The Boundary Line Between Alas-

ka and the British Posses-

sions Well Defined.


Lines Surveyed By General Duffield

Who Gives an Opinion as to

the Gold Fields of


Washington, July 31.—Nothing can be

done more than has already been done to- wards marking tbe boundary line be- tween Alaska and-the British possessions along tbe 141st meridian until the senate passes upon the boundary treaty now be- fore it. There is. however, no doubt of

the location of the line along the meridian and most of tbe people in the locality know where it is. The demarcation work was superintended by General Duffield, superintendent of the coast geodetic survey on behalf of the United States. General Duffield spent considerable time in Alas- ka. He expresses the opinion that a rail road can easily be constructed from Taku inlet to tbe Klondyke gold fields and be lieves tbe enterprise would be worth tbe undertaking because of tbe richness of tbe mines. "Tbe gold," said General Dutlield, discussing tbe question, "has been ground out of the quartz by tbe pressure of the glaciers which moved along the courses of tbe streams, exerting tremendous pressure. This force was present to a more appieeiable extent in Alaska than elsewhere, and I believe as a consequence more placer gold will be found in that region than any other part of tbe world."

General Duffield thinks gold hunters on

the American tide of the line made a mis- take in prospecting the lurge streams in- stead of tbe small ones, J' When gold is precipitated," he said, "it sinks. It

doesn't flnat far down tbe stream. It therolore is to be looked lor along the small creeks and about the headwaters of the larger tribntaries of tbe Yukon.

There is,"bo added,''no reason why as rich finds may not be made on the Amer- ican side of tbe line as in the Klondyke district." .__

Sugar Plantation Wages Goee ITp.

New Orleans, July 31.—Mr. Leon God-

chau, tbe owner of seven sugar planta- tions in Louisiana and the largest sugar producer in tbe United States, yesterday /telegraphed to tbe managar of his several places to advance the wages of all fleld labor 16'A per cent, the advance to com- mence August 1, In consequence of the passage of the Dingley tariff bill.

In sugar circles the opinion is general

that this advance will bo conceded by all tbe planters to labor employed in sugar culture or manufacture. Tie skilled

labor employed Ia the sugar houses or re- fineries aro paid according to the price the pugar commands, and will get an In- crease in wages of irom SO to 30 per cent as compared with last year.

The sugar growers take a hopeful view

of the situation, Mr. D. D. Colcook, sec- retary of the New Orleans Sugar Ex- change, who bas been in Washington for over a mouth watching the Interests of the producers there, declares that the Louisiana sugar crop will mere than double In the next five years as the plant- ers find now that they can get all the cap- ital they need to extend their planting and improve their machinery.

Mr. Coloook declares the tariff 'bill re-

cently passed the most favorable to sugar producers thia country has ever bad, and most likely to stimulate production. He holds also that for this reason It Is not likely to meet with much opposition or cause a call for its repeal for many years to come.

Illinois Mn Plate Mill Opens.

Joliet, 111., July 81.—The Great West-

ern tin plate works started yesterday af- ternoon, after an enforced shut down of six weeks for repairs, and 250 men who have been Idle during the time went to work. Tbe company has many orders

ahead and the prospect for a long period of activity is exoellent.as there are enough orders on band to keep the mills busy for several months. The plant is in better condition than ever befoie, having been entirely remodeled. C. fl. Wiloox, who is ice president, will not as manager, tak- ing the position occupied by G. P. Hyde, who resigned.

Missouri Heat.

St Joseph, Mo., July 31.—With the

mercury at a hundred in the shade and a hundred and twenty in tbe sun the heat is almost unbearable today. The air is very dry. The crops need rain. A num-

ber of persons were overcome by tbe heat. Two may die. Many horses have suc- cumbed to the heat also.


Reports from Reliable Correspon-

dents Show a Decided Im-

provement in Business. '


Many Mills Have Opened While a

Large Number Have Increased

Their Force Good

Crop Prospects.

Paesalc, N. J., July 31.—There has

been a marked improvement in the ftio- tory district in this city. All tbe mills are now making £ull time and many run until 9 p. m. The Manhattan Print works (satinet printers), after three years of idleness, is in full operation? -^Ibe Dundee Woolen company, which did little or no work during Cleveland's adminis- tration, is cow enploying its full comple- ment of hands. The Botany Worsted

mills wore slack during 1895 and 1896, but are now enlarging their plant. The

number of operators doing steady work at this point is now, I 'think, 3 per cent more than one year ago.

