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Dighton, Kansas
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Thursday, September 1, 1904
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I I . m 18 I 1 HUmmHffin V "The Free State of Counani." "The President of Counani, M. Adolph Preset" "The Members of the Government of Counani." These phrases, rot without their impressiveness, especially to citizens of a republic, have been much in evidence during the last fortnight or so in the columns of the Paris newspapers. Surrounding them, however, there has been a romantic mystery. Counani? Where is Counani? Somewhere in Brazil," comes the vague reply. And "Monsieur Adolph Brezet, the Chef du Gouverr.ment do, Counani?" This illustrious person, the commander of his army, Baron Jette e Uyckel; his financial secretary, Joseph Mario Brezet, Due de Beaufort; his secretary of state for foreign affairs, M. Isidore Lopez Iapuya, and goodness knows how many more, are now in Paris. But for what? "Ah!" replies Rumor, "this indomitable Brezet, the Garibaldi of Counani, having just extricated his country from the yoke of the tyrant, is here to seek the French nation's aid in setting his infant republic on its feet!" Evidently Brazil was "the tyrant," "but one does not seem to remember ho epoch-making struggle by which iho "Obunancse," under Brezet's intrepid lead, seem to have forced her to relinquish her sovereignty over their land. But the fact remains that the president and his cabinet are here, and that several rather mystifying interviews with this savior of his country have made their appearance. . Curiosity led me to investigate M. Brezet, his government and Counani si ff airs generally, and the result is so striking as to need no comment. Be it said in parentheses that the address furnished by the "Chief of Government of Counani" had como as rather a fhock, for it was in no savory quarter of the capital. The president's official letter was more reassuring, for it was written upon a formidable looking sheet headed "Ktat Libre du Cou-r.ani," and stamped with the great eal of the new nation. However, here Is the result of my representative's investigation: An outlying Faris suburb, shabby genteel with the genteel left out; a -declassed and sordid district, skirting the unlovely railway line; a mean street, untidj-, cramped, unclean; a squalid tenement, bare, cheap, jerry; s sloven concierge in a dark and stagnant- loge; dirty, unswept stairs, five tilghts to climb; then a common, unpretentious blue tin label, laughable to tears, and you have arrived at the official , residence of the president of the republic of Counani. A knock since a bell Is absent and the door is opened by a fine breezy figure of a man. a conquisita-dor fulfilling the functions of usher. Tall, broad-shouldered, upright as a dart; fearless, evidently, but looking most sheepishly ashamed of his present circumstances. Yes. he will take vour name, and inquire. Muttered question and answer may be heard in an-inner room, and then the word is riven to enter. So you shuffle through narrow dark passage, another door is held open for you, and the president and his council of state are disclosed to your astonished gaze. A small ordinary living room, characteristic of the usual cheap flat; a floor uncarpeted, newspaper cuttings hanging from the walls for ornament; chairs, no two alike, on each side of you, on them seated a most extraordinarily nondescript set of men, In every attitude of wasting time; i against the further wall by the soli-Itary window, studiously closed, two common "writing tables, back to back, p'cnteously bestrewn with exhausted cigarette fags; an atmosphere of to- bacco fog, an odor of smoke many days stale, with an auxiliary force of ill-digested garlic, and through all this, now looking up at you in inquiry and yes, suspicion the president. An insignificant, unnoticeable sort of man. Of middle height, you will judge of him sitting. A sallow, meager face, with shifty eyes; a scanty mustache, tortured half upward, and a chin, uninspiring, unconvincing, that gives evidence only of a desire to grow a goatee, or else of several days' forget fulness of the barber. The only impression of him that remains is of a rosette in a buttonhole; a rosette tvat you take to be of the Legion of Honor until you look again; and even that has to be taken off and laid aside when the wearer ventures into the street. You look round and take in the room and its occupants again, and your usher, with heard, is the only his bright torpedo relieving sign in a