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THE TJPPEE DES MOlNES, ALGONA, IOWA, WEPNEPAY. AtJCfflST 12, 1891, IOWA WHE* the corn crop is uninjured it is as though the farmers had saved their bacon. Eh? KENTUCKY is now a promising place for lawyers, as there is a new constitution in that state to interpret. PAHNELL says his policy will not be changed. But there i* nothing to prevent the people from changing. ABRAHAM BACKER has failed in New York for 84,000,000. His name WOP not strong enough to avert the disaster. It has been erroneously stated that J. Bloat Fasselt, the new collector of the port of New York, is married to a daughter of the late Charles Crocker, the California millionaire and, with Huntington and Hopkins, the builders of the Central Pacific railway. The fact is that Mrs. Fassett is the daughter of Judge E. B. Crocker, who is still very much alive and far from the wealthy amn Charles Crocker was. One of the best authenticated reports of the christening of Queen Victoria's great- granddaughter by the archbishop of Canterbury represents the infant as resenting ite treatment at the clumay hands of the church, whereupon the queen said to tho nowly-nained Lady Alexandra Victoria Alberta Edwinn Louise Duff: "Did 'urn put the nasty told water in 'urn's pooky icky eye, den?" Robert J. Burdette preached in a Baptist pulpit in Germnntown, Pa., last Sun day, and the reports all agree that thi keen, alert newspawer man and famous humorist is as entertaining in tho role of a preacher of the gospel as he is in that of a professional funny man. He didn't play the clown in the pulpit, but treated bis text in a forceful way, and brought his theme closely home to the minds and hearts of every one of bis hearers. Mr. Burdette is evidently a very versatile gentleman, who ran evoke a good deal else besides a smile and a guffaw. WHILE the Cahensly scheme of colini/.a- tion has received the disapproval of the Vatican, the latter now hus an opportunity to give to the country and particularly to the northwest, an open manifestation of its liberal spirit by the appointment of an American-born bishop to fill the vacancy at La Crosse caused by the death of Bishop Flascb. In commenting on this subject the Chicago c Tribune says that the arcluli" ocese of of Milwaukee, in which is the vacant Bee of La Croese, has heretofore been governed ecclesiastically on the Cahensly plan. No priest who was not born in continental Europe could reasonably hope lor appointment as bishop therein. When Dr. Wigger, of Newark, who, though of German parentage, was "born in America, was proposed for archbishop of Milwaukee about u year ago, there was a general protest on tho part of the German priests of tho archdiocese. The nomination was "declined" by Dr. Wigger eventually, and the strongly pro- foreign bishop of Green Bay received the honor, There is no doubt now that the foreign prelates of the Milwaukee archdiocese will recommend a foreign priest for tho vacancy at La Crosso, and almost solely because, of tho priest's foreign nationality. But the militant American bishops, like Cardinal Gibbons, Ireland Riordun and Spalding, will doubtless recommend the appointment of some American priest, though of German parentage. Tho decision of tho Vatican will be looked foi with interest. I'EKSONAJ., POINTS. Susan 13. Anthony derives consolntion from the discovery that twenty-three states have given to women the privilege of voting for school officers. She now means to uiako it unanimous, seconded by Miss Willard. Among tho manuscripts left by tho late Count von Moltke, Prof. Felix Dunn, his biographer, has found a confession of faith, Tho great marshal affirms his belief ii. God and a future life. The confession will be published among the other works. * * # Gen. Sherman's married daughter, Mrs. E. S. Thackara, who is known as a writer is paid to be engnged on a very ambitious literary work. Ifelie can live up to her name her book will be well worth reading. Mrs. Fremont and daughter are now in possession of tho house that was presented to them by a committee of Los Angeles la •lies. It is a pretty and comfortable cottage, and cost, with the lot on which it stands, $5,000. Miss Mary Proctor, daughter of the late Richard A. Proctor, has appeared in the newspaper field as a contrib utor of scieu tific articles, somewhat after tho style o the Ex-Astronomer Royal. * * * benator Ingalls hfs placed himself among the dead ducks so far as presiden tial aspirations are concerned. He has referred to Chicago as "the grandest city on the American continent," and this will as effectually shut him out of New York's (good graces as if he had burglarized Tam wtmy THE LATEST MS. CrBNBKAl, NOTES. A CITY railway inspector heroically saves n man's life in St. Paul. SEPT. 2 is the date fixed for thelmarriage of Minister Lincoln's daughter. TWIN CITT Scandinavians hold a temperance mass meeting in the interest of law and order. SAMUEL HAND, a real estate operator at Allston, Mass., has