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THE PPEft DBS ; .IOWA. WEDNESDAY, DEOEM6ER 23, 1891. wttef ALGONA, IOWA. , SAOH showed charactUtic wis • dbm when he pulled a clerk bit ween himself and the falling bomb. • Onro men are eonspicjoua in the president's cubinct. Harrison himself was born there and Foster, Noblo and llusk are also natives of that state.-as well as the latest appointee, Elkins. Of the other members, Blaino and Wanamaker are Pennsylvania™ and Tracy and Miller New Yorkers. Proctor, who recently ascended to tne senate, is a Vennonter, whilo the brainy Windom, like so hi any other mem- bersof the 'cabinet, first beheld the light In Ohio. Next to being born rich is to be born in Buckeyodom. TMB Northwflstern Miller, ,of Minneapolis, has undertaken to collect a ship load of flour to bo Rent to the starving peasants of Russia as a gift from the millers of the United States. Arrangements havo been niado with the Russian government whereby the latter agrees to furnish transportation from this country to Russia and to distribute the cargo to the famine stricken people. The millers of Minno, apolis alone have already subscribed over throe thousand sacks of flour to this cause. This donation, amounting to four hundred and twenty thousand pounds, ,is to bo increased ro half a million, which will make the total subscription of the Minneapolis flour makers a train load of from eighteen to twenty cars. An appeal has been made to every miller in the United States to aid in this work. In order to do this, tho co. operation and assistance of every miller in the country is essential. The proposed cargo will contain six million pounds of flour. To raise this very largo amount it will bo nocepsary for milleru every who ro to contribute. Tin condition of tho peasants of Russia is known to all. The Russian authorities estimate that twenty millions of people are without fold. THE LATEST NEWS. 1'KHSONA.Ij MMN'IION. Agnes Iluntington's company is reported out of financial straits. * * * Mrs. William A. Whittlosoy, formerly of Florence, Wis., will receive $000,000 of the Tildon estate. * * * Dr. Ido, of tho Grand Avenue Congregational church, Milwaukee, denounced Christian science, from tho pulpit and miid it was not only unchristian 1 but contrary to the teachings of tho Bible. * * * Mr. Albert Bierstadt has sold his great painting, Tho L'«st of tho Buffaloes, for $50,000, It is now on exhibition in London, and all the papers vie with one another in praising it. * * w Thomas Laws, tho negro who bore tho message from Miss Rebecca Wright to General Sheridan which induced Sheridan to attack tho rebels at Winchester, has boon found. He lives in Philadelphia. * * * Miss Francos Grogor, of Kewaunoe, Wis., has translated into English from tho Bohemian of Boaona Nomoc a tale of life in Bohemia, entitled The Grandmother. A Chicago tlrm of publishers has made of it a handsome little volume, * » * TomasHO Salvini, the famed tragedian, has forever retired from tho stage. Alexander Sa'vini is to take up tho mantle of his illustrious father. At the urgent request of his sire ho is to appear as Othello. His father luw recently sent him his own prompt book, mantle and dagger, which he will use in tho production. v NOTES. THE Archduke Sigwmund, of Austria, died Tuesday in Vienna from influenza. . NoiiTrt DAKOTA millers appeal for assistance in relieving suffering in Itussia. A MOVKMEfrr is begun for the construction o: a railroad from" M .nkato to Hastings. LA QIIIPPB ia raging in nearly every northern city from the Atlantic to the Pacific. MKW YOIIK city is oveirun with beggars, thieves and men unable to obtain work. THE Ruggles Street Boston church society of Boston, has extended a call to Rev. Everett D. Burr, of Chicago. THE ChemicRl National bank, with a capital of 81.000,000, has been authorized to begin business at Chicago. • TnK Knnt (Conn.) iron works will cloee indefinitely. The furnace has been run continuously for nearly half a century. S. K. MUKDOOK, at one time a well known actor and brother of James K. Murdock, died in Philadelphia, aged eighty-seven years. TUB attorney-general has appointed James M. McManon assistant United States attorney for the western district of Michigan. AN order was issued from the navy department Thursday that the destination of tho United Stains war ships must not bo given out. JOHN A. LOOAN, Jn., son of our late