depressing picture. From the official learn, with a good scratching that the Red Book we deal of head Counani constitu- tion provides for a chief of government, with very extended powers, who is assisted by a state council of ten vnembers and a chancellor, who is the second head of the administration. The house of representatives consists ol an upper chamber and a grand council. Public security is assured by a permanent force of police and gendarmes, and the republic is represented abroad ly a "body of diplomatic and commercial agents in every land." We are then given the constitution in a series of annexes, with the decree of Uayana Assu (M. Adolphe when he is at home), proclaiming it in force. Everything is thought of, even to the flag, which is red with a white star in the middle. The old motto of "Justice and Liberty" is retained, while a supplementary trademark is now added, "Je maintiendral par la Raison ou par la Force," which sounds dreadful. A good many people are said to be of Counani nationality, whether they Mke it or not, and everyone has to be a soldier in varying degrees of intensity, from 15 to 60 years of age. There are then, published several proclamations and protestations, which do not seem to have met with any reply except in the case of an application to join the Universal Postal union, which the bureau at Berne respectfully acknowledges, but slily adds that it is impossible to give tire information requested until the moment when the recognition of the Free State of Counani has been obtained. There is also a polite intima-Hon from Belgium that she is not interested in Counani at present, thank you. Two very important documents are the decrees numbered 43 and 141, which, in the name of the people of Counani, give permission to foreigners to reside there, and even to obtain the inestimable privilege of naturalization. The main point of these seemc to be the payment of five francs for a passport. It only remains to add that this Red Book is really very nicely printed, and the punctuation throughout is fairly correct The type, too, is clear and easy to read. It is now time to recollect that, in spite of all this, the republic of Brazil was still keeping its end up, and k legation In Paris was still In fairly good working order at the old sign. You go there, just to make sure, before allowing yourself to laugh all you want. You have the luck to fall In with a most courteous secretary, who tells you briefly this: Between Brazil proper and French Guiana there lies a territory known as Ccunani, after the principal town there. The frontiers here had never been definitely deliminated, but, as ihe country was comparatively bare and savage and of little commercial value, the question was left in abey ance, and the district became known a? the "Contested Territory," and for a long while, indeed, wras the happy hiding ground of the convicts escaping from the penal settlement of French Guiana. In 1895, however, gold was discov ered and a rush took place, bringing the country into prominence, and it was under these circumstances that the French and Brazilian govern? vnents signed a protocol to refer the question of frontier to the arbitration oi Switzerland. A decision rendered at Berne in December, 1900, gave the country to Brazil, and immediately ihe government of Rio de Janeiro an nexed it to the district of Para and put its administration into due force. Since that time law and order have been definitely established there, and the country enjoys participation in 'he constitution of the Republic of Brazil. "As for the person who styles himself president of the Free State of Counani" (it is still the Brazilian legation secretary who is speaking), "he is simply an adventurer. He certainly has been to the place, coming from no one knows where, and but for his timely withdrawal would have been arrested, not for anything so grandiloquent as high treason or the like, but cn a police court charge of theft. "He escaped to Paris, where he has got together a band of men like himself, 'gens sans aveu,' of no avow-rble profession, and is now simply trying to get money from the foolish or worse. "Oh, no, he does not trouble us; we take no notice of him; all we have done is to beg the Paris police, in the interest of common honesty, to keep an eye upon him and his gang." Another illusion gone, another castle in Spain crumbled to dust and ashes in Counani. Nothing remains, not even Port Tarascon of the immortal Tartarin. Paris correspondence New York Press. Forgot Name of His Intended. "Lemrae see," reflected George