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VOLUME XXVII.-NUMBER 4.
WHOLE NUMBER 1.356.
COLUMBUS, NEBRASKA. WEDNESDAY. MAY 0, 1896.
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WITH APACHE KID.
ANT brave men
nave hesitated to
meet the Apache
Kid on anything ap
terms. I knew this
not claiming fo be
a man of exalted
courage, I was
probably excited at
the time I sought
to capture him, and this may account,
in some measure, for a failure that
missed turning out a tragedy only by a
The Blueball gold mine is located to
the north of Phoenix some 18 miles.
The property is just being developed,
and only three miners (myself among
the number) were hired to work In the
On a certain Saturday night Joe and
Tote, my two fellow workmen, saddled
up their horses and went to town to
remain over Sunday.
After they took their departure, that
Saturday night, I thrust a fresh tallow
"dip" in the empty whisky bottle that
answered for a candlestick, and pro
ceeded to read some papers that had
been brought over the day bercre by
some boys at a neighboring mine.
I snt at the table with my back to
the door. Time passed rapidly and un
heeded, and it must have been close
on to midnight when I heard a slight
noise and looked up from my reading.
The movement brought my eyes on
a line with the window, and there,
pressed against the glass was the face
of an Indian.
My heart gave a wild leap into my
throat as I, an instant later, recognized
this Indian ns none other than the
For a moment I was actually para
lyzed with fear and incapable of action
Visions of the bloody crimes perpe
trated by Kid passed in quick and gory
succession before my oyes. The red
skin was a dead shot with thp rifle.
I know he would as soon have killed
me as to cat a meal. What was I to
do? A rusty old Winchester stood in
the corner, but I was not certain
whether there was a single cartridge
in its magazine. I had a wild thought
of blowing out the light and chancing
the gun. Reason prevailed, however,
when I reflected that to recognize Kid
is, figuratively speaking, to drive the
last nail In my coffin. Whenever the
Apache Kid saw that he was recog
nized, he always acted on the principle
tbat dead men tell no tales.
As I heard a hand rasp across the
door in locating the latch, I resolved
to strain my nerves to the utmest and
fail to show my unwelcome visitor that
I recognized him. It was a stern reality
for a man to face a desperate condi
tion considering that my prospective
visitor was an individual with a large
reward out for his capture, and who
.must, of course, believe that every
man's hand was against him.
With the noiseles tread of a tiger
cat, the Apache Kid passed over the
threshold in his nioccasincd feet. 1
kept my gaze riveted on the newspaper,
but the page swam before my eyes
What would be my visitor's greeting
a knife thrust or a rifle ball? Had 1
been chained to the floor, with a keg
of giant powder slowly igniting by
means of a fuse at my back, my nervous
tension could not have been greater.
Suddenly I felt a heavy hand on my
shoulder, and leaped to my feet.
"How?" remarked Kid. grimly.
"How?" I returned; then added the
, AN UNEXPECTED VISIT,
query, for the purpose of disarming his
'-He shook his head.
"What do you want?"
In answer to my question, he held
out his right hand and I saw an ugly
cut across the wrist.
"Heap hurt," he said, g!oomily. "Fix
Kid's wish was my law, under the
circumstances, and I secured a bottle
of arnica and some clean linen and
dressed his wound.
"Pima hungry," he then suggestively
remarked, and I sat out cold beans and
bread and watched them disappear be
tween the Indian's massive jaws.
"Heap sleepy." he went on, after the
food had vanished, and then cooly
picked up the rusty Winchester in the
corner and dropped down on a cot with
the rifle beside him.
Here was an instance of the Apache
Kid's reckless bravery. Wounded and
In the enemy's country, he deliberately
laid himself down and slept As his
Btentorious breathing became louder
and more suggestive of deep slumber,
I grew more courageous; in fact, my
recklessness, as I now icok at it,
amounted nothing short of madness.
As I sat there, in the sputtering glow
of that iallow dip, the thought of the
6,000 out for Kid engendered a desire
and the desire engendered a determina
tion. I would capture him, but how?
