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Red Cloud Chief.
The Intent census shows that thcrl
aro 420,274 homos In Denmark, 188 foi
every 100 acres under cultivation nnj
195 per 1,000 Inhabitants; the nhorl
number 1,058,050, which Is 281 per 101
ncrcs and 4C6 per 1,000 Inhabitants
Denmark Is an agricultural country
About three-fourths of the population
arc engaged In the cultivation of th'l
poll, Copenhagen Is the only city (it
Princess Clomcntlno d'OrleuiiH, who
Ih now the only survivor of the large
family of Louis Philippe, has cele
brated her eighty-fourth birthday at
Hchlosj Ebenthnl, her Rent near Vien
na, whither she has Just returned after
a lonp stay nt Mentone. Princess
Clementine married Prince Augustus
of Sax-Coburg-Oothn, n brother of the
lato king dowager of Portugal, nnd a
first cousin of Queen Victoria and of
tho prlnco consort.
The Missouri egg factory of Spring
field handles about r0,000 dozen eggs a
day, nil of which are candled before
entering the factory. About three
wagon loads of eggs arc rejected each
day and hauled outside of tho city
limits where they are dumped, A man
living near tho dumping ground has
collected enough chlckenB hatched by
tho weather from eggs thus thrown
away to stock n chicken farm. Every
day for a month or more ho has been
carrying ft number of chlckcnn home
from the dumping ground, where 'they
had been hatched by the unprecedented
Persona interested In wild flowers
arc endeavoring to create and to or
ganize a sentiment for tho protection
nf our native plants, especially near
largo cities. Tho pond-Illy, trailing
tinnitus, native orchids, fringed gen
tian and many of tho evergreens have
been gathered in Massachusetts for
sale In such quantities, nnd bo steadily
sought by frequenters of suburban
woods, that their extinction Is threat
ened. Tho remedy suggested la that
care bo used to cut rather than pull
the (lowers, so thnt tho roots need not
he disturbed; and that those who
gather rare plants for tho market
should bo discouraged by lack of
Ulshop Phllpotts of Exeter early
earned his reputation for saying sharp
things. One of tho guests nt an under
radnato's party, in Oxford, sang a
song much out of tune. Then Phllpotts
was called upon. "I haven't a note in
my voice," snld he. "Well, If you can't
ilng, you must make a speech or tell
u story!" declared the host. "II I am
to tell a story," said tho future bish
op, "I think I should sny that I should
like to henr sing that song again!"
Much later In llfo he went to pay n
visit In Devonshire. "It's n beautiful
place, Isn't It?" asked u guest.' "Yes,"
snld the bishop, "but if it were mine I
would pull down tho houco nnd 1111 up
tlie pond with it. That would remove
The value of a recipe lies partly in
Its being accurately set down and fol
lowed. Harper's Magazine has the fol
lowing directions for making n break
fast delicacy called pop-overs, ns they
wero Imparted by the Chinese servant
to a lady visiting in tho family: "You
takco him one egg," said tho master of
tho kitchen, "one lit' cup milk. You
flxeo him one cup lion' on sieve, take
pinch suit you put him In lump. You
move him egg llt''blt slow; you put
him milk In, nil time move. You mnkee
him llou' go in, not move fnBt, so have
no spots. Makee but'led pan all same
wn'm, not too hot. Putlec him In oven.
Now you mind you business. No like
woman run look at him all time. Him
done all sumo time biscuit."
During month If July thousands of
young pooplo gathered In Clnclnnntl
nnd San Francisco, In Christian En
deavor and Epworth League conven
tions. Enthusiasm In largo measure
was theirs. But tho public, always
utilitarian, asks: "What have these
young people uctually dono?" A few
among the "best things" reported by
tho Junior Endeavors alone, chil
dren under 14 yenrs of age, are a suf
flclout reply: Clothed and paid board
of a crippled boy in school. Cave a
thanksgiving dinner to thirty-five poor
children. Earned money to iilve nonr
children an outing in July and Au
gust. Kept a crippled old lady in
clothing and food all winter. Fur
nished flowers all winter to our
church. Made scrap books for hospi
tals. Educated two colored bays.
