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DAILY BEE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1D0S
BOATS SOON, SAYS WATTLES
Truffle on Missouri Before Long, in
Mind of Bani.fr.
KOME FEOM WATERWAYS MEET
lieflrrts Kmllmriit of That Gatherlnsj
in Chlraao of Bin- Boslness
Men from Many
"I believe it will not be Ion before
there li boat line on the Missouri river,"
said Q. .X$. Wattles, who returned Friday
mnrnlng from Chicago, where he attended
the meetings of the Lakes to the Gulf Deep
"The people, are io:ly armwd and the
meeting at Chicago has given Impetus to
the movement. Borne very sound things
were said before the meetings by some
sound business men. It seems to me the
policy has been mapped out right by both
James J Hill of the Ureat Northern and
William H. Taft. Each stream should be
taken up and Improved or converted Into
a navigable water way by a commission
and the powers delegated to the chief exec
utive Just as they have been In handling
the I'anama canal work.
"As to the Missouri river, some one Is
going to put a boat or two on the river
soon. It will be an experiment, of course,
and will cost someone money. It does not
see n quite rig'it that the government should
take the stand that boats must bo running
on the river before the rivers and harbors
oinmUU'e will recommend that appro
prlnt Ions' bo made for making the stream
nnvlsalile. It appeals to me as being un
f!i !r.e ns unfair as requiring that a
railroad- be run across a section of the
country without a track to ascertain
whether or not a railroad Is needed. But,
If a bout line , will pay now, how much
anoro will H pay If the Missouri Is kept
free from snagn and crossings and a chan
nel kept open." .
Taft nnd Bryan.
There was. a marked contrast bert ween
the addresses of Mr. Taft and Mr. Bryan,
according to(Omahans who attended the
meeting. Mr. Taft. did as he was expected
to do, laying down a definite way in which
to Improve-the waterways, stating a fixed
policy and suggesting how 'the money
could be raised, j -This was Mr. Taft's
"Comnionweaths and communities can
stand to. pay the tax necessary to Improve
the waterways, but common weaths and
communities cannot long , stand the tax
of waste, indifference and lrhcompetence."
. Mr. Bryan on the other hand, iiald the se
curing of money for waterways Improve
ment was pnly a secondary matter, he
did not care how the money was to be
raised nor did those favoring improvement
of waterways need to worry about the
money it would come alright.
Mr. Taft made an address In which he
told just how the waterways should be
Improved, systematically, as one great en
terprise, just as the Panama canal has been
treated. While Mr. Taft was advocating
such a method of handling the streams
f mm that nln.tfnrm. thn iprptarv .f h.
Lakes to the Gulf Deep Waterways asso
ciation had on his desk the paper of James
i. Hill advocating the same sound policy.
Crowd Cornea East.
The republican candidate for president
poke to the delegates the first morning
of the meeting, the police excluding the
general public. This gave Mr. Taft a
rather small crowd as compared to the
auditorium of people who greeted Mr.
Bryan. It was a police order to admit
only those who wore delegate badges as the
Chlcagoans expected almost enough dele
gates to make the room comfortably full.
But the delegates did not come In such
numbers and when Mr. Bryan spoke the
police threw open the doors and a large
crowd gathered to hear Mr. Bryan, the
general public having been excluded from
the meeting which Mr. Taft addressed.
F. D. Wead, William Btull. Henry T.
Clarke and others remained to attend the
last meetings of the association. Both
Mr. Wead and Mr. Stull were named on
the resolutions and credentials committee
of tho meeting.
The nervous strain through which
dressmakers have to pass at certain
seasons of the year sett ms almost be
yond endurance, and frequently
brings on nervous prostration, faint
iug upells, dizziness, Rleeplessnesa
and a general breaking down of the
feminine system, until life seems
For all overworked women there
ia one tried and true remedy.
restores the feminine system to a
Btrong, healthy, normal condition,
Mrs. Ella Griffin, of Park St, Can.
ton, N.Y, writes to Mrs. Pinkham :
' I was troubled for three year with
female weakness, backache, pains in
my Bide, and headaches. I was most
miserable and discouraged, for doctors
gave me uo relief. Lydia E. Pinkham'a
Vegetable Compound brought back my
health and made me feel better than
FACTS FOR SICK WOMEN.
