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M01NES, , IOWA. WEDNEPAY, M&tJSl 26, 1891. LGONA, IOWA, PETROLEUM has been found at G.icpo, Qaebec, at a depth of 2,300 feet. It is said to be equal in quality to the best Pennsylvania oil. . MR. GLADSTONE has the present satisfaction of perceiving that the tories have At last come round to his view that Ireland should hnvo home rule. AN electro'magnet for the transport o iron castings has been in use for som time at Piltsburg, and at the exhibition a Frankfort h one capable of lifting ton. THE LATEST NOTES. Gilbert E. Jones, who su cods hislut father as proprietor and ochtoi of tho Now York Times, is forty years of age thoroughly conversant will all branohei of tho business and a man of exemplary character. Two tunnels of cast iron for an electri railway have been built in London nndpu in operation for rapid transit. They are three miles in length and lie between fort.i and sixty feet below thebUrfaceot tho city'i streets. • _ IN twenty- throe states women have ac quired tho right to voto for members o school boards. This is more than half tin union. The woman's suffrage' movement seoms to bo progressing, aftrr all. It has taken about fifty years of agitation It; reaph this point. It Is noteworthy, how ever, that only a very small proportion of tho women tnko advantage of tho privilege. '_ ___ _____ TIIK king of Greece und a man frotn Omaha both sat down to dine on tho same rerraco at tho baths of Aix. The king, in the exorcise of his royal privilege, did not remove his hat. All others present, except the man : from Omaha, did so. Ev- arybody was amazed nt' the temerity of the .Omaha man except the king himself. Ho recognized hi« equal at once. IT should be known that the silly story of. a likelihood that tho house in which tho,notorious James brolhors wore born is to ho purchabod for exhibition at the world's fair, is a silly story merely. Some papers hava very strangely put faith in it, and lectured the world's fair directors accordingly. Tho story was at once denied bj tho directors, and never had a thread of truth in it or about it, IT now takes about $4 of tho paper money of the Argentine Republic to buy a gold dollar. There would be plenty of money in that country if the world at large would only resolve that un Argentine paper dollar was just as good as a gold dollar and accept it as such. But the world will not do it, and there you arc. It is not what you think of your collateral, but what the other fellow thinks. of the people to purify the moral atmosphere nro becoming common in different part* of tho country. These outbreaks and expressions of public opinion show that tho people generally do not rest quietly under continund violations of tho law that officials appear to bo ignorant of. Wben public sentiment is aroused to action it is useful, at le'ist, in spurring tho officers to their duty. What everybody sees and is crying out against, the law officials cannot longer refuse, FHOM applications for sugar bounties made to the internal revenue commissioner an expected production of 8,000,000 pounds ' of maple, 20,210,000 pounds of beet, and 566,623,000 pounds of cane sugar during the present fiscal year. It is not expected that tho maple will us a rule contain the required 20 per cent. of pure sugar, and so will get a bounty of but 1% cents a pound instead of 2 coats. Making allowances hero and for possible overestimates of production by appliances, the government officials place the probable payments in bounty at §11,000,000, or from $2,000,000 to $4,000,000 above the wtimates of tlm I'ramc'rs of the law, CAU1''()11M1A'.S UK8ICUT. An interesting story told respecting the lake recently for mod in tho avid region, apparently demonstrates tho marine origin of tho sudden inundation. After tracing the powerful stream of which tho lake is an expansion, it was found that its waters weru brackish, and inseireral places bodies of dead smelt aii'l also some crustaceans that are found only on tho Pacific shores south of San Diugo harbor were picked up. It is slated also that an analysis of the water shows that it has i) saline density of eighteen per cent. Sea water ordinarily contains about four per cent, of solid matter in solution, Were the waters of the lako entiroly derived from the Pacific ocean their salinity should be greater than that of the ocean water, because while Bpmiding out over tho boated land they would undergo rapid evaporation. This phenomenon is attributed to