D W. Mahouy, Editor News.

Millersburg, Pa., July 31.—There has

been a general and clearly visible im- provement in the business condition, both manufacturing and agricultural. This is olenrly evidenced both by general in- quiry among business men and especially through Inquiries among banks. This paper recently pubished a statement show- ing amount of money at interest in this county fcr 1896, 1896 and 1897, tbo total

for 1897 being materially less than in 1896. Editor Post.

Kenton W. Va., July 31.—There is a

slow but clearly perceptible business im- provement here. The Riverside Iron

works of Wheeling are at work upon a largo addition to their plant, A new plate mill has been completed pud will staitup in a few daya. One of the old ones is being rebuilt and enlarged.

Charles L. Evans, Editor Enterprise.

Iron Mountain, Mich., July 31.—There

is a marked activity in the upper portion of Michigan, which ia largely dependent upon the iron mining industry. Mines which bad been holding over their laet year's product are now making sales at improved prices aud others art re open- Ing. The Aragon mine at Norway, near

here, resumed after six months' idleness. The Chap'.n, wbi-'h carried over 250,000 tons of ora last year, has sold its last year's stock and that produced this year also. The Trader's mine of ihis city has resumed operations after several months of idleness and the Cbapin and' Pewabic have increased their forces.

Brunswick, Mo., July 31.—The agri-

cultural community and what manufac- turing Interests there arc in this place both indicate an Improved business con- dition. The farmers are getting better prices for their grain and the Brunswick Tobacco works have increased their force materially and report a very marked im- provement in sales. The rhief flouring mill of this place, which supplies =nr- rounding towns and cities, reports large increase of business and improved prices

Huntsville, Ark., July 31.—Improved

prices of farm products have produced very satisfactory conditions among the residents of this section. Prices of wool are about 75 per cent higher than one year ago; value of sheep also advanced; cittle 25 per cent higher than in 1896. Large crops and prospects of good prices, with the result that everybody la cheerful.

MoOook, Neb., July 31.—The excellent

jrops and prospects of good prices make the people of this place and section more thoronghly contented and cheerful than for years. This Is not a manufacturing place, and, therefore, no report can be made upon otber than the agricultural condition, which is very satisfactory.

MoCook, Neb., July 31.—There are no

manufacturers in this section ot Nebraska. We depend largely upon good crops, and have them this year, and everybody is consequently feeling happy.

F. M. Kimmel, Editor Tribune,

Huntsville, Ark., July 31.—This is

strictly a farming ootnmnnity. Cattle are 35 per cent better prices than last year, sheep a little better, wool about 75 per cent better. One farmer told mo that be sold bis wool last year at eight cents per pound; this year the same ulasaof wool ofl the same sheep at 14 cents. W. H. Balinger, Pub. Huntsville Republican.

Elkpoint, S. D., July 31.—Conditions

among agriculturists anil residents of this place are clearly improving. Two new creameries have just been organized and others are to follow. A number of flr:e new farm houses and barns havu been erected in thia vicinity tbo present year, and in this place the evidences of increas- ed business activity ore clearly visible.

Charles B. Bruce, Editor Courier.

Columbus Grove, Ohio, July 81-—An

improvement in business conditions in this community is very clearly visible. The J. F. Jonea Sons Handle factory has increased Its force 25* per cent in the last two weeks. The manager informed me that he had more orders than at any time in their bistoiy. The J. H. Belford Sons Handle Co. has also largely increased its force. Tbe Buckeye Stave company has

a larger number of orders than at any time slnce-its organization and is putting new men at work dally. Talks with business men convince me that prosperity bas arrived. The farmers have fine

wheat, out and bay-cops and the corn prospects are bright. Prices are good and free silver calamity bowlers will hate bard lines in Ohio this fall.

Ed. L Vail, Editor Vidette.

Brunswick, Mo., July 31.—The chief

business enterprises of this plaod ara show- log a marked improvement. The Bruns- wick Tobacco works have Increased their force in the manufacture of chewing and smoking tobacco, the deinanu for this class uf goods having increased materially during the past few rnonthp. The Eagle Flouring mills report alao an increased Dusiness. Shipments of flour to sur-

rounding towns and cities are Increasing every week indicating that the merchants are buying more freely. Farmers are selling corn at an advanced price, and there Is a general faeliag of satisfaction among the agricultural element.