I cast my eyes about the shanty.
There were no firearms, no rope where
with to tie a prospective prisoner in
short, nothing at all which I could use
In making such a desperate capture.
But, stay! On a rough wooden shelf,
not a great distance from my hand,
were two bottles, one containing
chloroform liniment Happy idea! I
would chloroform the Apache Kid!
If I should live a thousand years, I
could never account for the wild im
pulse that spurred me on to perform
that rash act As I have said, I am not
a particularly courageous man, aad 1
VV t i S f BEJhfiaJgB 33w saW I IB BBS
can only account for what I did by sup
posing that I was acting blindly and
thoughtlessly on the spur of the mo
ment Drawing my handkerchief from my
pocket, I stepped to the shelf and laid
my hands on one of the bottles. But
I recoiled when I reflected that the
odor of the narcotic might affect me
while I was administering it to Kid.
Seizing a towel, I tied it about my
nostrils, fold on fold, so that, in breath
ing, I might use it as a filter, so to
speak, for the air that entered my
lungs. A moment later I had saturated
the handkerchief, and was slowly ap
proaching the recumbent form of the
Kid slept well at least his loud
breathing gave me this assurance and
I kept my eyes On that old Winchester
as I slowly advanced and halted beside
the cot I had neither time nor inclina
tion to remark upon Kid's countenance
as smoothed into peaceful lines by the
all-conquering hand of slumber. I
merely applied the saturated cloth to
his nostrils and held it there for minute
after minute, while the perspiration
started in beads on my forehead and
my rash courage oozed gradually out
my finger tips. At last, sure that the
Indian must be under the influence of
the drug, I dropped the handkerchief
and hurried from the shanty.
My nerves tingled with excitement
Now that I had my man, what should
I do with him? Reason suggested that,
to make him secure beyoud all perad
venture. he should be bound, and 1
went to the stable to secure a rope.
As I turned to retrace my steps to the
house, the thought came to me with
crushing force that Kid had rarely
traveled unattended by sonte brave with
a criminal tendency. Might it not be
that he had halted at the shanty to
wait for some red companion to join
him? What a fool t was. In another
instant I had leaped on my horse and
was galloping like mad for the Phoenix
mine. I would get the entire outfit Of
the Phoenix and make secure the final
capture of my half-taken prisoner.
I have reason to believe that the dis
tance from the Blueball to the Phoenix
has never been covered so rapidly be
fore or since as it was by me that
When I declared that I had captured
Kid, the renegade, the Phoenix boys
even jeered at me; but they all turned
out. armed themselves, and followed
me back to the Blueball.
The candle had long since burned
out and all was dark in the shanty.
I threw a cordon of men about the
house, however, and then entered it
cautiously, accompanied by three of the
best shots from Phoenix
Not a sound was to be heard as we
stepped into the cabin.
"He's still under the influence of the
chloroform," I remarked, as I struck a
match and lighted a fresh candle.
When I finally turned my attention to
the cot I was amazed to find that it
The Apache Kid had dirappeared.
On the table lay a pack of much
thumbed playing carda belonging to
Joe. One of them the ace of hearts
was turned up, and on it was hastily
written the following:
"When you chloroform your next
Indian, use something besides benzine.
"P. S. I take your gun, having lost
The note was correctly spelled and
the chirography was fair; but then Kid
had enjoyed the advantages of a good
Indian school some say he attended
But how was it t had happened to
mistake the benzine for the chloroform
liniment bottle, and why did not the
Kid rise up and annihilate me on the
I have never been able satisfactorily
to answer these two questions.
A tnnon la Patience.
Cne of the happiest little boys I ever
saw is a cripple, and he will never
walk. His lower limbs are paralysed,
and the little fellow Is wheeled around
in a chair made for his especial use.
When I first saw him I thought how
awful it must be for a 7-year-old boy
not to be able to run and play like
other children, and. without thinking.
I asked: "Isn't it lovely here? Don't
you wish you could run and jump?"
