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A FRIENDLY PERSECUTION
Hj CAltOI. RKllMUNIt
Cop,rtgh!td, WM. 4(i 7Vi .4Mort ftwAinj Company.
They looked flushed anil guilty as
they emend the (station, bought their
tickets and waited restlessly foi the
train. The agent was "next" In an
Instant. He had Just finished reading
an account of the hold-up of an agent
on nnother lino not far distant. He
was a shrewd fellow and noted the
t range manner of the couple, and
their evident desire to escape observa
tion. "I'll keep my eye on 'em," he
said to himself, as he peered through
the little window of the ticket office.
He could dimly discern their shadowy
figures behind the stove. The dusk
of an early winter twilight was fast
descending. The man stood In front
of his companion as If to shield her.
Ho far as the agent could Judge, In the
dim light of the station lamps, they
were well dressed. "Nothing unusual
for rogues In these days," he mut
tered. "A fellow can't always tell when
lie's liable to be gagged ami drugged
by the most Innocent looking parties,"
overtake ' ut
he mused, while the perspiration slow
ly began to rise, as a vision of being
swooped down upon by these two, the
man strangling him Into submission
while the woman held chloroform to
his nose, the safe ransacked before
help arrived, went sailing athwart
his mental horizon. The clock of the
instrument broke his silence, making
him jump convulsively.
"Ah, ha! Just as I expected!" he
muttered, as this message (lashed
across the wire:
"Detain suspicious looking pair, if
they come your way. Man and wom
an. Notorious pickpockets. Sliped
through our lingers an hour ago. Sup
posed to be In your vicinity: Man:
Tall, light hair and mustache. Wom
an: Rather slight, brown luiir and
eyes. Both appear refined. Officers
arrive on seven-thirty train."
"It was nearlng seven and the man
hal purchased tickets for the seven
thirty the very train the authorities
were coming on.
Thrilling with excitement, the agent
sauntered Into the waiting room. Un
der pretense of trimming the lights he
came close beside the guilty couple,
scanning each keenly as he passed.
The descriptions he had received
tallied exactly and he felt sure of his
game. The stranger Impatiently con
sulted his watch and they talked In
subdued tones. Tho station agent
caught a few fragments of their con
versation and these were enough to
make him doubly sure!
"Do you think they will suspect
w hich way we have come?" she whis
pered. "Well, we have outwitted them any
way; they can't overtake us now," he
"I wish we were well on our way."
"Fkin't Ret nervous. . w'll soon be
over ami we will be rafe. Our train
is due in a few minutes. Hid you get
what you wanted?"
"Yes, but. I had to net so quickly
that I stuffed them all In my coat
pocket," she answered. The man
bent over her, and to the agent It
looked very much as if he kissed her.
The suspense seenu d Interminable.
At last tho low rumble of the ap
proaching train loosened the tension.
The agent waited until he could see
the gleaming headlight In the dis
tance. Nearer and nearer It came,
penetrating the darkness. In no ap
parent hasto he walked out on the
platform. Once outside he clutched
the handle of the door firmly, hanging
on like grim death, expecting an on
slaught from Inside, which would test
his strength to the utmost. As the
train rolled Into the station, the per
spiring agent, puffing almost as vigor
ously as the engine, felt the door tried
from the Inside. Ordinarily the
stranger could have worsted him with
one wrench, but In extremes strength
Is given us, so the young athlete, pull
ing, pounding and swearing, struggling
to Ret out, vowing vengeance and de
manding the meaning of "this out
rage," vainly fought for egress, while
kit companion mounted a bench sud
tried to raise the window,
; lbs officers ot the law bounded
Jawa Um train before ll cu to ft
1 in i
standstill and rushed to the exhausted
station agent's relief.
In another moment the train was
speeding on its Journey without the
waiting couple. The asmbiied pris
oners were confronted by the tri
umphant jailer and several burly offi
cers. "I spotted 'em tho minute I set
eyes on 'em," he exclaimed, giving
vent to his pent up excitement.
