The Columbus journal. (Columbus, Neb.) 1874-1911, November 21, 1906, Image 3

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At that time I did not myself go
over the bills before the legislatures
of those states in which I had inter
ests. I trusted that work to my law
yers and, like every man who ever
absolutely trusted an Important divi
sion of his affairs to another, I was
severely punished. One morning my
eye happened to light upon a minor
paragraph in a newspaper a list of
the "small bills yesterday approved
by the governor." In the list was one
"defining the power of sundry com
missions." Those words seemed to
me somehow to spell "joker." But
why did I call up my lawyers to ask
them about it? It's a mystery to me.
All I know is that, busy as I was,
something inside me compelled me to
drop everything else and hunt that
"joker" down.
! got Saxe then senior partner In
Browne, Saxe & Einstein on the
'phone, and said: "Just see and tell
me, will you, what Is the 'bill denning
the power of sundry commissions'
the bill the governor signed yester
day?" "Certainly, Mr. Blacklock," came
the answer. My nerves are, and al
ways have been, on the watchout for
the looks and the tones and the ges
tures that are just a shade off the
. natural; and I feel that I do Saxe no
injustice when I say his tone was, not
a shade, but a full color, off the nat-
" ural. So I was prepared for what he
said .when he returned' to the tele
phone. "I'm sorry. Mr. Blacklock, but
1 we seem unable to' lay our hands on
-- that bill at this moment"
"Why not?" said I. in the tone that
i makes an employe jump as If a whlp-
, lash hail cat hiss on the calves.
He had -jumped all right, s his
voice showed. 'It's not in our file,"
said he. "It's house bill No. 427, and
it's apparently not here."
"The hell you say!" I exclaimed.
"I really can't explain," he pleaded,
and the frightened whine confirmed
my suspicion.
"I guess not." said I, making the
words significant and suggestive.
"And you're in my pay to look after
' such matters! But you'll have to ex
plain, if this turns out to be serious."
"Apparently our file of bills is com
plete except that one," he went on.
- "i suppose it was lost in the mail,
and r very stupidly didn't notice the
gap In the numbers."
"Stupid isn't the word I'd use." said
I. with" a laugh that wasn't of the
kind that cheers. And I rang off and
asked for the state capitol on the
"long distance."
Before I got my connection Saxe,
whose office was only two blocks
'away, came flustering in. "The boy
has been discharged, Mr. Blacklock,"
he began.
'What boy?" said I.
"The boy in charge of the bill file
the boy whose business it was to
, keep the file complete."
"Send .him to me, you damned
scoundrel," said I. "I'll give him a
job. What do you take me for any
way? And what kind of a cowardly
hound are you to disgrace an innocent
boy as a cover for your own crooked
"Really, Mr. Blacklock. this is most
extraordinary," he expostulated.
"Extraordinary? I call it crim
inal," 1 retorted. "Listen to me. Tou
look after the legislation calendars for
.me, and lor Langdon, and for Roe
buck, and for Melville, and for half
a dozen others of the biggest finan
ciers in the country. It's the most
important work you do for us. Yet
you, as shrewd and careful a lawyer
as there is at the bar, want me to
believe you trusted that work to a
boy! If you did, you're a damn fool.
If you didn't, you're a damn scoun
drel. There's no more doubt in my
mind than in yours which of those
horns has you sticking on it."
"You are letting your quick temper
get away with you, Mr. Blacklock,"
he deprecated.
- "Stop lying!" I shouted. "I knew
"you had been doing some skulduggery
when I first heard your voice on the
telephone. And if I needed any proof,
the meek way you've taken my abuse
would furnish it, and to spare."
Just then the telephone bell rang
and I got the right department and
asked the clerk to read house bill 427.
It contained five short paragraphs.
The "joker" was in the third, which
gave the state canal commission the
'right "to institute condemnation pro
ceedings, and to condemn, and to
abolish, any canal not exceeding 30
miles in length and not a part of the
connected canal system of the state."
