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Gleanings and Gossip Capt. Hobson will now have to re- sign if he means to leave the navy. His plea of disability on account of defective eyesight, in order to be re- tired on three-quarters pay, has been turned down by the naval retiring board. Friday, Jan. 24, marked an import- ant epoch in the history of Anaconda, Mont., on account of the opening of the immense new reduction works. From 500 to 1000 tons of ore will be received daily. The plant is the larg- est tn the world. The appellate division of the New York supreme court has decided that stock exchange seats are property and taxable. The New York stock ex- change alone has a membership of about 1200, and seat quotations now rule at close upon $80,000. By this decision, therefore, and in the case of this one exchange, some $96,000,000 of property is added to the tax list. Returns to the Railroad Gazette from the contracting locomotive works of the United States show that 3384 locomotives were built in 1901 not inch|ding compound engines. This is apart from the construction by rail- roads In their own shops, and repre- sents the largest business ever done in any one year in this industry. The manufacturers say they now have or- ders on their books which will keep them busy the greater part of the present year, . I it is cause or national pride that ] our government has returned to the I Chinese government the sum of $376,-[ 000, which was seized in silver bul- I lion at the sack of Tien-tstn by Amerl-[ can marines. The act is all the more] praiseworthy because it is a confes- sion that American marines joined in the looting of the city. The humil- iation, however, is distinctly over- alanced by the moral courage of the act of restitution. Buildings in Chicago's business dis- trict have been restricted, with oc- casional exceptions, to a height of 130 feet for some time. But ground val- ues are rising there, and the pressure for taller structures rises accordingly, and the city council is now consider- ing charge in the irdinances by which either all restrictions will be removed or structures of 16 to 18 stories allowed. It is claimed that the taller buildings now existing have given no trouble in respect to fires, which was the objection underlying the present restriction. Not all of us realize that there are to be three new bridges over the East river, to the great relief of New York and its vicinage. Bridge Commis- sioner Lindenthal has Just selected names for the four bridges. The name of Brooklyn bridge ts retained. The bridge nearing completion and run- ning from Manhattan to Williamsburg will be the Williamsburg bridge. The third, to be erected Just north of the present structure and near the navy yard, will be the navy yard bridge. The fourth, which will be built over Blackweil's island to Queensborough, will be the Ravenswood bridge. Thus the marvels o yesterday, for the Brooklyn bridge was one of the won- ders of the world, become the com- monplace of today. Swift and gigan- tic is our material progress. Even the coastwise sailor, hard and dangerous as is his life. looks upon ship rigging as a desperate way of making a living. Any sailor will tell you that the men who go aloft to patch up a disheveled ship follow the most perilous trade in the world. If you want further proof look at the hospital records of any big port. The ship rigger is a jack of all the trades, requiring great physical strength, quickness of perception and courage. The steeple Jack, the iron worker on a great twenty-story build- ing, even the trapeze performer, works in far less peril of life and limb. Jack of the steeple, though working at great altitudes, can rely on the solidity of his support. The iron worker knows that steel beams do not break, and the trapeze performer usually displays his skill above a net and always with well-tested ropes. But the rigger must depend upon a footing as treacherous as rotten ice. He must work, and work swiftly, trusting to ropes which would not de- mand his attention if they were trust- worthy. He must pass above yawn- ing gulfs on spars whose heart is eat- en out by rot. He must climb to the top of masts, unsettled and waver- ing In their places. He must go aloft In rain or snow and often pick his way by the blind- ing glare of the searchlight, obeying the foreman's whistle with the un- questioning promptitude of a soldier on duty. And at every step, no mat- ter how sure of foot, keen of eye and steady of nerve he be, he may plunge to a death below because the rope that he grasps or the spar on which he sets his foot Is rotten. If