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WORSE THAN SPANISH BULLETS
EVEN RANK UKPITIIMUAN NEWSPAPERS BEWAIL OUR
Tho Stupid llltinrirrn of Those
Laud Force Have Outdone
From the New Yr.rk Times: In his
ftattni'M through Mr Diew. Secre
tary AlRer lhai "many staff offi
cers from all the departments had been
iroriiuled and irJnvd to the field."
leaving a reduce.l force. This, of Itself,
was a ureal blunder. Th trained men
were needed In the departments, and
not In the field, and the force should
have been Increased. n"t reduced. It
was much rn.re urg.-nt to have the
work t prepnrutlon of the troops In
the fit-Id thoroughly n-l carefully done
ty men who kinw how to do It than
It was to add to the oUi.-.-i In field
fcrvlce. of wli m there t.us been no
lack. Tin- buin t (tranches of the r
!ce were thu Mlripped of the very offi
cers "ho had spent their lives In them.
Why? S far as motives can be in
ferred from acts. In order to make
place for political favorites, who have
ihonn by the character cf their work
that they were unlit for it. The very
heM men would have been none too
pood; Home very ir.ferlor ones were ta
ken Instead. It was a characteristic
kcc of rna hlne politics, and it cost
Che nation thousands of precious lives
Can Mr. Alger point to a single instance
cf a man taken from civil life because
?t proved and eminent fitness as an
arganlzer and administrator of difficult
work in transportation or supply, and
et to do that kind of work for the gov
rnmcnl? Not one. The trained offi
cials were ent nwuy incompetent poli
tician were dumptd into the service;
ble men. equal to the arduous task,
This Is the jrravamen of the offense
3f Mr. Alrer. and the onVnse Is heinous.
!Ie Hies to throw tho blame on field offi
cers. r on the unfortunate volunteers,
the victims of his own imbecility or
worse. He should be ashamed of him
?!f. lie fays that if he could send
Setalls to Mr. Depew they "would be
wilder him." Mr. Alger speaks from
xperience. The woik tf the depart
ment hus bewildered him to the verge
f Insanity. It has been far too much
for his feeble brain. That would have
been bad enough. His pursuit of sel
.Ish personal and political ends has been
worse. The two together have wrought
so stupendous and shocking havoc In
the army that. If he had any sense of
lhame. he would flee to private life.
Since he will not, he should be dis
missed. CARELESS AND INCOMPETENT.
From the Chicago Tribune: Secretary
Alger's elaborate letter, addressed to
Chauneey M. Depew. In reference to
the work performed In the war office
lince the beginning of the war with
Spain, tan not be construed In any
jther sense than an intended defense of
bis administration of the affairs of his
3?rrtment I Impossible to con
ceive cf any reason for addressing such
a letter to a private citizen, and its
bears inherent evidence of having been
prepared with a distinct view to pub
licationa fact going to show that the
criticisms with which the press has
teemed for a few weeks past have hit
A thorough investigation should prove
ust where the responsibility for all this
suffering and crime belongs. When sick
men are compelled to go for days In
overcrowded vessels without necessary
medicines and when even the ordinary
nldier's rations are tainted and unfit
Cor use. It is Impossible that the quar
termaster, the commissary, and the
medical departments and the secretary
ef war should not be held responsible.
The terrible shortcomings which the
secretary endeavors' to persuade the
public he is not responsible for. have
not ceased since he wrote the tetter,
Cases of gross mismanagement are re
ported daily. They are not explained
The persons responsible are not pun
ched. Everything Is ignored. The sec
retary is careless and Incapable If he
ts not heartless. lie should go.
DEFECTS OF THE SYSTEM.
