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UH»EB D1£S MOlNBSi ALGON^ IOWA WEDNESDAY APRIL 6. 1898, (WHAT THE TWENTY-SEVENfH GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS DONE. •A Carefully Prepared Kevletv 6f the •taws Enacted by the Legislature Jn§t Adjourned. The following is a resume of the .session laws of the Twenty-seventh general assembly: The board of control bill provides that the governor shall, prior to adjournment •of the Twenty-seventh general assembly, nominate and, with the consent of two- thirds of the senate In executive session, appoint as members of such board three electors, not all of one political party, and no,two of whom shall' reside In the, same •congressional district, and they shall hold office for two, four and six years respectively. Subsequent appointments shall be for six years, except to fill vacancies. No .nomination shall be considered by the senate until the same shall have been referred to a commute of five appointed by the president of the senate. The salary of the members of the board Is fixed at $3,000 a year, and they are allowed a secretary at a salary of $2,000. The members of the board shall each give a bond In the sum of $2f>,000, and they shall not be elegi- blo to hold any other lucrative office, "Within ten days after their appointment And qualification they shall organize and assume the duties vested in such board, wit shall not exercise full control of the institutions until July 1, 1898. The board shall have full control of all the state Institutions except the university, the Agricultural college and the Normal school. Over these they shall exercise supervisory control. They will have nothing to do •with the local management of the *ame, but will examine Into the Tlnancea and management of these Institutions and report their findings with recommendations to the governor. The board of trustees and commissioners now charged with the government of the Institutions named In the bill shall on and after July 1, 1S9S, have no further legal existence; all trustees now in office shall continue in ofllce until July 1, 1898. The powers possessed by the governor and executive council, with reference to the management and control of the state penitentiaries, shall, on July 1, 1898, cease to •exist in the governor and executive council, and shall become vested in the board of control; and the said board is, on July 1, 1898, and without further process of law, authorized and directed to assume and exercise all the powers heretofore vested In or exercised by the several boards of trustees, the'governor or the executive council -with reference to the several institutions of the state herein named. The duties imposed on the executive council, by statute, to establish an uniform system of books and accounts for state Institutions, and to cause the same to be examined annually by a skilled accountant, and to annually require a settlement with the officers of each state institution, are transferred from said council to the board of control as to the Institutions named, . It shall be the duty of the board to appoint the superintendent, warden or other chief executive officer of each institution under the control of the board. The tenure of office of said officers shall be four years from the date of their appointment, and the superintendent, warden .or other ,ohlef executive officer now In charge of ,thio several institutions placed under the "control of this board and who is now .holding under an election or contract for ja definite term, shall continue in office until the expiration of such term or contracts, all other superintendents, wardens 'or other chief executive officer shall hold office until January .1, 1899. This provision •shall not be applicable to the present warden at the Anamosa penitentiary, and the warden-elect, W. A. Hunter, shall •hold his office for the time for which he ;has been elected. The superintendent, warden or other chief executive officer of any of: the Institutions named, may be removed by the board for misconduct, ne- grlect of duty, incompetency or other proper cause showing his Inability or refusal to properly perform the duties of his office, but such removal shall be had only after an opportunity Is given such person 'to be heard before such board upon preferred written charges, but the removal, when made, shall be final. , Any member or officer of the board of ^control, or any officer or employe of a state institution subject to this board, who, by solicitation or otherwise, exerts ihis influence, directly or Indirectly, to induce other officers or employes of the istate to adopt his political views, or to ifavor any particular person or candidate for office, or who shall in any manner contribute money or other thing of value to any person for election purposes, shall be removed from his office or position by the proper authorities. ,. The superintendent, warden or other chief executive officer of the several Institutions shall appoint all