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WF SHOW THE W RLD
U ~ OUR POSTAL SYSTEM.
„ ni>rl,AY IX THAT LINE AT.
° |I, A , r * ATTENTION AT PARIS.
Eo ropen Are Aninxcd by the Way
We Handle Lettera—lt W ould Take
„ V isitor to tile Grrut Shoiv 9,otrt>
Hour* to See It All, But the Amer
ican rental Exhibit la Oue of the
,|.t Intereatina Features.
Copyright, 1900, by V. Gribayedoff.
j, a , . June 22.—1 t has been calculated
that >t would oc cu Py a sight-seer stead
jij right and day, with no time for eat
just about 0,000 hours to see all the
things north seeing at the Universal Ex
position. As there are only a little over
j(XO hours in a year, and the exhibition.
a s a complete spectacle, only survives
pvt full months, it stands to reason that
0 ma n, barrin - he's a bird, as Mr. Doo
ley would say, will ever begin to see a
ql j, r; er of the things sent here for his
inspection from all corners of the world.
1 bid run across these discouraging
statistin a Parts newspaper the other
morning and was thinking what a pity
„j S that man is not built on the model
c f "the night, with a thousand eyes ’’ The
regret was accentuated by the legions of
interesting objects that fringed the ave
sl]r I was strolling along on my usual
morning visit to the exhibition. From
, picturesque building on my left a big
Amernan flag was flying. Across the
(rout of the butudlng was the Inscription,
"United States Signal Service Bureau.”
But weather bureaus do not interest
me, and I was about to resume my quest
or more entrancing novelties when a lit
tle French child's comment attracted my
■book, mamma, look; what a funny old
man on a horse." the boy was saying.
HU mamma was looking with all her
.vea so I looked, too. The funny old
man and the horse was in the Signal Ser
vice Bureau. Wondering how they fig
ured In meterological matters, I went in
tMe to inquire. What I saw there made
pie forget the 9,000 hours proposition, at
least. until I was coming out, when by a
careful mathematical calculation I esti
mated fhat it would take me just 118
year? to see the Paris exhiblton as thor
oughly a? T had inspected the things ex
hibited in the United States Signal Ser
Naturally, 1 made straight for the eld
frly cavalier who had bewitched tns
French lady and her little boy. As 1 ap
proached I noticed that, the ‘funny old
man" was looking at me very intently. In
fart he was staring insolently. I was just
on the point of creating a scene when
the little French boy saved me. “Why,
mamma.“ said the child, “he's dead."
‘No. dear,” answered the lady, “he's
Whereupon I no longer lacked the nerve
to go up to the man of wax on the stuffed
horse, nrd read his label. It ran as fol
lowf Me del. from life, of a mounta'n
arci i rairie mail-carrier in the great
Looking about, I saw on all sides ob
v = that illustrated not the science of
weather prognostication, but the postal
service of the United States.
Tes." answered a nearby American
guard to whom I addressel my inquiries.
The signal service department has allot
tf l one half of its building to a display
of the American postal service. The
ma? add'd that the astonished comments
of 'he foreigners v siting the place were
tie h st evidence of the interest ng char
acter of the exhibit.
The E.xliililt is a Revelation.
•ne only needed to look around to ap-
IT c ate how strangely and various y the
sights must imprees a European, for even
to the average American the exhibit as
an emirety is a revelation. It teaches
manv lessons, butf the most salient infer
ences of ail are these: The Immensity of
our country, the thoroughness of our pos
tal system, and the practical ingenuity
of our inventors.
The exlhlbit is artistically arranged,
though without any rigid adherence to
systematic or chronological classification.
It covers precisely half the floor space of
building about eighty feet square. You
karn history, geography and statistics
*hi]e you are looking around, all impart
in object lessons that make what you
karn easy- to remember.
The creation of that 'interesting little
*°rld dates from an Adam named Benja
min Franklin, whose benevolent physiog
nomy beams upon you from a portrait in
scribed. "First Postmaster General of the
United States.** From “Poor Richard”
down to the latent acquisition of rich Un-
Sam, the whole graduation is there,
under your eyes. A man akin, in
shabby attire, demonstrates what a letter
carrier used to look like in the big cities
*hen they were little more than villages
compared to the big cities of to-day. Grin
ding superciliously across the aisle at this
modest individual Is a wax gentleman. In
the neatest uniform of gray, nonchalantly
dumping letters from a silver-gilt post'
tox. attaohed to a very up-to-date lamp
posy into a brand new' leather pouch
wamped. **U. S. M. ” and the date, “1900.”