From the New Tork Sun: The many
complaints of the war department and
it. bureaus which are now appearing
may be made to serve a useful purpose
by calling official attention to remeai
able deficiencies in our military sys
tem. Perhaps many of them may be
ottrihu table to the ouerulousness due
to a morbid physical condition of the
-iti a n.l more are outcries or ama
teur observers shocked by hardships
and sufferings incidental to war and
Inseparable from it; but it Is obvious
that there remains much which Is Justly
rieaervinr of the most thorougn invesu
gatlon. with a view to the readjustment
of the system under which it was pos
PROBLEM WAS TOO BIG FOR HIM
'' From the Boston Herald: We realise
the magnitude of the task which Sec
retarr AIer was called upon to per
farm: we realize, further, that hs can
In no way be held accountable for the
failure of subordinate volunteer offi
cers. anitolnted by state officials, to per
form their proper duty. But having
thus cleared the field, as it were, of ex
traneous matter, the fact remains that
Secretary Alger has not performed his
duty as this should te performed by a
secretary of war. and that It has been.
in ouite a degree, good luck, instead
cf good management, that has saved
the armies of the United States from
A method much employed in trim
ming autumn foulards Is to carry frills
of Inch-wide ribbon 'round the silk to
suggest a deep flounce and its heading,
and to supplement a yoke collar, high
stock epaulets and cuffs with two rows
of frills In the same fashion. Foulards
art now made with tight backs, show
ing few seams, but the front is always
"Do what I would. I couldn't get him
"He must be one of those Immunes
we read about." Chicago Record.
Directing the Handling of Our
the Deadly Mauser Bullets.
At the outset the secretary of war
took an absurdly childish view of the
whole problem. He Is now tremendous
ly Impressed with the bewildering vast
ness of the undertaking of which he
la the responsible head, but l-efore war
was declared and Immediately after
his declaration, he exhibit d a light
ness, not to say Jauntlners. of confi
dence wholly different fron. that which
he now displays. Voluntary reglmer
according to statements then made by
him, were to be brought Into condition
for active service In a few days or a
few weeks' time. It was Secretary Al
ger who was the chief mtokesman of the
cry. "On to Havana," and this at a
time when a superficial examination of
conditions would have shown him that,
apart from our regulars, we had no
troops that could be safely Intrusted
with a work of this seriousness and
WAR DEPARTMENT DISGRACED.
From the Chicago News: The secre
tary's excuses do not alter the cold
facts as to the mismanagement of
Camp Wikoff. concerning which the
war department has been Justly and
severely criticised. Within 108 miles
of New York, where there was an
abundance of nurses, wholesome food
suitable for -sick soldiers, with supplies
of all sorts within each reach, the first
comers at Montauk Point found the
camp wholly unprepared for their re
tention. The fever-stricken soldiers
who were compelled to lie on the
ground on their arrival at Camp Wi
koff and to do without the commonest
of ordinary necessities of hospital serv
ice were probably not so "agreeably
surprised" as Secretary Alger seems to
have been. That conditions have
changed for the better is natural, con
sidering the circumstances, and espe
cially since General Wheeler has been
plated in command. Rut the early his
tory of the camp will remain an In
delible disgrace upon the war depart
ment, of which Secretary Alger Is chief.
From the Boston Globe: Though the
war with Srain. in point of numbers
killed and wounded, hardly amounts
to the dimensions of many a single
battle In our great civil war, yet at no
period were the people's sympathies
tiled with so many stories of camp
sufferings as have come to them recent
ly. PerhaDS this is but natural, con
sidering the deadly situations with
which our gallant soldiers In southern
camps and in Cuba were confronted in
the most pestiferous of seasons endured
in the tropics, but that there was most
woeful bungling by the war department
Is painfully realized by all people wno
have followed the facts, but chiefly so
by the victims.