When I hung up the receiver I was
so absorbed that I had forgotten Saxe
was waiting. He made some slight
sound. 1 wheeled on him. I needed
a vent. If he hadn't been there I
should have smashed a chair. But
there was he and I kicked him out
of my private office and would have
kicked him oat through the anteroom
Into the outer hall, had he not gath
ered himself together and run like a
Since that day I have done my own
calendar watching.
My lawyers had sold me out; J, fool
that I was, had not guarded the only
weak plate in my armor against my
companions the plate over my back,
to shed isstla thrusts. Roebuck
and Langdon between them owned the
governor; fee; owned the canal com-
my canal, which gave me ac-4
to tide-water for the prodact of
my Maaassaato mines; was as good
as closed. I ne longer had the whip
haad in National GeaL The others
coaM sell me wit and take two-thirds
ef say fart ana, whenever they liked
tor of what see were my mines with
no outlet now to any market, except
the outlets the coal crowd owned? , ly
As soon as I had thought the situa
tion oat in all its bearings. I realized
that there was no escape for me now,
that whatever chance to escape I
might have had was closed by my
aacoveriag to Saxe and kicking hiss.
Bat I did not regret; It was worth the
money it would cost me. Besides, I
thought I saw how I could later on
turn it to good account. A sensible
man never makes fatal errors. What
ever he does is at least experience,
and can also be used to advantage.
If Napoleon hadn't been half dead at
Waterloo, I don't doubt he would have
used its disaster as a means 'to' a
great victory.
When I walked into Mowbray Lang
don's office. I was like a thoroughbred
exercising on a clear frosty morning;
and my smile was as fresh as the
flower in my buttonhole. I thrust out
my hand at him.1 "V congratulate
you," said I.
He took the proffered hand with a
questioning look.
"On what?" said he. It Is hard to
tell from his face what is going on in
his head, but I think I guessed right
when I decided that Saxehada't yet
warned him.
"I have just found out from Saxe,"
I pursued, "about the canal bill."
"What canal bill?" he asked.
"That puzzled look was a mistake,
Langdon," said I, laughing at him.
"When you don't know anything about
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a matter, you look merely blank. You
overdid it; you've given yourself
away." ,
He shrugged his shoulders. "As
you please." said he. As you please
was his favorite expression; a stereo
typed irony, for in dealing with him.
things were never as you pleased, but
always as he pleased.
"Next time you want to dig a mine
under anybody," I went on, "don't hire
Saxe. Really I feel sorry for you to
save.8uch a clever scheme messed by
such an ass."
"If you don't mind, I'd like to know
what you're talking about" said he,
with his patient bored look.
"As you and Roebuck own the gov
ernor, I know your little law ends my
little canal."
"Still I don't know what you're talk
ing about" drawled he. "You are al
ways suspecting everybody of double
dealing. I gather that this is another
Instance of your infirmity. Really,
Blacklock, the world isn't wholly
made up, of scoundrels."
"I know that" said I- "And I will
even admit that Its scoundrels are sel
dom -made ap wholly of scoundrelism.
Even Roebuck would rather do the
deceat thing, if he can do it without
endangering his personal interests. As
for yoa I regard yoa as one of the
decentest mea I ever knew outside of
business. Aad evea there. I believe
yoa'd keep your word, as long as the
other fellow kept his."
"Thank you." said he. bowing Iron
ically. "This flattery makes me sus
pect yoa've come to get something."
"Oa the contrary." said L "I waat
to give something. I want to gkn
yoa my coal mines."
"I thought yoa'd see that oar offer
was fair," said he. "And Tm glad you
have changed your miad about qaar-'
reMag with yoar beat friends. We caa
be aeeful to you, you to as. A break
be silly."
"That's the way It looks to aw,"
I assisted: And 1- decided that my
taharp talk to. Roebuck had set them
to estimating say value' to theat .
