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    Loup City Northwestern
J. W. BURLEIGH, Publisher.
Waste of Life in Coal Mining.
During the year 1906 nearly 7.000
men were killed or injured in the coal
mines of the United States, and indi
cations point to an increase in that
number since that period, due to a
lack of proper a«d enforceable mine
regulations; to the lack of reliable in
formation concerning explosives used
in mining, and the conditions under
which they can be used with safety;
to the presence of gas and dust en
countered in the mines and to the fact
that in thp development of coal min
ing not only is the number of coal
miners increasing, but many areas
from which coal is being taken are
either deeper or farther from the en
trance. where good ventilation is more
difficult and the dangerous accumula
tions of explosive gas are more fre
quent. To remedy this state of af
fairs, says Review of Reviews, the
United States must adopt the means
that have proved successful in Euro
pean countries. In 1S95 our ratio of
killed in every 1.000 employed in
mines was 2.67. In 1906 it reached
3.40. Effective mining legislation teils
a different tale in Europe. In this
country 50 per cent, of all the fatal ac
cidents and 39 per cent, of all the non
i'atal accidents were due to falls of
roofs and coal. In all European coal
producing countries the use of exces
sive charges of explosives is prohibit
ed by law, and definite limits are set
to the amount of any explosive that
may be used. In the United States
there is no limit, in this country dur
ing 1906 11 per cent, of deaths in coal
mines were due to gas and dust explo
sions. Abroad, governmental testing
stations are maintained, where inves
tigations into the use of explosives
are conducted.
Be Careful of Your Eyes.
Rest is essential in the treatment t>f
diseased or overworked eyes—rest of
eyes, rest of body and mind. Avoid
also wind, dust and smoke. Personal
habits enter into the question of the
causation of eye disease, and their
regulation becomes, therefore, a part
of the hygienic treatment. Diet is im
portant, chiefly through its effects
upon indigestion and general health,
which frequently have much to do
with the condition of the eye. Th“
first offense against the eyes is read
ing with a poor light. This requires
the ciliary muscle to do extra work to
sharpen sight. It' applies to dim
lights, twilight, and sitting too far
from the light. The second offense,
says the New York Weekly, is one of
posture. Stooping or lying down con
gests the eye, besides requiring un
natural work of the eye muscles.
Reading in railroad trains is a third
offense, the motion causing such fre
quent changes of focus and position as
to tax the muscles of accommodation
as w II as the muscles of fixation.
Reading without needed glasses, or
with badly fitted ones, is the last im
prudence. Eye-strain is certainly a
factor in producing disease of every
part of the eye. Old age is the time
of retribution for those who have
sinned against their eyes. Y'oung folk,
take good care of your eyes, and when
you are old you will reap a rich re
ward by retaining good eyesight till
late in life.
The forthcoming trip by Mrs. Roose- I
velt and a party of her friends up the |
Mississippi from the gulf to St. Paul
is evidently a direct result of the
president's journey down the river
when on his way to the Louisiana bear
hunt. He expressed himself publicly
at the time as enjoying the experi
ence, and no doubt went home and
talked enthusiastically about it. The
tour planned is well worth taking, re
marks the Indianapolis Star, and when
it is ended the travelers will know
many new things about their country.
River travel has many attractions for
people who wish an outing and are not
afflicted With the mad American haste
to “get somewhere.”
The report by the Illinois Pupils'
Reading Circle that, during the year
1907 22,739 books were distributed
among the school children of the state
may well encourage the formation of
circulating libraries in every populous
school district in other states. For
adults, as well as for the children, the
good literature thus provided greatly
relieves the tedium of the long winter
evenings and cultivates a taste fur
reading that is altogether beneficial.
In the rural districts there are already
many such libraries, but not enough of
them, says the St. Louis Republic.
1 he editor of one of the fashion pa
pers declares that the men of Sait
Lake City dress better than do those
of New York. The editor should re
member that the men of Salt Lake
City have been a long way from Wall
street during the past few months.
England dreads the kaiser’s in
fluence with the heads of the British
admiralty, but a study of the portraits
of the members of that body makes it
doubtful if Emperor Wilhelm wouldn't
prefer a pull with their coachmen.
A western editor has solved the
problem of “how to keep the boys on
tho farm.” Answer -. “Have plenty of
girls on the farm and the boys won’t
go away.” Now the only question is
how to keep the girls on the farm.
