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I THE NEWS IN NEBRASKA I
THE STATE APPROPRIATION.
Money for Public Buildings May Be
Tied Up by Legislative Act.
"TlNCOLN—The supreme court
must decide whether building approp
riations made by the legislature lapse
under the constitutional provisions
providing for the lapsing of approp
riations for governmental running ex
penses. The question will be pre
sented to the coart by the state board
of education for normal schools and
the board of regents of the state uni
versity in an action to mandamus the
auditor to allow vouchers and draw
■warrants for the payment of claims in
advance of completion of the build
ings for the unexpended balances of
the building appropriations made by
the legislature of 1903 for the Peru
normal school, the Kearney normal
school and the university. The
amounts involved are $12,000 for the
Peru library building, $15,000 for the
main building at the Kearney normal
and' $20,000 for the administration
building of the university. All three
buildings are tin the course of con
struction, but, according to the law.
all appropriations made in 1903 lapse
August 31 of this year.
The board of regents recently in
structed that the unexpended balance
of the university building fund of 1903
be drawn on advance warrants, to be
held in trust until the building was
completed. A voucher was presented
for the amount, but not acted on by
Auditor Searle. Today the state
board of education asked the auditor
to make a ruling in a similar proposi
tion in regard to Kearney and Peru.
The board had fortified itself with an
opinion by the attorney general that
such proceeding would be legal.
Despite this opinion the auditor in
formed the board that he would not
take the responsibility of allowing the
claims until the work bad actually
been completed and requested that he
be mandamused to do so. that the
courts might interpret the law.
The decision of the auditor places
the attorney general In a peculiar sit
- uation, as in the mandamus proceed
ings he must appear for the auditor in
an action instituted by a state board
at his suggestion.
GETTING BACK TO DUTY.
State House Again Puts on Working
LINCOLN—The state house has
again assumed the appearance of a
real estate capitol, all of the state
officers who have been away on their
vacations having returned and settled
down to work. Governor Mickey and
Secretary of State Galusha returned
from Portland; Land Commissioner
Eaton returned from Portland and H.
Lindsay, clerk of the supreme court,
returned from Spearfish. Every one
of them came back feeling robust and
Those state officers who went to
Portland were delighted with the ex
position and Nebraska’s part of it and
especially were they pleased with the
courtesies extended to them by the
New York commissioners, who turned
over their building and annex for the
Nebraska day exercises. Secretary
Galusha said Governor Mickey deliv
ered a splendid address that took well.
Enroute home Governor Mickey was
taken ill just after leaving Seattle,
and at Spokane a physician was called
to the train and soon straightened
him out. The governdr is feeling all
right now, though he shows that he
has been through a strenuous experi
ence. Adjutant General Culver re
turned from Sea Girt, N. J., where he
has been with the National Guard
Back Pay for Soldiers.
The names of the Nebraska soldiers
of the Spanish-American war to whom
money is due from the government
have been received by the governor,
and upon his return to the state Ad
jutant General Culver will attend to
the distribution of the same.
Dies at Kansas City.
SEWARD—News was received of
the sudden death of Miss Minnie Cole
of tais place at Kansas City, where
she was visiting friends. Miss Cole
was a teacher in the public school,
and has lived In Seward since child
Twc People Killed by Lightning.
BEATRICE?—Coroner Walden re
turned from the home of William O.
Bering, near Plckrell, where he was
called to Investigate the cause of
death of Henry Henke, aged 76, and
Anna Henke, aged 70, who were found
dead in bed, having been killed by
lightning. No inquest wag held.
Insane Man From Boston.
YORK—H. L. Smith, who left Bos
ton last spring, was found at the Bur
lington yawls. When he left Boston
he had $200. and when found possessed
just 3 cents. He has at some time
been in the insane asylum.
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Demand for Furnas Lands.
CAMBRIDGE—By reason of the
splendid crops in Furnas county the
last few seasons has been the occa
sion of numerous land seekers being
In evidence lately. A large number
of farms have changed hands the last
six months and indications are that
the tide is just starting. The Repub
lican valley has become famous far
and wide for good crops at all sea
sons. Lands have been and are sell
ing below their actual value as com
pared with the lands a short distance
•east of this locality.