general, is at Youngstown, Ohio, critically ill with an abscess at the base of the brain. Tim search for tho missing. Mexican vcssbl Tahaiti has been abandoned. She bad on board a crow of sixteen men and 200 laborers. ANOTIIEH natural gas well was struck Thursday at Stronghurst, III., 25 miles oast of Ft. Madison, la., and that village is wild, with excitement. THOMAS S. AUAMB, the farmers' alliance candidate, was nominated for governor of Louisiana by tho anti-combine convention at Baton Rouge, Thursday. A THLicaitAM announces I he death, at Tahlequn'b, Ind. Ter., of Chief Mayers/, of tho Cherokee nation, Monday morning, The assistant chief is said to be dangerously ill. Miss JUUA A. AMBS, editor of The Union Signal, of Chicago, official organ of tho Woman's Christian Union, died Sat- 2-year-old Boa* of Mtt. John Mies ot davenport, Iowa, was burned, to death Friday, his clothes catching fire ot an open grate. " HKNRY FITZSIMMONS, aged 19, and h'n brother, Michael, aged 24, wore aaphjx- iated by gas in Chicago, Sunday night, -'IT Freeport, 111., Moses Farer was caught by a belt while grinding feed with a steam thrasher and wai so badly injured ao to cause his death. THE severest storm ever known in Denver raged Sunday night. Wires of all kinds are down and traffic is suspended. JOHN Tucn-mcn, chief of the Sandu?ky q g^ASSis? USE OF MAD'STOMS (Ohio) fire department, was killed by falling through the hatchway of the propeller R. E. Schuck, while making an inspection for fire. A BWBDB miner named Peterson fell from the cage of No. 7 shaft on Lake Superior mine, near Marquette. Mich., Wednesday and was dashed to pieces at the bottom of the shaft. ONE man on the Chicago express which crashed into a way freight engine at Newburg, N.Y., Tuesday night, was killed and eleven others were injured, one so badly that he will die. The man who was killed was Fireman Joseph Smith, of East Albany. IN a collision Wednesday on the Fort Wayne railway, near Lima, Ohio. Judge A. C. Reynolds, general counsel of the Pittsburgh. Fort Wayne & Chicago company, Conductor Foot, and three others, fnr an inquiry 33 \o the feasibility oi L ,^- cbaantf the states of Sonora, Chihuaba ui.d Coahulla, Mexico. Mr. Vilas introduce^ a bill amendatory of the act repea'ingthe timber 1 culture laws. Tne first amendment strikes out the re- quiremenlTbhat a person must be an actual resident to b3 allowed to make final proof; second, striking out the provision that no person shall be entitled to make entry of desert land except He be a resident of the state or territory in which the land is located. WEDNESDAY, DEC, 16. SENATE—Tbe president sent in the following nominations: To be United States circuit judges as provided by section 1, chapter 517, United States statutes, William L. Putnam, of Maine, for the first judicial circuit; Nathaniel Shipman of Connecticut, for the second judicial circuit; George M. Dallas of Pennsylvania, for the third judicial circuit; Nathan Goff of West Virginia, for the fourth judicial circuit; William M. H. Taft of Ohio, for the sixth judicial circuit; William A. Woods of Indiana, for the seventh judicial circuit; Warren Tsutt of Oregon, United States district judge of Alaska. Mr. Cullom presented a petition praying for a law requiring the use of automatic couplings on freight trains and train brakes. Bills were introduced to establish a They Wei-e Known in Ancient Times, arid Healing Power Claimed for Thein, wore fatally killed. injured. Cook Manel was urday morning illness. at Boston, after a short SMOUKTAUYPKOCTKU attended the meeting of tho cabinet Friday for the last time und took official leave of his associates. He severed his connection with the war do- oartment Saturday afternoon. IT is semi-offieiiilly announced in Washington that President Hairison will shortly issue a proclamation i estoring the duty on sugar, coffee, leas and molasses from countries that havo not negotiated reciprocity tioatios with this country. TUB Now York bank statement for tho past week shows an increase in tho reserve of 81,475,875, an increase in deposits af ?2,098,bOO and a decrease in circulation of 88,500. 