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SORRODNDED BY MYSTERY!
A Great Mistake.
A recent discovery Is that headache,
dizziness, dullness, confusion of the mind,
etc., are duo to derangement of the nerve
centers which supply tho brain with nervo
force; that Indigestion, dyspepsia, neuralgia,
wind in stomach, etc., arise from tho derange
ment of the nerve centers supplying these or
gans with nerve fluid or force. This Is likewise
true of many diseases of the heart and lungs.
The nerve system Is like a telegraph system,
as will be seen by the accompanying
cut. The little
wmiu nues >ii u
the nerves which
convey the nerve
force from tlio
nerve centers to
every part of the
body, just as the
elec trie current is
wires to every
station, large or
small. Ordinary ,
physicians fail to A
regard this fact; A
Instead of treat
ing the nervecen
tersfor the cause
of the disorders
they treat the
M. 1)., LL. B., the
spec tat 1st ana abbv
student of nervous diseases, and author
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j CLIMATE AND CROPS.
| HOW THE FOOD SUPPLIES OF THE
EARTH ARE REGULATED.
| Aifrlculfure I» the Hauls of All Subsistence,
but Yet the Most. Thickly Settled Spots
Are Not by Any Means the Most Fertile.
How much room is there still £n the
earth for mankind? This is a question
which is often raised and which is an
swered in a great many different ways.
As all food is either directly or indirect
ly derived from the vegetable kingdom,
and the plants need the light and the
heat of the snn, the question as to how
the light and heat are distributed is an
important one. If we assume (which is
true) that only 60 per cent of the heat of
the sun reaches the earth, the remainder
being absorbed by the atmosphere, then
latitudes 20 degrees north and south will
receive 02 per cent; 40 degrees north and
south, 63 per cent; 60 degrees north and
south, 40 per cant, and the polos only 17
per cent of the heat received at the equa
tor. Therefore tlio countries which on
account of the amount of heat received
are in tho most favorable circumstances
to produce a great amount of vegetable
food lie in the tropics, provided the
other condition of plant life is found—
that is, dampness.
In Europe peoplo wero particularly
impressed with the information commu
nicated by Humboldt, on his return
from his American journey, concerning
tho great amount of food furnished by
the banana in tropical countries. It was
later proved, however, that the distin
guished naturalist was mistaken, first,
m ascribing so high a state of productivo
ness to the banana, and, second, because
• the banana is not generally suitable to
be used as the principal food for man.
i As the grains are cultivated wherever
agriculture is advanced, in the damp
parts of south and east Asia we find
rice, in the dry parts of India and the
greater part of tropical Africa, millet
and sago, and in tropical America, prin
The banana is even less fitted to fur
nish the staple food than the potato. As
an accessory, however, like : he potato in
the wealthy countries of Europe and
North America, it is very important. As
a dense population is only possible where
there is a certain amount of cultivation,
we must keep in mind the experience of
many thousand years and accent the
grains as the base of nourishment.
The Little Antilles and Mascarene is
lands are of intense fertility and export
a great deal of sugar and import not
only industrial products, but a good deal
of foodstuff. The ground, therefore,
' does not directly nourish the population.
I Several parts of India export foodstuffs,
and there is no trustworthy information
as to the interior commerce in these
products. Tonquin has too lately been
annexed to France to obtain trustworthy
statistics. Java, with Madura, is alone
suited to our statistical necessities.
This country is sufficiently large, it
furnishes good statistics of agriculture
and commerce, and the imports and ex
ports are carefully registered. The pop
ulation is about as dense as in Belgium
and Saxony, but life is supported under
very different circumstances. Saxony
and Belgium import foodstuffs and ex
port mineral and manufactured prod
ucts. Java imports a very small amount
of rice and salt fish and exports many
more agricultural products. It not only
supplies its own people with food, but
finds it possible to buy mineral and
manufactured products. It might be
supposed that this immense population
would be divided in a certain proportion
on the island, and either that its increase
would be small, as in France and Bel
gium, or else there would be a large
emigration, as from Great Britain or
VXCi UldUV .
Neither case is true. Emigration is
scarcely known. The population in
creases at the rate of 1 per cent a year,
and its distribution varies so greatly
that in the eastern portion there are
fewer people than in the swampy prov
ince of Minsk, in Russia, and in the
central part there are almost twice as
many people as in Belgium and Saxony.
