STRANGE STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN PAPERS.
SLOT, INSURANCE ■POLICIES. Slot machines for rending accident Insurance policies have been erected in many American, cafes and hotels. The purchaser places ten cents (about SC) in the slot, pulls a lever, and out comes a card with, a counterfoil attached. On this counterfoil, which Is already stamped, toe insured writes his name and address, and after posting It he has the benefit of insurance for a week dating from the time stamped thereon by the sending post-offlce. He retains the card on which, his contract is printed. MARRIED FIFTY 'WOMEN. Charged with having married and swindled fifty women in a s many cities of the United. States and Europe, Harry J. Bauman, alias Dr. Herman Brandt, recelvea s n indeterminate prison sentence in tlic Chicago Criminal Court last month. Bauman is said to have wives in New Torlc City, Watertown, N.Y.; Troy, N.Y., and Mahanoy City, Perm. The prosecution claimed that he had swindled his many wires oat of £10,000. He smiled when sentence was pronounced. KILLED ON THE EVE OP MARRIAGE. The finding one day last month at Ottumwa, lowa, of the mutilated body of Miss Clara Rosen; twenty-eight years old, a choir singer and prominent in local church elides, disclosed a murder which is supposed to hare occurred some time the previous night. The body ol tbe girl was found in an excavation on a building lot. Her face was fearfully battered, evidently with a Jagged rock, the skull being crushed In two places. A diamond brooch and a purse are missing. Search is being made for a suspected suitor. The murder wqs committed on tbe eve of Miss Rosen's wedding to Sauford Carlson, of Ironton, "Wyo , a mine owner. AMERICA'S "ROTTEN" SCHOOL SYSTEM. President Alexander C. Humphreys, of Stevens Institute, speaking last night at the fourteenth annual dinner of the Technology Club of New York, held at Delmonico'e, ' condemned America's public school system in no uncertain terms, school education in Boston forty years ago, he said, was much better than it is to-day. "I don't believe Tery firmly in the educational methods in this country," he said. "I believe that as a nation we are too boastful and too superficial. We can go to almost any nation In the world and get points. Take our public school system. It Iβ rotten. The public school education in this country does not make Its youth self-supporting. We need more training in the three R's. College men are not able to express themselves properly In English." CARNEGIE'S DOUBLE A TAILOR. Just before the Baltic left New York recently, a mystery which for weeks had been troubling ship news reporters was solved. This was the identity of an Englishman who arrived several weeks earlier, and who looked so much like Andrew Carnegie that he was photographed and interviewed to an alarming extent. At the time of his arrival the visitor when questioned gave no Jilnt of his business, except tf.iiit it bad something to do with wool, on the ground that "it might spoil the stoiy," though, he did not object to giving his name, which was J. A. Sbelton, and to mentioning that his office was Jermyn-etreet, London. A New York composer who has lived In London was talking to a reporter while watching the passengers. "See that mnn down there who looks like Carnegie?" he asked. "lie used to make my clothes in London. I don't owe him anything, hut I have .forgotten his name." "Why, that's Mr Shelton," the reporter replied. "Sare, Shelton; that's it. His shop was only & door or two 'from my bouse In 3er-myn-street." WOULD MAKE THE WORLD DRY. A universal "water wagon" is the proposition submitted to the Washington Legislature recently by Representative ■Sheppard, of Texas. From the North to the ■South Pole, from Copenhagen to Madrid, from Maco to the Tombigbee, he would have the thirsty wayferer abstain from anything that intoxicates. He introduced , a bill providing that the President shall' call a world's temperance conference of all nations represented at the Hague Peace Conference, for the purpose of considering legislation curtailing the use of intoxicating liquors, drugs, narcotics, and other "dangerous" articles, including tobacco. According to the provisions of this bill, the President is to appoint not less than one hundred delegates from the United States, and Iβ to request other Powers to send twelve representatives each to the conference, which Is to be held in Washington or "some other seaport town." The bill was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. ROCKEFELLER OM FARMING. John D. Rockefeller was the guest of honour at a barbecue dinner given by the Beech Island farmers last month. He made a short speech, in which lie said that he was no farmer, but his people, as far bock as he could remember, were farmers He said that the farmers during his forefathers' -time were not farmers like the farmers of to-day,' that they went after the business in a haphazard kind of way. "I believe the thing the farmers most need is good roads," said Mr Rockefeller. "It will save them much. You will save in hauling, and also in the length of the life of your stock." In conclusion, Mr Rockefeller said. "But after we get through with farming or railroading, or whatever our task in life may be, we will be asked the pertinent question—it will come to us after we have finished our work, and have handed it down to our children—what was the fruit of our work: what was the real fruitage?" BRIDE'S £830,000 GIFT. The marriage at Philadelphia of Miss Frances Stotesbury, daughter of the millionaire financier and banker, Mr. E. T Stotesbury, to Mr. John Kearsley Mitchell] eon of an eminent doctor, was remarkable for the display of wedding gifts. Just before the marriage the father and daughter sat In the music-room of 'the Stotesbury mansion for a last intimate chat. Aβ the bride left to be robed for the ceremony, Mr. Stotesbury called her back and thrust a small slip of paper In her hand. Thinking that it was simply a memorandum. Miss Stotesbury did not examine it until Inter, when she discovered it to be a cheque for £230,000, Mr, Stotesbury presented. It Is understood, a cheque for the samo amount to his other daughter when, seme time ago, she became Mrs. Sidney Hutchlnson.
A diamond tiara, a string of pearls unmatched for beauty, a diamond necklace, and other articles of Jewellery of value of £100,000 constituted tbe rest of Mr. Stotesbury's gtfts to his daughter Frances.
FATAL INFATUATION. . HOTEL MANAGEB'S DBAMATIC SUICIDE. In the presence of Mrs Johanna Yon Hasseln, veife of August Yon Haaseln, proprietor of Snengerbund Hall, Schermerhorn and Smith streets, Brooklyn, and well known In political circles, George Kahn, thlrtytwo years old, shot and killed himself In a hotel kept by Max Horr, at Putnam-arenue and Broad-way, recently. Kahn, who lived on 249, Hart-street, Williamsburg, had been employed by Mr. Yon Hasseln for four years, and for the last two years had been manager of the hall and uorel attached thereto. Becentiy Mrs Yon Hasselu told her husband Kahn had Vioen forcing his attentions upon her. The manager, was warned, but persisted, and the hotelkeeper discharged him. According to Mrs Yon Hasseln, Kahn contrived to get a. letter to her threatening to kill her and himself if she did not meet him at three o'clock at Broadway and Gates-avenue. Hoping to avert a tragedy she kept the appointment and Kahn entreated her to elope with him. She repulsed him and tried to convince him of the folly ot lie infatuation, whereupon he begged her to go with him to a place where they could talk the matter over privately. He then took her to Horr's hotel, where, she said, she thought they were going Into a sitting room. She turned to leave Immediately, when Kahn renewed his pleadings, and when she again refused to listen to him he arew a revolver from W s pocket ajjd sent a bullet into his right temple. Mr Hort heard the shot and ran to the room, wnere he found Kahn lying on the bed with the pistol clasped In his hand, while the woman stood near by in a hysterical condition. Mr Yon Hasseln sold Kahn's unwelcome attentions had placed his wife In an embarrassing position, but that she nad been gnilty only of folly In keeping the appointment. The couple have two children, a boy afcd a slrl.
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