m THE UPPt * ALGQNA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 2T, 189L LGONA, IOWA MICA, which stands unique among min Crals as an insulating substance,; is destined to become one of Connecticut's leading products. Three new mines have fe- *ehtlv been discovered in that state. the latest proposed applications of electricity is a policeman's club that contains a,galvanic battery. When the towdy seizes the club, thinking to wrest it from the policeman, the rowdy receives an electric shock, which astonishes and paralyzes him, tendering his capture easy. ONE of the most important and significant pieces of news published for some time is ihe announcement that Lord Wolseley has, since his arrival in Ireland :after being appointed conmiamler-in-chie •of the military forces of that country, be •come a home ruler. He sees no danger from a military point of view, in grant ing homo rule to Ireland. IN the emigration from Germany o late, it is alleged that the abandonment o: •wives and sweethearts has become so com mon as tc be regarded as a serious matter by the government, which is looking for some way to check it. Those who abandon their families are not likely to be desirable citizens in any country, but Ihe Germans who have come to this country have usually had their wives with them when married. THE LATEST NEWS. GENERAL NOTES. TJIEKE is too much striking going on. Troubles arise in every business and between all parties. The important object is to nettle these troubles with tho least cost to all parties. Strikes are expensive and their arguments are often not based on reason. There can be a way found to settle these matters without a resort to tho ruinous and costly strike. There is surely some ground on which [the parties can meet. Strikes are reported from several cities where business seems at a standstill. This results in a loss to the employer and employe, and a remedy should be speedily found. Harmony is often secured through compromises. They may knock tho walking delegate out of a job, but all Jabor unions would be better off if this numerous individual should be delegated to walk out of his vocation and stay out. G HO WT1I OF SIIUM'ING. The French had in 1873 202 steamers of over 100 tons burden; in 1890 they had 471. So much for tho French bounty law. It doesn't appear that the shipping business is very profitable, but that is another thinp. In 1873 the Germans had only 200 steamers of over 100 tons, and last yenr they had 089. So much for the growth of the shipping business without a bounty law. The French have also been paying subsidies for many years; the Germans paid no subsidies till three or four years ago, when they tried the subsidy plan on one or two of tho longest routes. Their Now York steamers are not subsidized, and they are putting on that line ships that surpass the French steamers. Of tho English steamers only a low are subsidized and most of them' do not get, evon mail pay. The English steamers, whose competition is the eternal complaint of our subsidy howlers, are for the most part so-called "ocean tramps," that get nothing from the government. A French captain, in a recent magazine article, attributes the rela tive decadence of French as compared with German shipping to the subsidy law. En- NOJITJI DAKOTA wheat is suffering for want of rain. COLONEL CHAJII.ES S. CAMEHON, a well known lawyer of Chicago, died Monday. DISPATCHES from various parts of Iowa report copious showers Wednesday, THE coke workers in the Scottdale, Pa., district on Thursday returned to work, the guards being discharged. Two-Timms of the California fruit canning factories have been bought by an English fyndicate. THE Chilian transport Itata and war- hip Esmeralda reached Acapulco. Mexico, Pridaj. THE New Orleans committee of fifty recommended the entire prohibition of immigration from Sicily and southern Italy. FUU'T in northern Illinois, Indiana and Ohio was damaged by frost Sunday night, COLONEL L M. DAVION, of Cincinnati, Ohio^ died suddenly in that city Monday morning. THE Davis Shon company of Boston failed Tuesday for 81,000,000. THE banking house of Burwell & Scran- Ion at New Haven. Conn., has suspended. Liabilities about 8300,000 and assets §150,000. THE llov. G. Ingliss of the Ensrlewood Presbyterian church was arrested Tuesday atPutoskoy, Mich., on a charge of slander made by John G. Hill. IT is said that a general movement is organizing among episcopal clergymen against the confirmation of Rtv. Dr. Phillips Brooks as bishop of Massachusetts. NEAHLY a hundred persons are sick at Pittsburgh from eating partially decayed smoked sturgeon sold by a dealer at a low mce. BOSTON Italians are raising a fund of $12,000 with which to erect a statue of )f Christopher Columbus to be presented ,o that city. MATTHEW T. SCOTT, a prominent cap- talist of Bloomington, and the founder of the town of Chena, III., died Thursday morning. JNSUUANCE brokers, Satterlee, Bostwick & Martin, ot New York, have failed, vith liabiliti^ believed to exceed $70,000. Misappropriation of funds is the alleged ause. O'MALLEJ and Conner, the New Or- eans detectives, were rearrested and re- sased on bail Wednesday on amended indictments in connection with the Mafia :ase. WALTER CLARK, a 13-year-old boy, lied at Glen Garden, N. Y., after wenty-four hours of convulsions caused iy cigarette smoking. NEW YORK creditors ot the failed firm f Levy & Co., have attached moneys belonging to the firm at Providence. The total attachments so far issued aggregate §200,000. JOHN D. Adams, the Little Rock, Ark., capitalist, has assigned. His assets are 8500,000 and liabilities $400,000. GENERAL THOMAS OSBORNE arrived in Chicago Monday morning after an absence of several years in South America. General Osborne was United S ates- minister to the Argentine Republic during a portion of the presidential adminis.ration of General Grant. A THAIN of cars loaded with dynamite was blown up near Tarrytown, N. Y., Tuesday morning, killing ten men. THE fire at Muskegon, Mich., destroyed 275 buildings worth 8625,000, and rendered 1,000 or more people homeless. BY the explosion of a gasoline stove Monday evening at 519 Post street, at San Francisco, Charles Peterson was burned to death and four men and two women are seriously injured. The cause of the explosion is unknown. A nion wind Friday night demolished several buildings in the southern part of Chicago. HENRY CONLEY, a boilermafter living at 3228 Houston avenue, Chicago, was run over and instantly killed Friday evening »y a Fort Wayne train at 100th street. ABOUT thirty people in Sharpsburg, a suburb of Pittsburg, were poisoned by siting smoked sturgeon, purchased last Thursday, and many of them are Ganger ously sick. THE blacksmith and machine shops of the New York Central railroad at West Albany were destroyed by an incendiary ire early this moining. The!u;s is about $200,000, well insured. FIRE at Houston, Texas, Wednesday night destroyed the yards, stock and plant of the Phcenix lumber company and the R. D. Gribble company, covering five blocks, together with six blocks of residences. The loss will reach $300,000. CHARLEY KINO, aged thrirteen, of Huron, Ind., was fatally poisoned by eating wild roots which he found in the woods Sunday. Two of his companions are very ill but will recover. AT Fort Wayne, Ind., Frankie the iittl son of _ Frank ; Webster, upset a teapot filled with boiling water and was scalded about the face and body. The child died GEN. RATJM denies the charge that promotions and appointments in the pension office have been made for a money consideration. These charges the have" been dismissal of made in connection with his son from office. SECRETARY RUSK issued _ an order on Tuesday afternoon setting forth the fact of a quarantine established by an act of August 30, 1890,' on sheep and swine from European countries, etc., stating that as Canada makes no requirement of quarantine for animals imported from Great Britain, it becomes necessary that all animals in said regulations, except cattle, imported from'Can- ada, b« subjected to the same regulation LS if imported from Europe. DEATHINTHEDESERT Thrilling; Acconnt of the Narrow Escape of the Death Valley Explorers. ;A ONE-SIDEU CONVERSATION. But the Little Girl Managed to Bother Her Mother Very Considerably. The little girl who talks to her mother in the_ railroad car started (mother cross-examination of her mother the other day, as the train was dashing along towards New York. The judicious mother was reading. "Mamma, you [didn't speak to Mrs. Brown when we got on," savsthe child. Her mother does not hear her. yShe's sitting right hi front of us." This is a loud whisper. Notable Case Which illustrates Some of the Dangers Experienced in Traveling 1 . Men Lost in the Desert Often Become Crazed From Exposure and Thirst. were terrible but they reached a spring at last after eighteen hours of torture. Sereral years ago the writer happened td/' be camping at Agua Caliente, on the AfFl zona mountain. It was a bright moon-X- light night, and a chance to walk a short distance from camp, a, wagon was found apparently deserted and attached to which' were four bony horses in the last stages of starvation^ The old rickety vehicklle was covered with a ragged sheet of canvas and on turning this back an old man was found' apparently dead. Examination however, showed him to be alive, and some stimulant diluted with milk was quickly obtained and poured down his parched and blackened throat. It was heartrend- • ing to hear the poor fellow tell of his aw- FOREIGN. terprise is deadened by reliance upon gov- GL*ADSTONE*B illness is considered very dangerous ana his family is much concerned. THE Chilian insurgent ship Esmeralda was refused coal at Acapulco and will have to use her sails to return to Chili. M. JEAN JACQUES WEISS, a distinguished French journalist, died Tuesday at Paris. THE Italian press is attacking Premier >., ,1; -- .! 