H. f. Lincoln, Editor News.

Estherville, Iowa, July 81.—Our city

.9 not a manufacturing one; however, ihere are evidences of retrunlng prosper- ity on every band. Prices of farm pro- ducts are advancing; there is greater ac- tivity on the railroads, which give em- ployment to a large number of men. Bankers and loan agents have plenty of money to loan on easy terms, and a fe-1- Ing of confidence is felt by all classes. Jenkins & Nichols, Pubs. Republican.

San Andrea, Cal., July 81.—In min-

ing, which Is the chief industry here, there has been a very pronounced revival of late. Previous to the silver craze, cap- italists from England, France and Ger- many, as well as from Colorado, Mon- tana, Nevada, Utah and other states, were corning this way seeking invest- ments in our gold mines, and this "moth- er lode" was all astir with every Indica- tion of a substantial boom in gold min- ing. As soon as the silver slogan was proclaimed, everything came to a stand- still. Capitalists refused to invest in gold mines and those who bad already se cured bonds on mining property hung back, doing only enough work to hold their bond. Tbe defeat of free silver, iowever. revived activity. Now mines were opened and old ones that had Been idle for 3 years or more were t ifldeuly re- habilitated. Our foundry wai , taxed to its Utmost capacity to supply tfao demand for mining machinery and there is general activity among the mines, thuq giving employment to many miners. This cre- ates a market for the farmers and there Is general activity and prosperity.

G. W. Getohell, Editor Prospect.

Manistique, Mioh., July 31.—Tlmoa are

better here than they have been In three years. Our city is largely dependent on the Chicago Lumbering Co. This com- pany did not pay its men regularly dur- ing the past two years, and thus times were close with us. This year the com puny squares its pay roll every month. Tbe Manistique and Northwestern rail- road Is being rapidly pushed to comple- tion with a large force of men employed. That project, which was begun several years ago, was suspended when Cleveland times struck the country. The Wests'n Furnace Co. will go into blast in a few days, after a rest of three years. This means employment for 1000 men. The miners, wood choppers and charcoal burn- ers will all be steadily employed from now until next summer at least. Tbe Western Mfg. Co. has largely Inoi eased business In its planing mill and box fac- tory. The fact that thero is an increased demand for packing oases shows a more prosperous and active business condition than a year ago. Lareo sums of money ore being expended now in the work of the ADD Arbor railroad company, wblob is preparing to make this city its upper lake terminus for their winter oar ferries.

George E. Holdein, Pioneer Tribune.


Trade, issued today. Its salient features may be thus summarized:

Improvement of business without ex-

ception in every northern city ot import- ance.

Marked increase in foreign demand,

and an advance during the week of 1% cents 'n the price of wheat.

Indications that the wheat growing

states will realize fully $80,000,000 more for tbeir product than last year, thus heavily increasing tbeir purchasing


Enormous increase in the demand for

structural iron, caused by heavy orders from agrlcutural Implement works and by railroads for rolling stock.

Decrease in failures for the week from

231 last year to 836 this year.

Bradstreet's weekly review is also de-

voted in the main to pointing out the re- markable business revival and the note- worthy expansion in trade. ' Among tbp signs of improvement therein mentioned the following may be given:

Increase of from 10 to 15 percent in the

fall trade of western jobbers, as compared with the same period last year, regarded as particularly noteworthy in July, tbe dull month of tbo year.

Number of western Implement facto-

ries unable to flll all their orders for near- by'delivery.

Reports from trunk line railways that

they are carrying more merchandise than in the three years previous. i

Brighter prospects in tbo agricultural

districts than for six years past.

Increase In the weekly bank clearings

at the principal cities of 38.7 per oent. as compared with the same time last year.


What Dun and Bradstreet See.

