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"BIG FEAT- BT
Nfask Bexpa Tkree Hundred Years Ago
. f1 Nearly Finished.
ORAININQ AN IMMENSE VALLEY
Millions of Money and Thousands of
Lire a EipndcdVast Area of
Valuable Lands Made Tenable a a
From 4h Mexican Herald. '""
A great work has been practically fin
ished, the drainage of the Mexican val
ley, which has required for Its, comple
tion nearly SOU years and many million!"
of dollars, and has coat the lives of hun
dreds of thouKnnds of men.
The valhvy of Mexico Is an Immense
basin, of approximately circular shape,
with oae extreme diameter of about six
ty milts, completely bounded by high
mountains out gf the basin. The sur
face of this valley baa a mean altitude
above 'the sua of 7,413 feet, and nn area
of about 2,300 square miles. Mountain
ran en rls on every side, making a
great corral of rock, containing dosens
of villages and hamlets, with the an
cient capital hi' the center. In tinv-l
put"fhe fires of volcanoes llcju'd up the
earth, arid such, flies still live In the
moiwnoth. . lpoeatepetl from . whose
meat maw of .sulphur fumes and smoke
with Jets of -flames have poured through
Th.e valley thus hemmed In with solid
walls of rock had been an Inland ( for
mtuiy eyries, and during the early ex
istence, of man here the salt waters
spread over a large uxtont of the de
pression. The waters have been grad
ually lessening by ssepag and evapora
tion, and the Axtao pilgrims Coming
from the north In the fourteenth cen
tury, having received a sign that they
were to build their queen-of-the-wurld
city on a smell island of the sea, set
itbcmt building dikes and combating the
overflow of the waters. Many ot their
works remain to this day. and show
that the valley was divided by them
Into five great departments. The dikes
were built under the direction of King
NetaahUHlcoyotl, a relative of the Em
peror Menteauma, whose surviving
work jrove him to have been-an en
gineer whose conceptions and Kccom
pllPhments would have given him high
standing even among modern engineers.
''i OX DRY OROUN D.
Originally built In the midst of a lake.
the city has been left on dry grounds by
the receding 'waters. Lake Texacnoo
some three rt: .distant Cholno., and
Xochlmlloo have attitudes nearly four
feet greater than the pavement of th
capital. Still more Imperiously do' the
lakes to the north dominate the city.
Sun Cbristobal and Xaltocan are uborit
five feet, while Zumpango Is over tlilr
teen feet, above It.
The project now completed Is a modi
fication of a scheme projected by Simon
Me,ndez in the time of the Spanish gov
ernment, which In 1S4!t was adopted by
Captain Smith of the corps of Amerlcun
engineers which accompanied eneral
Scott's army. The tunnel was ultimate
ly located under the saddle and through
the ravine of Acatlan, Its mouth' being
nenr the village of Te(iiliulae. The
works hnve been begun several times
and then suspended without effecting
anything of Imjiortanee. In IS66 the
works now rearing completion, were
com'menoed! A project proposed -by
Benor Frunclsco de ORray.a well known
engineer of the city of Moxico, was pro
nounced the most feasible.. Hut the
revolutionary struggle succeeded, and
for many years the work was relegated
to (he bnckground.
In 187a Engineer Don Luis Esplnosa
the president director of the works, took
charge of the undertaking. In the first
period mentioned the cutting of Teoulx
qualc was excavated, and the greater
part of the shafts were begun. Hut at
that point the work was stopped by
political agitation. The work was
really commenced In 1SS5, when the city
council of Mexico submitted a project
to the federal government and offered
to contribute largely to the cost. Presl
dejit Porflrlo Diaz then named a special
commission with ample authority to
disburse the funds dedlented to the
work, and this body up to t'e present
date has directed its execution. The
drainage works, now carried out, will
receive the surplus waters and sewage
of the City of Mexico, and carry them
outside of the valley, and It' will also
control the entire waters of the valley.
affording an outlet, whenever found
necessary, to those which might other
wise overflow fields and towns, render
ing the soil stagnant and marshy. The
sewers of the City of Mexico form a
network of covered channels, located
sometimes In the middle and sometimes
on the sides of the streets, the3e belna-
almost gorges, communicating with a
system of secondary sewers that empty
into a collecting sewer discharges ln
to the canal of San Lazaro, Which trans.
ports the sewage to I,ake Texcoco. If
the water Is high in the lake the water
backs up Into the sewers and saturates
the Boll under the houses and streets,
POUT YM1LES DONE.