'The banks hold $15,842,500 in excess of tho 25 per cent, rule. THE now cruiser Now York was successfully launched at Cramp's shipyard in Philadelphia Wednesday, in the presence of Secretary Tracy and other distinguished persons, together with a crowd of over 15,000 people. MONDAY being the thirteenth anniversary of tho (jdeath of tho prince consort, memorial services wore held at Windsor castle, and attended by IQueen Victoria and oilier members of the royal family. PORHIO-N, CRIME. TIMOTHY E. BYIINKS was arraigned in Minneapolis on a charge of forgery. JOHN MILLEU, an insane man of Mont Olive, 111., killed his wife and then himself Saturday, • , _ ON Tuesday, Edward M. Field was indicted by the Now York grand jury on the charge of grand larceny. DUKINCI a quarrel over a woman in Chicago Thursday, Thomas Porter was shot and killed by William Ray. ED FALI.ON was convicted in the district court at Fargo, N. D., Thursday, of shooting Charles Kurman with intent to kill. _ THE bomb thrower who attempted to kill Russell Sago has been identified us Henry L. Norcross, a Boston note broker. TmiBB lads at LaHarpn, 111., have been arrested for robbing a store and are now in jail. They had been reading dime novels. AT Ottawa, III., Tuesday, Paul Gre«ar, an inoffensive Frenchman, was shot down in Fred Mueller's saloon, by a fellow countryman. THE parents of Henry L. Norcross, of Bobton, positively identified the head oi tho bomb-thrower, in the New, York morgue, as their son, Tuesday. AT Crawfordsville, Ind., Silas Misner, a former, was placed in jail for drunkenness. He immediately set the building on fire, and in the excitement trnt followed branch mint at Council Bluffs, Iowa; for a Quotations from Treats!es on this Queer Belief, and Examples of its Application. Interesting: Stories of Stones Being- Found in the Heads of Venomous Serpents. For centuries many accounts have been current regarding the virtues, real or imagined^ of certain bodies known as snake- stones and mad-stones, which are asserted to have the power of absorbing poisons from wounds. The literature of 200 years ago contains references to these substances: and even now some persons have a ~ The ac- lingrering belief in their efficacy, subject is a curious one, and a briet fcra Falls; and for announced the ship canal aror a number of' " HOUSE.— 'i' appointment '.'Committee on rules of Crisp (chairtu -,/Simmonds, McMillin, Catchinprs, Reed, and Burrows,- Mr. Gates (Ala.) offered a resolution providing for the appointment of a standing committee on order of business! Mr. Bartine (Nev.), appeared at the bar of the house'and took the oath of office; Mr. Taylor (Tennessee), rising, said .that it was his mornful duty to announce the dcatn of his friend and colleague, the Hon. Leonidas C. Houk, who died suddenly. TUUHSDAY DEC. 17. SENATE.—The president sent in the nomination of Stephen R. Elkins, of West Virginia to be secretary of war. The president pro tern, presented the credentials of Senator-elect Hill, of New York, which wtire read and placed on file; Mr. Turpie supported the joint resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution, providing for the election of United States senators by a direct vote of the people of the several states. The following bills were introduced. By Mr. Sawyer, amending the act authorizing the sale of timber on lands reserved for the Menomonie Indians in Wisconsin; by Mr. Telkr, appropriating $15,000 to intro- count of it may be of interest, particularly of the origin and identification of one of these peculiar bodies. Jean Baptiste Tavernier, the great oriental traveler of the seventeenth century, in his "Travels in India" (see Dr. Valentine Ball's translation in two volumes— London and New _ York, 1889, pages 429, 496), says: ''I will finally make mention of the snake-stone, which is nearly of the size of a double doubloon (a Spanish gold coin), some of them tending to an oval shape, being thick in the middle and becoming thin towards' the edges. The Indians say that it grows on the heads of certain snakes, but I-should rather believe that it is the priests of the idolaters who make them think so, and that this stone is a composition which is ma.de of certain diugs. Whatever it may bp, it has an excellent' virtue in poison when one extracting haj been all the bitten duce and Alaska- ' maintain domestic reindeer m Mr. Plumb, to remove the Gov. MoKinloy, of Ohio, lias shown his . ,, appreciation of tho valuable training . which is afforded by practical nowspajjbr work by appointing as his private, secretary James Boylo, who has boon identified in past yuars with tho staff of tho Cincinnati Commercial Cassette. * * * Julia