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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 13, 1901)
Items of Interest.
are no plucked by pneumatic .air de-
The governor of Ohio has no veto power.
The 1901 salmon pack will he the largest in history.
- The largest ships using the Suez canal fly the
Sidney, Australia, kitchens are usually found on
the top floor.
A rainfall of one inch means a weight of 100
tons to the acre.
In greater New York there are nearly 100,000
The average rise and fall of the tides at
Panama is two feet.
More than 7,000 people earn a living by fishing in ,
the Mississippi river.
The University of Oxford was founded by Al
fred the Great in 886.
In Spain nearly 1,000,000 women work In the
fields as day laborers.
Electricity will soon be the motive power on
the Swedish railway system.
The Municipal Art Society of Cincinati has de
clared war on the bill boards.
American, made bicycles are the fashionable
mounts for wealthy Germans.
Wireless telegraph stations are being established
all along the gulf of St. Lawrence. '
Jarrow wood, a product of Australia, is the only
known wood that insects will not attack.
John B. French has. been city clerk of Galena,
Ills., for forty years. He is eighty years old.
It is stated that the eye of an educated person
travels 2,500 miles of reading in a life-time.
"Self-denial week" of tho British Salvation
Army resulted in a collection of over $200,000.
England spends upward of $40,000,000 a year on
lier paupers. France spends less than $6,000,000.
""" It is 15,260 feet to the snow line on tho equator.
It is about 5,000 feet in the latitude of Denmark.
The railways of the world carry 2,000,000,000
passengers and 950,000,000 tons of freight In a
Expert railway men aver that the limit of speed
has been reached with the present style of loco
motive. The total population of Malta is 185,000, includ
ing troops. This is an increase of about 8,000 In
A kangaroo has been known to clear eleven feet
at a jump. The best record of a deer is nine feet
and six inches.
,Tho number of resident foreigners in Switzer
land has been increased by 155,000 during the
past twelve years.
Joseph Gaspard Chaussgros de Dery, a French
engineer, is said to have made the first maps of
Detroit in 1749 and 1751.
In France during the month of June, last, there
were fifty-seven strikes. The total for the first six
months of the year -was 306.
A statistician avers that one in every six of Chi
cago's population leaves th- city on a vacation
during the summer months.
Three varieties of dogs are known not to bark
the Australian dog, the Egyptian dog and the
"lion-headed" dog of Thibet.
Washington farmers are suffering from an in
vasion of crows and are establishing "crow hunts"
to rid themselves of the pest.
Belgian newspapers are gravely discussing
whether women have a right to smoke in rail
way carriages reserved for women.
There is no such thing known to horticulture as
a really black flower. The men who can produce
a black rose can name his own price.
The combined population of New York City,
Chicago and Philadelphia is about one-twentieth
of tho total population of the country.
The population of New York and Pennsyl
vania exceeds the population of North Carolina,
South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisana, Ala
bama and "Texas.
There is a burning mountain In Aveyron,
France. It is often mistaken for an active vol
cano, but It is In reality only a burning mine.
There are seventeen volumes of the "Rogues
Album" kept by tho Berlin police. Tho album
contains tho photographs of over 20,000 criminals.
Tho boring of artesian wells is becoming a
prominent industry in Washington. Water Is
reached at 1,200 feet and hag a temperature of
The trees now growing on the farm where Dan
iel Webster was born are to be cut down and
manufactured into friction matches. Tho match
company paid $2,800 for tho standing timber.
Tho Pension building at Washington is overrun
with rats and the women clerks are talking of
going out on a strike until government rat catch
ers are appointed and perform the necessary work.
Scientists declare that in a comparatively short
time the Bermuda islands will sink from sight.
The subsidence within a short time, compared
with the age of the governments on the Western
Hemisphere, .ias been from 80 to 100 feet.
A Toledo, Ohio, judge has issued an order re
straining forty ducks belonging to Louis Gould
from quacking. The order was issued on petition
oi a man who said the quacking of tho ducks
prevented him from sleeping late in the morning,
and as ho was a night worker ho was entitled to
When Portland, Ore., was a young city the in
habitants planted poplar trees because they grew
rapidly and soon made good shade. But the onco
popular poplar is now marked for slaughter. Its
roots grow to such a length that they trespass on
the sewers, entering the smallest cracks and soon
choking up the pipes.
The problem of the payment of King Edward's
debts has been solved by Lord Farquhar, a mem
ber of the banking firm of Herries & Farquhar,
who has accepted the post of comptroller of tho
royal household. When a multitude of tho obli
gations of the Prince of Wales came due upon his
accession to the throne, Lord Farquhar formed a
syndicate to liquidate tho debts, stipulating that
they should control tho royal income and make
such retrenchments as were desirable in the royal
expenses. The first payment on an obligation of
$1,250,000 has been made by the Farquhar syndi
cate to the Prince of Wales hospital fund to liqui
date tho debt to tho late Sato Lewis, tho money
lender. Lord Farquhar says that in less than ten
years he will save, despite the expenses of the
coronation, a sufficient sum to reimburse the syn
dicate for its advances and pay 5 per cent interest
without the king being made to feel the retrench
ment. Champ Clark, congressman from tho Ninth dis
trict, and Walter Williams, editor of tho Columbia
(Mo.) Herald, have in preparation and nearly
ready for publication "The Story of Missouri.''