Alleged Horsethief Returned.
WAHOO—Sheriff Webster return
ed from Cuming county with the man
who, it is alleged, stole Joseph Erick
eon’s horse, near Wahoo, a few weeks
ago. He was captured by Sheriff
Kloke of Coming county, near Stan
Lightning Does $4,000 Damage.
NEBRASKA CITY — Lightning
•truck the barn of F. Charles Schreit
«r. residing seven miles northwest of
this city, and it was destroyed with
^ts contents and two head of mules.
OVER THE STATE.
Henry Walker, an old soilder and
barber of McCook, committed suicide
by shooting himself. He had been
The physics building of the state
university will be ready for occupancy
in two months. The stone tops for
the laboratory tables have arrived and
will be placed as soon as the piping
and wiring of the tables fs finished.
A young son of M. Henderson of “N"
town, Seward county, accidentally shot
himself with a 22-caliber rifle, the
charge taking effect in his thigh and
passing downward. The physicians
say the wound is not necessariy fatal.
Fred Cordson was brought before
County Judge King at Pender upon
the charge of incest with his 12-year
old daughter. He waived hearing and
was bound over to • district court in
$1,500 bonds, which he failed to fur
The Johnson county fair will be held
at Tecumseh September 12, 13, 14 and
15. The premium list is a large one
and the races promise to be excellent.
The agricultural exhibit will be an in
teresting one, as will also the live stock
A message has been received by Mr.
August Johnson, a farmer living be
tween York and Bradshaw, that his
son, Carl Johnson, had been drowned
in Oregon. There were no particulars.
The remains will be buried in Ne
Charles T. Bowman was blown to
the ceiling by an explosion of machin
ery in the plant of the Lincoln Uphol
stering company July 3 last. He sued
the company for damages and it an
swered by saying that according to
the most reliable inspection the ma
chinery was all right. The defect was
not to be seen, hence it i3 not liable.
The nineteenth annual reunion and
picnic of the old settlers’ association
of Cuming county was held in the Riv
erside park in that city. Each succeed
ing year demonstrates the increasing
popularity of this annual gathering. „'n
spite of the threatening cloudy weath
er some thousands of Cuming county
citizens gathered to celebrate this day.
Bids for the construction of a resi
dence and barn and granary for the
state experiment sub-station at North
Platte will be advertised for in a few
days. Superintendent of Construction
Chowins of the State university has
completed the pains. The call for a
house the cost of which probably will
be $3,500, and a barn and granary at
Mrs. Harriet M. Steele has brought
suit in the district court of Otoe coun
ty against the Missouri Pacific Rail
way company for $5,000 damages for
the death of her husband, John S.
Steele, who was a watchman at the
Missouri Bacific crossing at Weeping
Water. Steele was killed by a train
while he was standing on the railroad
a. o. ciregererc, wdo raises oeeis ior
the sugar factory in Dodge county, re
turned from an inspection trip through
Colorado, Wyoming and western Ne
braska. The trip was made for the
purpose of gaining familiarity wfth the
beet raising industry in these sections.
Mr. Gregereit got some pointers that
ne will use in the cultivation of the
For the first time for about eight
years Seward county’s general fund
warrants are being registered for lack
of funds. This is owing partly to the
failure of a railroad to pay its taxes
and partly because county expendi
tures are a little heavier than they
used to be. As a result the county
board has this year made a heavier
l^vy than before.
The body of the unidentified negro
who was murdered in Norfolk when
he asked for a drink was sent to Lin
coln, where it will be given, according
to the state law, to a medical college,
for dissection. No friends claimed the
body and this action was required. No
trace of the murderer has been found
and the chances are fast diminishing
for ever catching him.
The Johnson county teachers’ insti
tute, just closed, is said to have been
the most interesting meeting of the
kind ever held in the county. Ninety
eight teachers enrolled during the ses
sion. County Superintendent B. E.
Dill has shown marked ability in the
government of the schools of the coun
ty the past two years and the county
teachers’ association, by resolution, at
the close of the institute, commended
his work and unanimously indorsed
him for re-election this fall.
