Union gazette. (Corvallis, Benton County, Or.) 1899-1900, April 20, 1900, Image 4

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    8 MT ROSE'S
DELVALLEY rose, furious,
bis eyebrows contracted, his
mouth drawn.
"I tell you this marriage stall not
take place," he said.
"And I swear It shall!" cried Andre,
with only a shade Jess of determina
tion In his face and voice.
But the old man paid no attention to
his son's words, and continued: .".
"It Is the most outrageous thing I
ever heard of. A boy whose education
has been what yours has, upon whom
no expense has been spared, who for
twenty years has been my constant
thought to be utterly lacking In every
feeling of gratitude. Just at the very
moment when I have made plans for
your future you announced to fta that
you intend to marry the girl of your
choice! And what a choice! A g;rl
without a penny I"
"But you do not believe money to be
the only consideration in marriage, do
your said Andre, striving to be calm.
"It seems to me that happiness enters
In somewhere, and if I can be happy
with no one but Noemle " .
M. Delvalley burst into a loud, exas
perating laugh.
"That Is too good! He can be happy
with no one but Noemle; a person of
whose existence he was Ignorant
month before last!
"But father "
The tone In which this word was pro
nounced convinced Andre that his
father's decision was inflexible. He
was accustomed to bow to the will of
a despotic father, Just as he had seen
bis mother yield until her death. In his
childhood he and his mother had been
compaions, and often together they
had bent their heads to the fury of a
etbrm aroused by some slight or Irreg
ular domestic occurrence. Not that M.
Delvalley was a bad man. He was
quick-tempered, but usually repented
his outbursts and tried to make amends
when he saw the effect of his harsh
words. Before he was very old Andre
had seen that the family life of his
father and mother was not a happy
one, though he did not know to what to
attribute the state of affairs. - Since his
mother's death he had simply given in
to his father when any question of dis
agreement had come between them,
cud until now they had lived comfort
ably together. . '- .-
charge. : ' '
"I believe if you knew what an un
happy night I passed, father ''
"Enough, I Bay!" cried the old man,
sot allowing him to complete his sen
tence. "I tell you I will never give my
consent to the marriage. . A girl with
out a penny!"
: "I would not ask for your consent at
all if she had not refused to marry me
without Itr exclaimed Andre, hotly.
"Oh, you would not!' M. Delvalley
laughed. "And, pray, where would
you live and what would you do to sup
port your wife 7'
VI could find something," replied the
X-nir man, in a tone which made his
&y, more gently than- he had yet
i-dves are" after your fortune.
vu""jki4them at a summer hotel. They
t jund out who you were and thought
yon would be a good 'catch,' and have
proceeded to catch you."
. "If you would only listen to me, fath
er, I would convince you of Noemie's
Without replying to his son, M. Del
valley went on: "As you can't take
care of yourself, I must take care of
you.: Where do those Durands live?"
"No, 27 Rue Nollet"' ." ' ' "
'llue Nollet! And you say they are
not after your.money!" M. Delvalley
said, as he left his son. . He returned
in a few moments, a paper in his hand,
from which he read in a loud voice:
"lime. Durand, 27 Rue Nollet I for
mally refuse my consent to the mar
riage of my son Andre and your daugh
ter, and inform you that if the event
takes place I shall absolutely disin
herit my son.. : DELVALLEY." :
He rang the bell and a servant ap
peared. '
"Send this telegram at once," he said.
Andre made a move, to follow the
servant from the room, but after a
glance at his father restrained himself.
The old man waited until the servant
bad had time to leave the house and
- then retired to his study, leaving Andre
The unhappy young man sat thinking
of his misery for some time. The words
of Noemle spoken the night before
came back to him; she bad been so full
of confidence, while he was doubtful
enough of his father's approval.
"When he knows how much we love
each other he will consent," she had
"But if he refuses?" Andre had asked.
"Then it must be good-by for us, be
cause I can never let you ruin your
self for me." And in spite of pleadings
ai d arguments she had remained firm.
Poor Noemle," he thought "How
will she feel when she reads the tele
"T cram? And her Aunt Rose, who con
sidered the marriage already made. She
Ved to tell us when we feared to teli
Ver that we had no cause to worry;
it everything would come out as we
I ited it; that she bad a magic charm
cn she could apply, if necessary, at
last minute, and that charm a se-
What will she say now? Why not
and find out and give her a chance
t try It?" Andre sprang up, seized his
tit and ran from the house. . . ,
"Well," said Noemle, "what hews?"
Ube had not yet received the tele
grani. v ..... 1
"The very worst," said Andre. "He
rv.fctf and threatens to disinherit me.
But, dearest, you will marry me, any
way. I can find something to do, and
we will at least have each other."