"Yes," said the little fellow, "I might
like it. but I'm happy where I am. and
perhaps I'd get hurt Little boys do."
Then I felt rebuked, and the little
boy. whistling and singing in the chair,
playing with whatever Is given to him,
the minutes of the hours by which the
days arc told, like sunbeams lighting
and gladdening life's pathway, has
been a lesson to me ever since I first
They Live I-oni; In riillittrlphta.
There died In Philadelphia last week
twelve persons more than 80 years old,
eight men and four women, and of thes:
three were more than 90 years old, one
Each British soldier costs his coun
try $320 every year.
Patents are issued by sixty-four gov
ernments in the world.
A dramatic college for ladies is
shortly to be started in one of the su
burbs of London.
The largest Krupp guns have a range
of seventeen miles and fire two shots
The shipbuilding concern of Sir W.
G. Armstrong & Co.. limited, of Glas
gow, will establish a plant in Japan.
A white buzzard was lately shot in
Texas having on its neck a bell marked
"1S60" and "Ralls county, Missouri."
Kangaroos are such a plague in Aus
tralia that the government pays a
bounty of 8 pence for each animal that
It will surprise a good many people,
no doubt, to learn that when a regis
tered letter is stolen the sender has no
claim on the government
The biggest edible oysters in the
world are found at Port Lincoln, in
South Australia. They measure some
times more than a foot across the shell
and are said to be of the finest flavor.
It is intended by German doctors to
celebrate on May 14 the one hundredth
anniversary of Dr. Jenner's first ex
periment in vaccination.
The bank statistics of Ireland for
1895 are the most satisfactory ever re
corded, and show that Ireland has but
to be let alone to attain a thoroughly
sound economic condition.
IF THE MAMMOTHS RETURNED
TO EARTH ONCE MORg.
Dlnossars and Dodo. fVonld Cause Con
sternation Aaaoaff Preseat Vmj Anl
saals, n tunas as Well as Brute A
T is a good thing,
on the whole, that
the extinct animals
are extinct, because
a dinosaur, a dodo,
or a megatherium
returning to earth
at the present time
would create more
trouble than he
would be worth.
Nobody would know
what to do with such a monster, and
science tells Ub that he might be dan
gerous. Even the pterodactyl, which was in
many respects the most delicate of
these products of a remote age, would
not have made a decent soup. The size
of these beasts was such that they
could afford only a poor kind of sport
They were so big that the worst marks
man could not help but hit them, and
after they were killed they could not be
The sportsman who shot a dinosaur
would have no fine pair of antlers to
take home with him for the edification
cf his friends, while the dodo was an
ugly bird without any ornamental
feathers that would have looked well
ir. a woman's hat This monster was
rn absurd creation, being able neither
io fly nor to swim, and was cxtermi
ralcd in the seventeenth century, much
to the general relief.
The dodo displayed neither activity
rcr intelligence, and its name is a syno
nym for stupidity to the present day.
Captain Van Wcet-Zancu. of Hat j via,
has left it on record how n dodo rap
tured by some of his men could not be
eaten by the whole crew, so great was
Its size. He also tells how the dodo
made such a display of stupidity no to
merit the contempt of his men.
A dodo walking along a country rwi
at the present time would scare all the
horas and block up the pass.igo.
Several men with clubs would be
required to dispatch the Creature, and
the removal of its body would entail
The dinosaur, however, was a far dif
ferent creature. The dinosaurs wc-re
an old family with several branches.
One of these families of dinosaurs had
small heads with a big horn. Their
cousins had the huge body of the dino
saur, but a long head like that tif a
The horned dinosaur was equally at
home on land or water. The animal
was armed with a tall of immense
strength, and he had a rhin bone over
three feet in length and nearly a foot In
breadth at the upper end.
A singular thing about the bonc3 of
this animal, which have been so often
found and articulated for exhibition In
museums, is that they are ail hollow.
This afforded both lightness and
strength, says the New York World.