1, .. _ _ r 1 • /> • i i. i Ruclini because of his failure as a diplomat in the Mafia case. SEVEN HUNDRED Italian immigrants who went to Brazil; and the Argentine Republic have returned to Europe. M. KTECKKEL HERCULAIS, the French is reported to have been eaten eminent aid. THE UNIFORM 1'lTGTl. The committee appointed by tho piano manufacturers at a meeting in New York, a month ago, have issued circular No. 1, concerning tho desirability of adopting a uniform pitch. All musical scholars have recognized that this should be done, and Specially that the high pitch which has become prevalent should be receded from, a standard fixed much nearer the normal capacity of tho human voice. As America has boaten tho world in tho extravagance of tho pitch used in its orchestras and pianos, it is plain that there is the greater need for reform, especially as tho movement in Europe has boon for some years tending to lower tho standard to tho French diapason normal of'135 vibrations on A. Tho circular shows the changes in pitch since Handel's day, when it was 422.2 to 455.3, reached in tho Erard piano of London in 1879. Tho United States pitch, on 0, bus reached 274 in New York. The comparison is only between pianos but very oddly Mine. Pnttiaml Mary Howe are brought in at tho end us possessing the vibratory standard 200.5 in the case of the diva, and 261 for Miss Howo, or nearly the diapason's normal equivalent. The iact that this circular No 1 is put forth "with tho solo signature of Luvi K. Fuller Of lirattle\)oro, Miss llowo's homo, accounts for tho coupling of hor namo with Mine. Putti's, which seems to institute a comparison of the two, although tho bountiful Vermont, girl is moro nearly to bo likonod to Carlotta I'atti for quality and capacity of voice, and at hor best sings as woll. Artists, loaders of orchestras ,ind teachers arc requested to send tuning forks and u written statement of their views to Mr. Fuller, ropri'H'iiting tho 1'Ntey pinno company of Now York and l!i;ilil--b ro and Kucrctary of tho eommitUo. Tho other members of the ei.niiniitt'e are William Steiavaiy and 11. 1.'. Mehlin i«f New York, I mst Knulio. il Buliimoiv, William T. Miller anil Thomas- Seuulim ul B.is-tou, and C. E. KlUbroe of Philadelphia. alive by locusts while investigating the locust plague in Algeria. THE attack on the czorowitch at Otsu, Japan, by a policeman was because he wore his boots while visiting a Buddhist shrine. FIVE thousand tailors' employes in London are on a strike and all the fashionable tailorshops are closed. SEVEN hundred Italians who had sought fortune in.South America have returned to Italy in an utterly destitute condition. The Bank of England rate of discount remains at 5 per cent. The reserve of the bank has increased nearly 2 per cent., the bullion alone increasing .£1,025.300, chiefly American gold. Disi'ATciiEs from Coifu saj that the total number of victims of the Corfu riots IH fifteen killed and twenty-five wounded. At present tho Jews are able to move about freely. AN effort is being made in London to reconcile tho hostile wings of the Irish factions. AN attempt was made to mob Henry M. Stanley, the African explorer, in Sheffield, Eng,, Friday night by socialists- EMi'EHOit William is making dark Tuesday after suffering fearful agony. • THE Rockwell house, a summer hotel at Luzerne was, burned, together with several cottages. The house contained about three hundred rooms. Loss and insurance about 6100,000. CUAIILES HOLM, an iron worker, fell from the ninth story of the new Manhattan building, on Dearborn street, Chicago, Tuesday morning. He was alive when taken up, and the physicians are unable to tell how seriously he is injured. AABON JONES, colored, aged 80, died in Washington Wednesday morning as the result of excitement occasioned by a fire in the row of buildings in which he lived. The fire destroyed the homes of quite a number of colored people, several of whom barely escaped with their lives. CRIME. THE New Orleans grand jury has again indicted John Cooney for attempting to bribe jurors. BERTHA MCFALDEN, agea 14, committed suicide at Warrenton, Ohio. Dn. GIIATES, of Providence, accused of having poisoned Mrs. Barnaby, was arrested Monday in Denver. EX-GOVEIINOR RAMSEY, of Minnesota, is said to have been blackmailed out of several thousand dollars by his coachman. NEAR Scrantpn, Pa., Joseph Moneke, a jealous Hungarian, shot and fatally wounded Anthony Drovanski and shot two other men in the legs. Moneke escaped. STEPHEN MCGANNIOLE'S house at Belvidere, III., was entered by a burglar who stole $300 from Mr. McGannigle's pocket and got away. PNSTABLE W. A. ZINOAKF, of Chicago. is under arrest at Louisville charged with obtaining money under false pretenses from a theatrical manager. (jiiAND RAPIDS street car strikers sorted to violence Tuesday. Several men were badly beaten, a number of wrecked and the cable broken. COKE strikers at Scattdale, Pa., Tuesday tried to lynch a negro who had returned to work, and in rescueing him two deputies were fearfully beaten, while one of the rioters was shot. ON Monday J. H. Painter ,vas arrested "Aren't you ever going to speak to her again?" "No. dear," answers mamma, not lifting her eyes. ''Not if slia takes back twhut she said renew cars about the choir?" "No, dear." Some of their neighbors began to smile and general conversation goes out of fashion for a time. "And Ican'tgo to her house again?" "No, dear." "Has she got it on?" There is no answer to this question, and soon in a still loud whisper conies: "Mamma, is that the bonnet you told papa about?" "Yes, darling." "Are those the feathers?" "Yes, dear." "What made you say she looked like a fright in it?" No answer to this. "You told papa so." "Yes. dear." "Mamma, in a louder [whisper, "she's looking at you." Some titters." Yes, dear." "She looks mad." "Yes, dear." The breakman slams the door, and the mother looks up from her book just in time to hear the child go on: "I guess she heard what you said about the bonnet." . "Mrs. Brown's. You said—" "Stop your chattering,'' said the mother, sternly, while a blush steals up from her throat to her forehead. "Don't open she reads _. = -- pages, and the blush lingers in her cheek until the train daws into the station and the people crowd out from the car. CHEAP POETRY. you_ mouth again." Then again, but she forgets to turn for the murder uf Alice Martin, a woman with whom he was living in Chicago. Painter reported the case to tue police, claiming the woman was killed while he was absent. A NEGHO named Bill Stevens living six miles 5outh of Athens, Ala., Friday shot and killed a negro woman named Susie Story of One Who 1ms Made a Fortune Out of It. On the top floor of one the tallest buildings in upper New York, says a correspondent of the Boston Journal, toils an old man who has probably written more poetry than any other single man living. His business is that of writing! the "poetic" mottoes which one finds in the cheap candies of the day. Poetry which could never see the light of day in any other way is hidden in these tissue-papered "party" candies. I had an interesting talk with this man a few days ago. He has been twenty years in the business, is over 60 years of age, and has accumulated a fortune, although he still keeps up the same monotonous ... L! 1 .' 1 nYi • . A couple of the members of the Death Valley exploring expedition have recently undergone an experience on the desert which serves as a striking illustration of the dangers attending those who traverse that region without the most ample equipment. It appears that Professor Palmer, who is the leader of the expedition, set out from Death Valley for Daggett, the nearest railroad point, for a load of supplies. He took a two-horse wagon and was accompanied by a driver. While in camp on the way, in some manner the horses got away from them and struck out for home. This, by the way, is a danger that all old desert travelers guard against. Horoes appear to have a perfect understanding of the clanger attending such journeys, and never lose an opportunity to runaway. Within the writer's personal experience, a team broke loose from camp on the Colorado desert one evening, and by surprise the next morning they reached home, nearly sixty miles distant. Professor Palmer and his companion being thus left on foot in the midst of tho desert, their only recource was to push on as best they could to their destination. They were of course, unable to carry sufficient food and water, and for two days they were obliged to subsist upon the scantiest of supplies, all the time toiling under a broiling sun over the burning waste. The driver, as is usually the case, became partially insane, and it was with difficulty Professor Palmer was able to retain control of him. They finally reached Dagget, however, in an almost exhausted condition, and from there Palmer went by rail to Clarenioiit, in Los Angeles county, which is his father's residence, to recuperate again and is undecided whether to return to Death Valley or not. t This experience brings to mind a long list of cases in which the participants were not so fortunate as Palmer and his companion. The number of men who have lost their lives on the desert will never be known, but an idea may ba formed from the fact that in a single season the writer kept a record of thirteen who thus perished. In the old ante-railroad days it was a frequent occurrence for the Arizona teamster and staore-drivers to tell _ of the finding by the roadside the bodies of men whe had evidently perished from thirst. Generally the discoverers of Jackson, caught. He is likely to be lynched if THE examination of President Marsh and Assistant Cashier Lawrence of the defunct Keystone bank of Philadelphia shows that they systematically robbed years. the bank for .. . .