Placed a rack In depot and kept It
tilled with good rending, (lathered two
hundred good books for tho prison
committee to ubc in Its work. Bought
an Invalid bed, which is loaned hi the
commuulty. Surely nn enthusiasm riv
eted by such acts of helpful service
need not hesitate to call Itself true
Gladstone's humorous advice to the
farmers to convert their superfluous
turnips Into beautiful jam has been
abundantly acted upon, oven In tho vir
tuous Unitod States. Around one case
of tho Agricultural Department's ex
hibit at the Pan-American Exposition
hang squares of cloth, originally white,
now yellow, orange, scarlet, crimson,
blue and purple all colored by aniline
dyes extracted from commercial Jam
and Jellies. In comparison with such
nefarious' adulteration comment would
CORN IS STILL KING
John H. Ames Says Stand Up
STATE SCARED BUT NOT HURT
Cltliena Very l'rminernua I'Miple Somo
Figure to 8how thnt the f.n From
Urjr Weather In Hardly Worth
John II. Ames of Lincoln gives the
following comforting article on Ne
braska and Its resources:
Younrc fond of repeating the phrase
"Stand up for Nebraska."' The sent!
ment Is excellent, but the precept, like
thnt which recommends the exercise
nf Christian charity, Is of little prac
tical value without illustration by ex
ample With respect to tho present
financial condition of this statu there
are certain facts and figures which are
deserving of comment Ixith because
they are cheering to our own citizens
and because they should servo to put
us in our true light before others.
It is worthy of note, in passing, that
Nebraska has suffered less from the
recent drouth titan any state lying to
the south of her and lc.s than Mis
souri and large parts of Iowa, Illinois,
Indiana and Ohio, and of several Eu
ropean countries. This advantage is,
of course, relative only, hut It is a Just
cause for congratulation that from a
universal or widespread disaster one
has escaped comparatively unharmed.
Tho following figures are estimate
only, but they have been furnished by
reputable grain dealers In this city of
long experience nnd conservative in
clination, nnd are bused upon personal
observations and hundreds of inquiries
at trustworthy sources of information.
They may be relied upon to any extent
in which trust can In any case be re
posed in similar estimates.
Substantially the total loss suffered
In this state on account of the recent
drouth is made up from the injury in
dieted upon the yield of oats and corn.
It is estimated that the largest harvest
of these two grains ever made in Ne
braska was that of tho year of 1H0O,
when the corn yielded in round num
bers 'J77,000,000 bushels and oats 37,
000,000. but the. production of corn in
that year was phenomenally large,
exceeding that of the previous season
by 10,000,000 bushels and that of the
average of previous fruitful years by
more than as much-morc. In the ab
sence of the drouth a reasonable ex
pectation of the corn yield In this state
would hae been :.MO,000,000 bushels,
nt the average price of .'II cents per
bushel obtained last year would have
been worth 857,500,000. Add the val
ue of 37,000,000 bushels of oats at 15
cents, 8.1,550,000, nnd you have a total
803,0.10,000. But it would have been
unreasonable to expect that Nebraska
would have hnrvested so much of these
crops unless the other graln-prudueing
countries should hnvo been equally
fortunate. Had such been tho case
that faet, together with the estimated
enormous yield of 700,000,000 bushels of
wheat, would doubtless have forced
theprlce of corn down to 18 cents a
bushel or less, resulting lu u reduc
tion of Slr.03,000 nnd leaving a total
of 850,550,000. On the other side of
the ledger It Is estimated that we have
raised this year not less than 75,000,
000 bushels of corn and that there are
still in the hands of the farmers and
dealers at least 10,000,003 bushels of
last year's crop.
Much of the now corn will not grade
and no merchantable value can be put
upon it, but It will be available for
feeding purposes, and there are con
siderable quantities in scattered neigh
borhoods that arc uninjured. It will at
least release tho old corn from demand
for domestic consumption or at any
rate permit its conversion into cash,
which nt the present price of .15 cents
per bushel will amount to S'.'.'.OOO.OOO.