tho action of the earthquake of June 28 last, when huge rock musses were torn from the mountain sides. Three hours later tho telegraph announced Me inrush of waters into the depressed salt plain. The first theory was that tho flooding must bo traceable to a rise of the Colorado river. But observations seem to disprove this theory in a mobt conclusive manner. But it is important that, the whole scone of the over- ilow should bo carefully explored. It is to be hoped the geological survey officers of California or tho National geological survey will make u thorough exploration of the inundated region. LAND is purchased for another Jewish colony in New Jersey. JOHN D. GAMIILK, congressman-elect d South Dakota died quite suddenly. IT is said that Jay Gould is seriously il and has gone to Soda Springs, Idaho, for treatment. JOHNSTON, TALLMAN & Co., of New York, importers of fireworks and toys have assigned. Their liabilities are 8100, 000. CALIFORNIA papers demand the appoint ment of a Cafifornian at the heac the bureau of horticulture of the world's fair. A HAILSTORM which swept over a wide strip of country south of Sandbury, N D., Wednesday, laid waste 7,000 acres ol giain, DYRENtfURTirB rain-making experi monttt in Texas have apparently mel with some success. Every time explosions have been made rain has followed. MINERS of the Argus coal company tu Fort Dodge, Iowa, are on a strike for an eight-hour day. COTTON worms are destroying crops around Breham, Tex., which is one of the most productive sections in Texas, Sever al other places report the pest. _ CHINA is notified to cense the persecutions of foreigners or suffer the consequences of a demonstration of several powers, including America. IOWA'S weekly crop bulletin siiys all the conditions during the past week have been favorable to the corn crop. RBV. Dii. JOHN HENRY HOI-KINS, one of tho most distinguised clergymen of tho protestant Episcopal church, died at Troy, N. Y., agod71. WILLIAM A. BRICKILL, of New York, lias sued the city ot Baltimore for $100,)00 damages for alleged infringemt,nt. of a liatent for a feed water-heaters for steam fire engines invented by him. _ Tint KB HUNDRED AND im<TY flour pack- 'rs and nailers at Minneapolis, Minn., it-ruck Tuesday morning f'or an advance of 25 cents uttoy. This being tho busy season the millers had to submit and tho men gained their point. THE English plush manufacturers. Sir Titus Suit, Sons ijfc Co., who recently established a factory at Bridgeport, Conn., lire charged with importing labor under jontrnct and thnir property bus been at- ;achod by tho United States marshal. JAMICS RUSSELL LOWELL willed all his nanuscripts to Charles Elliot Norton, who 's made the poet's literary executor. Har- 'ard college gets such of his books as it wants, and the rest of the estate, which is jmall, goes to Mr. Lowell's daughter. THE Illinois trust and savings bank, of yhicugo, has begun suit to foreclose a econd mortgage on the plant of the :*acific street railway at Los Angeles. The imouut involved is $1,664,000, with in- ,erest. OIHTUAKY: At Lincoln, Nf'b,, ex-Chief nticB Oliver P. Mtison, aged sixty-two. : Vicks'jurg, Miss., ex-Maynr R. F. Jock, aged forty-eight. At Columbus, O'oio, Dr. Benjamin W. Freeman, aged ixty-four. At Bloomingt.on, III., Gilbert Greon, aged seventy-eight. FOREIGN, GKHMAN ministers decide not to reduce he duties on covn. TWELVE persons were killed Sun- ay by a railroad collision in Switzer- .ind. TIUIITY lives were lost Monday by an veillow of the St. Marie at Port-au- Vince. THOMAS EDDINGTON & Co., of Gla?gojv, icotland, have failed. Their liabilities re $250,000. j THERK is a great demand for American wheat and produce in Peru, the Chilian apply being cut off. TUK Anglo-Australian bank, another and company connected with the British Sank of Auhtnvlia, has suspended, with iabilities of $600,000. PKESIDKNT HIPPOLYTE, of Hayti, has orined a now cabinet and his adherents ay there will be no further trouble. THK British Bank of Australia has BUS- leuded. The liabilities are $800,000, of »hich about half is held in England. THK international labor congress, or as t is now called, the international Social- workmen's congress, has opened in Jrussols. WILHKLM BAim.of Hamburg, has been tilled by tailing over a precipice near Jortena in tho Tyrol. A guide recovered he body. THK official orgnn of tho German gov- minion« says that no reduction will bo nade on tho duties of grain imported into ermany. A RANCHMAN named Medina, living in