'Tew York,' July $1.—That tbe tide of \ fcperity in the United States has set in lii all its gratifying fullness is shown in B. G. Dun & Go's Weekly Review of

A Battle Barely Avoided «t the DeArmit


Plttsbnrg, Pa,, July 81.—A largo num-

ber of men got into tbe Plum Creek mines before tbe marchers arrived. This being the last day of the month, it is tbe end of tbe pay period and the men bad none into mines two hours ' earlier, B<> they could swell their accounts by a big day's work. Tbe miners approached tbe mino by tbe Monroeville road. Tbo mine property ad-

joins the central sobool house in Plum township and on tbe dividing line between the two properties, marchers were met by Deputy sheriff's, who told them they could not go any further on tbe Monroe- vllle rout". Leaders of the strikers pushed him aside and marched on. Twenty or thirty other deputies hurried to the scene and the strikers were brought to u stand- still witbiu twenty yards ot the trestle. Ihe men were very Indignant and for a moment looked as though there would be serious trouble. At this juncture Supt. DeArmit arri.-ed at the scene and told the strikers thnt bis men had already en- tered tbe mines and that to battle with tbe deputies would be the worst thing that could happen for the strike. The strikers then went ti camp, but contin- ued to make demonstrations about the mine. A number of stones were thrown, Loaded cars coming from the pit mouth angered the strikers; so the deputies es- tablished a new picket lino each man car- rying a lonflod revolver in his band, while a reserve of 60 depoties were in the office armed with rifles. The strikers worn

out^vith maroihng, then settled down. Samuel Do Armitt went among them and distiibutcd pipes of tobacco. ^These were greatly enjoyed and many, after smok- ing, wont to sleep.

There is no change in the state of edge

at tbe Do Armitt mines and a clash be- tween thu deputy sheriffs and tbo strikers seems Imminent. The mines at Oak Hill and Sandy Creek ore being operated by a very few men. Most of the Oak Hill

miners live in Turtle Creek. Tbe dem- onstrations of the strikers is intended to intimidate tbeni. At Sandy Creek 20 per cent of thu miners were working, but at the Plum Creek mine, now tbe object of so much concern on the fait of too sher- iff and De Armitt, all the men are work- ing. A representative of tbe Associated Press was admitted to tbe outside of Plum Creek mine and talked to a dozen men while they were working. All said they bad no sympathy with, the strikeia and would not leave the mine unless driven out Most of the men declare they

will not be Intimidated.

Bridge Set on Fire.

Masilllon, Ohio, July 31—The Wheel-

ing and Laka Erie railroad bridge be- tween Mount Pleasant and Long Run was set on fire last night and partially destroyed, causing a temporary stoppage of traffic. The road was crowded with

coah from West Virginia. Tha affair caused much excitement throughout the valley. The company is making prepara- tions to guard tbe property more effectu- ally. The coal strikers deny being im- plicated and claim it was the work of en- emies.

Tf oEyck Beturtts Home,

New York, July 31.—Edward H. Ten

Eyok, the champion amateur oarsman of the world, the winner of the Diamond sculls at Henley regatta, arrived from England today and was met at tbe pier by a big delegation of oarsmen and was loudly cheered. '


Seven People are* Killed Out-

right Over in Mason



Farmer's Residence and and Barn Torn

;into Fragments—Three| Per-}

sons Very Badly


San Jose, 111., July 31.—A cyclone

passed close to this city at 7 o'clock last evening, leaving death and desolation In its wake. The dead1

A, C. McDowell. Mrs. Sam Brownlee. Mies Jessie Groves. Grandson of McDowell. Three children of Brownlee. Serioutly injured: Mrs. A. C. McDowell. Mary McDowell. Charles McDowell. The McDowell home is two miles north

of this place. A dinner party bad been given by tbe family in tbe evening, and when tbo storm came, tbe members of the household and their visitors were taken without wining. The storm swept down on them with one fierce stroke and tbe merry laughter and glib talk of tbe happy inmates were quiobly turned to shrieks and groans. Tbe house was entirely de-

molished. Tbe bodies of some of the vic- tims wore oast about like straws, and were wrenched and twisted Into almost unrecognizable masses. Others were pin loned under tbe wrecked building and tbeir groans and appeals for assistance were heart rending.

Those of. the party who were loss (erl-

ously Injured famished what relief they could to the unfortunate, and then has- tened to give tbe alarm and summon aid. A relief party, accompanied by the local physicians, have started to the scene of the wreck.

No reports have been received of dam-

age done by the cyolone_ before reaching this point, and it fs* supposed that it was at McDowell's place that it first struck tbe earth From there the mad hurricane swept in a southwesterly direction.