Oats, in somo localities, have produced
a good crop and the estimated yield is
liO.OOO.OOO bushels, which at the pres
ent price of 3.1 cents arc worth 87,O00,
000, or nearly a million and a half
more than last year's crop. The total
nf tho two items is S'.'li.OOO.OOO, leaving
an adverse balance, ns compared with
1000, of SUl,. 150,000. lint there, is an
other important item which has thus
far been left out of the reckoning, and
which will more than redress this bal
ance. The boss chump of the agricul
tural bureau lias excluded Nebraska
lth her normal annual yield of !M0,
W0,0C0 bushels frouf the corn belt ami
has doubtless never heard that a bush
el of wheat has ever been raised lu this
state. But the fact Is that it is already
n considerable factor lu the fall wheat
production of the country, and Is like
ly soon to become one of the principal
wheat producing states, its yield of
that grain last year was !.i,O0O.OOD
bushels, worth, at 40 cents a bushel,
610,000,000, and the estimate this year
Is 50,000,000 bushels, at 7."i cents a bush
el, worth 837.500,000, or 87,500,000
more than the same crop last year and
enough to turn the nbove mentioned
ndvere balance into a net gain for this
lllglmtt Auekiment l'r t'unlta.
Houghton county, Michigan, which
Is In the heart of the Lake Superior
copper mining region, has the highest
assessed valuation of property per
capita of any county In the United
States. Tho total valuation for tho
county la $120,000,000.
Knfllih Hold rorelju Martgacei.
Residents in England hnvo 110,
000,000 Invested in mortgages in for
eign countries. These investments an
nually drain tho foreign countries of
about X6.C00.00O In cold casli.
three crops, wheat, corri, nnd oats, oi
85,050,000. This Is by no means the same
assaying that tho drouth vms a bless'
ing in disguise. If wo had rnlscd
!50.000,000 bushels of corn and had
sold It nt S3 cents and the prices for
the other grains had been the same nt
last year and tho oat yield hud been
40,000,000 bushels thu account would
Total 883 r.00 00C
While tin; actual account stands:
Showing an adverse balance of $17,
000,000, which would have doubtlcsi
been cut down by lower prices to not
more than 81,500,000, or about font
and one half dollars per capita of the
population. But what we actual
did get last year, taking tho average
yield of 2.10,000,000 bushels of corn
Or 80.500.000, that is to say SO. 50 pel
capita more than we got this year.
Tho margin was cut dawn this year by
the enormous increase in the yield of
wheat and the great advance In prices.
There are many other reflection
suggested by the foregoing if there
were thne nnd space for making them.
For Instance there has never been u
time when there was so much forage,
or roughness ns the farmers call it, in
this state ns there is now. The hay
crop In most of thestate is beyond the
average and in large parts of it im
mense. There have been millions of
tons of alfalfa raised this year, per
haps twice as much ns ever before.
The corn stalks, where the crop has
failed, are a large growth and contain
the nutriment which in other years
has gone to make and mature the ears.
Harvested in season nnd properly cured
they will make a great amount of the
best live stock feed in the world. All
these things are. much more than n set
on" for the diminished yield of oats.
The stock yards markets have not yet
been crowded with immature stock
from Nebraska farms. On the con
trary, our farmers have not only, with
individual exceptions, no necessity for
marketing their young cattle, but, in
many instances, are taking advantage
of the opportunity to buy at normal
prices from our southern neighbors
animals to be wintered on our surplus
.forage. In this manner millions of
dollars' profit will doubtless be rea
ll.ed within the next few months. The
value of these jdilugs is dltllenlt, if not
impossible, of estimation. Inordinary
years thu hay crop is, after corn, the
most valuable in the United States
Last year It was supposed to be worth
All things considered, including bar
ley, rye, dairy products, fowls, eggs,
vegetables, etc., it is likely that the
total value of farm produce in this
state, this year will not fall below
8100.000,000, or 8100 apiece, for every
man, womnn and child of our popula
tion. Tills is an immense sum, one
which It may be fairly conjectured
cannot be exceeded in any state of the
union and which is far beyond any
thing that can be reasonably claimed
for any foreign country. At that rate
the annual value of farm produce in
the United States, exclusive of live
stock, would by nlsnit eight thousand
million dollars (88,000.000,000) or not
fnr from four times tho amount it has
ever reached. The worst that can be
said alsiut us is that we have lost
84,500,000 by the drouth, but even this
statement is only metaphorically true.
