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PACIFIC COAST NEWS
Commercial end Flnanelal Happening!
or luUrtit to toe Orowlug
Tm? h Heinitzi, the alleged coai
U3 "silter," is loloJ In the coun
ty jail, at Olypmia, in default of
$1,000 bail. Ilia trial will occur at
the November term of court. The pen
alty for the offense with which he ia
charged is a fine of &0 to $5,000 and
imprisonment from oue to live years,
lloiuitzl protests his innocence of salt
inif the mine in the most vigorous
terms. On the strength of the show
ing made at the '-salted" mine at Bu
coda, a cororation was organized and
considerable money put up.
Georgo Vincent, of Butter Creek,
Or., tells the lieppner Times that he
purchased 63 head of beef cattle which
had been raised ou Camas prairie, but
wore in very good condition. He
turned them into a field of green alfalfa
and after 27 days they had increased in
weight on an average of 41 pounds
per head. No other kind of grass on
earth would produce such a result, and
Mr. Vincent says alfalfa grass has as
much nutrition as corn.
The Olympia Olypmian says that
Secretary of State Jenkins, who was
asked to pardon Eno lily, now under 20
years' sentence for murder, would hivo
granted the pardon had he been con
vinced that Lieutenant-Governor Dan
iels was out of the state. Jenkins, as
a memebr of the state board of pardons,
recommended the pardon of Bly, which
was refused by Governor Rogers.
About 25 settlers are affected by the
actfbn of the Northern Pacific Railway
Company in placing lieu land scrip on
the eveu-nitmbered sections in town
ship 14, 5 west, in Washington. Some
of thene settlers have been holding
down their claims for eight years,
waiting for the government to survey
the land and open it for settlement.
It is probably they will unite and fight
The sensational suit brought by Ro
bert and Maria Chatham in the San
Mateo county superior court, at Red
wood CitT. Cal.. to secure acknowledg
ment of the claim to be considered
children of the late capitalist, Robert
Mills, ended with a verdict in their
favor. They are now entitled to share
in the division of his $300,000 estate.
Considerable excitement exists at
Woodburn, Or., over the report of sev
eral cases of smallpox at Shaw, on the
Woodburn-Natron branch of the South
ern Pacific. E. L. Campbell, postal
clerk, reports four cases and many ex
posures. Strenuous efforts are being
made with postal authorities to quaran
tine against the mails at Shaw.
The boys at the Washington reform
school are making 100 suits of clothing
for the inmates of the Steilacoom asy
lum. A quartet from the school is to
go to Orting to help furnish music on
the occasion of the laying of a corner
stone for a new building at the Sol
diers' Home early next month.
Wesley Schulta was convicted in the
suixfiior court at Chehalis, Wash., of
stealing a cow near Little Falls, at
hop-picking time. He butchered the
animal, putting the meat on sale at
Patterson's hopyard. He has already
served a term in the Walla Walla peni
tentiary for cattle stoaling.
J. M. Clapp, United States engineer,
has a force of a dozen men at work
widening the channel through the big
jam in North river, Wash. From $600
to $1,000 will be expended. It is pro
posed to make a channel at least 50 feet
Dallas, Or., now uses 12 2,000-can-die
power street lamps until midnight,
for which it pays $7.50 per mouth each.
A proposition for continuing the lights
all night has been asked for, and, if
satisfactory, the council will order the
The sale of the Sutro electric road at
San Francisco, was formally consum
mated after some spirited bidding in
Judge Coffey's court, the purchaser be
ing the Sutro Street Railway Company
and the price to be paid $215,000.
Beef cattle are becoming scarce in
the Long Creek country, in Oregon, the
ranges having been pretty well cleaned
up by buyers. Three hundred fine beef
steers were sent to market from the
Prairie City section last week.
In the Powder river valley, Wash.,
considerable damage was done by last
week's snow. Some of the grain was
found uncut and the snow beat it down.