The girl, who was exceedingly
pretty, clung In terrified amazement
to her companion, who appeared far
from calm, although he demanded an
explanation lu a very dignified man
ner. But the ofilcers of the law are
now hired to enter Into details with
those whom they aprpehend.
"Now, don't get gay, young fellow;
you know what you've been up to,
so don't give us no trouble and the
better It'll be for you."
"But I assure you there is some
mistake," urged their victim.
"Oh, yes, there always is," laughed
one of the men; "never knew It to
fail; invariably struck the wrong
party, but he had to stand trial, all
the same,'" chuckling at his ow n wit,
"and generally done time, too."
The Impatient prisoner was about
to remonstrate once more, when the
glad sound of approaching revelers
broke the stillness of the place, claim
ing the attention of the group in the
station. The wild shouts and gay
laughter of commingled voices, to
gether with the merry Jingling of
hilarious bells, rolled nearer and
nearer, until the sound of horses'
hoofs clattering on the icy road greet
ed their ears, and the Jolly sleighiid
ers Ilrew up to the platform. A trunk,
fantastically decorated with red
hearts tied profusely in white satin
ribbons, and with an old shoe conspic
uously fastened to one of the handles,
was unloaded from the sleigh. The
next Instant they all made a mad rush
for the station, as the door was Hung
open and the inmates were startled by
a breathless cry of:
"Have they escaped?"
"Not on your life!" came the quick
response of the complacent agent.
The officers Were about to enforce
their authority, but made a hasty re
treat as they were struck by a shower
of rice. The prisoners were at once
surrounded by a score of laughing
friends, all talking at once, each ar.x
ions to tell the story.
"The boys had just put the finishing
touches on your trunks, when it was
discovered that you had given us the
slip. Not wishing to be outdone after
all our trouble, we d terniined to take
them with us and hunt you down.
Imagine our chagrin when, on reach
ing the depot, you were not to bo
"Somebody suggested." put in an
other voice, "that perhaps you bad
cut across country to this out-of-the-way
stat km. We were In a ferment
lest It was too lute, for we figured
that you could have aken the seven
"But away we raced as if chasing a
pair of decamping criminals," added a
"Which has hail lis psychological
effect, for we have been detained as
such, while the seven-thirty departed
without us. But for the kindness of
these gentlemen, dear friends, we
would now be out of your clutches.
Are they in your enipmy?" asked the
Meanwhile the officers had been
ruminating, and the restfallen agent
slunk Into his office, ,mt of sight. For
once a bride and groom were glad to
be thus branded.
Oil for Battleships.
The new British battleship Hiber
nian Is to be fitted for the storage
of oil fuel in Urge quantities, and
her sister ships, the Britannia and
Africa, will, it is believed, be similar
Savings Bank Deposits.
If the deposits now In tbu savings
banks of this country were divided
per capita, every msn. woman and
child would receive 9417.21. The to
Ul Mi U 2.9)S,!4.tV
Confronted by several
CAN'T STAND CIVILIZATION.
Kaffirs Succumb to Ailments of tho.
"The Kaffirs of South Afrh a. l!k
your American Indians, do uot appear
to thrive under the refining influences
of civilization. " said Hubert George of
Johannesburg to a Washington l'o.t
rerxirter. "Before the civilization of
this generation appeared the Katfir
knew nothing of coimiimptlou. typhus,
measles, scarlet fever and other ail
ments followed in the wake of the
"The savage Kaffir was a robust li
dividual, with no knowledge of or
dinary sickness. He rubbed himself
all over with grease and red clay and
the shirt he put on remained until he
wore it into rags. He never bathed.