Noemle was very much in love, and
her good resolutions began to waver
before the strength of her lover's desire.-
They were talking despondlngly
v hen the door opened and a pretty el
derly woman entered the room.
"Dear me, how unhappy you look!"
t-Iio said. "What is the matter?"
"M. Delvalley has refused his con
front, " said Noemle.
"Indeed! Well, it would be funny If
it were net so sad."
"Aunt Rose, how can you?" murmur-
i- Xoi-Ie.
luiuvr m:i iuub, ujauume, nam
JL'nJms sent a telegram, but
Joe yet"
int Rose smiled. ;,.-
'' I come back, Andre
- little fairy charm
' vouaj people1
altinsr fur
' Y i-.it
had become of his father's dispatch?
Andre could not Imagine. At last, long
after the time it should have come, the
maid entered with the formidable en
velope. Noemle took it and was about
to open It when Andre said:
"Tear it up without reading It. We
know what It says."
"I want to see how it looks,' replied
Noemle. "''.'
As she said a wave of color swept
across her face.
"Andre," she cried, "there is some
mistake. Listen to this:
"'I have the honor to ask the hand
of Mile. Noemle Durand for my son
Andre. I will call at your'convenlence.
Respectfully, i DELVALLEY;' " -I
"la At possible that Aunt Rose was
successful?"- cried' Andre, beside 'him
self with Joy. ' - ' i ', . V
"It must be that IBut What means
did she employ? What is her secret?"
It was a long time before they found
'out, and then Andre overheard a con
! versa tion not meant for his ears. -
"I was right, was I not to keep my
faith in your good, heart,' and .to inter:
cept that first dispatch before I went
to see you?" asked Aunt Rose, in a
voice that Andre had never heard her
make so tender and soft In tone.' .
"Ah, Rose!" responded M. Delvalley
in a voice stranger still to the listener,
"how could I know that the girl of
Andre's choice was your niece? ' To
think that I was about to separate
them, as your father separated us, be:
cause I was then poor that they would
have suffered all that I have suffered in
giving you up, and In thinking of you
all these years! And now that we are
united at last, you. will not refuse"
but suddenly Andre realized that he
was listening and crept softly away.-.
From the French.
Scarcity of Food Is Not by Any Means
If Sir William Crookes is to be be
lieved, scarcity of food is not by any
means remote; it may come within
sight of persons now alive, and these
not very young, says the Spectator.
The case may be very easily stated. At
present the deficiencies of the wheat
eating countries are supplied by North
America, especially by the United
States. In 1897-8 the wheat crop of the
United States was about 540,000,000
bushels. Of this quantity 217,000,000
bushels was exported, to Europe,
where no country, excepting Russia
and Turkey, grows enough for
Its own population. The States - are
able to do this without trenching on
the home supply, because the total pop
ulation is not more than 75,000,000. In
193 1, If the Increase of population goes
oh at the same rate as that of the last
thirty years, the 75,000,000 will have in
creased to 130,000,000 and the surplus
for export will be no longer available.
Whence, therefore, will the wants of
the world be supplied? Russia at pres
ent exports largelyf'lhe total "being
something more-than two-fifths of that
from 'the States. But it cannot be
hoped that Russia will come to the res
cue of a hungry world. It is already
hungry itself, exporting food While Its
own people are starving. Indeed, the
difficulty of the general problem is ag
gravated by the fact that, up to the
point of actual starvation, scarcity not
only does not check, but actually stim
ulates, the rate of Increase. A perfect
ly well-fed, well-educated and gener
ally comforable population has a ten
dency to diminish rather than to grow.
Libelous publication about a de
ceased person is held, in Bradt vs. New
Nonpareil Company (Iowa), 45 L. R. A.
(S81, to give the mother of the deceased
no right of action.
; Employes working more than eight
hours per day in violation of a statute
are held, in Short vs. Bullion. Beck &
Co. Mining Company (Utah), 45 L. R. A.
603, to have no right of action for the
extra services, either on the contract
or on a quantum meruit
Owner of premises dangerous to tres
passers Is held, in Cooper vs. Overton
(Tenn.), 45 L. R. A. 591. to have no lia
bility for injuries to trespassers', even
if they are children, unless they are In
duced to enter the premises by some
thing unusual and attractive placed
upon it by the owner or with his knowl
edge and permitted to remain there.
A communication made in good faith
in the course of his duty, by the cash
ier of a bank, by indorsing on a dishon
ored note held for collection that it was
a forgery, is held, in Caldwell vs. Story
(Ky.), 45 L. R. A. 735, to be a privileged
communication which does not create
any liability for libel, though It is in
timated that the maker may be liable
for slander if he falsely declares that
the note is forged.