Late potatoes and fruit .were also in
jured. ' ' ,
The Davenport, Wash., Times says
500,000 sacks have been sold to wheat
raisers in that county. Every ware
house is full and still grain ia coming
Twelve inches of snow covere the
ground at Long Creek, Grant county,
Or., recently, but it disappeared the
next day after it fell.
Dan Davis, of Guy, Whitman county,
Wash., is serving a sentence in the
county jail, with a $250 fine, for run
ning a "blind pig."
The wagon road between Susanville j
nd Pendleton, Or., is being consider
ably improved, Pendleton merchants
having subscribed liberally to paying
The Whatcom, Wash., Blade, gives
the figures of improvements in that city
the past year amounting to more than
Menlo cteamery, at South Bend,
Wash., won first prize for cheese and
second on butter at the state fair.
I TRANSPORTATION INADEQUATE.
Rates Am MoTiiig Vp and Have Bearing
on E i port Trad.
Bradstreet's says: More nearly, per
haps, than ever before, does the volume
of general trade and industry tax exist
ing transportation facilities handling
the same. From nearly all parts of the
country, but particularly from the
West and South, come reports of car
scarcity. Some of this congestion
seems to be the result of a diversion of
traffic ordinarily carried on by water
routes to already crowded railroads.
The inability of present transportation
facilities to coi with the existing situ
ation is, however, not confined to do
mestic trade lines. From both coasts
of this country come reports of insuf
ficient tonnage offering to handle goods
seeking a foreign outlet, and freight
rates are considerably higher than they
were a year or more ago. This latter
feature, in fact, ie one which may have
important effects uin our foreign trade
durum the balance of the year,
With few notable exceptions prices
continue strong. A number of lines
hnv advanced nnotations. while the
great body of staple articlos manifest
all their old firmness. Some weakness
in wheat prices is directly traceable to
higher freight rates because of the
partial closing of the door to relief
from growing domestic- stocks.
Raw wool is tinner and even higher
on better demand at the East, some
heavy speculative transactions being
rejorted, , ,
The strength of lumber is apparently
Business failures for the week num
ber 221, as compared with 164 last
week, 213 in this week a year ago, 225
in 1897, 202 in 1806, and 259 in 1895.
Business failures in the Dominion of
Canada for the week number 20, as
compared with 19 last week, 24 in this
week a year ago, 27 in 1897, 48 in
1896, and 36 in 1895.
PACIFIC COAST TRADE.
TONS OF WASTE PAPEK
BRITISH WASTE BASKET GETS
OVER 3,600 TONS A YEAR.
Hoqniam, Wash., has an indebted
ness of but $2,200, and over $3,000 due
in delinquent taxes.
A score of the fast horses of Eastern
Oregon attended the races at Prairie
City last week.
A woman has opened an office at
Pupmter, Or., for real estate and min
Anaeortes, Wash., is to have a new
bank, of which W. T. Oden will be
Onions, new, $1.00(31.25 per sack.
Potatoes, new, $16 18.
Beets, per sack, $1.10.
Turnips, per sack, 75o.
Carrots, per sack, 90o.
Parsnips, per sack, 90c.
Cauliflower, 75o per dozen.
Cabbage, native and California, $1
1.25 per 100 pounds.
Apples, $1.25 1.50 per box.
Pears, $1.00 1.25 per box.
Prunes, 60o per box.
Butter Creamery, 28o per pound;
dairy, 1722cj ranch, 20c per pound.
Eggs 27 28c.
Cheese Native, 1814o.
Poultry 12 Kc; dressed, 13c.
Hay Puget Sound timothy, $13.00;
choice Eastern Washington timothy,
Corn Whole, $23.00; cracked, fza;
feed meal, $23.
Burley Rolled or ground, per ton,
$21; whole, $22.
Flour Patent, per barrel, $3.65;
blended straights, $3.25; California,
$3.25; buckwheat flour, $3.50; gra
ham, per barrel, $3.90; whole wheat
flour, 3.00; rye flour, $3.75.
Millstuffs -Bran, per ton, $15.00;
shorts, per ton, $16.00.
