farm near Philadelphia. He has fallen heir to the estate of his aunt, Elisa Sophia Lindhardt Pontoppdan. She died Jan. 15, 1895. He also had three children. I have lately become a widow and it is, therefore,: of the greatest interest to me that the missing heir is found or proof of his death be secured, because the laws of Denmark permit of no 'division of the estate till 'such is done. Also, the authorities of Helmlgen requested me to find him, if possible, or his children. If you insert an advertisement for him in the papers it may ' find him." ;,v, It will be some time before he will be able to do anything "himself toward securing the money. His illness is of such a character that it will be several weeks before he can leave the hotel. JustTwhat Is the present worth of his aunt's estate he does not know, although he knows it is large. Her husband, at the time of his death, had large shipping interests and was the largest individual ship owner in North Europe In addition he had large landed interests. The expectant heir to all this property fs in very moderate circum... stances. Wealthy, but One of the most conspicuous business men of New York, who Is the extensive head of a company with many millions of assets, said recently that he had not taken a vacation in ten years. He is a ERTWEXTYYEABS THOUGHT TO BE DEAD. a MAN - "turns UP to Denmark, BU Annt Died Recently LeaTinff Him Property Worth Oyer Would Krlnff Met AnyOne Million V Life. body ack to i ; i THE HROUGH efforts of J. N. Wal-leroyal for Denmark at Philadelphia, Sophus Lin-har- d, m, vice-cons- ul now ' :. ; lyingill in the Burnett house, Stroudsburg, made been has aware of the fact .that he. is the heir at $1,000,000 of an estate estimated near Elsinore, Denmark. Linhard, who to this Is an intelligent man, came 20 and over ago years engaged country a. from Philadedel-phinot far farming in His letters to his relatives in Denmark were few and soon they lost sight of him entirely. Some time ago he was taken seriously ill and "went to the Burnett house in Stroudsburg, where he had friends. It was while he was a patient here that one day a copy j ; ' - - Hard-Worke- d. THE BIG SHIP CANAL. HERE'S REALISM FOR YOU. ' The Exceedingly Remarkable Performance of a Skilled Chinese Ventriloquist. WILL IT CHANGE THE COURSE A man who, witnessed the performOF GREAT LAKES? ance gives the following description of what a ventriloquist- - in China said : The ventriloquist was seated behind a screen, where there were only a chair, a table, a fan and a ruler. With the "ruler he rapped on the table to enforce the silence, , and when everybody had ceased speaking there was suddenly heard the barking of a dog. Then we heard the movements of a woman. She had been wakened by the dog, and was shaking her husband. We were Just expecting to hear the man and wife talking together, when a child began to cry.; To pacify t the mother gave if food; we could har it drinking and crying at the same; time. The mother spoke to it soothingly, and then rose Meanwhile to change its clothes. ibeen wakened and another child had was beginning to make a noise. The father scolded it, while the baby continued crying. Byi and by the whole family went back to bed and fell asleep. The patter of a mouse was heard. It climbed up some vase and upset it. We heard the clatter of the vase as it fell. The woman coughed in her sleep. Then cries of "Fire! fire!" were heard. The mouse had upset the lamp; the bed curtains were on fire. ' The husband Belief That .It Will eventually Dry: Up the Falls of Niagara Engineers land Scientists Are Now Becoming: Alarmed to Be Ready . In 1896. , j i HE Philadelphia ai .tress says; contracts are kept the great canal i which is to connect Lake Michigan with the Mississippi river will be finished in 1896, and one of the greatest pro-iec- ts of modern times will be brought to The enterprise was pletion. 1 mrngm mmmmmmsmi W fe . com,sug-gest- ed a number of plans were proposed, but it is only in recent years that it was undertaken many years ago and seriously. It has been pushed .with vigor, however, the improvement in dredging machines and in blasting methods enabling rapid progress to be made. It will serve not only as a ship canal, but as a drainage channel for Chicago's sewage. There are in reality two canals, one extending westward from Chicago to La Salle on the Illinois river, where it is met by another canal, which extends eastward from Rock Island, on the Mississippi river. "With the completion of these canals in" sight the problem of supplying them with water is causing much, discussion. The canal running eastward from Rock Island will draw its supply from the Mississippi river, but as this water flows into the Illinois river and so is returned to. the Mississippi river a few miles. north of. St. Louis, no harm to. the navigation of the Mississippi river is anticipated. The same confidence is not felt, in respect to the source from which the canal running westward from Chicago will draw its water supply. This supply must Come from Lake Michigan. The canal is 160 feet wide at the bottom, where it is cut through rock, and 200 feet wide through earth cuttings, and it is intended to furnish a depth of 18 feet