The objection is made that
the fine of $2.50 which is imposed
upon every boy or girl under 16 who
is convicted of smoking must be paid
by the parent and that the offense is
one that parents cannot prevent
Millionaires Without Change.
Pierpont Morgan, James Stillman,
William Rockefeller, James J. Hill and
Chauncey M. Depew attended the same
board meeting in New York recently.
While the meeting was in session a
messenger arrived with a note and a
package for Senator Depew, the
charges being $1.40. All live of the
millionaires were called upon to con
tribute, but the amount could not be
made up. Mr. Hill’s stenographer
Anally paid the boy, who possibly de
parted with a new idea of what it is
to be a millionaire.
STRANGERS WERE NOT WANTED
Too Much Commercialism in Churches
of New York.
The charge that strangers are not
made to feel at home in some of the
big churches in New York is well
founded, according to the observation
made by a Pennsylvanian who has
lived there for ten years. “A few
years ago I rented a pew in one of
the big churches in Fifth avenue and
kept it for a year. My family was not
numerically large enough to fill the
pew, and I notified the usher that I
could usually accommodate from two
to three strangers. I learned indirect
ly that the sexton, who had the rent
ing of the pews, objected to too much
liberty on my part. He said that if
every pewholder in the church made
the same sort of offer he could not
come up to the expectation of the gov
erning board of the church, which ex
pected him to rent every pew. The
logic of this was that if strangers de
sired to attend that particular church
very often they would be expected to
pay for their sittings. To put it a lit
tle plainer, strangers were not wel
come, although a sign in the vestibule
said they were.”
STATUE OF GEN. MEAGHER.
On Completion Will Be Placed in
Capitol Grounds at Helena, Mont.
The illustration depicts a statue of
Gen. Thomas Francis Meagher which
the Thomas Francis Meagher Asso
ciation of Montana purposes to erect
in the capjtol grounds at Helena.
Many well-known persons nave con
tributed to the work, but a large sum
is still needed. The president of the
association is James H. Lynch of
Butte. Gen. Meagher will be remem
bered as the chief of the Irish brigade
in the civil war, and he also was
famous as an orator.
EXPENSES OF WEALTHY WOMEN.
New York Leaders of Fashion Spend
Much Money on Dress.
Mrs. Safford Barstow, the New York
woman who spends her entire time
simply designing on paper new crea
tions in the garb of American woman
hood, was asked if the statement made
in the dressmakers’ convention that
some women spend as much as $25,
000 on their clothes in a year was an
exaggeration. “That is merely a fair
average,” she said. “Far from being
distorted, the figure named is very
conservative. Mrs. John Jacob Astor,
1 tV.nk, is admitted to be the best
dressed woman in New York. I am
certain that she spends all of $50,000
a year on her dresses. Mrs. Cornelius
Vanderbilt is a close second. Her
dressmaking bill certainly runs over
$40,000, while Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish
and Mrs. Joseph Widener, for instance,
are in a big class that easily part
their husbands from upward of $35,000
each year for the benefit of the dress
makers, shoemakers, glovers, etc.”
Single Men Beet Soldiers.
It is well known that Lord Kitchen
er prefers single men in the army. He
was twitted once on being a woman
hater. He answered smilingly that
he was just the reverse. Then he be
came serious and said that experi
ence had taught him that single men,
as a rule, make better soldiers than
married men. The latter, he declared,
are bound to keep in mind the welfare
of their wives and children, and on
this account are apt to draw back
from dangers that would not cause
them an instant’s hesitation If they
had only themselves to think of.
Therefore, a wife, though she may be
very ambitious for her husband’s suc
cess, impairs his efficiency as a sol
dier in action.
*, Dutch Statesman in America.
Herr Dudok De Wit, minister of
sports in the government of Holland,
has reached California on a tour of
the world. Minister De Wit, who is
63 years old but looks much younger,
is an expert horseman, golf player
and oarsman. He is also very fond
of horse-racing, and in the course of
his official career has acted as judge
or timekeeper at some of the most
notable tracks in Europe. He has
visited every foreign country of note
and now will spend about two months
in tne United States.
Although trains have been run in the
New York underground rapid transit
road, the great engineering work is
not yet by any means finished. John
B. McDonald, the builder, was ap
proached, a few days ago by Tom
Dunn, the Tammany leader, who
asked: “When are you going to start
up that tunnel game of yours, John?”
“Some time in September,” answered
the contractor, carelessly. Dunn
looked as though he wanted to say a
whole lot of things, but he contented
himself by Inquiring: "What year?"
| NEBRASKA STATE NEWS~
THE NEWS IN NEBRASKA.
Mr. and Mrs. J. F.Mickey celebrated
their golden wedding at Nebraska City.