The canal end six-mite tunnel
through the mountain range hav a
total length approaching forty mile
The present works will take rank with
the giat achievements of modem
limes, Just as the Immense "out" of
NochitongOj their unsuccessful prede
cessor, was the leader amone the an
elent earthworks In all the world. The
completed system will have cost .120,-
The;" benefits of thee work 9 to the
city 'of-Mexico cannot be overestimated,
t Instead-of being one of the healthiest
cities In the world, as It should be with
Its magnificent climate and situation.
Mexico, unfortunately, has a terrible
heavy death rate, due prlnolpaUy to
want of drainage and generally had
sanitary conditions. When the exist
lng danger of floods Is removed, and
the narnitary evils are remedied by a
proper system of drainage, fhe In
creased security that will be enjoyed by
life and property ' will certainly have
Its effpot on the prosperity oe" the city,
(Property will rise In value, the popula
tion will grow with rapidity, not to
mention the tld of tourists that will
t In front the United States, and this
.will mean larger revenues for the cAtj
EUGENE FIELD'S PRANKS,
The Late Poet Loved Harmless Prac
When the late Eugene Feid wa In
Denver, he was concerned in many
pract ical jokes. A-lot of young fellows.
most of them millionaires, were always
ready for anything that Field proponed.
It was a f&vorte paettme for Field to
set these men togeher and give a din
ner t some victress who happen! to'
viof ins mi tutr uiijt. imn wtup tt
lawyea h' Desvr who jvaa known as
.... .j. ... 'j. v. .
-me siiver-ionguecr orator or uoJorado
and Esefci always had him on hand
At the conclusion of he banquet" this
allvesitOBgaed gentlemajt would make
a speech which. Field had wrltterv and
would wind up by . presenting to the
actress.' k paste' jdlamend which he
would f state cost some fabulous price.
The next .. day ttxt prase aeepaicux-a
wrkiilcl lnnrm th. nnlintrVL- that MIPS
Footllght had received a 110,000 dia.-
mond from clrlxens of Denver.'
Jokes was played on Ell Perkins. Field
wn a n.rvirter nn fl. St. Josenh. DU.rer.
Ell canm along to deliver a lecture. He
called ou Field and asked him lor a
newspaper notice. He expected a
column at least, but next morning he
alnuilv read: ''As Eli Perkins will
leoture here tonight, all the railroads
have ararnged to give excursions out
ot town at greatly reduced rates."
Perkins was wild, supposing a great
Inturv bad: tpen done him but Inr
stead the paragraph attracted so much
attention that he had a crowaea nouse.
TOI.D AT THE TABLE.
Three Short War Stories that .liar
Be ia the Histories of the Time.
From the WaKhlngton Pot.
Brimful of funny aneedotes that had
no chestaufty flavor was the speoeh of
Oen. St. Clair Mulhollarid at the Swcond
Corps banquet at the Shorehnm Friday
night. The Irishman largely prepon
derated in these anecdotes, of whiclv a
couple of specimen from the memory
of a guest will be found below:
MeOook'sjglmont was In front of the
enemy, and, exwtlng to make an at
tack next mtvrntn'e, he mounted his
horse to rlde;dnwn to the picket line
and examine tho situation. With this
purpose In view he called on a soldier to
aocompaay him and the commanding
officer made a detail. McCook was as
tonished when a little red-headed, fel
low' rode Up to him ond touched tils
oa, ready for his service, for he was a
mere Ixiy, weighing not more than seventy-five
pound and looking scarcely
bigger than the Sharp's rifle he carried.