-- -- making dark threats agi.inst Bismarck should the latter publish certain correspondence which passed between him and ox-chancellor during tho illness of Frederick. HAYTI appears to bo on the verge of another revolution. Hippolyto's minister of toroign affairs has resigned and martial law bus boon proclaimed at Port au Prince, while Logitimc, the deposed president, is said to bo in Jamaica ready to take advantage of any uprising. ON Monday Queen Nutulio of Sorvia, who was rescued from the gendarmes by students, was on Tuesday forced to leavo Belgrade for Hungary. Two men were killed unit lit'ty more or less severely injured in Mom|ay^s_oncpunter. FIRES AND CASUALTIES. LLOYD BOWERS, aged sixty eight, and for twenty years cashier of the First National bank of Mobile, Ala., shot and killed himself Monday .> He had been forced from ill-health to retire from active business life. He had $70.000 to his credit m the bank. CLAYTON LLOYD, a convict at the Pratt mines in Alabama, was killed by a guard Tuesday night, while he was in the act of setting fire to the building ih which he and forty other prisoners were confined. AT Evansville, Ind., a negro named Jennings Wednesday waylaid and criminally assaulted the thirteen-year-old daughter of George Bowles. The negro was captured and lynched by Bowies' neighbors in spite of frantic pleas for mercy. After he was strung up the men filled his body with bullets. WASHINaiON. poetical grind. "It is a curious trade, you think, I suppose," said the old man, "yet some one must do it, and it is very profitable. 1 have built fourteen city and country houses out of it. In a year or two I shall lay down the pen for good, and let some one else take up the work. How do you write so much? Why, it has become second nature to me. These 'mottoes' are simple, anything will do, and the more silly they are the better. I know it is perfect trash, and it is preposterous to dignify the woid 'poetry' I spend three days a week here and reel off, [ suppose such ghastly remains would dig a shallow hole and give them burial. The coroner was never called on to officiate, and if he had been it is doubtful whether 'he would have risked his life by going to the scene. A notable case, illustrating the danger to which even the most experienced desert traveler is subjected, was that of a resident of San Bernardino named Cornman, which occurred aLout fifteen years ago. A. young man was sent out by Cornman to visit the reaiote mining camps of Ivanpah and Resling Springs for the purpose of obtaining the election returns. After he had been gone a few hours it struck Cornman that the messenger bad never been on the desert, and was in danger of being lost. As he was himself familiar with the routes, appeared that he had traveled all the way from Indoo under the burning sun and through the hot sand, a distance of some thirty miles or more, and had had nothing to drink for something like eighteen hours. How he survived the suffering was a wonder. No one who has not experienced the thirsts that beset the desert traveler can have the least idea of its terrible intensity The largest canteen that can be carried will be exhausted within a few hours. One may drink his fill and within five minutes the thirst will be as bad as ever. Men who habitually traverse this region train themselves to go without water for hours at a time, .and when inured to the hardship they suffer little. But the tyro find it impossible to resist the desise for repeated libations, and when his supply becomes exhausted it needs but little to drive him insane and end his life. Sometimes the suffering preceding death is of the most horrible kind. Men \^, have been found who have torn their flesh JT and sucked their own blood, others hav<T"v. resorted to indescribable means for alleviating thirst, and bodies have been found with the earth torn up for a dozen feet in the dying struggles. Columns might be filled with the well- authenticated tales of suffering and death from thirst that have come within the observation of that hardy race of pioneers who traveled the desert with team and stage long before the railroad was thought of. In those times.there was far more suffering than now, and hundreds of lives were lost. Such a thing is not possible now, at least along the railroad lines. Tram employes are under order to^pick up men who appear to be suffering on the desert, and under no circumstances are persons to be put off the cars between stations while attempting to "beat their way.'' These facts, by the way, knock .the foundation from beneath a graphic tale, published not long since, which purported to relate the horrible death of a tramp who was ejected from a train on the desert for not having a ticket.