her husband, said the medium. "The THE OLDEST LIVING. messages were not very long at first, but as itime went on the conversations were more extended and always very NOAH RABY A CENTURY AND A STARTLING ASSERTIONS OF A satisfactory to her. SPIRIT MEDIUM. "The general purport of them was QUARTER OLD. love and consolation, such comforting words as a husband would say to a Remembers the Revolutionary War and Bmj She Can Transmit Messages from wife in life or as an absent one would She In Sailed the Constitution Harriet write home. No, I do not remember that the Departed and Asserts that L A. Mrs. was much I ever said Prominent about Patrons, McMurray of Kansas lias Seen a Has politics. CLAIMS MUCH POWEE. Hendricks Among: Them. (Indianapolis Correspondence.) S or THE spirit Thomas A. Hen-- d r i c k s hovering over the Hoosiers who were devoted to him in the flesh? Is it possible that the shade of the dead vice president of the United States converses with comrades in the state of Indiana, counseling and guiding them in affairs? Such questions have been frequently Those who askd in Indiana for months. been prohave believe in spiritualism information the with foundly impressed that the spirit of the dead statesman was in constant communication' with his" wife and other close friends and party associates. Those who are skep- remember in one message Mr. Hendricks wrote that he did not care to talk about political matters that where he was politics did not give him concern and that he preferred to talk with her on topics concerning their happiness on earth and the joys to come when they should be united in the spirit land. Gray, who was minister to Mexico when he died, came to me," she said. "No he did not care to converse with the spirits of any political matters, but with the spirits of two sons who had been dead many years. "James Whitcomb Riley, the poet, has had a sitting, and you know he is some- - the Piscataway poor farm, New Jersey, the oldest man in the world? If the story of his life which he tells be true he has passed his 123d birthday. It was eighty-thre- e about years ago, according to his recollection, that Noah Raby, ordinary seaman, received his discharge papers from the stanch frigate Brandy-winwhich had just finished a cruise of inspection of the various ports of the United States and was then docked at the Brooklyn navy yard. The day after he left the naval service he betook himself to New Jersey, where he joined himself to a farmer and for money agreed to serve as a hired man. Since that time he has never stepped outside the boundaries of New Jersey. For more than half a century, with more or less steadiness, he followed the occupation he had chosen, and then, twenty-eight years ago, being full of years and decidedly averse to earning his own living any longer, he settled down at the poor farm in the township of Piscataway, not far from New Brunswick, and there he has since remained. Today he is totally blind, but his eyes, though sunken, have the sparkle of one who can see perfectly. His body is bent and his shoulders are contracted ,but the muscles of his arms and legs are firmer than those of many a man ot yet thirty. His jaws are toothless and his words are uttered with a whistling accompaniment, but his voice is strong and full and his laugh is as hearty as it was a century ago. His long hair is white, but thick and luxuriant; his whiskers are iron gray, his heavy, bushy eyebrows are still almost and he can dispose of a solid drink of good rye whisky with a sort of smack that betokens the heartiest relish. Though he believes his father to have been an Indian, his skin is white, and his features are of a pronounced Caucasian typee, that Mrs. Hendricks and leading personages who believe in spiritual phenomena professed to have received on the slate of a medium messages from the spirit land signed by the In certain circles of the been no little excitehas there faithful ment about it. c vice-preside- Thomas A. Hendricks died Thanksgiving Eve, 1885. He had his no time for the arrangement of He or business. affairs political earthly was in an upper chamber of his Indianadinner. His polis home apreparing for oh the floor fall wife heard heavy above, and when she reached his side found her husband dead with a peaceful smile on his features. Great was her sorrow because he had left no word of farewell for her who had been his Vice-Preside- Special Correspondence.) S Noah Raby, of Ex-Minis- ter tical knew son-.