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THE OREGON DAILY
PORTLAND, SATURDAY EVENING, JANUARY 9, 1901.
They Are Dreaming of the Good Old Days of
French Improvidence at Panama -
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A STREET IN COLON.
' , (Journtl Special Berries.)
- Colon, Panama, Dec. 17. These are
. hopeful daya for Colon, and, if cheer
can raise Us head In this nest of mis
ery, then wa bt the North are strangers
to wretchedness. The wonder of every
American, when he sees this reeking- lit
tle place for the first time, is that there
is anyone left alive in it . It sprawls
In the mire of the .marsh with a reck
lessness that Is abandon Itself. Under
the houses are stagnant pools of black
water, floating with filth, while between
them are scum-covered ponds which of
fend the very sky with their fearful
stenches.. Decay Is monarch and rules
with autocratic sway. He who would
- live here cannot escape being a neigh
bor to rottenness. You meet a dog and
it will likely have the mange; if a duck
waddles across your path, its feathers
will be dishevelled and Its feet will be
sore; the pony that staggers at the task
of pulling the rickety cab In which you
. ride, Is so poor and weak that you feet
it would be a mercy to shoot it, and all
the while the procession of dead men
and women flies solemnly on to that
gruesome spot, the world-famed bury
ing ground on Monkey hill. ,
Bad for Man and Beast.
, .She Is a brave housewife who "can
sing in Colon, and the children do not
shout so lustily In their play as their
,. rugged Northern cousins. - An invisible
menace - hangs over . all. The .native
swears under the climate, and the newcomer,-
roan or -beast, falls easy -prey
, to It. A- merchant bought - some Jer-
aey cows In- the States and shipped them
, to the Isthmus. The poor beasts waded
around In the mire for a few. days, then
o- stood- in the- damp barn, lowing and pin
- ing. until they died.-: Another resident
Imported some Barred Plymouth Rock
"chickens.1 When -let -out of their coops
they shook out their ruffled feathers, and
began scratching bravely enough.- Bat
It was only for a short time. , They soon
became ' weak. , v Their legs , were not
strong enough to sustain their bodies.
'and ' they moped' around and -died one
after the other. Some , thoroughbred
dogs were sent to another : man living
here. rThey scampered about In a lively
manner at first, chasing the lizards and
disturbing the peace of the buziards,
-but the blight soon -touched them, and
. they went the way of the cows and the
chickens. It's a bad place for any kind
' r thoroughbred.
Facts About Yellow rarer.
It Is understood that two years' resi
. denoe In a, tropical climate renders a
person Immune from yellow fever, but
this does not always hold good, as shown
in the case of the three sisters of Colonel
Shaler, president of the Panama rail
road. -These ladies had made their home
In Colon for several years, yet last May
they contracted the disease and all of
them died within 14 days. A traveling
man may be taken down with It the sec
ond day after his arrival. It Is now ac
cepted by most medical authorities that
the mosquito is the distributing agent
ef the fever. " The wsy to escape having
it la to sleep under a net the Idea pre
vailing that this particular kind of ln-
. sect travels only at night and to pre
serve regular habits. Men who come to
the tropics and abuse themselves by
drinking too much, and keeping late
hours, wesken their systems, and are
more likely to become Infected, although
this is not saying that a man who takes
absolute care of himself will escape the
disease. It operates strangely, some
times avoiding those who Invite It most,
and attacking others who would appear
to be Immune. Careful living, even if It
Is not a sure preventative, at least re
duces the prospect of contagion, and,!