VYou going with me'.'" asked Mc
The lad saluted and -replied lit the
"We're going right tc the-front:".P!ll
the officer. "Dt you know that it -Is
"Year your honor," said thw youth,
"Have yott been under Hre?1' inquired
the of flyer,
"I have,, your" honor." (
"tv you.snppose you have-backbone
to kwp up.v;Ithmy whurevor I go?"
"I'll thry, sir; thnt'oa why I'm- Bint
sir. An' ,lf its' h u y tiring an we (ret
a'tnong the bullets and we're kilt you
wont be In- h'- hnlf a tnlnit before I
come a-tappin 't the window."
They went to the- front.
The second story was-located at the
huspltol. One of the chaplain's rejsrl
uient was very badly wounded and cer
tain to die, - But the chaplain was tired
the chapluiH were often tired In the
army, you remember and so he went
to bed, and he left special word with
Si-rgeant Jib. that he was t be cnllod
If Barney showed etgns of Immediate
collapse. AV'hen hetrirose In the morn
ing he was much surprised to hear that
Harney had died during tile night. He
upbraided the watcher with not bavin
mused him In time to administer the
Inst consolations .to the dying soldier.
"Well, to .tell the truth, vr highness,
I didn't want to disturb you, an' you
couldn't heV done nuthiu 'for him.
Nutliin' could a-helpoil him. An' when
he come to die l cpiiHoled him mysilf."
In what way did you consolo him.
st rgeant?" . :
"Well, chaplain. I talked to him gentle
like, an' I nil" his hnnd an' I said to him,
'Harney, says I, 'I'm afraid you're dyln",
" 'I think I am,' says he.
" 'An' I expect you'll go below,' says I.
" "I think I will,' sa;s he.
" 'Well. Har'noy, my' boy.' says I, 'you
ought to be glad you've got some place
to go to." "
Gen. Sickles rarely Bits down to a
table with old soldiers without contrib
uting some valuable historical reminis
cence. At' this same banquet he told
"It was, I should think, very early In
the winter of 'fil-2 that, having some
business with On. McOlellan, I walked
up one forenoon to his headquarters. In
Admiral Semnies' house. opjHistte the
Arlington. The mnn on duty suid the
Uuneral was engaiwjd, and asked me to
wait. I took a seaf, and shortly the
secretary of war came In and Inquired
for the General. An officer came out of
the next . win, said the General was
busy Just then, and BKked the secretary
of war to take a seat snd wait. Mr.
Cameron sat down and we fell Into con
versation. In a few minutes Air. Lin
coin came In and Inquired for General
McCiellan. The officer repeated what
he had said to us, that the General was
very busy, and Mr. Lincoln would have
to wait. The president sat down with
us and said. 'All right, I'll wait.' The
secretary of war remarked that the
president ought in some way to have
access to one of his generals. Lincoln
threw one leg over the other, as If pre
pared for a long siege, and said, 'Oh
no. It's all right. My time Is of no
special value, and the general Is en
gaged In attending to our business. I
can wait as well as not.' And he fell
into his famous story telling, showing
not the slightest impatience at the ne
cesslty of cooling his heels In the ante
room of a man who was a civilian less
than a year before, whom he had ap
pointed, to office. i
"The Incident illustrated,'' added flon.
Sickles, "two things first, that Mr. Lin
coln was one of the most unpretentious
ofmen, and second, that at that time
everybody, inoluding McCIellan himseir,
expected McCIellan to put down the re
heUlon." - . .
i V OXDEAl'4. L "0.TIHVAXCE'.
Was the OrUitniil Strnibiig Clock A
The original Strasburg clock was
really a wonderful contrivance.. It was
constructed In 1570. On its plate was a
celestial globe, with the motions of sun,
moon and planets. The phases of the
moon were presented; and there was a
perpetual almanac.the day of the month
being indicated by a statue. Kvery
quarter was struck; the first by a child!
with an apple; the second'by a youth
with an arrow; the third by a man with
the tip of his staff; and the last by an
old man with his crutch. The hour was
struck by an angel, who opened the
door and saluted ' the Virgin Mary.
Another angel stood by with an hour
glass, which he turned when the hour
was struck. On the arrival of each suc
cessive hour .a golden cock flapped his)
wings, stretched his neck and crowed
twice. A clock scarcely less curious
was constructed toward the clone of the
last century by a mechanic of Geneva.