"Sam EHeraiy." Laagdoa presently
remarked, "tells me he's J-i-tifi-g
hard for you at the Travelers. I bope
yoail make it 'We're' rather"! slow,
crowd; a few men like yoa might stir
things up."
I am always- more than
Fgive others-credit for' good sense and
good motives. It was not vanity, hut
this disposition to credit others with
sincerity and sense, that led me to
believe him. both as .to the coal mat
ter and as to 'the -Travelers dab.
"Thanks. Langdon.' I said; and that
hie might look no farther for my mo
tive, I added: "I want to get into
that club much as the winner of a
race wants the medal that belongs to
him. I've built myself np into a. rich
man, into one of the powers in
finance, and I feel I'm entitled to
When L got back to mr-office and
was settling to the proofs of the "Let
ters to Investors," which I published
in. sixty newspapers throughout the
country and which daily reached up
ward of Ive million people, Sam hU
lersly came in. His manner was cer
tainly different from what it had ever
been before; a difference so subtle
that I couldn't describe it more nearly
than to say it made me feel as if he
had not until then been treating me
as or the same class with himself. .. I
smiled to myself and made an entry
in my mental ledger to the credit of
Mowbray Langdon. ,
"That club business is going nicely,"
said Sam. "Langdon is enthusiastic,
and. I find you've got good .friends on
the committee.'
I knew that well enough. Hadn't
I been carrying them on my, books. at
a good toss for two years?
"If it wasn't for for some features
of this business of yours," he went
on, "I'd say there wouldn't be the
slightest trouble."
"Bucket-shop?" said I with an easy
laugh, though this nagging was be
ginning' to get on my nerves.
'"Exactly," said he. "And. you know,
you advertise yourself like like
"Like everybody else, only more
Successfully than most" said L
."Everybody advertises, each one
adapting his advertising to the needs
of his enterprises, as far as he knows
' "That's true enough," he confessed.
"But there are enterprises and enter
prises, you know."
,j "You can tell 'em, Sam," said I.
that I never put out a statement I
,don't believe to be true, and that when
any of my followers lose on one of my
Material for
Source of Supply Great Amount Re
quired to Meet Demand.
One of the most generally accepted.
but mistaken, ideas that is entertained
by the people of this country," said S.
R. Huyett American traveling repre
sentative of a foreign manufactory of
gut strings, "is that strings used on
musical instruments are manufactured
from catgut If that were true, the
cats in th's world would have been ex
terminated many years ago in supply
ing the "market with material for mu
sical instrument strings.
"The fact is that they are manufac
tured from the intestines of sheep, and
in obtaining enough raw material evea
from these animals the maaafactarers
at times find difficulty:
"The only string made from the in
testines of the feline Is thatased for
surgical purposes for sewing ap
wounds. One would he smsied to know
that there are millions of musical ia
strumeat strings ased ia North Ameri
ca atone, and jest think wham the
tabbies would he If they had to supply
the coasampttoa!
"Another amazing thing to that
there are over 7Sf differeat grades ef
The de
tips, rve tost en It,
aw. far I play
say own tips aad that's
can be said of my
After a while I dragged, in the ab
ject. "One thing I am and whs no to
get myself in line air that lab,- I
said. like a seal on promeaade "rat
sick of the crow I travel with Ore
aad the weaseau .1 feel Ifs sheet
time I settled sows Itw rot a far
tune and establishment that needs a
woman to set ft off. I caa make some
woman happy. Tea don't happen to
know any nice girls the right sort, 1
"Not many." said Sam. "You'd set
ter go back to the country where yoa
came from, and get her there. 8he'd
be eternally grateful, aad her head
wouldn't be full of mercenary non
sense." "Excuse me!" exclaimed L "lt'd
turn her head. She'd go clean crazy.
She'd plunge in ap to her neck md
not being used to these waters, she'd
make a show of herself, aad probably
drown, dragging me down with her, if
Sam laughed. - "Keep oat of ksar
riage, Matt," he advised, not so ob
tuse to my real point as he wasted me
to believe. "I know the kind of girl
you've got in mind. 8he'd marry yoa
for your money, and she'd never ap
preciate you. She'd see in you only
the lack of the things she's been
taaghtto lay stress 'oa.'