of water, although its full capacity may not at once be utilized. "The quantity of water necessary to supply the canal at first it is calculated will be 300,000 gallons a minute, and, as it must all be drawn from Lake Michigan, the extent to which it will lower the level of that body of water and all the other lakes also is a matter of grave moment. Some engineers estimate that there will be a general lowlakes, ering of three inches in all-thwhile others estimate that five or six and even nine inches is nearer the quantity that will flow off. If such a material lowering of the lake levels takes place it may disastrously affect commerce, especially, in dry years. Many harbors now haying a sufficient; depth j 1 e' j of water for the largest lake Vessels would be shallowed, and the St. Clair and Detroit rivers would not be naviga- xCwi ivvC fel w "wiSxUi" w0&" &&& School, and takes; quite an interest in (Brighton, 111.," Correspondence.) This place is noted for the beauty of musical culture, h Its women as well as for the chivalry of i Miss Jessie Dain Is an alumnus of the its men. The town is full of them, and High School, and adds to the entertainShe is the ber Burrounding; hills and valleys, and ment, in social functions. her smiling prairies, bloom and bloss- eldest daughter of Capt. E. T. Dain, a om with young womanhood that is the veteran Indiana soldier, who fought pride of the Prairie State. j: through the war. Miss Jessie Is an inMls3 Josle Lash is the daughter of Mr. teresting conversationalist and enterGeo. W. Lash, one of the e grain tains her friends genially. I old-tim- buyers of Brighton. Miss Mabel Martin is the daughter of , Miss Josie lives a home life "With her parents in the late Dr. Frank Martin, who died South Brighton.r She wa3 educated-aupon the threshold of a brilliant career acin medical science! Miss Mabel inherits the'Brighton High School, and Is an the magnetic qualities of her father complished and genial young lady. Mis3 Meda Merrill is one of the lead-la- g and is loved by tier many friends and ' ' .' society girls here, and In all entert- admired by all. Qtiiet t , : ainments her presence is sought for. SLe Is the daughter of W; C. Merrill, of the firm of Merrill & Chase, and our present postmaster,1, a" graduate of the High School and at Jacksonville, 111. She is well educated and accomplished. Miss Marcella Glenny 13 the' daughter of ilr. and Mrs. .Holly Glenny, the first editor of the Brighton News, and widely known for his newspaper work in thi3 section. Miss Glenny is ;the. soprano singer in the M. E. choir, and a general favorite in Brighton society. Sle la also a graduate of Brighton High newspaper was handed him. It was the first paper he had seen for some time and there he learned for the Srst time that the Danish at Philadelphia; was advertising to ascertain the whereabouts of Sophus Lin- f a. vice-cons- ul He well knew when he left Denmark years ago that1 he had; an aunt and Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Pontoppdan, wio were very: wealthy, but the last ksg that entered his mind was the fought that they were after him. At fzt ne was inclined not to pay any . at-Ul- on to the advertisement and he let go; by for a day or so. cutter -- l -- 9 Walleci, and in reply received a cf a letter which bad been sent to on June 2. It was from Sophia Pontoppdan, of Port-uOre- ., and among other things said: advice of M. 1a rsen, Danish con-Portland, Ge-- , I appeal to you Ice-cons- ul UUabeth cf j ;:r!onnatlon of xzv brother-in-la; Linhard, of Uln"?, cr Acrhus. w, t' " :::-rl- ;, J cf whom vre have not heard rtirs. At that time he had a Miss Addie Robertson is the daughter of the late Daniel Robertson. She resides with her sister, Mrs. Marshall Dlckerson, and is! a prominent character in social functions. She is cultured and genial,, and her; amiability jand happy disposition draw about her many friends. Miss Hattle Robings resides with her on parents in their beautiful home A. Mr. North Main street, her father, vetand Robings, being an old citizen eran who fought; as a private through the war. Miss Hattie is accomplished, j - ! .." ; -- millionaire, and his statement Indicates the liigh pressure, under which men who manage the affairs of big. companies sometimes work. During the summer his family live In their cottage on the Jersey coast. "I am able to get away from my office at 3:30 in the afternoon," he said, "by making use of my time on the trip down to my cottage. I go by boat and I take my stenographer with me. In this way I am able to clear way down. up my correspondence on theonce to New at returns My stenographer office I find York, and when I reach my the letters that I have dictated the signature. night before ready foranmyhour a day. me about saves That Vacation? No, I don't take a vacation. do that, but I My clerks and assistants find that it is impossible for me to get away. There are many little details to personally, and that I have to attendover to any other I can't turn them 'I man." There are probably few clerks in New York who work harder than this millionaire, even though their hours may ' fc longer. New York Sun. ble for heavy draft! vessels. It is calculated also that the water now