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fte- THE OTPMft D£S MOINES, ALGONA7IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DEdMBEH 23,1891. ALGONA, IOWA. RUSSELL SAGE showed charactistic wis dom when he pulled a clerk between him- eelf and the falling bomb. • Onto mm are conspicjous in the president's cabinet. Harrison himself was born there and Foster, Noble and Rusk are also natives of that state/as well aft the latent appointee, Elkins, Of the other members, Blalno and Wanatnaker are Pennsylvania's and Tracy and Miller New Yorkers. Proctor, who recently ascended to the senate, is n Vermonter, whiln the brainy Windom, like so many other mem* bcrsof the 'cabinet, first beheld tho light in Ohio. Next to being born rich is to be born in Buckeyedom. THE Northwestern Miller, ,of Minne apolis, has undertaken to collect a ship load of flour to be sent to tho starving peasants of Russia me n gift from tho mil lers of tho United States, Arrangement! Imvu boon made, with the Russian govern ment whereby the latter agrees to furnish transportation from this country to Russia and to distribute tho cargo to tho famine stricken people. Tho millers of Minno , apolis alone have already subscribed over throe thousand sacks of flour to this cause This donation, amounting to four bundroc and twenty thousand pounds, ,in to be increased TO half a million, which will make tho total subscription of tho Minneapolis flour in alters a train load of from eighteen to twenty cars. An appeal has been made to every miller in tho United States to ai< in this work. In order to do this, tho co operation and assistance of every miller in tho country is essential. The prcposet cargo will contain nix million pounds ol flour. To raise this very largo amount it will bo nececsary for millers everywhere to contribute. Th'j condition of tho peasants of Russia is known to all. Tho Human authorities estimate that twenty millions of people are without fmd. THE LATEST EWS. GENERAL NOTES. IMCUSQNAU MUNI ION. Agnes Huntington's company is report ed out of financial straits. * * # Mrs. William A. Whittlesoy, formerly of Florence, Wis., will receive $060,000 of the Tildon estate. * * * Dr. Ida, of tho Grand Avenue Congregational church, Milwaukee, denounced Christian science, from tho pulpit and naid it was not only unchristian but contrary to tho teachings of tho Bible, * * * Mr. Albert Biorstadt has sold his groat painting, Tho L'lHt of tho Buffaloes, for 850,000, It is now on exhibition in London, and all I ho papers vie with one another in praising it. : S * » Thomas Laws, tho negro who bore tho message from Miss Rebecca Wright to General Sheridan which induced Sheridan to attack tho rebels at Winchester, ban boon found. Ho lives in Philadelphia. * * * Miss Francos Grogor, of Kewaunoe, Wis., has translated into English from tho Bohemian of Bonona Nomoo a tale of life in Bohemia, entitled Tho Grandmother. A Chicago firm of publishers has made of it a handsome little volume. » » * Tomasso Salvini, the famed tragedian, has forever retired from the stage. Alexander Sa'vini is to take up tho mantle of his illustrious father. At Uio urgent request of his sire ho is to appear as Othello. His father has recently sent him his own prompt book, mantle and dagger, which ho will use in tho production. v Gov. MoKinloy, of Ohio, lias shown his ,, appreciation of tho valuable training which is afforded by practical nowspajSbr work by appointing as his private secretary James Boyle, who has boon identified in past years with tho staff of tho Cincinnati Commercial Gazette. * # * Julia Mario wo has a new play, written by Malcolm Boll, called A Poor Player, whbh sho will soon produce. The scones of tho play are in Stratt'ord-on-Avon, twenty-four years after Slmkospeuro's death, and tho plot twines around tho puritanical persecution of the strolling players of that day, * * * Speaker Crisp, of the national house of rnpreswitativus, is tho thirty-second man to hold that enviable position in public life. There have been Ufty-onu congresses but only thirty-one speakers. Henry Clay was elected speaker six times, and Blaino, Colfax, Randall, Carlisle and Nathaniel Macon, filled tun oflico throe, times each. * * * Tho wife o£ tho Hon. Roger Q. Mills is a straight, fine looking, well formed lady, with dark eyes and beautiful wavy hair, into which tho gray is beginning to creep. Sho was a Miss Jones when Mills fell in love with her many years ago, and tho marriage took place when