Marlowe has a now play, written by Malcolm Boll, culled A Poor Player whbh sho will soon produce. Tho scono of tho play are in Stratford-ou-Avon twenty-four years after Shukospearo' death, and tho .plot twines around the puritanical persecution of tho strolling players of that day, * * * Speaker Crisp, of tho national house 01 ropresontativos, is tho thirty-second mm to hold that enviable position in public life. There luivo boon lii'ty-ono congressc but only thirty-one speakers. Hoia-y Clay was elected spoakor nix times, and Blaine, Colfax, Randall, Carlisle and Nutlmnio Macon, iillod tho otlico throe times each. * * * Tho wife of the Hon. Roger Q. Mills is a straight, fluo looking, well formed lady, with dark eyos ami beautiful wavy hair, into which tho gray is beginning to croup. She was a Miss Jones when Mills fell ia love with her many years ago, and tho marriage took place when they worn both quite young. Mrs. Mills is on thoroughly congenial terms with her husbaud, ami she is almost as much interested in his tariff work as he is himself. They have a very pleasant family—one married duugh- ter living in Califo^ \i», and another one Uving in Washinytl x; Thore is another daughter who is just approaching womanhood. A iiECUMiocA], treaty with British West Indies and British Guiana is concluded. A CIAUC Sunday at. London caused much damage and the loss of several lives. THE Standard bank, at Melbourne, Australia, with a capital of $5,000,0(30, suspended Friday. DOAC PujDucVs remains wore received with royal honors in Madrid while in route to Lisbon. PKBSIDENT llii'i'OLYTK of Hayti feels so secure that ho has declared a general amnesty for political offenders. THIC fishing boat Osproy was foundered inthoTay, Her crow of fico men wore drowned. JOHN DILLON was struck "on the head with a stone and badly hurt in a political riotatKunis, county Claire, Tuesday. A HKVOI/T in Sao Paulo, Brazil, by which it was sought to depose tho governor of the state, has been suppressed by the government troops, and quiet now prevails throughout the state. IT is reported that pilgrimages to Rome are being organized from all parts of tho world ou tho occasion of the popo's jnbi- loo. _ YoNBuww, the famous German pianists, is critically ill in Berlin of inlhieiiza. lie will bo 61 years old on Jan. 8. BY the fall of a building in Newport, England, Sunday, two adjacent cottages wore completely crushed and ton persons severely injured. Mu. MOUHIS, inventor of the Morris tube, committed suieidu at London, shooting himself with a rifle. No reason is given for tho act, the peo- 'ill the prisoners nacaped. however, recaptured. .THE safe in tho postofflce at Petersboro, I ike county, Ind,, was blown open with dynamite bunday morning, stamps, and special request envelopes amounting to nearly $1,000 were stolen. The burglars escaped. STRIKERS exploded a dynamite bomb in the Pratt mine near Brazil, lad., Friday, in order to force the new men to quit work. There is no probability that the strike, wh.cb. extends all over tlio Indiana coal field, will bo settled this winter. AT Valdosta, Ga., Wednesday night Dr. Bonton Strange was taken from his rooms by a mob, and, after being flogged, was given a coat of ink. The citizens objected to Strango's conduct while on sprees. He was not seriously hurt, and left town. A citowDKU ferry-boat capsized in lube at HamburgMonday hundreds of pie being thrown into the river. Tei. „. tho passengers wore drowned and many others had narrow escapes, THE English court of appeals has granted the application of the marquis of Ailsbury for permission to sell Savornake torost for .£750,000. t IT is reported that a. ailing vessel con- inning tho members of Lowaudo's circus was caught in a cyclone between the West Indies and South America, and that all on uoard were lust. .) TUB sivrot consistory is fixed by the pope for i/ocember 14, and tho public consistory for tho 17th. The pope s decision o create two cardinals was quite unex- jected, M«r. Sepiacci is to bo 0110 of the lew cardinals, ( SKNSATiONAh stories were given out Thursday that another Juck-tiie Hipper itrocity had boon commuted in the \Vhite- hapol district, London. Investigation hows that the crime was a case of witV- uurdor by a shoemaker in a fit of jealousy. FIRESAND OASUAkTlBS. Two men were fatally burned by a gass xplosiou at Wilkesborre, Pa., while inak- ug a tour of inspection througl\ a uiiue SATUKDAY, Dec. 12. Housic.