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RURAL FREE DELIVERY.
Paitma*t«r-Ganer«l Gary 1* Taking a Grant
DM) of InUreit In the Matter.
Postmaster-General Gary is taking a
great deal of interest in the matter of
the extension of free mail delivery in
the rural districts. The Department
was given $50,000 with which to make
experiments in this line during the
present fiscal year, and those already
(Tied have proved very succeasful.
lu Great Britain the free delivery of
letters was begun about fifty years agp.
All mails are delivered at the oflcsa
of the addresses without extra charge,
the rural postmen making a daily walk
of from fifteen to eighteen miles, and
receiving a compensation of 18 shil
lings, or about $4.50 per week. Pen
sions are granted in case of permanent
incapacity after ten years of active
duty. Kural po3ts are believed to be
In 1830 rural delivery was establish
ed in France. Even the most outly
ing hamlets of the country received at
least one free delivery per day. The
postmen have a right to retire on a
pension after serving fifteen years and
reaching the age of 4">. Eight hours is
the maximum time of employment.
In the German Empire a small
charge of from 10 to 20 pfennings (2
to -1 cents), according to weight, is
made for the delivery of mails in the
rural districts. The hours of service
of foot carriers are from eight to nine
in Austro-Hungary a small extra
charge, ranging from *4 cent to I*4
cents, is made for delivering letters
and small packages in the rural dis
tricts. The service is not self-support
Rural free delivery prevails all over
Belgium, the pay of the carriers be
ing graded according to the cost of the
living in the localities where they
serve. Their average trips are sixteen
or eighteen miles daily. Participation
in political campaigns is forbidden,
and their tenure is secure during good
behavior. After a certain term of ser
vice they are entitled to a pension.
in Switzerland, the home of tbe
Universal Postal Union, there is at
least one free delivery a day in every
hamlet. The system lias been in
operation since 1848.
Why Una t lieu;i in Tnun.
The civil war that raged in our land
a third of a century ago operated in a
dimetrieally opposite manner on ihe
two sections of the t'nited States
known as the Southwestern and the
Northwestern States. In the former,
composed chiefly of the State of Tex
as. all access to outside markets was
cut off to live stock. The i'nion
forces pat rolled with gunboats i lie
Mississippi River, and no herds could
be taken across to feed tbe main rebel
armies; cattle could not be shipped to
Cuba for fear of almost certain cap
ture by war vessels on tbe Gulf pas
sages. and they could not be safely
driven north or west.
So Texas's 3,000,000 cattle multiplied
like vermin in an army camp, upon the
ranges of Texas, where they ceased to
have a cash value and became only an
article of barter, seventy-five head be
ing exchanged for a good saddle horse
and 100 head for a two-horse wagon.
The stows in the grazing regions ex
changed goods and wares for them,
lixing a ridiculously low scale of prices
for the live stock, payable in goods,
&c„ from the store. This state of af
fairs continued until two years after
tbe war closed.
In the Northwest tlie supply of live
stock was depleted to feed the Union
armies, and for two or three years af
ter the close of the war remained
scarce and dear in price, so that the
masses of laboring men and factory
operatives could scarce afford beef up
on their tables oftener than once a
week, and then it was of the cheaper
cuts of the carcass.
rituatiß of tbe World.
The Suez Canal is about JOO miles in
length, and cost $1,000,000 per mile for
its construction. The Corinth Canal
is 4 miles in length, and cost, com
pleted, with its approaches, $1,000,000
per mile. The proposed Nicaragua
canal will cost per mile, with its ter
minals and approaches, certainly not
less, and probably more than the sum
named. The canals of Suez and Cor
inth are real maritime canals, built
without locks, upon the sea-level. Tho
one, that of Corinth, is situated in the
temperate zone, where the rainfall is
37 or 40 inches per annum. The other,
thai, of Suez, is located in a region
without rain. Neither of these is
threatened in its course by streams
liable to sudden and perilous floods,
so common in the tropical reigion of
Central America. These two great
works afford no real parallel to the
Nicaragua project, either as to cost
or feasibility. The one work parallel
to this undertaking is very near, very
like it, both in place and circumstance;
it is that of tbe Panama Canal across
tbe Isthmus of Darien.
