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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 14, 1902)
St. Louis Has Another Hotol Hor
ror and Eleven Lives Are Lost.
SUffERE FROM EXPOSURE
ISLANDS ARE PURCHASED
KILLS tilS BROTHER
Hafe Iltoitrrn Tiip.Snfo hi (Icorgla Toitii
Two Killed In Holler Explosion
IllRlnriiyiiiiin Klml by Police
man Hoy lliirnpil to Death,
An enrly morning fire which de
stroyed thu Empire hotel at St. Louis,
Mo., n Inrgc three-story lodging house
Ht 2700 and 2702, occupied by men ex
clusively, cnuM'd the death of eleven
persons, ten men and and one woman.
and dangerously Injured eight others.
Ten or more who had narrow es
capes from death in the lire were more
or less Injured by being frost bitten.
It is estimated that there were be
tween thirty-live and forty persons in
the building, and it is believed all are
The financial loss is normal. It Is
thought that 820,000 will cover the
damage to building and contents,
which were totally destroyed.
The Hie started about 3:30 a. m. when
lnit few persons were abroad, and
gained considerable headway before It
was discovered. There was consider
able delay in turning in an alarm, and
when the engines finally reached the
scene the whole front of the building
was in llames and the interior was a
seethinir furnace. Rv that time all
who escaped death had lei t the build
ing by jumping from the windows or
climbing down ropes made of Itcd
clothes. A few escaped from the
ground floor through the front door.
Some of the escapes were very narrow.
Almost everybody who got out suf
fered some Injury or was frost bitten.
The guests barely had time to get out
when aroused, the flames had spread
so rapidly. Some saved clothing,
which they carried In their hands, but
others wero not so fortunate, losing
everything. After some delay nearby
houses were opened to the unfortunate
and they were given shelter from the
biting cold weather.
It was one of the coldest nights of
the winter, the ground being covered
with ice and snow and everyone suffer
ed from exposure.
Danish Weal turtle Now l'nrt ot the
The recent favorable report hy the
senate committee on foreign relations
of the treaty for the cession of the isl
ands of the Dai'lsh West todies was au
eompauted hy a written statement
made by that committee to the senate.
Tills report contains a snmll diagram
showing the location of the three Isl
ands and the position relative to l'orto
Hieo, and gives numerous Interesting
facts relative to the Islands, it shows
that during the year 100U the islands
exported to the Tolled States sugar,
molasses and distilled spirits amount
ing to S.ViS.fll.", and that during the
same period the exportation from the
rutted States amounted to 8024,521.
The annexation of the islands was
sought by the United States years ago;
as far back as HOT Denmark declined
to sell the islands for S."., 01)0,1)00, but
made a proposition to part with them
for 315,000,000. See. Seward offered 87,
.100,000, which was decline. He after
wards agreed to pay that amount for
the islands of St. Thomas and St.
.lohn. but the trade fell through be
cause of complications which arose.
At that time Denmark Insisted that the
consent of the people hi the islands
should be formally given before the
sale should he consummated and when
the vote was taken there were ojily 3.1
out of a total of 1,','00 ballots, ngnnst
the cession. When the treaty was re
turned to tin senate of the United
States It was tied up for two years and
ultimately failed of ratification.
A Lad of Seven Uses a Shotgun
With Deadly Effect.
TOP OF HEAD LITERALLY BLOWN OFF
KaiKM linn Another Murder Mystery
Jailer Shoots the Wrong Sinn .
Forger Itoberts' Wound Hcallu'g
News of a distressing accident which
occurred at the home of Hermann (loss
man, a prosperous farmer of Richard
son county, has just been received.
The farmer had prepared to drive out
into the Held to procure some fodder
and had loaded up his shotgun to take
along. He was called out Into another
room and as he went he deposited toe
loaded gun inthe corner of the kitchen.
During his absence the weapon was
discovered by two of his sons, and the
elder, a lad of seven years, playfully
picked it up anil pointed it in thu face
of his younger brother, three years old.
Pulling the trigger the firearm was dis
charged right in the face of the child,
and the top of his head was literally
blown off, death resulting Instantly.
Arrangements have been made for the
funeral to bo held at the house at noon
on Friday conducted by Rev. M. Meyer
of the German M. K. church.