Correctly speaking one cannot he said
to have lost that which he never had.
Compute nil our garnered wealth and
compare it witli that of any former
year and it will appear that we have as
much as we. ever had. What we have
lost is not what we had, but nn antici
pated gain. Our anticipated income
for tho year for the year lliOl is about
four and one-half per cent less than
we hoped and less than it might have
been but for the drouth, but the re
maining uluety-tlve and one-half per
cent Is an enormous sum and provides
us with resources with which, with a
favorable season in 1002, to more than
repair the damage.
"Stnnd up for Nebraska."
John 11. A.mks.
DIefoIvo one cup of sugar In one
pint of water, add tho Juice of four
lemons. Heat tho yolks of four eggs
until light colored nnd creamy," and
then the whites until stiff. Mix them
tho-oughly, add the lemon water and
om pint of fine chipped ice. Add more
sugur if needed.
Christian Eudaavnr In Kn-land,
Christian Endeavor Is gaining rap
Idly In the Church of England. New
societies affiliate almost every wock
with the union. There nro eight so
cieties In the Established church In
Bristol, and at n recent rally in St,
Phillip's school' there was a ery largij
Club Ilia Oldeit Weapon.
The oldest known weapon was tho
club. The clubs of tho lako dwellent
of Switzerland, studded with stones In
default of nulls, and thus making for
midable weapons, have been recovered
from their habitations.
Oil In riac of Coal.
Svon of the largest sugar refineries
on Bayou Terhe in St. Mary parish,
near New Orleans, have decided to dis
continue the use of coal In tho mnnu
facturo of BUgor and sent to New Or
leans nn agent to contract for the erec
Uou of tho necessary oil tanks.
Cspyrlfhttd 1891 by
C'HAPTiyit I A lUllUiniieu;.
"I remember," pursued Ulln. "It
nil comes to mo now. I bathed his
bruised head, and bound up his
wounds, while you brought the cor
dlal which my mother provided."
"So It was, my ludy. I have seen
the slavo Blnco have seen him several
times ho has brought messages to
your father and I know that his grat
ltudo is strong. If Osmlr hns any
power to open the prison door, nnd I
can find him, there mny be some
"But can you find him?" asked the
princess. She spoko eagerly, nnd no
longer sought to conceal the real cause
of her anxiety.
"I can try," returned the attendant;
"and even here we have n fortunuto
help. Shubat, who bus been so Ions
your servant. Is a near friend to Os
mlr. I will take Shubal with me, and
we may find tho man we seek. Shall
I not leave nt once?"
"Yes, Albln. Oo at once. Be careful,
for all may depend on the secrecy of
jour movements. 1 havo entered upon
this mutter, nnd I will now givo nil
my eneigles to Its consummation. Oo
and bring mo answer as quickly as
Tho bondmaldon left the apartment,
and when U'.ln was once moro alone,
sho i tinted to her feet, and moved to
the window. Tho flush wan back upon
her cho,ek, anil. the. sparkle was In her
ee. Her puio blood was circulating
with new power, as, for the time, she
forgot the king in the memory of the
In less than an hour Albia returned,
and the beam upon her face told vory
plainly that she had not been entirely
"My good mistress," she said, "Shu
bal has served us well. I found him
without difficulty, and ho nt once
went alone in search of Osmlr. He
found him at tho royal palace, and has
brought him hither."
"And what does he say?"
"I have not spoken to him of Julian.
I thought you had better do that. You
may have more Influence."
"Very well bring him up at once.
I will shrink from nothing now."
"In a llttlo while tho tall, dnrk form
glided within the chamber of the
princess. He bowed low as he en
tered, and when lie saw tho lady Ulln,
he sank down upon his knee.
