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Logansport, Indiana
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Thursday, February 21, 1895
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GLIMPSES OF JAPAN. Peculiar Customs Which Rapidly Dying Out. Are How • European Tr»»eler Onmo Near H«k tag Marrl«tl Without lll« Knowledge— P Flcturenquo Shinto ITImti — I'hy- llclaaft nnU Their Attendant.. l-Speclul Yokohama Letter. 1 The almost, marvelous evolution of the Japanf.se from absolute barbarism to refined civilization has been discussed and commented upon so frequently that it would prove tiresome to dwell fit length upon the many causes responsible for tho change. It has been said by some British critics who are not prepossessed in favor of the Japs that the progress of the people of tho Asiatic island empire is duo to parrot-like imitation, the like of which 'could not possibly obtain nmonff a nation conscious of its dignity und proud of its institutions. From this they argued, even a short time a<fo, that the Japanese nre a mercenary race a.nd totally unfit to cope with an enemy worthy of their steel. Ileecnt events in China have demonstrated the fallacy of such reasoning. Tin- Japanese penchant for imitation has enabled Field Marshal Oyama lo lead an army into the flowery kingdom ivhieh will not rest until it has reached IVkinjj; while Afiiatie conservatism has placed the greatest empire of the world at the mercy of a comparatively insignificant powcV. Cli'mcso bra<; has availed nothing against Japanese tenacity, modern chlila'rsliip and m " n; esp.uiall.y against Japanese patriotism—tin. 1 creation of a liberal form of ^ovci-nnient. copied from Hit; republics and constitutional monarchies of Uurnpe and Amcr'nii. Japan is the frirest. country in Asia and tho.re- fort; alwj the strongest. Its soldiers (ifflit for their liberties ns well as for their monarch, and therein lies the secret of Japanese success on the batllo- - field. fc Travelers who have spent years in W Japan are unanimous in declaring its people happy, jovial and thoroughly honef.t and honorable, Huron DuKorJt, one the most fanimis naturalists and anthropologists of Unropu, after a protracted visit, was led to exclaim: "V.'liat a wonderful, remarlcable, ..sympathetic, jflorious country is Japan. I am tempted to repeat this sentence twenty times over in a .single moment. \Vould that all foreign inJluence eould be sent to the dog's so that this small paradise ers of Japan. Japanese wives are extremely faithful to their huubands. Most women color their teeth •: dfep bla'/.k nftor marriage and others pull out their eyebrows, the object in cither case being a desire to prevent men from making love to them. This explanation must be taken with the proverbial gruin of salt, however, for no known nation or tribe has been known whose women had a desire to look unat- traetis-e. Another explanation of the orig-in of the custom is far more plausible. In clays fjone by every nobleman had the privilege of claiming 1 any woman whose appearance pleased him as his own. Married me* who feared to lose their wives through this ancient law induced their wives to disfigure themselves so ris not to evoke the admiration of the nobles. At first this A (tilINTO IM'.tl-tHT. sacrifice was voluntary, but in the course of Lime it became obligatory. Siacu the introduction of western ideas, however, the practice has been slowly but surely dyin^ out. I'rudcry is a failing that has never existed in Japan. Men and women aro admitted to the public and private baths—and of these every Japanese city and village has a lar^-e number— indiscriminately, and most of tho attendants at these places are women. There nre virtually no limits to the liberty enjoyed by Japanese ffirls. Many nobles of the purest blood have been known to woo