failed for $500,000. J. B. MAf ES has been elected chief of the Cherokee?. FOKTY thousand veterans paraded at the National G. A. R. encampment in Detroit. CALIFORNIA'S wheat crop, this jear will reach 80,000,000 centals. A BITTER fight has been begun between the sugar trust and Claus Spreckles. THE receipts of live cattle at New York have been steadily increasing lately and now average 15,000 head a week. CAPTAIN WILLIAM VOBBUKO, one of the pioneers of Iowa, died at Clinton, aged 75 years. CHANCELLOR VON CAITUVI has given an audience to the World's fair commissioners. DR. WORCESTER has formally accepted the vacant clrnir of Dr. Briggs at the Uiiion seminary. JESUIT priests have obtained 190 feet of ground in Milwaukee on which they pro poafi to erect a church to cost_ $250,000. hailstorm. Two WALKERSVILLE (Mont.) children died from the effects of drinking a demijohn of whiskey. THE French Minister of Commerce and Industries has made application to the world's fair commissioners for 50,000 square yards of space. Miss LAURA NEWLAND, of Bloomingdale, Ind., won tho Demorest medal for oratory at Salem, Ind.; THE next annual encampment of the 3rand Army ot the Republic will be held at Washington. IT is rumored that the pope is uneasy concerning his health and that every precaution has been taken in case of an emergency. \ M. EIFFEL, the architect of the great ;owor at the French exposition, has telegraphed to the board of managers of the Jolumbian exposition t for permission to erect a tower on the fair grounds. WATKIN JAMES, of Homestead, Pa., angs to be Explorer Stanley's stepfather. The latter's right name is said to be Henry Rowlands, and he is declared to have been uorn in Wales. THE royal trust company, with a capital stock of §500,000, has boon authorized to a banking business in Chicago. Albert L. Don is the President of the new institution. THE White Star line steamer Majestic reached New York Wednesday, making the trip across the Atlantic in five days, jighteen hours and eight minutes. This time lowem tho record fifty-seven minutes. COL. S. 0. REYNOLDS, the millionaire grain merchant of Toledo, has ju.st returned from England where he organized a company with a capital of §2,500,000 to iperate a line of steamers direct from Toledo and other Lake Erie ports to Liverpool. ADMIRAL McCANN, of the United States navy, who has just returned from Chili, says the intensity of feeling between the ;wp factions in that < country exceeds anything he ever imagined. He thinks the Balmaceda party will put down the insurgents if tbey can procure warships. A PRIEST at New Haven has issued an order instructing tho young ladies of his mrish to give up their Protestant lovers. OHITUAHY: At Clinton, Iowa, Captain William Fosburg, aged 75. At Austin, 111.—Charles Davis, aged 76. At Trinidad, lp.— George K. Vnclerson, register of the United States land office at Tolsom. At Dalton, Mass.—James Brewer Crane, the paper maker, aged 73. At Oshkosh, Wis., William Aensen, aged 60. FOREIGN. PARLIAMENT has been prorogued. SMALLPOX is epidemic at Acapulco, Moxico. YEIIA CRUZ has been partially flooded by rain. HENRY IRVINU has had his throat oper- 8ted on by Sir Morell Mackenzie. FIVE thousand five hundred Italians immigrants sailed from Genoa for this country last wenk. ST. PAUL got the senior single at Win- nopeg, but the Winnepeg crews took the other races. THK dominion government surrendered the seven American lishing schooners recently seized. MORE mission buildings are reported to huve been attacked by mobs in China.* CROPS in England have been budly damaged by recent stonns, FORGERIES amounting to $295,000 on tho Deutsche bank of Berlin have been discovered. EIOIIT sailors of tho Norweigan schooner Donna were drowned off Dover by the sinking of the vessel. No QUARTER is given or asked by either side in the Chilian war. The insurgents have decidedly the host of it. A WATERSPOUT on one of the Azores islands killed six persons and caused great destruction of property. THE Bank of Yandiema'nsland, at Hobart Town, Tasmania, has suspended. Its capital was §2,500,000. THE illness of the Belgian queon is not so serious as at first supposed. Her physicians think she will recover. EMPEROR WILLIAM, on board tbe imperial yacht Hohenzollern, has arrived at Bergen, Norway, on his way home from North dupe. GLADSTONE, commenting on the recent Wished! election, says: "Even the conservatives and the unionists recognize that their game is up." ENOLAND and France are negotiating to take joint action for the protection of their subjects in China if necessary. IT is reported that a marriage is imminent between Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria and Stephanie, widow of the lute Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria. THE Official Gazette of Madrid, published a, decree promulgating the new treaty between the United States and Spain in regards to trade between the United States and Cuba and Porto Rico. FIRES AND CASUALTIES. -| FIVE passenger* were seriously injured by an accident on the Bellaire, Zinz.