Thi monster is supposed to have
been a great swimmer, and on land he
is believed to have proceeded somewhat
after the manner of a kangaroo. Scien
tists examining rocks for traces of an
tediluvian creatures have found im
pressions of the tails of dinosaurs as
they walked along or stopped now and
(hen to rest.
Another extinct animal with a huge
tail v.as the hadrosaurus. He had
heavy scales down his back and was a
vegetable feeder like the iguancdon. It
has been held by some scientists that
birds are derived from the dinosaurs,
being much reduced in siz2 during the
ronntloss generations which have in
tervened. This theory, however, is uot
correct, according to Huxley and other
modern scientists who have studied the 1
bones of these monsters, and who held
that ooth were derived from some com
Whales arc undoubtedly descended
from some former land animal, and the
whale remains a warm-blooded animal
to the present day. Some scientists
believe that whales are the dinosaurs of
the present day.
The dinosaur with the horse's head
was a herbivorous animal. This crea
ture is of peculiar interest to New
Yorkers, as. in remote times, he proba
bly walked in Central Park and swam
across the Hudson river.
Remains of the herbivorous dinosaur
have been found in various parts of
North America. The Bad Lands of
Dakota have been especially prolific in
rewarding the efforts of searchers for
' Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, formerly
of this city, restored the skeleton of a
hadrosaurus found in this vicinity, and
when the work was finished it meas
ured twenty-six feet in length. Stand
ing on its hinder extremities and tail,
the animal stood thirteen feet three
Professor March, of Yale college, dia-1
covered the remains of one herbivorous
dinosaur In the Laramie beds of Wyom
ing. The skeleton was thirty feet In
length and stood nearly fifteen feet
The brain of this creature was very
small in proportion to its skull, but It
had enormous eyes, and scientists who
have examined the skeleton have con
cluded that its sense of smell was very
keen. The whole backbone was found
complete, with the exception of a few
little vertebrae from the end of the tall.
There were about ninety vertebrae In
the backbone of this powerful creature.
A remarkable feature of this skeleton
of the extinct monster was that it in
cluded ossified tendons, by means of
which the vertebrae were held together.
The hind limbs were enormous and
Were covered with fairly broad hoofs.
The fore limbs were so small that
they could be of little or no apparent
use in the water or on land, but It is
bCTTevcd they were" used to dig nests for
the eggs of the monster. One of these
great animals could come up to a tree
and eat leaves and small limbs thirty
feet above the ground. In such work
the fore feet would be useful in grasp
ing the limbs.
These animals were practically land
whales, but they had the advantage
over the whale of being equally at home
on land or In water. Tho enormous
tails with which their fossil remains
show them to have been provided made
them powerful swimmers, and it is be
lieved they could dive and dash
through the sea with great rapidity.
Perhaps the most horrible In appear
ance of all these prehistoric monsters
was the anomodont This creature was
a hugo reptile, with large scales like
bolts on his back, four powerful feet
and a short but very strong tail.
The ant-eater of Australia is by some
suppopcd to be a descendant of this re
mote ancestor, but a good, live anomo
dont could have whipped a dozen ent
eaters of the present day. Naturalists
are so puzzled as they study the fossil
remains of the anomodont that they are
a a !oS to know definitely whether he
was a icptiie or a mammal.
As the creatures were known to lay
eggs, the former supposition has been
most popular. When the remains of
these creatures wore found in the eigh
teenth century, they were so large that
people could not bring themselves to
IF THE PREHISTORIC MAMMOTH ANIMALS CAME TO LIFE.
believe that they really were bones of a
monster which once had lived upon the
earth. The skeleton of one of tlu'se
creatures not long ago unearthed in the
Karco strata of South Africa measured
nine feet in length, without the 'ail.
When all the flesh was on, and the crea
ture alive, he must-have been nearly
twice as big.