Feed Chopped feed, $20.50 per ton;
middlings, per ton, $22; oil cake meal,
per ton, $35.00. ,
Wheat Walla Walla, 5657o; Val
!y, 68; Bluestem, 59o per bushel.
Vleur Best grades, $3.25; graham,
$i.65; superfine, $2.15 per barrel.
Oats Choice white, 34 35c; choice
gray, 8283o per bushel.
Barley Feed barley, $151B.UU;
brewing, $18.5019.00 per ton.
Millstuffs Bran, $17 per ton; mid
dlings, $22; shorts, $18; chop, $16 per
Iliy Timothy, $911; clover, $7
8; Oregon wild hay, $67 per ton.
Bmtor Fancy creamery, 50 55c;
seconds, 445c; dairy,. 87i40c;
Eggs 22 23 e per dozen.
Cheese Oregon full cream, 13c;
Young America, 14c; new cheese 10c
Poultry Chickens, mixed, $3.00
4.00 per dozen; hens, $4.50; springs,
$2.003.50; geese, $5.606 for old;
$4.606.50 for young; ducks, $4.50
per dozen; turkeys, live, 12)g14o
Potatoes 55C5oper sack; sweets,
8 2 per pound.
Vegetables Beets, $1; turnips, 90c;
per sack; garlic, 7o per pound; cauli
flower, 75o per dozen; parsnips, $1;
beans, 56o per pound; celery, 70
75o per dozen; cucumbers, 50o per
box; peas, 84oper pound; tomatoes,
80o per box; green corn, 12
15o per dozen.
Hops 7 10c; 1898 crop, 56o.
Wool Valley, 1218o per pound;
Eastern Oregon, 8 14c; mohair, 27
80o per pound.
Mutton Gross, best sheep, wethers
and ewes, Z4c; dressed mutton, t
1e per pound; lambs, 7 o pe pound.
Hogs Gross, choice heavy, $5.00;
light and feeders, $4.60; dressed,
$6.006.50 per 100 pounds.
Beef Gross, top Bteers, $3.50 4.00;
cows, $3 3.50; dressed beef, 6i
7 Ma per pound.
Veal Large, 6s74'c; small, 8
8tjO per pound.
Ban Franoiaco Market.
Wool Spring Nevada, 1214o per
pound; Eastern Oregon, 12 15c; Val
ley, 17 19c; Northern, 8 10c.
Hops 1899 crop, 9 12 pet
Onions Yellow, 7585o per sack.
Butter1 Fancy creamery 8031o;
jo Beconds, 27 29c; fancy dairy, 24
26c; do seconds, 2123o per pound.
Eggs Store, 25 83c; fancy ranch,
Millstuffs Middlings, $19.00 i
20.50; nran, $16.50 17.50.
Hay Wheat $7. 50 10; wheat and
oat $6.009.00; best barley $5.00
7.00; alfalfa, $5.00 7.00 per tM.
straw, 2540o per bale.
Potatoes Early Rose, 40 50c; Or
gonBurbanks, $1.25 1.50; river But
banks. 50 75c; Salinas Burbankr.
90cf 1.10 per sack.
Citrus Fruit Oranges, Valencia
$3.753.25; Mexican limes, $4.00
5.00; California lemons 7 5c (S $1.60,
do choice $1.752.00 per box.
Tropical' Fruits Bananas, $1,500
8.50 per bunch; pineapples, nom
inal; Persian dates, 6 60 per
What Ia Done, with the Enormous
Amount of Correepondence thnt
Comes to the British Government
Cfllce-len to Twenty Tone a Da.
There. ! a waste-paper department
In connection with the British Govern
ment offices In Loudon, and a glance at
the illustrations herewith will afford
an Idea of the enormous amount of cor
respondence and clerical work with
which the various offices of her Majes
ty's administration have to deal.