Tou will And quaint illustrations on the
*alV representing a mall coach pulling up
More the postofflee In Boston half a cen
tury ago; cur a mail packet being loaded
its little epistolary cargo in the old
fashioned days and the old-fashioned
Ta ys. Confronting them, in the shining
PrWe of newness are samples of the way
things are done now-a-days. A luxurious
mail oart seems to speak as plainly as
that It wouldn’t knuckle under
for nay king’s char ot, while a superb
of the Ameiican liner “Paris.”
•how* how, the United States finds its
nwi! over the water in these days of
An American showing a foreign friend
through the United States postal exhibit
j Hkety to make many mistakes
"Ah!” he would say, “that's how wh used
t° carry the mails.” By way of conflrm
iug his dictum he would consult the label.
*hi'h would disclose that “used to” was
fib inaccuracy. The way letters were for
•Afirly carried in the eastern states 1* pret
ty nearly identical with the methods still
Jrevalling in certain remote parts of our
f thought, far instance, that the old
.n<3 his horse who coaxed me .nto
building belonged to the past. I had
such long-haired, reckless samples
humanity In Buffalo Blir* show, end
hal come to regard the type as repre
senting the scouts of the plains which
rapidly drsappearing from the
•firth, it was news to me that such speci
mens of letttr-carrUr* are still serving
hclp Sam through stretches of cjuntry
enough to make three or four good
•*>d European states.
Indian letter Carriers.
A Imll-ar misconception seized me when
1 and upon anothtr inanimate group a
r °' ' plcuous one, occupying the central
* l in the building. A six-foot Indian,
fi 1 in buckskins, wielding long-lashed
is tramping, in snow shces. across
fi • >w- overed mountain trail. In front
■ lm is a si and drawn by six big Ksqul-
* dogs, and in the sled Is a loaded
Pouch. Is it any wonder I thought
* oup represented the oldn time? But
Inscription corrected me, for it des
crii'"l the Ind an hs one of our posts!
JJJJPloye* in that sme bleak, mysterious
1 turned for information to a man who.
' that moment, was giving orders to
1,1 ‘ °1 *he iittcndnnis at the exhibit. I
v particularly foriunate, for he proved
to be an expert on al! matters pertaining
0 the postal department of the United
Jv 81 '**'. He was W. A. Brown, one of
oidfHt Inspectors In the employe of
Vf ’ said Mr. Brown. **that image
mode led afiw: i-ong-Arm Eua*^^
Inducements this week in
Boys’ and Children’s
Knee Suits and Pants
Serges, and Wools.
A lot of Children’s
CRASH HATS and TAM
from 50c to 15c.
The Mother’s Friehd.
PATENT SHIRT WAIST.
f/o Buttons can be Tom off, either iff.
Wearing or Washing.
The Mother** Friend doe* Sway entirely
with Ihe tewing on of Button* It i* supplied
with sn adjustable belt, which U easily taken
off when the wni*t is washed . the buttons ara
riveted on the belt, conaeejoently tan
tore oG either in wearing, washing ot ironing-
Mothers’ Friend and Star.
Negligee Shirts, made exactly
like Papa’s, pocket and all.
Mbpt£' Night Robes;
f/W Collars '
one of our most reliable carriers In the
Wyoming district. And he is only one
of our army of mall carriers. Railroads’.
Why. man alive, some of our letters go a
full thousand miles beyond any railroad.
Does it pay? Of course, not. But the per
fection of a service cannot stop to in
quire If it pays. It sometimes costs us
S2OO to deliver a letter, with a 2-cent
stamp, in North Dakota, and you can
safely add a hundred dollars more to the
cost of of a delivery In Alaska.”
With that, the Inspector led me to a
GROUP OF EXHIBITS IN THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SHOW AT THE
GKUI O PARIS EXPOSITION.
(Indian mail carrier with sled*, and model of mail car and old Montana stage
roll of maps hanslng from one of the
walls That's where the geography came
In mid the statistics, too; and the slgnlfl
eu'nce of the figure “was startling.
happened to pull down a map covering
Oregon, and lajng-Armed Eugene a state.
Wyoming. A Nark dotted line showed
'he ndloads; n Agk curved no he tri
weekly mail service; blue line the bi
weekly delivery and a yellow line trav
ersed the region where humanity onty
,ets Its letters once is week.
THE MORNING NEWS: SUNDAY, JULY 8. 1900,
Tempters in White.