running over Niagara Falls would be diminished by 5 per cent at; once and ultimately by 10 per cent. genial and well educated, and takes a great interest in Sunday-schoorwor- k. She is also a product of the High School and a splendid scholar. Miss Eva Short is a graduate of the High School, and, the only daughter of the late Capt. Robert Short, who went into the army as a private, and was mustered out at its close as a captain. Miss Eva is a bright, fascinating, cul tured young lady, and makes hosts of friends In social life. She is connected with many of the principal old families of Macoupin and Greene counties. Misses Edith and Clarabel Potter are sisters who have been prominent in al circles here, since their graduation at the High School. They are. daughters of Mr. Asa Potter, who was postmaster for three terms, They are popular, entertainers and have a host of friends. The above list of young ladles have grown and developed into womanhood here in Brighton. They are fitted, like their many friends unmentioned, to adorn society and embellish the home. Wealth could not add to their qualities of true womanhood. They may be said to be a fair type of the American cultured woman who is with our country. so-cl- j ! ive j and wife 'waked ' up, shouted and screamed, the children cried, thousands of people. came running and shouting. Children cried, dogs barked, the walls came crashing down, squibs and crackers exploded. The fire bri gade came racing up. Water was in torrents up and hissed in the pumped flames. The representation was so true to life that every one arose to ihis feet and was starting away, when a second blow of the ruler on the ; table: commanded silence, We rushed behind the screen, but there was nothing tbere except the ventriloquist, his table, his chair and his ruler. . - "Professor Wright has estimated that the basins of Lakes Michigan; and Huron are so delicately poised; that it needs only a displacement of a few feet of rock and gravel at Chicago to spill them into the Mississippi valley. Lakes Huron and Michigan are about on the same level and elevated 580 feet above the sea, while Lake Eriea is 8 feet lower. basin of its Lake Superior fests in-The own, 20 feet higher. drainage area of the four lakes is about 250,000 square miles, with an average annual rainfall of 31 inches. There have been theories that these great bodies of water are supplied by hidden springs, and the rise and fall of the lakes at times could be explained on. this theory." But it is not generally accepted. "The question of how much water will be drawn from the lakes into the canal is of sufficient importance to demand a definite answer before the canal is opened. The commerce of the Great Lakes must not be allowed to suffer, although every one will sympathize with Chicago in its effort to obtain a water channel to the Mississippi and a drainage outlet for its sewage. The carrying capacity of the lake, is over tons, and the value of the merchandise carried annually is many million dollars. The government has spent 30,-000,0- 00 much money in deepening channels, and is now completing costly improvements at rthe Sault Ste. Marie Falls. Care should be taken nothing is done to injure this great commerce or to lessof the improvements en the usefulness ' ' made." i ; ; i Gibbon's Seven Autobiographies. CORSICAN BANDITS. They Are Tolerated and Liked by Their Fellow Islanders. of Bellacoscia reside at bandits The their ease in the picturesque gorge of Pintica, on the side of Monte d'Ore, above the town of Bocagnano, some miles from Ajaccio. They twenty-fiv- e have lived here since 1850, and always in defiance of the law. Their history is interesting, if only because it tells how powerless France has shown herself to suppress the Corsican scourge of banditism. So long ago as, 1848 Antonio, the elder of the two brothers who carry the nickname of Bellacoscia (literally "a fine leg," which they have so often shown to the pursuit of the law), committed his first blood crime. He shot the mayor of his commune because the honest man refused him a false certificate of exemption from military service, and, further, demanded rent and taxes from him as a settler upon communal land. A few years ago the bandits were judicially condemned for using force in the senatorial .elections. But one sentence more makes no difference to them, and their candlr. date is always successful. They, witb. their wives and children and certain relatives who find it convenient to live in seclusion, make up a population of about thirty souls. There is never, therefore, any lack of sentinels in the gorge. No one can approach within a mile or two without being seen. The houses of the banditti are strong, and adapted to stand a tight siege if need be; but the bandits themselves rely; for defense more upon their moral influence over their neighbors. The signals that pass between them and Bocagnano keep them posted in the doings of the world, and especiallyj such as concerns them. As a last resort there is a cert tain cave, the secret of which is well kept, and thither by a fearsome track athwart the porphyry steps of Monte d'Oro, they can betake themselves in perfect security. Why not, it may be asked, send