they woro both quito young. Mrs. Mills is on thoroughly congenial terms with her husband, and sho is almost as much interested in his tariff work as he is himself. They have a very pleasant family—one married daughter living in Cu!ifoi,\in, and another one living in Wasbingtc. There is another daughter who is just approaching womanhood. missing Mexican abandoned. She bixtcen men and THE Archduke Sigismund, of Austria, died Tuesday in Vienna from influenza. Nontn DAKOTA millers appeal for assistance in relieving suffering in Russia. A MOVEMENT is bpgun for tho construe- lion or A railroad from M nlato to Hastings. LA GiurrE is raging in nearly every northern city from the Atlantic to the Pacific. MKW YORK city is oveirun with beggars, thieves and men unable to obtain work. THE Ruggles Street Bohton church society of Boston, has extended a call to Rev. Everett D. Burr, of Chicago. PtiE Chemical National bank, with a capital of SI .000,000, has been authorized to begin business at Chicago. THE Knnt (Conn.) iron works will elope indefinitely. The furnace has been run continuously for nearly half n century. S. K. MUKDOOK, at one time a well known actor and brother of James K. Murdock, died in Philadelphia, aged eighty-seven years. THE 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 States war ships must not be given out. JOHN A. LOOAN, .In., son o_f our lata general, is at Youngstown, Ohio, critically ill with an abscess at the base of the brain, THE search for tho vcssbl Tuhaiti has been had on board a crow of 200 laborers. ANOTHER natural gas well was struck Thursday at Stronghurst, III., 25 miles oast of Ft. Madition, la., and that village is wilrl.with excitement. THOMAS S. ADAMS, the farmers' alliance candidate, was nominated for governor of Louisiana by tho anti-combine convention at Baton Rouge, Thursday. A TELEOHAM announces 1 he death, at Tahlequah, Ind. Ter., of Chief Mayers', of tho Otiqrokoo nation, Monday morning. The assistant chief is said to be dangerously ill. Miss JULIA A. AMES, editor of The Union Signal, of Chicago, official orean of tho Woman's Christian Union, died Saturday morning at Boston, after a short illness. SEonETAnYPiiocTEU attended tho meeting of tho cabinet Friday for tho last time and took official leave of his associates. He severed his connection with the war de- Dnrtmont Saturday afternoon. IT is semi-officiiilly announced in Washington that President Hairison will shortly issue a proclamation i catering the duty on sugar, coffee, teas and molasses from countries that have not negotiated reciprocity tioatios with this country. THE Now York bank statement for the past week shows an increase in the reserve of 81,475,875, an increase in deposits of ?2,C98,bOO and a decrease in circulation of $3,500. 'Tho banks hold $15,342,500 in excess of tho 25 per cent, rule. Tine 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 tho thirteenth anniversary of tho ({death of tho prince consort, memorial services woro held at Windsor jastlo, and attended by JQueen Victoria and other members of tho royal family. Friday, his clothes catching fire at open grate. HENR? FITZSIMMONS, a^ed!9, anduh brother, Michael, aged 24. wore asphjx iated by gaa in Chicago, Sunday night. .IT Freeport, 111., Moses Farer wa caught by a belt while grinding feed witl a steam thrasher and wa? so badly injure< as to cause his death. THE severpsfc storm ever known in Den ver raged Sunday night. Wires of al kinds arc down and traffic is suspended. JOHN TNCHmcit, chief of the Sandmky (Ohio) fire department, was killed by fall ing through the hatchway of the propelle R. E. Schnck, while making an insoection for fire. A SWEDE miner named Peterson fel from the cage of No. 7 shaft on Lak Superior mine, near Marquette^ Mich. Wednesday and was dashed to pieces a the bottom of the shaft. ONE man on the Chicago express which crashed into a way freight engine at New burg, N. Y., Tuesday night, was killei and eleven others were injured, one K- badly that he will die. The man who was killed was Fireman Joseph Smith, of Eas Albany. IN a collision Wednesday on the For Wayne railway, near Lima, Ohio. Judg A. C. Reynolds, general counsel of th Pittsburgh. Forfc Wayne & Chicago company, Conductor Foot, and three others wore fatally injured, Cook Manel wa killed. FOREIOKN. A niccrrnocA], treaty with British West Cndius and British Guiana is concluded. A flAMJ Sunday tit London caused much damage and the loss of several lives. Tint Standard bank, at