-fjville and Cincinnati Railroad, near Bellaire, Ohio, Friday. AT Orange, N, J., the Park Rink build* ing was burned parly Thursday morning. Loss, $50,000; insurance, $25,000. WEDNESDAY'S wreck on the Grand Rapids & Indiana road, near Knlamazoo, is believed to have been the work of vill- ians. Nearly every passenger on the train was hurt, including these Chicagoans: Dr. H. B. Carriel. A. 0. Davidson. George Parsons and Millard R. Powers. JAMES CORMELY, ag*nt for the High Explosive company, of Bradford, Pa., was drowned in Chautauqaa lake. JOHN DOLAND, a Custer (0.) lad, placed a silver dollar in his mouth and accidentally swallowed it. GEN. JOHN W, FOSTER, who negotiated the^eciprocity treaty with Spain, said in an interview yesterday that the administration was net in favor of the annexation of Cuba. A WOMAN, her two little daughters and a cowboy were gored to death by a Texas steer in the Cherokee strip. The cowboy .was trying to save the otheis when attacked. THE extensive mercantile establishment of Siegel, Cooper & Co.. at the southeast corner of State and Adams streets Chicago was destroyed by fire Monday morning. The loss on building and "took is estimated at $540,000, §500,000 of which is covered by insurance. BISHOP BUDS, of the Evangelical church, barely escaped a horrible death in Chicago Friday. He inadvertently stepped from a cable in front of 'one coming from the opposite direction. The bishop caught hold of the advancing car and was dragged some distance. He was somewhat bruised, but not seriously injured. CRIME. STRIKING iron workers at Pittsburg have become very violent. SYLVESTER YOUNG, a cashier for the Chesapeake & Ohio road at Louisville, is missing, together with §50,000 of the corporation's money. AN unknown tramp threw himself in front of a train at Beaucoup, III., and was cut to pieces. A bag of silver coins was found on his body. AT a dance in Colorado a tough kills a cowboy, and a boy shoots at the lough anc" kills a woman. BURGLARS entered the boot and shoe store of Bott Bros., in Dubuque, Iowa, blew open the safe and secured 8200. No arrests. .. CHARLES E. GOODWIN, of Goodwin's Official Turf Guide, was mortally wounded by Bertram C. Webster, of New York, Sunday night. Jealousy was the cause. JOHN GRAYSON, who died at Lagrange, Ark., a few days ago, confessed to having murdered three men during his life. CALVIN PEELER, a farmer of Johnson county, was shot from ambush near Anna, 111., and mortally wounded. Two children were killed and twenty others injured in a train wreck near Champlain, Vt. Six men killed and {four wounded, was the result of a fight which took place near Lake Charlet, La. DEAK FWYNN, of Humeston, Iowa, shot and instantly killed his brother-in-law, Liberty Snooks, at Keokuk. who had called Fwynn's mother a liar. SEVENTEEN inmates of the state insane asylum at Auburn, N. Y., overpowered their keeper Thursday morning and escaped. Twelve of them are still at large. THE homes of T. J. Bryant, Charles Towne, and Grandham Bradley at Decatar, 111., were broken into and a considerable amount of money and jewelry stolen. WORD has been received that the safe in M. H. Wells' store at Huntsville, Wash., was blown open Friday night and money and accounts to the amount of §18,000 taken. The sheriff and posse are looking for the safe crackers. Plj; Feeding Experiments. Experiments with corn, corn and grasi, and grass, as pig-fattening rations, have been in progress for the past three years at the Illinois Experiment Station. Tests have also been made to determine the comparative feeding value of soaked and dry corn, the value of cattle droppings, and of applo pomace as food for pigs. From the results obtainee from feeding corn or corn and grass, it appears that the greatest gain in weight for the corn eaten resulted from giving about half feed of corn to pigs running on grass, when for 4,38 pounds of corn eaten, 1 pound of flesh was gained. Pigs given full feed of corn with grass gained 1 pound in weight for 4.65 pounds of corn eaten; while those on corn only, gained but 1 pound to 5.32 pounds'of corn ffid. It was also observed that the most gain for the food given was made in the early parts of the trials, those fed corn only showing the bad effects of it towards the last, both in physical appearance and in slow gain. In feeding soaked and dry corn there was no perceptible difference in gain per pound of corn fed, but those given soaked corn ate more and thus gained faster. Pigs following corn-fed cattle gained more than two-thirds as much as those that were corn fed and when afterward given coin, made more rapid growth than those which had not followed the cattle. Experiments in feeding apple pomaco were not satisfatory. Though the pomace kept well, and had a good chemical composition for feeding purposes, the pigs consumed very little of it. EXTUA SESSION. THE WORLD ABROAD. Governor liuuhunuu Culls on the Kentucky Legislature to Convene. NASHVILLE, Aug. 