A Boston man has been arrested for
whistling on the streets. Possibly he
imagined he was in Philadelphia,
where he could have burst his lungs
if he pleased without awakening more
AilHil£lJ» mm
The ordinary political convention is
a collection of wild animals, whose an
tics are extremely amusing, but abso
lutely without form and void. Nothing
outside of a cage full of monkeys can
present such an example of futile ac
tivity. Each delegate is duly ticketed
and loaded with his proper credentials
and fondly imagines that he really is
of some importance in the gathering;
that is. he does if he,, is a "green
hand." If he is a seasoned campaign
er. he knows that he merely “repre
sents the people," and the chairman
and secretary of the convention “rep
resent" the delegates, and the "boss
es" "represent" the chairman and sec
retary. By means of this sliding scale
of actual power it will be seen that
the "bostes" represent, the people!
It was my deep delight to have at
tended a number of political conven
tions. The "will of the people" stood
about "deuce high" in the political
deck. The will of the "bosses" was
always the "ace," and it could be ant!
was turned from the bottom or top
just as the emergencies demanded.
Imagine a long. low. rakish hall, the
atmosphere a wavy blue with tobacco
smoke. Aisles are cut through to tie*
platform, generally three in number,
to admit of committees on this, that
and the other to go forward to the
platform and hand in their cut-and
dried communications. The different
wards and districts are ranged about
the hall, each with its particular spot
to stay in. like checkers on a board
before the game begins. Many of
these delegates are in their shirt
sleeves. and many are talking wildly,
gesticulating powerfully and in other
ways molding the destinies of their
country. The very few who are not
smoking are choking.
On the platform are two tables, at
which the chairman of the convention
sits, he having been chosen by the
powers that be. He is a mere puppet
in their hands, understanding what
they want, and at any and all times
ready to carry out their wishes. The !
secretary is a mere echo: the assist
nut secretaries mere assistant echoes.
Two or three highly respectable
stoughton-bottles of various titles sit
on the stage to deceive the unintelli
gent observer into the belief that
things are "on the squat:*.’' A pitcher
of water is on the chairman's desk,
for he will open the convention with
a speech. In that speech he will glori
fy the proud history of his own party
and skin, salt and nail to the political
smoke-house the hide of the opposite
party. This is a species of buncombe
which is always indulged in.
Sometimes a convention is opened
with prayer. This is something which I
cannot he touched on at length, for |
the devil himself could not conceive a :
more grotesque blasphemy. Most con- |
v-sntions are opened with political
"jimmies." being burglarious aggrega
tions, brought together for purposes
of plundering men of their political 1
rights. The chairman has his speech
carefully learned by heart, and he is
invariably eloquent, pungent, witty,
scholarly, terse, dense, flowery and
iong-winded. Hut he finally stibsides,
and then, after the committees' re
ports and the platform are finished,
and some more political red tape is
gotten through with, the work of
nominating candidates is begun. But
before the convention has reached the
point of being ready to vote there
have been a number of battles fought,
to a finish before the various commit
tees on credentials.
In certain wards of the cities, or
certain districts in the country, there
may be a dispute about some dele
gates. these claiming the right to rep
resent “the people." those putting in
a counter-claim for recognition. In
such cases, contests are begun and
the respective claims thrashed out be
fore the committee on credentials,
which have the power to review these
disputes in the various districts or
No one but the contestants and the
committee and the other delegates are
allowed in the committee rooms in
these contests, it being a sort of fam
ily affair. Usually, the contests are
determined according to the way the
"bosses" want them to be decided,
but if it doesn't matter about a vote
or two, the “bosses” allow the com
mittee to do as they please. Evidence
is heard, speeches are made, and the
committee picks the winner.
The “bosses" keep accurate “tab”
on the number of votes they need,
but are ready to achieve results by
any means they consider necessary.
One unseated delegate rushed madly
up to a “boss" on the floor of the con
vention and screeched out: "What
d'ye mean by throwin' me out? There
ain’t no contest on me at all.” The
"boss” looked smilingly down at the
fiery face of his questioner, sur
mounted by its bright red covering of
locks and responded easily, gracefully
and most urbanely: "I don't like the
color of y«ur hair.” And the delegate
remained “unseated.” Men were let
out of their delegations for any or no
reasons. The only question was to
have the majority, or at least the loud
est and most pugnacious minority.
