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There Is a large cigar Indian factory in
this country that makes a special business
of supplying Images for cigar stores and of
meeting the popular demand in every way.
Recently this factory has been busy getting
np statues of politicians. The demand for
them Is great enough to keep a constant
supply of orders coming in.
A member of this firm said recently that
he had had orders for twenty "statues" of
Whitney, to be used at the doors of cigar
stores. "The order read to mak^ "W hitney
as a cigar-store Indian," said this gentle
man, "but the fertile brain of the maker
designed something a little bit better. r,u
know the little fellow who has stood for
years outside the cigar store where chap
pies .congregate. Well, this is the fehow
that was selected for the Whltuey statue.
"The Whitney chappie statu*; Is made of
Iron, la very durable and heavy, but a
cheap one. Mr. Whitney Is a hollow fel
low in this form and his outside a mere
shell. It Is on this account that the price
Is low, as many have been ordered, and
solid Iron Is not demanded. A Whitney
statue can be bought for $50.
"The actual Indian as a cigar store fig
ure is becoming less poptilar. In the old
days, when Indians prowled around the
country and tales of Indian bloodshed 'were
frequent, nothing so terrorized and inter
ested as a good cigar store Indian. Hut
now things are different. A touch of the
humau man, as we know him, Is liked bet
"The most elaborate cigar store 'Indian'
that I have seen was one of Olney. It
represented a Turk, and was dressed in
the likeness of Abdul Hamid. Olney's well
known connection and Interest In the Ar
menian question no doubt Inspired the
"The Olney statue was made of wood In
the old-fashioned way. In former days all
olgar store lm-ages were of this materia).
They were carved out of wood by hand.
The carvers were 'natural sculptors.'
"For the benefit of those who do not
know what a 'natural sculptor* Is it may
be told that he Is a man who carves natu
rally. He has a talent for thht kind of
work, and, -without lessons of any kind and
without patterns before him, he carves out
of a log of wood a figure that is flue
enough to stand in front of a store as a
"The Olney statue was done by a 'nat
ural carver.' This man is an old sea cap
tain. who collected for years all the old
spars and pieces of mast from wreckages
and stored them In an old barn. When he
got too stiff In his joints for the sea he re
tired and 'took In carving.'
"With a piece of spar before him and a
photograph of the man or Indian to be
carved, this old fellow goes to work with
Jack-knife and saw and plane and small
boring tools and gets up a good-looking
image. He works slowly, taking three
months for a life-size figure, but he asks
?'200 or $300 for his work. Olney's statue
took him four months. It Is solid enough
to last forever, unless, as the old captain
fears, he may have struck a piece of soft
.iH-i .a the face, in which case Mr. Ol
ney may lose a piece of his mustache be
fore inauguration day.
"There are those who wonder if poli
ticians are actually made Into these images.
Quiet, then, all doubts on the subject and
know that I have this day started out sev
eral statues of Iteed dressed as an Indian.
He is a reformed Indian, as It were, and
wears a suppositious silk hat, but he has
on Ills war belt and feathers.
"As a great concession, he Is allowed to
retain his gavel, but In his other hand he
holds a bunch of cigars, as much as to say:
"This gavel is to strike anybody who says
these cigars'are not the best in the world,'
and the expression of the face is as If re
peating Mr. Heed's favorite command, 'And
don't you forget It!' The word 'Reed' tells
the tale of political party.
"I'oor MeKinley! I think If Hill is sorry
that he is a Democrat, McKlnley is none
the less sorry that he is an American.
That unlucky fellow has been made Into
every kind of a campaign advertisement,
from a button to a banner, and always
with a good American sign board.
"Speaking of this McKlnley American
sentiment, I saw something unintentional
outside Cooper Union that amused me. It
was so thoroughly in line with the Mo
Klnley banners. It was a paper placard
and it read: 'Mass meeting for William
McKlnley.' Underneath it was a mutilated
placard of Ilallington Booth's Army:
"Gild's American Volunteer.'
"The MeKinley statue is an Indian smok
ing the pipe of plenty. It Is a metal statue
and is expensive only in the quantity of
dclkate painting upon it, for the feathers
are shaded up in grand style.
cyclist or
Mile. Lisette Marton, a French woman
is the holder of the ladles' bicycle champion
ship of the world, having won the six days'
international race at the Aqaarium In Lon
don over a field of thfrTy women. She cov
ered 438 miles, riding 73 miles dally, being
on the track but eight hours each day.
The performance of a fraction over nine
miles an hour Is not. remarkable, and In
a man would be considered very slow. The
six days' running, or go-as-you-please re
cord, Is held by G. Littlewood, 622 miles
and 1,320 yards.