assistants, guards and employes required in the management of the institution, the number of whom, shall bo determined by the board. It Is hereby declared a misdemeanor for the members of the board, or any officer thereof, to exert any Influence by solicitation or otherwise, on the managing officer of an institution in the selection of any employe or assistant. The said chief executive officer may, at his pleasure, dis- charge'aoiy person employed, but shall keep in the record of employes the date of such discharge and shall place opposite his name the reason therefor. It shall bo the duty of the board to make specific rules and regulations respecting the manner In which siipplles shall be .purchased and contracts made by the several institutions, so as to Insure the competition and publicity necessary to secure the economical management of each in: atltutioia. Jobbers or others desirous of selling supplies to an institution shall, by filing with the chief executive officer of euoh institution, or with the secretary of .the board, a memorandum showing their address and business, be afforded an opportunity to compete for the furnishing of ; the supplies under such limitations and rules as the board may prescribe. In purchasing all supplies, local dealers shall have the preference, when such can be erlven without loss to the state. Illegal voting at a primary election of any political party shall be punishable by fine of $100 or imprisonment not to exceed ninety days. • It Is prlma facie evidence of the violation of the law for any person who has participated in any primary election of one political party to vote at a. primary election held by another political party to select candidates to be voted for at the eamo election; or to select delegates to any convention of the party holding such primary election. Any judge of such pri- fcnary -election shall have power to admln- Ipter oaths to and examine under oath any person offering' to vote at such primary, touching his qualifications to vote therein. It is made the duty of the judge to cause to be so examined any person challenged as to his right to vote in the primary. One of the important bills passed at this session provides for the consolidation of life and accident insurance associations, and for the transfer of re-insurance of risks. It allows any life or accident insurance association doing business under section 7, chapter S, of the code to transfer or re-insure its risk in any other similar association authorized to do business in Iowa. The consolidation 01- re-insurance must be approved by three-fourths of the. members of each association, ex•pressed in a meeting of each after all members have had thirty days' notice. The consolidation or re-insurance must be approved by the auditor of state, and any member of either association may, by giving written notice, cease to be a mem- :ber of cur policy or certificate holder in •either association of which consolidation .is made, and be relieved of all liabilities in either. The association going out of business or re-issuing risks Is relieved of all liability to its members after the action has been/ approved by the auditor of state, and the members of the association .transferred or re-Insured are only to be liable upon assessment or otherwise for such losses or indemnities as are covered by the policies or certificates of membership held by them. The association which re-insures or transfers* its risks may pay the cost of the same out of Us mortuary funds not required to pay claims had at the time of such insurance or transfers, and the association which reinsures the ri&ks of any other similar as- aoolatlon may issue to the association Whose risks it re-lnsnrss & contract to Indemnity such association against losses and indemnities covered by the policies or certificates of membership lasued upon the risks insured. The law relative to the assessment and collection of the collateral inheritance tax was amended so as to remove the defects discovered in the law passed two years ago. The amendment provides that due notice of appraisement of property to be taxed shall be given to all Interested parties, that being the principal objection made to the present law by the courts. The appraisers are now required to give not less than ten days' notice to the treasurer of state and other Interested persons of the time and place of such appraisement. The treasurer of state or any person Interested in the estate appraised may file exceptions to the appraisement, which shall be heard as an action in equity before the district court. If the court finds that the property has not been appraised at Jts market value, a now appraisement shall be ordered until a fair appraisement Is secured. Appeal is allowed to the supreme court, for which bond must be given, unless the appellant is the treasurer of stated This provision must be compiled with In all cases, even where appraisements have been made previous to its taking effect. Provision is made to compel