a sailor falls from the masthead while at sea the rolling of the ves- sel s likely to send him overboard; but the rigger must come down on boards. It is not unusual for 20 per.cent, of all riggers actively em- ployed Io be injured in a season. The proportion of riggers more or less seriously injured in the course of a lifetime is about 100 per cent. A single firm of riggers in New York had eight of its men killed instantly last year by a heavy spar falling on them from the top of a mast Most of the ship riggers' injuries are received from falls. The next greatest danger, judging from the hos- pital records, is that of being struck day with the same arrangement for overtime. In the busy season many of these riggers will work for fourteen or sixteen hours continuously and will earn as much as $50 a week. Most of the standard ship-rigging firms have a regular staff of men, whom they employ year after year. :The ranks of the riggers, which are constantly depleted by injury and death, are recruited mainly from the merchant marine. It is easy to find experienced sailors who are nimble by blocks, spars or heavy ropes fall- and active, and there are many more o n reat ei . , .. unemployed with a taleent for mental ing frl a g h gilt. Cu a,, ............ knife wounds are also vet" common i mamemaucs out tne comomauon so since the chances of a knife's slipping necessary for the tugger is very rare. in unstable rigging Is naturally great. The expert rigger must have an eye An ex erlenced ri er will tell oulwhich can measure distances with the P gg. Y accuracy of a three-foot rule. He that the accidents whmh have the ap- . ..... .... " i ra l - t musI: Know tne names ann use oI ev- pance u grea per i re y ao so ery last detail of a ship s rigging No much damage as the less spectacular[ ones. Men who fall from great heights, other trade, probably, is reached by so curiously enough, are not so badly hurt as those who suffer by short falls. Every ship rigger is full of the marvelous escapes in his trade. Only last month a rigger fell from the crosstrees of a ship in the East River. He shot downward head first for more than a hundred feet, when, by marvelous good luck, he struck a slack rope, rebounded and landed on his feet, jarred, but unhurt. Another rigger, in fallng from about tne same height, turned three somer- saults and landed upon a huge coil of rope with only a few slight bruises and a bad shaking. An even more remarkable case was that of the rigger who was thrown to the deck by the parting of a rope half- way up the mast. He pitched down to what seemed certain death. He had long and arduous an apprenticeship. Any one who expedts to become a foreman or an expert rigger must begin his experience with two years spent before the mast at sea. In many long, rough voyages the apprentice: learns to be perfectly at home in any part of the ship's rigging and in any weather. From the ship the apprentice is graduated in time to the drawing board where several years must be spent before he can be trusted with the more difficult problems of his trade. Then comes a finishing post- graduate course in the ship-yards. To a landsman the transformation of a ship in the hands of a gang of expert riggers is almost like magic. The riggers first attack the sails and the ropes which show any signs of I they have been found to pay enormous I profits. The Standard Oil Company, which has the reputation of seeing somewhat further than its nose, has recently abandoned its steam tank ships in its Chinese and Asiatic service and has replaced them with sailing craft. Meanwhile the ship rigger is looking forward to the growth of our merchant marine with perfect confidence. How to Cross the Atlantic in a Bal. Icon, After an enormous waste of inven- tive gray matter, money, time and pub- lic curiosity over these "new-fangled" flying machines with their electric propellers, lifters, depressors, and their frames as light as a bird's skele- ton, here comes along Samuel A. King, in the October Century, with the the- ory that after all the old-fashioned spherical balloon is the best yet. For any one who is anxious to try a little aerial sail across the Atlantic Ocean, the article abounds with sugges- tions that will prove most valuable Silk, three thicknesses and varnished, will make the best balloon, and noth- ing is so suitable for netting as cotton cord. Pure dry hydrogen gas is the best quality obtainable, for inflation. The author thinks, for several reasons, that it is wise to have three cars at- tached below the balloon, and suggests in this connection that it is better not to take more than three