For thirty years Lydia E. Pink
ham's Vegetable Compound, made
from roots and herbs, has been the
standard remedy for female ills,
and has positively cured thousandsof
women who have bt-en troubled with
displacements, in lia munition, ulee ra
tion, tibroid tumors, irregularities,
itcruxiie pains, backache, that lar
" ing-down feeling, flatulency, indiges
lion, dizziness or nervous prostration.
Why don't you try it ?
Mrs. IMnkluim Invite all nick
women to rite her for adtice,
She has tritided thousands to
health. Address, Ljiin. Muss.
THEY FIT AND LAWYERS SMILED
MttarnHon Oter a "Mennly, "plndle.
Shanked Steer" Cost Mlsnoorlana
Tea Thosiasd Dollars.
Died, July 1, at its home near LaGonda.
Mo., one rrd steer, U years old. seventeen
hands high, worth 110.000; the property of
Elijah E. Rice. Peace to Hi hide."
The above obituary appeared In a Charl
ton county paper recently. Details of the
animal's death were obtained from Jim
nice, Elijah's son. He thinks It was "a case
of broken heart. There was talk of the
steer being exhibited at the county fairs
this season as Missouri's most famous
quadruped. When the old animal learned
the Idea had been abandoned it laid down
At the December call, 1904, of the Kansas
City court of appeals docket, the biggest
case over a small matter ever tried In Mis
souri passed Into history. The style of the
action was John Messengale against Elijah
E. Itice. The appellate court's uncontested
order of affirmance crowned Elijah with
the victor's laurel wreath.
The subject of litigation was a sptndl
shanked steer, "a very ordinary animal, a
scrub," the plaintiff said, "worth about
$30." The life of the steer fight and the
great civil war were about the same five
If there is a Mlssourlan who has not
heard of the celebrated steer case It is be
cause his parents were shamefully derelict
In their educational obligations- to him. It
has become a part of the state's fame.
In September, 1899, John Massengale of
Macon county (known as "Missouri John")
when herding cattle back in .Wyoming,
missed from his ranch a small red steer.
It didn't bother him much, because he had
a thousand of much better quality left, and
he never lost any time in hunting up the
prodigal. But one evil day a . horseman
came along the road and called "Missouri
John" out. He told him that he had seen
his missing animal down on Rice's farm.
which waa just aoroes the line in Charlton
county. John went over to see Farmer
Rice. Together they visited the herd, and
Messengale promptly spied the scrub.
"That's mine, Elijah." he said. .
"No, John," replied Elijah, "wa raised
Mess?ngale telephoned to his lawyer at
Macon and a suit in replevin was filed. Be
fore the Justice the plaintiff described his
animal aa "a dark red steer, a round body,
rather a small, dark, 2-year-old, a little
under average slse, with a white spot in his
forehead and an underblt In the right ear."
Elijah gave the description of his steer
as fallows: "Well, the steer Is what I
would call a red steer. He has just a little
white spot on his forehead and an under
blt In the right ear."
The similitude of belief furnished beauti
ful grounds for . warfare. Both men had
money burning in their pockets. The bor
der soon was aroused by adherents of
the two prominent litigants. "Missouri
John" had begun his career by rounding
up cattle In the west and 'he knew he
could not 'be mistaken. ' Elijah has grown
up in the valleys where a man's social suc
cess was rated according to his knowledge
of steercraft, and he felt that he knew
the subject of controversy as well as he
did any member of his family. In pass
ing tt may be remarked that it is fairly
safe to criticise a cattle man's command
of the English language, or his manners
at the dinner table, but when you chal
lenge his capacity to Identify anything
that wears horns you can look for trouble
with entire confidence.
There were seven trials. Hung Juries,
appeals and changes of venue strung the
litigation out half a decade. It traveled
along a highway paved with shining dol
lars, until at the climax it was figured
the (unsuccessful litigant stood to lose
The case would have ended In 1900, but
at the vsry end of the trial, during a
strong appeal to the Jury, Elijah's leading
lawyer, J. A. Collect, used this language,
taken from the printed record:
"Massengale obtained his start by round
ing up unbranded cattle In the west and
branding them as his own. In tha west
they call that "branding mavericks,' but
here in Missouri we call It plain-out cattle
That short tirade cost Elijah $300, for
the plaintiff appealed on the ground that
there was no evidence in the record to
Justify the attack, and after the appellate
court had read through tha 375 printed
pages it so held and Elijah had to pay
for the brief.