Previous to the year 1852 the waste
naner of the Government offices was an
unrecognized perquisite of office-keep
ers and messengers, wita tue naiurai
rniilt that no small quantity of good
stationery was thrown away, and In
gome cases large amounts of public
nr.neitv were systematically mlsappro-
u,t.M Knt miiv was this the case, but
nniwrs of an liunortant and confidential
character found their way Into the
liatiHa tt nil t alders, sometimes with
verv unnleasant consequences.
On one occasion a pound of butter
rnme home from the grocers wrapped
in a document which revealed to the
purchaser a proceeding on the part of
relative which effectually destroyed
the harmony of the home, and ended In
. rntin between huBband and
wiffl. In another case a man found
nnrt of a deed that he bad executed
some years before forming the head of
his child's drum.
Repeated instances of the evils of the
existing system for the disposal of
waste paper led to a Treasury minute
In 1852, directing that all surplus and
waste stationery should be collected
and delivered to the controller of her
Majesty's stationery office. Arrange
ments were then made to reduce the
naner to pulp In the United Kingdom,
with the unfortunate result that some
.into documents of much importance
which had been sold to dealers in
America had to be brought back at
ereat cost After this the paper was
sent to Coldbath Fields prison, where
It was sorted and torn up small before
belug sold to dealers. But It was soon
found that there were grave objection
to lettlnir the prisoners have me nan
dllng of state papers, and In 1885 the
plan was finally abndoned. Premises
were then secured In Earl street, West
minster, a large staff of sorters employ
ed, and the whole of the Government
wnste Dnner dealt with under the eye
of officials from the stationery office,
A writer In the HartnswoTth Maga-
sine has been compiling some statistics
of the quantities of waste paper with
which these officials have to deal, and
thev are disposed ot. Surround
lug a large yard, to which a succession
TWO TYPES OP SADDLE MORSES.
DEFECTS AM0KG MEN.
VERY FEW SHOW PERFECT PHYS
him each time too hot to be held. Re
tng that the creature was likely to es
cape, I set my foot upon htm again and
made a finish of him.
Uneven Arms, Bhoulders, Hips nod
Lens Are Probably Moat Nnmeroue
Tailors, la Making Clothing:, In
dravor to Cover Up These Hlemlehes.
The Missouri stallion
horse show in 1S0S.
Thornton Star, winner of the first prize at the St Louis
The Kentucky gelding Frenchman, winner of the cup given by the National
Saddle-Horse Breeders' Association for the champion saddler, at Lexington, la
to Cairo, thus realizing though not in
a vrv nractlcnl manner Mr. Oecll
Rhodes' magnificent plan for a trans
African telegraph line.
OJfl.T OSB BAT'S WASTB.
of vans bring loads of waste material
every hour, are to be seen spacious
warehouses and sorting-rooms, where
a large staff of workers are busily em
nloved. At one corner stands a disused
chapel, which on the occasion of our
Visit we found crammed to the celling
with fifty tons of waste paper. Hither
come 3.500 tons every year, the average
day's receipts varying from ten to
twenty tons. The contents of the waste
paper basket for one year would out
welch forty-three eighty-one-ton guns.
One day's accumulation Is no small
ouantity. as may be seen from the Illus
tration, especially when it Is borne in
mind that the paper is packed as tight
ly as possible Into the sacks. Vasit as
the present quantity is, it is sxeauuy
increasing at the rate of eighty tons
The paper received Is of the most mis
cellaneous chnracter, consisting of old
letters, State documents, printed mat
ter, old account-books, and the like, ty
far the larger quantity coming from
the general postofflce. On receipt it la
at once handed over to the sorters, who
THE WASTE OF ONE WRKK
B4T mtlM of waste telegraph Morse Instra-
toeut paper ere couuuueu iu mew
classify it under twelve heads, and
pack It separately In large sacks. String
and miscellaneous debris are- thrown
on counters covered with coarse wire
sieves, by which means the dirt Is got
Confidential documents receive care
ful and effectual treatment They are
taken by the officials to the cutting ma
chine, where they are thoroughly sliced
up. When papers of an especially se
cret character are dealt with the mid
dle section of each pile is. taken out and
placed in a separate receptacle from
the rest. The cut fragments are then
placed in sealed sacks, and are con
veyed In charge of an officer to a paper
mill, the locality of w hich Is kept se
cret, and are there reduced to pulp un
der his eye.