7. — A proclamation calling an extra session of the legislature to convene Aug. 31, will be issued tomorrow by Gov. Buchanan. There are twelve subjects in the call, the principal of whicl$ are the revision of the convict lease system and the world's fair appropriation. I'KAIUIE They Kuge Over the Dry Fields of South Dakota. BLUNT, S. D., Aug. 7. — The mercury is 100 in the shade and the wind blowing a tearful gale. About noon an east bound freight engine fired the prairie west of here and the entire population had to turn out to subdue the flames which were traveling with fearful rapidity north to Janesville and Sully county. The train hands assisted and tho fire is finally under control. The whole country is like a tinder box and men are on the alert for a fire is liable to spring up at a moment's notice. Fire south of here yesterday burnt over a thousand acres of hay laud and destroyed over 500 tons of hay. The Sumasinta Bivef a Singular Stream on which One Easily Loses His Way. A Party of Explorers Lose the Main Stream and Become Entangled in a Swamp. After Many Hardships they Return, Leaving 1 the Secrets of Sumatra Mirer Unsolved, FELIX L. OSWALD. A few years ago the Mexican government undertook a survay of the border region which divides Southern Mexico from the Republic of Central America, and several hundred miles of the frontier line were mapped out in a few months. The whole work was to be completed in the course of a year, but the plan had to be relinquished when the surveyors entered the swamp wilderness of the Sumisinta river. After hiring all tbe help the t could be of any possible use to them, and risking their lives and the loss of all their maps and instruments, the exploring party had to thank heaven for being able to effect their retreat, and the surveyor-in-chief gave in substance the following account of their adventures: They touched the Sumasinta at a point known as Las Cascades, or "The Rapids," where the water is shallow enough to be forded in the dry season. The. overland road to Guatemala here crosses the rivei-, and fishermen in their light canoes venture a few miles down stream; but the general belief of the neighboring settlers was that the exploration of the lower stream could not be attempted without great risk. There'were landings and ferries far down, and even river side settlements, but they could be reached only by roundabout land roads. Travelers trying a short cut by floating down the river, had generally lost their way, and returned alter days of peril and hardships. Others had never been heard from again—the wilderness had swollowed them. There were other rapids below Cascadas, and the river is full of alligators; but such trifles would not have scared the Mexican boatman. What they dreadee was the great number of places where the stream, as it were becomes shoreless, and enters the primeval forest on both sides, leaving the navigator to find an outlet from the labyrinth of water and tangle wood. A. current, seeming to indicate the course of the main stream, may lose itself in a cane- break; another channel my be lead miles to the left or right, and then dispair in a blockade of drift;wood—snags as long as a ship'b mast wedged together and mingled with floating brambles, vines and reeds. The mainstream may have an ppaii cliin- nel, but how to distinguish it from the thousands of branches, and how retrace one's way in case of a mistake? Still, the government surveyors resolved to try. They had abundance of provision and camping outfit, and in the worst case could rely on their instruments to retrace their way, or get near enough buck to their starting point to be sure that some of the settlers would hear their signal-shot of distress. "You may try it, and take my best pilot along," an old trader at the ferry told them; "but till you get back I shall listen for signals every morning and every sunset, for 1 am much afraid you will lose your way below Arenas' 1 —a point some fourteen miles from the ford. Four miles east of Arenas the river dividsd into three branches, and their pilot decided to try the northmost one, on account of the numerous manatees or river seals, sporting about in the current, which seemed to have ascended from the gulf shore. These creatures, which often attain a weight of several huudrp;!, raise their young in the deep, sedgy lagoons near the sea coast, and visit tLe u^per river valleys only during the rainy season, when small streams expand into broad lakes. For a distance of about fourteen English miles the northern channel was open enough for a steamboat to pass without the assistance of boat hooka; but further down island after island rose from the waters till at last the progress of the voy- agdrs was obstructed by a large forest of caucho trees> that seemed to extend from shore to shore, and only here and there opened a water gate between the slimy trunks, that appeared to flourish under twelve feet of mud water and vegetable sediment. Night was coming on and