If exposed to rain he stripped off his
kaross. folded it very tightly, strapped
it up and blithly went on his way,
naked as he was Urn, never a bit
the worse for such exposure. Nowa
days, thanks to copying after the Anglo-Saxon,
the Kaillr wears clothes,
but hasn't sense enough when he gets
wet through to change his garments,
suffering for his lack of wisdom later.
As a result of their changed habits
maladies that were unknown to them
fifty years ago are now common with
the natives and they will spewllly de
cline in numbers just as your red men
KE SOLD A BOTTLE.
Truthful Man's Story Secured Him a
"I'd like to show you my new elas
tic cement," said tho soft-voiced man
in the shiny bluck suit. "I make it
myself, and I'll warrant It to mend
anything that ever "
"I don't need any," Interrupted the
man at the desk, "but If you will tell
me the biggest lie about your cement
I ever heard, I'll buy a bottle of it,
merely to encourage you."
"I wouldn't lie to sell 1,000 bottle)-,
of it." protested the other. "But I'll
tell you one thing I really did with
it. You have heard, I presume, of the
frog that tried to swell itself up to
the size of an ox. The skin of that
frog, as you remember, was not equal
to the strain, and it burst all to
pieces, sir, I happened to be on the
spot, and I gathered them up carefully
together wiili my cement and made
the creature as good as new better,
in fact, for it is a wiser frog. To prove
to you that I am telling the absolute
nnd exact truth, I will show you the
frog, which I have here in my va
"You nccl.i't show it to me," said
the man at the desk, gloomily. "I'll
take a bottle of your cement. Here's
your money. Never mind the change,
(iooil day." Chicago Tribune.
Leather bottles, or blackjacks,
were common in Europe two cen
turies ago. The bottles were often
mnde of one skin doubled up and
closely stitched together, leaving an
aperture fur the neck. The thick
piece between was inserted for the
slip; it was meant to be slung at
the back, a leather thong passed
through two loops placed on either
side of the neck, ami it was suf
ficiently flat at the base to stand
when put down. The stopper was
made of wood, horn or old leather.
A good deal of care was required in
the preparation of the leather, which
had to be oiled and worked with ham
mers to make it supple and then
washed with a lye. so that all the Im
purity was entirely removed, leaving
tne leather clean and dry. No mois
ture or air had any effect on it.
Blackjacks were in various sizes.
They were sometimes pitched inside.
Many Sunday School Pupils.
The fact brought out by the Educa
tional Review that over 1 3.1 ,imiii per
sons are enrolled In the Sunday
schools of this country. In the public
schools the enrollment Is of nearly 111.
tioo.otiii or only 3.ihmi,mmi more. The
accusation that the religious educa
tion of children is neglected In Ameri
ca, with the consequences of In
evitable moral degeneration in our
society, as alleged by the Rev. Mr.
Greer, is not sustained by these stalls
tii a. More attention seems to be
given to tho religious training of child
ren In this country, by churches and
in schools and by home Instruction,
than In any other country In Christen
dom. The Life That Counts.
flip life Hint ce nuts mut t.ll .in. I flu'it:
Stust li.il.' ill.' wrung an. I U.vc the r Ik lit :
M.sst stun.l fur trul li, l.y il iy. Iiy nlht
A i il this tlir l ie tint t count-..
The 'lie Hint i 'Hints 111H-1 .".lin In rlftt
Above the .'.mil. tu sunlit skies;
Must lix ils k;ij..' en I'liMtillse
Ac. I this the lile Hint ciuiiiis.
The llff th:il counts must h.ipcfej be;
In il..iUisi nUlit niiike iiiel.xiy;
Musi wnil the . In v. ii mi beiiileil knep..
Ami this lh lit.' Hint counts.
The efp tli.it ciinil" must helpful lr;
The e.ir'.s nml nec.ls uf nthets see.
Must hick tlie sliive ut' sin to fri'.' -An.
I this the life that counts.
The life Hint i. units Is li.ik.'.l Willi 5...V
A n.l turns not I'roni the cross. th roil;
I'.ut walks with Joy where .l.-sus tro.l -An.