people on a cruise. All meals should be cooked in the lowest basket, that the gas in the balloon be not ignited and the jour- ney brought to a precipitate close. The End ol Money By Barry Paine. "But does it never occur to you," asked .the.curate as he poured two tea- spoonfuls of port into his glass and passed the decanter, "does it never oc- cur to you to ask yourself what is the good of it all?" "Never," said the millionaire, with decision. "You never regret * * * you see, after all, money is not everything, is it?" "That observation is frequently made," said the millionaire thoughtful- ly, "and it is very misleading. Money I is not everything, but it is much nearer to being everything than anything else is. There is quite a good deal of cant talked about money. It is comforting cant, of course. One gets the same kind of a thing about birth. Person- ally, I always mistrust anything that comforts." "But is it all cant? Take the ques- tion of health, for instance. Money cannot give health, and it is better to be well than to be wealthy." "I often wonder why people go on saying that money cannot give health when they must see every day that money does give health, and that pov- erty causes illness. If work is injuri- ous to me I can afford to give it up. If I have to winter abroad I can do it easily, without considering the ques- i tion of expense. If an operation is required, I can pay the very best man to do it. and under the very best con- the curate, flushed with triumph, "that that kind of thing can be bought with money?" The millionaire concentrated his at- tention on his cigar with the air of a man who can provide a platitude without troubling to think. "But of course," he said, "you can buy affec- tion as easily as you can buy a pound of tea, and on almost the same com- mercial principles." The curate stuck to it. "Are you sure that it is genuine affection?" he said. "There," said the millionaire, "I don't trouble myself. I get respect and subservience while I am there and really I don't care what they say when I am not there. You se(}, I don't think about these people very much. It Would annoy me if they showed hostili- ty to me while I was with them. It would give one all the trouble of hav- ing to think of new things to say. But they are perfectly welcome to say what they like behind my back, because they haven't got any money worth mention- ing or any position, and they don't matter. But as a matter of fact, money can generally buy genuine af- fection, an affection that is just as real as that where there has been no value received." "Really, this is too cynical," said the curate. "Not at all," replied the millionaire; "in fact, I am on the whole, less cyni- cal than you. I still believe in grati- tude, and it would appear that you don't Generosity is an admliable and popular quality. You must admit that. And it is very easy for a rich man to be generous; he Just plugs in a few In reassuring timid aeronaut crui- ditions. The poor man can do none of [ presents, as a gardener puts in seeds, sers, Mr. King explains that the trip these things. My ordinary way of life[ and afterwards he gets the fruits-- across the Atlantic is simple and cer- is much more healthy than his. The quite genuine fruits, too. I sometimes tain. The general drift of the wind food that I eat is of the best quality wonder how anybody who is not a mill- is "eastward, especially in the higher and in perfect condition, while he eats ionaire believes in genuine affection; it is certainly a luxury for the rich." KING COUNTY COURT HOUSE. fallen twenty feet, when his hands came in contact with the mainsail hal- yards, which he instinctively clutched. The rope broke his fall, but swung him against the mast. A moment later he had slid down to the deck. No one asked him tf he were hurt. The experienced eye of the foreman took tn the situation. Roundly scold- ed for his carelessness, the man leaped on the bulwarks and ran up the ratlines to the very place from which he had fallen. Last year a man was struck on the head by a spar falling 100 feet. He was crushed to the deck, but the im- pact had broken the spar fairly in two, and while it removed every par- ticle of skin from the skull, the man eventually recovered and is now ply. lng his old trade. Today in New York and other large seaports, the riggers are organized, and their union is one of the strongest in the country. They have their laws, handed down from the guild of the time when Drake swept the Spanish Armada from the sea. and founded on the dangers which are part and parcel of their work. You will hear them talk cheerfully of