W. W. Aldrich is railroad f^ent at
Sidney, vice W. D. Clifton, transferred
William Bermingham is under arrest
at Nebraska City charged with robbing
a school house.
Frank Ave^, under arrest at Albion
on charge of committing a crime in
Montana, made his escape from offi
The fall term of the Fremont public
schools opened with a total attendance
of 1,629. The number of students in
the high school is 155.
A quarrel between a number of men
and women two miles north of Deca
tur resulted in the killing of David
Monelt, a half-blood Indian.
James Sparks, an Omaha convict at
the state penitentiary, 1b one of two
prisoners who is about to be trans
ferred as insane, to the asylum.
The executive board of the York
college voted to build a gymnasium,
which will be erected near the north
west corner of the large and beautiful
At Nebraska City William Benning
bam, alias William Jones, plead guilty
to the charge of burglary and was sen
:enced to sixteen months in the peni
Thirteen-year-old Ernest, the son of
W. A. Kahre, living in Benson, Doug
'as county, was fatally burned by
Barnes resulting from an explosion of
Announcement was made of the ac
ceptance by Prof. George E. Howard
of the University of Chicago, of the
chair of institutional history In the
University of Nebraska.
Emil Schultz, a Cuming county
young man and a member of the hos
pital corps now doing duty in the
Philippines, has just returned home
from the islands on a furlough.
Company C met at Beatrice and de
cided to put a strong football team in
the field this year. Glen Odell, at pres
ent manager of the Beatrice ball team,
was engaged to manage the new
The Lexington schools opened with
an enrollment of 515, one hundred and
seventy-six of these in the high school.
There are twentytwo boys in the high
school and they are organizing a raili
John Wiese, residing twelve miles
southwest of Grand Island, lost several
stacks of wheat, of rye and of oats by
Ire, the same communicating to the
stacks shortly after the threshers had
started the work of threshing.
Rev. F. N. Snauberg, for the past
twelve years pastor of the Swedish
Lutheran church of Oakland, has band
ad in his resignation to his congrega
tion and has accepted the position of a
traveling representative of the Dea
aones3 institution of the Augustana
When Charles Rowe of Cheyenne
aountv was working at the bottom of
i well seventy-five feet deep a brick
"Vas dislodged from the wall at the
top by a swinging bucket, and fell,
striking Rowe on the head. Rowe was
brought to the top with skull crushed
and the doctors say he cannot live.
The corner stone of the Sheridan
:ounty court house was laid by the
?rand lodge of Masons of Nebraska.
More than 3,000 per sons witnessed the
service. Masons from all over the west
ern part of the state were present and
ioined in a parade, assisted by the
Irand Army corps. Modern Woodmen,
Highlanders, Ladies’ Relief corps,
-ivic floats and the public generally.
\fter the ceremonies the people were
nvited to an extended feast which had
oeen prepared. Four head of cattle,
dx head of hogs and six head of sheep
lad been roasted; coffee and bread
were in abundance.
Deputy Labor Commissioner Bert
Bush has completed his inspection of
:he packing houses, which he began
jome time ago, to see if the child labor
aw was being violated. An order was
issued by the management of each eor
ooratkm to the superintendent to re
fuse to employ any child of school age.
Pearl Olson, the little girl assaulted
oy Howard Bailey, at Fremont, i i
-apidly recovering. The physicia- i
consider her case a remarkable ocr
The day after the affair they did n- t
think she had any chance of living ar 1
twice informed the family that he.
leath was only a question of hour .
The vitality she has displayed is re
At Columbus Captain Wagner of
Company K, Nebraska national guard,
las been missing property belonging
to the company for some time and be
-ieves he has at last caught the
:hieves, but refuses to furnish their
lames until he hears from General
Culver, to whom the matter has been
•eferred. Leggins, shirts, shoes, etc.,
to the value of about $50, have been
The report of Chief Oil Inspector
!or the month of August, filed with the
governor, shows the gross collections
‘o have been $1 818. The expenses
Mayor Shultz of Beatrice, issued an
crder to the chief of police to the
effect that he must enforce the ordin
ances relating to minors visiting bil
liard halls and those remaining on the
street in violation of the curfew ordi
nance. He also insists that the ordin
ances with reference to the sale of
cigars, cigarettes or tobacco to minors
must be rigidly enforced.
Adjutant General Culver received
word that the general government had
sent him its part of the money due
the national guard for the recent en
campment. The amount will be in the
neighborhood of $16,000.
The Nemaha county tax case, which
was decided in favor of the taxpayers
and against the 5 per cent raise in the
assessed valuation of the county by
the state board of equalization, has
been appealed from the court of Judge
Kelllgar at Auburn to the supreme
court of the state by the attorney gen
BORROWS ON OTHER’S STOCK.