It had figures of a,. negro, a dog and a
Shepherd t When the clock struck the
shepherd 'jplajred. six airs' on his flute
and the, dog approached and fawned up
on Khn.' iVJteHielng 'exhibited to the
King of Spain by bros. Its, maker, the
King at hi.'reqeit took'an apple from
the shepherd' basket. ' The dog barked
and set tnedCiagte dos? aqbarklng also.
THE NATIONAL : ;
The Great Choirs ot Merthyr, fiowlais
and Rbymncy Defeated. . ,
THE BUILTH CHOIR WINS THE PRIZE
Xaay Surprises at the National Eis
teddfod of Wales and the Musical
Adjudicators Severely Criticised--Hnleadid
Tlullth is a small town In Brecon-
iklre. South Wales, noted for Its many
mineral sprlngs.wherehundredsof Inva
lids from all parts of the British Isles
congregate in summer for tho benefit
of their health. The town Is located
on the summit of the Eppyut mountains
made famous by Rrutus, the great
Welsh writer. Builth has been noted
for its singing from early times, yet
to capture the chief prise at the na
tional eisteddfod of Wales was a great
surpiise to the musical fraternity, but
to those familiar with Builth, and Its
surrounding environments. Its Invigo
rating climate and the culture and
musical aptitude of its people, their,
conquest was not t--atl surprising.
They have every advantage over their
competitors from the coal regions of
Glamorganshire. Six choirs entered
the great competition in the following
1. Llanelly, led by Mr. John Thomas.
2. Merthyr, Mr. Dan Davie.
3. rthymney, Mr. John Price.
4. Builth, led by Mr. Llew Buallf.
6. DowlniB, Mr. Harry Evans.
5. Holyhead, Mr. W. S. Owen.
The competition wss for choirs of
of 150 to ISO voices, the priae being 200
guineas and an English silver lever
watch. The test pieces were "Trip We
Gaily O'er tho Oleu," by Jenkins;
"Where His Lrmd Voice Spoke In
Thunder" by Handley, And "How
Sweet the M'oonllsht Sleeps," unac
companied. The adjudicators were
Messrs. F. H. Cowen, Joseph Bennett,
J. H .KobertsaJid D. Jenkrns. The only
choir that sang the first piece In Welsh
waB Holyhead. Mrs. Clara Novello
Duvls aocompanled the Merthyr choir.
Intense excitement prevailed during
the contest. It could' scarcely have
l(een greater had the contest token place
in South Wales, but the result wns un
expected so far as the greater part of
the audience was concerned, although
musicians present wei- not disposed
to express dissent from the verdlcV
Dowlals, by somut means, got out of
tune, und, although they sang the first
piece splendidly, they were therefore,
given up. Merthyr, Rhymney and
Holyhead seemed to be the favorites
with the audienoe prior to the delivery
of the adjudication, with a very gen
eral impression In favor of Mertbyr.
Still, the singing of each choir was
fine, and the keenuas of the contact wun
remarkable. In view of the tension
of feeling between Merthyr, Dowlais
and Rhymney hundreds of people pres
ent rejoiced that an outside oholr should
have been victorious. .
The announcement of the victory of
Llew Buallt and his Builth singers was
rcclved with much applause, although
It was evident that to thousands pres
ent another result had been anticipated.
The adjudicators stated that they hod
unanimously, and without hesitation,
awarded the prise to the chplr that
sang all the pieces most artistically,
with a beauty of tone, accuracy, natur
alness of expression, and general suc
cess, and that choir Is No. 4 Builth.
THE MALE VOICE COMPETITION.
The male voice choral competition
was also a rich musical treat, although
not quite as good as those of former
years. Two prises Were offered, the
first being a prize of 42, with a silver
cup to the conductor, and the second
a purse of ten guineas given by Mr. Wil
liam P. Hartley, of Liverpool- . Eight
parties entered the competition n the
following order: 1, Swansea; 2, Mor
riston; 3, LUmfalrfechnn; 4. rthonddo,
S, Bangor; 6, Ffestiniog; 7, Cumber
land, England; 8, Abercarn.