A statute reviving a barred remedy
so as to impair a title to property which
has vested under the statute of limita
tions is held, in McEldowney vs. Wyatt
(W. Va.), 45 L. R. A. 609, to be uncon
stitutional as a deprivation of property
without due process of law; but it is
held otherwise with the revival of a
cause of action which does not affect
any vested right of property. With
this case there is a note discussing the
other authorities on the question of
vested rights in defense of statute of
uihnnt Ended In a Church.
As the congregation was assembling
the other day at Broughton Astley
church, near Leicester, England, where
a daily service is held during the war,
a fox and the whole of the Atherstone
pack of hounds ran Into the sacred edi
fice, where the fox was quickly dis
patched by the hounds. Some minutes
elapsed before they could be cleared
out of the church.
The World's Language. .
German, authority estimates that al
most a third of humanity speak the.
Chinese language, that the Hindu lanT
guage Is spoken by more than 100,000,;
000, the Russian by 89,000,000, while
the German is spoken by 57,000,000
tongues and the Spanish by 48,00,000.. i.
Skin Pores. ' )
From microscopic observations it has
been computed that the skin is per
forated with a thousand holes in a
square inch. If the whole surface of
the human body be estimated at six
teen square feet It must contain no
fewer than 2.304.000 pores.
About the Sah-ira Desert." v
' The Sahara is not a barren waste, A.
is popularly supposed. Not lovzJK
there were !,(W,0(0 sheen
fronts." and 2;O,OO0 cw"
r.itn Saiif'-'
j Poaacaa Bemarkable Endurance and
Power to Travel.
One of the very first things that strike
the wanderer in the great expanses of
the southern hemisphere is the strength
and endurance of the horse, Though
to look at they are the sorriest scrags
I ever set eyes on, yet they appear to
be possessed of a power of getting over
the ground that is little short of mir
aculous and so astonishing in its per-,
sistence as to seem automatic.- A very
striking instance came under my no
tice only a few days after landing in
Cape Town in 1863. I was sitting one
Saturday afternoon on the stoop of
Park's Hotel, which occupied the cor-,
ner of Adderley and Strand . streets?
when a dust-covered horseman stopped
and dismounted. His horse was taken'
to the stables and In the course of con
versation In the bar I learned that he
was a member of a legislative assembly
for an up-country district There was
no railway communication with the In
terior in those days and be bad ridden
in from bis home at Colesberg In less
than six days, having started the pre
vious Monday.
. Now Colesberg Is more than 500 miles
from Cape Town and the country is
very rough going, much of it being sand
and other parts very mountainous. No
English-bred horse, . fed according to
English methods, could have accom
plished such a ride as this, more espe
cially when we consider the tempera
ture of the Cape Colony. 1 I went to
look at the animal on which the Journey
had-been performed and found It to be
a little roan schimmel barely fourteen
hands and apparently as fresh as paint
Another very remarkable ." ride that
came under my notice wr- performed
by a Boer who lived a-few, miles from
Graytown, In Natal. His wife ' was
taken ill and a particular medicine, not
to be obtained .in Graytown, was im
perative. So In the earl hoars of the
night he started for Maritzburg, fifty
five miles distant, through an extreme
ly hilly country and was back on his
farm in sixteen - hours. The remark
able thing In this ride was that this
Boer weighed over seventeen stone.
- In my own experience many instances
of the wonderful staying powers of Af
rican horses have occurred. " To men
tion one, in 1866, I had been appointed
honorable secretary of the first athletic
sports held In the Umboti country of
Natal. They were to be held in Gray
town on boxing day, .which fell on a
Monday. All preparations, etc., were
concluded early In December, when I
received an urgent request to go to the
Transvaal to look after a friend who
.was lying very ill in his Wagon with
no attendants but a couple of raw kaf
firs. I rode as bard as I. could and
found him among the kopjes of the
Drakensberg, between Ly den berg and
Wakkerstrom, very bad with fever,
which he had .contracted somewhere in
the low country to the northwest I
tended him for some, days until he was
clearly out-of danger and then suddenly
remembered that I had to be in Gray
town on Monday morning. I was then
sitting on. the wagon box drinking my
morning coffee at 6 o'clock Saturday
morning. Graytown was 220 'miles"
away, but I was at my post thore' at
10 a. m. and In addition took ' second
prize both In running and jumping com
petitions. African Life. -. . -
-Animal la Thrown and Held Down
While the Farrier Does His Work.