A Maddening' Hide.
For an 'hour and a quarter a mine
engineer near Bourne, Ore., was
whirled around with the fly wheel, In
to which he had fallen, but when he
recovered consciousness after the
wheel was stopped it was found that
lie was not seriously hurt. The wheel
was a twenty-foot one and was mak
ing 125 revolutions a minute.
Divorce Court at Home.
Judge Macdougall, of Toronto, Ont.,
urges that the Dominion of Canada
should have a divorce court of its own,
to which the humblest citizen could
appeal, and have hia case heard with
out going, as now, to the Dominion
Parliament, where the great expensa
is almost prohibitive to him.
LUCKY LARRY LONNIGAN,
A Fairy Skttrj for the C'liildlivr.
Sure, childher, 'tis a laing toime
since I tould yez a fairy shtory. An'
it's wondherin' I am if I iver tould
yez about Lucky Larry Lonnigau. Be
me aowl thin, an' he was tli' caution
to cats. Egobs, sorra bit of bad luck
'u'd Bet upon him at. arl at arl. He
lived in that paart of Oireland that yez
can't find en the map.
Whin he was a young lad about six
teen the fureht of his good luck fell up
on him, an' the way of it was this way:
Egorry, an' a vi'lent, cra6s woman was
his mother, always boxin' his ears for
na thing at arl, an' so wan day whin
Larry med the innercint observashin
that divvle a bit more wood would be
cut up, th' ould woman raiched out
her oogly roight hand an' gev' him a
"An* is It a cuff ye gev me?" says
he, rubbin' his ear, an' wid that he
leps out of the doo-r an' starts fer
tewn. New some byes would ha' cried
at Fesavin' the cuff, but Larry was not
theoryin' kind, but bein' of a shrewd
tlmperamintality he noticed that the
cuff had a handsome button in it, an'
he thought he'd take it an' sell it to
the jewelery man that I tould yez
about one toime. An' egobs! the jew
elery man gev him two shillin's for it
Well, Larry felt that rich that he wint
to the fair at Lantrim. in the county
'Tis the fltie booths they do be bav
in' at that fair, an' Larry soon spint
the whole of his money until he had
but a happeuny. An' wid that he
bought a beautiful peach.
An' thin he tharght what a big
omadhaun he was to be spindin' arl
his money upon the belly of him. For
It was cakes an' pies an' sweets was
inside of him till ye could not rist.
Well, he wint on atin' mechanical loike
an' wid his moind annywhere but in
his head till he kem to the pit. 'Twas
the fursht paich he'd iver aten, an' the
pit surprised him. But he'd liaird till
of the fortunes made in pits an' wid
out so much as sayin', "Here's an' aisy
dear, to you," he wint down in the pit
widout a light. 'Tis as brave as u
sparrer, he was.
Egobs! childher, 'tis lucky he was,
for he found that at the bottom ol' the
pit was a mine of soft coal; coal that
soft it would plaise yez to bump ag'inst
it, an' he kem up to the mouth of the
pit, an' seein' an English capitalist
handy, he sold him the roight to mine
in it for noine hundhred an' no-inety
noine yairs for a hundhred thousan'
CHARLES BATTELL LOOMIS.
"Hoskins, lend me a dollar, will you?
I want to buy some postage stamps. 1
came away from home carelessly this
morning, with only 25 cents in my
pocket, and that went for lunch at
"Sorry, Lusk, but I've got only
enough money to pay my carfare
A few hours later.
They met again—accidentally .
At the box office of a theater where a
sparring match was on the bill of fare
for the evening.