Sanders, colored, as he stood before Deputy Walter Ratcliffe's desk in the county clerk's office at the court house yesterday a perfect picture of perplexity. "Let me see, what is de name of dat gal I'm goin' ter marry?" As the bystanders laughed and made suggestions. Sanders, - who- had come to the court house for a marriage license and forgotten the name of his fiancee, scratched his head and made an explanation: "I am plumb excited. I ain't used to all this to-do of gettin' married, and I've just forgot that gal's first name as clean as a whistle." The witness that Sanders had brought with him was not acquainted with the girl's first name, having known her only as "Miss Johnson," and could not help out. Finally, Sanders got his bride-elect over the telephone, and this is what he said: "Say. honey, what is yo front name?" What the reply was cannot be stated, but Sanders hastened to explain: "You see. honey. I'm so plumb excited that I've done forgot it, and I can't get de license." She told him and he turned away from the instrument exclaiming: "Of course, I oughter have remembered it. Mattie Johnson, boss." Louisville Herald. Medal for Chemist. - At the annual meeting of the Association of German Chemists, held at Manheim recently, the Liebig gold medal for distinguished services In applied chemistry was presented to Dr. Rudolf Knietsch of the Badische Ani-lin und Soda-Fabrik, the discoverer of the so-called contact process of sulphuric acid manufacture. EXCEPTION TO THE RULE. If you would grow a business plant, lour gardeii won't be neat; You'll find you can't allow the grass ' To grow beneath your feet. New York Sun. IN THE NEAR FUTURE. 'Made a colossal fortune, you say?" Yes. He was the first man to pub- 'sb, a nine-cent magazine." Puck. TRUTH. 'Consistency's a jewel." " "That's all right, but you can't work It off on my girl instead of a diamond ring." FRANK. usmond "You always pay as you ;o, don't you?" Desmonde "No, indeed; I pay as otkr people come after me." THE BRUTE! Mrs. Jawkins "I've been trying to talk to Mary over the telephone, but I wouldn't understand half she said." Mr. Jawkins "You'd find it easier if vou were to talk one at a time, my dear." Ally Sloper. , CAUTION. "I don't want to be too easily won," she said. "Naturally," he conceded. "So if I say 'No' now," she went on. "you "won't get cross about it and never ask me again, will you?" DEFINED. "Ask me what the present is," said the epigramist. "Well, what?" we ooligingly sponded. re- "The present," he replied, "is the advance agent ef the future." A NEW EXCUSE. Office Boy "Mr. Spotcash, may I go and attend a choir rehearsal this after noon?" Merchant Ah: lhat an improve ment. Of course you may go to the !all game, my boy." Chicago Tribune. STARTER. "May I kiss your hand?" "Well, that will do to begin with.' New York American. THE DIFFERENCE. I am afraid," said the very wealthy young woman to the titled wooer, "that our ideals differ." "In what way?" -"I should like to be loved for my own sake, while you expect to be loved for the sake of your family." Washington Star. BRIGHTENING THE PAPER. Bangs "Wonder what there was in the paper to-day about Masterson?" Grimes "Didn't know there was anything." Bangs "Oh, there must have been. He was saying to me that to-day's issue was unusually interesting." Boston Transcript. HOW HE GOT IT. - De Bore "How did you catch your cold?" De Bristle "You know colds are contagious." De Bore "Yes." De Bristle "Well, I caught it asking other people how they caught their colds." New York Weeklv. - NONE FOR SCHOOLS. - "That billionaire is a curious person." ' "In what way?" "He'll give hundreds of thonsands of dollars to establish universities. But it makes him cross to see the tax collector coming around for his share of support for the public schools." Washington Star. IN CIS LINE. "What is it, sir?" asked the workman, who had been hailed by Mr. Crab-ley. "There's a piano in here tnat I want you to fix," said that gentleman. "But I ain't a piano-tuner; I'm a carpenter." "I know. I want you to nail the lid down." Philadelphia Ledger CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION. "When a man goes out for a spin what should he wear?" "Oh, that's easy; a top-coat." "And. when he goes out in his automobile?' "Why, he should be dressed to kill." 