If this ordeal of dally reading of sick
ness, suffering and death and neglect is
painful to those who had no friends or
relatives in the war, what must it be to
those who sense it most keenly in the
fact of Its coming directly home to
Patience and such toleration as one
can command for these responsible. Is.
perhaps, to be recommended for the
present, but the fact that even as near
home as Montauk the accommodations
are reported to be wretched is well cal
culated to make restraint from fitting
From the Boston Transcript: It was
bad enough in the hurry and urgency
prior to the opening of hostilities that
our men were huddled Into Insufficient
transport accommodations, and without
adequate food or medical supplies, al
though there was an abundance of both
in the hands of the government: but
what excuse can there be for the war
department's unpreparednss at the
close of the war, after plenty of time
for securing and assembling transpor
tation fleets at convenient points and
for experience in fitting and handling
It Is a fact generally admitted that
Secretary Alger ought not to have been
at the head of the war department,
even in a time of profound peace; in
face of war he was about as incompe
tent a man as could have been found
for the place.
When some rigid regular runs up
against the negligence of some political
favorite, he simply curses the Incom
petent to his cronies, but submits with
trained and disciplined patience. The
time is ripe for an Investigation into
the causes of the many unnecessary
evils that have marked the handling of
our army In this war with Spain, in
order not only that the blame shall rest
where It belongs, but also to take meas
ures to prevent a repetition of those
evils In future.
CONGRESS SHOULD INVESTIGATE.
7rom the New York Commercial-Advertiser:
Suggestions multiply for In
vestigations of the war department,
but they come from the wrong quarter.
Secretary Alger Is going to Montauk
to examine and try to reform the de
plorable conditions that exist there, and
the adjutant general is talking about
a board to investigate the medical and
other departments. This is not the
way the British military administration
was reformed after the shame and hor
ror in the Crimea. Investigation was
not intrusted to the horse guards. Par-
Many of the English serge dresses
worn on the beach are In colors of tan,
gray, marine blue, cadet blue and Cu
ban red. and a number of the red
gowns are made up with ' gulmpes or
yokes of tan creponshirred above the
low-cut full blouse, which has deep,
turn-down revers at the top. The small
shoulder puffs are of red serge, with
closely fitted forearm portions of tan
Girdles and belt buckles in metal, set
with a variety of gems, appear to be
gaining In popularity.
liament took the work Into its own
hands. The war department can not
Investigate Its own delinquencies. That
is work for congress and a committee
ought to be set at work early in the
session. This should seek evidence, not
from persons under suspicion, but from
those who saw and endured the deadly
consequences of. official delinquency.
ALGER SHOULD BE REMOVED.
From the Boston Traveler: Yesterday
the steamer Olivette arrived In Boston
harbor, having on board 192 sick, fam
ished and fever-stricken soldiers, who
only a few short months ago, at the call
of the government, went to the front
full of health, and spirits and patriotic
ardor. All those vho saw that pitiful
group will admit that if this is a sam
ple of the condition of our soldier boys,
that much of the glory which has fol
lowed our arms on land and sea will
be tarnished by the recording of the
foul chapter of cruelty and neglect
which has been practiced upon these
men by an inefficient, and, we may say,
even a corrupt, war department.
And then we remember that never
before In the history of the world have
a people been so liberal in voting, thro'
congress assembled, such large amounts
of money, which. If It had been properly
expended, would have provided the en
tire army not only with an abundance
of the necessities of life, but many of
Its luxuries. As someone has very truly
said, out of the money which was rais
ed every common soldier might have
had a porterhouse steak for breakfast,
dinner and supper for an almost In
With an abundance of money and
food our boys were left to starve, and
are even now starving, not only in
Cuba Itself, but even on the shores of
Long Island, where they have been sent
And who Is responsible for this dread
ful state of affairs? Russell A. Alger,
they say. is the man. and the press of
the country bristles with condemnation
of him. We certainly believe he is
guilty, but who Is responsible for his
retention In office? Is it not the presi
dent himself? Can he be alive to the
horrors of the situation and the ineffi
ciency of his own servant? Whatever
have been the crimes of Alger, as long
as he Is retained In office the president
Is a subscriber to them, and if he does
not dismiss him is It not evidence that
he Is a partner in them?
Let President McKinley listen to the
voice of the people. The war depart
ment Is suspected of being a bureau for
the propagation and distribution of po
litical pap. It has lost the confidence
of the country. Put a new man in con
trol at once.