a column of soldiers against the Bellacoscia, and starve them, out? Pintica ought not to be impregnable after Badajoz and Sebasto-po- l. In effect it has been tried. In September, 1886, no fewer than 186 armed men assailed the gorge and blockaded it. Of course it surrendered in time. But meanwhile, where, think you, were the Bellacoscia? Safe in the house of a certain mayor of a village, one of the creatures of their own election. When the soldiers at length withdrew the bandits reoccupied Pintica. Such are the famous bandits It really Bohelli, or Bellacoscia. seems as if France were proud of them, and did all in its power to preserve them as remarkable specimens of lawlessness for the diversion of visitors. With a little management it is no hard thing to get introduced to the rogues and their home.) Th old men are civil enough to a stranger, and especially if he is rich and an admirer of eccentric types. They will give him the kiss of peace and bid- their pretty daughters fetch wine-cuthat they may drink his health.. If they are asked to furnish proofs of their skill at musketry, to Oblige him they will shoot at gold pieces, or lift the cork from champagne' bottles at a respectable number of paces, until the visitor to find the diversion expensive; ! ; ; ' ; CARRIER-PIGEON- V S. How They Are Taught to Act a eagre-Bearer- s. DeWitt C. Lockwood writes an' e- -' count of the "Carrier-Pigeoof Santa. Catalina," describing the rapid mailt service established between the twei places In the September St. Nicholas! He says: It must be understood, haw-ever that in certain pigeons, especially1 those known as the Belgian variety! the homing instinct is developed in al remarkable degree; and it is the bird'si intense love of home, and the ' almost, unvarying certainty of their retunt thither after having been taken away and then released, whiclc makes them valuable as carriers. The? methods used in training a pigeon for special service are not. by any as many persons seem to thinks to those employed in training a dog te run after a stick, or a d to dance the A pony carrier polka. ns ; L e some-distanc- means-similar- , white-spotte- education consists in conveying hinp away from home and letting him go when he simply flies back to the; Icsf where he belongs.This sounds almost a: thrilling as the story of the'enterpris-in- g mouse that first ran up the clocfe and then ran down again, and of course it conveys no idea of J. the immense amount of care and patience involved) in the rearing and breeding of the birds:- the special: cultivation of those qualities which produce the best results, andT so on. In training the birds for Catalina three or four were usually placed; together in a pasteboard box, perforated with holes about the size of a quarter, of a dollar. They were carried tc spot a mile or so from the loft, in direct line for the coast of Catalina, and.1 released. Af fpw days later the same-birdwere taken a greater distance away --say three or four miles front home and liberated! In this mannefc the several succeeding journeys were gradually lengthened until San Pedrov the seaport of Los Angeles, twenty-tw- o: miles distant, was reached. Then the pigeons were taken aboard the steamer and set at liberty a few miles out at sea.,, Increasing the distance upon the s j fou-occasio- that followed, until at last ther-en- d of the route was reached and the? birds" would fly, without fail, across the sea and over the land to their home. ' WEDDING DRESSES TO HIRE New York Girls Can Have Nice Tron aeaus IiOaned for State Occasions. From the New York Herald : Madi- son street "braces up" a little dowio near the police station and thereaborsfe is a nest of curious shops. One of them has in the window, in English and .He- ' brew, this sign: "Wedding dresses to hire." I went into this shop the other dayv explained after a struggle that I wasp prompted by curiosity and not by a desire to prepare for approaching nuptials, and asked just what the sigir meant. The proprietor led me Into a rear-rooa stifling closet that reminded? one of a Turkish bath lifted the lid of a big chest and pointed out a pile or white satin garments, a little faded, but. wonderfully beflounced and bedizened.. , "There," he said. "And do women who are to be married come here and hire these dresses them after the wedding?" but they must be treated with a becom- and returndo." "Many ing amount' of respect, or there is no "Why?" knowing what such despots may take "Well, most women here can't afford? it into their heads to do. They have a nice wedding dress, but they all want: received presents of value from ladies to look dayj and gentlemen with royal blood in so I beautiful on their wedding so these have dresses and they; the and toward stand their veins, they rest of the world not a little like Na- come to me." "Then one of these dresses has beerfe poleon himself in the height of his for- worn by several women?" '. tune. They are by no means ordinary "Maybe a hundred. One dress costs beings. Heaven only knows whether them a dollar, a better one two or threes they will die, as they have lived, out It is a great risk. They are not always; of the pale of the law; but it may safecareful. Soime, however, are