The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, May 04, 1894, Image 5
THE WIND. Sea sandn that lie Lonely and bare beneath the wintry sky. What mighty symphony, what vast emotion. Sweeps o’er theo from the ocean? Ne’er have I known, Not when the blue eyed spring By stillest mountain pools was wandering. When palest lilies on the steeps were blown. And the dim wood with madrigals resounded, A rapture »o unbounded. The rainolouds gather darkly in the west Till all the world is rpbed in somber gray. The swift gull wheels above her rocky nest; The breakers moan alway. But through the rising storm my heart re joices, Moved by the wild wind voices! — Martha T. Tyler in Lippincott’s. A STRIKE EPISODE. It is the la9t night of the year 1892, and the town of W-in given over to mirth and jollity. In the lower quarters the poor are enjoying themselves in their own pecul iar way, while the more fortunate denizens of the local “higher world” are speeding the old and welcoming the new year within the conncil chamber of the town hall. This ancient bnilding, usually the seat of municipal government, has thrown aside its sober, everyday appeurauce and now masquerades as a gay and festive temple of the light footed goddess. The officers of the Eighty-fonrtb. depot are giving their yeurly bail. The smug faced colliery proprietor is there, the pros perous cotton merchant is there, the only representative possessed by the district of the landed gentry class is there—in fact, everybody of any importance wliatever in the neighborhood has received an invita tion, and it is his own fault if he is not then'. Among the gay throng within is one couple floating along together, the beating of their hearts appearing to heap time with the pleasant strains of the “Eldorado Waltz.” l ney arc scarcely conscious of anything but tho bliss of the moment, fill the music stops with a grand crash. The girl is Hlight and fair; of about one and twenty years of age, with soft, hazel eyes and light brown hair. Her complexion is pale, and her delicate features are sufficiently regular to be called handsome. Her dress is of pure white, her only ornament a small gold chain and locket, but sho needs no adventitious aid to enhance her charms. Her partner is a tall, slight youth, about two years her senior. His erect bearing proclaims tho soldier and truly, for he is Lieutenant Egremont of the Eighty-sev enth dragoons. They withdraw to a recess. It is five years since they were last together. He can hardly bring himself to identify this beautiful woman by his side with the mer ry little playmate of former days. Mutual inquiries respecting the past few years are made and answered. Truly language is given to conceal thoughts, for the thoughts of these two young people are far from be ing expressed by the words they utter. “You still wear that locket, Mabl It gives me hope. ” “Ithiuk I was foolish to wear it tonight, Frank,” the girl replies, “for I feel sure that time has not altered father’s determi nation. When he discovered that letters had passed between us, his anger was dreadful, and he told me he had absolute ly forbidden you to write to me. We must wait and hope.” “But it is dreary work, this waiting and hoping, Mab.” And the young sol dier would fain say more, but the sound of the music warns them that the lancers are forming, and they separate to seek their respective partners. The father in question presently emerges from the cardroom and soon after departs with his fair daughter before the two young people can separate themselves from the crowd in order to snatch a few min utes’ further conversation. ***** * * Mr. Stuart Brunton sat alone in his study dy in the mansion on the hill. Rockleigh Manor it had been called in the years gone by, when the Norman and consequently aristocratic Dynewelles lived within its massive walls, and the present owner, the colliery proprietor, did not deem it neces sary to change its name when his gold satisfied the creditors of the last of that noble but impecunious race. It sounded well, and he was a self made man of the worst type. Besides being in the study bounded by four walls, Mr. Brunton was in a study of another kind, which knows no material bounds and is generally styled "brown.” He had no sympathy with the poor. “No man need remain poor unless he’s a fool,” was his frequent remark. His great wish was to marry his only daughter to aris tocracy in the shape of the Hon. Cecil Dnn ningt-on, eldest son of the titled brewer— bine blooded—though the color had only lately been changed. All had shaped well. Mab, the young lady who was to ennoble her house, had never been known to object to her father’s commands, although she had some dangerous ideas touching the condition of the poor. Why, then, the “air chagrin” of this prosperous and therefore highly proper man? In a few words—he wanted money bad tv. Why this was so we cannot stop to explain. Suffice it to say his troubles w'ere connected with South American finance. Money he must have, and that shortly. He simply sat still for half an hour, at the conclusion of which period he quietly got up, walked to his escretoire and wrote a letter to the directing genius of the Col liery Proprietors’ association, whom he ad dressed as “Dear Mr. Dangar.” The gist of the letter was: “The time has now ar rived when a reduction of the men’s wages is imperative. The large amount of coal on hand and the present low price—5s. lOd. per ton at pit mouth—render it necessary. 