"For instance?"
"I couldn't tell you any more than I
could enable yoa to recognise a per
son .you'd never seen hy describing
him." t
"Ain't I a gentleman?" I inquired.
He laughed, as if the idea tickled
him. "Of course," he. said. "Of
"Ain't I got as proper a. country
place as there is a-going? Ain't my
apartment in the Willoughby a peach?
Don't If give as elegant dinners as yon
ever sat dowa to? Don't I dress right
up. to the Piccadilly latest? Don't I
act all right know .enough to keep
my feet oft" the table and my knife put
of my mouth?" All true enough; and
I so crude then that I hadn't a sus
picion what a flat contradiction of my
pretensions aad beliefs about myself
the very words and phrases were.
"You're right in it, Matt," said am.
"But well you haven't traveled with
our crowd, and they're shy of strang
ers, especially as as energetic a sort
of stranger as you are. You're too
sadden;. Matt too -dazzling too
'"Too shiny aad new?" said I, begin
ning totcatch his drift "That'll be
looked after."
ING. This brings me to the ugliest story
my enemies have concocted against
me. No one appreciates more thor
oughly than I that, to rise high, a man
must have his own efforts seconded,
by the flood of vituperation that his
enemies send to overwhelm him and
which washes, him far higher than he
could' hope to lift himself. So I do not
here refer to any attack on me in the
public prints; I think of them only
with amusement and gratitude.. The
story that rankles is the one these
foes of mine set creeping, like a snake
under the fallen leaves, everywhere,
anywhere, unseen, without a trail. It
has been whispered into every ear
and it is,-no doubt widely believed
that I deliberately nut old Bromwell
IEllersly "in a hole," and there tor
tured him until he consented to try to
compel ms daughter to marry me.
It is possible that if I had thought
of such a devilish device, I might have
tried it Is not all fair in love? But
there was no need for my cudgeling
my brains to carry that particular for
tification on my way to what I had
fixed my will upon. Bromwell Eller
sly came to me of his own accord.
I suppose the Ellerslys must have
talked me over in the family circle
However this may be, my acquaint
ance with her father began with
Sam's asking me to lunch with him.
"The governor has heard me talk of
you so much," said he, "that he if
anxious to meet you."
I offered to help him, and I did help
him. Is there any one, knowing any
thing of the facts of life, who will cen
sure me when I admit that I with
deliberation simply tided him over,
did not make for him and present to
him a fortune? What' chance should
I have had. if I had been so absurdly
generous to a man who deserved noth
ing but punishment for his selfish and
bigoted mode of life? I took away
his worst burdens: but I left him
more than he could carry without my
heln. And it was not until he had
appealed in vain to all his social
friends to relieve him of the necessity
of my aid, not until he realized that I
was his only hope of escaping a sharp
comedown from luxury to very modest
comfort in a flat somewhere -not until
then did his wife send me an .Invita
tion to dinner. And I had not so much
as hinted that I wanted it
(To be Continued.)
Music Strings
mand for strings in North America is
Increasing every year, especially In
the .south and in Mexico. There arc
more guitar strings sold in Mexicc
than any other kind, but through the
south the banjo string still holds Its
own, despite 'the fact that every' year
has marked slight but gradual falling
off in the demand. The harp is be
coming more popular,, and there is a
good demand for strings for thisjii'
strument" Kansas City Journal.
Woman Kills Big Grixsly Bear.
Trinidad, Col. On the puling ranch
in 8tonewalI, a large grizzly bear was
shot and killed by Mrs., Doling,, wife
of the county commissioner, a few
days ago. Mrs. Dullng was aloae on
the ranch and was riding about took
lag after stock when .she , saw the
bear eating a heifer It had killed. Mrs.