A couple of grafters, claiming to be
from Plattsmooth. have been trying to
swindle the farmers along the Iowa
bottoms. Their graft is a patent medi
cine which they claim will cure rheu
matism in any form, and also numer
ous other ills to which the flesh is
heir. To substantiate their claims the
young men produced testimonials con
tming the signatures of a number of
Plattsmouth people. The "medicine,1’
it is said, is mostly water, with a lit
tle coloring matter, and net the graft
ers considerable profit on eacn sale.
Nebraska City was visited by mil
lions of small crickets the other night
and the building^ along Centra^ avenue
were black wit* them. Where they
come from or where they go no one
can tell. They were about all gone
Frank lams, the horseman, arrived
in St Paul from Europe with his annual
importation of Belgian stallions and
coach horses. The transportation
from New York was made by means
of a specially chartered Wells-Fargo
express train consisting of five large
cars, and the trip was made in sixty
The old settlers of Gage county held
their picnic on the Chautauqua
grounds at Beatrice with a large at
tendance. These officers were elected:
Hon. W. L. Jackson, president; Hugh
J. Dobbs, vice president; C. F. Gale,
secretary; A. D. Sage, treasurer.
Arrangements ave been made for
the laying of the corner stone of Sew
ard county’s new $85,000 court house
on Wednesday, September '20, at 10:30
o’clock. The exercises are to be in
charge of the Masonic order, while all
the other fraternal and benevolent
orders in the county will be invited to
Star Gazing During September Month—
Uranus and the Cluster of Twinkle rs
Fig. 1—The constellations at 9 p. m., Sept. 1.
It is the purely autumn constella
tions which may be seen covering the
face of the sky during the evenings of
September. A last glimpse of the
striking summer group Scorpio may
still be had, but this constellation is
rapidly sinking low down in the south
west and will soon disappear for an
other year. At the close of the month
the Pleiades and the Hyades, the first
of the winter stars, may be seen just
above the ground in the east, telling
us that summer is indeed over and
Fig. 2—The square in Fig. 1, enlarged,
showing the position of Uranus and
that winter is at hand. Meanwhile it
is the less striking but no less beauti
ful faint autumn groups which are
Directly overhead will be seen the
brilliant Vega with the Northern Cross
on the east and the delicate little oval
figure known as the Northern Crown
to the west. Below the Northern
Cross is the bright group Aquilla, or
the Eagle, while further south, at the
point where the milky way meets the
ground, is the large faint group Sagit
tarius, or the Archer. Arcturus, the
largest star of the group Bootes, may
• still be seen driving the Great Bear in
j ceaseless flight before him in the
northwest, while directly opposite him
in the extreme southeast there is ap
Fig. 3—Star clusters as they appear In
a small telescope.
pearing for the first time this year
the magnificent Royal Star. Formal
Mars Will Disappear.
The planet Mars is still conspicuous
in the southwest, but it would disap
pear during the month were it not that
it has already begun its very rapid
eastward motion among the stars. It
is now just above Antares, the fiery
red star which will be seen sitting in
the extreme southwest, but during the
I month it will move entirely out of the
constellation Scorpio and well into the
milky way. As will be seen from fig
ure 1 it will by this time almost have
overtaken the planet Uranus, which is
itself moving very slowly toward the
east, but it will not pass this body
until Oct. 8 at 3 o’clock in the after
| The beautiful planet Saturn, with its
‘rings, is each evening being brought
into more and more favorable position
for observation. It is now in the south
east in the constellation Aquarius. It
may be easily located on the brightest
object in this part of the heavens,
with the single exception of Fomal
haut, a reddish star which is much
lower down near the ground. The
earth is well above the plane of the
rings, so that we now look down upon
them and see them well opened out.
The rings will continue to widen until
Oct. 27, after which they will appar
ently begin slowly to grow narrower
again. Their appearance will thus
gradually change from that shown in
figure 5 to a very narrow line, as
shown in figure 6, and finally when we
arrive in such a position that we view
them exactly edgewise they will disap
pear from view entirely, except in the
largest telescopes, and the planet with
its moons will alone remain visible, as
shown in figure 7.