the payment of the tax on corporate stock or obligations In this state held by foreign executor or trustee, and if such stock is transferred without payment of the tax the corporation permitting the transfer is liable for the tax. No safe deposit company, trust company, bank or other Institution or person holding securities or assets of a decedent Is allowed to deliver or transfer the same to an executor or legal representative of said decedent without giving notice to the treasurer of state, or unless the tax on such securities la pultl. Failure to comply renders the custodian of such securities liable for the tax. It Is made the duty of executors and trustees to furnish the clerk of the court a list of the heirs as required by the code, stating the relationship which each bears to the deccdent.a copy of which list shall be sent to the treasurer of state. The chief justice of the supreme court is required, prior to July 1, 1898, to appoint live of the district judges to meet with him In Des Molnes to form uniform rules and regulations for the assessment and collection of the collatteral Inheritance tnx for the guidance of district judges, officers of the court and executors. County attorneys are required to report to the state treasurer concerning all decedents and nil property in each county subject to this tax, and shall render such legal services as the state treasurer may direct, but shall not collect any tax. For report- Ing, the county attorneys arc to receive 10 per cent of the tax collected, not to exceed $20, and for legal services, if required, 3 per cent of the tax collected, not to exceed $150 in any estate. The auditor of stato. was empowered to extend certificates of authority to insurance companies, which by their terms expired on January 31, 1898, to March 1, 1898, so that the same would be brought into conformity to the beginning and ending of the state's fiscal year. The school boards in rural independent districts were increased- from three •to five members, three of whom' shall be elected on -the second Monday in March, 1898, one for one year, one for two years, and one for three years. The original short hand notes of the evidence in the trial of any case in any court of record, or any transcriptthere- of duly certified' by the short hand reporter of the court, when material and competent, shall be admlssable in evidence in any re-trial of the case or proceeding in which the same were taken, and for purposes of Impeachment in any case, and shall be treated the same as a deposition so far as it is practicable so to do. The season in which grouse or pheasant, wild turkey and quail may be killed was changed so that it shall not be lawful for any person to kill these birds between the first day of January and the first day of November. Should the homestead not be platted and recorded at the time levy is made upon real property in which a home- Stead' is included, the officer having 1 the execution shall give written notice to said owner, and the husband or wife of such owner. If found within the county, to plat and record the same within ten days after service thereof; after which time said officer shall cause said homestead to be platted and recorded and the expenses thereof shall be added to the costs of the case. State aid for county and' district agricultural societies will be distributed on a new ibasis. Upon the filing of affidavits of their officers with the auditor of state, showing- the amount actually paid for premiums, not including races, or for games of amusements and that no gambling- devices' or other violation of law were permitted, together with a certificate from the state society, showing that 'they have reported according to law, each of 'their societies is to receive from the state an amount eq'ual to 40 per cent of the premiums paid, in no case to exceed $200. A bill extending- for one year the tenth of a mill tax for the benefit of the state university, to be used in replacing the library destroyed by fire last year was passed. School treasurers indistricts composed in whole or in part of citie.s of incorpoi-- •ated towns will now hold'office for two years. Boards of supervisors and township trustees shall not buy from, sell to, or in any way become parties to, any contract to furnish supplies, material or labor 'to 'the county or .township in which they are respectively members of such board of supervisors oi l township trustees. Board of directors of school corporations may change the boundary line between a school township and an independent city or town district when the same is not the line between civil townships. In no case, however, shall a forty acre tract; 'by the government survey, toe divided. When 'the thistles are found growing on the premises of non-residents it will be only necessary in the future to cause a written notice to be served on the owner, agent or lessee of such lands or lots, and if it shall fail within ten days •to destroy such thistles the board of supervisors may