—The house met at noon and after prayer by the chaplain, Spo.iker Criap announced tho committees on accounts and on mileage as folio IVH: Rusk of Maryland, (chairman), Cooper of Indiana, Dickerson of Kentucky, Moses of South CarO' lina, Seerly of Iowa, Pearson of Ohio, Quackenbush of New York, Griswold of Pennsylvania and Cutting of California. On mileage — Castle of Minnesota, (chairman), Crawford of North Carolina, Kendall ot Kentucky, Culdwell of Ohio, and Flick of Iowa. SENATE:—Washington, Dec. 14. The president sent in the entire list of recess appointments, which includes 281 postmasters and a large number of army am navy appointments and promotions in the revenue marine service. Mr. Hoar, re- linguished his place as chairman of the committee on privileges and elections to which Mr. Teller succeeds. The three vacancies in the membership of tho judiciary committee, resulting in the retirement of Messrs. Edmunds, Ingalls, and Evarts, are filed by assignments of Messrs. Mitchell, Toller, and Platt. I ho places vacated by Messrs. Edmunds uiul Evarts on the foreign relations committee are assigned to Messrs. Hiscock and Davis. Mr. Quay succeeds Mr. Evarts as chairman of the library committee. Bills wore also introduced by Mr. Dolph to aid various states and territories to reclaim arid lands within their boundries, "3y Mr. Peffer provididing for tnkeng a special supplementary census of the United States for the purpose of asking eaah person, firni, association and corporation questions relative to his property, debt, etc.; also providing for tho issue bieu- maly of a military register of tho United btates showing the names, address, num- .ti.iihDnf<g jj ULL. L 1U111U, LO 1UJU limitation on arrears of pensions. The following standing committees were appointed: Agriculture-Mr. Paddock, chairman; Itessra. McMillan, Casey, Warren, Felton, George, Gibson (Louisiana), Jones (Arkansas) and Bates. Approprlmlons-MoHsrs. Allison, chairman: Dawes, Plumb, Hale, Cullom, Stewart, Cockrell, mi,- , Cnll i Gorman and Blackburn. iney were, Civil service and retrenchment— Messrs. Wolcott, chairman; Dawes, Stanford, Wnshburn, Morrill, Call, Gordon and Irby Claims-Messrs. Mitchell, chairman; Allen, Stowart, bunders, Peffer, Pasco, Faulkner, Vilim Coast defenses-Messrs. Dolph, chairman: ITawley, Squire, lligglns, Fulton, Berry, Gordon, Chill.011 and Irby, Commerce-Messrs. Frye, chairman; Jones (Isevadu), Uolph, Sawyer, Cullom, Waahburn, Quay. liuuboui, Coke, Voat, Uormnn, Kenna, Gibson^ (Louisiana). Education and labor— Messrs. Carey, chairman; Stanford, Washburn, McMillan, llansbrough George, Pngh, Barbour and Kyle. Kxamino [lie several branches of tho civil serv- ice-Messrs. Power, chairman; Gallingor, Potter, Urny andVlliiB. • Finance— Mi-ssrs. Morrill, chairman; Sherman. Jones (Nevada), Allison, Aldrick, lliscock Voorhees, McPherson, Harris, ItansOm and Car- Fishories— Messrs. Stockbrldco, chairman; Dawes, Stanford, Squire, Power, JJlodgett, Call, Hansom and Gibson (Maryland) . Foreign relations— Mogsrii, Sherman, chairman: Fryo, Dolph, Davis, lllscock, Morgan, Butler, Kenna and Gray. Improvement of Mississippi river and Its tribu- taries-Messrs. Washburn. chairman; Pettiurew, Power, PelTar,\VaUhall, Bate and Palmer. Mor. commerce— Messrs. Cullom, chair; Wilson, HiscocK, Chandler, Wolcott, Iliff, llarrls, Gorman, Jones (Arkansas), Barbour Judiciary— Messrs. Hoar, chairman; Wilson, 'lellcr, Platt, Mitchell, Pugli, Coke, Vest and 601'L[l3. • i Military affairs-Messrs. Ilawley, chairman; ' ro1l n lamlel '5 01 ?' Uavle ' rro ctor, Cockrell Bate and Palmer. ' Mines and m Jones Call, Cnllton and Irby. Naval AffairB-MesBrs. Cameron, chairman; Hale, Stanlonl, Stockhridge, Chandler, McPherson, Butler, Blacuburn, and Glbaon (Louisiana ) Pensions-Messrs. Davis, chairman; Sawyer, Paddock, hhoup, llansbrough, Gallinger, Turpie, Blodgett. Palmer, Vilaa and Brice. ' ' Poatofllcea and Postroada— Messrs. Sawver chairman; Mitchell, McMillan, Wolcott, Di/on! WuBhbnrn, Colquilt, Blodgett, Brice, Irby and Clinton, Privileges and Elections— Messrs. Teller, chairman; Uoar, Mitchell. Chandler, lliggius, Kim- Bom, Pugh, Gray and Tnrpie. ' T, , V"?, Jj ! nd , 8 — .Messrs. Plumb, chairman; Dolph.Paddpck. Allen, Pettigrew, Sanders, Morgan, Walthttll; Berry, Pasco and White. ItaUroada— Messrs, Casey, chairman; Ilawley, Stockbridgo, Pettigrew, Power, Peffer, Blackburn. Berry, Bate, Gordon and Palmer. Kulea-Mesars. Aldrlch, chairman; Sherman, Manderaon, llarrls and Blackburn. Select committes were appointed as follows: Nicaraguan Claims— Messrs. Morgan, chairman; Palmer, White, Stewart and Mitchell. ,Inter-state man by a poisonous animal. If the part bitten is not punctured it is necessary to make an incision so that the blood may flow, and' when the stone has been applied to it, it does not fall off until it has extracted all the venom, which is drawn to it. In order to clean it it is steeped in woman's milk, or in default of it, in .