This latter, with the able aiu of the
chairman and the secretary, will ena
ble any combination to jam through
the nomination of their candidates.
Supposing, for instance, that Smith
is the candidate the "bosses” want,
and Jones the opposition candidate.
coiiseun at Chicago where The republican o2>
The Seventh ward, we will say, is
called on and the chairman of the del
egation roars out ' Fourteen votes Jpr
•tones and one for Smith. " An assist
ant secretary repeats to the main so
rotary. "Fourteen votes for Smith and
one for Jones," and it is so recorded
The chairman front the Seventh ward
may think the vote of his delegation
has been recorded properly. Some
times. when tilings appear to be run
ning too close, they will not even give
the opposition candidate any votes
until the "bosses' ” candidate is safe.
Any motion for a roll-call is “gaveled
down" by the chairman, and the ser
geants-at-arms, always chosen by the
"bosses." arc eager to eject any ob
streperous patriot who begins any
jargon about his "rights.”
To "gavel down" a motion is simply
to hammer on the table with the gavel
and proclaim that a motion has been
"carried." or "defeated," just as you
want it to go. In this way. no matter
what the majority is. the "bosses” and
the chairman and secretaries can
thwart the will of any convention, un
less the convention splits and "a boil"
is started. To "holt” is to leave the
hull, organize a separate convention
and proceed as though the other con
vention was not in existence.
This is a last resort, and is seldom
done. Delegates are timid and they
rarely have any independent action.
They may fume in private, but they
"take the gaff" in public. Party fealty,
party cohesion, party this, that and
the other weighs on them and makes
them cowards. For the most part the
delegates hope to get some crumbs
front the party table and they fear to
revolt, knowing well they will be
marked nten with "the organization.”
Oh! potent phrase, "the organization."
There is the "ward organization," the
“county organization," the "state or
ganization." the "national organiza
tion." all inextricably linked and
welded together, and the national com
mitteeman can put liis finger on a
garbage wagon driver in a remote
ward and separate him from his job
if the driver doesn't do exactly as he
is told. It's a beautiful system. Don t
imagine that it is not perfected so far
as it can be.
Occasionally some lossi! of respecta
bility, galvanized into spasmodic ac
tion by something particularly brazen
on the part of the powers that run the
convention, will get up front the plat
form, where he is supposed to be ac
quiescent, to the program, and stait
the animals by a fiery diatribe against
the bare-faced robbery going on under
his very nose. At such a time it is
really delightful to see the perfect re
spect in which his remarks are lis
tened to by the chairman and the
' bosses.” His remarks may be punc
tured by cheers by the malcontents In
the delegates’ seats, but the “strong
arm'' contingent governed by the
“bosses" sits quietly until he fires his
broadside. Then possibly a “boss”
gets up, or the chairman gets in a
happy remark or two .and there is a
thunder-rell of applause from the
"bosses' ” gang. The respectable gen
tleman has simply talked for the
pleasure of having his cerebellum vi
brate. He might as well have recited
“Mary had a little lamb.”