The megatherium was. perhaps, the
most powerful of all these brutes. His
strength was superior to that of any
animsl now alive today, and his size
greater than that of any whale or ele
phant Yet tho megatherium, as his fossil re
mains show, could move about with
freedom and ease, and could even j'ivc
chase to other animals and fight for his
life if attacked. His head was compar
atively small, but his bones were stu
This gigantic mocster Is supposed to
have been at home in forests of enor
mous trees lite the huge redwoods of
California. But the strongest tree
could not, it is believed, have resisted
his ferocious strength when fully
exerted. Desiring to break down such
a tree for its foliage, this giant would
settle himself upon his haunches, and
fold his enormous arms about Its trunk.
"The massive frame of the megathe
rium is convulsed with the mighty ef
fort." says an eminent paleontologist,
describing such a scene, "every vibrat
ing fibre reacting upon Its bony attach
ment with the force of a hundred
giants; extraordinary must be the
strength and proportion cf a tree if.
when recked to and fro, right and !eft,
in such an embrace, it can long with
stand the efforts of Its assailant
I v jtu;j, lilt iwuia ij uji - ----"
is scattered wide upon the surrounding
fcliagc, and the tree comes down with
a thundering crash, cracking and snap
ping the brittle boughs like glass.
Then the coveted food is within reach
and the megatherium reaps the reward
of his more than hcruclcan labors."
Another prehistoric brute was the
dinotherium. This creature resembled
an elephant except that his tusks, in
stead of turning upward, bent down
ward. The purpose of this was to en
able him to tear up the ground and
fight his enemies by a downward move
ment of his head.
The macrauchenia roamed the woods
of prehistoric days and is now extinct.
He resembled a gigantic horse.
Professor Marsh has shown that there
likewise existed an eight-toed horse,
which inhabited Cuba, and there is
reason to believe that a species of tiger
was alive that had tusks bending down
ward from its upper jaws.
The mastodon exceeded any elephant
in size. He had four enormous tusks
in his head, two in the upper and two in
the lower jaw, and he roamed all ever
the North American continent
Remains of some of the largest mas-
todona4have been found In this mate.
A giant tapir-like animal lived in the
eocene period find a great bird of prey
called the Herperornis regalls is mads
known to us by many fossil remalh
found in cretaceous strata in North
A curious thing about all these ani
mals is that in spite of their vast size
and great strength they should have be
come extinct The smaller and weaker
animals survived. Perhaps the giant
monsters killed each other off in some
great battle of prehistoric times, and
this theory has more than once been ad
vanced to account for their disappearance.
STATUES OF HIMSELF.
Two Heroic Broazo Cast lass Mado tot
the Late W. II. English.
The late W. H. English of Indiana,
who ran for vice president on the ticket
with Gen. Hancock, oncd remarked in
connection with the dec'ine of a Thomas
A. Hendricks monument movement,
"that if it be true hell i3 payed with
good intentions, there must be monu
ments to distinguished Americans at
every corner of that well-lighted
realm," says the New York Journal.
The significance of this remark, which
was widely quoted at the time, is now
better understood, as it has developed
that Mr. English, during his lifetime,
ordered cast two large bronze statues
of himself of the heroic height of eight
feet four inches, at a cost of $ 1,300 each,
and with a specification permitting him
others at the same price.
This was In 1884, when Mr. English
still believed that he would somo day
be president of the United States, add
tbat there would be a demand for his
effigy In enduring bronze. It has since
his death leaked out that Mr. English
cherished a secret ambition to have hta
statue occupy one of the four great
"fame points"set apart for bronzes Of
illustrious American statesmen around
the $300,000 soldiers and sailors'
monument at Indianapolis, which
was unveiled in 1S93. Mr. Eng
lish was until eight months be
fore his death a member of the stato
commission charged with tbc erection
of the monument Statues of George
Rogers Clark, of continental army fame,
and Gen. William Henry Harrison,
have been placed in position. The
other two are decided upon, ard Mr.
English is not one of them. The
heirs have decided, therefore, to
put up one of the bronzes on the family
burial lot and the other either in front
of the English hotel property, in Idian
npolis, or in the public square of the
town of English, in Crawford county,
one of the Ohio river centers of the
lie Got an Answer.