- Century and Fifteen Years. nt MRS. HERBINE, THE MEDIUM. mentor in politics who, after the death thing of a medium himself. Lieut-Goof their infant child, had turned all the Nye and his wife have both been here, nor are they skeptics." wifely and maternal affection of her naWhile this conversation was going on ture unto her distinguished and ambitious husband. Passing away, as he there Was a sound of scratching on the did, nearly ten years ago, without a slate, as if visible or invisible hands word, is it strange if his devoted wife were writing a message. Mrs. Herbine should have yearned for some word, drew the closed slate from under the Bome message from his spirit? A Christtable. ian and a believer in the soul's imAlas, the writing was scanty enough. mortality, Mrs. Hendricks felt that There was a short message: "I am here somewhere in the realms of space the and am glad to be with you." The name signed was one that had spirit of Thomas A. Hendricks was awaiting the hour when they should be been written on the slip. reunited. Nor was it strange that she Mrs. Herbine insisted that the spirits often thought that he was near her in were slow to respond at the first sitting, the spirit. and after a few more short messages So it has come to pass that the friends of no special import a message appeared of Mrs. Hendricks in Indianapolis have on the slate saying: "No more for some time back known that she be- - This was signed by the "control." v. to-day.- The correspondent was Jet-blac- - were always bright eyes to shine on old days, Jack Tars in-the- suh-i-cer-tai- . General Washington make a speech.; Raby is not certain what the general was talking about, but there is no doubt in the old man's mind that the father of his country was indignant and excited. "Yes, suh," said Raby, "I saw the old gineral and I heard him talk. He was pretty mad, too oh, gracious, yes! I shall never forget one thing he said- -it has stuck to me most a hundred now: years " Go right on, fellow-citizen- s, as you have been going on, and I assure you that we shall have the devil to pay In this republic and no pitch hot!' "While I was in Brooklyn navy yard I got leave one day and went out to see a monstrous pretty burying ground Greenwood, they call it now, I hear. A man who came to see me two or three years ago told me that they bury a lot of folks every day there now that the bodies go to that burying ground just like an everlasting stream of water. Oh, my gracious! what big cities New York and Brooklyn must be if that's true. "I left the navy because I was afraid there'd be a war, and I didn't want to fight. Well, there was a war, and I didn't see no fighting, only on the sea, and then I was on land and a good ways off. I've lost my discharge papers and I'm sorry. If I had 'em maybe I could get a pension, and, anyway, I could prove my age by them." Previous to the recent municipal election at Wichita, Kan., Mrs. Harriet McMurray, a colored woman, appeared before the city clerk and desired to be registered. "What is your age, auntie?" asked the head of the registration department. "Law me, cap'n! Ax me sump'm easy," ejaculated the old lady. "All I kin tell you, sah, is dat I wuz in the My ole massa's resolutionary wah. Bible was dun bu'ned by de fiah befo he sold mammy and me and Sophy to dat dah Runnel Robi'son." The city clerk listened with curiosity and viewed the old lady skeptically. "I want ter vote for Massa Cox," continued Aunt Harriet, "for he dun gib Dick, my daughtah Cha'ity's man, work in de streets when de poo' niggah needThe mathematicians and the historians of the registration bureau plied the old lady with questions, and finally gathered enough data to put her down at 115 years of age. "I 'spec' I be that ole, anyway," said Aunt Harriet, "and maybe mo'." Ten days afterward "Auntie Harriet" to - non-commit- MRS. THOMAS A. HENDRICKS, lieved in spiritualism, or at least in the transmission through mediumistic power of messages from the departed. Gradually it became known to a select and chosen few that Mrs. Hendricks was receiving messages from her departed husband messages mainly on topics concerning themselves alone, but occasionally referring to the political conditions and events most interesting at the tal Vice-Preside- vice-preside- nt has been counted about the time In the first few months of her widowhood, when grief crowded upon loneliness, she went to a medium, hoping, for a few words from the soul of Thomas A. Hendricks. She went to Lottie Greenrod, a slip of a girl, time. Mrs. Hendricks a sincere believer since of her husband's death. who had been considered a wonderful ay who was married reto Mr. cently Herbine, a dry goods clerk. Lottie Greenrodf as a girl of 12, knew nothing of Mrs. Hendricks and had no conception of the high and honorable place in politics, held by her departed husband. Evidently the first slate writings must have been of satisfactory tenor to Mrs. Hendricks, for in ten years she has been a constant visitor to the same medium's house. Under Mrs. 