*,hat of a cow; and after having been steeped for 10 or 12 hours, the milk, which has absorbed all tho venom, assunles ho color of matter. Tha day when I dined with the archbishop of Goa, he took me into nis museum, whera he had many curiosities. Among other things_he showed me one of the mad stones, and in telling me of its properties assured me that it was three days since he had made a trial of it, after which he presented it to inp. As he traversed a marsh on the Island of Salsette, upon which Goa is situated, on his way to a house in the country, one of his palaquin bearers, who was almost naked, was bitten by a serpent and was at once, cured by this stone. I have bought many of them and it is that which makes me think that they make them. ..:.'•'• >'u employ two methods to ascertain if ae snake-stone is good and that there is no fraud. The first is by placing the stone in the mouth, for then, if it is * good, it leaps and attaches itself immediately to tho palate. The other is to place it in a glass full of water, and immediately, if it is genuine, the water begins to boil." Theveriot, says in his "Voyages," page 94, that snake-stones wn.ce made oil fcjie ashes of the root of a certain plant, mixed with a particular kind- vf clay. Some snake-stones appear to have been made of charred bone. [See, for an exhaustive account of this subject, Yule-Barnell, Anglo- Indian Glossary]. The bolier! in their efficacy is Etill very ganeral in India; by some they are supposed to be ixmud in the head of the adjutant bird. [See "Jungle Life in India," paee83.] Francisco Eedi describes in his "Exper- monta," (Amster the extraordinary to the palate and Mnsf wfttfif to boil when immersed, it afirai has tb.4 property of fl ronftly . adnefffif? the tongue," and when put intd.Wtttw^^ni rapid streams of mint te bubblesgf ft It has a strong siliceous odof j bur fcf absorbing an equal bulk 6f .water comes transparent, like a Colorado drophane described by thti writer sevri years ago before the New York acaddi of sciences . __ UJ Although this substance is mentioned in nearly all of the text books, very little o£ it has reached th<J United States. It i* highly interesting, since we have here oh organic product scarcely to be distinguish^ edfrom a similar, opal-like body found by Arnold Hague in the Keysets oi the Yellowstone Park. Both tabasheer and hydrophone were probably what wa8 called "Oculusbell," Oculus inlindi'.' and " "Lapis mutabilis" by Thonias'Nicolf Robert Bojle and other writers of thd sefen* teenth century, and ' Weltatige*' by the '• Germans. •• • , - * ' "f- The great capacity of this substance loir ' absorbing a fluid would undoubtedly ren» * der it as efficacious for the purpose of absorbing poison as any other known stone, providing the wound is open enbugh; and its internal use today as a medicine is possibly also due to this property. Tabasheer, as known among mineralogists, is a corruption of the word tabixir, a name which was used even in the time of Avicenna, the grand vizier ^ and body surgeon of the sultan of Persia in the 10th century. It played a verylmportant part in medicine during the 'middle ages. As to its origin, Sir David B re wster says that tabasheir is only formed' in diseased or injured bamboo joints or stnlks. Guilbourfc differs from Brewsier, -inas,-/ '' much as he attributes the different,; S of growth to the facb that when there ' superabundance of sap the tabas formed from the-*""' ll *tjr<\. More r Henry Cecil k tropical growth ik after flooring the lh, ij. ______ ____ ___ ji _ »i? • a as y onrus£ ^hoot, nature/ "H, ed in, « it were, sap and silica,, mal length and width 01 next above it. But by sbi. impulse, or by irregularity \ the portion of stern thus pro\ shorter or narower than intend^ unused silica is left behind as a\ \ compacted