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Vol. IV.—No. 12.
Thurber, Texas: Saturday, October 7. 1899.
Whole No. 168
GENERAL FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC NEWS NOTES
Kansas City has a hustling delegation
at Dallas working up sentiment in favor of
holding the National convention at the
mouth of the Kaw next year.
Dickens county, Texas, farmers are
busy gathering their crops, and some of
them who have been there since the or-
ganization of the county in 1890 say that
the crop yield this year exceeds any the y
have ever seen in Texas.
Charles Feohman has arranged with
Mrs. Langtry to open the Garden Theater,
New York, on January 15 of next year for
a season of five weeks, presenting Sydney
Grundy's "The Degenerates," as is now
played at the Haymarket Theater, London.
Mrs. Langtry, after hor engagement at the
Garden Theater, will visit the principal
cities, a tour of which is now being ar-
Judge E. R. Meek of the Federal Court
on last Monday signed an order at Fort
Worth appointing Philip Lindsey standing
Master in Chancery of the United States
Circuit Court at Dallas, the position so long
held by the late Judge H. S. Lathrop. Sev-
eral references pending before Judge
Lathrop at the time of his death will soon
by order of the Court be referred to the
new standing Master.
Albert Meddler, who has been miss-
ing from his home at Marion, Indiana, an
who has been advertised for all over the
country, was found at Montpelier, Ohio, j
Monday. He had been kidnaped by tramps
who have stood watch over him ever since
he was taken. Monday all four of the kid-
napers went to sleep and the boy escaped.
He was in a pitiable condition, and almost
starved. He was being held for reward.
The buoy marked "Andree Polar Expe-
dition," which, with anchor attached, was
found September 9 on the north coast of
King Charles island by the master of the
Norweigian cutter Martha Larsak, was
opened last Sunday in the presence of a
number of experts of the Cabinet at Stock-
holm, Sweden. It was found to be the so-
called North Pole buoy, which Andree had
arranged to drop if he succeeded in pass-
ing the Pole.
The comparative statement of the re-
ceipts and expenditures of the United
States during the month of September
show that the total receipts were $45,335,-
114, and the expenditures §37,579,372,which
leaves a surplus for the month of $8,754,-
772. The expenditures charged against the
War Departmant during September were
$10,541,515, as compared with $24,643,374
for September of last year. Against the
Navy Department $4,757,853, against $7,-
731,219 for September of last year.
The DesMoines Coal Mining Company of
DesMoines, Iowa, is having one of the
largest runs in its history this summer. In
August the mine turned out and delivered
to the Northwestern Raialroad Company
for shipment over 1200 20-ton cars of coal,
or about 40 cars a day. In July the output
was about 1100 20-ten cars, or an average
of over 35 cars a day. The indications are
that the past month's record will exceed
that of August.
The debt statement issued last Monday
at Washington shows a decrease for the
month of September of $8,400,775. The
tributary statement for the three months
ending on Saturday shows that the receipts
of the Government exceeded expenditures
by $3,703,802. The extraordinary large re-
ceipts from customs and war revenue re-
sources are the principal causes of the ex-
cess. The statement takes into account
the large advance payments of October
interest on 4 per cent, bonds of 1907. Re-
ceipts from all sources were $146,368,576;
Yesterday's dispatches looked war-
like in the Transvaal. The Orange Free
State and the British may clash at any mo -
ment. Indian troops have been ordered
to the front.
That a sweetening agent should come
f. om coal tar will be a surprise to many
but a novel treatment of one of the com -
ponents of coal tar a compound may be
obtained possessing very similar sweeten-
ing to the best cane or beet root sugar.
This saccharine presents the appearance
of a white powder, and chrystalizes from
its aqueous solution in thick, short prisms
soluble in warm water. Saccharine forma
salts, all of which possesses a very sweet
taste, and physicians are looking to its
product as a substance by means of which
diabetic persons may enjoy food which has
hitherto not been safe for them. Light
from the gas in the making of which coal
tar is a refuse, and a species of sugar ob -
tained from that refuse, or probably such
a combination of "sweetness and light" as
never was dreamed of by the singer who
has given us that term.
Explosions in coal mines are much less
frequent nowadays than they were fifty
years ago. The dangers to those who
work underground have been decreased by
the improvements in ventilation as well as
by the lamp of Sir Humphrey Davy. Air
in the mines is contaminated by the respir-
ation of men and horses and mules, by the
combustion of lights, and by the smoke of
explosives and dileterious dust, while in
collieries the insideous fire damp or car-
buretted hydrogen exudes from the coal,
Mingled with air this gas forms the explo -
sive mixture to which so many miners owe
their death. The modern ventilating pro-
cess introduces a strong current of air
sufficient to dilute the mixture and sweep
it away. Such ventilation is compulsory,
and with rigid inspection explosions in
mines are now very rare.
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