COUNTRY DEMANDS THE TRUTH.
From the Chicago Chronicle: By ull
means let there be a congressional in
vestigation of the war department.
It will be called upon to explain, for
example, why the Santiago army was
sent into a tropical climate "with uni
forms better suited to the latitude of
Fort St. Michael's, Alaska; why sev
eral regiments are even now without
shoes in Porto Rico, and why the camp
at Montauk Point, which was projected
weeks ago, was without water, food or
shelter when the first detachment of
invalid troops from Cuba landed there
last week. There are hundreds of
counts in the Indictment against the
Nor has the medical department any
great cause for glorification. It has
made a good deal of noise in the way
of denouncing line officers, but it hasn't
cleared its own skirts by any means. It
has utterly failed to stop the spread of
disease in camps, and it has made a
mess of the division hospital business.
In actual field work It has been success
ful, and that is the best that can be
said of It.
In short, while the line has covered
Itself with glory while regulars and
roughrlders and volunteers have fought
in Cuba and suffered in camps like he
roes the general staff has come out of
the war with a record for inefficiency
and stupidity that has probably never
been equaled in modern times. The
men in the ranks have not only been
fighting Spaniards, hunger and disease,
but they have also had to contend
against the incompetency and neglect
which have obtained in the war de
partment at Washington. It Is an add
ed glory to the American soldier that
he has triumphed in the face of official
neglect as well as foreign foes.
But because he has thus triumphed
it Is not the less desirable that an in
vestigation should be made. Lives have
been ruthlessly sacrificed upon the altar
of bureaucratic imbecility. Gaunt spec
ters of men fill the hospitals because
of it. The mortality wrought by the
Spaniards is not one-quarter of that
due to the laches of men in high mill
tary authority. The country wants
these men located.
The investigation should be complete
and thorough. It should embrace every
one directly and remotely implicated.
from shoulder-strapped sons of their
fathers pitchforked into staff positions
at the beginning of the war up to the
man who sits in the secretary's office
at the war department. If the trail
should lead to the White house itself
the nation will demand that It be fol
WAR DEPARTMENT METHODS.
From the Philadelphia Record: There
has been little or no disposition in any
quarter to continue the objections, at
one time so serious and so widespread
as to the purely personal system under
which the operations of the war depart
ment have been conducted. Mr. Alger
has had his way; his friends have been
promoted in the army, have secured
fat contracts for transportation and
military supplies from the quartermas
Yellow is a color that appears to be
gaining constantly in fashionable favor,
particularly In the realm cf millinery
yellow tulle, lace. Spanish blonde,
crepe lisse and deep orange and rich
olive yellow holly hocks, primroses,
honeysuckles sprays and large yellow
hearted water lilies and roses.
Rev. X. S. Campbell, who established
the first Afro-American Baptist church
In Texas, where the Baptists now flour
ish by the hundred thousand, died re
cently at Lemarqua. . ...
ter and commissary departments, and
have enjoyed on every hand exceptional
opportunities to gain glory and pelf. In
the field and In the camps the soldiers
have suffered: dilatorlness in moving
masses of troops has been carried to
the verge of criminal incapacity, and
the wrong men have manifestly been
placed in charge of Important and vital
processes of preliminary organization.
All this, and much more, the American
people have seen and noted without
taklnar serious thought as to the re
sponsibility of the chief of the war de
partment for the ensuing jrilschief and
losses. War was a new and untried
business for this generation of Am.rl- I
cans, and no official's mistakes could
be fairly scored at once to his Individ
But. while there Is probably no sen- 1
timer of public resentment against
the secretary of war strong enough to
warrant the putting forth at this time
of a special plea of defense, there un
questionably exists a general popular
desire that the proper authorities make
careful inquiry into the methods of war
department management in the brief
Cuban campaign, as well as In the
marshaling of troops into active serv
ice. The people want to know and
they have a right to know whether the
defects of operation so clearly and so
constantly indicated in the conduct of
the department were due to mere offi
cial Incapacity or to essential and in
grained defects in our system of mill
HOW SOLDIERS WERE DEFEATED.