During tha life of the steer case it had
been tried at Bynumvllle, Salisbury, Kan
sas City and Fayette. When the trial
was "on" in a . town the tavern keepers
would send out for extra help in the cook
room and buy out the grocers. Each side
levied on its respective township for wit
nesses and when the two clans would meet
In a town there wasn't much room for
The case waa fought out with the vary
ing honors until a fatal day last April,
when a Jury came into court at Fayette
and said the steer belonged to Elijah.
"Missouri John's" lawyers went through
the long record of the last trial with' a
microscope and then met their client at
"The jig's up, John," said one of the
barristers gravely. "There ain't the ghost
of a ground to hang an appeal on this
"We'rs beat, you mean?" asked tha big
"You've guessed right"
"Well." said John, "I hate a croaker. I
went to law for a measley, spindle-shanked
steer and I'm going to take what the law
hands out. Figure up what the fun has
cost me, boys, and the check is ready."
He sat a while and calmly pulled at his
pipe. Then he picked up his sombrero and
walked to the door, where he hesitated
and walked back.
'But, say, .fellers," he remarked, "that
was my steer."
The defendant notified "Missouri John's"
attorneys that he would file a motion for
affirmance in the court of appeals at the
fall term, and they told htm togo ahead-,
they were tired. Milwaukee Sentinel.
PANAMA AND ERIE ' CANALS
Magnltade of the New York Enter
prise Ikon ly Coca.
Pvbllo attention has been so strongly
centered upon the progress of the Panama
canal that the people of New Tork state,
and particularly New Tork City, have
failed to realize either the magnitude of
the work Involved In the reconstruction' of
the Erie canal, or the extensive scale
upon which the work is now being prose
cuted. A comparison of the total quanti
ties taken out on the two canals during
the years they have been in course of con
struction shows that the state enterprise
is quite comparable In the magnitude of
Its operations with that now being carried
on by tha federal authorities. Active con
struction began on the Panama canal In
19H and on the Erie barge- canal in 1906.
During the first year of work at. Panama
Z43.47I cublo yards were taken out, while
71,76 cublo yards were excavated during
the first year of work on the barge canal.
During the second year's work 1.799.S7
cublo yards were taken out at Panama
ahd 1. 460,706 cubic yards from the ' barge
canal. During the third year of work tbe
totals were, respectively, 4,948,497 cubic
yards and 4).SO0,46 cublo yards. In the
fourth year 15.7M.09-cuble yards were re
moved at Panama. A" 19 was the fourth
year of work on the' Erie barge canal, tha
totals, of course, cannot as yet be given,
but In July the total excavation was 1,047,
111 cublo yards, or 99 per cent of the
amount taken out at Panama for July,
1907, which was 1.076.787 cubic yards. In
August of this year the total expenditure
was 1,091,891 cublo yards, ss compared with
1.271,964 cubic yards taken out at Panama
during August of last year. In this com
parison the Important point should not be
overlooked that the New Tork state enter
prise contains in Us 442 miles of length a
much larger number of structures com
pared to the amount of excavation than
does the Panama canal, the excavation of
the Erie barge canal representing only 40
per cent of the total cost of the work. In
both of these enterprises the seeming de
lay in starting the work of active construc
tion waa due to the enormous amount of
preparatory work In the prosecution of
surveys, preparation of . plans and . est!
mates and the purchase and placing on- the
ground of the enormous plant and supplies,
HERE'S A TRUE CAT STORY
Remarkable Effort - of Intelligent
Feline to Preserve Her
1 ' . Yoanar.
Is It the call of the wild that causes a
cat with her! first kittens to hide them
away from the eyes of manT . The actions
of a young cat with her three little kit
tens, her first ones, by the way, has
caused a great deal ef discussion at police
About ten days ago the kittens were
born. At that time the young mother
sought a drawer in the desk of the Game
Well operator, Mlaurlce Welsh, which
place she entered from the rear. That left
her and her progency efltlrely concealed!