ho United "States of Columbia, has con- essed t.o murdi ring thirteen children un- er 5 months of age. Tun were liU own hildren, and throo his grandchildren. THK supreme judge at Lyipsic, after hren days' deliberation over the question, nis decided that tho meat of dogs is not fit o be used in the manufacture ot suus-ages ind that it is therefore criminal to sell ausuges when composed in any part of ,ogs' meat, A DISPATCH announces tho .partial de(ruction ot tno villago of Kollmaii, Aus- riu, by n cloudburst. Half the houses were destroyed and many people and cat- le wore drowned, A GOVEiiNMKNT steamer has brought to Quebec reports confirming the distress Liuong tne people of Librador and tho northwest coast of Newfoundland on ac- ount of ferip, diphtheria and staivation, FIRES AND CASUALTIES. Two WOUKMKN were badly injured by a all ut the West hotel, Minneapolis. A MINNEAPOLIS sewer inspector lost his life by the caving in of a sewer. A TKitiuiJLK hnil[ storm at Depr Creek, Minn., Monday night, destroyed about 2,000 acres of grain. TUB Damon iron works of Cambridge, Mass, were destroyed by fire Tuesday morning. The loss is $200,000. .losKi'ii TiLKoito, of Martiusville, Ind., was dtowued Sunday wkile bathing. A HAiL-hTuHM i. N Phelps City, Neb., killed a large number of cuttle and ruined corn crops. CUAHLES McCALLUP and J. Martin were killed, ami D iv»» Flauarty injured, in a wreck on tho Union Pacific near Brighton, Col. " ...,...,., white; men %eife,.ki)le<J! by a railroad wreck On, thr Valley route 1 near Cleveland station^ Mississippi. JOHN BEKRY, a farmer living near Mount Carmel, III., fell from, a tree Wednesday add was so badly injured thai he died within an hour. WILLIE ARMSTRONG, aged 9, t drowned Wednesday at Birmingham, Ala. Two sis'er»j aged 10 and 15, \vent to his rescue, and both lost their lives. SARANAC CLUB HOUSE, 170 mile from Saranac village, N. Y., was destroyed by fire Sunday. Seventy-five guests lost nearly all their personal effects. Origin of fire unknow LEONARD WEAVER and John Schuster were overcome by gas and drowneJ white cleaning a cesspool at PittBburg, Pi., Fri day night. . .- . . A FREIGHT train and express collided near Egg Harbor City, N. J., and seven persons were severely injured. FIRM at Waco, Texas, Monday destroyed the f tores of Goldstein & Migel and Curtis & Grand. The loss is estimated at $375,000. JAMES Fox, of Rock Falls, Iowa, was caught in a threshing machine Wednesday and so badly injured! that his recovery is impossible. TOM PACE, aged 16, an employe of the Ensley furnace company, at Birmingham, Ala., fell into a lake of molten slag Wed' nesdiiy and was roasted to death. REV. W. T. ( ARRIE, rector of St. Paul's church at Grand Forks, N. D , his daughter,'Miss Ruth Cdrrie, and Miss Dora Van Kirk were drowned Monday evening in Red Lake river. Six workmen fell from the top of a 150 foot chimney at Lawrence, Mass. One was killed and the others seriously injured. A OANAL boat with fully 200 pleasure- seekers collapsed Tuesday night below Dayton, 0. A number of passengers were severely injured. CLARK FECHUEIMER, of Cincinnati; Laura Bamberger, of Chicago, and Emit Block, of Cincinnati, wero drowned in the Ohio Tuesday. AT Utica, N, Y., H. C. Mulliuran, and John Lawton were killed, and J.E. Hickoy was fatally injured, Tuesday night, at a crossing 1 , their carriage having been run into by a train. _H. F. Cox inveutor of the block system of running trains, attempted to commit suicide yesterda,y at a summer resort near Wilkesbarre, Pa., by cutting his throat. Ill health was tho cause. CRIME. A COLONIZATION company was run in bodily by St. Paul detectives. MARTIN PIERCE has been arrested at Kalarimzo, Mich., for train-wrecking. '] GEORGE FOLGER, a member of the senior class at Knox college, committed suicide at Galesburg, Sunday. DICK and buck Phares were]dangerously .njured Sunday in a cutting "affray ueai Shelbyville, Ind. MAYOR LAMBERT of Duraupo. Col., is a defaulter to the extent of $110,000 and a ugitive from justice. WILEY P, WILLIAMS tbe assistant post- imster at Deuiianco, N. C., has been ar- •ested.for riding registered letters. RUDOLPH SCUIMPF, a wealthy German of Peoria, III., drowned himself in a fountain Tuesday. GEOKOE E. MELCHER committed sui- ;ido at the Oakland hotel, Cuicago, Tues- lay. He was at one time agent for the Northern Steamship company. E. B. PRESTON, a lumber merchant of North Ottawa, Kas., shot and killed his wife Sunday, and attempted to commit luicide. Louis