The September Stars.
Figure 1 shows all of the brighter
stars just as they appear in the sky at
9 o’clock on any of the evenings of
September. If the observer wTill watch
the heavens for a few moments only
he will see that the groups toward the
west, or on the right side of the map,
are slowly setting while those on the
left are mounting higher and higher
in the sky and new groups, not shown
on the map, are rising in the east to
take their places. A watch of only
ten or fifteen minutes will make this
motion very evident. By 10 o’clock
the group Aries will be well up from
the ground in the east, while below
this, in the position occupied by Aries
in figure 1, will be seen the constella
tion Taurus, with the beautiful Pleia
des and Hyades. Between these two
groups a most striking star will at
once be noticed, a star very much
brighter than any of the fixed stars in
the east. This is the planet Jupiter,
which is rising earlier and earlier each
evening and which will for many
months be the most beautiful and con
spicuous object in the heavens.
A View of Uranus.
The possessor of a small telescope
should not fail to look for the planet
Uranus, not only because it is in a
more favorable position for observa
tion than it will be again this year,
but also because it is in a very rich
region of the sky and is surrounded by
many beautiful objects which will well
repay examination. To make this
easier a part of figure 1 is shown on a
much larger scale in figure 2. This
figure is a map of the stars inclosed
within the square at the bottom of
figure 1. These may be very readily
found on the sky by noticing that the
stars A, B, C, E, F and K are the same
on both maps. Below and to the right
of A. figure 2, will be seen a fourth
magnitude star DH: to the left of this
there is a row of three sixth magni
tude stars of which the middle one is
The observer will probably have no
difficulty in finding Uranus with the
help of figures 1 and 2, but when found
its appearance will probably disap
point him. Its apparent diameter is
only four seconds—that is, it only ap
pears to be about one-tenth as large
in diameter as Jupiter and therefore
in a small telescope it looks almost ex
I Fig. A—The Horseshoe Nebula.
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ayzuy uk« a ramer small greenisn star
Yet if the observer will compare the
planet with the other stars near it he
will soon notice a difference in the
character of its light or luster, while
if he has access to a telescope of four
or five inches aperture the little round
disk will be very distinctly visible.
Has Dense Atmosphere.
The planet is so inconspicuous in
the telescope only because it is so
enormously far away. Actually it is a
great world 32,000 miles in diameter,
but so great is its distance from us
that its light occupies two hours and
forty-seven minutes in making its long
journey to the earth, although light
travels more than 186,000 miles in one
second of time. The planet is sur
rounded by a very dense atmosphere,
and indeed is very probably wholly
vaporized and at a high temperature.
Its density is still very low; a cubic
foot of Uranus would only weigh one
fourth as much as a cubic foot of our
earth, and apparently many ages must
pass away as it shrinks together and
cools off before it can support any
form of life which we can conceive of.
Four Small Moons.
Uranus is attended by four small
around the planet in only two and one
half days, while the outer one requires
only thirteen and one-half days in
which to make the circuit. It will be
remembered that our own moon goes
around the earth in twenty-eight days.
While a month on Uranus, reckoning
by its nearest moon, is but two and
one-half days long, the year, on the
contrary, is eighty-four times as long
as ours, for Uranus occupies eighty
four years in passing around the sun.
Only an inhabitant who lived to be a
good old age would therefore be priv
ileged to see the four seasons, spring,
summer, antumn and winter, on this
On figure 2 there are shown a few
of the interesting objects in this part
of the sky. Each round dot of this fig
ure represents a star, the size of the
dots showing the comparative bright
ness of the stars, while each triangu
lar dot shows the position of a star
Fig. 5—Saturn as it appears now.
Fig. 6—Saturn as it appears when the
rings are seen nearly edgewise.
Fig. 7—Saturn when the rings are
turned edgewise towr
cluster or nebula. Each dot. s
marked D. each triple star T, red
star R, and each variable star V.