their benefit society, which sup ports them when they are injured, or about the premium of their lodge, which will bury them tf they are killed. They have to look to them- selves for these matters. The more cautious of the insurance companies, and this includes the acci- dent societies, will not insure a rigger at any premium. A few of the most weakness. The tattered canvas ts cut and torn from its place and falls to the deck below. The spars and the vast network of rigging wherein any weakness Is discovered go the same way. Within a few hours at most the towering masts have been laid bare. If the work is begun at night, which is usual, by the time this rigging has been removed morning has dawned and a new gang of men take the place of the night shift. The masts stand entirely stripped, except for the shrouds and backstays. Heavy ropes are now spliced secure- ly about the mast and carried to the several derricks." At a signal the shrouds are severed and the stepping of the mast in the hold of the ship is knocked apart. The powerful der- ricks are set in moton and the mast slowly rises in the air, is swung clear of the deck, and left fall alongside with a great plash. The new stick is next quickly rigged to the derricks and swung easily into place. It is scarcely secured before the riggers again swarm aloft, carry- ing fresh ropes and sails, which are quickly spliced and knotted about the stout sticks, and' in a wonderfully short time the rehabilitated craft is fit for sea service again. Despite the very general use of steam, the trade of ship rigging has remained extremely profitable. Of late years there has been an important revival of the sailing vessel in the car- rying trade. The iron tramp steam- ship is being replaced by the many- / . strata of air, and even though there may be counter currents, a judicious use of the "water anchors" will obvi- ate any retrograde movement. A bal- loon of five hundred thousand cubic feet capacity, with a leakage of one per cent. a day, is capable of a two months' voyage. adulterated rubbish and stale garbage. His house is ill warmed and insanitary and mine is perfect i these respects. The poor man dies, and in nine cases out of ten it serves him right." "Isn't that rather a terrible thing to say?" said the curate, nervously, play- ing with his wine glass. "Well," said the curate with a sigh, "I must not let you off. We owe two hundred and fifty on the Church Res- toration at St. Barnabas. I'll see if it makes me think more highly of yOU." "I never subscribe; I either do a thing or I leave it alone. I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll wipe out this debt for you altogether if you preach the opinions you have heard from me from the pulpit." The little curate got quite excited. "I'd sooner steal the money and then cut my throat," said he. "If I could have all your money at the price of having your views of life as well, I wouldn't do it." The millionaire smoked for a mo- ment or two in silence. "You're not a bad sort of a fool," he said, at last. Black and White. It should be borne in mind that all gases expand about one-four-hundred- and-eightieth of their bulk to every additional Fahrenheit degree rise of temperature. Much has been written about the dangers of thunder storms, especially when you sail so near to the manufac- tory, but Mr. King assures his read- ers that these dangers have been ex- aggerated. The highest portions of a thunder storm are the most to be dreaded, and the careful aeronaut will steer close under the lowest reefs of cloud. "Solve the problem of maintaining a given height without loss of gas or Made a Natural Mistake. This is said to hav happened in a railroad station in a stern city. A through train was jlJst pulling out for the East. The engine bell had started to ring, the conductor had called "All aboard," and the cars were in motion. Just then a wild-eyed man came run- ning down the platform alongside the moving train. He was in his shirt sleeves and he was panting heavily. "Smith, Smith!" he shouted as the wheels started to move. In a parlor car at the rear of the train sat a man who heard the cry and moved by a natural curiosity, stuck his head out of the window. As he did so the man running along the platform drew alongside, and, reach- ing up, struck him a hard blow in the face. Every moment the wheels were revolving more swiftly and before the aggrieved passenger could summon the conductor the train was already out of the station. But the man who had been slapped on the face was even more furious than he was when the blow was struck. His wrath increased with each revolution