I lids Hip lile that counts.
Little Eddie's Revenge.
Lit lie Ivhllc and his father had
been transacting certain disagreeable
business in tho nursery. When the
young man emerged there were tear
stains on his cheeks and a lingering
look of resentment In his eyes, ills
Aunt Klla. In the tenderness of her
heart, thought to divert his mind from
his troubles, so she asked him:
"What are you going to be when
you grow up?"
An expression of set determination
came to his face and he Jerked his
head menacingly as ho answered:
"I am going to be a father."
Vast Work on the Coast Survey.
Supt. Tltttnan of the coast survey.
In a recent description of his work,
stated that he had since Its Incep
tion made about .lo.ono square miles
of topographic surveys. Rounded mln,
utely nearly 3oo,iwio square miles of
water and made depp-sea soundings
over little less than a million square
miles, according to Sorlbticr's Mags
sine. The roast survey has com
pleted a first survey of the Atlantic,
Oulf and Pacific coasti of tl.e l"r.!t "1
States, and Its trlangulatlons cover
between SOO.W) and 400,000 sijusr
WHEN NATURE IS REMISS.
Seemingly Forgets to Endow Human
Beings With Needed Faculties.
Name n.ais undoubtedly at times,
as in the i-ise uf the child bom wiih
o'lt a biain w hose case has been made
public this w.ek. Not long ago an
Infant was Isun and lived three weeks
wiih a bole through its heart. Thou
sands of us are color blind, others
have no musical sense. And there are
many Itura Bri.igmans. many Helen
Kellers. The queen of Rouinania has
or had at her court In persona! at
tendance upon herself the daughter
of a blind nobleman. She could
neither hear nor speak, and bad to
be taught to communicate by holding
the throat of a speaker and imitating
the vibration produced by the effort.
But what a grudge against nature
must such a one as Lyon l'layfair
discovered ever feel!
Here was a girl who was blind,
deaf, dumb and could neither taste
nor smell. One might be pardoned
for asking if such a life was worth
living. Yet there was a beautiful
lesson in such an existence, ns the
great warm heart of l'layfair discov
ered. He sent her a pretty finger ring
and the poor mite replied In this piti
fully pretty letter: "Dear Sir Lyon
l'layfair: Sir Lyon Playfatr sent Edith
ring In box. Edith thank Sir Lyon
l'layfair for ring. Sir Lyon l'layfair
come to see Edith. Good by. Edith."
During his first visit the child had
closely examined his hands, wrists,
arms and face, her touch being mar
velously accurate. A year later he
went again to see her. At first she
did not recognize him and no one be
trayed his Identity. At length she
turned back the cuff of his shirt and
touched his wrist. Her face lit up
with intense joy. "It is the English
man who gave me the ring," she rap
Idly spelled out on her fingers. And
In a second she had flung her little
arms around his nock and was weep
ing with delight at the recognition.
PAINTS OF THE ANCIENTS.
Water Colors Were Invariably Used
In the Olden Days.
Taints as now employed in the arts,
both mechanical and decorative, were
not known to the people of ancient
times. Tigments they had in abund
ance, but the art of mixing them so
as to make them enduring had not
been discovered. Nowadays when the
artisan is applying varnish he puts up
a sign warning passers by to beware
of paint, which shows that by the
average man varnish is regarded as
a species of paint.
The two are, indeed, closely related,
but It will surprise most people to
learn thnt, while varnish is a product
known in very emote ages, paint as
used to-day Is of comparative recent
The paint used in Babylon and Nin
eveh and in Pompeii was composed of
pigments mixed not with oil but with
water, to which had been added a
little glue, egg nlbumen or perhaps
sometimes casein, which is albumi
nous matter from milk, or the gluten
from cereal grains. Glue, however,
was the most universal grinding ma
terial. Such paints are now known as fres
co paints or water colnrs. They have
not gone out of use, as is illustrated
by the reported statement that the
New York rapid transit subway walls
are to be painted throughout with
some of these preparations.