the mothers of their children in tea houses and similar resorts or have permitted matrimonial agents to pick out wives for them at such places. The strangest feature of this state of affairs—and one which no foreigner can explain—is that girls so chosen arc among- the most faithful of wives and most devoted of mothers. The Japanese, like the French, are preat frequenters of summer and winter resorts. They have their Nice and their Ostend, where the nobility and the rich traders attempt to outdo each other in the matter of imitating the ways of the few European visitors. 'The most attractive features of Japanese summer resorts arc the tea houses whose proprietors make it a business to surround their customers with bright and beautiful waitresses. A picture of. one of them—a typical Japanese belle, by tho way—is part of this article. The most picturesque men to be seen in the mikado's dominions are the Shinto priests. Shintoism is the ancient, stiito religion of Japan, anil the religious system indigenous 1<> tin 1 coun- mi niar- n- !;:mws i!. Or. , (.'arl (,ici-:ii:'ii trmvlt.'i 1 . lunl ;i funny rNprr'u-iH-c in this liiu 1 , of which he say;.: "It, may lu- known U> but, tVw thut purely platouii 1 n-lutions with t!u' mcriiV)i.'rs of a .liipuno.so fsimily inny oiul in k'£-;il murriiiR-c. All thut is ix-tvs- snrv to bo thrown into Mich a prodii.'a- mout is :i liiniteil quantity of fcood nature, You aro invited by tho head of a family to call at his IIOIIM-. \\'hilo thorn you are inlroducod lo Iho liaiifrhtor, in whom, porchanoe. you Uilro i). littlo. inoro than formal intorost. TluMnotlu'i', noticing this woaknoss, will at, onuo invite you to visit tho tlicator with them. 'Olothoraiul lUin^iilt'i 1 dross a.-> fror- poon.sly as (hi'is. nurso ponnits: you find yoursolf M-iitod \vs!h iln'iu in a box; aftura fow ivin:ir!;s about tho porfovm- liiu-o thi v iT'i'l oasily find-. an opportunity to .f:iv<ir l!u- ^'n\.'>t \',ilh >o;uo triilin;jr prcsoiit, MK-h us I'niit. or perhaps a nip ;,- w.'!--.hij shrines contain ': •S it. iveivrni-.'."'! I'.i 1 inlroihielion of various sys- lluddliisiu tlte establishment, of an order of priesthood became a necessity, fur reasons of self-preservation. At the present day the Shinto priests or teachers are counted among the most loval mid patriotic advocates of political progress. Their society is courted by the noblesas well asby the humblest peasants. Another important figure in Japanese life is the physician. His school of medicine is beyond description, and so are his medicines, lie never visits a patient without being accompanied by an assistant who carries a. heavy inert i- of to:;. ShouM bv 1 prosrMt '.;\;r a est roeip'.v.-ate io:-.u-kind to the WnI/ant of the is ecuisiiiored equivalen! !o :•. propose', and a;:eept- r.r.ee." Mr. Staiijji-n did not- only present the d.ilt;.r';!ierof his !:os;o-,s wii'n a very handso:>u- j.'il't. 'nit also rotnoni- bcred her sister.-, and ollu-r ineiabei-s of the family, thereby making their ::s- suranee doubly sure. Xot until he noticed the effect of his p.-nerosity diil his reiil position dawn upon him. "Flight was the only way out of it," he says, after doserib-;;^ his nneonsc.uvas wooing, "and had 1 not succeeded in putting,' snatiy miles betwevn mysolt' anil my intended the next day would have se;>n mo married." It makes no ditTorei'.oo whether a man is already married, O" ll;ls llli ' ''"" inteniioii ot ^ rernnjning a bac'.