—San Francisco Chronicle. A HERO. The Boy Who Did the Right, But did Not ThiuU Himself a Hero. A few- years ago a traveler through things every" day. lunch in one hand a hundred of these Why, I of ten eat my and write with the other. Yet, as I say, it is profitable, much better than writing bad novels, for, after all, my verses never do any harm. They are silly, I grant you, but perfectly harmless, and young lads and girls like to be merry over them. Dear me, I suppose I've married many a couple with this pen, and if you'll excuse me I'll just write a score or so before we go out to lunch," and in about fifteen minutes the old man was ready to go with me, carrying in his pocket an envelope full as the result of an hour's work, FIFTEEN person have been poisoned by eating eheeso at Middletown, Ohio. Tan Enterprise wire works of Joliot wore destroyed by firoMonday morning. CHARLES STRAND foil into an elevator 'ball at. Michigan City, liid., and was K1110 1 1, NK.VUI.Y thirty persons were killed and a number r ,f others injured at Mexico, Mo., by M cyclone. THE mills of the National Linseed Oil company, at Sioux City, la., burned. Iho loss, §150,000, is fully covered by in- Klil-im(>u " THE president on Wednesday appointed Commodore Irvin (o bo a rear admiral. GEN. RAUM Wednesday 'cmpathically denied that i 'nul tendered nia resignation to the pro.-:i()ant. THE post-oih'co department will on July 1 transfer the Cumberland, Wis., post-office to tho presiclental list, with a salary of §1,000 per annum. ORDERS were issued Thursday afternoon to drape the war department and tho department of justice building in mourning for thirty days, in honor ol ex-Minister Tail, and to close both/lopartments on tho day of the funeral. SPECIAL world's fair commissioner W. P. Tisdell of Washington 1ms been notified that most of the rioutli American countries will be magnificently represented at tho exposition. Tip president has commuted to one year s actual imprisonment tho sentence of Conrad C. Miller, convicted in Minnesota ot violating postal laws. THE president will soon appoint the new laud court, consisting of five judges. 1 housunds of oases are being filed for tho court's consideration and that body's establishment cannot longer bo delayed. The president, it is said, means to appoint threo republicans and two democrats. SAVED BY A CRICKET. Tho Military Exposition la Saved From Distraction l» a Little Cricket. A cricket once saved an important military expedition from destruction. The commanding officer, Babezadebaca, and several hundred of his men were on a great ship going to South Ameiica, and nearing the shore, through the carelessness of the watih they would have been dashed against a ledge of rocks had it not been for a little cricket which a soldier had brought on board. The little insect had been silent during the whole voyage, but scenting the land, it struck up its shrillest note, and by this they were warned of their clanger and were saved. An insect is a small creature compared to the huge beasts of the forest, but it has been calculated that the insects upon our globe, if piled in one n.ass, would exceed in bulk the beasts and birds. A Souslck Passenger, On (he oconn, cares little about a storm, he U positively Indifferent whether hejs washed overboard or not. But, set right by a winoslaseful or two of Hosteller's Stomach Uittere, he feels renewed Interest in his personal safety. This flne corrective neutralizes tu brackish walor—often compnlsorily drank ou shipboard, to the grievous' detriment of health- tho pernicious Impurities which give rise to disorders of the stomach, liver* and bowels. To tho mariner, the tourist, the Western pioneer and miner, tho Bitters is invaluable us a means of protection against malaria, wheu its seeds aro latent in air and water. To the effects of overwork, mental or manual, ills a most reliable antidote, and to tho debilitated and nervous, it affords great and speedily felt relief and vigor, A LIMGOKS, France, firm of porcelain makers have substituted petroleum for wood in firing their wares, and not only find that it produces better results but cheapens the cost. he saddled a horse, filled a canteen and started out. Overtaking the messenger he cent him back, and then continued on what was destined to prove his aeath journey. Ho reached the camp, obtained tfie returns, and then started back for San Bernardino. But he never reached that place, Switzerland might have seen a charming little village, now, alas! no longer in existence. A fire broke out one day, and in a few hours the quaint little frame houses were entirely destroyed. The poor phes- ants ran around ringing their hands and weeping over their lost homes and the bones of the burned cattle. One poor man was in greater trouble than bis neighbors even. True, his home and cows were gone, but also was his son, a bright boy of six or seven years. He wept and refused to hear any words of comfort. He spent the night wandering sorrowfully among the ruins, while his acquaintances had taken refuge in, the neighboring villages. Just as daylight came, however, he heard a well-known sound, and looking up he saw his favorite cow leading the herd, _and coming 1 directly after them was hisbright-eyed little son. "Oh, my son! iny son!" he cried, "are you really alive?" "Why, yes, father. When I saw the fire, I ran to get our cows away to the pasture lauds." "You are> hero, my boy," the father exclaimed. Some time elapsed, and finally parties . But the boy said "Oh, no! A hero rivp.d in t.own \vhn imri in^ T.roT-^oV, =o,r ' is one