; and yet 80 per cent of the population in
' this part of the island live by agricnl
! ture. Rice is the staple, and the statistics
j give 238 kilograms to each inhabitant.
• Only about 1 i per cent of the surface of
the island js devoted to the culture of
rice. This is still in a very primitive
state, but the government has taken it
up, and the production will be greatly
increased. Java is a mountainous coun
try, but these mountains are not high,
and the rainfall is great, and rice can be
cultivated on 30 per cent of the surface
for the first crop and 10 per cent for llhe
second. We have therefore a possible
extension of the cultivation of rice to
| 5,200,000 hectares. An average crop to
j this amount of acreage would support
! 9,000,000 people.
I The surface of Java could be divided
in this manner: Thirty per cent of the
water surface would produce rice, vege
tables, breadfruit and agricultural ex
ports. Fifteen per cent, not watered,
would produce breadfruit and agricul
tural exports; eight per cent, not water
ed, coffee and tea plantations; two per
cent, watered, sugar cane. There would
then bo left 45 per cent for forests, gar
dens, meadows, waters, roads and dwell
j ings. The people of Java noe/1 not then
i be condemned to live on rice alone.
| Fruits are very important and necessary
for health, and in Java alone are found
100 different kinds. Cattle can be easily
raised, and the superabundant numbers
of water plants, insects and worms that
are found in tropical countries furnish
an easy means of feeding fish and fowls.
We find therefore that in this country
800 men could find support on one square
kilometer, or more than four times as
many people as are now there.—Alex
ander Wolikof in Breslau Deutsche
Disproving an Old Adage.
A certain newspaper claims to publish
nearly 100,000 “want ads.," and yet we
are told “Man wants but little here be
STEAMBOATING ON THE OHIO.
It Wai at the Height of It* Prosperity
Half a Century Ago.
It was from 1840 to 1855 that steam
boating was at its height. Fortunes
were made in those years by men who
owned and ran boats. There were lots
of steamers on the river then. The em
bryo industries of that period depended
on the river entirely, for railroads had
only been proposed—not built. About
100 steamboats were built at Pittsburg
annually to run on the Ohio and Missis
sippi rivers. This city was noted for
the trim crafts it placed on the water, as
some of the biggest and best running
steamers were built at the headwaters of
The boats of the early steamboating
days were all side wheelers. It was not
until late that the advent of the stern
wheel boats occurred, and when it did
they were not looked upon with favor
by the denizens of the side wheel crafts.
The rivermen regarded them as an in
ferior kind of boat, on whose decks it
was beneath the dignity of a first class
steamboatman to tread.
The packets were of good size and
stoutly built. They were not supplied
with swinging stages and steam cap
stans, and their engines were of sure but
not so graceful movement as engines
now, and electric lights for steamboats
were not even dreamed of. But they
served their purpose in making big mon
ey for their owners.
There was but one organized packet
company running boats down the river
from Pittsburg. It was the old Pittsburg
and Cincinnati Packet line, and it owned
about 25 steamboats, some of which left i
the Pittsburg wharf daily. Among them i
were the Bnckeye State, the Hibernia, i
Pittsburg, Crystal Palace and Pennsyl
vania. These boats were, all stoutly
built and especially adapted for fast
running. The laws relating to racing
were not so stringent then as now, and
exciting contests of speed on the river
<jne or me swntest or me packets was
the Pennsylvania. She was the largest
of the Cincinnati boats and made some
splendid records on the Ohio. She was
210 feet long and 31 feet beam. Another
fast steamer was the Alleghany. She was
not so large as the Pennsylvania, but
was almost as speedy. Some of these old
Cincinnati Packet line boats were sunk,
a few burned, and the others wore out in
the river service.
Besides the Cincinnati company’s pack
ets there were several steamers, most of
them owned by Pittsburgers, which ran
down the river and which had no regu
lar trades, but made trips whenever and
wherever there was occasion for their
services. They were chiefly to St. Louis
and New Orleans, the trip to the last
named point being completed in about
20 days. There were a few boats run
ning up the Monongahela and Alleghany
rivers. Brownsville was as far up as
the slackwater improvements extended
on the Monongahela, and Franklin was
the head of navigation on the Alleghany.
A Dardistan Legend of a Bear.
Two women, a mother and her little
daughter, were one night watching their
field of Indian com—“makai”—against
the inroads of the bears. The mother
had to go to her house to prepare the
food and ordered her daughter to light a
fire outside. While she was doing this
a bear came and took her away. He car
ried her to his den and daily brought her
to eat and drink. He rolled a big Btone
in front of the den whenever he went
away on his tonrs, which the girl was
not strong enough to move.