Respected York County Farmer
Charged with Swindling Bank.
YORK—John V. Evarts, a pioneer
farmer living north of Waco, this
county, is in the county Jail. He was
captured in Kansas City, where he
was arrested and charged with mort
gaging cattle, horses and wheat to the
amount of $700, giving a mortgage on
property that the City National bank
of this place claims does not belong
to him. Mr. Evarts is well known in
Waco and vicinity, where he has been
farming for many years, and the com
munity is much surprised to learn
that he mortgaged property which he
did not own. For several years he
has been renting land of his relatives
and once or twice left the farm and
engaged in business. The way he se
cured the money of the City National
bank was from time to time previous
to this he borrowed money in small
amounts, giving security, and each
time the note was due he came in and
promptly arranged for payment. In
this pray he won the confidence of
the bank, and when he mortgaged a
large amount of stock and wheat the
bank had reason to believe that it
was all right. He gave this mort
gage in February last and in March
he disapeared. Shortly after his dis
appearance the bank investigated and
found that he did not own the prop
erty which he mortgaged. They then
gave the matter to Sheriff Brott.
NEW POINT IN TAX CASE.
County Clerk Will Decline to Appeal
to Supreme Court.
AUBURN—A new difficulty con
fronts the attorney general in the Ne
maha county tax case, brought by,
Hon. Church Howe to restrain the ex
tending of the 5 per cent increase on
the tax rolls. Charles R. Hacker,
county clerk, and Deputy Clerk James
M. Wright propose to take a stroke
off their own bat. While the state’s
attorney appeared as attorney for the
defense he failed to have the state
board of equalization and assessment
intervene in the caie, and Die clerk
and his deputy do not intend to be tied
up in making the tax list by an ap
peal if they can help it. Under the
law they must make and deliver to
the county treasurer the tax list by
the first of November and an appeal
to the supreme court would prevent
this. The clerk and his deputy have
written a letter to the attorney gen
eral informing him that they do not
intend to appeal the case, but are sat
isfied with the decision of the district
court, and will go to work on the tax
list. Under the circumstances how
the attorney general can review the
case in the supreme court is a query.
Jewelry Stolen in Sleeper.
LINCOLN—Mrs. Mark Woods of
this city was robbed of $700 worth
of jewelry while en route home with
her husband from a trip east. Mrs.
Woods had placed the jewels in a
chamois bag, w'hich she pinned to her
gown before retiring to her berth for
the night. In the morning the jewels
were missing. Mr. Woods thinks the
robbers were after a roll of bills
which he had displayed during the
early evening while paying the con
ductor and porter for accommodations
on the sleeper. He intends to bring
suit against the company.
“Con” Man Arrested.
LINCOLN—William Call, an un
known. was arrested by the Burling
ton depot detectives while attempting
to work a confidence game on passen
gers of a westbound train. He had
checks for large amounts, which he
asserted he had not time to get cash
ed, and was requesting small loans
with the checks as security when
To Build Irrigation Ditch.
Andrew A. Carlson and Neils Ras
mussen of Crawford, Dawes county
want to go into partnership and con
struct an irrigation ditch near Craw
ford, and have written the state board
of irrigation for permission to con
solidate their ditches. They expect
to spend $6,000 and irrigate 3,000
acres of land.
Burned to Death.
INDIANOLA—Fire consumed the
barn and a lot of hay belonging to
Jacob Korb. southwest of here. Three
of his sons were sleeping in the hay
mow. Two escaped by jumping from
the haymow window. The charred
remains of the third were found in
the ashes of the ruins.
Corn Out of Danger.
GRAND ISLAND—A goodly per
centage of the corn in this section
is now so far advanced that, farmers
say, a light frost would only be help
ful in that it would hasten the time
when the farmer could begin to pick
Former Omaha Man Insane.
BEATRICE—J. T. Sullivan, former
ly employed through this territory as
a salesman for Allen Bros., wholesale
grocers of Omaha, but who has been
out of employment for the last few
months, living with his brother, N. H.
Sullivan, a resident of this city, was
taken before the insanity board of
commissioners on the charge of in
sanity. The hearing was postponed,
and it is the intention of the family
to take the unfortunate man to Mis
souri, where he has relatives living,
with the hope that he may recover.
Statue to Be Ready in March.
NEBRASKA CITY—The Arbor Day
Memorial association has been noti
fied by Sculptor Rudolph Evans, whc
is in Paris, that the bronze statue ol
the late J. Sterling Morton, which it
to be erected in Morton park, wil
be ready by March 1. The stone
work for the statue Is completed ant
will be put in place early in the spring
and an effort will be made to have
the monument ready to be unveiled
Arbor day, April 22, 1905. The mon
ument will be placed in the center ol
An Up-to-Date Woman.