Worked In a Itlncrr,
Mr. Rctts, near Concordia, n., n
the owner of a very fast horn called
"Frcborn" and he has offered to run
any horse In th state. A Mr. Chand
ler matched him n race for $100 a sI4o
and scut to a friend in Topka for a
horse which his friend had just got
ten from St. Louis by the name of Lit
The race was run near Concordia.
The betting was good, Thure were
two strange men there, each of
whom had a lady friend and a big roll
of money which they were not nfrald
to bet. It was thought that one of
them owned Little Jean because the
rider asked him several questions, The
race was three-quarters of a mile and
was won hy Little .lean hi 1:18.
Horned to Dentil.
Clarence, the two-year-old son ol
Lincoln Lee, residing a few miles east
of l'hittsinouth was so horribly burned
that his death resulted soon after.
About four o'clock In the afternoon,
while Mrs. Lee was out in the yard
attending to some clothes on the Hue,
she was excitedly called by one of the
Hushing into the house she found
the clothing of little Clarence on fire.
Hefore she could suppress the flames
both arms, the breast and back, the
neck and right side of the child's face
were badly burned. The little fellow
was a pitiful sight. The family phy
sician was hurriedly summoned and
he cut nway the dead flesh, hut the life
of the little sufferer could not be saved.
How the child's clothing caught fire is
a mystery, but the parents believe It
was from an old-fashioned box-wood
Downfall of a Pastor.
Tho Hev. II. II. Irwin, the Kansas
City, minister who was found uncon
scious with Ids pockets turned Inside
out, confessed In open meeting at tho
Tidings of Joy mission thai he was
drunk ,t the time he was taken in by
the police. He said that he had been
tempted hy tho devil and had been
overcome. Ho declared he was a vic
tim of the devil's wiles and wasa back
slider again; that this was uot his first
fall, but that ho believed it was to bo
his last one.
"If t fall again," he said, "I feel now
that I cannot survive. I feel that tho
supreme crisis has arrived in the battle
between the Lord and satau for tho
possession of my soul."
(Irnndfnlher' Clock Tallin.
Vour nnmo Is Margery, you say?
Yes, Hint's a pretty name;
Hut why, MIrs (Hrlle, do you sigh
.lust like a toothless datun7
You say you havo bo much to do
It keeps you busy quite?
You'vo children tlueo to dress
And put to bed nt night?
Your I'arls doll's n trial great,
Hecauso she tearH her clothes?
And llahy Hess will Hplll hor milk.
And Shaftoo's cracked his noso?
What would you do, MIbb Margery,
If children canio in twelves?
You'd feel, I'm sure, thut you uiUBt
Eleven to the elves.
Twolvo children bless my house and
With sixty children grand,
And sixty great-grandchildren, too,
Make us a merry hand.
Your children do not say a word
Unless you punch a spring;
My household Is a noisy place,
Like ningples chattering.
My children twelve shout loudly out
Seventy-eight times a day;
My grandchildren are silent qulto;
My groats Just hnvc a wny
Of talking every second think!
43,200 times they say,
Yet I am ulways gay!
'Thuddeus Orey In Philadelphia
The farm house of William R. Rob
ertson, about twenty miles east of
Cumberland, Mil., on the Maryland
Bide of the Potomac river, was entirely
destroyed by tire and four of tho Rob
ertson children, Pearl, Owen, Eflle and
Joseph, the oldest aged ten, and the
youngest fonr years were cremated.
Tho lire, which is thought to hnvc
started from sparks from an open
hearth, spread so rapidly that Mr. nnd
Mrs. Robertson found all means of es
cape gone for the children, who were
asleep In another room, nnd the par
ents were compelled to jump from a
second story window dressed only in
their night clothes in order to save
their own lives. They made several
attempts to reach the children, but
were driven back by the flames, and
after the fire had subsided somewhat
they were almost frozen hefore aid
canie from the neighbors. Mr. Robert
ion claims that the hearth ilro was
well covered, and that the fire, which
started from the lower floor, must have
been of incendiary origin.
Judicial Appropriation Hill Passed.