The Ladies may term this a 1 ‘WHITE WEEK.” It will at least be a “RED
LETTER” period for them. We break the monotonous summer silence with a
crash, in two departments, that will lend energy and interest to the most indifferent
or enervated shopper. We launch a couple of flyers in WHITE SHIRT
WAISTS, and the incomparably superlative ELK BRAND of HOME-MADE
MUSLIN UNDERWEAR. These are two of our star lines, and a CONCES
SION in PRICES means everything to our patrons, who comprehend our exclusive
excellence and extreme stylishness in all that pertains to these specialties-
ARE YOU LISTENING ?
Arc still selling.
If you are going
away you will
want one or nibre
Perils of Our Letter Carriers.
Mr. Brown pointed over his shoulder
at 4lie long-hatred man on the horse, and
then, running his thumb-nail along the
map. marked out the course of the scout
looking postman. "Fifty miles to here;
sixteen miles to this point; an eight-mile
ride up the mountain to this place called
Venoshka. and then a thirty-one-mile
journey on a straight line to the end of
the route. That makes just 106 miles that
some poor fellow had to do twice a week.
When he gets there he probably finds a
village of thousand Inhabitants, among
whom he has four letters to distribute.”
I “But. Mr. Brown," I ventured to re
mark. "leaving aside all question of ex
neme. Isn’t there constant dungor to the
■arrlfra from wild beasts or wilder In
dians?" .. ,
"You are right to call the Indians
wilder than beasts." replied the Inspec
tor "for. while I don't recall any of our
ihlsT* falling prey to savage animals, ev-
A Thousand Volt Waist Shock.
The Values and Beauties of these White Waists can be re
alised only by inspection--DESCRIPTION is inadequate.
75c Waists for 49c
$l.OO Waists for 69c
$1.25 Waists for 89c
s!;“ [ Waists for $1.12
sjSum! Waists for $1.69
Elegance in dreamy
Irresistable values in
Don’t forget our inimitable
Great Reductions in
Ladies’ and Gentlemen,s
A Few Lawn and Batiste
Summer Dresses left
Tremendous Cuts in Sum
mer Outer and Under
ery now- and then one of them falls a
victim to ferocious red men.”
As he was saying this he led me to an
old leather pouch hanging near by. and
toid me to read Its story. The label de
scribed the murder of a mail-carrier by
a tr'.be of Sioux, who cut the bag open,
rifled Its contents, and then left It floating
in a pool of the victim’B blood. The pouch
is e dismal reminder of the perils encoun
tered by faithful men who, far from civil
ization, contribute their dally share to
make the postal service of the United
States the most complete and extensive
In the world.
From the blood-stained mall bag I
turned to a collection of new pouches
showing the very latest devicea for pre
serving letters from being moistened or
crumpled, and the latest thing in the way
of locks, making theft by an employe
almost an Impossibility. And no one of
these pouches, equipped with every mod
ern convenience, I read the words “Porto
Rican Service.” Verily, the world moves.
Nine years ago in San Juan Ue Porto
Rico, 1 strolled through the dozen
of streets at noon, woke the postmaster
from his siesta and Induced him to look
for a letter for me in the unaorted mail
that a small colored boy had brought from
the boat In a bandana handkerchief the
"You see that perforated matl-poueh "
said Inspector Brown, "well, that Is used
for carrying bees. Being ventilated, the
honey-makers won't smother."
"Bees!" I mumbled in wonderment.
"Does the mall carry bees?”
“Yes," he replied, "In some sections of
the country they are invariably shipped
from place to place through the post
Then the Inspector took me by the arm
and said, "Here's something better worth
The Stumps find the Thief.
From an educational or philatelist
standpoint It was. It was a collection of
postage stamps, showing the consecutive
issues from the Introduction of stamps In
the United Slates In 1547, right down to
the latest thing designed by the tostal de
partment. The collection, w*hlch Is val
ued at *20,000, is displayed In a series of
swinging glass-covered frames attached to
the wall, and opening out like the leaves
of a beok. Many of the issues are obso
lete, and some ore historic. This Is partic
ularly true of a large sheet of the two
cent. Columbian issue, which possesses
exceptional value from the fuel that It
was the first struck off In the Issue, as
Is attested by the signature of two high
government functionaries. This sheet Is
worth $2,000. Of the stamps generally, the
denominations range all the way from one
cent to sixty dollars. The $lO, S2O. $lO, S4B,
SSO and SOO stamps are a ctirlosliy to the
average person, because their use Is chlfly
restricted to auditing purposes in post
offices. nnd few Of these stumps can be
purchased at any price by a person not In
ihe employ of tile government.
The rarity of this collection naturally
constitutes an entrancing attraction to
stamp collectors. L likewise exercises a
sometimes Irresistible effect on the cupid
ity of some eccentric mortals. Consequent
ly the utmost care Is practiced In the po
lice service about the exhibit. This care,
Of Girls and
In plain and
als, great in
ducements t o
close out. Look
however, was relaxed somewhat one day.