The ne*t "place in its path was the homo

of John McDowell, a brother of lA. C. McDowell. The rcsidenoe of John Mc- Dowell was missed by a few feet toy the full fury of tbe tempest, and it-mas torn into kindling wood. Fragments of the structure were scattered all over tbo farm. The storm then plowed Its way through a

fjo walnut grove near tbo bouse and left

a furrow of uprooted trees behind.

Here the storm seems to have spent its

fury. Consldurable damage was done to

buildings and trees but no further less of life has been reported.

At Mason City a heavy wind storm did

considerable damage and brote down a number of trees. During tho storm, the steeple of tbe Presbyterian church was struck by lightning and set on fire. Tbe 'teoplo Is 100 feet high and much diffi oulty was experienced by the fire depart- ment in its work to save the structure. At 9:30 o'clock it was repotted that tbe firemen bad the blaze under control.

This is the first serious storm that bag

occurred in this vicinity for years. In 1882, a cyclone swept the region between this city and Mason City. Several pcojle were killed and much damage was done.


Mechanics Working a Full Day foe the

First Day in Team.

Bloomington, 111., July 81.—The Chi-

cago and Alton shops in this city were placed upon a W hoar schedule yesterday and every bench In the oar department was manned. The company found It nec- essary to at once put in order every oar that can be utilized In grain transporta- tion, and every locomotive. The (hops have been running largely with a half force and on short time for several years, and there IB great rejoicing over tbe change.

The officials of tbe Alton realize that a

vast quantity of corn and oats Is to bo moved very soon. There aro -enormous stores of old earn, and tbe prospect Is for a gigantic yield of tbe cereal this year. Corn IB rushing to market in great quan- tities now. At Heywortb, this county, 110,000 bushela have been bought In three days, at 33 cent0, and tbe grain men are buayv everywhere. Vast quantities of

oats are being marketed, also.

Weekly Bank Statement.

New York, July 81.—Tho weekly bank

statement shows a reserve decrease of $1,611,000. The banks bold {45,720,000 in exoees of legal requirement.

The new well at tbe Bantoul water

works is down thirtyjfeet.


Flannigan, the Decmtur, Georgia,

, Murderer, Sentenced This



Wanted to Marry the EIcvcn-Yeur-O'd

Daughter oi His Intended Vic-

tim Killed Two Wo-

men by Mistake.

Atlanta, GB., July 31.—Edwin Flar.nl-

gan, who has been on trial at Deaatar for tbe murder of Mrs. Nancy Allan and Miss Ruth Slack, tbo Slet ot last Decem- ber,, was this morning found guilty and was sentenced to bo banged August 5,

Flannigan Is a carpenter, formerly em-

ployed hy the Standard Oil company, in whose service ho traveled to various southern oltlos whoro depots for tbo com pony wore being built. Ho had u mania for making love and socking lo marry very young girls. His method was to ad- vertise for n nurse for a mythical noloe, and when tho young girls made applica- tion bo would select tho pretties! of tho lot and propose marriage. Through such advertisement ho made tbo acquaintance of and wont to board witty, tho family of George W. Allen, living in Dakalb coun- ty, near Atlanta, there ho conceived a mad infatuation for little Lolln Allen, the 11 year old daughter of tbe household. He asked her father for tho child's hand In marriage, but tbo requeit was hardly taken seriously. When ho hod been put off several times ho became rcarbld and conceived the horrible Idea that Allen was bovine improper relations with hl» own daughter. On tbe night of Decem- ber Slet, after eating supper with tbe family bo wont to his room, got a plctel and returning to tho suppor table shot George Alien, wounding blni slightly. In the confusion that followed ho fired In- discriminately, killing tbe mother of

George Allen instantly and wounding Miss Slack, a visitor, go she died soon afterwards.

When arrested Flannigan explained tho

orimo by saying there was u plot being formed against him by the Allen family because of his discovery of the relation cxj istlng between tho father and daughter and be killed them to escape being killed. Tho testimony on 'the trial revealed tro most rcmarkablo case ot sexual perver- sion on record In the courts of this state.