1 should advise that the wages be lowered 25 per cent.” He also wrote another letter to the same individnal. whom he this time addressed as “Dear Dangar,” atid which concluded somewhat in this strain: “If yon fail to work this reduction, you know I will not scrapie to put the screw ou you in a way yon can readily understand.” A fortnight from this time a notice was posted at the Boston Bridge pit and at ev ery other pit in the district announcing that in consequence of the great deprecia tion in the value of coal a reduction of 25 per cent on the wages would be made, to take effect from July S. On Sunday afternoon, June 25. the Me chanics’ hall, W——, was filled with dele gates from every pit in the district. They were met together to determine upon the course of action they were to pursue with regard to the reduction. The meeting was sober and orderly—no trace of anarch ism there. An old pitman, whose figure was warped by the exacting nature of the work by which he lived, controlled the as sembly as president. He spoke but few words in calling upon one who would tell them much better ttoan he could the rights and wrongs, of the case. There were loud shouts of “Wrongs!" Turn1 m1 iWfiwwwMWMwawBWBwiwMaMBWMwwiiriawww at this, and David Manson, the famous ' labor lender, sprang to his feet. What he said was mainly this: They all knew why they were assembled in that hall. They were there to defend themselves from un just treatment by their employers. They were there to show that in future the rights of labor must bo considered as well as those of capital. They had no wish to strike. They knew that strikes brought misery in their train to the workers and distress to the whole nation. But they must live as honest, hardworking men de served to live—as men, not brutes. Their calling was hazardous and, it must be ad mitted, ill paid. He would not persuade them to strike. They must decide for themselves at the ballot to be taken dur ing the following week. The cheers which greeted him as he sat down showed the feeling of the meeting. By June 80 all England knew that a strike was Inevitable if the master stood firm. ***«»*• Mr. Brunton is again in his study and alone. His plans huve succeeded beyond expectation. The door opens, and his daughter enters. Sho has come to plead for the wives and children. With urgent entreaty she begs her fa then to do what he can to withdraw the reduction and vividly describes the sufferings that will certainly follow tbe exhaustion of the strike funds. But it is of no avail. His purpose must be served. “Don’t bother, Mab,” is all the reply he vouchsafes. “Women never can under stand business. You should be thinking about your trousseau and that sort of thing. Young Dunnington would give his ears to gaiu your love.” “That he can uever have, father,” is the firm rejoinder. .are you suuimnKingoi rnar pennness parson’s son, Egremont?” cries he angrily. “Again I tell you, ho shall never rnarry you.'” Mab dashes from the room at the men tion of the namo she loves, and Mr. Brun t-on is again alone, but his serenity is dis turbed. His daughter seeks to forget her own pain in trying to relieve that of a dis abled collier, who had received severe in jury in the mine a month previous. Three months have the pits been closed, and the violent are becoming desperate. The depot at W- is now re-enforced by troops from the south. By twos and threes a number of men have gathered in a dis used brickfield at Koston Bridge. The ! night is dark and wild, and so are the * thoughts which of late have possessed their 1 minds. There is no fear of interruption here as with terrible earnestness a leader turns those thoughts into words. All is agreed upon, and they disperse. But one lingers behind unperceived. What is he muttering? “Miss Mabel, bless ’er ’art! Hoo’ll noan be brunt if Oi’ve owtdo wi’ it. Eaur Jem ’ud a deed ony fur ’er, when hegeet varry near kilt i’ th’ axldent i’ th’ moine. Her owd feyther desarves t’ be brunt deeuth. But that ’ud pain th’ lass, so here’s off fur t’ sojers. They’ll quoiteu ’um wi’ thur guns.” ***** * * Again it is night—dark and stormy. What figures are those crouching under the wall which surrrounds the manor park? What brings them abroad on such a night? They are bent upon wrecking Rockleigh Manor by that most horrible of all agents of destruction—fire! The last whispered instructions are given, the wall j is scaled, and they advance on their terri ble