In the case of ledgers and otber ac
count books, it Is deemed sufficient to
slice off the tops of the pages. The rest
finds its way to the butter-factors, and
so even in its last stage ia made to
serve a useful purpose. No less than
two and a half tons of these ledgers
are received at the waste-paper office
Another section of the waste-paper
denartment contains the used ribbon
from Morse telegraphic instruments,
This pours in at the rate of fifteen hun
dred weight per week, measuring ap
proximately 947 miles. In five weeks
the quantity received is sufficient to
form a continuous line from the Oap
BOY OF QUEER SIGHT.
Mlaaonrl Lad Who Can Bee Onlr When
In Utter Darkneas.
Physicians in Columbia, Mo., are
much interested in the case of Stanley
Shaefer. 8 years old, who lives with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Shaefer, in
Columbia. The child Is aulicteu witu
a most remarkable optical deformity.
lie can see as well in total darkness as
a person with natural sight can see in
the light of day. He can wain mio a
dark room and find in a moment a pin
or only other tiny object Night is day
for him, and day is night ror in me
hours of daylight he is blind. Ills dis
position and desires are largely influ
enced by his optical deformity. At
night he is restless and full of life. In
the day time he is more inciiuea to
His parents have some difficulty in
restraining his desire to play and romp
about during the hours of darkness. It
is difficult for them to find safe amuse
ment for him at midnight All his little
playmates are in bed, and the boy can
derive but small pleasure in his loneli
ness. But at times he evades his par
ents and takes a lonely midnight ram
ble. He has been heard romping about
the neighborhood of his home In the
middle of the darkest nights wltn only
a doe for a companion. Little Shaefer
is a faithful student, and well aa
vanced in his books. His teacher, how
is obliired to resort to unusual
measures In Instructing him.
Durina the daytime the child Is often
seen in the vicinity of his home, usual
Iv with a companion to guide him. At
such times the eyes of tne cnuid are
usually half closed. He gropes about
like a blind person, and stumbles over
the rough places unless guided by a
faithful hand. When his friends greet
him h knows them only by their
When he concludes to read a while
in the daytime, his proceedings are
peculiar. After securing his book, the
boy goes to h closet and takes from a
hook a most remarkable contrivance,
It is almost as large as the child him
self long, black, and in the shape of
a funnel. Little Schaefer carries the
with unfavorable results. The fact
that the eyes of the patient Blnce birth
have been In their present condition
makes the case all the more difficult
He was simply born with the sense of
sight so far as light and darkness are
concenAd, completely reversed. If a
cure is effected and his sight brought
Into normal condition, it will be one of
the most remnrkablo scientific achieve
ments of recent years.
NOAH AND THE FLOOD.
stranee device to tne piace oesireu.
puts it down with point upward, crawls j
under it and reads, me design ana
purpose of the unique contrivance is.
of course, to exclude tlie llgut.
The child has been treated by many
physicians and skilled oculists, but to
no avail Many kinds of glasses and
spectacles have been tried, but always
Deluge Deacrlbed as Necesiary
to Prevent Overpopulation.
The building of the ark proves thnt
the family of Noah must have pos
sessed and transmitted a large Inherit
ance of knowledge and skill In arts
that were common to men before the
flood. The magnitude and seaworthi
ness of that great specimen of ante
diluvian marine architecture not less
than 000 feet In length and 100 In
brendth, and with its three decks, at
least sixty feet in depth is a conclus
ive testimony to a proficiency in the
arts such as we should expect from
the immense advantage at which mcu
worked who had hundreds of years In
which to accumulate skill, experience
and methods, instead of dropping their
life work as soon as well begun, like
the artisans and engineers of the pres
ent day. ,
With lives ten times as long and vig
orous as ours, how long would It have
taken the antediluvians to fill up the
eastern hemisphere, or both hemis
pheres ? Allowing them the 1,630 years
of Moses' chronology for a maximum,
we shall stand aghast at our own fig
ures If we take the smallest conjec-
turable ratio of Increase in computing
the population engulfed by the deluge.
