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Logansport, Indiana
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Saturday, May 21, 1898
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ONE WICKED SNOWSHOE And How It Annoyed a dike Tenderfoot. Klon- THE BATTLE DEOLAEED A DEAV. Oaf Correspondent De«rJbe» In a Hnmor- •u Way Hl» Fir»t Ptarmigan Hunt on BnowmhoCT — Interesting Character. In tbe Throng- of Gold Seekers. [Prom Our Special Correspondent.] J.AITF. BENNETT, Alaska, March 29. I bad my first real adventure and narrow escape yesterday. It was with a gnowsboe—to be strictly accurate, a left gnowshoe, for I do not wish to cast any reflections upon right snowshoes or upon any snowshoes whatever against •which I have no grievance. "We started to go ptarmigan shooting early in tbe morning. It had always been my proud ambition to go shooting A MOKE PRETESTIODS RESIDENCE. [From a photograph by A. A. Hill.] Bearing moccasins and snowshoes. So after adjusting everything we set out across the lake. I should perhaps explain that 1 have never prided myself on my prowess as a sportsman, but this is chiefly owing to a lack of opportunity and experience rather than to zeal and effort. This likewise was my first experience with snowsboes, although my companion was to the manner born in this regard and started off with long and easy strides which I endeavored to emulate. I found, however, that about the only requirement was to swing along as deliberately as possible, slightly ^spreading the feet to prevent "interfering." While we were on tbe level I lound no difficulty whatever; my snow- ehoes seemed in every way well behaved, docile and amenable to reason and influence. But when we struck the hill- aide beyond trouble began. My companion took the lead, and I attempted to follow without getting too far behind. Suddenly and when I was not looking my left snowshoe took occasion to dig me in the side of the right shin. Soon it lay hold of a twig and hung so fast that I was thrown down, thus slightly shattering the usual firm foundation of jny patience. Meantime my companion •was striding along ahead easily and regaling me with stories of the delights of ptarmigan shooting. I finally asked him to proceed a bit slower, not on my account—oh, no—but because I had read that old ptarmigan hunters always go deliberately, so as to cover the ground thoroughly. Battle With a Snowshoe. Finally my left snowshoe tripped me •gain in someway, taking me unawares as before. When the gentleman who was with me turned around and smiled, I can swear there was a wicked leer in its face jnst where a thong was broken near the toe, but even then I was not inclined to be resentful. The air was crisp and frosty, it had registered 20 degrees below zero at 7 o'clock, we were on a mission of sport and there was no eense in my spoiling the day by getting mad the very first hour. It was not until I had been annoyed again and again, having been two or three times tripped BO quickly that I was thrown to the ground, that I resolved to have it out then and there and learn which was master. I placed my gun against the limb of a tree and gave my left foot a twist by way of challenge. Then began a battle royal, sometimes the left snowshoe being on top and sometimes I was on top myself. Finally I sank down exhausted and was willing to call it a drawn battle. Meantime my companion roared with laughter and fairly rolled in the snow with delight. After that •we seemed to get along all right enough —that is, I and the snowshoe, although each was disposed to respect the dignity and peculiarities of the other. Thus far we had seen no ptarmigan. In fact, I am a little skeptical about wild animal life in this country, for yon may walk miles and miles and never see the track of bird or beast in the snow. So Jar as I can learn the wildcat is the most common of any animals found here. It is a small animal, weighing from 30 to 30 pounds, and tbe fur makes very light and pretty garments indeed. Bears are also seen occasionally. They are attracted to the trail by the bodies of dead horses, but farther back in the country, as far as I can learn, little signs of animal life are found, and game is so scarce in the north that in some places the Canadian officials have to feed the Indians to keep them from etorving. I am speaking, of. course, of the conditions as they exist at this season. This vast, territory is a breeding gronnd of numberless ducks and geese, and in summer the song of the thrush and robin can be heard, while, strange to say, humming birds are far more plenty than in milder climates. I shall have occasion to verify this latter report a