"Noble lady," he said, "Albln In
formed me that I ran be of service to
you. Once you served me, and my life
has been yours ever since. Command
At first Ulln had been startled by
the nppearance of the powerful black
within her chamber; but when sho re
membered tho servlco Bhe had done
him, nnd. .when sho 8aw how gently
tho beams of gratitude fell upon her
from his brown eyes, she regained her
"I will not command you, Osmlr; I
can only ask you to assist me. You
may be able to serve me, and you may
not bo able. But I will not detain you
with usoless words. You do not yet
know what ! seek?"
"I do not, lady."
"You helped to bring the robber
chieftain to Damascus."
"Ha who told you that?" He wbb
not startled with fear; but he rather
seemed to wonder how the princess
had gained the information.
"Do you know u man named Ho
baddan?" "Yes, lady. He is second in command
of tho robber band."
"He has been here, Osmlr, nnd he
has Induced me to use my influence
towards gaining freedom for his chief
tain. I mny not explain to you, but
nevertheless I am willing to confess
that I do much desire to free this
Julian from tho power of the king.
Can you help me?"
He bowed his head, and pretty soon
arose to his feet.
"Lady," ho said, "I did help In tho
capture of tho young chieftain; but
when I camo to know him I would
rather havo served him had It been In
my power. I found him a generous,
honorable man and 1 learned to love
him; but I was bound by an oath to
the will of Judali, and I could not dis
obey. I wish I could save him now."
"Can you do It, Osmir? I do vt
wish that tho king should kill him.
,Ve thought you might havo access to
his dungeon that you might, at somo
time, be set to guard him."
"So it Is, lady; but I am not to bo
on the guard again until daylight."
"And to-morrow mqy bo the last!"
uttered tho princess, painfully. "If
you cannot help us our hope has an
Osmlr moved back and leaned
against the wall, with his head upon
"Lady," ho eald, after much
thought, 'T have ono sourco of hops.
My companion, Sellm he who was
with me In tho work of capture
stands watch over tho chieftain's dun
geon nt mlanlght. Sellm may help
mo. If ho will, Julian may be saved.
I will hasten away at onco, -and exert
this only iutlueuce I possess."
"And when can I know tho result?"
"Within two hours past midnight,"
said Osmlr. "That is," ho added, "if
I havo any result to bring. If I do not
Biicceed, I may not return at nil."
"At two hourB past midnight," pur
sued Ulln, "Hobaddan is to be in my
gulden. You can meet him there."
A Story of
-uc, lcii-rned the gimrd, after n
moment's reflection, "If 1 succeed, I
shall not fear to meet tho lieutenant.
If 1 nm not In tho garden nt tho time
appointed, or very near thnt time, you
may know that I have dono all that
lay In my power. Hnvo you more to
"No, good Osmlr. Go to the work,
and do tho best you can."
Ho spoko a simple word of promise,
and then turned from tho apartment,
Albln conducting him down, and guid
ing him out by a small door In the
"Albla," he said, as he stood be
nenth the low nrch and his tune
showed that he did not speak lightly
"your mistress does not dream; of tho
dnngcr I must undergo In this work;
but 1 will bo true to my promise, I will
do all I ran. If Sellm will not Join
me, thero is tho end; but if he falls in
with me, then wo both put our lives
at stake, nnd the prize may be won. I
hope we shall succeed."
Tho bondmaldon watched the re
trcuting form until it was lost in the
darkness, nnd then sho closed the
gntc, nnd turned her steps back
towards the house.
In tho Dungeon.
The robber chieftain had been placed
in ono of tho most gloomy dungeons
beneath the royal palace, his legs and
-arms loaded with chains nnd his feet
shackled to a bolt In the floor. How
long ho had been thero he could not
tell. Night and duy wero the Bnme
in tho living tomb. Food and drink
had been brought to him thrice, and
a innsk'ed mute had been In to remove
tho tray. He had but one hope of es
cape, and even that was so feeble that
It would not benr the entertainment.