Shortly before the building was regularly
opened somebody happened to discover
that a theft had been committed. When
the extent of the felony was ascertained,
consternation reigned thereabouts. The
frames had been left lying In a heap on
the floor while waiting for the carpenter
to hinge them to the wall. The thief must
have been hurried in his selection. He
might have taken a page or two of the
obsolete stamps, from the sale of which
he could have realized u snug little sum.
Instead of that, he carried off a page of
the $&0 stamps, and another of the $lO
Then Inspector Brown was brought up
on the scene. He had been sharpening
his wits during forty years upon that sort
ol unravelling, and In about a week he
was hot on the trail of the thief. He found
that all the stamp* had been carried to
London. The rest was easy. In a couple
of weeks more he had all the stolen
stamps but half a dozen bock In safe keep
ing. He has his grappling Irons out now
for the remainder, and, as he knows just
where each individual stamp Is located
the valuable collection will not likely go
back to Washington with a single stamp
The United States postal department is
represented In a different way In another
building on the exhibition grounds. In
the national pavllllon, the edifice of the
American government, is a model United
States postofflee which only occupies a
space forty feet front by fourteen deep,
but in point of equipment and thorough
ness it compares with any postoffice in the
United Stales. The only thing It does not
do Is to deliver letters. It receives them,
however, direct from aeros* the Atlantic,
and sends them not only there, but to ev
ery place throughout the world. It also
sends registered letters and issues and
pays money orders.
The French government affords every
facility and courtesy to the operations of
the American postofflee. Asa return
courtesy, Postmaster Moor# shows effete
European system* how things are run In
a postal way in the United States. French
postal experts run in there every little
while, and open their eyes In amazement.
In Europe mall matter is cancelled by a
hand stamp which applies more or less In
distinct impressions on COO letters In an
hour. tn the American postofflee four
separate cancelling machines, run by elec
tricity. are shown in operation, one of
which cancels 60,000 letters In an hour with
the aid of a single employe. The post
boxes, too, with their combination locks
are a revelation to Europeans.
BIKFAI-O ROM 36 nv THOt SAMIS.
A 4'ollector nescrlhes How They
Were Gathered mil I'tlllsed.
From the Milwaukee Sentinel.
C’t.arl-s Milwaukee Slvyer read a paper
before the Old Set lrrs’ tjuh. In which It*
describtd Ills operations in North Dakota
and Montana betwe n l*i and I&S8, col
lecting buffalo bones for the market. Mr.
Slvyer was known as the "Bone King"
In thoae regions, and employed half
Itw wls Waists for $2.29
$! sfci Waists for $2.99
$6.00 Waists for $3.99
s™ sB.oo Waists for $5.29
Can you afford to overlook
THE BIG STORE THIS WEEK ?
; In hot weather models.!
Kabo Perfectors, Corset Cov- !
ers and Combination Covers. j
Corsetine Wrappers, Lawn and
50c Garments..: 40c
65c Garments 52c
75c Garments 60c
85c Garments 68c
$ \ .00 Garments 80c
$1.25 Garments $l.OO
sf.so Garments $1.20
$X.75 Garments SJ,4O
$2.00 Garments $ t .60
The best VALUES on
the market, and actually
cheap at Regular Prices.
Have Your Share.
breeds from the Turtle mountain country
to collect them. In the two years he gath
ered 2,500 tons of buffalo bones, represent
ing 150,000 buffaloes. Mr. Slvyer had learn
ed something about the value of biilTalo
bone* In Kansas years before he went to •
"When 1 first went to Dakota to collect
buffalo bones," said he, “the Great North
ern road had reached Devil's Lake. I
went ahead and collected the bones, pil
ing them as near as I could to where the
road would come. It was difficult to la;
right every time, since the Great North
ern surveyed three different lines at the
‘T hired 250 half-breeds In the work of
collecting. At one time I had over $15,000
Invested In bones, piled in different parts
of the territory. The half-breeds were
willing to work, as they had no help from
the government. They jumped at the op
portunlty to go bark over ilie irall with
me. Thtse Turtle mountain half-breads
had taken part in the last great buffalo
run, seven years before, and knew where
the bones were thickest. They coaid work
for me seven months In the year, re
turning home late In the fall before the
snow had covered the bones. 1 wintered
at a little town on Devil's Lake. Jn the
spring they came back with 200 carts, sev
eral wagons, and their tents and camp
equipage, ready for the summer cam
paign. I led the way, riding In a buggy,
and have often wondered whether such
another motley procession was ever seen.