's eyes the jgiri has become a wife and .mother, with a black-eye- d baby boy, who sits and crows while the parent holds the slate and receives messages from the spirit land. In the Herbine home, a. few squares from the Hendricks mansion, can be seen a splendid photograph of Mrs. Hendricks and beneath it' her visiting card j 1 "Mrs. Hendricks has been very kind ly woman of 22, . Hen-drick- THE HENDRICKS HOME. took his place in the directory and has every year. The Henbeen dricks home faces' the capitol of Indiana. The house was built by Senator Smith and bought by Mr. Hendricks when he moved up from Shelbyville. center that It is so near the business Mrs. Hendricks has often been urged to sell it at a profit. But no. She feels the spiritual presence Xt her dead husband in every room of the old mansion. re-elect- ed .. Habit. Few have sufficient respect for habit the ease with which it may be formed; the difficulty with 'which it can be broken; the magical power with which it smoothes the rough path of duty and enables us to look with Indifference upon the allurements of the world.! It is a kind of shield, which the flngets of a child may, at first, weave of threads as light as gossamer, and which yet steel. By grows into the strength of are accomthe greatest things its aid hab- -' of cultivation The proper plished. the young. be upon impressed should Its Isolated acts are of little comparative importance. In short, a correct habit of living is principle, without which no one can ever hope to be happy. . a message from his spirit friends. There was nothing unusual about the Herbine method.; The writer was seated at a small table with the medium and instructed to write the names of dead friends on a slip of paper, with his own name beneath, , This done the slip was folded, Mrs. Herbine taking obvious and extra pains to prevent herself from see-ra- g the ust. it was put inside the book-slat- e, which was then held by. Mrs. Her' oine under the table. "Keep your mind off the names," she said. "Or, if you are skeptical, loolc under the table to see that I am not doing the writing." Then while wait- the spIrlts to come Mrs. Herbine The Name Broker. talked of the weather, of her boy, baby "u was just pushing his little toes J who There lives a man in London .against the table,' and then of the makes to those who selling his by celebrated people who hadi sat at the are hard-up- , living to float comwant or who me ; . ; j j ; from Which, the Will Be Transmitted the sun's Rays Hash-Lig- j f as Mountains Stations Signals ht -- New for JDJse mm NOAH RABEY, AGED 123. When Raby was 21 he got away from rode down to the polls in Alderman Mr. Mills Field's plantation, in Gates Mellinger's carriage, bearing herself as county, N. C, where he was born, and proudly as a peacock. And she voted. She was arrayed in the fashionable started out to find employment. of a century. She wore a "I hired out to the Widow Penelope," said Raby, "to be her overseer, for $200 shawl that her old "missus" gave her of a cena year. I stayed there almost five years, in Tennessee a and then I left to work for her daughter-intury ago; quaint looking white cap, -law, the Widow Sarah Parker. resplendent in a wealth of rufnles, She was well off, too, but not like the which her young "missus" had given old widow. When the young widow her as a wedding present, and an anwanted me to be her overseer the old tique cloth cape, brilliant in glass beads, widow offered me $50 a year more to re- which had fallen into her hands at the main on her farm, but, you see, 1 death of an old maid sister of her last thought maybe I could marry- the master, about twenty years, she thinks, young widow if I was smart, and then before the era of freedom. Aunt Harriet is a very sensible old her plantation and the niggers and the big house and the tar kilns would be woman, but T she has one dominating mine. Well, my plan would have worked weakness, and that is to be in touch yes, suh, if I hadn't fallen in love. No, "wif de quality." In her estimation she not with anybody else, but with the reached the apex of honor when she widow herself. I was all tangled up, rode in the carriage of an alderman to heels over head, in love with her. Why, the polls and had Mayor Cox, who was the ground where she stood looked, running for tip his hat to her. and I crooked, suh, get But that ride that triumphant ride of her. afraid No, I suh, didn't have the brass to tell her I was may cost her her life, for through vanin love with her, but if I hadn't been ity she discarded her woolens to wear dead in love with her I could have told the ancient finery of bygone days and was in the caught a bad cold, which has developed her, sure. My to he me: into the grip. navy, and says " 'If you're in a love scrape, Noah, "No, sah," she said in reply to a quesone "I kean't jus' tell how ole I am, tion. to but there ain't do, and thing town clerk done figured me out come us to with dat but is and on a that go at 115. He told me I was ole enough to cruise.' "So