errand. Steadily, silently, stealthily j they move on. On the south side of the ] mansion is a large old fashioned conserva tory, whose framework is of wood. They force an entrance, and soon a light is ap- j plied to the staging, and the flames spread. | Alarmed by the glare, Mr. Brunton ap pears at a window and steps out upon the lawn. The incendiaries rush on him they bate. But now the dull thud of advancing horsemen is heard, and a half troop of dra goons is seen in the open. Their arms glitter in the lurid glare. The order is giv en to dismount, and leaving their horses in charge of the men told off for that pur- ■ pose they advance at the double, Lieuten ant Egremont at their head. The rioters will not be balked of their prey and scorn : to run. Mr. Brunton is already hurt by | a stone hurled at him by one of the rioters. Surely that club swung by a powerful arm ‘must fell him. With a desperate bound Egremont seizes the would be mur derer from behind, and they fall together. In a few minutes all is over. The rioters have fled, leaving some of their mates in the hands of the soldiers. Mab, who has reached the window left open by her father just as her lover falls, ! springs to his side. In the fall his head has struck against the sharp edge of the pedestal of a statue, and he lies apparently insensible. “Oh, Frank,” cries she, “speak to met My love, my love, you are mine! You must not leave me!” Her father, stupefied by the attack, seems incapable of further astonishment and stands silently by. In the meanwhile the fire has completely consumed the con servatory, but the progress of the flames has been so rapid that they have spent ; themselves too soon for the conflagration ' to reach the house, which practically re mains untouched. * * * * * * * Some six weeks later the Manchester Dispatch announced the cessation of the strike and also contained the following paragraph: “A marriage has been arranged and will shortly take place between Frank Egre mont, Esq., of the Eighty-seventh dra goons, and Mabel, only daughter of Stuart Brunton, Esq., of Rockleigh Manor.”— London Tit-Bits. War and Education. There is no better proof of the essential barbarism of even the most civilized na tions of the world than is afforded by a comparison of the money they expend for the maintenance of physical supremacy as against the expenditure for mental im provement. Though it be assumed that brain is better than brawn, there is no ev idence that statesmen so regard it. In some tables recently compiled the amount per capita expended by various govern ments for military and educational pur ! poses is set down as follows: Military. Education. France.$4 00 $070 England. 3 72 62 Holland. 3 58 64 Sasony. 2 38 38 Wurtemberg.. 2 38 38 Bavaria.. 238 40 Prussia. 2 04 30 Russia. 2 04 3 Denmark. 1 76 94 Italy. 152 36; Belgium. 1 38 46 j Austria. 136 32; Switzerland. 82 84 1 United States. 30 1 35 —Philadelphia Record. A Dubious Recommendation. A dealer, recommending a new spring bed, assures his customer that if he once sleeps on it he will never sleep on anything else.—Newport Daily News. Western Irrigation. Amid the lost splendors of oriental na tions of which scarcely more than the name now remains to us was the science of irrigation, and it was brought to a perfection never since equaled. Here and there are traces of vast ditches show ing knowledge of mechanical engineer ing that is unsurpassed in our age. It is altogether probable that the nineteenth century will open on irrigating enter prises quite equaling those of ancient Asia and inducing a fertility never ex celled in the land of olives, spices and pomegranates. California has already tracts of land that demonstrate what can be done with irrigation in what seemed a desert, Other states are following rapidly in the same line. In the middle portion of south ern California is one farm that originally comprised 400,000 acres. It was owned partly by J. B. Haggin, although it was too big for any one man to possess all himself, The idea of the owners of this vast body of land has been to divide it up into, small fruit farms of from 20 to 40 acre3 each. The success in growing temperate zone fruits warrants the state ment that 20 acres will support a family comfortably. Here will be one way of preventing the overcrowding of cities. The method of irrigating the 400,000 acre tract is the most interesting matter connected with it at present. Prom Mount Whitney, the highest peak of the Sierra Nevada, flows the Kern river, through Kern county. It is formed from the melting of the snows on the moun tain. This river has been tapped by Canals—14 on one side, 13 on the other. These are the main canals. From them flow lateral canals to every farm, 1,100 miles of them. Leading from the largo laterals are still smaller ones, lying along the line of the farmer's fields. The wa ter is introduced into the fields by fur rows that lie at close intervals. For ordinary field crops three irrigations a season