The clusters will well repay exami
nation. Those at L, S and 2 are rather
loose clusters, but are fine objects in
a small telescope. Those at W, O and
Q are densely crowded clusters of
faint stars, the first being surrounded
by a superb field of brighter stars. The
two dots marked P are remarkable
nebulas. The lower is an enormously
extended nebulous cloud which is di- '
vided by black lanes into three parts
and mixed up with a cluster of stars;
the upper is the horseshoe nebula
whose appearance in a large telescope
is as shown in figure 3. In figure 4
are several star clusters as they ap
pear in a small telescope; the first of
these is the cluster at Q, figure 2.
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The Catch of the 8eaaon.
The old multi-millionaire crooked
one rheumatic knee at the feet of the
beautiful debutante, while in the dis
tance the orchestra was playing some
leit motif from Rausmittfaimsky’s sub
lime works, and the haunting melody
filtered through the tropical vegeta
tion that screened them from the
I “Miss Youngbudde—Ethel—I love
j “But, oh, Mr. Stocksandbonds, I—I,”
stammered the sweet young thing, not
ing, however, that her ofllcial stenog
rapher and recording phonograph were
in good acoustic positions.
“Ah, Miss Ethel,” the old multi-mil
lionaire was saying, "it is in the meri
dian of life that we can appreciate
woman’s worth and her cheering, di
vine presence. All else have I, pal
aces, automobiles, yachts; but without
you they are as nothing.”
“Ah, Mr. Stocksandbonds,” blushed
the debutante, “I would marry you, in
deed I would, but for one thing against
you—your personal habits.”
“But,” protested the old millionaire,
with dignity, “I have always consld
ered myself—and so have my friends
—as a very criterion of morality and
clean living. Unlike the worthless
and poverty stricken young rakes of
these days, Ethel, I am not only fabu
lously rich, but have absolutely no bad
“That's just it, Mr. Stocksandbonds;
that is just why I must refuse you,"
said the girl, in a tone of infinite sad
“Impossible!” gasped the aged mil
lionaire. “Do you mean to say that
you would admire bad habits in a hus
Dreamily, sadly, the romantic young
debutante pulled to pieces a red, red
“Tell me,” persisted the suitor, “why
you would wish to see me dissipated?”
“Why, er—er, bad habits shorten
life, you know,” murmured*the maiden.
But then, reflecting that she could
easily drive him to drink after mar
riage, the romantic girl accepted the
The ships of the world are Insured
for a total of $4,750,000,000.
Towel Was Done Brown.
Senator Pettus of Alabama, on a
bright April morning, was defending
the government's bestowal of seeds
upon the farmers.
“Those who oppose this custom,” he
said, “are ignorant of the farmer’s
work and of the farmer’s needs. They
are as ignorant as a little Alabama
girl of whom I heard the other day.
“This little girl’s mother handed her
a damp towel.
“ ‘Minnie,’ she said, ‘take this towel
into the kitchen and hold it in front
of the fire until it is dry.’
“‘Yes, mamma,’ said the child and
she threw the towel over her shoulder
“The mother continued her work.
She forgot all about her daughter. Ten
or fifteen minutes passed.
“Then there sounded from the kitch
en a clear young treble voice.
“ ‘Mamma,’ it called, ‘is the towel
done when it’s brown?’ ”—Salt Lake
Bantam chickens came from Bantam,
a town in Japan.
PATH OF ECLIPSE OF SUN AUGUST 30.
The eclipse of the sun early on the
morning of Wednesday, Aug. 30, was
visible in some partial stage over most
of the United States.
The line of total eclipse passed far
to the north in Canada. The partial
eclipse in the United States started a
few minutes before the sun arose. In
some parts of the northern part of the
country the sun’s disk was two-thirds
In the above diagram the heavy
black line marks the path of totality.
The dense shadow of the moon swept
over this narrow belt from west to
east with the velocity of a cannon ball.
The dotted line in the lower part of
the map marks the southern limit of
the eclipse. People living south of
that line saw nothing at all of the
eclipse. The star on the eastern coast
of the United States, near Cape
Charles at the mouth of Chesapeake
bay, shows the place of “first con
tact,” that is, the place which was the
very first on earth to see the eclipse
GETTING INTO BAD HABITS.