One of the necessary adjuncts of ev
ery military camp which counts cav-;
airy among its forces Is a force of far
riers. - Horseshoeing at the front, bow-'
ever, Is not performed as. it Is in the
well-stocked blacksmith shop. : The
cavalry horse requiring a shoe is seized
by two or three soldiers, promptly
dumped over on its side, and, while it
Is held down by a number of Tommies,
the army horseshoer goes to work and
has the charger shod before he could
eat a feed of oats. A small portable
bellows and forge enables the farrier to
travel about the lines and do his work
wherever wanted. Tho accompanying
illustration shows one of these army
horseshoers. putting shoes on an offi
cer's obstreperous mount In - South
Africa. .
Sprint on the Farm.
The sweet balmy breezes of springtime
are melting the last fall of snow.
And soon the bluebirds will be singing,
to cheer on the man with the hoe;
The gentleman with the lone gallus, who
down the corn-row slowly plods.
With a right-and-left whacking - and
. smashing, to bust up the newly
turned clods.
The ice has gone out of the streamlet,
and green leaves peep forth on the
trees; -
The worm-fence is patched up in places,
; and new "gums" are placed for the
bees; '
The spring hoase has been fumigated, and
bed clothes are aired on the line.
And the whole farm breathes out a warm
welcome for the coming of spring's
blessed time.
The colt is turned loose in the pasture,
painted over with rank kerosene;
The anvil rings out its wild clamor as
the "plow p'ints" are. made sharp
and keen;
The boys dig for bait in the barnyard,
for the creek water's muddy and
For spring is at hand, rousing up this old
land, and there's joy, Ufe and work
on the farm.
Not Wholly a Cal tmliy.
"There is hardly anything that can
happen to a man," Mr. Jones was say
ing, "that be cannot turn to some good
account if be will."
"I don't know about that," said Mr.
Brown. "How about that disabled
thumb of yours?"
"Ah. yes, that thumb!" rejoined Mr.
Jones. "It was crushed in an accident
You notice I can't bend It It's per
fectly stiff at the middle joint The
nail came off, of course. You observe
the hard, horny nail that grew in place
of the old one?"
"I see."
"Well, for the last three years I have
used that thumb-nail for a screw
driver." .
Their Voices. .
It is not, generally known that the.
intonation of the Prince of Wale's voice
Is exactly the same as the German Em
peror's, and a court official says that
one has only to close one's eyes
aglne the one or tho other giving
tions when either iu tr. . ,;:;v-
Ar tteiiS spes
iAtia of naea ne?
Texaa Stockman's Unique Contribution
to the Paria Exposition.
Unique among the exhibits at the
Paris Exposition will be the contribnJ
tion or a Texas stockman, j. M. DObie,
of Ramires, Live Oak County. His
curiosity Is the celebrated Dobie steer,
than Which there will be no exhibit
more remarkable and yet so character
istic of the Lone Star State. f
- The Dobie steer Is known through'
out South and West Texas. He is the
rough and graphic standard of meas
urement of the West Texas stockman.
"Big as the Dobie steer" is the hyper
bole they use when describing a pair
of horns. It Is a hyperbole, for travel
the wide plains over and another steer
with a pair of horns such as has fbe
Dobie steer cannot be found. He is
the last of the old tribe of monster
FAMQJ0& pplr
horned cattle of the plains that gave
to : Texas its additional nickname , of
"The Long Horn State."- The steer
measures 15 bands and weighs ': be
tween 1,600 and 1,700 pounds. His
enormous horns from point . to point
measure nine feet seven inches.. The
horns could easily be made to measure
over. 10 feet if taken off the steer,
steamed, and straightened. ' When, the
steer is standing in a natural position
on level ground the tip ends of his
horns' are fully six ' feet - above the
ground.'' ' - - . ' ?'rr?'.;'-.'l',.v
Time was, fifteen or less, years, ago,
when the long horns were tio curiosity
in Texas, but to-day there are few re
minders of the grand old herds ihat
have been so closely interwoven, with
the history of the State, . The steer In
Paris will excite the wonder and com
mand the admiration of all 'visitor to
the world'-s great show. ? : ;v
" i .' " .if'-i.
Bemark.able Story of the Insane Mon
arch and Hia First Love. vi
The following remarkable story is, re-
lated about the unhappy King Otto'of
Bavaria.- This last week he ate almost
nothing for some days, although his ap
petite is usually unnaturally good, "lie
gobbed, wailed and screamed ' uninter
ruptedly for hours, and even became at
times dangerous. One morning, bow
ever, his physician and a keeper cau
tiously pushed aside the heavy brocade
curtain which divides their .bedroom
from that of the poor monarch .-' and
found him with tears running down his
cheeks, gazing into a little silver case
which they had often seen in a drawer,
the key to which King Otto wore oh a
fine stee) chain round bis neck. .' :
As soon as the King perceived that
he was watched be turned round and
smiled so happily and naturally that
the doctor, surprised, stepped nearer.