Mile. Marton won easily. Of the eight
leaders at the finish, four were English
women. Mrs. Frankle Austin, the winner
of the six days' eight hour daily race at
Madison Square Garden last January, cov
ering 430 miles, thereby winning the Ameri
can championship, went abroad Immedi
ately after that event, and designed enter
ing the race just won by Mile. Marton.
Mrs. Austin- has been ill ever since she
reached the other side, and was unable to
start, or In all probability she would have
brraight the world's championship medal
hoifie with her.
Bicycle races with women contestants are
a strong attraction in Paris, as well as in
London, and there are at the present time
several hundred "professionals" in the gay
capital. The attempt to transplant this
class of exhibition to New York City last
January was not a financial success, al
though there was a very large attendance
on the closing day and night, so large. In
fact, that t^e tournament will be repeated
next Winter, and the wftrld's championship
will be decided. Mile. Marton will be ob
liged to appear and defend the honor.
Mile. Marton has been interviewed. She
declared she was at a loss to understand
the English women. "Sometimes," said she,
"I hear them say /shocking,' 'scandalous,'
'immodest,' and oven femmes impndlques.
TS'hat do they do? They go away when they
are tired of watching us race, and applaud
the danseuse on the stage, who show so
much of themselves. Or they go to the
ladies' swimming entertainment. And be
cause we wear a costume suitable to exer
tion on the wheel, they say we are Immod
The inadnmolselle acknowledged to the
receipt during the week of many flowers,
boxes of bon-bons, gloves, trifles of Jew
elry, garters and many billet deux. One
pair of garters she wore because the ac
companying ?>ard bore the inscription: "For
what will, Met us hope, carry you to vic
According to a celebrated French phy
sician, Dr. De Bore, who has made a
study of how to make lean people fat
and healthy, there is but one way of at
taining that end, and that requires care
and patience.
Emaciation, says this savant, is general
ly a sign of some lack of vital equilibrium;
an immoderate tendency <3f the,human ina= burn too rapidly its fuel. Lean
ness, as everyone knows, is generally the
mark of the nervous and energetic indi
vidual. In the Orient, where feminine
beauty is reckoned in pounds of fiesh,
women are fattened at the expense of their
health, by being allowed little exercise and
fed continually with sweets. But a per
son with a stomach at all susceptible could
not endure such treatment, and it Is for
such people as this that Dr. De Bove out
lines the course to pursue in Oi-der to
gain in health as well as flesh.
The diet should be composed i>f thick
soups, of eggs, of fish that are not oily and
indigestible, of white and red meats, which
may be broiled or roasted, of purees of
dry vegetables, of milk foods, ivith rice
and stewed fruits for dessert. During his
repast the seeker after flesh, it place of
rating dry bread should eat lome-made
bread that is quite new, but has been
lightly toasted. This should be well but
tered and liberally sprinkled with salt.
Vichy and milk should be lrunk with
the meals. One or two cups of milk should
be taken during the forenooi, as many
In the afternoon, and one on going to
Pills of pancreatine, taken after each
glass of milk and after eaca meal, will
promote a good digestion anc the healthy
assimilation of fatty foods. The appetite
may be stimulated by dry friction and by
(he application of electricity. The patient's
nerves should be kept calm, however, for
he should accumulate rather than waste
the)energy he is storing up each day. For
this purpose it is essential that he should
stay in bed eight consecutive hours each
night, and on rising in the morning
should breathe deeply of pure ait.
He should take a siesta after his
midday lunch. No exercise should ever be
taken in the morning on an empty stomach,
but a walk of a half hour's duration may
be indulged in after each* meal. Above
all, this French physician says, the pa
tient should seduously avoid the torments
of jealousy and the passions of love.
With children the treatment would be
much Ihe same, but it is recommended thalt
they early acquire a liking for cod liver
oil, which the doctor himself acknowledges
tastes abominably. m
The most murderous weapon ever devised
by man Is the Whitehead torpedo. Its pet
name in the navy Is the "steel baby." Its
patent and necessary ally is the torpedo
Lieutenant Armstrong, of the British
Royal Navy, in his recently published book,
tells all about the fearfui engines of war
that would be brought into use in case of
genuine war by sea and land, and the
Whitehead torpedo easily ranks first among
them in point of destrtictiveness.