Discovery by I>r. Siiiinrclll of Moulevlcleo,

—Found In Itloodlml Not In IntpHtlncK. Washington, July 31.—Surgeon General

Wyinan of tho Marino hospital service bad translated an account written by Dr. Sanarelll, of Montevideo, of bin discovery of what ho claims to be yellow fever germs and whloh ho colls lotorold bacil- lus. Ho gays tho bacillus won discovered In tfie second ciise examined. The doctor dwells upon tho difficulty of making euro of tho results because of tbo numerous microbes found in yellow fovor patient*. The particular germ, which bo holds to bo responsible for the yellow fever, Dr. Sanarelll says la found in tbe blood or tbe tissue and not in tbo gautro-lntentlnnl cavity. He says, however, that In yellow as in typhoid fever, the digestive tract U tbe seat of abundant bacilli coll, hut does not associate those with the real yellow fever microbe. Ha concludes, therefore, that the virus of yellow fever docs not re- side In the Intestinal tube. "And that It ia toxin and instead of being absorbed by tho Intestinal walls is labornted Into the interior of organs and ID tbe blood."

Two Little Oirln Find liodlcil,

Sollgman, Mo., July 81.—Sear btra

two llttla girls found tbe dead bodied of George Tucker and L. W. Hnrj«r, of Hindsvlllo, Ark. It li thought they were beaten to death and robbed.


National League.

\ St. Louie 7, Louisville 6.

Boston /, Philadelphia 3. Pitteburg 7, Chicago 5. New York 3, Brooklyn 1. Cincinnati 8, Cleveland 2. Baltimore 1C, Washington

Wontern League.

Milwaukee 6, Minneapolis

How They Stand.


Boston i G

Baltimore 51

Cincinnati .")0

Now York -10

Cleveland 4.')

Philadelphia 40

Pitteburg :<7 Chicago 30 Brooklyn..... 31

Louisville 35

Washington 29 St Louie 20



'21 1C 20 31 85 43 42 47 45 47 48 61

Pr. ct

.09(5 .CC2 .058 .M»7 .551 ,4H2 .4(58 .434 .430 .427 .377 .257



.'Why "Devil's Hsad" or "Skull

Rook" Attracts the Prospectors.

{An Abaard Superstition Amon0 the . Miners—I.egrond of tlie Indians Con-

^ eeruln&tlieF'renlc—Tlie Scene of

an Indian Burying; Ground.

I [Copyright. 1S97.]

West Superior, Wis.—-<Dn a steep,

rocky bluff overhanging a narrow inlet of the Lake of the Woods, about 2% miles from the mining village of Eat Portage, Ont., stands one of the most freakish objects to be found anywhere dn the world. It consists of a ledge of «olid granite \\lnch bears a most gru- tesque resemblance to a liuman head, its ea\ernous mouth partly open, its features distorted with a horrible grin. JUide art has supplemented nature in (perfecting the resemblance. This mon- fctrosity is commonly known as "Devil's •Head," but is also called "skull rock." It is about 2U feet high above the~bluff, .and about 21 feet in width at the widest

giant. It is said by old -warriors that every tribe which, las heard of the stone possesses a chip broken from it, whidh is held mostsuered. The Indians also believe that a body, of the same g-enerous proportions as the head, ex- tends down into the earth. The height of this prehistoric warrior would be something like 200 feet.

In the earlier days a sort of Indian

burjing ground «ab.established there for the br^Ne=t. uarriors. The custom seems to toave been abandoned, how- ever. The stone was used before the country was surveyed to mark certain locations for the Canadian government, and some of tha main survey lines which now cut the country into sec- tions v>ere made from this rork as a. basic point.

Some one has painted the image with

blood-red paint, outlining the eyes and nose which appear in the structure of the rock, making them prominent even more than nature left them. This has ffhen the grinning effigy n somewhat funny appearance; certainly it causes in the traveler who beholds it for the first .time a very queer sensation, and


part. Ears, eyes and a mouth are .plainly visible—the latter appearing in ,the form of a ca\e, vthich extends back in the stone about ten feet, and then, like a \eiUable throat, shoots down a con^idei nble distance into the hill on which it n-sts.

This, . \traordmaij object has at-

tracted the notice oi almost every pros- rpeetor for previous metal who has vis- pted the region. There is hardlj an ex- fplorer who has entered the productive 'gold fields kno\wi as the "Eainy and ceine River El IJorado" who has not ftouched with the palm of his hand a epot just aboM! the eyes 111 the belief [that this act v, ould bring him luck in phis search for the precious metal. Per- haps the reason for this singular super- stition is the fact that the first gold- Ibearing rock ever found in this region •was taken from the mouth of this fig- ure, where it i-> suppos-i'l to ha\e been deposited by the Indians \i .is,>gx>.