Duliag had a'' Winchester aad, prompt
ly ktiled the grizzly. ' She is known as
a remarkably nervy woman aad dar
ing her many years residence in the
Stonewall has killed several bears,
at one time saving her husband from
what seemed sore death, when he waa
attacked by a female grizzly he had
wounded. Mrs. Duliag killed the
hear when it was withia a few fast of
her husband.
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the donning ef winter faaaeto
soft aad from shrlak-
Tae-sUactme ef wootfs so ntf-
oTcottoa or liaea
ttoflt ana receive Entirely eWereht
treatment hi the toandry. Fmaaels
should always he washed separately
ia this account Have ready a tab
ef water as hot as the hands can be
korae comfortably. Add enough
dissolved soap to make a strong suds,
aad jast here Is a point to. be borne In
d. .The boss ased Ja washing
Is mast be a white one. The
yellow soaps are apt to contain rosla,
which yellows silk or woolen fabrics,
woolens also should never he rubbed
or kneaded on a board like other f ab-
rka. as this knoU.the wool ibers. Ia-
woolea goods should he
and sopped, then drawn
through the hands to remove the dirt.
Very dirty .spots caa be brushed oat
with a soft brashT spreadiag the gar-
it oa the board. When 'seed? to
'shake the duet from the car
ts, then lay ia the warm water for
a half hoar, covering the clothes so
as to retain the heat Then squeeze
and'sop until clean, rinse in a second
tub of water the same temperature
as the frst with a little dissolved soap
added to make a light suds. Put
through a wringer, as this expels the
water with the least possible friction,
aad hang out to dry, palling oat
lengthwise. Press while still a little
damp, stretching the article to the
necessary length and width. The iron
should not be unnecessarily hot 'In
freezing weather flannels are better
dried in the house.
Filling ef Cakes.
For an ice cream filling boll a cup
ful and a half of sugar ia eight table
spoonfuls of water until it threads.
Pour slowly over the beaten whites of
two eggs, beating until smooth and
creamy.. Pat between the layers when
the cake is cold.
A delicious lemon-honey filling Is
made as follows: Put the Juice of
three lemons, the grated rind of one.
half pound of loaf sugar and a quar
ter of a pound of batter in a saucepan
to melt over a gentle fire. When dis
solved stir in the yolks of four eggs
aad one whole egg. stirring rapidly
uatil as thick, as honey. . Spread be-
tweea the layers.
To mako tutti-frutti filling, mix a
soft Icing with the whites of two eggs
and sugar. Flavor as preferred, then
stir in two tabtespoonfuls each of.
orange marmalade and currants. Add
half (a cupful of seeded, and chopped
raisins. Almonds and chopped co
coanut make a nice variety. All fill
ings should be added when the cakes
are cold.
To Clean Lace.
Lace may be cleaned very nicely at
home by for a few hours in
a good strong suds of warm water, to
which has been added a little am
monia; then rinse in hot water until
the lace looks clean. Never rub lace,
but squeeze it gently: If the lace Is
very much discolored. lay it in the. sun
to bleach. Make a flat pad of clean
white cloth, and pin the lace in shape
on it to .dry, being very careful not
to break, the mesh of the lace. In
washing a heavy lace, such as Irish
crochet, which Is much soiled, a gen
tle brushing while in the warm suds
with a nail brush will remove the soil
very nicely. Rinse with the other lace
and dry in the same manner. If press
ing is necessary, lay the lace wrong
side up on a thick pad of muslin, with
a thin piece of muslin between it and
the iron.
Salt Raising Bread.
Into a pint of scalding water stir a
half teaspoonful ' of salt and enough
flour to make a soft dough. Beat
hard for 15 minutes, cover and set in
a warm place to rise over night In
the morning stir a teaspoonful of salt
into a pint of luke warm milk, with
sufficient flour to make a stiff batter.
Work this into the risen dough, mix
ing thoroughly; cover again and set
to raise until very light; then knead
in enough flour to make the batter the
consistency of ordinary bread dough.