very good. ly be said that their end will not be a and bring the dresses back to me witli violent one. The district "would revolt rather than suffer such a wrong their own hiands the next day. I do not to be done upon its heroes its lords think there is much money in the traded and masters. If certain local poli- though. Perhaps not so many get marticians are to be believed, Corsica has ried now. Is the East side getting rlclb it can afford wedding dresses ofT already lost much of Its regard for the that its own, or poor that it cannot affoT republic, simply and solely because M. to marry?" Carnot confessed himself personally T Tint lrnnwlnf Vinrl to Ipavo 'hfm. in1 Bellato the enough pardon willing ) coscia, but, in deference to the law, un- struggling with his own problem. able to do so. The Bellacoscia are the V HUMOROUS. type of a kind of Corsican bandit, but Mistress "Have you a stranger di not the worst. They do not seem ever to have indulged in indiscriminate there, Bridget?" Bridget "N, zntnn. brigandage. Doubtless if they were it's Con Calahan; sure. Oi knew hired forced into a corner they would in th' ould cOunthray!" Puck. not mind kidnapping a lord and hold"The farmer said one of the little-pig- s was sick, so I brought it some .sn-r ing him for ransom, or even lifting a purse like an ordinary highwayman.; gar." "Sugar!" "Yes, sugar. Haven't: hamsTT you ever heard of sugar-cure- d Tragedy Told by a Tombstone. Truth. Under a hickory tree in an old graves The Prince's tutor "What- - can a is Mo., at tombstone Mexico, yard tell me about gold?" The with the following unique inscription: is Prince silent Tutor "Quite rightj. "In memory of John W. Ricketts, who was assassinated about sunset in Au- your highness. Silence is golden!" J Blaetter. drain county on the 24th day of Feb"Do think," said Chappie,! "thafi: you ruary, 1857, in the 38th. year of his a gentleman ought to speak to his. bar--' age, on his return, and within sight of his borne. He was born near Flint ber wheii he, meets him on the street?"Certainly," said Briggs. "It's about Hill, Va. The victim of a conspiracy in the has to get a wor2? youth, haunted and traduced in after in." only chance heJournal! Indianapolis years by those who should have been "The highest elevatienattained by his friends, and at last shot down by 20, a murderer clandestinely. He was a man," said the professor, "IsT about v d, Vnder-graman of mind, and energy, true to his 000 feet." "H'm," whispered "I,got so high on hard cider $n& friends, and forbearing to his enemies. on the farm that I didn't get down A good brother, a kind and affectionate day husband and parent, and a useful citi- back to earth for four days."--CInczen. Dedicated by an affectionate wife nati Enquirer. "I'm perfectly convinced, said th and brother. Requiescat in pace." ambitious young man, "that I- - cans write the greatest novel of the period."" A Novel Business. It An enterprising firm has gone into a "Why don't you go ahead and ofdosuefca not think would I then?"'Oh; novel business, namely, the renovating happy in my belief co of dress skirts. The badly-wor- n skirts a thing. I amWhere's the good of my are thoroughly cleansed, faced and the subject. Washingbound with velvet binding, and when risking disapolntment?" ton Star. pressed look quite like new, all for the Student "I learn that there are cases cents. This has sum of seventy-fiv- e in which people have had from child proved to be a boon to women who are hood an uncontrollable desire to eat or engaged in business and have little What is the cause of that?"" soap. themno time to do such repairing for Learned professor "They are victims selves. of sappessomania." Student "Urn does what sappessomania One of the ferry lines just started Learned professor "A desire mean?"" to feO at New York City is obliged to pay so&p." New York Weekly. rental of $22,500 Gibbon wrote his Roman history once; but the history of his own life he wrote no. fewer than seven or, indeed, eight times. The manuscript versions themselves have been preserved among the Gibbon papers, which since the historian's death have remained in the safe custody of the Sheffield family. These seven autobiographies, together with Gibbon's journal and correspondence, are now to be published, and make one of ' the most interesting and important items in John Murray's announcements for the autumn publishing season. The publication is a valuable result of last year's Gibbon centenary. earl of Sheffield, who has an herediThe Sisters Bald a Saloon. title to the post, will edit these reFive daughters of John Granninger, tary contribute a preface. of East St Louis, 111., made a raid on mains ,and a saloon where their father got drunk A Little Too Loving:. and smashed up things considerably. Bride My dear, this hat has been They left word that the dose would be more crushed if beyond redemption, and I must was to repeated sold whisky new one. Groom Very well, a '. have father. their my darling, I'll stop in somewhere on A new fiJTteen-stor- y building is to be my way home and buy you one. (Bride erected by the San Francisco Call. faints with horror.) At annual I TRAINING m - ps 20-fra- nc De-gi- ns i j . . yonr-highnes- : in ?