GOODHEIM, aged thirty-two, an nmate of the Hobrow home at Nejv York, '.ommitted_ suicide Monday morning by inging himself. MIDI DELOITI, aged 17. was shot by an unknown man at New York, Tuesday uorning and died before naching the lospiial. JOHN J. S. WILSON, a commercial raveler, whose residence is Blooaiington, II., committed suicide at his father's ionic in Chicago, Monday. HIRAM; J. BAKKR, a New York travel- ng man who was sent to jail at Quincy, II., because of his inability to pay a $100 )oard bill, committed suicide by cutting iis throat. AT New Auburn, Minn., a Mrs, Dickin- on tied her fourteen-year-old daughter to lerself and then jumped into the lake. 3oth were drowned. Mrs. iDickenson lived unhappily with her husband. CHAULKS LAWRKNOB, ex-assistant eash- er of tho Keystone National bank of Phil- idelpliia, who pleaded guiity to false en- ries in the books, was sentenced Tuesday o seven years' imprisonment and a fine of ilOO and costs. ATAshlnnd, Pa., acrowdof Hungarians .t a christening got into a row among hemselves. Four deaths will probably re- ult. NEAR San Mateo, Gal., Avon Taylor, a iirmer, while drunk, beat his wife and &n light-year-old sun over the head with a pick bundle. Mrs. Taylor cannot recover. POLICEMAN TIIURSTON, while protect- ng tlio foreman of a brick yard from an ittack by four Italians at Exeter, N. II., Wednesday, had his skull fractured. The talians fled to the wooda and are being >ursued by citizens and police. AFRICA'S GOLD Kaiidolph ChtirchililGives an In feres ting Account of His Travels in South Africa. A 11 iiHbuncl'H ConfeHBleii. I am minded to write a few lines on the ittlo courtesies of life that some of us vho aio husbands and wives seem to have 'orgotten or purposely set aside, since the lays of our honeymoon. We clung to them tenaciously enough before—yes, we {lorieo! in them. I know 1 used to tip my iat in the most _ graceful and courteous uanner to my wife when I chanced to meet lor on the street before we were married. Sometimes, I confess it with shame, 1 don't do it now. 1 used, in those "popular 1 ' days, to think that she could no; under any circumstances go up stairs without a good deal of niy arm for support, and low—well, sometimes I bolt on ahead of ler^ind she says reprovingly, "Here, sir, vou're a gallant husband, to let me go up stairs unassisted." Then 1 always go b»ck and do my duty in this regpoct. Wives cling lunger than hubbands to all .he gentle litiie courtesies that wero never orgolten in the halcyon days of their courtship; but they, too, forget at times some of the little things that made them .0 charming in the eyes of Tom or John or Will. Why shouldu't we say, "I beg your pardon," or ''excuseme," and "thank you" to each other as well as other men and wgmt-n? The lack of these little courtesies aud kindnesses has much to do with the lack of harmony and happiness in many homes.—Farm and Fireside. Ho Finds Some Rich Gold Ore That is Exceedingly Hard to ; Handle* . There are Also Found in That Country Valuable Silver, Coal and Iron Ores. Largest of all the t gold mines round Jo hannisburg the Robinson mine is probably the most remarkable for the high average richness of its ore, and fore. the enterprise ana method of. its management, This mine was originally bought by a small syndicate for less than £20,000. t In 1888 a company was formed to work it with a capital of £2,700,000. The company possesses a "mijinpacht," or mining loase, ol about two hundred acres, containing some thirty-five mining claims. Three distinct reefs are being worked at different levels —tho main reef leader, the middle reef and the south reef. The lattet has hither to afforded the richest results. The deepest level now being developed is about three hundred feet below the surface and it has Been found by assay, but not jet confirmed by practical crushing, that tne ore at this depth maintains its richness. There are about five, miles of underground workings, mostly illuminated by the electric light. The ore, which near tlie surface of the ground is a friable conglomerate, free from pyrite, becomes al tho deeper levels a hard conglomerate rock almost impervious to the ordinary drill, and hammer worked by manual labor, and highly pyritic. These two qualities have necessitated the installation of American air drilling machinery of such power as to be capable of drilling a hole four feet deep into tho rock in fifteen minutes which a native would be unable to complete working in an entire day. The abundant