"It seems to me, Hoskins," stiffly re
marked Lusk, as he threw down a sil
ver dollar and picked tip the bit of
pasteboard the ticket-seller gave him
in exchange for it, "that this is no
place for a man who has only enough
money to pay his car fare home."
Having exchanged the dollar lie held
in his hand for a similar pasteboard.
Hoskins turned to his friend.
"Lusk," he said, in a tone of mingled
sadness and repioach, "if you paid out
all the money you had for lunch, and
couldn't even buy a postage stamp,
what the St. Louis are you doing
What She Needed.
She was looking over a fashion pa
per when he entered.
"Trying to make up your mind what
you ought to have?" he asked.
"No," she replied; "I know what I
ought to have."
It is always unsafe for a man i* Jest
with his wife upon any subject con
nected with raiment and Bach things.
Ha knows that now.
A GERMAN CYCLIST BRAKL
lugeumty on a My I*B Mountain Tliut Made
Some vioiei'U'aiN st»»r«.
"We Americans traveling abroad are
apt to be very proud of our reputation
for cleverness," said a tourist who
went bicycling in Europe last summer.
"And no doubt we have reason to be.
But I am going to tell you how I had
some of the conceit taken out of me.
"We were going through Switzerland
Itnd had reached the close of the llrst
day's descent toward Geneva. The
road had been too steep to coast with
out the aid of a brake, and as we were
afraid to use our breaks for fear our
tires would not last us through our
trip, we back pedalled all the way.
"As we were sitting after supper on
the veranda of the lodge, discussing
the fatigue of our unusual exercise, and
dreading the morrow, which meant
more of the same sort, our attention
was suddenly called to a cloud of dust
descending the mountain side. Then
we saw a cyclist, coasting as nice as
you please, towing a good-sized sapling
by a rope tied to the rear of his wheel,
which acted as an effective brake with
out Injury to the tires. One of the
boys ejaculated: 'Well, why didn't we
think of that?' The rest were simply
dumb. That man was a German. I
HOW take off my hat to our German
brethren or the wheel."
Mount Vfrnon'ii Cmird.
Edward Parker, the little old color
ed man who occupies I ae sentry-box at
the tomb of Washington at Mount. Ver
non, lives In Washington. That is. his
family live here, and he comes over by
special permit .of the organization
which has control 01 the old home of
the first President of the United States.
For years the tomi> of Washington
has been constantly before this old
colored man's vision. He has never
missed a day from that dingy sentry
box since Mount Voi ::..i! passed in'.o
tho charge of the l.idies. and before
that, dating from Ist I. lie had livej
on the place. lie was a slave of .John
Washington, and Is the last of the
old servants now living.
Every other Saturday Parker comes
over to Washington, always carrying
with him an old-fashioned carpet-bag,
so common in the days of reconstruc
tion. The following Monday morning
he may always be seen a half-hour at
least before the first train starts for
Mount Vernon, waiting around the cor
ner of Pennsylvania-ave. and Thlr
teenth-st. He has never missed the
first train since the electric cars began
running to Mount Vernon. Before
that the first boat to Mount Vernon,
on alternating Monday mornings, al
ways found him a passenger.
Parker is, indeed, a character. lie
assisted In burying the last person
consigned to the vault in Washington's
tomb. After that the key to the vault
was thrown into the Potomac. This
was in the early fifties.
SumetliiiiK lilLc a Srnroli.
A Welshman who was in London
when extensive sewering operations
were in progress lost bis watch. He
reported the matter to Scotland Yard,
and the officials said they would leave
no stone unturned to find the missing
timekeeper. Shortly afterward Taffy
again visited the metropolis and saw
street after street turned up. He was
told that in all thirty-six miles of road
were in the same condition. He rushed
down to Scotland Yard and exclaimed
to the wondering inspector:
"I didn't think I was giving you all
tiiat trouble. If you don't find th«
ivatch by Sunday, i wouldn't break up
my more streets."