Melbourne, Aua- j-alia, with a capital of $5,000,0(30, suspended Friday, Do.u PKDHO'S remains wore received with royal honors in Madrid while in routo to Lisbon. PillSBlDKNT li'U'l'OLYTB of Haj'ti foels so secure that ho has declared a general amnesty for political offenders. TUK fishing boat Osproy was fouuderod n the Tay, Her crew of five men were Irownod. JOHN DILLON was struck "on the head vith a stone and badly hurt in a political iot atEunis, county Claire, Tuesday. A iiBVOLT in Sao Paulo, Brazil, by which it waa souirht to depose tho governor of the state, has been suppressed by the CRIME. TIMOTHY E, BYIINHS was arraigned in Minneapolis on a charge of forgery. JOHN MILLKII, an insane man of Mpn Olive, 111., killed his wife and then him self Saturday. t ON Tuesday, Edward M. Field was in dieted by the Now York grand jury on thi charge of grand larceny. DuiUNa a quarrel over a woman in Chicago Thursday, Thomas Porter was shot and killed by William Ray. Eu FALLON was convicted in the distric court at Fargo, N. D., Thursday^ ol shooting Charles Kuruian with intent to kill. _ THE bomb thrower who attempted to kill Russell Sago has been identified as Henry L. Norcross, a Boston note broker. THKEE lads at Latlarpn, 111., have been arrested for robbing a store and are now in jail. They had been reading dime novels. AT Ottawa, III., Tuesday, Paul Gressar, 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 botnb-thrower, in the New, York morpue, as their son, Tuesday. AT Crawfordsville, Ind., Silas Misner, a farmer, was placed in jail for drunkenness. Ho immediately set the building on fire, and in the excitement trat followed all the prisoners oaeaped. They were, however, recaptured. TIIE safe in tho postoffice at Petersboro, Pike county, Ind,, was blown open with dynamite Sunday morning, stamps, and special request envelopes amounting to nearly §1,000 were stolen. Tho .burglars escaped. STUIKEHS exploded a dynamite bomb in tho Pratt mine near Brazil, Ind., Friday, in order to force the new men to quit work, Thorn is no probability that the strike, extends all over tho Indiana coal field, will bo settled this winter. AT Valdosta, Ga., Wednesday night Dr. Bonton Strange was taken from his rooms by a wob, and, after being flogged, was given a coat of ink. Tho citizens objected to Strnngo's conduct while on sprees. He was not seriously hurt, and left town. COJN G ItWSSIONAL. government troops, and quiet nov throughout the stato. IT is reported that pilgrimages to Rome are being organized from all parts of tho world on tho occasion of the popo's jubi- loo, VON BULOW, the famous Gorman pianists, is critically ill in Berlin of influenza. Ho 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. Mn. Monuis, inventor of the Morris tube, committal! suicide at London, shooting himfulf with a rifles. No reason is given for tho act. A CUOWDKU ferry-boat capsized in tho Elbe at lIumburgMondtiy hundreds of poo- plo being thrown into tho rivor. Ten of tho passengers worn drowned and many others had narrow escapes. THE English court of appeals has granted the application of the intirquiH of Ailsbury for permission to sell Saverimko forest for £750,000. t IT is reported that a. ailing vessel con- aiuing tho members of Lowaiule's circus was caught in a cyclone between tho West Indies and South Amoricu, and that all on board wore lost. Ti;.s sty-rot consistory is fixed by tho pope for 1/ocouiber 14, and the public consistory for tho 17th. Tho pope s decision to craito two cardinals was quite unexpected. Mgr. Sepiacci is to bo one of the new cardinals. SENSATIONAL stories were given out Thursday that another Jack-tiio Ripper atrocity had been committed in the White- chapel district, London. Investigation shows that the crime was a case of wife- murder by a shoemaker in a fit of jealousy. FIRES AND OASUAJLTIES. Two men wore fatally burned by a guns explosion at Wilkesbarre, Pa., while making a tour of inspection through u mine SATUHDAY, Dec. 12. HOUSE.