Seven Wonders of the World.
There have been different objects
classed as the Seven Wonders of the
World at different periods of the
world's history. The seven wonders
of antiquity were: The Pyramids ol
Egypt, the Hanging Gardens of Baby
lon, the Tomb of Mausolos, the Tem
ple of Diana at Ephesus, the Colossus
of Rhodes, the .Statue of Zeus (Jupi
ter! by Phidias, the Pharos of Egypt,
or else the Palace of Cyrus cemented
with gold. These have been strung
together In the following lines, which
can be committed to memory without
much difficulty :
The pyramids first, which In Egypt
were laid ;
Next Babylon's garden, for Amytls
Then Meusolo's tomb of affection anc
Fourth, the Temple of Diana, in Ephe
The Colossus of Rhodes, cast in brass
Sixth, Jupiter's statue, by Phldla
The Pharos of Egypt, last wonder ol
Or the Palace of Cyrus, cemented with
Wake Me a Song.
(lot of tin silences wake me a f.iiiK,
lleaulil'il. "il. I, anil soft. i. ml low;
l.ol the loveliest music noniin' hIoiik.
And wlnir each not., with u wall ol wop
liltn and ilr.-ar
As hope's l ist tPii.
(ill! of the nili'iic.'s wake tile n hymn.
Whose sounds are like shadows soft anc
(Mil of the ptlilncss In your heart
A thousand n.mxs are sl.-pplnn there
Wake nie a miir. thou child of nit:
The H.uot of a hope in a last despair.
Iark nml low,
A client of woe.
(lilt o' the stillness, topp by totip.
Cold lit" a snow Make, low a.-, a moan.
Out of the iliikness flash me n song,
I'l-lit'itty .Ink ac.iilaikiy l.iluht:
11 It sweep as II lone HI. it' sttcups nlon.T
The mystical sl..nlos of the nlht.
Suit- It swot.
Vh. re nothliiit Is iliear. or .lark, or dim.
Aril e.irlh-..iit! soars into IicimhIv
-Abram Jos.pl, Uy.ui.
Willie Cardinal millions, then a
nionslgnore. was living in Rome a few
yeara ago, he went to dine at the
American college. Dinner over, some
bonbonnleres representing hnts ol
every description were passed around
as souvenirs. Tho waiter carrying the
tray on which they were stumbled Just
as ho reached Monslgnore C.lhlions.
and ft miniature Cardinal's hut, the
red tticorn. rolled from the tny into
the prelate's plate.
Count Cassell, who was a warm
friend of the monslgnore. saw the epi
sode, and leaning across the table
quoted the maxim:
"Coming events cast their shadoAs
Everybody laughed, and so did the
monslgnore, but a year later, when
th dle.nlty of cardinal was ciii..rr.i
upon blin, severe! : . a!'.d the dinner
J at the American college. Chatta
' noon Times.
Rkpi hucan Pk-kss "Help ! Help ! Take his gun
menance to progress ! Help ! Help !"
A CLEVELAND PLATFORM.
With the hope of arousing "old-time
enthusiasm" by a return to "true de
mocracy," we, the democrats who re
fused to support the ticket of our party
It. 18 and 1900, yielding reluctantly
to the popular demand for our leader
ltip, modestly submit a plain state
ment of the conditions upon which wo
are willing to receive on probation
those erring brethren who, under the
influence of "political nostrums." were
Etuplflcd into adherence to the Chicago
and Kansas City plutforms. leaving to
us the "heroic work" of monopolizing
the sanity and good sense of the coun
try and electing the republican cundl-,
First Wo believe that a platforui
has no binding force upon candidates
after the election and we point with
pride to the fact that our last demo
cratic president ignored the platform
declaration in favor of "the coiling-'
of both gold and silver without dii--r.riniinatiou
against cither metal or
charge for mintage" and forced through
congress a financial bill Identical with
a bill introduced by a dlstinguishc!
republican leader John Sherman a
Second We condemn the coinage of
the seigniorage secured under a repub
lican measure similar to one vetoed by
President Cleveland and we are not
discouraged because the evils predicted
in the veto message did not follow.