Wearing the same joyful . expression
the King cried' out to him: "Countess
L. has passed a better night She is
now out of danger." He then carefully
locked up the little silver box, which
contained nothing but a few dried
strawberries, and spent' a very' quiet
day. He also enjoyed his dinner agalnV
This is the other part of the 'story.
In 1867 there was a merry 'picnic-. In, a
wood. Among the guests was the love
ly seventeen-year-old Countess I, with
whom the young Prince fell madly in
love at first sight He sat next' to her
at lunch, paid her the greatest . atten
tion, and then disappeared with her
into the wood. As the young people
did not return, and it was getting late,
the mother of the Countess became
anxious, and sent men servants out in
all directions. The culprits were found
with their bats full of strawberries,
which they were merrily eating.. The
next morning they were separated for
ever. ".
Prince Otto went with the King to
Munich, and the youthful Countess was
sent to the Convent of : Misericorde,
where she has remained up to this day.
During the few days throughout which
the King had shown such unfavorable
symptoms, the girl whom he had loved
in his youth was really lying danger
ously 111 In her cell. Somehow or other
how is not stated the Incurably in
sane monarch bad become aware of the
fact Berlin cable London News.
Orang-Outang vs. Burilar.'' I '
Some two years ago a retired officer
of the merchant service, living In the
Bue d'Alesla, Paris,-. JM. Duchesne,
brought home an orang-outang from
'"I, .finrfai""""'';;.? jfi full size
Its being
V ' n
call at M. Duchesne's apartment with
intent to burgle. Now as this illustri
ous character bad only been three days
at large after completing his ninth term
of imprisonment, be was naturally un
aware, that such a pet as Jbe orang
outang was. tolerated In these particu
lar rooms. Consequently, when the
burglar was suddenly pounced upon by
two hairy paws, he was somewhat sur
prised, and his- screams soon brought
help, with the result that M. Bargeve
was drawn out of the room by bis feet
in a very ignominious fashion. He was
taken to the infirmary, and it is report
ed that he has gone mad and now im
agines himself to have been chauged
Into an ape. London Post
Soap Bnbble Party.
Here is a Vassar soap bubble recipe
which you must learn If you are ever
going to have a soap bubble party.
Take some white castile soap and shave
it fine. Cover it with water and heat
until the soap melts.' Add a cupful of
glycerine for, every quart of water, and
soon you will "hav a heavy mixture
which reminds you of soap bubbles. At
Vassar We used to take the gas pipe,
such as you may Use on gas lamps, oil
stoves and the like. This pipe we would
attach to the gas, and one of us would
bold up the end of the pipe while the
other poured in the soap bubble mix
ture. We had made the soap bubble
mixture and the' gas blew the bubbles,
instantly great air castles would form
and would come spouting out of the end
of that pipe as though by magic Such
big bubbles never were blown before,
nor so fasti They, would come out of
the pipe, at the rate of ten a second,
and the room would be filled with bub
bles in a minute. : It seemed as though
each bubble was as big as a foot tub
and as light as a feather. We played
battledore and shuttlecock with them,
and had to bat them with sheets which
we held taut so that the bubbles could
bound on them.
iA. " ; - Curing a Cold. ?
Mr. Blifkins had a cold, "
It settled in his head.
-; "Always hits the weakest spot"
i Funny friends all said.
Mr. Blifkins coughed and wheezed,
Shivered, sneezed, and shook,
' Listened to his friends' advice
. f his is what he took:
Box of anti-kamnia,
. . ; Douched his nose with brine.
Mustard plaster on his chest
' Camphor balls,
Quinine, -Bottle
Dr. Killem's Cure,
Onion stew.
Some squills,
. Hoarhound tablets,'
'; : An ti-febrine pills, ' ...
Porous plaster on his hack.
Spirits f rumen ti.
Menthol inhalation tube, .
, .. Rock and rye.
Bottle of cough syrup,
; TWhisky just a sip,
Mutton tallow on his neck
.-' Box of anti-grip,
, Vapor bath. .
- Electric shocks,
, . Brandy, .
Cure for croup.
Emulsion of cod liver oil,
' - Ughi
Some strong beef soup. " .'"-!'
Every remedy they urged
Mr. Blifkins tried;
Now they say they cured the cold,
. But Mr. Blifkins died.
-Baltimore American.
' Little Willie and Sister Grace.
They cut pa's trousers down for me; 1
don't get nothin' new;
I have to wear his old coats out his old
suspenders, tool
His hats and shoes don't fit me, but 1
: s'pose they will some day.
And then they'll come, to me instead of
-bein' thrown awayi
My sister Grace is twenty-two
And she can sing and play.