Make into loaves, and set these to
raise until light, then bake.
Venetian Trimmings.
One of the striking features of the
moment is the Venetian embroidered
bands seen on several Paris models.
As the word Venetian might imply,
these trimmings are not in gold and
silver, but the designs of the sixteenth
century simply copied in silks aad
wools of neutral shades to suit the
taste of the day. A dainty visiting
gown in silver gray crepe de chine has
an antique pattern of silk roses and
foliage resting upon a band of dark
gray velvet This trimming is also
ased extensively In ball and dinner
Baas "far Brooms.
A string should be run in each aad
tied round the handle of the broom.
Thus covered, the broom will be found
very useful in wiping down walls,
high wardrobes, and also polished
floors. The bags may be easily washed
oat and dried before use.
This covering will be found very
superior to the ordinary duster which
one sees occasionally tied over the
broom head. Linen is often used for
these covers, but is not equal to flan
nelette. Te' Clean Glass.
Place pulverized pumice stone 'be
tween the layers of a folded piece of
soft 'muslin and stitch around the
edge to prevent the powder from spill
ing. Wipe lamp globes or window
panes with this dry cloth and they
will he clean aad sparkle almost In
stantly. Enough powder will remain
on the cloth to be used many times.
Fer the Kitchen Window.
Have a bunch of chives and parsley
growing ia. pots in the kitchen win
'dow during the winter. Chives are,
more delicate thaa oaioas 'and are a
delidoas addittoa to the potato or let
tuce salad aad fine for flavoring soap
or hash. It mast be chopped fine. A
teaspooaful is enough for a salad.
Te Take Oat Stains.
Hat milk is much more effective
hot water to take oat stains.
ThetSwewfM NHas.awaai
ta Oaa,Yes Mr
The Navy RecraHlag Station, watch
was esrsbltshed at Omaha tot fan. has
completed lits flrst year with Ml re
crafts. LJeuteasat Commsaiir IWgaor.
who to la charge, states that Ml to
xpected of this
maay other re-
crultiag stations gat While some of
the men enlisted have aot been aartks
atorfy desirable, the average to very;
good, some of the Nebraska aad Iowa
enlisted befag very flee speci-
for rapid nromotioa. The reeraltiag
officer feels coafldeat that some of
them will find their way to warrant
aad commissioned rank if they remain
la the service. Coagress has provided
for the advancement of capable aad.
reliable mea to the raaks of gunners,
boatswains aad warraat machinists,
(engineers) who are givea commis
sions as chief warraat officers after
.six years. Coagress has also provided
'that warraat officers who are foaad
qualified may he oommtostoaed as en
signs, hat has limited the aumber to
twelve each year. Of the targe aum
ber who are eattsted, comparatively a
very small proportioa may obtain this.
But once gained, the, coauaiseioa as
ensign tleads hy regular promotioa ia
regular order to the raak of Captain,
which corresponds la raak aad pay to
.that of Colonel la the army.
The enlisted man to well cared for
by Congress and the Preeideat The
tatter, from time to time, increases
the pay and the credits for special
analiflcailnn fnr tJi enlisted aaaa.
the cost of living, demaads for espec
ially skilled mea. eta, increase. Ia
this way the sailor to better off than
his army cousin, whose pay was fixed
by Congress years ago. when the cost
of living was much less thaa now; and
Congress to slow to act in raising any
body's salary, who has no. powerful
influence behind him.
Tae conditions or our seamen are
far -better now thaa ever before, and
the opportunities for advancement
open to good men are much improved.
From three to five months is spent at
some special training station. Appren
tice seamen are given preliminary
drills and Instruction in naval 'work.
Clerks are taught the navy methods of
bookkeeping and stenography. Me
chanics of nil kinds are instructed in
the special aavy machines and fittings;
hospital appreatices Mie taught the
.care of the sick and woanded at naval
'hospitals; musicians are trained under
.special r bandmasters, and last but
!best of an, the electricians sad toads
,men for electrictons are givea the
'most valuable coarse of practical aad
theoretical electricity that caa be
'given anywhere in five months time.