From the St. Louis Republic: We
thought a few weeks ago that the rec
ord was a bad one. Two hundred and
fifty men killed outright; 1.400 wounded.
The records have been slow of un
folding. The obsolescent Shatter sent
daily word of fevered hundreds and
of men returned to duty back to corn
ed beef and hard bread; with sallow
faces, shrunken limbs and feeble stom
achs, returned to duty only to die of
starvation in one of its form they call-
ed it fever. Names were hard to find.
Years not months will write the obit
uaries of the army that died at Bl
Caney, at pestilential Siboney, at San
Juan and In the red-tiled houses of
Even a hard man would say that the
Tenth cavalry and the Sixteenth in
fantry should have fared well after
storming San Juan. He would have
been hard indeed to have denied pro
per food to the wounded and forced
field rations upon the fevered. But
Shafter and Alger did this, and more.
Of the Sixth and Tenth cavalry, the
Sixteenth infantry and the Twenty
third, the Roosevelt regiment, the un
trained Seventy-first from New York
and the raw Michigan regiments, there
is but a sickened remnant at Montauk
Point. The truth can not be concealed
the flower of the American army is a
withered thing. When the deaths are
known the country will not call the
Snanish war a victory with trifling loss.
We have suffered defeat through the
office of the war secretary.
CHEAP PLEA OF A POLITICIAN.
From the Pittsburg Dispatch: The
entire mass of the secretary's plea is
riddled by the following considerations:
First Considering the vastness of the
task which he pleads, would a broad
minded, vigorous man have organized
the staff for that task by appointing to
the great work men of training and ex
perience, or would he have distributed
the positions among senators and rep
resentatives, and people having influ
ence, like so many rations?
Second When cases appeared which
could only have been due to criminal
negligence or gross incompetence, like
packing sick and wounded men in the
holds of transports, without medical at
tendance' or medical supplies, or leav
ing stores to go to waste at the San
tiago wharf, while the soldiers, a few-
miles away, were suffering for their
lack, or furnishing rotten food to sol
diers at home, would an honest and vig
orous secretary of war have ordered
strict investigation and punishment of
whoever was responsible? Or would he
have hushed up Investigation and indi
cated that such abuses can go on with
Impunity by the cheap plea that "this
Third Innate dislngenuousness ap
pears in the plea. that It was at first
supposed that all the sickness at San
tiago was yellow fever, and that when
the contrary was learned "it was at
once decided to bring the army home
as speedily as possible." The fact is,
that for days before the appearance of
the letters of Roosevelt and the divis
ion commanders the war department
had published daily bulletins, showing
the exact number of both yellow fever
and malarial fever cases. These let
ters, too, are shown by the record to.
have been evoked by the receipt and
reading to those officers of an order to
take the army away from Santiago and
Into the hills of San Luis. All these
facts are calmly suppressed by Alger.
But what can be said of a secretary of
war whose first act, when he received
that earnest plea for the lives of the
soldiers, was to dig out an extract
from a private letter several days old
and publish it, In the hope of Injuring
a gallant and earnest officer who had
joined in the protest? Was that the
act of an official anxious to do the best
possible for the troops, or was it on
the grade of such infinite meanness as
to make it gross flattery to call It petty
In one respect, however, the secre
tary's apology is indisputable. The task-
as entirely too great ior Alger, it
as about one-sixth as great as that
-vlst VAvarA XT Stanton norfonnM:
and to burden Alger with anything re
quiring one-nunareain as mucn minu.
a3 Stanton's was rankly overtaxing. It
needed a man of broad mind and pure
patriotism, and should never have been
imposed on one whose most daring con
ceptions never get outside the narrow
ruts of cheap and selfish political deals.