-.ekn- all l;:s life, he must make gvod the promise holdout to the designing damsel who has led him astray with a ti»y oriental plnm or sugared lemon. Should he happen to -| be tho possessor ot" a wife previous w his il'u-tation he can secure a divorce without much diftieulty; but as legtil separations-of this kiiul are not recognized .by European or American eourU It behooves .foreigners to bo very careful about accepting presents, be they ever so trifling 1 , from the dusky charni- body knows, has but.two masters—tne cmr and the gendarme. WILLIAM WALTER WELLS. PRICKLES AND STINGS. Peculiar Features of California's Animal and Plant Life. ANKsK rilVS'.CIAN AX1> ATTEXDAXT. eine case on his back, every doctor being his own apothecary. Of late years, manv voting Japs havo bi. v en sent to .Europe and the United States ro study medicine, and in the largo cities and seaports old-fashioned prtietuioners find no patients outside of the poo^ quarters. Although broaches of peace are of rare occurrence. Japan is tho best policed eovmtrv in tho world. Xo stran- Tho Country In Fall of Crerplnc Crcntoren That Bite and Stlnfir-PlHnr.il That Partake of thft .Sumo l»bon- pltablc Chaructcrlstlc, [Special Los Ancelcs (Cal.) Letter. 1 1 suppose that the earl3"missionaries of California had a more potent reason for calling the land "the country of tho devil" than the nature of the fauna and flora that confronted them in the terra, incognito of their wanderings, but the holy father who traveled on foot from old Mexico, across the arid stretches of desert, was fully justified ; if he deemed the animal life that he ; met with there was a. direct emanation ( from the hand of the evil one. There | is something so knowing and yet so uncanny in the leer of the horned ; toad, and the unwinking gax.c of the . lizard, that oven though we know now . that they arc harmless creatures, wo do not care to come into intimate acquaintanceship with them. They aro not without a certain sort of beauty, that same which we notice in the primitive pottery of this once arid and deserted country of southern California. There is the dun yellow of their native sands, modified by black markings of intricate and. perfect geometric: form, and it was no doubt from these that the savage artists uf begone days copied tint and ornamentation. The lillle "swift," a creature of the lizard kind, is rather too rapid in his motions to allow any accurate, study, except by strategy, hut do not believe ilif anyone tells you that when he is alarmed he drops olT his tail, leaves it as a ruse to deceive his enemies, and scuds,'iv, 1 ay tailless but happy, goes into retre'at, and straight way sprouts and grows a new caudal appendage. Ho not believe either tliat it, is impossible to capture, him, for I know u certain small boy who caught one, painted it rod, and released, it. I havo boon expecting ever since to road a learned disquisition by some native naturalist o^ same features "of mttospitaiitr, tnoug-Q they, to be 1 snre,'are rather annoying 1 more than poisonous. They seem to warn every living 1 thing- away from thoir vicinity. There is the thorny tuna, or "prickly pear," which grows everywhere, and bears beautiful blossoms and fruit" that is a delusion and a snare, seedy, acrid and prickly. Perhaps the Mexicans do eat it, as I have heard they do, hut they aro so fond of pepper and other biting, stinging preparations that a cactus spine more or less would probably make little difference to them. Then there is the candle cactus, a curious thins 1 in tho shape of a bush formed of many candle-shaped- branches that are also about the size of an old-fashioned "tallow-dip." They are the spiniest and prickliest of created, thin'gs, but they bear at the point of the '-caudles" a beautiful lisrut-green flower, the size and shape of the man- What is ^ >». CK.VTUI'.y I'J.ANT. drake blossom, but., like most desert flowers, devoid of perfume of any kind. The spines of this cactus arc filled with a highly inflammable oil. and when one of the bushes is lighted it burns with a, clear flame for some minutes, but as the body of the "candle" is non-combustible, it is not g-ood fuel. When the candle-cactus dies, its dead body resembles