presence of pyrites. compels choiaicaj treatment of the concentrates and tailings, the stamps alone being unable to extract more than fifty per cent, of the gold. The McArthur Forresi process, or, ir- other words, the treatment of the ore by cyanide of potassium," is being tried upon the tailings, and a chlorination plant is being installed for the treatment of the concentrates. It is, however, too soon to pronounce upon the respective merits of these processes, and it is possible that the expense per ton may bo greater than would admit of appreciable profit. Here and there in the deeper levels pock 3ts of ore of extraordinary richness are found. I have before me as I write a specimen taken from such a pocket estimated by assay to produce a thousand ounces to the ton. This is probably an ex- iggerated estimate. Another specimen aas been t stimated to produce twenty-eight ounces to the ton. The average yield, aowever, of the ore in the deeper levels will probably be found to be a little under :WQ ounces to the ton. The entire gold production of the Robinson mine since the commencement of the year 1889, a period of a little more than ,wo years, may bo stated in round figures at 100,000 tons of ore, realizing 200,000 ninces of gold, in value from &ix hundred ;o eight hundred thousand pounds. Upon ;he enormous capital the directors declared for the year 1889 a dividend of five percent., and for the year 1890 four per cent. They spent moreover out of tho earnings on the development of the mine and on new machinery, an amount equal to hese dividends. From October next, when ,ho additional twenty 'stamps have been erected, making a total of sixty stamps, when the rock drilling machinery is at v< ork and the chlorination plant set up, :he manager expects' to o-et from crushings from eighty-five hundred to nine thousand ounces of gold pt,r month. There are ern- )loyed in the Robinson mine one hundred ind thirty Europeans and about nine lundred native workmen. The wages paid to Europeans range ligh. Carpenters receive from £5 to £5 .Os, a week. Skilled mechanics and )lucksmiths receive £6 a week. Strange o say, in spite of these high wages the white workmen are constantly leaving •heir employment and going off to Mas- nonaland. The directors find it more and more difficult to obtain skilled labor, and .here appears to be both at this mine and jenerally all over the Randt a most prom- sing opening for young English 'mechan- cs and miners. The cost of living would irobably exceed the cost of living in Eng- und, but tho high wages, counted with dwelling rent free, in addition to a magnificent climate, would appear to open the road to fortune. Tho Robinson mine, such as it is, is probably one of the finest gold mines in ;he world, but it is overbui dened with an excessive capital account, which before 'ong it may bo found convenient and prac- :icable considerably to reduce. Situated iouiewlmt to the west of the Robinson mine is the Langlate estate. This company, withacapital of £'15,000, owns and works an estate held in freehold, not uu- ler a mining lease, of considerable larger area than that held by the Robinson company. The main and south reefs are principally worked, but the average yield does not exceed fifteen pennyweights to the ton. There is, however, an enormous quantity of this oro in sight, and tbe ex- client management enables a good profit to be realized. A battery of 120 stamps is in process of erection on this mine, which is perhaps the best developed and generally tbe nioHt attractive of all the mines in the Randt, • The Ferreira mine, adjoining the Rob- insoa, is just as celebrated for its splendid milling plant and machinery and for its economical and skillful administration. The mine consists of about fifteen claims, yielding on an average nearly o$e ounco to the ton. The concentraites and tailings of this mine, when properly treated, are expected to produce a considerably additional yield. Here has been installed a very perfect assay and smelting plant and laboratory. By the courtesy of the verv ski ; l- ful gentleman in charge of this department, Dr. Simon, 1 was enabled to follow tho beautiful process of treatment of pyrites by cholorino gas. The pyrites are roasted prior to treatment, becoming ex tremely friable, losing the sulphur which they contain, freeing the gold and rendering it accessible to the attractions of chlorine. In the McArthur Forrest process—the cyanide of pottassium process— the tailings 4° not require to