An\ h('\.. f lie c iipei -I ill on is ])i C'lalent

and persistent, nnd tlie "liH'ky spot" lias !ji j.i 1 i ul "t1 .so often ti i-t it is bald and •;hini\, ain' destitute of ihe m««\ growth -,\lii<n clings to the rook eke- where. It is a <ort of "Kurncj stone" to the gold seekers.

A gold min'T of 20 \eais' experi-

ence 111 the fields of Africa. Australia and the 1'niHd States remai KJL! to tlie writer not long ago that tihc lock 1 ad twice biorght him luck, and tlu't orce lie traveled 1,".COmiles totouch itbefoie going out on a six months' expedition.


the boatmen tate great delight in frightening the more timid with the unexpected sight as they pass along the river belo-w. Judging, however, from the number of souvenirs taken from the rock every year.it will notlongsur- vive the onslaughts of curio hunters.


This IntesTJrtlns Relic la Now In New

Tork City.

[Conyrlght, 1897 ]

The first gold watch ever owned by

Charles Dickens is now in New York. The accompanying picture of the watcTi, from photographs furnished by the present owner, is now published for the first time. There is, perhaps, no more interesting personal memorial of a great man than the timepiece by which he regulated his labors and which was so intimately associated v> ith his daily life.

The Dickens watch is now the prop-

erty of Mr. A. G. Midford, .1 prominent y,f\ York business nan. A hnn oi the f;::-v i.s v. i itcr—whether Clu.rles Dick ens, Ji., or Frederick Dickens, does not

app'ru. tlioigh probably the latter— came to Canada in 1885. After remain- ing some inne at Toronto in scaich of a prpmiMn,! business venture, he went to tJ/c.Can.uluin northwest and ex- ploritl, tlie w ,!ds of Winnipeg, cnjoj ing to the full 1!'C shooting uud fibbing'to be foiwicl there

Fifteen ortw enty3-earsago the mount

"It would have been just as viell for me jnot to have touched the lucky stone, (though," he continued, "for both the [fortunes which have come to me

(throug-h it have faded away, and I am mow out for the third time in search of What I have twice squandered with a kaiish hand. I am positive that I shall imake a strike again, however; the rock iwill not fail me. and now I shall save w bat I make out of it."

How so absurd a belief can be seri-

'ously entertained by civilized men is hard to understand, .but its existence is pot to be denied. i The Indians have a legend concerning' the "skull rock" to the effect that it is nothing' more nor less than the petrified bead of a great warrior who came from their "happy hunting ground" to pro- ject the tribes of the northwest against extermination by the whites. Tthey

therefore look upon the stone with rev- erence as a talisman. Yearly delega- tions from the various tribes visit the spot and deposit food and precious


" I cannot begin, to tell yon what your

remedies have done forme. I suffered for years with falling and neuralgia of the womb, kidney trouble and lencorrhoea in its worst form. There were times that I could not stand, was sick' all over and in despair. I had not known areal well dayfor 15 years. I knew I must do something at once. I had tried physicians without receiv- ing any lasting- benefit. I began the

use of Lydia E. Pinkham's

Vegetable Compound. Now, I haTe used 9 bot-

tles ; "my weight haa increased 25 Iba. I tell every one to

whom and what I owe my recovery, and there

are 15 of my friends taking the Compound

after seeing what it has done for me. Oh, if I had known of it sooner, and

saved all these years of misery. I

can. recommend it to every woman."— KATK YODEII, 40S W. 9th St., Cincin- nati, O.

Should advice be required, write to

Mrs. Pinkham, at Lynn, Mass., who das the utter confidence of all in- telligent American women. She will promptly tell what to do, free of. charge. Lydia B. Pinkham's Vege- table Compound, which is easily ob- tained at any druggist's, will restore e.ny ailing w oman to her normal con- dition quickly and permanently.


"Good Flour" Is <

Not Good Enough.

Pillsbury's Best

is what every housewife wants. Makes the most

bread, the whitest bread, the best bread.

(Set Pillsbury's Best. Ask and Insist.


Decatur Hard Wall Plaster Co

Are prepared to do the best plastering on short notice.

We also carry

Cement, Lime,

Hair, Fire Clay, Etc.

We warrant our Wall Plaster to be the

Best in this market. Wo also have the Beat Sidewalk Cement in Decatur.

C<Ulup628 Now 1'hoiie.