I got right out, that very night, vote," and the old fady laughed heartwithout settling up or saying anything ily at her own wit. "How far back can yu remember?" to anybody. "It was at Portsmouth and Norfolk, she was asked. "De furtherest back I ken remember suh, that I shipped," the old man conis on the 'resolutionary' wah. I was den I "and the Constitutshipped tinued, suh. She had a little tot, but I remember heahing the ion- the been a great vessel once, but then she guns flahing neah Baltimo', and the dat was done was bid and used for a receiving ship. bringing de Into bowels a tro' shot for dady's cabin and year on the ConWell, I worked he died. My till im stitution, going up and down the rat- mammy nu'sing was Kernel massa 'on to the the top Desplane den, but lines mast, but no soori to never died an' be he young missus I my got further. anything but an ordinary seaman. I didn't want to marry one of dem dar Irishmen dat be an able seaman.; I didn't want to go was in de wahl He done run through all poo' chile's property, and in de higher up the mast than the 'top.' That the was as near heaven as I ever wanted to break-u- p mammy and me and Sophy on de block to Blunt Rob'son was sold go till my time came. I'd' to on been the Constitution a an', taken Tennessee." "After "Did, you ever see General Washingyear I went on the Brandywlne on the Do cruse. I remember the ton?" inspection "I done see Gen'l Washington when captain's name? You bet I do. It was was a flne He let mammy an' us chil'en go massa i'ortly, Farragut. to and man, suh, another man of down Alexandry to see granddaddy. a was name same Gen'l the big captain afterWashington was sitting in, a big ward. No, I was never flogged, but I've red rockln' cheer In de porch. He had seen lots of others punished.; Once I ruffles all up and down his short-frocome near being, but it was Just be- and silk stocking and hair powerful cause I trle'd to get away when some white hair." one else was being punished. Which of "How old were you then?" "the ports we visited did I like the best? "Law me, boss, I kean't tell you. I All of 'em, suh; all of 'em. I could have was consld'able of a girl, for befo" gwine shore leave three times, a; week when to see granddady I done made a shirt we were in port and we could always for him: I s'pose I was 15 yeahs old find ways of having goodtlmes tHwe fltea, or mo'." bric-a-br- ac three-quarte- rs little table. panies, the namesHi3and addresses I have had some charge is very sweet and wealthy people. , touching talks for Mrs. Hendricks with thousand. . : 1 of a half-broth- so-je- rs -- , good-looki- ng nt ., . J J (Chicago Correspondence.) T REGULAR IN- -, tervals the wbrld Is informed that Edison, the "wizard of ; and brilliant Eesla, the Menlo park,!" I j ed Inventor, young whose marty .j sciendiscoveries tific have startled and delighted mankind, are at work on the nroblem of tele graphing without the use of wires. "Impossible!" Is the first mental exclamation, and then, "Nothing is impossible with such men," is the thought that forces itself upon the mind and finds an abiding place. While the public is patiently waiting for the coveted invention the fact is apparently forgotten that telegraphy without wires is already an accomplished fact, consequently considerable interest will attach to the preparation now being made for the transmission, July 10, of a message from Mount Nelson, British Columbia, to Mexico, a distance of about 1,800 miles, as the message and response are to be handled without wires. Ages ago, long before Franklin discovered the existence of, electrlcty or Morse had thought of his code, the beacon fire telegraph was vised, and matters of great importance, meaning the' salvation or ruin of nations, were adjusted by the lighting of great fires on mountain tops, from which the flame or smoke could be seen at immense "distances giving information, desirable or dreaded, as flame after flame shot upward, reddening the sky. It is said that the wonderful race of Aztecs used a system of telegraphy by means of which messages were sent from one mountain top to another until the news traversed the distance meant to be covered The United States army and the service department now use an instrument called the heliograph, by means of which flashes of sunlight are reflected 100 miles as easily as ten miles. The indispensable feature of the sun telegraph is a mirror, large or small, according to the distance the sun ray is to be reflected. It is a simple instrument, little more complicated than the rude beacon fire, and its practicability has been thoroughly demonstrated by the sending of messages short distances. Now it remains for the heliograph to be used in transmitting dispatches across vast area, and this is to be accomplished or attempted, with a determination o succeed, by the