If the - disease is contracted, insures a
reserve of strength to resist it. y '
- One of the first symptoms, of yel
low v fever , is r a violent aching1
in the front part of the head.;. Backache
Is another-faymptom. It is said that
with the exception of smallpox, no other
disease causes such a severe backache
as yellow fever." There may be aVchill
or not The kind Of fever a person Is
coming down with can also be told by
the tongue. In a case of malaria this
organ will be large and flabby, very fre
quently being indented by the teeth on
account of Its being so swollen. Yellow
fever is Indicated by a narrow, pointed
tongue, with red tip and edges. That
terrible feature of yellow Jack, called
black vomit. Is caused by a disintegra
tion of the red corpuscles of the blood,
allowing the same to oose Into the
stomach. Quite frequently this will pass
from the "mouth of the sufferer with al
most projectile force, going fully a yard
straight out from the lips.
On account of better understanding
of this dreadful disease, the medical men
are combating 'it more successfully all
the while, Formerly 60 per cent ,of all
cases were fatal, but now the mortality
has been reduced to 6 per cent. - The
great advantage lies In a proper diag
nosis and getting an early start In the
treatment. A healthy t person, iWlth
prompt and proper care, now has a
good chance for recovery. , .
rreventloa Better Thau Cure,1 '
Th" proper way of removing all evil
is to strike for the root and destroy the
cause,. , The experts have established a
good case .against the mosquito, and
a most sweeping war Of extermination
in vo wgea against tnat - obnoxious
insect, t Its habits are well known now,
and the fact that It does not migrate
far from Its hirthnian i.
most favorable points discovered, -This
means that a eone which Is once clearefl
me pent, wun proper safe guarding,
can easily be kept m -a healthy condi
tion. Colon is one ttt h ftwhu.t .m..
in the world, and Its defiance of all laws
v vumib iv m. very lat
j, it a auii aay nere when
there are not several funumt. r ui.
abiding place f pestilence can be re-
uoctueu mna maae naDitable, )t will be
a victory for science greater even than
wui wmcn was won in Havana, ,
Tnra the Basoala Out.
The dawn of a new
mark th naislnv nf iha K(1..aHj
s w wuv aut Ui A 11 1H
is interesting because under ordinary
: . U8Mra t0 he South
what the dog is to the North a neces
sity.. It Is Dart at th luw,i i
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tion. It has served long and well In
iu sireei cleaning department, but the
new order of thinn win i.
Jobf and force this old and faithful em
ploye, who has worked all these years
for its board.- to seek other pastures.
The buszard la tnnoh m.n.
While It la the black sheep of the bird
.u....,,, ,v ,a una omer piacK sneep inas
much as it 1a not wlthnnt io
Vigilance and nromnt attontinn k.i
ness may always be expected from It.
ii asionisning now quick a buzzard
will find out where It is wanted and
the Old motto. "Wnrlr rtnna with
and dispatch," fits Its case exactly, When
uikk vi uuizirai iase cnarge of a
community the parole they put Into ef
fect Is BOlendld. Bomn nt tham .1
ways on duty. They soorn to associate
with other members of the feathered
tribe. In event of Bl OH fl lot flvav lha
division of spoils in some back yard,
a gobbler or a rooster has no more show
than a billy goat would have In a con
test with a mad bull, ;
A Back Yard Battle.
I was a witness to a disturbance of
this sort . one morning recently, The
cook had thrown a lot of refuse over The
bacK fence, and in the mess ..was some
spoiled fl8hAifeathered - patrolman
promptly reported for duty. Some chick
ens were near, and they, too, began an
Immediate invoice of the pile of scraps.
The chickens got to work first, but Mr.
Bustard had the enticing smell of bad
fish In his nostrils, and after executing
a couple of preliminary circles In the air,
he alighted, and opened the battle by
pulling a couple of tail feathers out 6f
the nearest roosters. The chickens out
numbered the scavenger and the whole
outfit went to the defense of their out
raged companion it Is a very grave and
humiliating thing for a rooster to lose
his tall feathers. The tactics of that
buzzard were wonderful. He side-stepped
and ducked, and every little whlh he
would uppercut one of his opponents
with the result that v out would come
more feathers. If there was an instant's
delay In the attack he would help him
self to more fish, for that was what he
was there for. In the end he had pulled
so - many feathers out of the 1 biggest
rooster that he looked half undressed.