He thought If his followers should dis
cover where ho was, they might pos
sibly dare to attempt his release; but
when ho came to weigh all the cir
cumstances, he dared not think they
would do it. In shorl, Julian had made
up his mind that death was very near
And what hnd ho to live for? What,
but revenge upon the King of Damns
mus? He had no parents no rela
tives nothing on earth of his own
blood which ho could claim. There
might be living In the city Eome hu
man being of his kin; but he did not
know of such. He loved his bravo
fellows; but they could do without
him. They wero bold, Btout men, and
could look for themselves. Whnt elso
was there? Thero wero somo poor
families in the mountains somo
friends upon the plain and a few de
pendent ones near the river; but Ho
baddan would care for them. What
else was thero?
Tho youthful chieftain bowed ills
head, nnd pressed his heavily laden
hnnds upon his heart. Thero was one
more ono whom he had hoped to see
again In the coming time ono who
hnd left an impression In his soul
which hud warmed and quickened his
whole being. But why think of her?
What could tho beautiful daughter of
Aboul Casscm bo to him? In a few
short days she would bo the wife of
his bitterest enemy.
Thus mused tho prisoner, standing
erect, with his manacled hnnds fold
ed upon his bosom, when ho wad
moused from his reflections by the
sound of creaking bolts, nnd in n few
moments more tho door of his dun
geon was opened, and the rays of a
lamp penetrated the place. Two men
entered, closing the door after them;
but the eyes of the chieftain wero riot
yet used enough to tho light to dis
tinguish either their forms or features.
Presently, however, ns they addressed
each other, he recognized the two
blacks who had so fatally deceived
htm, and his first impulse was to rnise
his heavy chains nnd smltn them
down; but they were not near enough
to be thus reached.
"Osmlr Sellm," he said, "are you
"Yes, my master," replied O.smir.
"Have you come to kill me?"
"To bear me to tho king?"
"What, then? You have the watch
"And tho king fears not to trust
"You seo ho does trust us."
"Aye us I trusted you. O, you arc
two ungrateful villains. When you
camo to rao in tho forest, I believed
your tale of woo, nnd took pity upon
you; nnd I meant to be kind to you,
and make your lot a pleasant one. I
looked Into your faces, and 1 thought
you were honeet. I did not trust you
from your speech, but from your hon
est looks. However, It Is past. And
now what seek ye?"
"Good master," said Osmlr, speak
ing earnestly, "before I tell you why
wo aro now here, let mo say to you
that wo are not without hearts, and
thnt we havo somo store of honesty.
When we went to your camp, wo went
in tho service of another mnstor, whom
we were bound to serve. Wo had
sworn that yo would capture you If wo
could. But, sir, after wo had teen yoi
nnd known you, wo would havo i
cvinted had tho thing been possible. We
asked Judah to freo us from tho task,
but he refused."
"Why do you tell mo this story
"Tlfnt you may know the reason of
"You action speaks for Itself. Iook
at these chains; and mark tho fate to
which I am doomed."
"I meant not the notion of tho past,
good mnster; I alluded to action fnnt
was to come."
"Action to come?"
"Yes. Sellm nnd I are here to epeak
of your release from this dungeon.
Hold let our words be few, for tho
tlmo Is short. We have promised that
we would lead you forth from Horain's
power if tho thing were possible."
"Promised whom?" asked Julian.
The black .hesitated. Ho knew not
thnt he should use tho namo of the
princess, so ho finally answered:
"Hobaddan is in the city, and our
promise has been sent to him. But
thero Is something more. If we lead
you from tills place, wc do so in the
face of great danger. Wo havo plan-,
ncd for that, and havo freely staked'
our lives In tho work. But, If wc sue-'
cced, nnd you are free, wo can never
moro return to Damascus. If wo go
with you from this dungeon, we must,
go with you from the city, and remain
Julian believed thnt tho black was
speaking truly and honestly.
"Certainly," ho said, "if you lend me
in safety from the bonds that now en
compass me, I will give you such re
turn as you may desire. You may re
main with me, if you like, or I will
give you safe conduct into tho laud
of the Syrians."