At only three times the postdiluvian
ratio, or 4.5 per century, the popula
tion would have passed the present
number of mankind in a little more
than twelve centuries; and when that
great day of destruction came, the
flood would have found as its incon
ceivable prey a population four hun
dred times as large as the earth now
Although the antediluvian patri
archs, with their average lifetime of
nine centuries, be assumed to corre
spond to our prt;ent '.'oldest inhabit
ants," who may average at most nine
decades, we must still infer that the
general average of human life was, In
like manner, ten times as long by na
ture before the flood as now. Of Itself,
this lengthened term must have sev
eral times multiplied the present ratio
of Increase in population. The much
greater proportion of persons who lived
to become parents, with the lengthen
ed term of parentage in the Individual,
must have still further multiplied th
ratio of increase.
After making all possible allowances,
or even supposing no greater ratio of
Increase hi the worst of the antedilu
vian centuries thati has prevailed since,
we are compelled to accept the Mosaic
chronology as the longest that the lim
its of probability and of the capacity
of the eastern hemisphere will bear.
And not only so, but the deluge Itself
becomes another logical necessity.
That utter destruction of all the fami
lies of the earth save one was the only
alternative to an overcrowding of the
earth. Salvation, organ of the con
A man can be measured to tho best
advantage, tailors say, away from a
glass. Standlug before a mirror be is
almost certain to throw out his chest, if
he does not hnbltuully carry it so, and
take an attitude that he would like to
have rather than the one ho commonly
holds; whereas tho tailor wants him.
as tho portrait painter wants his sub
ject, lu his natural pose and manner.
With the man in that attitude the tailor
can bring bis art to bear-lf that Is re
quiredin the overcoming of any phys
ical defect and produce clotnes inui
will give the best attainable effect upon
the figure as they will be actually
The physical defect most common in
man Is unevenuess of the shoulders.
One shoulder is higher than the other,
and this is n defect often encountered,
though the difference in the height may
liot be so great as to be noticeable, ex
cept by one accustomed to taking note
in such tilings. This Is a defect that
Is easily overcome by the tailor, when
It exists in a comparatively moderate
degree. It is done sometimes simply
by cutting the coat to fit on each
shoulder, the perfect fitting coat carry
ing with it the idea and the appear
ance of symmetry. Sometimes, and
this is commonly done in cases of more
pronounced difference, symmetry is at
tained by the familiar method of build
ing up or padding the lower shoulder.
The Influence of the lower shoulder
extends down on that side of the body,
so that sometimes It is necessary be
low the arm to cut that side of the coat
shorter. Next to unevenuess of the
Bhoulders round shoulderB are perhaps
the commonest defect.
A very common thing Is unevenuess
of the hips. A difference of half an
inch here would not be at all remark
able; it !s sometimes much more. If
a man finds one leg of his trousers
the legs as be knows being alike in
length touching the ground while the
other clears it he may reasonably con
sider that there is a difference some
where in his legs. It mny be that one
leg is longer than the other, but It is
more probable that one hip is higher
than the other, or one leg fuller, so that
It takes up the trousers more and grad
ually rises the bottom more. It would
be a common thing if men were seen
with their waistcoats off to find sus
penders set at uneven heights. The
variation in the suspenders might be
required, to be sure, by a difference in
the shoulders, and not in the legs. It
is common to find men's arms of differ
ent lengths. The difference may be
so slight as to require no special at
tention in the making of their clothes,
but it is frequently necessary to make
the coat sleeves of different lengths.
The fact appears to be that there are
not many perfect men, that is, men of
perfect symmetry of proportions, in
which respect man is like all things
else in nature, like horses, for Instance,
and trees; but iu the greater numoer
of men these defects are within such
limits that they might be described as
variations rather than as substantial
Some Curiosities of Our Calendar.