Chicago Post: "I shall not be gone
long." he said, when he started for the
north pole; "only a few days."
Nevertheless, she refused to be com
forted, for she had not been so long out
of school that she had forgotten how
long the days are up there.
Ribbon trimmings will be much US2 -'
in autumn millinery on both hats and
toques. Ths Is a sensible fashion, since
ribbon is not easily hurt by uncertain
autumn weather. The wide directoire
toque still remains popular. .
Dl&AD LmiLIt CUICIOSI TllSS
Exhibit In the Gu eminent Hulld
injc ol'Hpecinl Interest.
Omaha. Special An exhibit possess
ing as much dramatic lnttrest as any
In the Government building Is the col
lection of photographs sent by soldiers
of the civil war to friends at home, and
which by reason of Incomplete address
never reached their denization. At the
end of the war the postoffice depart
ment had on hand 6.000 photographs
of this kind, which were placed on ex.
hibit at the dead letter office in the hope
that they would be Identified by visit,
ors. In the years which followed 2.000
of them have been claimed by these
for whom they were intended, and there
were many dramatic and pathetic In
cidents In connection with their dis
covery. Wives and sweethearts came
across the pictures of loved ones who
had disappeared without a word, and
It was possible by the index on the
photographs to put them In possession
of the letters which had been attached.
For some time after the war these
Identifications were of almost dally oc
currence, but in the last few years
such discoveries have been growing less
as the ante-bellum generation has fad
ed away and the soldier boys of tho
civil war have outgrown their appear
ance at that time.
Although the collection has been ex
hibited at all the recent expositions
identifications of the pictures have been
of rare occurrence, and the department
has gtven up hope of locating tht
greater part of those remaining During
the last three months several of ths
collection have been rartlally identified
by people who Imagined they saw a
likeness to some person they knew, but
In only one case has the assurance been
sufficient to Juslify the official In charge
In surrendering the portrait.
IDENTIFIES A PHOTOGRAPH.
On August 13 Miss Gorman, daughter
of J. J. Gorman, assistant superintend
ent of the Omaha Street railway com
pany, was examining the cabinet of war
photographs when she came upon one
which she recogni7ed as her father's.
It had been sent In a letter from a mil
itary camp at Indianapolis. Jnd . to his
family at South Bend. Ind . shortly be
fore Mr. Gorman's regiment was order
ed to the front. He lefi shortly nftt-r-ward
for the south, and had no oppor
tunity to communicate with his friends
for a long interval The letter had mis
carried and the photograph had occu
pied its place in the dead letter ex
hibit for over thirty-five venrs Colonel
Brownlow. in charge of the exhibit, has
received the following acknowledgment
from Mr Gorman:
W. G Brownlow Dear Sir: 1 receiv
ed today Irom my daughter the photo
graph that she fovr.d at the Govern
ment building at the exposition ground
It i9 the same t sent through the mai'.
when 1 was in the at my. I belonged to
the Eighty-sixth Indiana volunteers,
company D. and 1 am greatly oblige!
for the return of the picture.
J J GORMAN.
The dead letter exhibit contains -a
vast number of other relics which have
accumulated owing to the haste and
carelessness of the American people An
an example of these traits there 1? a
collection cf souvenir exposition postal
cards which have been mailed at the
branch office in connection with the
exhibit, and which can never be deliv
ered. Over 300 have been mailed in the
last three months, an average of over
three dally, containing interesting
communications on one side, and on
the other no address whatever Most
of thes ar from people anxious to
send word to the'r friends, but who ars
In too nervous a stat to attend to tht
detail of inscr'b'njr h? adire33 Most
of them are signed "Father." "Brother"
or "Your Loving John." and henc
there Is no way of locaMng the senders.
CONFISCATES A BOMB.