—Tho house met at noon and after prayer by the chaplain, Spo.iker Criap announced tho committees on accounts and on mileage as folio ivs: Rusk of Maryland, (chairman), Cooper of Indiana, Dickor- son of Kentucky, Moses of South Carolina, Soorly 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 Obio, and Flick of Iowa. SENATE:—Washington, DEC. 14. The president sent in the entire list of recess nppointmoiitti, which includes 281 post-, mastorn and a large number of army and nfivy appointments and promotions in the revenue marine service. Mr. Hoar, re linguisued 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 Evnrts, are filed by assignments of Messrs. Mitchell, Toller, and Platt. Tho places vacated by Messrs. Edmunds and 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 were also introduced by Mr, Dolph to aid various states and territories to reclaim arid lands within their boundries, '3y Mr. Peffer provididing for tnkeug a special supplementary COIISUB of the United States for tho purpose of asking etish person, firm, association and corporation questions relative to his property, debt, etc.; also providing for tlio issue bien- nialy of a military register of tha United States showing the names, addrons, num- biv_of pension certificates, etc., of all surviving persons who have been, are now, or may hereafter bo employed in the military service of tho country; by Mr. Gallinger, providing for the dismissal from the public service of all persons not citizens of the United States by nativity or by having fully completed naturalization by due process of law; by Mr. Joyce providing for tho refunding of tho debt of tho Pacific roads, and by Mr, Washburn defining "futures" and "option" and imposing special taxes on dealers therein. The articles included are wheat,' corn, oats, rye, barloy, cotton and all other farm products; also pork, lard and all other hog products. TUESDAY, Deo. 15. SENATE.—Tho vice president appointed Senator Morrill regent of the Smithsonian institution to fill a vacancy. Mr. Proctor introduced two bills to increase the effi ciency of tho army and to regulate pro-, motions. 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- inquiry ai to the feasibility of t-nr 1 cba-inp the states of Sondra, Chihuaha ui.d Coahulla, Mexico. Mr. Vilas introduces a bill amendatory of the act repealing the timber culture laws. Toe first amendment strikes out the re- quirementtSat a person must ba an actual resident to ba allowed to make final proof; Second, striking out the provision that no person shall be entitled to make entry of desert land except tie be a resident of the state or territory in which the land is located. WEDNESDAY, DEO. 16. SENATE—The president sent in the following nominations: To bo United States circuit judges as provided by section 1, chapter 517, United States statutes, WiN liam L. Putnam, of Maine, for the first judicial circuit; Nathaniel Shiptnan 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 USE OF MAD'STOIS they Were Known in Ancient Times, and Healing Power Claimed for Them. Quotations Irom Treatsies on this Queer Belief, and Examples of its Application. Interesting Stories of Stones Being 1 found in the Heads of Venomous Serpents. • AU.LU At TT VUVAO \JL XUUlCbUnf L\JL bliH HcVCllLU judicial circuit; Warren Tsutt of Oregon, United States'district judge of Alaska. Mr. Cullom presented a petition praying for a law requiring the uae of automatic coup!!._„_ _._ e * „!_ tt • .1 !._•__ t . _i__ on freight trains and train brakes, were introduced to establish a lings Bills branch mint at Council Bluffs, Iowa; for a ship canal around Niagara Falls; and for a number of army changes. HOUSE.—The Speaker announced the iippomtment to tho committee on rules of Crisp (chairman), Simmonds, McMillin, Catcninps, 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 ami took tht) oath of office; Mr. Taylor (Tennessee), rising, said that itwas his mornful duty to announce the deatn of his friend and colleague, the Hon. Loonidas C. Houk, who died suddenly. TIIUKSDAY DEC 17. SENATE.—The president sent in the nomination of Stephen R. Elkins, of Went Virginia to be secretary of war. The president pro tern, presented the credentials of Senator-elect Hill, of New York, which were read and placed on file; Mr. Turpie supported the joint resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution, providing for tho 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 land 3 reserved for the Menomonie Indians in Wisconsin; by Mr. Tellir, appropriating S15.000 lo introduce nnd maintain domestic reindeer in Alaskn; by Mr. Plumb, to remove the limitation on arrears of pensions. The following standing committees were appointed: • . Agriculture—Mr. Paddock, chairman; Messrs. McMillan, Casey, Warren, Felton, George, (Jib- sou (Louisiana), Jones (Arkansas) and Mates. Appropriations—Messrs. Allison, chairman; awes. Plumb, Hale, Cullom, Stewart, Cockrell, all, Gorman and Blackburn. Civil service and