And what she wears is always new
Not stuff that's thrown awayi
She puts on style, I tell you what!
She dresses ont -of sight;
She's proud and haughty and she's got
A beau most every night
I never get new things to wear; I'm just
a boy, you see.
And any old thing's good enough to doc-
' toiv np for mei
Most everything that I've got on one day
' belonged td pa
When sister's J through, with her fine
things she 'bands 'em up to ma I
Chicago Tiroesj-Herald.
Thopo wniil lhA no ohlootinna to a
man riding Jr lobby if he would only
i.-'v TMVin' oortunltv to eet out
Three Towns in Indiana Connected by
Using Ordinary Fence Wires.
One of the most novel telephone sys
tems in the world is the "barb-wire"
line, which connects the Indiana towns
of Anderson, Pendleton and Ingalls. It
is fifteen miles in length. Its inventor,
builder and sole owner, Casslus Alley
of Pendleton, now has six subscribers
at $50 a year each. The time is not far
distance when there will be tenfold this
number. One clothing company at An
derson, with branch stores at Pendle
ton, and the Wagner glass works, with
offices at Anderson and factory at, In
galls are using this barb-wire system in
their business affairs exclusively. They
use the line frequently.. -,They can con
vert It into a private line by plugs so
arranged that when one party Is using
the line he can cut out all others ex
cept In Mr Alley's residence, which is
used as a central station. Ordinary
phones are used with no special
strength of battery and there is very
little trouble with the lines.
In constructing the line, Mr. Alley
used the top strand of the barb-wire
fence.of th Big Four railroad, making
the connections with the offices of his
subscribers with ordinary telephone
wire. . In some instances where the
posts had rotted it was necessary to
paint the wire and posts with rubber
paint to Insulate the wire. This Is fairly
satisfactory and puts the line in shape
to be tised as well in wet weather as at
any other time. The Inventor expects
to put in a newly invented form of glass
Insulator, which is very cheap and the
only one yet' found that can be used on
afence wire line.
On this line, wagon roads are crossed
thirty-seven times and railroads six
times. At these crossings the line is
either carried through 'a gas-pipe con
duit, with Insulated wire or by building
bridges, which is done by merely nail
ing a piece- of timber fifteen feet long
to the last fence post and extending
high enough to allow clearance for traf
flc The whole line of fifteen miles was
built at a cost of about $100, and the
outfit for each house, consisting of re
ceiver, transmitter, battery, call, etc.,
costs not over $10. The magnet bell
call is used.
This barb-wire line is connected with
the , Independent long-distance tele
tance telephone line at Ingalls, and in
this way Indianapolis and Greenfield
may be reached by the users of Mr.
Alley's system.
The line has been in operation since
December and has not been out of or
der except for a few hours, when a
fast train on the railroad struck a cow,
threw her body against a fence and
broke the wire. A telephone communi
cation, by this simple method, is placed
within the reach of every community.
Farmers who do hot have regular tele
phone outfits and wires leading to their
residences are supplied with a small
Instrument at a very small cost This
little contrivance is so arranged that it
can be attached to the main barb wire
at any point and thus the farmer is
enabled to call up his city merchant or
broker, or lawyer just as well as if he
had the ordinary telephone equipment
Prison Guard Was Interested in a Mov
ing; Grass Plot.
Green Casey, a convict at San Quen
tin, has won the admiration of all his
fellow convicts at the prison for the
novel contrivance he has invented in
order to make his escape from the pris
on walls some time ago, and through
Sheriff Langdon of Santa Clara County
the story has leaked out
Casey was a kind of trusty around
the prison grounds, and while working
in one of the grounds In the vicinity of
the prison he took it into his head that
he would like to escape, and was be
ginning to tax his mind as to the most
advantageous way to suit his purpose.
As he was strolling around on the green
grass which grows in abundance around
the prison an idea struck him that if
he could Imitate the grass by some
means he could elude the watchful sen
tries and make good his escape.
Through the aid of his convict friends
he procured some pieces of burlap, and
with the aid of some rope made them
Into a long coat that would cover him
completely when lying on the grass.
He then secured some wheat from the
prison stable and sowed it on the first
layer of his coat. He cast it down
carelessly at on end of the prison
grounds, and watered it dally. In a
few weeks the grass grew up through
" ' " . fW9 t V
He was now ready to carry out his
plans, and patiently waited an oppor
tunity. At last he succeeded In getting
his new contrivance across to the north
west of the prison, and in a few min
utes was under his grassy coat
Slowly he crept along with the clever
ness of a worm, and from all appear
ances success would crown his efforts.