the sprays of coral, that we have all seen. The branching 1 trunk is a dead ivory white in its decay, and is full of minute holes, where the spines grew. The tourist likes to take home with him a piece of dried "candle," and has.it polished and uses it as a cane; and a curious and beautiful cane it makes, too. The "Spanish bayonet" is the most beautiful of the prickly thing's of the desert. It has slender spiked leaves in a cluster near the ground, from which rises a ta.ll stalk bearing- on cither side pure white. bell-shaped odorless ilowcrs. Tho century plant is too familiar to need description, but, the "mother palm,"' the cui-iolis yucca, is not so well known. Everything in nature has its uses, hut the yucca is of no groat benelit. t,o man until it has been dead a oenU'.i-y or two. when its petrified trunk is e:-:lunr.:-;! shrouding sands a: tin! dwell. ^-.<i-r;,;''",v..r-:.v '••••'^^fcf^^:;::-!« • '"iMftuf^j."^ ?,£--"_-_;'• '" SL'AMSII H'AYoNKT. npoi; "a rare species ot swift of bright red color." Yon know all about the rattlesnakes of the southern California country. Tin y aro about like their relatives elsewhere. The natives make him an excuse for the over present pocket flask of --snake-bite" remedy, and wDl tell yon that hundreds of persons are bitten by them (the snakes, not the flasks';, although 1 iirivo never hoard of a single fatality, and eanuot discover anyone who has known personally of one. The fact is the "rattler" is a shv creature, and will run, rather than fight, unless he is taken unaware. Have you ever seen n tarantula? I do not know why it is that, humanity, and especially feminine humanity, has such an unreasoning fear and hatred of the spider creation. You know the old story of .U-iadiiP, and I have no doubt the (ireeks used it to account for that trait in women, for 1 think that the Creel; women were exactly like the women of our acquaintance, barrivig a, few non-essentials in the matters of frills and lui'linery. Ariadne, you know, in a contest in tiie creation of t;i-,)o.sti-y. excelled .Mir.erva. and was ehfingi-d into a snider by the jealous .'rodders. The tarsmtuKi is not one of the iusignii'ieant spiders that, frequents Castoria is Dr. Samuel Pitcher's prescription for and Children. It contains neither Opium, Morphine nor other Narcotic substance. It is a harmless substitute for Paregoric, Drops, Soothing Syrups, and Castor Oil It is Pleasant. Its guarantee is thirty years' use by Millions of Mothers. Castoria destroys -Worms and allays feverishness. Castoria prevents vomiting Sour Curd, cures Diarrhoea and Wind Colic. Castoria relieves teething troubles, cures constipation and flatulency. Castoria assimilates tho food, regulates tho stomach and bowels, giving healthy and natural sleep. Castoria is tho Children's Panacea—tho Mott_ ? 3 Friend. Castoria. " Castoria. Is an excellent mcdlclno for children. Mothers have repeatedly told mo of its good effect UJIOQ Uieir diiltlrcu." DK. Q. C. OSOOOD, Lowell, Mass. " Castoria is the best remedy for children o£ which I am acquainted. I hope tho coy is not far disKint whenmothers will consider the rc.-U interest of their children, and uso Castoria instead of. thevftriousquftck nostrums which aro destroyins their loved oacs,bj-forcinsophim, morphine, Boothins syrup and other hunful agents down their throats, thereby sending them to premature graves." Do. J. F. KINCHKLOE, Conw:u', Aric. Ca:; toria. " Castoria is so we?; c.;;«pte<l to children that I recommend itnssi: -:r:ortoMiy prescription kuowu to me." H. A. .YncTTKit, M. D., Ill So, Oxford St., Brooklyn, N. T. " Our physicians in Uio children's deportment have" spoken liichly of their experience, in tlira'r outside practice wiili Castoria, and although we only have OJHOU; our mcdiial supplies wh.it is known as rejtular products, yet wo are free to confess that Uw merits of Castoriiv has won us to look with favor upon it." UNITED BosnTAi. AND DiapKNSifft, Boston, Most C. SMITH, Pri-s., The Contow Company, T7 Murray Street, Now York City. BEST IN THE WORUD I For keeping the System In a Healthy Condition. CURES Headache, CURES Constipation, Actn on the Liver and Kidneys. Purifies the Blood, Dispels Colds and Fevers, Beautifies tho Complexion and !