After the' preliminary training, the
:men go to the fleet no longer com
posed of small vessels, uacomfortable
iin bad weather. but of fine large swift
'battleships sad cruisers, the finest of
fighting, machines, where the gun and
the gun-pointer are the pride of the
Upon honorable discharge after four
'years' service, the men are given four
'cents a mile to place of enlistment
.enough to take them home in comfort.
'They are given leaves of absence from
'time to time to enable them to spend
ten days at home, but their expenses
on leave are not paid by the govern
ment If they re-enlist within four
inonths after honorable discharge, they
receive four months pay, and their
'pay is increased, so that the govern
intent practically gives the continuous
'service men a month's leave with pay
for each year's service.
Men who are economically inclined
.can save from ten to fifty dollars a
month from their pay, and the govern
ment allows them four per cent a year.
compounded semi-annually, on their
After thirty years service, in which
all service in Navy, Army and Marine
Corps, may be counted, the enlisted
man may retire and receive three
fourths of the pay and allowances
he was receiving at the time of re
tirement which usually gives him
about $70.00 a month for the rest of
his life. He cannot, however, retire
untU 50 years of age, and men who are
promoted to the rank of warrant or
'commissioned officer must serve forty
years, or be 62 years of age, before
The recruiting officer states that
many recruits write home such giow
ing accounts of their life that their
.'brothers and friends apply. Several
families have two sobs in the service,
some three. There would be many re
cruits from this part of the country but
for the opposition of parents who know
less of the Navy than the people who
reside near the coast The recruiting
officer here refuses to enlist young
men under 21 without the consent
of their parents, unless they are not
living at home, In which case he does
-not require consent
The .New York Herald, which is a
.close observer of naval affairs, says,
"The wise regulations provided for
the government of the 'Navy, the in
telligence and character of the whole
personnel and the material comforts
enjoyed by it are responsible for the
admirable discipline and efficiency of
the American service. High wages,
good rations, short enlistments, safe
guards against persecution and
chances for promotion to commis
sioned rank all unite fn making the
lot of our bluejackets superior, not
only to that of other navies.' but to
that of the average siore mechanic or
"This contentment is most appar
ent to those who visit our vessels of
war and have the opportunity of deal
ing at flrst hand with enlisted men.
It Is, of coarse, oaly a ship's lawyer a
mere 'Abram's man, who win give
his own ship a bad name. But growl
ing is, after all, a cherished privilege
pf sailors, and should anything appear
to be wrong one may be certain it will
find a voice somewhere."
Many of the young men of this
aecttoa have home Interests that pre
veat them from making the navy their
.life work. The four years enlistment
'givea them a chance to see something
of the world aad its people, to mingle
aad compete with other young men
'from an over the TJaited Eatea
there are over Sfft mea oa the newest
iahips sad te de aU this, while serv-
pedty ami laaramt to fmat the has
Mg ships. Then, the fear years beaag
"aHjwBPIawaVt- ! emnTJNPftBflV- flseewnpawaWJapW
kaows that he caa retara to the service
If he wishes aad ia the event ef
he will be
The pi
about forty
rived la Omaha from the battleship
Wisconsin, which has Jaat istmaed to
the Paget Soaad Naval Station from
the Asiatic Statfoa. A
self-respecting lot of mea they ai
to be. The TTtornaapn .was ai
placed oat of rommleaUia this
to receive repairs to boilers
See to expected to be repaired aad re
commissioaed ia time to he seat
around to. Jamestown for the Naval
Review aext April, which will
sltate fast work at the Paget
Navy Yard.