Stone lloul Sole*.
An inventor has hit upon a method
of putting stone soles on boots and
shoes, lie mixes a waterproof glue
with a suitable quantity of clean
quartz sand and spreads it over .the
leather sole used as a foundation.
These quartz soles are said to be very
Jiexible and practically indestructible.
Hrttcr Than l ata.
A savant has discovered how to slay
mice and rats by means of a bacillus,
which he has named after himself, and
which is supposed to be far more fatal
than the cat.
Itun't Tuha<TO K|.|| anil Smoke »our I.lll'
To quit tobacco easily and forever, be mas
uelic. full of life, nerve ami vi:,'or, take No-'i'o
liac, the wonder-worker, that makes weak men
strong. All druggists, sflc or #l. C'ureguanin
teed. Booklet and sample free. Address
Sterling Remedy Co.. Chicago or York.
•••••••••ecu ooroeot'® « r>c ee
• ffaOME persons say J©
Si it is natural for
i g; J them to lose flesh [J
•< ' during summer.
J But losing flesh is losing
g; ground. Can you aif'ord
•< to approach another win- >•
g: ter in this weakened con- ;2
g; dition? [g
,•< Coughs and colds,weak
; g: throats and lungs, come
g; quickest to those who are >g
• thin in flesh, to those eas- [•
g: ily chilled, to those who
g; have poor circulation and [g
•' feeble digestion. ► •
j Scott's I
j Emulsion 
• of cod liver oil ivith hypo
-2 phosphites does just as [•
*; much good in summer as [2
•« in winter. It makes flesh Pg
2 in August as well as April.
2: You certainly need as [2
• strong nerves in July as in [g
2' January. And your weak [•
g; throat and lungs should rg
• be healed and strength- [g
2 ened without delay. U
• ' All Druggists, 80c. aniljl.
• < SCOTT <fc BOWNE. Chemists, New YorkJJ
25c 50c DRUGGISTS
JKWE HAVE NO AGENTS «
but bar# told direct to th« con- I J I I
|\ % turner for 25 yoart At wholt- L uuj
..J»TT. Surrey Hornttt. rrict. |i« 00 jy**®"' Sead for lAr*e. free No.JOlSumj. Trie*, with eertAiat, laaae. eaa-
A* good AO tolls for |'ib. CatAlogue of all our ftylea. thtdt, eyrwo end feoder •, |4O. At good At to lit Itr FWP.
ELKHART OAMUASE AND miNIM urn. ro. W. H. PUTT, IH'I, KUUIT, IKB.
bosses many a body and bur
dens many a mind. You can't enjoy
the food you like because you are
bilious, Vou take all sorts of pre
cautions, and yet the bilious attack
leaps (,n you like a tiger from ambush.
You know the feeling! -The blood
seeming on fire with a dull lit at; (he
boring pains in the eyes; the head
seeming to open and shut; the hor
rible nausea. You know the irrita
bility which precedes and the languor
that follows the attack. It's miser
able, isn't it ? Why not cure the
trouble ? There's a pill that will cure
biliousness. Dr. J. C. AYER'S PILLS
are an acknowledged specific for this
A. Swanger, Texarkana, Tex., writes:
" For fifteen years I have u.-tcd Ayer's Pills,
and find tliem very effective in bilious rom
platnts. I have yet to see the case where
they have failed io cure."
If You *ra 811/oum jr
OO MOT FAIL TO Km jF
One Man Hnlltln «« ( liurcli,
Keligious enthusiasm in the case ol
Andrew Honuer, u Georgia colored
man, is manifesting ittself in a unique
but substantial way. His ambition for
years has been to build a church for
the benefit of some of his own race,
the material used to be procured with
Ills own earnings, and 110 workman to
assist him In the rearing of the edi
Andrew Bonner is a simple-minded
negro, filled lo overflowing with what
iiis admiring wife terms "de ol' time re
ligion." He resides with her in Col
lege Park, a village only a few miles
With utter disregard of legal meas
ures, Andrew selected, two years ago.
a site for the church of his dreams,
which he expects to be a monument to
his memory long after lie has returned
to dust. The fact that lie does not
own the ground has never disturbed
him. When fur sighted white friends
urged him lo wait until ground could
be bought for the purpose he paid
110 heed to the proposition but kept on
In his original purposes.