are necessary. One man can man age one irrigation ditch, and eight men and eight ditches can irrigate 1,000 acres a day. For all the water yon need, the cost is $1.50 to the acre a year. i nis is tne real way or praying lor rain, and it will probably be brought into requisition more and more in the east as well as west. The Almighty gave man hands and brains to get all the water he needs for himself. In Government Service. General O. O. Howard, the Christian soldier, declares in a recent newspaper letter that if he were young again he would not go into government service. He says, “I would seek the more fearless freedom o£ civil pursuits rather than the monotonous, stifling restraints of any government service.” General Howard has spoken out here what every thoughtful person knows is true. In a table accompanying his let ter we find that there are altogether 217, 136 men in government service in all its branches—civil, military and naval and including congressmen, the United States court judges and the president and his cabinet. But the majority of this great army are humble clerks who get no more than §100 a month at the outside, few of them so much. And of the number 151,995 are young men between the ages of 21 and 35. Of two young men equally well edu cated and capable one seeks a govern ment appointment, because it is a “sure thing,” as General Howard expresses it. He gets perhaps $75*a month to start. The other goes into a business house at §7 a week. In 15 years both men have families. The government Clerk follows his round like a harness horse for a compensation of, say, $100 a month. It is the most he will ever get. The other has either a salary of $5,000 or is a partner in a commercial or manufac turing house and is a well to do man still full of hope and ambition. Professor Dolbear has been experi menting as to the physiological effects of magnetism. It appears that what is commonly called a magnetic field—that is, space through which magnetic sub stances pass—does not affect the nerv ous system in any way. On the other hand, however, when a portion of the human body is placed within the al ternating magnetic field—that is, a field in which the polarity is reversed many times a second by alternating magnetic currents—then complete insensibility of the part of the body subjected to this ac tion is produced, and surgical operations may be performed on that spot without any feeling on the part of the patient. This is a great discovery. Patients need now no longer upset their digestion by chloroform and ether if Professor Dol bear s conclusion is applied to active sur gery. _ The New York Sun tells Utah how she can get into the Union without further delay. It is to annex herself to the state of Nevada and give up her name and ter ritorial rights. The Sun thinks Utah has made the United States so much trouble that she ought to be willing to do this by way of compensation. The following sentence from Buckle contains a supreme truth: “There is no instance on record of any class possess ing power without abusing it.” Itis the distribution of power among all classes that holds things level. One man to every eight of the popula tion is available for military service in the United States. In case of need we could summon an army of 8,250,000 to die field. That is more than any nation O Europe could do. THE IN80MNIA RECORD. An Indians Farmer Sets the Mark High and Potzlei the PhyalelauB. Since the case of George Woodruff, the Rossville (Ind.) farmer, has been made public through newspaper ac counts of his strange affliction numer ous inquiries are being received from medical men in alt parts of thoconntry. Mr. Woodruff is a substantial farmer, well known in bis and adjoining conn ties. Some two months ago npon retiring as usual at night he found himself un able to sleep. Woo it as he would, sleep wonld not come. The next nigat he was also unable to sleep, bnt felt no worse for his wakefulness. For two months he has gone with less than an hoar’s sleep. On the third night a phy sician was called, but even under the influence of opiates Woodruff refused to close hm eyes. The only thing which conquered his ailment was a quart of whisky, taken in rapid doses, and that only produced a half hour’s sleep. Then his attending physician gave up the job, confessing his inability to fathom the mysterious ailment. He had heard of people sleeping indefinitely, but here was a case of a man who couldn’t sleep at all, and who was apparently none the worse off because of it. Several other medical men took a hand at Wood ruff, but each was in turn baffled. Woodruff complains only of a slight distress in his stomach, but hie appetite is unimpaired, and he attends to his duties as he did previous to breaking the record as a man who defied ordi nary rules of nature and to whom it was all the same whether it was night or day. About three years ago he had a similar attack, but it lasted only a week. Reports of his strange disease became current several days ago, but thoy were discredited. To satisfy all doubters Woodruff has made a statement of the truth of the reports. His physician and family declare that ho has slept less than an hour in two months, and that all his faculties are unimpaired. His physician will make extensive com ments on the case for several medical journals.