"You think you never spoke of this
except to the deceased, do you?" ruer
ied the lawyer. "That's what I said,"
answered the witness. "Now, don't
you know, as a matter of fact," pur
sued the lawyer, rising and pointing bis
long finger Impressively at him, "that
the deceased had been dead for ten
years when these events took place?
If you talked to him at all you talked
to his bones. Will you please tell me
how you would communicate with a
skeleton?" "I would wire it. sir,"
stifly rejoined the witness. Christian
The Esquimaux give tho doctor his
fee as soon as be comes. If the patient
recovera he keeps It; otherwise be re
turns it to the family.
The Coliseum of Rome was built to
accommodate one hundred thousand
spectators. It covers five and one-half
acres cf land, and was 120 feet biga.
Florida is noted for its rivers and
lakes. The St John's river is nearly
four hundred miles long. The Indian
river is a salt water .agcon, 165 miles
long and from one to six mile3 wide,
and is famous for its oranges and pine
apples. National flowers have cecn adopted
in various countries as follows: Greece,
violet; Canada, sugar maple; Egypt, lo
tus; England, rose; France, fleur dc lis;
Germany, corn flower; Ireland, sham
rock; Italy, lily; Prussia, linden; Sax
ony, mignonette; Scotland, thistle;
Spain, pomegranate; Wales, leek.
It costs more to send a ton of goods
from London to the west of Ireland
than to Japan. A ton of woolen goods
can be forwarded from London to New
York for $4; to Chicago, one thousand
miles inland, for $7, and to Japan for
$10. The same goods sent from Derry
to London cost $14, and from Gweedore,
seventy miles inland. $24.
According to a prominent London
physician the dangerous habit of rmok
ing green tea cigarettes is rapidly grow
ing and becoming more in use with the
women of England, many of whom It
is now claimed smoke their five o'clock
tea instead of drinking it The effect
of the abuse of the cigarettes upon
their nervous systems is raid to be ex
A QTJEENU DONKEY.
VICTORIA OF ENGLAND DRIVES
A LOWLY ASS.
It la Slow, bat Safe aad Sara The
BIcnett Monarch la the World Pre
fers the Cheapest Draught Aalnat
to All Others,
HE Queen of Eng
land is the oldest
monarch Itt Eu
rope. She ruled
the most powerful
empire in the
world. She Is the
queen and the
only one who
d r 1 v e s a donkey.
which is the cheap-
est draught animal, after the goat
Queen Victoria, In her donkey phae
ton, is a Sight that tickles the crowned
heads of Europe. Victoria, however,
lets them laugh, and takes great com
fort in her little trap, drawn by the
meek and lowly ass.
The point which appeals to the queen
is the sober pace and quiet manners of
the donkey. Of late years she has
grown nervous behind horses, although
as a girl she was a fearless horse
woman. At the Villa Liscrb, near Cannes, In
the south of France, the queen in
dulges her fondness for driving her pet
donkey. Away from home she feels
that she can drop much of the ctiqtiette
and ceremony which hedges her round
at Balmoral. Her villa has extensive
grounds looking off on the sea. and she
can take her reguiaf raornlng outing
In her donkey cart, driving slowly about
the garden paths. She does not drive
her donkey along the boulevards.
The vehicle which she usually uses
on these occasions Is a low basket
work phaeton. eas to get in and out
of, with a broad, comfortable seat.
There is a top which can be raised If
the sun is- too warm. Usually, how
ever, the top Is down, and majesty
shades its eyes with a parasol.
A curving dashboard acts as a bul
wark against any possible onslaught
of the donkey's heels, in case he should
so far forget himself. This is a ptfr
caution which is advisable with all don
keys, no matter hew sweet-tempered.
If a donkey gets excited he never can
be counted upon, and human foresight
cannot guarantee that he Will not find
cause for excitement in something.