PERRY & OREN, Proprietors



(From Photographs Furnished by the Present Owner.)

edpoliceof thenorthwestwere recruited from some of the best families in Can- ada. Young Dickens made friends

among the officers of this bold band of cavaliers, and became infatuated

with their adventurous life in the open air, their hazardous duties, <nd their freedom from conventionalities. He

was able through the influence of Ms father's name to secure an appointment, and himself became an officer of the mounted police.

Before going to Winnipeg, Mr. Dick-

ens had become acquainted with Mr. F. M. Midford. After a year or two he tired of the mounted police and re- turned to Toronto, there renewing this acquaintance, which soon became warm friendship for Mr. Midford. As it came about that one day that Mr. Dickens, being in want of some money, said he must sell the watch, Mr. Midford promptly declared his readiness to fur- nish the cash needed and his unwilling- ness to see such a relic pass into the hands of strangers.

"It was my father's first gold watch,"

said Dickens, "and I'd much rather see it yours, Midford,,than a stranger's."

After the death of Mr. P. M. Midford

at Toronto in 1S91, the Dickens watch passed to another member of his fam- ily, Mr. A. G. Midf ord, In whose hands It still remains and by whom It te great- ly prized. / .,

The Kaukakee district camp meeting

and Chautaoqua assembly will 1)0 held at Watseko, August 18 to 29.

Don't neglect a cough because the

weather is pleasant; before tho noxi Btorra rolls aiouncl it may develop into a serious difficulty beyond lopair. One Minute Cough Curs is easy to take anc will do what its name implies. A. J Stonnr & Son, Armstrong Bros, and N ti. Krone.

Harry, the youngest son of Mrs. A. S

Mlddloton, of Delavan, fell from hia bicy ole and received severe Jnteinal injuries.

There IB No? About It.

No question, indeed, with those who

have used it, but that Foley'e Kdney Cure is absolutely reliable for all Kiel ney and Bladder diseases. H. W. Bell, N L. Krone.

Messrs. Reynolds and Laisorn, of At

lanta, caught 100 pounds of channel cat flab in the Klckapoo one cigfefc.

TEBKIBLE ACCIDENT.—It is a terrible

accident to be burned or scalded; but the pain and agony and frightful dislig urements can be quickly overcome with out leaving a scar by using DeWitt's Witch Hazel Salve. A. J. Stoner &

Sen, Armstrong Bros, and N. L. Krono.

A monster c'itflah, weighing 43 pounds

was recently caught In the Vermilion river near Danville

Some for ten, some for twenty anc

some lor thirty years have suffered frotr piles and then have been quickly anc permanently cured by using DeWitt's Witch Hazel Salve, the great remedy for piles and all forms of skin diseases A. 3 Stoner & SOD, Armstrong Bros and N. L. Krone.

Hen. Thomas Cooper, of Pakin, will

soon start on a trip to Maxloo and Cec tral America.

Not only piles of the very worst kinc

can be cured by DeWitt's Witch Haze Salve, but eczema, scalds, burns

bruises, boils, ulcers and all other skin troubles can be instantly relieved by the same remedy. A. 3. Stoner & Son

Armstrong Bros, and N. L. Krone.

The new Free Methodist church at Ban

tool will be dedicated in three or fom weeks.

Wonderful I Marvelous I

are expressions frequently heard abou Foley's Kidney Cure. Bo not fail to trv this great remedy for all kidney trouble. H. W. Bell, N. L. Krone.

11 Gllman Is just oomplatlDg one of tb finest Water worka systems in central 111' nols. '

The creamery at Dwigbt la receivin

from 1300 to 1500 gallons of milk per day

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Offer some 350 odd pieces of Summer Wash Goods, worth 15c, 20c, and 25c a yd,, all at



Organdies, Dimities, Lawns,

Madras Cloth, Batiste*

Linen and Canvas Cloth,

in all the latest effects and newest colors in wash goods, and are worthy the attention of close cash purchasers*

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At Less Than the Manufacturer's Cost.

$ 5.00 Ice Box reduced to $ 3.00

6.50 Ice Box « " 4.50

6.48 8.64 9.TO 9.90 16.50 11.25 12.85

9.00 Zenith Refrigerator 13.00 Zenith «

14.00 Zenith "

14.00 Hurd 22.00 Hurd 16.00 Hurd, with water cooler 18.00 Hurd, with water cooler

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