'When a girl goes to a musical, what should she wear?" "An accordion-pleated skirt" Yon-kers Statesman, A THE EFERGE CENTREPIECE.' It is noted that at fashionable din ners at Newport the low silver bowl used for centrepiece is beiug supplanted by a high dish, more of an urn shape. This is called an epergne, and was in high favor as a centrepiece to hold flowers fifty years ago. It is now revived, and those who have them set them forth with great pride. ARTISTIC PAPER FANS. The new fans are veritable gems of daintiness. They are made of some kind of marvelous paper resembling silk, with Watteau and Boucher reproductions, the originals worth a king's ransom. The spangled fau is not chic this season, possibly because it has not had its day. and the lacy effects are reigning iu its stead. WAS SnE COMPLIMENTED? A certain literary woman, feeling herself under an obligation to a very eminent authoress, and wishing to show her appreciation, bought a box of candy, meaning to present it to the novelist at the earliest opportunity. On the same shopping excursion she bought herself a box of tooth powder, the two purchases making packages of similar size and appearance. Then she sought out her benefactress. "Have you a sweet tooth?" she in quired, and presented one of the neatly wrapped purchases. The offering was accepted gracefully, and the donor departed, much gratified at the ac complishment of her act of recognition. When she got home she unwrapped her remaining package to try the new tooth powder. Removing the last piece of wrapping paper, she read on the box cover, "Chocolate Bonbons -Extra Quality." Harper's Weekly. TICTURES IN THE NURSERY. Inasmuch as tJ.e nursery is one of the most important rooms in the house. too much care cannot be expended on its arrangement. As the child's senses are nrst eaucatea ana ins tastes are first cultivated in his nursery days. his surroundings should be considered of great importance. The decoration of the walls should be given particular attention, and nothing is more attractive or educa tional for the purpose than photo graphs used as a frieze on a plain background, low enough fcr the chil dren to see them. The pictures should, of course, be selected with thoujlit and care from the masters and the artists who have spent their lives in perfecting their ability to paint for little folks. Among these are the various Madonnas suitable for children, many animal subjects, and miscellaneous pictures that are pleasing to a child. Harper's Bazar. - .. .. , i- CONCERNING WOMAN'S WAGES. When a woman does the same work as a man, and does it as well, why should she not receive the same Avages? Recently the office of City Treasurer of Haverhill. Mass., became vacant, its occupant having been removed for cause. In this office was a competent woman assistant of twenty-five years' experience, whose ability and honesty had never been questioned. It was suggested that she be made City Treasurer, when the opposing argument was advanced that "?3000 a year is too much for any woman to earn. Besides there were voters who ought to get the place." There was no intimation that she was not fully qualified to administer the affairs of the office. She is a woman, and it is her sex that ron-ders her ineligible. When our municipalities are placed upon the straight business basis so strongly advocated by thoughtful citizens, when the affairs of a city are conducted along precisely the same lines as those of any other large corporation, then, doubtless, the employment of women in responsible executive positions will become more general than at present. Robert Webster Jcnes, in the Housekeeper. A TICNIC DELICACY. There never was a picnic yet where a devilled egg was left over, no matter how many were carried. Neatly made, well seasoned and carefully packed in paraffine paper in a little box by themselves. they; invariably "go to the right spot" and find abundant appreciation. Put the eggs over in cold water to cover and bring to a boil; then push back on the range closely covered and let them stand in the hot water for twenty minutes; when ready to use throw them off the hot water and turn cold water over them; then peel; as fast as the shell is taken off cut each egg in two with a sharp knife; take out the yolks, put in a bowl and lay the halves together on a platter, so that they do not get separated. When all the yolks have been removed mash fino with a fork and season with salt, pepper, mayonnaise, or, in place of the mayonnaise, a little melted butter and a tiny bit of made mustard or chopped pickle. The yolk mixture should be moist enough to pack nicely. Now return some of the seasoned yolk to each half of egg, press the halves together without letting the white of the egg get "mus-sy" and skewer together with the little .wooden toothpicks. Two for each one is sufficient. Variations