A writer In the French scientific
journal, La Scieuce pour Tous, recalls
certain curiosities of the Gregorian cal
endar. He writes: "Since the reform
of the calendar by Pope Gregory XIII.
In 1582, no century cuu begin with a
Wednesday, a Friday, or a Sunday.
Also the same calendar can be used
every twenty years. January and Oc
tober of the same year always begin
with the same duy. So do April and
July, also September and December.
February, March, mid November also
begin with the same duy. New Year's
day and St Sylvester's day also fall
ou the same day, except of course lu
leap years. Each day of the week baa
served as a day of rent somewhere;
Sunday among Christians, Monday
with the Greeks. Tuesday with tho
Perslnns, Wednesday with the Assyr
ians, Thursday with tho Egyptians,
Friday with the Turks, and Saturday
with the Jews. Finally, the error of
tue Gregorlun calendar, compared with
the actual course of the sun, does not
exceed one day in four thousand years.
As it is quite probable that neither you
nor I shall ever verify this, we shall
not risk very much by believing the
ENCOUNTER WITH A WEASEU
Says a physician: "One cause 01
baldness is great intellectuality." This
would indicate that baldness Is for the
purpose of allowing the Intellect to
There Is nothing like tight shoes to
get people home early at night
Verr Fierce Knconnter It
Proved to 1-e.
John Burroughs has some trouble In
protecting his chickens from the weas
els that lurk in the woods around his
slab-sided cabin near' West Park, on
the Hudson. In the Century ne mm
describes an encounter with an espe
cially pertinacious robber of his roost:
I was standing in my porch with my
dog, talking with my neighbor and hte
wife, who, wKh their dog, were stand
ing to the road a few yards In front of
me. A chicken suddenly screamed in
the bushes up behind the rocks Just be
yond my friends. Then It came rush
ing down over the rocks past them,
flying and screaming, closely pursued
by a long, slim red animal, that seemed
to slide over the rocks like a serpent,
lbs legs were so short that one saw only
the swift, gliding motion of its body.
Across the road into the garden.
within a yard of my friends, went the
pursued and the pursuer, and Into the
garden rushed I and my dog. The
weasel seized the chicken by the wing,
and wa being dragged along by the
latter in Its effort to escape, when I ar
rived upon the scene. With a savage
glee that I had not felt for many a day
I planted my foot upon the weasel.
The soft neck underneath yielded, and
I held him without hurting him. He
let go his hold upon the chicken and
seized the sole of my shoe In his teeth.
Then I reached down and gripped him
with my thumb and forefinger Just
back of the ears, and lifted him up,
and looked his Impotent rage in the
What gleaming eyes, what an array
of threatening teeth, what reaching of
vicious claws, what a wriggling and
convulsed body! But I had him firmly.
He could only scratch my hand and
dart fire from his electric, bead-like
eyes. In the meantime my dog was
bounding up, begging to be allowed to
have his way with the weasel. But I
knew what he did not; I knewtbat In
anything like a fair encounter the
weasel would get the first hold, would
draw the first blood, and hence prob
ably effect his escae.
So I carried him. writhing and
scratching, to a place In the road re
moved from any near cover, and threw
him violently upon the ground, hoping
thereby so to stun and bewilder him
that the terrier could rush in nd crush
him before he recovered his wits. But
I bad miscalculated; the blovf did in
deed stun and confuse him, but he was
till too quick for the dog, and had him
by the Hp like an electric trap. Nip
lifted up his head and swunf the
weasel violently about m the air, try
ing to shake him off, uttering a cry of
rage and pain, but did not succeed In
loosening the animal's bold for some
When be had done so, and attempted
to seize blm a second time, the weasel
was first again, but quickly rehrased
Ms bold and darted about this way
and that, seeking cover. Three or four
times the dog was upon him, but found
At an assemblage of noted men a
year or two ago a lawyer who conducts
the legal business of a great railway
system tried to "guy the parson" in the
person of tho late Bishop WUllins of
Connecticut by malicious quizzing. At
last he said: "Why won't you get these
railway managers to give you a pass
over their roads, Bishop? You can pay
for It by giving them eartTanee tickets
into heaven." "Oh, no," gently replied
the bishop; "I would not part them so
far from their counsel In the other
Perhaps the worst recorded attempt
at an escape from a conversational dif
ficulty was made by a Ixmdom East
End curate, who specially cultivated the
friendship of the artlstuis. One day a
carpenter arrived In his room, and, pro
ducing a photograph, said: "I've
brought you my boy's likeness, as you
said you'd like to have it." Curate (rap
turously) How awfully good of you to
remember! What a capital likeness!