go upon such lots or lands and destroy them. The state agricultural society was by law assigned to its present quarters— rooms 11 and 12 in the capitol building. County bonds may be redeemed) before maturity only when it is so provided by their terms. It will cost $50 to $100 fine to adulterate candy, hereafter. The governor and state superintendent were made members of the board of trustees of the Agricultural college. The state auditor will collect $2.00 for renewal of Insurance certificates, just as was done before the new code was enacted. All school teachers must hereafter pass examination in dld'aetios. Thirty thoumnd dollars nwre teas' voted fo* th« etftte historical building.; Tha -western boundary of lowu was' fixed at the middle of the main channel of the Missouri river. The graduates of recognized colleges, of pharmacy may be registered without 1 examination. JUbrary trustees must report to the, city council. Special charter cities; may vote a one mill tax to maintain li-j braries. The wardens of penitentiaries) may require guards to perform other duties. State warrants will draw but 5 pe; cent. The form for assessors' books was changed by the ommlsslon of the column, "for taxable valuation," making the same appear in the totals only. County high schools may be dls-es- tablished by vote of the people orflerecl by the board of supervisors on petition of majority of the voters of the county. Druggists cannot be prosecuted for violations of the pharmacy law occurring more than two years before action is begun. The state will pay the express charges on all documents sent out. Life insurance companies were prohibited from giving rebates and making discrimination. Suits on bonds of executors, 'administrators or guardians must be In the counties where the appointments were made. Farmers must cut the weeds along the roadsides abutting on their land before August 15th, and if not done by that time the roaidj supervisor may do the work and receive $2.00 per day therefore at the expense of the land owner. Boards of supervisors may tax. peddlers from $1 to $60 per year. Intervenors must hereafter give bonds and persons bringing suits and afterwards leaving the state may be required to give bonds for costs at any stage of the proceedings. The state board of educational examiners is authorized to employ a secretary at $75 per month and expenses. Other employes are to be paid $3 per day. The total amount expended shall not exceed $1,500, and it must be paid out of the fees received by the board. The executive council may negotiate state warrants in. anticipation of the revenues. Deputy wardens of the penitentiaries were allowed $15 per month for house rent. Dentists who have practiced six years may continue without examination. The support fund of the Feeble Minded Institution was raised from $10 to $12 per month per pupil, and the $22,000 per year extra support was cut off. In case of attachment on execution on mortgage personal property the bond must be for twice the value of the property levied upon, and not twice the amount of the debt as heretofore. Where grand juries are composed of seven members, five members may return indictments. The board of pharmacy is not compelled to revoke the certificate of a druggist for the first violation of his permit, but may do so. For killing, maiming or trapping any deer, elk or goat a, fine of $25 or one month in jail shall be the penalty. The cost of transcribing testimony in cases of appeal to the supreme court shall be taxed to the losing party. A change was made in the redemption law where 'the property is sold under mortgage. The change was vetoed by Governor Shaw, and the same is therefore inoperative. Weods must be cut along streets in citiea and towns at the expense of the, property holders abutting on same. Cities are given power to regulate house, movers andi sidewalk builders and to compel owners of property to pay for* repairs to pavement made necessary by laying gas pipes. ! Bonds Issued for echool house purposes may be refunded at the option of the board of directors. i [TO BB CONCLUDED NEXT WEEK.] A BOGUS RELIC. Amuslnff Instance of Manner In Which Museums Are Imposed Upon, A very amusing instance of the way In which museums are Imposed upon has Just come to light, says the St. James* Gazette. At the French revolution, when the Cathedral of St. Denis was so mutilated, the figures which ornamented the beautiful gothlc tomb of Dagobert were thrown down, and for the most part destroyed, all that remained being the body of his Queen Nantllde and the head of his son Clovis. When the restorers stepped In Bubsequently«th«y made the best they could of the bits, putting the son's head on the mother's body and calling it the Reine Nantllde. Not long ago more Intelligent restorers put an end to this absurdity, and there are now to be seen at St. Dens two statues on which the original portions of each are preserved. But meanwhile casts of the hybrid were taken, and they still exist in the