The second prize was awarded to
Swansea. There was one difficulty, tho
adjudicators said that had arisen, and
that was In regard to the handsome sil
ver cup to the successful conductor, but
they were glad to state that the two
successful choirs had agreed to sing
over during the evening concert In or
der to decide who should have the sil
PRESENTATION TO DR. PARRY,
The attendance at tho evening con
cert was enormous, thousands bring
turned away. Now came the tug of war
for the sliver cup. The Maetwyn choir
sang first, and the Khondila boys sec
ond. Cynonfardd stated that this com
petition wa.i for the silver cup alono.
The Maelwyn choir won.
The chairman here announced that
they had now a very pleasant and Im
portant duty to perforin, and that was
to present a national testimonal to their
great compewser. Dr. Joseph Parry. The
present was a purse of three thousand
dollars. It wll lbe remembered that Mr.
RICHARD PARKS BLANO.
From the Chicago TimeHmld. - By the CoorUsyof-H. H. Kehlssat,
Connell, of this city, contributed ISO0
towards this purse. .
THE CHAIR PRIZE.
was won by the Rev. Ben Dohrles. Ys-
talyfera, near 8wanaea. Moat of the
Important musical prizes were won by
South Walla ns.
TOLD BY A MOONSUISEK.
A Itevenuo Detective Who Came, but
Did Not Uo Away.
Prom the Detroit Free Press.
"Sit down, sah-slt down," said the
grim-faced old man to me as w were
returning to his cabin after a visit to
the Illicit still hidden away In the deep
and dark ravine.
I sat down on a mound In a little
glade In a laurel thicket, while he seat
ed himself on a rock, and after we had
filled and lighted our pipes, he sold:
"The guv'ment s agin us fur makin'
moonshine whiskey, but yo' kin see fur
youse)f how It is. We kin raise co'n
about yere, but thar's no market fur It.
If we turn it Into whiskey, we kin git
some money out o' It, though I never
knowed a moonshiner to make over a
dollar a day hi the best of times. It's
Jest changin' about so we may llvo, but
makin' whiskey Is against the law, and
the guv'ment hunts us down as if we
was wolves. All the whiskey made fur
twenty miles around this spot wouldn't
sell fur $200, and ylt fifteen men hev
ben sent to state prison, a dozen mo'
kept In Jail fur months and months.
and twenty fam'lles bin put to it to sell
off. everything to pay lawyers. I tell
yo', it's wuss nor wah times, with the
guerrillas riitln' about and robbln' and
"And there's no money In making
moonshine whiskey?" I asked.
"Yo' see. It's this way," he replied.
"Yo' hev to pay cash fur a still. We'uns
Is pore folks around yere, and five or
six men taunt Jine together to buy. It's
also agin the law to sell the whiskey,
and we must let It go to traders fur
what they wilj pay. It must be toted
over the mountings on our backs, and
by the time thet we've got shet of ten
gallons and divided tip the money, no
man has 'nuff to buy a pound & coffee.
If the guv'ment wtia to let us go ahead
and hev free swing. It would be clus
work to make a decent llvln'."
"But you were going to tell mo about
the revenue spies."
"Yes, they cum sneak In round now
and then," ho slofly replledl "The
last time I saw one was about a y'ar
aira He cum Jong purtendin' to look
far Iron ami coal, and be stopped Over
at Joe. Rutley's ftrr a hull week. He
talked fa'r tnifC, and never once did
he Bay anything- about moonshiners.
but thft boyn susptahu&e him and kept
their eyes open. The stranger wouta
bo out looktn' around all day, but he
wasn't arter coal and Iron, No ah,
That was all a blind. He was Jest
tryin 'to locate our still, and he waa a
b:-av man to cum upx yere among us
whtea he knowed) what the penalty
would be. He must hev travelled
around a heap, for it was six or seven
days befo" he hit It right. Joe Ruttey
fullered him for two days and knowed
he wasn't arter coal or iron."
Then he knew you suspected him?
