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Telephone War nt West Point.
West I'onlt , Neb. , July 18. Special
to The NQWH : West Point IH In the
tlirous of a telephone light. At the
last mooting of thu city council an
ordinance was Introduced to repeal
the ono granting a franchise to the
Cumlng County Independent Tel
ephone company. The franchlso
sought to bo withdrawn was granted
by the council some two and a half
yearn ago , but nothing wan ever done
on the part of the company to make
UHO of It or to establish any kind of a
telephone connection with West Point.
Last Month , at a mee.tlng of thu Indo-
ponilont company , this franchise was
sold to a Mr. Johnson of Sioux City ,
representing the New State Telephone
company , for the low sum of $50. At
tempts were then made to Induce the
cltlxoiiB to subscribe for enough tele
phones to warrant the building of an
Independent telephone line to the city ,
but the matter failed. The result has
been the Introduction of an ordinance
to kill the franchise. Its supporters tak
ing the ground that by non-use and
non-acceptance of the franchlso It has
become Invalid. The ordinance comes
up for third reading at the next coun
Lightning Sounds Fire Alarm.
Stanton , Neb. , July 12. About one
month ago the city had attached to
the lire boll an automatic apparatus by
which the boll can be rung In case of
lire. During a severe electrical storm ,
the boll began to ring. All the men
were at the ( Ire house , but no one
knew whore the lire was or why the bell
was rung. It looked mysterious for
awhile , but It was learned later that
the cells had gotten damp through a
leak , which made a short circuit and
caused the ringing.
MADISON WANTS SEWERAGE.
Question Is Being Agitated at Present
Time County Seat News.
Madison , Neb. , July 12. Special to
The News : The sewerage proposition
is agitating the minds of the citizens
of Madison at present. A beautiful lit
tle city of luxuriant shade a nd acres
of blue grass lawns , already possessing
nearly all the public improvements and
utilities of a modern city , charmingly
located naturally to make easy and
successful a sewerage system at rea
sonable cost , not by any means beyond
the reach of the city's finances ; yet
Madison Is without a sewerage system ,
which would mean so much to the san
itary conditions of the homes , business
places and public buildings.
SALOON LAW AFFECTS SCHOOLS.
West Point Board of Education Dis
cusses Probable Result.
West Point , Neb. , July 12. Special
to The News : At the last meeting of
the school board educational finances
were .discussed. It Is estimated that
n levy of 15 mills tax will be required
for the coming year for school pur
poses. A problem confronting the
board is the estimated revenue from
saloon licenses for next year , a feelIng -
Ing prevailing that the restrictions
now imposed upon saloon keepers will
result In a decrease of the number
of licenses applied for next year. The
present salary list of the board Is as
\ follows : Professor Campbell , super
intendent , $1,400 ; Irene Hull , $720 ;
Beth Huston , ? CiO ; ; Ilema Holmes ,
$ r > Sr > ; L. W. Fulton , ? G75 ; Margaret
Wray , ? 540 ; Margaret Gallagher ,
$495 ; Marln Chambers , $482 ; Emma
Matzen , $472 ; Leona Wlchert , $150 ;
Blanche Shearer , $472 ; Nellie Wilson ,
$540 ; Fern > Solomon , $105 ; Professor
Heeso Solomon , $270 ; janltor.s salary ,
$4SO. Total $6GC7.00.
Cudahy Builds on Douglas.
Omaha. July 12. K. A. Cudahy 1ms
announced that work will be begun
at once on the construction of a ten-
story building on the Grossman corner
at Seventeenth and Douglas streets ,
at a cost of $500.000.
LOOKS DARK FOR VICTOR
Evidence Against Accused Man Ac
Aberdeen , S. D. , July 12. The wol
of evidence against Emll Victor , the
accused quadruple murderer , Is stead'
lly growing and the prisoner is losing
the air of indifference which has char
nctorlzed his behavior since his ar
J. G. Rounds , merchant at Conde ,
states that some tlmo before the mur
der n man ho believes to have been
Victor , tried to trade him n 41 caliber
for n smaller weapon. He would not
trade because of the odd size car
trldges used In the man's weapon , II
was with a 41 caliber gun that the
members of the Christie family and
Michael Ronayne were shot.