collection of the Beaux Arts in Paris and in the National Bavarian museum at Munich as examples to students of all that is best in Gothic art. But this is not all. In the great museum at Berlin, in the sculpture department, there is a small statuette of stone, with various cracks and flawa which give it an antique appearance, which is nothing less than a smaller and very imprudently made counterfeit of the hybrid. The forges felt the difficulty which might be raised to placing a man's head above a woman's bust, and so has modified both to a small extent; but there is not a shadow of doubt that he lias succeeded in palming off a most unexpected imposition where be could little exoect to. Nearly «ll the canvashack ducks eaten in the United States come from Alaska. They start oa their southern, tour at the close pf summer. INTERNATIONAL PRESS ASSOCIATION, this time forgotten all about the chHcf, and Marjorie, too. He weni through a procession of by-streets to the police station, saw the Inspector—a grim, bearded Scotchman—and demanded from him police protection. "Protection! What's your danger?" asked the man, 'politely. "I am in danger of my life!" said Caussidiere. Ha was very excited and very nervous, and the peculiarity of his manner struck the man at once. "Who's threatening ye?" he asked, quietly. The repose of the stranger irritated Caussidiere, who trembled more and more. "I tell you I am in mortal peril. I am pursued. I shall be killed if I do not have protection, therefore I demand assistance, do you hear?" Yes, the man heard, but apparently did not heed. He already half suspected that the foreigner before him was a madman, and upon questioning Caussi- diere a little more he became convinced of it. After a short hut stormy scene with the inspector ho walked away, revolving in his mind what he must do to make himself secure. Of one thing ho was certain; he must leave Dumfries, and resign all hopes of obtaining further assistance from Marjorie or her friends. He must remain in hiding until political events veered round again and he could return to France. He hurried back to his hotel and locked himself again in his room. He drew down the blinds and lit the gas; then ho turned out all the money he was possessed of, counted it carefully over, and disposed It about his person. , His next care was to dispose about 'his person any little articles which his portmanteau contained; then he drew /from his^pocket a'.small box, fixed on the false beard and mustache whjch it contained, and, having otherwise disguised himself, stood before the mirror so transfigured that he believed even his dearest friend would not have known him. By the time all this was done it was getting pretty late In the day and close on the departure of the train he had decided to take. He listened; he could hem 1 nothing. He walked boldly out of the room, and having quietly locked the door and put the key in his pocket, strolled leisurely out of the inn and down the street unrecognized by a soul. He went straight down to the railway station, look, a ticket for the north and entered the train, which was about to start. He had a carriage to himself' the first thing he did, therefore, was to throw the key which he had taken from the room door out of the window; then he traveled on in comparative peace. It was somewhat late in the evening and quite dark when he reached his destination—a lonely village, not far from Edinburgh. Ho walked to the nearest and quietest inn, and took a bedroom on the third floor. That night he slept in peace. He remained in the village for several days, and during that time he kept mostly to his room. On the night of the fourth day, however, he rang for the maid, who, on answering the bell, found him in a state of intense excitement. "Bring me a time-table," he said, "or tell me when there is a train from this place." "There Is none to-night, sir.' "None to-night!" "No, sir; the last train is gone; but the morn's morn " "Well?" "There is one at seven o'clock to Edinburgh." "Then I will go by it—do you hear? At six you will call me, and I leave at seven!" The girl nodiled and retired, fully under the impression, as the inspector of police had been, that the man was mad. At six o'clock in the morning the maid, with a jug of hot water, }n her hand, tripped up the stairs and knocked gently at Caussidiere's bedroom door. There was no reply. She knocked louder and louder, but could elicit no sound, and the door was locked. Leaving the jug of water oa the mat, she retired. In half an hour she returned again. The water was cold. She knocked louder and louder, with no result. Thinking- now that something might be wrong, she called up her master. After some consultation the door was forced. All recoiled in horror. There lay Caussidiere dead in bed, with his false beard beside him, and his eyes staring vacantly at the ceiling. As there were no marks of violence upon him, it was generally believed by those who stood looking upon him that his death had been a natural one. How he met Itis death was never known. It was discovered long after, however, that lie was a member of many secret socloUes, that he had betrayed in almost every case the trust reposed iu him, and was marked in their black list as a "traitor"—doomed to die. CHAPTER XXXVII.