Mazamas, a society of mountain climbers which was organized less than a year ago at the summit of Mount Hood, which raises its majestic form in Oregon. Eligibility to membership in this society consists in the candidate's having immersed his boots in the snow that mantles the crest of the mountain on which the association was formed. This means that he must have climbed to an altitude of nearly 12,000 feet. Soon after the Mazamas society was organized it had a membership of 200, all of whom attended a banquet at the snowy summit. The banquet was not an elaborate affair, though-thoysters were rock, saddle rock and crater rock, while for fish the banqueters had sardines in oil, flounders in snowbank, pike on staff, sole hand sewed, soaked and strained.. At the conclusion of the repast the gentlemen found smoking In the crater. Among the members of the Mazamas are several ladies, one of whom, Miss Fay Fuller, a newspaper woman of is the only woman that ever reached the summit of Mount Rainer, as Seattle people call it, or Mount Tacoma, as it is known the people of the Northern Pacific collapse. Another woman, Mrs. Ida V. McElvain, is the only representative of her sex to remain over night at the summit of Mount Hood, but this she did in spite of the bitter cold, which nearly bit her nose. Mr. W. G. Steel bf Portland, Ore., is president of the Mazamas, and Is now in Chicago for the purpose of consulting with some gentlemen of scientific attainments who are interested in the undertaking, and also to secure all the heliographs he can find lying around. j signal-- ! Ta-com- a, MISS FAY FULLER. the message has been cdnlpleted ai answer will be flashed batj along the cowles of snow to Mount jlielson. We will use the regular Morfee telegraph alphabet of dots and dashes ftnd accord ing to my calculations we Will have sent a message and received a reply within. two hours." THE LlFAD. DOCKED-TA- I Its Day Is Said to Be Away Passing: Nothing to Commend; jit. Chopping off horses' tails 'still seems to be a "fad" among some iultra-fash- ionable people. Among the horsemen, men and even women for that matter who admire the noblest of brutesuit is believed that the sun of the dovetailed horse is setting, never to ris again. The practice is cruel and ex tremely barbarous, and serves no use ful purpose. It not only deprives the horse of its beauty, but also! of its means of defense against its persistent enemies, the flies. The general public has a vague idea that the law prohibits the practice of docking horses' tails or rather that the law seeks: to prohibit the practice. The fact that the law has not done altogether what it was hoped it would do is plainly shown by the number of horses with dpeked tails which are seen daily on jjthe streets. Shorn of their beauty, with helr stumps of tails elevated in the air, the poor creatures jog along with a general appearance of depression, asj if utterly ashamed of themselves. There are few cases on record of dock-tkile- d horses running away. Docking aj horse's tail will take all the proud spirt out of the animal in almost every instanoe. " A. dock-taile- d horse makes praba.blfa safe animal for a timid young: girl, or a young man whose5 nerves have been weakened by cigarette smoking, to n men drive. There are few who would risk making thejnselves look ridiculous by holding the lines over a dock-taile- d horse. Ex. jj fulli-grow- Familiar Iiove.s is no peribd so pleasthere Perhaps g, ant in all the pleasant perfods of as that in which ihe intimacy between the lovers is assured, and the coming event so near, as; o produce and endure conversation about the ordinary little matters of lifej; what can be done with the limited means at their disposal; how that life shali be begun which they shall lead together; what idea each has of the other's duties; what each can do for the other; what each will renounce for the other. There was a true sense of the delight of Intimacy in the girl who declared that she had never loved her lover jso well as when she had told him" how tnany pairs of stockings she had got.j jit is very sweet to gaze at the stars together, and it is sweet to sit out among the haycocks. The reading of poetry out of some book, with brows all close and arms all mingled, is very sweet; the pouring out of the whole heart, in written words which the writer knows would be ridiculous to any, one but the dear one to whom they are jsent, Is very sweet but for the girl whd has made a shirt for the man she lovds,' there has come a moment in the last stitch of it sweeter than any stars ever - produced. j love-makin- j Ancient Eggs in China. not think anything of an egg do They in China, it seeems, until! it is about 100 years of age, old eggs being worth as much in that country ja$ old wine elsewhere. They have a ay of burying the eggs, and it takes jabout thirty