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above tho average in intelligence and
has prepossessing manners."
General Aguinaldo was brought
ashore today and taken before General
MacArthur at the Malanan Palace.
He talked freely, but seemed ignorant
concerning the situation. He was in
good health and cheerful. He lunched
with the officers of General MacAr
tliur's staff and was then escorted to
the Anda street jail.
Why Lincoln Declined a Case.
General John H. Littlefleld, who
studied law with Abraham Lincoln,
writes his recollections of his great
mentor in the February Success. He
tells this attractive bit of anecdote: -
All clients knew that with "Old
Abe" as their lawer, they would win
their case if it was fair; if not, it was
a waste of time to take it to him. Af
ter listening some time one day to a
would-bo client's statement, with his
eyes on the ceiling, he swung suddenly
round in his chair and exclaimed:
"Well, you have a pretty good case
in technical law, but a pretty bad one
in equity and justice. You'll have to
get some other fellow to win this case
for you. I couldn't do it All the time
while standing talking to that jury, I'd
be thinking, 'Lincoln, you're a liar,'
and I believe I should forget myself
and say it out loud." K. C. Journal.
Imperialism Past and Present.
The soulless, the worshipers of brute
power, the idolators of treasure and
gain without law and without labor
who are now ruling the destinies of
both republics- and monarchies, possi
bly mourn because they were born too
late for the time when Rome and
Greece ravished the eastern empires,
but there is still left a Flowery King
dom of untold treasure whose millions
of simple Asiatics may be despoiled.
The day of bleeding and oppressed
Pqland has passed away, but there is
the small, brave but helpless Boer to
be devoured in the land of yellow gold
and diamonds. We -cannot rejoice our
ears with the last sigh of the Moor at
Grenada, but we can diplomatically lay
a treacherous trail towards hearing
the last sigh of the Cuban at no dis
tant day. The sweetness of enjoying
the descent of Pizarro on the Incas or
Cortez on the Montezumas was, alas!
not for us, but under the guise of
"Christian duty" we can swoop upon
the land of the Filipino. And the yet
unseized islands of the sea offer a sub
stitute for greater joys-of conquest to
replace the plebeian plodding that has
developed the American nation.
There's a poem where a spider siezes
a fly, a bird captures the spider, a
snake charms the bird, a hawk carries
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tho snake into tho sky, an eagle fastens
his talons in tho hawk and Is imme
diately pierced by an Indian's arrow
and hardly falls to the ground until a
bear has the Indian in fond embrace.
The excuse of each as he gloats over
his triumph is:
. . . "Thou must fall,
For I am great and thou art smalll"
If that is still the doctrine of the
world, if tho thirst for conquest and
loot is still supreme in our civilization,
what of all the doctrines of inherent
rights? If the weak must still fall a
prey to the strong, what has been ac
complished by eighteen hundred years
of Christianity, centuries of search for
law in its highest form and repeated
consultation between nations for no
bler planes of national life? Weieer
The Truth About tho Philippines,
from official records and authentic
sources, by H. H. Vanmeter; published
by the Liberty League, 166 South Clin
ton st., Chicago.
Norton's Complete Hand-book of Ha
vana and Cuba, with illustrations and
map of Havana, by Albert J. Norton;
published by Rand, McNally & Co.,
Chicago and New York.
The Emancipation of the Workers,
by Raphael Buck; published by Charles
H. Kerr & Co., Chicago.
The American Democracy, one hun
dred years of platforms, principles and
policies, by S. S. Bloom; published by
the Shelby Publishing Co., Shelby, 0.
Traffic in Girls, and work of the
Rescue Missions, by Charleton Ed
holm; published by the author at The
Poor Boys' Chances, by John Hab
berton; published by Henry Altemus
The Goldsmith of Nome, and other
verses, by Sam C. Dunham; published
by the Neale Publishing Co., Wash
ington, D. C.
Alphabetical List of Battles, 1754 to
3900, compiled from official records,
by Newton A. Strait; published by the
Author, Dept. of Interior, Washington,
The Column, a novel, by Chas. Mar
riott; published by John Lane, New
The Old Gentleman of the Black
Stock, by Thomas Nelson Page, illus
trated by Howard Chandler Christy;
a novel, published by Charles 'Scrib
ner's S.ons, New York.
Sons, New York.
In Circling Camps, by Jos. A. Alt
sheler, a romance of the civil war;
published by D. Appleton Co., New
The World, A Department Store, by
Bradford Peck, a story of life under a
co-operative system; published by
Bradford Peck, Boston.
Father Van's Progressive Dictionary
for Versification, by A. Vandend'ries
sche; published by William Graham
Printing Co., Detroit, Mich.
Discovery of a Lost Trail, by Chas.
B. Newcomb, a view of the path of life;
published by Lee & Shepherd, Boston,
published by G. P. Putnam's Sons.
A' History of Political Parties in the
United States, by Jas. H. Hopkins;
published by G. P. Putnam's Sons.
A Pertinent Suggestion.
Tho following from tho Philadelphia
North American explains itself:
In William J. Lampton's book of
unconventional verse, recently issued
under tho title of "Yawps," there is a
poem which has brought forth a letter
from Mark Twain. Tho great Ameri
can humorist is a friend of Lampton's,
but at the same time Is outspoken in
his disfavor regarding tho war In the
Philippines. The poem and tho gently
satrical epistle, which are self-explanatory,
Ready If Needed.
Up on the coasts and hills of Maine,
Where the spruce gum is a source of
Where the ice crops in the rivers grow,
And the pine woods' splendors hide in
Every man is ready!
Down in tho solemn Everglades,
In the orange orchards' pleasant
By the rivers, still and dark and deep,
Where the alligators sleep;
Every man is ready!
Up in the. fields where the daisies
Down in the- city's dingiest room,
Out in the plains, or in the hills,
Deep in the mines or in the mills,
From everywhere they're -rising, then
Ten thousand regiments of men;
And every man Is ready! -Mark
Dear Lampton: Will you allow me
to say that I like those poems of yours
very much-? "Especially the One which
so vividly pictures the response of our
young 'fellows when they were sum
moned to-strike down an oppressor
and set his victim free. Write a com
panion to it and show us how the
young fellows respond when invited
by the government to go out to the
Philippines on a land-stealing and liberty-crucifying
I notice that they swarm to the re
cruiting office at the rate of 800 a
month, out of an enthusiastic popula
tion of 75,000,000 freemen; and that
no American-born person can pro
nounce their names without damage to
his jaw, nor spell them without a for
eign education. Sincerely yours,
WHERE HE FAILED.
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'That's just where I missed it. Bare
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ALL THAT IS NECESSARY.
"I think education might put an end
to war "
"Well, if the weaker parties were
educated to see that it is better to give
In than to get whipped." Harper's
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