How is he? Carpenter Why, sir, don't
you remember? He's dead. Curate
Oh, yes, of course, I know that I mean
how's the man who took tho photo
graph? Judge Waddy, Q. C, of England,
while on a circuit would sometimes
ocupy a local Wesleyan pulpit. On one
occasion the late Sir Frank Lockwood
arranged with a few kindred souls to
attend a local chapel where "friend
Waddy" was to lead the service. They
entered and occupied a front seat un
der the very nose of the lawyer-preach-er,
who, eying them askance, solemnly
gave out a hymn and concluded by an
nouncing, "after which Brother Lock
wood will offer prayer." During the
singing, however, the learned juirior
recollected that he bad an Important
engagement elsewhere which doubtless
saved both the congregation and him
self a trying quarter of an hour.
Boy Bean, at one time Justice of the
peace In Laugtry, Texas, administered
the law according to his own lights. He
held court In his saloon, and it was his
custom in minor cases to fine the de
fendant "drinks for the crowd" and ad
journ court till the fine hud been col
lected. One day he acted as coroner in
the case of an unknown man found
dead on the outskirts of the town.
Nothing was brought out by examina
tion beyond the fact that a revolver and
two twenty-dollar pieces were found on
the corpse, whereupon Bean pocketed
both weapon and money, declaring that
"the decased came to his death through
some unknown means, and, Inasmuch
as it was guilty of carrying concealed
weapons, against the peace and dignity
of the State of Texas and this commu
nity, the court fines it fifty dollars."
Justice Hawkins was on one occasion
presiding over a case In which the
plaintiff was giving evidence against a
man who had stolen a pair of trousers
from his shop. "How much were the
trousers?" '.queried Hawkins. "Well,"
replied the plaintiff, "It depends who
wants to buy thein. J sell them to one
man for thirty shillings, to another for
twenty-five, but you can have thorn for
twenty-three and six." "Sir!" cried
Hawkins, angrily; "I want you to tell
me' how much . those trousers are
worth., "WelL" replied the plaintiff,
"shall we say twenty-two shillings for
you?" "Look here," thundered Haw
kins, "If you do not rnstamtty tell me
what those trousers are worth, I'll send
you to Jail for fourteen days for con
tempt of court." "Well, well," replied
the frightened plaintiff, conclllatingly,
"you may have them for a guinea. I'm
giving them away; still, you may have
them at that price." Even the stern
aspect of Justice Hawkln could not
stop the roar of laughter which broke
out on hearing the reply, a roar In
which Hawkins Joined himself.
- A Profitable Dream.
It may not be generally known that
the Invention of the automatic lock
brake for carriages was the result of a
wonderful dream. The inventor, a man
named Springer, had been puzzling
over a means whereby the driver of a
carriage need not get down to put on
the brake, but might do so through the
action of the horses, and was com
pletely baffled. Shortly afterwards he
had a dream, In which he himself used
this lock-brake when driving down a
hilL On awakenlhg, he remembered'
perfectly how It bad been worked, and
immediately applied for a patent The
first year of Its use brought him In no
less than $75,000.
A Seaman's Precaution.
Mrs. Sharpe That wna a queer Idea
of Commodore Wise to have his sextant
tnd his chronometer brought to his
Mr. Sbarpe He was evidently afraid
to Cross the Styx by dead reckoning,-,