Third Having faith In the sanity,
conservatism and patriotism of the
Wall street financiers, we promise to
obey them In rll matters which con
cern them, and pledge our administra
tion to use the patronage at Its dis
posal to force the passage of any meas
ure desired by Wall street, even to the
extent of rewarding those who find It
necessary to misrepresent their con
stituents In order to please the presi
dent. (For proof of our willingness
to do this we respectfully refer to Mr.
Cleveland's last administration.)
Fourth If we can find an excuse for
the Issue-of bonds we promise to give
the financiers the first, chance at them,
and if a former law partner of the ex
ecutive (nn be found to draw the con
tract we are In favor of selling the
bonds considerably below what they
are worth in the market.
Fifth We are in favor of tariff re
form to a limited extent, provided it
does not interfere with "sound money,"
but we guarantee that our president
will help any protectionist, however
extreme, before he will allow bimetal
lism to be restored.
Sixth We agree to keep on good
rnutigh terms with the trusts to collect
ts large a campaign fund as the repub
licans In order that we may bid again.!
that party for the purchasenbte vote
and we agree to kefp faith with tha
trusts alter the election to the end thil
thiir conti ibutions may continue, biu
we are willing that our president shall
follow Mr. Cleveland's example and at
the dose of a term of inactivity vocif
erate loudly against . le trust s after his
successor Is elected.
Seventh We, of course, ympnthle
with Inbor. but we shall not allow that
sympathy to had us Into favciing any
legislation which the wage-earneis de
site. Especially shall we oppoi-e the
abiilihhiiient of government by Injunc
tion, for what Is the iise of appointing
corporation attorneys on the federal
bench If the trial of laboring men Is
to be turned over to a Jury.
Eighth We nre opposed to imperial,
ism between campaigns. "No great, r
rational fall from grace was ever
known," as Mr. Cleveland says, "thnn
the attempt to conquer and govern
without pretense of their consent mil
lions of resisting peo;ie," but we pro
claim our willingness to watch it wltn
as inn. h concern ns ho did r . are
compelled to choose between a gold-
Eight American soldiers were bo!ne,l
In the Philippines the other day h
pucllicd Filipinos. This would si ni.
to call for nnother speech from ex-Cu-ernor
Tab. 1.5 the nason of the year when
the hlinibbsl ( oli.- titlient Is swelled
with pride at the fact that he has
been remembered to the extent ol
"five vnrlctiis of sred" by his run.
General l.ielastm l.h and
Falilelsthunin seem to be woil
time In the Orient.
The difference between Shafmt h'.
rfslgtuilion nnd Heath's resignation is
thnt Sinfroth resigned bciau.-'e he was
The New York broker who caught a
thief ami hrn kt him go. probably
held him bi'ig enough to learn any
new point) rs tin thief might have.
Tin' Chbag.i Chronicle has sounded
the "krrll of unionism." but the wage
woikers wink their optics every time
they hear the Chronicle's falie alarm.
If a woman paints she (mould aban
don the trar-iheddlng habit.
MORSl; Ol; ANOTMI-R COLOR.'
y, y Ji
SPIh akzs .-4 Ossi'Vsx
fey "L- -V'' V; 0
plated "fall from grace" and the main
tenance of national righteousness on
the double standard.
Ninth We pledge our administration
to find remunerative positions with the
great corporations for such ohVia!s as
demonstrate their worthiness by using
their offices to advance the Interests
of corporations having business before
the departments. We point with some
d"gree of boast fulness to the fact that
very few of our last democratic admin
istration got left.