When Queen Victoria goes driving
she holds the reins loosely In one hand,
but this is a purely perfunctory per
formance. She does not really drive
herself. Driving a donkey Is not espe
A trusty young groom walks by the
donkey's head and with a leading rein
guides him according to the queen's
directions. By the side cf the phaeton
walk two of Victoria's Highland at
tendants. Before John Brown's death
this was his special duty. They carry
shawls, and the queen's bottle of salts,
without which she never goes cut
A LIGHTED CUN.
Here a Oncer Inventloi Tint Will
Enable Yon to Shott Accurately.
The shades of night arc no longer a
protection to game from the powers
of the sportsman. An English Nimrod
has invented a luminous sight for use
in a bad light A tiny incandescent
lamp, fed from a single storage battery
concealed In the gun stock, is mount
ed within a shield at the muzzle of the
gun, and a faint ray of light calcu
lated to indicate the position of Its
source, is exposed in the direction of
the shooter's eye, and this is sufficient
to enable him to obtain the required
alignment with the back sight and with
the target, be it animate or in inani
mate. The special application of the
sight Is for game shooting nt night and
for naval service, such, for instance,
as the illumination of a machine gun
used against torpedo attacks during the
night. For the latter purpose it has
been adopted In the English navy.
The Japanese Metho:f.
It is customary among the most civ
ilized nations, when launching cr chtis
tcning a vessel, to break a bottle of
champagne or other wine over her
bows. The Japanese, with their usual
.thrifty notions, do not believe in this
unnecessary waste. When they chris
ten a vessel, instead of breaking a bot
tle, they liberate a number of pigeons.
At the christening of the Yashima, the
largest and most powerful battleship
ever constructed for the Japanese navy,
which took place a short time ago at
the Elswick shipyard, on the Tyne, this
unusual sight was seen. Maditne
Kato, the wife of a member of the Jap
anese embassy, christened the vessel
and let loose the pigeons at the same
time. It would be interesting to know
what the origin, meaning and inten
tion of the custom was.
Ilor.ie ami Horse.
The ether day two ?ross-eyed men
were riding down Broad street, when
suddenly a collision occurred. Then
one of the men angrily said:
"Why don't you look where you're
As quick as a flash the other, notic
ing the former's defect cf vision, re
plied: "Why don't you go where you're look
ing?" And the reply being eo apt both
mounted their vheel3 and rode off
smiling Philadelphia Call.
Two farmers of Beech Springs, Va.,
went to law a week or so since over a
calf, valued at $2. which one accused
the other of stealing. The litigation
cost the farmers about S50 each and
the case was dismissed. The next day
the calf was found dead in a cave on
property which did not belong to cither
of the litigants. Exchange.
Klas of rortajcal Frlcelejs Crown.
The king of Portugal recently had his
crown repaired and the jeweler to whom
the commission was given says it is the
most valuable crown in the world. It
is worth $5,000,000.
"This Is very sudden," replied Mr.
Hugglns. "I thoroughly appreciate the
honor you confer upon me, but you will
give me a week to consider, I sup
pose?" Harper's Bazar.
MESSAGES ON A UNBEAM.
Beadlac Semade Alens P -'cht
Dr. Bell's Experlavratf
Whea walking through the labora
tory of the "Volta bureau" with Ir. A.
Graham Bell, the inventor of the tele
phone, I picked ap on one of the
shelves a piece of pine board abput half
an inch thick and eight Inches square,
saya World's Progress. Out of the cen
ter of it extended a speaking tub?,
which apparently rested against a thin
disk of bright metal sunk Into the op
This metal as like a silver mirror
and was aboatai arge around as the
bottom of tumbler. J asked Dr. Bell
what it was and he told mo it was a
perfected instrument whos? original
construction enabled him to project his
voice from one point to another
through the medium of a sunbeam. It
enabled him, in other words, to send
sounds along a ray of light without the
aid of an electric wire. He took the in
strument and put the tube to hie
mouth, holding tho mirror so that It
caught the sun and cast a little shadow
disk of light on the opposite wall. Then
by breathing slightly fco mado this
shadow increase and diminish and as
sume various shapes by the action of
his breath against the mirror dia
phragm. "That shows you," said he. "how the
action of the diaphragm- is carried
along the ray. Now, If you will Pt a
little bottle with some soot In it where
that shadow is on the wall and speak
Into the tube you will find that the
sound will travel along the ray of
light, and by having a receiver con
nected With the bottle one would be
able to hear what you were saying.