"Reckon not. No, we nuver let on by
word-or look. Yo see, this yere path
is the only way to get down to out
still, and In that bresh heap over thar
we had a man to watch. Of a Saturday,
when fo' of u war' down thar" at work
and the stranger out lookln' fur coal and
Iron, aunthin happened. The spy found
this path wAar' tt starts In by the rocks
and knowed that tt led to game. The
sentinel heard 'hm cumin', though he
was on tip-toe, and got ready fur him.
Arter 6 hit the feller showed up right
yere In this openln', and looked this
way and that, and had a cunnln' smile
on his face. Yo kin see that we had
to cat some trees and trim branches.
and as the ravine Is right down thar'. It
was easy fur him to flgsjer tt out. D'ye
see that mark on that chestnut?"
'A'nd the scratch on that soft rock?'
"Wall, he put 'em both thar with his
knifes bo's to make sure when he cam
agin. Then he was ready to go. Ho
hodnt' tailored down Into the ravine,
but he knew wtoat was thar'."
"And, so ho wwit away?" ', ) i
"Yes, his soul went away! U
"You you mean 7"
"Rut his lody stayed right yere!-
"You don't mean that he was shot
down!" I exclaimed as I rose up.
"Yo? are Ktandin, right on his gTaVfl!"
said the old man as he knocked the
ashes from his pi pa andr led the way
along the path,
ONLY A SINGLE HAIR.
But It Was All the GentloaiaaWanted
for Saving the Girl's Tresses.
Prom the Cincinnati Enquirer,
The French people never tire of relat
ing anecdotes Of the eccentricity and
enormous wealth of Americana An
American went Into a hairdresser's shop
In Paris recently and found a charming
but poorly dressed girl engaged in ne
gotiations with the proprietor. She was
offering to sell him her magnificent
head of hair for three napoleons the
man would give her no more than one.
At last tho poor girl gave way with
tears, and the barber was about to em
ploy the fatal scissors when the Ameri
can Intervened and demanded the cause
of the sad affair.
He found that the girl's parents, who
formerly had been well off, were In the
last extremity of poverty, and that she
had determined to make so great a
sacrifice In order to obtain them a little
tjrrad. The stranger drew out two bank
notes offered tbem to the girl saying:
"Will you let me buy your hair?
Without even looking at the notes,
the girl at once said, "Yes."
The American deUcately took a single
hair, put it In his pocket book and
Ma till tin hnrt rone itM ahe lonk At
her banknotes, and found them to be
of the value of f 100. '
HIS WIFE COULD PLAY POKER.
How She Convinced Her Skeptical
Husbsssd of that Fact.
It was at a little card party of a few
merry acpualntances, and though the
stake were absurdadly small, the Inter
est ran breakers high.
The pretty wife of one of the players
was particularly excited, and played as
If the happiness of her whole life was
staked upon the cards.
Her husband didn't like her methods.
"My dear," he said, as he dealt cards
to all the rest, and added none to his
own hand,"you ought to watch' the
players. You play very badly. Indeed.
Poker Is a game that needs careful
Then he raised . the man who had bet
and the later threw down his hand, as
did all the others except his wife. She
'saw" her husband's bet and "raised"
him In return. He looked very black.
There you go again!" he said In a
vexed tone. "It does s?em to me that
women haven't any sense. What made
you raise me? Didn't you see that I
drew no cards?"
'Didn't you?"puerled his (wife, open
ing her eyes. "Well, you didn't say so."
I'm not obliged to say so," replied
her husband, anglrly.
"Well," she continued, "since I've bet,
why I've bet. 1 can't take It back again
"Certainly not," was the reply; "and
Just to teach you a lesson, and to make
you more careful In future I'll raise
"1 11 rnlsa you back." was the reply.
ly, and I drvw aone. 'When will you ever
and she dial
Her husband by this time waa the
picture of Impatient amazement.
'You draw four cards, " he saUV.stern-
ly and I dretv none. WH1 you
srar iBom to play this game properly?"
Thenjie "raised" her again, and she
'raised him In return.
He hxrtced around the table In an apol
ogetlc and pitying way.