retrenchment—Messrs. \Volcott, chairman; Dawes, Stanford, Washbitrn, Morrill, Call, Gordon and Irby. Claims—Messrs. Mitchell, chairman; Allen, Stewart, Sanders, Peiter, Pasco, Faulkner, Vllas and White. Coast defenses—Messrs. DolpU, chairman; lawloy, Squire, lligglns, Felton, Berry, Gordon, 'liillon anil Irby.' Commerce— Messrs. Frye, chairman; Jones Nevada), Dolph, Sawder, Cullom, Washburn, *iu,iti>,.;, L/WI|IU, QH« vtji, v^uuuiu, >y imuuura, juay. lintiuoiu, Coke, Vosl, Gorman, Kenna, Glb- HOII (Louisiana). Education and labor—Messrs. Caroy, chairman; Stanford, Wushburn, McMillan, llansbrough, George, Pigh, Harbour and Kyle. Examine :bo several branches o£ the civil serv- ce-Messrs. Power, chairman; Unlllngor, Poffer, GrayandViliis. Finance—.Messrs. Morrill, chairman: Sherman, Jones (Nevada), Allison, Aldrlck, lliscock, Voorhees, McPherson, Harris, Hansom and Carisle. Fisheries—Messrs. Stockbrldee, chairman; 3awes, Stanford, Squire, Power, blodcett, Call, Hansom and Gibson (Maryland). Foreign relations—Messrs. Sherman, chair- nan; Frye, Dolph, Davis, lliscock, Morgan, Buter, Kenna and Gray. Improvement of Mississippi river audits trilm- arlOB-Messrs. Washburn. chairman; Pettiurew, "•ower, Poffor, Waltliall, Bate and Palmer. Indian affairs—Messrs, Dawes, chairman; Platt, stockbndgo, Slandorson, Pettigrew, Shoup, Morau, Jones (Arkansas), Daniel and Vilas. Inter-state commerce—Messrs. Cullom, chair- nan ; Wilson, IIlBcocu, Chandler, Wolcott, IliK- iins, Harris, Gorman, Jones (Arkansas), Barbour ml Colqultl, Judiciary—Messrs. Hoar, chairman; Wilson, Teller, Platt, Mitchell, Pugh, Coke, Vest and George. Military affairs—Messrs. Ilawiey, chairman: Jameron, Mandereon, Davis, Proctor, Cockrell, Valthall, Date and Palmer. Mines and mining—Messrs. Stewart, chairman: ones (Nevada), Power, Warren, Felton, Bate, lull, Chllton and Irby. Naval Affairs—Messrs. Cameron, chairman; lale, Stanford, Stoekliridge, Chandler, McPheron, Butler, BlaoKburn, and Gibson (Louisiana.) Pensions—Messrs. Davis, chairman; Sawyer, 'aadock, tihonp, llansbrough, Gallinger, Turpie, Blodgett. Palmer, Vilas aiulHrlce. Postomces and Postroads—Messrs. Sawyer, hairman; Mitchell, McMillan, Wolcott, Dlxon, Washhurn, Colqullt, Blodgett, Brice, Irby and Chilton. Privileges and Elections—Messrs Taller, chairman; lloar, Mitchell. Chandler, Higgius, Kau- som, Pugh, Gray and Tnrpie. Public Lands — Messrs. Plumb, chairman: Dolph.Paudock. Allen, Pottigrew, Sanders, Morgan, Waltliall; Berry, Pasco and White. Kallroads—Messrs, Casey, chairman; Hawley, Stockbridgo, Pettigrew, Power, Poffer, Blackburn. Berry, Bate, Gordon and Palmer. Mules—Messrs. Aldrlch, chairman; Sherman, Mandersou, Harris and Blackburn. . Select commutes werfi appointed as follows: Nicaraguan Claims—Messrs. Morgan, chairman; Palmer, White, Stewart and Mitchell. Woman Suffrage—Messrs. Hansom, chairman; Carlisle, George, Hoar, Allen, Quay and Warren. On President's Mbssago. Transmitting Heport of Pacific Hallway Commission—Messrs. Frye, chairman; Dawes, Hiscouk, Davis,Ciiroy, Morgan. Turpie, Falkner and White. On .Transporjaiion of M«at Prod^bts—Messrs. Vest, chairman; Coke. Plumb, Power and Casey. On Uoltttlous with Canada—Messrs. Alien, chairman; Hoar, Allison, Hale, Dolph, Pueh, Yoorhees, Gorman and Carlisle. Indian Depredations—Messrs. Shoup, chairman; Paddock, Chandler, Allen, Power, Valkner, Coke, Carlisle and Kyle. (iiittdro-Centennial—Jlsssrs. Pettigrew, chairman; lliscock, Sherman, Cameron, Hawley, Wilson, Foltou, Cullom, Colqiiitt, Vest, Keuua. Gray, DillllnL Vilita tiiwl fHhtini, / \l ni-vliitnll t am, tx •yland). Chairman; Stewart, Daniel, Vilne and Gibson (Mar; Territories—Messrs. Plat, C , ._._ , Davis.C'urey, Shoup, HansburongU, Jones (Arkansas), Carlisle, Faulkner, Gordon and McPherson. Transportation Koutes to the Sea Board- Messrs. Squire, chairman; Mitchell, Aldrich, Casey, Galliuger, Gibson (Iowa), George, Turpie and Gordon. m{IL,l,lNG A IIAIU. A Htm- From a Queeu'a Beiul liour»d ami Threaded With Finis Silk. The Queen of Jtouuiania, duiiug ler recent sojouruey in England, visiu-d u needle factory. While watching tho work, one of the men asked her majesty for a single hair from her he-id. Ihii qn-en granted tho request with a smile, tvid the man, who was engaged in cutting the eyes in the needles, placed the hair under the needle of his machine, bored a hole in it, drew a fine silk thread through the hole, and presented it to the queen. A ailsruko Often Muile. Selected, "Is that the president of the bank? 1 ' "Which one?" "The stylish looking ffllow who says, '1 am the board of directors' so much. "No, that's the janitor." 