When she became old enough to do
this, he used daily to lick her feet, by
which they became swollen and gradu
ally dwindled down to mere misshapen
stamps. The girl eventually died, and
the poor bear, after vain efforts to re
store her to life, roamed disconsolately
about the fields.—Dr. Leitner in Asiatic
A Book Brought Down From Heaven.
According to Mohammedan belief, the
first copy of the Koran, or Alkoran,
their sacred book, was brought down
from the highest .to the lowest heaven
by Gabriel on the mysterious night of
A1 Khade in the month of Bamadan.
This wonderful book, written in heaven
and bound in satin, jewels and gold, was
communicated to Mohammed at differ
ent times during a period of 23 years.
This was done, according to Moham
medan belief, either by Gabriel in hu
man shape or by God himself. When
Gabriel acted as translator and commu
nicator, he did so “with a great sound of
music and bells.” God appeared either
“veiled or unveiled during Mohammed’s
waking hours or during dreams at
night.”—St. Louis Bepublic.
Apropos of Marion Crawford’s remark
about our mustached butlers, that they
amused him after the 6hom ones of Eng
land, why won’t somebody say that our
butlers—our American butlers—wear
mustaches, and we, when abroad, find
it amusing to see the English butlers
smooth shaven, and wonder why their
masters do not insist that their mouths
be covered. Will the time ever come
when we -will dare to be Americans?
There are great lessons to be learned
from the older nations of the world,
great models to be studied and wisdom
to be got from the experience which is
the accretion of centuries, concerning
which the taste of one cultivated com
munity is as good as that of any other.
—New York Times,
The Cat Was Hungry.
A young lady bookkeeper employed in
an office at South Manchester, Conn.,
has been in the habit for some time past
of giving the office cat a piece of meat
for its lunch every day. Precaution is
taken to lay a piece of paper under the
meat to avoid greasing the floor. The
other day at lunch hour, when there was
no meat, pussy begged for some in her
most intelligent fashion, and at last go
ing to the wastebasket dragged forth
her regular paper table cloth and laid it
properly for the meat.—Philadelphia
A triple crown, O living Nlobe,
Was thine: rare-set with priceless gems
Unknown to mine or mart—the diadems
Of beauty, motherhood and royalty:
But with the days of empire waned thy bloom,
O flower of a throne and hearts as well.
To France the hour of destiny befell—
And thou wert left alone beside a tomb.
When he, last scion of this kingly line.
Perished by sword of ruthless Zulu slain.
Thy mother heart could brook no further
But refuge sought in the all love divine.
Where faith and consecration wait to see
The lifted veil of immortality.
—Isadora Baker in Springfield Homestead.
What Chinese Epicures Eat.
A Chinese mandarin has forwarded
the menu of a splendid banquet given
at Peking to the foreign diplomatists,
which follows: First came four classic
dishes—namely, swallow nests with
pigeon eggs, shark fins with crabs, dog
fish with wild ducks, duck and cauli
flower. Then succeed delicacies served in
cups placed before 'each guest, swallow
nests, shark fins, plain morels, vegeta
bles, mushrooms with duck feet, fried
partridge, pigeon in slices. Then there
appeared four dishes—namely, ham in
honey, a puree of peaB, vegetables anu
dogfish: four side dishes, haricot cheese
with bamboo buds (a kind of asparagus),
roots of bamboo, chicken, shellfish,
four hors d’ceuvres in duplicate, ham
and chicken, fish and gizzard, pork tripe
and vermicelli, duck and pork cutlets.
Each guest had also placed before him
plates of almonds, pistachio paste, pears
and oranges. Finally the following were
the roast and boiled meats: Sucking
pig, roast duck, boiled chicken, boiled
H^rk. There was a profusion of Eu
ropean and Chinese wines. No opium
was smoked, for official China is not yet
reconciled to the drug which it owes to
the East India- company.—Asiatic Quar
Has Its Good Points.