The latest invention mentioned In the
book, and which is still under trial, is a
submarine vessel that can take a week's
supply of compressed air with her down
into the depths of the ocean. The ship
Vulcan is described as being unique, as she
is a cruiser, fighting ship, steel, iron and
chemical factory, repairing shop, torpedo
depot, torpedo boat* carrier and floating
dockyard all in one. In this work, how
ever, the French torpedo catcher Forban is
accredited with being the fastest ship in
the world. She can steam thirty-six miles
an hour.
In a rough sea life on a torpedo craft is
trying. Dining at table is out of the ques
tion, and cooking worse than Tiseless, and
the crew has to subsist on tinned solids.
Lieutenant Armstrong is of the opinion
that "the next great naval war will bestow
upon the torpedo and its users a halo of ro
mance that will eclipse entirely that sur
rounding the gun and the ram." Some peo
ple will be inclined to exactly the contrary
view, however, for the romance of the tor
pedo destroyer is far less picturesque than
that of the old ships of war, on which the
sailors fought each other from their lofty
decks face to face. The new warfare
would seem too scientific for romance.
There would appear to be little of it in the
ordnary sense of the word in the subma
rine vessel which sneaks up like a burglar
from the sea depths to fix au infernal ma
chine in the bottom of the unsuspecting
enemy. It must be admitted, however,
that the officers and seamen who handle
these new weapons must be possessed of a
strength and steadiness of nerve, an alert
ness, intelligence, skill and daring which
the heroes of old^could never have sur
passed, and which lias to be exercised un
der conditions of which the "water sol
diers" of a generation ago could not have
formed the slightest conception.
THE most remarkable invalid in America, probably, Is Mol
lie Fancher. The story of her life, with its years of in
describable anguish; of her marvellous, Inexplicable fac
ulties of second sight, mind reading and what not. are like Ara
bian wonder stories.
All psychology, all metaphysics, all that is mystic and won
derful in mortal relation to the supernatural has found life
and voice in Mollie Fancher. The stories of her long sleeps,
lasting for weeks. In which she distinctly saw things which
What had made her ask that? I wondered. Surely that was
not an instance of mind reading, for my mind was very far
from the stage just then.
"No," I answered; "but why do you ask?"
"Because yon are like one. Do you know when you were
standing down in the hall I went dowp to see you? At first I
had a vague idea you might be a reporter, but as soon as I saw
you I knew better. Ugh! I can always tell them?the women
especially. As soon as I saw you I said to myself, 'She is an
mi t iUWilftlHLUlMr-a
happened hundreds of miles away, lead the hearer Into a realm
of insoluble mystery.
For a quarter of a century people have wandered about
Mollie Fancher. The newspapers have told strange tales of
her. She has always refused to see newspaper writers, but the
stories of her manifestations have been so Well authenticated that
there was small doubt of their truth. All question was removed
by the publication of Judge Dalley's remarkable book, which
he compiled with Miss l-'ancher's aid.
And, after all her wonderful years, she lives, and I have
seen her. talked with her, I know now that Mollie Fancher is
a living reality, not a myth.
Miss Fancher's home Is a little place, Xo. 160 Gates ave
nue, Brooklyn. It 1^ squeezed, sandwich fashion, between a cor
ner grocery and a savory bakery. Admitted there by a venerable
woman attendant, I sent my card, with a few words written
upon it. to Miss Fancher. In a few momentfi I was requested to
mount to her room. Unconsciously I walked upon my toes as I
crossed the threshold.
Beside the door was a large, old-fashioned bed, piled high with
downy pillows of every size and shape. Resting upon them was
the pleasantest face in the world?a face all smiles and dimples?
and I was dumfounded. I took the soft, delicate little pink finger
tips so gracefully extended to me and listened to the mellow
notes of welcome.
She wore a dainty dressing sa<vjue of pale blue ar.d white strip
ed silk, lace trimmed and embroidered by her own hands. Her
delicate throat was exposed, and the loose, ftowtng sleeves fell
back from perfectly moulded arms, which were encircled just
at the wrists by bands of gold. As she reposed there against
the background of pillows, she looked scarce thp length of a
child. Her expression is thoroughly sweet and her smile merry
and bewitching.
"What a charming place this Is!" I said. "It Is so cool and
refreshing after the heat out of doors."
"Do you think it pretty?" she said, simply. "I am afraid you
would tire of it after seeing the same things day after day and
night after night for thirty odd years, would you not, my dear?"