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 lingering belief in their efficacy. The subject is a curious one, and a brief account 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 T should rather believe that it is the priests of the idolators who make them think so, and that this stone is a composition which ,is of certain diugs. Whatever it may be, it has an excellent' virtue in extracting all the poison when one 1^ been bitten by a poisonous animal. If tho 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 .Miat of a cow; and after having been steeped for 10 or 12 hours, the milk, which has absorbed all the venom, assunles he color of matter. Tha day when I dined with the archbishop of Goa, he took me into liis museum, whera he had many curiosities. Among other thingn_he showed me one of the mad atones, 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 VHP. 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 thoy make them. You employ two methods to ascertain if the 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 the palate. The other is to place it in a glass full of water, aud immediately, if it is genuine, the water begins to boil." Theveriot says in his "Voyiipes," page 94, that snake-stones were made oi the aahes of the root of a certain plant, mixed with a pnrticular kind'-of clay,.-,.. Some snake-stones appear to have bwri made of charred bone. [See, for an exhaustive account of this subject, Yule-Barnell, Anglo- Indiiin Glossary], The belief in their efficacy is still very general in India; by some they are supposed lo bo found in the head of the adjutant bird. [See "Jungle Life in India," page 83.] Francisco Redi describes in his "Exper- menta," (Amsterdam, 1657, pages 4 to 8), the extraordinary healing powers attributed to stones obtained from the heads of certain serpents' called by Hie 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, ami 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 folio vvs the account of steeping the stones in milk to remove the poison, the milk assuming a color between yellow and green. These wonderful stones and the narrations concerning them_had been brought to Italy by Catholic missionaries,- who seem to put entire faith in their powers; so that Redi says its "clinging to tte palate and , water to boil when immersed, it aetualiy has tW. pronerty of s ron«ly adhering w/ the tongue,"and when put into water |nutfl! rapid streams of minute bnbbles|f uSt r It has a strong siliceous odor, but after absorbing an equal bulk of water be-* comes transparent, like a Colorado hy«' drophane described by the writer seVetal years ago before the New York acadeni? • of sciences .. rllir y' Although this substance is mentioned iti, nearly all of the text books, very little of it has reached th« United Stites. It is highly interesting, since we have here aft organic product scarcely to be distinguish* edfrom a similar opal-like body found by Arnold Hague in the geysers of the Yellowstone Park. Both tabasheer! and hydrophane were probably what was called "Oculus bell," Oculus mtradiV and "Lapis mutabilis" by Thomas Nicol, Robert Bojle and other writers of the sevett» teenth century, and 'VVeltauge" by the Germans. , * The great capacity of this substance for 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 enough; 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 very ( important part in medicine during the middle ages. As to its origin, Sir David Brewster says that tabashe^r is only formed' in diseased or injured bamboo joints or stnlks. Guilbourt differs from firewater, L ;' much as he attributes the different, of growth to the fact that when there superabundance of sap the tabaste formed from the residum. More ro Henry Cecil says: "In the ohriiSi tropical growth in the young shoot, after flooring the knot, has poured in, it were, sap and silica sufficient for a no) tnal length and width of stem to the knoi next above it. But by some check to th) impulse, or by irregularity of conditions the portion of stem thus provided for is shorter or narower than intended, and the unused silica is left behind as a sediment, compacted by_ the drying residum of sap. Dr. Huth discusses the name, history, origin and reputed virtues of this, substance with much fullness. In regard to itd use in medicine during the middle ages, he quotes a remarkable list-oft applications to the ills that flesh is heir to. Here it is cited as a remedy for affections of the eyes, the chest, and of the stomach, for coughs, fever? 