little later, but it has occurred to me that the BO called humming birds may be nothing but giant mosquitoes after all ptarmigan Shooting. Bnt to return to my mutton, or rather to my ptarmigan. Finally v.e descended into a ravine -where the stunted firs •were so thick as to be almost impenetrable. Jnstaswe had about lost our courage and bad decided to return to camp* flock of four or five flew up from he snow almost at our very feet, ompanion blazed away at one, missed, , Then came my turn, for one of the birds alighted not two rods .from where we were. In fact ptarmigans seldom fly ar when (started up by man. Whether t is through lack of actual fear or because of its tmacqriaintance with tbe human species I know not, bat one was kiKed with a club or pole the other day, and in another case I know of a man M1 Abont tbe who shot one with a revolver. I took what I considered good aim and fired, but the bird never moved. You didn't hit him. Let him have another," said my friend. So I went up a few feet nearer, and this time sue- ceedbd in killing tbe bird. After tramping over several miles we —that is, my companion—succeeded in shooting three more, which I have since learned is quite a good day's work in tbe shooting line. The ptarmigan reminds me very much of a white pigeon, except that it .is a little more stockily built and is slightly heavier. At this season its flesh tastes somewhat of the resinous buds which it eats. Books on the fauna of Alaska gpeak of the ptarmigan being most abundant, but from my own observation and inquiry among the Indians this statement cannot be verified. But enough of this. This great army that is comiug into Alaska—a spectacle the world has never witnessed before, and one that in human interest approximates the flight of Mohammed from Mecca or the retreat of the French from Moscow—is of far more consequence. From my tent as far as vision can penetrate a moving line of people winds its way northward, for tbe day is fine and all desire to take advantage of it, though there is very little to be gained by the advance at present There are all sorts of sleds and loads and motive power, but man himself predominates as a draft animal and his best friend, the dog, comes next. In some cases sails are spread as auxiliaries, but the wind is not frequently in the right quarter or of the right force to be of much service From 200 to 300 pounds is a good load for an average man on the lake, where the snow is packed hard and the trail is worn smooth. With tbe aid of sails this amount may often be doubled. In going across country where there are grades a man can drag but about half as much. A Gold Seeker at Sixty. And the gold seekers themselves, what about them? As I study them more closely I am amazed at tWeir cosmopolitan character, their persistence and their earnestness. There is a greater per cent of experienced miners than there wasayearaso and in some of their lives there is material for the most thrilling romances. I have one such instance in my mind. It is the case of a South Carolinian aged about 60 years. He is tall and slender and as straight as the towering pine of 'his own beloved Dixie. There is refinement in his face that the lines of straggle and hardship cannot obliterate and gentle breeding in bis voice. He had been prospecting in SjFftCTSftBOUTTHEHRMYj Items of Interest Carefully Culled and Condensed. WIAPOSS A5D »» d the That Goyern Tnera-How Men Are Examined For Enllstmeut-The Balloon and It« U«e In War. The regular army is made up of 42 regiments— JO of cavalry, 25 of infantry and 7 of artillery. Gnn cotton, as the safest and most effective explosive for the purpose, is the material used in planting submarine mines. . It is a severe examination, physical and moral, that the candidate for en- ligtment in the regular army has pass. In times of peace about one candidate in 25 is accepted. It is a good card for a new recnyt to begin his term of service with little to say Officers and privates dislike soldiers -who talk too much, particularly talkative recruits. A noncommissioned officer is required to nerform no labor with his hands beyond keeping his kit clean. The president is by virtue of his office ' chief of the army and A*ent. For Attack at Sea and Defence lo Harbor*. Torpedo warfare began during the American civil war. The early torpedoes -were crude affairs and were used in comparatively few places, so that not many opportunities were afforded to test the possibilities of the new destructive agent ia naval and harbor warfare. Thirty-seven torpedo attacks have been made thus far iu modern naval warfare. Their total results were 13 ebips sunk and one ship