One of the mo lnr5.!ng specimens
in the postoffice cxh:b! is a bomb ad
dressed to Senor Don Antonlu? Eulate
commander cf the Vizcaya. Intended to
be delivered to him while his ship was
anchored in New York harbor Tha
package excited the suspicion of the
department, which was on the lookout
for matter of that sort, and had used
its privilege of opening anything in the
form of a package addressed to parties
liable to suffer at the hands -tt fanatics.
The bomb, which had evidently been
sent ty tome enthusiast In the cause of
Cuba's freedom was made of a strong
pasteboard box tnd contained enough
dynamite to wreck a ship- The pack
age. of course, never reached its des
tination. Another interesting fieath machine
was a revolver contained in a fco with
the trigger fc conrected that the wea
pon would te discharged in the direc
tion cf the person undoing the lid. It
had been designed by a rejected suitor
in Baltimore. Md . whose proposals had
not been favorably received by an heir,
ess of that city He accordingly niai'ed
her the infernal machine, which she
; opened without harm as the suitor hat?
been a poor machinist and tne tnggei
connection was not well adjusted
A number of practical .1okes have alsc
found their way nto the ccllectior.
which the 'r.tended recipient was to
acute to accept. The method usually
is to send some ponderous riece oi
freight, like a brtck. with the postac..
insufficiently paid The rerson foi
whom it is intended is notified by the
department that a package addressed
to him is held fcr postage, and ths
amount is usually forwarded to the
supposed satisfaction of the joker The
amount of postage collected on such
goods sometimes amounts to several
Under another case is a valuable por
celain tray, containing a painted land
scape burned into the surface with re
markable skill. It is the work of a
famous Russian, and is valued at sev
eral hundred dollars, but was sent bj
parties traveling abroad with an erro
A curious method of sending money
through the malls was adopted by a
Georgia man who wished to remit $1 to
the director cf the geological survey fcr
a Manual of Topographical Methods. He
pasted paper cn both sides of the ceir
writing the address on one side, with
the stamp, and the order on the other.
The communication reached its destW
Dewey Americanizing; the Philippines.
Wherever Battle Ax goes it pacifies and satisfies
everybody and there are more men chewing
to-day than any other chewing tobacco ever made.
The popularity of Battle Ax is both national
and international. You iind it in Europe : you
find it in Maine: you find it in India, and you'll
find it in Spain (very soon).
Our soldiers and sailors have already taken it to
Cuba and the Philippines ! Are you chewing it ?
Remember the name
when you buy again.
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WITH Tin: JOKEKS.
Brooklyn Life- Clara Are you en
gaged to Douglas for good?
Gertrude It looks so. I don't think
he'll ever be able to marry me.
Chicago Record: '"He married into one
of your best families, did he not?"
"Not exactly: his wife married out
of one of cur best families."
Indianapolis Journal: "I don't believe
they ever would have married If her
father had not harpned to catch him
"Well, there has many a man been
ruined by not knowing when to let go."
Chicago Tribune: "You've kissed that
young squirt gocd night and let him
so. haven't you. Stella?" said a weary
voice at the top of the stairway.
! There was an awful silence for a mo
ment and then In a timid, hesitating
voice the young man In the darkened
hall below responded:
i "No. ma'am; but I I think she's go
' Boston Journal: A visitor to the Brit
ish museum reports that he saw a coun
tryman standing before the bust of a
woman in a collection cf statuary. The
woman was represented in the act cf
coiline her hair, and as the visitor
came up the countryman was saying to
Ncr, sir, that ain't true to nature.
She ain't got her mouth full of hair
pins." Brooklyn Life: "Who was Penelope,
"Penelope was a German woman,
whose husband. Ulysses, was away fcr
thirty years in the Trojan war. During
his absence she had many suitors, but
she remained faithful to her husband,
and waited patiently till he returned."
"Surely that must be a myth."
i Chicago Tribune: "I'll be so glad
when my husband comes back from the
war. Do you know, I haven't had a
good night's sleep since he went away."
I "I don't wonder. The constant fear
lest he might be sick or wounded and in
the hands of strangers, thousands of
miles away from "
"Yes. yes, I was uneasy about that,
of course. But you've no idea how I
miss his snore."