—St. Loui3 Republic GREATEST IN THE WORLD. Kiralfy’s Projected London Amusement Park Will Cost a Million. Imre Kiralfy is at the head of a com pany of English capitalists which pro poses to take a long lease of Earl’s court, in the west end of London, and baild one of the greatest amusement parks in the world. The plan for the enterprise is outlined by Charles B. At wood, the Chicago architect who de signed the Art building and other struc tures of the fair. He has just returned from London, where he has been as sisting Mr. Kiralfy. It is proposed to produce a replica of the Court of Honor as it appeared at the World’s fair. The reproduction is to he exact and on a scale of one-third. The lagoon, the Mac Monnies and electrical fountains, the peristyle and the facades of all the bnildings bounding the conrt will ap pear. Arrangments will be made to re produce all the grand electric light ef fects on fete nights. Other features of the amusement park will be a Perris wheel, 50 feet larger in diameter than the one at Jackson park; a theater ca pable of seating 10,000 people, in which will be produced “America,” and a large hippodrome, such as are conduct ed in Paris. Over $1,000,000 will be expended is the work of construction. —Chicago Journal. TAKE PART OF THE TIPS. Grievance oi rue jrans waiters nmcn is Considered Just Grounds For a Strike. There is much dissatisfaction among Parisian waiters, and a general strike among them has been spoken of. It is estimated by their trade society that there are 40,000 of them out of work, and the men contend that the masters take advantage of this to cut down their earnings. Practically, fixed wages are unknown. The men pay so much to the masters in proportion to the busi ness they do. Thus in great cafes on the boulevards they have to pay at the cash desk the full selling price of what ever they serve pins 5 per cent. In some cases, it is said, the rate has been in creased of late to 6% and even 7>£ per cent Of course this percentage repre sents a portion of their gratuities, which they have to give up. In Paris the general rule is for cus tomers to give ‘tips” at the rate of a halfpenny for every 10 pence expended. This is at the rate of 5 per cent, which would show a loss to the waiter of 2 per cent on the larger percentage. In practice, however, the tips are higher, as no one gives less than a penny, how ever small the purchase, and some cus tomers, of course, give more than the recognized minimum.—London News. Horrible Abase of Children. A horrible disclosure has been made in Biskipitz, Austria, by the arrest of a gang of men who for some time have been engaged in crippling children for the begging trade. Several unfortunate children were fonnd in the bonse with their legs and arms broken and bonnd in positions of deformity. One little girl had both eyes gouged out. Instru ments which had been used in produc ing physical deformities were discov ered in the cellar. After the children, who had been stolen, were sufficiently deformed they were sold to other persons for begging purposes.—Vienna Letter. An Aged American In Italy. David Dudley Field, who is enjoying his four in Italy with all the enthusi asm of a young tiaveler, celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday in Rome. He was entertained at luncheon by Mr. Terry, the veteran American artist. .’' ■. Pot ter, the American minister, and his wife and several others of his country men congratulated the hale, hearty old man. Mr. Field is now in Florence and will remain six weeks more in Italy.— Rome Letter. Begin* ing Over Again. From time to time in history a num ber of people break out and try to in augurate a new social order where all shall be equal in respect to having plenty to eat and wear, and where thero shall bo no criminals nor paupers. Many colo nies have been formed on this basis, all more or less co-operative or socialistic. All have failed thus far. but still the dream of better things for the human race persists. Best of all, it will be real ized one of these days. Never a great change for the better was made in a day. Ideas that keep pegging away fix them selves in the social order at last. Two more schemes of the perfectionist dreamers have lately been started. One of them is in Paraguay and was inau gurated by William Lane of Australia. He got from the Paraguay government a grant of 500,000 acres on condition that he would settle 4,000 people on it within four years. There will be no lack of settlers to join Lane, and the colony is already started. He chose the wilderness because ho wished to sep arate his colonists entirely