thinking it too risky to enter the swamp by torchlight, their pilot advised them to moor their boat in a little biy, where the eddies had formed a perfect hill of driftwood, that would prove iteelf for cooking purposes. On both sides of their little island the river current gurgled around deep-sunken snags; still, dry land could not be far off, for about three hours after sunset they heard the loud screams of a peccari, or wild hog, that seemed to havu come to grief at its drinking place. A crashing through the thicket followed, accompanied by the angry grunts of the peccari's companion, which seemed to huddle together to defend themselv«8 against the attack of some prowling murderer—a jaguar, perhaps, that had ambushed tbe herd at the water's edge. Alligators too could be heard splashing from time to time, and once the boat shook as if some large beast had tried to upset it by a push from below. Fish leaped out of tbe water in all directions, and three of the Indian boatmen trimmed their torches and paddled out on a little raft in the hope of spearing a pampano or two, but the surveyors were too tired to join in that sport. At the first glimpse of daylight they got under way again, and once more their pilot tried his utmost to steer his craft through the tangle of the sw&mp forest, but after six hours of desperate work the attempt had to be given up as hopeless, and a council of their several guides de-' cided to return to the neighborhood of Point Arenas, and try the south channel, which, after all, might prove to be the main stream, though the absence of manatees had seemed a bad sign. "There used to be a six-acre island over yonder," said their pilot, when they had floated down the new channel for about four miles; "and one night, a couple of ye»rs_ ago, the stream bore it off and carried it clean away, trees, brushwood, and all. A settler who should try to make his home on one of those river islands might get a free ride to the coast some fine day; I have known this river to rise si* feet in twp hours without any warning." Hot* do you account for tho^e sudden floods?" asked one of the surveyors^ . "The are many good-sized lakes in the upper river valley," said the pilotj "and in the rainy season the banks of those lakes often tret washed out, and the water cotnen down like a cloudburst into the next river, bringing down torn-up trees enough to carry everything before it, and change the looks of the lagoons in a wuy that you would not know your old landing- place the next day." The south branch of the Sumasinta proved to be much narrower than the north channel, but by the skill of a pjlot the boat was steered safely through all its windings for three days, thanks also to a considerable rise, there having been a week of heavy rains in the hill country of the upper river valley. Five or six times during that sixty hours' voyage the explorers flattered them- belves with the hope of having gained the broad waters of the main stream, but every time that hope was baffled by the discovery that the supposed river was merely a deep lagoon hemmed in by mud banks all around, except at a point where the current found a narrow outlet into the unknown j wilderness of the swamp forests further ! east. j One of those lagoons, however, appeared ! to have no outlet at all, and an hour be! fore the sunset of a toilsome day the ex- I plorer could no longer resist a misgiving ! that they had got into another trap, and would have to retrace their way the best they could. They cimped on dry land that night, and by the advic e of their In • dian boatmen built a large fire to scare off the panthers that had left their tracks in the sand at the water's edge. Wild beasts ot some sort or other certainly seemed to prowl about the camp, for again and again their dog started ur> growling and with all his • hair bristling. Stealthy steps could be heard in the thicket, and one of the surveyors banged off las rifle at random, but that only made matters worse, for the echo of the shot was answered by the deafening screams of a monkey troop in the treetops of the neighboring forest. The unlucky rifle was put out of sight, and they all spoke in a whisper for the next ten minutes, but those monkeys refused to be quieted, and kept up their screams till sleep seemed out of the question. As a last remedy the travelers tried the plan of letting their fire go out, but an hour after they had to light it again, for during the interval of darkness the mosquito plague had become absolutely intolerable. "Gnats of all sizes and shapes come down like a shower of hot ashes," says the report of the chiet surveyor, "and they seemed to find their way through every opening left tor breathing purposes, and the night was so warm that a person would have been suffocated in trying to sleep under a blanket. Ordinary mosquito screens are of no use at all in those river swamps, many variety of night gnats being so_ small that they would go through like rato through a rail fence." The incessant