To allow steam to escape from tea
kettles the lids are made with one or
more perforations In the flange, and
j corresponding holes In the rim, the lid
: being also applicable to other kettles,
She I fairly ran my legs off trying to
ret a place in the chorus.
He; And then, of course, further ef
fort was useless. Indianapolis Journal.
Cleveland Leader: He There Is a
limit- trfc vrvthno vnn Irnnw
' n . n , . . . . . . .
one uooKing ai ine ciockj iei, even
this night can't last forever.
General Booth reports that the Sal
vation Army has 25.018 officers attached
to 6,231 corps and outposts. There are
also 33,662 local officers and volunteers
engaged In social work.
Note pads with silver or ivory covers
ornamented with silver are more pop
alar than ever as articles for the
It is the proper thing to wear silk em
broidered stockings to match the gown.
Very exquisite hosiery is worked In tiny
rosebuds, violets or forget-me-nots.
if roo ennnot imccbtM Uili tnat.iLI from roof
! ol obUiiuus It.
anion i j. ... '- . . .
Quietly, and In marked contrast with
some of Its contemporaries, the Chicago
Great Western has Jut placed two roy
al new trains Into tervlec bowi'cn
Chicago and Minneapolis, grmi and
gold In colors, with red roofs and
trucks, and slmi'ly Aladdin Intnl. irs.
The new trains are Pullman palaces,
built after special doslariH orn In the
Chicago Great Western general oiTU-os.
The Interiors ure mahogany, richly In
laid, and the furnishing harmonious
carpets and draperies. The club cars
of these splendid new limited trains
are something entirely new and novel
under the sun. They have fiat ceil
ings and resemble rooms more than
cars. They have high-tacked, luxuri
ously cushioned setteeB at the ends
and in the comers, like those In the
new Grand Pacific bar, with a mahog
any center-table. lamp-illumined, with
' rich canopy shades, and surrounded by
easy chairs. The windows are diamond
shaped prismatic glass lattice work,
after the ancient German style. The
club car has all the appointments and
conveniences of tht metropolitan club.
At the front end Is a conductor's room,
with desk and lamp, where he can
transact his ticket sorting unseen and
undisturbed. The Chicago Great West
ern has excelled Itself and contempo
raries in the Introduction of these Im
perial trains, but proposes to let them
be discovered by the traveling public,
hence their noiseless inaugural.
O. A. B. and P. A. II.
Means the Port Arthur Route Is the
Shortest and Quickest to O. A. R. En
campment held In Cincinnati. Septem
ber 6th to 10th. Tickets on tale Sept.
2-3-4-5. Rates lower than one fare will
be made from this section. Ask your
nearest agent to ticket you via the
Port Arthur Route or write Harry B.
Moores, O. P. & T. A.. Port Arthur
Route. 1415 Farnam Street (Paxton Ho
tel Blk.), Omaha. Neb.
The Touth A man has married the
girl I love. I hate him. What shall I do?
The SageCease hating him. and pity
him. Then soon he will hate himself.
"Gray green Is selling his pictures like
smoke." "Yes: he has quit painting to
please the artists and Is painting to
pleaee the public." Chicago Record.
A double safety pin. Invented by a.
Pennsylvania woman. Is formed of a
single piece of wire, with a T-head at
its center, the ends of the wire being
sharpened and bent around until they
enter loops at the ends of the head.
The Jewish Year Book estimates that
there are In the world about 11.000.000
Jews, more than half of them under
"The ships our nation needs." says
the evangelist, "are worship, fellowship
and friendship. They are not men of
war, but men cf peace."
A citizen of Tiffin. O.. la cutting hla
third set of teeth.
Rebrash Reform Press Business Ass'n
1 ' I wws fcHthk all Lit Uts. I
I I Bert Coiwh Syrup. Tw Uol- Vm I
IaI In time. He. h Orosirt.t. I I
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