be roasted, the expense of treatment being thereby considerably reduced, but it is asserted, 'afid probably with truth, th«6' tB«f life Arthnr Forrest process is only available fAi the treatment of tailing where the gold is free, and that it produces no appreciabh results when treating pyritic concentrates 'lt;should be remembered that in addl tion to the difficulties and obstacles whicl I have described above and which the goU fields have had to encounter and overcomi must be reckoned the most stupid, aelfisl and incompetent government which eve wfflicteda community or a country. The Trttnivaal possesses Everything Which mai can' desire for comfort, luxury arid genera prosperity—an unequalled climate, a soi of exuberant fertility, mines of gold, silver coal and iron, allot great richness. Thi Boers, in their stubborn a^ mulish igno ranee, have resolved in so far as in them lies that none of this great wealth shall be taken advantage of and developed. In a country where million? of acres might prri duce millions of quarters of grain only comparatively a few hundreds of thousands of acres produce Indian corn. Two years at the least will probably elapse before Johannisburg, a town whose life and growth depends on the construction of railways, is proper connection with the sea coast, with other South American towns, or even witn all of its one adjoining coal field. Millions of tons ot machinery, _of coal, of provisions, of nil the necessaries of life have had to be bragged over ^undreds of miles of ground, in groaning* and overladen wacfons by exhausted and half ^tarved oxen. In : siich a condition of things one might have thought that the most simple and inexperienced government could at least have maintained decent highway communication. _0n the contrary, the tracks are the worst in the world, in many places almost impassable in the best period of ihe year, totally impassable in the wet season. A comparatively small expenditure would -uffice to render traffic possible and oven easy. Ik is, I believe, a fact that repeated applications have been made to the president tor money to be spent on improving or 16' pairing the roads, but all such applications are in vain. The president replies that he has no money to spend on such things as roads; that the tracks which are in existenco were made by and were good enough for the forefathers of the Boers, .ind are, therefore, more than good enouath for the present dav. The perverse sim • phcity of these Boers in inconceivable, Out to it there attaches a still darker stain —corruption. It is openly and publicly asserted in the press, in public speeches and in society, and sways violently and malignantly government circles. The vicious system of concessons abounds. Dynamite, an article of prime necessity in a mining country, has been made the subject of a monopoly and granted to an individual who, for considerations unknown, is entitled to exclude all other dynamite from the country but his own, and receives a royalty of 12s. 6d. a ton on all -his own dynamite which is consumed. To such a pitch has the policy of concession been carried that I am informed that juite recently 'an individual applied to the government for a concession to grant concessions, and that the proposition was gravely and seriously considered, but has not yet been accepte'd. If this country had been in the hands of the English or Americans it would prob .ibly now be peopled by some millions of Europeans, would be giving forth every variety in inexhaustible quantities of vegetable, animal and mineral produce; intersected by railways and canals—in a word, it might be the most weathy and prosperous spot upon the face of the earth. I have spoken of silver mines. These are sitmited some forty miles to the east of Johannisburg, and ate of very recent discovery.- The history of them is somewhat emarkable. A company was formed to work them with, I believe, a capital of about a quarter of a million. The affair was probably a fraud, the money was mostly wasted; little was found and nothing was done and the silver mines of the Transvaal fell into disrepute and disfavor. Some person or persons, however, discovered on the property specimens of ore of singular richness. These being_ brought to gentlemen possessing experience and capital, were pronounced by them to be good silver ore. A small syndicate was soon formed, shares of the old company were quickly bought up, new capital was expended, thereof has been opened up a,nd developed and