screams of the monkeys had awakened a swarm of watsr fowls in the fena of the lagoons, and when the moon rose thousands of cranes and swamp geese took wings, screaming till the noise spoiled tho chance of sleep, even for the natives, whose ideas had bdwme mosqito proof. Large fire flies hoverdd about the bushes; fire beetles wheeleJ around in weird circles and altogether it was the strangest night the travelers had ever passed in the woods. Anothers hour's exploration confirmed their suspicion the next morning; the lagoon had no outlet that could possibly be passed by a boat, and only a day's hard work enabled the explorers to regain a point where they could at least use their sail. They had taken the precaution to fasten their baggage on a separate raft, or they would have lost all their instruments, for the boat capsized twice and was righted only by the skill of the Indian swimmers. On the following day a long- desired east wind spransr up, but when they at last got back to Las Uascadas their weary boatmen refused food to indulge in tee more needed luxury ot a good, long sleep, and the surveyors were so cotnplet- Iv exhausted that they could hardly get up the steps at the JanUiug-place; and they ail now agree with the storekeeper, that the secre s of the L)\ver Sumasinta river will remain unsolved for many years to come. Hopeful Planting. Green's Fruit Grower. I heard recently of an old gentleman who planted a_n orchard and was laughed at for his "foolishness" in planting at his ag_e, with a vieiv of gathering any of the fruit. But he has harvested six crops fionithis orchard and is hala and healthy nt present, bidding fair to harvest six to fifteen or twenty more crops before he dies. It is surprising how rapidly trees.grow when they get a foot hold in the soil. They grow while we are sleeping, while we are traveling; if we are sick or disabled, the trees keep pushing on. The first year I moved to our farm I planted rows of maples both sides of the road; I planted an orclnrd; I planted ornamental and fruit trees about the home grounds. I am often surprised as I look back upon the haste of moving and getting settled the first year, that so much planting should have been done. '1 hat wns only a few years ago, as it looks to me, and still these rows of maples along the roadside are things of beauty, pushing their branches higher in the air making a nesting-place for birds and shade for the traveler. The orchards and vineyards are bearing age. Each year I am surprised by the growth they are making. Lut no one be deterred from planting for the reason that he is old. Plant and save hope for the future. It is selfishness to dread that you may not get full benefit of the plantings. Should you pass away, the benefit will accrue to others; but the chances are many in favor of your enjoying tbe harvest yourself. ISEl'UDIATiC THE PLATFORM. Nebraska ProhibltioitUtb Complete Their Labors and Adjourn. _ LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 7.—The prohibition state convention completed its labors today by nominating R, W. Richardson, of Omaha, for judge of the supreme court, and Rev. Wni. Garst, of Leligh, and Mrs. Caroline M. Woodward, of Seward, for regents of tha state university. The platform, which is lengthy, endorses the national prohibition party; not its platform; demands that the government control telegraph and railroad companies; more unrestricted coinage of the metals; total annihilation of the liquor traffic. The obnoxious feature of the national platform is supposed to be the tariff plsvnk. Chiise Succeeds Leo. Sioux CITY, Aug. 6.—At a meeting of the democratic state central committee today Charles F. Chase, of the Atlantic Democrat was elected a member of the committee, vice T. H. Lee, deceased. Superior is preparing for a presentation of the National Pageant. I FAR OFFUlCA. -if Interesting Accotint of Mrs. Frenefi. Sheldon's Exploration of the Dark Continent. A Brave and Fearless Woman Forces Her Way Through Many Seri* ons Obstacles. She Bows Upon an Unknown Lake, Sees Strange Sights and Presses the Biuton. "Mrs. French-Sheldon's exploration of the remarkable crater Lake Chala, at the foot of _the eastern slope of Kilima-Njaro' in Africa, _ has been attracting considerable attention. An explorer named New was the first European to visit this lake in 1871, and although he described the crater as exceedingly steep and difficult of descent, he managed to reach the edge of the water. He approached the lake from the north and described it as triangular in shape, surrounded with an almost triangular ridge of hills, rising above the surface of the water to a height of from 150 to 300 feet. J. Thompson, on his journey to Masailand, visited the lake and described its attractions in glowing terms, but he could find no place by which i!; was possible to descend. On learning bj telegraph that Mr. Sheldon had succeeded in getting a poi toon afloat in this lake, says the New York World, the committee of the Royal Geographical