Victor has asked the state's attorney
to write relatives in East Aurora , N
Y. , to come to his aid.
The preliminary examination of Vic
tor will take place today. The state's
attorney and the sheriff's ofllco arc
devoting their energies to nccumulat
Ing evidence against the prisoner , and
have succeeded in securing witnesses
who will testify to having seen Vlctoi
nt Rudolph the evening before the
crime , although ho had been nwaj
from there for a few days before. Vic
tor asserts that his parents reside al
East Aurora , N. Y. . contradicting n
statement previously made to the of
feet that his father is a larco dry goods
merchant nt Buffalo , N. Y.
Million Loss at Sioux City.
Sioux City , July 12. Little Perrj
creek , which suddenly overflowed Its
banks , causing a loss estimated al
from $500,000 to $1,000,000 , has re
turned to its channel.
Many of the 600 families which
were driven from their homes wll
not be able to return to them for several
In thu wldo area comprising the
flooded 'district many houses have
been washed from their foundations
by the waters In the residence dis
trict , but the heaviest loss Is In thu
business and wholesale districts ,
Hocnnso of thu flooding of the pow
er plant of the Sioux City Service
company , the electric car service of
the city Is Htlll completely tied up.
Many factories , which depend on the
company for power , closed down.
The west side of the city is without
gas , caused by breaking of the
mains , and thousunds who use gas for
light and fuel will be greatly Incon
venienced for several days.
The Main street pumping station
was forced out of commission , the
pumping pit being lilted with water
The water supply Is being furnished
from the Isabella street station. The
situation would bo extremely danger
ous In case of a serious lire , as the
water pressure IH seriously Impaired.
Barney Conlln lost his life while
assisting In removing obstructions at
the West Third street bridge.
At Standstill at Kansas City.
Kansas City , Mo. , July 12. With the
main line of the Missouri Pacific rail
way between Kansas City and St. Louis
congested because of thegreat , num
ber of trains of other railroads detoured -
toured over It In an effort to reach
Chicago , railroad tralllc between Kan
sas City and Chicago today was prac
tically at n standstill.
The Atchlson , Topeka and Santa Ke
road has annulled all of Its Chicago
morning trains and the Burlington and
Rock Island olflclals were making , no
promises to Chicago passengers as to
arrival time In the lake city . The two
latter roads were detouring via St.
Louis. Western trains were running
on schedule time.
Local flood conditions were nt n
standstill today. The Kansas river
stood at 23 feet , a rise of but .1 of an
inch since yesterday. The Missouri
river reading was 2G.2 feet , which was
2 Inches higher than last night.
St. Louis Sees Flood Coming. '
St. Louis , July 12. With the Mis
sissippi river gauge reading 31.9 feet
at 9 o'clock this morning , the govern
rnent weather bureau predicted 33.5
i feet for tomorrow and 34 feet for
Wednesday. The water backed into
the buildings along the levee , but no
great damage was done. Across the
river on the Illinois side the .lowlands
( were flooded and the rise Wednesday
will destroy property.
FRIBBLES OF FASHION.
Paris Says No Buttons on Gowns.
Something New In Jewelry.
In Paris they are using no buttons
on gowns , and very little fringe Is
seen The aim among Parisian tailbra
seems to be long straight lines with an
absence of buttons and any trimming
Among the new brooches arc tiny
straw hats of finely woven gold , with
CHILD'S UUIBS WITH KNICKEKBOCKEKS.
wreaths of enamel daisies or seed
pearl flowers. Earrings , brooch and
necklace matching In color make a
Such a simple little dress us this one
Is In demand at all seasons , but espe
cially so at this time , when washable
materials are used. The body portion
and the skirt nre cut In ono , simply
held In place by means of n bolt , and
consequently laundering is nn easy
matter , while at the same time the
dress Is a becoming and attractive
model. JUDIO CHOLLET.