damaged. Six assailant boats were lost. The Whitehead torpedo is the only automobile torpedo which has ever been used in war and is practically the only torpedo in use today. The United States was the last leading nation to adopt the Whitehead, the oavy department delay ing action with the hope that an American engineer would produce the Whitehead's equal. That the torpedo stands today as the most wonderful aid terrible of modern engines of war is not to be doubted, but it has had no real test of its power. Naval officers all over Europe have looked forward eagerly to a war between the United States and Spain as an object lesson in torpedo warfare. The three cylinders that compose the propelling engine within a Whitebead torpedo could be carried in ona's overcoat pocket, but they have a combined force of 30 horsepower. commander navy. Major general, nest to commander in chief (always the president), is the highest rank in the army. The title lieutenant general, which ended with General Sheridan, will perhaps be revived. There are 10,000,000 men of fighting age in the United States. To enlist in the army the applicant must be between 21 and 30 years old, of good' character and habits, ablebod ied, free from disease, not less than 5 feet 4 inches tall, and between 128 and 190 pounds in weight. South American wars since 1877 and the recent war between China and Japan have shown what could be done with torpedoes. Russia also successfully employed torpedoes in her war with Turkey in 1877. A check to the torpedo boat is the torpedo boat destroyer. Of these vessels Spain has 16, England has more than 100, while all the other first class European powers have from 10 to 75 destroyers each. These craft are armed with rapid fire and machine guns, and also are equipped to send torpedoes against an enemy's ship. The simplest form of an anchored RELIGIOUS THOUGHT. (aa of Truth Gleaned From the Teach- Inc* «f -*- 11 Denomination*. Today the highway to every city is carpeted with the flowers of faith and love to make beautiful the path of ideals.— Rev. Frank Milton Bristol, Methodist, Washington. Cbrirtian Fecullarlty- True Christian peculiarity lies in differing from the world in character. As to conduct, decent men everywhere are the same outwardly.— Rev. Dr. Prank Crane, Methodist, Chicago. Jena*' Sympathy For Cm. Jesus is in sympathy with us, praying that we may be shown how to conquer, and, best of all, he will do absolutely the best for us every time.— Rev. W. S- Stevens, Barnesville, Ga. Influence of tove. Love is a devouring flame of fire igainst all that is evil. Its influence is reforming, dividing, disturbing, dissolving and revolutionary. — Rev W. -t*. Gardner, Christian Church, San Francisco. The World'* Safety- The safety of the world lies not in dead forms or dogmas, but in good men ; not in creed, but in character; not professionalism, but in actual goodness.— Rev. R. tist, St Louis. The Young Replace the Old. The world depends upon quickness, smartness, movement, strength and agility. And these belong to youth and •vrin the victory every time against the seriousness, the slowness and the rigid- 'BEAUTIFUL WINONA r in vital Johnston, Bap- ser, ity of age.— Rev. JoBn Cuckson, Church of the Disciples, Boston. Good Advice. When you speak of your neighbor, eay something good of him, and when yon pray ask God to bless him. Attend divine service whenever possible . and you will strengthen your church and • •-- ; - God.— Dr. R. V. the States for the past ten years, but •without success. He finally managed to get enough money for an outfit and he is now among tbe throng bound for the great north country. Not immediately, but after some days of rather close acquaintance, was I enabled to get an insight into his career. His mother was a slave owner. He entered tbe Confederate army and served through the war. At its close enough was left of a princely estate for bare subsistence for mother, himself and his sister. his This he BUGLB CALL AND CAVALRY CHARGE Recruits measuring above 5 feet JO inches in height or weighing above 165 pounds are not accepted in the cavalry BE USES SKIS. [From a photograph by A. A. Bill.] WB" induced to use in speculation which resulted disastrously. Then he left for the mining regions of the west, hoping to retrieve his fortune and making a solemn promise never to return until he had done so. There were tears in bis voice and tears in his eyes as he said to me in ajrarst of confidence: "No, sah. I have left a mother, a sister and a sweetheart in South Carolina, and if I don't make a strike somewhere in Alaska I will never go back. A. A. service. Fat men do not make as efficient soldiers