The house has passed the legislative,
xecutlvo and judicial appropriation
bill, tho second of the regular supply
bills. As passed it carries 825,171,000,
which is 8203,721 in excess of the cur
rent law. Two amendments of impor
tance were adopted. One provides for a
commission to redlstrlct the legislative
districts of Oklahoma, and tho other
authorizes the president, In his discre
tion, to cover into the civil service tho
temporary clerical force employed on
account of the war with Spain. There
are about 1,250 of these still in the
service. Hy tho terms of the. aipeiul
ment the president must place all or
none of them under the civil service.
Htalllous Fight a Du.il.
Two Perchcron stallions, imported
from England, fought a duel to the
death on a fast stock train on the Union
Pacific at Cheyenne. One was killed,
the car was smashed into splinters, and
Edward lloise, tho owner of the ani
mals, lost 81,500, the value of his
horses. Two keepers In charge had to
climb outside to escape the hoofs and
teeth of the infuriated animals. When
they succeeded In apprising the train
men of the battle, a sidetrack was
reached and every effort made to sepa
rate the animals, but finally one sev
ered the jugular of his rival, which
bled to death.
The boiler of a freight locomotive
on the Lake Erie & Western exploded
while the engine was standing on a
siding near St. Marys; O. Fireman
Floyd Hrown of Lima was killed out
right and Engineer Edward Casey of
Fremont, O., was scalded so badly that
he died a few hours later. A number
of cars were wrecked. A defective
crown sheet Is supposed to have been
the cause of tho explosion.
Fugitive Wife Arrives.
!'he young man now boarding nt the
county jail at Wnhoo, Neb., arrested
last week on a charge of forgery, after
a little detective work on the part of
Sheriff Webster, gave his real name as
Emmett Roberts of Newton, la., his
place of residence, from which place
ids wife arrived and is deeply grieved
over the sad predicament In which she
found her youthful husband. Roberts,
it is charged, has a very shady reputa
tion ut Newton, his home, where he
is wanted for forgery, his bond being
fixed at 81,000. Roberts resisted while
being arrested in Wahoo and was shot
by Marshal Uert Smith. The wound,
which was a very serious one, is heal
Mr. Hoffel Not Imporvlng.
Word comes from Uutler, Pa., to the
effect that Mrs. Soffel, the accomplice
of the Riddle brothers, Is considerably
vrftrsc. Her wound seems to bo heal
ing nicely, hut she takes very little
nourishment and her mental condition
is described as approaching collapse.
Harry Ulddle,the brother of the dead
men, who had their remains buried,
says the grave will be protected Indefi
nitely from vandals by armed guards.
He made formal application to be ap
pointed executor of the estate of Ed
and Jack. He claims that the former,
when first arrested, had in his posses
sion about 81,000 and the latter 8200 in
The discovery of the dead body of
George Zimmerman, a German farmer,
sixty-three years old, at his home near
Morris station, Kansas, his head hav
ing been crushed, has led the authori
ties to believe that Zimmerman nnd
two other aged men, botli recluses, have
been murdered in that vicinity since
the first of the year by the same per
sons and in each case it is believed that
the motive has been robbery. The
other victims were Thomas Carroll and
Two men and women arc in the Ar
gentine jail pending an investigation
of tho Usappcarance of Long.
Wolves netting Hold.
The deep snow, so great a benefit to
formers In many wnys.has resulted un
pleasantly in one respect out In Wells
ville vicinage. Wolves, always numer
ous In certain sections of the surround
ing country, have been made desperate
by hunger nnd are seriously troubling
tho farmers. The boldness of the ani
mals and their depredations havo be
come soannoylng that protective meas
ures are called for and the Inhabitants
are nrranglng for a concerted raid on
the dens. A grand round-up is pro
jected with the hope of destroying the
pests or frightening them from tho
For Hlr Duck Lake.
A party of Wichita, Kas., and Kan
sas City men are planning to purchase
forty acres of land near Cairo, in King
man county, Kas., and will make a large
lake ou the property. The property Is
known as Gant's mill, an Is near to the
famous duck hunting ground, nn it is
thought can be made into a valuable
game preserve and n lake would also
houseful In hunting ducks. Tho party
is said to bo composed of Chief of Po
lice Frank Hurt, Gerald Volk, and Bev
eral other Wichita men, nnd Chief ot
Police Hayes and a number of other
Kansas City hunters, who have lately
visited the grounds near Cairo. '
Fire Does limit Damage.