But his progress was too rapid and
very soon he heard footsteps coming
in nis direction. The moving grass plot
which was slowly making Its way up
the hillside soon came to a sudden
standstill as the eye of a guard had no
ticed the grass moving and came to in
vestigate the phenomenon. A kick In
the ribs apprised Casey that his plan
had been discovered. The guard took
Casey and a red shirt now covers his
breast San Francisco CalL
A Contempt for Danser and Coolness In
Time of Peril.
. An elderly man and one much young
er than he were walking along Fifth
avenue a few days ago, moving In the
direction of the- depot'! As they pro
ceeded they conversed on' the one topic
which Is now uppermost The younger
man had spoken of the dangers of war
And said be thought that few of the
enthusiastic recruits who were now
spoiling for a fight understood wbat it
was to be actually face to face with
"Well," said the old gentleman with
a deal of feeling manifested In his face,
"I don't know about that I am getting
along toward .the close of life, of course,
and perhaps I may view it differently,
being n -it orally expectant of dying be
fore long. -.But. as a fact when I sit
down to think It over, death does not
seem such an awful thing after aIL It
Is a mere episode. We have to face It
some time why not once as well as an
other occasions? If people could only
bring themselves to look upon these
things in a proper light they would find
that danger loses its power for ill and
that peril need not make one afraid.
What are these big guns which shoot
destruction In time of war, - slaying
their thousands and their tens of thou
sands? .Mere cylinders of steel and not
to be dreaded. The thing is to teach
one's self not to be afraid. You can
acquire a contempt for danger just as
you can acquire a hyiguage or a knowl
edge of astronomy. It is all training.
I myself "
At this very Instant his glance fell
upon the white surface of the pavement
where be was about to set his foot He
seemed to stop in the middle of the mo
tion, and leaped sidewlse, crying in an
agonized voice:
"Look out! He'll strike you, and if
be does you're gonel Heavens above!
How did the reptile get upon a city
pavement? Get out of my way!" He
pushed over two women and x three
men in getting away from the fatal
spot and climbed upon a flight of steps
to watch while directing that some
body kill it
"Kill what?" Inquired a gruff man.
Who had been partially telescoped.
"Blacksnake! Venomous kind! Must
have got here In a bunch of bananas
or something from South Water street
and "
"Blacksnake nothing, you old cata
pult You want to get a new pair of
glasses. That's nothing but a little
crooked line of melted tar that leaked
out of the' street-repairers' kettle. Tame
yourself and try not to get scared so
easily as to break up the peace of the
whole public with your elbows."
1 The old gentleman went away very
quietly and did not look for bis younger
friend to resume his lecture upon self
taught courage. Chicago Record.
Artificial Willow.
One of the curiosities at Chatsworth,
the Duke of Devonshire's place, is a
weeping willow made of copper, and so
dexterously fashioned that at a dis
tance it resembles a real tree. It IS
actually a shower bath, for by pressing
a- secret tap, a tiny spray of water
can be made to burst from every
branch and twig of the tree, to the dis
comfort of any who may be under it
They Reward Domestics. '
When a German servant girl reaches
her fortieth year in the employ of one
family she is presented with a golden
cross by Empress Augusta Victoria.
Last year 144 of these crosses were dis
tributed, only one of which went to a
resident of Berlin.
wlbUitiM in. the !
-athera ' r
"Mrs. Bunk says she feels as free as
a bird In her rainy-day klrt." "Well,
she looks like a jay." Chicago Record. -
Barber How would you like to bave
your hair cut? 'Customer First rate.
Didn't I just tell you tbut I wauted it
JUt? Harlem Life.
He Awfully funny thing happened
-O me the other day. I was best man
:o my own grandfather. She Really?
How funny! Hadn't he ever been mar
ried before? Punch.
King Arthur was moved to tears.
"Sir Galahad." he soblwd. "is dead."
"Say not so." exclaimed the court-Jester;
"say, rather, lie Is enjoying a good
knight's rest" Philadelphia Press.
Hibernian (newly landed) Phwot In
the wurruld do the bell be put on the
crow for? Jersey Farmer To kep ber
from gettin' lost Hibernian But sup
pose she do be deef, phwot thin?"
Mrs. Jones (rendinc) One Filipino
got shot through the head, heart, lungs,
and stomach, and still recovered. Mr. .
Jones B-r-r-1 It's a thankless Job try-
i Ing to civilize such a people as that
j Judge.
I Loves his fellow men: Switcher
I The new superintendent of the trolley
road Is a very humane man. Ringer
Is he? Switcher Yes; he says he will
1 run an ambulance behind every car.
Bazar. . ,
Citizen See here, I'll give you a
dime, but I believe you asked me for
money only yesterday. Why don't you
learn some good business? Able-boded
Beggar I have learned one, sir; I'm
i retoucher. Life.