as thin men. Married men and foreigners are not accepted as recruits in times of peace. The pay of a private is $13 a month. While many first battles have been fought upon the sea, there are few great conflicts in history that have not been ended by land forces. On their caps infantrymen wear crossed rifles, artillerymen crossed cannon, cavalrymen crossed sabers, engineers a castle, signal corps men crossed flags. The facings of the infantry uniforms are white, of the artillery red, of the cavalry yellow, of the signal corps orange and of the medical department green. "Eyes of the army" is the term applied to the signal corps, The signal corps of the regular army consists of ten officers, including Chief Greelyand 50 sergeants. Each company of regular soldiers must have at least four men proficient in signaling who may be detailed for the work at any time. Troops who in recent years have fought Indians in the far west are usually experienced in beliograpbic service. This method of signaling, by flashing torpedo .-or mine is tho contact mine, which consists of an iron case containing the explosive -charge. If a ship hits one of the several projecting firing pins, a percussion cap is exploded, which explodes the mine. Stationary torpedoes or buoyant mines are anchored near the bottom in_ deep water by a device which allows them to be electrically released at tbe proper time to rise to the surface be- leath the hostile ship. In the observation mine two wires lead to the shore. The coming of a vessel above the mine causes a bell to be rung or an electric light to be lighted on shore, which informs the operator there that it is time to touch the button causing the mine to explode. LEGALIZED WARFARE. Agreements by Which Civilized Nations Diminish War's Horror*. What is called international law in respect of warfare is a compact among nations as to certain rules and forbearances that shall be observed in conducting hostilities should war arise between any of tbe parties to the agreement. It is agreed among the great nations of Europe that in the event of war arising, arraying any one of these powers' against another, there shall be no privateering on either side. This limits yonr own faith in Atkissou, Methodist, Atlanta. The Future Reward. As the happiness of age depends upon the discretion and self discipline of truth so if man is to live again we must reasonably believe his future peace will be proportionate to his present faithfulness.—Rev. Charles Edward Locke, Methodist, San Francisco. Vftlne of True Giving. True giving is that which costs something, which is measured by sacrifice, which is the child of tears and blood. And, brother man, take to your heart this lesson, that only sacrificial giving can bless the world.—Dr. George H. Combs, Christian Church, Kansas City. Expressions and Acts of Nature. Acts are the language of nature. When let alone, they are true to nature. As words express, body forth, the inner, unseen exercises of thought, so the acts as the language of nature are the expressions, the visible images, of the heart-its exercises and states.—Dr. J. H. Hall, Newman, Ga, The Bible Regained. A new and vital relationship is established between men and God through the Bible, in which he speaks to us today as distinctly as he did to the apostles. Thus the Bible, which under modern criticism seemed to be dead, is alive again. It seemed to be lost, but is found.—Rev. James Reed, Society of the New Jerusalem, Boston. The Need of Example and Precept. Example as well as precept is what the world stands so much in need of today. The fulfillment of the law by our acts and deeds is necessary if we would be effective in our work of lifting up fallen humanity. Our heritage is sure and ever remains, but we will be required to prove our right to enjoy a re- A Delightful Summer Haven. Winona Lake, Indiana, (formerly Eagle Lafce) is an attractive summer- haven on the Pennsylvania Lines near- Warsaw, Indiana. As the site of Winona Assembly and Summer School, •this resort has grown into popular- favor very rapidly. laiprovements- made on the two hundred acres of romantic woodland which stretches- nearly t.