"Your word Is enough, my master;
nud henceforth Sellm nnd I are your
servants. Wo change our allegiance,
nnd tho proof of our fidelity shall be
manifest In this first net of our serv
ice. Wo have dangers to meet, sir."
"Talk not of dangers," cried the
chieftain. "Throw off these chains;
give mo a sword; nnd lend me to the
uppor world; and I nsk no more. Once
again I trust you, and if you prove
true, my gratitude shall be your while
Without further words Osmlr pro-,
cceded to the work he had como to
perform. Sellm held tho lantern,
while ho loosed tho irons from Julian's
limbs; and very soon tho chieftain
stepped forth wltn his limbs free.
"Thero is no tlmo to waste," said
Osmir, as ho cast tho chains upon the
floor. ' We have good swords nt hand,
nnd for the rest we miiBt trust to our
wit and strength. Thero Is danger
enough between this dungeon and tho
open air; but I nm ready to meet it."
"By tho gods," cried Julian, as he,
grasped tho sword which Osmlr had"
placed in his hand. "I can laugh at
dniiBer now. Lead on, nnd let this,
present hour be the last of Horam's
(To bo continued.)
HARPOONING BLUE WHALES.
Tho Harpoon (inn Is n Cruel Instrument
of Di'Kl met Inn.
To pursue tho blue whale success
fully is. according to nn interesting
nrtlcle in Pearson's Magazine, a com
plicated undertaking. For instance.
o"no of tho requirements is a boat that
can steam twelve knots nn hour, and
which is furnished with a formidable
weapon known as the hnrpDon-gun.
Tho harpoon-gun Is a ponderous piece
of apparatus laced on a raised plat
form on the prow of the whaler, and
coiiolsts of a short, stout cannon,
mounted on u broad pedestal, on which
It can rotnte horizontally. Tho gun
has also a vertical motion, and can bo
turned quickly In whatever direction
the prow of the ship dominates. On
tho top of tho gun nro "sights" for
aiming, just as in a rifle. Behind is
tho stock, which Is jjrasped In the
hand when firing tho gun, and be
neath It the trigger. The breech. Is a
box-llko arrangement, situated Just
where the stock 1b fastened to tho gun
proper. The gun Is loaded in tho or
dinary way from tho muzzle, and tho
harpoon is tightly rammed Into It. To
discharge tho gun, a small cartridge,
with a wire attached, Is first put into
tho breech. Pressure on the trigger
causes a pull on the wire, which ignites
the cartridge and discharges tho gun
simultaneously. The harpoon is about
six feet In length nnd very mnsslvc. It
consists essentially of thrco parts, tho
anterior conical portion, tho movable
barbs, and the shaft. Tho anterior
conical piece Is an explosive shell filled
with gunpowder, nnd screws on to tho
rest of the harpoon. The explosive
shell is fired with n time-fuse ufter tho
harpoon is imbedded in tho whale.
Taken all In all the harpoon-gun is
about the most exquisitely cruel in
strument of destruction devised by tho
ingenuity of man! But it Is only
when one sees and knows the prodlgj
ous brute it Is meant to destroy, that
ono realizes that it Is nevertheless
none too effective. The gun Is nover
discharged at a greater distance than
fifty feet, and seldom indeed at moro
than thirty from tho whale. To be
able to get so near requires not only
very fino seamanship but a very In
timate knowledge of the habits of tho
animal. Philadelphia Times.
llugnit Sen C.'reiiturc.
Of all the uncanny creatures In the
animal kingdom the ono whoso ac
quaintance Is hardest to make Is the
blue whale, the largest of all the
whales, and, Indeed, ono of the most f
colossal animals, living cr extinct,
known to science. You will look In
vain for him in zoological collections,
in menageries, or even in museums A
brute 90 feet in length and weighing
Just ns many tons does not lend ItsoJJ
to preservation or stulllng, nnd tho foir
skoUtons of him which do exist give)
ono no Idea of what ho is like. Tho
blue whale Is hunted by tho Norwe
gians chiefly for the sake of his oil.
and Is of considerable value, a full
grown specimen being worth front,
1 11,250 to n.noo.
mt Hi mww
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