from old sys tems and ideas. The settlement will be on the community plan. Colonists give np all their private means to the general fund, which is controlled by directors. The community superintends all the production and distribution. Surplus gains are to be divided among the adult colonists without regard to sex. The equal rights of the sexes are fnlly recog nized. No person is allowed to join the colony who cannot bring at least §500 tc the common fund. In the heart of Africa another scheme is brewing. Its founder is the famous Dr. Theodor Hertzka, the Edward Bel lamy of Berlin, who wrote a book called “Freeland,” in which he sets forth his notions of the ideal state of society. His new state will be along the Tana river, in east Africa. It is chartered, rather oddly, under the auspices of the British government, and the language used for commercial purposes will be English. In Hertzka’s scheme all the people of his colony will be workers; all will be well to do. Personal property can be acquired and bequeathed to children, but real es tate belongs always to the state. If either Lane or Hertzka can help the condition of the race, then Heaven speed him. A French Lesson. Why is it that financial panics are scarcely ever heard of in France? The copper syndicate failure and the Pan ama canal swindle, both of which with in the last five years robbed the poor of France of millions of their savings, would have convulsed, almost wrecked, any other country. In France they cause a commotion in financial centers, a burst of rage and disappointment from those whose savings have been swal lowed up. Then in two months’ time ev erything settles down again. Seasons of long continued monetary stringency, such as we are now undergoing in Amer ica, are practically unknown in France. The careful, industrious people go to work earning and saving again when a financial bubble bursts and wrecks their hopes. In an almost incredibly short time they have some more money saved, some more investments made. The French are the ablest economists in the world, from the humblest peasant woman to the minister of finance. It is born and bred in the bone with the whole nation that they are to put by money. The French private citizen does not run into debt as the American does. Consequently as a nation France does not have panics. When the individual American learns to live within his means, saving in any event a portion of his in come and investing only the money he has actually in his possession, then the United States, too, will be spared finan cial panics. If the present one shall teach us as a people this lesson, it will be worth all it has cost. The only way to become permanently prosperous is to come square down to hard pan and a cash basis. A law permitting divorce was passed ■ in France in 1884, chiefly through the efforts of Senator Naquet, who himself wanted a divorce in order that he might marry again. Before this law was enact ed there was only legal separation in France. Under the divorce law the pe titions for mere separation have fallen off considerably, discontented married couples evidently preferring divorce out and out. In 1890 the proportion of di vorces to marriages was 24 to 1,000. Cruelty and desertion were the causes as signed for divorce in a majority of cases, the greater number of petitioners being wives. The largest number of petitions was lodged by the class of ordinary working people. Elihn Thompson, the mechanician, dis courages the hope that we shall soon have ships speeding over the ocean propelled by electricity. He says it would necessitate the carrying of such enormous storage batteries that their weight would sink a ship. But Mr. Thompson does not make sufficient allowance for the power of in ventive genius in the latter half of the nineteenth century. It has wrestled with and overcome difficulties apparent ly greater than that. Mr. Thompson does well to add to his negative predic tion this: “It should, however, be borne in mind that a new discovery might at any time change the aspect of every prophecy based on present knowledge and conditions.” When a license to sell liquor costa $1,000 a year, the illicit trade in whisky is vastly increased. That is a discovery that has been made in Philadelphia. PAPA FLEUTELOT, MISER. A French Millionaire Who Rcgtcd In tho fit roe is und I>led In Filth. A miser «>f tho story book typo died about two weeks ago in Auxerre.France. Although he never hud wife or children, be was known to all persons in tho city as Papa Fleutelot. He had been a pub lic figure for a genera t<in and could lie seen daily in storm or sunshine totter ing in his rags through tho streets to gather odd bits of coal and wood and cigar stumps. Papa Fleutelot died in his eighty-fifth year and was buried in the potter’s field. The French police, who suspect everything, still suspectod the old man’s pretenses of poverty, de spite the recent shifting of public opin ion, and they searched the