Here lies a poor woman who always was
She lived under pressure that rendered
She belonged to ten clubs and real
Browning by sight;
Shone at luncheons and teas, and would
vote if she might.
She served on a school board with cour
age and zeal;
She golfed and she kodaked, and rodo
on a wheel.
She read Tolstoi and Ibsen, knew mi
crobes by name.
Approved of Delsarte, and loved to shoot
Her children went in tor the top educa
Her husband went seaward for nervous
One day on her tablets she had one h
The 8hock was so great that she died
—London Daily Mail.
M»st Wonderful Trees.
The baobab tree Is considered one
of the most wonderful of the vegetable
kingdom. It appears that nothing can
kill this tree, hence it reaches an as
tonishing age as well as enormous
size. The natives make a strong cord
from the fibers of the bark, hence the
trees are continually barked, but with
out damage, as they soon put forh
new bark. It appears impervious to
fire and even the ax is resisted, as it
continues to grow in length att3r .t
is lying on the ground.
, It would not be justice to California
to ignore the sequoia, which is a na
tive of our own dear hearth. Lntil
the recent discovery of the Australian
eucalyptus, which is as large, the
sequoia was regarded as the most gi
gantic of vegetable products, a not
uncommon diameter being thirty to
thirty-six feet, while its height is esti
mated at from 275 to 450 feet.
Ancient time-keeping has received
new light from two remarkable stones
lately unearthed by the German ex
plorers on the site of the old Ionic
port of Mlletug. These stones are the
remains of calendars, of which one is
shown to date from 109 A. D. The
year was divided into twelve zodiacal
signs, and against each month the mo
tion of the remaining signs was giv
j en, with a note predicting the weath
er. On the left side were thirty holes,
a wooden peg being moved forward
one hole each day, thus giving the
astronomical date. This new find has
made clear the meaning of parapeg
ma, or peg calendar, a name by which
other stones have been rather myste
Henry L. Sheldon, of Middlebury,
Vt., celebrated his 83 birthday anni
versary by a ride through the village.
Mr. Sheldon was accompanied by Rev.
S. W. Bidwell, aged 95 years, and
Loyal L. Wright, aged 93 years. The
trio rode in a carriage that was used
by Commodore McDonough during his
residence in Vergennes, and was also
used by President Monroe while so
journing in the ancient city. The men
carried a flag that was in use at the
battle of Plattsburg. They wore an
cient hats, from Mr. Sheldon’s art mu
seum, and were greeted with much
Maine Farmer’s Queer Purchase.
A Woolwich farmer made a curious
investment. He purchased in Massa
chusetts a second-hand hearse and had
it shipped to his farm across the river,
where he stored it in a shed with the
intention of converting the body of
the hearse into a potato bin and the
running gear into some farm vehicle.
The neighborhood boys, however,
objected to the near presence of this
wagon of death and one night hauled
it from its resting place out into a
field and made of it a picturesque bon
fire, much to the agricultural specu
Would Not Be a Mouser.
Owing to the enormous increase in
the number of field mice on the estate
of the chairman of the local school
board at Negouitz, in Bavaria, that
gentleman gave the school children
“mouse holidays” to enable them tc
catch the rodents.
On the teacher remonstrating, he
was told that if he were "a decent sort
of fellow” he would help the children
to trap mice. After waiting soma
days he had the children’s parents
fined for not sending them to school,
with the result that he was himself
promptly dismissed from his post.
Joy Turned Him Insane.
Having Just received a lawyer s let
ter announcing that an aunt had died
leaving him $10,000, a man of seventy,
living in great want in one of the
poorest sections of Paris, rushed out
on to the landing and called to hia
neighbors to tell them of his goood
fortund. Suddenly he exclaimed wild
ly, “Now I must go and thank my kind
aunt”; and before he could be held
back Jumped out of the fifth flooi
window into the street, where he was
A Knox county, Me., fisherman
; found a man pulling his lobster traps.
The man was invited to go ashore and
settle the matter a la marquis of
Queensberry, but preferred to take his
chances with the law, and was brought
to Rockland. Later when it developed
that the offender was unable to pay
either fine or costs the fisherman who
had caused the arrest reached into his
own pocket and promptly squared tee
Chinamen Want to Learn.
Hundreds of application# for a Chi
nese translation of the “Encyclopaedia
Britannica” have been receivod by the
representatives of the Christian liter
ature society for China at Shanghai.
Must Be Seeking Record.
A San Francisco woman has applied
for her fifth divorce, and it is said
will, as soon as she is free, remarry
the first husband, from whom she has
already been thrice divorced.
A remarkable growth of mushrooms
measuring 43 inches one way and 37
the other has been found in Dr.
Brown’s lane at Barre, Vt.
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