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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (July 5, 1901)
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Items of Interest.
'The Desert of Sahara embraces 2,500,000 square
Rome and Paris will soon ho connected b
A million pounds of silk' a week is the world's
production of that staple. ' ' ' ''...'
Seasoned bJpkory wood weighs, ah aver'agej of
52.37 pounds per cubic foot.
The crown prince of Germany is going to Eng
land to study English customs and methods.
The royal park of Copenhagen is said to be the
largest deer enclosure in the world. It embraces
Lee Trlckey- of Glenwood, Wis., claims-, to bo
the heaviest. -man in the world. He weighs' 5C0
An expert has appraised the historic Plains of
Abraham, near Montreal, and says they are worth
$137,000 as real estate.
Belden, "The White Chief," is authority for
the -Statement that hickory does not grow wild
west of the Missouri river.
Five hundred and sixty miles in twenty-four
hours is the record for a steamship. The record
for a sailing ship js 325 miles tn twenty-four hours.
An Arkansas man is planning to start a kan
garoo ranch. Leather made from kangaroo hide is
especially valuable and the tendons are In demand
The hat and cap industry is a large one. Two
hundred concerns are engaged in the business of
manufacturing hats and caps for men and boys
in this country.
The new mint at Philadelphia is the largest
and costliest money making institution in the
world. Together with its machinery it has" cos'Jt1,
the government about $2,000,000.
A half century ago the Kaw river in Kansas
was navigated from Its mouth as far up as Law-"
rence. The railroads have killed the river trans
Hereafter pupils in the public schools of Sax
ony will be required to commit to memory 291
biblical verses and 193 verses of hymns in addi
tion to the catechism.
Members of the1 Danish parliament have free
seats, in Ihe royal theatre at Copenhagen. Nor
way's law-makers receive free medical attention
and nursing if they fall ill while attending a ses
sion. Recently a Union Pacific freight engine ex
ploded its boiler while running at the rate of twenty-five
miles an hour. Old railroad men Bay this
is the second instance on record of a locomotive
boiler exploding while the locomotive was running.
Street Railway Journal: There are 905 com
panies operating electric, cable and horse rail
ways in the United States. The total mileage of
single track is given at 20,442 miles, and the total
number of cars is 62,918. The aggregate of capital
stock for 1900 is $1,066,196,4G0, an increase over
the previous year of $75,183,698. The bonded debt
of all roaas for 1900 was $860,818,673, an increase
over the previous year of.$83,855,202.
Some interesting information concerning the
libraries of the United States is found In an article
by Mr. E. I. Antrim in the May number of the
Forum. According to this article, there are in
the United States today 8,000 public libraries con
taining nearly 50,000,000 books, as against 600 li
braries and 2,000,000 books 50 years ago. There
are now library commissions ip 17 states, travel
ling libraries in 42 states, and three library schools
-with courses of study ranging from one to three
years from which more than 500 students have
graduated. There are now in the United States
libraries that contain more books than did all the
libraries of the country 50 years ago.
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An Apt Illustration.
A good story is told of the clever manner in
which Justice Harlan managed to give a tip
on the insular decision to his golf friend, Solicitor
General Richards. About an hour before the court
met a week ago Monday Justice Harlan walked into
Mr. Richards' office at the department of justice.
He said he was on his way to the court.
"Some important business today?" remarked
the solicitor general.
"Say," replied the big justice, "did you ever
hear the story of the calf and the knot hole down
Mr. Richards confessed he had never heard It,
but wouM be pleased to listen.
"Well," said Justice Harlan, pausing to take
another chew of tobacco, "two men were going
along by a cowpen one day, and they saw a calf's
tail sticking out toward them through a knot nolo
in the fence. . 'That is a wonderful thing,' said one
of the men. 'I don't see anything wonderful about
it,' replied the other; 'it's nothing but a calf's'tall
sticking through a knot-hole.' 'Well, sir per
sisted the other, 'I have travelled all over the world
and I've never seen a more wonderful thing than
that.' 'What in the deuce is so wonderful about
it?' asked his friend. 'What is wonderful aboujt it?
What Is wonderful? It is this, how In thc name of
the great horn spoon did that calf get through that
Justice Harlan had a good laugh at his own
story, and as he went away to the capitol the
solicitor general turned to his assistant and re
marked: "The court is for the government and Justice
Harlan Is in the dissent."
While Justice Brown was reading the decision
of the court In tho DcLima case, In which the gov
ernment lost on a minor point, Justice Harlan
kept his eye on Solicitor General Richards. There
was a merry twinkle in It. Finally he called a page
and sent a note down to his golf companion, who
was sitting soberly at bar. The note read:
"Now you see tho calf's tail."
At this the face of the solicitor general bright
ened a little, and he went out into the lobby and
told the afternoon correspondents they would
make a mistake if they sent out Teports to the ef
fect that the government had lost the case. When
he returned to thc court room Justice Brown was
reading the majority opinion in the famous
Downcs case. Justice Harlan's eyes were still
twinkling. In a few moments, before Justice Brown
had reached the pith of his decision, another note
came down from the bench to the now happy so
licitor general. It read:
"Now you see how thc calf got through the
knot-hole." Walter Wellman in Chicago Record-Herald.
My fairest child, I have no song to give you;
No lark could pipe to skies so dull and gray;
Yet, ere we part one lesson I can leave you,
For every day. '
I'll teach you how to sing a clearer carol , .
Than lark's who hails the dawn o'er breezy down.
To earn yourself a purer poet's laurel
Than Shakespeare's crown.
Be good, sweet maid, and let who can he clever;
Do noble things, not dream them, all day long,
And so make Life, Death and that vaat forever
One grand, sweet song.
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