Fire recently destroyed nearly all the
business section of Elberton, Gn., do
ing damage which is estimated at 8100
000. The city has no firo protection
nnd the bucket brigades formed by
citizens were of no uvall in a tempera
ture of 20 degrees and a high wind.
The Tate block, two livery stables,
the T. M. Swift block, the new plnnt
of the suthern Hell Telephone company
und a dozen ormoro firms wero burned
fllRliivnyninn Shot Dead.
John, alias "Shortcy" Councell, wns
shot and killed by Patrolman Smyth
nt St. Louis while nttemptlng to es
cape alter holding up John W. Sollnls,
a conductor on a Spring Avenue car.
i Councell ami an unidentified man
who got away, hoarded the car which
was loaded with passengers, nnd held
up the conductor at tho point of a pis
tol, securing his watch nnd some
Insane When Kite Shot Her Ilnsbnnd.
The jury In the case of Mrs. May
Dennic, charged with the murder of
her husband, Edgar II. Dennic, whom
she shot and killed on June 14, 1001, nt
their home at Qulncy, 111., returned a
verdict in the Adams co-jnty circuit
of not guilty, holding Mrs. Dennle was
insane at the time of tho murder and Is
now insane. She will be sent to the
central hospital for insano st Jackson
ville. Mrs. Dennio said she consulted
n physician regarding her health, and
was wild with fear lest she should lose
Arrested far Assault.
Ed W. Williams of Sliver Creek, Neb.
was arrested by Constable E. P. Hill
on a complaint wherein Frnnk Holden
accuses him of assaulting him with n
dangerous knife. Williams was held
under 8300 bond. Willlnms is a popu
lar young man, and his many friends
arc loth to believe that he committed
the act. Holden is a young farmer of
Ilurglar Slake Itlcli Hani.
Safe blowers forced the vaults of tin
Lemon Hanking company, nt Aeworth,
Ga., securing 85,000 in gold, 85,000
Georgia state bonds nnd a large amount
of htock certificates. Hctweeu 845,000
nnd 850,000 in notes, stock, certificates
and bonds were hopelessly mutilated
by the explosion and much currency
and small bills destroyed.
The Minnesota state board of par
rtons late this nfternoon refused to
grant tho petition for au absoluto par
don for James and Cole Younger and
the two noted convicts will have to
remain In Minnesotn, being now out of
prison on parole, but limited to the
Tin Dead and Four Injured.
Two men are dead and four others
are seriously injured as the result of
an explosion of Ipowder in the powder
at the mouth of Japan tunnel, at
A man by the name of .Marta, who
was thawing powder in the house,
stepped out of the building for a mom
ment and the powder, becoming heat
ed, exploded, tho concussion setting
off the entire powder supply, amount
ing to several hundred pounds. About
400 yards distant was stored tons of
dynamite. The door of the building
was blown in, but the dynamlto was
MoFarlane Set Free.
"Shorty" McFarland, licensed of com
pliolty in the killing of Q. L. Wiltbor
ger in Winficld, Kns., last spring, was
released from custody by the county
attorney's instructions. He was held
on tho strength of "Slim" French's
sensational story, told in the Wichita
jail, in which he implicated "Shorty."
French's story has been knocked to
pieces by the county attorney nnd
Judge Mcliricd, to whom he confessed
that he was in town at the time of tho
killing. These statements were after
ward verified, and consequently no
evidence was left to convict "Shorty."
Iledmond und Deilln Arrive.
William H. K. Redmond, member of
parliament for East Clare, and Mr. Jo
seph Devlin, of Helfast, the Irish na
tionalists, arrived from Queenstown on
the White Star liner Cymbric. They
will make a tour of the United States
to aid in organizing the United League
Frederick SehulU was hanged at
Sault Ste Marie, Ont, One night hi
the first week in August last Schltz re
turned home intoxicated and after a
quarrel with Mrs. Craig, a woman who
passed as his wife, deliberately shot
and killed her. He was arrested and
and after a trial was found guilty and
sentenced to death.
Senor Lerma, tho newly elected gov
ernor of Hataan province, Philippine
Islands, lied after his election when he
wns called upon to account for 84,000
of insurgent funds. Ho Is still miss-hiir.