Mrs. Kitty was discovered, however, and
given Into tha care of Andy Bean, the
one-armed negro who cleans the' court
room. He made a comfortable bed In a
box in the basement and moved the little
family to Its new home. Mrs. Kitty ap-
peered very nervous, as many persons
passed near where she and her kittens lay,
She would look up at them as if to 'ask
why they, were there.
She stood the test for two days. Then
the home was found deserted the kittens
had been moved. Where I No one knew,
Mrs. Kitty was seen about the station,
and, though followed ' several times, she
never would lead Andy to her new home
On the night of July 3 Frank Scott, gas
Inspector, sought the negro nurse and said
"Andy your cat and kittens are over in my
office. Tou'd better' move them tonight,
as the hall is to be closed tomorrow and
she can't get to them. She carried them
all In my place and hid them behind the
gas tester. - I placed them In a box."
Andy went over and took kitty, her fam
lly, new box home end all back to the
basement of the station. Again Kitty
looked nervously at the many people en
tering and leaving police court they all
had to pass near her home. Sunday morn
ing, when all was quiet, she was caught
trying to move her little family back to
the Gamewiell home, where they were
born. In this she was frustrated.
, Monday came and there was the biggest
police court docket of the year. That was
all Kitty could stand. Her home was
very comfortable. She had a negro to
answer her every beck and call, but the
"street" sbe lived on must have been too
noisy. How she did it no one will ever
know, but she actually stole ' oilt her
kittens, one ,by one, and moved them to a
box In' the dark vault in the office of
Jomes E. Vincll, secretary of the police
board, two floors higher up. The call of
the wild had taken possession of her again.
Mr. Vincll saw Mrs. Kitty make several
trips to his vault, " but was busy and did
not notice that her family was within.
That night he closed and locked the vault.
Klttv was frantic. She moaned and
wailed about the station all night and re
mained long outside the door of the sec
retary's office, out of which she was also
fadkeif. Yesterday, morning, however,
when the office was opened Kitty was
there. Then . she ran to the vault and
asked Mr. Vincll as plainly ns a cat could
to hurry and open it. When he did so the
young mother Jumped Into the box and
cared for her very hungry little ones.
The struggle to be natural, to revert
back to the actions of cats before they
were , domesticated, was too great for
Kitty, however. She gave up the right
and one by one slowly removed her family
to the noisy home in the basement near
the police court. She is there now, look
ing dolefully at all passersby and appar
ently regarding them with suspicion. The
call of the wild she may feel all day long,
but she knows now, no doubt, that she
can't gratify It. Kansas City Journal.
"YOUR WIFE? SHE'S MINE"
Then Two Men Buckle TJp and Do
Stnnt While the Woman
"Hello, Marie. Are you ready to come
back to me and the children?"
The other man at (he card table in Chi
cago sprang to . his feet as the remark
was uttered upon the entrance of an at
tractive woman to the room.
'What do you mean by speaking that
way to my wife?" he demanded.
"Tour, wife!" ejaculated the first man.
Why, she's mine. . I married her eight
years ago right here In Chicago. We have
While the woman, too astounded at thus
meeting her first husband to utter a word,
looked on helpless, the men sprang at each
other. They strained back and forth across
the floor and finally plunged through a
door to the sidewalk, held In each other's
The fight ended when a policeman sep
arated them. Then both were taken with
the woman to the Harrison street police
station, the men charged with disorderly
conduct and the woman with bigamy.
The scene of the encounter was the
headquarters of the Clgarmakera' union,
at Fifth avenue aijd Madison street, Chi
cago. The combatants, lifelong friends,
although each Ignorant of the woman's
place in the other's life, were John Whit
field, 60 years old, 3733 Inre avenue, and
Joseph Bolleyn, S3 years of age, who
lives on Harrison street, near Fifth ave
nue. The woman, who deserted Whitfield
last November and Immediately afterward
was married to Bolleyn, ia 87 years old.