Tenth We are so proud of the emi
nently rest enable crowd, or, rather,
group that Joined us in the support of
l'ttlmrr and Biuiiiier lu lS'.'C that we
hesitate to open our doors lo the rab
ble, but we can accommodate a few
i.inre than we have and promise to give
n cordial welcome to a limited number
dt those who shrink from being known
as, republicans, but desire the govern
ment administered according to maxim
row u. pular in the republican parly,
l nniely. equal l ights to it 1 1 who have
not enough influence to secure special
GOVERNMENT BY IN.H'NCTION.
If there are any members of Inbor
unions who believe the "government
by Injunction" is no longer an issue,
their attention should be called to en
injunction by a Judge of the Massa
chusetts superior court. Boiitcti print
ers and pressmen are on strike for
shorter hours and increased wages in
(ci lain offices and shops, and the print
ers and pressmen who remain at work
are (lieertully paying assessments in
cnlcr to pay strike benefits to their
striking companions. The Judge in
question has Issued an injunction re
straining the working craftsmen from
paying strike benefits. This is. In many
respects, equal to the order issued by
the ftderal Judge In Pennsylvania re
straining ministers from praying for
striking miners. Organized labor's at
tention' is called to this Boston Injunc
tion for the purpose of emphasizing
the fact that government by Injunction
Is by no means a dead Issue.
The New York Sun should have nn
agricultural reporter for the collec
tion of news from the farmers who
visit the metropolis. Mr. Bryan passed
through the city recently and In the
course of a conversation with a num
ber of newspaper men said that the
failure of the "reorganize!'" newspapers
to agree upon a platform would save
him the Sim) reward offered, and added
that the sum snved was about equal to
the value of five Poland-China pigs.
The Sun reporter, doubtless a city-bred
man, wrote "hogs, insteal or pigs,
apparently not knowit.g the diffeience
between a pig and a hog It Is a fdinmc
that country peoph visiting the city
..honld be Fiibjicted to louii misrepre
sentation, even whin ihe misrepre
sentation Is unintentional,
It Is char enough now clear enough
why the New York World praises Mr.
Cleveland and throws stones at Mr.
Bryan. The World explains In an
editorial In which It says that Mr.
Cleveland started out on a "projected
seeiet sale of bonds to a Wall street
syndicate at nn inadequate price," bid
that he corrected the mistake when the
Wi rid orgunlzrd a group of seven
thousand bankers and offered a higher
price. It complains that Mr. Bryan, on
the contrary, refused to listen to the
World or the group of bankers or
nmney magnates for which the World
peaks. Of course, the World prefers
some one who will obey It.
The corporation senators will proh
ii'iy explain their conduct l.y saying
that tiny are not acting In nn ofihi.il
irpa'ity wnen they vote with the cor
The Washington Post says: "Mr.
Bryan says democratic victory Is In the
air. That Is where he left it." But
does the Post slill prefer a lb-lory
dragged through the mire'.'
The "iich Is vllch" Joke Is ns much
..f a ibpstn.it ns the old one about
President Roosevelt being determined
lo l iet Ihe trusts.
T!'e democratic party has for elg'.t
yea's been opposing "government by
injunction." It may soon find It iie.es.
:aiv to begin a crusade asalnst "sen.i
t or hip by dem,:rrer."
Keren Is "the land of the morning
calm." but Korea will feel differently
nfier a right out with the bold soldiers
of Russia and Japan.
By cuing her own tran-Slherlau
railroad Russia manages to keep from
pnylng excceslvo fare for the transpor
tation of her Fi.hllrr.i.
That European war (loud In now
slightly larger than even the mailed
Il beats anything how natural It U
for a girl In the dark to make a mis
take and alt dow n In a nian'i lap.
away, som.jl.otly '. He is a
Courtesy of The Commoner.
A CLEVELAND PLATFORM.