Our ward stood eight to seven in one
convention, and our. chairman an
nounced it correctly. He was an op
ponent of mine, but he did not try to
change the vote. But when the vote
was announced front the stage it was
15 for the other side. Several of us
yelled "bloody murder" at the steal,
but, bless you, that convention went
right ahead with its business as easily
as if seven men standing upright in
their seats and howling "Mister Chair
man; Mister Chairman,” was a mere
tableau and nothing that concerned
the convention in the remotest ue
By the way, convention oratory is
divided into two kinds, the "turned
loose” and the "squelched." The
"bosses" and the chairman have their
eyes on their own orators, and very
little latitude is allowed the opposition
"jaw-smiths.” It is laughable to
watch the frantic gyrations of some
silver-tongued word-juggler, especially
if he be a young man, who is trying to
get the chairman's eye in order to let
off a philippic against the chairman's
tyranny. His companions may hoist
him high on a chair, where he bal-,
ances himself precariously while he
shrieks “Meestair t’hairmannnn," and
froths like something stricken with
hydrophobia, but the chairman goes
placidly on. “Twenty-second ward. IS
for Smith" is the announcement, when
in fact, the announcement was just the
other wav. This raises a counter-irri
tant and the Twenty-second ward dele
gation goes on the war-path. Rut, ■
tush, what's the use? The game goes
merrily on and at last the youthful
orator is let down from his pinnacle
and expends his energy in loud talk in
his immediate vicinity, until some
low browed gentleman advises him to
“cut it out," at the same time casting
a perfectly annihilating look in his
The old stagers always enjoy these
interludes. They smile grimly, get a
fresh grip on their cigars and elevate
the weeds reminiscently in a skyward
angle. They keep watchful cognizance
when their wards are about to be
reached and, if chairmen, rise in
stantly at the word, shout clearly the
vote and, whether it be recorded
lint once the business is concluded,
over the cigars and cocktails these
genial gentlemen will unbend and re
late delightedly and with rare humor
the amusing comedies played on the
convention floor. They have remem
bered the very voices and gestures of
the reformers and patriots. the> can
imitate, and perfectly, the surprised
scream of the plundered delegation, or
the stentorian yawp of the hard-boiled
orator. They enjoy these things with
the gusto of the connoisseur, the po
litical bon vivant. But at the hall, and
in the midst of the carnage, they are
as suave as panthers and as remorse
less as cannibals. "Everything goes
in politics," is their motto, that is.
everything but honesty.
Coming back from my last political
convention I met Jack Derby in the
"smoker." Jack was from the ward
next to mine, and 1 had missed him
just before the voting began. I had
noticed a stranger in his seat when I
came in rather late, but still in time
to vote. Jack was moody and his head
was done up in a gaudy handkerchief.
"What's up?" 1 said to him. "I didn't
see you when the votes were being
"They thrun me out," was his re
ply. "1 went over to see a friend o'
mine in the fourteenth and when I got
back to me seat they was a guy there
in it. 1 grabbed him and he caught
hold of me arms. The “sarge" iser
! geant-at-anns) came runnin’ up an'
this guy gives him the wink an' says
this feller's a pick-pocket. Before I
could hand him one the “sarge" grabs
me—he's seven feet long and four feet
through—and he wings me to the door
in four jumps and fires me by the neck
and pants. See? An' I lose me vote
an' I don't get in the hall again. "
"That's tough, Jack," was my con- ,
i solatory reply.
"Tough," said Mr. Derby, with an
injured air. "an' I was goin' to vote
light all the time. I think that ser
geant must be bugs."
(Copyright, by Joseph It. Bowles.)
Old Lifting Machine That Long Ago
Proved a Health Preserver.
The secret of perpetual youth, which
has permitted “Uncle Joe” Cannon to
be as young as he is at 72. has just
been rediscovered here by a former
senator from New Hampshire, says
the Washington correspondent of tlie
Roston Herald. Henry W. Blair, who
is no youngster himself, having been
born in 1831, and the present speaker
were fellow members of the house 30
years ago. Both at that time were in
poor health. They suffered from in-1
digestion and were so frail and puny
looking that each anticipated the ne-j
cessity of purchasing a bouquet to
place with reverent hands upon the
grave of the other. They lived in the
same boarding house in those days
and, to prolong their lives, entered
into partnership for the purchase of a
lifting machine, which they erected in
a hallway outside of their rooms and
upon w’hich they practiced diligently
night and morning with a view to the
improvement of their physical beings.
The other day Mr. Blair, in rum
maging around his i\ouse, stumbled
in an attic upon the lifting apparatus
long since discarded. It reminded him
of the days when he and Cannon were
on the verge of the grave and de
spaired of attaining old age. In great
excitement he went down to the capi
tol. hunted up “Uncle Joe'' and broke
the news to him.
"Joe,” said he, “do you remember
way back yonder when you and 1
didn't think we w:ould live more than
a week?”
“I certainly do," said “Uncle Joe." “I
think you were the thinnest, sickest
man in the world and I lived in con
stant fear that I would have to buy a
pair of black gloves and walk slow be- |
hand your hearse. 'Member that old
lifting machine we used to have?"
"You bet 1 do," said Senator Blair,
“and 1 found it this morning. Just as
good as new, too."
“I’ll be over to try my muscle in a
day or two." laughed the speaker. "It
certainly was a health preserver, all
if Australia
Biped by No Means Popular with Its
Human Neighbors.