ascertained to be of great extent and fair richness. The average yield of tho ore has been estimated by issay to be about thirty ounces of silver to ihe ton. In some places, 'however, it •eaches the high average of from two mndred to three hundred ounces to the on. It contains about thirty percent, of ead. I am informed by experts that the geo- ogical formation of these ore deposit s is >eculiar, the presence in abundance of carbonate of iron and almost total absence of zinc and of any excess of silver render- ner smelting Very easy. _ At present some difficulty in working this ore at a profit nay arise from the necessity of having to use for smelting imported coke at the cost of some £15 per ton. In the immediate neighborhood coal' mines are being worked, but it is doubtful weather this coal can 30 manufactured into coke sufficiently jood for smelting purposes, Ifc is known, loweyer, that there exist hard by beds of luperior coal, and great hopes are enter- rained that sufficiently good coke may be jroduced upon the spot. Silver reefs ap- >ear to abound on the properties adjoining ;hat of the Transvaal silver mines com>any. One or two syndicates have been ormed to acquire and develop these prop; rues, and it is quite possible that the diver mines of the Transvaal may become A larger, a more important and a more valuable industry than even the gold mines of the Randf. I made, in company with some frienis, i very interesting ana pleasant expedition o these silver mines, and the incidents of he journey led me to offer a few remarks upon the presence of game and the prospects of sport in the Transvaal, My riend and I, who were naturally not competent to form any practical judgment on aining values, took with us our guns and logs in order to while away the time dur- ng which the engineer experts would be ,t work. Not many years ago these wide and rawy plains abounded with, game of al- osK every description. Persons whose word can be implicitly relied upon have uformed me that within the last fifteen s they can remember these plains be- covered as far as the eye could reach with countless thousands of wild beasts, ileusbok, and springbok and other varie- ies of the deer and antelope tribe. So desolate and lifeless is the appearance of .hese plains now that it is difficult to credit the assertion. It happens, how- svor, unfortunately for the sportsman that not long ago the demand for hides w<w considerable, und the wise, prudent and ntelligeut Boer immediately t-etto work and slaughtered without discrimination every vhlcl four-footed animal. So reckless aftd ruthless wan the slaughter th*t theie Boer sportsmen never eared to car™ home the animals they had slain Form?? in? themselves into large shooting parties ' they shot them down everywhere by' score?, by hundreds and by thbiisands leaving the carcasses to be devoured by the vultures and going a few days afterward to gather up the skins which the vultures had neglected and which the sun had dried and tanned. Nov* the traveller can compass mile after mile of plain 'Without seeing so much as a solitary buck. In a few places, however, attempts are made to resuscitate and preserve the blessbok and the springbok On an estate of seme eighty thousand acres belonging to Messrs.Marks & Co., situated on the Vaal river, about forty miles south of Pretoria, there has been raised a herd of a few hundred springbok which are carefully preserved. OQ another estate not far off, . neaf Paritz, belonging to Mr. Koettze, some thousands of blessbok are to be found and are very carefully preserved. t My friend and I, shooting for two days in the neighborhood of the silver mines, obtained tne following singularly variety' but somewhat scanty bag—nor do I think' that the scantiness could be fairy attributed to. any excessively unskilled shooting:— Three snipe, ten quail, sixducb), one wild goose, swen partridges, five coran, three plover, four pigeons, one eagle and five bitterns.—New York Herald. A RISA.L, LIVING !