— Once safe on English soil Caussidiere became himself again. He forgot his abject terror and resumed his old manner. Then, before he had been In London many days, arose the question: How was he to subsist? He had little or no money, and such talents as he possessed were not at that time in much demand. A happy thought struck him—he would go down to Scotland, hunt out the rich mistress oil Annandale Castle, and perhaps secure some help from her sympathy—or her fear. Thus It befell that he arrived quietly one day in the town of Dumfries, and within a few hours of his arrival heard that Marjorie was alive and dwelling with her mother at the Castle. Up to that moment he had been In doubt whether the woman he had betrayed wns alive or dead—indeed, he had scarcely given her a thought, and cared not what fate had befallen her. But now it was very different. She lived, and by the law of the land was his lawful wife. His plans were soon Inld. He determined to see Marjorie alone, and if she was obstinate and unforgiving, to use what power he had over her to the utmost, with the view of securing present and future help. On reflection, he had not much doubt that he would soon regain his old influence over her;-for in the old days she had been ns wax in his hands, and her character had seemed altogether gentle and unresisting. He reckoned without his host. These seemingly feeble and too faithful natures, when once they gain the strength of indignation and the courage of despair, assume a force, of determination sometimes unnown and foreign to the strongest and most passionate men. As matters had turned out, however, it was not with Marjorie herself that the Frenchman had had to reckon, but with her life-long friend and protector, John Sutherland. This pertinacious young hero whom he had always hated, had now fully asserted his'authority in giving him the first sound thrashing he had ever received in his life- Baffled, bruised and bleeding, livid with mortified rage, Caussidiere remained for some time where Sutherland left him, and when he at last found speech, cursed freely in his own tongue. Then he paced about madly, calling Heaven to witness that he would have full and fierce revenge. "I will kill him," he cried, gnashing his teeth. "I will destroy him—I will tear him limb from limb! He has outraged me—he has profaned my person —but. he shall pay dearly for it, and so shall she—so shall they all! I was right—he is her lover; but he shall find that I am master, and she my slave." Presently he cooled a little and sat down to think. What should he, what could he do? Of his power over Marjorie find the child there was no question; by the laws of both England and Scotland he could claim them both. But suppose they continued to set his authority at defiance, what then? They were comparatively rich, he was poor. He knew that in legal strife the richest is generally the conqueror; and, besides, while the war was waging, how was he to subsist? Then he bethought him of his old hold upon Miss Hetherington, of his knowledge of the secret of Marjorle's birth. It was useless to him now, for the scandnl was common property, and Mother Rumor had cried it from house to house till she was hoarse. The proud lady had faced her shame, and had overcome it; everyone knew her secret now, and many regarded her with sympathy and compassion. For the rest, she set public opinion at de- flance, and knowing the worst the world could say or do, breathed more freely than she had done for years. Thus there was no hope for her. In- need, look which way he might, he saw no means of succor or revenge. As he sat there, haggard and furious, he looked years older, but his face still preserved a certain comeliness. Suddenly he sprang up again as if resolved on immediate action. As he diu so he seemed to hear a vojce murmuring his name. "Caussidiere!" He looked toward the window, and Baw there, or sf.emed to see, close pressed against the pane, a bearded human countenance gazing in upon him. He struggled like a drunken man, glaring back at the face. Was it reality, or dream? Two wild eyes met his, then vanished, and the face was gone. If Caussidiere had looked old and worn before, he looked death-like now. Trembling like a leaf he sank back Into the shadow of the room, helrt his hand upon his heart, like a man who had received a mortal blow. CHAPTER XXXVIII. AUSSIDII3RE remained in the room for some time, but as the face did not reappear, his courage in a measure returned to him. At last he took up his hat and left the house. He was still very pale and glanced uneasily from side to side; be had by CHAPTER XXXtX. t WAS net after Canfistdlete was laid in hla grave that the new* of his decease) reached Marjorie* She read In a Scottish newspaper ft description of the* mysterious death of) a French gentle-' matt in a village, near Edinburgh, and suspicious of the truth she traveled to the place in Sutherland's company. The truth w£a speedily made clear, for among the loose articles found oil the dead man's person were several letters in Caussi-* diere's handwriting, and an old photograph of herself taken in Dumfries. 