When the fish was all gone the victor
cast one scornful look at the subdued
flock or chickens, and flew away without
a Blngle note of triumph, for buziards
do not crow. .
" Appointed by Abraaam Uaeola.
Mr: Oscar Malmos. the United States
consul at Colon. Is doubtless the oldest
man In the American consular service,
and has probably eerved longer than any
other man In it. He is nearly 77 years
of age, and was appointed by Abraham
Lincoln In 18(5. juat three days before
that lamented ntatamnn km naanaal.
nated.. Mr.. Mslmni was innaul it -urin.
ni peg, now called the Chicago of the
Northwest, when It had only 400 Inhabi
tants, and waa still under the rule of the
Hudson's Bay company. Later he served
m xNova Bcotia ior n years, ana dur
ing the' trouble with Great Britain over
the fishery question, he traveled 900
miles in canoes and Ashing smacks, col
lecting eviaence to support tne American
contention. He has held stations In
Roumanla. Scotland, France, Spain and
Bohemia, and he still keeps posted on
the affairs of all the nations In which he
has been stationed. , He Is a bachelor
and an enthusiastic student. rr a an
accomplished linguist, being able to con
verse in six languages, f or three years
he has been In charge of the office at
Colon, and the recent ravnlntlnn fcra
was the third uprising he has experi
enced in nis career. He Is a man of f ru
ral habits and cnrrlna himanir with tha
dignity of a gentleman of thu nlA arhnni
He has a little table to himself in the
corner or the hotel dlningroom, and ss
ha sips his single glass of wine, or lln
rert ntitr hl iftarJUitna.-Ai....
.-- ' ... u'oi.i, i-ipn I , many
people pause to pay their respects to the
qoumy oia veteran wno has grown Wo
gray in tne service or his country.
Campers oa the Border.
The members of the itttia cninn n
Americans m coion are mostly employes
or xne ranama railroad, and their fami
lies. Their home ia about thm
In the Isthmus where a stranger can
draw his breath In comfort. During the
recent trouble the newspaper correspond
ents would go over on Sunday, as they
said, "to get a shower bath." and "be
cool for a day." These resident Amerl
cans lead a lonely existence. Most of
them are sick for home. Th a lit
tle band of pioneers, stationed at this
lonely outpost to help the Isthmus open
and give the world Its highway. They
are very brave about it ail h .-..
are looking to the north and hoping qiat
civilization will not be long lh overtaking
FREDERIC J. HASKIN.
BBUTAIXTT ZB THE BKXTISK ABBOT.
It Waa Tlaally Put Down by the Bol
. diets Themselves,
"There is only one way of putting
down brutality in the army," said the
gray-haired man with the mllttarv cut
when the brutal treatment of German
soldiers at the hands of their officers
was discussed. "Soldiers have sot tn
do It for themselves, and to do It with
the rifles. I have seen men treated
worse than dogs in 'the British army,
ana l saw it put a stop to,
" -"It is over half a century ago since
I enlisted as a boy in a regiment that
was recruited from the West of Ire
land. At that time flogging was the
punisnment tnat was most : frequently
, iiiiuci-u., ana a man would be tied up
and flogged to death for the most
. trifling ,offense. It was little wonder
tnat our regiment made a reputation for
recklessness when we were sent out to
; India on active service. The men were
tirea or lire, and three or four of-them
had already committed suicide.
The commanding officer was a blood
thirsty brute without a single good !m
pnlne in him, and the men often threat
ened under their breath to put a bullet
In his back at the first engagement.