Shoes of Bronze For Women.
Mrs. Arthur Scott Burden has given
society something new to talk about
with her bronze shoes and slippers. II
Is n time for the unusual In footwear
The suede shoo already is mostly a
matter of history , and there has been
nothing fit to match tbo bronze BUM
which Mrs. Burden wears both after
noon and evening. The effect Is not ns
startling as might be expected. In
fact , the bronze shoe has ono advan
tage In giving a small effect to the
feet , and the color shades tastefull ; ?
"with certain bright gowns. There Is
no doubt that as a result of Mrs. Bur
den's example bronze shoes will be
worn In the near future by many wo
The Plain Part of It
"Did the young man they caught In
fraudulent transactions peculate very
much ? '
"I donno about that , but ho stele a
lot" Baltimore American.
What Commemoration ot the
Historic Battle Moans.
OF GREAT NATIONAL INTEREST
Wldo Scope of the Conflict's Influence
on a Great Nation Graphic Picture
of the Battlefield as It Was In 1775.
Historical Landmark That Has Been
Preserved to Posterity by Women.
Sooner or later every stranger who
vlsltn Boston Invariably announces , "I
must see Bunker IIill. " June 17 IH the
Ideal day to gratify that wlsn. To cor
rectly entertain any guests a supply of
luscious chicken and ham sandwiches
should be taken , with plenty of pic
kles and a few pieces of pie. for
Charlestown accent on the "town , "
and pronounce It clearly , please Is
within thu "plu belL" Wo climb the
stateJy pllu on Bunker 11111. attend thu
exorcises held by some historical asso
ciation , llsteB to the strains of that old
ode RUtm at the dedication of the mon
ument In 1843 , when Daniel Webster
delivered his famqufl oratlou ; behold
the i ira < le swivp In majesty about"the
foot of the historic pile and watch the
sun Hash In golden gleams on the ro-
nowneO "S'vd of Bunker IIUL" Like
many another historical landmark that
otherwise would have boon obliterated.
Bunker II1I1 1ms been preserved to pos
terity by the devotion of women.
Where today are well kept turf , a
stately monument and Joyous sight
seers. In 1773 a bare summit scarred
by cannon shot , a raw , lialf sodded
flcldworks and low redoubt overlook
ed the burning churcheg and houses of
Charlestown. Beyond from the Charles
river the British men-of-war Joined
the land batteries on the farther bank
In the unceasing thunder of artillery ,
hurling death upon the men of Massa
chusetts Bay , Vermont and Connecti
Duo north to the very verge of the
Mystic ran a weak breastwork across
pasture lands and meadows , with here
and there an orchard n-bloom.wlth the
delicate pink and white of apple , pear ,
cherry and quince , fields of yellow
hearted , white petalod daisies swaying
In the vortex of cannon shot and the
mad rush of furious charges.
Anon the orchards were full of red-
coated , white galtered Infantry , the
snow white daisies were marred by
great splashes of life blood and the
pastures strewn with patches of scar
let where soldiers In their gay uniforms
had fallen to rise no more. To the
left n half score of brass howitzers ,
posted amid brick kilns and clay pits ,
sought to euQlade and sweep away
the Baymen who kept the hllL
Farmers , sailors , fishermen , trades
men , clad In everyday garb , armed
with their homely weapons of the
chase , with scarcely n flag to flght un
der , suffering hunger , thirst and weari
ness under the broiling sun. coolly train
ed across tie Bunker Hill breastwork
the long , rusty rubes which had al
ready heaped windrows of dead and
dying men upon the fields below where
the new mown hay still lay drying.
The British lines continued to charge.
"Don't fire until you sec the whites of
their eyes ! " The word passed along
the line of set faces and leveled guns.
A moment later hoarse cries , "Fire ,
fire ! " rang out A crash of triple vol
leys and the rattle of deadly file firing
followed. The powder failed. The pro
vincials broke away , pursued by Pit-
cairn's marines. For the moment our
fathers' hope of victory was over.