Tho volume will be in the best sense a Missouri
story book. It will recount the life and incidents
which make fascinating the history of the com
monwealth, will abound with personal sketch, an
ecdote and reminiscence, the flesh-and-blood side
of great Missourians and the underlying causes
which made the state a potent factor in the de
velopment of the broad-bosomed west. It will not
be a history nor a collection of statistics, but
what its title indicates, a story-book which Its
authors hope will prove more readable than th
most delightful novel as truth is ever more
charming than fiction. Beginning with the trans
Mississippi country before the Louisiana Purchase
"The Story of Missouri" will tell of that purchase,
the most far-reaching real estate transaction In all
history. Reference will be made to the striking
but almost forgotten fact that in reality the fate
of Missouri was settled by Wolfe's splendid
achievement on tho plains of Abraham. With
htis for a beginning there will be traced Missouri's
political influence which began before her admis
sion into the union and continues to this day;
Missouri's wealth and development; Missouri's
educational and religious growth; tho character
oi Missouri's population especially of the pioneers
who were of the salt of the earth; the life of Mis
souri In peace; Missouri's part in war. The vol
ume will seek to tell the truth about Missourians
dead and alive and in a way that every Missourlan
at home and abroad wilj recognize himself in tho
mirroring pages. Of course the volume will havo
portraits other than the pen-pictures, it will be
issued in appropriate binding and typography, and
it will be accurate as to historical statement and
statistic. The distinctive feature of "The Story of
Missouri," however, that which it Is believed will
make important and entertaining the publication,
is that It is to be a story-book, a narration in
vivid form of the days and deeds of an heroic
people and a giant land.
Points About People,
Edward Vil has been notified by his physlclaa
that ho must stop smoking.
Count Von Walderseo Is occupying public at
tention just now. His wifo is an American
Ex-Congressman J. Proctor Knott has resigned
ao head of tho law department of Center college,
Tho Ameer of Afghanistan is a korse breeder on
a largo scale. His stud now comprises upwards
of 2,000 animals.
Tolstoi's health is not good and his physicians
want him to spend tho winter in southern France.
He refuses to leave Russia.
George W. Breckenrldge, of San Antonio, Tex,,
has given $20,000 for tho erection of a school for
the negro children of that city.
Tho crown prince of Slam has written a book.
It deals with the war of Polish succession and is
soon to be published in London.
Admiral Sir Edmund Freemantle has served in
the British navy for fifty years. Ho has just re
tired, having reached tho ago limit.
Anton Lang who has received world-wide fame
because of his presentation of Christ In the pas
sion play, recently visited in London.
When a school boy Pasteur gave no sign of gen
ius. Ho stood fourteenth in a class of twenty
threo, and in chemistry was marked "weak."
A. J. Balfour has just celebrated his 53rd birth
day. He entered parliament at 25, became a cabinet
minister at 38, and was leader of tho house at 43.
Tho farmer's national congress will meet In
Sioux Falls on October 1, and. Captain R. G. F.
Candage, of Brooklino, Mass., will deliver tho
Princess Frederick-August, who will some day
be queen of Saxony, is taking a regular course
of training as a trained nurse in the Lutheran
hospital in Dresden.
William Rollins, who died at Dogue, Va re- t
contly, was the ferryman who carried John Wilkes '
Booth across the Rappahannock after the assas
sination of Lincoln.
Tho Grand Duchess of Mccklenburg-Strelitz is
the last surviving granddaughter of George III.
Her brother, tho Duke of Cambridge, is the last
John D. Rockefeller, jr is said to be an excel
lent judge of horse flesh. Just now his specialty
is tho breeding of cobs and has imported several
valuable animals from England.
Tho Mikado of Japan is much glven to poetry
writing. It is said that h$ writes dally from
twenty to thirty of the thirty-one syllabled cou
plets known in Japan as "wa-ka."
S. Yang! Wara, a Japanese student who has
completed his education in American universities,
ia soon to become professor of chemistry at the
Missouri State University, Columbia.
Enough ex-confederates live in Seattle to organ
ize a camp of United Confederate Veterans and
General George F. Alford is there for that purpose.
A camp is already in existence at Spokane.
Queen Alexandria has ordered an automobile of
the spider typo for presentation to the dowager
empress of Russia. It will be of eight horse power
and furnished in the most luxurious manner.
Major James Geddes, a division superintendent
of the Louisville & Nashville railroad, has just
celebrated fifty years of continuous service with
that corporation. Major Geddes' homo Is in
In addition to being a leading member of the
Royal Arcanum, Admiral Schley is a leader in tho
Junior Order of United States Mechanics. The
last named order recently presented him with a
Until recently the city of Paris paid tho detec
tives who guard the president of France. The city .
now refuses to assume tho burden and the presi
dent wrill bo guarded by detectives who will be on
the national pay roll.
When the municipal councilors of Paris endeav
ored to put a memorial plaque on the house where
tho late Felix Faure was born they were stopped
by the owner of the property. He said ho did not
vant the house "desecrated."
Austin Dobson, the English man of letters,
has resigned his post as principal of the fisheries
and harbor department of the London Board of
Trade and after a visit abroad will devote him
self to writing a life of Samuel Richardson.
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