by_ the drying residurn t I)r. Huth discusses the name, biV. origin and reputed virtues of this • stance with much fullness. In regard to its use in medicine during the middle ages, he quotes a remarkable list of- applications to the ills that flesh is heir to. t Here it is cited as a remedy for affections of the eyes, the chest, and of the stomach, for coughs, fevers and biliary complaints, and especially for melancholia arising from solitude, dread of the past, and fear for the future. Other writers speak of its use in bilious fevers and dysentery, internal and txternal heat, and a variety of injuries and maladies. The writer has examined a large number of so-called mad-stones, and they have all provedto be an aluminous shale or other absorptive properties to a greater degree than any other mineral substance that I have examined, and it ..is strange that it has never been mentioned as being used as an antidote. It inly be confidentially recommended to the cradence of any person who may d t sire to believe in a mad-stone.—N. Y. Sun. , r. es and mining— Messrs. Stewart, chairman; (Nevada), ftwer, Warren, Felton, Bate Cnllton and Irby. '~»..vw.. *j>i<.r M Ai*g£ uiiu IULUU;O) UUU-lUiri, IIUUJ" bw of pension certificates, etc., of all surviving persons who havo been, are now, or may hereafter bo employed in the military service of the country; by Mr. Gallinger, providing for the dismissal from the pubic service of all persons not citizens of the United States by nativity or by having fully completed naturalization by duo process of law; by Mr. Joyce providing for the refunding of tho debt of the Pacific roads, and by Mr, Washburn defining "futures" and "option" and imposing special taxes on dealers therein. The articles included are wheat,' com, oats, rye, barley, cotton and all other farm products; also pork, lard ami all other IIOL> products. TUESDAY, Doc. 15. SENATE.—The vice president appointed Senator Morrill regent of the Smithsonian institution to till a vacancy. Mr. Proctor introduced two bills to increase the effi ciency of the army and to regulate promotions. Mr. Cullom introduced bills to amend the interstate commerce law and to provide for the adoption of some kind of automatic car-coupler for freight trains. Mr. Hoar spoke of the necessity for con- chalrmtm; Dawes.'lliucock, Davis, Carey! "Morgan! Turpie, Falkuer and White. fa ' On .Transpor^Miou of Meat Prodgfcts—Messrs. Vest, chairman; Coke. 1'Jumb, Power and Casey On Halations with Canada—Messrs. Allen, chairman; Hoar, Allison, Hale, Dolph, Push Voorbees, Gorman and Carlisle. Indian Depredations—Messrs. Shoup, chairman • nuldock, Chandler, Allen, 1'ower, Falkuer, Coke nilrlislo and Kyle. Qnadro-Contennial—Jlessrs. Pettigrew, ehair- l)avl8,Carey, Slioun, llanaburoigb, Jones ( tun), Carlisle, Faulkner, Gordon uuil Mcl'liersou Transportation Itoutea to the Sea Hoard— Meusrs Squire, chairman; Mitchell, Alilrieh, Cabey, Oalliugor, Gibson (Iowa), George, Turpie and Uorilou. r UlULINING A JIAIU. A Huir From u Queen's Head Itouvnd Threaded With Fluo Silk. The Queen of Jlouuuuiia, duiiny 1 recent sojouruey in England, visited a needle factory. While watching the work, one oi the men asked her majesty t'ur a single hair from her head. Ihe granted the request with a man, who was engaged smile, ivid the „-.„--. in cuttinii- the eyes 111 the nfiedles, placed the hair under the ueedle of his machine, bored a hole in it, drew a fine silk thread through the hok, and presented it to the queeu. A Mistake Often Made. Selected. "Is that the president of the bank? 1 ' "Which one?" "The stylish looking ffilow who says, I am the board of directors' so much. "No, that's, the janitor." (Amsterdam, 1657, pages 4 to 8), ordinary healing powers attributed to stones obtained from the heads of certain serpents' called by the French "corbas de capello," found throughout Hindoostan and Farther India. These stones are claimed to be an infallible remedy for the bites and stingo of all kinds of venomous reptiles or animals, and likewise for wounds made by poisoned arrows, etc. He repeats the usual tales of their adhering powerfully when applied to the bite or wound, and clinging' to it like a cupping glass until they had absorbed all the poison, when they would fall off spontaneously, leaving the man or animal sound and free. Then follows the account ot steeping the stones in milk to remove the poison, the milk