Yes. visit Bunker nilL Look upon
a monument erected to cherish the
memory of a defeat that brought suc
cess , for victory crowned the vanquish
ed that day. The day sot apart to
commemorate the battle of Bunker
mil Is exclusively a Charlestown holi
day , but far wider than Boston's "trl-
mountains" spreads tbo spirit of Bun
ker mil throughout u grent nation
christened on that day in the rod
blood of American freemen. Joe
Mitchell Chappie In National Magazine
zine For Juno. *
Old Time Gas
The price of gas In the early part of
the last century Is shown by a sched
ule of charges Issued by the Liverpool
Gaslight company In the year 1817.
Instead of so much per cubic foot beIng -
Ing levied each Individual burner was
charged for , and the price varied ac
cording to the hour at which the light
was to be extinguished. Thus for
using ono No. 1 Argand burner up till
8 p. m. 3 per annum had to be paid.
For the right to keep It alight until 0
3 18s. was the figure , while those
roistering blades who sat up till 10 , 11
or 12 had to disburse 4 10s. . 5 12s.
and 0 8s. respectively. Imagine the
gas bill at i house where ten or twelve
burners are flaring away until the
small hours if such a method of taxa
tion were In force nowadays ! Liver
"Our civilization demands a greater
or less degree of mendacity , " remark
ed the abstruse person. "We arc con
stantly encountering BOtno empty
phrase , some conventional remark ,
which Is absolutely devoid of sincer
"That's right" answered the book
agent "That's perfectly true , I am
reminded of it every time I walk up to
the front step where there Is a door
mat vlth the word 'welcome. ' on It"
The Right Word.
"Why do yon speak of him as a fin
"Because he told me ho was utterly
discouraged and was going to quit the
profession. If that doesn't show that
he's finished I don't know what does. "
Money may not bo able to buy hap
piness , but It can buy off a great deal
of unhapplness. Lyndon.
TOWN OF GOLD BRICKS. '
Wealth Found In the Wall * of Mexl-
can Ad-bo Houses.
There nre many remarkable town *
In Mexico , but none mure InterestIng -
Ing tlmn Guanajuato , "the lilll of tlio
frog. " It might more properly be
called the "gold brick town , " for the
houses hnvo been found to contain
This IH a curious situation , but It
cnmu nbout naturally. Guanajuato
pronounced Wnh-nah-wnhto Is one of
the oldest mining towns In Mexico , but
the value of the place as a town was
discovered when a railroad company
decided to bnlld a station there. It
was found necessary to tear down
about I00 ! ndobu buildings , which were
made of the refuse of various mines
after the ore was extracted.
When It became known that the old
adobe buildings would be torn down
pieces taken at random were assayed.
It was found that because of the old
process , which left much gold and sil
ver , they assayed from $3 to $2J a ton.
The menu value was estimated to run
about $8 gold a ton.
The old buildings have brought about
J30.000 Mexican , i.i gold , and persona
who have built since the new machin
ery has been Installed In the mines
are bemoaning the fact that the new
houses do not contain as much gold as
the old. Scientific American.
USE OF PILLOWS.
A Habit That Is Unnecessary and at
Times May Be Harmful.
"Pillows are little more than a fad
and u rather harmful ono at that , "
said a Germnntowu doctor. "They
should , Indeed , only be used by those
who sleep on their sides , as they are
really Injurious to others. When you
Bleep on your side your shoulder pre
vents your head from lying level on
the bed , and pillows are useful to
raise the head to this level.
"The natural and most healthful po
sition for the ordinary person in sleepIng -
Ing Is for one's head to be kept per
fectly even. Just as It would be stand
Ing up. Now , for the one who lies OP
his back while sleeping no pillow It
needed to keep the head In this pos )
Uon , and yet 09 per cent of the per
Eons who sleep on their backs use pil
lows , while those who sleep on their
sides use far more pillow than Is nec
"People get used to having their
heads and shoulders propped high up
and imagine they could not sleep any
other way ; but , as n matter of fact , If
they would try sleeping with little erne
no pillow they would not only find that
they would feel better In the morning ,
but also would actually be more com
fortable In bed and sleep much sound
er thoughout the night" Philadelphia
At the Head.