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 external 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 baen mantioned as being used as an antidote. It niiy be confidentially recommended to the cradence of any person who may d; sire to believe in a mad-stone.—N. Y. Sun. Wri WONDERS OF COKEA. Freaks of Nature \VUose Dexcrlptlou Ti the Header's Credulity. Corea, like tho world of ancients, hail its "seven wonders." Briefly stated, they' 1 are as follows, says the North China Her"; First, a hot mineral spring, neaj t no n/aulinrr i-\*»rtvi«\»'4'Jrtn f\" aid: Kin-Shantao, thn healing .properties q.j which are believed by the people to miraculous. No matter what, disease ma; afflict the patient, • a dip in the wate proves efficacious. The second wonder ii two springs, situated at a . considerable' distance from each other, in fact, 'thejf have the breadth of the entire peninsuh| ) between them. They have two peculiar* . itiea: When one is full the other is an ways empty, and, notwithstanding thi ( obvious fact that they are connected by B subterranean passage, one is bitter and the other pure and sweet. The third won! cave—a cavern frond der is a cold wave they offered to prove the accounts by any incredulous, and men that Galen number of experiments, such as would satisfy the most prove to medical was correct when he wrote (chapter xiv., book 1) that certain medicines attract poison as tho 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 \\ inter quarters. An experiment was therefore substituted, after much consultation among the learned men of the Academy of Pisa, whereby oil of tobacco was introduced into the 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 the 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 Taverniecl referred to in speakii'gof snake-stone, it, however, occurred I o the writer, after receiving a quantity of tobasheer from Pi. F. H. Mallet, of the geological survey of India, who obtained it at the baziar of tho Caldutta fair in November of 1888, that the Indian snake stone is evidently tabasheer. Ta- basheor is a variety of opul that is found in the joints of certain species of bamboo in Hindostan, Burmah and South America; it is originally a juice which by evaporation changes inio a mucilaginous state, that then becomes a solid substance, it ranges translucent to opaque in color. I found it either white or bluish white by reflected light, and pale yellow or slight cherry red bti transmitted light. TT fracture it ''*''"•"''-" :«*.« :«» n ~..i n like starch which u a wintry wind perpetually blows?! I he force of the wind from the cave ii such that a strong man can not stand, be! fore it. A forest that can not be eradicated is the fourth wonder. No matter' what injury ia done to the roots of the trees, which are large pines, they will' sprout up again directly, like the phoenix', from her ashes. The fitth is the' famous 1 , floating stone.-" It stands, or seems to] stand, in front of the palaca erected in his honor. It's an irregular cube of great' bulk. It appears to ba resting on the ground, free from support on all sides; but, 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 asres, has lain 5 glowing with heat on tho top of a h hill, ihe seventh and last Corean wonder is a drop of the swoatfof Buddha. For thirty paces around tho temple in which it to avinU«i H rtJ i. . 11 i c fc » " J*r I-V is enshrined not grow. There are a blad/bf no trees or grass flowers into irregular piece* in Tavernier's account of side the sacred square. Even the animal! aeclinejto profane a spot so holy. THE BIBLE. A Pennsylvania Farmer Reads the Book Through 100 Times. n \ 6 l [ , Harbein - a rich Pennsylvania- Dutch farmer who died near EarlvU o recently, had done practically nothing the ast.twenty years but read the bible from beginning to end systematically, his task being to read it five times a vear 1& attrfn M° ?k f^r ex , aotl y '100 times at the time of his death nnd the new testament separably BiztythH* times. This atter task he accomplished during the last two years of his life. Another rich farmer John Guirich, of Anuvilb, "ho * 8 ^°' S; , UnCCl ln W ^h the of reading the bible'chrough He had read it fifty times before be die4 . . a rea forty-four times at the time of hil death! 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