Injurious Small Actions Too Frequent
ly Pass Unnoticed.
I wonder how many women who aro
“all nerves” realize that much of
their trouble is due to certain little
everyday habits that pass unnoticed,
but are none the less injurious? For
instance, the manner of sitting. The
average woman assumes a strained
and incorrect position when reading,
waiting and sewing—yes, even when
resting, says the Pittsburg Dispatch.
Now, a good habit, like a bad one.
is only repeated action; and a little
thought on the subject would soon ren
der it the most natural thing to as
sume a correct position at all times,
sitting, standing or lying down.
Don’t sit with the shoulders drawn
forward, one shoulder higher than the
other, and your head bent down until
the shape of your vertebral column
resembles the letter C.
Another bad fault is slouching down
in your chair until you are literally
sitting on the end of your spine.
Not only should “grown-ups” look to
their own bad habits, but they should
watch closely the small children with
whom they come in daily contact and
try to keep them from acquiring in
jurious habits. Children should be
prevented from their particular fail
ing as much as possible at once, and
it is worth while to give up a few
weeks to the cure, just as you would
if they were suffering from a childish
disease—measles, or mumps, for in
The problem is made particularly
difficult in that frequently we find
them established before we have real
ly noticed them.
Bennie's Bait to Catch Devils.
Many years ago, in the village *of
Houlton, Me., there lived a young
man named Benjamin Salmon, known
by every one as a simpleton, who was
always doing strange things. One
day a number of boys discovered Ben
nie perched on a fence behind a barn
with a cotton string and pin hook at
tached to a willow stick, fishing in a
pool of stagnant water. This was
great fun for the boys, but their jeers
had no effect on Bennie.
Joshua Smith, a revenue officer, who
was passing, stopped to see what the
fun was. After taking in the situation
he addressed Bennie thus:
“What you fishin’ for?”
Bennie, without raising his head, re
“Ah, devils, eh,” retorted Mr.
Smith; “and what have you on for
With the same indifference Bennie j
replied, “Revenue officers, sir.”
Odd Things About Words.
“Were you in the garden for the
purpose of committing a felony?”
asked the English judge of the small
boy. “No, sir,” said the boy; “me and
my cousin were after the gentleman’s
fowls and eggs.” Forfeiture of lands
and goods and “corruption of blood”
(loss of hereditary standing) were for
merly the penalties for felony. Be
fore they got their technical sense,
however, ’’felon” and “felony” (con
nected either with Latin “fallere,” to
deceive or “fell,” gall, bitterness)
connoted wickedness, anger, courage
or melancholy, as the case might be.
“The admiral began to laugh for fel
ony,” says Caxton, meaning that he
laughed, not feloniously, but reckless
ly. Also a boil or whitlow was a
“felon” and cholera “felony.”
Babies Mixed on Bargain Day.
It was a bargain day on Sixth ave
nue, New York, and twenty baby car
riages. all properly checked, were
ranged up in front of a department
store while the mothers were inside
buying things they didn’t need. Sud
denly a baby at one end of the line
stood up, toppled over against the
next carriage, and in a moment all
tne carriages went over like nine
pins, 'sending the kids sprawling'
| about the sidewalk. It took a long
| time to identify them, for an attend
ant had put them back indiscriminate
ly, and they were not checked like
their perambulators. This thrilling
incident shows that the only sure way
to avoid similar catastrophes would
be to brand each child with a num
ber and hang a corresponding number
round the mother’s neck, like a bath
room key.—Boston Herald.
THE HOTEL BIBLE.
Landlord No Longer Provides Guest
with Good Book.
People are not so good as they used
to be. The traveling salesman says
they are not. He attributes their
downfall to the scarcity of Bibles in
“There was a time,” said the drum
mer, “when every hotel I stayed in
supplied its guests with Bibles. They
were not fine Bibles. Possibly they
cost only 25 cents apiece, but they
w'ere all there and answered the pur
pose just as well as an Oxford edition.