/.TATUH. The Man Whose Skin HUH Become oa Hurcl as Slieet-Irou. There is at Bellevue Hospital the remarkable case of a man gradually turn-t ing to a statue, says a New York »e<tf respondent. His skin has grad3klKv hardened until it is now liks, a covering of sheet-iron—not so hard, but as unyielding. He is as helpless as though he ready wero a statue. He cannot move hand or fooi, but his health is good, and he may live for many years. The disease is a rare one, and has been diagnosed as gcleroderma, or hide-bound. There is no cure for it. The most that can bo done for the patient is to rub him from head to foot every morning with goose grnase. .' This makes this, skin softer for a brief period, just as greasing a pair of shoes makes the leather more pliable. The strangely afflicted man is Patrick Wood. He is 42 years old and a painter by trade. For seven years ho has lain on a cot in ward 14 of the medical department. He weighs, probably, 200 pounds, and is as good-natured a? he is portly. He spends much of his time reading and chatting, aud seems to enjoy life as good as any one. He says he experiences no pain. This case is different from that of the "fish-man," of museum fame, whose body is covered with hard ridges of skin- like scales, but he was born that way. Wood first discovered his condition seven years ag-o. One day while wiold- ing a paint-brush he noticed that bin hands were becoming very stiff. The skin on the palms was hard, knd'he feared paralysis would result. Dr. Herman was then house surgeon of the ward Wood now occupies in Bellevue, arid there Wood went for treatment. The doctor was unable to do anything more ihan give him temporary relief by rubbing him with grease. Since Dr. Herman left five other surgeons have endeavored ;ocure Wood, with no better result. For Pour years Wood did not know the character of his_ troaole. In the.' meantime the hardening process ' extended ' to all ?arts of hio body. The skin has retained .ts natural color. > When the patient is given his d_aily treatment he is placed up- •ight on his feet in the same manner that a ladder is raised. A _ peculiar feature of the case is that n winter the top of Woods head_ becomes entirely bald. In summer it is covered with a heavy growth of hair. On the >ack of his ears he has callous spots like corns, the result of lying in an unchanged josition so many years. Hundreds of doctors in this city and from other iities have examined Wood, but none of .heir suggestions have resulted in any mprovement in his condition. The disnase is supposed to have its origin in ':he_ nervous system. In medical books t is diagnosed both amoncf skin and nervous diseases. The stiffening will >robably continue, if the patient doas not lio from other causes, until it ends im ontraction of the muscles of the body. Chis would soon cause death.— Boston Globe. ' Seals Will Survive. Mr. Dawson, one of the English commissioners to investigate the sealing ques- ion _ in the Behring bea, expressed the pinion at Victoria that there wa_s "no langer of sealing being exterminated, >ecause the seal is an animal that cannot )e exterminated." This opinion is con- irraed by the reports that come from the eaiing vessels returning from the the sea, under orders from the revenue cutters and gunboats now enforcing tho modus viven- li. Oapt. Alcoek of the Canadian ichooner D. C. Rand says he never saw 0 many seals on the beach and hillsides of 5t. Paul island as this year; he saw 'thousands more than ever before; look where you would, it was full of seals; up he hillsides as far as we could see wa« moving mass." Other captains' who lave come into Victoria, bring similar re>orts and captains of vessels who sail in he northern Pacific tell of passing furseals n unusual numbers on their way north ast spring. If the commissioners now at ho Pribyloff islands find this condition of things to exist, it is likely that the 3lose season agreement will be but a tern- >orary one, and that either there will be 1 return to the conditions previously ex- sting or an attempt will be made to pro- ect the seals in the open seas while migrating, when it is agreed by all that the {reatest mischief is done by their indis- crimate slaughter. The commissioners will soon be on their way home, and the* 'or the first time we shall have some re- iable data upon which to decide whether >r not tha sekls ore disappearing. Preacher—Do you take this women for >etter or worse? Wroom—I don't know! Worse, I guess; hen I can't get, left. Father (coming in upon them at 11:30)— Jennie, don't you think it's about time to jo to bed ? Daughter—Why, yes papa. What on earth keeps you up BO late? Mamma—"You naughty girl! You've eaten every cookey there was in the plate, told you you might have three." Little Edith—"Yes; but you didn't tell me which three. So I had to eat all to be >ure to get the riyVH onsa " Recent experiments by German" payai- :i4ns indicate that cancer is contagious.

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