To the outside world the greatest
ornithological oddity in this country
is the kookaburra, says the Sidney,
Australia, Times. Though Australians
take little notice of it (except oc
casionally in a hostile way), its cac
chination appeals irresistibly to the
newcomer. Like the shrikes and par
rots, the curlew and the mopoke, it is
a conspicuous figure in the scenery
of a typical bush home, and therefore
too common to be worthy of notice, in !
earlier times it was known as the
"settler's clock," from a belief that its
joyful paeans were vented regularly
at morn, noon and dusk, being quies
cent through the heat of the forenoon
and the wane of the afternoon. That
belief has long been shattered. The
kookaburra laughs just when excited;
and it laughs as readily at the violent
death of its mother-in-law as it does
at the enraged settler when he falls off
his hay stack. A wounded bird makes a
demoniacal row, which will bring all j
others within hearing into the neigh- j
boring trees, and these at once set up
an echoing cackle that is repeated
again and again.
The kookaburra is also known as
the laughing goburra and the laugh
ing jackass.
Remedy for Leaking Fountain Pen.
If the threads in the rubber con
nection of a fountain pen are worn a
little the joint will leak enough to
soil the lingers. Dry the threads with
a blotter and cover them with melted
paraffin. Turn the nozzle into the
barrel while the paraffin is still warm
and you have an ink tight joint.—Pop
ular Mechanics.
Flag of Pennsylvania City.
The city of Easton. Pa., has adopted
a municipal Hag, said to be a copy of
the flag which waved over that town
during the revolutionary war. The
flag has 13 red and white stripes in |
the upper corner, and the remainder !
of the flag is blue with a circle ol eight
white stars in the center.
right or wrong, they settle down
stoically into the attitude of mere 1
spectators. Far be it from them to
‘holier’ if the cards are "stacked j
against them. They would do the
same if they had the power. The
other fellows have the whip-hand to
day; when it shifts, they will give
their opponents the same dose. But
to cavort around on the floor wailing
out "Meestair Chairmannn,” not for
them. They are too wise to resort to
such puerile foolishness.
Nothing can exceed the perfect re
pose which marks the proceedings is
relates to the officers and head men
who have it in charge. There is not
a shadow of a smile on the counte- i
nances of the chairman and his assist
ants .and the ' bosses” move around j
on the floor of the convention or as
cend to the platform with an entirely
serious and virtuous air which would
indicate extreme self-sacrifice and th<*
most absolute fairness to their op
She Did Her Duty by Him.
One Monday morning the colored
“wash lady” did not arrive at the
usual hour to do the weekly washing
of a family residing in a Pennsylvania
When she appeared seme time later
the mistress of the house descended to
the kitchen and was greatly ediGed
by the woman’s explanation.
"No’m”—carefully removing a hat
ornamented by a voluminous black
veil—“I wasn't sick. I had to stay
home lo receive my diseased brothers
remainders that was sent from Pitts
burg day before yisterday.”—Lippin
No Occasion for It.
"My dear." said the old man to his
only daughter on the morning of her
wedding day, "1 don't see how I am
going to get along without you.”
"Now, don't let that worry you,
papa,” replied the fair maid, as she ad
justed her bridal veil. "^George con
fessed to ma last night that he hadn't
enough money even to buy a second
hand stove, so instead of losing me it
looks as if we were going to stay
right with you.”
The lecturer had announced that
among the Athabascans, on the Kos
kowine river, the females were su
"Pardon me for the interruption,"
said a resolute looking spinster, "but i
must go.”
"Are you ill?” asked the speaker,
with proper concern.
"Never better," responded the de
parting, "but I’m hitting the trail for
the Koskokwine.”
Laundry work at home would be
much more satisfactory if the right
Starch were used. In order to get the
desired stiffness, it is usually neces
sary to use so much starch that the
beauty and fineness of the fabric is
hidden behind a paste of varying
thickness, which not only destroys the
appearance, but also affects the wear
ing quality of the goods. This trou
ble can be entirely overcome by using
Defiance Starch, as it can be applied
much more thinly because of its gieat
er strength than other makes.
"Why doesn't Mrs. Flighty wear
that pink dress with her red hair?"
"She probably bought the dress be
fore she changed from a brunette."
The more a woman tries to look
young the more she doesn't.
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