Use Insane Man as Shield.
Jailer Williams mortally wounded
Peter Kane, an insane prisoner, in
frustrating nn attempt of two other
prisoners to break jail at Greeley, Col.
When Williams uulocked the cage for
the purpose of putting Kane luslde,
Thomas Huff and David Fnir, charged
with highway robbery made a dash
for the door. Williams immediately
shot Huff, but the latter saved him
self by bcizing nnd holding Kane in
front of himself us a shield.
Two Net roes Lynched.
Euless Wittaker, colored, charged
with the murder of John Dostcr, three
weeks ago, was taken from the jail at
Lynchburg, Tenn., and hanged by a
mob. Tow Hrown, negro, who killed
Miss Delia Powell at Nicholasville,
Ky., was taken from the officers and
Phillip Gerst, former city treasurer
ofRuffalo, N. Y., has been arrested,
charged with misappropriation of 827,
000 of the city's funds. Gerst was re
moved from office in December last by
Mayor Dlehl. He was charged at that
time with misconduct In office and dur
ing the investigation of the charge ad
mitted misappropriating 150,000. Since
that time an iuvostigation of the city
treasurer's has been made under the
new city administration of Mayor
Poisoned by a 1'lu.
'-'ts. Marry llattey, wife of the post
master, I). C. Hattey, at Florence, Kan.,
died of blood poisoning, caused by the
brick of a pin. About a week ago
Mrs. Hattey, while brushing a dress,
pricked a finger with a pin, scarcely
deep enough to bring tho blood. Sho
thought nothing of it until her finger
began to swell. Physicians were call
ed. After three days of sulTering sho
died. The body was taken to Frovl
dence, R. I., for burial.
Fiddling at Lawrence.
W. T. Howe of Haldwln, won the first
prize at tho fiddlers' contest at Law
rence, Kas. Mr. Heard won second prize
and Jake Washington was given third
place. A good sized crowd utteuded
and upward of 8150 was tuken in for
the associated charities. The contest
wns unique in every way and only non
professional fiddlers were permitted to
enter. None were allowed to use notes.
A 850 violin wns the first prize.
A Urakeinun Killed Near Olatho.
J. C. llerry, a freight brakeman on
the St. Louis fc San Francisco rail,
road, was killed hy the northbound
passenger train No. 118 at Marrium,
Kans. The steam from the engine, it
is thought, blinded him so that ho
could not see the train approaching.
He was thirty-five years old and had
family living In western Kansas.
For department president of the
Women's Relief Corps tho name of Mrs.
Emma Forter, of Marysvllle, will bo
presented to tho encampment to b
held at Fort Scott, for the position,
which will be highly seconded by a
lnrge number of hor W. R. 0. friend
throughout the state.
Stole Ulanket and Qnllts.
Perry Marshall, a young man about
twenty years old, living at Rome, wm
arrested and taken to Wellington tq
answer a charge before Justice Chad
don of stcaliug a horse blanket, twa
quilts and two comforts from a buggy,
He pleaded guilty and was fined 823
aud sentenced to three months in jail.
Luther Scott of Howard, Kas., hai
been appointed to the office of county
attorney to fill the vacancy caused bj
the removal of W. A. McCaustand M
Stella's Unhappy Mishap.
It wns on a bright Saturday morn
ing when Stella, tho younger daughter
of Mr. nnd Mrs. Hrown, desired to go
ovor to her friend's home, Just n block
from whero she lived. Tho snow was
falling fast and the wind wns blowing
wildly. Stella asked her ninnuna If
sho could go, receiving tho answer,
"No, my denr; I think you had better
not go out until nftor tho snow stops
falling nnd tho wind goes down a little."
This reply mnde Stelln discontented
and nothing seemed to suit her. At
noon, when hor papa came homo tired
and worried, she began to tell him all
hor troubles. Tho older sister, Gor
trude. was busy helping her mother
get tho dinner. When tho meal was
ready Stella would not eat anything,
nlthough sho was hungry, nnd her
pnpa felt ashamed of her behavior.
After dinner, as tho weather had qulto
changed, nnd the sun was shining
brightly, Mrs. Hrown told her she
could go over to her friend's. Tho lit
tlo girl was delighted and skipped out
ot tho house, never thinking to bid hor
Whllo sho was on her way Gortrudo
had gone to her room to rest, us sho
had helped her mamma all morning
with tho Saturday work. Gortrudo
was n very bright girl, nnd always
tried to do as sho was told to do.