It had been the custom of the men to
meet at the clgarmakers headquarters in
the afternoon to play cards. They wero
thus engaged when Mrs. Whltfleld-Bolleyn
entered the room the other afternoon in
search of Bolleyn, and entirely unaware
that she was to encounter her first hus
band. At first she seemed looking for some
avenue of escape when she realized her
position, but. gathortng courage, stood her
ground while the men fought, vainly try
ing to pacify them, until she was arrested
- Both men still Insisted that she was his
wife when Policeman Basak had separated
"She deserted me last November after I
had caused her arrest for disorderly con
duet," declared Whitfield. '
"I married her last Npvember," as vehe
mently asserted Bolleyn, "and she never
told ms she had been married before W
have been living together near Fifth ave
nue and Harrison street"
At the police station Whitfield said:
1 found out my wife had been scoeptlng
attentions from another man and I had
her arrested. The matter waa settled in
court and she went home with me, but
disappeared soon afterward. I never ob
tained a divorce, because I wanted her to
return. I thought she was looking for
me when she came In this afternoon."
Mrs. Whltfleld-Bolleyn admitted that she
had been married to both men. She said
she had believed that Whitfield, her first
husband, had obtained a divorce follow
ing their separation last November. She
said she married Bolleyn a few werks
after her separation. Chicago Record-Herald.
15 iO DOUGIAS ST.
GERMANY'S INSURANCE SYSTEM
Remarkable Reanlts of Co-operation
of Employers, Workman and
"It Is a reproach to us as a nation," said
President Roosevelt In his message last
March, "that in both state and federal
legislation we have afforded less protection
to both public and private employes than
any other Industrial country In the world."
In Germany, In the year 1904. there were
114 employers trade accident-Insurance as
sociations built up. The members of these
associations. In the .year 1304. employed
some 17,600,000 workmen. In other words,
17,500,000 German., workmen, In the year In
question, were protected against the con
sequences of Industrial accidents.
Compensation Whs awarded. In the year
1904, to some 150.0CO employes, who had
been injured in . the course of the year.
Compensation was also awarded to some
600,000 employes Who had been injured In
previous years, and who ' still remained
totally or, partially. Incaplcltated. And,
finally, compensation was awarded to some
66,000 widows and to some 100.000 children
of dead accident victims.
All this cost money, although, of course,
In multitudes of cases the accident was so
slight and v the resulting Incapacitation so
trifling that the compensation awarded
was almost nominal. However, the total
amount of compensation, in the year, 1904,
So much for accident-insurance. Now to
go to sickness-Insurance.
In 1904 the German "sick-clubs" awarded
compensation to the extent of Just about
But the Germans have a third form of
compulsory Insurance. It is called invalidity-insurance.
It provides small pensions
(very small) for workmen who have be
come permanent invalids through sickness,
arJQ for workmen who have reached the
age of 70. The employers pay half the
premiums of the Invalidity-insurance fun,
and the employes pay the other half. And
the imperial government adds a small
bonus. The . amount of compensation
awarded by the invalidity-clubs In 1904 was,
The total cost of accident Insurance, sickness-insurance
. and ' ' invalidity-insurance
to the German empire in the year 1904 was,
in round numbers, $126,260,000. Half of this
cost, roughly speaking, fell on tha employ
ers of Germany and the other half fell
on the workman. William Hand In Every
WHO CAME OUT AHEAD?
Question In Endowment Insnranee ia
(sneer Agreement Made by
By the terms of a contract entered Into
thirty-one years ago between Lyman Jen
nings, then 59 years old, and the town of
Athol, In Massachusetts, he gave the town
$9,000 outright on its agreement to pay him
Interest on It at 6 per cent as long as he
lived $640 a year and then to i continue
after his death to pay to his widow $180 a
year and 'to each of his three children $120
a year, an amount equal to that which
Jennings would receive yearly during his
lifetime, as long as each of these four
heirs might live. The results of the con
tract are being widely commented upon as
runlnously reckless deal by that thrifty
New England town. The "selectmen" de
cided to take up with Jennings' offer after
applying the figures of a life Insurance
mortuary table to the five proposed bene,
ficlarles. Jennings lived thirty years In
stead of . the fourteen and a half years
that they had credited him with. The town
meantime had paid out to him $16,200; his
wife and one daughter now survive him,
and the town Is paying them together $300
a year, and must continue to pay one $180
a year and the other $130 so long as each
lives. In other words, It Is now getting
the use of $9,000 for only about 34 per cent
Interest. If tt Invested the principal prop
erly, there ought to be a good profit in this.