hut in which ho had lived and died. Filth was ankle deep np Rtairs and knee deep in tho cel lar. The first search was rewarded only with the discovery of 400 bottles of Bordeaux, vintage of 1790. The second search, however, revealed a hole in the cellar wall, bohind a pile of indescriba ble dirt. From this hole the police dragged a chest, and in the chest they found the trer.sure. From top to bot tom it was stuffed full with mortgages, government bonds, shares instock com panies and title deeds. All showed the keenness of Papa Fleutelot in investing his savings, for without exception the securities were of tho highest class. Their face value was 1,000,000 francs, bo- as many of the bonds and stocks are ah-.vo par they can be sold for a much larger sum. For more than 11 years tho old man had neglected to clip his coupons. He had let them accumulate until they rep resented a market value of 140,000 francs. Among tho many pieces ot real estate whoso ownership was revealed by the contents of the chest is a largo tract of land near Villeneuve-sur-Yonne. On this land there are 400 acres of fine for est and several buildings of tho ancient indestructible make. It had been more than 40 years since anybody at Ville nouve knew who owned the estate. When Papa Fleutelot died in his hovel, but 20 centimes, or less than 5 cents, was his total cash capital. As was ex pected, the usual number of heirs have appeared since the old man’s body was buried in tho potter’s field. They affect to believe that still more treasure is concealed in his hut, and they are tak ing it down piece by piece in the hope of enriching themselves.—Paris Ex change. A LONG CHASE. A Detective Followed a M^n Seven Thou sand Miles For Stealing 85. Seven thousand miles for a prisoner was the rotord made by Postoffice In spector G. li. Waterbury, and his story told in United States Marshal Haskell’s office rivaled in interest the tales of some of the great French detectives. The national government never forgives a crime, no matter what tho circnm stances, and cold blooded justice is al ways demanded. In Haskell’s private office was seated W. Y. Dressier, a young man belonging toono of the best and wealthiest families in Hanoverton, O. Last summer Dressier was traveling with T. li. Howard of Kansas City and George Hartson m New Mexico, and Howard confided to his friend that his mother was to send him a money order for $5. They wero in Albuquerque at the time, and Dressier got tho letter, opened it, forged Howard’s name and stole the money. The postoffice authorities were noti fied, and on Oct. 13 Dressier fled from Albuquerque with Waterbury, one of the shrewdest detectives in the secret service, on his trail. “I chased him to Los Angeles,” said Waterbury, “and there I lost him, but I got trace of him in Santiago, where he led a merry life. 1 reached San Fran cisco nearly as soon as he did, but he was away like a deer, and I entered Yuma just as he was leaving. From there I followed him to Tucson, but he dodged me, and I next found his tracks in El Paso, Tex. From there he jumped to Texarkana and then disappeared to ward Ohio. I communicated with Mar shal Haskell. Ho detailed a man, and together we journeyed to Dressler’s home, arresting the young man in hia father’s house.” Dressier will be taken to Denver for trial.—Cleveland Leader. Cariosity of faster Day This Year. Easter day falls on Lady day this year for the first time in the history of the United States. The last time these two days fell together was in 1742, and they will not clash again until 1951. Lady day has somewhat lost its signifi cance and importance of late years, and it has never been such a special day in this country as in some others where the leasing and renting system is more gen eral. It is still, however, the first quarter day of the year, and although for con venience rents and premiums are gen erally made payable on March 31 the law in some states still recognizes March 25 as quarter day. Easter has to fall exceptionally early to come into contact with Lady day, and the coincidence will cause inconvenience in countries where a legal holiday and a legal pay day will be simultaneous.—St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Againtst the House of Lords. The parliamentary committee of the trade unions congress, which is the cab inet of the British Liberal party, has been holding several secret sittings in London, making preliminary arrange ments for the great demonstration in Hyde park against the house of lords. The announcement of the subject will be publicly made as soon as the peers have finally finished with the employ ers’ liability bill, and the killing of that labor measure will be made the pre text for the promised display, the di mensions of which will probably exceed anything cf the kind in recent years. The London trades council is prepared to march 250,500 men into the park, and there will be imposing delegations from the provinces.—London Cable.