in the seasoning of the yolks mar he made by using a little whipped cream with them, a seasoning of cheese or a few spoonfuls of ground or chopped nuts. ELDERLY WOMEN'S FASHIONS. The following, from The Veneator, should afford satisfaction to women who have passed their first youth, besides giving them some practical suggestions in the matter of gowning: "It is said there, are no mote old ladies; cert..nly there are but few like the conventional old lady ot a generation ago, who, after she had reached her sixtieih year, was always gowned in . black, usually bon.oaziue. mails iu the most simple fashion without a thought of conforming to new and modish ideas. The woman of fifty or sixty rears to-day is quite as youthful in appearance as was her mother at the age of forty. If possible, the materials for the woman who has passM seventy years should be rich and handsome., .Plain, smooth cloths and silks are preferable to figured fa brics. W-iite, pale grr.y and even hel iotrope may be combine- with black in dressy gowns. Gun metal and a deep rich purple almost a prune are colors that are especially becoming to women whose hair has turned silver gray. laneta ana louisme oi sou quality, and the India and foulard lks suggest attractive dresses for summer. .Min s veiling is an inexpen sive material for both street and house gowns; for the latter, soft gray, cream white, or even certain shades of mauve are to be preferred to black. Wraps of pongee, taffeta or silk-lined voile. in black or a steel gray, will be found to be a most serviceable addition to the summer outfit." In the same article are pictured and described a number of siylisli nnJes for elderly women. THE JAPANESE WOMEN AND THE WAR. So great is the enthusiasm of the Japanese in the war, says The Delineator for August, that the women of every class, from the Empress to the lowliest, are giving not only their wealth and incomes, but of their personal efforts to make easier the lot of the soldiers in the field. Every one is fired with the ambition to have a part in the success of Japanese arms, and as a result, many associations have sprung into existence with the purpose of providing for the soldiers and theit families. One of the greatest of these is the Ladies' Nursing Association, a self-supporting auxiliary to the Red Cross Society. It numbers among its membership the best society of the Empire, and these women are to be found daily at work in the bandage room or hospitals. The Ladies' Patriotic League has for its aim especially the care of the soldiers and their families. It has a membership of 20 000. and includes women from all ranks. The Ladies' Educational Society, also a mammoth organization, has extended its aims to cover the needs of the war, ad does incalculable good. In all the girls' schools the pupils are helping in some waj knitting socks for the sailors or making caps or other; articles for the soldiers. The humblest are doing something. It is said that the servant girls are dispensing with the services of the hairdresser, a great deprivation to them, and others of the poor are doing without fish with their rice every other day. Millions of these people are miserably poor, but they find a way to give or to do something for the common cause. in Daintiness is the leading cnaracter-istic of this season's gowns. The shepherd's check suit is too tire-somely numerous to be desirable. No summer outfit jS complete this year without an assortment oi belts and girdles. A belt of gold braid in r loosely-woven design adds a showy touch to a shirt waist suit. Pleated or tucked skirts for general wear and shirred ones for dress are most fashionable. There are more attractive combinations of colorings and materials than for many seasons past. The vogue of the crush kid belt is on the increase. New adaptations and modifications are constantly appearing. Both a high and a low neck bodice lining is now desirable for diaphanous summer gowns. Then, no matter what the weather or the occasion, the gown is suitable. Among the novelties Is an embroidered effect, showing peacock feathers in all their Iridescent glory on a silk or satin ground, and fastened with a fancy pin or buckle. Puffed waists are fashionable. The French call the puff a bouillonne. which has only inferentially a reference to soup. Bouillon is derived from bouillir, to boil, and puffs suggest " frothing or boiling. At least, so they do to a French dressmaker. The explanation is given because the terra occurs often In fashion journals. - r

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