In some villages in Japan robbers are
tried and convicted by ballot. When
ever a robbery is committed the ruler of
the hamlet summons the entire male
population and requests them to write
on a slip of paper the name of the per
son they suspect as having committed
the crime. The one receiving the largest
number of pilots is declared duly
‘‘elected”wnd is accordingly hanged. This
system, like all others, has its peculiar
advantages. It insures the punishment
of somebody for every robbery commit
ted, whereas under the system in vogue
in most civilized countries in nine cases
out of ten no punishment is inflicted on
anybody for the crime. Of course they i
may not “elect” the guilty person, but
dispose of some other character equally
as bad. There is much in the system to j
commend it to other nations.—Pomona !
An Emperor’s Strange Fancy.
Strange fancies have taken hold of
some men regarding the manner in which
their bodies were to be disposed of after
death and the ceremonies to be observed
at their funerals.
The great Emperor Charles V had the
curious idea of celebrating his own fu
neral. Shortly before his death he caused
a tomb to be made in the chapel of the
monastery of Estremadura, to which he
had retired after his abdication, and on
its completion he was carried to it as
though dead. Placed in a coffin and ac
companied by a procession, he was borne
along, while chants were sung, prayers
said and tears shed. After the solemn j
farce was over he was left alone in the j
chapel, where he remained a short time
before rising out of the coffin.—London :
Curling by Electricity.
The electric curling iron is very aim- :
pie. The wires conduct the electricity
into the little stand into which the tongs
are thrust. The latter are made the '
proper temperature by heat, which is !
generated by the resistance of the wires \
to the current. The stands are about
two inches high and are usually nickel
plated, although some of those manu
factured by a firm in Berlin are plated
with gold and have handsome handles.
In traveling the iron and stands occupy
only a very small space in a satchel. At
tached to the stand is a silk cord, which
may be adjusted to an incandescent wire
after screwing off the little globe.—New
Why Fish Should Be Cared For.
Migratory fish are hatched and partly
matured in fresh water. They feed and
grow in the sea, but they are never
caught there, so that their protection
and preservation should be in the hands
of those who are so deeply interested in
making them a salable commodity. Be
sides all this there must be some consid
eration for the sportsman, who without
question spends in the neighborhood in
which he fishes 10 times as much money ;
as all the fish he catches, if sold, would j
Slander From the Pnlpit.
A preacher at Lafayette, Ind., is re- 1
ported to have about broken up his
church the other day by saying in a ser
mon that “God made the earth in six !
days, and then he rested; then he made
man and rested again; then he made
woman, and since that time neither God
nor man has had a rest.”—Louisville
The use of the flannel shroud dates
back to acts of parliament 18 and 19,
Charles II, which, to encourage the wool
en trade in England, compelled that all
bodies should be so protected.
There is a tribe in central Africa
among whom speakers in public debates
are required to stand on one leg while
speaking and to speak only as long as
they can so stand.
The air we live in is gaseous at and
near the surface of the globe, but if M.
de Fouvielle is right at an elevation of a
few miles above the ground air is either
liquid or solid or both.
It has been calculated that the annual
income of the London Hebrews is nearly
£5,000,000, which means that they are
times richer than the Gentiles.
The Coming of Woman Suffrage.
Is woman suffrage coming? It begins
to look so. Out in Kansas, in a recent
election, women having the right to vote
did vote. They went early to the polls,
with the balance of political power in
their hands, and staid late, not mere
ly a handful, but 95 per cent of the reg
istered female voters. This incident is
bound to exert an influence, and tho
chances are that Kansas will very soon
be followed by other states. Once the
thing takes an actual turn opposi
tion to woman suffrage will not have a
foot of earth to 3tand upon. Down in
this country, where it is our pride and
boast that our women are too good for
such duties, there is as yet no agitation.
But woman’s sphere has of late been
greatly enlarged. She is a part and parcel
of our commercial, our industrial and
ouv scientific as well as onr social world.
She has come to be a breadwinner, and
with it a taxpayer. She is a factor in
civilization’s development and a formu
lative, creative and executive entity i.u
our political economics.
Heretofore, except sporadically, she
has not wanted suffrage. If, however,
her ideas are changed, and she calls for
the right to make laws and assist in fill
ing the offices, there is no doubt but that
she will he accorded every opportunity.
Theoretically it is a right to which she.
as a property owner and a supporter oi
public institutions, is entitled. Prac
tically and sentimentally her sphere is
higher and nobler. The American can
not go on record as advocating woman
suffrage, but it is bound to admit that
the tendency of the times and incidental
conditions are growing more and more
favorable thereto.—Nashville American.
“The Song of the Shirt.”