"Yes, I suppose I should," I answered softly, as I gazed at
'her with profound sorrow. "Thirty years! It must seem end
"Eudless!" she repeated, dreamily. "Yes, It does seem end
less." She closed her pyes and continued half to herself. "I
wonder when it will cease! The days pass so slowly. I have no
hope of anything different. I have to go on In the way from
one day to another, from month to month, year to year. I have
no one to come and say. 'we will go to the theatre or the ball
this evening, and to-morrow we will go to the races." She
stopped abruptly and opened her eyes with half a smile. "Are
you an actress?" she asked.
actress.' Then she looked at me steadily as she added, "Why
did you leave yonr notebook and newspaper on the hall stand?"
I dlmost jumped from my chair. Truth is, I had myself for
gotten I had left them there. "H?h? how did you know?" I
"Why, my dear, I saw you plainly before you came up here. I
saw you adjust yonr hat in the glass, and In order to do so you
put the little book you carried, together with the newspaper,
on the stand."
"But how are you able to see and know such things?" I said,
half incredulously.
"I don't know any more than you do, my dear girl. I can't
explain the wherefore."
"It must be lovely," I mused. "I wish I could do it. And you
can read thoughts, too, can you not?"
"Oh, yes; sometimes. But I have to be in a trance always.
My clairvoyant powers are diminishing. Would you like to
have me read yours?" she aslted, with a smile.
"N?No-o. Never mind." I said rather nervously. Now to my
thinking there is nothing at all pleasant about the idea of hav
ing one's mind read?of having another human looking into
the recesses of your thoughts. So I declined With thanks.
"Are you a spiritualist?" she asked at length, "or perhaps that
is a vague term, perhaps I should say have you ever communed
with your friends of the spirit World?"
"No," I said in a little tragic whisper, an eerie feeling ting
ling my toes and radiating throughout my whole body, till it
terminated in the roots of my hair. "No, I never have. Some
times I wish I could, just to see how it seems?but I know
you'll think me foolish and childish?but, really, the thought of
such a thing makes me feel clammy. You don't believe in
materialization of spirits, do you? You know the kind that walk
out of cabinets and promenade a la ghost with flowing robes of
moussellne de soie?"
She laughed. "No, I do not. All that is a fraud, to my
mind?simply a mercenary, fraudulent scheme. It seems to
me a decidedly sinful practice, this callipg the departed spirits
for money. I could never resort to that."
"Because you consider it sinful?"
"Yes, because"
"Because what?"
"Oh, because I couldn't. The spirits of our loved ones are too
sacred to be conjured up before an unfeeling audience and made
to parade upon a platform. Here, in my own silent room, I com
mune with my loved ones. I know that they are always near
me. They are not tangible. I cannot caress them, nor feel their
arms about me, nor their kisses on my cheek, as I would like,
but their presence brings with it a soothing influence, though, for
which I am grateful and happy. People probably think that I
am bitter and pessimistic, but I'rii not. I'm almost always happy.
Over in Brooklyn the mall carrier who
walks around from letter box to box with
a bag slung over his shoulder is a thing of
the past.
The mail cart has taken his place.
These carts, forty of which have been pur
chased from an Ohio firm for use in the
Brooklyn end of Greater New York, are
two-wheeled vehicles, with plenty of win
dow room on the side and facilities for
the.sorting of mail for the different sta
tions as the wagon trundles on its way.
There are 1,200 letter boxes and 300 news
paper and package boxes In the Brooklyn
postal service, and once started the wagons
will be on the move day and night, mak
ing twelve collections between 0 o'clock
in the morning and 2 o'clock the following
The contracts for collecting all the let
ters of Brooklyn have been let to T. Belfc.rd
Son, of No. ISO Joralemon street. The
work was to have been begun May 1,
but the wagons have just arrived, and the
Belford people have been busy during the
past week getting them put together and
in order for business. One of the terms
of the contract is that a hundred horses
shall be provided to haul these newfangled
Several stables are to be established, the
central and main one to be in the vicinity
of Sumner and Lexington avenues. Brook
lyn's mail territory is divided into districts,
with district offices, to which the mail col
lected is taken before it is sent to the main
office. Not all of the mall, in fact, is taken
to the main office. Much of it is sent to
the ether branch offices by the electric mail
car system, of which Brooklyn proudly
boasts the fatliership. Mail to be deliv
ered in the same district in which It Is
deposited is sent out lmmedately, without
making the journey down-town.
The new wagons will cover the one single
and thirty-three double mail routes of
Brooklyn, which is now done by carriers on
foot. This will leave about twenty-five
extra men at the disposal of the postmaster.
These will be utilized, it was stated yester
day, In delivery service to the outlying
towns?Coney Island and the like.