"Emma is a splendid girl at most
things," be said, "but fwhen It conies to
card playing she makes me very
Then he doubled her bet, and she
doubled in his return.
"Oh, thia is absurd," he cried; "there's
bo use winning money from my own
wife; I'll Just can you. I've got a flush,
And I've got four kings," replied his
wife, as ah raked tai the Ivory "chips.
And the a roar of laughter shook the
room, While the man who knew all
abot the game looked very sheepish,
WHEDE IT IS REALLY COLD.
A Country Where a Lighted Caudle
Finds it Very Hard to keep Warm.
From the Popular Science News.
Cold Is merely a relative Uroi. The
resident of semi-tropical countries' shiv
ers when the thermometer drops to R0
degrees, while the Laplander and E-
pulmau think It Is comfortable at sero.
For mil cold and plenty of It one must
go to the Peter region Tblak of llv
lag where the mercury goes dowa to
36 degrees below aero In the house. In
spite of the stove. Of course, 1b aueh
a case, fur garments are piled on until
a man looks like a great bundle of
Dr. Moee, of the Polar expedition of
1ST5-76, among other odd thlnsi, tells of
the effect of cold on a wax candle which
he burned there. The temperature was
SS degrees below xeroc and the doctor
must have been considerably discourag
ed when upon looking at hi candle, he
discovered that the flame had all It
oould do to keep warm.
It was so cold that tho flame oould not
molt all the wax of the candle, but was
forced to cut Its way clown, leaving a
sort of skeleton of the can dip standing.
There was heat enough , however, to
mlt oddly-shaped holes In the thin
walls of wax, and the result was a beau
tiful lace-like cylinder of white, with a
tongue of yellow flame burning Inside
It, and s ending out into the darkness
many streaks of light.
THE WORD "SUCH."
Wrong Uses to Which It Is Commonly
"I have never before seen such a large
ox." By a little transposing of the
words of this sentence we have, "i have
never before seen an ox such large,"
which makes it quite clear that we
should say so large an ox and not such
a large ox. As proof that this error In
the use of such Is common, we find in
Mr. George Washington Moon's "Dean's
English and Bad English," the sen
tence, "With all due deference to such
a high authority on such a very Import
ant matter." With a little transposing,
this sentence is made to read, "With all
due deference to an authority such high
on a matter such very Important." It
Is clear that the sentence should read,
"With all due deference to so high an
authority on so very important a mat
ter." The phrases, such a handsome,
such a lovely, such a long, such nar
row, etc., are Incorrect, and should be
so handsome, so lovely, so long, and so
on. Alfred Ayres.
dinnpo "Aw there deoh chappie; l
hardly expected to find you at the club to
day. What's UP?" '
Alfrle "Everything. I've given up.
That's what s the matter.
Chappie "Given up? Good gwacious,
deah boy, you don't mean to lay that
your e going to quit usr
Alkie "That's Just it."
Chappie "Wy, you've been the great
est monochrontc-manlac ot us all. What
will we do for a leader without the while
plume of Navarre and all .that sort of
thing we used to hear about at college?"
Aljie "Can't help It; I'm done for, old
Chappie "Why, what do you mean?"
Altrle "Wlhy, Just this. Haven't
bought all my dofhes in London?"
Chappie "Tea; that's English, you
Algle "And turned up my trousers,
and played golf and yelled for the Val
kyrie III., and the Cambridge athletes and
all that sort of thing?"
Chappie "Yes, that was correct Eng.
Algle "Well, Just at the end I have
oome to the limit of my resources."
Chappie "Aw, you don't mean It, deah
Algle "I do. I have discovered that I
cannot marry a daughter of the Vander
WHs." . . ,
Chappie "Poor boy."
Algle "Yes and I've go to remain
poor. That's Just what's the matter."
Tom Hall In Truth. ,
EVERYBODY PLEASED. The pub
lic is pleased with the goods and
orices. We are nleased with their-
gether it is a grand
are obliged to postpone the picture sale
until the middle of this week. The money
savers are the money getters. Rapidly
emptying shelves and fast filling, cash
drawer tell their own tale and offer the
best proof of the values given.