The miseries of the east end needle
women form no new theme. They date
back to “The Song of the Shirt”—even
before it. Yet in spite of all that lias
been done in recent years in the way of
social and remedial legislation and in
the way of organized individual effort
for the elevation of the “masses” the
woes of the unfortunate class have met
with no amelioration. On the contrary,
they have deepened and intensified as
the years rolled on.
Speaking generally, there lias been of
late years a decided upward tendency in
the wages paid for men’s labor, and a
consequent rise in their habits, their
homes and their scale of living generally.
Even the wages of some women workers,
notably those of skilled factory hands,
have shared in this improvement,
though to a more limited extent. But
the condition of what may truly be
termed the residuum, the lowest stratum
of the toilers, the needle women em
ployed in tlie cheap clothing trade in
London and some of the provincial
cities, but more especially London, has
gone from bad to worse.
It is 50 years since Hood wrote bis in
spired poem which aroused such general
sympathy for the class for which he
pleaded. They need that sympathy more
now. V/ken “The Song of the Skirt”
was written, these poor women were
earning an average wage of at least 21
pence per hour. At the present time
many of them—most of them—cannot
average more than 11 pence an hour.—
A Horseback Hitler la Rochester.
A young woman of trim figure seated
astride a horse is one of the sights of ear
ly morning in Rochester. The equestri
enne’s skirts, for there are two of them,
widen gradually from the waist down
and fall gracefully on the horse’s sides,
concealing the feet, stirrups and all.
The waist of the habit is like that of an
ordinary dress. A dainty riding cap
completes the costume.
The young woman may be seen riding
any fine morning. She does not seek the
seclusion of the side streets and the by
ways, but rides in the business streets
and in the finest resident districts. It is
an uncommon sight, and many people
on their way to business stop and stare
at the rider as if expecting some maneu
ver of a circus nature. The young wom
an rides as if born to the' saddle, and it
is evident that she greatly enjoys her
A horseman said today: “I am glad to
see that the recent English custom is fol
lowed here, even by one lady rider.
There will be more to do it in time, and
the horses will benefit thereby. I never
have thought that the side saddle was
either dignified or easy, and I am cer
tain that the tighter the girth the harder
it is for a horse.”—Cor. Pittsburg Dis
That Everyday Assistant, Glycerin.
Here are a few of the many uses to
which glycerin may be applied: Equal
parts of bay ruin and glycerin applied
to the face after shaving make a man
rise up and call the woman who pro
vided it blessed. Applied to the shoes,
glycerin is a great preservative of the
leather and effectually keeps out water
and prevents wet feet. A few drops of
glycerin put in the fruit jars the last
thing before sealing them help to keen
the preserves from molding on top.
For flatulency there is no better remedy
than a teaspoonful of glycerin after
each meal. It will prevent and cure
chapped bands. Two or three drops will
often stop the baby's stomach aclie. It
will allay the thirst of a fever patient
and soothe an irritable cough by mois
tening the dryness of the throat.
Peaches For the Complexion.
Peaches are good before breakfast and
after dinner. They are good for the di
gestion, good for the blood and good for
the complexion. Some people eat them
without cream or sugar, and with good
result. The fruit is so rich in sugar and
acid that it preserves its flavor a long
while, but to get the full benefit it should
be eaten as soon as it is cut.
Redness of the nose, dne to congestion,
inflamed complexion, scrofulous and bil
ious tendencies, are said to be materially
influenced by a liberal consumption of
this luscious fruit. Mixed fruits are al
ways advisable, but the peach in season,
used as an alternate with plums, cherries,
melons and berries .will vanquish the en
emies of the complexion.—Chicago Post.
Tlio iEnthetto Sous? In Animals.
Animals possess in an appreciable man
ner certain tastes indicating an elf mi li
tary sense of the beautiful. This sense
is not present in all animals, and those
who do possess it manifest it in different
degrees. But it is sufficient to know that
its existence can be recognized. Birds
are particularly gifted in this manner.
They have a taste for bright coiors and
melodious sounds, and most frequently
the male subjugates and fascinates his
mate with the beauty of his plumage or
! the flexibility of hie vocal organs. There
are besides other birds who show this
aesthetic sense in a singular manner.