They would have done it. too, but that
the colonel was such a daredevil him
self, and would throw himself into the
hottest spot with such reckless courage
that no one had the heart to murder him
In the beat of sn engagement. . - ,
"When we got back Into barracks he
treated the men worse than ever and one
night a young man named Murphy, who
bad been, flogged, blaw out Ms brains
with his own rifle. ' Then a dozen men
t tegether and agreed to draw lots
lo decide whs was to shoot the colonel
iluwn en parade, Murphy's elder brother
got strews of different lengths, and the,
one who drew the shortest straw was
to do the shooting. . -
"One Aftar anntha. it .... , v. I..i.i
fingers and white face, for although they
imu oem ucn aeviis in a fight It was
onuiner inmg xo snoot down an un
armed man. Flnaltv Miimhv ...,
with one straw In his hand and he laid
it aown alongside of the others on his
cot. It was the shortest. He swallowed
"' " saia, in ao, it, when I'm on
"Two days after this Murphy was
placed on sentry opposite the officers'
quarters. He had his rifle loaded and
some of the men were watching in the
gathering dusk for tha
colonel and the adjutant stepped out
iwia wi.nea up ana aown together, talk
lntr earnest! v. inrnhv wQ tvic
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Keenly as he marched up and down on
aW"i oui me aajuiant, the nnegt of
fleer thnt vf 1 vnco - a itniAM -
pened to be always between him and the
"At IflSt th mnmant -ama - 1.tf.ti.M
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was afraid that If he waited he might
mmn nut cnance. ana he determined to
maae a try ior it anyhow. Just as the
two officpra wara In a Una mi.u v.i - -
dropped on hla knee and fired. Both of
" vmcera- mil, ana wnen the others
ran OUt Of the mrnnm th fnn.j tu
adjutant dead and the colonel dying, the
uu"' vinir puBsea enrougn Doth. The
guard came nn at tha iinuhi.
Murphy Standing at attention, his rifle
.covin .gamut me wan oonind him.
"At the court. mnrtlnl tlnmiiii 1.1 t..
would have- given his life for the adju
tant, but the colonel had to die to save
the lives of other men. He was quickly
convicted and the whole regiment was
turned out to see him hanged. That
night a lot of the men broke barracks
and met In a saloon shau tttao h...i.
to the memory of The man who died
for men.' . - j-i . ' ... , ... . ,
.. MA'S PSTBIOAL CT7LT0BB. .
From the Baltimore News.
Sis. takes Calisthenics, "
Injun clubs an' such, '
Reaches t'r her toes' ten times : -
'N each time makes 'em touch; "
Raises up her arms an' ""
Sweeps 'em all around.
Kicks her heels three times 'ithout '
Ever touchin' th' ground.
. "; Ma takes phys'cal culture
- - In th" washln' tub
Gets th clo'es an' soaks 'cm down
' on urginn iu ruo; .
. Makes ten thousand motions
Up an' down at way . ,
She gets lots o' exercise
In a workin' dayl
Sis goes f th gym an'
Travels on the -rings, ,
P 'en she takes a big, deep breath, v
'N en she yells an' sings
Says It's good tr weakness
In th'. lungas-an' sayt
Tennis is her hardest work !
Ought V see her play! 1
Ma. she washes dishes.
' , 'N 'en she sweeps th' floor.
. W en she scrubs th' marble steps
Clear up t' th' door:
N" 'en she chops th' klndlln
-wnen work 8 through
Hns f do It, 'cause pa, he's
Both take phys'cal cultu
But I tell you thls,S
They lots o' dlfTunce 'tween th' kind
, My ma takes, an' Slsi ; '
Bar Id aa. 't .. .
Barravne Thpt-fl'. an Jiioirt
dyce tho price of theatre seats. . 1 i
Mrs. K.rirnvna . Dk ITan... L'
lovely when one can buy a matlueo ticket
taiv VI Jul
BECAUSE OF ITS
HE A LTHFULNESS
A Bright and Prosperous
New Year to all who use
1903 has been the be$t
year ot, our business ex
Istence, and ,we will do
more in 1904. ;
; V Qost ot installation less than engines. ,
Operating expense mqst economical.
Outfit clean, noiseless, odorless, occupies little space.
Pqwer always ready at turn of a switch.
No o vertlme charges service continuous.
Best from every standpoint:
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