who does some wonderful deed. I arrived in town who had left Ivanpah several days after Cornman's departure. Th's at once caused an investigation to be made. Experienced trackers were put on trail, and they found where Cornman, evidently crazed with thirst,, and left tho road in search of water, had wandered aimlessly about for miles, and finally had come back within a few yards of the highway. Completely worn out, he had thrown himself down by the side of a boulder and blown out his brains with a six-shooter to which he had clung through his indescribable sufferings, He left a rudely scrowled note stating that ne was lost, that his horse had got away, and that there \yas no other refuge except suicide. The singular fact that the belief of the the victim that he is lost is almost im mediately productive of insanity has been noted in scores of instances. The profound disolatlon, the appalling quietude, the tremendous heat of the sun, and the awful tortures of thjjrut combine to upset the stoutest intellect in an incredibly short time. While one of the surveyin was running the lines for the'railroad across the desert some twenty years or more ago, a young man connected with the party lost his life in a remarkable manner. In some way he became separated from his. companions in a section that was traversed by, a range of low hills. While he lost sight of the wagon and his fellow travelers, they were in a 'position in the hill where they could see him in a valley below. For a while he appeared to be walking along, easily following the track left by the wagons. Then he began to wander about. After watching him through their glasses for some time they became convinced that something was wrong, and several of the party hurried down into the valley after him. When they reached him they found that he was stark crazy, having' become so through thirst and the entirely unfounded belief that he was lost. Ho was carried to the camp and tenderly cared for, but died the same night, a victim of his own imagination. In ucase within the writer's personal knowledge two prospectors found them- oneselves day Jwithout water, and to their dismay the spring O r water hole which they had dewended upon for a supply was entirely dried up. Instead of wasting time searching for other springs which might or might not exist, they decided that their only safety lay in taking the back track to tho point from which they hud started. The journey took all day and a portion of the night. One of the men be came crazy, imagined he saw lakes and rivers and wanted to rush to them. The other, however, retained his senses and finally had to draw his six shooter and at its muzzle force his companion to keep in the trail ahead of him. Their sufferings led the cows away because they were in danger, and I knew it was the right thing t-r\ Af\ *' to do. "Ah!" cried his father, "he who does the right thing in the right time is a hero." THE BOY WHO GOT THE PLACE. He Wanted to Know What Became of the Squirrel. A lawyer advertised ,for a clerk. The next morning his office was crowded with applicants—all bright, and many suitable. He bade them wait until all should arrive, and then arranged them in a row and said he would tell them a story, note their comments, and judge from, that whom he—. would choose. "A certain farmer," began the lawyer, |'was troubled with a red squirrel that got in through a hole in the barn and stole his seed corn. He resolved | to kill the squirrel at the first opportunity. Seeing him go in the hole one noon, he took his shot-gun out and fired away; the first shot- set his barn on fire." "Did the barn burn down?" said one of the boys. The lawyer, without answer, continued- 'And seeing the barn on five the farmer seized a pail of water and ran to put it out. "Did he put it out, said another one of the boys. "As he passed inside the door shut to and the barn was soon in flames. When the hired girl rushed out with more water— "Did they all burn up?" said another boy. u , r . uo lawyer went on without answer: Inen the old lady came out, and all was noise and confusion, and everybody was trying to put out the fire." m, d anyone burn up?" said another. Ihe lawyer said: "There, that will do: you nave all shown great interest in the S J' c , But observing one little bright- eyed reilow in deep silence he said- 1 o»'' m /little man, what have you to say r The little fellow blushed, grew uneasy and stammered out: ".I want to know what became of that squirrel that's what I want to know." "You'll do, "said the lawyer; "you are my man; yon have not been switched off uy a contusion, and a barn burning, and [He hired girls and water pails. You have sept your eye on _the_squirrel." . T »E largest telescopic Jens ever ground in tho United States is now in the course ot polishing at Greenville, Pa. It is to be usetl > na ; refracting telescope, and measures 80M inches in diameter and 5V£ inches in thickness. Its weight is 303 pound,.
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