One of these is the baya. He has a
passion for brilliant and variegated ob
jects, and ho has a habit of ornamenting
the entrance to his nest, which is built
with infinite art and elegance, with a
! variety of objects, gathered by bits frtmi
all quarters, which happen to strike his
fancy. Among them are brilliantly col
ored feathers of other birds, bright bits
of shells, bits of stuffs, and the bird
struts about in the midst of all Ibis with
Insects also possess a marked aesthetic
sense. They prefer certain colors, and
the- plants which depend upon them
for fertilization show an entirely differ
ent variety of colors from those of plants
whoso fertilization is affected by means
of the wind. Musical sounds also affect
different animals in a marked manner.
They have their preferences and their
antipathies.—Review of Reviews.
Eurly American Sculptor*.
It is worthy of special notice that when
Eush began to model in clay not one of
the artists who have given celebrity to
our native sculpture had seen the light
of day. Frazer was not horn until 1790,
nor Ezekiel Augur of New Haven until
1791. The latter was originally in the
grocery trade, but failing in that took
up modeling and wood carving without
any guide except his natural instincts;
but like the majority of our early sculp
tors, with the exception of Eush, his ef
forts are interesting only as evidence of
what talent entirely unobstructed can
It was not until 1895, long alter Cop
ley, West, Malbone, Allston and f-.'nart
had demonstrated our capacity for pic
torial art, that Hiram Powers was born.
The same 3’ear Horatio Greenou . ii first
saw the light of day. In the remote
wilds of Kentucky Hart was brought
into this world in 1810, and Ch . nger,
Crawford and Mills followed in 1^12.
1813 and 1815. Thus we see that, with
out hereditary genius or pred •■•essors
from whom to cop}-, Rush aclii. ved his
artistic results, and succeeded in win
ning for himself a European r e own
which made him the equal of soino of
the leading foreign carvers and s \iptors
of his age, and at the same time well
earned the title of “father of American
Prince of Detectives.
Vidocq, the great French detective,
was born in Arras in 1775. He began
life as a baker and early became the ter
ror of his companions by his athletic
frame and violent disposition. At the
same time he was a notorious thief, and
after many disgraceful adventures he en
listed in the army. In 1790 he returned
to Paris wit a some money, which, how
ever, he soon squandered. Next he was
sentenced s.t Lille to eight years’ hard
labor for forgery, but repeatedly escaped,
and in 1S08 be became connected with
the Paris police as a detective.
His previous career enabled him to
render important services, and he was
appointed chief of the safety brigade,
chiefly composed of reprieved convicts,
which purged Paris of the many danger
ous classes. In 1818 he received a full
pardon, and his connection with this
service lasted until about 1828, when he
settled at St. Mande as a paper manu
facturer. Soon after the revolution of
1830 he became a political detective, but
with little success. In 1848 he was again
employed under the republican govern
ment, but he died penniless in 1857.—
Cincinnati Commercial Gazette.
Cinderella and Her Slipper.
Yes, I know you are saying to your
self, “That headline would have looked
and sounded better had it been ‘Cinder
ella and the Glass Slipper,’” hut the
writer has been making a critical study
of this most interesting nursery story
and finds that the famons “glass” slip
per properly has no place iu it. Tiie
“glass” slipper is really the “fur,” “cloth”
or “felt” slipper, the word “glass” hav
ing been substituted through a strange
mistranslation of the story. In the orig
inal it was written pantoufle en vair,
which, being translated, would be “the
fur slipper.” The translator, however,
wrote it as if it had been pantoufle en
verre. making the “little cinder girl’s”
fur foot covering one of glass, which, it
must be admitted, would be one quite
appropriate to a fairy.—St. Louis Re
Virginia's Only Slave.
The state of Virginia once owned a
slave—the only one probably the com
monwealth ever did own. Hewasknown
as Btn the Bell Ringer of the Universi
ty of Virginia. The university only had
$200 left over when it was endowed, and
it was proposed to buy a negro with this
amount and keep him as a bell ringer.
They bought Ben, and in his time he be
came a great character at the university.
He knew everybody and was very useful
to everybody. Ben used to get very
drunk on the liberal and constant fees
he received from students. He died iu
the Albemarle poorliouse at an advanced
First Judicial Honors For a Woman.
To Henry VHI belongs the honor of
having conferred judicial rights upon a
woman. Lady Anne Berkeley of York
was allowed by the sovereign, who had
the widest experience of the virtues of
women, to sit as a judge, appoint a com
mission and actually to pass sentence on'
some men who had been killing her deer
and despoiling her park. The sentence
is not recorded, but the fact remains
that at least one woman has exercised ju
dicial rights.—New York Sun.
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