'It would be false to say that Mtirjofla rejoiced at her husband's death; it* would be equally false to say that It caused her much abiding .pain.' She was deeply shocked by his sudden end, that was all. Nevertheless, she could not conceal from herself that his removal meant life and freedom to herself and to her child. While he llved : there would have been no peace 'for her in this world. He was burled In a peaceful place, a quiet klrkyard not far from the sea; and there, some little time afterward, a plain tombstone was erected over his, grave, with this Inscription: , • i-' Sacred to the Memory ,v*' o£ V\ LEON CAUSSIDIERE, * Who Died Suddenly in This Village, June 15, 18—. "May he rest in peace." Marjorie had it placed there, In perfect forgiveness and tenderness of.' heart. And now our tale is almost told. Tho figures that have moved upon our little stage begin slowly to fade away, and the curtain is about to fall.' What little more there is to say may be added by way of epilogue in as few words as possible. In due time, but not till nearly a year had passed, Marjorie married her old lover, John Sutherland. It was a, quiet wedding, and after It was over the pair went away together to the Highlands, where they spent a peaceful honeymoon. During their absence little Leon remained at the Castle with his grandmother, who idolized him as' the heir of the Hetheringtons. On their return they found the old ladr had taken a new lease of life, and was moving about the house with much of her old strength and a little of her old temper. But her heart was softened' and sweetened once and forever, and till the day of her death, which took place several years afterward, she was a nappy woman. She sleeps now in. the quiet kirkyard, not far from her old 1 friend, the minister, close to the foot of whose grave is yet another, where old Solomon, the faithful servant, lies i quietly at rest. . : i Marjorie Annan—or shall we call her Marjorie Sutherland?—is now a gentle matron, with other children, boys and. girls, besides the beloved child born to her first husband. She hears them crying in the Castle garden, as she walks through the ancestral rooms where her, mother dwelt so long iu sorrow. Sh& is a rich woman, for by her mother's will she inherited all the* property, which was found to be greater than anyone supposed. She is proud of her husband, whom all the world knows as a charming painter, and whose pictures: adorn every year the Scottish Academy walls; she loves her children, and she is beloved by all the people of the pastoral district where she dwells. The Annan flows along, as it has flowed tor centuries past, and as it will' flow for centuries to come. Often Marjorie wanders on its banks, and looking in its peaceful waters, sees the old faces come and go, like spirits in a dream. The gentle river gave her the name she loves best, and by which: many old folk call her still—Marjorie Annan; and when her time comes, she hopes to rest not far from the side of Annan Water. THE END. : ENGLAND'S COAL SUPPLY, Mines Will Last About Four llundred Years. "It may now be accepted as geologically certain that between Dover and Bath there occurs a more or less Interrupted trough of coal measures of 150 miles in length, and of «, 'breadth. varying from two to four miles, measured from north to south." Dr. Hull believes, however, that this trough ia interrupted by many flexures and disturbances and that it cannot he expected to compensate for 'the possible exhaustion of the Lancashire ^n4 midland areas, says 'the Spectator. Nor, though he considers that it must extend under the channel toward Dover, does h« think that it could 'be worked under the sea to any extent with profit; as, except at an enoraaous dej>th, the difll» culties of intruding wter would toe toa great. Taking each csal field separately, Dr. Hull discusses its probable lat* eral extension under ovurlyiiig strata, and, on the basis that about 4,000 feet represent 'the downward limit of prac-* tical working, he arrives at estimates in round numbers of the amount of coal that will be, available at the end of the century. Tb? total for the United Kingdom Is 81,083,000,000 tom As the output of coal for |?9C was over 195,000,00^ tons, on the extremely U»T probable ^Bumption that the rate of production, which 'has more doubled since 1800, will vsrnain tioaily stationary, these ftgures «f Dv, Hull would glvfi a Ufa <tf &ibout 400 years to oar co&l mines. WMftiu this of social coodltlwM && probably of commercial coiuUtUWB ia occur,

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