An Import order daced
way last winter. The foods
promised for this spring's
trade, ihey did not arrive
until this month. Too late
for us to use them we wrote
the importers. Take them at
your owu price was the reply.
We did. Thev are o itirh
dinner elates, real china, the
thinnest kind. Edges scal
loped and of gilt, dainty floral
decorations in delicate colors.
Everv olate oerfect. no sec
onds. These ousrht to brintr
25c How many can you use
There's a few more of
those tea sets left You know
which I mean: the $5.00 kind
that we are selling at
You remember how asham
ed you were of that homely,
old pitcbr and the two or
three kinds of glasses you
handed arouod the last time
you had company, Don't let
that occur again. Here's the
remedy. A beautiful pitcher,
6 nice tumblers, all hand
somely decorated in gilt and
colors, and a silverine tray; a
$2.25 outfit. .
takes them away.
DON'T mako the mistake of going to the old stand. Remember
we are in our new quarters. Note the address. There ia only
one "Kexford's," only one pi ace that conld or would sell goods
at such prices. We know no dull times. Get business is our motto.
Get it at a profit if wo can, bnt get business. Scranton peoplo are
not Blow to appreciate enterprise as our daily crowds can testify.
Every friend our patrort, every patron our friend. Are you one of.
themt If not. come in and cet acquainted wth the store, stock and
The Fourth Year of the Scranton
Training School for Kindergarten
ers will open in thiscitySKPTEM
UKR 14. 1896. For further parti
MISS S. W. I'KDEBWOOD,
SPECIAL THROUGH CARS
Daily (except Sunday) vl
CENTRAL RAILROAD OF NEW JERSEY
Beginning Job. W. I Mm. leaving Scran,
ion at diXI a. m for
Btlirtar (Ocean Beach)
Sea Girt, ic.
This will be kept up far tU. unlive wnson.
especially for be accomm ulntfon of families,
as it wtlfeaahh) iffirmgon to seruru and re
tain romfortaWe Meats ttie entire journey.
J. H. OLHAUtSKX, H, P. BALDWIM.
Uon. Superintendent. Oon. Pass. Agent.
WILLIAM S MILLAR,
Alderman 8th Ward, Scranton
ROOMS 4 AND S
OAS AND WATER CO. BU1LDINO.
COBBER WYOMING AYE. AND CENTER ST.
OFFICE HOURS from 7.30 a. m. to 9 p.
m. (1 hgur Intermission tor dinner And
Partlcatar Attention OKcn to Collection.
Prompt Settlement Guaranteed. Yonr tinst
suu It Respectially SaUclted. Telephone 134.
Houses for Sals and for Rent.
If yon contemplate purchasing or leas
ing a house, or want to invest In lot.
see the lists of tfdrnbi. property on
page a of Tb. Tribune.
our efforts. Alto
success. So busy we
Oat Meal Sets.
3 Pieces Cream Pitcher, -Bowl
and Plate. You ought
to have a set of these for each
member of the family. Not
so much trouble to get the
folks up for breakfast, if the
meal is served in an appetizing
manner. 50c. wouldn't seem
dear for these, but they are
more thau cheap at
Cis-ar holder, match box-
ash receiver, and trav. all in
china. Let vour husband!
smoke in the house. It wilt
keep him in evenings.
35c. for the set.
Quaint little souvenirs from
the land of the Mikado. Cheap1 '
iuuur muses 11 possiuie iorus
Dresden and delft decora .
tions for the bedroom, for the'
hall, for any place where a-i
small lamp is required and not'
much heat wanted. These
are nana oecoratea ana colors
fired in. You have seen these
sold for $1.25. Now you will
see them sold for
Manufacture of the Celebrates)
100,000 Barrels per Annum
BIMINQ, BLASTING AND SPORTING
fajnrfncturcd ot the Wapwnllopen HllhV
Luzerne courfty, Pa., and at Wil
HENRY BELIN, Jr.
General Agent for the Wyoming District.
US WYOMINO AVI-NUB, Scranton, Pit
Third National Dank BuiMlngt
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