About this time Stella had nrrlvcd
at her friend's home, but to her great
surprlso sho found no ono nt home.
Sho felt disappointed, nnd ran homo
as fnBt ns sho could. When she re
turned she found her mamma sleeping.
Having had no dinner, sho felt a Httlo
hungry, so sho went to tho cupboard
to see what sho could find. Tho first
thing that attracted her attention was
n largo dish of apples, hut upon trying
to reach tho dish sho accidentally
Jarred another which contained eggs.
This fell to tho floor with n great
crash, and poor Httlo Stelln, seeing
tho eggs nil over tho clean floor, did
not know what to do. At first sho
thought sho would cnll her mamma,
and then sho thought sho would be
angry with hor.
Just then an idea flashed into her
head. Sho would go and sco if her
sister was at homo. Sho ran upstairs
nnd found Gortrudo reading. When
Stella broke tho news to her sho hur
ried down stairs with her to find the
eggs spread all ovor tho floor. At first
sho hardly knew what to do, but after
thinking awhile sho finally decided to
try her skill nt cleaning it up. She
succeeded very well, nnd when tholr
mamma nwoko sho found tho house
very quiet, as if nothing had hap
pened. Gertrudo told Stella not to mention
it to her mother, because sho herself
would rather tell her of tho accident,
nnd Stella promised not to tell; but
no sooner did sho see her mother than
sho told her what had happened. Mrs.
Hrown felt angry with her, and told
her sho should always haro to cat
with tho fnmlly or ent nothing nt all.
Lottlo Morris, aged 10, of Lansing,
Mich., in Detroit Free Press.
on the ground, a third for a hawk In
tho distance, another of complaint
when being driven, n different call In
open meadow from that In hushes, a
special signal at night, ns well nn a
special kind of nolo used In ordinary
conversation. Chickens havo even
more modes of expression. A lien hai
three ittstluct songs, ono when seeking
her nrst, another for calling her mnto
and a third for crooning to herself or
In thu reareh for food. Tho rooster
has several distinct notes, and Mr.
Wood claims that some of these tho
ordinary person ncvor observes.
Thoro Ib ono, a low, fine whlstlo which
tho rooster usos sometimes on a dark
day when going to roost, but when tho
roostor really begins to enrry on an'
extensive conversation Is whon ho
incotB another chnutielcor In bnttlo.
It rnngos nil the wny from a defiant
chucklo, which invites tho other fcl-(
low to light ub surely ns tho proverbial
chip on a hoy's shoulder, to a feminine
croon wlileh means renr unci n acsirn
to retire Perhaps of all birds, the
pnrrot Is moat Intelligent. Wo have
boen ncciiBtomed to think of tho par
tot ns simply a mhnlc, hut Mr. Wood
claims to havo known ninny Hint actu
ally understood tho words thoy woro
baying. Ono of IiIb parrot friends al
ways saluted hhn with "Good morn
ing" enrly In tho day, nnd "Good
night" In tho evening. So ninny Im
possible stories nro told of parrots'
Intelligence that it Is dlfilcult to con
sider these birds ns seriously Intelli
gent, yet thoro is no doubt as lo thin
point. Tho nhlllty of crows to smell
minnnwilnr n lone illstnnco off haa
ulways been claimed for them, and,
those who havo studied tho birds to
any extent cnslly recognize varying
enws, showing fear, warning or affec
tion ns tho enso may be. That our
feathored frlonda nro ahlo to express
plonsuro every ono knows. Tho cheer
ful lilt of the songsters is only one
way In which thoy show tholr joy ot,
living In such n good world nB ours.
Wo hnvo much to learn from tho birds
nnd beasts, and whon wo aro nblo to
understand tholr languages wo Bball
doubtless hear of many things now un
known to us.