Society of London asked her to > send them notes of her experiences. Mrs! Sheldon's reply, dated Taveta, April 26/ has just been received. In her letter she says that the adventure was undertaken in company with Keith Anstruther, who some months before had forced a path down to the water's edge. Mr. Anstruther had two sections of a pontoon, across which he proposed to place a sort of a raft or platform. With a number of porters there the attempt was made. Mrs. Sheldon went first and at considerable risk succeeded in forcing her way through the dense vegetation and loose rocks. Sometimes she sank to her armpits into the mass of decayed vegetation which had accumulated for ages. Multitudes of birds whirred about and troops of monkeys leaped from branch to branch. Soon, however, she found herself upon a "ragged, rough triangle of the trunks and rocks," with the water lapping her feet. Mr. Anstruther and the men followed with pontooons, which were locked together and set afloat. Mrs. Sheldon and Mr. Anstruther got on board and with the_ greatest ^difficulty persuaded one of their superstitious men to accompany them. Mrs. Sheldon and the man paddled, while Mr. Anstruther "kept a sharp lookout for the intrusive crocodiles, which were most numerous." Ducks of three varieties rose in startled flocks from their resting places. The perpendicular rocks which come down from the crest of the volcano could be seen reaching far down below thr surface of the clear blue water. Above the water they were densely clad with , trees, tangled with lianas and alive with birds and monkeys.. Mrs. Sheldon noticed a strange undercurrent in the water that now and again caused waves to rise up and move forward through the center of the otherwise tranquil surface, yet the air was perfectly calm. Mrs. Sheldon speaks of "the resistance or suction of the water which was felt when the paddles were put two or three feet beneath the surface." This may possibly be accounted for by the action set up by the water, which no doubt comes in from beneath, but there is apparently no supply from the outside. The sounding line carried by Mrs. Sheldon and Mr. Anstruther did not reach the bottom of the lake. The lake Mrs Sheldon describes as an unequal oblong, the water basin being two miles broad by two and a half to three miles in length The circumference is about six miles. This letter was discussed with rnuch_in- terest at a meeting of tho Geographical Society, and if Mrs Sheldon is well enough when she reaches L9ndon, she will be asked to give her experiences more in detail at the public meeting. It was hardly expected when Mrs. Sheldon started on her (for a woman) perilous journey to the Kilima-Njaro district that she would be able to add anything of importance to existing geographical knowledge of that region. But it seems that she has been fortunate enough to find out a good deal about this particular lake that has not been known before. In another letter received by the same mail to Mr. Sheldon no mention is made of Mrs. Sheldon's illness. She says that her health has been perfect, with the exception of an injury in one eye received in making the decent to the shores of Lake Chala. That she was, up to the time of writing, able to stand the fatigue of caravan life is evident from her statement that she had only been carried in her palanquin five hours during the journey. Mrs. Sheldon said that with luck she hoped to be able to 'reach the coast by June 20, in time to catch the steamer Madura. This, as has been told by cable, she succeeded in doing. The severe illness with which she was prostrated just before her departure was doubtless due te some sudden attack of jungle fever and to the effect of her long journey, la the last letter received Mrs. Sheldon expressed herself as more than satisfied with the success of her expedition. One very curious thing she mentions: The natives have no name for a woman leader of an exploring expedition, so they named her Bwana Bebe, which literally interpreted means "master lady." Henry Vander Wayde, the American artist and photographer in London, furnished Mrs. Sheldon before her departure for Africa, with special apparatus for recording by camera the various stages of her journey and sending the negatives to him to be developed in London. Mrs. Sheldon's story of her expedition is looked forward to with much interest by a multitude of people interested in African affairs. Already her, photographs nre displayed in the shop windows of London, and if the demand for them is any indication of the interest taken in her expedition she will meet with a very cordial reception on her return. Boil. Qeo. S. Uusfcell Dying. ROCKFOKD, 111., Auer 7.—Hou. Geo. H. Haskell, member of tuo cuto uuild's fair committee and ex-president of the stat board of agriculture, ie rapidly sinking, tmd the doctors say his case is hopeless. &t*M'AaAfeii»MM!iBiAi* "f* fcfotMtou* f'ifc'ir'iteiBi^Jife^YtrtliA^lifti

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