It Is stated in Mr. and Mrs. Pennell'a
"Life of James MacNelJl Whistler" In
that part which relates to his brief
West Point career that the great
American painter was not "soldierly in
appearance , bearing or habit" Whis
tler's horsemanship Is said to have
been hardly better than his scholar
ship. According to General Webb , It
was not wholly unusual for him nt
cavalry drill to go sliding over his
horse's head. On such occasions Ma
jor Sackett. then In command , would
call out :
"Mr. Whistler , aren't you a little
ahead of the squad ? "
According to Whistler's version to
the Ponnells. Major Sackett's remark
"Mr. Whistler , I am pleased to see
you for once at the head of your
She Almost Remembered , t ,
Little Josephine , aged four , waa In-
tenUy studying the pictures in a book
and seemed very much Interested In a
picture of Charles Dickens.
Taking the book to her mother , she
Inquired who It was.
"That Is Dickens , dear , " said her
The picture was wonderfully fasci
nating to the little girl , and when her
big sister came from college In the
evening she ran and got the book ,
turned to the picture and said :
"Sister , see ! This Is a picture of Mr.
Her sister replied , "No , door , that
is Mr. Dickens. "
" " " 1 knew It
"Well. said Josephine ,
was some kind of n swear word. " De
"Colonel , we want a contribution
from you to help build a mission
"Judge , you know well enough that
while I am in sympathy with morality
and religion. 1 don't believe in churches
In the abstract , and"
"Neither do I , colonel. We're going
to build this one of concrete. " Seattle
"I wonder nt your allowing His to
marry your daughter. I thought you
were mortal enemies. "
"Thafs Just the reason. Now ho
will have my wlfo for his mother-in-
law. " Exchange.
She Got New One.
"Mr. Hornblll Do yon know , flar-
ling , I could pick you out of a crowd
of women Just by your style ! Mrs ,
Hornblll I don't wonder , and me
with this same old dress for the lasl
two years !
Life is a little gleam of time between
two eternities. Carlyle.
Changed Her Mind.
Nearsighted Lady The boy who la
trying to tie that tin can to that poor
doVs tall ought to be thrashed within
an Inch of his life the horrid llttlo
brute ! Maid It's your boy , mum.
Nearsighted Lady My boy ? Mold-
Yes , mum. Nearsighted Lady Tell
him It he'll stop I'll glvo him some
cake. Christian Advocate.
Career of New Immigration Com
missioner at New York.
SILENT , BUT KEEPS IN ACTION
Held Present Offloo Once Before , Btop-
plnn Out Suddenly , In the Roosevelt
velt Administration Son of Yale and
Mountain Climber , With Good Re
William Williams , the new commis
sioner of Immigration for the i > ort of
New York , returns to Unit post to
complete the work of reorganization
and reconstruction l > ogun by him seven
years ago after his appointment by
former President Roosevelt Then
Williams remained less thuu three
years In otUeo. resigning abruptly
when "housocleanlng" on Kills Island
was In full swing. No explanation
was forthcoming at Washington , and
none could be obtained at that tlmo
from the retiring commissioner.
Ills action was as unexi > cctPd by his
subordinates as by the public , and the
day that he left Uic Island every man
and woman and boy on Uie govern
ment payroll , although many of them
had felt the silent man's sharp disci
pline , was in live big hall to shake
hands and nay goodby.
Just to show what they thought of
him the employees produced a huge
silver loving cup , which cost some
thing like $700 , and a tcsUmonlal con
taining a picture of Ellis island and
When asked the reason for such a
demonstration In honor of n man who
had caused the upheaval and disturb
ance of time honored customs , one of
the men sold.
"Every employee on the island knew
ho could get a square deal from the
Williams' zeal In going to the bottom
tom of things In the Immigration bu
reau had uncovered much graft and
corruption. Then , suddenly , ho stepped
down and out
Evidently President Taft thinks that
this man and his ideas on reform are
not so visionary as the advisers of
President Roosevelt would have had
him believe. Williams was prevailed
upon to take up his work again solely
upon the grounds that It was a public
duty which he could not decline. He
did decline nt flrst but the argument
of the president finally prevailed , and
the quiet man of Ellis Island goes back
to that Important station satisfied that
this time he will have a free hand In
the task before him.