assuming a color between yellow and green, These wonderful stones and tho narrations concerning them had been brought to Italy by Catholic missionaries,' who seem to put entire faith in their powers; so that Eedi says they offered to prove the accounts by any number of experiments, such as would satisfy the most incredulous, and prove to medical men that Galen was correct when he wrote (chapter xiy., book 1) that certain medicines attract poison as the magnet does iron. For this purpose a search for vipers, etc., was recommended, but, the season being later and colder then usual, none could at that time be obtained, as they bad not emerged from their w inter quarters. An experiment was therefore substituted, after much consultation among the learned men ot the Academy of Pisa, where oy oil of tobacco was introduced into tho leg ot a rooster. This was regarded as one of the most fatal of such substances, and was administered by impregnating a thread with it to the width of four fingers and drawing it through the punctured wound. One of the monks forthwith applied the stone, which behaved in tho regular manner described. The bird did not recover, but it survived eight hours, to the admiration of the monks and other spectators of the experiment. Up to the present time no one has apparently identified what Tavernied referred ,er to m speaking of snake-stone, it, however 1 •• occurred to the writer, after receiving a quantity of tobasheer from Di. F. H. Mallet, of the geological survey of India, who ootuiued it at the baz-iar of the Calcutta WONDERS OP COKEA. Freaks of Nature Whose JDeHorlption TiJ the Header's Credulity. _ Corea, like tho world of ancients, ha its "seven wonders." Briefly stated, the, are as follows, says the North China Her aid: First, a hob mineral spring, nea Kin-Shantao, the healing , properties o;ji which are believed by the people to „,„ miraculous. No matter what, disease mall afflict the patient, • a dip in the watel proves efficacious. The second wonder iff, two springs, situated at a . considerable*} distance from each other, in fact, "thev have the breadth of the entire peninsuld 1 between theru. They have two peculHr! ities: When one is full the other is all ways empty, and, notwithstanding thiS! obvious fact that they are connected by subterranean passage', one is bit! the other pure and sweet, *, der is a cold wave cave—ais which B a wintry wind perpet Ihe force of the wind from '{&.. such_that a strong man can not s'ta> fore li A forest that can not be e^,, cated is the fourth wonder. No matterVu what injury is done to the roots of the' trees, which are largo pines, they will! sprout up again directly, like the phoenix' from her ashes. The fifth is the famous ; floating stone.I 1 It stands, or seems to stand, in front of the palaca erected in his in 0r ' I* ;s an irregular cube of great bulk. It appears to ba resting on the ground, free from support on all sides; out, strange to say, two men at opposite ends of a rope may pass it under the stone without encountering any obstacle whatever. The sixth wonder ia the "hot stone, which, from remote aees, has lam g owing with heat on the tor of a high; hill, ihe seventh and lastCorean wonder* is a drop of the swoat^f Buddha. For y paces around the temple in which it-enshrined not a bladp,of grow. There are no trees or grass w; flowers i^ Jweu the animali njj it. i— U side the sacred square. dechne> profane a spot so holy. THE A Pennsylvama Farmer Heads the Book Through 100 Times. Harbein i ^ rich years but read the bible the time of his delthl. last two ye. farmer, Jo' a few years ago if.lrtt-i n£ 1 • accomplished during the his ifH. Another rich truinch, of Amwille, who rsao stunecHn with the lorty-four times at the time of his The Voice of the Peopl fair in November of 1888, that the Indian snake stone is evidently tabasheer. Ta- basaeor is a variety of opal that is found in the joints of certain species of bamboo m Umdostau, Burmah and South America; it is originally a juice which by evaporation changes iuio a mucilaginous state, that then becomes a solid substance. It ranges f.nm t-anslucentto opaque in color. 1 found it eitue? white or bluish white by reflected light, and pale yellow or slight cherry red bs transmitted light. Upon fracture it *'epks into irregular pieces like starch ;; 3 i a Taveruler's account of

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