Mr. Cleveland has (lone the demo
cratic party a favor "without Intending
it" or even knowing It. He has writ
ten an article on. "The Democratic
Opportunity" and published it In the
Saturday Evening Post, a paper which
mokes no claim to being democratic.
( The Sage of Princeton has for some
seven years stood outside of the demo
cratic parly and tossed advice over tho
wall lo his former associates, but 11 is
not the purpose of this editorial to
criticize his forwardness and presump
tion, lta aim is rather to rut his ad
vice into concrete form so -at il can
lie understood by the "rank and file."
He says: "Our lighting; forces will re
spond listlessly and falteringly if sum
moned to n third ilefeat In a strange
cause: but if they hear the rallying
cry ol true democracy they will gather
for battle with old-lime democratic
enthusiasm and coinage."
Not only dot s he want
lo return to
the "old-time" ileinocniey
racy exemplified by his
lion), but be wants the platform to be
dear and unambiguous. He says: "Our
porly bus fearless, ouls'iioken uui
heroic work lo do. This! Is no time for
cunning finesse, nor for the use of
voi ds that conceal lutein ions or carry
n double meaning. The democratic
party has a message to send to its fol
lowers and to the masses of the Amer
ican people. Let that' message be ex
pressed In language easily understood,
iineonfnsed by evasion and untouched
by the taint of jugglery."
The ex-president, has at last said
something that The Commoner can
commend. His plea for an honest plai
fe.rtn is In harmony with the editorials
which have appeared in this paper. It
will be remembered that The Com
moner has not only urged the reorgnn
b'.ers to present a clear and definite
platform, but II some two years ago
offered the ex-president a rev;ard of
$." If he would write such a platform.
As he steadfastly refuses to do so. Th
Commoner presents a lCeveland plnt
form "iinconfused by evasion and un
touched by the tnlnt of jugglery." It
is based upon Mr. Cleveland's official
conduct and If any supporter of Mr.
Cleveland finds any "cunning finesse."
in it. The Commoner w ill undertake to
remove any "double meaning" that may
appear in the rough draft herewith
When Washington's farewell addres-i
was read in the senate recently It tuut
have sounded wonderfully like treason
to a number of gentlemen who sit on
the republican side anil throw thing
at the constitution.
The can.il treaty has been ratified,
and the grafters will now "arise n
one man" and reach for the money.
There Is ground for the belief that
under existing conditions I'ncte Sam
Is the original K. . Mark.
A number of newspapers that nre
denouncing the wood pulp trust and
deninndiiig free wood pulp, are still
trying to convince the farmers on the
pnlries that a tariff on lumber is a
Mr. James Ecklcs is giving the dem
ocviile parly some advice, ami doing
It nil the more freely because that Is
all he ever did give democracy unless
It was the benefit of bis prolonged ab
sence. Mr. Cleveland says the geographic)!
location of the candidate does not mai
ler ill all. And New Jersey Is slill In
the I tilon.
Perry I D-iUli has resigned, but It Is
believed thnt h" did so In older to keep
from being shoved.
A Massachusetts Judge bus decided
i lint a labor union .annul nnv mrii...
benefits. And slill people complain
nun mere is a growing contempt
Between the boll weevil in the cot
Ion growing set Hons and the graft
Mb robe In the official sections, the
('.unit l y Is being held up at a llvelv
Mr fUiulioih Is a native Mlssoiiiia:i,
but it Is feared that a lot of republican
ofhiliilh will nut profit from his show,
An Ohio woman holds the record.
After driving her husband to cliink sh"
got a divorce, then married him again
to reform him.
A rich man never has to worry
whether he will be welcome when In
goes to call on bis poor relations.
The oftener a husband telegraph
home how lonesome It is iii Ijeit-r
time he Is having.
When a man makes up his mind to
conotnlta and cut down his expert
his frlendt begin to fall by the way.
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