• Pleasing and Refreshing to the Taste. SOLD BY ALL D/»ucc/srs. 03-A. nicely illustrated ciphty-pa.ce Lincoln Story Book p-ivcn to every purcliascr of a of Lincoln Tea. Price 25c". Ask your drupsrist, or LINCOLN TUA Co., Fort Wayne, Ind, For Sale by W H. J?ort«-r. Clock Sprin^ Perfect" Comb. Circuses, yonr Dcnlc. foi Spring Gurry Comb Soft ns a Brush. Fits every Curve. Tha Dscd bv U. S. Arrnv nnd by Ganin:n «u* and Leading Horsemen af tile Won«L ft. Srimoie milled post pairf zt, onr cnlc. oi . : , SriUMx CIJEBX CO.UB CO.. iO»I-»f«rcttoSL.« U U. Jknu. Infiia* iaehes Ion;,', rou.'^b ::"•'. sharply pointed, n dark ;:roen at lir.sl and eo-.-ou bruwn a.ft.erwai-d. 'j'wist.ed. tori tired into all sorts of shapes, distorted, iifrty beyond description, these trees stand by the hundred lhoiis;i:uUi upon' the upland de.sert valleys. They are as toujrh as cork in thoir \vuod and nearly of the same fiber. They will not burn until they have Ions' ueon cut down and exposed to the sim. and '..hen the scales alone are combustible. A faetory was once eMi'hiis'fed by an Knglisli syndi- eat;: for r'.li>i:'.::i'r tiio liber of the yucca in •.r.nki:;;; \vr>r-,d-;--.:>; paper, but it was no'. ::n. inve. 1 '. r.:ent \'/hieh i.uiid and the ^vcrk v/;..:* a !*an J* ineti. Tilunv of -..'.J desort i!ow;>rs. borne upon prickly steins, and .surroiuuled by slin"i:iir, isi. 1 '.t 1 o-like- leaves, aro bcauti- arners of ceilings drives housemaid to desperation, fie is tho bold buccaneer of the spider kind, and he is as nrrly as one could wish a buo- j car.ecr to be. It is said the sting: of the I tarantula ca uses blood poison and death, nnd that baking- soda is the remedy. ' Tho cowboys and ranchmen carry some j of this article with them .when they | camp in tho desert, and further put ; faith in the powers of ammonia as nn ! antido'-e. The scorpion is a brilliant j hght green creature, with tho ugliest | claws and, the most repulsive appcar- . ance generally. He is a mortal enemy of tho tarantula, and when they happen ' to raec'. in the course of their promen- ger can pass through a city without ndcs, bntiles take place that would £ur- being asked by some uniformed guar- ! nish a theaue for some poet-naturalist, dian of the pence to present his croden- ' for they aro always to the death, and tials at police headquarters. If his ; the creatures fight, though deprived papers are clear he is. all owed'to pro- .' rnoraber by member of their natural coed, b-.il not before informing- the cap- j weapons, until t.h*y hare g-iven and retain of his destination. In fact, the ; ccived fatal wonnds. svstem of police espionage prevailing I It is not only in the aniinal world in the island empire, is as perfect as that \ tliat the desert is rich in • -prickles and of autocratic Russia, which, as every- : stinrjs. 7 ' The plants partake of the A T'ALM. ful in the extreme. For some reason, v.-hich I cannot explain, white is the prevailing color in dosci-t 2oro. and next comes purple- in varTir.irthits. lavender predominating. There is a corresponding uniformity in the shape of P ECULIAR in combination, proportion aad preparation of ingredients, Hood's Sarsaparilla possesses great ctirative value. You should """P Y IT. tin 1 h.'ossmr.S. :i :':•-'!. 'I lie ": ; .ria ;•-' i fon.n is Hi" oiiiuir.o!) r.:^'. a:-.: '.-.•• cups, ;!!r.:o>'. ipi'-ri. •-'••. •-;.]'-. i" n:!:Jn^- b^iis as lav.'jv ::., :'.-. • and on-. 1 .-;-.-. -io.s !i:;..:-n. ;!