A man with Independent means and
a comfortable law practice , Williams
la under obligation to no one , and
every success he has attained since
leaving New London , Conn. , the place
of his birth , has been won by sheer
force of energy and ability.
His family put him through tbo pub
lic schools and then sent him to Ger
many , where for five years he was a
student nt the German gymnasium in
Wiesbaden , and he entered Yale with
the class of ' 84 , being graduated and
taking a course In law nt Ilnrvard.
He began practice In New York in the
fall of 18SS and has been a resident of
that city over since.
In 1802-3 Williams acted as Junior
counsel for Uie United States In the
Bering sen arbitration In Paris. Five
years later , when war with Spain was
declared , he left his law practice and
went out as u private with the war
troop of Squadron A. His energy and
ability were Boon rewarded by promo
tion , and he went Into the quarter
master's department with the rank of
major , taking a troopship to Porto
Rico. This was Uie end of his mili
tary servlco , typhoid bringing him
down and making him an Invalid un
til the following year , when he went
back to tbo practice of law.
President Roosevelt In 1902 asked
him to go to Ellis Island , and ho ac
cepted. In 1005 he resigned.
The president publicly commended
him for bis administration. Yale uni
versity conferred the honorary degree
of master of arts upon him. and bo re
tired to private life. Since then bo
has practiced law and climbed moun
tains , with considerable distinction In
both , although the public knows little
As a mountain climber he has scaled
the highest peaks In Switzerland , has
qualified for and been elected to the
English Alpine club and was complet
ing plans to tackle some of the highest
peaks In eastern Europe when the
present situation confronted him.
Such , In.brief , Is the career of n man
upon whom considerable public atten
tion will bo focused In the next four
years. No port of entry Into the Unit
ed States bears more closely upon the
many grave problems arising from the
tide of alien races dally breaking
against the country's gates.
With Williams when ho retired from
ofllco wont many who had helped him
In sweeping the Island clean , who had
Btarted the work of building a larger
and more sanitary Immigration sta
tion , who had helped In the reorgan
ization of the system of handling Ig
norant aliens , who had substituted
humane nod honest dealings In place
of brutal and mercenary transactions
that once existed and who had suc
ceeded In driving grafters from th
Williams ts not a plodder. Ho acts ,
and t keeps In action , accepting fall
and nnp4eto responsibility tor every
thing ho does and demanding obedi
ence loyalty and a maximum workIng -
Ing ttoe tram every subordinate. No *
No unimportant store ever adver
tises Importantly. No Important store
should ever advertise unimportantly
What tne Professor Wanted.
The professor steps Into the barber
chair and assumes an attitude of pre
"llalr cut , sir ? "
"Please ! " The barber cuts his hair.
"Like a shampoo1'
"I'm please ! " Ho gets the shampoo.
"Shave you , slrV"
"Urn ypHl" One shave.
"Massage ? " lie nods assent and
consetinently IB massaged. The barber
removes the towel ; the professor arisen
I ml mechanically takes thu profl'ered
"What's this ? "
"Your check , sir. "
"My check ? "
"Certainly , sir Imlr cut , shampoo ,
Minve and massage. "
The professor rubs his hand over
face and head.
"Did I get all that ? "
"Surely , sir. "
"It's queer very queen most ex
traordinarily queer ! A most wonder
ful example of philosophical phenom
ena ! "
"What's queer ? " asks the barber In
"Why , the working of the human
mind. What I came In for was togot _
my rar.or honed. " Puck.
What Constitutes Baseball ?