But suppose Jennings had put that $9,000 In
a good savings bank back In 1S77 he would
have drawn $540 a year on it for at least
fifteen years or so, and after that only 5
per cent or 4 per cent, or perhaps as low
as 3Vs Per cent at times; but on an average
Interest of 4V4 per cent for the full period
he would have drawn $12,500 In all, and his
widow and daughter would now be drawing
4 per cent on It, or $360 a year Instead of
$300 and besides this, they, not the town,
That worried, uncertain
look we sometimes see on a
man's face is often the result
of poor judgment in his selec
tion of a clothing 6tore.
Our customers are never
troubled with after regrets.
They have learned that what
they buy here will be right
in style, quality and price.
" See the new ones just re
ceived, either in Suits, Ilain
cots'or Overcoats, at $20.00,
$25.00, $30.00 and $35.00.
Expert Clothes Fitter.
107 South Sixteenth Street.
ON SALE SATURDAY AT
$19.50 $25.00 329.751
THESE VALUES WILL CLEARLY SHOW THE LEADERSHIP
OF THIS GREAT: CLOAK AND SUIT HOUSE
These suit are made of
all wool broadcloth In all
colors; also of plain or
striped cheviots In all col
ors, t Tbe coats come In
various , lengths, plain
tailored or, trimmed with
Skinner Satin; tbe skirts are plain circular gored models or
trimmed styles. These suits are great bargains. .$10.50
A .collection of new
suits that; will delight
you. ' They" are made of
materials '.identical with
the grades . used in . the
very finest garments, and
styles are exceptionally
clever. We have all sizes for women and misses, and can
promise to fit small and large women perfectly. Bee tnese
suits buy them and save money, at .......... -325.00
The collection of this
price is simply wonderful,
and Includes practically
every new model produced
by leading makers. All
the newest shades of Wis
taria, Toupe, Catauba,
Qreen, Brown, Blue, also Black.
Compare these suits with the average 140.00 values in
Omaha, and you will appreciate what bargains these are at
our special price of $29.75. There are numerous new, stun
ning modes, Including the latest deBlgns of the Dlrectolre
and Empire. The materials are principally finest broad
cloths and English suitings; these are strictly hand-tailored
throughout, and lined with Bklnner satin; they are smart
and refined styles and values that will be more than appre
ciated, at $29.75
New Silk Petticoats at $5.00
We feel safe In Baying that never before were such values shown In silk petticoats. The silk is of best quality,
heavy taffetas, and you have elegant styles to select from. Some have tailored strapping on flounces and
Borne have new fou shaped accordlan pltatlng. They come In black and all colors. lie- C? nn
markable values, at ; SffJtUU
Beautiful Ultman's Voile Skirts,
on sale Saturday at . . .
Regular Values, $12.50, Qia.OO and 55 17. GO
York buyer purchased at a decisive reduction In
Over 100 new tall sample skirts, which our resident New
price, will go on sale Saturday. These skirts are all
made of finest Ultman's Voile, and are beautiful new
Fall Styles. They were made to Bell at $12.50, $16.00
and $17.60. "ON SALE SATURDAY,
-,o,.m nn th 19.000! Lyman Jennings
wasn't nearly so good a "flggerer'" as the
town of Athol was, after all.-New York
STORM OF CANARY BIRDS
Strang Thtngca that Happened to av
Vessel Off the Sooth Amer-
It happened In the night and according
to the yarre spun by Captain Sandberg
of the Panama liner. City of Para, In San
Francisco, It must have been a night of
The ship waa midway between Acajutia
nnd Fan Jose de Guatemala, which Is a
latitude In which the unusual Is expected.
The time was between 1 and 2 In the morn
ing-, and It was vory dark. Suddenly an
electric storm of great ferocity came up
from a revolutionary republic on the star
board quarter, accompanied by water
spouts, St. Klmo's fire and a great flock
of canary birds. Everyone knows that St.