Every spare penny was spent by him
for lumber and nails. The work has
necessarily been slow, but now. after
twenty-four months of patient labor,
Andrew gazes with pride upon the
building, which is almost covered.
It is rumored that the old darky has
sometimes denied his family bread
that he might save money for this pet
Till* llurKlnr t aril a HikiU mill Line.
With a lishliook and line the safe
at the barn of the Stockton, Cal., Elec
tric Railroad Company was cleverly
burglarized the other night. The
money taken in on the cars at night
is deposited in bags, which are placed
in the safe through an aperture at the
top, and forced down through a slide
running at an angle. By the exercise
of skill and patience the burglar suc
ceeded In fishing up three bags, se
curing about |2O.
rueful at*** ol Hie Owl.
"Can there be any possible barm In
killing owls for women's hats?" ex
claimed a New York milliner to a
member of the Audubon Society the
other day."Of what use are the hor
rid creatures to anybody?"
The pretty milliner was quite »ur
prised when told that owls were very
useful birds. Owls eat the field mice,
and other small rodents that work
great injury to the farmer, and every
one that is lost not only means a me
nace to the farmers, but a distinct loas
Dr. C. Hart Merriam, ornithologist of
the I'nited States Department of Ag
riculture, has estimated that in offering
a bounty on owls and hawks, which re
sulted in the killing of more than 100,-
000, the State of Pennsylvania sustain
ed ;i loss of nearly sr>.ooo,ooo in one
year and a half.
'-c Keep Cool!
Cream jggSj\lO quart
is quickly sizes on
made with a hand. -
Window Screens, Poultry Netting
Hammocks, Porch Chairs $1.50 and up, Coal Oil
stoves of Nickless make, Gasoline Stoves.
HARVESTING TOOLS in abundance.
Brick for chimneys, always on hand. Nails, steel
cut, $1.45 per keg. Western Washer, $3.50, best
made; Building paper, 35c per roll, 500 sq. feet;
Poultry Netting, 1 ft. to 6 ft. wide, i-2ct. sq. foot.
Onr Declaration of War
Has been in effect for a number of
years and our
Bombardment of High Prices
Has created havoc of late in the sale of
MOWING MACHINES, DRILLS, HARROWS,
PLOWS, LUMBER WAGONS, BUGGIES,
and ROAD WAGONS
all at the lowest cash price.
i PHOSPHATE, ThiJty tons of different grades will be
sold at a low figure.
W. E. MILLER, Sullivan County, Pa.
FOR THIS MONTH.
We always carry out our promises lo the very letter. Our promises to
the public ia to sell high grade merchandise at lower prices than any other
store in the country. Our constantly increasing businesa is proof. Positive
that our promises have always been kept we have determined that more
than ever we shall keep on increasing and increasing our reputation for
being the greatest popular priced store in this section.
We give you special bargains in
SHOES and Ladies' Coats and
We have a very large stock on hand and will sell this month at cut
prices. It will pay you to make your purchase now. We have a full
line of Ladies' Slippers at bottom prices. Also Ladies' Skirts, Wrappers
Shirt Waists and Corsets. Prices cheaper than you can buy the materia
Ladies' Capes at half price. Come and see them while they last; it w
pay you. »
Come and see: it will be to your benetit. The prices we are ofl'n
now when vou see then) you cannot help buying.
I The Reliable Dealer in Clot
JfICOP rCI Boots and Shoes.