Dtotriets ia India anal Os
Ufs anal
Wild elephants terrorize whole
tricta la India, killing mea.
aad children aad destroying
granaries aad fields. A year ago a
wnama aad her two caUdrea were
sleeping in their hat One of the
children heard a noise at the granary
aad woke the mother. The soaad of
the human voices from the house en
raged the invading elephants, one of
which charged the house, broke it
dowa aad killed the woman and one
Ihlld. The remaialag child
by hiding. At another time a
was working at a ford. Aa elephaat
walked oat of the forest snd wished
to cross the stream at the ofdr. As
the woman was la his way he picked
her up, winding his trunk around her
body, the ead of It coming over her
face and nose. Then he placed the
woman gently, os as gently as he
could, s't one side of the path. He
did not mean to hurt her but never
theless he broke her nose aad oao
rib by the compression of his trunk.
Again, an elephaat found a mother
aad baby In a granary which it waa
demoisalag. With its huge foot it
crushed the baby in its cradle, bat
picking ap the mother, lifted her oat
of' the bouse unhurt placed her oa
the groaad aad thea weat oa rami
lng for grain.
Beth Get Drink but Mental
Strain Waa Great
Two' Scotsmen with a thirst counted
ap their joint possessions aad foaad
that they could just cover the price of
a drink of whisky. They went into
the nearest saloon, and ordered the
one drink, Sandy patting down the
money for the same. Then arose a
f discussion ss to how it could be dis
posed of to the best advantage of
both. Being Scotsmen, It was no Al
phoase and Gaston discussion. Each
was disposed to stand on his own
rights, while at. the same time ad
mitting the claim of the other.
At the critical moment a stranger
entered the saloon: With a wink of
his eye at his companion. Sandy turned
to the newcomer and said: "Will you
have a drink with us?" '
Supposing that the other had drank
before his entrance, the stranger said
heartily, "I will," 'and emptied the
Then was an uncertain pause for a
moment and then, the third man said:
"Come on boys, and have one on me.
They had it. As they went out
Sandy wiped his mouth and said:
"See, mon, it worked."
"Yes," was the reply, "but oh! what
a risk!" Philadelphia Record.
Ths Throne ef Thunder.
Mungo Mam Lobeh, the thrMone, or
place of thunder, as the natives call It
the peak of Kameruns, as the whites
call it, is the highest point on the west
ern side of the African continent. The
flrst view the voyager gets of it who,
coming from the. northward, has been
coasting for weks along low shores
and up the stagnant rivers, fringed
with mangrove swamp, is a thing no
man can ever forget. Suddenly, right
up but of the sea. the great mountain
rises io its 13,760 feet, while close at
hand, to westward .towers the lovely
island mass of Fernando Po to its
10.190 feet and great as is its first
charm, every time you see it it be
comes greater, although it is never the
same. Five times I have been in the
beautiful bay at its foot and have never
seen it twic alike. Sometimes it is
wreathed with indigo black tornado
clouds, sometimes standing out hard
and clear, as though made of metal,
and sometimes softly gorgeous, with
green, gold, purple and pink vapors
tinted by the sunset. London Mail.
A Trying Reform.
A Presbyterian clergyman of New"
York with two popular daughters has
discovered a new way to end the vis
its of their bsaus at a seemly hour, a
plan which might appeal to -lay fami
lies ss well. For a number of years
it has been a custom of this good man
to hold evening worship after supper,
always concluding the prayers with a
rhort discourse. Things went very
well until the daughters began to re
ceive the attentions of young men and
begged off or stole away to make their
evening toilets. Then the minister
changed the devotional hour until 19
in the evening. This reform created
an upheaval, but the father insisted,
and at the stroke of 10 the visiting
young men are now left one alternative
either to leave or join with the fami
ly in prayer and it has proved a se
vere test of their devotion for the
daughters when those not prayerfully
inclined stick it out sermon and all.
New York World.
Glandular Swellings,
Here is a remedy for goiter
glandular swellings: Glycerinated
dine lotion iodide of potasslm.
drams; distilled water, oae plat; glyc
erine (pare), oae ounce. Dissolve the
iodide ia the water, thea add the glyc
erine. Apply with antiseptic gai
fine liaea.
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