\vo miles along the eastern shore" of Winona Lake, a beautiful sheet of water, include all the comforts and conveniences for a highly, enjoyable sojourn. Ample facilities are at hand for satisfactory entertainment at reasonable rates at the commodious hotel which adjoins -tie railway station at vbe entrance ito the grounds, Iff cosy cottages, or in tents as may be- pref erred. Persons who may desire to combine devotion, entertainment and instruction with rest and recreation, will find VTinona Lake the ideal spot for invigorating borli mind and body by instructive entertainment.and< study and health-giving recreation. The educational work of the Summer School Is in charge of well known instructors. The- cottage halls are equipped with all required paraphernalia; the large auditorium in which tie Assembly meets, and in which prominent lecturers ar& heard during the season, has a seating- capacity of over 3,000. An amphithe- atre, race track -and other facilities 1 for athletic pastimes are provided. The- fishing, bathing and.' boating are fine, The large fleet of boats being of tie- best. The season of 189S will open May;; 15tb. Commencing on that date excursion 'tickets with fifteen -day limit will be on sale via Pennsylvania Lines. They may be obtained during May, June, July and August. The sale, of" season excursion tickets will begin June 1st, and continue daily until September SOtli. Season, excursion tickets- will be good returning until Octotoer 31st. Full information about the attra«- ttions at "Beautiful Winona," its Assembly and Summer School, etc.. wilt be cheerfully furnished all who address^ Mr. Sol C. Dickey, secretary, Winona Lake, Indiana. Inquiries a-bout excursion rates, time of trains, etc., should' be addressed to Passenger and Ticket- Agents or the Pennsylvania Lines, or to F. Van Dusen, Chief Assistant General Passenger Agent, Pitbsburg, Pa. a re- K»ci»l Repartee. Civil courts are dry enough places at almost any time, but then again there are all manner of funny incidents cropping up in them. Not so long since Frank Hagerman was examining a witness in Judge Gates' division and was endeavoring to show that the man then on the stand had an ulterior motive in testifying. A negro had been hurt by a street car, and a big negro doctor from across the state line had a great deal to say about the injury. He said he bad been duly served with a subpoena by a deputy sheriff. "Who was the deputy sheriff who served yon?" the attorney asked. Witness replied that he did not know his name. "Was he from this county?" "Yes," was the answer. "He was from Jackson county." "Then describe him and we will soon have him on the stand." This did not strike the zealous yet cautions witness, and with an air of superiority as above vulgar details he •waved his hand imperiously, and looking away across tbe Missouri river said: "I kain't describe him, sah. All these yere white main look alike to me." That broke up Hagerman, and the witness was excused. - Kansas City TiniH. of mirrors, was much used in the later Apache campaign. War balloons are now fitted with telescopic cameras, by which photographs of a vast area of country can be obtained. The anchor cable contains telephone wires by which the men aloft may communicate with the commander on land. The best of coffee is served to Uncle Sam's soldiers, and it is assumed thac each man will drink a pint three times a day. The regular infantry arm is the Krag- Jorgensen sis shot repeating rifle. With it is used the sword bayonet Smokeless powder and 80 caliber bullets are used in the army magazine rifle. An advantage in the regulation sword bayonet is that when detached from the rifle i« can be used as an ax, a knife or a machete. The Missouri mule continues to be the draft and pack animal of the army All army horses are bred and raised in the west. The government buys tbem unbroken,'and each horse is trained by the cavalryman to whom it is assigned. The weapons of a regular cavalryman are a carbine, revolver and saber. There are four regiments of colored troops in the regular army, two of cavalry and rwoof infantry. They are corn- Banded by white officers. tbe capturing or destruction of the enemy's commerce to the operations of regularly commissioned warships. At the beginning of the present war with Spain President McKinley proclaimed that the neutral flag covers enemy's goods with the exception of contraband of war and that neutral goods cot contraband of war are not liable to confiscation under the enemy's flag. There are differences of opinion as to whether certain articles are contraband of war—that is, whether they can be useful to the enemy. Thus, while sul- ward by our works.—Rev. Alexander Gordon, Baptist, Philadelphia. Real Religious Reformer. The true reformer will always be a man of construction as well as destruction- The world does not care much about what I don't believe. It is only when I tell what I do believe that it cares to listen. The real benefactor of his race is the one who can show the constructive value of the Bible, and not he who points out the mistakes of Moses.