days to render a pickled egg fit to eat. Some of the old eggs have become as black as Ink, and one of jtlie favorite Chinese dishes for invalids is made up of eggs, which are preserved in jars of er n, Con-sti-tu-tio- . a . re-electi- ; to me outside; of her patronage," said Mrs. Herbine. "She is a woman greatly tote adjmired." j ilfy'-VOf course the correspondent wanted White-Cowle- d MEXICO. e - medium at the age of 7. At that age she received slate writings from spirits when unable to read or write herself. She was 12 years old when Mrs. Hendricks first called and is to-da come- .. ed it." come the next day and did so. This time he placed upon the slip the name of a friend who is very much alive, and was astonishec a few minutes later to get a spirit message signed by the name of this living friend. A vain effort was made to get a message from Thomas A. Hendricks: whom the writer had known in life.- There was no responses. Instead the living friend persisted in being dead and in writing messages ostensibly from the spirit land: But perhaps Mrs. Herbine can explain the mistake. The names of friends really dead appeared on the slate signed to short simple sentences, and answers were written in response to questions which the writer was allowed to ask through the medium. Whatever may be the belief, it is a fact that Mrs.. Hendricks has in ten years doubled the property left her by her husband, and in the meantime she has dispensed to charity and in aid of relatives nearly $70,000. Not only haJ she attended to her own charities, but she has carried on her roll of pensioners all the needy relatives and impoverished political friends that her husband was In the habit of aiding at the time nt Hendricks of his death. was in his life charitable almost to a died he fault. When the was a director in the Hecla Silver Mining company. Mrs. Hendricks promptly me remainder will pe at less lofty points. Gen. Grtkly.placed chief of the signal-servic- e' department, us about half the required number of instrn find the others, elsewhere, Heliographs railway companies have also extended courtesies to us arid our eastern friends will have. no trouble In jUjiing us at the proper time. Several feastemUcol-lege- s will be generously represented and-number of army officers iill also cooperate.. jMjjl The most northerly heliograph tvIII be placed at the .summit Ibf Mount Nelson, British Columbia, 1 rph which the flashes will be caught atj j;he summit of Mount Baker, Washington and be- sent on down the line of fsbow-capppeaks till they reach Mexico.' JWhen has-promise- It was while he was at Norfolk and Portsmouth that Raby says he heard MESSAGES FROM COLUMBIA TO ".. invited HELIOGE APHIC CHAT. n." red clay and salt water. MRS. IDA V. M'ELVAIN. He is so thoroughly addicted to the mountain climbing habit that he has established his residence half way up the side of Mount Hood, so that he can stroll to the summit as his morning "constitutional." "When I first conceived the idea of sending a message by heliograph from British Columbia to Mexico," said Mr. Steel to the writer, "I was about ready to agree with my friends that it' was too visionary for serious thought. But the more I studied it the more firmly I became convinced that the plan was feasible, and my view is now shared by many scientists who will experiment In the big experiment. It is something wholly new, and I am losing no opportunity to profit by the counsels of able college men and officers of the army and signal service, who have made experiments on a practically mall scale with the heliograph. Such a great trial as the one we are to make has never been undertaken and the result will be awaited with no small degree of anxiety for those interested in scientific matters. We will have use for about fifty heliographs, thirty of which will be operated on the tops of mountains. , j j j MUCH IN LITTLE. In Berlin sheet music sj sold " weight. by England and Wales light fsomething The British handle most pi? the trade of Cuba and Porto Rico, Uke 300,000 lamps nightly. j Rev. R'r. A. W. Rudisill pt the Rudl-si- ll Memorial Publishing ijtokise of the Methodist-Episcop- church in India, al In Madras, bricklayers worlf vkL says that 10 do cents a day, good India for M work. Louis McDonald of the lbbster--housat Portland Pier, Me., ha kn albino lobster preserved in alchohpli It is the only specimen known., Sergt. O'Keefe, who spent jflve years In the observatory on Pikers teak, says temperatures observed that the lowest 62 was 50 deg. below zero; the highest ' ' i above. Tn Mexico two suosuiute furors sit near the jury box illin aa trial. If one of falls substitute. takes the regulars And the trial proceed .One of the natural curiosities of Is a "blowing:"! exhales (mtnnse quan- which well, ing" , e i - ' I . a Stan-"Was- o. ini. i i--i virtues I j I h..