The essential apparatus of baseball
Is simple and Inexpensive , All that Is
required Is n field , a stick , the ball It
self and police protection for the um
pire. One advantage of the game as
played professionally IH that those sit
ting In the grand stand can play thu
game a great deal better than the
eighteen nu'ii on the diamond. It Is
also true that any one of the specta
tors , even though perched on u tele
phone pole across the street or looking
through u knothole In the fence beyond -
yond right Held , can Judge of the pitch
er's skill or the runner's flcotncsn
much more Intelligently than the ar
biter who stands behind thu battery.
The great merit of the game Is that
the people can participate In it It Is
not like bridge whist Its science is
not synonymous with silence. The
thing to do Is to take off your coat
and root as long and as loudly as you
can. even If you don't know what IB
happening. Philadelphia Ledger.
Taking It Out In Trade.
The proprietor * of a certain Turkish
bath establishment , seeing a strong
looking young man working in a
butcher's shop and being impressed by
his magnificent muscles , told him to
resign and take a rubber's position
"I'll give you more than you are get
ting now. " he "aid.
The young butcher , resigning in good
faith , turned up the next morning at
the bath house.
"Well , " paid the proprietor to him ,
"I'll put you on at once. What did
you get at the butcher's ? "
"Six dollars and my week's meat , "
returned the young man.
"What did that amount to ? "
" . "
"Well , " said the proprietor , "I of
fered you more to come here , didn't I ?
I'll give you ? C In money and S-l worth
of baths weekly That Is a dollar more
than you got at your old place. "
A custom among the Dutch is the
exchanging of engagement rings , which
are narrow bands of plain gold , with
the initials of the betrothed and the
day of the betrothal engraved on the
Inside They are worn on the left
hand before and on the right after
marriage. Dutch engagements extend
over a period of from two to five years.
During this time the young woman
gives up nil amusements In which her
fiance docs not participate. If ho Is
not of the dancing sort she refrains
from that recreation , however much
she may desire to engage in It She
never goes In company anywhere If ho
is not present , and when they go to
gether to a ball no gentleman will ever
ask her to dance without formally
gaining his permission. London
English Luggage Lifters.
English railway companies suffer
severely through the purloining of pas
sengers' baggage and other articles by
platform thieves , and In some cases It
is n difficult matter to find out Uie mis
creant One of these luggage lifters
was on an occasion some tlmo ago
seen keeping vigil over a barrow ol
luggage , and In his hand he carried
apparently a good sized portmanteau.
IIo walked up and down the platform
several times and at last stopped op
posite the luggage. Placing his bag
on the barrow for a moment he then
picked It up and walked off. But the
lynx eye of one of the railway officials
had also been watching the barrow ,
and , going up to the man , had him ar
rested and searched. It was found
that his apparent portmanteau was
only n skeleton and Inside had a set
of springs , etc. , which , when placed
orer a smaller bag. held the latter ID
position. But for the smartness of the
official another traveler's bag would
have been missing. London Answers.
The Hollow Bones of Birds.
The hollow bones of birds are fre
quently cited ns beautiful Instances ol
providential mechanics In building the
strongest and largest possible limb
with the least expenditure of material ,
and this Is largely true , and yet birds ,
like ducks , which cleave the air with
the speed of an express train , have the
long bones filled with marrow or saturated -
rated with fat , while the lumbering
hornblll. that fairly hurtles over the
treetops , has one of the most com
pletely pneumatic skeletons Imaginable ,
permeated with air to the very too tips ,
and the ungainly pelican Is nearly as
well off. Still. It Is but fair to say that
the frigate bird and turkey buzzards ,
creatures which are most at ease when
on the wing , have extremely light and
hollow bones ; but , comparing one bird
with another , the paramount Impor
tance of a pneumatic skeleton to a bird
ts not ns evident as that of a pneumatic
tire to a bicycle. Exchange.
Its Exactness lllciBtrntod by the Dis
covery of Neptuno.
Theru IH perhaps no more striking
Illustration of thu power of ncluiitlllo
method than that relating to thu tllM <
covury of Neptunu In 1810. Tin plunot
Uranus , until then thu outermost
known member of our solar lyniinu ,
rufused to follow thu path c < ' 'pMed
for It by mathematical nutrv oiucrn.