—Rev. Dr. G. L. Perin, Everyday Church, Boston. Happiness Depends on Yonr Conscience. It is very important that your heart or conscience shall not accuse you. Your happiness does not depend on anybody else's conscience or heart, but on your own. God gave you a conscience, with the command that you should follow its behests, and when you get into the other world that conscience will be your judge. In other words, God will not judge you, but you will judge yourself. —Rev. George H. Hepworth, Congregationalist, New York. A Method of Regeneration. The child as the ward of tie state. J. D. Johnston has suffered lapse and Is again quite elck. Deafness Cannot be Cured by local applications, because they cannot reach the deseased portion of the ew. Tnerw- is only one way to cure Deafness, and tuMlr- by constitutional remedies. Deafness !•' caused by an inflamed condition of the mucous lining of the Eustaohian Tube. Whenr this tube gets inflamed you havearnmbUnr sound or imperfect hearing-, and when it it en-- tirely closed Deafness i« the result and unle»». tiie inflammation can be taken out and thistub*- restored to Its normal condition, hewing wilt be destroyed forever; nine cascp, out of ten- are caused by catarrh, which is nothing but an. inflamed condition of tbe mucous surfaces-. W'pwill give One Hundred DoUars.for any case of .DeafneBS (caused by catarrh) thM cannot be cured by Hall's Catarrh Cure. Bend tor- circular, free. F. J.CHENEY & Co., Toledo, O. Sold by druggists, "5c. Hall's family 'Pills ai e the best. Miss Nettle Sabel, of Wlnamac, who has been visiting here, has returned home. There it » Clatt of People Who are injured by the »§e of coffee. Recently there has been placed It all the grocery stores a new preparation called GRAIN-O, made of pure.- gralns, that take the place of coffee. The most delicate stomach receltet* It without distress, and but few cao tell It from coffee. It does not cost- over one-fourth as much. Childreo may drink It with great benefit. 15- cents and 25 cents per package. Try It. Ask for GBAIN-O. From the Clerk «f the Cwt. Peru, Ind., May 13,1898—Oharle*- B. Hughes, clerkX the Miami elr- helpedasfar as possible through the I * lt court of Indiana, recommwdav T , v-r.4- n-Vio-ye. t.Viflt influence ends or 1 ,. 1*11- ^w— u«.» **«M{IW home, but where that influence ends or is hurtful, the removal of the child from the home for sufficient hours each day to reshape him and yet leave him the property of his legal guardians, seems to me a most feasible and natural method of regeneration. The church may supply the spirit and eventual-:the method, but just now the next-step. from which powder might be land, they are always important ones. '- must be taken by the state.—Dr. Barton O. Aylesworth, Denver. Standard of Growth. We feel at times the desire to take account of our lives, to see ho\v far they liave fulfilled the possibilities in them. We must look, not outside, but within ourselves to find the standard by which we are to use our growth. Every man has an ideal of what he, with his particular character and ability, can be. The fact that ho sees this ideal means that if he will he can attain it His knowledge of what he can do and hi* obedience to the summons that this HOO<"K Sarsaparilla as tbe best family medicine on the market.'and say* It- has been taken u a blood purifier in. his family with most satisfactory remits. Eobert Weaker has completed Klondkye outfit at Chicago and returned home. made, is contraband, it is still an cided question whether the same rule j applies to coal that might be used ia steaming by the enemy's warships. In all modern wars, even when such gavage forces as Spain and Turkey are engaged, the Red Cross flag has been respected by combatants on both sides. No pillaging is now allowed in war, .but an arm j'may take whatever it needs lor its use in passing through a country —food for men and horses, wagons and animals for transportation, arms, munitions and supplies of all kinds. In the present war Spain claims a right to grant letters of marque to privateers, but has intimated that she -will jimuly place -under naval control jnerchant snipe that are to serve as/ tjiaries in this conflict his hat No man can cure consumption. Youi can prevent It though - Dr. Wood'a Norway Pine Syrup cures coughs, colds, bronchitis asthma.Never Settee «f ippHeatlwu w > tta - . rerifewirhnKiJotd. -My J>1»2»~<£ JSSSff' eLd UcM are ttbe •oJd/.aadAlAfc**. knowledge gives, act and react upon each \ other until at last fee life swings out into the fall circle .of .the complete liff.v —Eev. Edward Hale, Unitarian, Cambridge, Mass. MrMZ«aidljqpIH*BZ«t(k] . _ *J»onl£,«w S dfl 2 or«t.tw S l

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