Elmo's fire and waterspouts are common
off the coaBt of Acajutia,, but the canary
birds are a novelty.
At the first stroke the lightning blew out
the fuse In the ship's dynamo and It be
came as dark as an abandoned trolley car.
Then the St. Elmo's fire lit on the foretop-
mast and split the gilt ball at the top ot
the topmast exactly Into two hemispheres.
One of theJe fell into the water the other
struck the bridge and almost hit Second
Third Officer Zual, who had been off
watch below ran on deck. All the passen
gers followed Zual to the dock, and the
captain says that the passengers thought
the end of the world had come. The storm
was bad enough and the lightning was
blinding, but it was the great number of
birds that flew in the laces of the passen
gers In the darkness that caused the Indes
It lasted for an hour, and In the morn
ing, when the storm had passed and the
sun rote, there on the di'cks, covering tho
awnings and almost filling the boats lashed
orj the upper deck were thousands of dead
and dying canary birds. Captain Sandberg
says there were thousands of them. Some
of them had blundered Into the state rooms
In the darkness after the electric lights
So tho City of Para came safely through
the storm when it rained canary birds, all
save the gilt ball at the top of the fore
topmast, half of which was lost overbourd.
San Francisco Chronicle.
scrlptlons were made, and the order for
the statues were given to a British sculptor
The two statues, one a replica of the
other, were brought to this country in 1769.
The New York statue was erected at the
northeast corner of William and Wall
streets In 1770.
Six years later came the American rev
olution. The leaden statue of George 'III,
In Bowling Green, was converted Into bul
lets.. The British took charge of affairs in
1776 and remained until 1783. when they pro
vided New York with a day for feasting
and celebration, which has always been re
While they were here soldiers, removed
the head of the statue of William Pitt. It
is thought that Hessians did it. The head
was seen several years afterward In the
Blue Bell tavern, up Klngsbrldge way,
where It looked down serenly upon rosy
faced persona who drank ale from pewter
mugs and smoked long clay pipes.
Members of the New York Historical so
ciety have been hunting for that head for
the last third of a century, for It disap
peared from the Blue Bell tavern.
The old statue Is of marble and of heroic
size. The head and neck are entirely miss
ing. To effect the restoration It would be
necessary to send an artist to Charleston,
S. C, where the dpullcate Is Intact, with
the exception of the left arm. Tha English
besieged Charleston In 1780. and William
Pitt's statue had a narrow escape. The
head of the old statue In the south Is per
fect Charleston removed her Pitt statue to one
of Its parks some years ago.
That Was AH.
While driving along a counrtry road a man
jaw the roof of a farmer's house ablaze.
He gesticulated and called to the farmer's
wife who was calmly standing in the
7our ho"e Is on fire..'
Vhat?" she bawled out.
I sav vnur tinim i. nn im
''What did y' say? I'm a little deaf.'
tour houHe is afire." again yelled tho
man at the ton of his lunva
"Oh, is that all?" calmly replied the
"It's all I can fhlnk of Just' now," re
sponded the man In a rather weak voice
as he drove on. Baltimore American.
A thought once stole by mistake Into thn
mind of a minor poet. It was a very llttln
thought and It waa frightened at the vast
empty spaces, and cowered timidly Into a
dark corner, where It hoped to escape
But In a moment the poet had discovered
It and straightway he pounced upon H
avidly and mauled, Jammed, rut, squeezed
and otherwise tortured It.
The thought suffered greatly, but thn
poet did not desiut until he had achieved
his purpose, which was to grind out an
other sonnet and keep himself before thn
It Is 'an easy matter- to do business
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peeapltated Effigy of England's Clrent
Commoner Preserved In
There is a statue of William Pitt in this
country-? decapitated one which occupies
an unfrequented storeroom In the museum
of the New York Historical society. The
figure is draped, leaning against part of a
When Pitt championed the cause of the
colonists in their contention that taxation
without representation waa unjust, and
practically caused a repeal of tha stamp
act in 1768, bells were rung and there was
great rejoicing throughout the new world.
In the colonies of New York and South
Carolina it was proposed to erect statues
to the great premier. Large popular sub-
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