•.:•••.! : .:• i ;iate- ly ilo-.-.-n t-n- .s'.v:-.! p.i'i-i.ri-- .i:::;..-.! '-arks in' ;,'V. -on i.-,! i w'iid-. v.-;:i..]: are s-> tmv.'-i t.'iar tln-y hold sand or v.-r'.e-. :::-.•! iK-- ort i:!iiidiv;i i<lo-.v llieiii f::';! of air. liu lhi,".:i !o;:-o;l-,er and ;;iake a so:'t of •:nm- jiOMto biilioon. l-';ill of .stnin.?; 1 intern--.' -"-. is life in the Ca!iJ'orni:i desert, there is no feature of it that, is ii:ore f;:seina'. .!ng than u discrin:iu;Lliiig study of ••i'riekJo.s and S' : ns.'" '.''-'I' V. 'V;i.\i''.x. v. ;::•". :i it", '.-.: ::.X :.". I it !-.:::.:lv Ir-.'-.v.i <.;•}.:••. •..,,I-.,-..:.!. i(. Kad t.:.- ivo'v'.'o.':. !:,.;'u:-.- ti.o i-'ilHo/ir;; tK-.-u;: 1 ,..!.!: ': "f ';er".v!iy ai'.d c-tii.-r euunlrli 1 --., 'I'l:; 1 ,; it Ih-' i-i'intiiieiit;;! e"V.:'.: ries. eve", i.'llvi ;li;".Vi-'.-i:'.;al ,-,ti;r:ir should be. :•<•}•• .;;!.:>;, v.-iii (.'Mir.iriuu their di.Tcivr.ti::! w:.r is also finite probable. All this. comes of a:i incumpetent congress and a:; i.-ieoiii- petcnt administration.—Cincinnati Ouzel to. \'.ri:iK'"-~ l!l " f-' 1 "^" l' J 1-1 fr. A variety of me'liods of restoring life in those apparently dead from drowning. ;Lsphy:;i.-n.ion, ot-,:.. haveber-n advocated, but '.vith ir.dill'erent success. .More than a ;,Vnra;:o the celebrated Dr. |)e !;;::n.i deelared tliat "if .1 person dies :,i::ip!y for want of breath, then. 1 is no good reason why he should not live again if the proper means for restoring life are resorted to." L'pon a chance presenting it sol f. De ]'.:iun proc-i-eded to prove the ti-.itl! of his assertion. A child, apparently dead froia drowning, v.-rjs hrouirist to ii:::; v.-i: !i tl;e .-••.•itH'snc-nt that it had hc-jn deu.I about liri •miantes. He iin:ni'i':i;;teiy p:;s.sid a sinrill n:b'';.'r tuue thr'i'.igh its nos-.i'ils, and elosiug the iconih tightly, proceeded to force the ah into the h:n;rs. After tho lungs, had iieen fully inf'at-etl. lie released the j-. res..--.ire fro::i the mouth ar.d found, as he hrrd o.rcpected, that t!je elasticity of the cliest m-:.sc!cs caused an iminediatu eoni.racTion of the lungs. This con'.raction formed a naturu'l respin.iion. but artificial inspiration was kept, up for nearly an hour, at the end of whk-h time the broithing «"is perfect and ihe child's life saved. , Kiss Delia Stevens, or Boston, Mnw., writes: I ' hf.vc always sulfcrecl from horc-uitary fccriitam. ' J trki! viir'ioiw ri.-inixlk-. Kiiumnny rclinb.c puy- riCWSS, but uo'.'.c re- <rjji IjL'Vct! inc. Allarmtias 8 id six bottles of H.S.S. »m K " now well. I am very (rr«.te(ul to vOu.nsIfc-A ihut it Hnv.jd me from a • life of nntoMiiijons', and pnall tako picture la I nneakim; only words of praise /or your wonderful jnt-iiicine, nnfl in recommendinr: u u> • — — oil -who f.n: ftliiietc 1 ! v> i tli tb ist'-'iiiniUJ iE' Aio'iior 'lis-ms I.LT.J;. Dr. E. Hnbois. of the anr.y service of the r>:iti:h' Indies reports frr.-m Java the discovery of some important "miss- in" link" evidence. Some fossii remains recently upturned in the acdoshie tuffs of the island are regarded cs indicating •the crristL'ace thereof au intermediate form betv,-cen man and the anthropoid apes The bones of this erect and upright skeleton include the upper part o/Vskull, a very perfect femur, and tin •r molar tooth. ' A Cmverrtiil Truth. That Is 3 iru'ta. sure as yo'j'r? bora — "Th^ri'is no ro<c wit'-iout tts thorn- 1 ' Tee '.lirest jjirl you e'er embraced Hao cruel pins wsoir. her wais- LADY : S TOILEI Is not co'nplcte v.-ithout an ideal & Ea Combines every element of j ] beauty and purity. It is be3i:t. : - j 1 lying." soothing, healing, hcalth- ! 1 ful, aTT^ harmless, and "vhcTi L?. rightly used is invisible. A rconl *_ 0' delicate and desirable protection r! •-* the is.cs in this climate. }

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