We have spoken by this means to and
from points 200 yards apart, and there
seems to be no reason to doubt that
speech may be sent along a beam of
light tor great distances. In our ex
periment in this we first used salenium.
a very rare substance and very sensi
tive to light We have found, how
ever, that we can produce very good
results with common soot, and the dis
coveries may yet be made which will
make such an invention commercially
"BLEAK HOUSE" LOCALITIES.
Tom-All-Alone lias Illsapeared Mr
Mr. Charles Dickens the younger, in
his introduction to "Bleak House."
Identifies some of the localities men
tioned In the story, says the Westmin
ster Gazette. Tom-AIl-AIone's has dis
appeared, but the present Took'3 court.
Cursltor Street, was Mr. Snagsby's
Cook's court; Chlcester rents. leading
from the east side of New Square. Lin
coln's Inn. to Chancery lane, is tho
court in which Mr. Krook came to such
a bad end; and Russell court, between
Catherine court and Drnry lane, is the
thoroughfare whence "a reeking little
tunnel of a court" gave access to the
iron gate of the "hemmed-In church
yard, pestiferous and obscene." the
"beastly scrap of ground" in which the
remains of Capt Hawdon received
Russell court has been cleaned r.p
late and the horrible little churchyard
has been converted into an asphalted
playground for the children of tho
neighborhood, but the archway and the
tunnel and the steps. Mr. Dtckens says,
are still there. Mr. Tulkinghorn's
chambers were not far distant from
No. CS Lincoln's Inn fields, where Mr.
Foster lived; and Mr. Dickcn? has al
ways thought that, although the sur
roundings of the two houses arc rlto
gether different and although there
was not the faintest likeness between
their occupants, Chesney Wold was
much more than an accidental resemb
lance to Rockingham castle in North
amptonshire, the residence of the Hon.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Watcon. to whom
"David Copperfield" was dedicated.
A Partnership Accident.
Here is a true story of coincidence
which. In view of tho state of the
streets lately, may be regarded as inter
esting rather than remarkable:
Mr. W., of one of our suburb: who,
with his partner. Mr. S., had intended
to take a business trip to New York one
Monday morning recently, was unable,
on account cf a slight accident the
Sunday before to keep his engagement
A telegram was therefore sent to Mr.
"Slipped on ice; strained back. Meet
you in New York Wednesday. W."
What was the amazement of Mr. W.
to receive, while his messenger was
on the way to the oflice, a dispatch
frcm his partner, as follows:
"Lame back: slipped en ice. Meet
you in New York Wednesday. S."
Col Oil I:jr'.
The financial forecast of New York
says that the "Standard Oil company
will distribute profit3 th:s year to the
amazing tctal of $23,000,000." This is a
gigantic sum to be made in profits b;r a
single corporation, especially as the
stock Is owned by only a few men only
four we believe. This corporation
started Into business a I'e more than
twenty years ago with v-. .00,000 capi
tal, and now distributes ?!3,000,000 as
the profits of one year. Can?, such im
mense profits be made vithoar putting
a burdensome tax on the people?
Ar:er tlm SqKJrrcL
An anti-squirrel convention is to be
held in Spokane, Wash., on ilay 13.
which will be attended by delegates
from all county boards in eastern
Washington. The purpose of the con
vention is to make united and deter
mined efforts to exterminate the ground
squirrels, which annually destroy crain
and other crops in that region to the
value of several hundred thousand dol
lars. Potatoes for llnttonn.
White or Irish potatoes are now ex
tensively used in the manufacture of
buttons, says a London exchange. By
means of certain acids potatoes can be
hardened to almost the resistance of
It may cost something to properly
save a bey from becoming a criminal,
but it will cost the state and city much
more if they permit him to become a
habitual law breaker. Rev. R. A.
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