The wagons themselves are built with a
view to the saving of time. They are simply
a light framework, with sides for the most
part of glass, so every corner of the Interior
will be as light as day. The collector is
to stand on a step at the back, like the
step for the hospital doctor on the rear
end of an ambulance. Before him. In the
wagon, is a miniature sorting counter, with
ihree pouches, labelled "New York,"
"Brooklyn" and "Distribution."
As the wagon trundles on from box to
box the postman sorts the mail already
collected. By the time the route Is tra
versed and the letters all gathered In, he
hasthe entire mass assorted.
A national nominating convention of a
political party in which women are active
participants will be held in Pittsburg, Pa.,
from May 27 to 29.
It will be the convention at which th?
Prohibitionists of the country will name
their candidates for President and Vice
President of the United States and formu
late a platform of principles.
The convention will be composed of over
1,100 delegates. Almost every delegation
will have in Its ranks a number of wo
men. It is estimated that one-sixth of the
entire number of delegates will belong to
this sex, and one of their number is to be
named as the candidate of the party for
One of the women mentioned In connec
tion witti the nomination is Miss Frances
E. Willard, President of the World's and
National Woman's Christian Temperance
Union. Her name was suggested as a
suitable Prohibition candidate for Vice
President several weeks ago, and the idea
was at once enthusiastically received. Miss
Willard Is in England at present, and will
not return in time to attend the Pittsburg
convention. It Is understood she does not
care to be made the Vice-Presidential
nominee, and is likely to decline the honor
if tendered.
Miss Frances Elizabeth Willard was born
in Churchville, near Rochester, N. Y.,
September 28, 1839, of New England pa
rentage. Sue graduated from the Evans
ton Woman's College, at Evanston, 111.,
which afterward became affiliated with
Northwestern University. In 1874 she be
gan her temperance work as president of
the Chicago W. C. T. U.
A close competitor of Miss Willard in
the Vice-Presidential nomination is Mrs.
Helen M. Gougar. She is ambitious, and
even hopes that her party will tender her
the nomination for President. Mrs. Gou
gar is rapidly becoming one of the fore
most women orators of America. The In
diana Prohibitionists have made her on?
of their representatives on the National
Committee of their party. Mrs. Gougar
was born in Litchfield, Mich., July 18, 1848.
She graduated from Hillsdale College in
1880. She became a reform agitator, and
has distinguished herself in politics, litera
ture and oratory. Three reform books?
"Two Little Paupers," "The Traffic in;
Poison" and "Suffrage In the United
States"?are from her pen, besides a large
number of magazine and newspaper arti
cles. She Is a speaker of power, having
addressed special committees in Congress
and the Legislatures of a dozen States.
She is a member of the bar of the State
of Indiana, and the author of a law grant
ing municipal suffrage to women in Kan-;
sas. Mrs. Gougar was formerly an ardent
Republican, but in 188S she came out for
the Prohibition party, and has worked for
that organization ever since with voice
and pen.
Another prominent figure among the wo
men delegates will be Miss Henrietta G.
Moore, of Ohio. Miss Moore was chairman
of the Prohibition Convention of her State
in 1894, the first time in the history of
American politics where a woman filled
such a position. The same year she was
elected a member of the Board of Educa
tion on the Prohibition ticket in the strong
est Republican ward in her home city of
Springfield, O. Miss Moore is a Univer
salist minister, a keeD and ready debater
and a close student of current political
The best known woman in the New York
delegation Is Mrs. Ella A. Boole, of Staten
Island. Mrs. Boole, who was born In Van
Wert, O., in 1858, was graduated from
Wooster University. After her graduation,
in 1884, she was married to Rev. W. H.
Boole, D. D. Mrs. Boole soon became
known as a temperance orator and worker
of the first rank. She now resides at Pro*
lilbition Park, S. I., where she is president
of the Richmond County W. C. T. U., and
first vice-president of the New York Stat?
Another woman delegate will be Mrs.
Clara C. Hoffman, from Kansas City, Mo.
She is one of the foremost Western speak
ers of the Prohibition party. Beginning
her W. C. T. U. work as president of the
Missouri State organization, she soon ac
quired national repute as lecturer and or
Other delegates will be Mrs. George C.
Christian, wife of a prominent Eureka
Springs (Ark.), lawyer, a delegate-at-large;
Mrs. A. S. Blake, Colorado Springs, Col.;
Mrs. C. D. Rlppey, Topeka, Kan.; Mrs.
A. Allison, Cuba; Mrs. L. B. Smith, Otta
wa, and Mrs. Fannie Holsinger Rosedale,
Kansas; Mrs. Helen M. Barker and Miss
Louise S. Ilomlds, Chicago; Mrs. Mory Mc
Malion, Moline, 111.

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