With the progress of time the < > lHcn > p <
ancles between Its predicted and ob
served positions grew constantly largot
until In tlio early elghtcen-fortlcs thu
dlsiordani-e amounted to fully seven-
ty-llvu HocondH of arc. Thin IH a small
angle , not more than one-twenty llfth
the angular diameter of our moon , yet
a very large angle to ivtlned astron
omy , for a discrepancy of two seconds
would have been detected with ease.
The opinion gradually dovoloiwd tnat
t'ranuH was drawn from Its natural
course by thu nttrnctloim of nn uiulbv
covered planet .still farther from thu
sun than Itself. Adams in 1813 ami
l.o Verrlcr In IS 15 Indeiu'iulcntly and
each without knowledge of thu oth < r'H
plans attacked the then cxtrumuly dlf-
tlcult problem of determining the ap
proximate orbit , mass and po-slllon ol
an nmllscovvivd Ixxly whoso uttrae-
tlonn should prcxlnec tlu > perturbation ! !
observed , Regrettable and avoidable !
delays occurred In searching for tha
planet after Adams' results were com
municated to the astronomer royal In
Oetolwr. 18-15. Lo Verrler'H rwmlta
were communicated to the Berlin ob
servatory In Septeml > or , 13-1(1. ( with the
request that u search IMJ Hindu. Thu
disturbing planet , later nnnuxl Nep
tunu , was found on the first evcnlnu
that it was looked for less titan one
degnx > of arc from the iKWltlon as
signed by Lo Verrler. If an energetic
search had been ntado in England tha
year before the planet would have
been discovered within two degrees ol
the position assigned by Adams. Pro
fessor W. YV. Campbell in Popular Sci
The Smuggled Box.
A Joker had some fun with the cus
toms olllcials nt New York Bomo years
ago. A servant had gone nshoro from
n German liner with a basket and was
alxmt to leave the pier when n passen
ger whispered to a customs officer that
he bad bettor see what the basket con
tained. Following the tip , tlio basket
bearer was detained , and n wooden
box was found among n lot of soiled
linen. The box contained another and
this Rtlll another IKIX. the third eocuro-
ly fastened with screws. When these
were removed a card was discovered
on which was written In three lan
guages. "This is the 1st of AprlL
Many happy returns of the day. "
VOGUE POINTS :
A Newcomer In Glovedom An Attrao--
tive Dance Frock.
Quito the newest wrinkle In the
glove ranks Is the long elbow length
glove with tucked arm. It sounds
queer , but It Is really rather pretty
and decidedly out of the ordinary.
Silk Is the fabric from which the
gloves are made , and the tucks start
Just above the wrist , running , of course ,
horizontally around the arm. The
tucks nre nbout a quarter of nn Inch
deep and a short distance from each
other. One may procure these gloves
In the loveliest apricot shades or In
the staple colors.
A lovely dance frock for a young
girl Is of pink tulle , the skirt In three
tiers , three llounces each edged with a
tulle niching. The bodice Is also trim
med with tiny niilles. each edged with
n llttlo niching , and the tulle puffed
sleeves and fichu drapery nre also fin
ished with the ruches. Clusters of sil
ver roses and n silver tissue Bash are
the only other trimming.
White glncham with threads of rose
color and Iwnds of plain rose linen nro
the materials that make this service
able little frock. The straight plaited
skirt is always a desirable ono for
wash fabrics , and the simple blouse is
Joined to It the two being closed at
the left of the front and the front
closing Is In Itself n decoraUvo fea
ture. JDDIC CHOLLKT.
She Talked Shop.
A young soubrette rushed to her den
tlst the other day in agony. One of her
wisdom teeth was ulcerated. The den-
tlst , who , by the way. had supplied her
with the most dazzling of her front
tooth , told her that there was nothing
for 1t but to pull the tooth. "Very well ,
doctor , " remarkud the actress , with a
Blgh , as she removed the plate ; "I sup
pose I'd better take out my orchestra
chairs so that you can get at nqr back :
Pleasure once tasted fiatinfles lew
than the desire experienced for It tor
ments , i
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