Wifely constancy: "I have been mar
Med for fifteen years, and my wifs
never falls to meet me at the door."
'Wonderful!" "Yes. she's afraid I
might go in without wiping my feet"
Chicago Times-Herald.
Guzzler Have a drink? Bjones (who"
s going slow) No. thanks; I've Just
aad a swallow. Guzzler But one
swallow doesn't make a summer.
Bjones But It sometimes means an
sarly fall. Philadelphia Record. -
We have all met him: "Wbat sort of
i fellow Is Bobbers In a social way?"
'Oh, be Is one of those Idiots who
would say 'sweets to the sweet' when
be was passing the pickles to a lady of
uncertain age." Indianapolis Press.
Judge Do you accuse- this man of
:aklng your property? Band-leader
STah! He dake mine mooslc-roll ven I
ook away. Judge Took you by sur
prise, eh? Band-leader Yah! He
tteal a march on me. Chicago News.
Gladys (sighing) Papa Is so eccen-
xlc! Madeline How so? Gladys He
leard me telling mamma that Prof,
ieeze, my music teacher, had an ex
luislte touch, and he discharged the"
The process of profit: "And are yoa
;oing to pay your money to see that
play which is being denounced as lm
noral?" "Certainly. 1 think immoral
plays ought to be denounced. And as
i fair-minded person, I feel that I have
10 right to denounce It until after I
lave seen It" Washington Star.
HTti. .i.. la Ista, ,n!it. oT,n
laid, as soon as she got borne. "Oh, (
hat ninfl" Yh tlist nnif If von mnat
alk like a brute, and I want you to
idvertise for him." And this Is the ad-"
rertlsemeht as it appearea: -lost a.
lausage-shaped yellow dog, answering,
n-hen hungry, to the name of 'Baby.' A
reward will be paid for bis return to
t? Rlanlr ctrect dpfld or alive." House
hold Words.
The real thing: Johnny (who Is jeal
)us of mamma) Mamma likes me bet.
xr than she does you! Evelyn (who
..in., taantntri Whv. ii n Jnhnnv! nf
wurse she loves Betty and me bestl
lust think, she was our mother 'ong
efore she was yours! Johnny (scorn
!ully) Hoh, what of that? Vou are
lothing but a sample copy, anyhow!
i.nd Betty's only a trial subscription!
But I am the real thing! Life.
unr.li vt fntlmr a c L'w! H r rnn
think you "ould support a family?"
My dear sir," the young man replied,
I have made It a practice in life never
to cross a bridge until 1 come to it"
Oh, you have, have you? Weil, I
(cant you to understand mat tne Driage
I refer to Is right In front of you. I'm
looking for a son-in-law who will make
t unnecessary for me to care whether
I get to the office on time or not"
.alH Mrs. Wlllklno. "did tha
ili UJJ, -
iamb chops and beefsteak I ordered for
Dreakfast come all right?" "Yes,
ma'am," the girl replied "And did the
Dpy fill-that order for sausage that I
gave yesterday?" "Yes. ma'am." "We .
save bam and eggs in the house, too.
aaven't we?" "Yes. ma'am. "And
oacon?". "Yes. ma'am." "Let me see.
res, Mr. Wiliklns will sigh for a good
ld-fashioned mess of mackerel to-morrow
morning. That's the only thing I -jouldn't
think of." Chicago Times-
Soda Water to Appease Hunger.
Soda water Is now prescribed as a
palliative for hunger, especially for the
abnormal hunger produced by disease,
rhe seat of hunger is found in the Solar
plexus. By the use of water charged
with carbonic acid gas the branches of
the solar plexus distributed through the
mucous membrane of the stomach are
Influenced In such a way that the ab
normal irritation of the plexus, which
Is the foundation for the ravenous hun
ger often present in diabetes and cer
tain forms of indigestion, may be great
ly mitigated, If not wholly appeased.
Depths of the Ocean.
The depth of the Atlantic Ocean be
rween the Canary Islands and the West
Indies Is something awful to contem
plate. A pretty level bottom runs right
iway from the African Islands to the
American ones, gradually deepening to
learly 19,000 feet At this spot the
Highest mountain in the Alps might be
junk, and still there would be nearly a
half mile of sea water above it
Spider Silk. '
Apropos of the new spider silk, a
Philadelphia manufacturer has dis
covered In an old book on color, dated
1814, an account of attempt to promote
iplder silk culture, which failed be
cause the spiders, when brought to
gether, fought to the death down to
the lost survivor.
For Making Felt.
The rabbit pest in thos
ret become a source '
'sx Is cf vsiire fof .