It was when tho Tartars invaded
China thnt tho Chlncso began to wear
n "pigtail," It having been a custom
with tho peoplo of Tartary. Howover,
tho Chlncso havo long regarded the
"pigtail" with tho snmo kind of rcver
onco that tho Turk or Arab has for
IiIb beard. Around tho fnco and ears
is close shaven, nt least onco in ten
days, and no ono would venture in
good society unless ho wero clcan
shaven. Thus tho Chlncso barber Is
in demand. Ho carries all his tools
yoko fashion, on tho ends of a bamboo
polo laid across IiIb shoulders, and be
Is ready nt a moment's notice to serve
I his customers. A convenient spot Is
found, away from tiio crowd, and the
customer seats hlmsolf, ready for the
ordeal. Tho barber carries on his
back a linen towol which costs a pen
ny, n bamboo Beat nnd table, which
cost two cents npleco, nnd n brass ba
sin which 1b quite expensive, costing
six or seven shillings. Ho is also sup
plied with somo oxtrn black hair and
strips of black silk, so as to lengthen
tho "talis" for thoso who wish. The
lustomcr holds tho basin himself, so
ns to catch tho falling hair, and the
barber sells tho hair to tho hair col
lector, who goes around every day tho
sanio as our rag men, collecting and
paying for wasto hair. Tho long hair
taken from women's heads Is used to
mnko fnlso tails for the men, while
tho short ploces shaven from the
men's heads aro used as a fertilizer, s
tiny pinch of hnir being inserted Into
tho ground with each seed or plant.
In conscquenco of this universal cus
tom tho number of barbers in China Is
very grent. As long ngo ns 1858 there
wero said to bo at least 7,000 In Can
ton alone. Doston Gloho.
language of Animals.
"You should bo kind to dumb ani
mals," Bald Johnnlo'B aunt, reprov
ingly. "Dumb!" replied Johnnio; "you
ought to havo heard our cat yell whon
sister rocked on her tall tho other
Mr. Nelson Wood, an English sci
entist, has mado a life-long study ot
tho languago ot birds, and ho rnnnot
only understand what many of tho
feathered creatures aro saying, hut ho
can also exprosB things to thorn which
they understand. Ho has many inter
esting things to tell about tho birds
"ho has met." Tho creatures of tho
air, bo ho says, talk tho least; tur
keys, chickens and such feathered
creatures, as thoy do not fly bo much,
talk tho most. Tho explanation ot
this Is natural. The birds who do not
fly nro always in moro danger, and
they havo many notes of warning.
Language among them, of course, ns
It must havo been among primitive
man, Is but an expression of the sim
plest necdB. Dangor, hunger, warn
ing, pleasuro and such sensations are
tho first emotions expressed. To Il
lustrate tho various calls which a tur
key has, Mr. Wood cites a noto for
overhead danger, another for dnngsr
The Indlnn Duck Trick.
A Httlo tin or earthen pan, or some
times a half cocoanut shell, supported
on thrco stones, Is filled with water,
on which 1b sprinkled a red powder,
rendering It practically opaque. A lit
tle duck ot wood or porcelain is placed
upon tho surface, whero it at first
floats, hut at the command of tho per
former suddenly dives, remaining
submerged until again ordered to rise.
This very ingenious trick depends
upon tho fact that in the bottom of the
vessel thoro is a minute hole, through
which passes n hair. Ono end of this
1b attached to tho duck; the other re
mains at tho disposal of the performer,
and is nttnehed, by means of a pellet
of wax, to his tom-tom or to ono of the
hands with which ho bents It. When
ho wishes the duck to dlvo ho pulls tho
hair; whon ho desires it to rlso ho re
laxes tho pull. Thoro Is naturally
some amount of leakngo through tho
pinhole, and to cover this tho porform
or takes caro, when filling tho pan, to
accidentally (?) spill a Httlo water.
Tho ground being thus already wet
ted, tho fact that It gots a little more
is not noticed. Chambers' Journal.
How to Manage Olrls.
An English school teacher In a re
cent lecture on "Children's Witti
cisms" gavo tho following as a boy's
actual composition on "Politeness."
"Somo boys are rudo over meals. Yoa
should not keep on eating aftor you
are tightening. You should be very,
polito to girls, because their hair Is
long and they are pretty. Even It m
girl scratches your cheek, or spits In!
your face, don't pinch her; don't tell;
her mother; hut just hold her tight
by tho arms to show hor you could
wallop her it you'd mind."
Tho first baby and the first photo
graph aro not to bo lightly spoken at
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