Usually the Bible lay in plain sight on
the table in each bedroom. If it wasn’t
there it was in the top bureau drawer
and all us fellows knew enough to look
for it there. And very frequently we
did look. I read the Bible a lot in
those days, maybe just because it was
handy. I’d come in tired and disgust
ed with life, especially that part repre
sented by the evening paper, which
was about the only thing I had to read
and when I got plumb sick of that I’d
turn to the Bible. Some mighty good
stuff I found fhere, too. I haven't
come across many of those hotel Bi
bles in the last two years. I’ve missed
them a lot. I don’t know who is re
sponsible for their disappearance. I
understand that some tract society
used to furnish them to the hotels. If
the missionaries really were back of
the movement, and through some mis
representation of facts have come to
the conclusion that the game was not
worth the candle. I’d like to advise
them to set the good w'ork going again
for a lot of us chaps have backslidden
since the Bibles disappeared from ho
His Fatal Error.
They were seated on a park bench
in the gloaming.
“Miss Wiggins—Nellie, dear,” be
said, '“will you marry me?”
“Really, Mr. Goodwin—er—George,
this is so sudden. Eut—w'ell—assure
me that you have no bad habits—do
not drink, gamble and the like, and I’ll
think about it.”
"I never drank a drop of liquor in
my life,” answered the young man, “I
never play cards and regard prize
fighting and horse racing with dis
“George,” she said, “I—er—think
you may hope.”
“And as for baseball,” continued
George, “I detest it, and—”
“What!” she exclaimed. “You de
test our great and glorious national
game? Then all bets are off, George;
I can never be your wife.”
Astor’s "Stately Pleasure Dome.”
The London Mirror tells of the ac
tivities of our former fellow-citizen.
Mr. W. W. Astor, in making a new
home for himself in England. It seems
that he has bought a property de
scribed as “the historic Hever estate
in Kent,” and is improving it.
It includes 2,000 acres of land and a
moated castle, nearly six hundred
years old, where at one time Henry
VIII maintained Anne of Cleves. On
this estate Mr. Astor has put to work
about one thousand men, with due ap
paratus, and is making changes rated
as improvements which the calculat
ing natives estimate will cost him a
million and a quarter pounds.
He is building a lake, a model vil
lage, roads, bridges and gardens, and
Is doubtless having a good deal of the
sort of fun that Mr. Kipling in a re
sent story has suggested as a suitable
^creation for tired Americans.
Auto Opens New Fields.
An automobile milk wagon which
is running in Ohio and doing the
work of two and three horses every
day is one of the recent developments
of the horseless age. Another is an
automobile in the Congo Free State,
where electricity and coal are not to
be considered as power generators,
and where, therefore, wood was mus
tered into service as the only logical
fuel. The wood burning car weighs a
ton and has a maximum speed of
twelve miles an hour. Sheet steel
wheels with heavy pneumatic tires are
used. The fifteen horsepower engine
is inclosed in a bullet proof bonnet, as
the vehicle is to be used in transport
ing troops and is expected to be under
fire at times. A third novelty in the
automobile business » the arrange
ment of an enterprising Yankee for a
regular service of motor omnibuses to
The world’s merchant marine of
giant steamers of over 12,000 register
tons now includes fifty-six vessels,
thirty-one of which are under the
Mysterious Cannon Ball.
A three-pounder "live” cannon shell
of foreign make has been found in a
field on the banks of the River Hum
ber, near Hull, Eng. The startling dis
covery was made by an old naval re
serve man, who at once took the pro
jectile to Hull and handed It over to
the police. The chief officer of the
Royal Naval Reserve Battery on ex
amining the shell found that it had
been fired, but it had not exploded. It
is 8 inches long, 3 inches in circum
ference, and copper covered from nose
to base. He considered it dangerous,
and took charge of it. No one seems
to know how it came there.
Grand Trunk Terminal.
It is stated on what is said to be
unquestionable authority that Kairn
Island, twenty-five miles south of Port
Simpson and facing Tucketts inlet,
is to be the site of Laurier City, the
western terminus of the Grand Trunk
America Interests Japs.
Japanese publications are full of
American articles on all kinds of sub
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