of the wheels, and by the time the conductor reached him he was boiling with rage. "What kind of an outrage is this?" he demanded of the man in brass but- tons. "Here am I, an innocent passen- ger sitting in this car Just as the train pulls out of the station. Suddenly "In nine cases out of ten poverty is some man runs down the platform the result of stupidity. You blame a shrieking 'Smith, Smith.' I look out man for his moral defects, and I blame of the window and he reaches up and him for his mental defects; one is Just almost knocks my face off. Now I as fair as the other. And both the mental and moral defects are about equally capable, or incapable, of rem- edy." "Surely not," said the curate, earn- estly. "A sinner may be reclaimed, but you cannot give a man an intel- lect." "You should use the same word in both cases. You may reclaim a man's intellect Just as you reclaim his mor- als. I have done it. I did it in my own case. I admit that mental recla- ballast," says Mr. King, "by overcom- mation, like moral reclamation, Is ing the propensity ef the balloon to rare." rise of fall with varying temperatures. "It all seems so dreary and fatal- and a voyage may be made around the istie," said the curate. world." The "drag rope" is suggested is," as an efficient, though not altogether "So it the millionaire agreed, certain means of sec.'lng a constant want to--" "Pardon me," interrupted the con- ductor, "Is your name Smith?" "No, it ain't, and that is Just what make8" "Well, then, my friend, what did you look out of the window for? There wasn't anybody calling for you, was. there?" A bachelor member of congress, who is not as handsome as Apollo, dropped ito Clerk McDowell's office the other day to seek sympathy because the lady on whom he had looked with favor was about to be married to another man. "That reminds me," said Mr. McDow- cordially. "As I told you, I don't like ell, "of the incident which happened elevation. The writer makes it very clear, in his explanation of the con- stant eastward trend of the winds, how he can get over, but he closes his ar- ticle before he explains how we may get back. Go all the way round, prob- ably? Her Mistake. "And she didn't think she would like golf at all?" comforting cant. The best fable that ever was written was the fable of the fox and the sour grapes. Everybody's a gentlemen who feels like it, and wealth is not everything. Oh, yes! I know these consolatory stories for those who are out of it. But they are only stories, and, as a matter of fact, wealth is everything as near as you can get it. What wealth cannot do nothing else can." when Governor Dick Oglesby went down to Joliet to inspect the stat) prison. In one of the cells was a very ugly man. "'How did you get in here?' asked Oglesby. " 'Abduction,' was the reply. 'I tried to run off with a girl and they caught me.' "'I'll pardon you as soon as I get back to Springfield,' said the governor. All A Feb. Olga ty, , by con Fri nlO] of his ! . =--= o'clo unde| timel was whic fenc( W the will a $3C pros( for Tt ged a la Bu "ized prorr ty. a bo : lowi] dent D. retm (Ste D.G vers, . Mus] Grul Coch Gr ion i I ers o I ary l[ 1,0001 1,0001 ble-b: a da F. a sa scrlb hess saw1[ thou,' raft. Kelle from read belt acro., ends rudd engi raft ed a ' mile ports Th work leadi ward incre mad, tion with the scho of b uati( tena: amo comi gro erea hous the sens gro boar . , atioi thin! Tt at N cau, The  been tlon, diffe that the Chib -k in . agu' level the on t to h tom cost lows man the ] love! lock on tl dept and 722,] surv Men obje tion to el char sum dam agus San cans liberal companies will insure him, but masted steel schooner. charge a rate which is practically pro- These vessels are the clipper ships hibitive, of these days. The cost and mainten. The pay for a first-class rigger is ance of the sailing craft are so much $4 for a day of ten hours, and double less than that of steamships; and by this rate for all overtime. The inex- the sktlful use of currents and trade earns from $3 to $8.50 a winds make such time that "No. She had a strange idea that The curate seemed to reflect for a 'I don't see how you could "t to sar plaids would not become her.--Puck, moment. "Tell me," he said, darkly, get a wife in any other way.' " ibm! "do you value the affection of your rela- The homelY bachelor congressman ' , and those whom you laughed ,o00diy Then, as the applioa [ tives and friends Quick Action. Friend--Is your new play a go? ] have about you?' ] tion of the story dawned upon him, the surv Author--Yes: that's the trouble. 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