When we arrived at the field of action I
bought the goods by weight and piled
them In great heaps We pressed on to
new fields when the scattered bones were
all gathered and established new pile*.
"The largest pile I ever built was al
the point now known as the first crossing
of Mouse river by 4he Great Northern.
There were 60,000 pounds of buffalo hone*
In (hat pile. Ii glistened in the sunlight,
and to a stranger In the distance it must
have looked like a fairy castle.
"The collectors followed the trr,ll of the
fierce hunter. The buffaloes always cams
by circuitous paths to tho river to drink.
Far away frem the river 1 came upon
great smooth stones, which were known
as "rubbing stones." The buffaloes hud
used them to rub*them*elvcs against, and
had worn them smooth. The feet ot the
buffalo had worn paths two Let deep
around some of the stoms. A half-doz-n
buffalo would rub at a time on one rock,
one following another. Sometimes they
turned and walked the other way, to rub
the other sld’. If a buffalo dropped out
of the path another took his place at
“The half-breeds were expert in collect
ing. and when they Iwtd their carts full
cf bones they knew hy instinct apparent
ly the direction of the pile where they
could leave their load. Sometimes In the
fall the grasa grew so high as to hide
the boms. Then the half-breeds lighted
a fire to burn the grass. The lire burned
the grass so rapidly that the benes were
Mr. Slvyer said the hones sold for $1 to
$6 a t<n. and th4H they were used for
sugar refining. In speaking of the slaugh
ter of the buffaloes, he said that the last
lw years of the drives, only half the
Stylish and Safe
We have all the desirable
Balbriggan, Lisle, Gauze,
Net, and lightest kinds of
Pure wool, for Ladies,
Men and Children.
Ladies’ Shopping Bags
and leather and metal
Belts, Girdles, Etc.
The Coolest Store
In Savannah. Fans, Ele
vator, Toilet Rooms, and
everything to render shop
ping a joy and pleasure.
Our more than attractive
varieties of SKIRTS, par
ticularly the Washable
Ducks and Denims.
hidos were taken from Ihe buffaloes, and
only half of those removed were preserv
ed. "Orte year," said he, “three oarloads
of buffalo hides were taken to Risioarelc
to bo transported 'East on the Northern
I’aciflc. The h <1 s were so badly preserv
d that the railroad refused to take
them as freight, and they were thrown
into the river. The greatest value from
150,000 buffaloes was taken hv the bone
collector, the railroads which carried
them, and Charles Milwaukee Slvyer."
TOLI> 111 FOOTPRINTS.
Te 11-Til 1 e Shoos Worn by n Mrtn in a
From the. New Orleans Times-Demoerat.
“The part played by footprints in the
frightful tragedy near lliloxi reminds me,”
said a New Orleans rallrc:!' l man, "of a
most remarkable affair which happened a
good many years ago in South Georgia.
The keeper of a little store near the i’lor
ldu line was murdered one night and the
place set on fire. Several negroes were
suspected and the whole countryside turn
id out to search for evidence. In. the tear
of the burned store was a marshy place,
in which (he footprints of the murderer
were plainly discernible, showing that he
bad worn a pair of heavy brogans, the
right heel of which seemed to have been
split in a very peculiar manner directly
across the middle.
"Among the searchers was a well-to-do
young farmer, and as soon as he saw the
footprints he was horritled to recognize
tin marks his own shoes which, he bad
on at that every moment. The spilt heel
was the result of a chance blow with an
ax while cutting wood, and the Impression
in the marshy soli was absolutely unmis
takable. The crowd was worked up to a
pitch liorderlng on frenzy, and, realizing
ills extremely critical loattion. the young
man had presence enough of mind to make
some excuse and slip away. Ho went
straight home, put on another pair of
shoes, hid the old ones and rejoined the
“Two or three days later the crime was
traced by certain circumstantial evidence
to a negro who worked on his farm. The
fellow broke down and confesetnl and Inci
dentally cleared up the mystery. On the
night of the murder, according to Ills
story, he had noticed the brogans on the
liorch of the farm house, and appropriated
them, intending ul tho lime to merely rob
the store and fly (he country. After kill
ing the storekeeper he changed his plana
and came home, thinking to divert suspi
cion by remaining quietly ( work. Con
sequently he returned ihe shoes w'here he
"After he had made this confession the
farmer told his own story and produced
the tell-tale footgear, lleaven only knows
what might have happened had he been
caught with them on his feet the first day
of the search.”
—Dr. Jalap— I<et mo see your tongue,
please. Fatlent—Oh. doctor, no tongue can
tell how badly I Icel.-XU-blia